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413345 No. 413345 ID: 742815

Seven A.M.

Nine hours to go.

Wow, I can't believe today is the day already. I mean. Wow.

What will I wear? Oh no, clothing is everything. Almost everything.
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No. 413346 ID: 742815
File 133731410221.jpg - (99.73KB , 800x600 , paperdoll.jpg )

What fine SILKS and LINENS will I don this morning?
No. 413354 ID: 7acb8e

The non flammable kind, cause shit is about to go DOWN.
No. 413369 ID: 3ce5b2
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Sexy it up grrl
No. 413370 ID: 09e5bf
File 133731670474.jpg - (129.39KB , 800x600 , Chenhua.jpg )

keep it simple.
No. 413375 ID: b85f8c
File 133731734315.jpg - (90.98KB , 800x600 , pompachenhua.jpg )

Totally serious outfit.
No. 413435 ID: 9718f3
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No. 413485 ID: c569f6
File 133735729150.jpg - (77.76KB , 800x600 , 133731410221_wrap.jpg )

Simple, yet fancy.
No. 413487 ID: c569f6
File 133735877101.jpg - (76.49KB , 800x600 , 133731410221_armor.jpg )

...Though we don't know what you need to be prepared for, so perhaps this would be more appropriate?
No. 413491 ID: 68ff50

I don't know, is giant hoop earrings, a t-shirt and something tied around your base really that sexy? And you weren't wearing anything that I could see in any of the other pictures.
Unless you were dressing up that bird-thing statue to your side there instead? But that makes no sense... why dress up a statue when you're a magic mirror?
No. 413512 ID: 6dddd5
File 133736306844.png - (164.20KB , 800x600 , Obligatory.png )

Fine RUBBERS and LEATHERS? Well try this!
No. 413530 ID: 742815
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This Serratian silk wrap looks very exotic! Madame Zo will be so pleased with me taste today.
No. 413532 ID: 742815
File 133736763386.jpg - (161.06KB , 800x600 , page1-2.jpg )

I just need to paint up. This will only take a few minuets!

8:30 A.M.

Seven and a half hours to go.

No. 413533 ID: 742815
File 133736780086.jpg - (118.08KB , 800x600 , page1-3.jpg )

Oh, and I almost forgot. Madame Zo told me to paint this on my forehead. She said that it is for new girls!

Shai-shai is still asleep, it looks like. Should I wake Shai-shai, or go to see the other girls? It sounds like they are awake!
No. 413535 ID: b0d466

Wake up Shai Shai!
No. 413536 ID: c569f6

Wake up Shai-shai and ask her how you look. (Lovely, by the way, but I'm no expert.)

Do you know what the design on your forehead is for, or is that something you'll find out later? What is that on the curtain next to you?
No. 413544 ID: 742815
File 133736987920.jpg - (40.29KB , 800x600 , page1-4.jpg )

It's a Talun-men. That's the ancient symbol of our god Talun and the Holy Rule of the Khan!

Every building must have one inside. It's the law! Now, let me just delicately wake up Shai-shai...
No. 413545 ID: 742815
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No. 413547 ID: 742815
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"How do I look?" I do a twirl.

>"Oh Chen, you look positively breathtaking! Is that a Serratian outfit? Oh, if I could be so beautiful as you!"

"Dear, Shai-shai, if there is a man worthy of your beauty, he walks among the stars! You must get ready yourself!"

I could go upstairs now, go see the other girls, or stay here to help Shai-shai to get ready. Madame Zo is upstairs, and I am not sure if I will be allowed up.

Today is the day when I will be allowed on the main floor! I have come of age at last! Eeee! I won't have to live in the Dorm anymore!
No. 413548 ID: 80d422

peep 7 times
No. 413550 ID: c891d3

Sure help Shai why not.
No. 413552 ID: 29ed72

Help Shai, you don't want to risk getting in trouble on such an important day!
No. 413569 ID: 39419c

Help her with a very, very hands-on approach.
No. 413600 ID: b0d466

Go see the other girls!
No. 413832 ID: 742815
File 133741599644.jpg - (241.14KB , 800x1200 , page1-7.jpg )

>"I'm so nervous, Chenhua! What if he doesn't like me...?"

I'll help Shai-shai choose her outfit!
No. 413837 ID: 5347b8

No. 413839 ID: 041e62

No. 413886 ID: b0d466

No. 413910 ID: 4f41fd

Definitely III. It shows off her lovely hair the best.
No. 413917 ID: 57dc3e

I, IV would be better for next meeting.
No. 413948 ID: 742815
File 133744932820.jpg - (155.66KB , 800x600 , page1-8.jpg )

>"Are you... sure this one looks ok?"

"You look amazing, Shai-shai! You've never looked better, girl!"

>"I... I think I'm fat."

"Hush!" I give Shai-shai a small shove, "You are a crane. You just have a full figure!"

>"Cranes don't like full figures..."

Poor Shai-shai. Why won't she see how pretty she is?

"ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ooh, tah-tah girls! I'll be baaaack~"
No. 413949 ID: 742815
File 133744954770.jpg - (124.21KB , 800x600 , page1-9.jpg )

>"Ach! Oh dear, the dust in this place! Be perfectly vocal, girls. Today we're women! Oh~"

Oh no, it's Shan-ha...

>"Well, if it isn't Thigh-thigh and little Chen-blah. I see you've thrown on your dated kitsch, aaas expected. Oh, so juvenile. I'm wearing the latest in ballroom regalia from Artholl City. I bet you don't even know where that is. Look alive, girls, look alive~"
No. 413953 ID: 5029d1

her opinion means JACK SHIT. only the madame's matters.
No. 413960 ID: b0d466

Smack her in the face.

Or just ignore her and go out to mingle with the NOT JERK burds
No. 413963 ID: 5347b8

Off-hand "compliments" would probably work better than smacking her in the face. Otherwise, if you're ready, go mingle with the other girls.
No. 413965 ID: 4f41fd


Compliment Shan-ha on her dress! It draws attention away from her face, which can only be a good thing, and the bracelets help to drown out the sound of her voice. Quite the improvement!
No. 413978 ID: 742815
File 133745195351.jpg - (104.03KB , 800x600 , page1-10.jpg )

"Your dress really does well to draw the onlookers from your face, Shan-ha." I try to sound as innocent as possibly.

"Oh, shut up, you. I'm not the one with the oblong lookie-dot wrapped in filthy Serratian rags.

Shan-ha walks up to Shai-shai, who backs away with each step.

"And what about you? Speechless? As always. When you're not stuttering, you're cramming rice and dumplings down that stovepipe neck! Oh, so juvenile, the both of you. I've got to paint up, now. Tah-tah, friends!"
No. 413979 ID: 742815
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No. 413980 ID: 5029d1

she will rue the day. but for now, go to where you are supposed to go.
No. 413983 ID: 4f41fd

Okay, so Shan-ha wins at making people hate her. Good for her. Let's focus on more useful skills for now.

