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134434 No. 134434 ID: 11f77a

Hello, little ones! Vikta tells me about another Secret Santa happening soon and I thought it would be fun to chaperone your fifth year! Sashi, Deemus, Vikta, Nummax, and Charu will help deliver all the gifts as I’m not good with remembering addresses from different dimensions and planets.

And so, here are the previous years of gift-giving:
(2016) https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/106091.html
(2017) https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/118595.html
(2018) https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/126663.html
(2019) https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/131539.html

You can participate in two ways:

For Quest Authors/Signing-Up
For authors, all you need to do is declare which of your quest characters will take part in this thread. Include their name and a link to the quest or wiki page. A picture is helpful as well. If posting multiple characters, you must state whether they’re a GROUP or INDIVIDUALS. Once we reach an appointed date, everyone will be randomly assigned their partner.

Okay now, this part is important! Read carefully! Once a match is made it is your job to write and illustrate what your character would give to their special someone! Perhaps something from their world. Or something personal! Or a book! Fancy gadgets! Leftovers! You’re not obligated to have your character respond to a gift received. But the process of your character finding their partner’s gift is the least bit expected. One picture, ten pictures, animated; doesn’t matter as long as you don’t tire yourselves out! Posting early or late is no problem, either!

Pairings will be made on the 10th. Latecomers will have until 17th. They’ll be posted with spoiler tags to keep things a secret! Have a look through past Secret Santas to get an idea on how it all works.

For Suggestors
Suggestors may also participate and gift any quest character! Post your idea for a present and who will receive it! Disclaimer though: it will be up to the author if their characters accept the gifts or not. It’s a busy month, but one may encourage their participation!

Even if it’s not related to gift-giving, anyone can illustrate and post a festive image!

Anyone unfortunate enough to not receive their gift will be compensated to the best of our ability! Sometimes artists need extra time after Christmas and New Years.

So let’s have some fun!
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No. 134435 ID: b5fb67

I'mma do one from each of my good quests!

(Individuals, not a group)-
Sarah from June Quest: https://i.imgur.com/WIzUK1r.png
Lily from TWWLTP: https://i.imgur.com/yZUdGlB.png
Melody from TLLMGC (center): https://i.imgur.com/SHmw6qE.png
No. 134437 ID: b5fb67


Whoops, forgot wiki page links:

Sarah: https://questden.org/wiki/June_Quest
Lily: https://questden.org/wiki/The_Witch_Who_Lost_Her_Panties
Melody: https://questden.org/wiki/The_Lacy_Lane_Mystery_Girls_Club
No. 134438 ID: 19da02

I'll volunteer Lyllia from Decision Assistance

Eilie from SEXCOM

and Eth from Inkeeper's Story

as individuals.
No. 134439 ID: 11f77a

I'll be submitting my own characters!
Cybil, Victor, and Eudora as individuals from Team Port Echo: https://questden.org/wiki/Team_Port_Echo
No. 134440 ID: d63ea8

I'd like to offer two characters from my quest 'A Game of Words':

First is the Knife:

And second is Ravenous Delights:
No. 134442 ID: e51896

Magnolia from Enclosed Curtains will be participating in Secret Santa because she was not invited to Beach Day.

Quest she is from: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/970517.html (I'd post my wiki page, but it is pretty empty)

Pics (She is the character wearing the green coat) (https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/src/160548273368.png
No. 134444 ID: acef99

I'll be submitting my characters as a single group (meaning only one entry) - Argine, Diagram and Jin-R from Last Trace.
Much like Beach Day, this may not be canon to the events of Last Trace, but the ripples of consequence can affect even the realities where the primary story take place...

https://questden.org/wiki/Last_Trace - Wiki Link

https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/src/160596342774.png - Argine (to the left) and Jin-R (to the right)
https://tezakia.net/kusaba/quest/src/159313183030.png - Diagram (to the right)
No. 134449 ID: 8483cf

I'll submit each of my three characters as individuals!

Lazy Fairy, from Lazy Fairy:

Lady Serah Kensington, from Lazy Fairy:

Dotti, from Lazy Fairy:

Wiki link for quest: https://questden.org/wiki/Lazy_Fairy#Characters

Quest link: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/974331.html
No. 134476 ID: 76fd67

Oops the deadline is coming up fast so I'll santa-submit Deem and Hin from Dungeoneer.


Will try to follow up with assembling a decent reference in the next day or two.
No. 134483 ID: 6f7a5a

