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632345 No. 632345 ID: 8a9edc

Generations have passed in peace.
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No. 710024 ID: f6442a

The one that doesn't involve sneaking off alone.
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No. 710027 ID: ec0bf5

Well, if the great beast is the main thing that he's afraid of, telling him that everyone you've talked to around here seems to think that it never existed in the first place should probably calm his worries. Don't tell him you only spoke to one person.

Also, if your father died exploring the surface but there wasn't a great beast, you might have to come to terms with him having met an anticlimactic end, like falling off a cliff or eating some bad berries.
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No. 710277 ID: 91ee5f

>>710002
>Sneak out.
DON'T MAKE ME COME OUT OF THIS NECKLACE, YOUNG LADY!!!!! BECAUSE I WILL COME OUT THERE AND SPANK YOU!!!!! SPEEP!!!!! >:-(
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No. 716235 ID: 395c02
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716235

>No need to jump the gun, hassle him, or break your promise.
Yeah, I guess...

>Well, if you tell him that the people who are living right under the gate aren't even worried about the beast anymore, it might reassure him a little. 
If I tell him, maybe he'd be willing to...

>Tell him what you found out, but continue with the planned trip.
Yeah, I'll...

>let him know what you heard but you should continue with the planned trip. That way you have more time to ease him into the idea of going topside while having plenty of stuff to distract him with should he get to scared or find any flaws in your flawless logic.
...No! It'd take weeks to get back here! Who knows how long it'd take to convince Tyrsis! I'm so close! The outside is right there!
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No. 716236 ID: 395c02
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716236

>DON'T BREAK YOUR PROMISE. Promises are important.
I know. I know that. But I've spent my entire life trying to make everyone else happy. I should do what I want for once!

>Also, if your father died exploring the surface but there wasn't a great beast, you might have to come to terms with him having met an anticlimactic end, like falling off a cliff or eating some bad berries.
My father died following his dream. And now you want me to wait!?

>DON'T MAKE ME COME OUT OF THIS NECKLACE, YOUNG LADY!!!!!
You can't.
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No. 716237 ID: 395c02
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716237

You're just a stupid necklace.

Stay here. I'm going to go be selfish for once.
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No. 716238 ID: 395c02
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716238

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No. 716239 ID: 395c02
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716239

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No. 716240 ID: 395c02
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716240

....


why?
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No. 716241 ID: 395c02
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716241

why can't I do it?
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No. 716244 ID: ec0bf5

Because you care more about your friend than some adventure? That's normal, it's called "not being a bad person". Now go into his room and apologize.
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No. 716246 ID: 2a7417

Because the universe ceases to exist a certain distance away from the necklace? But if you don't want an existential crisis, pretend it's because you know in your heart you don't want to let Tyrsis down.
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No. 716247 ID: 1cebc8

You're not ready just yet.

Just GET ready. Do some work, hoard gems, learn from the people in the main district.

You got this far, so do something about it.
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No. 716254 ID: 6ea1f7

I know how you are feeling. To be so close of your dream, To think that everything else doesn't matter, to think that everyone is just there to stop you.

Look, I'm sure I'm speaking for almost everyone here in the fact that we care about you and we are trying to help but If you want to leave us behind, if you feel more comfortable that way, then so be it, I'm pretty sure you will do your best in whatever you try. For you we probably are a bunch of old people speaking random stuff. I won't complain nor be angry at you if you do that. But Tyrsis, he also cares about you, trust in you and for what we know, you have been his only friend, and he came with you all this way, probably because he feels alone pretty much all the time, except when you are there.

I understand that you want to throw everything and go for your dream, But I'm pretty sure you don't want to be alone, Why else would you bring your friend with you? All I ask, is for you to talk to him, even if it hurts. Have you ever thought how it feels to lose a friend, especially when there is only one?

