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993735 No. 993735 ID: eedbeb

Part 1: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/989140.html

Interlude: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/991509.html

Your wings keep growing.
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No. 995211 ID: 3ed3c3

Does Saul think he'd be more comfortable inside Evelyn?
No. 995240 ID: eedbeb
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Maybe Saul wants you to spy on DH? But the soul didn’t know you could do that before you told Body. You wonder how Jadis managed to get enough soul pieces when she’s made it sound so hard to take soul from a living person.

Saul’s answers only give you more questions. The situation is too complicated to figure out with a simple yes or no, and you wonder how else you can communicate. The last time you saw Saul was in your dream this morning, maybe if you fell back asleep he could mime out an explanation with his new tentacle arm thing.

Body nudges you to get your attention as two people in suits get out of a black car and start walking briskly towards the apartment. Looks like the mobsters are here.
No. 995255 ID: b1b4f3

Figures. Block the door to buy time. See if you can tie a bedsheet to the balcony to make it easier to descend.
No. 995267 ID: 8cb67d

How about lock the door and head for the roof? Or maybe hide out in the stairwell near your room and wait for them to come up the elevator and just slip past them?
No. 995271 ID: 9263d2

We could... always say hi?
Something tells me with what is going on in the world, there is a possibility that they might not be here for Body's head, but to discuss Something more important. I dont see them with weapons...
No. 995280 ID: eedbeb
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“What do you want to do?” you ask Body.

“Honestly, I’d like a quick death. But I have to be responsible, so whatever you think is best.” Body says.

Do you:
-Escape via balcony
-Talk to the mobsters through the door
-Hide on the roof
No. 995283 ID: 44b878

Better not greet them. Let's instead dress Body up to hide her stitches and see if we can avoid them seeing us.
No. 995285 ID: b1b4f3

Well one thing's for sure, Saul thought it was such a bad idea to retrieve your soul that he's willing to endure existence for longer to delay it.

If you try to talk to the mobsters through the door they're probably going to try to shoot you through the door.
It's better for them to think you escaped off the balcony. Tie bedsheets to the balcony, lock the door then flee to the roof before they get to the apartment. You'll also be able to tell from their reaction if they wanted to murder Body or not.
No. 995287 ID: afe7de

Okay but what if you just talked to them? (might be a bad idea but hey, bad ideas can sometimes be fun)
No. 995288 ID: 422cea

Is one of those a lobster mobster?

Maybe a crusty crab.
No. 995290 ID: 031458

Balcony, lets not get trapped here.
No. 995315 ID: 4e13f0

Escape through the balcony!
No. 995323 ID: eedbeb
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You duck inside the apartment and hesitate while you think. Hiding on the roof might work, but if one of the mobsters is a witch, they’ll be able to see Saul if they look around. Talking would be a bad idea since they want Body dead.

That leaves escaping off the balcony. You usher Body to your bedroom, throw the zombie the largest hoodie you own, and start stripping the sheets off your bed. Jumping to the tree is too dangerous and you can use the sheets as impromptu rope.
No. 995324 ID: eedbeb
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The mobsters don’t bother knocking. A heavy weight slams into the door, shaking the wall, and you hear the wood frame crack. You finish tying the sheet to the railing, test the weight, and start your unsteady descent, Body beside you.

There’s a distant crunch as your door breaks, but you and Body are already blindly running away from the apartment, praying that the mobsters are distracted long enough that you can get out of sight.

Where do you go?
No. 995328 ID: 4e13f0

you need to find allies. you need bodies and magic and advice. you're painfully aware of your vulnerability dragging the zombie along with you by the wrist as you flee the building. head straight for wherever DH and/or Jadis and Margot are most likely to be. it's time to organize.
No. 995338 ID: b1b4f3

We were told Jadis' dad is with Jadis so I think maybe we shouldn't go there. Optimally we want to go somewhere that's a really fucking good hiding spot so that you can focus to see what DH is seeing.

You could try hiding in a dumpster somewhere if you can find one that doesn't stink too bad. Like, one by a non-food-related business?
No. 995340 ID: b1b4f3

That's where we just were!
No. 995356 ID: eedbeb
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You may be strong, but you’re shit at cardio and once you reach an appropriate alleyway you duck behind a fragrant green dumpster. Body is similarly winded and pants while you catch your breath.

