: Magic and Faith attacks are usually aimed at the target's hitbox. Taking the Focus Pocus perk allows you center the damage on limbs as well, enabling you to cripple and dismember targets as with most firearms. Hint
: Commerce with Outsider caravans has kept the human settlements of Gensokyo alive and thriving in an otherwise inhospitable and dangerous land. Gensokyans trade fresh food and clothes for Outsider weapons and technology scavenged in the world beyond the Barrier's remnants.
-------------------------------------------------------------- [X]"Is there any confirmation the hostage is still alive?"
"Mikazuki? Why, of course she is! Why would we be wasting time like this if she wasn't?" Replies Reisen, not without a bit of condescension. "The only reason we haven't just charged in and taken them out is because we don't want to compromise her safety."
"But when was the last time you confirmed it?" You press on.
"That'd be... ten minutes ago, I think?"
"You just traded shots again not two minutes ago. You may have already killed her in the crossfire."
"That's..." The youkai's ears perk up in shock, having realized the horrible implications. Hard to believe she didn't consider that possibility when her squad opened fire.
"Udonge, dear, would you kindly check if little Mikazuki's still safe? Please?" Asks Kaguya, also worried.
Without missing a beat, Reisen jolts to the barricade and speaks to one of the guards that was training her weapon to the door.
"Corporal Jin, how're things on the other side?"
"... Don't hear any movement... Ma'am," responds the soldier meekly. You really have to focus to hear her weak voice, even as you stand merely a few steps away from her. "... Still hostile. Armed, crazy... Dangerous."
"Alive... A while ago. Not sure now. Don't hear her either... Unconscious... if not dead. ...Want me to check out?"
Jin nods, serious, and takes a deep breath. That brief moment doesn't prepare you from the sudden 180 turn in her volume and demeanor. Her almost inaudible voice shifts to a loud, husky roar that pierces your ears worse than the rifles did:
"Hey you, assholes! You better tell us our girl's fine, or you're dead motherfuckers, you hear me!?
Reisen, Kaguya and the other rabbits are completely unfazed by Jin's profanity. Apparently they're used to it, because you were the only one surprised. The response from the other side of the door doesn't make itself wait, and it's equally as hoarse:
"Bitch, she might be!
" A high-pitched male voice screams back. "Now where's the damn medicine!?
"We ain't giving you shit till you let her free!
"I'm okay, girls, don't worry about me!" Another voice, definitely girlier and softer than the other two. Mikazuki, most probably. "But don't be too rough on them, alright? They're just misunder--"
"Nobody asked for your goddamn opinion, bun!
" The man shouts. You then hear the sound of flesh slapped hard, followed by a barely feigned whine of pain. "Now put your fucking gag back again!
Looks of bewilderment and confusion are exchanged between everyone on the hallway. Now even Reisen is as flabbergasted as you are, if that's worth anything. Not Kaguya, who just shrugs her shoulders knowingly. She always had that vibe of knowing something nobody else does, but now it's more pronounced than ever. The rest of the room just shifts and looks around awkwardly for half a minute.
"Ahem... Hostage confirmed... erm, alive, ma'am," back to her softer self, Jin is the one who finally breaks the uncomfortable silence. It doesn't last for long: "Why can't we just, how do them Outsiders say, 'put a cap on their asses' already? They're just a bunch of pussies, they don't have the guts to pull the trigger on her. And even if they fucking dared, and they won't if they know what's good for them, I'm pretty sure they're out of ammo anyway.
"Not yet, Jin. Not until we have a clear line of fire," Reisen shakes her head, then gives Jin a reassuring pat on the shoulder. "I don't want to risk Fluffy Five's life on a hunch. Keep standing watch for the time being. We'll get her out of there somehow, I promise."
"... Yes, ma'am."
Is it just you, or do all rabbits here have sharp mood swings this often? Tewi also suffered from this, now that you remember... Regardless, while the trouble is far from over, you notice the rabbits are visibly relieved after learning that their companion is still alive, their spirits renewed. You take a moment to Kaguya a question that just popped in your mind.
"Did I hear it well? 'Fluffy Five'? Pft, what kind of stupid codename is that?"
"It isn't a codename, but a title, bestowed by me," she answers, waving her hand dismissively. "As you might infer, Mikazuki ranks fifth in the list of fluffiness amongst Eientei's rabbit youkai."
"You go around touching your servants' tails and measuring their fluffiness?"
"... Do you not?"
Before you can respond, though, Reisen catches up with the two of you.
"So, there you have it, your confirmation. Anything else?"
