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29689 No. 29689
Now with a 'with' instead of an 'and'!

----------

Okay. I think I'm ready.

I think.

I've read the books. I've written sheets. I've drawn a map. I've brought the dice. I've set up the screen. I'm ready.

Now I just need my players. Which I don't have right now.

The problem is that, as much as I hate to admit, I don't actually have that many friends. I spend a lot of my time going around, trying to gather worshipers for my shrine, and most people have come to see me as that priestess from the mountain shrine. So not many people have ever really tried to get to know me.

Fortunately, I'm not completely without friends. And one of my (very few) friends happens to have many friends herself! So all I had to do was ask her to bring some of them over for this. This'll be great; I'll get to meet people, I can unwind and do something I really love, and we'll all play a game together!

The game in question is Dungeons and Dragons, but I'm sure they can see the appeal in it.

My thoughts are suddenly interrupted by a knock at the door. They're finally here! I hop up and quickly rush over to the door and open it. I find the shrine maiden I was expecting on the other side of it.

"Reimu! You made it!"

"Yeah yeah, I'm here." She's a little grumpy, which I can understand. I kinda strong-armed her into this. "We're here, that is."

"Oh, good. You brought them. Please, come on in, everyone!"

I step aside and allow Reimu's entourage to enter the room. I look them over and find...

VOTE FOR FOUR:

[] Marisa Kirisame, of course. I'd be more surprised if she wasn't here.
[] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[] Alice Margatroid. A friend of Marisa's, I believe.
[] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[] ...Momiji Inubashiri? Captain of the Wolf Tengu patrols? What's she doing here?
[] There's a black and red cat, with two tails, trailing around Reimu's legs.
[] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[] Kasen Ibara. Not too surprising, all things considered.
[] Hata no Kokoro? I thought she just performed at Reimu's shrine. Are they actually friends?
[] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
[] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE

(May the gods have mercy on all of our souls)
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>> No. 29690
[1] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
[2] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[3] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[4] ...Momiji Inubashiri? Captain of the Wolf Tengu patrols? What's she doing here?
>> No. 29691
[x] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
>> No. 29692
[X] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[X] ...Momiji Inubashiri? Captain of the Wolf Tengu patrols? What's she doing here?
[X] Kasen Ibara. Not too surprising, all things considered.
[X] Hata no Kokoro? I thought she just performed at Reimu's shrine. Are they actually friends?
Maximum chill.
>> No. 29693
[x] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.

A level-headed immortal, an occult freak in Fantasy Land, a Tom Thumb/Don Quixote love-child, and a terrifyingly charming flower woman. What's not to love?
>> No. 29694
[X] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[X] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
[X] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[X] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE

Oh good it's happening now
>> No. 29695
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl?
[X] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[X] Alice Margatroid. A friend of Marisa's, I believe.
[X] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder
>> No. 29696
[x] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE

Bet you Clownpiece tries to build some sort of dual crossbow-wielding ranger with a horse companion.
>> No. 29697
[x] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Hata no Kokoro? I thought she just performed at Reimu's shrine. Are they actually friends?
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
>> No. 29698
[x] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Hata no Kokoro? I thought she just performed at Reimu's shrine. Are they actually friends?
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE

Yaaaaay it's happening
>> No. 29699
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29699
[x] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
Oh nice
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
DRUID
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
SANAE, THEY STOLE YOUR ROLE
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
'MURICA FUCK YEAH
>> No. 29700
[x] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
>> No. 29701
[X] Marisa Kirisame, of course. I'd be more surprised if she wasn't here.
[X] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[X] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[X] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
>> No. 29702
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
(FREEDOM intensifies)
[] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
Has Sukuna even appeared in a story yet?
[x] Alice Margatroid. A friend of Marisa's, I believe.
[x] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
Reimu decided to drag out the more reclusive people she know to suffer with her.
>> No. 29703
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
(FREEDOM intensifies)
[] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
Has Sukuna even appeared in a story yet?
[x] Alice Margatroid. A friend of Marisa's, I believe.
[x] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
Reimu decided to drag out the more reclusive people she know to suffer with her.
>> No. 29704
[x] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
>> No. 29705
[x] Marisa Kirisame, of course. I'd be more surprised if she wasn't here.
[x] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[x] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.

BULLY THE KOGASA
>> No. 29706
[x] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[x] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
>> No. 29707
[X] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[X] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[X] Hata no Kokoro? I thought she just performed at Reimu's shrine. Are they actually friends?
[X] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
>> No. 29708
[x] Remilia Scarlet? And her maid too? Why are they here?
[] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[X] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
[X] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
>> No. 29709
[] Marisa Kirisame, of course. I'd be more surprised if she wasn't here.
[] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
>> No. 29710
[X] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[X] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
[X] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[X] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?


Kogasa because she number 1.
Inchling because I don't see her enough.
Murasa (I think) because I don't see her enough either.
Would have done Yuuka because she's funny read sadistic, but I just figured out who silver hair woman is. Mokou gonna be funnnn.

Sorry Momiji, but you've had way too much screen-time lately all over the place. Even if you are best woof.
>> No. 29711
[x] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[x] Is that a high school uniform. Is that a high school girl.
[x] Why. WHY. WHY IS THE AMERICA FAIRY HERE
[x] ...There's a tiny girl, maybe a foot tall, sitting on Reimu's shoulder.
>> No. 29712
>>29703
Sukuna appeared in, I believe, Tengu of Misfortune. She had a fairly large supporting role for a while.
>> No. 29713
[] Hata no Kokoro? I thought she just performed at Reimu's shrine. Are they actually friends?
[] Marisa Kirisame, of course. I'd be more surprised if she wasn't here.
[] Alice Margatroid. A friend of Marisa's, I believe.

