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991238 No. 991238 ID: 9c4453

It finally stopped raining, just as we arrive at the ridge.

According to the handbook, an assigned worker (which would be me) needs to go the Torrus' Ridge outpost to collect all the outgoing mail and parcels for our designated sector as well as a delivery route to find out which pinnacles we need to visit and in what order, and after that we'll be on our way.

Pilot has also asked me to pick up a few things, so I'll look out for stores and maybe pick up a few things for myself while I'm there.
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No. 991239 ID: 9c4453
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991239

I haven't heard much about the New World, or much about the pinnacles for that matter, but I do know that they are no place for envelope pushers and couriers. This will be my first time doing delivery runs in the New World, but it should be safe enough considering the infastructure that all these different postage services have invested in.

The buildings in these towns are pretty dirty and old, some seem to have been here for decades, and some for about as long as this place has been known about.They all easily fall apart due to inconsistant ownership, that being because before this land was agreed to have belonged to noone, it was fought over constantly. I don't know my way around so I'll just have to look around for directions.
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No. 991240 ID: 9c4453
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991240

I wander the streets for a short while until I find a few aves about, I should talk to one and ask where to find the post office, or where I can get useful items. (or maybe ask other questions?)
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No. 991241 ID: bc11b8

"Excuse me sir/ma'am, I'm looking for the post office. Can you tell me where it is?"
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No. 991242 ID: 567b83

What's an ave? New World? I have so many questions!
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No. 991243 ID: e7c7d3

Any idea what is up with the ship graveyard at the edge of town?

Ask the tan ave for the post office
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No. 991245 ID: e51896

Speak to the tan ave, they seem to be looking at you and thus most approachable.

"*Tweet tweet*, excuse me, gentleave, may you be so kind as to direct me to the Torrus' Ridge outpost in town please? I must make it there post haste, and I do hope not to be behind schedule on my delivery route on the first day and disappoint everyone, *Chirp chirp*"
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No. 991249 ID: 0d6409

Bird quest hype!
Yeah the gray one already noticed you, might as well ask them about the post office. Ask if there’s a town square or popular bar too, you might have a bit of extra time to shop around or meet people.
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No. 991251 ID: 9a2966

Say hi to the red-feathered ave, the others seem to be guards or bouncers of sorts since they're standing right next to doors.

Introduce yourself. First time in the New World and all that. Ask about the directions you need (post office / store).
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No. 991256 ID: f18774

I think it would be prudent to find important places here, such as a doctor's office or the police station. Hopefully you won't need them, and you could use them as landmarks to navigate the rest of the town.
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No. 991260 ID: d31e61

Bust out some sick breakdance moves!
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No. 991281 ID: 9c4453
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991281

>What's an ave? New World?
Aves are the main people who live on the whole world, and are nearly the only known animal capable of intelligence. The New World is a big new place, a territory where little is known, and the environments of which are vastly different from what we are used to. The New World draws attention from all sorts of groups and civilizations, apparently bearing great treasures and opportunity
>Any idea what is up with the ship graveyard at the edge of town?
From what I heard this Ridge, it's a nutorious battleground that aves have fought over near constantly. nobody has been able to hold onto it long enough for it to be worth fighting for, so this place is a grave for fleets of war ships and abandoned forts. After everyone agreed that nobody wanted to fight for it anymore, this place has been declared land belonging to no ave and those who want to go through may do so freely.
>'Excuse me sir/ma'am'
It's times like these where I really wish I wasn't gender blind, fortunately I've gotten fairly good at evading the polite ways of adressing people.
>Bust out some sick breakdance moves!
Maybe later, or never.
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No. 991282 ID: 9c4453
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991282

>Ask the tan ave for the post office
I'll approach the tan ave against the wall first, being the first to notice me
>Say hi to the red-feathered ave
I'll do this once I finish talking with tan
>Introduce yourself. First time in the New World and all that. Ask about the directions you need
We're not actually in the new world yet. But we'll be there once we pick up the deliveries.

as I approach, tan is the first to speak
>"Hey there, don't see too many of you around here"
"I won't be here too long, I just need to pick some stuff up. Do you know this place well?"
>"Haven't been here that long but I know my way around well enough, at least in this town, I haven't been in the other ones. What're you looking for?"
"I'm looking for the post office, maybe a town square and some shops"
>"Yeah I can help out with that, what kinds of shops are you looking for?"

I need to find a general store or something where I can buy the stuff that pilot asked for, besides that, what other stores should I look for?
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No. 991284 ID: e51896

Ask where a bar is located. That way, you might be able to hear some people who came from the New World talk about their experiences there and you can get a better feel for what the New World is like.
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No. 991285 ID: 8483cf

Always check for bars, inns and places to stay away from. Some are more important to know than others.
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No. 991286 ID: ce39da

Okay, good, so we're not in no-ave's land just yet. My trust for the surrounding people just shot up a little.

Before we ask, do we already have a personal weapon on us? This is a lawless country we're headed into, after all.

Second, provisions - both food and water. If this is a desert we're headed into, we're gonna need a buffer in case we have to make a particularly long stretch or have to search somewhere on foot.

That's all I can think of; it's been implied that the outpost will deal with all our navigational needs, and if not, we can ask there.

Ask for where to get the stuff you don't already have as well as the outpost.
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No. 991287 ID: 894419

>>991282
Not sure how much cash you have to spend but if have the money you should also stop somewhere to buy a pistol or a blade for emergency self defense. Medical supplies too.
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No. 991314 ID: afe7de

Do you have any kind of weapon? or are you skilled in the use of your talons or?

But yeah check for bars so you can get some more info.
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No. 991375 ID: 9c4453
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991375

>do we already have a personal weapon on us?
>Do you have any kind of weapon? or are you skilled in the use of your talons or?
I can't use weapons! Well, I'm not allowed to use weapons. Couriers and postal workers are prohibited from using weapons because of the code in the handbook. if we feel that we are at risk we are instead instructed to travel in groups, hire a gaurd or mercenary, or to flee from danger. None of that is to say we're not allowed to own weapons, we just can't use them. Also, my talons are far too blunt to use for defence! especially against a beast with big teeth!

>Ask for where to get the stuff you don't already have as well as the outpost.
"So can you show me where I can find a general store, a weapon shop, a place where I can find medical supplies, the outpost and the nearest tavern?"
>"Alright so you want to start to head north when-- oh - ok wait, I think I have a better idea"
>"just give me a minute, I'll draw you up a quick map showing all the nearest places you described"

Tan reaches to his satchel and opens it to pull out a book and a writing tool. He flicks through pages of drawings until he stops at an empty one, and begins to sketch out a rough map.
I wonder what the book is being used for? the drawings looked very technical.
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No. 991377 ID: 9c4453
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991377

While the map is being sketched, I notice he wrote down the location of the library.
"What's the library for?"
>"Oh I go there from time to time, putting that down as a landmark helps me remember the rest of the layout, but if you want to go there, I recommend you check it out, Especially if you're going to the New World, because so many go in without knowing a thing and get themselves in danger from something that could've been prevented easily had it been known better... Not to say I have been to the New World myself, I only see what is left of those who return"
It could be a good idea to buy a book or two to read while on long trips
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No. 991379 ID: 9c4453
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991379

After the crude map has been completed, Tan rips the page out of the book and hands it to me.
"Here you go!, free of charge! There's no town hall or police station since the law here is pretty much self enforced by the locals, but you could always wander the empty buildings if you wanted"
A map, how Helpful!
One could assume that the bar doubles as an inn, not that we'll be needing a place to sleep since we we have cots on the ship, and we should be good on food.

Where should I go first? I can stop at some shops on the way to the outpost, and after the outpost I can make my way down to the bar. I could also ask what the red ave sitting outside knows about the New World, if anything.
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No. 991381 ID: afe7de

Head to the Library and get some books for the road, you may be a courier but traveling's kinda lonesome without a good pal or a good book!
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No. 991383 ID: 8483cf

Thank them profusely! Are they a mapmaker? Surveyor? One good turn deserves another, maybe you can do them a favor later.
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No. 991391 ID: e51896

The bar may have some body guards.

Hmm... how much money do we have currently? what is in our inventory?
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No. 991394 ID: 894419

"That's awfully kind of you!" If you think you'll have the money after buying supplies offer to get them a drink sometime in return.
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No. 991396 ID: 0d6409

Gotta thank the helpful fellow(?) out and at least introduce ourselves after they sketched such a quality map. It’s good to know a friendly face or two. Maybe we should stop by the stores on our way back so we don’t have to carry weapons or supplies everywhere.

