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971193 No. 971193 ID: 55dc57

You are a Bergman, a standard-bearer of your lord's castle. Or at least you were one.
Your last regal employer was caught in some less than loyal business, and you didn't survive the lordly break-up.
Now without a job, or a roof over over your head, you assess your future employment.
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No. 971194 ID: 6c9030

>>971193
See about getting a job in management of a mine, mister bergman?
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No. 971195 ID: d63ea8

What skills do you have?
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No. 971196 ID: 55dc57
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971196

>See about getting a job in management of a mine, mister bergman?
Getting a job at A mine could be an option, management however is an entirely different matter. And it's "miss", btw :^) she gets that a lot tho
You come from a long line of paupers. Your father was serf and his father was a serf, as was his, why not go back to your family's feudal lord. No.
You could find another castle to be a bergman at? You're sure that there are plenty of space for a job like yours.
You could join a nunnery like your sister? You were too materialistic and tied to your flesh for that. Besides they had rules for EVERYTHING. What to wear, when to wear it, when to sleep, how to sleep, how to pray, what to pray for, etc. Just too much.
You keep weighing your options as you go through the town square.
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No. 971198 ID: e7c7d3

Know anything about these other castles and lords?
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No. 971199 ID: 55dc57
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971199

>skills
Aside from farming, standard-bearing duties, and the recipe for your mother's hawk-eel stew, you couldn't really recall any marketable skills. But that just means you're a blank slate that anyone can hire! Right?
From across the square, opposing a town hall you see a building bearing the goldenrod arms. And not just that, but a merchant's beret resting on a dagger! This wasn't just any guild, an Adventurer's Guild! imaginative, I know
Your co-bergmen - ex-co-bergmen - would tell tall tales of their totally real uncles collecting bounties, slaying witches, and rescuing damsel in distress. Finding another landowner could wait another day!
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No. 971200 ID: 470289

checking out the adventurers guild is at least something to do while you think about the future. Worst case it's not for you and you just kill an hour or so.
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No. 971202 ID: 094652

One job could set you for life. Of course, the odds of dying are high. But you've got nothing better to do and you know it.
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No. 971203 ID: 55dc57
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971203

>Know anything about these other castles and lords?
Other than your family's landowner and your recently passed employer, you do not. Really you were just picked from a glorified lottery. You may inquire about other lords, or the ones who took over the former lord's land later.
You burst through the guild doors and are met with a beauclerk holding a piece of paper... written on it are illegible runes and characters.
Oh yeah, you're completely illiterate! Bergman training never really prepped you for this one. Not to worry, this is a progressive Adventurer's Guild, you are given a beauclerk to guide you through registration.
After fingerprints and various crosses, you now need to provide the final part of the contract. The signature.
>WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
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No. 971204 ID: 9876c4

Obviously Ingrid
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No. 971205 ID: d63ea8

>>971204
YES
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No. 971206 ID: 094652

Scrabble
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No. 971207 ID: ce39da

We seem like the type to let our actions do the talking for us, not our bearing; something humble like Ingrid seems appropriate.
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No. 971213 ID: 55dc57
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971213

>Ingrid
A beautiful name! How could you forget your own name! (Your family was never one for family names, though)
With the contract now signed, you're now an official (junior) Guild member.
Your reading-support beauclerk, Henry, gives you four solo bounties to choose from. (He will be alongside you in this quest to report and evaluate your progress).
>NORTH
A village up north has a nasty problem with infestation, and they're requesting the guild to send someone to deal with it.
>EAST
A Lord's son has been kidnapped by a terrible beast and every man he has sent has returned either empty-handed or simply not all. He has grown desperate enough to commission the Guild for a member (or members) to rescue his heir.
>SOUTH
A mineshaft has been re-opened after a sudden collapse, and the owners want a Guild member to investigate the goings-on reported by the miners.
>WEST
A witch has settled near a town and the residents want her gone, believing her to be the origins the strange happenings that have occurred since her arrival.
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No. 971214 ID: 55dc57

>>971213
>MORE INFO
For any of them
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No. 971215 ID: e7c7d3

Visit the witch of the west
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No. 971216 ID: 467733

The witch! It's important to maintain standards around town.
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No. 971234 ID: 9876c4

/INFONORTH

Infestation of what?
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No. 971241 ID: 094652

South - Easy yet capable of giving a huge payout.
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No. 971271 ID: 55dc57
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971271