The mobsters could be on your nonexistent tail any moment since they definitely saw the sheets hanging off the balcony. Unfortunately for your adrenaline frayed mind, Margot and DH have reached the other apartment.

You can either listen in now and be interrupted later, or move to a safer location and then listen.
No. 995358 ID: 3ed3c3

Reposition, then listen in.
No. 995360 ID: 8a51ec

A dumpster in an alleyway is not the best place to hide, but those mobsters have definitely lost our scent by now. Perhaps we could tell Body to look for a better hiding spot while we're occupied with spying on DH?
No. 995362 ID: 031458

It's unlikely they'll check the dumpster immediately, but you'll have no way of knowing when it's safe to go, or where they ended up. At least right now you know they're some ways behind you.

Get to the closest place that's likely highly crowded.
No. 995371 ID: eedbeb
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You’d like to go somewhere crowded, but the emergency order means that everyone is still in hiding. The only other place with locking doors that you can think of is the café, which is hopefully closed.

You still have the keys and you lead Body through the familiar maze of side streets that leads to the alley where you lost your soul. After a quick check for employees, you let yourself in to the storage room.

You hunker down besides the coffee bean sacks. It took roughly twenty minutes to get here and you can hear a distant rumble of conversation. DH is already talking to Jadis.

“I’m going to spy on the angel.” you tell Body. “Bother me if it’s urgent.” She gives you a thumbs up.
No. 995375 ID: eedbeb
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>Be DH

You’re in the office alone with Jadis. One of her eyes is on magic mode and the other is normal, if a bit swollen. She looks nervous.

“I don’t understand.” she says.

My god is trapped in the moon by complicated magic. You will help me free them. The restraints are similar to what you created in the undead creature and if we work together we will succeed.
No. 995378 ID: 44b878

(Wait, Evelyn doesn't hace a tail? I thought she did. I'm having dime serious Mandela Effect over here)

I suppose we should continue listening.
No. 995379 ID: b1b4f3

Interesting, so the culling is caused by needing to retrieve souls to prevent the moon god from weakening too much, and on top of that the moon god is sealed away.
WHY was the moon god sealed away though...?
No. 995381 ID: 422cea

I'd really like to know the religious background of this world since it'd be nice to know what the mortal mythology is compared to what we're getting told here.
No. 995386 ID: ce39da

And that is... bad, somehow? Explain why your god being unable to leave the moon is bad.

And yeah, maybe explain who sealed him and why?
No. 995387 ID: 031458

Wasn't duck's head talking about killing half the population earlier?
If that happens society will collapse. Mid and more people will die. A true apocalypse.
We need to warm Jadis.
No. 995394 ID: eedbeb
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There’s something seriously wrong here. DH didn’t mention its god was trapped while you were talking earlier. You don’t doubt that there’s a population crisis, but you also don’t think DH is interested in creating artificial souls. It manipulated you into letting your guard down and now it’s cornered Jadis.

“Why was your god sealed in the moon?” Jadis asks.

For giving animals advanced bodies and minds. For giving you the gift of thought. It was considered an overreach.

“So, is another god keeping them there?”

Yes. They were meant to be bound in eternal sleep, together. Now my god has awoken and is understandably upset.

Jadis opens her mouth to ask a more questions but grits her teeth when DH steps closer.

Will you free my god? I trust you understand the magnitude of the situation and what I am willing to do to obtain your compliance.

“I assume that’s a threat.” Jadis growls.

Duck’s Head floats closer, and from your chest view you can see that Jadis is trembling.

No. 995395 ID: 8a51ec

Good heavens would you look at the time, it's time to inform Kibble about current events.
No. 995396 ID: b1b4f3

DH did say its god was "compromised". It's possible that DH wants to do both things- free its god, and create artificial souls so that its god doesn't have to be excessively fragmented.

Of course, if DH *can* lie, then it's possible the true situation is that the consciousness-god is trapped for more nefarious actions, and maybe splitting itself up like this an intentional ploy to free itself faster.
But if we can't trust the angels to tell us what actually happened... the only way we could possibly find out what to do is to continue spying on them, to see what they say when they don't know they're being observed.

