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902109 No. 902109 ID: 11f77a

Wiki: https://tgchan.org/wiki/Arthocob_Date_Quest
Discussion: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/106192.html
Takes place in the Team Port Echo universe so... may or may not be canon-ish. Prequel maybe?
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No. 916519 ID: e3a778

is it considered rude around here to haggle? maybe you can try to get the brass knuckles for 8.
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No. 916521 ID: ad51b8

...well you're in a market area, maybe you'll get lucky and find a few spare yuggoths laying on the ground to get the brass knuckles.
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No. 916525 ID: 91ee5f

>>916514
You know, Eudora seems like the kind of person that likes to punch things, so those brass knuckles would be perfect for her!

Unfortunately, you’re 2 yuggoths short.
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No. 916534 ID: 2f83e5

>>916514
Try to haggle for the brass knuckles
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No. 916915 ID: 080aaf

Eudora's the type to craft her own weapons anyway, from spit & chitin. There are some goals here, but- hey, maybe you can do a side job for the shopkeep and get one of those weapons, like the throwing knives, at a discount.
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No. 917134 ID: 11f77a
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917134

>>916519
>>916521
>>916525
>>916534
The brass knuckles seem promising. But you’re right that I’m only two yuggoths short. I never haggled before, but I’ll try. It’s easy right? Make the offer and act like you’re in charge!

Yeah, that’s right! The seller depends on me to make business! It only matters what the customer thinks those weapons are worth! I give the Zephcynth seller my offer to pay everything I have left in my pocket. A full eight yuggoths! Making eight is better than making zero anyway! You gotta make what you can!

>Side job for the weapons seller?
Also are you hiring?
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No. 917136 ID: 11f77a
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917136

The Zephcynth tells me my haggling was mediocre and not to waste my breath negotiating on purchases less than 20 yuggoths. Children have a better chance to haggle for the sharper weapons if they fake a tear. He takes a good look at me and politely declines my offer to work behind the counter.

Before I leave to start digging for coins he realizes an opportunity. He thinks I look confident enough to at least carry out a special delivery for him. There’s a neighboring village about a day’s trek away where some guy had ordered a novelty. His previous errand boy was sent but never returned--believing he just ran off with his wares.

He asks if I may be interested in that instead.

>___
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No. 917141 ID: b1b4f3

Do you have time to do this mission?
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No. 917145 ID: 8848bd

whats in it for you, specifically?
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No. 917196 ID: 080aaf

This sounds like a job for Ganymede!
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No. 917214 ID: 11f77a
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917214

>>917145
>>917196
I like that confidence! I can deliver stuff! Of course, I ask what’s in it for me. He seems pleased to have my attention and pulls out an interesting weapon wrapped in heavy silk. A collector in Village Corbon has requested these Relicynth daggers. It’s a bit hush-hush but understandably these mall-ninja types don’t want their parents finding out how they spend their money. You could persuade for a generous tip to keep your jowls sealed. Law of the land usually requires the couriers to be tipped--so you could make an extra 10yg. He’ll start me off earning 4% of what was commissioned after each completed delivery--flexible depending on distance and how hazardous the land may be. But you’re basically going next door. Anything cheaper than 300yg the customers will might as well visit the store themselves. So you'll make 12yg for the deed at the least (not including tips).

All the traditional stuff is there too: have the client sign a document. Boss supplies yuggoths for a stay at any village inn. A badge stating you’re a delivery boy and granted passage into cities and towns.

If I choose to accept, I can start the delivery early tomorrow morning and reach Corbon by evening.

>___
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No. 917253 ID: b1b4f3

Uh... yeah, okay.
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No. 917261 ID: 2f83e5

>>917214
Sounds good to me, accept.
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No. 917263 ID: 080aaf

Great news! Eudora will be pleased to hear you're going steady at your date tonight.
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No. 917528 ID: 11f77a
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917528

>>917253
>>917261
>>917263
I accept the job. The merchant seems pleased and looks forward to seeing me at his tent tomorrow morning. The earlier the better. We can call him Menz. He tells me to skedaddle and make way for the other customers.

Well that was easy to find a job! That one trip will be enough to buy some brass knuckles once I return. I put a checkmark in the book and make sure to write inside my planner.

