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929670 No. 929670 ID: 15a025

Previous Threads & Wiki:
https://tgchan.org/wiki/The_Herd

Discussion Thread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/115339.html
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No. 929671 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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No. 930060 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930062 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930063 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930064 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930065 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930384 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930451 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 930658 ID: 15a025
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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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No. 931248 ID: cbf32b

Yep! Roll we go!
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No. 931270 ID: 15a025
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> Yep! Roll we go!
Candy: "Nope, I'm ready to roll!"

Officer Nibbles: "Alright let's head out then!"
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No. 931271 ID: 15a025
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As I walk into the bar, something seems odd. For being the night of a big game or something, it's pretty dead in here.

Roxie: I just asked Officer Freeze, she says she's sure this is the right place.

Candy: Oh hey, how am I supposed to tell who our guy is? You never described what he looked like?

Officer Nibbles: I- okay yeah that's my fault. Wait- yeah. That's him sitting up at the bar!"

Okay? I walk over to the bar and take a seat next to him.

Collie guy: "Hey there piano neck, what's a classy thing like you blowing in here for?"

Shoot, I didn't really think about making a cover story to go with my disguise. Or a name I guess? How should I start?
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No. 931323 ID: cbf32b

"Please, I'm a saleswoman. I don't need anything to ditch to look proper. The name's Lemon Meringue."
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No. 931339 ID: a9af05

>>931271
Remember the attitude you used when you were still doing drugs and stuff? I think it's time for you to use that same tough girl attitude, in order for you to be taken seriously.
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>Remember the attitude you used when you were still doing drugs and stuff? I think it's time for you to use that same tough girl attitude, in order for you to be taken seriously.
Hey, are you trying to say I've gotten soft since my college days?

Relina: "Candy! Shame on you! Drugs are-"

Candy: "None of your business Relina!

It's bad enough my memories have to haunt me from time to time, the last thing I need now is someone breathing down neck over something from almost five years ago.

Relina: "I'm sorry..."

I need to get moving on before-...yeah I need to move on here.
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>"Please, I'm a saleswoman. I don't need anything to ditch to look proper. The name's Lemon Meringue."
Collie: "Hello? You awake or is a bar table some kind of comfortable spot for you to sleep on?"

Candy: "Yeah I'm awake. Just lost a little in thought. You were saying?"

Collie Guy: "I was asking what's a fancy thing like you hanging around here for?"

Candy: "I'm a saleswoman. Just because this place is a dump doesn't mean I need to ditch a proper outfit. Can't score a big sale when I look like I live in an alley, can I?"

Collie Guy: "Well, keep this in mind. Looks can kill, if you catch my drift. I get the feeling you're probably not from around here. What's your name?"

Candy: "Lemon, Lemon Meringue."

He starts laughing it up.

Collie Guy: "Alright Lemon. You can call Berry. Berry Pie. Care for a drink?"

Lemon: "Sorry, I don't drink on the job."

He just scoffs at me.

Berry: "Buzzkill."

Lemon: "You sure about that mutt?"
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No. 931518 ID: 15a025
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931518

He gets up from his seat.
Berry: "Yeah, you got a problem with that?"

Lemon: "Oh sit down. Come on! Sit!"

Berry: "I'd like to see you make me."

Lemon: "Would you do it for a treat? Or maybe for some shiny new toys?"

I point at my earring to try and make my hint more obvious.
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No. 931519 ID: 15a025
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931519

Berry: "Perhaps you're not as sour as your name after all. Okay, I'm ears again."

Roxie: He might not able to sit, but it sounds like he can sure jump to conclusions."

Lemon: "Actually, how about we talk about this in a more privet setting?"

Berry: "We can, but I don't like to waste time on the small crap. First, what can these toys you got do?"

Lemon: "Well, I don't have a whole lot. Let's see... you like to play doctor?"

Berry: "Ha, who doesn't?"

Lemon: "I've also got some vintage stuff. How's an alien that shoots fireballs sound?"

Roxie: "Hang on, are you using your earring as bait for this?"

Candy: "No. It's just one of the first things I could think of."

Berry: "Now we're talking!"

He slips me a card.

Berry: " Follow those directions and meet up with me there."

Lemon: [small]"You want me to crawl into the sewer?"[/i]

Berry: "Hey, you got problem with it, good luck finding someone else to buy your junk."

Lemon: "Alright, I'll meet you down there then."
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No. 931520 ID: 15a025
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931520

I leave the bar and find the manhole I'm supposed to go in through. I'm able to pop it off easily and climb down.

Candy: "Ugh, I don't know why I'm surprised it stinks down here."

Roxie: "Thanks for the heads up. We're just about climb down ourselves."

I start to make my way over, but another cultist down here spots me.

Cultist: "Hey, what are you doing down here! State your business!"
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No. 931523 ID: a9af05

>>931516
>Hey, are you trying to say I've gotten soft since my college days?
I don't know. Are you saying that you've gotten fat or something?

>Candy, shame on you!
Calm down, Relina. It's all in the past and she's not doing any of that anymore.

>>931520
>"Hey, what are you doing down here! State your business!"
Tell him that you were given directions to come down here to make a sale to a Collie guy, since he was interested in your wares.
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No. 931526 ID: 91ee5f

>>931516
>Hey, are you trying to say I've gotten soft since my college days?
I mean, you have gotten a lot nicer compared to how you were back then.

>>931519
>"Hang on, are you using your earring as bait for this?"
No, she’s implying that she’s selling enchantment stones that are disguised as jewelry.

>>931520
Alright, what you should do is remain calm and show no fear. Act like you belong.

Tell him, “Relax. I met a Collie guy in a bar and he gave me this card with directions to come down here, so I can sell him some of my wares.”

>>931523
>Are you saying that you've gotten fat or something?
What the hell?! You idiot, don’t you know that it’s rude to say something like that to a lady?!

She was talking about her attitude when she asked that!
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No. 931679 ID: 15a025
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931679

>I don't know. Are you saying that you've gotten fat or something?
>She was talking about her attitude when she asked that!
Whoa hey, easy there. I know you spirits like to joke around at least I hope you are?

>you have gotten a lot nicer compared to how you were back then.
Good to hear I am making some progress- I mean... What? Are you trying to say I used to be rude?

>Tell him that you were given directions to come down here to make a sale to a Collie guy, since he was interested in your wares.
>Tell him, “Relax. I met a Collie guy in a bar and he gave me this card with directions to come down here, so I can sell him some of my wares."
Lemon: "Cool it before you boil over, fuzz butt. I'm here to meet with a collie guy interested in my-"

Cultist: "Eugh. I had to ask. Alright, just go and get out of my sight."

Lemon: "Okay?"

Roxie: "I wonder what his problem is?"

Relina: "Perhaps Berry isn't well liked? Whatever all that was about, I'd approach with caution. Well, even more caution."
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No. 931680 ID: 15a025
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931680

I follow the directions on the card to our meeting spot, relaying them to Roxie and Relina so they can stay close by. When I get there, something's odd? Shouldn't he be dressed up like a cultist or something?

Roxie: "I could be over thinking it, but he might have some kind of plan here. Or maybe it's like the mafia and he's doing this as a sign of trust?"

Candy: "I doubt it's the latter of the two. I'm just some snob or punk he just met. Guess there's only one way I'm finding out."

I make my way over to him, when I notice there's quite the funky graffiti painted on the wall?
Lemon: "What's with spooky painting here?"

Berry: "Just some freaky art people like spraying around."

Roxie: "Cultist coming our way Candy!"

Candy: "Hide or deal with him then. Both of you have light magic for that right?"

Relina: "It's either that or holding our breath under sewer water."

Roxie: "Screw that. Hurry up with the arrest in case we start bringing in unwanted attention. We're going to knock him out."

Berry: "So, you've got healing enchantments and some actual fire power on you too?"

Lemon: "Yeah, can be all yours too for the right price."

Berry: "Actually, I had something else in mind."

Candy: "Shoot, it's sounding like he's got other plans than buying stuff!"

Roxie: "Relina's handling it then, I'm coming!"

