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904535 No. 904535 ID: 7fd053


Time to take a supersoldier into my enemy's stronghold and defeat his evilly wizardly ways!

:jozi2:"Grab my hand and hold on when we warp." Josie holds her hand out. I grab on.
:glinp2:"OK, but how come?"
:jozi2:"You'll see. You have to stay quiet, though."
:glinp2:"Mmm OK, ready." We warp to Zorgonok's Eeevil lair, but we get there totally silently and without any of the usual warping visuals! I look at her inquisitively.
:jozi2:"Perk for worshippers of The Manifold Shimmer. Stealth warps."
:glinp2:"Ooooh..." We're standing in front of the doors of Zorgonok's castle. Someone would see us if they looked straight down from the roof or out of a window on this side, but since we got here without the usual flashy and whooshy, I don't think anyone will!
:jozi2:"I'd like to do some quick recon. It should only take a few minutes at most, but you'd be on your own. If you busted in, that should keep attention away from me. Otherwise, we can bust in together and just wing it. Up to you. And hey."
:jozi2:"I'll keep you from dying as much as I can, but if you DO die, I'll retreat and call in an Unholy Eraser strike."
:glinp2:"What the FUCK you can DO that!?" She has that kind of firepower at her disposal??
:jozi2:"Yeah, but I'd rather you don't die, obviously. So, you think you can last for a couple minutes on your own? You'd know this guy better than I would."

Of course I can! But maybe I'd rather she just comes in and kicks ass right outta the gate?
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No. 933284 ID: b1b4f3

Maybe you can change gravity to dump the lava on him when he's disoriented?
No. 933659 ID: 1e95e9
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>-chwaah, chwaah, chwaah, chwaah!-
I Super Jump up to the cube and start spreadin' the lava around while also shakin' up loverboy. The platform gets chewed up by his laser blasts, but between me and Aki, we take off his left foot with the lava!
"GYAAAH!" He shakes lava and charred ankle bits off his leg. "What, you're getting hot in that Neumono outfit and you wanna spread the feeling?!"
>-sput put pop!-
>-blam blam blam!-
His jetpack sputters! And he shoots at Aki, getting close enough to knock 'em over with the third shot! And he and the cube are too far away for me to toss something!
:glinp2:"Noooooooyaaay!" He turns to me but then looks back toward Aki after I see them start to reform.
:stanath:"Are you KIDDING MEEE??" He lines up another shot! Then he notices there's lava on his gun. "Aww shit!" He tosses it into the lava!
:glinp2:"Ha h"
>-KABOOOOSH!! Blomm!-
"AA-!" gods damn, that thing packs a ton of energy! The crates and Aki and me get splashed in lava and I DIE.

Uh oh! But for sure there's somethin' to this lava idea. I either need to find a strategy that'll take him out faster, like all in one go maybe, OR one that'll keep us from dying from exploded lava.
The disorienting and sudden shift tactic is looking solid. What tricks could I come up with to make it go better?
No. 933664 ID: b1b4f3

Maybe you can use the cube as cover to avoid getting melted by the lava. Can the deployable tunnel be used for easy cube access? Ooh or maybe you can make a tunnel that drops lava on him.
No. 933675 ID: 8eaf98

I don't think the tunnel does much in empty space? can we frendium em just to see what happens?
No. 933794 ID: 83bf07

More disorientation, eh? Would a trip gun round be enough to throw him off even more in the middle of all that?
No. 933969 ID: 1e95e9
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Using the cube to block the lava might do the trick!
The tunnel deployer just clears out a straight line, with no dimensional whatsits.


:stanath:"BLEW IT!"
Platform gets an owie!
>-chwaah, chwaah, chwaah, chwaah!-
I mess around with the cube, and then...
Super Jump and toss the Friendium at him...
:stanath:"H-huhh? (cough) what did you... grrghl!"
and land again. He's just floating there confused and making gross sick noises! And not attacking! Aki makes their move.
:nsaki:"Koyōsetsu!" Direct hit to the jetpack!
:stanath:"Gaaah! I'm -BLEGH- SICK of you two! AAA"
>-pchoing, chwaah, ploop-
One tactical Super Jump to the cube, and he takes a dive into the lava! His guns both get submerged too! Aw sh-
>-zoit, chizt!-
Hey! We're back!
:jozi2:"Oh good, you're not melting this time."

The Friendium stuff makes ‘em temporarily not attack me for whatever reason, and they get sick? Anyway, it worked!
I'll only try to redo that last one again if I come up with something really good. Otherwise it's time to move along!
Seeing how the soda affected Aki, it'll probbaly rejuvenate me some if I drink it. Should I drink it before the next fight?
No. 933972 ID: 7f48fa

Nah, save it for after the next dude. You're going big on the golem.
No. 933975 ID: 91ee5f

>Should I drink it before the next fight?
Save it for after fighting the golem.
No. 934072 ID: 58b4f3

>Big potion against golem
You sure we can't save that for when we fight Zorgonok?

I agree.
No. 934089 ID: 8eaf98

>I'll only try to redo that last one again if I come up with something really good.
Nooo my quest to throw frendium at all the sentient things for science may end here *tear*
No. 934163 ID: d5584f

Save it for the golem, but you have to drink it dramatically.
No. 934194 ID: 968283
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:glinp2:"Yeah! Good job with the jetpack, Aki." I wobble and fall on my butt. "Whooh!"
:nsaki:"Thank you. What did you throw at him?"
:glinp2:"Some weird chemical... that I found earlier. Friendium Paranoiathol."
:nsaki:"I have never heard of it."
:jozi2:"Huh. What did it do?" I explain.

