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935060 No. 935060 ID: 395c02

Existence.
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No. 935061 ID: 395c02
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935061

I don't know what to write.

I want to tell everyone your story. I want them to know what you mean to me. I want you to be remembered.

I want you to matter.

But every time I try, I mess up and have to start over.

Maybe I'm just not good enough.

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No. 935062 ID: 395c02
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935062

What would you say, if you were still here? If you could see what beautiful things you made. Would you be happy? Sad?

Would you, even now, say you were only doing what was expected of you?

I don't know.

But nobody will know your story if I don't do this. Even if I'm not good enough, I have to try. I'll start over, one last time, and finish this. Even if I mess up. Even if it's bad.

Because you do matter. You matter to me.

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No. 935063 ID: 395c02
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935063

I miss you.
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No. 935064 ID: 395c02


Youtube version: https://youtu.be/PFy588emWdo
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No. 935065 ID: 395c02
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935065

A wishbe is a majestic insect said to be filled with Shaia's eternal love. One need only consume it to see their deepest desires made manifest.

It is the purest form of Her teachings. The natural order of the universe: we consume to create. We create so others may consume.

No.

Existence can't be boiled down into such a simple idea.

Life isn't about the masterpiece. The ultimate creation. It's about failing, about learning. We're flawed. Our creations are flawed. It's those flaws that bind us together. In our mistakes do we find kinship.

What I want can't be granted by a wishbe. It isn't something anyone can cling to selfishly as theirs and theirs alone.

It can't be created. It can't be consumed. We only find it by seeking it out ourselves.
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No. 935066 ID: 395c02
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935066

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No. 935067 ID: 395c02
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935067

"Uh... Kliss? Not to complain, but I kinda gave you that so you could eat it."

"Be free, little bug! Explore All the rocks and dirt and other boring stuff in this underground prison!"

"Sweety, you really don't need to be so dramatic. And stop calling our town a prison."

"But look, Mama! It's so happy, getting to follow its heart!"

"Can bugs be happy? Like, is that a thing?"

"Food can't be happy, dear."

"Food makes me happy."

"Hshss~ Why can't you be more like Tyrsis and enjoy the simple pleasures in life?"

"I'm not a simple slissa!"

"Yeah! Kliss is a difficult slissa!"

"Okay I know you're trying to have my back, big guy, but sometimes you really don't have to help."

"Speep! But helping you is what I do best!"

I raise a claw to protest, but every time I hear that adorable 'ssspeep' noise he makes, I lack the will to challenge him.

"You're such a good boy, Tyrsis. Now come here, sweety. I gotta give you your present."

"Okay!"

"I think she means me, since it's my hatchday?"

"Sorry, I got excited about being a good boy."
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No. 935068 ID: 395c02
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935068

Huh? Mom's necklace...?

"Ah, the stories this could tell."

"Mama, you're not..."

"I am. It's yours now. Just as my mother to me, and her mother to her, I'm passing it down to you. This necklace symbolizes Shaia's devotion, a love that spans generations."

"But... it means so much to you."

"And it means even more to me in your hands. I'm proud of you, Kliss. You've grown into a fine slissa."

"I've really become a grown-up, huh? Does this mean I can go to the outside world!?"

"Oh, Kliss..."
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No. 935069 ID: 395c02
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935069

"You're just like your father."

"Mama..."

"Hss. You probably don't want to stay here watching your mama get emotional. Go on, have one of your little adventures. Remember to be home in 80 glimmers."

"That's four hours in ketza-time!"

"Yes, thank you Tyrsis."

80 glimmers is a good chunk of time. But what to do with it?



I should...

:sq_optbubble_left:A: ...Hang out with Mama. :sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: ...Go explore with Tyrsis. :sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: ...Embrace this feeling of deja vu. :sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:D: ...Visit Shaia's Temple with Mama and Tyrsis. :sq_optbubble_right:

Choosing things is hard. That's why I always choose twice! First, I choose my FAVORITE CHOICE. I'm really proud of my favorite choice so I always SHOUT IT IN CAPITALS.

