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138571 No. 138571 ID: 11f77a

Oh good! You all arrived! Another year brings another special Secret Santa to Alp Daga! I’ll be joined by my husband to help set up this wonderful event. It just so happens that it overlaps one of our chupian holidays in honoring the end of the year our psychopomp goddess--so please excuse the excessive make-up on our faces!

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
(2020) https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/134434.html
(2021) https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/136526.html

What do you do? You can participate in many ways:

For Quest Authors/Signing-Up
For authors, all you need to do is declare which of your quest characters will partake in this exchange. 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.

Alright! This is the fun and important part, so follow 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! Maybe a backscratcher! A mannequin’s head! Perhaps a box of old VHS tapes!
You’re not obligated to have the character respond to a gift received. But the process of your character finding/deciding their partner’s gift is expected. It can be done in one picture, five, ten, animated; doesn’t matter as long as you don’t tire yourselves out! Posting before or after Christmas is no problem either!

Pairings will be made on December 5th. Latecomers will have until the 10th. Names will be posted with spoiler tags to keep things a secret! Have a look through past Secret Santas to get an idea how it works.

For Suggestors
Suggestors may also participate and gift any quest character! Post your idea for a present and who will receive it! Disclamer: it will be up to the author to illustrate their characters accepting the gift. It’s a busy holiday, so they may not have time to respond.

Any character unfortunate to not receive their gift will be compensated by Christmas in July! Sometimes artists need extra time after Christmas and New Years.
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Cybil: HYAAAH!



No. 138879 ID: a7a180
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Incredible! My eternal gratitude to you, tallman. I never expected such generosity towards my humbled people. Please, allow me to kiss your ring.
No. 138880 ID: a7a180
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At last, our people will travel the stars again! Ohoho, just wait 'til Styx hears about this. Ah, it's still a tight fit for us.
No. 138881 ID: a7a180
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...Now er, how do I get it out of the bottle?
No. 138896 ID: 629f2e
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“...That’s a good moan, right? You like it?”

Lilith was trembling with a surprising amount of excitement as Francis ran her blade across the whetstone.

“Good... Very good...”

“I’ll be sure to thank Nickel and Astrolysis then.”

“Oooh, you should thank them by challenging them to a fight! I need to use this sharpness against someone!”

He thinks back on what little he’d managed to find out about his gifters by asking around.

“...I think Astrolysis might like that actually. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to send a duel request through the mail.”

No. 138901 ID: 1015ea
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And soon, through the series of tubes and pipes travelling between multiple dimensional vortices, arrives a little supply drop for our odd-eyed duo.
Like a pair of lions devouring their meal, their hands and claws dig through the layers of wrapping paper with the force of a spoon inserted into an eye socket.

Oh, how wondrous! A pair of gifts for the two of them!
A restraining device for Nickel, for use against larger opponents. Though the cord and grip are a bit unusual, its resistance to tearing will surely make it an effective tool against even the rowdiest of opponents.

And for Astrolysis - a Jaw Strength Tester, in a morbid shape! Truly a gift well suited for someone fond of kinetic experiences!
The squeaks echo out throughout the halls of the facility.
Is it supposed to squeak?
...Well, it sure does now!

Just look at how excited the two are, showing their new gifts off to their fellow clones! Even if it wasn't a weapon, the two of them both got something just as entertaining as one!
No. 138902 ID: 1015ea
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But one gift remained unopened until now. The other two gifts, it was quickly apparent which belonged to which. But this final one remained a mystery - a wrapped sphere. If mysteries could be anything, then this orb was surely omnipotent.

Upon unwrapping the fuzzy sphere, it apparently revealed that...
The inside was solid.

Perhaps this was just a really strange fruit?

Sure, maybe a nerd over on the other side of the facility said something to the effect of, 'Astrolysis, that's sports equipment, you shouldn't eat it', but what kind of sports equipment is covered in fuzz and bright colors like that? It has to be some strange exotic fruit!
There was a brief duel. But it seems hunger spurred one on to fighter smarter, harder than the other.

