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854203 No. 854203 ID: 8a251a

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You are VOIDSY, and as your name would imply, you’re in the void. It has been some time since you’ve focused your collective mind, but you need to move. It’s time to collect your thoughts.

The game is officially starting, and your enemy is the most notorious god of the Taverne pantheon- one you want to join if you win this game. Not only do you want to teach this murderer a lesson, but losing this game means death. Your tiny cat people are akin to your children, and you love them- and you will prepare them for war.

You’ve upset Wretch, and that needs attention sooner rather than later. Strategizing with Eastwood was easy enough, but you haven’t talked to Miller as much. Talking to all of your alliance members will be crucial to your success against Spit. Talking to Spit was a disaster, and while continuing a conversation would be a terrible idea, it is an option.

Your cats are armed to the teeth, but Jasper seems...less than comfortable with their new existence. Maybe a one on one talk would be a good idea. Like talking to your god teammates, communication with your TCPs can’t go wrong.

Of course, there’s always directly planning your next move. You can multitask some things, but not too many, focus would be a better plan in most situations- what’s your first move?
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No. 932613 ID: e659d1

I doubt there's enough time to plan with our allies, so we may have to resort to what we can do quick.
Talking to the Cage seems like an alright idea, but obviously Spit will know soon enough, whether or not they're watching us. Whether that means they get to know the abilities of our Phantom, Jasper, is far less likely.

And on the topic of the Cage-type, it was mentioned that they had a childlike gait as they walked into this machine room. Thinking on it, our Lobster-type (Marnet I think it was?) is also incredibly cheerful, right? Based on that, I think it's easy to say that the Cage-type, which probably has very high Health stats, is going to be similarly cheerful. Assuming Spit isn't going to bother with trickery in how they walk, at least.
Relatedly to the moods of TCPs, I think higher-health TCPs have happier states of mind. Whether or not that's useful information, I still feel it needs stating.

Also, Jasper may not be the best to try to talk to them, though. Just give that some thought. Then again, we don't really have any other TCP options that can be immediately acted on, do we?

Buddy seems like a useful asset for the discussions we might need to have with Spit's TCPs, since Weapon-types seem to have a predisposition for empathy, or just for feeling weak, which could help a lot.

Having those sleep drugs would be a prime power too, I'm sure. though if we can't use them now we can plan to use them in the future - Near future, really. Try to help Marvel out of this clearly poor situation before anything can go bad, and as soon as possible, if necessary, drug the cage.

And we still have yet to figure out what's going on with the other one... It's highly possible that what we do here will affect what happens there, or what we'll have to do there.

Whatever has to be done, I wish you luck, Jasper... You too, Buddy.
No. 932771 ID: e32fae

That health = happiness idea is actually really smart, and easily explains weapon types' (as well as Jasper's) general unhappiness. I don't know how much it'll actually help us, but it's cool.
No. 932847 ID: 10c408

It's a nice thought, but I think the sample pool needs to be bigger to corroborate the claim.

(our sample pool being buddy, who's knife-type status is actively hurting him, Whipp, who's been an uninformative ass to basically everyone and Spit's hook-type that we don't know anything about.)
No. 932937 ID: e32fae

Oh yeah, one more thing. We shouldn't make assumtions about the TCP with the hook. We have no clue if it's a hook type. It could be some really weird other TCP with some tricks up his/her/their/its sleeve. I just say that we should stay on our toes.
No. 932946 ID: e32fae

Also, I forgot to mention that Wretch made a razor type called Jetter and said this: "i prrrobably shouldnt have made a weapon type bc hes really really nervous and harsh on himself"
No. 933527 ID: 53b212
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You tell Jasper to try talking to the cage, getting a few rude gestures in return. You tell them to just trust you- this is the best option, just be ready to run or fight. They relent, floating cautiously towards it.

They try speaking up, making a throat clearing sound and trying a greeting first. When they don’t get any sort of response, they reach forward and gently tap the bars. The cage turns with a bit of a startled hop, nearly knocking Jasper over in the process. Jasper repeats their greeting, and asks, uh...what’s its name, they guess.

The cage type stares back at Jasper without responding, tilting slightly in confusion. It doesn’t seem to understand.
No. 933530 ID: e32fae

Wow, that worked out surprisingly well. I guess we could keep wasting time by talking to it, since it doesn't seem to understand us, or we could get Marvel out of there while it's distracted.
Alternatively, if Buddy rescues Marvel while Jasper keeps the cage type distracted, then we can talk to it while getting Marvel out simultaneously. Two birds with one stone!
No. 933531 ID: e37a06

I don't think the Cage will let Jasper free Marvel when explicitly focusing on them.
No. 933532 ID: 10c408

Jasper taking his attention off of the cage-type is a disaster waiting to happen. And trying to unproductively waste it's time is *even worse* because at some point, the clock's gonna run out and Spit is gonna catch us in her base and all hell will presumably break loose. (and that's assuming we even get some form of advanced warning.)
No. 933534 ID: e37a06

We have started the conversation and should try to continue our plan of action. If we try to execute conflicting plans we are wasting more time than if we continued with a singular plan that failed, because at least we will have a distinct understanding of what causes what.

