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970517 No. 970517 ID: e51896

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Author's Commentary: Quest may or may not have 18+ content, it all depends on what happens and how I feel, especially since this is my first quest
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No. 973121 ID: 61e70f

Huh. Their antennas are like the ultimate babelfish. Neat!

Yeah let’s go meet the guy who saved us.
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No. 973197 ID: 094652

"So, what's the purpose of making various sentient beings throughout the universe have... good dreams? What is Morpheus' exact definition of a good dream? Are there laws against influencing people through their dreams, even if it's meant for a constructive purpose? What's the difficulty level for the dreams of the mentally-ill? Do you record all our data? Is 'Morpheus' the multiverse-approximate pronunciation or did that just come from my head? Has anyone tried to analyze your god or his motives? Is your sister single-"
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No. 973206 ID: 2bd15b

>>973197

Is your sister single ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
You sly dog I see what you did there. It appears that some people intend to make this a wet dream, but you are aiming really low my friend. Why stop at one, let's keep going further until we place Lilly in the middle of a fluffy sandwich!
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No. 973209 ID: ce39da

"Ah, sorry for bringing up bad memories, though you didn't have to spill your whole life-story if you didn't want to; I'd have understood if you said you weren't comfortable talking about it."

Okay, I'm going to assume that Walter ripping himself out of a photo and leaving the rest behind is some symbolic gesture that makes more sense in this dreamland.

Let's take the tour.

>>973197
Ooh, these are good - maybe also throw in: "Is it known why the Nightmareciers are invading? Has a Nightmarecier ever accidentally given a masochist or someone from a universe with wholly different definitions of 'nightmare' a good dream?"
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No. 973514 ID: e51896
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>>973016
>Sure, lets go up and meet the person who rescued us.

>>973121
>Yeah let’s go meet the guy who saved us.

>>973209
>"Ah, sorry for bringing up bad memories, though you didn't have to spill your whole life-story if you didn't want to; I'd have understood if you said you weren't comfortable talking about it."

>Okay, I'm going to assume that Walter ripping himself out of a photo and leaving the rest behind is some symbolic gesture that makes more sense in this dreamland.

>Let's take the tour.


:ec_lilly: “Well…. Sure, why not? I’ll take you up on that tour and meet my rescuer to pass the time… and uhh… sorry to bring up bad memories about your friend, though you didn't have to spill your whole life-story if you didn't want to; I'd have understood if you said you weren't comfortable talking about it.”
:ec_arthurius: “No, no. Don’t go worrying about apologizing about that. It’s more my fault since I was just venting. But really, a leader like me shouldn’t be doing that. Anyway, I’ll head inside and get Sniffles. Go ahead and wait for me out in the halls.”

I go out into the hallway while Arthurius goes inside the room I was in. I take a look around my surroundings

I can see two sets of doors on the right wall labeled “Henry” and “Guest”. There is a large desert cactus next to Henry’s room… Maybe it is the late Chuck the Cactus’ mother. I’m not sure how to explain to her that her only son just got unceremoniously ate by a strange annoying tapir and how I played a small part in unintentionally getting it eaten, so I’ll just stay silent about it.
The left wall has two more doors, one labeled “Magnolia” and one labeled “Guest”. Magnolia’s door is still open, despite Arthurius hypocritically mentioning about how she forgets to close doors earlier… oh look! A framed picture of Sniffles is also next to Magnolia’s door!
At the end of the hall, there is another door with a plaque I can’t really read from this far away, and there seems to be another hall leading left and right from that door. There is also a manhole in front of the door.

In front of me is Arthurius’ room.

To my right is a staircase, and what looks to be a circuit breaker box.

:ec_arthurius: “Wakey, wakey, Sniffles. Mags is looking for you!”
:ec_sniff: “Squeeeeek!”
:ec_arthurius: “Hey now, it’s not my fault you ruined your appetite by eating something you shouldn’t have. Don’t make me carr-OW! Okay, I guess you still have an appetite. Bad tapir! Don’t be biting my hand. Let’s go, there are plenty of things you can eat when we start our mission.”

Arthurius is a pretty nice guy, but he tends to ramble a bit too much and talks to himself at times...

I start thinking about questions I should ask him.

>>973018
> what is Rekindling Day? They seem to be making a big deal about it on the news.

Hmm… should I ask about Rekindling Day? I feel like the answer I get from Arthurius will most likely be most of the same information I got from the news. I’ll probably save that question and ask for more details later when I have more time.

>>973019
> I think that our main consumption should be to find out why were we in the water in the first place.
Figuring out how I ended up in the ocean seems like a decent enough goal to pursue, though I do not think asking Arthurius for further details as to how I ended up there won’t give more answers, he seems just as confused as I am.

My thought process is interrupted by Arthurius coming out of the door with little Sniffles. Sniffles is already running up the stairs upon exiting.

:ec_arthurius: “Ready?”
:ec_lilly: “Lead the way!”
:ec_arthurius: “Can’t, Sniffles is already in front of us.”
:ec_lilly: “Oh, shut it with the dad jokes, dude.”
:ec_arthurius: “I wasn’t joking?”
:ec_lilly: “Um… never mind, sorry. Let me ask some questions before we head up”
:ec_arthurius: “Ok.”
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No. 973515 ID: e51896
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>>973016
>>973019
>>973197
>>973209

:ec_lilly: “So, what's the purpose of making various sentient beings throughout the universe have... good dreams?”
:ec_arthurius: “Morpheus is an empathetic god who understands from firsthand experience the stress people face in the waking world. He wishes to give dreamers sweet dreams to give them a break, and help them recharge to face another day.”
:ec_lilly: “What is Morpheus' exact definition of a good dream?”
:ec_arthurius: : “In short, it’s one where someone feels euphoric or peaceful during sleep, or gain inspiration when they awaken. As long as it doesn’t leave someone stressed or frightened.”
:ec_lilly: “Are there laws against influencing people through their dreams, even if it's meant for a constructive purpose?”
:ec_arthurius: “The dreams we create we try to keep open-ended. It’s up to the dreamer to determine how a dream will influence them and what they’ll learn from it.”

We proceed to head up the stairs.

:ec_arthurius: “However, it’s the sandman species job to read a dreamer and determine from their experience which dream or nightmare world they’ll take them into to help tell dreamers something about themselves. I guess that’s as close as influencing people dreams can get.”

We stop again after climbing the first set of stairs.

:ec_lilly: “What's the difficulty level for the dreams of the mentally-ill?”
:ec_arthurius: “I am not sure I understand what you mean by difficulty level. Sorry. But yeah, mentally ill people do have dreams and nightmares just the same.”
:ec_lilly: “Do you record all our data?”
:ec_arthurius: “I can’t think why we would do that. I don’t think there is anything to gain or any purpose as to why we would record a dreamer’s data, especially since there are too many dreamers that come here to keep track of. At most we study how our dreams effect a dreamer to help make our worlds more pleasant for them but that’s it.”
:ec_lilly: “Is 'Morpheus' the multiverse-approximate pronunciation or did that just come from my head?”
:ec_arthurius: “It came from your head. Other dreamers from other universes has their own pronunciation of the name of our god of dreams based off of mythologies they may have learned”
:ec_lilly: “Has anyone tried to analyze your god or his motives?
:ec_arthurius: “I can recommend you some books on that, though I do not think you’ll be able to finish reading them before you wake up.”

We continue towards the second flight of stairs.

