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929115 No. 929115 ID: 70be57

Wiki https://tgchan.org/wiki/Root_and_Branches
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No. 932871 ID: 560cb8

>>932459
Yes but we also must set aside a time to train and practice. Ana is a good now and she learns quickly, but there’s always room for improvement.

Also, the kids should know the truth about Flint, especially Robert. He would want to know most of all.
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No. 932895 ID: 70be57
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932895

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvjIa0s3Grs&t=1s
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No. 932907 ID: e51896

Lorence, you, and us... we gotta stop unintentionally meeting like this, it is getting comedic at this point. Heh heh heh.

Though I am surprised you showed up much earlier then expected, especially with everything poor Lorence and the rest of the cult is going through.

I assume something very unexpected or big must have happened to Lorence for you to show up here very early? I had the strongest feeling that someone would show up here much much much later, specifically around the time when our business here would of been done if we had kept going down the path we were headed instead of stopping early like we just did. I wonder if something in our battle earlier changed the course of when you'd arrive... hmm... do you happen to know someone named Happy?

As for what we are doing here, lets just say we were sent on a wild goose chase trying to achieve a false goal when really we should of been chasing a bigger goal this whole time, so we had to quickly pull the plug on our business here before it was too late.
an intense event we voices were in earlier made us realize the bigger picture of this world, and we have finally gotten our priorities in place, so we had to prematurely stop our pursuit here before it was too late. So now we were just planning on leaving and forgetting we were ever here.

But if you want to help us achieve our new goal by telling us a place to go and person to see, no one is stopping you from telling us.


thoughts: That is the conductor, Ana. He is Lorence's curator much like Wild cat which Root gave you is your curator. If you want to listen to what he has to say, go ahead, but be skeptical about what he says. Take it with a grain of salt, as the location and person to see might be another trap

thoughts: also, Ana, I actually already know an idea of the first step to take to achieve our new goal. We were given a clue earlier by someone of how to start our first step, and I'll explain when you wake up.

thoughts: Anyway, If I remember, you are asleep. so if we want to leave, we should try that method again to get back, the one method Rabbot told you earlier back when you were escaping from Cera and her group. as a reminder, as Rabbot explained: you need to concentrate on your body in the real world. The ground underneath you is your body in reality. use it as an anchor and jump from your current body to your body in reality with your mind, like moving from one floor to another with an elevator.

thoughts: I don't know if this will work or not, but it is something I remembered Rabbot telling us about after thinking hard that we should try if we want to escape. If it does work, pretend to stay asleep when you're back in the real world.
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No. 932974 ID: d56221

>>932907
Ahem

That not right, the shop keeper is Lorence’s curator. In fact I’m fairly certain we’ve never met before. As for how we got here, a little metal bunny showed us the way. We were watching what happened but... plans changed and newer priorities took over.
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No. 932976 ID: e51896

>>932974
thoughts: oh yeah, thats right. I just assumed he was a curator, he seemed like he might be one.

thoughts: But I have met him before, back in Felafaf's place, when she was having a date with Lorence. you also met him too, Scarred, after Lorence finished off the spirit parasite that was disguised as Anthony, but he had a different face at the time. Recognize the clothing? he kicked you and I out of things a couple of times.

thoughts: Judging by his face splitting, he might be starting to kick us out again, which is why I reminded Ana that method of escape Robbit taught her earlier, so we can all exit together safely.
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No. 932977 ID: d56221

>>932976
Oh yeah, sorry. I kind of remember that, but if that’s all you did was act as a brain bouncer then I hope I can be forgiven for not remembering you.
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No. 933000 ID: 70be57
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933000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzz_NjmEgEg&loop=0
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No. 933007 ID: d56221

>>933000
Aren’t listening and hearing the same thing?
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No. 933026 ID: bba6f5

>>933007
*whispers to Scarred*
No they are not the same. Hearing means you are sensing a noise with your ear(s), sometimes unintentionally. Any noise that goes through your ears is hearing.
Listening means you are purposely focused and concentrated to a sound or what someone is saying in order to percieve meaning, understanding, and rememberance to a sound or speech.
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No. 933114 ID: 70be57
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933114

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2eVkXK-5Qs
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No. 933160 ID: 30233d

>>933114
Hmm, we’ll while we think about this, here I swiped these off you before the fight ended, hope you don’t mind. I’m a little amazed I still have them.

*pulls out a box of Grandma Brownie’s Chocolate Chunker Wunker Bunkers now with even bigger chunks of chocolate chunks and opens it and scoops some out into her hand and passes the box to Fortune.*

Damn, these are some big chunks of chocolate.
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No. 933241 ID: 8b660e

>>933160
Okay so *munch munch* here’s how I’m looking at this riddle, we can look at it literally or there’s some kind of hidden pun in it. *munch munch*

Here’s what I mean, if we look at what we have to find the difference between all of them have a kind of input/output deal. Like eating is input and taking a crap is the output.

Or it could be along the same kind of riddle like in Alice in wonderland where some same sounding word pun, like “when is a raven like a writing desk? Neither is approached without caws/cause.” *munch munch*

Fortune what are you thinking?
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No. 933430 ID: 30233d

>>933241
Riiiiiight. Okay.

So before I give you the answers we’ve thought of can I just be frank with you, Conductor? Having us answer this riddle for you, I don’t get it. So we answer correctly and you’ll point us in the right direction, fail and you’ll kick us out of here. Here’s what I don’t fully understand.

The past couple of times you forcefully ejected us, I kinda get. But you should understand we weren’t trying to be there at those points, it’s just kinda were we ended up. But now you claim that you can help us but only if we answer this riddle? I just I don’t get it, had you not shown up we were about to leave anyway, what is it you’re trying to do here? Your job or fulfill your own agenda? If you are willing to help us it seems like the two contradict each other. Y’know? So yeah I don’t know what it is you’re even doing.

That’s one problem I always had with the cult and supernatural people, almost all of them think they are cleverer than their peers and deserve more from life because they are who they are and they each have skills the others don’t. But man, everyone is like that, supernatural or otherwise doesn’t matter, I mean your basically a supernatural bouncer/doorman, and yet now you have the right info for us? Not even if we do you a favor, just answering a riddle, and a bad one at that.