Jasper, you need to (preferably discreetly) back up away from the cage type, so it cant instant capture you, and if it charges you should have plenty of time to react.
After this, the best way to start conversation is to be able to. Make sure that the cage type can understand speech to any degree at all, and then if you can, set up a system like the fingers for yes/no/maybe.
No. 933536 ID: 10c408

...Yeah, I'm gonna go with this. We're in for it now that we've voided... basically any conceivable advantage Jasper had so we could learn about the cage-type.

So might as well stick with plan: undertale and hope that it doesn't blow up in Jasper's face.
No. 933537 ID: e37a06

Make no mistake, we are probably going to probably traumatize/anger the Cage. But if we do either (with space inbetween for maneuvering to give Jasper full advantage of speed) we should have an opening to short circuit the console, which will likely lock the machine in its current state: Not Pumping
No. 933550 ID: e37a06

Also if done correctly, half that anger/confusion/questioning will be at Spit.
No. 933590 ID: 5ba090

I agree with having Jasper continue trying to talk to the cage-type. At the same time, they should circle slowly around the room to get a better look at the control panel. Are there any words on it, any indication which button does what? Its possible the cage-type knows how to read, but not speak.
No. 933597 ID: 553847

Yeah, I don't think this cat knows speech at all. I think trying to figure out if it can read is a good idea.
No. 933619 ID: e32fae

So how are we planning to short circuit the console? Jasper's taser chains, or what? It might seem obvious, but I want to make sure there's no miscommunication here
No. 933627 ID: e37a06

No. 933647 ID: 10c408

And this is where I'm gonna disagree with you.

We couldn't quietly get marvel off the wall earlier, but now that stealth is out the window... IF talking doesn't work, then we should taser chain the cage, get marvel off the wall and then scram after applying the chains to the machine to hopefully break it.

And I'm only suggesting this order of potential actions because shocking the machine to make it malfunction could do literally anything, and right now Marvel is still hooked up to it. We could zap him by accident while breaking the machine or cause it to inject him with the supposed horror fluid which would be an even WORSE outcome that we're trying to prevent.
No. 933658 ID: a627e3

personally i think we should just knock out the cage and be done with it. it looks like it can't understand jasper, so either it's Deaf or spit didn't teach it to understand language at all(or just enough to understand commands.)
No. 933682 ID: e37a06

It's definitely preferable to get Marvel off the wall before breaking the machine, this may possibly not come to pass. While I admit its possible that destroying the control panel may cause it to start pumping, it would make more sense for it to brick and stop working at all. IE if you brick a phone it doesn't keep signalling forever.

Your going to give up at the slightest obstacle to communicating? Its most probable that it can't speak back, but will still be able to understand gesturing and verbal support.
No. 933687 ID: 493ae2

Magic, you have the ability to teleport.
Lets try that shall we?
No. 933699 ID: e32fae

What are you talking about? Who has the ability to teleport?
No. 934000 ID: a627e3

no, i just think there's a time and a place for it, this is neither! there are lives on the line!
No. 934041 ID: 10c408

Sadly this is a democracy and the choice to engage in sneaky beaky covert actions did not pass.
No. 934062 ID: 5ba090

Had a thought. Tcps can learn things from other tcps if they're exposed long enough, even without the TEACH command. So, if Jasper talks to the cage-type long enough, it might begin to pick up the ability. But also, its possible Spit didn't teach the cage-type speech, and instead taught it some other way of communicating that we wouldn't be able to understand (like that tapping it was doing earlier, possibly). If that's the case though, Jasper should be able to learn whatever it is after long enough as well.
So basically, I think Jasper should try to be extra-receptive to anything the cage-type is doing that could possibly be some form of communication. Even if they don't spend long enough around it to actually learn whatever it is, they might get some clue that could help us narrow down how the tcp is communicating, which we can build on later.
I mean Spit also might've just not taught it any way to communicate, but still.
No. 934065 ID: a627e3

Fine, but let's keep the idea in mind if things go south.
No. 934240 ID: 53b212
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You tell Jasper to keep talking to the cage, and to try and figure out if it can understand speech at all. You also make sure to tell them to circle around the room if possible, get a better look at that panel...if an opportunity comes up, shock the machine. Getting Marvel down first would be ideal, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Jasper holds up a single finger discreetly, continuing on.

Their name is Jasper, they say as they float to the side, trying to sneak around the cage. The cage type simply turns to face them, following the phantom type’s motions exactly. Jasper even tries darting to the side and back again, nearly getting smacked by the cage’s quick motion to follow again. The cage reaches out and pokes at Jasper’s wisps, the phantom type gripping their chains and backing away nervously.

It makes no attempt at words. Jasper tests waving at it, getting a mimicked wave in response, albeit more enthusiastic. A quick glance at the panel reveals no words on any of the buttons, no labels to be seen at all. Without warning, the cage type reaches out and grabs one of Jasper’s hands, catching them before they can jerk away.
No. 934241 ID: 53b212
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Its grip isn’t tight, metal hand running over Jasper’s phantasmic one...just…feeling. It seems delighted at the texture, shuffling its feet excitedly.

Jasper whispers that they think it likes them. They do not sound thrilled about this fact at all, and hold the free end of their taser chain tight.
No. 934242 ID: 8d23f0

Cage type seems to be love starved and childish, which means they might have a temper when something they like is taken, and seems they like Jasper so lets try to treat rescuing Marvel as a game to Cage type and bring them over to Marvel and try to take her out with one hand or mime it since she can't understand speech. they might see us trying to take her down and help to make Jasper happy.
Cage type might have sat around in the first room because she wasn't told to do anything else and isn't confident in doing things on their own.
No. 934243 ID: e37a06

Impressive work Jasper, you've just sown a seed that will grow this TCPs way out of Spit's clutches.

