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935060 No. 935060 ID: 395c02

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No. 951348 ID: 30b39a
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"Hey... you! Buddy!"

I'm so good at playing it cool it's not even funny. And by that I mean please send help.

"Hi...! Um, are you okay? You made a lot of concerning faces just now."

"Oh that was I was just uh hey look at this!"
No. 951349 ID: 30b39a
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"That is in fact a newspaper!"

"Come on man, you know what I meant."

"I dunno... you might have to spell it out for me."

"C A R A V A N!"

"It goes all the way to the Path of the Beast!"

"Huh. Through the Ketzas and everything."

"Yeah, I guess! And it's a round trip, too! You know, in case I... um..."

"Change your mind? I think we both know that's not happening."

:sq_klissnotsure: "...."

"Do you remember when we visited the Unified Capital when we were little?"

"Huh? Uh... kind of?"
No. 951351 ID: 30b39a

Youtube version: https://youtu.be/AUA9FiY8ibc
No. 951352 ID: 30b39a
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In many ways this is just pushing the issue down the road, but for now I'll take it.

Now then...

:sq_optbubble_left:A: "Let's go find Mom.":sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: "You hungry?":sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: "We should visit Shisae Point (the normal way) and symbolically finish our cave adventure!":sq_optbubble_right:
No. 951353 ID: 0fae41

No. 951354 ID: b1b4f3

B, c.
Hmm, wouldn't it be best to have Mom with you when yo visit Sishae Point to symbolically finish the adventure?
No. 951355 ID: e7c7d3

No. 951356 ID: 91ee5f


It’s important to eat! Make sure you’ve got money!

And don’t forget that you said you wanted to go find your Mom to see if you could get her to tell you some adventuring tips!
No. 951359 ID: 094652

Dude, you never got your brain trauma healed? That could ruin you in the long-term.

A/B but go to a supply district. You want to buy safe food from a cheap source, since you're going to wolf it all down for sustenance.
No. 951361 ID: 7634bf

I think A, B, and C are the best choices.

Yes, all of them.
No. 951369 ID: 83bf07

B, c!
No. 951371 ID: 2aa5f0

No. 951402 ID: a9af05

B , a

Eating is important and you wanted to talk to your mother for adventuring tips. Why not combine these options and go somewhere with Tyrsis and your Mom to get something to eat?

Alternatively, if you don't bring your Mom, you and Tyrsis will be able to have a date somewhere together.
No. 951403 ID: 0c9a8e

C, a.
No. 951494 ID: adb0d6

A, or B
No. 951928 ID: 30b39a
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Tyrsis happily accepts my offer for a quick meal, and we find ourselves at one of our usual eateries. I know this stuff goes straight to my thighs, but it's cheap and delicious and that's really hard to argue against!

I'm usually the one to initiate conversation, but this time Tyrsis preempts me.

"So I looked into those tablets we found."

"Oh? You took them home with you?"

"You didn't notice? But yeah, I was really curious what they said."

""I was a little distracted. So! What's on them? Was it a :sq_heart:raunchy diary:sq_heartr: like you guessed!?"

"Spehehee. No, no. But it wasn't exactly boring military information, either."

"Ooh, the plot thickens!"

"According to the first tablet, the caretaker of the nursery we explored was trying to funnel families to a secret location, presumably to start a new life outside the reach of the ketzas."

"So there's a hidden slissa community out there!?"

"The tablet cuts off, but I seriously doubt it."

"How can you say no if the tablet cut off without saying?"

"That's the thing. The second tablet you found mentions orders from the council itself. Orders to cancel all plans and send 'the signal'."

"Sounds ominous."


"A shame I lost those maps. They might have given us some more clues."

"I'm not so sure they'd have helped much, considering how the tablet ends. Roughly translated, the final sentence reads: 'protect the necklace wearer'."
No. 951929 ID: 30b39a
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*Slrrrrp.* "Huh."

"Yeah! What the hell, right?"

"Maybe it's referring to the necklace I found! It had a picture of a young female slissa, didn't it?"

"A counselor's daughter, maybe?"

"But why would they be here of all places?"

"I mean, there was literally a war going on. Our little podunk town probably felt like a safe place to hide the children, until suddenly it wasn't."

Hmm. It's a long-shot, but...
No. 951930 ID: 30b39a
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"What if it meant my necklace? That'd make me the great great great ...uh... great great great..."