Lemon: "And what would that be?"

Berry: "Tonight there's a little underground meeting going here. With a tournament. Cash prize of ten grand. I'm feeling kind of lucky, what with winning all my bets at the bar tonight. All I need is someone to enter with. And you've got a pretty helpful sounding setup going on."

Lemon: "Sorry, I don't fight with this stuff, I just sell. If it's as useful as you say, buy it from me and your partner would be all set if you find one."

Berry: "See, if you were selling a partner along with them...maybe. But without a partner the enchantments are almost useless to me right now."

Lemon: "Okay, but a partner that can't enter because you don't have any enchantments is just as useless to you then. Look, you can always find a person easily. How easily are you going to find someone selling enchantments like this though?"

Berry: "..."

Lemon: "Exactly."

Berry: "I'll humor it for now, how much do you want for them both?"

Lemon: "How about... two thousand?"

Berry: "That's a lot to put down on the chance I'll find someone."

Relina: "I think that cultist might have been with some others Candy. I'm hearing voices coming from that path. It sounds like they're looking for him."

Lemon: "Look, I don't have all night to spend in a sewer here. I'll go down to fifteen hundred if you want."

Berry: "One thousand, or if you join the tournament with me I'll do fifteen hundred. Plus you get four grand of the prize money if we win."

Lemon: "What, only forty percent?"

Berry: "Well, you did say fighting isn't your thing. I'd have you focus on healing. What do you say?"
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No. 931700 ID: a9af05

>>931679
>Woah hey, easy there. I know you spirits like to joke around at least I hope you are?
It was just a little joke. Sorry about implying that you were fat.

>>931680
Don't forget that Officer Nibbles is in your pocket with enchantments to restrain this guy once there's enough evidence of him trying to buy enchantment stones from you. Once she thinks there's enough evidence, she'll come out and restrain him!
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No. 931707 ID: 91ee5f

>>931679
>Good to hear I am making some progress- I mean... What? Are you trying to say I used to be rude?
No. It’s more like you got a little cranky when you didn’t have a smoke with you. And now that you’re not doing that, you’re more level headed and thinking clearly.

>>931680
Just focus on making a sale. Officer Nibbles will jump out and restrain him once the sale goes through.

Hold your ground on not entering that tournament.

>>931700
>Sorry about implying that you were fat.
Damn right you better apologize.

Please do not be mean to other suggestors and/or call them names - from buckwheat
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No. 931996 ID: 15a025
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931996

>Just focus on making a sale. Officer Nibbles will jump out and restrain him once the sale goes through.
>Don't forget that Officer Nibbles is in your pocket with enchantments to restrain this guy once there's enough evidence of him trying to buy enchantment stones from you.

Lemon: "Fine, you can have them for a thousand. I'm not interested in joining some 'fight to death' or whatever this tournament is."

Berry: "It isn't to a battle to the death, if it was there'd be a lot more than ten grand on the line."

Lemon: "Whatever, not interested. You going to pay for crap now or what?"

Berry: "Yeah, we exchanging real quick at the same time?"

Lemon: "Sure."

Welp guess it's now or never? I reach into my pocket and feel officer nibbles give me something. After that I feel her run up my sleeve. I pull out my hoof and see it was two small stones.

Lemon: "Alright-"
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No. 931997 ID: 15a025
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931997

Officer Nibbles bolts out of my sleeve while I'm handing them over to Berry.

Officer Nibbles: "Time to seal this deal!"
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No. 931998 ID: 15a025
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931998

Berry: "Oh what the hell?!"

A pair of handcuffs materialize on him.
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No. 931999 ID: 15a025
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931999

I can hear Officer Nibbles squeaking at him, but I can't really make it out.
Lemon: "Speak up, we can barely hear you."

Officer Nibbles: "I said! You're under arrest for illegally purchasing enchantments! You have the right to remain silent! Anything you say can and will be used against you in court!"

Berry: "Oh yeah?"

I can hear him getting ready to yell out.
Lemon: "Give us away and you'll be tried for resisting arrest as well."

Officer Nibbles: "In your case, that can be quite the hefty extra fine! Or worse!"

Berry: "Or I could just-"

Officer Nibbles: "Do I need to restrain your legs too or something!?"

Lemon: "I could always just throw a-"

Officer Nibbles: "No fireballs!"

Berry: "Wait, you actually do have- okay yeah never mind. I'll just shut it and come along quietly."

Officer Nibbles: "Alright, C-Lemon. It's seems like there's more to do down here than I thought. Someone's gotta look into this tournament. Can you relay that that others? I'm going to need one of you to come back to the station with me and 'Berry' here to help with questioning!

Just so Berry doesn't get any ideas, I pretend I've got some tiny microphone and speak into it.
Relina: "Cute!"

Lemon: "The suspect has been restrained. Any volunteers to head back to the station to help with questioning? Others will stay to further investigate this 'tournament' going on."

Roxie: "That's up to you or the head cheese Candy. I wouldn't mind looking into this more personally though."

Relina: "I've taken out about three cultists here, I haven't seen any more coming, but I can feel something close by. I can take care of it, but I feel like some of them are catching that on someone's down here."
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No. 932006 ID: 891b91

Wow, tough decision. Roxie and Relina make a great team and have the light magic, which is pretty indispensable considering we're in cult territory, but it'd be nice to have someone around to represent the the police department's side of this effort, too. And then there's the whole three-way telepathy thing we have going on, which would undoubtedly be very helpful with investigating the tournament.

Ideally, I'd like to see Candy, Roxie, and Relina all continue in the sewers while Officer Nibbles hauls the suspect in; but I'm not sure if Nibbles can do that, considering her stature, unless her enchantments help with more than just handcuffing someone. Barring that, my vote is for Candy and Nibbles to take the guy in and interrogate him while Roxie and Relina continue on.
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No. 932008 ID: b1b4f3

>>931999
If they're catching on they'll either try a mass attack or start avoiding the place. Both outcomes mean our friends are gonna want to move.
Investigating the tournament sounds interesting but if you actually entered it, you're basically guaranteed to have your "pet" show up, and we don't want that. Can we just go there to watch?
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No. 932018 ID: a9af05

>>931999
Candy, Roxie, Relina, remember not to use your real names down here.

If anyone hears you and they manage to escape, they'll be looking for you guys and it won't be too hard to find you if they know your names.

>Tournament
I say Candy and Nibbles should take this guy in, while Roxie and Relina look into the tournament.

>>932008
Those are also good points.
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No. 932027 ID: 15a025
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932027

>Candy, Roxie, Relina, remember not to use your real names down here.
>If anyone hears you and they manage to escape, they'll be looking for you guys and it won't be too hard to find you if they know your names.
Roxie: "Well if things go how they should, I shouldn't need to address myself out loud at all."

Relina: "I think coming up with undercover names could be a little fun! It wouldn't hurt to be prepared in case we do get spotted."

Roxie: "This isn't supposed to be though! You've got a point though. Wouldn't want to end up with a goofy name like Lemon...

Candy: "Hey! I thought it was cute."

Relina: "I thought it was kind of cute too. I'm sure your spirits can help you whip up some names too Roxie."

Roxie: "Hopefully. I'm horrible at coming up with something like this on the fly..."[small]

>Wow, tough decision. Roxie and Relina make a great team and have the light magic, which is pretty indispensable considering we're in cult territory, but it'd be nice to have someone around to represent the the police department's side of this effort, too. And then there's the whole three-way telepathy thing we have going on, which would undoubtedly be very helpful with investigating the tournament.
>Ideally, I'd like to see Candy, Roxie, and Relina all continue in the sewers while Officer Nibbles hauls the suspect in.
Lemon: "I don't suppose you can handle and trust Berry yourself officer?"

Officer Nibbles: [small]"Do I look like I can carry him?! Why do you ask any way!?"

Lemon: "I feel like it'd be best if as many of us were down here as possible."

Officer Nibbles: "I can see where you're coming from! Can you at least help me get Berry up and into the car?! We'll talk about it from there!"

Candy: "Is that going to break my connection from you and Roxie, Relina?"