I hope the other girls are better than her. If so, reassure Shai-shai and go meet them. If not, reassure Shai-shai and see if you can go upstairs.
No. 413986 ID: 5347b8

Maybe a little more subtle next time. No matter! You two have a busy day, and getting your feathers rustled up by some beeyoch won't do you any good!
No. 414014 ID: 9718f3

Laugh. It is hilarious how hard she tries.
No. 414259 ID: 8e7a98

Such wantoned aggression stems from insecurity. I'd pity her and move on.
No. 414667 ID: 742815
File 133758079510.jpg - (152.05KB , 800x600 , page1-12.jpg )

I don't know why she thinks that she is so much better, even though she is thin and pretty and has actually met a boy...

I go into the other room to see if any of the other girls can chat! I say hello to Jorta.

>"Oh, hey Chenhua. I like your outfit. Where did you get that?"

"It was when Madame Zo told us about the Serratian market wagon. Remember, she brought that weird smelling stuff in the red bowl?"

>"Oh yeah, it smelled like a burning rug!"

Jorta is a Toglaat, from the steppes. She has the body of a warrior! Madame Zo said that she could lift a barrel of ale with her legs alone! I don't really know what that is supposed to mean!

I think that I will go into The Boudoir...
No. 414668 ID: 742815
File 133758091805.jpg - (194.55KB , 800x600 , page1-14.jpg )

The Boudoir is the large, open room downstairs attached to The Dorm. It has the stairs which lead upstairs, but I have not been up there for more than a few minutes, and I was escorted by Madame Zo!

9:30 A.M.

Six and a half hours to go.

There are three other girls in here: Shan-ha, Souli and Zayyima. Shan-ha is using a vanity to put on her make-up.

I actually do have a little bit of time to kill. It is so hard to wait! What should I do?!
No. 414683 ID: 29ed72

Chat up Souli and Zayyima, see what's the haps other than being allowed on the main floor, which you could also talk about.
No. 414733 ID: 6427f3

No. 414810 ID: 5c94e7

Go through a mental checklist of things that are expected of you to do and say once it's showtime. Rehearse them to yourself if necessary, you must be flawless and without guilt if something untoward should happen. Such as sabotage by one of the crueler sisters in the building.
I don't suppose you are hungry or thirsty? How's your breath and general smell? Is there any lint on your clothing?
No. 414895 ID: 742815
File 133764806343.jpg - (74.44KB , 800x600 , page1-15.jpg )

Zayyima is wearing a Serratian outfit, too! Augh, no!

"I love your outfit, Zayyima!" I say.

>"Thank you, Chenhua. You look... nice, too."

"Oh, wow Chenhua, where'd you get that wrap?" Souli asks. Her outfit is a kind of ugly teal color, and it hides her form.

I go through the spice cart story again, and Souli remembers.

"What have you to been doing as of late?"

>"Some of the girls are planning the big sneak-out after The Coming-out," Zayyima whispers in her tongue-heavy Tilan accent, "It's the only tradition that Madame Zo doesn't know about!"

"One of the older girls from upstairs came down here last night and told us about it. You were already asleep, I think..."

I could use a small bite to eat, but Madame Zo said not to eat too much before The Coming-out.

I don't think that I smell, but I can take a bath if I want to. There is one bath in The Boudoir. I will brush my beak shortly. My outfit is made of silk, so there is nothing stuck to it!

I do hope that Shan-ha is not planning anything stupid. She can be such a pest!
No. 414900 ID: 132b99

oh god no, the sneak out is a trap. the older girl is just messing with you to try and get you into trouble.
No. 414920 ID: 9263d6

I agree, this sneak-out is not good news... but I suppose it will be a big plot development if Chen goes.
Chen should go take a bath.
No. 415035 ID: 5720b4

You're smarter than that. Don't fall for it.
No. 415054 ID: 5c94e7

How do you girls know about fashion if you never leave the compound?
No. 415068 ID: 742815
File 133767312598.jpg - (91.60KB , 800x600 , page1-16.jpg )

Well... some of us don't apparently. Madame Zo is our number-one source for information. She takes care of us well!

"I think I will sit that out. I do not want to get in trouble."

>"Huh, I didn't think you so prudent, Chenhua! That's ok, we all take a little while to learn," says Zayyima.

"There will be BOYS!" Souli squeaks, apparently having been holding that in since the beginning of the conversation.
No. 415069 ID: 742815
File 133767324715.jpg - (100.75KB , 800x600 , madame.jpg )

The door upstairs swings open!

"Girls?" It is Madame Zo. "I should think you more prepared than this! In line. Fall in line, now!"
No. 415073 ID: 742815
File 133767474752.jpg - (217.53KB , 800x600 , page1-17.jpg )

All of the new girls fall in line. When Madame Zo tells you to do something, you do it!
No. 415074 ID: 742815
File 133767508540.jpg - (106.03KB , 800x600 , page1-18.jpg )

>"Quiet, quiet all of you. The next one of you to say a word gets to scrub the latrine with her beak brush!"

Madame Zo walks down the line, looking over us.

>"You've made some progress, I see. Souli, you look perfectly plain. Chenhua and Zayyima, why are you both wearing Serration outfits? One of you must change before The Coming-out. Can't you all take a hint from young Shan-ha? She's the only one who can dress herself, it seems."

Madame Zo stops pacing, then. "Is there anything to report? You may speak now."

Should I tell Madame Zo about the sneak-out?
No. 415075 ID: 132b99

no, if it's a legit thing it will sour your relations with the other girls.
No. 415076 ID: 131de9

Well, on the one hand, it's the right thing to do. On the other hand, it will make you a total social outcast.

Given that it's apparently a longstanding tradition though, I'd say there's no sense in upsetting it. Not right now anyway.
No. 415084 ID: b85f8c

Don't be a snitch.
No. 415090 ID: b2112e

Let it be, but don't participate.
No. 415100 ID: b9d767

As of right now, no. If it seems that the sneak out will cause trouble or problems, THEN you tell her.
No. 415129 ID: 42491f

Don't tell her. There's a good chance that Madame Zo actually knows about this tradition - since she knows about all the others - and has simply decided to let it slide (if she's the sort of person who ever does that), so it's likely that telling her about it would only make everyone else angry with you.
No. 415141 ID: 9263d6

No. If you tell Madame Zo, the other girls will be very angry.
No. 416979 ID: 742815
File 133832374087.jpg - (93.41KB , 800x600 , page1-19.jpg )

"Nope, nope. No, Madame Zo, things are going swimmingly this morning," I say.

"Let's keep it that way, can we girls? You may report to Shan-ha from now on. She will gladly help you prepare, won't she?" Madame Zo looks directly at Shan-ha.

>"Yes Madame! I will gladly keep them all straight," says Shan-ha. Wow, she sure answered fast. I bet she was waiting to say that.
No. 416981 ID: 742815
File 133832384916.jpg - (107.40KB , 800x600 , page1-20.jpg )

Madame Zo walks back upstairs. That was nerve-wracking.

Now there is the matter of my and Zayyima's outfits. How will we decide who has to change? I want this to be nice and fair, but like hell I am changing!
No. 416983 ID: 132b99

rock paper scissors.
oldest game.
rap off.
tell jokes and judge decides who's joke is better.
No. 416990 ID: 450b8d

Rock paper scissors!
Or jokes if you prefer.

