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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. 930266 ID: 2202fb

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

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

hey, i wasnt saying Naos could use our name, just saying someone out there might be able to.
No. 930355 ID: a451fc
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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.
No. 930356 ID: d3602f

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

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?
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.
No. 930360 ID: d3602f

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.
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.
No. 930361 ID: 2202fb

He said reasonable.

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

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

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

Getting his rad mask is the most reasonable thing ever! Or something like that, at least.
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.
No. 930369 ID: 91ee5f


>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.
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.
No. 930374 ID: 8d4593

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

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

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.
No. 930412 ID: b9170f

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

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.

This is definitely want we want.
No. 930545 ID: a451fc
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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.
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.
No. 930549 ID: d3602f

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.
No. 930550 ID: b1b4f3

"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.
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.
No. 930568 ID: b9170f

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

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
No. 930570 ID: d3602f

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.
No. 930572 ID: b1b4f3

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.
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!
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?
No. 930577 ID: 2202fb

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.
No. 930584 ID: d3602f

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.
No. 930585 ID: eeb7d9

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.
No. 930590 ID: 91ee5f

>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.

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

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.
No. 930628 ID: 58b4f3

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.

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

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!
No. 930952 ID: a451fc
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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.
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!

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.
No. 930963 ID: b1b4f3

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.
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?
No. 930996 ID: 91ee5f

>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!
No. 931001 ID: d3602f

Try to punch him hard in the belly, that should force the air out of him.
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.
No. 931029 ID: a9af05

>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.

That could also work.
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.
No. 931044 ID: a9af05

>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.
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."
No. 931131 ID: d3602f

"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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