"Actually yes, I'd like to know what kind of measures will you take to save Mikazkuki," says Kaguya. "Because you surely must have some kind of plan, right?"
"Er, well, we're... still working on it. Those two guys are way too upset and paranoid to predict how will they react to any move we make," the rabbit explains. "A false step, and we might infuriate them. Next thing we know, we'll be wiping Mikazuki's brains off the walls. Hence why we're still deliberating on what to do next."
"Have you perhaps considered trying dialogue instead of violence?"
"With all due respect, Princess, but peaceful talks have gotten old a few dozen bullets back at this point."
The princess glares at her servant sternly, obviously not pleased by her impertinent response. After all, everyone knows that whenever someone says 'with due respect', they actually mean 'kiss my ass' or some worse derivative. Still, you think you should jump in Reisen's defense, even if it's just this time, because she's in the right for once. [X][Medicine 25]"Those symptoms... You're very likely dealing with chem addicts on withdrawal."
"Chem addicts?" Repeats the princess, pondering the weight of those words.
"Yes, the three of them," you nod. "The withdrawal effect must be clouding their judgement and impairing their thought patterns, making them do things they normally wouldn't even consider."
"In other words, they're not in their right minds," summarizes Reisen. She gives you a silent nod of appreciation for your help. "Nobody in their right mind would do something as stupid as kidnapping a nurse in a hospital full of people with combat training, battle armor and automatic weapons. That's pretty much a death wish."
[SUCCEEDED]Kaguya mulls the new consideration over, deep in thought. Whatever arguments she had prepared to throw at the kidnappers, they were surely useless against people whose reason has been destroyed by drugs. >You gain 20 XP. (40/200)
But that doesn't deter the princess from striving for peaceful solution. With renewed determination, she faces the door with the gravity of a leader that knows full well what kind of shithole she's getting herself into. Yet she shows no fear, or she hides it remarkably well.
"That matters naught. If they have a conscience, no matter how damaged it is, they can be reasoned with, one way or another," she says. "I'll go there and convince them to put down their weapons and come in peace, whatever it takes."
"Are you insane!" Do you want to get killed?" Exclaims Reisen. "Please leave this to us. We're trained for this kind of contingencies."
"Well, so far I haven't seen any acceptable results, Reisen. Sometimes words are more effective than bullets, and I will show it to you now."
"Princess, wait!" Impatient, Reisen grabs Kaguya by the ankle before she foolishly walked towards her doom. "Actually, we do
have a plan. We just need to flesh out the details. Believe me when I say we're the first ones worried about Mikazuki's safety, but we won't jeopardize your own wellbeing to save her. Please, give us a bit more of time!"
And so their discussion degenerates into a shouting contest to see who can scream the loudest. Neither the princess nor the rabbit are willing to step back and admit the other is right. This calls for an arbiter to break the argument, but are you really willing to meddle in this nasty affair? Support Kaguya's plan to convince the kidnappers to surrender.
--[Speech 20]"We ought to calm them down first if we want to reason with them, make them see we really mean no harm."
--[Barter 20]"They hope to strike a deal by taking a hostage, but it just shows how desperate they are. If we can make them see that..."
--[Magic 25]"They won't even let us inside in that state of paranoia. Perhaps a little hypnosis will make them more... receptive to our arguments."
--[Medicine 25]"I could diagnose the patient for you. They won't trust anyone with rabbit ears, but maybe they'll listen to someone more human-looking."
Go with Reisen's plan to neutralize the kidnappers.
--[Guns 20]"These walls are practically made of paper. If we pinpoint the targets' exact positions, we can shoot through them without risking Mikazuki's life."
--[Sneak 20]"There's a window in that room, right? I could jump in undetected while you distract them, and I'll shut them down before they even realize it."
--[Explosives 25]"Let's plant a small plastic bomb on the door and breach in. Then we take them down while they're still dazed by the explosion."
--[Repair 25]"Do you have a toolkit here? That Mister Handy there could still be useful if I derive its power away from the damaged parts."
Leave while you still can.
Before you ask, no, I won't be participating in the Nanowrimo challenge. As much as I'd like to write everyday, there's simply too many tests and assignments to turn over. Apologies in advance if my schedule slips again. >>182419 >flirting
Those familiar with Fallout know that you need a specific perk to take advantage of your inherent sex appeal. You can take it as soon as you reach level 2, which you will after you complete this little quest. Once you have it, you can flirt and seduce to your heart's content, providing the target of your "affections" is compatible with your chosen orientation. And yes, you can even hold hands, you sick pervs.