We seriously don't need the oldest game for something so trivial.
No. 417012 ID: 71d68e

Rock paper scissors is the quickest fair way. Best two out of three.
No. 417014 ID: b85f8c

BOTH of you change.
No. 417019 ID: b0d466

Suggest this, and then don't actually change! Just pretend you are going to.
No. 417088 ID: 09e5bf

Rock paper scissors
No. 417153 ID: 730083

Mud wrestling.

The answer is obvious. Silly Serration.

Both of you grab each other's beaks and hold them close with all your strength. The first person who can open their beak and say silly Serration wins. (Of course, you can rid the game by polishing your beak first.)
No. 417379 ID: 42491f

Do you really have to change? You might be wearing outfits from the same area, but they're not actually all that similar. It's not as if you're wearing the exact same thing.
No. 417841 ID: 503921

Be the nice girl. Tell her you don't really want to change and you know she probably doesn't want to either. Then offer to help her with her makeup and outfit if she is the one who changes and that you'll let her borrow your jewelry.
No. 419593 ID: 742815
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rolled 1 = 1

I throw ROCK!

A dice roll will determine Zayyima's throw. 1 = paper, 2 = scissors. A tie is discounted in the interest of time.
No. 419595 ID: 742815
File 133909901450.jpg - (44.71KB , 800x600 , uhoh.jpg )

Zayyima throws PAPER!


This outfit is so beautiful, too! Hers is so ugly and dumb, I can't even believe it!

Well, is fair fair, or should I try to fight dirty?
No. 419596 ID: 09e5bf

Fair is fair. Accept your loss.
No. 419603 ID: 132b99

everyone knows it's 2 out of 3. one round is not the correct rock paper scissors method.
No. 419606 ID: 71d68e

It looks like the quest author did it this way to speed up the proceedings. Let's just accept our loss.
No. 419611 ID: 742815
File 133910266676.jpg - (102.27KB , 800x600 , page1-21.jpg )

Aw, well... at least I have two very lovely backup outfits here!

Should I pick the blouse, bloomers, and butterfly corset?

Or should I pick the springtime dress with the floral belt?

Oh, and I think I might as well take a bath!

10:30 A.M.

Five and a half hours to go!

No. 419644 ID: 132b99

No. 419683 ID: 78712a

Springtime dress. Less is more, and the other one looks frumpy.
No. 419700 ID: 609a3f

The spring dress!
No. 419785 ID: 71d68e

Definitely the spring dress.
No. 419903 ID: 9259bc

Try both on and then decide
No. 419981 ID: 252e1b

Dress and floral belt. Take a bath.
No. 420287 ID: e1359e
File 133930416395.jpg - (71.00KB , 800x600 , page1-23.jpg )

Aw, well! I guess the dress it is! It is such a pretty dress, that's ok, I'm not mad or anything.

I will still look CAVALIER in this dress

I'll get in the bath, now. I hope I don't smudge my makeup!
No. 420288 ID: e1359e
File 133930421894.jpg - (88.07KB , 800x600 , page1-22.jpg )

I go into the bathing room. Shai-shai is here!

She is just... sitting in the water. She doesn't say hello to me when I walk in.
No. 420289 ID: b0d466

"What's wrong bestest buddy?"
No. 420395 ID: f72f26

engage hugs
No. 420442 ID: 925318

All the things.
No. 420451 ID: 001168

It can all be summed up in a one word question:

No. 420987 ID: e1359e
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Ok, wow, Shai-shai is giving me zero hugback right now.

"Shai-shai, you're worrying me! What's wrong?"
No. 420992 ID: e1359e
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>"I don't think I can do this Chen. I don't! I am not as pretty as the other girls or... you! I can't, I can't!"

"Shai-shai, don't say that!"

>"No. Don't even try to pat me on the back and say it's ok! I am the bottom of the ba-ha-rrel!"


>"I heard about the Sneak-out. I'm going, OK? And... well, what if I don't come back from it?"
No. 420994 ID: b0d466

Don't cry you'll ruin your makeup!
No. 421017 ID: fcd67b

Don't cry! And why would you leave, how would you take care of yourself?
No. 421031 ID: b0d466


No. 421032 ID: e1359e
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Shai-shai is my BEST friend. We have lived here together since we both can remember.

But... I've been looking forward to today for just as long. If I do well at the Coming-out, I will win favor with the entire house, including Madame Zo. I'm not really sure what comes after the coming-out. The older girls from upstairs won't tell us, but I am sure that it is amazing!

I just don't know! What do I do? Well, I will just get ready for now.
No. 421033 ID: e1359e
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1 P.M.

Three hours to go.

No. 421035 ID: 3d47eb

This is clearly the work of Shan-ha..
Interrogate that bitch.
No. 421036 ID: 132b99

you didn't take the dress with you to the bath?
No. 421037 ID: fed066

Two words - tasteful nudity.
No. 421039 ID: b0d466

Are any of the other girls your size!?
No. 421040 ID: 132b99

craft some Pasties and stick them on.
No. 421052 ID: 516a9d

I don't see another option~
No. 421181 ID: c569f6

Where do you get your clothes in the first place? Can you go there to get more?
No. 421729 ID: e1359e
File 133964071854.jpg - (65.82KB , 800x600 , page1-29.jpg )

There is only one other person in the Boudoir who wears the same sized clothes as me...
No. 421736 ID: e1359e
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>"Bahaha! Kekeke"

>"Oh my, Chen, I don't know what's more stupid: your accusations that I stole those rags you call clothes, or the very NOTION that I would ever lend you any of mine! Bwahaha!"
No. 421742 ID: 132b99

find a sewing kit and get stuff from the other girls and MAKE SOME!
No. 421745 ID: 1f8505

Kill her.
No. 421749 ID: 450b8d

Is this something you can talk to Madame Zo about? Or would you get in trouble even though it isn't really your fault?

If that's not a good idea you're probably going to have to alter clothes from someone who will let you use them.
No. 421760 ID: b85f8c

Tell her that if she really had nothing to do with it she'll help you find them.
No. 421797 ID: f72f26

Steal clothes.
No. 421812 ID: e1359e
File 133964924706.jpg - (103.35KB , 800x600 , page1-30.jpg )

>appeal to Shan-ha

"If you didn't take them, then maybe you'll help me find out who did?"

>"Don't care."

"Can you just-"


"Shan-ha, listen to"


I hold my tongue as Shan-ha walks away.


Ok, whose clothes should I take?
No. 421830 ID: 132b99

get someone to occupy her and steal Shan-ha's clothes. then alter them a little. make sure no marks are on them that she can use to claim ownership. then when she says it's her's ask her to prove it and she can't and she looks dumb.
No. 421835 ID: 010e8d

Taking clothing is going to be difficult. I mean, the accusations lobbed at you from any one person would create an interesting situation, to say the least.

Shan-Ha is the dictionary definition of a bitch. It seems like the obvious, revenge based route. Yet, that's only going to lead to a huge fight. You can't risk a black eye or a cracked beak.