Now I can find Eudora and cook up some Baoli--
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No. 917529 ID: 11f77a
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917529

HOOF--!
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No. 917530 ID: 11f77a
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917530

I hear some guffawing, and one with a peculiar but recognizable snort in the middle of their hee-haw. It could be none other than Kyzil, Mok, and Torval behind me. These guys have been bullying me for years, but I’ve been perfecting the art of being the bigger man. I’ve wanted to test a new strategy. I'll just... silently get up, try extremely hard not to cry, teach them that it’s not polite to do these things, calmly collect my stuff, and possibly run.
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No. 917531 ID: 11f77a
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917531

Kyzil: “How’s the mud, squirt?”

“You’re not gonna try to be the bigger man again, are ya? Heh-heh-heh...

>___
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No. 917542 ID: d887c0

You ARE the bigger man. You have a job and you're going to have a lovely dinner with someone special to you. These three are just speed bumps. They can push you around, demean you, ridicule you, and even beat you up. But they can't take away what you've achieved. Remember that.
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No. 917548 ID: b1b4f3

Grab your things, shrug, then run away.
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No. 917588 ID: 1a6f80

what new strategy and what with the crazy sadist look on Kyzil
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No. 917603 ID: 91ee5f

>>917531
The most important thing to do is grab the things you were going to give to Eudora! Do that before you say anything to them!
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No. 917623 ID: 2f83e5

>>917531
Be careful, maybe they'll try to stleal your stuff.
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No. 917968 ID: 11f77a
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917968

>>917542
Good words to live by. Day in, day out these guys pick on me--but I’m fairly used to it now. If they were sent by the Almighty Bhothogoshol herself then it definitely isn’t as bad as, like, meteors raining down on a village or a plague. I can take this torment.

>>917548
>>917603
>>917623
You’re right--I should just collect my gifts for Eudora as fast as possible and split. I’m not going to spend a word on these guys. They’ve caused enough trouble my whole life and I don’t quite have anything left to say. I try to save the food first and scoop it into the grocery bag (calmly and not too hurried). I’ll clean off the dirt and mud later.

Kyzil: “Oooooh, the silence is new~! Hey buddy, why aren’t you sayin’ anything?”

Kyzil: “Tch, Is that a comic book? Nerd.”

Mok snatches the magazine before I do. I’ve played that game too many times to know what happens when I try to reach it. Kyzil hops off the fence. Whatever she says the other two chortle with their mandibles.

Kyzil: “Vulgar Rush? What is that, some kind of porn mag?”

Kyzil: “Hmm, all I see are a bunch of burly dudes--is that what gets you going, Gany?”

>___
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No. 917969 ID: e3a778

You know, you can’t go wrong with a guy who’s fit, competent, and heroic — which is why I’ve never paid much attention to you guys.
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No. 918007 ID: 2f83e5

>>917968
Tell her that your eyes are upon a fine and lovey lady already.
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No. 918018 ID: d887c0

Maybe. What? Are they a bunch of homophobes, too? That's discrimination. They could get in trouble for that.
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No. 918044 ID: 1a6f80

we not gay
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No. 918114 ID: 0c3c2c

>>917968
You're really not gay. Actually, it sounds like they're projecting. By the way, does your society have any guards or a police system?

Also, start telling them platitudes from Church. Specifically all the brutally violent ones. Inform them of how your faith is strong, and martyrdom is considered a promotion.
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No. 918117 ID: a9af05

>>917968
Are these guys afraid of Eudora? Do they know who she is?

Because if they know who she is and they're afraid of her, you can tell them that Eudora is gonna hurt them if she finds out they're messing with her comic book!
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No. 918235 ID: 11f77a
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918235

>>918117
These guys are orphans at the school, just like me. And they do know Eudora. While they are rivals--they’ve learned not to anger the punch buggy. I think I remember a childhood incident where Eudora tried to ‘fix’ Kyzil’s eye.

They surround me, even when I back off to make space. Although I can’t just let them take Eudora’s comic book! I don’t really want to reveal that it’s my gift for her. They’d rip it to shreds!

>>918114
>Guards/Police
There are town guards, probably not as tight as other planets. This is a village unlike an off-world city. But if someone spots us they’ll just tell us to scram.

>Platitudes/Violent anecdotes
The Book of the Voxxus Neb is full of neat little anecdotes and lessons! I’m not really keen on the violent stuff--Bhothogoshol shows us that the world doesn’t need brutality and barbarism to get your point across.

