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336833 No. 336833 ID: e73d25

Thread 1 (Chapters 1-2): http://quest.lv/kusaba/questarch/res/290529.html
Thread (Chapters 2-4): http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/314238.html
Discussion thread: http://quest.lv/kusaba/questdis/res/347404.html

Wizards in Meigara are powerful individuals, able to bend the laws of space and time at their will. In past ages, they became a threat to reality itself, almost destroying the world in their struggle for power, fighting among themselves, using Meigara and its people as their personal battlefield

After a rather truculent battle in which almost a continent was erased from existence and half of the wizards population died, they decided that they had to control the number and the power of the existing wizards if they wanted to stay alive.

Thus, the Magic Guild was born, the living wizards swore to work only for clients allowed by the guild, and never seeking their own goals. To become a wizard, one would have to pass a deadly test that only the most courageous and wise ones would pass.
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No. 336835 ID: e73d25
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Stanley Pherguson, born in Cornovia, son of the town’s crier, decided that his life was too boring, and pursued the golden dream that magic promises. And now he’s inside a deep chasm, trying to prove that he’s worthy of receiving that power. He’ll have to descend into the abyss and bring back a valuable artifact from the demonic temple down there, to prove that he has what it’s needed to have to become a wizard.
No. 336836 ID: e73d25
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But for now he’s just going to plop into one of the deepest chambers with a lot of bruises and 2nd degree burns over his body.

Uuhghh... ye gods, I thought I was done for... That last fireslug was just too much.
No. 336837 ID: 0d095c

Sword is cursed. Chest is a mimic. Bones are a skeleton. Rocks are all Lurkers Below. Chasm leads to Gehenna.

I suggest praying to your god. As long as it isn't Loki or XOM.
No. 336838 ID: 180ec2

Oh, hello. What can you do? If you have a way to detect magic, use it on the sword and chest.
No. 336841 ID: 55c4cf

do you have tits
No. 336844 ID: 0d095c

His name is STANLEY. Even if he does have tits, you wouldn't want to see em. Also, try casting a Healing Spell, or ingesting a RATION.
No. 336859 ID: 195461

>Even if he does have tits, you wouldn't want to see em.

I beg to differ.

grab yon blade recklessly.
No. 336860 ID: 35e1a0

does your bird staff do anything other then glow?
No. 336884 ID: 1854db

List available spells.
No. 336927 ID: e73d25
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Hey, that’s rude.


Yeah, that’s a funny one. I know nothing ‘bout magic, not a single spell. They don’ teach you no magic until you pass the stupid trial, that you’re unlikely to survive, without knowin’ magic!

>The staff.
It just glows, does nothin’ else. Which is pretty great, otherwise I’d fallen down some hole straight to hell by now.

So after all the crap I’ve gone through to get here I have like... four scrolls left. Anybody can use scrolls, even a commoner like me. But each scroll can only be used once. I have a scroll of... Wall of Fire, Sleep, Minor Healing and Detect Traps.

I think I’m almost at the temple, but I better save these scrolls unless I really need them. I even lost my dagger, that damn fireslug melted it like butter.
No. 336929 ID: 35e1a0

poke the sword with the staff. and tap the box with it as well. and that big rock.
No. 336930 ID: 180ec2

In that case, take the sword. If you can't pick locks, look in the room on the left.
No. 337069 ID: 55c4cf

You seem to be a midget.
I guess you still have Hope.
No. 337143 ID: 5a7dd9

arm yourself.
No. 337291 ID: c11ca5
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Hey, I’m not a midget! I’m just... compact sized.

Ok, I take the swor’. It feels pretty solid and nothin’ weird has happened to me yet, so I guess it’s not cursed.

I hit the chest with the staff a buncha times. It doesn’t feel too sturdy, I think I should be able to break the lock with a few well placed hits.
No. 337292 ID: 180ec2

Do that then, but have the sword ready in case there's a monster inside.
No. 337294 ID: 35e1a0

also, make sure the first strike is at a non-vital area in case the sword inflicts the user in a mirror to what is hit.
No. 337297 ID: 28e94e

That is bizarrely specific and is generally a bad idea when we could easily be one-hit KO'd by any of the threats we run into.
No. 337298 ID: 35e1a0

that's why it's so devious.
No. 337310 ID: eba49f

Just poke something with the sword to see if anything happens.
No. 337453 ID: 55c4cf

oh man i am going to call anything compact a midget now. mirrors, vehicles, babies. thank you!
No. 337462 ID: 7ef948

do eet
No. 337529 ID: b6ca92

Ust in case it's trapped (or a patient mimic), knock the chest back with your staff so it's sitting on it's back, then whack it open. Any trap that would get you will be pointed at the wall.

Just pray that it isn't a cazador nest in magical stasis.
No. 337687 ID: 759c84
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That’s still rude... I think.

Stan knocks the chest over and hits it a couple of times with his sword. Before he can swing it for a third time the lid suddenly burst opens and a large tentacle-shaped form emerges from it, practically as tall as the human, with a huge eye on its end, looking at Stan with an endless stare. Then a deep, yet polite voice comes from it (even when the creature doesn’t seem to have any visible mouths).

“Oh, I knew I heard somebody knocking on the door! How can I help you, young fellow?”

The creature doesn’t seem to pay any attention to Stan’s sword while he still wields it defensively between his own body and the creature.
No. 337689 ID: b8eed1

politely introduce yourself and tell him about why you're here. don't be alarmed now, I hear there are some monstrous fellows around who are quite agreeable when you talk to them.
No. 337690 ID: 55c4cf

Cut this creature's eye stalk short!
No. 337691 ID: 180ec2

Alright, it's probably friendly, so don't hurt it. Ask him if he knows anything about the area like the location of a draconic temple.
No. 337737 ID: 28e94e

No. 337738 ID: 35e1a0

but if it lunges then MURDERLIZE IT.
No. 337767 ID: eba49f

Maybe ask it if it works here?

If it attacks, likely forms for that to take are an eye beam or tentacle. The eye beam is the more dangerous of the two as it is looking at your face, so duck if its eye starts glowing.
No. 337785 ID: 1854db

Er. Might want to take a step back. Ask him why he lives in a chest.
No. 338073 ID: 9d4673
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You mean cut it compact.

”*cough* My name is Stanley and I’m seekin’ for the Demonic Underground Temple (DUT ™)... You ain’t gonna attack me, ain’t you?”

“Oh, heavens no! I just recently ate an adventurer, and I have to watch my calorie intake! Specially with you wizard types, all that fat and no muscle. No offense intended!”

”Uh... alright. Why do you live in a chest anyways?”

“What a silly question! Do random bystanders knock on your door and inquire why do you live in your own house often? Maybe that’s a thing in the surface, but down here we still have manners.”

Ok, ok, sorry... So any idea about that Temple?

“Oh, of course, young man. There’s two ways to get there, the two archways you can see here. One path is quite easy and harmless, while the other is quite problematic and hazardous, even lethal, I would say... You should take the one to the left.”
No. 338074 ID: 55c4cf


Take the path that's lower so you feel taller.
No. 338075 ID: 180ec2

Wait. Does that mean the left way is the dangerous one or the safe one?
No. 338077 ID: b3a4ba

and why exactly should I take the left one?
No. 338084 ID: 46c430

"My left or your left?"
No. 338109 ID: eba49f

Ask "Do you just eat adventurers? If you eat other things, I could bring you back the body of one of the creatures that are probably in the temple."