The Hydra from King of Pentacles
No. 134484 ID: 11f77a

Throwing a list together now! Any names/characters submitted beyond this point will be drawn on the 17th.
No. 134487 ID: 11f77a
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The Hydra has Magnolia from Enclosed Curtains (https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/970517.html) !
No. 134488 ID: 11f77a
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Deem has Cybil from Team Port Echo (https://questden.org/wiki/Team_Port_Echo)!
Hin has The Knife from A Game of Words (https://questden.org/wiki/A_Game_Of_Words)!
No. 134489 ID: 11f77a
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Dotti has Lyllia from Decision Assistance (https://questden.org/wiki/Decision_Assistance)!
Lady Serah Kensington has Eilie from SEXCOM (https://questden.org/wiki/SEXCOM)!
Lazy Fairy has Melody from TLLMGC (https://questden.org/wiki/The_Lacy_Lane_Mystery_Girls_Club)!
No. 134490 ID: 11f77a
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Argine, Jin-R, and Diagram has Lily from TWWLTP (https://questden.org/wiki/The_Witch_Who_Lost_Her_Panties)!
No. 134491 ID: 11f77a
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The Knife has Victor from Team Port Echo (https://questden.org/wiki/Team_Port_Echo)!
Ravenous Delights has Deem from Dungeoneer (https://questden.org/wiki/Dungeoneer)!
No. 134492 ID: 11f77a
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Cybil has Lazy Fairy from Lazy Fairy (https://questden.org/wiki/Lazy_Fairy#Characters)!
Victor has Lady Serah Kensington from Lazy Fairy (https://questden.org/wiki/Lazy_Fairy#Characters)!
Eudora has Argine, Jin-R, and Diagram from Last Trace (https://questden.org/wiki/Last_Trace)!
No. 134495 ID: 11f77a
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Magnolia has Eudora from Team Port Echo (https://questden.org/wiki/Team_Port_Echo) !
No. 134496 ID: 11f77a
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Sarah has Eth from Inkeeper’s Story (https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/976705.html)!
Lily has Dotti from Lazy Fairy (https://questden.org/wiki/Lazy_Fairy#Characters)!
Melody has The Hydra from King of Pentacles (https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/918309.html#939658)!

That's all folks! Start gifting!
No. 134498 ID: 3994a2

Whoops, I got super distracted with irl stuff and forgot to sign up. I’d like to submit Pop Pop Pollock from Null and Void as a latecomer:


If no one else signs up by the 17th, then that’s no big deal, I’ll just sit this one out in that case.
No. 134501 ID: 11f77a
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A quick edit to include a latecomer!

Pop Pop Pollock has Ravenous Delights from A Game of Words (https://questden.org/wiki/A_Game_Of_Words)!
No. 134503 ID: 11f77a
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Thanks to Bitequest for helping teegee fit in the secret santa list! And your new pairings are:

Lyllia has Hin from Dungeoneer (https://questden.org/wiki/Dungeoneer)!
Eth has Pop Pop Pollock from Null and Void (https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/962109.html#981751)!
Eilie has Sarah from June Quest (https://questden.org/wiki/June_Quest)!
No. 134529 ID: 11f77a
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Lon Frer: Forsooth, Magus Ernos! The quest of achieving the Amber-gold Aglets of Narhlaam will be fraught with peril.

Ernos: I agree, Paladin Lon Frer. Once we step inside the Grotto of Shacha-Oteg it would be the point of no turning back.

Lon Frer: We shall ask this humble merchant what he knows of this cave as well as purchase any useful items for the journey.
No. 134530 ID: 11f77a
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Eudora: He’ll betray us! Get socked dagasoga im beh thosc nar’jal!

Lon Frer: Great Bho! What are you doing, uh... Monk Eudoras?!

Eudora: I read ahead in preparation of this adventure path! This guy’s a total backstabbing narg’rull Gullusk!

Lon Frer: No! No! That’s not how you play the game at all!
No. 134531 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: Eudora, you can’t just walk up and go about fisting things!

Eudora: I’ll give you 10 yuggoths to not say that ever again.

Eudora: Plus it’s what I would do...

Ganymede: You’re also metagaming! Your character can’t know about the dangers that lie ahead!

Ganymede: Why are you suddenly interested in G&G? Are you hiding from Mother Umbari again?

Eudora: I’m just looking for gifts for this years’ secret something or other...
No. 134532 ID: 11f77a
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Eudora: Anyway here’s your game, you nerds. Grottoes and Goliacoths for Argine, Jin-R, and Diagram. You’re welcome.

Eudora: Ganymede knows the rules front to back; he doesn’t need this book anyway.
No. 134543 ID: a721f3
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It was a cold season in the facility, as a familiar trio gathered around the glowing screen of a computer, watching as the digits fly by. To think, that it had already been a year! Many cultures celebrated the end of a calendar year, and the soldiers in the facility are no different.
Owing to their past involvement in the fun (and ultimately cataclysmic) vacation that was beach day, the facility was sent a package where they could give and receive presents to people from other worlds - a strange practice to people who have spent their lives primarily in one location. But nonetheless, there was a steady enthusiasm buzzing between the trio.

Diagram's delicate fingers tapped on the keys, pulling up an image and details of the trio's lucky recipient.
"Ah, we've gotten our assigned client! A woman called Lily from a semi-abstracted world on the fourty-fourth layer, it seems! We'll be in charge of making a present for her."
Connecting the console up to the whole multi-dimensional relay was a strange experience, but to participate in the festivities of other worlds? Now, that was an experience that wouldn't come so often!
"Are we really doing this, Diagram?", asks the facility's local delinquent. "Last time we screwed around with folks from across the multiverse, shit really went down in the beach."