Sorry, I’m not trying to be mean or anything, I just don’t get what your angle is with this. I’m just calling it like I see it

Anyway here’s what I’m thinking, They all make no sense but require common sense, it’s not only a pun on senses but also common sense is required to shit and do taxes. But that’s what’s similar about them, you asked for what’s different. Well there’s not much else to it if you’re asking what’s different, seeing makes you see the world, hearing you hear the world, touch makes you feel the physical world, eating is when you consume part of the physical world, taking a shit is when you put the stuff you don’t need back out in the world, and paying taxes is giving some pretentious yuppie cocksucker the shit you did want.
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No. 933431 ID: 30233d

>>933430
*takes the box of Grandma Brownie’s Chocolate Chunker Wunker Bunkers now with even bigger chunks of chocolate chunks and eats some more and passes it back to Fortune.*
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No. 933443 ID: e51896

Uuuuuuuummmmmm...Were you really eating anything there Scarred? I thought we couldn't bring items or weapons from our physical bodies back with us from that battle except for the clothing on our backs because we are in ghost form again, unless you were pretending to eat.

pretending or not, don't talk with your mouth full, it's rude for both parties involved in this conversation. thx.
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No. 933446 ID: 30233d

Well no I’ve been eating this for real, and yeah I’m surprised we still have them too. More than that I’m surprised they exist in astral form as well. Make me wonder if they exist across all kinds of dimensions or something like that. Pretty weird huh. As for how we kept them, I don’t know maybe it was some kind of consolation prize or something? There’s not even a toy in the box or anything, what a ripoff.

Want some? These are some pretty big chocolate chunks.
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No. 933506 ID: 70be57
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933506

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3vC8n6vN0Q
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No. 933524 ID: 550cd9

>>933506
Hmm. You’re weird. Also, you’ve been bleeding this whole time, your know that? You’ve got a huge cut running down the middle of your face, you should get that stitched up before infection sets in.

Yes I know you know, I’m just messing with you since you seem keen on messing with us.

And no Ana, we technically don’t need to eat but hey if we got it might as well snack on it, right?

Oh by the way, hey Whispers, you want to come along with us? No offense but sitting here in the dark can’t be healthy. You should tag along, you’ve been a friend to us this whole time so far, wanna join?
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No. 933581 ID: 550cd9

>>933524
In fact fuck it, what about you weirdo? Care to join up with us? Only reason I’m asking is I’ve seen your kind of behavior before from people who think they need to be cryptic and mysterious to stand out and be noticed, but most of the time they are just lonely as fuck and need some friends. So wanna hang out with us for a while?
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No. 933585 ID: e51896

>>933581
If you think about it, I guess you can say the same thing about us being weirdos too, Scarred, heh. Humanity has gotten pretty messed up in this world, hasn't it?

But yeah, it would be cool if one of you guys came along, especially Whispers for moral support at least, but I understand if that is impossible. I have a feeling it is impossible anyway.

thoughts: *Whispers to Ana* Ugh, Forgive me, Ana. I cannot solve a riddle to save my own life if I tried. I don't know if we got it right or not, but it is kind of unfair because one of the big main points of making that large sacrifice of stopping the story very early was to prevent us from becoming a bigger priority for the cult to execute, especially if we stopped going after Root and started our new quest... But with the conductor possibly telling Lorence anyway, that sacrifice would be all for nothing...
But don't worry, I might have an idea, Conductor is not going to be able to reach Lorence until after the trial, so what we might have to do is if we, or anyone else is able to help out Godfrey and Matilda in the trial, we might be able to help put you in a better sympathetic light among the audience in order to ease up on the burden of the amount of enemies coming after us while we try to accomplish our new changed goal after Conductor tells Lorence


thoughts: *whispers to Ana* As for the portal, I am not going to lie, I don't like that portal one bit. I kind of wish he just gave us a destination and person to find when we return to the real world instead of using magic. I am expecting seeing somebody we might not like on the other side or a trap, but I feel we have no choice in the matter as the alternative might be worse.
First, we do not know how to escape from Whisper's chambers other than taking that portal, the wabbit didn't come up with an escape plan. (That said, remind me never to use his services again. he probably means well, but his services seem to be more trouble than it's worth 75% of the time)
second, If we do not take the portal, it will make the Conductor suspect us of lying about changing our goal and will most likely raise the chances of him telling Lorence, despite whether we answered correctly or not. It is better to take the portal to prove we are telling the truth...
Third, if it turns out to be a trap, I think we have a means to escape. *eyes Dervan's business card*


Thoughts: *whispers to Ana and Scarred* I only ask you two this: whoever or whatever is on the other side... stay neutral, even if it is Andrew for some reason. We are only going there for information, but it is also take what they say with a grain of salt. If you start feeling angry during the meeting, give me a sign, and I'll talk it out with you two, and whomever we are talking to first. I'll be acting out as mediator if emotions run high within you two.

So, umm... who is going to enter first? me???
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No. 933588 ID: 550cd9

>>933585
Yeah I suppose so

*slips a wink*
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No. 933600 ID: 70be57
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933600

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SHr7t0W7n4

What is currently going thru Ana's head
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBGguiocz04
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No. 933625 ID: c0550f

Thoughts: if he hates humanity, that hatred for him must extend to Lorence and the cult as well, not just us. So that could be in a way show his neutral position. Could be why he is helping the cult, the fog is wiping out humanity, but since he loves nature, the fog isn't effecting nature, just humans. I wonder how he feels about freeing us and the world from the cycle then...

Thoughts: we must also remember, we got to this place from Robbit's dimension through a book. I know Whispers means well, buy if we ask whispers for help, he might not send us back to Your body from your dimension, but back to your body in Robbit's dimension instead.

Thoughts: plus, we cannot forget that there is someone back in Robbit's place that wants Ana dead as proven with the mad world painting having the protective layer removed. There could be a trap if we return to Robbit's place.

Thoughts: i think as long as you have Dervan's card to make an exit, Ana, we should be fine with crossing the portal.
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No. 933626 ID: 8b660e

>>933625
Don’t worry Ana, you can trust Whispers, or Mike as he was once known. He does mean well at the very least.

