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1001663 No. 1001663 ID: afe7de

There’s going to be guest artists and writers in this thread, so they’ll be credited as they come up, with a final credits at the end of the thread.

CATALYST PART 1: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/986604.html
CATALYST PART 2: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/993796.html

WIKI: https://questden.org/wiki/CATALYST
DISCUSSION: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/134892.html


Author’s Commentary: This Quest contains 18+ content including violence, sexual content, angry characters, and more. Reader discretion is advised.
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No. 1004637 ID: afe7de
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Andrea’s driving the car whilst Gena begins shooting her rocket launcher at the nearby buildings that keep crumbling. At first the AI doesen’t respond. But a few random NPCs start to complain about your lack of clothes, so Gena blows them up too.

A Star appears at the top of the screen, showing you that the cops are after you. Gena tosses several detonation grenades behind her as some cop cars come around the corner. In a moment they’re detonated and the cars flip over. Another star is gained.

Andrea: Yeah! Fuck me!
Andrea: Hahahahahaha

A COMM call comes in on Andrea’s phone, it’s your contact GOOBER. He says that there’s Awakened Cops on the way to you and to be careful. He hangs up and you look behind you, noticing a cop car that looks surprisingly more sturdy, and it suddenly starts floating in air, speeding up towards you. A car wreck nearby starts floating by as well, increasing speed and heading towards you.

Gena: Is that a Telekinetic, fuuuuck, ABANDON CAR!

Andrea’s ears extend and she’s on the nearest building’s rooftop near seconds before the wreck hits your vehicle. Gena turns around and fires another rocket before immediately being pulped by the wreck.

Gena: Oh I’ll be back in a sec, don’t you worry telekinetic fucko
Andrea: I’ll cover you!!!

Gena needs a moment to ressurect, but the flying car is heading towards you, You’ve got to act quick, what do you do?

AUTHORS NOTE: You’ve got a bunch of weapons and your awakened power, get creative and you can probably do it even if its unrealistic, this is a videogame after all
No. 1004644 ID: e55c06

Andrea notices the building next to her is one of the buildings in the game that can be entered... a post office! Surely they wont toss cars inside a place where civilians gather!

First, she should drop a proximity mine below her feet so the car can explode when it flies this way. Then at the last moment, jump down and use her grapple ears on a street pole to swing herself through the post office door!


It doesnt go as plan, Andrea forgets to let go of the button to have her character swing off the pole and instead her character rams into the pole, making her drop to the floor. A cat NPC happens to be there cackling at her.

(Gotta keep the running gag going, even in an intermission)
No. 1004651 ID: 96606a

pull out a sniper and 360 no-scope the telekinetic
No. 1004655 ID: 074b5d

Use the Artifact powered baseball bat. It's strong enough to knock back anything with a massive amount of force, no matter how weak you are. Hit the car back for a HOMERUN!
No. 1004656 ID: 9a2966

Pull some momentum-cancelling bullshit! Ditch the car and in the middle of the animation to get out, equip your ROCKET FIST weapon, then immediately launch yourself at the telekinetic before you hit the curb!

The AI's telekinetic targeting ability is slow, so they'll miss you for sure with the car, and then you're up in their FACE with a ROCKET-POWERED FIST.

If they're in another car you can even do a sweet takeover move that blows anyone inside the vehincle out of it (with some hilarious ragdolling) and puts you in the driver's seat.
No. 1004666 ID: 6519cb

Clip your gun into the building wall and fire: If you hit anything inside, it triggers the cutscene of you walking into the building.
No. 1004676 ID: 4fcf03

Grapple on top of the car, go car surfin'
No. 1004682 ID: afe7de
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> Assault the car
You want for the car to get closer. Closer. Closer. It’s slowing down, NOW! You hop off the building and using your ears, grapple the flashing police lights, yanking yourself on top of the car. Your knee crashes through the windshield as you land a little poorly, but eventually you get up and are on top of the car. It’s madly shaking you about and you can hear the Zeroes League member shouting at the top of her lungs for you to get off her FUCKING vehicle.

By this point Gena has revived and she’s firing her guns at the car. But her aim is precise so the shots dont hit you. You decide to get stupid and try to take over the car, you’re tossed off the car but your ears hook on to the door, pulling it open and sliding yourself in it. You put your body into it and kick the Zeroes League member straight outside the other end of the car. You’re excited, you just got a FLYING COP CAR! And another STAR!

But for some reason the car starts to fall and very fast.

Gena: OH SHIT, she was using her TELEKENISIS to fly the car. ABANDON SHIP!

Unfortunately for you the game is glitchy at times and you cant exit the vehicle before it comes crashing down. You hear an explosion and take tons of damage as the car crashes down to the ground. You’re able to get free of the now burning wreck and Gena’s now by your side administering a first aid kit. On the other side of the car you both see the ZL member coming out of a dumpster, she’s unharmed and you hear her radioing for backup.
No. 1004683 ID: afe7de
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You both run to the post office and a cutscene triggers. Suddenly everything is fine, there’s no blood on you anymore, and you get a nice shot of both of your character’s asses. The post office clerk greets you and asks how he can help you.

Gena: Okay, Okay, she won’t come in here right? I mean, it’s where civilians gather right?
Andrea: On the one hand, yes.
Andrea: On the other hand, they’re a parody of the Heroes League, so what if she just didn’t care?
Gena: C’mon the game wouldn’t be that cheap, would it?

You hear the crunching of metal from the outside and a loud laughter.

ZL COP: You can run, but you can’t hide! Come out or I destroy the building you’re in! HAHAHAH.
Post Office Worker: Boy that sounds scary!
Post Office Worker: Also, I only serve clothed customers!
Post Office Worker: Get your hippie asses out of here before I call the Po-Lice!
Andrea: What if we took him hostage?
Gena: Uhhhhh I dunno, goddess what do we do
Gena: We’re only at 3 Stars! What is this?!?

You hear police sirens coming in from the distance, more backup is coming. What do you do?
No. 1004684 ID: 094652

Exploit the game mechanics and squeeze into the smallest room in the building. If they can't see you for minutes, they'll give up and leave despite all rational logic telling them not to.
No. 1004707 ID: e51896

If that Zeroes League officer is willing to destroy the building with civilians inside, there is no way they will care about us having a hostage!

But, because the ZL officer said out loud she will destroy the building, we can use that to our advantage to manipulate the clerk to doing what we want.

Let's investigate a giant box that is just barely big enough to snugly fit both Gena and Andrea inside. It prompts a cutscene where they threaten the post officer to hide them in the box, and bring them into a delivery vehicle without arousing suspicion while letting him know his life is at stake since the Zeroes League betrayed him by threatening to destroy the building with him inside, and we're the only ones that can give him the chance to survive this.

After he gets you and Gena in the vehicle, get out of the box, and steal the delivery vehicle, and recklessly drive away from the backup police! (the post office worker can hitch a ride too)
No. 1004725 ID: fdc22d

Gena: grab the postal worker, and use him as a human/kin shield against bullets outside

Andrea: grab Gena (who is still holding the postal worker) and use her as a kin-shield against bullets outside, her awakened ability should be able to let her survive another death.
No. 1004731 ID: 4ac264

Andrea: extend those ears to break through the window and grab the ZL officer, and reel her inside. Gena can shoot her after.
No. 1004740 ID: afe7de
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> Exploit the AI and escape
You wrack your brain whilst Gena looks around the store, the worker looks displeased, but eventually you find a conveniently shaped box the two of you can squeeze in. You do and you close the box. After a few moments the clerk speaks

Postal Worker: Oh! A new package, better put it on the truck!

He wheels it over, sliding you onto his delivery vehicle. You don’t hear the noise coming from the ZL officer because of the cut-scene and after a moment you’re on the truck and it’s driving away. The game goes back to normal as you see the truck drive past the ZL officer. After a few more cop cars drive by the two of you pop out of the package and jack the car. The postal worker looks upset as you squeeze him in the middle of the two of you. He’s complaining about your nudity so Gena tears off his clothes in a comical fashion.

With a complete 180 he starts talking about he loves nudity and how everyone should be naked like you all. He pulls out a mana pistol from somewhere and you get a notification that POSTAL WORKER GREG has joined your crew.