:ec_lilly: “what is allowed to do here and what is against the law of this land?”
:ec_arthurius: “I’d say pretty much just follow the laws you had in your own world and you’ll be fine if you’re worried about laws.”
:ec_lilly: ”if we die here do we die in real life?”
:ec_arthurius: ”I don’t think so. You just wake up if you die in a dream, unless you have a nightmare so scary it gives you a heart attack or something, but I’ve never heard of that happening.”
:ec_lilly: “Is your sister single?”
:ec_arthurius: ”Yes… wait, what?!?”
We stop in the middle of the flight of stairs after Arthurius heard my question.
:ec_lilly: “Hee hee hee, got you during the lightning round of questioning!”
I mainly asked that question to see his reaction. He did not disappoint. We continue up the stairs.
:ec_arthurius: “Honestly, I’ve never seen Magnolia attracted to anyone… then again, I don’t think I would know for sure if she was attracted to someone or not in the first place. It is pretty difficult to get a read on her and figure out her emotions.
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No. 973517 ID: e51896
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We’ve reached the top of the stairs and stop at a new hallway. To my left are two doors labeled “bathroom” and “Lab”. To my right are two doors labeled “Utility” and “Infirmary”. Past those doors is a hallway leading left and right, and past that hallways leads to a door at the end along with what looks like two rooms. Sniffles is over there looking towards the room on the right.
:ec_lilly: “Is it known why the Nightmareciers are invading?”
:ec_arthurius: “We’re not entirely sure, but one theory is that ever since Dreamciers and Nightmareciers signed a peace treaty ages ago to end a war for territory, peace allowed both species to create tons of dreamworlds and nightmareworlds on our respective territories to the point where the it became overrun with unoriginal worlds, overcrowding the territory with flowers. Creating new original worlds without unintentionally copying another word got too difficult thus giving both species no place to create new worlds. Finding a position to help create things for another dreamworld or nightmareworld’s creator got to be pretty difficult too as there were too many applicants. Because of this, some rogue Nightmarciers had decided to invade our dream worlds and try to add their own unauthorized nightmare creations to show dreamers."
"That, and there are just some Nightmareciers that see themselves as vigilante heroes that want to rule over a dreamworld and turn it into a nightmareworld."

:ec_lilly: “Has a Nightmarecier ever accidentally given a masochist or someone from a universe with wholly different definitions of 'nightmare' a good dream?"
:ec_arthurius: “Yes. Like I said, dreams and nightmares are subjective, so someone’s nightmare can be someone else’s sweet dream. No one is perfect at creating a dream or nightmare to work as intended for everyone. We can only try our best to make sure our dreams are good for as many dreamers as possible.”

We start moving forwards

:ec_lilly: “What do those Nightmareciers you mentioned look like?”
:ec_arthurius: “They look like us Dreamcians, except with hollow eyes with floating pupils inside, they’re darker in color, and instead of their antennae and ears being pointed and thick, they’re thin and have a rounded end at the tip
:ec_lilly: Ah, just like that Bigtopolis commercial I saw
:ec_arthurius: I’ve been to that dreamworld before during one of my vacations. Some of the nightmareciers were even hired to create the roller coasters there for that dream.
:ec_lilly: Nighmareciers can work in a dream world?
:ec_arthurius: Yep, as long as the dream still stays relatively good for our dreamers”
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No. 973521 ID: e51896
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After we reach the end, we take a right into what looks to be a kitchen and dining room. On the dining room table sits a very relaxed looking dreamcier resting her head and arms on the table. She is wearing a green coat with the team logo on the back and wearing blue gloves which kind of looks like something scientists would wear.
:ec_arthurius: Hi Mags, I found Sniffles, so we can begin the meeting soon
:ec_magnolia: “…Okay… Welcome back, Sniffles.”
:ec_sniff: ”Squeak squeak!”
:ec_arthurius: “Did Henry come back from his secret mission yet?”
“…Nuh-uh…”
:ec_arthurius: “Shoot. Well, I guess that means we’ll have to choose an easier mission when we look at the list of bounties then. The money he gets from his mission better be worth it.”
:ec_magnolia: “…Mmm-hmm…”

Magnolia seems to be a woman with a few words, but looks and sounds very relaxed too.

:ec_arthurius: Oh, I should introduce you to the person we rescued!
:ec_magnolia: “...hmm, you’re awake… Uhh... My naaaaaame is Magnolia, but my friends call me Mags...”
:ec_lilly: Hi Mags. My name is Lilly, but my friends call me Lil’. Thanks for saving me.
:ec_magnolia: “...Hi Lilly…Umm… I’m glad that you’rrrrrrre still asleep so you can experience a dream after all...”
:ec_lilly: ”Me too!”
:ec_magnolia:”…”
:ec_lilly: ”…”
:ec_magnolia: ”…”
:ec_lilly: ”…”
:ec_magnolia: ”…”

I can see what Arthurius meant when he said she is a hard person to read. She seems to be an opposite of Arthurius. While he talks a lot, she seems to talk very little, and draws out some of her words like as if she is trying to think about what to say next as she draws out a word.

What should I say to her?
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No. 973525 ID: 2bd15b

Hmm, a nightmare that can give you a heart attack, that can probably happen. But what certainly happens in our world is people dying in their sleep, what happens to the person who experiences that, where do they go do they stay here or what. This is just my stupid observation noting important to ask. As for Mags, she seems tired even if her job involves working with dreams, that is strange. Ask about her vibe.
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No. 973534 ID: ce39da

"So... Will I just be dropped off at whatever dream you guys take a job at, or...?"

Meanwhile: "By the way, Arthurius, why you did technically answer my question about the Nightmareciers, I guess my real question was; 'why nightmares?'"
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No. 973535 ID: 5f4030

Well you could always start with the basics first, "Hi, my name is Lilly."
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No. 973591 ID: 0bc2ca

Try talking to her about something she might be interested in. Arthurius said she would be worried about Sniffles if it wasnt in their meeting, so talk to Magnolia about Sniffles.
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No. 973594 ID: 5f4030

>>973535
Oh you already said hello. Ask her what she does for the crew.
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No. 973658 ID: d63ea8

What does Mags exactly mean by 'experiencing a dream?'
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No. 974573 ID: e51896
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>>973525
>As for Mags, she seems tired even if her job involves working with dreams, that is strange. Ask about her vibe.

:ec_lilly: : “So… How’s your vibe?”

Magnolia quietly gives me a thumbs up.

:ec_lilly: : “Oh, ok… I only asked because you look kind of tired.”

:ec_magnolia: : “Nuh-uh… don’t worry. If I was tired, I would be laaaaaaaying on the comfy couch.”

She points at the couch in the room behind me across from the dining room kitchen. It seems to be a living room with things you would expect a living room would contain such as a couple of couches, tables, a laptop, a television, some pictures and a poster on the wall, and a window presenting a reminder of the weird situation and place I am in.

Arthurius is in the living room staring at the illuminous glow of the television. Through the window of the television screen presents the glow of what appears to be a paused old video game with outdated pixelated graphics… or maybe a new indie game masterpiece of some sort.

>>973525
>what certainly happens in our world is people dying in their sleep, what happens to the person who experiences that, where do they go do they stay here or what.

I decide to get Arthurius’ attention away from the television.

:ec_lilly: : “Hey Arthurius, if someone were to die in their sleep then, will that mean they’d stay in this dream world, or…”

Arthurius turns his attention away from the television a little after I stop talking.

:ec_arthurius: : “Wha? Oh sorry, I wasn’t listening, something about dying in your sleep means you being stuck here, you said? Well, people who die may have one final dying dream to help their brain sort things out and come to terms over what happened to make sense of things or give them a fitting closure to their life before finally passing and fading away.”

He turns off the game console and television as he said “passing and fading away”.

>>973534
>By the way, Arthurius, while you did technically answer my question about the Nightmareciers, I guess my real question was; 'why nightmares?'"

I decide to ask more about Nightmarecier to turn my attention away from existential dread.

:ec_lilly: : “So… why are Nightmareciers creating nightmares in the first place? I know Dreamciers are trying to give dreamers an escape from the stresses of reality, but why nightmares?”

:ec_arthurius: :”I’m not exactly sure. I think I heard once that they want to help people through their realities with the nightmares they want to show dreamers, but… I don’t know about that, after some time working as a nightmare bounty hunter, some of their nightmare creations I witness them create can seem a bit too traumatizing to make me think otherwise…”
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No. 974575 ID: e51896
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:ec_sniff: : “Squeeeeeeak.”

Our conversation ended by my attention being turned over to the cry of Sniffles squealing. Sniffles has its front legs on the chair Magnolia is sitting in, and in response, Magnolia picks Sniffles up and embraces it tightly in her arms.

>>973594
>Ask her what she does for the crew.

