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926537 No. 926537 ID: a451fc

Wiki: https://tgchan.org/wiki/D3:_Slight_Return
Disthread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/126175.html
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No. 929827 ID: a451fc
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929827

As you block the onslaught, you gather aura in two of your arms, compress the armor and fire the aura out in concentrated blasts, The blasts are much faster when shot in this manner. Wick realizes his cup is wide open and dashes backward to block the aura shots, but only manages to kick one of them, and even then the extra power behind it prevents it from being kicked away with accuracy. The second blast still hits his cup, finally ejecting the water from the mug.

Wick see's this and collapses, exhausted and defeated.

WICK: Ah fuck...Okay you passed. Whew! I chose a BAD test...Oh well, looks like you learned something at least *sigh* that's good...Hey now that all the test is done I've been wondering. What colony you from?
YOU: Colony?
WICK: Yeah, what pagan colony. I haven't seen you in Crud City, and I don't think there's one in Dawnsprings. You from Drilltown's colony?
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No. 929830 ID: d3602f

>>929827
We aren't a Pagan, I'm afraid. Just some guy who wants to study demons, and help people coexist with them.
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No. 929835 ID: 3940d3

I’m not a pagan, i’m a demonologist who realised studying demons is dangerous so I got cool powers to make sure I don’t get killed while working.
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No. 929837 ID: b9170f

Can we ask him why it matters... Just to see if saying we aren't pagan is a good idea
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No. 929840 ID: 575ec0

Aint from a Colony. Can't say I even call myself a Pagan. My father might have been but he never talked about it.

I study demons. Learning this magic helps me do that, and protects me when things get crazy.

I live on my own out past the outskirts of Dawnsprings.
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No. 929851 ID: b1b4f3

>>929827
Tell him you're not a pagan. You're a demon researcher.
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No. 929861 ID: a451fc
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929861

YOU: I'm not from any colony. I'm not a pagan, I research demons, I'm a demonologist!
WICK: What like an official one?
YOU: I mean...self acclaimed demonologist but...anyway what's it matter if I'm a pagan or not?
WICK: Oh it doesn't really! I mean Daisy isn't one either. It's just...weird is all...

You reach into the stream and draw some water into your waterskin.
YOU: What do you mean weird?
WICK: Flint's always been ordered to train rookies, from what I heard the old man never goes looking for work on his own. So the idea that he'd just decide to train an outsider makes no sense is all. Hell do you even know where we are right now? we're-

You hear a beeping noise coming from Wick's bag, he reaches inside and pulls out an odd looking walkie-talkie.
WICK: Yeah...Yeah he passed...What? Why?...Uhh, okay.

Wick puts the walkie-talkie away.
WICK: Forget the water kid we gotta get back to Flint.
YOU: Why?
WICK: Heck if I know, He asked if your lesson was done and told me to bring you back.
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No. 929862 ID: b1b4f3

>>929861
That's weird but okay. What was the third lesson going to be about?
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No. 929863 ID: d3602f

>>929861
So he actually sees something in us? Surprising, seeing as when we first met him he threw a rock at us and said he cringed at seeing us stumble around through that tournament thing in Crud City.

Before you go, take a drink from the water. What the heck does it taste like?
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No. 929872 ID: 91ee5f

>>929861
>Hell do you even know where we are right now? we're-
>interrupted
Where? Where are we?

>need to get back to Flint
“So, I’m not going to need to hunt that beast that Flint wanted me to hunt?”

Make sure you ask if it’s an emergency or Flint sounded worried or something so that you’ll know if you need to hurry.

>>929863
I mean, it was actually a ball he threw at us, but yeah, he cringed so hard at us.
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No. 929885 ID: eeb7d9

What were you talking about where we are, where is this place?
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No. 929891 ID: 575ec0

>>929861
Who knows. Maybe he thinks he can make a Pagan outa me.
Lets get back then.

Oh, We're in the Aether right now, right?
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No. 929900 ID: a9af05

>>929861
Then let's go back to Flint.
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No. 929974 ID: 91ee5f

Can we ask some questions while traveling? Because there are a few things I’d like to know.

