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33649 No. 33649
Finally. Although you knew what you wanted to do with your life long before you came of age, it certainly took you long enough after doing so to build up a decent nest egg for it. Your former boss didn't pay the best, but he was the only tailor that was hiring, and you needed to learn if you wanted to open a shop of your own. You're pretty sure he kept back a few tricks of the trade, but you know enough to make rough but serviceable clothing.

That's all behind you now, though, and you gaze at the village paperwork for opening a new shop in your hands. All you need to do is fill it out and wait for it to be processed, and the village will have a new clothing shop in the abandoned lot that's on the way to the Hakurei Shrine.

At least legally. As of yet, you haven't gotten a means of construction or done anything to make your store stand out, so if nothing changes, your shop will be dead in the water. Luckily, shops are approved for commerce just before harvest, which just passed, so you have about a year to advertise, learn more about tailoring, find new sources of materials, and get your shop built.

So why does the child of two farmers want to open a clothing shop? Well, it probably has something to do with your ability. When you are wearing a set of clothes related to a profession, you somehow gain the instincts of an expert in that profession. It seems to be related to how well-made the outfit is, although it's seemingly a bit different in the case of your casual wear. Also, you can instantly change outfits, though the magic only seems to work on clothing you yourself own.

Anyway, you propably should get to filling out those forms. Most of it is standard stuff like name, gender, purpose of shop, location of shop, although a few of the later questions suggest whoever was in charge of this was fooling around.

[x] Name:
[x] Gender:
[x]Purpose of Shop: Tailor
[x]Location of Shop: Road to Hakurei Shrine
[x]Power: Power of clothing
[x]Everyday Outfit:
[x]Favorite Headgear:

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Hello everybody, this is my first CYOA. Assuming you didn't immediately close your browser after reading that last bit, I might as well let people know how this story's gonna work. First off, the stuff in the first vote will be decided entirely on what seems good to me. Other votes won't work like that, though I will ignore write-ins that our character probably wouldn't do. That brings me to my next point, write-ins are always welcome, though they might be ignored. In fact, I might end up doing a system like Patchy Quest where you guys come up with the choices. Updates should be at least weekly, and I might occaisionally pop into the thread to give answers to questions you may have. Be free with criticism, as I'm only too aware that my writing is not perfect. Finally, please enjoy the story!
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>> No. 33738
[x] Back away slowly

If it turns out the charge is not a bluff.
[x] Make a stand
[x] Anemia option/play dead at the last moment
>> No. 33739
[X] "RAAARR, I am not afraid of you Mr. Bear! Yeah, you just back off! Right, Now!"

(What my uncle said to do in case of bears.)
>> No. 33740
>>33739
I'm sure that Flora isn't as manly as your uncle so that option wouldn't be viable.
>> No. 33748
Aight I wasen't going to vote, but it looks like you guys need a bit of help here. Remeber the MC's powers depend on the clothing she is wearing? The point of this bear exercise is to come up with something

>[x] Long white dress with pockets
>[x] White floral headdress

could represent in terms of powers.


I'm going to go with;


[X] Entangling thorns to stop bear charge.
[X] Calmly walk twords the bear picking a few flowers along the way.
[X] Manipulate the petals into razer sharp edges, slice the bear to pieces. (Try to keep it non-lethal if the bear starts looking like it's trying to run away)
>> No. 33749
>>33748
I dunno. I think that the power which we could obtain from the clothes we're wearing depends on the profession it meant to be used for.

We're currently wearing clothes not meant for work so we should be powerless.
>> No. 33752
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33752
[x] Back away slowly
[x] Play dead at the last moment

You first impulse is to run. All your instincts are telling you to put as much distance as you can between you and the bear, but there’s no way. Not with the bear moving that fast.

You start backing away slowly, in case it’s just trying to scare you off, but no such luck there. Your Uncle Wolfgang always says that you just need to show the bear you’re not afraid of it, but he’s a heavily muscled hunter who carries a bow almost as tall as he is, whereas you’re just a skinny girl with only some sewing needles to defend yourself.

