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23548 No. 23548 ID: 6547ec

Rather than make a bunch of threads, I'm making this major one!

Past quests:
Shorty's Big Escape!
Dilia's HELL YES Adventure!
Tezakia Quest http://tgchan.org/archive/tezakia/
Jiniki's Journey http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/211320.html
Ditto Quest http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/228226.html

Current/Future Quests:
Venji Quest
Slissa Quest
Tezakia Quest sequel?

So you can talk about all those things in here. How nice!
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No. 23549 ID: d677cc

slissa quest :c
No. 23551 ID: 70d9eb

No. 23557 ID: 35a4d7

Wait... Slissa are that small?

I thought they were a bit bigger than that.
No. 23558 ID: 6547ec

Slissa are pretty itty bitty :3c
No. 23559 ID: d677cc

slissa queeeeeest :c
No. 23560 ID: 2563d4

Venji quest is an amusingly daft concept.
No. 23566 ID: fd6d7e

Tezakia Quest sequel: Venjizakia
No. 23583 ID: a409b8

What about a sequel for Ditto Quest?
That one was way too adorably cute.
No. 23589 ID: 383006

This question is the same question as what you want porn of.
No. 23595 ID: 6547ec

That'd be silly! ...More silly.

If I extend quests they tend to feel a bit dragged on (Jiniki's Journey probably should have ended after the Tezakian Camp), so it might be best that Ditto ended where it did. Happy end~

No. 23596 ID: d677cc

sliiiiiissa queeeeeeeeeest :C
No. 23617 ID: 6a4a82

I'm late to the party, but I just got done reading Tezakia quest. A+ would read again.
No. 23622 ID: f4963f

Venji is so cute. You should feel cute.
No. 23638 ID: c16ebe

Ok, I'm curious.
Does NOBODY recognize the name Roz or what?
No. 23645 ID: 4f6e37

I recognize it as a character portrayed by Randy Graff in the 1995 broadway farce Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, why?
No. 23648 ID: c16ebe


I'll just file this under "Things I pulled off while thinking I'd never actually get away with them"
No. 23700 ID: 2a342c

>If I extend quests they tend to feel a bit dragged on (Jiniki's Journey probably should have ended after the Tezakian Camp), so it might be best that Ditto ended where it did. Happy end~

Oh well, it was worth asking :)

If that's the case, I'd like to se a Tezakia Quest sequel. With MOAR flash of course.
No. 23701 ID: 9f6538

dreamworms are toxic.
No. 23704 ID: 2563d4
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I wanna kiss you but your lips are venomous poison
You're poison runnin' through my veins
You're poison
I just wanna eat these chains
No. 23708 ID: abb30a

Don't you knoow that you're toxiic?
No. 23713 ID: 6547ec

MORE flash? But it had one every chapter!

No. 23714 ID: 620bfb

Do it.
No. 23719 ID: 2a342c
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You can doo eet!!
No. 23881 ID: 6547ec

I'm finally making an official post concerning the things people like to bring up.

The cup size upgrade was a one-shot joke in Venji. I decided to keep it when people asked me to, partially for practice but mostly because I want everyone to have fun and I'm not going to ruin it by being a prude.

Fun is what Venji's all about. I don't mind offering some fanservice to you guys, and I certainly don't mind drawing a naked chick several times a day.

However, if the jokes about Venji being a "fetish quest" go too far, or become the only things people say about it, I'll pull one of my hilarious(?) meta jokes and reset her to how she was in the beginning. Depending on how annoyed I end up being, the points put into Cup Size will either be given back to spend on something else, or removed entirely.

Basically, don't make me regret not putting my foot down on removing that upgrade option.

Same goes with Roz being a pervert. Everyone can have of fun with his, erm, 'desires', but if the jokes start looking more like personal attacks against me (I really can't tell sometimes) or get out of hand, Venji will ask him to stop and he'll be strangely nice about it.

While I'm here, I'll say that I'm not going to begrudge you if you want to make porn of characters from my quests, as long as it wasn't made specifically to make me feel uncomfortable.

I do prefer that fanart of an adult nature be put in the Fanart Thread, though.

I absolutely do not want porn of Jiniki or any of my "personas" (Nice Greg, [pregnant] dragon slink, etc). I also don't want anything of more extreme fetishes. Things like Guro will make me go all Cirr up in this place.

And there you have it. Hilarious over-reactions aside, this is how I feel about the whole thing.

Whew. If this post was a quest update I'd need like 10 images to break all that up.
No. 23882 ID: 6547ec

Random aside since I saw it in vyt's thread:

Venji's legs are a merging of Penji's strange leg shape and Ven's pretty normal leg shape.

No. 23888 ID: 383006

Okay but tell us how you really feel.
No. 23889 ID: 19dce0

>Whew. If this post was a quest update I'd need like 10 images to break all that up.
I'd like to say that I really admire that you do this. It really helps pacing and makes things work a lot better, I think.
No. 23893 ID: 2563d4

To be honest I thought you were handling it pretty well until now :3 .
No. 23895 ID: 365adf

Man you are so mad at Driblis aren't you?
No. 23896 ID: d677cc

You are still bein' really silly, man. :B
No. 23897 ID: 754124

I agree with these people

It's not serious or a big deal.
No. 23906 ID: 6547ec

I was really tired when I made that post and of course I said it all wrong. :|

Look, right now everything's fine. Venji has a goddamn boob upgrade-- vote for it and ask her to play with them seductively for all I care. I'll either make a clever joke or play it straight and just assume my art isn't good enough to fap to :x

I'm not going to quit the quest if the most popular command at the time is >Roz grope and lick Venji :3c
I'd say he'd laugh at it, but he'd probably actually do it :|

I'm just saying if it gets out of hand (like, the commands do nothing but try to lead to them having sex and telling roz exactly where on her vagina to touch her), I will try to steer the quest away from that. That's all I'm saying.

Half that post sounded like a threat, but it wasn't meant to. Taking away the option isn't going to happen unless it's between that and quitting the quest in frustration. Right now that's not in danger of happening. It's a what-if at best.

Right now everything's fine. I was just really worried people would start thinking less of me if I didn't head it off at the pass.

I guess in trying to prevent it I made it happen anyway. |D
No. 23923 ID: c6fa0a


From the moment Roz kissed Venji, it was all over. >;3

>I'll [...] just assume my art isn't good enough to fap to :x
Probably a bad assumption there. ;D

Seriously though, I think we get it - you want to make this a LOLquest, not a YIFFquest. I can respect that (I was mostly joking about the whole Venji mating with Roz thing). I also *really* respect the fact that you actually address a lot of those suggestions in the quest and respond to them in-universe instead of just ignoring them.

And besides, Roz is *already* inside Venji. The best thing I could think of when going from there is having him manifest himself / stick his head out from *certain places* other than her back/shoulder area... >;3

Also, we haven't even found whatever you're going to use for a Mok yet. We can't hook up with Roz until we know whether or not to shoot for Harem End.
No. 23924 ID: d677cc

It's okay, Slinko. Just kinda try to roll with things a little more, y'know? You get flustered pretty easy.

... Whiiiiich I guess people like about you, or something. Iunno.
No. 23926 ID: c6fa0a

It *is* pretty cute. :3c
No. 23931 ID: 8d7dd2

>will make me go all Cirr up in this place.

Quite frankly you should have gone all Cirr up in this place sooner. It's the only way these people are going to back off.

Your responses have really been mixed to all of the stuff here and on IRC. You've been encouraging it while also being annoyed by it. Really, what you need to do is pick one and stick with it, or at least set limits (which I guess you've tried to just now).

Of course, I am also slowly being driven mad with rage with each passing day I spend in proximity to this site, so take my advice with a shaker of salt.
No. 23932 ID: d677cc

Not each passing day. Some days you get less ragey.
No. 23955 ID: 754124

So that's like, a smiley or something? How do you even make that face?
No. 23957 ID: a41aaf

>character eats anything, especially metal
>snake/serpentlike creature sprouting from body at will
If Venji starts producing previously eaten items from her hands... EatManQuest.jpg
No. 23958 ID: a41aaf

Happy Cylon?
No. 23965 ID: c6fa0a


>Of course, I am also slowly being driven mad with rage with each passing day I spend in proximity to this site, so take my advice with a shaker of salt.

But... I love your quests too. They're my crack. :<
No. 24024 ID: 6547ec

After talking with some others, I decided to remove the Venji Boob upgrade anyway, but not because of the stuff I said earlier.

During the time Venji was fully 'upgraded', it was taking a lot longer to draw because I can't bring myself to just draw two globes and call it a day. So I spend quite a while trying to make bigger boobs look like a natural part of the body, affected by gravity. I then have to spend more time increasing their size because oops I made them two sizes too small again.

I'm not exaggerating when I say this nearly doubled the draw-time, and that leads to me spending 4-5 hours on an update which leads to me updating less often.

Also, it just makes sense that Venji's short stint in boobtown would make her realize she's better off with full mobility.

But I did offer a compromise in keeping it available as a Roz upgrade, being the only one he can take to the old max instead of just +1 level.

So far nobody's made a deal of it, and I appreciate that. I just wanted to write this to explain that isn't not cause of anything anyone said or did-- I just want the updates to continue being easy, fun, and fairly quick.
No. 24026 ID: fd6d7e
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Picture related.


It's understandable that a man might want to take his time drawing boobs right.
No. 24027 ID: 2563d4

>So far nobody's made a deal of it
Except you. :3c

It's fine. The only people who actually care about character breast size are probably all being distracted by Will of the Underpants anyway.
No. 24029 ID: 6547ec

I apparently do that a lot :<
No. 24030 ID: a09a03

Dear Slinkoboy,

I like your quests and wish you would worry less about them. You consistently put a lot of effort into them on a frequent basis, and that's by far the most important part of running a successful quest.

PS: Your typed stutters and leading questions/comments in IRC make people think that you enjoy being made fun of. I can't comment on whether this is true or not.
No. 24034 ID: fd6d7e


I-I-I don't know what to say about that.
No. 24050 ID: 6547ec

I'm trying to worry less, but it's hard not to :<

The jokes are fine and I like to join in on them, the issue is mostly A: sometimes people go too far with them and B: sometimes I want to talk about something serious and having anything I say met with "SLINK CONFIRMED FOR X FETISH" is a bit discouraging.
No. 24058 ID: a09a03

Yeah, well, 'penji is fat' hasn't been funny since february. Just don't let it bother you.

Besides. There's no rule that you have to be on IRC whenever you're online. Trying to follow several active channels while doing other things can fill your brain with fuck in a hurry. Drink responsibly.
No. 24072 ID: 2563d4

>There's no rule that you have to be on IRC whenever you're online.
There isn't?!

