[Burichan] [Futaba] [Nice] [Pony]  -  [WT]  [Home] [Manage]
[Catalog View] :: [Graveyard] :: [Rules] :: [Quests] :: [Discussions] :: [Wiki]

[Return] [Entire Thread] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]
Posting mode: Reply
Name (optional)
Email (optional, will be displayed)
Subject    (optional, usually best left blank)
File []
Password  (for deleting posts, automatically generated)
  • How to format text
  • Supported file types are: GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF
  • Maximum file size allowed is 10000 KB.
  • Images greater than 250x250 pixels will be thumbnailed.

File 130241306929.gif - (7.00KB , 800x600 , 1267.gif )
295374 No. 295374 ID: 543aa6

Expand all images
No. 295375 ID: 543aa6
File 130241328017.gif - (7.67KB , 800x600 , 1268.gif )

So where the hell have you been?

It's been days since we heard anything.
No. 295376 ID: 0f34a0

This is how I feel when updates are slow.
No. 295377 ID: 1854db

No fucking clue, buddy. What happened to you? Give us a situation report.
No. 295378 ID: 53ec77

Oh, shit. Did Geppa have a regression?
No. 295380 ID: cf244d

>I've really lost enough blood pursuing you crazy space weirdos
Oh hey Dompag, been having fun?
No. 295381 ID: 2bdeb9

Boss got his hand cut off. It was pretty badass.
Jesus what happened to you.
No. 295382 ID: 3416ec

Status report, Mister Dompag.
No. 295383 ID: 8c73c8

yeah, crazy mask dude used a magic beam, made his hand mega dead. but DAYS? we aren't sure what happened.
No. 295384 ID: 2de37a

We only seem to be "awake" at certain times, don't seem to be able to control when. Sorry if we missed something important.
Are you okay? You don't look so good.
No. 295387 ID: 86fb6b

Who pissed Geppa off this time?
No. 295395 ID: 543aa6
File 130241629483.gif - (11.47KB , 800x600 , 1269.gif )

We been attacked. Not just some first level shit pissin' about either.

The other day, Ash came back from scoutin' the Tower near Tela Cruz. Good news as I understand it, but she's savin' her presentation for the Boss's return.

Then this morning, they showed up outside.

No. 295397 ID: 476456

awwwww fuuuuuuuuuuuck
No. 295398 ID: 3416ec

...are they still there?
No. 295399 ID: 00d3d5

How is everybody? Do you need us to try to call for help?

I propose tying live babies to the doors so they can't force their way in without killing babies and thus losing their paladin powers.
No. 295400 ID: cf244d

Give us the lowdown. How many casualties on each side? What are they like? Where are they now?
No. 295401 ID: 543aa6

1. How many? 2. What's the damage? 3. (Assuming they're not still here-) Where did they go?
No. 295402 ID: 8c73c8

would tislomer work instead? she seems pretty damn innocent, may be enough to stop the paladins. unless they call anyone that fights monsters 'paladin'. in which case we need something powerful... does tislomer know what chemicals mixed to blow her up? get a bottle of each of those and throw them both at the guy so he explodes.
No. 295407 ID: 543aa6
File 130241748451.gif - (13.05KB , 800x600 , 1270.gif )

There were... hell, seven or eight of 'em I think. Saw 'em coming and headed out to meet 'em. Wanted to keep 'em away from the base, protect the 'bolds and the Odds.

Tislomer let us grab a few potions, then it was just me and Ashedel out there against 'em. We drove 'em off, but they'll be back. Soon.
They said as much.
No. 295408 ID: 8c73c8

okay, get the odds and tislomer to rig a chemical trap. get a bunch of those mixing explosive and set it so when you pull a rope they mix and go off. or get a bottle of each and throw them at a guy so they mix ON a guy, totally destroying him.
No. 295410 ID: 543aa6
File 130241809863.gif - (7.40KB , 800x600 , 1271.gif )

No good on the chems. Tislomer doesn't know what blew up on her table that day, everything just got sorta smashed.

>"I'm sorry! If I could remember I'd tell you!"
"Don't worry about it. You just go back to helping Ona with the medicines."

Yeah, they've been working on patching me and Ash up since the fight, but the Paladins will probably return tonight.

That's a no-go on the traps, too. Without Finesse we can't work out the mechanisms, even with Babrakus's help. And the Odds -- well, they're outta commission, maybe permanently. Weird blue stuff seepin' out of their eyes and mouths, they been vegetables for days.
No. 295412 ID: 53ec77

Does Ona know any useful confounding stuff? Hide the doors, or make the paladins forget why they came?

I guess even if she does they're likely equipped for such measures but it might buy you a little time at the least.

...What about that good old crotch-level swinging trap? Is that still functional?
No. 295413 ID: cf244d

Well, this is a sorry mess. Barricade the doors, and hope this prevents those fuckers from getting in. Nothing much else you can do. Could be they'll either stay outside and try to starve you out, and you can at least wait until Muschio returns to fight them. Could be they'll bust in, but then at least you'll have a chokepoint to work with.
No. 295415 ID: 00d3d5

You're not supplied properly for a siege, but Muschio is on his way back. ang you should have enough supplies to last that long.

You're at a disadvantage out in the open, but since you're the reacting force you have a defensive advantage. Bar the doors and pile heavy crap behind them. It will take them time to force their way through, and when they do their entrance will be slowed. You should be able to beat them if you can keep it to only one or two of them at a time.

Now, if only you had some lava or something...
No. 295416 ID: 8c73c8

the portal is bound to muschio right? the magic damage he took probably caused a feedback and destabalized them. check the mimic, if that is broke too then yeah it's magic backlash.

how much booze you got? can sacrifice the front room and rig it to ignite by covering it in alcohol and haveing a little trail lead away. when it's time you light the trail and light them on fire.
No. 295417 ID: 0f34a0

Booze + candle?
No. 295419 ID: 1854db

No, the Odds got busted *before* he got hit.

But yes, don't forget about the Mimic. Or our three scout guys. Logos, Pathos, Ethos? Send one of them out to keep an eye on Paladin movements, another out to meet Muschio on his way back and tell him to hurry the fuck up, and the third... Send the third to the goblins we have as allies. Ask for any sort of assistance they can give, or reports of anyone that we can hire in the area.

We still have the traps we've already installed, right? All we need to do is make sure everyone is on alert mode, and that we have some advance warning before they arrive. It's okay if they get in so long as they're contained.
No. 295420 ID: 8e2e95

got anything that burns?

also, maybe we can get back to muschio and ask for a regiment of soldiers from that bug place he was just at... That should turn the tides!
No. 295430 ID: c71597

You may have to include Geppa in the defensive force if when they come back. Sad to do but you need backup.

And the boss is returning with Finesse, and he's got some extra people with him. Give them some time after that and it should be possible to arm some of the goblins from the nearby tribes and maybe get some trainers from Salamanders tower. Then we can find out where the paladins are coming from and march on them.
No. 295502 ID: 53ec77

>another out to meet Muschio on his way back and tell him to hurry the fuck up

Theoretically we should be able to do that, and a lot quicker too.
No. 295511 ID: 9eaabf

Whelp, if the paladins know where the base is, we're kinda screwed. They're probably still after the Master for his shenanigans in that town way back.
And Paladins are tenacious.

I dunno, fighting them doesn't seem like an option. A good paladin is always up for parley, though. Maybe you could try some diplomacy next time they come here.
No. 295513 ID: 1963d1

Wait, you guys aren't EVIL evil are you? Because them Paladins' divine fury tends to do a number on evil guys.

WAIT! I JUST HAD AN IDEA! You guys can use the time you have now to perform an elaborate ruse. Since it would be... unwise to face them again in combat, you're going to have to convince them that after your first battle, you realized the error of your ways and have converted to whatever religion they stand for. You guys should probably go get some white robes, and some 2X4's so you can build a makeshift altar. And don't forget to rehearse some religious sounding BS so you can fake your way through it if they question you. All things considered, I think this is your best option for not dying.
No. 295516 ID: 543aa6
File 130247422288.gif - (12.17KB , 800x600 , 1272.gif )

They said the same stuff you normally hear outta Paladins. Callin' us monsters and what have you. You think they're gonna show mercy an' not see through a false testifyin', you don't know Paladins. Good's not a concept they like to apply to us non-humans.

But you may be right. They're gonna be back, and in greater numbers. We may not be able to fight them on our own, but we can try to hunker down and hold off till the Boss gets back.

I dunno when they'll strike next, so if we're gonna move anything in or out, we gotta do it now.
"You three. We might have to send you out. If we're barricaded up when you get back, can you get inside through the vent?"
>"SIR! Affirmative! We can easily squeeze through that small space."
>"BOSS! You can count on us. Just tell us what you need."
>"CHIEF! We'll be on it!"

Should we send them out? And where to?
Or would it be better to keep them here?

You're the boss... basically. It's your call.
No. 295518 ID: c71597

Tell one to scout for paladins and then report back on what path they're using, and have Tislomer prepare poisons. One of them is to go to the goblins and kobold villages in the area and find recruits to aid, people to help with preparing traps and defenses. And the last one is to go find Commander Salamander and see if she got anything she can send on a short notice. We will try to get a message through to Mushio.

When you know from what direction they're coming from you set out to dig some traps. Nice little things with spikes through feets and similar things. Smeared with shit and poison to make sure it leaves a lasting mark on them. That should make them more manageable when they arrive.

These are the paladins that commited a genocide against the gnolls and had a large part in making Geppa into the crazy bitch she is. Parley is not something they're big on when it comes to what they consider monsters.

But we are evil. In fact Mushio spreads an aura of evil around him. Remains for quite a while after he has left an area as well. This place probably screams of evil to them. And their religion is of the mankind first and anyone else can die to create more living space for mankind type.
No. 295519 ID: e3f578

Are we sure it's all about mankind and shit instead of protecting the good? Has that been confirmed at all and it's something I'm missing? Why work with Ridder in any form if it's about mankind and good instead of just good? And why communicate in spoilers? Will I stop asking questions? All this will be revealed in next episode!

Hey, Dompag, think you can make a makeshift brand of bronze/spiked knuckles with junk around the base or find something that can penetrate their armor better than your fists?
No. 295520 ID: 8c73c8

yes, those locations seem good. hrmmmmm, maybe instead of going t scout the paladins one can go see ridder?
No. 295523 ID: 1854db

Getting advance warning on the movements of the paladins is good. So is sending for help from the Commander and from our Goblin dudes (even if they can't send manpower, some replacement alchemy stuff would be nice)
No. 295524 ID: 98a59d

Perhaps we should send one instead to Ridder? He has experience in bargaining with paladins as a knight at least.
No. 295527 ID: 8e2e95

we need Ridder definately...
Another to get information on the incoming Paladins

And... the third to sabotage the paladins
No. 295529 ID: 3416ec

Send one Denling to contact Ridder.

Send the other two to track the Paladins. We need to buy ourselves time to prepare.
No. 295532 ID: c71597

Because it's not for the ears of the characters. Because I despise it when people try to claim that they know about Ridders mental problems and the information that gave them. Too much meta.

Anyway, I think it was the races of man. In which Ridder, among others like our dear boss, are included. Ogres, goblins, kobolds and gnolls are not included though. And I think that for them good and the races of man is the same thing.

No. 295541 ID: 61b379

Instead of being trapped inside, trap them inside.

You could grab anything you can carry and head to the hills, make it look like you abandoned the fort when the paladins return.

Then when they burst in to investigate, lock them in and light The Vault on fire. The Vault is stone so it'll be mostly ok after the fire eventually burns out.

A high cost maneuver, but you seem short on options until the boss and Finesse get back.

Or, you know, you could just actually run and hide until Muschio gets back. What's the worst that can happen, they wreck whatever you couldn't carry?
No. 295553 ID: 653ea0

One to track paladins, one to report to Ridder and Muschio if it finds him, and the third can scout close while reporting back frequently.
No. 295558 ID: 9762bb

Remember guys: Orb-shard network.

We can tell the boss ourselves.
No. 295587 ID: 517631

Paladins have a one track mind at the grunt level. They will keep coming as long as someone tells them to. There are only a few sure fire ways to make them disappear.

1.Wipe them out. This is probably out of the question.
2. Get someone else to wipe them out.
3. Turn them towards another target.
4. Flee into hiding til they give up and move on.

I recommend #2. Here is how it can go. We have have in our possession many things to lure another foe unto our current foe. We have items that could be used to make it seem that the Paladins are here to "right the wrongs" of the past. Mainly reinstating the former government. But for this to work we need them to look as guilty as possible. This involves our captive. By planting her possessions (Preferably bloodied somehow)it would make them not only guilty of trying to overthrow a regime, but they also stooped to cutting their bloodline.

Finding their base is key, plant a few pieces of evidence, and turn the Government on them. Even if it is a full chapter/covenant/etc. of paladins, the countries' militia and standing military would easily overwhelm them. Since we have the little guys which have been used to plant things before, its a long shot that might work.

Or well... we can wait and hope for other options to open up.
No. 295592 ID: cf244d

This is good except that they can just be like "We apologize, milord, we attempted to rescue your daughter but were too late."
And then we have even more huge problems. Just planting isn't going to cut it.
No. 295593 ID: 517631


The princess is only one part of it. Also Paladins don't "usually" lie. Imagine being a fanatic rebel coming upon bloodied items belonging to lost royalty, as well as correspondence letters detailing how/from she was taken signed with the former royal seal. Maybe even a letter or two requesting aid in retaking a lost kingdom.

And just putting the rumor out there would sic the fanatics on them. The Paladins show up from nowhere and are running a campaign through the countryside. It wouldn't take much for them to look guilty.
No. 295618 ID: da4cb8

Oh shit, you're kinda right, what kinda paladins ARE these?!

Okay, parley probably isn't the way to go after all, but I bet they're actually working together with piacevole's new regime.
No. 295620 ID: 9762bb

Speaking of which we haven't seen hide nor hair of the princess.

We need to know what she's AWARE of. If she knows we're under attack by PALADINS she will probably yell at the top of her lungs for her release like any old Damsel in distress.

And we of course cannot lose her. Not with her potential to drastically affect the flow of events over-all.
No. 295635 ID: bccf7b

I think we saw a similar one either earlier in the quest or else I'm getting confused when I was flitting about with that hunk Ridder.

The armor is suspiciously familiar!
No. 295647 ID: cba275

This is the orb-net, calling to Muchio Malto.

Get your ass over here, paladins are attacking.
No. 295652 ID: 543aa6
File 130254510164.gif - (9.33KB , 800x600 , 1273.gif )

All right. I send the Denlings out: one to Coriander's Tower, one to Sir Ridder, one to the nearby Goblin Village. Hopefully we can get some reinforcements.

Hm. I don't know about the rest of these ideas. I'm just a guard. Let me run some by Ashedel, she's got experience as a soldier.

"Ashedel! What do you think about simple traps, like pits and stuff?"
>"They'd take way too long to dig without a mobile force, and the Paladins could be back within the hour for all we know. And if we received reinforcements, we'd still have to wait hours for them just to arrive. It's wasted time."
"What about running? Or pretending the base was abandoned?"
>"A force that size is bound to have skilled trackers. They'd find us. Besides, we've got too many resources here, plus a POW to keep track of. We couldn't just evacuate."
"What if we tried to divert the enemy? Plant decoy evidence, spread rumors?"
>"Like I said, they could be back within the hour, armed and ready. That's a long-term plan we just don't have time for. Even if they won't be back for a while, it could take days."
"Could we barricade and try to hold them off?"
>"It's possible. This place is a fortress and there's only one entrance, but if they have siege weapons, or our reinforcements don't arrive, we might never get out."
"What do you recommend? Any other ideas?"
>"Respectfully, it's not my call, sir."
No. 295653 ID: 8c73c8

then barricade is the best option. use everything that isn't nailed down, and some things that are. if you can take it apart the princess cage would work pretty well.
No. 295654 ID: df5fff

Talk to Ona about magical delays. She's been making a bit of a workshop for herself to increase her abilities.

I know she's working on medicine now, but you and Ash don't look like you're dying on a slab, exactly.

Or is someone else hurt?
No. 295666 ID: b6c6fc

sending for reinforcements, and barricading up, is probably your best bet
No. 295671 ID: 3416ec

>"Respectfully, it's not my call, sir."

"But if it was, what would you do? We're not exactly rife with ideas here."
No. 295674 ID: c5323a

Okay, so barricade the door and pray like hell that they can't rustle up seige weapons before reinforcements arrive.

Also see what Ona can do. Maybe our barricade could be supplemented by some sort of warding.
Additionally, do we have any sort of ranged capacity? As far as I know we don't, but being able to shoot at the paladins as they approach wouldn't hurt.
If we could make it appear to the Paladins that the gate was a chokepoint they could take, we might have the opportunity to defeat them one by one.

Of significance: Nobody is thinking about why they left. They may have left in search of information, seige weapons, or additional bodies.
No. 295684 ID: c71597

Sounds like barricading is the way to go. You can still use the denlings though. They can't actively kill a target. But they can leave poisoned stuff out there. And you could check with Tislomer and Ona on what they have in terms of poisonous gases and stuff. You know, stuff to make their life miserable and harsh during the attempted siege.
No. 295688 ID: 8e2e95

if you can hold em off long enough, Muschio can get an army to surround them.
it shouldn't be too hard.
No. 295699 ID: 543aa6
File 130255851230.gif - (14.38KB , 800x600 , 1274.gif )

Right. I guess we're going to knuckle down and wait till help arrives. But we're going to need to be as secure as possible.

>"Hm? Oh, Dompag, what's up? Please tell me they're not back already."
"No. But we're going into lockdown. Are you busy?"
>"Just putting the finishing touches on Babrakus here. He'll be okay."
>"You big dummy! You didn't need to save me! Now look! You're hurt!"
>"I've had worse."
>"So Dompag, what's the situation?"
"We need to barricade the place. Is there anything you can do to help? Any spells that'll slow 'em down, or keep us safer?"
>"Sorry, that's more a sorcerer's thing. I'm more of a people person when it comes to magic."
"We're at a disadvantage without the Odds. Do you think we could reassemble the cell bars to help secure the front door?"
>"I don't know, but I bet the kobolds--"
>"Ooh! Ooh! Hey Dompag! Me and Babrakus could do it! I could make an acid and he could help me take 'em apart!"
No. 295702 ID: 8c73c8

... acid strong enough to melt through bars could probably melt paladins. ask how much she can make, if a lot then you could throw bottles of the stuff at them.
No. 295703 ID: 07416a

Actually, just the acid would be good.
No. 295704 ID: 2563d4

Sure, do that. Nothing could possibly go wrong from letting Tislomer near corrosive substances.

