You watch the house for several more hours, the sun setting rapidly. Late in the afternoon, just before sunset, someone arrives at the house. They seem to be carrying something. Several moments later, after they check around the house, and look around the clearing, you suppose to check and see if there’s anyone around. Seeming satisfied, they head inside the house. Well, you didn’t exactly get a good look at them in the poor light, but it looked like someone with a tail. You really feel that you should be more shocked by people running around with tails sticking out of their butts, but you just can’t. This whole experience in this world has jaded you to things that would have drawn shock out of you before. A few lights come on in the house, so the person probably isn’t trying to hide.
[ ] Approach the house. [ ] Keep watching. [ ] Leave the area.
Caution. That’s the key point in this. Moving slowly you creep up towards the house. As you get closer, you see a few boxes that you didn’t notice before. You might be able to climb up them and get a look in the window that‘s above them. You make a note of that for later. The house looms closer and closer. Standing at the bottom of the steps, you have several options before you.
[ ] Knock on the door. [ ] Look in the window. [ ] Flee back to the woods. [ ] Check underneath the house.
Underneath the house, you see one thing, and one thing alone. Dark, and lots of it. You get down on your knees and crawl underneath the house for some reason. Feeling around in the darkness your hand stumbles across something. It seems to be made of metal or something. You can’t quite make out what it is. but, before you can figure it out, someone rushes out of the house and onto the porch. You freeze. They didn’t sound like they were coming out to happily greet someone, they charged out there, like they were afraid of being found. You don’t move an inch, afraid that if they heard you sneak underneath the house, they’d hear you moving again. Somewhere in the distance, a crow caws lazily.
[ ] Pull on the metal object. [ ] Stay silent, Don’t move. [ ] Crawl further under the house. [ ] Crawl out from underneath the house.
You freeze in place. The person calls out. “Is anyone there? Hello?” You don’t dare move, you hold your breath, you don’t even think. You have no idea what this person can or cannot hear, can or cannot see. Your lungs scream for air, but you still do not breath. The person walks back and forth on the porch a couple of times muttering to themselves, mainly about hearing things. They return to the interior of the house, and you finally let your breath out, and inhale deeply. You feel slightly light headed, and your heart is racing. Your eyes have adjusted to the darkness, and you can see now that the metal object that your hand came across is a pipe, which is connected to the house. You didn’t know they had plumbing in Gensokyo. This really makes you wonder who’s house this might be. Crawling out from underneath the porch, you see Tewi on the edge of the woods. She seems to be waving at you to come back. While it doesn’t seem frantic, it does seem somewhat hurried. You wonder what the rush is.
[ ] Go back to Tewi [ ] Knock on the Door. [ ] Climb the boxes and look in the window. [ ] Hide under the house again.
She may be old, but she's still a bunny, I'm guessing her age compensates enough so she probably has the intelligence of an average human teenager, which is to say, many times brighter than Anon, here.
The field somehow seems to be much wider, now that you’re trying to cross it back to Tewi. Her waving quickly goes from hurried to frantic. You pick up your pace and begin running across the field. However, it’s not fast enough. In an instant, there’s someone in front of you. You didn’t even see where they came from. There’s a large gust of wind and you find yourself on your butt, a leaf shaped fan in your face. “And who might you be, to be sneaking around my house like this? Hmmm. . . Don’t I recognize you from somewhere. . .?” You glance past the girl, and see that Tewi has already vanished into the woods. Damn. Since it seems that Tewi’s not there currently, you’re on your own. Looking up at the girl, who still has her leaf shaped fan pointed directly at your head, she seems lost in thought. She seems distracted, maybe you can escape now.
[ ] Try to escape. [ ] Greet the person. [ ] Make up a story. [ ] Sit still.