Has anyone made wings with their aura and tried flying? Were they successful or did they die when they came crashing to the ground?

Aura can be used to empower yourself and objects you touch, but what about other living creatures? If you have a friend that is a demon, Saint, or voodoo user, can aura effect them, have no effect, or would we accidentally hurt them?
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No. 929975 ID: d3602f

>>929974
One thing that I'm looking forward to with our new skills is using our Blue temperament to study the Aetherial energy in demons. Do certain demons have differences energy released? Is energy completely different based on demon? How exactly does that one rock interact with the energy? With Yellow and Blue, could we make our violin more effective at weaving the energy, improving our power in a duet with Vol?

So many fun possibilities.
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No. 930005 ID: 2202fb

talk about the tattoos.
ask what the beast test was going to be so we get some idea of what that would have been.
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No. 930020 ID: 91ee5f

>>930005
>talk about the tattoos.
Why? I don’t think Wick would even care about Roland’s tattoos. It would also be a pretty weird thing to talk about out of nowhere like that.
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No. 930023 ID: a9af05

>>929974
>Is aura safe to use on these types of friends?
Yeah, I guess it is important to see if it's safe to do before we attempt to give someone a power boost and accidentally hurt them.

>>930005
>Tattoos
There is no reason to talk about this.
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No. 930040 ID: a9af05

>>930023
I've actually got questions of my own to ask Wick:

How did he expel our aura from his body? This is important to learn in case we run into an enemy that uses aura.

Is expelling aura the same as exorcising a demon from someone? Because if it is, then learning this skill will help us next time we end up taking an exorcism job.
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No. 930042 ID: a451fc
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930042

>>929863
You take a sip of the water in your water-skin. You've never tasted water so crystal clear. You continue to drink as you head back with Wick to meet Flint

>>929885
>>929891
YOU: We're in the Aether right? Seems like it'd make the most sense.
WICK: Kinda. The Aether has a view satellites that orbits it, small islands that can be as big as a USA state or as big as a moon. We're on one of those right now, pulled from the Aether and used as a training grounds using a ritual. You don't do this for a rookie you have no faith in.
YOU: ...And what's with the water?
WICK: No idea, I've been told High Demons use it to torture Low Demons. Bringing them to the brink of death from thirst and tossing them next to a stream of this water, since demons are constantly giving of Aether energy and can't control it, they'd have no hope of getting any to drink.

>>929974
>>929975
YOU:...So can you fly user Aura?
WICK: Yes, it's hard but yeah.
YOU: ...And Yellow temperance, can it empower living creatures? If you have a friend that is a demon, Saint, or voodoo user, can aura effect them? And more importantly, how'd you expel the energy I shot at you from your body
WICK: With proper training and knowledge over it yes, but doing that could have negative effects on a normal person, and I did that by targeting the foreign energy in my body and using shoot to get it out.
YOU: Do you think Blue temperament is useful to study the Aetherial energy in demons? Do certain demons have differences energy released? Is energy completely different based on demon?
WICK: Christ you ask a lot of questions. I don't know about any of that, I'm not a demon expert.

After some walking, You reach the tree where Flint is waiting, Daisy's there too.
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No. 930043 ID: a451fc
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930043

WICK: Alright Flint, what's the news? The kid's passed both of our tests so what's wrong ?
FLINT: Just a little change in plans, and I wanted to make sure everyone was here for the announcement. Roland, you have a visitor.
YOU: W-what?
DAISY: You mean someone else is here?
FLINT: That's right, Roland you remember the red masked guy that beat you at the tournament a few days ago?
YOU: Naos? How is he here? That doesn't make any sense! and after what I've been told by a friend of mine, I don't even think he's really one of you pagans!
WICK: It sounds like a weasel's walkin' 'round Crud City.
DAISY: And just letting anyone in important places? I could get bribing someone to get into a tournament, but how'd he know we we're HERE?
FLINT: Well, since the establishment of this training ground required the aid of multiple pagan ritualists , and the approval of a higher up. The information can be intercepted if some one has enough hands in the system.
DAISY: ...So, what now? What does this guy want?

Flint gestures at you.