Heeeyyyy, if she's got any more of those hulk-out mutant potions that she showed Muschio before he left, perhaps Dompag ought to carry one should the Paladins get through anyway.
No. 295707 ID: 1854db

If we take apart the prison don't forget to make sure the princess can't just walk out.

Also keep in mind Muschio is going to arrive soon. If we go into lockdown we need *some* way to let him, Finesse, and our new allies in.

But yeah if she can make acid like that, can we set up something to dump it on the paladins as they attempt to get through the door?
No. 295714 ID: 543aa6
File 130256008066.gif - (14.34KB , 800x600 , 1275.gif )

UM. Excuse me. Don't you know anything about acid?
Acid doesn't just melt everything. It works on SOME things and it doesn't work on SOME OTHER things. It MIGHT melt like little spots on their armor if we threw it at them but I mean I would have to make a LOT and that would take a LONG TIME.

And besides, who is going to go outside, out there and throw acid at them? NOT ME.
And NOT WILL because he is already hurt and now he has to stay inside and have me look after him.
No. 295716 ID: dad664

What if we dipped pointed weapons in the acid then stabbed them with them.
No. 295717 ID: 3416ec


Egads, fine. FINE. Just melt the dang bars and reinforce the door!

Jeez. Muschio needs his own Demoman.
No. 295719 ID: 1854db

Oh. I thought it was like, really strong acid. Nevermind then! You may continue, short stuff.
No. 295720 ID: 8c73c8

ah, sorry. some acids are super mega powerful and can make someone melt. got excited cause we thought we had a new option. oh well, barricade is still go then.
No. 295723 ID: dad664

Wait, I've got it.

Ona knows drugs. POWERFUL drugs.

We could have her lace your weapons with drugs and then it would make the Paladins all high and unable to fight because they'd be trippin' balls.
No. 295725 ID: 476456

if you could capture one he could be a bargaining chip, if you havent killed any of them already.
No. 295730 ID: a3780a

I think the best use we can make of Ona is getting her to put a curse on their leader that confuses him, getting him/her to make poorer choices and subtly cripple them without them easily noticing. At the least we know Ona can do some stuff with libido as she's said she could before, so that could be a possibility.

Charmed, since you're so smart and beautiful and good with acids, what do you think of the Odd situation? Have you checked the properties of the blue ooze coming out of them or the crystals? Maybe we could use the ooze leaking from the odds for something, like previous acid suggestions.
No. 295733 ID: c5323a

This is the best idea. Ona needs to make their boss super horny. Then they will all be busy either fucking or filing sexual harrassment suits, if we're lucky. Even if it goes not quite that well, their boss will be very distracted.
No. 295738 ID: 9d07d9

We need to find some way to make those paladins fall.
No. 295769 ID: 653ea0

Alright, should be easy to keep the princess with non-combatants.
No. 295786 ID: 9762bb

I remember Ona saying she can make people sick.

Maybe that could buy us time?

Anyway, I don't think she'll be able to cast anything on them if she doesn't exactly know where they are.

Dang this is bad. Where the heck is Muschio?
No. 295872 ID: 543aa6
File 130258377488.gif - (7.24KB , 800x600 , 1276.gif )

You want me to weaponize a drug?
Hell, even if I could, you think I'm going to go out there and face a sea of angry paladins to throw it or spray it or whatever?

Besides, in as long as it'd take even the strongest stuff to hit them, I'll bet spears and arrows would hit you first.
That's a pretty dumb idea, even for you guys.
No. 295873 ID: 8c73c8

no no, put the drug ON the spears. like poison, only need to draw blood and it gets in their system.
No. 295874 ID: 3416ec

Can you make a poison that turns into a gas? We could always try throwing Agent Orange at them.
No. 295875 ID: 543aa6
File 130258437797.gif - (11.21KB , 800x600 , 1277.gif )

Look, let me draw you a picture here.

You can put it on a spear, a spray bottle, whatever you want.
But one way or another, someone will have to actually go out there, where many paladins will be, and then not only stab them -- ideally more than one! -- and then wait for the stuff to take effect.

This person right here. This person, who is facing a bunch of armed paladins. In the open. This person? It has to be someone. It can't be nobody. It literally can't.
No. 295876 ID: dad664

Nonono silly.

Put drug concoction on the pointed ends and edges of your weapons. When they bite into flesh, the drug is introduced into the system.

You can do this with arrows, pikes, swords, spears...anything that can puncture flesh.
No. 295877 ID: 00d3d5

We're not going to deploy it in the open, we're going to flood the entryway so that they get lungfulls of it as soon as they bust down the door.
Something fast acting that disperses into the air would be best. Poisonous smoke, for example.
No. 295878 ID: 70d9eb

You're able to use the glyph you made to curse people at range still, right? For doing something like >>295733 >>295730 ?
No. 295879 ID: 43d730

Any way to put it into smoke, then blow the smoke out the door while taking in clean air from a chimneyish thing?
Would be difficult to do, and also use a lot of materials...
No. 295880 ID: 53ec77

Keep it in a vial, chuck it at them from around a corner as a last resort if the base is breached?
No. 295882 ID: dad664


You have a door. Which is the only entrance way.

What happens when you try to funnel a large force through a small apeture? Shit gets clogged.

You need to set up a barricade at the door, and then stab and poke anyone who tries to stick an arm, leg, limb, head, whatever inside.

Also isn't there a trapdoor at the front door?
No. 295885 ID: cf244d

If there's a little hole in the door it can be nobody. You ram the spear through the hole into a paladin.

Also you've got that glyph thing you made, I thought that was supposed to apply effects at a range?
No. 295886 ID: 70d9eb

Chemical warfare in our home is not the greatest long-term strategy.
No. 295890 ID: d2462b

blowdarts? actual crossbows? donuts dipped in poison with orange juice?

failing that. how about a cave in? this assumes we can dig a secondary exit. or that we cant cause the cave in on the pallys.
No. 295892 ID: 543aa6

Might be a good idea to send out a scout on recon to suss out their numbers, so you at least have a rough idea what you're up against. Maybe try and find out their weaknesses/game plan/objective (assuming it's more than the usual "cleanse the land of wickedness").
No. 295894 ID: 70d9eb

To be clear, I think the best strategy we have is barricading up the door, have Ona use her new glyph to curse the paladins with something like confusion/high libido to get friendly fire or friendly "fire" going on, and possibly use some ranged physical attacks to poke at the enemies trying to assault the front door.

A scouting of their numbers would be nice but getting a good scouting of them would prevent us from getting a solid barricade up without preventing the scout from getting back in. I don't suppose Ona has the ability to do some scrying of any sort?
No. 295897 ID: 3416ec

Try seducing them, Ona.
No. 295898 ID: 543aa6
File 130258686499.gif - (10.36KB , 800x600 , 1278.gif )

Attacking through the door doesn't make much sense to me, but I'm not a soldier. For one, if we barricade up the door, it'll be hard to leave enough space for it to reach it well enough to fight through it. Second, wouldn't they just stay out of our limited range? Third, we'd have to cut a hole in the door big enough to fight through, but I guess Babrakus could handle that.

Speaking of, we don't have any bows or crossbows here, and even if we did, I don't think any of us know how to use one. I can use a blowdart, but I don't think it'd get through metal armor.

A scout might work, but we couldn't start barricading until after they came back. They'd have to scout unseen, and get back here before the paladins do, and we don't even know when that might be. If they don't get here in time they'll be locked out, and if the paladins find 'em, not even the toughest of us will stand a chance on their own.

'Course, we already sent out the Denlings, so it'd have to be one of us...
No. 295900 ID: cf244d

>Second, wouldn't they just stay out of our limited range?
If they did that they wouldn't be bashing the door down. That was the point.
But it's not worth risking someone over. If we can't do it without compromising the integrity of the barricade, then don't. But we should be able to.

Don't send anyone outside, don't risk people.

Now you get to your glyph, too. You can fuck with libidos, right? If you could substantially increase some of their libidos, while keeping others down, they might star raping each other. That would probably hinder their ability to fight cohesively.
Barring that,just curse them as hard as you can.
No. 295902 ID: 1854db

That is not how libido works. Upon becoming incredibly horny you do not just start raping people unless you are CRAZY.

Granted if multiple people are horny they might start having consensual drug-addled sex but that's just a silly silly plan. These are trained, disciplined soldiers. A little lust isn't going to cripple them.

If we're going to barricade, we're going to barricade. We do not need to do more than that. A *second* line of defense with like, some sharpened stakes lined up that they'd have to climb over might do something if they were poisoned/drugged I guess, but it'd have to get through a chink in their armor. They are heavily armored. It would have to be very fast-acting to do anything ANYWAY and the drugs would have to be something other than an aphrodisiac unless you want them to fuck US.

If there's a way we can dig out the area right in front of the door so they can't use a battering ram that'd be great.
No. 295904 ID: 3416ec

Think you could cobble together a Nanroot bomb of some sorts?
No. 295909 ID: cf244d

This isn't just incredibly horny, this is supernaturally horny. So fucking horny their dick will be as hard as fucking adamantium and rip right through their armor. Even if it doesn't cause them to rape each other, it would certainly distract them.
However if Ona can't do this satisfactorily, I'm sure she has other curses which she's just waiting to apprise us of.

>If we're going to barricade, we're going to barricade.
Aye. And we are going to do that.
>We do not need to do more than that.
Every little bit helps. I want to be sure the barricade holds.
>A *second* line of defense with like, some sharpened stakes lined up that they'd have to climb over
Pointless. That would likely be damaged or destroyed when (if) they bring siege weapons to bear on the door.
>might do something if they were poisoned/drugged I guess, but it'd have to get through a chink in their armor. They are heavily armored.
Yep, we have problems.
>It would have to be very fast-acting to do anything ANYWAY and the drugs would have to be something other than an aphrodisiac unless you want them to fuck US.
Sure. If they get inside the gates, the time for aphrodisiac is past.
No. 295912 ID: f88f02

DERP. Have we sent out the little doods? Because we have an alliance, remember? with RIDDER?I think? Or something?
No. 295914 ID: 07416a

Ona, you're gonna have to give up your stash. Drop it all on a little fire while the assault is going and get a fan blowing the smoke at them. No spray bottles or anything, just a smoke-based delivery system.
No. 295917 ID: 70d9eb

Some kind of confusion curse instead of the libido thing could also help in delaying them, like making them completely lose their sense of balance, fucking up their vision, or something along those lines. Friendly fire would be excellent and if we could do something that would cause that that would be great.
No. 295920 ID: cf244d

Hey Ona, can your magic curses get their mounts to startle? If they're unhorsed (or unswanned) and their mounts flee, or better yet, trample them, that would help.

That seems unlikely to work.

That happened a while ago.
No. 295923 ID: 07416a

It's not supposed to be a you win thing, just an extra edge.
No. 295927 ID: 70d9eb

I believe the goal is a very solid barricade that nothing will get through, I don't think we could successfully get a good stream of smoke through without hurting our barricade's strength.
No. 295929 ID: eb825b

Are any of your drugs explosive? You can make a bomb, then set another set of breathable drugs in a glass container on top.

It'd help if Finesse was here, but you could make a drug bomb.
No. 295940 ID: 543aa6
File 130259523015.gif - (9.31KB , 800x600 , 1279.gif )

Look, I don't mean to be stubborn, but that whole approach just isn't going to work. The doors don't have holes in 'em or anything, and if we try to leave enough room open for someone to stick weapons out, even in a very narrow range, that's gonna be less space we have to pile stuff against the doors.

I can understand wanting to use powered up weapons an' stuff if that's our last defense, but like you said, we shouldn't just go out and use 'em head-on.

As for smoke and gases, setting up traps was Finnie's thing. Without her I don't feel confident setting up any kind of bomb. Gases would have to be spread manually, so we'd be fanning them out ourselves... and listen: Fanning smoke out a narrow exit, from a closed area out into the open air, I'll tell you which one of us gets the worse deal on that.
No. 295941 ID: 543aa6
File 130259552265.gif - (12.01KB , 800x600 , 1280.gif )

As for my own special brand of magic... evidently I'm still not being clear. I'm a witch doctor. I do hexes and curses, but mostly uncursing, un-hexing, and healing. The whole profession was started in response to sorcery and standard witching, to help people who'd been targeted by that kind of magic. Now we branched out a little sure, and I like to think I'm rather flexible, but I can't just go flinging spells of dizziness and death all around.

Plus, while I do have some negative effects I could render, it would need time, ritual, and a specific target. I couldn't just project through the door at anyone approaching. And for anything real serious, I'd need some kinda trace of the person to work my hex on. Y'know, a lock of hair, a favored possession. Without ever having seen the person, and having nothing of theirs to work on... I can't do much. And like >>295902 said, libido doesn't work that way. I can't make 'em just start raping each other, good God. And aren't paladins supposed to be like, models of self-discipline? They've probably got stronger willpower resistance to my mojo than most anyone I've hexed.

I'll whip up what little I can as a second line of defense, but don't expect I'll be able to just curse them away from the front door or anything.
No. 295943 ID: 53ec77

Can you think of any potential weaponized application of that nanroot stuff you keep around? Liquefied and used as coating on blowdarts? Condensed into makeshift smoke bombs? ...Baked into a pie mounted on a spring in a giftbox?

Seriously, worst case scenario, you guys also get a faceful of it and everyone comes to a few hours later with a severe case of the munchies.

No, wait. Worst case scenario, it backfires and the paladins aren't caught in it at which point you guys get to be slain in a blissful stupor. Nevermind.
No. 295944 ID: 1854db

Hey, why don't we hold the princess hostage?

Like, right after they break down the door and are trying to clear away the other stuff we've got in the way, tell them to go away or we'll kill her.
No. 295948 ID: 67f106

Should we also ask the boss to borrow some soldiers from the Red Mesa?

Though I think that isn't possible, as then they'll make a really powerful enemy. =(

And...don't we have a strategist now? Can we ask him for advice? Cuz y'know, everything we're concocting is just being thrown out the window.
No. 295953 ID: 5d54a5

Could Dompag just put a big rock in front of the door? As in, find one outside, maybe from the top of the small mountain your base is built into, and then put it down in front of the door and roll it back into place as he goes inside. Voila! The base is hidden, AND barricaded.
No. 295963 ID: 7f1921

Can't we just use the princess as part of this?
We need to buy time and she is the only way I see that happening. All good sided(that is anyone sided with the CURRENT crown) should know that the princess was kidnapped.
No. 295990 ID: 653ea0

The princess is a last resort. After all, if they knew about her we'd only have more people coming down on our heads.
No. 296003 ID: 67f106

Not to mention Ridder will hate us more.
No. 296030 ID: bccf7b


Why don't we simply begin by:
1). Disguise the air shaft so we have a clean air supply and can't be smoked/gassed out. (These dirty tricks may be beneath them, but we musn't chance it!)

2). Barricading the doors and, if possible, disguising it with a convincing illusion/ward/spell to either make it look like the rest of the mountain's surface, or even repel them (the evil must be... over there!). If we're capable of doing both, that's even better. (I'm fairly certain that paladins are only capable of sensing evil energies, not magics).

3). Make certain all allies are secured and that we prepare healing poultices, salves, balms and other items needed. This may be a siege, so we're going to want Dompag and Ashadelle in peak condition.

How are your supply stocks, by the way, and what knowledge do we have of the Odd's conditions? I'm thinking escape tunnels or hidden vaults if things go extremely badly.
No. 296325 ID: 543aa6
File 130272341497.gif - (9.97KB , 800x600 , 1281.gif )

All right, we've got our plan then, I guess. Vittima will be our last resort plan, but if worse comes to worse, a hostage might be a valuable thing to have.
"Princess. We're going to be reapportioning the resources from your cell. In the meantime, we'll be keeping you in a secure area under my supervision. While I do not wish to be rude, I must warn you not to attempt escape. It is my job to keep you secure and I don't want to have to get rough."
>"Oh my."
No. 296329 ID: 543aa6
File 130272489030.gif - (10.47KB , 800x600 , 1282.gif )

That's it.

Doors are barred, braced, and reinforced. Vent's been covered lightly on the outside to try and disguise exhaust so they won't smoke us out. Princess is tied up in the guest room.

Guess we're as secure as we're getting, now.
No. 296330 ID: 543aa6
File 130272503188.gif - (5.74KB , 800x600 , 1283.gif )

Nothing left to do but hunker down and try to weather the coming storm.
No. 296331 ID: 3416ec

>Return to Muschio
No. 296333 ID: cf244d

Okay then.

No. 296334 ID: 543aa6
File 130272531523.gif - (3.90KB , 800x600 , 1284.gif )

No. 296335 ID: 543aa6
File 130272545414.gif - (3.72KB , 800x600 , 1285.gif )

...hm. That's odd. You're still here?
I'm trying to send you back to Muschio, but...
I don't know. It's not working like it normally does.

You might just have to wait it out with the rest of us.
No. 296336 ID: 543aa6
File 130272551679.gif - (3.61KB , 800x600 , 1286.gif )

No. 296338 ID: 07416a

This is kinda cool. Can you pull us back a bit? We might be able to scout.

Also, can the mimic get high? If it can't you should hotbox it, then have it open when the paladins get near as an improvised gas trap.
No. 296339 ID: 3416ec

*concentrates harder*
>Return... to... Muschio!
No. 296340 ID: 543aa6
File 130272597142.gif - (14.43KB , 800x600 , 1287.gif )

No. 296341 ID: 3416ec

Play Truth or Dare!
No. 296342 ID: cf244d

Does anyone have playing cards? What do you folks normally do to pass the time? A rousing game or Uno or Rich Man/Poor Man should get things going well. Play a stripping version for added fun.
No. 296345 ID: 676156

lol. Anyone got any weed?
No. 296349 ID: 98a59d

Death may be more exciting, or it may not. Irregardless I hear there's the whole 'dying' bit people have a problem with anyhow.

