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784867 No. 784867 ID: 897ff7

Our way of life is no more.

Twenty weeks ago, a joint division of the United States Army and Marine Corps staged a coup d'etat against the President and both houses of Congress. The coup was partially successful, dissolving the Federal Government and installing Major-General Alice Proctor as Executive Chief of the United States, however, several regiments of the armed forces have resisted her command and begun fighting, mobilizing to capture her strongholds in New York and Washington, leaving the rest of the nation behind.

You will play as a citizen of a coastal city that has fallen into anarchy despite being far from the fighting. After exhausting your food supply, you have no choice but to wander into the streets and scavenge for yourself. Be careful- Just because the government fell doesn't mean there aren't groups of people out there with their own rules to follow!

But first-
Select your gender and position on the political compass.
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No. 784870 ID: 3373e2

Your a guy and your not really into politics so really in the middle/undecided category.
No. 784871 ID: 897ff7

I originally tried doing this quest on 4chan's /qst/ but that went about as well as you can imagine. One admirable soul DID actually try to participate, so in honor of that anon, I will factor his entry into the decision-making process for the character's gender and political leanings: An extremely far-right-authoritarian young girl.

Oh yeah, you can include the preferred age to be considered too, if you want.
No. 784872 ID: 3373e2

Youngish I'm talking 24 to early 30's here.
No. 784873 ID: 8d65de

Middle ground guy
No. 784875 ID: 9145ba

No. 784877 ID: 897ff7

So far we have 2 for centrism and 2 for far right.

I might average the choices, or I might just pick the one that's most interesting. Keep em coming!
No. 784880 ID: 9876c4

This sounds fun. Let's be a pigtailed fascist.
No. 784881 ID: 01171b

Apolitical up-and-coming soldier of fortune, male.
No. 784882 ID: 91cfcf

Alt-right attack helicopterkin
No. 784883 ID: 6f640e

Anime loli avatar meme nazi
No. 784884 ID: 6f640e

Right wing blogger in a make work job your dad got for you complaining about poor people
No. 784885 ID: 65ec8d

Late 30s male anarchist survivalist who is almost literally dying of smugness right now.
No. 784886 ID: 6f640e

40 year old tankie with a balaclava and a tattoo of Lenin on his chest
No. 784890 ID: 1ac545

Agender Enlightened Alt-Centrist of indeterminate age /s

Jokes aside, 30's male of a nationalistic stripe is my vote
No. 784891 ID: 897ff7
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Die Leute haben gesprochen.

But... What's her name?
No. 784892 ID: 91cfcf

Soda Actual.
No. 784896 ID: 9145ba

Sado Catual.
No. 784897 ID: 094652

Caudal Oats
No. 784900 ID: 9876c4

Needs more freckles, or lolihair.

Maxine Wulfstan
No. 784912 ID: 897ff7
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Fuck me, I think I might actually have to go outside this time.
No. 784913 ID: 9876c4

Don't forget your new york reload.
Maybe wear the t-shirt without anything genocidal on it.

The eagle one? The eagle one should be fine.
No. 784914 ID: 9145ba

Better grab that second amendment and liberate a McDonalds!
No. 784926 ID: 01171b

Okay, mental map of the surrounding area and your current assets.
No. 784940 ID: 897ff7
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I hope this choice of shirt isn't too controversial for you?
No. 784946 ID: 9876c4

It's not for ME, it's for the people you'll be interacting with.

But screw it, close enough.
If you plan to go far, grab some spare underwear and socks.
No. 784949 ID: 9145ba

Not controversial enough. You want them to shoot first so you can shoot them in "self defense!"
No. 784951 ID: c359a2

Change into the version of it that has lettering which obeys the law of perspective
No. 784963 ID: 897ff7
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My assets include $250 of useless, useless paper money,

NO food.

A bike with one wheel stolen off of it. I'm not kidding.

Right now my current surrounding area is my living room. Nothing particularly interesting.

Oh, yeah. Dad left me with a Glock 18 and twenty rounds, but that goes without saying, right?

I'm already IN socks and underwear. Christ fuck, it's almost 2 PM, what kind of degenerate do you take me for?

It's not my fault that the artist who designed this shirt has no talent whatsoever.
No. 784965 ID: 01171b

It isn't me who might be armed and with a chip on their shoulder.

Besides, how long have you been wearing it for?
No. 784974 ID: 9876c4

Pygmy stole half my bike

You have a machine pistol? That's fun.
I meant you should pack a bag, with replacements, and as much water as you can carry.

Might as well leave your bike. See if you can find another to cannibalize.
No. 784980 ID: 897ff7
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It's literally just a block away. I shouldn't need to PACK anything. Except heat.
No. 785014 ID: 01171b

Alright, CC the gun and stick to the sidewalks. Be careful crossing the street, you might be living in sniper valley and not know it yet.
No. 785021 ID: 897ff7
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It's too bright out here. Maybe this was a bad idea after all.
No. 785023 ID: 01171b

I said CONCEALED carry, Mrs. Rambo!

Just think of the delicious, delicious food that's already been looted and go across the street.
No. 785024 ID: 9876c4

Food and the acquisition of is rarely a bad idea.
No. 785025 ID: 3abd97

Well do you wanna just sit inside in your undies till you starve?
No. 785030 ID: 9145ba

You must brave the lightbringer to retrieve the precious tendies, underdweller! Stash your problem solver in your (generous) waistband.
No. 785031 ID: 897ff7
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Alright, alright, I'm tucking it in, Christ.
No. 785036 ID: 9876c4

backpack or shopping bags would be good too. You want lots.
And the plastic ones they give you ain't shit.
No. 785040 ID: 9f3729

oh shit is that a picket fence?
fuck man you gotta fuck that
it's the rules
can't not fuck a picket fence, p sure that's in the legal code somewhere
No. 785041 ID: 897ff7
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I don't have a bag and besides, I'm already outside. I'll just grab a shopping cart or something.

That fence is actually twice my height, and runs through all of the houses in that block. It's part of the reason I can't just cut through.
No. 785042 ID: 9f3729

but what does that have to do with you fucking it? anyhow go raid the dessicated skeleton of the local walmart if you're going to just resolutely ignore the fencefucking edict.
No. 785048 ID: 897ff7
File 148869570735.png - (102.10KB , 900x600 , 8.png )

It's been a while since I've been outside...
No. 785049 ID: 9f3729

Oh shit, free traffic light! Scavenge it for superbright LEDs, we can use those for a quick blinding or as a signal if we somehow manage to maneuver our antisocial ass into an alliance with someone.
No. 785054 ID: 9145ba

This! Dismantling the streetlight also brings up an important point: If you want to be robust in a world with no rules, you've got to have the tools to succeed. And also some literal tools. Do you have a toolkit, or a crowbar?
No. 785055 ID: 094652

Grab the wiring in case you need to fix a circuit breaker.
No. 785064 ID: 897ff7
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I don't think any of the wires from the pole will work, but the LED pod is surprisingly undamaged. I'll take this, it fills up my left pocket nicely.
No. 785069 ID: 9145ba

Since you've barely even left, put this inside now, in your special looter-proof stash (under your bed). Now get back out there, soldier!
No. 785073 ID: 897ff7
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Good idea. I'll go stash this and look for something to hold stuff. There's gotta be a bag or something around here.
No. 785074 ID: 897ff7
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No. 785075 ID: 897ff7
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No. 785078 ID: 90f3c0

Well shit, you've been spotted. Looks like the only weapon they have is a bat. Draw your gun and yell and them, maybe they'll be scared off.
No. 785080 ID: 9f3729

Oh hey that guy with the bag has one. Shoot one of his friends in the leg and extort it off him for charging you.
No. 785160 ID: 3abd97

Hey look, people.

But they're charging you with one bat between the three of them and you have a gun.

