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935060 No. 935060 ID: 395c02

Existence.
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No. 937761 ID: 8d23f0

>>937749
pick up the skeleton head and make it talk at tyrsis because that would be funny.
Y
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No. 937770 ID: a9af05

>>937746
Y

>>937748
>Find Tyrsis a life-mate.
What makes you think he would want anyone other than you? What makes you think you're forcing him to follow you? He could be very willing to come with you.

>>937749
Widen the tunnel so Mama and Tyrsis can come look at all of this.
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No. 937774 ID: 83bf07

>>937749
Make sure your path is clear. Warn the others that this place has been sealed off for a long time. Watch where you step.
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No. 937785 ID: 58b4f3

>>937746
Y

>>937749
Widen the path. And make sure it's extra wide for Tyrsis and his extra wide butt!
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No. 937801 ID: ad51b8

Y
is, is that a body over there? Next to the glowing crystal on the right that's on the ground floor. What happened here?
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No. 937805 ID: 91ee5f

>>937746
Y

>>937749
Tell mom and Tyrsis what you found.

>>937785
Rude.
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No. 937829 ID: 176a63

Y

Oh no! A slissa's skeleton? How could that have happened?
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No. 937838 ID: 0fae41

>>937829
They're reptiles, aren't they? They shed those every so often.
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No. 937862 ID: 094652

Y

You're rich! Stake your claim!

Check the skeleton, though. See if you can analyze the cause of death.
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No. 937866 ID: caf1de

go say hi to dad
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No. 937994 ID: 948104

What's that sign above the skeleton say? "Z'U3A`"?
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No. 938429 ID: 4b08a5

>>937749
Y

Could those 'spikes' be some kind of crystal or plant? Looking back at previous images, many of them have similar 'spike' formations. If this is a natural occurrence, I would like to know what these 'spikes' are actually called.
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No. 938839 ID: 395c02
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938839

'The Seekers' is a fine name, and there is plenty to be sought here. I should be mindful of the time, though. I don't want to keep Mama up too late, nor do I want to worry Tyrsis's dad. I'll keep an eye on the glimmering crystals so I don't lose track of how much time's left.

>What's with all the spikes? Those aren't natural.
The tsiki spikes surround Saryssa and litter the general region. They're not quite rocks, though I'd also hesitate to call them plants. They do grow and spread, and if not tended to they can infest the area.

Since they get more sparse as you venture away from Saryssa, many believe they're related to the war. Casualties were highest here, as this was where the slissas made their final futile stand against their oppressors. Could they be Shaia's sorrow made manifest?

>Nibble on the spikes to see if they're edible.
They really aren't.

>Widen the tunnel so Mama and Tyrsis can come look at all of this.
I really shouldn't need to. Even Tyrsis can probably...

>Widen the path. And make sure it's extra wide for Tyrsis and his extra wide butt!
...I mean, his butt isn't that wide...

....
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No. 938840 ID: 395c02
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938840

"Man, that was one roomy tunnel. Did you have to widen it so much?"

"What can I say? I just uh, enjoy digging?"

:SQ_kyrastoked: "Really!?"

"Uh... hey look! Stuff!"

"Kliss..."

"Your butt is fine!"

:SQ_tyrsisnotsure:
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No. 938841 ID: 395c02
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938841

>Is that spike pit in the middle of the room deep or just dark?
Looks like a dried pond. The stalactites give strong evidence to there being water here in the past.

"I never thought I'd see this place again," Mama says.

"Was it really creepy last time, too?"

"Yeah..."

"Are you cold, miss Kyra? I could use Shaia's Love to..."

"No, I'm okay dear. Actually, maybe I'll use your fluff to stay warm."

"Sure."

While Mama clings to her security-fluff, I explore further ahead. I'm not surprised to see them acting apprehensive, but I can't let myself be overcome with fear! My father was never afraid, and neither will I be!
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No. 938842 ID: 395c02
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938842

>is, is that a body over there?
>Oh no! A slissa's skeleton?
....
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No. 938843 ID: 395c02
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938843

"Haha wow that sure is a skeleton!"

:SQ_kyrateehee: :SQ_tyrsisnotsure: "...."

"Haha... W-why don't you tell me your thoughts, big guy?"

"Uh... Well, it's definitely a ketza skeleton, since there's no horns. Maybe a casualty of the war?"