With the fight concluded, immediately, Astrolysis started eating the skin off of the fruit.

"So? What's it taste like?", asked her smaller companion.

"Tastes kinda funny. Like I'm eating someone's pelt."
Gee. If anyone else was around to witness this, they'd see a lot wrong with what they're doing. Good thing nobody can see this though, right?

Either way...
Much thanks for the gifts, O children from another world! You've made two clones very happy on this fine wintery day.
No. 138903 ID: 681cb5
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Merry Capitalism Day and a Happy new Year, Questers!

(And all hail Sexy Stargazer, our lord and Savior!)
No. 138911 ID: 9b127b
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Xiatsu:"though I am not sure the nature of the danger, I hope this woman is alright. the hair pin is very lovely I'll have to spend some time matching outfits to it's pretty colors!"
No. 138917 ID: b066d7

Sorry for the crazy delay, life got in the way but the gift is coming!
No. 138919 ID: 681cb5
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”Icaro: While I do agree the pin is lovely, it pales in comparison to the lovely lady it was gifted to.”

Xiatsu quickly spins around, as there is suddenly a man standing behind her in the shop, having appeared as if from nowhere. The Scorpion was sure she was alone, so she’s slightly confused how this… um… lizard… fish… thingy manage to get inside without her noticing.

”Xiatsu: Huh? How did you get here? Who are you?”

The man smiles broadly as he gives her a slight bow.

”Icaro: Let me introduce myself… I’m but a humble warrior of the Volin people, the slayer the colossal desert wyrm, the hero in the battle against the mechanical hordes and the one who led my people through the endless sea of dust and grime into the garden of the gods… you may call me Icaro, Icaro the Hunter. You have to forgive me, my pretty little flower, but when I saw those beautiful eyes of yours glitter like black pearls in the sunlight I shouldn’t help but be enthralled by your magnificence.”

Gently taking the Scorpion’s hand, Icaro guides it towards his snout and gives it a tender kiss, before revealing a large bouquet of roses that he had hidden behind him.

”Icaro: And thus I come bearing a gift, a bouquet of flowers nearly as beautiful as yourself but just as dangerous underneath said beauty, in hope that I may enjoy your fascinating presence just a little while longer this evening… maybe over dinner?”
No. 138940 ID: 8483cf
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A cookbook! It's lovely! There are so many new foods to try. He really knows what's good in life.

Thank you, Francis!
No. 138941 ID: dc13c4

It is ok, in my country Christmas was celebrated yesterday.
No. 138946 ID: b90810
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Aww, don’t panic, sweetie, that’s snow. It’s what happens when rain gets cold and start freezing. Happens a lot in northern climates like this during cold season. Have you never heard of it before?

Oh, you must be that little servant girl we were told about! They said you’d come through here to participate in the gift-giving.

Thank you for coming over for the Secret Santa! It always makes me happy when someone so young wants to give a present to someone they don’t yet know. Come over, darling, I’ll give you a nice pair of socks to cover your feet and get acquianted with our village.

And feel free to take part in the holiday feast. For the duration of the festivities, all food is free!
No. 138947 ID: b90810
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No. 138948 ID: b90810
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*Ñam Ñam Ñam Ñam*
No. 138949 ID: b90810
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No. 138950 ID: b90810
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*Ñam Ñam Ñam Ñam*
No. 138951 ID: b90810
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Louie has lost 3 Fear.
No. 138952 ID: b90810
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*Ñom Ñom Ñom Ñom*

Oh, right,

No. 138953 ID: b90810
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Hey, there you are! Sorry I took so long, miss. I was having so much fun I lost track of what I was doing.

I was told by, uh, a friend to come over with something special for, and I’m so glad I did! I never get to go outside the mountain, let alone hang out so many cool and weird people. Err, no offense, miss. You really do look cool.