Andrea: Hahahahah
Gena: This makes no sense, but imma roll with it anyway.
Andrea: Is he just gonna shoot everyone’s clothes off with that, HAH.

You all pull out your mana pistols and start shooting random civilians, their clothes get torn off and they start screaming, but there’s a few that go into a frenzy saying that everyone should be nude if they are!

Gena: What is this AI even ON?!?
Andrea: Hahahaha, oh shit the cops are on our ass!

In a distracted moment your car crashes into a pole. What’s weird is that this pole was in the middle of the street and definitely shouldn’t have been there. You pop out of the vehicle, Gena grabs GREG and uses him as a human shield. Andrea then grabs GENA and uses her as a kin shield. It’s incredibly dumb. You bet with the way this game is rigged you could have a centaur mount a centaur that is also mounting a centaur. Suddenly poles start appearing out of the ground, looks like this awakened can just make poles materialize out of nowhere. After a moment the cop cars all rush to a stop in front of you. Many cops get out and aim their guns at you defensively whilst two individuals walk towards you. The one in back is the ZL officer from before, she looks pissed. The one in front is a man in a suit. He addresses you.

Moiko: Well Well Well, if it isnt members of the nudist extremists.
Moiko: I thought we got rid of them, but it looks like there were lots of members still hiding out
Moiko: Surrender now and you’ll only get a small 182 years in prison!

He waves his arms and poles appear out of the ground on the walls and in random places, like hes posturing or showing off. One pole pops out of the ground and he holds it like a cane.

Gena: I… guess we made a faction exist????
Andrea: Game designers are weird.
Andrea: But I have to admit I’m fucking invested now.

How do you respond and what do you do?

AUTHORS NOTE: Feel free to get creative and invent lore as your response, it can be as whacky as you want.
No. 1004746 ID: 6519cb

He's trying to distract you while he cages you with his poles. The best way to go is UP! Step on a pole as it's rising, and hop onto a fire escape from there.
No. 1004752 ID: e51896

Swing from pole to pole with the extendable ears, and POLEDANCE! shoot as you poledance!
No. 1004775 ID: 2f2bf5

If he is trapping us in a pole cage, we're taking him inside with us! Extend those ears and grab and pull him towards you. Grab and embrace him in a hug and proceed to have sloppy makeouts with him
No. 1004811 ID: e51896

Also, just for the laughs, since that mech show is coming on soon, we can probably end this with a bang with that ZL woman using her telekinesis to drop a giant oil tanker truck in the battlefield, exploding everyone... Including herself.

No. 1004926 ID: afe7de
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> He’s trying to distract you
You notice a pole coming up right in front of you, you step on a pole as it’s coming up and ride it into the air, a cage forms around Gena so you use your ears to GRAB Moiko, tossing him into the cage with Gena. She pulls out a shotgun and starts blasting away at the man in close range as he shouts for the ZL cop to DO IT. You wonder what that means.

ZL COP: But you’ll die!
Moiko: We can’t let them live or it’ll be the nudepocalypse again!!!!
Moiko: We can’t go back to that hell!
ZL COP: You’ll be missed.

You try to HOP towards the cop, fearing something bad might happen when a pole appears in front of you and you slam facefirst into it. It’s incredibly painful, but that’s the least of your problems. Around you you see the poles rising from the ground, completely surrounding the area. You look up and see an Oil tanker. It’s falling towards you at a rediculous speed.

Gena: Uhhh
Andrea: Well fu-

No. 1004927 ID: afe7de
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An explosion detonates, metal fragments fly everywhere. The screen slowly turns to black and white and the text WASTED! appears on screen.

Gena: Holy shit.
Andrea: Okay but how were we supposed to escape that!
Gena: It’s not even letting me revive, oh, it’s probably cause you died too.
Andrea: Hahahahah wow, this game is weird.
Andrea: But in a cool kind of way.
Gena: Sucks that that last segment felt like a cheap death.
Gena: Though I guess thats to deter players from just becoming mass murderers.
Andrea: I think we just got unlucky, remember the last time we played
Andrea: They sent that Awakened that could just push us back and forced us into a corner we couldn't escape from
Gena: yeah we could just pop a bullet in her head and it let us leave pretty easily
Gena: Ah well, the show’s on soon, let’s check it out.

Gena flips the channel to the mech show, but just as it’s about to start there’s a public service announcement. Apparently something happened with the tape to the episode being stolen on it’s delivery to the studio. So instead they’ll be showing a picture of a flower for 30 minutes in it’s time-slot instead.

Gena: You could at least play a rerun!
Gena: Man fuck whoever it was that caused this to happen
Andrea: Yeah maybe they weren’t prepared to release the episode or something and it’s an excuse
Gena: Maybe they had another project they were more interested to work on
Andrea: Damn, I was excited too.
Gena: Well shit, what do we watch now?
Andrea: Uhhh I’m not sure
Gena: let’s just chill for a minute, I’m sure I’ll get an idea soon.

Pick a topic to chat about while you wait to figure out what to watch next.
No. 1004930 ID: c5d8b0

Gossip! Got any juicy rumours about other villagers in the town of Lyst?

Maybe talk about your investigation on the thief in Lyst÷y-mart?
Or maybe about the animal fire investigation?
Maybe just for fun speculate if certain people in town have secret awakened powers they're not telling others? Maybe we can even ask what awakened power Gena would want if she awakened one day.

Either that, or talk about your two sisters.
No. 1004934 ID: e51896

Nice flower.

Check your COMMs for text messages you missed out on while you were distracted with games and television watching. Or look at past text messages
No. 1004960 ID: 96c896

Put the flower on while you chat.
Ask eachother how your families are doing.
No. 1004984 ID: afe7de
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> Juicy goss?
The two of you decide to talk juicy gossip in town, trying to figure out what salacious happenings are occurring.

Gena: You heard about MAPLE?
Andrea: Nah, what about her?
Gena: I heard she’s been wandering around the forest naked at night plowing anyone interested
Andrea: Haha, Nice.
Gena: Apparently she has a H-U-G-E dick
Gena: And that Aeglos guy, apparently he visits her frequently to get “WATERED”
Andrea: hahaha no way, the flower dude?
Gena: yeah apparently his house is near the edge of the forest outside town so its easy for him
Gena: Plus being a VEGI-KIN makes it 10x easier to navigate forests, I’d be surprised if he DIDN’t know more forest secrets
Andrea: Okay but HOW did you get this info
Gena: A lady has her secrets
Gena: And photographic evidence for her fap drawer
Andrea: wait this isn’t blackmail is it
Gena: Uhhhh, noooooo, hahaha, noooo.
Andrea: because that would be ILLEGAL
Andrea: And I’d have to lock you up in HORNY JAIL

There’s a pause. Then both of you just bust out laughing. Gena shows you a picture of Aeglos, he’s just COATED in spunk you feel the blood rush to your loins in arousal but brush it off, you’ve been horny enough today.

Andrea: Y’know when you said WATERED I thought you meant the other kind of watering
Gena: Pfff Perv
Andrea: When you have as much sex as I have novelty starts to become more of a desired thing

> The Lyst-Y-Mart Thief
Gena: What ever happened to the THIEF? Heard that was a big thing a little bit ago
Andrea: Eh, nothing to worry about, apparently it’s some kid who just lives in the forest
Andrea: or a very very VERY short girl
Andrea: She was just stealing a bag of chips
Gena: You able to track her down?
Andrea: Nah, it’s not a big priority, plus the forest gets UNNATURALLY THICK the further you get into it,
Andrea: so searching for a girl in there isn’t worth the time

> Animal Fires
Andrea: Oh right, wanted to tell you about the fires
Gena: What fires?
Andrea: There’s an arson going around town burning animals in the forest
Gena: What? That’s fucked!
Andrea: Yeah, don’t tell anyone, but this actually has happened before
Andrea: Happened at least once a year, maybe more often and we haven't found the other bodies
Gena: I’m guessing you must have an idea about it even a LITTLE bit?
Andrea: That’s the thing. It always happens when no one’s in the park
Andrea: We once thought it always happened whenever ISABELLA came to town, but then there were a few times it happened and she wasn’t here
Andrea: We even monitored her house and found nothing out of the ordinary
Gena: Damn, that’s fucked.
Gena: Maybe there’s a DUNGEON in the forest and some monster’s popping out to feed every now and again
Andrea: No idea, but if there was a dungeon, wouldn’t it have had a dungeon break by now, so I doubt it.