FLINT: He said he was,"Taking a break from work to see how his good friend was doing.". Said he knows for certain you'd want a rematch, and that you'd had enough time to get your act together by now.
WICK: Great, so now we gotta get this fucker outta here?
FLINT: We could...or Roland, you could deal with this guy yourself.
DAISY: What? Flint that's crazy this guy sounds like he's dangerous.
YOU: From what I heard, he's very dangerous.
FLINT: Well then, if you don't want to you don't have to do it, I'm sure the three of us could take care of him easily. Though, in the absence of time we'd have to stop the training, and I'd have to count it as a failure.
WICK: Wait, really?
FLINT: Wick you of all people know I only take on students I think are worth my time, if Roland can't handle this simple situation then I don't think he has anything else to learn from me. I'm a teacher, not a babysitter. So, what do you say Roland?
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No. 930045 ID: ad51b8

>So, what do you say Roland?
why do you eat nails?

alright smart ass response dealt with, time to deal with red mask. Let's do this.
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No. 930046 ID: b9170f

>>930043
Welp guess it's time to go see a 'good' friend and show him what a demonologist can do.
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No. 930048 ID: b1b4f3

>>930043
Ask if you still have to do it without your gun and displacer beast.
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No. 930049 ID: d3602f

>>930043
Damn, we can't just throw away this chance, who knows if we'll ever get another. Looks like we're going to have to fight.
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No. 930050 ID: c47c5d

I'm alright with beating the shit out of the red mask dude, a re-match sounds fair.
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No. 930053 ID: 8d4593

I'd tell anyone else they were out of their mind...

But if you think I can take him, sure I'll do it.

You got a direction for me or is finding him part of the test?
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No. 930067 ID: 2202fb

>>930043
"I will have to take the failure since i have good information saying this guy could at the very least give you (Flint) a run for your money, and i know the difference between bravery and stupidity, cowardice and wisdom. I would recommend we all retreat since i dont want any of you to get hurt. This guy is a professional assassin, not just some punk. You either highly overestimate me (though flattering), or you, more likely, highly underestimate this guy. He isnt here to kill, he is here to incapacitate, capture, and torture me to get at my friend, well aware that you three are here. That isnt a mission you send some chump on.

I am sorry to disappoint, Flint."
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No. 930068 ID: a9af05

>>930043
>Naos is here.
Shouldn't we tell them what Troy told Roland about Naos? That he's the brother of a psycho named Channing?

Because if we mention this to them and they know who Channing is, then that will let them know how dangerous Naos is and it would kinda give them an idea of how Naos found this place.

>So, what do you say Roland?
"I say how the fuck did you eat Wick's car in one bite?!"

But seriously, yeah, you'll fight Naos.
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No. 930070 ID: d3602f

>>930067
Naos lost in the tournament, so I think Flint has seen how far his abilities can go. I don't think he lost on purpose either, since apparently he was a really sore loser. I trust him to know our limits.
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No. 930078 ID: 91ee5f

>>930043
>Naos
Let’s go fight him.

Ask the others if they want to come watch? Or, if Naos brought friends with him, make sure they don’t interfere with your fight with Naos.

.....so, has anyone thought of any good names for our multi-arm eye thing we used against Wick?

>>930067
No, not gonna say any of that. We’re not gonna run from this.

Besides, if Flint didn’t think we’d stand a chance against Naos, he wouldn’t tell us to go fight him.

>>930068
>Explain who Naos is.
Yeah, we could try that.

>"I say how the fuck did you eat Wick's car in one bite?!"
That is something I would also like to know!
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No. 930079 ID: eeb7d9

I have no problem TRYING dealing with Naos, but that is probably something that Troy would like to do. If we do beat him up, we should bring him to Troy.
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No. 930083 ID: d3602f

>>930078
Well, I suggested Beam Quavars for the hand. But with the addition of our ability to slow down our perception, I'm thinking "Adagio" or "Lento", which is considered to be a slow temp. Maybe the arms could be called "Quartet" and the slow down could be "Adagio"?
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No. 930086 ID: 91ee5f

