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952647 No. 952647 ID: 11f77a

Wiki & Terminology: https://questden.org/wiki/Arthocob_Date_Quest
Discussion: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/106192.html
First Thread: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/902109.html
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No. 952648 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: What can eff—

Ganymede: What can I do…

Ganymede: Save her… Bhothogoshol what can eh--

???: It’s time to wake up, child…

Ganymede: —too late, but I can help…

???: There’s work to be done…
No. 952649 ID: 11f77a
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Janitor: Can ya hear me? What are you doing out here?

Janitor: What’s goin’ on with you, ya hopscotch?

Janitor: I don’t know what you’re ramblin’ about but just ‘cause you live here don’t mean you sleep wherever you like! Y’all have yer cocoons and whatnot!

Janitor: Unlike you I have a job to fulfill!
No. 952650 ID: 11f77a
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Janitor: It’s hard enough to wipe the gunk the lot of you carry into the hallways.

Janitor: What’s you got there? A letter opener? Come on! Git up an’ attem. I need this place tidied up before everyone wakes!
No. 952652 ID: e7c7d3

Gasp! Gany! You're naked! Cover your shame and get some clothes
No. 952653 ID: bef60d

Get up, retrieve your dagger, and find out where you are. if possible, acquire a new cloak.
No. 952655 ID: b1b4f3

That's some powerful sleepwalking.
Okay, things to do today:
1, check on the other major players in the dream, find out if they had the same dream you did.
2, tell your preacher about the dream/vision.
3, hand over the dagger to the police
4, consider whether you're really going to go take that job or not.

Did you scratch the wall in your sleep?
No. 952659 ID: 3ed3c3

Well, we can honestly say that was the worst trip you've ever had. Where are you? And why are you naked?
No. 952697 ID: a9af05

Do this. Let's start with checking on Eudora.
No. 952828 ID: ce39da

"Did... Did I sleepwalk here?" Make it clear that you are not in this state by your own volition.
No. 952877 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: I—uh, am not in this state by my own volition!

>That’s some powerful sleepwalking
>Get up, retrieve your dagger, and find out where you are.
>Where are you? And why are you naked?
I quickly swipe the dagger and just sprint off! I seem to be in the atrium where the mural was and there’s no one else around. The hallways are so quiet—it must be pretty early in the morning. The janitor only mutters something and resumes his duty.

Being naked is fine for an Arthocob, I guess. I hear some aliens are, like, embarrassed or something when there’s nothing to wear? Anyway—I must’ve left my room without a robe if I was sleepwalking. I’ve never done that before quite honestly.

Yeesh, what was that all about anyway?
No. 952878 ID: 11f77a
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>Let’s start with checking on Eudora.
>Things to do today: Check on the other major players in the dream, find out if they had the same dream you did.
I’ll visit Eudora first since she’s next door. I hope she’s already out of bed--but this could be urgent! I quickly knock on her door as to not wake the neighbors.

Ganymede: Eudora? Are you awake?

knock knock

Ganymede: Eudoraaaaa

knock knock knock knock knock knock

Ganymede: Eudora I need to ask you something important!

Ganymede: I just wanna see if you’re okay!

There’s a shuffling inside. I think she’s coming to open the door!
No. 952879 ID: 11f77a
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Eudora: What.
No. 952880 ID: e7c7d3

Okay, you may want to punch me in the face right now (Alright, definitely want to punch me in the face right now.) But some serious shit just went down for me and I needed to make sure you weren't actually swallowed whole, even if that means I look crazy and have you angry at me.

Could I ask for a five second head start to run away?
No. 952881 ID: 0fae41

"Did we do anything weird last night involving a religious apocalypse and a giant mouth? No? That was just me then. Good."
No. 952882 ID: bef60d

Hey, did you have a horrible nightmare too?
No. 952883 ID: b1b4f3

Tell her you had a horrible vision about everyone getting turned into weird zombies from their own trauma and negativity or depression then getting eaten by Ndepthteph. She was there and you were both trying to escape, but... it happened to her too. She was covered in wounds and bandages... You're the only one that got out. Did she have the same vision?
...wait does she still have some bandages on her?
No. 952884 ID: d63ea8

This. But maybe also add that you feel like dream is going to play out somehow. (Probably not literally, but in the same vein)
No. 952885 ID: dee4cb

