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196629 No. 196629 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
PREVIOUS THREAD: >>194077
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“It’s down the hall and to the left. Should be at the end of the corridor.” Tewi gives you a knowing look. “Though, you’re heading elsewhere, aren’t you?”

“What? Who, me?” you say, careful to keep your voice hushed. Don’t want to wake the cute bunny pile. You inch out of all the napping rabbits’ grasps. “Naaaaaw. I’d never. I ain’t one to lie, y’know. I just really need to go. Badly.”

“Then I guess I believe you. Just don’t disappear again, alright?”

“I’ll try.”

Ha. Tewi thinks that you’ll really disappear like that again? Just because you feel like it? Absolutely preposterous. Impossible, even! No way you’d do something like that.

...She knows you too well. But whatever. That won’t stop you from trying. Once you finish your business in the washroom, you head out the nearest window and slip away into the night. Of course, you have no idea where the heck you are and it’s really dark and now you’re suddenly lost, but no big deal. You’ll find your way. You always do, even if it takes a while.

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>> No. 197532
[X] “Actually, I’m here to borrow a rabbit for a while.”
-[X] And maybe some assistance quelling the flames recently strewn about my person. No big rush though, This certainly wouldn't be the first time I've burned to death in horrible screaming agony.

>>197529

YES.
Maybe. Still on the fence about this Mokou.
>> No. 197533
[X] “Actually, I’m here to borrow a rabbit for a while.”

One rabbit to go please.
>> No. 197536
[X] “Actually, I’m here to borrow a rabbit for a while.”
-[X] And maybe some assistance quelling the flames recently strewn about my person. No big rush though, This certainly wouldn't be the first time I've burned to death in horrible screaming agony.


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197194 No. 197194 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
“Who’s Kisume?”

“You’re about to find out.”

All your mental alarms go off simultaneously, but you refrain from acting to avoid making a mess of the situation. You silently reach out with your senses, but all you get is the echoing gloom of the cave—

Wait.

“...don’t ya fecking dare!” It’s faint, but you can hear Sekibanki slipping into her Irish accent from somewhere behind you.

“Seki?” You turn around to try to get a better head on her location, Yamame temporarily forgotten as you listen for—

“DUCK!”

Drop into a crouch and immediately feel something go flying past you, ruffling the hairs on the top of your head, and impacting on something with a painful-sounding “GAH!” from two voices.
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>> No. 197515
> “Hey, take it easy,” his friend replies.

I lost it.

[x] You can hear whispers. Something about being reminded of a reaper?
>> No. 197520
[X] You catch the faint and familiar scent of sunflower seeds. You also smell feathers and birds. FUCKING BIRDS ARE EATING YOUR SEEDS!
>> No. 197534
[X] You can hear whispers. Something about being reminded of a reaper?


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196233 No. 196233 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


[x] "Is that a 12.7 dual cannon in your starboard, or are you happy to see me?"

— - — - —

You resist the urge to flinch, and instead simply swallow the lump of dread. Sure, she'd be shooting herself if she shot you, and yes, she is an ally, but... "...Is that a 12.7 dual cannon in your starboard, or are you happy to see me?"

The turret waves up and down a bit. "Umm... Well, yes." The turret seemingly flinches. At its size, it's quite noticeable. Then it averts. "S-sorry, sir! I, umm... I didn't mean to aim at you like that. I was only trying to look at you is all..."

You give the barrel a bit of a pat. "Just do better in the future." Though you maintain a level tone, you can feel your heart pounding its fair share from turning to the sight of such a gun. So large is the barrel, of course, that it took a moment to register. However, when it did, well... "Now, can you direct me to Rika? I've questions for her."

After a moment, the Inazuma says, "She's by the Heart, sir."

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>> No. 197472
[x] I needed to cheer up, but your smile already took care of that.
[X] Head to your office, it's time to finish this.
>> No. 197498
>Also, this inefficient way of finding information is good for peace times (increased morale too!) But we need to see if there's already a place to bark orders during an emergency

Yes, we need canned orders over loudspeakers. That'll really set the stage!