I recite a verse when the great warrior Bogn denied to kill his rival: “I cannot steal Meegir when the tempt is absent. Any more, I cannot eradicate just as I cannot spare.

Torval: “That doesn’t even make sense, dork.”

I explain that Bogn became indifferent to violence; his enemies couldn’t strike him down no matter how hard they tried. Bogn saw his enemy like one would view the smallest, insignificant mite in the soil. With a new enlightenment, he could enter the amber City.

In other words, bullying me won’t get you anywhere in life.
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No. 918236 ID: 11f77a
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918236

>>917969
>>918018
Somehow I don’t think it’s a good idea to give any implication that fit, competent, and heroic dudes catch my interest. They’ll just start spreading rumors around the orphanage. I dunno if they’re homophobes but I don’t want to be associated with something I am NOT.

>>918007
I brush what I can off my robe. I make it clear that my eyes are upon a fine and lovely lady already, mind you. Kyzil acts flattered, surprised, and jests with her hands on her cheeks with that sadistic smile in her gaze.

Kyzil: “Ooh~ Ganymede! I never thought you had the hots for me.”

Kyzil: “Suddenly everything about you makes sense~!”

Kyzil: “Please, go on.”

Those jerks are laughing. She knows very well I didn't mean her! >:C I mean, she is a well-complimented Arthocob on campus. But that’s beside the point!

>___
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No. 918241 ID: b1b4f3

>>918236
Tell her she is pretty but you meant Eudora.
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No. 918275 ID: 2f83e5

>>918236
Sorry, altough you are a fine woman, my heart was stolen by Eudora.
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No. 918278 ID: 91ee5f

>>918236
Try telling her, “Oh, please, we both know you’re outta my league! Mok and Torval have a better chance at getting a date with you than I do!”

Hopefully, one or both of the guys will realize that they do feel something for Kyzil and will end up fighting each other to try and get a date with her. Which will have all of them focus on that instead of you!

.....or you could pray really hard right now and ask your god to please send Eudora to save you right now.
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No. 918282 ID: 40df11

Just act confused at the idea she's someone anyone would be interested in.
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No. 918488 ID: 0c3c2c

>>918236
"Your chitin is a lovely shade, but I'm already spoken for by Eudora."

Explain you've been smitten with her ever since you first met. Sadly, you've never gotten further than the getting-your-ass-kicked stage.
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No. 918596 ID: 11f77a
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918596

>>918241
>>918275
>>918278
>>918448
I stammer a bit. Kyzil is way out of my league, and I make it known that she may look like a pretty, fine lady, but my heart still belongs to Eudora as I’ve been smitten with her since I first laid eyes on her. And besides... these two goons have a better chance going out with Kyzil than me. I mean why haven’t they dated her yet?

Torval and Mok both look at her; Kyzil drops the façade and scoffs. She seems to be quite... revolted at my rejection.

Kyzil: “Don’t tell me you’re still after that... boring husk! I thought a smart nerd like you would’ve given that up long ago.”

Kyzil: “Tsk, at least you guys would have a better chance going out with me.”

Torval: “Oh sweet, really?”

Kyzil: “Shut up, snot!”

She pushes me, and I back up against Mok’s chest. His hands don’t even need to grip my shoulders to keep me still; and just lays his palms down. Kyzil slaps a hand against my grocery bag and rips a strap.

Kyzil: “Like, are you trying to offend me? Eudora? Come on...”

Kyzil: “You know what? I’m starting to believe you just have a kink of getting bullied, rejected, and punched around, haven’t you Gany?”

Now I’m starting to worry; this may be the part where I get a black eye! In my mind I am praying to The Great Flying Rod to make the punches a little more bearable than last time--or to send me an angel to help. I await my untimely fate!
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No. 918597 ID: 11f77a
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918597

‘—HEY!!!
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No. 918598 ID: 11f77a
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918598

...



“Leave the dweeb alone...”

>___
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No. 918599 ID: 080aaf

Greet her casually. What brings her round here today?
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No. 918600 ID: 91ee5f

>>918598
Congratulations, your prayers for an angel to help have been answered! And the angel also happens to be your angel, Eudora!

.....so what now? Do you just stand there and wait to be saved? Or do you take this opportunity to grab your things and run towards Eudora while the others are distracted?

