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1002288 No. 1002288 ID: afe7de

A quest about reincarnation and the world you end up in.

Does not require having read CATALYST, but the protagonist is someone from that setting.

If you want to read more of my stuff, check out my wiki page: https://questden.org/wiki/EDMANGO


Authors Note: This quest will contain 18+ content including violence, death, and cartoon gore. This is a bit of an experimental one, and will update with less frequency than CATALYST. Sexual content might be present but wont be the focus. Reader discretion is advised.
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No. 1003504 ID: 96c896


Meditate, in general.
No. 1003508 ID: 031458

Focus: Self-Defense (+Sword Training if available)

Flaw: Charisma

Tutor Noodle.
No. 1003513 ID: dfbac0

Logic, hands down. I don't know why but I feel we really need to focus on that, perhaps we can go far with that stat as well, so I want to put a lot of focus into it.
You fools! This is a trick question! You should obviously choose creativity, there's nothing left to learn with that, so it's a free flaw.
Meditate on Saba Hadlee
No. 1003554 ID: 03c8aa

Changing vote.

Meditation (we were told to do this early in our life for Karma) otherwise, if people choose self defense training with Draco, claws (if we have a sword, our wings wont be free. Claws let us attack while flying)

Focus: logic
Flaw: creativity (only if possible) otherwise, charisma

Next year, we'll focus on self defense with Drago, or meditation (depending on which option wins this year) and then help Noodle study.
No. 1003564 ID: 031458

I'd be willing to change my vote flaw from charisma to creativity so long as we can flaw something else next year.
No. 1003596 ID: afe7de
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> FREE TIME - Meditate on Saba
You were very heavily torn on what to do with your free time the rest of the year. You almost decided to train with Papa and William, but at the last moment changed your mind and decide to take William’s Advice. You try this MEDITATION thing. And at first, nothing happens. Then the next day you try, nothing happens. You think you’re doing it wrong so you keep trying. After about a week of effort you actually succeed in focusing your mind. You think of the young man, SABA HADLEE. He’s 16 now and is nearing the end of HIGH SCHOOL. You see WILLAMINA, Huh, she’s covering her right eye like William does. But then your focus spreads and you see images, sequences, flashes of memories, like you’re looking at an overview of Saba’s memories.

There’s a lot to go through, looks like Saba’s life was around 65 years in totality. Now that you’re looking at the memories like this, it looks like you were originally going to absorb all of them in totality by about age 18. But now, you have a good idea of the bigger picture, you think that you can shave that down to 16 by being a bit more selective and speeding through some parts whilst still maintaining full comprehension. You skip to the end, curious about what happened. You try to see his moment of death, but there’s static, a bunch of Eyes. Every time you open that memory it automatically closes. But there’s some moments after that somehow. It’s an inky black void, but you can’t [UNDERSTAND] anything that happens and after a few moments the memory closes. It must not be time yet.

You feel like if you could [UNDERSTAND] things better or maybe if your CONSCIOUSNESS was more developed you’d be able to remember more. But you guess that will just come with time and a full absorption. By the end of this meditation session you’ve skipped around and seen snippets of your prior life. Something happens to his world when he’s 25, then something happens to him at 28, something tragic happens when hes 38, and something miraculous but very late happens when he’s 40, but you decide not to rush it for now and instead sift through his memories up to age 24 for the rest of the year. There’s a lot to go through, and you’ve got time.

> A brief history lesson
During your time sifting through the memories you get CURIOUS, what’s the government like in Saba’s world compared to yours, so you sift through the memories of his first 24 years a bit and you notice a few things. First that SABA seems to be an exception to the norm when it comes to KNOWLEDGE and LOGIC. And that the education system in his world was TERRIBLE. Sure, they had better technology, but it seems that most kin were generally worse off, were not trained in a trade until their 20s, and weren’t given basic survival or financial skills in their education. Almost like the world leaders were trying to keep the masses stupid and poor. Lots of them were in student debt, even SABA was, but he became a PROFESSOR due to his excellent intelligence in the sciences and this let him pay it off. There’s also no Monsters in his world as of yet, just these things called MEGAFAUNA, apparently they gave birth to the KIN and HUMANS thousands of years before he was born. But Saba always looked at it like it was a religion and not actual history.

At least here TENGU education is valued and they push education on the young and start them on a trade at age 10, thus preparing them for life in the future no matter where they go. Education at the TENGU ACADEMY is FREE, however the examination is strict and costs SHINIES. But this amount of SHINIES is relatively small in comparison to the large amounts charged in Saba’s FAUNUS, that’s another thing that strikes you as odd. Apparently the World-Plates as a collective in your world are also called FAUNUS. The FAUNUS world-plates are how your textbooks described them.
No. 1003597 ID: afe7de
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You do a little digging and learn that the TENGU ACADEMY was founded 128 years ago to nurture new generations. Apparently the major export of QARA TENGU is their Wing-Kin hunters and a variety of meats and fish. Your land isn’t rich in many natural resources and the only archaeological ruin that has been found here has already been excavated. The fish and meat are of high quality and tend to have these stones in them with slight natural healing properties on non Wing-Kin and are decently valued. But the CURRENT QUEEN isn’t enamored with massive wealth, and instead cultivates them normally, occasionally selling and trading for technologies from MARA CANUS, the capital of the CANUS world-plate.

Once Humans from a foreign world-plate tried to demand and threaten the monarchy, but were swiftly taken down due to the air superiority and speed of the Wing-Kin Guards. Since then, humans occasionally come by and are treated respectfully, but apparently it was too much of a hassle for them to make flying devices and come en-masse when they could just fish in the DOPUS world-plate at a slightly smaller efficiency. Saba’s Faunus had a variety of governmental styles in it’s world. Midland, where Saba lived is a Democracy with elected officials.

TENGU is a Wing-Kin Monarchy. The QUEEN makes the major decisions and helps influence the direction of Tengu’s growth. The KING is a lesser seat of power, they defer to the queen for the most part unless they’re given explicit permission to do otherwise. Some usually say that the King position is like that of an ADVISOR and GUARDIAN. They’re usually quite CHARISMATIC, can function as the leader of an army if needed, and must be MARTIALLY SKILLED. But are ultimately chosen by the QUEEN in the end. New Queens are selected by the previous Queen’s Exams when the old Queen is ready to hand off the throne. The Queen must be the most intelligent and Qualified Wing-Kin possible, typically this is someone of the royal line as they have the advantage in status and resources, however the new queen can be selected of normal birth.

There’s lots of info about if the Queen dies, if the king dies, who is in charge while they pick the new queen, what happens to the heirs to the throne when a queen is picked, etc, but your KNOWLEDGE is lacking and you can’t remember the rest. One thing you did note was that the King is typically not chosen from the royal bloodline, to prevent inbreeding and mental diseases. You wonder why Monarchies in Saba’s world didn’t do this, it seems obvious enough to you.

You now know without a doubt that you are the reincarnation of SABA HADLEE
Your comprehension of your memories has been shortened by two years as a one time bonus from your first Meditation
If you chose to meditate on yourself in the future you can search for specific memories
Your mind has not fully developed, you’re not ready to [UNDERSTAND] things
- You get the feeling this will change during year 10
A ripple goes out through your CONSCIOUSNESS
Your CURIOSITY stat has increased
Your KNOWLEDGE stat has increased
You get the feeling that Meditation can reduce STRESS

No. 1003599 ID: afe7de
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[YEAR 9]
It’s your last year of GRADE SCHOOL. Your dreams have been more focused lately and due to your meditation you’ve just reached year 24 of Saba’s life. You’ve decided to focus on new things this year, learning all that your teacher could offer you in your art classes.

You decide to pay more attention in your self defense classes, you’re interested in learning the SWORD and CLAW, but apparently the SWORD is something you’d have to ask for lessons for from DRACO, If you don’t know the basics they can’t help train you in it unfortunately. So you chose to practice the CLAW instead.

You refuse to slack in your Art classes, it’s fun and you have too much PRIDE in your CREATIVITY, so instead you become just a bit more anti-social, following in Saba’s footsteps. You don’t really pay attention to who is in your class with you this year as a result.

It’s the beginning of a new year, the grass smells great, the cold is gone, you wonder about this thing called SNOW from Saba’s memories, you’ve never seen it, but it probably exists in other world-plates. William is still here, apparently he’ll be staying until a little, training up until right before your classes graduation. His guard can be frequently seen in the tavern at the town hex flirting with various guys.

Your father boasts about William’s skills in the bow. He has a NATURAL APTITUDE for it and might one day surpass even him. This comes as a shock to you as you’ve always thought your dad was pretty amazing with all weapons. He offers you the same invitation from before, to join training with him and makes an off-handed comment about how you seemed a bit lazy lately in reference to your meditation before catching himself and changing the subject before you can interject. [If you chose this, pick the weapon you want to train in, also if you pick this end end up with sword you’ll be able to train in the sword for self defense, it’ll auto change]

Noodle still seems to be struggling and could use some TUTORING. She’ll be grateful for your help

Riichi’s challenge is still available for you to take, she admonishes you and says that someone with your natural LUCK and GOOD LOOKS you would really benefit from flexing your GUILE more often.
No. 1003600 ID: afe7de
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And the TENGU ACADEMY Exams are coming up at the beginning of next year. You’ve learned a bit more about it. Your stats are all ABOVE AVERAGE for those in your age group. Only your SELF DEFENSE skills are lacking, but that’s not a requirement for TENGU ACADEMY entry. so you think you’ll be able to make it in the top 150 at the basic level without effort. However if you want to join the Intermediate or Elite classes your stats are still lacking. 200 students are chosen at the beginning of every year and apparently those who qualify in the top 50 recieve a yearly stipend of SHINIES and specialized tutors upon request, these are considered INTERMEDIATES. Those who qualify in the top 10 are considered the ELITE. They get their own private homes with 4 rooms, a training ground, bulters, maids, and guards instead of the free dorms. They get a larger yearly stipend of SHINIES, specialized tutors, and access to the QARA TENGU Royal Library where treasures from other worldplates and geniuses have been written. You’ll only be able to take out 2 books during your duration at the ACADEMY, but apparently it’s a valuable experience and studying one of these books can MASSIVELY BOOST STATS and even give you NEW SKILLS. Those who don’t qualify for either will receive free meals and lodging at the ACADEMY, but anything extra will be up to the students to gain either from a Job or otherwise.

Your parents aren’t forcing you to commit to anything and are just happy that you’ll most likely get into the TENGU ACADEMY, where you’ll be given enough of an education that you should be free to do what you want with your life. Pon’s been studying really hard to try to get in to the INTERMEDIATE class, and you can see that the stress is really getting to him. You think that there has to be something you can do to help him learn and help him be less stressed, but you’re drawing up blanks. If you can come up with a solution, it’ll take some TIME, but he’d probably be really grateful.

You hear your parents and various kin talking about what they plan to do when the school year is over, they’ll have a lot more free time then normal. Some are planning trips, others want to laze around, some are going to train. You expect you’ll hear more about this when classes let out.

You have [5 TIME POINTS] (2 base + 2 from the early school year ending + 1 due to passing the LOGIC check) Since you have so many time points, your choices will be split up into two sessions. You may spend up to [3 TIME POINTS] now but you must spend a minimum of 2. What do you do in your spare time?

1. Focus on an Available STAT
2. Do an ACTIVITY with someone else
3. Work on a PROJECT like the PUZZLE BOOK
4. Use a Skill
- Available Skills
[REALISTIC DRAWING] - Make a few art pieces, maybe one will be worth something
[MEDITATION] - Meditate on a topic or in general
[STUDY] - Can study a topic or in general. Has a small chance of gaining stress, but increases stat growth and helps you pass important exams.
5. Forge a new BOND or spend time with someone you have a BOND with
6. REST or invite someone to the Restaurant
7. Other (suggestions welcome)

No. 1003605 ID: e51896

Right, so priority is self defense training with Draco and William. Learn how to use those CLAWS more efficiently, I feel this is the best weapon to use when we want to attack while flying, and is good to know how to use our natural weapons in case we somehow drop our sword or something. having something like a sword or javelin will make it tough to fly around if we're holding them with our wings. (though learning a bit of sword would probably help too)

second, TUTOR NOODLE, so she can be in the same school as us. This is her last chance after all.

Third: STUDY in general (or if we must pick a specific subject, KNOWLEDGE or STRATEGY). Gotta study to get to intermediate like Pon is.

when we get around to the second segment, we'll meditate again to relieve any stress studying will give us during this last year.
No. 1003606 ID: f8fa51

Voting to STUDY for the Academy entry and to help tutor Noodle, as well as focusing our LOGIC (which we still need to complete the PUZZLE BOOK).
No. 1003609 ID: 094652

This, but focus on Leadership.
No. 1003612 ID: afa6f6

-Study For the Academy, We should aim for the Intermediate class at the lowest.
-Continue Martial Arts training
-If Both Noodle and Pon And us need to study, why dont we use our skills to put togetehr a daily Study group? That way everyone benefits, and it'll be less stressful then studying alone. I guess that would be something like LOGIC+LEADERSHIP?
No. 1003613 ID: c8f715

Actually you know what?
Tutor Noodle
And Study some more.

And then consider studying more in the next round.

We are fairly exceptional on our own, we have a genius in our brain, we took time to learn to study, we took time to learn how to manage stress, and we aren't stressed currently.

