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365456 No. 365456 ID: f5e4b4

Thread 1 (Chapters 1-2): http://quest.lv/kusaba/questarch/res/290529.html

Thread 2(Chapters 2-4): http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/314238.html

Thread 3 (Chapter 5): http://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/336833.html

Discussion thread: http://quest.lv/kusaba/questdis/res/347404.html

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No. 365457 ID: f5e4b4
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“Captain? Captain, we need to talk!”

No. 365458 ID: 453e62

roll out of bed, taking the sheet with you.
No. 365459 ID: 55c4cf

Answer the door naked.
No. 365460 ID: e55966

raise ye colors oh and dont trip on that bottle that would not be a good way to start the day
No. 365463 ID: f5155c

No. 365464 ID: 1444d5

There are WAY too many lumps in that bed for just one person.
No. 365468 ID: 2563d4

Given >>365464, >>365458.
No. 365470 ID: 573166

From the number of lumps I would say that there are at most....four people in the bed. SOmeone's been naughty~ Might as well get up.
No. 365503 ID: bd7cc2


Maybe it's all the people with orbs.

Answer the door as you are. The captain knows no fear!
No. 365575 ID: f5e4b4
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“W-what! Ooof! Ok... one second... Oh gods... not enough sleep.”


I like to sleep inside of a hill made out of covers and sheets, what’s the problem with that? Ugh... there’s nobody else on the bed... now.
No. 365576 ID: f5e4b4
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“Ok... *yawn* what’s all the ruckus abou-- there’s nobody here. Well, darn pranksters... But I guess it’s about time I finally get up and get to work.”
No. 365577 ID: 55c4cf

Watch your back.
No. 365579 ID: 453e62

there is a not to your right on the wall.
No. 365583 ID: 210977

let your blanket fall to the floor.
No. 365589 ID: 573166

THere is a note to your right. Oh, and be careful about the guy sneaking up behind you.
No. 365592 ID: 2563d4

Wash your back.
No. 365692 ID: e55966

throw the sheet up and roll away to the side, sounds like a joke but it might -really- save you
No. 365823 ID: f5e4b4
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Hmm... “Watch yor back.”. That’s all. Weird. And poorly written.

Good thing there’s nobody sneaking up on me right now. Oh well, I’ll find out what does it mean eventually. Right now, I guess I should get to work.
No. 365824 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, feeling a lot better after getting clean and all that. Now, let’s get to work. The last jobs weren’t so successful, we’re running out of funds. I should talk with Maestre and plan our next move to get us some gold.

Another thing, I need to go and talk with the blacksmith. I need the hook replaced, and maybe ask for a new tool or something for my arm.

Or I could just wander around for a bit and talk with the crew. And there was something else I had to do... but I can’t remember what...

Ok, what should I do first?
No. 365832 ID: 0d7a83

Say hello to your little green friend.
No. 365848 ID: 55c4cf

Put a plate of some kind on your back just in case and put on your red coat. Bring the mantis to the blacksmith and let us get a battle armor suit for the bug. It is his destiny to be a knight.
No. 365863 ID: fd4aa7

Feed bug. Talk to Maestre.

It may be that you can combine the smithy visit with scouting out or buying preporatory supplies for whatever cunning ploy comes up next.
No. 365918 ID: e3f578

Well we were supposed to party after escaping, but we should get that job done first so we can afford a party.

Maybe start planning. Anyway, let's go talk to people.
No. 365947 ID: e55966

talk to bug, feed crew
No. 366012 ID: c64d14


Do you recognize the voice that woke you up?

Perhaps you need to see them first, at least for a damned good explanation.
No. 366070 ID: 6e44d2

Blacksmith, Maestre, crewchat.
No. 366073 ID: d0e5cd

No. 366274 ID: f5e4b4
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Oh, yeah, my little new friend. He (or she) doesn’t seem to mind being on an airship, and it’s pretty clingy. Hmm, I should finally decide how am I going to call it.

Oh, and I just remembered. The stupid red orb is still stuck to me, I should find a way to deal with this thing, or at least find out what the hell is it.

Ok, we’ll go to talk with the blacksmith, but how about we put the green, lil’ fella a name on our way there?
No. 366275 ID: e55966

No. 366277 ID: 55c4cf

Rock Knight.
No. 366282 ID: 453e62

No. 366285 ID: 0d7a83

No. 366291 ID: 4bdd79

No. 366293 ID: c64d14

It likes cookies. How about 'Sweets'?
No. 366299 ID: 6e44d2

Manuel Hernandez.

Manny for short.
No. 366300 ID: 4f0cc6

call it cookies
No. 366301 ID: 11c292

No. 366308 ID: 2563d4

No. 366318 ID: 55c4cf

i vote against tiak.
No. 366698 ID: ed9087

No. 366699 ID: 2563d4

I see what you did there. What the hell, changing vote from >>366308.
No. 366707 ID: cf49fc

Rodrigo De La Vega.
Manny for short.
No. 366708 ID: 9c8d4f

I support Manny.
No. 366723 ID: 3947e9

Chip is nice.
No. 366752 ID: 9b21d5

No. 367094 ID: f5e4b4
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Ok, Manny it is.

Well, here’s our humble smithy. It’s pretty basic, but it’s enough for more of our necessities. And there’s Meinir, our blacksmith. She’s one out of a kind, in more than one sense. For starters, she’s a Chimera, and I’ve never seen any other member of her species in my life. So you can imagine how strange it was when she volunteered to work for us. She’s really good, and stronger than she looks.

“Oh, Captain. Good to see you awake. Your new hook is almost finished.”

“Oh, great!”

“I’m not too busy at the moment, If you have any idea for a new weapon, tool or simple mechanism you would want to attach to your arm, tell me and I’ll work on it.”
No. 367096 ID: 55c4cf

touch her butt, get a gun hand
No. 367098 ID: e55966

aquire ruby-powers. how about a medigun ?
No. 367101 ID: 453e62

can you roll the crystal onto the arm-cap? if so then you can make a small cradle for the ball.
No. 367104 ID: e3f578

Potential Ideas:
Gun mechanism
Sex Toy
Orb wielding device for when we know how to manually shoot it
Kitchen Sink
An extra lockpick
No. 367122 ID: 4bdd79

A pistol sounds good. A decent-quality prosthetic hand would also be nice.
No. 367124 ID: ed9087

How about some sort of claw? Useful in or out of combat without having to swap attachments.
No. 367189 ID: 6e44d2

Are you serious? That's what she's making now.

Swiss-army style espionage/sabotage/lockpicking dealie.
No. 367191 ID: 1854db

The most useful thing you can have for an alternative to a hook attachment would be a light source.
No. 367194 ID: bccf7b

Just gonna throw it out there and (+1) this Sex Toy idea.

Swiss Army Sex Toy. Not taking you seriously will be the last thing they do.
No. 367200 ID: 2563d4

Channel the spirit of Ayu.
No. 367212 ID: e2d21e

clawed hand and gun
No. 367241 ID: ed9087

I mean with multiple thicker talons, not that thin little hook that could be easily broken with a sword.
No. 367242 ID: 9c8d4f

a heavy lion's claw cast out of iron, to be used as a heavy weapon. you'll be able to split heads with your slaps.
No. 367256 ID: f5e4b4
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“Wha-!?... Do you think it is a wise thing to do surprise and grope your blacksmith while she’s handling red hot iron?”

“Oh I know a thing or two about handling hot stuff.”

“Pff... Alright. What do you want me to do?”

“If you could make like, a little cap with a cradle, so I could keep and carry a spherical object there? And how about a gun?”

“The first request is pretty easy, I should have it done for the afternoon. The gun... is gonna take a bit more, I’d have to design such a contraption. Give me three or four days. Which project should I start first? And do you want anything else?”
No. 367261 ID: e55966

cradle first
No. 367282 ID: 6e44d2

"Just some of your fiery lovin'. ;)"
No. 367295 ID: 196d1b

You already have a lockpick and a blade, right? You should get the ball cradle thingy first, and then also get a new hook. But first, check if the ball will roll onto your clothes and your attachment thingy, and not just your bare skin, so we don't get something useless.
No. 367296 ID: 55c4cf

cradle first.

in multiple ways
No. 367298 ID: 2563d4


...also this.
No. 367633 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, things have been taken care of. The cradle should be ready for this afternoon, the pistol will have to wait for a few more days.

Maybe it’s time to see Maestre and plan our next attack? Or should I go around and talk with someone else?
No. 367641 ID: e55966

go learn the maestre plan
No. 367646 ID: 55c4cf

You look too happy, did you bang
No. 367649 ID: 0d7a83

>Went in with shirt buttoned
>Came out with shirt unbuttoned

Hmmm it is obviously a mystery forever.
Unless you ask Manny.
No. 367728 ID: 2563d4

It’s time to see Maestre.
No. 368705 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright. Maestre is already waiting at my desk with the map.

