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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. 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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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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932913

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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933024

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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No. 934900 ID: 11f77a
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The preacher keeps yelling the word of Ndepthteph into her face, blatant and seething through his teeth. Pincers? In any case... She only stares at him—and her scowl hasn’t changed since first noticing him.

Preacher: Let Ndepthteph liberate you from your mortal coil, child! I understand your hesitation, how you were cultured to this life. But your elders lied to you, when they themselves were fed lies from the Flying Rod herself!

Preacher: Ndepthteph can teach you meaning, purpose! You must attend a seminar. Let His patrons convince you. It’s not too late—

Eudora: You don’t belong here...

Eudora: Leave.
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No. 934901 ID: 11f77a
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934901

Preacher: ...

Preacher: ...Leave?
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No. 934903 ID: 11f77a
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934903

Preacher: LEAVE?!

Preacher: Who do you think you are, girl, to tell a messenger of Ndepthteph to just leave?!

Preacher: Every one of you will be raped, pillaged! This town decimated when hungry shades run loose!

Preacher: I’m here with a purpose unlike you!

Preacher: You’re one of those orphans from that pitiful school aren’t you?

Preacher: Explains how your elders never paid attention or taught you any manners!

Preacher: Some life Bhothogoshol ‘blesses’ when you’re brought into this world and promptly tossed aside! You’re just someone else’s problem now and forever!
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No. 934905 ID: 11f77a
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934905

Preacher: And good riddance to them!

Preacher: They deserve to be devoured, ground up in Ndepthteph’s maw for leaving a mindless brat like you believing in blasphemous literature and fairy tales!

Preacher: Why do you look at me like a stupid girl?! Don’t just look at me like an empty shell!

Preacher: Find something else to cover yourself with and quit parading like a whore!
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No. 934906 ID: 11f77a
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934906

>Try to calm her down
>Preach back at him/time for a Preaching Battle
I nudge Eudora aside; I felt I had to do something! Her fists were shaking and ready to sock him a new one!

Ganymede: Listen bub! You’re preaching on the wrong turf! Bhothogoshol has so much to give if you open up to her--!

What the hell am I doing? I’m not good in front of crowds! I should just scoot Eudora away before I get hurt! Oh jeez. What do I even say?

Bhothogoshol was never a blasphemous god! She is the sole life-bringer of the Voxxus. This abrupt slandering of Her has been picking up lately, especially further out into the more populated villages (or so I hear). Because a mountain range cuts through the vast plains, our small home and surrounding settlements are pretty reclusive from nearby Hives* where most extra-terrestrial visitors go for trade.

Great Flying Rod, what do I even talk about?
A) Attack his own beliefs; state the faults in Ndepthteph’s teachings. Our Gods are not so perfect.
B) Defend Bhothogoshol; counter with my own wisdom and anecdotes. I've been beside Her my entire life.
C) Beat Eudora to sucker punching his stupid face first. That’ll teach him. Could impress her too. MY fist is starting to shake!
D) It’s no use, he’s not going to change his mind. I should take Eudora's hand and leave.
E) >___

*Hives; or just a rough translation what you call ‘a city’. It’s interchangeable. Bug terminology, yay.
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No. 934919 ID: 891b91

Hmm. I think attacking this guy's beliefs probably won't be effective -- it'll just make him angrier. On top of that, you'd be acting a bit too much like him, which would probably cause Eudora to lose respect for you.

Getting Eudora to walk away is an option, but it probably won't impress her; it's clear that she has very deep feelings for Bhothogoshol, or perhaps for her worshippers who gave you and Eudora a home, so just ignoring this guy probably won't make her feel any better about the situation.

Sucker punching him seems like a bad idea. Let's face it, fighting probably isn't your strong suit; besides, it was you who said (or thought, rather), "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", so it's against your scruples anyway. Aside from that, I get the impression that despite her use of it, Eudora doesn't have much respect for violence. I think she uses it because she believes she has to, and that she'd be perfectly content with never having to use it again. She might think less of you if you were to sock this guy in the mandible, even if she was getting ready to do it herself.

