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929115 No. 929115 ID: 70be57

Wiki https://tgchan.org/wiki/Root_and_Branches
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No. 929116 ID: 70be57
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No. 929120 ID: 8b660e

Excited, nervous, terrified, exhilarated, and ready.
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No. 929167 ID: 70be57
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929167

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVic23chcYI
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No. 929186 ID: 8b660e

I...

I don’t know...
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No. 929205 ID: 70be57
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929205

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXFSw-1rqOg
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No. 929234 ID: 3524c7

>>929205
Yes. It would. I loved humanity too much to let them go.

But with that, you wouldn’t exist either...
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No. 929276 ID: 70be57
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929276

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsWUW1WAo2w
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No. 929287 ID: 8b660e

>>929276
Hello sister.
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No. 929363 ID: e51896

*is slightly annoyed of being trapped here in what he thought was the recess of his mind by dreamwalker, and being called a disappointment by Demoria, but keeps it to himself to avoid the risk of being hurt even more*

*hears Dreamwalker's "offspring" say he doesn't exist and is only how Dreamwalker envisioned his offspring would look*

*is reminded of being similarly tricked about how Mr. Crumpet, the cookie, was an imaginary friend but was instead just Dreamwalker's guardian messing with his mind*

*suspects the person is actually Dreamwalker's guardian in disguise of Dreamwalker's offspring*

*is about to call this "offspring" out on his bullshit and reveal him as Deamwalker's guardian, but decides against it as he would want to see Demoria and Dreamwalker get tricked and see their reaction, and would rather not be hurt again if his theory is false*

*instead just patiently waits until the discussion begins and for a good moment to jump in the impending conversation*
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No. 929447 ID: 70be57
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929447

This is probably the first song that I posted that has more dislikes than likes. So I apologize in advance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyHIlNy2n1w
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No. 929484 ID: 8b660e

>>929447
There is a purpose and I have been searching for it for so long now, even when I tried to stop searching for it with Absolution, I still sought it out in the dreams of those who I watched. What I want is what all creatures in this world want, I want to be happy and I want the people I love to find happiness as well. That has been my goal this entire time. I wanted Absolution to be happy, I want Gaia to be happy, and I want the humans whom I have watched over for an eternity to find their own ways of being happy. I want everyone, even the people I hate to feel joy in their lives.

But no matter what happens, it seems one person's happiness is one persons sorrow. Why is that? So many people are still slaves to their own ambitions thinking it will bring them happiness, but at the end of their lives, when it is all over what was the cost of their ambition? How many other's happiness had to be lost in order to bring about their own? It's not right and it's not fair. It breaks my heart.

Tell me sister? What is it that makes you happy? It's been so long since I have seen a genuine smile from you, and when I have seen one it's always because another has been put down. Is it just your nature? Or do you get some happiness out of it all? To be honest, I don't think you feel much beyond anger and disgust anymore. I want you to feel happy too, if only just once.

I want people to have a chance to find love. Tell me sister? What is love? As far as I know, you love no one, and I believe it is impossible to truly love anyone anymore. I have tried for countless eons to find it in the hearts of men and gods, but it's all been a farce. Do you know what love is? I do. Look here, see there? The corpse of Essence of Life lying dead somewhere awaiting whatever fate is given to her body. I would say she above all else embodies love now. Look here again, a man lying dead from the fog, he too embodies love.

Look at them sister, now they will not steal, they will not hate, they will not kill. It's a morbid reality, but it's the truth. No one embodies love better than the dead. Their flesh will go to some other purpose, be it feeding the earth and its many animals, or serving as a reminder of better times for someone else. Their bodies can be pelted with snow and rain, and they will raise not a single complaint. In death, we are all equal and we become the true embodiment of love, The essence of love is death.

I know what you must be thinking, what about Ana and Laura? Do I not love them? By my own very definition, no, I do not. What I am is discriminatory towards them. I favor them with my guidance and praise but so many others who could have benefited from me and my gifts. Laura is as unto a daughter to me, her life is more important than my own. And for the sake of her I have ignored so many others and their outcries have gone silent to so many. Why do you think I followed Absolution into staying out of the affairs of mortals for so long? I wanted to be the same for everyone, if no one was given anything from me, then surely it was not wrong as it hurt no one else. But it did hurt others. My inaction cost me and others dearly, when I could have helped them, I could have saved so many, but I didn't. And now it's too late to do anything about it.

Look around the world, sister, the whole world is what embodies love. The sky, the stars, the ground upon which we walk. Even the very cycle which keeps repeating embodies my definition of love, it continues over and over again. This world is so beautiful and so full of the love so many seek and are unable to find. How can that be? How can such a world have so much love, yet there is none in the hearts of men or gods? We are all the same in this regard. None of us understands what it means to love at all. We don't know the meaning of life, or death, or the very battles we fight over these beliefs

So where in this world can the living find what it truly is to love and feel what it is to be happy? That is what I want sister, I want a place in this world where all can know what it truly means to know what it is to love, that is my idea of heaven. That is my goal, to show the other gods and men that such a place does exist but they are the only ones who can bring it about.

Mock me for it if you will, but that the truth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p636Rw_L3XU
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No. 929487 ID: e51896

*vomits all over himself from sudden motion sickness after being thrown*

*is grossed out*

*tries to remember the plan Demoria was talking about, but can't because of parts of his memories being wiped by the spirits being destroyed during the battle*

*Instead remembers 7-10 instances when he was being abused, used as a puppet, betrayed, and abandoned by different allies or friends*

*wonders to himself if he is able to trust another person again*

*wonders if he can trust himself*
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No. 929505 ID: 70be57
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929505

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr5kRk0Ba5I
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No. 929506 ID: e51896

thoughts: Ruh-roh. I think these card readings has dangerous side effects. I don't want those side effects. Better intervene.

thoughts: uhhh... WAIT! careful god, and demi-god. His card reading story could cause dangerous side effects like radioactive poisoning much like Felafaf's card readings on people.

thoughts: Wait, card readings side effects might not effect gods or demigods, but probably only me in my weakened state. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck... I can only hope what this guy says about not being real is the truth, but I can't trust anyone anymore, I'm ran outta faith in everything, I'm just being lied to again
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No. 929521 ID: edc3d5

>>929505
I will be ready to hear it in just another moment but my sister needs to hear this.

*takes Demoria by her hands*
You say that I don’t know what it’s like to be mortal, and that I spent too long watching the dreams to know what’s real anymore. You may be right. But the thing is, I think I do know what it’s like to be mortal, and so do you. We share the same emotions as mortals, the very same things that the world is filled with, we feel fear, anger, sadness, grief, we are all the same whether we realize it or not. I have walked with men, lived out whole lifetimes as them, fathered a child whose decedent still lives today. The only thing that separates us is how long we’ve lived and how much power we have. I take no pride in that, and being honest I would rather have been born a man than as a god. The people who seek immortality are chasing their own ambitions thinking it will bring them happiness, but what have they lost? All I see are empty shells that have stripped themselves of what it means to be a person.

And you are exactly right, there is no simple solution to creating a world where we are able to find love in the hearts of men and gods, and there never will be. But there might be a way. I want to see the day that when gods and men look across the world they see a reflection of their own hearts, one that isn’t ruled by fear, but filled with love. And i’ll do it one day and one dream at a time.

*turns back to mythweaver*
I’m ready, tell me your story.
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No. 929579 ID: 70be57
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929579

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkxqV872_64
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No. 929593 ID: e51896

*focuses on trying his absolute hardest to move any part of his formless body to see if he can move at all*
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No. 929596 ID: edc3d5

>>929579
*eyes the bucket*
I’ll deal with you later.

Tell us the story.
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No. 929644 ID: 70be57
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929644

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwI8BuYsYls
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No. 929653 ID: e51896

thoughts: *mumbles* Ruling through fear and highly strict laws, with having even the smallest offenses being punishable by death such as breaking the rule "no jaywalking", he is able to maintain peace. maintain peace through fear. It goes to show: peace does not equal happiness for everyone. sacrifice everyone's happiness for peace. Ironic, isn't it?

thoughts: *grumbles* either that, or the king is a tool who has many outside forces such as advisors giving him shitty advice on how to rule...