I don't think we need a fourth, there were only three in the original story right?
>> No. 29714
Ooookay. Gimme a minute to tally this up, because I believe I have 21 votes here.
>> No. 29716
Okay, I've tallied the votes, and here are the results:

With 13 votes, Clownpiece wins big, to the surprise of literally no one. Just remember: you brought this on yourselves.
With 12 votes, Sumireko will hopefully make things easier with her Outsider knowledge. Hopefully.
Mokou makes it in with 11 votes, to my personal surprise. Let's see how this plays out.
After a weak start, Kogasa suddenly surges up to 10 votes, just edging Yuuka out of the party. Much to Sanae's relief, no doubt.

And ladies not appearing in this story are:
Yuuka with 9 votes. I was getting excited for bullying, but then new youkai moe happened. Oh well!
Sukuna with 7 votes. Looks like nobody will require physical assistance here today.
Remilia and Sakuya with 6 votes. Probably for the best.
Kokoro with 5 votes. Honestly after her performance in the contest entry, I'm surprised anyone wants her back.
Marisa with 4 votes. Bit of a shock, this one. For Sanae, at least.
Alice with 3 votes. Aw, no smug Alice to take down several pegs.
Momiji with 2 votes. No fluffy tail, though I can't help but agree with >>29710
Kasen with 1 vote. The oni mountain hermit does not get to experience the joys of Dungeons and Dragons.
Someone gave a vote to no fifth player, which genuinely surprised me. You liked the contest entry that much?
Orin finishes with a whole 0 votes, giving her the dubious distinction of getting less votes than nobody. A cat is not fine, apparently.

Now to figure out how this all plays out...
>> No. 29717
>>29716

Quick! Everyone who voted for one of the low vote 2hus change it to Sukuna!
>> No. 29718
>>29717
Writefag already called votes, there's no use doing that.

Also, that is not how you convince people to vote for something, it doesn't work that way. In fact it only makes me want to not vote for her if the votes weren't already closed, just because you said it.
>> No. 29720
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29720
>Kogasa wins
>Remi or Yuuka don't win
You people don't get bullying.
>> No. 29721
>Clownpiece
Please, for the love of Minoriko, writer dude, don't end up just playing her as the "whaaaaacky meme character ecks dee".
>> No. 29722
>>29720
While it would have been nice to have an master at bullying around, anyone who's anyone can bully Kogasa. Such is the way things are.
>> No. 29723
Oh shit, forgot to sage. Sorry about that, everyone.
>> No. 29724
>>29710
Ooohh, that was Sumireko.
Well, I feel like a fool. Still, should be fun.
>> No. 29725
Whoa wait what that was over fast. Poor Orin, I'd have voted for you!
>> No. 29726
Really interested to see where this goes. the Ponies Play Pen and Paper thread over on 4chan's MLP board generated some of the best DnD fanfiction I've read, so I'm super excited to see this thread and concept is getting a lot of interest from the community.
>> No. 29727
>>29721
Yet nothing about "bullying Kogasa" being overdone? I see both as being pretty bad. They might hit "Sakuya's pads" level of overused.
>> No. 29728
>>29727
That's pretty bad too. Just not as obnoxiously bad as random monkey cheese Clownpiece has the potential to be.
>> No. 29729
>>29727
We should have a Kogasa that can fend for herself. I'd pay to watch that. Maybe she'll even be the paladin of the game.
>> No. 29730
>>29729

"The Paladin of the game" is a pretty hefty mantle in terms of DnD memes. That would have to be one hell of a Kogasa.
>> No. 29731
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29731
Kogasa steps into the room first. From the way she's clutching her umbrella and looking around awkwardly, I can't help but feel like Reimu just picked her up along the way. After her comes a brown-haired girl in what looks like a genuine high school uniform. Purple plaid skirt, matching sleeveless top over a white blouse... I haven't seen an outfit this 'modern' in a long time. Right behind her is... someone wearing red suspenders? I think I've seen her at Reimu's parties once or twice. Her clothes are covered in paper talismans... in fact, her hair is tied with them as well, in various places even. And bringing up the rear is-

Is-

IS-

I grab Reimu by the arm and pull her aside. "Wha- hey! What are you-"

"What is she doing here!?" I practically hiss at her.

"Whuh- who!? Let go!" Reimu tries to pull away from me. I tighten my grip and give her a forceful tug in response.

"Her!" I use my free hand to point to the star-spangled pierrot currently admiring the room.

Reimu indignantly looks over at who I'm pointing at, and then deflates a bit. "Oh. Her." I glare at Reimu, silently demanding an answer. "We were about halfway over here when I noticed her following us."

"And you didn't shoot her down... why?"

"I was going to, but..."

"But...?"

"... I remembered that you wanted me to bring four people with me, not four people total." Reimu admits, while averting her eyes a bit.

I can't help but gape at her.

"Look, do you know how long it takes to get to your shrine?"

"Of course I know!" I have to travel the whole distance every time I go to her shrine. "But you couldn't have just... just... diverted for a bit? And also shoot her down??"

"You said you wanted five players for this game, right? What possible harm could she do?" Is she serious. Had this been any other game, I would've accepted that answer. But- "And besides, she won't cause any trouble here."

"How can you possibly know that?"

"Because I have this," Reimu holds up a small piece of wood. Wait, no. That's a torch. Wait-

I look over at the fairy. She's eagerly looking over some posters on the wall, alongside the high school girl. There's a distinct lack of torch on the fairy's person. But even without it, there's no way that she can handle this sort of game...

"Just let her play. It'll all work out."

Agh. I must be insane. She's driven me insane, and without the use of her torch, even. Fine. Fine. She can play.