"I only heard second-hand accounts from Argine. Did she really end up using the orbital laser? I was too occupied watching over the base... and that semi-solid pest to join in, myself."

"Yes... it took out part of the boardwalk with it, too. It was necessary, but I can't help but wonder if we could have done something different."
Memories of scorching hot glassed beaches come to mind. The sight, the smell, the heat... Argine wasn't going to be allowed to bring that thing with her to extra-dimensional outings for a long time. The property damage was paid for with the funds that the duo had accumulated that day; whether from bounties or sales. Truthfully, Diagram was a little frustrated, not being able to spend the mysterious, shiny things known as "money" on something for herself. But perhaps the charity of mutual gift-giving can dull that disappointment.

Argine jostles the table that the computer's placed on.
"So we gotta get a present for some smoothskin on the other side of the universe, right? How about a nice big gun-"
Jin slaps her sister's shoulder, her weight knocking Argine off-balance.
"Guns? You should consider some different ideas first."
"Yeah, Jin's right, Argine, we should-"
"Explosives are a far better choice if you wish to make an impact. Her opponents would be annihilated before they even fight back."
No. 134544 ID: a721f3
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The exasperated blue gal snaps her head back. "What? No! We can't just keep dealing weaponry to places that don't have similar levels of technology to ours, that's how the entire beach brouhaha happened in the first place!"

Jin-R furrows her brow. "Perhaps not weaponry, but surely we must make use of the technology we have at our disposal? If we're limiting ourselves to what that world has, and without the magical advancements that our world does not possess, we'd just be giving a worse gift."

Argine nods in agreement, a rare agreement between the two siblings.
"Yeah, I mean - what's the point otherwise? We've got all of this sick tech, and we all know something or other about mechanical engineering. If you're going to tell us to bake her some cookies, we'd be more liable to accidentally make plastic explosives."

Diagram had to agree with that logic, disregarding the hyperbole behind it. It wouldn't be right if they were holding back.
"Alright, so we'll make it still technological, just... maybe something a little less dangerous?"
But what else could a super soldier facility produce, besides weapons of destruction? Such things would not be appropriate for the festive context, Diagram reasoned.
Argine smirked. Ahh, man! How fun was it watching all of those scrubs who didn't know how to keep their head down getting completely blasted that day? Good times, good times.
"It's just so weird, being around people who are so fragile! Hell, they're all so fragile that their clothes keep getting blasted off! Remember how on Beach Day, people were using your water guns and then you could hear the ripping from a mile away-"
"I don't want to remember that! How could I have miscalculated so much...? They were just meant to be pleasant toys... not turf war weapons!"
She shakes her head. Now's not the time to reminisce.
"Nevermind that. We have a gift to plan."
No. 134545 ID: a721f3
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She stands, pulling over a chalkboard where she had already etched out some plans. The two sisters park themselves in seats nearby, squinting at the scrawls of white text.

"Let's just treat this as if it were a mission! That'll make things go smoother. The objective is to provide a good present for Lily, using the technology and resources we have at hand."

Argine raises a hand, much like you would in a classroom.
"Why not give her some clothes? All I ever seem to hear about is how people's clothes are practically made out of tissue paper out there in different worlds. At least, that's what Njar told me. Why not underwear? They're always complaining about that."

A blush crosses Diagram's fuzzy face. "What? Who gives people underwear as a present? No, it has to be more than that, right?"

Jin-R drums her fingers on her knee.
"Underwear is too forward of a gift - in addition to each and every individual having their own preferences, which we do not know; it also conflicts with their sense of modesty, having someone else engineer undergarments for them. Something protective would be much better. Perhaps a suit of armour, calibrated for her generation proportions? Her world is one of wizards and knights, after all."

Diagram ran the calculations in her mind. Armour. Armour was quite reasonable! But would it not be distracting, for a fair maiden much like herself to be wearing something as clanky as that?
"Good idea, Jin, but perhaps something more appropriate for Lily herself? Not everyone's as physically strong as you are."
Jin leaned back in her seat, the plastic making an audible creak as her girth pressed into it. Silently, Diagram noted she may have to reinforce the bolts on the seats.
With new direction in mind, Diagram picks up the chalk and quickly scribbles further notes across the board itself.
Argine, looking bored from the brief silence, speaks up once again.
"You could give her something like a robe or something... don't magic users wear robes?"

Diagram paused, the gears whirring in her mind. Robes... clothing, softness.
Those robes didn't do much to keep those poor girls warm, do they?
Images of the strange fashions that outworlders have came to mind. And most importantly, she looked down at her own velveteen form.
And she wondered - just, what would it be like for someone of smooth skin, out there in the cold winter season?

She grinned, wider than she had in a while.
"I've got an idea."
No. 134546 ID: a721f3
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The next few days were of rapid prototyping and development. Several explosions had occurred in the process.
Differences were put aside as sisters worked in tandem to coordinate and prototype the construction of the outfit piece, all with the careful supervision of the tech-savvy genius behind this ambitious project.

Then, at last...
The combined efforts of the motley trio bore fruit - The Ultimate Outfit piece, for one lucky witch!
The Nanofibre Insulative and Device for Signalling Holiday-spirit, Torso-borne. the NIDSHT!

