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894828 No. 894828 ID: fb3b2b

I'm okay with this. Vending machine food sometimes doesn't fall right. This happens. But unlike last time, I'm prepared now. Now I make sure I have two dollars for this one dollar food bar.
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No. 895350 ID: bfb318
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I reach the end of the power cluster's power. If it isn't enough, then I'm truly fucked.

But maybe I'm fucked anyway. I see four people jumping to the top of a building.
No. 895351 ID: bfb318
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The people in the park see what I'm seeing, and run away screaming as any reasonable person would do.
No. 895352 ID: 86eb65

Strike a pose and beckon them on down.
No. 895353 ID: d887c0

"Hey, Splicer! I lived, bitch!"
No. 895354 ID: e87953

teleport behind them
No. 895356 ID: a363ac

I lived bitch! also where is my date?
No. 895357 ID: 5f3f48

Do a Jojo pose
No. 895360 ID: ff82d2

Your power probably isn't enough to take on all of them at the same time. So it depends how they react. If they all attack you at the same time, then you need to run. In fact, even if they come at you one by one, others might interrupt you when you try to kill or devour any of them. A tricky situation.

Well, let's see what happens. Point a finger at Splicer.
No. 895361 ID: bfb318
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"Hey, Splicer! I lived!"
No. 895362 ID: bfb318
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>"Fucker, my name's Splice."
>"Whoever you are, did you even hit him or did you just repair his clothes?"
>"Fog must've done some bulls - "
No. 895363 ID: bfb318
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They're slow.
No. 895364 ID: a363ac

keep charging while dancing around them and taunting them. your too slow, I thought you guys were leaders not followers, where is the meat?
No. 895365 ID: 2a13fa

No. 895366 ID: ff82d2

Give 'em the ol' spicy energy blast
No. 895367 ID: 91ee5f

Ah, crap, you already lost Pillet's glasses.

Go ahead and attack them, then chase after Splice if he survives. Continue to call him Splicer to annoy him and taunt him by saying, “What’s the matter, Splicer? Don’t you wanna finish what you started?! I’m just getting warmed up!”
No. 895368 ID: 86eb65

Blast them and then zip back to your glasses before they fall.
No. 895369 ID: 17c2ee

Well, this can't be as simple as >>. Check around you for any ambushes.
No. 895373 ID: 8c1f9b

Narrow your beam to concentrate your energy blast on splice. now DO IT TO EM DELLI

No. 895374 ID: bfb318
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"Thought you guys were leaders, not followers!"
>"Don't entertain him. He's just trying to taunt us."
>"It's workin'! Bastard's styling on us!"
No. 895375 ID: bfb318
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I don't see any ambushes from any surprise 5th gang leaders, so I blast one of them point blank and catch Splicer behind that guy.

>You lost your glasses
Oh dangit! I'll pick them up before they hit the ground.
No. 895376 ID: bfb318
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Got it!
No. 895377 ID: bfb318
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And one of them saw me going for it, so he started blasting me.

It... doesn't hurt. It's not doing anything to me.

>"Where the hell did this guy come from?! Splice and Crook are down, you gonna help me out, Phantom?!"

The masked guy runs!
No. 895378 ID: e87953

teleport in front of him.
No. 895379 ID: a363ac

make them fight each other. point out that they are going to have to consume eachother to win. then get the runner
No. 895380 ID: ff82d2

Can you devour Splice and Crook?

Ram the guy that's blasting you.
No. 895382 ID: 91ee5f

>I blast one of them point blank and catch Splicer behind that guy.
Did you kill them and eat their power or did you just knock them down?

Also, can you still get their keys if you blasted them to pieces?

>The masked guy runs!
Don’t let him get away!

As you’re passing by the guy that’s blasting you, tell him, “Timeout. I’ll be back for you later.”
No. 895385 ID: bfb318
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>"The hell do you mean you're not - ack?!"
"Hi. Hold on, I'm going to deal with your - "

>Did you kill/devour them or just knock them down?
No. 895386 ID: bfb318
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Aw crud. I didn't finish them.

Phantom devoured them.
No. 895387 ID: e87953

Spear phantom through the big guy.
No. 895388 ID: a363ac

No. 895389 ID: 91ee5f

Then make sure you devour the last guy before Phantom does!
No. 895390 ID: 4f1cbc

Eat Splice
No. 895394 ID: 91ee5f

Phantom already got him.
No. 895395 ID: bfb318
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The big guy puts on his best face of realizing his predicament.