We could make it to ELITE.
If we fall behind elsewhere so be it.
We'll have world class tutors to make up the difference later.
No. 1003615 ID: 9f8373

Focus: Logic

In regards to Pon, we just learned meditating can be focused on a topic, increased our knowledge, and can lower stress. So I figure we can teach him meditation and try meditating together on the topic of study itself.

For time use:
Teach how to Meditate/Meditate on Studying with Pon
Study for Exams
Tutor Noodle

This way we go all in on study and be the best tutor we can be in part 1, then we can see where we are for the second part and likely spend some time with our parents.
No. 1003617 ID: ce39da

If it seems like we need to dedicate study time for just ourselves, I think we can save it for the second half.

For now, between HELPING PON STUDY SMARTER, NOT HARDER, and TUTORING NOODLE (in that order, to maximize effectiveness for the latter), those should be enough to count for something on our end.

For a third task, let's LEARN THE SWORD WITH DRACO. I assume wing-kin prefer lighter blades that require less athleticism and more pure skill than the other weapon options.
No. 1003620 ID: 031458

I'm game for a Study Group.
It wont help Pon relax, but it should at least take some pressure off of him, and it doubles as tutoring for Noodle.
No. 1003621 ID: a49cfd

I'm in favor of tutoring and training (claws or sword)
No. 1003623 ID: 031458

...If we end up martial training as well, I suggest Sword.
No. 1003625 ID: 96c896

Well we have a bunch of free time let's use it on stuff we're supposed to be doing!
STUDY for exams
TUTOR Noodle but warn her you may not have the time to keep tutoring her during Tengu Academy, she may be better off becoming an apprentice in the field she excels at. Does Noodle know how to STUDY? Teaching her that might keep her afloat without time investment.
TRAIN with Draco, with Swords probably but it'd be best if you try out various weapons to see if there's one you have a natural affinity for.

After the break we can find out our chances of getting into Elite with another round of studying and/or meditation.
No. 1003626 ID: c17a37

Im fine with whatever

But lets learn some horrifying lore about this world, such as why we wear that makeup, and what it protects us from, and how it protects us.

Maybe we also learn that for the past 5 centuries, it has been discovered that all the world plates are slowly shrinking. They are disintegrating from the edges, and from the bottom, and the land that crumbles off does not teleport back after falling.

Scientists dont know the reason why this is happening, or how to fix or prevent this but they estimate that in about another thousand years, if this continues, the world plates will become weak enough to collapse on itself and cause an Apocalypse.

Thankfully this wont happen in our lifetime, but we're told we'll start seeing some damages caused by this phenomenon in your 30s, or 50s. So far, people have started expanding the tubes to accommodate to the worldplates slowly shrinking.
No. 1003630 ID: dfbac0

Logic, as I feel this is very important
Gonna say creativity again, as I feel we can't progress with it now and we need every other stat available. We can do more with this in the academy when we can actually learn more for it.
Study Logic
Study Knowledge
Train with Draco (Sword)
No. 1003644 ID: 0fae41

-help Noodle
-Train with claws
-Focus on Logic
for later:
-puzzle book
-bond with Pon
No. 1003652 ID: afe7de
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> Classes
You decide to take lessons with Draco and William in the SWORD, but won’t be able to learn the basics in time for it to be any use in your classes. So you learn the basics of the CLAW. The CLAW is an interesting combat style focused on BALANCE and FLEXIBILITY Your arms are traditionally supposed to be kept free, while you attack with KICKS, SLASHES, POUNCES, and the like, its one of the more favored style of combat for the Flight-based Wing-Kin. The downside to this style is that in order to BLOCK or PARRY any attacks that come to you, you’ll need to learn how to stretch your legs properly. Your GUILE admires this style and thinks it could suit you if you were to focus more on it. Your training mostly focuses on using the CLAW to fight while airborne, but you also get some classes on how to fight while on the ground. They mostly spend time trying to teach you how to DODGE after teaching you the basics, but there isn’t enough time to learn that right now.

Your SELF DEFENSE stat has increased
You’ve been trained in the BASICS of the CLAW
- You’ve gained the COMBAT SKILL [CLAW (1)]
- When using the CLAW your combat bonus will be Your CLAW LEVEL added to your SELF DEFENSE

Since you’re graduating this year and reached BASIC competency, your teacher has gifted you a set of STONE CLAWS so that you can practice. They’re pretty durable, blunt, and should last you a while. They’ve got some leather padding and are easy to put on. It only takes you about 10 seconds to put them both on since they’ve made you practice.

> Other Classes
Today in History class your teacher started to talk about something strange and mysterious about your world. The End-Plates like DOPUS and TENGU are slowly but noticeably eroding. Shock enters everyone’s expression but the teacher calms you down and explains further. In the past 5 centuries of recorded knowledge it’s been noticed that a very small amount of the edge has crumbled, falling but not reappearing like kin do. Your homes are so far inland from the edges just as a safety precaution against this. However, should this phenomena keep up, then within one to two thousand years the plate might be weak enough that it collapses in on itself, and you’ll all have to abandon your homes, immigrating to CANUS, where the cycle might repeat itself again.

She then goes into speculation about what might be causing it, something about energy densities, birth rates, population, etc. You wonder if this could be something to research at some point. She closes reminding everyone that this won’t happen in their lifetimes, but it’s something to consider. She believes this is also happening to the DOPUS plate.

That night you also get curious about something else, the pigment you wear sometimes, that you see all three of your parents wearing at times. You ask about it.

Riichi: Oh, that? Well it’s nothing too crazy.
Riichi: Basically the shapes and symbols that are made are arbitrary
Riichi: it’s the COLORS that matter.
Faan: YELLOW is the color of ROYALTY or those who work closely with them
Draco: DARK RED is the color of the HUNTERS, children and spouses of the hunters can wear them too.
Draco: We have both of you wear those colors so that anyone who tries anything with you knows they will be found and punished.
Riichi: BLUE and PINK are just arbitrary colors, usually they’re used to refer to BOYS and GIRLS, but are mostly aesthetic.
Riichi: GREEN’S the only other important one, It’s the color used by ELITE TRADESMEN and MERCHANTS
Faan: There are other colors that mean some other things, but only in certain settings, but for the most part the rest are aesthetic.

You thank your parents and ruminate over what you’ve learned.

Your KNOWLEDGE stat has increased
- The chance of you mixing up knowledge from both worlds has been reduced

No. 1003653 ID: afe7de
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> FREE TIME - Practice the SWORD with DRACO and WILLIAM
You head to the field behind yourself to see a sweating and handsome William practicing the bow, firing arrows at various targets in the distance. Your father notices and you ask for training, so he starts training you on the SWORD like you wanted. One thing you learn about Wing-Kin swords is that they’re styled after the human RAPIER with a longer hilt meant to accommodate your long feathered hands. That blade is specifically chosen for Wing-Kin because it’s the lightest of all blades, second to the ESTOC.

He teaches you how to THRUST and use the hand guard on the blade to DEFLECT. You’re being taught how to be SWIFT. Eventually you get to the BASIC COMPETENCY of the RAPIER. William then challenges you to several spars. Your Rapier against his bow, you think it’ll be easy, he’s just using a bow after all, but in 10 duels you were unable to reach him before being knocked out by one of his blunted arrows. But each experience furthered your growth and eventually you learned to DODGE, but even when you were able to get close he was able to knock you out from a simple chop to the head. It’s a useful experience and you feel a little closer to William as he offers you some tips that help further your way of the sword. He’s surprised you didn’t pick something like the bow too, but respects your decision.

You’re told that you’re 1/3 of the way through the BASIC COMPETENCY of the RAPIER, some more and you will have INTERMEDIATE COMPETENCY of it. Your father is very proud of your growth and wonders if you have an APTITUDE for combat, he also mentions this might be because you’re in your HIGH GROWTH period. He awards you a STONE RAPIER, saying it’s heavier than a normal one to train your muscles on. Wing-Kin have naturally hollow bones and are traditionally WEAKER then the average HUMAN. However he praises you and your bodies ATHLETIC physique, saying that it’s about as strong as the AVERAGE human soldier, and that in itself is already an amazing feat for a Wing-Kin.

Your SELF DEFENSE stat increased
You’ve gained the PRECISION stat
- You’ve gained the COMBAT SKILL [RAPIER (1)] from focused training from a master
- When using the RAPIER your combat bonus will be Your RAPIER LEVEL added to your SELF DEFENSE stat
- Also Gains bonuses from the PRECISION stat
You’ve learned the COMBAT SKILL [DODGE (1)]
- When actively using the DODGE skill your chance of being hit will be reduced significantly
You feel like you should be able to form a bond with William in the future

No. 1003654 ID: afe7de
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> FREE TIME - Tutor Noodle
You decide to speak up to noodle, she’s been depressed lately and aimless. After talking with her for a bit you take it upon yourself to spend your weekends tutoring her in the classes she’s struggling in. She appreciates this immensely and her brother says that his family will never forget your kindness. Noodle seems to have the basics of most fields in her grasp, however more advanced LOGIC and KNOWLEDGE questions just reach out of her grasp. She’s also a bit of a loner, so she’s hesitant to ask for help. You come up with a lesson plan and start going over things in bite sized chunks, introducing to her more effective ways to STUDY.

After a few months she starts to show moderate improvement, with luck and some more studying on her behalf, you believe she could make it to the top 200 and get into the TENGU ACADEMY. You also learn a bit more about her, her foster family is poor, but they’re doing the best they can to get her an education and a good life. She doesn’t want to disappoint them so you doing this to help her really means a lot. She gives you a hug and you return it. You feel like noodle TRUSTS you. At the end of the study sessions you let her know that things will be harder from here on out and that she might not be able to rely on you at the ACADEMY. She understands and promises not to be a burden to you. Her brother also approaches you and hands you a bag with 10 SHINIES, saying it’s not much but he appreciates what you did, and that if you get a chance you should treat yourself to a nice meal or toy.

You’ve helped a friend in need
Your bond with NOODLE has increased twice to rank 4!
- Noodle will occasionally help you on tasks you are having difficulties with
- Noodle now TRUSTS you
- Noodle considers you to be her BEST FRIEND!
- You can now request 1 favor a year from Noodle
= Favors can be any task you need her to do that you can’t accomplish in FREE TIME, or to assist you in an ACTIVITY or PROJECT.
= The more favors you request, the more likely Noodle will request a favor from you
= Rejecting a request can cause your BOND level to drop

You’ve gained 10 SHINIES
Others are starting to see you as COMPASSIONATE

During your process of tutoring noodle you go back through your memories of SABA and notice he also had a predilection for teaching in his career, so you take hints and notes from his experiences, combined with your own. You’ve been doing a decent amount of TEACHING others. You taught Pon to defend himself, how to draw, and now you’ve taught Noodle how to study.

From repeated actions you’ve gained the special skill [TEACHING **]
- You can teach someone up to one level below your current stat or skill level
- For example, Your CREATIVITY is 5, you can teach someone up to rank 4
- At your current rank, you can teach someone up to rank 4 in that skill/stat
- The higher your TEACHING, the more effectively and quickly you can give someone the information.

No. 1003655 ID: afe7de
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You decide that now’s the time to study for the exams. Now that you know what’s on the line, you want to make it to the INTERMEDIATE class at TENGU ACADEMY. The benefits are worth it. But in order to do that, you need to figure out exactly what you are lacking in, so you Meditate a bit on it, do some practice tests and figure out the results.


[LOGIC] xxx

[LUCK] ???
[PRIDE] ???

You organize your thoughts onto a sheet of paper, this is approximately how you see yourself, you’re biased of course, so it might not be that accurate, but this is the metric that you’re going to go off of for now. Your KNOWLEDGE is effectively a 4, but you think it’s better to split it just in case. Saba’s knowledge includes the biology and chemistry of kin, history, and the basics of his world’s science. While yours includes your history, biology, and knowledge of MONSTERS.

You take a moment to wonder why your LOGIC and KNOWLEDGE aren’t at the adult level yet, he’s above average, yet you haven't absorbed to that level yet. And you’re at AGE 24 for SABA already. You assume that by the time you turn 16 you’ll have gotten all the growth from him that you can, this process ISNT PERFECT and you’ll have to fill in the gaps yourself you suppose. Perhaps to get everything you might even have to MEDITATE on it or PRACTICE like you had to do with STUDYING.

You know for a fact that the TENGU ACADEMY values the following stats in new members:


You’d rate the average kin child to be at about a rank 1 or 2 In any of these given stats as they’re something you can learn in grade school. Rank 3-4 represents above average for a kid and rank 5+ means that you’re a genius in the field expected to go far.

The scale is slightly different for adults. Most average at around 3-4, an above average adult, like a truly skilled tradesman usually gets to 5-6, and a true genius or master of the field would be at 7+

Apparently the first 5 ranks are the easiest with breaking through to 6 being a bottleneck requiring either specialized knowledge, or massive studying/training. You’ve already experienced the bottleneck with your CREATIVITY, so you feel like there shouldn’t be any issues with that when it comes to the exams.

You also learn through your research that there is an extra credit segment whose topic changes every year depending on what the Academy is looking for in it’s new students. This gives students that didn’t do especially well on a topic a chance to get a small amount of extra points. You’ve heard it’s been anything from LEADERSHIP to GUILE in the past but it could even be LOGIC or ATHLETICISM. It’s essentially RANDOM so you’ll have to pray to the GODDESS it’s something you can do.