*continues trying to move, will never give up*
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No. 929719 ID: 8b660e

>>929644
Well it’s obviously Andrew Goodwill for one. I think that pretty much speaks for itself. Continue.
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No. 929824 ID: 70be57
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929824

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws-En_utkZQ
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No. 929829 ID: e51896

Thoughts: Trust no one, or you'll only be used. I learned that the hard way. The wizard must have cursed that weapon to corrupt the kid. the kid should refuse the gift and rely only on improving himself, by himself, through training and learning even harder and rely on his own wits and strength. He does not need any special magical weapons, or magical powers, he'd only be cheating himself and improve less, and potentially hurt himself, much like what steroids does.

Thoughts: *To demoria*Puddles don't talk. stop talking to puddles. Why do you even care what I'm doing anymore? The offspring even said you shouldn't even concern yourself with me anymore because I'm worthless. So why do you still judge my actions and can't just let go of me? Just listen to the story and stop dwelling on the past, start adapting to the present, and focus on the future.

*is still attempting to move, despite knowing it's only his mind here and not his physical bodies. is not let anybody tell him to give up*
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No. 929860 ID: e51896

Thoughts: Now that I think about it, logically, if this was our minds here and not our physical forms, wouldn't I be able to move on my own because I'd be able to think it and move my mental form?
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No. 929881 ID: edc3d5

>>929860
Probably mr. bucket.

Anyway, I guess it would depend on what the weapon is and how it work. I suppose it could be worth a shot, but I’m not really sure, Demoria what do you think?
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No. 930158 ID: 70be57
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930158

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uflObLt1Jcg
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No. 930178 ID: edc3d5

>>930158
Uhh...

*to Mythweaver*
man, this got awkward fast... yeah I’ll take a chance on the wizard.
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No. 930194 ID: 6188dc

Finally I can speak in this form without my vocal chords being all jumbled up as a puddle. I'm glad you are finally willing to listen to me after saying previously you did not want to hear my excuse

I remember that moment regarding the cake... we didn't eat cake, what actually happened was that you kept it for yourself and then threw the entire cake at me while I didn't get to eat any after a mission we failed in previously... it made me wonder if metaphorically that's how it would of always been if we stayed allies... and don't call me Null. Null is dead and is never coming back. Dont call me by the name from my other life either. He too is dead. And no, I do not want your legs, like I said, I've lost all faith and can't accept help anymore. if I am to get anywhere anymore, I need to do it myself now.

I will not ask for forgiveness, I will not try to change your mind. I can never be redeemed. I am pretty much the most hated person in the multiverse in everyone's eyes right now. I'll admit, I was far too arrogant, and because of that, i lost everything and now have nothing left to lose and nothing to gain. I just do not know how to make correct decisions in my previous lives and only know how to make the wrong choices. I do not know why I do this shit. I can only guess it was because of how I have often been treated by others in my previous two lives around me... betrayed and used like a tool to fulfill others' goals only to be thrown out into trash as soon as I either served my purpose or am seen as worthless despite me trying to give my friends advice even if it was harsh or try my best to help... or maybe i do these things because I just hate myself.

But jeez, at least I'm trying now to get better. I've finally swallowed my pride and I'm right now trying to be true to myself and figure out who I am, to find myself... but I just don't quite know where to start... or if it even possible for me to find the start.

...at the very least I can accept my failure and everything I lost and my fate, and try to adapt even though it seems impossible for me at this point, such as trying to move on my own without giving up despite my form. I wonder if you can adapt to failure too? For perspective, you told me you wanted to be the next Absolution of this world. But while you laughed at my goals, I didn't despite how stupid your goal was because of what you do not realize what being the next Absolution entails.

Absolution is a living example of Sisyphus, cursed to roll a boulder uphill a slope, only once he almost reaches the top, the boulder comes tumbling down resulting in failure. And yet, he keeps starting all over from the beginning on trying to roll that boulder uphill over and over and over again only for each time for him to fail and have the boulder roll all the way down when he almost reaches the goal.

Absolution is the same, living the cycle for who knows how many times trying to accomplish something, but each time failing and starting over at the start of a new cycle. With that in mind, is being the next absolution really what you want? After seeing your reaction with giving up on me after I failed, I don't know if you can handle Absolution's job or not. This world is full of failure, and even if one succeeds, it is at a heavy cost. I do not think I have ever seen a single success in that world. If you can't handle failure no matter how large I recommend just being your own person and not someone else like Absolution who craves failure.

At the very least I will explain why I did what I did: Essence was hurting me physically destroying my body, and she was erasing my memories with those ghosts getting killed. My memories are one of the few most precious things to me and I could not let her take those away from me, or else I would have become a mindless slave for her. I had to do something or else I would have lost my memories of my goals and my purpose. But I do not think you care about that, much like you didn't care to make a decision of whether or not we should ally ourselves with Essence and instead left the decision to me. At least I didn't bring you into the battle or else things may have been worst for you if you only knew what I went through in that hellish battle

Well, the only thing left I can say is what I asked you previously: just let me go and forget about me. Or just kill me or something if you truly hate me that much. I'm sure Dreamwalker can help with assassinating me for you if you ask him nicely. I don't know why you still continue to concern yourself with me.

As for you offspring, you probably should have known about this "break up" as you are a part of dreamwalker in some way. He saw it happen, so I'm confused as to why you didn't know. Whatever, just continue the story, or betray us in some way.
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No. 930313 ID: 70be57
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930313

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxLSAGAFPLI
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No. 930359 ID: e51896

Don't call me Null. Like I said, he's dead.

And It's not that I don't want to hear a story. I love a good story. But if I'm being honest with myself: it is more about how just like how I do not trust that wizard in the story or the weapon the wizard is offering the hero, I can't find the will to put any trust in you, story-teller.

Really, you just come out of nowhere out of the blue, showing up after we each lost something significant from a hellish battle, some more than other, to act as some kind of counselor or therapist to us, all with a smug look of someone who is faking a smile on their face as if ready to scam us into or out of something. Are you exactly who you claim you are? you could be an outside force for all we know and not be a constructed vision of Dreamwalker. Excuse me for being a bit harsh, but I've been screwed over many times before, you must understand my weariness.

But at the same time, why should I really care? I am so exhausted and broken that I'm at the point where I have nothing left to lose nor can I gain anything. Besides, I'm pretty much incapable of making right choices as my previous two lives have proven, so what does it matter if I get betrayed by you? If anything, Dreamwalker has more to lose than I do, so go ahead and continue the story or whatever.

If anything, if you want me to get a little more comfortable, I suggest you tell the story without those magical cards of yours for visuals. We have imaginations, so it most likely works better when we draw our own conclusions with our imaginations as we are thinking of the story more. I just don't trust those cards either

Actually, wait. Before the story continues, first, let me ask Dreamwalker something: You said you are taking your chances with the wizard's weapon. Please enlighten me as to why you trust him, a total stranger showing out of the blue, and accepting such a weapon? it could be cursed. The wizard could be using the hero to kill the king so that the wizard could rule with even more evil rules. The wizard could actually be working for the king and could be using that weapon as a way to bring the hero down. So why put faith in something you don't understand, especially keeping in mind you live in a world where everyone is out to get you or me in some way? wouldn't it make more sense to improve yourself instead of relying on such a weapon? After you answer me this, then we can continue the story with whatever route you want to choose, Dreamwalker.
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No. 930401 ID: 8b660e

>>930359
I thought you of all people would have known that one.

