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909503 No. 909503 ID: ea36cf

The guild test for entering the basic rank is held at a clearing outside of the city, with directions given.
I equip some simple clothing and the wooden sword given to me for self protection, and head out after school.

Signs and arrows are set up to mark the way as I leave the city gates and head out into the wilderness until I meet other trainees.

Four other children appears to be around, with a few adults hidden out of sight.
One seems to be Hoor carrying a staff, and a small rabbold hiding in their hood, carrying a war hammer.

The other two are a female Rabbold who appears to be wearing a robe and seems to be carrying a few old wands hanging off a belt in her robes, and a swordsman Avaros. Judging from their outfit, they appear to be wearing aged gears, perhaps inherited.

>Mingle with Hoor
>Mingle with others
>Wait
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No. 912597 ID: 787c3d

Make loud lizard bone crunching noises as you chew. Be careful to not to damage it's mana stone before absorbing.
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No. 912688 ID: f0f1d9

>competitors
I thought this was a test, not a competition, did we miss something? Is there a maximum amount of people that can pass? What are the criteria to pass anyway?

>"what was sound?"
"I'll show you."
These tests are a little wierd, and way easy.
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No. 912689 ID: e0ca8d

>>912688
This is only easy if you don't have empathy. Other people might struggle to overcome it to kill a creature, especially if the creature isn't actively hostile. That's important to remember, because we're supposed to be masquerading as a kid.
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No. 912691 ID: 9551e1

>>912689
Hence the asking about eating: A kid who grew up in the wild is familiar with killing to eat.
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No. 912696 ID: 556568

>>912691
Hence just doing it and eating it, because that's the only reason to kill something helpless, right?
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No. 912709 ID: e3e99e

At this point this whole Fight/Mercy argument should be moved to the questdis.

>>/questdis/108985
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No. 912720 ID: b1b4f3

>>912709
I disagree. Emils could learn from the debate.
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No. 912721 ID: e3e99e

>>912448
Tell it to climb up and sit on your shoulder.
"I am unsure of your goal. You say these are easy to kill, but you need help? Do you just want us to kill things? Or are you testing to make sure we won't break the rules about killing?

Until recently I spent my life living alone in the wilds. When I came here I was told to only kill things that can talk when they are hostile and a threat to myself or others.
I can speak with Denkas, this one is not hostile, and both they and the people in the village are equally non-threatening.
Victor told me I am not allowed to ignore the rules and kill things just because someone told me to kill it, and I should tell him or the guard when someone wants me to break rules for them.

This is one of those 'fine distinction' things, yes? I am not very good at those.
Is there an exception to the rules? Is it acceptable to kill talking things when they are pests? I have heard people in the village call each other pests. Are you just not supposed to kill talking things inside the village and those rules don't apply outside it?
Victor is not here to clarify, and I don't want to get in trouble for killing something I shouldn't.

Do you want to watch something die? Would you like me to find something that is both a threat and hostile? I am sure I can find something I am allowed to kill and bring it back so you can watch it die.

Also, are you going to eat that Denka? They taste best fresh and still warm."
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No. 912724 ID: 91ee5f

>>912721
That’s too many words and I don’t think this is the correct time to try and give a speech to someone.
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No. 912733 ID: b67388
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912733

>>912721
Emils doesn't talk this much.
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No. 912738 ID: 7c90bc

Geeze people, Emils can talk to anything, these lizards are still just pests. It chirped a "predator" noise and then chirped a "cscary noise" noise, it's not smart because it Emails can understand it.

Follow the instructions as you were told.
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No. 912750 ID: 83bf07

"Thank you for the meal you're going to provide." Proceed.
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No. 912846 ID: 719d94

Yeah, if it's acknowledging you as a predator, it understands that best case is probably getting eaten, and worst case includes things like getting tortured to death as a hunting practice toy. No reason not to just do as you're told.
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No. 912853 ID: 977456

Most predators are moderately safe to be around if they aren't hungry.
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No. 912862 ID: e0ca8d

>>912738
This wouldn't be framed like this if it was that simple.
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No. 912866 ID: 341b1e

Walk over to Lily.
"Are we supposed to kill it? She didn't say so, did she?"
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No. 912915 ID: 2a7417

The true test here is overthinking. Also making sure you have the constitution and strength to be an adventurer.
Squeeze hard and fast.
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No. 913299 ID: 575ec0

Emils... Kills people. And then eats them. When she doesn't she generally has some sort of justification not to.

Cute lizards though. Emils has on multiple occasions spared them for just being cute.

I think the real question here is, do we:
Solidify a distaste for killing cute things and a preference toward lizards?
-or-
Do we continue reinforcing Emils' pragmatism?
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No. 913301 ID: b1b4f3

>>913299
I think it's ok for Emils to do so reluctantly, since she wants to pass the test first and foremost.
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No. 913320 ID: 977456

But how important is passing the test? Do they just kick kids out forever if they hesitate to make human rabbold living sacrifices for the sake of magical power? Because killing a lizard to learn magic is selective pressure to devour your teachers to absorb their magical aptitude. If they were sensible then this test doesn't count for much.
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No. 913340 ID: 2202fb

>>913320
Not really quite this fanatical, but i am also against killing the lizard, especially if we can turn this around.

--

Maybe ask if we just need to utilize the lizard for our gain. We could let it grow and train it to be an adventuring companion. (i admit this is a bit out there)
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No. 913347 ID: 575ec0

Yall know we can pass this test by fake killing this guy pretty easily, right?
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No. 913348 ID: e0ca8d

>>913347
Yeah, that'd be great.
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No. 913349 ID: 54d95a

Let's experiment! Try to extract the mana core and keep the core alive in your body, we can try to make something useful out of it later.
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No. 913385 ID: 2202fb

>>913349

Fuck no!