>/INFONORTH

>Infestation of what?
Though not a difficulty individually, the pygmy shelled snow-bat can quickly become a problem species if not sent back to its natural habitat due to their high brood number, omnivorous nature, and relatively high intelligence.
They are distinguished by the bizarre feature of their hominind-like faces. As the name suggests, the wingspan tends to range from 20-40cm, and usually weigh up to 35g. Curiously however, apocryphal stories claim of encounters with snow-bats with wingspans as long as 2m, but such stories are rejected by the chiropterological community.
Some researchers suggest eusociality with snow-bat nature - rare for mammals - but evidence for this is spotty, at best.
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No. 971272 ID: 9876c4

North sounds easy enough, if they'll furnish a sling or a bow. We may need explosives to finish things off though.
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No. 971281 ID: ce39da

SOUTH, I say. Simply solving a mystery should be nice and safe.
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No. 971282 ID: 55dc57
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971282

>WEST
You've given some thought towards north and south but you ultimately decide to go west.
You feel with the presence of a witch needs to be dealt with, and to get to the bottom of the needs. (You tell yourself that there was probably nothing in the mines and that the lord's son was probably ugly, anyway).
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No. 971293 ID: 55dc57
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971293

Along with the polearm and food that you came with, the Guild issues you with you with their own rations, a Guild-issued dagger, Guild-issued medicines, Guild-issued anti-witch paraphernalia, and a Guild-issued map and compass. Henry has his own supplies
Now how will you travel to town?
>ON FOOT
>CARAVAN
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No. 971297 ID: 9876c4

Dodgy Caravan
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No. 971303 ID: d186fc

Do you have any padding under your chainmail? Do you have chain gloves and boots? Does the mail cover your entire body, or do you only have the coif (probably should tuck your hair and ears into the coif btw, so they dont get cut off.)?

What kind of polearm is it? (like spears, pikes, halberds, bec de corbins, warscythes, svardstaves, billhooks, etc.)
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No. 971309 ID: 470289

Caravan
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No. 971365 ID: 55dc57
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971365

>chainmail
Your only chainmail comes in the coif and the leggings under your boots and cloth, everything else is just cloth and leather
>polearm
You call it a "polearm", but it's more like a flagpole you took when everything from your old lord was up for grabs. You hope (keyword) it will be useful in your mission.
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No. 971369 ID: d186fc

>>971365
You are kinda screwed if you get into any real combat. You should see if you can take out a loan for a weapon of some sort (maybe a mail shirt, mail mittens, and a helmet as well). Given the flagpole you took didn't have a blade or bludgeon at the end of it, it is probably decorative and will break if you try to use it as a weapon.

--

We should probably go with a caravan if we can find one that isn't sketchy, but we should get some essential supplies before we leave.
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No. 971389 ID: 55dc57
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971389

>essential supplies
Henry recognises concerns with safety and your survivability in this commission and decides to take you to the best blacksmith he can afford. Better safe than sorry, I suppose
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No. 971396 ID: 55dc57
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971396

You and Henry tell the blacksmith, Gail, of your situation and what you need. Henry, a regular customer, is taken to the back to see what she has.
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No. 971398 ID: 9876c4

(Noooo the exposed ears were cute.)

you don't seem like you have the physique for plate, so get a hauberk and demi-gauntlets. Depending on the local fashion, a sallet or barbute may be helpful too.

Since you won't have 20 friends, , maybe convert your flagpole into a partisan.
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No. 971413 ID: d186fc

>>971398
(they definitely were, but we should keep them safe)

Agree with the hauberk and demi-gauntlets, although we should get some chain mittens (or gloves if we can afford them).
>sallet, barbute
Given that there are many more types of metal medieval helmets than just these, lets just say a metal helmet that protects the top, sides, and back of your head and can be worn over your coif. Having a visor, or the ability to add a visor, is a plus.

>partisan (type of spear, not a politician)
Any sort of weapon we get should probably be something new. The flagpole was never designed as a weapon and we would be better off getting something stronger. That being said, I would say a halberd would be more versatile while still retaining the advantages a partisan would give you.
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No. 971414 ID: d186fc

>>971413
chain mittens or gloves to go underneath demigauntlets
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No. 971441 ID: 55dc57
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971441

Ingrid appreciates the compliments about her ears
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No. 971442 ID: 55dc57
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971442

You mull over what sort of armor and weapons you could get, but then you think to yourself,
>How long has Henry been in with that blacksmith
Couldn't hurt to see what they're talking about, right?
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No. 971444 ID: 55dc57
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971444

You go behind the counter and head towards the door Henry and the blacksmith went in.
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No. 971451 ID: 9876c4