Next you'll be telling me I don't have to skim the scrollback from when I was away!
No. 24075 ID: 89ef08
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Ah, the IRC, she be a cruel mistress. Protip: turn off the screen and get away from it all.
No. 24084 ID: 9406d6

well you should really just flat out tell people to fuck off if they go too far
No. 24158 ID: 1578e2

the venom is secretly just a mouth-foaming aphrodisiac.

Also it aids in the later vore fetish stuff that all dreamworms are into.
No. 24452 ID: 6547ec

My art is showing signs of fatigue, so it's time for me to take one of my breaks-I-don't-usually-end-up-actually-taking!

Thursdays and Fridays often slow a bit from IRL things, so I guess I'll have tomorrow of no updates, and two days of maybe-not-many updates.

Combined, this might restore me to FULL POWER so I can keep going to the end.
No. 24531 ID: 4d8414

No. 24541 ID: 2563d4

>Combined, this might restore me to FULL POWER so I can keep going to the end.
>restore me to FULL POWER
Venji, Venji! He's eating all your batteries!
No. 24544 ID: f57857

I see an armadillo in there; when are we going to have an armadillo quest? Will it be bullet proof?
No. 24547 ID: a17cca

No. 24550 ID: 6547ec

An as-of-yet unseen race (based on pangolins) that may possibly appear in a future quest~
Slissa Quest
No. 24551 ID: d677cc

You better make that "may" a little more definite, bub.

I'm watching you. |O
No. 24643 ID: 0310e1

If Tezakia Ostfront is canon, (because Slinko and the author of that one have different IDs, I'm assuming they're two different people) they have some serious schizo tech in that 'verse. Cloaking devices and GPSes, but apparently WWI-era weaponry? I'm probably over-thinking it.

Also, before I forget and sound like a complete jerk, I like your quests. Certainly some of the better quests around. I only read 2% of quests nowadays due to my ridiculously high standards, though, so I can't say much, but still.
No. 24644 ID: a41aaf

Could be set in the past.
No. 24646 ID: f57857

Or a different universe, but with the same races; I don't think anything except the rule of cool really matters in a quest.
No. 24647 ID: 0310e1


Fair points; I will say again that I am probably over-thinking it, and I'm also nit-picky as fuck. I mean, I can't pick out the easiest implication or metaphor or allegory, but god help you if you make a tech error.
No. 24663 ID: d24479

Hi, I just blundered my way here because of Tezakia Quest, and want to say you are awesome and thank you for putting so much work into something for other people to enjoy.

Also, re: people and their fetishes. Don't worry about it too much; some people are so desperate to not feel alone in their strangeness that they will twist any little thing into a form they can project on to.

Also, I'm totally not gay for birds. TOTALLY. NOT.

Oh, and nitpicky guy above is the one who showed me Tezakia Quest to begin with. He has a habit of continually linking me things I have no interest in, which I look at purely to humor him. I knew eventually he would stumble on to something I'd enjoy!

He is also incredibly nitpickey. Noone picks as many nits as him.
No. 24670 ID: 6547ec

I didn't have a lot of world information to give to colour so making a canon quest in the world is nearly impossible right now.

But the Lian/Tezakian war has been going on a while. Maybe long enough for this to have happened years before the events of Tezakia Quest?

I think the only thing hinting how long it's been going on is that Kinasa might have mentioned existing before the war began, so it can't predate the facility.

Sekani has a GPS for his scouting mission, but that and some bombs in JJ are all we've seen of Tezakian Technology so far.
No. 24673 ID: 0310e1


>Maybe long enough for this to have happened years before the events of Tezakia Quest?

Well, assuming a slightly faster tech progression due to constant war and apparent lack of vehicles, it would be possible, yes. However, unless the two countries work differently than ours do, they would presumably be exhausted of both manpower and materiel. That could play into any diplomacy attempts, if you ever do get around to making Tezakia 2: Electric Boogaloo, but I'm not sure. I can't exactly say that I'm the best writer since Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle.

>that and some bombs in JJ are all we've seen of Tezakian Technology so far.

It really depends on what type of bomb it is. Are they classic, cartoon-y TNT, hand grenades, or modern plastic explosives? Bombs have been around for a while, after all. Well, as far as weapons are concerned, anyway.

>I didn't have a lot of world information to give to color so making a canon quest in the world is nearly impossible right now.

Don't worry; you can't make a setting as detailed as Star Wars/40k in under a year.

Also, if I get my weapons information wrong, someone please hasten to correct me; I like to sound as if I'm an expert on everything.
No. 24683 ID: a41aaf

>Star Wars/40k
I think you meant 'clusterfuck of contradiction'.

The path of technological development is directly a little by war, and mostly by random happenstance and the whims of a few key individuals. If one chemist had failed to accidentally mix some stuff with some other stuff he was working on, you could end up with a society that developed miniaturised electronics before safe high explosives, for example.
No. 24688 ID: 0310e1


>I think you meant 'clusterfuck of contradiction'.

Is there a single fictional universe that is very detailed without contradicting itself?

>The path of technological development is directly a little by war, and mostly by random happenstance and the whims of a few key individuals.

Yeah, I know; that's why I was assuming they were technologically developing on a similar path as we did.

>you could end up with a society that developed miniaturized electronics before safe high explosives, for example.

Or a society that developed hand-held fusion reactors before the computer chip. Technology is funny like that.
No. 24788 ID: 0cb0c3

Where is BL2quest. 8|
No. 24789 ID: 0cb0c3
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PS he was just a little kid when he made qbasic BL
No. 24790 ID: 6547ec


Not that that's much better.
No. 24791 ID: 0cb0c3

No. 24874 ID: f57857

Slink I hope you aren't getting too annoyed with the constant suggestions to eat everything in venji quest. Its like you tapped into all the pent up penji is fat jokes, so it's really gonna flow cascade.
No. 24909 ID: 4531bc
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This thread's progression mirrors the speech bubbles. Intriguing!
No. 24930 ID: 6547ec

I'm still not sure what the joke is with Penji being fat. I guess she ate some cookies once?

Posts demeaning Venji's body aren't going to be acknowledged anymore.

Posts simply asking her to eat things are on trial status, but if she's full she's not going to hurt herself.
No. 24935 ID: c6fa0a

Poor Penji/Venji. Their eating habits will never be good enough for /quest/. :C
No. 24936 ID: f57857

Most of the population here are fa/tg/uys, so it's probably some innate exo-adaptive mechanism, I dunno. We should totally have like a sociologist visit and put some SCIENCE up in this bitch.
No. 24941 ID: 2563d4

It doesn't help that your average geek doesn't know when to end a running joke. If it was funny ten times, surely it'll be funny a hundred, just repeating it over and over with no change in nature or context to make it clever!
No. 24957 ID: c16ebe

It's kinda gone past being a joke and is flat out trolling now.
So, Slinko! This is what trolling is. Instead of people just playing with you. I'm not sure if you were kidding or not with being unsure of what trolling was before, but if you weren't, now you have a first-hand example of it.
No. 24958 ID: 2044df


It seems to me that if you have a quest character who's an amalgamation of two other quest characters, one of whom has a long running joke about it, then you should expect that sort of thing just a little bit.
No. 24960 ID: c16ebe

Expect some of it, yes. But it should be expected to slow down when Slink said those posts were going to be ignored, NOT get worse.
No. 24962 ID: 3c0a8c

It's obviously a test on Slinkoboy's MANLY FORTITUDE.

Not really enjoying the whole thing personally, but I really like the quest.
No. 24965 ID: 9e5b05

You have never read Tozol Quest, have you?
No. 24968 ID: c16ebe

I don't recall test ever coming out to say "Ok I'm not going to respond to those posts about Penji being fat anymore"
No. 24970 ID: 9e5b05

That seems pretty damn close to it, and yet we still keep the fat jokes jelly rolling in.
No. 24971 ID: 2563d4
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It mostly stopped in Tozol Quest.

Now Test probably instead sits holding his head in his hands in front of his computer at people making that dick artillery joke over and over instead.
No. 24972 ID: f57857

SERIOUSLY? She got eye fucked? Thats hilarious
No. 24978 ID: a09a03

That's stupid. You're stupid.
No. 25011 ID: 6547ec



Trolls want attention and to cause disruption. We must grant them neither of these and simply act as if their posts don't exist.

I didn't really mind the skinny jokes as much as I probably should have, but suggestions like...

>Even if she'll ignore sayings about her body she's still a fucking whore. She's got her own porn site and everything.

...Are way out of line, and should be ignored. If you feel you must take action, quietly report a post as trolling and let the moderators take care of it. Yelling at said troll only gives them what they want.
No. 25031 ID: f57857
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You show em' slinkoman
No. 25038 ID: e3f578

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to cross the line. I have trouble telling whats offensive sometimes :(

I'm really dumb
No. 25107 ID: 6547ec

Like with Tezakia Quest, there's going to be a bit of a break before Thread Two of Venji starts. I guess this would be the time to tell me if the joke's getting old and we can call it a one-shot (I'd go back to the thread and give it a proper ending because, you know, perfect record).

Unlike with TeQ, this time I'm not secretly working on an animation, so I might actually recover some energy for the next one. This pause is also going to be heavy on me applying to ALL THE STORES for seasonal work. Venji 2 may be slower due to that, but hopefully I'll at least keep a pace of one a day.

Getting a Job also enables Slissa Quest, which could happen after Venji. Oh man.

I will post again when I have a more definite time for continuing. It won't take longer than a week, though.
No. 25108 ID: 3c0a8c

I love Venji quest Slinko, just thought I'd let you know <3

Good luck with your job questing. If you go for a job at Target, try to avoid Sales Floor for seasonal. Cashier is boring, but super easy through the holidays.

Carts might be good if you like running around.

