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1062470 No. 1062470 ID: 87e33c

Strain: To make strenuous and continuous effort by overexerting, twisting, or injuring (a limb, muscle, organ, or societal norm).

Written by EDMANGO and illustrated by TIPPLER

DISCUSSION: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/135736.html
STATS PAGE: https://questden.org/wiki/Tension_Stats
EDMANGO'S PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/Edmango
TIPPLER'S PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/tippler

[SEASON 1]: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1043457.html

EDMANGO NOTE: This quest will likely contain 18+ content like violence, and light sexual content.
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No. 1072267 ID: e5709d

C. This is what those disposable drones are for.
No. 1072269 ID: e51896

B. But turn tiny so that you're harder to notice and maybe lower that percentage. We havent tried being tiny that often in missions. Lets take advantage of that.

Tho if turning tiny for stealth is considered C and not B, then make my choice C instead
No. 1072281 ID: acf683

No. 1072340 ID: a9af05

Can we use our nanobots to fly? We could probably make ourselves light enough and small enough to have our nanobots form a platform under us so they can carry us. Or if not a platform, just have them swarm around our body like a cloud to carry us.

>what do?
B. Gotta take those risks, otherwise we won't get anything done and the island might teleport away while we're still on it!
No. 1072630 ID: 87e33c

rolled 91 = 91

BECOME REALLY SMALL -10% difficulty
if(roll <= 35)VolcanoEscalation();
No. 1072634 ID: 87e33c
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You think about how cool it would be if your nanobots could fly, it would help you so much at a low weight, but unfortunately they lack the capability. You can't make them form a floating platform either, but you could have them form makeshift wings. So you do that instead, making a pair of wings sprout from your hips to help give you better movement at your low weight. You reduce in size too, making travel take a little longer, but decreasing the chance that you're seen by a significant margin.

Your descent begins to stall until you're actually flying, you have to flail a bit at first, and are definitely not proficient in it, but it'll definitely pass for a stealth mission.

After getting your bearings and almost popping outside of the smoke, you head deeper into it, searching for that presence you felt.
No. 1072635 ID: 87e33c
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As you travel through the smoke you get the distinct impression that your cameras just wouldn't be able to capture footage in here, not unless you disrupt the smoke somehow. As your thoughts start to wander, you notice motion below you.

A massive black tail streaks by, approximately where you'd be if you kept falling, and you follow its motion back to the source. If you were unlucky and got hit, you probably would have been launched to a random part of the island. You shrug off the thought and approach the creature. It looks to be approximately 10 meters tall, but its form is... fuzzy, almost like it's shifting between being smoke itself, and being physical, or that it can't decide what it's form should be.

The creature is breathing IN the smoke, but you can't tell if it's exhaling it at all. While you can't make out its full shape due to the fluctuations, you can make out two distinct features. It's face looks like some kind of lizard, and it's packing a massive pair of... something, bosoms, balls, maybe both?
No. 1072637 ID: 87e33c
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You hear the sound of something slapping against a thick and viscous liquid, and then feel a rush of hot air come from below.

You hold your breath as a gust of thicker, almost green-tinted looking smoke comes up and is immediately sucked right into the creature in front of you. The creature stirs slightly and you can hear that CHIME, the distinct one you remember hearing right before every Kaiju attack.

Only this time, it's practically deafening, radiating off this beast. This sends you reeling as you fall away from the creature and near the edge of the smoke. You take the opportunity to lower yourself to the bottom edge of the smoke, peeking your head out.
No. 1072638 ID: 87e33c
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You see lava bubbling below you, surrounded by superheated rock and obsidian. Your eye stops as you notice three things. There is a large, lit opening into what looks like a cave, a Kaiju that seems to be flying away from the volcano, and right below it, the carcass of what looks like a mutated Kellpo, letting off that green smoke.

You have yet to deploy your KAIJU-CAMO DRONE, it will automatically be deployed when you land.