"You really don't need to count on your claws, Kliss."

"...Great granddaughter of a councilor!

"Your necklace was handed down through multiple generations..."

"Wait, really? You're going with me on this? Aha! I knew I was meant for something greater!"

"Oh yeah! You should totally show the councilors your necklace so they realize how important you are and put you in charge."

"That's a great idea!"


"Anyway. I do have another reason I want to join the caravan."

"Really!? What could be more important than spending time with Councilor Kliss!?"


"That's right-- nothing!"


"Okay I'll stop just quit looking at me like that please I'm dying."

:SQ_tyrsishappy: "Kay."

"That's not better..."

"But yeah. I want to try and figure out what the tablets are talking about, and the best place to do that is the Grand Library at the Unified Capital. In there are tons of tombs, both slissa and ketza in nature."

"The ketzas can write!?"

"Claw paintings can be informative."

"So you have your own reasons for coming too. And here I was thinking you just wanted more of our amazing banter."

"That's reason three."

As we finish our meals, I briefly wonder if there's anything else I should discuss with Tyrsis. He's a font of knowledge when it comes to history and lore, should my curiosity need sating. I could also talk to him about other things, if I so desire.

What should I bring up?
No. 951933 ID: 19fdd8

Your thighs look great!
No. 951934 ID: 83bf07

The reminder of how thankful you are for his companionship. An adventurer doesn't have to be lonely. He's going to spare you from that.
No. 951935 ID: 094652

Talk about the latest pickaxes and bags. You want to come home rich and victorious.
No. 951937 ID: b1b4f3

>history and lore
Well I assume you've long since asked him what the surface was like before the Beast showed up.
What about the history of magic? Who were the greatest Ketza mages?
How was magic discovered?
No. 951938 ID: 2aa5f0

ask him what, if anything, does he know about your neckless. Doubt he'll know anything you don't but who knows maybe he'll surprise you.
No. 951939 ID: 91ee5f

>I know this stuff goes straight to my thighs, but it's cheap and delicious and that's really hard to argue against!
What are you talking about? There’s nothing wrong with your thighs.

Wait, if reason 1 is to go to the Grand Library and reason 3 is wanting more of your amazing banter, then what’s reason 2?

>What should I bring up?
Your romantic feelings for him.

Ask him who taught him how to use his magic?
No. 951942 ID: b6341b

Also this, teehee
No. 951944 ID: 736b7e

Is that blue slissa listening to your conversation..?
No. 952025 ID: feecd8

>this stuff goes straight to my thighs
Why are you saying that like it's a bad thing? Because it's not a bad thing. Everyone knows thicc thighs save lives! They might even save your life during your adventures!

>What to talk about?
Ask if you guys should order dessert?

Or just ask him about his magic.
No. 952918 ID: 30b39a
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>Your thighs look great!
I dunno, I think I need a second opinion.

A grin forms on my face as I turn to my faithful companion. "You don't think my thighs are too big, right Tyrsis?"

"W-Why are you asking me that!?"

Oh, look! He's getting all puffy!

"Just making sure this food isn't turning me into a blob."

"Your thighs are great! I mean fine! I mean-- You shouldn't worry about that."

:sq_klisscited: "Thanks, buddy!"

:sq_tyrsisnotsure: "...."

He's so cute when he puffs up like that! Don't know why I don't tease him more often!

>[Ask about] your romantic feelings for him.
Oh yeah, that's why.
No. 952919 ID: 30b39a
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"Hsshss~ Okay, okay, I'm sorry."

"It's fine. L-Let's talk about something else."

"Sure thing, buddy. There's a few things I've been meaning to ask about."

"Okay, great! What's up?"

"So the surface... it's really bright and green, right?"

"So the stories say! The life up there is completely different versus what we see down here, and there's a whole lot of plants."

"Hard to even imagine. The only 'plant' I've ever seen is the one in your room."

"The ones that grow down here are much different than the ones above. Those plants grow and grow, sometimes hiding the light of Shaia itself."

"That'll be fun to see! How's yours doing, anyway?"

"Getting pretty big! We can check on it if you'd like."

"It has been a while since I came over. Oh-- have you seen Mama?"

"She wasn't at your house?"

"She was gone when I woke up. Probably running... errands."

:sq_tyrsisokay: "You think she's visiting her 'secret boyfriend she totally has', don't you."

:sq_klissed: "Maybe~"

Tyrsis lets out a long, speep-filled sigh.

