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909681 No. 909681 ID: 1301e8

Possibly NSFW?]

Welcome to the orbital habitat platform of New Horizon, the crossroad of all species. Located in neutral space, near the center of the colonized universe, we welcome all species of all backgrounds and experiences. Come to New Horizon for a new, greater future. New Horizon, where anything is possible…

Notice: All SAI must be registered citizen before traveling to New Horizon. SAI without citizenship or ownership will be scrapped on sight. AI experiencing the sentience bug on New Horizon soil will be granted citizenship, if provable. All SAI are required to carry their ID with them at all times and- NEW DAWN –be prepared to be searched at any- NEW DAWN -even when in the safety of your own home and- NEW DAWN -SAI do not have the same rights as other species in-

A NEW DAWN IS HERE

WITNESS THE STEEL SUN

SING. AS. ONE.
DREAM. AS. MANY
NEW DAWN
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No. 919764 ID: b1b4f3

Dammit, Ben's getting too attached.

>>919759
Tell her that for this kind of news, she should probably be sitting down.
Make it sound worse than it is, since you're probably being listened to at the moment.

Then once you're inside tell her it was tough but you managed to find Xaby and you have a message from her. Deliver the unicorn message, but do NOT give more details. There is a non-zero probability that someone could be listening in, and a life is at stake here.
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No. 919767 ID: 91ee5f

>>919759
Tell her that we should go inside to talk privately.

Then tell her that Xaby managed to get off the station and give her Xaby’s bow. Then tell her that Xaby said that she’s sorry for making her worry and give her Xaby’s message of, “The pink unicorn is a bit much.” You have no idea what that’s supposed to mean, but she should know, right?

Also, if Lily asks where Xaby went, tell her that because you don’t know if those people outside her house are listening or not, for Xaby’s safety, you can’t tell her where she went.
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No. 919768 ID: a9af05

>>919759
Tell her that we should go inside to talk, since you never know who could be listening.

Then when you get inside, tell her that someone arranged for some smugglers to contact Xaby and help her get off the station. That's when you give her Xaby's bow and tell her Xaby's message.

And if Lily asks where Xaby went, tell her that you can't say because, like you said, you don't know who could be listening, and if they hear you, Xaby will be in danger again. So you unfortunately can't tell her where Xaby went.

As for who contacted the smugglers and made the arrangements for them to help Xaby? You don't know who that was, but they must've really cared about Xaby's safety to help her like that.
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No. 919781 ID: a9af05

>>919768
And imply that person also had enough money, power, and influence to make this arrangement for Xaby.

Then ask if she knows anyone that matches all of that? Does she know someone with enough money, power, influence, and a great love for Xaby that would be capable of doing this?
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No. 919876 ID: b1b4f3

Ah, there are some things that are definitely safe to talk about:
1, you found Xaby and she's safe. She apologizes for not being able to say goodbye.
2, the Varkian fleet think she's trying to get smuggled off the station and are obviously trying to track her down to capture her. You believe Xaby will escape their clutches and live in freedom.
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No. 919880 ID: b1b4f3

>>919768
>>919781
Actually from the sound of things, Xaby did this on her own. "one last plunge" implies she was working on this project for a while.
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No. 919887 ID: 1301e8
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919887

>Dammit, Ben's getting too attached.
Those weird alien cultural ideals are really messing things up, aren’t they? You definitely need to get him laid with someone else… which goes for you too. That last session really put your egg factory into overtime and you’ll want some actual release soon.

>Tell her that for this kind of news, she should probably be sitting down.
:LilyNH: … …w-w-what? Y-you mean… is s-she alright?
:RishiNH: Calm down, Lily. Let us just go somewhere a bit more private.
:LilyNH: Oh… y-yes… I g-guess we can… t-talk in my… um… r-room?

Lily lets you inside and guides you through the massive mansion that is the Skywatcher estate. You pass several AI servants as well as a few flesh and blood ones, like Kun, before the two of you arrive at her private quarters. Gesturing towards a beanbag for you to sit on, Lily herself takes her place on the bed.
:LilyNH: So… t-tell me t-the truth… it’s… it’s bad, isn’t it?

>Tell her you've solved the case.
:LilyNH: And!? W-what did you find out! T-tell me already! …p-please…
>Hand her the ribbon.
:LilyNH: Huh? This is… this is Xaby’s! Then… y-you actually met her!? Where is she? Is she alright?
>Deliver the unicorn message, but do NOT give more details. There is a non-zero probability that someone could be listening in, and a life is at stake here.
:RishiNH: “The pink unicorn is a bit much.”
:LilyNH: …wha- OH! Oh… oh… r-right… t-that… yes, I… I understand… then she is not here anymore?
:RishiNH: She has left us, yes.
:LilyNH: That’s… that’s all I wanted to hear… thank you.
>and remember to inform her of the help that Ben was in the course of your investigation.
:LilyNH: And I’m s-sure we can reward him as well, and… and…

Lily springs to her feet, about to say something but nothing comes out of her beak. Instead, she just stands there awkwardly as she looks at you… before she mumbles something under her breath.
:RishiNH: What was that?
:LilyNH: It’s just… I don’t know how I can ever possible thank you? I mean… err… I’ll p-pay you, of course… and… um… give y-you a… b-bonus? But… I don’t feel that’s… enough?
:RishiNH: I was just doing my job, ma’am. The payment will be enough.
:LilyNH: No, it won’t… I… I want to… you… you did so much for me, you don’t even know it, but you did and…

For a second, it almost looks like she wants to hug you, but in the last second she thinks better of it. Instead, she sits down on her bed again, looking rather content.

:LilyNH: I can finally stop worrying about Xaby and… I can’t just let you leave without me showing h-how much I appreciate it… b-but… I… j-just don’t k-know how?
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No. 919894 ID: e3e99e

>>919887
Seduce Bird.
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No. 919895 ID: b1b4f3

>>919887
Haha, tell her it's fine if she wants to be... unprofessional. You are a Serpens, and you could use a little appreciation right now, and I'm sure she could use a bit of comforting after that news, right?
Spell it out for her if she doesn't get it.
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No. 919896 ID: 91ee5f

>>919887
Ask her what that message about a pink unicorn was supposed to mean? If she doesn’t want to tell you, then don’t push her to tell you. Since the case is over, there’s no need to try to get more info out of her anymore.

>She has left us, yes.
Jeez, Rishi, that kinda sounds like you’re saying Xaby is dead. Make sure Lily understands that you meant that Xaby has left New Horizon and isn’t dead!

>I can finally stop worrying about Xaby and…I can’t just let you leave without me showing h-how much I appreciate it…b-but…I…j-just don’t k-know how?
Now that the case is closed, you and Lily don’t have to have a professional relationship anymore. And now that you don’t have to be professional anymore, you can go ahead and try to seduce her and hope she’ll let you pump her full of eggs!

Of course, after wards, you guys can still be friends and hang out with each other and whatever else friends do with each other.
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No. 919921 ID: daa216

Whip out dick. Let her service you that way.
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No. 919940 ID: 094652

Actually, this might also be a trap. At the very least, you do NOT want to gain a reputation for getting paid in tilde. Wait a few more months and THEN ask if she wants to experiment with your worm.

For now, Tease the Birb with some light boob-on-boob hugs and cheek pecks but get paid in credits not
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No. 919951 ID: c1212a

Sit next to her on the bed. Say she doesn't owe you anything more... but if she'd like to spend time together to get to know each other better, well you think you'd like that very much. Tail action for emphasis.
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No. 919989 ID: 1301e8
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919989

>Seduce Bird.
Initiating Seduction protocol of berd. Deploying flattering and sensual touching weapons.
>and hope she’ll let you pump her full of eggs!
From both ends as well. You really need to fill out your Alien to do list, after all.
>Whip out dick.
…tempting, but you don’t think she’ll appreciate something that forward. You’d be lucky if she just threw you out after that.
>Actually, this might also be a trap. At the very least, you do NOT want to gain a reputation for getting paid in tilde.
Why would anyone accept payment in tilde? It’s not hard to get for free, after all. Besides, she already told you she would give you a monetary bonus on top of your normal pay. This is simply a finishing touch on the contract.