- Pick something to look into
- There is a CAVE, a BODY, and THE FLEEING KAIJU

- And do what?
- 40-60% chance the beast notices you depending on what you do

- You could deploy a drone, or something from your inventory
- You could also leave the area and explore somewhere else
- 20-40% chance for a complication to occur depending on your selected action
- Stats: https://questden.org/wiki/Tension_Stats

No. 1072640 ID: 435f13

Investigate the fleeing kaiju
No. 1072642 ID: a7a180

Investigate the body, leave the drone to observe it further.
No. 1072644 ID: 273c18

From what we've seen and heard... I know what happened here. The fleeing kaiju just deposited that mutant corpse, and the green gas is feeding the chime beast.

Investigate the body. Find out where it came from and how it's being turned into green gas, and you may be able to sabotage the chime beast.

Send drones out while you're doing so. See if you can get one to take pictures of the cave, especially.
No. 1072655 ID: 99ca7b

Investigate Body. At the very least snap a picture as you glide past
No. 1072673 ID: 4481aa

> and it's packing a massive pair of... something, bosoms, balls, maybe both?

Why not both?

Investigate the body.
No. 1072699 ID: e51896


Yeah, lets investigate the body. But no sabotaging anything as this is a stealth mission, and we don't want to get spotted, especially not from whatever monster is in the smoke, and not this early. (but this info could be valuable if we want to sabotage it in a future mission)

And I agree on sending out a drone to investigate the cave. And if there is a monster inside and if it spots that drone, we can probably have the drone get chased by the kaiju to get it out of the cave so we can investigate the cave ourself with the kaiju gone.

I say use a wheeled drone on that cave, while it makes noises it's probably dark enough in there along with some cover to not get easily spotted. Plus if there is a kaiju in there, it will be the fastest to not get caught as it tries to distract the kaiju out of the cave.
No. 1072909 ID: 87e33c

rolled 95 = 95

if(roll <= 20)WheeledDroneComplication();
No. 1072920 ID: 38349b
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You head over to the carcass of the Kellpo, and notice that it's actually been placed on a slope, slowly sliding into the lava of the volcano. You don't want to miss anything, so you land and deploy your KAIJU-CAMO DRONE as you shift to a more normal size. The thing looks like an adorable tiny winged velociraptor, stitched together using delicious looking staples. You maneuver it over the corpse and guide your linked nanobots inside to get as much footage as you can

Unfortunately, even after looking it over, you're not able to tell why it's letting off that green smoke. You are able to tell that the smoke isn't coming from a wound, and is instead coming from the whole creature. And it's weird, but you kind of feel… hungry for the smoke, and not the corpse?

You've deployed the KAIJU-CAMO DRONE
- You are using your sub brain to passively control the drone
- It will passively collect footage and audio from what you encounter unless otherwise ordered
- You will be warned if it is in danger

No. 1072921 ID: 38349b
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You step away as the carcass falls into the pool of lava with a loud plop, causing the green smoke to vanish along with it. You shrug, and head over to the cave's mouth, deploying a different, wheeled drone and having it explore. At first, you planned on using its loud movements to attract whatever was in the cave outside, but nothing seems to respond after about a minute.

You shrug and check the footage on the thing, but the cameras on the wheeled drones are kind of garbage. The best that you're able to make out is that there's some sort of multicolored lights adorning the wall, and lots of tiny things on the floor that get in the way of actually getting a good look at anything.

You've used one of your DRONE CHARGES [2/3 remaining]

If you were to go down there, you'd probably need to use your flashlight to see, potentially alerting something there to your presence.
No. 1072922 ID: 38349b
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You take a peek over the lid of the volcano, to the rest of the island. You can tell that there's some sort of violence taking place on the beach, while the forest seems to have stilled somewhat. This spot seems to be the perfect vantage point, you're sure that if you left a camera here for a while you'd be able to get some good data, but disguising it from the watchful eyes of those flying Kaiju would take some time, since they are rather metallic and shiny.