This might upset him if he knows the temple dwellers, but if he knows them he will try to mislead us anyway to help them.
No. 338610 ID: 75bb1d
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Both are the same size and I don’t need to feel taller, thank you!

Uh... Do you only eat adventurers? Wouldn’t you prefer it if I brought you some of the creatures I would kill down here?

“Nah! They’re clever enough not to stroll around here, only adventurers are that dumb. And they come by like every day. I swear, there’s at least five guilds that send their students down here.”

Ok, then... Left... Wait, your left or my left? Is it the left one the safe one or the dangerous one?

The creature swirls around itself and appears to be rolling its eye. It’s hard to tell.

“Pfff, does it matter? Your left, my left, your guts, my guts, it all ends up being the same place sooner or later!”
No. 338612 ID: 1854db

...feh. His advice is useless. Just go to your left.
No. 338613 ID: e3f578

lefthand rule is the golden rule
he could be lying anyway
which means if he IS lying, and he's talking about his left, that means your right is the dangerous path

Man, whatever go left doitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoit
No. 338618 ID: ccbb8c

Is it inside the chest? Is the chest stuck to the ground?

If it is inside the chest and not stuck to the ground, then I see a solution, here - pick up chest, chuck down path.
No. 338619 ID: 4d43b9


go left.
No. 338628 ID: 221021

You could probably pick up a couple of the bones and toss them down the paths to see if they get exploded
No. 339003 ID: 69f5d2
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The boy ends up taking the path to the left, but the descending tunnel ends abruptly over another chasm on the ground. There’s an old wood plank working as an improvised bridge from one edge to the other.

Why are you followin’ me? Don’t you have anythin’ better to do?”

“Nope. Haven’t you looked around recently? This place is booooooooring and you’re the most entertaining thing of the week, so I’m just gonna be around here, don’t mind me, don’t feel pressed, or judged, or watched, or...”
No. 339005 ID: 35e1a0

whack it with your duck staff to be sure it is sturdy. then cross
No. 339006 ID: 180ec2

Push down on it with the blunt end of your staff to see if it can hold weight.
No. 339007 ID: 3537cc

if you step on that plank, the eyestalk thing will not push you into the chasm. except it will.
No. 339017 ID: 07416a

Ask him to turn into armor for you or something. He might as well make himself useful.
No. 339068 ID: eba49f

Lets not let the being that eats people envelope our body.

Say: "I guess you can follow me, but I'd rather you not be within tentacle range of me. No offense, but a frail human like myself has to be careful."
No. 339236 ID: da443b
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"I guess you can follow me, but I'd rather you not be within tentacle range of me. No offense, but a frail human like myself has to be careful."

“Oh, no doubt of that! You humans look like you would break if just a few tons of rocks fell on your heads. Seriously, you should work out!”

I try to ignore the obnoxious creature and test the consistency of the plank with the end of my stick. It seems sturdy but, it has a weird feel to it.Kind of soft, pliable... I don’t know, maybe it’s rubber tree wood.
No. 339237 ID: a7a4e0

then cross it quickly.
No. 339239 ID: 1854db

Oh hell no. A soft bridge? That thing will collapse under your weight. Hell, it might even be a monster in disguise. Let's check the other path.
No. 339271 ID: eba49f

There is no good reason why a real bridge should be soft. We should avoid it if we can.
No. 339347 ID: 55c4cf

Don't worry, you're too compact to fall through the bridge.
No. 339377 ID: 2681a2

I wouldn't trust that. It's probably not wood or it's rotten wood. Check the other path or if you want to investigate further consider turning the plank over or whacking it with your sword. It may be some other kind of mimic.
No. 339608 ID: fbc18c
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I’m starting to regret using that word.. But yeah, this looks suspicious as hell, I’m gonna go back and take the other path.

But it doesn’t take long before Stanley runs against another obstacle, a living one this time. A large creature sleeping in the middle of the stone tunnel, partially blocking the way.

“Man, you really change your mind quick, don’t you?”

Shush! I have no idea what that thing is, but it sure is huge. I don’t think it would be a wise idea to wake it up.
No. 339612 ID: b0e991

stab it between the eyelids. push until your sword goes in whole, hilt and all.
No. 339613 ID: 2563d4

...the heck is that thing over on the right?
No. 339619 ID: 55c4cf

Take quiet compact steps around it.
No. 339674 ID: ec0bf5

Don't kill it, what if it's benign like this guy? Try to go around it and check out the thing in the wall.
No. 339675 ID: e3f578

well if I'm right that frowny switch will kill anything that's under it so why don't you just use your staff to activate it.
No. 339696 ID: b6ca92

You know, the mimic fellow lives here. Ask him if he knows this guy as as neighbor of his.
No. 339848 ID: 967217
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I start sneaking around the creature, taking quiet, com...small steps. I whisper to the chest creature if he knows this monster here.

“This guy!? Never seen it in my life!!! But it’s no surprise, all kinds of creeps sneak around these caves, coming up and down, messing up the place and scaring the food away, or stealing it from us good, local monsters! An outrage I tell you!”

Shut up! Damn it, damn it... It’s waking up!
No. 339849 ID: ec0bf5

Run for it! Don't attack, though, unless it tries to attack you. Monsters are usually much more aggressive when provoked.
No. 339851 ID: 35e1a0

dude, you get eaten now it's your own damn fault. you waited until you were in danger before you asked, instead of before.
No. 339854 ID: 2563d4

My God; that eyeball is huge.

Lick it.
No. 339859 ID: 253a7f

stabbity stab. do it.
No. 339919 ID: 55c4cf

Sing a compact lullaby!
No. 340012 ID: 1854db

Use your scroll of sleep on the thing.
No. 340022 ID: 1444d5

Excuse yourself, apologise for waking it, keep walking.
No. 340107 ID: b6ca92

This, and if it tries anything that isn't talking, scroll of sleep on it.
No. 340197 ID: 8aca02
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E-excuse mister... or miss... or whatever. I’m just passin’ by, no need to get up, I’m sorry I woke you up.

It’s no use! It’s just growling and getting up slowly. Before I panic and do something stupid, I use the sleep spell on it. After a couple of terrifying seconds, the beast falls back into sleep and I can’t breathe again.

“Hah, that was a close one, wasn’t it!”
No. 340199 ID: 1854db

I'm guessing this is the path fraught with danger. Or maybe the both are. There's that possibility.

Move forward. Is that a lever in the wall?
No. 340204 ID: e3f578

Give the mimic a face and hold up your finger to your mouth. "Quiet"
No. 340235 ID: 55c4cf

Leg it with compact strides.
No. 340320 ID: b4862d
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I gesture the mimic creature to stay quite, and it seems that it understands, or maybe it’s just tired of talking anyways because it doesn’t reply. I quietly sneak around the monster, and notice there’s a lever in a small niche on the wall. No idea what does it do, but it doesn’t seem to be too happy anyways.
No. 340321 ID: 55c4cf


Give it a compact looking over.
No. 340325 ID: 35e1a0

there is lines on both sides of the monster. go to the outside of the lines and then pull the switch.
No. 340916 ID: d72bc3
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Ok, I’ll just step a bit to the side and give it a com- a little tug...

