- [Settings] [Home
[Show or hide post box]

[Return] [Entire Thread] [Last 50 posts] [Bottom]
Posting mode: Reply
Name
Email
Subject   (Reply to 31190)
Message
File
Password  (for post and file deletion)
  • First time posting? See our frontpage for site rules and FAQ
  • Further overview of board culture in this thread.
  • Supported file types are: GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBM
  • Maximum file size allowed is 4096 KB.
  • Images greater than 200x200 pixels will be thumbnailed.
  • View catalog

File 155395121694.png - (2.85MB, 2000x1308, c8753c14a4e8e39578daffa0399d4512.png) [iqdb]
31190 No. 31190
[x] Fairies! Damn it!

You curse as you take her hand. "It's fairies. Has to be."

Sanae laughs, clearly less disturbed by that fact than you are. "What makes you think that?"

Ah. You never did tell her about them, did you? "A trio of them gave me some pretty bad grief yesterday. This seems like something they'd do."

"Hmm." She looks around yet again. "Well, I don't see any."

Dusting yourself off, you look again. Yeah, you don't see any either. But you do think you hear a faint giggle from the brush.

"Did you hear that?" You ask.

"Hear what?"

"... never mind."

It'll be no good if you crack on only your second day. As long as you watch your footing, you doubt there's much a fairy could do to you next to the river like this anyway. It would be pretty impressive if they managed to fell a whole tree on you.

Steeling yourself, you go back to work on a new cairn. You're making pretty good pace, actually, though you doubt you can keep this up all day.

*rustle*

Just then, you hear a sound in the brush.

[ ] <ignore it>
[ ] <quickly toss a rock>
==============================================================
Might get one in tomorrow, actually... but we'll see.
>> No. 31192
[x] <quickly toss a rock>
Ignoring it seems like a bad idea. What can go wrong with pelting something with a rock?
>> No. 31193
[X] <quickly toss a rock>

It's not like it's a waste of time either.
>> No. 31194
[x] <ignore it>
>> No. 31195
[x] <ignore it>

out of site, out of mind
>> No. 31196
[x] <quickly toss a rock>

Without looking, just to make it cooler.
>> No. 31197
[x] <quickly toss a rock>
>> No. 31198
[x] <quickly toss a rock>

Whatever it is, you think this might be your chance to get it to come out of hiding. You stop rolling. With a smooth motion, you scoop a rather small rock from the rocky ground and firmly toss it into the brush.

"Ow!"

It seems your accuracy isn't bad.

"Hah! Knew you were in there! Come out!"

There's a bit more rustling.

"Okay, okay... I'm sorry, mister."

A small girl - no, it must be a fairy - timidly pokes her head up from the bushes. Her red and white dress is quite a bit more elaborate than the ones you saw the fairies wearing yesterday. Her amber hair is a bit of a mess, and she's holding the side of her head.

The rock you threw wasn't that big, but you feel a little bad about it now. You notice Sanae walking down the trail towards you two.

"Oh, did you find someone?"

You look back towards the fairy. "I think so."

At your feet, you notice a ribbon - and you notice that it looks about the same as the other ribbon in the fairy's hair. You pick it up.

"Ah! Mister, can you bring that here?"

[ ] She can come get it herself.
[ ] Least you can do.
=========================================
Also, happy 11th birthday THP.
>> No. 31199
[x] Least you can do.

It's probably a prank, but we have to ingratiate ourselves with the fairies at some point.
>> No. 31200
[X] Least you can do.
>> No. 31201
[x] Least you can do.
>> No. 31202
[x] Least you can do.
>> No. 31203
[x] Least you can do.
>> No. 31204
[x] Least you can do.

fairy moe~
>> No. 31205
[x] Least you can do.

Your intuition is saying not to - definitely a trap of some kind. But who can say no to a cute kid like this? Especially not after you beamed her with a rock.

Careful to watch your footing, you step off the beaten path and into the brush. No snares, no branches... just...

"Where are you going, mister? Over here!"

You look up. Although you were heading straight towards her, she's now pretty far off to your right. Looking back to Sanae, though, she's right where she was before - so how could you...?

Sanae shrugs. Seems she doesn't find anything out of the ordinary about this. Hmm. You point in the direction of the fairy.

"She's over there, right?" You wonder to her, quietly.

Sanae nods. "Yeah. What's wrong?"

"Hmmm..."