>drink soda after rock monster, use embiggening potion
:glinp2:"Well, since those two were in fact two of the three bosses I fought before, the last one oughtta be a biiig rock monster! It's got a big crystal that I think powers it, and it can shoot a ZILLION rock fragments from its hands. The crystal can also use some kind of barrier but it only blocks some things?"
:nsaki:"What do you suggest?"
:glinp2:"Don't you worry! I got a trick up my sleeve."
:nsaki:"Are you sure you do not need more rest?"
:glinp2:"Yes!" I stand up slowly. "Because of my trick. You'll see!" I go to the last telepod.
:jozi2:"I expect a detailed report when you get back!"
I immediately take the potion, get up on the middle platform where the monster is, and do a double-fisted downward slam that dunks it through the platform and into the lava!
... but that's not the end of it...? Oh no! It climbs back out, and now it's a giant lava monster!!
:glinp2:"THAT wasn't part of the plan!!"

Time for a different plan!
No. 934196 ID: 8eaf98

I just realised what if we hit ourselves with the frendium? should tell us a lot more about what it really does.
become dwarf, mine crystal out of golem, smash crystal.
No. 934197 ID: 83bf07

Frontal assault! As soon as you go big, super fist it in the gem to knock its head clear off the volcano.
No. 934226 ID: a9af05

It didn't work because you sent the crystal into the lava and the crystal decided to abandon it's rock body and collect lava around itself so it would have a lava body!

You need to smash the crystal so that it can't create a new body!
No. 934228 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah, it's not a rock monster, it's a golem. The crystal is its brain, and it's using a rock body only because it's convenient.
No. 934260 ID: 91ee5f

Hmm, I wonder what would happen if we gave Aki the giant potion? Would their projectiles also become giant sized? If they did, then having a bunch of giant sized projectiles flying at the golem could do a lot of damage!
No. 934473 ID: 968283
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'Rock Monster''s a general enough term, plus the crystal is probably a rock anyway!

I use the pickaxe to dig the crystal out of the lava, but the crystal's barrier deflects it! It's a big barrier, too! But the monster hugs me and I'm not THAT invulnerable with this potion so it's a BAD hug!


I go back to before that duplicate Stanath battle, and take out the F.P.
:glinp2:"Josie, don't catch this."
:jozi2:"Sure." I toss it up and hit myself with it!
:glinp2:"(cough, hack) oogh..." Damn I feel sick!
:genericnpc:"Well Pew, how do you feel about this whole Snorks issue? Is it mistreatment like they’re saying?" Josie and Aki are gone! Replaced by two HUMANS! And Skelly and Tsuchinoko too! But Tosfir is still a chicken.
:genericnpc:"Tom, you know, there's a growing sentiment that they deserve a second chance. Of course it's all bonkers. Your position?" 'Pew' looks at me.
:glinp2:"OH NO I'M HALLUCINATING! BLEGHHHHH" But I wouldn't know that if I wasn't immune to mind control! This stuff messes with your head!
:genericnpc:"Am I hearing this right? Don't tell me you're on their side!"
No thanks!!


I try the giant pickaxe solution but without the lava dunk. The barrier's still a problem, but I can still get the CRAP smashed out of me while I try to mine it out from the sides and the back.
Got an arm off!
Annd the other!
And then the potion wears off. So I still have a stompy angry pile'a rocks! That's progress, but let's see what else I got here.



This time I try Super Fisting it!
Wow! The barrier blocked my giant Super Fist! The monster's torso cracks a little, and it gets sent flying into the wall! And... the barrier also hits the wall. Interesting! Because I was able to get up to the original monster's crystal and zap it with my spear, but Miko's sword was stopped by the barrier! Is it triggered by speed? Hmm.
:glinp2:"Hoooh!" Another Super Punch at the crystal to see if the cracks in the torso get worse. Not really! It just smashes the wall that's right behind it, and I look around after that because I got a hunch. Bongo! After smashing the boss into the wall and breaking pieces off of the monitor, the adjacent walls show some cracks on the stone 'floor' that those monitors display, and one of the stray stones has moved. I still don't know why that's happening.
>-PKOWWW! gyauwwww...-
I break off one of its arms before the potion wears off.



:glinp2:"Hey Aki! Drink this size growth potion!" I give it to 'em.
:nsaki:"...Ah, alright." glug glug!
:glinp2:"Now give 'em the ol' uh koyosets!"
:nsaki:"Hmh! Koyōsetsu!" Yeah! Giant leaf projectiles! The monster gets hit in the crystal, then blocks with its arms. Aki waits for it to stop blocking, then goes for a glowy claw strike barrage! The crystal weakens and it puts its guard up again.
:nsaki:"Hm. What's our next-" Aki belches loudly!
>-creeeeak... CROMKSHHH!-
The rock monster falls over and the crystal smashes on the platform! "Ah."
>-zoit, chizt!-
:jozi2:"-re's no WAY, hahaha!" Tsuchinoko is rolling on the floor and squeaking.The door opens finally!
:tosfir:"buk buk"
:jozi2:"You should've told me sooner! Skelly here's such a riot!"
:glinp2:"For real??"
:jozi2:"Hahah... Ah, well..." Josie shrugs and sighs. "Looks like joke time's over, Skelly." I eye her suspiciously. She looks dead serious! "Time to kick some ASS, huh!" Tsuchinoko hops on her shoulder and looks serious too. Fine!!
:glinp2:"Mmmuh huh...! But you did real good there, Aki! As usual! And now I am thirsty as fuuuck..." I take out the soda and drink it up! It doesn't fill me up with energy, but it's a definite improvement! "Ready!" I hop at the door and it lifts up into the ceiling and I sail through into the next room while a cold wind rushes past me. Good thing I got this coat! But I also still have the shiny ornament that the cat monster liked, if the coat gets burned up by a fireball or something. That's been in my inventory this whole time.
Everyone else follows me.

:zorgonok:"UGH, you made it through there TOO? So be it!" Oh he's right here! Wow!! "I'll take care of you myself!" He starts charging up a ball of weird lightning!
No. 934479 ID: 83bf07

Trip gun immediately, have the #squad fan out and attack!
No. 934483 ID: b1b4f3

No. 934487 ID: a9af05

>Aki belches loudly!
Wow, rude. At least say, "Excuse me" or something like that!

