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106192 No. 106192 ID: ed33de

Discussion Thread for my first quest, Team Port Echo! I hope to really expand this universe with many adventures for our heroes.

Here I hope to show around some art, answer any questions you may have about these characters without spoiling anything, and figure out ways to improve the dice-roll system.

135 posts omitted. Last 50 shown. Expand all images
No. 132580 ID: 4f51b2

That's the goal.
No. 132641 ID: 11f77a
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Njar has lots of 'splainin to do.
No. 132642 ID: 11f77a
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The family that rebels together...
No. 132662 ID: 11f77a
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A new multi-choice poll: https://strawpoll.com/3x2w978p

Someone's gonna end up naked. Help Driga out!
No. 132747 ID: 11f77a
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You voted.
No. 132748 ID: 11f77a
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"Suck on this"
No. 133282 ID: 11f77a
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pretty women from Paligrij
No. 133283 ID: 11f77a
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This ichynth is relieved from work~
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No. 133368 ID: 11f77a
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Wonder what a buff Eigo would look like? They're usually naturally skinny/gaunt. I drew this cause there's some #buffwoman arts trending on twitter

And next to the happy lady is Thad about to get a crushed pelvis from snu-snu
No. 133369 ID: 406574

I like buff Eigo!
No. 133370 ID: ac70ae

I second your sentiment! She looks awesome!

Looking at how tall she is relative to Thad makes me wonder what the height distribution is for Eigo males and females. Is she unusually tall, Thad unusually short, or is it both?
No. 133374 ID: 11f77a

In my head just unusually tall. Like you often get tall women irl. Small hiccups in genetics like that or something. Who you'd find as a cheerleader vs. women's basketball.

I'd like to draw this Eigo again in the future too! So I'm glad y'all like her.
No. 133375 ID: 9ea12c

Hell yeah! You gave her a name yet?
No. 133377 ID: 11f77a

I haven't! I've been jumbling around some ideas for a name (but nothing concrete). And seems I've thought of her past already--whoops!
No. 133381 ID: 4a9aa5

Glad to hear you're gonna do more with her! Maybe she could be a background character in-quest.
No. 133386 ID: 11f77a
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Buff goat returns to argue with Key about some dodgeball rules! Also inclined to name her 'River' as her main name and 'Styx' as her nickname.
No. 133387 ID: 9ea12c

What is Kay angry about? Sore loser?
No. 133389 ID: 11f77a
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March's blooper for Patreon fans! Hang in there, Gurrich!

She's always angry 'bout something. Maybe River throws too hard.
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Njar talks about her biggest love interest. Seems like they didn't really have a good influence on one another.
No. 133447 ID: 11f77a
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She's stuck. Send help =C
No. 133448 ID: 11f77a
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Tongues! Sajjas tongues can grab, btw. Ya know... to hold onto food.
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I finally got around to (what I hope to be) the final draft of the planned graphic novel. The dropbox link should work and there is a way to download the pdf in the sidebar somewhere. There's still a bit of character design and concept art to do before I start illustrating the first page. Enjoy!

Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hkmsynjb5pqvbs5/TPE101_script.pdf?dl=0
No. 133844 ID: 11f77a
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Driga looks back on what prompted her to go merc.
No. 133845 ID: 11f77a
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So I'm starting to allow random ideas (sfw) for the characters in my universe. Someone requested Key with one of Veisar's legs for some unusual purpose. Hmmm...
No. 133911 ID: 11f77a
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New quest idea. Huron High School with all your favorite mercs!
No. 134237 ID: 11f77a
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Veisar, Victor, and Cybil all answer short questions from September's poll!
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October's question!
No. 134548 ID: 11f77a
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I seem to have forgotten this one as well
No. 134549 ID: 11f77a
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Ortessus is finishing up her demolitions test. She seems to have everything under control.
Huge blooper dump thanks to the Patreon members who make it possible! Join my Patreon to suggest more stuff and vote for things!
No. 134550 ID: 11f77a
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Egads! Looks like she got the riddle mixed up. Although it's not entirely her fault for how stupid the memorizations are...
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Ortessus gets a rude awakening from her Cnidarian friend, Husk.
No. 134552 ID: 11f77a
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Njar shouldn't be standing anywhere near Sertis' acid tank in a bullet fight.
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You can't blame Arthocobs who suffer from vestiphagia: the desire to eat fabrics. Poor Njar for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Njar is still losing her clothes! At least she has Veisar to help sew them back together in the heat of battle.
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Hold on for dear life Driga!
No. 134556 ID: 11f77a
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Ortessus vs. Njar.
Thanks to her quick crafting knowledge to make a claymore mine out of some tape, a glove, and a claymore mine--Ortessus has blasted all of Njar's clothes off.
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Key vs. Holster
Even though Holster can zip around, guns blazing and making the room seem like a total bullet Hell, Key seems to predict where he'll end up thanks to her keen senses in her whiskers.
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Driga vs. Veisar
Well Driga, you should've worn the necessary equipment before fighting on Veisar's turf. With a well placed drill her clothes have been yanked clean off!

That's all for now folks!
No. 134559 ID: 11f77a
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This Christmas I'm allowing everyone to vote for the next battle with three remaining contestants! You can vote multiple characters here in this strawpoll. No idea when I'll close it. Who do you want to see naked?! https://www.strawpoll.me/42332278
No. 134728 ID: f3f534

Why is it called Arthocob Date quest when there hasn't been any actual dating in the quest at all? Why are we having to run from weird cultists? None of this makes any sense! This isn't a date quest, it's just a regular quest! I feel like I've been lied to!
No. 134729 ID: b1b4f3

I think Sarco got distracted by the allure of spooky shit.
I'm more irritated that the central religious conflict is lacking details. We know almost nothing about either deity.
No. 134736 ID: 11f77a

>Why spooky? This isn’t a date quest, it’s just a regular quest.
Serious answer? I can’t help but worldbuild. And I like worldbuilding. I added a story to it instead of a simple, straight-forward guaranteed secks no-wrong-answers quest. It began as something I had zero forethought and I didn’t give a shit. Now I do and I’d prefer stakes being played. Characters being built up instead of mere robots. Go (re)read Chupian Date Quest for that.

When will the dating begin? Probably chapter 3. Chapter 2 (at the time of this post) has a third left to complete. What’s happening is important to future events.

>Sarco got distracted by the allure of spooky shit.
I wouldn’t call it a distraction. Lovecraftian stuff is fun.

>We know almost nothing about either deity
Hmm, I’ll reread what the chapters have so far and list here. Perhaps an update is an order for the glossary in the wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Arthocob_Date_Quest
• Arthocobs are polytheistic. Their bible is called the Voxxus Neb [>>/questarch/918235]. All followers use the same book--which can be interpreted differently depending on who you ask. There’s no Book of Bhothogoshol or Book of Ndepthteph [>>/quest/977531].
Bhothogoshol, also known as the Great Flying Rod, sheds life from its husk [>>/questarch/902219] A Goddess of Life [>>/questarch/934906] And non-violent [>>/questarch/918235] Ganymede defends her purpose to a mad preacher [>>/questarch/935410].
• [>>/questarch/932913] Voxxus is another world for ‘universe’. Here, the mad preacher talks about the creation of the universe made from the back of a great cosmic centipede, Relik. Relik had two children, Bhothogoshol represents life, and Ndepthteph (also known as the Death Worm) represents anti-life. In the beginning there was anti-life, nothing, and some people are angry Bhothogoshol did something about it. In the nightmare, a variation of Kyzil taunts Eudora with the false belief of Bhothogoshol [>>/questarch/949287] Life is pain, yo.
Bogn is a fabled warrior. Also known as The Herald [>>/questarch/937605] I guess he’s on the same level as Jesus and carried an amber trumpet which was also a weapon. He practically became a demigod when he entered heaven, known as the Amber City, or Rac-Naquaghu [>>/questarch/936095] More info on him explained by Ganymede himself [>>/questarch/938524]
Mi-Yok, sometimes known as husks, are like ghosts of bad Arthocobs. They cry and walk around in circles for eternity. They’ll do anything to feel better. An empty shell of their former selves. “…lost spirits from the husks of treacherous creatures…” Ganymede even mentions something about them on his delivery walk [>>/quest/961728]
• There are other gods and goddesses too but so far not introduced properly.

