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913306 No. 913306 ID: 470289

“Wait up! You’re going too fast! Max!”

“Mac!”

“Whatever we call you, stop walking so fast. Socrates is tired.”

“Sock!”

Socrates.
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No. 955782 ID: 509e5e
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955782

There’s like a dozen rogues standing around outside the Office of Rogue Services when I get there, all of them some mix of disgusted, irritated, and mopey.

I also remember that I forgot to try and get Gys to come to Kark’s meeting thing. Shit.
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No. 955784 ID: 1ed92d

>>955782
Hey, look! The government's mishandling things into a riot again! Ask why we're rioting today.
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No. 955787 ID: e7c7d3

Yeah, ask what's going on. Surely Luvi wasn't the only one who worked here.
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No. 955801 ID: 13059a

>>955784
> Ask why we're rioting today.
You're trying to start shit huh? actually that could be entertaining.
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No. 955808 ID: 015bf2

Approach a disgusted rogue - you're probably more likely to get an answer out of them than the more mopey or irritated ones. Ask why there's a gathering of rogues hanging. Ask if they've seen Luvi.

Tell them that there's a meeting that rogues should attend at the town hall this afternoon at three. Sounded like something was going down that'd be bad for rogues if people don't show up to make a stink about it.
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No. 956042 ID: 29dce7
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956042

I approach one of the rogues that looks like he’s been sucking lemons.

“So, why’re we rioting today?” The look he gives says he’s not in the mood for jokes.

>“Apparently, we’re not allowed in to discuss our case until working hours. Even though it’s our fucking livelihoods on the line!” [Anger]

“Case?”

>”They revoked our union license.” [Irritated]

“I see.” He can tell that I don’t see.

>”Union licenses let rogues organize and register as a hive for business purposes. Without it we can’t legally work on any of our contracts. They fucked us out of our jobs, and they don’t even have the balls to face us!”

Every time he yells he turns to the doors.

“Well there’s a town hall this afternoon, maybe you can bring it up there?”

>“You think I have the time to go to a town hall while we’re trying to make sure we can eat tomorrow?”

“Uh…” This got kind of awkward. “Well, have you seen a pink neumono a little shorter than me go into the building?”

>”No, and I’ve been here since it was dark. A couple of aliens went in, that’s it.”
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No. 956043 ID: 29dce7
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956043

I try the doors myself just in case to make sure they’re locked and peer through the window. The only person I can see is the pomi at the front desk.

I guess my options are to try and get inside to ask someone if they know where Luvi is or try one of the other places Kark said she might be. Gentle Pastures, the old rogue’s home, or her church her sister is at. I could also take another crack at convincing these rogues behind me to go to the town hall meeting, but I’d need a pretty good argument to convince them. Or at least a bribe or something.
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No. 956050 ID: e7c7d3

Maybe try a pied piper routine? Play a calming tune so that the general empathy becomes more reasonable. Maybe then you can talk to people to go to the town hall.
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No. 956057 ID: 13059a

>>956043
They're only gonna have a chance to get heard at the town-hall, since it's clear they're getting stonewalled here for the time being.
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No. 956058 ID: 4bea11

That front desk lady looks overwhelmed and trying to figure out where things went wrong already. She probably won't be able to help much, this is something happening further up the totem pole.

>>956057
For all we know, the meeting at the town hall involves this very issue. Maybe send a message to Kark asking about it? If so, there's a ready crowd of recruits right here.
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No. 956070 ID: c2f1f6

Are you all of different union hives, or can one of you stay and get stonewalled while the rest of you go to the town hall?

Then go inside and ask what happened to Luvi.
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No. 956147 ID: 29dce7
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956147

>They're only gonna have a chance to get heard at the town-hall, since it's clear they're getting stonewalled here for the time being.
>For all we know, the meeting at the town hall involves this very issue. Maybe send a message to Kark asking about it?
I text Kark asking what’s in it for the rogues who come to the town hall and if there’s anything that could help with union stuff. He texts back instantly and between the cursing he gives about three actual points.

1.You get to yell at Mayor Rollas and Chief Mund to their faces.
2.Engendering solidarity between rogues in order to strengthen future political capital.
3.You can bring up issues affecting you to the local government and theoretically get them resolved but more likely get ignored to your face. Which he implies is an improvement, I think?