Lets water this seed, this bean needs something to fiddle with, badly. Jasper, a garment like your scarf or emblem is a small price to pay for valuable distraction, in my opinion anyways. Maybe your cape if you aren't the kind to care for them.
If you agree, examine the controls as soon as the Cage is distracted by the garments, we aren't here for nothing. Maybe they are texture based, or maybe the cage can read, lets find out.
No. 934247 ID: e37a06

And if you do give away one of your garments, we should be able to replace it when you get back to base, since they aren't magical.
No. 934255 ID: 10c408

Keep talking to it and mime as needed to convey that Marvel is a friend and you'd like to get them off the damn wall.
No. 934258 ID: 91ee5f

Let’s tell the other gods what’s going on. They might be able to give some input on how to get this cage to go rogue and join us!

>give the cage something
How about one of the toys at our base? One of the other TCPs over there can pass them to Jasper through the bag of holding.
No. 934272 ID: 5ba090

Thankyou Jasper, we know this is uncomfortable for you but this is hugely helpful. The cage-type seems to like feeling nice textures, so it might be satisfied if you gave it your scarf.
No. 934275 ID: 2202fb

Seems like the cage type was only taught what it needed to know. It may not even comprehend the idea of escape or defection. Hell, it probably was never taught language.
No. 934341 ID: a627e3

this going well! to well in my opinion...
stay on guard jasper and give it something to fidget with. maybe your scarf?
No. 934366 ID: caf1de

give him a plushy
No. 934441 ID: e32fae

I actually like this idea. Even if they wouldn't get mad, it never hurts to be safe. I also second >>934243's idea of feeling or examining the controls at some point.
No. 940462 ID: 53b212
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VOIDSY: Okay...we found Marvel.
VOIDSY: Bad news: he’s definitely hooked up to some machine with this black goop.
MILLER: wait
MILLER: Black sludge??
MILLER: Is it kinda like Wretch?
VOIDSY: Yeah, from what we can tell it’s pretty similar...it’s like it absorbs all light, just a big black void.
EASTWOOD: Fuck, what?
EASTWOOD: Is Spit out of her fucking mind?
VOIDSY: Am I missing something?
EASTWOOD: Whatever you do, don’t let any of the TCPs get exposed to it.
EASTWOOD: That’s horror sludge.
EASTWOOD: It mutates whatever it gets near, immediate contact can turn a TCP into a terrifying monster…
EASTWOOD: At worst, you risk taking their sapience away.
EASTWOOD: That bitch must be looking to turn our TCPs against us violently-
MILLER: By creating monsters that can’t be tamed or reasoned with...
MILLER: That’s...that’s horrible!
EASTWOOD: It’s Spit. Literally everything about her is horrible.
EASTWOOD: What concerns me is that this strategy is new.
EASTWOOD: Never seen a game with this.
EASTWOOD: Wretch, have you?

Wretch remains as silent as she has been for the whole conversation.

EASTWOOD: Gonna take that as an unnecessarily cryptic no.
No. 940463 ID: 53b212
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VOIDSY: Well, there is some good news.
VOIDSY: Communication with the cage type is happening. Sort of.
VOIDSY: It doesn’t seem to understand language at all, and we can assume from that that it hasn’t been taught anything about escape or defection either…
VOIDSY: But it’s not attacking Jasper, and we think we might even be able to get it to help.
VOIDSY: It honestly seems kind of childish. Love starved even.
VOIDSY: So...we’re going to try and turn rescuing Marvel into a game.
EASTWOOD: Are you serious?! Now is NOT the time to be playing games.
MILLER: No, this is good! We have to be gentle with it!
EASTWOOD: It’s the enemy-
MILLER: From the sound of it, it doesn’t have to be.
VOIDSY: How can we make it go rogue?
MILLER: Keep doing what you’re doing, and look for possible insecurities, fears...
VOIDSY: And...exploit them?
MILLER: No! You soothe, reassure, comfort them!
MILLER: Making a TCP feel secure is the best way to go!
MILLER: Just don’t make any promises you can’t keep. That’ll backfire hard, especially in such an extreme situation.
MILLER: Good luck!
No. 940464 ID: 53b212
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You tell Jasper that you know how uncomfortable this is, but they’re really helping here, and their actions here could be the first step towards the cage rebelling against its god. Jasper gives a slight nod of acknowledgement, waiting for more.

You tell Jasper that it looks like the cage likes nice feeling textures, and that their scarf may do as a little something to fiddle with. You don’t even get to explain further as Jasper rips off their scarf, the cage watching with rapt attention. The cage type follows every movement as Jasper wiggles the scarf around, batting at it like the small cat it is. Jasper hands the scarf over, and the cage practically dances, hopping from foot to foot and waving the scarf like a treasured new flag.

Jasper relaxes. Even with this TCP’s size, it’s getting harder and harder to see it as a threat. Even so...Jasper looks troubled for a moment, shaking it off and saying that they want to talk to you about something later.
No. 940465 ID: 53b212
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You thank Jasper, and ask if they can get a better look at the controls while the cage is distracted.

