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929670 No. 929670 ID: 15a025

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A few days later...
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Officer Nibbles: "Here's you enchantment stone back Candy."

Candy: "I take you found someone to fuse my other one with it then?"

Officer Nibbles: "Yes. I'd still like know how your grandparents had a fireball enchantment, but I'm not really going to dig deep into that. With your leg healed up, you're going to need it for what's next."

Candy: "Throwing me back into danger already?"

Officer Nibbles: "Not without help. This is going to be a dangerous job."

Candy: "Well, what is it?"

Officer Nibbles: "You're going to be our bait for a sting operation tonight. We've managed to find the cult's been doing business in the sewers."

Candy: "Seriously? As someone who uh... use to sell things in shady places. I can tell you no-one is going to just follow a stranger down a sewer. Could hardly get people to meet me in alleyway a few years ago."

Officer Nibbles: "We're not talking about just selling drugs or guns to people on the streets, Candy. We're talking passing around and selling enchanted items between themselves! Apparently they're also buying from any gang member looking to offload any 'hot items'."

Candy: "I've got my doubts, but I'm willing to humor this. What's the plan? What kind of backup, if any am I going to get?"

Officer Nibbles: "Well let's start with your backup. You'll be carrying me around in one of your pockets. I'll be carrying a non-elemental enchantment stone with a few defensive enchantments to help in case things get heated. There will also be two members of the church on standby. Both of them are armed with long range and close quarter enchantments. You'll all be in touch by a small headphone radio."

Candy: "And about that part with me being bait? What's my story here?"

Officer Nibbles: "We've got two ideas planned. You can either go in disguised as member of the cult looking to trade around some enchantments, or go in as some street looking punk wanting to trade off some 'stolen' enchantments for quick cash. Unless you've got a better idea for a disguise and setup?"
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No. 929726 ID: 589337

The cult one sounds the most possible, though rather risky if you need any inside information about them. Really im not sure how the other will hold up considering your current work and the notoriety being your sister's sister might bring.
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No. 929747 ID: 91ee5f

>>929672
>returning Candy’s earring
We’re back! Did you miss us? Because we missed you!

So what’s new? Anything interesting happen while we were gone?

>fireball fused into earring
Oh, yeah, that was one hell of an experience. Felt pretty weird to have another enchantment shoved in here.

>You'll be carrying me around in one of your pockets.
Guess you’d better clean out your pockets to make room for her.

>church members
That’s good. Light enchantments will help when we get into a fight with the cult!

>We've got two ideas planned.
>cult member
>street punk
I say you should go with the street punk option. The cultists probably have a way to tell if you’re actually one of them, so being disguised as one of them might not be a good idea.

.....oh, right, did Officer Nibbles put up that anti-eavesdropping spell? Because I think you should give her a heads up that if we end up getting into a fight and you end up getting hurt, to the point that your life is in danger, Tybalt is going to show up to save your life. Just wanted to warn her about that, since she’s already told you that she doesn’t want to see him around town.
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No. 929942 ID: a9af05

>>929672
Go with the street punk disguise.

Hey, Candy? I hope you realize that this is going to continuously get harder for you to hide what your sister is doing. Don't mention it right now, but just think about what to say when the time comes to do the right thing.

>>929747
>Warn about Tybalt
Yeah, we should probably mention that.

That way Nibbles will know if he shows up, that means Candy's life is in danger.
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No. 930058 ID: 15a025
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>So what’s new? Anything interesting happen while we were gone?
I had to rest my leg for awhile, and then I got to practice using that fireball enchantment a little bit once Sugar I could get out of the house. Other than that, nothing much.

>The cult one sounds the most possible, though rather risky if you need any inside information about them. Really I'm not sure how the other will hold up considering your current work and the notoriety being your sister's sister might bring.
>I say you should go with the street punk option. The cultists probably have a way to tell if you’re actually one of them, so being disguised as one of them might not be a good idea.
>Go with the street punk disguise.

