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929115 No. 929115 ID: 70be57

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No. 939367 ID: 8b660e

“What I need to. Who is more at fault? The hunter attempting to kill the wolf or the wolf trying to defend itself? The truth is, neither. Both are trying to survive and see the other as a threat to their survival.”

“But that’s what separates us from the beasts. We are able to rationalize beyond our survival. You called Lester, you upheld your end. So I’ll tell you what he didn’t. He almost died, and chances are the person who stabbed him will try again should he not prove useful. Before you ask, yes my spies saw this and tried to get help for him. He’s a good man trying to make the most of a bad situation.”

“And no we will not tell you who did it and why, and why it could happen again, unless you promise not to kill, maim, or otherwise harm me. Do that and I will tell you.”
No. 939519 ID: e51896

I wasn't too enthusiastic about threatening Rosalia, especially after she started having confusion about Lester. But I think I can use this to make a point.

"What will I do for survival? When this journey started, when the Ash Tree insisted on me to fight the cult for my survival to even out the battle, and Root threatened me by sending his troops after me telling me to run away, I thought I needed to survive by any means possible, kill or be killed even go after the cult to achieve it. Hurting people around me out of fear for my life, and in turn unintentionally making people fear me as an evil person even though I was only trying to save myself and my friends."

"But... after the voices met that saint Lester, and his perspective of the world around him, how he is able to do the impossible and not let anger and vengeance get the best of him even after so many people made fun of him, pushed him around, even... fatally wound him, we were inspired by him, wanting to try to live by his example and be a better person. I fear it is too late for me to redeem myself"

"sometime though... it is hard. Really hard to do the right thing in life, even when the right thing might end up killing me... and fear sometimes consume me to bring out the worst in me. but the gods know I try. I really really try."

(Slowly put your arm down as you say that part. we don't need to use thumbs up or thumbs down.)

"Speaking of Lester, he probably doesn't want to tell you about what happened because he cares about your safety. He knows you will try to take revenge by any means possible and put yourself in danger against someone or something even you can't handle. getting you in trouble with everyone just as it have done to me when I went after Clara for trying to kill my friend. For that reason, for Lester's sake, I don't think I can tell you what happened so you don't end up going what I am going through, even though you're about to kill me. You're mind is already made up after all."
No. 939522 ID: 8b660e

This is good. But I think it makes us sound too weak and self pitying. Where as mine looks more outwards towards what causes our problems. And Rosalia already thinks we will just say or do whatever it takes to survive. Sounds too weak might only reinforce that.

I’m the sword and you are the shield again. Let combine our answers. We are trying to be better and remain a good person, (and might as well be honest) not for Lester, but because it’s the right thing to do. But we must also acknowledge that there are certain events that we have no power over due to the decisions and actions of others. We want Rosalia to go back and check on Lester because he is the same way. Trying to be a good man in a bad situation.
No. 940116 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 940368 ID: 132e04

“Rosalia, look me in the eyes. If you are adamant that what you are doing is right and you have no qualms, you look me in the eye when you kill me. But I don’t think you are a killer. You’re a hunter.

Hunters aren’t killers. They’re part of nature itself, just as the wolf kills the deer for food so too does the hunter. But killers are different. They’re able to look their victims in the eye and understand them well enough to end their lives.

You’re not a killer Rosalia, and that’s a good thing. It means Lester’s faith in you was well placed. But if you kill me, could you look him in the eyes?”
No. 940390 ID: 858176

I realize that if Rosalia has only killed animals up to this point, and not other humans, that also means that she did not kill Anastasia after all and spared her life. Sure, Anastasia might be imprisoned instead by the cult, or worse somebody else other than Lorence or Rosalia may have killed Anastasia, but what is important is that Rosalia herself most likely did not have the heart to kill Anastasia.

along with what Scarred wants you to say, also tell Rosalia that you are at least grateful that she followed Lester's example and chose to spare Anastasia's life when all is said and done.
No. 940433 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 940436 ID: cb33a4

No. 940476 ID: 810f41

Desolation. We need you.
No. 940507 ID: 9dda2b

Not so fast partner, as long as the spirit is not dead the story is not over yet! You just have to believe in the heart of the cards and you will never die!

No. 940562 ID: 810f41

Well then either AJ or mother Gaia want to step up to the plate and help us ou?
No. 940592 ID: f03140

The power was in you all along
No. 940595 ID: 810f41

Hmm, can the power within us heal a partial decapitation?

No? Then we’re screwed! C’mon Fortune, let’s go play scrabble.
No. 940596 ID: e51896

Thoughts: well, the only thing I can think of is seeing about finding a way to cremate Ana's body, burn it to ashes, putting the ashes in an urn or container, and see if we can give it to someone like the Mad Creator or another god who can use her ashes to create a universe for us. I mean, Mad Creator said he could use Ana's ashes to create a universe before. So if Ana has to die, I want to at least make it meaningful in some way. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When a door closes, another opens,

right? Right???
No. 940598 ID: 8b660e

I would prefer it if she didn’t die at all.

And wasn’t the universe he made really unstable? I don’t think giving her ashes to him would be that great of an idea.
No. 940602 ID: f03140
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No. 940670 ID: 810f41

Sometimes, people can’t be reasoned with. Action must be called for before words can be exchanged and they understand you.
No. 940735 ID: e51896

If you need to blame anyone, It was mostly my fault, not Scarred's this time. Nor was it Ana's fault. Scarred wanted to take action, but I kept denying it every way that I can causing things to escalate to where it got. If you must blame anyone, blame me. Not Scarred, not Ana. They don't deserve it.

To explain myself, I guess I had too much anxiety of the future possible outcomes with the actions Ana might take that I was blinded by what was going on in the present. I worried about things such as: if Rosalia were to get killed by us, how would it effect the outcome of Godfrey's trial if the jury hears that Ana had killed one of their members, especially someone well known and strong as Rosalia and after Ana's previous actions? And what would Lester think?
And after hearing about the possible outcome of what the shard could do to Ana's powers that opposes wildcat's powers, I got too nervous to use it in fear Ana would go mad with power again.
I also feared how killing Rosalia might influence the impressionable AJ to become something like Essence down the road, or even become someone like Absolution Prime, also worrying that using his powers might alert Absolution Prime to our location.

I knew deep down that words alone wouldn't stop Rosalia, but after a certain item we needed to show Rosalia was missing/stolen, I just couldn't think of anything else to prevent anything.

Despite all that, I must thanks Wildcat and Robert for acting and saving Ana. You both were the MVPs this time. We'll have to make sure that the shard Ana was given won't amplify the powers that oppose Wild Cat's abilities for the worse.
Most of all, I apologize to you Ana. I shouldn't have let things escalate like that while overly worrying about the future.

I only ask that you realize that no one is perfect, the most we can do is learn from our mistakes.