Relina: "As long as Roxie stays kind of close to you, and I'm able to stay close to her. We should be fine.

>Investigating the tournament sounds interesting but if you actually entered it, you're basically guaranteed to have your "pet" show up, and we don't want that. Can we just go there to watch?
Lemon: "Also about investigating the tournament. I really don't want to enter this thing. Can we just watch it and try to snoop behind the scenes or something?"
Roxie: "I'll enter it for ten grand. Relina, you can-"

Relina: "Noo. I can't even express enough on how bad that idea is. Our light magic would give us away quick! And that's if somehow our robes aren't a big enough hint already."

Officer Nibbles: "Do it how you all see fit! Just get some useful information, or bring in someone who has some!"

>If they're catching on they'll either try a mass attack or start avoiding the place. Both outcomes mean our friends are gonna want to move.
Relina: "If I'm remembering terms right, I think right now I've effectively have this area down as a choke point? As long as everyone coming in is as weak to light magic as the others that is."

Roxie: "That's a big 'if'. I wouldn't rely on that.

Candy: "I'm heading off with Officer Nibbles, for now at least. Roxie, stay close so we can all stay in touch!"

Roxie: "Alright, I'm keeping my eyes on you."

Switch perspective to Relina or Roxie? Or stick with Candy?"
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No. 932039 ID: 891b91

Roxie!
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No. 932074 ID: 58b4f3

>>932027
I vote everyone's code name be cutie! Because being able to talk to three cute ladies all at the same time just proves that this whole "disembodied spirit" gig is the best thing ever! ^_^

>Switch?
Yes

>To who?
Roxie
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No. 932079 ID: 91ee5f

>>932027
>Codenames
>Wouldn't want to end up with a goofy name like Lemon...
No promises! Roxie’s code name can be Cherry and Relina’s code name can be Lime.

.....what? Were we not doing a fruit flavored theme with the names?

Anyways, Candy, I mean, Lemon and Officer Nibbles can take Berry to the car, where I assume Officer Freeze is waiting to take him to the station for questioning. Once she drives off with Berry, the 4 of you can strategize on how you’re going to look into this tournament.

>>932074
>I vote everyone's code name be cutie!
Now that would just be confusing!
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No. 932084 ID: 2202fb

>>932079
If we change lime to key lime, i can get behind this.
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No. 932237 ID: 15a025
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932237

>Roxie!
>Roxie
Yes, I'm here? Were we cutting out?

Relina: "Try to stay close to Candy? Or maybe I need to get closer to you?"

Roxie: "Getting away from where you are in general might be a good idea."

I join up with Candy and start following her back.

>I vote everyone's code name be cutie! Because being able to talk to three cute ladies all at the same time just proves that this whole "disembodied spirit" gig is the best thing ever!
Relina: "Aw, you have quite the sweet talkers for guide spirits you two."

>Now that would just be confusing!
Roxie: "I'd agree there though."

Relina: "Hey, we could use confusion like that to our advantage."

>Roxie’s code name can be Cherry and Relina’s code name can be Lime.
>If we change lime to key lime, I can get behind this
Relina: "Ooh. 'Pie' get the feeling you spirits like pies."

Roxie: "I'm fine with Cherry."
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No. 932238 ID: 15a025
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932238

When we get by the ladder, Candy has me stop, and we take cover by a wall.
Roxie: "What's up?"

Candy: "There's a cultist watching the ladder we came down."

I peep past the wall and see him.

Roxie: "Rabbit in robes, right?"

Candy: "That's him."

Roxie: "Alright, am I taking him out here or what?"

Relina: "That might be risky. You've only so much range with your polearm Roxie. Can't Candy just slip past him somehow?"

Candy: "Probably not with muttly here rocking his magic handcuffs."
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No. 932241 ID: b1b4f3

Candy isn't tied to the prisoner. She can just walk past. As she passes, she can ask the cultist if Berry's caused problems for them before. The light users can charge up a blast to wipe him out as he's talking to Candy.
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No. 932247 ID: 891b91

Candy's still in disguise, so like >>932241 says, she can simply waltz past the cultist and distract him while leaving Berry with Roxie, who should make it very clear that her polearm will intersect with his throat if he makes so much as a peep.

If the plan fails, then Candy could then lob a fireball at the cultist, giving Roxie an opening to take him out.
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No. 932248 ID: 91ee5f

>>932237
>"Aw, you have quite the sweet talkers for guide spirits you two."
We’re also good with relationship advice. So if any of you ladies need some help with your love lives, you can ask us for help!

Just not right now, since all of us are in the middle of something important here.

>>932241
>Candy isn't tied to the prisoner.
But Officer Nibbles in Candy’s pocket might need to stay a certain distance for those handcuffs to stay on.

>The light users can charge up a blast to wipe him out as he's talking to Candy.
Relina is the long range light mage and she isn’t here.

But Candy distracting him by talking is a good idea. Maybe Candy can lure him over here? Then Roxie can stab him with her light magic.

Now the only problem left is making sure the guy we’ve got handcuffed keeps his mouth shut and doesn’t give away what’s going on.
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No. 932250 ID: 91ee5f

>>932247
>fireball
Are the sewers full of methane, which is flammable? I don’t think everyone exploding in the sewers would be great.

Although, I could be wrong and that would actually be a good idea.
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No. 932283 ID: 891b91

>>932250
That's a good point, I hadn't thought about sewer gas. Luring him over like the best way to go, on second thought. Roxie can jump out and polearm him into dust once he gets close.
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No. 932288 ID: a9af05

>>932237
Ugh, all these food related codenames are making me hungry. Which sucks because I can't eat anything to fix that.

>>932238
Candy, try to lure that guy closer. That'll give Roxie a chance to stab him.
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No. 932433 ID: 15a025
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932433

>Candy isn't tied to the prisoner. She can just walk past. As she passes, she can ask the cultist if Berry's caused problems for them before.
>she can simply waltz past the cultist and distract him while leaving Berry with Roxie, who should make it very clear that her polearm will intersect with his throat if he makes so much as a peep.
>Luring him over like the best way to go, on second thought. Roxie can jump out and polearm him into dust once he gets close.
>Candy, try to lure that guy closer. That'll give Roxie a chance to stab him.
Candy: "Got it!"

I stand back at watch her as she approaches the cultist.

Cultist: "Who- oh it's you again. You finish your business down here or what?"

Lemon: "Mostly. Has that guy caused problems down here before?"

Cultist: "Yeah, and you're part of it! Outsiders aren't supposed to know about this place! No idea how that guy can't turn a profit with the cut we take from his profits."

Lemon: "What? Scared someone's going to enter that tournament and mop the floor with everyone here?"

Cultist: "I hope for your sake now you can put your money where your mouth is."

Lemon: "Why's that?"

[color=purple]Cultist: "Because your mouth just ran and bought yourself an entry ticket!"
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No. 932434 ID: 15a025
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932434

Roxie: "Here, you forgot your hole punch!"

I jump out and skewer him with my polearm. Almost instantly he's gone, leaving just his robe and some ash or something on the ground.

Candy: "You didn't even punch him."

Roxie: "I sure left a hole though. It's close enough."

Candy: "Eugh. Work on your one liners more please."

Relina: "Never mind that! I forgot to bring jars to collect that stuff with."

Roxie: "What, his robe's not worth anything?"

Relina: "Not really. Unless he was someone special that had an enchanted robe. From the sounds of it though, you probably wouldn't have easily stabbed him like that if it was."
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No. 932435 ID: 15a025
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932435

Roxie: "Alright Berry, coast is clear. Get over here before your next!"

He comes out silently.

Lemon: "Alright, let's start climbing out of here then. You first Berry."

He just lets out a little whine and follows his orders.
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No. 932436 ID: 15a025
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932436

I stick by the ladder and Relina eventually makes her way over to me while Candy talks about sticking here with Officer Nibbles. After a little bit, Candy comes back down into the sewer.
Roxie: "So what's the plan here then?"

I hear something squeaking in Candy's pocket.

Candy: "Officer Nibbles is going to stick with us and leave the interrogation to Officer Freeze."

