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1018817 No. 1018817 ID: eedbeb

Previous Thread: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1010951.html
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Finally, someone can kill Rancid.
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No. 1021670 ID: 5194ff

While not being in your right mind, Summon a fireball with the intention of throwing it at Chef.
No. 1021671 ID: c92a02

Can you survive an impact with a high speed vehicle? More importantly, can the goat?
No. 1021677 ID: 96c896

Well good job blowing your cover, Theda's not gonna be able to help you now.
You recognize this guy as someone Rancid kidnapped, that means he's IMPORTANT. Do not kill him. Get him off you, threaten him with a concussion ball if needed. Flee if possible. Count your tails.
No. 1021694 ID: eedbeb
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Your cover has been blown, but you don’t think Theda will particularly care. She’s the one who told you to eat some people for power, after all.

You totter backwards and slam Chef against the nearest building with reckless force. That loosens the goat’s grip enough that you get a finger pointed at his head.

“Don’t move.” you hiss, concussion sphere bubbling into the air in front of his nose.

A car door slams and Polly Lewis gasps at the sight of the toad’s body. Chef seems to be staying put, so you take hold of his snout and start dragging him away from the scene of the crime.
No. 1021696 ID: eedbeb
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“I have a hostage, don’t try anything.” you snarl at Polly. The cat stares at you, frozen in shock as you flee from the scene.

Once you’ve found a deserted alley, you pause and count your tails with your one free hand.

At first you don’t believe it and count again. Finally! Finally you have nine. No more sleepless nights and anxiety. You still feel peaky and you’re in terrible danger but at least you have nine fine tails.

It’s roughly midday and you need to stay alive until the evening. Do you:
-Ask Flipper to pick you up (chance she’s intercepted)
-Hide somewhere in Providence (suggest location)
-Make your way out of the city by foot
-Any of the above, but also let Chef go
No. 1021698 ID: e51896

Hide out at the cafe ruins Theda destroyed. Bring Chef as hostage. You're gonna need to get him tell a fake story of what happened to cover our ass, like the toad stole from us, and we tried to fight to get it back, and then he became werewolf. So esentially, it was toad's fault! Threaten him if he ever decides to reveal the truth.
No. 1021699 ID: 96c896

Get Flipper to pick you up, let Chef go once the car arrives, make sure he doesn't SEE the car.
No. 1021703 ID: c92a02

Hide in Providence, on the outskirts of the city somewhere. A dump? You'll need a car.
No. 1021705 ID: 15a025

Call in for Flipper, you gotta get out of here ASAP. Also let Chef go. You could probably blindfold him with something so he doesn't see the car when Flipper arrives.
No. 1021707 ID: 408194

Hide in the dumps with Chef.

Fall in love with Chef just because.
No. 1021757 ID: eedbeb
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>Hide, keep hostage
You don’t want to risk Flipper, so you decide to stay in the city. There are only a handful of people who pose a threat to you, assuming Polly doesn’t summon the mob forces to gun you down with sheer numbers. Kibble has that pacifism thing, Body seems too nice to hurt you, so that leaves Derek and Vlad to worry about.

There’s an enormous junkyard you can see in the distance, and you slowly make your way there with Chef in tow. You take his phone so he can’t contact his pals, and hold his elbow instead of his face. The goat stays silent, which you appreciate, and you sneak past the barbed wire fence into the maze of old cars and ancient relics.
No. 1021758 ID: eedbeb
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You hunker down on a small hill so you can survey the surrounding area, and finally catch your breath. Your first rational thought is that Polly strongly resembles her mother, especially where they’re both making faces of agony upon seeing you kill their loved ones. Golly brain, really know how to cheer a lass up after murder. You need the longest vacation after this is done.

You try to scrub the dried blood off your snout and coat while you eye the clock and pray for the minutes to pass.

Maybe half an hour after you arrived, you feel a spell wash over your body. Your tails flare with alarm and you shake off the magic, hackles raised.