:ec_lilly: :Hey Magnolia?

She silently turns her head towards me.

:ec_lilly: : “What is your position as a member of the Midnight Captors.”

:ec_magnolia: : “I hunt dream invaders… aaaaannnnd… I create stuff… dream stuff.”

:ec_lilly: : “Dream stuff?”

:ec_magnolia: : “Yeah, dream maaaaaaaaterials, living creatures, and uhhhh… yeah. I Invent things to help the team.”

>>973591
>Try talking to her about something she might be interested in. Arthurius said she would be worried about Sniffles if it wasnt in their meeting, so talk to Magnolia about Sniffles.
:ec_lilly: : “Can you tell me a bit about Sniffles? You seem to like that Tapir a lot.”

:ec_magnolia: :Yeah! Sniffles! Sniffles is my reeeeccccccccent creation and my masterpiece, created with my blood aaaaaaannnnnd…………



:ec_lilly: : “…Sweat and tears?”

She shakes her head in disagreement

:ec_magnolia: : “Just my blood injected into an illusionary seeeeeeeed and molded into Sniffles as it grew.

:ec_sniff: : “Squeak.”

:ec_lilly: : Illusionary seed?

:ec_magnolia: : “Yeah. Seeds that are haaaaaaaarvested from King Laurent’s kingdom.”

:ec_arthurius: “Speaking of which, Mags, when are you drawing your blood again to prepare invent more things to help us?”

:ec_magnolia: : “Dunno… maybe a weeeeeeeeek after Henry returns…

:ec_arthurius: “Okay, I’ll keep that in mind so I know when you’ll be taking a break from hunting.”

:ec_magnolia: : “Mmm-hmm…”
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No. 974576 ID: e51896
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:ec_arthurius: “Anyway, I think that is enough questioning, I finished last minute cleaning our living room, so now it is time for our daily meeting, Mags.”

Magnolia nods her head and heads towards the door labeled “Pilot Room” with Arthurius. Though I still have some lingering concerns.

>>973658
What does Mags exactly mean by 'experiencing a dream?'

I stop them in their tracks with my question.

:ec_lilly: : Wait Magnolia, what did you mean by ‘experiencing a dream’?

:ec_magnolia: : “well, you’re asleep, right? So yoooouuu’re going to be dreaming in a dream world later. [color]

>>973534
>"So... Will I just be dropped off at whatever dream you guys take a job at, or...?"

:ec_lilly: :[color=#908f13] "So... I take it I will I just be dropped off at whatever dream you guys take a job at then, or...?"


:ec_arthurius: “That was the plan, yeah. Granted, it most likely won’t be a dreamworld a sandman intended you to visit, but it is a dream nonetheless.”

:ec_lilly: : "Oh…"

I look down at my feet lost in thought. Well, I guess that is that then? I mean, am relieved that I am actually asleep and will be dreaming soon… but… I can’t help be feel a sense of… disappointment, or a feeling like things haven’t been cleared up for me, like there’s lots of things missing. I keep thinking of some unanswered mysteries such as how did I end up in the ocean in the middle of this universe’s outer space? And how is my consciousness in the dream universe awaken in this universe’s outer space instead of one of the dream worlds when that isn’t supposed to happen? And there are many things about how their universe and their world works that I still intrigued about…
but it seems like It isn’t going to matter if I am just going to be dreaming like normal until I wake up again back in reality, probably forgetting this whole experience like it didn’t matter, right?

I look back up at Magnolia and Arthurius and notice that Magnolia was still staring at me, but as soon as our eyes met, Magnolia looks over at Arthurius.

:ec_magnolia: : Arth?

:ec_arthurius: : Hm? What is it, Mags?

:ec_magnolia: : ummmm… What if Lilly joined us as a temmmmmmmporary member of Midnight Captors?

:ec_arthurius: : Huh? What are you talking about, Mags?

:ec_magnolia: : Well… Since Henry iiiiiiiiisn’t here, I figured Lilly can briefly join us until she awakens…

:ec_arthurius: : Hmm… I don’t know… I mean, while having a dreamer as a nightmare bounty hunter has happened before and normal even if it’s a rare sight, and while there isn’t anything in the laws or the rules that forbids dreamers to help as a member of a team of bounty hunters… it is still our responsibility to make sure dreamers have the most pleasant experience during their visit in the dream worlds. Having Lilly hunt down a nightmare with us might risk causing her to awaken from experiencing a terrifying nightmare

:ec_magnolia: : hmmm… yeah. But if we catch the nightmare, woooooooouldn’t it be a rewarding pleasant experience of a dream about conquering over a nightmarecier and their creations.

:ec_arthurius: : I suppose…

:ec_magnolia: : Plus, we were planning on doooooooooing an easy mission anyway today, yeah?

:ec_arthurius: : True…

:ec_magnolia: : Lilly doesn’t have to physically be there if you’re too concerned, she could use my dream invention, a tiny remote controooooooolled robot to guide us if she wants.

:ec_arthurius: : hmmm… we don’t use that thing often… but she still needs to be a certain distance to still be wirelessly connected to it, right?

:ec_magnolia: : Yeah, but the distance shoooooooould be relatively far enough to keep her at a safe enough distance.

:ec_arthurius: : I see…

:ec_magnolia: : And we can even let her deciiiiiiiiiiide which dream to visit and what nightmarecier she wants to hunt.

:ec_arthurius: : Well… I suppose at the end of the day, it is Lilly’s decision of what she wants to do, right?

He looks over at me.

:ec_arthurius: : So, what is it do you want to do, Lilly? Do you want your dream to be about hunting a nightmarcier that invaded a dream? Or would you prefer it if we just dropped you off at a dream world we choose?

Well, this was unexpected. Me being a member of a group of bounty hunters as a dream. Is that what I want to do?
While I may look cute, I’m certainly not defenseless. I’ve actually took some self-defense classes that my father had me attend, so from training I know some moves to defend myself. Plus, Magnolia said she would let me control a small robot of some sort to keep me safe from nightmares if I wanted to use one. This could also be a good opportunity to return the favor to them for saving me from the ocean, and maybe even learn some things about this universe better and perhaps solve some mysteries as to my strange arrival here if I’m lucky. And the worst that can happen to me is just only waking up from my dream if things get dire, right?

Though I also have to consider that I may experiencing a nightmare could be very scary, enough to have me wake up even if I am safe from getting hurt or death. And there are still some risks even if Magnolia and Arthurius is trained bounty hunters and can protect me from such things if I can’t.

They are waiting patiently by the door for my decision, though I don’t want to keep them waiting much longer. It all depends on what I want to dream about…

Do I want to dream about being a bounty hunter with Arthurius and Magnolia,
or should I let Arthurius and Magnolia drop me off at whatever dream world they will choose to be hunting in?
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No. 974596 ID: 2bd15b

Well to answer this question you have to ask yourself first this thing. How do you feel about these two people? If they look like competent people that know what they are doing, by all means, join them in this easy mansion. But I am getting a strange feeling from Arthurius that he is indifferent to our existence, always needing to be solvers else and doing other minor things while we are talking to him. I think that he would rather not deal with us and see us as more as a burden. As for Magnolia, she seems like a person who is physically here but her thoughts are far away in the cosmos, from here I am getting a sense of a free spirit to a detrimental level. Honestly, all of this is just speculations and I am not sure how they work on tier job, maybe I am wrong about everything. But this is what I am getting from a short observation of tier interactions.
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No. 974597 ID: 2bd15b

>>974596
*their interactions.
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No. 974606 ID: ce39da

“I mean, whatever world you drop me in is gonna have a nightmare running around in it either way, at least to start with, and you actually admitted that you don’t have the best track record earlier. I kinda get the feeling that my dream will actually go smoother if I actively help you. I gotta warn you, though, I’m pretty bad at lucid dreaming; I’ll let you decide if that means I should stick to the drone.”
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No. 974614 ID: b1b4f3

HUNT!
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No. 974659 ID: d63ea8

This seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity, best not to pass it up.
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No. 975606 ID: e51896
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>>974596

Hmmm... me working as a temporary bounty hunter with Arthurius and Magnolia. My initial thoughts on these two is that they do seem to have their flaws. I wouldn't view them as professionals, probably the average types at most based off of their behaviors... but I can't just judge a book by how they act, I have yet to see how they perform when on duty.