>-creeeeak... CROMKSHHH!-
>The rock monster falls over and the crystal smashes on the platform!
See? Even the rock monster was so offended by your lack of manners that it fell over and died!

>Zorgonok is here!
Let's kick his boney ass!
No. 934505 ID: cde034

Oh, well i guess you still have your original clothes on.

Take those off too.

But in all seriousness, try a fireball at that puzzler he has strapped to the wall. It looks important, and seeing what it broke might help figure out what its supposed to activate, or something like that.

Zorgnarok is here, might as well approach him.
Try asking the ol coot what he has prepared for you, he might spill the beans!
No. 934660 ID: 1e95e9
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I revert to load the Holy bullet and then get back to where I was.
>-sklitter, bwum-
I Trip Gun his lower jaw, but some wibbly barrier thing blocks it. Shoulda figured...
:glinp2:"Fan out and attack!"
:jozi2:"Roger that!" Tsuchi squeaks.
:nsaki:"Hmh." Skelly says nothing.
:tosfir:"buk" They split up. I gun it for the weird doohickey on the far wall.
:zorgonok:"Trilmus! Leave us!"
:trilmus:"Yes sir!" I turn around and look up at the source of the voice. The upper-level walkway has a well-dressed cutebold on it, who zooms outta here through a door. I don't get close enough to use my fireball before...!
:zorgonok:"Now BEGO-AAGH!" Josie kicks him off his chair and his lightning ball goes flying into the ceiling!
Ceiling chunks fly all over the place! My longtime foe lands on the floor and gets jumbled, but he pops up into shape! "DAMN you, Tozol!" His eyeflames flare up.
:jozi2:"That's tricky, no soul and all." I fire the Holy bullet while he gestures to turn the ground under her into grabby snakes! She's too fast anyway, go Josie!
He tries to dodge, but it's homing! But he's got that barrier! But Aki is using her leafs on him, so it gets a little bit overwhelmed! A pinprick of Holy gets through and scorches his bones!
I fireball the contraption finally, and it does NOT ignite.
Josie leaps over and rips off a chunk of the upper walkway and discus tosses it at him. She does a super fast spin and everything! But he zoops back up to the big stage area and also zaps the platform piece into BEES.
"Nicely done! But you will NOT win against ME!" His flames are sparkin' and his body is rattlin'! And his coat is billowin'! Fuck it's gettin' even colder in here!

I'm not real sure what he's gonna do next, but there are now a lot of bees, and part of the stage area is snakes.
If the Holy spell hadn't been weakened by the barrier, I think it woulda taken him out... Maybe I should experiment with that?
But there's a lot goin' on in here that I could try to mess with...
No. 934663 ID: e7848c

Revert, trip the cutebold then super fist them from underneath. Inform your posse that the big bad probably has a barrier and it needs to be taken out.
No. 934665 ID: b1b4f3

Maybe try Fist before Holy? Gotta weaken the barrier before finishing him off.
We still have that tunnel, maybe it'll tunnel through his barrier? Use Fist on him at the start of the fight to reveal the barrier so that you'll "know" to use the tunnel on it or otherwise try to get rid of it before using Holy.
No. 934694 ID: 055cbc

I mean, it is probably faster to shoot the barrier with trip gun that everybody can definitely see than it would be to explain that theory. Plus, Glinp is supposed to be trying to limit the miraculous foresight where its not needed.

Is Tsuchinoko any good at making friends with snakes?
Reverting to use fist bullet first might be worth a try.
No. 934838 ID: 968283
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I load Fist, 'n' stuff.
:zorgonok:"Trilmus! Leave us!"
>-sklitter, pchoing, pkow!-
I trip the cutebold, and then I have to Super Jump up to Super Fist the platform.
:trilmus:"EEEEEE!" She falls on me!
:zorgonok:"Leave my poor assistant alone! I'd rather not kill her too!" I don't know what to DO with her at this point, but I stand up and apply the ol' noserubs to stop her from wigglin' away.
:glinp2:"Really? Can't you bring her back with necromancy powerrrs?"
:zorgonok:"I'm more of a thaumaturge than a necromancer! Uneducated fools keep making that mistake now that I'm undead!" I quick draw and fire the Fist bullet at him.
:glinp2:"A barrier, huh! That figures."
:zorgonok:"SO B-AAGH!" Josie kick, lightning ball goes into ceiling. This time he twirls more and the ball goes at more of a sideways angle.
I can't try the Portable Tunnel Deployer while I'm holding Trilmus, so we'll just hafta see if she's got another escape plan! I whip it out and run for the lich to stick it to 'im. He unjumbles himself and I stick the PTD on his barrier.
>-bwum, tchgwaat, clunk-
It opens up a hole in the barrier! And then then the barrier kind of rolls so the PTD, with the hole, drops to the floor. Trilmus was flailing their arms and running around, but Aki grabbed 'em.
:zorgonok:"Nyagh!?" He whooshes up to the walkway and charges up another lightning ball, while the PTD swings around and clangs into stuff on the outside of his barrier. "You detestable dinosaur! DIE!" He tosses it at me! Wow he charged it up quick!

What am I gonna do about that?
No. 934843 ID: e7848c

Quick, camouflage! You'll be stunned, but alive. Joz and Aki will probably cover you while you recover. Inform them there's an opening in the barrier!
No. 934844 ID: b1b4f3

Toss your spellgun to Jozi if possible, use your Disguise ability to survive the blast, then wake up after Jozi executes him with the Holy bullet.
...you did load the Holy bullet after shooting Fist, right?
No. 934879 ID: 91ee5f

Turn into an inanimate object!
No. 934886 ID: 8eaf98

when the choice is between death and not death, the choice becomes clear death obviously =P
No. 935188 ID: 968283
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The tunnel is supposed to be wide enough for me to walk through, but I guess it works different on magic barriers. Or it wasn't intended to go on a sphere. Or both! Instead, it's big enough for Zorg to stick a leggy out.

