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1010951 No. 1010951 ID: eedbeb

This quest is a sequel to You Died (https://questden.org/wiki/You_Died) and takes place some months after You Lived.

If I update more than once a day smack me on the side of the head and tell me to get back to drawing Sal.
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No. 1013083 ID: ac112f

Give some helpful advice to Vlad and make sure to tell him that you believe in him.
Then go make friends.
No. 1013089 ID: 58c316

Derek: make friends with the rebels by taking bets. Then try to flirt with Body very poorly.

Vlad: have the brilliant idea of expanding to normal width inside the grootslang's throat when it inevitably swallows you.
No. 1013109 ID: afa214

Whatever we do, let's make sure we have a good vantage point of Vlad riding that thing like a mechanical bull!
No. 1013129 ID: eedbeb
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The grootslang watches Vlad, waiting for the bat to make the first move. When Vlad doesn’t do anything besides stand there and look bored, the snake beast snaps at him cautiously.

Vlad bends out of the way. Luuk tries again, striking faster and Vlad cracks a right angle to duck a tusk.

Every bite and lash of Luuk’s tail fail to land as Vlad twists away, seemingly with no effort.
No. 1013130 ID: eedbeb
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>Make friends
There is literally no violence happening and you’re attention is drawn to the rebel standing to your right, a bee lady wearing a shirt that says ‘#1 Luuk Fan’.

“I like men.” you tell the bee.


“But I especially like your shirt. How did you get something like that so fast?”

“I’m a witch, it’s an illusion.” The bee opens a pair of eyes on her antennae. “I can make you one if you want.”

“Yes please, make it say ‘#1 Vlad Fan.”

The bee takes a minute, carapace furrowed, to summon a plain white t-shirt over your fancy jacket. If you squint at it the edges are fuzzy.
No. 1013131 ID: eedbeb
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“Vlad look at my shirt!” you holler. “I love you Vlad! You’re the best!”

“What?” Vlad yells back.

“I’m you’re #1 fan! Notice me!”

Vlad turns to see what the fuck you’re talking about and Luuk smashes his coils onto him, squishing the bat flat.

The crowd gasps and the grootslang nervously raises his tail to check that Vlad is alive. The bat peels himself off the glossy tile like a sticker.

“Is that all you got? I’m getting bored.” the bat says.
No. 1013133 ID: eedbeb
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As Vlad’s #1 fan, you experience a surge in popularity with the bat’s comeback. Other rebels cluster a polite distance around you, asking where you came from, what being a vampire is like, and how you became a fan of such a durable lad.

You happily answer their questions. The rebels seem like a nice bunch honestly, and you’re glad you didn’t attack them.

Vlad continues to evade Luuk, even climbing onto the beast’s body only to be flung away immediately. The grootslang is laughing even as he pants with exertion.
No. 1013136 ID: afe7de

Let the popularity go to your head and say something insensitive, thus losing your newfound popularity. Bemoan the situation by saying it was fine to say 300 years ago!

Vlad: continue to be awesome
No. 1013154 ID: 3265e3

Sing a piercing song of victory as Vlad defeats his foe.
After that, gather info on the more evil monster group there are around.
No. 1013157 ID: c92a02

Have a dance-off with the bee to support your fighter(s) of choice.
No. 1013160 ID: e51896

Sing the song of your people to cheer on Vlad. Get the other rebels to sing with you to cheer on Vlad. (Hope that Max's super sensitive doghearing doesn't hear you.)
No. 1013183 ID: d6d1e8

Chant Vlad's name... even though you and everyone else isn't watching the fight anymore.
No. 1013193 ID: eedbeb
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The attention immediately goes to your head and tribalism takes a meaty hold of your psyche, turning you against your once beloved ally, the bee witch.

"You, my most hated rival!" you point at the bee. "I will prove Vlad is superior, by challenging you to a battle of song and dance."

The bee is about to refuse when her friends and associates cheer her forward into a second, smaller arena made of bodies and lined with peer pressure.

The bee, whose name you learn is Bo, is a much better dancer than you, turning artfully in a series of complicated steps that make you want to buy flowers. You're the better singer though, weaving a tune of victory and strength to go with Vlad's continued evasion of Luuk.

"Okay you can win, I'm getting really tired." Bo pants, before dispelling both shirt illusions.
No. 1013194 ID: eedbeb
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Your #1 Vlad Fan t-shirt fades into nothing between your fingers. You are no longer the #1 Vlad fan.