“I had a horrible nightmare that everyone here turned into horrible monsters and were consumed by [whichever god that was]! I was worried you were... I was afraid that...”
No. 952887 ID: 2aa5f0

ask if she's ok

if she ask you why you're asking tell her, "have you ever had a dream so real that when you wake up you're not sure if it was actually just a dream or not? I just had a dream where the whole school was attacked and I just wanted to make sure it was just a dream."

give more details if asked for them
No. 952914 ID: a9af05

Both of these.
No. 952945 ID: 4f51b2

She looks like a mess, like something eat her and not in the lewd way. Ask her is she is okey.
No. 952954 ID: 91ee5f

Explain what happened.

That’s because she just woke up and crawled out of her cocoon. Since Arthocobs sleep in cocoons, it’s only natural that they’d look a little wet when they climb out of bed.
No. 952959 ID: b1b4f3

...what if the knife is laced with a drug that causes hallucinations or vivid dreams? That would explain the original owner's odd behavior as well; maybe he was given it by someone else.
No. 955153 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: I had a horrible nightmare—or vision! I don’t know how to best explain it!

Ganymede: It was this orphanage, Eudora! Everyone became a zombie from their own despair and trauma. One by one they were entering the gates of Ndepthteph in the atrium. You were there with me as we tried to leave, but you turned as well. Bruised, wounded, bandages and all!

Ganymede: But I saw an escape—and I was the only one who left that terrible world. Unable to save you.

Ganymede: It was surreal. And I…

Ganymede: I want to know if you’re okay; and whether you dreamt the same…

Ganymede: --thing.
No. 955158 ID: 11f77a
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She stares at me the entire time. Maybe too tired to be angry. She rubs one eye at a time until it’s her turn to speak.

Eudora: Ganymede.

Eudora: It’s like, four in the morning or something. I don’t remember dreaming anything.

Ganymede: You sure? Nothing about a religious apocalypse and a giant mouth?

Eudora: No. You probably ate some bad food. Stop bothering me.

Ganymede: But it felt important! Real! Like it’ll play out somehow!

Eudora: That’s enough, idiot. You’re sounding like the zealot the other day.

Eudora: Go back to sleep already.

She closes her door. I guess I’ll have to talk another time for anything else. I’ve noticed her bandage from yesterday is loose.

I had some earlier thoughts as I was reaching Eudora’s dorm.
A) I must know more! I’m back to knocking on her door.
B) Maybe checking up on the others wouldn’t hurt. But I’d be waking them all up.
C) I should dress and be ready for the delivery job. Earn yuggoths for her gift.
D) In fact, I should dress and forget the job; find something else to do today.
No. 955162 ID: b1b4f3

>sounding like the zealot
The dagger is the common thread here. You should get it turned over to the authorities asap and warn them it might give terrible visions to whoever handles it or sleeps near it.

I want to do the delivery job, but will it really take the whole day?
No. 955165 ID: e7c7d3

C) work will help take your mind off of things
No. 955166 ID: 3ed3c3

Okay, fuck it. Let's do C.
We know absolutely nothing about this dagger except that it gives its wielder bad trips, so it's all a whole bunch of whatever. Fork it over to the authorities when you can and free yourself of it.
Meanwhile, get ready for your job. That's a known factor and in your comfort zone, so focus on that.
No. 955167 ID: bef60d

No. 955186 ID: 9aa12d

C) It’s time to think and doing your job gives you that time.
No. 955187 ID: 4f51b2

c) We can see the others later.
No. 955214 ID: 1ed92d


Also maybe search for the Zealot and tell them about your vision during your job.

Seriously, if the Zealot is having nightmares like this, no WONDER they've become a Doomsayer. They might need help if they've been consistently having visions.
No. 955226 ID: 11f77a
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>Work will help you take your mind off things.
>It’s time to think and doing your job gives you that time.
>I want to do the delivery job, but will it really take the whole day?
>Meanwhile, get ready for your job. That’s a known factor and in your comfort zone, so focus on that.
Sigh. I suppose if nothing changed overnight then I shouldn’t worry about the others. It’s a long journey to the village on foot and I could use the time to think over some things. The merchant says I could reach Village Corbon by late afternoon without a Baolith. It’ll be a nice walk at least; I love watching the countryside go by.

I thus resign to my room to change.