...then again maybe check the weapon shop first as a paranoid just in case kinda thing.
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No. 991418 ID: ce39da

Wait, so you can't even personally defend yourself against wild animals? Huh. I think if we do buy a weapon, it'd be a tiny pistol we always have cocked but never loaded. Does waving around an empty gun count as using it? (Then again, this conjecture is based on some very negative expectations regarding the locals we'll encounter.)

Personally, I'd say we should hit it all up in a circuit; Bar, Outpost, Stores, Port, in that order. We can decide what stores we visit and in what order after we've received our briefing, and we don't want to have our precious mail on us when we're in ye olde shanty tavern.
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No. 991488 ID: 9c4453
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991488

>Wait, so you can't even personally defend yourself against wild animals?
Well, not being allowed to use weapons is more for the reputation of the postage services, not just the one I work for. Since we'll mostly just be within the colonies, we should be safe from wild animals for the most part. Should a situation where I am confronted by a wild animal, I'll need to think of a way that doesn't involve using a weapon, or use a tool that doesn't count as a weapon? I've heard of loopholes but I'd have to ask my crew.
>I think if we do buy a weapon, it'd be a tiny pistol we always have cocked but never loaded. Does waving around an empty gun count as using it?
I can totally do that! It can even be loaded, I just can't use it to harm anyone directly is all.
>how much money do we have currently? what is in our inventory?
I have enough money to buy whatever I may need (or want). I'm using my own money so I'll be keeping what I buy. It's a good idea to get supplies here because items bought further towards the frontier are gouged.
I don't have too much on me at the moment, I have a pouch on the back of my belt which has a postage manual with my instructions, a few papers I need to show to the workers at the post office and enough money to buy what I need

>Gotta thank the helpful fellow(?) out and at least introduce ourselves after they sketched such a quality map
>Thank them profusely! Are they a mapmaker? Surveyor? One good turn deserves another, maybe you can do them a favor later.

"That's awfully kind of you!"
>"Hey don't sweat it, I'm waiting on someone so I had time to burn, it's nice to meet someone literate and not a loud crazy weirdo"
"My name is Pascoe, It was nice to meet you"
>"Nice to meet you too, I also have a name, but I can't really say because that would kinda defeat the point of me hiding in this town. You can call me Faspan, which is my alias. It isn't likely we'll meet again but I'd be happy to see you come back in one piece"
"Is there any way I could return the favor?"
>"You're a postie right? I have some letters going out to friends in the pinnacles, so if you could make sure those letters get to them, I would be grateful. you can find my alias on which letters I have sent.

>Personally, I'd say we should hit it all up in a circuit; Bar, Outpost, Stores, Port, in that order
The longer I think of it, the more exciting the bar sounds, so I think I'll go do a circuit, unless I can think of any better ideas
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No. 991489 ID: 9c4453
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991489

>"Oh, and one more thing that I was meaning to ask you-... Does it hurt?"

"..."

"No."
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No. 991490 ID: b1b4f3

Does what hurt?
...oh you've got an artificial leg, I bet.

Anyway if you can't really use a weapon I'm not sure there's any point to it... you said you can't *directly* hurt someone with it. How well do you think you could use a weapon to indirectly hurt people? Or maybe you can get something that you can defend yourself with without hurting people? Like, a smoke bomb to give you the chance to escape, or something to restrain attackers with so they can't hurt you? A glue bomb or bola?
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No. 991491 ID: 1c96de

It does hurt sometimes, looking this good, but I soldier on.
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No. 991493 ID: 0fae41

Does your face hurt? 'Cause it's killin' me!
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No. 991497 ID: ce39da

... Does what hurt? Pascoe, that's the "no" of a guy who knows exactly what this dude is talking about. Better for us to clarify this now rather than have it be a nasty surprise later.

Other than that, though, carry on.

Come to think of it, "Faspan" was, uh... very forward about his clandestine circumstances, even if he never mentioned any specifics besides his alias. This really is a lawless expanse if those types can afford to be so casual about their almost certainly criminal status. Good to know to be careful when delivering his letters, though. (Then again, since this is the New World, we should probably be careful in general.)
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No. 991538 ID: 894419

>>991489
Busted leg? Ugly scar? What do we got that would hurt?
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No. 991636 ID: 864e49

Replacement Robot legs?
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No. 991660 ID: 86aaf2

Huh. I thought the corny pick-up line was 'Did it hurt?' and then when the other party says 'Did what hurt?' then the answer is, 'When you fell from heaven?'. Is this a new variant?
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No. 991661 ID: 9c4453
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991661

>...oh you've got an artificial leg, I bet.
There's nothing artificial about me!
>Busted leg? Ugly scar? What do we got that would hurt?
Nothing! At least it wasn't the weirdest question I've been asked about what I am.
>This really is a lawless expanse if those types can afford to be so casual about their almost certainly criminal status
Oh yeah this place is practically a criminal sanctuary, no rules, remember? Lots of criminals and pirates who see themselves being chased by the law come here or the New World to evade capture and continue their operations. Most countries know sending their authority to the ridge equates to declaring soveriegnty in some sense, which would spark another war or political disaster

With my objectives in mind, I follow the directions on the map which seems to be accurate for the most part, save for the occasional obstacle, and before too long I make it to the bar, or, the Tavern as the sign says (Just 'Tavern'?). It seems we came here during a slow season as there aren't too many wandering the streets, which could probably be attributed to the fact that this town isn't as populated as the others on this island or all the traffic from the Old World has been delayed by the storm we came in on.
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No. 991662 ID: 9c4453
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991662

I make my way inside but after seeing how empty some of the streets are. I wonder where everybody is?
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No. 991663 ID: 9c4453
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991663

...oh.
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No. 991664 ID: 9c4453
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991664

Well, now that that mystery has been solved, we can get down to business.
I doubt everyone here has experienced the new world for themselves, but I'm certain there's many. There has to be at least 40 aves in here, maybe more.
I don't have the time to talk to every single one if we want to leave for the pinnacles before dark.
The way I see it, I have a few options; first off, I could wander around and look for individuals of interest such as fighters, privateers, explorers, et cetera. Second, I could try looking for groups or factions of aves that look like they come from the New World. Lastly, I can try make my way to the front of the Tavern and talk to the barkeep, who I'm sure has heard of many stories and could answer a few of my questions.
I should also think of what kinds of questions I want to ask, and what kind of ave/s I be looking for?
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No. 991666 ID: e70a29

Barkeep first! Then try and make eye contact with anyone interested in you. Works like a charm.
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No. 991667 ID: 894419

>>991666
Sounds like a plan
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No. 991670 ID: b1b4f3

>>991661
Well what are you then? Chimera?
>>991664
Find someone who looks familiar with the New World and ask if they have any advice for a new postman.
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No. 991674 ID: 2aa5f0

I say start with the barkeep. They might know something but they would more than likely at least know people who would know something and could point you in there direction saving you time trying to figure out who's who all by yourself.
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No. 991728 ID: 9c4453
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991728

>Well what are you then? Chimera?
That'd be correct! to be more specific, I'm a--
Without warning and without sound, something grabs into both my legs and pulls them, making me tumble forwards onto the floor.
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No. 991729 ID: 9c4453
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991729

Right before I process what's happening, I'm lifted completely off the ground by my feet and hung upside down, my eyes first to meet with a large beak looking down on me.
Some people in the Tavern notice this happen but none choose to intervine. I can only hope this Ave's intends on being non-violent.

>"A Pseudogryph!"
"That's... right..."
>"Oh I've heard lots about your kind"
"What kinds of things?"
>"I heard you're all tough, extraordinary warriors! huge with talons sharp as daggers, bills that can tear like an axe! Being on my way to prove that I'm the strongest duelist, I was gettin' real excited thinking of getting the opportunity to fight one on one, and see if It could break my status as undefeated. It all sounded too good to be true! which, apparently, it was!, because the first one I've seen on my way to the New World is some scrawny postie."
>"So if my eyes lie to me, tell me; what exactly am I looking at here? Or do you want to take this outside and prove to me you're the chimera beast people talk about?"

Looks like the barkeep will have to wait, It seems I have already caught the attention of another.

I'm definitely not fighting this thing, not that voilence is completely against my principles or anything, It's that there's simply no way I am winning a fair fight against someone like this...
What do I do to de-escalate the situation?
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No. 991731 ID: 9aa12d

Politely decline on that fight, you got work to do and by gah this mail needs to move.
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No. 991732 ID: 12b116

kiss on the beak "I'm a lover, not a fighter."
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No. 991737 ID: 422cea

>Pseudogryph

-tick tock tick tock-

...So you're part feline?

...From the waist down?