Is everyone hugging?
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No. 971456 ID: 55dc57
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971456

You expecting a lot of things behind that door, but this was not of them...
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No. 971460 ID: 8fab7a

>>971456
Witch found you first, seems.
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No. 971461 ID: 094652

Borrow some equipment, then head in and save the blacksmiths.
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No. 971523 ID: 9876c4

Delve that crazy dungeon.
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No. 971557 ID: ae9bd9

>>971456
Lets wait a bit longer, say half an hour. This could be normal for them.
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No. 971589 ID: 55dc57
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971589

Looking into the endless staircases, you knew you had to do something. Eyeing up the finished equipment, you reckon borrowing some of the blacksmith's equipment for a rescue mission was justified. Did the witch already catch up to you, or is there something, somehow stranger afoot? Only one way to find...
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No. 971598 ID: 094652

duck
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No. 971599 ID: 8fab7a

Grab a targe - can be strapped to your arm and used with your pole, and shouldn't be too expensive either if you wreck it and the smith demands reparations.

... could also consider telling someone that the smith's place has been hexed but THAT IS FAR TOO SENSIBLE A PLAN SO FORWARD INTO MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE.
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No. 971600 ID: 55dc57
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971600

With rope as an anchor, a spear in place of your pole, and a targe, you were as you could be for the unknown.
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No. 971607 ID: b1b4f3

Alright, time to go. Step into the weird shit, see where the stairs lead you to.
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No. 971616 ID: 676b3c

Use your spear to test each step before you step on it.
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No. 971790 ID: 55dc57
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971790

>Use your spear to test each step
The spear latches onto the first flight like a magnet. You hope your boots do the same.
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No. 971791 ID: 55dc57
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971791

One small step for bergman, one giant leap for-
>duck
For what? But then you finally noticed. The all-encompassing beam of light coming towards you.
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No. 971792 ID: 9876c4

Cursed photon canards
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No. 971793 ID: 55dc57
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971793

Faster than you can say, "cursed photon canards" your body leaps towards void! Not wanting to take your chances with the mystery beam, your spear, now stuck to the staircase acts as the one thing from you dropping into the abyss.
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No. 971794 ID: b1b4f3

So I'm guessing there's no gravity in here. Better take careful steps. You could potentially jump over to another staircase, too, but you'd only want to do that if it seemed like you'd make more progress.
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No. 971816 ID: 9876c4

Brace your legs against something (?) then kickjump yourself into a better spot.
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No. 971937 ID: 55dc57
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971937

Good news is the source of the beam seems to have gone away. Bad news, so too has your only entry
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No. 971938 ID: 55dc57

Like the spear, you're able to stay on the stairs. Now do you descend or ascend along them?
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No. 971942 ID: 55dc57
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971942

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No. 971953 ID: 0fae41

The only way out is further in! Let's go down.
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No. 972696 ID: af5961

Oh no I've missed several updates!

Go in and how do you know what a photon is? I thought you were a bergman, not a wizard!
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No. 972795 ID: d186fc

>>972696
They don't. Someone just said that line right before that update.
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No. 973160 ID: 55dc57
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973160

And down you went, and with your going down a new door opens in your path
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No. 973161 ID: 55dc57
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973161

Suddenly, gravity begins to exist again and you find yourself falling towards the door.
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No. 973171 ID: df76b1

Welp, time for JAZZ HANDS.
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No. 973477 ID: e7c7d3

Grab onto the doorframe so you don't fall onto your face
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No. 974840 ID: 55dc57
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974840

>Grab onto the doorframe so you don't fall onto your face
Quick thinking! Hanging on the edge, the room you're soon to enter begins to clear. You can't shake the sensation that you're being watched. You just decide to chalk this up to paranoia.
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No. 974841 ID: 55dc57
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974841

You hope.
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No. 974842 ID: b488b1

This place is very disorienting and confusing. Ask the nice giant eye for help?
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No. 974843 ID: 99663a

Demand to know what this all is.