Turn around and shoot em.
No. 785205 ID: db0da2

They've violated the NAP, so it's okay to kill them and take their stuff. Do it.
No. 785211 ID: 897ff7
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Don't worry, I see 'em.
No. 785212 ID: 9145ba

Shoot first, loot bodies later.
No. 785217 ID: 3abd97

Bang bang, motherfuckers.
No. 785229 ID: 897ff7
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No. 785230 ID: 897ff7
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>"Oh, SHIT!"
No. 785231 ID: 9f3729

"The fuck you think was gonna happen running at someone with a bat, you chodes!"
No. 785232 ID: 01171b

Don't waste your ammo, they'll break off and run.
No. 785234 ID: 3abd97

Rob them.

"Now drop the fucking backpack or I'll take it off your corpse."
No. 785238 ID: ca6f74

Harvest their organs for sale on the black market to recoup ammunition costs incurred by their violation of the NAP.
No. 785241 ID: 897ff7
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The other two skid to a halt, raising their hands.

>"She fucking SHOT me!"

"The fuck you think was gonna happen running at someone with a bat?!"

The guy with the huge-ass neckerchief tries to stay calm.

>"Alright, let's try to stay calm, okay?"
No. 785243 ID: 01171b

No idiot, now is not the time for calm. This is the part where you run like a bat out of hell.
No. 785244 ID: db0da2

Tell them to stay put and give you everything they have, including their clothes. Kill them while they're stripping to keep them from moving enough to mess up your shots. You can't let them get away, they might want revenge. Prioritize getting them all on the ground over killing them immediately, once they're incapacitated you can end them at your leisure.
No. 785245 ID: 3abd97

Yeah where was your calm a minute ago when you thought you outnumbered a me and were entitled to beat me up, rob me, rape me, kill me, or whatever the hell you thought you were doing.

Idiot tax time. Drop anything valuable you got on you, and gtfo, or I'm just shooting you and looting your coprses.
No. 785250 ID: cbdbcc

Tell them to get on the floor, completely flat.

Then grab the bat and knock them unconscious. Capture them alive, carry them over to your house and bind/gag them. Force them into your crew, or they will STARVE to death.
No. 785252 ID: 398fe1

Tell them to give you their stuff.
No. 785255 ID: 897ff7
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"Calm? Should I have stayed calm when you idiots were charging me?"

>"My FUCKING bone is shattered!"

They don't look to be much older than me. I don't want to KILL them, or even knock them out. That's really bad for you, you know, concussions and whatnot.

>"We weren't going to hurt you, we just wanted to shake you down!"

"Well, now you're getting shook down. Drop all your valuables, losers."

>"Everything's in Carl's bag, besides the bat."
No. 785258 ID: cbdbcc


Shoot someone else somewhere painful.

"Tell me every passcode and cache location you know or I will ASS RAPE your friend with the poison mushrooms I grow in my farm."
No. 785259 ID: 3abd97

Then get the bag off him, then get the hell out of here before you make me waste more bullets on you.
No. 785263 ID: 01171b

Then drop it and run, Einstein!
No. 785264 ID: 897ff7
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"Get the bag off him, then!"

Neckerchief man squats down beside his bleeding friend, slowly shimmying the bag off of his torso, taking extra care not to further stimulate his shot-arm. He partially succeeds.

>"OW, FUCK, don't move it, it fucking hurts!!"
No. 785267 ID: 3abd97

Keep an eye on the thugs and a gun pointed in their direction. Don't let them get any closer, or the third one slip away while those two are being distracting.

Try to keep an eye peeled for a third party or any buddies of theirs who might try to jump in, too.
No. 785268 ID: 01171b

If you got medical supplies in there, keep 'em. Otherwise get to fucking off.
No. 785269 ID: 897ff7
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"You can take any bandages out of there, but leave the rest of the stuff."

>"Thank you."

"If you pull a gun out, I'll fucking kill you!"

>"It's okay, I'm putting it down now."

He helps his friend up, and the three start to walk away.
No. 785270 ID: 3abd97

Keep an eye on them until they're comfortably far away, then grab the bag and gtfo.

Don't head straight home. Take an indirect route in case someone saw that and is following you, or they try and get their stuff back.
No. 785272 ID: 897ff7
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After they get out of sight, I pick up the backpack and dart off of the street, cutting through alleys. By the time I get back home, the sun has set.
No. 785273 ID: 3abd97

Cool. Search the bag. What did you get?
No. 785278 ID: 897ff7
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Holy shit, what a haul!

The backpack contains:

1. 2 cans of spraypaint. I can't tell how empty or full they are.

2. A smartphone and charger. Useless.

3. A set of keys.

4. A little baggie of weed.

5. A Swiss Army knife.

6. Two huge cans of beans!
No. 785279 ID: 3abd97

Hopefully you have a can opener. Or there's one in the swiss army knife.

Do you have a way to cook those? Does the gas still work?

Pffff. I wonder if those idiots locked themselves out of wherever they were staying by targeting you.
No. 785283 ID: 897ff7
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As a matter of fact, there IS a can opener on this thing!

No gas or electric, though, so I can't cook these things. They're baked beans, anyway, but it's gonna be gross to eat 'em cold.
No. 785284 ID: 595d54

Well, what else are you going to do with them now that you've opened one can?
No. 785307 ID: 897ff7
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Ooooh my God this is the single most delicious helping of beans I've ever had in my life.
No. 785308 ID: 9876c4

Shake cans of paint. Heavy ones are full, lighter ones are closer to empty.

If you're still going to the store, maybe you can find a skillet to heat beans in. Pie plate, microwave popcorn tin, whatever.
No. 785310 ID: 897ff7
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I dunno if it's a good idea to go back out. It's pretty late.
No. 785311 ID: 9876c4

That's what you get for taking your time with beans.

If the store gets robbed tonight, there might not be anything left tomorrow. Yes, it's dangerous at night, but it's also dangerous to starve.
No. 785313 ID: 01171b

Briefly reflect on life choices that led you to eating cold beans from the can.

Go to sleep, make sure the doors and windows are locked.
No. 785317 ID: 897ff7
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But for now, I'm full, and I got a whole 'nother can of beans for when I need it.

Life is good.

The country is fucked and that's entirely somebody else's fault. I am a victim of circumstance, and the only reason I am eating cold beans is because I stole them off of looters who were trying to steal from me. I kick ass.
No. 785318 ID: 9876c4

Well, fair enough. If we got you killed, I'd sure feel stupid.

Got a candle or a fireplace?
No. 785320 ID: 9f3729

Damn straight. Next step on our mission is probably to find some better fortifications, so those looters we just shook down don't find us when they inevitably come back with reinforcements to avenge the guy you just shot.

Also, consider acquiring a taste for long-pig.
No. 785321 ID: 897ff7
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No candle or fireplace, and even if I had one, it wouldn't be a good idea to show light through the window, even if there was no chance in hell those idiots could possibly-
No. 785322 ID: 3abd97

Catch it like a ninja, then throw it back.
No. 785332 ID: 01171b

Get to cover, return fire. Once they're scared off focus on fire-fighting.
No. 785359 ID: 67d5dc

I think you mean 'get covered in burning oil and die'

Take bag and get to another room and start packing, anything in this room is gone.

You can jump out a window after.
No. 785372 ID: 9145ba

Anything's possible if you believe! Don't let it break!
No. 785376 ID: 9f3729

yeah, it's only a problem if it shatters.
No. 785385 ID: 897ff7
File 148878339417.png - (90.79KB , 900x600 , 27.png )

Hit the deck!
No. 785387 ID: 9876c4

Put out the fire, scarf or spare shirt over face.

Wait until someone tries the door, then shoot at eye level.
No. 785394 ID: 897ff7
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As I grab my bag and turn the corner, bullets fly by the back of my head. Looks like they didn't bring a bat to a gunfight this time.

I don't know if they're gonna come in after me. I don't know how long I have to vamoose.

Dad left some more ammo and other useful stuff in his closet, but there's the issue of packing my own clothes, and our bedrooms are on opposite sides of the house. I will not stay in this house any longer than I have to.

What do you think?
No. 785396 ID: 01171b

Kit over clothes.
No. 785397 ID: 9145ba

Kit. You don't mind (bloodstained) secondhand clothing, do you?
No. 785401 ID: 9876c4

You've got to win this gunfight before you can play pretty dressup.

