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129715 No. 129715 ID: 482fee

Alright so it's been voted back in https://www.strawpoll.me/18101240
that the next sidequest will be a civquest. First one I'm actually running, and the system I got isn't totally done, so I'm gonna shoot some questions about it here. If you wanna answer or chip in your own feedback, feel free.

Also I'm posting whatever I sketch since I'm sick atm, and more of my time is spent doodling on whatever scrap of paper I got and less on the tablet. So here goes.
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No. 131851 ID: fd2dfa

>>131760
Will Inertia costs eventually decrease with improved government techniques and increased population/popularity, or are we just really hated right now?
Oh damn how did I not see this question until now?
Inertia costs actually increase. Inertia is basically an abstract number to describe your bureaucracy, the size of it, and how effectively it can get shit done. More complicated policy will cost more inertia because you'll need a bigger army of pencil pushers to get it off the ground. However, as population increases, technology improves, and more improvements are unlocked, you can increase the rate of inertia gain. And if you play it right, you can gain an assload of it every turn.
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No. 131853 ID: 6e6f32

>>131850
Whatever you wanna do is cool with me, but two quests at once is more stressful than one.

Just do whatever sounds the most fun to you, bruh.
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No. 131854 ID: 6ee1b4

I think it would be best to do both quests simultaneously, it would allow a reader to choose to skip either if uncomfortable/uninterested with its contents.
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No. 131855 ID: 77b912

>>131850
>105 votes
Okay did someome stuff the ballot box? Or is there something wrong on my end?
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No. 131856 ID: fd2dfa

>>131853
>but two quests at once is more stressful than one.
I dabbled it once, it was tough, but back then my only tool was a mouse. But now that I got a tablet, money, and a little more time I can probably manage. Just need a week or two to figure out a decent update schedule to keep both running at a decent pace(like I ever follow one).

>>131854
I guess I should put a disclaimer at the head then.

>>131855
I like to think people are just that hyped to see me make porn.
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No. 131859 ID: fd2dfa

Welp for better or worse, Guk's quest is up
https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/953402.html
If you feel like you need a break from the civ game or whatever, head over here
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No. 131865 ID: 9876c4

My continued inability to read the site names is not intended as disrespect for the setting.
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No. 131870 ID: fd2dfa

>>131865
It's fine. Even I get it mixed up when I'm tired.
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No. 131898 ID: b1b4f3

Okay what even is a Tovaru?
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No. 131902 ID: 9876c4

Is Garit a descendent of the tribal creatures in Gukquest?
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No. 131909 ID: fd2dfa

>>131898
I'll elaborate further when the barracks are repaired, but basically they're the next step in Sagura. They are soldiers with at least a century of experience in real fighting, while Kovatu have at least 5 and venerable ones have had a millenium of battles under their belt.

>>131902
Descended from them? Yes. Direct descendant? Eh...
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No. 131919 ID: fd2dfa

>>131918
It's as good a place as any. And thanks it's...disturbingly accurate
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No. 131920 ID: 9876c4
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131920

Questionable fanart goes here.

>>131919
A few edits for clarity make me happier with this one.
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No. 131939 ID: fd2dfa
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131939

Alright so I got sick again and the virus has been kicking my ass. One family member gets sick, and it always gets to me last...

I'm making updates during periods when I'm lucid but I'm gonna wait until I can sit upright for more than a half hour before updating Guk Quest or the Civ Game.

In the meantime, here's some Gulpa stuff I did back before I got all pukey. They're basically the Rezan equivalent of Goblins- small, short life expectancy, and all over the place.
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No. 132016 ID: 9876c4
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132016

Persistence is the better part of folly, I guess.
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No. 132061 ID: fd2dfa

Of all the quests I've run I'm honestly surprised it's Guk Quest getting fanwork.
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No. 132063 ID: 9876c4

>>132061
All I can say is I find a tribe of unrepentant barbaric gator/aardvark rapists vaguely amusing. Refuge in audacity makes for good memes.
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No. 132065 ID: 6e6f32

Since we'll be able to build again in a turn or two, should we start suggesting potential buildings here as we've nearly exhausted the initial list?
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No. 132067 ID: fd2dfa

>>132065
When you fulfill your patron's jobs, they'll grant you more concessions that in turn let's you upgrade your estates into larger cities that have more building availability. However that does seem to be a long way off so building suggestions are appropriate.
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No. 132071 ID: 6e6f32

>>132067
Alright. Is it safe to assume then that structures that provide infrastructure for more self governance such as say a courthouse, and structures that represent an organisation that must be legitimized or chartered by the government say, constabularies, universities, or guilds are off limits?