To gurantee getting into the top 50 would probably require all of your stats to be at 4* or higher, which feels doable. Miss one and you think the likely hood is high, but not guaranteed. Any lower than that and you’re testing your LUCK. You’re sure getting all of them to the 5* level would guarantee you entry to the top 10, but unless you dedicate yourself to solely studying that might just be a floating dream in the distance. And even then it would require LUCK as there are other known and unknown absolute geniuses out there like William, Hook, and that Ignis guy fighting for those spaces. They say LUCK is a skill on its own after all.

You get down to studying while the school year ends. You share a space with Pon and sometimes bounce questions and ideas around. There was a few times you got stuck on questions and Pon helped you figure out the solutions by getting your brain to think in the right way. He also spends some time showing you how to talk to people a little differently, you appreciate the advice and you feel it makes you a little more charismatic.

Pon helped you out, your progress in CHARISMA has increased by a little bit!
Your LOGIC stat has increased
Your CHARISMA stat has just barely increased
You were UNLUCKY, you gained 1 STRESS from the pressure

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The school year is over. You’ve got a 3 month break before the new year and the exams for TENGU ACADEMY begin. Drift headed off with his family on a retreat to DOPUS to go fishing and clear his mind. He’s confident he’ll get into the Tengu Academy, maybe even the INTERMEDIATES, but he just wants to rest. He’s seemed kind of sad lately for some reason.

Blitz on the other hand doesn’t care if he gets into the INTERMEDIATES, he’s got good CHARISMA so he wants to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a merchant in other World-Plates. He says he’s going to learn a little bit about every trade and stat while he’s there so he can know how to communicate with all walks of life on his journeys.

Pon and Noodle think it would be a good idea to form a study group to help shore off everyone’s weak points. You get the idea that it’ll probably be less effective then studying on your own, but won’t cause any of you to gain extra stress from the moral support.

William bids you a goodbye and says he’ll see you in the capital. You wave him and his guard goodbye. Draco seems tired and is taking the rest of the year off. He gathers your family and suggests you go on a trip to the floating lake. It’ll be a good time to REST, look at beautiful scenery, and calm the mind. Maybe you can even draw the landscape to relax. He says it’s optional for you and Pon if you want to keep studying, but says that too much studying might have adverse results, especially on Pon’s end.

With your INTUITION And LOGIC you’re able to deduce that Pon is VERY STRESSED, but he fears failure and not getting into the INTERMEDIATES more. He promises to rest when he gets in, but you’re worried if he gains ANY MORE STRESS that something bad might happen. He concedes that if you go on the trip, he’ll go too, but if you stay and study, he’ll do that too. He doesen’t want to leave Noodle out to dry and your parents agree that she can join you all on your trip.

Faan tries to lightly PRESSURE you to commit to the trip, but your COURAGE is just barely enough that you resist immediately caving. You think of an alternative solution in the moment, maybe you could teach Pon to meditate, you could even teach him to meditate while at the floating lake, however your INTUITION speaks up in the moment and tells you not to do that. You’re not sure why.

SABA’S KNOWLEDGE then speaks up to you. It gives you an absolutely absurd idea. You could purposefully take on [6] stress to gain [1 TIME POINT] from furious micromanagement of your time. Your LOGIC says that you don’t really need it and don’t want to end up as stressed as SABA and glares at SABA’s KNOWLEDGE that just shrugs innocently at the gesture. Your INTUITION says that doing this will set a bad precedent.

AUTHORS NOTE: After careful consideration I’ll be adjusting how Meals at restaurants and other money spending events will work. Will update you in YEAR 10 on the changes.

You have [2 TIME POINTS] what do you do for the remainder of the year?

1. Focus on an Available STAT
2. Do an ACTIVITY with someone else
3. Work on a PROJECT like the PUZZLE BOOK
4. Use a Skill
- Available Skills
[REALISTIC DRAWING] - Make a few art pieces, maybe one will be worth something
[MEDITATION] - Meditate on a topic or in general
[STUDY] - Can study a topic or in general. Has a small chance of gaining stress, but increases stat growth and helps you pass important exams.
[TEACHING**] - Improve other kin’s stats and give them skills given time
5. Forge a new BOND or spend time with someone you have a BOND with
6. REST or invite someone to the Restaurant
7. Other (suggestions welcome)

No. 1003662 ID: 094652

This world isn't that bad, but... caste armbands? You remember in your previous world those fux-somethings lost everything because they favored oppression and resentment over bonds and diversity. Hook is an example of how something as simple as a daily reminder of privilege can make anyone an asshole.

Odd... didn't Saba's world have a major religion where there was only one Goddess? And why where they explicitly female?
It's not too big a deal, but perhaps the Goddess is one of reincarnation. You may need to show her some respect - after all, if the statistics line up with the beliefs there's little harm in being logical with your faith.

>Saba was extremely stressed
Your previous incarnation worked hard and was rewarded, but developed serious mental problems that clearly eroded his potential friendships. The only way you can truly honor him is using what he earned and succeeding where he failed. That means not repeating his past mistakes, like driving yourself crazy just to get extra time management when you are learning and forming bonds at a healthy pace. You'll get his brain in your head and all the knowledge you need, in exchange you need to learn what he always felt deficient in.

Study Guile
Teach Pon how to manage stress with Meditation. Look at his career plans and see if he's putting too much effort into something relatively minor for his pursuits.
Recommend Pon go on vacation without you.
No. 1003663 ID: e51896

Take SABA’S KNOWLEDGE advice for one more free time at the cost of 6 STRESS. Sometimes sacrifices need to be made

FAVOR for NOODLE: Ask her to help you convince Pon to go on a trip. She can go too if she wants. You'll stay behind.

STUDY in general (knowledge, logic, intuition, charisma, etc.)

STUDY GROUP with Pon and Noodle, use our teaching skills here. After we study while pon and maybe noodle is gone, we can help teach them what we learned when they get back

MEDITATE in KNOWLEDGE (lowest stat right now that the academy values, and will help lower stress after everything) (plus, we were told to meditate for karma. Best to meditate at least once a year)
No. 1003674 ID: ce39da

You're a nerd, but nerds should be smart enough to not repeat what they realize to have been mistakes. And that's not even taking into consideration how there's now an impressionable twin brother to consider, who would get absolutely wrecked with his higher current stress and without your past-life experience handicap.

No reason you can't do the study group and the trip with the free time you have left, right?

Start with the FAMILY TRIP TO THE FLOATING LAKE, and use your dedicated TLC time to MEDITATE ON SABA, specifically on absorbing more of his [LOGIC] and learning the secret to his almost god-like [INTUITION], which you're starting to understand didn't come from natural training. You aren't that concerned with how his world changed at Age 25 unless it has something to do with that incredible [UNDERSTANDING] power he gains at some point or could otherwise follow him into the next life. When you're not meditating, the family member/guest you're interacting with the most is PON... mostly to make sure he actually relaxes.

When you get back, PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY GROUP WITH EVERYONE, with your personal focus being solely on reinforcing your KNOWLEDGE (theology and the royal family - you've clearly still got gaps there - plus skimming over Faunus sciences and chemistry to see what you can carry over and what you need to unlearn).
No. 1003678 ID: 031458

Hmm. a modicum of effort will get us into Intermediate... but there is still a path to Elite, even though it's pretty non-standard. Check it out:

Take Saba's Knowledge's suggestion

Meditate on Saba: Memories of challenges he overcame. - You want his approach to solving problems. With any luck we'll net the Logic we're missing and some Intuition. This will also ensure our stress remains manageable.

Train Guile With Richii - Specifically ask about how to read and work other people. We need more work on our Intuition and Charisma, I don't think there's a better way than this.

Study Knowledge - It's all we'll be missing. The otherworld knowledge should only be relied upon to fill the gaps, it shouldn't be the bulk of what we know. This could also be done in a group setting.
No. 1003683 ID: 96c896

GROUP STUDY to finish up our growth
definitely do not micromanage time. It's a bad deal in the long run since we're probably going to have to REST immediately afterwards to recoup that 6 stress.
>Gaining 4 or more stress will will cause a 5% chance for EVERY ACTION to generate more STRESS, increasing the percentage by 10% for every stress past 4.
>Gain more than 6 stress and you have a chance of acting erratically or strangely in any action or event. Gain too much stress and something bad will happen.
We're already at 1 stress, so micromanagement will push us to 7 which means every action afterwards will have a 35% chance to generate more stress. Also, we'll have an unknown chance of acting erratic. That's really bad!

We have enough Logic, Creativity, Knowledge, and Charisma now. Intuition is the only stat we need, we can boost that via group study. Or just FOCUS on it?
No. 1003684 ID: dfbac0

I don't know why but something about LOGIC is calling to me, I know I've said this several times but I feel it to be very important we get lots of LOGIC
CREATIVITY, let's not be too prideful with a stat that's currently bottle-necked.
1:Meditate on Saba's Intuition to get a better grasp of it, it said we could meditate on his logic or knowledge but I think maybe we could do the same with intuition.
2:Flex your LEADERSHIP and CHARISMA skill to try and convince Pon to take a break on his own and that he needs to rest. Then you can proceed to study Knowledge on your own. We should be CREATIVE and not be set into the binary choices that life presents us but instead use our skills to solve them.
No. 1003685 ID: dfbac0

Good point, use the favor with Noodle to help us convince Pon to go on the trip, as every bit counts with that.
Although meditating on Saba's knowledge might be bad as that would increase knowledge of his world, not ours.
As for the time management... I say we go through with it ONLY if we can meditate beforehand so our stress is 6 not 7.
No. 1003689 ID: 031458

Focus and flaw are already determined for this time slot.
Chi is too proud of her creativity to ignore it.

After the recent skill ups, our most lacking area is INTUITION.
Technically our knowledge is lower, but otherworld knowledge is padding it.

Our relevant stats regarding the test are currently:
KNOWLEDGE (2)(3) - 4

If we do nothing with logic in our free time here, it'll probably hit the soft cap next year, and then its likely we'll need to meditate to get it higher.

All we REALLY need to do right now is work on intuition and study a little to balance out our knowledge. Going on the trip and doing a group study would probably be enough.

We are in a position to get {Effectively) all 5's (and a chance at ELITE status) though, if we decide to get creative and take a relatively small risk. The stress is unlikely to be immediately detrimental, instead presenting a manageable but real hurdle to deal with in the coming years.
No. 1003695 ID: f8fa51

Don't micromanage, go on the family trip, do a group study session in which you focus on your CHARISMA and KNOWLEDGE if possible, meditate on Saba's INTUITION.

Change our focus to KNOWLEDGE and our flaw to ATHLETICISM.
No. 1003703 ID: 96c896

There's no way we can get four stat points from one time slot!
No. 1003716 ID: a4f4d6

Bro we gained 7 last turn
No. 1003719 ID: 96c896

What? No. One time slot as in, one TIME POINT. We just used 3 TIME POINTS and got stats from classes too. The most we can expect from each TIME POINT spent is 2 stat points. We can definitely get Intuition up to 4 and thus qualify for INTERMEDIATE but ELITE is out of our reach even with the micromanagement bonus. It's not gonna happen.

If we had taken mental strength like we were told to, maybe it would have been possible. We can't get greedy now.
No. 1003720 ID: a4f4d6

If we use all three time slots efficiently we could. Yes it would require sacrifices be made, no it wouldn't be a guarantee. It's possible though.
And from a meta standpoint I doubt Ed would give us the time option if it's wasn't
It's probably too late to really argue the point now anyway. I'm just surprised you take such a hopeless approach to freeform interactive fiction.
No. 1003732 ID: afe7de
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AUTHORS NOTE: Will be adjusting Flaw and Focus starting year 10, things are going to be different, you’re going to have more time and more choices!
> 1003720
And from a META standpoint: (Don't read the spoilered below if you don't want percentage odds spoilers of whats going to happen.)

I’ll say that YES if you did specific things as of last action round, your chances of getting into elite would be at around 60%, not confirmed, but definitely better odds. Its still possible, but think of the chances of being around 5%, also since you’re reading this, the bonus event could also increase your odds, but that’s going to be randomly decided when it comes up next update or so. And would give an extra 20% if it picked a stat at at least 3.

And don’t feel bad if you can’t perfect through grade school or life, you only found out about the elite/intermediate stuff with 1 year to go. Plus BONDS are important. You can’t always see every event on your initial play through of some games after all. Also, there’s routes for if you just played around as a kid too, I just hope y’all find what I’m writing interesting and enjoy it. Anywho, thanks for coming to my Ed-Talk, now for the update.

> Don’t Micromanage
You decide that micromanaging to get extra time isn’t worth it right now. You feel a collective weight lifted off of you. As if a held breath was released all at once from the core of your being. Your head feels clearer for some reason. Multiple stats are pleased with you.

For resisting temptation your stats have rewarded you by clearing the 1 STRESS you just gained
A ripple goes out through your CONCIOUSNESS again
A hidden stat groans and goes “tsk-tsk” before vanishing

Your INTUITION also speaks up, apologizing for being vague. It meant that you shouldnt teach Pon MEDITATION at the lake, not that teaching him the MEDITATION skill itself would be bad. It has a good feeling about Pon learning MEDITATION in general.

> SKILL CHECK - Convince Pon to go anyway
You wrack your brain a bit and come up with an idea. You try to combine your LEADERSHIP and CHARISMA to attempt to CONVINCE him. You go over the pros and cons of the situation, doing your very best to try to be convincing and let him know that if he keeps this behavior up it might really hurt him in the long run.