Roxie: "And our investigation?"

Candy: "Officer Nibbles, what's our plan to investigate now?"

Nibbles: "We've got a few options! We could make a general patrol through the sewers, hitting up some key areas the cult might be around and see what's going on!

Roxie: "What counts as a 'key area'?"

Nibbles: "Anywhere with a manhole or ladder that leads somewhere by a big store on main street, maintenance areas, and gated off sections of the sewer!"

Candy: "Berry also gave us directions to where tournament is at. Along with some other 'hang out spots'. We have about three hours before the tournament starts, so we have a little time to investigate what else is going on down here."
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No. 932446 ID: 891b91

With 3 hours, we've got time to be thorough. Let's hit up the key areas first, while also visiting the "hang out spots" when they happen to be close by. If possible, we should try to plan our route so that we circle around the tournament, so that we can keep our travel time as low as possible without going too deep into cult territory until we're ready.

We'll most likely run into cultists multiple times along the way, so we should have a plan ready for when that happens.

Candy:
>Act as decoy/distraction
>Use fire enchantment above ground
>Use fire enchantment in sewers if we can confirm it's safe (maybe Officer Nibbles would know?)

Roxie and Relina:
>Move in for the kill when targets are distracted

Officer Nibbles:
>Use handcuff enchantment to provide crowd control (if possible)
>Use other enchantments/weapons to provide support (if she has any)
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No. 932455 ID: 91ee5f

>>932446
Sounds like a good idea. Are we all sticking together or are we splitting up?

I recommend sticking together.
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No. 932457 ID: 91ee5f

>>932434
>no jars.
I’m surprised Candy isn’t asking about that.

Might as well explain it. Candy, what Relina is talking about is that the Church gets paid whenever they send in proof of killing a chimera and/or cultists. That’s why she’s disappointed for not bringing any jars.
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No. 932531 ID: a9af05

>>932436
Stick together as you search around.

If you guys need to split up, then it should be in teams of 2, with 1 light magic user on each team.

No matter what, never split up into 4 teams of 1! That would end very poorly for all of you! Especially, poor tiny Officer Nibbles!
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No. 932763 ID: 15a025
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932763

>Let's hit up the key areas first, while also visiting the "hang out spots" when they happen to be close by. If possible, we should try to plan our route so that we circle around the tournament, so that we can keep our travel time as low as possible without going too deep into cult territory until we're ready.

Candy starts re-laying the plan to Officer Nibbles, vocally.

Nibbles:"I might be able to plan out a route for us! I'm going to need a moment to think about it though!"

>We'll most likely run into cultists multiple times along the way, so we should have a plan ready for when that happens.
>Candy:
>Act as decoy/distraction
>Use fire enchantment above ground
>Use fire enchantment in sewers if we can confirm it's safe (maybe Officer Nibbles would know?)
Candy: "Here's something else to think about. how safe is it for me to use fireballs down here?"

Nibbles: "Don't! We have no idea what kind of waste or garbage is down here for starters! I also don't know if there's any kinds of gas down here either!"

Candy: "Guess I'm pretty much defenseless then. I don't even have my pocket knife on me."

>Officer Nibbles:
>Use handcuff enchantment to provide crowd control (if possible)
>Use other enchantments/weapons to provide support (if she has any)

Candy: "Other than your handcuffs, what enchantments or weapons do you have?"

Nibbles: "I've got pepper spray!"

Roxie: "Isn't it a tiny bottle though? I'm not sure how well a tiny thing of pepper spray is going to help. Or how you'd reach their eyes to spray it."

Candy: "I could give her lift easily."

Nibbles: "And are you saying a little pepper spray in the eye isn't going to hurt?! You wanna find out yourself?!"

Roxie: "I'll pass on that offer."
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No. 932764 ID: 15a025
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932764

>Roxie and Relina:
>Move in for the kill when targets are distracted.

Easy enough for me I guess.
Relina: "And I've got my light orbs to get anything from afar."

>Stick together as you search around.
>If you guys need to split up, then it should be in teams of 2, with 1 light magic user on each team.
>No matter what, never split up into 4 teams of 1! That would end very poorly for all of you! Especially, poor tiny Officer Nibbles!
Candy: "If we're going to stick together, you two are going to need to lose the church robes or follow me from afar."

Relina: "We can't abandon these robes! They're special, and even resist curse magic a little bit."

Candy: "They're also going to attract it if you get seen. It's going to blow my cover."

Relina: "Can we follow from afar or something then? At least for now. If we hear anyone coming, Roxie and I could just hide by a wall."

Roxie: "I'm going to agree with Relina. We're in trouble if we get spotted anyway. As much as I'm not a fan of this robe, I'm not going to leave behind good protection without a reason."

Candy: "Alright-"

Nibbles: "Alright! I think I've got a route we can follow! The first place we should make our way over to is a waste control...thingy."[small]

Roxie: "Wow, very technical name there officer."

Nibbles: [small]"Sewage maintenance isn't my job! I just know it's important and we should make sure the cult isn't trying to mess with it!"

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No. 932765 ID: 15a025
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932765

Candy leads the way, getting directions from Nibbles silently someh-

Candy: "I already told you we worked out a system. My hooves are in my pockets. If we need to go left, she taps the left one, and the right hoof if we need to- stop!"

Relina: "That doesn't make sense. That should mean turn right."

Roxie: "Stop!"

Candy: "Someone's around the corner!"

Relina: "Oh. Why didn't just tell us that instead?"

Roxie: "What are they doing?"

Candy: "I'm not sure. It looks like they're just sitting on the ground?"

Relina: "Cultist?"

[i]Candy: "I'm not sure, they don't have the robe or look all shadowy."
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No. 932768 ID: 891b91

>>932765
Candy, approach them cautiously and quietly. Relina, be ready to orb 'em if need be. Roxie, make sure that's just a harmless bag of trash floating in the water nearby.
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No. 932932 ID: 15a025
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932932

>Roxie, make sure that's just a harmless bag of trash floating in the water nearby.
Yup. looks like trash to me. How nice of the cult or whatever to further pollute the waste water down here.
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No. 932933 ID: 15a025
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932933

>Candy, approach them cautiously and quietly. Relina, be ready to orb 'em if need be.
Focus has changed to Candy.

I walk up and approach the tiger looking guy. I try to be quiet, but he spots me as soon as I walk out. He calls out to me, sounding more relaxed than I'd expect.

???: "Hey, 'sup. What brings you all the way down here?"
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No. 932939 ID: b1b4f3

Sounds like a vagrant.
Tell him you're just wandering around after doing some business. Ask him what he's doing, isn't he worried about the cultists?
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No. 932941 ID: 891b91

>>932939
Seconding this, except maybe say you're looking for the tournament, if it seems like he won't buy the "wandering around" excuse.

Also, see if you can figure out what that doohickey on the wall is, below the "smog" graffiti.
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No. 932960 ID: 15a025
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932960

>Tell him you're just wandering around after doing some business. Ask him what he's doing, isn't he worried about the cultists?
Lemon: "I'm just walking around after doing some business. What are you doing down here? Aren't you afraid of the cult or something?"

???: "Nah business lady, I got connections too. I'm chill with a few cult members. I'm just down here trying to see if I can't channel anything out. With that tournament going on later, I'm sure all kinds of wicked things will be floating around tonight."

Lemon: "Channel?"

???: "Yeah, like. Not summon a chimera, but its spirit or something."

Lemon: "And why would you want to do that?"

???: "It's a thrill thing mostly. Sometimes I get lucky and find a relaxed one that just wants a drink or some smokes or something. Other times I get to go claw to claw with something and score a cursed stone. Cult pays a good chuck of ching for those."

>see if you can figure out what that doohickey on the wall is, below the "smog" graffiti.
Lemon: "Does that have anything to do with that thing in that pipe there?"

???: "Yeah, that's my special candle. It'll light up with a purple flame if there's something interesting in the air, ya know?"

Lemon: "Ah, I see."

Relina: "I'm getting a bad feeling about this guy Candy."