Do you remember Marty and his hobbies? Or should I say yours? He took his chances with things he didn’t understand, and in the end... well I mean look at you know. And look at me? People took a chance with me and I’m something they didn’t understand. So just gonna roll the dice.
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No. 930448 ID: 70be57
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930448

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_HGi5GGgiE
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No. 930476 ID: e51896

Ya see what I mean, Dreamboy? do ya see what I mean??? if someone or something is too good to be true, it most likely is. I know that story was all in good fun and the consequences of choosing won't effect you in real life, but what if for shits and giggles that was real life and the hero was actually someone you really cared about above all else? would you have "rolled the dice" and take chances on that wizard so easily? why am I asking? of course you probably would. You trusted this story teller without asking questions of who he actually was... And don't call me by the name I went by in my first life. Ugh, I gotta get a grip. There is no use getting angry over this, don't even know why I am...

*looks over at the imposter* Finally, reality is taking off its mask of fantasy and escapism and is revealing it's true form with all the cruelty and harshness that comes with it. All I can say is: that is more like it. Having us live a lie like that isn't gonna build anyone any character.

I'll be honest, I feel quite proud of myself for figuring that out. I never thought I would feel so proud of myself again after I melted. But you don't seem upset that I revealed you aren't who you claimed to be. In fact, it feels almost like you expected I was going to reveal you of being a fraud this whole time.

As for who you are, can't say I really care, but I'll see if I can make an educated guess to keep things going.

Through deductions, you must be someone who have known what Dreamboy's fantasy of what his son would look like with the fortune teller scammer. One might think it is Dreamwalker's guardian, but if I remember correctly, he wanted me to kill dreamwalker, not help him. So I do not think it is that guy, but he is a suspect.

The only other people who could have known what Dreamwalker's fantasy son looks like would have to have been someone who has access to seeing the artist's artwork, the artist that can see different cycles in his dreams. I think I might have saw his artwork of Dreamwalker's fantasy son when I was stealing the picture of me that he drew. So right away, I'm thinking it is a member of the cult. specifically that master of disguise, Clara

But... no. That is impossible. She is mutilated and disabled and refuses to be healed. Plus this is only our mental forms here, like we are dreaming or something. Clara, nor any other cult member has the ability to travel through dreams and bring us together like this... except for maybe Root with his meditations, or Andrew.

However, we must also consider this: the cult isn't the only spies who can see the artist's pictures. I heard rumors about there being a mutilated monster named... Parfait? Scaredface? Scarlet? yeah Scarlet. a mutilated monster who is mutilated who has been spying on the artist and his artwork and sending messages of what he see's to his boss Essence. Essence did have the ability to take people's mental selves out of their dreams with some kind of dumb dream machine.

But since Essence is dead, Scarlet must of now been giving information to another higher-up, which I believe the most likely candidate would be Happy himself.

Yeah, you are either Dreamwalker's guardian (least likely of my guesses), Root, Andrew, or Happy.

as for the story, I can probably guess how it would go, taking the wizard's weapon could have cursed the hero, or killed the hero in some way, or give the wizard a way to rule the kingdom with harsher rules, while not taking the wizard's weapon could have the hero fail in his journey for not having an ability to kill the immortal king, or the wizard might have seen the hero as a traitor for not taking the weapon and plan some kind of revenge against him. A pick your poison scenario where ya can't win.
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No. 930751 ID: 8b660e

>>930476
I find Happy to be the most likely answer
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No. 930769 ID: 70be57
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930769

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZzf1hrTZew
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No. 930770 ID: 8b660e

>>930769
If there is one thing I can't stand it's villains who monologue.
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No. 930773 ID: 70be57

>>930770
I know I know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymQUIimLQck
And you know that I adore them
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No. 930833 ID: e51896

hmmmm...Behind that mask... was another mask... one might mistake you for trying to avoid yourself from being who you really are.

and nah, we didn't truly figure out who you are. we only manage to figure out the imposter you disguised as was only your alter ego as Happy. not your true self. We still don't have enough indications to figure out who you really are under that mask(s). But it's cool, go ahead and keep playing dress-up if that is fun for you. I'll admit, it is good to keep that child-like wonder and imagination. But I'll give you the benefit of doubt. Just know, like it or not, unfortunately everyone has to be forced to grow up and be an adult sooner or later. Nobody can play pretend forever and will have to face the harsh reality of adulthood.

And as far as the tea metaphor goes, I can't speak for everyone, but if I break any cups or tea sets, wouldn't it make more sense to not fix it, and instead just throw the shattered remains in the trash and get a new tea set and be extra careful not to break it again from past experience? Or even better yet, just drink out of disposable water bottles, or soda cans to avoid shattering? And if it causes more messes to the point of permanently stain the carpet, why not just buy a new rug or carpet once one can afford it from intensive hard work and saving money?
But whatever the case, whether it being fixing something or cleaning messes, the old saying goes: no crying over spilled milk... or in this case, tea I guess? I dunno, I don't drink tea.

But lets get to the point without any more rambling. I'm sure introducing yourself isn't the only reason for your confrontation. I can only bet you're really here to place some kind of an incentive if you truly want us to go after you as enemies or something for some weird reason, such as a malicious choice, some kind of curse placed on us, blackmail, a sacrifice, etc. That is how things usually goes at around this time. Been through that song and dance many times that it is expected now.
So then, what is your metaphorical invitational card to this battle we'll be forced to be given by you, if any, at this time?
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No. 930904 ID: 70be57
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930904

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqySf_Zybs8
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No. 930976 ID: e51896

Thoughts: hrrrrrrmmm... Those facts and him knowing what he shouldn't know even if it should of been impossible for him to know, and how early he has been influencing things such as my first death long before the fog began might narrow some possibilities down I guess. Nothing is certain though until I get some better indications.

thoughts: But I can't help but think that him trying to invite us into confronting him is simply another cog in his master plan as if it is a trap for us to fall into or something, like as if he needs and requires us to figure out who he is and confront him in order for whatever goal he wants to achieve work. he just seems a little too enthusiastic to want us to try to stop his plan, and not just a matter of giving us a fighting chance, or having it not be fun for him if he didn't warn us.

thoughts: and Demoria, you probably should be concerned, considering he recently lied to us before a few times. You should always be asking questions in situations like these.

Alright. I guess the only question left is this: besides Dreamwalker, I, and our... other forms as you put it... have you invited or are planning on inviting anyone else to this "dance" you are anticipating, seeing as this is kind of a pretty big deal as you are making it out to be?
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No. 931319 ID: 8292d2

>>930904
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAA1xgTTw9w

You know what I don’t get? Why are you even doing this? You’re fighting a pointless war and now you’re standing here bragging about your plans and your metaphors like a jackass. If there’s one thing we learned from the fight with Essence it’s that this universe isn’t worth fighting over and I certain couldn’t give a fuck who owns it anymore. What I care about is taking everyone who matters and leaving and finding a new better universe. If you’re smart, that’s what you should be fighting for, but instead you and so many others here focus on becoming king of the ashes. It’s petty, it’s pointless, and if your this focused on it, take it up with someone who cares.
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No. 931325 ID: e51896

>>931319
thoughts: should you be speaking out your goals like that, Dreamwalker? Well he probably figured as much anyway, but just don't be as open with your strategies or goals with strangers like me or him next time.
But now that you announced your goals I wonder if you considered the person you are watching over and if they would want to achieve the same goal you do... hmmm

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No. 931428 ID: 70be57
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HdrksCVPtE
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No. 931434 ID: e51896

Thoughts: oh yeah, you probably left and didn't see it happen Demoria. Yes, Happy has taken me. After you tossed me to Essence like the garbage I am, she used me as a useless hostage when Spirit Contaminator started getting nervous about the situation (probably from my manipulation on Spirit Contaminator feelings with me playing with her heartstrings, and from Dervan revealing how much Essence cares for Ember in comparison to Spirit Contaminator) and called Happy to settle the situation, only which he took me away somewhere. Feeling defeated, I decided to sleep through the agony as fantasy is more pleasant than reality but ended up in this nightmare.

thoughts: but that is an interesting question Happy brought up especially since you told Essence you don't care about me anymore, in which I wonder why you still seem concerned about me when all that is said and done.

thoughts: But as much as I'd like to know as well as to your reasoning, you should totally lie to Happy. He is trying to fish some information about you to use against you in some way. Maybe tell him: "I expected Essence to have killed Null by now. All this time I thought Null here in this mindscape was just a fragment of a hateful memory I had of him, and not the real Null. I'm just surprised you or Essence hasn't killed him yet for betraying Essence, let alone play a part in killing her."

thoughts: Or you can come up with some other lie. Whatever the case, do not tell him the truth whatever it might be. never show your cards so early during gameplay
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No. 931642 ID: 70be57
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No. 931726 ID: 8b660e

>>931642
I know it’s not really my position to say anything on this matter, as I have already declared my neutrality in this whole debate with Happy here. But personally, sister. I wouldn’t take him up on this. He’s already admitted that he expects people to come after him, and I’m willing to bet this means that he’s already planned for what happens should he lose. Anyone that follows him is getting dragged down with him.