Pon OPPOSES your opinion, stating that getting into Tengu Academy’s INTERMEDIATES is worth the stress. He says he’ll try not to do this going forward, but it’s hard to keep up with you. You aren’t able to win this verbal bout, After all, Pon was the one who taught you what you know of CHARISMA, his must be better than yours. You feel Pon’s STUBBORNNESS and CHARISMA are like a stone wall. So, you do cave. You care about your little brother, so you’re willing to sacrifice a bit for both of your sakes. You agree to go on the trip to the lake and invite Noodle, she excitedly drops what she’s doing and joins along.
No. 1003733 ID: afe7de
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> FREE TIME - The floating lake
The six of you: Pon, Chi, Draco, Riichi, Faan, and Noodle take to the skies a few weeks later. Noodle straps herself to Pon and his POWERFUL yet small physique and you enjoy a nice long fly through the continent. The wind beneath your wings, the scents in the air, the beautiful landscapes are all breathtaking. You’ve been so busy the last few years you forgot that you should just take a moment and absorb the environment, life, and everything. Your CURIOSITY points out that the clouds look especially cool today. One of them even looks like an eye. But when you focus on it, another cloud passes by it and it’s gone. Weird.

The trip takes around 2 hours before you see it, the floating mass is pouring water down from its sides like a waterfall, there’s a small mountain and a small field right next to it. In the distance you can see some cabins. There’s a Wing-Kin fishing on the dock as you approach and land. Your Papa hands the man a sack of SHINIES and he tosses Draco a key. Your group heads up the plain to a cabin. With a click the door unlocks and you see a quaint little home. There’s a nice perch on the roof for you to sunbathe, 6 small beds, a toilet and all the basic necessities. Draco tosses down his luggage and speaks up.

Draco: Okay, ground rules, you can’t leave the floating island, or go in caves, but everything else is free game.
Draco: It’s a relatively peaceful spot and most Wing-kin ignore it, so we should only see a few occasional visitors.
Draco: Pon, Chi, Noodle, you’re forbidden from studying or training or anything like that while we’re here.
Draco: You all should take a break, you’ve worked hard already.
Draco: Otherwise have fun and come back before dark. There’s no monsters here, it’s a safe place, been coming here as a kid.

You all laugh and cheer and run about the island. Some days you go for a SWIM, you were trained in the basics during your SURVIVAL classes, but Wing-Kin are better at FLOATING then diving and swimming. You also fish a few times and your parents teach you how to prepare them yourself in tasty new ways your survival classes didn't.

> BONUS - The mountain peak
During your time exploring the mountain you eventually climbed to the peak. It’s not a big mountain at all, but it still took you like 20 minutes to fly up there. You notice a good spot and think that now’s a good time to practice your REALISTIC DRAWING. You take out your sketchbook and look in the distance. It’s the WORLD PLATE TUNNEL. You decide to sketch it’s weird inconsistency and how it just sort of vanishes in the air. You’ve got GOOD EYESIGHT as a wing-kin and the TUNNEL is pretty visible so drawing like this is easy.

During your time sketching you notice something. Two little blue dots come out, then another 4, then another 8. Focusing closer it looks like some kin are coming through. Your eyesight is good, but it’s not good enough to make up anything else other than the lights. You wonder what it could be and add the lights to your sketch. You’re proud of this illustration. You call it THE LIGHTS AT THE END OF OUR TUNNEL. You get a good feeling from this drawing. Maybe you’ll put it up in your dorm room at the Academy.

You’ve made an ORDINARY ILLUSTRATION inspired by a special moment
Collectors might pay you a few SHINIES for it
When placed in a room, kin who look at it will feel a slight bump to their lowest STAT for a short period

No. 1003734 ID: afe7de
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> LUCKY BREAK! - A coin?
In the last week of your trip you decide to go for a walk in the forest with Pon and Noodle, it’s very pretty and there are lots of nice flowers. You put some in yours and pon’s head-feathers and make a flower crown for Noodle. You all feel a little closer to each-other. Your INTUITION suddenly shouts for you to STOP and you do so. A small coin falls from the sky and lands right in front of you. Noodle and Pon are distracted. You look up and see 4 blue lights in the distance, but can’t catch anything before they go into the clouds.

You pick up the coin and look at it. It has a HUMAN WOMAN on one side, the other has an EYE. Must be from the Human kingdom, unfortunately your books don’t mention what the world-plates beyond CANUS are called, or what the Human World-plate is called either. There’s some sort of security checkpoint where only specific individuals are allowed to pass. Apparently there’s monsters beyond that plate in large numbers. You toss the coin in the air and think about hiding it, but when it touches your feathered hand again, vanishes. Suddenly your LOGIC jumps in, silencing your INTUITION which was about ready to scream at you. It tells you to just think of the coin again and it will appear.

You do and it comes back. So then you try hiding it again and it does it once more. You’re incredibly confused. You try this with other objects near you, branches, rocks, trees. You can do this to just one thing but you have to touch it, and it appears in your hand. Is this some kind of SUPER POWER? Saba’s memories recently show that there’s this AWAKENING phenomena happening where people get them. Did you just do that?

Something deep inside you tells you that its not the case. It’s something else. You decide to keep this secret for now on advice from your GUILE. You instead go and show your friends the coin and they all celebrate your luck! When you head back and show your parents they seem shocked. One gold coin from the Human Kingdom is worth 10 SHINIES. They encourage you to keep it, you’ll probably need it at the CAPITAL. The rest of your trip is uneventful and you eventually head home.

You’ve found a GOLD COIN from the HUMAN KINGDOM
You can now use your .5 Meter Cubed single object Dimensional Pocket to store things

> FREE TIME - Study Group
Time for the Exams is coming soon, so the three of you wrack your brains and start studying together. You all thought it’d be stressful, but it’s not. Pon seems back to his normal self, all the built up stress is gone and he’s able to go over the material much easier now. With your TEACHING skill you’re able to help shore up your groups missing points much faster than normal.

Noodle and Pon feel left out and decide to help you in their strong points. Noodle shows you new survival skills and ways to use your INTUITION while Pon shows you the results of his KNOWLEDGE, It shores up your failing points and you feel confident about making it into the INTERMEDIATES now, you don’t regret not studying hardcore to get into the ELITES and feel good about helping your friends. You even think Noodle might have a chance to make it in the top 70 now, she hopes the bonus section is something she’s good in, she’ll have to rely on her own LUCK.

Pon takes you aside and thanks you, he was blinded by his desire to get into the Intermediates. If you didn’t make him take a break, he would have probably not made it in just from stress alone. You feel closer to your brother.

Your BOND with PON has increased to rank 4!
- Pon now TRUSTS you
- Pon considers you to be his BEST FRIEND!
- You can now request 1 favor a year from Pon
Your KNOWLEDGE stat increased
Your INTUITION stat increased

No. 1003735 ID: afe7de
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> Dreams
That year your dreams are a strange mess. You learn about the AWAKENING PHENOMENA and how that affected Saba’s world. How he didnt get an Awakened power but an INNATE ABILITY called [UNDERSTANDING] It looks useful, you hope you’ll get it. He meets a young boy of 15 named MARTH WALPOLE and has a strange relationship with him. Willamina awakens and all three work together for years to create a DEVICE for using the power from monster’s cores. It’s fascinating. He meets a demon called SET and learns of a tough situation and tries to fix it. You’re PROUD of Saba, he’s trying to save the world.

All three get married and things are looking great! Saba’s 36 now. You’re getting real curious about how he died. He might have kicked the bucket in a DUNGEON, but he’s so proficient in his custom made MANA PISTOL. He’s even developing plans for a MANA CANNON with 20x the strength. You’ve hit a roadblock in your LOGIC absorption. Saba’s using a lot of terminology and skills you don’t have, making it hard to keep track, especially when he tries to TINKER with things. You’ll have to MEDITATE on and LEARN one of his LOGICAL SKILLS if you want to continue developing your LOGIC. You could also wait and potentially learn something better at TENGU ACADEMY.

Your LOGIC stat increased
Your LOGIC stat has reached the soft cap
You must meditate on a LOGICAL SKILL in order to progress, here are some examples
- VISUAL CALCULUS - Breaking down a scene using EVIDENCE to find out what happened
- EIDETIC MEMORY - Create a MIND PALACE, remember things with unmatched clarity
Some skills are harder than others to learn and you don’t know how long they will take to train.

No. 1003736 ID: afe7de
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[YEAR 10]
The first week of the first month of the year is when the annual TENGU ACADEMY EXAMS are held. You, Pon and Noodle arrive and are seated randomly. There’s lots of kin here in the exam office. The building has a large indoor gymnasium and it’s fitting over 2000 kin from ages 10-16 You can’t believe that only 1/10th of the participants will be selected to join. Next to you is a HUMAN. You’re surprised, you only saw around 3 total in the place, but when you look at her you feel something strange.

The human has Ropy golden hair and goggles. Her nose is small and she’s smiling ridiculously wide, her eyes scanning the room. Her chest is starting to develop, which you know to be a part of human PUBERTY. Human puberty is really strange. For you its just occasional egg laying and mood swings. But you’ve heard the horror stories from Saba’s memories. You shudder. You keep looking, she’s wearing strange boots. They’re metal of some kind and have these panels you imagine would light up. There’s also meticulous inscriptions that your KEEN BIRD EYES pick up written in lines across the metal.

You recognize those! The patterns and symbols are similar to the Puzzle Book! The feeling intensifies. It’s this same weird feeling, the one from when you met William. Like your Intuition looking at something and feeling strange. Longing? Not necessarily attraction, but definitely like it’s on the tip of your tongue. The girl looks over to you and holds out a hand with a smile.

Marth: Well hey there gorgeous. The name’s MARTH. Weird name right?
Marth: Apparently it’s some famous warrior’s name.
Marth: I wouldn’t happen to know you would I? I’m getting this weird… Feeling I should?

And suddenly that same feeling from back then comes and hits you like a truck hits an isekai protagonist. Things freeze around you, time slows as your heart beats faster, like its trying to break out of your chest. Your mind feels like an egg again, something trying to poke itself out. You get that same headache from before, but it’s more intense.

[GUILE] - Cmon… Am I the only one that finds this suspicious in the least?
[CURIOSITY] - Nah, I’m with you, are we going to ignore the eyes?

How do you respond?
No. 1003737 ID: f8fa51

Introduce yourself, confirm that you feel something pretty weird yourself, and ask about their eyes.
No. 1003738 ID: a4f4d6

"A shame, those ears looked good on you, Walpole."
No. 1003739 ID: afa6f6

Im feeling some kind of DEDUCTION skill would be appropriate, like using Logic, knowledge and Intuition to make accurate conclusions with little information.

>>How do you respond?
Yeah, Im a little suspicious. Greet her kindly, and agree she seems familiar but lets not push any further then that yet. Ask about the eyes in a way thats not rude.
No. 1003740 ID: ce39da

That kind of sounds like VISUAL CALCULUS. Let's turn our attention to the current situation, though.

Yeah, the eyes... and the seemingly already solved puzzle book are suspicious. We love Marth, but he was never the nerdy type. Does this girl even have a powerful build?

"I went by Saba once, but that changed a while back. Is that you... Set?" I'm thinking the (former) demon is either just pulling a 'harmless' joke like old times, or their reincarnated name somehow really is Marth.

Ultimately, try to keep the exchange brief; the test is about to begin.
No. 1003742 ID: 094652

"Listen, I know what we were supposed to say to each other, but you're kind of freaking me out. I'm pretty sure you didn't have inky-black caves for eyes, and I'm definitely sure that the average human doesn't develop freaky eyeball mutations. I can't trust... whatever has its grip on you, I'm not going to say the password, so just treat this as a random encounter by a cuckoo crow -
(grave whisper) Set followed us
- and let's pretend we never met each other all those years ago. Fresh start. *ahem* Hi, my name is Sabachi. Want to help me conquer the world?"
No. 1003743 ID: 50af53

Crazy out of the blue question, do you have dreams about a canine with the same name as you?
No. 1003744 ID: e51896

Whatevwr you say, speak it in ENGLISH, Saba's native language.
No. 1003749 ID: 96c896

>hey there gorgeous
Hmm, if she were male I'd think this was Ignis in disguise...
Those boots aren't a solved form of the puzzle book, no fucking way. They're just... enchanted or something.

This is probably Marth like she said, but something's off. Ask why her eyes are like that(maybe it's Marth's supernatural power?), and if she dreams of Earth. (can we tell if she has a POWERFUL physique?)
DEFINITELY try talking in English. An impostor would have no chance of understanding it. ...unless they had an artifact that gave them universal language skills...
Oh, ask about her boots.

>logic skill
Well, visual calculus is redundant with Understanding, so we shouldn't get that one.
The other two skills synergize with it, though. Invention would be a straightforward pick, as Saba knew it, but at this point all we'd get is some income. Also possible we could pick up Invention just via studying our dreams. Eidetic Memory on the other hand would turbocharge our studies! Hmm, didn't Saba have that too?
No. 1003751 ID: e51896


Also, we were told that Marth chose to have a supernatural power before we reincarnated. Maybe those eyes are that. (Otherwise, maybe Marth is half human half insect-kin)

I don't really think we should let Marth know just yet about our dream connections as it would probably put her mind into thinking about us and our past lives in her dreams instead of focusing on the test. But we should wait until AFTER the test to tell her about our connection. We'll let her know in english right now that we want to speak with her after the test is done.
No. 1003753 ID: 0fae41

Maybe you should get to know me, I'll be headed to the top of the class!
Let's get this out of the way, what's up with your eyes?
No. 1003754 ID: dfbac0

Acknowledge him! I think we'll unlock the reincarnation memories if we do!
>Logic Skill
Eidetic Memory is too good to pass up, we need that right away! We can do the others later but the earlier we get this the better.
No. 1003755 ID: dfbac0

Yes, use English to simply say "After the test", I guess acknowledging him can wait a LITTLE BIT, but we do need to acknowledge him eventually.
No. 1003758 ID: 031458

The english is a good Idea.