Library- Probably easy to build, but expensive. Primarily an inertia building. Might also have the benefit of allowing us to revisit old policies we skipped that are still relevant, and look up historical information on families and towns around us before we act.

Exploratory mining- A number of shallow mines are built to assess the mineral content and stone quality of the local area. Rolls and reveals the potential industry output of mines and quarries. Has small chance to reveal strategic or precious resources, artifacts, or something very bad. Initially somewhat easy and cheap, the process is repeatable. Doing so can can only improve the results. Each repeated attempt increases the difficulty and cost, has a small, but compounding prosperity malus, and increases the chances of finding something, be it good or bad.

City Undercroft- like the catacombs beneath the estate, but on a larger scale. A huge digging and construction project that will evolve over time. Massively increases the cities defensiveness, and will occasionally produce kobold pops. Also produces events. Usually bad ones.
Depending on how much control is kept over it, it can significantly or improve or harm prosperity.

School- a Tiny prosperity boon and can be specialized for a modest percent increase to industry, prosperity, or inertia. Multiple can be built but only one of each specialization.

Service Academy- Special school that trains high class and high skill servants and slaves. Creates a market for high quality slaves and creates a hierarchy within the the service class that brings the illusion of prestige and upward mobility. Meant to improve troop availability, and I imagine it would improve prosperity some as well.

Shrine to the God of War - Includes sacrificial alter!

Proving Grounds - A series of outdoor courses and training facilities that teach new recruits the ways of war and wilderness survival. Small boost to Kobold raider and Sagaru combat and siege ability.
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No. 132079 ID: fd2dfa

>Is it safe to assume then that structures that provide infrastructure for more self governance such as say a courthouse, and structures that represent an organisation that must be legitimized or chartered by the government say, constabularies, universities, or guilds are off limits?
Sorta? I mean some of those are available with the right policy that breaks the family away from the royalist structure, but some of your suggestions like constabularies could be added with said policies.
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No. 132086 ID: 6e6f32

Did it just skip from spring to fall?
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No. 132087 ID: fd2dfa

>>132086
No, Summer is the season for raiding, and last turn was the height of summer. This turn is the transition from summer to fall.
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No. 132433 ID: 9876c4
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132433

No brakes on the meme train, unfortunately.
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No. 132438 ID: e29e4e

>>132433
This is just getting worse. More like a NOPE train.
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No. 132440 ID: 9876c4

>>132438
So no one gets the wrong idea, I was criticizing my terrible remixes, and not anything in the quest.
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No. 132521 ID: fd2dfa

>>132440
It's fine, and fitting. Little Ansli was an odd one
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No. 132576 ID: 4f51b2

Are Gormoamhi lizards or something like that? I still haven't read the other quest, I like Guk's Story a lot.
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No. 132600 ID: fd2dfa

>>132576
They're mammals, though they do have some reptilian behavior. I got a bit of a backstory on the race I'm making, I'll post it when it's done.

And I'm still surprised how much attention Guk is getting compared to everything else.
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No. 132626 ID: 4f51b2

>>132600
Well is only one thread so I think it attracts new readers. I personally find interesting how inmoral Gok and the rest can be. Usually protagonist from other quets aren't like that or aren't allow to act like this.
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No. 132727 ID: fd2dfa
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132727

>>132626
Then I did them right. It was my original intent to try and play a 'bad guy' race that was pretty damn immoral but players would just role with it. I tried first with Rezans but I think I wound up turning them into a bunch of edgelords. Then I softened them up and they became less 'immoral' instead just becoming assholes.