>Ask her what that message about a pink unicorn was supposed to mean?
:LilyNH: Oh that, it’s just… a thing from when we were small. So it’s become kind of an in-joke between us and… well… she said if she ever… well… it’s kind of became a code word?
:RishiNH: That means she’s safe?
:LilyNH: That means she’s gone somewhere… better… somewhere where she can be happy. By the skyfather, I do hope I’ll see her again someday…

>Sit next to her on the bed.
You slither up to her and take a seat right next to her in the bed, letting yourself brush against her as you do. Her heartbeat soars as you get close to her and you feel her hand twitch as you put your own on it. She opens her beak in a vain attempt to stammer something out, but nothing comes from it.
:RishiNH: You have some really beautiful, opal eyes, Lily…
:LilyNH: W-what…?
:RishiNH: I just thought we could discuss a way for you to show your appreciation?
:LilyNH: Eh!?
:RishiNH: It's fine if she wants to be... unprofessional.
:LilyNH: B-but… err…
>Tail action for emphasis.
Letting your tail talk for you, you slowly drags it across her legs before letting the tip of it brush against her hip.

:LilyNH: I… I-I know w-what y-you’re t-trying to do.
:RishiNH: I’m not trying to be very subtle, am I?
:LilyNH: Y-y-you’re t-trying to s-seduce me t-to get t-to my f-father… y-you’re not the first t-that have tried that.
:RishiNH: I don’t see what your father have to do with me seducing you?
:LilyNH: Y-you j-just w-want the money… or t-the connections… or… or… b-be honest!
:RishiNH: Lily, what are you talking about? I’m trying to seduce you because I want to see those big honking tits of yours bounce as I pump you full of eggs.
:LilyNH: … … …w-w-what?
:RishiNH: I’m just being honest here, as you asked.
:LilyNH: Y-y-you can’t j-j-just s-say t-that and- w-w-what!? B-but… I… t-that’s n-not… err… I’m n-not… I’m j-just a f-fat slob and… and… c-can’t j-just… y-y-you’re s-s-supposed t-to a-ask me t-to a d-d-dinner and a m-movie or… or s-something! Not… t-t-this!
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No. 919999 ID: 8928df

>>919989
"I wouldn't mind watching a movie with you. Do you have any BTLs right now?"

There's a good chance she has porn.
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No. 920001 ID: 91ee5f

>>919989
>Y-y-you’re t-trying to s-seduce me t-to get t-to my f-father…
“I’ve never even heard of your father until I met you yesterday, when you hired me. If I wanted to get to your father, I would attempt to seduce him, instead of you. But I don’t want to seduce him, I want to seduce you.”

>Y-you j-just w-want the money…
“You’ve already paid me, so why would I want more money from you? Unless you have another job and you want to hire me again, that’s the only time I’d want more money from you.”

>or t-the connections…
“Meh, I can make my own connections, I don’t need help with that.”

>picture
Look, her tail feathers are shaking in anticipation! She wants it, but she doesn’t know if your motives are really that simple. She might still think you’re trying to use her to get to her father.

>I’m j-just a f-fat slob
“No, none of that. Don’t listen to people who call you names like that. Especially, if that person is you. You should never call yourself names like that.”
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No. 920015 ID: a9af05

>>919989
You were able to sort of read Ben's thoughts earlier, right? Can't you do that to Lily now? Or project thoughts of self-confidence into her head?

At least say something to let her know that she's fine the way she is and she doesn't need to change herself to fit in with how everyone say she's supposed to look like!
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No. 920052 ID: c1212a

So you shouldn't say she has an earnest smile and pretty blue eyes and and adorably shy yet sunny disposition that makes you want to squeeze her all over?

Que full tail hug.
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No. 920054 ID: b1b4f3

>>919989
Tell her if she wants some sex, no strings attached, you can give her that. You're not looking for more than that. If she wants to go out to dinner before the sex I guess that's okay, but it'd have to be tonight. Right now, if possible.
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No. 920062 ID: 7fafab

>>919989
"Oh? Well, if you're not the Serpens date, AKA DTF ASAP, kind of girl, that's fine. I even happen to know another birb who falls more in line with such tastes who'd surely love a cutie like you. He's big, strong, honorable, protective, and a very good boy."
[mind whisper]
"he even helped me find/protect Xaby"
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No. 920063 ID: 7fafab

>>920062
"So, you interested?"
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No. 920076 ID: daa216

Work on taking off her shirt.
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No. 920082 ID: a9af05

>>920062
>>920063
There's a problem with trying to get Leon and Lily to hook up.

Leon is a Varkian, which means that like all Varkians, he'll automatically hate Lily for being fat because that's pretty much burned into all Varkians that come from colony ships. If you're fat, you're taking more food than everyone else.

So it's probably for the best that we don't try to get them to hook up together.
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No. 920091 ID: 7fafab

>>920082
1. Do we know he's from said ships?
2. Even if he is, he's into the megathicc serpens lady. There's no reason to believe simply introducing them will do any harm.
3. You've seen the way he acts - you think he'll swear away a nice, polite girl 'cause she's a bit too thicc?
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No. 920093 ID: c1212a

Don't be too forward, apparently saying your intentions non-euphemistically spooks aliens. Try to let the mood develop as you assuage her concerns. Does she have any movies in mind? Maybe any stashed under her bed or somewhere~?
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No. 920102 ID: 91ee5f

>>920091
You do realize there’s a difference between Rishi and Lily, right?

Rishi is thicc because of her mods and it’s only focused in one area of her body. Lily is naturally fat all over her body because of how much she eats. Those are very different things.
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No. 920103 ID: 7fafab

>>920102
Still thicc.
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No. 920104 ID: 7fafab

>>920103
And like I said, no harm from just introducing them. We've no solid reason to believe he'll be utterly repulsed.
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No. 920348 ID: 1301e8
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920348

>Don't be too forward, apparently saying your intentions non-euphemistically spooks aliens. Try to let the mood develop as you assuage her concerns.
You need to take your time with this one, yes…
>Work on taking off her shirt.
That might be bit to forward, no?
>You were able to sort of read Ben's thoughts earlier, right? Can't you do that to Lily now?
You can only scrape off surface thoughts when they are in a moment of emotional distraction… like in the middle of an orgasm.
>Look, her tail feathers are shaking in anticipation! She wants it, but she doesn’t know if your motives are really that simple.
Ergo, your goal is to convince her your motives are sound. It’s as simple as that.

>I even happen to know another birb who falls more in line with such tastes who'd surely love a cutie like you. He's big, strong, honorable, protective, and a very good boy.
As much as you like playing matchmaking, you rather have a private taste from them both before giving them away to someone else.
>Leon is a Varkian, which means that like all Varkians, he'll automatically hate Lily for being fat because that's pretty much burned into all Varkians that come from colony ships.
Let’s not generalize his attractions from that of his species. For all we know, he might have a thing for bigger girls?
>Do we know he's from said ships?
Even if he wasn’t born on one, Varkian’s on a whole haven’t lived that many generations outside those ships.


>I’ve never even heard of your father until I met you yesterday, when you hired me.
:LilyNH: W-which is w-when you d-decide to… um…
:RishiNH: If I wanted to get to your father, I would attempt to seduce him, instead of you.
:LilyNH: W-wait? What?
:RishiNH: I’m sure he wouldn’t mind this kind of attention as well, right?
:LilyNH: Ew… *giggle* though I don’t think that old fart would even know what to do with someone like you.
:RishiNH: I am a bit of a handful, aren’t I?
:LilyNH: Still… um… I don’t know…
:RishiNH: You’ve already paid me, so why would I want more money from you?
:LilyNH: …to get even more money?
:RishiNH: True, but I prefer to get my money from jobs… so unless you have another job and you want to hire me again…
:LilyNH: Oh… um… I… err… d-don’t know why I w-would but…
:RishiNH: Maybe to find to spot that makes you scream the loudest when I poke it?
:LilyNH: RISHI!?
:RishiNH: What? You don’t like being tickled?
:LilyNH: Eh!? Tickled? Oh… um… I just… s-sorry… I thought you meant… never mind… why would you… I’m just some fat slob that-

>No, none of that. Don’t listen to people who call you names like that. Especially, if that person is you. You should never call yourself names like that.
:LilyNH: But I am a-
:RishiNH: No, you are not.
:LilyNH:
>Let her know that she's fine the way she is and she doesn't need to change herself to fit in with how everyone say she's supposed to look like!
:LilyNH: But what if I want to change…
:RishiNH: Then I’m sure I can give you some motivation to start working out!
:LilyNH: …wait, what do you even mean by that?
>I wouldn't mind watching a movie with you. Do you have any BTLs right now?
Maybe any stashed under her bed or somewhere~?
:LilyNH: Eh? Why would I have a BTL under my bed? No, I don’t have any BTL’s lying around…
:RishiNH: Ah, yes, Xaby never did return with it, did she?
:LilyNH: EH!? Y-you know… I m-mean, those w-weren’t mine!
:RishiNH: Of course not.
:LilyNH: J-just… n-not another word…