I would stay neutral or declare you are against him. To me, he reminds me of a man who knows he’s going to prison soon and is trying to get someone he knows to come along for the ride.
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No. 931749 ID: e51896

thoughts:that...that doesn't make sense. n...nothing is making sense to me and I'm utterly confused... W...why are you apologizing, Demoria? You never were at fault of anything. I am the one at fault. You're supposed to hate me and get furious with me after I've done terrible and annoying things to you, all the way up to the point of me making both of us lose everything...

thoughts:If anything, I should be the apologetic person in all this, even though I know I can never be redeemed for my actions... a...and despite all that I put you through, even after all our hard work went down the drain because of me... you're the one giving me an unnecessary apology when it was my fault and not yours and still want to be partners with me, especially in an non-apologetic and unforgiving world. You have every right to do what you did to me, I'm a horrible person.

thoughts:your apology has put me in a spiral of confusing emotions right now. should I be glad that you still want to be partners despite everything? mad that you are putting yourself through more pain to be partners because I might do it all again? sad and guilty for doing terrible things to you after your apology? What am I feeling? What should I feel?

thoughts:...I guess I didn't believe that there are people who can still see another as a person and not as a stepping stone. I've been used like a tool by so many thankless people, some of which I try to help even if I'm harsh in my way of doing so, that I just couldn't believe you were genuine in being a companion to me. But after you apologized when you shouldn't have to, even when we had nothing left and I became worthless, I can see now that I've been too naive to shut everyone off and become self-destructive to myself, and destructive to others, as it made sense to me to act that way in such a hateful place.

...

thoughts:I feel like I should just choose death to stop being a burden to you, Demoria. It would make everyone happier after consuming many worshippers' different gods, and I can see my friends again in the afterlife in hell, despite all the rough patches I had with them. Even Dreamwalker seems like he wants me to die with him telling you not to choose to join up with Happy.

thoughts:But... I know me wishing for death is going to be just another selfish action which will only hurt you again, just like all my other selfish self-destructive actions. I know I might not be able to help you succeed in all the things we set out to do, but... I can at least be there to support you when things go to shit, Demoria, just as you were trying to do for me that I couldn't see in my self-destructive rampage.

thoughts:Even though I really don't like the idea of joining up with Happy, I guess as long as I'm with you alive to support you through the trainwreck of a ride we'll be forced to go through. I'll accept it.

thoughts:If you truly want me to stay with you to support you, Demoria, Tell Happy that our choice is the one that will keep us together as partners in crime.
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No. 931825 ID: 70be57
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931825

I must warn you that this music video contains spoilers for the Gravity Falls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpwxwHaNxis&loop=0
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No. 931832 ID: 8b660e

>>931825
Good luck sister, if I can help in anyway, I will try.
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No. 931835 ID: 13222c

Thoughts:hmmm... good question. How can we reach spirit contaminator, Demoria?

...

Thoughts: Aha! I have an idea, it isn't much, but since you and I are still connected in some way and since happy said Spirit contaminator has me somewhere with her, I can relay her any message you want to give her when i wake up and see her again. I was able to manipulate her and make her feel guilt to prevent her from killing me when she was holding me hostage during the fight, so perhaps she'll listen to me and I can attempt to manipulate her again.

Thoughts: Just tell me what you want me to say to her and what you want me to get out of her and I'll do it the best I can. I want to show that I'm not completely useless. I'm not giving up.
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No. 931942 ID: 70be57
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwL7np6vdjU
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No. 931964 ID: e51896

I can do that, Demoria. I only ask that you have patience when I try to calm her down

And Dreamwalker, I'll have to agree with Demoria right now. You have to be very careful with what you decide to do from this point forward. If you want to help, I would suggest that you can help us by leaving this world and never coming back, but I don't think you can since you are trapped being with Laura.

Besides, following us around and focusing on trying to help Demoria and I will only hurt your adopted blind daughter especially in the damaged state you are in, and the damaged state she is in now... and I'm not talking about the physical wounds she may have received during battle. When I formed a temporary pact with her at the time, I felt all sorts of weird and painful feelings inside her body, like as if her entire body was breaking and pulling apart, fracturing almost to the point of disrepair. All most likely caused by you visiting your friends far, far away from Laura when you were supposed to be sticking with her at all times. More than ever now, you need to be close to her at all times. You are Laura now, she is you. If you want to survive so badly after willfully getting stuck with her, then you need to stop visiting others and stick with her at all times.

In fact, I suggest you go back to her as soon as possible and stay with her and focus all your attention only on protecting her, like a good boy.

But I suppose if you really want to help us so badly, then before we leave, you wouldn't mind giving Demoria and I some information, or secrets you are keeping from everyone, right? Since Happy wants to confront you, Demoria, and I so badly, we might need to know some kind of advantage against him in case he does bother us again.

So tell me, during your kerfuffle with Essence and before I was invited into it, did Essence do or say anything that might make Happy pissed off if he found out about it that we can take advantage of? when someone is given that much freedom to do what they want, like Essence was given to by Happy, they tend to do things they're not supposed to when their superiors are not looking. So I'm wondering if Essence did any sort of actions or mistakes that we can use to our advantage that Happy probably doesn't know about?

And Demoria, can you think of any information or secrets you want to get outta dream-boy?
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No. 932122 ID: 8b660e

>>931942
>>931964
Don’t be stupid. There is no such thing as immortality, if you want to become like Prime, go right ahead. He’s a miserable, paranoid, and frankly an all around garbage person. He can’t even tell a good joke, and I don’t trust people without a sense of humor. Becoming like him, you’ll only be miserable.

One thing that also hasn’t changed is my attitude about those who hurt people I care about. See, a long time ago, this would have been, oh around 1750 BC, there was a king of the Babylonian dynasty, Hammurabi was his name. Speaking as someone who knew him, that man had absolutely zero chill. But I always respected the way he dealt with those who had slighted the law. That being the classic saying, Eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth.

You both like to talk a lot, so I’ll keep this simple for the both of you.
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No. 932125 ID: 8b660e

*slowly becomes more and more like Phobetor*
Did y̴ou ̡th̨ink͏ ̛I di̴dn҉’t͜ a̶lr̀eady͞ h̛ave͜ ͝s̷om͡e̶ ͞p̷l̕a̷n ̨i̕n̴ ͞pl̵ace̸ t͞h̛at ̴I ͡wou͡l͢d b̢e͘ ̢be͟ f̷o̢o͠l͢i̧s͏h ͢eno͘u̢g̛h́ ͠to͠ t͏ell ͏yo̧u ͢a̴bout̀?
͜D̢o ҉y̸ou ͢t̶hin͢k ̸I d̢id̴n͘’̵t͠ a̷lr̕e͡a͡d͞y ķno͜w ̷wh̀en y͡o̕u̧ ͜ki͏ll̨e̵d͘ ͞th̡em?
D́id y̷o͏u͠ ͏t̸h͢i̸n̷k ͟I ͘h̡a͏d̵ ҉fo͏rg͜ot̴ten͡?͢
Did͢ ̷y͢ou ̧t͘hiǹķ I͢ h̀a̕d ̴fo͠r̶g͢i̕ven?