In all seriousness, that would work if necessary. Though we do need a more centralized info room, anywho. Archive access?

If all of the teal structures contain the miscellaneous offices/cafeteria/etc, then there likely will be a good centralized area. Although... where on the last map is the base? And what does the red dotted line stand for?

As it is, vote is good. let's go with that.

[x] I needed to cheer up, but your smile already took care of that.
[x] Head to your office, it's time to finish this.
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[X] I needed to cheer up, but your smile already took care of that.
[X] Head to your office, it's time to finish this.

— - — - —

You give her your very best smile. It's not an easy task, what with the times both behind and ahead looming like a guillotine. However, it's your honest best. "I needed to cheer up, but your smile already took care of that for me."

"Ohh, you~" She hops surprisingly high for the express purpose of slapping your cheek. You're left with a small grin and a tiny hand print. "Commander, you're going to make me fall for you if you keep that up♥!" Her cheeks are red as you can imagine them being capable of, and her giggle is similarly cute. "Go on, you rascal. You have work, yes? Go on! Shoo! Shoo!" She looks quite a lot brighter than you're used to. Although, if her normal disposition were sunny, this would be more 'surface of the sun' territory.

Not wishing to be burned by her radiant smile, you say, "Alright. I'll get going, then."

Before you turn to leave, you notice that the cooking staff seem to find the interaction some flavor of adorable, the way they're all whispering and giggling. Your spirit raised and cheeks reddened, it's now time to get to work.

The trip to your office is more trial and error than anything particularly difficult. You knew the general vicinity, which wasn't far off, after all. However, the map lacking labels beyond color coding made things unnecessarily lengthy. Of course, before long, you did manage to find a very obvious office, in that it has your name on the door on a plate of engraved brass. Your hand latches onto the cool metal of the knob, and with a turn you are met with unexpected success. Within, you find a fairly bare office, thankfully lacking in any real windows. Being on a sinking ship twice doesn't make you and the sea on particularly good terms after all, so not having to see it is generally a plus.

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194609 No. 194609 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
The simple straw doll stared eyelessly at me from where it had been tied to a tree with a length of coarse linen. Quickly but meticulously made, a certain sign I was still walking in the right direction. A black substance emerged slowly, delicately from between the straws, clinging to the wood and flowing gently upwards. Like incense smoke in still air, but of solid black, as if someone had plucked up a line of ink by one end and lifted it clear from the paper. It reacted as I approached, turning towards me as I gingerly placed my hand upon its host. It continued to move with the same ethereal smoothness as before, but now with the purpose I’d given it. With the push of a thought, it coiled around my fingers, spinning, up my wrist and arm, over my long sleeves, to finally slip into my chest like a dagger to the heart. I had gotten used to it, but seeing it move across my skin without even the scantest whisper of sound or feeling was still novel every time.
It all took less than a half-minute. I’d performed the entire ritual dozens of times this week alone. The doll was drained then, and all that was left to do was methodically cut the ties, take it down and scatter the now mundane straws in the wind. This latter part wasn’t strictly necessary, but there was no sense in leaving the doll here to spook random people.
Even being as slim as a silk string, to me the smoke-like substance coming from the next marker was clearly visible from just over the horizon, probably a good couple of hard hours away. I suppressed a sigh, folded my skirt beneath me and sat against the tree. Only a very short break, that’s all.
The sun was nearly fully down, although I could feasibly have travelled at night with the bright moon for a companion. I’d long abandoned what road there was – an overgrown dirt path that looked as though it had seen no men for months. I hadn’t seen another person at all for a full three days and change. This far from the rule of law, a path like that was as likely to lead into trouble as not. And anyway – I thought, fiddling with the string I’d just recovered – I had my own guide.