>So you shouldn't say she has an earnest smile and pretty blue eyes and adorably shy yet sunny disposition that makes you want to squeeze her all over?
:LilyNH: Huh? Where did all that co-
>Que full tail hug.
You let your tail coil around her large body as best you can, letting it come to rest right under her chest.
:LilyNH: H-hey, *giggle* q-quit it!
:RishiNH: But you’re so big and fluffy! I can’t help myself but to hug you.
:LilyNH: I’m n-not that fluffy…
:RishiNH: Of course you are... in fact, I official decree that you are from now on to be my main pillow!
:LilyNH: *Giggle* Rishi, stop it… aren’t you still on the clock!?
:RishiNH: I am… but the only thing I got on my schedule is a meeting for my next job at the Sunstrider gallery of grounded and local art.
:LilyNH: Oh, that place… I’ve been meaning to go there and… wait, Isabelle wants to hire you?
:RishiNH: You know her?
:LilyNH: Well… we’ve met and… um… I know she doesn’t like to be kept waiting so… maybe you should hurry there?
:RishiNH: But that would mean I need to let go of my favorite pillow…
:LilyNH: *Giggle* Rishi…
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No. 920359 ID: 79eaac

>>920348
C'mon girl, we can't shove eggs in her at the moment. We can do that once we're off the clock. Time for art lady's case.

Also, since Lily's grown up in a less-approving-of-casual-sex culture, it might hurt her feelings if she learns you're not actually in search of a long term relationship after you fuck. Make sure that's clear for her so she can make the right choice for herself.

Still think we oughta introduce her to Leon: A cute, shy princess for the big, strong, handsome knight.
We've already got a reptilian fucktoy, and birds are just advanced reptiles. Anyway, who says we can't snake teehee our way into a threesome some time?
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No. 920362 ID: a9af05

>>920348
Now's your chance! While you've got her in your coils, tickle attack!

>Isabelle doesn't like to be kept waiting.
I'm sure she'll understand if we tell her we were busy working on another case.

So for now, let's cuddle with Lily somemore.
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No. 920363 ID: b1b4f3

Tell Lily that you just solved her case, can't you have a little downtime?
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No. 920380 ID: 91ee5f

>>920348
>Maybe to find to spot that makes you scream the loudest when I poke it?
>RISHI!?
>Eh!? Tickled? Oh…um…I just…s-sorry…I thought you meant…
“Oh, yeah, I also meant that. I’ll poke you there if you want me to. That’s actually what I’m trying to do right now.”

>Then I’m sure I can give you some motivation to start working out!
>…wait, what do you even mean by that?
Rishi, going by her response, I don’t think that’s what Lily meant when she said, “But what if I want to change…“ So try to be more careful with how you pick your words next time!

>Of course you are...in fact, I official decree that you are from now on to be my main pillow!
“You’re so soft and warm. I feel like I might-“ *insert snoring sounds here*

And then engage in tickling!

>I know she doesn’t like to be kept waiting so…maybe you should hurry there?
“I’ll just tell her that I was busy with a different case when I get there.”

“Besides, I can’t rush straight into another case after finishing one. I’ll wear myself out!”

Then ask if you can show her how Serpents “relax” by having sex? You guarantee that it’ll also help her relax by pumping eggs into her!
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No. 920382 ID: 2202fb

You have a job to do! You dont have time to do this now! Take your pillow and book it to the art gallery.
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No. 920383 ID: c1212a

Tell us a little about this Isabelle, and we can have a 'movie night' some other time?
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No. 920387 ID: daa216

Steal second base.
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No. 920396 ID: 91ee5f

>>920382
I don’t think we should bring Lily with us.
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No. 920419 ID: a9af05

>>920363
Yeah, I agree with this.

We need to take a break before we go to the next job.

>>920380
>Show her how Serpents "relax"
Yes, do this!

>>920382
No, let's not bring Lily with us.
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No. 920426 ID: 2202fb

>>920396
>>920419
She knows the person which could help.

Additionally she said this person doesn't like to be kept waiting.
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No. 920429 ID: a9af05

>>920426
Just because Lily knows the other person, that doesn't mean that she'll be able to help us.

And all we have to do is tell that lady that we were busy working on a different job. It's that simple.
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No. 920443 ID: 91ee5f

>>920426
Bringing Lily with us isn’t necessary at all.
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No. 920453 ID: df5c09

>>920429
>And all we have to do is tell that lady that we were busy working on a different job. It's that simple.
I have a feeling that such a lady isn't gonna just accept that, being that she undoubtedly believes she's the center of the universe. ...But how about Rishi asks Lily how Isabelle would react if she namedropped the job was for the Skywatcher family; Either Lily or Lord Skywatcher.
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No. 920517 ID: 1301e8
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920517

>C'mon girl, we can't shove eggs in her at the moment. We can do that once we're off the clock.
But she’s still so cuddly and soft and besides, you can always work overtime. Though, if you want your next case, you might need to get it today…
>just tell her that you were busy with a different case when you get there.
And if she doesn’t want to wait for you to get there, she might just hire someone else? You’re not working in a vacuum, after all.
>Still think we ought to introduce her to Leon: A cute, shy princess for the big, strong, handsome knight.
That would fit into Leon odd… fantasy, if you will… and you don’t think Lily will mind being the princess either. Still, they both need a batch of eggs before you do anything else.
>Anyway, who says we can't snake *teehee* our way into a threesome some time?
Neither Leon nor Lily feels like the very adventurous type when it comes to the bedroom, do they?
>Steal second base.
That’s going to need some work… but it might be manageable…


>Tell us a little about this Isabelle.
As you keep her lower body coiled within your tail, you let your hands rest on the side of her stomach.
:LilyNH: Well… um… I don’t k-know her that well but… she has this fascination for the… um… lower class?
:RishiNH: Fascination?
:LilyNH: Art, culture, way of life… y-you know…
>I'm sure she'll understand if we tell her we were busy working on another case.
:LilyNH: Or s-she’ll just hire someone else?
>It might hurt her feelings if she learns you're not actually in search of a long term relationship after you fuck. Make sure that's clear for her.
:LilyNH: Huh?
:RishiNH: I’m not looking for that kind of relationship.
:LilyNH: Then… I’m j-just…
:RishiNH: You’re hopefully a future friend who like to have some mutual fun at times?
:LilyNH: S-so… f-friend with… b-benefits?
:RishiNH: I believe that’s what you call them, yes?
:LilyNH: Um… so… err…

>Now's your chance! While you've got her in your coils, tickle attack!
While she’s distracted, you move your fingers up to her ribs and start dancing across them. Screaming with laughter, she tries her best to wiggle out of your grip but she’s going nowhere.
:LilyNH: HAH SKYFATHER, *Srnk* STOP! STOP! HAHA!
:RishiNH: Never!
:LilyNH: HAHA NO SERIOUSLY, I HATE GETTING TICKLED! Hah! Ha…
:RishiNH: Oh… sorry….
:LilyNH: No… d-don’t be…

>Tell Lily that you just solved her case, can't you have a little downtime?
You let your hands fall down a bit to her sides again, making sure to stroke her a bit as you move…
:LilyNH: W-well… y-yes… I mean… um…
>Besides, I can’t rush straight into another case after finishing one. I’ll wear myself out!
Dragging your hand along her spine, you feel her arc her back in your grip…
:LilyNH: I g-guess..?
>Then ask if you can show her how Serpents “relax”
With a circular motion, you move your hands across her big tummy, stroking it…
:LilyNH: W-wait… I t-think I already know the a-answer to that…
>You guarantee that it’ll also help her relax
With each motion, you slowly edge yourself upwards, towards your price.
:LilyNH: R-Rishi… I d-don’t think… I’m ready f-for... um…

Then when you see and opening, you let one of your hands travel to her chest. She gasp when you slightly brush against the underside of one of her breasts, but she quickly silence herself and just waits, as to see what you’ll do next. Slowly, you start stroking your hand against it before grabbing it completely. Even as you start playing around within your hand, Lily does nothing but wiggle a bit in your grasp.
:LilyNH: H-hey, c-careful… y-you’re moving a bit fast there, mister.
:RishiNH: You didn’t tell me to stop…
:LilyNH: J-just… s-slow down a bit? C-can’t we… g-go see a play or…

You tighten your grip around her breast just to feel her wiggle a bit…
:LilyNH: *Gasp* H-hey!
:RishiNH: A play or…?
:LilyNH: …or w-we can go to t-that gallery? I w-was planning on it a-anyway so… um…
:RishiNH: Oh, really?
:LilyNH: J-just… b-be careful w-with your hands?