“Ready to get back to work, captain?”

“Yes, Maestre. What are our options?”

“Well, the men are a bit tired from the last attack and little affair at the prison, but the morale is wonderful thanks to your fearless rescue. So let’s see, We’re still close to New Foria and the war continues, and the frontier between the Dukedom and Antay is dangerous, but maybe we could try to prey on any supply ship running away from battle or something.”

We could also do something simpler, board one of the merchant ships near any port city, or the ones that fly between Antay and the Free Islands.

Or we could return at any moment to our haven in Junae Island.”

“Hmm, know any place where I could find out more about a cursed stone?”
“I’m not well versed in the arts of the occult, but I recon the wizards’ guild would be a good place to start. There’s one in any capital city.”

Ok, what are we going to do? Attack a merchant ship, a supply ship from one of the armies, go back to Junae or should I try to find out more about this orb before anything else? Or is there anything else I could do?
No. 368709 ID: e55966

find out more about the orb thing, head to Junae. i expect it will not be without cost but it would be good to determine that at leisure and later expend accordingly
No. 368715 ID: 784dcc

>running out of funds
Merchant vessel, it's what you do. Unless you get a lead on a better haul.
No. 368720 ID: 1444d5

>the men are a bit tired from the last attack
Destination: vacation resort.
Of course, if you just so happen to pass by a mages guild and pillage a few merchentmen on the way...
No. 368721 ID: 2563d4

No. 368739 ID: 3f91de

Thirding plundering a merchant ship.

I recommend staying away from the war zone.

Ask about the sort of goods that are often shipped between Antay and the Free Isles,
also what he knows about the strength of law enforcement in that area.
No. 368794 ID: 55c4cf

i second the vacation resort, we might find Notch there, that'll solve the funding problem
No. 369293 ID: 2dff97

would you give the fucking crew some rest already? go capitalways.
No. 369300 ID: e2d21e

this >>368720
No. 369521 ID: f5e4b4
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“Now that I think about it... the boys have been pretty much been workin’ non-stop for the past few weeks... We should take a vacation or somethin’! We can easily stretch out the rest of our funds and find somewhere nice to relax for a while.”

“As you wish, captain. Giving our current location, we could head to Aryv in Free Islands. It’s secluded and I’ve heard they don’t have qualms about who spends their money there. Or... we could head to Livi, in Vilaria. Our bounty in that kingdom is pretty low, and I’ve heard the city is quite a good place to indulge in the frivolities of life. Also it has a Wizard’s Guild office, a good starting point to investigate your little orb predicament.”

“Hmm, where should we go?”
No. 369524 ID: 55c4cf

Let's go to Livi.
No. 369528 ID: 5eea01

Let's start Livin' it up.
No. 369534 ID: b502e2

No. 369535 ID: e55966

No. 369542 ID: 2dff97

No. 371741 ID: f5e4b4
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“Alright, Livi it is!”

A few hours later we descend upon the Restless Valley, the two domes shine with the nocturnal nights. One of them is the entrance to High City of Livi, and over the centuries has become The Lower City, where most people end up living, only high society being admitted through the golden gates.

“Aight, boys! We’ve worked hard and we’ve bled plenty, it’s time to have some fuckin’ fun already, don’t you think!”


“That’s why we’re here! Just one warning, you sons of bitches! Fuckin’ behave, if I gotta get you out of prison AGAIN I’m gonna make me a necklace with your toes!”

There’s a choir of laughter and they all return to their posts before we descend. The moral is pretty high right now and everybody looks happy, the message I got this morning doesn’t make much sense to me now. Well, I should go back to my quarters and grab my coat.
No. 371742 ID: f5e4b4
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Uuhhm, yeah... I’m pretty sure that I left my door locked. And that I didn’t leave any weird source of light inside.
No. 371744 ID: e55966

stand by; observe with non-pervasiveness. this mystery is hopefully bound to just the interior
No. 371760 ID: 1854db

Sneak up and listen then poke your head around.
No. 371762 ID: 2563d4

You're a pirate, non a ninja. March in there.
No. 372013 ID: 6e44d2

Oh dear.
No. 372048 ID: 1444d5

You have a ship full off men armed with swords and bad attitudes. Wave a few over first.
No. 372059 ID: 0583a2

No. 372084 ID: 2563d4

Yeah, alright. Also that.
No. 372630 ID: f5e4b4
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Good thinking. I walk over the quarters and grab Rosa and “Thumbs” who are doin’ nothing right now, and I tell them to come with me to investigate something weird happenin’ in my room.

But when we return, the mysterious light has faded out, no sight of anything wrong or out of place inside.

“Nothin’ here cap’n. Maybe it be one of them, whatsthemcalled, mirages or ‘llusions or whatever.”
No. 372639 ID: 3f91de

What's that smoking thing on the floor to the right of the desk?
No. 372652 ID: 2563d4

No. 372671 ID: 1854db

Check the closet.
No. 372690 ID: 84b916

Check the ceiling too.

And the drawers of your desk.
No. 372694 ID: 84b916

Don't you have an on-board mage or someone magical? Ge them in here to see if they detect anything.
No. 372883 ID: f5e4b4
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Nothing missing nor hiding in the closet, nothing strange in the drawers or on the ceiling. But there’s a pile of ashes and hair behind the desk, and they’re still warm. It smells of... flowers mostly.

And there’s a small stone, sort of a amber-colored crystal inside the ashes. It’s warm to the touch too, but I have no idea what it is.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any magic user on board. The Guild prices are pretty high to have a wizard on permanent payroll. The closest thing we have is Pikzul, the alcoholic psychic. Should I call him and show him this or should we just land and get to the city?
No. 372884 ID: 1854db

I don't see any reason not to show it to him. Have the others leave, though.
No. 372889 ID: 453e62

poke it with your magic ball.
No. 373001 ID: f5e4b4
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The men bring Pikzul, completely wasted, as usual. Is there any time of the day when this guy is sober? I show him the crystal and ask about his opinion and a reading.

“Euh... uh... Oh yeah, I know what this thing is. It’s one of those... those enchanted crystals... There should be another crystal twin to this one. And if you *burp*... Like, if you warm it up with a fire or something, the other crystal will get hot too and stuff like that. And if another person has the other crystal, you should be able to talk with them wherever you are.

Oh, oh yes, the reading... I see, ugh... I see a lot of hate around this crystal. Lots of bad feelings... And a threat. A threat from... the past. Oh wait, or is it the future? Could it be both? And somethin’ about eggs. That’s all.”

Huh. Should I take any other measures about the crystal or should I just pocket it and land in the city already?
No. 373002 ID: 1854db

Heat it up, let's see who's on the other end. It's probably that mage chick we pissed off.
No. 373003 ID: e3f578

Crystal should be put in a fire-proof small baggie or something, and since he said "and stuff like that" make it ice proof too. Just elemental proof in general.
No. 373006 ID: 453e62

until we know where the other one is we must assume it is in the hands of an enemy. put it in a safe or something.
No. 373007 ID: e55966

i say we dont put it in something fireproof, opaque, and sound-proof. if this thing is two-way, as long as we are careful about what it can see, hear or incinerate, it could give clues to where its twin is while not endangering others.

take it along but with caution and attention.
No. 373008 ID: e55966

also ask the crystal if their refrigerator or technology level equivalent is running
No. 373490 ID: 0583a2

talk to it.
No. 375416 ID: fead07
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Ok, let’s put the crystal inside a bag for the moment. Even if it gets hot, whoever is spying at the other side shouldn’t be able to see anything. Now let’s get out of here.
No. 375417 ID: fead07
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Alright, before going down I take a little visit to Meinir and she gives me my new hook and a little cradle extension to put the gem in it.

We land on the city’s port and the doors of Livi open to us. The metal dome replaces the night sky, and the artificial lights blind us for a moment before we get used to the brightness of the city that never sleeps.

I don’t know much about the story of the city, only that it wasn’t built by their current inhabitants but they found this amazing place with intact buildings and mechanisms, and completely empty, and decided that it was a pretty great place to live in.