>>974659
>>974614

But in the end, I figured that since this is an opportunity that doesn't happen often, and considering that this is a dream where I'll just wake up from if anything bad does happen, I might as well make the most of this dream and go on their little adventure. After all, they took the time to fish me out of the ocean, so it seems fair to return the favor.


>>974606

:ec_lilly: : “I mean, whatever world you drop me in is gonna have a nightmare running around in it either way, at least to start with, and you actually admitted that you don’t have the best track record earlier. I kinda get the feeling that my dream will actually go smoother if I actively help you. I gotta warn you, though, I’m pretty bad at lucid dreaming; I’ll let you decide if that means I should stick to the drone.”


Arthurius smiles and opens the door.


:ec_arthurius: : “Fine by me. Let’s all go into the pilot's room then and get the meeting started then.”

:ec_lilly: : “I think You mean "The Bridge"?”

:ec_arthurius: : “Is that's what it is called? huh... well shoot, I guess we gotta change the plaque next to the door to read "Bridge" then, Magnolia.”

:ec_magnolia: : “Nuh-uh.”

:ec_arthurius: : “Fine, I'll just cover it with notebook paper to make it say "The Bridge" later then.”

:ec_magnolia: : “I'm stiiiiiiill gonna call it the "Pilot's Room" regardless.”

:ec_lilly: : “Me too.”

:ec_arthurius: : “......... Never mind. Lets just enter the bri- the "Pilot's Room".”


Arthurius leads Magnolia, Sniffles, and me into “The Bridge” “The Pilot's Room". Not long am I greeted by an audience of empty swivel chairs, two rows of three, bolted into the hard floor, as if they were plants growing out of the ground. Each one is inviting me to sit on them and relax my legs from walking and climbing those stairs earlier. Every chair is also accompanied by a computer on a control panel, each serving as a gear to help make the entire ship function in some way, yet seems complicated to someone with an average intelligence like me to understand. The view of the ocean outside the window is quite nice too.

Magnolia, still embracing Sniffles within the safety of her arms, makes her way towards the chair near the corner of the room and sets Sniffles on the floor, and proceeds to stand there and stare at Arthurius in expectation. Arthurius follows suit by making his way towards the middle chair in front of the window.

After a quick cough to clear his throat, Arthurius proceeds to lead us in stretching exercises to get our muscles loosen for our adventure, and then proceeds with the meeting.


:ec_arthurius: : "First off, I'd like to welcome our newest member who will be joining us on our hunt temporarily today."

:ec_lilly: : "Hee hee, thanks, even though we already introduced each other."

:ec_arthurius: : "Indeed, but now the introduction is official. Mags, Sniffles, please treat Lilly well during this mission. We’ll need to do our part to teach Lilly everything we know about bounty hunting.”
“Anyway, So I've been calculating our upcoming quota for this week and the budget we have to cover for this month's bill, and unfortunately, we are running a little behind from last week's earnings. I am mostly banking on Henry's secret mission to help us reach our quota especially since he has been gone on that mission for a few days, but it is best to not take chances and work extra hard to succeed in our missions this week. Otherwise, we will just have to work during our days off"


:ec_magnolia: : *whispers* “Hear that Sniffles? do your beeeeeeest, and we can go play at your favorite park on our day off!”

:ec_sniff: : "Squeak."

:ec_arthurius: :"With that in mind, I'm not worried because we have Lilly who will be replacing Henry for today. But since she is new, we will still have to do an easier less dangerous mission than what we usually do. After I select missions that look like we can handle easily, we'll let Lilly decide which mission she is most comfortable in participating in as Magnolia suggested. That is all from me. Magnolia, do you have anything to add?"

:ec_magnolia: : "No new inventions today. I'm stiiiiiiiiill working on the grappling guns..."

:ec_arthurius: : "I see. How is that going?"

:ec_magnolia: : "I neeeeeeeeed to draw some more blood"

:ec_lilly: : "Can't you just buy some?"

:ec_magnolia: : "Expensive...”


It is still weird to me how Dreamciers uses their blood to create dreams and objects, and even living things like Sniffles.


:ec_arthurius: : “Alrighty, if there is no other questions, we can proceed to select our mission for today.”


Magnolia takes a seat on her chair with Sniffles jumping on her lap again. Arthurius goes over to the middle chair next to Magnolia and beckons me to sit over to the other free seat that is next to him and directs my attention to the computer in front of me.
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The computer in front of me seems to be a radar system of some kind for a brief moment, but then it switches into a desktop you would see on any ordinary computer. Suddenly I see the mouse cursor on the screen move on its own and I realize that Arthurius has it on a screenshare as he is operating on the computer next to me. He opens up a browser and we enter a website called “Bounty Corral”. Arthurius navigates to a page which has a list of bounties near the area we are located at.

After a tiny bit of scrolling down the list, we immediately stop on the first person on our list. Pictured is a nightmarecier woman dressed in a purple trench coat and… a fedora? I begin to realize that Dreamciers in this dream universe like Arthurius and the woman pictured might have weird tastes in fashion.


:ec_arthurius: : “Hmmm… Mitzy “The Nightmare Architect”… Her crime seems to be only vandalism and making unauthorized sand sculptures. This might mean that she won’t have any nightmare creatures or nightmare weapons to try to scare you awake, Lilly, so you might not need to use the robot. The dream she is causing trouble in looks to be the Golden Suncup Plant, which is mainly a desert known for its ancient temples, and more recently, the giant sand sculptures along the road. The reward money looks like a pretty good deal at 5,000 considering the job.”

:ec_magnolia: : “Kyle Daum iiiiiiiiiis the client?”


Magnolia spins her seat over to look at us.


:ec_arthurius: : “Looks like it. You know him?”

:ec_magnolia: : “He’s one of my biggest inspirations and heroes… a massssssssssssterful dream architect.”

:ec_arthurius: : “Well, seems like the client is a celebrity. I’m surprised no other bounty hunters took on his request yet…”

:ec_magnolia: : “imagine that… Kyle Daum… as ooooooooooooour client… hey… Let’s do this mission Arth.”

:ec_arthurius: : “Now hold on Mags, weren’t you the one who suggested that Lilly would be the one to choose the mission we would be going on?”

:ec_magnolia: : “…

Mmhmm.”



Magnolia spins her chair back to face towards the computer screen.


:ec_arthurius: : “Sorry Mags. Tell you what, Let’s go get some frozen treats tonight after the mission to make it up to you, ok? I’ll pay.”

:ec_magnolia: : “Yum.”
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We scroll down the list and come to a stop on another nightmarecier. Wow, this guy looks a bit weird and scary with his large sharp teeth… it would really suck if he’d accidentally bit his tongue. With his leather jacket, he kind of looks like the ol’ bully or tough guy stereotype I would see in old cartoons and tv shows. What are they called? Greasers? No, his hair would be greased up if he was. I wonder if he listens to rockabilly… Wait, is that a bird in his hair?

:ec_arthurius: : “Jawshua “Land Shark”… odd name. The reward money looks nice at 7,500. It looks like he is responsible for letting some of his nightmare animals into Tweet Tweet Forest Preserve. Since he has nightmare creatures, you’ll have to be careful with this mission. I might need to suggest using the robot for this one depending on the creatures he has made…”
“Wait, I actually know that place! Plant Daffodil, a dream known for its forests and beautiful environments. that is where Damian, one of my classmates back in college lives at too! Oh man, I have fond memories visiting his place during the summer vacations and just going camping at the Tweet Tweet Forest Preserve with him and some other buds in college. I wonder if he still lives there.”


:ec_magnolia: : “…Ummmmmm… Lilly is chooooooooosing.”

:ec_arthurius: : “…Right-o. But Ugh, it is so heartbreaking to know that some criminal is messing with the natural habitat of the forest preserve I’ve been to by letting his own creatures invade the place to run amok in...
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We once again dive deeper downward into the abyss of the list of wanted criminals and stop at a picture of an overly dressed person. Most of this person’s entire skin is just covered with a coat, scarf, sunglasses, knit hat… I can’t even see this person’s face. The only part of him that is revealed is the antennae and ears… Hey wait!


