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935060 No. 935060 ID: 395c02

Existence.
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No. 942909 ID: 9246e9

>>942895
This
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No. 942912 ID: 1c8cb2

Tell Tyrsis to just flap his arms around like a giant chicken if he thinks he's about to fall.

If that's not enough to convince him, well, we've come all this way already...
A,d
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No. 942937 ID: ad51b8

can you just dug a little into the cliff to give Trysis more room so he doesn't have to worry about falling off?
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No. 942987 ID: 9c293c

C, a

Maybe you can give Tyrsis support as you ride upon his back so he doesn't feel too scared by himself.
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No. 943492 ID: 3121a1

C
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No. 943495 ID: 91ee5f

>>942881
A , d
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No. 943502 ID: 395c02
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943502

"Alright, you two can wait here while I see where this path leads."

:SQ_tyrsisshocked: :SQ_kyrashocked: "Really!?"

"Of course! I'm not gonna make you do something you don't wanna do, and I especially don't want to put Tyr in danger!"

"Sis."

"What?"

:SQ_tyrsisnotsure: "Nevermind."

"Please be careful."

"You're not gonna try and stop me?"

"Like I ever could. Just please try to think of your poor mother before doing anything crazy. More crazy than what you're about to do."

"I'll go nice and slow, okay? There's no rush."

"But the time limit..."

"...Is very forgiving. We'll be fine!"
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No. 943503 ID: 395c02
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943503

It's one thing to say you'll cross a thin path high above the ground below, it's another to actually do it.

Eh. Being scared of things is Tyrsis's job. I'll just make sure I don't look dow-- I had one job. Time to distract myself by thinking about anything else!

This trip's been pretty fun so far, all told. My plan for exploring the outside world was to leave Mama at home and find Tyrsis a life-mate. But part of me wonders if... I dunno, maybe they could come with me? Tyrsis has Shaia's Love, which could be handy if I ran into something threatening. I swear that ability is magic.

And Mama... Well, I feel like there's a small part of her that doesn't buy into her own hype. It wasn't that hard to convince her to come with us, considering the uphill battles I normally climb getting her to do things. That means this trip could be less about me and more about convincing herself she doesn't want this life. But if she ends up enjoying herself...

Well, nothing's set in rock and stone, right?

I'm not going to make them join me, but what I can do is make sure they enjoy themselves on this venture! To that end, I hope I find something cool ahead to show them...
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No. 943504 ID: 395c02
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943504

Ask unto Shaia and you shall receive!

Or something like that whatever doesn't matter look at all this cool stuff. I was seriously half-expecting an empty room!

Looks like our slissa friend carved out quite a bunker for themselves. The tablets and map give the impression they used this as a kind of staging area. There's slits in the walls that look out to the terrain below. Were they planning something? Did they view the climactic battle from above, or was this long before?

There's a necklace, maybe an heirloom like my own. There's some claw marks nearby...

My eyes are drawn to some maps on the table. What could they reveal?

I see several tablets in that old language. Tyrsis could reveal their intent, or at least try to.

There's a sleeping pad with another slissa doll. Was there more than one slissa here? Kidssas aren't generally capable of making a room like this, leading me to assume the caretaker fled here with some of the children. Did they all have to share one bed...?

More empty pots, implying they at least brought some food with them.

And... two holes? One might have been for uh, waste. The other... a tunnel? It curves down at a kinda harsh angle.


:SQ_pathL: The path downward :SQ_pathR:
:sq_optbubble_left:A: See where this path leads.:sq_optbubble_right:


:SQ_pathL: The path back to companions :SQ_pathR:
I shouldn't dawdle here while Mama and Tyrsis wait for me. I'd rather not put any of this stuff in my mouth, so a lot of it would have to be awkwardly held while I wobble on hind-legs. Now then-- what should I bring back?

:sq_optbubble_left:B: The necklace. Very easy to carry around my neck.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: The maps. They could reveal more paths to explore!:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:D: The tablets. There's a whole bunch of lore in them.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:E: The doll. Uh, I guess I could give it to Tyrsis or Mama? It's in decent shape, all told.:sq_optbubble_right:
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No. 943506 ID: 0fae41

A/b&c. You must equip the necklace! We must reconnect with our kin! Really, I don't see wy you couldn't carry that around your neck while you hold the maps in your mouth. You could even fit a third thing in one claw if you were sure of your footing...
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No. 943508 ID: b1b4f3

>>943504
>harsh angle
There's a chance you'd slip down and not be able to get back up...