You found a good spot to set up a CAMERA, do you want to set it up?
-Setting up the camera secretly will take an [UPDATE] of your time
- But it will help progress your main objective

What do you do NEXT?
- Will let you discover it's contents and get better footage with your Kaiju-Camo drone
- 50% chance for a complication

- 50% chance it's too dark to find anything important
- No chance for a complication

- Visit the SKELETAL REEF, there's something going on over there
- Visit the DENSE JUNGLE, there's barely any motion coming from the trees right now

- You could deploy a drone, or something from your inventory
- 30-60% chance for a complication to occur depending on your selected action, you get the feeling that those flying Kaiju are paying attention to the volcano
- Stats: https://questden.org/wiki/Tension_Stats

No. 1072923 ID: a7a180

Set up the camera and explore the jungle while it's quiet.
No. 1072924 ID: e5709d

B+D) Explore the cave in the dark while your drone scouts out the reef.
No. 1072926 ID: 273c18

Set up the camera. Best to get that out of the way.
No. 1073032 ID: a9af05

>hungry for smoke, not corpse
Maybe that's the kaiju's essence and that's what you want more than the meat of the corpse?

Set up the camera

>what do?
A. Investigate the cave. We need to take a chance at trying to find something important that will hopefully help us figure out a way to anchor Paradiso so that we have a better chance of fulfilling the overarching plot of beating the Kaiju!
No. 1073181 ID: b135a7

Set up the camera and investigate the jungle
No. 1073188 ID: e51896

On second thought, that's a good point. Might be able to help the bois in the lab if they got more info.

Changing my vote to A, and bring a flashlight so that even if there is a complication and we get caught, we'll still be able to gather information. and we can use another drone as a distraction to get away if we get caught

Don't worry about being a little reckless and accidentally make some noises, we already know that whatever is in there cannot hear us, as the wheeled drone made a lot of loud noises, but was left undisturbed. With that in mind, We can probably even run in and out as we gather info so our stay in the cave isn't long to lower chance of being caught instead of moving slowly to not make noise.

also, with the reference to the footage we got from the drone, we know where to go to reach the walls, and the lumps, or anything else that is interesting that the wheeled drone found but couldn't make out. maybe only use your flashlight when you reach those areas as those probably have the most valuable info.

yeah, set up camera too towards the reef
No. 1073266 ID: cf9629

>smoke delicious?
Well, you know that the Kellpos have acid in their throat sacs, right? And the scientists back home have discovered that in small amounts Kaiju acid is a delicious and addictive condiment for food. So maybe that green smoke is the Kellpo's acid evaporating from the heat of the volcano and turning into steam? That could be why it smells good?


Would shrinking help reduce our chances of being caught?
No. 1073270 ID: e51896

It might, but I think travel might take longer if we shrink

but maybe that won't be much of an issue if we ride on our KAIJU-CAMO DRONE in the cave while small to where the wheeled drone spotted something
No. 1073284 ID: 87e33c

rolled 9 = 9

No. 1073293 ID: 87e33c
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The commotion seems like it will be going on for a little while and the flying Kaiju seem distracted, this is the perfect time to set up a hidden camera. You take some time to find a perfectly shaped crevice and set up the camera so that it has the broadest angle possible.

It takes you a little while to get it into position. Then you set up some shade so that it won't glint at the wrong angle. You manage to get it set up and turned on just as some weird 8-winged creature flaps on by. It doesn't notice you.

You've used one of your DRONE CHARGES [1/3 remaining]
- This drone is HIDDEN from FLYING BEASTS and should be able to get useful data
- Don't forget to recover it before you leave!

No. 1073294 ID: 87e33c
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With that out of the way, you decide to head into the cave. You pack up your wheeled drone, shrink to an appropriate size, and hop on top of your Kaiju-Camo-Drone.

A WHEELED DRONE has been added to your inventory
- You don't regain a drone charge, but you can redeploy this one at will

As you enter the cave, you realize that it really is too dark to see much of anything, so you attach your flashlight to the Kaiju-Camo Drone and turn it on.

What greets you is several dozen petrified bodies of kin wearing various expressions of lust and ecstasy. Your drone floats a little closer and you notice that they are in fact made of some kind of colorful stone, but the chest cavity of each kin is destroyed, almost as if something burst out of them. A weird sense of deja-vu vibrates through you as you realize you've seen these kin before, in that videogame you remember seeing Pazuru in. These bodies must be INCREDIBLY old if they're real.
No. 1073296 ID: 87e33c
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And then your eyes catch on the walls, on the markings. They're similar to the ones used by those Kaiju summoning FALSE QUEENS, but are both deeply engraved and haphazard in their placement. They fill the room in [WILD] patterns that surround the bodies, and even look to continue downward into a path you would have outright missed without the flashlight.