No. 1013195 ID: eedbeb
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"Derek, I swear, if you keep screaming I'm going to have Body tie your mouth shut again." Max snarls.

You blink. You're in a sizable train cabin, sky dark behind clean glass windows as the locomotive chugs past fields of wild grass. It seems like you just had a senior moment, aka, time passed without you being aware.

Max is sitting up in the lower bunk of a three tiered bed stack. You've been arranged in the seats at a small table, where Rancid is sipping a cup of tea and Kibble is reading her book.

"We were successful in Ontario and are moving to our next destination in Texas City 2." the raccoon explains.
No. 1013197 ID: 96c896

Tell them about the lapse in awareness.

>mission 2
We're gonna have to kill people this time, right? Exactly how is that going to work? You'll need a knife at least. Also, who do you need to kill, just the vampire?
No. 1013198 ID: 3ed3c3

"...Ah. I apologize. I was trapped in a cycle of unending, immortal loss. Can anyone relate?"
No. 1013201 ID: 605944

What happened to Vlad? Did he win? Shall I perform a victory dab?
No. 1013205 ID: ce39da

"Uhuh, er, sorry about that - I guess just because I'm on the super mana drip now doesn't mean I shouldn't still be careful about getting lost in a moment. Or that might have been automatic as a result of using my powers twice in the same day. I'm honestly unsure!"
No. 1013206 ID: f3f534

Now that you know of the existence of the mind controlling angel, make sure you avoid him this time.
No. 1013210 ID: 53560f

Well at least there are people around to provide enough stimulus to snap you out of it this time.
“I assume you guys just picked me up and carried me here, thanks for that. Was I screaming the whole time or just when I resumed?”
No. 1013259 ID: 996013

what happened to texas city 1
No. 1013271 ID: eedbeb
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"I think I blacked out back at the hotel." you stammer.

"We noticed. We were pretty worried until Bo explained that she took away the only thing that gave your life value, no doubt sending you into a spiral of suffering and despair." Body says from the middle bunk.

"And you were likely tired from using your powers." Rancid extends his arm. "You may feed upon me."

You don't really feel hungry and Rancid lowers his arm in supreme disappointment.

"Wha-What happened to Vlad? Was I screaming the whole time?"

"I was fine, they really chose the best possible matchup for me." Vlad says from the top bunk. "I'm bad against soul based attacks or things I can't avoid like deadly fluids."

"You were making extremely high pitched noises that apparently only I could hear for a whole day. We wrapped you in the blanket again so we could carry you around." Max grumbles.
No. 1013272 ID: eedbeb
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You check your body to make sure everything is still attached, then catch up mentally to the situation.
"What do we need to do in Texas City 2?"

"Me, Kibble and Rancid got some intel. The vampire there is super aggressive and killing her should free things up." Body explains.

Rancid steeples his tiny cute fingers. "Word of our arrival has preceded us. She will likely try to intercept our party on the road between City 1 and 2. You know how to drive, correct?"

"Uh, yeah. Can I get like a knife or something?"

Rancid pulls a selection of knives from his pocket space and you pick the simplest looking one with a folding blade.

It's very early morning. You have maybe an hour of train ride left.
No. 1013273 ID: c613a2

Time to suck (some of) the duck.
No. 1013274 ID: 53560f

“I didn’t know I could make a dog whistle until now, it’d be pretty cool if not for the fact that I probably kept you up and you look like death.”
Who’s up for hanging out and playing monopoly or something? There’s no way it’ll finish in only an hour but considering how monopoly goes that might be for the best.
No. 1013277 ID: ce39da

Don't suck the duck while we're expecting a hijacker.

"If I were the vampire lady, first of all, I'd be heckin' gorgeous. Second, I'd be walking along the tracks in the other direction and use the train itself as my trigger for easy boarding. Barring shenanigans, we should expect her to be within "getting run over by a train" range inside a few miles of our destination. However, we should fully be expecting shenanigans and assume that she can be here at any moment. Ergo, it'd be prudent for all of us to hide. Like, now. Me and one other should hide near the front of the train, in case she makes the obvious move of killing the driver."
No. 1013303 ID: 3ed3c3

>time stop power
No. 1013306 ID: 96c896

Sucking of the duck can come when the last mission's over.