Also, it occurs to me that we might want to add a second floor to the main hall some day. Those two blank side walls could probably be carved out to some nice balconies.
No. 296354 ID: e1c6cb

Play The Oldest Game. Also, how's Geppa?
No. 296355 ID: 07416a

Tell her that valid targets for flamification are approaching and that she should get her stuff set up.
No. 296357 ID: c71597

Sieges usually are. Give her some of Ona's mellow out drugs and see what it does.
No. 296360 ID: 8c73c8

when they start pounding on the door you will WISH it was back to boring.
No. 296365 ID: f88f02

No. 296369 ID: e3f578

I too vote for strip poker.
No. 296394 ID: a6ab09

strip poker seems a little silly, considering most of the people here only have a single article of clothing. Why not poker with the winner getting to truth or dare someone?
No. 296398 ID: cf244d

>strip poker
I never said poker. And the stripping isn't exactly inherently necessary for a card game.
No. 296399 ID: e3f578

alright misread, jumped to conclusion.
No. 296400 ID: 543aa6
File 130273715724.gif - (9.81KB , 800x600 , 1288.gif )

>"Oooh! Ooh! Let's play Truth or Dare!"
"No way! I know how THAT would turn out."
>"C'mon, Ona, where's your sense of adventure?"
>"Let's just play cards."
>"Well, we could make it more interesting..."
"Oh no, don't even think about it!"
>"Little brother! Get your mind out of the gutter."
>"Weren't you just encouraging me earlier?"
>"Hey! I'm still learning! What's your excuse!?"
"I've got some herbs we could mellow on. We could just take it easy until they get here."
>"Drugs are bad!"
"Says who?"
>"Says my bro!"
>"Herbs always give me a heady-ache, Ona. Babrakus too."
No. 296401 ID: 1854db

Got any board games? You could tell stories, or ghost stories.
No. 296402 ID: 07416a

Ona, if you are stoned when the paladins get here we will get Dompag to spank you. He will enjoy it. Drugs are for free time, not when you're working.
No. 296404 ID: 3416ec

Discuss each others lives and have epiphanies about life itself.
No. 296405 ID: bf1e7e

Hey Ona, why don't you hex Finesse to get her to deliver the message to Muschio instantly? You almost certainly have quite a lot of things of hers around.
No. 296407 ID: bccf7b


Well, we already know most of your guy's life stories... (I think), so why not... some kind of adventure game using chance and strategy to survive in a fictitious dungeon or adventure!

... This actually sounds marketable...
No. 296409 ID: cf244d

>>"Let's just play cards."
This is silly. What's boring about cards?

No good clouding your mind before battle.

I dunno, I'd suggest arm wrestling as another thing to do, but you guys all look pretty far apart in terms of strength, so I doubt it would be interesting.

Maybe tell stories?
No. 296413 ID: 543aa6
File 130273839490.gif - (10.28KB , 800x600 , 1289.gif )

Yeah yeah, I get it. I'll keep the drugs stored away.

>"I like that idea about adventure! Let's all play Make-Believe!"
"What are we all ten years old?"
>"I'm five!"
>"I dunno, I think it could be fun."
"It sounds silly to me."
No. 296415 ID: 1854db

It's not that silly. It can be very serious. You can plan out a realistic scenario, and have the players try to solve problems using the skills they chose for their characters!
No. 296416 ID: cf244d

You should play Dungeons the Dragoning 40k, a mature game for mature people such as yourselves, with such wonderful combinations of race, exaltation, class, and deity as:
Tau Werewolf Guardsman of Vectron
Ork Vampire Paladin of Pelor
Halfling Paragon Rogue of Malal
Squat Promethean Magic User of Corellon
Eldarin Werewolf Assassin of Tzeentch
Ork Magical Girl Cleric of Slaanesh
And more!
No. 296417 ID: 8c73c8

you can make it serious make believe. with rules and stuff. everyone give a short description of what you make believe as for race and job. for example in real life dompag is a 'ogre guard'.
No. 296420 ID: 0f34a0

This makes for the most uneventful situation thus far in DQ. I sadly welcome those annoying paladins.
No. 296428 ID: 07416a

Personally I'm all for additional preparations, but whatever.
No. 296429 ID: 2563d4

Social Rule B 99.1: If friends spend more than 60 minutes unable to decide what to do, they must default to sexual experimentation.

Think faster, Ona.
No. 296430 ID: 49d8f4

You can all roleplay as characters from Boxdog.
No. 296442 ID: e3f578

lets do finger painting. or fake fight or rastlin'.
Hell we got a ball around the lair? SPORTS.
No. 296448 ID: 61b379

You could use this time to try to figure out what's wrong with the Odds. Or inspect the material they uncovered.
No. 296451 ID: 8b9dd7

Could always tell stories, from your past or just generally made up.
No. 296453 ID: f88f02

Oh hey there we go. Put it on the table and let everyone offer opinions.
No. 296456 ID: 9d07d9

xthing some kind of tabletop roleplaying game.

I mean, you guys LIVE in a dungeon, and at least one of you has probably seen a dragon.
No. 296462 ID: 543aa6
File 130274448065.gif - (6.96KB , 800x600 , 1290.gif )

"I don't know how to play."
>"Me neither."
>"You just use your imagination!"

Looks like our resident soldier's got something to say on the matter.
>"Actually, when you play like this, someone has to fill the role of Adventure Master. Someone to hold the players to the rules, control the environment, all that. You can't just claim to beat a monster, you have to fight!"
>"And I take it you're volunteering?"
>"You bet! I used to play this at the Commander's Tower all the time. Everyone stationed there got really into Wild Adventure!"
>"Oh dear god."
"All right, if you want to lead us..."
>"Sure. And I've even got some dice! This will be fun. Here, we need to make characters for all of you first."
No. 296463 ID: 53ec77

my head is about to explode from all the meta
No. 296467 ID: 8c73c8

>switch to ashedel
No. 296469 ID: cf244d

Hey Ona what do you want to play? You can be anything you want. Except a mary sue.

Nothing is meta about this.
No. 296471 ID: 543aa6
File 130274562476.gif - (7.04KB , 800x600 , 1291.gif )

All right, this is pretty easy to get started. I'll work out the points and rules, all you gotta do is come up with some characters. And boss, if you wanna chip in, just to be part of it, I'm sure everyone could use some suggestions.

"The world we're about to enter is not entirely unlike our own! You must pick a race and profession before we go on, and outline your basic abilities and special skills."

May as well go left to right.
No. 296474 ID: 70d9eb

Ona can be a female black catfolk rogue named Nimilitzli, with the power to make herself invisible and make ghostly wails.
No. 296479 ID: cf244d

Ona be a rogue! Poke people with little knives and never be seen unless you want to!
Dompag be bard! Serenade the world with beautiful music and pick up chicks as you please!
Geppa be a sorceress! Shoot fire everywhere and be extremely attractive!
Tislomer be a cleric! Use divine power to keep everyone combat-ready!
Babrakus be barbarian! Kill anybody what needs killing! Get mad sometimes!

Race doesn't matter, we're all friends here. Just be what you are in real life.
No. 296482 ID: 07416a

Ona could be a monk! They're all dodgy! Never get hit in the taco again!
No. 296485 ID: 543aa6
File 130274685678.gif - (5.28KB , 800x600 , 1292.gif )

All right, I guess I'm a... I'll be a Ralman Rogue.
I'm a master of sneaking and discreet poisons. I get a bonus to stealthy maneuvers, hiding and escaping.
No. 296487 ID: 543aa6
File 130274752845.gif - (6.78KB , 800x600 , 1293.gif )

Human Bard!
I can turn the tide of debate and combat alike with my magical music, and my social skills can get out of jams no weapon can!

>"Magical music? And you said this game's not silly?"
No. 296489 ID: 8301fa


I agree with these, though maybe Babrakus would be more comfortable as a ranger?
No. 296490 ID: 543aa6
File 130274772524.gif - (4.20KB , 800x600 , 1294.gif )

No. 296492 ID: 543aa6
File 130274791545.gif - (3.98KB , 800x600 , 1295.gif )

"I don't get it."
No. 296493 ID: 1854db

It's a game where you do stuff you normally can't do, Geppa. Like a kind of escape fantasy thing.

What do you wish you could do but can't?
No. 296494 ID: 8c73c8

hmm geppa? can you tell us exactly what you don't get?
No. 296495 ID: ef33c8

Holy fuck! Are we going to have a quest within a quest?!

No. 296496 ID: f88f02

Geppa, what do you want to be? What's the coolest thing you can imagine being, doing?
No. 296497 ID: f44349

It's like... playing pretend. Only with rules. And way cooler.
You can imagine up all sorts of great adventures!
Just pick something you wanna pretend to be.
Like... a great sorcerer! Or a magnificent warrior! Or... a princess?
I don't know what do you like?
No. 296498 ID: dad664

We have to go...

No. 296503 ID: 543aa6
File 130274915237.gif - (6.58KB , 800x600 , 1297.gif )

Okay... the...
The best thing I can imagine.

The thing I want to be.



An elf.
No. 296504 ID: 543aa6
File 130274923796.gif - (4.49KB , 800x600 , 1298.gif )

A fancy elf.

And everyone respects me. 'Cuz I'm so smart. And fancy.
No. 296505 ID: 543aa6
File 130274926366.gif - (5.31KB , 800x600 , 1299.gif )

And... I have magic.
No. 296507 ID: 543aa6
File 130274933059.gif - (10.84KB , 800x600 , 1300.gif )

STRONG magic.
No. 296508 ID: 15b51b

Like a boss.
No. 296509 ID: d38f25


No. 296510 ID: ef33c8

Actually being an elf suits you nicely.
No. 296512 ID: 543aa6
File 130274947588.gif - (8.10KB , 800x600 , 1301.gif )

And I...

I can heal... I can heal anyone.
No. 296514 ID: 543aa6
File 130274958108.gif - (7.85KB , 800x600 , 1302.gif )

I can even make people come back to life.
No. 296515 ID: d38f25


Now what's Tislomer gonna be?

No. 296516 ID: f88f02

inb4 incestuous gnoll roleplaying freeking everyone out
No. 296517 ID: 2bdeb9

Okay. So you are an elven healer. That's pretty good. Every party needs a healer.
You an important member of the party, Geppa.
No. 296518 ID: e1c6cb

Awww, so good spirited.

inb4 death magicks
No. 296519 ID: 543aa6
File 130274966225.gif - (9.22KB , 800x600 , 1303.gif )

And I...
I'll help them.
Because I'm so strong.
No. 296520 ID: e3d7a0

Dompag, your "little sister" is on the verge of a flashback induced breakdown - you might wanna say something.
No. 296521 ID: ef33c8

Uuuhh... okay, why do I suddenly have the feeling that this is NOT going to end well?
No. 296522 ID: 00d3d5

So you're an Elf Priestess or Elf Cleric or something?

None of this is real, but it's fun to pretend.
No. 296523 ID: 1854db

So, an Elf Cleric? Sounds good.
No. 296524 ID: 543aa6
File 130274978233.gif - (3.19KB , 800x600 , 1304.gif )

No. 296525 ID: 543aa6
File 130274981429.gif - (2.93KB , 800x600 , 1305.gif )

And then...

And then they won't get hurt anymore.
No. 296526 ID: 0f34a0

Cool story brah.
No. 296527 ID: 8c73c8

sounds perfect.
No. 296528 ID: f88f02

Hug Dompag.
No. 296529 ID: ef33c8

Crap, now I'm sad.

Dompag, you may wanna say something to her. You're her brother, dude.
No. 296530 ID: a70435


Party cleric, perfect.
No. 296531 ID: d38f25

No. 296532 ID: cf244d

Dompag, tell her that's great, or something. Put your arm around her.
No. 296534 ID: 98a59d

No. 296539 ID: 9e67b3


Gah, Right in the ol' heart muscles ;.;
No. 296540 ID: 543aa6
File 130275119419.gif - (7.78KB , 800x600 , 1306.gif )

No. 296541 ID: ef33c8

Manly tears man. Right here.
No. 296542 ID: 2563d4

Ok Tislomer your turn.
No. 296544 ID: d38f25

Lol Ona.

Now Tislomer, A dancer with smooth moves to match her fierce punches and kicks! =D
No. 296547 ID: e3d7a0

No way, Charmed is totally a fairy princess.
No. 296549 ID: bccf7b

Oh Geppa... you are strong. Stronger than you'll ever know.

We will always be here for you, like you are here, for us.

Oh gods, I'm trying so hard no to cry right now... Geppa... I'm so sorry... I want to hug you so damn much...
No. 296551 ID: 543aa6
File 130275257805.gif - (10.35KB , 800x600 , 1307.gif )

No. 296552 ID: 9e67b3

This is the True face of a gaming group.
Gepps, you've done us proud, gal.
No. 296553 ID: 8c73c8

well hey, getting it all out is actually helpful. think of trauma like a blister. if you just ignore then it gets worse. but if you let it out then it can heal. and you seemed to have been holding this in for a very long time.
No. 296554 ID: cf244d

Because you've gone through some harsh shit in your life. There ain't no shame in that. Chill, I suppose. You've got a good concept. Let's see what the next person wants to play.
No. 296555 ID: 15b51b

Just keep it repressed like everyone else. Sheesh.

PS: Ona is reaching some kind of pupil critical mass.
No. 296556 ID: 00d3d5

That's simple:
Because you've lived almost your entire life in the hands of abusive people.

The fact that you know you're fucked up means you're doing a damn good job of recovering, which means the people here have done you a lot of good.

Would you like to learn how to heal people for real? Ona and Tislomer can help you with that after this paladin thing is over, and we'd be happy to find you somebody that can teach you healing magic.
Ashedel can teach you how to fight to protect people, too.
Maybe we could find somebody that can teach you defensive magic, too?
No. 296557 ID: 76d4de

Roll a 1d10 to find out why!
1) Trauma experienced at a young age that caused a divergence from typical learning arcs necessary to facilitate early reward systems.
2-10) not enough sex.
No. 296558 ID: 9d07d9

It's not a real gaming group without some kind of deep-seated psychological problems cropping up.
No. 296559 ID: 8e2e95

... this is going to be interesting
No. 296560 ID: e3f578

Big Deal.
No. 296561 ID: 07416a

...Ona, could you please start showing Geppa the basics of first aid?
No. 296562 ID: 9d07d9

Well I dont really think the game can go on at this point.

Maybe this could be a good method of helping her cope with her problems. We'll have to remember it for a time when the base isn't in immediate danger of attack.
No. 296563 ID: e3f578

>Game can't go on at this point
If we stop she'll blame herself, which will just make this situation worse.
No. 296564 ID: ee1442


Be a Cleric! They get to heal people and protect people and can cast spells to stop people from being hurt!
No. 296566 ID: 543aa6
File 130275381090.gif - (8.87KB , 800x600 , 1308.gif )

"I'VE BEEN TRYING SO HARD AND I'M STILL FUCKING CRAZY! Every time I look at Tizz I wanna BEAT HER UP because I think she's nice! THAT'S ALL I CAN THINK.
I'm out of my MIND! I was doing better too! But then -- god DAMN! NO! I just want to be HAPPY! What the fuck is wrong with me?!
I'M TIRED OF BEING CRAZY. I WANT to get better!"
No. 296567 ID: 76d4de

I got an idea. Release that bitch out there on those paladin guys. They look pretty damned nice.
No. 296568 ID: 07416a

You're resisting. You're not beating her up. You're getting better.
No. 296569 ID: e3f578

Then stop yelling, play the game, after that defeat the paladins, then go relieve your thoughts on Dompag. BAM, move onto the next day.
Or everybody take a small break to think up character's backstories so Geppa can vent then we can continue. Whatever seems to work for her.
No. 296570 ID: 82479f

Geppa, calm. Calm is good.

Talk with Ona and Tislomer about learning how to heal people. Ona for the practical, like first aid, and Tislomer for the creation of things to heal, like potions. I don't know if being a witch doctor is a simple ordeal so I won't suggest having Ona teach you how unless you really want to.

You've been doing great so far, and we believe you can get better. We will help. You are crazy, yes, but everyone's crazy. Everyone who's ever existed has never been truly sane.. It's just how life is. You're sane, Geppa, if only because everyone else is crazy too. If you want us to help, we'll do our best. Do you want us to help, Geppa? I want to, but we won't unless you want us to. We're not forceful.
No. 296571 ID: b36dbd

You know you need to get better, and you want to get better. That right there is a sign of progress!
No. 296572 ID: 98a59d

Maybe you need things to do, instead of just waiting around in Dompag's room to get better, granted this isn't the best time to realize that, being cooped up in a siege and all, but getting 'better' isn't something where you wake up one day and realize you are 'all better now'.
No. 296573 ID: 9d07d9

Well fuck.
I don't think reassuring her that she's getting better is what she wants to hear right now. She'd just think we weren't being truthful with her and get more frustrated.
I have no clue what the best course of action is, just throwing that out there.
No. 296574 ID: 9e67b3

Listen, I'm not saying drugs solve everything.

Yes. Yes I am.
New plan, get high, THEN play the roleplaying game.
No. 296575 ID: 543aa6
File 130275437366.gif - (9.38KB , 800x600 , 1309.gif )

"But Ona, I fucked up with you the worst. I meant everything I said that one time. I felt like you and me were really going to be friends. But then I -- I fucked it up. I made you trust me and I hurt you. I didn't mean to hurt you. I don't want to hurt you.
I don't want to hurt anyone."

>"H....huhhh... a-ah... I..."

"I'm really sorry. I'm sorry I went so fucking crazy on you before."
No. 296576 ID: cf244d

Well, there's no easy way to not be crazy. Right now, there's nothing much you can do, besides play the game. Maybe healing people will be therapeutic. And you don't really need to be totally un-crazy anyway. Everyone's a little crazy in some way, that's just how life works. Just as long as you don't go beating Tislomer up or hurting your buddies, I imagine everyone will be able to deal with a bit of eccentricity.
No. 296578 ID: cf244d

Ona: hug her, and forgive her. Tell her you can still be friends.
No. 296579 ID: d38f25

Ok first, calm down.

Take deep breaths and vent out the hot rage as you exhale.

Then think of the things in life that amuses you. Think about how they amuse you.

Before you know it you'll be smiling.
No. 296580 ID: 82479f

Ona, you may want to calm. You appear to be reaching eye singularity, and I fear that your pupils may soon collapse onto themselves.
No. 296581 ID: f44349

Shh. Geppa. It's okay. You haven't seriously hurt anyone. A little mean spirited mischief isn't the end of the world.
You can make up for it. In fact you are already most of the way there!
You apologized. All on your own, too.
That alone speaks volumes about how much better you are doing.
Just... calm down. I think you are scaring her.
No. 296582 ID: e3f578

Oh sweet, you apologized. Thank fucking god, that situation was going to get weird and awful if your conscience wasn't aware of it. Good job.
Come on, Ona. A hug won't do. No, brofsisfisting is necessary in this situation.
No. 296583 ID: 53ec77

If it makes you feel any better, there are those who actually deserve your ire. Like say those mean ol' paladins.