He says if union licensing is their issue no one local can do anything about it, because it’s not up to them. I don’t get the specifics but it’s some kind of jurisdiction issue. So, I can’t really tell these guys the town hall will help them specifically. At least not without them knowing I’m lying. I can still try to get them to come, but self-interest might be the wrong tack to take.

> Go inside and ask what happened to Luvi.
How? The doors locked and they have only let the ORS workers go inside. I can get the pomis attention by knocking maybe but I’m not sure what would convince her I’m different from the other rogues out here.

Whether I stay and keep trying to talk to people or not, I have to decide where to go next. Either the church or Gentle Pastures, since I’m pretty sure Luvi isn’t here. I can’t feel her empathy anywhere in the building.
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No. 956148 ID: e7c7d3

Try the church. Less chance of running into old people with nothing better to do but waste your time
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No. 956150 ID: 48ce40

Church. Possibly more friendly/charitable people around there, so at least you could do a spot of busking?
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No. 956176 ID: 1ed92d

>>956147
Seek the church, maybe there will be helpful missionaries there!
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No. 956182 ID: 13059a

>>956147
>You get to yell at Mayor Rollas and Chief Mund to their faces.
think you can whip up a guitar/vocal power ballad with that as the main theme? should influence peolpe to go to the town hall.
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No. 956400 ID: 15a025

Let's go to church.
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No. 956661 ID: 470289
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956661

>Think you can whip up a guitar/vocal power ballad
Not on the spot. I can just play a calming tune to break in the guitar and try out this busking thing. Make it so the trip here isn’t all for nothing. A few people might get annoyed at me, but I’m sure enough will like it.
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No. 956669 ID: 470289
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956669

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No. 956670 ID: 470289
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956670

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No. 956671 ID: 470289
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956671

The next place to look for Luvi is the church where her sister is supposed to be. I guess maybe Luvi’s old hive goes there? Or her parents got unlucky and had two daughters go rogue. Whatever it doesn’t matter.

>”You okay, kid? You feel like you’re about to puke.” [Concern]

I put the guitar back in its case and throw it over my shoulder. I’m heading straight to where my phone says the churches should be. I shouldn’t be wasting time buying guitars and crap.
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No. 956672 ID: 470289
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956672

This place is the only church in the last few blocks with a bird on top, so I’m guessing this is it. I feel two- no three neumono inside. None of them are Luvi, but hopefully one of them knows where she is.
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No. 956673 ID: 470289
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956673

I find who I expect, plus a heef.

The girl praying seems disturbed and is trembling a little bit. Her empathy reminds me a bit of Gys. Not in personality, but in how wired she feels. She’s totally absorbed into her own little world.

In front is where there’s a woman excitably talking to the heef. She’s almost manic with how hard she’s gesturing, but she’s not threatening or weird, just super passionate about something.

The guy next to them feels serene. I get the sense he’s a placid person and is taking things in. He doesn’t seem to be part of the conversation but is still standing close? At least he indicates empathetically he’s willing to talk to me, unlike the others.
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No. 956675 ID: e7c7d3

Approach the serene one and ask if he's seen Luvi lately.
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No. 956682 ID: 977456

Eaves were made for dropping.
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No. 956684 ID: c2f1f6

So what happened back there?

Talk to the guy who's willing to talk.
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No. 956846 ID: 9a21f9

>>956675
Talk.

Pay half a mind to what's going on. Anything to distract you from... what happened.
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No. 956973 ID: 86eb65

Pray to bird Jesus.
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No. 957027 ID: 91ee5f

>>956671
So what happened? Did you play anything or did you get stage fright and give up without doing anything?

>>956673
Talk to the person that’s willing to talk.
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No. 957104 ID: 15a025

Talk to the one who feels serene. Maybe they know where Luvi's at?
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No. 957709 ID: 470289
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957709

>So what happened back there?
I had some trouble breathing for a minute. Things got blurry. I’m fine now.

>Did you play anything or did you get stage fright and give up without doing anything?
I didn’t play anything.

>“I’m sorry Erilet, I know I’m not making sense. I just, I know my purpose now. I haven’t been so focused in decades. It’s amazing.” [Earnest]

>“Congratulations. You’re still not talking to my flock before, during, or after service.” This heefs voice is as grating as the rest of them.

>“But we could help them even better than Erilchacht!”