Well, with Sanae that close, you imagine you'll be fine even if this is some kind of trap. You carefully plod on.

All of a sudden, someone yells out from high in the air. "Hey, you!"

"Aaaah! What's she doing here!?"

"You didn't think I'd notice, huh? Well, I'm a genius! Come here!"

"Run away!"

In a whirlwind of activity, something blue flies by your face - followed by something green. Whatever it is, it's COLD. The fairy beckoning you flies off into the forest at top speed, another one dressed mostly in white rising out of the brush to follow not far behind.

In a few seconds you lose sight of them. Spinning around, you see Sanae as flabbergasted as you are.

"W-what the heck?" She laughs, "Are you ok?"

You look around. "I think so?"

"You forgot your ribbon!" You call out into the forest, not expecting an answer. But you get one anyway from somewhere closer to the treeline. Or perhaps from the canopy - it's difficult to tell.

"Just leave it on that stump, OK? I'll bring it to her."

There's a stump about 20 feet ahead of you. She (it does sound like a girl's voice) must mean that one.

[ ] Oblige.
[ ] Nope. You'll leave it right here.
[ ] Pocket the ribbon.
=============================================
Nothing tomorrow, as usual. Back Thursday hopefully.
>> No. 31206
[x] Oblige.

But be on guard. They're definitely messing with us.
>> No. 31207
[x] Oblige.
>> No. 31208
[x] Oblige.
>> No. 31209
[x] Oblige
>> No. 31210
Cirno saved us from a prank, I guess.

[x] Oblige.

Leave it to Dai!
>> No. 31211
[x] Oblige.

Whatever. It's not that far - and you want to be done with this whole thing. Cautiously, you work your way forward, watching your feet while periodically watching the treeline.

*Rustle*

Something really big moves in the brush just to the left of the stump as you're nearly there. Like... really big. Although it's below the thick vegetation, now that you've got a location you can see the plants moving.

Not wanting to startle it, you reach out with extreme care and place the ribbon on the stump. But just as you let go of it, you see a big furry head rise up out of the grass.

"Ah."

It looks at you as you mutter something in surprise. For one, you're relieved to see that it's not a monster of some kind. But this is almost certainly a bear.

You freeze, and it does too. You both seem unsure about what to do here.

"What's going on?" Sanae calls out, causing the bear to flip it's big head around to look that way. "What's <i>that</i>?"

You hear some laughing in the trees, but you still can't see from where.

"Really?" You wonder, causing the bear to look back to you.

[ ] Back away, slowly.
[ ] Make some noise.
[ ] Lament your situation.
[ ] Curse out the fairy.
>> No. 31212
[X] Curse out the fairy.
Damnit we trusted you!
>> No. 31213
[x] Wrestle the bear

with enough faith in Kanako all things are possible
>> No. 31214
[X] Curse out the fairy

I can't believe you've done this you fiend
>> No. 31215
[X] Curse out the fairy

DAMN YOUUUUUUU
>> No. 31217
[x]Genuflect
[x]Lament your situation.
>> No. 31218
Going to rest today. I will be back with one tomorrow.
>> No. 31219
[X] Make some noise.
>> No. 31220
[x] Curse out the fairy.

A bit of a temper flares up in you. You thought you'd give these two the benefit of the doubt, but... ah, to hell with it!

"Really? This was your plan all along, wasn't it!? A damn bear? What, so he'll maul my face off?!"

You hear laughing in the trees, but you still can't see the culprit. Damn it!

"Come out, you coward!"

You're too busy yelling and cursing to notice Sanae approaching until you suddenly feel a hand on your shoulder. Spinning around, you meet her concerned gaze. It shuts you up at least. Suddenly remembering the bear, you glance sideways.

It's still mostly unconcerned, somehow. When your eyes meet, you get the feeling you're not the only one who's been through a few fairy "pranks". And although you're not sure if it's imagined or not, you think you see it nod in understanding.

"I think it's gone," Sanae says, looking to the bear herself. "Hmm. He looks pretty laid back, doesn't he?"

She reaches into her pouch for some food she'd brought with her, and - without any fear - simply hands it to the bear. The big fuzzball sniffs it a bit before gently taking it out of her hand like a dog would.

Sanae laughs, pulling a bit more food out. She gives it to you this time. "Here, you try."

Your anger is still simmering away, but... seeing the bear looking at the food longingly quenches your rage just a bit. So, you do as told.