Violent impulses are kind of a normal thing. Yours were just encouraged. But hey, at least you're capable of greeting someone in a way that doesn't involve projectile flame now. That's quite a step.
No. 296584 ID: bccf7b

I think it's time for a hug. Just... everyone together. One big group hug. Because we're all friends.
No. 296585 ID: 00d3d5

Geppa, when we first met you you could barely string a sentence together at all - let alone one that made any sense, were demanding that people rape you, constantly attempted to bite peoples bodyparts off, and didn't understand you weren't sane.

Right now you're letting out a bunch of frustration to your friends about not yet being healthy.

What just happened is you asked yourself "If I could be anything, what would I be?" and gave an answer that is completely understandable.
You aren't backsliding, and you aren't having a breakdown. This is a breakthrough.

See this? This is a sign you've made a lot of progress.

When this manic-ish rush wears off you'll be saner than you were five minutes ago, but it's still a long road to go. Learning how to heal will do a lot to help you recover, and help your new compatriots.
No. 296587 ID: 1854db

You've been through a lot, Geppa. It's not really that surprising that you had serious problems. You are getting better though. You will keep getting better.
No. 296588 ID: ef33c8

ONA!! She's apologizing!! Hug her quick and say 'THANK YOU'!! Show her that you care for her!
No. 296591 ID: 543aa6
File 130275792661.gif - (4.11KB , 800x600 , 1310.gif )

>"I accept your apology. Geppa, I just want us to be friends."
"Me too."
>"I want to get to know you. Who you really are, behind all this baggage."
"Me too."

"I'm going to work hard to be better."
>"I'm really glad."

"...I'm still going to mess with you though."
No. 296592 ID: 98a59d

Hahah, if you didn't you might not be Geppa.
No. 296593 ID: ee1442

No. 296595 ID: 543aa6
File 130275822748.gif - (5.62KB , 800x600 , 1311.gif )

>"And I'LL be a KOBOLD!"
No. 296596 ID: cf244d

Right. Of course you will Tislomer. What class? What is your character good at?
No. 296598 ID: ef33c8

Mmmmhhh... nah, you should be a Platespined demidragon....

Oh god that would be awesome.
No. 296599 ID: dad664

You should be a Dovahkiin.

No. 296600 ID: ef33c8

beyond awesomeness, dude.

But what about Will? should he be a dragonrider?
..... wait....
No. 296601 ID: dad664

No. 296612 ID: c71597

Silly kobold, that's not how it works. Be a mysterious unicorn enchantress instead, with polymorph spells.
No. 296671 ID: 8b9dd7

Game hasn't even started and it seems to be bringing people together, d'awww
No. 296736 ID: 61b379

I still think the best course of action would be to take Geppa to a real therapist.
No. 296745 ID: ee1442

>take her to a therapist
Right, because we'll just waltz out of our cave and OH WAIT THERE'S PALADINS OUT THERE LOOKING TO KILL US ALL.
No. 296748 ID: 0f34a0

Is there professional therapy in an age such as this? Bug folk probably have one if there is. But I don't think she's dangerous enough for us not to just help her here. Not to mention dem paladins.
No. 296764 ID: 61b379

Well obviously she can't be moved right this instant. I meant later, assuming you survive.

>not dangerous
She offered to hold Ona down so Dompag could rape her, and she's encouraging Dompag to be doing things he shouldn't.

There was the incident with the scissors.

"I'm still going to mess with you."

"Every time I look at Tizz I wanna BEAT HER UP because I think she's nice! THAT'S ALL I CAN THINK."

You're invited to make your case for her not being dangerous.
No. 296768 ID: 0f34a0

Geppa is under tremendous stress from her previous lifestyle, and just came out with all of her feelings, apologizing and trying to make things right. She didn't want to do those things and was honest about trying to be friends.

I don't think she is dangerous, but I do think she needs to be watched until she gets used to the way things are now. Whatever she was like, she is different now and wants to change.

"I'm still going to mess with you." This sounds pretty playful actually. I certainly don't think she meant it in a violent way.
No. 296787 ID: ef33c8


By the way, shouldn't we be playing now? I think the Adventure Master should put some order 'round here, right?
No. 296800 ID: 61b379

I think you're wrong on almost all counts and am not assuaged, however it says in the rules that suggesters aren't supposed to argue in the quest thread so I won't elucidate as to why. Let's both just drop the issue having made our suggestions; it's the author's prerogative what to do now.

We can't both be right, but I think this rule is wise because quest threads would otherwise descend into madness pretty quickly.

No. 296803 ID: 0f34a0

An polite disagreement on *chan, ending in realization of each others' solid beliefs? Rare sight to behold. Sage for off topic.
No. 296820 ID: 543aa6
File 130284907703.gif - (7.27KB , 800x600 , 1312.gif )

"They're here!"
>"I'll kick their ass for interrupting this tender moment!"
No. 296822 ID: 70d9eb

Oh, you should go open the door.
It sounds urgent.
No. 296823 ID: 53ec77

"What's the password?"
No. 296825 ID: 476456

oh well if they can hear you you can engage in dialogue..for however much good you'll do.

Dompag you're the best sweet talker you're up.
No. 296826 ID: 3416ec

"Nobody's home! Come back later!"
No. 296827 ID: cf244d

It doesn't pay to assume. Ask who's there. Maybe it's not a paladin, but some fellows fleeing from said who would lend their aid to your cause in exchange for protection. It wouldn't do to lock them out if that were the case.
No. 296828 ID: 8c73c8

yes, see who it is before trying to kill them.
No. 296829 ID: 1854db

Don't get too close to the door. Just in case they shoot something through the door. I dunno, like a armor piercing heavy crossbow bolt or something. Better safe than sorry.
No. 296830 ID: 543aa6
File 130284953765.gif - (5.27KB , 800x600 , 1313.gif )

"Nobody's home! Come back later!"
>"Dompag? Is that you? Why is this door locked? Open up right now!"
"What's the password?"
>"Open up or you're fired!"
It's the boss, all right.
No. 296831 ID: 313ae6

Let him in, maybe he'd like to play some Wild Adventure with you all!
No. 296832 ID: cf244d

Well, you heard the man. Hurry up and let him in.
No. 296833 ID: 1854db

Definitely let him in, and explain while doing so that there are an awful lot of paladins who wish to kill everyone.
No. 296835 ID: 8c73c8

cool, just move everything a little to the side so it can be put back easily.
No. 296836 ID: e3f578

Ask if awful paladins are threatening him with a pointy sword to his back. If so, we're not letting him in and we're totally fucking aware of it. Just mention how you know that's precisely what he would want and advise because his fragmented mind just ordered him so.

Dompag, he's not allowed to fire you.
Goddamn I wish we could switch this thing around so we could see if there's a threat. Come on stupid orb device, DO THE CAMERA PAN!
No. 296837 ID: 3416ec

Let them in, but make sure to reset the stuff afterwards.
No. 296846 ID: 543aa6
File 130285350212.gif - (82.37KB , 800x600 , 1314.gif )

No. 296847 ID: 53ec77

No. 296849 ID: 5d54a5

What did we do how did this happen
No. 296850 ID: 1854db

Drop the orb!
No. 296851 ID: 543aa6
File 130285419151.gif - (6.18KB , 800x600 , 1315.gif )

My head feels like it's just been assaulted by my insides. A great pressure, like my cranium's a few steps shy of bursting. An eggshell skull containing a violent turbulence.

I do my best to shrug it off.
"Open the door!"
Where have you been? Where have I been?
Perhaps this explains the silence.

It's been a long trip back. My absence? I told you not long ago -- I had been convalescing for several days after my injury. Don't you remember me saying that?
>"All right, we're unbarring the door, give us a few minutes!"
What's this about Paladins? Coming here?
They know, then. Have they come for me, or for the Princess?
There may not be much time.
I wish I'd known.
What happened? The trauma, perhaps...
>"Master Muschio, are you all right? You don't look well."
>"Is something the matter, Sir?"
>"I got a b-b--b--bb-bad feeling about this."
No. 296852 ID: 543aa6
File 130285443838.gif - (7.14KB , 800x600 , 1316.gif )

>"Well, well, well. It looks like the vermin's come home to roost."
No. 296853 ID: 1854db

I don't think they said why they attacked. They sense 'evil' and just hunt it down, it seems.

We sent for reinforcements from most of our allies then fortified the door in case you didn't get back before the paladins did. So now that you're here we can either wait inside for the reinforcements or fight with the added manpower. Or ladypower in Finesse's case. We could set up a few more simple traps with her help.

Wait fuck they're here oh fuck
No. 296854 ID: 3416ec


Quick! Get inside!
No. 296855 ID: cf244d

Tell them to hurry the fuck up and let you in.
No. 296856 ID: 00d3d5

"Why have I come back from peacefully resolving a war to find you have been attacking my home?
Did nobody tell you that I slew Red Fang and have been trying to cleanse the taint he left behind? Or do you simply not care who you harm?"
No. 296857 ID: e3f578

Uhhh, hey, small idea here but leave the orb outside when you rush in, if you rush in. Have Finnie extract a few shards for the new groupies and you yourself.
We're taking this one for the team. We're taking this for Geppa. We're taking this FOR THE EVIL!
Or you know, just get a shard of us and put it on a crossbow spear and let us infect a paladin. It'll slow 'em down. We'll play dirty cards just like with that High Roller.
No. 296859 ID: cf244d

Actually, never mind what I said, let's sing this tune.

But not exactly like that. More like
"What knave would call me vermin? While there may yet be men greater than me, I assure you, I am a philanthropist and strive to do the best that can be done. I return now from ending a war, to this place where I have slain the fiend Red Fang, who of late made this place his home, and by populating it with noble-hearted creatures I endeavor to erase the taint of his evil. Can you who cal me vermin claim such acts?"
No. 296860 ID: e62996


This. They may just outright believe us.

Because the boss is human in whatever odd definition of human the Dive-verse has.

Or they'll just outright kill him because they're probably on the side of the guy that kicked your butt off the throne.

And...Those Denlings didn't report that the paladins returned.

...I'm worried.
No. 296863 ID: 543aa6

No, fuck that. Get inside. If you're going to make speeches, do it from the other side of a barred door.
No. 296864 ID: 679e7a

(I tried to make a comment in the DiveQuest discussion thread, but it didn't appear. Has it gotten too big or something?)
No. 296865 ID: cf244d

>Or they'll just outright kill him because they're probably on the side of the guy that kicked your butt off the throne.
I specifically chose not to include "I am Muschio Malto" for that very reason. They might have recognized our name. But they've probably never even seen our father, much less us, so they won't realize our heritage from visage alone.

They are unlikely to be able to unbar the door and let us in and re-bar it before the paladins reach us.

Things often fail to appear immediately when posted. I think it started when we went to www1. It should appear shortly. In fact I'm seeing it already.
No. 296866 ID: 543aa6
File 130285764648.gif - (13.00KB , 800x600 , 1317.gif )

An order of paladins. At least two dozen strong. All in plate armor. Their leader is mounted, and a few others as well, but by and large they are on foot.

The doors are still barred.
>"How's it coming in there?!" Finesse whispers urgently.
>"A few more minutes!"
>"We don't have any time!"
>"Stall them!"

"You dare call me -- me -- a vermin? You haven't the slightest clue who I am."
The leader looks on from somewhere in the shadowed darkness behind his metal visor.
>"You are Muschio Malto. Son of the late King Malto, dethroned by his own citizenry, executed for his crimes against humanity. You have escaped execution yourself up to this point, through some gross error, and you have carried on your father's villainy."
"Villainy?! I have returned from settling a long-standing civil war in a truce of utter peace--"
>"If you refer to those chitinous creatures in the Red Mesas, their squabbles are hardly our concern."
"This is the very place where I have recently slain the fiend Red Fang, who until that time had made this cave his home."
>"Vermin often fight amongst themselves. It proves nothing."
"I have taken in the weathered and the weary, and given them a purpose, a place to live, a chance to write a virtuous existence in a productive home. I would hardly--"
>"You have given shelter and sanctuary to monsters, beasts, and demons. You have consorted with unholy and inhuman things, and have taken their wretched taint upon yourself. You are an abomination before God, and we have come to deliver His vengeance."
No. 296867 ID: 5d54a5

"You know, for a holy guy, you're really rude. Can't a man finish a sentence around here?"
No. 296868 ID: 53ec77

"Hey, beasts have feelings too y'know."
No. 296869 ID: 8c73c8

"so a man is evil for taking in a stray animal?"
No. 296870 ID: 3416ec

>You are an abomination before God, and we have come to deliver His vengeance.

Oh, carrying out God's will, now are we?

Romans 12:19
"Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord."
No. 296871 ID: 1a567a

Well these fuckers are clearly no better. They lack the common courtesy to let a man finish his sentances. Someone who is not even able to converse politely is clearly not capable of being any better than even the worst of creatures. They thus are unfit to judge your noble companions, and even were this not so it would be faulty to judge them solely on race.

Tell the paladin this.
No. 296872 ID: e62996

"For the poster men of justice, fairness and virtue you sure are quick to flap your tongue with insults and racist prejudice. What of a man's right to a fair trial?"

(Good lord where are the reinforcements?!)
No. 296880 ID: 00d3d5

Don't let him interrupt you. Talk over him and raise your voice if needed.
"The so-called crimes you speak of are fiction written long after my father's death. In life he was adored by his people, and was a force of good in these lands. You clearly have no duty to the truth if you've allowed yourself to be deluded otherwise.
King Malto wasn't executed by his people, he was assassinated by a cabal of nobles who chafed under his rule and wished to install a leader that would allow their vile proclivities. I could list their names, but if you really could sense evil then you would have ended them already. They surround themselves with the worst scum of humanity, and the few I know who really are capable of sensing evil have described them as walking rifts of pain and suffering.

You condemn me for befriending beasts while you're mounted on one. Hypocrisy suits you.
You accuse me of associating with demons and monsters, but that is an outright lie; neither live within these walls. You wish them dead because they are not races of man, not for any action of their own. Your motivation is blind hatred and bloodlust, and I'll not stand for you to sully God's name with your vile sins.

Leave this place, you monster in human skin. Take your vile corruption to your own kind, and never harm innocent beings again."
No. 296883 ID: f88f02

"You interrupt me even as I speak and call me vermin? You strike at us, unprovoked, and call us the monsters? You ride here, armored in fine raiments, armed with excellent swords, upon well-bred mounts, to slay UNARMED, LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, and you call yourselves PALADINS!? Get. Off. My. Lawn."
No. 296896 ID: ba4fab

Pretty cool. Most of it agrees wth what I wanted to say... so just say this ;D
No. 296901 ID: 1854db

I don't think a shouting match will get us anywhere.

Inform him that judging someone on who they are rather than what they do is definitely the wrong approach. How dare he put humans above all other creatures, when humans are no less guilty than any other race. Everyone is capable of evil. You might say that genocide is evil, in fact.
No. 296903 ID: 15b51b

Challenge him to the oldest game.
No. 296904 ID: 0d442f

Well, we need to stall them, right? Hold on-
>King Malto, dethroned by his own citizenry, executed for his crimes against humanity
>executed for his crimes against humanity

What 'crimes' did King Malto commit? Is uniting the races a crime, or did I miss something? Or is his crime that he didn't hate the "non-Man" races enough?

Really, unless I missed something, ask him what the fuck, boss
No. 296906 ID: 543aa6
File 130286299779.gif - (4.64KB , 800x600 , 1318.gif )

"If I am to be on trial for my life, let me speak my peace. My father was a virtuous man, and history has rewritten his guilt to assuage the guilty consciences of those who have spilt innocent blood. You cannot try me in his dishonorably darkened image."
>"Then we shall try you for your other evils. We have no short list of them, I assure you. The fire which burnt Iniziare Citta to the ground: we have an informant, a knight who once served under your father's own rule, who accredits that destruction to the ruler of this place. A survivor places you spreading heretical views in a church shortly before it was burnt up in the fire. You have been accused of assaulting a defenseless old man in Sepia Town, you have a known alliance with the renegade forces at the Tower of Olber, and you shake hands with demons and beasts."
"You are blind to the true nature of my work, and to the honest value in every soul that dwells here. Man does not stand apart from all other life in this world. He does not thrive in spite of his peers, but by their virtue. You would condemn me for associating with them, but it is only because you are too stubborn to see that they are thinking, feeling creatures just as you or I."
>"As you, perhaps. Man may have help from beasts, but only when they are subjugated, when they know their place. If I were to treat this mount as my kin, I would soon find myself without a steed. That you still persist in calling beasts equal to man proves only your debasement and low opinion of humanity; as for myself, I know that man has been elevated by God, that his place upon this world is to oversee Creation guided by His hand. I would never look upon an animal as my equal, and never would I consort with demons, as you have."
"There are no demons here!"
>"Then perhaps you can explain this. We intercepted this unholy creature skulking toward the Eastern woods. I have no doubt it is a servant of your evil."
No. 296908 ID: 543aa6
File 130286306255.gif - (6.78KB , 800x600 , 1319.gif )

>"Even in death, it carries the stench of black magic.
>Your campaign of evil ends here, Malto."
No. 296909 ID: c71597

God damn it, those things are not easy to replace. Ok, we need to buy more time. Do you still have the sword from Red Mesa? If so then you could try to buy time by challenging one of them to single combat.

Otherwise I think it might be time to smirk and go into monologue mode. They're coming here to judge you? With what fucking authority? They claim to speak up for all of the races of man? Well fuck that shit. Their only authority steems from their tyranny. Your father was trying to break such tyranny, and because they couldn't allow that they made the civil war happen. And then they claim to work for the benefit of the races of man, when in truth, they only work for their own benefit and their tyranny will one day make sure that the monstrous races rise up to destroy and kill their oppressors. You deny that they ever had any authority to judge you or your father. They are nothing but base murderers, and when you reclaim your rightful throne, you will destroy their order and kill every single last fucking one of them for the murder of your father.

And lets put some fucking rage into that. These fuckers laughed behind your back as you were driven from your home and your family was killed.
No. 296912 ID: 53ec77

"That could be anyone's unholy black magic creature. And what are you worried it might do? Gnaw at your ankles?"
No. 296916 ID: 1854db

...that's a pacifist, you dumb shit. We hired him as a messenger. He didn't fight back, did he? You mauled a defenseless creature, simply because of some mystical mumbo jumbo. Ever hear of witch doctors? Those who use black magic to heal people? You can't just say whoever's got a certain kind of magic is evil.