"Any other questions before we do what you're implying we do?"

"Oh, yeah I guess. Um...
No. 952920 ID: 30b39a
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"Do you happen to have any random knowledge about my necklace?"

"Kind of. I was bored one day and looked into your past relatives."

"You read about my family tree for fun?"

"Why not? Sadly, the public record doesn't go back more than a few generations. But there's mention of your great great great grandslissa wearing a 'family heirloom' that I'd wager is that very necklace."

"It's that old? But it looks so shiny and new!"

"Your family probably fixes it up whenever it starts showing its age. That gem might not even be the original, for all we know."

"Oh, I guess that follows."
No. 952921 ID: 30b39a
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"What else... So you know how you can use Shaia's Love?"


"Is there a history to that? Beyond the old tale of our creation, I mean."

"From creation to now, all ketzas have been blessed with 'Shaia's Love'.

"Were there any really powerful ketzas that could wield it to great effect?"

"Who knows? If the knowledge exists somewhere, it's not in our slissa library."

"Oh, I guess it wouldn't be. Hey-- something to look up when we reach the capital or ketza lands!"

"I'm going to read so many books."

"Hshss~ By the way I'm really glad you're coming along. My journey no longer looks to be a lonely one."

"Yes, um, well, I'm still not sure my 'journey' goes past The Path of the Beast, but..."

Oh, right...

"...So! Should we order dessert?"

"Sure. We should also probably figure out what we're doing today, unless you really do mean for us to spy on your mother again."

>Ask him who taught him how to use his magic?
I better not. If it's not something they know from birth, it'd mean his ketza mother taught him how to use it and that's... a bit of a sore subject.

>Is that blue slissa listening to your conversation..?
If she was, she stopped when we started talking about history.

Anyway, it sounds like Tyrsis wants me to decide what we're doing today.

:sq_optbubble_left:A: We could head to Tyrsis's house to see the plant.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: We could go check out the caravan and find out what we need.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: We could shop for supplies. I'd been saving up for this!:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:D: We could try to find Mama.:sq_optbubble_right:
No. 952923 ID: b1b4f3

B,C, then if there's time A.
No. 952929 ID: 0a8215

No. 952931 ID: 2aa5f0

sounds good to me
No. 952936 ID: dee4cb

look for mama’s boyfriend on the way :P
No. 952961 ID: 83bf07

A, b
No. 953004 ID: 75ea94

No. 953006 ID: 91ee5f

So what are you guys gonna order?

>What do?
A , b
No. 953027 ID: 92aaf8

D, b
No. 953056 ID: 736b7e

B, C
No. 953059 ID: 3fd119

A, d. What someone's house looks like says a lot about them! Maybe he's got something fun there!
No. 953061 ID: 2e7792

A, b
No. 953163 ID: c3e059

A , b
No. 953314 ID: 30b39a
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>look for mama’s boyfriend on the way :P
Sadly we don't run into any slissa boy hot enough to be mama's life-mate, either currently or potentially, on our way to where the caravan's being set up.

As we approach, I can't help but notice the juxtaposition of the rustic wagons with the high-class glowgems shining upon them. This stark contrast really stands out, especially compared to the low-cost purple that lights most of Saryssa.

I kinda like it!

The area's a bit emptier than I'd expect, but we're a few wakes early so I guess that makes sense.

"Is this really the right caravan? Looks like it's meant for the rich."

"Yeah. Apparently they've been running this route for 12 seasons."

"Oh, really?"

"Mmhmm. But they only run once per four seasons, so this is their third time doing this."

"How'd I not hear about them before now!?"

"How often do you read the paper?"

"Every time mama brought it home! Unless I forgot or had something better to do!"

"And you never noticed she'd occasionally 'forget' to do so?"

"*Hsss!* That-- I can't believe mama kept this from me!"


Tyrsis halts and puffs up, possibly having realized what I just realized.

"Wait, you knew about this and didn't tell me!?"

"Your mother's really scary when she's mad, okay!?"

Before I continue, I notice the blue slissa who looks to be the person to talk to for signing up. She notices us and waves.

I whisper, "We'll discuss your wicked betrayal later."

No. 953315 ID: 30b39a
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"Oh! Hello there! Are you interested in joining the caravan?"

"Maybe! So uh, how does this all work?"