>You should get [the dagger] turned over to the authorities asap and warn them.
>Fork it over to the authorities when you can and free yourself of it.
Yeah, maybe I should. I’ll dress up first, then once I arrive in the market I’ll find a town guard and hand it over. That weapon has been nothing but trouble it seems. I wonder if the zealot has been experiencing nightmares too—but he seemed adamant in the way he spoke of his vision.

…lost spirits from the husks of treacherous creatures…

No. 955228 ID: 11f77a
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Well I ought to throw together some traveling clothes suitable for the road ahead. This is quite exciting to be away from my home--if only for a day!
No. 955233 ID: ea81d3
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Short cape for everyone!
No. 955237 ID: 0efe8e
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I had to do it
No. 955238 ID: 404f0f
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No. 955253 ID: 9aa12d

Yes please
No. 955256 ID: 015bf2

No. 955257 ID: d63ea8

No. 955259 ID: e7c7d3
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Remember, the most important part of an outfit is the jaunty hat.
No. 955280 ID: e51896

Hmm... I kind of want to see this outfit: >>955233
with the jaunty hat: >>955259
No. 955509 ID: f2320a

No. 955510 ID: f2320a

I HAD A OVER REACTION the sacred tradition has been done by this fine fellow saving us all from being a heretic
No. 955600 ID: 11f77a
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Ya know what? This outfit looks pretty swell! I never knew I owned a cape or this jaunty hat. I’m ready to start this new chapter in my life on the right foot! I exit the orphanage and head down the trail to the market. Everyone’s busy setting up shop and there’s nary a villager on the streets yet.

As for the situation with the dagger, I already see a town guard beginning their route. Gotta make sure I don’t look like I’m coming at them with a weapon.

Well, here it goes.
No. 955601 ID: 11f77a
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As soon as I caught their attention I see it’s Nennekee’s sister. I’m at ease to talk to someone I recognize. She’s pleased to see me too.

Shana: Oh hey, dude!

Shana: Whoa, is that really you, Ganymede? I almost didn’t recognize ya without your robe. Cool hat.

Shana: In fact you’re up pretty early—the market doesn’t even open for another two hours! What. Did Umbari give you livestock duty?

There’s a bunch of stuff I could bring up…
A) About turning in the dagger…
>1) Lie about how I found it. It was on the ground and… I came across it! I didn’t want anyone to step on it.
>2) Tell the truth or exclude some minor details. I wanted to know what it was. But it’s been messing with my conscience and it gives me nightmares.
>3) I can make a different explanation. >___

(and if I want to express one other concern…)
B) Talk a bit about her sister. Some things I need to address
>1) Nennekee misses you a lot. You should visit her some time.
>2) So is it true? Is she… an arsonist?
>3) >___
C) I want to know a bit more on somebody. (Who?)
D) Whatever happened to that crazy zealot yesterday?
E) What do you know about Village Corbon?
F) So, uh, how’s the town guard business?
G) >___
No. 955602 ID: e7c7d3

A-2) It looked interesting and had that bit of mystery that we wanted to solve.

I so very much want to ask b-2, just to see if it truly was just a nightmare or a vision. But I feel like that's a reeeeeally personal question if true, and a potential attack on her character if it's false.
No. 955608 ID: d63ea8


Maybe rather than b-2, we can just ask if she is doing all right in general. If she wants to open up, it should be her choice.
No. 955612 ID: b1b4f3

A2, B2 because that fact was from your vision, which you should confirm somehow despite being out all day. But also B1, we know that's true even outside of the vision.
If it turns out your vision had truth to it, you need to tell Shana about it.
No. 955659 ID: 4f51b2

A)2 and B)1. We shouldn't be too direct with the arsonist stuff, not yet.
No. 955664 ID: e51896

You sunk my battleship
No. 955704 ID: ce39da

A-2, then B-3: "I heard that your sister's been feeling guilty about something she did some time ago. Do you know what that's about?" Go for the cold-read approach; then, regardless of the answer, shift to B-1: "Maybe you should talk to her?"
No. 955791 ID: 5b93d3

A-2/3) "Remember that zealot yesterday? I found this dagger he dropped before he was dragged off. I took it to the Father in case it was religious, but he said it was a normal dagger and to turn it in to you"
No. 957158 ID: 891b91

Seconding this -- B3->B1 seems like a good way to both confirm whether the dream had any truth to it, and potentially help Nennekee with her problems.
No. 958020 ID: 5b0071

A-2 , that whackjob basically threatened your entire town.
No. 959363 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: I’m actually up early for a different reason—but I wanted to find a town guard to hand this over, first.