As for Eidetic Memory, it IS sort of a cheat skill and is deffo useful, but we won't get it's full potential until we can [UNDERSTAND] things.
The reason being, Eidetic Memory actually circumvents the need to LEARN by allowing us to MEMORIZE. It's not the same. While Eidetic knowledge can be recalled at will, it doesn't allow for the instant crosslinking of knowledge to relevant focuses.
In game terms, overuse of Eidetic knowledge may penalize our INTUITION and cause some weirdness.
[UNDERSTANDING] however, would nullify this, making eidetic memory purely a boon.

I say all this to suggest that perhaps Eidetic Memory need not be the FIRST of Saba's mental abilities we meditate on.
VISUAL CALCULUS or Deduction, as one suggestor put it, would come quite in handy.
No. 1003777 ID: e51896

couple things to point out

I think I should mention about that coin that while we know that eye is most likely the demon Set's eye, that person in glasses might be that person from the karma shop >>1002771

and those blue lights might be souls for whatever reason. they are mostly balls of glowing blue lights after all
No. 1003793 ID: afe7de
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> Eyes and Boots?
You introduce yourself as CHI SAVA, she says it’s a pleasure to meet you and that you have a nice name. You’re curious so you take another look over the girl in front of you. You didn’t notice at first but she looks like she’s pretty well built. Her arms are muscular and now that you look at her boots again, they look incredibly heavy. Only someone with a POWERFUL physique could carry them.

You politely ask Marth about her eyes and she responds in a pretty chipper attitude. She says they’re COMPOUND EYES. Basically she can see in extremely high resolution and can see in a different light spectrum from others. Says she’s part Insect-kin, her mom was a HUMAN her dad was a DRONE or a male BEE. You’ve only heard about Insect-kin from Saba’s Knowledge. She must be from outside your country.

You also ask about the boots saying they look pretty heavy. She knocks them with her fist, a smile ever present and mentions they’re some MAGITECH her teacher gave her. It lets her FLY, which is kind of required if you want to live in this world-plate. You’re shocked that a device could be made to allow someone to fly and it’s present on your face. She laughs and tells you that it’s not really that special, just expensive.

> Respond in English
You slip into a little bit of English and her smile gets even WIDER. You were not sure it was possible.

You: [ENG] We should probably talk later.
Marth: [ENG] Well there’s a surprise. Sure!

No. 1003794 ID: afe7de
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The test starts and a Wing-kin appears on the stage, introducing himself as the dean. He welcomes the 2318 test takers, says something about how he hopes the best of you make it, but says not to worry if you don’t the top 500-200 in certain sections will be scouted by the various TRADES around the city, so it should be easier for them to get TRAINING too.

The test, like you expected, tests your KNOWLEDGE, INTUITION, CREATIVITY, LOGIC, and CHARISMA. Asking how well you know history, what you’d do in certain situations, how you’d solve certain problems, and how good your MATHS skills are. It’s an overall easy exam, but you’re actually not the first to finish, over 100 other kin actually finish the main exam before you. You don’t sweat as a wing kin, but you spread your wings a bit to relieve the heat and tension you’re feeling. The Bonus Section is the last thing you’re given to complete. Unfortunately you’re UNLUCKY and it tests a stat you don’t have called [PERCEPTION]. They ask you to spot various details on incredibly detailed illustrations and to circle their locations. The difficulty is immediately apparent as the details you are asked to look for are incredibly hard to find. Since most Wing-Kin have GOOD EYESIGHT this is a skill that tends to get overlooked.

You panic but your CURIOSITY and INTUITION have your back and you’re able to find 2/5 things on the image confidently. The final three you just circle randomly, hoping that with a little LUCK you get at least another right. Your paperwork is taken up and you are all told to wait for a few hours while the administration and academy students all review your tests. Your tests will be reviewed by only those with the highest of integrity and under supervision, should any mistake be made or anyone be found to not be acting in good faith you will be compensated.

You talk to Marth while you wait and get to know them a little better. They mention they’re from CANUS, but her Insect-Kin dad was from the world plate of HIVEN. You mention that other world-plates past Canus aren’t on your world maps. She laughs and says that’s because they don’t want kids to know about it, especially Wing-kin. Some fly the nest and leave at early ages to go traveling to different world-plates and end up dying to the monsters. One has to be STRONG to survive out there as the world is pretty different then this peaceful plate.

You ask why Marth came to this World-Plate and she Smiles back at you again.

Marth: Teacher came here to research various things.
Marth: He was also given a job as a TEACHER in MAGITECH SCIENCES and MONSTER THEORY
Marth: He wants to give Wing-Kin a chance to learn the tech
Marth: and feels bad because his ancestors were some of the people who tried to force the world-plate to give up resources
Marth: It’s all in the past now and he’s being paid pretty well by your queen.
Marth: He’s not the greatest MT SCIENTIST, probably only barely a passable tradesman
Marth: But that’s loads better then what you have in Tengu.

You excitedly chirp, that’s great! You’ll get to learn what this MAGITECH stuff is! But you notice he skimmed over why he actually came here, deflecting.

[GUILE] Running from something?
[INTUITION] Maybe something bad happened?

You respond with a little bit of your life’s history, about just being naturally smart and studying the past year to try to get into the INTERMEDIATES. You were once told you had a good APTITUDE to become an Archaeological explorer, but think you want to see the options before committing. She shrugs and says to give the MAGITECH stuff a try, you might like it.

You get the feeling like you should be able to form a bond with MARTH in the future
You get a strange feeling, it’s not unpleasant, but it is strange

No. 1003795 ID: afe7de
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The results are in, you’re called up in order from 200 to 1. There are kin you recognize that get called up, some you don’t, and audible groans from the audience, here are the results:

200: PAWN
197: MARTH
118: DRIFT
36: CHI (You)
18: PON

You can see visible disappointment in WILLIAM’s face from just being one off of an ELITE. Pon is PROUD and you can tell he’s relieved a bit. You’re surprised to see BLITZ missing, in fact you can’t see him anywhere in the gymnasium. Did he not come? You’re also surprised to see MARTH rank so low. And PAWN made it in? Guess you’ll be seeing him around. You get a good look at IGNIS, he winks at you when he notices you looking in his direction, you’re not sure what kind of bird he is, but his beak makes him pretty handsome you think.

The next week is a bit of a blur, there’s a welcoming ceremony, you’re introduced to the dorms, and given an overview on how the academy works. Since it’s 3 people to a dorm, you decide to bunk with NOODLE and PON. Your parents give you their goodbyes and RIICHI informs you that she’ll be living in the city for a while and if you need a family member to come find her at the address she gives you. She says that she’s always willing to spend time with you and teach you more about GUILE if you’re interested, since it’s not something you’d typically learn at the ACADEMY.

You are told that passing your exams gurantees you a minimum of 4 years of study at the TENGU ACADEMY. If you want to study at the academy after that, you’ll have to pay a yearly stipend of 400 SHINIES, will have to move to the graduate dorms, and can only do it for another 2 years at the most. They want to encourage students to go out into the workforce and practice their trade, stating that if they want to further their education beyond this they can try to go to the college in CANUS or maybe the one in the HUMAN KINGDOM.

You and Pon are both given your yearly INTERMEDIATE stipends, 128 SHINIES, apparently ELITES are given 1280 SHINIES. You’re also informed that there will be a TRADES FAIR at the beginning of your SOPHOMORE (2) and SENIOR (4) years, where you can meet trainers in specific fields to apprentice yourself to, or to compete in a specific trades for the chance to gain entry to the ROYAL LIBRARY to pick out a book for study that year.

You’re also informed that the ACADEMY has a strange policy. You’re only required to attend one class a year, and can take a maximum of 4 per year. You know that most students usually take 2 classes a year, and the elites usually take 4. You can spend the rest of your time doing whatever you like. The ACADEMY is here to facilitate your growth and will only provide guidance and opportunity, as an INTERMEDIATE you can also request a single TUTOR per year to assist your studies in a single class. However you have to request the tutor when you are signing up for the class, as they are limited and tied to their students for the duration. You can also request the tutor for a specific subject that you are interested in, or a trade you are practicing but aren’t taking a class for, but they’ll only be half as effective as a regular class.

You can pay for another tutor if you’d like, but they cost 100 SHINIES per class. TUTORS help increase your learning efficiency, doubling your progress in a class. TUTORS are students that are either on the TEACHING track, or have mastered a specific field and want the extra SHINIES. Apparently ELITES can get a TEACHER as their tutor. You’re also told that its okay to fail classes as you’ll be able to take them again and that through failure you might learn something new, or make lifelong companions in different fields. You won’t be expelled for failing your single course in the year if that’s the path you take. However if it’s found that you are only taking one class and aren’t taking it seriously that is grounds for expulsion. They don’t want students wasting away doing nothing at all.

Classes are held BI-YEARLY. In the first half of the year, then there’s a 2 month break, and in the second half of the year. You’re welcome to stay at the Academy dorms during this time or visit your family, food will still be provided. All in all it’s a pretty flexible course structure. But it relies on students picking good paths for themselves, finding what they like, and managing their time wisely. Though these are the best of the world-plate after all, so you guess that’s kind of already expected of them, for the students to have some sort of DRIVE. At the end of orientation you put up your drawing. Noodle and Pon think it looks very good in the room and they mention it might be a good idea to get more art in the future.
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You look at the class selection scroll your dorm was provided, there’s a lot to chose from and it looks like each class has different TIERS they can teach, each * represents a new tier, so if something is ***** they have 5 classes offered total.

What classes does Tengu Academy offer?

Here are some of the ideas I came up with, feel free to suggest others, and don’t forget about electives or sports, stuff for fun, also, feel free to suggest which one you think is your favorite from these and the other suggested ones, your STATS will speak up and that will influence what they have to say about it!

MAGITECH ** - Developing technologies through runescript
HUNTER **** - Learn to become a hunter with specialized WORLD-PLATE HUNTERS, counts as 2 classes due to the time investment
TEACHING *** - Learn how to teach others and be a good educator
ARCHAEOLOGY *** - Learn the history of the world, how to spot dangers in ruins, and how to be diplomatic with kin in other regions
ARCHITECTURE **** - Learn how to build and maintain structures
MEDICINE **** - Learn how to heal kin by making medicine
OUTREACH ** - Learn a bit of everything and how to offer your services to those who might not have access to them
LEADERSHIP *** - Learn how to lead people, be it in the military, in a guild, in politics or otherwise
METALWORKING *** - Learn to smith metals and craft tools

MONSTER THEORY * - Learn about monsters
SCULPTURE * - Learn how to sculpt
PAINTING * - Learn how to paint

AUTHORS NOTE: You don’t pick a FLAW and FOCUS anymore as you are cherry picking the courses you’ll be studying.

For full transparency, you’ll be getting [3 TIME POINTS], [2 TIME POINTS], and [3 TIME POINTS] in that order to spend while you’re at the academy.

Apprenticing yourself to someone or getting a job will take up TIME POINTS starting from your 2 free time points during your break in the middle, then split up by majority vote past that if you decide to take on multiple jobs (though if you speak up and say you want to take time points from the first segment and time points from the last segment, leaving the middle one, that’s fine too). Taking a JOB will take a time point, same with doing activities and other stuff.

And after careful consideration I’ll be adjusting how Meals at restaurants and other money spending events will work. You can go to up to 1 per year right now, but that’ll change with time. These no longer count as full rest events. Instead they’re moments to INCREASE A BOND and reduce STRESS by 1, so if you find you can’t make time for someone else, you can solve that problem by taking them to dinner or going on a DATE. Dates are available at age 16 and sex at age 18, just FYI.

There are also events and other interesting things happening around the city, but you’ll have to either hope a classmate speaks up and tells you about a place, or go out EXPLORING using one of your TIME POINTS.

Right, and about the LOGIC skills. DEDUCTION and VISUAL CALCULUS are different. DEDUCTION would be LOGIC+INTUITION+INFORMATION to make conclusions based off of not too much information. VISUAL CALCULUS would be LOGIC+KNOWLEDGE+EVIDENCE, letting you reconstruct the scene using hard facts. VISUAL CALCULUS would be useful in figuring out where a bullet was shot from after seeing a broken window and the pieces on the ground without moving and handling it yourself. DEDUCTION would be useful when listening to statements and finding any logical loopholes in them, you could also use it to look at a window and realize that it was replaced recently, perhaps a gunshot broke it? So one’s good for environments and ones good for people.

No. 1003800 ID: f8fa51

Go for four classes, since that's what an Elite would do. You know your a genius and need to apply yourself better than you did previously.
MAGITECH is an obvious choice, hopefully allowing you to make use of logic, understanding, and creativity to become an inventor; ARCHAOLOGY (with tutor) shores up some of your weaker important skills, including knowledge and hopefully charisma too; PAINTING because you should push yourself to develop this further; and TEACHING because you may end up wanting to tutor your friends.