"It's very simple! You just give me the name of everyone intending to board, and I'll give you one or more tickets you can use to board once we're about to be underway. You'll also get a pamphlet with the schedule and any supplies you need. It's 500 gems per person, which includes food and sleeping arrangements."

1000 gems for the two of us, huh? Not exactly cheap, but it's not like my money will have much use once I leave Shaia's Embrace. Taking the trip on foot would be slow and harrowing, and would still have costs related to supplies. For the convenience and comfort, I'd say this is well worth it!

Let's see... I have 6367 gems saved up, so this is totally doable.

"Two, please! One for me and one for my friend!"

"Your friend...?"
No. 953316 ID: 30b39a
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"My dear fluffy companion, yes."

"*hss... We, uh, this isn't a ride for, ah, wouldn't a ketza have their own way back home? They don't really need our services..."

Tyrsis begins to look uncomfortable as I realize that this slissa might be specist!

:SQ_pathL:A: Call out this speciesism!:SQ_pathR:
:SQ_pathL:B: Calmly explain Tyrsis' unique situation.:SQ_pathR:

What do I say?
No. 953317 ID: 0fae41

B. His home is here.
No. 953319 ID: cdabe3


As satisfying as calling it out would be, it most likely wouldn’t accomplish anything right now! The company won’t simply change its policy because you yelled at a clerk, and she might not even believe in the policy anyways. Explain the situation instead.
No. 953324 ID: 75ea94


his home is here, and he's only half ketza
and if they refuse to let him on, take the foot route.
No. 953328 ID: 2aa5f0


kindness first... then you go for the throat.
No. 953331 ID: 736b7e

No. 953334 ID: 83bf07

B. Tyrsis is a saint of a fluffsa. His home is here more than with the ketzas.
No. 953356 ID: 12b116


He can ride on top with the luggage
No. 953357 ID: 015bf2

B. What's gotten her concerned? Customers should be customers, right? You know Tyrsis is a little bigger than their usual, but surely the caravan can be accommodating. He can't use Ketza methods because, well, he's not a full ketza, after all. Or rather, you haven't looked into using ketza methods. And either way, travelling each on your own would just, eh, be boring, y'know? Traveling with others is where it's at!

Anyway, isn't she here to sell a unique, wonderful, practically once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone with the gems to pay? Don't go bringing down the experience already, lady! You've got a grand adventure to sell!

Also, didn't the newspaper advertise the caravan costing 20 gems? Even if that was 20 times 20 days for the full round trip, that's 400 gems. So... where's the 100 extra come in?
No. 953502 ID: 3fd119

B, that said you should probably not mention the half-slissa thing and just say that he was raised by slissas. I'm not sure if prejudiced slissas will appreciate interspecies relationships.
No. 953667 ID: a98242

B, no need to start anything unsavory.
No. 954601 ID: 30b39a
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Though it'd be really satisfying to go on a tangent, I don't want to risk being denied outright. Also I don't like being mean to people!

>...that said you should probably not mention the half-slissa thing and just say that he was raised by slissas
Tyrsis shouldn't be ashamed of what he is, but in this case... I'll at least try to downplay it a bit.

>Tyrsis is a saint of a fluffsa. His home is here more than with the ketzas.
I calmly explain Tyrsis's unique situation, that this is his home-town and that he's spent his life around slissas. Surely she notices his lack of the air of superiority that permeates those big fluffy boys?

Even if he tried to board a Ketza transport (not that they even come out this far), he would be denied because of his slissa accent. They'd see him as 'tainted'. But surely we, as slissas, are able to see past his exterior to the kindred heart within. His body may be fluffy, but in mind and soul he is truly one of us.

I mentally wince as I realize how flowery my speech must have sounded, but I maintain my determined expression.

She looks him over, then glances at me.

"Well, I... There's technically no rule against ketzas. It just, ah, it's never come up before. And I was um, caught off guard. And he does seem nicer than... I mean. Maybe there's a way to show he's really one of us...?"

:sq_klissyay: "Show her your slissa sound, Tyrsis!"

:sq_tyrsisokay: "You know what happens when I try to do that."

:sq_klissyay: "Yeah!~! Show the nice lady what happens!"

Tyrsis mumbles, "If you were anyone else..."

I continue to smile with all the charm I can muster. Yes, make a cute sound for your best friend!

He clears his throat.
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"Oh, gosh! He really tries his best!"

"I know, right!? Isn't it just the cutest!?"