͝Y͠o҉u ͜ma͘y ͠ha͟v́e t̵h͘e̴ir̵ ͟s͞o͡u͞l̴s̛, b̷ut̕ ͏h̡av͝ȩn͜’̸t y̡ou not͝i̕ce̕d͞ ho͡w͘ ͏quiet t͏h͜ey’v̀e͡ ̨b͢een?͏ Be̕c̸ause ̧t͠heir c͠on͡s̢c͠io̧u͏s҉ness͏, ̴the̕ir͢, t̛h҉o̕u҉ght҉s͝, ̨ţhe͜ir m͞e͏m̀óri̴es, áll͟ camè t͜o͝ ͟m̕e.͞ ͝If͠ ̵yo̶u are͏ ̕fo͟ol͢įsh e͝n͏oug͢h҉ ̸t͟ò a̵ss͝u҉me̸ I ̴a̕m͢ ̡aņ op̴en ͡bo͠o̕k,͘ tha̕t̡ I̷ would ̕r͡eveal̷ a̕ll͜ ̶th͏e car͏ds in mý ̷hand͘,͟ a͝n̡d́ ̛t̷hat m̸ak̛ing it seem I̛ don̢’̧t̡ ̸thi̡n͟k ͞t͢w͠e͟lv̡e s͢te͠ps̕ ah͟ea҉d̴,̛ o̷r ͢th͠at͜ I͡ ̨d͞on͢’t h͞a͠ve͝ ͢a͏ backu͟p̨ plác͢e ơf͢ ͟pow͠ér st́o̷r͟èd͟ ́a͘wa̢y̸.

You͢ aŕe v̸ery͘ mist̷akén.
̢
Ýoưr̷ ar͢ro̶gance͠, y͝o͠urs ̴and̴ ͞m͠y ̀B̷r̴othe̢r̢s̨, i̶t m͡akes̢ m̛e ̛puke.
͢
Kar̀m̸à ́i͞s͏ c̛om͏in̵g ̶f͏ơr ̛y̨ou,̶ ͝i̵t ͡a͘lw͝áy͠s ̵is.́ ̵And̨ ̛wh͡eń i͞t͢ ģe̷ts ̶ýou̡,͞ I will͡ ̨no͟t ̡we͟ep͠ ͝fo̷r yo͢u͘.

Góo҉d ͞b͟ye̵.҉
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41fBfKclpyM&t=13s
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No. 932156 ID: 70be57
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932156

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwpudWRx7eg&loop=0
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No. 932195 ID: e51896

*gives a nod of agreement* understood. I will make you proud, Demoria. After you showed that I mattered to you despite everything I've done, my depressive self-destructive rampage attitude has finally been killed off.

And whatever decision you make on whether or not you want to join with Happy or not, all I can say is as long as you take me with you on either decision, I will support your decision through either wild ride.
After all, the saying goes, "if you can't beat them, join them." I mean, who knows, what if his goal turns out to be the best thing ever for everything? But yeah, his enigma on everything right now is tough to gauge a conclusion at this point and is very concerning.

*shakes his head in disappointment* and that Dreamwalker... he certainly lives up to his name... believing and living a dream he thinks and wants this world to be while ignoring the harsh reality of what it actually is, even if it means hurting himself and his friends in the progress to keep living that fantasy.
I must ask you, Demoria, did he blow his chance to make amends with you? I can't say I didn't expect him to act so aggressive towards our warning, because unlike us both, he's never known what it is like to be a mortal human.
But I'm sure now that he is stuck with the girl, he will truly see what it is like to be a human in this dark world, and reality will wake him up from his dream. It will be like... well... as if he thinks he is in a dream where he is falling, until he realizes when he hits cold hard concrete that he has been awake in reality that entire time. If he and his human survives that fall, I wonder if he will come to resent humanity he's loved so much, and/or if he will come back to apologize to us for his actions.
...

*shrugs* whatever the case, we should get going soon. I must ask before I wake up and speak to Spirit Contaminator, Demoria: do you have any advice to give me regarding Spirit Contaminator that could be useful? unlike previous times, I want to take my missions for you very seriously from now on, so I need to ask for as much info as I can get on this important mission this time around.
And if you don't mind me asking, what will you be doing while I attempt to get negotiations ready with you and her? no need to answer if you don't want.
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No. 932208 ID: 70be57
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I am sorry but with the last update, the epilogue is officially over. But now the 4 chapter will start and it is time for you to choose which one do you want to be focusing on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skUK-OlU4H0
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No. 932231 ID: 3e6f70

>>932208
Ana please
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No. 932262 ID: e51896

Ana's side. I already explained why back in fractured memories, basically trying to get a head start before shit really hits the fan, and while Lorence is distracted with other things (the trial, and finding Root). I'm not expecting it to be any easier though, but it is the best course of action right now.

But, wouldn't this ruin the April Fools Day joke? I feel bad about ruining it after giving us this decision again and making that joke lose all meaning :(.
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No. 932264 ID: 70be57
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7F97e4ZOHc
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No. 932270 ID: 8b660e

>>932264
More like we ended one.

We went up against someone who has tried to... I guess take our place. Do you remember the name Essence of Life? She won’t be a problem anymore.
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No. 932353 ID: e51896

>>932270
Thoughts:"Ending" is an optimistic way of putting it I guess. I think a more real term would be "prevented" or "delayed" it.

Thoughts:But yeah, we needed to save a girl named Laura from Essence of Life, but it unfortunately required Essence of life to die.

Thoughts:That's not all though, we also prevented Logan from getting killed by Root, thus also preventing Absolution Prime from starting a crazy crusade with his followers... for now. But this resulted in Root getting kidnapped by the wolf pack.
The cult is right now all in a disarray not knowing what to do because of Root's kidnapping, with people trying to establish themselves as the next leader like Root's sister Delilah or a child who may have tipped off the wolves, while others are trying to find Root and his kidnappers to save Root. Lorence in particular has his hands full of problems trying to figure out how to find Root, his rival giving him a hard time, and also has Godfrey's trial to deal with. (Godfrey's trial might also give us a chance to have some people see you in a better light if things go right, by the way)

Thoughts: With all the chaos the cult is dealing with, it is one of the reasons why I think it was a good time to end the show and get us moving forward to the next checkpoint before shit really hits the fan while they are distracted so we have less to deal with on our plate and take things one step at a time. Not only that, us stopping the viewing of the past will make you less of a priority and target to the cult, as they have higher priorities to deal with right now like finding Root.

Thoughts: But speaking of Absolution Prime, we also found out he is a total asshole who hates jokes. We are going to have to figure out a way to hide Absolution Junior from him if we somehow cross roads with Absolution Prime or his followers. It seems like Logan is also keeping Absolution Junior a secret from him. I am wondering if Wild Cat can do anything about cloaking Absolution Junior if we come across Absolution Prime.

Thoughts: Now as far as you wanting to find a way to beat the cult, I just want to say this.... after that battle with Essence, and seeing some of the souls in that fight reach the afterlife that Essence at the time prevented them from reaching, it made me think about a lot of things. About your place and our place in this world, and where we are all headed, and the places we cannot reach. And I am wondering this...
...is defeating the cult really what we are supposed to be doing in this world's cycle? I know there were many people and gods who deem you as the only one who can stop the cult and the fog and save the world, and while that might be true... the thing is... I... feel that even if we do manage to stop the cult, it's all going to be moot point as the dimensional cycle that Cera told you about is just going to reset all our hard work forcing us to do it all again.
I mean, Scarred already saved her world in her past life, and I'm sure many other voices had as well. In fact, we have done many of things, went through countless paths, some seeing us as heroes, others seeing us as monsters, and some even being failures and nobodies. But no matter what, all those cycles all lead to the same ending, having us do it all again.

Thoughts: You might want to sit down for this part, Ana...

...

