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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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138815

Narrator: "Only problem is that some filthy present was laying on the route where the red carpet was unfolding. Well, what can you do, other than to improvise. Things like this tend to happen."
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No. 138816 ID: dc13c4
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138816

Narrator: "As the goblin maiden threw confetti, she managed to accidentally step on the wolf thing and it made a sound. It is up to you readers to choose what sound he made. There are some possible choices underneath"

Pain voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJyNWvIoPyc&ab_channel=Trickytheclown
Realization voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szHL15o6nPE&ab_channel=Dabathhouse
Poetic voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_iNK9U07yw&ab_channel=Sarojam
Freedom voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzCn-G18RTA&ab_channel=SoundEFFECTS%E2%9D%B6
Lois voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Skm2qB_fio&ab_channel=PrangMantis
Toy voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGi2v_OOs_w&ab_channel=RocioAlvear
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No. 138817 ID: dc13c4
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138817

Goblin Noble: "May I present to you this magical jester staff that can see things in your future. I hope this gift helps you while you rule."
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No. 138824 ID: a7a180
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138824

>>138805
A daring moth sneaks in under the table to leave an apology gift and a note for the storekeeper!
Dear Xiatsu,
I do apologize for my behavior with Eudora earlier! I can sometimes make very poor decisions when I'm hungry. To make up for it, I've knitted these claw mittens for you from the Chupian yarn I received. I've added a personal touch to them as well. I hope they are warm and comfy for you.
-Tineola Fidgetwing

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No. 138825 ID: 9b127b
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138825

>>138817

one of queen Chinzebeth's many servants collect the rod and hand it to her.

Chinzebeth:"Your respect and show of adoration will not be forgotten you have earned an ally I think with such a find gift too our person. Indeed I was in need of a new scepter and this one's qualities seem most exciting.
I am pleased this day, thank you.[/i]
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No. 138828 ID: 9ea24b
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138828

>>138816
"PEEEEEEETTTTAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
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No. 138829 ID: dc13c4

>>138828
I see you have chosen the correct answer
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No. 138830 ID: dc13c4
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138830

>>138825
Bobbie: "I am glad that you like the gift and if I may add you truly dress as royalty. As for myself, I could say that I was part of two kingdoms but both of them last the splendor which you possess."

Abdle: "We are more of a rising power, still kinda lacking in the power part but are yet finished with our growth."
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No. 138831 ID: dc13c4
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138831

Bobbie: "But the main reason why we wanted to gift you with such extravagance is to form a possible alliance with your kingdom."

Abdle: "I mean it is kinda impossible to be a person in a position of power widout attracting some people who want to see you fall. Our only problem is that we kinda created more enemies than friends on our climb toward greatness."
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No. 138833 ID: a7a180
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138833

>>138700
While I appreciate the concern, I assure you we are well out of the splash zone of messy eaters. Our host has graciously brought some snacks over to us instead.
I should ask Jaina what exactly happened at that party, usually she's the more sensible sibling of the bunch...
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No. 138834 ID: a7a180
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138834

>>138785
*One size-changing spell later…*
Wow, thanks, your sister’s magic is very powerful! She must have a strong connection with the F- er, your gods. Why yes, the outfit does look very nice on her. What am I doing later? Nothing much, why do you need to…
>>138715
-Oh! A package for me? R-right over here!
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No. 138841 ID: 629f2e
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138841

You have no idea how Temmie comes up with half of the things she does.

Of course you agreed to take part in her gift exchange, and of course you were paired with people that didn’t exist. You’ve gotta give Temmie credit on how fleshed out she made your giftees though, the page she’d tossed at you was very well-written. You wouldn’t have expected her to write about Clone Super Soldiers of all things. Seems very off-theme for her.

It was nice of her to give you all of this to work with, but you almost wish she hadn’t. There’s a sense of Obligation weighing you down now to get something fitting for these two. It’s stupid, considering these aren’t real people, but then you consider that Temmie is real. You don’t want to make her feel like you aren’t respecting her game, do you?

Of course not. You agreed to participate, so you have to play along.

Still, you have two people to find a gift for, and you can’t even come up with something that’d make one of them happy. As much as you hate to admit it, you need help. There’s no way you’re going to make the time limit otherwise, what with you only having a day.

Luckily for you, there is someone you could ask. You older brother, Saihu!

He’s always someone you can rely on, though you tend to feel bad when you do. You’re taking up more of his time, and he’s already helped you plenty before. Even if he says you aren’t bothering him, he could just be saying that to be polite...

You nearly wear down your socks pacing around your room anxiously. You can’t waffle on the decision forever though, as you simply don’t have time. In the end, you ask for his help.

His immediate response to your giftee’s information is... predictable for him.