Stepping to the side of the floor lines isn’t enough to avoid the trap, Stan discovers, as a good portion of the floor he’s standing on disappears, sending him diving into the shadows.

“Tsk, tsk, too bad. It wasn’t a bad fella. But you know what they say, curiosity killed the adventurer.”
No. 340918 ID: d72bc3
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Ow... my everything. I think I have no broken bones, but it’s pitch black down here, and I don’t even know where my stupid staff ended up.
No. 340919 ID: e3f578

it's probably the light blue shiny thing
the tinier blue dot is probably your eye so to your left
No. 341066 ID: 1854db

Fumble your way to the blue light.
No. 341309 ID: 13c25b
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Yeah, the shiny blue light turns out to be the staff. Just let me turn it on again... Phew, there’s practically no floor in this cave. I’ve been lucky to land here, I would’ve fallen to my death otherwise. Now, I just have to figure out how to get out of here.
No. 341311 ID: ec0bf5

Say hi to mister dragon.
No. 341312 ID: 35e1a0

oh shi- hit the deck and get near that white rock!
No. 341314 ID: 0199a3

Maybe that massive reptile with the glowing red eye knows how to get out?
No. 341354 ID: 3b9af0

Flip the switch or whatever on the other platform. Try to look less delicious.
No. 341488 ID: d3d184
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Wait, what reptile, wha- OH GODS WHAT IS THAT!? OH SHIT IT SAW ME! Oh gods what do I do now what do I do now!?


Y-yeah, there’s a switch on that platform over there, but I can’t jump that far, I can’t reach it from here! I think I can only reach the upper platform if I jump on this white rock over here!

Shit, that thing is crawling down!
No. 341493 ID: ec0bf5

Climb up onto the rock and to the high platform. Say hello.
No. 341577 ID: 6e44d2

This, and if he swipes at you, jump down to the switch. Try not to hurt your compact self in the fall.
No. 341583 ID: d3d184
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Umm... H-hi."

I don’t think it wants to talk!
No. 341584 ID: 35e1a0

jump to the switch and roll when you land to not get hurt. then hit it!
No. 341610 ID: 6e44d2

Do it!
No. 341638 ID: 28e94e

I get the feeling the switch is a trap. Retreat, maybe you can use the other monsters to weaken it.
No. 341674 ID: ec0bf5

Yeah, but what if it's a trap FOR THE MONSTER?
No. 341709 ID: 07416a

Punch it in the snout to establish dominance.
No. 341777 ID: 1854db

There is nothing we can do to survive here unless the switch does something in our favor. So pull it. It's the ONLY option.
No. 341782 ID: 46c430

Orrrrrrr we use the wall of fire scroll.
No. 341786 ID: 2563d4

This seems like the least suicidal plan.
No. 341798 ID: 563191
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I jump on the platform to the side just in time to avoid becoming the snack of that beast. And in my fall I manage to move the switch. Or rather I land on it and practically smash it. Everything hurts but I’m still in one piece, and I have no idea what the switch did, but I kind of hear a mechanic sound somewhere behind me.
No. 341802 ID: 55c4cf

get up and make a compact jump to the next platform.

be mario
No. 341804 ID: e3f578

You could combat roll and hang from the side of the platform to avoid the laser or try your best to grab onto the hand of the beast. Whatever your instincts tell you is the best.
No. 341824 ID: 1854db

Get up and climb up onto the creature's hand. Use the scroll of heal minor wounds if you've broken something and can't handle strenuous movement.
No. 341834 ID: 28e94e

Retreat in either direction.
No. 341896 ID: 563191
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I jump and cling to the scaly monster hand just before the contraption with an energy crystal attached to it shoots the hell out of the platform I was just on a second ago. The monster growls, not too happy about having passengers on him. But the worst part is that the crystal is turning around to shoot me again!
No. 341898 ID: 1854db

Keep moving on the monster! The crystal will shoot it for you.
No. 341899 ID: 28e94e

Climb up on top of the creature. With any luck it'll soak up all the fire and become mortally wounded at the same time.
No. 341901 ID: e8cd4a

put the monster between it and you as crazy as that sounds !
No. 341917 ID: 35e1a0

can you climb fast enough? if so then climb it!
No. 341924 ID: ec0bf5

Climb up on its head!
No. 341937 ID: 0199a3

Get up on the hydra's lizard's back!
No. 341948 ID: 55c4cf

Trick the beam cannon crystal into shooting the lizard.
No. 342062 ID: 7d4fff
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The crystal shoots its deadly beams again, severing the fingers of the unholy creature, making it roar in pain and rage. It flails and squirms furiously, but Stanley manages to climb up on top of its back.

Aaaah! I don’t think I can hold onto it for much longer!
No. 342063 ID: 1854db

What you need to do is jump over to the platform on the right where the door is. So run along its head to get there.

Wait, that's crazy. Jesus christ you're going to die.
No. 342069 ID: 28e94e

It's crazy but it's way less dangerous than my original plan.

No. 342070 ID: ec0bf5

Alright, run as fast as those tiny legs can take you down the monster's back, up its head, and jump for the exit while doing a flip killing the monster!
No. 342075 ID: d97c6d

The crystal's aiming at you again. This next shot's going to deal a pretty serious blow to the li-

Hey! If you jump off its head, you can probably reach the doorway! Just run and focus on the goal, if you put too much conscious thought into not falling off you'll just end up stifling your body's ohgodsimgonnadieninjapowersgo instincts.
No. 342103 ID: b6edd6

What were they keeping down here? I can see monsters moving in because of the food supply, but an auto-turret like that has to be expensive when people are still mostly swinging un-enchanted swords at each-other.
No. 342148 ID: 7d4fff
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Our wizard apprentice runs across the agonizing beast’s head and jumps as far as his short legs let him. He makes it to the platform with the door, but his landing is far from being as smooth as he desired.

Ooooh... I think I broke something there. Ow. And I dropped the sword, damn it.
No. 342149 ID: ec0bf5

Pull yourself through the door as quickly as you can. If you seriously think you broke something and aren't just being snarky with us, you might want to use the scroll of minor healing, too.
No. 342150 ID: e3f578

use scroll of healing, unless broke or strains don't count as minor
sword's to your right, lodged in stone. Get it if you want or can, otherwise head through the door.
No. 342173 ID: 1854db

Keep moving, the laser's gonna fire again. Use your scroll at the earliest opportunity.
No. 342331 ID: d80827
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I ignore the sword and everything else in the cavern and just roll across the platform, sliding through the door in the wall just in time to avoid getting vaporized by the energy beam aiming in my direction.

The giant monster collapses against the stone wall, and the impact, combined with the punishment caused by the energy crystal, shakes the entire cave ceiling. Stanley has just time to roll into safety before an avalanche of rocks and debris blocks the way out. After catching his breath and finally accepting the fact that he’s still alive, Stanley uses the Minor Healing scroll.