Ask Rancid if he enjoys his job, or if he just does it because it must be done.
No. 1013352 ID: eedbeb
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>Suck Duck
Naw, you decided that wasn’t a good idea until you’re done with the mission.

>Board game

“Why don’t we play a game?” you ask Kibble and Rancid.

“Did I hear games?” Lori says from what you’d previously assumed was a misshapen sofa. The squirrel quickly produces a series of NUK branded boxes from her pocket space.

Oh! One of the games is an agriculture simulator with a benign pastel cover. Lori sets up the game board that shows multiple places to collect resources, plant crops, and fence in your pastures.
No. 1013354 ID: eedbeb
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“I do not see the point of this game.” Rancid says, losing miserably with not a single grain token to his name.

“I don’t see the point of you torturing people.” you mutter.

“I do what must be done and I get satisfaction from the difference I make.”

You’re well on your way to getting second place when you start daydreaming between rounds. Who is this mysterious vampire lady? She’s probably very pretty. From the sound of it, she’ll try to engage you in a high stakes car battle on the road, which is a problem because most of your friends are weak to cars.

How do you populate the cars to minimize danger? You can have as many or as few cars as you want.
No. 1013356 ID: 031458

>Realize you think Rancid would be a pretty girl.
No. 1013357 ID: 558e3d

Kibble and genderbent Rancid in car 1. The monster car.

Body and Vlad in car 2. The Laurel and Hardy car.

Max in car 3. The many-eyes car.

Lori and Derek on car 4. The Chad and Chadette car.
No. 1013370 ID: 5cc714

What does the vampire look like? Probably a mosquito. Mosquitos suck blood just like vampires, so it makes sense.

(I'll think up car placement sometime tonight)
No. 1013377 ID: 0838d6

> Realize rancid would be a pretty girl

So you have an armed car in front and back, and a big eighteen wheeled semi with a cargo container in the back, there's window slots that are one way and some ramps to the roof for easy access. There's also a few civilian cars that are driving a bit ahead and behind with your actual members disguised while there are fake members in the armored vehicles. The perfect sneak surprise! You get em while they get the fake yous!
No. 1013384 ID: 96c896

Ah, I have an idea how to use the enemy vampire's aggression against them. Decoy cars. If we have spare personnel, we can put them in front. Also, one car per person, since the only way the vampire can attack someone in a car is to interact with the car before the person, that's TP-expensive. Kibble should be at the very front since she's completely unkillable. Then goes whoever thinks they could survive a vampire attack in a car. Then decoy personnel, then Derek and Lori so he's close to the action, then our vulnerables.

...we could also consider using Kibble as a vehicle. If she's completely shielding everyone as they're carried, then the vampire can't do anything. Downside is she'll be very visible which means the vampire could run away.

Honestly, our best bet would be to get near the vampire without being detected at all. Can we approach with people in cars limited to 1 or 2 each, as casual as possible so as not to attract attention?
No. 1013393 ID: eedbeb
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>Realize Rancid would be a pretty girl
Ho ho, more like a pretty girl could do more to look like Rancid. Call a fish a cougar but if the raccoon wasn’t such a darn evil sociopath you’d shoot your shot.

Lori has to pack up the game before her victory as the train slows to a stop in an open air station. Light is barely showing on the edge of the horizon as you dismount into a more comfortably humid city.

>Organize the cars
“Let’s spread people out.” you say. “Everyone who can drive should take their own car and that way we’ll have decoy targets.”

Vlad and Kibble don’t know how to drive, so the bat decides to go with Body and the lean cat hops into the passenger seat of a black compact car next to Rancid.
No. 1013396 ID: eedbeb
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You bring up the rear of the car trail that peels out of the parking lot and starts the journey north. The overall car order is Rancid/Kibble, Lori, Body/Vlad, Max, and you.

After an hour or so you notice a destroyed car in the medium between the two sides of the road. The airbag is deflated across the seat, dash window shattered into the grass.

Wrecked cars become more common as the sun rises. You think you see a skeleton in one of them.
No. 1013397 ID: eedbeb
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>Car 3 is struck
A rusted truck slams head-on into the car containing Body and Vlad, driving it off the asphalt and tumbling to the side. Max barely avoids colliding with the back of the truck and slams his horn furiously to signal to the people ahead.

You glimpse something brown and red climbing into one of the ruined cars along the road.
No. 1013398 ID: 96c896

Um, is there any way to safely freeze time alone? If you jump out the car your life will be in danger and you'll probably freeze time, but you'll immediately shatter against the asphalt because it won't stop your momentum. Right?

