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978305 No. 978305 ID: 2bd15b

chapter 1 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/757996.html
chapter 2 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/777113.html
Discussion thread https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/107070.htm
Chapter 4 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/929115.html
Draw thread, where you can ask me to draw certain things
https://tgchan.org/kusaba/draw/res/32929.html

wiki https://tgchan.org/wiki/Root_and_Branches
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No. 979990 ID: 5f4030
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979990

>>979977
*Turns back to Mr. Toothpick a sneer on his face*

It’s not a community, it never was a community. I didn’t willingly come here. It’s a death cult. It’s ALWAYS been a death cult. Or have you forgot they are the ones who caused this shit to happen? Have you not looked outside? Seen the people dead and rotting in the streets? The children, somehow immune, crying for their parents? And you have the gall to call this a “community?” There’s already so much pain and suffering. These people try to cover it up with smiles, and their fucking fog, and high ideals. But all I see are murderers and people who’ve become complacent in that fact.

It’s. Disgusting.

So honestly, Mr. Toothpick, you can go ahead and tell me or not, you decide, because in all honesty, I don’t really give a shit.
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No. 979992 ID: abb12d

...
...hm... unfortunately, as a moral support, I think it might be safer for everyone if we just left the story like that and not hear the real ending of the story after all, Toothpick. As Anthony's friend, I have worries concerning how he might take the story emotionally and I think it might be better for Anthony and I to just draw our own conclusions and take our leave for a meal to calm ourselves. Besides, as far as stories goes, endings that are open ended where one can interpret and theorize how things ended are far more interesting for analyzing.

Is that alright, Anthony? I'll even let you choose what we will eat, and we can talk peacefully about your concerns, alright?
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No. 979997 ID: 5f4030

>>979992
What difference does it make? We can speculate all we want. We can hope for a better ending than what we got. But it doesn’t change the fact of what happened. Denying the truth doesn’t change it.

It is what is and what it will be. I don’t give a shit anymore.
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No. 979999 ID: abb12d

Well, to that i say, when one door closes, another opens.
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No. 980002 ID: 5f4030

>>97999
Yeah, maybe so. In that case, let’s leave it to chance. Let him pick.

*points at Mr. Toothpick.*

Let him pick.
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No. 980003 ID: d63ea8

*Nods approvingly.*
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No. 980009 ID: 715a80

Personally, I hate leaving things to chance like having someone pick for us cause like I said, I'm not a gambling man... choosing not to make a choice is still a choice which still has consequences that you'd be responsible for just the same as making a choice. I still stand by my decision in just dropping this.

Inmer thoughts: like when Spikey had Anthony choose which heart to stab as his choice, with either being yes, no, or maybe, with the indecisive "maybe" heart having the immortal heart that Anthony could have stabbed
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No. 980012 ID: 5f4030

>>980009
True, but it also places the responsibility on him as well. He now has the imperative choice to act or not. Essentially, its pulling the uno reverse card.
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No. 980038 ID: 2bd15b
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980038

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPOtSknsdXs&ab_channel=Melekinh
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No. 980045 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: Toothpick misunderstood, it isn't that I don't want to hear it, it is more of the fact that I don't want Anthony to hear it because I worry about Anthony lashing out emotionally like attacking Toothpick if he listened to this story and it doesn't go the direction Anthony wanted or doing something unpredictable and dangerous like the time he rushed into the prison loudly to see Ana and almost got arrested himself.

Anthony, I request that after the story you you remain calm, keep your opinions to yourself and we can talk about your feelings and put things into perspective afterwards after the meeting with Toothpick, okay?

*is still staying with Anthony*
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No. 980049 ID: 734422

Fortune, let me take the reins or just answer as I do. The longer we keep them talking the best chance we have.

“Fine, but kill me and you lose your best bargaining chip with the wolves. I know how to deal with them and their hierarchy. Their Alpha, The Old Wolf, is not a patient man.”
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No. 980050 ID: 734422

... I’m betting she knew what to do. Call in a hunch but I think she knows.
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No. 980051 ID: 5f4030

>>980049
“Oh also Delilah, I know you probably don’t want to hear it. With little bro gone, it’s best shot you got at power. I get it, and I know you don’t like to be cucked, I mean just look at what you did to poor Dr. Lester...”
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No. 980161 ID: e51896

Inner Thoughts: Scarred, I will repeat what you said to them, but I do not think this is going to work. We already know these people will never listen to reason based off of our experience with these people such as Rosalia and that spider kid, and especially since Delilah a long time ago tossed Root down those stairs despite being seen by Derrick and ignoring the consequences. For all we know, they could just think I am lying about my knowledge of the wolves, and even if they believe me, Lorence already knows just about everything about everyone due to him living in countless timelines, so I'm for the most part useless to them.