Slowly, I reveal the dagger. Shana gently takes the handle to examine it herself. The sign of Ndepthteph shimmers in the amber-plated grip.

Ganymede: There was a man rambling about the Death Worm yesterday. That wackjob basically threatened the entire town. He left this dagger in the ground but I couldn’t help but take it back inside the orphanage. I was curious about it; like some mystery surrounds it.

Ganymede: It’s been messing with my conscience and I’ve had a nightmare. Call me a lunatic, but I was thinking it was a vision like the zealot had.

Shana: Fromthis thing?

Shana: Eh, I’d call it a mere coincidence if it happened to me. I’ll take it out of your hands, no problem. Thanks, lunatic~

She gives an assuring smile.

Shana: I’ll see if you passed the nightmares onto me. Will that be all, citizen?
No. 959364 ID: 11f77a
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>Cold-read approach
>We shouldn’t be too direct with the arsonist stuff
Ganymede: Well, it also leads me to ask you something… personal. Something about you and Nennekee.

Shana: Is that so? Is she okay?

Ganymede: I think so. She was fine when we were painting in the atrium. She talks about you a lot! She says you two have less time together and she’s just trying to get by without her other half.

The guard clasps a hand to her head with a faint sigh.

Shana: Aye. I’ve been so busy—I’ve been meaning to visit more. But I’m glad to know. She just has to hang in there. I’m trying to save enough for a house but it’s a long road ahead. I know she’ll understand.

Ganymede: Well, this is kind of a stretch so…

Ganymede: Uh…

Ganymede: You know how you got here, what happened long ago with your… home…

She takes a moment before realizing the path of this conversation.

Shana: Oh, I see…

Shana: I’m used to talking about it. It’s something I’ve learned to move on with. Everyone knows what happened anyway. Same goes for a lot of our friends in there. All the orphans know what everyone is in for.

Ganymede: Well, your sister has been feeling guilty about something.

Shana: Really? What would that be?

Ganymede: I was hoping you would know.

Shana: Heh, well I can’t know everything that goes through her head.

Shana: …

Shana: Oh, you think it has to do with that day, huh?

Shana: Hmm.

Shana: I should visit her sooner than later, then. Thanks for letting me know.

Does she not know the rumor about Nennekee being an arsonist? Well, it’s not really a rumor—if it was from a dream. And not like Nennekee ever started a fire during her stay at the orphanage. Shana might not know what I mean entirely. But at least she promises to see her.
No. 959365 ID: e7c7d3

That probably went as good as we could hope. Best not to dwell on it.

Welp, time to go do your job! To think that a simple errand was going to be the most interesting thing that was going to happen this week
No. 959366 ID: b1b4f3

She says she's comfortable talking about it. May as well spill the beans and say that during your nightmare or maybe while you were sleepwalking, someone accused her sister of being an arsonist. Did her house burn down?

If the vision gave you ANY valid information that you did not have before, then it could be considered a warning.
No. 959370 ID: d63ea8

Support. Best not to pry too much.
No. 959378 ID: 91ee5f

Do this.
No. 959382 ID: 3b0d5e

Let's leave it at that. Were we to say anything more, it'd likely be weird and/or give away the fact we're going off of crazy Dead Space dreams.
No. 959578 ID: 11f77a
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>That probably went as good as we could hope. Best not to dwell on it.
Ganymede: Well… I’ve just about said all I’ve needed to share with you then. Glad you could take that dagger away from me.

She nods, waves me on my way.

Shana: Mmhmm, stay out of trouble now. Let me know if there’s anything else going on with my sis, okay? I know she has a strong heart.

I take my leave, waving her s’dhaquacama.

>If the vision gave you ANY valid information that you did not have before, then it could be considered a warning.
It’s possible to interpret the dream as a foreboding future—Nennekee or the others could start trouble based on their past. I just need to be absolutely sure my dreams speak truthfully.

I-I’ll have to think about this later.
No. 959580 ID: 11f77a
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I’ve arrived at the vendor just as the owner sets up shop. I announce my presence with a slight cough. He sharply curls his neck around--and recognizes me quickly.