Inspired by the fashions of those strange fuzzy uniforms people wear in universes during this time of year, it's lined with nanofibres supplied by the local medic that can withstand bullets, fire and electrical shocks, all while keeping you as warm as a blue chimera in a lab-coat! The stylish tassels on the bottom are intended to create radio white noise when an electrical current is run through it - although such a thing is unlikely to be encountered in a world such as the client's, who knows what could happen? Perhaps it could be used to drown out the awful music that the neighbor is playing next door.
The distinct, flashing lights of the outfit make it so that you are easily identified on the field, meaning you'll never get lost in a dark cave, and your friends will be able to find you at any time - gathering around you like the centerpiece of a winter decoration. It also doubles as a tactical flashbulb! When activated, the lights would flare up and blind anyone in the nearby vicinity in a three-hundred and sixty degree angle. Naturally, this is most effective when you're wearing appropriate equipment and light dampeners over your eyes.
With how light it is, it'll feel like a natural extension of your own skin!
Truly, the most practical of gifts, made with the best technology available to three gifted engineers.

Unfortunately, fashion sense was not part of a soldier's curriculum in this facility.

With the gift properly wrapped, Diagram sent it off onto its way. Hopefully it remains intact during transit! After all, if it spilled out of its box and floated off into the nether of the void between dimensions, it'll probably remain there for the rest of eternity, bothering the eldritch beings that reside there with it's festive lighting.
No. 134560 ID: b5fb67
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Lily: "This is for you! Merry Christmas!"

LF: "Neat! ...what is it?"

Lily: "It's a smartphone! You can use it to talk to your friends, sent texts, take pictures, watch movies, browse the internet, make Tweets..."

LF: "What's a Tweet? Do birds live in that?"

Lily: "Well, it's a social medial program where you can send a message to a great many people about a wide variety of topics and interest, like h-"

LF: "Whoa! I can tell a bunch of people how awesome I am?!"

Lily: "Well..."

LF: "HELL YES! I get to tell everyone that I am the best forever! Gimmie gimmie gimmie!"

Lily: "I may not have thought this through all the way..."
No. 134561 ID: 11f77a
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Dear Miss Lady Serah-Kensington. I was given the task to be your secret santa this year! I learned you are an alchemist who likes to mix potions for enhancing the body and soul. You know, I’m something of an alchemist myself. No, really! I may not craft concoctions that may increase your boobage capacity--but I certainly have an enchantable-grade soapmaking kit left over in Dama’s Bathhouse."
No. 134562 ID: 11f77a
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"That’s right; you too can lather magic all up in your face and skin if you apply any of the following effects* and fragrances to these soaps; such additives as..!

Arrowhead Pine: Be quick and swift like the Huntoon warriors.
Lumenbug Amber: Outshine your fairy companions with arthocobic bioluminescence.
Saltrock Mist: Bulk up in Krullg-crab chitin and increase defense! Barnacles included! They’ll fall off eventually.
Tarblood Moss: Increase fire resistance from the tar pits of the Gard’s home world.
Cloud-Manta Extract: Jump higher like you’re on the moon, and gracefully float down without fall damage.
Clearwater Cherry: Vanish and go undetected! Or maybe just have people ignore you more. I forget which effect is more potent.

I hope you figure out new mixtures for your own!

-Vikta Yamelle-Dama
No. 134567 ID: 12b116
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The box shakes back and forth as Eth digs around in the junk.

"Thanks for helping me, Albah," Eth says.

"There's a little girl named Pop Pop Pollock that's in some kind of mysterious between-worlds-place. You know?"

Albah nods.

"Most of the stuff in my warehouse is too heavy for me to fool with."

"Yeah no problem, boss" Albah thinks to Eth. "Always glad to help."

"Just promise you aren't going to put a fruit or anything weird in the box. It's for a girl, so be classy," Eth says, noting the slightly deceptive sweet scent to Albah's pollen.

"I'm always classy," Eth hears in his head as Albah attepts to keep her pollen as neutral as possible. "What were you thinking of giving her?"
No. 134568 ID: 12b116
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Eth pulls a battered helmet sized for a human from the box.

"Help me with this," he says. "She seems like the adventury sort, so I figured she'd like a helmet."

"Hmm," Albah thinks. "Yeah that seems reasonable. I always appreciate a practical gift, but you might want to add something that girls like."

Eth wriggles thoughtfully.

"I know she likes some kind of flatbread with stuff on it, but I don't have any flatbread. Good bread is way too expensive, and I don't trust shipping between worlds."

he thinks for a minute.

"Girls seem to like my gladiators, but they don't ship well," he says. "I do have something that I sell that seems popular with women, though. And men, actually."

"What's that?"
No. 134569 ID: 12b116
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Eth peers into the box as he holds up a glass bottle full of clear liquid.

"It's gladiator sweat. It's like a side hustle I have going on. I bring it to the arena and if my guy wins, there's usually folks who want a memento. It's dated and everything."

Albah doesn't say anything.

"Especially rich ladies like it. Men tend to like the sweat from my women gladiators, but they buy it whether they win or not. Dunno why."