Saihu: “Nickel is definitely a Capricorn, and I read Astrolysis as an Aries, possibly a Saggitarius.
Julong: “D-Does that give you any ideas on what they might like...?”
Saihu: “It tells us many things about them... but um, not that exactly.”

You sigh. He quickly pats you on the shoulder resassuringly.

Saihu: “It’s okay! We can figure something out together. There’s plenty to work with here. Temmie must have put a lot of thought into these.”
Julong: “You know her, she’s really creative... Her fortunes still give me shivers.”
Saihu: “She never did tell me her divination methods... She’s such a Pisces, and I’m sure about that one since we know her birthday is–”
Saihu: “Wait... Eureka! I had an idea!”
Julong: “You did? What!?”
Saihu: “Chew Toy!
Julong: “...Huh?”

Without explanation, he rushes out of the room. You chase in hot pursuit, yet he’s already pulled down the attic stairs by the time you catch up. You follow him up into the musty room, as he explains his thoughts.

Saihu: “I checked some of the old boxes here last month looking for our telescope, and I remember one of them containing a bunch of old dog stuff.”
Julong: “But neither of the sheets made it sound like they had pets.”
Saihu: “True, but Astrolysis’ description made her sound like a Big Dog. Hairy, likes to roughhouse, friendly, undiscerning flavor palate, limited sight...”
Julong: “Limited sight?”
Saihu: “She’s blind, and dogs are colorblind. It connects!”

Saihu pulls over a box and flips it open. He quickly pulls out a blue cartoon-bone shaped rubbery chew toy. He squeezes it a few times, remarking on its firmness.

Julong: “I... You do have a point. Do you think Temmie will agree with that? I don’t want to misinterpret the characters and upset her.”
Saihu: “Well, what do you think? If you think it’s bad, we can try something else.”

Good question. Astrolysis is definitely more fleshed out than a simple pet, that much you’re sure about. Treating her like a dog wouldn’t be correct. However, in terms of whether or not she’d actually like the chew toy...

Julong: “...Maybe she really would. What about Nickel though? I’m supposed to get something they could both like.”
Saihu: “Hmm, she’s tougher. What does she really enjoy, besides doing her job well?”
Julong: “Well, she’s sort of friends with Astrolysis, but they have really different tastes. Still, they spend time with each other, so there has to be some common ground...”

You run your hand across your leg in circles, processing those facts. Suddenly, one thought rams to the front of your mind. You dig through the box Saihu dragged over and pull out a Collar and Leash, as well as a Tennis Ball. An idea had struck you.

Julong: “Maybe some things they could do together?”
Saihu: “That could work. Why don’t we just dump all the non-dog stuff out of this box and just wrap it up?”
Julong: “Is mom okay with that?”
Saihu: “We can ask during dinner. Before that, let’s find where she keeps the wrapping paper...”
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No. 138842 ID: 629f2e
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138842

...

You didn’t need to explain the whole situation with Temmie, mom simply agreed to let you take the box as there was nothing in it she needed.

Saihu: “Do you need help bringing this over to her? I think I can carry it myself if you–”
Julong: “Actually, she told me I was supposed to put it in a circle of salt somewhere.”
Saihu: “...Oh.”
Julong: “Yeah... I’ll indulge her, but when it’s still there I’m just going to give it to her at school tomorrow.”
Julong: “Assuming we still have classes...”
Saihu: “...Right, they haven’t found Lemmy yet, have they?”

There was just one catastrophe after another this week. First Rodney, Phillip, and Jhonen Graduate; then Lemmy Vanishes without a trace; and just today JoJo apparently ended up in the Hospital! You visited her after class to try and check up on her, but she didn’t have much to say beyond a few jabs at your appearance.

Julong: “Some of the younger kids keep coming to me for answers, but nobody’s told me anything. I don’t know any more than they do. I’m no help to anyone right now...”
Saihu: “Hey, that’s not your fault. It’s not your fault they aren’t giving you what you need to help kids feel safe.”
Julong: “I know... But I wish I could do more. Anything.

He holds up the freshly wrapped box, nudging you with it.

Saihu: “This counts as something, doesn’t it?”
Julong: “...Barely.”
Saihu: “Barely counts still means it counts though, right?”

You take the box, smiling softly.

Julong: “...It’s a start.”
Julong: “I want to talk to Mrs. Chamberlane tomorrow. Maybe she can tell me something I can relay to the others to help ease tensions.”
Saihu: “If you need help, you can always send more kids to me. Y’know, just a few, not ALL of them.”
Saihu: “I think Enid found some appreciation for meditation at least. She really needed it...”
Julong: “I’ll try to check up on her tomorrow too, see if she’s feeling better.”