Because I think you should grab your things and run towards Eudora.
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No. 918604 ID: b1b4f3

>>918598
Hi Eudora I got you presents!
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No. 918631 ID: a9af05

>>918598
Your rescuer has arrived!
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No. 918645 ID: 2f83e5

Can you move? If so, then run towards Eudora, if you can't then greet her whit the most lovable smile you can make.
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No. 918646 ID: 1be376

>I’m starting to believe you just have a kink of getting bullied, rejected, and punched around, haven’t you Gany?
Wow, Kyzil clearly has a weird thing for you. Has she ever actually dated anybody or does she just spend all her time tormenting you?
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No. 918966 ID: 11f77a
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918966

>>918646
She... hangs out with a lot of popular students. You know... that center-of-attention type. She’s always had a boyfriend-of-the-month growing up in the orphanage. She must be single again, could be why she has extra time to torment me. All the losers wanna be with her too.

>>918645
>>918600
I could try to grab my things and run—but Mok nudges me back if I move an inch. The comic book is in Kyzil’s hands now. So I smile at Eudora, with a gentle wave. Perhaps she can read my face that I’m in need of some rescuing too.

Kyzil: “Hrmph, well if it isn’t your girlfriend~ Eudora! Come to whisk you off your feet, huh dweeb?”

Eudora: “I’m not. His girlfriend. Kyzil.”

Kyzil: “Awe, do you hear that? You’re gonna break his heart. He was just talking about you too. How smitten he is.”

Eudora: “Tough. Let him go.”

Kyzil: “Feh. Tell ya what. I’ll let him go: but only after you confess your loooove for him~”

She drapes her arms around me so cutely. I feel uncomfortable and look at Eudora trying to force a light smile that I’ll be okay.

Kyzil: “In fact, the both of you should just confess your feelings right now! Tell Gany that you’re in need of a companion in this lonely, cold Voxxus. Just two bugs in a rug perfectly matched by Bhothogoshol herself! ♥”

>___
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No. 918967 ID: 080aaf

Confess that you're feeling how clingy Kyzil is right now, no wonder her boyfriends never stick around long.
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No. 918987 ID: b1b4f3

>>918966
Tell them you've got a witness to their theft, assault, and harassment. You will go to the police if they do not give you back your things and go.
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No. 918995 ID: 0c3c2c

>>918966
Confess that Kyzil is INCREDIBLY mad that you might have feelings for Eudora.
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No. 918997 ID: 91ee5f

>>918966
If only you could’ve gotten those brass knuckles. Then you could’ve handed them to Eudora right now and she could test them out on these guys! Oh, well.

>Confess your love to each other.
Go ahead and confess to her!

And make sure you phrase it so that you tell her that even if she never loves you back, you’ll always love her!
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No. 919005 ID: a9af05

>>918997
This.
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No. 919010 ID: a9af05

>>919005
Also maybe say that you enjoy the way she punches things or something like that? You've gotta show an interest in something she likes if you want some way to establish a relationship over coming grounds.
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No. 922712 ID: 11f77a
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922712

>>918967
>>918995
Maybe she is jealous of me. But perhaps she hates Eudora more. Kyzil is only using me as a tool to get to her.

Eudora: “Don’t answer. We’re not playing this stupid game.”

>>918997
>>919005
I’m anxious to confess. Yet, I’ve let my feelings known so many times before. Not to mention these bullies know I don’t hang out with many people but her.

Ganymede: “Eudora, you know I’m in love with you. I’m not ashamed of it.”

Ganymede: “I like the way you... punch. And kick stuff. You’re a very cool dude.”

Eudora: “Ganymede, you dolt.” She sighs with a roll of her eyes, “You know I don’t feel the same. Sorry.”

I expected that. It still lets me down--it’s never as bad as the first. But I kept trying over the years. Of course, my bullies poke fun of this event with sarcastic pity. Kyzil seems to loosen her grip on me.

Kyzil: “Awe, you’re no fun at all, Eudora. You’ve hurt his feelings! Hnnk~
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No. 922714 ID: 11f77a
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922714

Ganymede: “But you know what, Eudora? That’s fine if you don’t love me. I can’t shake off the same feeling I had when I first laid eyes on you.”

Kyzil: “Wait. Are you kidding me right now?

Ganymede: “And I’m still happy to be your friend--”

Kyzil: “Oh, come on Gany. You can’t still be attracted to this... sad, depressing, and apathetic locust! She’s rejected you and every other guy’s advances with a punch to the face!”