At least, that's what I think. Do what you consider the best.
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No. 716257 ID: f562b1

>why can't I do it?
There are people who are important to you, that you've made promises to. I'm not saying to just give up and never go out, your promises were:
>>665982
>Why don't we check out those places you listed? And then, if you're up to it, we can go to the main exit. No further! We'll just look outside, and if you're still too scared we'll come back and figure it out, okay?
To see the places Tyrsis wanted to see,
>>677980
>LOOK OKAY I'M GOING TO GO AND THEN COME BACK AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE AMAZED. THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN
And that you'd come back. If she doesn't find herself convinced, then fine, that's on her, you can go after that, even if it's without her blessings.
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No. 716273 ID: 5ec36c

It's okay, you've not done anything wrong. You've more than earned the right to be selfish, especially when the thing you've wanted for so long is so close you can touch it.
But if you were going to sneak away and run off alone, you'd have done that to begin with. You have people you care about and who care about you that you don't want to hurt. You've already built yourself a path to your goal that they are accepting of, you know it'd be unfair to yourself as much as to them if you took this shortcut.
Don't be disheartened, you're going to do this and do it right, on your terms.
When you next pass that statue you'll do it with your head held high! not skulking around feeling guilty.
(plus those weeks might be more than enough time to convince Tyrsis)
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No. 716279 ID: 5ad4a7

It'd take weeks to get back here, but you'll be able to spend all that time with a cute boy!
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No. 716292 ID: 02422f

>>716241
Each and every one of us, we're all prisoners to what we believe.

At the end of the day, that's the only thing that allows you to, or stops you from, doing anything. There's something inside you that's decided something is more important than what you want.


...if you want to talk with someone about how you feel, and how important this is to you, I don't think it's us you need to talk to.
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No. 716314 ID: 737d5c

>>716241
You ask why you can't do it? Really?

It's simple. It's hollow to achieve a dream with no one to witness it. You want someone to share your dream with. Success is not its own reward - making others happy with your success is the reward of succeeding. That's the curse of being a social sapient.
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No. 716342 ID: 93244f

There is no such thing as a truly selfless act; all courses of action you take in your life are dependent of what you want, whether or not you believe so. The reason you can't do it is because you want others to be happy, not just yourself, more than you do just yourself. Don't break your promise; it's not what you really want.
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No. 716464 ID: f0e552

>>716241
We have to ease Tyrsis into this. I mean, we see pretty damn clear evidence that the outside is nothing to be afraid of.

Tyrsis, you just have to trust us, I know things seem scary out there, but we're prepared for this. Something doesn't seem right out there, and it's not the great beast.

And listen, we need your courage to come with us, because without you... I don't think we can go outside by ourselves, am I right in assuming that?
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No. 717021 ID: 3e182c

You did make a promise after all, that you'd not force him to go if he didn't want to, and you did agree to see the sights and monuments of the underground with him first.

Frankly you're being childish.
Besides, its not like this is any less of an adventure. it's not like you've been to these places before is it? Even if you have, Tyrsis hasn't and the experience would be very good for him, and you should care about that because he's your friend.
Why should we even have to tell you this the fuck is wrong with you?

And don't you dare take this necklace off. You have no idea of what we can do.
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No. 717994 ID: 395c02
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717994

>Because the universe ceases to exist a certain distance away from the necklace?
S-sorry, I didn't mean to threaten you with non-existence.

>You're not ready just yet. 
But I feel ready.

>Just GET ready. Do some work, hoard gems, learn from the people in the main district. 
Gems are completely worthless in the outside world. I don't know if the people of this city have a whole lot to teach me, either...

>I know how you are feeling. To be so close of your dream, To think that everything else doesn't matter, to think that everyone is just there to stop you. 
....
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No. 717997 ID: 395c02
 

(Please click the youtube to see the animation)
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No. 718004 ID: 1cebc8

... Damnit.

Normally the smart option would be to continue to the Ketza district, get involved in a few conspiracies and retreat when necessary.

But... I think we need to use our intel here.

... Jiniki's probably waiting for anyone to send reinforcements to Zalika. Whatever catastrophe happened is probably organized and armed to the teeth with magic augmentations.

If we leave her waiting

people might die.

Kliss, I'll leave it to you to decide.
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No. 718007 ID: 38cb3f

Whatever choice you make, you were willing to wait for Tyrsis to talk to him, and he is willing to sacrifice his safety and comfort for you, Kliss. Whatever choice you make, you'll be making the right one as long as you do it together.

And you two are so cute together, speep!
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No. 718008 ID: 5ad4a7

>>718004
I think that's a different universe, buddy.