As for the accusations he has against us for our actions... in Inizare Citta, we were just yelling about shit there because we were in a bad mood, and besides who cares what we think? What about freedom of speech?
Throw dirt at the guy we beat up; I'm sure you have some, right?
What's wrong with the people in the Tower of Olber? If they have been doing misdeeds this is the first we heard about it.
As for being accused of burning the town, perhaps he should go visit our friend Ridder again. We spoke to him recently on this very matter, and he has changed his beliefs.
No. 296917 ID: e62996


I Knew it.... T_T






...Once we think of a winning strategy. *Deep breaths*
No. 296918 ID: 543aa6

Kill his mount.
No. 296920 ID: 543aa6
File 130286438310.gif - (7.51KB , 800x600 , 1320.gif )

"The creature you slew was a messenger. Utterly harmless by its very nature."
>"I will not suffer the demon to live. Not now. Not ever. By God's authority, we have come to bring a holy judgment upon you."

"You will regret this decision. That I swear."
>"We shall see."

>"Archers! At the ready!"
No. 296922 ID: 1854db

Now would be a good time to be inside.
No. 296923 ID: c71597

Call them a bunch of cowards and challenge them to single combat. Ask if they're too afraid of a cripple to come down from their horses and kill you face to face.
No. 296925 ID: 543aa6
File 130286539390.gif - (12.23KB , 800x600 , 1321.gif )


A man rides onto the field, between us and the Paladins.

The Paladin leader recoils a bit in surprise, then quickly barks more orders to his men.
>"Man on the field! Hold your fire!"
No. 296926 ID: 1854db

...I have no idea who this is.
No. 296927 ID: 8c73c8

who is this? they appear to have just saved your bacon.
No. 296929 ID: 543aa6
File 130286580617.gif - (8.62KB , 800x600 , 1323.gif )

>"My name is Rungord Hookdon, the newly-returned Prince! This land is officially under the protection of Dorada, by my father's authority, and any further aggression will be taken as an act of war against our Kingdom!"
No. 296930 ID: 2563d4

It might be Rungord Hookdon, whom we kind of buried alive and accidentally an epiphany.
No. 296931 ID: 1854db


Try not to look TOO completely speechless here. Thank him and greet him warmly as if you would an old friend.
No. 296932 ID: 8c73c8

wow... he cleaned up well.
No. 296933 ID: e62996




...Wow I'm speechless.
No. 296934 ID: 1854db

Oh also ask for our messenger back. Assuming he is still alive. Or hell, even if he isn't. I want him to get a proper burial or whatever. Maybe put him back into the portal?
No. 296936 ID: c71597

Ask him what took him so long.
No. 296942 ID: 82479f

>"Even in death, it carries the stench of black magic."

Yeah, he's dead. We should still try and get him back, though. It wasn't really wise to send demons after those who can sense demons, was it?
No. 296944 ID: e62996

Tell him they already went too far because they killed our poor defenseless Denling.

Add puppy dog eyes and moar adjectives for effect.
No. 296948 ID: 40cb26

Just walk up and snatch it from him: "Some respect for the dead, please." Or if you want to be a little less offensive to his sensibilities: "I believe that is mine."
No. 296950 ID: e24143

Oh, hey, seems no good deed goes unpunished ehhh?
No. 296954 ID: b88110

THis is still not going to end well... Why would royal authority sway these fanatical loonies?
No. 296956 ID: bccf7b

Ah, the usual paladin logic.

So they would happily commit murder by slaying the innocents around you merely for having known you? Would not they then have to slay themselves for such consort?

But in reality, this is foolish. We will have to trust this "Prince" for now. As much as I would have liked these paladins destroyed before they had a chance to grow in number, we will need his protection.

Muschio, we must intimate ourselves with this one. Perhaps this "kingdom" can be made a willing pawn against further aggressions of these so-called paladins.
No. 296957 ID: 70d9eb

He deserves a proper burial, politely ask the paladins to give him to you so you can do as such.
No. 296963 ID: e0c719

I think I'm missing something, who is this guy?
No. 296968 ID: cf244d

We should show him the Odds so he knows we have white magic too.

Well, greet him warmly. Any man that saves us from archers is a pretty good man. Even if it is this guy.
No. 296970 ID: 8e2e95

Note: Take out this specific group of paladins FIRST THING.

Second: Raise the populace against the paladins

Third, ask for a burial... and for them to PRAY with you for your friend to have a good afterlife.

Watch them recoil in disgust, and you accuse them of having no heart for all that is nature.

Watch them then accuse you of being an elf.
No. 296971 ID: f88f02


Yay it's that guy we tried to murder helped get his life in order through extreme counseling!
No. 296972 ID: f88f02

Hey, does this mean we have to pay taxes and what not? Isn't that how it works? The people in the kingdom pay taxes and the ruling class uses the money to protect them from threats they can't handle on their own?
No. 296974 ID: 6930ef

This twist is the best twist.
No. 296998 ID: bccf7b


..... Wat :D
Oh shit, wait, seriously? Man, that makes things easier for us. Ask him how everything's working out... maybe even say he kinda owes you one for all that *ahem* counseling and whatnot?
No. 297027 ID: 653ea0

Being saved by the false prince of your rightful kingdom... Better than dying.
No. 297034 ID: 482f1b

Remember, "The enemy of my enemy is the person I kill next." Don't just assume he's a good guy just because his goal briefly coincide with yours.
No. 297086 ID: 45be60

[Not sure the boss would agree with you on that one. Fortunately, it doesn't matter at the moment. The usurper is another volto, (or at least, our prisoner is, I may be making some assumptions...) this chap is just an old rival from school. And we totally helped him get his life back on track, gave him something to live for. It was one of those "maybe the boss should stop trying to be the Devil, cause it never works out right" events.]

Congratulate him on taking up his proper mantle again, and ask if he found Linbella yet. Swallow your dislike and for him and be friendly in front of the damn paladins.
No. 297111 ID: d38f25

Seriously we should just get the boss to suck it up, All this guy did was bully him and it's not like he's still doing it.

If he's become our ally then why not? We could really use him due to the situation.
No. 297112 ID: 3416ec


Political leverage does sound pretty nice...
No. 297494 ID: bb6062

I can see this leading to the prince asking to be shown around the fortress.
Get someone to hide the princess discreetly before we have to do things on the fly.
No. 298317 ID: 543aa6
File 130351366426.gif - (12.58KB , 800x600 , 1324.gif )

The Paladins hesitate. Murmuring cuts through their ranks. Finally, their leader speaks up.
>"You are making a grave mistake defending these people, Prince of Dorada."
>"Perhaps, but you are not the only ones who stand on principle. To our allies, we shall be true."
>"This will not be the end of our dealings. The Holy Order of the Helianthus will return."

They begin to disperse at their commander's lead, and one of the paladins throws the denling corpse on the ground.
>"This is your trash to deal with."
No. 298318 ID: 3416ec

Swallow your pride for the moment and thank Rungord for running interference.
No. 298325 ID: e3f578

Well at least we can prepare properly now with time. Fin can make use of the traps and we need to teach someone how to set 'em up again.
First idea I got is to get our new blacksmith to forge some armor for Dompag. He may be a tough as hell ogre but he needs some armor of +5 defense against these holier then thou douchebags.
I think Babs has earned himself a fine weapon too with his dedication as of late.
No. 298328 ID: a5dbe5

Ask the bugboy for advice re: taking on a larger, better equipped force.
No. 298334 ID: 543aa6
File 130351506259.gif - (13.98KB , 800x600 , 1325.gif )

I recover the corpse of Ethos. I will set it aside for the time being, awaiting burial.

A few minutes later, when we are sure the paladins have retreated, Rungord Hookdon and I convene at my head table. Dompag and Ashedel guard the front door in case of further incursions. Babrakus is watching after the princess. Finesse is handling our two new recruits. Tislomer will be working with Miss Openda on some healing potions for myself, as the pain is rather more lingering than I had expected.

Meanwhile, I will deal with Hookdon.
"I must thank you, first and foremost, for your valiant actions. I do not know if I could have stood up to the Helianthus singlehandedly."
>"It is but a small token of my loyalty, Muschio."
"How did you know to come here?"
>"I was out in the Timore Woodlands, to the west, on a hunt with some friends. That's when one of our trackers found your little black friend here, and he told us you were in danger."
>"SIR! I apologize if I was too forward with sensitive information. But you asked me to come back with help from the woods and time was of the essence."
>"In any case, I came here as quickly as my steed could carry me, and it seems not a moment too soon. Tell me, my friend, what has gotten you in such trouble with their order?"
No. 298336 ID: 15b51b

Probably that town you set on fire.

Blame Ridder.
No. 298338 ID: a5dbe5

"It appears that they believe I am evil. I do not understand why they hold such allegations, though part of my believes I have had the misfortune of making my home upon something... less than wholesome. I, however, have done nothing to incite their anger other than take in kind, skilled individuals that they for some reason or another abhor."
No. 298340 ID: 53ec77

"Several unfortunate and misunderstood circumstances, and allowing the employment of 'beasts'.

Bunch of racists, if you ask me."
No. 298343 ID: 653ea0

Because you treat people of 'lesser race' as you would your fellow man.
No. 298346 ID: 543aa6
File 130351684721.gif - (6.81KB , 800x600 , 1326.gif )

"I'm afraid the Paladins have based their Holy Crusade against me on tired values, hearsay, and misinformation. It appears this Hold was once occupied by evil forces, and perhaps the stigma of their lingering taint has given the impression of evil upon my current operations. They seek further to lay scandalous and wild accusations upon me, charging me with misdeeds for which I am not responsible. Lastly, of course, they condemn me for my association with Kobolds, Goblins and the like -- which they consider "lesser" races."
>"Your father would be proud of you, Muschio. I mean not to tread on a painful subject, of course... but if he were to see you now, standing up for your beliefs, forging ahead with the ideals of racial equality that he built his Kingdom upon, even in the face of war... Muschio, I am sure that wherever he is now, he smiles upon your work."

"...do you truly think so?"
>"I know it, my friend. The paladins cannot see it, for they are too stubborn in their tired ways. I know about stubbornness as well, you see. I had long considered abandoning my responsibilities as heir to a Barony. When I thought I had lost the love of my life, I abandoned my duties and fled to live on my own. It was a time I did not even understand myself, nor my goals. I thought life itself had become a bleak thing. But when you brought us back together, my absence from my responsibilities had served as a valuable life lesson, and though my father had expanded his influence to become King of Dorada, I realized with your guidance that -- Good God, Muschio! What happened to your hand?"
"Oh, excuse me. I lost it in a duel while defending the Patriarch of the Red Mesas."
>"I see I still have much to learn. To think I ran from my duties for fear of responsibility, while you gave your own hand in your trials."
"Others have given far more to defend what was once my Kingdom."
>"Indeed. As I was saying..."
No. 298347 ID: 543aa6
File 130351695608.gif - (9.96KB , 800x600 , 1327.gif )

"Hold still, Wes."
>"I'm ss-s-sorry. I just get nn-n-nervous around needles."
>"It's barely a pinprick, Mister Fumo. Surely you've built up some callouses in your days by the forge."
>"Working at the forge d-doesn't involve nnn-nn-needles."
No. 298350 ID: 5caf28

fear of needles is a common fear. it's nothing to be embarrassed about. oh and hello.
No. 298352 ID: d83f11

Ask him to close his eyes and take a few moments to relax.

Inject him the moment he looks relaxed enough. If he objects afterwards, tell him he looked plenty ready for it.
No. 298359 ID: 543aa6
File 130351842363.gif - (14.39KB , 800x600 , 1328.gif )

"There. Got it."

"All right, I believe our builders are currently indisposed, and though our carpenter has volunteered to build you dwellings aboveground, those might not be safe enough for the time being. So for now, the two of you will have to bunk up here in the barracks."

>"Excuse me, Miss Finesse."
"Yes? What can I help you with, Pendle?"
>"I don't mean to be a bother, but I'm sorry to say I can't abide these conditions. Sleeping here in a crowded, open barracks is out of the question for me."
No. 298360 ID: 4a3736

Tell him as soon as we get the Odds going again, we'[ll have some more room to work with.
No. 298361 ID: 83656d

...The BUG has a problem with crowded quarters? Teaches me to racially profile. God, we need the Ods back.
No. 298362 ID: e3f578

Fin, you did tell him about us right? This guy is a nervous wreck, he doesn't need us being in his head now as a surprise.
Lucky it switched us to you instead of him. Of course, for all I know, it'll switch unconventionally to him as I talk.
No. 298363 ID: e3f578

Ugh, okay, just give him the guest quarters if he's going to be such a bother about it. What a pussy.
No. 298364 ID: 00d3d5

"What do you require? Our workers are injured, but we'll try to accommodate you."
No. 298365 ID: 476456

"I suppose we can set up a cot in a store room until we have more uh...room."
No. 298366 ID: 476456

"or you could bunk with one of us i suppose."
No. 298371 ID: 543aa6
File 130352016992.gif - (6.99KB , 800x600 , 1329.gif )

"What do you require? We can set up a cot for you in the storeroom, if you like."
>"Miss Finesse... again, I certainly don't mean to sound ungrateful, but you must understand there is a quality of living to which I have become accustomed. I am, after all, a member of the royal court. I need space, privacy, a comfortable bed to sleep in. I won't ask you plaster the walls with fine tapestries and beautiful art, nor that the floor be covered in exotic rugs or painted tile. But you can't ask me to sleep on a rickety wooden bed designed for a man barely half my size in a common room with no door."
No. 298376 ID: 53ec77

Would be nice if the Odds weren't out of commission, huh.
No. 298377 ID: 00c2e1

Gotta give it to him, he's right. Unfortunately, thats what we got right now.

Tell him that, while we can get him a bed his size and all, a room will have to, unfortunately, come later. We can't displace people around.
No. 298378 ID: cf244d

Right, well then.

Tell him if he fixes the Odds he can have them build quarters to his liking.
No. 298379 ID: 785a90

Let him borrow someone's room.

It's not like we have a choice.
No. 298384 ID: 8c73c8

the master bed is the right size. i am sure muschio wont mind it for a while. but if he could look into the odds' problem then it would do much to help.
No. 298385 ID: e3f578

Who do we have in the guest room? Did we set up the princess there because the cell was taken apart or did we fix that yet?
That should be first priority.
I remember the guest room being all comfortable like so I see that as some decent quarters. Just tell him to be patient while you look around, maybe aquant himself with the others or tour the place while you take care of this and other things.
No. 298387 ID: 40cb26

Tell him we don't have many options right now. We can promise it won't be permanent but our stoneworkers are out of commission at the moment so having a new room isn't yet an option. Let's see what we can do about a bed, hopefully there are enough materials handy to get that done with little trouble.

I doubt he has insights into the odds, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. Maybe he knows enough about geology to identify those rocks that knocked them out?
No. 298390 ID: 543aa6
File 130352297462.gif - (6.48KB , 800x600 , 1330.gif )

"I'm afraid until the Odds are back in working ability we can't do much about a room. I can ask Babrakus to build you a new bed, however."
>"Your workers are Odds? The magical little homunculi that hew whole stone?"
>"What's wrong with them, exactly?"
"I'm not sure. Ona -- Miss Marjani Openda, one of our residents who I don't believe you've met yet -- found them sort of... disoriented, unresponsive, after they uncovered some crystals."
>"Blue-green crystals?"
>"Were they exuding a sort of pale, sickly blue discharge?"
No. 298392 ID: 4a3736

inb4 "Haven't got a clue."

But still, HE MIGHT KNOW
No. 298394 ID: 1a47dd

Ask him if he could examine the Odds, because personally we haven't the slightest clue what to do
No. 298395 ID: 8c73c8

yes, that is EXACTLY what is happening to them!
No. 298396 ID: 785a90

I knew it.

Say yes Finnie, he's exactly right.
No. 298398 ID: bccf7b

It appears our new ally may know of this. Perhaps his people have experience with the odds and can provide us insight. Bring this to Muschio's attention.
No. 298402 ID: 4a3736

Is it worth bundles of cash? Tell me it's worth bundles of cash.
No. 298405 ID: 8c73c8

also, what about putting Ethos back in the portal?
No. 298406 ID: 785a90

Holy crap we're rich.

But try it on the portal first, We really need a full-fledged fighting monster now and not just indirect-support units.
No. 298407 ID: 543aa6
File 130352444762.gif - (7.57KB , 800x600 , 1332.gif )

"...that may be exactly what's happening."
>"It could be a reaction to peregast, or some other latent, magically-imbued crystal. It can cause warding effects or worse in magical creatures. May I see them?"
"Of course, they've been moved to my workshop temporarily. Right this way."
>"If there is indeed a seam of peregast in this mountain, we may be exceedingly fortunate. It..."
No. 298409 ID: 3416ec


...it what? Don't trail off now, man! This is important!
No. 298410 ID: 70d9eb

Introduce Ona to him in person, and mention that she's single.
No. 298411 ID: 8c73c8

it seems he has been distracted by ona. love at first sight?
No. 298412 ID: 785a90

Read the Ona

Hug Peregast
No. 298415 ID: 543aa6
File 130352527219.gif - (6.94KB , 800x600 , 1333.gif )

>"...well anyway, let me have a look at what we're dealing with. Maybe between you, Mister Fumo, and myself, we can refine these crystals into a more stable form. I believe I know how, but I'll need your technical ability and Mister Fumo's experience."


It's just me.
I'm trying to see what this new Prince guy's all about. Doing a little in-base reconnaissance.
What about you? What are you all up to?
Say, while you're here, do me a favor? What can you tell me about the new guys? The mousy one and the nerdy bug guy?
No. 298416 ID: 8c73c8

wes, the mousy guy, is a bundle of nerves but most likely a very good blacksmith. pendle, the bug guy, seems to know what is wrong with the odds and may be able to turn the crystals into magic gems. does witch doctoring get helped by magic gems?
No. 298417 ID: 53ec77

The mousy one has a stutter and is uneasy around needles. (I already identify with him.) Bug guy seems pretty knowledgeable.

Prince guy used to be a lost soul whom Muschio helped to 'find his way' by burying him alive that one time a while back.

Don't ask.
No. 298418 ID: 1854db

The mousy one is a blacksmith, and the nerdy guy appears to be a scholar of some sort. He even knows about what happened to the Odds- what a stroke of luck!
No. 298419 ID: 785a90

We're trying to fix the Odds, Ms. Ona.

Allow me to shed some light on the situation.

1: Rungord Hookdon is an old acquaintance of the boss. They were in school together and he liked to bully the boss but he seems sorry for that now that we reunited him with the love of his life.

For now we attempt to persuade the boss to negate his need for vengeance and obtain an ally out of him.

2: Wes Fumo is the best blacksmith in the Red Mesas he was employed to us in return for helping the Matriarch and the Patriarch.
He can't control his stuttering and we barely know much of his background but he seems harmless enough.

