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831712 No. 831712 ID: 0cf890

-Flash of destiny
-The Warrior Steels Himself
-His wounds aren't what hurts

Previous Chapters:
I: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/827536.html
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No. 903511 ID: 93f082

Sacred Secret
No. 903512 ID: b1b4f3

Let's go with the secret.
No. 903606 ID: daa216

Sacred secret sounds good.
No. 903617 ID: 2e0f31

No. 913361 ID: 15c57b
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You hold the coin in your hand. The dim glow of the coin, like a candle in total darkness. You glance and seek something in the depths of it's unearthly glow.

Those two phrases again.

Again and again and again... The same question.

Which do you choose?
No. 913362 ID: 15c57b
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>Sacred Secret


Huh, you never even thought of that...

Why are you here again?

You got roped up in this pile of nonsense for what reason?
No. 913364 ID: 15c57b
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None of it really matters anymore. You made your choice, and it feels really good to have it off your chest.

Like, oddly good. The exact magnitude of strange could be compared to waking up tied to the ceiling while the rest of the party lies unconscious below.

You experienced this once before when you were in this space beside dreams. You know.

It was a strange sort of shift in reality. You understand a few of the universe's quirks, the moments passing between one second and the next.
The liminal

You know your quests
No. 913365 ID: 15c57b
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>You have once again trespassed in a space where you are not meant to be. Because of that, you have power. You must come to terms with the nature of your own personal reality, and why then you will notice exactly why the patterns have formed

You: "Are you telling me that I am here again because of my patterns?"

>You arrived once again in the place besides dreams, but somehow managed to find yourself behind time. Your actions have power in ways you may not understand here. No matter the path you take, you always arrive here.

You: "Well, if I had the chance, I'd stop it! I have my quest! I must see it through to the end!"


You: "..."


You are left alone once more. Your decision had shunted you over to this place once more, and you have stepped on the right path to your quest once again.

You look forwards, and see a golden light. Like a pinprick of starlight. That must be your goal. Though the way to it is empty, you feel a power.

How do you shape your road? What good is your final reward if you don't have to work to get it? The trailblazer in you.

Or maybe smooth yet strong, like those stone roads from the future...

You notice the glow in your jade coin has been lost. You feel not whole.
No. 913397 ID: 094652

Take a detour and recollect the energy in your coin. You'll need it to unlock the gate at the end.
No. 913400 ID: b1b4f3

Shape it like a hiking trail up a mountain (but not too far up, you need to actually get there)
No. 913408 ID: 36647f

Shape it like a stairway winding round a hill.
No. 913409 ID: 080aaf

A maze with shifting, winding passageways. But stick to the left wall, and eventually you'll pass through to the other side.
No. 913414 ID: b70ae2

A short street, with lots of side alleys.
No. 916883 ID: 15c57b
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You form images in your mind. The energy twists and turns, and like a gently growing light, the path is made clear to you. A winding road begins to stretch out before you. The further it becomes, you notice the shape of a mountain begin to coalesce in the void, meeting the pinprick of light in it's great distance before you.

Well, this looks like a bit of a walk. Better get to it.
No. 916884 ID: 15c57b
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The path stretches for miles. You spend what feels like hours following the simple glowing road. Or was it days?

You hold the dim coin in your hand. Running your fingers along its carved surface. The jade feels cold, and lifeless, but you sense deep in you that you may yet require it's power. You have to try and charge it; but how?

No matter... The road stretches on for such a long time, you're still nowhere near the mountain. Maybe you need some time off. How about a detour?

You look at the path ahead of you in the distance. You notice power taking shape along one of the bends. Another road? Dimmer than the other, for sure, but it is there.
No. 916886 ID: 15c57b
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You can't help but feel a strange oppressive power peer over you as you walk this main path. Like it wants you to never reach the top.

Perhaps it was a smart idea to take the detour.

You walk this dimmer path for a while, until you come across a strange field of energy in the void. A small clear pond of jade energy lays before you.

You take a moment to kneel and breathe. You hold the coin before you and close your eyes. When you open them again, the pond is gone, and your coin lets off a single glint. Something must have empowered it.

But now, the feeling falls over you again. You don't want to return back to the main road... Though, what is that huge building? It wasn't there before.
No. 916888 ID: 15c57b
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Ahead of you, this enormous pathway seems to split into a myriad of chambers and passages. What is this? A maze?

Your Geta clack loudly along the floor as you wander about it's passages. You keep left, following it like you would a maze. It feels inefficient at first, but you dare not turn back.

The presence seems to grow violent. It wants to harm you, and for a split second you worry that it could.
No. 916889 ID: 15c57b
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The passages you take twist and turn and lead you in circles, but somehow you see a light at the end of a rough cavern. But, something follows you. You dare not look too hard, but each time you cast your glance backwards to where you expect it to be, you don't see it.

You emerge somewhere near the top of the mountain. You see the twisting path laid out below you. Your detour through the maze was fast, sure. But it attracted attention.

Something is following you.
No. 916890 ID: 094652

It's in front of you! Draw your sword (and attach the coin)
No. 916903 ID: 080aaf

Look for it through the coin.
No. 916906 ID: 83e8f8

Look through the coin. If that doesn't work, then pick up the pace and run to the top of the mountain.
No. 916921 ID: b1b4f3

Do not look through the coin, you have been explicitly warned against doing that.
No. 916931 ID: 91ee5f

I agree with this. Don’t look through the coin!
No. 917008 ID: 8b676a

You described that some of the ambiant energy of this otherplace was absorbed back into your coin. I don't think we know if looking through the coin actually reduces it's charge (Or if it even had ever lost any of it's charge before recent events) but I don't think you should risk it in case you need it.

