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1001663 No. 1001663 ID: afe7de

There’s going to be guest artists and writers in this thread, so they’ll be credited as they come up, with a final credits at the end of the thread.


CATALYST PART 1: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/986604.html
CATALYST PART 2: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/993796.html

WIKI: https://questden.org/wiki/CATALYST
DISCUSSION: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/134892.html

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Author’s Commentary: This Quest contains 18+ content including violence, sexual content, angry characters, and more. Reader discretion is advised.
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Before you know it, Crab has led you backstage, and stops over at a secluded quiet area away from the cameras and other people. She looks concerned.

Crab: ★Flicky, are you okay?★
You:... I… I'm fine…

Crab tilts her head.

Crab: ★You're crying... You have tears in your eyes and you're not smiling. Those aren't tears of joy despite accomplishing your lifelong dream, are they…?★

You don't say anything. Have you been crying? You figured what you've been feeling was a result of anger from what the duck said… but you now realize that what you are feeling is sadness after the rage faded. It’s amazing how Crab is able to pick up on people’s emotional state so easily like that even when you don't realize your own… It was nice of her to bring you somewhere away from the others..
Crab is now speaking quietly to you

Crab: ★It's okay Flicky, you can let it all out, we're somewhere private, I'm here for you if you need someone to listen and talk to. And it's okay if you want to take your time too...★

You wipe the tears off your eyes, refusing to bawl your eyes out. But there is still a wispy sadness in your voice.

You:... I… I don't deserve the belt... I don't even deserve to be part of THE KINSHIP... N-n-not after what I've done to achieve my goals!
Crab looks concerned.

Crab: ★eh? you… you didn't cheat did you?★

You shake your head in disagreement. You talk about everything Skidder's rubber ducky artifact told you, how you've abandoned your father, your lover, your friends, and your own happiness and losing your chances to actually live out your 20s to its fullest.

Crab is listening intently, nodding in understanding but isn't saying anything nor does she change expressions.

You: I c-c-c-couldn't think of anything to prove the artifact wrong. I can't live up to your expectations Crab. I'm a terrible person like my father was for abandoning people who loved me, and abandoning my own happiness for my selfish desires of wanting the attention I yearned for. I-I-I'm no better than my father.

Crab puts her claw on your shoulder

Crab: ★… From the looks of it, I assume you're feeling intense guilt and want to apologize for your choices, right?★

You nod in agreement

Crab: ★Then you're not a terrible person after all! Someone who is terrible would be someone who did horrible things unapologetically. You on the other hand regret your mistakes and want to apologize for them, correct?★

You: D-d-do I deserve forgiveness though?

Crab: ★hmmmm… let's find out. You said you even hurt yourself by abandoning your happiness and missing out on the important things in life… so maybe you should start by apologizing to yourself?★

You raise an eyebrow at the weird request, but you don't hesitate to follow her advice

You: um… I'm s-s-sorry… me… um… I should have treated you better… or me better… um… I'm sorry for missing out on many opportunities in my life, for r-r-rejecting people who loved me when I still needed them, for abandoning the important parts that made me who I am, thinking it will make me stronger...

This is awkward, you're talking to yourself. It's embarrassing, but Crab isn't judging.

Crab: ★So, do you forgive yourself? Look deep inside you for the answer★

You think a moment

You: I… feel like I can be forgiven… but I think I need to pay for what I've done before I can fully forgive myself.

Crab: ★In that case, try to redeem yourself! Get in touch with the people you left behind to apologize to, and try to focus more on living your life instead of focusing on finding validation. Maybe use those powers to help people instead of helping yourself too! You've already spent so much time to prove yourself coming this far long ago, now is your time to live!★

You don't know if redemption will be easy, but Crab is right. Now it is important to redeem yourself. And it is probably best to start at the root of the problem by getting your father the mental help he needs. You are considering maybe meeting with a therapist not only to help him, but maybe to get help for yourself as well… There was just too much to process with what that SQUEAKY TOY dredged out of the deepest depths of your mind which is making you rethink your life choices that you might want to consult a therapist about.

Crab: ★And for what it's worth, I think you still deserve the title. Sure you may have things to atone for, but you're not seeing the good things you've done. You became an inspiration to your fans, proved many fighters wrong for thinking that your light and dark powers were weak, and encouraged other fighters to work harder. Overall, you've worked so hard to make it this far, and no amount of the sacrifices you made can tell you otherwise★

You're starting to feel a little better. There is still much you need to think about, and what you want to do with your future, but you believe Crab has led you in the right direction to help make things right and come to terms with what you've done.

Crab: ★Just know that whatever it takes for you to find redemption, whether it means leaving PABE to join the Heroes League to save or help people, staying here to encourage the growth of PABE, or retiring altogether to find yourself with a new purpose in life, THE KINSHIP and I will all support your growth. Speaking of which, I believe the HL Rep wants to meet with you and Skidder now. Can't keep them waiting!★
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Oh right, the Heroes league rep. You wonder how well you had performed for them. Were they ranking you? Did you screw up your reputation when you lost your cool during that ducky incident? Whatever the case, considering everything that you learned about yourself that you have to come to terms with, you wonder if the Heroes League will be an important next step in the next chapter of your life in helping you search for redemption after what you've done, and become physically and mentally stronger under them. Who knows, maybe you can fight against any corruption you heard about plaguing the Heroes League too.

You remember the CEO’s stances on the matter. Crab wants to support any decision you make and believes it would be a huge honor if someone from the PABE becomes a big-shot hero in the Heroes league, but also thinks you are such a valuable member of the team and the company that it would be very difficult to replace you. If you leave, your belt will be up for grabs in a tournament within your team THE KINSHIP instead of going back to Skidder, so you don’t have to worry about betraying Crab’s wishes of becoming the new boss of PABE.
Ren is more on the idea of getting you out of here, so he encouraged you to take the Heroes league’s offer should it come to it to help get more BUX from their sponsorships. Predictably, he discouraged Skidder, his most precious fighter from going.

Goo was the most worried, saying that having the Heroes League recruit PABE fighters goes against Douglass’ grand vision for the company. He tried to convince you and Skidder not to join should it come to it, and you could have sworn he was on the verge of tears as he pleaded with you. Though he’s always been known for being a bit of a crybaby, which always makes exchanges like those awkward.

The recruiters only came after PABE founder Douglass went missing and Crab and Ren decided to allow them to recruit fighters in exchange for their huge sponsorships despite Goo’s protests. Douglass apparently did not like the idea of his fighters being recruited away from his company.

You are led into the conference room. There is nobody filming here so you have privacy. Skidder is here resting on his chair as well, but the rep isn’t here. There appears to be a teddy bear in a suit sitting on the table

Skidder: YOU! About time you showed up, thief… not that it matters, the Hero’s League guy isn’t even here!

You: I won the belt fairly, I d-d-didn’t steal it… What’s with the bear? Another toy of yours?

Skidder starts flexing… as he does.

Skidder: HA! ha! HA! ha! You think I would keep such weak pathetic baby toys?!

You: ...Considering the duck...

Skidder: You’re just upset that you got riled up over my awesome artifact! Don’t blame me, blame Ren and Goo for approving it! HA! ha! HA! Ha!
You can understand Ren approving such an evil artifact… But Goo? That’s unexpected.

You sit down on the chair while Skidder flexes his muscles.

You: Did they say what time the meeting was?

Skidder: Pssh, course not. Honestly, I’m thinking about tearing that bear’s head off, and heading home.

???: Be advised that property damage is a criminal offense, my good sir.

You: W-who’s there?!
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Suddenly, the teddy bear surprises both Skidder and you as it slowly stands up from where it is sitting. Its voice sounds like it is coming from an audio device from within the bear and seems to also sound like it is being modified by some voice changer.

Fluffyfuzz: Forgive me for surprising you both like that and not speaking out sooner, but I thought it would be polite to wait until everyone was here before I started. Allow me to introduce myself, My name is Fluffyfuzz, and I am speaking on behalf of my puppeteer, Marshall Willows…

Fluffyfuzz holds up a badge and ID containing the information of his puppeteer.
The photo is blacked out with a text that says “Confidential”

HEROES LEAGUE
HERO RANK B
MARSHALL DEVON WILLOWS
AGE: 32
AWAKENED ABILITY:
PUPPETEER

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
FLOOR 9

Skidder: What's with this puppet show?! You think we’re children or something?

He flexes to intimidate the bear.

You: Again, you play with rubber duckies, Skidder…
Skidder: Shut it!

Fluffyfuzz just laughs.

You: So Marshall is keeping his identity secret?

Fluffyfuzz: Yes! Marshall’s position requires his appearance to be confidential, lest he risks having criminals figure out who or what to look out for. So he uses more safer options such as toys to puppeteer like myself from a distance to speak for him.

You suppose that makes sense, though it does seem like bad manners that Marshall wouldn’t show up in person.

Skidder: hmph, why send a person from within the shadows in the first place as a rep?

Fluffyfuzz: With how dangerous the world is getting with criminals having stronger awakened powers showing up, and with considerations that we are recruiting famous fighters like yourselves, it is beneficial for your safety that they send someone from the shadows like me to not draw too much attention towards you and I over a more well known hero.

Skidder: For our safety?! HA! ha! HA! ha! Do you know who you are talking to? I was a champion, I can handle ANY weaklings that threaten my life!

Fluffyfuzz: ...You’d be surprised. Anyway, I believe congratulations are in order for the two of you. You both performed exceptionally well! Skidder, your strength is impressive, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone hold a person upwards with just one arm like you did. And Flicker, I must say you were very creative with how you use your powers and artifacts together to make up for your disadvantages. And while I can see you both have a lot of room for improvement, I can say with confidence that you both have the making to someday become A, or even S ranked heroes if you work for us!

Skidder: DUDE! I’ve been CHAMPION, the belt proved that I was the strongest fighter on the planet. Shouldn’t we already be S ranked by the time we join?

Fluffyfuzz: PABE may have a goal to find the strongest awakened fighters on the planet, but overall, it’s only an entertainment company. It only encourages growth in strength in some fields, and follows strict rules that limit fighters from reaching their full potential. Meanwhile, a place like the heroes league seeks to take you past your limitations as you’re released from those restrictions. After all, criminals don't play by the rules like PABE does, so you are expected to adapt and push back those restrictions if you do decide to join us if you hope rescue people from any lawbreakers

You: and what exactly will we be d-doing if we join the Heroes League.

Fluffyfuzz: Specifically? Well, I'm sure you've seen the news of criminal activity on the rise, and with many of those criminals using powers to help them counteract us, or slip through our fingers...

Skidder: Yeah yeah, like that news report of some gene therapy clinic doctor selling Power Capsules to the black market using the powers to falsely accuse people of wrongdoing or something I saw hours ago… get to the point!