3: Khaneh Pendle is a military genius also employed to us from the Red Mesas, he is a scholar and is currently helping Finesse with the matter concerning the Odds.
He's also quite the spoiled guy and he's asking for a little more accommodation then the rest but that's what you get for hiring a nobleman.

He's also taken an interest in you. :3
No. 298420 ID: 70d9eb

The little mousy Wes Fumo is a skilled blacksmith who did the honors of amputating Muschio's hand. He seems pretty nervous and I'm sure you noticed his stutter, but when it comes to his work he seems very proficient. Nerdy bug fella Pendle Khaneh is a war strategist. They seem to have known each other already, and possibly are buddies.
We've got a potential solution to the Odd problem, and possibly some refined magical gems on the way.
No. 298422 ID: 543aa6
File 130352594579.gif - (6.67KB , 800x600 , 1334.gif )

Well I already KNOW that much. I know he's a blacksmith and he's a scholar or whatever.

That's not what I'm asking. I mean what are they LIKE? The bug nerd seems pretty harmless but that shaky mouse guy seems a little... well, you know, not dangerous, but... you know what I mean. He just makes me a little uneasy.

Should I be worried about any of these new people?
No. 298424 ID: 70d9eb

He's more afraid of you than you are of him, Ona. He's like a big scaredy spider.
You should definitely be worried about Pendle, though. He wants to put his seam of peregast in your mountain.
No. 298425 ID: 53ec77

If we tell you no, you're still gonna be worried about them. If we say yes, we're gonna conjure up a bunch of horror stories from the ether and go overboard and you'll know it's bullshit.

So yeah, I hear the mousey one likes to tote around an axe constantly.
No. 298426 ID: 785a90

I believe it is in neither of their natures that they will attempt to rape you.
No. 298427 ID: 3416ec

No, you should not be worried.

Except for the bug nerd. He's checking out your sweet cans.
No. 298428 ID: e3f578

Nope, the mousey guy is just a scardy cat and the smart bug is a priss. Nothing much to worry about.
No. 298430 ID: 8c73c8

i think the worst you could get out of wes would be if you sneak up and surprise him. would probably make him freak out. but that's it.
No. 298431 ID: 543aa6
File 130352632024.gif - (5.76KB , 800x600 , 1335.gif )

All right, well, I'll take it with a grain of salt, but at least they don't seem the type.

And this desert prince fellow... you say he's got some love of his life?
No. 298432 ID: 1854db

Yep, he's married to a princess or something. That's why he was able to save our bacon. Seems like a real stand-up guy, and Muschio is playing him like a fiddle.
No. 298433 ID: 70d9eb

Unless you kill his love he is not going to go for anyone else but her.
Well unless you make it some kind of rape thing.
No. 298435 ID: e3f578

You're doing this again. Stop it.
You making me want to make fun of you.
His princess is in another castle.
No. 298436 ID: 785a90

Linbella Silvermoone: Bitch that got locked away in a tower.

I dunno. Some unimportant (for now) girl. :3
No. 298441 ID: 543aa6
File 130352700938.gif - (5.43KB , 800x600 , 1336.gif )

Nah, I was just asking.
I will admit he's somewhat dashing, but I'm not into humans.
No. 298442 ID: 1854db

Le gasp! How discriminatory! Aw, I'm just kidding. Everyone has tastes.

Okay since you brought it up, what kind of folk are your type?
No. 298453 ID: 40cb26

And specifically, how do you feel about the tall antennaed and chitinous sorts?
No. 298456 ID: e3f578

So like, what are we doing now. More eavesdropping or something? Find anything about the hand yet?
No. 298459 ID: 785a90

No. 298506 ID: 653ea0

You know, we DO know of bugs that have done rape things...
No. 298544 ID: c2c011

What about Mushio now that he has lost a hand? Is there any dark a brooding quality to him that wasn't there before?
No. 298620 ID: 543aa6
File 130359633587.gif - (6.70KB , 800x600 , 1337.gif )

1 d0|\|'7 |<|\|0\/\/ 1Ph 1 r34LL'/ |-|4\/3 4 7'/P3, 3><(3P7 7|-|@ 1'D b3 L00|<1|\|9 Ph0R 4|\|07|-|3R |<3PL1|\|9 0Ph (0UR53.
No. 298622 ID: 8c73c8

uhhh, we are getting some strange interference. can you poke at the spot where you got the shard, see if moving it can clear this up.
No. 298624 ID: 543aa6
File 130359672512.gif - (7.77KB , 800x600 , 1338.gif )


Anyway, I don't really need anyone playing matchmaker for me. I'm not ready for a relationship and when I am I'll probably head back home, or at least to the eastern shores.

I'm going to go back to helping Tislomer. Who do you want me to pass you off to?
No. 298626 ID: 70d9eb

Babrakus. We have important Babrakus-related matters to take care of.
No. 298627 ID: bab72f

Seriously, whahuh? That was an odd bit. I wonder if it's due to that weird vein of ore?
No. 298630 ID: 3416ec

Well THAT was weird.

Let's go to Mister Fumo.
No. 298631 ID: d83f11

I would suggest Pendle. If he was studying the ore, did something to it, it may have caused that odd shift. Besides, we still need to meet n' greet with him.
No. 298633 ID: 70d9eb

Yeah that is probably a better choice, we should see what we need to do to get Wes set up for smithing.
No. 298636 ID: 28e94e


No. 298638 ID: 8c73c8

yes, intro to wes would be a good idea.
No. 298648 ID: 543aa6
File 130360014697.gif - (6.96KB , 800x600 , 1339.gif )

This is it, huh?
Wow, they weren't kidding. That is a weird feeling.

Hey. Can you hear me? Is this how this works?
No. 298649 ID: cf244d

Yeah, this is exactly how this works.
No. 298650 ID: 8c73c8

yes, thought it would be prudent to introduce ourselves to you.
No. 298651 ID: 543aa6
File 130360037869.gif - (6.85KB , 800x600 , 1340.gif )

Okay. Well, nice to meet you. I'm Wes. Oh, but you already know that, of course. And you're... the boss's voice, right? Not the boss himself, but like... sort of created from him, right?
I mean I think I get it.
No. 298652 ID: bab72f

Think of us as fragments of his superego, familiars born of his own psyche.

But enough about us, what about yoooooou.
No. 298655 ID: 53ec77

That's the theory. You wouldn't think it from the crap we come up with sometimes though.

And can I just say, I totally understand your aversion to needles. Can't stand the things.
No. 298656 ID: 543aa6
File 130360064985.gif - (6.84KB , 800x600 , 1341.gif )

Oh. Yeah. Sure, of course, what do you want to know about me?
I've been a blacksmith most of my life and I guess people think I'm pretty good.
No. 298658 ID: 3416ec


Wes, we're concerned about your physique. You need to find some Powerbars or weight gain shakes or something, because it looks like a stiff breeze could knock you over.
No. 298659 ID: 8c73c8

well when not on the job what do you like to do?
No. 298661 ID: 9d07d9

So, what sort of materials do you need here at the base to get started working on your trade? On another note, are you happy with your living conditions here?
No. 298662 ID: cf244d

What do people thing you're good at? Weapons and armor, I'd imagine, but are those the only areas of blacksmithing in which your skill is notable?
No. 298663 ID: 2b7fca


Well, let's start with professional things. What do you feel you need, both in order to do your best work, and to be reasonably content in life?
No. 298664 ID: 40cb26

You're more than your job man, however important it might be. We'll have plenty to talk about that soon anyway. Tell us about.. anything else I guess. Friends, family, where you're from. If you want to talk about something related to work I guess hearing how you came to be working the forge for the bugfolks.
No. 298667 ID: 53ec77

How often does your job involve amputation?
No. 298673 ID: 2bdeb9

We're closer to his Id, really.
No. 298712 ID: 1854db

What kind of stuff can you make? Is there anything in particular that you need us to create/buy for you to work? I assume you need a forge, anvil, and smelter. Did you bring tools or will we need to buy those too?
No. 298713 ID: cec0a6

Can you refine Peregast into something really good and unable to harm nearby Homunculi?
No. 298780 ID: 543aa6

Wes, you seem like a right gee. How's your singing voice?
No. 298782 ID: 56e639

I mean no offense, but when you think "blacksmith" you imagine someone considerably... sturdier and, well, better physically developed.
That said, your fame must be well earned, so what makes you such a good professional?
No. 298783 ID: 0ec2e4

No. 298832 ID: c2c011

Do you know how to build prosthethics?
No. 298929 ID: 7dda9a

straighten dat back boy! We're gonna make a man outta you!

anyways, we've got a job for someone of your caliber... do you think you could make a high functioning arm prosthetic?
No. 298940 ID: 0bd0b0

What is your opinion on robotic human parts? Muschio needs your help right now.
No. 298948 ID: 543aa6
File 130368989653.gif - (6.55KB , 800x600 , 1342.gif )

>Stand up straight! No slouching!
Uh. Okay. I mean -- uh, yes sir.

Let's see, uh... might as well answer everything I can. To work, I guess I just need a forge, an anvil, a good workspace, and the raw materials. Um... to be content in life? I don't really need much.

My job doesn't usually involve... uh, amputation, but I've got a steady hand when I'm working and it's not the first odd job I've had to do.

Um, okay, what can I make? I can make lots of stuff. I can work with just about any kind of ore, and some kinds of metallic stone, even. And uh... I can make lots of stuff. I make good weapons. Armor too. I mean, I can do smaller stuff too, fine stuff. I got my start making silverware.

I couldn't really, um, make like a... new hand. Don't you have a tinker for that? It's too precise for me. I mean, I could make the parts for it, but I wouldn't know how to get all the gizmos and stuff working together. I don't know about that crystal stuff either, but I mean, if it can be melted it can be forged.

And uh, yeah. I know I don't really look like a smith. Everyone I knew was you know... stout. Or, well I mean, wide. Or -- you know, not like fat or anything but... sturdy? Um, yeah, I'm kinda... scrawny. But I mean... I do good work. Proof is in the product. You know. You can't argue with the results I guess. And I mean people seem to like the results, so I dunno.
No. 298949 ID: 8c73c8

okay cool. we have a bunch of unknown ores in the storage room. suggest you head there and see what is what/.
No. 298952 ID: 543aa6
File 130369027107.gif - (6.52KB , 800x600 , 1343.gif )

Ow. Headrush.
Sorry, I... you know, I usually don't talk much. Even though... I mean, this isn't talking, but still.
Going on like that is a little uncomfortable but I mean, it's not a big deal. Probably won't field so many questions at once next time.
No. 298953 ID: 8c73c8

it's okay, in fact everyone was kinda weirded out at first.
No. 298954 ID: 4f4796

You'll do fine kid. Now then, what can 'we' do for you?
No. 298955 ID: e3f578

Alright since talking or introductions isn't your strong suit, let's talk business.
Think you could weaponize us in any form? If we could make it into the leader paladin's body we could confuse or lead him on in a form, possibly convince that we're his own thoughts and diverge his attention elsewere.

No wait, this is more practical for your skills. Could you think up some armor work you can do for Dompag, our Orge guard, that can make him more effective in defense? As tough as the big lovable lug is, he looked decently hurt when we came back to this entire situation.

Oh, also, let's discuss weaknesses in paladin armor.
No. 298966 ID: 40cb26

Heh, relax a bit. We ain't the boss, we don't really do orders and you don't have to reply to everything. We exchange info, give advice, work with personal stuff and such.

Like this, if you have ideas on this stuff that's fine but don't get stressed over it since it's just a bit of a brainstorm.

Now then, we should probably get over to say hi your friend and leave your head in peace. Work on figuring how you're going to do your thing here.
No. 298988 ID: e3f578

I would also like to commission a fine dagger or an exquisite set of new carpentry tools as a gift to Babs, our kobold carpenter, for his fantastic work and displays of loyalty and commitment to this base and its inhabitants.
No. 298989 ID: bccf7b


Okay, here's a question: do you eat? No offense, but I've seen bean-poles with more tone than you...
No. 298991 ID: 543aa6

Take it easy. You don't have to answer every question. Ignore the ones that seem stupid to you.
No. 299041 ID: 1854db

Alright. What do you need, then?
No. 299084 ID: d35800

Do we even have an anvil?

If not may we inquire on how to obtain one?
No. 299092 ID: 8c73c8

once the odds are running again they could probably make a stone one.
also, we DO have a ton of ore in the storage room.
No. 299101 ID: 476456


Anything in particular you've been interested in making?
No. 299133 ID: c2c011

Well our tinkerer would need the parts to be able to put them together and get the job done. So as long as you can make those parts we're good.

Might take a little time to get it all set up though. We need to get the Odds back up and working to expand the base and build a proper forge for you with ventilation and stuff. But I think we should have a stockpile of metal that they found while digging out other parts of the base.
No. 299308 ID: 543aa6
File 130380003496.gif - (5.50KB , 800x600 , 1344.gif )

Dompag's the big guy right? Yeah, if that's what you want me to work on first, I can make armor for him. I mean, I'll do my best. Want to make a good first impression.
I think I can make an anvil myself, I mean, if you guys have enough ore. You have a forge, right? Someplace to smelt all this? I mean I guess I can work with that too, I just need something hot enough.
No. 299309 ID: 3416ec


Good to hear. We'll get back to you with the details.

Now let's jump back to the bug nerd. Let's see how he's working on the Odds.
No. 299310 ID: 8c73c8

hey, our job is to make it easier to do your job. forge and an anvil, we'll get right on it.
No. 299311 ID: f5fe2f

Well, actually, all that's sort of pending the Odds getting fixed.
No. 299313 ID: 543aa6
File 130380139718.gif - (8.20KB , 800x600 , 1345.gif )

Oh, greetings. You must be that collective consciousness I was told about. A peculiar sensation indeed.

Thank you for joining us. As I was just explaining to Miss Finesse, the crystals you've unearthed are indeed peregast, a magically-imbued ore. You see, in truth, metallurgically, it's more similar to traditional ore than a gemstone. It's also the source of many superstitions and rumors. Traditionally believe was that the ore forms at the bottom of the sea, and crystallizes in the dark abyss, before being pushed upward towards shores. But inland deposits like this one have obviously disproved that theory.
They say prolonged exposure can cause madness, or worse.

But again, it's just superstition.
I know of a method by which this ore can be processed, which will subdue its emanations. That should prevent it from interfering with the homunculi, and allow it to be used in magical items.

I warn you, though I am a scholar and I know of a great many magical practices, I am not actually proficient in them. To preempt your question: no, I do not have the ability to convert them to magical items myself.
No. 299315 ID: 3416ec


So long as the Odds can continue to do what they do, it should be fine just to process them.

Do your best!
No. 299316 ID: 73d9db

Madness, eh? Well, we wouldn't know anything about that. Just a random collection of mental voices representing loose concepts of innermost personality, uncontrolled and unsilencable.
And inside your head.
No. 299317 ID: 00d3d5

Unless this deposit is hundreds of millions of years old, anyway.

Given what it does to the Odds, I'm going to have to say it's just not safe to be around in general.
Go ahead and process the ore.
No. 299318 ID: f5fe2f

You can't make magical items, that's fine, but can you subdue the emanations? That's kind of important. We need our odds up and running before we can get much of anything done.

Anyway, what magical properties does peregast exhibit? It can cause madness, but other than that it's just magic in general?
No. 299319 ID: 543aa6
File 130380212260.gif - (7.84KB , 800x600 , 1346.gif )

If I recall correctly, the latent emanations of peregast can be subdued rather easily using a simple refinement technique that involves a reprocessing of the slag and the introduction of pitchblende, which I see you have a small quantity of here.

I must say, and Mister Fumo agrees, you have a sizeable stock of ores here. I suppose hollowing out the base of a mountain will do that.
Speaking of which, I wanted to clarify that Mister Fumo and I are not technically friends. We are passing acquaintances and I know him from the royal court, but not on any personal level.

I hand off the peregast and other materials to Fumo along with the instructions. Once we get a smelter or furnace of some kind this won't take long.
No. 299320 ID: 12b3b5

Bugga, what are you doing. Get that shit out of here right now.
No. 299321 ID: 910aa7

While all that's going on tell us about yourself. Specifically do you have any long term goals? Perhaps we can help.
No. 299322 ID: f5fe2f

Okay so we need to build a furnace so we can fix the odds so we can build a furnace so we can fix the odds.

I see a problem here.
I suspect people are going to have to do manual labor to which they are not generally accustomed in order to help Wes get set up.
No. 299323 ID: e3f578

Madness huh? Cool.
Could you take a look at the Orb of Infinite Psyche, our actual physical body? Since you seem to know about the gist of some of this weird stuff, maybe you can shed some light on us later? Eventually, the Boss is going to need his mind back in all it's pieces to run his life efficiently on his own. We can't always guide him... or can we? I don't think we should anyway. Maybe when he retires or rules his kingdom... empire... thing.
No. 299324 ID: 07416a

Manual labor? DOMPAG!
No. 299325 ID: 73d9db

> friends
Well, be that as it may, you'll probably be getting much better acquainted, if for no other reason than the closeness of your quarters. It doesn't really matter, though, as long as you can work without tearing each other's throats out, and you both seem professional. Muschio will certainly appreciate that. He... likes professionalism.

He's certainly the Ego of this relationship.

Say, just out of curiosity, what sort of magic items are we looking at here, potentially? I mean, you're a scholar, you must've heard some things about it.

Uh... we can probably just buy a furnace from somewhere... right?
No. 299326 ID: 00d3d5

...OR you could just encase the stuff in lead for storage until we have the materials required to process it.
No. 299327 ID: 543aa6
File 130380356281.gif - (5.17KB , 800x600 , 1347.gif )

I've studied lore, history, and other fields for a good portion of my life, but I can't say I've ever heard of a fractured psyche, let alone one with a physical manifestation. It's very odd.

Well, what shall I tell you about myself? I was raised in a noble family and I have known some degree of privilege all my life, which I recognize makes me by most accounts a fairly spoiled, white-tower sort. I acknowledge it regrettably, but in spite of that I can't really help it.
When I was a young man I was noticed by the royal court when, during a gala ball, I spoke strategy with a general and he recognized my intuition when it came to war plans. Shortly after I was hired on and became part of the Royal Court proper. My skills have languished a bit, of late, because of the shift of focus at the Red Mesas towards group counsel, but I don't particularly mind.

On the subject of standard of living, I must apologize again for my discerning tastes. I know you are working with what you have, but sleeping in a cramped, open-air barracks with several others, in a bed that barely fits me, is just not something I can deal with.
No. 299328 ID: 229890

We need to find a constant source of heat that will be adequate for a smelter/furnace.