No, the best option is clearly B: Defend Bhothogoshol. You seem to be very devout in your beliefs, so no doubt you've got the knowledge to hold your own in a debate with this guy; and speaking in defense of your own beliefs is nobler than attacking the beliefs of others. If I'm right that Eudora is offended on behalf of either Bhothogoshol or her worshippers, then she's going to see your actions as having the right motivation behind them. The best outcome here is to convince this guy to change his ways, obviously, but even if that proves impossible Eudora will probably think more highly of you for having the courage to stand up for what is right.
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No. 934922 ID: a9af05

>>934906
B
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No. 934924 ID: 0fae41

A. Go on the offensive, put the preacher on the other foot. There's no depthdepth to Ndepthdepth's bile! He's just jealous of what the other gods create! All he does is destroy! Spending the present times ranting about the hopelessness of the end times is a self fulfilling prophecy!
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No. 934926 ID: b1b4f3

>>934906
A. This guy won't be swayed but if you can shame him enough he'll leave. You have to go on the offensive to do that.
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No. 934936 ID: 4f51b2

>>934906
B) Defend your faith boy.
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No. 935410 ID: 11f77a
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>...I think [Eudora] uses [violence] because she believes she has to. And that she’d be perfectly content with never using it again...
Interesting thought! I never considered that from her. Makes sense I wouldn’t know her motives to fight because Eudora is very withdrawn. Yet punching is usually her answer to... well, everything!

>Defend your faith boy; defend Bhothogoshol
Y-yeah! I should go on the defensive! I was almost carried away to hurt the crazy zealot. I’ve made my stance, and I gotta go through with it. No walking off now!

Ganymede: I’ve been an orphan of Bhothogoshol my entire life, and never were her teachings blasphemous.

Ganymede: After her creation, the Voxxus finally had reason to exist! For millennia the Gods complimented each other to balance the Voxxus.

Ganymede: Like the Voxxus Neb says; She molded the first Arthocobs, and they were perpetual.

Ganymede: But she did realize her mistake. Not in the way you address.

Ganymede: Perpetuation meant Death couldn’t be a threat to them, thus Life was taken for granted. The Gods’ graces would be ignored.

Ganymede: The err was reversed so life became much more rewarding, and death more deserving! Now there was purpose!

Ganymede: You may spout hatred of The Great Flying Rod all you want, but know this: She is unashamed of her creation!

Ganymede: And if She is unashamed of you, then I’ll stand by her and forgive your spectacle.

Ganymede: This village has heard enough, preacher. You’ve made your case.
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No. 935411 ID: 11f77a
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935411

Preacher: I’m saddened...

Preacher: Saddened my word isn’t enough, Rod-follower.

Preacher: I can only assume you represent this village and speak for that wench and the entire accursed town.

Preacher: Leaving me with no choice...

Preacher: You’re far lost in Her teachings.

Preacher: So I must act accordingly!
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No. 935413 ID: 11f77a
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935413

Preacher: This place will be marked; I shall signal the beginning of its cleanse!

He’s lifting a dagger high into the air!
A) I must act fast and suppress this madman! Tackle him… or something!
B) Oh God, Eudora help he’s got a knife! I have enough time to hide behind her!
C) No matter what—I should stand my ground and stick up for my beliefs, may he strike me.
D) I believe I see authorities. I should yell to get their attention!
E) >___
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No. 935417 ID: b1b4f3

>>935413
E, just get away from him. He's probably going to stab himself, or something. Leave room for Eudora in case violence is needed, you've done your part.
If he points that knife at anyone else, then you can call the authorities.
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No. 935429 ID: a9af05

>>935417
This.
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No. 935442 ID: caf1de

stand back and just motion for Eudora to do her thing
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No. 935444 ID: 277bef

Get back and B this fucker’s brandishing a knife in public for crying out loud let’s not risk anything.
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No. 935446 ID: 91ee5f

>>935413
B

Once he’s been subdued, tell him that if he has to resort to murder when his words can’t convince anyone to listen, then he’s doomed to always fail.
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No. 935489 ID: 4f51b2

>>935413
This is difficult, you probably will get stabed if you try to tackle him, push him as fat as you can with all your might, make sure he falls and then step on the knife. You can't depend on Eudora to this kind of things all the time, you have to show her you can be a man of action too.
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No. 936093 ID: 11f77a
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He raises the knife with a trembling arm like he’s preparing to commit his first murder! I hesitated as the blade’s edge sparked light.