And if you're going anywhere else I have no idea, but good luck anyway :3
No. 25290 ID: 6547ec

We'll try Saturday. I didn't quite realize how tired I was till I got to spend some time not drawing. Well, not drawing anything serious.
No. 25568 ID: c16ebe

Let's trying to name all the plushies! ... and also apparently reveal which quests I follow and which I don't. From left to right:
Tiak, Sparksby, Penji?, recognize-but-don't-know, Sal, don't recognize, Chloe, Liam, Sky, TIAS snake, Oken, one of Cirr's characters (I can't tell the difference between half of them, they almost all seem to have the same heads), Curi?, I want to say Murdelp but probably not, I THINK that's Rynh but the head looks off, Sekani.
No. 25570 ID: c16ebe

er, replace Murdelp with Glukmil. I think I got hung up on Sanya characters trying to spot her plushy.
No. 25572 ID: a09a03

Tiak, Vel, Sal, Sul, Liam, Scalene, Sekani, Dunno who the human is with the thing on her chest, Rynh, Kata, Glukmil, Oken, Sky, Chloe, Scientist 62, Dessen
No. 25579 ID: 6547ec

From top to bottom:
Moezaki, Sal, Liam, Vel, Scalene, Curi, Sul, bug-guy-from-that-space-quest, Oken, Rynh, Sky, Dessen, Kata, Chloe, Glukmil, Scientist 64

Any inaccuracies or similarities are because of them being plus dolls and is in no way related to me rushing this update out so I could go to sleep.
No. 25839 ID: 1724ad
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<Slinkoboy> don't look at me, I didn't write the war as a WW2 analogue

<Moezaki> Tezakians could have used spears for all I knew

I should have bothered more with this image, but, 2:30AM.
No. 25853 ID: 6547ec
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"My biggest weapon is being really adorable?"
No. 25934 ID: 0310e1


I'm pretty sure that you can say that Tezakians evolved adorableness as a natural defense and be 100% accurate.
No. 26041 ID: 6547ec

I've taken some time away from the irc and the site to help combat the recent lack of motivation.

Venji will resume tomorrow.
No. 26100 ID: 365adf

No. 26362 ID: 6547ec

I'll go ahead and explain all the BACK AND FORTHING with the boob upgrade for those wondering why I can never seem to make up my mind.

I originally put it in as a one-time joke. I was convinced to keep it. I took it out later because the MAX LEVEL VENJI took longer to draw.

I put it back in again because A: the coat is drawn about the same either way unless people devote all their points to it and B: It was goofy of me to have it sitting there constantly grey'd out.

The reason it was torn out is entirely because of commands + venji's emotions.

The idea of Roz bringing it back was amusing to me, so I did that. I've been taking the quest a little too seriously lately and I want to go back to earlier when it was a pretty lighthearted quest.

I'm not making any more changes to her upgrade window, so we now have 5 things to choose from. Too bad Venji isn't a long-running quest else we'd be able to see them all!

Also, no Venji tomorrow. I really have been faltering on updates... and I think part of it is because I was starting to take it more seriously. I'm going to take a day off, and come back with the hope of going back to when the quest was more fun for both of us. Maybe tone the art back a bit.

Yes, I know Step 1 in having more fun is to STOP WORRYING SO MUCH THAT I'M RUINING THINGS. I'll try :<
No. 26365 ID: 3670a9

No. 26368 ID: fd6d7e


I have to admit, I laughed when Venji implied that she'd mentally tore off her boobs.
No. 26735 ID: 6547ec

Maybe if we upgrade it far enough, she can learn to forcibly launch them off of her chest like missiles.
No. 26747 ID: 6c4937
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No. 26766 ID: f52552
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Or this.
No. 26767 ID: 0d5620

Don't be stupid. Obviously the milk will work like health potion.
No. 26776 ID: 2563d4

I cannot 8I hard enough. Fucking anime.
No. 26791 ID: 6547ec

This is kind of silly even for Venji!

The latter would just lead to her groping herself and pointing at people and nobody wants that!
No. 26879 ID: a7a85a
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You're both wrong.
No. 26882 ID: 6547ec
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No, no. I meant literally, breast missiles. The first image was probably closest.

I am amused that the GIS that found this gif brought up your gallery, SirTen.
No. 26886 ID: a09a03

These gifs are utterly retarded.
No. 26887 ID: a41aaf
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>>silly anime breast weaponry gifs
>>no Melona
No. 26895 ID: 2563d4

No. 27055 ID: f52552
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New plan for whenever we get outside.
No. 27056 ID: 6547ec
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Almost used this image instead.
No. 27074 ID: a09a03

This is great and you should feel great.
No. 27140 ID: 6547ec
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Sickiness is going to delay Venji until either early tomorrow or slightly less early tomorrow.

After I had finally gotten over my low motivation, too :<
No. 27141 ID: 2563d4

That'll teach you to snog dreamworms.
No. 27144 ID: 6547ec

Spoiler: Dreamworms are actually made of mucus, not some weird green-glowy energy.
No. 27176 ID: 644a36

Awwww, I hope you feel better soon. Being sick sucks.

I would also like to re-iterate that your quests are awesome and so are you.
No. 27563 ID: 6547ec

Venji resumes tomorrow (saturday), will try to move more quickly to get to the end of the thread so I can take a real break.
No. 27875 ID: 71d466
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Am I allowed to post Ostfront related images in here? I don't want to start a new thread!


Asked for aircraft. It would have been really out of place to do it there so. Here's a plane which shouldn't have taken me so long!

6 Machineguns and 8 unguided rockets. Both propellor and jet powered. Couldn't think to add much originality to it, 8AM now... nosleep.
No. 27877 ID: f5e4b4


This isn't a Slinkoboy quest, don't be a leech and create a discussion thread for your own quest, like everybody else.
No. 27880 ID: 70e5c6

Don't feel bad about starting a new thread.

Tezakia Ostfront may be part of Slink's TQ universe, but it's its own thing as well. It's also been really interesting so far. I have a feeling a disc. thread for it would get some good traffic. :)
No. 27895 ID: 25e2c8


Oh, cool. Is it based off the Grumman Wildcat? It certainly seems familiar. If there's not much naval emphasis, as I thought, are they capable of zeppelin-launching, like the USS Macon and its planes? Also, I note that I am sad that I knew the name and shape of the Wildcat by memory.
No. 27942 ID: 360210
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every time roz says "aw yeah girl" I can't help but hear it in this voice.
No. 27951 ID: 2563d4

Well, congratulations; Slinko's going to look that up now and promptly stop Roz saying it. *whap*
No. 27954 ID: 6547ec

No. 27958 ID: 6547ec

Also, breaking from Venji for a couple of days to recover energy.
No. 27961 ID: 70e5c6

You just did a pretty epic update. I think we can tolerate a little delay in the next chapter... for a while. ;3

Besides, there's enough D'AWWW in that last update to last a few days. ;)
No. 28474 ID: 6547ec

For those who don't go to IRC, the reason Venji randomly stopped updating was because of a fairly severe case of me being sick. enough so that I didn't really go on my computer much and just now am making this post.

Not quite there yes, but Venji will likely resume tomorrow (Dec 18). I'll see if I can make it up to you somehow.

It's almost a blessing, as this forced time-out has given me time to ponder scenarios and get some of my spirit back.
No. 28490 ID: e973f4

Glad you are feeling better! Obviously not totally better, but better!
No. 28763 ID: 2563d4

>I'd like to give the sheets a shot...tomorrow.

I can only assume that this means it's Venji Paperdoll Dress-up Time.
No. 28782 ID: 6547ec
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As some of you may have foreseen, this week's between-thread activity is a dress up game! Design outfits that one could feasibly make from a bunch of sheets or possibly from Roz!

Optionally, you can just vote for her to stay naked instead.

No. 28783 ID: c2c011

Can we keep her punk? Because I really liked the punk outfit. Or atleast we could make it something similar.
No. 28784 ID: dad664
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Or something. Just general CyberTech stuff.
No. 28785 ID: 6547ec

Sure you can vote for PUNK OUTFIT as well, though keep in mind I already had her make the shorts shorter.
No. 28787 ID: 2563d4
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>Design outfits that one could feasibly make from a bunch of sheets or possibly from Roz!
Well, hey, you should be able to sort out a reasonable wrap with a little wrangling if you want a dreamworm for a sash.

Just don't blame me when Roz "accidentally" causes a wardrobe malfunction.
No. 28788 ID: e973f4

I can't think of anything, so I guess I'll vote for more prancing naked Venji.
No. 28789 ID: 2563d4
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But perhaps we're not being sensitive enough to your cultural heritage, and not putting the infinite capabilities of the PVD to good use. Documentary evidence so far shows that Tozols tend to eschew torso armour, so we must cut away this unnecessary material. Your Indhal side meanwhile seems to be manifesting as a circuit pattern from your soulless robot heart, which provides a decorative theme which is not at all because Tron patterns are ten times easier to make clothing look detailed than actual fold dynamics or other complicated shading. Glowing, of course, in neon grey.
No. 28798 ID: 192c6d

Make the gloves fingerless, and I think we can begin with "testing"!
No. 28840 ID: dd45d7
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This mystic outfit once belonged to a warrior princess. Perhaps it can help you on your quest, Tam- er, Venji.
No. 28859 ID: 8bdb6a

>Documentary evidence so far shows that Tozols tend to eschew torso armour
It's because their vitals are heavily protected already, but their joints and limbs are more vulnerable. A human who's only carrying a certain amount of armor will want to guard his vitals, but a tozol will want to protect their limbs first.
No. 28939 ID: 7d7c4b

What if she made a sheets dress with "Hug me" on the front kinda like the punk outfit, but opposite!
No. 28989 ID: 04c3a2
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[09:26]<Cocksong>>You are SLINKOBOY. You are enjoying a rousing game of ALPHA CENTAURI on your COMPY 486.
No. 28990 ID: 04c3a2
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[09:26]<Cocksong>>Suddenly, spiders!
No. 28992 ID: f123de
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No. 28993 ID: 388591

Quick, draw an army of cute adorable birds to eat all the spiders!
No. 29076 ID: 6547ec

I'm going to tentatively place thread 3's starting date as Jan 08. It will attempt to run more fluidly than 2 did, and I will be relying more on others to help me ensure Venji ends as strongly as it began.

I know thread 2 had some serious weak points, and my only excuse is that I was running myself too hard. If I start feeling that way again, I will take a week off mid-thread to ensure the quality remains as high as I can feasibly make it.
No. 29078 ID: 2563d4

>others to avoid weakpoints like in thread 2
>thread 2's by far lowest point was when Guindo convinced you retcon Roz from being a letch to being a creepy fuck who was "doing it for Venji's self-esteem all along", using some of the worst trite soap opera relationship garbage I've seen in a quest that isn't otherwise entire horribly
No. 29079 ID: 6547ec

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No. 29081 ID: bf1e7e


Like me! My ideas are always great!
No. 29082 ID: 6547ec

Heh... maybe I will~
No. 29185 ID: 6547ec

Venji's start date is being moved back to the 10th, so it starts on a Monday and not a Saturday, among other reasons.
No. 29435 ID: 2563d4

Now that the thread has started, I can point out that there was a paperdoll and nobody "ironically" did a Steve shirt.