>oh baby
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No. 991740 ID: ce39da

"If you're a duelist, then would you be willing to accept my declining your offer to fight?"

If he asks whether you're scared of losing: "Fear implies uncertainty, so it has nothing to do with this; in a fair fight, I'm certain I would lose!"

If he's still intent on fighting: "Would you be interested in an alternative means of competition that doesn't involve grievous bodily harm?"
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No. 991745 ID: 9a2966

Offer truth with modifications, present yourself as young, inexperienced (but eager and not afraid just cuz he's a big guy) and appeal to his clear sense of fightin' ego.

"Can't help bein' runty, but you'd want an older and more experienced 'gryph if you really wanted to test yourself regardless. Got this courier job besides, so not gonna accept duels. Though I guess you weren't really offering."

Pause.

"But dang, undefeated you say? Really? How many duels? What's your name? Do you do autographs?"
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No. 991770 ID: b1b4f3

>>991729
"a scrawny postie."
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No. 991811 ID: 86aaf2

Try mildly self-depreciating humor, with a bit of distraction maybe? I would suggest against kissing him on the beak or anything, might piss him off.

"Yea, not all of us got those genes. Not like I'm jealous of my non-runt siblings who have all those amazing things. Okay, yea, I'm totally jealous of all of them! I have a better singing voice than they do, though!"

And then you sing your heart out?
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No. 991816 ID: 9f00f2

>>991732
I like the imagery of taking a kind of stressful situation and turning it into an awkward one where they probably drop you in confusion.
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No. 991855 ID: 9c4453
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991855

>...So you're part feline?
>...From the waist down?
That would be almost correct save for the technicality that my waist is up in the air right now!
>kiss on the beak
If that gets mistaken for a bite, I would expect immediate repercussions!


I decide to employ my charismatic charm.
"I'm a lover, not a fighter!"
>"Well you won't love what'll happen if you deny the duel."
"If you're a duelist, then would you be willing to accept my declining your offer to fight?"
>"Oh, believe me, I have ways of making you accept! I don't care if you're afraid of losing."
"Fear implies uncertainty, so it has nothing to do with this; in a fair fight, I'm certain I would lose!"
>"And I'm certain I would win! and everyone will know that I beat a chimera in a duel! so it doesn't matter what you think!"
"Would you be interested in an alternative means of competition that doesn't involve grievous bodily harm?"
>"Listen; A fight with a runt like you would be a easy, and I don't like doing things just because they're easy, fighting with you wouldn't be fun for me either, but it's not my fault you were unprepared!

>Offer truth with modifications, present yourself as young, inexperienced (but eager and not afraid just cuz he's a big guy) and appeal to his clear sense of fightin' ego.
This is a good idea! and not entirely untrue! One thing that sets us apart from aves is our ability to adapt to environments faster than others! The only reason I'm not a powerful fighter is because I have never been in a fight before.

"Can't help being runty, but you'd want an older and more experienced 'gryph if you really wanted to test yourself regardless. I'm just a courier, so I'm not gonna accept duels. Though I guess you weren't really offering."

The ave stops to mull over this statement, And I use this pause to continue.

"But dang, undefeated you say? Really? How many duels? What's your name? Do you do autographs?"

...

>"I see what you're saying now. It's not that you're saying you can't beat me in a duel... you're saying you just can't beat me yet?"
...Well that's one way to go with this...
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No. 991858 ID: b1b4f3

>>991855
...sure. If one day you stop being a courier, and become an experienced adventurer capable of fighting creatures twice your size, you'll accept the duel.

Or, if you find a pseudogryph that can actually fight, you could introduce them to the duelist and they can fight instead of you?
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No. 991860 ID: 12b116

Yes. That's exactly right. In a year and a day you will return to this tavern and be able to truly challenge the Ave to a duel with a much less foregone conclusion!

(note that you can definitely be lying about this.)
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No. 991862 ID: 9f00f2

>>991860
Why don’t you fight me in a year and a day, I’m going out to the New World anyway, I’m bound to be stronger and someone you wouldn’t feel pity on fighting.

Also aren’t duels normally to the death? You really want to avoid dying, so a white lie couldn’t hurt could it?
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No. 991863 ID: 8a51ec

Play along, you might even make friends with him if you play your cards right.
"I hadn't thought of it like that, you're technically correct. I've never bothered to get experienced with fighting, but I could potentially become a force to be reckoned with given enough time and dedication."
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No. 991888 ID: 3ed3c3

That's certainly one way of looking at it.
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No. 991890 ID: ce39da

"In theory, yes, I suppose you can look at it that way, although I'm not special in that regard. Any mountain's a goal, after all, no matter if you're a pseudo-griff or a tiny sparrow."

>>991863
I like this answer, too; maybe have one lead into the other. It's not even all that dishonest.

Question; do claws and beaks count as weapons? What about punching, kicking, throwing and grappling, etc?
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No. 991892 ID: 86aaf2

What are the local terms of duels? Yield? First blood? Three solid hits? Three 'taps'? Incapacitation? Oh god, DEATH? Can I get a second or a champion or something? I don't know how any of this works!
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No. 991894 ID: 9a2966

>can't beat me yet
Yyyyeeee?-oh wait, no no no. You're not sure you can beat him at all! You're, like, smol. In order to even have a shot you'd have to entirely change occupation, bulk up and get real down and duelly for a while!

And you can't change your jobs yet. Just got this one!

So right now you prefer watching duels to fighting them. He got any interesting matches lined up today? Or did he snag you cuz' he was just that bored? Sorry to disappoint!
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No. 991953 ID: 9c4453
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>...sure. If one day you stop being a courier, and become an experienced adventurer capable of fighting creatures twice your size, you'll accept the duel.
I only do this job because I like it! and I could never become an adventurer because I hate adventurers! Besides, I think postponing this "duel" is the only way to ensure it can't happen at all.
>What are the local terms of duels? Yield? First blood? Three solid hits? Three 'taps'? Incapacitation? Oh god, DEATH? Can I get a second or a champion or something? I don't know how any of this works!
I don't understand it too well either, but I've heard about the duelist culture that collects itself in the New world, experienced fighters from all over have some sort of obession with earning the title of strongest person in the world. If my understanding is correct the usual terms of a dual is incapacitation or until your opponent cannot physically fight any longer, neither of which sound too appealing to me which is why I'd like to avoid this altogether!
>Question; do claws and beaks count as weapons? What about punching, kicking, throwing and grappling, etc?
Not at all, we can defend ourselves to only that extent pretty much. If someone wanted to fight I could in theory defend myself in these ways, it's just guns and other weapons where the line gets drawn.

>Yyyyeeee?-oh wait, no no no. You're not sure you can beat him at all! You're, like, smol. In order to even have a shot you'd have to entirely change occupation, bulk up and get real down and duelly for a while!
Which I don't plan on doing, ever! I like my job! I'm good at it! and I'm not a fighter!
>And you can't change your jobs yet. Just got this one!
I've had this job for a long time actually, but this is my first time doing a delivery run to the New World.

>So right now you prefer watching duels to fighting them. He got any interesting matches lined up today? Or did he snag you cuz' he was just that bored? Sorry to disappoint!
"Why me? Don't you have any other matches lined up today?
>"Nope! I came to this tavern to clean house! much to my disappointment, nobody wants to fight me and I already ran out of the ones that did!, so you just happened to come at the perfect time!"

"you're technically correct that I can't fight you now! I've never bothered to get experienced with fighting, but I could potentially become a force to be reckoned with given enough time and dedication."
>"That's right, I've heard all about how you chimeras are fast learners, so I wouldn't have to wait long at all, right?
"Less so than if I were an ave..."
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No. 991955 ID: 9c4453
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>Yes. That's exactly right. In a year and a day you will return to this tavern and be able to truly challenge the Ave to a duel with a much less foregone conclusion!
"How does a yea--"
>"How does 2 weeks sound? That's how long it takes to go across the pinnacle islands, which is what a postie like you is doing on the ridge, you're doing a delivery run, aren't you? taking weather delays into consideration, You should get to me in about that time, seeing as I'll be on an island towards the end of the route. Don't worry about looking for me because I'll find you.

>Or, if you find a pseudogryph that can actually fight, you could introduce them to the duelist and they can fight instead of you?
"Does the fight have to be with me? what if I can find another pseudogryph to fight for me? one who is an experienced fighter or a duelist like you?
>"Now that would be even better! If you can find and convince one to come fight for you, then you don't have to worry about everyone seeing me humiliate you."
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No. 991956 ID: 9c4453
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Before I can get a respone in, the grasp on my legs is loosened and I fall to the floor on my back.
>"My name is Hakrei, and I'll see you sooner or later, whether you're ready or not."
Hakrei takes a few steps into the tavern and turns to say something else
"And I was getting real exited about that fight, now I have all this fighting energy I don't know what to do with. I think I'll go beat up the next postie I see. if you need to find me I'll be at the bar.