No. 1004985 ID: afe7de
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> Family
Gena: You know, I really miss my folks.
Gena: Hearing about Cat’s parents kinda hit me belatedly
Andrea: Can’t believe they died in the DUNGEON BREAK 8 years ago
Gena: I can’t believe it either, I moved to Lyst like a month before it happened
Gena: If I didn’t I’d be dead.
Andrea: Well I’m glad you’re not

You give Gena a smooch on the head and hug her whilst rubbing her ears.

Gena: What about you, howre Myriad and Adriana doing?
Andrea: Got a call from Myriad a month ago, she’s got her own territory now
Andrea: Says she’s got pretty good control and is setting up infrastructure so that she can move to the next place soon.
Andrea: Can’t believe she got the good end of the stick on powers
Gena: Yeah, a cloning power with almost no downsides is pretty bonkers
Gena: I bet with all the shit she’s doing she’ll increase her cap and eventually be able to run a city all by herself with that many clones
Andrea: I’d bet money that will eventually happen
Andrea: She’s doing well for herself in this pic
Gena: Yeah, she must be well off enough, still in the danger zone though.
Andrea: as for Adriana, it’s same old same old, still pestering me to work less
Andrea: Smoking all the time, you know the deal
Andrea: Heard she’s been flirting around again, so that’s good for her.

> Check your Comm
You browse through your COMM now that the convo has reached a lull, you don’t really use it that much if you’re being honest, although you have a lot of contacts, most of it boils down to solicitations for sex or hangouts that most kin just ignore because you’re too high energy. You’ve learned to tone it down a bit, but it still sucks having to repress a lot to get along with most kin, that’s why you like Willamina and Gena so much, they put up with your over-energetic bullshit and also are willing to have tons of sex when they’re in the mood.

There is one contact you frequently speak with, his name is RANDOM, he runs the meetings for the RATIOLATRY groups and you like speculating with him on how exactly [THE SYSTEM] that controls Awakened powers work functions. It’s mostly speculation and community, but most members, yourself included, vehemently believe in some form of SIMULATION THEORY, that you’re all either bits of data or that you’re a part of a larger simulation that’s running to make SOMETHING happen or to do SOMETHING. The exact specifics are unknown, but the general consensus is that [THE SYSTEM] and by extension the ACHIVEMENT POINTS you get by doing things, just wants to encourage you to do acts that impact others, be it good or bad. So maybe it has something to do with changing the world or changing others? It’s unclear, but this is about the most spiritual you get, you don’t really believe in the GODDESS like most other kin, or at most, imagine that the GODDESS is the one running the simulation on a COMM or TERMINAL somewhere, so they may as well be a GOD.

Gena flips through the channels in the TV again, and eventually a pretty lady appears on screen. You decide to watch this on a whim.

Next segment is starting tomorrow with our next guest author. I think you’ll all like who it is!
No. 1005006 ID: eedbeb
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There’s an uncannily beautiful Beast-kin on the screen, tapping a ruler on her chin. Her face is split by a wide smile filled with flat teeth. One of her eyes is missing and the lid is healed shut. She has piercings along her tall ears and an ornamental eye mod in her chest.

Andrea: Oh this is good shit, let’s watch. She looks like she’s seen the inside of a gene clinic long enough to memorize the ceiling pattern.
Gena: I didn’t know they could do eyes in the chest. How would that even link to the brain?
Andrea: It could be an illusion power or an artifact, but I want to BELIEVE. Mods are cool and if you have the money why not get a vibrating throat?

???: Hello dears, this is your teacher Mizz Es. Welcome back to the classroom after our short break, I’ve missed you all terribly. I hope you’ve done your homework! If you’re a good student we’ll have lots of fun.
No. 1005007 ID: eedbeb
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Mizz Es walks away from the camera, which pans down to her tight skirt, stockings, and black stilettos. There’s an expensive prop desk on set that the woman bends across, curved ass in the air.

Mizz Es: You’ve done so well with our counting section, why don’t we have a little review and then I’ll give you a tasty quiz.

A green screened whiteboard appears behind and to the right of the desk. Words appear on the surface as the teacher speaks.

Mizz Es: This problem will help you pay attention to each part of a counting problem. Say there are i Insect-kin and v Vegi-kin sitting in a row. What is the probability that all of the Vegi-kin are adjacent? Remember these are ORDERED selections, also known as PERMUTATIONS. Express your answer in terms of the variables, remember to use factorial notation, and don’t disappoint me!

The problem remains on the board while Mizz Es licks her lips and looks encouragingly at her invisible audience.
No. 1005009 ID: eedbeb
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Andrea: What the fresh FUCK.
Gena: Is this an educational channel? Do children watch this?
Andrea: They show us a perfectly hot babe, cool aesthetic, sprinkle in a little power play, just how I like it, and then out of fucking NOWHERE!!
Gena: I mean, I’m here for the show. Do you want to try the problem or…
Andrea: It was a setup, a trick to get us wet and vulnerable before they tried to make us do MATH.

Mizz Es is blinking flirtatiously at the camera with her single eye. Her breasts are pressed against the wood desk and she slowly takes a bite out of the RED fruit. The juicy flesh gives a pleasing crunch as pure white teeth pull away from the skin.

Mizz Es: Take your time darlings, but don’t take too long. You want to impress me, don’t you? Send your answer via COMM to the following number.

Andrea: I know I’m one to talk but seeing this lady’s goddam FEMININE WILES used for the forces of BORING SHIT is getting me righteously pissed.

Do Andrea and Gena try to do the math problem? Mizz Es will be pleased if they get the right answer and upset if they get the wrong answer. They’re also free to flip to another channel with no consequences.
No. 1005020 ID: afe7de

Gena could probably do math but Andrea doesent want to, and since we are at Andreas POV, flip channels!
No. 1005021 ID: 094652

If we set up vegi-kin and insect-kin slots in advance, there are (i+1) possible combinations of slots where all the vegi-kin are in a row, by starting with the combination where all vegi-kin will be left of all insect-kin (1), then taking an insect-kin slot and placing it on the far left for a new combination for all i insect kin slots (i). Split this into the stack subproblems of ordering the vegi-kin within their own slots (v!) and ordering the insect-kin within the insect slots(i). Multiplying the problem with the subproblems gives us (v!)*(i!)*(i+1)
And all possible orders means taking the total population v+i, disregarding class, and placing them randomly into the v+i slots. This is a permutation of v+i, or (v+i)!
The answer is (v!)*(i!)*(i+1)/((v+i)!)

Now what.
No. 1005027 ID: 707d76

Support kome's answer >>1005021
. Go with this. Gena is the one who solves it since andrea isnt that intelligent
No. 1005039 ID: afe7de

In light of this sounding like the right answer I’m also changing my vote to that
No. 1005045 ID: 9a2966

Nah, screw math. Watch something else!
No. 1005057 ID: eedbeb
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You’re not thrilled about this math problem thing for the aforementioned reasons and also because, well, you’re not good at math. Given that Gena is at least willing to try the problem, you assume she knows how to do it.

And that? Doesn’t bother you? Everyone’s good at different things and you’re content with yourself and your friend is allowed to have different interests. You really would rather watch something else though.

Gena: Sheesh, she’s really just lying there staring at us. Let me get a pen and paper.
Andrea: You’re simping for a strange TV woman we’ve never met and never will meet. That’s pretty gay.
Gena: You have literally sucked me off before.
Andrea: Many times.
Gena: And made me come so hard I cried.
Andrea: Many, many times.
Gena: I know this isn’t that interesting to you, but let me just do this one problem. I think I know how to do it and I want to see what happens if I get it right.

You sigh and sit back while Gena untangles herself from your legs and blanket and starts scribbling on a scrap of paper. It takes maybe a minute for Gena to circle her answer and start tapping on her COMM.
No. 1005058 ID: eedbeb
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You swear you hear the ding of the message in the background of the show’s light music. Mizz Es perks up and squints at a distant teleprompter. Her smile somehow gets wider and she pushes herself off the desk and beams.

Mizz Es: We have our first CORRECT answer! Gena has reported that v!(i+1)!/(i+v)! is the probability. If you group the Vegi-kin into one unit, you can treat the row as i+1 long, though you have to take into account the order of the Vegi-kin within their slot.