>>930083
>Maybe the arms could be called "Quartet"
Yeah, but what if we want to use more than 4 arms? Or even less than 4 arms? “Quartet” wouldn’t fit if we were using anything other than 4.
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No. 930095 ID: d3602f

>>930086
Quartert->Quintet->Sextet etc. If we get a huge amount, we can just call it a concert or concerto. Solo piece accompanied by an orchestra.
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No. 930107 ID: a451fc
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930107

YOU: If you think I can do it, then I won't run away from this. I do have a few questions though, I assume I won't be getting my gun or my scrolls back just yet?
FLINT: No, if your training went well, you should have everything you need to take the guy on.
YOU: Right...also...did you eat Wicks car?
FLINT: Yeah. He bet I couldn't do it so I did.
YOU:...I-in one bite?
FLINT: What? No, That'd be ridiculous. It took me a while.
DAISY: So you do eat those nails?
FLINT: Sometimes.

>>930083
>>930086
>>930095
Caesura Concerto, You like how that sounds

>You got a direction for me?
Flint points you to the other end of the large tree stump, there a door size hole is cut into the side of it with a set of stone stairs leading down. You descend.
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No. 930108 ID: a451fc
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930108

As you go deeper into the underground of the pillar tree cavern it gets darker and darker. Soon though, you reach the bottom of the stairs, and in the caves below small lights hover in the air. What you think to be some sort of demonic fire fly is really what looks like large fungal spores that stay afloat in the air and give off a red light. Before you can give them a closer look you hear a voice coming from above you.
NAOS: Is that him? The man of the hour! How've ya been Gallows!

Sitting atop a large stone pillar you see him. Naos is waiting for you.
YOU:...
NAOS: Oh c'mon don't give me the silent treatment after I took the time to find ya! I know you're itchin' for a fight but can't we just have a nice chat for a bit first? feel's like it's been ages! When I heard through the grapevine that you were gettin' work in to get stronger I couldn't help myself! I just had to see your progress.

Naos stands up
NAOS: Now I can tell from the attitude you must be aware of my purpose for being here in Crater. I know you're affiliated with Troy in some way, and I bet he's told you a lot about me. But this ain't even for buisness let's just forget all of that for a second! Let's forget about Troy, or Channing or all of that mess, and let's try to start out on the right foot starting with some much needed introduction.

He leaps down from the pillar, his fall broken by a gust of air. He gives an over exaggerated bow to you.
NOLAN: My name, my real name, is Nolan Randolph! It's a pleasure to meet you!
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No. 930115 ID: d3602f

>>930108
Did you have to hit me so hard in the match? If the pagans didn't have that bath, I could have been a quadriplegic. I'm not the type to hold a grudge, but that really hurt.
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No. 930135 ID: 91ee5f

>>930108
>But this ain't even for buisness let's just forget all of that for a second!
“So you’re not here to kidnap me and/or kill me if I don’t tell you where Troy is?”

>Let's forget about Troy, or Channing or all of that mess
“Kinda hard to do that when Troy told me Channing sent someone to kill him in his dreams! In fact, the only reason I know anything about you is because Troy didn’t die in his dreams. If he did die and was unable to tell me anything, then I honestly would be pretty excited to see you again.”

>My name, my real name, is Nolan Randolph! It's a pleasure to meet you!
“And my real name, believe it or not, actually is Gallows.....well, it’s just my middle name. Not sure if I really want to tell you my first and last name.”

“So how’d you want to do this? Fight to the death or until someone surrenders or is knocked out?”
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No. 930152 ID: 8d4593

Roland Conroy Jr.

Forgive me if I have trouble putting aside our external situation.
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No. 930160 ID: eeb7d9

Should we be giving our real name in front of pagans? I don't remember giving our full name to Flint nor any other pagan yet.

In any case, just fighting? He is going to have to be more specific, because last time he almost broke your back, and that was just a friendly tournament. We need to pay you that back.
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No. 930161 ID: 2202fb

>>930135
all this
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No. 930181 ID: a9af05

>>930107
>Caesura Concerto, You like how that sounds
Yeah, that's a good name! I like it!

>>930108
How'd he even know you were here? Did he use his connections with Channing to find you?