As the bear draws near, you do the only thing you can think of and play dead. You’ve at least kept it from immediately clawing you to death once it’s within paw’s reach of you, so there’s that.

The bear examines your body for a moment, as if confused by you sudden lack of movement, then gives your hand a lick. It’d tickle if the tongue wasn’t attached to a giant bear. You stay as still as you can, hoping the bear will lose interest and go away. It doesn’t, and your hand bumps into something hard that can only be the bear’s teeth.

So this is how you’re going to die? Eaten by a bear in the Forest of Magic? If only you could use danmaku-
An image of your headdress appears in your mind, and there’s a burst of light from your hand. The bear backs away, obviously startled. Did … did you do that? You get up and wave your hand at the bear, to see if you can do it again. After a couple of tries, a single needle-shaped bullet shoots from your hand and impacts on the bear with a flash of light. Your first bullet must’ve gotten it right in the mouth.

You keep at it, but all you can really do is shoot one bullet at a time, and the bear’s hide is a lot more resistant to bullets than its mouth. Soon enough it starts lumbering forward, shrugging off the bullets you’re sending at it one by one, obviously going to just claw you open. You start to run, but then you hear-

“Shanghai two and four, go help that girl! Goliath, take care of that bear!”

A girl shouting? Glancing back, you see a short-haired blonde girl in a blue and white dress – it’s Miss Margatroid! Behind her float a number of the fairylike things from earlier, as well as a giant version of them, which is standing on the ground. Are these Miss Margatroid’s dolls? You knew she was skilled at controlling them – she had to be, to do her plays. But to be able to control them in combat?

The large one steps forward and sends the bear flying with a punch, then stomps forward to finish dealing with it. Two other dolls break off from the group and usher you over to the controller.

As you join the group, Miss Margatroid turns to you. “One of the dolls fighting the bear saw you. I feared the worst when they were destroyed, and the rest of us off were looking for that lion pack. Please, follow me to my house, it’s not far, and the least I can do is give you tea and refreshments after what’s happened to you.”

You’re still somewhat stunned, and just wordlessly nod, following Miss Margatroid to her house.

[x] What is your course of action?
>> No. 33754
>>33748
You have the right idea, but while Flora will eventually be able to do something like that if she studies magic a lot, she can't right now. Honestly, I expected you guys to climb a tree.
>> No. 33755
>>33754
Well, I thought that the bear could climb trees so...

[x] Thank Alice for rescuing you. Then, introduce yourself and tell her that you admire her dolls' clothes and you want to make them yourself. Ask her politely to teach you how to do that.
>> No. 33756
>>33755
Yeah and even trying to climb a tree in the forest or magic could be disastrous.
>> No. 33757
[x] Thank Alice for rescuing you. Then, introduce yourself and tell her that you admire her dolls' clothes and you want to make them yourself. Ask her politely to teach you how to do that.
>> No. 33760
[x] Thank Alice for rescuing you. Then, introduce yourself and tell her that you admire her dolls' clothes and you want to make them yourself. Ask her politely to teach you how to do that.
>> No. 33761
[X] I had that bear right where I wanted him. oh well, I guess you saved me a bit of mana.
[X] Nice threads by the way. Who made them?

Do not want generic female personality.
>> No. 33762
>>33761
Do not want smug female personality.
>> No. 33763
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33763
[x] Thank Alice for rescuing you. Then, introduce yourself and tell her that you admire her dolls' clothes and you want to make them yourself. Ask her politely to teach you how to do that.

As you walk with Miss Margatroid and her dolls down the forest path to her home, you introduce yourself and profusely thank her for saving your life. She shakes her head sadly, saying, “No, I’m afraid I’m also the reason you were in danger. I was clearing out the woods near my house today, and must have driven those animals straight into you.”

“You couldn’t have known I was going to visit you today, and you saved me in the end. That’s worth thanks as far as I’m concerned,” you reply.