Well, my ghosts from other time periods said something along the lines of: "Fine, but kill me and you lose your best bargaining chip with the wolves. I know how to deal with them and their hierarchy. Their Alpha, The Old Wolf, is not a patient man.”

and

“Oh also Delilah, I know you probably don’t want to hear it. With little bro gone, it’s best shot you got at power. I get it, and I know you don’t like to be cucked, I mean just look at what you did to poor Dr. Lester...”

But honestly, I know you won't listen to that. So if you don't want to listen to that, then here is what I really want to request: I request to be cremated after death, burn my body to ash so that nobody can bring me back to life into this terrible terrible world because as of now, Hell is looking to be a lot better place to suffer the rest of my existence in than to suffer existing here. And my second request: Beware of the one who calls himself "Happy the Tragedy Phantom." who hides behind the curtains. but whatever, you most likely won't listen to that part.

Inner Thoughts:if your plan of negotiating with them doesn't work, Scarred, and they kill me and hopefully cremate my body as I ask, I want you to find out where they take my ashes, and then tell somebody we can trust to retrieve my ashes, then tell them to find a way to use my ashes to create a new universe. The Mad Creator once said that a universe can be created by using Ana's ashes, and we saw Absurdity create "A place I Go To Fuck Myself" universe for the Mad Creator, and he explained to us that a different Ana and WC changed forms and became part of that new reality. So I want you and somebody to try to create one that is better than this place, alright? Oh, and do not tell ANYBODY about this weird mission I'd like you to go on. Not even our best friends.
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No. 980169 ID: 5f4030

>>980161
I’m not leaving you Fortune. I’m with you in this to the end.
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No. 980202 ID: d63ea8

Ana seems to habit of surviving impossible situations. Lorence is just going to lose track of her again.
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No. 980203 ID: d63ea8

*The presence remains quiet and hides from cultists' sight*
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No. 980258 ID: 2bd15b
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980258

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KVAkjq_Ogw&ab_channel=MasonLindroth-Topic
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No. 980265 ID: 5f4030

>>980258
*gets up and walks away from the table to stand by the window.*

Inner thoughts: Ace, I need you help calm me down. My hands are starting to shake. I want him to be lying. I desperately want him to be lying. And I stay at that table I will yell at him, and possibly hit him.
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No. 980271 ID: 980f35

My feelings of Delilah is still neutral, like I said, I dont talk or see her all that often to form an opinion.
*goes over to Anthony and puts his hand on Anthony's shoulder for comfort* it is okay to cry. We can talk about this after we are done here, okay?

Seeing as you witness this, Toothpick. What role did you play in the story?
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No. 980274 ID: 5f4030

>>980258
No. NO. NO NO NO NO NO!

I REFUSE THIS END. THIS IS NOT HOW IT WILL END. I GIVE ANYTHING TO UNDO ALL THIS! GET UP! GET UP DAMN YOU! I WILL NOT BE CHEATED AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN. GET UP! YOU, PRESCENCE IF YOU’RE GONNA STAY MAKE YOURSELF USEFUL! HELP ME PLEASE!


*try’s to channel anything, any power at all. Calls out to the ash tree, absolution, anyone who can listen. The other Ana’s across infinite cycles.*

CRY OUT IN ONE VOICE SISTERS OF THIS INFINITE CYCLE! WE WILL NOT BE CHEATED! WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE ABYSS! WE ARE MANY! WE ARE INFINITE! WE ARE LEGION! AND WE DEMAND A BETTER LIFE FOR ALL! WE ARE NOT SLAVES AND PAWNS TO CAUSALITY! WE ARE ANA! WE ARE ANA!
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No. 980315 ID: d63ea8

You don't know if this guy is just fucking with you again, just to get a reaction. It's only his word that says Ana is dead, and he's been trying to mess with you all night.

The best solution is to ask 'why he telling you this?'

And please don't try to hit him, he's just going to slice open your hands if you try.