Candy: "Well, yeah. Dude's summoning spirits or something and making cursed enchantment stones for the cult. It doesn't seem like he's going to cause any trouble for me though."

Roxie: "Yeah, for you. What about us though?"

>say you're looking for the tournament
Lemon: "Speaking of the tournament, would you happen to have directions to that for me?"

???: "Sorry business lady, I'm not allowed to know where it's at. Just know there's one here tonight. It kind of sounds like you might be in that same boat too."
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No. 932963 ID: b1b4f3

>>932960
Someone tangentally connected with the cult doesn't seem like someone who should be executed on sight.
I'm not sure how to deal with him to ensure passage, except maybe with intimidation.
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No. 933015 ID: 891b91

>>932963
Yeah, we can't execute him on sight, but we can arrest him. Making (or otherwise acquiring) cursed enchantment stones has to be crazy illegal, so have Officer Nibbles throw a pair of handcuffs on him. Then maybe we can backtrack to bring him up to Officer Freeze, if it isn't too far.
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No. 933016 ID: a9af05

>>933015
We can't. Officer Freeze was in a car and she already drove away with Berry, to take him back to the police station to interrogate him.
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No. 933019 ID: 891b91

>>933016
Oh, right. Well, we can still cuff him, maybe even cuff him to something (the pipe perhaps?) so he can't run off and tattle on us.
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No. 933076 ID: 15a025
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933076

>Someone tangentally connected with the cult doesn't seem like someone who should be executed on sight.
>I'm not sure how to deal with him to ensure passage, except maybe with intimidation.
Roxie: "Well that could be right up my alley. Being a uh... debt collector of sorts, intimidation comes part of the job."

Relina: "Oh, that might explain how you know about the mafia Roxie. They must always take out loans trying to pull something and-"

Roxie: "Wow...you're really determined to get my life story here aren't you?"

Relina: "Of course I'd love to know more about you. You're my friend and kind of student. "

Roxie: "Well, I can say you're close but no cigar there Relina."

I guess Roxie's trying to- trying to play mysterious with Relina.

Roxie: "Sure, let's go with that."

> we can't execute him on sight, but we can arrest him. Making (or otherwise acquiring) cursed enchantment stones has to be crazy illegal, so have Officer Nibbles throw a pair of handcuffs on him.
Lemon: "Well, I guess that's about it then."

Wait. I didn't work a way to signal to Officer Nibbles she needs to ready the enchantment. I'll have to stick my hoof in my pocket and try to nudge her into it. Hopefully she catch what's going on.

???: "Don't feel like sticking around to chill before the tournament or something?"

Lemon: "Nah, I'm probably going to be in trouble if I don't find where the tournament place is and get there soon."

???: "Well, best of luck on that business lady. Hope you're on the list after all, else I have a feeling we won't be meeting anytime soon."

Lemon: "Oh I wouldn't worry about that uh..."

???: "Oh, you can call Pierce."

Lemon: "Yeah, don't worry about me much Pierce. Because you're under arrest!"

I pull out Officer Nibbles and she casts the handcuff spell on him.
Pierce: "Ah man, what? On what charges?"

Officer Nibbles: "Summoning chimeras, making and selling cursed enchantments, and for endangering city workers by lighting flames in the sewers!"

Pierce: "I'd like to object that first and last charge. I am not summoning any chimeras into these sewers. Second, my candle's flame isn't actual fire. It's like-"
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No. 933077 ID: 15a025
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933077

Pierce: "Well it's like that actually. Something must be floating around in the air already.
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No. 933085 ID: b1b4f3

>>933077
Alright light magic users get your weapons out.
Candy don't use fire. Uh, you don't really have anything else do you? Try to stay out of the way I guess.
Tell Pierce if he wants the police to be lenient(and avoid additional charges possibly) he should help.
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No. 933255 ID: 891b91

>>933085
Seconding all of this. Candy's priority should be keeping an eye on Pierce and keeping herself and Officer Nibbles safe, while Relina and Roxie wait ready to fight whatever might come out of that pipe. Maybe Pierce can give us some idea of what's coming through -- maybe the flame acts differently based on the strength of the spirit or something.
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No. 933426 ID: 15a025
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933426

>Alright light magic users get your weapons out.
>Candy's priority should be keeping an eye on Pierce and keeping herself and Officer Nibbles safe, while Relina and Roxie wait ready to fight whatever might come out of that pipe.
Roxie: "Polearm's out and on standby."

Relina: "Keeping a small magic charge ready for now. I don't know how well the cult can detect light magic, so I'm playing it safe till need be."
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No. 933427 ID: 15a025
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933427

>Tell Pierce if he wants the police to be lenient(and avoid additional charges possibly) he should help.
>Maybe Pierce can give us some idea of what's coming through -- maybe the flame acts differently based on the strength of the spirit or something
Lemon: "Alright Pierce, start talking. Cooperate and perhaps the officer here might be lenient with you."

Pierce: "W..what do you want to know?"

Lemon: "How's this candle thing work? Does the flame act differently based on something with the spirit? How long till we have to worry about getting attacked."

Pierce: "Oh, you can relax about that last thing. We only have to worry about getting attacked if I bring the spirit out of it's... uh, home? I don't know how to explain it really. Candle helps me do that too though."

Relina: "Ea-"

Roxie: "No, don't ease up. For all we know he's buying time to summon whatever this thing is."

Lemon: "What about the flame though, what's it mean?"

Pierce: "It just lights up if there's a spirit floating around or whenever someone uses a lot of cursed magic somewhere. The stronger or higher the presence, the bigger the flame. With the tournament going on later, it could light up pretty well from all the magic floating around."

Relina: "I really hope he's exaggerating about that. I don't know how much it'd take to light up that candle, but a strong presence of magic like that is going to set us back considerably."

Roxie: "Why's that?"

Relina: "Remember how I said when someone uses an enchantment or magic it disperses into the air?"

Roxie: "Yeah?"

Relina: "A ton of that magic in the air is going to weaken ours, while also powering up theirs."

Lemon: "So how strong is the thing around us right now?"

Pierce: "About enough to light the candle. I guess it could also be someone blasting off some practice shots the tournament too? Did you want me to try and bring out whatever it is or...?"
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No. 933429 ID: b1b4f3

>>933427
Bring out? Is there any advantage to killing a chimera spirit here? It's not like we want a cursed enchantment stone.
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No. 933437 ID: 891b91

Yeah, I'm not seeing the benefit to bringing it out either, unless there's some way we could turn it against the cultists. Is that even possible? If we could get a chimera to fight for us, it would help counteract the dampening effect Relina mentioned. Then again, it might also be a terrible idea.
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No. 933438 ID: 91ee5f

>>933437
>it would help counteract the dampening effect Relina mentioned.
Not really?

It would still dampen the effects of light magic, but I guess any curse magic or chimeras we get on our team would get a power boost.

Anyways, that’s still not a good idea. Let’s put a stop to this.
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No. 933447 ID: 15a025
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933447

>Is there any advantage to killing a chimera spirit here? It's not like we want a cursed enchantment stone.
>Yeah, I'm not seeing the benefit to bringing it out either, unless there's some way we could turn it against the cultists. Is that even possible?
Candy: "It's possible to form a bound with a chimera, but-"

Relina: "You shouldn't. Ever. No matter how air tight you think your 'pact' with one is, it'll find a way around it to consume your soul. That's all they're interested in."

>Let’s put a stop to this.
Lemon: "No. Just stop doing whatever it is going on here."

Pierce: "I'm not doing anything."

Officer Nibbles: "Oh yes you are! Tell that spirit to go away or something!"

Pierce: "I mean, ugh, that's not what I meant. Here, whatever."

He tosses the candle into the sewer water. It floats to the surface afterwards, still lit.

Pierce: "So much for out of sight, out of mind.

Officer Nibbles: "Lemon, what are we even going to do with this joker! I'm starting to think he's trying to waste our time and obstruct justice! Plus I'm pretty sure he just tried to dispose of the evidence!"

Pierce: "What?! No. I was-"

Lemon: "Are you able to cuff him to something or call someone over to haul him in?"