As always, no matter what time of the day it is, the city is bursting with activity, the streets full of people conducting their business or just enjoying the many activities Livi has to offer to travelers in the look of leisure and pleasure. My crew loudly makes its entrance and direct their steps to the closest bar. I could join them and get drunk out of my mind or maybe do something more relaxing, take a walk and get some time for myself. Maybe the Wizard’s Guild is still open at this hour.
No. 375419 ID: 437934

you should invite a wizard to the bar- I bet those guys have some awesome party tricks.
No. 375502 ID: 6e44d2

No. 375512 ID: 2563d4

No. 375520 ID: bfe7b2

im gonna go with wizards
No. 377181 ID: afa628
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A short hike later I find myself in an empty street, in front of what seems to be the Wizards Guild office in this city. The place looks considerably discreet for wizards standards, just a thin tower with no decorations other than the sign, as many of the buildings in this town. The door seems to be locked.
No. 377182 ID: e3f578

It looks like you're supposed to knock and then they look out the little hole for passwords or purpose of business. Jeez Captain, haven't you've been in an illegal or controversial establishment before? That door should be entirely natural to a person in your line of work.

Shout to the creeper in the window that staring is rude. You know you've got a great rack now please stop doing the stalking thing unless you have real business. Address him by his cat race so he really does know you're not bullshitting or being paranoid about being watched.
No. 377273 ID: bfe7b2

shimmy your chest at the creeper, knock and show the orb and enchanted crystal even if nothing happens
No. 377315 ID: 55c4cf

talk about shotguns, wizards love shotguns
No. 377384 ID: 0adc60

there's a thing looking at you from the window. say hi.
No. 377453 ID: 180ec2

Ask the person in the window why they're looking at you like that and if something's wrong.
No. 377686 ID: a2853b

why do you have thumbtacks in your inventory?
No. 379281 ID: f5e4b4
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Wait, what? Is someone watching me? Who is...?

She catches a glimpse of another catfolk, an old male in a mystic robe, watching her with a disapproving, stern look in his eyes, before the figure disappears in the shadows.

O-Oh... It’s just one of them... I don’t want to stick around for too long.
No. 379282 ID: f5e4b4
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They're actually a bunch of nails. I grabbed them... somewhere. I don’t remember anymore!

I knock on the door. After a moment the peephole slides and a voice comes from the other side.

“Yeah! What do you want? Come here to buy? To hire?”
No. 379285 ID: e3f578

Information on an artifact.
Stuck to me like hot glue. Not looking to remove or sell, just very curious.
No. 379288 ID: 4bdd79

You're there to identify a magical artifact. Do not describe it or let it be seen until the door opens and you are inside.
No. 379310 ID: 1854db

One of them? Is there some sort of racial strife going on?
No. 379320 ID: bfe7b2

sure say youre buying information / services
No. 379321 ID: 5bec67

Tory? What are you doing in there?
No. 379447 ID: 0adc60


I just shat bricks.
No. 379449 ID: 210977


order several tanks with angry eyes on them
No. 380180 ID: f5e4b4
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No, it’s actually about me...

“I have an artifact I need identified.”

“ *sigh*, fine.”

The door opens, heavily turning on its hinges and letting a short figure slide his way out. The wizard in charge of the door seems to be an irritable guy, with a permanent annoyed look on his face, adorned by a ridiculously huge monocle.

“One piece of gold for each artifact. Pay in advance or there’s no deal. And no haggling, this isn’t the merchants guild.”
No. 380181 ID: bfe7b2

do we have that ? if so agree. if not, show him the orb and maybe he'll realize the gravity of being in its presence and waive the cost
No. 380197 ID: ed57e8

seems reasonable.
No. 380201 ID: beb6d7


shit, we only have like 5 gp. is that a large amount? well whatever, he said he ain't gonna haggle so pay him.
No. 380204 ID: 2563d4

There are worse things to blow 20% of your money on.
No. 380333 ID: 784dcc

Yes, but require a refund if the man cannot identify it.
>No, it’s actually about me...
Explain this at some point.
No. 382825 ID: f5e4b4
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“Alright, here it is. It seems to be cursed I can’t just get it off me.”

The short man leans in and examines the orb closely, first with the monocled eye, then with the other one. After a couple of minutes of study, he nudges it with one of the wands in his pocket. Then another one. Nothing seems to happen. He makes a few attempts to pull the gem, without success. The man keeps a emotionless expression as he talks again.

“Interesting. The artifact doesn’t seem to respond to magic, and thus cannot be identified by such means. In other circumstances I would think this is just a tasteless joke, but I can tell it’s a cursed item. I am afraid I can’t help you.

You should ask another colleague of mine, one well versed about ancient artifacts, special ones. There’s another guild house in the town of Ovrare, to the south. Ask for Old Ragfire. He might be able to help you. Ah, and no need to pay me. Have a good night.”

Well... that was disappointing. Should I try to get anything else from him, go back to the bar with the crew, or look for something else in the city?
No. 382826 ID: 1854db

What about the other magical artifact we have?
No. 382828 ID: bfe7b2

get the crystal looked at now
No. 382852 ID: 807ed3

ask 'im if he can determine anything about the other pair of that yellow crystal you recieved.
No. 383075 ID: b6edd6

We already have a decent idea of what the crystal does. We might want to ask if there is a way to track where its counterpart is though.
No. 383120 ID: 1444d5

>Ah, and no need to pay me.
Alarm bells going off right here. Possibilities range from 'selling the information on the orb' to 'Old Ragfire's job is to kill people and steal all their stuff for a fee'.
No. 383175 ID: 807ed3


oh, you clever man... I wonder if there's a trope for that kind of thing. 'cause there should be.
No. 383785 ID: e935f0


Not necessarily. It could just be professional courtesy because he was unable to help us other than referring us to someone else.
No. 383796 ID: 1444d5

Offering a discount for a partial identification, maybe, but totally waving the fee and directing a customer to someone else? That's fishy.
No. 383923 ID: f5e4b4
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Yeah, I find it suspicious too, wizards don’t usually give away free advice of any kind, they would charge you for telling you the time of the day if they could. I’ll try to stay on my toes.

I ask him to identify the crystal I found on the ship, giving him one piece of gold. He examines it for a minute and again pokes it with a couple of his wands.

“Yeah, a simple “fartalk” crystal. Simply warm it up, you’ll be able to see and talk through its counterpart, and same happens with the other one.”

“Is there a way to track the other one?”

“Nothing simpler.” --He waves his hand around and a cloud of red mist surrounds the crystal, then he hands it over to me. “I do believe you are some sort of sailor for your attire. Simply hold it high enough on your ship, and it will show you in which direction the twin crystal is located.”

Huh, I guess this wasn’t a complete waste of time, after all.
No. 383926 ID: 2f7168

do it. obtain new (probably not stationary and possibly faster than us) vector to flounder towards haphazardly
No. 383929 ID: 86fe4d

well, the crew is busy having fun, so... join them?


No. 383933 ID: ec0bf5

We actually should probably go to the south towards that town he mentioned and get a better opinion on the red ball, because this thing seems extremely important.
No. 383937 ID: 2563d4

No. 384020 ID: 1444d5

R&R first, then mucking about with the orb.
No. 385766 ID: f5e4b4
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Oh, yeah, the undead stone. I should be able to sell that for a couple of pieces! But first, let’s get some ale, all this talking is making me thirsty.

Here’s the inn, even with the incomprehensible sign, the sound of drunken songs and the smell of beer make it hard to miss. And for once the city guards aren’t at the door arresting my men, so I guess they’re behaving for once!
No. 385784 ID: 1854db

Oh hey. It's a shadowy figure.

Peer at them inquisitively.
No. 385788 ID: 2563d4

No. 385813 ID: 2f7168

inform the shadowy figure you are indeed buyin'

No. 385844 ID: 582c62

barter with shady dude.
No. 385896 ID: 1444d5

Shadowy Figures are probably a dime-a-dozen around here, but brightly plumaged tropical birds? That's weird for a sealed dome-city.
No. 386955 ID: a2853b

USE [thumbtacks] ON [shadowy figure]
No. 387684 ID: f5e4b4
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I eye the shady, robed figure without much interest. It’s a common sight in the back alleys and around inns in any city. The bird is a much interesting sight. For what I know, there are no wild birds in this city with a golden sky and no trees. And this one looks quite fabulous, with its brightly colored plumage. Manny doesn’t seem to like him, for some reason.

The man notices how I admire the bird and approaches me. His breath smells of cider and garlic, and his words come out slurry and annoyingly mellow. He also speaks giving weird and apparently random inflexions to his voice... but he doesn’t seem to be drunk. Maybe he’s just an idiot.

“Strafgeeer, can I interest youuuu in this magfniffifeeeent bird? One of a kiiiind, it is! Forttuuune and riches follow it, compaaanion of kings! And it caaan be yours for merely twenty pieces of silver! An insssignificant price tooo pay, c-consssidering all the riches it will giiiifve you.”