The white board is filled with a colorful scrawl congratulating Gena with little smiling faces. It’s horribly cute and is that confetti falling from the ceiling?

Mizz Es: I am so happy that we have such good students watching this show. It almost gives me hope for this world!

A few CGI hearts swell around the woman, like a bad photo filter.
No. 1005060 ID: eedbeb
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Gena: Great Goddess, she noticed me.
Gena: Did you see that? They put my name on the board and everything? Do you know how much I usually charge for a name drop on ONLYFAUNUS?
Gena: Is there a recording of this somewhere? I need to show everyone, this is so cool.

You keep your mouth shut and stifle a vague surge of jealousy. This was supposed to be a chill night between you and your friend and yeah, you had several hours of games and chatting and fun, but for some reason this hot teacher chick is rubbing you the WRONG way.

Mizz Es: Let’s see if you can answer this next question. It’s a little trickier, dealing with a COMBINATION instead of a PERMUTATION.

She takes a deep breath.

Mizz Es: Consider a five card poker hand drawn from a standard 52-card deck. What’s the probability of getting three of a kind? An example of this would be three Jacks, an Ace, and a Queen.
No. 1005061 ID: 465a14

First card can be anything. Probability of 1. Two other cards have to be that card from other suits. Probability of 3/51 and 2/50. Two other cards CANNOT be that first card, or a pair, to avoid four of a kind or a full house. Only one card matches the value of the other three at this point, so the fourth card has a 48/49 chance of qualifying at this point. Fifth card can't match the first three OR the fourth card, value-wise, which gives it a 44/48 chance of qualifying.

The answer should be equal to 1*(3/51)*(2/50)*(48/49)*(44/48). Simplify as desired, I'm lazy.
No. 1005062 ID: 04e6c4

Andrea: while gena answers another question, look up who this Mizz Es is on your Comm. Theres gotta be some dirt or controversy on this woman that you can warn Gena about to get her to change the channel! find out that this show is actually an urban legend that very few people claim to have seen while most others cannot, speculation is it's some kind of haunted show or pirated broadcast or something! Not much else is known about this mysterious show
No. 1005064 ID: eedbeb


-The hand is drawn without replacement or discarding/drawing new cards.
-Full Houses DO NOT COUNT. The format of a legal hand would be XXXYZ (in any order)
No. 1005066 ID: f8fa51

That last picture is giving a 404.
No. 1005067 ID: f8fa51

Whoops, reloaded and it's fine now.
No. 1005068 ID: 96c896

Doesn't matter, any serious poker player has the probability memorized so Gena can't possibly work it out by hand and win.
No. 1005069 ID: 67181a

The answer is 88/4165. I worked this out by scrawling out results on paper and working out the chances of each result out of millions of results like an absolute goddamn lunatic.
No. 1005070 ID: a472ef

so. that math copied straight into excel simplifies down to 0.0021128451
or 0.211%
Now, the actual poker odds of 3 of a kind, according to the internet, are 0.0211284514, or 2.11%
Frankly, I have no idea how a factor of ten error snuck in here. Your method makes sense to me. I am baffled.
No. 1005073 ID: 67181a


Went over this in discord, thats only rhe chance of drawing 3 of a kind in the first 3 xards of the hand, and doesnt account for being able to draw the 5 cards at any point. There are 10 different arrangements of a hand of 5 that have 3 cards, which is why its off by exactly 10x
No. 1005144 ID: 465a14

Yeah, that makes sense, thanks.
No. 1005149 ID: eedbeb
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Andrea: Okay I will admit that I am a tiny bit jealous of your sick intelligence skills and the shoutout you just got on national television.
Gena: Go on.
Andrea: But there's no way you can do this problem faster than someone else. There's probably a poker nut who has all these numbers memorized. Or anyone can look it up before you can solve it.
Gena: Huh, that's a good point. If you think about it that way, why was I the first person to get the Vegi-kin problem?
Andrea: And only person. She hasn't announced anyone else got a right answer.

You both glance cautiously at the screen, where Mizz Es is back to waiting silently, this time leaning against the desk and teasing the ruler across her lips.

Andrea: I know this sounds paranoid but I feel like she can see us.
Gena: We could wait. To see if someone else calls in.
Andrea: I'm getting a little weirded out. You've never seen or heard of this show before?
Gena: No, I haven't. Let me look it up.

While Gena is on her phone, you can't help but wonder how you would do the problem. Maybe you could just brute force it by writing down all the possible combinations to try and figure out a pattern. You reach over Gena's shoulder for her paper and start absentmindedly writing down possible five card hands.
No. 1005150 ID: eedbeb
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Gena: There's nothing about a Mizz Es online, and we never heard the name of the show.
Andrea: That's super fucking weird.
Gena: Best I can find are a few forum posts telling long winded anecdotes of when people stayed up to late watching TV and saw a lady with red eyes who talked about math. Nothing bad happened. All the comments usually accuse the person who posted of being on drugs or sleep deprived.
Andrea: Are there any powers that can extend this far? Could this be a mind control tinker machine?
Gena: I don't know. I don't feel different mentally besides being kind of tired 'cause it's late.

The two of you wait for several more minutes, surrounded by a cemetery of consumed popcorn and drinks.

Mizz Es: Is our dear Gena not interested in this problem? What a shame.

The woman looks sincerely disappointed, but quickly perks up again.

Mizz Es: I think someone has been working hard on the problem and just needs a little hint. When you consider the 4th and 5th cards, remember they can't share the face value of any other cards. The 4th card has 48 options and the 5th card has 44.

Gena turns her head to see your page filled with messy columns of scribbles.

Gena: You were doing the problem? I thought you hated math.
Andrea: I do, but. Uh. Tall pretty lady. And also we're pretty sure this is some awakened power fuckery at this point so I don't lose my bad girl jock rep for thinking about numbers.
Gena: Hey if you did the work, feel free to turn in an answer. I'll record what happens on my COMM so we can show Iraphena later and hopefully she can give us an explanation.

No. 1005151 ID: eedbeb
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Your paw is a little sweaty as you type and retype the messy fraction. Gena is a comforting warmth against your side and you remind yourself that you're safe in Lyst, you have lots of friends, and you're a badass police officer.

The message sends and Mizz Es almost instantly reacts with a squeal of joy.

Mizz Es: How wonderful! Yes, 88/4165 or about 0.0211 is the correct answer. Well done to Andrea.

She practically purrs your name and you rub your nose to hide your blush while Gena silently films the fanfare that’s similar to her own, complete with confetti and minor pyrotechnics.

Mizz Es: Two good students in one night, I feel so grateful that I have the chance to help educate and improve the people of this fine planet. How about another problem, hm? Don't get too competitive girls! Math is about learning and understanding.

Mizz Es: Say we roll a fair 6-sided dice three times. X is the number of '1's that are rolled and Y is the number of '6's. What is the probability that the sum of X and Y is less than 2?
No. 1005154 ID: 96c896

Oh, this one's easy.

X+Y=1 or 0. That means either one 1, one 6, or neither.
Sum the probabilities of those three.
1/6*4/6*4/6 * 3
+1/6*4/6*4/6 * 3
No. 1005157 ID: 094652

You got it right - my idea was to permutate again, but I forgot that stacking similar terms means I counted the same outcome twice. My bad.

>"I feel so grateful that I have the chance to help educate and improve the people of this fine planet."
Mizz Es sus
I'll take the safe bet of five internet points for "non-Angelic Supernatural Faction" (Demon Faction, Reincarnation (standard and/or exalted), or Alien). She's clearly carnal in nature and is advocating the virtues of critical thinking.
No. 1005160 ID: f8fa51

Seconding this answer.
No. 1005162 ID: 871f70

What if we get enough questions right, she comes visit Lyst sometime this coming week to personally congratulate us? Maybe even live in lyst for awhile even?

Support >>1005154

Also, see what happens if you decide to call the number instead of texting it... if you dare
No. 1005218 ID: eedbeb
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Gena: This one’s easy.
Andrea: I’ll take your word for it.
Gena: So you can have either one 1, one 6, or neither. Find the likelihood of each scenario and add ‘em together.
Andrea: You handle this one. I feel like I burned out young.
Gena: The high expectations of you parental figure has made you fall into the DEBILITATING trap of poor executive function.
Andrea: Sure babe, anything you say.