Aaaarh... ok, that feels better. I think I can feel one of my ribs bending back into its original position. Unnerving, but I feel good as new again. Sort of.

Ok, this room... There’s a tunnel going deeper to the right, and also there’s a hole on the ground. A red glow is coming out of it.
No. 342332 ID: 35e1a0

wave the end of your staff over it, if nothing happens then look down it.
No. 342338 ID: b6edd6

When you use scrolls, do they disintegrate or just stop being magical?
If you still have the paper, tossing it in the hole would be better than waving your only light source over it.
No. 342341 ID: 46c430

Don't mess with the hole or ring, just go down the passage. Enough screwing with traps.
No. 342345 ID: 28e0ce

Use the staff to tug the ring. Be ready to dive into the pit.
No. 342346 ID: 46c430

Dude, -every single other- switch ot lever or whatnot activated a trap, this one is almost certainly going to do the same. Let's -not- mess with it, yeah?
No. 342347 ID: b6edd6

Most glowing pits glow because of things you don't want to jump into.
No. 342367 ID: 6e44d2

Well, we're trying to get to the demon temple, so that may, in fact, be the correct route. I mean, demons generally do like glowing red and stuff.
No. 342369 ID: 6e44d2

Might as well use the scroll of detect traps here.
No. 342442 ID: 59231e
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I wave the end of the staff over the hole... nothing happens, so let’s have a peek... Yes! The demonic temple is just down there! I could save a lot of time and troubles if I could find a way to descend safely down there.
No. 342443 ID: 35e1a0

okay, hook the ring with the staff and back up as far as you can on those collapsed rocks then start pulling it and backing up more. then when you can't back up no more keep pulling until it stops then give it a few hard yanks, then let go.
No. 342445 ID: ec0bf5

Um, it may be a better idea to go ahead and look for rope.
No. 342470 ID: 6e44d2

Use the scroll of detect traps! If the ring on a rope is clean, then use it. If it isn't, then we'll figure something else out.
No. 342475 ID: 46c430

We should at least see what's down the passage before deciding whether or not to use the scroll, in my opinion.
No. 342527 ID: b6edd6

Is that red thing the artifact you are looking for (rather than a crystal sphere or something)? I think we might want to save the trap detect for the area immediately around the artifact, as that is often the trappiest place.
No. 342631 ID: 67a324
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The passage to the right leads to a long descending tunnel that dives into the darkness, I can’t see where it goes just peeking from here.

I carefully take the ring and pull the rope until I get to the other side of the room. It looks like I could keep pulling rope if I wanted, but I don’t know if I should try and do it, use the Detect Tratps scroll or just forget about it and follow the other passage.

No. 342657 ID: 1854db

Okay, this looks like a lure for the impatient. I don't think we should do it. You could use the detect traps scroll to confirm this, but personally I'd rather save that for a room where it looks like there's traps but we don't know exactly how to avoid them.
No. 342670 ID: 28e94e

Do not activate the obvious trap.
No. 342672 ID: 2563d4

It's a pullstring for a giant Morgan Freeman action figure. Tug it all the way out and let his soothing voice solve all your problems.
No. 342838 ID: 2222da

Stop pulling the ring, stand in place and pull the rope instead. That way, if it IS a trap, likelihood is that you won't be where the builder expected you to be.
No. 342842 ID: 1854db

Hey, that's a good idea. We could stand off to the side like in that alcove and pull it.
No. 342861 ID: 35e1a0

yeah climb the rocks and pull the rope.
No. 342882 ID: 0736cd
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Stanley stands where he is, dropping the ring and pulling just the rope. But just after a couple of tugs, he can hear a loud “CLICK” coming from somewhere within or behind the walls of the room, and suddenly he’s having some unexpected company at the other end of the rope.

Shit! Spiders!
No. 342886 ID: 35e1a0

dammit, the ONE trap standing in a different place couldn't prevent... how did they survive in the wall that long? anyone, aim for the hole and use fire. then throw the staff down the hole and start climbing down the rope before it burns through.
No. 342887 ID: 1854db

Use the Wall of Fire spell. Hope the rope isn't flammable.
No. 342892 ID: b6edd6

Not true. They could have done the traditional dwarf method of filling the room entirely with water and/or magma.
No. 342916 ID: 2563d4

Can you make wall-of-fire work horizontally? Jump down the hole (still holding the rope to arrest your fall), then wall-of-fire in the hole so it is effectively blocked. It'll burn through the rope but you'll already be down.
No. 342924 ID: 07416a

Throw the rope down the hole.
No. 342984 ID: 6e44d2

Drop the rope, grab the staff, run a short distance away, wait for the spiders to disburse. If they don't, get to whackin' them with your stick.
No. 343019 ID: 46c430

Guys, how do we know the rope won't come free of the wall? We might end up in free wall and pancake. Just leg it down the passageway!
No. 343109 ID: d10cdb
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I drop the rope and leg it, following the tunnel at the end of the cave. After a couple of minutes stumbling down a narrow passageway, I end up in another room, practically empty, except for an entryway to another cave covered by and old wooden door. I look over my shoulder just to discover a pretty ugly sight: the spiders are still after me, crawling behind my steps with an unnatural speed.
No. 343110 ID: b6edd6

Is your staff made of something fragile, or is it as sturdy as it looks?

I ask because smashable looking spiders are pursuing you, and you happen to have a long stick with a sizable weight on the end.
No. 343116 ID: 0063df

Wall of flame would put a stop to them...
No. 343231 ID: 2563d4

It beats trying to club them, but unless they're suicidal, is just a delaying tactic. Still. Fire and door.
No. 343252 ID: 6e44d2

The door has a big hole in it and won't stop the spiders. Let's wall of flame them and keep moving, and for Christ's sake, don't forget to look where you're running.
No. 343257 ID: 9cf4de
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Ok, I used the Wall of Fire scroll, and looks like that solved the problem. I only have the Detect Traps scroll left now.
No. 343260 ID: 1854db

Hmm. If that killed the spiders we could go back and use the rope-ring to get down there...

But it probably just blocked them, so we need to keep moving. Poke the door with your staff before going in.
No. 343290 ID: 46c430

If I may remind you, the rope itself may still be a trap. I say, down the hallway, let's see what's down there.
No. 343306 ID: 6e44d2

I think the rope is good now, but there's no need to tempt fate with the spiders. Go in the door.
No. 343758 ID: 894837
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Alright, I’ll just open this door and ---What the...?

The decrepit door crumbles to dust as soon as Stan pokes it with the tip of his staff, revealing a long, descending tunnel that disappears in the shadows,.A moldy, ancient smell slapping the young apprentice across the face and from the deeps of the dark tunnel, a thin line of smoke arises, shifting and taking the form of a hand that beckons Stanley to follow it. A feminine voice fills his head, but no sound can be heard.