Don't look through the coin. Draw and strike in front of you to be safe, then flee up the mountain path. I don't know what it is about this liminal place, but I have a feeling if you stray too far out of character or do something strange, it might affect your destiny.
No. 917147 ID: 15c57b
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You have to act fast, as is your style; being an Iaijutsu master after all. You feel the presence, but it has always eluded you before. You drop down and turn your sword, drawing and striking in the same motion.
No. 917148 ID: 15c57b
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The stress of your current situation is too much to bare. Your blow is swift. Enough to strike down boulders, but your blade encounters no resistance.
No. 917149 ID: 15c57b
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You bolt up the path. The presence is opressive, feeling as though any moment now, teeth will bare down into you, but it is the anticipation that it is coming that is the worst. You flee. Geta clacking on nothingness.
No. 917150 ID: 15c57b
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Suddenly, the presence fades... You feel empty as you turn around the bend. You see it. The gateway up the hill. A heavenly view fills your sight. Could this be peace?
No. 917152 ID: b1b4f3

Move forward while checking your status. Should your sword be green? Do you still have the coin? Did the coin turn into your sword maybe?
No. 917176 ID: 080aaf

Take as straight a path as you can down the winding road.
No. 917180 ID: 0804d8

No, it is war.
Tap the Torii gates with your sword. Skip them if they sound wrong.
No. 917291 ID: 15c57b
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You stand for a moment viewing the sight, and then notice you feel an odd vibration in your sword.

Upon further inspection, you've noticed it had taken on some of the power of this place. Much like your coin, but it seems to be slowly fading in wisps of energy back into the void.

The vibration is consistent but slowly ebbing away.
No. 917294 ID: 15c57b
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You see the twisting, winding road ahead of you... Though, why can't you just go straight?

As you walk forwards, the road begins to straighten itself out. Almost a pleasant walk.

>No, It's war

The presence is back again... You notice yourself picking up your feet a little faster. Quickly your walk turns into a full blown run. Lucky for you, the straighter road seems to keep you one step ahead of doom.
No. 917296 ID: 15c57b
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You suddenly stop

Ahead of you are stairs leading to the light.

A way out?

You take a step forwards.
No. 917335 ID: e5bda3

Wait! Stop! I almost forgot. Cut down the torii! You weren't supposed to complete the journey through all three.
No. 917336 ID: b1b4f3

That's right. To return, we must go through some torii but not complete the journey, then something must act as a portal. Like that light there.
No. 917339 ID: 96f278

Now hold on. I don't think it was explicitly to return, per se. I thought it meant to just use the coin in general.

The portal kinda looks like a coin, maybe we need to get some words up there too?
No. 917732 ID: fc458a

Inspect the center of the green circle.
No. 917779 ID: 080aaf

Poke it first.
No. 919320 ID: 15c57b
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You pause a moment, before striking out to the gate before you. Remembering the words of Naomi back at the hot springs.

Do not finish the journey through all present gates

You look to your blade. Then with the last of it's escaping energy, you slice the gate.
No. 919321 ID: 15c57b
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Taking a step forwards, the disc in front of you seems familiar in a way. You try to force your will forth, maybe summon one of those words you know upon it's surface.

With your mind you trace the word for 'Sacred Secret' and find it just slips right off the disc into nothingness.
No. 919322 ID: 15c57b
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One more step forwards...

You pass the Torii. Behind you, it had fallen silently into the void.

In front of you, this disk ungulates slightly with energy. The twinkling light in it's center seems to be everchanging... You feel as though you could just step right into the other side, but who knows where that could be.

You hold your coin in your hand.

>>The Key

You reach out, and touch the disk.
No. 919324 ID: 15c57b
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Your spirit is filled with light.

Your body was suffused with the energy that envelops you entirely.

You are overwhelmed

Your truest feelings and emotions are laid bare, all your goals and aspirations, relations and friendships, no matter how brief. As far from you as they are, you have never been closer to them.

No. 919332 ID: 15c57b
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Suddenly, the mote of twinkling light expands.

>You are alone again...

The coin slips from your grasp
No. 919338 ID: 15c57b
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You rest peacefully in a clearing. The stars above you shine down on you in a comfortable twilight.

The grass brushes against your fur. You think you could sleep here forever.

Until something wakes you from your slumber.

...: "Lo! I find this an amusing sight! A warrior sooner giving up his clothes than his weapons."
No. 919339 ID: 15c57b
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Your eyes open from your peaceful rest, and you clutch your sword as you look around.

Uh oh. You're spiraling

You: "What is this! Where am I! Who are you!"
No. 919344 ID: 15c57b
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The steel clad fighter above you looks towards you plainly. You cannot see him below his garb.

...: "Peace! Calm yourself, warrior. No need to fly into a vaporous fit!" He exclaims.

...: "Where we are? . . . This is an accursed realm, where not even the light of GOD reaches."

...: "This is a questing land. Not somewhere between heaven and earth or hell, but somewhere to the side. All of us have a purpose here. A quest. As for me?..
No. 919348 ID: 15c57b
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Between his words, you are able to cast glances all around you. This is indeed a realm of twilight. The longer you stare in a direction, shapes in the sky seem to coalesce into unknown forms, or that of trees and stones and islands in the sky.

"I am Sir Lancelot, and I SEEK the Holy Grail!"
No. 919349 ID: 094652

"... Your clothes. Give them to me."
No. 919360 ID: caf1de

we will take Jerusalem
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