>"Aw cru-"

I spear through him to try and kill Phantom, but phantom dodges and blows his face off.

We start absorbing him at once and split it. If a gang leader is worth two points, then he's beaten me 5 to 1.
No. 895396 ID: bfb318
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>"To invite fear, tragedy and death into millions of lives for one's own pursuit of mortality. Pillet's selfishness was not unparalleled after all."
No. 895397 ID: d887c0

"Don't spew that hypocritical BS at me. Now, are we doing this or what?"
No. 895399 ID: e87953

Grab his mask off.
No. 895400 ID: 8c1f9b

Who the fuck's talking to you.
No. 895401 ID: b1b4f3

"Let's have a public vote then."
No. 895402 ID: a363ac

so are you cute too and thats why you are wearing a mask? or is it just to be cool?
No. 895403 ID: 86eb65

Headbutt him in his stupid mask.
No. 895404 ID: a62780

Something something bleak apathetic eternity because some are scared of dying blah blah.

Look dude, things don't quite suck YET but it's gonna start to and then never go away, I'd rather live for a bit than spend forever dying.
No. 895405 ID: 4f1cbc

"Least my face-wear is cool."

>To invite fear, tragedy and death into millions of lives for one's own pursuit of mortality
TBF, that argument hinges on the assumption that eternal purgatory isn't filled with fear and tragedy.
No. 895406 ID: 4854ef

You can easily say that because you are at the top of the food chain here.
No. 895407 ID: bfb318
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"Don't spew that hypocritical BS at me."
>"Neglecting a small handful of people for millions isn't hypocritical. It's pragmatic. I wanted to understand your motives, but I don't think I ever can."
"That doesn't mean much coming from someone at the top of the food chain!"

I grab his mask, because it's creepy to just be hearing some voice without a face to it. Surprisingly, he lets me. Also, not a he.

"Are we gonna do this, or are we going to have a public vote?"
>"... that isn't a bad idea."
"Wait what I was being facetious."
>"In fact I love the idea. Not just do I think I'm on the majority side, but it can change your worldview. If I just kill you, then we'll have two Pillet's running loose in a month. I don't want that."

She's serious.

>"We don't have a good and fair way to count a vote since this was never a democracy. What we do have is equal strength, and we can use that. We can have those who wish to live forever come here to this park, where I am. You can go to the farm, where those who don't want to live forever will join you. We'll kill and absorb all of those who show up. Then we fight using the strength of the town's wishes. How does this sound?"
No. 895409 ID: 86eb65

Sure sounds good to me.

Then stab her in the chest cause this is a trick.

They control the city and can say whatever they like to the people. And you will be out on the farm waiting for a super powered person who just ate the town to come and kill you.

It would be nice to have a vote but I do not trust the situation.
No. 895411 ID: 2a13fa

Sounds like a game that'd be rigged from the start.
No. 895412 ID: a363ac

sounds boring why don't we just beat each other up and decide what to do later
No. 895413 ID: 4f1cbc


That leaves whoever wins alone with nothing to do for a month that kind of sucks.

Also don't you have a defacto majority by being the only gang leader now, no matter what happens?
No. 895414 ID: b1b4f3

This is acceptable.

What happens if she wins, though? What would she do with all that power?
No. 895415 ID: ff82d2

Her proposition is unfair due to the fact that the leaders have had the general population under their control.

However, she's right in a way that it would be kinda unfair to force mortality on those that don't wish it. Isn't there some way that the fog could be controlled?

Ask her what's in "the chamber in the center of the union station". And then ask her if there's any way that the fog could be removed temporarily, that is, for long enough that the ones that wish to leave could do so.

If there's no other way, then... how about we play a game.