Perverse as it sounds, you want to lure them in. You have a pistol, and that gets more lethal the closer they are.
No. 785412 ID: db0da2

"Aw no I don't wanna kill the people who where robbing me and know where I live that I pissed off, that would make me uncomfortable!"
Grab the kit and move to somewhere more defensible, miss "badass".
No. 785452 ID: 897ff7
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Alright, sounds like Dad's ammo is my priority here, so I run into his room, despite my hesitation to go back in there.

I don't want to engage them if I don't have to. For one thing, they've got guns now, too. Gunfights are a lot different when only one party has 'em, and I've only ever shot targets at the range up until today.
No. 785455 ID: 897ff7
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No. 785464 ID: 897ff7
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No. 785465 ID: 897ff7
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Okay, let's see what we got in here.

Munitions box, Dad's lockbox, a windbreaker, and a pair of dress shoes.
No. 785466 ID: b15da4

Aw yeah. Grab the coat, and show us dat lootbox.
No. 785469 ID: 897ff7
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This feels oddly sacrilege, taking the last of Dad's possessions.
No. 785478 ID: 897ff7
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Inside the munitions box, there are two empty glock magazines. How'd I miss those?!

There's also a box of 9mm rounds, along with a box of slug rounds for a shotgun.

Additionally, there's a little flashlight thing and a long, metal strip of something. I'm not really sure what that's for.
No. 785517 ID: 9876c4

Could be a stripper clip for an old-timey rifle.

Better take it all.
Any alternate exits? Fire escape, or window leading to something soft?
No. 785522 ID: 70983e

Could be a flash drive with the last copy of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up on it. Whatever it is, it's important. Stuff everything into bag/pockets.
No. 785545 ID: 897ff7
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The munitions box is too big to take with me, but everything inside it fits nicely into my backpack, with plenty of room to spare, still.

My house has only two doors, the front door and the back door, which is through the laundry room. I'm not sure if whoever's shooting has backup, and whether they'd think to check for a back door.
No. 785549 ID: 70983e

Come out the front door shooting. They won't expect that.
No. 785551 ID: 9876c4


Fire a few shots out the front, then slip out the back while they take cover. There's nothing to be gained here.
No. 785557 ID: 897ff7
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I don't think doing anything at the front door is gonna be an option.
No. 785559 ID: 70983e

Come out the front door shooting and on fire. They won't expect that.
No. 785576 ID: 9876c4

Same principle applies. A few shots out the window, then slip away.
No. 785591 ID: 094652

Leave the closet open, put a dummy inside so the shadow looks like you, then hide somewhere else and open fire when they investigate.
No. 785594 ID: 897ff7
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If there's already smoke coming out from under the door, that whole front room is toast, forget it!

What? I don't have a DUMMY! The closest I could do is- Well, forget that, because it's not gonna happen. Even if I DID have a dummy, though, THIS HOUSE IS UP IN FLAMES! The longer I stay in here, the more likely it is I die from a fucking house fire instead of a gunshot wound!
No. 785596 ID: 9876c4

> combat dakimakura

What's in the trunk with the strange rune?
No. 785601 ID: 01171b

Disregard doors, abscond through window.
No. 785602 ID: 897ff7
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There is no window in my father's room!

This is my dad's lockbox. I'm not sure what's inside, all I know is that this is the box the Glock was in before he gave it to me.
No. 785603 ID: 9876c4

Worth a bullet to find out, innit?

Considering it's gonna go with the fire or the looters otherwise.
No. 785605 ID: 094652

Take it with you if you can, shoot the lock off and grab what's inside if you can't.

Pick it up and make sure it isn't lightweight first, though.
No. 785606 ID: 897ff7
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Can't argue with that.
No. 785607 ID: 897ff7
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Inside is, uh.

Some cylinder thing and a letter.
No. 785609 ID: 398fe1

I'd say read the letter but maybe you should just grab it and the cylinder and get out before the fire spreads too much.

There's a fire escape right? Or a window you can escape out of?
No. 785611 ID: 897ff7
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There aren't any windows in here, I told you!

The only way out of here now is through the back door.
No. 785612 ID: 01171b

Grab it and haul ass out the back door, you can read and investigate later.
No. 785613 ID: 897ff7
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I put the cylinder and the envelope into the backpack and haul ass, heading to the back of my house.
No. 785614 ID: 897ff7
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No. 785615 ID: 897ff7
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Here's the laundry room, the door there leads to my backyard. I don't hear anybody outside of it.
No. 785617 ID: 01171b

...Something tells me we should have asked about that sooner.

Sound doesn't account for much. Shut the lights so you can see outside.
No. 785622 ID: 01171b

Oh! and are there any clothes lying around the laundry room or left in the machine?
No. 785624 ID: 897ff7
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I check in the dryer and get a couple extra pairs of socks and underwear! Nice!

As I get up from the dryer, a light is shined on the door. It's almost impossible to make anything out past the window at a glance.
No. 785632 ID: 01171b

Use the machine as cover and wait for them to make the first move.
No. 785634 ID: 897ff7
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I duck behind the washing machine, waiting. I don't have long though, that fire doesn't have any reason to stop.
No. 785635 ID: 897ff7
File 148886457007.png - (132.90KB , 900x600 , 42.png )

Somebody's rattling the door.
No. 785641 ID: 90f3c0

Shoot them through the window.
No. 785644 ID: 01171b

choot 'em inna face.
No. 785649 ID: 897ff7
File 148886639274.png - (93.58KB , 900x600 , 43.png )

All right, I'm lining up the shot.

>"Just give us the keys back, and we'll leave you alone!"

No. 785659 ID: 9876c4

"Okay! Back off and I'll toss em down!"
No. 785661 ID: 3373e2

They just tried to burn you alive, put the fucking hurt on these Punks.
No. 785662 ID: 01171b

Shoulda' said that before you set the fucking house on fire, you twat.

In your response, recall that actions speak louder than words. And that gunshots are like the loudest thing you can imagine.
No. 785664 ID: 9876c4

Violence is all well and good, but we weren't even using the keys.
No. 785671 ID: 897ff7
File 148886851803.png - (90.98KB , 900x600 , 45.png )

"Okay! Back off, and I'll toss 'em down!"
No. 785672 ID: 897ff7
File 148886853280.png - (106.91KB , 900x600 , 46.png )

No. 785673 ID: 897ff7
File 148886892964.png - (129.24KB , 900x600 , 47.png )

I hear multiple voices shouting all sorts of swear words, and then one loud, particularly feminine voice rising above them all.

>"Now we're gonna kill you for sure, you bitch!"
No. 785675 ID: 01171b

Talk big shit. Make them think you're cocky and proud enough to go down with the ship- when they find your old man, they won't keep searching for you.
No. 785676 ID: 897ff7
File 148886982017.png - (128.90KB , 900x600 , 48.png )

"Keep 'em coming, you twat! If I take down even ONE more of you stupid cucks before I die, it'll be a life well-lived!"

Oh god, I don't wanna die.
No. 785681 ID: 094652

Well, at least they brought better guns for you to steal. Reload your pistol while you still can, save the partial clip for later.
No. 785682 ID: 9876c4

New mags aren't loaded. We could probably top ourselves off.
No. 785686 ID: 70983e

A lotta loyalty for some hired guns! You've fucked with the wrong 'Merican! More inspirational movie quotes!
No. 785687 ID: eb3cf7

Load rounds into the empty mags.

The problem here is that you're on a timer, but they can wait all day. Tbh, if that's the only viable exit, you're already fucked.

Do you have any tools for knocking down walls? It's surprisingly easy to get through plaster and drywall.
No. 785720 ID: e8303c

Push the machine closer to the door so you have cover. They haven't shot back, so they might not have guns or enough ammo to use suppressive fire. Try to shoot out that light.
No. 785803 ID: 897ff7
File 148892807315.png - (54.68KB , 900x600 , 49.png )


I try to push on the washer, but it doesn't move. I think it's too heavy to budge.