Fluffyfuzz: Exactly. What we are looking for is to increase our numbers of heroes that can act as effective bounty hunters within the Heroes league to help us capture criminals like the one you mentioned, Skidder. And with how dangerous some people's powers can get, sometimes to the point of even giving them the potential to become an overlord if someone wanted to, we will need all the assistance we can get to keep the peace in Midland… or even the entire world! Your strengths and abilities would make an excellent addition to the Heroes League to help keep the peace once you both break out of your limitations to become stronger.

Fluffyfuzz walks towards you, arm extended out towards you fishing for a handshake

Fluffyfuzz: So with you as the champion of PABE, I'll ask you first, Flicker… are you interested in joining the Heroes League? Are you willing to help maintain peace within FAUNUS against some of the most dangerous criminals out there and save the lives of many?

This is it, the BIG DECISION. There has been so very much to consider, especially now after everything you've learned you have to come to terms with yourself. You've right now been deeply considering starting a new chapter in your life, one in which you will try to find redemption for all the people you abandoned in your journey to become the PABE champion. But what is the best decision in helping you find redemption?

Earlier, you've been selfishly using your powers only for yourself to become the strongest fighter… but maybe if you join the league, you could instead use those powers to help save people's lives instead of using them to get attention like you have been doing… it would mean however giving up your title and leaving PABE, which would probably be a fitting end to that chapter of your life now that you accomplished that goal. You've started seeing that title as a symbolism of a hollow desperate desire for attention much like your father's fame. Maybe it's time to let go…

Or maybe you should stay with PABE and live out this success for as long as you can and see where it leads? Sure you will be carrying a symbol of false attention with you reminding you of the terrible things you did, but you also worked so very hard all throughout your 20s to get strong enough to be the best, and it would be kind of painful to quit after all you accomplished. you can at least still try to become a better person and selflessly encourage other fighters to get stronger with your position as champion if you stay at least...

You also think about Skidder. You assume he is going to make his decision based on what choice you make. If you stay with PABE, Would he want to join the HL if you decide to decline the offer in an attempt to get stronger than you, or would he want to stay in PABE for revenge against you in a future match? and If you join the HL, Would he see your leaving as an opportunity to try to win the belt back now that you would be out of the way? Or does he see you as a worthy enough rival to join the HL with you to try to one-up you?

You take deep breaths and give your answer...
Should you join the Heroes League?
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No. 1002942 ID: d48428

Hmmm, yeah lets do it. I know that the Heroes league is corrupted by angels from Nunitus, but from a story telling perspective, after what we've learned about Flicker, I feel it'd make most sense for her to join the league.
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No. 1002944 ID: 094652

No. FLICKER'S little mind-hacking artifact revealed a serious heap of mental instabilities and emotional weaknesses. You're not Heroes League material. In fact, you have a confession to make: you're pure supervillain material. Screw that.

You wish Flicker the best at his new job in the Heroes League - the best at getting himself humiliated and blacklisted, for being a potential supervillain and a miserable, self-absorbed manchild who would sooner murder a witness than admit he has been running away from his own self-loathing his whole life.

In fact, you'll do him one better: you'll stay the hell away from whatever career he pursues if he gives you full ownership of the RUBBER DUCK he used in the last match, and legal rights to use it on him whenever you want. Now.
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No. 1003005 ID: afe7de

Join the HL, start a new life, maybe it'll be better? Or maybe itll be way worse and you'll go down as a villain? whooo knowwwws
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No. 1003009 ID: afa6f6

>>1002941
Nah, You just inherited a responsibility as the champion and the representative of THE KINSHIP. You dont want to start off your new redemptive quest by abandoning the people who got you here in search of more redemption. You should stick around, get your head on straight, try to rebuild your bridges and come to terms with your issues before jumping into a new responsibility, at least for while.
Tell him you'll keep the offer in mind and take it seriously, but for now were not ready to join yet, if the offer doesn't have a time limit.
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No. 1003010 ID: 96c896

>>1002941
Hold on, this is suspicious. You're being approached immediately after having a psychologically draining incident with a mind-altering artifact.

>Flicker, I must say you were very creative with how you use your powers and artifacts together to make up for your disadvantages. And while I can see you both have a lot of room for improvement, I can say with confidence that you both have the making to someday become A, or even S ranked heroes if you work for us!
Creative? I don't agree with that. It was pretty straightforward use of your artifacts and powers and you mostly got wrecked in return, until the final hit with the disco ball. You would've lost if Skidder had bothered to use his six arms to keep you grappled and in a submission hold.
Sounds like he's buttering you up.

Don't join these shady fucks. Become an independent bounty hunter instead.
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No. 1003011 ID: 094652

>>1003010
Agreed, he didn't even use the laser pointer. Skidder is dumb muscle and you can clearly see that Fluffyfuzz Puppetmaster is focused on hiring the moron with no critical thinking skills, while you're a side objective.
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No. 1003013 ID: 8483cf

>>1003009
This! Time to pay it forward!
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No. 1003016 ID: 715a80

>>1003010
Support on being an independent bounty hunter! Leave PABE, and reject the Heroes League. Also, go DUNGEON CRAWLING

The heroes league is corrupted, and with Kelsey's current mental state, it probably isn't going to help if they start brainwashing poor Kelsey.

And staying in PABE is probably not going to do Kelsey any good either since all this will probably do is continue to deteriorate her mental state as she continues following her fathers footsteps for attention. Especially since she'll be holding that belt reminding her of who she hurt to win the belt.

Really, Kelsey needs to be alone for awhile to get her shit together. Being an independent bounty hunter would be a good way to do things at her own pace while she uses her powers to save others instead of using it for herself, and gives her time to focus on mending bridges with friends and family. Plus, dungeon crawling would be a good way to get stronger to save people from criminals and try to one up the Heroes League! Dungeons do help in making people stronger after all!

But lets just politely decline the offer. No sense in being aggresive towards the HL.
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No. 1003017 ID: afe7de

Changing my vote, independent bounty hunter sounds way radder and could lead to some more interesting plot lines. What if her first job was a s the guardian of a nearby small town? Hmm????
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No. 1003054 ID: 190e37

Join the Heroes’ league. A support network is invaluable, you should know that from your time in PABE.
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No. 1003098 ID: fdc22d

author's note: thanks for suggesting, everyone. I have already written up the update last night after looking through everyone's suggestion and will be drawing and updating later tonight or tomorrow.

The upcoming update will be my last update for my intermission section with PABE, afterwards, the updates will switch back over to EDMANGO. I appreciate you all for participating and showing interest in Kelsey's story.

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You: I… I…

You consider a lot of things… Are you mentally in the right mind to be joining the Heroes League right now? You thought after all these years ago after you cut ties with your father, you had gained a strong resolve, free from trying to earn his love to focus on yourself and only yourself. But… after that terrifying artifact went through the deepest recesses of your mind to dig out the guilt you’ve been subconsciously repressing, you realized that you might just be too mentally unstable, too emotionally weak for such huge responsibilities.

There was even a small part of you that really wanted to hurt Skidder to the point of breaking him which terrifies you. you’re scared that if you joined the Heroes League with your mental health the way it is, it might just become too much for you to handle, making you emotionally and mentally broken to the point of becoming some kind of supervillain, especially if the rumors of the Heroes League being corrupted is true…

You also think about PABE… Would you be able to continue on being a champion with the knowledge that you became one by making sacrifices that hurt yourself and others? And If you really are like your father like the artifact claimed you were, what if continuing your career in PABE as the champion only boosts your ego to narcissistic levels? What if after you lose your time in the spotlight, you start making desperate and humiliating attempts to recapture your glory days?

You’re not sure what to do anymore. PABE, or Heroes League? What is the best path for you on your road to recovery in the long run? Is there even anything else out there for you?

It was at that moment you realized there is an alternative third option.

>Work independently

What if you decided to work independently, do random jobs such as become someone’s bodyguard or even guard an entire quiet small town? Work as an independent bounty hunter? Go dungeon crawling to get stronger and find treasure?

Goddess, could that work out for you? Could this help you to come to terms with your issues in your path of redemption? Thinking further down this line of thinking, you realize that if you decide to work independently in the next chapter in your life, the only limits of expectations will be only the ones placed by yourself.

This could also be a good way to take the time you need to put yourself together. You really think you need to work alone for a while to do things at a more reasonable pace so you can focus on making things right with the friends and family you hurt, help people with your powers instead of using them for your selfish desires, and become strong on your own terms instead of the Heroes League’s terms through dungeon crawling on your own. And with you being a champion of Pabe at least once, finding work shouldn’t be… no, wait... you shouldn’t be thinking about your fame or using it to your advantage. That would be completely missing the point of this whole quest for redemption you placed for yourself in the first place.

With this epiphany, You suddenly feel your resolve become stronger. You make the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

You: Thanks, but… t-t-there is a lot of things I need to come to terms with in my life right n-n-n-now before I can consider handling such r-r-r-responsibilities… As things stand, I’m n-n-n-not Heroes League material… Not yet at least… but maybe someday when I overcome my own issues, I’ll consider joining when I’m r-r-r-ready if the offer isn’t time limited.

At this point, you are so certain about your decision in the next chapter of your life that you do not care anymore that your stuttering speech impediment is obvious for them to hear.

Fluffyfuzz lowers his arm slowly, and gives a slow nod.

Fluffyfuzz: Expected... but understandable. You did just become champion after all, so it’s natural you’d want to experience being champion for a while. I shall respect your decision, Flicker.

You: That’s not it either… I've a-a-a-actually decided that after this meeting, I will meet with Crab immediately to announce my leave of absence from PABE for an undetermined amount of time.…

There is a long silence in the room. You think you hear Fluffyfuzz say something, but it sounds like his voice is far in the distance for some reason while Skidder just stares at you for a while when suddenly, you see Skidder’s stare turn into a glare and he finally pounds his fist on the table… hard.
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Skidder: What… the… FUCK, Flicker?! I can understand not wanting to join the Heroes League, but to just GIVE UP on EVERYTHING YOU WORKED HARD FOR?!

You’re surprised. You thought Skidder of all people would make fun of you for quitting, and call you weak for not being able to cut it as champion before you even started. You did not expect him to get passionately angry about your decision.

You: I’m sorry, but this is something I need to do for the s-s-s-s-sake of my own health…

Skidder: WHAT ABOUT YOUR PRIDE FROM BEING CHAMPION?! Where is your HONOR for being offered a job at the HEROES LEAGUE?! What about our RIVALRY!? My rematch to win my BELT BACK!?!?!?!

You: I’m in a very dark place in my life right now, Skidder, and I-I-I-I need to find myself before I end up lost. I need to be stronger and come to terms with a lot of things...

Skidder rubs his forehead with his hand

Skidder: I cannot believe this… and to think I saw you as a worthy opponent… Well you know what, FINE! I’ve made my decision too. If you think you can become stronger by just leaving PABE and all you worked up to behind, going on this path of self discovery… Then I am leaving PABE as well to join the Heroes league and become stronger myself… And mark my words, once you get stronger by getting over your dumb personal issues and I finish training with the Heroes Lague to become even stronger with my powers and go past my limits, you and I shall meet again, and I will challenge and BEAT the everloving shit out of you back on the PABE arena, or wherever we may meet again!

