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950771 No. 950771 ID: 15a025

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No. 962326 ID: 15a025
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962326

Crawling around the room I can't tell if I'm getting closer to her or if her coughing is just getting worse. Eventually I find her keeled over on the ground coughing violently. I try to say something, but I end up coughing out some incoherent sounds.
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No. 962332 ID: b1b4f3

>>962326
I can't see Pierce...
Get her out then go back for Pierce. Unless you find him on the way out?
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No. 962347 ID: e7c7d3

Get Candy out of there. Have to focus on one task at a time in an emergency situation
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No. 962355 ID: b1b4f3

...it occurs to me that Candy's helper is very likely to show up now.
Maybe it would be better for Roxie to focus on getting to Pierce.
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No. 962359 ID: 91ee5f

>>962355
Maybe? I’m not sure. What were the requirements again? Did her life need to be in danger? Like the “I’m going to die in the next few seconds” kind of danger? If the smoke filled room is going to do that much harm to her, then yeah, Candy’s helper will show up.

But just to be on the safe side, let’s act like he might not show up and make an attempt to save Candy. Plus, if he does show up, we’ll want him to see Roxie trying to save Candy, so that he’ll know she’s a friend and will save both of them instead of only saving Candy.
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No. 962537 ID: 15a025
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>Candy's helper is very likely to show up now. Maybe it would be better for Roxie to focus on getting to Pierce.
>just to be on the safe side, let’s act like he might not show up and make an attempt to save Candy. Plus, if he does show up, we’ll want him to see Roxie trying to save Candy, so that he’ll know she’s a friend and will save both of them instead of only saving Candy.

Yeah no, I'm not going to risk her life on the chance some monster thing from hell is going to show up and save her. I also wouldn't want to explain to Sugar why her sister's dead either.

>Get Candy out of there. Have to focus on one task at a time in an emergency situation
>Get her out then go back for Pierce. Unless you find him on the way out?
Getting her around and staying low isn't going to be easy. I try to get her on my back, but there's no way it's happening. I can barely keep myself up. I end up having to drag her over to the door. Then- huh?! It's... it won't open!

No- no no no! I get up and bang on the door and start to panic. It's not opening! Shit!
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No. 962554 ID: b1b4f3

>>962537
Looks like... a bar or something? Or this is one of those doors you have to push this long button-like thing to get it open. Can you summon your weapon again to get some light in here to see the door mechanism better? Maybe use it as a crowbar to get the door open if needed?

Getting the door open will let the smoke out too, which means you can probably go back and find Pierce easier.
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No. 962572 ID: 91ee5f

>>962537
You’re enchantment is supposed to be an axe, but you’re using it as a polearm, right? Well, use it as an axe this time and try smashing down the door!

The way firefighters do it, is they aim for the top door hinge, so that the door can easily be shoved open.
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No. 962593 ID: c84ff4

>>962572
alternately is it a pull door?
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No. 962619 ID: 15a025
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962619

>Looks like... a bar or something? Or this is one of those doors you have to push this long button-like thing to get it open.
Yeah, that seems to be how it works. I try to push in the button though but the door isn't budging at all!

>Your enchantment is supposed to be an axe, but you’re using it as a polearm, right? Well, use it as an axe this time and try smashing down the door! Aim for the top door hinge, so that the door can easily be shoved open.
I try making an ax, but it's hard to focus and making me light headed. I manage to push myself and make one, though it's a little small. I try putting all my strength into my swings, but hitting the hinges isn't do much. The only thing that happens is that beeping sound is getting louder.

>summon your weapon again to get some light in here to see the door mechanism better?
Looking at the door as a whole. There's the push bar thing to open it, and it looks like some kind of metal brace at the top with some exposed wires? Close to the door is a rusty caution sign. I can't make out what it says though just glancing at it.
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No. 962628 ID: c84ff4

>>962619
look closer at warning if that doesn't help, hack at wire thing
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No. 962645 ID: e7c7d3

Is this the only way out? Take a quick look around to find any red, glowing emergency lights.

If this a powered door, it may have been locked remotely. If so, hacking the wires may be a gamble, depending if they want it to be opened during emergency or locked when it loses power.

Try to locate the beeping
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No. 963264 ID: 15a025
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>look closer at warning
I stop hacking away at the hinges and take a closer look at the warning. Even shining my ax on it though, it's still kind of hard to read.

"CAUTION!: DOOR LOCKS IN EVENT OF FIRE!

Who approved that design choice?! And I wonder if there's a chance I could sue the safety board for that bright idea?
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No. 963265 ID: 15a025
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963265

>Is this the only way out? Take a quick look around to find any red, glowing emergency lights.
This was the only door in the room I remember seeing. Looking around, I can't see much of anything unless it's in front of me.