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No. 980326 ID: d63ea8

Anger.
The desire to live.

Again you offer these under the guise of karmic justice.
Disciple of Marks.

I will take it again, this time.
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No. 980327 ID: d63ea8

Ah...
There...
I can feel the fires rising.

*The presence speaks quietly so only the Anas can hear it.*

"You have not been broken,"
"have not been destroyed."

"Seeker of Truth,"
"you have lived through such death,"
"observed it,"
"foreseen it."

"This is not that."

"Be immersed in derealization."
"This has not happened."

"This is not you."

"If the speaker says you die,"
"then puppet the corpse."
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No. 980369 ID: 2bd15b
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980369

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_R6v2oamRM&ab_channel=telemeid
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No. 980396 ID: e51896

Delilah killed Clara? Ugh... I can't believe that. Especially now I feel like a jerk when I stated that plot twist about Clara being a mannequin being farfetched since that is what Delilah is doing right now replacing her with a giant doll. I'd like to retract my statement of that plot twist comment. Shoot, and I had a lot of respect for Clara too... I thought Delilah and Clara were best friends... I will need to let this sink in for awhile after this meeting...

Inner thoughts: Well, my opinion of Delilah have definitely changed from neutral to not wanting to be anywhere near her.

Deep breaths, Anthony. Toothpick is certainly risking a lot to tell you this. We can talk about your feelings after the conversation with Toothpick, alright? Just try not to let your emotions control you like when you ran into the prison to meet with Ana. Be the bigger man in this, like your hero Godfrey. It is alright to be upset, but dont let it dictate your actions. Remain calm.
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No. 980397 ID: d63ea8

Everyone is at each other's throats. Sure Root was a shit leader, but Lorence can't even stop the members from killing each other.
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No. 980401 ID: e40008
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980401

>>980396
*Anthony isn’t listening, silent tears fall down his face.*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aotmZZRDLVI

>>980397
Inner thoughts: Ace, Victoria? It’s getting bad again.

*stares at the giant out the window looking inwards, then at the head of Ana on the bookshelf.*

Inner thougts: Her eyes really were doll-like, weren’t they. You know I get weird thoughts when it’s like this? Like some machine is broadcasting to my head. It’s telling me, “This cycle has grown unstable, the souls of the dead cannot move on, they are forever chained to this limbo. We cannot spin them through the wheel of fate. This already fragile balance cannot hold much longer.”
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No. 980405 ID: 2bd15b
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980405

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC5RASBTvy4&ab_channel=PengoSolvent
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No. 980406 ID: d63ea8

You need to focus on what is happening right now, forget about Toothpick's stories, or about where everything is heading.

Obviously you can grill Lorence about this later, but you can't let yourself get caught in this rabbit hole again. Just focus on your own thoughts, not someone else's.

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No. 980416 ID: 8ad056
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980416

>>980405
I don’t know. Probably wouldn’t help even if I did.

>>980406
... Did I fail them in the end, Nathaniel? Victoria? Ana? All of them?

I wish I was dead. I want all this pain to end. I want all those who cause it to go away. It’s not fair. There’s no heroes this time.... Not this time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vgjaRfZRuE
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No. 980419 ID: d63ea8

No.

You didn't fail them. Some asshole killed them instead. You tried your best to help, and they still got killed.

That isn't on you.

Even if you had the chance of getting in the way, that wouldn't have changed things. All that would've happened is you'd get hurt or even killed alongside them.

So don't take on the burden of what isn't yours.

You're still here despite all that's happened.

You aren't all-powerful, you aren't all-knowing, but you can still act.

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No. 980430 ID: e51896

Well, you can't say I didn't warn you Toothpick. It wasnt that I refused to hear the true ending because i didn't want to hear the story, it was more to make sure Anthony's mental health didn't worsen if he heard this story. But for what it is worth, it is better to learn the truth than live a fairytale.

Well, it is for this reason why I stayed with Anthony for this meeting, to help fix him when he breaks like this. So thanks for allowing me to stay. Just give me a moment with Anthony so he can answer your question, Toothpick. I just need to snap him back to reality before gravity drops him hard to the floor, and then we can have spaghetti afterwards, made with my mother's secret recipe... only for those with a tough stomach though, as you could vomit on your sweater if you're not strong willed... okay I'll stop.