>just get away from him
>stand back…let Eudora do her thing
>let’s not risk anything
>Get back and [hide behind her]
I don’t think I’m cut out for disarming lunatics, anyhoo! I dart behind Eudora as fast as I can. She raises her fists ready to knock him out once he makes his first swing.

Ganymede: Eudora, do something!
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No. 936094 ID: 11f77a
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The mad preacher drops to one knee. He stabs into the dirt like planting a railroad spike. He makes several lines digging along the coarse road while rambling.

Preacher: I mark this tainted ground!

Preacher: Ndepthteph has given me a premonition!

Preacher: I see lost spirits from the husks of treacherous creatures—they stand before your accursed house demanding blood!

Preacher: And before them; an amber warrior of the Death Worm leads the sect!

Preacher: Abandon this place and leave your faith behind, children!

Preacher: You will regret passing this last warning!
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No. 936095 ID: 11f77a
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936095

The preacher leaves his dagger into the ground after a final stab. His lone rioting has ushered most of the villagers off. Only Eudora and I stand closest to him. Well, that and a few guards heading our way.

Guard 1: Alright. What’s the commotion here?

Guard 1: Another one of these doomsayers, huh?

Preacher: It. Is delivered. It begins…

Preacher: The pieces are falling to place.

Guard 2: Alright, funny guy. It’s time you set off out of here. Come with us and we’ll take you home.

Preacher: Home will be the front steps of Rac* when this world turns over!

Preacher: Till my death, I wander the land to warn true believers.

Guard 1: Wander over with us, then.

*Rac-Naquaghu: City of golden amber where immortals and true dreamers can visit and live in eternal euphoria.
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No. 936096 ID: 11f77a
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The first guard motions the other with a subtle wave and steps beside the preacher. There’s no struggle as the preacher simply complies, picking up his sign to be escorted away. He's done what he wanted. The other guard approaches us. He makes a quick glance which assures him that we’re fine or… not in peril.

Guard 2: Alright, show’s over. You kids go run off now.

Guard 2: Stay outta’ trouble, and just ignore this kind of stuff in the future ya hear?

Guard 2: Can't let your brains rot with epiphanies of a mad man or... whatever.

He turns and begins to leave.
A) We should inspect the markings.
>1 I don’t know why, but I want to take the knife. The guard must’ve not noticed it in the ground with the helmet in the way. Can’t let a weapon stick out in the open like that.
>2 I should let the guards know the preacher had a weapon drawn. One day he could go too far and really hurt somebody.
>3 Leave everything be, and just have a glance at what that madman drew.
B) Eudora and I should continue on home instead.
>1) We can talk and wonder what that preacher has been babbling about.
>2) Shrug it off, talk about her detention and helping her.
>3) Talk about anything else, I wonder what’s on her mind right now.
C) >___
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No. 936097 ID: 891b91

A1: Examine the markings and take the knife. Madman or not, there may be some hidden truth to his ramblings -- Ndepthteph is as real as Bhothogoshol, correct? While he is wrong about the Great Flying Rod, his premonition may be real, and analzying the markings and his dagger may be essential to defending the town! Maybe there's someone, like a priest or something, whom you could talk to about this?
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No. 936142 ID: 9aaeef

>>936096
A1, inspect the mark and ask Eudora what does she think about it.
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No. 936143 ID: 91ee5f

>>936096
A1
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No. 936266 ID: 0fae41

A1. Hey, free weapon. You were shopping for those earlier, remember?
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No. 936325 ID: 4f51b2

>>936142
This
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No. 936328 ID: a9af05

>>936096
A1
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No. 936347 ID: 11f77a
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>examine the marking [and take the knife]; there may be truth to his ramblings
No one notices me when I pluck the dagger planted in the middle of this sigil. It’s a strange blade, like a ceremonial knife or for making rituals. I find a pocket to slip it in, although the scabbard was still on the preacher.