For the record, twenty pieces of silver is half a piece of gold.
No. 387687 ID: 2f7168

decline politely. lets drink our brains out
No. 387690 ID: 2563d4

We already have a shoulder-mounted animal companion. We can't have one each side, it'd look ridiculous.
No. 387693 ID: 1854db

From the look of his fingers I'd say the bird is extremely bitey. We probably don't want it. Ask what that symbol on its back is about though.
No. 387764 ID: 8947c3

unless he proves that the bird is actually his, there isn't much stopping you from just taking him.
No. 387797 ID: 97bd86

Is that Sekani?
No. 387799 ID: ec0bf5

Your friend doesn't seem to like it, and the bird is definitely a biter. Ask what the symbol is. It doesn't look like that's the plan, but if we actually do get it we should DEFINITELY name it Sekani.
No. 387818 ID: a2853b

>Manny doesn’t seem to like him, for some reason.
That's probably because birds eat insects as part of their daily diet.
Alternatively, it could be that they are both 'companions of kings' and harbor a professional rivalry.

I think that both are true.
No. 387824 ID: 14a1d0

If the bird brings riches to all who possess it, why is he trying to sell it? Also, his hands are covered in wounds. Odds are that the bird is a squawking, biting piece of shit.
No. 387911 ID: b6edd6

Prettymuch this. Two shoulder creatures is like two hats, and we aren't a Jagger.
No. 388117 ID: 4bdd79

>squawking, biting piece of shit
No. 389859 ID: f5e4b4
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Yeah, I don’t need another critter perched on my shoulder, specially one that’s going to bite my fingers off. I politely decline and try to get into the bar, but before I can get past the door, the robed man clings to my arm, sobbing uncontrollably something about a curse and pulling my sleeve. I just shrug him off and continue into the establishment.

Inside the light is still produced by magical orbs, dimly illuminating the concentric room. And yep, there are my men, getting drunk out of their minds. Nobody has noticed me yet, I can join them, or maybe just take a beer and peacefully drink it on my own, or just rent a room and sleep till tomorrow.
No. 389863 ID: 2f7168

let the crew do their thing. get a drink and scope the room for any interesting characters
No. 389864 ID: ed57e8

oh i see, the bird can only be gotten rid of if sold.
No. 389878 ID: 2563d4

>I just shrug him off and continue into the establishment.
That's the spirit!

And get drunk with the lads. Good for morale.
No. 389884 ID: e1fb71

celebrate your freedom.
No. 389888 ID: 55c4cf

Find the blacksmith, get hammered.
No. 390295 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright then! Let’s have some fun!

And so the young pirate captain joins her crew inside the dim-lit inn, joining the drunken laughter, the songs, the dance and the stories yelled out loud. After a couple of hours, whoever hasn’t joined the pirates in their revelry, has already abandoned the inn, looking for quieter places to spend their night. And as they finally grow tired and drunk, they begin to collapse. The ones that are still able to walk straight, drag their fallen comrades back to the ship. Kanela doesn’t remember renting a room, but wakes up hours later between soft sheets and in good company.
No. 390296 ID: f5e4b4
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“So... are you ever going to to patch things up with your people, captain?

Erh... My head hurts and I feel like they’ve dragged me under the keel... twice. But Meinir looks as fresh and calmed as ever. Should I answer to her or just deal with this later?
No. 390298 ID: 0006f5

sure. ask her what she means
No. 390307 ID: e1fb71

egads! bedsheets, my greatest nemesis!

uh... what people?
No. 390463 ID: 2563d4

Register your disgruntlement at being asked such major-life-issue questions first thing in the morning as hungover pillow-talk by putting your ears back flat.
No. 390473 ID: 55c4cf

inquire from her tits
No. 390596 ID: a2853b

She may mean the captain's ORIGINAL people.
You know, her own race of beings.
As hinted up here:
No. 390600 ID: d5ee6f

Motorboat her until she stops saying words.
No. 390608 ID: e3f578

How do you even patch things up with an entire race?
They're just judgmental of your lifestyle. So is the justice system and we never patch things up with them. We kill them.
No. 390673 ID: f5e4b4
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“Eeergh... There’s no point in it. They all hate me. They see me and they only see a catfolk that has given up on her ancestral inheritance and become a criminal.”

“And you’re telling me every catfolk is some kind of mysthic or wizard?”

“Yeah. Everyone except me. So if you think about it, I didn’t have much of a choice.”

“There’s always a choice. What about your parents? Aren’t they like, some sort of top notch wizards or something?”

“Eh... Yeah, kind of. It’s been like 5 years since I left home.”

“And don’t you think they (being the very powerful cat wizards they are) might have a solution to your little problem with that cursed ball?”

No. 390674 ID: e1fb71

you aren't a desperate woman.
No. 390675 ID: ed57e8

it's not like you are THAT worried about it. since it kinda blew up a evil mage for you.
No. 390676 ID: 55c4cf

Take her advice, we should go see your family. Preferably with a small party. Maybe just you and meinir. Don't visit your family as a band of pirates, just visit them as their kid and hopefully they'll help.
No. 390677 ID: 0006f5

it's not a one way street though. go share your sentiment with your parents. no one will take the benefit of the doubt, but that's not your problem if you honestly believe in what you do.
No. 390686 ID: 12c19f

Speaking of that thing... Has it not at all inconvenienced you having that lump in your palm?

Go check in on your folks... Or is there something we're not familiar with about them that you wish to avoid?
No. 390736 ID: f5e4b4
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I’m used to have a hook there, so no, not really. I’ve learned to be careful with that.

After thinking about her words for a moment, I finally answer.

“Hmm... I guess we could go see them. No need to bring the entire crew with us, just like, you and me.”

“That sounds wise.”

“...But I also have the Ovrare lead. That cranky wizard at the Guild told me someone there might be able to identify it. Maybe we should try there before having to resort to my parents.”

“It’s your choice. Just don’t try to find excuses to run from your past forever.”

“I don’t--”

My answer ends up unfinished before someone knocks heavily on the door, several times.
No. 390738 ID: 0006f5

say theres nobody here
No. 390740 ID: e1fb71

maybe have a loaded gun at the ready before answering.
No. 390744 ID: ed57e8

throw something on so some random jackass doesn't see all your glory.
No. 390751 ID: e3f578

Don't leave your girl's cushiony bosom. Ask who is it first before you get up
No. 390757 ID: 1854db

I really do suggest having a gun in your hand before announcing your presence.
No. 390939 ID: 55c4cf

get weapon, have iron titties answer
No. 390965 ID: 07eaf7

Either that, or distract them with it.
No. 390976 ID: f5e4b4
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Reluctantly I leavy my pillowy rest and put something on, grabbing the gun and waiting next to the door, just in case. Every building in this city has metal doors, and this isn’t an exception

“Yes, who is it?”

A male voice promptly answers from the other side.

“Important package for the catlady captain!”

I hear Meinir shuffling on the bed and yawning.

“Is that the best they could come up with?” She snickers.
No. 390977 ID: 0006f5

'is it your dead body ? just leave it on the front, please.'
No. 390978 ID: ed57e8

"just leave it there please, will be right out."
No. 390985 ID: 55c4cf

Go Meinir, use iron tail.
No. 390987 ID: fed066



No. 390991 ID: 1854db

Ask him to describe the package and who it's from.
No. 391479 ID: f5e4b4
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“Is it your dead body? Just leave it on the front, please.”

“-U-uh no. It’s not that... I need to deliver it in person.”
“Describe it. And who is it from?”

The man continues to hesitate.

“W-well It’s a package and it’s... it’s from a good friend of yours that...”

“Enough with this charade” Calmly interrupts him Meinir, swinging the heavy, iron edge of her tail against the door, blasting it out of its hinges violently and slamming it against the suspicious mailman. “


“Get her!”
No. 391480 ID: 1854db

Pop out and blast the one with the gun.
No. 391481 ID: 0006f5

stick to the sides of the door, stick something sharp into whomever wants to charge in first. there's a window in this room ? where does it lead to ?
No. 391483 ID: 88e5ad

they might have grenades or something, so shoot 'em from the cover of your doorway before they get too close- not too aggressively, not too defensively.
No. 391504 ID: 55c4cf

Meinir has your back, let's get down and dirty. Getting dressed is optional.
No. 391521 ID: ed57e8

while fighting say "aww, it was fun listening to him be stupid"
No. 391640 ID: ec0bf5

Someone with a large gun is guarding the door, on your left. Can you shoot him quickly without giving him enough time to shoot? If you're sure, go for it. Try not to get distracted by anything, you want to do as much as you can while they're surprised.
No. 391722 ID: a2853b

>"Go Meinir, use iron tail."
>Meinir, swinging the heavy, iron edge of her tail against the door, blasting it out of its hinges violently
How did you know she had one?
No. 391724 ID: 88e5ad


because Som is a magical person in every sense of the word.
No. 391841 ID: 1444d5

Wave something out the door so that thug #2 on the left wastes his musket shot.