By this time, you’ve arrived at your destination. The house, respectably-sized and of a Western style, stands in front of you in the middle of the forest. Outside, you see a few dolls Miss Margatroid unlocks the door, and a doll in a little maid outfit bows as the two of you walk inside. You follow your host to the dining room and sit down, as another doll maid brings in some tea on a tray, setting it between the two of you.

“Oh yes,” she says over her tea, “You mentioned you were coming to visit me, so may I ask what for?”

“Certainly. I’m going to open up a clothing shop in the village, and I heard you make the costumes for your dolls yourself. I came to see if I could learn from you,” you say, taking a sip.

The tea is excellent, though it’s not the green tea that’s usually drunk in the village. You set your empty cup down, and a doll flies in to refill it.

“I see. I was planning on making costumes for the next play soon, so I can walk you through the process. It does take a while, so we’d probably want to start tomorrow. You’re welcome to stay the night if you so wish.” She says, waving the off the maid, who has moved on to refill her cup.

You consider her offer. The sun will set in an hour or two, so you should have enough time to go back to the village if you decide you have something you want to do there. You could then head back to Miss Margatroid’s house the next day. You could also do something around Alice’s house, talk about Alice with something or just go to bed.

[x] What is your course of action?
>> No. 33765
[x] Stay and talk about how you wanted to make clothes and things of that nature.

Instead of thinking of Alice as a competitor, think of her as a kindred spirit.
>> No. 33766
[x] Ask her about the beasts that wander around the Forest of Magic. Tell her that you want to know how to protect yourself from them.
>> No. 33767
[x] Stay and chat about sewing techniques with Alice.
>> No. 33768
[x] Stay and talk about how you wanted to make clothes and things of that nature.
>> No. 33769
Whoa...Sewing talk? Sounds boring.

[X] So what's it like living with dolls possessed by evil spirits? Do they talk to you at night?
[X] Can I sleep in your room tonight?
>> No. 33770
>>33769
>dolls possessed by evil spirits
Is that a joke 'cause I'm pretty sure that she knows that she is the one who's controlling her dolls.
>> No. 33771
>>33769
Go somewhere else then.
>> No. 33772
[x] Stay and talk about how you wanted to make clothes and things of that nature.
>> No. 33773
>Whoa...Sewing talk? Sounds boring.

Are you nuts.
please reread our power
>When you are wearing a set of clothes related to a profession, you somehow gain the instincts of an expert in that profession. It seems to be related to how well-made the outfit is, although it's seemingly a bit different in the case of your casual wear. Also, you can instantly change outfits, though the magic only seems to work on clothing you yourself own.

So we want clothing we want a lot of clothing and we want it to be of good quality. We should also ask Alice about Seamstress clothing. As that would help us make more and better clothing faster.
>> No. 33774
>Whoa...Sewing talk? Sounds boring.

Are you nuts.
please reread our power
>When you are wearing a set of clothes related to a profession, you somehow gain the instincts of an expert in that profession. It seems to be related to how well-made the outfit is, although it's seemingly a bit different in the case of your casual wear. Also, you can instantly change outfits, though the magic only seems to work on clothing you yourself own.

So we want clothing we want a lot of clothing and we want it to be of good quality. We should also ask Alice about Seamstress clothing. As that would help us make more and better clothing faster.
>> No. 33777
arg won't let me delete one of the above
>> No. 33779
wouldn't it be interesting if we could dress up like for example Meiling and gain some degree of her ability? just an example.
>> No. 33780
[x] Stay and talk about how you wanted to make clothes and things of that nature.

>>33779
I'd say that would be a worthwhile experiment. Considering that Flora has probably never thought about using her ability like that. Otherwise it probably would've been mentioned in the opening post.

Having said that I'm curious about the second half of her ability. Namely what distances has Flora successfully used her instant costume change ability in the past?
>> No. 33781
[x] Stay and chat about sewing techniques with Alice.
[x] Stay and talk about how you wanted to make clothes and things of that nature.
[x] Ask her about the beasts that wander around the Forest of Magic. Tell her that you want to know how to protect yourself from them.

Well, you can’t see any reason to decline Miss Margatroid’s offer, so you might as well accept her hospitality.