No, you need to 'steal' an outfit from the most timid person of the lot, that is if you don't think you could ask anyone for assistance. Just remember to try and whatever outfit to your size, if you can.
No. 421885 ID: b85f8c

Go looking around a bit. Complain loudly to everyone that someone stole your clothes.
No. 422256 ID: 503921

Look through her stuff. See if it's yours.
No. 422369 ID: 1f8505

Kill her.
No. 422570 ID: 131de9


Seems like this is the only rational mature option right here.
No. 422766 ID: e1359e
File 133981323803.jpg - (89.62KB , 800x600 , page1-31.jpg )

I don't have time for this!

Oh God, wow. I can't believe it. She was telling the truth! All that is in here is this weird high-fashion stuff that Madame Zo bring back specifically for Shan-ha!
No. 422770 ID: e1359e
File 133981353194.jpg - (43.44KB , 800x600 , page1-32.jpg )

Ok, ok, ok, ok.


I don't have much time before the Coming-out. These are my final options.

>"Borrow" Shan-ha's clothes
>"Borrow" clothes from the most timid person (Shai-shai)
>Beg for clothes from the others

Things that are not options for me right now:
>making clothing
>altering clothing
>telling Madame Zo (she is upstairs, and I am not allowed up there yet!)
>going upstairs naked (Madame Zo would whip my knuckles with a cedar branch, I am not even joking she does that)

Maybe I can think of something else, but, wow, I am freaking out here!
No. 422791 ID: b85f8c

DETECTIVE TIME! Ask around to see if anyone was alone at the time that you got your shit stolen.
No. 422799 ID: 1f8505


Steal all her clothes.
No. 422838 ID: f72f26

Yes steal all Shan ha's clothes

all of them
No. 422851 ID: e1359e
File 133982113330.jpg - (53.54KB , 800x600 , page1-34.jpg )

Alright, I can't believe that I am going to use these without permission. I will never hear the end of it!

Well... maybe she deserves it for how terribly she has been treating Shai-shai and me! Yes, that will do.

Maybe if I just snag something right before the Coming-out, she will not be able to do anything about it. Oh, wow, that might actually work! I will just deal with the mess afterward.

That still does not solve what happened to my clothes, though. I actually think that Shan-ha was telling the truth.

I guess I'll just stay naked for now! What I get will be whatever I can grab.

Two P.M.

Two hours to go.

What do I do until then? This wait is killing me! I just wish that someone would at least tell me what this thing is about!
No. 422905 ID: b0d466

Pass the time by staring at a wall.
No. 422907 ID: 88edf8

Go be naked with Shai-shai she would totally be cool with it.
No. 422918 ID: 132b99

just wander around popping in people's rooms randomly.
No. 422978 ID: e1359e
File 133982896858.jpg - (67.55KB , 800x600 , page1-35.jpg )

Shai-shai is no longer nude. She is sitting in the corner of the dormitory room alone, practicing a very sad song on the moon lute. She does not seem interested in talking to me.

I am worried for Shai-shai!

Well, there is no time for that now. I discreetly listen in on her playing for a while. She is getting pretty good, wow! I never really knew, but mostly because she never practices when anyone else is around.

I'm going to go swipe a dress from Shan-ha's closet. The Coming-out is in less than an hour, now!
No. 422983 ID: e1359e
File 133982915623.jpg - (71.61KB , 800x600 , page1-36.jpg )

I open the drawer, crap a handful of Shan-ha's fancy clothing, and then run back to my bed to change!

Not so bad, really. Wow, this is a really exotic piece. I wonder where Madame Zo found this!

>"Round your last edges, girls. Get ready to come upstairs! You have fifteen minutes!" Madame Zo's aged voice, sound much like a comb through wool, echoes down the stairwell.

FIFTEEN MINUTES? Oh God, I am so nervous!
No. 422985 ID: b0d466

Relaaaaaax you'll be FINE
No. 422986 ID: 132b99

make sure you aren't seen in that before getting upstairs. where Shan-ha yelling would get her in trouble, and where is your forehead circle!?
No. 422992 ID: e1359e
File 133983032507.jpg - (101.19KB , 800x600 , page1-37.jpg )

Shai-shai and I are redoing each other's makeup at the last minute. Uh... someone said that my dot was oblong. Not that I value that person's opinion at all. Yeah.

Updates will resume tomorrow. I am super tired now
No. 423001 ID: b0d466


Remember to look CONFIDENT when you make your entrance!
No. 424289 ID: e1359e
File 134017057126.jpg - (196.14KB , 800x600 , page1-38.jpg )

Wow. Ok, wow. It is really... this is not what I thought that the upstairs would look like!

The girls, except for Shan-ha, erupt in giggles immediately upon spotting a Talun-men tapestry on the wall with a rather interesting image below.

I can't help but giggle myself, as much as I try not to! There is a very red hallway, a large table, and a window to the outside. It is raining, so I can not see much out there from here.
No. 424290 ID: e1359e
File 134017064489.gif - (20.56KB , 550x400 , page1-39.gif )

Shan-ha walks by me, stopping for a moment.

She says nothing.
No. 424292 ID: e1359e
File 134017103241.jpg - (85.96KB , 800x600 , page1-40.jpg )

Madame Zo marches out from an adjacent room, closing the door behind her.

>"No dawdling! Straighten yourselves up and be on your best behavior!" She marches be each of us individually, "No giggling, no snickering, no slouching. Straight faces!"

Madame Zo has always been stern, but I have never seen her so downright austere.

>"You are about to meet Master Rin Sangsun. You will address him as 'sir', or 'Master Rin'. Speak only when spoken to." Madame Zo's voice sounds something like running a comb through wool, but it is loud. It gets right into your spine and forces it straight.

This is not what I was looking forward to at all. I am so nervous! Oh God. I look at Shai-shai for maybe a quick look of support.

Shai-shai's face is as straight and stoic as a statue's. I feel a cold sweat wash over me.
No. 424294 ID: b85f8c

No. 424295 ID: 0bad97

Do as the Madam commands.
No. 424297 ID: 132b99

hopefully it's because it's so important. and then after the coming out it gets a lot more relaxed again.
No. 424302 ID: b0ef59

You should probably do as you are told.
No. 424538 ID: e1359e
File 134024716946.jpg - (176.55KB , 800x600 , page1-41.jpg )

>"Get in line, all of you! Shan-ha, uncross your arms. Master Rin will be here any moment. Look sharp, for Talun's love, stand up straight!"

Madame Zo takes her cedar branch from somewhere inside of her cloak and begins to bat us in the rumps in order to correct our postures.

>"Stay away from the Red Hallway. All of you to your right! Now!"
No. 424540 ID: e1359e
File 134024780758.jpg - (58.22KB , 800x600 , page1-42.jpg )


The front door bursts open! A tall crane man enteres, seemingly as loudly as he can. The door even slams against the wall adjacent to it.

This is the first man that I have ever seen, but I have heard their deep voices from downstairs. Oh God, wow, he is taller even than Madame Zo!

"The weather's dreadfuuuullll, and I'm wet and I'm not happy! Hahaha!"