As fun as it could be dressing up and pretending to be in the cult could be, I guess I would be dead in the water if I needed inside info.

Still don't get how people think of my sister when they see. Guess as long as my disguise is good enough I won't have to worry about that though. Or...maybe I could use my street cred as an advantage?

Candy: "I'm fine with dressing up as some punk. It's going to have to be a pretty good disguise though."

Officer Nibbles: "I don't know Candy, I think if this was a few years ago you'd fit in just fine."

Candy: "You know, I could easily arrange a blast from the past for this."

Officer Nibbles: "I'm only teasing. I know you've left all that behind you, it really shows."

>I hope you realize that this is going to continuously get harder for you to hide what your sister is doing. Don't mention it right now, but just think about what to say when the time comes to do the right thing.
I'm not really worried about her right now. As long as she isn't doing something stupid like selling drugs or enchantments to cult, I don't think I have to hide much.

>oh, right, did Officer Nibbles put up that anti-eavesdropping spell? Because I think you should give her a heads up that if we end up getting into a fight and you end up getting hurt, to the point that your life is in danger, Tybalt is going to show up to save your life. Just wanted to warn her about that, since she’s already told you that she doesn’t want to see him around town.
>Yeah, we should probably mention that. That way Nibbles will know if he shows up, that means Candy's life is in danger.
I'd be more worried about what would happen with him if I did die.
Candy: "You got your enchanted sound barrier thing up?"

Officer Nibbles: "Yes? Wait, Candy don't tell me you're confes-"

Candy: "No, it's about Tybalt."

Officer Nibbles: "Your 'pet' chimera that I hope you really left back at home, locked up or something and otherwise isn't roaming the streets?"

Candy: "Yeah him. Just want to remind you he could show up if I'm in mortal danger to save me."

Officer Nibbles: "Candy, you've the police force and the church for back up. If things get to that point, I'd be worried about a lot more than a chimera coming into help save our hides."
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Officer Nibbles must take down her sound barrier thing as she calls in Officer Freeze.

Officer Freeze: "It's not much, but we've got some clothes and other accessories for your disguise. Feel free to try on anything you like."

Oh sweet! A whole cart of clothes. I dig through it and come up with a couple ideas of my own.
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First outfit I have a little fun with and decide to sport a bead necklace, and a hat I found that went with the shirt.
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Next, I just throw on this cool leather jacket I find. It looks pretty cool, but I feel like someone could still recognize me in it.
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Next outfit I decide to be a little more adventurous with and even rock a spiked collar.
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Last outfit I try on for now is a black sleeveless jacket with a pair of sunglasses. Probably look like I'm just a cheesy one liner away from being an action movie hero than a punk, but I sure feel tough.
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In case you spooky spirits feel like you can come up with a better disguise, here's a couple "paper dolls" to mess around with.

First is just a 1 to 1 Pixel sprite of Candy.
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Next is just that sprite but upscaled.
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And if sprite art isn't your thing, a very rough Drawing of Candy. Also probably the only one of these that counts as a paper doll
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No. 930069 ID: b1b4f3

>>930058
(haha what? Candy has a pet Chimera? How did THAT happen?)

>>930060
This seems fine.
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No. 930080 ID: 91ee5f

>>930058
>"You know, I could easily arrange a blast from the past for this."
I know you’re joking, but you might actually need to do that in order to make your disguise believable.

>>930059
>outfits
Just make sure whatever you choose has big enough pockets for Officer Nibbles to fit in!

>>930060
This should work.
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No. 930088 ID: 891b91

>>930060
Thirding this one, the dark gray tones give it a classy feel.
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No. 930165 ID: a6b856

>>930076
Can someone for the love of all holy explain me this meme.
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No. 930166 ID: ad51b8

>>930165
back in the early days of tgchan, like ruby quest was still new early days, their was a quest that had a paper doll and that shirt was what won. The character's name was steve. For some reason after that quest, whenever a paper doll was presented the guy always made a steve shirt to a point where everyone start adding a steve shirt to a paper doll as it started to feel weird if it didn't appear. Also for another random meme that use to be around in the earlier days of tgchan, telling the character to lick everything new they came across. That one died out though but if you ever go to the archive and start looking up older quest and wondering why people kept asking everyone to lick everything, there you go.
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No. 930179 ID: a9af05

>>930060
This one.