You have no idea where this is coming from within Skidder. But he does seem passionate. There was only one phrase you can think of to say for this moment:

You: Challenge accepted.

Fluffyfuzz is clapping, though it is quiet due to his little plush paws being so soft.

Fluffyfuzz: Excellent, truly truly excellent! This is exactly why I LOVE watching Pabe! The drama! And the emotions that burst out of the fighters!

You shoot Fluffyfuzz a quick dirty look… so he's those kinds of fans that takes pleasure off of watching fighters’ personal problems.

Fluffyfuzz immediately rubs the back of his neck

Fluffyfuzz: *ahem* Excuse me, sorry about that. In any case, Skidder, I welcome you to the Heroes League. We will contact you with further information tomorrow on when your orientation will be once we schedule it. And please take this card, you’ll need it to let people know you are a new recruit when you come for orientation. Don’t lose it!

He shakes Skidder’s hand.

Skidder: Yeah, yeah, whateves.

Fluffyfuzz: And Flicker… I truly hope you find what you are looking for one day… but if you ever find yourself lost in your journey of self discovery and want to become a part of something bigger than yourself, our offer will always be open. Here is my COMM number if you ever change your mind. Just send a message, and I’ll get back to you whenever I’m not super duper busy, okay?

You just nod as you pocket the number given.

Fluffyfuzz: Well, that settles that. I believe our time here is up. Marshall will soon relinquish control over me and I’ll return back to a regular ol’ teddy bear again. With that in mind, please make your exit and don’t touch me once I’m a doll again, it’ll be a very… very bad idea…

Fluffyfuzz then collapses on the surface of the table very suddenly.
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You and Skidder exit the conference room. You’re about to say something to Skidder, perhaps to confront him about his duck when Skidder turns his back on you, and pounds his fist on the wall hard, yelling “FUCK! ” at the top of his lungs, and quickly storms off away from you.

Well, that settles that. You are not going to be joining the Heroes League, and you have decided to retire from PABE for a while. You will be speaking to Crab about it very soon once you get your thoughts together.

You do feel a little sad about your decision, but that is greatly overshadowed by a great sense of freedom when you start thinking about your future. You realize that there are now so many opportunities that will open up for you once you work independently as an awakened user. You imagine what it would be like working as an awakened TOWNGUARD in a quiet small town for you to take plenty of time to get your thoughts together, and the kinds of people out there that might want someone with your powers to protect their lives as an awakened BODYGUARD. You also imagine what kinds of criminals you can stop if you become an independent awakened BOUNTY HUNTER, like capturing that GENE THERAPY CLINIC doctor you heard Skidder talk about. And there’s always being a DUNGEON CRAWLER! It’d be so rewarding to find new ARTIFACTS and treasure if you start exploring dungeons.

It is going to be very busy for you the next few days. First thing tomorrow morning, you will look into how you can work independently as an awakened TOWNGUARD or awakened BODYGUARD, or as an awakened BOUNTY HUNTER, and find out information about DUNGEON CRAWLING. You will also look into job openings! Maybe Crab even has connections with people who might need someone like you that you can ask about! Crab knows a lot of people, she always knows how to form bonds with so many people

Afterwards, you will also look into getting in touch with some of your friends, family, and your ex to apologize to, and look into getting help from a therapist for both you and your father’s mental health. It isn’t going to be easy, but you feel that this is the most important first step moving forward.

For now though, you want to enjoy yourself and relax for the rest of the night after you talk to Crab about your retirement before you think about packing up and think about your future. It is Saturday after all, which means tonight, that WANOMAY show Plantimals: WEED OUT THE WEAK will be airing. You hope you can catch it. You’re not really a huge fan of Wanomay cartoons, but your mother who is in her 50s and is a professional voice actress voices one of the characters in that show. You never miss a single episode so you can support her and listen to her voice every weekend.

You start to go search for Crab when suddenly, your COMM starts ringing. You pull out your phone and see who it is. You assume it is Gummy Puffy wishing you a congratu... oh...
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It’s… him.... Your father… Why...? Why is that man calling now of all times? He never calls you, and you never called him for the past ten years. Is he calling you to wish you congratulations on being champion only because he wants to gloat over the fact that his daughter is champion and make your win all about him? Is he calling to apologize just so he can get back into your life only because you’ve become champion and wants to leech off your success? You don't know how he can even apologize when the only outcome you can think of happening in his apology is being too little, too late.

Ugh, no, you have to stop thinking like that. You already promised yourself that you would try to reconnect with your father and get him professional help.You just didn’t think it would happen this soon though and thought you’d have more time to be ready for this… You really should answer and talk to him, and you know that whatever you two will talk about is going to get really emotional. But seeing his name on your COMM trying to call you is also making you very hesitant. Some of your hatred towards your father is surfacing, and it is making you really want to decline the call.

Should you answer, or should you decline? You continue staring at your COMM in silence, trying to make a choice…

And after the fourth ring... you make your decision…

Poltergeist Ethanoic Acid here, I was the guest author for this section of the intermission. I wanted to thank you all for reading and participating in Kelsey’s story in this part of the intermission. I want to also thank EDMANGO as well for allowing me to tell my silly short story within the universe of CATALYST in the intermission.
This was sort of a test run for me as well to see how well I can create updates in a quicker speed, to see if potentially doing a spinoff quest of CATALYST that takes place within a fighting arena for Awakened users would be doable for me, and to find out if there would be enough interest for this type of story to be told. After making this short story, I have confidence that at some point in the future, I will be able to make a CATALYST spinoff quest that takes place in PABE with EDMANGO’s approval. Please look forward to that in the future!
we now return you to your regularly scheduled CATALYST quest already in progress




The camera switches back to Gena and Andrea, she’s got the yellow in her hand and is bringing it over to the table. Andrea looks towards it with resignation and mentally prepares herself.

They’ve got some time before the next show they wanted to watch comes on. What do you watch now?

EDMANGO: You’ll be watching a specific WANOMAY starting the 21st, so we can do several short things or one larger thing, Up to you all! Same as before, I’ll be taking an initial suggestion and making something out of it. It can be a movie, trailer, commercial, or whatever. If we even get enough ideas I could do a spattering of them by making one the main show and the others commercials. Same as before, if you can’t decide just give a TYPE and GENRE, but most of all, have fun!
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No. 1003150 ID: e51896

Either a MUSIC VIDEO

A new video from Pop Idol Deena Cartwright, a poodle moth! Her singing voice is said to put anyone in a state of euphoria.

Or

A GAME SHOW

Lets test our knowledge of the world of CATALYST and see if we can learn new things about its history!

The game show is controversial in which it has the contestants doing embarrassing things if they get a question wrong.

if they answer a question right, they get BUX. If they get it wrong, they do a dare.

The easier the question, the less BUX contestants get when answered right, and the less humiliating the dare would be if answered wrong.

The harder the question, the more BUX contestants get when answered right and the more humiliating the dare would be if answered wrong

Hosted by an opossum
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No. 1003154 ID: 094652

Last Chance Pilot Nosedive
A showcase of last year's pilot episodes of various cartoons, soap operas, and even video games, all of which didn't make the cut with executive producers.
The premise is simple; each pilot is edited by a new director and the original design team to be five minutes long, and can only add 30 seconds of new footage that summarizes what happens in the cut footage. Afterwards, viewers can vote online to support the premise and give it a second shot at life. The catch is that each minute, one of the judges will submit a criticism about any inherent problems with the core story, the characters' personalities, any political or extreme views that are not justified or villainized, i.e., anything bad that can be directly inferred from the pilot only. The judges get paid if the dying show doesn't get greenlit, so they are intentionally biased to oppose a fanbase that may be over positive and giving out likes from cheap thrills... unless the show is so good that the judges go in the opposite direction and outright endorse the pilot, which is usually enough to turn heads at the producers' offices.
There's a funny cartoon n-manifold waveform flying in an archaic airplane, which spirals out of control into a nosedive. You can guess what happens if the show gets greenlit or not.

Uki-Cutie Final Episode!
A 'World-Gone-Mad' anime about a little rabbit girl trying to live her daily life in a post-apocalypse giant-mecha warzone. You will see blood and gore fly as Titan pilots are forcefully mutated and burst into hideous abominations that burst out of their cockpits so violently they cause the Titan to explode. You will also see sexual molestation, betrayals from loving family members, and artistic displays of cannibalism and mad science. And almost none of this will be focused on as Uki is intentionally the main protagonist at all times. Uki's Awakened power is that she is completely impervious to outside forces, which is why she doesn't get killed by all the falling debris and radiation, but she still grows up despite her willful ignorance.
The last episode flips the script as Uki succumbs to cancer and her death causes a nuclear explosion that distributes clean renewable energy to everyone who survives, ending the war. The last surviving Pilot has a philosophical crisis about the virtue of Uki's Zen personality and the sinful ignorance that perpetuated the prevention of a solution to the endless war, as only her cruel and unusual death finally brought balance to the world. The very last scene is of a strange child who is implied to have the same powers as Uki, staring in the shadow of the pilot.
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No. 1003162 ID: afa6f6

>>1003149
A commerical.: Local News is advertising indie punk rock groupDefi's next small concert. Theyre pretty popular and well known due to their vocal criticism of the Hero League actions and competence as well as the view tey have too much power and influence despite not having much oversight, and talk about it both in their music and interviews. Their stance has gotten them a lot of flak in the media, enough flak that it makes people suspicious that the League itself might be using their influence to try and discredit them, which actually only made the group more popular.
City management themselves quietly supports them due to half the group being awakened who can do security for their own shows, the local money they bring in, And the much lower occurrence of violence and rioting comparatively at their shows, mostly due to the aforementioned awakened in the group.
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No. 1003165 ID: 8e4c26

>>1003150
>>1003162

Mix the music video, and commercial together. They adverise their upcoming concert, and play one of their music vids.

The music video is about the Heores League corruption, but it is told and visualized through hints and symbolism that doesn't outright say they are attacking the Heroes League, but smart people who really pay attention to the lyrics and visuals and put the pieces together know who they are attacking.
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No. 1003167 ID: 18679e

Just the music video.
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No. 1003200 ID: afe7de
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Gena pulls up her COMM and starts recording, Andrea frowns as she bends over. It’s in a really awkward position and now she’s got her ass up. She opens her mouth wide and takes just a massive chunk out of the YELLOW. It’s sour. You can see tears forming her her eyes as she chews. She mumbles something while she swallows the first YELLOW chunk.

Andrea: GAH. Fucking HATE SOUR things. *SOB* UUUUGHHHHHH. I’ll have my vengance GENA!!!!
Gena: HEHEHEHHEH


She takes the last half in her mouth, chews it and swallows, giving a large citrusy burp. She then licks the floor for good measure. She coughs a few times and wipes away the tears. There’s some gagging, but she runs to the kitchen and downs a glass of water before giving Gena the stink eye.