Anthony, What was it you and Godfrey and his knights always keep saying? "Have you forgotten the facial features of your dad?" Was that it? Well whatever the case, I think youre forgetting your dad's face.

Failure is only a stepping stone to success. You cant succeed without learning from failure first. If you believe you failed them, then tell me, what did you at least learn from it to better yourself? What can you use that knowledge to gain something?

And you didn't fail everyone. Remember your girlfriend, Cleo? You havent failed her, though she probably will be heartbroken to see you as you are right now if she were here, Anthony. Why dont you work to be successful not for Ana or Victoria, but for Cleo? She puts all her dedication to you, maybe it is time you should work to do the same for her, yeah?
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No. 980432 ID: 5f4030

>>980430
*Anthony turns large, bloodshot eyes on Nathaniel*
The saying goes “You have forgotten the face of your father.” It means when you have acted shamefully or dishonored the code of knighthood.

As for working harder, acting, doing the right thing I would like to do that. But what’s the point if everyone is just trying to take as much as they can for themselves? I can give and work harder, but if there’s no return, no promise of making things better, has anything been accomplished?

But are you content with what’s happened? Will you stand or do nothing? What do you intend to do?

Because I see monsters Nathaniel. I know they aren’t there, and they’re only delusional manifestations of what’s probably something like schizophrenia. But they aren’t what scare me the most. The real monsters are the ones all here, everyone who’s let this tragedy happen, everyone who will sacrifice lives for the status quo. Even Godfrey, despite what he stands for, he let a black fog roll across our home, killing innocent people, all so he could play at being a hero.

There are no heroes here, Nathaniel. So what are you going to do?
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No. 980435 ID: 2bd15b
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980435

You are back to being Voices one again, I hope this transition was not a jarring one. So who do you think was the employer of mister Toothpick?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AHCfZTRGiI&ab_channel=JohnnyCashVEVO
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No. 980436 ID: e51896

Lorence
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No. 980438 ID: d63ea8

Probably Lorence.
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No. 980467 ID: e40008

>>980435
One last thing Mr. Toothpick. A bit of philosophy for you to consider.

I do condemn everyone for this. Because they took the easy way, instead of standing for something right. I understand you couldn’t be here without whats happening, but why does anyone have to die, so that you can live? At that point you are only proving what people would think you are as true. And only accepting things as they are only continues to prove that you are no different from those who couldn’t accept you as you are.

I’d rather be a person with honor, and integrity, than be one who surrenders to the will of monsters.
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No. 980468 ID: e40008

And yeah it’s Lorence
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No. 980469 ID: 2bd15b

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJDgkrtUlTc&ab_channel=cvr

Ding ding ding all of you are correct. It is the paranoid prick himself, Lorence!
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No. 980470 ID: e40008

>>980469
woo-hoo.
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No. 980471 ID: 18c129

And i know i asked him not to remove his mask, but i suspect toothpick is actually the conductor.
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No. 980484 ID: d63ea8

I'm not sure you'll get much of a reception from Toothpick or any of the other members, Anthony.

Root seemed to go out of his way to pick power-hungry madmen, Godfrey just turned out to be a fluke. If you really want to change things, I'm all for it. But just temper your expectations if you think the rest of the cult is going to sign on too.

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No. 980534 ID: 2bd15b
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980534

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCpq2VZfWpY&ab_channel=TechnomancyStudios

Interesting theory about the conductor.
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No. 980535 ID: e51896

*is hiding under the table to not be spotted by Toothpick*

*puts her finger over her mouth to signal to Scarred to be quiet and hide with her*
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No. 980538 ID: d63ea8

*The presence reaches a hand into its mouth and pulls out a [Fragment of Scarred Ana's Rage] before pressing it between its palms.*

"...IN ONE VOICE SISTERS OF THIS INFINITE CYCLE! WE-"

Fragment of Scarred Ana's Rage crushed.
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No. 980539 ID: d63ea8

*The presence silently joins Fortune Ana under the table.*
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No. 980543 ID: f3eb46

>>980535
*is more sulking under the table*
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No. 980626 ID: 2bd15b
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980626

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-a1SPnhYic&ab_channel=BackLotMusic
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No. 980627 ID: 5f4030

>>980626
*low mumbling*
We DID help you escape, jackass. We watched you and even told you what to do when Root first showed up to try and help you. I wish now we’d left you to rot.