Officer Nibbles: "Those beams are too thick, and the pipes are too high."
Relina: "There's that ladder back by the entrance."

I relay that Officer Nibbles.
Officer Nibbles: "That'd work, but once I'm out of range to keep those cuffs on he could run!"

Lemon: "Can you call Officer Freeze to come back and get him?"

Officer Nibbles: "Yeah, but then I'd need to stay there with him to keep the spell going."

Roxie: "Which means we'd have to waste more time, unless we split up a little."

Relina: "Or uh...take him with? I'm not sure I'm even a fan of that idea though."

Roxie: "I'm fine with anything as long as we can keep moving. Candy, what's the word here?"
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No. 933448 ID: b1b4f3

>>933447
Take him with us. But he's gotta retrieve the candle first.
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No. 933453 ID: 891b91

>>933448
Seconded on both counts. He might still be able to help out in some way.
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No. 933463 ID: 2202fb

You could knock him out and tie up his arms with his shirt.
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No. 933707 ID: 15a025
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933707

>Take him with us. But he's gotta retrieve the candle first.
>Seconded on both counts. He might still be able to help out in some way.
Lemon: "We can't afford to really waste time or take chances splitting up. He's going have to stick with us for now."

Pierce: "I'd protest, but I guess I don't have much of a choice. Just, don't let the actual cult see me hanging around you. They'd probably kill me or think I ratted them out."

Lemon: "We're trying not to be seen in general. And what do you mean by 'actual cult'?"

Pierce: "Well, not everyone down here is exactly in the cult. They're either just here for the tournament or do business with them. Kinda like me."

Relina: "That could be a helpful tip, but at the same time that might mean our light magic isn't going to do much if they aren't cursed."

Roxie: "Hope your fireball doesn't end up being our only option if something like that happens Candy."

Lemon: "Alright, well let's get moving. Grab your candle out of the waste water and let's get going."

Pierce: "You want me to what?"

Officer Nibbles: "Retrieve the evidence you shamelessly tried to tamper with! "

Pierce: "Ah man..."
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No. 933708 ID: 15a025
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933708

Officer Nibbles has head towards a gated off area of the sewers next. Past it, is where one of the maintenance areas are. By there is a control system for draining and channeling the waste through or out of the sewer.

Pierce: "I am so dead, why did they have to bring the church down here. If we get cau-"

Cherry: "Keeping talking like that and we will."

Key Lime: "Don't worry Pierce, both of us have fought the cult before. We can take them on."

Lemon: "Hey shush! I can hear a group up ahead."

I peek around the corner to see a group messing with a rusty gate.


???: "Ever since she got promoted to our new boss, she's been a real pain."

??? 2: "Pff. I'd watch your back saying anything about her. She's hell bent on finding out what happened at the warehouse."

???: "Seems like all she talks about though is this tournament and locking this place down to me."

??? 2: "You don't know, do you?"

???: "Know what?"

??? 2: "What the tournament's really for? Seriously?"

???: "No, what?"

??? 2: "Pff. Maybe if you weren't some bum that shows up late you'd know more."
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No. 933710 ID: 891b91

>>933708
I'm gonna wager a guess that the leader of the cult believes the church is responsible for what happened at the warehouse (which I guess it is, albeit indirectly and unintentionally), and she suspects that they've got someone trying to hunt down cult members and take it out by attrition (which... I guess the church kinda does, now.) I wonder if the real purpose of the tournament is to lure that person into cult territory for an ambush.

Keep listening, if they continue talking, and try to scope out the group and see how many of them there are. If it's just the two of them, maybe we could take them hostage and try to get some information out of them.
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No. 933711 ID: b1b4f3

>>933710
...you might be right. It's either that, or they're using it to recruit skilled fighters to their cause, who aren't corrupted and thus won't be seriously harmed by light magic, negating much of the advantage the Church has in the war.

I don't know what to do here, aside from toss Candy into the fray and possibly infiltrate the cult in the process. It helps that Candy is most likely partially corrupted due to having a pact with a Chimera, so the cult will see her as a potential ally. Especially if that Chimera shows up due to her fighting in the tournament.
Maybe we can get permission from Officer Nibbles to use the chimera in the tournament, and nowhere else?
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No. 933712 ID: 91ee5f

>>933707
>”Retrieve the evidence you shamelessly tried to tamper with! "
Technically he wasn’t trying to tamper with evidence. He was trying to put out the candle to stop it from doing whatever it was doing.

>>933710
I don’t think we can take anymore prisoners with us. If our group gets any bigger, it’ll become much harder for us to sneak around.

We also don’t know if Officer Nibbles’ handcuff spell has a limit on the number of people that can be handcuffed at a time.

>>933711
>use chimera
.....well, we kept the secret for as long as we could Candy, but it looks like Roxie and Relina know now. It was only a matter of time before it happened, with all of us connected like this.

And to both Roxie and Relina, now is not the time to bug Candy with a bunch of questions about her chimera, so both of you will have to wait until we’re out of this situation before you can ask anything. Got it?

Anyways, using Tybalt to get Candy into the tournament sounds like a good idea. But wouldn’t that require putting her life in danger, since she doesn’t have the flute she uses to summon Tybalt with her? How would we do that?
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No. 933713 ID: a9af05

>>933711
>Enter Candy into the tournament
We were just told that they have a list of people entering. I doubt we'd be able to get Candy in there, since they'd know she's not supposed to be there.

I'd also recommend bringing in as many cops and church members as possible before we attempt taking down everyone in the tournament.

>>933712
>Summoning Tybalt
>Put Candy in danger
It would need to be more than just putting her in a dangerous situation, since Tybalt never showed up the last few times. And Candy would need to be far more injured than getting her leg slashed by a broken glass bottle, since Tybalt didn't show up that time either.

What you guys are suggesting is for us to pretty much ask Candy to allow herself to get shot or stabbed in one of her vital organs, just to summon Tybalt.

I am strongly against doing any of that. So unless we find a different, much safer way to get Tybalt here, I don't think we should even attempt trying to summon him.
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No. 933729 ID: b1b4f3

>>933713
I didn't say to purposefully summon the chimera, I expected the cult to just be able to tell she had one.
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No. 933841 ID: 15a025
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933841

>I'm gonna wager a guess that the leader of the cult believes the church is responsible for what happened at the warehouse (which I guess it is, albeit indirectly and unintentionally), and she suspects that they've got someone trying to hunt down cult members and take it out by attrition (which... I guess the church kinda does, now.) I wonder if the real purpose of the tournament is to lure that person into cult territory for an ambush.
>either that, or they're using it to recruit skilled fighters to their cause, who aren't corrupted and thus won't be seriously harmed by light magic, negating much of the advantage the Church has in the war.
Roxie: "If they were smart, they wouldn't curse themselves to begin with."

Relina: "But then I don't think they could spread curses around, defeating the purpose of whatever it is they're trying to do."

Candy: "I'm going to agree though, this is sounding more and more like a way to recruit new people."

Roxie: "Saves them a lot of time. Instead of wasting it looking for someone, give them a reason to come to you."

>I don't know what to do here, aside from toss Candy into the fray and possibly infiltrate the cult in the process. It helps that Candy is most likely partially corrupted due to having a pact with a Chimera, so the cult will see her as a potential ally. Especially if that Chimera shows up due to her fighting in the tournament.
Candy: "Well shoot. We just arrested and sent away my ticket into that th-"

Relina: "No hold it! What was that about you and a chimera?"

>to both Roxie and Relina, now is not the time to bug Candy with a bunch of questions about her chimera
Relina: "No! Why do you have a chimera?!"

Roxie: "Hang on, wouldn't she be all shadowy like the other cultists if she did?"

Relina: "That's only if she was cursed or-"

Roxie: "And...how long have you had a chimera Candy?"

Candy: A couple years now."

Roxie: "Worry about it later then. Like the spirits said, we've got other things to focus on."

Relina: "But-"

Roxie: "But! Candy hasn't done anything yet to hurt us. There's two people jabbing away up ahead though, that probably will. Let's focus on that!"

Everyone goes silent for a little bit.