Tgchan, I am proud.
No. 29438 ID: abb30a

If no one did one seriously, then I am disappointed.
No. 29526 ID: 6547ec

In an effort to keep my pace and art/writing quality up, for the rest of thread three I'll be taking fridays off. Since I thought of this just now and not yesterday, I'll also be taking today (jan 15) off.

I'm hoping this will help prevent what happened in thread 2, where the art and poses became more limited and I was skipping days left and right from tiredness.

We'll get through this thread together *opens arms in a gesture for hugs*
No. 29574 ID: e973f4

Hugs! :B
No. 29575 ID: 2563d4
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Since there's some confusion over the fabric path. Yes, it needs a degree of fudging to work, but it's a low degree for something made out of a sheet that isn't just a toga.
No. 30981 ID: d6ae01

Venji's paused for a couple of days.
No. 31145 ID: d6ae01


As you probably noticed, Venji had a session a bit ago. I decided to try it to make up for not updating for a while, and it worked out fairly well. I can't really do long sessions because the images take forever to draw and I don't really like spending ALL DAY on the quest.

But I also can't keep doing giant updates that take all day to draw, so compromises.

For the rest of the quest, the updates will be a bit more dynamic. Rather than a daily update of ~6 images utilizing the Queue system, I will do smaller updates more often, resulting in more suggestion points and hopefully a smoother plot flow.

This also means I'll be more likely to at least post SOMETHING every day, instead of having days where I don't update because "FFFFFFFFF 6 HOURS ON DOING NOTHING BUT DRAWING VENJI NOOO."

The intended par will be two updates a day that are ~2 images in size.
No. 31148 ID: 2563d4

Four images a day? You slacker.
No. 31150 ID: d6ae01

Give or take for copy-pasting. I'll amend it to ~2 unique images an update~
No. 31157 ID: 0b2a05

Hi slinko it's rosque don't kill yourself please
No. 31597 ID: d6ae01

Venji is taking one week off starting today (Feb 21).

I need to focus on other things, and the lapse in updates despite drawing fewer images kind of underlines how worn out I am.

All I can promise at this point is that Venji will reach a normal ending. It won't be abandoned, and rocks will not cause a huge massacre.

I have some plans which I believe will make up for this pause. I think you'll enjoy them a lot, and I'll enjoy doing them. WE HOPE.
No. 31598 ID: 2563d4

But you forgot to leave the cast sitting a freezer first! :3c
No. 32095 ID: d6ae01

I've been feeling much better, so Venji is still on track to continue on Monday.

If I decided to run a short, easy, quick one-shot on saturday or sunday (sessioned?), is there anything in particular you'd like to see (No, not BL2)?

Some people tried to read Tezakia Quest, but the general limitations of the Flashes combined with how huge the quest is made it hard for them.

If I 'remastered' the Tezakia Quest flashes with a Save/load function and maybe some other features (Seeking? A button to see unused replies to the quest?)... would that be enough for some of you to reconsider reading it?

I guess I'm basically asking for an interest check on making them easier to navigate. The REMASTERED FLASH VERSION would be worked on during the Hiatus following Venji.
No. 32101 ID: 70d9eb

Beyond Lunch 3: :3 Edition
No. 32111 ID: d677cc

I have no idea what you should do as a oneshot but the idea of a oneshot sounds fun???

Also I can't help with redone flash thingies.
No. 32419 ID: d6ae01
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Venji's quest might not have done a very good job explaining this, so I will do so here!

Roz can boost a stat (or multiple stats now!) for a time, making it stronger. Roz will vanish while a boost is in effect, but it can be canceled any time and his bar will start filling back up from that point.

If Roz boosts himself, or rather the ROZ stat, he creates a ROZONANCE CASCADE. This allows him to turn into any form that's on his or Venji's mind, and presumably lets him do awesome things. A ROZONANCE CASCADE cannot be canceled, and will run until he is out of energy. He will then require more time to recover.

While the speed of the bar's draining and how fast he recovers is more or less done by feel, I try to consider how many upgrades Roz has had when determining how fast the bars do either. Generally more roz = slower drains, faster recovers

Roz boosting himself and then boosting other stats will result in the stat being boosted a whole lot (or a greater boost on multiple stats), but the same rules apply that it can't be canceled and Roz will need a full recharge. On top of that, Venji will take some damage when the boost is complete. But until then you could in theory boost everything and have one super powerful big-boobed goddess!

Boosting or CASCADING multiple stats will cause a greater drain on Roz's energy. It will also reduce "overload damage" on Venji if a cascaded boost.
No. 32445 ID: 2563d4

>Putting points in Roz keeps him going longer and reduces his refractory period
And that's why that's where Venji wants to allocate her upgrades~
No. 35434 ID: ee1442

[04/17/11 23:35:33]<LawyerDog> You're going to have to show nipples in an update before that will stop
[04/17/11 23:35:49]<TestPattern> >implying that would stop it
[04/17/11 23:35:52]<LawyerDog> I'm talking to Slinkoboy by the way
[04/17/11 23:35:56]<Slinkoboy> me??
[04/17/11 23:36:07]<Slinkoboy> venji's like out of updates to be naked in!
[04/17/11 23:36:20]<LawyerDog> Venji is the real reason people think Penji doesn't have nipples
[04/17/11 23:36:30]<LawyerDog> Test has drawn Penji with nipples, you have not drawn Venji with nipples
[04/17/11 23:36:49]<Slinkoboy> this may surprise you but venji isn't exactly canon!
[04/17/11 23:37:44]<LawyerDog> You know the precedent for Deep parodies is that you show the vagina
No. 35605 ID: d6ae01
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This is long so I'll underline the important stuff.

It started as a joke, then turned into something waaaay bigger than I expected. I got ambitious with the plot and forgot that I was supposed to make a tiny little goofy one-shot.

This is likely because I felt like Venji was a rare chance to get people who couldn't care less about Tezakia a chance to see my questing style. Then I realized they probably wouldn't like it any more with Venji than they did with Tezakia. Whoops!

Venji tried a lot of things. Some of them worked, some of them didn't. In a sense, it really is the spiritual sequel to Tezakia, reviving the Queue system and trying some similar story elements.

It also showed me the flaws of the Queue system, especially when you don't have sprites and pre-drawn backgrounds to throw around. I've learned a lot from Venji, and while I don't feel I did a fantastic job with it, I don't regret running it. The lessons I learned will make Slissa Quest that much better.

To those of you who stuck with it till the end, I thank you. I really hope you enjoyed reading and/or participating in Venji. Through the entire thing, my goal was to make something you'd like, and if you liked it then I did my job.

Above all else, Venji has shown me that I still have much more to learn before I do Slissa Quest. What to do, what NOT to do, how to keep tones and characters consistent... and most of all I learned not to use stat bars because holy cow that's hard to keep track of.

I should also thank Testpattern and Seal for not strangling or perma-banning me (respectively) for completely ruining their canon.

Speaking of which... this should be obvious, but nothing in Venji is considered canon in the Deep/Tozol universe. Its canon is completely self-contained.

Starting now, I will be taking a hiatus. The soonest Slissa Quest will begin is in 2 months. Depending on how kind the job market decides to be, I may end up running a few short one-shots before then. But even if I somehow get a job tomorrow, I'm still taking 1 month off.

Of course, if I don't get a job in 2 months, SQ will be pushed back as will any one-shots. I think you all can understand that survival is a little bit more important than drawing quests for Internet, so SQ simply will not begin until I have some money coming in.

That said...

Current plans
Despite the hiatus, I will still be drawing pictures. Someone has paid for spiders, so I will be drawing spiders.

Someone else paid for an Amiel.dll, so I will be making an Amiel.dll. I somehow felt that needed underlining. I'm not going to lie and say it'll be the sexiest thing ever, but I will be playing it straight, so to speak.

I will be accepting any other commissions people might have, and I will still do ITQ (assuming people ever have anything to ask my characters in ITQ). Technically I'll go from "not really checking ITQ" to "sometimes considering checking ITQ" so the hiatus might be your best bet to ITQ it up!

If you have questions or comments, feel free to post them. If your comment is "I hated X in Venji and you suck!" then you can rest assured that I'm most likely aware of where I failed and that I'll be working on improving for Slissa Quest. Also, there's no need to be mean :(

I will keep you guys posted on anything that comes up. For now, I hope everyone had fun and I'll see you next mission.
No. 35618 ID: 1854db

What is the Queue system?
No. 35621 ID: f1df52

Venji Quest was awesome, I loved it.
No. 35623 ID: e3f578

Venji quest needed more murder and less whiny, clingy sharks and corny romance jokes. How does a socially retarded shark attach so fast and strong to a stranger? And everyone obsessed so horrifically over a dumb relationship, Jesus Christ, it was like that entire facility raised it's experiments on 50's moral values and romance... that wasn't Venji.
Fun though.
Giant Ponies should demolish more buildings all the time.
No. 35624 ID: 70d9eb

Titzi was by far the best character.
No. 35637 ID: d6ae01

The theory of the queue system is I take a larger number of suggestions than the norm, and weave them into the story of a larger update. The end result is a whole lot of work for me, and an often... bi-polar flow of events.

The method has some huge flaws, so Slissa Quest will not be using it. It'll be acting more like a typical quest with 1-3 image updates, rather than the 3-6+ Venji had.

I'm glad you liked it!

Murder just isn't my style, really, and a lot of people don't like the combat in my quests. I might experiment with a combat-heavy one-shot in the future, though.

Titzi attached to Venji quickly because I didn't want to spend 3 threads having her do it slowly. I could have had her be extremely reluctant, not trusting venji until the very end, but I sped it up so the quest could be lighter and funnier (and because I didn't expect it to be nearly as long as it was).

Titzi and Tayza... I guess I should write that kind of character more often!

Too bad Kliss is going to be super nice instead...
No. 35638 ID: 383006

This man is 100% correct.
No. 36084 ID: d6ae01
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>"I hated X in Venji and you suck!"
No. 36103 ID: 00d3d5

Venji quest was awesome, except for the part where it ended.
No. 47715 ID: d6ae01
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For those who were curious about Tezakia Quest but didn't want to deal with the bulky flash version or the obnoxious livejournal version, there is now a new, convenient web page version!

The text has also been cleaned up so overall it's an easier read.

Thanks to Guindo for helping me go through it, and Dylan for doing all of the coding required to convert it. I couldn't have done it alone, and thought it was impossible.

http://tgchan.org/archive/tezakia/ Enjoy!

Also Slumber Party discussion can go here. Slumber party is a one-shot that will be updated 2-3 times a day.
No. 47789 ID: d6ae01

Oh right drawing a ton of people is super hard. Make that 1-2 times a day.