"Sure, that seems fine," Albah thinks. Her pollen taking on a sharp, sarcastic scent, but Eth doesn't seem to notice. "I'll nail this up and get it to the World Witch to send."

"Sounds great, Albah. Thanks again for the help."



After Albah nails it closed, Eth writes "TO POM POM POLLOCK, FROM ETH" on the side in fancy ink, extremely pleased with himself.

Eth is sending Pom Pom Pollock a wooden crated with a bottle of (probably) Gladiator sweat, a beat up helmet, and one of Albah's fruits.

Surely treasures that anyone would enjoy!
No. 134570 ID: e51896
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Meanwhile, in the dreamrealm…
No. 134571 ID: e51896
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A dreamcier is hard at work within the walls of her lab located in the ship of the bounty hunter group known as the “Midnight Captors”. It is one of the most important inventions she’s ever worked on, one which she had begun many months ago whenever she had the free time. As the deadline of her project fast approaches, she has lately been in a state of deep concentration on only her invention and nothing else, even going as far as to decline invitations to group activities such as a beach vacation, or go out hunting nightmares with the rest of the Midnight Captors.

All through her deep concentration with all her senses focused squarely on injecting her blood into the illusionary seed, she did not realize that someone has entered her laboratory

No. 134572 ID: e51896
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:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Hi Mags! Henry and I are back from our mission!”

Magnolia upon hearing Arthurius’ voice almost instinctively broke her concentration off her work to direct her attention towards Arthurius. Staring at Arthurius, she gives him a small nod of acknowledgement of his presence and awaits patiently in silence for him to explain why he is in her lab.

:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Just wanted to let you know that Henry is baking some celebratory gingerbread cookies. When you get the chance, come have some cookies to replenish your energy from drawing blood.”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Thank youuuuuuuu Arth… I hope Henry doesn’t burn the food again.”

Magnolia goes back to her state of concentration as she continues her work on the illusionary seed while Arthurius laughs at her comment. After the moment passes, Arthurius looks over at the seed that Magnolia is working on.

:ss_2020_arthurius: : “You’ve been hard at work lately, Mags. Whatever you are working on must be something really important and big.”

Magnolia just nods, not taking her attention off the seed.

:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Well despite its importance, I hope you don’t overwork yourself. I know your inventions are important for the team and to help you get better at constructing dreams, but you should remember to take some time off. Take a break now and then to recharge. I’ve been missing you during our missions and activities.”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Appreciated.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Say, I’ve been curious… what is it you have been working on that has kept you away from interacting with us more than usual anyway? Is it a super amazing gadget or weapon for us to use in missions?”
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Without saying anything or taking her eyes off of her work, Magnolia just points over to the monitor resting on a wheeled computer stand. It is a familiar sight to Arthurius, a computer connected to a blood packet containing Magnolia’s blood that she had drew from her wrist. Blood which all dreamciers had inherited from the god of dreams Morpheus. Within all dreamcier’s blood contains the foundations or blueprints of whatever object they can imagine which they can use to inject into an illusionary seed in order to create dreams and objects they imagined for any visiting dreamers to interact with. The computer Arthurius sees uses Magnolia blood to help give her get a visual of what she had imagined as she drew blood so she can get a better understanding of what she is inventing and fix some things before she finally injects the blood into the illusionary seed.

The light of the computer screen reveals to Arthurius that Magnolia is currently inventing not a weapon, nor a gadget, but a flower.

:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Huh… a flower? Interesting. Not what I expected in comparison to your other inventions, but I know your inventions are more than meets the eye. So how does this flower help the team?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Oh… this isn’t for us. It is a gifffffffffffft for someone else”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “hmm… something grand that you’ve been working on for months that isn’t for the Midnight Captors… wait a minute… Whoa! Did you get a boyfriend?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Nah, it’s fooooooooor a secret gift exchange.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Gift exchange? First I’ve heard of this. Since when did you take part of this gift exchange? And with who? I’m kind of surprised you’re participating in this kind of activity because you usually keep to yourself.”
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Magnolia takes a break from her work, turning her attention away from the seed to talk with Arthurius

:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Welllllll… remember that bounty hunting mission in the Cloudleaf forest months ago?”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Oh yeah. That nightmarecier we were hunting was a massive creep, trying to turn all the cloudy trees into storm clouds. What about it?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “When we separated, I came acroooooooooooss a dreamer lost in the woods.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “You rescued them, correct?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Yeah, as thanks, he invvvvvvvvvvvited me to a multi-dimensional gift exchange his family’s running.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “But dreamers can’t take things with them from their dreams to reality… can they?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “He claimmmmmmmmmms they can.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “This feels kind of sketchy… Are dreamciers even allowed to send dream objects to reality? I feel we could get severely punished for directly interfering with reality and could be sacrilegious in Morpheus’ eye…”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Heeeeeee says he spoke with the royals, and got approval for this project.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Well… I still don’t know about this…”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “He also said that his family will take all resssssssssponsibilities if there are any issues.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “hmmmm… I still think this is sketchy, but if you are so sure, I’ll trust you, Mags.”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Thanksssssssssss.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “So who is the gift for?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “A dreammmmmmmer name Eudora, a friend of the person running the exchange.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “What kind of dreamer is Eudora?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Introverted, tough, intimidating, sleeps a lot… I’mmmm told she is difficult to shop for.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “How so?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “She keeps to herself, and lives a minimaaaaaaaaaalistic lifestyle in her room.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “So how do you know she would want a flower?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “I heard she has plants in her room, and is knnnnnnnnowledgeable about nature…”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “hmmm. I guess an introvert would be best to truly understand another introvert.”