While I'm sitting here, I decide to top off my mag and fill up another. That makes 2 fully loaded glock magazines and 1 empty. I reload and put the other mag into my bag.

I don't have anything on my right now that could break through walls, but I'm pissed off I didn't take that bat earlier today when I had the chance!
No. 785812 ID: 897ff7
File 148892868766.png - (71.56KB , 900x600 , 50.png )

I think I just heard either a small explosion or something really heavy drop.

Smoke pours around the corner.
No. 785813 ID: e8303c

... is the house's gas still on?

Aha, an attic. There must be something up there you can use to break through a plywood and shingle roof and escape that way. If not, use that cylindrical thing you found. Cover your face so you don't breathe too much smoke.
No. 785824 ID: 897ff7
File 148893148074.png - (56.47KB , 900x600 , 51.png )

No. 785825 ID: 897ff7
File 148893152206.png - (207.22KB , 900x600 , 52.png )

Shit. I guess that's what the bang I heard was. There's three boxes up here.
No. 785827 ID: 398fe1

Go for the one in the back, it's marked with the same symbol as your father's lockbox.
No. 785828 ID: 094652

Open each box with your knife, do a quick scan, and go straight to the window and smash it. Then, if you're sure there's nothing worth taking in those boxes, get out. Otherwise, do a quick dump of the materials for all three boxes, grab what you can carry, and leave.
No. 785829 ID: e8303c

Cover your mouth and nose with something. Grab the swiss army knife and start opening boxes- do you know the contents of any of them? Are they just holiday decorations? Watch your step when you go to the window at the far side and look out the window.
No. 785848 ID: 897ff7
File 148893553435.png - (79.99KB , 900x600 , 53.png )

I start going through the boxes, starting with the one closest to me.

The box doesn't need to be cut open, I just open the flaps. Nothing in here but a couple of old towels.
No. 785851 ID: 897ff7
File 148893561762.png - (91.25KB , 900x600 , 54.png )

The next box has some tape over it. It's pretty light, but I can hear rattling inside it, so I cut it open.

I feel like I have wasted my time.
No. 785852 ID: 897ff7
File 148893564379.png - (278.85KB , 900x600 , 55.png )

Here's the last box.
No. 785888 ID: 897ff7
File 148893931524.png - (160.68KB , 900x600 , 56.png )

... What?
No. 785894 ID: e8303c

50- cal? it's not a .50 BMG, it'd be necked down and stuff. Well don't leave it behind.
No. 785905 ID: 897ff7
File 148894082912.png - (390.97KB , 900x600 , 57.png )

Dude, I'm not even sure I can take one of these things.
No. 785913 ID: 094652

Dude, even 50-mm bullets can be held in one hand. Those are clearly a joke.

But this works in your favor. Throw them into the fire (pointing AWAY from you) and let the blast terrorize the gang. Best case scenario, one of the shells hits someone and the rest ^&*( bricks.
No. 785922 ID: 70983e

That symbol looks magical. Try stuffing one in your empty mags.
No. 785925 ID: e8303c

Well in that case, you'd better run damn far before those things level your whole block. Check the window, see if anybody's watching it.
No. 785932 ID: 897ff7
File 148894337404.png - (79.53KB , 900x600 , 57_5.png )

Outside looks pretty clear! The bulk of the fire is on the North of my house, and the guy I shot was at the South side. This window overlooks the East side.

Unfortunately, this thing doesn't open, and what's worse, it's only a little big bigger than I am, I think. If I were to get out through here, I'd have to push my bag through first, and then hop out, which would take a while, and might give those assholes time to run around the corner and get me.
No. 785933 ID: 094652

Well this sucks.

Shooting any of your bullets means noise. You can't use the giant bullets on it because you're more likely to bleed out from the shrapnel burst (which is why I suggest you throw it into the fire and let the ceiling cover you), and shooting the window will cost too many bullets.

So go down and threaten them with your three new bombs.
No. 785934 ID: 094652

No wait I've got it!

Put the giant bullets in the washing machine, point directly at enemy. Go outside and fake surrender, then move and struggle in such a way that the leader will be in the line of fire. Wait for the fire to ignite the gunpowder and GET DOWN.
No. 785936 ID: 094652

Also, use the towels to align the bullets with the hole in the washer. Soak them in water so they don't burn first.
No. 785937 ID: e8303c

Well unless you're planning to ride the force of those artillery shell explosions like an action movie, you're going to have to be sneaky and quick about it. Lob one of the shells through, then your bag, then you.

Yes you're bringing a shell with you don't fucking sass me.
No. 785941 ID: 897ff7
File 148894469863.png - (565.05KB , 900x600 , 58.png )

Except I can't move the washer, and even if I did, it would take a while for these things to get hot enough to fire if they were inside it.

This sounds like my best option, but maybe I should try dropping one of these in the fire first? It would even the odds if I have to take even longer to get a shell out of here. You know, if it didn't straight-up kill me.
No. 785943 ID: e8303c

Not IN the fire. Like, right on the edge, so it'll be consumed when the fire spreads or fall into it as rafters break.

Seriously, that shit will level your whole street and you've got three. You want to be far FAR away when they go off.
No. 785948 ID: 897ff7
File 148894614657.png - (487.22KB , 900x600 , 59.png )

Maybe I shouldn't toss it in, then. I can't see past all this smoke, but I'm pretty sure I still hear fire.
No. 785949 ID: 398fe1

Try to drop it down pointing at where the dudes are. Then when it goes off it'll shoot them.
No. 785955 ID: 897ff7
File 148894667831.png - (574.59KB , 900x600 , 60.png )

Batten down the hatches.

That's what that means, right?
No. 785956 ID: 398fe1

Plug your ears, it's gonna be a big bang.
No. 785961 ID: 897ff7
File 148894768995.png - (91.73KB , 900x600 , 61.png )

I don't plan on being around to hear it.
No. 785963 ID: 897ff7
File 148894792593.png - (67.36KB , 900x600 , 62.png )

No. 785964 ID: 897ff7
File 148894830893.png - (70.39KB , 900x600 , 63.png )

No. 785967 ID: 897ff7
File 148894935043.png - (64.46KB , 900x600 , 64.png )

No. 785969 ID: 9f3729

it occurs to me you probably could have concealed that in your rectum
oh well, bygones et al.

No. 785983 ID: 094652

Those two remaining bullets could go off at any moment in any direction! Find a safe place to take cover! Preferably in a trench.
No. 786019 ID: e8303c

Grab your crap and haul some ass. Quietly.
That had better not be a gang of assholes standing around to your right.
No. 786087 ID: 897ff7
File 148900834354.png - (131.64KB , 900x600 , 65.png )

I abscond heartily.
No. 786091 ID: b15da4

Stalk these guys right back. Determine if their firepower is something you could take on easily.

So that shot earlier, was that luck or skill? Did your father make sure you knew how to use that gun properly?
No. 786092 ID: 9876c4

I disagree, your best bet is to find an alternate gang/faction. if the keys are worthwhile to A, maybe they'll be worth something to B as well.
No. 786109 ID: 897ff7
File 148901238360.png - (114.93KB , 900x600 , 66.png )

I don't mean to be dismissive, but getting anywhere near where those guys are doesn't seem like a good idea.

And of course I know how to use a gun, whether Dad taught me or not!

I heard about a few factions fighting, but I don't know anything about them. I think the guys I pissed off are called Black Bloc, though.
No. 786113 ID: 897ff7
File 148901275125.png - (49.67KB , 900x600 , 67.png )

For a second, the sky lights up like it's daytime.
No. 786114 ID: 9f3729

Wowie WOW, what the hell was in those things?
No. 786123 ID: 3abd97

Give 'em the finger.

So long, house. So long, assholes.

Now keep moving. If that explosion draws attention, we don't want to still be around to appreciate it. You also need to find a new safe space to crash.
No. 786124 ID: 897ff7
File 148901377225.png - (62.04KB , 900x600 , 67_5.png )

Gunpowder, presumably. I'm starting to get a little suspicious of the idea that these are novelty gigantic bullets.
No. 786125 ID: 897ff7
File 148901397421.png - (57.02KB , 900x600 , 68.png )

Right on.