At the very least, we can probably use this opportunity to have Ana lay low for a little while. Rosalia will probably spread the news of Ana's death, which could have the cult leave her alone for a little while, at least just enough for us to figure out where to go from here and what we should be doing.
I wonder, once we get Ana out of that tree, can we replace her with a mannequin or something that looks like Ana with it's head missing? Actually, now that I think about it, I do remember seeing Essence had beheaded a person. Perhaps we can take his headless body and stick it on the tree after dressing it up to match what Ana is wearing to make Ana's fake death more believable? Just thinking out loud.
No. 940905 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 940971 ID: eee43c


You’ve got to be shitting me.
No. 940980 ID: 8b660e

I was wondering when that would come back to bite me in the ass...

Yes, Ana. We we’re fighting her. And I killed her. And if what just happened was what I think it was about, I indirectly was responsible for his dead too. Remember when my arm got chopped off? She had me work out this weird worksheet using weirdly designed trumpets to mark would live and die.

I don’t really know what to think of this shit anymore.
No. 941021 ID: 07c9c1

Ahhh those unforeseen consequences, they can be a real bitch to deal with.
No. 941043 ID: e51896

you don't know the quarter of the things we had to deal with regarding Essence, Ana. I also don't know what that sacrifice will do, but if you feel any different, let us know immediately.

Don't beat yourself over it too badly Scarred. Sure you were naive as you wanted to save your friend like a hero, but like pre-recorded Essence just told the Ambassador, she tricked you, so it isn't all your fault. maybe 10% at fault, but this was majorly Essence's doing. But one thing to be perfectly clear: Ana is not at fault for this one.

but jeez, the Ambassador was someone that even Root feared, and someone even I was a little perturbed by and didn't want to cross as he said he can kill us voices, and he just up and dies so suddenly and unexpectedly just like that.

What did Ambassador call himself again? Meltolio? I think I heard him referred himself by that name. I do remember him saying he used to play Tekken 3 with his child. I wonder if his child died as he was using passed terms like "used to"... but I do feel sorry for his two quiet maids back in his mansion. They seemed to respect him.

There are other things I want to say, particularly something I need to tell Robert, but as things stand, Meltolio the Ambassador screamed pretty loudly while burning, and could attract some unwanted attention especially if it is someone who recognizes his voice like a cult member, which means we need to figure out how to leave here immediately.

The problem is, that branch Ana is impaled in is right now also acting as a plug to keep the majority of her blood in her body. somehow escaping will only just make her lose too much blood and die faster. I would say call Dervan, but Ana said the card is missing from her pocket. And judging by how Gaia's rose is missing from Ana's backpack as well, we might be missing plenty of other items too.

Speaking of backpack, pre-recorded Essence sang "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile smile smile" I wonder if that is a hint. Robert, can you look through the bag and go over what items Ana has please? maybe there is something else that can help Ana.
No. 941046 ID: eee43c

Even in death she torments me...


As for the song, I don’t think it was a hint. That was a song from world war 1. It was meant to be something of a cheery marching song. We might have something in our back pack but it we do it’s a coincidence.
No. 941048 ID: eee43c

I do have an idea of how we can get help out here in these woods...

But you won’t like it.
No. 941068 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 941069 ID: 8b660e

These woods are home to more factions than just the cult. One of them is the wolves. If you howl like a wolf there’s a chance they will hear and come investigate and find you. In my timeline I had dealings with them and even made allies with them. It’s possible we could do the same, maybe.
No. 941148 ID: e51896

I'm sorry we made you feel disconnected from this world. I think at this point, I will try to stick with you as much as possible and experience things at the same time you do, Ana. Besides, it might be for the best not to spy on others and influence them again for a while if we want everyone to think Rosalia killed you so you can lay low for a bit.

And to be fair, I have absolutely no memories of my own past or what legacy I have left in my timeline. For all I know, I could have just naively stepped out of my home when the fog started without wearing one of those skull masks and died instantly before I even started doing anything when the fog began.

But just know that you've already accomplished a lot of things Ana. you won a gladiator fight against Rosaline, and you defused a bomb. You do not have to live up to any of our previously legacies. Why should you? Just try to be you and live with what we have to work with and do what you feel is right, ok?

And if you are looking for a specific goal, I think keeping AJ alive, try not to corrupt him, and find a way to help him escape this world away from Absolution Prime so he can grow stronger live his own life is a reasonable goal.


Scarred, That is an interesting plan. I'll be for it, but don't forget though that the cult is looking for the wolves for their betrayal and kidnapping Root, so calling out to the wolves might also lure some cultists over here too if the Ambassador's screaming didn't start luring them already, (though if a cult member does show up, Ana can just play dead). Plus we don't know what the wolves opinion of Ana is. They could let us into their pack, or they could just kidnap Ana like they did to Root.

But, me worrying too much about the consequences in the future almost got Ana killed by Rosalia in the first place. We can't stay here for much longer, so perhaps calling for one of their pack members might accomplish something.

I also remember a ghost story about carvings of a strange creature on trees which will give us answers in exchange for a riddle if we summon it. He might save us, But even if his carving is on this tree, I wouldn't know how to summon him (Do you know how, Wildcat?)
Plus I don't know if his carving is even on this particular tree. I can check and see, but it might not wield any results. Not to mention I'm not all good at riddles at all, so maybe summoning him might not be a good idea.

That said, what is your decision, Scarred? should we take a chance on seeing if we can call a wolf pack member over, or should we take a chance to search for a carving on this tree, see if we can summon that creature, and try answering a riddle with the risk of it being too difficult? I'm for either choice, so I'll let you decide Scarred.
No. 941154 ID: 78678c

I would say the spirit is a good idea but we are kinda on the clock here. I don’t know how to summon it and unless WC or someone else here does that won’t do us any good. I’ve had dealings with the wolf pack and I know how we can at least get a good deal with them.

The other problem with the spirit is we may not have time to answer a riddle, with the wolves we can get more immediate help for Ana’s shoulder and blood loss.
No. 941177 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 941183 ID: eee43c

Huh. We can try it. I thought the last time we tried it, it didn’t work. Also if we do use it we need to be careful, the last I remember was shopkeeper Jack had become the curator of Lorrence. But we also owe it to Blacky to see if he is alright
No. 941213 ID: e51896

Hmm. I changed my mind. Best not to try to summon that spirit that tells riddles if it has potential to lure other magical creatures that could be dangerous... Plus I suck I riddles.

But yeah, as Scarred mentioned I remember the blacksmith's boyfriend Jimmy (Gretel's bodyguard), said he was trying repeatedly to use his own shopping bell to check up on the blacksmith, but it wasn't working since someone needs to be at the other side for someone to ring the bell to enter. I also know that Lorence fired Jack from being a shopkeeper after finding out he was helping Ana, so Lorence could have replaced Jack with someone who is more loyal to the cult and might react unfavorably to Ana's presence.