As for who’s helping us, none of your fucking business. You’ll probably just kill them to or get them killed
*Scarred stares daggers at Fortune at this*
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No. 980629 ID: d63ea8

*The presence slips out from beneath the table and ducks behind Lorence's chair.*

*Peeking out at Toothpick the presence covers its right 'eye' with one hand and its mouth with the other, before hiding behind the back of Lorence's chair again.*
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No. 980632 ID: e51896

The only thing I wish to know right now is who erased our memories for this cycle before we met Ana? I feel if we did not have our memories erased somehow, we would have seen the big picture of everything, but somebody erased our memories and used that to manipulate us into making the choices we made to lead Ana to death. This is all Happy's fault, forcing and manipulating us to be the worst voices in all of the cycles... I feel Happy is manipulating Lorence just as he was manipulating us...

So we are an unwilling alley to Happy if Lorence wants to know who is an alley that is still alive.
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No. 980633 ID: e51896

Oh, and he put us in a situation where we were forced to kill Essence in order to keep her from controlling Ana and have her kill everyone in this universe, so, yeah...
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No. 980635 ID: e51896

Lastly, we didn't even want to come here. Some invisible force keeps bringing us to different locations against our will, it isn't like we fly anywhere we want, it just happens. I feel that is another thing Happy is doing...
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No. 980640 ID: d63ea8

*Still behind Lorence's chair, the presence points at Toothpick and then points to the table before withdrawing the arm.*
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No. 980746 ID: 2bd15b
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980746

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj3p9CI9QGE&ab_channel=JavierBaiget
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No. 980747 ID: 5f4030

>>980746
Yeah, sure why not....
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No. 980751 ID: d63ea8

Ah...

So we had never left.
This presence had never been filled.
Nor did it ever leave the nothingness.

All that is around was a mere phantasm.

Almighty voice, great striped beast,
why give such delusions of pleasure.

It makes the broken emptiness all the more hollowing.

Was there even a Disciple or a Seeker?
Or even the Renegade?

Or were they just more false imagery to a cruel joke.

No...

This empty presence will not fall for such a slight again.

Take away this false 'ending,' I will not be part of it.
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No. 980830 ID: e51896

I want to consult the mirror totem (hidden things we missed) or the shrimp mother totem (additional things to what we saw) before doing anything else if that is still possible... preferably i pick mirror totem to see hidden things we missed unless scarred wants to use the shrimp mother totem to see additional stuff.
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No. 980838 ID: 2bd15b
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980838

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tqQf_rSmS4&ab_channel=AlbirdVampPrince
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No. 980845 ID: d63ea8

Oh great striped beast,
you offer undeserving praise to this empty presence.

For it lacks a brain or a will.
What exists when everything has been stripped away?
Most answer 'nothing'.

I exist in an effort to prove that I exist.

That this empty presence is more than just an echo,
repeating its words again and again.

But you offer a riddle, almighty voice?

I will consume it.
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No. 980846 ID: d63ea8

It is bitter and coy.

Already I feel the taste fleeing from memory,
but you are powerful, almighty voice.

And it seems that you will still keep us for your games.

But as for your answer, let me regurgitate one.

"Little exists that is different between the foliage of the sky and that of the earth."

"Save one."

"The branches drink in light."

"While the roots drink in darkness."

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No. 980847 ID: 5f4030

>>980846
Heh.

Took the words right out of my mouth (pun not intended) I was thinking the exact same thing.
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No. 980851 ID: d63ea8

>>980847
That is unsurprising.

As you may yet well be a illusion
conjured by the striped beast.

Or perhaps a fictitious invention of starved
consciousness.

Those 'offerings' merely a self-diluted attempt at make believe.

Perhaps this is all a lie that I am still telling myself...
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No. 980853 ID: 5f4030

>>980851
... Well first off, fuck you, I’m not an illusion, I’m actually here. And secondly, I don’t trust this thing either. Whatever it is it took Ana away and played both her and Fortune like fools. Bottom line, I trust nothing that comes from this living hentai scene.
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No. 980857 ID: 708614

My answer was different

Roots grow to be anchored to stay

Branches grow to leave

Get it? Stay and leave? Leave and leaf?
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No. 980861 ID: 5f4030

>>980857
Badum-tss
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No. 980864 ID: d63ea8

>>980857
Perhaps the madness has set in.
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No. 980881 ID: 2bd15b
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980881

The mysterious voice that Lorence was interested in that Mister Toothpick heard and which you Door said I use as the voice of the remains of the spirit parasite queen. But this doesn't mean that you Door, will get to control this character.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPOtSknsdXs&ab_channel=Melekinh
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No. 980883 ID: d63ea8

So it seems we move from shell to shell.