I release my grip on Reimu and head for my seat at the table. Kogasa and the suspenders woman were staring at me and Reimu during our conversation, and all things considered I don't blame them. They take my sitting down as a sign to join me at the table, alongside Reimu. The suspenders woman then calls out to the high school girl and the fairy.

Everyone is sitting in before me, now. Reimu is dead center, with suspenders and high schooler to her right, and Kogasa and fairy to her left. Time to start things off.

"Thank you all for coming. I'm Sanae Kochiya, and I'll be your Dungeon Master for the night." Reimu, Kogasa, and suspenders woman all mouth 'Dungeon Master' in near unison. The high schooler just smiles, looking a bit expectant. And-

"Hi Sanae! I'm Clownpiece, fairy of Hell!" She waves energetically at me.

It takes all of my willpower to not cringe at her. "Yes, I know who you are, Clownpiece." I think I'm cringing regardless.

"Huh? You do?"

"You met her back on the moon, remember?" Reimu scolds her, almost like an exasperated parent.

Clownpiece gets a vacant look on her face for a moment. "... Oh. Right."

I sigh, not quite as inwardly as I'd have liked. "So who wants to introduce themselves next?"

"Sumireko Usami, Higashifukami High, 1st year." Wait.

She seriously is a high school girl.

"Mokou," The suspenders woman introduces herself next. I look at her a bit expectantly, "... Just Mokou."

"Alright then," I look over at Kogasa now. I already know her, but for the everyone else's sake...

"Oh. Kogasa Tatara," She obliges. "Tsukumogami."

"Right. Now that we all know each other, let's get to it. The game I've invited you all to play..." I pause for dramatic effect, "Is Dungeons and Dragons."

There's a moment of silence. "Sounds scary! How do we play?" Which is broken by Clownpiece.

"You'll each be playing the role of a hero, a character that wanders the land, protecting the weak, exploring dangerous dungeons, and defeating great evils!" I'm overinflating this. I know I am.

"And that includes fighting dragons?" Reimu asks, a bit skeptical.

"Well... as Dungeon Master, I decide what you will and will not fight." An actual dragon, even a whelpling, would be too much for them right now anyway.

"Okay, so how do we play?" Clownpiece asks again.

"You'll each choose a different character to play as. They all have different abilities, and excel in different situations. Working together as a team is a very important part of this game."

Mokou looks across at Clownpiece, and possibly Kogasa as well, "Great."

"Funny," Though I can't help but mirror her sentiments. I produce a sheet of paper from behind my screen, handing it over to the players on the other side, "This is the first character, the Fighter."

( http://pastebin.com/UEHEqGtT )

"The Fighter excels in simple, hand-to-hand combat. With proficiency in all weapons and armor, the Figher is meant to be the front-line combatant, engaging enemies directly with their martial prowess."

"You sure know how to sell it," Sumireko remarks as Reimu takes the sheet.

"... What the heck is all this?"

"Huh? What do you mean, Reimu?"

"This is a bunch of nonsense!"

"What!? No it isn't!" What is she talking about?

"What does any of this mean?? 'S-T-R' 19? Plus 4? Shouldn't that just be 23 then?"

"No, that's-"

"Acrobatics, D-E-X, plus 3, prof?? This doesn't mean anything!"

"Give me a minute to explain!" Sumireko is quietly laughing at this. The others are quietly leaning over to look at the sheet themselves. "'STR' means 'Strength'. It's a measure of how physically strong your character is!"

"Why is it 'STR' then? Can't it just be labeled 'Strength'? And the numbers?"

"It's an abbreviation! The 19 is your ability score, and the +4 is the modifier."

"What, what does that mean?"

"The ability score - the 19 - is how strong your character is. But the modifier - the +4 - is what's actually added to ability checks and rolls."

"What. Then what's the point in the 19?? And 'ability checks and rolls'?"

Agh. Aaaaaagh. This is not how it's supposed to go...

[] I need to explain this to Reimu. She can't play if she can't understand the basic mechanics.
[] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.
[] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider, like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me Sumireko.
>> No. 29732
>>29729
>>29730

WaHH shows that when Kogasa is confident in herself, she is confident in herself. But can she achieve such confidence here?
>> No. 29733
[x] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me, Sumireko.

Fix the problems, braniac.
>> No. 29734
[x] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider, like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me Sumireko.

Tasukete~
>> No. 29735
[x] Sumireko

Goddamm, stop laughing and help!
>> No. 29736
[X] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider, like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me Sumireko.
>> No. 29737
[x] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider, like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me Sumireko.
>> No. 29738
[X] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me, Sumireko.

Very glad she came.
>> No. 29739
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.

I feel like immediately losing control of the room and having to beg for help from a player you don't even know (and can't count on actually being helpful) is a bad start.

Probably better to keep pushing forward instead of getting dragged down. Everyone seems to be here more or less voluntarily, so hopefully they'll try to go along with things.

Also I should probably read 5e at some point.
>> No. 29740
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.

We can explain it to Raymoo as we go along.
>> No. 29741
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.

Trial by fire is how I learned.
>> No. 29742
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.
>> No. 29743
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.