>We were just told that they have a list of people entering. I doubt we'd be able to get Candy in there, since they'd know she's not supposed to be there.

Okay, passing on the tournament still then.
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No. 933842 ID: 15a025
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933842

>Keep listening, if they continue talking, and try to scope out the group and see how many of them there are. If it's just the two of them, maybe we could take them hostage and try to get some information out of them.
I take a chance and take a peep up ahead. Seems like there's just two of them.

???: "So what even happened at the warehouse anyway?"

??? 2: "Something else you shouldn't be asking about. Seems like anyone who speaks up about that...disappears. Catch my drift?"

???: "Must be something personal then?"

??? 2: "Man you really are clueless. Start showing up on time, could save you more trouble than you'd know."

???: "You know you could just fill me in on what I missed instead of being a jerk."

??? 2: "You know you could just actually show up when you're supposed to."

Ugh, these two sound like they could at it all day. Should I try and see if I can pick anything else up from them, or should we go in for an attack?
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No. 933856 ID: 891b91

>>933842
Never mind, they're useless and wasting our time. Let's just take them out and be done with it.
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No. 933884 ID: 91ee5f

>>933841
To be fair, Relina, you did say earlier that holy water hurt Candy, so you must’ve already had an idea on what was going on.

>>933842
Yeah, these guys are just gonna keep talking about unimportant things. Let’s just get rid of them already.
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No. 933963 ID: a9af05

>>933841
Don't worry Relina, Candy will explain everything later. Isn't that right, Candy?

>>933842
These guys are not going to say anything useful anytime soon. Go ahead and take them out.
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No. 933964 ID: a9af05

>>933963
Make sure you want until they're looking away, so that you can at least try to sneak up on them.
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No. 934003 ID: 15a025
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934003

>To be fair, Relina, you did say earlier that holy water hurt Candy, so you must’ve already had an idea on what was going on.
Relina: "I didn't think it was going to be something like this though! I expected something like...maybe she was just sneaking a snack out from work or stealing money from the register."

Candy: "Glad to hear you think I'm fine with petty theft."

>Don't worry Relina, Candy will explain everything later. Isn't that right, Candy?
Candy: "Can I just say I won him at the carnival and leave it at that? I mean, that's not far off from the truth."

Roxie: "Shoot, all I ever win at those is some cotton candy or a tiny stuffed animal. I'm more interested in how you beat those con-artists like that."

Relina: "I wouldn't call getting stuck with a chimera beating anyone! That's almost the worst thing that you could 'win'!"

>Never mind, they're useless and wasting our time. Let's just take them out and be done with it.
>Yeah, these guys are just gonna keep talking about unimportant things. Let’s just get rid of them already
>Make sure you want until they're looking away, so that you can at least try to sneak up on them.
Candy: "Okay, Relina we could really use you to blast these two cultists right now."

Relina: "I- alright."

Roxie: "I'll stick behind you with my polearm in case you need back up. Candy, you stick here with Pierce.
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No. 934004 ID: 15a025
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934004

Relina charges up a light orb and fires it at the smaller cat looking cultist.
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No. 934005 ID: 15a025
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934005

They instantly turn to ash on impact.

??? 2: "What I tell you! Ah man, now I gotta deal with this alone."
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No. 934006 ID: 15a025
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934006

??? 2: Dive Bomb!"
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No. 934007 ID: 15a025
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934007

A shadowy figure comes out from the staff and crashes into Relina!
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No. 934013 ID: b1b4f3

Roxie should step in and hit whatever that is.
Relina can charge up another light ball after getting free.
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No. 934022 ID: a9af05

>>934007
Roxie, get in there and swat that thing off of Relina! Then get in close and attack the other cultist! If you can't hit him, make it difficult for him to do that attack again!

Relina, if Roxie hasn't taken out the other cultist, then while she's distracting him, charge up another attack and shoot the cultist!
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No. 934071 ID: 58b4f3

>>934013
>>934022
Go with these!
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No. 934280 ID: 15a025
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934280

>Roxie should step in and hit whatever that is.
>Roxie, get in there and swat that thing off of Relina!
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No. 934281 ID: 15a025
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934281

>get in close and attack the other cultist! If you can't hit him, make it difficult for him to do that attack again!
I go in and try to land a heavy swing on him, but he manages to bounce the hit off with his staff.
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No. 934282 ID: 15a025
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934282

>Relina, if Roxie hasn't taken out the other cultist, then while she's distracting him, charge up another attack and shoot the cultist!
>Relina can charge up another light ball after getting free.

Relina: "Strike-"
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No. 934283 ID: 15a025
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934283

??? 2: "Wipeout!"

Relina: "Blghglhglblghb!"

A force of sewage water spurts out blasts Relina in the face!
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No. 934297 ID: a9af05

>>934283
Aw, gross! I hope Relina didn't accidentally swallow any of that!

Roxie, remember your training with Relina! Attack with your polearm and when he blocks, quickly slide your polearm along his staff to hit his hands!

If that doesn't work, make the blade into more of a hook shape and then try to pull his staff away from him! Since his cursed stone is on the end of the staff, taking it away should prevent him from casting anymore spells!
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No. 934639 ID: 15a025
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934639

>Roxie, remember your training with Relina! Attack with your polearm and when he blocks, quickly slide your polearm along his staff to hit his hands!
I swing again and try to slide it through his hands, but he's able to move fast and push back!

>make the blade into more of a hook shape and then try to pull his staff away from him! Since his cursed stone is on the end of the staff, taking it away should prevent him from casting anymore spells!
I change my blade-
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No. 934640 ID: 15a025
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934640

and manage to toss his staff into the sewer water!
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No. 934641 ID: 15a025
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934641

??? 2: "Careful! The-"

I give him a good poke before he gives us away anymore.
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No. 934734 ID: 58b4f3

I'm really late for this, but I've just gotta say something about it.

>>934003
>"Can I just say I won him at the carnival and leave it at that? I mean, that's not far off from the truth."
Sure, that'll work for now, but you should explain in more detail later.

>>934641
You ok Relina? If you need to throw up from accidentally swallowing any of that water, now's the time to do it.

Let's keep moving.
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No. 934735 ID: 91ee5f

>>934641
Who wants to fish out that guy’s staff?

Should we keep going until we find the tournament’s location and then call in more cops and church members for backup? Or should we call in the backup now and hope we get lucky in catching most of the guys down here?
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No. 934763 ID: 15a025
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934763

>You ok Relina?
Relina: "Not really."

>Who wants to fish out that guy’s staff?
Roxie: "Not unless someone can give me a good reason to."

Candy: "Same."

>Should we keep going until we find the tournament’s location and then call in more cops and church members for backup?
Candy: [small]"Hey, shouldn't we call in some more cops or church members in for backup?"

Officer Nibbles: "If there were more cops or church members available to help, I wouldn't have put you in danger like this in the first place Candy. You three are kind of our last option and only experts with this stuff."
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No. 934764 ID: 15a025
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934764

>Let's keep moving.
Roxie: "I don't suppose the police have a skeleton key or something we could open this rusted up gate with?"

Candy: "Checked with Officer Nibbles, we don't."

Roxie: "How are we going to get through then?"
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No. 934766 ID: b1b4f3

Search his robes for a key?
Can you make a prybar out of your light-polearm?
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No. 934778 ID: 8eaf98

>>934766
probably not a pry bar, not sure that has enough 'axe' to qualify. possibly something that has the axe blade curl and taper into a point? just directly bashing it? Wasn't explicitly mentioned it was locked so just try opening it?
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No. 934960 ID: 15a025
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934960

>Wasn't explicitly mentioned it was locked so just try opening it?
I'm trying, but it feels like it's locked. Could just be rusted shut though?

>Search his robes for a key?
Nope. No pockets in these robes.

>Can you make a prybar out of your light-polearm?
>not sure that has enough 'axe' to qualify. possibly something that has the axe blade curl and taper into a point?
I try to curve it a bit and even make the point finer, but the door just won't give.

> just directly bashing it?
Now we're talking my language!

[i]Relina: "That's going to make a lot of noise though."