You part ways for the night. The last thing you do is set the box on your desk, and pour a thin circle of salt around it. Hopefully mom wouldn’t notice such a small amount missing.

Soon afterwards you fall asleep, dreaming of a fantastical festival filled with strange yet friendly beings, fun activities and offerings, and so much snow...

Despite the actual date, you find a small touch of the holiday spirit in your dreams...
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138843

...

Pascoe: “Wrapped box, circle of salt... Yep, this is it.”

The avian postal worker collects the large box, placing a smaller box in its place. He takes it to the open window where his team is waiting.

Pilot: “Find it easily?”
Pascoe: “Almost immediately. Temmie’s directions were very clear.”
Ecoa: “Pass it down, and then let’s go already. We don’t want to be late.”
Pascoe: “I-I know, I know...”
Ecoa: “Again.
Pascoe: “I said I was sorry!”

Merry Christmas to Nickel and Astrolysis of Last Trace! Julong really just hopes you aren’t offended by the Dog Toys he gave you. The box includes chew toys, collars and leashes (at least one big enough to fit around Astrolysis’ neck if you dare), tennis balls, and even some nice thick rope toys.
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No. 138855 ID: 9ea24b
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138855

>>138805
Olivia is tired of lying in the cold slush and being occasionally trampled on. She leaves John the task of explaining their experiential gift and heads to Xiatsu's storefront to pick up their prize, a lovely festive lamp. Beautiful items are almost nonexistent where she's from and beautiful flammable items are an extinct species. Olivia thanks Xiatsu and goes back to the karaoke building to warm up.
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No. 138856 ID: 87e33c
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138856

> ALP DAGA - FOOD TABLE WITH SAIORSE
Saiorse: Wow, I didn't realize the appeal of such a niche market!
Gena: Sounds more like the niche market is your whole market over there.
Gena: Though we've got instant communication for easy access to subgroups and content all around the globe
Saiorse: Globe?
Saiorse: Wait, the material plane isn't flat?!
Saiorse: That's what plane means!
Gena: Oh no, you're a flat faunian, criiiiinge


A buzzing can be heard coming from Gena's pants, she holds a hand up to Saoirse as she pulls out her COMM. The notification reads PRESENT TIME.

Gena: OOH, Gotta go, byeeeeeeeeeeeee
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No. 138858 ID: 87e33c
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138858

> ALP DAGA - ELDER STONE
> Gena receives the FORMICAN FORCE FIVE stationary kit
Gena: OH MY GODDESS YES
Gena: Your secret is safe with me Oh-Great-Elder-Sama!
Gena: I go through probably too many glitter pens for my adoring internet fans!
Gena: Or uh, used to, before the whole apocalypse thing.
Gena: Now I just go through the normal amount.


She takes a seat next to Elder Stone and promptly places the most edgy looking sticker on the backside of her COMM. She also discreetly measuring her with the ruler out of sheer curiosity. She then pulls open her pocket a comically large distance, and puts the rest of the contents inside.

Gena loved her present, thanks Elder Stone (and Giant Hat too!)
Have a happy Holidays!

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No. 138859 ID: 87e33c
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138859

> ALP DAGA - PRESENT DEPOSITORY TABLE
Gena gets up, bows to the elder, and waddles off past the food table to another table, one she is physically labeling as the [PRESENT DEPOSITORY TABLE] using her new glitter pens.

Gena: It is time....
Gena: To write a very glittery present note!


She pulls open her comically large pocket and digs around in it for a moment before pulling out a tote-bag covered in hearts, trees, and bells, its contents containing one rolled up poster in a tube, and a moderately sized wrapped box. She then pulls out the other glitter pen and some stationary with her face on the bottom right hand corner.

Dear SARAH HANCHETT,

Hi, happy space christmas!! ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

I dunno if you're safe now, your included infodump didn't have that information, but hope that you are! otherwise this present will be kind of pointless!!! (◞д◟)

You already have superpowers and I can't really give you anything cooler than telekinesis, really. BUT I'LL STILL INCLUDE THIS DINKY RING!! ♪o<( ´∀`)っ

It's an inter-spatial ring that can hold around half a cubic meter of stuff in it, we have way too many of them at this point from dungeon dives and honestly it's the most boring part of the gift, sorry. (✿◡‿◡)

The real gift is the poster and boxset for the Wanomated adaptation of SPACE WORMS (in space!) (tm). It's a spinoff of a reboot of a really old franchise called BRAIN WORMS. SPACE WORMS is about this alien planet that was discovered that had space worms on it that burrowed into people's belly buttons and then bursted out into larger, more adaptable big worm things that sometimes grew arms and big teeth and other cool stuff! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

The CGI for the monsters is laughably bad until the second season, but that just makes it funny instead. It's not over-acted and the voice actors really get in the zone so it's easy to suspend your disbelief. There's like 69 episodes (heh) of the show and it actually has an ending! Also included is the original live action movie, but I thought it wasn't as cool as the Wanomated version. (-‿◦)

OH, and the poster tube has like 3 posters, one of me and my pals cosplaying as the characters we did for one Hallow's Night. The other is an official signed poster of RIP-LAY, the protagonist, signed by both the voice actress and the original actor, and the other is of the alien worm! (๑✧∀✧๑)

I hope you like it!
XOXOXOXOXOXOXO - Gena


Have a happy holiday Sarah (June Quest) Hanchett!!
Hope you like it Anon44!!