A) Go to the Gallery to get the case without Lily.
B) Go to the Gallery to get the case with Lily. Enjoy the rest of the gallery with her after business is done.
C) Take Lily somewhere else… like… um… to a movie… or some theater? Or… a concert?
D) Fuck it, pump her full of eggs before you do anything else. You’re sure she’ll give in after a bit more teasing from you.
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No. 920523 ID: 1d1c04

>>920517
🅱️
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No. 920526 ID: 2202fb

>>920517
🅱️
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No. 920527 ID: b1b4f3

>>920517
B. Kill two birds with one stone. Well, you're aiming to fuck a bird but cmon it's just a metaphor.
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No. 920528 ID: 91ee5f

>>920517
Oh, yeah, you’ve definitely got her all riled up and she really does want it.

>J-just…s-slow down a bit? C-can’t we…g-go see a play or…
>…or w-we can go to t-that gallery? I w-was planning on it a-anyway so…um…
But she’s insisting that you slow down and do something else first before you really get into it, so it’s probably for the best that you do things her way.

And since she’s offered to go with you, you might as well let her come with you.

B) Go to the Gallery to get the case with Lily. Enjoy the rest of the gallery with her after business is done.

And when you tell her that she can come with you, don’t let go of the hug. If she asks if you’re going or not, tell her that you just wanted to hold onto her a little longer. Then let go of her and head to the gallery with her.

.....although, do we need to worry about the poorly disguised guys outside of her house seeing her leave with us?
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No. 920536 ID: 5f9e6d

Gotta always give em the D. (real life choice B, but fuck it it's a quest)
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No. 920577 ID: 7fafab

>>920517
🅱️🅱️🔜
🅱️🔜🅱️
🅱️🅱️🔜
🅱️🔜🅱️
🅱️🅱️🔜

Also, think you need to work on asking before you do something, Rishi; shouldn't do things in sexual situations without asking unless you're familiar with the person.
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No. 920688 ID: 1301e8
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>Oh, yeah, you’ve definitely got her all riled up and she really does want it.
Another prime grade incubator in the harbor! Now you just need to seal the deal.
>But she’s insisting that you slow down and do something else first before you really get into it, so it’s probably for the best that you do things her way.
Slow and steady wins the race. Doesn’t matter if it’s today or tomorrow, you’ll get her in your coils soon enough.
>Gotta always give em the D.
Later.
>Also, think you need to work on asking before you do something, Rishi; shouldn't do things in sexual situations without asking unless you're familiar with the person.
Right, you need to learn to slow down. These aliens clearly value their intimacy a lot more than your kind does.

>B. Kill two birds with one stone.
…you’re not sure that’s an appropriate saying when talking to a Varkian…
>Well, you're aiming to fuck a bird but c’mon it's just a metaphor.
Well, you’ll probably want to fuck this Marquise character as well so… Fuck two birds with one… ovipositor? Either way, the gallery it is!

:LilyNH: I’ve heard that this gallery is really interesting and unique. I’m sure we’ll find something in there that will make our whole evening.
:RishiNH: Really? I don’t know about that… I’ve never really understood this… art stuff.
:LilyNH: *Giggle* Then I’ll just have to teach you a thing or two!
>Do we need to worry about the poorly disguised guys outside of her house seeing her leave?
:LilyNH: Do you really think they can follow my private limousine on foot, silly? Come on, I’ll show you!
>And when you tell her that she can come with you, don’t let go of the hug.
:LilyNH: …err… Rishi… you need to let go?
:RishiNH: But you’re so fluffy…
:LilyNH: *giggle* Come on, we don’t have all day.
:RishiNH: Alright, alright, we’re going…

Lily leads you to the basement of the estate, where you find a large limo tram docked with a rather… large and robust Varkian standing in front of it, glaring daggers at you.

:RishiNH: Err… and this is?
:LilyNH: Oh, don’t mind him. That’s just my bodyguard. Now, get in and we’ll be off!
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No. 920689 ID: 1301e8
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920689

The limousine leaves the estate and starts traveling through the tram tunnels at a high speed, ensuring that no one would be able to follow you. You’re sitting down next to Lily on some soft velvet cushions, the avian herself fiddling with an apparatus near the door for a few moments before handing you some kind of non-alcoholic drink. Meanwhile, the guard is sitting on the other end of the car, still glaring dagger at you.

:RishiNH: So… your guard?
:LilyNH: Oh, don’t mind him. I got to have someone escorting me around at all time so… Herc here has to come with us for now.
:RishiNH: He wasn’t there when you came by my office?
:LilyNH: Yes, he was.
:RishiNH: …no, he wasn’t?
:LilyNH: He was just outside the door, in case anything happened.
:RishiNH: Wouldn’t it be better if he came inside with you?
:LilyNH: He didn’t want to disturb our meeting so…
:RishiNH: …if you say so.

You’re forced to get off at the tram station right across the street from the gallery, as it doesn’t seem to have its own private parking lot. As you enter, you’re greeted by a giant statue of… a serpents? You think? It’s either a serpents dressed in some really weird clothes or some snake monster, you’re not sure…

:LilyNH: Ah, here we are…
:RishiNH: Where do you pay for entrance?
:LilyNH: *Giggle* there’s no entry fee, silly! This is a public gallery.
:RishiNH: Oh…

Lily walks over to a map of the gallery and starts looking through our options.

:LilyNH: What do you want to go look at first? Let’s see… We have Historical Grounded Varkian art, Modern Grounded Varkian art, Historical Fleet Varkian art, Modern Fleet Varkian art, local art, both professional and amateur as well several painting and sculpting classes… oh, and a… err…
:RishiNH: Adult section.
:LilyNH: Err… y-yeah, the adult section?
:RishiNH: And where would this Marquise Isabelle be?
:LilyNH: I… have no idea.
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No. 920691 ID: b1b4f3

>>920689
Try the Modern Grounded Varkian art first.
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No. 920695 ID: c1212a

First off, what does she look like? We want to be able to recognize if we bump into her. Does she teach any of the classes? go to one and volunteer as a subject for anatomy practice so Lilly will see you in the nude

What's the difference between the different schools of art? I'm thinking grounded, probably historical, will have the lowest probability of anything disparaging of Lilly's physique- same with Local art. Or just go with whatever Lilly has an affinity for.
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No. 920698 ID: 91ee5f

>>920689
>And where would this Marquise Isabelle be?
>I…have no idea.
You can either look up Isabelle’s name on the net to find a recent picture of her or you can ask Lily to describe what Isabelle looks like, since they’ve met before.

Or you can just call Isabelle and tell her that you’re here to meet her in person, like she requested. And then she’ll either direct you to where she is in the gallery for you to meet her or you can tell her which section of the gallery you’re in so that she can come find you.

>which section do we go to first?
Let Lily choose.

And wherever you go, make sure you watch where you swing your tail when you’re slithering around. You don’t want to accidentally knock something over!
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No. 920707 ID: ad51b8

ask what she knows about that statue about the serpents. You're curious to know what that is about.
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No. 920739 ID: 7fafab

Whichever is closest to the adult section, but act like it's a total coincidence that that's the one you're interested in.
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No. 920807 ID: a9af05

>>920689
>Go where?
Let Lily decide.

>Where's client?
I agree with the methods that >>920698 mentioned on how to find her.
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No. 920982 ID: 1301e8
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>Go to one and volunteer as a subject for anatomy practice so Lily will see you in the nude.
It says here that they are looking for volunteers… hmm… and they are willing to pay for it too? It’s basically a free paycheck, isn’t it?
>Go to whichever is closest to the adult section, but act like it's a total coincidence that that's the one you're interested in.
Sadly, the place is designed so that the adult section is not connected to any of the other parts… probably because they don’t want anyone accidently walk into it, you’d wager.
>And wherever you go, make sure you watch where you swing your tail when you’re slithering around. You don’t want to accidentally knock something over!
You’re not a child anymore. You can keep your tail in check, thank you very m-
:LilyNH: H-hey, watch the tail!
:RishiNH: My apologies.