Thoughts: You're a special case in this cycle. somehow during the first instance of the dimensional cycle, you somehow merged your body and soul with the Ash Tree, and thus, you're able to be one of the few people who can change the course of where each cycle will lead with the help of us voices. It unfortunately comes with the heavy price of our souls being chained to the cycle, never to escape into the afterlife like so many other souls are able to do. Trapped in this hell. And honestly, I want out.

Thoughts: My goal is to find a way to free you/us and your/our trapped soul from the Ash Tree and from the dimensional cycle so that our souls and your soul can finally find peace when the time comes. I know it might be selfish of us, and many people will be disappointed in us for not trying to sway the world into what they want it to be, but really, the world was already saved multiple times in different ways in different cycles. There isn't really any sense in doing it again.

Thoughts: ...The only problem about pursuing this goal is, while in other goals like stopping the cult, or become rulers of the world ourselves, we had an idea of how to start or where to go. As far as trying to free your and our souls from the ash tree and dimensional cycle, I have absolutely no idea where to start or where to go... quite the pickle if you ask me. But I won't surrender.

Thoughts: But of course, I must ask you Ana, and Scarred as well. After hearing what I had to say, and what I want to accomplish, will you be willing to pursue this new goal? To release your body and soul that is trapped within in the Ash Tree?
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No. 932381 ID: 70be57
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wD4YG-kQy0
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No. 932459 ID: e51896

So, You've never heard of someone consider that goal we are thinking of, not even a cult member? facinating. You know, it is interesting to me that everyone is so preoccupied with achieving their goals for domination or salvation of some kind, that it never occurred to a single person to pursue the path we are considering in any cycle. It admittedly sort of makes me want to pursue that goal even more just for the uniqueness alone.

thoughts: As for you, Ana, I understand you being confused and not knowing what to accomplish after what I've told you. That was a lot of heavy things I unloaded just now. We've already accomplished so many goals in different timelines even if we don't remember them entirely, that even I don't know what we should be accomplishing at this point either. But I feel this goal is something worth considering to pursue at least.
I mean, it is as the saying goes: all things must come to an end. Just like a magician who has done so many tricks for the world to see, they must also make a grand finale and make a grand exit. Lets make this one spectacular

thoughts: and admittedly, yes, we might not know how to accomplish freeing your, and our souls at the moment, and it might not be something one person can accomplish alone, but coincidentally, we did find help from an unlikely source. I was actually given a tip from someone I'm keeping anonymous on what our first step in accomplishing this goal should be and how we should initiate it. How we accomplish the first step is the easy part. The hard part will be deciding when is the best time to start the first step in the plan.

thoughts:But I will explain more in full detail about the first step and where we should head next when you reawaken, Ana. Being in this part of the ash tree, I feel we may have some cult members or spies listening in on us soon if they haven't already, and it might be best to get out of here ASAP.

thoughts: I only ask you this Ana, when we get back to our hideout, I want you to pretend to be asleep so we may discuss our plan to you in full detail. Also, it will give us an opportunity to listen in on our allies while they think you are sleeping, just to get a better idea of who they are.

thoughts: when you are ready to leave, Ana, ask Whispers if he has anything more to say, and how we may leave.
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No. 932870 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. 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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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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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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No. 939168 ID: 9dda2b
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939168

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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No. 939338 ID: 9dda2b
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939338

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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No. 940116 ID: 9dda2b
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940116

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnki6mdkczY
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No. 940368 ID: 132e04

>>940116
“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?”
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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.
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No. 940433 ID: 9dda2b
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940433

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pPQnhhUqtU
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No. 940436 ID: cb33a4

Nothing
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No. 940476 ID: 810f41

>>940433
Desolation. We need you.
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No. 940507 ID: 9dda2b

>>940476
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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP9PoBlFDp4
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No. 940562 ID: 810f41

>>940507
Well then either AJ or mother Gaia want to step up to the plate and help us ou?
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No. 940592 ID: f03140

>>940562
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRVUOGUmxJI
The power was in you all along
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No. 940595 ID: 810f41

>>940592
Hmm, can the power within us heal a partial decapitation?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD6kthiOdnk

No? Then we’re screwed! C’mon Fortune, let’s go play scrabble.
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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???
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No. 940598 ID: 8b660e

>>940596
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.
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No. 940602 ID: f03140
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940602

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNE3AqSl7l8
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No. 940670 ID: 810f41

>>940602
Sometimes, people can’t be reasoned with. Action must be called for before words can be exchanged and they understand you.
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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.
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No. 940905 ID: 07c9c1
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940905

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NmhA9K2Nm4
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No. 940971 ID: eee43c

>>940905
...

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

>>940971
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.
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No. 941021 ID: 07c9c1

>>940980
Ahhh those unforeseen consequences, they can be a real bitch to deal with.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S8fCMHSVhc
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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.

>>940980
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.
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No. 941046 ID: eee43c

>>941043
Even in death she torments me...

True.

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.
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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.
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No. 941068 ID: 07c9c1
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941068

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVJKrEu7cSo
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No. 941069 ID: 8b660e

>>941068
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.
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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.

>>941068

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.
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No. 941154 ID: 78678c

>>941148
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.
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No. 941177 ID: 07c9c1
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941177

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvvw7oo021k
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No. 941183 ID: eee43c

>>941177
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
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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.
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No. 941250 ID: 07c9c1
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941250

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55cHsXiDr2s
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No. 941267 ID: eee43c

>>941250
Ana...?

What are you doing...?
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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.
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No. 941455 ID: 07c9c1
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941455

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYil0_NByJE
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No. 941482 ID: 8b660e

>>941455
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.
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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.
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No. 941840 ID: 07c9c1
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941840

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC_ip-mwqRI
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No. 941889 ID: 993727

>>941840
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?
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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.
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No. 942228 ID: 58c631
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942228

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1yeC2wmtzw
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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.
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No. 942426 ID: 8b660e

>>942418
Good luck with that, the only Demon I know of is Andrew Goodwill. No chance in hell we’re getting him.
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No. 942428 ID: e51896

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVS0FHN243Q
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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.
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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*
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No. 943036 ID: 58c631
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943036

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K10ieKZr5sw
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No. 943051 ID: f14948

>>943036
...

Gods damn you, Fortune.

I trust you Robert.
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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... :( :( :(
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No. 943213 ID: 8b660e

>>943205
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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No. 943215 ID: 8b660e

>>943213
ANA! FORTUNE! LISTEN TO ME RIGHT THE FUCK NOW![

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.
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No. 943289 ID: aa0488

>>943215
I should say when Scarred is referring to
“Him” she is referring to Robert. And yeah, I’m sorry too :(

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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.
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No. 943294 ID: aa0488

>>943292
*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.
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No. 943306 ID: 58c631
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943306

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkkT6y6BTEY
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No. 943315 ID: 8b660e

>>943306
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?
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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...
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No. 943505 ID: 8b660e

>>943496
Nice show of confidence there, Fortune.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3SNrIoXMPg
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No. 943602 ID: 58c631
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943602

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_4u0qi21bY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlkEQ9Qi0i0&list=RDIlkEQ9Qi0i0&start_radio=1
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No. 943614 ID: ced8ae

>>943602
*deep breath*

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

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.
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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. 943727 ID: 58c631
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943727

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEEIEoTaIZI
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No. 943738 ID: 8b660e

>>943727
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.
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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?
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No. 943745 ID: 8b660e

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

*embraces Robert in a motherly hug*
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No. 943788 ID: 58c631
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943788

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tq9G01292A
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No. 943794 ID: 58c631
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943794

Before this chapter continues there is going to be a short story in between. Choose which one you want to be portrayed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXBcBugpHZg
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No. 943813 ID: 8b660e

>>943794
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.
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No. 943845 ID: e51896

flavor of happiness
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No. 943849 ID: 58c631

Oh boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqr1ggpYnZY
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No. 943877 ID: 8b660e

rolled 3 = 3

>>943845
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFkdcQgNJHo
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No. 943878 ID: 8b660e

>>943877
Oh... well shit
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No. 943948 ID: e51896

My turn to roll,
before I roll, what sided dice are we rolling?
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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. 943960 ID: b151ba
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943960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_M-73AY4Ng
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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.
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No. 944026 ID: f1cf1b

>>943961
I’m down for this.
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No. 944087 ID: b151ba
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944087

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=set4DSP-9fU
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No. 944092 ID: 8b660e

>>944087
...