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No. 138860 ID: 9b127b
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138860

>>138824

Xiatsu: "Oh! some warm mits for my claws, how kind of this Tineola woman, I'm not sure I understand most of this message but she seems to be making amends."
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No. 138865 ID: a7a180
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138865

>>138858
*SNAP*

Ah, such... Warm memories.
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No. 138867 ID: 11f77a
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138867

Cybil: Hello Xiatsu! Sibbs here. I’ve gotten the message that I’m your secret santa this year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it to Alp Daga--as I’m currently trying to escape a tripod prison takeover on one of those asteroid colonies.

Cybil: You know how it is.

BANG BANG
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No. 138868 ID: 11f77a
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138868

Cybil: Anyhoo. I’m attaching your gift to this drone to deliver to you--as well as sending out a distress signal so we could get some back-up from the Vaal-Gaar Assembly.

Cybil: The tripods have already broken into the ‘leg room’. The south wing has been blown open and jettisoned all the rations into space. And all the gortians had their faces revealed. And may have also jettisoned into space.

BANG

Mob: In here! She’s in here!!

Cybil: They’re at my door right now. I only have two shock pellets, an assortment of sterilized silly straws, and a #1 Prison Warden coffee mug to fend myself.

Cybil: Oh! And for you I’m sending a Jade Hairpin of my design ♥ I’ve been crafting in-between inventions. Kind of therapeutic.

Cybil: Well it’s not really jade... it’s a blue jade I guess. Some blue rock.

Cybil: And it lights up. There's a tiny switch.

Cybil: Byeeeee!
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No. 138869 ID: 11f77a
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138869

///LAUNCHING...

THERE SHE IS! GET HER!

///LAUNCHING...

///TAKEOFF COMPLETE

BOOM! BZZZZT

AIIIEEE!!

LOOK OUT FOR THAT—

Cybil: HYAAAH!

AAH!

crack!

///CALIBRATING PACKAGE COORDINATES
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138879

>>138795
Incredible! My eternal gratitude to you, tallman. I never expected such generosity towards my humbled people. Please, allow me to kiss your ring.
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138880

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.
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No. 138881 ID: a7a180
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138881

...Now er, how do I get it out of the bottle?
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No. 138896 ID: 629f2e
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138896

SHINK SHINK SHINK

“AAAAHHHMMMmmmMMmmMMmMMmmm~”

“...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.”

“Yeeeeeesssss!”
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No. 138901 ID: 1015ea
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138901

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!
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No. 138902 ID: 1015ea
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138902

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.
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138903

Merry Capitalism Day and a Happy new Year, Questers!

(And all hail Sexy Stargazer, our lord and Savior!)
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138911

>>138868

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!"
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No. 138917 ID: b066d7

Sorry for the crazy delay, life got in the way but the gift is coming!
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No. 138919 ID: 681cb5
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138919

>>138911
”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?”
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No. 138940 ID: 8483cf
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>>138791

A cookbook! It's lovely! There are so many new foods to try. He really knows what's good in life.

Thank you, Francis!
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No. 138941 ID: dc13c4

>>138917
It is ok, in my country Christmas was celebrated yesterday.
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No. 138946 ID: b90810
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138946

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!
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No. 138947 ID: b90810
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No. 138948 ID: b90810
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138948

*Ñam Ñam Ñam Ñam*
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No. 138949 ID: b90810
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138949

*PAF*
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No. 138950 ID: b90810
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138950

*Ñam Ñam Ñam Ñam*
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No. 138951 ID: b90810
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138951

*PAF*


Louie has lost 3 Fear.
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No. 138952 ID: b90810
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138952

*Ñom Ñom Ñom Ñom*

Oh, right,

THE GIFT!
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No. 138953 ID: b90810
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138953

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.
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No. 138954 ID: b90810
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138954

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.
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No. 138955 ID: b90810
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138955

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!
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No. 138961 ID: a7a180
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>>138955
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.
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No. 139011 ID: ccbbb0
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139011

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!
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No. 139016 ID: 11f77a
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139016

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’!
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No. 139017 ID: 11f77a
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139017

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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