>>930069
She's had Tybalt ever since the previous quest called Blind Quest. Tybalt was even mentioned in the first thread of this quest. None of this is new information.
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No. 930383 ID: 15a025
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>Candy has a pet Chimera? How did THAT happen?
That's a long story, but to keep it short. It was a few years back when I got my enchanted earrings. I went to a carnival with a friend of mine in college, and it ended up being run by the cult. Or, a cult. The cops were there with us and a fight broke out. I ended up winning Tybalt by basically killing his old master in the middle of all that chaos.


>This seems fine.
>This should work.
>Thirding this one, the dark gray tones give it a classy feel.
>This one.
>make sure whatever you choose has big enough pockets for Officer Nibbles to fit in!
I switch out grey shirt for a similar color sweater. After that, I plop on a hat and necklace.
Candy: "What do you think of this one?"

Officer Nibbles: "Looks a little classy for what we're shooting for?"

Candy: "That's part of the plan. I'm 'selling' enchantment stones to them right? I need to look like someone who could at least have access to them."

Officer Nibbles: "Sounds like you've got this all thought out already."

Candy: "So, how am I supposed to meet up with this guy? Am I just crawling into sewers and meeting him down there, or am I meeting him somewhere else first."

Officer Nibbles: "We're leaving shortly to meet up with the church first. After we all get introduced and explain the plan of attack, we'll be going into the sewers. I'll explain more when we get there."

Officer Freeze: "Actually, it's about time we get going now."

Officer Nibbles: "Already?"

She sounds about as surprised as I am about that.

Officer Nibbles: "Alright Candy, make some room for me and lets go."
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Officer Nibbles climbs into my pocket and Officer Freeze drives us over to the church. When we walk inside, things take an interesting turn.

Candy: "Roxie and Relina? You're our back up?"

Roxie: "Candy? Wait, you're a cop?!"
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No. 930385 ID: cd1a69

Fuck. Long story. Well actually it's not really that long, but regardless, later please.
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No. 930387 ID: 91ee5f

>>930384
>"Candy? Wait, you're a cop?!"
Actually, Officer Nibbles said that you’re not a fully fledged cop. It’s more like an investigator or undercover kind of position.

Anyways, do you have time to tell the whole story of what happened a few years ago at college or should you just tell the short version? Maybe leave out the part where you got Tybalt.
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No. 930391 ID: 2202fb

>>930384
Well this is awkward.

Guess we get to have a chat with Nibbles later about the mansion operation since otherwise we are kinda boned since Roxy knows.
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No. 930399 ID: a9af05

>>930384
Wait, did we miss something? When did Roxie join the church? Isn't she working for your sister? Candy, I think you forgot to tell us about this when we asked if anything happened while we were gone earlier.

>You're a cop?!
Well, Candy, looks like it's time to finally tell your secret. You're a hero that helped save the country a few years ago.

Then lead into more recent events and how, after being kidnapped by the cult a few years ago, you came to the police station to get an enchantment license to defend yourself. When your friend, Officer Nibbles, told you they were understaffed, she convinced you to help out. So now here you are, fighting the cult again.
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>Wait, did we miss something? When did Roxie join the church? Isn't she working for your sister? Candy, I think you forgot to tell us about this when we asked if anything happened while we were gone earlier.

I think I'm forgetting something myself? I don't remember her saying she was leaving to work for the church? Or...is this what she meant by hiding at the church? A few days ago something happened and she told me she was going into hiding. I don't really remember much other than it was late at night.

> Guess we get to have a chat with Nibbles later about the mansion operation since otherwise we are kinda boned since Roxy knows.
I don't quite understand? I'm pretty sure Roxie wouldn't be dumb enough to talk about what she does for Sugar in front of a cop. Let alone when she's in the middle of...whatever this is she's doing.