Who’re we talking about again?
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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. 944121 ID: b151ba
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944121

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECbCJJa7Q-M
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No. 944138 ID: 8b660e

>>944121
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.
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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.

...
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No. 944220 ID: 8b660e

>>944217
...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPGkRU-eaK0
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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?
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No. 944279 ID: 6eabb5

>>944277
( 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.)
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No. 944707 ID: bfce93

>>944277
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.
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944890

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWutmIaNv-o
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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...
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No. 944916 ID: 8b660e

>>944890
HOLY SHIT I GOT SHOT!?

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.
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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. 944970 ID: f7ff14
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944970

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul4JYGZLFQs
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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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No. 945160 ID: 8b660e

>>944970
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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No. 945329 ID: f7ff14
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945329

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuofG8a7EEk
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No. 945341 ID: bfce93

>>945329
*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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No. 945448 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]: I think I might be on the right track if I want to get Spirit Contaminator to speak with Demoria to start a bargain between the two, especially since Spirit Contaminator is letting her guard down talking with me... but I notice she doesn't seem comfortable enough to remove her headpiece of the hazmat suit just yet. Hmmm, maybe removing her headpiece will be a gauge on when I can bring up having her contact Demoria... or maybe not. For now, I still need to be patient and especially be careful on what to say if I want her to talk to Demoria

While you believe you might be the weakest person within the group, and that your position of leadership was forced onto you even though you might not have wanted it or maybe feared it with feelings that you are not qualified, you however certainly have the willpower to try be that leader you need to be with your determination to keep your team together and even confront your enemies despite your doubts in yourself regardless of those thoughts of weakness.
And because of that, with that willingness to challenge such uncertainly as a leader and the agony you may face against your foes... maybe perhaps you at the very least have courage after all, right?

Also, You were talking earlier about not being in the right state of mind... and after hearing about your body being a connection of two different dead things to form one life, I have to ask if you ever thought that might include your brain as well and not just your body, as in your brain being combined from two separate brains of different minds to form one, which is putting you in what you described as not the right state of mind?

And as far as you not knowing what you are, and thinking you will never get that answer, I unfortunately cannot give you an answer either... especially when I cannot answer myself who I am supposed to be, Null, or Marty, or someone or something else entirely... I was given a question to ask myself in order to be true with myself if I want to get anywhere, but I still can't figure it out. It has been bugging me ever since I saw what my heart looked like when I let Ember take it.
Everything about me was a shadow, even my blood, so I accepted myself as a monster of nothingness and played that role... until I found out my heart was that of a human's and not shadowy. I do not know how to feel about that, I was overflowed with relief, sorrow, anger, regret, really a whole confusion of emotion.
But even though my problem is somewhat similar, I am not going to be cheesy and say we are very much alike, and I'm not going to say I know how you feel. Because the reality is that I can never understand what you're going through, much like you might not ever understand what I'm going through. I mean, If I understood anything... well... I wouldn't be melted black licorice, now would I? but while I can't understand what you're going through, at least I can listen, and try to provide you with questions you might not have thought about before.

But for you, the question of figuring out what you are is more of an answer you have to figure out for yourself alone. But I think the only advice I can give regarding you figuring out what you are is this: instead of asking yourself what you are... maybe instead ask yourself what you want to become and how to work you way into being what you want to be?
Who knows, maybe you'll figure out what you are as you focus on what you want to become?
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No. 945485 ID: f7ff14
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945485

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC9OhK2Ovw0
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No. 945488 ID: f3cdde

>>945485
You can if you want to, I’m just trying to be respectful of you miss. And I’m not really one to judge on what people’s body’s look like, the mother of my kids was half-spider and that was when I was still human.

ooc for a second second, seriously how old is Spirit? Because I thought she was she was a kid like underage. She was getting bedtime stories read to her for Christ’s sake so the other reason is if she is underage this is really creepy
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No. 945574 ID: e51896

...now that I think about it, I don't think TV head is wearing clothing either. And going down this line of think, even I'm not wearing anything. Probably even before I became a puddle I don't think I had any clothing when I still had a body this whole time... maybe we're all nudists after all?

[inner thoughts]:Ok, maybe now is a good time to ask Spirit contaminator to set up negotiations with Demoria. I just first have to be polite and ask if I can make the request first

Anyway, okay, I'll listen to your request... and... um, speaking of requests, I too have a request, that is, if you want to hear what I am requesting, Spirit Contaminator.
Don't worry, I'm not going to ask to be free or have my old body back or have an ability to move again. It is something else entirely and unrelated. May I ask my request after you ask yours?
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No. 945620 ID: 48a98a

>>945574
There aren’t many clothes that will fit me, I mean c’mon my body is made up of mostly scrap metal. I don’t really think I need them. My body is pretty unstable too I guess. Come to think of it though, I remember feeling a lot more ashamed of it before I got shot.... who did that again...? Anyway yeah, you don’t bother me Spirit, but I’m always willing to talk and listen.
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No. 945656 ID: f7ff14
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945656

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohioqVfRwWs
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No. 945662 ID: 8b660e

>>945656
Wh- what did you just do? I can’t see anything on that side of my face! Well I mean I couldn’t anyway, I’m half blind, probably because of... uhhhhh.... something. But yeah what’s on the other side of my... monitor? Yeah what did you just do?
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No. 945840 ID: e51896

...

well...

...ok. I'll agree to your request. Perhaps if I roleplay as your brother, maybe I'll be able to discover a bit about my own identity of who I'm supposed to be: Marty or Null or someone else before my execution. And maybe perhaps you may discover some similarities between the two of us we haven't yet discovered during our roleplay, Spirit Contaminator, besides our similarities between you and I on trying to figure out our idenities of who I am and your identity of what your body exactly is, as well as your similarity between you and flint of losing family members.

So Flint, you'll be the mobility and strength, and I'll be the brains and do most of the talking.

And since you are known as Blizulia the Spirit Contaminator, Flint and I will be known as your twin brother, Flintin (combination of the names Martin and Flint), the Soul Corrupter

Now, as a twin bro of yours, it is my responsibility to try to ease your pain and unload the emotional weight you have on you, and because you look seem depressed, I ask: do you want a hug from your dearest twin brother? I'll be sure to be as gentle as possible with the hug if you agree that means you have to be gentle, Flint, with that new strong body of yours. Or perhaps you want me to read you a story or play a game with you as I like games? Maybe a snack like maybe something sweet?

[inner thoughts]: I'll wait a little longer before I ask Spirit Contaminator to contact Demoria until Spirit Contaminator is in a happier mood. Perhaps roleplaying as her brother for a while will lighten her mood enough. But I hope I'll be able to convince her before I am killed by the others.
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No. 945874 ID: f7ff14
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945874

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2SWAKU_xYg
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No. 945932 ID: e51896

...

My sister, As I said: I'll agree to pretend to be your bro.
But, at the end of the day, while pretending might give me an idea of what you're going through... I don't know if pretending will truly make me understand exactly how you feel with having two different bodies being incompatible with each other if I'm to be honest with myself. Thus, I cannot give you a genuine experience of being your brother. Regardless I will still try to roleplay as your brother to the best of my abilities...
but, unless I can somehow share your body and mind, I don't think it is possible to truly understand what is going through your head...

ummm... I might have said something interesting by accident: you sharing your body and mind with me. You said something about my body not being compatible with Flint's robotic body thus we can't combine. But, um... what about you? are you compatible with me, hypothetically speaking?
Even though I know I'm in a weird puddle form that can't do much, I'm wondering if you have ever thought that maybe your body is actually compatible with mine in some way? Like maybe if you somehow get yourself and I to share the same body and mind, you may finally get somebody who truly knows what you are going through? Or maybe If you can somehow get me to share your body, I can be the adhesive that can keep your body, mind, and psyche together in harmony one shared body with me instead of having your body try to tear itself apart?