Kyzil: “She can’t feel love or treat anyone right but herself! You know that? You’d go to Ndepthteph’s Maw and back and she still wouldn’t notice you exist!”
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No. 922715 ID: 11f77a
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922715

Kyzil puts a hand against my cheek and turns my head to look eye-to-eye.

Kyzil: “Wouldn’t you rather go out with a lady like me~? Despite all that I’ve put you through; that even I find your innocence your best quality--perhaps I just never knew how to express myself near you.”

Kyzil: “I can show you a wonderful night--even if it doesn’t work out between us in the end! I can turn this around and make you feel wanted. Something Eudora can never give.”

Kyzil: “Just say the word, Gany. Perhaps you’ll take the chance with me~ It’s certainly a better chance than with her!”

Kyzil: "Don't be a fool for once!"

>___
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No. 922717 ID: 080aaf

Apathetic? She's shown she cares more about me than you do. And maybe it's just an ordinary amount of caring for people's general well being but boy does that say more about you than it does her.
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No. 922723 ID: 91ee5f

>>922715
Is she serious right now? After how much she’s tormented you over the years, she thinks you’ll choose her over Eudora? That’s not going to happen.

“If loving Eudora makes me a fool, then I’ll continue to be a fool. However, I’d have to be an idiot to choose you over Eudora! Sure, Eudora may never love me back, but at least she doesn’t beat me up for fun like you’re always doing!”

Who knows? Maybe Eudora will like you more if you actually stand up for yourself instead of just letting yourself get beat up like you always do?
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No. 922724 ID: c1212a

She's always been a bitch to you, don't let her play with your heartstrings as well.
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No. 922727 ID: 3ed3c3

>>922715
That's a load of bullshit.
Besides, it's better to have a good friend than a bad romance. Eudora may not return your feelings, but she's still your friend, and that's something Kyzil can't reproduce.
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No. 922728 ID: a97c49

>Kyzil is only using me as a tool to get to her.
Man that makes no sense. Eudora doesn't care who you're dating.

Persistance won't change Eudora's mind. It'll just make her hate you.

On the flip side, Kyzil is creepily obsessed. Maybe give her a try? She might stop bullying you at least.
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No. 922729 ID: b1b4f3

>>922715
Maybe if you give me back my stuff.

But also didn't she just try this same act not two minutes ago? What's with the repeat performance?
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No. 922735 ID: 0c3c2c

>>922715
Point out that Kyzil regularly mocks, bullies and abuses you while Eudora actually tries to protect and help you.

Also, grabbing your arm like that was not a friendly thing to do. Ask her why she's acting so damn intense.
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No. 922806 ID: a9af05

>>922715
Don't let her pull at your heartstrings! She's just trying to manipulate you!

She's probably going to just ditch you as soon as she's finished toying with you! All because she's a manipulative [insert Arthocob swear word here]!
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No. 926152 ID: 11f77a
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926152

>>922724
>>922728
>>922806
>Give her a try?
>Heartstrings
Hmm. Although it’d be a weird turnaround to date Kyzil--I feel like there’s not a lot of truth to her offer. And she’s merely toying with me again. What would Eudora think of me, after all this time loving her, if I finally give up and date her rival?

Cth Kyzil gog uuahriik thosc*. I can’t see myself having fun on a romantic night with her now.

Ganymede: “Well, if loving Eudora makes me a fool, then I’d be a bigger idiot to hang out with you. She’s not apathetic at all. I still consider her a friend; something not even you can reproduce. You’ve done nothing but mock and bully me all my life, Kyzil.”

“Sorry but I’ll have to pass.”

* Yet Kyzil is quite a [expletive].
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No. 926153 ID: 11f77a
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No. 926154 ID: 11f77a
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926154

Kyzil: “Tch. Your loss!”

Kyzil: “You could’ve been a lucky guy tonight. Jus’ sayin’. Ya let it woosh by!”
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No. 926156 ID: 11f77a
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926156

Kyzil: “This is getting boring anyway."

Kyzil: "Guys! Let’s go find some food to eat.”

Kyzil: “S’dhaquacama*, dork! Bhothogoshol is laughing down at ya!”

She tosses my comic book and trots off. I guess that's the last of her for a while. Hopefully I won't run into her or her goons at the church.