Gena: That’ll learn ya to bet against meeeeeeeee!!!!
Andrea: Blugh, we’ve got like an hour till Plantimals is on, what else do ya wanna watch.


The two of you scroll through the TV’s various channels. Gena’s got the best cable package in the world. It gets channels overseas too. You flip through a few and eventually end up on some Music Video channel.
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> Music video
The camera focuses on some legs walking down a runway, they’re covered in thigh highs. The camera slowly pans up and you see some very fluffy thighs poking out of those thigh highs. A miniskirt floats down, covering the sensitive bits of the singer. It’s dark from her waist up but you can tell that she has wings and antenna.

The lights flash on and we’re treated to a frontal view of the stage. A band sits in the back, ready to hit their instruments and there’s silence. We hear the twang of an electric guitar as the music starts to build up. Next is the drums, a tempo is added, you’re starting to get a feeling for the beat. A trumpet joins in and you’re now hearing a very ska-like tune whilst the camera focuses back on the singer. She’s an absolutely gorgeous poodle moth in a coat and when she begins to sing, you feel your stress melting away.

The fallen tower~
Our blissful ignorance~
Your Powers fail us~
As we open our EYYYYYEEEESS~


The guitar picks up and the music gains in intensity. The moth tosses her coat into the audience and the crowd goes wild. An overview of the stadium shows that it’s a concert and the audience members all have glow sticks of some kind.

Some have Awakened~
Others have shaken~
We’re feeling something~
No thanks to you~

Was once my boyfriend!
Now stalks me on the weekends!
Can’t take the hint!
We don’t need you anymore!


A screen above the stadium lights up and various images begin to scroll past, we see ruined cities, the flashing of these strange eye symbols. Images of men in business suits with Xs on their eyes appear next, they appear to be parody actors dressed like members of the Walpole family. The moth at center stage picks up her mike and starts a dance routine, the crowd is really feeling it now.
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I’ve gathered new friends!
With me til night’s end!
They’ll stalk you back!
Make you wish you hadn’t done that!

You think I’ll take it!
You think I’ll wither?
It’s just the beginning!
You’re just an insect!

The crowd chants in unison “AND YOURS”

We’ll work together~
Rebuild the tower~
No longer ignorant~
And opennnn ouuuuuuur EEEEYYYYYYYYYSSSS~


Confetti shoots out into the sky, there’s cheering as the camera fades to black. An announcer comes on announcing that Deena Cartwright’s hit single “WATCHER” is now in stores and online music apps and to check it out!

Gena: Woah, that was great!
Andrea: Yeah! She’s gotten better and better!
Andrea: Heard she started off a singer in Wano then came to Midland and became a massive hit.
Gena: Yeah, I heard they didn’t like her in Wano cause she had some anti League agenda.
Gena: You can hear it a bit in the song too, I think the boyfriend is a metaphor for the League.
Andrea: Yeah, they’re stricter about it there.
Andrea: But here she can sing and practice her activism and legally there’s not much they can do since she’s so popular.
Gena: Wanna watch another or something else?


A commercial is about to come on. What is it advertising?
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No. 1003203 ID: e7c7d3

It's for that shady lawyer who's jingle comes up every commercial.

"Been in a crash~?
And you need that cash~?
Feign that broken neck~!
And we'll get you that cheque!"
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No. 1003204 ID: 0fae41

WAKE-UP JUICE, the official HERO FUEL of the Heroes' League! It's got electrolytes!
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No. 1003205 ID: e6a906

RATIOLATRY religion commercial

Or

Relief effort commercial asking for donations for Fluxtopa... brought to you by the heroes league (they're actually using the donation money for themselves)
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No. 1003210 ID: 094652

A commercial for a virtual vacation to another world. You pay a deposit for the drone and a fee for teleporting that drone through an Artifact-based gateway. Use your COMM to explore distant lands and obtain shiny souvenirs. But be warned, you'll lose everything on your journey if you don't get the drone back to safety in beast-infested lands with extreme environmental hazards! Brought to you by WorldS(e)RF: "We'll give the customer everything they deserve or their money back!"
WARNING: Specifically-marked areas will have major restrictions on Drone control; at any point when the drone is in these sectors, abilities will be restricted and a WorldSRF engineer will be legally allowed to take control of your drone for any reason. If the drone's core is damaged due to your actions, you will not get any money back on the deposit. There are no refunds on the initial teleportation fee.
Note that customers will not be held liable for any unforeseen illegal acts or unintentional acts of sedition performed by accident when in a marked area, but may be banned permanently. Any other instances of criminal activity (sedition, assault) outside of the marked area will be punished to the full extent of the law.
tl;dr: Pilot a drone in another world for a vacation.

In truth, WorldSRF is a corrupt megacorporation run by a vile Angel Faction known as the Enforcers. They believe that the caste system is a sacred institution and seek to reinstate it on as many worlds as possible. The worst part is that unlike most of their greed-filled minions, the angel leaders have fully bought into this twisted ideology; Their end-goal for FAUNUS post-apocalypse is to use all the money and influence they've built up (and will steal it from their own employees, who are unknowingly low-caste) to enslave specific targets for the sole purpose of ensuring that their ancestry decides their fate, and not the hard work and determination they put into working their way to the top. They will literally bribe the government with billions of BUX' worth in assets and threaten their brainwashed fanbase of suicide bombers, just to enslave the president because she happens to have ancestors who were cursed to have their bloodlines enslaved for all eternity.
WorldSRF is allowing customers to tour a world they've conquered so they can be brainwashed into believing the caste system somehow works, and openly hates revolutions of any kind. Also, they scam their customers out of the initial teleportation fee because the real drones are built on the resort planet's sweatshop factory.
tl;dr: Cruise Dicks.

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No. 1003229 ID: 10211b

>>1003203
This

That lawyer is said to literally be a sociopath and is a professional manipulator as well, enough to make people think he has a brainwashing awakened power, but it has been proven that he does not have powers,

Im fact, he HATES awakened abilities. He is part of a group of activists that protests against the use of awakened abilities, trying to get governmemt to sign laws to restrict the use of awakened powers.


For species, maybe he's a tortoise
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> A shady lawyer’s firm
You see a closeup of something green, the camera pans out showing a tortoise sitting on a lillypad. A jingle starts playing.

Andrea: GOD noooo, this fucking jingle
Gena: Huh?
Andrea: You havent heard it?!!? Fuck we gotta watch now.


Been in a crash~?
And you need that cash~?
Feign that broken neck~!
And we’ll get you that cheque!


You see several flamingoes dancing in the background, sticking their legs in and out in large frilly dresses. The jingle continues to play in the background softly as the camera focuses on the older tortoise on the lillypad.

Wake: Hi there, I’m Wake Knee. If you’re ever in an accident or injury please give my number a call.

“877-WAKE-NOW” appears on the screen.

Wake: We’re here rain or shine, 24 hours a day, hell or high water. Monster wave or not to help you in your time of need.
Wake: We’re the number one law firm and we ALWAYS win your cases. That’s an indisputable fact.
Wake: So don’t delay and if you need help…

The jingle picks up in intensity and changes tunes, Wake starts singing along.

I HAVE A BROKEN COCCYX AND I NEED HELP NOW
CALL WAKE KNEE’S LAW FIRM
877-WAKE-NOW

MY BOSS RAN ME OVER AND I NEED HELP NOOOOOWWW
CALL WAKE KNEE’S LAW FIRM
877 WAKE NOW!

CALL WAKE KNEE’S LAW FIRM
877-WAKE-NOW
877 WAKE NOW?
877 WAKE NOW!

IT’S YOUR LIFE, CALL ME WHEN YOU NEED IT!


And with a trumpet blare the commercial is over.

Gena: Wow that was kind of catchy.
Andrea: Bluuuuuuuuughhhhhhhh
Andrea: I heard he’s a manipulative tool.
Andrea: And he’s anti Awakened rights.
Andrea: But I guess he has a good marketing team.


Another commercial is coming up. What’s this one advertising?

Sorry for the short one today, was my birthday!
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No. 1003270 ID: e51896

A commercial for a game called Lust Quest.

This commercial only airs late at night due to it being more of a game for adults.
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No. 1003276 ID: 094652

Video Game
Battle Royale Mecha "Closing World" Dungeon Crawler

The premise is as follows: Players either pick an "Apex Crusader", an awakened set of powers and skills, or a "Grum Pilot", who gets to use a giant mecha. They work in teams of three and go on adventures in miniature dungeons on the map, killing other teams they find. The catch is that dungeons closest to the ring of fire will generate the most loot while central players can install traps or markers in dungeons they have already cleared.

Showcase a pilot in a mini-mecha firing rockets at BDSM raiders in a cavern while an awakened Beast-kin spews globs of gelatin, all while a giant wall of fire trails behind them.

There's a competition to gain real superpowers from an artifact, with a 2,000 BUX entry fee.
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No. 1003278 ID: afa6f6

>>1003266
Happy Birthday!

Also, for a commercial, How bout an infomercial from Conservationists?
Recent disasters as well as random animals Awakening and stray monsters have thrown ecosystems out of whack, and the various conservation societies are looking for donations and volunteers to help them work to get everything sorted out without significant harm coming to Kin or wildlife.
Theres also a part at the end with a number to call and report if youve seen any awakened wildlife in your area.
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No. 1003280 ID: d09be1

>>1003270
I see what you did there

Commercial for Lyluk slushees. It is advertising a new Slushee: black

The black slushee is terrible, but gives you an outstanding temporary stat boosts for an entire day for all your stats if you manage to finish it. (Though you wont be happy if youre not used to the taste). Not many people can finish this drink though, it's an acquired taste really.

And they also mention the contest to figure out what the mysterious gray slushee flavor is is still going on. There is a secret artifact prize, or the opportunity to win a pet Lyluk for anyone who can guess what flavor it is, but nobody has guessed correctly for the past 13 years since the contest began. It raises the ??? Stat to those who drink it.
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No. 1003301 ID: f8fa51

>>1003270
I like this idea, if Edmango doesn't think it's too self-indulgent.
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No. 1003302 ID: afe7de
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> Lust Quest Commercial
The camera fades in from black and you hear a deep and husky woman’s voice laughing. The eyes of a dragon appear on the screen as she says a few words.

Those fools have no idea what LUST I’ll bring upon this world.
The Aphrodesiac Idol.
The Crown’s Crystal.
All I’m missing is the Empathiquor and soon.
Soon. THEY’LL be mine again.

HA HA HA HA HA HA

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A smooth jazz beat plays in the background as the camera pans out and you get an overview of a desert Oasis, there’s a town full of kin hustling and bustling about they’re playing various games and you can even hear the moans of intercourse from behind some buildings. You’re shown cuts of different characters doing different things. First is our protagonist. PROTA, they’re a Lust-Kin, a former beast-kin that awoke to magic powers one day. They can duplicate and change their bodies genitalia at will. They’re seen interacting at a bar with an extremely busty Cow girl. Everyone in the bar is drinking, but suddenly everyone turns aggressive and starts LUSTING eachother, fighting and groping and fucking. You see Prota surrounded before the camera shifts focus again.