>taking suggestions from suggesters
No, really?

No. 391915 ID: f5e4b4
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I step out and shoot the masked guy to the left holding the gun, one problem less to take care off. Meinir is engaging the one coming up the stairs.

“Aww, it was fun listening to him be stupid. Bang! Who’s next!? Just line up!”

“Hey cap’n! There be like two dozen masked bastards down here and comin’ up! Wanna take them all on or do you have any other plan?”


Yeah, there’s a window in the room but I haven’t yet seen where does it lead to.
No. 391918 ID: e3f578

Eh, 24's work
and as awesome killing in the nude is, it isn't too conductive. On the off chance we can't get our clothes back should we take them all on, we'll be nude and unable to conduct serious business and attract serious attention until we manage to get some.
If we escape out the window, less work and there should be some good time to put clothes on besides just your coat. At least just some pants will do.
No. 391919 ID: 88e5ad

tell Hammertail to come back up and use your orb to blast everyone downstairs.
No. 391920 ID: 0006f5

throw the door down the stairs lol. divide efforts into scavenging wepon and find out where the window leads to.
No. 391928 ID: 07eaf7

If there's no time for pants, then there's no time for pants.

if the orb can do blasty, then sure. If not, then >>391920
No. 391929 ID: ed57e8

orb only blasts if it charges up. it isn't glowing at all, so it has no blasty
No. 391932 ID: 55c4cf

Meinir use milk drink
No. 391997 ID: ec0bf5

Ok, this is a pretty terrible idea. There are people trying to kill her right now. That's only worth thinking about if we've gotten rid of the attackers, and I'm sure she has more if we have to leave, if she's not already wearing them.

Tell Meinir to check the window, while you try to stall for time by throwing stuff down the stairs. Aside from the door, bodies are heavy too.
No. 392007 ID: 1854db

It's not charged. The orbs only do ANYTHING when glowing.

Toss the door down the stairs and let's escape out the window.
No. 392441 ID: f5e4b4
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No time to get dressed, got my jacket and my boots, the rest will have to wait until we take care of these goons or get back to the ship.

“Meinir, check out the window in our room, I’ll hold’ em back!”

She nods and hurries back, while I just grab the door from the unconscious masked guy and kick it downstairs, sending a few of those losers rolling down.

“A back alley!” -Yells my blacksmith from the room. “But we’re too high to just jump down. Now, jumping towards the next building’s roof should be relatively easy.”

The masked bastards downstairs are regrouping and coming back, and some of them have guns, as they politely remind me when a bullet flies past my ear, crashing against the wall behind me.
No. 392442 ID: ed57e8

"sounds good!" run, jump out window to next door and keep running.
No. 392443 ID: ec0bf5

Out the window it is, then, as fast as you can. Rooftop escape and all that. I guess we're getting clothes on the ship.
No. 392444 ID: 55c4cf

leave a bomb, get your stuff, hold onto meinir's tits and fly to the next building
No. 392445 ID: 88e5ad

don't think about the people you will be jumping over and what they'll see.
No. 392459 ID: 2563d4

No. 392478 ID: 0006f5

once on the roof, try to find a lower roof to drop to. continue until it is safe to drop to street level
No. 392769 ID: f5e4b4
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If I had any bombs I would gladly use one, but right now I can only rush with Meinir (who somehow managed to put on her suit) out of the window onto the next building’s roof. Damn, there’s a crowd down there of those guys!

“There she is! Get her! The cat bitch, the other one isn’t important!”

I can hear some citizens calling the guards, this is going to turn into a battlefield pretty soon.
No. 392771 ID: ed57e8

fast and low.
No. 392778 ID: 1854db

Rush low and get into that nearby building.
No. 392832 ID: 0006f5

oh boy .. stay low, building to building.
No. 392840 ID: e3f578

Well hey now
That bitch comment was uncalled for
Shoot that guy in the dick
No. 392857 ID: ec0bf5

Wow, any idea why everybody is suddenly after you? Eh, that doesn't matter right now, get low and to the right, so the people can't shoot you. That opposite building seems like the only option right now.
No. 393066 ID: 1444d5

I believe flipping them the bird is the appropriate response.
No. 393220 ID: f5e4b4
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We dive into the next building’s window, as bullets and arrows fly pasts our heads, staying low as we get inside. We find ourselves inside a small room with tall ceiling. It looks like some sort of attic, just some junk laying around, a thick layer of dust covering everything and a single door leading out.

I can hear those goons screaming orders and curses down there. They’re not giving up.
No. 393221 ID: 1854db

They're gonna try to cut you off at the exit. Foil them by going out the ceiling. BEGIN STACKING THINGS!
No. 393249 ID: 88e5ad

damn, the ceiling's too high. add GRAPPLING HOOK to your shopping list.

wait, is Hammerhips' tail strong enough to lift you up through the hatch?
No. 393251 ID: ed57e8

No. 393258 ID: 6e44d2

Block the doorway with things that won't stack well.
No. 393260 ID: 6e44d2

Or just jam a chair leg through the door handle if it opens outwards.
No. 393262 ID: 55c4cf

Check the crate/chests and stuff for anything useful, and then escape upward if the two of you can manage. Use hookshot.
No. 393284 ID: 0006f5

prop the chair against the door and jam one of its legs across the handle. is that booze in the foreground ? pick it up
No. 393311 ID: ec0bf5

If you think there's enough stuff to stack to reach the thing on the ceiling, put the chair under the door to keep people from getting in.
No. 393620 ID: f5e4b4
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Alright, first things first, I jam the door with the chair, using one of its legs under the handle and propping the rest against it. Now it’s time to stack up all the things!

It takes me a bit, because Meinir can’t help me, she’s busy trying to keep those bastards off from following us through the window. And as predicted, someone starts banging on the door, trying to bring it down.

Ok, I stacked up everything that wasn’t too fragile or dumb to be stacked. But I still don’t reach the hatch by myself.

And the worst thing of all: The bottles were empty. No booze!
No. 393621 ID: ec0bf5

Oh god I knew this was a terrible idea. Meinir might be able to get you to reach it, but then you'll both be undefended, and it will be hard to pull her up...
No. 393647 ID: b6edd6

You might be able to gain a bit of height (though it won't be enough on its own) by rotating that top box so its longest side is pointing upwards.
No. 393663 ID: 88e5ad

piggybacking time!
No. 393671 ID: 1854db

You can jump, remember?
No. 393678 ID: 4bdd79

Jump up and use your hook on the handle.
No. 393745 ID: 0006f5

get meinir to stand on your shoulders
No. 394091 ID: f5e4b4
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Oh yeah, I should be able to jump and just hook the handle!

Damnit! The hatch is stuck or something, I can’t pull it open by myself!

“Cap’n, I hope you’re gettin’ that open soon, because I’m not gonna be able to hold them out for long.”

And they’re starting to bang on the door too. Perfect.
No. 394093 ID: 0006f5

oh damn. shoot the lock and drop down to cover meinir should that fail, have meinir chuck the chest at the door and brave the exit
No. 394094 ID: 1854db

Ask her to pull you so the damn thing opens. Then she should climb up you to get out, and you after.
No. 394100 ID: ec0bf5

I hope your hook is strongly attached, because I think Meinir is going to have to climb you. Also, you're facing the right way for at least a momentary distraction when the door gets busted down.
No. 394107 ID: ed57e8

she has to jump and grab hold of your dangly feets.
No. 394134 ID: 2563d4

Swing your other hand up to grab the handle too so you don't just yank your hook straight off when the hatch finally relents.
No. 394253 ID: ce15d1

hold on with both hands, have meinir yank at you
No. 394313 ID: a2853b

Why didn't you block off that window with the chest so they couldn't shot in?
Chest wood is pretty thick. Can't shoot through it, can't jump through it. and bombs will bounce off because it's not much of a horizontal surface, unless they have really good timing with fuses.
No. 394442 ID: f5e4b4
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“Meinir! Come up here and help me out with this door!”

“Alright. Almost out of ammo anyways.”

No. 394444 ID: f5e4b4
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Ow... well at least it’s open now.
No. 394446 ID: b6edd6

The door is about to open in another second or two. Better hurry up and maybe put a shot through the door.
No. 394447 ID: ed57e8

shoot through the door. climb ladder.
No. 394451 ID: ec0bf5

You still have bullets, so Meinir should climb first.
No. 394472 ID: 88e5ad

sure, take a few shots while Meinir is climbing.

don't let the view distract you.
No. 394508 ID: 0006f5

chuck stuff out the window and climb up after
No. 394523 ID: ce15d1

Pull the ladder back up and seal the hatch back up. Lock it or barricade it closed if you can. This is a thing you should do before proceeding.
No. 394976 ID: f5e4b4
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“Ok, you climb up there first, I still have bullets to cover you!”