>___
* S’dhaquacama: A general greeting/goodbye. Or an ‘Amen’.
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No. 926157 ID: c7f906

Catch the book, catch the book!
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No. 926158 ID: 3ed3c3

>>926156
Good on ya, Little G. Don't let that bitch and her goons get you down.
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No. 926174 ID: 91ee5f

>>926156
Get the comic book and give it to Eudora like you planned!
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No. 926188 ID: 080aaf

Thank Eudora. And Bhothogoshol.
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No. 926190 ID: b1b4f3

Thank Eudora for helping get rid of them.
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No. 926215 ID: a9af05

>>926156
Now that Eudora is here, go ahead and give her the things you bought for her.
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No. 926225 ID: 4f51b2

Say S’dhaquacama too, catch the book and give it to Eudora.
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No. 926699 ID: 1ed92d

>>926156
Grab the book and thank your friend!
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No. 930600 ID: 11f77a
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Yeah, S’dhaquacama...’ I respond once Kyzil is far enough away with her goons. For a moment I do wonder if she really meant what she said—that I could’ve enjoyed her company. Or that my love for Eudora will just be in vain. Hrmm...

I pick up the comic book and dust it off. A ripped corner here and there but it’s readable. Eudora’s voice murmurs behind me. “You good?” She frowns, like always, and her eyes merely glance up and down to see mud splotches on my robe. ‘Yeah, I’m good.’ I reply.

Thank Bhothogoshol you showed up! O-oh! And you most importantly, of course.
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No. 930602 ID: 11f77a
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Uh-huh” she mumbles while I clutch the magazine. “Well watch out for those jerks. I’m just gonna head over--

>Give Eudora the book
--Before you go I... was in the market today. I know it’s not an appropriate time after... what just happened. But I thought you might like this comic book! Y-you like punching things so I thought maybe you’re up f-for a little action.

I mean, not with me! I didn’t mean it that way. I mean, something to read--It’s an action comic!’ I’m always a bit nervous when I gift things to her. Usually it’s pretty things. A rock or a flower. I don’t know how she’ll react!

She looks over the cover. “Vulgar Rush?” Eudora thinks. She flips a page, “Uh, thanks. I guess. I’ll... read it later then?” She shifts the issue into her robe-pocket.

Are you gonna be okay?
>___
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No. 930606 ID: b1b4f3

>>930602
Tell her if she wants to be sure she can walk you home every day...

Also tell her about that job you got. Does she wanna come with? You'll split the pay?
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No. 930612 ID: 91ee5f

>>930606
All of this.
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No. 930726 ID: 0fae41

Sure you are! (She'd like a strong, independent guy, don't you think?)
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No. 930755 ID: f2320a

>>930602
Tell her if she wants to be sure she can walk you home every day...

Also tell her about that job you got. Does she wanna come with? You'll split the pay?
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No. 930762 ID: a9af05

>>930606
Tell her this.
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No. 930837 ID: 1ed92d

>>930762
Sounds fun!
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No. 932911 ID: 11f77a
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932911

Ganymede: Yeah, I think I’ll be fine~

I brush more dirt off my robe trying to put on my best ‘fine’ face. She merely twitches an antenna.

Ganymede: BUT!

Eudora: ?

Ganymede: If you want to be sure, you can walk me home every day.

Eudora: ...I’ll see if I can...

Eudora: I mean, I was just going back to the orphanage now.

Ganymede: Oh, hey, me too! I got food if you want some. Qua-quibb flanks, mmm~

Eudora: ...

Ganymede: And beer.

Eudora: Uh-huh.

Eudora: Well, I don’t think I can stop you, so be my guest to tag along.
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No. 932912 ID: 11f77a
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932912

We’re walking through the markets; it’s a straight path back to the orphanage. I feel much safer with her already. The students I recognize seem to avoid her with a subtle side-step. I try not to talk so much so I often split up my conversations on the way.

Ganymede: ...And another thing, Eudora!

Ganymede: I got a job!

Eudora: More charitable work? Is the Gorm farm short on staff?

Ganymede: No I mean a real job. I’m a delivery boy! Starting tomorrow.

Eudora: This is news.

--speaks through me! Listen to me now! Listen good! I am here to save you!

Ganymede: It’s nothing! I have to deliver some weapons to the next village over; in Corbon! Something about a few daggers a collector has ordered. Should take a day to get there on foot, a day to walk back.