>disguise, throw caster gun with holy bullet to Josie
I didn't have time to reload the gun, so...


I load Holy instead of Fist, and use the Trip Gun to make the barrier show, then do everything else the same.
:glinp2:"HOLY!" I toss the caster gun to Josie, disguise as a detached metal ceiling sprinkler, and I DON'T get blown into pieces!
Ooooooooh fuuuuckkkk aaaaahaaaah! So LOUUUUUD!
OK, Josie caught the stuff. Zorgo looks around and evades my pals with acrobatic leaps! He zaps the PTD, and the barrier closes back up. Damn!

That's interesting that my sprinklersona didn't get destroyed! I don't think it took much damage at all! But what am I gonna do now?
No. 935189 ID: b1b4f3

He's faster than a Tozol? Hhhhhow?

It occurs to me that we haven't destroyed his phylactery yet anyway, so this fight is pointless.
No. 935241 ID: a9af05

>That's interesting that my sprinklersona didn't get destroyed! I don't think it took much damage at all!
Could it be because you're made of metal? Maybe you can knock that attack back at him with your spear?
No. 935476 ID: 968283
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Oh yeah, and I've had the magic body armor that I didn't throw at the Neumono too. That could be useful here so I can take an extra hit or something! I'd just have to put it on, but I can do that in a snap. Can't remove it easily though.

She's obviously goin' easy on 'im so I don't get left out! Like we agreed on! Plus, magic can make you faster than a Tozol, that's no surprise.
If we can destroy his body, he shouldn't be able to do much for a while! That oughtta make destroying the phylactery easier. At least I hope so!

Hitting it with my spear could be worth a try!


:zorgonok:"DIE!" He launches it, but I whip out my spear and swingggg!
Got 'im! "Well, well! You continue to surprise me!" Whoops, it broke the PTD. "But I have a surprise for YOU!" He produces a remote from somewhere and presses a button!
:glinp2:"W-whoa!" The suspicious-looking circular area on the floor opens up! It's an acid pit! I almost fall backward into it, but Josie rescues me with a side-tackle! We end up next to the contraption wall.
:jozi2:"Watch your step, bud." She pats me on the head and zooms away again. In the meantime, Aki tries to wear down his barrier with their projectiles. Skeleton doesn't seem to be able to get up to where he is, so it's not able to attack. It also doesn't have a weapon. Tsuchinoko's got mad mobility though. Seems to be exploring the area.
Zorg long hops back to the stage and starts doing his thing where his coat billows! I can see Aki's breath, but I don't feel it get much colder this time! Tsuchinoko hops over here.

Next move?
No. 935480 ID: b1b4f3

I guess the PTD isn't useful in this fight then, at least not without somehow immobilizing him first.
Hmm, would the slime grenade work against him? You could also try getting in close and using the pickaxe against his shield.
No. 935488 ID: a9af05

>Slime grenade
Could we possibly throw that through the hole the PTD made in the barrier? That would help with immobilizing him!
No. 935495 ID: b1b4f3

Also what other stuff do we still have?
No. 935497 ID: a07b94

I'll just think about this real quick here...

maybe useful stuff:
warm shiny
inspirational ink
trip gun with 3 ammos
magic body armor
dwarf transformation pickaxe

probably not useful stuff:
ghost costume
decorative skull
photo of some ketzas
circuit board maps

I definitely used the slime grenade already, to trap the cat monster for a while.
No. 935501 ID: b1b4f3

We should probably experiment with the Inspirational Ink to find out what it does...

Also try using the sulphagne to get rid of the shield.
No. 935523 ID: 83bf07

Oh sweet, at least now you know you can play dead man's volley with him. Unfortunately we lost the opening in his barrier. Seems like that wind build up thing has a limited range. Can Joz get past the barrier and hold him still long enough for you to dematerialize him?
No. 935681 ID: 1e95e9
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Where's that Trilmus... Ah, there they are, curled up in a ball in a corner, on the opposite side of the room. Poor thing must not be a fighter! That or they're chargin' up a SUPER attack that I better watch out for! ...but prob'ly not.

I pop open the ink bottle and dip in a claw. It doesn't feel weird or anything! I try doodling a kaiju battle on the floor. Hmmm, I dunno. Given the name, it might be something I'm immune to, even if it's some kinda buff! I try splashin' some out on the floor. It arranges itself into two shapes like a triangle and a square, with some lines radiating out from 'em. Huh! The shiny warm thing is a square pyramid...
:zorgonok:"Stay back, Tozol!" He turns his chair into a big plant monster that grabs her and picks her up!
:jozi2:"Oh noooo it's got me... Aki help."
I down the sulphagne and aim my eyes at Zorgo. It's gettin' all foggy over here! I'm closer to him than I was last time, I think this side of the room is just warmer for whatever reason.
:zorgonok:"Did you just drink my sulphagne!?" I don't think it's gettin' past the barrier!


I go back to before I stuck the PTD on the barrier. This time, I ask Josie to hold that asshole still for me!
He's a slippery bastard, but she gets 'im not long after the kick down to the floor. I slap on the PTD and she has trouble keeping him still because his bones aren't physically attached to each other! I drink up.
:zorgonok:"Drinking my sulphagne!?" He fights and kicks, but Josie's really on the ball here!
:glinp2:"Yeah! Prepare to be deleted, you bony bozo!" I aim my beams through the uh, 'tunnel,' and... I delete ONE rib before Josie tosses him away!
:zorgonok:"Yaaagh!" Yo, fuck! Lava shoots out of his finger!! It stops before he clatters against the wall.
:jozi2:"Didn't know he was about to do that, exactly. Yikes. Sorry, couldn't take chances."
:glinp2:"It's all good. Thanks!"

Ulp! So just tryin' to keep him still isn't enough. What's a folk gotta do to take out an evil wizard around here, anyway! That's what I wanna know.
No. 935690 ID: b1b4f3

I wonder why Tsuchinoko isn't hiding from the fight? Is it immune to magic?
Try combining the ink with the shiny thing.