It'll probably be easier to explain with an actual encounter or something anyways.
>> No. 29744
[X] I'm... not familiar with this woman. Long silver hair, red suspenders, of all things?
[X] Oh... that green-haired youkai I often see at Reimu's parties. The terrifying one.
[X] Kogasa, of all people. It kinda looks like Reimu just picked her up off the street.
[X] Kasen Ibara. Not too surprising, all things considered.
>> No. 29745
>>29744

A little late, my friend. That was the last vote.
>> No. 29746
[x] Wait, Sumireko is clearly an Outsider, like me. She's clearly familiar with DnD. Help me Sumireko.
>> No. 29747
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.
>> No. 29748
[x] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.
>> No. 29749
[X] The others are waiting on characters as well. I should show them the other characters, and get into the game. They can learn by experience.
- [X] After you finish show Sumireko her character, ask her to help Reimu while you handle the others.
>> No. 29750
So as a quick heads up, I live in Florida and there's a big hurricane coming my way in the next couple days. Do not panic if there aren't any updates over the next week.
>> No. 29751
>>29750
Meh, classic writefag excuse. "My hard drive died" "I have college" "An hurricane is coming to my state and will destroy everything on its wake"

If you were REALLY dedicated you would update without Internet! Step it up.
>> No. 29752
I wonder how many threads you need to watch to be sure of an update from at least one daily?
Probably more than are alive right now.

Uhh... Don't drown, dude. That happens in hurricanes, right?
>> No. 29753
>>29750

Could you please give us a heads up if this hurricane is finally the one to sink Florida back into the lightless depths? Don't wanna keep this thread on the daily watch list if you're at the bottom of the ocean ya know?
>> No. 29754
>>29750
Sounds like Murasa is mad at you for not even including her in the character select poll.
>> No. 29755
>>29752

I hear most of the deaths from hurricanes occur from infections. People who casually move through the water don't realize it's a swirling death soup.

Kinda like a reverse War of the Worlds scenario where a small group of fully exposed humans attack a planet populated with only bacteria, protozoans, and viruses.
>> No. 29756
>>29755
That's not really true. Infections are a morbid factor, but not many actually die from it. Drowning and physical hazards from infrastructure damage are still the main causes of death.
>> No. 29757
>>29756

You're absolutely right. I was thinking of flooding when I made that post. My bad.
>> No. 29758
I am the luckiest son of a bitch.

Fled to a hotel in Tampa for two days. I was so prepared to come back to a wrecked house, or at least a ruined computer. Then the storm stayed out east for a bit and made landfall much farther north than expected. According to the neighbors we didn't even lose power once.

So that's a huge relief. Now to actually write an update.
>> No. 29759
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I need to keep this moving. Reimu will learn best when she's actually playing, and the others will learn better if they have character sheets of their own to look over as well.

"Look, this will all make sense once we're actually playing the game. I can explain everything as they come up." I assure Reimu. She just crosses her arms and huffs a bit.

I pull another sheet from behind my screen, handing it to the players, "So, this next character is the Rogue."

( http://pastebin.com/LD4n18Hx )

Sumireko takes the sheet before I can start the explanation, "The Rogue specializes in skill, stealth, and subterfuge." As I say this, Kogasa suddenly stands up a bit, looking over the desk at the sheet. Sumireko quickly notices, and passes the sheet across. "The Rogue is proficient in various skills, and in combat prefers to exploit the enemy's weaknesses rather than overpower them like the Fighter."

Kogasa is quickly reading over the sheet, though Sumireko is still looking at it from across the table. That could be an issue, if they both want it, but we'll have to see.

"Alright, next is the Cleric."

( http://pastebin.com/3nQtVMBt )

"The Cleric can be seen as something of a holy warrior. They devote their lives to the service of their patron deity, smiting foes and protecting the faithful."

"So, kinda like Reimu." Sumireko remarks.

"Except actually good at their job." Kogasa finishes.

"Hey!"

"Well, sort of..." I weakly offer. Mokou takes the cleric sheet. I also hand her a second one, "The Cleric is also the first of our spellcasting classes."

"Spellcasting, huh..." Mokou quietly mutters to herself.

"Yes, you have a list of spells available to you."

"This is a lot..."

"Yeah... I can explain how spellcasting works, but I'd like to show the other classes that use it as well, first."

"Alright then."

Well, at least Mokou is cooperative. Now let's see, next is...

"Our next character is the Wizard."

( http://pastebin.com/QaWK762Y )

"The Wizard-" I'm interrupted as a hand slams down on the sheet I just placed down. The hand pulls the sheet in front of its owner.

Its owner is Clownpiece.

"No." My response is automatic.

"Why not." Her response is just as quick, "I want to be a wizard!"

"The Wizard learns their spells through constant work and study. They learn the largest amount of spells of any class-"

"Great!"

"- but they have to prepare a specific spell in advance, whereas other classes can freely cast any spell they know!"

"What does that even mean?"

"It means you can't just cast every spell you know, whenever you want. You have to pick a small number to be able to use- and even then, you're still limited by your spell slots!"

"What? I'm that limited? That's a pretty lame wizard!"

"Hey, what are these 'spell slots' anyway?" Mokou suddenly asks, "I think I have two here...?"

"Right, right." I take a moment to compose myself. "Spells are divided into 'levels', from 1st to 9th. The higher a spell's level, the more powerful the spell is." Mokou nods in understanding. Clownpiece is pouting with her arms folded, but she also seems to be listening as well. "The number of spell slots a character has determines how many times you can cast a spell of that level. In this case, you only have two slots for 1st level spells, so you can only casts two 1st level spells."

"Pretty limited, considering I have... six different 1st level spells."

"As your character grows stronger, the number of spell slots you have will naturally increase. You'll gain more 1st level slots, and you'll gain slots for higher level spells as well."

"I see... and I have three 'cantrips' as well...?"

"Ah, yes. Cantrips are especially simple spells. So simple that they cost effectively nothing to cast. You may cast your cantrips as many times as you wish, and as frequently as you are allowed."

"Huh. Convenient."

"Yes, you'll always have something you can cast." I've actually made sure that every spellcaster here has one cantrip that damages enemies, just so they have that option.

I look over at Clownpiece, and find her staring down at her spell list, brow furrowed. Did she actually understand any of that? "Why do some of these have stars next to them?" She suddenly asks, looking up at me.