Chef isn’t doing magic, and there’s no one else in sight. How could someone cast a spell on you?
No. 1021759 ID: eedbeb
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The result of the spell comes not long after, when a familiar beat up white car comes trundling up to the junkyard and Vlad and Body get out. The bat looks pissed, cartoonish frame puffed up with fury, while the round cat seems troubled.

Chef waves to get their attention, and they head towards your high ground.

What do you do?
-Let them approach and explain the situation
-Fire warning shots to keep them away
-Hear what they have to say from a respectable distance
No. 1021761 ID: e51896

No Warning shots, it will likely cause a huge dumpster fire as some things could be flamable here no mater where we shoot.

Vlad will understand your uncontrollable bloodlust issues as he was once a werewolf who had an uncontrollable transformations, and Body is a very understanding kitty these days. Her troubled expression indicates she doesn't want this to turn violent while Vlad looks like he is likely to start it.

Release and tell Chef to go to them as they approach to calm Vlad down a little, enough to hear you out at least, and tell them what has been going on with you, what has happened since Rancid's death, and you need mental help with your monster magic causing you severe bloodlust.

If they recommend leaving GIA, tell them you need to make sure your new partner is properly trained to not end up like Rancid and help get the GIA reformed and better in the people's eyes.
No. 1021769 ID: 8a51ec

Vlad would understand having an uncontrollable bloodlust, you should explain the situation. Reassure Chef he'll be okay though, he's a rogue element and could easily escalate the situation.
No. 1021794 ID: 408194

Yeah, let's go for that respectable distance, chief.
No. 1021796 ID: 96c896

Respectable distance.
No. 1021813 ID: 96c896

>dumpster fire
No, Lori's balls are concussion blasts. They also don't seem to damage terrain, as seen by the thread with Derek where he used one to activate time freeze and it just fizzed against the wall.
No. 1021815 ID: eedbeb
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>Respectable distance
“Don’t get any closer.” you warn once Body and Vlad reach the base of your hill. You shake Chef by the scruff to emphasize your point.

“Let go of him! You fucks already kidnapped him once, leave him alone.” Vlad shouts. He stops though, despite his aggressive words.

“I haven’t done anything to him and I don’t want to hurt him, I just need a hostage.” you shout back.

“Yeah, and that kind of implies you’re going to hurt him!” Vlad tugs on his ears in rage and stomps in a circle. Body coughs gently before stepping forward.

“Lori, I thought we had an understanding. You’re not even allowed in Providence, what’s going on?”

“This isn’t for the GIA, I made a mistake and killed Rancid and I’m trying to fix it.”

That gets Vlad’s attention. “Rancid’s dead?”

“Yes.” You take a deep breath to calm yourself. It’s not helping your nerves to have to shout everything. “I’ve been going through some kitsune shit and I blasted him.”
No. 1021816 ID: eedbeb
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“Well good job, now it would be great if you could let my friend go and stop killing random people!” Vlad hollers.

“Yeah, Polly asked us to come stop you, but she’s also told her parents you’re here and they’re going to find you eventually. I might tell them where you are first.” Body admits. “I’m sorry, I can’t see how you can justify killing an innocent animal like that.”

“I haven’t been in my right mind. It was wrong, I know, but I needed to do it to fix my problem.”

Vlad kicks a discarded microwave. “We should have brought Kibble, then you could do the thing and she could grab Chef.” he says to Body.

The cat shrugs helplessly. “I don’t know if that would work.”