Other classes you may be interested in include: LEADERSHIP, you're starting to get a gang together, and putting them all on the same track could let you achieve great things; OUTREACH, because using your skills to help others is always a noble goal; and MEDICINE, because it would potentially be another way to use your sharp mind if you didn't want to overspecialise.
No. 1003801 ID: afa6f6

Hoo, so many interesting things here. Im thinking we should take three classes to maximize our stat growth, while still leaving time to socialize, and maybe by the third year we'll be good enough in a subject to tutor.
The only suggestion I have a for a class right now is one that's a little bit of a mixture of archeology, astrology, geology and anthropology, Thats basically about studying the world plates themselves, their nature, theories on how they came to be, and the world in the greater universe sense.
Call it [Platology] maybe. or maybe just World Studies, I don't know.

The Classes that seem interesting are:
and out of the arts, I think SCULPTURE would be good. Especially if we take metal working as well.

Right now, im leaning towards Magitech, Archeology and Monster Theory for this year.
No. 1003803 ID: afa6f6

Im also a bit surprised theres not a Martial Arts class at the Academy.
No. 1003805 ID: a4f4d6

Looks like we need hunter to go to other plates, best get started with it then.
It's also the obvious place to put the tutor, since we'll get the most out of them there thanks to three extra time hunter takes.

Hunter + Tutor
Medicine (We'll need to know some)
And then either leadership or monster theory.

As for free time I'd suggest
Meditate on deduction.
Train Sword
Train Guile
No. 1003811 ID: e51896

Maybe we can dedicate our lives to figure out how to save the world plates from shrinking, inspired by how Saba wanted to save his world.

Probably the best I can think of to help with this is

MAGITECH to see if magic can be used to save the plates, or find out if us using magitech is the cause of it for some reason

ARCHAEOLOGY maybe to research the past to see any signs or patterns to the shrinkage no one else spotted

PLATOLOGY like >>1003801 suggested. Will be best to learn more about our plates this way to get some understanding on the shrinking.

TEACHING: like Saba. Might be best to learn this skill to help people get better understanding on the plate erosion and help them help you figure something out.

CLASSES ON ENERGY DENSITY; our teacher in the past theorized this was one of the reasons. Maybe we should learn about whatever this energy is.

ARCHITECTURE, maybe to find out about how we can build things to replace the eroded lands if all else fails, though this class is not high on my list

LEADERSHIP; to help lead the charge in saving the world plates

PSYCHOLOGY; if only to raise our charisma if saving the worldplates requires us to convince large population of people into doing something to save the plates

Some kind of class for meditation? Not sure if this is allowed though.

Oh yeah, not sure of we're choosing our Free time yet, but we definetly should consider meditating at least once per year to help with Karma, spend time with Marth, and spend time with William.
No. 1003812 ID: 094652

Good for Hook, all her charisma dumping paid off. Give Pon a big hug for doing so well. Tell Noodle you knew she could make it. Stare at Marth for not taking this seriously.

>Elite's paycheck is ten times that of an Intermediate
... Is there something you're not telling us, Headmaster.

>400 Shinies / year for Master's Degree
Aaand there's the student loan debt.

Well, not getting the highest-class of scholarship is somewhat jarring since you've got the memories of a billionaire genius in your head... and yet, it's probably for the best. The elites are going to be celebrities with privacy traded for luxury. If you don't keep your reincarnation a secret, they're going to lock you in the cuckoo's nest or dissect you for science.

> Class Schedule
1. Hunter - This is everything you've dreamed of becoming, the de-facto of your adventuring career. Concentrate on this class to the point of acing it, even if you have to cut corners on your other classes.
2. Magitech - This is your secondary. You have a treasure trove of magitech blueprints in your head, you just need to synchronize them with this world. Learn the basics of reverse-engineering and invention, the rest will come to you in time.
3. Leadership - This is your role in a group. Get the bare basics and audit the course.

Don't take a fourth class, you'll need that to meditate or form bonds.
No. 1003813 ID: ce39da

We'll take three (3) classes since one of them is intensive enough for two.

In the first semester, we have ARCHAEOLOGY (Saba's profession of choice - it also helps to shore up KNOWLEDGE and CHARISMA) and MAGITECH (another great KNOWLEDGE and LOGIC class that will inform our archaeology). With our one remaining free time that semester, we'll WORK ON THE PUZZLE BOOK. We have enough accumulated smarts and prior event bonuses that we could probably knock out two pages in one go.

Let's BOND with MARTH during the break - she only said that was her current name, come to think of it; she never claimed that she was Marth previously. You... realize there's a chance that Set also followed you into the next life. Then, let's BOND WITH WILLIAM. His status normally makes him hard to approach, but the fact that he's also taken an interest in you means he gets to meet you halfway on that front.

After the break, we'll take HUNTER (with a tutor; we've been neglecting COMBAT and ATHLETICS long enough). With the remaining free time, we'll MEDITATE ON DEDUCTION.

Assuming I interpreted this correctly, and we don't spend time when having one of those dinners, we'll have it with PON; more for his sake than ours, as we'll check up on how he's handling himself at the academy - maybe hold him to his promise if he's ended up back at his old stressed out ways.
No. 1003817 ID: dfbac0

MAGITECH is a no-brainer and should probably be our main focus. Get a tutor for this as well.
ARCHEOLOGY is importants as it seems to be the leading field of progress and we want to make our mark on the world, also you get some cool diplomacy skills.
A custom one I thought of too...
ENGINEERING, and not the magitech kind but an advanced engineering class based on making tools and items of use or maybe even simply proof of concepts. I recommend this class because maybe we can eventually make satellites to study the world plates and discover new ones and maybe we could even work on a spaceship. Creativity favors the bold!
Meditate on Invention
Form a BOND with Marth
Meditate on Eidetic Memory x2 (To the guy saying this could harm our progression with understanding: This would not cause us to stop trying to understand information, we just have to use it smartly by not just putting stuff in willy-nilly and only use this for needed information, this would also let us review our memory and spend more time on understanding something. I'm saying this because that one comment changed everyone from wanting this to be scared of it.)
Work on the puzzle book.
Treat everyone we have a BOND with to a nice meal. (This will let us get to know them better and they can get to know each other better as well.)
No. 1003818 ID: 96c896

Well that's Marth alright. My guess is she's from a War-Torn country and fled here. Or really flubbed her origin roll and was born a slave.
My guess is she wouldn't have passed the exam at all if it weren't for our Adolescent Bond perk.

Holy smokes, Ignis has a strong reincarnation.

MAGITECH cuz cool
HUNTER cuz fight
ARCHAEOLOGY cuz Saba likes it
OUTREACH for the wide range of teachings
METALWORKING cuz it works well with magitech and invention
SCULPTURE just cuz
No. 1003827 ID: 56a408

For year 1, take Magitech, teaching, and painting.
No. 1003830 ID: ce39da

So I just learned that the prompt for this post is ONLY to suggest our own ideas for what classes and jobs there are - actual time-usage comes after this. Here are mine.

GUARD - For those who wish to hone their combat abilities and learn counterintelligence tricks to stop assassins before they can even arrive on the scene. COMBAT ARTS (favoring SWORDS and BOWS) and PERCEPTION come in spades here, and this is probably the only formal class that helps with GUILE.

GARDEN CLUB - You've heard rumors about this one; that it's supposedly a thinly-veiled haven for royals and those who would associate with them to relax and socialize. Anyone who can't muster enough CHARISMA or GUILE to stand with them are passive-aggressively nudged out (though you hear being COURAGEOUS and having actual KNOWLEDGE of plants and arrangement both help to a lesser extent, while actually knowing a royal within the club is a huge boon). The club would be a crucible for your CHARISMA and GUILE, assuming you don't get burned by its higher bar to clear.

AEROBATICS TEAM - Hone your ATHLETICS, PRECISION, and REFLEXES while training to put on spectacular airshows and participate in high-flying races.

WORK AS A JUNIOR COURIER - Deliver packages within the bounds of the capital. Earn coin while training ATHLETICS as you make better and better times on your route.
No. 1003836 ID: 031458

Dance - It goes surpisingly deep, exploring both local and foreign traditional and popular styles.

Aerobatics - Wing-Kin Exclusive acrobatics/gymnastics. Teaches freedom and grace of movement focusing on aerial manuevering, and 3 dimensional parkour.
Advanced aerial combat classes are available to those who possess ADVANCED aptitude with a weapon.

Sorcery- Teaches magic theory, history, and a collection of hedge-magic collected across the world-plate.
Magic is still fairly primitive here, consisting mainly of family secrets, old religious rituals, and a number of simple, practical spells. Still, the amount of information to get through is immense.
A Royal University in Canus scouts yearly, offering graduates who have completed this course, the Magitech Course, and the Hunter Course, a free 4 year post-graduate education in Advanced magic. A series of written, practical, and combat exams are required and they are BRUTAL. It is not unusual for no one to succeed in a given year, though retries in following years (if the student studies for longer than 4) are permitted.
No. 1003837 ID: 19cc43

After we get a idea of the classes we can take, lets ask a teaching staff member for some ideas for classes they recommend we take for certain career paths, like jobs that involve figuring out how to stop world plates from shrinking, archeological explorer, cartography, other stuff.

Maybe a packet or folder of notes that give us class recommendations to take each year for certain career paths. Dont wanna accidentally take the wrong classes for our MAJOR.

Few other ideas

Law classes
Religious classes
Tinker classes
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AUTHORS NOTE: So we’re reaching the point where you can start earning money. I had to do a bunch of math and got Pawn’s help on some of this, so I now have a better understanding of the financial system, so thanks to you for that bro.
Tutors have been adjusted, they are now TEACHERS ASSISTANTS or TAs, the cost to get a TA is the same as getting a tutor was before at 100 SHINIES per, after your first free one. Mechanically there’s no difference, just instead a TA will be a kin you go to on the weekends for recaps on classes.
TUTORS are a separate job and can be hired for 2000 SHINIES a class or subject. There are also special hidden TUTORS that could give you skills or hidden STATS around the city that might cost more. Mechanically a TA gives you a 2x bonus at learning efficiency in a class. A TUTOR gives a between a 1x to 4x bonus to efficiency, there are some bad tutors after all. You can get a tutor and link them to a class or you can just get a tutor and treat them like you had a class with just them.
ALSO, I have some stuff planned for your mid year break this year, so this year you won’t get those two free TIME POINTS in the middle. This is both to advance plot and so you don’t get overwhelmed with the choices. So this year you’ll have a total of 6 time points and next year it'll be 8.

You look at the classes offered this year. There’s just an overwhelming amount. You know there’s approximately 800 students at the TENGU ACADEMY at any given time, and between 1-400 GRAD STUDENTS. It’s kind of impressive that they’re offering so many courses at all. But you’re a bit overwhelmed, so you go to a member of the teaching staff located at your dorm for recommended classes and career paths. You find a feminine secretary bird named Josie. He looks to be about four years older than you and apparently is a former student who was offered a job by the academy.

Josie: There’s not any strict majors or career paths per-se here.
Josie: If you manage to complete a course to the second or third course you’re usually pretty set.
Josie: There are some classes that when taken together do provide synergy.
Josie: What are you interested in?
You: Well MAGITECH, ARCHAEOLOGY and HUNTER classes sound kind of interesting right now.
You: I’ve also got a secondary interest in MEDICINE, PLATOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AEROBATICS, THEORY, and PAINTING
You: But I’d have to say my strongest points are CREATIVITY and LOGIC
Josie: Weird, usually those two don’t go together.
Josie: Well let me group them up and make the list a bit easier to parse for you.

Josie takes your class scroll and starts marking down different things. Eventually you get a written over scroll back with notes on it. You thank Josie and head back to your dorm to give it a read with Noodle and Pon.

AUTHORS NOTE: I’ve organized the classes into various fields based off of the MAIN stat that the FIRST class uses. Some classes will generate NEW STATS or even use different stats as the work becomes more and more specialized. You’ll find specialization to be a good thing as it allows you to excel in specific fields. The number next to each class is how many courses there are in it. An X means you can take it any number of times

LOGIC CLASSES - These classes require a good grasp of LOGIC to excel in
MAGITECH 2 - Developing technologies through runescript
ARCHITECTURE 4 - Learn how to build and maintain Avian structures
ENGINEERING 2 - Learn how to make tools and proofs of concepts

HUNTER [2TP] 4 - Learn to become a hunter with specialized WORLD-PLATE HUNTERS, counts as 2 classes per course due to the time investment.
MARTIAL ARTS 3 - Learn the finer points of COMBAT the next step up from SELF DEFENSE, offers a variety of weapons to learn from.
AEROBATICS 2 - Hone your skills whilst training to put on airshows and participate in races only wing-kin can do. *NOTE* Using tools to fly is acceptable as well but you must pay for your own resources, the school will not provide them.