A game of twister! Yes, that one game that always leads to shenanigans.
And the winner gets to decide on... the next game! We gonna be playing games all day and the one that wins the most games gets to decide on the fate of the town!
No. 895423 ID: 375461

Shoulda killed you first.
No. 895427 ID: 375461

As if that'd be fair. The people in this town are afraid of normal death even WITH respawn.
No. 895430 ID: bfb318
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"Sure sounds good to - "

And then I blast her because I don't want to have a vote. She gets knocked back far, maybe I am still way stronger than -
No. 895432 ID: bfb318
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Nevermind she blasts me back.
No. 895433 ID: bfb318
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That hurt, but she's injured. Maybe she bluffed, and I'm stronger after all.
No. 895435 ID: bfb318
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"I should've killed you first!"
>"We vote on it!" She yells at me, then puts a key in her mouth, hovering it over her teeth like she's going to bite it.
"What's in the chamber that's unlocked with these keys anyway?"
>"A snowglobe that keeps the fog in place! We vote, or I break this key! They're energy resistant, but I can break it! It won't respawn for a month, and when it does, it could take years to find it! And you aren't ready for the constant backstabbing, power plays and espionage that us gang leaders have had to do so long! Vote!"
"You'll just use your power over the population!"
>"Yeah, to get them to move their butts to a location! I'll use the megaphones in town, you can make sure I'm not ordering them to the park or anything! We can even wait in the center of town if you don't trust me! And I won't say they'll all get murdered, so their stupid fear of death won't get in the way!"
"What would you even do if you won?"
>"Take care of this town, and keep it surviving!"
No. 895436 ID: ba5478

"Breaking keys is my fetish! Do it!"
No. 895437 ID: 86eb65

Blow her up. Blow it all up.

You need a month to get your girl back anyway.

And power plays? No one will have more power than you. All you have to do is kill everyone in town and wait the month. The key will respawn before anyone else does.

That is when you have your election.
No. 895438 ID: 4f1cbc

RIP ghost shades, now double dead. Victims of dramatic escalation. Truly, the real victim here.

>I'll break the key!
Uh, if the other gang leaders were holding their keys, didn't we already fry three of them already? It seems like I'm stuck looking for keys anyways, not matter what you do.
No. 895440 ID: a363ac

Break the key you baby! I want to beat you up!
No. 895441 ID: ff82d2

Bunnies master race

Nooooo, our glasses! The promise to return them unfulfilled D: ... we'll have to buy a new identical pair now.

Actually, her proposition isn't that bad. The reasoning is like this:
First of all, even though we'd get much fewer people on your side, the strength of those people should be much greater. Why? Because the people who'd give up immortality would usually be the ones that have lived for a long time, and have amassed plenty of power.
And secondly, it's likely that some of the people who'd like to stay immortal won't show up. Why? Because they're afraid of death and they wouldn't want to risk dying for no reason if this was a scam.

So yeah, let's have a vote then.

Also, invite her to a cup of tea while we wait.
No. 895442 ID: 3cc68c

Remember the first rule of talking during a fight. Shoot first then talk.

Blast her hard. Aim for the key.

The tell her as she dies that we would not even be having this "fair" conversation if you had not got strong enough to be a threat. She kept power through murder and intimidation so does not deserve a say in this.
No. 895443 ID: 363437

If the keys can be broken so can the doors and everything else. Finish her off. We need to wait a month to get our girl back anyways.
No. 895447 ID: ff82d2

I'm pretty sure that, as an experienced gang leader, and with the help of the gangs, she can clean up the whole town 100x faster than us.
No. 895449 ID: 86eb65


Who cares. We can kill all of them again if they make trouble. They will lose most there power due to dying and be out for a month.
No. 895451 ID: 0d45a9

Who cares? If you can break the key, we can break the lock.
No. 895452 ID: 91ee5f

“We live, we die, we repeat! This isn’t living! This is just an overpopulated prison with not enough food to support everyone!”

She said the keys are energy resistant, so that means the other keys haven’t been destroyed.
No. 895453 ID: 4f1cbc

>She said the keys are energy resistant, so that means the other keys haven’t been destroyed.
Resistant is not proof, and considering the two of us are stronger than the 4 gang leaders were before, they haven't tested the keys at these levels of power.
No. 895454 ID: 214cda

Gang-leader Girl: just eat the key. Goatboy is rude. Also not really listening to you.

Then go have some risotto or find a date or something.
No. 895455 ID: bfb318
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"Break the key, then! I'll beat you up anyway!"

I charge a beam and shoot it down at her.
No. 895456 ID: bfb318
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I've successfully confirmed it wasn't a bluff at all.
No. 895457 ID: bfb318
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I blow her through the building.