The mob currently doesn’t know where you are, and it seems like Body is uncertain on what to do.
-Offer to exchange Chef for Body as a hostage
-Call Theda and ask for help
-Move to a new location
-Other (suggest)
No. 1021817 ID: 96c896

Give Chef to them since they don't actually have a plan to fight you, then ask Theda to come pick you up. She wanted you to kill somebody, so she can at least get you out of town. (Body is useless as a hostage since she can just use her magic and escape lol)

Unfortunately the GIA will find out what you did, but maybe you can spin it as you were here investigating and had to get your hands dirty to find out it was Theda?
No. 1021818 ID: ce39da

Call Theda. Tell her that you have your ninth tail, and you're at the dump, and she's "Free to kill anyone besides me who's dumb enough to stick around for our meeting." Then release Chef and hunker down. "I will come after all of you if you tell anyone about my confession regarding Rancid - I don't care if one of you is the new Jesus."
No. 1021819 ID: 8a51ec

Little bit of >>1021818, little bit of >>1021817. You'll snap Chef's head off and rip the both of them into pieces if they try to fight you, and they know this. If you threaten them to keep their mouths shut, they'll know better than to snitch on you. They'll also know better than to stick around if you raise your voice when letting Theda know she can freely massacre anyone else in the area you meet.
No. 1021830 ID: 3328c7

What if we tell team naked about our plan to make Theda take the fall so they can help us, since they kinda hate her too.
No. 1021835 ID: 96c896

If we're gonna continue talking to Vlad and Body we need to get closer to them so nobody has to yell. Could be overheard, and that's real bad when talking about sensitive information.
No. 1021856 ID: c92a02

Trade Chef for Body.
No. 1021893 ID: eedbeb
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>Let them get closer
That would be a bad idea, Vlad could get his hands on you and you don’t know how you’d shake him off. You’ll have to keep shouting, though luckily there’s no one else around to overhear you.

>Oh wait, now Vlad and Body know your secret
You’re a tad concerned, but it’ll be your word against there’s and the GIA doesn’t hold the naked gang in the highest esteem.

“To be clear, I’m blaming Theda for Rancid’s death.” you explain. “You can tell people he’s dead, or even that I did it, but the official story is going that it was her. She’s agreed to turn in a confession.”

“In exchange for what?” Vlad asks.

“She wants to see my bum.” you say lamely.

>Call Theda
Speaking of the vampire, you wonder if she can help you out of this secondary mess caused by trying to fix the primary mess. You keep one hand on Chef and fish your phone out of your pocket with the other to ring her.
No. 1021894 ID: eedbeb
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“I’ve been told to kill you.” the vampire says the moment after she picks up.

“Oh, er, please don’t?”

“Obviously I’m not going to, even if I knew where you were.” You can hear Theda tapping her fingers on her phone case. “I’m too useful for Clive to discipline me in any meaningful way, but it’s not a great situation.”

“About that, I’m in a bit of a tough spot right now and I’d appreciate some help. Body Lewis and Vlad Noctus have me cornered and we’re in a stalemate.” you stutter.

“Hm. I suppose I could fetch you but that would put me at risk. How about I make you another deal? I don’t like the cold weather so I’d like to travel south for winter and would appreciate some extra protection. If I escort you to a safe location, you’ll accompany me for a few months on a casual trip.”

-Deal (Theda will come shoo Vlad and Body away, you release Chef, grants you another couple hours of safety)
-No Deal (Body will make a move)
No. 1021895 ID: 46378a

Take offer, you need a vacation after all. Tell her not to kill them.
No. 1021897 ID: ce39da

"Deal, but I want time to put together a cover story for the GIA before I run off galavanting with you - make it an official vacation, as far as they know; and as far as anyone knows, I was never with you, so have a mask ready."

Seal the deal, then tell Chef: "Theda's coming, so you all should leave, and you're all dead if anything any of you heard leaves this junkyard - tell them that." Then release him.
No. 1021905 ID: 2bbf61

Yes deal. I could use a vacation and werewolf just doesn’t sit right with me.
No. 1021914 ID: eedbeb
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“I’ll need to figure out some vacation time for work.” you stammer. You’re vaguely flattered that Theda trusts your abilities and is willing to help.

“Yes, we can solidify the details later. Where are you?”

“I’m not sure exactly, it’s this big junkyard on the shadier side of town. Please don’t kill anyone here, I have a hostage who doesn’t need to be incapacitated.”

Theda scoffs. “Don’t worry, I’ll be over in a minute, I need to get some equipment.”