You manage to stutter out a greeting to the person who currently has a loaded fan pointed directly at your head. She cocks her head to one side. “Hm? You really do seem famili. . . AH. YOU! WHERE IS MY CAMERA!?” Uh oh. She seems mad. VERY mad. And here you are with no camera to give. Shit. Well, you might be able to talk your way out of this, but it does seem unlikely. However, fate decides to cut you a break, at least this once. Two tengu ninja appear on either side of Aya and begin whispering things to her. “Wait wait, what? Slow down. One at a. . . SHE WHAT?! THE GODDESS?!” Whatever the Tengu are telling Aya, it seems to be shocking her. You have at least some idea of what the ninja might be telling her, but you can’t really be sure. She seems distracted. You could possibly escape now, or you could wait and see what happens.
[ ] Escape towards the forest. [ ] Escape towards the house. [ ] Wait and see what happens. [ ] Interrupt the ninja, and ask what’s going on.
You sit on the ground in silence. That damn fan is STILL pointed directly at your head, what, is it in love with you or something? It’s really starting to annoy you. The ninja seem to be talking in turns now, telling Aya what’s been happening recently. Her mouth just hangs open. You absently wonder if a fly is going to go in, or a dragon going to come out. You laugh at your own wit inwardly. You’ll have to remember that. However, while you were laughing at yourself, the ninja seem to have finished talking to Aya. She nods her head. “Ok I think I get what’s going on.” The two bow to her and disappear. Aya FINALLY takes that damn fan out of your face and offers you a hand. Taking it she pulls you up to your feet. “So it would seem that explanations are in order. Call your friends if you would, then meet me inside. But be quick about it.” Aya walks over to her house and goes inside, leaving you, seemingly, alone in the field.
[ ] Go over to the woods and find Tewi [ ] Go inside alone. [ ] Flee. [ ] Call out for Tewi.
>>22127 Last time we checked? Yeah, kinda. But at least not as badly as poor Mokou was. >>Status- 89% >>Party members- >>Tewi- 87% >>Reisen - 25% Critical condition. >>Sanae - 57% Dangerous condition. >>Cirno - 99% >>Rumia - 90% >>Wriggle - 82% >>Mokou - 1% (Separated) Super Critical Condition.
I don't see how any of the other options were better. Go out in the woods and whatever they're hiding from finds you, or follows you to them. Go inside alone and you get the wrath of Aya. And fleeing from the fastest in Gensokyo is just dumb.
You let loose a piercing whistle. It’s the same one you used to signal Tewi when she was fighting Alice. However, this time, instead of calling Tewi, you seem to have summoned several Tengu Ninjas. They really do seem quite pleased so see you. You just wonder what they’re doing with that sack and that clu. . .
Your senses return to you some time later. You feel like you’re hanging upside down. Not that you can tell with this bag over your head and, for some odd reason, your hands appear to be bound. Huh. Imagine that. . . WAIT A SECOND. You’re hanging upside down, tied by your ankles, after being jumped by tengu Ninja. This can’t be a good situation to be in. You sigh to yourself and strain your ears, trying to hear anything. You’re rewarded with the rhythmic sound of dripping water. Well, that’s comforting. or it would be if it didn’t make you feel like you had to go to the bathroom. With nothing better to do you just hang around, waiting for someone to come, or something to happen. All this blood rushing to your head isn’t exactly pleasant either. You try swinging back and forth and find that you can swing quite easily. However, you don’t know where the walls are in the room, or if swinging would even do you any good. But hey, it’s something to do, right?
>>22173 Or, you know, the tengu could be factionally split, with some supporting the goddess, no matter what she did, and some being apalled by what happened. Or, you know, the tengu could all be just one big mass of I hate you. who knows.
If this were me, after the goddess incident, I would have hot-footed straight up the stairs to the Netherworld with Suwako warning us if we near any barriers, pass by Hakugyokuro quietly, and head right on to Higan. At the very least, Sikieiki would be able to have sorted any confusion we have; I think she's like an oni - can't lie, and all that.