I don’t have much, but scrounged up what I could that might mean something to you. I really hope you like it.
No. 138954 ID: b90810
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I was told you had four arms and worked as kitchen staff and serving food, so my first gift are these four wonderful cooking mitts. I’ve used them once or twice and they are really comfy!

I am pretty sure we got enough around that we can give these ones over. I don’t think they’ll miss them much, at least.
No. 138955 ID: b90810
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I also know that you don’t like you job and would like to find a better one, so I drew this map showing how to get all the way from the Eastern Gate (that’s the closest one to where I live) all the way to the mansions in the Monger Caves.

The Mongers are our merchants. Their job is travel the aaaall over the world, buying and selling stuff so we can live better. Since you come from a far away place, they’ll probably love to offer you a job as their trade contact! So, if you ever get to visit Silverlock mountain, all you have to do is follow the map and you’ll get a new job in no time!

I also marked many important points and all my favourite places along the way!
Uuh, I should probably explain what each of the symbols means.

Happy Holiday, Hatticus and Tippler!
Thank you so much for your wonderfully fun stories and for all the fish!
No. 138961 ID: a7a180
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You’re appreciative of the thought that went into this small furry alien’s gifts. Now you’ll have two sets of protection from grease burns from that bubbling vat they call a deep fryer. Really, hand protection is something your job should have provided, which makes Peachy’s job already sound better than yours. Maybe you’ll start really saving up for that offworld ticket, so one day you can visit this mystical mountain market and get a job guarding caravans with your swordsmanship skills. Ah, to be slinging sabers again instead of burgers..! You’ll just have to work overtime.
No. 139011 ID: ccbbb0
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Suddenly a faint yet catching sound is heard by all nearby, as the sky begins to brighten.

As the the sound grows clearer, Peachy, Jynn, and all their newfound friends go outside to get a look at what is happening.

The snowfall's wind picks up in intensity, yet not in strength, as the snowflakes seem to dance as they fall wildly to earth and invite all in the village to look above.

The sound becomes clear and unequivocal as an angelic choir, the clouds part and the landscape is illuminated fully by the soothing light of the aurora.

And there, in the center of that marvellous opening in the firmament, they see it.

A secret santa, bearing something in arms, something beautiful, something wondrous, something..... breathtaking!

"The perfect gift is reaaaaal!" Peachy exclaims, tears escaping her eyes, along with those of everyone witnessing the spectacle.

She can't help but wonder how much higher she can get in order to get closer to her present, and of course, to her santa, the one who went above and beyond to give her this indescribable experience, this seemingly immposible gift, and most of all the one true miracle of being so loved.

Truly this was the greatest Chupian Psychopomp Day of all!
No. 139016 ID: 11f77a
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Victor: Hey, Peachy!

Victor: I thought about gifting you a Chupian Toboggan that could brighten your days in the coal mines or farmlands or wherever you're assigned to life to work at. It’s all-terrain too--so you don’t need snow to really enjoy it.

Victor: But then I thought it wasn’t exciting enough. So with my expertise, I’ve added a few pressurized canisters to help give your sleigh a little ‘oomph’!
No. 139017 ID: 11f77a
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Victor: All my tools were back at the bathhouse to finally get this thing workin, but it’s just a downhill ride to the festival!

Numax: We’ll be able to reach the middle of town in no time and show your gift in action!

Victor: Ready?!

Numax: Ready!
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No. 139187 ID: 4286ca
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"Congratulations sidah you have been selected.. yaddah yaddah..multiversal..blah blah blah here we go, 'you have been assigned Princess bobbie and her companion, a demonically possessed apple'.."
No. 139188 ID: 4286ca
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No. 139202 ID: 629f2e
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The box was gone. Some weird toy left in its place.