You could also try messing with that control panel, maybe it'll do something useful.
Have you tried wearing the body armor yet?
No. 935869 ID: 83bf07

I think it's time to play meta. Try convincing him that we have them in a constant time loop that will only break once he reveals his weakness.
No. 935870 ID: 91ee5f

>Try combining the ink with the shiny thing.
>You could also try messing with that control panel, maybe it'll do something useful.
Might as well try both of these.

>Have you tried wearing the body armor yet?
I think he’s already wearing it under that jacket.

We better not. He might know a spell that’ll help him counter our 1 advantage over him, once he’s made aware of it.
No. 935875 ID: a9af05

I agree with what >>935870 said. Let's not tip him off, just in case he knows a spell to counter our time powers once he knows about them!
No. 935936 ID: b1b4f3

...I wonder if we can get a shot through with the trip gun once the PTD is attached. That might delay him long enough to get the holy bullet in.
No. 936037 ID: 8eaf98

yea how about lets not do that when we have been told some entities can do something about that and that to our knowledge this is the last one we are going to encounter and no prior entity has shown the ability to do something about it. fight meta with meta
No. 936229 ID: 1e95e9
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I go back, reload the Trip Gun, and when Josie's holdin' 'im, Fire it through the hole. It does not give me more time to fire the Holy! She has to fling him because he does the lava before then.
Using Josie feels like borderline cheating... Really, I bet I could just fire Holy in, first thing after she grabs 'im! I almost might as well ask her to do it for me.

I put the body armor on.
I might even be able to tank one of those lightning balls now! And still suffer a little zappage myself.

:jozi2:"Sorry, couldn't take chances."
:glinp2:"It's all good. Thanks!" I take out the shiny. Hey, that feels nice! I pour the ink on it annnd... it don't do nothin'! However, the cat monster makes an encore appearance!
:genericnpc:"Rahzergrar!" That's gonna make things tricky! I run away and it gives chase!
I SJ up to the big semicircular control panel, though there is another control panel over at the warm contraption wall, on the walkway. "Betcha can't get me up here!"
:zorgonok:"You brought th- get away from there!" The machinery comes alive! The whole thing moves like metal flesh, faces with gnashing teeth appear on the screens, and wires pop out of panels to grab and zap me!

Should I try my luck at the other control panel?
Should I try to press some buttons on this one??
Do I want to just go back and shoot Holy through the hole-y and probably win? Seems kinda cheap, but it might be victory.
No. 936230 ID: b1b4f3

Zap the control panel with your spear as it attacks you.
No. 936237 ID: b1b4f3

...what if you threw the shiny thing at the lich? The cat monster might be enough of a distraction. Also I want to see what he was going to say.
No. 936263 ID: 0d72fd

Yeah, throw the shiny into the hole in his shield.
Or better yet, when josies holding him, find a way to put it in Zorgys inventory!
He wont be able to get rid of it, and the cat monster will fuck with him, or get destroyed.
Unless that negates it, its been a minute. Sticking it through his shield hole should still work.

Trilmus is a non-combatant, but i wouldnt put it past them to do something for Zorgnorack. Just saying.

The only other thing i can think of is turning into an object and having josie put you in his shieldhole, so you can spear him, or at least be to close for comfort. Or even have the spellgun loaded for a “sneak” attack.
No. 936382 ID: 83bf07

Yes we could easily win with the holy shot, but we got to make it dramatic and give him a Coup de grâce with it. Following a really cool line. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. For now, spear that control panel as soon as you get to it.
No. 936466 ID: 968283
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I zap the attacking control panel!
>-zappity zap zap!-
It zaps me back! And it's a lot better at it! I think I did SOME damage at least.



Josie holds him and I toss in the shiny!
:zorgonok:"Ohh, I see what you did there! Cute..." The cat pounces on him this time!
"This is very inconvenient! Of course by now I expect no less from you!" He keeps holding onto it, even while Aki rains down some razor leafs! He leaps away. I don't think it can go in his inventory yet, on account of that weird resistance it has. "Little mousey, you mustn't be here! Away with you!" He shoos the monster, but it doesn't want to leave. It paces around instead, and then hops up to the platform with him.


Of course, maybe I can bypass whatever other puzzles are in here with a little trickery... this time, after I put the PTD on the barrier, I say to Josie,
:glinp2:"Put me inside!" and turn into some debris. She shoves me in, and I turn back! Dang he kinda smells nice?? I'd make a witty comment about it, but there's no time! I hate it when that happens!
:zorgonok:"You harebrained hellion!!" Aw fuck its cramped in here! But I can... position this caster gun...
:glinp2:"Rrgf! Bye!"
:zorgonok:"NNNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!" Shit that's bright!
Ah. He explodes when he dies. So if my body's too close, then it sucks to be me!

That said, with a little refinement, this strategy oughtta work!
But there's still that other control panel to look at, and more things I can try.
No. 936472 ID: b1b4f3

I bet you can turn into debris while the gun is charging or right after it goes off, so that he explodes when you're mostly-invincible. On the other hand that betrays foreknowledge that he was going to explode.
Did the body armor not protect you from the blast? Or from the control beast's attacks?

Anyway, go try the OTHER control panel.
I wonder why it's inconvenient for the catbeast to be here? You could try letting the catbeast fight the control beast.
No. 936607 ID: 8eaf98

give the control beast the shiny
No. 936698 ID: d9fe2f

The wall contraption seems to have a funnel atop one of its spindly tubes.
Maybe it can fit the shiny?

Maybe try it in an alt timeline with feeding it to the control panel beast.
No. 936709 ID: 968283
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:zorgonok:"You brought th- get away from there!" Control beast shows itself.
:glinp2:”Yeeek!” I toss the shiny to it.
:genericnpc:"(ROAA-nom)?" It pauses and looks at me funny.
:genericnpc:"Gzyaar!" After a little delay, the cat monster is here! It pounces at the control beast and I get kinda tangled up and also roughed up, but I manage to get away 'cause the control beast is busy gettin' TORN up!
:zorgonok:"Blast you! What have you DONE!"
:glinp2:"(gaaaasp!)" I claw my way off the edge of the stage and fall into Aki's arms. They spirit me away pretty quick! Zorg starts chargin' his lightningz.