You continue swinging back and forth, until you suddenly find your self careening through the air. . . Directly into a wall. Head first. GOD that hurts. Your consciousness wanes, but somehow you manage to cling to it, desperately, like a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean. You hear voices now. Your arms and legs are still bound, and there’s still this bag on your head, but now, you’re able to get your hands back in front of you. Somehow, you manage to rip the bag up off of your head. Looking around, you appear to be in a stone cell of some variety. There are some stairs leading up to a nearly solid steel door, the only exception to it being solid is a small window with some bars at about eye level. There isn’t even a handle on the inside. Looking up, you see a hook hanging from the ceiling, which is where you must have been suspended by your ankles. There also appears to be a barred window that leads outside up near that hook. On the floor there’s a barred drain. The dripping water noise seems to be coming from within the drain. You rub your ankles through the ropes. They’re thick heavy ropes, and they seem to have quite a bit of strength behind them. The knots tied holding your arms and legs are of some strange variety of which you’ve never seen the likes of before. You wouldn’t even know where to begin to try and untie them. Looking around the cell, there appears to be nothing of any great use, especially not anything you could use to cut your ropes. The voices outside seem to be arguing over something. They’re not close enough for you to be able to make out the particulars of their conversation, just that it seems like a heated discussion.
[ ] Examine the steps. [ ] Examine the floor grate. [ ] Try to look out the high window. [ ] Examine the door.
[X] Examine the floor grate. We were just in front of Ayas House talking to her, and now we find ourself ready for some torture suddenly. What did poor Anon do to deserve this, at least our little sisters are hopefully safe.
>>22237 Or maybe he wanted us to NOT deal with the house at all, and just continue on our merry way, but knowing Anon's borderline-suicidal level of curiosity there was no chance in hell we would do it.
>>22247 Well, conventional choices get us in unfortunate situations (i.e. giving the Yukari the box after she gapped us into a chair) while random answers seem to offer beneficial situations (performing the rumba to distract Reimu and using the spell card to distract Yukari and Kanako). I can't entirely blame anonymous for doing something as random as crawling under the house.
>>22275 You mean, after all the bad situations we've gotten ourselves into, only to be saved when someone else bails us out in some way, we finally get to prove ourselves as not being completely useless and retarded by escaping under our own power?
Shame the others won't be here to see it, but that might be for the best. Nothing ruins an escape attempt like alerting the enemy at the last second with a victory cry of "SEE! SEE! I'M NOT COMPLETELY USELESS!"
I see precious little conversation about how we get ourselves out of this mess, only screams of "OH GOD WHAT DID WE DO!?" Time to actually think about it. Thinking about our mistakes can wait until we've gotten past their results. Okay, so we're locked in a cell. Where are we? Not many places in Gensokyo seem like they'd hav a cell. We could be in SDM, but with mostly no proof of that we can't plan our moves betting on that. Now, the door. It's solid, made of metal, and has no handle. Doesn't seem like it'll move. We should worry about it when we've exhausted our other possibilities. Examining the drain is useful because it potentially provides us with a way out, and there might be stuff stuck in it. Examining the stairs may lead to the finding of some small object that may be useful. We examine them first, then if that fails we check the door. I don't think looking out the window will do much, so that'll be after we have done all the other three options and nothing has happened. This is how I see it. Other anons' opinions?
>>22291 We are either: SDM (Most likely) Moriya Shrine (could possible be) Eientei (maybe underground is still intact) There are not that many places anyway where we could be. Hope is not lost yet, theres always a way out.
>>22291 If it's a place with a cell, I would imagine there would be one owned by the tengu if we assume they have some sort of stronghold or central base.
With only the clothes on our body, our only hope seems to be to search our cell for anything we can use to escape. Perhaps if our party tracked us, they might try to communicate with us via the window or the drain pipe.
Otherwise, barring there being some similar secret machanisms like the cell in Eientei, we might be genuinely stuck, and thus forced to wait for someone to either LET us out, or some other means of getting out through that door to present itself to us.
Maybe it'll be like in MGS when you take too long to break out of confinement, and the Ninja comes to bail your ass out.
>>22291 Dude, think a second. You're strategizing how best to look around a room we can't even navigate. >>22293 has a valid point, there's not a whole hell of a lot we can do until Kira graces us with a little more info.