He sounds very happy! He is laughing and everything

"You had better be about ready to impress me, or I'll have my goooood friends knocking on your door in a heartbeat. Or... less! Ahaha!"

>"Madame Zo, Master Rin. Madame. Aren't you a gentleman?" asks Madame Zo. For the first time that I have heard, her voice has the least detectable amount of hesitance.

"Shut your mouth. Dooon't let this be an incitement, Zo. Let's not be enemies. You hear?"

She nods without saying a word. Oh God what is going on
No. 424546 ID: b0d466

You guys don't happen to be exotic prostitutes or something do you

'cause this guy is creepin' me out
No. 424548 ID: b85f8c

Keep up your posture.
No. 424616 ID: e1359e
File 134025460810.jpg - (101.31KB , 800x600 , page1-43.jpg )

"Weeeeell, well well well well! Hm, hmmm, aren't these eyes pleeeaaased with the crop? Sprouted up like flowers. Not weeeeeds like the last bunch. You've gotten better at this, Zo." Master Rin drops his cane on the floor, as if to discard it.

He begins to walk down the line, starting with Zayyima. "You Tilans are as blaaaack as night, you hear? Don't get... toooo greased up or we'll drop you and you'll be lost on the dark! Haha!
No. 424621 ID: e1359e
File 134025509598.jpg - (103.22KB , 800x600 , page1-44.jpg )

His walk is very flamboyant and tipsy, and his words are careless. Master Rin stops at Shai-shai. She bows her head. Oh Shai-shai...

"Oh! Oooh no. This one's a bit homely. Have you been feeding her too much, Zo?"

>"They eat on their own accord."

Master Rin pauses for a moment, then says, "Ah! Well... bravo to the rest of you then.

Despite my growing convictions of anger and distress, I keep my back straight and proud. Shai-shai looks like she is about to cry!
No. 424626 ID: 132b99

talking now will probably make zo flip the fuck out.
No. 424652 ID: 6e44d2

I think you're gonna have to endure until all this is over.

... That will probably be your catch phrase, should you choose to stay in this place.
No. 424665 ID: b0ef59

Yeah. Probably best to keep silent at this point. Yeah totally don't say a word.
No. 424723 ID: f4e8c9

If I didn't know better I'd think you might be about to get sold into slavery ...
No. 424732 ID: fa537b

know better?
No. 424746 ID: f5b22e

Sold? It is quite likely she was sold years ago.

Either way, this may be a test. With very real consequences.
No. 424808 ID: e1359e
File 134033168512.jpg - (128.74KB , 800x600 , page1-45.jpg )

A test? I, what

I don't know anything about being sold! I have lived here all my life! Or at least as long as I can remember...

Master Rin looks over Shan-ha. "This one looks niiiiice. I can tell that she has a vile attitude... mmmby how she stands. The daaay I learn to hit a woman without leaving a mark, I'll be rich."

Rin turns to Madame Zo, "I'd neglected to mention that a VEERRRY high-profile visitor from dooooowwwwn town is making an appearance, and your Peephouse has earned many... recommendationsss. He's paying for yooouung virgins for himself an his ent'raaaage. Sent me to pick the best one for him. How about that!

>Madame Zo keeps a stiff face, but takes a moment to reply. "I am honored that we have such a reputation."
No. 424812 ID: e1359e
File 134033198551.jpg - (101.10KB , 800x600 , page1-46.jpg )

"Such a little pixie this one is. Mmmmy yesss. Like a peach ice cream."

Oh God he is touching me, gross, his hands smell like garlic or something, God

I thiiiink I have mah contenders. It was a... skittish pick," says Rin after looking over the remaining girls.
No. 424816 ID: e1359e
File 134033237683.jpg - (100.55KB , 800x600 , page1-47.jpg )

Yes yes yes, oh how I loooove my joooob!

"Which of you three shall take your tea with sugar?"

The bitch, the fat one, and the pixie are the final three! Which one to choose to... service Yon Tonpaht?
No. 424818 ID: 132b99

well the fat one could sour your rep with the client, bringing him a sub-par product and all that. now between the last two it's a matter of taste. if he wants her to fight him then the bitch, if not then the pixie.
No. 424820 ID: b0d466

The bitch!
No. 424843 ID: 8cf4e4

Sell the bitch, she deserves it.
No. 424844 ID: b0ef59

Yeah not the fat one. Between the other two, eh they are pretty close. You should take the Bitch.
No. 424861 ID: 886a4d

If the client wants innocence the Bitch might not be the best choice. Still it probably would keep her subdued for a time before she decides to take it out on others.
No. 424888 ID: a3b384

The bitch is the most fun to tame, no?
No. 424947 ID: 6e44d2

This. And, honestly, she is innocent. That'll become apparent when he starts violating her.
No. 425125 ID: d10f72

Well he is not the one to be violating her, his boss is.
No. 425160 ID: 6e44d2

No. 425566 ID: e1359e
File 134055379766.jpg - (91.12KB , 800x600 , page1-50.jpg )

"Yooouuu are the lucky one, pretty bird. All dollled up and everything!

The Tonpaht looooves himself a stubborn one. More sport in that, isn't that right Zo?"

>Madame Zo acknowledges Rin minimally.
No. 425567 ID: e1359e
File 134055382770.jpg - (70.52KB , 800x600 , page1-48.jpg )

The others will be servicing the Tonpaht's entouraaaage.

Let's discuss the matter of payment, then, shaaaalll we?

Master Rin takes out a small scroll, opening it and scrolling down a bit.

I'mmmm thinking, hm, let's seee heeeeeere. Six parts-of-ten to the Lillies. Four parts four yours truly, and oh! That leaves a whole part of ten right back to The Peephouse!

>Madame Zo looks shocked suddenly. I have only seen that look once before, and that was when Shai-shai and I spilled ink all over the great rug in the middle of the Boudoir as children. The look subsides as quickly as it had appeared.

>"One part of ten? We... we can't subsist on that! We reveived two parts in the last offering, and these girls are even new!"

Rin closes the scroll, "Well, times are reeeaaaaally tough. You'd know that more than anyone in this craphole, wouldn'tcha? How about this, then: nothing. You get NOTHING. I've got to run off now. Busy daaaaay! Don't stir things up, or I'll send my boys over for a late night visit! Ta-ta!"

As Rin leaves, he chirps something about deciding whom to giv the other part-of-ten to. He is apparently musing to himself.[/b]

>"Downstairs, now. All of you. You are dismissed." Madame Zo goes to her room and slams the door.
No. 425568 ID: e1359e
File 134055396489.jpg - (93.20KB , 800x600 , page1-49.jpg )


Shan-ha is crying...
No. 425569 ID: e1359e
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Later that night...

I have been trying to comfort Shai-shai for a while now. What Master Rin said hit her hard. She is talking about running away, never eating again, and... something else. I don't want to think about that.

I need to cheer her up somehow!
No. 425573 ID: f72f26

Running away seems a pretty solid Idea

that dude was an asshole.
No. 425574 ID: cee0ad

No. 425585 ID: 14a1d0

Time to run away with Shai-Shai and go on wacky adventures.
No. 425592 ID: 886a4d

I think you both should run away, its now rather obvious what a peephouse is.
No. 425594 ID: e1359e
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Shai-shai explodes.