Gena types in 20/27 into her COMM and sends the message. Mizz Es twirls and strikes a pose.

Mizz Es: Gena has done it again! Such a delight, I could do this forever. They say teaching is the most rewarding career and I wholeheartedly agree.

Andrea: You got that recording, right? We need it so people believe our story and don’t think we were sleep deprived or on drugs.
Gena: Weirder things have happened in Lyst, but yeah, I got it.

No. 1005221 ID: eedbeb
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Mizz Es: I’m getting word that our excellent students are from the lovely town of Lyst. This week that area seems to be the hot destination for action of all kinds, and the citizens there could certainly benefit from the virtues of problem solving and critical thinking.

Gena: Okay why hasn’t she dropped the act yet and start talking to us like she can hear us instead of pretending she’s on TV?
Andrea: Respect the production. Is she saying we’re stupid?
Gena: I hope she meant that everyone else here is stupid, and we’re the lone beacons of intelligence and rationality.

You and Gena lapse into SELF-DEPRECATING giggles at the joke.

Andrea: Let’s ask her to just talk to us like normal.
Gena: Hey Mizz Es! One of us has to sleep sometime tonight so are you going to give us math problems forever or do we get a prize or closure or something? You know where we live now, and stuff, so if you want to stop by sometime we’d be happy to show you around.
Andrea: We have a good brothel.
Gena: There is a SUPERB brothel. I can make you a cute dress.
Andrea: I can show you all the hot boys AND girls.

No. 1005222 ID: eedbeb
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You’re not nervous that Mizz Es is going to smite or mind control you anymore and you’re smart enough to SUCK UP to mysterious benevolent figures of extreme power so you eagerly anticipate the woman’s response.

Mizz Es’s smile falters for a moment, then returns with extra force.

Mizz Es: I’ve had a marvelous idea, if Gena and Andrea can correctly answer an exciting gauntlet of FOUR math problems, then they’ll win a special reward!

There’s a canned ‘OOOOooooo’ for emphasis.

Mizz Es: I understand if our guests need to leave, but here’s the first problem if they’d like to participate. Note that not all of these questions will be PROBABILITY.

The first question appears on screen. It reads:

Let L be the set of positive integers y for which 1/y has the repeating decimal representation 0.ststst… repeating, with s and t being different digits. What is the sum of the numbers in L?
No. 1005226 ID: 96c896

ok so any repeating decimal of that form has to include 11 in its denominator, because 1x+10x = 11x and would turn the repeating decimal into a non-repeating decimal. However, not all denominators with 11 as a factor work. In addition, y cannot be greater than 100 since that would return a decimal in the form of 0.00x, which won't work.

We can just test each multiple of 11 up to 99, and it turns out 11, 33, 99 work. The answer is 143.

Hey, do a little more research and find out if anyone got all their questions right. I feel like what she's doing is farming achievement points, as there's no reason to target you two specifically for something nefarious and people she interacts with get out just fine. I feel like she's sad because she either doesn't want the session to end so soon, or she knows she can't visit. Maybe it's a transmission from another dimension!
No. 1005237 ID: 094652

>Special Reward
Ask if the special reward is incriminating evidence of whoever has been torturing the local wildlife with fire. Because seriously.

If that's not possible, you'll settle for everything-expansion.
No. 1005239 ID: 96c896

Oh and I'm fairly sure 11, 33 and 99 work because 1/3 is the only one-digit repeating decimal with a prime denominator between 1 and 10, so you can put that into the denominator to make a new decimal without interfering with 11's pattern.
No. 1005248 ID: f8fa51

Don't ask for a specific reward. I have a feeling Mizz Es already has one in mind and might get annoyed if we ask for something specific.
No. 1005250 ID: e51896


Support, I wanna be surprised by the gift we'll receive instead of asking for a specific reward.
No. 1005287 ID: eedbeb
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You turn to Gena with a solemn expression on your face.

Andrea: I’m counting on you to do these problems cause I like the sound of a special prize. Do you need anything? Coffee, stamina liquor, head?
Gena: MORAL support and some extra scratch paper would be good. Whatever the reward is, I’ll share it with you.
Andrea: Gena Gena, she’s our mouse, if she can’t do it then I understand and am grateful for the work she’s put in so far.

Gena punches you in the shoulder lightly and you bustle around fluffing the couch cushions and making her comfortable. Mizz Es sits down on the desk and absently pulls out a cigarette which makes your panties feel reasonably DAMP.

Gena: Okay so like...it’ll have to have 11 in the denominator, and then we can use numbers that are multiples of 11 ‘cause we’re doing 1/y…

You slide off the couch and slither in front of the TV to watch Mizz Es smoke. If only you could reach through the screen and offer a lighter with a trembling paw. Jerk off material for later. When you called Gena a simp earlier it had been a defense mechanism against the truth. That you are the simp.
No. 1005288 ID: eedbeb
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Mizz Es taps ash on the set floor and not your tits, sadly, which reminds you of the case you’re supposed to be solving at work, the one where someone’s hurting the local wildlife and being a general prick. You don’t want to be rude and ask what the prize is, but you wonder if Mizz Es could HELP fight CRIME using her apparent OMNISCIENCE.

Andrea: Yo teach, you sound like you know what’s going on in Lyst. Can you give me some clues about a crime I’m working on? Some asshole is burning animals in the words to get their rocks off and I can’t figure it out or catch ‘em.

Mizz Es chuckles and wastes more of that delicious looking ash.

Mizz Es: I’m afraid I don’t know much about your sweet little town besides recent hearsay and gossip. You’re a bright young lady, even if you’re not a fan of math I think you can work out this problem.

Andrea: Well, the fires aren’t being caused by gasoline or something so it’s probably an awakened. I don’t really know anyone with fire powers here so that’s a dead end.

Mizz Es: You do know a very interesting young man whose arrival has kicked off several unusual events.

Andrea: And he has a mighty fine dick. He was the one who reported it originally, but maybe he’s learned something new. Yeah, okay I’ll ask him tomorrow.
No. 1005289 ID: eedbeb
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While you’re stewing in thought and unrequited lust, Gena types a few numbers into her COMM calculator.

Gena: Think I got it, only 11, 33, and 99 work, so the sum of those is 143.
Andrea: Go for it.

Mizz Es stubs out her cigarette on her wrist and claps her hands once the answer has sent.

Mizz Es: Starting out strong! We have three questions left before I reveal my prize. Here’s the next question, which is also NUMBER THEORY.

The second question appears on the screen. It reads:
Let C be a subset of {1,2,3,….,30} with the property that no pair of distinct elements in C can have a sum that’s a multiple of 5. What is the largest possible size of C?
No. 1005292 ID: 465a14

That's easy. 5's a prime number so its only factors are 1 and itself. Just avoid having both 1 and 4 or both 2 and 3 in C, which means we can just have it be the set of all integers from 3 to 30.

Of course, possibly something else was meant by "factor" but then that's a problem for the problem-writer, not us.
No. 1005293 ID: f8fa51

Let's do the question as if it were worded as multiples anyway. This is a modulus problem. We can't have any number that is 1 mod 5 with any number that is 4 mod 5, and the same for 2 mod 5 with 3 mod five, and we can only have a single number that is 0 mod 5. So let's say we pick a single 0 mod 5 number, every 1 mod 5 number, and every 2 mod 5 number. That's two-fifths of the set plus 1, which is 13. This is simplified by the fact that the original set is evenly distributed between the modulus groups, and would have involved another step otherwise.
No. 1005294 ID: bc11b8

No. 1005295 ID: 094652

Let's generalize the problem and see if we can work out an induction.
Let A be the set of natural numbers from 1 to a, and let b be a natural number. Let B be any subset such that for all x,y in B_i, x/=y -> MOD(x+y, b) /= 0.
We want to find the particular subset B_i whose sum of all elements is equal to or higher than any B.