“‘aight. Just hurry up!”

I shoot through the door and hear an agonizing scream at the other side, followed by the hurried sound of footsteps clearing up the path behind it. They stop trying to bring it down for the moment, but they might start shooting through it soon!
No. 394978 ID: 2563d4

Fire at the window and get up the ladder, then.
No. 394979 ID: ed57e8

in the window! duck behind the stack of stuff and shoot the guy. then throw the chest out the window.
No. 395045 ID: 0006f5

take cover, chuck chest at sus gunman
No. 395128 ID: 1854db

I don't think we're strong enough to throw stuff around in any effective way. Just use gun.
No. 395452 ID: f5e4b4
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I hide behind the pile of stuff just in time to avoid getting shot, but I gotta reload before I can return fire! Damn this stupid thing... I don’t hear the guys behind the door anymore, that can’t be good.
No. 395457 ID: 0006f5

.. this is where you fernandez isnt it. do it
No. 395459 ID: b85f8c

If that's the case then he has to reload too. Rush him and sword him then get out of there.
No. 395484 ID: 2563d4

Focus on getting the window guy suppressed enough that you can skedaddle up that ladder. The best way to avoid some unknown machinations on the other side of the door is to not be there by the time they carry them out.
No. 395486 ID: 2563d4

Focus on getting the window guy suppressed enough that you can skedaddle up that ladder. The best way to avoid some unknown machinations on the other side of the door is to not be there by the time they carry them out.
No. 395487 ID: 88e5ad

cap that mofo and blow this hole.
No. 395738 ID: bbee3d

Reload as quickly as possible, but be ready with your sword in case the guy at the window comes around your stack of stuff. (Hopefully, he won't just shoot you straight through it.)
No. 395780 ID: 1444d5

Don't bother tamping and loading a ball, just give the guy at the window a blast of powder to keep his head down while you scramble up the ladder.
No. 396196 ID: f5e4b4
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I decide that swiftness is more necessary than finesse at this moment, so I hurry up and reload, dashing out of cover to shoot in the general direction of the window thug. The bullet misses its target, but the aggression interrupts the man reloading his weapon and makes him duck into cover. Time to escape, I think, grabbing the ladder and climbing up as fast as I can, leaving the sound of heavy gunfire destroying the door behind me. Not a second too soon.
No. 396197 ID: f5e4b4
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I reunite with Meinir on top of the building’s roof after a short ladder and a long, circular staircase. Down there in the streets we can hear the sound of an intense brawl, probably the masked goons against the local police force. Whoever is behind this, isn’t playing around! I close the hatch behind me, but that’s not gonna stop them for long!
No. 396199 ID: 88e5ad


hide inside Viktorbird's cloaca.
No. 396200 ID: 12c19f

...What in the world is that animal?
No. 396201 ID: ed57e8

No. 396202 ID: b85f8c

Couldn't you have broken the ladder behind you? Oh well, don't care, ride monstrous bird to safety.
No. 396215 ID: 0006f5

its really chill considering the gunfire. call it over to the hatch, maybe you can get it to stand on it or get angry at anyone who comes out
No. 396676 ID: f5e4b4
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That... I have no idea what this thing is, but it is really chill with the gunfire and all the ruckus. I’m still not convinced we can just ride it...
Well, I got its attention now... And It’s protracting its face-tentacle-thing towards me...
No. 396683 ID: 0006f5

protract your face tentacle thing back, and also get ready to blast whatever wants to come up. so far we havent seen bombs or acrobatics. not sure what to do, except try to coax the creature more or even voice your surrender :x

if one of you watches the hatch, the other go peek around the sides for options, starting with whats beyond and below the strange creature
No. 396687 ID: 12c19f

Present your hand and give it a handshake. (tongueshake?)
No. 396690 ID: ed57e8

if no way off of this place is around, you will need to tame birdthulu.
No. 396693 ID: b85f8c

Shake its tentacle. Maybe say Hi.

Are there any ways off this building? Like, at all? Are we at a dead end?
No. 396695 ID: 7c31d2

... Moon the thing
No. 396767 ID: 180ec2

Ask it for help, maybe it understands words?
No. 396873 ID: a760e9

fuck this tentacle rape on wings, just grab the flag and parachute onto the street. or slide down the pole or something.
No. 396874 ID: 12c19f

>fuck this tentacle rape on wings

Don't mind if we dooooo.
No. 396891 ID: e3f578

I think it's sniffing at you or shaping you up. Present yourself by rubbing your face on the tentacle to indicate intimacy and friendliness. Maybe purr like a good kitty.
No. 397223 ID: a2853b

Ask Meinir what it is.
No. 397391 ID: ce15d1

Definitely see if Meinir knows what is up, also see if she has something to feed the weird thing.
Try not to make it weird, okay.
No. 397538 ID: f5e4b4
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“Uh... Meinir. What is this thing?”

She was a bit distracted, trying to find a way to block the hatch, but turns around casually when I call her.

“Oh, that’s a Birdril. They’re used around these parts as ways of transport. They use their face tendrils to recognize people and stuff. They can also give electric shocks through them, but only if they don’t like you.”
No. 397540 ID: ed57e8

well it hasn't tried to electrocute you, so i think it's like you. and if they are used for transport it should be used to people climbing on it. so again RIDE THE THING!!
No. 397543 ID: 2563d4

Mount it.
No. 397558 ID: 6e44d2

Ride 'em, cowgirl.
No. 397567 ID: 55c4cf

Let's ride it into another problem, it is the best escape.
No. 397568 ID: 180ec2

Pet it
No. 398706 ID: f5e4b4
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Ok, I guess we have no other choice... Ew, the Birdril touches my hand with the tentacle. It’s slimy and hairy, but I guess I should be happy I’m not being electrocuted.

I signal Meinir and we both awkwardly sit on the creature.

“Ok, how do we ride this thiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!?”

Aaaaaah! Ok, we’re going, but I have no idea how to control this stupid monster! It’s just flying in circles all over the place! Down there I can see the riots in the streets, and some of the masked men pointing up at us with guns and muskets.
No. 398710 ID: b85f8c

Grab its antlers to steer! Or maybe that one long tentacle it has on the top of its head.
No. 398713 ID: 55c4cf

Steer them antlers, lean forward, express urgency in some way because it won't react well if shot in the air.
No. 398716 ID: 16da88

holy crap its tentacle moved from its nose to its forehead I bet it really is like Vik
No. 398721 ID: 2563d4

Fondle its tentacle.
No. 398782 ID: 0006f5

there is not enough tentacle action. fix this !
No. 398785 ID: 477584

flash your tits in a taunting manner at the masked men
No. 399234 ID: f5e4b4
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I manage to take a hold of the antlers and it seems that I can almost steer this thing with them. We leave the fight behind and fly across the city until we see...

“There! The city doors! Now we have to figure out how do we get this thing down, and we can even return to our ship!”

I try grabbing the tentacle... and it turns out to be a bad idea!

“AAAah what did you doooo!?”

The birdril didn’t seem to like that! Now it’s flailing about, flying like crazy. We’re gonna fall if it keeps it up like this!
No. 399235 ID: c3ec0a

Prepare for impact!
No. 399238 ID: 800ce6

here's an idea.

stop grabbing the tentacle.
No. 399242 ID: 2563d4

If you found the antlers steer it why would you then grab the tentacle.

Ungrab the tentacle.
No. 399244 ID: 0006f5

too much tentacle action ! profusely apologize and hug and whisper into its hide
No. 399311 ID: 12c19f

Grab onto the antler and release the tentacle, its clearly a sensitive appendage and you're -really- agitating it.
No. 399348 ID: b85f8c

Try pushing the antlers forwards to angle its head down, if you want to go down.

If that doesn't work at all, I guess you could try sorta pressing on its body or wings. Or directly telling it to land.
No. 400122 ID: f5e4b4
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It’s not so easy -Aaaah!- To let go of the tentacle and grab the antlers again! I think I almost got i--

No. 400124 ID: f5e4b4
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No. 400125 ID: f5e4b4
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Ok... We finally stopped. I think... I hear someone talking near me... Ough... I think I’m in danger.
No. 400126 ID: ed57e8

ROLL TO THE RIGHT!! get out the orb! this is the crazy mage that you shot with the orb last time. orb seems to absorb ambient magic. and possibly spells. need to us that to stop anything it casts.
No. 400130 ID: 70591e

sweep o' the leg!
No. 400141 ID: 0006f5

roll into the attacker
No. 400148 ID: 2563d4

No. 400179 ID: bbee3d

Stab the mage with your hook! The distraction will give you a little more time to recover your senses.
No. 400315 ID: a2853b

Combine the ideas!
Roll into the mage while stabbing him with the orb!
No. 400586 ID: f5e4b4
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I manage to get back to my senses and roll to my right, trying to kick or stab my attacker with the hook! But she proves to be quite nimble, as she jumps back just in time to avoid getting hit. Or should I say hover, rather than jump.