I feel like you'd have to stop the car, then stand in front of something dangerous. Or... maybe you can freeze time by driving your car directly into one of the ruined cars? The instant before impact should in theory freeze time, which will stop your momentum because you're in a vehicle instead of free-falling. I mean, the time freeze *must* match your momentum to the closest object, otherwise you'd go hurtling into space or something because the planet's moving too.
No. 1013422 ID: eedbeb
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>Safely freeze time

Something’s been bothering you about your time powers. They don’t really make sense on a physics basis, since if you kept your momentum from the planet moving you’d fly off into space. Hell, if you had stopped time on the plane under normal physics you would instantly die from smashing into the cockpit.

The time freeze must match your momentum to the large objects you’re on or inside, which means if you crash your car to trigger the effect you should be okay. You still shouldn’t jump off any buildings or out of any cars, but otherwise the power is pretty forgiving.

You aim for the nearest tree on the side of the road and hear the bumper crunch for a split second before—

You have 10 TP. Here’s how you can use your points.

-Walking anywhere within 20 meters takes 0.5 TP
-Using a small object takes 1 TP (anything you can pick up easily)
-Using a large object takes 3 TP (example: car, furniture)
-Interacting with a person takes 5 TP (unfreezing part of them, unfreezing all of them)
No. 1013423 ID: 306369

Before we do anything, let's try to make out what that brown and red thing climbing out of the ruined car is.
No. 1013424 ID: 031458

grab any hard, loose object from the car and take note of the direction the car was going. When you get over to the brown and red thing, you'll have a projectile once time starts back up.
No. 1013426 ID: 53560f

Let’s go hijacking!
Find the car that’s been ramming your buddies and politely eject/murder/kidnap the driver.
No. 1013436 ID: 9a2966

Um. Car appeared out of nowhere. Guess she froze time and parked it in the cars' way.

Note to self, open car door before crashing car next time.

Open the car door. Assuming the frame isn't crunched yet, it should be as simple as interacting with a small object.


Spend however many movement points you need to get to Car 3 and extricate Body. Vlad'll be fine, yes? Body, not so much.

If you have any frozen time power left to get a bead on the brown and red thing.
No. 1013446 ID: 86a3db

We can probably slash the aggressors' tires with the knife we got. All four of then.
No. 1013451 ID: eedbeb
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You grab your knife 1 TP, open the car door 1 TP, and start jogging along the road towards where you saw the brown and red thing0.5 TP.

It—no, she—is a chicken with a bright red comb and wild, beady eyes. Twin fangs peak over the underside of her beak and her scaly hand is turning the keys in her new weapon.

You slash all four tires of the chicken’s vehicle 4 TP, then hurry over to where Body’s car has flipped over 0.5 TP. Drops of blood and chunks of glass and plastic are frozen in the air. You struggle to open the damaged car door 2 TP. What do you do with your last point and after time unfreezes? You don’t have enough juice to pull Body out of the driver’s seat.
No. 1013452 ID: 094652

Slash open her seat belt. Normally that would be fatal, but Body's a zombie and her more immediate concern is being crushed to death by the flipping car.
No. 1013454 ID: 7efce4

Eeh, Body aint a zombie no more after being resurrected.

We should go near Kibble's car and tell her Body and Vlad need and the vampire is in the truck and she's a chicken.
No. 1013463 ID: 96c896

I don't quite understand why we didn't knife the vampire.

>not enough time to get Body out of the car
Then get away from the car. All the fragments in the air imply that it's still moving. It's a danger to you. Oh! If you can, go stand in front of a moving vehicle. Then you can time freeze again immediately! That'll give you enough time to return and get Body out, then go stab the vampire.
No. 1013467 ID: 9a2966

Mmm. Not much you can do now.

At best make sure the airbags deploys (if it isn't already, and preferably without losing an arm), then step back and call everyone's attention to the vamp and their now-crippled car.

Do some first aid once the car's stopped rolling, maybe? Extricating Body and Vlad before / in case it start burning/exploding would probably be good.