I have every intention of avoiding this duel at all costs!
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No. 991959 ID: b1b4f3

What a jerk.
Any way you can change your route to miss him? Like, go to the end sooner rather than later?

You should ask the barkeep if he's seen any pseudogryphs lately.
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No. 991967 ID: 8a51ec

Totally unrelated question: are most duelists the "bad guy in a story who gets unceremoniously shot in the back of the head while talking by the bigger bad guy" types?
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No. 991968 ID: 12b116

Do you think you could get to the place he's going to be waiting for you and get gone before he gets there?
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No. 991972 ID: 9f00f2

You have enough money for personal stuff right? Would you be able to hire an assasin to break a leg of his or something so you don’t have to fight them? You REALLY don’t wanna fight this crazy weirdo.
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No. 991973 ID: 3ed3c3

Can't help but notice nobody came to your aid.
Can you report that asshole to someone? Some form of law enforcement?
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No. 991978 ID: 86aaf2

Let's not escalate to hiring thugs to break kneecaps! Maybe only in idle fantasies for now. That kind of thing isn't who you are! Though, brainstorming like that is useful! There are no bad ideas in a brainstorm! Saying, 'this idea is stupid' comes AFTER.
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No. 991986 ID: a8318a

>>991956
You need to pull up your big-bird pants and get back on track with prepping yourself for work. Maybe thats a poor metaphor as pants look to be something of a prissy fashion afterthought if they exist at all. The point is that you don’t have the luxury of anyave catching you if fall flat on your kitty cat ass out here. You were a feather away from having the thanksgiving stuffing kicked out of you and nobody treated it as much more than a normal ruckus. ‘Criminal sanctuary’

Pilot did say to pick up some things from the general store. Refamilierize with what they are and Slink away from this mess of a mess hall in embarrassment after making a scene and for that matter do try to keep your coins close at hand along the way.
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No. 991993 ID: 858699

You know, it may sound crazy, but... what if we hired him as our bodyguard? It'll give us a chance to build a friendship with him so we wont have to duel, and he is strong. Might give him a chance to find strong fighters out there, maybe even a replacement pseudogryph.
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No. 992016 ID: df44ee

>>991993
this is an obviously terrible idea because I have sincere doubts we'll be safe in their care, but we should absolutely do it because I like the character dynamics here

hotblooded brutalist and a calculating coward, absolutely stellar setup! Plus we might be able to see them in action and gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses, while ALSO having an opportunity to figure out the whole "don't get killed" problem!

this can only go poorly! Can't wait!
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No. 992027 ID: 9a2966

Well, bullet dodged (for now).

What else is going on in this tavern? Have a look around. Maybe get a nip of something to take the edge of meeting Hakrei before you head off?

While you're at the bar, could considering chatting with the bartender / locals a little, do some info-gathering about Hakrei (fighting style, is he like that all the time?, etc.), local gossip (anything interesting/troubling going on), what the area around your new post route is like, etc.
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No. 992062 ID: 9c4453
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>Any way you can change your route to miss him? Like, go to the end sooner rather than later?
I don't know if there's too much I can do to avoid Hakrei in terms of routing, but when the time comes I'll do my best to avoid being seen, or cross my fingers that someone manages to win a dual somewhere along Hakrei's war path.
>Totally unrelated question: are most duelists the "bad guy in a story who gets unceremoniously shot in the back of the head while talking by the bigger bad guy" types?
To my understanding, you can't have too many people with that same type of competitive mindset, chances are that there are more like Hakrei in the New World.
>Do you think you could get to the place he's going to be waiting for you and get gone before he gets there?
There are way too many variables to take into consideration, so I'll cross that bridge when we get there.
>You have enough money for personal stuff right? Would you be able to hire an assasin to break a leg of his or something so you don’t have to fight them?
I don't know if I'm willing to go that far for someone who might not even last two weeks fighting everone crossing their path, especially since assassins are expensive and might not even be able to get the job done.
>Can't help but notice nobody came to your aid. Can you report that asshole to someone? Some form of law enforcement?
Plenty of people were watching but something tells me this isn't the first incident. Onlookers were concerned but I think they knew they couldn't do any more than I could. This place doesn't really have much in the way of law enforcement, as far as the law goes it's anarchy, all that stops people from robbing and looting everything is that fact that almost everyone is armed and willing to fight back.
>You know, it may sound crazy, but... what if we hired him as our bodyguard? It'll give us a chance to build a friendship with him so we wont have to duel, and he is strong. Might give him a chance to find strong fighters out there, maybe even a replacement pseudogryph.
Something tells me that Hakrei isn't the type that is motivated by money. I think if not for the fact my species' has its reputation, Hakrei wouldn't be as interested in me. Us getting along isn't completely out of the question, but I would need to do something worthy of the dualist's respect.
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No. 992063 ID: 9c4453
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>What else is going on in this tavern? Have a look around. Maybe get a nip of something to take the edge of meeting Hakrei before you head off?
Aside from that brief encounter, things almost seem just like they were when I came in. Everyone seems rather unfased, some giving an understanding look. I make my way over to the bar, content on getting the information I came here for. I don't know if I'll be drinking and we're not supposed to drink during work hours.

When I get close enough to the bar, a blue ave standing behind the counter (Who I assume is the barkeep) greets me.

>"Hey buddy, just saw what happened. if it makes you feel any better, she's been doing this to everyone all day. We can't get her to leave. I'm not the usual guy by the way, he had to go see the doctor to get his beak unchipped. If you want anything, we put all the glass, plates and bottles away because it kept getting broken, we're only serving beverages in tankards for now."
>"If you wanted to talk we can do that too, we're not really getting any new customers because the dualist is scaring them off."

I can see Hakrei at the end of the bar, fortunately, bothering someone other than me.

>While you're at the bar, could considering chatting with the bartender / locals a little, do some info-gathering about Hakrei (fighting style, is he like that all the time?, etc.), local gossip (anything interesting/troubling going on), what the area around your new post route is like, etc.
"Is the dualist like that all the time?"
>"She has only been here for today, but has so far managed to break a bunch of inventory and property, beat around twenty aves, Including our last barkeep and all our gaurds, all while being unarmed. I haven't seen her lose yet but I don't believe that she can't be stopped, we get aves like this every week or so, thinking they are the best fighters and all. She doesn't seem malicious though, I haven't seen her kill or permanantly injure anyone. Luckily it looks as though she'll be getting bored and leaving before too long."
What's the first thing I should ask about? Factions? Bounties? Groups/Governments? Intersting aves? Chimeras? The Pinnacles/New World?
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No. 992070 ID: 8a51ec

Can't be a bad idea to learn more about the New World if you're headed there. What exactly is it like? Anything you should know? Anyone there comparable to Hakrei who... have a much more relativistic duel ethic you might want to avoid?
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No. 992077 ID: ce39da

Huh. Well, now. We can take solace in knowing that even if she does end up fighting us, we aren't going to end up in a morgue, and if we do make good on hitting her island last, getting beat up won't disrupt the route. So, while undesirable, failing to solve her whole situation wouldn't be the end of the world. It'd be better to put more mental energy into anticipating the much more serious problems we'll likely encounter before that point.

Tell the barkeep you already know to be generally wary; however, is there anything in particular along our route we need to watch out for? Stuff like dangerous geographic regions, legendary monsters, faction politics, individuals to run away from really fast, etc.
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No. 992078 ID: 8483cf

Ask about the New World!
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No. 992102 ID: d5825c

"she"
huh i never knew
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No. 992124 ID: c53a0a

Lets get info on the new world
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No. 992166 ID: 9c4453
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>Can't be a bad idea to learn more about the New World if you're headed there. What exactly is it like?
>Ask about the New World!
>Lets get info on the new world
That does seem like the obvious thing to start off with
"What exactly is the New World? What do you know about it? What's it like?"
>"It's a little difficult to answer that question, especially since I haven't seen alot myself, but I have heard things. I went there briefly and it didn't take long for me to reconsider.
Best way for me to sum it up? It's tropical hell. Anything and everything is out to get you. You should see the kinds of people I see who come back, always a story to tell about the wounds and curses in which they are afflicted. "

"But they go back anyway, there's treasures and opportunities for just about all walks of life. Jungles for the explorer, beasts and monsters for the hunter, fruits and plants for the trader, ruins for the historian, skies for the cartogropher, anomalies for the storm chaser, land for the conquerer, and a new life for the disenfranchised, the renegades, the outcasts, the outsiders. Nations have been desperate to claim as much of the New World for themselves, and have put huge efforts into building colonies and fortresses on all land short of the frontier itself. Then there's postal workers like you, who ensure well enough that the colonies stay connected to the rest of the world."