You can't warn Jadis, or anyone else near DH. Not yet. Not until you've confirmed the motivations of the Moon God. You'll need to work in secrecy somehow.
Who else can you call? If you can talk to Jadis' dad somehow, and tell him about your spying ability and how crucial it is, maybe he'll call off the hit and also put some resources towards replicating your spying technique.
No. 995398 ID: 44b878

"Honestly, you are making it out like when your god is released, all souls will be reabsorbed so as to not be reimprisoned or something, so what's the point of threats if you are going to destroy us all anyway?"
No. 995417 ID: 031458

... if it's true that there are two gods bound up there, a creator and a warden per say, perhaps Jadis could start sourcing souls from the warden, whilst freeing the creator. That would prevent apocalypse. Though the methods would also involve anti angelic measures of some sort, as the warden may too have angels.
No. 995432 ID: 3ed3c3

It's high time Kibble ate this asshole.
No. 995443 ID: eedbeb
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“Sounds like releasing your god will cause problems for the earth. Why should I help you if you’re going to kill us all anyway?”

DH gives a hearty mental chuckle. My god would never destroy what took them so long to create. There will be necessary changes, but you and your loved ones will be fine.

There’s a thump on the office door, and the scrape of huge teeth on painted wood.

“It’s okay, we’re still talking.” Jadis calls.

Imagine my surprise when that greeted me when I arrived. What is it you call them? Ah yes, wardens. A fitting name, given the nature of their god.

Once DH’s words sink in, you’re wrenched out of your espionage by a jolt of anxiety that makes your heart race. You’re back in the dim storage room with Body, with Saul beating an affirmation into your aching skull.
No. 995445 ID: 031458

If Jadis goes through with this, the apocalypse will come. There are other... Possibilities, but not so long as Jadis has an angel putting a gun to his head.

This is bigger than you or Body or Saul.
DH Needs to die.

You need a weapon.
No. 995452 ID: afe7de

Hey body we need to get to that spider kid pronto to get some silk to kill DH with, he’s trying to revive a god and is threatening Jadis and it only sounds not good
No. 995455 ID: b1b4f3

"necessary changes" sounds bad. Any time DH has been vague like that, it's been to hide something. Though in this case it might just involve the artificial souls? Specifically saying "you and your loved ones" also implies other people would not be fine. I'm guessing once the moon god is free it will start strongly enforcing the population cap, and maybe magic would be outlawed in general to prevent any rebellion.

The Wardens must be servants of the god that's keeping the Moon God captive. Has anyone tried to communicate with a Warden? Maybe that's what we need to do. That, or somehow go to the moon and use forbidden magic to attract a Warden's attention so that it sends its minions there. Trigger some infighting between servants.
...huh, timmies can eat, but angels can't. I feel like that says something about the nature of the two gods.

Well, it sounds like we got information Saul wanted. Not sure how to use it exactly since we're on the run. Also now you're feeling Saul's emotions? Huh, how come he didn't just send emotions to you instead of Body when you were asking questions? Man, we really need a better means of communication...

I wonder if we can get Cookie alone somehow to use his magic sight to aid in communication? Saul doesn't hate Cookie, and he's the only other witch we know that's not trying to kill Body.
No. 995462 ID: eedbeb
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“What is it?” Body asks with a lack of enthusiasm you wouldn’t have thought possible. You quickly paraphrase the conversation you just overheard, on edge but also excited by your newfound knowledge.

“We need to stop DH.” you conclude.

We do?”

“Yes Body, Jadis has to play along or DH will kill people she likes, so we’re the ones who have to act. I think Saul wants to stop DH too.”

Body winces. “Yeah, he does. What’s gotten into you two? We’re supposed to be hiding so the mob doesn’t murder us.”

“This is bigger than both of us, we have to do something. Can you try to get in touch with Cookie or Kibble? Cookie can help us talk to Saul with his magic vision and Kibble has her Tim thing we could try to communicate with. Oh also we should get more silk to use against DH.”