>“That’s an excellent argument to convince an ordained minister of Erilchacht to allow foreign evangelists steal believers right from under them.”

>“Really?” [Eager]

>“No.”
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No. 957710 ID: 470289
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957710

“Excuse me, do you know anyone named Luvi? She’s a really, well, happy pink neumono. Maybe she came here this morning?”

>“I’m afraid I haven’t had the pleasure. Is she a believer of Erilchacht? My friend Chidi may know her, in that case.”

“I… don’t know?” Is Luvi religious? I didn’t get that impression, but I’ve known her for like a day. “Her sister comes here, I think. I don’t know her name.”

>“Well, we can ask Chidi once she realizes she’s talking to a brick wall.” He chuckles.

We lapse into a silence only I feel is awkward for a minute while the heef and Chidi argue in the background. He keeps focusing on my guitar and the longer we stand here the more obvious it is he wants something from me.

>“Sorry if I’m making you feel uncomfortable,” [Considering how to phrase what he wants] “You’re a musician, correct? Are you good with that guitar?”

“Y-yeah. I mean, I’m decent.” He notices I tripped up on answering but politely ignores it. He believes that I can play at least.

>“We,” He gestures at Chidi. “are having a get-together tonight with some of our friends and I’ve been thinking some musical accompaniment could lift everyone’s spirits. Do you play at parties?” [Hopeful]
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No. 957713 ID: e7c7d3

If you think you can get past your stage-fright then say yes and that your rates are low. If not, you can go and try to get past whatever block you have, but for free of course.
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No. 957715 ID: 891b91

>>957710
"No, only Bar Mitzvahs."

Then wonder why you're making a joke that invokes human customs and correct yourself: "Just kidding. I guess I might be available, although I need to find Luvi first." Maybe try to signal via empathy that you need some kind of reason why this would be worth your time and effort.

This is all assuming, of course, that you can manage to do the music thing without choking like you did earlier. Seems like the suppressed trauma you've got going on with your former hive might specifically have something to do with performances in general... I guess you must have royally messed up that performance you gave before you got kicked out.
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No. 957716 ID: b1b4f3

Wait, why do you even have stage fright? You've been performing all your life. Have you never performed in front of non-hivemates before?
You better explain your Issues before even thinking of accepting.
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No. 957717 ID: 015bf2

>Musician? Party?
Recent experience dictates you say no until you've successfully managed to busk a crowd.

Say it's been a bit since you've played, the guitar's a new purchase and you've realized you need to work through the rust. And you have some stuff that you need to get to terms with and you're not keen on being a downer or - side glance - having to deal with overeager conversion attempts.

Not that you wouldn't mind a side gig, but today's a poor time for it.

>Religion, pendant.
What religious denomination are they? Have a look at their pendants.

>What next?
The minister doesn't know Luvi, so she wasn't here recently and probably doesn't speak directly to the clergy. We can wait for Chidi, but if this goes on for more than a couple minutes, go gently bother the girl with the wired empathy. I mean, I refuse to think there's a neumono, even one who lives in their own world, who wouldn't notice Luvi's presence.

Heck, for all we know it could be Luvi's sister herself.
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No. 957762 ID: 977456

Play a little first... to check that the guitar works? Yes, that is a sensible excuse.
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No. 957767 ID: 094652

Ask the enthusiast if she joined a 'secret religion' (cult)). Then try to convince her to spread more than just the opening pitch, but whatever secrets she has been told.

Tell the minister you can attend, but he'll owe you one.
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No. 959713 ID: 470289
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959713

>Play a little first... to check that the guitar works?
The guitar sounds fine.

>Have you never performed in front of non-hivemates before?
I have.

>You better explain your Issues before even thinking of accepting.
It's none of his business.

> Seems like the suppressed trauma you've got going on with your former hive might specifically have something to do with performances in general... I guess you must have royally messed up that performance you gave before you got kicked out.
It was my magnum opus.

>”Sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you?” [Surprised]

Dumb. Stop thinking about the play. Stay in the moment.

“No! I just… only do Bar Mitzvahs!”

>“Ohh… kay?” He doesn’t get the joke. I barely get the joke.

“Sorry, I mean, yes, I do play at parties. And have low rates. But I do need to find my friend first. Today might not be the best time.”

>“Of course. We’re meeting in Ispaati Park after dark. If you do find yourself free, I would love if you could swing by…?”