>Try to locate the beeping.
Maybe my ears can point in the right direction again though? I try to focus on the beeping and start moving over towards it. When I look up, I see that it's a smoke detector on the ceiling. There's a metal brace with some more exposed wires connected to it. Following it a bit, I'd be willing to bet it goes back to the door.

>If this a powered door, it may have been locked remotely. If so, hacking the wires may be a gamble, depending if they want it to be opened during emergency or locked when it loses power.
Thinking I might only have two options at this point.

I could go back to the door and try smashing the metal brace and cutting the wires and hope the door open. Though like you spirits said, there's the risk it could stay locked if it loses power.

Or, I could try reshaping my light ax back into a polearm and see if I can break the smoke detector. Maybe if that loses power the door mechanism will think there isn't a fire going and unlock? It'd be risky though, it takes a lot of my focus to mess with my enchantment. I'm light headed as it is now, if I'm not careful I could end up passing out.
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No. 963267 ID: c84ff4

>>963265
If it locks/remains locked when power is lost we are just kinda fucked. So just attacking the wires is probably the best bet. If this is sensibly designed, the door just gets its power through the detector meaning breaking the detector is almost identical to cutting the wire. (destroy the thing that determines what signal is given means you get no signal, similar to cutting the wires giving no signal) The exception is if you break JUST the fire detecting part and not the rest of the device, which even under better conditions we would probably have a rough chance of making happen, under current conditions that would probably be more like winning the lottery.
TL;DR: Cut wire, ignore detector.
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No. 963271 ID: b1b4f3

Break the smoke detector. If the door detects no fire, then it won't lock.
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No. 963280 ID: a9af05

>>963265
Destroy the smoke detector!
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No. 963284 ID: 7cc58f

>>963271
Do this
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No. 963326 ID: 15a025
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963326

>Break the smoke detector. If the door detects no fire, then it won't lock.
>Destroy the smoke detector!
>Do this
Here goes nothing then. I pour my focus into shaping my ax into as long of a po le a r m a s I c...

I start to fall over a bit, but manage to catch myself a bit. It's getting harder and hurts to breath. I force myself back up.
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No. 963327 ID: 15a025
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963327

Once I'm back up on two legs I thrust my polearm up as hard as I can and jam it into the smoke detector! It screeches out an ear piercing beep before it goes silent. After that I hear a loud 'thunk'.
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No. 963329 ID: 15a025
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963329

I carefully race over to the door and thankfully it opens! I grab Candy and drag her out of there.

I start trying to take deep breathes to get some air, but I end up on the ground in a fit of coughs like Candy. I feel like I'm going to pass out, but I need to get back in there and look for Pierce. I don't know what to do.
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No. 963331 ID: e7c7d3

It hurts, but you can't save Pierce if you're liable to pass out. Try to properly catch your breath. Maybe look back into the room to see if the smoke dissipated enough to see Pierce
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No. 963332 ID: c84ff4

leave the door open so the smoke can escape so he can breath more even if you cant get to him
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No. 963333 ID: b1b4f3

Candy's still breathing right?
Take your robe off your face again so you can breathe easier in the clean air to catch your breath, and make sure to get some air lower down instead of near the smoke.

Once you've caught your breath you can take your robe off entirely off and ball it up in front of your face maybe? You're wearing something under it right? Then you can go back in to save Pierce. Also there's some ventilation now, so the air low in the room should be better.

You can do this, Roxie.
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No. 963337 ID: 91ee5f

>>963329
Check on Candy and make sure she’s breathing!

>>963333
Also do this!
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No. 963721 ID: 891b91

>>963331
>>963332
>>963333
>>963337
Seconding all of these.
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No. 963821 ID: c84ff4

>>963333
>Also there's some ventilation now
that is only true if we prop the door open (or it does not auto close, but given it has a auto lock I assume it also auto closes)
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No. 963831 ID: a9af05

>>963821
We could probably prop the door open with Candy. Just open the door all the way, lay Candy against the door, and tell her to hold the door open.
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No. 964470 ID: 15a025
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>you can't save Pierce if you're liable to pass out. Try to properly catch your breath. Maybe look back into the room to see if the smoke dissipated enough to see Pierce
Peaking in, I still can't see much of anything other than the fire.

>Candy's still breathing right?
>Check on Candy and make sure she’s breathing!
I prop her up over by me. She's still coughing pretty hard. It sounds like she's taking in some breathes between coughs though. I don't know how to tell for sure though?