"A ketza would consider it 'beneath' them to mimic us, but... he really is one of us!"

"Yeah, like I've been saying!"

"Forgive my earlier rudeness. Here, it's 1000 gems for the two of you-- I'll explain the situation to the others, so don't worry about it."

Hurray! We avoided a hike in price or being denied outright!

>Also, didn't the newspaper advertise the caravan costing 20 gems?
I move to hand her the gems, then remember the ad's claims.

"Um, not to push my luck, but didn't the ad say it was 20 gems?"

"Didn't read the fine print, did you?"

"I was too excited!"

She chuckles. "Yeah, that happens a lot. Were it up to me our ads would be more up-front, but such is the way of things in Shaia's Embrace. It's actually 20 gems per wake, with the round trip taking just under a third of a season to complete."

"Darn... but wouldn't that still be like, 400 or 420 gems?"


"Double Darn."

And with that, we have the tickets! There's no going back now. Onwards and upwards, to the world the ketzas left behind so long ago.

I only have two wakes to get everything ready, so I need to start paying much more attention to the time and make sure I don't waste any of it.
No. 954603 ID: 30b39a
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All glowgems shimmer slightly, getting brighter and dimmer on a continuing cycle. We call these cycles 'glimmers' and use them to tell the time.

Our method of time-keeping used to be really cool, but the ketzas forced my ancestors to standardize everything based on the ketza 'day'. Naturally we refused to use their words, adopting similar words in our language instead. Thus, a 'wake' is the same as a ketza 'day'. Thanks, ketzas.

There's 480 glimmers per wake. To avoid making everyone stare at gems while counting, a bell marks half of each wake by tolling once every 40 glimmers before going silent for the other 240. In total it rings seven times.

For what I'm trying to accomplish the important bells are the 1st, 5th, and 7th. Most shops and services are open after the 1st, and they close after the 5th. Once the 7th bell tolls, I'll get no more reminders and will have to count glimmers.

I can do so fairly well for a little while (I had to do so during our cave adventure!), but the further I go the more I'll be guessing. It's generally best to try and be home shortly after the 7th bell, though I could stay out if something really needs doing.

Now that I explained all that to myself for some reason, time to decide what to do next.

:sq_optbubble_left:A: To the COMMERCIAL TIER! Time to shop!:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: Let's visit Tyrsis's house to meet his dad one last time!:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: Time to say goodbye to the slissa hero at SHISAE POINT!:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:D: To the ranch! Tyrsis loves petting the plessara.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:E: To the library! Maybe we can learn something about the places we're going to see?:sq_optbubble_right:
No. 954606 ID: 736b7e

B, D
No. 954609 ID: b1b4f3

B, a.
No. 954610 ID: c56385

No. 954615 ID: 0fae41

I get timekeeping is important when you can't see the sun but it sounds like this counting system has driven more than one slissa mad and/or insomniac.
No. 954619 ID: 2aa5f0

E, b
No. 954621 ID: 12b116

We need to pet something
No. 954639 ID: a9af05

B , a
No. 954780 ID: 75ea94

No. 955534 ID: 30b39a
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>I get timekeeping is important when you can't see the sun but it sounds like this counting system has driven more than one slissa mad and/or insomniac.
There's a reason most tribes didn't bother keeping track of time after the work period! One of the very few legitimately useful things the ketzas did was come up with a mechanical way to keep track of time.

Before long we find ourselves at Tyrsis's house, maybe the only house in Saryssa where you'll find a few ketza trinkets and artifacts. An attempt to give Tyrsis a taste of ketza culture, maybe?

"Right, so I guess you want to see how my plant's doing?"

"Of course! It's like the one unique thing in this whole town!"

"There's plenty of other things unique to Saryssa!"

"Got any examples aside from yourself?"

"I... uh... man, I hate when you call my bluff like that."

He loves it.
No. 955535 ID: 30b39a
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"Goodness! It's really grown!"

"Yeah! It's one of the only types of plant that can be grown within Shaia's Embrace, and it's been content to do just that."

"I guess we've grown a lot too, huh? One of us more than the other."

"I-I'm not that much bigger than you!"

"You're a giant with a giant plant!"



Remembering the journey ahead of us, a question springs to mind.

"Think you'll bring it with us? On the caravan, I mean."

"It should be fine until I get back, as long as Dad keeps watering it."