And then you hear the sounds of talons slowly dragging themselves along the floor coming from the entrance of the cave. It looks like your entry was noticed.

- Go deeper into the Cave to discover what lies within
- 40% chance the Kaiju notices and follows you down
- If it doesn't follow you, it will probably remain there, complicating your escape

- Do you confront it? Hide? Sneak past it? Distract it?
- Base 50% chance for complication modified by your approach
- STATS: https://questden.org/wiki/Tension_Stats

No. 1073298 ID: e5709d

Is it really that simple? Kaiju fetuses festering in kin and acting as a mind-consuming aphrodisiac?

A) Keep moving.
No. 1073300 ID: 6e755b

Can’t stop now. Keep moving.
No. 1073402 ID: 8f9bc4

Pazuru said the centipede kaiju siphoned the [ENERGY] out of the bodies you found underground, which leaves them stiff and stonelike, and not suitable for resurrection. So these are bodies alright. They only seem like they're stone.

Which is... impossible. Pazuru already implied that the whole universe sort of glitched out and restarted, like eight times already. Why would the bodies of her old friends still be around, if she's from a previous [CYCLE]?

And why aren't they gray? The other ones were gray; that was important. Maybe these really are replica statues, sculpted by someone who had knowledge of previous cycles like Pazuru and [MINT]/Mint?
No. 1073446 ID: e51896

A. Whether the kaiju follows us or not is fine by me. It just means this mission will get more exciting as we get to fight it, and potentially get exp from eatting it.

And if we're talking theories, i am thinking those round creatures we saw at the reef are actually karma goblins from Ed's other quest Sugchesstion (not that Hailey knows what a karma goblin is). They were orb like in appearance just like these round kaiju, with stickly arms and legs too.
No. 1073546 ID: 87e33c

rolled 5 = 5

No. 1073552 ID: 87e33c
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You decide to push deeper inside the cavern, the stuff here is strange, but doesn't *really* give you any insight as to why the island is warping around.

The walls continue to be covered in these colored markings the further down you go, becoming slightly translucent, and refracting the light similarly to a prism. It's kind of pretty.

And then you hear that distinct chime again, it starts off rather distant, but slowly builds in volume. You hear a shriek accompanying it, likely that creature from before, it sounds close, so it probably followed you in.

You're on the drone, so your movements aren't altered, but you feel a deep, throbbing pain in your head as the sound gets louder and louder. If it wasn't for your sub-brain you'd probably be keeled over in agony, you silently thank your weird brain as the walls begin to shake.
No. 1073553 ID: 87e33c
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You dodge a few falling rocks as you reach the end of the path, a cavern about as large as one of your containment units.

The walls are covered in multicolored marks, to the point where it almost looks like a thick coat of paint. The colors seem to shift, taking on a prismatic quality with each of your movements. You additionally see small holes indented in the walls, and realize that these holes are amplifying the sound somehow, as if this room is some sort of big instrument.

But the thing that catches your eyes the most is this prism the size of a watermelon in the center of the room. It's deeply embedded in the center of the room, and as the chime fades, the sound was either coming from here, or somehow being directed to this room.

It's only then that you realize that your jaw was practically on the floor as you took in this sight.
No. 1073554 ID: 87e33c
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Thankfully, as an object-kin, you don't *really* have ears, so you don't have eardrums to rupture. Unfortunately, as a creature that can still hear somehow, you are momentarily deafened as a ringing resonates throughout your metal maw, likely an aftereffect of being so close to something louder than the craziest concert you've ever been to.

You remember to check behind you for that creature, and while you can't hear it, you can see motion in the distance thanks to the multicolored marks. The creature hasn't entered the prism room yet. And the only thing you can tell at this distance is that it's got claws and a LOT of feathers. It hasn't found you yet, but it's only a matter of time, maybe it's also deafened?

Your look to your right, at one of the holes in the wall. You can feel a pretty strong breeze coming from it. This could be a way out with how small you are now, it IS perfectly Hailey-Sized but your whole drone is too big to fit inside any of the holes. It's unfortunate that this room is so empty, hiding doesn't seem like an option as you're completely exposed no matter where you stand.