>>930135
This.
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No. 930188 ID: 235ba5

>>930108
Introduce ourselves properly.
Fight him.
Win.
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No. 930189 ID: a06807

>>930108
Well, considering he's trying to set the things right even if he's kinda of dangerous, we should chit-chat a bit. Say your full name and ask how's life going for him. Where he went after the tournment, stuff like that, y'know?
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No. 930193 ID: a9af05

>>930181
Don't forget to also ask if he's here to try and recruit you for Channing's gang.
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No. 930196 ID: 8d4593

I think we should enhance our perception right off the bat. If I remember the last fight with him correctly, he was stupidly fast.
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No. 930210 ID: d3602f

>>930196
That sounds good. Not slowing things down just yet, but looking at aura. Is there anything about him that stands out from Daisy and Wick with our aura vision? Might also tell us if he's preparing a wind attack.
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No. 930260 ID: 44b16a

>>930108
Introduce yourself with your real name too. That seems to be the logical next step.
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No. 930261 ID: b1b4f3

I don't think giving your full real name to an enemy is a good idea, even in a world where names hold no power.
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No. 930266 ID: 2202fb

>>930261
just to remind everyone, names hold no power here As Far As We Know.
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No. 930301 ID: 8d4593

>>930266
I feel like Naos is just the kind of guy that likes to know the names of the people he kills.
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No. 930310 ID: 2202fb

>>930301
hey, i wasnt saying Naos could use our name, just saying someone out there might be able to.
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No. 930355 ID: a451fc
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930355

YOU: Gallows.
NOLAN: You're still just gonna give me your pagan name?
YOU: I'm no pagan, that's my middle name: Gallows. You'll forgive me if I don't feel comfortable giving you my first or last name.
NOLAN: Oh is it? That's a scary name! That's a name that means buisness, even if it's only a part of the full thing.
YOU: How'd you find me anyway? You have pagan connections?
NOLAN: A few, lotta people thing pagans are tight knit, but plenty of 'em are willing to sell out allies for personal gain. Still, they're a lot better than those Bible-thumping Church heads that's for sure...
NOLAN: Y'know Channing's my half brother? Our dad was a Deacon for the Church, let me tell ya, all that holy-man crap is bullshit.
YOU: ...Yeah, I know that first hand.

He begins to walk closer
NOLAN: How about this? I beat you in our rematch, and you tell me your full name.
YOU: So it won't be to the death?
NOLAN: I've been killin' too much recently, I don't plan on takin' your life, but sometimes I get carried away. You remember don't you?
YOU: Yeah it's hard to forget. I gotta pay you back for that.
NOLAN: Oh! I'd definitely love to see you try that! Let's get started

Nolan takes a deep breath and the air around him begins to swirl, but afterwards he gently exhales and the wind stops.

NOLAN: Oh I almost forgot! I didn't even wait to see if you were on board with our bet. If I win, you tell me your full name, but what do you want if you win? Oh! and please do keep it reasonable all I want is your name after all.
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No. 930356 ID: d3602f

>>930354
Maybe how you got those powers of yours?
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No. 930357 ID: b1b4f3

>>930355
If you win... he has to leave Channing's gang. For real. No more chasing Troy, no more helping Channing.

I wonder... if you can make multiple aura arms, can you make leg boosters AND arms? What about full body aura armor?
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No. 930358 ID: a06807

Considering he's just asking for a name after all, if Roland wins, he gets to keep Nolan's mask. I mean, that mask is cool as hell.
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No. 930360 ID: d3602f

>>930357
He said not to ask for anything big because he's just getting our name out of it. This, in my opinion, is really big.
>>930358
Now that I think about it, we actually haven't seen his face in character. Probably would be good to recognize him without it in case he tries to fool us into leading him to Troy.
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No. 930361 ID: 2202fb

>>930357
>>930358
He said reasonable.

