You struggle against the dolls, much more fiercely this time. Alice is concentrating far more intently on Tewi now, who has decided to try to aim for Alice instead of the dolls. The doll’s iron grip still hasn’t lessened though, and you can’t break free of them. Tewi seems to be faring about as well as you are, now sporting a couple of burns on various parts of her body, she’s moving much slower than she was before. Realizing that she has little chance of winning here, at this juncture, she throws a wide area fire attack in Alice’s general direction. “I’m sorry!” She calls out as she flees into the bamboo forest. “I’ll come back for you! I swear!” With that, Tewi’s gone, leaving you alone with Alice. You fall to your knees, the two dolls holding you not preventing this motion, feeling defeated. Your one ally, driven off. Alice seems quite surprised that she actually managed to drive Tewi off. She smiles to herself and hops down off of the rock out cropping. She walks over to you, picking the camera up off of the rocks. “Oh. This looks like Aya’s camera. Now how did you come to be in possession of this item? Oh well. No matter.” She hands the camera to one of the dolls and starts to walk off through the bamboo forest, seeming to head back the way you came. Waving her hand, the two dolls holding you pull you up to your feet, and drag you along behind her. You don’t know what to do. You can’t really get at anything you’re carrying, and you can’t speak.
This is another point in favor of raising the decision limit. I voted to take Alice's picture earlier, instantly regretted it, but it had already reached more than five by the time I had the thread loaded up again.
We're operating too much on instinct. The situation is in crisis; we need to THINK.
You make a series of muffled noises. Alice turns slightly and looks at you while walking. You continue to make the muffled noises, getting as loud as you can with the material on your mouth. Alice sighs and stops walking. waving her hand, the one remaining free doll flies over to you and rips the material off of your mouth. Looking quite annoyed Alice addressses you. “Well? What do you have to say that’s so important?”
[ ] Why you do this thing? [ ] What are you going to do with me? [ ] FUCK YOU BITCH. [ ] Call for Tewi, Cirno, Rumia, Wriggle, anyone who you think might help you.
You look at her directly and in a calm level voice you ask her, “WHY YOU DO THIS THING?” Bad grammar aside, she seems a little taken aback by the sudden outburst. Regaining her composure she looks directly at you and answers you plainly. “Because Marisa asked me to. She was apparently very worried about any person who could do something like that to Reimu. She also figured, apparently rightly so, that Reimu had greatly exaggerated your prowess in battle. Though it does seem that Reimu got in her fair share of damage.” Alice waves her hand at your bandaged and splinted arm. “Also, whatever you used on Reimu left her severely weakened, and as such, both Patchouli and I were quite interested in whatever sort of miasma came forth and laid Reimu out. There could be many practical usages for something like that. Long story short, we want to study you. When we’re done with you. Hum.. I’ve needed some new eyes for my dolls.” Alice starts walking, and waves for her dolls to drag you along. Oh SHIT. You REALLY don’t want to meet Marissa, Reimu, or Patchouli now. It seems like while they don’t have shoot to kill plans for you, you’re not likely to survive long past any sort of ‘studying’ they do on you. Looking up you think you see a few quick flashes of light.
[ ] Call for help. [ ] Plead with Alice [ ] Scream at Alice. [ ] Wait.
>>10755 Yes. But I don't see how this would be any different. We got fucked over by acting when we should have waited, and for all we know we could get fucked over now by waiting when we should have acted.
Okay, seriously. What the fuck is Yukari doing. She put us in various positions where we could have died, and then when we actually DID die, she said she didn't mean for us to die and helped us un-do our dying and come back.
Our prospects have not improved much.
There had goddamn better be an opportunity for some seriously fucking epic hair-ruffling with our little sister harem by the time this is all over.
You decide that antagonizing the girl who currently has you in her grasp would be a bad idea. You fall silent and allow the dolls to drag you along. You begin to wonder about what’s going to happen to you. Alice begins to hum to herself, apparently quite pleased with her progress thus far. It would seem that a girl floating along, and having her prisoner dragged along by floating dolls covers more ground than someone running along following a small rabbit. Looking up again, you see nothing of any real interest. As well, nothing seems to be on either side of you.