What do you recommend Mr. Pendle?
No. 299329 ID: 73d9db

I'm sure we'd love to tell you all about us and how this whole fractured mind thing got started but we honestly don't know how it happened. Sometimes we remember stuff, but then it turns out to have just been a story we heard somewhere and may not be applicable to reality. Something about a curse? There might have been a gypsy involved?

You should ask Muschio about it. I'm sure he remembers. And, uh, try to keep us with you when you do. Because we'd really like to know what's up with that.
No. 299330 ID: 3416ec


Isn't Muschio's lair a dormant volcano?
No. 299331 ID: 543aa6
File 130380449889.gif - (5.12KB , 800x600 , 1348.gif )

I'm sure I'll give you whatever insight I can on unexplained artifacts and trinkets of all sorts.

Ah, that reminds me. On the subject of tastes.
Oh dear, how to put this...

Er, well, not to sound crass, but does residence in this particular fortress preclude the visitations of -- to be forward -- courtesans?
No. 299332 ID: 73d9db

God don't we wish.
No. 299333 ID: 3416ec


Sorry, you'll need a trip to Sepia Town in order to find some hookers.
No. 299334 ID: 53ec77

She doesn't seem too hot on other species, if that's what you're getting at.
No. 299335 ID: f5fe2f

Preclude means "prevent" not "include"

It's a potential security liability. There are things you shouldn't show them, and assassins might act as courtesans, of course. Be responsible, if a courtesan insists on bringing weapons with her, hire a different one. Don't drink anything they offer you.
We can place your room to minimize security risk, if that's something you'll indulge in frequently.
It's entirely acceptable to indulge, though, so long as care is taken to avoid security ramifications.
No. 299337 ID: 45be60

Don't worry yourself unduly about your dislike of the sleeping arrangements. Its current implementation was a temporary measure which we have ignored for too long. Your concerns have simply reminded us to continue our planned improvements. That your complaint comes with a solution to the problem affecting the odds makes it completely forgivable. Please just bear with things in the short term.

Courtesans are not explicitly forbidden, because it has not yet been an issue. If you use discretion and caution, that probably doesn't need to change. However, there are enough others here with various hangups on the matter of intimate relations that I cannot underemphasize discretion.
No. 299338 ID: 07416a

We have a nearby tower full of often lonely women, but courtesans... Security risk. Unless you get a live-in one. Preferably with other useful skills.
No. 299339 ID: c2c011

Normally that would probably have been fine. But currently we're sort of in a state of war against the nearest settlement, which happened to be quite a nice place if you were looking for fleshy distractions. It's under a new manegement now though, so chances are the red light districs have been closed down.

You can try your luck with the bird lady though. She's fairly open minded and up for fun. You might not be her type though.
No. 299340 ID: 910aa7

It was my understanding that she and Ridder had a thing.

But yeah as long as you take proper precautions there should be no problem with whatever you choose to do with your free time.
No. 299348 ID: 8c7c47

Perhaps it would be wise to bring it up with Muschio, if you plan to be bringing courtesans into the Vault. Would hate to get on his bad side if he accidentally discovered you'd let a stranger in here, even if you had been very careful about it.
I'm sure if you approach it in a diplomatic manner and explain how sex is somewhat necessary for a man, purely for relieving stress/avoiding distractions, perhaps even from women in the workplace he may well find it a good idea if you are careful about it.
As long as he knows there's no chance of you falling in love, that'll probably get you in his bad books.
As others have said making an arrangement with the tower predominantly inhabited by women might not be a bad idea though they may not be to your tastes.
No. 299349 ID: 3b45c5

Do you have anyone specific in mind? Sepia Town would have been your best bet a few months ago, however, the recent political changes has made such practices, erm... possibly problematic given the Paladin's acquisition of much of the locale.

As for the women here I'm afraid they are all currently spoken for as to their affections (or lack thereof), well, we do have a captive Volto princess but... that's another matter entirely.
No. 299351 ID: bccf7b

Your next question should be what flavors. Not to burst your bubble, but the last "courtesan" we saw was a rather portly orc girl... from a tower of all women.

... assuming that is what you would prefer.

If not, there's always a nice little pub in the next town -- Sepia -- called the "Deadly Curiosity" or some such.
No. 299365 ID: 6930ef

Ooh, Sepatown. [/Pootie]

Yeah, if you're looking for prostitutes, Sepia Town's the place to go. The paladins may make it a bit difficult for you though. We'll have to see.
No. 299366 ID: d83f11

A sensitive subject. Muschio himself has had little time or inclination to pursue live-in entertainment like that.

Ashedel is very well-traveled however, with excellent organizational skills. If anyone could help you, it's her.

Just a note though, you MAY have to stray outside your species.
No. 299385 ID: 543aa6
File 130384833696.gif - (5.40KB , 800x600 , 1349.gif )

Well, that's acceptable. I understand that this is a delicate subject given the importance of security, and I'll be sure to do what I can to minimize and sort of risks to this fortress.

Again I must suppose this is largely because I have been accustomed to the privileges of royalty, a certain standard of living, but... well, you understand, I'm sure.
I will take all necessary precautions, of course. But every now and then I appreciate the company of a pleasant young lady. I'm sure most men do.
No. 299391 ID: 1854db

Yep, they sure do. Dompag may be able to give you some tips, too. Like, where you can find ladies and such. He has a certain enthusiasm for the chase...

Sorry the place is so barebones. We'll try to get some stuff set up for you... OH! Wasn't there a guest bedroom or something? I'm a bit fuzzy on exactly who is taking up what space now. We don't really keep track of that sort of thing- we're more concerned with specific events and planning matters.
No. 299407 ID: 543aa6
File 130385540401.gif - (8.88KB , 800x600 , 1350.gif )

No. 299408 ID: 906197


So... how's it goen?
No. 299415 ID: 543aa6
File 130385694860.gif - (8.77KB , 800x600 , 1351.gif )

She keeps wanting to escape.
>"You need to let me go. It's not right to keep me here."
>"You know you're only getting into more trouble by keeping me here."
>"If you let me go, I'll be sure my father knows you freed me. You'll be rewarded."
"Not my place."
>"I can make it worth your while."
No. 299416 ID: 70d9eb

Tell her you already have a fishing pole, there's nothing she could possibly give you that you would want.
No. 299418 ID: 906197

Tell her we already have a girl, her nose is much softer and pleasing to our bold sensibilities.

Also, such an offer in unbecoming of a princess, besides we fully expect to be killed with the rest here if she escaped if 'only' to keep such 'deals' a secret.
No. 299420 ID: 73d9db

We should probably get the cell rebuilt. That's probably a job for our blacksmith. Although I guess you could build a sturdy cage out of wood. That would require someone else to watch the princess, though. And then once we got the cell back up and running we'd have no need for the wooden cage. Maybe as a trap. Stupid Paladins! They throw everything out of whack!

What was I talking about?

Where's Dompag?
No. 299421 ID: 1854db

Ask her what she wants that would make her less likely to try to escape.
No. 299422 ID: 40cb26

Haha, the princess has a bit of an edge after all eh? She's just been playing soft for our ogre friend. I... sorta respect that. Doesn't mean she's getting any favors though. Just tell her she can keep herself quiet or you'll bind her mouth as well.

Seriously though we need to work something out with her, this is silly. Maybe our newly royal friend can help somehow? There must be something good we can do with her.
No. 299423 ID: 543aa6
File 130385838923.gif - (8.89KB , 800x600 , 1352.gif )

"Don't think just because you have actual boobies that you can tempt me."
>"I-? I wasn't suggesting-"
"I already have a girl who loves me."
>"Look, I just want-"
"What can we do to make you quit asking about escape?"
>"I just want my freedom. Is that so much to ask? I don't like being kept in captivity like some animal. My father is surely worried about me. I just want to go home, that's all. Your boss is keeping me here because he's upset, but can you imagine what it would be like if you or someone you loved were locked up like I am? Wouldn't you want them to be set free?"
No. 299424 ID: 0bd0b0

Don't even let her explain whatever could be 'worth your while'. It is imperative that she stay in captivity. You cannot guard her like this forever, however, so a new cell(s) must be made. Oh and do keep her away from this new prince guy. Could get ugly.
No. 299426 ID: f5fe2f

"Not really. No big deal".
No. 299430 ID: 37837d


Dompag probably didn't have to deal with all this whining. Maybe she has a thing for him...
No. 299433 ID: 70d9eb

If your father was worried about you why hasn't he sent anyone?
No. 299434 ID: 40cb26

Alright look, if she really wants to be set free? She needs to come up with a way that serve the boss' interests. And he'd be more interested in her and her entire family being slowly eaten by vermin than any kind of benefit.

So she'd need to come up with something really good.
No. 299435 ID: e3f578

"Princesses become political tools like this all the time. You're going to have to get used to being kidnapped. It's your pops fault for wanting to be King that now your kidnap central. Woman, you were imprisoned as soon as your Malto revolution started"
No. 299437 ID: 53ec77

"The way the Boss goes on about you, you should be counting your lucky stars he didn't opt to have your guts strung up around the base for decoration. If I'm getting into more trouble keeping you here, I can assure you it is nothing compared to how much I would be in for letting you go.

"It's not a favorable situation to be certain, but I trust you are aware that there are far less pleasant fashions of imprisonment."
No. 299446 ID: c71597

Sure you would want them free, who wouldn't. Ask her a return question, suppose she had the daughter of the man who murdered her parents in front of her. What would she do?
No. 299447 ID: 543aa6

Gag her.
No. 299448 ID: 906197

I like this train of thought.
No. 299449 ID: bccf7b


Girl, there are blood-thirsty paladins that nearly slaughtered a harmless band of travelers roaming about nearby. The last thing we want is for you to be cut down for doing nothing more than looking at a flower funny.

Babrakus, I know it's not your gig and all, but I think she at least deserves to know that she really is safer here. Besides, if there's anything she needs, we'll provide it (as long as it's within reason).
No. 299450 ID: 543aa6
File 130386068169.gif - (8.68KB , 800x600 , 1353.gif )

"Boss wanted to kill you. Instead we're just waiting to see."
>"I understand. I suppose I have no choice but to wait, and hope that I am not merely counting down the days to my death."

She's quiet for a minute.
>"I spend my days sitting in a cell, held prisoner by a man who hates me with a passion for being born, over a situation I had no influence on. I do not know if I will die here, and every bleak day in this strange place my fear and sorrow grow. I have been separated from my family and friends, from everything I know and everyone I love. I have been kidnapped from my home, for nothing I have done, and I don't even know if I'll leave here alive.
>I was only hoping you would have some sympathy for that."
No. 299451 ID: f5fe2f

"Life's tough. It's tougher for some folks than others. Ain't no use worrying about that."
No. 299452 ID: 5caf28

we do, but letting her go would kinda mess a lot of stuff up.
No. 299453 ID: 3416ec

"Boss got his entire life uprooted because of a revolution instigated against his family."

"Life's hard. Get a helmet."
No. 299454 ID: 9d07d9

You're a princess. It's your fate to be controlled by other people, so long as your father remains on the throne. You would have eventually been married off to some foreign nobleman you've never met or an ambitious courtier against your will to fulfill an alliance or contract on behalf of your father.
No. 299455 ID: 53ec77

"The guy who damns your existence is out for revenge against the people who damn his existence. Funny, that.

"You're still alive because you're his bargaining chip. You oughtn't be overly fearful for your life, at least. And if for some reason he should change his mind we'd do everything in our power to talk him out of it."
No. 299456 ID: dad664

No. 299458 ID: 0bd0b0

Let us not let her know anything about the boss, that she does not need to know.
No. 299459 ID: 543aa6
File 130386155074.gif - (9.08KB , 800x600 , 1354.gif )

I wonder what Tislomer's up to.
No. 299461 ID: 53ec77

Stone cold, Barb. Stone cold.
No. 299463 ID: 5caf28

what just happened to her face?
No. 299464 ID: 73d9db

Maybe we can check! HNNNNNNNNNGH
No. 299465 ID: 0bd0b0

She has been 'gagged'. Wrapped those big ass beak things up so she cannot speak.
No. 299466 ID: 40cb26

Thank you.

Ok let's go check on her, Nothing more to do here anyways. Stay cool Babrakus.
No. 299468 ID: f5fe2f

Well, you're stuck on guard duty, I guess we'll check for you.
No. 299470 ID: 3ec554

Well, thats one way to shut her up I guess...
No. 299473 ID: d83f11

... I think he just tied her mouth shut with her own hair. He is truly the 'bold for the job.

Isn't Charmed busy at the moment? Perhaps we should check on Geppa. I'm not sure if she's been introduced to the newcomers at all, yet.
No. 299475 ID: e3f578

Fuck yeah, Babs. Keep on being cool.
No. 299478 ID: 543aa6
File 130386534983.gif - (7.40KB , 800x600 , 1355.gif )

Sorry to pull you back, but I believe our discussion is nearly completed.

>"Well, I suppose that covers nearly everything."
"I suppose so."
>"Muschio, I must say this before I go: I can never truly repay you for stuffing me into that coffin. But I will do what I can. If there is anything at all I can do for you, just tell me, and I will put the power of my future Kingdom to it as much as I possibly can."
No. 299484 ID: 07416a

...I don't suppose we can give him the princess? Just to be rid of the damn thing?
No. 299485 ID: d6ae01

Make a mental note to have more coffins built. This diplomacy thing is easier than we thought.
In more immediate matters, ask for some trifle or another. Other than being a little short-handed, you just need time to get the fortress back up and operational.
No. 299487 ID: 70d9eb

A forge/anvil for our little smith buddy.
No. 299492 ID: f5fe2f

Well, the friendship of his nation is good. Fealty would be better, of course, but he's just a prince at this point and probably couldn't get that (and even if he could it would be a bit much to ask) so let's not mention that.
We could use some wizardly fellow with the ability to turn peregast into magical items, and ideally to do other magic stuff. But powerful magic seems rare, and it's entirely possible that he has no access to such a person.
Unless Ona can make items, of course, but I suspect she cannot.
No. 299493 ID: 35a02e

Assistance in building a working forge to your new smith's requirements. We have lots of ore, but we can't really make a good forge unless everyone's willing to use up the time and resources to start from scratch.

also, unless it has been covered already, ask if he could extend the some hospitality to your allies, both Coriander and Ridder's groups.

Although depending on the other two shadows' success, they may be arriving at some point to aid in your defense against foes already departed.
No. 299496 ID: e3f578

Any information on he can get on Humoncoli dolls
Getting a small shard of us to infiltrate the paladin's numbers and gather information
Maybe recommendations for Courtesans?
No. 299497 ID: 3416ec

"I could stuff you into another coffin."

Then have a jovial, hearty laugh.

Then request some blacksmith supplies for Wes.
No. 299500 ID: 906197

So, where 'is' his future kingdom in relation to us on a map anyhow.
No. 299501 ID: 1854db

Hmm. Really? Well there is the whole deal with being deposed and all that. But we can't ask that of him. We can't ask him to basically go to war with the country to help us get back onto the throne. Can we?

Asking for a forge and stuff would be nice, but... um, considering the way he offered his assistance that sounds like it would be almost insulting in how minor it is. I suppose we could ask for help in getting our shit in order, just... in general. That seems worthy enough, considering the state of the fort. We could straight up fortify the place.
No. 299507 ID: 7dda9a

I'm sorry, but his princess is in another castle...

anyways, best thing to do is ask if he can forward laborers... or just make our location as unknown as possible... making it so people dont come in sight of it...
No. 299529 ID: 212ab8

Hey boss is this mountain really a dormant volcano?

And our two new recruits have told us their accommodation needs, Wes wants smithy stuff and Pendle wants a nice room and hookers.

Also the Princess is starting to grow a spine.
No. 299537 ID: 40cb26

Now it isn't like the princess deserves freedom, but perhaps some advantage can be gained from her through the prince here. The prince could have "rescued" her from someone who is not us, and she can announce that she is is "very thankful" and staying with him "willingly". Maybe we can pin it on the Paladins somehow.

Or we can kill her with one of their weapons and pin that on them.
No. 299538 ID: 212ab8

I dunno, I really liked "Turn her against her father" thing a lot.
No. 299539 ID: 7dda9a

that'd work much better...
we'd need proof of her father doing wrong though
No. 299562 ID: 543aa6
File 130388154639.gif - (22.35KB , 800x600 , 1356.gif )

"I suppose the first thing I'd ask is a few supplies. An anvil and supplies for the construction of a forge would help us get our feet on the ground. Mostly we just need time to set up defenses against these Paladins."
>"Easily done, my friend. If you like, I should station some of my men here to ensure the Paladins do not return. They have to play politics like everyone else, and won't cross swords with Dorada. At least not yet."
"What can you tell me about your new nation? Where do you command it from, precisely?"
>"Dorada is a recently-founded Kingdom, but we are strong. We've united many of the desert tribes and with their amassed power we've suddenly become a force to reckon with. It's a sight more impressive than my old Barony, don't you think? Our main stronghold is here. This is where we'd set out from on our hunt, when we ran into your little black friend."

There is a pause, as he scratches his chin.
>"Forgive my curiosity, but I must ask: That creature... it's some manner of imp, is it not? Or is it your familiar? Was it summoned by some magical means?"
No. 299563 ID: f5fe2f

"It's a denling. It is indeed magical. It was a mannikin. On that note, if you have mannikins that you have no need of, I could see them usefully employed."
No. 299564 ID: 40cb26

I believe it may be a form of homunculi, and was simply created by means of a statuette. The Paladins called it a product of black magic but nothing in our actions or their nature have anything to do with that. They called my allies and friends "beasts" as well, so I'm rather suspect of any accusation they would make."
No. 299565 ID: 3416ec

"We threw magic rocks into a portal thing and they came out. They've been pretty cool."
No. 299572 ID: 543aa6
File 130388568898.gif - (8.68KB , 800x600 , 1357.gif )

"The creature of which you speak is called a Denling -- a harmless little imp forbidden to harm the living. And you are astute, it was summoned: using a magical portal I was able to incarnate the creature from a simple mannikin, a magically-imbued trinket."
>"You know, I've heard that term before! I received this knick-knack among my homecoming gifts. I know that it's a magical trinket, and I seem to recall hearing that word. Here -- it's yours, if you like. Better you put it to use than it hangs about my neck as some useless token."
No. 299573 ID: 8c73c8

nice. take the body and his necklace into the portal room. ask if he wants to see what it makes. then throw it in and see whaat pops out. then throw in the body and see if it reverts. he is mostly magic, it may work.
No. 299574 ID: 3416ec

"Hey thanks! Wanna go see what it does in the portal?"
No. 299576 ID: d6ae01

That is exactly the sort of trifle we're looking for. Hell yes.
No. 299577 ID: 543aa6
File 130388690258.gif - (6.47KB , 800x600 , 1358.gif )

"This is a great gift, thank you. Would you care to see what this magic trinket may yield?"
>"I would love to, my friend, but I am already long overdue at home. My father will be wondering where I am and he has become quite protective since my return, not wanting me to go disappearing again. But please, if that does indeed yield some magical creature, be sure and introduce us next time I see you.