*lightbulb.png*
Sooooooo, you prefer the company of nature huh? Very well, then can we show you that we’re on the sides of both humanity and nature? Hey Ana, show her the rose of hope you got from Mother Gaia.

*whispers to Fortune*
I’m fairly certain Conductor is a woman
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No. 933696 ID: 70be57
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933696

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDVM9KED46Q
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No. 933702 ID: e51896

thoughts: (we voices met these people before, Ana. Yes, they are actually demons, but Marble is a friend of Dreamwalker... OH HEY! now that I think about it, wasn't Dervan trying to talk to a demon? That's a coincidence! Perhaps after we get the information we need, we should consider contacting Dervan with his card so that he can talk to these guys, if only to stay on good terms with Dervan. you have it in your possession in this mental form as he handed it to you at Robbit's place after you slept.)

thoughts: (Well, anyway, let me introduce these demons to you, Ana. We know one of them as Marble (we will and MUST only refer to him as Marble as that is what he prefers to be named), and that is his bearded friend. yes they are actually demons, but Marble is a friend of Dreamwalker. he may be strict and uptight, but he means well. He just wants what is best for the sanctuary he resides in. His bearded friend from what I can gather is more calmer and understanding. We helped them kill a spirit parasite, so we're on relatively good terms. Not the best terms, but good.)

...God dammit Robbit, you really are more trouble than you're worth... I need a drink... Well, I guess even if Robbit was true to his words and you were able to see your girlfriend Amanda again, Marble, you would probably only get in trouble by the dimensional tribunal's agents. Triumphant told us that place is off limits for investigations. But your bearded friend is right, Marble, there are more pressing matters.

Let me just say, I am just as surprised to be here as you guys are seeing us here. I know you have strict rules of people not being allowed to be here and people using portals to travel here or out, or that you didn't allow Ana to hide here because as you said, she tends to bring trouble,
but rest assured, Ana didn't escape her world, this is just her mental form. Her real body is sleeping right now.

We're here because we asked a certain scout master calling themself the Conductor for some information on a new objective we wish to accomplish, and for some reason, they created a portal here without telling us the destination.

Really, I think we were sent here to receive some spiritual guidance from your god Taranis, the god of wheel (of fortune) to steer us in the right direction. We learned that Ana's soul, and by extension, us voices' souls is cursed, stuck to suffer in that world and it's repeating cycle, with no chance of escaping to the afterlife, and each goal we try accomplish in this world being all pointless as it all get reset. A cruel joke of it all.

Basically, I want to find out how we can save Ana's soul from that hellish world and its cycle so that when death arrives after a long life, our souls can be free to enter the afterlife instead of being stuck there to relive the same tragedies. Help plz?
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No. 933828 ID: 8b660e

>>933702
Pretty much yeah.

By the way guys, in spite of everything else. I’m glad to see you guys.
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No. 933846 ID: 70be57
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933846

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgsdmxOzXmA
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No. 933917 ID: 8b660e

>>933846
To answer your question Ana, sort of yeah, he is an Incubus. The make equivalent of a succubus. And uh that’s okay Marble, but thanks for the offer. We will uh, consider it.
By the way, you came on just a little too strong.

Actually, we reaIize that our timeline/universe is FUBAR, so we want to get the truth out. And fhen if people want to get as many of them as we can and leave it for a different one that actually has a future.
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No. 933942 ID: e51896

Sorry beard, Ana doesn't have a nail gun, in fact, as I said, this isn't her real body, her real body is sleeping, so she doesn't have any items on her. The only thing she might have is a business card which was given to her in this form, but that is it. It was Essence who had the nail gun, but she's dead now. We had to kill her to save a life.

Yes Ana, they seem to collect artwork curiously from our dimension from different time cycles I think. Last time we were here, we were trying to reveal a hidden secret message within a picture of Essence that the artist Anthony drew, but Beard had his star pendant stolen from his forehead which prevented him seeing it. (My guess is that Felafaf probably ate it when Essence fed her an apple. Essence said there was something sharp and metal in the apple after all, so maybe it was that? it's all speculation though... um... hypothetically, What would happen if someone were to eat that pendant, Beard?)

I guess I could use my moon card to see if I can find the secret message on the drawing, but that would mean my moon card would get utterly destroyed in the progress, I had no choice but to overuse the card during our deathmatch with Essence, so it only has one use left... we'll have to think hard on whether to use that card on that, or if there is something more important to use it on later in our journey...

But none of that is why we are here at the moment. You claim you can't help us? that contradicts with what the Conductor said and why he sent us here. Honestly, I am trying to find any way to free our souls from the Ash Tree, and the only ways I can think of is either finding a way to travel to the first recorded cycle somehow and kill Essence's body that is stuck in the ash tree as that will put a stop to Ana and our souls being stuck to the cycle (probably) as we heard from Absurdity, or find a way to put an end to the cycle altogether while trying to cause the least amount of harm to others. It is quite a conundrum. But the Conductor said you had some answers to steer us in the right direction.

Because honestly, I don't see any reason why to perform any kind of goal besides the one I'm thinking of in our world if it is all not going to matter after it all resets, and we can't enter any form of afterlife either, just like how the Bringer of Nightmare Ana couldn't during our fight with Essence but Scarred Ana's dead soldier buddies could. Everything just seems pointless, and we are lost as to what we need to do.
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No. 934009 ID: 70be57
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934009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5a6Kro-UZk
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No. 934044 ID: e51896

Thoughts: Was that statue holding cards me? If it was, it isn't me anymore. I'm not here to feel sentimental or attached to a time I came from which I lost. I have no need to feel depressed from remembering that.

You're not allowed to explain why pursuing those goals are a bad idea? Don't worry. It's fine. You probably don't have to, I can speculate from that hidden message from that drawing of Essence what the consequences of leaving the dimension causes, and Cera implied to us what would happen if we pursue tackling the repeating timeline. My hope was to actually find a loophole of some sort if we pursued one of those.