Jasper floats over, letting out a huff of frustration- the buttons are completely unlabelled, untextured, and unmarked in every way. The cage doesn’t even seem to notice as Jasper inspects them at least, busy crumpling and uncrumpling the scarf into a ball.
No. 940466 ID: 53b212
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The cage seems friendly enough, and making this rescue mission into a sort of game could help get Marvel out of here. Jasper approaches the cage carefully, hanging their taser chain around their neck and gesturing for it to follow them. The cage gives them a confused look, only getting the drift when Jasper tugs on the edge of its new scarf toy.

Jasper waves a hand up at Marvel, getting only a dull clunk in response from the cage. They try holding up one of their hands next, miming pulling the tube out of Marvel’s hand. The cage pats its bars excitedly, running over to the controls and hitting a button.

The tubes release their grip on the brain type, and the restraints open- everything except for the collar.

Marvel collapses to the ground, still unconscious. Jasper has no idea how they’re going to carry him out, but they float over to the cage and give it a thankful pat on its bars- and, after a brief hesitation, unclasps its emblem. This is a gift, they say. For helping out.

The cage looks at it as if its the most prized treasure in the world, making some very excited clangs. Jasper shushes it, moving back to Marvel and shoving him into a sitting position.

You hear Buddy cry out for a split second, the sound cutting out.
No. 940467 ID: 53b212
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You try turning to Buddy in a panic, only to find that you can no longer focus on it, no matter how much you try.

Buddy’s health is now POOR.
No. 940506 ID: e37a06

See if you can release that collar from the outside, or get Cages attention on it.
While we acknowledge you want to talk about something, shit just got worse, so unless you can say it quickly it might have to wait.

Other gods, you say you lost connection your TCP when it was hit by the enemy attacks right?
No. 940513 ID: 3ed3c3

Who's got eyes on Buddy?! Sitrep now!
No. 940514 ID: 2a13fa


Tell the other gods that we've got Marvel free from the machine.
Marvel's probably in really bad shape right now. Do we have anything available to heal them?
No. 940519 ID: 10c408

Oh for the love of everything DO NOT PANIC. That's just going to make jasper resume freaking out and he's the only one physically present in spit's murderfort who can do anything.

With that in mind... Quietly tell Jasper that something's happening in the other chamber and we need him to peek down that way discreetly.
No. 940524 ID: 62a65f

That's... too consistent. A TCP gets suddenly hurt and our vision of them gets blacked out. That's twice that's happened now. Did Spit make some item that specifically does that? Like... how we made the unhallowed sanctuary to block divine influence and perception, did she make like, a gun or something that shoots unhallowed bullets, or darts with unhallowed poison or something? The effect is probably temporary, but... damn, that's like, trying to take advantage of how invested and supportive we are to our TCPs, by suddenly taking that away from them?

Better relay that possibility to our fellow gods. And to our TCPs, so they're not shocked by being suddenly cut off from us if/when they get hit.
No. 940525 ID: 8eaf98

We knew this could happen, this was a risk Buddy accepted; there is no reason to panic. We have healing we can get, and we may want to try out some ways to get items through our bag without damage to away team, damage to home team is much easier to fix. Ideally we do away with that too. I feel a rope or some such should be able to be thread through such that when something is attached to the rope the 'item' becomes rope with attached thing. Then you can alter the rope with attached thing on the other side (while the rope remains in bag) such that the number of 'items' in the bag has not changed, and so no cost need be incurred, but thing is now on the other side.
No. 940830 ID: 53b212
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You tell Jasper to try taking the collar off of Marvel. They try to fiddle with it, finding a seam at the back, but no clasps or visible latches. They get more and more frustrated with it, the cage type turning its attention towards their annoyed grumbling.

It waddles over and sits down next to Jasper, the phantom type scooting over for it. It reaches out and pushes down hard on the back, enough pressure to release the collar and to knock Marvel back to the ground.

EASTWOOD: Shit, what’d you just do?
EASTWOOD: I’ve got visuals!
VOIDSY: We removed a collar from Marvel’s neck.
EASTWOOD: Magic item, then.
EASTWOOD: Fucking communication blocker, figures. They have little to no cost due to how easily they can be used against their maker.
EASTWOOD: Well, Marvel’s still out cold, but I can see.
No. 940831 ID: 53b212
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Jasper looks up incredulously, thanking the cage for helping- they weren’t expecting that at all. The cage seems to recognize Jasper’s intent if nothing else, wiggling around happily...only to recoil with a shudder. Jasper backs up, demanding to know what’s going on.

You say you don’t know, but that shit just got bad in the other room. Don’t panic, but communication with Buddy just got broken, and you need them to look down the hall...carefully. Discreetly.

Jasper floats over, taser chains held tight, ready to act if need be-
No. 940832 ID: 53b212
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But someone’s already here.

Jasper jolts back, taser chains crackling. Their panic level rises even more as a voice booms from within the pit itself, sounding as if it came from some hidden loudspeaker system.

SPIT: Looks like I’ve got a surprise visitor.
SPIT: Fun! Fun, fun, fun, loads of it.
SPIT: And here I thought you’d leave me hanging!
No. 940839 ID: 8eaf98

I feel the play here may be to just charge and slide under him (or around him through the walls) with your wall phasing power, this one seems much less childlike and more determined, it also looks like you know how to remove the collars now. ideally we dont hurt horror juiceman in front of cage friend, would send mixed signals. I currently think Spit doesn't know about marvel in the other room and it is a bit late to go back and deal with that without requiring a fight with horror juiceman and for sure revealing we freed Marvel
No. 940849 ID: e37a06

If you think you can pull this off, make sure to rip your cape off and hold it up in front of you, so it drops as you "disappear"
No. 940859 ID: 91ee5f

Hey, Eastwood, you know those sleeping/paralysis powders/potions you said shouldn’t take too long to make? Yeah, we’d like a progress report on those. If you’ve got any finished ones, please send them through the bag right now. If they’re ready to be used, then I want Jasper to use them on this guy in front of us! If they’re not ready yet, then plan B is down below.