This time It’s CACTMYN, she’s a spunky Cactus with a pollen allergy that has a serious case of WANDERLUST. Her potted plant is to the side and she’s buried in the middle of some kind of altar. There’s robed figures worshipping her and she’s frantically trying to dig herself out. A different narrator speaks up, his voice is soft and old.

The Lustival. A place of carnal desire and Lust. A perfect place to harness that energy.
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The next scene is of a Moth Insect-kin and Spider Insect-Kin drinking this strange blue liqor. The camera focuses on it before showing the two laughing. We see YOWIE spying on them in the distance, the same drink in her hand.

Oh what bliss it will be to harness that energy.

The last scene is of a robed man with large horns, he’s holding up an orb and a rift is forming behind him. MIZU approaches. She’s a large, buff pink wolf with a katana to her waist. She’s the only person you’ve seen so far with any form of actual weapon.

But what is bliss without a CHALLENGE.
So Come Kin. Let us have one final BOUT. Before I change the world!

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The rift opens wider and Large monsters with extremely sharp teeth and claws can be seen. Mizu pulls out her weapon and you can hear her mutter. “No, not here. Not this place.” And with a slice of her katana the Logo [LUST QUEST: THE LUSTIVAL] comes on screen. Out NOW!!

Gena: Whaaaaat?!?! No way, I thought he stopped working on it!
Andrea: Huh? Who?
Gena: Rudeus, the guy who made the Lust Quest games.
Gena: I heard he got some kinda Tinker power and stopped game dev for a while, but now it’s back!!!! WHOOOOOOO
Andrea: Huh, got a tinker power and still making games, that’s kinda neat!
Gena: Yeah, I thought he just gave up on making games, so this is great to me!
Gena: I’mma download it


Gena then goes on to explain the intricate lore of the lust quest games, about how they’re about each character following their own type of lust and the protagonist Prota whos collecting all of them in their magical fuck wagon. She talks about how the writing got a little heavy handed in the second one but the book was great. And about how there’s this overarching villain the Dragon Queen whose trying to collect ingredients to make something. Fans online have theorized that she’s trying to win back Prota’s love but it might be more sinister than that. She very much enjoys the gratuitous sexual content and thinks that the idea of solving problems through sex instead of fighting with weapons is pretty cool.

You can tell Gena’s really excited about this and has tons of ideas on how it could be an excellent game, or even an excellent… Quest. You have time before your WANOMAY, so she offers to show you some of the game if you’re interested.

Do you play some LUST QUEST: THE LUSTIVAL?

Or do you watch a documentary of some kind? (If so, what’s the documentary about?)
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No. 1003307 ID: 0fae41

Alright, let's play the Lustival.
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No. 1003309 ID: e51896

Sure lets play it to make Gena happy!

You both start playing it in the middle of a RATIOLATRY commercial, not really paying attention to it.

Ask if it is two player.
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No. 1003321 ID: 094652

Yeah download the game
While you're waiting, there's a documentary on a recently discovered dangerous monster that is amazingly cute but extremely hazardous; the pumatose balloon (Argiotentus Balloonus)

This particular species can hold its breath for up to thirty minutes - or more accurately, can hold exorbitant amounts of water in its body while effectively suffocating for about thirty minutes. There are specialized secondary vein network in its body, which stay low-flow until water is poured through them, causing the pumatose balloon to inflate and even appear transparent in certain areas. It will do this willingly, without input from owners, causing it to waddle around with bulging eyes and cheeks until it finally releases its fluids. Scientific research has not determined why the pumatose balloon does this act in defiance of all regular land and sea survival tactics, mainly because the funding is so low for this low-priority monster.

The problem is, this particular beast has a dangerous habit of effectively drowning its owners by spewing water into their lungs while they sleep. Four people are already dead due to their poor choice in pet ownership. They are also strangely intelligent and will learn how to use basic faucets quickly, and can even recognize word association with water.

Strangely enough, they have trouble feeding themselves solid food, ignoring potential foodstuffs and defying the usual 'smell tests' that most pets perform, and need to be spoon-fed to survive. Theories for this behavior include a need to 'mark' their potential kills by spitting water over them.
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No. 1003324 ID: f8fa51

Go for it. If she's that excited she should get to show it off.
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No. 1003340 ID: 56ed87

Tell Gena you suck at video games, so you'll just watch her play it.
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No. 1003358 ID: afe7de
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> Have Gena show you LUST QUEST
The download is done in a few minutes, Gena has good Internet. She loads it up and the same commercial plays for the intro cut-scene, so Gena skips it and you’re thrust into the main menu. She starts a new profile and options are presented for her. Apparently in this game you can custom create your own kin. It’s much more in depth than the previous game. Gena’s excited and excitedly squeaks.

Gena: AAAAA this is great! They just had you playing Prota the protagonist before.
Gena: Now we can make our own Kin! AAAAA this’ll be great!
Andrea: Ughhhh you usually spend forever on character creation though.
Andrea: Since we’re just doing this for fun while we wait for Plantimals can we maybe not go too in depth, you can do it later.
Gena: Oh yeah, this seems like the kinda game I’ll do multiple playthroughs of.
Gena: Let’s just make you and play with that.
Andrea: Aw hell yeah, I wanna see a little me on the screen fucking kin!


Gena speeds through the character creation screen and eventually a kin that looks pretty much like Andrea in a hoodless adventurer’s poncho appears. The next screen asks you what your LUSTING style is. LUSTING is this universe’s form of COMBAT. There are three options, Gena reads them out to you.

Gena: First there’s PHYSICAL - You fight by touch and using toys on your opponents.
Gena: You get a bonus to the RED stat, your power.
Gena: There was this really goofy toy that’s like a pocket pussy mentioned in the novel.
Gena: Basically you fire it and it latches onto your target’s dick, forcibly jerking them off.
Gena: And this style lends itself to you groping and touching your opponents to get them to CLIMAX.
Gena: But you’re weaker to MAGIC attacks
Andrea: That sounds fun and a bit silly, what do you use lubes too and they have special properties? Hahahah
Gena: Actually Yes.
Andrea: …

Gena: Next there’s VISUAL/SENSORY - You fight by teasing and taunting your opponent.
Gena: You get a bonus to the YELLOW stat, your reflexes.
Gena: You get a lot of sexy dances with this style
Gena: It’s good for exhibitionists
Gena: But you’re weaker to PHYSICAL attacks
Gena: I think there’s also like pheromone and musk attacks but we’ll have to play and see.
Andrea: Huh, how can you get your opponents to CLIMAX by just visual stimulation alone?
Gena: Well you see it’s very complicated and there’s some deep lore explaining it all
Andrea: Everyone’s just extremely horny and on a hair pin trigger huh
Gena: Suspension of disbelief!!!!!

Gena: Kast there’s MAGIC - You fight by using your LUST energy.
Gena: You get a bonus to the BLACK stat, your Magic power
Gena: Basically you build up your LUST meter through combat, you’re easier to arouse
Gena: BUT you blast out your built up lustful energies in the form of a mini-climax
Gena: Each Mini climax reduces your HP meter
Gena: Mini-Climax too often and yer KO’d
Andrea: So why would you want to even do this style?
Gena: Well you’re a glass cannon basically, your lust spells are powerful against physical and visual foes
Gena: But only deal half damage to other mages.
Gena: You also take extra damage from other sources, but you can fire beams of energy that cause people to orgasm, so they have to come close!
Andrea: High risk, high reward, got it.

Gena: No matter what we chose, you can usually dip into other combat specialties, but since we’re probably only gonna do a short segment that’s going to be our fighting style for now.


What LUSTING style do you pick?
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No. 1003359 ID: 094652

Visual/Sensory
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No. 1003364 ID: 0fae41

Magic!
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No. 1003367 ID: 735290

I feel this effects the kind of lusting style Andrea will have in her date tommorrow with Cat in some ways, correct?

Visual/Sensory
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No. 1003371 ID: 6c19fd

Visual/Sensory for pinups galore
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No. 1003380 ID: 931d62

Physical is cute for her
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No. 1003392 ID: f8fa51

Definitely go for YELLOW. YELLOW like the one you just ate Andrea.
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No. 1003394 ID: 96c896

>>1003358
So PHYS is strong against VISUAL, weak to MAGIC.
VISUAL is strong against ???, weak to PHYS and MAGIC.
MAGIC is strong against PHYS and VISUAL, and resistant to MAGIC but that's just a wash.

Isn't MAGIC the clearly overpowered choice here, and VISUAL the weak one?
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No. 1003484 ID: afe7de
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1003484

> VISUAL/SENSORY/YELLOW
Andrea: Let’s go with Visual, that should be fun!
Gena: Cool, cool, cool.


Gena selects that fighting style and the screen fades to black. You hear a trumpet laden fantasy intro as the camera pans over a few different locations. First is a lush forest, there are ruins scattered about and there’s a shrine to a deer-headed creature. The camera pans to an enclosure of tents, and a simple wooden chapel. The sign EXTATEM’S BROTHEL is hanging above, the picture of that same Deer-head on the sign.

Next is a mountain, many living ice sculptures can be seen moving about, the camera pans over a village, Wing-Kin can be seen chattering about. The last angle on this scene is that of a large tower in the center of a crater.

Next is an Oasis in the desert, there’s tons of hastily built wooden houses and structures, some brothels, this one with the head of a gator-mummy on it. The camera pans under the ground to a neon lit cavern city. There are several obsidian structures and one rather large castle, known as the Queen’s palace. Many kin can be seen dancing in the streets as music plays all around softly.

The camera pans once again to the Academy, It’s a phallic structure, towering up to the sky with two large orb-like structures on the bottom. To it’s side is a small town and the camera focuses on one particular location. CHESST, a chess themed brothel and drinkery.

Lastly the camera pans to a location central to all of these places, It’s an open clearing with some wooden structures put up. There’s a large spider-web near a tavern called THE RUFFLED HAUNCH. Eventually the camera finally reaches you, coming out of a bush in the forest.
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No. 1003485 ID: afe7de
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1003485

Your name is ANDREA THE ADVENTURER. You’re in crippling student debt after attending the Academy and learning how to become an adventurer, so much so that you’re completely out of SMOOCHES. The currency of this world. It’s based off of the price of a single kiss from the Queen. You’ve come to this place to participate in the BUTTLE ROYALE, it’s an event where you LUST against other kin for a prize. You can chose from getting an artifact, to getting tons of smooches, to getting all sorts of cool things. You can go it alone, or you can team up with up to 4 kin and battle it out to the end.

You’re skilled in VISUAL LUSTING, the art of making your foes CLIMAX with your teasing body alone. You’ve learned how to FLASH, TAUNT, SPREAD, and SEXY DANCE. It’s pretty effective. You can also GROPE if you get up real close, but you’re not very good at it yet. You could potentially learn NEW TECHNIQUES, but you’ve got to find someone willing to teach you, or take a lesson at the ACADEMY, and you’re still VERY BROKE.