>>22302 No, this time it's an illusion brought on by Yukari to show us why we should kindly hand her over the box. Of course, we won't find that out until after we're viciously tortured and then forced to watch as every member of our party is sadistically killed one-by-one, Takano's Super Quiz Fun Time-style.
Lets see, so the Tengu, SDM, Kanako, Reimu, Marisa, Alice, and Yukari and her shinigami's are officially against us now. If Yukari's against us then it's a safe bet that her best friend for thousands of years, Yuyuko, is too. Our only ally, Eientei, is probably destroyed. If we continue to live the only thing that awaits is torture and our friends dieing in a vain attempt to rescue us.
>>22309 We don't know for certain about the SDM's allegiance just yet.
Remember, Patchouli knew where we were. Assuming we weren't imaging her being there and giving us our button back, that is. And even if we WERE, I think that bit about helping in the kitchen and the pepper might indicate that there's some truth in our hallucination.
>>22309 I still think Kanako and Yukari were testing us back there, and it was them commentating as we fled the shrine. Aya and the tengu have been on the mountain longer than Moriya, though, so I don't expect their agenda to be joined at the hip.
If you think about it, Yukari could have taken anything or anyone away from us at any point to get what she wanted. She has been watching and testing us from the start. Why let us run from the Shrine? There is something about us that Kanako and Yukari (not to mention everyone in Eientei) are interested in. Foreign novelty? Leadership? A special ability? Who knows. All I know is that we are probably in the Moriya Shrine and that there is ALWAYS a chance for us to escape.
>>22322 The conversation as we fled the shrine seemed to suggest there was something that perhaps had something to do with our gathering together our little group. It could also be that this same thing is also what set Reimu into full-on EXTERMINATE from the moment we first met. What it could be, and why Eirin couldn't have noticed it (assuming she was telling the truth about not finding anything unusual) however is still a mystery.
>>22324 It's not like we're much better off just tromping through the wilderness, is it? We need somewhere to bunker down for shelter. We're sitting ducks out in the open, and the woods would be too easy to get lost and separated from the others if things went bad suddenly.
>>22330 I don't believe that there really was any other outcome. If looking under the house wasn't the mistake and Aya got away with yelling at us without attracting any Ninjas, then calling out to the group wasn't an illogical decision. Anon is stupid, but this situation is just bad luck.
Ergh. Alright guys, Sorry, but I've gotta bail. I just realized I've been up for almost 24 hours, and that's not a good thing. I'll be back in about 7~9 hours~ish and then we can try this again. 'night.
So, if we barely managed a successful escape from a cell that was specifically set up to allow us to escape, along with a map that basically told us where we needed to look to get what we need, and all while we had possession of all of our items...
>"Oh, That's simple. The mountain has tengu >spies everywhere." Nitori lets out a piercing >whistle, and instantly there are 4 tengu in >front of her, done up in a comic impression of >ninja garb. >The lead one bows before Nitori and then >addresses her. "You called us out, Miss >Nitori?"
Please let Reisen sleep through this whole ordeal. I don't think we'll be able to face her again if she found out that after that whole ordeal of worrying everyone thinking we were captured and supposedly learning our lesson, we promptly went and got ourselves captured for real.
Shit, I think I get it now. Remember WHY the tengu were out in force on the mountain? Something about a goddess telling them to keep humans off of the mountain ringing any bells?
Splint the the loyalties of the tengu or not, we pretty much just gave the same tengu that were taking orders from Kanako the equivalent of a big "HEY GUYS I'M RIGHT HERE" sign. And, of course, we just had to do it while we were more or less out in the open, alone and exposed.
>>22370 Unfortunately, escape won't be quite so simple, will it? We have no items. We have no convenient escape plan provided for us. It seems to me that, barring one of our allies finding us and breaking us out (how long would it take Mokou to regenerate and track us down, I wonder?) our best chance is to wait for someone to open that door.