That’s about Arthocob Religion 101
No. 134737 ID: b1b4f3

Okay, but why is Ndepthteph worshipped? Why is Bhothogoshol hated? Is there any direct conflict between the two gods? Do the gods communicate with their followers at all? What are the gods' personalities?
No. 134739 ID: 11f77a

I'm unsure how to answer this properly. Because there are questions that don't matter, and answers that take real-life elements into account.

Why do people worship Ndepthteph? Well... why do people worship any God at all? Why do evil cultists in Lovecraft worship Cthulhu and whatnot?

Why is Bhothogoshol hated? "They stand against everything you stand for." Well let's see. Why would a follower of the Death Worm hate the great Flying Rod of life? Okay, there's probably a deeper reasoning than that--something that is woven into the lives of their believers. But I don't like to be blunt. [X] because [Y]. I like writing for people who can connect the dots and do the research themselves. And for those who can't (or won't or have no time to) do that--that's absolutely fine! You can read it without understanding 100% of their religion because it's not vital. Bhothogoshol good. Ndepthteph bad. How far is Ganymede going just to have Eudora say 'yes' to a date while there are other conflicting things going on?

I like to add mystery and have little clues come up bit by bit. And I know some readers want to know the intricate details of the Arthocob lore (or the entire Team Port Echo universe). If it's important, it will be answered in the future.
No. 134742 ID: b1b4f3

Just because you follow a god of death doesn't mean you hate the god of life. Life does not exist without death, and vice versa. I don't really get the whole "anti-life" thing especially considering Ndepthteph is depicted as a worm, which is a living organism, but I do know that if the worship of her revolves around the fact that life as we know it came about in opposition to her, it'd be more like worshipping the concept of emptiness, or wishing that life did not exist to begin with. And that's not exactly a religion that would inspire fanaticism without also inspiring mass suicide or open war. A religion that wants to remove all life would outlaw reproduction, as well, which means their numbers would go down fairly quickly over time.

Yeah, sure, clues. I'm sorry but that's just not a good method of explaining lore that gives needed context to an existing conflict when the lore involved is something the main character should know. We should at least know the basics, and despite my repeated attempts to get ganymede to fucking SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT, I don't know the basics. For example, before you explicitly said that Ndepthteph is the goddess of anti-life I just thought she was the first to be born. The first life, not some kind of paradoxical life that is also anti-life.
No. 134751 ID: 16d082

I’m really enjoying this worldbuilding
I wonder, do Arthocobs have cults placing emphasis on specific deities, such as the Romans had? The preacher from the first thread being crazy and clearly unwelcome in the village makes it seem that the worship of Ndepthteph is a fringe belief if not outright heresy, but he could still just be an outlier in a larger, more moderate religious faction.
though, granted, the nihilistic worship of inevitability and death itself probably doesn’t have broad appeal.
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Today may or may not be a coincidence.
No. 135277 ID: f9464a

So when are we going to finally get back to the dating part of the quest?
No. 135278 ID: 11f77a

I promise there's only... 3% left of the current thread. And then the actual dating part will happen.

I understand how dumb it may be now, I couldn't help myself but try and establish a looming conflict that will affect everyone as the story rolls on. I've had readers who both like the direction it's going--but still speak up about its misleading title.

Arthocob Date began as something out of the blue with no thought for its future. But as all things I create--I start piling stuff on top to give it more... life?

Anyway, Ganymede will be able to date next thread. And it won't have to be exclusively to Eudora. Promise.
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