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84312 No. 84312 ID: d470e9

For, as one could guess, discussing Fen Quest.

Some of you may know that Fen Quest was an intermission for Chee Quest. This may be a reboot, but other than that, it will have nothing to do with Cheelop. It will not even be part of the same universe, so the rules of cheeverse (what rules there were) will not apply.

To elaborate this, which requires heavy CheeQuest spoilers, Cheequest steamrolled into Fenquest near its ending, crushing any sort of proper ending. It was most likely my biggest mistake questing, and did play into my deciding to reboot it. Secondly, the reason why it doesn't take place in cheeverse is a matter of constraints. At the end of Cheequest, her world was effectively rebooted, promised by the gods to have it play out approximately the same, with the promise of Fen and Lily living happily ever after and so on. I'd rather not have that promise, among other things people could safely make assumptions about. Nor do I want to just redo it as-is while still in the chaos god's dream, if just because the looming threat of Chee inevitably crashing into Fen's life isn't something I want even if it occurred after the end.

I would much rather start on a clean slate.

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No. 131914 ID: 9aaeef

Same, almost split my soda when I saw the new thread.
No. 131915 ID: b23117

Finally one of the best quests returns.
No. 131950 ID: 4f51b2

Sorry I don't understand pretty well how the 85 roll affect us. Can smebody explain it.
No. 131951 ID: 1d7c77

As I understand it... in order to make sure people don't think Fen has invulnerable plot armor, Lago decided to put his fate up to chance. We were told there was a 1 in 10 Fen would die. Lago decided to roll a d100, with higher numbers being better. If Fen got 10 or less, he dead. To make it more interesting, it's probably the case that there's a spectrum of success, too - something like if he got just barely above 10 he would survive but be crippled for a while and not get any benefit, and if he got above 90 or something he'd get well super fast and also figure out mana stealth instantly or something. Aira's fate might also have been included in that.

85 is pretty good, so things should be pretty good. But they might not have been! Remember this.
No. 131952 ID: baec18

Earlier in thread 7 it was mentioned that the chance of survival was roughly 10%, and in the post you're talking about it was mentioned higher was better. An 85% means we are very alive, and will probably recover faster, with fewer issues, or with a stronger positive impact on our mana stealth.

I'm honestly not a huge fan of busting out a roll for the survival of one of the sickest quest protagonists on the site, assuming he would have actually just mf'in died outright if we rolled bad, but on the other hand it was pretty fairly telegraphed so whatev.
No. 131954 ID: 4f51b2

That would be a horrible ending for Fen and the quest damn. Glad it didn't happend. Thank for the answers.
No. 131956 ID: 1d7c77

Well, he probably wouldn't have just died, but some horrible turn of events like his body stolen and being returned/trapped in an undead body, or another terrible no-good absolutely undesired turn of events, that would have allowed the quest to continue somehow.
No. 131957 ID: ddb4c1

I actually panic a little bit. I didn't expected a roll for Fen to not die, him of all people.
No. 131958 ID: 9aaeef

Yeah me too, maybe is Lago’s way to tell us to stop being so reckless?
No. 131959 ID: 10c408

It was a 1D200 roll, with a result of 85. That's 42.5% if the math checks out. I am legitimately concerned with the fallout out this roll in regards to not just Fen's health, but also Aira's.

That said, since the POV is currently on Moss... We should try and get cheese to pull some strings and make this Lady Apanya's problem.
No. 131961 ID: 1d7c77

No, check the actual dice roll code in the email field. The "Moss" above that post is a link, see? Hover over it and you'll see the dice command that was given. Lago just made a typo when he wrote what was being done, as he declared by putting in a spoilered correction just a couple of posts later.
No. 131964 ID: bb78f2

This die roll made me question if Lagotrope has a history DMing or not. I mean, this isn't far from DMing in and of itself, but still, I ponder.
No. 131966 ID: a0dfd2


Well, we WERE given a quote of a 1-in-10 chance of death.

So unless there was an arbitrarily chosen range (or sequence) of 20 values which result in our instant demise, I think it's safe to assume that ONLY a score less than or equal to 20 or greater than 180 would be bad.
No. 131968 ID: 1d7c77

Fen Quest related thoughts that I want to get down somewhere before I forget them: isn't it weird that the crows and frogs are so smart?

Like, with the crows it was easy to pass by, because real crows are pretty smart anyway and it would be a relatively minor change. But frogs? It's not like they have mutated bigger brains or anything, they look like normal frogs. But they also don't register as being especially magical, and the "zones" these types of creates come from are "non-magical", in the sense that they don't have mana kobolds can sense.