D, c.
You can come back here again for the maps or to explore down the mystery tunnel, perhaps by digging it out into a gentler slope.
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No. 943510 ID: 864e49

Throw doll down tunnel.
B Equip necklace.
D/C Take tablets and if you can maps too.
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No. 943511 ID: ad51b8

A
b/d
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No. 943512 ID: dbf437

B, C, and D if you can. I really think we should take the maps because they look like maps of the outside world.
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No. 943513 ID: 83bf07

>>943504
B,c
Easiest to move without risking yourself.
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No. 943514 ID: 91ee5f

>>943504
B , c

Those are the easiest to carry.
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No. 943517 ID: a9af05

>>943504
B/c

Do not go down that hole, you might not be able to climb back up!
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No. 943533 ID: 2df440

Wait, why don’t you start taking the maps, necklace, and tablets back to Tyrsis and momma (make multiple trips if needed)?
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No. 943552 ID: 3121a1

A, D otherwise. Gotta get Tyrsis up on his language skill!
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No. 943579 ID: 58b4f3

>>943504
>What do?
B/c

>Follow path?
Yeah, sure, go follow the path. Then when you're unable to get back up, both Tyrsis and your mom will get worried and try to cross the narrow path to come check on you. That's when Tyrsis will lose his balance and start falling. Your mom will bravely try to catch him, but Tyrsis and his extra wide butt will be too heavy for her and she'll end up falling with him. They'll both fall to their doom and it'll be all your fault because you went down a path you couldn't come back from!

If you don't want that to happen, then don't follow that path.
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No. 943581 ID: 1c8cb2

B,c
We have plenty of time! Let's just bring all the stuff back to mama and then continue down the path.
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No. 943593 ID: c3f16e

>>943504
We really should loot everything. We can take more than one trip. After we loot it, we can go down the path.
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No. 943635 ID: 9c293c

Maps eh? Doesn't look like anything from underground unless it's some big cavern oasis. C, d
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No. 943784 ID: adb0d6

D, Gotta read the lore.
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No. 944336 ID: 395c02
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944336

>Really, I don't see why you couldn't carry that around your neck while you hold the maps in your mouth.
I really don't want to put generations-old objects in my mouth.

>Multiple trips
Not a bad plan! Since there's no way I'm putting gross stuff in my mouth, I'll wear the necklace and use my arms to carry one thing at a time.

I need to be careful. We can't walk on our hind legs as well as those fluffballs-- I mean ketzas. And Tyrsis.

Guess I'll start with... the tablets! Tyrsis can work on them while I get the other stuff!
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No. 944337 ID: 395c02
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944337

Hss... yep, this is awkward. Slowly and cautiously. No reason to rush.

....

....

Oh no!
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No. 944338 ID: 395c02
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944338

I made it!

Why was that an 'oh no' situation?

"Whoa! You found stuff!"

"I found so much stuff!"

"Did you find my heart? You know, after it jumped out of my chest when I saw you walking that path on hind legs?"

"Yeah-- I'll have to go back for it."

:sq_kyrashocked: "What!?"

:sq_tyrsisshocked: "How!?"

"I'm kidding! Gosh, you two. There's some more stuff I want to grab."

"You're... going back...? Oh, I need to lie down."

"Do I have to be the pillow again?"
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No. 944339 ID: 395c02
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944339

Whew.

How about we just make the two trips? My legs really don't like me doing this. The map and tablets were the big things to grab, anyway.

And this necklace! I wonder who this was? Maybe they have descendents who still live...
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No. 944340 ID: 395c02
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944340

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No. 944341 ID: 395c02
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944341

Hssaahh!

Why'd I try to be greedy!?

...I can't...

...Hold on...

"Kliss! Just hang on! I'm coming to get you!"

"Tyrsis--"


:SQ_pathL:A: "--Help me!":SQ_pathR:
:SQ_pathL:B: "--Stay back!":SQ_pathR:
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No. 944342 ID: d0db1f

OH NO TYRSIS SAVE ME

A
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No. 944343 ID: 0efe8e

Wow, what a... Cliffhanger
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No. 944344 ID: e7c7d3

B

Try to grab onto a nearby spike.
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No. 944345 ID: 0fae41

B. Fly, you fools!
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No. 944347 ID: 736b7e

B, Tyrsis is big and could further collapse the path.
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No. 944351 ID: e7848c

The structural integrity of the ground cannot be verified right now. B. You have hiking spikes, use them. Dig your front claws into the ground right in front of you and push back, any little bit you can gain is closer to safety. Just a little bit at a time until you can get enough leverage to use your back legs to pull you up. Do not panic.
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No. 944352 ID: e6f10c

B. If the path is weak enough to break under just your weight, then it's likely it'll break under both your weight and Tyrsis', especially if he runs to you. Make sure you make this clear to him (and your mom) after you yell for him to stay back.