I knew I recognized that voice. It’s that lady with the crazy eyes from New Foria’s prison. I look around, there’s no sign of Meinir around me, and can’t see the Birdril either, not a single feather. I’m cornered against the city wall, surrounded by those masked goons, and that crazy bitch. This doesn’t look good.

“Nice to meet you again, cutie. I was just talking with the men, telling them how you ripped off my arm a few days ago, remember? Well, I’m in a good mood today, and I’m willing to be forgiving. Surrender yourself, and I’ll kill you quick.”
No. 400588 ID: ed57e8

roll out the orb, she already knows you have it. "how about i take your other arm?"
just hold out until the cavalry arrives, aka, your crew in the ship.
No. 400593 ID: b85f8c

Ask if you can't make a deal- you have money, won't she take payment to let you live?
No. 400595 ID: ed57e8

i think you missd the part where she wants the red ball. and near as we can tell it' bonded to us for life.
No. 400597 ID: e3f578

"Lady, you do not know how to make a good bargain, lemme tell you. That 'kill you quick' offer shit never works, besides, you should always kill your enemy quick."
No. 400598 ID: b85f8c

I'm well aware of that. There is no reason not to at least offer money.

We need to buy time, remember?
No. 400609 ID: 0006f5

just attack. those are lousy terms, she could try to trick you at the VERY least
No. 400634 ID: 70591e


you know what else is good advice? never giving good advice to your enemy.

threaten her with the orb. it doesn't seem to shimmer enough to release a blast, but she might not know that.
No. 400636 ID: e3f578

Unless it's good advice that will never matter in the least and is more a mockery of her character.
Maybe "Giving everyone a quick death" is beneficial to her, but she's too proud, insane and sadistic to be practical now, is she?
No. 400668 ID: 55c4cf

Headbutt her in the face and be like, "Let's take it slow and deep" and hope you don't get murdered.
No. 400750 ID: 2563d4

Just shoot her.
No. 401068 ID: f5e4b4
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Yeah, I need to buy time. The city guard will be here soon, and my crew are probably coming for me at this moment too. If I can only stay alive enough time.

I reach into my pocket and quickly change the hook for the gem holder, showing the orb, currently glowing softly, to her.

“So how about I take your other arm?”

The witch laughs, a creepy shrieking noise that barely sounds like something organic. “You poor idiot, it isn’t fully charged, can’t you see? “

Indeed the orb isn’t shining as brightly as the last time I used it. If at least I knew how to charge it, what causes it to start glowing harder... I feel like I could still try to use it, but I doubt it will have the same effect than last time.

“So you haven’t yet figured it out!? My, you’re even dumber than I tho-- Oooh, I get it now. Those clothes, the pirate ship... you’re an empty one, aren’t you? Not a single drop of magic in you. So you had to leave your home and family and become a harlot to survive. Hahaha! I think I’m making you a favor, putting you out of your miserable existence!”

“You... you bitch...”
No. 401071 ID: 2fe09b

>You can't charge it
>She knows because you don't have magic
>Theretofore, you need magic to charge it
>She can't use magic without charging the orb

No. 401074 ID: ed57e8

"so apparently you are so scare of lil ol no magic you had to get a huge group of guys to come after me? wow i'm flattered."
No. 401078 ID: 6e44d2

Wow, she's really letting a lot of info slip. What a dumb villain.

Anyway, challenge her to a duel. Any magic she shoots your way, block it with the orb. That will cause the orb to absorb the magic and charge up.
No. 401088 ID: 70591e

touch gem to orb. hope it absorbs the mhagcjyyckzshkk.
No. 401090 ID: e3f578

"Harlots aren't pirates, Harlots fuck people for cash. I kill people for cash and fuck harlots. Big difference. And I'm very happy with my existence, magic is for pussies. And not the kind I eat out regularly, the only good kind."
No. 401093 ID: 0006f5

'magic will be the death of you. you would avoid being proven wrong by siccing your goons on me instead of a one on one.'

insult to your lack of magic has no weight until there's proof it matters. the witch knows her magic cant win so shove the fact in her face
No. 401221 ID: 4bdd79

No. 401338 ID: b85f8c

It started charging again when you were riding on that freaky giant moth tentacle thing.

I think it automatically charges while you're near anything that leaks magic.
No. 401678 ID: 55c4cf

It's starting to glow, keep her talking.
No. 402133 ID: f5e4b4
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I try to ignore her taunts, and focus my rage on my favor. If it’s true that magic charges the sphere, it means she can’t use it against me!

“Harlots aren't pirates, Harlots fuck people for cash. I kill people for cash and fuck harlots. Big difference.”

“So cute of you to believe that, dear.”

“Magic will be the death of you. you would avoid being proven wrong by siccing your goons on me instead of a one on one.”

The witch suddenly bursts in laughter.

“Ahahah, oh by the gods. Poor, clueless creature. Do you think the gem gets its energy from the magical forces around it? Ahah, allow me to prove how wrong you are.”


Hmnnff... That hurt... I think I’m alright, it was only... pain... no wounds... Gods, it hurts! And she’s right, the sphere hasn’t gotten any brighter.

...But I hear screaming... fighting. Either my crew or the city guards. I need to stay alive... a little longer.
No. 402138 ID: e3f578

Hmm, girl, with that information, you can't be an empty one or there's another source of energy it draws from.

Was there a particular emotion you were feeling during your descent into the prison? Think girl! Your crew might be related, it could be about the loyalty you feel for them, and as you got closer, the org glowed brighter.

It gained some energy as you tried your best to defend yourself and your lover as you escaped too, selfless acts or acts of loyalty might be the second kind of power source.

She's pretty braggy, so she might reveal the truth. I suggest revealing that you think loyalty or selflessness powers it, to test her reaction. And you got a whole lot of loyalty.

In case I am correct, however, you should focus on thoughts of your crew and how they'll be off without you. You're a great captain, can you really trust someone else to do the job? You give those brigands a home and a family where all would cast them out.
No. 402139 ID: ed57e8

it charged somehow then. maybe it charges off the energy of those you care for?
No. 402141 ID: b6edd6

I don't think your pistol is loaded, but point it at her anyway, just to make her gloat more about how that won't work on her.
No. 402158 ID: 0006f5

play into her contempt. she's too vain to kill you or she would have done it at the first sign of trouble.

attack her men. she might actually stop the men just so she can ensure the pleasure of hurting you, or youre restrained by her anyway.
No. 402363 ID: 55c4cf

make pussy jokes and don't die
No. 404140 ID: 31015f
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I try to remain calm, reloading my pistol. She just keeps smiling, doesn’t look like she considers herself in a hurry. I point at one of the closest masked goons and shoot him in the face. The rest try to charge against me, but she holds them off, with a slightly interest smile in her face now.

I try to remember how I felt back in the prison, when the sphere started to glow for the first time. I can’t say that I felt especially good. Yeah, loyal I guess, but all I can remember is it being rather gloomy, dark, with all the catacombs, traps and old, dead skeletons left and right. But I gotta keep buying time, so I try to keep her talking. She stares at me intently now, with her hand up like she’s about to smite me.

“So what is it, then? Loyalty? Selflessness powers?“

That actually seems to get her a bit by surprise, as she lowers her hand and doesn’t shoot me with another painful discharge, instead she laughs with that maniac laugh of hers.

“Ahaahah! I can’t believe it! What do you think this is, some old lady’s bedtime tale? What are you going to say next!? True love? Kisses!? AHahahah! I’m almost sorry I’m gonna have to end with this buffoonery and kill you, you’re proving to be quite entertaining, cutie!”
No. 404144 ID: b85f8c

Gloom. Spookiness. Dread. Thoughts of death.