--blasphemers will step through His gate, unto His roost! Devoured as you’re so deserved! But you still can embrace--

Ganymede: You know, I wouldn’t mind if you tagged along. Just a suggestion. Could make an eeeasy six yuggoths! I promise I won’t talk so much.

Eudora: Eh, you can probably make the trip alone. I’ve got some--

--remember I give you all a chance to be free! This village has no refuge when the Voxxus collapse! Shy away now and you may serve beside--

Eudora: Some, uh, detention work--

--Don't you walk away! Listen to me! Look at me. Look at me when I speak to you! You. Are. Doomed!--
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No. 932913 ID: 11f77a
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Preacher: Each and every one of you will be first to ruination! You will suffer just as you suffer now through your ignorant lives, oblivious to his call! No, no you choose to ignore his word because he speaks the truth! His maw inevitable! You lost your way, children, but I can save you! I hold out my hand for you! Every night before I sleep, I feel guilt. Guilt that I haven’t saved enough! If I could just save one more, I say! If I could save one more! It’s not too late for the children, they can be saved!

Her teachings are trickery, they are false, and a means to distract from the inevitable! Pests, the lot of you! Why choose to be blind? I hold the Voxxus Neb* and preach only the undeniable truths. It says here: On the back of the great cosmic centipede, Voxxus** was but a floating puddle of slag! It was the embodiment of anti-life, the deep dark at the beginning as it should be forever! Ndepthteph the first born! The favorite child of Relik! But nay, the wretched grub plagued Voxxus with Bhothogoshol through the craquelure of space...!


>__

*Voxxus Neb: Basically their bible.
**Voxxus: ‘The Universe’ which rests on the back of the cosmic centipede, Relik. Which the stars act as his eyes.
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No. 932914 ID: b1b4f3

>>932913
What's this about? Who's "He" and "She"?
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No. 932917 ID: 91ee5f

>>932912
>Eh, you can probably make the trip alone.
If she thinks you’ll be fine on your own, then you should be fine tomorrow.

>>932913
Wonder what that’s all about? Oh, well, it’s none of your business, so let’s keep walking.

Unless they’re standing in front of where you guys are going, then you’ll have to get past them.
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No. 932918 ID: a9af05

>>932912
>Detention work
Ask her if it's anything you can help her with before you have to leave for that delivery job tomorrow?
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No. 932922 ID: 1ed92d

>>932913
Peacefully engage the Doomsayer in dialogue. Do not provoke them with insults or direct statements. Instead, try to find the source of their fears that the faith is untrue.

There may be a hidden kernel of wisdom amidst their proclamations of apocalypse. That, and it would be good if a member of the faith could soothe their obvious and intense fears in some way.
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No. 932971 ID: 4f51b2

Ask her if she needs help. Does the preacher is bothering her?
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No. 933023 ID: 11f77a
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933023

>>932914
‘She and He’? Must be referencing our Gods Bhothogoshol and Ndepthteph again. Well, not the same guy, but occasionally we have other fanatics who spout their beliefs when they stop by this village. It’s been pretty common lately, in fact.

>>932917
>>932918
We’re only passing through the street. Our orphanage should be close. Eudora is staring at the loudmouth so I try to distract her and walk on.

Ganymede: So, detention, huh? Got caught beating up one of the annoying bachelors who tried to sweet-talk their way into sharing a cocoon?

Ganymede: You know, I have the rest of the day to myself. I can help ya and get you out of detention faster--
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No. 933024 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: Eudora?
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No. 933025 ID: 11f77a
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Preacher: --And you, girl! That symbol you wear is a pox! Burn that robe, rod-follower, before you infect anyone with its pathetic idealism! Heed my warning; this village is heading to ruin! Bogn will sound the terrible bugle and signal the end days. Mi-Yok will scavenge the land, their hunger never satiated!

>__
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No. 933029 ID: 891b91

Preach back at him! Two can play at this game!
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No. 933046 ID: a9af05

>>933029
This.

It's time for a Death Preaching Battle!
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No. 933059 ID: b1b4f3

>>933025
Ask her what's up. Is this guy gonna get punched?
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No. 933529 ID: 4f51b2

>>933025
Try to calm her down, it looks like she's gonna punch him.
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No. 933799 ID: 1ed92d

>>933025
You must lift the Doomsayer's hand and tell them that that's a good way to get it snapped off. Seriously.
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