>Tell the barkeep you already know to be generally wary; however, is there anything in particular along our route we need to watch out for? Stuff like dangerous geographic regions, legendary monsters, faction politics, individuals to run away from really fast, etc.
"I know I need to generally be cautious, but is there anything I should watch out for? locations, monsters, factions, aves?"
>"All of the above. There are four things you need to watch out for in the New World; The monsters, who will chase you, the plants, which will trap you, the aves, who will fight you, and the tempests, which will disfigure you in strange ways. You need to watch out for all of it, but I don't know much of the specifics, as I have heard stories, too many, so if you got questions, ask em'"
>"And If you want to know more about factions I can always direct you to members seated around the Tavern."
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No. 992191 ID: e51896

Ask about body guards around here that might be able to help you, or if some members of the factions could lend you a hand.
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No. 992214 ID: d5825c

>tempests
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No. 992253 ID: ce39da

If there are too many noteworthy individual people and places to bear mentioning, then let’s focus on what can be discussed in broad strokes.

> “Er, back up; what do storms have to do with curses?”

After that, move on to getting a lay of the larger factions; hopefully they all understand that you’re a neutral party in whatever struggles they might have.
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No. 992323 ID: 8483cf

>"Land for the Conqueror"

Tell me more.
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No. 992415 ID: 9c4453
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>tempests
> “Er, back up; what do storms have to do with curses?”
“Wait, wait, did you say tempests? storms? curses? What does any of that mean?”
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No. 992416 ID: 9c4453
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>"They don't tell you guys much about the New World do they? I suppose nobody knows everything. The weather of the New World is unlike anywhere else, and unlike any storm you're ever seen or heard of, New World weather makes absolutely no sense. There is no rhyme or reason as to how they do what they do or where they decide to appear. We only barely understand the effects of a few of these anomalous events, so if you can identify them early enough, avoid them."
"What kinds of curses have you heard of?"
>"I have heard of stories about mists rotting the wood off galleys, soft breezes which rusts and erodes the iron of a ship to nothing, rain that can set your feathers on fire, fog which whipes memories to a clean slate, monsoons which shifts your gravity upsidedown, and tempests which I have heard have once petrified an entire fleet into chalk statues. Some storms unknowingly move ships instantly from one part of the world to another, while some ships are simply found with all the crew having disappeared with their outfits laying on the floor where they last stood. It's all mysterious, and the aves who came back are living proof.
"Will I ever be safe from those sorts of things?"
>"Some areas are more prone to anomalies than others, the cartogropher's guild works hard to map out the danger zones of the new world so be sure to get an up to date map."
"What about on land?"
>"On land you are usually safe, besides the occasional flash freezes or ice daggers. All I know is what I have heard, if you want to know more you should either find a meteorologist or look for a book on the subject."

>After that, move on to getting a lay of the larger factions; hopefully they all understand that you’re a neutral party in whatever struggles they might have.
"What are the factions and groups I should know about?"
>"Not on the ridge, but there are many different groups you should worry about varying from pinnacle to pinnacle. militias, pirates, marauders, poachers, conquerers, cursed ore hunters, ancient prospectors, mercenaries as well as many other special interest groups. Many I doubt would have any interest in someone like you, unless they knew you were holding onto something valuable."
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No. 992417 ID: bc11b8

What the hell is this, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of the Bermuda Triangle?
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No. 992420 ID: 86aaf2

Oh. Oh no. It is a place where horrible, reality-changing Anomalies can come upon you like a Stalker out of the bush when you're having a nice Roadside Picnic?
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No. 992437 ID: 9a2966

>>992416
You'd like to know more about the ancient ruin prospectors, since it sounds interesting. Are there any organized groupings of those around here?

Or maybe a mapping/scouting organization you can get the most up-to-date maps from - like, if they got any more recent updates than whatever maps you can buy in the store.

(Anyway, buy something off the ave, they're being courteous and helpful. Have they got any claw foods (finger foods) and non-alcoholic drinks?)
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No. 992440 ID: c50e45

How many pillars are there? Also, let's ask about chimeras.
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No. 992443 ID: b1b4f3

>>992416
Good thing we're just carrying mail.
Maybe it's time to ask about the factions.
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No. 992446 ID: 8a51ec

So the kind of place where touching an invisible piece of thread can give you a heart attack 2 minutes later. Fun. Anything more about the cartographer's guild or is the name self-explanatory?
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No. 992461 ID: 864e49

>>992416
I didn't realize the New World was inside the fucking WARP!
What in the name of sweet fuck have we gotten ourselves into?
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No. 992462 ID: 86aaf2

>>992461

((I haven't seen a discussion thread so putting it here: IMO, it's probably more a reference to 'The Zone' of the novel 'Roadside Picnic', as well as 'Stalker' (the 1979 movie based on the book), and the 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.' series of video games likewise based on the book, rather than The Warp of 40k fame.))
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No. 992572 ID: 9c4453
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I have a load more questions I want to ask, but I'd be here a long time if I wanted to have them all answered.

The bartender speaks up
>"Ah, I didn't mean to scare you or anything! weather anomalies are the least of your worries, most of them are extremely rare to begin with. So much so that storm chasers exist to document and study them."
>Anything more about the cartographer's guild or is the name self-explanatory?
"Could you tell me more about the storm chasers? the cartogrophers and the prospectors also?"
>"I could but there are Aves in the tavern right now who could do a better job than I could.
>let's ask about chimeras.
"So what do you know about chimeras? have you met many? have many live in the New World?
>"Your kind aren't too rare but you're not exacty common either. Many Aves from the Old World have never seen one in person. It is my understanding that many live in the New World. I have seen a few coming through in my time but I don't know if there are any currently on the ridge besides you. Anyway, I've rambled too much anyway, is there something I can get for you?"

>Buy something off the ave, they're being courteous and helpful. Have they got any claw foods (finger foods) and non-alcoholic drinks?
I'm not really a drinker, and as a matter a fact, if I were to drink too much I would gain a resistance to getting drunk anyway, which is besides the point because I shouldn't be drinking while working anyway. It does sound like a good idea to get something for the figurative road.
"Is there anything I could bring with me that'd last a while?"
>"Oh I have just the thing!"
The barkeep reaches beneath the counter and pulls out a bag sized to fit the palm of a hand
>"How does a bag of mixed nuts sound? all from the old world,very light, plus they'll last for a couple months and can be kept in all sorts of conditions. 2 crescents a bag, how's that sound?
That actually does sound very nice, and 2 crescent isn't alot.
"I'll take one, please."
I put two small coins on the table and I am handed the bag
>"Pleasure doing business! and if that's all, I see a few Aves that need refills, I can redirect you to any Aves you're interested in speaking to."

The Barkeep lists off a few group associated Aves around the tavern who I could ask questions, the list includes;
>An Ave associated with the cartogropher's guild and is also a storm chaser.
>A group of New World hunting aves.
>An ancient prospector and a historian sitting together.
>A soldier belonging to an ambiguous faction. (who is now currently in a confrontation with Hakrei)
>Various groups of headhunters, pirates, skyfarers and privateers.

There is also a bounty board I can go look at.
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No. 992573 ID: 8483cf

Visit the cartographers while singing songs about maps.
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No. 992574 ID: b1b4f3

>>992572
Talk to hunters, find out about monsters.
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No. 992578 ID: 894419

>>992574
This.

Knowledge about dangerous fauna your route could take you past is probably an important thing to acquire.
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No. 992581 ID: afe7de

I agree, talking to hunters and finding out about monsters and local fauna would definitely help you avoid any nasty scraps on your journey.
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No. 992605 ID: 19da02

definitely the cartographer
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No. 992925 ID: 9c4453
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>I agree, talking to hunters and finding out about monsters and local fauna would definitely help you avoid any nasty scraps on your journey.
It probably makes the most sense to learn what I'm in for when I go into less tamed areas, so I ask the barkeep to direct me to the group of hunters.