Anyway like I had promised, Gormy backstory

Life Stages

They are mostly mammals, though their origins make them kinda iffy and jams them into a spot between both mammals and reptiles. They give birth in litters of 4-5, and of those it's a 1-in-10 chance any of them is a boy. If it is a boy, he will be quite sickly and need support from his mother for much longer than his sisters otherwise he will die. According to their Spirit Mistresses, the Creator-Goddess-Sisters Gormoamhi and Gormoloha had both favored the man K'vladu. In the end K'vladu chose Gormoamhi to mate wit and made the the Gormoamhi race. In a jealous rage, Gormoloha cursed the pair and their children. K'vladu died shortly after and Gormoloha ensured all men born from Gormoamhi would be just as weak and delicate.

As they stop being pups and grow into whelplings that become part of clan structure, the boys will stay with their mother, as much because of their own weakness as their own status as a precious resource. Because male births are so rare, they tend to be hoarded and coddled by their clans so it creates a very selfish personality in them. They don't see it as being cruel or immoral when they take others things. They are told it belongs to them all their life(except their sisters who regularly bully them when they can).

Once they reach adolescence, the sisters enter apprenticeship under one of the clan mistresses as part of whatever profession they showed the most skill in as a whelpling. The boys, while slightly bigger, are still kept close to their mothers at this time. There's still a lot that can kill them and a dead Gormoamhi boy is a huge blow to even the largest clans. The sisters still lord over their brothers, reveling in how small and useless they are.

Then the growth spurts kick in. Horns grow, skin thickens, and the boys catch up and overtake their sisters in size. The sisters are near complete with their training and may not yet be aware of their brothers' sudden changes.

Adulthood. The women are professional members of clan society, and the men finally leave their mothers, strong and tough as their sisters(much to their annoyance). However chances are good they'll never see their brothers again

Clans
A typical clan may have 5-10 men and 50 women. A powerful clan may have 50 men and near 1000 women. The greatest clans can have hundreds of men and tens of thousands of women. When a new man reaches maturity, he is taken away. Women do not feel a compulsion to mate every day as men do, a product of their late development. Combined with an upbringing where physical violence got them what they wanted and instant gratification being near guaranteed, men are kept apart in chambers meant only for them. to keep them preoccupied, the women go raiding for supplies they need, tools they can't make, and non-people that will becomes slave labor or female company for the men.

While women don't have a desire to mate save for select times of the year, they do harbor desires for a particular man they may catch glimpses of, and may petition the Breed-Mistress for a breeding contract on their specified days. The contract may or may not be granted based on what the Breed Mistress deems as good breeding stock, or if the man is slated to be traded to another clan.

Some men may get traded off as part of a contract or alliance. Some may be given as tribute to a greater clan, taken in raids, or killed by a warring clan for some crime(like giving a weak, dying man as trade).

The women do a majority of the tasks in the clan, with each specific field overseen by a mistress. The work that is beneath them is relegated to the slaved non-people. Once in their assigned profession, the woman never changes. A man's task is to breed the next generation, and not kill anyone; but that can be overlooked if he is part of a Warrior Throng- a group of men released into enemy lines using their toughness and strength to sow chaos and destruction.

The fact that men are in charge of the clan in Guk's Quest is something that just isn't done. Gormoamhi women would see them as freaks, and men would pummel them to death for daring to do woman's work so openly.
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No. 132746 ID: 4f51b2

>>132727
That was an intersting read. Shit, imagine if we found another Gormoamhi tribe. That would be terrible news.
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No. 132834 ID: 9876c4
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132834

Someone said something and I ran with it. Perhaps too far.
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No. 132856 ID: fd2dfa
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132856

>>132834
Given where Guk Quest will go, not far enough. Confession time, the Civ Game is taking longer to update because I'm still juggling with the final concept for the Sirassar. I had some previous sketches but nothing really clicked, as this is supposed to be the ruling caste of the Jassanids, the multi-racial bug-reptile collective that conquered a third of the planet. I want something that looks harmless physically but hides a malicious predator. Why am I saying this? Because one of the new roll slots for the '5 turn random events' is the Egg hatching and I want to nail her down now.

This is my latest spin.
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No. 132859 ID: 094652

>>132856
Okay, I've got it. Make her even cuter because her appearance isn't the part that should creep people the @#$% out.