The only problem is, which direction do I go?
No. 786128 ID: e8303c

First, read that letter. Then stealthily reconnoiter the crater, see if there's any crispy critters to loot.
No. 786142 ID: 897ff7
File 148901521261.png - (66.46KB , 900x600 , 69.png )

Oh, shit! The letter!
No. 786143 ID: 9f3729

Wow, how did you twist your hand like that?
No. 786144 ID: 3abd97

Well if you didn't take it, it's long gone now.
No. 786145 ID: e8303c

If you left the letter behind in the house, I will slap you through time and space.
No. 786146 ID: 9f3729

Quick, check your pockets for narrative convenience on the assumption you'd do obvious things like grab mysterious letters!
No. 786147 ID: 897ff7

No. 786149 ID: 897ff7
File 148901697860.png - (82.95KB , 900x600 , 70.png )

This is the front of the letter.
No. 786150 ID: 897ff7
File 148901709022.png - (31.88KB , 900x600 , 71.png )

And this is the back. FYI, that's actual wax sealing it, not a sticker or anything.
No. 786152 ID: 398fe1

Well break the seal and read it. Huh, does this mean the letter was never read?
No. 786158 ID: 897ff7
File 148901863577.png - (95.01KB , 900x600 , 72.png )

That's a good point, I wonder if my dad just threw this into the lockbox without reading it.

The letter reads,
Dear Karl,
Again, I cannot express how sorry I am about Celine, and on behalf of the Tampa Nautical Club, we've decided to make you the official Keybearer for the Florida. Come back, Karl, and we'll discuss this further.

Max Lieb

No. 786159 ID: e8303c

Do any of those names hold any significance to you?
No. 786160 ID: 897ff7
File 148901957629.png - (55.18KB , 900x600 , 73.png )

I mean, Karl's my dad. Was, rather.
No. 786162 ID: e8303c

Well I guess Florida would be as good a destination as any. Look over those keys you nabbed, any identifying marks?

Do you hear anything else or are those guys certainly dead? you may want to go back and see if they've got anything good.
No. 786169 ID: 897ff7
File 148902068005.png - (26.24KB , 900x600 , 74.png )

I'm in Florida!

There are two large keys and one tiny key. The large ones have numerical markings, but other than that, zilch.
No. 786175 ID: 67d5dc

oh man a Quest!

What do keys to a city open? Are you de-facto queen of florida because you have them?
No. 786177 ID: 70983e

Don't you get it?

They're the Florida Keys! The source of Florida Man's power!

Keep them safe.
No. 786179 ID: 398fe1

I don't think these are keys to a city. These are keys to a BOAT. It's "the Florida". That's the name of a boat.
No. 786183 ID: e8303c

Well how far is Tampa? Whatever those keys unlock is important if so many goons were willing to burn your house down for it. How about that cylindrical thing, what's on that?
No. 786186 ID: 897ff7
File 148902270713.png - (69.35KB , 900x600 , 74_5.png )


Ok, I probably should have mentioned this earlier, to clear some confusion.
No. 786197 ID: 897ff7
File 148902348147.png - (55.62KB , 900x600 , 75_5.png )

First, the keys that I looted from those Black-Bloc thugs aren't the keys that this letter is talking about. Probably. I mean, it's highly unlikely.
No. 786198 ID: 897ff7
File 148902351549.png - (40.01KB , 1920x1080 , 76.png )

And second,

No. 786199 ID: 70983e

Well it's not like they're around to ask what they were for anymore. Our best bet for finding out what they're for is finding their base and sticking them in every lock we can find.

First, let's go to that supermarket since we never actually made it all the way there yesterday! Time to find more food.
No. 786201 ID: 398fe1

Oh there's no keys in the letter? ...maybe you inherited the position of keybearer anyway. If not, you still know a friendly place you can crash. Next stop is 101 Palmett St.

Also those keys you got from the thugs look like two apartment keys and a mailbox key or something. Any apartment complexes nearby? Or do you already know where those guys have their home base?
No. 786214 ID: 897ff7
File 148902635081.png - (127.34KB , 900x600 , 77.png )

>What about that cylindrical thing, what's on that?

You know, it'd probably be a good idea to step aside and weigh my options, and also look over what remaining assets I have to my name.

The cylinder thing, upon closer inspection, looks like a sort of combination safe. There are four buttons on it that, when pressed, change the number displayed on the screen. Upon shaking it, I don't hear anything rattle, so my impression is that it's either empty, or was designed to contain whatever's inside safely and snugly.

Additionally, my backpack contains

-The letter from the Tampa Nautical Club

-The two cans of spray-paint. Still don't know what color they are

-The two boxes of ammo, one for my glock, and the other the slugs

-That flashlight-thingy

-That flat piece of metal that I don't know what it does

-The keys from the bandit

-The remaining can of beans

-The Swiss Army Knife

-The little baggy of weed

-The smartphone.

-That LED component I got from the street-light.

My Windbreaker contains:

-The Glock-18 pistol

-Two fully loaded magazines for the Glock

-One empty magazine

I am currently carrying what I'm assuming is a heavy artillery shell with an extremely volatile payload. I'm not sure how much longer I'm willing to carry this thing.

According to the paper, my father, Karl Oates, was named the "Keybearer" of "The Florida" by the Tampa Nautical Club. What "The Florida" is is anybody's guess, but one of you suggested it could be a ship, which would make sense, being that a Nautical Club delineated this honor on my father.

One of you has suggested I pursue this lead by going to the return address. Another has suggested I go look for more food. I have a whole can of beans in the meantime, but those will probably last me two days tops.
No. 786221 ID: e8303c

Hide the shell somewhere you'll remember it where nobody would look to steal something. I'm not even sure if it's worth it to check the supermarket at this point, it looks like everything's gone to shit. The Nautical club would at least be nearby, I'd say that's our next destination.
No. 786272 ID: 094652

After THAT explosion, I wonder how long it will take for the other survivors to approach that giant crater that was once your house.

I suggest you go back, but find a high perch and wait for gangs to show up. If only a few people come by, snipe them out or sneak behind and dominate at gunpoint. Loot their belongings.
No. 786273 ID: 9f3729

Huff some of the paint, for morale
No. 786280 ID: 9876c4

The best suggestion is presently stuck in another thread, but I will endorse it anyway.

Let's avoid taking on multiple hostiles with a pistol.
No. 786286 ID: c5413c

How come nobody pointed out that the shell has the same logo on it as the seal on the letter? This Nautical Club smacks of Illuminati shenanigans. Maybe related to the coup?
No. 786305 ID: 398fe1

The shell is probably fired from a battleship cannon.
No. 786310 ID: 897ff7
File 148908411785.png - (104.15KB , 900x600 , 75.png )

Looks like I'm headed for the Nautical club, then. Wherever that could be.

I gotta be honest, "Palmette Street" means nothing to me. It's not a number, so I can't exactly follow the street signs.
No. 786311 ID: 04c3d3

Looks like we're headed to a library or town hall or something. Anywhere with a town map!
No. 786316 ID: 897ff7
File 148908620455.png - (14.75KB , 1034x522 , 78.png )

Well, I don't know where the library or town hall is, but I do know that I'm just a bridge away from downtown Tampa.
No. 786348 ID: 263782

You think the bridge is still standing? Or unguarded?
No. 786426 ID: 897ff7
File 148912632927.png - (94.62KB , 900x600 , 79.png )

Only one way to find out! I stuff the shell into a dumpster and exit the alley, heading north. The sun's starting to rise. Jesus, it's been a long night.
No. 786433 ID: 897ff7
File 148912825811.png - (88.81KB , 900x600 , 80.png )

I'm approaching Beneficial Bridge, which connects Harbor island with the rest of the city.

As I get closer, I spot a guy frantically booking it across the street, followed by three darkly-dressed figures who don't seem as concerned about running.
No. 786442 ID: 094652

Busy day for the gangs. Are they all chasing lone survivors?