[ ] Shout for help. [ ] Try to reason with Alice. [ ] Wait just a little bit longer.
"I have a picture of an independent doll in that camera you took from me. Now, it is a VERY delicate piece of equipment, so to avoid exposing the film, you're going to have to do EXACTLY as I tell you..."
>>"I have a picture of an independent doll in that camera you took from me. Now, it is a VERY delicate piece of equipment, so to avoid exposing the film, you're going to have to do EXACTLY as I tell you..."
>>10797 Oh, good LORD, what the hell. You guys are ugly, man. When's the last time you took a shower? Yes, I'm talking to you. You need a haircut! And you--for god's sake, put some clothes on! Good grief.
You decide to break your silence. You attempt to reason with Alice. You tell her the story about what happened once you came here, and your myriad of misadventures. She seems wholly unimpressed. You attempt to call upon her better nature and let you go. She shakes her head and continues along. You even try something so far out there, you have no idea where it came from. You ask her why she’s helping the girl who killed her mother. Alice stops dead at that. She turns around, glaring at you. “You know NOTHING of what happened. I think it’s time you shut up again.” She moves to make the doll cover your mouth again, but she’s suddenly distracted by a large beam of light piercing the sky. Ah. It would seem that we’re almost back to Eientei. She turns on her heels and continues in the direction from which the light came. through the bamboo stalks you can make out the vague outlines of the buildings that make up Eientei.
[ ] shout for help [ ] You’re almost back to Eientei. Just wait.
If have a chance, I say we argue that Eientei and Reimu/Marisa are going to both be going after Alice. Plus we have Yukari backing us. If the SDM's in the battle too, there's going to be some major crap going down. Too much crap for Alice to be "studying" us.
All in all, she would win a fine ally in us if we somehow "escaped" her grasp.
I recommend claiming not to remember this event in the future.
Seriously, pull some odd-mind shit. "What are you talking about? Ara, I said something like that? How mean!
"Ah, sometimes everything goes fuzzy and spotty, and when I wake up it's hours later. That's why I have to get my cleaning done early in the day! Hn? Why do I know about what? I don't understand what you're talking aBLOOD MURDER MEAT MEAT ALL OF IT IS MEAT KILL THE SPARE SLIT THEIR THROATS AND GRIND THEM oh dear, I feel a bit dizzy...What were we talking about a second ago?"
>>10825 That's the point, see? It's the stupidest thing ever. Which means we're the stupidest thing ever. Which means Obfuscating Stupidity. Dammit, am I the only one who's ever watched Columbo? Or read Catch-22? It's one of the Thirty-Six Stratagems, for crying out loud.
Alice pulls you forth from the bamboo forest onto the outskirts of Eientei. You can tell a fierce battle raged here, the damage is evident everywhere. Bodies of injured or worse rabbits litter the ground. In some places fires still burn. The sight shocks and dismays you. They fought, tooth and nail to buy you time to escape, and here you are, right back where you were trying to get away from. Congratulations. Alice avoids the entrances nearby, most likely because of the fires burning near it, and walks around to the front of the building. Hanging from a tree is a very battered and beaten up Reisen. Tied up by her wrists, her jacket and skirt in tatters, missing a shoe, with burns, cuts, and bruises all over her body. Beneath her lies piles of rabbits, heaped one atop another. You divert your eyes from that horrible sight, but you know it to be one that will haunt you to the end of your days. Walking inside, you see a blood smear on the floor. Alice walks along, following this blood smear, right into a central room in Eientei. There, Kaguya sits, head split open like a cantaloupe, body cut all to pieces, with the smell of charred flesh and hair floating in the air. Alice ignores all this like it’s nothing, and walks into the center of the room, near Kaguya’s body. “Marisa! Reimu! I found him!” Alice calls out loudly. Her voice echoes in the empty halls of Eientei. You silently apologize to Kaguya for the troubles you’ve obviously brought upon her house. Marissa calls out from somewhere in the back. “We’re back here, da~ze.” Alice walks into the back where Eirin, covered in scrapes cuts and bruises, with a persuasion needle in one of her arms, is treating Reimu. Looking up and seeing you, Eirin’s face falls into a look of complete defeat. You attempt to apologize to her, but the words catch in your throat. “Ah. Good. You caught the little shit who did this to me. So tell me, kid, What in the FUCK did you do to me?” You tell Reimu that you honestly have no idea what you did to her. “SHUT UP YOU LIAR. YOU KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU DID TO ME. WHAT KIND OF POISON DID YOU USE?!” You’re shocked by the Shrine maiden’s sudden outburst. “You shouldn’t shout, it won’t help you recover from this any faster,” Eirin chips in. “Shut up. Don’t make me have to put another needle in your arm.” Eirin draws back and resumes treating Reimu’s wounds. “ C’mon Kiddo, you know what you did to her, just tell us and we can all be on our merry way, da~ze.” You stress that you have absolutely no idea what you did to Reimu. Whatever happened just seemed to happen of it’s own accord. Marissa laughs at that, then backhands you. Pain blossoms through your head. If the dolls hadn’t been holding you up, you probably would be lying on the ground. She may be a small girl, but her size belays her strength. “Fine then. If you’re not gonna talk we’ll just have to make you talk. Alice, take him down to the dungeon, and lock him up.” “Right away, Reimu.” With that, Alice dragged you from the room, and off towards the dungeons.