“Stanley Pherguson of Cornovia, son of Johnathan Pherguson. Step in, come in to know what the future stores for you. Unless you’re too scared to gaze into the eye of Fate.”
No. 343790 ID: 1854db

Better than waiting for the fire to die down and the spiders to eat you.
No. 343805 ID: 35e1a0

"i'm not scared but this is suspicious as all hell. based on no other evidence i must assume you are a trap and will try to kill me horribly. so good day to you" and start walking down the tunnel.
No. 343832 ID: 46c430

This. Except maybe just skip the talking and go straight to the 'walk away' part.
No. 343931 ID: 07416a

Go with the hand.
No. 343940 ID: 2563d4

Go with the hand silently.
No. 343952 ID: b8a479

hi-five the shit outta that hand.
No. 343960 ID: 6e44d2

Yeah, dude. You can't leave it hangin'.
No. 344587 ID: f5e4b4
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I high five the hand, but it disappears in a cloud of green smoke. How rude!

I step through the door, walking slowly, to let my eyes get used to the darkness inside. The corridor leads to a small room carved in the stone, it smells of dust and old bones, like an open tomb or an old coffin, opened to reveal but the ashes of its previous owner. There isn’t much inside here, but for a table covered with a decrepit table cloth. It is similar to the ones the fortune tellers use at the town fair, but this one smells like someone died on it and nobody bothered to move the corpse for years.

There’s someone behind the table. I can’t see any form in the dark, just a pair of green glowing eyes, staring without pupils into my own eyes. The voice speaks again.

“Yes, yes, a brave one after all. Come closer. Put your hand on the table, and I’ll tell you something about the future. Your future. All futures.”
No. 344588 ID: e3f578

"Listen, if you pull a one liner about how my future is incredibly short and try to kill me, I saw it coming as soon as you showed me that hand. Then I'd say, oh please, for the love of any god, if you're going to kill me choose something more original."
No. 344590 ID: 2d9a8a

do eet
No. 344760 ID: 0d095c

Go with this, while doing eet.
No. 344807 ID: 07416a

All who live must die. Some die twice. What more do you have to tell me?
No. 344834 ID: b6edd6

Totally seconding this. The voice sounds all kinds of suspicious.
No. 344956 ID: e8cd4a

do it. ask if it can foresee you becoming a wizard
No. 345076 ID: f5e4b4
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I hesitate, not sure if I should do it or not. I stay where I give the creature some conversation.

“Listen, if you pull a one liner about how my future is incredibly short and try to kill me, I saw it coming as soon as you showed me that hand. Then I'd say, oh please, for the love of any god, if you're going to kill me choose something more original."

There’s a short laugh.

“Do not fear, for I do not wield the reaper’s scythe, even when I’m greatly familiar with its feel on my hands.”

“All who live must die. Some die twice. What more do you have to tell me?”

Another dry, broken cackle.

“My goodness, how deliciously vague. But my advice is more specific. Stop doubting and come up closer, put your hand on the table and I’ll tell you things that lie ahead of you. You might be able to prevent some of them, while others are carved in stone in your very tombstone. Come closer, and see.”
No. 345077 ID: 221021

They sound trustworthy, and they totally promised not to kill you. Go on.
No. 345078 ID: 1854db

Very well.
No. 345096 ID: e8cd4a

mock the voice and do it
No. 345107 ID: 4272d8

do eeeet
No. 345202 ID: f5e4b4
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“Alright, fine. Jeez, enough with the creepy implications.”

I put my hand on the battered table, and as soon as my skin makes contact with the fabric, a shiny light starts illuminating around my fingers. It feels warm, like a bonfire.

So, am I going to be a wizard?

“Aaaah, the future is complicated, boy. It’s a web of possibilities and chances, paths that cross over a mosaic of stars. But yes, if you survive, you will become a wizard. And a powerful one too. But the happiness won’t last long. The world is about to change, and death looms upon every creature living on it, even the most insignificant ones. You will play a part in that change. You might save thousands... or doom them.”

“This old hag can’t do much else, but I might grant you a gift that might be helpful for you in your quest. Help you... and hurt you, and your very soul. Do you still want it?”
No. 345206 ID: 221021

Accept the gift. We're almost out of supplies and she's making it clear that we'll become a wizard IF we survive. So we should accept all the help we can get.
No. 345209 ID: edee35

well, if this is gonna help you save thousands of lives, it is your duty as a non-asshole to accept and make use of it.
No. 345211 ID: eba49f

"Are you able to tell me what you mean by hurting my soul?

After all, it would be foolish to gain power at the price of loosing the ability or desire to do any good with it."
No. 345215 ID: 1854db

If it will help us save thousands, accept.
No. 345219 ID: 0d095c

In for a penny, in for a pound, it's love that makes the world go round.

No. 345469 ID: f5e4b4
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O-ok then, sure.

The creature cackles louder and louder, the sound of its laugh becoming a deafening shriek that pierces my skull like a cold needle. I try to cover my ears but, to my dismay, I can move my hand from the table, it’s paralyzed.

I look up again to see the creature and I wish I didn’t. It’s not a comforting sight. But suddenly I feel how I can move my hand again! But now there’s something attached to it, something I can’t just drop, stuck to my skin. It’s a green crystal sphere.

“Enjoy your gift, mortal! And may the gods have mercy on your soul!”

...I think this might not have been the best deal after all.
No. 345470 ID: e3f578

You can probably move it into your pocket or the back of your hand if you can't put it into your pocket, just roll it into a convenient place.
No. 345477 ID: eba49f

"So... What does it do?"
No. 345494 ID: 0d095c

Say "Thanks"! It's only polite. Also, ask what it does, complement your host on their lovely green eyes, then leave.
No. 345536 ID: 66bf27

actually, this was the bestest deal. inquire and express thanks.
No. 345719 ID: f5e4b4
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Oh... T-thanks, I guess! And what does it do? And... where are you!? Where’s the table? Where am I!?

That was rude! But I still have the sphere. And yes, it looks like I can roll it into my pocket. Man, I bet it’s cursed. It’s gonna cost me like 10 points in the final evaluation result, just wait and see...
No. 345721 ID: 35e1a0

i am pretty sure this is pass/fail. you live, you pass. anyway, scurry back into the other room, this platform doesn't look stable.
No. 345724 ID: e8cd4a

head out, introduce yourself to the sphere. share with it all your dirty secrets
No. 345738 ID: 063092

...this stupid test isn't over yet, is it? oh well, at least the orb counts most definitely as a priceless artifact. start to make your way back by quickly getting off that platform while watching out for falling stalactites.
No. 346589 ID: f5e4b4
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I try to say a few words to the orb, but there’s no answer. Heh, of course, that would be silly, I feel a bit embarrassed for even trying.


Hey, that’s true. This is a perfectly priceless artifact, I don’t have to keep going down. I mean, I didn’t get to the diabolic temple, but they don’t have know that, do they? So I’m just gonna backtrack and make my way to the surfa... --where the hell am I now? Oh great, looks like I’ve been teleported to the gods know where.