That said, I have an idea. Wildcat, answer me this: if Ana rings the bell, can you disguise Ana again just like that one time you disguised her as Jimmy?
Maybe you should try to disguise Ana as another cult member just in case? specifically as one of the lesser known cult members you can think of, someone who doesn't stand out within the cult?
Only because if Ana disguises herself as someone a little more popular in the cult like Gretel or Luvia for example, that could cause suspicion down the line if they start asking personal questions we wouldn't know of. (But then again, we could miss out on some juicy facts about the person we disguise as)

If you can't disguise Ana before entering the shop, then I guess we'll probably take our chances with the wolves.
No. 941250 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 941267 ID: eee43c


What are you doing...?
No. 941329 ID: e51896

thoughts: Ana is doing her best, that is what she is doing, Scarred.

Thoughts: I trust your actions Ana, and support what you're planning. Maybe you realized and picked up something that justifies your actions. But I am at least interested in knowing an explanation especially since Wildcat wants to know.

thoughts: Unless, maybe this isn't Ana I'm talking to anymore. Wildcat said that shard Robert gave you would also power up the opposing force that counters his own abilities, and with Ambassador (who suggested to AJ to isolate himself from us in order to prevent another incident like what happened with fake Clara during that gladiator battle Ana had) being burned to death through that sacrifice by Essence...

...Hello, Desolation. It's been awhile.
No. 941455 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 941482 ID: 8b660e

I understand how you feel. Probably better than anyone.

I know what that struggle is like, the stronger you get, the more important people think you are, the harder it gets, the more it hurts, and when we fall we can fall harder each time. And each time we do, it gets harder to get back up. But we keep going, and I don't know why. Maybe it's just out of habit we keep on. I feel the reason I wanted to keep going was because without the people I had, I didn't have anything at all.

I'm not trying to feel sorry for myself though, I've had to make my peace with a lot of regrets about life. And that can be the toughest thing of all is trying to find a way through the darkness. But it does exist, and I promise you with every ounce of love that I have to give, it does exist. And when you have it, you will want to hold on for as long as you can. But the important thing is, you did it. You overcame what you felt you couldn't overcome. I believe in you Ana, as as long as you are willing to keep going, you will have me beside you. Not just to guide you, but to be there for you when you are down, to help you pick yourself up off the ground. We promise you that.

As for Robert, I understand why you feel that way. But show me a little boy anywhere that doesn't love their father or idolize them in some way. The flint you know, is not the one he knows. To him, his father was something worth striving for. The promise of a family, of acceptance, of love. That's why he wears that mask, he is trying to be the good man he thought his father as. The reason he was so cold to you earlier was because you made him question those beliefs he held. He was forced to see that his father did bad things to people, and so he denied it. He doesn't and probably still can't accept it, but in time he'll understand it and have to come to terms with it on his own. His siblings are still young and scared though. I think he must feel he has to be grown up for them as well, and to make his father proud.

But I don't think he will betray you. I know he and WC have talked and probably helped him come to terms with at least a few things. He will help him just as much with him as we will. If he wanted you dead, he could have done so earlier. And why bring up the bell at all? Unless he truly did want to help you escape. He must know what it is at the very least, it wouldn't surprise me if Flint got his own weapons through Jack the same way we did.

As for the card, being honest, I don't trust the man who gave it to us. He strikes me as the kind of person who would only help you if you could help him.
No. 941807 ID: e51896

I apologize for thinking Desolation invaded your mind again, Ana.

thoughts:While I'm still undecided about this, Ana, it is no doubt that we will have at least one or three traitors within our group. I can not deny that much longer. I see the signs around us, and from what I remember what Essence said, she mentioned that she see's vulnerability in our group which could lead to betrayal. Essence is a psychopath, but she also doesn't want you hurt, so I can't deny what she said. We will definetly have someone within our group who will indeed try to kill you. In fact, It is almost enough to make me think that we should just abandon our group and just be a lone wolf in this harsh world.

thoughts: But I will say this: even if Robert hates your guts, even to the point of wanting to kill you, one thing I am certain about is that he has formed a bond with Wildcat. Perhaps to the point of seeing him almost as a father figure. That said, I don't think Robert would want to disappoint Wildcat and will just tolerate you despite any negative feelings he has on you. In fact, I think Wildcat is the main reason why he hid in your backpack in the first place, it is just to be with Wildcat. Plus, I don't think Wildcat himself will forgive you for abandoning Robert, the kid has abandonment issues already with his own mother after all.

One thing is for certain, I wish I can find the opportunity to tell Robert that we found his father has been revived, and how his memories was erased, and how we managed to help him regain his memories of his children. He deserves to learn that at least, but we never do seem to find a break in the constant madness we're put through. To be fair, I myself have never gotten the opportunity to personally talk to him, I know Scarred did, but not me.

thoughts: As far as Dervan goes, there is no doubt that he is a very shady and sneaky person, We also must consider that he seems to want to become a demon to the point of even wearing devil horns, and you know how stories goes about people making deals with the devil goes, it is more trouble than it is worth. Plus lets not forget the consequences we will face against the Tribunal. However, there is no denying that he did save our lives, so I don't think he would want to hurt you. Maybe corrupt you, but definitely not hurt you.

I guess what I'm saying is, whether or not we decide to use Dervan's escape route, I think we at least owe him a discussion at the very least to know how his deal goes, to get a better idea of what we will be gaining, and most importantly... losing from taking his path.

Just know that whatever decision you decide to take, Ana, I will support you to the bitter end.
No. 941840 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 941889 ID: 993727

Wha... Dervan are you seriously playing the fiddle...? Wearing devil horns....??? You ever meet a kid named Johnny?

To be honest Ana I kind of want nothing to do with to with him. Like I said, if we want something from him, we’ll have to give him something in return. Fortune, anything you want?
No. 942204 ID: e51896

Ana, thanks for contacting Dervan. What I heard and saw helped confirmed a decision. I think I am now starting to lean towards not accepting his services to leave at this time. Maybe another time we'll accept his services for something else, but not leaving

Sorry, it's just that, There have been many times where we have taken a gamble when we choose a decision which leads towards a path that we know next to nothing about in order to avoid another decision which seems bad, but it always lead to an unforeseen tragedy that makes us wish we taken the other decision.

At the very least with the other decision we were about to take before contacting Dervan, even though we knew the consequences which were not great, we brainstormed how to deal with the upcoming consequences should it come to it.
While I'm sure Dervan means well for getting us out, we also know nothing about what will happen in the process of or after escaping, which means we have no way to plan for the consequences if we don't know what they are.