>>10838 HOLY SHIT, thats epic. Well shit, thats not NICE anymore. this is no VN anymore where you can get the characters to fall in love with YOU! RAGE. If this doesnt end with you skullraping Reimus and Marisas corpse, then i dont know what
Agreed. We're outgunned, outmanned, and overpowered. We have no weapons, no items, save for the tiny things we have.
What we have:
Loli squad in reserve; but we don't know when they'll come into play. The Shitsux password we don't know the use for. For all we know, any possible use is dead. Tewi. Oh, Emperor, poor Tewi, she's gonna have to see this... The ghosts maybe. If they can and wish to. Yukari, maybe. The Hourai elixer, if we're allowed to keep it. Any ideas?
>>10860 Man, come to think of it, we are the cause of all of this! Shit... thats why Reimus acting so crazy and all. all our fault the bunnies DIED. But wtf are we goin to do now, our allies just got mowed down and we cant rely on cirno, rumia and wriggle at all. Against the SDM, Yukari doesnt care about it, Sukia is for Reimu too. We need to escape but thats not gonna work. We hit a bad end?
>>10867 NO. DO NOT GIVE INTO DESPAIR! IT IS BETTER TO DIE FOR THE EMPEROR THAN TO LIVE FOR YOURSELF. LIFE IS THE EMPEROR'S CURRENCY, SPEND IT WISELY! Allow not despair to creep into our hearts, to cast our faith aside and instill doubt and fear! We will withstand the pathetic tortures of the foul enemies of mankind, and smite these Heretics, these abominations, with the true glory of the Emperor of Mankind!
Great. Now we just need one of the Nine-ball Squad to show up to get killed in an noble act of self-sacrifice, allowing us to finally tap into our long-dormant power, get the Ultimate Power-up, and bounce back from the brink of defeat and certain death to kick reason to the curb and put holes in those fucking bitches.
First of all we need to last the torture they gonna do with us, then escape snake style. I think reasoning with them is out of question now. They gone insane it seems. We need to get out of there and find some allies so we can get revenge for the bunnies, they seem to know something
>>10879 Yuyuko seemed pretty unreliable. I'd bet she'll back us only if Yukari backs us. But Yukari's a no-show, and since weakened-Reimu + Marisa can wipe out all of Eientei. Yukari, Yuyuko, and Youmu would have to go all-out to save us, but I can't really see that happening....
SDM's an unknown factor. If we're lucky, they might help us covertly...if they think we're valuable enough and can shift the balance of power in their favor. They probably won't oppose Reimu/Marisa explicitly, since they don't want to face the same fate as Eientei.
You know, I'd just like to take this time to remind you all that we might have avoided this situation if SOME of us had enough sense to not jump the gun on using the camera on Alice too soon.