>looks like it's time to finally tell your secret. You're a hero that helped save the country a few years ago.
Then lead into more recent events and how, after being kidnapped by the cult a few years ago, you came to the police station to get an enchantment license to defend yourself.
I didn't really do much to save anyone during all that. It was mostly a friend who did all the heroics. All I did was...not really important. I'd rather not stress myself out over the pass more than I have to. It was kind of fun and cool at the time, but when I look back I start to remember things I don't want to. How much I use to drink and smoke. The awful withdrawals I had in the middle of all cult shit. Getting kidnapped and being used as a hostage-"

Relina: "Candy are you okay?"

Shoot everyone's giving me a weird look.

Candy: "Yeah?"

It's a ton of hard things to talk and think about, and I'd rather not share all of it if I don't have to.

Roxie: "You've been staring off into space and ignoring us here."

Candy: "I- don't worry about it. Where were we now?"

Roxie: "Well, I was asking since when were you a cop?"

>Fuck. Long story. Well actually it's not really that long, but regardless, later please.
>Actually, Officer Nibbles said that you’re not a fully fledged cop. It’s more like an investigator or undercover kind of position.
Candy: "It's a- Well not really a long story but. Well I'm not really a full fledge cop, I'm-"

Officer Nibbles: "Since I see you're all already acquainted I guess as the chief of the operation tonight, I can explain better. Candy here is helping out as our undercover volunteer."

Roxie: "I see."

Candy: "If I've got time for questions, since when have you worked at the church Roxie? I thought you did deliveries for my sister?"

Roxie: "I told you why a few nights ago."

Relina: "It sounds like you two have some catching up to do?"

Roxie: "I'll say."
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Relina: "Since you both have guide spirits, perhaps I could make this a little easier and connect the three of us together?"

Candy and Roxie: "You have an guide spirits too!?"

I hear Relina start whispering something and soon I can her and Roxie's thoughts

Relina: "I've never done a connection like this before. Is everyone here?"

Candy and Roxie are free to pass on info between each other for now. As their guide spirits you may now suggest to both of them while connected as well. Remember that Relina can hear you too!

Also an awkward side note. Please try and remember that while The Herd is a spinoff/sequel to Blind Quest. Reading Blind Quest isn't supposed to be required to enjoy/understand The Herd. Not everyone in the thread has read it, and might not understand some of the things being brought up. This isn't to discourage suggestions about bringing up events from the previous quest, but just to clear up some possible confusion. I can go into more details about this in the discussion thread if needed, and advice/critique is always appreciated!
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No. 930632 ID: 440bf9

Roxy, tell candy about Slick and what youre supposed to be looking for

candy, I guess fill roxy in on that youve got magic earrings.
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No. 930638 ID: 91ee5f

>>930454
>"You have an guide spirits too!?"
To be fair, neither of you told Relina to keep that a secret. While we’re on that subject, Candy, Roxie’s guide spirits are in the light enchantment stone on her necklace. Roxie, Candy’s guide spirits are in the fire enchantment stone on her earring.

.....ok, so after exchanging info with each other, we guide spirits have some things to share.

Candy, it seems that Roxie was wrongly accused of killing the person she was supposed to deliver a package to a few nights ago and the mafia put a bounty on her, which is why she went into hiding at the church. She also ran into the cult at the delivery location, but she managed to escape, thanks to the advice of her guide spirits. And according to her guide spirits, she’s managed to clear her name and the mafia has removed the her bounty. There’s something else, but Roxie’s spirits don’t want us to say anything about that while Relina is listening.

Roxie, apparently Candy is a veteran at fighting the cult. It’s apparently too long of a story to tell right now, but a few years ago at college, she and a close friend were constantly being attacked by the cult. Both of them, along with some help from 4 of the King’s strongest royal mages, and her friend’s half sister, managed to put a stop to the cult. There’s something else, something about Candy obtaining something from a circus that was secretly run by the cult. But Candy’s spirits definitely don’t want us to say anything about that while Relina is listening.