That is probably going to be very messy and idk about you, but i would rather not cover everyone in lizard.
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No. 913404 ID: b970b2

Just kill it, apparently it's a common pest so if we really need a lizard we should be able to find one.
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No. 913459 ID: 75c493

>>912448
"This doesn't seem very adventurous"
-snap-
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No. 913482 ID: ea36cf
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913482

"Why are we to kill this creature?"

"why hesitate predator?"

"Denkas are the most common kind of extermination missions around civilizations around these parts."

"is silly for this one to say"

"They feed off of crops and can easily overpopulate an area to desolation."

"but predator should not hesitate when hunt"

"And in a pinch, Denkas are suitable for consumption. This part of the examination
is just to see how well you kids handle killing and dismantling of beasts."

"hesitate will only prolong suffering"

"I see."

"Goodbye pre-" -crack-

"Now then, Just you left Lily."

Lily winces, and slowly grips hard.
The Denka in her hand chirps for help, as it slowly suffocates, wrapping it's tail around her wrist. She tries to unwrap the tail, but her arm tenses under the wrap and she crushes the Denka, making it grow limp.

Mark tries to comfort Lily, but she's clearly upset and looking at the corpse in her hand.


"Great!" Terra starts, "Since that's done with, here's some dismantling knives."
Terra pulls out some sheathed knives from under her coat.
"They're sharp, so be careful with them. It's to congratulate you kids on your first step on being a hunter."
She hands them out to us, bringing Lily out of her thoughts. Freya hugs hers against her chest.
I strap the sheath to my waist, pulling out a knife.

"They're kinda cheap, so don't expect it to use it in a fight, but they're good for what comes next."

Terra begins to instruct us and demonstrate how to bleed, flay, disembowel, and dismember the Denka, extracting a tiny slither of a mana rich crystal from inside it's chest.

"Mana crystals are primarily extracted from near the heart. Not all beasts will have proper core, and it's best to take these out last, as once removed, the meat of your prey will start rotting faster. For a prey this size, they'll keep for a day before becoming dusty. Once the flesh becomes dusty, it's no longer safe to eat. There are ways to process and cook them by using Mana, but that's not part of the hunter course."
Terra then digs a hole and buries the offals.
"Without a proper way to clean these, it's best to cover the unneeded parts with dirt. It'll help cover up the scent and returns the nutrients and mana to the soil."

Terra begins inspecting our work, pointing and aiding the others while I look at the small dismembered corpse before me of the Denka I processed.
I can sense mana fading from the flesh and the slither of a core I hold in my fingers. It's imperfect, covered in gore, but it was once alive.

>What to do with the core
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No. 913484 ID: 080aaf

Consume it. If you were meant to hold onto it for the test, you can just find another one.
They are a common species, like the instructor said.
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No. 913485 ID: 575ec0

Consume it. With your mouth. Don't like, absorb it through your hand or something.
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No. 913487 ID: 0c3c2c

>>913482
Eat it with your mouth-parts. Poor Denka. It was incredibly wise among its kind.
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No. 913488 ID: 10c408

Don't eat the core, it's too suspicious of a move. Ask the instructor.
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No. 913489 ID: e3e99e

>>913482
Shove the corpse in your mouth, chew it, swallow it, then consume it.
If the others react negativity then simply state that meat tastes best fresh, and until very recently you survived in the wild on your own.
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No. 913490 ID: 1774cd

>>913482
Ask what to do with the core.
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No. 913491 ID: e0ca8d

>>913487
Yes, roll sleight of hand and just pop it in there. Or try not to draw attention, be quick but casual.

Oh and definitely. Denka was a real warrior poet. Their lesson will guide us.
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No. 913498 ID: 908948

Clean it up best you can. Pocket it for later.
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No. 913501 ID: b1b4f3

>>913482
I think you're supposed to keep the core. Remember, you saw some being sold in the market? Those were bigger, but a small one like this should still have a use, right?
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No. 913502 ID: 91ee5f

>>913482
Eat the corpse with your mouth and save the core. If the core isn’t required for the test, then you can absorb that too.

>>913489
>If the others react negativity then simply state that meat tastes best fresh, and until very recently you survived in the wild on your own.
This.
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No. 913504 ID: b1b4f3

Emils should not attempt to eat the butchered body at least until her work is inspected.
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No. 913509 ID: b70ae2

Absorb the core.

Leave the corpse for Terra to inspect.
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No. 913515 ID: 094652

Good thing you don't have teeth to rot. Put it in your mouth and suck on it until the instructor tells you to stop.
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No. 913516 ID: b67388

Eat core and body.
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No. 913517 ID: becba8

Can we use mana manipulation to correct imperfections before absorbing the core?
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No. 913521 ID: c92184

Close hand around core. Absorb it when nobody is paying attention. If someone asks for it, say you dropped it and can't find it.
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No. 913528 ID: 5d725b

I think we'll get a demerit if we "loose" the core.
I wonder if it's possible to keep the core alive inside your body.
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No. 913534 ID: 75c493

>>913482
Hold onto it. No telling if its got a use later in the exam
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No. 913535 ID: 055cbc

You may ask your instructor what to do with the core, or you may place core in pocket until you are instructed to do otherwise, leave it there until you get home.
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No. 913565 ID: 977456

You are supposed to learn how to butcher. So butcher. This is supposed to be an important skill.
After it is butchered, follow their advice and consume it before the meat becomes dusty.
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No. 913568 ID: afdebc

>>913482
What are the others doing with their cores? You don't want to be witnessed doing something unusual with yours. (I'm all for eating it, but it no one else is, you don't want to be seen eating it).
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No. 913580 ID: 2202fb

keep it external but connect it to your own via skin contact.
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