"Yeah, sorry about your nap," You say, as it gently takes the food just like it did from Sanae. It doesn't seem to mind too much.

[ ] Pet the bear.
[ ] Step away from the bear.
>> No. 31221
[x] Pet the bear

we shall get a bear mount
>> No. 31222
[x] Pet the bear.
>> No. 31223
[x] Pet the bear.
>> No. 31224
[x] Pet the bear.

Who dares, wins.
>> No. 31225
[x] Wrestle the bear to establish dominance
-[x]pet the bear
>> No. 31226
[x]pet the bear
>> No. 31227
Back thursday. Sucks, but I need to focus on some things this week. Maybe back earlier if I wrap them up early.
>> No. 31228
[x] Pet the bear.

With your now-empty hand, you reach out and give the bear a pat on the head. It seems to enjoy it, so you give it some scratches behind the ears as well. Before long you find yourself using both hands, giving it a head massage.

Yeah, this guy isn't going to cause you any trouble. He's as much a victim as you were of the fairy's prank. And you could use a break, anyway.

"Oh, I think he likes you," Sanae laughs, moving up to join in. "You know, many early people thought of bears as gods."

The bear lazily rolls over, exposing it's belly. A shameless god? Well, it wouldn't be the first one you've seen in Gensokyo.

"Is that right?" You wonder, moving in for the belly rub, "I guess I remember hearing that. Something about how they're extremely useful... the fur, and their fat, and meat---"

The bear rests it's heavy front paw on your arm, turning to look at you disapprovingly. You get the feeling that it might actually be listening to what you're saying.

"Sorry," You say, "Don't worry. We don't need anything like that."

"That's right," Sanae agrees, "Our shrine has a different god for that."

The bear seems to accept that, letting its heavy paw fall from your arm. It wriggles a bit, getting comfortable again.

After a while, you look to Sanae. "You know, I guess we should get back to work. We've still got to bait the kappa out."

She looks to the bear with some regret. "I guess you're right."

[ ] Ask the bear if it'll help
[ ] Bid the bear a good nap.
>> No. 31229
[x] Ask the bear if it'll help

Who needs baiting when you can have a bear fishing them out.
>> No. 31230
[x] Bid the bear a good nap.

We can accept help if offered, but asking for it seems a bit too much.
>> No. 31231
[x] Ask the bear if it'll help

feels rude to not even ask the bear if he'd like to come along
>> No. 31232
[x] Bid the bear a good nap.
>> No. 31233
[x] Ask the bear if it'll help

Job unlocked: Beastmaster
>> No. 31234
Back Monday. Things are happening.
>> No. 31235
[x] Ask the bear if it'll help

A strange idea comes to your mind as you take a look at the bear. You know, he'd be a huge help. And he seems smarter than your average bear in general.

"Hey... do you want to help us roll some rocks? We could use a big strong guy like you."

It gives you a blank look. But in a few moments, you sense a vague understanding. The bear stands up.

"W-whoa," Sanae wonders, "Is he really going to help us?"

You laugh. "Maybe he really is a god."

Sanae shakes her head. "Nope. I think he's just grateful."

That doesn't explain how it can know Japanese, of course, but you decide to let that go. It's not the strangest thing you've seen thus far. And maybe he'll be some help if the fairies come back.

All three of you get back to work. In a bizarre show of cooperation, the bear ends up providing you with most of the rocks while you stack them. He seems to enjoy rolling the big ones around. If they were tennis balls, you'd probably mistake him for a dog.

You manage to cover the entire strech of path along the river up to where you were yesterday by about midday. The bear does wander off a few times, but before long he comes back.

Finally, you and Sanae decide to take a break. You end up sitting on the same log as yesterday, overlooking the river, leaning your tools up against the log as well. The bear wanders out into the water as you two watch.

"This is looking really welcoming," Sanae says, looking over her shoulder down river, "I think people won't get too scared following this."

It does look really good, you decide, as you turn to look yourself. "No sign of the kappa, but we've done good."

"Maybe they decided we're not worth it," Sanae shrugs, "I guess we could always force them---"

She pauses mid sentence, watching the river. There's a huge splash, so you turn as well. Your furry friend seems to have caught something human-shaped, holding it up with it's claw by a backpack.

"H-hey! I wasn't doing anything! And I'm not food, so let me go!"