The mosquito ends the call so you pocket your phone and turn scowl at Chef. “You tell anyone what you heard here and you’re dead.”

“I won’t, I don’t want to be involved with any of this.” the goat says.
No. 1021915 ID: eedbeb
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“Who were you talking to?” Vlad shouts.

“None of your busi—“

You blink, and Vlad’s been replaced by a writhing burlap sack while Body slowly keels over, bound around the legs with rope. There’s a shiny new car parked next to Body’s and a mosquito a few meters to your left.

“Hello.” Theda says.

“Bloody hell.” You’re never going to get used to that.

The mosquito flutters down the trash heap and towards her car, and you shakily release Chef and follow after her.

You stay quiet and hunch down in your seat as Theda drives to the other side of town. The buildings get taller and newer, while the number of animals in black suits prowling the streets also increases. Theda parks in an underground structure and leads you up the elevator and into her fashionable apartment.

What do you ask Theda about and what else do you do?
No. 1021916 ID: 96c896

Ask her if she knows much about your kind. Now that you have nine tails, will the urges go away?
No. 1021924 ID: c92a02

So where are we heading?
Remain awkwardly standing until told to sit.
No. 1021957 ID: eedbeb
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You take a moment to look around the flat. There’s a kind of pleasant clutter, with kitschy figures placed on shelfs, perfumed candles, and lush rugs on the floor. An overt feminine touch, unlike what you saw at Saul’s place yesterday and you find yourself relaxing slightly. Your own quarters aren’t nearly this nice, and you grew up in a drab, grey country.

You stand in the living room awkwardly while Theda pulls an impressive selection of guns out of her pocket space to reload and examine.

“So what’s the plan?” you ask.

“I’m not sure. Body and Vlad know I have you and if they tell Clive or Joy I’m going to get a stern talking to. On the other hand, Body could come in here with her friend Kibble and I don’t trust you enough to take you along with me when I escape. If we’re lucky you have a little time to relax before I kick you out.”
No. 1021958 ID: eedbeb
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“Oh. I guess I can leave the city then.”

“You forgot your appointment at 8:00pm.” she says.

“But I’m right here!” You turn to show off your tails. “I have nine tails, get your weird examination out of the way and we’ll be fine.”

Theda huffs impatiently. “Yes, but I was hoping to see you in action. I want to be aware of what powers you have before I trust you, since I’m not sure what you’re capable of.”

“I probably just make bigger concussion spheres.” you mutter.

“Well don’t test that here.” Theda says pointedly. “Meet me at the park. If you can survive that long you’ll have something special.”

What do you do to rest?
-Take a nap
-Take a shower
-Clear out Theda’s fridge in spite
No. 1021959 ID: c92a02

Shower. When is the last time you had one?
Don't be late.
No. 1021960 ID: 96c896

If you nap can you guarantee you won't oversleep?
No. 1021961 ID: ce39da

You need a shower. You need to feel clean for once in your goddamn life.

> “I probably just make bigger concussion spheres.”
You really haven't had to flex your creativity with your magic at all, huh? Have you ever actually tried to make something happen besides "ball that makes the other guy explode?"
No. 1021963 ID: 8a51ec

What if we tried turning invisible? That'd definitely be useful if things keep going the way they've been going.
No. 1021964 ID: 99868e

Theda said she'll kick us out later, so she'll wake us up before then.

Yeah, shower. (But take too long and get kicked out without having a chance to get dressed)
No. 1021973 ID: 96c896

Ok then nap.
No. 1022006 ID: eedbeb
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You haven’t felt clean for a long time, and while a shower might not change that, it’ll at least provide a nice moment of privacy. Theda points you towards the bathroom with a remark to use the fur catcher.