There's a trick to this question; she said no pair of distinct elements can be a multiple of 5, which means that 30 can be in the subset because as long as we don't add any other multiple of 5 to the subset,
One possible subset is [26,27,28,29,30]=140, which is the set of numbers greater than the largest number in the set minus 5, which ensures each of the numbers is of a different type of modulo with 5, and thus none of the numbers hybridize. But my intuition suspects that at sufficiently high numbers, skimming the 'top' will not be sufficient to offset the majority of contributions.
Another possible subset is [1,6,11,16,21,26,30], because each number is sufficiently spaced apart evenly that no two numbers reach a multiple of 5. However, 1 isn't expected to be of much use, here.
I suspect the answer is a hybrid of the two questions, dependent on the ratio between a and b.

Maybe the answer is simpler than one might think: if a = 5, what is the largest possible value?
5 is allowed because its modulo is 0 and thus when added to any nonzero modulo will be nonzero.
4 cannot interact with 1
3 cannot interact with 2
So the set with the largest possible sum of elements is [3,4,5] = 12.
Let's test this by induction:
Suppose we select a subset B which consists of only elements x in A up to a such that x mod b <= b/2. We assume that sum of subset B's elements is the largest possible out of all subsets in the limitation that (for all x,y in B_i, x <= a, y <= a, x/=y -> MOD(x+y, b) /= 0) (where a is a multiple of b). Now let's prove that B', which consists of only elements up to a+b, is also the largest of its kind.
B' consists of the elements in B. We have assumed that B is the largest. Now we focus on subset B_5, which consists of elements [a-floor(b)/2...a+b]. We can arbitrarily see that this is the largest possible set of all sets of numbers from a to a+b, because adding any number from the lower levels means sacrificing at least one higher-numbered level. Since B and B_5 make up B', and each is the respective maximum of its range on natural numbers, we conclude that B' is the largest possible.

[3,4,5, 8,9,10, 13,14,15, 23,24,25, 28,29,30] = 240
This takes up a chunk of the largest numbers without actively finding any two which sum to a multiple of 5.
No. 1005296 ID: 96c896

Oh, yep, that's the solution. I'll write out more of it to make it easier for more people to see why:
0 mod 5 is 5,10,15,20,25,30 and any of those can add to any other one in the group to make a multiple of 5. Thus only one can exist.
1 mod 5 would be: 1,6,11,16,21,26. Six numbers, none of which can add to eachother to make a multiple of 5. Same for 2 mod 5: 2,7,12,17,22,27.
3 mod 5 is 3,8,13,18,23,28 which can clearly make a lot of sums with the 2 mod 5 group, and are in fact the only numbers that can make sums with the 2 mod 5 group that add up to a multiple of 5.
Thus, 6+6+1.
No. 1005297 ID: 7f8419

I.e. c is the set
[1,2,5,6,7,11,12,16,17,21,22,26,27] which has 13 elements
No. 1005370 ID: eedbeb
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Gena: I’m getting kind of tired. You doing okay?
Andrea: Big. Mommy. MILKERS.
Gena: Ho-kay, it’s pretty serious then.
Andrea: I need her to step on me with those heels and then spank me with a ruler and tell me I’ve been baaaaaad.
Gena: You can borrow my toys and go masturbate in the other room if you want.
Andrea: A good offer that I may take you up on. In the meantime, can you tell me how to do this problem?
Gena: Oh yeah, sure, so like, you can kind of think it through without knowing any special math stuff, but it helps to use modular arithmetic.
Andrea: Wow, my horniness, completely GONE. The doctors said it couldn’t be done.

Gena rolls her eyes and writes the numbers 10 through 15 on her paper. Despite your teasing you’re still interested and you lean over to look.

Gena: So MODS are like the remainder after you divide the number by the intended target. For example, 10 mod 5 is 0 and 13 mod 5 is 3. This problem is actually pretty nice because our brains are used to dividing by 5s.
Andrea: Right.
Gena: We can have all the numbers in our range that are 2 mod 5 and numbers that are 4 mod 5 and they won’t add to a multiple of 5. We could do the same with the 3s and 1s, but it’s the same answer either way. We can throw one 0 mod 5 in there to get a total of 13 numbers.

No. 1005371 ID: eedbeb
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Mizz Es: That was fast! We’ve done PROBABILITY and NUMBER THEORY, how about some TRIGONOMETRY? Don’t be afraid to use a calculator or refresh yourself on SIN, COS, and TAN.

Andrea: Why couldn’t it have been normal GEOMETRY. I love CURVES.

A helpful diagram of a triangle appears alongside the next problem. It reads:

Maple and Kazu live 2 miles apart. One day Maple looks due north from her house and sees a hero flying across the sky. At the same time Kazu looks due west from his house and sees the same hero. The angle of elevation of the airplane is 30 degrees from Maple’s position and 60 degrees from Kazu’s position. What is the hero’s altitude, in miles?

You can choose to go suffer in bathroom while Gena is doing this problem.
No. 1005374 ID: 67181a

The answer is (the square root of 3)/2. O dont have a convenient way to type a square root symbol.

30/60/90 triangles have 1/square root of 3/2 ratios of side length, so the triangle can be broken down into two rifht triangles with a perpendicular line from the hypotenuse that intersects the right angle point representing the hero. This makes two more 30/60/90 triangles, with hypotenuses of either 1 or the square root of 3; and breaking it down from either gives the same answer for the hero's height.
No. 1005375 ID: 67181a

I misread the question! Didnt notice that they werent looking at a hero between them, so in the interest of bullheadedly solving this trig problem without remembering any trig i made a chart to help me keep everything organized.

To be as precise as possible, the hero is flying at an altitude of "the square root of 1.2" miles
No. 1005376 ID: f8fa51

Let's call the angle of elevation between Kazu and the hero K (60°), the angle of elevation between Maple and the hero M (30°), the distance between Maple and Kasu MK (2 mi.), and the hero's elevation e.

Using tanθ = O/A, we can say MH=e/tan(M) and KH=e/tan(K). Using a²+b²=c² we can say that e²(1/tan(M)²+1/tan(K)²)=MK² and therefore that e²=MK²/(1/tan(M)²+1/tan(K)²). Substituting values, we get e² = (2 mi.)² / (1/√⅓² + 1/√3²) = 4 mi.² / (3 + ⅓) = 4 mi.² / (10/3) = 12/10 mi.², therefore e = √6/5 mi. (approximately 1.0954 mi.)
No. 1005377 ID: 96c896

Ok, so, this is a 3d trig problem. We know the angles of two triangles oriented perpendicular to the ground, but no distances of their sides. We also know a third triangle's hypoteneuse-- the one that's parallel to the ground-- and that triangle shares sides with the other two.

I got h=sqrt(6/5) miles. We don't even need trig functions because the 30/60/90 triangle is so nice and the Pythagorean theorem doesn't care about angles for the one triangle we don't know the angles for.

Detailed steps:
A 30/60/90 triangle has a ratio of x,xsqrt(3),2x for its sides. The x is opposite the 30, the xsqrt(3) is opposite the 60, the 2x is opposite the 90.
We want the height of the hero, so we label that h. We use Maple's triangle first, which has h as the side opposite the 30. Thus the side opposite the 60, which is the distance along the ground to the hero, is hsqrt(3). We don't care about the hypoteneuse.
In Kazu's triangle the side opposite the 60 is h, so we need to do a bit of basic algebra to find out the side opposite the 30. h=xsqrt(3) so x=h/sqrt(3). Thus, the side we're looking for is h/sqrt(3).
Now, Pythagorean theorem. a^2+b^2=c^2. We now know a and b, and c is 2 miles. [hsqrt(3)]^2 + [h/sqrt(3)]^2 = 2^2.
3h^2 + (h^2)/3 = 4
(10h^2)/3 = 4
h^2 = 12/10 = 6/5
h= +/-sqrt(6/5) but it's distance so it's positive.
No. 1005378 ID: f8fa51


Ah, in this post I forgot to mention that I had also labelled the horizontal distance between Kazu and the hero KH and the horizontal distance between Maple and the hero MH.
No. 1005379 ID: bc11b8

one mile
No. 1005380 ID: bc11b8

lol woops, 1.0954451150103322269139395656016
No. 1005382 ID: 094652

Argh, I messed up the previous problem by not reading the question right and it wasn't even the right answer for max sum![3,4,8,9,13,14,18,19,23,24,28,29,30] is the correct solution to "what is the largest set" AND "what is the set whose sum is the largest".