Follow them and gun them down.
No. 786447 ID: 897ff7
File 148913208688.png - (95.24KB , 900x600 , 81].png )

Not on my fucking watch, they aren't.
No. 786456 ID: 897ff7
File 148913349166.png - (121.16KB , 900x600 , 82.png )

I spin the corner and point my gun at them. Before I can wonder whether to try and sneak up on them or hold them up, the guy they're targeting sees me and shouts.

>"Help me, please!"
No. 786457 ID: 094652


Shoot the one with the gun, then the one with the cell phone! Capture the one with the bat.
No. 786459 ID: 9876c4

You've got position.

"Drop your weapons! Get on the ground now!"
They do anything else, you can start shooting.

Mr. shoutyface is definitely not our friend either. He can stay down too.
No. 786463 ID: 897ff7
File 148913481846.png - (15.04KB , 900x600 , 83.png )

"Drop your fucking weapons!"

The guy with the bat and the guy with the phone both drop what they're holding. The guy with the gun isn't so clever.
No. 786465 ID: 897ff7
File 148913518008.png - (121.52KB , 900x600 , 84.png )

The guy who had the bat is shaking with fear, but the guy was holding the phone doesn't seem uncomfortable in the slightest, speaking coyly.

>"Hey now, what did you go and do that for?"
No. 786471 ID: 9876c4

You've had a rough night, and you've got enough holes to last you the rest of your life, without any more.

Now quickly, who are they, and who's the other putz?
No. 786472 ID: db0da2

"Emphasis. Now get on the ground."
Ask Whiteshirt what's going on without moving from where you are.
No. 786493 ID: 0b99d7

can't be too careful when dealing with twitchy gun-toting people eh? now get on the ground
No. 786498 ID: 9f3729

"He didn't drop his weapon. Bitches get stitches. Now, on the ground! And why were you chasing this guy?"
No. 786508 ID: 094652

"He was the one with the gun. That's all. Now bend your knees and put your hands behind your head, or I will shoot both of you. In the neck. Followed by live cannibalism."
No. 786525 ID: 897ff7
File 148918393610.png - (382.69KB , 900x600 , 85.png )

"Because he didn't drop his weapon. Now get on the ground, and tell me why you're chasing this guy!"

The glasses-guy's lip curls into a smile.

>"Why, because this man is a Nazi."

>"I am NOT!"

>"He's a member of Vanguard. You hear about 'em? Charming bunch. They set up internment camps in Gibsonton."
No. 786529 ID: 9f3729

"Have you guys never heard of a court system? Holy fuck you don't just lynch people, that's what racists do! As a third party I nominate myself as judge, start talking on the allegations you're an internment camping nazi mystery man."
No. 786531 ID: 90f3c0


Looks like we found a like-minded individual to join or party. Open your jacket to show off your shirt and give them a wink.
No. 786533 ID: 398fe1

Whoa, internment camps? Who's getting interned?
No. 786534 ID: 897ff7
File 148918658954.png - (78.06KB , 900x600 , 86.png )

"ALL right, it's clear I'm the only person here who's sane enough to start asking questions before I shoot at people!"

I point my gun at the wounded guy.

"Why are they chasing you? Are you a Nazi?"

>"NO! I'm FROM Gibsonton! Vanguard started trying to forcibly recruit me, so I grabbed a boat and ran, but when I got on shore, THESE fuckers jumped me!"

As he tells his story, the glasses-man scoffs and shakes his head, finding the account amusing, apparently.

>"Whatever you say, Kommenraden."

>"Don't listen to these assholes, they SHOT me already!"
No. 786539 ID: 70983e

You don't have a horse in this race, you just want to get across the bridge. Collect the gun and git gone.
No. 786544 ID: fc33ea

Ask white shirt where his boat is, ask if anybody knows about a nautical club.

Don't worry about tipping your hand too much. We won't leave anyone to run for reinforcements this time.
No. 786545 ID: 094652

"America is dead. We're all monsters, now."

Then shoot the leader and conscript the other two as your new subordinates. If they wonder why they should trust you, explain that you're cashing in your family's connections and they're welcome to join one of Florida's well-prepared organizations... IF they take point. And because you're a crack shot who will kill them both if they bolt.
No. 786546 ID: 9f3729

"So you fuckers are playing judge dredd on circumstantial evidence? The fuck? Why is everyone playing mad max all of a sudden! You, whiteshirt, grab the gun and bat. You're my sidekick now, we're gonna go build a town of our own and hopefully rebuild america from-"
-emphasise this with a pistol-whip to smug asshole's face-
"SELF-RIGHTEOUS PRICKS like this nerd!"
No. 786612 ID: 9876c4

Both of these have their merits really.

Having someone who owes us his life around would be useful, though.
No. 787009 ID: f30257
File 148938161802.png - (18.04KB , 900x600 , 87_1.png )

"People who would shoot somebody else over circumstantial evidence are not who I want handling guns."

I emphasize my point by shooting glasses-man in the face.
No. 787011 ID: f30257
File 148938172718.png - (8.61KB , 900x600 , 88.png )

The whiteshirt stammers.

>"I- Th-thank you!"

"Don't look so relieved. This means you owe me, right?"

>"Anything! I'm bleeding out though, so you might want to fix that first."
No. 787012 ID: f30257
File 148938182027.png - (13.66KB , 900x600 , 89.png )

The remaining black-hoodie-guy starts to scream and run toward the street.
No. 787024 ID: 70983e

Can't have him blabbing to superiors. Ugh, what a waste of ammo.
No. 787028 ID: 9876c4

Maxi-pad, your murderous default settings are gonna make it hard to form lasting friendships.
No. 787030 ID: 094652

Shout at him and scream "SHOTGUN HANDS UP"! That ought to scare him stiff.
No. 787161 ID: f30257
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>Murderous default settings

I think you mean SELF-DEFENSE Default settings! I've only ever shot people who tried to hurt me, or, in this case, somebody else. I don't want to be friends with people that shoot, loot, and kill!

But fine. The whelp will live. More than I can say for the next person to call me "Maxi-pad."
No. 787178 ID: f30257
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That leaves, of course, just me and the injured guy.

"What's your name?"

>"Charlie, but my friends mostly call me Chaz. I'd stand up to shake your hand but my legs are numb."

He seems to be in need of medical attention.
No. 787185 ID: 70983e

Stop the bleeding first and foremost. Once you've performed first aid you can construct a makeshift carrier, or a crutch, and drag him to the nearest hospital. Who knows, it might still be open, or at least have supplies in stock.
No. 787187 ID: 094652

First, take the other gun.

Then, staunch the bleeding with a medic bag. That's what you have them for.

Finally, he takes point.
No. 787198 ID: c31aac

oh, take glasses-man's glasses too.
Pop out the lenses and stow them for later use,
wardrobe upgrade!
And magnifiers/firestarters for later use!
No. 787201 ID: 9876c4

Stretcher. Hmm.

Well, if you could make a frame, you have 2 dead guys clothes that you could tie onto it.

Otherwise, you'll need to get him inside somewhere, until you can find transportation.
No. 787211 ID: f30257
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>Stop the bleeding first.

I don't have any bandages, I gave them to those ingrates who burned my house down. I pick up the gun and put it in my bag. I'll have to figure out what kind it is later.
No. 787217 ID: fc33ea

Check the bodies. If you need to just use strips of clothes.
No. 787224 ID: 398fe1

First aid is to put pressure on the wound. You can ball up one of the dead guys' shirts to help with that.
No. 787242 ID: f30257
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I took the neckerchief off of the glasses-guy. It's sort of stained with blood.
No. 787248 ID: f30257
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Chaz applies the neckerchief to the wound. I'm still lost on how to move him.
No. 787250 ID: 094652

Usually, you don't want a wounded patient to walk or experience moderate vibrations, as to prevent the wounds from opening further. But you don't exactly have a Segway here. Ask him if he saw anything with wheels; a shopping cart would do the trick, if barely.
No. 787251 ID: f30257
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"Did you see anything I could move you in on the way here, like a shopping cart or something?"