:ec_lilly: : “Arthurius, this guy’s ears does not look the same as the other two nightmareciers we’ve seen. In fact, they look like Mags and your ears”

:ec_arthurius: : “Good catch, Lilly. Not all of our targets are nightmareciers. Sometimes a dreamcier can cause trouble for other dreamciers. In this criminal’s case, Bon Mot Cotton looks like they’re a drug dealer… this person has probably been selling drugs to other dreamciers.

:ec_lilly: :Drugs? That doesn’t sound very pleasant for a Dreamcier to be doing.

:ec_arthurius: :Not all pleasant good dreams are considered morally right. There are some dreamers out there that have an addiction to drugs and enjoy taking them to the point where they even have sweet dreams about them, so they are not considered nightmares. Thankfully those dream drugs don’t directly affect dreamers in real life since it is a dream, but if other Dreamciers or nightmareciers were to take them, they would suffer side effects, so it is our job to make sure no drug dealings are taking place and ruining the lives of other dreamciers

:ec_lilly: :huh… considering the reward money for capturing a vandalizer was 5,000, Bon Mot Cotton’s reward money is much lower at 2,500

:ec_arthurius: : “Hmmm… I see. Doing this mission might require Mags, Henry, and I to work during our day off to reach our quota. Anyway, the reward money could possibly be low because Bon Mot isn’t as much of a threat, or because the client, Herman Ordway, may have miscalculated how much catching a drug dealer is supposed to cost. But in that case, we have the option to haggle a price through negotiation and see if we can get the reward money higher. We’ll have to be careful if we do that though as Herman could fire us off the mission, or make the reward money go even lower.”
“In any case, since Bon Mot Cotton cannot create nightmares as a dreamcier, they shouldn’t be able to wake you up easily, Lilly, so if you’re looking for the safest option without having to use a robot, we can do this mission despite the low reward money. It looks like he is in Plant Coneflower, last seen in the Mt. Snhome Cabin. Coneflower is known for its snowy landscapes and perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and other fun snow activities.”

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We’re near the bottom of the list now, and stop at another nightmarecier. Instead of this criminal’s picture being a photo, this one looks like an artist’s rendition of the criminal. He has a scar right on his snout, and is wearing what looks to be a green raincoat.


:ec_arthurius: : “Well then, this criminal is somewhat of a mystery… no known name, and only an artist rendition is available. We might need to gather more information on this guy around the area first before we can catch him properly.”
“He was seen in Plant Cattail at Mellow Drift Lake, which according to my phone, is this large popular fishing lake near an old small town. It looks like out of the four criminals we’ve been looking at, this guy might be the most dangerous since he can summon something as complicated as nightmarish rainwater to contaminate the lake and even put his own unauthorized nightmare aquatic creatures in the lake. If he can do those, who knows what else he has up his sleeve. It might be safer to use the robot if you choose this mission, Lilly.”


:ec_sniff: :”SQUEAK! SQUEEEEEEEEEEL!


The noise makes me instinctively turn my chair towards Magnolia and Sniffles to discover Sniffles is moving anxiously on Magnolia’s lap and pawing at her computer screen.


:ec_magnolia: :”Shhhhh. shhhhh…… settle…

:ec_lilly: : ”Whoa! What has gotten into Sniffles?”

:ec_magnolia: : “I thiiiiiiiink Sniffles wants to go to Plant Cattail’s Mellow Drift Lake”

:ec_lilly: : “Hmm… Why’s that? “
:ec_magnolia: : “Tapirs love swimming… And Sniffles loves eaaaaaaaaating nightmares. The perfect combination for Sniffles.”

:ec_arthurius: : “Going there might be perfect for Sniffles, but don’t forget, this is ultimately Lilly’s choice.”


Arthurius scrolls the screen back up away from the mission to stop Sniffles from pawing at the computer screen then turns his chair towards me.


:ec_arthurius: : So, those four I believe might be the best choices for a new bounty hunter helping Mags and I. Out of these recommendations, which one of these dreams do you want to visit and go hunting in, Lilly?


Whelp, looks like it is time to choose. Wow those were some unique looking criminals, and interesting locations. But now I’ve got to decide which of the four I want to visit and go hunting in. There are many things to consider such as the reward money, the types of criminals we will be dealing with, perceived difficulty, the location, and which place Arthurius, Magnolia, and Sniffles would want to visit.

Who should we arrest?


A. Mitzy “The Nightmare Architect” (reward: 5,000, desert, vandalizer, Magnolia’s recommendation)

B. Jawshua “Land Shark” (reward: 7,500, forest preserve, responsible for invasive species entering forest, Arthurius’ recommendation)

C. “Bon Mot Cotton” (reward: 2,500, snowy mountain, drug dealer,)

D. Rain coated nightmarecier (reward: 10,000, fishing town & lake, contamination of lake and responsible for invasive species entering lake, Sniffles’ recommendation)

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No. 975616 ID: b1b4f3

>>975611
Let's go for option A. It's a high reward for the difficulty, so it makes sense in general, and the client is famous so we might get some good publicity.
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No. 975619 ID: 2bd15b

Personaly I would go for the option C. it is sad that even this fantastic world has the same problem with drug, I don't understand the disproportionate amount for the reward but that probably has to do with the person who is offering the reward in the first place. On the lighter note what was the most dangerous bounty that you went on and did you ever kill anybody, if you did how and why?
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No. 975690 ID: 992f4d

A sounds like an interesting place and the client may end up good to know. Go with it.
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No. 975729 ID: d63ea8

Go with A.
Your super new to this and you might become more of a liability if the bounty is dangerous.
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No. 975737 ID: ce39da

"So, a frustrated artist whose sculptures were presumably underwhelming back home, a breeder that's too enamored with his own creations to stay focused on doing his job, a drug dealer, and... Mr. Mystery. Hmm, what does 'nightmarish rainwater' even mean?"

If they ask you about the not-entirely-unflattering way that you described them: "What? I mean, the Nightmareciers have their own dream-realm on the flipside of here, right? If someone 'needs to' experience a nightmare, they'd get taken there, right? So, that means the Nightmareciers who end up here are the 'problem' cases who couldn't hack it over there. No wonder you couldn't understand their goals if those are all you see of them."

As for our choice:
"... Depends on what sorts of costumes you have that fit me. (Or a quote-unquote 'magic dressing room' you can point me to that can help my imagination along.)"

We'll want a snooty arteest outfit if we head after the architect; really crank up the pretentious ham when presenting "our" "statements on the human condition."
If we go after the bird tamer, we'll do it as a heavy-metal rocker warrior looking for a "wicked awesome" steed to ride. (This is banking on our assumption that the tamer isn't the most elegant of nightmare-crafters (focusing more on metal-as-f*ck beasts than genuinely creepy abominations).)
We'd go to the lake as a Captain Ahab-type fisherperson and posit a challenge that will both ward off the faint of heart and prepare the rest for a challenge to be overcome (perhaps with buried treasure).

"I may not be able to violate reality in a lucid dream, but I can certainly take the piss out of a nightmare's narrative."

My personal vote is for A (a nice balance of risk and reward). Still, we'll do it in person no matter which option we choose - the idea of completely hijacking a nightmare's narrative away from its owner is so tantalizing.
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>>975619
>On the lighter note what was the most dangerous bounty that you went on and did you ever kill anybody, if you did how and why?