"Hard to imagine there were any ketza casualties, with how one-sided the history books claim the war was."

"Maybe they exaggerated? Shaia's Love isn't that powerful, and the slissas were fighting for their lives. It makes sense the ketzas would take some losses."

"He came to the same conclusion. But why just this one ketza? Where are the slissa bodies?

"Maybe the slissas cleaned up their own dead, but left this ketza here out of spite."

"Wouldn't the smell be enough to change their mind about that?"

"Spite can be a powerful thing..."

I examine the area around the skeleton, but don't find anything of note. I half expected it to be clinging to a letter or a trinket of some kind, but any such things would have been looted long ago.

Maybe we'll find more answers as we explore.
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No. 938844 ID: 395c02
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938844

We take a closer look at the old worn down sign. It says...

...?

"I can't read it."

"We couldn't, either. We assumed it was something the ketzas put up."

"No, that's not their writing. This is the Old Script."

"You mentioned this before. Slissas used to write different than they do now?"

"Yeah. Over time language can evolve such that you'd hardly recognize its origin."

"Can you... read it?"

"Maybe? Let's see... G.. E.. ah. Gemune.

"What?" "What?"

"Accounting for sound changes, I think it says..."
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No. 938845 ID: 395c02
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938845

"Remember."

Ominous.


:sq_optbubble_left:A: We should take a look at the decrepit buildings.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: Let's look around for more writing.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: Best we just continue down the path.:sq_optbubble_right:
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No. 938846 ID: 0fae41

A/b.
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No. 938847 ID: 8d23f0

>>938845
C
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No. 938848 ID: 2df440

A/B, but carefully
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No. 938849 ID: ad51b8

A: We should take a look at the decrepit buildings.
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No. 938850 ID: b1b4f3

The skeleton has a hole in the bottom of the jaw. Is that the wound that killed it?

A, b.
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No. 938851 ID: a9af05

>>938845
A , b
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No. 938852 ID: 094652

>>938843
In a warzone, anyone can die. No exceptions.
1) Someone got a lucky hit
2) Assassinated by another ketza
3) Died from stress-related health issues
4) Cave-in
5) Misfire
6) Smoke inhalation
7) Accidentally left behind, all Slissas too dead to dig them out

Take the skeleton with you. You can turn it in for autopsy and burial and get a finder's fee. A
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No. 938873 ID: 330920

B/a
There's a story here, one that didn't make it into popular tellings.

>>938843 >>938845
Aww, there's something kind of sad about both of these.
A body simply left to be taken by time and a sign asking the reader to remember left forgotten. Would it be a little weird to bury the bones? It feels weird just leaving them there though.
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No. 938880 ID: 2efb25

A, b
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No. 938881 ID: 91ee5f

>>938840
>"Your butt is fine!"
Kliss, you fool! You just flirted with Tyrsis by telling him that he has a fine butt! Now he’s going to think that you like him!

>>938841
>My father was never afraid, and neither will I be!
That probably not true. Your father was probably very afraid, but he kept going anyways. That’s how being brave works, you keep going, even if you’re afraid.

So it’s ok to be scared, just don’t let your fear stop you!

.....but, uh, do you think there’s enough of Tyrsis and his security-fluff for both you and your mom?

>>938845
A , b
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No. 938901 ID: 83bf07

B, a

Did you know Tyrsis had a handle on the old tongue?
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No. 939037 ID: 758ff3

B, c
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No. 939051 ID: df0650

>>938845
B/a
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No. 939064 ID: 375461

Another thought on the ketza is perhaps he got stuck here. Without a slissa companion to make one, he may have starved trying to find an exit.
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No. 939374 ID: a902cd

See what's further beyond the sign, C.
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No. 939783 ID: 395c02
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939783

>Kliss, you fool! You just flirted with Tyrsis by telling him that he has a fine butt! Now he’s going to think that you like him!
He wouldn't-- It's fine. It's fine! Once I find him a wonderful life-mate he'll forget all about that stuff!

>Your father was probably very afraid, but he kept going anyways. That’s how being brave works, you keep going, even if you’re afraid.
That's right. No matter how scared I get, I must always move forward.

>Would it be a little weird to bury the bones? It feels weird just leaving them there though.
I worry they'll crumble the moment I touch them. I offer a silent prayer, asking Shaia to watch over them in the next life.