The drawing is interesting. I haven’t seen anything like it before, and I’ve read the Voxxus Neb front to back. I make sure to sketch what I see in my journal.

>maybe there’s [a priest] whom you could talk to about this
Yeah, perhaps! I can stop by one of the offices and see what I can find. There’s also a library in the orphanage. Perhaps more information is found there.
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No. 936348 ID: 11f77a
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936348

>Hey, free weapon. You were shopping for those earlier, remember?
Well, yes I was but… I don’t know if it would be a good idea to gift Eudora a knife under the circumstances that a madman just used it to defile the… ground. On its handle it’s the sign for Ndepthteph so… not really an ideal gift at all.

>What does Eudora think about [the symbol]?
Yeah, she hasn’t said anything yet. I wonder—

Huh she’s already walking off without me…
A) I’ll just catch up with her.
>1) Show her the drawing, we got to get to the bottom of this!
>2) Maybe go back to what we were talking about. Something about detention?
>3) I wonder if she’s alright. That preacher may have upset her. I’m a good listener.
B) Let her be…
>1) I need to research this symbol a little more! Ganymede's on the case!
>2) I could surprise Eudora with some food later. She may like that.
>3) Kyzil… the Preacher… she’s had enough this morning. I’ll find something else to do. [open for ideas?]
C) >___
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No. 936349 ID: 0fae41

A3.
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No. 936351 ID: b1b4f3

A3, A2.
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No. 936354 ID: 91ee5f

>>936348
A3
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No. 936358 ID: 891b91

>>936348
B1. Give her some space, you don't want to annoy her by being clingy, and her walking off like that is probably a solid sign that she'd prefer to be alone for now. Instead, let's pass some time trying to find some info about the sigil.
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No. 937370 ID: 11f77a
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>>936349
>>936351
>>936354
Vs.
>Give her some space, don’t want to be clingy. / A sign she wants to be alone for now.
Although I should just let Eudora be—I still want to stick around. I won’t try and bother her; I’ll be careful with what I say. Even if she won’t like any company… no one should be alone after being yelled at like that.

I catch up choosing my words carefully. She notices me but we’re heading off in the same direction anyway.

Ganymede: So... that was... weird, huh?

Eudora: hrrf

Eudora: That guy deserves a fist right in his stupid jaw.

Eudora: Him and his premonition crap. I hope he...

Eudora: —falls off a cliff or something.

Eudora: I’d show him an empty shell...

Ganymede: Yeah...

Eudora: Those kinds of lunatics can’t be reasoned with, Ganymede. A good sock in the face will scare them off like roaches in bright light.

Eudora: I’ve heard villages get ruined when those Worm-Followers move in. They show up out of nowhere—

Eudora: —Just be smart around those guys. Alright?

I nod. Something in her voice tells me she’s a lot more… serious. Yeah, there’s that grumble but she’s concerned. I mean—she’s defended me before when I’m bullied by the other orphans growing up. Ah it could be my imagination though.

I don’t say much else during our walk.
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We finally reach the old Rhoth Orphanage together. We climb the front steps before I drop a new question.

Ganymede: So what did you get in trouble for anyway?

Eudora: Huh?

Eudora: Oh. Mother Umbari caught me punching Bruk in his dumb face. But that old zipper didn’t catch him starting it first.

Eudora: Now I gotta help paint a mural in the main hall for punishment.

Eudora: Idiot gets off no problem.

Eudora: I might as well get the thing over with so... I have to go straight to her for brushes and a paint can.

Eudora: Join if ya want, I guess. I think I’m just gonna hang in my room once it gets late in the day.

She splits off and I’m left alone. I sneak a peek at the dagger like wondering if I still have a wallet on me. Eudora doesn’t know about it.