:ec_lilly: : “Seeing the wanted status of “alive” on these criminals gives me reason to believe that there are also criminals out there that are wanted “dead”...”
:ec_arthurius: :”Well, It all depends on the level of mayhem the criminal’s crime is causing. Y’know, such as mass murders of other civilian dreamciers or nightmareciers, or deadly gangsters or cults trying to perform a massive takeover of a dreamworld, stuff like that for example. Criminal nighmareciers and dreamciers with their powers to create dreams and nightmares to their advantage can get so overwhelming that it gets to a point where sometimes death has to be the only option to stop them unfortunately…”
:ec_lilly: : “I see… well, what was the most dangerous bounty that you went on?”
:ec_arthurius: : “Because of our rank, I tend to lean towards missions where criminals are wanted alive, so a lot of missions I go on isn’t super dangerous. Though there was one mission which required me to stop a nightmarecier who hijacked a train full of dreamers. He wanted to steer the train into a crash to scare them all awake. Said something about wanting to test and see if any of those dreamers were brave enough to stop him or strong willed enough to endure the fear.”
:ec_lilly: : “…whoa…”
:ec_arthurius: : “Yeah. Thank Morpheus there were no other dreamciers or nightmareciers on the train to potentially get killed. With only dreamers on that train If the train had crashed, only the dreamers on the train would have just woken up abruptly in horror. To be honest, I was not proud of that mission, I wasn’t in a good mindset and at a low point in my career when I took that treacherous mission. But hey, I pulled through.”
:ec_magnolia: : “…Barely…”

Arthurius just shrugs at Magnolias comment.

:ec_lilly: : “So I take it you haven’t had to kill anyone then because you’ve been mainly taking the “wanted alive” missions then.”
:ec_arthurius: : “For the most part, yeah. I haven’t killed any criminals yet in my career, but I did have to terminate some of their nightmare organisms that they created.”
“Mags on the other hand has never killed anything before… well, unless you count the kills that her pet tapir Sniffles has achieved. I tell you, when it comes to nightmares, that tapir can eat.”


I am reminded of Chuck the cactus’ slobbery demise under the teeth of Sniffles. R.I.P my dear friend.

:ec_arthurius: : “As for our third member Henry, he has claimed to have killed plenty of criminals in his missions under his previous team of bounty hunters before he joined the Midnight Captors. He has quite a bunch of stories to tell of his exploits.”

We turn our attention back to our respective computer screen. I suppose it is time to make my decision.

>>975729
>Go with A.
>Your super new to this and you might become more of a liability if the bounty is dangerous.
>>975616
>Let's go for option A. It's a high reward for the difficulty, so it makes sense in general, and the client is famous so we might get some good publicity.
>>975690
>A sounds like an interesting place and the client may end up good to know. Go with it.
>>975737
>My personal vote is for A (a nice balance of risk and reward).
>Costumes

:ec_lilly: : "So, a frustrated artist whose sculptures were presumably underwhelming back home, a breeder that's too enamored with his own creations to stay focused on doing his job, a drug dealer, and... Mr. Mystery.”
:ec_arthurius: : “Those seem like the most likely reason, yes. But working as a bounty hunter, I’ll say that I have also seen all sorts of crazy unpredictable reasons as to why these criminals do the things they do.”
I look over at the unknown criminal on the screen
:ec_lilly: : “Hmm, what does 'nightmarish rainwater' even mean?"
Arthurius just shrugs again
:ec_arthurius: : “Beats me, it seems pretty vague to me too. That might be something to ask the client for more details. It could be just a violent thunderstorm, could be acid rain that could melt or dissolve all sorts of materials and hurt living things, or perhaps a certain kind of rainwater that nightmare organisms could thrive on, especially if it is contaminating the lake.”
:ec_lilly: : "Well, as far as what mission I want, I guess my choice depends on what sorts of costumes you have that fit me. (Or a quote-unquote 'magic dressing room' you can point me to that can help my imagination along.)"
:ec_magnolia: : “The dresssssssssssser back in the room you were sleeping in has all sorts of outfits…”
:ec_lilly: : "Really? Great! In that case, I think I want to try to capture Mitzy the Nightmare Architect. The price is good, and the client is a well-known dream creator, so Midnight Captors could get some recognition.”
:ec_magnolia: : “yes!”
:ec_lilly: : “And as far as costumes go, I want a snooty arteest outfit; really crank up the pretentious ham when presenting "our" "statements on the human condition."”
:ec_arthurius: : “umm… okay. That can be arranged. But why?”
:ec_lilly: : “I may not be able to violate reality in a lucid dream, but I can certainly take the piss out of a nightmare's narrative.”
:ec_magnolia: :Makes perfect seeeeeense to me.
:ec_arthurius: : “Alright then. Let me just accept and confirm the mission we are going on…”

Arthurius scrolls back up to Mitzy, checks the box, and accepts the mission…
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…and a new page pops up congratulating us on accepting the mission. We are given further information telling us that the client may contact us with further information on the mission along with what I think is the client’s phone number and email address, or at least this universe’s equivalent to phone numbers and email addresses.
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:ec_arthurius: : “Great, now that we have chosen our mission, I will go ahead and set the auto-pilot’s course to the Golden Suncup plant and wait here for Mr. Daum’s response so we can discuss the mission. Magnolia, can you go and get our supplies, gear, and Lilly’s costume for the mission?”
:ec_magnolia: : “Ummmm… Can I talk tooooooooooo Kyle Daum instead?
:ec_arthurius: : “I can’t allow that. I know you’re going to start fangirling over him, and then faint from nervousness. I want this to be a professional conversation”
:ec_magnolia: : “Mmmm….. guilty. though I still really waaaaaaaaaaant to meet him…”
:ec_arthurius: : “Tell you what, I’ll see if we can arrange a dinner meeting with him in celebration after the mission is over.”
:ec_magnolia: : “Thank you.
:ec_arthurius: : “As for Lilly… hmmm… what do you want to do until we get there? You could stay here and watch how the conversation with my client will go, or maybe you could go with Mags and Sniffles and help her pick up supplies and choose your costume, or perhaps if you want you could wait the living room, we have plenty of entertainment to pass the time. “
“Oh, and it might be best to ask now, do you want to use the robot to spectate and help guide Mags and I at a distance, or do you want to be part of action?”


There will be some time before the mission begins, so I’ll have some time to kill, it is just a matter of how I should spend my time on this ship. And as far as the robot goes, I’m leaning towards just do it in person considering it is just stopping an vandalistic artist… >>975737 and the idea of completely hijacking a nightmare's narrative away from its owner is just so… tantalizing. I’m going to think about it a bit more.

How should I spend my time?
A.Stay in the pilot room with Arthurius and have an interview with Kyle Daum, learn more of our mission and client
B. Go with Magnolia to get the supplies and my costume, try to get to know Magnolia and Sniffles more
C. Wait in the living room, maybe watch tv or something
D. Other

And should I use the drone to guide the Midnight Captors, or not and join in on the action in person?
A. Use the robot
B. Don’t use the robot
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No. 977020 ID: ce39da

> How to spend time.
"Um... How will Kyle react to seeing me, do you think? Should he know about my situation?"
Regardless of what Art says, choose B: Help coordinate your costume and get to know the other two.

Oh man, I can see that costume already; black beret, black and white-striped mime-wannabe shirt (with sleeves ripped and tied to be short-sleeved, of course), cargo suspender overalls with lots of pockets for sculpting tools - hell, a shoulder-strapped set of bongos would be icing on the cake; nothing says "comedic punctuation" like a well-timed paddling of a bongo-set after a pausing beat. One of those long cigarette holders or a glass of wine would take the cake, but both would be a bit excessive - we only have two hands, after all. (Sorry if I'm jumping the gun there.)

> Drone fun?
Meanwhile, B: Don't use the robot.
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No. 977025 ID: 2bd15b

Oh great have you ever had a bounty hunting mission where the term of "further information" drastically changed the structure of the mission. Like one person was wanted alive and then after "further information" it was asked from you to torture the target or other shit like that? As for Henry, he is the one that concerns me the most. Ask our two kidnapers how they feel about sleeping near a person who murdered so many living creaturs? Does it concern them that he might snap one day and go on a mass murder spree? Taking somebody's life has a huge burden to bear, it concerns me that they talk co casually about that person who's profession demands execution day in and day out. We know so many real-life stories of soldiers who return home from a battlefield and not all of those stories have a happy ending. If it is possible I would advise keeping your distance away from Henry, for all we know he is just a walking time bomb.

How should I spend my time?

A.Stay in the pilot room with Arthurius and have an interview with Kyle Daum, learn more about our mission and client.