There must be some sort of magical effect that enhances their intelligence without creating an obvious mana concentration. And doesn't "enhanced abilities with no obvious mana concentration" sound familiar? Isn't that the same thing Fen got from Butterknife? Now, one would think that Butterknife (and Zizi's, and Dragon Knights'?) enhancement ability would have more of a physical aspect, but there would at least have to be some mental aspect (your brain would have to be able to keep up with your body) and, theoretically, something that can enhance what brain tissue can do should be able to enhance nerves and maybe muscles and so on as well. And it might not be physical, it could just be some brain/nervous system enhancement that gives them bullet time super planning and reflexes.

In short, maybe whatever enhances the crows, frogs and similar creatures to advanced intelligence can also enhance kobolds to super speed brain mode? Even if it's magical, nervous system enhancement could be subtle enough in terms of power consumption to not register, but I'm thinking it doesn't work on the same magic "system" that kobold wizards use. The precise mechanism, I don't know. Maybe, since the lands can remember, they can also "think", and a creature can offload part of their brain's processing load onto it?

Again, it's notable that the crows/frogs/etc come from "dead" zones. Maybe things are the other way around than we think, though - maybe instead of the dead zone creating the crows/frogs/etc, they created the dead zone? Maybe "sharing" their brains with the land gives it some more measure of awareness and "will" in that area, which it then uses to deny the mana there to kobolds?

It's a theory, anyway. I'm going to try remember to suggest it to Fen next time we're with him.
No. 131974 ID: ddb4c1

What's DMing?
No. 131975 ID: 91ee5f

It stands for Dungeon Mastering.

Basically it’s performing as a Dungeon Master, or running a tabletop role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer 40k, etc.
No. 131976 ID: bb78f2

I actually meant DMing on twitter, I swear

OH I bet you Lagotropes a HUGE Tabletop Twitter I tell you what
No. 131977 ID: ddb4c1

Oooh, DM, got it. It wouldn't surprise me. He is good at making stories, so i don't see why not.
I am eager for the next update. I can't get enough of FenQuest.
No. 131982 ID: 465a14

DMing is a lot of effort on top of a lot of quests but I agree that Lago has the talent for it.
No. 132013 ID: 91ee5f

You know, I think it’d be a little funny if we find out that someone sent Sayanos to us and expected us to kill him right off the bat. And then we didn’t kill him and whoever sent him to us is thinking, “Oh great, now I’ve actually gotta make Sayanos useful to me!”
No. 132014 ID: 10c408

So, just to inform the newer people who haven't yet fully read fen's quest. Fen narrowly killed a gold noble in thread 2 by the name of Raysan over the theft of a particular item that happened to be in Fen's possession.

At the end of thread three, Fen is ordered by the court to make up for his cold blooded murder of Raysan with military service.

Unfortunately, this isn't enough for every individual that was a relative of or worked for Raysan. They put a fairly substantial bounty of Fen's head and have never stopped trying to get him killed since. The money might as well be immaterial to them, because they simply do not care how many corpses Fen makes. Only that he pays for Raysan's death with his own.
No. 132019 ID: a0dfd2


Please allow me to introduce you to the spoiler tag:

Like any other tag, you use the word 'spoiler' to hide things.

Since, you know, not everyone may have read the quest yet, and giving away the core plot of the first 3 chapters is a disservice to them.
No. 132020 ID: 10c408

I omitted almost all of the plot from threads 2 and 3 by simply not including them in my post. Yes, mentioning Raysan getting his throat ripped out by fen is a disservice but so is simply not reading the quest and making assumptions based off of the current thread and being unaware of just how little the people behind Fen's bounty care about the lives of their pawns.
No. 132026 ID: bb78f2

You know after seeing Sayanaros so soon, I kind of feel a little limp dicked about killing him.