“Mac.”

>”My name’s Krieg.”

“So, you and Chidi are in the same… group?” I’m desperate to keep talking so I don’t have to think about anything.
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No. 959714 ID: 470289
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959714

>“We’re Omnists.” [Placating] “And I’m not offended if you are a bit wary. As rogues it’s good to be cautious. But we strive to be a harbor for any lost souls, rogue or not.” As he speaks his necklace catches my eye.

“Is that wood burned?” I ask. “It looks different somehow, do you know how it was made?” He smiles, and I think I’m projecting as normal again.

>“Usually people just comment on the spirals. I think the artist who made mine used an acid process. Design-wise, I wish I could say it represented something like the universality of our beliefs through galaxy iconography, but I think the designer just really liked spirals.”

“Um, is it okay to say that about your religion or whatever? Don’t you have to be respectful about that stuff.”

>“We try to be open about everything in our faith. Neumono are already skeptical about us, no need to encourage it. You see-"
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No. 959715 ID: 470289
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959715

>“Are you interested?” Chidi asks as she pushes herself between us. “Omnism is amazing, it’s like, better than having a hive, because you’re important.”

>“Chidi, maybe calm-” [Exasperation]

>“I’m calm! But she needs to know about how much better her life could be!” [Excitement]

>“How about before that you tell her if you know anyone named Luvi who comes here?” Krieg asks her.

>“Never heard of them!”

“She’s really happy, like all the time.” I add and her mood drops.
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No. 959716 ID: 470289
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959716

>“Her?” She frowns. [Confused] “Why could you want with that freak?”

>“Chidi.” [Admonishing]

>“Sorry, Krieg. She has just as much value as I do.” She doesn’t seem to believe much in what she says though as she turns back to me. “She doesn’t come by very often. I think she’s one of Erilet Canggu’s charity cases.”
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No. 959717 ID: e7c7d3

Alright, and who is Erilet Canggu? And aren't we all charity cases?
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No. 959718 ID: 465a14

Why do the arms of the spirals on their pendants keep changing number? It's acid-washed wood, right? Nothing that would change shape from different angles?
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No. 959719 ID: b1b4f3

>>959716
Consider joining. Like get some pamphlets to read. Stay focused on finding Luvi though, ask to talk to Erilet.
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No. 959721 ID: c2f1f6

I'm unfamiliar.
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No. 959726 ID: 12b116

I think that's the heef cleric, if so let's ask him. If not I guess let's find out who this is. You should think about playing for them, it might be a relaxing atmosphere. Just don't go joining their cult right now
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No. 959735 ID: ecd116

ask Chidi & Krieg what their life was like before and after joining the Omnists? also what are others groups/organisations opinion about the omnists beliefs and mission, and opinions about luvi and rouges in general? and if this ok to ask in, do they know that girl on the bench and why is she deeply praying for?, and who was both that one neumono & heef talking and what was that all about?
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No. 959739 ID: 015bf2

>>959717
Erilet seems to be the heef priest. Krieg mentioned their name earlier.

>Charity case
You don't know about that. She seems fairly well off despite being, well, literally all too happy to help others. You're genuinely grateful for her assistance so far.

Either way, there's some politics thing that's going down at Town Hall this afternoon, you're repaying a favor by running an errand to find her. Speaking of which, would they be at all interested in attending? You honestly ain't got much of a clue what it'll be all about, but apparently it's important to rogues so you were encouraged to invite anyone.

After that, thank them for their help, say you'll consider meeting at the Park and try talking to Erilet, since he must be the one who knows about Luvi and whether she's been her today.
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No. 959748 ID: 465a14

Erilet is probably a title- Erilchacht, Erilet. Canggu is probably the heef's name- they said they were an ordained minister. Might as well talk to them.
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No. 959960 ID: 15a025

Ask who Erilet is?
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No. 964974 ID: 470289
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964974

>Why do the arms of the spirals on their pendants keep changing number? It's acid-washed wood, right? Nothing that would change shape from different angles?
It’s an optical illusion. I think each hole is angled so the appearance changes. It’s interesting.

>Erilet is probably a title- Erilchacht, Erilet. Canggu is probably the heef's name- they said they were an ordained minister.
This makes sense.

“The heef?” I ask, just to make sure.