Timey wimey powers require recharge, so this would not end well. 's a good thing too, or else the other ambush predator vamp would just be continually using it to own people, as opposed to getting several facefuls of magic and/or getting Kibble'd very soon.
No. 1013469 ID: 96c896

>Timey wimey powers require recharge
Do we have any evidence of that?
No. 1013471 ID: eedbeb
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>See what happens when you freeze time immediately after using all your time points
You position yourself so that you’re in front of Max’s car when your power runs out. There’s a worrisome thought that this won’t work and you’ll shatter like a piñata but the black car jerks forward only to stop once more.

Huh. You don’t feel tired or particularly different. Surely you can’t do this as much as you want—

Something invisible bites off the tip of your tail and you shriek with surprise. There is no follow up attack. You have 12 TP.
No. 1013472 ID: 094652

Apparently, the downside to using Time Stop consecutively is summoning a temporal Warden.
Good thing you can regenerate... right?
First up, get Body out of the car. Then go back to the chicken and decapitate her head, then use the rest of your TP to search for any potential ambushers or something.
No. 1013473 ID: 96c896

...I guess you can get that restored with medical magic. But yes, now we know Tims get pissed if you spam it. I wonder if this means Kibble could move during frozen time if she tries hard enough?

Anyway, go save Body, then use any remaining TP to stab the enemy vampire.
No. 1013477 ID: 9a2966

Oh noooo, your tail!

I half suspect that if we actually threaten the other vamp's life, they'll get to move too, at Cost Of Tim. So it may be better to engineer situations in which they'll be forced to abuse their timey wimey powers rather than self-destruct on each other.

Myeah, see what you can do for Body, then take the car ignition and lock the driver's side car door (they can get out the other end, but hey, takes move.

Your role here will be to lock down their opportunities for a quick escape. Or opportunities to get a quick kill and take a hostage too, for that matter.

Anything else we can do to lock them down?
No. 1013481 ID: b72032

Trying to stab the enemy vampire might jump-start *her* time powers, and then it's curtains for us.
No. 1013482 ID: 96c896

Time powers are triggered by perception. All we have to do is stab her in the throat or something while the rest of her is frozen. She bleeds out without being aware of it.

...wait, vampires don't have blood do they? Uh. Maybe decapitation wouldn't be too hard with a knife since they're brittle.
No. 1013486 ID: eedbeb
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Despite the scare, you can now help Body. You pick your way back to her car 0.5 TP.

The cat doesn’t respond when you place your hands on her and let your time field flow into her being 5 TP. Her arm is bleeding and she tumbles out of the open driver’s side door after you undo her seatbelt 1 TP. Thanks to most of the air being still, you can’t smell the blood or hear the crunch of the gravel as you struggle to move the large cat.
No. 1013487 ID: eedbeb
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You drag Body out of range of the shrapnel and try to hide her in the grass by the road 0.5 TP.

What method do you pursue for stopping the chicken?
-Attack her while in time zone, activating her powers so she’s moving at the same speed as you, and putting her at risk of the warden (also risky to you)
-Let your points run out and try to work with everyone in normal time (risky to them, the chicken will keep trying to drive cars into them)
-Other (try to talk it out???)
No. 1013489 ID: d22afa

So we have 5 tp left, and interacting with a large object like a vehicle costs 3 pt, so...

Is the right side of her vehicle right next to a tree in that picture (our left)? Maybe if it is enough tp, we can drive a car and place it right next to the left side of her vehicle (our right side) trapping her in the vehicle. She cannot move forward as we slashed her tires earlier so she cant move out forward or backwards either.

Her only method of escape would be the trunk (unless it is blocked by a wall which would be even better for us), which we should be able to intercept with our friends to capture her as we call out to them.
No. 1013490 ID: 2870a3

dont directly attack or interact with the other vamp.
instead, try to hamper their mobility. so they wont be able to move when time returns.
maybe if you (really carefully, so as to not actually touch her) stopped her car and took something out of the engine to break the car.
then when time restarts grab her with everyone else while she is confused

also look into getting some sturdy rope to carry around with you so you can just tie peoples hands and feets to immobilise them
No. 1013491 ID: fd4d13


It looked like she hadnt sctuslly put the key in the ignition and turned it yet, can you wiggle it out of her grip and toss it into the grass somewhere?
No. 1013494 ID: 96c896

5 TP left... I think you should go into Kibble's car and tell her where the vampire is. The vampire won't be able to time freeze for a while without an operational car, so Kibble should be able to restrain her. The key is for Kibble to not scare the vampire. Once the vampire is restrained, medical care can be given to the wounded and you can set up an inescapable death trap to kill the chicken. Or like, slowly strangle her to death. A slow death doesn't trigger time freeze...