You’re in a clearing. There’s a building with the name RUFFLED HAUNCH in front of you. It’s an INN, they serve food and have beds. The path behind you is blocked, not that you’d want to go back that way, there were a LOT of horny Aquans back there you just got done dealing with.

Beside the inn you see some kind of large WEB, there’s many things inside the web.

There are some random kin wandering about, some are sitting outside the Inn, there’s a QUEST BOARD posted up. You know that you can find JOBS here.

In the distance you see a CARAVAN, there’s a sign next to it that says TRIPS TO THE ACADEMY, 5 SMOOCHES.

To the WEST you see an opening in the forest, a sign is posted next to it. EXTATEM’S BROTHEL, WARNING, BANDITS SIGHTED.

To the EAST you see a long, winding path leading up to a mountain.

To the SOUTH you see a cavern entrance, there’s many colorful lights coming from it.

To the NORTH you see an open gate, kin are going through it. You know this to lead to the OASIS and LUSTIVAL GAMES.

What do you do?
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No. 1003486 ID: e51896

We need smooches. I wonder if RUFFLED HAUNCH is hiring someone with our VISUAL LUSTING skills,

if not maybe EXTATEM’S BROTHEL is hiring...

Otherwise, quest board
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No. 1003488 ID: f8fa51

Let's check the quest board.
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No. 1003496 ID: 755453

To the brothel!
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No. 1003501 ID: dabf33

Look things up on the WEB!
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No. 1003529 ID: 094652

Check Lust, masturbate if above 33%

Head East
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No. 1003553 ID: 03c8aa

>>1003529
Realize too late you're not in a private area when you do this and you get in a little trouble... whoops! (REPUTATION stats decreases but VISUAL/SENSORY exp increases though)
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No. 1003560 ID: 9a2966

>Quest board
Get a JERB you BUN-BUM!
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No. 1003591 ID: afe7de
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1003591

> Quest Board
You head over to the quest board, the sound of chattering kin providing a nice and welcome background noise. It’s a rather well kept wooden board with a plaque on top of it that says OPEN REQUESTS. There are several pieces of parchment with requests nailed onto the board. You decide to take a look and find a few requests that peak your interest.

There’s a few papers stacked together and they appear to be related to the church of Extatem. First is a request to patrol for bandits, it pays a few SMOOCHES if you can locate where they are holed up so other kin can avoid them. Bonus pay if you KO the bandits, causing them to leave. There’s also another sheet that says the Head Acolyte could always use temporary Acolytes to assist in general worship. This pays smooches based on how much work you do. They mention they don’t have a lot of smooches but will offer their services to you for free during the festival as long as you help with a single task as an added incentive.

There’s another request for a guide down from the mountains, the path is a little perilous and its from someone named YOWIE, you see a headshot of them. They’re kind of cute. Another is a request for someone to come visit them, pays 5 SMOOCHES, they’re offering tea and snacks, also in the mountain.

There’s a request asking for someone to help with some SHADY business in the NIGHT CLUB CITY. By shady they mean dark, it’s dark and there’s neon lights, not illegal or anything. It pays 30 SMOOCHES.

There’s a paper here listing that a group called the BROTHEL BROS are traveling around to the 4 nearby brothels to rate and review them. They’re offering a reward to anyone able to beat them in a round of LUSTING in the form of new LUSTING techniques. It also lists where the 4 brothels are.
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No. 1003592 ID: afe7de
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1003592

There’s the GREEN brothel, Extatem’s brothel in the FOREST. They specialize in cozy and empathetic sex with the head acolyte able to use lust magic to give intense orgasms.
There’s the RED brothel in NIGHT CLUB CITY. They specialize in sexual meals, eating off of their sexy insect and lust kin. They also offer an all-you-can-fuck challenge that only the Queen and a few other kin can successfully navigate. There’s a prize at the end.
There’s the YELLOW brothel in the OASIS. They offer lewd dances and an environment that you can get high on catnip and relax in. This location has a lot of Kobold and Aquan employees. It’s the Brothel that sells its customer service and casual conversation more over the sex.
Lastly there’s the BLUE brothel near the ACADEMY. They call themselves STACKERS and primarily feature shortstacks and a neat futa-milk bar. It’s a casual drinking establishment where you can get lots of different flavors “On Tap” and the workers seem to never run out. You remember this place well as it was the second most popular drinking establishment aside from CHESST when you were a student at the ACADEMY.

There’s also a few requests for some vague stuff. One kin is asking you to win 4 prizes from the Lustival and show them to them for a reward. Another is advertising an artifact purchasing and exchange booth. And the last is a note from someone called DARK who says to come check out his web for cheap lubes and lewd accessories.

None of the other requests seem to speak out to you, but you do know that you can usually find more quests or tasks to take up for SMOOCHES if you head in a direction and talk to the kin there. You’re used to helping kin solve their HORNY PROBLEMS after all. You could also stop by one of the brothels, as an adventurer they could usually use your sexual skills in some capacity and it’s a good way to get a few SMOOCHES among other things. You also think you could probably convince the carriage driver to take you along if you offer your protective services from bandits, but you think you’ll only have a 50/50 shot of making it work.

What do you do?
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No. 1003593 ID: 0fae41

Head up the mountain for some adventure and an easy first pay.
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No. 1003594 ID: 96c896

Hmm, could you do the visit and then guide YOWIE down after?
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No. 1003595 ID: e51896

Primary choice: Seeing as the GREEN BROTHEL has a pic of a Gena look-alike, lets head over there and offer our services for SMOOCHES.

secondary, visit the mountain.
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No. 1003611 ID: 132451

Alright, lets go to Mt. Mounted. (very funny name there, Rudeus, har har har *rolls eyes*) we can get more done that way.

Lets not get too involved and lets not be afraid to do anything really crazy, we're just trying out the game after all, and Wanomay watching is happening soon
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No. 1003650 ID: afe7de
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1003650

> Go to the Mountains
You decide to head up the long winding path to the mountains. When you enter the path the screen goes black, and an icon of a mountain appears in the center. An icon of prota winking appears on the bottom right hand corner as well. It spins around in circles and some text appears, fading in and out a few times with different text.

DID YOU KNOW?
You don’t level up traditionally in this game, instead, try to find drinks, abilities, and bonuses by talking to other kin and exploring.

DID YOU KNOW?
You get different stat bonuses from sex with new partners, try to fuck em’ all!

DID YOU KNOW?
You can rapidly smash the “A” button in certain spots or in front of other kin to start the Masturbation minigame, try it out!


Andrea: LMAO, you can just start jerking off in front of other kin, hahahahahaha
Gena: I’m sure there’s a mechanical benefit to it!
Andrea: Yeah, maybe some kin won’t join you unless you just jill all over them or something hahahahahaha
Gena: Probably! I wouldn’t put it past him.
Gena: Though I gave you the Clit-Dick option, so you could jerk off that way if you purposefully chose it
Andrea: Ah, just like real life.
Gena: What do you wanna do first?
Andrea: Let’s go have tea with that mountain person for some easy SMOOCHES and head over to YOWIE
Gena: Cool Cool Cool Cool.


The loading screen ends and you see the text “AQUILLO ISLAND - MT. MOUNTED” appear, this generates a chuckle out of the two of you. You wander around for a bit before eventually finding a little shack in the forest under the shade of a big tree, it’s in a crevice in the mountain and a little out of the way. You guess their home being so out of the way is why they put out a request. Though you can see a town in the distance, so why not put the offer there, curious. You approach the shack and speak a little loudly.
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No. 1003651 ID: afe7de
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1003651

You: UH HELLO! I’m here about the Request, something about Tea?

You hear some excited KAW-ing and the shuffling about of some items inside. A black crow exits the flap in the makeshift shack. She’s young but her face is marred with stress, you can tell she’s aged quite a bit from stress alone. She looks severely depressed, but smiles when you approaches, you feel it’s genuine.

Wicklow: Uhm, Hi… Oh, you’re an adventurer!
Wicklow: Don’t mess this up Wicklow…
Wicklow: Are you the friend my tea leaves told me I’d make today?
Wicklow: GAH, I mean uh. Are you here about the request?
Andrea: Yup, that’s me! Andrea the Adventurer
Wicklow: Horay!
Wicklow: Come in, come in!
Wicklow: I have some little cakes. But uhm…
Wicklow: I only have one Tea-cup, are you okay with sharing?
Wicklow: I, uh… the Kin in the nearby town say I’m cursed so I don’t get any visitors…
Wicklow: Please don’t go…


What do you do?
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No. 1003657 ID: 094652

"Yes of course, I'd love to be paid to be given food and pleasant conversation.

... But that's not the real reason you placed a request, is it? If there is a curse, I may be able to help. We can discuss details after this lunch."
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No. 1003664 ID: e51896

Stay, ask about curse.
Also ask if she wants to join you in helping someone climb down the mountain.
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No. 1003679 ID: 8c941b

Definetly no red flags here. Go on in.
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No. 1003681 ID: 96c896

>>1003651
She looks familiar, wasn't she in one of the Lust Quest games?
Go in, have a nice time. See if you can get her to relax and open up.
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No. 1003682 ID: 9a2966

Tea and biscuits sounds good, but rather than JUST conversation, perhaps they'd like to exchange dance moves, too?

If they have trouble with conversations, showing one's feelings through the motions of one's body is an option - perhaps one that fits them better, too! You've learned all about THAT in school, after all.

Even if sensual dancing is not their personal cup of tea - pun intended - you'd be happy to at least give them a show while you're here. And this way one of you can spectate with tea and cookies while the other dances, so it solves two problems in one fell swoop!

Using the same cup should also be fine - why wouldn't it be? Smooches are literally a currency, so an indirect kiss should totally be a-ok.
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No. 1003687 ID: 35f407

She seems lonely for so long. Lets use our visual lust to cheer her up, rapidly press A in front of her at some point. That might make her feel better.
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No. 1003698 ID: f8fa51

>>1003687
Let's at least get to know her before masturbating in front of her.

Of course, sharing a cup isn't a problem! Spend some time hanging out and relaxing before you start asking difficult questions like "what's the real reason you asked me to come up here?"
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No. 1003700 ID: 35f407

>>1003698
Perhaps, but this is kind of a throwaway save file to just try out the game, we're not too invested since Plantimals is on soon. Might as well go crazy with this.
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No. 1003705 ID: f8fa51

>>1003700
You know what? I'm convinced. Let's introduce ourselves by masturbating.
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No. 1003724 ID: afe7de
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1003724

> Have tea
Andrea: Sharing’s okay! I’ll be giving an indirect kiss to a cute bird like yourself, that’ll make me happy.

She smiles and she visibly relaxes.

Wicklow: Come in Come in!!!!!

Gena: Y’know I think she was in the other game too.
Gena: I wonder if he changed her up any?