Ok, now that we’ve more or less gotten each other caught up, let’s talk strategy. What’s the plan for this sting operation?
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>To be fair, neither of you told Relina to keep that a secret.
Candy: "I- yeah I guess that's on me."

Roxie: "At least this could make communicating with each other a lot easier for the mission."

>candy, I guess fill Roxie in on that you've got magic earrings.
Candy: "And my guide spirits aren't my only enchantment. I can throw fireballs around now."

Roxie: "Dang, all I've got is a light 'ax'. Thanks to some tips from Relina and winging it a bit, I'm able to use it as a polearm or spear instead."

Relina: "Please don't burn the church down."

>Candy, it seems that Roxie was wrongly accused of killing the person she was supposed to deliver a package to a few nights ago and the mafia put a bounty on her, which is why she went into hiding at the church. She also ran into the cult at the delivery location, but she managed to escape, thanks to the advice of her guide spirits. And according to her guide spirits, she’s managed to clear her name and the mafia has removed the her bounty.
[i]Roxie: "I'd to mention how most of this is your sister's fault, but I'll explain that when we've got more time and privacy."


Relina: "Oh! The mafia isn't after you anymore? And Candy, you have a sister?"

Roxie: "Relina, I could have sworn I told you this already."

Candy: "Unfortunately, yeah. I've got an older sister. Glad you managed to get that whole mafia thing sorted out though Roxie.

>Roxie, apparently Candy is a veteran at fighting the cult. It’s apparently too long of a story to tell right now, but a few years ago at college, she and a close friend were constantly being attacked by the cult. Both of them, along with some help from 4 of the King’s strongest royal mages, and her friend’s half sister, managed to put a stop to the cult.
Candy: "Well, I guess that's out of the bag now."

Relina: "Oh my!"

Roxie: "So that's probably why the cops are having her help them with all this?"

Candy: "You know I can hear you thinking? Anyway, I guess you could say that."

>There’s something else, something about Candy obtaining something from a circus that was secretly run by the cult. But Candy’s spirits definitely don’t want us to say anything about that while Relina is listening.

Relina: "Candy, that wouldn't happen to have anything to do with holy water hurting you, would it?"[i]

[i]Candy: "All I will say is I honestly have no idea."

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>now that we’ve more or less gotten each other caught up, let’s talk strategy. What’s the plan for this sting operation?
I hear Officer Nibbles start squeaking loud enough that we can hear her.

Officer Nibbles: "Hey! Is something spreading in the air that's making you all go silent or what?!"

Relina: "Sorry officer. I've been using my enchantment to let the three of us to communicate telepathically. They've been mostly just catching up with each other."

Officer Nibbles: "I'm sorry to cut your re-union short but we really need to start going over our plan of attack!"

Candy: "Don't worry, we're ready to listen."

Officer Freeze: "Our plan is pretty simple on paper, but, it's only going to work with a the right execution and a little luck. Candy, as you already know. You're going to be our bait."

Candy: "Right, but how am I supposed to meet up with or find the cult?"

Officer Freeze: "There's a popular sports bar our suspect tends to visit a lot. With a big hockey game going on tonight, he'll more than likely be in there making bets on which team makes the finals. A little after the excitement from the game dies down, you'll head in and talk to him. Strike up a conversation and try to hint you've got something he's interested in for sale. From there, he should lead you into the sewers."

Roxie: "Alright, and where do we come in?"

Officer Freeze: "While Candy's talking with our suspect, you two will be entering the sewers from a nearby spot and stay close by. That way if he tries pulling anything, both of you can run in and hopefully intercept him. Once Candy assumedly gets evidence that he is with the cult, and or buying and selling enchantments. Officer Nibbles will hop out and use her enchantments to restrain and arrest the suspect. From there, we just have to quickly haul him out of the sewers and bring them in for questioning."

Officer Nibbles: "Any comments or questions you three? Or are we ready to roll!"
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