There will not be an update new years eve, though.
No. 47796 ID: 2563d4

Going to be too busy getting horrendously drunk and drawing porn, eh?
No. 47799 ID: d6ae01

y-no of course not what gives you that idea I mean there is absolutely no precedent for me doing that less than a week ago.
No. 47808 ID: ee3b18

I saw this splash screen and it looked like everyone was sitting down to play a really angry console game together.
No. 47917 ID: 018187

Well, just finished reading Jiniki's Journey, and found it a pleasant expansion to Tezakai Quest. Looking forward to seeing a true second Tezakai Quest. One that I can actually play a part in! I'll settle with the Slumber Party for now.
No. 48134 ID: d6ae01

Sorry for recent delays, but Things keep coming up. As usual, you have my promise that I'll finish the quest in relatively good speed, and I'll get back to daily updates as soon as Shenanigans stop happening.

So don't think I'm getting tired of the quest. I'm really happy with Slumber party and I'm glad so many people seem to be enjoying it. Just... shenanigans.
No. 48167 ID: ee3b18

I liked slumber party and I'm sad that it has been completely abandoned.
No. 48168 ID: d6ae01

>:| oh it has not.
No. 49468 ID: d6ae01
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Oh I forgot to make a postmortem for Slumber Party!

Um... I made some goofs in tone but in general I felt pretty good about it. TGchan surprised me with how insightful they were, especially near the end.

I bet some people want me to go design Amiel's finalized majibeast form, huh?

Slumber Party didn't do a great job being accessable to folks who haven't read the original Tezakia, but I was surprised at how many folks not only read the original, but remembered things about it!

As for future plans, right now I'm going to go back to drawing Hugs (as you have probably seen!) for Typo. I might run something short and goofy for April Fools, but I'm not quite sure what yet. I'll worry about it later-- I have sergals to draw!

sentences i never thought i'd type for 400, alex.
No. 49470 ID: 2db22a

>I bet some people want me to go design Amiel's finalized majibeast form, huh?

No. 49474 ID: a83682

You bet we want to see that majibeast form!
No. 49492 ID: 12f419



Before you post that image that you are inevitably going to draw because all of us including me request it, remember that you might have a sequel to Tezakia Quest. You might other piss thousands of people off or make people itch in anticipation if you wait to post it until you are ready for that quest.

Agreed? No? Yes? Maybe? Perhaps yes or no? Both? Tired of these options?
No. 49498 ID: 0d7a83

Yeah you should totally wait on posting it.
If fact, if you're gonna start a sequel, you should just wait until that starts.
Then you should have Amiel not making a direct appearance in it. Instead she's always talking to someone through an intercom or some convenient one-way mirror.

No. 49538 ID: d6ae01

A sequel is pretty likely after Slissa Quest... I could certainly save it for then and have a more modern design........

A sequel is not likely to star these characters since Slumber Party ended the last character arc Tezakia had with 'em, but they'll definitely be showing up from time to time unless there's this huge decision to skip WAY ahead to adult jiniki quest...
No. 55119 ID: d6ae01
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Boatface is meant to fill in the gaps in Fish updates, or otherwise be updated when I feel super productive. Fish is on a temporary Hiatus, so it'll be updating more quickly for now, mostly being slowed by me also working on a huge comic commission on the side.

In general it's a NO WORRIES quest. All the things I refused to do, even in Venji, because they were "just too silly" ... well, that's not stopping me this time.

Let's see how incredibly dumb this ends up getting.
No. 55122 ID: ce4a4d

So this is going to be the porn quest, then?
No. 55123 ID: d1e9bf

I hope not! There's a child on board!
No. 55124 ID: d6ae01

Not that kind of no worries!!
No. 55417 ID: d6ae01
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Trying to juggle Boatface and the very long comic commission has left me feeling overwhelmed and not wanting to do either.

So rather than have you guys suffer 2 or more days between updates as I juggle, I'm going to focus purely on the actually-paid-for comic and finish it, then go back to Boatface so it can be updated more quickly... at least, until Fish is revived. We'll worry about that later.
No. 56038 ID: d6ae01

I've been adding characters kind of willy nilly, but I realize it would be BM to do so without giving people the ability to opt out (or to suggest under-appreciated characters they'd like to see).

So if you don't want a character or all characters from your quest(s) to appear in boatface at all, please say so here.

Understand that while I will glance through quests to get some idea of character, a lot of people will be wildly out of character. Right now the biggest offender is Kanela, who in her quest doesn't use all the pirate talk I've been writing for her.

All that said, I don't think I intend to add all that many more, and I'll be keeping a lot of people "off-screen" because I'm not drawing more than 4 people at a time if I can help it.

But I underestimate a lot of things I do, so...
No. 56183 ID: d6ae01
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A mishap in editing made it so I forgot to post this image in the boatface update. Thankfully, the update survives without it as you can still infer that boaga was shot out of the cannon.
No. 56586 ID: d6ae01
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I was hoping to approach a better ending point, but it's come to the point where I dread every single update I do of boatface, and it's a quest that relies almost entirely on having fun.

So Boatface will be paused for 1 week, resuming next monday. Between then and now, I will be focusing on commissions and general art practice, and I will also be working on some stories in preparation for a certain Very Important Quest.

I won't spoil what that quest is, of course. Hmm, I wonder what image I should use for this post...
No. 57057 ID: d6ae01
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The Quest format makes it very hard to guess what people like or don't like, so I'm going to do the smart thing and ask directly. Time for some feedback!

I'd like to know what you guys generally think I'm doing well, or things I should have done differently or could otherwise improve on. Is Boatface, in particular, doing things well, or did it jump a couple of sharks?

This is your chance to offer some feedback and help me improve the quest, and hopefully future quests!

apparently I'm posting random images with my major posts. apparently that's a thing now.
No. 57079 ID: 927efa

I didn't like Boatface's gun. It just seemed awkward and out of place beyond the first unveiling. I would appreciate more arbitrary rulings as if there is some grandly eloquent machinations in the background, when in reality you're just railroading people. It could use more railroads in general. Railroading, and anti-railroading: completely and totally enthusiastic adherence to a suggester who probably could have just been ignored, discarding everything about the relevant plot.
No. 57776 ID: be0b8e

Wow, I just read kind of a thousand sites^^
I'm really happy I discovered your quests!
I saw an update on tozol-quest on Thursday or so and read through the complete tozol-quest to the recent point, wondering about tozols, so I read battle-quest and venji-quest, too, the later one letting me more investigate in Slink's quests and I read Tezakia-quest with you flashes you put on deviantart plus juniki's quest... I even researched a bit to get the accounts of other sites of you and went through those specials on live-journal^^
(just in case you would like to know how some people may get to you^^)
[Although I didn't got the joke of venji-quest's ending, so I'm currently ready journal-quest as it seems related^^]

I really have to compliment you on those quests, they are really thoughtful made and often very funny^^
I was also impressed that you made the flashes for tezakia-quest! Even the music and all the animations!
I try to make flashes out of weaver's divequest at the moment (got a bit busy last few weeks, though)... but I'm more a coder than drawer/musician, so didn't add much music or fancy animations, but more actionscript-thingis that let me make them a bit easier... As much as I enjoy reading all your quests (and some others like weaver's or largotrop's where I ran rampage with reading all within a week) I don't think I can be original enough to run my own quest, though, so I think about sticking to making flashes for other quests I really cared about^^
Well, but if you would like to pay my flashes for divequest a visit, I would be very glad if I could hear your opinion on them^^
You can find them on deviantart

By the way, did you already start with slissa-quest? I couldn't find it here... or are you starting after boatface? (I'm a bit Lagotrop-spoiled, having multiple updates in multiple quests multiple times a day^^)
No. 57816 ID: d6ae01

Reading this warms my cold, black heart*. It's things like this that make me feel proud of all the work I've put into each quest I've made.

I'm not too good at responding to compliments, but I appreciate this. Really I do.

Tezakia was my Flagship quest, and I loved it to death. I'm glad it and the other quests have brought some enjoyment to those who read them.

Slissa quest has had...delays, but intends to start some time after Boatface Adventures is over. Hopefully the lessons I've learned over the past two years will help it become every bit the flagship Tezakia was. No pressure!

Interestingly, I read a Flash Version of Rubyquest. Those flashes inspired the flash conversions of tezakia (though I lacked the ability to add additional comments), and looking at your dive flashes I do kind of wonder if you're the same person who did rubyquest 3 years ago. Wouldn't that be quite the coincidence!

Lagotrope is a superhuman who I think outpaces everyone else on the site by a factor of 2 or more. I tend to update every 1-2 days depending on size of update, making up for being a little slower with increased content per update.

Thanks for your words, and I'll continue doing my best to be as entertaining as possible.

(And yeah, Venji's ending was a big ol in-joke. I normally try to make my quests accessible to people unfamiliar with previous or other works, but that was one of the bigger exceptions)

*Heart may be warm and fuzzy and full of hugs
No. 57819 ID: 453a3b

Ah, thanks for your answer!
No, thank you very much, but the flashes of ruby-quest were made by tekstation (accounts on deviantart and FA available...dA inactive...)
I contacted him already for some advice and he even complimented me that he thinks I already did some things even better than he did... However, I think I'm still lacking something, so I try to get in contact with more flash-makes to get more feedback!

Say... I read Journal-quest yesterday and I still don't get venji's ending... without spoiling anything, could you please tell me the name of the quest it was directed at?^^
No. 57848 ID: d6ae01

Venji's ending was a reference to Journey Quest insomuch that Venji finds herself inside one of the caves Demesi is in early on.


It's a highly recommended read (I'm assuming you read Journal Quest by mistake), and inspired some aspects of Tezakia Quest!

The Ruby flashes kind of inspired how I did my Tezakia flash conversions, so I guess it's a small world either way :x
No. 59035 ID: d6ae01

Once again my update speed has been suffering, and with botes pretty much right at the climax, I'd really like to be able to get updates done with more energy and quality.

And faster than one per 3 days.

So I'm going to be pausing to recoup my creative juices and to catch up on commissions.

Boatface Adventures Paused until Friday.
No. 60521 ID: d6ae01
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Now to type some words about botes on the off chance anyone wants to read them!

Intro thingy
I was reluctant to do Boatface Adventures at first, because of the horrible failure* that is Venji Quest. I wasn't very excited to revisit this character.

But then I realized that in a way, this was a second chance. A chance to take all I've learned since then and prove that I could do things right this time.

And... I think I did.

Boatface is the first quest I've done without a huge mistake that makes me cringe looking back on it. Considering how easily I tend to worry about making mistakes, this feels like a major victory. Sure, I made some goofs here and there-- that's just what happens with a rough draft format. But I didn't do anything I flat out regretted.