The inside is neat and tidy. There’s cloth draped from the ceiling to give it a nice and cozy feeling. You see a few little orbs of light on the cieling. They’re Lust Lights, taking in the ambient lustful energy of the world and producing a dim light. The two of you reach a little seating area. There are pillows on the floor and a tiny, decrepit table. You plop down on the seat and spread your legs wide. Wicklow then enters with a warm cup of tea a few moments later.

Gena: OOOH OOH, what if we just started jerking off right now!
Andrea: Don’t you wanna know the lore? Ask her about the curse!
Gena: What if we asked her about the curse… AND masturbated
Andrea: Lmao, would the game even let you do that?
Gena: Let’s find out!


You ask Wicklow about the curse as the two of you take turns sipping from the cup of tea and eating snacks. She says that she’s just been incredibly UNLUCKY most of her life, anyone she’s near is just worse off, so no one visits her. But she swears it hasnt happened in years. But she also mentions she hasnt seen much of anyone in years either.
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No. 1003725 ID: afe7de
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1003725

Gena then starts furiously mashing the A button, the camera zooms directly up to game Andrea’s crotch. A hand reaches over and starts playing with her clitoris. It’s moist in moments, a light moan can be heard as the conversation continues. Wicklow keeps talking, oblivious of your fooling around. She mentions going to town and kin throwing rocks at her, only barely able to get food because the store lady is nice.

Andrea: Maybe she can’t see you doing it, the table’s in the way after all.
Gena: Good idea, let me just do the, oh there’s a sexy dance option!


Gena starts inputting some other control options and game Andrea gets up and starts to do a seductive dance. She’s groping herself and talking, moans occasionally popping up. Wicklow’s conversational speed starts to slow as she’s enraptured by your sensual technique. You touch your lucious vaginal lips and with a squish get some juices on your hand. You perform your JUICY LICK, stunning Wicklow. She starts to rub herself a bit.

Wicklow: Oh… Adventurer

She’s staring at you. So you slide the teacups and snacks off the table gently and sit yourself on it, displaying your womanhood to the wing-kin in front of you. Your hips start gyrating as you tease your clitoris, you give your juices another lick and gesture for Wicklow to come closer, pointing to your crotch. She sound of mashing increases as player Andrea starts to FURIOUSLY MASTURBATE, juices are going everywhere and Wicklow is just breathing it all in. She gives your pussy a lick with her long tongue, and its just enough to send you into a mini-climax, squirting on Wicklow a little bit. Can’t go Full on CLIMAXING or you’ll be out for a little. Moments later and Wicklow climaxes, your visual assault on her was too much, her hips thrust up and her pussy is now held up in the sky. You give her pussy a wet smooch, infusing some of your LUSTFUL ENERGIES into it and she wakes up.

You gained 1 SMOOCHES as spoils!

Wicklow: Ah, Adventurer!
Andrea: Call me Andrea!
Wicklow: Ah, Andrea. N-n-n no one has ever done that for me before
Wicklow: The tea leaves said I’d make a friend today but I didnt expect to ACTUALLY make a friend today
Wicklow: The answer is YES! I’d love to go adventuring with you! Let me pack my stuff!
Andrea: Uh what?
Wicklow: I mean, that’s why you came here and did that right?!


Wicklow is skilled at CLUMSY GROPES, ACCIDENTAL FLASHES, and CRITICAL HITS, with a high crit rate, but has an overall low horniness (damage) output.
You can invite Wicklow to your party.

What do you do?
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No. 1003730 ID: e51896

Invite her to the party, lets find Yowie next and climb the mountain down with them
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No. 1003731 ID: f8fa51

Sure, let her come along. Onward, to the next quest! In which we help someone down a mountain.
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No. 1003745 ID: da355f

Have her join for a while.

If I remeber, in one of the previous Lust Quest games, you could switch leaders. Lets switch from Andrea to Wicklow as leader for now.

Find Yowie. Have Wicklow's bad luck shine through by Using CLUMSY GROPES, or ACCIDENTAL FLASHES skill on Yowie when you find them.
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No. 1003752 ID: e51896

>>1003745
Support
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No. 1003787 ID: afe7de
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1003787

> Invite Wicklow
You decide to invite Wicklow to your party. She’s EXTATIC. You get the 5 SMOOCHES she promised you and she puts on a small bag, ready to follow you.

Gena: Hmm I remember you could switch leaders in the previous game, let’s see if we can just…

There’s a little noise as Wicklow is now at the front of the party. She’s leading the group and will be the main person in duologue going forward.

Gena: Wow this game is pretty neat, there’s a lot of emergent gameplay. I wonder how long it took to make this?!?
Andrea: Dunno, but it was hilarious that you could jerk off to get a new party member.
Andrea: We should play some more later, Plantimals is on in like 3 though.
Gena: Aw shit, leggoooooooo!


The game is paused and Gena flips the channel to the correct one. An advertisement for Mobile STEED Calvary: for great Joustice is on. It’s a mecha WANOMAY about horse mechs. It’s got like 10 series's behind it and is very popular. They had a spin-off where there were humanoid mechs only and nobody liked it. Eventually the PLANTIMALS theme starts to kick in.

Hello yes this is Donut, I’m writing this intermission, with Ed drawing the madness
Theme song is to the tune of Van Halen’s Panama
Let’s have some fun eh?


Jump back, what’s that sound?
Here it comes, thorns up, roots down
Hot sun, beats you down and makes them tough
Weed invaders, young crusaders: CAN YOU WHACK IT HARD ENOUGH?

Plantimals, Plantimah-als
Plantimals, Plantimah-ah-uh-ah-ah-als

Ain’t nothin’ like it, it’s a shining green sheen
Got a feel for our steel, keep the clippers’ blades clean
Hot sun, beats you down and makes them tough
Weed invaders, young crusaders: CAN YOU WHACK IT HARD ENOUGH?

Plantimals, Plantimah-als
Plantimals, Plantimah-ah-uh-ah-ah-als

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No. 1003788 ID: afe7de
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1003788

As the theme song ends the title is displayed and a deep voiced narrator begins to speak. Join us at the edge of civilization, where villages harvest sunlight to survive! But the sunlight also empowers the KUDZU KAIJU, who see the peaceful villages as meals!

Our heroes fight back the KUDZU with brawn, brains and wicked sick combo attacks! After every KUDZU is defeated, our heroes use the power of friendship to raise the seeds of the fallen KUDZU into friendly and collectible PLANTIMALS™.

Praise the sun!

EPISODE 22.2: TRUST UPROOTED

How could it have come to this? How, how indeed could our heroes have been betrayed by DR. DASTARDLY WEEVIL so suddenly and utterly unexpectedly?!

With DR. WEEVIL’s sabotage, VIRIDIAN VILLAGE’s defenses are offline and the POWER PLANT is vulnerable to attack by the hungry forces of the KUDZU KAIJU!

While the friendly PLANTIMALS(™) get the villagers to safety, our heroes have held the line bravely, but soon the greatest KUDZU yet will test their mettle! Clippers will clip! Friendships will be tested! Flamethrowers will throw flames!

And will DOG ever get CAT to notice him?

We’re rooting for you, heroes!
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No. 1003789 ID: afe7de
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1003789

These are our heroes:

Lopper
“Mow ‘em down!”
-Heavy weapons and melee specialist
-Bonus to using big guns at point blank range
-Bunnus to using big guns as melee weapons
-Penalty to morale when not smoking
-Somehow immune to explosions caused by friendly fire


Rake
She’s no one-trick peony.
-Explosives and light weapon specialist
-Can control lawnmower drones until they run out of batteries
-Bonus to clippers, pistols and other light weapons
-Cannot wield big guns
-Can identify weak points for massive damage


Hose
A late bloomer.
-Jack-of-all-weapons
-No bonuses
-No penalties
-Part-time Irrigation and Plumbing Specialist


Dog Dog
He’s our best bud.
-Can be equipped with customizable war saddles for party members to ride and fire from
-Can be equipped with customizable helmets allowing breath and bite weapons
-Can dig holes and UPROOT rooted enemies
-Is a master strategist, but can’t talk when biting stuff
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No. 1003790 ID: afe7de
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1003790

VIRIDIAN VILLAGE is situated at the top of a perfectly picturesque and rocky half-buried turtle shell, soaking up all the sun it can. There are hedges of hedge trimmers laid out like barricades, all deactivated.

The distant rumbling of a KUDZU KAIJU causes the earth to quake ominously. Like all Kudzu, they can pop out of any soil at any time; the only thing keeping Viridian Village safe is the fact that it’s on top of an ancient turtle shell buried in the ground. It’s doubtless hungry for the POWER PLANT at the center of the village. Our heroes will need to defeat it and its minions all by themselves!

The smaller Kudzu begin to pop up from the soil around the turtle shell. They’re tumbleweed types that explode on contact, all rolling fast and spinning towards the village gates.

Dog: Everyone, romaine calm! Our automato’d defenses are down, but we still have our armory full of crazy sick-ass weapons and technology!

Lopper and Hose take aim with laser-aimed assault rifles loaded with incendiary rounds.

Lopper: Say aloe to my little friend!

Hose: It’s not perfect, but thistle do.

They let loose well-aimed bursts of bullets on the tumbleweeds, and the incendiary rounds set off the explosives inside each tiny hit Kudzu like firecrackers. The fire quickly spreads to the other tumbleweeds and sets them alight as well in a chain reaction of pippity-poppity booms.

Rake: This won’t hold forever, the fireproof cacti-types are probably coming soon!

Lopper: Where’s my gatling gauntlets that shoot bullets shaped like claws? I need to get up close and personal!

Hose: And my tri-barreled pistol that shoots different ammunition from each barrel and also has space for a grappling hook?

Dog: And my tail-mounted scythe that can spin at five hundred RPM and makes the sickest sound when I rev it up?

Rake: Those are all being repaired after our last fight! We have to use our AWESOME NEW GEAR AND WHACKER DRONES that’re TOTALLY UNTESTED! Maybe I’ll even get to use that drone that launches out of my lab and turns into a jetpack and lets me fly around like a total NERDY BADASS!

Rake: Rhodie, you’re the fastest PLANTIMAL here! We’ll hold the line here while you run and get our crazy cool weapons and tech too dangerous to be used by anyone other than us!

Rhodie is an adorable PLANTIMAL just released in stores, and looks like a cuter version of the sprinting Lioness Cactus Kudzu our heroes defeated last month. Rhodie gives a nod of her head and leafs into action!

WHAT SICK-ASS CRAZY WEAPONS, ARTIFACTS, AND TECHNOLOGY DOES RHODIE BRING BACK?
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No. 1003792 ID: f8fa51

Lopper: There is no better plant-managing tool than a chainsaw. There's nothing special about it, but Lopper-wielding-a-chainsaw will still sell figurines.

Hose: A double-pistol that has a whole body on each end of the grip, which you turn upside down to use the other end of.

Dog: A ball that explodes before bouncing back to you. "Catch this."