I decided I'm not going to be taking any more gambles with any kind of decision that we have no idea where it may lead.
No. 942228 ID: 58c631
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No. 942418 ID: e51896

hmmm... Dervan, if it is alright, I have an idea, as I don't want things to close on such a sour note as we have come across. Inner Thoughts: Ana, I'll have to teach you some manners at some point! I mean, jeez, the dude saved our lives despite the shady things

I already gave you my totem as payment for your services in saving our lives, and while I have given you that gift, I feel I still owe a little more than just that, even though that totem is pretty precious to me. That said, I want to at the very least help you out with something concerning that business card. You are still looking for a demon to speak with, and you're hoping to give a demon your business card in order to speak to one, correct?
I as a voice as well as Scarred have a strange knack of ending up in weird messed up places sometimes at the most unexpected times, sometimes out of this dimension as we have sometimes spoken with Robbit (that mad creator) at his dimension a while back as well as Triumphant at his office.

Maybe at some point, we may come across a demon somehow, somewhere, and when that happens, we can perhaps set up a way to offer Ana's business card over to it in some way? A lot of people in our world don't even have dimensional travel, but we voices sometimes do.

What do you say, Dervan? It probably is a better bargain than the deal you made with Lorence to get Ana out as you are probably trying literally right now doing by telling Ana to give you back your card, correct? After all, getting Ana out was more of Lorence's deal, not Ana's. ;)

Just a thought, think it over. If you agree, just tell or show us what a demon looks like, and Scarred and I will hunt one down for you to talk to.
No. 942426 ID: 8b660e

Good luck with that, the only Demon I know of is Andrew Goodwill. No chance in hell we’re getting him.
No. 942428 ID: e51896

Oh, ok. We'll just return the card then. Please politely throw the card back into the portal, Ana.
No. 942827 ID: 58c631
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No. 942897 ID: aa0488

Turns out we had something to help us out. It was just a one time use thing though. Wanna help us down now? I don’t think Ana can use that bad arm. We can look for that bell together.
No. 942978 ID: e51896

*Whispers to Wildcat* I think you need to be the one to speak with Robert on Ana's behalf, Wildcat. Ana understandably is almost at her breaking point if she hasn't reached it right now after just about everyone has hurt her in some way, so I don't think she's in the mood to trust Robert, let alone trust anybody anymore. It'll be kind of nasty if Ana starts talking with Robert any further especially after how she spoke to Dervan. Likewise, I don't think Robert is all too fond of Ana, or us voices despite our best efforts to form a friendship. You however seem to have formed a fatherly bond with Robert so Robert will be more willing to listen to you instead. For topics, a few ideas could be telling him how Ana escaped, ask if he wants to help Ana down, or maybe if you want, let him know that his father is still alive...

Inner thoughts: *whispers to Ana* with apologizes to Wildcat, and Scarred, I'm with you on this, Ana. I don't think I trust Robert either, especially since he has his 6 lil' hands behind his back like he is hiding something. In fact, I don't think I trust anyone anymore. We'll have to face facts that we might not have or ever get allies or friends to help save us, and everyone in the multiverse is trying to kill us. I think that an outside force may have gotten to Robert, preyed on his vulnerabilities and filled his head with lies either while you were sleeping, or while he was searching for the bell. He did come back a bit too early after all, especially since this is a huge tree. With that in mind, I have asked Wildcat to talk to Robert to give us a little more time to test the waters and plan things out so Robert possibly doesn't try anything just yet.

Inner thoughts:That said, Here is what we'll do. While Wildcat talks to Robert, I want you to silently keep a close eye on Robert and prepare for any sudden movements. Meanwhile, I will look behind Robert's back to see if he is hiding something behind his back. If either he makes any sudden moves towards you, or if I say "now!", you will have to jump towards the closest tree branch you saw to get away. It'll suck and will be self destructive since the closest branch is probably too far away to drop down to and there are only a few branches down there, but it's the only way we can escape if it comes to it. You're going to need quick reaction time to dodge Robert for this of my intuition is right.

*moves behind Robert as much as she can to see if Robert is hiding something*
No. 943036 ID: 58c631
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No. 943051 ID: f14948


Gods damn you, Fortune.

I trust you Robert.
No. 943205 ID: e51896

Don't trust nice people, they're the most dangerous... that is what dervan said, right? *sigh*

I'm glad you still have that optimism to blindly trust others after the nonstop turmoil, Scarred. But after all we've been through, I just can't. Not anymore.

And on the topic of pointing fingers, I might as well come out and say it. Wildcat, you can drop the nice guy persona act now. You're not fooling me anymore. I'm well aware it was your job by even Root himself to make sure Ana doesn't get killed and it is proven time and again you have saved Ana's life several times. But after what I just discovered just now, I can say I suspect you are also untrustworthy in different ways and do not have Ana's best interests in mind. Although you're making sure Ana stays alive, I have reason to suspect you're also acting as a mole for the cult spying on Ana's actions and the people who she interacts with while at the same time, finding different ways to break Ana's spirit to the breaking point she is in now.

Sure, while those people back in the hotel prevented you from acting to save Ana because of them blackmailing you knowing your girlfriend's location is understandable, I can't ignore some other instances.

Take Anastasia, the girl that Lorence and Rosalia had stopped and possibly killed for example. I have always wondered how the cult knew where to find them if Ana, us voices, and yourself were the only ones who knew where they were going, unless one of us tipped them off. I remember after meeting Anastasia, you immediately wanted to talk to the shopkeeper... privately even. Perhaps to tell him about us finding Anastasia and where they are headed perhaps? seems likely as Lorence has that shopkeeper as a curator later on even though he despises curators. he could have made an exception after that shopkeeper perhaps gave Lorence some juicy information you may have given him about Anastasia.

And that's not all, I may have just discovered something that is now making me suspect that all this time, you could have used your abilities to help Ana out in dire situations but deliberately didn't while lying that you're powers were being counteracted by an opposing force, or being too drained. We could have prevented some tragedies from occurring if you might not have been possibly lying.

in fact... if you were lying about your ability's limits, your possible decision to not act to use your abilities when I asked you to help Ana stealthily escape Flint could have prevented poor Robert's father's death by Casper's hands, one of the things we were trying to prevent. Would have totally not put us in this accusation issue

Ana, Scarred, you can go ahead and continue to trust Wildcat all you want, but I am just laying down my thoughts that I needed to get off my chest for the longest time. I'm hoping I'm dead wrong, but my experiences has me know better than that. It is probably just better at this point for Ana to just work alone and not have allies or form friendships if the multiverse labels her as a pariah despite the good deeds we've been trying to have her do.

And Robert... you seem calm about these accusations. perhaps way too calm. I expected you getting angry, sad, or upset in some way, just a little bit... but you acting calm to keep suspicion away and showing no hints of getting a tiny bit emotional just seems too surreal and unnatural. But I don't know, maybe wildcat is correct and we should just naively get sunburned by the summer vacation heat as he believes maybe we are just too cool for ice cream...

I'm really, really sorry, Harbard... :( :( :(
No. 943213 ID: 8b660e

No. 943215 ID: 8b660e


You’re right to not trust Wild Cat given the evidence! He needs to answer for this.