The bathroom has a cinnamon scented candle, which you light with a match from your pocket space to set the mood. There’s a large tub lined with various shampoos and bubble solutions. You elect to ignore most of these in exchange for the shower attachment and a coarse bar of soap.
Under the warm spray, your mind wanders. It’s true that you haven’t been very creative with your powers, though historically kitsune don’t have the most expansive skill set. From your collaboration with Max on the shrimp disguise, it seems you have more potential as a glorified battery.
No. 1022007 ID: eedbeb
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You methodically clean the grit from your paws and think. Some non-lethal attacks would be nice, you suppose you could make small enough spheres that they don’t cause major damage. Homing attacks? That’s an interesting idea.

There are no signs of your wounds from the fight with the toad, so you have augmented healing already. Ever since your first tail grew you’ve been able to sense magic and resist spells, and you performed well on reflex and reaction tests at the academy.

Choose two new skills to learn from the following list:
-Stun shot
-Homing shots
-Shockwave (AOE attack)
-Aura armor (create a force field around your body)
-Enhanced speed
-Enhanced strength
No. 1022008 ID: e51896

Aura armor
Enhanced Strength.

I have a feeling Theda is going to have us fight something powerful later during our appointment. We need to hit hard, and defend ourself.
No. 1022009 ID: e1515f

Stun shot and shockwave.
No. 1022011 ID: 8a51ec

Aura armor and Enhanced speed/strength.
We've been lacking any kind of conscious defensive ability so there's no way we aren't taking aura armor.
No. 1022015 ID: e80deb

Aura armour and enhanced speed, we should have enough firepower as it is to not need any direct improvement to our offensive capabilities. unless we're fighting a dragon or something just as horrid, our murderspheres should be good enough.
No. 1022026 ID: 96c896

Aura armor, enhanced speed. You can just beat people up for nonlethal attacks.
No. 1022028 ID: eedbeb
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>Aura armor
You’ve been proper lacking in the defense department and an investment in something that would protect you from bullets seems prudent, given the horde waiting for you outside.

You take a deep breath and close your eyes, leaning against the shower wall. Okay, so you can generate concussive spheres from any part of your body, though it’s easier to aim with your hands. What if you summoned a thin layer of energy around your whole body? And, uh, pointed it outward to repel anything coming towards you?

Many liters of hot water later and you manage a wavy film around your skin, with air holes on your face and nothing on the bottom of your feet. It takes some concentration to maintain, like keeping a muscle clenched, but the power draw isn’t bad.

It won’t stop Kibble from biting you in half, but you feel fairly confident in your armor otherwise. There’s a constant breeze on your face from the air getting sucked through the gap, and the water from the shower is bouncing off your force field.
No. 1022029 ID: eedbeb
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>Enhanced speed
Okay, you have a brilliant idea, magic propulsion. You can put little jet thrusters on your back and zoom around. It’ll take practice to stay balanced, but you applaud yourself for such an innovative thought and immediately slam into a wall.

Your crashing attracts attention, and Theda comes into the bathroom, waving her thin hand to clear the steam.

“What are you doing?” she shrieks.

“I had the door closed! You’re not supposed to come in.” you yelp.

“You’re covered in fur, I can’t see a thing, look what you’re doing to my walls!” Theda points wildly at the water flying off your shield over the top of the glass doors and splattering everywhere.

“I’m learning new powers.” you say proudly. “Look at—“ You smack face first into the wall again. “—I can go fast if I do this.”
No. 1022030 ID: eedbeb
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“You’ve been in here for an hour, my utility bill is going to be enormous.” Theda pouts.

“Alright, alright.” You turn off the water and your force field so you can towel your fur dry. “Any news?”

“Yes, actually. I’ve been fired and there’s a rather impressive artillery force growing outside.” Theda crosses her arms sulkily. “Honestly this is less of a concern for me than those brats showing up, at least in the short term.”

It’s a damn good thing you worked on that bullet armor. What’s your escape route?
-Roof, via magic propulsion shenanigans
-Ground floor, face the mob head on
-Make your own exit and sneak away
No. 1022031 ID: 96c896

Roof. They don't know you can do it. Surprise!
No. 1022032 ID: 422cea

>You’re covered in fur, I can’t see a thing

Fur is actually sparse in those areas because of... bodily functions.