I am more interested in the person who is giving us this mission rather than the person which we are hunting.

And should I use the drone to guide the Midnight Captors, or not and join in on the action in person?

My lifestyle does not believe in robots so no.
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No. 977078 ID: 094652

D) Record yourself for posterity.
While testing their mics.
Loudly.
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No. 977092 ID: d63ea8

D. Keeping a record of what's happening might be useful later on, see if you can find a voice recorder or maybe even a dream journal. Though, I'd stay off of the P.A system since Arthurius is going to be talking with the client.

As for whether or not to use the robot, I'd say that we default off of Arthurius's and Magnolia's opinions. If it is going to be a dangerous mission, use the robot, if it's going to be low-risk, come in person.
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No. 977100 ID: 50a59d

A & B. Getting to know how their procedure and equipment works is best - probably too early to make use of the 'bot though.

Another question is whether there's any half-breeds between Dreamcier and Nightmarecier couples. Is that even a thing in their society? And how much animosity exists between the two species, given their inherent differences in powers? Though, I guess it isn't too bad if they ride rollercoasters with each other.
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>>977100
>Getting to know how their procedure and equipment works is best
>>977025
>Stay in the pilot room with Arthurius and have an interview with Kyle Daum, learn more about our mission and client.

After mulling it over a little bit, I’ve decided that I want to stay with Arthurius and listen in on the interview with our client to learn the standard protocol of how these missions begin.
I’ve considered going with Magnolia, but she seems like the quiet reserved type, being more of the listener rather than a speaker based off of her being mostly silent for the time we were in this room. I think most of our conversations would just be one sided with me doing most of the talking if I went with her.

:ec_lilly: :”I think I want to stay and get to know our client more and get a better understanding of what this mission is all about… um… How will Kyle react to seeing me? Should he know about my situation?”
:ec_arthurius: : “He’ll be just as confused as I was most likely, but will ultimately probably shrug it off. But if he has any problems, I’ll explain the situation to him for you.”
:ec_lilly: : “As for the robot, I think I will be fine without one.”
:ec_arthurius: : “Done deal. Just be careful, alright?”
:ec_magnolia: : “Okay… I ammmmmmmmmm gonna get the stuff now.”

Magnolia picks herself up off the seat she was spinning in, but stumbles as she heads towards the door. She catches and supports herself by leaning her arm against the control panel and she proceeds towards the exit. Sniffles follows her close behind.

>>977020

Wait! The costume! I nearly forgot! As Magnolia opens the door, I call out to her.

:ec_lilly: :Hey, Magnolia?

She stops and turns her head slightly towards my direction, patiently awaiting me to continue as she stares with those static eyes.

:ec_lilly: : For the costume, can we make it a black beret, black and white-striped mime-wannabe shirt (with sleeves ripped and tied to be short-sleeved, of course), and cargo suspender overalls with lots of pockets for sculpting tools? and hell, maybe even a shoulder-strapped set of bongos would be icing on the cake; nothing says "comedic punctuation" like a well-timed paddling of a bongo-set after a pausing beat after all. And One of those long cigarette holders or a glass of wine would take the cake, but both would be a bit excessive - I only have two hands, after all.
:ec_magnolia: :………………………………………………………………………..
:ec_lilly: : Sorry if I'm jumping the gun there.
:ec_magnolia: :……………………………………………………………………….. consiiiiiiiiiiiiiiider it done.

She makes her way out the door with Sniffles, forgetting to close it.
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>>977078
>Record yourself for posterity.
>While testing their mics.
>Loudly.
>>977092
>Keeping a record of what's happening might be useful later on, see if you can find a voice recorder or maybe even a dream journal.

The idea to record myself loudly sounds like a hilarious idea, just imagine what Arthurius would think, having my voice hidden somewhere deep within the dark corners of his computer files. I could even set it up to be his computer startup sound. However, the only problems is that there is only one mic in the room and it is near the computer Arthurius is sitting in front of. And even if I had a mic, the computer screen I am in front of is currently in screen share mode with Arthurius in full control of the screen from his computer. It is still a fun prank to imagine though.

Though, it would be a good idea to have some kind of voice recorder to keep as a dream journal to record what is happening later on. I heard somewhere that it is easier to train your brain to lucid dream if you were to record your dreams.

:ec_lilly: : “Hey Arthurius, you think I can get some kind of voice recorder to record my dreams, like a dream journal?”
:ec_arthurius: : “I could do that but… I don’t see how that would benefit you since you cannot bring what you recorded back to your own waking universe, and we might not see each other again in your next dream, right?”
:ec_lilly: : “Oh… right… well, can I still use one for this dream anyway?”
:ec_arthurius: : “umm… ok. I’ll get you one after the interview.”

I try to think of more questions to pass the time as we wait for the client to call us.

>>977025
:ec_lilly: : “So, have you ever had a bounty hunting mission where the term of "further information" drastically changed the structure of the mission. Like one person was wanted alive and then after "further information" it was asked from you to torture the target or other shit like that?”
:ec_arthurius: : “Nothing that extreme like torture, but there have been some moments where we get clickbaited into accepting a mission, but further information from our client revealed a catch we didn’t agree with. Whenever that happens, we have a right to just simply not accept or abort the mission”
:ec_lilly: : “As for Henry, you’ve said he’s killed plenty of his targets during his career… has those moments left any mental scars on him? I mean, killing a living person could be a large burden for someone to bear and could at some points lead them snap.”
:ec_arthurius: : “I haven’t seen anything that would imply him having psychological problems. He is a pretty strong-willed and friendly person who I see as my mentor. While I said that he has killed plenty of criminals, it is still very rare whenever there is a mission that requires us to kill our target and is usually reserved for criminals that are extremely dangerous. I only said he has killed plenty of times because he has been a bounty hunter for so long, like around twenty-five years I believe he told me.”
:ec_lilly: :Wow, that is long.
:ec_arthurius: : “I’d say one in every hundred missions he had a mission that asked him to kill. I didn’t mean to imply he took missions which required him to kill all the time. I think if such missions cause somebody mental distraught, they usually would quit being a bounty hunter before continuing to mentally hurt themselves further or simply not accept those kinds of missions. It is not like we’re compulsorily drafted in a war where we are forced to terminate our enemies.”
:ec_lilly: : “How much animosity exists between Dreamciers and Nightmareciers given their inherent differences in powers? I assume it isn't too bad if they ride rollercoasters with each other.”
:ec_arthurius: :”Relationships between Dreamciers and Nightmareciers are a whole lot better than how it used to be according to history. There used to be wars fought for control over territory in our universe held every century eons ago before a peace treaty was signed to ensure that dreamciers control the west side of the universe while nightmareciers control the east. Rekindling day was also born from that treaty. Since then, we’ve been more open and accepting to Nightmareciers, even having Nightmareciers hired to add their own contribution to our dream worlds as long as they don’t deeply terrify a dreamer awake such as making thrilling yet fun roller coasters for example. Though while friendships between Dreamciers and Nightmareciers are now common, there are still some animosity between us two species such as our disagreements on why nightmareciers give people nightmares in the first place, and their disagreements on why we Dreamciers give people dreams.”
:ec_lilly: : “Hmm… are there any half-breeds between Dreamcier and Nightmarecier couples? Is that even a thing in your society?
:ec_arthurius: :”That is a mystery.”
:ec_lilly: :”What do you mean?”
:ec_arthurius: :”See, while loving couples between Dreamciers and Nightmareciers exist, the two species can’t seem to reproduce with each other.”
:ec_lilly: :”That is understandable, but what is mysterious about that?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Well, when biologist scientists studied the two species reproduction system in comparison, they found that the two species seemed to have all the functions necessary that would make them compatible to reproduce with each other. And yet throughout known history whenever our two species attempted reproduction, there has been no documented cases which reported any kind of offspring being born between the two species.”
:ec_lilly: :”hmm… Maybe they’re doing it wrong? Well, in any case, it does sound mysterious.”
:ec_arthurius: :”That isn’t even the most mysterious part. There used to be a team of scientists who would dedicate their lives into a research called “The Crossover Project” to investigate into why us two species can’t reproduce with each other even though studies showed that our bodies should be absolutely possible to do so. And about twenty years ago, The Crossover Project team announced that they made a massive breakthrough in their research, and then… nothing.”
:ec_lilly: :”Nothing?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Yeah. Nothing more was ever announced on the research since then for days, then weeks, then months, then years. Whenever somebody asked about The Crossover Project, they were just given a “No Comment” as a reply from the researchers. Eventually, The Crossover Project research just faded from everyone’s memory”
:ec_lilly: :”Any speculations as to why they’ve gone silent after announcing a breakthrough?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Some believe our king Laurent put a stop to the research, others believe that it was a massive failure that they don’t want to admit to, or that there may have been inhumane research taking place. There were some Dreamciers who claimed to had infiltrated the research facility for information at one point to leak out what was happening to the public, and they revealed that all of their centuries of research are just deleted and missing, though there has been no evidence of those infiltrators ever going in the research facility in the first place. Whatever the case, it is kind of eerie that they just went silent after proudly announcing that they had a breakthrough in their research.”
:ec_lilly: :”Maybe they just said that for attention?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Don’t know…
say, it is certainly taking our client a while to call us. Perhaps I should call him instead.”