Menz: Ah! So you came, huh? Good!

Menz: I was thinking you wouldn’t really show up. And you’re bright and early too!

Menz: How enthusiastic…

Ganymede: Uh-yep! All dressed and ready for the road ahead—Sir! What’s the mission?

Menz: Give me a moment! Give a moment… where’d I put that--there!

Menz: You’ll be delivering… this!
No. 959581 ID: 11f77a
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On the counter displays a long, silver and ridged pair of daggers across a blanket of silk. The Zephcynth slowly wraps it with grace as he explains the job in his guttural Paligrijan accent.

Menz: A collector… of sorts… has made a special order for these Relicynth daggers. It took forever to get a pair of these in stock! Some nerd by the name of Augus Kroen paid a lot of yuggoths in advance, so handle with care!!

What’s with these daggers ending up in my hands? This better not curse me with a neckbeard or something.

Menz: Now you do know the way to Corbon, right? Of course you do! Just take the East road, walk through the wood, and it’s the first village you run into.

Menz: And don’t think about tossing the merchandise in a ditch and report back a finished delivery! You need to return with the client’s stamp on the form! Deliver it. Grab your money. Get back here. Easy. You got questions? Need to know the way out of this tent? Come on, I’m busy!
No. 959582 ID: b1b4f3

I wonder if you could ask him about the weird dagger? He's a weapon merchant after all.
No. 959584 ID: e7c7d3

Seems pretty straight forward. Does he have a package or some wrappings for the daggers.
No. 959588 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, what does the customer look like? Is there an address we're delivering the daggers to?
No. 959590 ID: 9aa12d

Maybe it’s a sign from the heavens that you should start wielding daggers.

Gonna need more info on the client rather than just simply going into a city.
No. 959604 ID: d63ea8

This is the most pertinent question we can ask.
No. 959605 ID: 91ee5f

Ask what Augus Kroen looks like? Ask if he knows the address to Augus Kroen‘s home?

We probably could’ve done that if we didn’t already give the dagger to Shana. I think it might be too late to ask him about it now.
No. 959611 ID: a9af05

No. 959645 ID: 5b0071

"How's the weather supposed to be?"
No. 960590 ID: 11f77a
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>Ask what Augus Kroen looks like?
>Is there an address we’re delivering the daggers to?
Ganymede: Alright, uh, is there an address? Or a picture of him at least?

The zeph wraps the merchandise and binds it tightly around so they wouldn’t jumble. He removes a travel bag from beneath his counter and packs the daggers inside.

Menz: The order wasn’t given in person; it was made through a letter. And I don’t even make these antique weapons! It’s made somewhere else and handed to my shop for delivery.

Menz: This is an expensive order—and I wouldn’t be surprised if he used a friend’s name to avoid his parents from finding out. Village Corbon is a small settlement anyway. I’m sure you can use your brain to ask around where he lives.

Menz: Find an inn, or something! You’re likely staying the night there anyway. Which reminds me…
No. 960591 ID: 11f77a
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Menz: Before you go, you need to wear the proper gear and emblem to be a traveling courier. Let’s see…

Menz: Say, that’s quite the jaunty hat you’ve got there!

Ganymede: Oh thanks! I just threw—houch!!

Menz: Now that’s the hat of a delivery boy! This tells everyone that you’re busy and have no time for squabbling! Any chit-chat on the road is a second taken away from my customer!
No. 960592 ID: 11f77a
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He drops a small pouch in my hands, and documents needing a customer’s stamp and one slip to grant swift passage through checkpoints.

Menz: You should have everything you need here. This money is for food and room only! Provided by me to be sure you don’t sleep outside and eat the sap off twigs (and I’m forced to provide by law).

Menz: By-the-way, if you happen to see the other courier I’ve sent that way, give him a good thrashing, will ya?!

Menz: He thinks he can steal from me--I always knew he was a sketchy fellow. He’s an Arthocob like you. Kinda… scrawny and pathetic. Safari colors I guess with the orange and yellows. I think his name was Jupis… Those thief-types just take the extra coin and run.

Menz: Now shoo! I have to finish opening up.
No. 960601 ID: 4f51b2

Do you remember any guy with that name? Say yes and go on our way.
No. 960608 ID: b1b4f3

Get moving.

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