>Take your robe off your face again so you can breathe easier in the clean air to catch your breath
Off the hood goes. I try take in deep breaths but start gagging a bit from the rotting sewage smell down here. It beats suffocating from smoke though.
>prop the door open with Candy. Just open the door all the way, lay Candy against the door, and tell her to hold the door open.
I open the door up all the way and rest her against it.

Roxie: "Candy, I *coughs* I need you to keep this open. I'm going back in for Pierce."

She's still coughing, but gives me a nod of approval.

>Once you've caught your breath you can take your robe off entirely off and ball it up in front of your face maybe? You're wearing something under it right? Then you can go back in to save Pierce.
Of course I'm wearing clothes under this, it's way too cold here to be doing that. Since we're probably done running into cultists, I guess I can wrap this around my face. I run inside to look for Pierce.
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No. 964471 ID: 15a025
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964471

When I find him, he's in a corner of the room. I make sure he's still breathing, but seems like he's still passed out. It also looks like he got singed pretty bad from the fire.
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No. 964474 ID: b1b4f3

>>964471
Welp nothing we can do about the burns right now. Get him out of there. Try to keep his head down while you're doing it. Once everyone's out, just rest for a while, see if you can get pierce awake, tend to his wounds if that's possible... and your own.

We beat the boss, Roxie, and nobody died. This is a win, even though people got hurt.
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No. 964514 ID: e7c7d3

Get him out of there. If Candy has recovered, have her help you carry him and get out of here
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No. 964535 ID: c84ff4

>>964471
we could probably drag him out so both of you can stay low.
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No. 964545 ID: dce46f

We won, even if just barely! Pull him out of there with haste and take a breather.
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No. 965816 ID: 15a025
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965816

>nothing we can do about the burns right now. Get him out of there.
>Get him out of there. If Candy has recovered, have her help you carry him and get out of here
>we could probably drag him out so both of you can stay low.
>We won, even if just barely! Pull him out of there with haste and take a breather.
I drag Pierce out of the room and sit right back with Candy for a second. I unwrap my robe from around my face and put it back on.

>We beat the boss, Roxie, and nobody died. This is a win, even though people got hurt.
Don't jinx it yet. I'm sure she's fine, but we still need to re-group with Relina and see how she's holding up.

>Once everyone's out, just rest for a while, see if you can get pierce awake, tend to his wounds if that's possible... and your own.
Not much I can really do about our wounds. Nothing to really disinfect or clean them with. I'm probably going to end up needing a trip to the hospital. My neck and nose are killing me, and it's hurting to breath still. As for Pierce, I start tapping his cheeks and face. That is what you're supposed to do, right?

After a bit he starts coming to.

Pierce: "Ah ow! What happened? Why's my face burn!?"

I reply, sounding kinda of rough and stuffy.

Roxie: "You got knocked out, and I managed to turn her into a pile of dust. Then we got trapped in there with a fire."

He winces a bit when I mention the fire.
Pierce: "Guess that explains the burns then."
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No. 965818 ID: 15a025
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965818

He slowly gets up.

Pierce: "Uh... how far did you haul me?"

Roxie: "Just outside the burning room behind us, why?"

Pierce: "What? We're on the completely other side of where we came in!"

Roxie: [small]"That doesn't make any sense? There's only one door in there."


Pierce: "This isn't even the same type of door we came in through. We went in through those like, double door kind of doors."

Candy manages to cough out a reply as well.

Candy: "Yeah, it was like coughs like a purple flamey looking door wasn't it?"

Oh don't even tell me we're lost down here now?!
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No. 965827 ID: b1b4f3

>>965818
Sheesh I'm surprised Pierce didn't get much of a smoke inhalation problem considering he was in there the longest. Must be because he had his face against the floor, while both of you were standing up when the smoke was really going.

Hrm. Well, close the door so no explosive gases can get in and make things worse. Then I guess just get moving. You may be lost, but that mainly means you just can't go back to Relina in any decent timeframe. Roxie, see if you can learn how to attack from a distance like Relina. You're the most beat up of the party right now and I don't want you taking more hits.

...can we switch perspectives to Relina to help her now?
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No. 965914 ID: dce46f

Hmm... we're lost and in pretty bad shape, especially you Roxie, but this is far from over. I doubt we're going to be getting back through the flames anytime soon, so lets organize ourselves so the most capable person takes the lead and start trying to find a path back to where we started so we can link up with Relina as soon as possible. Candy, consider asking for a raise after all this because when you agreed to help the cops out with small time smugglers and swindlers I'm pretty sure fighting legions of corrupted cultists wasn't in the job description.
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No. 970239 ID: db90b4

Shut the door, check the body for any burns.