Jasper, Marvel’s god just told us they can see Marvel again! That means that collar works just like the Unhollowed Sanctuary we made, preventing gods from seeing or talking with their TCPs! We think that’s what happened to Buddy and why we can’t see or talk to them!

However, even though Spit made them, you can use the collar against her TCPs! Charge at this new guy and phase through him, then turn around and slap that collar on it! Then keep going and get back to Buddy!
No. 940862 ID: 10c408

I disagree with this. We don't know Buddy's exact status, only that he's most likely got a collar on him now. if we're REALLY unlucky, then he's been injected with horror fluid from that gargantuan needle the nightmare TCP is holding (Is it possible to making a TCP-type of a god? Is that what we're looking at?)

I think the play, assuming that Eastwood's team can deploy consumables is for Jasper to get a run up, make it look like he's going to try and rush past the newcomer, then swerve and go through a wall instead.

This will confuse the FUCK out of the TCP's, possibly throw spit off her game trying to track jasper and may allow him to double back after causing chaos elsewhere in spit's murderfort. (smokebombs or other throwables that leave lingering clouds of debilitating gas would be particularly useful but I doubt we've got any of that just yet.)
No. 940890 ID: e37a06

If we go for buddy right now, we are abandoning Marvel, so may as well focus on whats in front of us.

hey Marnet, check your bag of holding for anything weird being stuck into it, if it looks like a hand or something pull it through. The enemy might have gotten Buddy, and therefore their items.
No. 940893 ID: 3ed3c3

Could we use that collar against this new TCP?
No. 940906 ID: 8d4593

His armor is full of metal Rivets and spikes.
Taser Chain his ass.
No. 941145 ID: 2a13fa

Okay, I think the best plan is to use the chains at range to disable our hostile enemy here long enough to put the collar on them. We can't risk getting close enough that they could use that weapon, but making sure that Spit can't give them commands is important.
No. 941286 ID: 864e49

Alternative idea: The cage seems to like us so it's possible that if Jasper acts scared and hides behind the cage that it may possibly try to protect us?
No. 941287 ID: 9d50cc

Contrariwise, acting against this new person may throw off our attempts to befriend the cage, if they know each other.
No. 941508 ID: 53b212
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VOIDSY: Status on the drugs, Eastwood?! We could really use them right now!
EASTWOOD: Done, sending over as soon as we can get someone at the bag.
EASTWOOD: Buddy has them, right?
VOIDSY: Uh...Buddy’s connection got knocked out…
EASTWOOD: A collar, then.
EASTWOOD: We can’t guarantee it’s safe to send them over, then…
VOIDSY: Give us a sec.

You turn your attention to Marnet, apologizing for how sudden it is, but you really need her to check the bag of holding for anybody poking through it. Someone got Buddy, and they might be rifling through your stuff.

Marnet gives a quick salute before reaching in, startling a little as she yanks a small TCP through the bag. Marnet’s health is now FANTASTIC.

The enemy TCP falls forward, Marnet dodging the large spikes protruding from their hips and back. They let out a pained grinding sound, fluid dripping onto the ground. Dad hefts her rifle up, still dressed in date attire, pointing it at the TCP’s head. Don’t. Move.
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You switch back to Jasper, acting fast. The collar that was on Marvel blocked communication with his god, kind of like the Unhallowed Sanctuary- they need to get it on this new TCP fast. Jasper tightens their grip on their taser chain, backing up and floating as quickly as they could towards Marvel, trying not to fumble with the collar.
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The large TCP approaches with careful, deliberate motions, every footstep sizzling against the dirt. The needle in his hands glints in the red light, and Jasper takes the most fleeting pause possible before charging ahead, narrowly dodging an attempted jab by phasing through him.
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Horror fluid sprays out of the syringe, splattering on the ground away from them. Jasper slaps the collar on the large TCP’s neck while he stares confused at the black pool, hands trembling as they reach back…
No. 941512 ID: 53b212
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And taze the shit out of him.
No. 941513 ID: 53b212
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????’s health is now GREAT, and he is STUNNED.
No. 941514 ID: 53b212
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SPIT: Do you really, honestly, truly think that Raw’s the only attacker I had? Oh, you delicious fools.

The cage type flinches.


Writhe looks conflicted, looking up at the eye above the door and back to Jasper. It doesn’t seem to take in the words, but by the look of it, it recognizes that tone. It takes a wobbling step towards the phantom type, making a distressed, low whine as it does, like something scraping against its metal bars.

SPIT: For the love of- just GRAB THEM ALREADY.
SPIT: Useless piece of shit.
SPIT: We’ll see what Hark makes of them.

Jasper’s growing panicky, demanding to know what they’re going to do to them. Spit just laughs and laughs, growing louder with every cackle.

They don’t want to leave Marvel, they can’t, but they can’t lift them...they aren’t strong enough! There has to be something! There has to be something they can do that’ll make this work!