:SQ_pathL:Muse that he should bring it...:SQ_pathR:
:sq_optbubble_left:A: ...In case he decides to join you past The Path of the Beast.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: ...Because it might get lonely!:sq_optbubble_right:

:SQ_pathL:Agree that the plant should remain here...:SQ_pathR:
:sq_optbubble_left:C:...As something for his dad to remember him by.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:D:...Since he won't be gone all that long.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:E:...Without specifying a reason.:sq_optbubble_right:

:SQ_hint: Your PRIMARY VOTE determines the PATH you choose. Your SECONDARY VOTE can still be used to pick a second option in that path (if more than 2 choices), or as a means to have some say even if your chosen PATH loses the vote.
No. 955536 ID: b1b4f3

E, d.
Even if both of you do go exploring the surface, you're gonna come back someday. In fact it makes sense for your first trip up there to be relatively short, so you can come back down and get more supplies with a better idea of what you need. A scouting expedition!
No. 955537 ID: d5d714

Play it safe. Don't pressure any decision.
No. 955539 ID: 0fae41

D/b. Are the leaves edible by any chance?
No. 955541 ID: 2aa5f0

No. 955543 ID: cdabe3

primary D, secondary A
No. 955644 ID: 736b7e

C, d
No. 955815 ID: 3fd119

E, b, we really should leave it to be his decision entirely. If he comes along it'll be something for people here to remember him by... oh. If you two both decide to leave the caves, how will you say goodbye to your families?
No. 955816 ID: 91ee5f

E , d

I agree with this. Your first trip to the surface will be short since you’re just gonna look around.

Once you get a better idea of what’s up there, you’ll come back for more supplies so that you can take longer trips to the surface.
No. 955823 ID: 6e6f32

No. 955896 ID: 5fc3a0

You absolutely need to take that plant as a caravan snackaroo. It can't be lonely if it's part of you.
No. 955999 ID: 30b39a
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>You absolutely need to take that plant as a caravan snackaroo. It can't be lonely if it's part of you.
We don't eat plants; we eat the things that eat plants!

"So you're not keen on bringing it, then?"

"It'd be really awkward to pack it up. I mean, I could, but I don't see the point. Besides, it looks happy where it is."

It does look happy. I think. Maybe.

>Even if both of you do go exploring the surface, you're gonna come back someday.
That's very true. The plant's lived this long, so we'd surely see it again.

>In fact it makes sense for your first trip up there to be relatively short, so you can come back down and get more supplies with a better idea of what you need. A scouting expedition!
Hmm. It'd be a lot of backtracking, but I guess it's nothing compared to the amount of walking ahead of me.

>If you two both decide to leave the caves, how will you say goodbye to your families?
Maybe it'd put their minds at ease if they saw us successfully handle ourselves out there, if for just a short while. Tyrsis might be more willing to go along with that, too.

All right, let's try that. I'll pack a little more lightly, and I'll talk to Tyrsis and Mama about it when I next get them both in the same room.

We admire the plant a little longer...

"It really is peaceful, huh? Thanks for letting me see it."

"You're always welcome to hang out with Acquair. I bet it appreciates the company."

"Oh my gods-- you named your plant?"

He puffs up with embarrassment.

"S-so what if I did!?"

"Nothing! I won't comment on how adorable that is!"




I wave good-bye to Acquair as we head back out to tackle the next task.
No. 956000 ID: 30b39a
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"Hey, kids."

"Hello, Mr. Lyskir!"

"Hi, Dad."

"Hsshss~ You two aren't getting into trouble, are you?"

"Not this time, sir!"

"That's good to-- this time!?"

"You don't have to act that surprised, Dad."

"Don't listen to him, sir! We're perfect angels!"


"<Extremely deadpan speep.>"

It's been a while since I've spoken to Tyrsis's father! Longer still since the last time I tried to create some :sq_heart:romance:sq_heartr: between him and Mama.


Not that I'm saying I should do that now or anything.


:sq_optbubble_left:What should I converse about?:sq_optbubble_right:
No. 956002 ID: 736b7e

Talk about the caravan and your trip plans and how important hugs are.
No. 956003 ID: 2aa5f0

start off small with small talk, ask what he's been up to lately.
No. 956004 ID: 0fae41

What's that he's holding behind his back?
No. 956013 ID: 7d7ce0

Reminisce about the stuff on the shelves and pictures on the wall!
No. 956015 ID: b1b4f3

I think he's missing most of his arm.