>"Have you ever even THOUGHT of not being stuck in here for the rest of your fucking life? Do you KNOW where you came from?"

"Shai-shai, we've always been safe here," I say. She is starting to scare me! This is our home!

>"I'm sorry... I'm really sorry, I shouldn't raise my voice. It's just that that Master Rin does NOT sound safe. He talks like he owns us, and owns Madame Zo, and owns this place, and I am scared! Ok, I am scared. I am always scared, I'm sorry!"

Shai-shai breaks down in tears again. She is a complete wreck right now! Still, her words, to me, are more profound than anything that I have ever heard. Shai-shai is older than me, but I have never seen her as someone to look up to until now.

"I... think you're right."

>"I knew you... wait, really? I mean, really?"

My first reaction is to just run out the door, but no. It can't be that easy.

We need a plan. If we are going to get out of here, it needs to be done carefully. Neither of us has any idea what it is like on the outside.
No. 425596 ID: cee0ad

We must kill master Rin, and violate his mother with an iron dildo before that.
No. 425598 ID: 132b99

we need to gather some food that wont spoil quickly and then get a few changes of clothes. reminds me, find out where your clothes went.
No. 425609 ID: b0ef59

Two young girls raised in isolation with a questionable skillset going out into a world they know nothing about with no real objective other than To Get Out. Yeah.

Worse things are going to happen to you if you go out on your own. You should find out how you got to the peephouse in the first place; if you taken from your parents and so on.
The ultimate goal is finding some relatives you could be sheltered by.
No. 425621 ID: 9b5a1a

Why just the two of you? Shouldn't you try and convince all of the girls to leave? I'd think everyone would be scared, and there is safety in numbers and all that.
No. 425630 ID: f72f26

getting other girls in on this could be useful safety in numbers and all that

but first it might be best to test the waters with ask what the think of Master Rin,
Only if they share similar concerns let them in on the plan

Shan-ha though is probably a lost cause, probably not even worth asking
No. 425631 ID: f72f26

Oh! Zayyima said this the other day

>"Some of the girls are planning the big sneak-out after The Coming-out," Zayyima whispers in her tongue-heavy Tilan accent, "It's the only tradition that Madame Zo doesn't know about!"

a "Big sneak out" is kind of what you want anyways, just with this one you won't be coming back
talk to Zayyima first get some more details this might just be easier than you think
No. 425641 ID: b85f8c

Yes. The Sneak Out is our best chance.
No. 426563 ID: e1359e
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"Someone took all of my clothes out of my armoire right before the Coming-out! Can you believe that?"


"Did you happen to see who did it? I thought maybe, since it is right next to yours..."

Shai-shai shakes her head.
No. 426564 ID: e1359e
File 134076891793.jpg - (81.34KB , 800x600 , page1-54.jpg )

The general consensus among the girls seems to be that men are greedy, flamboyant monsters devoid of any and all compassion. A few of them were frightened by Master Rin - Shai-shai especially.

>"I didn't think that Madame Zo would ever let anyone treat us that badly!" says Souli, her voice squeaky and eager to gossip as usual.

I ask who would be willing to leave during the Sneak-out. For good, I add to the end. They fall silent, and no one volunteers.

Well, almost no one...
No. 426565 ID: e1359e
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>"What, you would just LEAVE me here? Running away?" Shan-ha, absent from the assembly until now, bursts through the curtain from her wing of the Dorm. She sounds dramatic and accusatory as usual, but at the same time oddly distressed. She spent the entire evening alone since the Coming-out.

She waits for an answer.
No. 426571 ID: 09e5bf

let her come along
No. 426573 ID: f72f26

say that you were going to talk to her, but wanted to wait until after she'd calmed down from the whole dress borrowing fiasco
No. 426576 ID: b85f8c

Psst! She's the one who stole your clothes.

She was trying to make someone look worse than her, because she felt like that was her only chance at not coming in dead last.

Say no, she can come if she wants. And apologize for wearing her dress, she's the only one here your size and like you said, someone stole all your clothes.
No. 426584 ID: 4a328b

She can come too~
No. 426596 ID: e1359e
File 134077368293.jpg - (101.61KB , 800x600 , page1-57.jpg )

"Well, I guess you can come along, Shan-ha. I'm sorry for wearing your dress, too. I know you said not to, but I needed clothes!"

I think that Shan-ha is scared! Ha, I knew that she was not without fears!
No. 426597 ID: e1359e
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I have known Shai-shai for as long as I can remember.

If there is one thing that I am certain about, it is that she CAN NOT LIE.

I ask her finally if she took my clothes.
No. 426599 ID: e1359e
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>I'm sorry! I'm sorry Chenhua! I just... you are the most beautiful one here! I don't know what I was thinking. I'm sorry!"

Shai-shai begins to sob again. She looks like even more of a wreck that before. What should I tell her? I am not happy with what she did.
No. 426604 ID: 4a328b


You're still my home-girl.

Just don't pull that shit again o_O

And give her a hug.
No. 426614 ID: b85f8c

Tell her that she is going to make it up to you.
No. 426640 ID: b0ef59

Forgive and hug and focus on the matter at hand.

And all that.
No. 426752 ID: 35037c

Chill gurl it's a'ight.
No. 426766 ID: 6ac522

Forgive her. Completely.
Do not even suggest a 'don't do it again', as she's in such a fragile state.. and if you all sneak out and stay out, you may need to rely on one another utterly.
Tell her that she can always talk to you about her worries. You are friends. Sisters, even.

Besides, your choices of clothing when you leave should be a mixture of a) humble, unassuming and b) (hopefully) valuable.

You know you can't take it all with you. What is the most you have had to carry, and how long did you have to carry it? A few minutes? Have you ever had to walk for hours before? Or run for more than a few moments?
Shai-Shai is at an advantage when the time comes to escape, and hide. She is taller, and may be slightly stronger than yourself. According to that cruel man, she is 'plain', so she may not stand out as much. Your own beauty may end up working against you.
No. 426878 ID: e1359e
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"Don't cry! I love you, girl!" I hug Shai-shai and smoosh her face with my face.

Despite her brazen efforts, she smiles.

I can run and walk. There is a courtyard where the girls and I play ball. Shan-ha, Shai-shai and I can each carry a bag of things!

The Big Sneak-out, involving all of the girls in the Peephouse Boudoir, takes place TOMORROW night. According to Souli and Zayyima, who have actually talked to one of the older girls, the person who wins The Coming-out has to stay behind to meet a visitor who comes to the Peephouse.

Uh, hm. That can not be right. How could the meeting take all night?!
No. 426884 ID: 132b99

it's a long and hard meeting. the winner has to take a lot of poles. maybe take care of a few frankfurters.
No. 426892 ID: f3cdb4

Because the meeting is sex. Shan-ha is going to be getting fucked.
No. 426908 ID: f72f26

well this is just a cover for your escape, mostly just to get you out of the peephouse

the older girls may cause a problem if they stop you from leaving, on top of the problem of having to leave Shan-ha behind

does this place have any security, any guards? it might be well to consider leaving tonight to eliminate some of the complications that could arise from leaving at the sneak out,
No. 427199 ID: e1359e
File 134093695192.jpg - (122.03KB , 800x600 , page1-60.jpg )

As far as I know, there are no guards other than the older girls. Since they seem to be the ones who told us about the sneak-out, they probably did it once themselves. They might even help us, but I have never met them!