INTUITION CLASSES - A lot of these classes are theoretical, focusing on what we know and feel about the topics.
ENERGY THEORY 1 - A class about what might be causing the end-plates to crumble
MANA THEORY 1 - A class about MANA, the energy that powers MAGITECH, and it’s theoretical applications on the body
MONSTER THEORY 1 - A class on MONSTER BEHAVIOR, their theorized origins, and power levels
THEOLOGY 2 - A class on religions, the first focuses on your countries, the second focuses on religions found in other world-plates
MEDITATION x - A class on the foreign art of MEDITATION, said to reduce stress
ARCHAEOLOGY 3 - Learn how to spot dangers in ancient ruins, our theories on them, and how to be diplomatic with kin in other regions that find these places to be sacred
TACTICS x - Learn the secrets of STRATEGY and play WAR GAMES

KNOWLEDGE CLASSES - These classes will help you gain specialized knowledge in new fields
TEACHING 3 - Learn to teach others
MEDICINE 4 - Learn to heal others through practical medicine, the final course teaches minor surgery and ways to save limbs that have been lost
PLATOLOGY 2 - Learn about the plates and how they work
ANTHROPOLOGY 2 - Learn about KIN, how long we’ve been here, and the tendencies of the various races
AGRICULTURE 1 - Learn how to breed crops and animals in our world-plate and farm for SHINIES
ETIQUETTE 1 - Learn how royalty act in this kingdom and beyond

CHARISMA CLASSES - These classes will help you learn about and how to interact with kin better
LAW 2 - Learn about the Politics of this world plate and others
PSYCHOLOGY 2 - Learn about the kin mind and it’s behaviors
LEADERSHIP 3 - Learn how to LEAD and MOTIVATE kin
GUARD TRAINING 3 - Learn the skills needed to be a guard, to spot trouble, and protect the Kin of TENGU.
SINGING 6 - Learn the art of singing, a Wing-Kin favorite

CREATIVE CLASSES - These classes will help you get more creative
GARDENING x - Learn how to tend to plants
DANCE x - Learn different forms of dance
SCULPTURE x - Learn to sculpt in various mediums
PAINTING x - Learn to paint
MUSIC x - Learn an instrument (pick one)
PRINTING x - Learn how to make books and mass produced paper with this new technology

APPRENTICESHIPS - These are class length jobs you can take on. Taking classes in this is unpaid, but if you excel, you may be offered a PART TIME JOB [-1 time point] or a FULL TIME JOB [-2 time points]. But you have to commit for at least 1 year when taking a job.
COURIER 1 - Learn the basics of delivery work, how to read building markers, and more
METALWORKING 1 - Learn how to forge weapons, tools, and devices
OUTREACH 1 - Learn a bit of everything and how to offer your services to those who might not have access to them, will see you traveling around the world-plate on your weekends off.
FARMHAND 1 - Learn the basics of working on a farm, it’s lots of hard work and only the ATHLETIC should go

JOBS - There’s also a single part time job opening with tons of slots. No commitments or experience required.
SCHOOL JANITOR x - Learn to clean! Offered by the school below minimum wage if you are having trouble finding a job. Pays 960 SHINIES a [TIME POINT]
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Everyone: Wow
You: There’s so many options, where do we even start?
Pon: Wanna see about taking a class together this year?
Pon: It’ll probably be harder to do the further along we get in our classes.
Noodle: That sounds fun!
Noodle: I wanna take the Hunter class!
Pon: I want to take the Meditation class, Goddess knows I need to manage my stress better.
You: I dunno what I wanna take, there’s a lot of options.
Pon: Well as long as it isn’t anything crazy why don’t you pick the class we take together?
Noodle: OOOOH we could take dancing!!!
Noodle: Either way, I think we should explore the city and figure out what we have available to us
Pon: That’s probably a good idea. But it’s pretty big so it will probably take some TIME.
Noodle: If we can’t do it now, we’re definitely going to do it during the BREAK though.
Pon: Agreed!

The group chatters on about what classes they’re planning on taking. You decide to listen to your STATS and their opinion.

[LOGIC] - Magitech
[CREATIVITY] - Dance is nice and all, but wouldn’t it be cool to be a sculptor, might have some overlap with METALWORKING
[INTUITION & STRATEGY] - I have a good feeling about that TACTICS class
[CHARISMA & LEADERSHIP] - Leadership might be fun, maybe we can lead better than SABA did
[SABA’S KNOWLEDGE] - I’m still here you know… T.T
[ATHLETICISM] - Ladies, ladies, and gentlemen. AEROBATICS. I wanna go FAAAAAAAAST
[GUILE] Maybe invite PON and NOODLE to RIICHI’S to learn GUILE with you?

You’ve now had time to examine the list. It’s time to pick what you’re doing for this semester. You have [3 TIME POINTS] to spend. You can still get a free use of the TA this year. What do you do?

1. Take a CLASS
2. Explore the city
3. Do an ACTIVITY with someone else
4. Work on a PROJECT like the PUZZLE BOOK
5. Use a Skill
[REALISTIC DRAWING] Make some art pieces, maybe one will be worth something
[MEDITATION] Meditate on a topic or in general
[STUDY] Study a topic or in general. Has a small chance of gaining stress, but increases stat growth and helps you pass important exams
[TEACHING**] Improve other kin’s stats and give them skills given time
6. Forge a new BOND or spend time with someone you have a BOND with
9. Other (suggestions welcome)

And if there’s something specific you want to know about a topic or class you’re going into, feel free to suggest it and I’ll try to include it in a post.
No. 1003880 ID: f8fa51

So taking four classes for the year would mean spending two time points now, and two later, right?

In that case, I think Dance would be the best class to share with Pon and Noodle. If they don't mind you picking outright, we can go with Sculpture instead since you seem to be a fan of it. For your other class, getting started with Magitech seems like a good pick.

For your free time, let's meditate on VISUAL CALCULUS.

Once we've had a breakthrough in logic and a grounding in magitech (I think it might be related), we can maybe do some more work with the puzzle book.
No. 1003883 ID: dfbac0

Reach for the stars! Let's do four for our first year, be a bit ambitious!
2: ENGINEERING, a good skill over-all.
3: MEDITATION, with your friends of course.
I was gonna do archeology but I think it's best we wait a year on that, don't rush it. So...
4: MEDICINE, being able to know the ins and outs of healing would most definitely be useful.
Biggest thing is to meditate on Eidetic Memory.
Other than that we can form a BOND with Marth.
Maybe meditate on Invention if we can.
No. 1003884 ID: 094652

2TP Hunter [Mod - TA]
1TP Magitech

Make a good first impression to the faculty and bury yourself in work for the first semester. Ease up after you and all your friends reach a total of 3 stress points.
No. 1003887 ID: a4f4d6

Hunter +TA, it's basically a must have and it's time consuming. Might as well get it out of the way.

On that note, does that mean we can only take two time slots of classes per period?
If so, Then Guile with Richie and friends or sword Training both sound like good ideas.

If we can take hunter and another class, Dance, Martial Arts, and Aerobatics all equally sound good, as all sound fun and all have at least a combat synergy.
No. 1003888 ID: afe7de

you have 3 TP rn, and you can take 3 classes if you want. Hunter classes take up 2 TP though. so you could at most take a class and the hunter class. And hunter classes count as two classes to your total of 4 per year. If it gets picked you'll find out why.
No. 1003907 ID: e51896

USE SHINIES HAVE DINNER with Marth and William to help us form a bond with them. It doesnt use up time points, and we need to form bonds with them. Or if we are only allowed to do one person per dinner each year, just Marth then, and we'll form a bond with William during our break time. We promised Marth we'd talk to her, and we should talk about our dreams and our connection through saba and marth in that past life... in english. Tell her about meditation too and it's importance for understanding our past life. We should also talk about our future career paths. Mention thinking about Archeology exploration, or finding ways to stop the world plates from crumbling in your future

how much is dinner though? Still 8 shinies? Maybe we can pay more to have dinner with both for one year?

(Now that i think about it, we probably should have use meals in the past to form bonds with new people, but too late now at least we saved up on our shinies)

For freetime

Explore the city with Pon and Noodle, look for potential jobs so we know where we can work in our break time for shinies

If we cant explore the city, lets use a FAVOR on Pon to save a time point and ask him what jobs are out there for us to take and other interesting things after Noodle and Pon explore the city without us.
No. 1003908 ID: ce39da

I say we should share the HUNTER course, for maximum together time. (Use your TA on that one, too; you’ll need the most help with this one this year.)

Our free-time should be spent on the PUZZLE BOOK; we have enough accumulated wits and past event bonuses that we could probably knock out two pages in a single time slot.
No. 1003917 ID: 791b1c

Meditation class with pon and noodle
Meditate invention
Outreach apprenticeship
Dinner with William and/or Marth
No. 1003927 ID: 96c896

First off, we gotta get Eidetic Memory, to supercharge our studies and uncap Logic.
Secondly, we need to take an apprenticeship so we can get a job ASAP. TAs and Tutors are extremely powerful, we need to be able to afford them. It's either that or mooch off of William.
Hunter seems important but will have to wait.

Planning ahead:
The puzzle book has runescript on it, so we should take Magitech partially to help solve the book easier but also to get a head start on invention which sounds like would involve Logic and Creativity, which are our main stats right now.
Tactics seems like it'll be important for battles in the future.
Leadership also. Though, I wonder if we should talk to Marth and William to optimize the group's knowledge base? ONE member of the group should be the leader, and one or two members with a tactics focus. On the other hand it wouldn't be bad for there to be two leaders, considering we're picking up friends other than them. We might have situations where we'd need to split up, and having two people trained in leadership and tactics is handy at that point.
Aerobatics sounds fantastic, because GOTTA GO FAST.
At some point we need to talk to Blitz and Drift about their puzzle books, to see if the different colors mean they have different puzzles. Are both blue booklets identical? Maybe the later pages require finding people with different colors, or matching colors. There are probably more colors than just yellow and blue.

So my votes for spending time this semester are:
METALWORKING apprenticeship.
Take SCULPTURE with your friends, boost with a tutor

No. 1003930 ID: 731206

Hunting class
Meditate for Eidetic memory
Invite marth for dinner
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You decide to take the MAGITECH class, to your surprise the amount of students in this class barely reaches 10. You see IGNIS and DRIFT in the class, but don’t see anyone else you know. Your first class is strange, a human man in a large pointed hat teaches you, saying his name is SHIMON CHROME. A MAGITECH researcher from CANUS. He gives a brief overview of Magitech itself and the class.

Shimon: Magitech is the study of using writing to convert energy either generated or absorbed naturally into strange and esoteric effects by the power of RUNESCRIPT.
Shimon: Using an ENGRAVING TOOL and a SURFACE you can etch in something called a RUNE.
Shimon: Metals are commonly used, but leathers and even skin can be used to a lesser degree.
Shimon: However there’s a problem.
Shimon: Certain surfaces can only hold so many runes, and one has to have a steady hand
Shimon: One must also understand the LOGIC behind runescripting
Ignis: Can’t you just teach us the alphabet or the language and we learn the syntax that way?
Shimon: Unfortunately it’s not that simple
Shimon: Runescripting requires COMPREHENSION of the system, for each line to be drawn with PURPOSE and INTENT
Shimon: Some call it MAGIC because your WILL ITSELF actually goes into the pieces you make
Shimon: As such there’s only one way to actually learn RUNESCRIPTING.

The professor takes out from his bag a stack of books that look eerily similar to your PUZZLE BOOK. He looks to each of you and puts on a pair of GOGGLES, after a moment he takes them off and scratches his head, mumbling something to himself. He then goes around and hands each of you a different colored book. IGNIS gets a RED book. DRIFT gets a YELLOW book. You get a WHITE book. And the rest of the students all get a different colored book.

Shimon: These are SCRIPTING MANUALS.
Shimon: I sent them in advance to your academy a few years ago to give to hopeful students but
Shimon: None have finished them, or informed us of having finished them.
Shimon: SCRIPTING MANUALS are easy to make by someone whose mastered the rune inside of them.
Shimon: So consider these a gift.
Student A: Okay, but what do the colors mean?
Shimon: The colors represent the TYPE of rune.
Student B: But can we know what the colors REPRESENT?
Shimon: No. I picked the colors you were most likely to solve, feel free to exchange between each other if you like.
[LOGIC] I get the sense he CAN’T tell us.
Shimon: My teaching for now ends here. You have until the end of this course to solve them.
Shimon: If you can open the book to the final page and COMPREHEND it’s contents come speak to me.
Shimon: I’ll be in the classroom on my assigned days and hours.
Student A: What BULLSHIT is this?
Student B: Yeah, you’re supposed to TEACH US THIS!
Ignis: QUIET.
Student B: Screw this, I’m out.

5 of the students in the classroom leave, leaving you, DRIFT, and IGNIS remaining. Eventually Ignis comes over and proposes the three of you wrack your brains together, looking at Shimon for confirmation that he gets.

Shimon: You can work together, but once you solve one you’ll understand why I can’t teach you at least on the first one.
Shimon: It’ll teach you a fundamentally different way of thinking.

The course goes by slowly, so you take the time to get to know your two classmates better.

Ignis is the 2nd PRINCE, and he loves these kinds of challenges. You also find out he’s 2 years older than you. Apparently he spends most of his time SOCIALIZING outside of classes. Trying to meet people and garner their favor. He thinks he has a shot of becoming KING, but is trying to find out who has the highest chance of being QUEEN next. He dismisses HOOK for her attitude and superiority complex.
Drift on the other hand has been spending a lot of time EXERCISING. He’s still not as athletic as most kin, but stresses he’s been putting in effort every single day. He says something about his body just refusing to grow stronger and laments his situation.
You don’t really see anything wrong with Ignis and are a little confused at what William was hinting. He seems fine you think.

You occasionally see MARTH pop by to talk to SHIMON, and you share a few words with her. Eventually you build up the courage to ask her to dinner, maybe with William as well. She laughs and apologizes saying she doesn’t have the time right now. But promises during the break to talk to both of you, she’s sure you all have things to discuss.

[EVENT - A MEETING WITH OLD FRIENDS - Will occur during TIME SLOT 4 of this year]

Eventually it’s the last day of class and you just barely finished the final page. You’re looking at the completed rune-scripting illustration and are presented with a vision, or hallucination of some sort. It was of a grassy field, you could see the wind blowing in the distance. And a node in the sky, of nothing, but also something, and when you looked at it you could see it sucking in the light greedily. ABSORPTION comes to mind. The INTENT to ABSORB, the PURPOSE of MANA ABSORPTION. You can’t put it into words, it’s more akin to a feeling. But a moment later you’re out of your daze.