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Arthurius turns on the television above our heads bringing up a phone menu. He then dials up the number given to us on the website and sends out the call. After listening to the call being sent out for a few seconds, a voice of a woman responds.

:ec_mystery: : “Hello, and thank you for reaching the office of Kyle Daum. We’re sorry but Mr. Daum is currently busy with highly important errands and won’t be available to answer in the unforeseeable future, but if you leave me a message, I can forward it on over to him… provided that what you have to say to him is important enough for his time.”


Her voice sounds monotone and bored, like she is reading from a script that she is routinely reading to callers.


:ec_arthurius: :”Yes, we recently accepted a bounty hunting mission Kyle sent out at the Bounty Corral website, and would like to discuss the mission with him further.”
:ec_mystery: : “… I see... Mr. Daum has been expecting you. I will transfer you to him right away. One moment please.”

After almost a minute, the screen on the television suddenly changes from a black screen to a large snouted Dreamcier sitting behind a desk with a whole lot of paperwork in front of him. The Dreamcier looks very tired with his eyes bloodshot, and with bags under them like he hasn’t had sleep for some time. He gives us a slight glare as he begins to speak.

:ec_kyle_daum: :”Well, it’s about time you called. Do you have any idea how long I’ve been waiting for you to call me?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Oh, sorry. I was actually waiting for you to call”
:ec_kyle_daum: :”Hmph. Bold of you to think us clients have the free time to even pick up the phone. I’m drowning in legal paperwork that I have been spending a long time on without sleep to read & sign regarding the dreamers that woke up from those terrifying sand statues that criminal Mitzy littered the roads with as you can see.”

He speaks very sternly as He waves his legal papers to catch and direct our attention to the work that he has
:ec_kyle_daum: : “*Sighs* honestly, why did it take this long for ANY bounty hunter to take my request anyway? don’t they know who I even am? Kyle Daum! Dream architect extraordinaire!”
:ec_arthurius: :I never heard of him…
:ec_kyle_daum: :”Hm, what was that?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Uh. I was just saying one of my teammates is a big fan of yours, she felt honored to get the chance be working for you as a client.”
:ec_kyle_daum: :Ah, a person who knows what good art is. Well, anyway, spit it out, who might you be?
:ec_arthurius: :”I am Arthurius Radiant, leader of the Midnight Captors”
:ec_kyle_daum: :You seem young… in your early twenties perhaps, yeah?
:ec_arthurius: :”um, yeah, why?”
:ec_kyle_daum: :*groans* out of all the bounty hunters I could of gotten, I had to get a team of rookies…
:ec_arthurius: :”Hey, I can assure you that I’ve had training in one of the best bounty hunting colleges out there, I can assure you I know what I am doing.”
:ec_kyle_daum: :*sighs* “Whatever, I’ll just take anyone at this point. Now let’s not waste any more time and get down to business. There is not much to say that isn’t already on the job description I posted on the Bounty Corral website: A horrible woman named Mitzy is destroying my sand sculptors in the desert, and has been replacing them with nightmarish statues that is causing my dreamers to wake up in fear. I need you to get her out of here so that she can stop waking my visiting dreamers and stop giving me more legal paperwork to explain what happened to prove their rude awakening wasn’t my fault. She typically hangs out at the Temple of Basklia
:ec_arthurius: :”I see. Anything you can tell us about her such as why she is doing this, or what kind of person she is?”
:ec_kyle_daum: : “…Really? That wasn’t enough for you? You need more hand-holding? Fine! According to people in the area, this woman came to my dream world claiming that she wanted to do research on the ancient sculptors and temples so she can get some inspiration for creating her own nightmare back at home.”
:ec_arthurius: :”ancient you said?”
:ec_kyle_daum: : “Yeah. I did not create the majority of those statues or temples, they were made by our ancestors from a long time ago. In fact, I had this dream world inherited down to me from a previous generation and I have been making improvements to it since.”
:ec_arthurius: :”I see.”
:ec_kyle_daum: : “To get back on topic, Mitzy was reportedly seen studying and writing down information on the statues and temples and eventually went into the Temple of Basklia. She seemed to take a liking to the place as she would soon go in the temple for more and more hours until she would spend an entire day in it, and then soon start sleeping in there during the night. Eventually, she just didn’t come out for an entire week until she suddenly came back out and then proceeded to destroy my beautiful statues”
:ec_arthurius: :”Hmmm… maybe something in that temple influenced her?”
:ec_kyle_daum: : “I don’t know, and I don’t care. All I know is that I want her out of my dream world as soon as possible.”
:ec_arthurius: :”Understood.”
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Kyle’s attention is soon drawn towards me and proceeds to speak as his left eyebrow raises.
:ec_kyle_daum: :“By the way… you’ve been awfully quiet. who, or what are you supposed to be anyway?”
:ec_arthurius: :”Her name is Li-” :ec_kyle_daum: :“*AHEM* EXCUSE me, Arthurius, but was I talking to you? No, I wasn’t. Let this person speak for themself and don’t interrupt.”

:ec_arthurius: :”Y…yes, of course.”

This Daum person is something else. I really don’t see how Magnolia can see this guy as an inspiration to her considering how rude he’s been. I can respect Arthurius, though. He has certainly seemed very patient despite Kyle’s rudeness. But right now, it looks like he is demanding an answer from me and I can’t rely on Arthurius to talk for me. What should I tell him to introduce myself? And what sort of questions should I ask him regarding the mission?
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No. 978757 ID: b1b4f3

>>978745
>crossbreeding breakthrough, then silence
I'm guessing the resulting child was something... powerful. Too powerful. State Secrets level powerful. That was 20 years ago, so, whoever it is, they're an adult now.

>>978748
Introduce yourself and say that you'll do your best to help. If you wind up waking up from getting scared it's fine, so you won't get in the way or anything.
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No. 978758 ID: 51ac1e

Hmmm... Lilly is 19, that is close or aound 20 years. Maybe there is a connection between Lilly and the experiment? Might just be a coincidence...

Introduce yourself briefly. Be polite.
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No. 978760 ID: 2bd15b

Introduce yourself as Arthurius's girlfriend
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No. 978764 ID: 094652

Something tells me this jerk didn't make his fortune with architecture alone.

Ask about target's preferred skills and methods; how does she usually destroy the sculptors? Are there any nightmare tools left behind to reverse-engineer study? Does she cut and run when she's caught or does she overpower security>
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No. 978868 ID: ce39da

Introduce yourself politely, explain that you're a dreamer, that your sandman up and disappeared in transit, and you're accompanying these guys on a job. You look forward to both admiring these sculptures you heard of and doing our best to make sure no-one can take Mitsi's "contributions" seriously; us lucids have an easier time controlling reality when we already control the narrative, after all. His fan is working on our outfit as we speak.
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No. 978985 ID: d63ea8

Introduce yourself and inform him that the Midnight Captors are the best (and only) bounty hunters you've ever met.
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