Magnolia just shrugs
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:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Well, accordiiiiiiiiiiiiing to the computer, the gift looks ready. Time to crack open this seed…”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Oh! I’m just in time then. Mind if I watch?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Not at all, go aheeeeeeead. Please shield your eyes for this part.”

Magnolia picks up the seed and proceeds to open the eye of the illusionary seed.
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Upon cracking open the seed, a blinding light emerges from inside the seed.
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The light begins to concentrate into one area, and soon starts taking shape.
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Once the light takes it form, it fades into the flower that Magnolia spent tirelessly inventing.

:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Aaaaaaaallllllllllllll done...”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Wow Mags. As usual, your inventions never cease to amaze me. Though I have to wonder, for the gift exchange, why not just buy a flower at the store and gift that instead of spending all that time and blood to make one?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Ummmm… Well…… Oh! It’s not special if I didn’t take effort to make it myself.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Yeah, but y… nevermind. That is a really good answer. Sorry.”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “I could probablllllllllllly do better at making this though...”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Nonsense, you worked many months on this. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished.”

Magnolia nods
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Arthurius takes a long sniff of the flower and sighs in tranquility

:ss_2020_arthurius: : “Your inventions usually have neat twists to them with their interesting quirks. Does your flower do anything special?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Well, I hear Eudorrrrrrrrrrrrra tends to get disturbed awake from her sleep.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “*Yawn* That’s not good. So what about it?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “So this flower’s aroma can give people who smmmmmmmell it a well-rested pleasant sleep.”
:ss_2020_arthurius: : “*Yawn* Sorry, I couldn’t catch what you just said… I feel very tired all of the sudden… it must be from working hard during that mission… can I rest my eyes and head here… on this table... for just… a minute?”
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “I don’t mind. Goooooooooo ahead.”
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:ss_2020_arthurius: : “*Snores*.
:ss_2020_magnolia: : “Goodnight, Arth. Looks like I’ll get the videogame console all to myself tonight.”
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:ss_2020_magnolia: :

Please caretake this flower among your plant collection. Smelling it helps you sleep.


No. 134583 ID: d63ea8
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Knife: "Hey Victor."

Knife: "Err..."

Knife: "All up-and-coming saboteurs need to know their way around a blade."

Knife: "So I hope you find this informative guide to your liking!"

Knife: "It has uh-"

Knife: "A wide catalogue attached as well..."


Knife: "If you're into that sort of thing."
No. 134584 ID: d63ea8
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Knife: "I apologize for the wrapping, and uh..."

Knife: "...not getting a proper card."

Knife: "It was a bit of an ordeal."
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Knife: "If you like it, then feel free to write!"

Knife: "I might have a few more volumes that I could recommend."

And that concludes the message. There's enough credit for a return message if you'd like, or if you would like to set up a plan with Avalon Utilities and subsidiaries I have left a card inside with our contact information.

Otherwise I wish you a splendid solstice celebration Mr. Blind Spot.

No. 134587 ID: b5fb67
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Sarah holds up a small envelope in front of Eth. She bends over to curiously eye the little package.

Sarah: "I wasn't sure what you wanted, so I got you this gift card to Chili's! They make great ribs, as I understand it!"

I cheated a bit, but I am under the gun! Props to Joshua Otero for picking up the slack.
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Albah hands Eth the card.

"You're too tiny," echoes in his mind from Albah's pollen. "Your gift exchange person thought I was you."

Eth takes the plastic card and smiles. "Eh, it's no big deal."

"Thank you very much Sarah! I will treasure it always!"

He turns to Albah.

"Do you know what it is?"

She shrugs.

Thanks Anon44!
No. 134591 ID: 12b116
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Hi Hin! My name is Lyllia and I was lucky enough to get you in this gift exchange!

I've done a bit of looking, and first of all, I want to tell you that you're gorgeous! It seems like you're an expert craftswoman in a world with lots of magic.

I don't know that much about magic, but I have some handmade gifts that might be useful. I hope you like them!

One is a skull that I cleaned myself. I've taken a lot of time and care to make sure it's spotless. Even if you can't use it for magic, maybe it'll make a nice decoration?

The second thing is a preserved heart. It's full of love!

Anyway, I'm including this picture of myself with your gifts. Please enjoy them!


No. 134595 ID: 8483cf
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Best. Holiday. Ever.

Sparkling lights all around. Hot food on the table. Cuddles by the hearth. Hot chocolate. But most of all, the smiles. Smiles everywhere.