They've located themselves into a part of the tavern farther away from the others. Hakrei and the soldier are nearby but I think I'll avoid them.
An orange ave seems to be in conversation with a grey one.
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No. 992926 ID: 9c4453
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>"I said it before and I'll say it again, what you're claiming is impossible."
"What's impossible about it?! It's neck was huge!"
>"Regardless, I don't know why you would bring chain shots on a hunting trip to begin with"
"Because regular cannon balls are boring! and so are you!"
>"I still don't believe you did it, then again, only something stupid and pointless like that could be done by you."
"That's the spirit! Now let me tell you about the time I shot a raintree dropper with my ramrod--"
>"So that's where it went. I also doubt that happened either."
"Lighten up Pieken, You need to treat hunting less like a job and enjoy yourself!"
>"Aves like you that treat New-World game hunting like sport are the ones giving us a bad name."
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No. 992927 ID: 9c4453
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"What's that supposed to mean?! I think 'pith raiders' has a good ring to it!"
>"I think it's barely respectable."
"As if you wanted respect! if you wanted respect, you'd get a more respectable helmet!"
>"What's wrong with my helmet?"
"It makes you look even more like a dork!"
>"Elaborate."
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No. 992928 ID: 9c4453
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"Well for starters, it has that big stupid spike!"
>"It's not stupid. It's has a purpose"
"Oh? And what would that be? Do you use it to impale jungle cats?"
>"It's for intimidation"
"'Intimida--'... AHAHAHAHAH, OH, YOU DON'T REALLY THINK THAT DO YOU??"
>"It's true."
"AHAHAHAHAH"
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No. 992933 ID: 9c4453
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>"Listen Trasks, my helmet is both utilitarian and attractive, you're probably upset you couldn't think of it first
"MAYBE I'LL ASK THAT CHIMERA IF IT'S INTIMIDATED-- AHAHAH"
"I would really prefer if you two would be quieter, before you both give me a second headache."

I guess now's a good time to think of questions to ask that relate to the New World and its fauna.
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No. 992934 ID: 19da02

Immediately ingratiate yourself to Trasks by saying you don't find helmet spikes particularly intimidating. Typically, getting your head close to the dangerous part of an animal is a bad idea!

That being said, you're traveling to the New World and want to have some idea what to expect when you get there if they'd be so kind as to indulge you. Maybe offer to buy a round if you can afford it?
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No. 992935 ID: 6093e4

>>992933
Sit across from redhat, ask them what to expect regarding monsters on the routes between populated areas, and what warning signs might alert you to monster in an area (tracks, droppings, etc.). Also compliment his hat
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No. 992937 ID: 8a51ec

This 'Trasks' person certainly seems like she'd be willing to accompany you through the New World for the hell of it. A dumbass, but a useful dumbass.
Though with an attitude like that, you probably want save asking her to do something that involves a lot of idle chatting and being alone with you for last. Anyway, you should ask about any fauna you want to avoid and how to do so.
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No. 992939 ID: 86aaf2

Compliment all of their hats and helmets and say that all three styles on display are quite daring and dashing! But you don't really have the cultural context to be intimidated by any lf them. Maybe you're missing military history reference somewhere?
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No. 992944 ID: ce39da

You don't know about hunting, but you do know trivia about the civilized world:
"To be fair, the spike was made with utility in mind, and he's not technically incorrect about it being for intimidation; it's actually a hook with which you're supposed to attach a military plume so that you look taller. And while that does look ridiculous up close, it can be quite intimidating from across a large battlefield, which... admittedly, hunting is probably quite different from. I'm not sure if it would work on a wild beast. But then, you're the experts, which is why I came over. Do you have any advice for traveling through the wilds?"
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No. 992948 ID: c09f5e

Redhat looks like the quietest of the bunch, thus the most experienced/useful, but also hardest to impress. Start by not calling him Redhat (sweet nickname though), and get their names.

You're not the one to come in to hunt for monsters, so ask for tips on how to avoid or deter them. Things like signs to look out for, wards or weapons you can carry, antidotes or first aid to administer after trouble, etc.
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No. 993044 ID: 4a9893
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993044

>You don't know about hunting, but you do know trivia about the civilized world.
Although that's true, all I know about the uniforms and attire of the New World Is that clothing needs to be specialised for the enviroment, which in some cases is to protect against humidity. I do know that those helmets are called pith helmets, and that they are made of a sponge-like material called pith.
>Redhat looks like the quietest of the bunch, thus the most experienced/useful, but also hardest to impress. Start by not calling him Redhat (sweet nickname though), and get their names.
I will consider this and I will be sure to try get their names

I approach the group and try to get acquainted.
"Hello there, you guys are New World hunters, right? My name is Pascoe, and I'm getting ready to head to the New World for the first time, so I had a few questions some of you might be able to answer for someone new like myself?"
>"I could answer a few ques--"
"Hey, chimera! take a seat! there's a spot next to me, I'll answer any questions ya like!
My name's Trasks, the stony face guy with the funny hat across from me is my good pal Pieken, and the sleepy head in the corner there is Reeds!

>"Hail fellow well met."
"Please do try to keep it down."

>Compliment all of their hats and helmets and say that all three styles on display are quite daring and dashing! But you don't really have the cultural context to be intimidated by any lf them. Maybe you're missing military history reference somewhere?
"For the record, I think you all present yourselves in a stylish fashion, though I wouldn't say any of you intimidate me that much, but it's nice you put in the effort nonetheless"
>"Better to be envied than pitied. Hunters should take pride in their appearence."
"My outfit isn't complete yet! I just need a few more teeth to complete my crown!"
Pieken's eyes roll.

>Immediately ingratiate yourself to Trasks by saying you don't find helmet spikes particularly intimidating. Typically, getting your head close to the dangerous part of an animal is a bad idea!
"I think the monster teeth sends the message that you're a threat better than a single spike can!
"That's what I'm saying! Why even stop at teeth? I aught to add antlers, claws, tusks, horns, what have you! You, my friend, have just inspired a future work of art!
>"I think it's sickening."
"Everyone's a critic!"

>you should ask about any fauna you want to avoid and how to do so.
"You all know a lot about the creatures of the New World, right? could you tell what to watch out for?
>"The New World is a big place. You'll need to be more specific."
"What can you tell me about the creatures that inhabit the pinnacles?
"My favourites!"
>"Yes, well, the wildlife that inhabit the pinnacles are very interesting, being that much of the life is isolated to each island, some can be big, some can be small, sometimes animals are the least of your worries. But for the most part, the creatures that inhabit the New World that you need to watch out for are mammals."
"I bet Pascoe here has never even seen a mammal before!"
>"I think you're an idiot, Trasks."
"And I think your face is an idiot!"
*sigh*

>"Anyway, mammals generally dominate any of their given environments, and most are many times larger than the average sized ave. To take one down we usually orginize large hunting parties, depending on what we're looking for. It's usually a good idea to come in with a plan. Some can be very intelligent, too."
"Should I avoid all mammals?"
>"Not always, some have been domesticated or tamed and used for hunting."
>"Also of note are some monsters that appear one of a kind, some myths and others legends while some are very real, but those are the sorts of things Reeds here deals with."

>That being said, you're traveling to the New World and want to have some idea what to expect when you get there if they'd be so kind as to indulge you.
>Do you have any advice for traveling through the wilds?
"What's it like navigating the wild territories of the new world, what would I need to come prepared?"
>"One thing you'll definately need is a knife."
"I can't use a weapon though, my code prevents me from doing so."
>"Don't worry, you won't be needing it for that, You'll need it for cutting your way through all the plants. many paths and roads connecting colonies and isolated properties often get overgrown. I suggest you get a machete if you wish to come prepared."
"You should get a kukri!"
>"That would do a better job at cutting plants and such, but those are generally more expensive and are more unwieldy. Get one if you can afford it."

>This 'Trasks' person certainly seems like she'd be willing to accompany you through the New World for the hell of it.
I can't tell if it's a she or a he, but that's because I'm not an ave. aves have the same issue with chimeras. I don't know if Trasks would want to sit around while I'd deliver stuff, but I think there's a good chance I'll run into these hunters again sooner or later.

>You're not the one to come in to hunt for monsters, so ask for tips on how to avoid or deter them. Things like signs to look out for, wards or weapons you can carry, antidotes or first aid to administer after trouble, etc.
"How can I best avoid encounters with wildlife?"
>"I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that's kind of the opposite of what we do..."
"What about antidotes and medical supplies?"
>"That all varies from pinnacle to pinnacle."
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No. 993046 ID: b1b4f3

>>993044
Oh, speaking of plants, are there any plants you need to look out for? Ones that are poisonous to touch, or ones that will grab you?
And any advice on the factions would be appreciated.
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No. 993055 ID: 9aa12d

Generally speaking you need knowledge on the land, what to commonly look out for, how the terrain is, how hot or cold it can get, stuff of that nature.
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No. 993065 ID: 19da02

Also if there's anything that's particularly poisonous/venomous.