Be very slow and deliberate in your movements to right yourself, since sudden movements likely will break the pathway more. Tip your head back and keep it there to lock your necklace in place against your horns. Plant your claws in the rock face well apart to spread the load and slowly push yourself back up, winkling your legs and tail back over the path.
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No. 944382 ID: c3f16e

Very B
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No. 944383 ID: a9af05

>>944341
Whoever told Kliss to take multiple trips to get everything, shame on you. She's in this situation because you got greedy.

>What do?
B

It's great that Tyrsis wants to help, but you've gotta tell him to stay back! The bridge will collapse if he tries to help! Say the same thing to your mom, so that she also stays back!

Of course, your mom isn't going to listen because she's your mom and wants to save her baby girl, so she's going to come over anyways.

Who knows? Maybe her small size and light weight will let her come help you, without breaking the bridge some more?
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No. 944384 ID: 094652

B and DIG FOR YOUR LIFE! DIG THE WALL DIG THE WALL DIG THE WALL! Make a literal niche!
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No. 945057 ID: 395c02
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945057

"Stay back! I'll be fine!"

"But...!"

"Both of you, just... give me a second!"

"...."

>Tip your head back and keep it there to lock your necklace in place against your horns
Ah--! I have to make sure I don't drop it!

>Try to grab onto a nearby spike.
It might just barely be in reach. Okay... I only get one shot at this.

I start to reach out towards it...
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No. 945058 ID: 395c02
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945058

"Kliss! Don't move! Stay calm and do exactly as I say!"

"Mama...?"

"Dig your claws into the cliff behind you!"

"R-right!"
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No. 945059 ID: 395c02
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945059

Don't panic. Don't panic.

Okay...

I carefully bury my claws into the ground behind me. My legs feel like they're about to fall off!

"Good! Now push yourself up-- carefully! Use your claws as leverage and keep climbing. Don't stop until your legs and tail can get you the rest of the way!"

How does...? No time for that! I need to concentrate.

With slow and careful motions I move myself upwards, until I'm finally back on the path.

"Good job! But don't rest yet! You need to crawl over here where it's safe!"

Crawling is about the extent of what I can do. My legs have no desire to support my weight right now.
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No. 945060 ID: 395c02
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945060

"Thank Shaia you're safe! I was so scared..."

"Oh, Kliss... I'm so glad you listened to me for once."

"Mama..."

"You can't keep taking these kinds of risks! Eventually the time will come when I won't be around to save you."

"And... I can't do this. Not again."


How should I respond?
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No. 945061 ID: 583a60

Just hug everyone for now while you recover.
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No. 945063 ID: 015bf2

>>945060
Meekly start to say "okay".

Then take a deep breath, grab your mother's shoulders, look her in the eyes and say, louder, "Thank you," then hug her back. Gesture for Tyrsis to join the hug-pile. Be silent for a short while, then sigh.

Tell her you were stupid, but... was there even a better way? Like, could you have dug a safer path? Spotted how crumbly the ledge was somehow? Just crawled the whole way from the beginning? You don't want to take super crazy risks - you don't want to make anyone afraid for you! - but you don't want to give up on adventure, even if it means risks. And sometimes it pays. Just look at the stuff you found! And there was a further path up there!

But that fall was... dangerous and scary. And mom saved you like a badass - where'd she learn that trick? - and has been super helpful so far, even in just telling you of this place, so maybe, if she wants, she can be there for you a little longer and come along on a few more of your adventures, uh, or just give some adventuring advice to start you off other than 'don't'. You'll listen a little better, you promise.

And... you think it's time to head back to examine your findings.
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No. 945070 ID: b1b4f3

>>945060
Well at least we got some stuff out of it. Look at the stuff.
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No. 945072 ID: 83bf07

>>945060
Hugs time? Hugs time. Thank your mom. She made the the right call. Steady yourself. It's a long way back.
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No. 945081 ID: 91ee5f

>>945060
That’s enough excitement. It’s time for us to go back.
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No. 945091 ID: 58b4f3

>>945060
Look on the bright side, at least this isn't some sort of cliché where your mom saves you and then she ends up falling to her death! Because if that happened, you would've become traumatized and you'd give up trying to go to the surface! Which would've been sad, since it too your mother dying to get you to give up on that!

So it's a good thing that didn't happen!

>What do?
Go home.
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