Tbh, idk if there is anything that would be considered a reasonable equivalent that we want.
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No. 930362 ID: b1b4f3

Well just seeing his face is a similar request.
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No. 930363 ID: a9af05

>>930355
"If I win, I get keep your mask as a trophy."
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No. 930365 ID: a06807

>>930361
Getting his rad mask is the most reasonable thing ever! Or something like that, at least.
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No. 930367 ID: b1b4f3

Another combat technique: Deadly Shoot. Form some kind of cannon-like structure, make a separate barrier in a small but weighty projectile shape, use a pressurized Shoot to fire it.
Alternatively, use the same sort of pressurized aura to form a pneumatic piston arm to punch REALLY HARD.
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No. 930369 ID: 91ee5f

>>930363
This.

>>930367
>pneumatic piston arm
Another variation would be for Roland to shoot out a hand and use it as a grapple to pull himself out of harms way. Or to pull an enemy towards him.

And if it’s a hand with an eye on it, Roland can see through it and redirect it if the trajectory is off a little.
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No. 930373 ID: b1b4f3

Ooooh wait I got a good one. If we win, he has to tell Roland why he wants to know his real name.
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No. 930374 ID: 8d4593

>>930363
This Shit Right Here.
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No. 930375 ID: 5ba090

>>930373
probably for reasons similar to Cenred's dream ability, he (or Channing) can target us with something if he knows our full name.
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No. 930398 ID: eeb7d9

>>930363
Yeap, i want his head. And by head, I mean his helmet/mask.

If we want something else, we will have to have another "sparring session" some other time. As long as it doesn't have to do with either Roy or Channin, or his agenda.
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No. 930412 ID: b9170f

>>930363
This sounds hilarious so yes please
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No. 930426 ID: 58b4f3

>>930355
After our previous encounter with Wick, increasing our perception helped us keep us with his speed. I'd like to think the same thing will help us here against Nolan.

>>930363
This is definitely want we want.
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No. 930545 ID: a451fc
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930545

YOU: If I win... you have to leave Channing's gang. For real. No more chasing Troy, no more helping Channing.
NOLAN: HA! Boy you're gonna have to kill me if you want me to stop listening to Channing...I'd rather you kill me than make me take my chances on the run.
YOU: Fine...then the mask, I'll take the mask if I win.
NOLAN: Hmm, sure! Why not? Did you know it's the visage of Bar-Juchne? Anyway, I agree...hang on.

He takes out a notepad and pen and scribbles something down.

NOLAN: I'll make sure that's in writing just in case. I have a bad memory.
YOU: ...Why do you want my real name so bad anyway?
NOLAN: Because you won't tell me it.

He puts away the notepad and takes a slow deep breath as the air around him begins to kick up. The fungus pods are agitated by this and grow brighter rising to the cave ceiling. The dark cave begins to fill with red light. Nolan begins to approach you.
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No. 930547 ID: 8d4593

Give yourself Ceasura gauntlets and arm guards... but make them capable of independent motion while bound at the hands. This way you can strike and defend with double the reach and none of the readability.

Enhance your perception of aetherial energy. Like you, Naos literally surrounds himself with magic. This should give you 360 degree awareness of him.
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No. 930549 ID: d3602f

>>930545
Remember, a lot of his power seems to come from being able to throw you around. Keep your footing firm on the ground. If you feel he's going to lift you up, put spikes on your feet and stick yourself into the ground.

Any rocks nearby? Try filling them with aura, and throw them with a sharp. Maybe it will make the stones explosive.
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No. 930550 ID: b1b4f3

>>930545
"Oh? You're approaching me?"
See if you can give yourself some boots that grab onto the ground. Or create tethers or something. You don't want to get blown around.
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No. 930561 ID: a451fc
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You try to create heavy boots to keep yourself grounded, you slide a bit but after forming some spikes on the soles manage to keep yourself from being thrown around the cave.

>Enhance your perception of aetherial energy.
You try this, but it appears that Nolan isn't using aetherial energy! Which means his abilities must be the result of an angel. He's a saint.

NOLAN: Now Gallows, I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting you to be so ready to go along with my little game here. After knowing what I've done, I was sure you'd attack me on sight!

>Try filling rocks with aura, and throw them with a sharp. Maybe it will make the stones explosive.
You attempt to launch a rock at Nolan and make it explode, he dodges it easily, and you aren't even able to make it explode.