I'll verify:

There are a lot of unknowns in this problem; Primary of which is: where the heck are Mark and Kazu, anyway?
Say that the height of the airplane (yep) is y, which we need to evaluate for this problem. We know that the angle at which Mark sees the - wait, we assume that this takes place on a worldplate or something, right? Because the curvature of a ball-shaped planet would require higher-level mathematics to solve, and more importantly, the actual size and shape of the planet otherwise this problem is impossible anyway airplane is 30 degrees. This means, if the airplane shoots a marker perfectly downwards, the distance between Mark and the marker (heh), which we define as m_n, is m_n = y/tan(30 degrees), where tangent represents the ratio of a right-triangle's angle based on the distance of the opposite side's length divided by the adjacent non-hypotenuse side's length - in this case opposite is y and adjacent is m_n. Similarly, the distance between kazu and the marker is k_w = y/tan(60 degrees). Now we see that there is a right triangle whose sides are m_n, k_w, and 2 (the Euclidian distance between Mark and Kazu's houses). simply apply Pythagoreas' theorem and solve for y:
m_n^2+k_w^2 = 2^2 -> y^2/(tan(30deg))^2+y^2/(tan(60deg))^2 = 4. Tangent of 30 degrees is 1/sqrt(3), Tangent of 60 degrees is sqrt(3), so y^2/(1/3)+y^2/(3)=4 -> y^2*(10/3) = 4 -> y^2 = 12/10 = 6/5 -> y = sqrt(6/5). So yeah, you got it.
No. 1005411 ID: eedbeb
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Gena is totally immersed in drawing triangles and you stumble to the bathroom to spray yourself with cold water and collect your nerves. The shower has one of those convenient extendable nozzles and you scream your frustration to the Goddess as you deal with the fact that some people are probably magic ILLUSIONS and will never have sex with you.

Some of that screaming may involve the stress that’s come with Cat’s arrival. Not that there’s anything wrong with the guy, but there’s definitely been a shift in Lyst since he got here. You don’t have Iraphena’s foresight, but you’ve lived here long enough that you can feel the atmosphere shifting. Willamina’s awakening, Isabella getting more unstable, Cannie LOSING a fight, and now a mysterious lady is on Gena’s TV.

You gargle some shower water and slick back your fur. Every night, you’re slowly left alone as your friends go to sleep.
No. 1005412 ID: eedbeb
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By the time you collect yourself and return to the living room, Mizz Es is already explaining the next problem.

Mizz Es: I’m positively quivering with excitement. We’ve reached the last problem! I don’t want to make this too easy for you so we’re going back to PROBABILITY with a good helping of ALGEBRA thrown in. This problem includes the FLOOR function, which takes a real number x and gives the greatest integer less than or equal to x. For example the floor of 2.3 would be 2.

Gena: Cool, that makes sense. Andrea, you alive?
Andrea: I get the feeling that we’re not the protagonists, but we’re important enough that one of us might die for the hero’s plot development.
Gena: Bitch, I have been doing math problems for an HOUR, do not pull this PHILOSOPHY BULLSHIT on me I will have a breakdown, LMAO.
Andrea: Forget I said anything, get that prize gurl.

The LAST PROBLEM appears on screen:

Real numbers a and g are chosen at random, independently and uniformly from the interval (0,1). What is the probability that the floor of log2(a) is equal to the floor of log2(g)?
No. 1005415 ID: ed0fb9

Andrea: going down your line of thinking, start silently wondering if Gena and your character getting killed in GLM VI by the hands of the Zeroes League is a form of FORESHADOWING
No. 1005417 ID: fd4d13

I don't know how to properly notate this, but I THINK my reasoning is sound. Log2(1/2) is -1, so the log of any number in the set between 1/2 and 1 will also floor to -1. Similarly, Log2(1/4) is -2, so all numbers between 1/4 and 1/2 would return a floor of -2. This continues with the denominator for A or G being doubled each time, so log2(1/8) is -3, log2(1/16) is -4, and each time all numbers between this key fraction and the one before it is the same as the remainder.

So what we really need is to check the odds of both a and g falling within a given range. So the odds of both floors being -1 is (1/2)^2, the odds of both floors being -2 is (1/4)^2, the odds of both floors being -3 is (1/8)^2.

This means that this is the sum of an infinite series from n=1 to n=infinity for (1/(2^n)^2), which I believe is the same as 1/(4^n) if you simplify the exponents. And the infinite series of 1/(4^n) from n=1 to n=infinity (no idea how to notate that typing) sums to 1/3.

I'm pretty confident in 1/3 as the answer to this, but if one of the math folks wants to correct me I'd change my tune
No. 1005418 ID: 094652

>Andrea: I get the feeling that we’re not the protagonists, but we’re important enough that one of us might die for the hero’s plot development.
Eh, you're fine. The rest of the world is so very screwed though.
Unless you're talking about almost everyone being doomed to mortality no matter what, in which case you may begin bunny screeching.

Yeah log was never my strong suit, but your logic seems sound.

... Hey wait a minute.
Lyst... Maple... Kazu... ag? Rezan clan Makag is going to invade Lyst?
No. 1005422 ID: e51896

It'd be funny if after they are done watching this and they check their recording if the television channel was just noise static


If Andrea is thinking about foreshadowing, maybe she can consider this:

Gena's and Andrea's character in GLM VI went inside a post office and met a male postal worker named Greg inside who was somewhat uncomfortable with their characters' lewd state of undress, but Greg came around to it and they even got him to join in their nudity after persuading him by tearing his clothing off.
It is similar to how Cat was uncomfortable to Andrea's advances for awhile when he was on the clock, but came around to it after Andrea convinced him to let her give him a blowjob with Gena.

She could consider There was a moment where Greg took Gena and Andrea into their delivery vehicle which lead them to them being stopped by the Zeroes league and ended in Andrea's character dieing. It's also important to note that Greg even had a mana pistol just like Cat.

Maybe Andrea's time in the RATIOLATRY group meetings taught her to pick up on weird patterns to think up ridiculous theories like that.
No. 1005424 ID: 96c896

There's a mistake here. 1/((2^n)^2) simplifies to 1/(2^2n). Fortunately that ALSO converges to 1/3.

Otherwise it looks correct to me!
No. 1005436 ID: f8fa51

Starting from the result that our probability is the sum of the infinite series 1/2²ⁿ. 1/2²ⁿ further simplifies to 1/4ⁿ. To give the full explanation for how to sum this, this is a geometric series (a + ar + ar² + ..) with a=1/4 and r=1/4.

From wikipedia:
>If |r| < 1, the terms of the series approach zero in the limit (becoming smaller and smaller in magnitude), and the series converges to the sum a / (1 - r).

a / (1 - r) = 1/4 / (1 - 1/4) = 1/4 / 3/4 = 4/12 = 1/3
No. 1005443 ID: 96c896

Oh right I forgot that x^yz = x^zy = (x^y)^z = (x^z)^y due to the commutative property of multiplication, so 2^2n=4^n.
No. 1005517 ID: eedbeb
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Andrea: I have no idea what that says.
Gena: Ah crap, I don’t think I know how to do it either. I’m bad with logs.
Andrea: She said before that we could look stuff up to help. As long as we don’t look up the actual problem it should be fine.

Gena sighs and rubs her eyes before squinting at her COMM. You keep as quiet and still as possible so you don’t disturb her.

Gena: This range means that the exponent of 2 is going to be negative and the floor will make it more—er—negative.
Andrea: Totally.
Gena: And it breaks into ½, ¼, 1/8 and so on, and the probability the floors are the same as the range squared.
Andrea: I believe every word you are saying.
Gena: Then we get an infinite geometric sequence, and there’s an equation for the sum of those, let me find it…
Gena: The answer’s 1/3!

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Mizz Es wipes a genuine tear from her eye and sniffs loudly.

Mizz Es: That’s correct! I’m glad you two got to work together on this one, it really warmed my heart to see everyone’s strengths.

Her face suddenly darkens, as if half the lights in the studio went out. Her abnormally red pupil stands out and sure, rationally it could still be a mod, but you suspect something more MAGICAL.

Mizz Es: You’re both lovely girls who have worked very hard. I’m not supposed to…interact with my students outside of class but in the interest of your continued education I’ll be making an exception.

You hold your breath. It’s happening. Holy shit it’s happening. You’re gonna smash.