If Shai-shai and I were to leave tonight, we would be leaving Shan-ha behind. She was the only other one in favor of leaving "for good".

This is the potential sequence of events:

1.Leave tonight (optional)
2. Shan-ha meets with Yon Tonpaht tomorrow evening
3. The Big Sneak-out occurs while Shan-ha is with the Tonpaht, and she is left behind according to tradition

If we want to include Shan-ha with us, then we will have to leave tonight or tomorrow morning! The older girls may try to stop us if they see Shan-ha!

I am imagining in my head a map of what I know of the Peephouse. I know the downstairs like the back of my hand, but the upstairs is still vague!
No. 427219 ID: 4a328b

Leave tonight (With bitch-ha)
No. 427227 ID: f72f26

Leave tonight

one of the other girls will probably squeal on you by tomorrow as well.

making things much more complicated
No. 427244 ID: bbee3d

As obnoxious as Shan-Ha is, Rin is far worse. I don't think even she deserves to be left to the mercies of his master. You need to get out of here with her tonight.

Okay... So the obvious exit requires you to sneak past both the older girls' AND the Madame's quarters, on a rather important night when Madame Zo is already upset and perhaps less likely to sleep. (How deeply does she usually sleep, anyway?)

This does not sound like an ideal plan. You need some more options.

Is there any possibility of escaping by way of the courtyard? If so, that might be a better route. What kind of walls surround it? Do you have any furniture, rope, or rope-like fabric you could use to climb them?

Do you know of any other exits? Basements aren't usually well supplied with exits, but the kitchen is likely to have one. Any convenient windows?
No. 427349 ID: f5832c

Find something sharp, a knitting needle or a pice of broken glass you could wrap cloth around to make a handle, if it comes down to it you may need to kill to escape.

i know this isnt soemthing youd want to do, but you heared what he said about this "Tonpaht" and his entourage, this is not something you want to be anywere near, or something you want to abandon anyone too.
No. 427862 ID: e1359e
File 134116450296.jpg - (118.66KB , 800x600 , page1-62.jpg )

The courtyard wall is fairly tall! I do not really know how to climb, and I do not want to damage any of my clothes!

Jorta might have rope. Nah, she won't, I mean, I have never seen any. Her people are called the "Rope People", but, I don't know, that might be stereotyping! Wow, I would doubt that she has rope. Nevermind!
No. 427864 ID: e1359e
File 134116459029.jpg - (141.82KB , 800x600 , kitchen.jpg )

The kitchen is a small space. There are no windows, but there is a small ventilation shaft behind the counter, and a large pipe behind the stove.
No. 427865 ID: e1359e
File 134116465275.jpg - (95.43KB , 800x600 , page1-61.jpg )

Shan-ha disappeared into the dorm while Shai-shai and I were making up. She does not look well. She's just sitting their and staring!
No. 427911 ID: 886a4d

Ask her if she knows what the 'client' wants her for. And if its as bad as you think it is tell her we'll get out of here before we allow that to happen. Let Rin explain THAT to his 'client'.
No. 428217 ID: f72f26

try talking to Shan-ha, she doesn't look so good
No. 428447 ID: bbee3d

Whatever she's thinking about, it doesn't look good. See if you can distract her by getting her involved with the escape plans. They're for her more than anyone, so the least she could do is help.
No. 429139 ID: e1359e
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>talk to Shan-ha

Ugh, but she's so meeeeaaaaaaannnn! I don't want to talk to her!

Ok, ok. If we're bringing her along tonight, I guess I'll have to eventually.

Before I do, I need a SOLID plan on getting out. Think, think!
No. 429140 ID: 58a693

Is there a way to trace the stove pipe to see where it exits? It looks like the most viable thing to crawl through so it's really the best bet.
No. 429142 ID: 4a328b

MAKE A LADDER OF PEEPS with shan ha at the bottom so she gets pulled out last so she can't just ditch you

if you can get other gals to help boost you over the wall that'd be great
No. 429145 ID: f72f26

peep lader seems like a pretty solid idea
No. 429152 ID: bbee3d

Ask if anyone has rope. It can't do any harm to ask, and if you ask everyone, it won't seem like you're signaling Jorta out.

Alternately, you could tie bedsheets or something together and use them to climb out. After all, if you're running away, you might as well get some use out of the things you can't bring with you.
No. 429156 ID: 0444e2

Two options:

One involves tunneling under the wall. It's labor intensive, but not an impossibility.

Another would be fashioning rope from bedsheets and other strong linens. Probably easier too.

Yeah, do that one.
No. 429170 ID: 4a328b

hey shan ha didn't have a dot what's up with that
No. 429225 ID: 8a3061

bedsheet rope is the best idea.

Tie something heavy to the end (like a rock or whatever). Then you can throw it upwards and hopefully snag it on those spikes or tusks or whatever those things are at the top of the wall.
No. 429396 ID: e1359e
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>"What do you want?"

"You don't seem well, Sha-"

>"Are you just jealous? If you are jealous that I was chosen, I am too tired to hear it right now."

"I just wanted to talk to you. Master Rin is a-"

>"I know! Just... just stop! I know, I know! Go do whatever you are going to do, but don't talk to me!"

"I need your help tying sheets."

We tie together all of the sheets that anyone is willing to give. I say goodbye to the girls who are awake. Shan-ha seems unwilling to speak to any of them.

What exactly should I get from the House for later use before I leave?
No. 429399 ID: 4a328b

Water, or something to carry water in. Some food. Coins, if you have any (not likely). Change of clothes, a knife, ummm medical supplies? Can you think of anything else?
No. 429400 ID: 886a4d

Food, anything that will keep well or is high energy. Something to hold water in and anything valuable to sell. You should all wear servents clothing or older pieces that are worn out. Anything new and shiny will simply catch attention and you will be remembered. I doubt there is anything really worthwhile but take some very sharp kitchen knives.
No. 429401 ID: 299ed3

Take some food and anything that has sentimental value to you that doesn't look expensive.

Also, it would be best if you put on a less fancy dress to blend in.
No. 429403 ID: e1359e
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Each of us gets food for ourselves. I take a kitchen knife, and sheath it in a book so that it does not cut all of my stuff! The book is called Sermons of The Prophet Jerem.

I change clothes, but pack my fancy Serratian outfit just in case!

Shai-shai's outfit is not that fancy.

I tell Shan-ha that she should change so that she does not draw attention.

>"Haha! No, I am not going to spend my first night in the city in rags! You may, but you will only serve to make me look better."

We get Shai-shai to throw our makeshift grapnel. It takes at least ten tries to catch, and makes a lot of noise!
No. 429405 ID: e1359e
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"Ach! Shan-ha, you are stepping right on my head!"

>"Quit whining. You wouldn't have to go first if you weren't so heavy!"