I don't know, I'm probably just spitballing weird nonsensical ideas because I'm weird, but I don't really have anything to lose or going for me at this point so, I guess I'm willing to try weird and crazy ideas...
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No. 946084 ID: 8b660e

>>945932
...

What about a puppy or a pet? Think we should get her one? That way she can always have a friend with her?
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No. 946086 ID: e51896

>>946084
I prefer cats, personally.
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No. 946117 ID: f7ff14
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946117

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YZIxiL3fL4
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No. 946142 ID: 48a98a

>>946117
*baymax style hug*
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No. 946329 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]:thats... kind of... unfair. While Spirit Contaminator and Tv Flint gets to feel the comfort of an embrace... I don't get to feel it up here as part of Flint's face... But maybe I don't deserve or not supposed to act or feel the physical comfort of embrace, but rather ace as the voice of comfort. Or maybe, I need someone's voice of comfort for myself?

ok, I'll swallow my pride and admit this: I really have no understanding of anything of what I should be doing or what purpose I should be fulfilling anymore, or what my place in life is. It all stems from my conflicting desire to live two different lives which can't be compatible with each other: life as Marty, and life as Null... perhaps much like how you have two bodies that can't be compatible with each other.

I mean, I thought I knew what my purpose was when I was reborn as Null. In a way, I thought I was brought back to life by pure frustrations of an unseen force having everything going wrong for them alone, and I thought my purpose was to act accordingly for that force, with my new life as Null. I thought I needed to channel that vengeance against the powerful spirit that murdered me for seemingly no reason by selfishly stealing the souls of mortals and gods for myself.

but... As Null kept devouring souls to become strong enough to take down the powers that be as an act as vengeance for Marty's untimely death, Null always had a small voice of Marty which was quietly pleading desperately for Null to stop and give up. And as the devouring continued, Marty's pleas was growing louder with each life that Null devoured, to the point where it was almost as if the voices of Marty was coming out of the mouth of the people and gods Null was devouring pleading for Null to spare their lives, much like how Marty was pleading to the spirit not to kill him, an echo of the past. "Please stop, I'm begging you... this isn't right, I don't understand why you're doing this to me. I didn't mean to do anything wrong." That is all Null can hear from Marty. That echo of the past of what Marty pleaded with the Spirit was being repeated, but the plea was directed to Null this time. Each death Null was taking always reminded him of Marty, except for some reason, Null's memories wasn't seen in Marty's point of view anymore, but in the point of view of the spirit who killed him whenever Null devoured a soul to gain power.

My desire to live as both Null and Marty all accumulated to finally destroying my body in the end when my memories of Marty was being erased during that battle against Laura, with each ghost getting killed. I couldn't leave my life as Marty behind as I would lose my memory as to why I became Null in the first place to get vengeance on that spirit, and I couldn't leave my life as Null behind as I'd be too weak to defend myself from the dangers that spirit brought to our world, and all the people that hated me. In the end, my desire to take vengeance with the body as Null, and my want to cling to the past with my body as Marty finally broke apart those incompatible bodies and I ended up as a mixed puddle of misunderstandings of my own actions and not know who I wanted to be.

I think even though I initially didn't want to think so because of my pride... maybe the truth is... I do actually understand how you feel about having two different incompatible selves, Spirit Contaminator. My life and memories as Marty and My life and memories as Null just can't coexist with each other, both of which I felt were too valuable to leave behind and can't live without, and in the end, it destroyed me... And I... I think it is still destroying me. Much like how you feel your two different bodies can't live with each other and you feel it is tearing itself apart like mine did. It is the scariest feeling, not knowing who we are supposed to be and where we belong and for what purpose...

...I mean, if I really have to leave one life behind, which should I choose to keep, and which should I choose to stay to live a better life? Should I keep both? And will it even matter if the destiny Happy said was true about me falling apart despite what life I choose?


Maybe despite my actions, that is why you didn't wish for my death while everyone else did. Because you saw that connection you and I share: both of us having two lives that just can't be compatible with each other which is destroying us, with myself already being destroyed because I just couldn't leave one life behind... And because of who we are and our history, we just can't fit normally with society...
Spirit Contaminator, Let me ask, While I can't decide which part of myself to keep and which part of myself to leave behind, Null or Marty... if you had to choose, do you know which part of your body you would keep and which you would leave behind? or are you unsure which body to keep like I was struggling to decide which part of myself to keep?

Spirit Contaminator, I don't know if I was able to comfort you with telling you what I understand what I have in common with you, but I think that understanding of you and I having two lives or two different bodies being incompatible can give us both clarity of knowing how we both feel.
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No. 946353 ID: f7ff14
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946353

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-sr-dZE9qE
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No. 946414 ID: f6c741

>>946353
*puts the fish in a glass of water*

So, how can we find you a new purpose?
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No. 946663 ID: e51896

...Sorry... I didn't mean to make you cry. Flint and I am supposed to be comforting you, but I guess I can't. But maybe it's like you said, doing this is probably bad for your psyche, and it is probably best to rip that bandage off now and face reality. not just you, but me too...

Good and bad experiences from the past can mold what type of person someone can be.
But dwelling on the bad aspects of the past too much causes life and their joyful moments to just pass us by without realizing it...I learned that the hard way when I was too focused on dwelling on my previous life and past woes with thoughts of vengeance that I just didn't pay attention to where I was heading in the present that it destroyed my body. I didn't take the patience to live in the now when I was too focused on the then.

Right now, this moment is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. You said that your pet is hurt from your incompetence. Yet you're still not acting because your grieving over past actions and experiences of living in isolation instead of trying to save it.
But you should know that it is still not too late to save your pet's life, just as it's not too late to get a hold of the situation you are in. instead of being sorrowful over the past, You just need to take the first step to try to focus on what is happening in the present and save the poor little fish's life.
And you don't have to take the first step to take action alone. I know change is a scary concept for you, but you have friends like Flint, Felafaf, Ember and Anubis to help give you aspiration. And you have me as well to help you through it.

Change is difficult, but if talking about the past while wishing for things to be better brings too much pain, then let's all try to take baby steps first to let go of the past and change ourselves and find aspiration in our lives by starting with this small little aspiration: saving the little fish's life together. Agreed?

It's not too late to save Daylight the fish, it's not too late to change yourself.
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No. 946677 ID: f7ff14
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946677

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK-GpBOpcN0
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No. 946678 ID: f7ff14
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946678

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ILoSQ3CZU
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No. 946680 ID: f7ff14
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946680

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSQXl2G6m-4
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No. 946681 ID: f7ff14
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946681

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6do7X2gfhwQ
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No. 946682 ID: f6c741

>>946681
They won’t bring him out unless they have to. And at that point they would be getting desperate.

What this is, is isolation. Keeping you from seeing anyone or anything because they are getting ready to question you. If you’re lucky they will try to cut you a deal. If you’re unlucky they will use more heavy-handed tactics to get you to talk.
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No. 946733 ID: 8b660e

>>946678
*sees she's still trying to be like Essence*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz2Fz0OO8ag[/spoiler]
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No. 946759 ID: e51896

hmmmmmm

https://imgur.com/a/IGYMbfu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjm_gzZEq4[/spoiler]
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No. 946760 ID: e51896

Well, I remember Dreamwalker in another time was chained up when he was imprisoned in a torture room, with the chains keeping him from using his magic. You seem to be just in a prison, with a bed no less to relax in (despite it being rough). You are not chained up like he is. If they had the intention to kill you, they would have put you in a worse prison like the one Dreamwalker was in. I don't think shooting will be involved unless absolutely necessary when meeting with Lorence...

I think if they wanted you to suffer before the interrogation, they would have chained you up like Dreamwalker was. This prison seems less harsh in comparison, so perhaps I agree, they are going to try to cut a deal... Lets just wait it out.
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