Also zap the shit out of her, the orb's charged.
No. 404148 ID: 99c568

I guess you gotta kill stuff. or be desperate. I suggest you do both, just to be sure. and try to blast her as soon as you can.
No. 404166 ID: e3f578

"Woman, come on this has the chance of being the funnest fight of your life. Why don't you even the chances a little? We all die someday, don't we? Shouldn't that be the most amusing day of our lives, ideally?"
No. 404599 ID: 4bdd79

It's charged. Smoke 'em.
No. 404601 ID: ed57e8

it had a black light last time. it's white now. it seems to draw from different sources.
No. 404691 ID: 0006f5

stab another guy. 'how boring. you've given up humiliating me.'
No. 404749 ID: 55c4cf

Ask for a round of applause.
No. 404815 ID: ec0bf5

Your arm sure is glowy.
No. 404886 ID: 31015f
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“How boring. You've given up humiliating me.”

I think I might’ve figured it out. I lunge towards another one of the goons and slit his throat with the dagger. The rest of the mob is conflicted between attacking me and following the bitch’s orders. Also it sounds like a fight has started at their rearguard, maybe the city guards finally catching up. Can’t see from here.

The witch seems to be less amused now.

“Actually I agree, this is getting boring. Let’s wrap things up.”

“Woman, come on this has the chance of being the funnest fight of your life. Why don't you even the -ACK!”

T-this isn’t good...
No. 404887 ID: ed57e8

you are at full power!
No. 404891 ID: ec0bf5

I think your ball is charged now... Aim it at her head.
No. 404903 ID: 99c568


No. 404923 ID: 2fe09b

No. 405016 ID: 4bdd79

She's got terrible aim, that shot didn't hit anything vital.

Shoot back. Take off her good arm.
No. 405063 ID: 0006f5

shining finger !
No. 405091 ID: 55c4cf

do it
No. 405093 ID: a2fa74

Arm? No, take off her head.
No. 405151 ID: 99c568


heads are tiny, rapidly moving targets. go for the center of mass, I say.
No. 405183 ID: 6e44d2

No. 405672 ID: 31015f
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I...I raise my arm and focus on the feeling of... anger... dread? I don’t know, I think it’s just sheer power, something huge, terrible squirming like a trapped beast at the end of my stump.

Or maybe it’s just the blood loss...


I... I think I hit her... I’m not sure. And I think I’ve been hit again. I’m starting to lose focus... fading away...
No. 405675 ID: 6f4add


stay awake! Viktorbird and Hammerhips are here to sweep you away. just kill the wizard harder and you'll be free soon.
No. 405687 ID: ce4a4d

Was that your hip? I think that was your hip. Groan in agony and fall over.

Try to keep shooting, though.
No. 405752 ID: 0006f5

pass out i guess !
No. 405762 ID: b6cb04

Focus your will, remain awake. Your life depends on it.
No. 406583 ID: d63e15

oh man take a magic morning after pill so you don't get magic pregnant from that.
No. 407615 ID: 31015f
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I continue focusing... as long as I can. I don’t know if I’m still shooting HER, the energy seems to drift and jump around me, targeting the masked men... The longer I keep it up, the worse I feel. It’s like my life is getting sucked out of my body... but those might be just the wounds... I’m not gonna stay conscious much longer...
No. 407616 ID: 31015f
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“It’s ok, Cap’n, I got ya. Sorry about the delay, next time you might not want to crash our ride against a wall.”

I don’t even have the energy to give a witty answer. I think I’m just going to pass out...
No. 407618 ID: 31015f
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...Burnt...ever seen something like this in m...that gem...

...on’t care...our guts out...seen you...



You don’t want to be here. Get out.

“Hey, I think she’s waking up. I think I saw her move...”
No. 407621 ID: 2fe09b

First concern: Is everything still attached?

Second concern: Are you still (somewhat) clothed?

Third concern: Where is your stuff?

Last concern: Where are you?
No. 407624 ID: c3ec0a

Do you still remember your name?
No. 407641 ID: 4bdd79

No. 407648 ID: 6f4add

sleep. rest. recover.
No. 407652 ID: 2563d4

No. 407758 ID: 252e1b

You don't sound dead. Guess you won. Hurrah!

I wonder if you got to keep your kidney and small intestine? Well, even if you can't eat solid food for awhile, you did it! You survived when you shouldn't have!
No. 407836 ID: 0006f5

press buttons
No. 408244 ID: 55c4cf

cop a feel, it is the only thing i can think of during a black out.
No. 408358 ID: 31015f
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I open my eyes to realize with relief that I’m in my room at the ship, resting on my own bed. My back hurts, and my lower torso does so too, but it’s not as bad as I expected, more like a numb annoyance. I still feel pretty weak, and just turning my head around feels like a titanic effort.

Meinir is here, and also... oh boy, Doctor. Meinir seems to notice my concern, because she smiles and tries to sound reassuring.

“Welcome back cap’n. Don’t worry, I’ve been watching over Creepo here the whole time, and made sure he didn’t take anything out as a souvenir.”

Doctor groans, annoyed, but not particularly indignant. We’re all too aware of his reputation for that.

“Ahem! As I was going to say... Your recovery is astonishing, captain. You’ve got two holes the size of a ChickenChoke* ball in your hips. Don’t know what made them, but they should’ve pulverized bones and organs in their way out. That added to the massive blood loss, should’ve been enough to do you over. But instead, you’ve only got but mild hip fractures. If we find a competent flesh wizard, you’ll be up in no time.

Meinir pushes Doctor out of the room and decides to tell me what happened when I blacked out.

“Well, I don’t know how did you do it, but you managed to burn down every house around you, and all those masked assholes that were after us. I found you in the middle of that circle of glowing fire, bleeding and babbling nonsense.”

“What about that bitch in black robes? Did I kill her?”

“Don’t know. I guess? There was nobody else with you when I got ya, just flames...”

“... So, what have you planned to do next? We’ve already left the city, I don’t think the people of Livi are very happy with us after that huge fight and the houses burning and all that.”

Ugh... I’d rather not have to make my mind now, I still feel pretty crappy. But I guess you can’t afford that when you’re the captain. The wizard dude at the Guild told me to go to Ovrare, where maybe the wizards can inform me about this gem... Or I could swallow my pride and prepare to reopen all the old wounds and head back home, visit my family and ask the wise men of The Ninoth about it. They’re probably the most powerful mystics alive...

So I gotta decide. Also should I ask Meinir about anything else?

*Popular ball game in the Free Islands with a very complex set of rules that involve twenty rubber balls, thirty players, about a hundred chickens and large wooden clubs.
No. 408372 ID: 0006f5

a sport involving a hundred chickens is a sport i can get behind :v

i cant think of anything to ask. head back to make some connections with the wise men for whatever its worth
No. 408374 ID: 2563d4

>Ovrare >wizards >want a flesh wizard
That way.

Also give Manny a pat on the head.
No. 408380 ID: d1f1b7

Might want to ask her if she got out okay as well, considering that you were in a huge fight and crashed a bird/bug thingy into a wall. It would only be polite.

Afterwards, maybe some cuddling, followed by going to Ovrare. Also think about how you managed to use the orb even though it apparently needed charging. So you either have magic or something else is going on.
No. 408383 ID: 5029d1

think we sucked in the life force of the people we killed.
No. 408412 ID: 6f4add

No. 408830 ID: a2853b

Ask if Meinir stowed that bird-moth onboard somewhere.
Ask if the mantis was there the entire surgery.
Ask if the orb is still stuck to your hook hand.
Ask if she got your gun for you.
Ask if she could get wizard in here to see if she's got any magic still clinging.
No. 409386 ID: 31015f
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“Are you ok? I don’t remember a thing after I slammed that bird-bug thing against the wall.”

“Yeah, you got the worst of the impact and fell down. I couldn’t catch you, barely managed to stay on the Birdril myself. And before you ask, the thing seems to have grown fond of us, for some reason. It’s following us, sleeping on the mast when it gets tired. I guess we’ve got ourselves a pet.”

I nod and pet Manny’s head gently. The mantis happily nibbles on my fingers, gently.

“Did Manny stay here the whole surgery?”

“Your mantis? That’s funny, I didn’t notice it until you mentioned. I didn’t see him come in, so I guess he was.”

“Is the orb still stuck in-- yes it is.. *sigh* of course it is. Did you get my gun?”

“Yeah, of course.”

“Ok, tell the first mate that we’re going to Ovrare.”

I can’t help but to let a bit of relief tinct my voice. Meinir, of course, notices it.

“You can’t be running away from your family forever.”

“I know, I know! I just don’t want to go there unless it’s my last alternative, ok?”

“Alright, don’t worry. Now, you should get some rest, so lean back and relax.”

“Hmm,,, not sure if this counts as “relaxing”.

No. 409387 ID: 31015f
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No. 409403 ID: 6d6017

happy end.
No. 409413 ID: e3f578

Silly Meinir, you can't straddle a bed-stricken lady and have her enjoy it, that's teasing!
No. 409467 ID: 55c4cf

learn magic, become kitty wizard, use orb more effectively.
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