I'd think that I'd have to find the other three keys anyway, but she was right about them being energy resistant. Splice, Crook, and the big guy's corpses had all three keys intact.
No. 895458 ID: bfb318
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I grab them and leap over to where Phantom landed. She's coughing.

"We're only having an even conversation now because I'm a threat. You just do murder and intimidation."
>"Save it. I was seeing if you were worth talking to. You're not, barely anyone is, that's why murder and intimidation comes first!"
"Whatever. I'm going to blow up the chamber."
>"Give it a shot! The chambers, they keys, the snowglobe, they're not made by us, it's all part of the fog system! There isn't enough power in the whole town to damage the chamber!"
"Then I'll find the key."
>"It'll come back in a random spot. And the whole town... they know what you want to do. They're against it already. They'll fight you how they can, I would know! They'll scramble and comb across the whole town to find that key first, to hide it more, to swallow it, to make sure it never ends up in your hands, because to let that happen means death to everyone! To the city! And kill everyone? You'll turn the whole town to rubble, and bury the key even deeper in! You might win battles like this, but you, Pillet... you'll never get what you two want."
No. 895459 ID: ba5478

Dude the just a key with two teeth. It's not that difficult, they're in a pattern.
No. 895460 ID: 86eb65

Whatever. Nothing you say can be trusted. See you in a month.

After killing her tell the town what is up. That if people want to vote they can. That you want to find a way for people to leave but are fine leaving the haze up.

Then check on the snowglobe situation and see if you can get inside.
No. 895461 ID: 375461

God damnit, could you at least explain to me what's even going on in this looping pointless mess. You seem to determined and not fat enough to be some entitled dick at three top cause of bullshit or luck. WHAT IS ANYTHING HERE?!
No. 895462 ID: 4f1cbc

Whatever. I'll taking wining some battles over the crappy life I had before.

We can talk in a month if you really still want to.

No. 895463 ID: ba5478

Just make another key i mean. I mistyped.
No. 895464 ID: ff82d2

Wow, what a scum we are! Beating up girls and trying to strip everyone of immortality.

Anyway, she hasn't told us any lies so far so it's more likely that what she told us right now is correct. At this point, I don't think killing is going to solve anything and if we want to get to the bottom of this, then we'll need help.

Ask her for help.
No. 895465 ID: bddb0f


Facepalm in exasperation. How stupid does he think you are?

"Fuck you. The kind of voting you were thinking of was pretty much a sham. Why would I acknowledge it as a viable option?"

Hold up your hand and count down on your fingers the reasons for why this is dumb.

"First off - you guys have killed the people who'd support me for practically forever. That's suppression of free speech and gerrymandering and stuffing the ballot and coercion and establishing social norms and media manipulation and I don't know what else. It's 'nice' to suggest this could be solved according to the town's 'true wishes', but most people will choose the status quo you've been cultivating 'cuz you've been cultivating it.

Of the ones that wouldn't you've already suppressed some or most of 'em, so I wouldn't even have gotten their power as things stood. Additionally, my side hasn't gotten to freely present its arguments for ages and I'm hardly their best representative to do so since I just joined 'em. Even if you were to give us time to talk and present our case, the Rebel side mostly consists of cray cray diehards who you couldn't suppress. They're loco or stupidly dedicated, because they have to be to oppose the strongest guys around. We don't have great politicians or anything. Maybe Pillet would count, but if you were willing to give her a platform to try to convince people to do this normally, we wouldn't have this problem in the first place.

So... my only viable option is to stomp you. And stomp you. And stomp you. And then - maybe - when I find the fourth key, stick around for a month while you idiots respawn. If I have the patience, at that point."

"... and do I look like a patient guys to you? You're gonna take responsibility and help me find that key again."
No. 895466 ID: b1b4f3


Tell her she's won this battle. You and Pillet will hold onto these three keys, and you won't even try to find the fourth one. When the town is ready to lift the fog they can give the final key to you. Until then, you will be the strongest, and protect the town's right to die.
No. 895468 ID: 8c1f9b

As opposed to killing everybody and calling it democratic? dumbshit.
No. 895470 ID: 91ee5f

“People just reincarnate back into their old crappy lives. Lifting the fog will mean that there’s a possibility that people will reincarnate into a better life.”