"... As I said earlier, the Wizard is a bit different from other spellcasters. You have the most spells to choose from, but you have choose a small number of them to 'prepare' for casting. You can't cast spells you haven't prepared."

"And the stars...?"

"Mark which spells are currently prepared."

Clownpiece looks back down at her sheets, staring holes into them. I can't tell if she understands any of this. I'm leaning towards no.

"Is that going to be okay?" Mokou asks. I look over at her. "Letting a fairy handle all of that?" I can't do much except give her an indecisive look. I'm really not sure.

"If she can't, I'm willing to handle the Wizard for her." Sumireko adds. That's reassuring, at least. "So, that last character...?" She then prompts me.

"Oh, right!" I pull out the final character sheet, "The Druid."

( http://pastebin.com/9gZdiZmf )

"The Druid calls upon the forces of nature to power their abilities and spells. They serve as protectors nature, keeping the world in balance, both on a metaphysical and ecological scale. The Druid is a spellcaster similar to the Cleric, merely able to cast directly from the list of spells that they know."

Kogasa takes the sheet for a moment, giving it a quick look. The others don't seem particularly interested in the Druid. A little interesting. So, with all the characters shown...

Reimu hasn't shown any interest in any character, really. She only has the Figher's sheet because it was the first one I showed. It is also the simplest character to play, and nobody seems willing to challenge her for it. It's probably best to just leave her the Fighter.

Mokou has shown interest in only the Cleric, which nobody else has. That makes things simple for her as well. She seems to have at least grasped the mechanics of spellcasting.

Sumireko and Kogasa both showed interest in the Rogue. A bit of an issue, but Kogasa has also shown some interest in the Druid. That could let me give the Rogue to Sumireko with little complaint. But Sumireko has also shown to be pretty understanding, so maybe she'll be okay with the Druid as well.

Clownpiece is dead set on the Wizard, which troubles me. I just don't really trust her with the class at all. Sumireko is willing to take the class from her, but then what does that leave? Rogue, probably, since Druid is also a spellcasting class. That would mean depriving Kogasa of her first choice, and forcing Rogue on Clownpiece... I guess it comes down to which I trust her with more: The Wizard, or not throwing a fit for not getting the Wizard.

Those are really my only options, regarding those three. Unless if I come up with something else...

[] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Sumireko the Rogue, and Kogasa can have the Druid.
[] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.
[] Force the Rogue on Clownpiece, let Sumireko handle the Wizard, and Kogasa gets the Druid.
[] Some other arrangement? (Write-in)
>> No. 29760
[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.
>> No. 29761
[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.
>> No. 29762
[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Sumireko the Rogue, and Kogasa can have the Druid.

I hate to deny Kogasa sneak attacks, but this gives everybody something that they're interested in.
>> No. 29763
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[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.

If only there were a class that can perform magic, like the wizard, but spontaneously.. .
>> No. 29764
[x] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.
>> No. 29765
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[x] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Sumireko the Rogue, and Kogasa can have the Druid.

If Kogasa gets creative, the Druid should still give her plenty of opportunities for surprising/terrifying people. Summon Nature's Ally and eventually wild shape have obvious possibilities.

And this is THP. How could we not let Demetrious-fairy have the Wizard?
>> No. 29766
[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Sumireko the Rogue, and Kogasa can have the Druid.
>> No. 29767
[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.

Sumireko seems familiar with DnD. There's a high chance that if she's played before, she will have had some exposure to a Rogue class, whether playing, or with someone else doing so. However, Druids are not necessarily the most standard class, so her disinterest may stem from not knowing about it particularly.

Giving her the Druid provides two bonuses: she doesn't know it and therefore is just as much a newbie with it as the others, and I forgot while writing. I'll say what it was if I remember.

Man, this takes me back to my first DnD session! I was a halfling rogue, and had the feat that gave me 2d4 instead of 1d6 for sneak attack (I think, it's been a long time). I was the strongest guy in the party. It was great.
>> No. 29768
[x] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Sumireko the Rogue, and Kogasa can have the Druid.

Hard choice, but hopefully this'll keep everyone happy.
>> No. 29769
[X] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard, give Kogasa the Rogue, and Sumireko can have the Druid.
>> No. 29770
[X] Force the Rogue on Clownpiece, let Sumireko handle the Wizard, and Kogasa gets the Druid.

Mainly because forcing things on Clownpiece should be something we should be encouraging in this community. Don't count this as an actual vote.
>> No. 29771
[x] Let Clownpiece have the Wizard
-[x] Ask Kogasa which she would prefer

Let the players decide. Newbies get first pick. Maybe she's fine with the Druid?

If it's supposed to be certain that she'd strongly prefer Rogue then count this as a vote for Kogasa as Rogue.
>> No. 29772
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Ultimately... I want everyone to have fun here. This is just supposed to be a game... even if it's D&D.

"Alright, you can have the Wizard, Clownpiece."

"Yeah!"

"Mokou, you want the Cleric?" I look over at her. May as well confirm everyone else's choices.

"Sure. Sounds interesting." She doesn't actually sound that interested, actually. There's not much I can do there, though. For now, anyway.

"Kogasa, you wanted the Rogue, right?" I look between her and Sumireko.

"Yeah, it sounds fun!" Well, she's interested, at least.

I cast a glance at Sumireko, who catches it. "It's fine. I can take the Druid." She reaches over for the Druid's sheet, which Kogasa passes to her. Well, that's a relief.

"And finally, Reimu has the Fighter."

"Alright, alright. Now let's get to the game already!" Reimu is eager to get started. I don't really blame her.

"Yeah, I wanna start using my magic on people!" I'm also not surprised that Clownpiece is ready to get started.