And that's even LESS probable when you're wet.
No. 1022036 ID: 8a51ec

She's probably just saying that to shut us up, there are bigger problems than getting ogled to worry about after all. Like, many bigger problems, intending to fill us with exponentially more even bigger problems.
No. 1022039 ID: c92a02

Roof. She's a mosquito and you just learned to rocket jump.
No. 1022058 ID: eedbeb
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“Can you get to the roof from here?” you ask.

“Yes, I have a key to the access door. What are you planning?”

“You’ll see.” You can’t wait to impress Theda with your wicked new powers.

You follow the mosquito to the top floor, then take a staircase to the windy and slightly damp roof. There’s a satellite disk and a small shed, but otherwise it’s bare. It’s chilly, but you can’t wear your coat for understandable reasons.

“Okay. Okay.” You take a deep breath and carefully activate your thrusters. You’re a pilot, you understand how the physics work. This time you don’t go flying off and manage to hover at a controllable height.

“That’s a neat trick.” Theda concedes.

“I’m going to try to evade them as much as possible, since I don’t want to kill anyone else.” you tell her. After some more practice on the roof, you take to the empty space above the street.
No. 1022059 ID: eedbeb
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You’re doing great, soaring through the air while the horde below you scurries back and forth. Flying takes a lot of energy though, and you can only do it for a few minutes at a time.

While you’re experimenting with your thrusters, you notice several grenades floating up towards you. There’s a mix of spells on them, levitation, homing, and something to pull the safety pin.

Time for some rules!

>Major League Gaming
There will be ten rounds of attacks before 8:00 pm. You’re quite close to the park so you don’t have to worry about travel distance.

Every attack will have three possible solutions, one of which will involve a skill you already have. You’ll have a 100% chance of success if you pick that option and a 50% chance of success if you pick a different option. If you fail three times the mob will capture you which would be bad.

But wait, why take any risks at all? Well because Theda thinks it’s cool if you have more powers and she’s hot. When you practice a new skill three times you gain mastery and can use it consistently in the future. This is the only chance you’ll get to gain new skills.

What do you do about the grenades?
-Use your speed to outrun them (guaranteed)
-Shoot them out of the sky with homing shots
-Use a shockwave to set them off before they reach you
No. 1022068 ID: c92a02

Shockwave to blast them all.
No. 1022072 ID: e51896


Be sure to scream out the name of your moves as you do them like some anime villain hero for more oomph.
No. 1022073 ID: 8a51ec

Shockwave almost sounds like an option that would work, so do that.
No. 1022081 ID: 34dfce

Shockwave sounds cool, but it would probably cause a ton of shrapnel to fly everywhere which could potentially maim or kill people. We don't want to kill more people, right?
No. 1022083 ID: 96c896

If the shrapnel kills bystanders then that's more reason for the mob to stop attacking.
No. 1022092 ID: eedbeb
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There’s at least six grenades soaring towards you, and you decide a shockwave will be the best way to clear them away, otherwise they’ll keep coming.

You try to make a hollow concussive sphere around your body and expand it outwards. Unfortunately, by the time you get it to work the grenades have gotten too close and the resulting explosions knock you out of the sky.

For some reason, it’s a lot harder to experiment with new abilities when you’re flying instead of relaxing in a shower. You must be getting old.

You crash land on the roof of a four story building and tumble to a stop. Your ears are ringing and you’re bruised, but otherwise okay.
No. 1022093 ID: eedbeb
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There’s the crack of a gunshot, and you instinctively check your shield to make sure it’s still active. You peer over the edge of the roof and see a slug crawling up the side of the building. Wait, there’s something different about them, they look more translucent than normal and you realize they’re a slime monster.

What can slimes do again? You remember they shapeshift and are weak to being dried out or overwatered. This one’s making fast progress up the building so they probably got some stat buffs like every other monster.