Oh, and try to find all the car keys and steal them.
No. 1013498 ID: eedbeb
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>Normal time
Fighting the chicken one on one is too dangerous. As long as you can get Kibble involved you’ll feel much better about your chances.

With your remaining time you go back to the chicken 0.5 TP and very carefully wiggle the car keys out of her hand 1 TP. You think you see a spark of white when your fingers brush, but the she doesn’t react.

You walk to Rancid’s car 0.5 TP, where the raccoon is pressing hard on the brake and Kibble’s halfway out the passenger door. With some quick estimates you position yourself vaguely where Kibble’s mixed momentum will carry her and kick rocks until your points run out.
No. 1013499 ID: eedbeb
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The sound of Max honking, tires shrieking on the road, and two cars crashing reach your ears. Kibble pops herself into an arc with her chest creature and you wave desperately to get her attention.

“The vampire’s in that car right there! She’s a chicken, I got Body to safety but she could attack Max or Lori.” you say.

Kibble immediately leaps towards the offending vehicle and wraps herself securely around all the exits. You hear the chicken cluck with surprise.

You’ve trapped the vampire!
No. 1013501 ID: 8a66d1

Yeah, i was going to say we should de- freeze Kibble so she can restrain the vampire.
No. 1013503 ID: e51896

better see if everyone is alright, sounds like Max got in a car accident, and we should check up on Body, she was bleeding. Maybe call an ambulance.
No. 1013504 ID: 96c896

>two cars crashing
So, Body/Vlad's car, and the one you drove into a tree?

Alright, mission complete mostly. Go check on everyone.
No. 1013506 ID: 96c896

As for how to kill the vampire... well, can't Kibble just digest her at this point? Or crush the car around her?
No. 1013507 ID: 8a66d1

Time to interrogate the vampire!
Tell her that she hurt Body very bad and show her the damage and tell her to apologise.
No. 1013514 ID: 15a025

Guess Kibble gets to have chicken and bits now. I don't think we're going to get an aggressive chicken vampire to cluck out much info.
No. 1013515 ID: eedbeb
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Max, Lori, and Rancid stop their cars and hurry to the scene. You run to check on Body and Vlad.

Body’s where you left her in the grass, unconscious with blood oozing from the small cuts and scrapes across her torso.

“Max! Over here!”

The dog sprints to your side and starts his magic.

“Fuck!” he swears, staring at something in the sky. “There’s a warden right here watching us, it’s making my skin crawl. What did you do?”

“Me? Just normal time stuff.”

“Don’t do any more if you can help it.” Max warns you. He bends over Body and starts working on her wounds.
No. 1013516 ID: eedbeb
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Vlad slithers with a groan out of the smoking remains of the car. “What’s happening? Is everyone okay?”

“We’re all fine, Body’s pretty banged up.” you tell him.

“You got the vampire?”

“Kibble did, after I told her where to go.”

Vlad tugs at his ears, stressed. “Okay, that’s good. What are we going to do with her?”

>Kill the vampire
You lead Vlad to where Kibble is standing next to the car. The chicken is clucking furiously, cussing out the government and the traitor vampire working with them. You can’t see her behind layers of hardened meat. You’re glad.

“Kill her.” you tell Kibble.

“I’ve been trying to do the pacifism thing.” the cat mumbles.

“She’s too dangerous to live, and I don’t have a good way to do it myself.”

Kibble sighs and crushes the car between her coils. You shudder. What must it be like, to be at the brink of death again and again, moments stretched into minutes as your limbs snap little by little and you finally die?
No. 1013517 ID: 8a1f51

we grillin tonite
No. 1013518 ID: 96c896

>too dangerous to live
Wait, why is Derek making the call here, and why is Kibble making a last minute objection? I thought the mission was to kill the vampire. It should have already been decided.

Is she dead yet? You can offer a mercy kill of... uh... who here can kill people instantly?
No. 1013519 ID: e51896

Tell them that you need to be alone for a bit and sit down by yourself, try to clear your head.
No. 1013520 ID: 36784c

>“Me? Just normal time stuff.”
Be specific. Tell them that you tried stopping time multiple times in a row. You stood in front of a car when time started moving again and found out that you can stop time multiple times in a row, but apparently the Warden didn’t like it when you did that and took a bite out of your tail. So you’re not gonna attempt doing that again.