>Oh -- which reminds me. Would you prefer that I station some men here, or not? I would not mean to impugn upon your lands with my army, but I thought it might be prudent to keep an eye out for any further incursion by the Helianthus."
No. 299578 ID: 3416ec


"Only if they have tents, because we're really short on room in here."
No. 299579 ID: 73d9db

A few extra hands to help defend the place would be welcome. We'll be building new accommodations once we can get the Odds going, anyway, so if they can just hold out until then...
No. 299581 ID: f5fe2f

I'm not sure "here" literally means "in our base". We should clarify.

That said, don't turn him down on this. It would help us out significantly.
No. 299582 ID: 1854db

Hmm, that would indeed be a great help, as they can station the base while we're away, but...

We will have to hide the princess from them, won't we?
No. 299584 ID: 73d9db

Oh, christ, I didn't even think about that.
But the help of additional soldiers can't be underestimated. Especially since there are already multiple groups who want us dead.
We'll have to figure something out.


Delay? Tell him we don't have the resources to support additional troops right at the moment. But we should be able to prepare for their arrival in about a fortnight or so. So if he could just send the troops over THEN...

But we'll need that forge as soon as possible.
No. 299591 ID: 212ab8

Yes, let's stall it until we can build more room and a place to hide the Princess really deep in the vault and then when they get here and we tour them around tell the men that access to the dungeon is expressly, strictly, very, *insert more adjectives here-y* forbidden.
No. 299601 ID: 2563d4

Pretty much this.

Regarding the princess, we now have Ona, and physical proximity. Does she know any memory-wiping curses? :V
No. 299604 ID: 212ab8


She'll probably just say that *insert spell here* isn't the kind of spell she delves into.

But go see anyway.
No. 299650 ID: a94d88

More manpower is always welcome. In other news perhaps we should contact Cori about this recent scuffle with the paladins. They may be their next target. Though sending a messenger at this time may repeat what happened to poor Ethos.
No. 299658 ID: 1d46d5

Wait, can we shard him too? You know, to keep in contact and stuff.
No. 299676 ID: 543aa6
File 130394053149.gif - (4.82KB , 800x600 , 1359.gif )

"I'm afraid we are limited on space. They would need to be stationed... outside. In war tents, perhaps."
>"I understand. Muschio, I must ride! I will send reinforcements as soon as possible. Expect them within a few hours. They will keep an eye on the surrounding area, and discourage any further hostilities from the Paladins.
>Until we meet again, my dear friend!"
No. 299677 ID: 53ec77

Maybe you should stick people in coffins more often.
No. 299679 ID: 07416a

Yeah, pretty sure that was a one-time thing.
No. 299680 ID: 9d07d9

Well, that went pretty well.

So, boss, are you adverse to the idea of a super-powerful magical death-hand?
No. 299681 ID: 07416a

Don't throw the thingy in the thingy until the Odds are fixed.
No. 299682 ID: a94d88

Consult Pendle about possible treatment for the Odds
No. 299685 ID: 543aa6

see >>299313 >>299319
No. 299690 ID: e3f578

Is there a little switch thingy on the portal which makes the monsters made from the amount of manniquins or mana you've collected? At least you could make more than one of those things with the other option if it proves useful.
I'm sure you've collected enough of those mana points to do so. You've done a lot of cool shit since you switched over, we don't even have to think about it. Poof, let's make a few of those motherfuckers.
No. 299691 ID: 0bd0b0

Are you two buddies now? Good I guess. Speak to Finesse and Wes about fixing a certain problem of yours. Missing a hand is bad, especially for combat. And writing, depending on which side you write with. Are you ambidextrous?
No. 299695 ID: e3f578

Don't forget to ask Ona if you can grow it back using weird healing magic. If that hand was your good hand, well shit son, the ladies aren't going to like a robohand massaging them.
No. 299699 ID: adfa55

Note, this episode with the paladins means we have been too lax in developing the economic heart of our empire. An inner keep consisting of this dungeon, with a limited access list for trusted retainers, is a great heart of a powerful capital city. WHERE'S THE CAPITAL CITY WITH REGIMENTS OF GUARDS, MANY DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS, MILLIONS OF TAXPAYING CITIZENS AND FORTRESSES FILLED WITH ARMIES?!?
No. 299701 ID: 0bd0b0

I must add to this, recent events have been really boring. I am tired of seemingly pointless character development. Break the monotony, do something interesting Muschio! Nobody else seems to do cool stuff.
No. 299703 ID: 1854db

Oh wait maybe we should've asked him to heal your hand!

OH WELL! He already knows about it, anyway. Maybe he'll take the initiative?

But yes, we need to do something about the princess. Hmm, you know I thought we'd have heard about the nation being in a state of panic or something and him offering vast sums for her return. Has there been anything of the sort? Does the king even CARE about her?
No. 299711 ID: 543aa6
File 130394604086.gif - (12.22KB , 800x600 , 1360.gif )

I'm exhausted from my trip back and haven't had a moment to relax. But there's still work to be done before I can sleep.

"Ashedel. We need to expand our operation. Too long we've just been a gathering of officers. We need soldiers, workers, to bolster our ranks. It's time to look into that recruitment in the Timore Woodlands you mentioned."
>"Aye aye sir."
"Ona. I'm going to have Finesse and Fumo work on a prosthetic hand in the meantime, but I want you to see what can be done about growing me an actual replacement hand, eventually."
>"You got it. It'll take some powerful stuff, but it should be possible. Eventually. Like you said."

Hm. What else for this evening?
No. 299713 ID: 8b9dd7

Might be prudent to begin the reconstruction of a cell, along with the beginning of some better defensive positions outside and inside of the fort. Even if it's very simple holes and traps.

The paladins offense has showed that we are highly vulnerable to an attack at any moment.
No. 299714 ID: 3416ec

Let's put the thingy into the portal and see what happens.
No. 299718 ID: 45be60

That can wait till tomorrow, on the off chance it produces a giant fire elemental which threatens to accidentally destroy the entire facility and makes us not have a bed any more.
No. 299719 ID: e3f578

Remember to switch to mana using mode instead of manniquin using mode to make two or three of them.
No. 299720 ID: 492153

Guys idea, steam powered robot work force/army.
No. 299722 ID: 0bd0b0

Having a fake hand is not so bad, actually very beneficial if increases your strength.

Next thing for you to do I think is check on the princess. She needs to be put in a cell where she doesn't need to be guarded 24/7
No. 299727 ID: 8c73c8

we can see what it will make before calling the creature. remember when we first attuned the mimic, we knew it was a mimic even though we didn't have enough mana to make one.

let's see what happens if we try to put Ethos INTO the portal.
No. 299732 ID: 543aa6
File 130394815161.gif - (11.92KB , 800x600 , 1361.gif )

"Oh. I like what you've done with the prisoner. Anyway, we need her back in her cell."
>"Is it even built yet?"
"...hang on. You may have to watch her for a bit longer."
No. 299733 ID: f5fe2f

Muschio an only get his mannikin up after a victory. It's not going in anyone's portal for now.
No. 299735 ID: f5fe2f

Well, toss the trinket into your monster summoner. Put Ethos' corpse in too, I suppose.
No. 299736 ID: 53ec77

Not to mention that, from a glance, the thing looks like a gout of fire. We may want to safeguard all combustibles before just chucking that thing in.
No. 299738 ID: 8c73c8

it looks more like a beaked head with feathers to me.
No. 299748 ID: 0bd0b0

The manikin idea is good but I think Muschio should be rested before he does such a thing. It could have undesirable results. On another note, how is Sir Ridder doing? Good I hope. Maybe even good enough to help our cause... He is very loyal to us.
No. 299751 ID: 40cb26

Why don't we ask the two others how we should deal with that before we do it? For all we know that might be a very good or bad idea, or something else could prove more beneficial.

Could be flames, so yeah let's do that. Could also be smoke so be ready to vent the place just in case. Or it could be tentacles... better keep the females back a bit.

Anyways we need to take care of the damn ore before taking any chances with new guys.
No. 299778 ID: 543aa6
File 130396157545.gif - (11.97KB , 800x600 , 1362.gif )

Hm. I suppose I should wait till tomorrow.
I can't do much of any work without a forge and the necessary heat. That includes rebuilding the princess's cell. Further, I wonder if I should hold off on the new mannikin until a later date. I suppose there's no harm in getting some rest, but I should lay out everyone else's schedules first.

>"Boss? What should we do with the Princess?"
No. 299779 ID: 8c73c8

we need to move her elsewhere, pendle needs this room. but to where? hmmm... your room?
No. 299780 ID: 70d9eb

Well we could just set up a rotating guard schedule until we get a cell ready.
No. 299781 ID: 3416ec

Lock her in a closet with a loaf of bread and some water.
No. 299784 ID: 40cb26

...Let's mess with her head a bit. Start listing off horrible options in front of her like slavery, rape, throwing her through a portal, polymorphing her into cattle for milking. You know, fun stuff. Give Babrakus a little wink so he knows you're messing with her. Then settle on "...or maybe she can be made useful as she is somehow. We'll wait on it a bit longer." Might make her start thinking of how she can serve your interests.

Then just tell him to watch her a bit longer, you'll either find somewhere to stick her or send someone to change guard duty.
No. 299785 ID: e3f578

Now I'm starting to think he's asking in the long term.
I'd consider just killing the waste of space but... Dompag might not like that and that's just fuel to the fire for the damn paladins.
Tied up in the storeroom will work just fine. She might be resourceful enough to use the objects in there to try and escape.
Preventing that would be fun.
Ona should just make her high as shit or out like a light with drugs if we don't want her trying to escape if we want to leave her be without a set of bars between her and the exit.
No. 299787 ID: f44349

For now... we're just gonna have to keep someone guarding her until we get the cell repaired. We could move her to a different room though I guess?

For the long term however...
I would like to restate my transmogrification plan.
You know, give her a permanent transformation potion and dump her somewhere.
It's poetic justice AND no one can trace her back to us afterward!
No. 299788 ID: a94d88

Since you seem so intent on torturing her while she's here... how bout a night with Dompag and his new roommate?
No. 299789 ID: ba4eb1
File 130396459771.gif - (3.65KB , 200x150 , 130274562476s.gif )


No. She is too potentially useful for that.

We need some way to manipulate her.

Then when all is said and done let's get back to that game, Eh?

>_> <_<
No. 299813 ID: 1854db

I guess we'll just have to leave her be for now. Although once the Odds are back up, we could make a cell made entirely of stone.
No. 299819 ID: d6ae01

I see your stone cell, and raise you an oubliette.
No. 299820 ID: 543aa6

Bury her up to the neck. On second thought, up to the nose - it's much quieter.
No. 299888 ID: adfa55

You silly, silly people. Where's your psychological engineer who strategically drives the Stockholm Syndrome she should be raging right now?
No. 299889 ID: f7aa74

cement shoes in a shallow pond?

or shallow pool, we have one of those, right?
No. 299893 ID: 4a3736

Dompag's been busy.
No. 299897 ID: b7a0ee

Why not put Geppa in charge of her? It could be good for Geppa too.
No. 299900 ID: bccf7b

Yeah, he's kinda been getting beaten up and all that. But once this paladin stuff blows over, he'll be right back to making her feel pretty. (Oh so pretty~)

Geppa may be doing better, but we don't need a "Woe is me" princess to try to beck sympathy from her. That... that will just end badly. VERY badly.
No. 299945 ID: 543aa6
File 130402851381.gif - (7.94KB , 800x600 , 1363.gif )

"Dompag. The Princess will be remanded to your room for the night, until we can mend the cell bars."
>"You got it, boss."

"Ashedel, Pendle will have your room for the night. I'll have the kobolds lay out a cot for you in the barracks, if that's agreeable."
>"Aye aye, sir."

"As for me, I'm going to retire to my room for the night. It's time I got some sleep."
No. 299947 ID: a94d88

dont forget to say g'night to Finnie :D
No. 299948 ID: 543aa6
File 130402884307.gif - (31.31KB , 800x600 , 1364.gif )

aaaand what the hell is this
No. 299951 ID: 70d9eb

It's Ona's phylactery. Be careful not to mess it up!
No. 299952 ID: 8c73c8

oh, sorry. that's ona's magic mojo focus symbol. it's harmless.
No. 299953 ID: 53ec77

Oh. That was your room? Whoops. Thing doesn't glow in the dark, does it?

It does, doesn't it.
No. 299954 ID: 2563d4

No. 299956 ID: 0bd0b0

This is the best night light ever.
No. 299957 ID: 40cb26

It's presence is an advantage and it's proximity to you harmless, that's all you need to know. If it's really that distracting just cover it up.
No. 299958 ID: bccf7b

A gift from Ona to improve her (and thus your) power over the world! Through it you will be able to extend your reach and other such things!

Ask her about it after a good rest. And maybe some tea.
No. 299961 ID: 543aa6
File 130402981457.gif - (10.14KB , 800x600 , 1365.gif )

No. 299963 ID: 543aa6
File 130402991038.gif - (3.81KB , 800x600 , 1366.gif )

No. 299964 ID: f5fe2f

Good night, Muschio.
No. 299965 ID: 543aa6
File 130403029124.gif - (1.12KB , 800x600 , 1367.gif )

No. 299966 ID: 0bd0b0

I am guessing this is a dream?
No. 299967 ID: 543aa6
File 130403041717.gif - (9.40KB , 800x600 , 1368.gif )

>"Marjani Openda! You come inside and get washed up right now. It's almost time for dinner, young lady."
"But mmmooommmm!"
>"You can play later. Come inside and help me."
No. 299969 ID: f5fe2f

Well if your mother needs help, you go and help her.
No. 299970 ID: 70d9eb

Get inside and get washed up right now young lady, you know what happens to little girls that don't listen to their mothers.
No. 299972 ID: 0bd0b0

Don't listen to her, I think this is one of those rape things.
No. 299973 ID: 8c73c8

help mom.
No. 299974 ID: 40cb26

Get in there you don't want your hide tanned again.
No. 299975 ID: 543aa6
File 130403086972.gif - (9.70KB , 800x600 , 1369.gif )

"MMMOOOMMMM! Hafan was going to show me a frog he caught!"
>"That boy's no good, Marjani. I told you stay away from that little troublemaker."
"Why don't you just not let me have ANY friends?"
>"Just come help me with dinner, young lady. Don't make me ask you again!"
No. 299976 ID: 8c73c8

fine mom! she just doesn't understand, frogs are cool.
No. 299977 ID: 0bd0b0

Are we actually able to interact with Ona right now, or is she just dreaming? I hope this is Ona's dream we are in, I dunno why Muschio would have this in his mind.
No. 299978 ID: f5fe2f

Why ain't you doing like your mother says? She tells you to come in and wash your hands and help, and you do it. Your old mother needs what help she can get, and you best be doing it. It ain't right giving your mother trouble like you be doing.
No. 299979 ID: 6930ef

This is almost definitely one of those rape things.
No. 299982 ID: 40cb26

I think she pulled us in on her own accord.

Anyways dreams tied to memories will likely keep on with whatever they are going to do. We likely can't effect how it goes.

...But she still might remember what we were saying. So quit it.
No. 299987 ID: 543aa6
File 130403236664.gif - (12.29KB , 800x600 , 1370.gif )

Okay okay FINE geeze.
"Okay MOM."
>"Here, take this plate to your father, will you? And no sneaking any food of the plate this time young lady, you're starting to get a little plump."
"MOM! Geeze, thanks."
No. 299992 ID: 9d07d9

What a bitch, amirite?

Where is your father, anyways?
No. 299993 ID: 8c73c8

dang it, you could of been like 'no YOU'RE the one getting plump!' anyway, go bug dad with food.
No. 299994 ID: 40cb26

Oh no she didn't. Make a mental note to fake anorexia in a year or two, that'll show her.
No. 299995 ID: 543aa6
File 130403353592.gif - (14.13KB , 800x600 , 1371.gif )


No. 299996 ID: 53ec77

No. 299997 ID: 0bd0b0

Ah ha! I was right. This is one of those rape things.
No. 299999 ID: 40cb26

...Damn, sorry Ona. I think we know how this ends, and you don't need to see it again.

No. 300000 ID: f5fe2f


There is a stovepipe about to land on your head. It just sort of broke or something. There must be foul magic afoot. Assuming you guys are lazy as hell and didn't fix it when it obviously needed fixing. It doesn't look to be in obvious disrepair to me, but that could be art style.
No. 300002 ID: 1854db

Dive forward, getting both yourself and your mom out of the way.
No. 300004 ID: 0bd0b0

I was going to comment on that but it seemed a bit dickish.
grats on the get
No. 300005 ID: 5eea01
File 130403424973.jpg - (31.05KB , 522x379 , MW_Socucius_Ergalla.jpg )

Do you:

a) Push your mother out of the way?
b) Try to grab the hot pipe and move it aside?
c) Shield your mother with your own body?
No. 300007 ID: 543aa6
File 130403433890.gif - (13.52KB , 800x600 , 1372.gif )

I can't get her out of the way...
There's not enough time...

I can't--

No. 300008 ID: 8c73c8

blue stuff all over the pipe!
No. 300009 ID: 543aa6
File 130403447816.gif - (13.60KB , 800x600 , 1373.gif )

>"...Marjani, are you hurt?"
"I-... n-no, I'm okay."
>"Thank God we got out from under there in time. That pipe's very heavy, and very hot."

>"...Marjani, what's wrong?"
"...I just... thought I saw something."
No. 300011 ID: f1972f

Ohhh, I seeee...
No. 300012 ID: 1854db

Blue. Like a hand, grasping it. Keeping it from falling.
No. 300014 ID: 6930ef

Methinks you did a little bit of magic there, Marjani.
No. 300015 ID: 0bd0b0

I suppose it is fortunate that nothing bad happened to Ona's mother. So this is a story/memory of how she learned her magic?
No. 300016 ID: 543aa6
File 130403502842.gif - (31.47KB , 800x600 , 1374.gif )

>"It's just the steam, Marjani."
No. 300036 ID: a94d88


might want to start looking at your family tree, see if any seers are in the branches
[Return] [Entire Thread] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Delete post []