“I’d like to stay the night, if you’re sure it won’t be any trouble…”

“Oh, it’s no trouble at all. Please, make yourself at home. Shanghai will show you the way to your room,” your host says, and gestures towards a doll, which curtsies and begins to move off on its own.

You follow it upstairs to a room that is presumably for guests. It has a raised bed, in keeping with the style of the house, though the doll draws your attention to a compartment underneath. When you open it, you see it contains a rolled up futon, presumably left there for guests to use. How thoughtful. It’s not as though you don’t like western beds, it’s just that they’re so… springy.

You’re not tired just yet, so you set up the futon on the floor and head back downstairs to chat with Miss Margatroid. You find her in the living room and sit down next to her.

“So,” you say, “I was wondering. What do you do when you make clothes? Is there anything special you do?”

“No, not really. I start with a sketch, pick out cloth, and so on. You’ll see tomorrow; it’s a lot easier to explain when you can see it. Oh, by the way: if it’s something you don’t mind sharing, would you tell me how you became interested in clothing? If I recall correctly, the Nonvintuses are a big farming family.”

You think for a bit, to find the right words. “Well, I was never really that interested in farming. I was always going to end up doing something else, I think. I just happened to get interested in clothing because I have clothing powers: I get abilities based on the kind of outfit I wear, and I can switch them pretty quickly.”

“Interesting,” Alice says. “Does that mean you could dress up like, say, Hong Meiling and be able to use ki and martial arts?”

Hong Meiling? That’s the Scarlet Devil Mansion’s gatekeeper, the Chinese one. You’ve never been near there, but you’ve read the Gensokyo Chronicles. “She wears Chinese clothes, right? No, I’d probably learn to speak Chinese or something. A karate gi or something would work better for martial arts. And even then, I don’t think I would be able to infuse ki into my attacks unless it was a really fancy one.”

Now that you think of it, there’s a few things you're curious about yourself. “I’ve got a question of my own. Why do you clear the woods of animals? Don’t they mostly stay in the trees?”

Miss Margatroid sighs. “Mostly, yes. The problem is that I mainly use materials from the forest to make my dolls. Wood from the trees, dyes from some of the mushrooms and flowers, and so on. However, the animals seem to see my dolls as easy prey, so every so often, I go clear them out.”

Makes sense. You suddenly remember frantically firing bullets at that bear, and decide to see if she can help with that. “Oh! You sometimes help solve incidents, right? Can you teach me how to defend myself against animals?”

“Most likely, no. I only really use dolls,” Miss Margatroid says, gesturing towards the closest one. “If you want to learn Danmaku, you could try Kirisame. As for weapons, I haven’t the foggiest idea who you should see, I’m afraid.”

The two of you keep chatting for a while, though nothing of note comes up, until eventually you head off to bed. You shift into your pajamas, lay down on the futon, and are soon asleep.

DAY 2

You wake up, stretch, and change into your dress. You are still located in Alice’s guest room, and you can smell breakfast being prepared downstairs.

[x] What is your course of action?
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Also, yesterday was my birthday, so you lot may as well get a birthday bonus.

PICK TWO:
[x] Random Clothing Tip
[x] Random Item Tip
[x] Random Skill Tip
>> No. 33782
[x] Go downstairs to eat breakfast with Alice. Then, start learning how to make clothes with her.

[x] Random Skill Tip

Hopefully, the tip would be useful.
>> No. 33783
[x] Go downstairs to eat breakfast with Alice. Then, start learning how to make clothes with her.

[x] Random Skill Tip
[x] Random Clothing Tip
>> No. 33784
Yea...danmaku isn't going to save you from a bear or wild youkai trying to kill you. It's not even practical in terms of everyday stuff. Learning danmaku is like learning to play Yu-gi-oh duel monsters really well.

[X] Where can I learn real magic? The power to bring about wonder and ruin on a whim. I need to be able to fight, not play games.
>> No. 33785
>>33784
Danmaku is magic, especially if we learn it from Marisa. Furthermore, all youkai are obliged to adhere to the spellcard rules, making attacks non-lethal. In the case of animals, we can simply fly away.