But, if you lay even a finger on him. I will go away, and given your situation right now, you will also lose him, and Wild Car. You two will be alone out here. I don’t like giving ultimatums but if you are truly going to let their actions of others and the world dictate who you are and what you do,

Then damn you both.
No. 943289 ID: aa0488

I should say when Scarred is referring to
“Him” she is referring to Robert. And yeah, I’m sorry too :(

No. 943292 ID: e51896

Alright... maybe I'm just lactose intolerant to this bs after all...

Robert, all I will say is that you're father is still alive. That woman Essence that you saw kill the Ambassador brought him back to life, but then immediately turned him into a monster and erased his memories of having children.

We however managed to restore his memories after a long and nightmarish encounter with that woman, but he is still with someone named Happy, who is the ringleader.

Now that you know this information, I don't know whether you want to start looking for him with us, as we may come across Happy ourselves and your father, or if you want to try to find Happy yourself to try to join him and your father and betray us and try to kill us, or just leave us alone and go our separate ways, but just know that this is the truth, and we tried our best to get your father out of Happy's grips and what you want to do with this information is up to you.
No. 943294 ID: aa0488

*deep sigh of relief*
Me too Fortune, I’m very sick of it. But that means we can’t be spreading bs ourselves. All we’d have then is more shit.

Robert it is true, your father is alive and he still loves you. A man called “Happy the Tragedy Phantom” is keeping him held up. Before you ask we don’t know how to find him. But I swear by the old gods and the new I will make sure you and your siblings see him again. But now we need to know what you will do with this information, Robert? I won’t stop you or blame you if you want to strike out on your own. But let me say this before you do. Happy’s goal appears to be to break Ana, and the best way he can do that is if we are all fighting against each other. You stand the best chance of finding him again if you stay.

And one more thing, no more keeping secrets from each other, no more trying to hold leverage over each other. That’s not what a team does. The better we can all find ways to work with each other and be honest with each other, the better chance we all have together of getting what we all want, safety, happiness, whatever. But we cannot do that if we are at each other's throats.
No. 943306 ID: 58c631
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No. 943315 ID: 8b660e

Does Dervan look like someone you can trust? To me he has the look of a jailer, a slaver. He would kill you without a second thought if it meant saving his own skin. We couldn’t trust him.

But let me ask you another question. If we had taken his offer, what would’ve happened? There was no guarantee it was legitimate. Also, and this is just my own opinion, what about the rest of the people here in this world who also want to escape? I couldn’t leave knowing that I had taken the easy way out and just left everyone else to their fate. Could you?

Now the question remains, what do we do about WC?
No. 943496 ID: e51896

I'm glad your skeptical. You're free to not believe us about Flint, but at least we told you and know later on that we weren't keeping secrets from you...

We didn't take Dervan's offer because after a few times we tried to save people or get help from someone, they immediately try to hurt Ana or use her afterwards, like Laura who put a bomb in Ana after she answered her call for help, or Gretel's bodyguard Jimmy who kidnapped and hurt Ana after she tried to save Gretel from some people, the Ambassador who was trying to use Ana as a means to further his own agenda, Wildcat using Ana to gain information, or your mother Rosaline who tried to kill Ana after Ana tried to spare her life after winning her fight against her. It became clear that no one is grateful for Ana's heroric actions and just want to see her as a villian and have her suffer... we felt Dervan might be the same way, wanting to either use Ana, or hurt her after so much pain Ana went through. Plus, a investigator named Triumphant once told us it is a very bad idea for Ana to leave our dimension. He never said why, but it's implied it could be more trouble than it's worth...

I also think that it is apparent Ana might not be a good leader, let alone be a cult leader like Wildcat and Root wanted. Ana before the fog started was never really a social person, didn't have many friends, really, I don't know why so many people suddenly have such high and grand expectations of Ana. Ana's strengths is definitely not leadership. Now this isn't a bad thing, it just means that Ana's strengths lies somewhere else. We just need to do some soul searching right now to figure out what she wants.

Robert, you on the other hand will make a far better leader than Ana ever could. Maybe you'll even take Root's place even and stop this fog yourself. Or maybe you can take Ana's place as leader? You're very intelligent, even shown independence, and have strong willpower for such a young age. we'd probably support your leadership if your willing.

And I don't know, I'm starting to think that there are still secrets being kept from Ana, like Wildcat not telling us who the powerful woman he's talking to is, or not telling us what he talked about with the shopkeeper privately, or Robert not showing what is behind his back.

A team can't work unless we are all on the same page and not keeping things from one another, and because of that, unless Wildcat, or Robert tells us what their hiding and asks Ana what secrets we might be hiding, it might be for the best for us all to probably go our separate ways peacefully before things reach its tipping point.
Ana had once wanted to remove Root's hand that contained Wildcat off her arm, and she has no pain nerves in her hands after meeting with the Ash Tree the first time, so maybe Robert should just use his sharp arm to slice Root's hand away from Ana to have Wildcat leave her alone, and then from there just go our separate ways?

I don't know, I guess it depends on if Wildcat, and Robert want to reveal what they're hiding and in turn ask anything they are suspicious that Ana is hiding, or if not, it depends on if everyone is willing to remove Root's hand off of Ana's arm to end Wildcat's services and go our separate ways. It is a ginormous decision after all...
No. 943505 ID: 8b660e

Nice show of confidence there, Fortune.
No. 943602 ID: 58c631
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No. 943614 ID: ced8ae

*deep breath*


Is everyone paying attention now?

Robert. Let her up and give her the hand back. If she goes anywhere you have my permission to hold her down. Ana, don’t move. And ALL OF YOU, Listen up. I am sick to death of everyone being unable to trust each other.

Ana, you acting like an angry child, and when children get angry mistakes are made. To be honest, more than anything I’m disappointed in you. I told you exactly what would happen if you laid a finger on him. I did not lie to once during all of this. I told you the truth about everything from day one. I understand what you are going through, better than anyone. If you ask me though, you deserved the ass kicking you got. Your actions have only messed things up and now unless we all think, this can only end badly for everyone. If Robert can’t hear me, I suggest you repeat what I say exactly as I say it and also take the time to consider the thought process that led you to make the decisions you just did. What I want from you is a promise, that you will be better than this. You have every right to get angry, you can get paranoid, but you put it to good use. You make it useful.

Robert, she has no moral high ground here. She acted rashly, out of fear and impulse, and it’s gotten her here. But now you’re in hot water as well without thinking about it. You are just a boy, a smart boy, but you’re not quite as street smart as you think. For example, what do you think your siblings will think if they saw this? Ana held them and sung them to sleep. I would say they share a bond to her just as you do with Wild Cat. But now, you’ve put yourself at risk of ostracizing yourself from your siblings. Since your father is alive and wants to be with you all, do you think your actions here have jeopardized what you want for you and your siblings? I know you could say you just as easily lie, but lies build up and grow out of control, especially when they’re told by young children. And if your asking why I’m talking to you like this? Because part of being a child and having a parent or someone who cares about is discipline. Because I want you to be the best you can be, and sometimes, kids need to be shown that through discipline. What I want from you is promise, that no matter what you will do the right because of your family and who you and they love.