The sun is still rising over me; could be past lunchtime now. I should think how I ought to spend my time before dinner comes.
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No. 937375 ID: 0fae41

Painting with Eudora sounds pretty nice actually, if you're prepared for your courier job.
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No. 937378 ID: 891b91

>>937375
Seconded. I don't think she'd suggest (in her own way) that you join her if she wanted to be alone, so it looks like I was wrong on that front. At the very least she might appreciate the help.
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No. 937448 ID: 4f51b2

>>937371
I concure, go and help her.
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No. 937484 ID: 91ee5f

>>937371
Might as well go help her paint.
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No. 937605 ID: b3bffe

I’m guessing those worm cultists are the reason she is an orphan
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No. 937636 ID: 11f77a
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Mother Umbari: Glad you could finally arrive...

Umbari: Some of you are serving your detention here, but I see we have a few volunteers as well.

Umbari: The more the better, I suppose...

Umbari: The Art Club has traced the lines and numbered where you need to paint. So try not to use the wrong color.

Umbari: This month we’ll be painting Ichneuman 14:8-22

Umbari: Bhothogoshol’s descent to gift The Herald his amber instrument.

Ganymede: Hey, that’s a nice chapter!

Umbari: Yes, yes...

Umbari: I’d like this mural to be finished by the end of the week. So no rush jobs. Everyone good?
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No. 937637 ID: 11f77a
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937637

Everyone: Yes, Mother Umbari.

Umbari: When you’re finished with your spot I’d like each of you to paint a nice motivational quote. It doesn’t have to be today.

Umbari: It can be from a book or film. Maybe a quote of your own as long as you run it by me first.

Umbari: Now start brushing until dinnertime. You can take five-minute breaks per hour.

Umbari: Don’t worry about trying to reach higher up the wall. Do what you can. I’ll be in my office if there’s anything you need.

Everyone: Yes, Mother.

She parts.
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No. 937638 ID: 11f77a
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Everything’s fine the first hour or so. It’s just me, Eudora, and two others. She’s taking care of a section further down so I’ve been next to Nennekee the whole time. Her sister is a guard and old enough to move in a small house in the village. But it’s better if Nennekee stays in the dormitories.

The other orphan is Gemlik. Normal guy like me. He’s cautious of Eudora and keeps his distance while he paints. I guess we chat sometimes if we happen to be in the same room and need to pass the time.

Nennekee: Hey.

Ganymede: Oh! Hey Nennekee. What’s up?

Nennekee: Oh, not a lot really...

Nennekee: You're doing pretty nice on your end.

Nennekee: So what are you gonna put in for a quote?
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No. 937736 ID: b7abf4

“Faith makes all things possible... Love makes all things worthwhile.“

Paraphrased from the Preacher Xoodys' correspondence with the distant planet of Sweden
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No. 937737 ID: 2202fb

>>937638
Just a heads up, they are probably going to steal our quote so we should probably come up with a backup.
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No. 937803 ID: 891b91

"Bhothogoshol brought us here to kick ass foster peace, love, and harmony throughout the universe and chew bubble gum, and we're all out of gum!"
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No. 937820 ID: 0fae41

"Try You're Best"
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No. 937870 ID: 60790c

“Only the Cheeki may know peace from this Breeki.”
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No. 938306 ID: 11f77a
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Ganymede: Hmm, I’ve been thinking about—

Ganymede: “Bhothogoshol brought us here to foster peace, love, and harmony throughout the universe and chew bubble gum.”

Ganymede: “And we’re all out of gum!”

She snorts with a stifled laugh, didn’t think she’d actually find that funny.

Nennekee: Now who said that? You’re screwing with me.

Nennekee: I never knew you had a sense of humor, Ganymede.

Ganymede: Alright, alright. Maybe not that. But it’s a candidate for sure!

Nennekee: Yeah suuuure.

Ganymede: How about “Try You’re Best?”

Nennekee: Huh, not very inspirational but I guess it gets the job done.

Ganymede: I mean, the “you’re” is the wrong word. Like the misspelling was still an attempt to make a correct sentence.