Ah. It's one of those kappa from yesterday. The leader, you think, if you're remembering them right.

"Karma?" You wonder. Without hesitation, Sanae laughs. "Must be. Maybe he's just good at hiding his godliness."

The kappa looks around frantically, flailing it's arms, but with how large the backpack is she can't free herself.

"H-help me out here!" The kappa shouts, looking to you two, "I'm sorry about yesterday!"

The bear looks at you. It seems to be asking what to do.

[ ] Let her go, as a good will gesture.
[ ] It's probably better if you 'negotiate' first.
>> No. 31236
>Any time a bear was killed by the Greeks, Artemis would lay a plague on the people as punishment. Artemis’ cult spread over Greece. In Brauron, young girls played she-bears in honor of Artemis and as a preparation for motherhood. They wore bear masks and acted wildly in worship of her. Artemis’ name is theorized to have meant bear-sanctuary. If we break it down—art is close to ark which means bear, and temis is close to temnis which means sanctuary. We will see in the next section how another Goddess’ name reflects this etymology.

Uh, that's interesting.

Anyway
[x] Let her go.

"Give an inch and they'll take a mile" that's how kappa are. However, we need their goodwill. Kanako won't go nuclear on them, even if them killing a man would destroy all human worship for years,
>> No. 31237
[x] Let her go
>> No. 31238
[x] It's probably better if you 'negotiate' first.

Kappas are all about business, we'd have to negotiate with them either way. Better to do it while we have the more, ahem, favorable position.
>> No. 31239
[x] Let her go, as a good will gesture.
>> No. 31240
[X] It's probably better if you 'negotiate' first.

Might as well, we’d have to start negotiations eventually so may as well be now.
>> No. 31241
[x] Let her go.

Although you strongly consider leaving her up there for a bit, you finally nod to the bear. You think it would be better you could negotiate, rather than coerce.

Your new friend gently lets the kappa down on the riverbank in front of you. While the kappa dusts herself off, the bear wanders back into the water. You guess he's not done fishing yet. Or maybe he's guarding the easy escape route, you realize, as the kappa looks over her shoulder at him.

She seems to accept that she's not going to get out of this one so easily. So instead, she turns to the two of you and prostrates herself on the rocky bank.

"Don't beat me up, please!"

"Nitori, right?" Sanae asks, "Don't worry about it. I don't think we're going to beat you up. You did have breakfast, right?"

Nitori pops back up, all traces of her former distress wiped from her face. Yeah, this is how she looked yesterday - confident.

"Yeah. We managed to secure a whole bunch of food--- ah, cucumbers! Not humans!" She says, noticing the look on your face. "I'm wondering how this guy saw me, though... I thought that optical camouflage suit was perfect."

You laugh. "Wait, the what now?"

Nitori beats her chest proudly. "Do you think the kappa would just let some humans build a bunch of stuff on our river without even watching them?" With a laugh, she adds, "I sure hope those fairies don't come back for you!"

Ah. So she's been watching you this entire time... or at least, since that incident earlier. And speaking of threes, you wonder where the other kappa are?

Sanae begins to walk over to Nitori. You guess she's going to start the "discussion". You pray that it goes well.

[ ] It's safer to watch from here.
[ ] Head over with her.
>> No. 31242
[x] It's safer to watch from here.

No funny tricks.
>> No. 31243
[X] Head over with her.

We are here to help after all
>> No. 31244
[x] It's safer to watch from here.
>> No. 31245
[x] Head over with her.

If were both in the same place, it'd be easier to escape. This is a test, to see if she can be trusted or not. We're already doing enough coercion as it is.
>> No. 31246
[x] It's safer to watch from here.
>> No. 31247
[X] Head over with her.
>> No. 31248
[x] Head over with her.

Sanae hasn’t let us down so far so why not?
>> No. 31249
[x] Head over with her.

No sense sitting on your duff while Sanae does all the actual work. Even your short rest has left you a little stiff, but you manage to will your body up and wander over.

"Are you OK?" Sanae asks, "It didn't look like he hurt you."

"Huh? N-no, I don't think he did," The kappa says, patting her pack, "I think I'm gonna have to patch the pack up though..."

Nitori looks to you, then to Sanae. "Do you need something? I'm just going to get back to spying---" She says, before pausing abruptly to laugh, "Haha, no, I guess I can't, can I? I guess I'll just be going. I'll need to fix that bug."