You take a moment to remember your mission, to gather intel and make sure your drone's footage survives.

You get the VERY STRONG FEELING that damaging and/or messing with this prism will ESCALATE things, and could lead to PRETTY BIG CONSEQUENCES for EVERYONE

- Abandon the drone
- You'll discover a hidden entrance to this room from outside the volcano

- The sounds of your fight will likely echo out, alerting the creatures of [PARADISO] to your presence
- 70% chance that the creature will notice you before you can land the first strike

- You could come up with another plan
- 60-80% chance of a complication to occur unless you are willing to let yourself be wounded an unknown amount to do it
- Stats: https://questden.org/wiki/Tension_Stats

No. 1073557 ID: a7a180

Such beautiful music!
C. Use the moves from your travel book of unfortunate dances. You, the drone, beach, now!
No. 1073559 ID: 2f7f6e

A) And use your nanobots to shield and/or camouflage the drone.
No. 1073562 ID: e799ac

C. Play the prism like bongos
No. 1073563 ID: e5709d

C) Sacrifice your last drone charge (grenade attached) to act as a distraction. It's what they're for.
No. 1073565 ID: 273c18

C: Pretend to be caught by the drone. It should look like a kaiju, after all.
No. 1073575 ID: 72b93b

It hasn't found you yet, but it's only a matter of time, maybe it's also deafened

In that case, C. If the monster is deafened by the noise, it wont be able to hear us escape.

That said, turn that flashlight off. That way, it wont see us in the dark, and hear us escape after it enters
No. 1073585 ID: e51896

Just received info from Edmango in discord that the room will still be bright even if we turn off the flashlight because of the prism.

With that in mind, I'll think up a different plan
No. 1073600 ID: e51896

OH! I think I just had an idea!

Can we take the camera/footage we got of this cave out of the Kaiju-camo drone, and then leave the camo drone behind while we take the footage with us through one of the smol hailey-sized holes mentioned in option A? or is the camera installed in the drone too big to fit in the hole? if it's small enough, then I choose C: take the footage we got out of the camo drone, and leave the drone behind as we escape through the hole with the camera. I think we gathered some really good info to make the government happy, so we can probably sacrifice the camo-drone after we leave with the footage through the small hole.

After all, we still got the camera drone outside, and two other drones in case we see anything else that's interesting on this island that needs filming. They'll just be easier to spot unfortunately if we deploy them for filming. But with the footage of the cave, we should be pretty good regardless I think.

I only ask if we can take the film out of the kaiju camo drone because I remember that footage can still have 30% of survival if destroyed, so I'm assuming the camera can be taken out of the drone.

This is of course assuming the footage/camera in the drone is small enough sized to fit in the hole like Hailey is too. I'm thinking it might be that size tho, assuming that square thing in the front of the drone is the camera, which looks roughly the same size as Hailey in that pic >>1073296
No. 1073604 ID: 4481aa


This is a pretty good idea, so I'll toss some support towards it.

I'll also point out that we could try to send nanobots out through the other holes to determine where they lead.
No. 1073608 ID: e5709d

Speaking of which, maybe we could blow up the camera at the volcano opening to distract the monster and give us a better shot at leaving? There's a chance they might not hear it tho.
In all honesty, I'd rather we steal a shard of any crystals that fell off.
No. 1073906 ID: e51896


If you're talking about the camera filming the kaiju at the skeletal reef, that's an interesting idea, but personally, I'd like to get whatever footage is in that camera outside and not blow it up, and I think just removing the footage from the kajiu camo drone and escaping with the footage in the hole while the kaiju camo-drone distracts the monster should be easy enough to do with considering how close we are to the holes.

Tho if other people support blowing up the camera outside while we escape with the kaiju camo drone camera through the hole, that's fine by me. I think the cave footage is more important and there is a chance that the footage from the camera outside could survive with a 30%. But I don't think it's necessary to blow it up personally. Just gotta also consider that the kaiju outside might notice the explosion too and lure them to our location.

(i forgotten to mention, after removing the footage from the kaiju camo drone, lets have the camo drone fly around the cave where the bird kaiju can see it as we escape through the hole to keep attention off of us)
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