Password to delete this post is dave
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No. 970909 ID: 15a025
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>...can we switch perspectives to Relina to help her now?
Relina lacks guide spirits and therefore cannot be given advice or help at this time.

>close the door so no explosive gases can get in and make things worse.
Probably a good idea. I move Candy away from the door and shut it.

>You may be lost, but that mainly means you just can't go back to Relina in any decent timeframe.
>Hmm... we're lost and in pretty bad shape, especially you Roxie, but this is far from over. I doubt we're going to be getting back through the flames anytime soon, so let's organize ourselves so the most capable person takes the lead
Roxie: "Pierce, you mind taking the lead and help us get out of here, or back to Relina?"

He coughs a little as he replies.
Pierce: "I can but I'm not entirely familiar with these parts of the sewer. All I know is we shouldn't be in this end."

Roxie: "Shouldn't be down here in the first place, but that doesn't seem to have stopped anyone here."
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No. 970910 ID: 15a025
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Pierce takes the lead and guides us until we make a sudden stop.
Pierce: "Carful, someone's-"

Pangolin: "Pierce?"

Pierce: "coming."

Pangolin: "I'd ask if you're out this far hiding from the church, but it uhh... ah shit."
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No. 970924 ID: adb916

Even twilight is an ally against the threat of true darkness.
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No. 970976 ID: e7c7d3

Place is on fire, so hiding is not the right choice right now, friend pangolin. Know a way we can safely get out?
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No. 971536 ID: 15a025
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971536

>Even twilight is an ally against the threat of true darkness.
>Place is on fire, so hiding is not the right choice right now, friend pangolin. Know a way we can safely get out?
Roxie: "Unless you're thinking of becoming a chimera or something, I think we're on good terms. Friend of yours Pierce?

Pierce: "Eh...kind of? I don't know Gambeson other than they're nice."
Gamebeson: "Wew."

Roxie: "Hiding isn't a good idea right now, there's a fire not too far back from here going. Do you know a way out?"

Gambeson: "There's lots of sewer grates we can hop out of, question is where you want to be?"
Candy: "Take us over by where the other church member is."

Gambeson: "No idea, everyone's running away from them is all I know. Church got their boss so now they're doing the old vanishing act. Anywhere specific you're looking to get to?"

Off the top of my head, there's the sewer by the bar Candy came in through and heading back to the church. If we head for the bar we might run into Reilna, and possibly some more cultists trying to get away. If we head for the church though, we might be able to get everyone else to safety first, and Candy back to some more clean air to breath.
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No. 971546 ID: dce46f

We need time to regroup and catch our breath; we're in a hell of a state right now. I think its best if we beeline for safety. To the church we go!
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No. 971551 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah head to the church, this group is in no state to fight.
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No. 971562 ID: 430c79

GO TO THE HOLY LANDS FOR HELP!!!! Wait... that will take some time... Go to church and get some people to help heal "us" and your friends.
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No. 971840 ID: 15a025
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>we're in a hell of a state right now. I think it's best if we beeline for safety. To the church we go!
>Yeah head to the church, this group is in no state to fight.
>Go to church and get some people to help heal "us" and your friends.
Roxie: "Do you think you could bring us by the church?"

Gambeson: "I can take you there, just don't expect me to stay for the late night service. Just not my thing. But yeah, I think I can manage to get you there."

Pierce: "I'm not sure if it's a good idea if I go there either. I've got that cursed stone on me still and all."

I instinctively look over to him with a dirty look.

Roxie: "Yes, it is a good idea. It's a safe place to get rid of that thing. You probably won't get money for it, but that also means other people aren't getting hurt by it."

Great, I'm starting to sound like Relina now. He lets out a whiney sigh in response.

Pierce: "I guess. Why's doing the right thing gotta suck."
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No. 971841 ID: 15a025
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971841

Our trip out of the sewers is pretty un-eventful, and Gambeson has us climb out across the street from the church.

Gambeson: "Alright, while you go to church, I'm heading for the bars."
Pierce: "Classy."

Gambeson leaves us as we head over to see Blitz is waiting outside. He gives us all a worried look as we approach him

Blitz: "Please tell me you brought back cultist jars!"
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No. 971848 ID: b1b4f3

I mean I assume so, we killed a few cultists and someone must've brought jars. Also deliver the cursed stone.
I do know the leader's ashes weren't collected, so we can tell the church to go grab them, along with any other ashes still left down there. Pierce can act as a guide, for some payment.

Roxie go get treated for smoke inhalation.
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