It’s so cold outside, but somehow this just makes people warmer on the inside. It’s a holiday just for being nice to each other, and being selfless, and wishing for the best.

Even if you don’t look like everyone else, you’re still welcome. Even if you can’t sing, you can still feel the music lift your spirits.
No. 134596 ID: 8483cf
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It’s a holiday for putting aside your differences, even for the people who drive you crazy.
No. 134597 ID: 8483cf
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Dotti doesn’t have any money, or skills, or magic, but she knows exactly what to give for her secret santa. She remembers the first gift she ever received, long ago on a cold winter night.

For Lyllia, Dotti gives a hand-crafted hair bow. If you close your eyes, you can feel the light, love and hope that went into Dotti’s very first gift.
No. 134601 ID: 8483cf
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“Um, Eilie?. I'm your secret Serah. I mean, Santa! I'm Santa!”

“I'm sorry, I'm just not used to picking out my own gifts. Normally there are people who help with this kind of thing. I can't give the wrong gift, because it can't be too generous, or too meager, and both are bad, and if I give a certain maker's work then people will assume my father is favoring him and-”

“I'm sorry for rambling!”
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Serah gives Eilie a cigarette holder. Classy, refined, and has a customizable filter, so you don't have to worry about how much of the good stuff you're losing out on!
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Dotti, thank you so much!

I love it! It's my favorite color and everything!

I'll wear mine just like you wear yours!

Let me say that you are just completely adorable! I just wanna squeeze you until you pop!

Hugs and Kisses!

No. 134607 ID: 12b116
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"Hey Eilie," Kayree says, poking her nose into the armory. "Whacha doin?"

"I'm doin' this secret Sarah thing," Eilie says, banging around in the locker. "My secret Serah got me this sweet cigarette holder, and I'm gonna give my secret Sarah a shotgun."

"That cigarette holder is really cute. Makes you look all refined and classy."

"You know I'm classy as fuck," Eilie says, taking a shotgun out of the cabinet.
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Kayree takes Eilie's hand as she turns to leave.

"That sounds like a real thoughtful gift," Kayree says. "Who couldn't use an extra shotgun?"

"This Sarah chick is in tough spot too. I bet a shotgun is just what she needs!"

They leave the armory together, hand-in-hand.

"You're so fuckin cute, Kayree," Eilie says.

"You're the one that's so fuckin' cute, Eilie," Kayree replies.
No. 134619 ID: b5fb67
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Melody: "Hello Ms. Hydra! Um... so I didn't quite know what to get a 5-headed creature, so I got you 5 separate pairs of earbuds! Y'know... so each of you can listen to your own music!"

Melody: "Please don't eat me..."
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Milady! A missive from the ether!

"Missive?? Wot's missive, bump?"
No. 134632 ID: 3994a2
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...A message, milady. You are invited to participate in what seems to be an interdimensional holiday gift exchange. This... entity, one Ravenous Delights, shall be your recipient.

"Hahaha! Pomegranate head, pomegranate head!"

Manners, milady! That is quite rude!

"But Pomegranates da best, bump!"

...Ahem. Be that as it may, this Ravenous Delights fellow might not... appreciate the comparison. Might I suggest we focus our efforts on selecting an appropriate gift? Surely a stroll across the realm shall --
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"Oh I got some good stuff right here, bump!"

Mmm. Yes, let's select something from one of your many piles of junk and hazardous objects. That would be a capital choice. sigh...
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Pop Pop is sending Ravenous Delights: an observation globe of metastable hyperbolic spacetime (caution: potentially harmful to local geometries if viewed from oblique angles), a triple-entangled pair of strangelet nodes (warning: do not combine under penalty of trans-universal law), and a bag containing 14 pomegranates (content warning: pomegranates).
No. 134646 ID: 61d5f3
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Sometime following the arrival of a new year, a letter arrives at the Vesper Society, addressed to a certain "Penny Ainsley".
It is simple, straightforward. A hand-folded envelope containing a photograph and a note - though, the true present there, are the memories. Rare was it in such a world for messages to be delivered in physical media - but when inter-dimensional customs are involved, it was better to be safe.

"Hey. Nickel here," the note begins, written in the precise script of someone with a steady hand. The words are stilted, carefully chosen like pieces taken out of a box and assembled together.
"Thank you for inviting us over to that party. It must be tough being one of the new girls to such a place, being so small. It is hard to take the initiative, asking the commander of your facility to organize such a get-together was thoughtful of you. Do you find it scary? Even so, us small folk, we've always got a blade or two up our sleeves. You'll do fine as you figure things out."

A pause, a discernible gap in the paragraphs being written. To the reader, an implication arises. The seeking of advice from someone more experienced in social interaction; manners and politeness. Like a beast asking how to speak and walk like a person.
"Sorry that Astrolysis broke the food table. Guess she was having so much fun meeting someone just like her. Dunno how she knew that Roz looks like her, given that Astro's blind and she's not, but I guess their spirits are alike in some ways. They sure got excited after they boozed it up together though. Can't say I see two people streak through the streets like that back in my world."
Another pause, another consultation for advice.