The short corridor ends in a large golden door, with crude drawings and runes unknown to Stan engraved all over it. The sound of clockwork thunders all over the place, and he can even see a few gears and chains moving behind the stone walls. Apart from that, there’s a tiny bell next to the gate, attached to a small golden chain.
No. 346591 ID: 35e1a0

those holes in the wall look like great places for traps to shoot out of. don't pass in front of one. also get a closer look at the door.
No. 346605 ID: 5f9433

rip the bell off the wall and pocket it so you can pawn in for booze money later on.
No. 346608 ID: 1854db

I guess we have no choice but to ring dat bell.
No. 346658 ID: e8cd4a

ring the bell continuously the while you sing 'goodniiiiiight'
No. 346850 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, I’ll ring that be--


No. 346852 ID: be1d1c

fate favors me you guys.

pocket it. then try opening the door manially.
No. 346899 ID: 46c430

There's some spots on the wall right in front of where you're standing that look kind of suspicious, try poking at them.
No. 346922 ID: e8cd4a

you can still ring it. do it doitdoit
No. 346925 ID: f5e4b4
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I swing the bell around. Nothing happens, the bell itself doesn’t ring. Weird. Then I try to poke the holes in the wall, but they’re just that, tiny holes and small cracks on the stone wall. Nothing of interest there.

Finally I try to push the door open. It’s impossible, it weights like a ton, and I can’t budge it, not even an inch. It doesn’t have any handles to pull either.

No. 346927 ID: ec0bf5

Can you hook your staff on that chain and pull it or are you too compact?
No. 346928 ID: e8cd4a

ask it politely to open
No. 346931 ID: 1854db

...what the heck is that shadow? Shouldn't your light be illuminating more than that?

Anyway, maybe we can do something with the orb.
No. 346932 ID: 35e1a0

No. 346939 ID: b6edd6

Large shadow right above you and growing. Grab your staff if you can do it quickly then get out of the way.
No. 346940 ID: 2439c9

No. 346981 ID: 6e44d2

Do the thing where you get out of the way of whatever's falling. Bring your staff with you, too.
No. 347414 ID: f5e4b4
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Dodge? Why? Wha-- AAAAAAAAAHHH


T-that... was real close.
No. 347416 ID: 35e1a0

okay, NOW see if it opened.
No. 347425 ID: 4bdd79

No. 347479 ID: e75572

nevermind, pocket that bell instead.
No. 347514 ID: 46c430

How the hell do they reset the traps on this place? ...Well, magic, obviously, upon thinking about it. But still, this is crazy.
No. 347598 ID: 40cb26

When we tell you to dodge you do not ask why, you dodge.
No. 348346 ID: f5e4b4
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Okay...everything looks the same, except for the giant bell in the middle of the room, of course. It doesn’t look like the door took any damage, and it looks as locked as before. Oh, also the bell punched a large hole in the rock floor.
No. 348350 ID: 35e1a0

shine your light down the hole.
No. 348391 ID: e8cd4a

you might be able to climb up the bell and investigate the mechanisms above. the floor might collapse under you; more reasons to try !
No. 348402 ID: b49d2c


agreed. falling with a giant bell under you is detter than walling with a giant bell over you. also, maybe you can pocket some golden mechanisms to pawn for booze money.

watch out for traps, though.
No. 348403 ID: f5df05

Go downways.
No. 348405 ID: 3b9af0

Ring my bell.
No. 348584 ID: bd7cc2

Can anyone figure out what the drawings on the doors mean? It looks like that might be a bell on the right. Could the one on the left be a map for what we find under the bell?
No. 348768 ID: f5e4b4
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I climb on top of the bell and peek through the hole on the wall above. There’s a lot of golden gears, chains, springs and all kinds of mechanisms here, but I should be able to squeeze inside if I tried to. Looks like there’s a tunnel behind the machine parts.

I better make up my mind quick, the bell doesn’t feel very stable, and I can hear the floor below me cracking and falling apart. under its weight.

No. 348771 ID: e8cd4a

go in.

adventure !
No. 348772 ID: e81abe

one one hand, you need to hurry.

on the other, a mechanism might chop you in half while you're crawling through.

I say go in! if there's as much gold inside the door as there is outside, you're gonna have a lot of booze cash after this is all over.
No. 348804 ID: b1f0e2

Go in
I can't help but notice that the 3 protagonists each has a glowing magic orb stuck to them that cannot be removed, gives them cool powers, and at least in 2 cases is saught after by others
No. 348871 ID: 6e44d2

Yeah. Kinda' hard to miss.

Venture forth!
No. 349525 ID: f5e4b4
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After a while crawling through the tunnel, squeezing myself between gears and springs, the tunnel opens to a very large cave. There’s no source of light at sight, but I have no problems looking around, like it were plain daylight outside. I don’t even need the light of the staff.

From the opening I can see what looks like the remains of an underground city! Most of it seems to be buried under tons of rock and debris, but there are still simple buildings standing. And more of those giant golden mechanisms laying around, chains, gears half-buried in the ground...

From here I can only see three locations that seem to be in good shape enough to be still of interest. Following the descending path to my right I can see a group of buildings that still stand. To the left there’s a tall, golden structure on top of a hill, with a spiral staircase leading to it. And to the front, practically at the end of the cave there’s a huge, dark hole. Where should I go first?

No. 349529 ID: 750c95

buildings! people lived there, so maybe you'll find some ancient coins or pretty decorations or something. I'm not letting you get out of here without booze money.
No. 349549 ID: 1854db

Let's go to the buildings.
No. 349555 ID: b1f0e2

hole is most likely to be a monster or something bad.

golden building sounds like a palace or a temple, most likely to have the best rewards but also most likely to be dangerously trapped.

several regular buildings are probably safest.

I say buildings followed by golden building followed by hole.
No. 349616 ID: e8cd4a


No. 349731 ID: ec0bf5

Go to the gold thing. It's probably the temple we seek.
No. 350035 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, let’s explore the buildings first.

Stan finds the entrance to one of the houses that is relatively intact. The door opens to a mostly empty room with more crude paintings engraved in the stone walls. Still, even inside the house, with no source of light, he has no problems to see clearly his surroundings, which is kind of unnerving.

There’s a soft breeze of cold air coming from a trapdoor on the floor, partially blocked by a heavy piece of the ceiling, collapsed on top of it. There’s also another door that connects with the next house. Looks like the people in this town were pretty friendly, the houses are all connected to each other.
No. 350044 ID: 3ece60

grab that rod, and use either that or your staff to lift the rubble out of the way. then forget about the trapdoor and explore another building.

trust me, this is how you do these things.
No. 350067 ID: e8cd4a

have some of that pizza

maybe someone's been here before you ? try not to mess with the trap, just carefully make your way through the connector. check out the rod i suppose.
No. 350139 ID: 1854db

No source of light? Isn't your staff glowing?

Grab the rod and check the next house. We should investigate the top level before going down any trap doors that are conveniently blocked.
No. 350196 ID: 3b9af0

Take the rod.
No. 350202 ID: 1720b4


The people on the walls are carrying three artifacts towards some sort of creature or thing over on the right of the door. One of the artefacts seems to be that golden rod on the floor, the others are a... box? And some sort of knobbly ball-thing. They seem important, so acquiring them and seeing if the walls explain what they do seems like a hood plan of action.

If there seems to be more wall painting behind the rubble, see if you can prise some loose with your staff to get a look. Otherwise check out the pale rubble in the middle of the room then explore the other parts of the building.
No. 351066 ID: f5e4b4
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I turned the staff off, and I can still see with no problems. There's no light radiating off the walls or nothing, it's like... like I could see in the dark. I don't know, this is pretty weird.