Slamming the door with my polearm, the door crashes down.
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No. 934961 ID: 15a025
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934961

Moving on, we get close to where one of the maintenance areas. Candy ends up ease dropping on one of the cultists.

???: "I'm draining the sewage your way right now. It takes time! Look, the summoning will still all be ready well before the final round. Tournament doesn't start for what, another two hours anyway? We have plenty of time. I'd focus more on the teams entering right now. I'm not sure what, but I can feel something's going on down here. The air is changing. What? You can't feel it?"

???: "Send a few my way then. Whatever it is, it might be close to my area."
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No. 934962 ID: b1b4f3

>>934961
Shit, he's calling for reinforcements. Take him out quickly then run.
Roxie, can you throw your axe then reform it? Doing that at the same time as Relina throws a holy ball should take this guy out quick.
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No. 934968 ID: a9af05

>>934961
>Look, the summoning will still all be ready well before the final round.
I see. They're not using the tournament for recruiting new members. They're using the tournament so that there will be a lot of energy in one place in order to summon something.

>>934962
I agree on taking him out, but we should probably fix what he did on that control panel before we leave.
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No. 934994 ID: 91ee5f

>>934968
Do this.
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No. 935117 ID: 15a025
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935117

>he's calling for reinforcements. Take him out quickly then run.
I wait for them to hang up first though, if they just drop dead on the line it's going to raise suspicion even more.
>They're not using the tournament for recruiting new members. They're using the tournament so that there will be a lot of energy in one place in order to summon something.
Candy: "Makes sense. Either that, or they're also taking advantage of the situation."

Roxie: "Wouldn't they want to wait till the finals though? That's when the strongest people should be fighting and giving off the most, whatever it's called."

Relina: "No, it'd be during or right after the first round. If they're running multiple matches at a time. That'd be when the biggest group of people are all using their magic at once.

Candy: "Wait, something else though. 'Berry' wanting that fireball and healing enchantment I didn't have, makes it sound like not everyone's going to be using cursed enchantments though? Wouldn't that mess with the energy in the air or something?"

Relina: "Yes, kind of. It's hard to say if it'll mess with their summon though. I'm not sure how that works. All I know is if the majority of magic in the air was light magic, it'd weaken their curse magic."

Candy: "And with only two of you and however many of them, so we probably can't go that route."

Roxie: "Then we just gotta lower their numbers a ton or take out the people in charge of summoning whatever it is."

Candy: "Hold that thought for now, they just hung up!"

???: "Only three? Pffft. With that kind of help I hope it's just that guy's candle attracting the energy his way or something.

>Roxie, can you throw your axe then reform it? Doing that at the same time as Relina throws a holy ball should take this guy out quick.

I can throw it, but it disappear after a second and I have to re-cast it. I can probably get in close enough to throw it without being seen at first, but if I miss it's going to take a few seconds to re-cast it.
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No. 935416 ID: cbf32b

Both you and Relina get in there. Relina standby with a light spell while Roxie, keeping out of the way of Relina, run toward the cultist. Using that momentum and closing of gap, throw your axe at them while they are surprised! Then if you miss, Relina can do a follow up shot. You should be able to reform your axe and be next to them once it's back in your hand, and can always sparta kick em if it's not reformed yet to stun them for time. That's assuming the cultist avoided all that.
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No. 935428 ID: a9af05

>>935416
This.

>sparta kick
And in case Roxie doesn't know what that means, basically just kick him really fucking hard!
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No. 935557 ID: 15a025
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935557

>Both you and Relina get in there. Relina standby with a light spell while Roxie, keeping out of the way of Relina, run toward the cultist. Using that momentum and closing of gap, throw your axe at them while they are surprised! Then if you miss, Relina can do a follow up shot.

I rush into the room and toss my weapon in at them, but they put up some kind of shield? When it hits, it breaks the shield but gets stuck in a part of it.

Bunny Cult: "Drop in the air is worse than I thought? My shield should have stood through that."

She isn't even phased or surprised I just threw that at her?

Relina: "See how she likes this!"
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No. 935558 ID: 15a025
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935558

Relina blasts her light orb at her, but she ends up blocking it with the rest of her shield. All of our magic shatters on impact.
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No. 935559 ID: 15a025
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935559

Bunny Cult: "Well, here goes nothing. Fire in the hole! Down with the church!"

She dives into a black hole, running away.
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No. 935560 ID: 15a025
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935560

Roxie: "So much for our cover, I guess."
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No. 935561 ID: b1b4f3

Relina dodge! He didn't run at all, he's a teleporter.
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No. 935570 ID: 91ee5f

>>935560
Relina, behind you!
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No. 935701 ID: 15a025
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935701

>Relina dodge! He didn't run at all, he's a teleporter.
>Relina, behind you!

Huh?!
I manage to dodge their stab just in time. I see Roxie start to form a weapon and I start charging a blast.

Bunny Cult: "Not looking good."
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No. 935702 ID: 15a025
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935702

She dives into her hole again. A moment later Candy spots her

Candy: "Heads up, she's out here!"

Roxie: "Think we can catch her?"

Candy: "She's halfway down the hall already."

Relina: "I don't think she can keep that up for long though, her enchantment's gotta have some kind of limit. On top of that she's cursed."

Roxie: "Cursed with what though?"

Relina: "That's a good question."

Candy: "Speaking of good questions, Officer Nibbles wants to investigate what's going on with the control system here."

Roxie: "Is that really important right now? Rabbit's going to go blow our cover and probably start hitting us with reinforcements."

Candy: "She mentioned over the phone, draining sewage over to someone. If we could find out where that might help."
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No. 935792 ID: 8eaf98

i feel nibbles is small enough that they can hide behind the console if people show up safely, so leaving nibbs to study the console while Relina and Roxie can go try to catch catch the guy, then success or fail come back to check nibbs findings at the console
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No. 935801 ID: a9af05

>>935792
This.

Have Candy also stay with Nibbles and the prisoner.
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No. 935819 ID: 91ee5f

>>935702
Candy, Officer Nibbles, and the prisoner stay here. Try to figure out how to stop and reverse whatever that machine is doing.

Relina and Roxie, go after the enemy!
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No. 935983 ID: 15a025

Instead of slowing things down by spending an update asking, please respond with which group you'd like to follow/focus on. Also keep in mind splitting up may disconnect Candy from Relina if the chase goes far enough away.
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No. 935985 ID: 8eaf98

>>935983
not sure how much we can contribute to looking at a console with pixel art resolution, so Relina and Roxie
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No. 936072 ID: 15a025
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936072

>i feel nibbles is small enough that they can hide behind the console if people show up safely, so leaving nibbs to study the console while Relina and Roxie can go try to catch catch the guy, then success or fail come back to check nibbs findings at the console
>Have Candy also stay with Nibbles and the prisoner.
>Candy, Officer Nibbles, and the prisoner stay here. Try to figure out how to stop and reverse whatever that machine is doing. Relina and Roxie, go after the enemy!
Roxie: "Think you can handle holding the fort down while we're gone Candy?"

Candy: "Long as you can two keep anything from coming our way. All I've got is a ball of fire that could ignite this whole place."

Roxie: "You got two hooves. Knock'em out if they come."

With that, Relina and I rush after the rabbit. She's got enough of a head start as it is.
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No. 936073 ID: 15a025
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936073

We lose sight of her, but there's a nice trail of magic holes in the ground for us to follow. When we finally catch up, she's already met up with someone else!

Bunny: "Guess it'll be just us then. Try and blow them away Blemar!"

Blemar: "You heard the boss, get out of here!"
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No. 936074 ID: 15a025
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936074

They shoot something off at us while the rabbit hops into another hole, going who knows where now!

Relina fires off a counter shot at the projectile and the two attacks blow each other up!
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No. 936080 ID: b1b4f3

Is that a bat? You should both try to take advantage of the holes too.
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No. 936088 ID: 91ee5f

>>936074
The bunny is across the water!

>>936080
Yeah, good idea! Use them to catch up with the bunny!
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No. 936089 ID: 8eaf98

>>936080
try putting the light axe through a portal first though. see how it reacts first.


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