EASTWOOD: There is one thing.
EASTWOOD: But you’re gonna hate it.
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Eastwood’s voice is shaky.

EASTWOOD: I...I’m sorry, Void.
EASTWOOD: I can’t let you leave Marvel behind.
VOID: What are you talking about?!
EASTWOOD: You have one option.

When you glance at your communications screen, he has his smoke pouring through his fingers, almost as if his head was in his hands.

EASTWOOD: Just a small dose would do it.
EASTWOOD: You’d be able to control how much with that burn type knocked out.
VOIDSY: You...you want me to mutate Jasper?!
VOIDSY: You just said to AVOID that!
EASTWOOD: Damnit Void, I know! I know!
EASTWOOD: But it’s the only way you’re gonna be able to get Marvel out of there!

He sounds like he’s crying.

EASTWOOD: Horror...horror increases the strength of those mutated.
EASTWOOD: It’ll be quick. Just a small dose won’t kill them, or turn them all the way.
EASTWOOD: I’ll do anything.
EASTWOOD: Please...
No. 941525 ID: 8d4593

Step 1: Take Collar off of Raw.
Step 2: Taze Raw again. Don't let him wake up.
Step 3: Put Collar around one of Writhe's bars.
Step 4: Convince Writhe to put Marvel back inside of him
Step 5: Taze Raw Again.
No. 941541 ID: 648a08

Eastwood, I hate this idea, if we lose control of the situation, sure. But would you be able to control them if they wake up? There's also a weapon type at our base that needs blindfolding, so could you get Sonny on that?
We should probably immediately switch to Jasper and tell them to do this, but since Writhe needs to know, they should pantomine taking the collar off, and then point at it and mimic the collar snapping shut before doing so.
If it won't let you get close, just throw the collar to it, we have to rush here. Fighting something made out of metal with an electroshock weapon seems tiresome.

That said, if Writhe does get the idea and is a turncoat, we really should put Raw in the restraints of the machine. Just putting his arms in the bottom restraints would be enough.
No. 941542 ID: 2a13fa

We're not horror mutating Marvel. Sorry, Eastwood, but jesus fucking christ.
As for Writhe, this is our opportunity to make them go rogue; they clearly don't enjoy obeying Spit's orders as it is.
Ask our allies if they know the specifics of a Cage type's ability, and quickly so we can actually use that information if applicable.
If anyone here has a plan for saving Marvel that does not involve horror goo, please make it heard.
No. 941551 ID: 10c408

I like it, but there's an easier solution. Convince Writhe to store Raw and Marvel. They don't have to completely fit in him, since most of his momentum will be going forwards. Then he just leads us to the exit and we're done.

That said... Jasper, where is buddy? If you find him send him out of the hotzone via bag.
No. 941558 ID: caf1de

poke eye
we need to find and take as many of those collars as possible
maybe get Writhe to make its way out of here while we get Buddy
No. 941568 ID: 8eaf98

stretch goals there pal. also of note Spit is using actual noise to talk here, it seems, not direct god-TCP communication. possibly suggesting spit already is having problems with that whole god connection thing.
No. 941569 ID: 91ee5f

> Done, sending over as soon as we can get someone at the bag.
>Buddy has them, right?
Both Buddy and Jasper have their own bag. We can still send them through to Jasper. (Especially since it was never mentioned that Jasper left their bag with Buddy.)

>enemy TCP
Let the other gods know that Marnet pulled one of Spit’s TCPs through the bag and one of their TCPs should go knock it out with the sleep inducing items that Eastwood’s TCPs made. Then we take it down to the Unhallowed Sanctuary and have someone guard it so it doesn’t escape when it wakes up.

This gives us an advantage, since now that one of Spit’s TCPs is away from her base, she can’t use the CREATE command, just like she did to us.

>Jasper doesn’t want to leave Marvel
>not strong enough to lift Marvel
Don’t worry, Jasper. You may not be strong enough, but Writhe is! You see how conflicted it is? You were being so nice to it, it’s now conflicted on what to do. If you can convince it to go rouge, it’ll help you carry Marvel out of there! In fact, Writhe can help you carry all of our captured teammates out of their! You just need to convince it to turn against Spit!

Here’s an idea: If Dad is back at the base, that means Primus should be there too! We’ll tell Primus to get one of the stuffed animal toys from inside the base and put it in his bag. Then we’ll tell Jasper to pull the toy out of their bag and give it to Writhe. Such an act of kindness should hopefully be enough to win it over!

>mutate Jasper
No way! We’re not going to do that!
No. 941582 ID: 8d4593

Your solution is elegant, and it just might work if Raws collar stays on him, but Writhe is terrified of Raw. I'm not sure he'll cooperate.

Of course, we could use the tazer chains to turn Raw into "Medium-Well" and put him at or near Critical condition so even Writhe knows he Won't get up.
No. 941607 ID: a9af05

Writhe can help Jasper carry our allies out of here. We just need to convince it to join us.
No. 941729 ID: a627e3

i say we mutate Marvel. here me out, it just might wake him up and if we convince Writhe to help us, thats 3 pairs of hands to work with. if your worried about side effects, we can deal with it later! this is an "all hands on deck" situation! we NEED all the help we can get, otherwise everyone's dead. other then that, stick with >>941551
No. 941836 ID: 973504

Yes, this
No. 942298 ID: e37a06

The beast is angry and attempting to intimidate you, Jasper, don't be afraid, for this means you are doing something incredibly right.