Louie: “...”
Louie: “Alright, so… Logically the box didn’t just disappear. That wouldn’t just happen. The only people who should have known about it were Saihu and Temmie.”
Louie: “I guess mom could have seen it if she came in too, but she didn’t know what it was about.”
Louie: “So either Saihu took the gift, and left one for me in return... Or Temmie broke into our house to keep up the illusion of her game.”
Louie: “...”
Louie: “Maybe if I just don’t ask Saihu, I can pretend it was him and skip having an awkward conversation about boundaries with Temmie later?”

You sigh. A nagging sense of responsibility makes it clear that avoidance just isn’t going to cut it.

Although its presence becomes a source of stress, Louie is ultimately thankful for the universal compass. Big thanks to Dowser and Bry!
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Xiatsu: 'Oh! how charming! let me close up shop and perhaps we can pick a restaurant for review and discuss investment portfolios and financial assets?'
No. 139296 ID: f69af6
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"Good thing we were doing our annual intercosmical parade when you boys decided to play Icarus." says an angel standing next to Victor.

"Yes, thanks again for the save." He replies. "I really thought I'd meassured the fuel right this time."

"I guess those thrusters just can't be trusted." Numax looks towards his best bud, who rolls his eyes.

"You may rise, child. No need to grovel." The leading cherub says, all four mouths speaking in unison, yet more curously than offputtingly. It takes Peachy a moment to get over her hard-coded habit of kneeling before figures of authority.

"Eeeeeeeh! Actual heralds from Heaven!" She squeals giddily, which often happens when someone sees actual heralds from Heaven, "I-if I may ask, what's the afterlife like"

"Well, I must say, it's like being on cloud 9."

Some of the people around chuckle.

"...I don't get it."

"It means it's really nice." Victor interrupts, "Say, Peachy, sorry about the rough introduction but what do you think about our gift?"

"It looks neat!" Peachy smiles, then hesitates for a moment. "Um, I guess if I use it for carrying stuff at work they will let us keep it. Also, I don't have much coal for myself, so I...uh.. can't use the flying canisters."

"Oh, don't worry, we can change them later.... Say, you wanna give it a test ride now?"


"I'll switch to nitrogliceryne-free fuel. No big booms this time."

"Oh, alright, then. Sure!"
No. 139297 ID: f69af6
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Numax: "Hey, look, that's my pet from middle school! How's it going, Trig?"

Peachy: "Yaaaaay- What's a middle school?"

Thank you, Sarcopholacooda, for your wonderful gift!
Merry psychopomp day to all, and to them all hold no spite!
No. 139326 ID: 681cb5
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Maphet: “Oh, there you are Icaro!” Maphet hoist the large bag of seeds under her arm as she sees her friend finally arriving, “We were almost going to leave without you, you know. And I can see you had a pleasant day as well, going by that smile of yours.”
Icaro: “Oh, it’s been better than pleasant!” Icaro cheerfully answers, his grin widening even more, “I’ve even made a new trade partner!”
Pesi: “Of course you have…”Pesi mutters while rolling her eyes, “And they trade in what, exactly? This is going to be just like that time you bought those nonexistent paintings of hairless apes, those that was supposedly hanging on a chain somewhere?”
Maphet: “Now now, Pesi, I’m sure he learned something from that.” The green lizard gives him a warm smile, “Surely, this trade contact is a bit more trustworthy than that, Icaro?”
Icaro: “Why, of course Maphet, they did after all have a shop right here at the Sand Claw festival!” he raises his hand and point towards himself before continuing, “And what’s even more important, I got a dinner date with her!”
Sekhmet: “A date? Why even bother? Just make it a quickie and put a bun in that oven!”
Icaro: “Because some of us actually want something more than that, Sekhmet.” the blue Volin states as he gives his friend the stink eye, “Like a mate or two for life.”
Pesi: “Ha! Like anyone would be your mate for a full week, let alone their full life.”
Maphet: “Pesi!”
Pesi: “What? I’m just speaking the truth!”
Maphet: “So… this girl… she was that scorpion lady, correct?”
Icaro: “Oh, indeed she is. Lady Xiatsu is her name…” Icaro stops and looks wistfully into the sky, “And she’s one of the most charming and regal women I’ve ever met…” he just stand there staring for a moment, as he’s seemingly mesmerized by his own daydreaming, “Why, I would say she even rivals the very gods with her beauty…”
Pesi: “She just wants our treasures, Icaro.”
Icaro: “Bah, you’re just jealous, Pesi.” The blue lizard quickly answers, all the while doing a rather rude gesture towards his black and white companion, “Though… she did ask a bunch about investment portfolios and financial assets, whatever that means? She wanted to see them next time our worlds connect, so it’s some kind of trade talk, right?”
Maphet: “I do believe so…” the green Volin rubs her chin a bit, thinking, “I guess she wants to see what our tribe is willing to trade? I’ll make sure you’ll have a fine selection to show her next time you meet.”
Sekhmet: “Just give her a pile of gold and jewels! Bitches love gold and jewels!”
Pesi: Pesi lets out a sigh “I’ll dig up my finest bone carving, Icaro… for the tribe.”