There are a number of lessons that should have been learned from this by now. First of all, a weapon is only as useful as your ability to actually use it. Secondly, you don't have to be able to stop a bullet to avoid being shot, you just have to stop the person from pulling the trigger. Most importantly, though, is when you're in a situation where you have only one shot to catch an enemy off-guard, and right off the bat you have a choice to either attack or wait, CHOOSE THE FUCKING "WAIT" OPTION.
Especially if they still clearly have a means of striking back at you nearby.
>>10870 >Give the doll we snagged the Elixer and make it do our bidding of retrieving our camera (hopefully still has Medicine's Poison spell still on it), and give R/M/A their daily dose of it!
Fucking A. This is the plan. Also, to alert the 9 squad to our presence.
As much as I'd like to see the red-white waste away, we could tell her the (partial) truth that it's Medicine's neurotoxin, under torture possibly. While Alice or Marisa goes out to fetch the living doll, the 9s storm the place, with Rumia leading us out under the cover of darkness.
Alternatively, Mokou comes across the scene looking for her daily dose of Kaguya beatings and goes ballistic. Keine, discreetly watching Mokou as usual, frees the pitiable human from the torture chamber while Mokou is upstairs knocking heads.
i am certenly Cirno and the others are hiding outside, but are just too scared to help us atm! Its not over yet >>10891 listen to that guy, lets split em up and escape somehow. Reimus still weakened. And most of all we got some secret power in us, if we know how to use it, we can beat them maybe and return thing sto normal
>>10892 And, we are currently in the hands of some seriously psycho powerhouses who have proven themselves willing to stop at absolutely nothing to find out everything they can about us and what we did to Reimu. If they think there's the slightest chance that Rinnosuke or the Nineballs have anything to say, you can bet they'll be asking. Hopefully, Rinnosuke was canny enough to abandon the store for a while and take them all underground with him.
Seriously, guys. We've got to slow this down and think this through. The carefree days of hair-ruffling are gone away.
Why exactly is Reimu so pissed off at us for, anyway? SHE started it. She stopped us in the middle of the night, threatened us, insulted our little sister Wriggle, and shot us in the arm with those damn needles. We somehow did SOMETHING to defend ourselves, and now she's got Marisa, Alice, Patchy, and most likely Suika all ready to fuck up anyone who gets between them and us.
Nevermind if Alice leaks poop, why is Reimu such a bitch?
The Hakurei faction has to move fast, because Kaguya will keep resurrecting while Reimu's condition continues to deteriorate, and there's the increasing prospect of other outside involvement (Mokou, especially). Likely they'll take any lead we threw at them.
The problem is getting through the torture sequence with Alice, knowing she's in a different faction, and might not care about the miko's survival. If we tell her the Medicine toxin alibi, she's likely to kill us and split, as we'd have no further use to her and to prevent Marisa and Reimu from learning it.
Just watch. We're going to get the shit beat out of us, set back to our cell to bleed and suffer until the next round begins, when Yukari will open a gap and drop us a bottle of ketchup. A plastic bottle of ketchup.
Well it is our Fault that they all behave like that. The Higurashi of Touhou. We probably brought a virus in us that drives them mad. we need to pwm and rape those 3 bitches hard so they get their senses back
>>If she really was the one attacking you, and I'm really stressing the if here, it would mean that you're disrupting Gensokyo in some manner by being here.
The question is, WHAT are we doing to disrupt it, and HOW? If Yukari is the one messing with us and our mind, isn't SHE technically the one disrupting things?
All we've done is make friends with a fairy and some relatively weak youkai. ...oh, and that whole "poison the psycho bitch that attacked us, but have no idea how" bit. But she seemed to think we were doing something wrong even before we hit her with our Crazy Purple Knockout Gas.
>>10917 Say that again after they gonna torture us tomorrow >>10918 Only Kira knows whats going on and probably Yukari a bit. the yama should know it, so if we die we can ask her. But still, we forgot one person who could help us, Yuka, if we tell her reimus the strongest shes gonna help us
>>10918 Yeah, we were helping a Youkai. No, Reimu isn't violent enough normally to attack a sleeping, sentient, passive youkai normally. There is something wrong, I am sure. But what? Maybe some sort of Psionics or magical influence? They are associating wtih the SDM; mayhaps Patchouli or Remilia has a power or spell to manipulate people?