Other quest characters
Including other quest characters was kind of a gamble. I had intended to do that in a christmas quest last year, but decided against it out of fear of drama. It either speaks well of tgchan or badly of my popularity that there was very little drama around who Boatface did and didn't include. This makes me confident that I could revisit the concept.

I know I didn't keep everyone perfectly in character (I think Kanela's much nicer than I portrayed her), but I did my best while still being able to keep the plot going and the jokes flying.

It might have seemed like fan-wank, but the only characters I included for my own benefit were Ashela (who never showed up in the end) and Dragoness (she's really cute okay). Nilaka and Boaga were suggested in irc, and the rest in the quest itself. My only regret here is having too many characters to start. The cast grew too big for me to do much with.

Ijnev and quest sexuality
At first, Boatface was going to be a completely nonsexual quest as a hard counter to Venji, but I realized that the true challenge wasn't in running away from it, but in handling it right. It's easy to have a sexless quest, it's much harder to have one where it exists, but doesn't feel forced or out of place. Some of the other authors have pulled this off wonderfully, but I was never quite able to do it myself.

...Besides, quests should be about having fun, and giving myself arbitrary limitations made it less fun. I guess I really am destined to draw people flirting, hugging, and blushing cutely. Stammering optional.

I was really proud of the early scene with Ijnev. In a way, Ijnev was me realizing that you don't have to strip a woman of all her sexuality to make her strong. She was the antithesis of original Venji, maybe more than Captain Venji was. She's strong, confident, in charge... everything the original probably should have been but wasn't.

It wasn't the funniest scene by a long shot, but it's easily the one I'm most proud of. Well, it and the starting joke. Sorry I couldn't make them all that golden :<

The biggest lesson of all for me was that it's okay to accept help. Except for the last thread of Venji (and Hugs, if you wanna be technical), every quest I've done had been strictly solo, with nobody knowing my plans or seeing the text until it went up. This lead to some pretty big mistakes!

Unlike those quests, this time I had a friend to bounce ideas off of and to help me revise my text. Unlike Venji, I had the confidence to defend or work around ideas I wanted to keep (for example: they wanted Roz excluded completely. I insisted on keeping him, and then had the idea: "let's have Roz, but he's a bird and all he can say is peep").

Over time I might try and accept help from more people, but it's so hard to overcome that feeling that I'm lessening the enjoyment of the quest for them. But, I guess it's worth it if the end result is a quest more enjoyable in general, huh?

So there you have it. I think this is my strongest quest post-Tezakia, and a good showing of every lesson I've taken to heart the past 2 years.

I'm going to be in the background for a while. I'm going to be drawing TIAS/FISH for Typo, but I won't be running anything myself. I think something I really need to do is spend time as a suggester. I've spent all this time making rough guesses at what suggesters enjoy without ever getting first-hand experience!

But don't worry, I'll be questing again-- It's just going to be a little while. Maybe a couple months? I really hope you all enjoyed boatface, and I also hope you enjoy what I run next.

Hmm? What am I running next?

Well, that's my little secret. But I've left a very subtle hint somewhere in this post.

See you then.
No. 60522 ID: d6ae01

*yes i realize some people liked Venji, but it had a lot about it that I'm really not proud of and wish I had done differently. Botes is closer to what I should have done back then.
No. 60525 ID: 34cbef

i dunno if i can be comfortable with slinkoboy just lurking the quests and offering suggestions. How am i supposed to know that he isn't going to keep suggesting my characters to do sexual things or try to murder each other?
No. 60576 ID: 26a7c1

Because you can know with 100% confidence that he's going to suggest both of those at once.

You know, just like everybody else here.
No. 61613 ID: d6ae01

Below is a short story that takes place in the Slissa world of Shai, starring the Ski-thra race.

I originally intended to write one of these for every race, but this was so much work (in my weakest field) that I'm not confident I'll be able to do more.

Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy it!
No. 61614 ID: d6ae01
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Well, that couldn't have gone much worse.

Grelik watched his companions silently under the light of the campfire. It was a cool night, and the stars were shining brightly in the sky. It was the perfect night to end a terrible day. The day's hunt had been a complete disaster, and it was thanks to Sh'ka that they had any food at all.

Neish was sleeping soundly next to the campfire a few feet away. He wasn't as strong as most, and Grelik worried for his future. Neish had failed to make any kills that day, and inadvertently caused Grelik to come up empty himself. He wouldn't be able to make a place for himself if he didn't learn how to catch prey. The hunt was everything for the Ski-thra. A good hunter could survive and provide. A good hunter could attract a mate. A bad hunter could do neither.

Grelik's eyes shifted to his other friend, who was finishing off the last of the food. Sh'ka was almost the exact opposite of Neish. She was strong. She always brought back good prey. They had known each other a long time, and their time together had convinced Grelik that she would be the perfect companion. Their hunts would be plentiful and their children strong. But he couldn't tell her how he felt. He had to be sure he'd be a good companion to her as well. She had more skill than he did, and her haul was always bigger than his. Would she be content with someone less capable than her?

He noticed her looking toward him and turned away, feeling sheepish. "Are you okay?" she asked him.

"Yes," he mumbled, still looking away.

"Don't worry about what happened," Sh'ka said. "We all have days where the prey escapes us. I'm more than happy to share my catch with you two." She smiled. "And you two won't catch anything if your empty bellies make you weak tomorrow." She was trying to cheer him up, but her words only made him feel worse.

He couldn't stop thinking about what had happened. His friend had set up a... something by looping a thin rope around some low-lying branches and tying it to a rock barely held in place. Neish said that if it worked like he hoped, it would make it much easier to catch food. How is that even possible?. It can't even be wielded in combat! Grelik shrugged and left him to it. He continued on his own, eventually finding the perfect game to attack with his spear. Right before he pounced, a loud snap from Neish's direction startled him.

Grelik froze, assuming a new threat had caught him off-guard. The creature escaped before he could recover and realize Neish's creation had made the sound. Whatever Neish had been trying had failed, and if not for Sh'ka pulling through they would have all gone hungry. Grelik wanted to blame Neish, but he was the one who'd frozen. He should have had a better idea of his surroundings. The fault was all his own.

Grelik considered telling Sh'ka his feelings in spite of his failure. She'd seen him hunt before. She knew his failure was a fluke. But Ski-thra tradition insisted he present her with a gift, an offering to say they would share their meals until their dying breaths. He almost had such a prize, but he'd lost it. He sighed to himself.

Sh'ka could tell he was distraught, and walked over to embrace him. "We've all had days end with failed hunts," she said, "but that's why the three of us hunt together. I bet tomorrow you'll be sharing your food with us!"

And just like that, Grelik knew what he had to do.

Tomorrow, he would provide food enough for all three of them. It would be his offering, and his confession.
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It was still dark when Grelik awoke, but the sky was showing signs of the coming day. He made his way to the river that ran behind their encampment and drank his fill. It was crisp and cool, and there were subtle signs of life underneath. A leaf floating gently in the water caught his attention. He stared at it intently until it left his sight, never once dipping below the water's surface. A leaf that doesn't sink meant good luck. Today would definitely go his way.

His flask filled, he returned to the others who were preparing for the day's hunt. Sh'ka smiled at him, and he found himself smiling back. He felt his spirits lighten, as if he could float alongside that leaf on the river. The three of them said their morning prayer, asking the spirits of the wild to guide them that day. Sh'ka bade them farewell and headed off into the expansive forest that lay west of camp. Grelik grabbed his spear and turned to face Neish, who picked up a piece of rope.

"Where's your spear?" Grelik asked.

"Don't need it," came Neish's reply.

Grelik stared. "Don't need it? The spear is the heart and soul of a Ski-thra. It is by the spear that we eat, and it is by the spear that we live. How can you say you don't need it? What, do you intend to hunt the old way with nothing but claw and tooth?"

"The old way is just that, and so is the spear."

Grelik could hardly believe what he was hearing. He knew Neish was young and naïve, but to think he would deny the very tool by which the Ski-thra had survived for generations!

"This is all I need," he said, pointing to his rope.

Neish was smaller than most. Weaker. He needed the spear. Why did he insist he didn't? Grelik sighed, rubbing his nose lightly to calm his nerves.

"What are you going to do with that?" he asked.

"The same thing as yesterday, only bigger."

Grelik buried his head in his claws. "The same thing as yesterday."


"Only bigger."

"Yes, and it'll work this time. I know what went wrong last time."

Grelik's soul sunk like a rock. He was now miles underwater, suffocating, his attempts to swim back up thwarted every time he looked at the rope in his friend's claw. He was trapped down here, and nothing he could do would free him. He was losing himself to the depths, and prayed to the spirits to take him away from this suffering. Then, at long last, Grelik felt release. He lived a good life, and he hoped he would be remembered fondly.

"You doubt me," Neish said.

"Of course not," Grelik replied.

It wasn't long before they were deep inside the forest. The area was dim, lit only by an occasional beam of morning light. Aside from a gentle breeze moving the leaves above, there was no movement or sound anywhere. Grelik knew it wouldn't be long before the prey woke, and he had to be hiding in wait before then. The element of surprise was nearly as important a weapon as the spear in his claw. He scratched a nearby tree with his claw, marking the way back to camp as he had been.

"So are you going to hide now?" a voice asked far too loudly from behind.

"Neish, lower your voice!" Grelik growled.

"Oh, forgive me," he said at a normal volume. He moved closer and raised a claw to his mouth. "Is this better?" he whispered.

"It's too late now," Grelik said. "We split up here. Try to stay close to this tree," he motioned at the mark, "So I can hear you yell, should you get into trouble."

"You don't have to keep watch over me," Neish said. "We've done this enough times for me to be seasoned."

"Seasoned enough to know the importance of a spear?"

Neish grunted. "Seasoned enough to not need one."

"We'll see by day's end. Good Hunt," Grelik said before leaving Neish to his own devices. It didn't matter in the end what Neish did or didn't capture with his tiny piece of string. Grelik was going to bring back so much food that they would eat for weeks.
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The sun rising in the sky marked the passage of time. Grelik found a small clearing in the forest and settled in for the wait. Animals would often go to clearings to graze. The element of surprise was key, as most prey can easily outrun a Ski-thra. Patience was the most important part of hunting, above strength or ability with the spear. Grelik had learned to be quite patient, thanks in part to dealing with Neish on a daily basis. He could lie in wait for hours if need be.