Nennekee: Oh, I can see the humor in that, I guess…
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No. 938307 ID: 11f77a
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>They’re probably going to steal our quote. / Should come up with a backup.
Hmm, good call. I’m not sure if Nennekee would do that. Maybe Gemlik. I see him snooping over there... I make sure to be a little quieter at least. I can think of many better quotes along the week.

Ganymede: Well I was really thinking of something like...

Ganymede: ‘Faith makes all things possible. Love makes all things worthwhile.’

Nennekee: Ooh, that’s really touching.

Nennekee: That works very well with the picture.

Nennekee: I might just… end up with a quote from the Voxxus Neb.

Nennekee: Or something from my sister.

Nennekee: Maybe she’s heard of some good advice when patrolling the roads.
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No. 938309 ID: 0fae41

Hopefully nobody ends up with the same quote, twice, right? Haha, wouldn't that be awkward.
Follow that up with some awkward silence.
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No. 938379 ID: 183136

Its clear her sister means a lot to her

Maybe instead of quoting her sister she'd like to write something about her sister?

"Dedicated to my sister and best friend in the world [NAME HERE]"
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No. 938389 ID: a9af05

Just remember that no matter what you think of, you have to run it by Mother Umbari first.
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No. 938395 ID: f2320a

>>938307
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
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No. 938408 ID: b1b4f3

Ask Eudora what quote she's gonna use.
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No. 938483 ID: 1ed92d

>>938307
What's this particular mural symbolic of anyway?
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No. 938524 ID: 11f77a
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>What’s this particular mural symbolic of anyway?
Oh! I love sharing Arthocob history! It tells the ancient story of a great warrior!

Long before we knew life was beyond Relik’s eyes, when Ralligoraugh* was dangerous land and many kingdoms were at each other's throats, there was Bogn. He was only a serf when Bhothogoshol spoke to him in a vision—and put him on a quest to Rac-Naquagha. Bogn went on a long journey, learning to fight and survive on his own. He’s made many allies, and enemies. Just before crossing into forbidden land—soil scourged by Mi-yok—Bhothogoshol appeared before him to deliver an instrument of golden amber to help him pass.

Some records say it was a trumpet given to him. Other stories describe it as a weapon. Whatever he was gifted, his foes couldn’t strike him down! Have faith in Bhothogoshol and good things will come!

>>938395
Those sound like some nice alternatives. I’ll hoard them for now—perhaps I’ll wait for the very last day to write my message.

>Ask Eudora what quote she’s gonna use
I’ll keep that in mind! I’ll talk about it during the next break or if I paint next to her.

*Ralligoraugh: Home planet of the Arthocobs
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>Her sister means a lot to her / [she should] write something about her.
Ganymede: The both of you are pretty close, huh?

Nennekee: Oh, absolutely. We’re all we have left… after what happened so long ago.

Nennekee: Even though she lives in the village, I miss her in the dorms.

Nennekee: She sleeps in the barracks so… I can’t really stay with her.

Nennekee: I could try and visit—I’ll see her on patrol at least.

Ganymede: You could write something about her. Or a dedication.

Nennekee: Maybe. Even for our troops.

Nennekee: I’ve been thinking of joining the Guard, too.

Nennekee: Someday we won’t live here anymore, you know? I’d hate to move from this village. I don't know where I'd go after this.

Nennekee: It's a little scary out there.

Nennekee: I guess I can be a teacher too—at least it’d be safer.

Nennekee: I guess I’m making excuses to talk to someone, sorry…
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No. 938530 ID: b1b4f3

>>938525
Tell her it's fine, you don't mind talking.
Ask her what subject she'd teach.

Also Ganymede since Eudora doesn't have feelings for you, have you considered other girls? Are there any others you find attractive that aren't huge jerks? Maybe Nennekee?

Also don't forget to keep working while you talk.
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No. 938536 ID: 91ee5f

>>938525
Make sure you keep working while you talk. You’re allowed to multitask.