Ask how he's been. Tell him you and Tyrsis are going on a trip!
No. 956035 ID: 9ec91b

Do this!
No. 956037 ID: 094652

Be practical. Ask about mining and survival tips! Actually what is his job?
No. 956784 ID: 30b39a
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>What's that he's holding behind his back?
He lost his foreleg in a digging accident. They're very rare (we're good at what we do), but they do happen. He doesn't like to talk about it, so I can only guess at what exactly went down. Probably a cave-in?

>Actually what is his job?
He's retired, living on a combination of the Digger's Pension and the money he held onto from being mated with a well-to-do ketza.

He's never said why she left, but darker parts of my mind wonder if she lost interest in him the moment he got injured.

Only a ketza would be so petty.


I shouldn't think like that. Even if she's a giant b-- Kliss you need to be nice.

Sorry. A bit sensitive about it after seeing how insecure her actions made poor Tyrsis.
No. 956785 ID: 30b39a
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>Reminisce about the stuff on the shelves and pictures on the wall!
Lyskir of Shin-Chenshi, a slissa from the settlement nearest to the capital and the only slissa town to keep its ketza-given name. He didn't change his name to Saryssa when coming here, something that's pretty rare to see.

He commissioned several pictures showcasing moments in his and Tyrsis's life. They both look so happy! I can tell Lyskir loves his son very much.

Inside the cabinet lie several trophies that Tyrsis won over the seasons. Oh! That's the one he got by winning the spelling contest! And that one's from when he won the Race Around Saryssa! From what Mama tells me, it took some doing to stop the officials from disqualifying him for 'being the wrong species'.

Nothing in the rules say you can't be part slissa.

Tyrsis is pretty fast for someone so big! I used to love riding on his shoulders while he ran, before we got a bit... too old for that.

There's also a couple of journals Lyskir kept, detailing some of the adventures he had in his youth. A pretty fun read!

Anyway, time to make with the conversation. I better put on my best 'I'm not shipping you with anyone this time I promise' face.
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"So! Run into any cute-- I mean how have you been!?"

"Oh, pretty good! I ran into your mother at the costume shop earlier. We had a lovely talk!"

Hsssnnnnn... No! No shipping!

"Oh really? Did you kiss-- I mean what platonic things did you two talk about!?"

Tyrsis gives me the look he always gives me when this happens.

"Oh, you know, how we're both getting older, and how it'd be nice to have someone to share our golden seasons with..."

:sq_heart::sq_heart::sq_heart:Oh goodness~!:sq_heartr::sq_heartr::sq_heartr:


"You're messing with me."

"Hsshsshss~! Sorry-- your mother insisted I say that if I ran into you!"



Does this mean she's not still upset? Or is this her revenge?

"Anyway! I hear you're still planning on doing some exploring, huh?"

"Yes! Tyrsis and I are going to ride a caravan that travels across all of Shaia's Embrace!"

"Kliss! I didn't even get a chance to ask permission!"

"How can he say no to a face as cute as yours? Quick do the face."


"Hsshss~ She's got me there. It might do you some good to see the other settlements!"

His reaction is a bit... underwhelming. Did Mama imply that we were only riding the caravan to The Path of the Beast and back? Maybe she still thinks she can talk me out of my grand adventure?

:sq_optbubble_left:A: Time to correct him by explaining my plan to leave Shaia's Embrace.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: Maybe now's the time to talk about my plans for the shorter 'test' trip?:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: I better let it be for now and not waste time. We can talk to him about our actual plans once I'm sure I have everything ready.:sq_optbubble_right:
No. 956788 ID: 0fae41

A/c. Maybe he's still messing with you.
No. 956796 ID: e7c7d3

Let's go with B
No. 956798 ID: 094652

B but with hints of A; your plan is to take a tour and try to build a career on the way. If you can't, you'll come back quick and get back to regular digging.
No. 956799 ID: 2aa5f0


he might have some advice.
No. 956801 ID: b1b4f3

No. 956802 ID: cdabe3

No. 956803 ID: 91ee5f

No. 956810 ID: 3fd119

A: I think we need to be honest with our intent about something like this. At some point we're going to leave for real, and I think everyone should be ready for that when the time comes.
No. 956832 ID: fa2754

Just slip it in real casually. Like 'oh you know, might just poke our heads out and see what it's like. Real in and out kinda thing.'
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