Though almighty voice,
you are ever the deceiver.

Perhaps this is not the 'proper ending,'
but instead a way to pilfer it.

But this presence,
even filled,
lacks the mind to discern truth from falsehood.

For something had stolen its voice,
or maybe this presence did not speak at all.

But if by some small chance,
all that occurred is real,
and the 'others' who spoke truly existed...

Then...

Seeker of Truth,
use the gifts granted to you,
and guide this foolish presence.
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No. 980884 ID: 9dda6a

>>980881
That’s just great, our only way out is to make another deal with the devil. Fortune, you screwed us last time. This time I’m the one making this choice.

I remember you bug. You offered the same deal to Anthony in the broken timeline. Turns out though that was a bad deal because his soul was essentially held hostage by you. What happens if we do the same? We’re held hostage by you? You get revenge? Well, I have bad news for you, this body doesn’t belong to us either, we’re holding it until it’s rightful owner comes back or we find her. So what happens, you bind with her body and you get even? We’re pretty much responsible for you even being like this. Hell, I even remember fighting you, and you laughed at the futility of us.

Everything you’ve done, thus far, only shows you as a villain. Is this your shot at redemption? Your last chance? You want this? You gotta make me a promise. First That you’re going to help us, we’re a package deal, you want this body? We go with it. Second, as soon as we find Ana from wherever the hentai monster took her, *glares at fortune* you’re out. You find a new body and you piss off.

That may sound like it’s asking for a lot but I’m not being unreasonable. As a sign of good faith I’ll even tell you how to save your species. Take a pinch of this body’s ashes before you bind, take it to someone called the mad creator, he’ll make a new universe for your kind.

Answer my questions first, or we have no deal at all. I’ll throw in the save you species thing for free.
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No. 981182 ID: e51896

So much that we have in common... All your children were killed and all my allies were killed, you were being killed by the cult just as I was killed by the cult, you have had Essence and her underlings betray you, and I have had many allies betray me, and because Essence betrayed you, it means you and I have a common antagonist: Happy and his colleagues, and the cult, and Absolution Prime for playing a part for making this world as it is now, and just as you are a spirit parasite, people see us as thought parasites...

just as you have that deal for me, I have one for you too... I let myself be burned to crisp on purpose because I heard my ashes can be used to create a new universe, and knowing that since there were no other options for me, the only goal I had left after losing everything was to just let myself become ash and hope the voices would guide somebody to take my ashes and find out clues as to how to create a new world with my ashes. But seeing you here and knowing that your species travel to different universes because your species used up you home universe's and all of the other universes' resources you visit until you ended up in this cruel world, maybe now my goal to create a new universe has purpose, to give your species a new home to thrive in... asking the mad creator won't help since he is captured by the dimensional tribunal's men, but I'm sure we can find clues in this world somehow.

if you're interested I will accept you, but I must know, if we become one, will we be able to keep my ashes for this mission, or will I lose those ashes? because if the latter, this body might have to be sacrificed when the time comes unless we can get another Ana's ashes that the tribunal has as evidence, and I don't know if my voices would like my body being sacrificed if we don't achieve their goals first...

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No. 981205 ID: c5de9f

>>981182
*is looking at Fortune, now Charred, in a state of something close to shock.*

By the gods...
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No. 981233 ID: d63ea8

Perhaps this was your plan,
oh almighty voice.

To bait and betray.

For the Seeker and her gifts are gone.

Now a vengeful husk is what remains.
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No. 981328 ID: 2bd15b
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981328

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY25iEZ3zkM&ab_channel=BlastingCompany-Topic
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No. 981335 ID: 5f4030

>>981328
...

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. I say we accept. But the moment Ana returns you stay with, fortun- Charred. This body belongs to Ana.
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No. 981385 ID: d63ea8

Nonono.

Precious Ana,
former Ana,
you have lost enough.

These are lies.

Lost mind,
lost spirit-

Fragment of [???] Deception dissolves.
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No. 981387 ID: d63ea8

The nothingness remains.

More can be given.
More can be taken.