The armor did protect me from the control monster! But it wouldn't have lasted long, and I had to try other stuff. As for the Zorgsplosion, well, a magic armor like that'll only do so much when you're crammed in a teeny space with an exploding skeleton!


This time I go back, put the PTD on him, and get sprinklerized to defend against the lightning, only this time I turn back after, and SJ up to the small control panel!
:zorgonok:"(incoherent grumbling)" he leaps back to the far wall, still on the walkway.

Now I have a chance to look at this thing up close! There's a big slot that looks just right to put the shiny into, so I do. Don't even gotta consider other options at this point. I make a bit of a show of it, but fast!
:glinp2:"WOW what is this?" I use an exaggerated arm movement to shove it in.
>-chunk. clank!-
The contraptions on the wall stops glowing, the PTD falls off (that was the clank), and I can't see the barrier anymore.
"Why, YOU...!" Oh he's REAL mad now! He leaps away to the platform and starts chanting, and gets ice formin' on everything around him, plus a big chilly wind! It's still pretty warm over here, though. He also presses the button to open the acid pit.
The cat monster appears and leaps to get its prize, but I know what I gotta do! Hyah! Quick draw!

I just need one thing to make this complete...

What's my cool catchphrase to say right before I blast this bad bone boy!?
No. 936712 ID: e7848c

"Let's do this again sometime." Shoot.
No. 936715 ID: b1b4f3

I guess the shiny thing must be somehow related to his magic. It can't possibly be the phylactery, can it?

"Speep in hell, bone-boy."
No. 936777 ID: bcc41d

"10/10 evil villain, would foil again."


"Speep with the fishes!"
"Ketza are totes dinosaurs too you little racist!"
"Holy yer hands up, cuz' I want a lichy trigger finger!" *BLAM* "Or was it 'have an itchy trigger finger'...?"


Put the gun away and hop away, put your hands in your pockets like you just don't care.

"Wooh! Gotcha! Now YOU know how annoying it is to have someone invade your home. Think about that next time you want to bully a village and kidnap innocents for cruel experiments, my main lich. Cool times though, I'll leave you some rave reviews around. Expect bunches more heroes from now on following and foiling your every deed!"

Smile viciously.

"I'll even clear up that whole 'thaumaturge not necromancy' focus mistake too, I mean, we gotta let 'em know your strengths and weaknesses, right Zorg-o? They're gonna need it, cuz' you're a tough ol' cookie! About the only thing I haven't seen you try yet is explode!"

... would be funny as well just to see his reaction, but you prrrrrobably shouldn't go through with it. He'd try getting you back something fierce after this.
No. 936792 ID: a9af05

No. 936810 ID: 8eaf98

Omae wa mou shindeiru!
No. 937229 ID: 1e95e9
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If everything goes well, he won't be coming back!

:glinp2:"Speep in hell, bone-boy!"
No. 937230 ID: 1e95e9
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:zorgonok:"NNNNNOOOOOOOOO" His bones glow with holy and unholy energies! I have to cover my eyes and turn away.
"OOOOOOO" Oh! It's a bunch of explosions!
Oh there we go.
>-BONK! clatter...-
His skull bonks me on the head. Ain't got no fire in those eyes now!! But I've also got a very heavy cat monster stepping on me. It takes the shiny out and hops off the walkway.
:zorgonok:"You haven't seen the last of meeee..." an angry Ketza cloud where Zorgonok's body used to be says, before dissipating.
:nsaki:"Did we just... win?" The door that Trilmus was going to go through opens.
:glinp2:"I think so! Now we gotta find his phylactery and smash it to pieces, and THEN it'll be over! speaking of which, Josie can you get the shiny from the cat thing? I think that might be it." The cat thing doesn't even notice her yoink it from its mouth until a second later. TBH I don't see her do it either!
:jozi2:"Here you go. I don't think this is it, though."
:glinp2:"Thanks!" I inventory it. "You don't?" The cat monster paces around aimlessly.
:jozi2:"Doesn't have the right aura, I think." Aki grabs Skelly and Tosfir, and then appears to vanish and reappear up here. Josie looks at 'em. "I'm mostly magic-immune, but Tozols can see the signs of magic stuff."
:nsaki:"Ah. But before we proceed too far..." They gesture toward the cowering Trilmus, who's peeking out of one eye from over in the corner, and then the cat thing. "What will we do about that one? And that one?" Trilmus covers her face again.

It'd be easy to kill her, but she's don't strike me as one of those crazed demons or deranged cultists or wild monsters. And the cat thing's just been a minor obstacle.
What'll we do about 'em? Leave 'em both in here? Take Trilmus with us...?
No. 937235 ID: b1b4f3

Cat thing would be easy to bring to the city, so we might as well.
Trilmus... tell her you'll spare her if she tells you where the phylactery is. Though honestly we have a pretty good idea where it is already(the room the cyberdemon was guarding).
No. 937267 ID: 83bf07

Fan out, see if there's a PA system for this fortress. Announce that destruction is coming to those who don't flee. The smart and the scared will leave, the dumb and loyal will stay. Enjoy the reduced forces.
No. 937281 ID: 3a7feb

Tell Trilmus you can keep her out of jail if she helps you find the phylactery. If she gives you a hint, revert to get more hints.