I grab the golden rod, which isn’t made of actual gold, or it’d be rather useless. I try to pry the rubble on the right , but the rocks are too heavy to budge just with my own strenght. There’s nothing of interest under the rocks at the left side of the room.

This place is creepy, I think I heard something, a sound, like a gurgle coming from the half-blocked trapdoor. But maybe it’s just my imagination.

No. 351068 ID: 8c3403

I was referring to the rubble blocking the trapdoor... Nevermind, you can't beat a gurglemonster with your current equipment. go check out the nearby buildings if they're enterable.
No. 351120 ID: 1854db

Perhaps you should FULLY block the trap door.
No. 351183 ID: e8cd4a

get the ell outta ere
No. 351935 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, I leave the room, I don’t feel too comfortable around here anyways. The door leads to thin rock bridge, connecting two of the buildings over a deep chasm. And... there’s someone here. Some sort of cyplopean creature. It has something on his hands. Looks like a... box? Or a golden floor tile. What should I do?
No. 351936 ID: 814a58

he looks unarmed, so... say hello?
No. 352920 ID: f5e4b4
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“H-hey! Hello?”

The creature turns its long neck around in an unnatural way and just stares at my, vibrating, growling progressively louder.
No. 352921 ID: f599e6

hold out the golden rod. if it charges then kill it in the eye.
No. 352926 ID: e8cd4a

say hey, and show it your glowing
No. 352936 ID: 07416a

Smash it off the bridge
No. 352950 ID: 57ce63

take cover in case of EYE LAZORS

for your information, I'm not kidding.
No. 356556 ID: f5e4b4
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”H-hey! You like this?”

I show him the golden rod, and indeed, that seems to calm him down. It stops vibrating and snarling, and just stares the rod intensely, slowly approaching me, walking with disjointed, ungraceful steps, still clutching the other golden object in its claws. It doesn’t say anything, just slowly comes closer, without blinking, just staring at the rod... It’s still creeping me out, what do I do?
No. 356561 ID: b67897

you get back into the building before those things in the background with the red glowing eyes decides you're edible after all.

if the cyclops guy follows you inside, just hand over the rod.
No. 356563 ID: 35bcde

This. Except by "hand over the rod" he means "bash the thing with it until it dies."
No. 356571 ID: 35e1a0

i vote to set it on the ground and back off.
No. 356580 ID: e83f6a

man ask if it knows a way out even though it probably wont answer. go back inside too dddd give up the rod if you have to
No. 356735 ID: f5e4b4
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I retreat back into the building and leave the rod on the ground. The creature just peeks inside enough to reach with its deformed arm and grab the cylinder and scamper off, making weird, gurgling sounds. I try to ask something but it’s too late, the creature leaves, taking both the rod and the golden square with it.
No. 356738 ID: fa2f8d

follow it!
No. 357024 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, I run after the creature... all this jumping and running around can’t be good for my health, I think I have palpitations...

And the little bugger is faster than me. It disappears in the other building, I just catch a glimpse of him before he vanishes through the door.

Hmm... looks like some fumes are coming up from the darkness below. They smell kind of bad, I shouldn’t probably hang around for too long, they might be poisonous.

No. 357025 ID: 197a62

enter the building it entered.
No. 357028 ID: 35e1a0

oh god it's like eversion.
No. 357058 ID: b6edd6

Don't cross that bridge. I smell tentacle.
Also turn your staff back on.
No. 357475 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, I follow the creature inside the next building. It looks a lot like the previous one, a circular room falling apart, with no furniture or decoration except for some weird, deteriorated paintings on the walls.

But there’s a horrible stench here and... Ghhk... Oh gods, what are those things!? The first one was ugly, but this is just plain grotesque. Two more creatures, each more disgusting stand in the room, gnarling and growling like animals, like communicating with each other in a feral language. They all seem to have a golden item in their hands, the square, the rod I gave them, and a golden gear. They haven’t noticed me yet.
No. 357487 ID: 35e1a0

there is a green circle on the wall over there, maybe it is that green orb you got? take it out, maybe it will react to things?
No. 357519 ID: 1854db

Sneakily sneak into that middle door.
No. 357554 ID: e83f6a

i think these guys know whats up and that illustration is probably about the orbs ! you know what has to be done ..........
No. 357558 ID: e3f578

crab walk into the middle room under the triangle going "WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP"
No. 357668 ID: f5e4b4
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I couldn’t find the courage to walk up to those things, they’re just repulsive! And when II was about to sneak towards the middle room, they waddled and crawled towards it. They seem to be in a hurry, and they took the golden items with them.
No. 357677 ID: 563369

tail 'em, dude.
No. 357704 ID: 1854db

You should probably be in a hurry too. Y'know, due to the shadowy hands reaching out to grab you and all.
No. 357713 ID: 35e1a0

take out the green orb dude.
No. 357720 ID: e83f6a

No. 357833 ID: bd7cc2

Something appears to have noticed you. You should get out of here before the shadowy hands get you. Try the middle door.
No. 358095 ID: f5e4b4
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I tail them. As deformed as they look, they can move rather quickly. The middle door leads to a long passageway that returns to the main cave, and from there they quickly climb up the stairs to the large, golden building.

The building doesn’t have any signs, any inscriptions, engravings or anything in its perfectly polished surface. Just a single door and the creatures disappear through it. The sound of machinery and clockwork is more intense here.

No. 358096 ID: 49e436

keep on followin'.
No. 358098 ID: e83f6a

gosh shadowy hands go away !!1 at some point we have to figure out whats with that and how much actual danger it may be, but for now we kick reason to the curb; wizarding glory awaits
No. 358179 ID: bd7cc2

Keep following.

The orb has started glowing. This may be a bad sign.
No. 358878 ID: f5e4b4
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The door leads to a long, ascending staircase. When I’m already thinking that it’s never going to end, it abruptly opens into a small room, with more paintings on the wall. I arrive just in time to see one of the creatures insert the golden tile into a space with the same shape in the wall, and a door opens. Two of the creatures rush inside, obviously in a hurry.

But the third one, the one I met first, saw me this time. And again, it doesn’t look too happy about it, snarling and growling like a hungry animal.

No. 358880 ID: 35e1a0

show it the green orb, if that fails then be ready to beat it with your staff.
No. 358881 ID: e83f6a

wizard goood
wiz ard
No. 358883 ID: d4155c

I... think it's actually trying to escape. Look at the mural. Three people, three items and a ship flying out of a building. Don't those shapes look familiar? Last I check, a ancient flying machine would be a artifact. Especially one that is most likely golden from a lost city.

Show the orb, try to gesture that you don't like the shadowy hands, anything really. This is our chance to get the hell out of here and have more than a orb stuck to us.
No. 358907 ID: f4e92c

who cares? its limbs are as thick as noodles. if it doesn't let you follow it, just bash its head in.
No. 359063 ID: 79f5dc

Its objections to your presence should be overruled. You don't deserve to die here.
No. 359140 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, I’ll try to reason with him, show him the orb. And if he doesn’t attend to reason I’ll just shove him aside.