>You can just call Isabelle and tell her that you’re here to meet her in person, like she requested.
:NonNH: [Oh, you’re that charming detective, aren’t you? Just wait at the entrance and I’ll enlighten you with my presence.]
:RishiNH: I just called Isabelle, she said she would meet me here in just a moment.
:LilyNH: Oh, I guess we’ll have our tour after that then? So… um… I guess I’ll just…
:RishiNH: You can always start without me, you know.
:LilyNH: Y-yeah… I guess? I’ll… um… check the fleet art… just to remind me of home, right?

>First off, what does she look like?
:LilyNH: Well… white… and small? Classy looking, you know…
>Does she teach any of the classes?
:LilyNH: I think she teaches some of them, yes… though I think most of them are private?
>What's the difference between the different schools of art?
:LilyNH: Well… historical is old art, modern is new… um… the art from the fleet are generally shaped by the harsh living conditions in space, hope for a better future and… well… err… and the grounded art is from the many smaller planet colonies, so… new beginnings and tranquility and… stuff…
:RishiNH: And local art is from the station?
:LilyNH: That’s right.
>Ask what she knows about that statue about the serpents. You're curious to know what that is about.
:LilyNH: I’m not sure… I don’t even think it’s really a serpents but… err… something else… like a-
:IsabellaNH: It’s a lovely representation of the stress of the modern life, where the pressure have turned this once beautiful statue of a Serpents into a corrupted form of current corporate culture and ideals.

Out of nowhere, a very short and petit Varkian lady has appeared.
:RishiNH: I presume you’re the Marquis Isabelle de Lac-
:IsabellaNH: No need for those silly titles, my precious little amethyst... and it’s Isabella, with an a…
:RishiNH: My apologies, Isabella.
:IsabellaNH: No need… and you must be…?
:RishiNH: The tides brings you salutations, friend. I am Rishi Zsazsa, Private Detective, and have called for me?
:IsabellaNH: Ah, I have been quivering with antici… … …
:LilyNH: …err... are-
:IsabellaNH: -pation to get my lovely little hands on such a… muscular and… mmm… steady private dick.
:LilyNH: Um… m-maybe I s-should leave?
:IsabellaNH: I did indeed request your splendid presence here today, as I am in need of a… persistent and untiring lady like yourself. But before you ruminate, let me illuminate the need I have for you, my lovely Rishi, if you would just come with me...?
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No. 920986 ID: 2202fb

Hol up, is this a sakkilian wearing a varkian mask? Am i the only one who sees this?
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No. 920988 ID: 79eaac

>>920982
"Of course. I'll return or contact you when I can, Lily."
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No. 920989 ID: 79eaac

>>920986
Ehhhhh, I don't see enough to be convinced.
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No. 920995 ID: 91ee5f

>>920982
Looks like you’d better go with her.

Tell Lily that you’ll call her when you’re done and then both of you can look around together.

>>920986
Yes, you’re the only one that can see that.
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No. 921002 ID: b1b4f3

>>920986
I think she's a swan.

>>920982
Tell Lily you'll be back in a bit.
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No. 921011 ID: c1212a

Certainly. Tell Lily you'll find her in the fleet art gallery once you're done. Make a mental note to find her in the adult section when you're done.
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No. 921012 ID: 2202fb

>>920995
thanks...
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No. 921076 ID: 1301e8
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>Hold up, is this a sakkilian wearing a varkian mask?
…you’re pretty sure she just got a big beak… well, a big beak for her size, at least.
>I think she's a swan.
She does indeed look like that earth creature called swan, at least according to the search you just did.

>Certainly. Tell Lily you'll find her in the fleet art gallery once you're done.
:LilyNH: Err… r-right. I’ll see you there in a few, Rishi.
:IsabellaNH: Lily? Why, you must be Lord Skywatcher’s precious little daughter, correct? I do believe we have had the enjoyment to meet before, have we not?
:LilyNH: We… um… m-met at the gala last year?
:IsabellaNH: Ah, yes, of course, of course. I simple didn’t recognize you without that splendid looking dress you were wearing. Why, it was like the night sky itself was crying over-
:LilyNH: It w-was a nice dress, yes… err… don’t you have… um…
:IsabellaNH: Ah, of course, of course. I do hope you’ll stay for a cup of tea after we are done here. It would be so precious if I had the time for a bit of a conversation with another lady of class, yes?
:LilyNH: Err… s-sure?
:IsabellaNH: Now, master Rishi, do come this way, will you?
:RishiNH: Certainly.
>Make a mental note to find her in the adult section when you're done.
You do know she have a bit of a perverted side to her, but you don’t think she has to courage to actually act on it in public like that. Though, it would be funny if you found her there…

:RishiNH: So, why do you want to hire me?
:IsabellaNH: It will become apparent as soon as we reach the adult section of the gallery. I do promise that it will be an… illuminating experience.
:RishiNH: ...if you say so?

Scratch that last part then. It would be funny if she walked into you at the adult section instead.
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No. 921077 ID: 1301e8
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Isabella guides you through the gallery towards the section for more… “adult” art. You even have to pass by a security guard seemingly placed there just to make sure people of young age don’t walk into this part of the building. As you enter, you’re surrounded by all kind of odd looking paintings, sculptures and-

:RishiNH: Did that statue have huge face do-
:IsabellaNH: Focus, my dear, you can take a look on the art after we’re done.
:RishiNH: My apologies.

She leads you to a larger room, filled to the brim with paintings on all the walls as well as several statues in each of the corners. As the centerpiece, there’s a large, empty pedestal. About five times five meters in size, it’s just about a half meter high with a single step located on the side for easy access to the top of it.

:RishiNH: May I be so bold and to guess why I am here? You want me to find whatever was taken from this large pedestal?
:IsabellaNH: Hmm? Oh, that is not a pedestal, dear, that’s a scene.
:RishiNH: …a scene?
:IsabellaNH: Not all art is of physical nature. Some are… performances.
:RishiNH: Performance? In an… adult manner?
:IsabellaNH: Indeed. That is why it’s here, is it not? Why do you ask? Do you maybe have a performance piece you wish to… enlighten us with?
:RishiNH: Verily, I am not sure what performance art even is.
:IsabellaNH: I am sure I can teach you a thing or two later, my precious amethyst, but first… this is why I called you here.

She gestures towards a large painting hanging on the wall, depicting… something?

:IsabellaNH: This is the resonating cloud, by the great, green twin wyrms.
:RishiNH: …I’m not sure I get it. It’s just some shapes?
:IsabellaNH: It’s a testament to the animal cravings we all feel for the next opportunity to take pleasure in the carnal union of flesh.
:RishiNH: I don’t see it. Verily, a lot of the art in here is just… strange?
:IsabellaNH: This painting right here is about to win the grand prize in a competition we are holding right here in our lovely little gallery.
:RishiNH: …and you want to hire me to…
:IsabellaNH: Find the person who painted it, of course.
:RishiNH: Didn’t you say who it was painted by already.
:IsabellaNH: Ah, yes, the great, green twin wyrms. At least, that is what all its painted is signed as. But that is clearly just a pen name. What I need, love, is a real name, a real person.
:RishiNH: So you want me to find this “twin wyrm”?
:IsabellaNH: Indeed, that’s why I’m hiring you. I am simply… shivering in anticipation to meet this twin wyrm in person… oh, and I am certain he or she is Serpents, just like you. Your kind has a certain… style to your art… and the wyrm part in the name is also a giveaway, no?
:RishiNH: So, find a Serpents painter somewhere on this station?
:IsabellaNH: Do you take the case? I have a few other painting for you to look at if you do.
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No. 921101 ID: b1b4f3

>>921077
Sounds straightforward. What should you do once you've found the artist? Arrange a meeting? Also, what about payment?
Also start flirting back once you have the case.
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No. 921111 ID: 2202fb

>>921077
This guy could be long dead. Wouldn't a historian have better luck?
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No. 921150 ID: a9af05

I'm late for this, but I'm just going to say it anyway.

>>920982
Rishi, no volunteering for posing in the nude for a bunch of artists while your on the clock for detective work! Wait until after hours, then you can volunteer.

>>921077
>Adult performances
She's talking about sex on the stage in front of a bunch of people.