Fortune, you need to get over yourself and your own attitude problem. You can’t find a way to work with someone or you can’t trust a person? Find a way to do it. You’re sick and tired of this world, and things not going our way? Where have you been this whole time??? You want to know why I had so many people on my side in my timeline? Because I made them my friends. If you want to destroy an enemy as efficiently as possible, that’s how. You find common ground. But it seems to me at times you don’t want to put in the effort, I’ve tried working with and I’ve agreed with you, and we’ve made bad decisions together, I won’t argue that much. However, your inability to trust, your continuous show of inaction gets nothing done. What I want from you is a solid partnership, you won’t flake out, you will find ways to work with people you don’t feel you can, and you will try to trust who you can.

Wild Cat, I won’t pretend to understand to know what your motivations were for all this, but you are partly to blame for it, nevertheless. I understand you have a job, but this is where your own lies have gotten everyone. I want to trust you, Hell, I like you and appreciate what you’ve done for us on so many levels. But any part of any good relationship is trust and that trust has been broken. How do you intend to fix this? That is what I want from you, I want you to show me that you are someone who is worth being trusted.

Now, because this is A DISCUSSION, I want to know what you all need if we are to work together. I don’t want to leave, and I don’t want to have everyone at each other’s throats. We are setting this, here and now.
No. 943672 ID: e51896

To answer your question Robert, There are no such thing as good or bad people, so Ana is neither of those. At most, she is neutral trying to do the right thing without getting hurt or used. Key word here "trying".
The only thing that really matters is how society molds a person's perspective of everything by how society has treated them, thus making choices based off of their feelings. So who can say where that moral high ground is?

In any case, I asked that Wild cat, who is inside Root's hand, be removed from Ana's arm, and you did just that, so thanks for helping me with that at least. Wildcat was holding somebody prisoner, and I decided it was wrong to do that and we simply shouldn't just fear and ignore her any longer and just accept that person as a part of Ana and learn to form a truce instead of putting a bandaid solution by silencing and ignoring her using Wildcat's magic.

Scarred, I think we should add another person to our discussion now that wildcat is no longer holding her prisoner like a wild animal in a zoo. That is what I want.

Desolation? Can you hear me? I freed you by getting Robert to remove Root's hand. Wildcat is no longer keeping you silent with his magic and I think it is time to form some sort of truce. Can we talk?
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No. 943738 ID: 8b660e

The same goal you have, to create a better world for everyone. And that includes you and your siblings, and even your father who is also “a monster.” We found a few things out, one of which being that this conflict between the cult is essentially meaningless. Especially because what we are in is a cycle, things will just repeat and play out sometimes different sometimes the same. I want to break that cycle in order for a new world and progress to happen.

So if you’re looking for a reason not to kill Ana, here’s one. Don’t make your job harder than it needs to be.

Robert, something you said worries me. Because I do care, because I care about you and your siblings. But you said you are doing this for them? Do you even know what they want? Both of them are sweet kids. And yet you isolated yourself from them, even back at the hotel. When they wanted a hug, you were sulking in the roof. But I took the time to come up and talk with you. Because I cared about you and what you wanted, I still do. But you shouldn’t claim to know what’s best for them, that’s not love Robert. That’s control. It’s okay to idolize your father, but you should want to be a better man than him, because that’s what parents want for their kids. They want them to be great and to not make the same mistakes they did.
No. 943741 ID: e51896

What would our goal be? Well, as Ana said, she has given up trying to stop Root and Lorence from changing the world. We don't want to get involved with them any longer, nor do we want to get involved with Absolution Prime. If anything, we were tricked into trying to achieve that goal when we weren't supposed to.

And while I want Ana to just try to flee this country away from the cult and Absolution Prime, you probably won't believe it especially since we didn't take Dervan's offer to escape.

Really, I think we are being forced to pursue a different goal. We were for a long while being harassed by Essence, the woman who you just saw kill the Ambassador a little while ago. She was doing very terrible things such as kidnapping people and torturing them, manipulating people with lies sometimes even through mind control or erasing memories in some way, killing people including a couple of cult members, even trying to get Lorence killed at one point, and even killing an entire timeline. Essence with her nihilistic view of the universe wanted to take control of Ana, wanting nothing more for Ana to destroy everything and kill everyone, causing nothing but suffering.

And the thing is, even though we managed to beat Essence, she isn't even the leader of her group. She is following an ambitious man calling himself Happy the Tragedy Phantom, who I told you is holding your father hostage. I do not know what his goals is, but it seems to involve harassing Ana and us voices, and if Essence said she wanted to rule this universe with Happy and then destroy it, then I fear he may be trying to destroy the universe instead of trying to change it like Root's cult is trying to do. Happy seems do be doing so by playing different groups of people like the cult and even people in Ana's team like a fiddle, manipulating them for the worst to achieve a goal which he is keeping secret.

So I guess while we do not want to take down the cult anymore, and while I want Ana to escape this country, I think we are being forced into a goal to try to figure out who Happy the Tragedy Phantom is, what he is trying to achieve and decide whether or not he is worth taking down and rescue the people he has kidnapped... whether we like it or not as it seems like he is personally trying to force us into confronting him.

That said, while Root and Lorence may want to change and rule this world, Happy on the other hand might be showing threatening signs that he might be trying to destroy it. we need to make sure who he is, what exactly he is planning to be sure if he is worth confronting before he fulfills his goals.

So yeah, I suppose that is truly why we didn't take Dervan's offer and that is the obligation for this world that we have...

As for our next step if you were to let Ana go, I don't think Ana should use the bell since there is likely a trap on the other side. Everybody wants to kill her after all. Instead, she should try to just climb down this tree without any help and without her hand, because if she cannot achieve climbing down this tree herself, how can she expect to survive in this world on her own?

But... I guess it doesn't matter and it's all wishful thinking. It looks like you already made up your mind to kill Ana and there is nothing we can say or do to get you to believe us and change your mind and free Ana, is there?
No. 943745 ID: 8b660e

Inner thoughts: If Robert could feel Fortune watching him... then... maybe...?

*embraces Robert in a motherly hug*
No. 943788 ID: 58c631
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No. 943794 ID: 58c631
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Before this chapter continues there is going to be a short story in between. Choose which one you want to be portrayed.