>"Nothing. I've only gotten as far as about 300 yards from that way on the beach, though."

His face is paling. I don't think we have very much time to work with here.
No. 787257 ID: c31aac

Hm. Uh.

...are you swole enough to carry him? like, you look twiggy, but you also handle guns regularly so you might be a skinnyfit on top of that
what is your str stat at
No. 787265 ID: 9876c4

Survey your surroundings.

Grocery and department stores have shopping carts, probably, anywhere industrial would have a dolly.

Maybe theres a car you could hotwire?
No. 787354 ID: fc33ea

Search the bodies, do they have anything to use?
No. 788506 ID: 813fb8
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>"Don't worry about it, I'll just walk."

He starts to stand, grabbing my arm for support. Is this a good idea, for my health and his??
No. 788510 ID: 9876c4

You don't have a great many compelling options.
Keep the gun in your hand he's not leaning on.
No. 788518 ID: 813fb8
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Leaning on me with his arm snug between my back and backpack, we hobble our way to the bridge.
No. 788574 ID: 398fe1

Is he holding something in his hand?
No. 788660 ID: 9876c4

Seems to be a girl, or part of one.

We'll forgive him- this time.
No. 790799 ID: 897ff7
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The other side of the bridge is blocked off.


"Oh, damn."

>"Y-yeah, heh."
No. 790816 ID: c31aac

...so what do we do from here, maybe swim?
No. 790834 ID: 094652

The barricade is unmanned, maybe you can find a way to climb up? Check the door, see if there's a lock or something.
No. 790856 ID: 897ff7
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The door doesn't have anything on it, except writing.
No. 790857 ID: 0555b9

Knock, claim you're a humanitarian helping this injured fellow.
No. 790861 ID: 897ff7
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I knock on the door.
No. 790862 ID: 897ff7
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I hear some grunting from behind the wall.
No. 790863 ID: 0555b9

...On second thought, miiight want to step away from the door a bit. You can't trust rules in a state of anarchy. Gun at the ready. Bullet count?
No. 790865 ID: 0d5b7f

Come on, before the pinkos come back in force!
No. 790870 ID: 897ff7
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The hottest guy I've ever seen pokes his head over the wall.

>"Yeah, yeah, what is it? You wanna pass into the city?"

"I- I'm a humanitarian. This boy is injured!"

He looks at me and Chaz with narrowed, hazel eyes.

>"Swell. He does look pretty fucked up, though. Do you have any weapons?"
No. 790872 ID: b15da4

Yeah I do. Yer not takin' my guns away! AMERICAAAAAA!
No. 790878 ID: 9876c4

Sure, we got a gun and a bat.

Let's have the other gun be a surprise for now.
No. 790881 ID: 897ff7
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"I just have a gun!"

I realize with impudence towards my past self that I forgot to grab the bat. Fuck!
No. 790885 ID: 897ff7
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>"All right, I'll have to confiscate your gun, but you'll get it back once you either obtain a permit or leave our jurisdiction."

The door swings open on it's own, and the guy climbs down from his little watch tower.
No. 790887 ID: b15da4

...And what jurisdiction is that?
No. 790888 ID: b15da4

-Oh- oh. I just realized that's *our* pair of corpses over there, not theirs. Okay, feeling slightly less suspicious now.
No. 790890 ID: 9876c4

...good enough.

Let's find a medical professional, or cleric, or somesuch.
No. 790895 ID: 897ff7
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I hand him the pistol I looted off of those black bloc assholes and before I can ask him where the nearest hospital is, he scoops Chaz up and starts walking.

>"The General Hospital is across another bridge, but don't worry, we have control of that island, too."
No. 790898 ID: 9876c4

I guess we'll need to figure out where we're going, but meanwhile, no need to be rude.

Who are these guys, and what are their, uh, principles?
No. 790909 ID: 897ff7
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"So, uhm, who are you guys, and like- what do you-"

I'm cut off by radio tone. The guy listens to something for a couple seconds, then speaks.

>"Roger. I have two civvies, one wounded. Will dump them off at Tampa General, then proceed."
No. 790916 ID: 9dc26d

Get his name at least, even if you don't get the full run-down from him. Sounds like his superiors might want him to be somewhere else.

That's a good sign. A chain of command means they really do have some sort of order here.
No. 791005 ID: 897ff7
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"I'm very grateful that you're- y'know, carrying Chaz for me- Oh, that's Chaz, by the way. I'm Maxine."

>"I'm Major Mark Anderson of SODA. A pleasure."

"'SODA.' What exactly is SODA, anyway?"

Before he can answer, a jeep pulls up behind us, and a man stands up in it.

>"Major! I got your civvies! They need you at the university!"

>"I'm keeping the girl with me."

What? I mean, cool, but-

Mark puts Chaz in the jeep and raps the hood. They drive off, leaving me and him alone.
No. 791006 ID: 70983e

That beret! He's communist pinko scum! They're all scum!

You must find their leader, the Soda Actual, and kill him. Better dead than red!
No. 791007 ID: 9876c4

Well, they're not doing anything heinous like making you buy healthcare yet,

Stick around, get some food, and figure out how to get to your destination.
No. 791257 ID: 897ff7
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Oh, fuck, I've lost too much blood, haven't I?
No. 791275 ID: 70983e

Yes. You're dead. Welcome to the afterlife, it's exactly like real life except a bunch of voices yell at you all the time.
No. 791276 ID: 9dc26d

A Major pulling guard duty. They're badly short handed.

You remember your blood type? Tell the driver if you know it.
No. 791281 ID: 897ff7
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"My blood type's B-Positive, by the way."

The guy driving nods.

>"Thanks, but I don't think you're gonna pass out, we're almost there."

I sit up and look at the looming hospital.

>You're dead.

I don't think I'm dead right now, but I have a feeling I'm gonna be soon.
No. 791286 ID: 70983e

Actually, your chances of surviving have just gone up. I mean, besides the boost they got from arriving at the hospital. Trust me, that lady's crazy, and now's she infected you too. Perhaps the doctors can stop the infection in time!
No. 791291 ID: 9876c4

Yeah, if they're good communists, they'll share the Insanity with everyone in town, with an extra portion for the distribution team.

There won't be any left for you.
No. 791292 ID: 9dc26d

Hammer and sickle. The symbols of the workers and the farmers. Traditionally associated with communist movements. Well. You're a beggar, so you don't get to be picky about who helps you here. I don't know if you agree with communism in principle or not, but the practical implementation is what matters. Don't jump to conclusions, and don't spit on their charity.
No. 791293 ID: 897ff7
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That lady? You mean Mandy, or whatever she's called? Don't worry, if I have to see her again I hope it'll be at least in hell, so that she can't kill me.

We pull into the ER awning and the guard gets me out. A nurse is waiting for me, with a wheelchair.
No. 791296 ID: 9876c4

I don't have enough red in me, hoping you can top me off.

Try not to laugh, it probably hurts to laugh.
No. 791307 ID: 897ff7
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Oh, I'm sure they'd love to get some red in me. Cross the fucking bay in a dilapidated dingy to escape Nazis and I end up on the complete opposite end of the "batshit-crazy" spectrum.

I'm wheeled through corridors, getting increasingly worried the further in I get. If these naive assholes try and operate, I don't think they'll have me fixed up and healthy by the end of it.
No. 791314 ID: 70983e

Why not ask them?

"Do you guys have... actual doctors still?"
No. 791319 ID: 398fe1

What does their opinion of government have to do with medical technology? It's not like communist russia was a third world country.
No. 791322 ID: 897ff7
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"There are doctors here, right?"

>"Oh, yeah, almost all of the doctors are still practicing here."

That still doesn't change how fucked I am, >>791319. I'm not exactly afraid of malpractice.
No. 791323 ID: 70983e

...Got a tattoo or something they wouldn't approve of?
No. 791325 ID: 897ff7
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Oh, nothing gets past you cunts, does it?
No. 791331 ID: 897ff7
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I'm dumped off in a room. The nurse takes the chair with her and leaves.
No. 791334 ID: 9876c4

>Hated by Nazis, Soviets
>Massive clogs

I'm sorry you're a secret Dutchman.
But really, you're fucked enough that you don't wanna be making any evasive maneuvers, until they get your leak corked.
No. 791337 ID: 897ff7
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The door opens.