If you don't feel as though you can communicate to the cage AND get through to it, its best you get out of here pronto: We have 2 hostages we don't have accounted for. If we succeed too much, Spit may decide to execute them with their unaccounted TCP (1 Cage, 2 Burn, 3 Captured TCP, 4 Approaching Jasper (According to Spit so it's iffy) 5 is unaccounted) the Buddy and Seaspray should be baggable, so you need to return to Buddy's last location to get the bag, while the exit to this room isn't blocked by the next incoming TCP.

Oh yeah, we captured one of Spits TCPs, so we got this pretty good.

On the other side:
Other gods we need you to detain a TCP we just capture-teleported into the base, since we are busy commanding the not-so-stealthy ops. The basement of the wizard tower is enclosed and unused, making it a decent jail until we can properly sort out the prisoner. Make sure to be quick (To avoid giving Spit too much info) but not be overly forceful since we preferably want to make this TCP join us, not just go rogue.

We will not be horror mutating anyone, since that would be counter productive. Not to mention, basically impossible to convince Jasper into doing at this point. We can extend Jasper's operational time using the soda from Poppy (I believe that's their name) alongside health consumables such as potions and jelly to boost their energy and health. (Delivered through a bag of course.)
No. 942304 ID: a8f6be

okay so firstly, Jasper should put the collar on Writhe, and then zap Raw again. Jasper being unable to move Marvel is not immediately catastrophic, because Marvel is not immediately in danger, if Writhe is able to disobey Spit with the help of a collar.
Except, Marvel is still critical. And Spit can kill him just by issuing a kill command. I think. That isn't going to stop being an issue until Marvel gets at least SOME health back, so that needs to be a priority. Unfortunately, Jasper doesn't have the bag on them. The bag would solve a lot of our problems.
SO, what I would suggest Jasper do after doing those things is run back out into the big cave to where Buddy was, get the bag, and run back, or if Buddy isnt there, run around the rooms coming off the cave until they find the bag.
Obviously this isnt a very good plan.
Can we just tell the other gods, Miller and Wretch and Eastwood, that now would be a very good time to send in reinforcements? We've scoped out Spit's base a bit and seen 3 of her tcps, so it probably won't go disastrously now. They can still keep a few back in reserve. We could really just use some help on the ground at this point.
No. 942537 ID: a627e3

...this could work if we knew where jaspers bag is, witch we don't. but it's also a good option.
the problem is we don't know what Spit did with the bag. As far as we know, Spit could have just torched it after one of her TCP's disappeared into it. I'm pretty sure Spit knows the bag is powerful even if she doesn't know what it does. >>942298 the basement is a HORRIBLE place to detain them. Spit can easily view a part of our base and give the TCP commands. If anything, we should detain it in the sanctuary. She can't see where it is, can't give commands, and probably the best place we can talk them into going rogue. It's a place of safety and once they know Spit can't talk to them there or give them commands, they'll be more open to talking. And to get around us not being able to talk to them, we can easily get around that with the mask that we used to talk to Jasper, since it's a direct line to us.
No. 942538 ID: a627e3

Jasper sarch Raw’s body for callers and slap one
one Writhe and on on Raw. Writhe for obvious reasons and one on Raw to to buy us some time. mabey not much, but every second counts.
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VOIDSY: Absolutely not!
VOIDSY: We HATE this idea, Eastwood! It’s only even remotely an option if we lose control of the situation, and even then…
VOIDSY: Jasper could never get convinced into it, and we don’t know if we could control Marvel if he wakes up!
VOIDSY: We’re not mutating either of them!
EASTWOOD: What other ideas do we have?! We’re cornered!
VOIDSY: If we manage to get Writhe to go rogue, we can have it carry out Marvel.
EASTWOOD: And how do you plan to do that?
VOIDSY: Leave it to us.
VOIDSY: Does anyone know what a cage type does?
WRETCH: looked it up
WRETCH: storage types, uhhhh
WRETCH: they store “prisoners”, which looks like its just whoever the cage wants it to be
WRETCH: you cant bust em out either
WRETCH: cage has to let em out itself, or it wont work
WRETCH: no limit on prisoners either so be careful with that i guess
VOIDSY: Thanks, Wretch. We’ll be careful.
VOIDSY: We’re gonna go find Buddy and Seaspray and get them out too.
MILLER: Good luck!
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You switch back to Jasper. You tell them that Spit’s just trying to intimidate them, and the fact that they made her mad means they’re doing something right. They needed to make Writhe go rogue- it’s conflicted after being treated so nicely by Jasper, and it could carry Marvel out if they managed to sway it! Jasper nods, not wanting to give Spit any sort of clue as to the plan...but they give you a questioning gesture, not sure how to go about it. You say that you’ll get something tossed through the bags of holding to help, but they’ll need to hold down the fort until you can get to those bags- hopefully where Buddy is.

They give another affirmative nod, waiting for your next command as Writhe takes another slow step forwards. You tell Jasper to zap Raw again and search his person, see if he has any collars and if he does, slap one on Writhe.

Jasper moves quickly, darting away from the cage and giving Raw a nasty taser zap. Raw takes damage, with his health still at GREAT, and he is still STUNNED. Jasper reaches down and rifles through Raw’s pockets, and sure enough, there’s another collar there. Perfect.
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Your phantom type looks over their shoulder at Writhe, the cage type looking even more hesitant and conflicted. They hold out the collar, saying that it was going to be okay...they’re just going to put this on, and it’ll make the scary voice get out of its head.