Besides, learning high level magic takes decades, even centuries, to learn. If you want instant gratification, we might as well wear Reimu's clothes and suddenly become the Hakurei Shrine Maiden/
>> No. 33786
[x] Go downstairs to eat breakfast with Alice. Then, start learning how to make clothes with her.

[x] Random Skill Tip
[x] Random Clothing Tip
>> No. 33787
[x] Go downstairs to eat breakfast with Alice. Then, start learning how to make clothes with her.

[x] Random Skill Tip
[x] Random Clothing Tip
>> No. 33788
[x] Go downstairs to eat breakfast with Alice. Then, start learning how to make clothes with her.

[x] Random Skill Tip
>> No. 33790
[x] Go downstairs to eat breakfast with Alice. Then, start learning how to make clothes with her.

[x] Random Skill Tip
[x] Random Clothing Tip
>> No. 33793
Hey guys, I'm not dead, it's just finals happened, and now it's Christmas vacation. Votes are called, and I should have the update soon.
>> No. 33795
>>33793
Hooray!
>> No. 33853
Holy shit, has it really been that long? Sorry, I got caught up in the vidya.

I'll update this weekend, hopefully.
>> No. 33856
Outline for update complete, writing.

By the way, after some thought, I'm just going to give bonuses for days that people actually get off from work/school, so this is a New Year bonus.

Clothing Tip: Waterproofing
Animals such as otters have a special coating on their fur that helps keep water out. This is obviously useful in clothing, but can make dying difficult. It's said the kappa have a process capable of doing it.
Skill Tip: Bargaining
Not only for when your shop is open! Lower prices of things you need and get more for things you have. Not limited to monetary transactions, the payment on one or both sides can be something such as a favor.

Also, extremely late Christmas bonus: Please pick one thing you want to know.
>> No. 33857
[x] The mysteries of the universe
>> No. 33858
>>33856
[x] Haggling.

Waterproofing isnt really that useful, since this is in /shrine/ and I doubt we'd be going to the Misty Lake or any other body of water. And besides, Getting more then what we pay for with Nitori is better.
>> No. 33860
>>33858
You never know as just because something is in /shrine/ doesn't mean you won't be going to other areas, just that things will be more centered in teh village/shrine.
>> No. 33861
>>33858
What do you see as the difference between Bargaining and Haggling?

[x]Random Clothing Tip
>> No. 33862
>>33861
Tomato Tomato. Wait, Shit, That doesnt translate well into text, but you get the gist.

Anyways, MC is going to run a clothing store, and last I checked it required getting a good amount of materials from very likely different places. Even a 5% cut on all prices would be great in the long run.
>> No. 33864
Just a quick clarification, this bonus is for you guys to learn about something, not Flora. I could give you some tips on what to do when haggling, but you'd have to specify them when the time comes, rather than Flora doing it automatically like she would if she had bargaining skill. Bargaining also ups the chance of a given deal succeeding, so it'd be wise to practice regardless.
>> No. 33865
[x] Haggling.

Might as well learn its mechanics now.
>> No. 33868
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33868
Update, damn it.
>> No. 34515
>>33868
I'm trying, but it turns out updates don't just appear at the bottom of a word file if you keep putting writing off, and pretty soon it's several months later with nothing to show for it.

I think part of the reason I'm doing so bad is that I had absolutely no plan at all and was pretty much just making it up as I went along. I'm currently working on the mechanics and characterizations for everyone, and opportunities. On the subject, why on earth did I not not give anon the option to open business whenever? That'd have been way more interesting.

Anyway, that will probably take me a while, but at some point, quite possibly way in the future, I will either resume this story or make a another run, and it will hopefully be better for the planning.

For the meantime, though, this is going to have to be a hiatus. Sorry.
>> No. 34518
>>34515
What the hell is it with writers and not having any sort of plan? Don't people ever learn!?

Now that I got that out of my system, good luck in the future.
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