No. 943813 ID: 8b660e

I would prefer to do Putting all things inside outside, but I have my coplayer would want to flavor of happiness with aftertaste of regret. Tell you what, if this is the case i'll roll you for it.
No. 943845 ID: e51896

flavor of happiness
No. 943849 ID: 58c631

Oh boy
No. 943877 ID: 8b660e

rolled 3 = 3

No. 943878 ID: 8b660e

Oh... well shit
No. 943948 ID: e51896

My turn to roll,
before I roll, what sided dice are we rolling?
No. 943949 ID: e51896

rolled 13 = 13

Nevermind, Harbard told me he rolled a 20 sided dice. So that is what I'm rolling too

you may have beaten me in the first two dice rolling games, but I'll get you this time
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No. 943961 ID: e51896

You didn't steal those things from that spirit that tells riddles, did you?

lets go search for hidden things this time.
No. 944026 ID: f1cf1b

I’m down for this.
No. 944087 ID: b151ba
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I already implemented the transition to the short story. As for the roles, one participator will be Null while you Harbard Grim will be in control of Tv Flint, just play him like a reanimated corpse with low intelligent.

No. 944092 ID: 8b660e


Who’re we talking about again?
No. 944110 ID: e51896

...Where's Ember Sapling? after giving Ember my precious heart to get her to trust and follow Essence's orders to keep things running outside of my body... only having it end up getting Ember burnt to a charred state and letting her down...I would have thought she would especially be here to watch and laugh at my inevitable torture or death... maybe even personally rip my soul to shreds like she threatened to do to that small guy with the mask that managed to escaped my clutches...
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No. 944138 ID: 8b660e

Ohhh yeah, that’s right. Essence is dead now...

Inner thoughts: Good. Maybe this means I can leave here and go find my kids. I really don’t care about this thing in the can. What about that other girl the one with the melted face...?

Actually come to think of it I’d like to get everyone’s thoughts on what should be done here with this... uh, traitor? I guess I’ll go last.
No. 944217 ID: e51896

What is there to explain? What's even the point trying to explain myself at this point? to try to garner sympathy from you all? to ask for forgiveness and redemption? Nothing I'll say will ever get you to think better of me. I mean what is it you want to hear from me? All I can say is that Essence was trying to destroy me through that whole fight despite me trying to be helpful to her, with strike one being breaking all my bones in a very painful manner and getting ghosts to control my body, strike two being erasing my precious memories that makes me who I am with each ghost killed, and step three was giving Ember the courage she needs to accomplish Essence orders to stay outside my body by giving her my heart only to have Essence's orders end up destroying my heart and hurt Ember in the end. Was I supposed to take all that?

But that's not the answer you want to hear, is it? You want the easy less complicated answer, only wanting to see things in black and white ignoring the gray. so fine, here it is: I'm a (literal) spineless coward who only cares about my self preservation at the expense of others, and I am the "villain" for betraying Essence for my advantage instead of suffering for her, losing my mind, and possibly dying for her like I was supposed to. While you all are the "heroes" all ready to make me suffer without mercy or chance of redemption. Is that what you want want to hear? Whatever, I'm done feeling sorry for myself at this point. I've finally accepted my current state, and will accept whatever punishment you have in mind.

What I won't accept, however, is your comment on Ember. Where do you get off on calling Ember, your own ally, weak? Especially after all she went through during that fight? How DARE you to even insinuate her grieving is a weakness!? If anything, she has shown the most amount of courage in that battle than anyone else ever shown, standing in the most vulnerable spot all to keep my uncontrollable body angered and powerful. She may have been unsure at first, but after showing my courage and giving her my heart, she herself showed courage despite the risks, and despite where it ended up for the both of us. And that's more than can be said about you, Spirit Contaminator, just watching it all happen in the safety of that shielded throne. Sure Ember might hate me the most out of all of you, but she at least has all of my respect for her courage.

Actually, who is it am I talking to? are you Blizulia, Spirit Contaminator, or is it the Spirit Parasite controlling Blizulia? I can't be sure anymore with your actions. Are you sure who you are?

To top it off, Ember is showing more courage than you right now! You may see her grieving as a sign of weakness, but I see it actually as a great sign of courage. The fact that she even had the willpower to accept the cards that has been dealt to her to begin with, and to visit Essence's grave to accept Essence's death and grow stronger from that sadness and acceptance shows she has far greater strength than any of you.
Meanwhile you still refuse to accept Essence's death, to pay your respects to Essence and support Ember and instead opted to just decide to formulate a punishment for me, hoping my suffering will help you gain any sort of satisfaction, that maybe my suffering will make you feel stronger and bring a bit of Essence back to you symbolically. Nothing you do will bring her back, and while you may feel strong for beating up a weak slime like me, you aren't actually gaining strength. So instead of calling your "friend" weak for grieving, maybe you should be supporting her through her difficult trial, maybe even pay your respects to Essence instead of trying to run from it like Ember did.

And you asked me what you all should do with my treason? Here is one: let Ember herself decide my punishment. After all she's been through, she has suffered the most next to Essence, so she should be most deserving deciding my punishment.

But whatever, you all have fun and and decide my punishment. Just like how Ember accepted Essence's death, she has inspired me to accept my punishment. After all, I've hit rock bottom, no, I've hit the earth's inner core. no amount of punishment will make things any worse for me at this point, even death is a mercy. But I'll say in closing, if you have any respect for Ember, you should let Ember herself decide my punishment.

No. 944220 ID: 8b660e


Could you slow that down a bit? It sounded ballsy so I’ll give you that much.
No. 944228 ID: b151ba
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No. 944277 ID: e51896

for how I'm doing? Well, I just blew off a bunch of steam ranting after hearing them call Ember weak, and now, I oddly feel a whole lot more refreshed and relaxed... all things considered. Just anticipating my death day coming a day or two apparently.

have I considered my choices in my previous and current lives, and the theme of my existence? I guess. I have always been too selfish, too self absorbed and arrogant in my choices, and in the end lead me to themes of being alone in life... but then again, life and existence has no themes or meaning, does it?

y'know, I just got a wave of nostalgia with what memory I still have left... you all remind me a bit of all my dead friends. Tv head reminds me of the strong Mike, Felafaf reminds me of the quiet Jerry, Anubis reminds me of Betty, the missing Ember reminds me of the caring Nadly, Spirit Contaminator reminds me of the leader Tom, and Happy reminds me of Christopher who brought that portrait that Halloween. Yeah, I feel it will be fitting to wait for Nadly on the day of my death.

hm, your face seems a bit too close to your communication portal, Happy. Can't even see a part of your body either. Something wrong?
No. 944279 ID: 6eabb5

( whoops I meant for null to say "wait for EMBER on the day of my death" not "wait for NADLY on the day of my death". But then again him saying Nadly instead of Ember could really show just how nostalgic Null feels.)
No. 944707 ID: bfce93

How can you tell what his face looks like? He’s wearing a mask? I think? Come to think of it he always makes a weird wooden clacking noise whenever he walks around.
No. 944890 ID: f7ff14
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No. 944902 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts] strap a bomb on myself to kill my enemies in self sacrifice? might as well find a nuclear bomb or two in that case then. Maybe that insane FBI agent can help with that if I can find her... if she doesn't blow me up first. but nuking the ash tree's spirit now that I think about it... will that even work?