I leaned my head back against the trunk, thinking. Where were we goin
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>> No. 197519
Take it easy mate.
>> No. 197521
Don't worry man, it happens. We'll be waiting for you.
Happy holidays then I suppose.
>> No. 197535
Everyone needs breaks now and then.


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192515 No. 192515 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
First Thread: >>191170

[m+1] What 'interests you' exactly?
-[m+1] She's human.
--[m+1] A sennin, whatever that is.


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"My, didn't I just say~?"

"You evaded the question."

"Ohh~? Did I, now...?" She titters a bit.

You sigh. You're a bit bothered by how she's bothering you so much less than before. "Still, why are you, erm..." You blush a bit, remembering that this situation is a bit embarrassing.
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[x+2] Accept her offer. It's not easy to look over a wound yourself.
-[x+2] If she makes a remark, just remind her: Seiga.

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You sigh, knowing you're about to die of embarrassment either way. You start with your jacket, and your holster soon follows. Next, is the gun within, which gets set within reach; you aren't getting caught with your pants off. Still, you're glad you're fresh at least — one less thing to be ribbed over. Still, it could be worse.

You could lack a scapegoat, for instance.

After all, Seiga may be charismatic in her own... unique way, but she still makes you wish you didn't need help so that you could get the heck out of Dodge. And you can tell — ohh how you can tell — that Kasen knows this feeling in spades.

You don't bother trying to cover the bloodied stocking. You don't put up any defense to your person unless forced, as you've got a guaranteed get out of jail free card.

Knowing what is to come, your short wait feels infinitely longer. Thankfully, Kasen soon returns from the bathroom with a first aid kit. She eyes your jacket. She eyes your holster, empty as it may be. And then her eyes lock onto the gun. You kept it quite within reach, and her gaze lingers a moment.

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>> No. 197499
[x] No.
[x] No.
[x] No.
[x] ...Fine, fine, whatever. Seiga ain't here...
-[x] Layla.
-[x] Harold.
-[x] ...Merlin.
-[x] Lunasa.
-[x] Lyrica.

I do think Harmon would be rather resistant to this, but help is help (and she could probably bend us over in a choke hold until answer. Besides, if she's helping us, she'll need to know who we're searching for.

And, secondly, maybe we can hear more about the eldest brother once he finishes. What kind of mages are they, for that matter? ...I guess some kind of mix of canon for the three sisters and WoD for the lot of them, but we might could see which Tradition (though I believe it would be somewhere along the lines of the Cult of Ecstasy for their builds).

And... let's presume that we don't have unlimited time. I'm choosing Merlin after Harold due to preference, but the important thing is we cover the one we're trying to save and the relative unknown first (at least on a meta level). In character, Harold is dead, so there's less to harm by talking about him.
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>> No. 197516
[X] ...Fine.
-[X] ...Merlin.

Skip the coy pretense.


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197130 No. 197130 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Once more, you find the intercom and insert the key. The wave of exhaustion hits you as soon as the static, but you find that you’re able to fight against it this time.

“What do you want of me?” You ask the white noise.

“Don’t let her struggle be in vain.” You don’t hear the words so much as you feel them. “She deserves that much, wouldn’t you agree, dear?”

An image appears in your mind - of a woman with long, ink-black hair in red and white shaman attire, standing tall with her back to you.

“You’re talking about the Hakurei? Well, what would that entail?” You ask, muffling a yawn.

If it was possible for a butterfly to shrug, you swear it would have. More figures appear before your mind, this time blurry and indistinct - flashes of a woman in red and a man in blue, both with silver hair - but the vision slides across your consciousness like suds on glass before you can see it clearly.

“I’m going to need more than that.” You say, earning an annoyed flick of antennae.

This time, you see them with plumes of light rising from their backs, reaching for the sky.
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>> No. 197497
>>197489
You're at 5/7 days. You're almost back at full strength, though you are probably still 'mortal'. You could confidently fight a few reapers.
>> No. 197502
[x] Go to the Human Village. You need to make sure they’re on your side before someone less trustworthy does.