This apparently gives Nolan an idea. He takes a deep breath and whips up the air around him, this time picking up as many rocks as he can to launch at you. With a sharp exhale the rocks fly toward you. Most miss, but a couple hit you in the arm and shoulder drawing blood. Nolan cools it on the wind and stops moving forward, he points his hand at a trio of larger rocks to the side of him surrounding them with wind and slowly lifting them off of the ground.

NOLAN: Honestly I feel like you shouldn't have even humored my dumb "bet". Not a lot of people have, so why're you? A completely silent confrontation with the person trying to hunt you and your friend down makes more sense.
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No. 930568 ID: b9170f

Because where the fun in that banter is much better
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No. 930569 ID: 235ba5

>>930561
I went from being a remarkably boring person to an aspiring demonologist in like... 2 decisions.
You're not that batshit insane compared to Channing's other goons.
You even said you'd try not to kill me.

Conversation seems sensible.

Also goofballs make conversation with the people they're fighting, and Roland is a goofball
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No. 930570 ID: d3602f

>>930561
It might sound a little silly, but I like to think we try to see the best in people. Just because we have opposed goals doesn't mean I want to hate you.

Now, make your aura into a hookshot so you can shoot into the floor/ceiling/walls, and real yourself in so you can get close.
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No. 930572 ID: b1b4f3

>>930561
He's a saint, which means his abilities are themed. You shouldn't expect anything but wind from him.
Also, he can't manipulate aura, which means you can invade his body with your aura all you want. Use a high-pressure Shoot with tow line, then attach a barrier to the line to pull him to you.
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No. 930574 ID: 8d4593

While I've always loved a good fight, killing you will bring me no joy.

I just want to enjoy this while I can.

Go on the offensive
Slow your perception of time with blue,
Boost leg strength with yellow,
Keep the Ceasara cleats on and prepare a C Sharp style punch. Rush him head on, but dodge those rocks!
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No. 930576 ID: b1b4f3

Oh and obviously you need to block those rocks with a barrier. Surely you can do so without disengaging with the ground? Or maybe you can just use Solidify to protect your body, if the rocks aren't too big. I'm not sure if you're skilled enough at forming multiple barriers to do so without releasing the ones you have already(the boots).

You could also try a weaker version of A Daisy Through Concrete to keep yourself grounded. You don't have the affinity for it, but surely you can do it a little bit?
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No. 930577 ID: 2202fb

>>930545
Fuck, he is using contracts of some sort. This is probably why he needs your name. Idk if this is demonic or something else, but suddenly giving your name may have much much higher stakes. It may be the safest just to kill him since we are already this far.
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No. 930584 ID: d3602f

>>930577
If he was using contracts with demons, we would have been able to tell with our Aura vision. It was also just stated that he was a saint.
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No. 930585 ID: eeb7d9

>>930572
I don't think that is really useful. He is a saint, true, but that means his angel wont like to have aetherial energy near it, so it will most probably block it or reflect it.
We have to physically harm him in order to stop his angels power.
What about making a shield? Can you do that? If you manage to get close to him, you can immediately transform it to add a spike or something to hurt him. We can't let him gain the range advantage.
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No. 930590 ID: 91ee5f

>>930561
>He takes a deep breath and whips up the air around him, this time picking up as many rocks as he can to launch at you. With a sharp exhale the rocks fly toward you.
It seems that he needs to inhale to lift things and he needs to exhale to throw things.

>>930577
Roland just said that Nolan is a Saint.
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No. 930611 ID: 91ee5f

>>930590
Let’s try distracting him with conversation.

Ask him what the name of his angel is. If he asks how we knew he was a Saint, we just tell him that Channing seems to only send Saints to attack Troy. It’s making him pretty predictable.
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No. 930628 ID: 58b4f3

>>930561
Remember the high pressure Shoot you used to finally spill Wick's cup of water? Even though it fires harmless aura, if you used something else as ammo, it would be a pretty effective attack! For example, if you used a rock as the "bullet" when you fire the high pressure Shoot, that would do some considerable damage!