Poke eye if answer unsatisfactory.
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No. 976836 ID: 51e2e7
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976836

Before you can turn to face your ocular opponent, a disembodied giant hand, rough and calloused from what seems to be years of experience in some sort of work, grabs you from the shadows! What more does this witch have in store for you?
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No. 976840 ID: 12b116

Bite the finger!
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No. 976943 ID: df76b1

Tactically pee yourself in hopes that it will get you dropped.
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No. 976944 ID: 094652

Moan seductively
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No. 976959 ID: 0fae41

Cry uncle.
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No. 977121 ID: df76b1

>>976959
and let slip the dogs of woe
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No. 977564 ID: 51e2e7
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977564

>Tactically pee yourself in hopes that it will get you dropped.
These garments might be cheap, but they're still the only ones you've got. You'd rather keep them as clean as possible, at least while your soul has yet to shuffle from its mortal coil trapped by the vice-like grip.
>Moan seductively
>Cry uncle.
Speaking of that vice-like grip, your lungs and your rib-cage are currently being crushed so while that is DEFINITELY the preferable alternative, it isn't a viable one.
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No. 977566 ID: 51e2e7
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977566

>Bite the finger!
Your brothers and sisters made fun of your impressive chompers growing up, but no-one was laughing at your abnormality solving such a hyper-specific crisis now! Unhinging your jaw like a serpent you clamp down your maxilla on the titan's forefinger, deep beneath their skin.
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No. 977567 ID: 51e2e7
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977567

And it works! The giant hand lets go in a moment of piercing pain, freeing you from the deadly clutches. Now onto your new problem: where or when will you land, if there's a bottom at all?
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No. 977634 ID: e7c7d3

Good question! Since there's a giant hand, maybe you'll fall on a giant shoe?
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No. 977656 ID: 12b116

All you can do is hope for the best! and tuck and roll?
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No. 978385 ID: 51e2e7
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978385

Falling from the giant hand and out of the darkness, it is revealed the place of your capture was a cave. Hope you're ready for a bumpy ride down the cliffside!
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No. 978386 ID: d82849

How good are you at eventually landing on your feet with catlike grace?
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No. 978761 ID: 51e2e7
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978761

>How good are you at eventually landing on your feet with catlike grace?
Bad news, no. Good news, your falls seems to have been by water at the base of the cliff. Bad news again, that body of water is the beginning of a swamp
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No. 978762 ID: 51e2e7
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978762

Ignoring your newfound stench, you seek to get your bearings straight, figuring out where to go. While doing so, you can't help but notice a rumbling all throughout the swamp. With each successive tremor bigger than the last...
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No. 978763 ID: 51e2e7
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978763

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No. 978767 ID: e7c7d3

Check what crashed
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No. 978938 ID: df76b1

So this is a swamp at the bottom of a chasm at the bottom of a weapon shop? Is this the underworld, or have you traveled through someone else to end up here?
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No. 978942 ID: cef86d

Bitterly regret your lack of falling practice during your employed bergman days.
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No. 980262 ID: 30ab76
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980262

> Bitterly regret your lack of falling practice during your employed bergman days.
Who would've thought that those tutorial would come in handy one day? Certainly not you!
>Check what crashed
The wavefront finally subsiding you see before a wall of what looks to be leather. But it's not just leather that's in front, but an entire boot with the ankle peering over your head. And wearing that boot is a giant leg, and the owner of that leg is an entire giant itself!
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No. 980263 ID: 30ab76
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980263

A giant, of course there was one! Could this have been the same giant that was to be your captor back in the cave? You continue to crane your neck upwards, hoping to get a good once-over all before it notices your existence. Even past the giant's generous chest you finally get a good look at its face. There was something familiar in the giant's cold, alien look, a face that you may have seen before. You probably can't take any chances with it though, regardless of its intentions in the swamp
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No. 980266 ID: 9faf9c

It's the blacksmith? Did you shrink or did she get bigger?
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No. 980321 ID: 0fae41

Well, the best place to hide from her sight is in the shadow of that generous bust. Hitch a boot-ride.
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No. 980997 ID: 30ab76
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980997

>It's the blacksmith?
Thinking it about, there is an uncanny resemblance between her and this colossus. But if that were the case how would she have grown so big in the first place? Hopefully, there will be a chance to somehow find out.
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No. 980998 ID: 30ab76
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980998

>Well, the best place to hide from her sight is in the shadow of that generous bust. Hitch a boot-ride.
The blindspot does exist and you choose to exploit and should the giant stop bothering to look for you, it will probably go back to wherever it came. You leap towards the boot gusset, in what could either be considered a brave, or suicidal, plan.
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No. 981000 ID: e7c7d3

Start climbing a bit. See if you can't ride the boot rather than hanging on
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No. 981010 ID: c57fb0

Find a safe spot to secure yourself on the boot so you don't fall off. Thank goodness you have strong arms from all that standard bearing.
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No. 981026 ID: 0fae41

Maybe take a look downward and at the swamp around you. Do you spot any landmarks?
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