The Renegade of Body learned this.

But without sight or thought,
is anything real?

What has been lost?
This empty presence wonders if such bindings,
would anchor what is left.

Would the skin be returned?
Or will it just be sold,
and the spirit would be cast out.

This presence has nothing,
but the parasite would feed on that.

Former Seer...
Persist.
Resist.

Do not be bought and sold into half-life.
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No. 981394 ID: c5de9f

>>981387
Something to consider for moment if you will. Fortune, the seer, as you call her, isn’t gone. But she is dying here. She can’t even control the body anymore. When we fought against her, it’s because she was controlling dead bodies that had no say in their autonomy. She was in control. What would happen if the two merged into one being? Neither side fighting for control but working together to bring about a new form of life? It’s why I’m not necessarily against this.

After all... I’m a being like that.

Neither Ana, nor Desolation. I’m a union of opposites.
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No. 981396 ID: d63ea8

The body is ash and cinder,
but it is not what the parasite wants,
Disciple of Marks.

It wishes to partake of spirit.

And by your agreement,
you sew the seed of conflict.

For it is not true union you offer,
Disciple of Marks,
but a lease.

And a parasite will burrow in,
then refuse to be removed.

It...

This presence forgets...
but there was...
was...
something else...

...

It is gone.
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No. 981397 ID: c5de9f

>>981396
Presence, echo, revenant.

“Lease” is a good term for what I’m asking. The queen may join her spirit, but it only becomes a conflict if the two sides are already in conflict. If the two sides willingly join together, what do you think happens.

I’ve studied different forms of magic, and theres an idea in old alchemy which is called “the perfect being.” It’s one of the key ideas in creating the philosophers stone. The idea being that the “divine” is neither good, nor evil, but something in between. Two opposites, but they are together, a union of opposites. Think of what makes a god divine, they are of the spirit, but are also of the earth. It’s why I’m not necessarily against them joining.

By joining two opposites... maybe they will achieve a new form of divinity.
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No. 981406 ID: d63ea8

No,
no...

The Disciple cannot hear,
words are fumbling,
failing.

It does not ask if the two can be joined,
but un-joined.

The parasite,
it will feed,
corrupt,
then subvert.

It only takes.

Only to know,
what it knows.

This presence fading,
the Disciple and Seer,
do not hear it.

Grim words,
grim bargains.

More can be lost.
More will be lost.
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No. 981408 ID: c5de9f

>>981406
I hear you. I hear you well. You’re words are true. But I’m hoping one last gamble will win us the day.

But ultimately, it’s not our choice...
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No. 981943 ID: e51896

>Creating your own world is going to attract attention from the dimensional tribunal... I strongly suggest not pursuing this idea

The world creation mission I am adamant to pursue is already a suicide mission that I have long accepted... because one of the key ingredients required for this to work is my ashes, requiring to burn myself to death. Thus, death will await me whether I sacrifice myself in order to succeed in this mission, or fail and die by the tribunal's hand or anyone else... this will be a world I will create but never live in, rule, or destroy... therefore I have nothing to hold me back.
If all the endings I am destined to have are dead ends, then I want my dead end to have purpose. Just promise me we'll all keep quiet for as long as we can about this mission.

>If we combine our two strengths we can make those who made us suffer pay. Starting from Lorence and with Happy the one behind it all

While Lorence did kill me, I have no interest in wasting time getting revenge on Lorence thus risk jeopardizing my goals if I want to keep it secret from them. And sadly, I feel keeping Lorence alive is the best course of action, for if he dies, he will not be able to keep Absolution Prime in check with his vast knowledge and importations of technology in future cycles, thus making way for a hive mind humanity scenario with Absolution Prime's minions... besides, Lorence already has a bunch on his plate to deal with right now, making him distracted enough to take all his attention away from us... not to mention that I believe Happy is also manipulating him like he manipulated us... If we go after the cult, it is just going to put the attention back on me too quickly and make my world creating venture needlessly difficult...
...but I suppose revenge is something you and Scarred really really want to accomplish.

Happy however I'd be more okay with going up against, I feel he manipulated and tricked Lorence into getting into the mindset of killing me and pretty much manipulated everyone to the point where he was the one who assigned everyone as either heroes or villains. That being said, however, while revenge is not my main goal, if I am put in a position where I have to defend myself, I will not hesitate to fight for my life.