Then, I pick my SECOND FAVORITE CHOICE. I'm less sure about this one, so I say it in small normal letters.

Let's apply this amazing decision-making technique to this very choice!
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No. 935070 ID: 6ce86d

>>935069
Ad
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No. 935071 ID: 0fae41

Ad.
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No. 935077 ID: d6f490

C and D!
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No. 935079 ID: 8d23f0

>>935069
B go dig a hole for tyrsis to speep in. d, you could go on a naked speeping mission in the temple!
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No. 935087 ID: ad51b8

Ac/Dc.... wait that's not right

>A
>d
there we go
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No. 935090 ID: 4e280e

>>935069
Cd
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No. 935091 ID: 04ca3e

Cb
Deja vu? Wonder what that could be from.
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No. 935094 ID: f2320a

>>935069
C and D
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No. 935106 ID: f724dc

Bd
What better way to honor this necklace than to learn more about what it means?
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No. 935119 ID: 094652

CA
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No. 935121 ID: a9af05

>>935067
Wow, how rude! Your boyfriend gave you that bug as a present and you just threw it away! You pretty much just told him that you hate his present!

>>935069
C

d

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No. 935123 ID: ecd116

first choice 'C' so you can Embrace the feeling, you might even remember a memory about how & why you are getting a sense of deja vu somehow from it if you are lucky,

then after that if you have time do choice 'd' so you can hang out with the others as you go to the temple together. who knows they may even like adventures as much as you do.
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No. 935151 ID: bdd217

C,b
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No. 935152 ID: f2320a

>>935094
C and d
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No. 935155 ID: 91ee5f

>>935069
C , d
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No. 935163 ID: 0cbbb1

C, b
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No. 935173 ID: c3f16e

C, indifferent to the others tbh.

Also, check your Milk Stat:3.
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No. 935397 ID: 9c293c

god damn that intro and animation are great
B, C
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No. 935436 ID: 3121a1

B,D
Exploration, go!
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No. 935438 ID: 758ff3

B or C
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No. 935461 ID: 88a935

C, B
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No. 935506 ID: 68d861

B, c
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No. 935587 ID: 261cee

D, b
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No. 935593 ID: 75ea94

B,C
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No. 935710 ID: 395c02
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935710

Huh...

There's something really familiar about all this.

Like I've been here before.

Why is that...?
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No. 935711 ID: 395c02
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935711

Could it be because I've been making the same three choices every wake for the past ten cycles?

"Mama, I'm tired of doing the same things every wake! I don't want to go on 'little adventures'! I want to go on the adventure! I've seen everything there is to see in Saryssa!"

"Oh shush, there's no way you've seen everything here. Our town's full of wonderful places to explore!"
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No. 935712 ID: 395c02
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935712

"Like the capitol building!"

"Ooh! There's a lot of lore in there!"

"Yes, we've been through it all. Three times."
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No. 935713 ID: 395c02
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935713

"What about Nyssil's Costume Parlor? There's so many cute outfits you could wear! Oh, maybe you can dress Tyrsis up as that one ketza actor! You know, the one in that play?"

"Might want to narrow it down. There's like 50 ketza plays.

"I think I know which one she means. The Ketza Prince And The Scandalous Slissa. that outfit looks kind of silly, though..."

"Yeah, that's the one! Remember? Ah, the forbidden love between two species..."

"It's :sq_heart:romantic:sq_heartr:, I know. Even if it couldn't happen in real life."

"I mean, it could..."

"The show's totally specist, anyway."

"That's most ketza plays."
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No. 935714 ID: 395c02
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935714

"You could visit 'The Outside World!'

"Now we're talking!"

"That very nice restaurant that offers a taste of the world outside Shaia's Embrace!"