“Also, you’re just mad that you’re not going to be able to boss everyone around anymore.”
No. 895472 ID: 86eb65

Talking to her gives her a chance to turn the fight around. Just kill her.
No. 895473 ID: ff82d2

Whatever you do, don't fucking kill her. We already called her out on a bluff once and we got screwed. She's not bluffing now either!
No. 895474 ID: 363437

Just take her out. The longer you talk the more chance she has to turn things around. We can ponder stuff after the threat is over.
No. 895475 ID: bfb318
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"As opposed to killing everyone democratically?"
>"It'd be their choice and they wouldn't need to have the whole town blown up if they gathered in one spot!"
"Right. I'm just curious about one thing. Why's all this even a thing? Who made the fog?"
>".... We don't know where the snowglobe came from or why no one dies in this place, but do you know why I know I would've won the vote by such a landslide that I would've surpassed you?"
"Because it was a sham and you've spent years killing people on my side?"
>"No! God! Because we came to this town. Not 'we' the gang leaders. You, me, anyone who wasn't born in here, we all had enough of death, enough of tragedy, and came here to put an end to it! None of us remember it, but we're the same people with the same motivations!"
"Not sure if I believe anything you say, but if it's true then I regret it. See you in a month if you still want to chat."
>"... I'd like that. You're a jerkass, but I don't want you being worse than us, so if I can offer advice on how to rule this town, you know I'd lecture you."
"Any chance you'll help me lift the fog instead?"
>"Never. Us gangs aren't good guys, but you're the villain. Goodbye."
No. 895476 ID: bfb318
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She blows herself up. I forgot that was an option. It takes a minute to blow oneself up, but I have been standing here talking for awhile.

Even so... I'm the strongest without a doubt, now, even if she denied me her own power. She won't be so strong when she comes back, so no one even comes close.
No. 895477 ID: bfb318
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The next day, I go to the chamber that supposedly houses the snowglobe.

I'd like to just make a two pronged key to replace Phantom's, but nothing here is ever that simple. The chamber responds to keys all magically-like. Me trying to replace Phantom's key would be like trying to make a Pillet shaped doll to replace Pillet. The keys are bodies and souls and weird stuff, which is probably why they respawn.

I read the paper and listened to the radio this morning. So far, Phantom wasn't lying. When the town realized the fog might be lifted, the result was fear, not hope. Also, I can't just blow this chamber open.

Pillet would know what to do. It might not be the right thing to do, but she'd know what it is.

She might talk about how the public didn't know what they wanted. That their fear wasn't out of logic, but out of ignorange. That people would rather hang onto a mediocre known life than a better unknown life. I don't know if that applies here. I don't know if I'm the villain.

I do know that before all of this, people used to ignore me. Now they flee just like we did with the gang leaders.

There's nothing to do for a month. I'll make the most of it. After that, everyone important will respawn. I can find out more about Pillet's thoughts, also kiss her. I can also find out how easy or hard the key is to find, and talk to Phantom to see if she has the same views even when she's no longer at the top of the food chain.

Other than that, it's just like Pillet told me.
No. 895478 ID: bfb318
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We only need to win once. And until we win, we'll never die.

The End
No. 895479 ID: 86eb65

Good job Delli. You opened the floor for reasonable discussion and shook up the status quo a bit.

Give it time and maybe we will find out if those jerks were just talk.
No. 895480 ID: 4f1cbc

Needs an epilogue of dual-shades snogging
No. 895481 ID: 86eb65


Yes this.
No. 895482 ID: 3cc68c


This seems reasonable.
No. 895483 ID: d887c0

This quest did not take the direction I thought it would, but I am satisfied nonetheless.
No. 895484 ID: bddb0f

Sweet victory.
No. 895486 ID: ff82d2

I'm not quite satisfied with this ending. I feel there was a much better one we could've gotten.

Well done nonetheless.
No. 895487 ID: 91ee5f

>I can find out more about Pillet's thoughts, also kiss her.
And have kids with her! Don’t forget about that!
No. 895505 ID: 91ee5f

Wait, I think I might know what’s gonna happen!

If Phantom says that the key is in the fog and it’s going to respawn in a month, then what’s going to stop a dead person from finding it and bringing it back with them?

I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if in a month, Pillet respawns and she has the key with her!
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