"Actually," Sanae says, "We've got something to discuss with you. Do you remember what we were talking about yesterday?"

"Oh, about attacking humans? Why me?"

"The other kappa seem to listen to you, at least a little bit. I know 'kappa do what kappa wanna do', but---"

"---oh," Nitori says, looking around. "Look, don't get the wrong idea. Those two just recognize my genius. And besides, you seemed ok with it."

Sanae shuffles a bit, but she at least seems to be willing to try diplomacy for now. "We changed our minds. Actually, we need to stop the kappa from doing it. At least for a little while."

Nitori tenses up a bit. "Huh. Well, that's just impossible. We're not like the tengu. It's not like we've got a king you can send your shrine's god to to deal with."

Sanae also tenses up a bit, presumably not expecting that bit of information. Laughing, Nitori adds, "Hey, the tengu have actual guards to watch the mountain, but we've got all kinds of remote cameras to watch them. It's really cool stuff."

The two seem to be at a standstill after that. But after a few moments, Sanae speaks.

"Hmm. We'll have to figure out something, then. Because it's not a request."

[ ] Try to make some idle talk.
[ ] Maybe beating them up was the answer all along.
>> No. 31250
[x] Try to make some idle talk.

There's got to be an answer besides beating them up. But, for the life of me, I can't think of any.
>> No. 31251
[x] Try to make some idle talk.

We don't coerce youkai into doing what we want them to, that's the Hakurei Shrine's job.
>> No. 31252
[x] Try to make some idle talk.
>> No. 31253
[x] Try to make some idle talk.
>> No. 31254
[X] Maybe beating them up was the answer all along.

Well, we tried talking it out. Violence it is then.
>> No. 31255
[x] Try to make some idle talk.

You think you see where this is heading, but... well, beating the kappa into submission just doesn't seem practical. Maybe it's better to try and get on their good side. And she does seem to like talking about herself.

"What, you mean like little cameras in the bushes or something?" you wonder. You're curious about these, too. "How does that even work?"

Nitori looks at you blankly. "What do you mean?"

"I mean," You continue, "They need to be powered, right? And you've got to have some kind of way to get the images back to... wherever you're watching them."

"Oh," Sanae says, loosening her tension a bit, "I guess they can't just stick them on the cell network, can they?"

The kappa nods, sagely. "That's right. That's why it's so cool, because I had to figure out all that stuff. But what's a 'cell network'?"

Sanae scratches her head. "Well, it's kind of a... I dunno, it's really complicated to explain. But our cell phones connect to it."

As if remembering something, Sanae pulls a flip phone from her pocket. It's covered in brightly colored little frogs and snakes, and there's a frog-shaped charm hanging from it, but you think you recognize the model. She opens it.

"No service," She says, turning to you, "Imagine that! I guess I can't call someone."

Sanae turns back to the kappa, who's now staring intently at the phone. She turns it around. "You see, we can talk to---"

"Wait, there's a remote network it has to connect to?" Nitori blurts out. In a whirl of motion, she flings her pack off her back and starts digging around in it. "Everything inside was so small, I didn't see a radio... aha!"

With pride, she draws her own phone out of the pack. It's almost as decorated as Sanae's, though it's covered in different little animals like foxes. It's quite a bit more nicked up than Sanae's, too. "I have one too! So, can we make them talk directly?"

Sanae laughs, clearly not expecting this. "N-no, I don't think so."

"So," The kappa presses, "How do I make the screen glow like on yours?"

"Is the battery dead?" You wonder, "I'm not sure how you got that thing, but I imagine it didn't come with a charger."

You can tell that Nitori can barely contain herself. "I didn't see a battery. Say, do you two want to come back to my lab? We can talk more there!"

Sanae looks to you. "Hmm. What do you think?"

[ ] You can't really refuse.
[ ] Suggest she come up to the shrine, instead.
>> No. 31256
[x] You can't really refuse.

We got her attention now, might as well go along with it.
>> No. 31257
[x] You can't really refuse.
>> No. 31258
[x] You can't really refuse.
>> No. 31259
[x] You can't really refuse.
>> No. 31260
[x] You can't really refuse.

Ah, there was a way out: sharing their love for technology.
[Return] [Entire Thread] [Last 50 posts] [Top]


[Delete or report post]
Delete post []
Password  
Report post
Reason  


[Switch to Mobile Page]
Thread Watcher x