"Oh. That. It's nothing but crayon drawings, Mama. Not quite the real thing, is it?"

"I like their grub! Their other food's good, too."
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No. 935715 ID: 395c02
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935715

"Um... How about the Water Reservoir? The water's for drinking, not swimming. Or the Reservoir Pond? That water is for swimming! But not drinking."

"I think you have those backwards, and even if you didn't it's boring! I've been to all these places many times already!"

"Okay, Fine. There's one other place, one no slissa has seen in generations. It's kind of dangerous, though."

"Oh no!"

"Oh yes! Tell me, tell me!"
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No. 935716 ID: 395c02
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935716

"Shisae Point."

The site of the Great Slissa Hero who first stood against the ketzas...

"Hss... Mama, that's like, the most popular attraction in town. And another place I've been to."

"Yes, but you and everyone else take the new path to get to it. But that was built later. I'm talking about exploring the old path."

"Oh, really...?"

"oh no you got that look in your eyes again"

"The old path was sealed off by the ketzas, which is adorable when you think about it."

"It is...?"

"You've been around us long enough to know this, big guy. You can't seal something away from slissas. We'll just dig through or around it! But wouldn't someone have done this already, Mama?"

"The new path is really convenient."

Hmm. On one claw, Mama might be trying to trick me into digging again, hoping I'll find some 'passion for digging' deep down in my heart.

On the other... if she's right, that 'old path' could contain some remains from the old war, undisturbed for generations. There could be much to see and learn.

I see two PATHS I could take. Obviously one path is exploring this delicious morsel my mother so kindly offered me. The other is standing firm, letting Mama know I'll accept nothing less than my dream. Then again, doing this could be a way to prove myself? But I'd be giving in and... Hsss! PATH decisions are so tough!

I'll need to be more strategic with my decision-making. Maybe I'll use my PRIMARY CHOICE to pick something from the PATH I like better, and save my SECONDARY CHOICE for something in the other PATH, just in case.



I'll...

:SQ_pathl:Path of the uncovered ruins...:SQ_pathR:
:sq_optbubble_left:A: ...Explore the ruins alone.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:B: ...Explore the ruins with Tyrsis.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:C: ...Explore the ruins with Mama and Tyrsis.:sq_optbubble_right:

:SQ_pathl:Path of the heart's dream...:SQ_pathR:
:sq_optbubble_left:D: ...Make plans to sneak away.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:E: ...Try to convince Mama to let me go.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:F: ...Offer a way to prove myself.:sq_optbubble_right:
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No. 935717 ID: 0fae41

A/f.
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No. 935725 ID: b1b4f3

>>935716
C! f.
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No. 935730 ID: cb22c8

C/f. Either way, we should be able to show your mom that you're not a helpless kid.
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No. 935732 ID: 094652

CD
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No. 935733 ID: 90f3c0

Db
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No. 935737 ID: 2df440

Primary B/Secondary E
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No. 935740 ID: d4d69a

C f

Maybe we can convince Mama to come with us to the surface! Who the fuck am I kidding. Ofc we can't convince her, but still we should try!
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No. 935741 ID: 1d29df

C
b
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No. 935746 ID: 8d23f0

>>935716
C,d. digging is pretty fun even if you don't want to do it for a living
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No. 935755 ID: 506f96

B,f
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No. 935767 ID: 9c293c

D, b
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No. 935770 ID: bdd217

>>935716
B f
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No. 935828 ID: 3121a1

D, c
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No. 935839 ID: 75ea94

D,B
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No. 935868 ID: 83bf07

>>935716
Bf
B4 you go on your grand adventure, give your mom another shot.
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No. 935977 ID: 758ff3

C, d
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No. 935991 ID: 4e280e

>>935716
B,c
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No. 936031 ID: 68550e

D and c
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No. 936032 ID: a9af05

>>935716
Primary C

Secondary F

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No. 936034 ID: 91ee5f

>>935713
>Ah, the forbidden love between two species..."
>Even if it couldn't happen in real life.
What do you mean it couldn’t happen in real life? Tyrsis is a ketza with slissa horns! Isn’t he proof that it could happen in real life?