"Okay," I take a moment to clear my throat, "A caravan begins to pull itself into a small village, nestled on the banks of a babbling creek. While most of the wagons bear goods for trade, one wagon, pulled-"

"What are you doing?" I'm suddenly interrupted by Reimu.

"I-I'm establishing the setting!" I practically stammer out.

"The setting?" She parrots back at me.

"You're playing as a band of heroes! You travel the land, searching for evil to best and treasure to find! This doesn't take place in a vacuum!"

"What does any of that have to do with what you were spouting about earlier!?"

"I, whuh-" I take a moment to calm myself. Sumireko is quietly laughing to herself again. Very helpful, she is. "Don't you know anything about roleplaying?"

"Role-playing? Like, what?" Reimu picks up one of the dice off the table, "You mean rolling these, right?"

She can't be serious. "No! No!"

"Wait," Clownpiece chimes in now, "If we're not rolling these dice, then why are they even here?"

"We are rolling the dice!"

Reimu is quick to continue, "Then we're roll-playing, right?"

"No! Role, as in..." Agh, how do I describe this?

"Like a role you play in a movie!" Sumireko helpfully adds. Although given where we are and what everyone here is familiar, and not familiar with, all this earns is a few looks. "... Like a role you play in a... theater... performance?" Good enough.

"...Wait, so we have to put on a performance?" Not good enough, dammit Clownpiece.

"No, not- not a full performance, but-" I'm trying to regain control.

"So... half a performance?" I'm failing to regain control. "That's weird!"

"Can everyone shut up and let me explain this!?"

Everyone shuts up.

I take another moment to calm myself. "Roleplaying means pretending to be someone you're not. It means assuming the persona of someone else, typically a make-believe person. When you play this game, Reimu, you're not going to play 'as' Reimu Hakurei, you're going to play as..." I just remembered I never actually named these characters. I made a foolish choice, trusting them to name their characters. "... a Dwarven Fighter, wandering the lands in search of fame and glory." Good enough.

"If we're just going to play pretend then why do we have these sheets, with all of these numbers?" Reimu is still struggling with this.

"We'll be using the character sheets alongside your roleplaying. The sheets record what your character is physically capable of, but you determine how they think and act."

Reimu looks down at her sheet, still looking confused by everything. This can't be that hard to grasp...

"So..." I look over at Kogasa, who has suddenly spoken up after all of that, "You were saying? Before, with the caravan and the village on the creek?"

Right, right... "A caravan pulls itself into a village," I continue, having lost a lot of my enthusiasm, "Most of the wagons carry trade goods, but one carries a band of five... weary travelers." I look up at the table a moment. Everyone looks weary after that exchange earlier, even Mokou, who wasn't even part of it. "Once the caravan has made it past the village guards and brought itself to a halt, these five disembark from their wagon." I look up at the players again, "They are..."

[] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.
-[] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.
[] Let's just refer to them by their actual names for now.
>> No. 29773
[x] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[x] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.

Maybe it'll help them get into their roles.
>> No. 29774
[x] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[x] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.
>> No. 29775
[x] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[x] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.

Hang in there, Sanae!
>> No. 29776
[x] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[x] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.

Considering their unfamiliarity with DnD, with the exception of Sumireko apparently, it's probably best to have them pick from an example list of names.

As for the setting, hmm I thought it was Dragonlance at first when I saw the race of "hill dwarf" in one of the pastebin sheets but then I realized I'd confused that with "gully dwarf."

Any idea on which edition or setting is being used here?
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>> No. 29777
[x] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[x] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.

We want them to RP.
>> No. 29778
[x] Let them make up whatever name they want.

Its an easy way to start differentiating between the role and the person
>> No. 29779
[X] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.
-[] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.

This way, if they don't like the examples, they can make their own.
>> No. 29780
[X] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[X] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.
-[X] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.

Oh boy, I can already tell it's going to take Reimu a lot of time to get used to this.
>> No. 29781
>>29776
>Any idea on which edition or setting is being used here?
Fifth edition, setting has yet to be fully defined.
>> No. 29782
[X] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.
>> No. 29783
[X] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[X] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.
>> No. 29784
[x] Try and get them to at least come up with names for their characters.
-[x] The player's handbook has example names for each species. They can use those as a reference.
-[x] Let them use whatever names they want for their characters.

Always better to have a reference point so they at least know what the standards are. Can't imagine Reimu and Mokou trying very hard on their character names by themselves.
>> No. 29785
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I want them to name their characters. It'll help them distinguish themselves from their characters, and get a better handle on roleplaying, I'm sure of it. But they have no reference point; they don't know what's an appropriate name for this sort of setting.

Wait, I think the player's handbook has something for this.

I take the book and flip it open. Let's see... Dwarf, page 18. Blah blah blah, short and stout, clans and kingdoms... aha! Dwarf names! Perfect!

"Okay," I look back up at the players, "I want you all to come up with names for your characters." I turn the book over to the girl sitting opposite me, "Reimu, here is a list of Dwarf names for you to use."

"What, you want me to just pick a name from this list?"

"Sure." She could also try to come up with her own name by using the list as a reference, but that may be asking too much of her. "Sumireko, you're also playing as a Dwarf, so you should pick a name here as well."

Sumireko looks over at the book while Reimu is scanning it. She then closes her eyes and starts drumming her fingers on the table. Is she going to come up with her own name?

"Wait, what's all this other stuff here?"

I turn back to Reimu, "What 'other stuff'?"

"This!" She points at the page, lower down from the name lists, "'Ability Score Increase', 'Alignment', 'Darkvision'?"

"That's not important!" Why does she keep getting distracted? "I've already taken care of those parts! Just pick a name!"

"You took care of this stuff, but not the name?"

"I wanted you to come up with a name yourself! Now just... pick one!"