Round 2 Options:
-Boost to a different roof (guaranteed)
-Level 2 Shockwave (improved 2/3 chance of success)
-Wrestle with the slime monster using your strength
No. 1022095 ID: e51896

Shockwave again, gotta get at least one new move out of this
No. 1022096 ID: 96344d

Are we going to solve our problems with shockwave? Well, alright then!
No. 1022097 ID: 8a51ec

Second time's the charm?
Also maybe take the opportunity to shout down that you'd really like it if you didn't have to kill anybody from now on and they REALLY aren't helping with that.
No. 1022098 ID: 0838d6

Shock. Wave.
No. 1022099 ID: 93523e

Zoom to another roof.
No. 1022100 ID: eedbeb
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You back away from the edge as the slime pulls themself over the lip and shapeshifts into an odd, vaguely disturbing simian shape.

>Absolutely rotten luck
You prepare to use the big orb shell blast technique once more, but immediately notice something’s wrong. You’ve put too much energy into the shockwave and if it hits the slug, they’ll be vaporized.

What do you do? Both choices count as experience.
-Cancel your shockwave and take the failure
-Kill slimegirl (murder is bad but will not change the main outcomes of the story)
No. 1022101 ID: 094652

Do not kill diplomat
No. 1022102 ID: 8a51ec

Surely we could just tell them we overcharged it? We're done murdering people anyway, so at least we could try to talk our way out of getting fucked up for doing the right thing.
No. 1022104 ID: e51896

Just take the failure
Just means we'll just try one more time with shockwave in the next round so we cam get that skill, and use gauranteed successes until we get to the park. I'm fine with just the one move at this point.

Though if we fail one more time with dice roll next round we use dice roll for shock wave, well it might lead to something interesting even if it's a very bad outcome.
No. 1022110 ID: 96c896

Cancel it. You have that shield, so whatever she's hiding behind her back won't hurt you too badly.
No. 1022112 ID: 93523e

It’s a trap. Cancel it anyway.
No. 1022137 ID: fe7daa

No. 1022234 ID: eedbeb
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“Get away! It’s not safe!” you shout.

The slime pouts and bats her eyelashes. Her weird mammaries bounce with the motion and you make a face. “Aw, but I just wanna talk to you, uwu.”

“Oh, er, really?” Maybe the slime is a diplomat from the mob, though you’re pretty sure this is all an act and you’re about to get jumped. You cancel your shockwave anyway since murder is bad.

The slime smiles cutely, then lunges, tackling you to the roof. Your armor does a good job of shielding you from her blows, but to your horror the slime finds the holes in your defenses on your face and starts shoving herself into your nose and mouth.

Round 3 Options:
-Close your shield and blast with your normal orbs (guaranteed, will injure but won’t kill slime)
-Level 3 Shockwave (improved 5/6 chance of success)
-Stun shot the slime
No. 1022235 ID: e51896

Shockwave. This time don't put too much energy into it.
No. 1022236 ID: 852672

Well we’ve failed a lot. Shut your holes and blast her.
No. 1022237 ID: 8a51ec

No idea how we would get out of this situation if we fail shockwave again, but there's no taking our foot off the gas pedal now.
"Why can't you just let me do a good thing?!"
No. 1022238 ID: 7b9d09

Third times the charm
No. 1022239 ID: c58ac1

Let's go with the guarateed success, please.
No. 1022247 ID: 34dfce

Shockwave again.
No. 1022251 ID: eedbeb
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You use your shockwave ability with less power this time so you don’t kill the slime. It’s hard to focus when you’re maintaining your shield and struggling to breathe while getting bludgeoned by an amorphous blob.

>Failure #3: Okay, this is getting a little ridiculous
This time you underestimate your opponent, and your counterattack isn’t enough to dislodge her from your face. Your thrashing weakens as you slowly run out of air, lungs filled with cold fluid. You might be an incredibly strong monster, but you still need oxygen to survive. The edges of your vision darken and you fall unconscious.
No. 1022252 ID: eedbeb
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You’re pleasantly surprised when you wake up with only a singed face and some gunk in your throat. You figured you’d either never wake up or find yourself strapped to an operating table in the Lewis mansion basement. After a moment spent hacking dregs of slime into your fist, you notice the small hand on your back.