Everyone regroup and find out what you’re all doing next.
No. 1013521 ID: 15a025

We need to regroup here and get Body to somewhere safer. Also explain using your time magic twice in close succession might have pissed off a warden a bit.
No. 1013532 ID: eedbeb
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You feel kind of bad for asking Kibble to get her hands dirty when the cat doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but no one else in the party could do it without giving the vampire a chance to escape. Time powers, man.

Once you’re sure the chicken’s been turned into bits, you and Kibble go stand with everyone else around Max and Body.

“We can finally move government forces into the city and take back control from the rebels.” Rancid says. “The vampire made it impossible before without massive casualties.”

“Don’t punish the rebels though.” Vlad says.

“We’ll simply give them a stern talking to for destabilizing this entire region.” Rancid deadpans.
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“The vampire was their main monster, things should go smoothly without her there.” Lori says quickly as Vlad puffs up with indignation.

“We can start our journey north, to the Large Lakes. It will take a couple days by train and car or we can try to arrange a flight here.” Rancid explains.

“Oh, one thing I just found out is that I can’t use my time powers too much or the wardens will get mad.” you say, showing your damaged tail.

“How long is the cool down period?” Rancid asks.

“Uh, I don’t know. It’s not something I want to test.”

“Be careful, you’re our strongest asset. The next vampire is more refined, so we don’t have to worry about surprise attacks, at least.”
No. 1013534 ID: eedbeb
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It takes Max a quarter of an hour to wake Body up. The cat is a bit foggy, but insists that she’s okay. Everyone piles into the remaining cars and finishes the journey to Texas City #2.

In the back of Lori’s car, you close your eyes and try to process what’s happened. The last couple days have been a whirlwind. You miss farming and plants and things that you don’t have to kill.

How would you like to travel north?
No. 1013538 ID: e51896

I have a feeling that dragon might return if we take the plane. So no plane.

since we're going to the Large Lakes, is there a long river leading there? if so, we can perhaps take some speed boats there. maybe even go water skiing on the way there if we want to have fun on the way. Plus we can avoid traffic, and I don't think the rebels will expect us to travel by water.

otherwise, lets just go car and train again.
No. 1013549 ID: e77217

I'm partial to the car and train just for the beautiful sight-seeing.

Of course, we should ask what are the pros and cons to both of them.
No. 1013553 ID: eedbeb
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>Train and car
“I don’t want to take a plane.” you mumble from the backseat, memory of Duck still bothering you.

“Okay, I’ll let everyone know.” Lori says gently. You doze off for a couple hours until Vlad nudges you awake at the train station.

Suggest what Derek does on the long train ride. You can also ask questions about the remaining two locations/vampires, and your friends’ pasts.
No. 1013554 ID: e51896

Let's ask Lori about herself. We know about why Max joined the GIA, let's see why she joined.
No. 1013555 ID: 96c896

What can we expect to find at the next location? Fortifications, or whatever? The vampire is more refined, so can we reason with them instead of killing them this time?
Once the mission is over, can you go back to farming? Actually, do you still own the land your farm was on or did they declare you legally dead and take it?
No. 1013556 ID: a2c96c

Become best friends with Vlad. Cheer him up!
No. 1013557 ID: eedbeb
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This train cabin isn’t nearly as nice as the last one. You’re stuck with the boys in a cramped compartment with only two beds while the women are next door.

The bat is glaring at Rancid, clearly unhappy to be stuck with the GIA agents far from Body’s laptop. He takes out his phone and starts texting.

You sit down next to him. “Who’re you messaging?”

“Friends from home. Telling them I’m not dead and everything.”

“Are they far away?”

“Not that far. We’ll end up there for the last vampire, it’s the biggest city on the east coast and attracts a lot of bullshit.”

“Hey that’s great! You should introduce me to them.” you say with a smile. Vlad cautiously smiles back and you start chatting.
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After Vlad decides to sleep, you sneak over to the women’s compartment to see how they’re doing. Kibble is scribbling in a thick notebook, no doubt working on her book while Body sleeps off her injuries and Lori brushes her tails.

“Hi Lori.” you whisper. “How’s it going?”

The kitsune gives you a tired smile. “I’m knackered. All this traveling is wearing me out, we were in Guo Jia for a while before we found you and it’s been nonstop since then.”

“Get some rest if you can, do you mind if I ask you a few questions?”