>The skeleton has a hole in the bottom of the jaw. Is that the wound that killed it?
It's hard to say. Do ketza skeletons normally have that hole? If it is a wound, it's very likely a fatal one.

Poor guy...
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No. 939784 ID: 395c02
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939784

>Did you know Tyrsis had a handle on the old tongue?
He loves reading about stuff like that, but I wouldn't call him fluent. Hopefully he can puzzle out any writing we find.

"The tsiki spikes really did a number on these buildings," I say.

"Yeah. This is pretty much why we have clearers. And right now I'm really thankful for them.

"That was my job when I was young. Damn things always gave me the creeps."

"You never told me you were a clearer! What was it like!"

"Creepy."

That makes sense.

"Let's be careful. We do not want to get poked here."

Our scales protect us a bit from tsiki spikes, but people do sometimes get hurt. They can make you very sick if you don't get to a care ward in time, though they don't tend to be fatal.

"I can't believe you roped me into this," Mama mutters with a snort.

"This was your idea!" I say with a snort retort.

"But you're the one who..."

"Who...? Come on Mama, you can finish the sentence! I believe in you!"

"The one who enjoys this stuff! I'd rather be at home where it's safe and warm. You understand me, right Tyrsis?"

"Please don't drag me into this I don't know whose side I'm on."

Spoken like a true hybrid.

"Exploring isn't my thing so much, but I'm really curious about this whole area."

"Then let's keep looking around! Mama will just have to deal with being the person whose idea this was!"

"I'm never having ideas again."


We walk past a few buildings. Most of them are rendered inaccessible by the spikes, but I notice one that isn't as badly damaged as the others. With some coaxing, I get my companions to follow me inside.
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No. 939785 ID: 395c02
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939785

This place looks to be a childcare center, an unfortunate victim of tsiki spikes and time. There are damaged toys and glowgems scattered about, implying this building was abandoned in a hurry.

I see two doorways, one leading upstairs and another heading to what is likely a restroom area. On the right a rock blocks access to a likely cooling area, but I might be able to dig my way in with time.

I see a painting that fell to the ground in the back.

It's hard to see upstairs, but I think there's a resting area, possibly more?

That's all I can tell from here.


:sq_optbubble_left:A: Take charge and explore further. What do I do/look at?:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: Let Tyrsis lead. He's the loremaster!:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: Leave.:sq_optbubble_right:
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No. 939786 ID: 0fae41

A. Investigate the fallen signboard and deflated beanbags.
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No. 939788 ID: b1b4f3

>>939785
B! a: check the painting. what's that horn thing on the left?
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No. 939790 ID: 2df440

A. Look at the toy in the center, I hope it’s not foreshadowing!
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No. 939791 ID: b1b4f3

...wait how did that doll get impaled? Are the tips of the spikes so sharp that the doll's weight was enough pressure to puncture it?
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No. 939795 ID: 094652

B) Collect anything valuable and move on from this dreary place.
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No. 939797 ID: a9af05

>>939785
>glowgems
Are those valuable? Do any of you guys want to gather them up?

>a restroom area
Does anyone need to go? You might as well use it, since it's right there. It would also be helpful becuase if anyone sees anything really scary, they won't have to worry about getting the pee scared out of them, if they already went in the restroom!

>What do?
A: Dig through that rock blocking the cooling area!
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No. 939799 ID: 32a875

>>939785
B, and lets start by investigating that painting
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No. 939802 ID: c571e8

Rescue those poor stuffed animals.
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No. 939807 ID: 91ee5f

>>939783
>He wouldn't-- It's fine. It's fine! Once I find him a wonderful life-mate he'll forget all about that stuff!
That won’t work if he wants you to be his life-mate.

>>939785
A: Dig out that rock!

>>939791
It’s either that or when these spikes show up, the sprout out of the ground fast enough to impale things.
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No. 939815 ID: 864e49

A - Take horn, take wheel toy, take rope ball thing, look at painting, be disturbed at similarities between you and impaled toy.
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No. 939829 ID: 68550e

B, oh no the plush.
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No. 939877 ID: 83bf07

>>939785
A, b
Check out that painting. Lament the loss of these perfectly good and cute toys.
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No. 940012 ID: 9c293c

That's a really tall tsiki spike. A, b
Look at the painting.
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