Alright, so right now as shown with the unmade sculpture, we are lost with what we want to pursue as things seems pretty pointless right now. But... Perhaps some inspiration is in order? all art is created by some sort of inspiration... So In that case... umm... for gaining "artistic" inspiration with what we want this sculpture to become, May we look at the very first sculpture that was made which represents the very first timeline then, please? It is also sometimes important for an "artist" to look back and see where they started to get their spark back.

Afterwards, I think there is someone we know who is looking to talk to a demon. I gave him a totem which I think he will give to you if I ask him, especially if I do him a favor to help him speak to a demon. he did save our lives after all. and coincidentally, you guys are demons sooo...
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No. 934189 ID: 8b660e

>>934044
Actually yeah I am kinda curious, I would like to see mine if possible, but yeah can we see the very first one?
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No. 934222 ID: 70be57
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934222

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iF7lkXKHlA
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No. 934254 ID: e51896

...huh... So if the first Ana had sacrificed herself to help the cult make connection with the Ash Tree, I guess that means at some point, the first Ana had joined Root's cult to accomplish becoming one with the Ash Tree. I guess the question we need to figure out is why would she join the cult in the first place to be part of the ash tree? I wonder if Mr. Tiova, the person who shares Ana's last name, had something to do with it...

It also begs the question why the Ash Tree was so insistent in having Ana fight against Root to give them a fair fight despite the fact Ana became one with the ash tree to communicate with the cult, and the Ash Tree claiming he was neutral, and the fact that Absolution Prime is more than enough for Root to handle without our involvement as we have seen. The Ash Tree has been insinuating that Root has the upper hand even though from what I've seen, he clearly doesn't...
I don't know, Scarred, sorry if I sound rude, but I think the Ash Tree's spirit who talked to us in the beginning might actually be a betraying asshole trying to spread nothing but chaos with his influences on us and others. I mean, he did mess with those 6 friends before this whole thing started... I don't know. I guess I'm just speculating the worst.

I guess we also assumed the first Ana was Essence because Absurdity himself may have hinted to us that the first Cycle of Ana was Essence, but I guess we were wrong...
...Unless maybe Essence did become one with the ash tree in her timeline as well but for a more different reason.

Well in any case, now that we are in the topic of evidence for the Dimensional Tribunal, I remember the Mad Creator gave Marble three totems. Mainly, two black totems and a broken white totem which were all used to play out our voices and thoughts whenever we are near them. Absurdity gave Ana two of the white totems while Essence stole replaced the two white totems with black totems. Scarred's white totem was broken by Ana from another time, but we managed to retrieve it nonetheless.

The only totem you guys are missing in that collection was my totem, which we found in Essence's possession during our fight with her. After we beat her, we couldn't take my totem with us as we would have lost our form forcing us to leave the totem there, so we had to give it to a friend of ours who saved our necks as payment for his services.

I could contact him and ask him to give you my white totem as evidence for the tribunal, but I know he isn't going to want to hand it over for free... but I do know that he has been asking a lot of people to let him know when they meet a demon so he can talk to a demon. I'm sure that if you allow him to talk to you since you both are demons, he can give you my totem as a payment for us letting him speak to you. Ana's mental dream form was given a card to contact him, so I believe she has his card with him despite being asleep.

What do you say, shall we exit this art gallery to somewhere less cluttered so you may speak with him and hopefully get my totem from him for evidence?
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No. 934257 ID: 8b660e

>>934254
She did. I saw it. I don’t even remember how but I did see it. That is Essence.

And yeah also I want to get in touch with the Tribunal, I don’t know who they think they are but I don’t like them playing around with other people’s lives.
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No. 934376 ID: 791096
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934376

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCnJAMkETiU
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No. 934382 ID: 8b660e

>>934376
Alright. Show me.
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No. 934389 ID: e51896

Important to know it's history of when and how it started, as well as when does and how it works at the end. We already know the why it exists.
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No. 934405 ID: 4c7293

>>934382
I want to see how my world got screwed over, that’s the one thing I can’t remember. And I also want to know why Absolution betrayed me, and what that entailed.
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No. 934625 ID: e51896

*whispers to Marble* The only thing I should warn, Ana and us aren't the only people listening. We have Wildcat (Ana's Curator), Probably Dervan through his card if he isn't busy with something else (last I contacted him he said he was too busy talking with someone important), and Absolution jr. Just thought I'd mention them. I'm all for you telling, but only if you are aware of the party involved, Marble.
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No. 934806 ID: 791096
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934806

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qUQaJ012NY
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No. 934894 ID: e51896

Yeah, really does put things in perspective. What would be the point of doing anything if an armageddon wipes out everything we set out to accomplish?

>Do you still want to destroy it or just run away from it

I don't think it is possible run from it, even though I would love absolutely nothing more than to run away from it, but Even if we escape that world, Ana's soul will still be tied to that universe because she sacrificed her body in the ash tree to help the cult communicate with it in the first recorded cycle. She isn't going to have a proper afterlife and just end up as another trapped voice or something. I guess we have no choice but to break it then.

Really, this is my main goal: all I want to do is release Ana, and our souls from the tree's grip which was trapped in the first cycle so we may have a proper afterlife. But if there is no way in doing that other than breaking the cycle, then we have no choice but to break the cycle, do we?

I guess this begs the question as to why there are multiple people like Triumphant, your bearded colleague, and I think Essence who says it is not a very good idea to even leave the dimension and live a peaceful life somewhere else? They warned us it is a very bad idea, yet I don't think they ever explained why.
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No. 934896 ID: 8b660e

>>934894
I want to go a step further than that. If it’s possible I want to get everyone out, At least everyone who wants out, those who want to stay here can if they want. But everyone deserves to know this truth.
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No. 936035 ID: 791096
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936035

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr6VGk8WcX4
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No. 936038 ID: e51896

...Crazy idea: what if someone else were to maybe... take Absolution Prime's place? Is that even possible? I mean, considering Absolution Prime is kind of an asshole treating people in that universe as test subjects to some extent, perhaps someone more benevolent can take on his role? Maybe not us Per se, but... I would assume there have been people before who tried to take his place considering the damages suffering and betrayals he has been causing in each cycle.
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No. 936044 ID: 17cdb5

>>936038
Took the words right out of my mouth.