“How did you join the Canica government if you’re from the NUK?”

“Agh. Kind of a long story. NUK has a lot more violence than here, so I joined the military academy in my country after school but the first time I saw a battlefield I got put off. Proper dreadful, it was, blood and body parts and dirt and metal. I heard that things were a lot better in Canica so I started applying for jobs and somehow landed this one.”

“I thought this was pretty bad already.” you admit. “I hope I can go back to farming afterwards.”

“If you need some quid to get started we should be able to get approval for some. Y’know, as reimbursement for your services.” Lori offers.

“Really? That would be great!”
No. 1013559 ID: eedbeb
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It’s afternoon and much cooler when the train creaks to a stop in the stained and somewhat neglected Large Lake station. A few other animals dismount onto the empty platform. Empty, except for a posh magpie in a tuxedo holding a laminated sign that says GIA.

When the bird spots your fangs, he beckons you toward him, extending a creamy card that you take curiously. It reads:

Our esteemed guests are cordially invited to dinner with the vampire Dominic Rousseau. Formal dress is encouraged but not required.

“If you’ll allow me to drive you to the restaurant, sirs and madams.” The magpie croaks.
No. 1013560 ID: 96c896

Well. Sure. Uh, do we have any way to guarantee our host won't time freeze and murder everyone?
No. 1013562 ID: e51896

Well then, lets go get team naked dressed up for the occasion. tux and suits and dresses for everyone! Ask to stop at the clothing store first.
No. 1013565 ID: 53560f

Who cares if it isn’t mandatory, we gotta make sure everybody is looking their best!
Other than that, make sure no one drinks any red wine and share all knowledge you have on vampire high society, if you have any.
No. 1013572 ID: 30b9f6

Tell the magpie to relax, probably only Rancid would torture him for information and you have him contained by peer pressure at this point. Although if he'd like to volunteer basic stuff that won't get him eaten and killed by his boss, he'd be a real bud.

Like, how important is that dress code thing? No offense, but some of the peeps here? (lean in and whisper conspiratorially) Not the snappiest dressers around.

Ask your friends about this particular vampire. What is known about them? Because if you are walking into a place prepped by another vampire, their timekillzone so to speak, boy howdy would that be a wonderfully spicy bit o' risk. Unless they're actually someone they'd be willing and able to negotiate with.

If you're walking into a negotiation in which nobody is going to get murdered and there is actually a decent dinner on, your feelings are 'why not'. Although the risk of that whole timekillzone thing puts a teensy damper on it.

Granted... since they knew you were coming, this area could be a timekillzone too.
No. 1013575 ID: eedbeb
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“Now hold on a moment.” you tell the magpie. “How do we know this Dominic fellow isn’t leading us to a trap?”

“Er. I suppose you can’t ever be sure but that would be very rude of him. Dominic can be eccentric but he’s a gentleman.” the magpie says.

“He knew we were coming right? Maybe he rigged the train station with explosives. With vampires you could really die at any second, without warning.” you say, leaning over the poor bird.

“I-I understand that this is the case, sir. On my honor this is intended to be a genuine effort at conversation.”

“What’s your name?” you ask sharply. You’re enjoying this a little too much.

“Alford, sir.”
No. 1013576 ID: eedbeb
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“Alright Alford, we’ll go to this so called dinner, but my friends need to get new clothes first. No offense, but those three aren’t the snappiest dressers around.” You wave vaguely at Vlad, Body, and Kibble.

“They’re hideous.” Alford agrees.

“Right, so we’re going to get in your fancy limousine and you’ll take us to the nearest fancy clothes store. And then we’ll see your boss.”

Suggest clothing for Vlad, Body, and Kibble. Gender preferences don’t matter.
No. 1013577 ID: e51896

Vlad: Sweater vest with tie and a bowler hat

Body: Maid outfit

Kibble: large frilly dress.

Duck: just a dotted bowtie (Kibble can dress him in private)

fly: a tiny top hat and tiny monocle
No. 1013578 ID: afe7de

Vlad: the frilliest dress possible

Body: some ornate cosplay that no one recognizes but seems professional enough. Maybe a generals outfit?

Kibble: just pants and a fancy top hat! Maybe suspenders if Derek pushes it and like sleeveless cuffs.
No. 1013581 ID: e51896

Actually, changing one of my votes.

Have Duck dress up like he did here: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/993735.html#993769
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