Reimu huffs, and then looks back down at the book. "Uh... Riswynn... Holderhek."

"Okay, good." We're making progress, "Write that down at the top of your sheet, where it says 'Name'."

"I know where to write it!"

"I'm making sure." I can't trust her with anything, I've come to realize.

I look over at Sumireko, about to prompt her, only to see her place her pencil down, having filled in a name as well.

"Oh, you came up with a name, Sumireko?"

"Yup!" She folds her arms, leans back, and smirks, "Egom Berneth."

That look she's giving me...

It's smug. Too smug. I know that look. She's referencing something none of us know, and is relishing in knowing something obscure.

She's a hipster. Great.

I take the player's handbook, and flip a few pages forward, "Alright, Kogasa, you're playing an Elf, so you get to choose an Elf name, now." She takes the book, looking over the names available to her, now.

"Hey," I look over at Mokou, "It says 'Half-Elf' here on my sheet. I take it that means half Elf, half Human?"

"Ah, you're right," I'm a bit confused for a moment, but then I realize why she's bringing this up, "You can pick either a human name or an Elf name, your choice."

"Alright, I'll look when she's done." It's a relief to see someone can handle this.

"Lia Nightbreeze..." I catch Kogasa whispering. Enthusiastically whispering, even. I think she's actually getting into this. Thank gods.

Kogasa passes the book over to Mokou once she's written down her name. Now it's her turn to decide on a name.

Mokou stares down at the book, eyes narrowed.

...

She's spending a lot of time on this.

Sumireko eventually leans in, "You need some help there?"

Mokou points down at the name list with her pencil, "The rear part of the Elf name is the front part of the Common translation, right?"

Um...?

Sumireko looks down, scanning the name list herself now, "I... think so? Yeah, 'Gemflower' and 'Gemblossom' both end with 'Kiir'."

"That's what I thought..." Mokou finally writes a name down on her sheet.

"... Enna Ilphelgala?"

"Mhm."

Well, alright then. I take the book again, turning to the Human name lists.

Oh, there are like eight different lists here, because Humans are of course extremely diverse in all fictional settings. Great.

I look over at Clownpiece, and-

She's asleep.

... I was wondering why she was so quiet through all of this. Still, I kinda need her to be awake. "Could someone wake up the fairy?"

"Oh! I got this!" Kogasa spots what is no doubt a perfect opportunity. She takes a deep breath, leans in and hovers right above Clownpiece's ear...

"BOO!"
"GYAAAAGH!"

Clownpiece shoots straight up to a sit... and because Kogasa's face was hovering directly overhead...

That sounded painful.

Kogasa is knocked almost clean out of her seat. She's technically still in it, but she's sitting sideways now. With her upper back and head on the floor. Reimu just looks down at her with the most tired expression on her face. Sumireko returns to her usual state of silently laughing at the proceedings. Mokou leans over to the side to get a look at the fallen Kogasa.

Clownpiece, for her part, is frantically looking around for the source of her scare. "What- what happened?? What was that??" I don't think she even registered hitting her head on Kogasa.

"Nothing, go pick a name." Reimu... does not mince words. At all.

"Huh?"

I sigh and turn the book over to her. "Just... come up with a name from these lists..."

Clownpiece looks at the book... for all of two seconds. "Miri Khalid!"

"That... was fast. Okay, write it down on your character sheet."

"What?"

I point out the field labeled 'Name' at the top of her sheet. Actually can she even...?

Well, Clownpiece takes the pencil and writes 'Mira Khalid' down... kinda large and sloppily, but she did spell it right. That's rather impressive.

"You alive down there?" Mokou suddenly calls out to Kogasa.

"Worth it..." Kogasa weakly responds, voice strained. She pulls herself back up, rubbing her jaw.

I take a moment to look over the Human name lists, just to confirm. Let's see... 'Khalid' is a Calishite surname, but... I don't see Miri here? Wait, it's here, under Chondathan names. That's... that could be interesting, from a story perspective. With how quickly she picked the name though, it's clear that Clownpiece gave no such consideration to it. Still, maybe we can do something with this.

"Alright," I take a few breaths, "Now that everyone has their names, we can begin."

"Finally." I don't need your sass, Reimu.
>> No. 29786
WHERE ARE THE CHOICES EGGMAN??
>> No. 29787
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CHARACTER SHEETS:
Reimu: Riswynn, the Dwarf Fighter - http://pastebin.com/UEHEqGtT
Kogasa: Lia, the Elf Rogue - http://pastebin.com/LD4n18Hx
Mokou: Enna, the Half-Elf Cleric - http://pastebin.com/3nQtVMBt
Clownpiece: Miri, the Human Wizard - http://pastebin.com/QaWK762Y
Sumireko: Egom, the Dwarf Druid - http://pastebin.com/9gZdiZmf

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"After weeks of travel, a caravan draws into the village of Haverhill. This caravan has come at a most important time: Haverhill is one of the largest farming villages in the land, and the Harvest Festival will soon be underway. Trade caravans from all over have come to sell their wares, purchase the newly harvested crops, and enjoy the merriment of the festival."

"When do we start playing?" Clownpiece suddenly interrupts me.

I groan a tiny bit, and continue, "The five of you disembark from your wagon, taking in the sight around you. Traders are unloading goods from their wagons, preparing for the coming days of commerce. What shall you do?"

The players stare at me, seemingly at a loss. Except for Sumireko, who glances around, and (thankfully) takes some initiative here, "Well, I don't know about you lot, but I could use a drink after all that traveling."

"If you're that thirsty," Reimu responds, "You should have told Sanae when we got here!"

"No, Reimu, I was speaking in-character." Oh boy, it starts again. "I'm not thirsty, but Egom, my character, is."