We are able to successfully scale the wall. I fell on my first attempt, but landed in grass with the wind knocked out of me. I am fine!
No. 429409 ID: 886a4d

I have to ask what skills have you learned under Madame Zo?
No. 429428 ID: bbee3d

Good to hear you're okay! Congratulate each other on a successful escape.

How much do you know about the city outside? (Is there a city outside?) Anything you know could potentially be important, especially if you've never been outside the walls before.

Who is the Prophet Jerem?
No. 429430 ID: 4a328b

What is the WORLD OUTSIDE like? Also you should get some distance from the house! RUN GIRLS RUN (at an unsuspicious pace. Soooo walk girls walk!)
No. 429436 ID: d94e2c

Please tell me Shai Shai brought the moon Lute.
No. 429488 ID: 8a3061

fantastic. Now you're on top of the wall, look around to see what you can see.

And then let the rope down the other side so you can let yourselves down.
No. 429535 ID: 58a693

Exactly this.
No. 429576 ID: e45ec3



In addition, can we see everyone's inventory? We know what Chenhua grabbed, but can we see what Shai-Shai and Shan-ha have?
No. 429790 ID: e1359e
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We see a land of bleak and dismal wonders before us.
No. 429799 ID: bbee3d


Oh my.

Well. I'm guessing this isn't exactly what you were expecting? How many of the things out there do you recognize?

At least hiding shouldn't be too difficult.
No. 429819 ID: f956dd

Sneak over to those large box things on the right. Hide between them to get a closer look at what's going on.
No. 429837 ID: d94e2c

RUN. put as much distance between yourselves and the Peephouse as possible before they know you're gone.
No. 429894 ID: 51dc3c

yes keep moving
No. 430005 ID: e7baef

Oh crap. They were really keeping you in a gilded cage back there. Probably part of your place's appeal: Girls that have no clue about the troubles of the outside world, in a setting that won't remind people of it, at all.
No. 430240 ID: e1359e
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We flip the rope over, making sure that the grapnel is in a secure place, then carefully drop down the wall. Shai-shai seems to be afraid of heights, and all three of us have burned hands.

We run over to the big box things, and then slip between them. I take one last look at the Peephouse. It is hard to leave home!

>"Come on, Chenhua!" Shai-shai says, yanking my arm "Oh, I'm sorry!".
No. 430298 ID: 8a3061

are you in the middle of an industrial zone, or is there any kind of city or habitation in view? Master Rin must have come from somewhere. Is there a road nearby?
No. 430442 ID: e1359e
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This was only half of the update. TGchan went down while I was updating, so I did not expect it to appear yet. Sorry!

The three of us gather in the tight space in between the large boxes. Through the other side, we can see someone walking with a very bright light. Should we hide, or engage?
No. 430443 ID: 132b99

hide, they probably know all about the peep house and would assume you come from there instantly. after they leave check out the container with the peephouse's marking on it.
No. 430444 ID: 299ed3

That's probably the watchman for the freight yard, don't let him find you, when he is far enough away make a run for it.
No. 430445 ID: 55d3bb

Wait. No talking. Close beaks if you have to. Short breathing.
No. 430447 ID: 3b422b

Keep cal and keep quiet, you guys need to find a better place to hide and try to wrap your heads around all of this.
No. 430454 ID: e1359e
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The marking appears on every single box that we can see, including the distant ones.
No. 430456 ID: e1359e
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The person with the light has passed by. What should we do?
No. 430460 ID: 299ed3

Peek at the short side of the crate to see if it has anything that looks like it would open it.
No. 430462 ID: 132b99

see if you can get in it, if you can't then keep heading exactly away from the peephouse. make sure the guy is too far to see you when you move.
No. 430513 ID: 58a693

yeah check to see if any of the crates are opened/easily openable, but if it looks like they're going to make noise, then leave them. .Getting away is more important than getting cloos.
No. 430758 ID: e1359e
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The containers are tightly locked.
No. 430761 ID: e1359e
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The three of us sneak further into the yard, coming across a strange thing. It looks like a monster, but it does not even move!

We are in the open, but there is no one around. The watchman is gone out of sight.
No. 430762 ID: e1359e
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With a much wider angle now, I look back toward the Peephouse.

Oh, wow...
No. 430766 ID: 886a4d

Oh a train, that there is your ticket out of here for good. Look for an open boxcar with stuff aleady in it. Stuff you can hide behind or under.
No. 430769 ID: 1f8505


Head to a building with lights on.
No. 430787 ID: 31512c

And attract the attention of the rail watchman? Even if he doesn't catch them, it could be hours before departure. Days, if it needs repair.

No, our best bet is to move quickly and quietly toward civilization.
No. 430819 ID: 299ed3

That's a terrible idea, If they figure out we're from the peephouse they will either return us or keep us.
No. 430821 ID: 132b99

just keep moving.
No. 430828 ID: b85f8c

Don't you have any family?
No. 430874 ID: 8a3061

is the big metal contraption making any noise? Is it hissing, is there smoke coming out of the chimney? If so, it's ready to depart and you should sneak on board.
No. 430912 ID: 72dd1c

Follow the monster tracks in the opposite direction the monster is facing.
No. 431124 ID: e1359e
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I cautiously approach the strange, large thing. It seems to be made of mostly metal, with some wood.

It is sitting completely motionless and still. The containers on the back of it all have the mark on them that is shared by the other boxes in the yard. They are all closed and locked.

We need to decide definitely what we will do!
No. 431132 ID: 4a328b

Go inside the train metal monster!
No. 431133 ID: 132b99

there isn't much you can do with it, you are not a conductor. follow the tracks in the direction it's facing.
No. 431134 ID: b0ef59

Find a way inside!
No. 431147 ID: b33427

What you're definitely going to do is put as much distance between you three and the Peephouse in as small a time as you can. You just need a direction.

All three of you climb in the back of the big metal wheeled thing. Have the others give you a leg up onto the first container so you have a better vantage point, before they search the cab for tools or anything else that might be useful. Look around for places that aren't water or mountain that have the fewest lights or buildings. That's where the least number of people are at this time, and where you want to go.
No. 431179 ID: b2112e

The safest option is to get to another city by following the tracks, though it will be hard with so few supplies.
No. 431203 ID: 19efb5

Well why not let nature decide, go where the warm air takes you, besides I'm sure it will take you to an ocean and oceans always have big cities.
No. 431242 ID: 72dd1c

Follow the tracks in the opposite direction from the contraption. If you go the direction it is facing, then you will be overtaken by it, and people will have seen you. Go the way it has already come from. It will lead to another town eventually.
No. 431413 ID: e1359e
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>follow in the opposite direction
The tracks seem to end where the beast is pointed! There is nothing in that direction but a corral of those big boxes.

Shai-shai, Shan-ha and I are unable to climb inside, because the containers are locked.

>"I am not touching that filthy wood!" Shan-ha says, and I do my best to quiet her down.
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We head off in the other direction, staying alongside the strange tracks.

Our fears are dispelled by this unusual feeling, like that the world is a blank canvas before us.

I am going to miss the Peephouse.

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