*hi-fives*
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No. 936703 ID: 458fa9
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936703

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JayT4W8Sos4
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No. 936719 ID: 17cdb5

>>936703
Well... What if one of us took that position? Or both of us? Because we were the ones to take down Essence, and we are bound to this cycle as well. Truth be told I was worried we would have unbound ourselves from Ana if we killed her. Part of my understanding was that Essence was the reason we are even here, but her being dead kind of puts that to the lie. It seems something else is keeping us bound just as much as Prime. So doesn’t that put us in different position now too? Shouldn’t we have some say in what happens?
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No. 936733 ID: e51896

>>936719
Interesting idea Scarred, but we have seen how living through so many of those cycles had corrupted Essence to the sadistic psychopathic homicidal bitch she was. I feel it will do the same to you, this current Ana, and me. Hell, we barely even started this cycle, and already we admittedly each became corrupted in some way. We are just too unfit to take on his duties

On the topic of Essence being to only one who could of stand a chance against Absolution Prime, maybe if Essence was nicer to us when we first met her instead of treating us like dirt, and hurting our friends and others just for the fun of it, maybe we could have helped her and Happy, even if in the end they were tricking us. But she chose to try to be our enemy and make others see us as their enemy. Her corruption just made her too unfit to take Prime's place...
But... I can't shake this feeling that maybe... she wanted us to kill her? As if it was all part of a grand plan which required her to die, and we fell for it? I don't know. It seems like she was trying way too hard to get us to be her enemy just so we can kill her in some way.

A different candidate to take Absolution prime's throne could be AJ. I mean, he is getting stronger with each passing second, but he is too young at the moment. If he wants to stand a chance to dethrone Prime, I think he might need eons and eons of training, something that one cycle, let alone a million cycles cannot provide. The only option I see is to find some way to get AJ out of that universe without Prime's knowledge so that he can get lots of experience and get away from that universe's corruption... (or perhaps just create his own universe and enjoy life there. Really, it's his choice how he wants to live his life)
But I don't know whether or not he is allowed to leave.

I guess that means we are kind of out of options of what we want to do. I can't help but feel our only option is to just... live and observe how things plays out silently in this mad corrupted world? Who knows, maybe an answer will show up while we're adventuring? I'm kind of not seeing the point of doing anything really.
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No. 936734 ID: e51896

But yeah, thanks for the info, Marble. We'll keep quiet about this conversation. Please take us back home now.
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No. 937170 ID: 458fa9
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937170

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN1GFXBjyzA&loop=0
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No. 937190 ID: e51896

As I said before, I don't think having us or Ana take Absolution Prime's place is a wise thing to do, as it could mess up our mind like it did Essence.

Mainly, in this cycle, I think our main goal will be to get AJ out of that world to get him away from the cult, and Absolution Prime, for our safety. I think for now, they are busy distracted with their war against each other, especially since we put a stop to seeing how to stop the fog, so very soon will be a good idea to make our move in finding a way in saving AJ's life before things really heats up.
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No. 937191 ID: e51896

Also, you have an eyepatch, Marble. Do you have an extra eyepatch Ana can borrow to hide AJ? but then again, it probably wouldn't matter as I don't think Ana can take any items with her when she wakes up.
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No. 937563 ID: 17cdb5

No one is gonna snitch on you Marble. All in all you’ve actually been one of the nicest people we’ve met in this whole crazy world.

As for getting AJ out, it *is* possible to keep him while also keeping prime off our back. I know because I had him in my own timeline but Prime never considered me as a target. Why that is I couldn’t say but he may have later on considered me a threat as I know he betrayed me. How he betrayed me is something I still don’t know though. As for messing with the tribunals plans I don’t mind messing up some know-it-all bureaucrat’s day.
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No. 937981 ID: 9dda2b
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937981

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpwCJzPlz8k&loop=0
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No. 937988 ID: e51896

We're screwing off outta here.

Our main goal is to protect Absolution Junior. One way is to get him outta here with Dervan. Immediately pull out his card (I think it is in your pocket) and tell Dervan you're ready to leave with his card please. He'll probably help us sort this situation out, and then we can leave with him.

He also said we can bring up to 10 people with us. Tell you are bringing the voices (Scarred and me) Absolution Junior, Wild Cat (those are the required people)

As for the rest, we have to be careful who we choose. Essence told us some of them is going to betray us, like it or not. I don't think she is lying.

The only person I truly want from our group is Box Head. He has nothing to lose anyway.

Leave the rest behind. 93 and Clarence can care for the kids as foster parents... well maybe just 93.
I do not think 93 wants to leave as I think she is still a follower of the cult, Clearance can protect 93, and I don't think the kids' mother would be too happy taking her kids out if this dimension.

I want to take Laura with us, but she too doesn't want to leave. She wants to find her father.

But I want to see if Dervan can bring Anastasia and her grandfather (or was it her father?) with us. She was counting on us to save her after her car was stopped by Lorence and the cult. Dervan probably can't as she is too far away, but he can probably ask Lorence to do it.

So yeah, Absolution Junior, Wildcat, Boxhead, maybe Anastasia, maybe her grandfather (or father?) Scarred, and me.

I only hope that skeleton, the Ambassador, doesn't show up and forces Ana to stay. I remember he is trying to use Ana to further whatever goals he is after, and he might not be too happy with us leaving with Dervan.
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No. 937995 ID: 8b660e

>>937981
Back away, get ready for a fight should it come to that if they are with the cult we have no interest in going with them. Now might be a good time to get WC in here to use his power as well
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No. 938080 ID: 9dda2b
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938080

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thtCPDUO7lc
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No. 938128 ID: e51896

I can't believe Mac Tonight is fucking dead!

Also, somebody set us up the bomb?(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XCot_esni0) I bet it was that FBI woman.

Where did WC go?

Alright, if I remember, there were 3 of these survivors. one of them was killed, the second one is here kidnapping us, and I have a feeling the third one is hiding nearby just in case we try to attack with magic, which means we are outnumbered if that is the case.

I am not taking chances, so we might as well comply and do exactly what this person tells us. This person wants us alive for some reason.