Sadly, our current captors seem to be less inclined to take chances than Reimu and company were. If they thought enough to take away our items, they probably wouldn't be so foolish as to give us a blatant chance to get away.
Guys just drop the subject, we'll see what Kira decides to do tomorrow. Right now anyone can see some things don't make much sense (hes been up for 24hrs). We could sit here arguing all day, its not gonna contribute much.
>>22376 Well, we could have tried to go over to where we were hiding and try to signal them out from there. Assuming, of course, the others thought it was safe enough to come out or that they were still there to begin with.
Failing that, we could have just gone inside to chat with Aya. There isn't likely to be anything she would do to us in her house that she wouldn't be able to do just as easily outside. If she wanted to capture us, harm us, or do anything else, we'd clearly be no match for her no matter what.
Considering our situation, we need to be at our most cautious when we appear to be completely alone. Loudly calling out, whether by shouting or whistling, are not the best choices, typically, because if your friends can hear you odds are so can your enemies.
Well we are fucked anyway, hung by our ankles on a hook with no way to escape and our captors are arguing over how to torture us in the best way possible. We are more screwed then when we were about to get tortured in Eientei. No ones going to save us now, either we find a way out or they are friendly.
>>22378 Agreed. Let's not even worry about how to escape. Let's worry more about how we're going to make it up to our party once we've reunited with them after our escape. If they weren't questioning staying around us before, they're bound to be doing it now.
Oh, and Kaguya. We should be ready to explain how we just let her get stolen from us. ...I fear we've botched our chance at being allowed to give her a celabratory hair-stroking once she's alive again.
>>22383 You forgot that Patchy came to heal us, so that means that something is going on that we have no idea of. A Pawn has no idea about this, so that is why we must rise up and get a idea of the whole picture, so that we finally know who is for us and against us. So the most impossible chance for us and most insane is going to the SDM, but that is exactly the only Way.
>>22383 >>Yukari doesn't seem happy with us anymore,
Doesn't she? Considering how simple a matter it would be for either her or Ran to just flat-out kill us at any time they pleased, doesn't it mean something that we're still alive? There is nowhere she can't go, nowhere she won't find us.
If she were truly mad at us, I doubt we would live long enough to realize it.
>>22396 I'm going to assume you're responding to the "when has she not been fucking with us" part, here.
As for those cases, notice that not a single one of them actually resulted in any form of permanent damage to anyone? Suwako was around to heal Sanae, and both of them are able to heal Reisen, albeit not completely at one time. Needless to say, death doesn't really matter much to Mokou aside from limiting her availability and possibly hindering her depending on what needs regenerating.
It's quite possible Yukari was counting on us being true-to-form and doing whatever we could to help our allies, and left it to luck and fate as to whether or not we would successfully intervene before there were any true fatalities. Since she didn't seem to care to bargain for the box in exchange for calling off Ran, I can't really imagine any other reason for showing us how Reisen and Mokou were faring in their fight.
There has got to be more about Yukari and her Plan then we can think of at this moment. Sure she is using us, but well who is not using us for their own goals. Kaguya must have done the same, always talking about her little Investment. We are nothing but a Pawn for them all for their own personal Goals. The only ones who like us as we are are our little sisters. Wait until they power up, no one will fuck with us then anymore.
The politics: Yukari has so far avoided using her most effective methods of dealing with us, namely robbing us through gaps or out right killing us. She has also avoided killing anyone that could not be recovered, however this may not be intentional on her part. I content that Yukari is trying to train or teach anonymous something, perhaps there is some greater threat beyond the horizon that Yukari is preparing us for... Speculation about Eientei, The Shrine and Moriya is futile at the moment. Remillia, could she be controlling our fate? Perhaps the sudden change in fortunes relates to her interest in us. Or maybe she is working with Yukari to prepare us for the greater threat? I fear Remillia but I think the SDM is the only avenue left to us, the only place that can tell us anything anyway.