Grelik's slumber was interrupted by the sound of a sharp crack. He looked out past the bush. Before him stood a great beast, easily as big as he was. It stood on four thick legs, its tusks swaying in the air as it searched the ground for food. His tribe called them the "kshar", and they were one of the toughest kills to make. It was unaware of his presence. Perfect. He slowly readied his spear, making as little noise as possible, and continued to wait. Once the kshar's back was turned, he slowly made his way forward. The beast's ears perked up. It was now or never!

Not confident he could reach its heart in one blow, he aimed for the leg and pierced the giant creature. To Grelik's dismay, the kshar showed no signs of being crippled, and it wasn't afraid of him. It turned before Grelik could react, and he was thrown back by the creature's weight. It pointed its mighty tusks at him, and began to charge. He tried to roll out of the way, but the kshar caught him with a tusk. Grelik's armor prevented any deep penetration, but he found himself lying on his back. He scrambled to his feet, just in time for it to make another charge. He sidestepped and grabbed his spear.

He stood ready to face the kshar, grinning. It had been ages since a beast shrugged off one of his attacks, and the ones that did usually ran away. This one wanted a fight, and he was more than happy to deliver. The kshar lowered its head and began to charge again. Striking it head on would be risky, so he darted to the left and narrowly avoided the beast's tusk. The key here was to disable the beast's most dangerous method of attack. He turned and stabbed its hind leg.

That only made it angry.

It charged without a moment's pause. Grelik grabbed onto its tusk and used the momentum to swing around and land on its back. It was now charging mindlessly, fueled by rage and instinct. He readied his spear for the killing blow. Was his spear strong enough to pierce its skull? There was only one way to know for sure. This was it. This was the moment he would prove his worth to Sh'ka. He felt the marching of time slow as he tensed, oblivious to the world around him. Ready... and...

A low-hanging branch slammed into his chest. His spear was knocked out of his hand, and he tumbled backwards. His instincts kicked in, and he grabbed hold of the kshar to avoid falling off. He cursed himself. That was a mistake young ones like Neish made, not seasoned hunters like himself! This wasn't the time to be thinking about Sh'ka!

They entered the forest, the danger increasing with every tree. He clawed his way towards the beast's head. If nothing else, he could try to blind it. That would afford him time to recover his spear and finish it off. The beast tore through a bush. Leaves clung to his face. He was blind. His claws no longer grasped flesh. Frantic, he swiped the leaves from his face in time to see a tree rapidly approaching.

The impact knocked the wind out of him; he gasped for each breath of precious air. As he recovered, he looked back at the kshar. It was struggling, unable to move. Around its legs was... rope? His eyes followed the rope from its legs to the nearby branches it was looped around. The harder the kshar struggled, the tighter the rope became. What in Sh-rath's name was going on?

"Ha-HA! It worked!" came a cry from above. It was Neish's voice.

"What?" was all Grelik could think to ask.

"That kshar was having its way with you, but my snare held it in place. Looks like it was just in time to save you a gruesome fate!"

"It didn't have me where it wanted me. I was in control," Grelik protested.

"In control, you say? You don't even have your spear. What damage would you hope to cause with claw and fang alone?"

"I was going to blind it and recover my spear."

"So you intended to poke its eyes and hope it'd let you off? You're truly useless without that weapon of yours, aren't you?" he snickered.

Grelik growled. "How did you expect to end it? You don't have any weapons either."

Neish scratched his chin. "I... must confess I did not think of that. I was expecting something smaller."

The creature continued to struggle, but its injuries were taking their toll. It was panting and growling, showing signs of extreme fatigue. Grelik would not give it a chance to rest. He darted back to where he had dropped his spear.
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He returned to see Neish taunting the creature.

"Battles aren't won by strength of arm," Neish said, "but by strength of mind. My mind is strong, and you are just a dumb beast!"

As if in response, the animal made one final attempt to break free. The rope finally tore under the pressure. Startled, Neish jumped back.

The creature fell to the ground as Grelik's spear penetrated its skull.

"Are you not sound of mind!?" Grelik shouted. "You could have died this day!"

"I didn't expect it would be able to free itself."

"That's no reason to test faith with idle taunts!"

"Perhaps, but the beast is dead now. We'll be eating well for days with this."

Grelik's anger turned to joy. "Yes we will, my friend. More importantly, this would be a perfect offering."

"Offering?" Neish asked, a bit hesitant.

"Yes. I, well..." Grelik rubbed a claw idly on his head-plate. "I am very fond of Sh'ka. I hope to offer this as a blessing and ask her to accept me as a life-mate."

"I see," Neish said. "That is unfortunate."

"Unfortunate? Why do you say that?"

"I made a promise to the gods of fate. If my trap worked today, I would offer the catch to Sh'ka. Had the trap failed, I would have known it was not meant to be."

"You...fancy her as well."

"I don't think I can be blamed, can I? She is strong, and a great hunter. With my traps and her skill, we would bring home food enough to feed an entire village."

Grelik frowned. "I see. Well, the kill isn't yours, so I guess that's—"

"Of course it's mine!" Neish said, stamping a foot to the ground. "My trap held the beast in place!"

"Yes. Temporarily. The beast eventually broke free and if not for me, you'd be wounded, or worse."

"It is you who would have been hurt or killed if my trap hadn't snared the thing to begin with!"

"I would have gotten out of it either way. You didn't even have a way to fell the beast if it had worked."

"There's no 'had worked' about it—it did work! I would have had time to come up with something!"

"Like what, calling it names in hopes that it would submit to you out of shame?"

Neish growled. "What do you know? You cling to the old ways thinking there is nothing better, blinding yourself to progress!"

"You are naïve—a child. You know nothing of the world. You appreciate nothing of our ways." Grelik said.

"Our ways would see us die out. Each Ski-thra can only feed themselves, maybe their family if the leaf floats that day. I see the future. I see ways to feed entire villages. You just can't handle the idea that your 'ways' would be made obsolete by a piece of rope."

His words stung. The wound was made deeper by the realization that this is what Neish had believed all this time. His bored looks at spear training, the way he shrugged off discipline, it all came from this ideal. Grelik saw red. Before he realized it, he had taken a swipe at Neish with his claws. Seeing the blood on them, Grelik realized he had gone too far.

He started to apologize, but Neish didn't give him time to do so. He lunged at Grelik, knocking him to the ground. They went at each other for a while, hitting and clawing and biting. Grelik was obviously superior in combat, but Neish fought with a tenacity he hadn't seen before. He fought as if defending his life. In the end, they lay beside each other, panting and worn out.

Grelik kept thinking about Neish's words. It hurt to admit, but if not for that contraption, Grelik might be dead right now. There was a chance he could have escaped, but there was an equal, perhaps greater chance that he would have been trampled or impaled. He gave a heavy sigh.

"I guess my life is owed to you," he said.

Neish panted. "And mine to you. In truth, I... didn't actually have a plan for finishing off the prey. I wasn't sure the trap would work. Maybe I was wrong to think it alone would be enough."

"I'm still pretty sure I would have made it out, but on the off chance I was wrong, that thing saved my life." Grelik panted a few more times as he collected his thoughts. "You really think that could feed entire villages?"

"On a large enough scale, I think so. It would also put fewer lives in danger."

"I see." Grelik turned and picked himself up off the ground. "But we can't just abandon our traditions." He lowered his hand toward Neish.

Neish took Grelik's hand and rose to his feet. "We don't have to abandon them. They would be changed as we discovered new ways, but they would never vanish entirely from our hearts."

"Perhaps. But rather than think on the future, we should settle the current moment. This kill is both our doing. How do we decide who presents it to Sh'ka?"

Neish thought for a moment, and then clapped his hands together. "Why don't we both present it? We'll profess our feelings to her and let her choose if she finds either of us worthy, or turns away us both."

"That's not how the traditions work. Two people can't make one offering."

"The traditions don't strictly state we can't do it this way, do they?"

Grelik thought back to the teachings. It didn't feel right, but there was technically no falsehood in what Neish was saying. Besides, it would not be fair to Sh'ka to offer the kill on a half-truth. "All right, we'll do things your way. Let's get this thing back to camp and clean up. It would not do to make an offering while covered in dirt and blood."
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Grelik and Neish could only stare. Their mouths hung open, unable to form any words.

"Impressed, are you?" Sh'ka asked, grinning widely.

Before them was a corpse twice the size of the prize they brought home. Sh'ka was sitting nearby, dressing her wounds. Grelik looked at their own kill and felt humbled.

"Amazing!" Neish said as he ran up to Sh'ka. "You could feed a family for days with this! But... isn't this a drengr? They're notoriously dangerous. You could have--"

Sh'ka silenced him with a claw placed against his mouth. "The ground won't feed on my corpse for a very long time. Besides, if we do not challenge ourselves, then we are not truly alive."

Grelik nodded. "Neish could learn much from your example."

Sh'ka turned her attention to Grelik. "You need not be so hard on him. I'm sure-- oh! Is that a kshar? What a fine kill you've made!"

The realization that their confession was nigh made Grelik stumble for words. "Oh, um. yes. It's nothing compared to your drekor, and I—we—" He took a moment to regain his composure. "This kill was...not mine alone. Neish and I both worked together to fell this beast."

"Really!?" She asks, suddenly excited. "Neish, does this mean your 'traps' finally worked?"

She'd known about this?

"Yeah!" Neish said, sharing her enthusiasm. "Well, mostly. My aim was to catch something small to prove it worked, but Grelik felt need to give it a real test. And it worked wonderfully! Except I didn't bring a weapon so he had to put it down for me. But it worked nonetheless!"

"It warms my heart to see you so proud," she said before turning to Grelik. "He's been working to perfect his traps for a while now, seeking advice from me."

"You've both been at work at this?" Grelik felt his leaf sink.

"I'm sorry you found out this way, but Neish really wanted to impress you with a fine kill, and I wanted to see the look on your face when he did!" She chuckled.

"D-don't tell him that part!" Neish stammered.

She tapped him lightly with her fist before taking on a serious look. "You're taking this better than I thought you would. I know how strongly you believe in the old ways."

Grelik was too stunned to move or emote. "Nonsense."

"Neish is bright, and he always thinks of the future. That's why I think..." She brought out a small cutter and etched a symbol into one of her shoulder plates. Wait, was she—?

"Sh'ka?" Neish asked, sharing Grelik's surprise.

"Neish, I present this beast to you," she said in an official tone, her voice quivering slightly. "This mark I've made represents my desire, this beast my strength. I wish to hunt with you, and one day make a family with you. I've always admired your passion and your desire to make new ways to mend the old. Do you wish the great creator of all life to bless us as one?"