But first chance we get, we are getting out of here with that business card. We'll have to make sure he doesn't take that card if it comes to that, and our rose.

But yeah, do what he says... for now...
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No. 938154 ID: 8b660e

Comply for now, but don’t just give in, question him and make them question their own morals about going through with this.

“There’s no need to get violent about this. It’s clear that I have some sort of value and you want to take advantage of that. I get it, it’s classic hostage negotiation. If that’s the case though why save me from moon-face down stairs and then immediately threaten to shoot me when I’m not your enemy. So why do any of this anyway? My guess is you want to hand me over to the cult thinking that handing me over will mean immunity for yourself. If that’s the case, I don’t think it will. They will just kill you via association anyway. Their acting leader, Lorence, is too paranoid to let anyone who associates with me live.”

“Now it’s either that or you want to ransom me to some other party who’s yet to make their marks known, or you and your friends downstairs are a part of that other group. If that’s the case then I really have no other idea, unless you know things about me that you think have some kind of value.”
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No. 938155 ID: 8b660e

>>938128
Possible but if he does have an accomplice wouldn’t it make sense to leave them down with the others to keep them off ya? Speaking of magic I do have some ideas of what he’s about to do. People make others do this when they want to handcuff them. I’m betting that’s the case, but if we use just enough fire, not even enough to create a full fireball mind you, we could heat the links of the chains up to where they are soft and malleable and can be pulled apart. Also this other idea occurred to me, this next idea is awful Ana but don’t show him fear. Keep talking as well, stop only when he says to because believe me, the closer we get to the truth the less he’ll want us to talk.

“Or you are planning some sort of coup within this group here. You saw me leading the others and immediately wanted to use me to get to them. If that’s the case you’ll probably kick the kids and the men out but keep myself and 93. Women have more value. And I’m also betting you’ve got an accomplice, pulling something like this isn’t a one man job.”
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No. 938195 ID: 9dda2b
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938195

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui4m_X8UkJc
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No. 938233 ID: e51896

Don't look at the sky Ana. Mark gave you strict orders to stay in that position. Looking up means he'll shoot you.

But yeah, it seems like we have some unfinished business to take care of before us, and AJ can leave this dimension with Dervan. Most likely it is Rosalia wanting revenge for her sister.

I believe she also wants to take AJ away from you for his protection because Mother Gaia's followers believes we kidnapped him away from Mother Gaia, which we can't allow. Absolution Prime will most definitely be able to find him if he is in this dimension without us as his power grows, making him a beacon which will only make AJ, and whoever he is with an easy target for him to assassinate. AJ has a better chance of survival if he is out of this dimension.

So if it is Rosalia, we will most likely have to either convince her to let us leave with AJ, or have a rumble with her until she is either unconscious or dead. Both of which is going to be difficult I assume. Remember that rose that Mother Gaia gave us? I have a feeling that it will have to come into play at some point during our negotiation or battle. Not immediately, but when the time is right.

For now, stay in your position, and lets quietly wait for what our visitor has to say to does. If it is Rosalia, just know that she doesn't look human anymore. her time with one of Mother Gaia's followers made her look a little more monstrous. actually a lot more monstrous.
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No. 938248 ID: 3ff1a4

This isn’t a hostage negotiation... this is handing over a prisoner.

WC we need our weapon.
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No. 938267 ID: e51896

>>938248
Not yet Scarred. Maybe later in this situation, but not now. Mark is watching Ana and WC like a hawk. we can't make any suspicious moves right now or Ana and/or WC will get shot or stabbed. That goes for WC giving us a weapon or allowing us to use AJ (which could alert Absolution Prime sensing AJ's power) as well. Patience is key here. Let us quietly wait and see what our visitor has to say. Stay chill plz. We've been in worse situations.
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No. 938292 ID: 9dda2b
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938292

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VppmBDJbcP8
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No. 938294 ID: e51896

I don't know if Mark can hear you from down here, but maybe tell Mark that if he hurts those children, he'll have to answer to Rosaline, that spider lady. Those are her children after all that you found.

But knowing how this world works, and how it fucks us over, and nothing goes our way, I don't think he'll be able to hear us. It is worth a try though, but don't get your hopes up. Call out to Mark

But I have faith your friends can fend for themselves. Boxhead was in the army and should know some techniques, those kids have sharp arms which are strong, Clarence might have abilities in his current form, and 93 is immortal. I think they are more than Mark can handle. Don't worry too much about them.

Other than that, I guess there is nothing we can do now except wait. But I don't get it. Why would she want you alive? she could have told Mark to shoot and stab you multiple times, and she could drop you right now, especially if she wants revenge, but she is not.

look forward. where are we headed currently?
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No. 938310 ID: b05762

>>938294
You should have listened to me... And how could they hurt WC? He’s incorporeal and his powers specifically teammate to stealth., did you forget that? Now our allies back at that hotel *including the kids* are now in danger and we’re without a weapon.

“Rosalia, I’m assuming we’re going somewhere for a duel?Or something of the like, you strike me as the type who wants to get even. Now that you’ve got your prey now’s the chance to get even right? Funny how mother Gaia suddenly talked wasn’t it? My experiences with her is she doesn’t actually *say* anything beyond noises of nature.”

And let’s show her she also owes us now shall we?

“Oh and the voices who guide me? They say your girlfriend, Matilda, is doing fine, they think she is practicing law now after they helped her win her own trial and prove her innocence.”
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No. 938313 ID: b05762

“Also, your sister is safe too but Lester might be in danger or dead. Root’s sister Delilah, might have killed him. My voices say they helped him both save your sister during a banquet when she stepped out and was suicidal. Then Lorence came out shot her with some drug to keep her incapacitated, you might want to be wary of him. Delilah then ran out and but due to her drug problems went into withdrawal from stress and fainted. When she came to, Lester was taking care of her and she tried to get her to sleep with him. He refused, and she stabbed him and left him to bleed out.”