The Escape: The Tengu are divided along lines of ideology. Aya has only just learned of the situation, I don't think she's taken a side yet. If we've been captured and treated as we have we can assume we aren't being held by friendly or neutral Tengu, although an ambitious neutral Tengu may be trying to use us as a bargaining chip. Heated discussion? I hold hopes that Nitori has come for us. Floor grate: Doubt that our captors will have left it loose, but it may contain items or connect to other cells letting us talk through it. Door: Listening in at the door seems like a good idea to me. Window: Learn our current position. Allies could be simply outside or have left notes for us, worth a look. Steps: Why mention the steps? Possibly something worth checking out if they're mentioned at all... Hook: Can we use this to cut through the ropes or otherwise loosen them? Our hands are in front of us now which is a pretty big advantage compared to before, work the point into any gap between the ropes and you may be able to loosen the off.
I'd suggest the door for now, it'll give us a better idea of the situation and fore warning of anyone about to enter. If we're left in the cell after that, check the window for position etc then the grate and finally the stairs. If some one is entering or about to enter, check the stairs. Loose stones? Trip up a guard or something maybe.
>>22456 FUCK! My thought-out text was deleted!! I hate it when that happens! Let's see if I can redo it from memory
Yukari's plan: Excite Gensokyo!
With no "villians" to set straight, or no mishappenings occuring, Gensokyo's BORED! We've arrived her to sort of give purpose to the residents routine and mundane lives. - Reimu's actually up and DOING soming other than sweeping a empty shrine - Kaguya actually did something. On her own accord. Even quarterback'd the shit rather than given the ball to Eirin like she does time and time again. - Mokou is helping out a fellow outcast instead of her doing another Tom & Jerry routine with Kaguya - The same goes for Reisen and Tewi - People we don't even know are VERY interested in us. So interested, they managed to will their frail selves to leave their dusty eyesore of a bookshelf prison to see us - Hell, even our on (9) Squad are viewed as something more than just punchlines.
Anon is shaking up Gensokyo, down to it's very foundation! And who's the mastermind that's so thrilled, she's abandoned her catnaps and shikigamis in order to participate in the festivities as well?
JUST AS PLANNED!
Oh, and I couldn't really find anything we've done dealing with the Netherworld, so have a chibi Yuyuko.
>>22471 you know in the progress many many people could die, even Reimu herself could die with Kaguya already stuck in a box, Eirin missing, Anon about to enter a world of Pain, the 9 Squad in no better condition, and most of all Reisen as good as dead. Even Yukaris, Rans and Chens Situation isnt so good, its like battle Royale, everyone could die in the progress of shaping up Gensokyo. No more Plot Armor, everyone could be the next.
>>22479 The Moment we laid our eyes on her, and kissed her, it was already too late for her. No one can save her anymore, well at least the pure despair of her death will shape us up and help us power up a bit.
I've come to realize that this is the plot to Dune.
We arrive and become the leader of a ragtag group. We piss off the local tyrants (Reimu = House Harkonnen) and ally with an isolationist resistance party (Eientei = Fremen). We have the power of leadership and future-sight. Oh, and we have been betrayed by Moriya Shrine (House Corrino)
Yukari is a Face-Dancer (of the Bene Tleilax) and is trying to kill us, but always allows us a chance to escape and is molding our path to her will. Chani (Reisen) is our lover and will always suffer because of it.
Our path is clear: Drink the Water of Life (the lake) Overthrow the houses Become the Emperor of Gensokyo.
We somehow get out without telling anything (we really don't know what to tell), and we return to a happy crowd. But something's nagging at us. They're happy to see us even though we were captured for a second time now, and we fucked up for the third time. We leave. There's no other choice. We don't deserve people risking themselves for someone as worthless as us. We turn back, smile and wave off, then wrap a tattered red cape around us and walk away. Then get overrun with undead zombie mikos.
>>22559 Not killing her. Too obvious. Plus, not rage inducing enough. >>22606 Wow, So I'm channeling Dune? Sweet. I've never read/watched/partaken of in any manner of Dune before, so this is kinda nifty.