"Wait," Kogasa speaks up now, "Is that something we need to keep track of? How hungry and thirsty we are?"

"Not explicitly," I answer, "We generally shouldn't need to keep track of that, but if, say... you were traveling through wilderness for a long period of time, you would definitely need to maintain food supplies. But since you were traveling in a well-stocked caravan, you don't need to worry about that." Kogasa glances over at Sumireko for a moment, "She was just roleplaying, remember." I quickly add.

"So, with that said," Sumireko picks things up again, "I'd like to ask one of the traders here if they know of a place where we can get some drinks."

"Right," I look down at my notes for a moment, "The trader tells you that someone went ahead to arrange for lodgings at a local inn. He believes the place was called The Wandering Paladin."

"What's a paladin?" Clownpiece suddenly asks.

"It's a holy warrior." Sumireko beats me to the explanation. Though hers is a lot simpler than the one I would have given.

"So like a Cleric?" Mokou turns to Sumireko.

"Um, sorta, but with more focus on smiting evil than healing the sick and all that."

"Right," Close enough, "The trader points you in the direction their friend went. He notes that the inn shouldn't be too far away."

"Alright, let's go check ourselves in!" Sumireko gets blank stares for her comment, "...Let's see if we can get a room at that inn."

"Will the rest of you be joining her?" I prompt the others. I'm thankful that Sumireko is trying to push this forward, but I can't have her making every decision here.

"I guess?" Reimu is still uncertain about everything.

"Um, how many people are around us?" Kogasa suddenly asks.

"You're currently by the caravan, which consists of six wagons. The wagons have roughly three people in each, not counting the caravan guards. Traders are currently unloading crates of goods from the wagons."

"I'm gonna put the people carrying the crates to sleep!"

"What!" I turn to look at Clownpiece. Reimu and Mokou both roll their eyes, as Kogasa and Sumireko join me in staring.

"What, I wanna use my magic! I can do that, right? I have this spell here!"

"I don't think you should do that!" Kogasa suddenly intervenes, "There are those guards there, right?"

"Yes. The guards would definitely notice you putting the traders to sleep."

"How? I'm using magic to put people to sleep! Can they see the magic?"

"Depends on the magic." Mokou remarks.

"Clownpiece, listen to me," I start, "Look at spell on your sheet."

She frowns, but looks down, "Yeah?"

"Do you see where it says 'Components'?"

"Yeah. What does that mean?"

"It means those are things you need to cast the spell. Now, what does it say, after 'Components'?"

"Uh... Verbal... So... Soma... tic? And... Ma...teri... al. Material!"

"Right. Do you know what that all means?"

"No."

"Of course she doesn't." Reimu remarks.

"'Verbal' means that you have to speak something in order to cast the spell,"

"Like an incantation!"

"Like an incantation." Good, she understands that, at least. "'Somatic' means you have to move your body in a certain way, make gestures with your hands in order to cast the spell."

"Like waggling my fingers!"

"Like waggling your fingers, sure." She gets that as well. "And 'Material'... you can actually ignore that part. But think:"

"About what?"

"In order to put people to sleep, you have to waggle your fingers and speak an incantation."

"Right!"

"So people see you do all that, and then some other people fall asleep." I hope she can connect the dots.

After a few moments of silence, it's clear that she's not connecting them.

"That means people can see you cast the spell!" Reimu finishes for me.

"... oh."

"So," I continue, "If you put them to sleep, you will immediately get into trouble."

"... What if I put the guards to sleep?"

My face.
My palms.

"Is it regular sleep, or some kind of magical deep sleep?" Sumireko suddenly asks.

"Regular sleep. Deep sleep would be too much for a 1st level character to have." I answer.

"So the traders could just wake the guards up, then. And then tell them what happened."

"Boooo! What kinda Wizard is this?"

"A beginner wizard!" I'm almost yelling at her, "You've just started on your path, and are nowhere near capable of such great displays of magic yet!"

Clownpiece crosses her arms and pouts at me. I'm not letting her drive things off the rails when we've just barely started!

"So," Sumireko ventures, as I'm breathing hard through grit teeth, "... That inn?"

"Right." I take yet another moment to calm myself, "You traverse the streets of Haverhill. People are hurriedly moving to and fro, making preparations for the upcoming festival. After a bit of navigating the crowds, you spot the inn, The Wandering Paladin, a short distance down a particularly busy street."

"Alright, let's get in there already!" Reimu is enthusiastic, but I think that's just because she wants to move on from... earlier.

I cast a glance over at Clownpiece. She's still pouting with her arms crossed, but now she's also staring down at her character sheet. I don't like that looks of that.

Still, nothing to do but to forge ahead, "You enter the inn. Immediately, the smell of rich oak wood fills your nostrils. The place as a very 'rustic' feel to it, with everything from the walls to the seats made of simple-looking wood. You feel like the place would be rather cozy, but right now it is packed with all sorts of people, Halflings and Humans mostly-"

"What's a 'Halfling'?"

"A small person, around three feet tall. Live very simple lives." Sumireko answers Reimu's question for me.

"... Halflings and Humans mostly, but a few Dwarves can be spotted as well. The bar is lined with people, with every seat there occupied. Towards the back of the room is a stair-"

"I'm gonna use my Mage Hand to shove the people at the bar into each other!"

[] I will rein in this fairy and make her behave, gods be damned.
[] She reaps what she sows.
>> No. 29788
[X] She reaps what she sows.

I've had worse starts to a campaign than a bar brawl. Let's see where this goes!
>> No. 29790
[x] I will rein in this fairy and make her behave, gods be damned.
>> No. 29791
[X] She reaps what she sows.

Let the idiot fairy start a bar fight. I doubt it'll work, but she could learn something from it.
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