That is my stance on my goals, and my opinions of Lorence. I'm ready share this body. *Reaches out to Spirit Parasite* one last thing, I've seen you take sacrifices before, eating the dead bodies of other humans... I suppose that after this merge you will want to go on to eat Clara's dead body in order to regain your strength... I'll reluctantly allow it for it might be for the best in case someone tries to revive her and learns about what I want to accomplish from her...

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No. 981974 ID: 2bd15b
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981974

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyjIHNYhpTA&ab_channel=Noir-XenomorphicTendencies
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No. 981976 ID: e51896

Yeah, sure.

There is a lot of work to be done if we want to achieve a new world, but we'll have to start by finding a hideout first.

*looks over at Clara's body*

should We do something about Clara's dead body first, queen? I feel leaving her there will cause issues down the road. If there is one thing I learned based off of Flint, Felafaf, and others that has "died", it is to never leave the body, they could come back with vengeance... probably find a replacement for my dead body and Clara if somebody does come back as well.

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No. 981977 ID: 0dedc5

>>981976
Hey here’s an idea of what you should do. Disguise yourself first.
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No. 981987 ID: d63ea8

*The presence covers it's mouth with both hands and does not say anything.*
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No. 982007 ID: 5f4030

>>981987
I wonder.... we’re both astral beings....

You okay big guy?

*attempts to hug The Presence*
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No. 982076 ID: d63ea8

*The presences shakes it's head, but does not move away.*
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No. 982078 ID: 5f4030

>>982076
We’re gonna be okay. I promise.

*hugs the presence*
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No. 982080 ID: d63ea8

*The presence whispers through its fingers.*

"It cannot be undone now..."

"Now all things will perish..."

"This presence cannot let itself be filled with such 'gifts.'"

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No. 982084 ID: 2bd15b
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982084

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylq3EJJVhlA&ab_channel=Cavador
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No. 982085 ID: e51896

Crooked evaluation
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No. 982089 ID: d63ea8

Totally Angels
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No. 982092 ID: 5f4030

>>982089
Totally angels
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No. 982093 ID: 5f4030

>>982084
*Watches in discomfort, still hugging Presence*

Just remember our deal. When we find Ana, she keeps the body.
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No. 982162 ID: 2bd15b
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982162

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pONBu3n68FA&ab_channel=Flubber11USA

I have something that I want to discuss with you about the quest. In the discussion thread.
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No. 982173 ID: d63ea8

*The presence pushes away from Scarred Ana.*

"It was as this presence said..."
"The almighty voice echoes its words."
"The form has been cut away and destroyed."

"There is no more 'Ana' now,"
"Only the parasite."

"It will not hold your interests,"
"Nor your pact."

"Now you,"
"Disciple of Marks,"
"and you,"
"Memorial of Pain..."

"Without form you will drift."

"Forced to be pulled behind the desires of a parasite."
"..."
"And I behind you..."

"..."

"Warnings ignored..."


*The presence moves its hands to also cover its eyes.*
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No. 982180 ID: 5f4030

>>982173
And what other choice did we have!? And are you going to take the word of this... THING??? This is the thing that took Ana to begin with? THIS FUCKING WALKING HENTAI JOKE THAT SPOUTS SHITTY RIDDLES. By the way dick head, a good riddle has to make sense and have an answer that when in the right context needs to make sense. What you just told isn’t a riddle, it’s a shitty parable with an attempt at a moral philosophy.

As for you, Presence, I don’t know how else to explain this. The parasite is bound to Fortune or Charred or whoever, not the body. If this thing wanted (which it doesn’t) it could just give Ana back and she could swap her out. Spirit Parasites are literal souls twisted and mutated, many of them are just clones of a hive mind. It latched on to Anthony when we fought it and when Anthony tried to free himself by doing a new ash tree ritual and binding his soul to the trunk of the ash tree, the parasite went with him.

THE BODY. IS JUST. THE HOST. THE PARASITE IS WITH THE SOUL. Wait how do I know this?

So Fortune/Charred or whatever is the spirit parasite queen and the Spirit Parasite Queen is now Fortune/Charred. Speaking of which, we’re talking about you now, I know you’re hear with us. Anything to say??? Or am I just gonna have to keep carrying us because I’m the only one who has any hope for us? That we can make it!

AND YOU! HENTAI BOY! JUST WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM?!
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