Mizz Es: This is your prize. If either of you are in DANGER, give me a call at the number I provided earlier. It will not work for anyone else and there will also be a PRICE for my help. I assure you, however, that the exchange will be worth it. Good luck.

Darn. Foiled again.
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The TV turns itself off. You and Gena sit staring at the dark screen in the dimly lit room for a while, stewing with your COMMS heavy in your pockets.

Gena: Well it’s late. I had a good time hanging out with you and I’m glad you enjoyed the games. Same time next week?
Andrea: Yep, that’s the plan. If we’re still around by then at the rate things are going.

You don’t move from the couch and instead tap nervous rhythms on the floor with your toes. Anxiety is a piece of shit and your thoughts start spiraling into pathetic self-defeatist paranoia.

Andrea: She wasn’t…mad at us for winning, right?
Gena: No, no I don’t think so. She was trying to spook us so we don’t call her for silly stuff.
Andrea: Would casual sex count as—you know what, I’m self-aware enough to know the answer to that question.
Gena: She’s probably super busy beaming into people’s homes and giving them math problems. Can’t just show up whenever we want, even if we are her favorites.
Andrea: Yeah.

No. 1005520 ID: 465a14

Pretty expected, really, and still cool overall. Math demons or whatever. Neat. At this point I think the only thing left is to find some toys or boytoys or go to the brothel for those blue balls.
No. 1005522 ID: 094652

You two are now hornteased so deeply that your angel and demon halves are busy screwing each other. So give yourselves a quickie.
No. 1005525 ID: 4240ff

When Andrea leaves, she should go to the woods and find Maple if Gena is too tired
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The night is over, it’s 3AM and you can tell Gena wants to get some shuteye. It’s around this time you begrudgingly pack up. You get a nice long hug from Gena before she smacks your ass and you leave the apartment. You stand by the balcony and listen to your surroundings, looking around. The Cicadas are chirping as they tend to do at this time of year and it adds to the feeling of melancholy you normally get at this time of night. It’s a little muggy out and slightly warm, you already knew it was going to be hot tomorrow even if the news didn’t tell you. It REALLY FUCKING SUCKS to have to deal with this all the time. The lack of sleep, the lack of awake friends. Yeah you could just make some Internet friends but that only goes so far, you never really liked texting as a form of communication, preferring to do stuff irl.

You’re startled from your reverie by the sound of coughing. You look around seeing no one and remember that it’s your text tone, it’s subtle, distracting, and makes others think someone was in the room. It’s really just a super subtle prank Gena got you into but you love the reaction it gets outta kin sometimes. You pull out your phone and see that it’s a message from RANDOM. Probably seeing if you’re going tomorrow.

Random: Yo, coming to the meeting tomorrow?
You: Yeah, same time as always?
Random: Yup, though you can come early if you want, I’m gonna be there early to set up.
You: Kay, I’ve got nothing going on till then anyway.
Random: Cool, see ya there bunny cop

You hang up the phone, not deigning a further response. He’s like you in that way, curt and businesslike over the phone whilst being animated and full of energy in reality. You had a thing for him once, but now you’re more just friends without benefits. You like listening to his rants and theories, and although you aren’t that smart, sometimes you have insights he misses. You let out another sigh

You: Why are kin so fucking WEIRD about stuff sometimes.
You: You’d have thought with all my free time I could at least fake being smart or whatever
You: But noooooooo, my stupid idiot pea brain just fucking sucks and thinks it’s all BORING SHIT

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You push back the memories, you don’t want to cry or think about sad shit right now. You need a distraction, so you head back to your room. Time to jerk off for a few hours. The door slams as the camera zooms out above the town, and eventually settles on the moons.

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AUTHORS NOTE: Hey y’all, just checking back in! Sorry for the slight delay, went to visit my parents and was away from my computer for a week. I hope you enjoyed this weird and wild experiment. I wasn’t sure how y’all would take to it, but I and the other authors involved had fun with it. Here’s some parting words from those authors right now!

Poltergeist Ethanoic Acid - PABE segment
You suggestors are surprising. I really didn't expect you guys to pick a third option to have Kelsey work independently over joining the Heroes League or staying with PABE... and I would not have it any other way, thanks for that! :D

Thank you all for being invested in the PABE storyline, and thanks EDMANGO for letting us be a part of this project. Who knows what the future will hold for the Plantimals tv series, Kelsey, and Mizz Es? Wherever they end up, remember that your choices were the CATALYST that shaped their paths =P

Donut - Plantimals Segment
You’re all awesome!

Tippler - Mizz Es’s Math corner
i had no idea there were a bunch of nerds here
that impressed me a lot and made it fun to find new problems
i thought the sexy lady wouldn't be enough to get them to do math
but turns out they just wanted to do the math

I really just wanted to make a neat little collab where I experimented with several ideas that I and they had floating around in our heads. I was wanting to flesh out the world a little bit and plant seeds of things to come, Donut wanted to make an action heavy sequence, Poltergeist Ethanoic Acid wanted to test run an expedited schedule with a new quest idea, and Tippler wanted to trap you with math problems. I’m surprised so many of you took to the math problems with such fervor and creativity. I shouldn’t be cause y’all are a clever bunch, but I am anyway. I’ll probably do more collabs like this in the future with other quest authors if I’m invited or I plan another one because I like how it turned out.

Next up is thread 3, we’ve got a suite of new characters to meet and potential dungeonmates to make so I hope that’ll catch your interest. Logistically the dungeon run is a little intimidating to me and I’m not exactly sure how I want to handle it with so many characters, but I don’t want that to influence you all, if you wanna go in with the full squad of 8, or with as little as 2, you totally can and I won’t stop you, my interests are in telling an interesting or at least mildly compelling story, I’ll work around any weird issues or corner cases like that. But don’t expect everyone to be invincible or anything. I won’t design any 1 hit murder scenarios that aren’t painfully obvious, but 1 hit KO situations could definitely happen.

That’s about all from me, I’ll be doing a recap for the first post, getting everyone up to speed on all that’s happened. There’s a lot and I want new readers to only have to sift through a small amount of crunch to be able to catch up if they’re not willing to read or skipped the previous chapters (especially the intermission since I know many people just don’t read intermissions). Oh, and I’m switching to an on and off schedule, one day I’ll update this and the other I’ll update SHARDS or whatever it is that I’m working on. Maybe I’ll take one day off a week too, I dunno yet. I worked myself ragged the past month or so and im ready to take it at least a little easier haha.

Thanks for reading! -EDMANGO

No. 1006083 ID: 094652

How could we not pick walking away after that psyche-destroying lambaste from a cursed rubber duck? Great story, hope to see more adventures of Beamjill Skunkwoman.


I'm just sorry I didn't get more than one of the answers! Thanks for letting me use my rotting math skills.
No. 1006086 ID: 18f653

These little stories were fun to read. You all did very well in adding to the catalyst story and understanding its themes.

For the PABE storyline, the fight was fun even if it was short and I liked Flicker as a character. I hope to see her again to find out if her psyche will get better in the future and if she can mend her relationship with her father and with others she had hurt in the past. I think we took the step in the right direction in getting her treated after that duck damaged her mentally by having her go her own way, and I want to see her get better in the future.

I'm normally not a fan of puns, but the excessive amount of puns in plantimals just made it so ridiculous to the point where I couldn't help but find it hilarious. Plus, the way the characters dealt with their enemies were really creative. Dog Dog was my favorite in this. MVP!

Mizz Es was really secksay. I'm kinda sad I could not participate since I'm bad at math, but I'm glad the others pulled through and got all the answers right and got us someone who could save Andrea's and Gena's lives. Mizz Es is a really interesting character that I would love to see again to find out more about with how mysterious she is. (Though sadly, seeing her again might involve Andrea and Gena getting into intense danger which I want to avoid, perhaps there are other ways to see her again though.)

I'm hoping to see that poodle moth again in the future, and I'm already thinking about how we can deal with that Clinic situation (maybe have Cat and Will look into the address that Trey left at the post office for some clues on where Tina is to capture? Or use the dagger artifact to phase through the package and see what he is delivering without damaging the box?)

Though overall, I think my favorite segment was the Brain Worms 5 segment. It was really silly and I like how creative we got with our suggestions as we added to the story.

Looking forward to the third thread!
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