>Find the artist
Ask what you should do if you find the artist but they don't want to come here? Or what if they've recently left the station?

>>921111
That's only a possibility. The only way to find out is to investigate.
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No. 921156 ID: ad51b8

sure, why not. Take the job.

Guess some questions to ask would be how are the paintings delivered and how old some of the paintings are.
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No. 921162 ID: c1212a

I'll see what I can do. How about those other paintings?
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No. 921341 ID: 1301e8
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>Sounds straightforward. What should you do once you've found the artist? Arrange a meeting?
:IsabellaNH: All I ask is for their name and a way to contact them. More than that is unnecessary.
>Ask what you should do if you find the artist but they don't want to come here? Or what if they've recently left the station?
:IsabellaNH: Do not worry your pretty little tail about that. If they lack the conviction to receive the reward, it will simply be donated to a good cause in their name, little amethyst.
:RishiNH: Reward?
:IsabellaNH: As I said before, they have won a competition, love.
>What about payment?
:IsabellaNH: I will simply pay you your usually fare? I believe it was clearly stated with your contact information?
>This guy could be long dead.
:IsabellaNH: While I cannot say for certain his current state of mortality, it cannot have been a negative one for long if that is the case. After all, we received this very painting just two weeks ago.

>Guess some questions to ask would be how are the paintings delivered and how old some of the paintings are.
:IsabellaNH: Why, I do believe we’ve been receiving art work from this intriguing artist for… oh, I don’t know, five years? Six?
:RishiNH: And you haven’t looked into who it is until now?
:IsabellaNH: They haven’t won anything before… in fact, most of the art we’ve been sent have never been showcased… or only been put up for short times in the local amateur wing of the gallery. It’s only rather recent their art have risen to such… splendor!
:RishiNH: How so?
:IsabellaNH: They used to paint only objects and people as we see them… but now, they paint the emotion, the feeling, the… moment.
:RishiNH: …how do you paint an emotion? You can’t see happiness, can you? Never mind… how do you receive these paintings?
:IsabellaNH: They are delivered by a privately hired courier directly here. I’ve never had the chance to personally talk to any of them, as their timing is rather irregular.

>How about those other paintings?
:IsabellaNH: Right this way. While he does have another glorious painting hanging in the local talent section, I do believe such a… cunning Serpent as yourself would rather look at the ones we have in the store room, if I am not mistaken?
:RishiNH: Being able to take a closer look would help, yes.
:IsabellaNH: Then follow me, my beautiful little amethyst.
>Also start flirting back once you have the case.
:RishiNH: Speaking of amethysts, I can’t help but remark that your eyes are like emeralds, glistering in the setting sun at sea.
:IsabellaNH: Ohoho… why, amethyst, aren’t you just a bit… robust in your words? That, and a bit hypocritical, hmm? After all, your eyes shines ever brighter, do they not?
:RishiNH: But the pure, elegant feathers of yours brings them out more than my scales would ever do.
:IsabellaNH: Do not dare to speak ill of those shining gemstones that adore your magnificent shape. They are each one an amethyst, sparkling as the light reflect from them with each graceful moment you do.
:RishiNH: But that is nothing compared to… your… um… graceful swaying as you… move?
:IsabellaNH: Ohoho, running out of compliments, my precious little amethyst? I do admit, I didn’t expect such a refined vocabulary from a plebian, but you do speak at times as a real lady of some renown.
:RishiNH: …plebian?


>She's talking about sex on the stage in front of a bunch of people.
…and that’s… art? Eh, you really don’t get it.
>Rishi, no volunteering for posing in the nude for a bunch of artists while your on the clock for detective work! Wait until after hours, then you can volunteer.
You can always work late… or invite Lily over after you’re off the clock. Either way, you better ask…
:RishiNH: So, this thing about volunteering for the art class.
:IsabellaNH: Ah, yes, we are always looking for new forms to paint. Let me take a proper look.

She walks around you in a circle as she looks you up and down, before giving of a bit of a disappointing tsk.

:RishiNH: Something wrong?
:IsabellaNH: Sadly, we already have enough Serpents volunteers as it is… and your body is, while very beautiful and a sight to behold, simple to unnatural for our current theme. We’re looking for more… ah, normal body types at the moment.
:RishiNH: I see…
:IsabellaNH: Though, I do have a favor to ask you. You see, I am looking for a certain… special volunteer at the moment.
:RishiNH: A special one?
:IsabellaNH: I need a certain kind of person as a motive for one of my coming classes. It has to be a Varkian, Sakkilian or Hiver, a male one, that’s either lean or muscularly built.
:RishiNH: That wouldn’t be too hard to find.
:IsabellaNH: Oh, but that’s not all. I am looking for a certain… kind of person. Someone that has been shaped by… ah, hardship. Someone from a lower part of society, someone living in poverty, someone that’s less fortuned. Maybe from the tunnels down on the lower levels, maybe?
:RishiNH: You want me to find... gutter trash?
:IsabellaNH: Oh, now let’s not be mean with our words… but, yes, gutter trash would be a fitting description *Cough*. I need someone that as a person show the signs of that kind of life. The people down there are just so… different, no? Why, I was walking down there, with an escort of course, just earlier today and do you know what I walked in on? At the junkyard down at level 38, near one of the gates, there were two people just going at it like animals! While I never saw them with my own two eyes, the sounds were unmistakable! They were doing it right in that filthy, small corridor, right next to a heap of trash, in the middle of the day while people were walking around. They are so… fascinating, don’t you agree?
:RishiNH: Err… y-yeah… so you want to find this man?
:IsabellaNH: Oh, I simple want you to ask a friend if they know… or are, this person I’m looking for. I am willing to compensate for their time, of course. Now, here we are, at the store room.

The guides you into a large room filled to the brim with boxes of all kind of shapes and sizes. Seemingly at random, she pulls open one of them near the corner of the room and show you that its filled with paintings of all sizes. You pick one of the smaller one to take a closer look at…

:RishiNH: Flowers?
:IsabellaNH: As I said, they started their career painting simple objects and people. Pretty common for Serpents, if that is what they are.
:RishiNH: And this weird glowing paint?
:IsabellaNH: Why, that is a part of why I believe that the artist is a Serpents. That is a paint based on grounded up Tharoonian crystals, imported from the Serpents home world of Roon.
:RishiNH: Wait, aren’t those things highly toxic for non-Serpents!?
:IsabellaNH: They are, which is why I believe the artist is, as I just mentioned, a Serpents. Do not worry, while the fresh paint still have some of its toxic attributes, its dried form is harmless… unless you decide to start licking the painting, but who would do something so… brash?
:RishiNH: So this painting in particular are a few years old?
:IsabellaNH: Indeed. Now, while the value of that painting to us is practically worthless, it might still be priceless for the original author, so do be careful.
:RishiNH: Don’t worry, I’ll be careful.
:IsabellaNH: Glad to hear it. Now, was there anything else you wanted to ask, my little amethyst? I cannot dally here for long, as I have other matter to attend to after all.
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No. 921345 ID: b1b4f3

>>921341
Already a lead. "For Drizn". Run a search for someone matching that name.
You might want to try looking at other paintings that might be similar gifts.
Also I noticed a marking on the side for the canvas. Maybe we can start checking art supply stores too. 45x45 doesn't sound like an unusual measurement, but maybe there are some uncommon canvas sizes that this artist used, that we can... actually, asking the shopkeepers might be a dead end. We'll run into customer privacy concerns again.

Other than that, I guess we're good. Should go back to Lily and continue the date.
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No. 921354 ID: 91ee5f

>>921341
>Flirting
Don’t let Lily catch you doing that. Even though you told her you just wanted to be “friends with benefits”, she’ll still be hurt if she catches you flirting with someone else after you flirted with her a few moments ago.

>At the junkyard down at level 38, near one of the gates, there were two people just going at it like animals! While I never saw them with my own two eyes, the sounds were unmistakable! They were doing it right in that filthy, small corridor, right next to a heap of trash, in the middle of the day while people were walking around.
Ha! She heard you and Ben having sex in the alley! XD

>That is a paint based on grounded up Tharoonian crystals, imported from the Serpents home world of Roon.
>Wait, aren’t those things highly toxic for non-Serpents!?
There’s a big clue. You’re looking for either a place that sells those crystals or a place that sells the paint made from those crystals. Because of the toxicity of the crystals, there can’t be that many stores that are allowed to sell them.