“Yeah. They went in the back once we finished talking.” They? Oh, that girl isn’t in the pews anymore. “They’re probably in the office, red door.”

“Who was that girl on the bench? She seemed pretty into her praying.”

>”Kiki. She spends all day in here when she falls off the wagon, self-castigating. It’s like clockwork.” Chidi answers, [Dismissive]

“Also, I don’t think Luvi is a charity case. She seems pretty well off to me and she’s really helped me out.” Chidi rolls her eyes. “Anyway, before I go can I ask you what your life was like before and after joining?”

>”It was terrible! I was wandering through life like a ghost, filling myself with cheap causes and faiths, trying to become solid again! Depressed and alone all the time! But now I have a purpose and neumono to share it with! Every day we try to share the truth about neumono and all other sentient creatures and explain how we’re all walking Omni’s Journey together!”

“Uh-huh. Do you have any pamphlets or anything?”

>“We have a website.” Krieg pipes up. “Just look up Omnism and you’ll find it.”

“Well, thanks. Oh, there’s a town hall this afternoon. I’m not entirely sure what about but I was told to encourage rogues to attend.”

>”Afternoon? I should be free at least.” Krieg says. “I’d be happy to stop by.” [Sincere]

“Thank you. And I’ll really try to swing by the park later.”
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No. 964976 ID: 470289
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964976

The Erilet opens the door and steps out before I even touch it. I think the glaring is just how heefs always look in real life. One wing/hand thing waves me inside.
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No. 964978 ID: 470289
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964978

“How do you know Luvi and why are you looking for her?”

>[Focused on me]
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No. 964981 ID: 465a14

"I live with her, punkass."
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No. 964982 ID: b1b4f3

>>964978
Why is the text black...?

Tell her she helped you out on your first day as a rogue so she's kindof a friend, and one of her friends asked you to relay a message so you're trying to do that.
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No. 964983 ID: b1b4f3

>>964981
I don't think we should give out that information!
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No. 964986 ID: 91ee5f

>>964978
Isn’t that Luvi in that picture on the desk?

>>964982
This.

>>964983
Is there a reason why we shouldn’t mention we’re living with Luvi?
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No. 964988 ID: 891b91

Keep it truthful but extremely limited. Say you're familiar with her through her social work and you're trying to follow up with her on it.

Don't mention anything else, such as living with her, what other rogues she associates with, the fact that you're staying at her place, etc. This person is either allied with Luvi somehow and looking to protect her, or she's Luvi's enemy, which means she might be your enemy in some way too.

This might seem extreme, but it seems like Luvi has some... questionable contacts.
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No. 964989 ID: 891b91

>>964986
>Isn’t that Luvi in that picture on the desk?
Could be, but it's hard to be sure at this distance. Even then, a photo on the desk doesn't necessarily mean this is someone to be open with.
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No. 965082 ID: 12b116

She's helped us out and we're looking to follow up
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No. 965084 ID: 015bf2

>>964978
Say you’re... well, her charity case, you guess. She offered you a place to stay, and you were in no position to decline. Then, this morning, a rogue acquaintance called Kark came knocking, looking for Luvi. Since you owed him too, and didn’t have anything planned, you got voluntold to go looking. Apparently something will be going down at town hall this afternoon and he wants all the rogues he can gather? Luvi being a sure thing.

Is she really Luvi’s sister?
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No. 966015 ID: 470289
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966015

>I don't think we should give out that information!
I’ll start of coy, at least. I can always reveal more info later, but I can’t really take it back.

“She helped me out as a social worker.” I say as I step inside. “I can’t seem to get in contact with her for any follow-up stuff, so I went looking for her.”

The heef glances over at Kiki who just kind of shrugs. “Hmm. And she told you she has a sister here in your capacity as a client?.” I’m not sure how to answer that and not lie, so the glaring and silence stretch out.

Ugh! It’s always hard to read the emotions of aliens but heef are the worst! I can’t tell what it’s thinking! Kiki is just nervous and frazzled, focusing on me insistently in a way that is really rude and she knows it.
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No. 966016 ID: 470289
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966016

>Is she really Luvi’s sister?
I hope so, if only so I don’t have to go searching all over again.

I angle myself a bit to get a good look at the photo. I remember that picture from last night. The bigger one, I mean. Luvi had a copy of it on her kitchen table. The smaller one is a different picture of just her and a heef.