You turn to see Theda. The mosquito looks grim, like you’ve disappointed her, and you shrink in on yourself. A quick glance around shows a world frozen, with a partially charred slime recoiling from where you fell.

“I messed up.” you croak.

“You sure did. I only stepped in because of some misplaced sense of responsibility. You owe me bigtime for this, I want you to leave the GIA and become my bodyguard.”

“What if I say no?”

“Then I’ll kill you here. A lot better than what Clive and Joy will do to you.”
No. 1022253 ID: eedbeb
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Which do you choose? All the options understandably have large downsides.

A. Eternal Servitude (could be kind of hot?)
You will leave the GIA and become Theda’s loyal servant until you die. You’ll travel around the world and be treated fairly well.

B. We had a Good Run
Ask Theda to kill you. It’ll be painless and quick. You can also tell her to pass on any messages to Max and Flipper.

C. Massive Cunt Moves
Theda is vulnerable right now, having brought you to into her time state. Kill her and flee the city. The GIA will be so pleased they’ll forgive you for killing Rancid.
No. 1022255 ID: 8a51ec

B. Better late than never.
No. 1022256 ID: 745eba


All this espionage and crime is starting to get really bad for your health, so you know, fuck the GIA
No. 1022258 ID: 852672

C. How many shots do you get at killing the original vampire? None. You must be dreaming right now. So take it. Shockwave should work now that you’ve decided to keep mashing the shockwave button instead of holding off for one update, good job guys.
No. 1022259 ID: aa2b0c


Let's be real the gia sucks ass. Glamming it up with a cool old mosquito vampire sounds like a much better time yea? sure she's kind of evil but at least it's a nicer, more personable kind of evil than the spooks lori works for now.
No. 1022260 ID: 094652

C - If you're absolutely going to die or be a slave, may as well die fighting.
No. 1022262 ID: 50af53

Get out of here Lori, get out of everywhere and everything. Life has always, ALWAYS been hard for you, mostly through a shitload of complications brought on by other people. Maybe this will be better? It's not like she can't be asked to kill you later.
No. 1022264 ID: 96c896

A. It's a steady job, you won't have to work for the GIA anymore, and let's be honest she's kinda hot.
No. 1022265 ID: afe7de


A because quite frankly being with someone with literally tons of money and time powers who will treat you well is better then being a dog of the military which frequently employs those like rancid, thus putting you on the endless cycle of stress you hated *already* that you wanted out of.
No. 1022266 ID: 7b9d09

A. The age of monsters will end in a few years anyway, so it'll probably be easier by then.
No. 1022267 ID: 2b3343

A: She seems better then the GIA.
No. 1022299 ID: eedbeb
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You don’t want to die and you don’t want to kill Theda, so that leaves taking the mosquito’s offer. With a cough, you shakily get to your feet. Theda’s hand stays on your fur the whole time, though you suppose you wouldn’t know if she took it off.

Theda watches you with her large, multifaceted eyes. From your limited interaction you already like her more than the impersonal politicians who control your life. She doesn’t need you as a hired gun because she’s a grown woman who can kill people herself. This is a steady job for a cracking, if somewhat evil animal. What’s not to like?

Now that you think about it, the Age of Monsters is going to end within a decade anyway. Will you keep your powers? What will happen to Theda? You might get freedom sooner than expected.
No. 1022300 ID: eedbeb
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“I’ll join you.” you tell Theda.

“Good. We have a lot to discuss, but first let’s go somewhere safe.”

Theda takes your hand and leads you to the edge of the roof. You’re pleased to find your boosters work in this time funk, and you carefully lower yourself to the ground while Theda flutters beside you.

You walk together through the assembled crowd with the setting sun fixed in the sky.

Thanks for reading.
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