Tell Jozi that you'd prefer she not hold back during the search for it. Beating up Zorgonok was good and satisfying, but now you just want to make sure he doesn't come back.
No. 937283 ID: ecd116

i voted/agree with taking both Trilmus and the cat-like creature with you/our group.

also ask Trilmus what it was like for both you and others working under Zorgnorack. was it love/loyalty or fear and threats that keep you from either trying to flee and/or quit or betray/outright try to attack and defeat Zorg?

also if you have time grab Zorgnorack skull so as to try it as some sort of indicator or locator for the phylactery, if that not how it works as least take the skull as a trophy & proof of your victory/defeating zorg.
No. 938121 ID: 3a7feb

PS: hell fucking yes
No. 938325 ID: 968283
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I grab Zorgonok's skull. Since the cat apparently comes wherever the shiny is when I take it out, I'll figure something out with that.
:glinp2:"I'm thinkin' we' free 'em, but let's see!" I hop down to Trilmus. "Hey, we'll spare you if you tell us where the phylactery is! And we'll keep you outta jail, too. How's that sound?" She slooowly peeks.
:trilmus:"Um! R-really?"
:trilmus:"I can ta-take you to it."
:glinp2:"Great! Oh yeah, I picked up that your name is Trilmus, but are you a girl or a boy or what?" I just kinda guessed. I can't actually tell!
:trilmus:"I'm... a girl! I think..."
:glinp2:"K cool. Joze or Aki, can you bring her up there?" Josie zips here and brings us both back up in a flash!
:trilmus:"AAAAAA-" I rub Trilmus' nose! "aaaaaa..." That calms 'er down.
:glinp2:"There, there! Don't be scared by the fast Tozol! She's not gonna kill ya." I let up on the nose.
:jozi2:"That's right."
:glinp2:"You can kill anyone else, though, Joze."
:jozi2:"That's right."
:glinp2:"Oh, but I wanted to check out the console thing over there before we leave. So just a sec, Tril."
:trilmus:"O-ok!" Josie zooms me over there quick as a wink! "Ah!"

This time it doesn't come alive. Tied to Zorgo somehow maybe? I fiddle with it for a while and probably set something on fire somewhere. Again. By accident for once! ...Twice.
:glinp2:"Eeeehsshsshsshss~" Lookin' for the announcement system... "Oh here it is. Ahem! Attention all former cronies of Zorgonok! I killed him and if you don't get the fuck outta the way, you're next! Bye bye!! OK let's go-waugh!" Josie yoinks me back. I grab my head to keep my eyes from rollin' around everywhere. "OK Trilmus, let's go! Can I call you Tril?"
:trilmus:"Y-uh yes! Follow me!"
:nsaki:"Thank you." Tsuchinoko squeaks and comes up here easy. Boing!

Tril leads us on our way!
:glinp2:"So how'd that ol' bag of bones treat you guys anyway? Did you stick with 'im because of loyalty or fear or what?"
:trilmus:"Um, well, he promised the demons they'd get to wreak havoc and make them stronger and, that kind of thing! And um, the ghosts would get to haunt stuff and cau-cause scares. Um, and me, sometimes he got mad but he never hurted... uh, hurt me, or threaten...ed me. I wasn't scared of him. He treated me nice."
:glinp2:"Wow, really..."
:trilmus:"Did he do something to you?"
:glinp2:"He attacked my village, and when we drove him away he said he was gonna come back and wipe us out when he'd gotten stronger! Among other things."
:trilmus:"Oh... I can understand. Why you came." We reach the room on the floor below the boss stuff, with the lock that we couldn't blast open. "Here we, we are. I have the key here and I'll open it, but... you promise you won't kill me...?" She looks up at us with those big black eyes! D'awww!
:glinp2:"Of course!"
:jozi2:"Sure thing, li'l gal."
:trilmus:"W-well. I-I-I don't know which o-one is the phylactery..." She unlocks the door with a shaky hand and steps back. Josie takes the key from her and opens the door.
:genericnpc:"Disturb the wrong item, and you will EXPLODE!"
:jozi2:"Oh, yep. That might be tricky." She rolls her shoulders.

There's so many things here! They've all got some kinda rune-based labels or something. I dunno if those are even meaningful. Maybe there's a clue somewhere that I'm missing.
No. 938329 ID: b1b4f3

It's the same symbol on all of them, and I feel like I've seen that symbol somewhere before. Is there anything in there that *isn't* marked with that symbol?
No. 938332 ID: b1b4f3

...I wonder what Tvejo did.
No. 938336 ID: b1b4f3

...the innermost circle on the floor is empty. All tho other objects have runes in that spot. Could that be it? A flat disk camouflaged to look like part of the floor?
No. 938337 ID: 74c159

It's not! Some of them have the same stuff in the rings, but when they do, the center is different.
No. 938338 ID: b1b4f3


Alright, first let's ask Josie if she can tell which one it is. If so, then if we guess wrong she can tell us so we won't explode!
No. 938343 ID: 91ee5f

It might be that cutebold doll up on that shelf over there. The reason Zorgonok didn’t lash out at Trilmus might be because she bears a similarity to his phylactery.
No. 938350 ID: e7848c

Ask your crew if any of them know about rune work
No. 938462 ID: 58b4f3

>"Disturb the wrong item, and you will EXPLODE!"
What if that's a lie to trick us into thinking the wrong item will kill us, when it's actually finding the correct item that will kill us?

Because if we disturb the wrong item and nothing happens, that'll trick us into destroying something that isn't the phylactery! And disturbing the phylactery is what would actually make us explode!
No. 938516 ID: 1e95e9
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As far as I can see, everything is marked. I have Josie check, and she agrees.

:glinp2:"Can you tell which one it is?"
:jozi2:"Nope. I can pick out ones where I don't see magical radiation coming off, but that doesn't mean much."

That IS a concerning question. They broke something, apparently... Mighta been downstairs.

:glinp2:"Either of you two know what these runes are about? I recognize these signs of the deities in the centers, but I can't make heads or tails of the rest."
:nsaki:"Sorry." Tsuchinoko and skelly shake their heads.

I snap my fingers.
:glinp2:"I cracked the code! It's THIS!" I jab the middle of the floor with my spear and give it some juice! Nothing happens.
:jozi2:"Glinp!!" Wow I haven’t seen her make THAT face before!