I figure there is a decent chance the Erilet is the same heef as in the pictures, but if I say that and I’m wrong this will get a whole lot more awkward real fast. Even worse if there are two different heefs in the picture. And I’m still not totally sure what the heef’s relationship would be to-

>“S-she’s interested in the pi-picture.” Kiki stutters. Her voice is scratchy, like she hasn’t had anything to drink in a while.

“She recognizes it?”

>”I-I think so? Maybe? Em-empathy isn’t really that cl-clear all the-"

“It’s fine Kiki. Thank you.”
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No. 966017 ID: 470289
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966017

“Give me your phone. You said you tried to contact Luvi. If Luvi’s number is in it, I will accept you are acquaintances and we can discuss her. If you refuse or it is absent you will leave, immediately.”
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No. 966018 ID: b1b4f3

What the fuck was that? That's possibly the worst attempt at holding back information while staying truthful that I've ever seen. You failed after the first sentence.

I don't remember if she gave you her number but you don't have a choice at this point.
At least object to having your privacy invaded like that, when you could just TALK more. You are willing to be more forthcoming since it's clear that Luvi and the Erilet are friends. You were trying to protect her privacy, and you suspect she might have some enemies?
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No. 966019 ID: fa2754

>>966017
Fair enough. Pull up her number yourself and show the screen
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No. 966020 ID: 4854ef

This is very threatening.
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No. 966031 ID: 15a025

As long as you'll promise not to snoop anywhere else in my phone I'm fine with that.
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No. 966032 ID: ed763f

I'm really worried what you think warrants this kind of paranoia, but here.
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No. 966033 ID: 9e3bd6

Dont even bother, just leave. Luvi is clearly not here and the sooner we finish our list of places to look, the sooner we can just go back to Luvi's house and hope tomorrow is better.
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No. 966061 ID: 015bf2

“Er... okay? Is this the one you have? Another acquaintance trying to get in touch said she wasn’t responding and implied she sometimes forgets keeping her phone charged, so I just went looking directly.”

You should probably have tried sending a message, if you didn’t already. Maybe Kark had the wrong number?

Don’t give him the phone, but hold it up and show him the number. In fact show him your call history from yesterday.

“I saw that picture at her place. She said it was of her old spacer crew. The guy in the back is Rocker, and the Pomi is Panic...a, I think. Those were the only two she mentioned, anyway.”
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No. 966616 ID: 470289
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966616

> What the fuck was that? That's possibly the worst attempt at holding back information while staying truthful that I've ever seen. You failed after the first sentence.
I tried my best!

“I’ll show it to you but I’m not going to just hand it over.” I pull my phone out and flick up my recent calls, turning the screen to him. “Why are you being so paranoid?”

“Hex.” He answers like that explains anything. After satisfying that Luvi’s number is in my phone and I called her recently he glances at Kiki behind me again and whatever reaction she gives satisfies him. “You can put your phone away. I’m convinced you’re here for honest reasons. Where did you recognize the picture from? And your name?”

“Mac. I saw that picture at her place. She said it was of her old spacer crew. The guy in the back is Rocker, and the pomi is Panic...a, I think. Those were the only two she mentioned, anyway.”
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No. 966620 ID: 470289
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966620

“Kiki, you can go.” Kiki lets off a wave of relief and hurries back toward the door as the heef pulls out his phone.

“Wait, no! I still need to talk to her.”

“Why?”

“I need Luvi’s sister to tell me where to find her!”

“I’m Luvi’s sister. Canggu.”
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No. 966621 ID: 470289
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966621

“But you’re a-?” I bite my tongue.
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No. 966622 ID: 470289
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966622

“I’m a what?”
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No. 966623 ID: fa2754

>>966622
"Sorry, made a bad assumption."

Pass the message along.
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No. 966625 ID: 015bf2

>>966623
... adopted?
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No. 966626 ID: 12b116

I question the biological plausibility of this relationship. How are a Heef and a neumono sisters?
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No. 966629 ID: 1ed92d

>>966622
Apologize, say you thought she meant biologically.
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No. 966631 ID: e2f5cc

But you're a heef. How does that work biologically? Unless we're talking metaphorical sisters in which case what you are doesn't matter.
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No. 966636 ID: 86eb65

Sorry I made assumptions.
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No. 966638 ID: 89ae2b

>>966629
This sounds like the best course of action.
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No. 966647 ID: 094652

"Good question. From what I've heard, Luvi's hive was a sack of griefers."
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No. 966737 ID: 365ffb

>>966629
Yep.