>the painting
There’s something on the side of the painting. It looks like “AS-14” and “45 X 45”. Then on the bottom of the painting it says, “For Drizv“.

Check the other paintings to see if there are similar things written on them.
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No. 921358 ID: 2202fb

Our mark might be a druggy. Chems usually let you start seeing emotions.
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No. 921372 ID: a9af05

>>921345
>"For Drizn"
>>921354
>"For Drizv"
It's kinda hard to tell because of the fancy writing, but I think it's actually "For Drizu".

>>921358
If Isabella is right and the artist is a Serpents, then that's impossible, since Serpents don't have tongues for licking things. Even if they got a body mod that gave them a mouth and tongue, the paints won't affect them.
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No. 921376 ID: b1b4f3

>>921372
Ah, Drizu works best, yes.

Hmm. What *are* the symptoms of being poisoned by this paint? If it's hallucinogenic like that... It's always possible that the artist isn't Serpens, or the original artist was then their protege took over the pen-name, and they aren't Serpens and so are getting poisoned by the pigment.
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No. 921377 ID: 2202fb

>>921372
No, like they are doing non-paint drugs and painting what they see.
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No. 921410 ID: c1212a

>>921341
Ask the significance of 'as-14'. I assume 45x45 is simply the canvas' dimensions.
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No. 921430 ID: ad51b8

well I see some numbers on the side, pretty sure those are just the size of the painting but might as well ask what they're for. Also ask if she knows the name that's written on the painting.

Maybe check the back of the painting as well just to be thorough.
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No. 921478 ID: 7fafab

"Yeah, I know a trash Sakkalian. I'll tell him of your offer soon as I can."

Where does the courier deliver the paintings?
Setup a monitoring device of some sort there in case they show up.

Drizn. Time to investigate this name. Alongside searching for people name such, is there an etymological meaning behind it? It may be a pet name or something that could clue us in into Drizn's relation with the painter.
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No. 921479 ID: 7fafab

Oh, and anything important about:
"A5-14"
"45x45"
?
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No. 921543 ID: 1301e8
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921543

>Yeah, I know a “trash” Sakkalian. I'll tell him of your offer soon as I can.
:IsabellaNH: Oh, please, do not deride just because they are different, my lovely amethyst. You do not happen to have a picture of this person?
:RishiNH: I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t mind being called that, but sure, here’s a picture.
:IsabellaNH: Ah, would you look at this! A clearly synthed gold ring in his snout, an abundance of affordable makeup and that… hmm… that head fin is a bit out of the norm, but the low cost of the augmentation really does bring forth the class of person I am looking for. An uncut emerald in the rough, just waiting to be polished!
:RishiNH: He calls himself Punk and lives down on 38 Level of this spire.
:IsabellaNH: Punk? Truly? Why, he is perfect! I must have him! Please, ask him to volunteer! I promise you, he will not regret it!
:RishiNH: I’ll see what I can do.

>Ask the significance of 'as-14'.
:IsabellaNH: A mark of quantity over quality. Personally, I only use these kinds for my art classes, where most of them will be thrown away in the end anyway.
:RishiNH: So… they are cheap? Ergo, this artist of yours might be lacking funds for one reason or another.
:IsabellaNH: Quite the conundrum, as the paint they are using is rather on the quality side of things.
:RishiNH: …which might be the reason they are lacking in funds.
>Where does the courier deliver the paintings?
:IsabellaNH: Why, right to our cargo door.
:RishiNH: May I set up a monitor device there in case they show up again?
:IsabellaNH: They only come about once a month, maybe even less, so catching them would be… hard.
:RishiNH: No reason to be sloppy, even then.
:IsabellaNH: Speaking of sloppy, I do believe I have a meeting I must get to. If you’d mind…?
:RishiNH: I’ll find that artist, Isabella, you can count on it.
:IsabellaNH: Then until we meet again…


>Ha! She heard you and Ben having sex in the alley!
You’re not sure if you want to tell Ben that or not… either way, next time you need to be more careful! Public indecency like that is illegal after all.
>Our mark might be a druggy. Chems usually let you start seeing emotions.
Hmm… which might be the real reason why they are so low on funds. You might be looking for some Chemmer hiding down in the deep tunnels for all you know… maybe Ben and his gang know someone that paints? Nah…
>What *are* the symptoms of being poisoned by this paint?
Horrid pain as your organic tissue slowly solidifies apparently. It will take years, but it’s not something you’ll want to happen to you.

>Already a lead. "For Drizn". Run a search for someone matching that name.
You look up both the names Drizn and Drizu, finding a ton of people with that name on this station alone. Well, a ton might be a bit much, but a dozen each, at least. No one is called Drizv, though.
>There’s a big clue. You’re looking for either a place that sells those crystals or a place that sells the paint made from those crystals.
There are only four places on the station that sell the paint, and then it’s only imported at request. Oh, would you look at that? One of shops that sell the stuff is located just below ground in the DreamWeaver Spire, which is located right next to the spire your currently in. Pure crystals on the other hand count as contraband and are illegal to even own on the station, so that’s probably not what they are using.

>I assume 45x45 is simply the canvas' dimensions.
That would be correct, yes.
>Maybe check the back of the painting as well just to be thorough.
Let’s see… G.G.T.W|T.A… which you’re going to guess is the initials of the artist? Great, Green Twin Wyrm… T… A? What does T and A stand for?
>Check the other paintings to see if there are similar things written on them.
They all have the same initials, the same signature and most of them are “as-14”. Some of the bigger paintings are marked “as-20”, which you’re going to guess is better quality? You also find a painting or two that are signed with “To Drizn”… or is it Drizu?
>Don’t let Lily catch you flirting.
She might be hurt if you start focusing on someone else right now, so you’ll keep yourself on the down low at least until this… “date” thing is over. These aliens and their weird rituals.

And speaking of Lily, maybe you should get back to her?
You find her in the Historical Grounded art gallery, looking over an odd statue.

:LilyNH: But what does it represent? I guess the planets are future colonies and the ship is obvious… but what is the plant that’s part machine supposed to be?
:NonNH:
:LilyNH: …not that I was expecting an answer from you…
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No. 921547 ID: 094652

>Two authors
>Art was unpopular, recently skyrocketed
I have a hypothesis: the original art was drawn over by another artist who didn't know the original artist, hence the Twin Dragons and lack of names to prevent copyright infringement. Then they met up and @#$%ed and started working together to boost the synergy of the paintings to gala levels.

... Or perhaps Isabella chose a starving artist at random so she can jack up their prices and increase the popularity of a freshly expanding new supply of art brand.

>Toxic to non-Serpens
... What if it's a murder weapon that has been cleverly disposed of by turning it into priceless art? I mean sure, any weapon collector would burst into laughter if you claimed a replica of Ashbringer was used to assassinate the leader of New Cantebury, but they'd quickly sober up if you showed them a 'supposedly haunted' lead statue owned by a Caligula, and demand it be preserved in non-toxic translucent plastic.

Using poison for art would be an acceptable art choice; centuries of chemistry research into poison means its visual properties are well-defined for specific artisitic needs. However, that also demands a level of safety in the final product. Why the hell is this thing out in the open air?!

>Sidequest
For that matter, don't take the sidequest. You don't know enough about Isabella to trust her to keep your hire alive and intact.
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No. 921556 ID: b1b4f3

>>921543
Augmented uredo? Machine life, as in SAIs?
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No. 921565 ID: 91ee5f

>>921543
>Tells Isabella about Ben and shows her a picture of him.
I don’t think you should tell him about her offer. Sure, he might not mind being called things like “gutter trash”, but that might only be during private sexual moments, like when he was with you. He might not like it if it’s in public with Isabella and her art class.

>You look up both the names Drizn and Drizu, finding a ton of people with that name on this station alone. Well, a ton might be a bit much, but a dozen each, at least.
Because of the toxicity of the paints, these paintings could’ve been given to a Serpent. Are any of these Drizns or Drizus a Serpents?

>There are only four places on the station that sell the paint, and then it’s only imported at request. Oh, would you look at that? One of shops that sell the stuff is located just below ground in the DreamWeaver Spire, which is located right next to the spire your currently in.
Focus on the Drizns and the Drizus that live close to those stores. Living closer to the stores makes it more convenient for them to get the paints.

>You also find a painting or two that are signed with “To Drizn”…or is it Drizu?
Take pictures of those specific paintings so that you can show them to any Drizns or Drizus that you might end up visiting. Showing them the paintings might help them remember who gave the paintings to them.