And hey, if there's something they think you could fight and win, because some increase in battle prowess would be useful in your current circumstances.

And hey! If they've met any other chimeras? Preferably ones that like fighting?
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No. 993074 ID: 9a2966

>"I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that's kind of the opposite of what we do..."
Logically they could tell you what they DO do to -attract- beasts, so you at least know to avoid doing that. At least for anything that's easy to do accidentally - you don't need their trade secrets or anything.
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No. 993183 ID: 4a9893
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993183

>Oh, speaking of plants, are there any plants you need to look out for? Ones that are poisonous to touch, or ones that will grab you?
"Lets talk about the plants. any I should look out for? any that are poisonous to touch or eat?"
>"Oh there are plants like that and more. There are some islands where plants are the biggest threat, depending on the season. Some are poisonous of course, but those aren't always the real danger. Some plants aren't intentionally harmful, take trapdoor ivy for example, it grows over holes in the natural terrain which sometimes causes explorers to fall in. Then there's carnivorous plants, ones that try to lure you in with a scent or bait of some kind. I have even heard stories of a plant that will try to lure wildlife by imitating the sound of a wounded animal."
"Don't forget about the plants that shoot you!"
>"Ah yes, scatterweeds. The way that plant spreads its seeds is to explode into the direction of a tripped vine and the idea is to lodge itself into an animal which will transport it long distances. Fortunately it is rarely lethal and only explodes in the dry season."
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No. 993184 ID: 4a9893
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993184

And hey! If they've met any other chimeras? Preferably ones that like fighting?
"Have any of you ever met any chimeras like me before? Any of them good at fighting?"
"I've met plenty of pseudo-whatevers, I even see a few in some hunting parties! I don't know about any fighters though. I've seen a few gryphs like you, but they're usually a lot more stripy and spotty. One guy I see a lot is a pseudojack, Best hunting partner I ever had! lets see... I also see a pseudowend too from time to time, great tracker, I love it when you chimeras do that thing when you get on all your legs!"
>"What about Mills? Isn't he a Chimera?"
"nahhh, he wasn't born like that, remember?"
>"I suppose."
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No. 993186 ID: 4a9893
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993186

>Generally speaking you need knowledge on the land, what to commonly look out for, how the terrain is, how hot or cold it can get, stuff of that nature.
"What are the lands like? climate, terrain, stuff of that nature."
>"The New World isn't temperate like the old world, there are only two seasons to keep track of usually, wet and dry, but some areas have different rules. In other words it'll be hot and wet most the time. as for the terrain of the pinnacles, the islands are usually very vertical, and since most ports are built in the basons at the bottom, people making their way across the wilds need to make their way uphill much of the time.
"So the climate is mostly hot?"
>"Correct, save for the occassional weather anomaly."

That answers most of the questions I had about the New World. It sounds dangerous but it should be alright, seeing as I'm a generally cautious person, perhaps to the point of paranoia. I'm quick on my feet so I'm not too worried about being chased. I can do this.

I'll soon exchange parting worlds with these hunters and get on with starting this journey, but before I do, should I ask anything else, or any questions directed to any of the hunters in particular?
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No. 993200 ID: ce39da

A parting question to both them and the barkeep if you aren't satisfied with their answer: "Last question, but not a hunting one; are the maps the Outpost could provide up-to-date enough, or would I be better off with another source?"
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No. 993207 ID: 894419

>>993186
Ask 'em why red-hat is so mysterious and silent, is he always like that?

Also ask if you wanted to hire on them for a trip someday, what the going rates are.
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No. 993209 ID: b1b4f3

I'm satisfied. We can move on.
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No. 993361 ID: 4a9893
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993361

"are the maps the Outpost could provide up-to-date enough, or would I be better off with another source?"
>"The Pinnacles have always been difficult to map out, but even old maps are better than none. All maps that are sold are usually up to date unless stated otherwise.
"Yeah those cartogropher nerds come together a few times a year and share their personal maps with eachother to create a super map which gets mass printed and passed around, they get sold everywhere for real cheap."
>ask if you wanted to hire on them for a trip someday, what the going rates are.
"What's it like going hunting? I might try it out myself some day"
>"It's a profitable venture, it certainly pays for itself, especially if you can capture the game and bring it back alive. Nobles, private collectors and the colosseum will pay through the roof for fierce or rare game."
"It's fun, too!"
>"If that's how you want to look at it."


>Ask 'em why red-hat is so mysterious and silent, is he always like that?
I've been wondering that too. I got the impression he could just the quiet type, But I feel it's worth asking.
"Is Reeds always this quiet?
"Say something, Reeds!"[/orange]
[color=red]"I will, but not because you told me to.


I look back to see Reeds smoking a clay pipe. I don't know when he started smoking it as I didn't see him take it out. Interestingly, I didn't even hear him use a fire striker.

"Watch your back, chimera.
People will be watching it.
Watch them too."

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No. 993362 ID: 4a9893
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993362

He turns his head and I get a look at his other eye, or what appears to be some kind of scar going over it.
"And a word of personal advice; don't go looking for things that don't exist."

I'm not even gonna ask.

Anyway, I've messed around enough, it's about time I got to work! I bid my farewells to the small group of hunters.

>"See you around pseudogryph."
"Until next time!"
"Farewell."
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No. 993366 ID: b1b4f3

>>993362
To the post office.
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No. 993369 ID: ce39da

Yeah, it's time to head to the outpost to get a map along with our mail and plot a route. We can shop on the way back to the dock.
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No. 993396 ID: 12b116

let's get to work! Post office.
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No. 993478 ID: afe7de

Go to the Post Zone, get ready for works!
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No. 993488 ID: 894419

I'm here to talk to hunters and deliver mail, and I'm all out of hunters to talk to. TO THE POST OFFICE!
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No. 993657 ID: 4a9893
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993657

As I begin to make my way down I take the time to obsorb all the information I've taken in, and so far, I've just been told how dangerous it'll be. Though in all fairness I was told in advance, albeit in much less detail, how everything would be really dangerous. I still wanted to do this anyway. I wanted to do this because... uh... I still don't really know why. I could say I wanted the promotion but I never really had to worry about money. There was just something about the New World job that enticed me. Maybe I just got sick of doing deliveries in the same town for 4 years. I should ask my coworkers why they do it.

Anyways, I'm not completely clueless on the New World, I know about the colonies, the countries that influence them, and I know about all the other courier services we compete with.

Back home in Tenprence, or I guess as everyone here calls it, 'The old world', things were much more simple. We don't have mammals as the hunter mentioned (besides half-mammals like myself), and we don't have bizarre weather like the barkeep told me. Aves and chimeras are at the top, but in the New World we seem to be at the bottom. At least we stand a better chance than we used to.

I also can't help but feel I'm forgetting something... was I supposed to bring something?

I have a few more things I could think about before I arrive at the outpost.
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No. 993678 ID: e7c7d3

Check pockets to make sure you got everything
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No. 993683 ID: a3ec44

Forget your pictures of loved ones?
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No. 993694 ID: ce39da

I really hope it isn't some official papers or a badge you need to flash at the outpost or anything. (Or if it is, that you haven't lost them.)
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No. 993697 ID: b1b4f3

Pilot told you to pick up a few things. Can you do that after the post office?
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No. 993855 ID: 4a9893
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993855

>Check pockets to make sure you got everything
My raincoat doesn't have pockets, so at least I'm not forgetting anything in those.
>Forget your pictures of loved ones?
Loved ones? I guess I can't really say I got loved ones to have pictures be made of. I never met my real parents, and to this day have never seen another chimera before. I was raised by an ave family but for the most part I'm on my own.
>I really hope it isn't some official papers or a badge you need to flash at the outpost or anything. (Or if it is, that you haven't lost them.)
I took the papers before I last I checked, the emblem for my company is still on my hat.
>Pilot told you to pick up a few things. Can you do that after the post office?
Definitely taking care of that after this business is taken care of.