I thought I'd have more time to hype me up about killing the sonuvabitch.
No. 132028 ID: 4bed1d

Maybe that is what Lago wants you to feel. Planting the seed of doubt. Should we kill him now? Or not? Choices choices!
No. 132033 ID: 10c408

Honestly, I find the occasions Lagos presents to us when we have a clear goal in mind (killing Sayanos) but everything else included raises significant amounts of doubt (Is Sayanos concealing a blade? Was it Gahn who stabbed the pillow? Is it even a good idea to kill Sayanos now?) to be probably the biggest attraction to his quests. For me at least, dunno about anyone else.
No. 132035 ID: 10c408

Fog of war in narrative format. The first Polo quest thread being the greatest example, with Fen quest thread seven being up there as well.
No. 132036 ID: 4bed1d

I agree. He gives off this sensation that our decisions have more repercussions that we think, or that we have even more options than we think. I like that.
No. 132076 ID: 15a025

I kind of liked the irony how Moss got paranoid about him having a spiked codpiece and then turns around to pretty much deliver that surprise on Sayanos instead.
No. 132478 ID: ff5854

So just to be sure I got it right, Sayanos was keen enough to use a body double, but Krix decided to "play dumb" and pronounce him dead anyway, triggering succession?
No. 132479 ID: b1b4f3

Maybe? Heck, maybe Sayanos knew he wasn't cut out for the job and faked his own death to escape.
No. 134032 ID: 4a7d07

Ok, so the crows stabbed us in the butt. And not only that, they still have the things that we got from Rasyan, which was a LOT of gold and some Mithril Coins. So they essentially also robbed us.
And to top it all up they could actually kill Moss And probably Chesse.

And i am like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89jQTcEMsxE
No. 134037 ID: 1a8428

It's been quite a while, though, like weeks at least? Cheese must have gotten at least some of that stuff back before now.
No. 134040 ID: b1b4f3

The mithril coins were recovered by order of the court, and used on the town or something. Presumably the rest of the coinage was recovered too but who knows where it went if so.
No. 134041 ID: 4a7d07

Still, the fact that the Crows are allied with the necromancers and just straight out are assassinating people of intrest made the war more complex and bigger in scale.
Fen already had to deal with assassins from the nobles, now he has to deal with the ones that the Crows send, probably.
No. 134060 ID: b1b4f3

If this gets out the Crows are just done. They're on thin ice with the nobles already.

If they really are trying to kill Cheese and Moss, we can expect their efforts to get increasingly desperate if they know we're getting close to escaping.
No. 134074 ID: bb78f2

Hey so fuck the Crows man. I thought they were underdogs, not backstabbers.
No. 134085 ID: b1b4f3

Well, I kindof understand why they're doing it. From their perspective, they're worse than underdogs, they are persecuted and mistreated. If the necromancer uprising is successful it creates a whole new society for them to live in, and the necromancers have likely promised them they will be treated well.
No. 134095 ID: 8fab7a

Judging by the latest accidental reveal, they might also be closer tied to necromancy than anyone originally thought.
No. 134104 ID: bb78f2

The crows are trading one abusive master for another. At least the empire doesn't have the tech to soul-chain them to an undead HUSK.
No. 134680 ID: f39ded

Man am i glad to see me boy up and about! It's time to kick some ass. But now i am really worried about my man Moss.

But MAN i am HYPED.
No. 134681 ID: f39ded

Also, serious question, did the maps had something in common between the two maps? Like overlapping? With the Mushroom farm and the mushroom checkpoint?
No. 134682 ID: 8fab7a

If you look at it, there's a "Mushroom Cap Farm" and "Roc Underpass" on Moss' map and a "Mushroom Checkpoint" and "Roc Checkpoint" on Zall's that seem to match up somewhat well. I think that's it as far as overlaps go.
No. 134683 ID: 9aaeef

Damn, it was way closer for Aura. I wonder what would happened if Fen had die. Moss would have been the new MC? We really should take less risks.
No. 134686 ID: a9af05

Now I'm wondering about something. If Fen is ordered to go over to Roc Underpass/Checkpoint, is there a possibility that he'll meet up with Cheese while she's there waiting for Moss?
No. 134688 ID: f39ded

I mean, that would be metagaming, so unless we somehow get information about his situation, then yeah, i guess we could intervene. It also depends on what and how Fens finds out. If they get the tip that there are necromancers inside the empire territory in some gold noble's mines, then yeah, they would probably do something about it, if they are close to the mausoleum. If not, i doubt that they would let Fen go there for no reason, even more so if he goes for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the campaign.
No. 134693 ID: a9af05

Right, that's what I meant. Fen coincidentally runs into Cheese there, she tells him about the mine with undead in it, and he reports to Zall. And if Zall thinks it's important enough, he'll send Fen and a few others to deal with it.
No. 134695 ID: f39ded

We can only hope then.
No. 134724 ID: 5e7072

Imagine if Fen had killed Cheese.
No. 134725 ID: 19b466

That would have been wack. Look at all the fun things Moss is doing because of Fen spearing her.
Besides, she is a great ally, when she doesn't get into deep shit... like she is right now.
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