“Also, if you think I’m trying to get your mind elsewhere, of course I am. There’s more important things to focus on other than revenge. Hell, the whole reason we’ve been trying to help people recently is more or less out of guilt for what we did. So look if you’re so intent on seeing this through I won’t stop you, but I hope you know why I did what I did. Maybe you won’t care, maybe you will. What do you say? Can you hear me out before we do this? Just think of it this way, it’s all the better to know your enemy, wouldn’t you agree?”
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No. 938363 ID: e51896

>You should have listened to me...

I... actually don't regret my decision. Even if he can't hurt WC, he can still hurt Ana. Plus, Cera's prediction was that Ana would get stabbed and gunned in her future. He had a knife and gun. I think we dodged a bullet there... for now... no pun intended.

And you know what Ana, even though we're in a bit of bad luck, and I don't think it is ever going to change... why don't we use this moment to look at the silver lining here for now, take the good with the bad.
For instance, we're flying right now, something people don't get to do often. Whether you choose to talk to our kidnapper or not, Why don't we also appreciate the view from up here in the horizons before we land while it lasts? or at least what we can see. If we're going to be facing some miserable moments, there is no reason why we can't find some good moments with the bad. Maybe swing a little bit too for fun.
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No. 938369 ID: f75f1c

>>938363
Yeah well we’re not out of the woods yet. But you know what? Yeah! How many people get to fly like this? Enjoy the view aside from saying all of that might as well try and have a bit of fun with this.
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No. 938373 ID: 9dda2b
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938373

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghYy0X9yelU
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No. 938386 ID: 7e475f

>>938373
ROBERT! You beautiful boy!

Listen I have something I wanted to be the one to tell you but now isn’t really the time. Think you can help us out when we land? Or maybe... how strong are your arms? Your mom could bust through solid concrete, any chance you could catch us on something if we broke lose?
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No. 938421 ID: e51896

Hm... Actually, a thought came to mind. Lets keep Robert hidden and just wait and see where this takes us. he might be able to help us later once we reach our destination, but that is only if he is willing and we get a better idea of what we'll be dealing with.

>how strong are your arms? Your mom could bust through solid concrete, any chance you could catch us on something if we broke loose?
He could probably but here is my idea: I remember that Rosalia was with Lorence when they ambushed Anastasia, the girl who was in that vehicle. I don't know if Rosalia killed Anastasia or if she simply captured her, but this might be a chance, maybe our only chance, to save or at least get information on what happened to Anastasia and her old man if we just wait it out for Rosalia to fly to whatever destination she is taking us.

Besides, I think trying to break loose would only anger the monster even more and cause more trouble right now and reveal Robert's presence to Rosalia.

Like I said, lets for now relax and enjoy the scenery while we wait to arrive in our destination. we're often too busy worrying, that we forget to take things slow to appreciate the little things in life. Stop and smell the flowers so to speak. It'll help lower our stress to be mentally prepared for what is to come, and most importantly help us learn to find happiness in the face of misfortune.
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No. 938506 ID: 9dda2b
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938506

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfEhF9s2B0c
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No. 938519 ID: 9b9c4c

“I met her briefly before she tried to get away beyond that I don’t know much about her. But I just didn’t want her to badly hurt is all.”

Just stick to the basics for now. As for the Ash tree shard, if that can boost up WC maybe we can use it and teleport out of here
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No. 938542 ID: e51896

>>938519
Wild cat said he doubts he can use it to teleport, just create illusions.
But I'm interested in knowing if WC can hide AJ with the shard, like camouflage AJ on Ana's eye in case someone tries to take him away, like Absolution Prime for example.
But right now my question to WC is: what are the side effects of using that shard? There's always a catch after all. I mean, becoming immortal from the ash tree for example makes people look monsterous...

For now, Robert, hide in the bag until we figure things out please.

As for Rosalina, just tell her that you gave Anastasia some items to help her survive and escape the fog after she threatened you. But you see her as a friend because she offered you a ride to escape, but you couldn't because you were naive with your actions and goals at the time, and you didn't want Anastasia to get involved in our mess since lots people are hunting you down. It seemed like it didn't matter as Anastasia was ambushed regardless.
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No. 938655 ID: 9dda2b
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938655

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuw_O5MU5CE
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No. 938657 ID: e51896

>It'll probably do something to the power that opposes my abilities in the first place.

That sounds... very ominous. I'm glad I asked before we jumped into that decision. Well, we've gotten out of situations without having to rely on a power or magic handicap before. Perhaps we don't need to use it? My decision is to not use it but keep it in the bag just in case.

I also want to hear Scarred's decision as well.
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No. 938679 ID: 8b660e

>>938657
A whole host of things could go wrong if we use it while we’re high in the air. Best to save it for now.

As for Rosalia here, she said we have one thing left to say before we land. Let’s wow her.
“How’s Matilda doing?”
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No. 938709 ID: e51896

>>938679
Don't mention Matilda. Rosalia told us to keep silent. I believe what she actually meant was that we'll have a chance to say our peace after we land at our destination, wherever that is.

You all seem interested in getting into a little battle with Rosalia, using offensive powers and stealth magic, even considering using the shard despite the possible side effects. But I think I should mention another possibility:

Felafaf's powers.

I really think after we land, we should try to find a way to use Felafaf's abilities when we get the chance to say our last words. We might be able to use it to... persuade her away from hurting us... maybe even get her to reveal some answers we're looking for even if we're lucky.

The only thing I'm worried about is that whatever outcome we might get from her abilities could actually go very wrong in the far future if we are not careful. We'll have to be careful on how to use Felafaf's ability to persuade Rosalia, making sure not to steer us in an even worse situation later on in our journey...

however, Felafaf's abilities tend to happen randomly. I don't know how we can activate it willingly. Maybe it is an ability I had in my past life and I have to remember how to activate it willingly? in any case, lets see if we can get Felafaf's ability to work once we get the chance to say our peace to Rosalia after we land and are more focused. When we figure out how to get that activated, then perhaps we can mention Matilda for some reason. Agreed?
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No. 938736 ID: 9dda2b
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938736

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh2LAafEw38&loop=0
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No. 938740 ID: e51896

Shit, I apologize Ana...

Robert, you okay? can you find Gaia's rose in the bag? It might mean something to Rosalia if she sees it since she seems to follow Gaia. If not Rosalia, then maybe the monster that is with Rosalia will understand the meaning of the rose.