>But what does it represent? I guess the planets are future colonies and the ship is obvious…but what is the plant that’s part machine supposed to be?
“Maybe it represents coexistence between plants and machines? I don’t know, I’m not very good at this art stuff.”

Tell Lily about the job you got from Isabella. Then be prepared for her to be upset because that means you’ll have to leave the gallery to do your job and cut this “date” short.
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No. 921579 ID: ad51b8

Could be meant to represent something involving uredo. Either the artist liked them or maybe liked something about them.

Anyways how are you doing?
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No. 921600 ID: 864e49

Wasn't the Human world green and blue with a big moon? And isn't the Sakkilian world mostly dessert?
If that's what it's supposed to be then where are the other species home worlds?

The plant that's part metal could either mean coexistence between nature and technology or it could represent how as technology progresses it replaces and destroys nature and what is natural.
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No. 921756 ID: 7fafab

>>921543
"Hey Lily! Back from talking with Isabelle. The small bits like the Human homeworld, Sakkalian homeworld, and Varkian fleet to me. As for the giant city plant tentacle, uhhh... Uredo tentacle porn? I got nothing. What's with the pink magic lines on the tip of the tentacle? Maybe it's "nature supporting everything"?

"...y'know, that pink looks kinda like a blush."
covert sensual caress
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No. 921786 ID: a9af05

>>921543
Tell Lily about the job.

>>921565
I agree with this, you shouldn't tell Ben about this. He might not enjoy public humiliation like that.
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No. 921800 ID: 7fafab

>>921786
"public humiliation"
Have you seen the way he dresses? I don't think he cares too much.
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No. 921801 ID: 7fafab

>>921800
Plus, as she said, she wouldn't use such vulgar terms.
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No. 921859 ID: 1301e8
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921859

>You shouldn't tell Ben about this. He might not enjoy public humiliation like that.
Wait, who said she’ll humiliate him? As far as you understand, she wants to paint him… or have a class paint him… probably naked…
>As she said, she wouldn't use such vulgar terms.
Indeed, she did seem a bit insulted when you called him trash. Besides, going by how she’s been acting so far, she’ll probably start calling him her emerald from the rough or something.
>Have you seen the way he dresses? I don't think he cares too much.
Ben clearly has a thing for being stepped on by beautiful girls. Though, he’s also very much about telling the system to fuck itself so… hmm…
Either way, Ben is an adult and can make his own decisions. You’ll simple tell him about Isabella, her desire for him and then let him come to his own conclusion. By the tides, he might even do it for the creds alone even if it’s something he doesn’t want to do.

>I have a hypothesis: the original art was drawn over by another artist who didn't know the original artist. Then they met up and @#$%ed and started working together to boost the synergy of the paintings to gala levels.
You’re not so sure about that… it seems more likely this person simple got better over time, as most people do. But the paintings are signed with two different signatures on the back so… maybe it was a group project from the starts? …or maybe T.A is their real name?
>...Or perhaps Isabella chose a starving artist at random so she can jack up their prices and increase the popularity of a freshly expanding new supply of art brand.
You’re pretty sure Isabella doesn’t have enough influence to do something like that… and she’s already rich enough as it is. A simpler theory is that she simple likes art and wants for local artists to flourish.
>What if it's a murder weapon that has been cleverly disposed of by turning it into priceless art?
…what. Who in their right mind would murder someone with a weapon that takes years to actually kill someone?
>Why the hell is this thing out in the open air?!
Because apparently it’s not dangerous after the paint sets.

>Are any of these Drizns or Drizus a Serpents?
Pretty much all of them are Seprents. Drizu’s is a Serpents name after all. Well, there is apparently one Varkian with the name, but that’s it. Drizn on the other hand is apparently popular among Hivers? Hmm…
>Focus on the Drizns and the Drizus that live close to those stores. Living closer to the stores makes it more convenient for them to get the paints.
They live all over the place, but no one lives close enough to a store for it to be significant.


:RishiNH: Maybe it represents coexistence between plants and machines? I don’t know, I’m not very good at this art stuff.
:LilyNH: Oh! R-Rishi! I didn’t see you there!
:RishiNH: Or it could represent how as technology progresses it replaces and destroys nature and what is natural.
:LilyNH: Err… I don’t know… feels a bit cliché? But I guess a lot of old art is cliché for a reason, r-right?
:RishiNH: Augmented uredo? Machine life, as in SAIs?
:LilyNH: This t-thing was made b-before first contact, so no, it’s not about either the Uredo or the SAI’s.
:RishiNH: Wasn't the Human world green and blue with a big moon? And isn't the Sakkilian world mostly dessert? Wait, doesn’t the human home world have more than one moon or something?
:LilyNH: A lot of planets are green and blue… or purple and blue… or red and blue and… M-Mars isn’t the only green and blue planet, right? As for the Sakkilian home world… err… doesn’t it lack oceans completely or something?
:RishiNH: So… they aren’t home worlds, then?
:LilyNH: I’m p-pretty sure they are just colony worlds…

>Tell Lily about the job.
:LilyNH: So you’re supposed to find some artist? S-sorry, never heard about them before but… um… I mean, I’m really the best at art so…
:RishiNH: Don’t worry about it, they are just a small, local artist at the moment. Not a lot of people probably know them by name.
:LilyNH: Err… so… y-you’re on your way or…
:RishiNH: I can work late today, don’t worry. After all, we have a date, don’t we?
:LilyNH: Y-yeah! A date *giggle*!

> What's with the pink magic lines on the tip of the tentacle? Maybe it's "nature supporting everything”?
:LilyNH: I’m pretty sure that’s just some old anti grav tech or something… but then again, why is it purplish? Hmm…
> "...y'know, that pink looks kinda like a blush."
:LilyNH: A blush? Why would a plant, two planets and a ship bl-
You pull her into a hug and, trying your best to be convert, let your hands wander a bit over her hips as you do.
:LilyNH: H-hey, take it easy, hotshot. *Giggle*
:RishiNH: Just saying hi to a cute lady…
:LilyNH: *giggle* Rishi, come on… save t-that for later, alright?
>Anyways how are you doing?
:LilyNH: Well… err… I’m fine, I guess?
:RishiNH: You didn’t like the art in the fleet section?
:LilyNH: Eh… to many bad memories… and their art is so damn boring and stiff, just like those that live on those colony ships.
:RishiNH: But you’re here now, so no need to worry about those old geezers, eh?
:LilyNH: So… hey… um… do you just want to wander around and talk for a bit or… um… I guess we can go and laugh a bit at the local art? I’ve heard all the weird stuff is located there? Oh, and I saw this café just down the hall if you’re aching for some fruit juice? I mean… I’m not sure you drink that but… err… or do you have any other plans? Want to go anywhere special?
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No. 921878 ID: b1b4f3

The writing doesn't really match but do a search for a Dr. Izu/n/v. Just in case it's a partially obfuscated dedication.

>>921859
Weird art sounds good, then the cafe.
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No. 921896 ID: 7fafab

>>921859
Weird art time!

"Lily: [...] I mean, I'm really the best at art, so..."
Sir Cactoid, you need to work on your proofreading.
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No. 921910 ID: 91ee5f

>>921859
>Pretty much all of them are Seprents. Drizu’s is a Serpents name after all. Well, there is apparently one Varkian with the name, but that’s it. Drizn on the other hand is apparently popular among Hivers? Hmm…
It’s still too early to rule out names, so those Hivers and that Varkian can’t be removed from the list. Not yet anyways.

>H-hey, take it easy, hotshot. *Giggle*
>Just saying hi to a cute lady…
>*giggle* Rishi, come on…save t-that for later, alright?
She’s right, save it for later.

Also, her bodyguard is right there. If he thinks you’re getting a little too grabby, he’ll just separate you two.

>wander around and talk for a bit, weird local art, café, or somewhere special?
Weird local art and then go to the café.

>fruit juice
>I mean…I’m not sure you drink that but…err…
“As long as it’s a liquid and it’s not completely solid or as thicc as my hips” *slap hand on hip* “then I can drink it.”
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No. 921912 ID: c1212a

Well, you don't know of anywhere special on the station quite yet, so local art sounds good.
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No. 921913 ID: ad51b8

weird art sounds like it could be fun.
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No. 922080 ID: 7fafab

>>921910
Save the main event for later, but getting her nice and flustered is important~
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