Not one to bandwagon for its own sake, but this does seem better to do sooner than later.

Also, minor quibble but it's Eientei, not Eintei.
>> No. 197503
>>197502
whoops


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197331 No. 197331 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
You arrive at the location of the distress signal. There it is, the frigate Orpheon. It seems to have suffered damage recently, no doubt due to someone taking offense at the actions of the vessel’s latest crew. You bring your ship alongside to board the ship.

It doesn't take long for you to make your way inside the ship, and you are greeted with a rather gruesome sight as the airlock finishes cycling. In the room ahead lies a myriad of corpses. The most obvious one appears to be some massive insectoid creature, which seems to have punctured the hull. However, the internal atmosphere seems to have forced the remains back into the hole, sealing it. Further, there appears to be a number of pirate corpses. However, your theory is shattered when one raises its weapon and levels it at you. You put the wounded assailant out of your misery with a quick blast and proceed through the ship.

You make your way through the ship, and find a room filled with terminals, which you use to acquire a map of the ship. You also notice a number of files regarding the experiments the pirates have been performing. A quick skimming reveals that most of the creatures aboard the vessel are being used as test subjects for enhancement. You perform a quick scan for locations of interest on the ship, and notice an unusual energy signature in the reactor core.

As you enter the reactor room an alarm blares, prompting a massive insectoid to descend into the center of the room. You manage to make out the words “lockdown initiated” over the intercom before the bug unleashes a beam of energy, which narrowly misses you. A quick scan of the monstrosity reveals it to be a variant of one of the parasite samples, horribly mutated by the pirates. How the hell did they manage to give a bug lasers? You open fire on the abomination, only to be struck by the next beam. The impact throws you against the wall, draining your shields significantly. You collect yourself and ready your weapon, preparing to dodge the next blast. As you leap to the side, you launch a missile straight at the deformed head of the mutant, and follow this up with several blasts from your beam cannon. This only seems to anger the beast,
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>> No. 197500
Jesus Christ this chick on that Cawadoody Lifestyle.

[X] Sorry for shooting you with a rocket. I clearly saw you defending yourself from pirates and decided to also attack you for some strange reason. We cool?
-[X] What language are we speaking?
-[X] Any chance you have a team of teenagers with attitude? We might have a small-scale monster invasion on our hands very soon.
-[X]I could just nuke them from orbit in my ship, but that's not as fun.
>> No. 197501
>>197490
I'll try to work on that. Thanks for the advice.

>>197500
The pirates were all downed, and Rumia was still firing at her. Samus fired to attempt to subdue her assailant, and had no idea it was alive.

Leaving voting open for a bit longer, hoping for more votes.
>> No. 197504
>>197501

The scene was just strange because we've been led to belive getting hit with a rocket kills the crab. To see Samus not even make an effort to communicate before shooting was a very powerful "what the fuck am I reading" moment.


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197087 No. 197087 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
[x] Burger it up.
-[x] Converse with Sam as you can.

— - — - —

Well, first thing's first. You need to make like a caterpillar and shed your cocoon. You're fairly certain that she broke quite a few bones in your body, so you need some food. Sam, think you can find something to eat?

Sam begins to reach for the least filling thing in the room.

Bad! No eating people! Heck, as small as she is, she'd not even be worth the trouble.

Sam droops into a puddle, making the princess gag a bit at the sight. You sigh through the bandages. Doing so hurts, so you're fairly certain at least two of your ribs are broken.

Sam, I'm sorry. Didn't mean to yell like that.

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>> No. 197454
>>197453

Just a short break to work on my neglected stories. I've just been a wee bit busy.