>>717997
Let's get this show on the road. Go outside.
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No. 718011 ID: 49d4de

I'm not seeing an animation.
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No. 718012 ID: d796e1

Yea, i'm afraid that the Ketzas are not going to accept Tyrs, we are motivated, we are prepared, It's time. Go my dear, go get your dream.
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No. 718016 ID: 395c02

>>718011
here's a direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnRxknB-L3Y
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No. 718017 ID: d3a644

>>717997
I think we should announce to Tyrsis that we really really wanna go topside... But we might be okay if we go and see ketzas... Since you're willing to risk a lot for us. BUT, only say this if you are OK with seeing ketzas after knowing that Tyrsis will come with you topside afterwards. Let him choose, basically.
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No. 718020 ID: f6442a

The Great Beast was made of cotton candy and eaten long ago. Let's go topside!
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No. 718034 ID: 3e182c

If you only see what you want to see, you will see nothing at all. Whether the outcome of visiting the ketsas is positive or negative doesn't matter, its lessons will better prepare you for whatever awaits you outside. If you leave now you do so as a child, the already unspeakably vast world above will seem bigger still, and you may not be able to see what lies in front of you. It may not be what you expect. In any case, now with the support of your friend, and with our protection, whatever path you choose, step fourth boldly, and don't look back until the deed is done.
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No. 718039 ID: 91ee5f

To quote One Piece: "Go to New World"
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No. 718047 ID: 49d4de

We can go outside whenever but if we leave we might not be able to see the ketzas again so go see them first.
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No. 718133 ID: a22f87

>I never noticed how warm Tyrsis felt before...
about time

I say you head out now. I mean you can always see the ketzas when you get back. They've been there for how long? I'm sure they'll still be there when you get back.
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No. 718213 ID: ec0bf5

Tyrsis is as ready for this as he'll ever be, it looks like. No use waiting, let's go. As long as you're together you'll be fine.
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No. 732570 ID: 0d0030

Give him his chance to be brave
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No. 742990 ID: 395c02
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742990

We stare at the cave for an uncomfortable amount of time.

"We... we don't have to..." I start to say.

"I'm tired of hiding."

"Huh...?"

"Plucking my feathers, grinding down my horns... neither of those changed what I was. The only way I could live with the ketzas would be to continue living a lie."
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No. 742991 ID: 395c02
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742991

"And I'm not going to do that anymore. This... hole isn't going to stop me from being there for the only friend I've ever had-- the only person who accepted me unconditionally for who I really am."

He removes the outfit that had been keeping his nature a secret. He stuffs it into his backpack (somehow) and gets out his sun-blocking goggles.

"If we... if I die, I want to die as myself. I want to die knowing I was there for you."

He steps forward, into the cave.

I hesitate, taken aback by his newfound bravery. He still believes the outside world means his death, and yet...

...I have to be there for him, too.


"You've never had to hide who you were," I say. "You've always been Tyrsis..."
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No. 742992 ID: 395c02
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742992

"...The bravest person I've ever known."

I take his hand, prompting him to drop his goggles. He looks at me, surprise in his face. After a moment, he shakes his head as if to recollect himself, and we venture into the cave.


It gets darker as we progress, becoming pitch black. We use Tyrsis's magic to guide our way, until finally a light can be see. The light grows, and my heart feels like it's going to bounce out of my chest.

This is it. This is really it.

My entire life's been leading up to this moment. The wild, untamed wilderness is just a few feet away. I must prove my mother wrong! We slissas can survive outside the cave! Leaving isn't a death sentence!

I will make my father proud!
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No. 742993 ID: 395c02
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742993

Ghagh! It's so bright...!
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No. 742994 ID: 395c02
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742994

...?

How...?
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No. 742995 ID: 395c02
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742995

Was it...

Was it all a lie?
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No. 742998 ID: dfdb1e

Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't.
Unless it's magical, someone have to been tending this garden. Whoever they are, they must have a reason to, either not entering the cave, or entering and keep the true nature of the outside a secret.
Be on the lookout. The monster, or the people responsible for the secret, may be around. You probable want to hide soon.
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No. 742999 ID: 3abd97

>>742995
No, don't worry, those are totally even surface monster gardens, where it grows snacks when there are no ketzas or slissas to munch on.
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No. 743001 ID: 79a07e

Wow. That's beautiful.

Still, there can be danger in beauty. It's okay to take it all in, but be wary, too.
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No. 743004 ID: 398fe1

>>742995
First impressions can be misleading. Stay sharp!
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No. 743008 ID: b2d501

Someone's been busy.

Might be an open-secret farm. Might be a trap.

Either way, get to cover and keep your heads down. None of us know how far the guards will go to shut you up.
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No. 743011 ID: 595d54

Read the subject. The thread's over.
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