After a while of walking, I notice the terrain begins to go uphill and I can see the post office. From the outside it looks like the one I work at, but this one seems much bigger and a bit more... drab? It was constructed away from the other buildings and higher up which isn't out of the usual for a post office. The road seems to disappear and trees start to take over.
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No. 993856 ID: 4a9893
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993856

As I make my way through the trees I notice a hard to miss sign nailed to a tree. It's reads: 'THIEVES WILL BE' with the rest of it painted over with noticably smaller and neater handwriting written underneath that reads 'Please don't steal anything. -P'. I can only assume this was put up by someone working here. I suppose that means thieves are somewhat of a problem? I certainly hadn't planned on stealing...
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No. 993857 ID: 4a9893
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993857

I walk up a ramp and approach the entrance, the way in appears wide open which I think means they are open? They should be. It looks... really dark in here?
I guess I should wait for my eyes to adjust to the darkness or look for a candle or lantern in the mean time. I wonder what's going on here.
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No. 993859 ID: 894419

>>993857
No lights? Call out and see if anyone is up ahead.
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No. 993875 ID: b1b4f3

Hello?
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No. 994019 ID: e9b402

>>993859
This. Yell out "is anyone here? Im not a thief."
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No. 994358 ID: 6966b0
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994358

It doesn't look like I have much of a choice in the matter and decide to proceed ahead. My guess for why it's so dark in here is because all of the windows are shut or maybe boarded up, Not likely the latter because this place should be active at nearly all times.

Calling out into the corridoor gives me no reply, also of note is that my voice doesn't travel very far because the acoustics are being affected by all the lockers lining the walls.

Adjusting to the darkness is something that comes easy to me being part feline, I just wish my dilated pupils didn't make me look like such an idiot.
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No. 994359 ID: 6966b0
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994359

As I look for someone to talk to, I hear a click...

--BANG--

A scatter of small projectiles misses in front of me not so narrowly. I've never been shot at before and I'm not sure what should be my first reaction!
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No. 994360 ID: b1b4f3

>>994359
Running away seems wise.
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No. 994361 ID: 12b116

hit the dirt and try to scurry for cover!
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No. 994365 ID: 86aaf2

No, *running* is not appropriate.

Getting low down and diving for cover (note: things used to represent cover in popular culture aren't always massive/thick/dense enough, look for something big and thick to put between you and the person shooting at you).

Then keep your head and limbs and body close to the ground and behind said cover and scream that you surrender. You are, after all, unarmed and at their mercy anyway, and they have shown willingness and intent to use lethal force.
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No. 994366 ID: 894419

Hit the deck!

"Oh god! Don't kill me! I'm sorry!"
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No. 994390 ID: 2aa5f0

drop and get behind cover. If there is no cover try and knock down some of the lockers for cover and pray they're not attached to the wall.
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No. 994406 ID: 864e49

Drop to all fours, scream, loss hat, get the fuck out of there, find guards.
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No. 994409 ID: c1d72d

The most rational action would be to no make sudden moves, hands up and demand "Ceasefire! I am disarmed and mean no harm!".

Though the most usual action is to duck for cover and run with a loud "AAAAAAAHHHH!".

Maybe a combination? Ducking for cover and try to reason?
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No. 994411 ID: 094652

"I SURRENDER!"
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No. 994473 ID: 2748b3

I would hit the deck, fast. Also yell that you're with the postal union.
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No. 994702 ID: d5825c

humm seems like a pressure plate trap.
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No. 994763 ID: c6266d
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994763

I decide the best course of action is to leap to the nearest cover, which is as far as I can see in the darkness, a stack of large wooden boxes. I get close to all fours and lunge forward taking especially careful measure not to lose my hat. I only scream a little bit.
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No. 994764 ID: c6266d
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994764

I duck down keeping myself as close to the ground as I can and try to fit as much of myself as I can behind cover.

The next logical step would be trying to reason with whoever fired the shot.

"I SURRENDER! I'M NOT A THIEF, I'M WITH THE POSTAL ALLIANCE!" After a while, silence fills the room for a brief moment, before I hear a voice speak up.
>"I considered that a possibility. But the chances that you were a thief or a specific chimera I wanted to shoot outweighed the possibility. You'll have to excuse me, I don't meet many chimera postal workers."
"So... you're not gonna shoot me?"
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No. 994765 ID: c6266d
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994765

>"Nah, suppose I have no reason to now. You and I are both busy people, you got mail and packages to deliver, and I'm busy staring at nothingness all day, so how about we try not to waste eachother's time. We got a couple minutes give or take for the postmaster to get here to chew me out for firing this thing, so you ask whatever you like."
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No. 994766 ID: 0fae41

Are you blind? You could have taken my head clean off!
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No. 994767 ID: f94934

>>994765
You're a postman! You're not even supposed to have a gun!
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No. 994768 ID: 3ed3c3

>>994765
You crazy, blind bastard! What if you'd hit me?! Where the Hell did you even get that thing?!
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No. 994773 ID: 2aa5f0

where did you even get that gun? I thought people working for the post were discouraged on carrying weapons.

Also do I have to worry about anyone else trying to shoot me? You make it sound like the postal office around here has enemies... for some reason.
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No. 994779 ID: cdabe3

Oh geez, the gun still has a shot loaded in the second chamber
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No. 994782 ID: c1d72d

You se apparently there is a thief problem. Is someone stealing the mail?
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No. 994785 ID: ce39da

Too late; we're chewing them out right now.

"You know we're not even supposed to use weapons to hurt people like that, right? What if you'd killed a fellow employee of all people? And you call yourself a postman!"

If he retorts with some nonsense about doing what it takes to survive out here: "Look here; I joined this company because I believe in its principles. If you don't - if you aren't even willing to use the rules' loopholes instead - then why are you still with the company?"
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No. 994796 ID: b1b4f3

>>994765
What do the crosses over their eyes mean?
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No. 994848 ID: d5825c

i would not complane about him haveing a gun, i would ask if he can even see the postal lables. And why is it so dark in here?
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No. 995018 ID: c6266d
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995018

"Are you blind? You could have taken my head clean off!"
>"I am blind. What gave it away?"

"You know we're not even supposed to use weapons to hurt people like that, right? What if you'd killed a fellow employee of all people"
>"Oh don't be so dramatic, that couldn't kill anyone, even if I had aimed it directly at them. That was a warning shot, minimum measurement of gunpowder with small pellets. I fire it towards what I assume are would-be thieves to chase them off. I'd be impressed with myself If I actually managed to hit anybody with it. Keep in mind it doesn't actually have the power to seriously injure you, would've peppered you up real good though.

>apparently there is a thief problem. Is someone stealing the mail?
"Is there some kind of problem with thieves for you to have to do that?
>"Oh yeah. Though I must say, acting unhinged and firing at noises really makes thieves reconsider targeting this place."

"where did you even get that gun? I thought people working for the post were discouraged on carrying weapons."
>"It isn't company property if that's what you were wondering. I got this from one of the salvage yards for a bargain. it's pretty rusted but it works for what I'm using it for. We're not discouraged from using guns or knifes or anything, only from using them as weapons if that makes sense. You and I can still use guns as bluffs or knifes for cutting things, even if it's frowned upon, we're just not supposed to harm others with them."

>Oh geez, the gun still has a shot loaded in the second chamber
"I see there are two barrels on that gun, is it still loaded?"
>"Correct. There's a more lethal round in the other chamber for the persistant ones."

>why is it so dark in here?
"Can you tell me why it's so dark in here?"
>"Is it? I guess you could say I had a hard time noticing. Wasn't my responsibility to open the windows."

>What do the crosses over their eyes mean?
"What's with the crosses over your eyes?"
>"It's a little rude to ask about someone's desensing scars you know."
"Isn't it also a little rude to fire guns at people?"
>"Eh, touché I guess. I got these when I was still doing delivery runs in the pinnacles. I had an encounter with the local mythical horror found on Hocking caye. A word of advice? If the locals tell you to wear a blindfold or put wax in your ears, you should listen."

I start to hear cursing and stumbled walking approaching us from one of the hallways.
>"Ah, right on time! this should only take a moment. When he's done, he should sort you out. By the way, if you're here to collect, I think you forgot something."

What? What did I...
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No. 995056 ID: b1b4f3

You have your bag. Do you need a bigger one to carry mail?
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No. 995079 ID: 9aa12d

De-sensing scars? That one hunter had them, is someone or something deliberately removing eyes?
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No. 995086 ID: ce39da

> Desensing scar.
> Literally blind.
We're forgetting something he can detect without using his eyes? ... Quick, try to recall if there's a verbal password or greeting protocol you were briefed on! It makes sense that it'd slip your mind if it isn't needed for the more "normal" routes you're used to.

If that doesn't pan out... does the fact that his hat has a different emblem and trimming mean anything to you?
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No. 995137 ID: e16acb

>>995018
You've got your cap, your bag, uh... I don't know what else you could need to pick up and deliver mail. Address book? Map? Journal? Sick Double Barreled Indiscriminate Murder Gun? Boots? Gloves?
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No. 995139 ID: 8483cf

The kind of buckshot doesn't matter if you shot someone in the eye! They could end up blind or...

You know what never mind


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