There's no way to talk your way out of this with someone acting this way. Just say you thought she meant biological and try not to make this into a big deal.

If somehow they're biological siblings and they're still mad at you for making assumptions, that's not on you.
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No. 966740 ID: 36784c

>>966622
You should at least explain why you’re looking for Luvi.

A rogue named Kark said that there’s a town hall this afternoon and we need as many rogues as we can get to come. He also said that Luvi is one of our few sure things and wanted us to go find her and get her to the town hall by three.
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No. 966751 ID: 015bf2

>>966740
He didn’t say no to aliens attending either, though getting rogues were clearly the priority.
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No. 966769 ID: 5b0071

>>966622
"You're a lot different then I assumed."
Luvi's a rogue, too. If she has any blood relatives they've cast her out. Luvi's made her own family, even if it's no hive. As odd as she is, she's setting a pretty good example here. Whatever future community you become a part of, doesn't have to be exclusively neumono.
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No. 966849 ID: 15a025

>>966629
>>966638
Yeah, agreeing on that here. We should probably explain why we're looking for her now.
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No. 966889 ID: 764aca

Heef
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No. 967386 ID: 470289
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967386

“Sorry, that was a bad assumption. I thought you meant like, biologically. Were you… adopted by Luvi’s old hive or…?”

“I don’t know them. We met after she got kicked out.” Canggu keeps messing with her phone, eyes glued to it. “You still haven’t actually answered why you’re looking for her.”

“Oh! A rogue named Kark said that there’s a town hall this afternoon and we need as many rogues as we can get to come. He also said that Luvi is one of our few sure things and wanted me to go find her and get her to the town hall by three. You could come if you want, I’m pretty sure it’s open to everyone.”

“Sounds like a great way to waste my time.” She puts her phone up to her… earholes? I hear a sharp screech come from the phone for a second before a gruff voice answers, but I can’t make out its words.
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No. 967387 ID: 470289
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967387

“I couldn’t reach Luvi so she must be at your house. I’m calling to confirm.”

“There’s a girl here who wants to find her, so I’m sending her over. Is the entrance still mined?”

“Fine, I’ll just send her to you and you can take her down.”

“Don’t trap your shitty bunker and I wouldn’t have to.”

“Demoiselles.”

“She’s green, in a collared shirt, and has a black guitar case on her back. Name’s Mac. She seems to be one of Luvi’s friends so don’t fuck with her.” The voice on the other end starts saying something but Canggu ends the call and puts the phone back into her robes.
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No. 967388 ID: 470289
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967388

“Rocker is at Demoiselle, five blocks east of here. You should hurry up and catch him or he’ll leave without you and you’ll have to wait until Luvi comes back herself, which could be all day.” She says.
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No. 967389 ID: fa2754

>>967386
Don't press your luck too much further here. Say thank you. You don't need to say anything about how this group seems rough and tumble.
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No. 967390 ID: 86eb65

Thank you.

Get over there quick and find this friend.
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No. 967391 ID: ed763f

d...did you say 'mined'?

I'll just go. Thanks.
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No. 967393 ID: 015bf2

Thank her and get heefin', er, hoofin'. A light jog, don't do anything that jeopardizes the guitar.

>meeting Rocker, the frazzled gun (and demolition?) nutmono
Man, you're making a lot of strange acquaintances thanks to Luvi. But more acquaintances is a good thing, at least if Kark's jerk circle theory is correct. Run with it. Hopefully this won't be a wild goose chase. Probably isn't. Luvi's friends would know where she'd be.

Hopefully Rocker won't be that bad if you treat him with... something approaching the same kind of blasé disregard Luvi has for his tendencies. And let him perform a full body search or whatever else calms a rampant sense of paranoia.
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No. 967415 ID: 1ed92d

>>967388
Thank them politely and leave. Time to go meet the psycho who stashes guns everywhere!
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No. 967418 ID: 103eae

>>967388
Tell them to call back damn it! We need to show him that the guitar case has a guitar and not a fucking tommy gun in it, given how paranoid the guy seems.
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No. 967657 ID: 15a025

Best get going then and ask any questions you have to "Rocker" when you meet him.
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