"It's good that there was no trouble in the end. I do not know what 'law enforcement' is, but I assume disciplinary action would have followed. But it was fun."
The author of the letter is clearly contemplative. The strokes of the word "fun" looked as if they were drawn out, each taking more than a second to carve into the paper. A word rarely used by the author.
"Maybe we could come again when you are done?"
The faint smell of ash lingering on the paper contrasted the child-like imagined tone of the author herself.
"From one soul in a facility to another, I hope that you figure out what you're gonna do. Maybe it involves stabbing people. Whatever it is, don't regret it.
PS. Astro's got a present for you too."

There's a brief gap - the letter is turned over. Scrawled on the back in big, fingerprint-marked letters in barely legible font...

Upon shaking the envelope, several plain paper wrappers fall out - sliced open by a talon and licked clean of any crumbs. Then, finally, at the very bottom, a single bar of cocoa and nutrients emerges, untouched. Why someone would put the wrappers back IN the envelope, is another question.
At very least, the experiences of that day remain in picture form: a condensed memory. And a little bittersweet taste from another world.
A duo of presents from those of another context, another conflict.
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Full resolution image from previous post.
No. 134648 ID: d63ea8
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Package for you.


No. 134650 ID: d63ea8
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'To the Esteemed Deem,'

'Seeing as you are a rising star in your world, I hope that this little trinket will be of benefit to you.'

'Encased within this small contraption is a rather large dose of Venom for you to use at your leisure. I am sure that it will have no effect on one such as you, but if properly applied on an individual of your choosing, they should become very susceptible to your desires.'

'I am unsure of how this "bottle" properly functions, but I have been assured that when it is operated properly the mixture within should be aerosolized.'

'In addition I leave to you a copy of my symbol and instructions on how to summon me, if you would ever like to refresh your supply.'

'Beyond that, I look forward to your inevitable rise to power and wish you good tidings during these passing moments.'


Ravenous Delights'
No. 134651 ID: 11f77a
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Hello Dotti. It took a while to decide what to gift you for Secret Santa—but I believe I have just the thing.

Ya know... growing up I’ve always had one present to look forward to every year. My father would come out of his lab and celebrate, “Sibbs! I think I’ve found the solution! You won’t need to be sick anymore! You’ll finally be able to go outside and see the world like a normal gortian child!”

He would roll out my first hamster ball. Boy, was that exciting. Every year he would make a new one to accommodate for my size too. But I’ve had these hamster balls filling up my storage area and it’s time to make better use of them.

Here’s a modified hamster ball which you can roll around in yourself! Airtight with extra suspension, too! I hope I got the right size but it’s a one-size fits all kind of thing! Uh... thus I hand this down to you!

May you use this bubble for the hard adventure ahead—for everything gets worse before it gets better. Or something!
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LF: "I can't wait! Party time! Party time! Party time!"

Melody: "You sure like to party, don't you? Wait, you seem familiar. Didn't I see you passed out in the punch bowl at last week's party?"

LF: "You're gonna have to be more specific than that."

LF: "Wait a minute. You seem familiar. Is your name Melody?"

Melody: "Yes."

LF: "I feel like I'm forgetting something important..."
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LF: "Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck"
No. 134656 ID: 8483cf
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Melody: "Um... okay?"

LF: *muttered fucks*
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LF: "Here you go! Your secret santa gift! It's a magic hanky that'll stay warm and soft until it isn't!"

Melody: "Oh, thank y-hey!"
No. 134658 ID: d63ea8
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'Lady Pom Pom,'

'I wish to thank you for your most gracious gifts that you've provided me.'

'The adornments and sphere are truly mesmerizing, and while I cannot derive nourishment from these fleshy globes, I find the texture to be most exquisite!'

'Sincerest Regards,'

Ravenous Delights'
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Solia: "Oh wow earbuds, would be nice if we had any way to play music . . ."

Remia: "sisters it's the thought that count!"

Fason: "She clearly didn't put any of THAT in"

Mifal: "Yeah who would have five music players kicking around?"

Lareta: "I bet SHE could make nice music, with a little coaxing~"
No. 135869 ID: 11f77a
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Ah, hello my good children! I'm happy most of you received your gifts--and according to my calendar you have two christmases per year! Christmas in July!

I thought it would be an appropriate time to bestow gifts for those who were unfortunate to not receive theirs.
No. 135870 ID: 11f77a
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Ah! What do we have here for The Knife? I'm sure a sentient utensil may feel tired sometimes. So I made a comfortable scabbard!

Enjoy a rest when not stabbing things!
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Oh! Cybil dear! How's Vikta at work? I need to send a few toiletries and sun lotion for his skin.

But I see your armor is a little dirty. Your enemies should see their shocked expressions reflecting back at them! I found this armor buffer and I'm including some yak wax to let that armor show its true colors!
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Hmm, Magnolia. I hear your work involves sleeping on the job? Or daydreams? Well I think I may have something for you.

It was hard to collect, but the tears of a Gullwark has a very wonderful fragrance of melatonin! This melatonin perfume bottle will do wonders for your... uh... presence!

I believe that covers everyone then! I hope to see you all next half-year!
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