[inner thoughts] I already told him how I'm feeling. No need to tell him again. interesting how the others weren't immediately following his orders to answer him when he asked them a question. First not straightening up Embers weakness, now not following orders immediately. Things probably aren't going to end well.

Hey, You were talking about my destiny... but I thought Essence told me you hated the concept of destiny with a passion, and wanted to get rid of that? Maybe you don't hate destiny as much as Essence lead me to believe...
No. 944916 ID: 8b660e


Oh yeah I did, didn't I...?

... Well I guess the only thing I feel is a slight sense of relief than. I don't really want to work for someone who would shoot me on a whim.
No. 944928 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]: >>944916 I'd bet my soul tv man doesn't even remember who exactly shot him, lol, change the channel.

[inner thoughts]: Now that I think about it, while I will probably look for a bomb/nuke if possible, I have a feeling if I needed to sacrifice myself and activate the bomb, it would probably not work and be a dud knowing my luck.

[inner thoughts]: good thing they can't read my mind.
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No. 945102 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]: OH! that's right! dreams are easy to forget, so I almost forgot that in my dream, Demoria wanted to find a way to talk to and bargain with Spirit Contaminator, and I offered to help arrange a meeting. But like Demoria said, I can't just rush into it. I'll need to have patience, and by doing that, I'll need to slowly start some kind of friendship with Spirit Contaminator, or maybe get stockholm syndrome in order to eventually get her to talk with Demoria...

[inner thoughts]: I think to do that, I'll need to answer and critique Spirit Contaminator's questions truthfully, but not be insulting, but not be too friendly either... but ugh, that's TOO MANY QUESTIONS SHE IS ASKING!!!!... nonetheless, I'll have to answer them... because I may have let myself down, but I won't let Demoria down at least. This is for her. I have to prove I'm not a total failure at everything

What I think of you? we just met so I barely know you to draw a conclusion, nor do I know what you mean by Ice cream shop incident... but initial thoughts, you do seem to have sympathy for your family and others, especially the late Essence. I mean, you're trying to keep your team together in the interrogation room. And I know you wanted to kill me in the interrogation room, but in that fight, you used to be a little hesitant in killing me with a poison earlier and called Happy to intervene instead. But more than that, you now seem determined to get shit done trying to push away past weakness, not showing mercy anymore towards me, trying not to let feelings get in the way, and just looking forward on your goals... Just be sure to check your rear-view window periodically, the past can rear-end you if you don't.

Appearance? I don't think that matters at this point considering the type of people of varying appearances are out there being the norm after the fog hit. I mean, look at Tv Head's, and my own appearance. But I believe despite whether or not what your physical condition is, you are still you, it matters not how you look as long as you know who or what you are and want to be. But you asking about your appearance towards us, I can't tell if you hate how you look or not. I think the question is what do you yourself think of your own appearance? How do you want to look? How do you want others to see you?

For your leadership? even though your leadership was probably thrown at you, I see potential. You certainly seem to have a plan of action and the preparation and will to carry out those plans. And you seem to be keeping order in your team as you have prevented Anubis from keeping TV Head muted showing you can keep your team as united as possible...
...However, there was something about what you did as a leader that caused my outburst in the interrogation room: calling Ember weak. Sure you may have disagreed with my suggestion to go grieve with her and face the truth saying there is no time for sadness, but I think you could have still gone with Ember if not with the intention to grieve for Essence, but to support Ember through her grieving and time of need even if you didn't agree with it... if only to weed out the weaknesses by mending Ember's broken heart and help her grow stronger through it instead of just leaving her alone to pay respects to Essence...like Jerry did to me when he wouldn't support my studies thus ending my first life
I think this goes for Felafaf too. She said she was Sad and empty when speaking to Happy, and yet you said there is no time for sadness earlier. If you're worried that sadness is going to bring your team down, you should try to mend Felafaf's and Ember's sadness.

thoughts on the community? hm... I don't know if I've met EVERYONE in the community, but it seems with all the people I've seen so far, it seems to be full of broken spirits who lost people or somethings or everything and they want to do something about it. A community of people with broken hearts and emotional trauma. But hey, at least you all can be miserable together to pull through and reach for the stars. But I think I remember hearing that people who are broken can be manipulated easily. I'm probably speaking from experience though. Just be aware of what is going on around you.

How you function? you're all very secretive, very prepared, I'll admit, it is quite intimidating,
However, some of you seem to act out on your emotions, like Anubis' blind rage muting Tv Head which shows signs she can potentially ignore logic and and act on rage without seeing the big picture or considering her teammates thoughts, Tv Head's confusion which could cause misunderstandings in orders, Felafaf's and Ember's sadness that may potentially give them a defeatist hopeless attitude. I think as a leader, you need to address these with them before your mission.

How you are organized? as I said, you remind me of my friends, sticking together, united. Though it seems if one of you are doing something you disagree with, such as Ember, you call them weak behind their back. Shunning someone for their actions will just give them more reason to leave your organized group or get thrown under the bus like what happened to me with my group of friends... But at least you all took consideration with what I said regarding Ember and decided to wait for Ember for my death so that you all can truly be together.

For how you all see each other in your group? well, you all seem united with the same goal, but I can see how some of their personalities don't match up well with each other. For instance, Anubis has no patience for Tv Head, Tv head doesn't look like he wants anything to do with anyone and would rather get lost in his confusion, Felafaf doesn't speak out often, and it looks like you seem to be distancing from Ember and her sadness instead of helping her get over her sadness.


Also, after this conversation, can TV Head put me inside that toy box and close it? I want nothing but total darkness to blanket me.

[inner thoughts]: That was too many questions that she wanted me to answer... I hope it amounts to something. I'm doing this for you Demoria.
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You know my head’s kinda fuzzy on some details. Probably because how I got shot. But this community...? Well I mean you accept me, and I can’t say my own mothers treated me quite as well as you do. I don’t necessarily feel like a prisoner, either I don’t need to put on any airs. I kind of remember... I guess trying to hard to be a leader myself? I don’t think I was very good at it.

As for your appearance? Well c’mon can I really be the judge of that? You’re fine with me. I don’t really have any problems with anyone. I don’t think Anubis likes me though, but she’s okay with me.

As for your leadership? You don’t shoot me or hurt people under you, I’d say that’s a good start!

But there is one thing I feel like I’m missing... I want to see my kids again. If had to leave this place it would be for them.
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*suddenly turns around very quickly, so as to not stare at her nakedness but stays in the room and turns Null so as to not look either.*

WOAH! Um... well if it’s any consolation I don’t care how you look. If you’re wondering why I turned around though, it’s not right for a man to see a a young lady’s body unless... well, you know...

Well, to answer your question, I’d say as long as you are you no matter what, and you have people here who care about you who will help you with your pain the best they can.
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