Rake: A pistol with a clipper bayonet that can be optionally launched.
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No. 1003810 ID: e51896

Well yeah, we need that WHACKER DRONE that turns to a jetpack for rake

Lopper gets: a heavy CHAINSAW GUN... and by chainsaw, i mean the kind of chainsaw which chops things down. You rev it up to get the blades spinning for melee attacks, and can shoot the sharp edges of the spinning blade as a projectile like a regular chainsaw gun. We have 6 extra blades for reloading if all the sharp edges of the blade is shot off. Requires you to be strong to use though, like Lopper. You can even set the chainsaw on the ground, grab and tight, and let the spinning blades act as a wheel to let you ride for fast mobility. Hard to control though.

Rake gets: that WHACKER DRONE that turns to a jetpack, and a ridable LAWNMOWER DRONE. Also clippers

Hose gets: WEED KILLER SPRAY, attatched to a FIRE HOSE connected to a flying FIRE HYDRAN-T-GEA DRONE. Very poisonous though if swallowed, and might be corrosive, so be careful of where water droplets might drop on you, any of your allies or any of their items or equipment.

Dog gets: GARDEN GLOVES WITH CLAWS to help him dig and attack uprooted enemies quicker with quick reflexes, and a GAS MASK that sprays poisonous mist from the mouth by blowing
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No. 1003815 ID: 2d89f7

Wasn't it mentioned that Flicker's mother voices one of the characters in this show? I wonder which character she is a voice actor for.

How about a giant tractor that can transform into a giant mech which requires all four of the heroes together to pilot? (Dog pilots the legs, Lopper pilots the arms, hose is the shooter, Rake controls the head and body for things like navigation and bending.) They only bring this tractor out if there is a kudzu that is ginormous, as big as a skyscraper

Gena and Andrea sometimes wonders why they dont bring this giant thing out all the time against all the kudzus though, no matter the size.
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No. 1003816 ID: 094652

The Weird-Killer! It's a weed-killing fluid that grows like a weed! When exposed to air, the fluid bonds with nitrogen to grow, diffuses based on the non-nitrous gasses interfering with the growth process, and it strangles the weed competition! Except, it somehow dissolves in sunlight - very anti-weedian! They had to keep it in R&D after an unfortunate incident with a joker, a ball of Weird-Killer, and his lungs. UNTIL NOW! (unofficially, they scrapped future plans for it because it blew half the CGI animation budget. This season's animating team just has to crimp off public domain vines from the SAIence game engine. Fans think this gadget is stupid and undercuts the drama for an easy win, but the director has daddy issues related to this stuff)

The Rake-Mobile with Tiny Chainsaws Attached To Each Blade
(Why yes, the writers were trying to torch the franchise and run. One of them is still in a mental hospital after being forced to single-handedly animate each chainsaw in an entire rake-wheel, only to discover that their other colleagues were forced to make their own better versions)

The Chain with the Konji Plantimal!
A giant ball of chains that contains a plantimal inside! When it was used to choke the life out of the hostile plantimal, it brainwashed them with sex pheromones and rewrote their speech centers so they could understand people - while also forcing them to say their government-issued species name over and over. The gang would use it more often if it didn't constantly get wrecked by the other plantimals, so it usually stays at the base and plays with the kids there, mostly because they suck on its pistil for jelly. (For some reason, the [producer/lead writer/whatever] really wanted this. She said it "perfectly captured the nostalgia of a long-forgotten art-form, from a childhood that was almost dead". For what it's worth, it was a smash hit and now this disgusting brain-damaged child murderer is considered the adorable mascot of the team. They're planning to make a future franchise about five-year-old kids capturing and brainwashing wild monsters, and most of Donjon's elite are in on the investment. [producer/lead writer/whatever] is an angel)
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No. 1003829 ID: 56a408

The Fertilizer Ray allows you to power up your Plantimals into Plantitans!
The Magna Fire Blaster turns the plants’ greatest ally into its greatest enemy, focusing sun beams into deadly lazers!
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No. 1003838 ID: 19cc43

>>1003816
I like the idea of the producer or lead writer being an angel.
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No. 1003885 ID: afe7de
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RHODIE, the lovable Cacti-Lioness PLANTIMAL(™) arrives carrying:

-Motorized Extendable Clipper Bo Staff: Reach out and clip someone! The clippers at the end clip so fast they can’t even be seen. Can be turned off and planted in the ground to launch its wielder up like a superpowered pole vault.
-Double Trouble Pistol: To protect the world from devastation! This gun’s a wicked sick creation. Flip it over and fire again for twice the fun!
-Fertilizer Ray: Pick your favorite PLANTIMALS(™), give ‘em a good dose of transformation sequence, and watch them evolve to do battle in the name of friendship!
-Garden Gloves with Claws: Bonus to digging and super effective at uprooted foes!
-Exploding fris-ball: A ball holstered around Dog’s side. Dog can launch it with a spin of his body, and it explodes once it hits its target. The explosion is nice- but what’s nicer is that it also, turns into a giant frisbee with a razor’s edge, slicing and dicing as it returns straight back to Dog. Dog can command the frisbee to turn back into a ball and catch it, or just let it loop back like a boomerang, sending it right back to its target to explode again, and again, and again until it runs out of explosive fuel. Go fetch yourself!
-Clipper Derringer: Small, but packs a punch! Doesn’t count toward the character’s loadout limit.


Rhodie’s had to ask for help from FIG PIG, the hungriest PLANTIMAL(™) but also the best one to give belly rubs!

FIG PIG is carrying:

-Roto-Tiller Bladed Chainsaw Gun: A gun so big and badass you can ride it! Can shoot its long blades at targets, and comes with six extra blades because the toy designers really hated those foam guns that only came with the exact number of bullets you could shoot.
-Buzzsaw: It’s a massive yellow circular saw with black stripes, and buzzes like a bee. A really big, really angree bee. It also has a flamethrower on top just in case the blade gets stuck.
-Super secret container of WEIRD-KILLER: It’s labeled “too awesome to use.”

Following Rhodie and FIG PIG are:
-Jet-Whac Drone: A fan favorite! It has happy eyes. Can fly around the battlefield and always shows up just before moments of certain doom just in time for an awesome escape!
-Riding Mower Drone: A VROOMBA-styled drone with spinning spiky blades underneath its happy hover-frisbee body. Can be ridden for awesome dynamic entries!
-HYDRAN-T-GEA Drone: Fuels the WEED KILLER SPRAY and carries a POST-APUNKALYPTIC GAS MASK for its partner so no one can tell how generic they are! Also makes cosplay super easy.
-Rake-Cycle: An unbelievably cool motorcycle with chainsaws for wheels. Can be set on autopilot, but is most useful for giving bonuses to wheelie COMBO MOVES and launching off conveniently placed dirt ramps.

“Guys, watch out! The underground seismo-radar is going crazy!” Rake says, staring at a giant pocket-watch shaped radar that aggressively straddles the line between homage and plagiarism. “The readings are off the bales!”

Hose looks over the pile of weapons and decides to grab two of them. “Here they plum!”

Six nasty KUDZU erupt from the open field: two hard-shelled tortoise-like seedlings with PLANTLING GUNS, two nasty flying WHIRLYBIRDS that rain stinging nettles from the sky, and two beefy CHAMPION CACTI with giant fists and covered in needles (don’t let them get close!).

“Rhodie, Fig Pig! Fall back to safety and grab even more weapons for when the KUDZU KAIJU shows up. It always does!” Dog grits his teeth and draws his trusty sword in his teeth. “Chaaarggfff!”
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Combat will function a little differently than seen previously in CATALYST. You’ll have 4 characters to control, but two will act each turn. Once a character on your team has acted, they can’t act again until the rest of your team has made their moves. Each character can do an action and gets a movement. Using items costs an action or a movement. If both characters attack the same target, depending on their BOND LEVEL they will have a chance to do a COMBO MOVE dealing extra damage on top of their normal damage. If all of your Allies gang up on one enemy then there’s a possibility of doing a TEAM MOVE, a powerful all out attack that deals tons of damage.

Advantages and disadvantages won’t be a thing in this style of combat to reduce decision paralysis. After your members perform a move, your opponents will get a chance to move, where up to two lower level enemies will act, bouncing back and forth between you and them. BOSSES will take up both enemy actions to take their turn because they’re stronger than you.

Turns will cycle until both sides have acted fully and then it will repeat again. Some characters have special quirks that let them do extra things in combat, so experiment and have fun!

PLANTIMALS(™) is characterized by crazy ass weapons, crazy ass moves, and cool fight scenes, so feel free to get creative and try to do CRAZY STUFF like quadruple backflips and bisecting enemies by just pulling your blade out of your sheath slightly.

You can choose two weapons for each hero: a PRIMARY and a BACKUP, and one DRONE if available. Rake’s drone gets bonuses to maneuverability and COMBO MOVES. All guns can be used as melee weapons (and all melee weapons can be used as ranged weapons with insane combo moves), but only Lopper gets a bonus to using big guns at point-blank range.

Which drone does Rake control personally, and which does she send to aid her teammates? What weapons go to what hero as primary and secondary? Which two heroes attack first, and how do they do it?
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No. 1003914 ID: e51896

Lopper gets
Drone: Rake-Cycle Drone
Primary: Roto-Tiller Bladed Chainsaw Gun
secondary: Buzzsaw

Rake gets
Drone: Jet-Whac Drone
Primary: Motorized Extendable Clipper Bo Staff
Secondary: Double Trouble Pistol

Hose gets:
Drone: HYDRAN-T-GEA Drone
Primary: super secret container of WEIRD-KILLER
Secondary: Fertilizer Ray
Bonus loadout slot: Clipper Derringer

Dog gets:
Drone: Riding Mower Drone (because animals riding Vroombas are funny
Primary: Exploding fris-ball
Secondary: Garden Gloves with Claws

To start, Rake will fly with the jet-whac drone and taunt and attack the WHIRLYBIRDS with the Motorized Extendable Clipper Bo Staff while Lopper will drive the Rake-Cycle Drone towards the TORTOISES on autopilot while standing on it with awesome balance and shoot the tortoises ahead of her to keep them from shooting Rake in the sky. When she gets close enough to the tortoises, pick up speed and drive past them (try not to run over them though, they might cause Lopper to crash)

Idea for team move: try to have Rake lure the WHIRLYBIRDS towards and above the tortoises with her taunts, or push them above the tortoises with her attacks so that when Lopper drives past the tortoises while she shoots at them and weakens them, the WHIRLYBIRDS can try to rain stinging nettles from the sky in an attempt to shoot at Lopper as Lopper drives past the Tortoises, but since Lopper will pick up speed after getting close to the tortoises, the nettles might miss Lopper and attack the Tortoises instead in their weakened state from the shooting. Afterwards, Rake can attack the Whirlybirds.
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No. 1003933 ID: 731206

>>1003914
This, but give Clipper Derringer to Rake instead for the clipper bonus she has.

Gotta first power up Rhodie and fig pig ASAP with the fertilizer from Hose. Dog should throw the frisbee with its razor edges at the flying enemies. Say something like "go hedge" instead of "go fetch" though we're really stretching for puns at this point.
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