Maphet: “Goodbye everyone, it is time for us to return to our own world.” Maphet loudly declare for everyone to hear, “Thank you, Jynn Kara, for this amazing ‘Hoth Koko’, as well as Pesi’s new clothes.”
Sekhmet: “Happy Sand Claw festival, weaklings!” Sekhmet interjects while waving goodbye through the portal, “May you slay that Claw beast this year!”

And thus, the Volin tribe’s adventure with Sand Claws is over… for this year.
No. 139328 ID: a7a180
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Normally, you'd be sad to watch a new friend leave, but this time it isn't so bad maybe.
No. 140117 ID: 11f77a
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My wife has informed me that not every participant received their gift--yet the holiday seems to extend into half the year. We’re still cleaning up the village and taking down decorations--giving us little time to hand these off ourselves.

This strange creature has offered their help to deliver the remaining packages so that no one is left without a gift.
No. 140118 ID: 11f77a
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Thus begins the flight of the couriers Pascoe and Ecoa to pair giftees with an appropriate package that suits their needs and hobbies.
No. 140119 ID: 11f77a
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For Bobbie and Abdle my wife bought a Mr. Yakbeet Face kit so your applefriend can have someone their size to chat with and express themselves. It helps to sort problems out when you speak aloud to an object or animal. Perhaps practice a speech with a produce-audience.

We only have chupian parts but feel free to find other accessories. She added a complimentary yakbeet to start with.
No. 140120 ID: 11f77a
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As for Clark I was able to find an old dinjar stick that I don’t really use anymore: not since the bathhouse has taken my time and my children have no interest in it. It should be simple to play, for it only has two strings. The jar acts as a resonance chamber so you could play without the use of amplifiers if you bring a small group together around a campfire.

I believe the instrument is making a comeback with this...naked couple of sorts. I don’t really pay attention where music is heading nowadays.
No. 140121 ID: 11f77a
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Finally, for the orange one—umm—yes, Dotti. One of the locals offered this miniature ice sculpture kit complete with a mini-chainsaw and a few ice-chipping tools. Just stack a few cubes on a pillar and start crafting some infinitesimals to impress your peers. I’m not sure how sophisticated your paws are to hold these things.

And that should just about cover it. My wife is planning the next spot already--I suppose we’ll all see each other again in Secret Santa 2023.
No. 140167 ID: 48c015
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And so, after many hours of food, games, music and laughs that lasted all through the night until sunrise, the portal at the edge of town shone brigthly, signalling the end of the festivities, and Peachy, Jynn, and all their newfound friends returned to their respective worlds...
No. 140168 ID: 48c015
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...where they lived happily ever after.
No. 140169 ID: 48c015
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Uuuugh, I really shouldn't have eaten that weird four legged bird thingy!

(It really was all the chocolate and candy. Eat responsibly kids.)
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Huh? Hey, I feel better now!
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