Try handing the rose to Ana without being seen, Robert.
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No. 938752 ID: 2f484f

Something to add: we promised Lester, dr deadbeat not to hurt Rosalia.
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No. 938769 ID: ce7c79

>>938740
Fucking-A, I warned that we should do something but... forget it

Stop screaming Ana. Focus on my voice feel my power, pain is just weakness leaving the body.

“Fine kill me, but then you won’t know about what’s happened to Lester.”
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No. 938770 ID: ce7c79

And yeah hand over that rose.
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No. 938903 ID: 9dda2b
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938903

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGsHy_SQu6Y
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No. 938921 ID: 8b660e

>>938903
“First of all my voices are not spies at least not intentionally anyway. Lester might be dying right now. And we made him a promise promise because he really cares about you. He saved your sister when she was suicidal and that bitch Delilah might’ve killed him all because he’s loyal to you.

We promised him we wouldn’t kill you. Although we would like some help when it comes to defending out ourselves.

Look the longer you come after me the less chance Lester has. He’s a good man and deserves better. What’s more important right now?”
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No. 939015 ID: e51896

Gah! that offer from Ambassador is so tempting... especially after everything is going to shit... I feel we should do it but... that would mean breaking Lester's promise, and most likely put Godfrey's life in danger if word spreads of Rosalia's death... ugh... Sorry, got a little frustrated.

Now that I got that outta my system, I'm really sorry if it felt like I was ignoring you Scarred, but I tend to think ahead in the future and possible terrible outcomes. I felt that there are choices we needed to avoid at all costs to prevent something worst than what is happening now from happening in the far future.

That said, tell me what you think about this Scarred: I think you are definitely on the right track with the solution to this dilemma, and we should definitely be taking this path. I agree that what we need to talk about with Rosalia is mainly Lester since he is one of the few people she cares deeply about. However, I think we need to take a different approach with how we talk to Rosalia about Lester in order to... persuade her to free Ana to give her the valuable information we have.

Let us think about what Rosalia is saying, specifically the part where Rosalia said The sooner you tell me the sooner I will put you out of your misery. This means that even after she gets information from Ana about Lester, she will still immediately kill Ana regardless without remorse in return.
Rosalia has shown she doesn't care about anyone... everyone that is... except her friends. she insinuated she didn't care about the survivors, Anastasia's fate, or the fate of our friends after we got kidnapped (In fact, she loathes Ana entirely about what happened to Clara). But she tends to have a lot of respect and care for her own friends, allies, and family since she is mainly doing this to avenge Clara, and was worried about her beast getting hurt when Lorence gave her a mission. This means yes, she will definitely get worried about Lester

That said, Telling Rosalia everything that happened to Lester in one go like who assaulted him, how he got assaulted, and why he was assaulted, and the promise we kept to him will mean she will get all the information we have while Ana gets nothing but death in return immediately.

What this means is that if we want Ana to live while still giving Rosalia information, the approach we will need to try when talking about what happened to Lester is to only insinuate that we saw something terrible happened to Lester, while withholding most of the information like who killed him and why. When Rosalia starts questioning Ana for more details, we then need to give only little small bits of information while we slowly insinuate the worst for Lester as we play with her emotions. If this works, Rosalia should start to crack under the pressure in worry for her friend's safety and hopefully, only when she realizes that Ana is close to death, she'll realize she'll lose her only chance to get all the information about Lester's fate and who stabbed him. She might then release Ana from the tree and try to get her healed to get the information from us.

Only after she releases Ana we can give her all the information we have while we try to convince her that Delilah, (and perhaps the cult) is not to be trusted.

This will most definitely be an endurance test and a race against time: will our manipulation of Rosalia's emotions for Lester's safety make her crack under the pressure and release Ana from the tree to prevent her from dying and get information out of Ana, or will Ana crack from the pain and either ask the Ambassador to kill Rosalia, or pass out...

I think a good place to start is to say something like... "Poor poor Lester. He just couldn't catch a break. The voices told me what happened... he met a terrible fate that I wouldn't wish on anybody... and I'm impaled by a tree for comparison."

this should be a decent starting point to get Rosalia to start getting concerned for Lester even just a little and ask questions.

What do you think, Scarred? after hearing what I have to say, I want your opinion before we move forward?
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No. 939018 ID: ce7c79

>>939015
Rosalia is a hunter, she keeps her eyes on the prize. I think getting a quid pro quo is a good idea. Give us what we want and we’ll tell you about Lester, maybe you’ll get there in time to save his life.

Sounds like a solid plan.

“No Rosalia I don’t think I will tell you what I have to say about Lester, you’ve given me no assurance beyond death. That’s not how deals are made. I will say he is in danger and if you let me live I will tell you the rest. But know his life hangs in this decision.”
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5uDqeOIO20
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No. 939194 ID: e51896

Lets amp up the pressure.

"I know Lester said I won't be able to talk my way out of this situation and that he begged me not to kill you but wouldn't hold it against me if I did. So if I can't talk my way out, I guess I'll have to show you instead:

If you don't believe my words, then why don't you try calling Lester right now with your magical telephone portal, the same way you contacted your friends. It should be quick and easy, and able to show you what happened to him while keeping an eye on me. I can guarantee though that after the fate he suffered... poor Lester might not be able to respond and it it will not look pretty."
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No. 939196 ID: 92e3a7

"You can think of that as my last words and last request: contact Lester"
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No. 939216 ID: 8b660e

>>939196
Also let’s keep her guessing... make her think we have a contingency plan. /which we do.

“Rosalia, you ever read anything on gladiators? When the audience held their thumbs up it meant life, and when down death. Call Lester so you can be the one in the audience making the decision of life and death, and not the gladiator who’s time is almost up.”

Stick your hand out, and stick your thumb out to the side. If she moves to kill you, thumbs down and the ambassador will kill her. if she calls, thumbs up signaling she lives.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXKrsJZWqK0
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No. 939367 ID: 8b660e

>>939338
“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.”
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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."
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No. 939522 ID: 8b660e

>>939519
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.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnki6mdkczY
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