>>935716
Primary C

Secondary F

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No. 936232 ID: 88a935

C, D
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No. 936979 ID: 395c02
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936979

"All right, I'm sold!"

"I'm surprised."


"What's with that look!?"

"What look? This is my surprised face."


"Most surprised faces don't look like that!"

"Oh? Then what do they look like?"


"Like this!"
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No. 936980 ID: 395c02
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936980

"...."

"Kliss--"

Tyrsis finds a way to sigh and speep at the same time.

"I know that face! That's the 'Kliss is my bestest friend ever but boy am I glad nobody else is around right now' face!" wait why am i excited about this


"It's a look I'm quite familiar with."


"Just what are you saying, Mama!?"

"Oh, nothing. Just picturing how it'd look on your eventual hot slissa boy life-mate~"

And now she's making her 'Teasing my daughter is pretty fun, actually' face. I much prefer things go the other way!

>Maybe we can convince Mama to come with us to the surface!
Five years ago I would have said it's a long-shot, and a year ago I'd go so far as to say 'impossible'. But now?

Still unlikely.

But there is a chance if I'm persuasive enough! Nothing's set in stone and rock, even if past experience might imply otherwise.

>What do you mean [a slissa/ketza couple] couldn’t happen in real life? Tyrsis is a ketza with slissa horns! Isn’t he proof that it could happen in real life?
Either Tyrsis didn't notice my gaff, or he's too polite to clear his throat. I'm hoping it's the former.

It gets easy to forget Tyrsis isn't the same species as us. He may look ketza-ish, but his accent and demeanor are very much 'slissa'. After so many cycles you stop noticing the differences.


Until moments like these happen. Augh, poor guy...
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No. 936981 ID: 395c02
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936981

"But we can worry about slissa romance later. Up for some adventure?"


"Yes, but... okay, let's get to the point. What's the catch?"


"Catch?" Mama asks, trying and somewhat failing to sound innocent.


"We both know you don't want me to leave Shaia's Embrace and explore the world. Why encourage me now?"

"Because I love and support you?"
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No. 936982 ID: 395c02
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936982

"I'm not lying this time!!!"


"Hss~ Is that so? Then you won't mind coming with us~"


"what's this 'us' talk why are you assuming-- oh who am i kidding of course i'm coming too."

"Y-you two don't need an old lady like me slowing you down! You two kids-- sorry! --grown adults can take care of yourselves! Go have fun, and I'll wait for you at home!"


"Yes, you could wait for us at home..."
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No. 936983 ID: 395c02
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936983

"...And I could tell a certain handsome slissa that you have a :sq_heart:huge crush:sq_heartr: on-- ah! tail on face!"


"I'm gonna stay far away from this conversation."


"...Fine. I'll come too."


"Then it's settled! Lead the way!"
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No. 936984 ID: 395c02
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936984

My name is Klissa-of-Saryssa. Child of Kyra and Lyrske. Generation 62 of my family.

My father sought to explore the world outside Shaia's embrace, to experience all that She was and all that was She. To feel her Warmth on his scales and witness the gigantic bodies of water spoken of in ketza lore.

Though he is gone, the burning flame of destiny passed down to me. I'll see all there is to see, and to learn why he vanished so long ago.


Some dared to believe the Great Beast got him, but that monster is surely long dead (if it ever existed at all).

Not that it matters. My father showed no fear, and neither will I.
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No. 936985 ID: 395c02
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936985

Exploring the Old Path makes for a good trial run before I set out for real. There's little to worry about so close to home, making this a good opportunity to make sure I'm not missing anything.

Heath, food, and water are ever important. Tyrsis, being part ketza, has Shaia's Love inside him. Focusing that Love lets him produce intense heat or cold.