:glinp2:"I cracked the code! It's THIS!"
I grab the cutebold doll.

These kinda puzzles almost never lie... and I'm pretty sure Zorgonok isn't the type who'd pull a trick like that! I'm thinkin' the floor didn't kill me because it wasn't one of the items at all.


:glinp2:"I cracked the code! It's THIS!" I stab the plasma globe.

Aw man! 'Least that's one question answered. Do I got any other ideas?
Should I check the room that needs a Ketza bone to get in?
No. 938517 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah let's check the rest of the hideout to get enough data to solve this puzzle for real.

Any idea how long we have before Zorgo comes back?
No. 938528 ID: f142c2

Fireball the carpet and head to the bone room. Maybe the delayed burn will destroy the real one without you having to do anything.
No. 938543 ID: e2f648

Are we sure that Trilmus herself isn't the phylactery? Forcing us to choose between killing an innocent and letting Zorgonok come back seems like the kind of villainous thing he'd do.
No. 938556 ID: 3a7feb

Yeah, go get more information. I'm stumped here.
No. 944692 ID: a07b94
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If I firebone the carpet and head to the ball room, I'm pretty sure I'll disturb the wrong thing and explode.

I don't think he'd want his soul in anyone else's body! I'll keep the idea in mind, though...


:glinp2:"In that case, let's check out that room that needs the ketza bone."
:jozi2:"Arrite." It's not that far from the phylactery room, so we just walk over.
:liaua:"Don't shoot! I know you said to leave, but I can't!" Mothbot's around the corner! In the room where Josie defenestrated 'em before, which is where our bone room is.
:glinp2:"Didn't Josie toss you out the window?"
:liaua:"I flew back in. It's my orders."
:glinp2:"Well, I blew up Zorgonok. You don't know what item is his phylactery, do you?"
:liaua:"No! And I can't leave unless you destroy it."
:glinp2:"How thoughtful of him to let you go if he's taken out completely."
:liaua:"Yes! He thinks about a lot of things!"
:glinp2:"When's he gonna pop back and think about hassling us some more? Does he have someone POISED to do that?"
:liaua:"I can't tell you that! I'm loyal until he's gone. But my last order included not getting in your way, so I won't. I'm still expensive!"
:glinp2:"I guess that's ok. Don't hurt the robot unless you have to."
:jozi2:"I can go easy on ya, bigbutt. I mean, bugbot."
:liaua:"(squeak!)" We pass into the room with Mothbot, and I bonk the skull against the special door.
:genericnpc:"Access granted!" The door swings open!
No. 944693 ID: a07b94

Aha! ...Wait, an arcade game??
No. 944696 ID: a07b94

left and right arrow keys to move, z to fire, enter is the start button.
No. 944697 ID: a07b94

also it plays best in chrome and maybe safari, so if it's acting choppy and you're not using one of those, it's totally the browser's fault and not ours
No. 944698 ID: 3ce8ff

i did it...
No. 944701 ID: b1b4f3

Well, that's amazing.

The lines and circles change depending on your overall score, but I can't tell what's going on with the center symbol at all. Eventually it changes to the symbol on Zorgonok's high score, and stays there. FYI, this is what the symbol for zero looks like:
No. 944702 ID: b1b4f3

I'm guessing that if we accumulate enough high score image (from the end and at every stage) samples that we could figure out how the circles and lines work and translate all the symbols in the phylactery room into numbers.
No. 944721 ID: c571e8

sign the high scores as BUTTS??
No. 944729 ID: 83bf07

Shot in the dark here: destroy the pink bottle seen here >>938325
No. 945064 ID: 968283
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I should pursue this line of thinkin'!
The glyphs in the middle relate to different deities, but that part might not be relevant to anything.

Now what?

I don't wanna just keep tryin' objects at random! But... I'll try that one since I haven't figured out what the key to these markings is yet...
:glinp2:"I GOT it!" I run to the other room and grab the pink bottle. "It's this thing! RAH!" I throw it on the GROUND!
Some kinda glowy thing rises out?!
:genericnpc-prp:"Thank you for saving me!"

I better figure out some more about the relation between the arcade machine and these doodads! There's so many of 'em!
No. 945065 ID: 3ce8ff

what if we disturb things from outside the room? also how does the boom not also break the phylactery or is this a way to narrow down the options to things not going to be broken by explosion or do we win with the explosion even though we explode?
No. 945068 ID: b1b4f3

Okay I think what we have to do is figure out what the glyph would look like if it was Zorgonok's high score.
So, again, we gotta take a bunch of scores (even from individual levels) and see what the pattern is for the lines and circles.
No. 945071 ID: 83bf07

There isn't a single object in here that has the same symbol as Z's high score, right?
No. 945346 ID: 968283
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It's me that explodes! I can't tell for sure, but I think the explosion's not big enough to break the other stuff.

This sounds like a promising solution! If I can't think of another solution, I should get started solving that pattern. How hard could it be?

There're lots of objects here that have the same glyph as Z's high score! It's a glyph of Lim The Persistent, who SOMEHOW got turned into a deity by accident while engaged in a bunch've unrelated magical projects. Now they're a symbol of taking the scattershot approach to things. And being persistent. Obviously. Just a minor figure, compared Ereku-Sama, whose glyph "YOUR MUM" managed to get. But all that's probably not important. Just some fun trivia!
No. 945349 ID: b1b4f3

Okay fine I'll do it.

It's base 6, with 10 digits maximum.
Digit placement (starting from the rightmost/smallest digit and going left) is clockwise, starting from the inner ring at 12 oclock, then the outer ring at 2 oclock.
0 is |, 1 is ., 2 is -, 3 is >, 4 is O, 5 is V.

So, we're looking for 6259000.
In base 6 that's 342052504, or |>O-|V-V|O. That's a leading 0, because the symbols fill in all digits. Inner ring is O|V-V| clockwise, outer ring is -O>| clockwise.
No. 945350 ID: b1b4f3

So, to sum up, look for the symbol with OWO in it.
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