SPIT: You IDIOT, you really think that’ll stop me?
SPIT: Stop my words from worming their way into its little cat ears?
SPIT: You’re in my base, you little shit!
SPIT: You’ll NEVER escape me!

Writhe flinches again.

SPIT: Stop being such a big!

It takes a step towards Jasper, and another.

SPIT: Fucking!

Jasper reaches out, holding out the collar.

SPIT: Baby!

Writhe takes it and puts it on, staring directly at the eye on the wall.

SPIT: Fine! Fine! Be like that!
SPIT: I never needed something useless like you.
SPIT: You’ll never last on your own!

Writhe has not gone ROGUE, but direct communications between it and Spit have been BLOCKED.

Jasper walks over to Marvel and points at Writhe, the cage type catching on quickly. It plunks itself down on the ground, opening its gate and gesturing for Jasper to push him in. The phantom type just barely manages to get Marvel in there, careful to avoid the spikes littering the inside. Writhe shuts the gate and gets to its feet, watching Jasper with a curious look.

Jasper hesitates before realizing it’s waiting for guidance, and reaches over to hold its hand.

Cmon. Let’s get out of here.
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EASTWOOD: I can’t...believe that worked.
VOIDSY: We’re not done yet!
VOIDSY: Miller, Wretch, we pulled one of Spit’s TCPs through the bag.
WRETCH: yea we can see it
WRETCH: slops gettin em restrained
VOIDSY: Knock them out using Eastwood’s sleep drugs and throw them in the unhallowed sanctuary, Spit won’t be able to see them down there.
MILLER: Way ahead of you...we’ve got the drugs ready now.
VOIDSY: Right on, we’re also gonna need some soda and health items for Jasper.
MILLER: Guarantee that the bag is safe and there’s someone to pull, and we’ll do that and then some!
WRETCH: yr not the only one with small TCPs who want to get in on this action
WRETCH: we’ll send some dudes over soon as you give us the all clear!
VOIDSY: Awesome. One last thing…

You tell Primus to grab one of the plushes from inside the house, and to send it over with the potions. May as well give Writhe a little present.

Without warning, something changes.
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You can suddenly see Buddy.

Buddy’s health is now HURTING.
No. 943104 ID: 53b212
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The collar blocking your view of it lays on the ground next to it, seemingly pried open...the culprit impaling through Buddy’s neck and upper back. It’s staggering to its feet and struggling to keep itself together, but it’s alive, and from the look of it, mostly safe.

VOIDSY: Buddy’s okay!
VOIDSY: Maybe not okay, but we need some healing over through the bag, stat!
WRETCH: on it

Buddy shuffles over to Jasper’s bag of holding on the ground, rifling through. Crunk passes a sizable amount of jelly through, Buddy absorbing it through its hand...

Buddy’s health has now reached its new maximum of POOR, the permanent health cost of using IMPALE taking its toll.

It thanks you for helping so quickly..and for believing in it. It wanted to prove that it could do this on its own, and it did it! It’s going to do everything it can, protect its family, and make you proud...no matter what the cost.
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A new TCP steps forward, a baseball bat covered in glass shards slung over her shoulder and a familiar looking mask covering her face.

Very interesting. She was on her way to deal with a little spectral pest, but! She got word that Chops, that little sucker, Chops went and got snatched, leaving two whole prisoners unwatched! And that’s not gonna fly, not if she had anything to do with it.

After all…
No. 943106 ID: 53b212
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She’s Spit’s #1.

????’s health is now GREAT.

You are now CURSED. If you give Buddy a command, you will take physical damage.
No. 943108 ID: 10c408

...Ohhh fuck that in particular. Do we even have HP since we only exist in the current game until we become corporeal upon winning?

Questions for later, right now we need to do the following.

1: shift our attention away from Buddy (so we can't issue commands to him and maybe/probably kill ourselves)
2: turn our attention to Marnet so we can tell her to reach through the bag and grab Buddy to get him the fuck out of there.
3: tell jasper that Spit is pulling more bullshit and we're getting buddy out, Writhe has a new toy in the bag that Jasper should give him and if at all possible, Jasper should try and recover Buddy's bag from the new hostile while getting himself, Writhe and Marvel out of spit's torture-base.
No. 943109 ID: 53d8cf

ok so first of all no one give any commands to buddy before we talk about it a bit
No. 943111 ID: 648a08

I would personally recommend taking all ideas for actions to the discussion thread, here:
Otherwise, if we are to give any future commands to Buddy while cursed status is in effect I recommend relaying through another TCP, or using our mask to give the commands directly.

This is a good idea, we need to get Buddy out of there and inform them of what happened safely. Any assistance we can give them will simply take too long.
No. 943112 ID: 648a08

Currently, I think the situation calls for rigid Form-types, like Bryce [driftwood]. If nothing else making all those clothes rigid will deny them from being used.
On the other hand, convincing Buddy to pull them through the bag will be difficult, both from putting others in harm's way and rendering them unable to fight.
No. 943124 ID: a53530

Uh we need to take care of buddy do we have anyway to get to them?
No. 943125 ID: a53530

I think grabbing buddy through the bag could be an idea that works,hopefully?
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