Although, I originally intended Satoriel to fight you. However, you proved yourself to her enough that she hesitated in testing you, instead using yours and her fears.
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[x] Question Sam.
[x] Call someone and question them. Mom.
-[x] Awkwardly flirt. MUST EMBARRASS.
-[x] Attempt to get in contact with Rumia. Somehow. (isn't she with her anyway?)

— - — - —

"Sam?" Your Sam ceases its whistling, two thirds of her eyes moving to you, while the rest avert. "You look like you know something that you aren't saying." She very slowly retracts up your sleeve in a plea to escape your obviously formidable wrath. "Sam, stop that. What's all this about hive minds?"

Your Sam stops, her eyes meeting with her own, before she becomes a bit drippier, sucking into your damp sleeve. However, you then remember the whole mind reading thing. ...Are you hooked to the hive mind? ...If only you had a way to dig in her head as well.

Still, while you can't, there's someone who certainly can. You pull out your phone just in time for it to start ringing. "Err... Let me take this." You head out of the room, though don't travel far. Maybe now you won't have to speak in code. Finally accepting the call on the sixth ring, you answer, "Mom?"

"Hello again, Little Bunny. I saw that you were in need of a bit of assistance in my area of expertise, and so decided to call. However, all I can do is tell you that her mind is more a distorted echo of your own mind than anything. Though, while it is an echo, the instincts do remain."

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>> No. 197496
[x] No
[x] Call Rumia


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197219 No. 197219 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
A/N: Holy shit this site's still alive?


xxx
“Sisters! To me!” you raised your sabre and spurred your white courser into motion, riding her along the small path running beside a clear river that, if you’re not leading your cavalry group out of its certain death, you’d definitely like to swim in, taking off your hot coat of plates.


Behind you, your hundred sisters, mostly of freed slaves, followed you closely on their own, specially-bred white horses, riding tightly on that small and rough path. However, although perhaps scared and confused after they had suddenly been brought to what seemed like a fantasy land many of them had read or heard about in old tales, they were still the best riders the newly restored kingdom of Calradia had to offer, and they had no problem keeping up with you.


“Keep your shield up!” shouted a fair skinned, red haired lady riding to your right. She was Liliana, your lieutenant, your second in command, and although she might not be your best rider, being a native Rhodokian, you had found through your long years of fighting together under your queen that her tactical brilliance made up for it most of the time.


Liliana’s command was spot on. The seemingly calm forest to your left suddenly spat out a rain of arrows, and you could hear the scream of your less experienced, newly initiated sisters near the back of your formation.

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>> No. 197475
[X] Is this some sort of a hidden fae realm? Have we intruded? Are we going to get cursed? Are you going to kill us?

Mount and Blade, eh? Well, I've crossed my fair shair of Calradian battlefields, so color me interested.
>> No. 197480
[X] Is this some sort of a hidden fae realm? Have we intruded? Are we going to get cursed? Are you going to kill us?
>> No. 197481
[X] What are you, exactly?

The other option comes across as too panicked in my opinion.


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182940 No. 182940 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Previous thread: >>/shorts/1265

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I think that's the best applause of the night. Yukari fakes a pout as she steps out in front of me, presumably to steal back the spotlight. I don't think she's going to be winning the audience's attention back after that, though.

[Hey.]

As if to drive the point home, she drops me through a gap back into my chair. This causes a jolt of adrenaline, but the applause instantly stops once everyone realizes it's only Yukari left on stage.

"Well, in any case," Yukari once again speaks into the microphone, "let's not delay lunch too much longer. I'm looking at someone right now who's already pouting about being kept from her food," she says while looking straight at Yuyuko, who actually isn't pouting, and in fact is staring back with the same emotionless expression as everyone else.

After another moment of awkward silence, she disappears through another gap, and the murmur of conversation once again slowly propagates across the clearing.

"We need to talk." Reimu's voice from behind causes me to jump.
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>> No. 197477
[X] Hot Date
>> No. 197478
[ ] Hot date
>> No. 197479
Calling it for [x] Hot date.


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