Body takes out her old flip phone and hesitates. “I don’t want to give ourselves away. Let’s focus on one thing at a time.”

Do you:
-Call Cookie
-Call Kibble
-Go to Aaron the spider
No. 995465 ID: ce39da

We might want to talk to somebody before we go off looking for something that might not have a use in the end, but at the same time, I don't think anybody will be watching Aaron.

Then again, I doubt that'll change with waiting. We'll probably need to get Cookie before we can even try to talk to Kibble's timmy, either, so let's start with Cookie.
No. 995466 ID: b1b4f3

Kibble is right next to the door. Try Cookie first.

I don't know why you'd want more silk. Cutting Duck's head off didn't kill it. At best you can cut off DH's arms and wings. Though, maybe it would work as a net? Just capture the angel instead of trying to kill it.
No. 995470 ID: b23cc5

Body, get your hoodie back on in case we need to leave in a hurry.

Noe let's call Cookie, he may also let Kibble know what we are planning.
No. 995476 ID: 39e3dd

Call cookie, and

I mean having a weapon or restraining device is better than having nothing at all considering neither of you can do magics
No. 995477 ID: eedbeb
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“I think we should call Cookie first. Kibble’s distracted and we should find out what everyone else thinks.” you say.

To your surprise, Body silently finds the contact and hands you the phone. You bite your tongue as it rings.

“Body?” asks Cookie. He’s speaking quietly, like he’s trying to avoid being overheard.

“It’s Evelyn. Are you alone?"

Someone tells Cookie to put the phone on speaker. You hear “Uh, sorry Mr. Lewis, this is a private conversation. I’ll just go over here…”

“Sorry about that. This apartment is tiny and I can’t really get away from Jadis’ dad. I don’t think he’s used to people saying no to him. I’d be scared but there’s also this huge angel in the next room so I’m probably going to die anyway.” Cookie breathes.
No. 995478 ID: b1b4f3

Tell him he should get out of there. There's no reason for him to still be there, the angel doesn't care about him and Jadis is already mostly healed. The same goes for Jadis' dad come to think of it, but he'll probably stay put to keep tabs on his daughter.

Is there any way for Cookie to slip away, *not be followed*, then call you back to arrange a meeting somewhere? The angel is forcing Jadis to do something and you're pretty sure it's not going to be good. You want to stop it, but you need some help. Specifically you need more of the magic string. Does he know how to make it? Who other than Jadis knows how to make it?
No. 995484 ID: 3ed3c3

Can Kibble kill DH? If not, then we're going to need more of that string to garrote the bastard.
No. 995486 ID: 8a51ec

Garroting hasn't worked out well so far, we may have better luck simply restraining DH with the silk.
No. 995509 ID: fd1757

Tell Cookie to go meet you in a few hours at Aaron's place. He could tell Jadis' dad that he is going to try to get more silk again.
No. 995540 ID: eedbeb
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“The angel doesn’t care about you so you should get out of there. We’re trying to get more spider silk, meet us at Aaron’s place in an hour and make sure you weren’t followed.” you say.

You hear Cookie say something to Margot, the clink of keys, and a door opening.

“I’m out. I’ll drive around a bit first, but I probably have a tracking spell on me because I was in the same room as Mr. Lewis while he had his magic active. I wish I knew how to check for it, but I’m still a beginner.”

That’s a problem, but you’re not sure how to deal with it right now. While you think, Cookie stumbles over his next question.

“Body’s with you, right? Is she, er, still mad?”

“She’s fine.” you say. The zombie’s ears twitch.
No. 995559 ID: b1b4f3

Tell him it seems like the anger won't go away until Saul has some manner of closure, whether that is healing or freedom or death or revenge. In order of your personal preference.

The tracking spell can be worked around. The mobsters will have trouble pulling off a clean assassination if you're driving around. Cookie comes and picks you up at Aaron's place after you get the silk, then you drive while Cookie turns it into magic string and/or communicates with Saul. First priority is to ease the pain if that's possible, second priority is getting some input on our plan for stopping DH and also what we're supposed to do about the moon god.
Oh and now that Cookie's out of the apartment you should spill the beans about what DH is trying to do, and what it told you.
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