>"Hello. I'm Doctor Jackson. I understand you've been bleeding for quite some time?"

Oh, for fuck's sake.
No. 791339 ID: 70983e

I see. Just pretend it's a really thorough tan.
No. 791340 ID: 9876c4

Try not to get her pregnant on accident!
No. 791344 ID: 897ff7
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>"... Are you okay?"

"What? Oh, no, I'm good. Well, aside from the bullet-hole."

>"I see. May I take a look at the wound?"

Oh, god.
No. 791345 ID: 3abd97

Let's stop guessing, then. What do you have a problem with?
No. 791346 ID: 6353bc

Swallow your pride before you bleed to death.
No. 791351 ID: 897ff7
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"Uh, I'd prefer if you didn't."

Her hand suddenly claps on my forehead.

>"You're sweating. Do you have a fever? Is it infected?"


>"Please calm down. Why don't you want me to look at it?"

"I- I don't-"
No. 791352 ID: 398fe1

Warn her ahead of time, then.
No. 791354 ID: 9876c4

Chaz isn't really short for Charlie, is it?
No. 791355 ID: 897ff7
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"Look, I wasn't always- I'm not a good person, Doc."

>"Sweetheart, I don't care who you are or what you do. It's my job to help you, okay?"
No. 791357 ID: 90f3c0

Hiding some hate group tattoos, eh? She's probably seen that kind of stuff before, being an ER doctor.

Just get it over with and take off your shirt.
No. 791358 ID: 398fe1

Are you gonna show her the damn bullet hole or not?
No. 791360 ID: 897ff7
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Goddamnit, FINE.

I take off my shirt, timidly and almost shaking.

What a fucking coward.

No. 791361 ID: 9dc26d

I once saw an exhibit of tattoos, still on the original skin. They just took the patches of skin off of the donor and tanned them and framed them.

Pretty cool huh?
No. 791362 ID: 897ff7
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>"Oh, honey..."
No. 791363 ID: 398fe1

I thought you said you weren't a nazi?
No. 791365 ID: 9dc26d

Maybe he's a part-timer.
No. 791367 ID: 9876c4

Could be true, accounting for the fullness of time.

Your wound looks salvageable, at least.
No. 791369 ID: 6353bc

He's reformed, you donut.

You could have just rolled up your shirt slightly, you know.

Tell her you really didn't want to come here.
No. 791370 ID: 897ff7
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I'm not.

Anymore, at least.

She instructs me to lie down, and to hold still, because they're saving their anesthesia for important matters like surgery.

"H-heh, you wouldn't be saying you were out if I didn't show you my tattoos, right?"

>"Please don't talk while I operate."

It starts to hurt really bad, but it stops immediately, and she pulls the bullet out. Apparently she had tweezers inside even before it hurt.
No. 791371 ID: 6353bc

That looks like only a fragment, buddy. You aren't out of the woods yet.
No. 791374 ID: 398fe1

So why'd you run away?
No. 791393 ID: c31aac

Make it clear you're not a nazi. You managed to escape that place.
Also ask about tattoo removal so you can put that place behind you forever.
No. 791394 ID: 9876c4

Not an emergency procedure.
No. 791399 ID: c31aac

I mean given we're in communist territory with nazi regalia marked down on our flesh I'd say it's pretty survival-integral
No. 791404 ID: 9876c4

yeah, ok, point.
No. 791485 ID: 897ff7
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"I left them."

>"I know."

"I'm serious! I mean, it wasn't right! It's not right. I was in a bad place."

>"We all get in those places."

She's treating me like a child!
No. 791490 ID: 9876c4

You're acting like one.

Her responsibility is getting your wound treated. Whether or not you're liked is immaterial.
No. 791498 ID: 897ff7
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That's-! Okay, that's a good point. I'm not trying to be "liked," though, I'm trying to make sure I don't exit the hospital in an orange jumpsuit instead of a wheelchair.

Dr. Jackson finishes the last stitch and cuts the excess away.

>"There. You did a good job of keeping pressure on it, Chaz, so I don't think we need a transfusion."

"So, uh... What happens now..?"

>"I need you to do something for me."
No. 791499 ID: c31aac

Take a breath, cool your head, and let her do her job. Ask about tatt removal when she finishes dork.
No. 791501 ID: 897ff7
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I stop talking and she kneels a bit so that we're face-to-face, and then puts her hand on my shoulder.

>"Get me out of here."
No. 791504 ID: c31aac

that was the last thing I expected you to say but im certainly willing to try. Do you know a place we can meet later? Im traveling with someone and she'll probably want in on any planning.
No. 791505 ID: 3abd97

She's in bad enough a spot she thinks the kid with a hole in him can help? Oh geeze. This is gonna be ugly.
No. 791510 ID: 49b2e2

Alright. Uh, the lady who brought me here isn't a humanitarian. In fact, I think she's a bit unbalanced. She's bound to start some shit, and we might be able to slip away in the confusion.
No. 791513 ID: 897ff7
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She explains to me that the Socialists' Organizations Delegates Assembly(otherwise known as SODA) has claimed the hospital within their territory and refused to allow doctors and other medical personnel to leave, forcing them to treat both civilians and their own fighters alike. She also tells me that they've been barred from treating enemy combatants, and that she's at risk of being imprisoned simply for stitching me up.


"Uh, I'd be happy to help in any way I can, I'm just, uh... with someone who's a bit problematic to the general peace right now. We might be able to escape in whatever mayhem she's bound to start, but we should probably avoid her, too."

>"Where is she?"

Uh. That's a good question.
No. 791517 ID: 67d5dc

So, cut to something on fire? We know how this works.
No. 791520 ID: 9876c4

C'mon Chaz.

Things are bad out there, and you stand a fart's chance in a hurricane without some firepower of your own.

Max. Kills. Goons. Dead.
No. 791523 ID: 398fe1

Tell her she's with Major Mark Anderson.
No. 791525 ID: 49b2e2

Last I saw she was with some grunt with a earpiece. Any idea where he'd have taken her?
No. 791539 ID: 897ff7
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"Last I saw her, she was with this guy called Major Mark Anderson."

She gives me a grave look.

>"Did she do something to him?"

"Uh, no. We were supposed to go to the hospital together, but he changed his mind for some reason, and decided to take her with him. I think he was going to a University of some sort."

>"He's taking her to the University? That means either the Commissars or the Assembly want her for something."

"Is that bad?"

She looks away from me.

>"Well, it's not good."
No. 791544 ID: 897ff7
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No. 791546 ID: 897ff7
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>"Welcome to Tampa City Hall, Maxine."
No. 791557 ID: 398fe1

Ask what's up with all the soviet symbolism here. Are they russian or just really enamored by russia?
No. 791566 ID: 094652

Make sure your concealed gun is somewhere they won't search, like your boot. Keep the safety off and the clip in your other boot, wait for an opportunity.

Killing the figurehead won't stop the local communist faction, but it will give you enough time to rig your explosive bullet to something expensive.
No. 791847 ID: 9dc26d

The only reason they have for wanting to talk to you like this is because they were aware of the confrontation with the trigger-happy idiots. Play it cool. Tell them you just wanted to get the injured man somewhere he could get real help, and you don't know him at all beyond him being shot for having climbed out of a boat.
No. 792010 ID: 9876c4

I bet they'll try to draft you, which would be best met with girlish coyness and needing time to think than outright refusal.
No. 792085 ID: 3abd97

Uh, sup?
No. 792088 ID: 70983e

Shoot the talking communist clock!
No. 792642 ID: 897ff7
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Our way of life is no more.

On July 19th at 5:43 AM, a blast on Harbour island was sighted by multiple units that lit up the dark sky.

At the risk of melodrama, it would suffice to say we're still feeling the subsequent shock-waves.
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