>>938530
>other girls?
After all the stuff we had Ganymede say about always having feelings for her even if she doesn’t have any for him, it feels kinda wrong to consider other girls.
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No. 938537 ID: b1b4f3

>>938536
I disagree. You can have feelings for more than one person at a time, and Ganymede should know better than to ignore other opportunities for love.
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No. 938558 ID: a9af05

>>938536
I agree, it does feel kinda wrong. But that doesn't mean that we're going to immediately ditch Eudora. We'll keep trying to win her over, but that doesn't mean that we should keep chasing after her forever.

I think she's just afraid of opening up because she doesn't want someone to hurt her feelings. Or she doesn't want to hurt someone else's feelings.

There's many possibilities on why Eudora doesn't want to open up. We'll get her to open up eventually, either by winning her heart or by finding someone else for her.
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>Don’t forget to keep working while you talk / multitask
Back to painting I go.

>Tell her it’s fine [talking].
Ganymede: It’s fine, Nennekee. I don’t mind talking to you.

Ganymede: I’m a great listener, even if I don’t know what to reply with! Just know that.

Ganymede: What subject would you teach, by-the-way?

Nennekee: Oh! Right, right. I’m… thinking on the spot really.

Nennekee: Maybe if I complete more classes I could teach a universal language.

Nennekee: Hmm, but so many languages out there hurt my throat. We sound terrible.

Ganymede: They’re just louder, that’s all.

Ganymede: Learn a language you always find funny. Instead of one that just about anybody takes only to pass the school year.

Ganymede: I never cared much for Paligrijan*. I was thinking of trying Gortian since it’s popular for space travel and off-worlders. And they sound funny when angry.

Ganymede: But who knows if I’ll ever leave this place too. I really like it here.

*Paligrijan: Language of the Zephcynths, Icynths, and Relicynths. An interesting cross between a mammal and insect from a neighboring star. Their planet is a little more barren. They generally work with the Arthocobs for trade.
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>Have you considered other girls? Are there any others you find attractive that aren’t huge jerks? Maybe Nennekee?
Oh my, Nennekee? Do you think she’d like me? In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever thought—

>It feels kind of wrong to consider other girls
>It does feel kind of wrong—but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to immediately ditch Eudora. We’ll keep trying to win her over, but that doesn’t mean that we should keep chasing her forever.
>Should know better than to ignore other opportunities for love
I… don’t know. Thinking about it—my whole life I’ve only had sights on Eudora. Blinded by a love since childhood. Have I really ignored opportunities and signs that other girls may like me? I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather date. I barely know someone like Nennekee even when I’ve lived here for so long. Do you think Nennekee would like a guy like me? Oh Bhothogoshol, why do you pluck my heartstrings?

I agree it doesn’t feel right in my stomach. To let go. To suddenly… give up and find someone new. Yet some of you make a point. I can’t miss opportunities to be happy with others. But what if it’s too late?

Maybe Kyzil was right... when she said Eudora can’t feel love. Would she really not notice me if I went to Ndepthteph’s Maw and back? God, Kyzil’s such a bully but she knows how to spit daggers.

>I think [Eudora]’s afraid of opening up because she doesn’t want someone to hurt her feelings. Or she doesn’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. […] We’ll get her to open up eventually, either by winning her heart or by finding someone else for her.
That’s the thing. There’s something; something she’s suppressing and—being the only person in the village who knows more about her than anyone else—I know she’s not mean out of spite. Eudora… she’s alone too. Anyone who thinks they know her just avoids her.

Perhaps… it could be time to reach out to others. Not necessarily ditch Eudora, like you said. But I’ll find a way to her heart someday.

It’s just about time for our five-minute break again. I notice I’ve been a little quiet thinking about this.
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No. 938802 ID: 0fae41

I don't see a reason you need to deprive yourself of friends to pursue Eudora romantically, nor a reason to give up on her without ever asking how she feels.
"It's nice here, but I think a little bit of travel to get new perspectives can also be... nice."
Go sit with Eudora for the break and ask how she's doing.
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No. 938872 ID: 4f51b2

>>938801
Yes you can have friends too, if a girl wants you in a romantic way you can consider it if you wan too. But I don't think Eudora is out of your reach at all, we just need to discover the way to her hearth.
Go seek Eudora.
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