“Look, wizard good. Wiz ard. Only want to escape too. Wiza--”


Aaargh, shit! He doesn’t look happy! At all! And I’m not very confident about pushing him aside anymore!
No. 359141 ID: e83f6a

run past !
No. 359142 ID: 35e1a0

use sharp beak of staff and STAB IT IN THE EYE!
No. 359143 ID: 35e1a0

if staff fails then pour all your magic mojo into the orb and make it fire a green laser or something.
No. 359163 ID: 7e9c15

make like your staff is a baseball bat.
No. 359394 ID: f5e4b4
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I’ll try to swing the staff and stab the creature in the eye with the sharp beak!


...Damn, that thing is fast. What do I do now!?
No. 359395 ID: 35e1a0

jam staff forward the end is pointy now. if that fails then GREEN LASER!
No. 359399 ID: e3f578

"aww dude come on, that stick was fucking ace as shit. Dammit, just let me go forward, I don't care about you and your fellows doing your thing. GO AND DO YOUR THING, I can go left while you go right I'm just looking for a way outta here plus one decent artifact or two! That's it, we don't need to fucking fight man what is your problem."
No. 359451 ID: 08849d

save the green laser for now. stab it in the eye.
No. 359647 ID: f5e4b4
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I pushed the broken staff into the creature’s eye! It’s blinded now, shrieking in pain, flailing about and screaming horribly. Spurts of its corrosive saliva are flying in all directions.
No. 359648 ID: e3f578

Alright brah dodge and run to the other room, maybe even do a role! Gonna have to try and get away from all the acid, cover your head while keeping it low and stuff!
No. 359649 ID: 35e1a0

go around it by getting against the wall with the picture.
No. 359650 ID: 12e533

put the bag over your head and run past it
No. 359652 ID: 0d7a83

Throw your bitchin' wand stick to the left side of the room to distract him, then go round him to the right.
No. 359696 ID: b1f0e2

too bad you don't have a sword, it would be the ideal time to chop off his head at his skinny neck...
No. 359784 ID: c7f145

yeah, dash past it.
No. 360191 ID: f5e4b4
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I manage to slip into the next room backing up against the wall. But this new room isn’t looking any better

Looks like they’ve introduced the golden gear in a hole in the wall. The walls vibrate with the sound of a huge clockwork mechanism. But what’s worse... there’s some freaky shadow creeping in from a hole in the wall! It’s practically blocking the way, and I don’t think I should let it touch me!
No. 360192 ID: 35e1a0

fire green laser at shadow! if that doesn't work then just hold it out and use the orb to stop shadows from touching you, it is glowing.
No. 360194 ID: e55966

ask it politely to leave you alone
No. 360195 ID: 1854db

Hurry along the wall, staying as far away from that exposed corner as possible.
No. 360205 ID: e3f578

Hop around like a motherfucker
No. 360564 ID: bde240

maybe the orb will repel it.
No. 360941 ID: f5e4b4
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I don’t know where did that idea of the orb shooting lasers come from but I don’t--


Whoa! D-did you see that!? When I pulled it out and focused on it... well, it didn’t shoot a beam, or anything, but this kind of... shield appeared. It looks like the shadows are retreating from it!
No. 360942 ID: 1854db

Move yer butt!
No. 360943 ID: 35e1a0

don't waste time who knows how long it will last, to the next room.
No. 360945 ID: e55966

taunt it a little and pace up to it a bit first hehe
No. 360990 ID: bde240

the one who gave you the orb said it'd have a price, so don't toy with the orb. it's probably slowly eating your soul or making you sterile or something. so, uh, hurry.
No. 361835 ID: f5e4b4
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Yeah, the shield seems to be flickering, I better hurry up to the next room.

The hell... This isn’t getting any better. The floor in this room is partially collapsed, but there’s like a metallic tower in the center, and going through the ceiling. The door is open, and in front of it is other one of those creeps, growling menacingly, with the golden staff in its hand.

The last creature is growling and screaming desperately: one of those shadow hands has grabbed him and is pulling him down into the dark pit. And more of those smoke-hands are coming up, this doesn’t look good.

No. 361836 ID: 35e1a0

turn the shield off and get as close as you can, then right before a hand grabs you turn it back on. if the hand is in the radius of the shield it may get destroyed.
No. 361837 ID: e55966

attempt to free the creature with the last of the shielding ! it's got to earn you some points
No. 362077 ID: 13ed99


too risky.


this. obviously monsters don't have to be dicks.
No. 362300 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, I lunge forward and try to touch one of those hands with the shield, but the recoil back as soon as they notice my presence. The one grabbing the creature drags him down into the darkness. I don’t think I can do much for him. Actually, I think I should worry about myself, the shield is almost gone!
No. 362301 ID: 35e1a0

the other creature is holding out the rod, grab it!
No. 362303 ID: 35e1a0

and then dive into the door.
No. 362332 ID: e55966

get to the hellevator !
No. 362342 ID: 1854db

Grab rod, escape into... whatever this is.
No. 362403 ID: 0d095c

Grab the Rod. It's vital to whatever these damned souls planned, and it's obviously more important to them than life itself. Take it and get into the dark chamber.
No. 362470 ID: bd7cc2

Another vote for rod + door.
No. 362587 ID: 13ed99

and hurry the fuck up.
No. 362709 ID: f5e4b4
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Oh gods, they’re everywhere! I grab the golden rod just a second before the hands drag the other creature into the abyss and I dart inside the tower, or whatever it is.

The door leads to a tall ladder, that ends up in a small room, with a chair and some kind of control panel. It looks a bit like the ones the flying ships have, but this one doesn’t make any sense! It has a lot of glowing bulbs of different colors an unlabeled switches.

No. 362710 ID: 35e1a0

does the rod fit in that empty lever slot thing? if not then i bet it drops into the funnel. if it does fir then make it attach and pull it up or down.
No. 362711 ID: e55966

press all the buttons pull all the levers turn all the dials flip all the switches
No. 362713 ID: e55966

try to do this and put your orb over where that funnel is.
No. 362733 ID: 6e44d2

Maybe the golden rod is a handle that forms a lever when combined with the vertical disc in the lower right?
No. 362762 ID: 1854db

That's what I'm thinking as well.
No. 362896 ID: 13ed99

insert that firm rod into that tight slit over there.
No. 363025 ID: f5e4b4
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Yes! The rod fits in the slot, like a lever. I’m just gonna pull it and

The entire structure starts buzzing and shaking,

AAaaaaaah! What is haaaappening?
No. 363026 ID: f5e4b4
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No. 363028 ID: f5e4b4
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“...Hmmm... It’s been like, twelve hours already?”

“Yeah, more or less. I think we can consider that young Pherguson failed the tes--”
No. 363029 ID: f5e4b4
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“WHAT THE...!?
No. 363030 ID: f5e4b4
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“...There seems to be a door here... Hey, isn’t this unconscious fellow our young student, Mr. Pherguson?”

“Indeed he is!... And he’s even alive!”

“Well, I guess this counts very well as a valuable artifact, so he passed the test!”

“Marvelous... Now I think we should take him to the infirmary, I’m not a man of medicine but I don’t think that the arms of a healthy man should be able to bend that far behind his own back.”
No. 363077 ID: 55c4cf

pretty SHORT chapter
No. 363089 ID: b6edd6

Compact, you mean.
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