You’ve gained the RUNESCRIPTING 1 skill
You can now inscribe RUNES onto SURFACES
- You only know how to inscribe one rune to a surface at this time
You’ve learned the rune for ABSORPTION
- Absorption can be used to absorb the elements to a certain degree and then expel them upon reaching saturation
- Absorption can also be used to speed up natural MANA absorption into an object passively
- You’ll need to experiment by putting runes on objects to see the results OR take the second class to know more
- Learn more runes and about runes to increase the skill

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You immediately scramble to a piece of paper and begin to scribble something in runescript. When the ink has settled on the parchment you notice something, it’s faint, but the paper has an incredibly slight shimmer to it now. You run up to your professor and show him the results and he’s shocked. You’re the fifth student he’s had that’s been able to solve a RUNESCRIPT MANUAL. He praises your LOGIC and CREATIVITY and examines the paper you inscribed. He lets you know it’s amateur but shows that you’ve comprehended the manual. Whats more impressive is that you were able to get it to work at 1/100th efficiency using just INK and not even distilled MANA. He hands you 5 more manuals, a RED, GREEN, YELLOW, and BLUE one, you let him know you already have the blue one at home and he swaps it for a BLACK one, smiling at you.

He tells you to finish at least 2 more manuals. Once you do complete it he tells you to sign up for his second course. And that if you have any questions on these to feel free to ask. Since you now know the basics and can COMPREHEND it, you two can actually talk on the subject. He also presents you with a small pen, there’s a bottle attached to it with a glowing blue liquid inside it. He says that it liquifies the mana in the air over the course of a day to fill up around halfway, stopping once full. You can use this to practice your rune-crafting. He says to practice on paper until you’re confident. In the second course he says he’ll show you how to make useful objects and how to LINK RUNES, but doesn’t give you any hints as to what the specific manuals contents are.

You go back to your companions and they celebrate your comprehension. Ignis especially gives you high praise and it feels good. The professor checks up on everyone elses progress and hands them the 5 books they’re lacking, offering the same to them. He says if they’ve reached the last page it’s only a matter of time. You try to describe the feeling of solving the final page but it just comes out as babbling, mush, and sensations. You stop and realize that this was what Shimon was talking about. You look to Shimon and try to talk about the ABSORPTION rune, and he talks back to you about a rune you dont understand, but you can feel a sense of HEAT and FLAME from it. It’s like you’re talking in PICTURES not WORDS. In IDEAS, not SENTENCES. The conversation goes for a few minutes and the class ends. Your two classmates seem to have a fire in their eyes and claim they won’t lose to you before leaving.

[CREATIVITY] But why do I get the feeling that if you reached a certain level in RUNESCRIPTING that teaching others would become possible…
[INTUITION] I think he’s just a shitty teacher that doesn’t want to teach the basics
[LOGIC] I think if you learn more runes and meditate on it you can find a way to teach others.
[PRIDE] You have resources others don’t, you can do this.

Your BOND with DRIFT has increased to rank 2
- Drift will occasionally suggest activities for you to do with him
- Drift sees you as a rival
IGNIS has formed a BOND with you at rank 2
- There is now a small chance that you’ll get a bonus event every year going forward featuring IGNIS
- Ignis will occasionally suggest activities for you to do with him

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The three of you decide to take the HUNTER class together. Pon had the aptitude in being a HUNTER as a kid, so he thinks he should at least give it a shot, and it might be better with everyone together. The class is held 4 times a week in 4 hour chunks. Twice what normal classes do. The first class in the course consists of RIGEROUS TRAINING. You are all pushed to the point of exhaustion. And then are forced to wield your training weapons against eachother, those that fall in combat this way are then reprimanded and their training in the next class is increased.

[PERSERVERENCE] This is nothing!!!
[PERSERVERENCE] It’s all in the mind, pain in the mind…

You chose to practice your RAPIER skills during this period. Noodle practices her SPEAR skills and Pon decides to take up the JAVELIN, he’s been undecided for a while now and thinks the flexibility from having multiple throwing weapons that could also be used as small spears suits him. Yours and Noodle’s ATHLETIC physiques manage to let you BARELY keep up with everything, but you’re still terribly exhausted by the end. Pon’s POWERFUL physique allows him to breeze through most of the activities with ease, he’s noticed by the instructor and is made to do carry heavy weights while he does the rest of the exercises, only then, after he’s reaching the point of BARELY being able to keep up with everything is he put back with the others. You’re told the point of this exercises is to build up incredible amounts of STAMINA, and the ability to force your bodies past your limits. Hunting monsters can be unlike fighting humans. It’s a drawn out, grueling process at times, and then over in a moment at others.

Interspersed during the courses are lessons on monsters themselves. Your instructor’s name is TALBOT, she’s a high ranking World-Plate hunter, this means she travels outside your country to hunt monsters. She makes sure to emphasize that there are monster varieties that are harmless, or even peaceful, but the ones that they go after are typically the ones attacking cities, destroying ecosystems, and that are identified as threats. For some reason most monsters HATE kin and humans, and if they’re on the same world-plate Monsters will actively try to go to kin settlements to feast.

Talbot: Question. Are there monsters in our world-plate?
Flying Squirrel: I thought the hunters took care of them years ago?
Talbot: That’s not entirely accurate.
Talbot: You see there are CAVERNS underneath TENGU, the deeper you go, the more monsters you find
Talbot: This is why parents usually tell their kids never to go into the caves.
Talbot: However hunters have completely decimated the overworld population of monsters on our world-plate
Talbot: Causing it to be the most relatively safe one in the country.

She then goes on to explain that these caverns have either been cleared, or maintained as monster breeding grounds to train future hunters. The one on the floating lake has been cleared, but monsters are a strange existence and have been known to appear in previously cleared areas. She tells you about BIPED and QUADRAPED monsters. In the second course you will be getting live training against real monsters. The class murmurs excitedly at that. You see Pon get a bit nervous, but pat his back reassuringly. The tutoring classes you attended are more focused versions of the main classes, with emphasis on learning the different types of monsters, their weaknesses, and how to spot their habitats in the wild. As a wing-kin you are naturally gifted at this, so they tell you how to take advantage of that. The landlocked kin are also trained in advanced escape techniques. Sometimes you’ll encounter a monster you can’t win against and will have to run. Wing kin can just fly, but others cant.
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During your time in the hunter class you grow closer to your fellow students. You’re spending a lot of time with each other, but one classmate catches your attention. His name is Glide and he’s a FLYING SQUIRREL. You once read a book that flying squirrels couldn’t actually fly, but apparently he’s the exception. You think it’s kind of cool he broke his genetic barriers and learned to fly as a mammal. Apparently he wears this wing suit so his skin-flaps are more easily contained, and so he gets more force applied when he flies. His only problem is that he tends to be a bit too lazy for your tastes. He’s only putting in the minimum amount of work. But when it comes to combat he can be fierce, eying you down with a lot of COURAGE and not backing down. He’s not scared easily. Eventually the quarter passes and you’re at your final exam.

Your ATHLETICISM stat has reached the soft cap
You must PRACTICE an ATHLETIC SKILL in order to progress, here are some examples
- IMPROVED PHYSIQUE - Improve your ATHLETIC physique one rank to POWERFUL
- FLIGHT SPEED - Fly twice as fast as other kin
- REFLEXES - Gain a new stat, your DODGE skill is automatically converted and becomes passive. Actively using REFLEXES to DODGE provides more bonuses.
- TENACITY - Gain a new stat, Similar to PERSERVERENCE but in reference to the body
Some skills are harder to learn than others and you’re not sure how long it will take to train.
You’ve gained the MONSTER KNOWLEDGE stat at rank 2
Your PERSERVERENCE is already at the peak and thinks it’s great that you’re flexing it
GLIDE has formed a BOND with you
- There is now a small chance that you’ll get a bonus event every year going forward featuring GLIDE
You’ve gained 3 stress from the grueling training

On the way to the exam site you talk it over with PON and NOODLE, you agree to go exploring the town during the break, it’s been on your mind and you think it’ll be fun.

[EVENT - QARA TENGU’S DAYLIFE - Will occur during TIME SLOT 5 of this year]

Everyone’s nervous, and they should be, brought before each of you is a bound DUSK RABBIT. It’s a deep gray with red, piercing eyes. You would say it looks cute, but it’s got fangs and claws that have both been clipped. You’re told this is the weakest of what would be considered a MONSTER. More a pest that can really hurt if you’re unprepared. You’ve all been given a knife and one job, to kill the creature in front of you. You’re told this is the final exam of the first course, to kill a life. If you cannot do this, then you are not fit to be a HUNTER, but he hopes that the PERSEVERANCE and ATHLETICISM and KNOWLEDGE you’ve gained will support you in the future.

You can tell that Noodle has a fierce determination in her eyes. Glide is calm and collected, he’s even playing with the knife. Pon is scared, you can tell he’s very hesitant. Your STATS are silent in this moment, wanting you to make the decision. Seeing If you’re ready to take a life. You’ve seen Saba do it in your dreams, and you are Saba, which means you’ve technically done it, but can you? You’re feeling the PRESSURE.

What do you do? And do you say anything to Pon?

Those two events I mentioned above are the plot events I’m gonna have happen in the middle of the year. Whenever I have important plot stuff going forward that you get info of I’m going to announce it like this. I’ll try to let you know in advance for the most part.
No. 1003967 ID: 094652

"... No."
You are capable of killing animals. Of killing people. Of even killing innocents whose existences threaten many others. But here, you are expected to take the life of an animal that has never harmed you or your people, and is incapable of doing so in any way. Even an insect is more of a threat than this bound, defanged, broken little creature. Society is poised to reward you for this act of needless, graceless slaughter.
This is not the path of the ranger, it is the path of the butcher. Let it be taken by one who has devoured souls. But that person is not you.
Release the bun-bun. Demand to fight a (weak) beast that is eager to kill you and has the means of doing so, or you're done with this class.
No. 1003974 ID: ce39da

Give Pon a reassuring nod.

Then do it. You get the impression that you aren't going to amount to much if you can't fight monsters in some capacity. (Archaeologists encounter monsters sometimes, don't they?)
No. 1003975 ID: 528dbf

“Let’s make Dad proud.”
End its life quickly.
Also, practice your original puzzle book first, cross referencing it with this one. We’re going to figure this out and teach others what they need to figure out theirs out of spite. That teacher shouldn’t be in charge of first year classes if he can’t even teach people this new way of thinking. Aren’t there books in the library we can just check out about magitech?
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could CAVERNS be this worlds' dungeon? if so... *gulp* here we go again... Though maybe not, they seemed to have been cleared pretty easily. Maybe the CAVERNS are at the early stages of being dungeons though?

Killing raises karma sooooo... I guess as long as it's just monsters and wildlife for survival?

Tell Pon that hunting non-threatening monsters and wildlife are sometimes required if he wants to hunt for food like our father did for us back at home. There could be a situation where he may find himself without resources when traveling to different world plates, even those far from civilization, and he might have to kill a harmless creature like a wild rabbit to survive. It's part of the circle of life, after all. (Would our teaching skill help Pon? maybe in courage or perseverance, one of those two? I feel it might be courage to help Pon in since we are feeling a little hesitant from the pressure ourself. TEACH Pon courage a little bit.)

Ask the teacher if you can cook and eat the monster after killing it, so that its death doesn't feel so needless especially in its bounded and helpless state. (assuming monsters are edible of course)


For our two upcoming activities:


ask William and Marth what classes they are taking, their future plans and careers (you're thinking about looking into saving the world plates, but also, you think you feel inspired at taking a shot in teaching MAGITECH, you need to learn how to teach better though. Also talk to Marth about Meditation. Suggest all taking a meditation class together the second half of the year maybe.)

for the QARA TENGU’S DAYLIFE event

Look for job openings, maybe ones that require something we our exceptional at in some of our stats, like graphic designing birthday cards with our creativity. Also, look for dojos for self defense training, look for anything else of interest


Not final since we are not planning it yet, but for the third part of our year to lower stress, we should look into meditation classes with Marth and William (if they are interested),
Meditate Eidetic memory to also lower stress and learn that skill,
and try to solve the puzzle book, it might be easier now that we took a class in magitech (we need to solve two in order to take another class).


Long term plan, we could try to look into teaching MAGITECH in our future, we seem to be unique in that we have the potential to be one of the very few kin in FAUNUS to teach magitech effectively to others where other teacher could not. Taking Teaching Classes would be helpful in this.
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Oh, yeah, to add on to these: Restrain it on the ground first. Then, place a cloth on the back of its head, both to position the knife for a double-handed press without hurting the poor thing and to act as a splatter-guard. Finally, press down, hopefully killing it instantly, and wait until its vitals have ceased and you've turned its body to the side before removing and cleaning the knife. Pon wouldn't be reassured to see all of his friends covered in blood after doing the deed.
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Kill it by removing the mana crystal in the back of its neck.
No. 1003996 ID: 96c896

Oh. So, the 1/1000 thing is just... that most people have no potential for learning Runescripting? I was hoping it was some sort of world-spanning metapuzzle made by some mad genius.
>IGNIS seems fine
That's because he's using his CHARISMA effectively. He's had practice. Maybe William is used to his earlier, clumsy attempts at garnering favor with women. It really is intimidating that he got #1 while spending so much free time socializing...

Do it. Make it as quick as possible.
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