I googled "Bug that thinks with its back" and this is what I found:
https://www.wired.com/2014/06/absurd-creature-of-the-week-assassin-bug/

Basically, have her obsess over expanding her collection of stuffed animals to hug, then move on to an instinct to personally rip the organs out of her enemies and stuff their skins insides with the ashes of their families.

And then hug the taxidermist victim with even more creepy-kawaii.
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No. 132860 ID: d4c513

>>132856
your description puts me in mind of those preying mantises that look like flowers (turns out they are called orchid mantises)

also I dunno if the fullbody one there has wings or just a fancy cape but it made me think of moths (and mothra)
so I'm now picturing that concept taken up to eleven; pastel colours and soft lines hiding natural weapons and the instincts to use them
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No. 132869 ID: 9876c4

>>132856
Maybe try for a hybrid of moth and mantis, fluffy, big eyed, and designed to rip and tear.
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No. 132871 ID: fd2dfa

>>132859
>>132860
>>132869
Well that's the bug aspect, there still needs to be a reptile aspect while still maintaining a human shape. That's my conflict.

>Assassin bug that wears corpses
That's actually another caste in the Jassanids, the Mukhassayat.

>I dunno if the fullbody one there has wings or just a fancy cape
It can be either. The ones with wings have higher status than wingless ones, but the wingless ones imitate the wings with silk.

>Maybe try for a hybrid of moth and mantis, fluffy, big eyed, and designed to rip and tear.
Yeah but the Sirassar aren't all into the rip and tearing. They're supposed to be the ones up top who let the lesser castes do the ripping and tearing. Currently, they(the one in the pic) spear their victims, draw them in, and shave the flesh off with their radula(which they have in place of a hard palate. The tongue is to pierce soft parts of the skull to draw in blood, brain matter, and soft tissue to lubricate their rotating teeth.
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No. 132937 ID: 2aa5f0

>Well that's the bug aspect, there still needs to be a reptile aspect while still maintaining a human shape. That's my conflict.

well you could give them a long tongue so they can do the lizard eye lick thing. Maybe also give some of the noble cast a frill that looks like a ruffled collar when down but can puff up like a lizard's frill... and I guess thinking about it you could maybe give some of them the ability to spit venom or something.
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No. 132939 ID: 9876c4

Maybe something like a Gecko-moth?
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No. 133137 ID: 10c408

Perhaps a series of vestigal and fluffy/frilly fin-like segments arranged around the facial area that, normally folded down, react to aggression and spread out.
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No. 133149 ID: 6e6f32

I'm imagining a giant Rolly-Polly sonic-the-hedge-hogging around like some sort of terrifying sentient Indiana Jones boulder. When it stops and unfolds I'm seeing it's shell open up like a beetles to reveal two pairs of massive wings, a menagerie of terrifying blade like claws, and an overly cute and fluffy face.
A cute and fluffy face that spit's acid and that is adorned with two huge mandibles.
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No. 133452 ID: fd2dfa
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133452

This was trickier than I thought and took waaay too much time to get the alignment right. Still not 100% correct when made into a font, but fuck it close enough. Basically the written trade language used by humans, daoine, avar, and most folks in the region. Provided they know how to write.
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No. 133456 ID: b1b4f3

>>133452
Capital letters are the same as lowercase?
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No. 133462 ID: fd2dfa

>>133456
It's a simple written language, there's no concept of capital or lowercase. The purpose is for Impraithic to be picked up by anyone. Except Guk. He's quite illiterate...
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No. 133508 ID: 4f51b2

So, what’s the plan in Guk’s quest tight now? We kill all the people in the fort?
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No. 133509 ID: df76b1

>>133508
Find 3-4 Gamin, take their stuff, which we use as bait when we ambush a bandit patrol. Bandits freak, follow the trail and attack the Gamin. Assuming heavy casaulties on both sides, another sect of ghost skins gets involved, and attacks whoever's weakest. Then the tribe deals with whoever's left.

I might be missing something, but it's a Gormoamhi plan, which means room for improvisation.
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No. 133529 ID: fd2dfa

>>133509
This basically. Also sorry for the delays. I'm dealing with finals(not mine) and it's eating up a lot of my time.
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No. 133544 ID: 6e6f32

>>133529
Grading them worse than taking them I presume?
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No. 133549 ID: fd2dfa

>>133544
Something like that.
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