Neish's mouth hung open. She smiled—that smile! Grelik could only stare as she placed her cutter in Neish's hand and presented her shoulder to him, guiding him toward it. Neish took a deep breath and made a mark of his own, finalizing the creation of their family symbol. "Nothing would fill me with greater joy." He then carved a similar mark into his own shoulder, with her completing it. With that, they were bound together.
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Grelik was quiet as they filled their bellies, his mind full. He'd focused so hard on proving his worth that he hadn't even noticed Sh'ka's growing fondness for his would-be apprentice. His leaf fell deeper and deeper as his mind connected events that had passed. They'd often run off together. He always assumed she was also teaching Neish. Of course Neish would have told her about his stupid visions, his grand schemes of destroying everything of worth about their culture, replacing it with pieces of string and never planning for the future. Why did she encourage that? Why did she agree with his ideals? Why...why him? Grelik was a thousand times the worth of Neish! He'd felled many creatures! Neish couldn't even fell one!

Grelik could only glare in the darkness as they held claws and joked around with each other. Jokes? At a time like this? Grelik wanted to yell at them, to tell them both that they'd never work together! He wanted—

That smile.

He wanted to scream, but her smile kept him paralyzed. His rage succumbed to clarity. All the times he shared with Neish, the frustrating times and the great times...she shared them too. She knew Neish just as well as he did, if not more so. She saw a strength in him that Grelik himself was blind to. Or maybe he refused to see it.

But Grelik could not blind himself to the bond they were sharing and creating that night. They made each other smile and laugh. His mind screamed about how they were both foolish for not focusing on the hunt and improving themselves.

But even if he had caught the kshar solo, Sh'ka's kill still surpassed his.

Maybe his ways truly were dying out. He closed his eyes, wanting to fade away alongside them.

"Grelik," he heard Sh'ka say.

"...Hm?" was all he could muster in response.

"Why do you sit all alone? This has been a fine day, and you should join in the celebration of it."

"Hm. I wouldn't dare impose on a day of such importance for you two."

"We aren't just celebrating our joining. We want to celebrate you, too. I helped Neish hone his methods, but it was you who kept his mind on the ground."

"Ah." Grelik paused. "Do you agree with him? That the old ways are inferior to his?"

"A ski-thra should not be trapped in the old...or the new. The focus should never be on how to keep or forsake tradition. What matters most is putting food in the bellies of ourselves and our children, and succumbing to death because we focused on tradition would leave those bellies empty. I always hoped that you and Neish would work together to find a new way to hunt that used both your ideals together, and tonight it finally happened.

"Neish told me about how you had gotten yourself in trouble with the kshar."

"I got... distracted, is all."

"He also told me that his trap would have failed had you not weakened it first, and you made the finishing blow, right? Both of you used your ways together and got a fine kill out of it. That's no different from how I took down the drengr. I used one of Neish's ideas, and then combined it with my own skill."

"You are wise. Neish is...very lucky to have you."

"He is lucky to have both of us. He would never say it to you, but you command much respect from him. You pushed him in a way I never could. He'd look at me with those sad eyes and I couldn't help but relent, but you remained stern. We are both important to him, and him to us. More than celebrating our joining, I wish to celebrate all the times we've had together. We are, in a way, a family in our own right."

He wanted to object. He scoured his mind for the words that would change how she felt about Neish, but they didn't come.

"She's right, you know," said Neish as he walked over to them. "I didn't...expect a confession upon my return. I hope you're not upset at me."

"Why would it cause him grief?" Sh'ka asked. "Wait, Grelik, do you...? Oh Ns'kra, earlier must have been very hard for you to witness. I didn't mean to cause you—"

Grelik embraced Sh'ka. "No, don't be upset. It's nothing like that. We had a...heated argument earlier, and I was unsure if Neish would be a worthy mate. But I see now that he has grown, just as you have. You two will live a long life filled with feast and joy."

Neish moved to interject, but Grelik shook his head. It was clear to him now. He clouded his mind with tradition just as Neish seemed to cloud his with forsaking it. But Neish never meant to forsake them. Just as he'd said earlier, the way to move forward was to take the new and the old, and make both a part of who they were.

"Then, will you be our Gen-grish?" Sh'ka asked. That question shared importance with the one she'd asked Neish. If both of them were killed, it would fall on Grelik to raise their children to adult-hood.

Grelik couldn't help but smile, something he realized he hadn't done in a long time. "I would be honored. But I don't see the ground feeding on either of your bodies for a very long time."

Neish joined the embrace. "I'm so relieved—happy. I was worried—Don't mind me. My heart has been trying to escape since we've come back. I feel like a kshar's been chasing me."

"I'm the one who was being chased," Grelik said in some weak attempt to play on the phrase.

"Was that a hint of a joke?" Neish asked. "Today truly is full of surprise and wonder!"

They stayed up into the night sharing stories and jokes (or attempts at jokes). They even tasted of the finberry wine Sh'ka had been saving for the occasion. At the end of it, Grelik found himself back at the river, collecting his thoughts while giving them time to be alone together. His heart still ached for Sh'ka, but he trusted in her judgment and wisdom. If she believed Neish was worthy, then he was.

Grelik was every bit as foolish as he believed Neish to be. There was more to a Ski-thra than the size of their kill and the strength of their spear. Sh'ka understood this, and if Grelik was to ever start a family, he would have to understand it as well.
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He caught a glimpse of a leaf floating down the river, as if confirming his thoughts. It was settled.

The next time Neish wanted to show him his new ways, he would listen.
No. 61625 ID: 34cbef

this story is great, thanks slinks
No. 61673 ID: e3e97e

Yay you finally posted it.
No. 62134 ID: d6ae01
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As some of you may know, I recently made a joke image about a fluffy, feathery Slissa. Problem is, I liked it so much that I'm actually considering making it the finalized design for the quest. This left me torn!

So now we get to experience the closest thing Slissa Quest will have to character generation.

I present to you both versions of the current Slissa: Lizards on the left, fluffy on the right. Consider the first row the most accurate benchmark of their design.

Which version do you like better? Feel free to give thoughts and opinions on either or both designs.

Things to keep in mind:
-Only male Fluffy Slissas have the feathery crests on their head. It was noted that the crest on my original sketch looked like I was trying too hard so they've been changed. Feel free to comment on any of this.

-Male slissas have more spikes than females. Only the males have back spikes.

-I don't like the original design, so it's being scrapped either way. I just can't draw it in a way that I'm happy with. If you really prefer the originals, go ahead and tell me what you liked about them that these new ones lack.

-I'm very reluctant to go with a "sub-species" option that uses both, unless they are both sub-terranian. Slissas being above-ground would hurt the plot.

-Slissa Quest isn't starting yet. We're still in pretty early stages here.
No. 62135 ID: 41b837

I like both designs, so whichever one you want to use!
No. 62136 ID: d6ae01
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"Golly Slink, whatever do you mean by 'original design'?"

This one. Slissas predate Tezakia Quest.
No. 62137 ID: b3dd38

They sure do!

I vote non-fluffy, if you don't want to go with both.
No. 62140 ID: ec0bf5

I think they look better with feathers in the first two, but better without in the others. The reason for this I think is related to why I liked the original ones far more than these. They look great lying down or standing up, like the original slissas which mostly seemed to crawl around or stand up straight, but I just don't think they look very good in the leaned-over raptor standing position. Incidentally, when they ARE in this position they look much, much better with the actual raptor feathers.
No. 62141 ID: f2c20c

No feathers!
No. 62142 ID: 51bc25

Fluffy ones, cause then you can give them silly feather-hair styles and they'll look super silly slightly skinnyer if you toss them into a river. Also makes the last frame better.
No. 62143 ID: 085efe

I'm in favor of Fluffy Slissas if there can only be one type
No. 62144 ID: 067a04

Non-fluffy Slissa is the best Slissa!

Don't turn them into tiny Tezakians that would be wrong
No. 62145 ID: 067a04

Non-fluffy Slissa is the best Slissa!

Don't turn them into tiny Tezakians that would be wrong
No. 62146 ID: b6edd6

Everything Slinko is gradually turning into birds.
I am okay with this.

If you are going with feathers, you might want to consider tail-feathers: http://dinopedia.ru/img/dinoid/microraptor/microraptor_art/tr/big/microraptor_04.jpg
No. 62148 ID: 0a4fb8

I would really really really prefer the original design for a number of reasons.

First off, slissas live in burrows underground and rarely go topside. This means that the newer raptor-like design is ill suited for that particular life, since raptors were ambush-and-chase predators, a tactic that does not exactly do so well underground. Furthermore, this means that the feathers likewise have no reason to be present, since they were based on those of feathered raptors.

The original design was cute, nonthreatening, and fit its environment well, something that the new design only has 1/3rd of. And, as >>62140 has stated, the raptor-like design does not look good when on all fours, which is kind of a big thing about slissas. This new design just looks... awkward in general. The random somehow-fluffy raptor feathers do not improve on this.
No. 62150 ID: 41b837

Oh, I'll add that I vastly prefer the redesign options to the original. :V
No. 62161 ID: d6ae01
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I've taken some of the improvements (or what I feel are improvements) from the raptor-slissa, and applied them to the original body. So while I don't want to use the original design itself, you can totally vote for this slightly improved new-old design now.

This also allows an additional option: Use this version of the old design, and convert fluffy slissa into its own, unique race to be seen later in the quest?

I already have in mind which of the old generic races (boring furry race) they could replace.
No. 62162 ID: f2c20c

If you put fluffy slissa in as a separate race, how would that be explained? Would they look far different? I think it would be weird to have some unrelated race look basically the same plus feathers.

I like this design. It allows for a more upright posture which is generally more dynamic.
No. 62164 ID: d6ae01

They would be changed a bit, most likely losing the horns among other things. They wouldn't be too hard to explain beyond just coming up with their culture and stuff. just... one of the races run into later on. They don't look like they'd have much higher tech than Slissas, and when they show up I might be able to make a joke about it that we'll all find incredibly funny.

Of course, if people don't think they'd belong in this quest they can say that and I'll cry
No. 62165 ID: 2d77cf

Oh man I'm liking this one. Stick with this one.

Fluffsas would work if you make them much, much much more visually different from slissas, so there's no possible confusion between the two.
No. 62166 ID: 41b837

Personally I think it'd be pretty amusing if Kliss and co. ran into an eerily slissa-like race somewhere on the other end of the world. It's not like it's likely to visually mix up the races as is -- one has brightly colored feathers all over the place. :V

Anyway this re-re-redesign is acceptable.
No. 62167 ID: 734c82

I love this one. Go with it.
No. 62168 ID: b6edd6

Well humans in fantasy settings have inexplicable variant versions* all the time, so I don't see why it should be any different for other species.

*See: all the standard fantasy races to varying extents
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