>Nolan prepares to throw 3 larger rocks
Depending on how big those are, you may either want to stand your ground and use Caesura Concerto to destroy them or, if they're really big rocks, you might be better off dodging out of the way.

If you choose to dodge out of the way, then using the grappling hook hand idea from here >>930369 might be your best option to get out of the way.

>>930577
>Contracts
He's a Saint, not a voodoo guy.
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No. 930763 ID: a9af05

>>930561
>Rocks
Let's try a CCS to destroy the rocks when they come at us!

That stands for Caesura Concerto Sharp! The "Sharp" part is when you add spikes to the fists!
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No. 930952 ID: a451fc
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>>930574
>>930628
>>930763
You leap forward to evade one boulder, while crushing another with a barrier fist, you load the debris from the pulverized rock into your Caesura and fire them at Nolan.
YOU: It might sound a little silly, but I like to think we try to see the best in people. Just because we have opposed goals doesn't mean I want to hate you. Compared to Channing's other goons you're not that batshit insane.
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No. 930953 ID: a451fc
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The rock pierces Nolan's leg and he kneels to the ground.
NOLAN: Nggh! Okay, you weren't around for it but I tortured and killed people at the behest of Channing. Quit acting like I'm somehow the least evil person that he's got at his disposal.

Nolan takes a deep breath and the wind picks up around his legs lifting him off of the ground

YOU: Speaking of which is there a reason a good portion of Channing's goons tend to be Saints?
NOLAN: Pure coincidence? Sheer luck? Hell if I know! They tend to work just fine 'til this shit started!

>>930590
There does seem to be a connection between his breathing and his powers

The wind lets Nolan move around the air faster. He's effectively flying in the enclosed space. He swings down from the air and flies straight towards you.
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No. 930963 ID: b1b4f3

>>930953
If he's not the least evil person, who is? Aside from Troy, anyway.

Prepare your Concerto. Whatever he's planning on attacking you with, you should be able to either dodge or block it with that move. If the attack leaves him open afterwards, give him a whallop.
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No. 930969 ID: 8d4593

How many of his lieutenants and friends is he willing to throw away?

Day after day, channing throws more and more people to their deaths against us. One man isn't worth this level of sacrifice. Channing's already lost, he just refuses to accept it.

Are you really willing to lay down your life for this man's temper tantrum?

Wouldn't you do things differently if you were in charge?
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No. 930996 ID: 91ee5f

>>930953
>There does seem to be a connection between his breathing and his powers.
The roar of the cheering crowd during the tournament probably prevented you from hearing his breathing last time.

Well, he can’t keep his breath held forever. Eventually he’ll need to exhale and that’ll cause the wind to die down.

>He swings down from the air and flies straight towards you.
He might be trying to pick you up and throw you to the floor like he did during the tournament!

Anchor yourself to the ground with 1 or 2 fists and use the remaining fists to intercept him!
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No. 931001 ID: d3602f

>>930953
Try to punch him hard in the belly, that should force the air out of him.
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No. 931026 ID: eeb7d9

>They tend to work just fine 'til this shit started!
That is because they probably never fought sombody stronger than them. I have being getting my ass handed by strong people for a while now. Or almost being get kill by demons all the time.
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No. 931029 ID: a9af05

>>930953
>Connection between breathing and powers
Then if you make it difficult for him to catch his breath, then he'll have a harder time using his powers.

>>931001
That could also work.
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No. 931043 ID: 8d4593

Slow your perception of time, And throw up a shield that's too weak to stop his attack.

As he breaks through, dodge and beat him down with a Caesura Concerto.
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No. 931044 ID: a9af05

>>931043
>Slow your perception of time
I'm not sure that's how that works.

But increased perception helped us keep up with Wick's speed, so it should also help us keep up with Nolan's speed.
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No. 931128 ID: e6c806

"I didn't say you weren't evil, just that you weren't batshit insane like the rest of Channing's goons we've met."
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No. 931131 ID: d3602f

>>931128
"Despite seriously hurting me, I can at least say you didn't do any lasting damage (surprisingly). One guy made me learn things about myself I never wanted to learn, and at the worst possible time too!"
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