I don't know if Tyrsis will join me on my ultimate adventure, but I'm going to be optimistic and think of him as a permanent party member. Mama, for now, is just tagging along.

Since I may find some new friends in my travels (even if only from Shaia's Embrace), I think it only fitting that I come up with a name for my adventuring party.


:SQ_pathL:Please name Kliss's party.:SQ_pathR:
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No. 936986 ID: 9c293c

The Seekers!
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No. 936988 ID: ad51b8

>>936979
is he looking at your butt?

>Please name Kliss's party
The B-Team

you know B as in birthday, since it's your birthday.
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No. 936991 ID: 36980e

>>936985
Coolest Dudes
Also, add a "Coolness" meter to the party screen.
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No. 936994 ID: 64bd5d

Shaia's Curiosity
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No. 936995 ID: 0fae41

Team Rockcrusher!
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No. 937010 ID: 8d23f0

>>936985
The Cone-heads!
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No. 937011 ID: 297ccf

The Adventuring Expeditioneers!
It rides the line between obvious and over the top!
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No. 937031 ID: 02ad28

>>936986
I like this one, nice and simple.
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No. 937032 ID: 8d4593

Two dead kids and a widow
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No. 937036 ID: 094652

The WeeBeeSeeks! (The Wishbe Seekers)
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No. 937044 ID: cb22c8

>>936986
Why not "The Sun-Seekers", really wear your motivations on your sleeve? You've... heard of the sun, right?
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No. 937049 ID: 91ee5f

>>936980
>Just picturing how it'd look on your eventual hot slissa boy life-mate~
Tyrsis is right there! You’re gonna embarrass him if you keep talking about him like that!

>>936984
>Some dared to believe the Great Beast got him, but that monster is surely long dead (if it ever existed at all).
Well, if the stories are true, then when the Great Beast got too fat to follow the ketzas down here, it got stuck at the surface entrance and was unable to get unstuck, which resulted in it starving to death.

So there’s most likely nothing to worry about.

>>936985
>team name
Gurren Lagann

Because this is pretty much how Gurren Lagann gets started.

>>936988
>is he looking at your butt?
Yes, he is.
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No. 937067 ID: caf1de

the fuck squad
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No. 937083 ID: 864e49

This IS pretty much how Gurren Lagann starts.
Team Dai-Gurren.
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No. 937113 ID: a9af05

>>936988
>is he looking at your butt?
That's exactly what he's doing.

>>937083
Yes, do this!
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No. 937169 ID: caf1de

>>937083
oh yeah!
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No. 937351 ID: 3121a1

Wayfinders!

>>936986
But I'm partial to this also.
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No. 937381 ID: ecd116

>>937351
>>936986
>>937044

or even 'the way-finding Seekers of sol/the sun' if you want to combined it into one team name or at least shorten it to just 'way-finding Seekers'.

((if that allow & ok to do that, then again if we have to pick the three separate choices by themselves alongside the others names I will gladly stand by that choice in what the others pick as well))
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No. 937740 ID: 4b08a5

>>937083
This one!
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No. 937746 ID: 395c02
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937746

The ketzas told of a shining ball of light atop an infinite ceiling. They claimed it to be Shaia herself, but knowledge of her story renders that theory impossible. Over time the slissas came to call it 'Sha', borrowing the Ketza word for 'goddess'.

Could we be 'The Sha-seekers'? No, that doesn't sound quite right. We're not after the light, but the world it illuminates.

Shaia's world...

Maybe we could call ourselves 'The Seekers of Shaia', or shorten it to simply 'The Seekers'.

Hmm...

:sq_optbubble_left:X: ...'The Seekers of Shaia' is a fine name.:sq_optbubble_right:
:sq_optbubble_left:Y: ...'The Seekers' is nice and simple.:sq_optbubble_right:
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No. 937747 ID: 395c02
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937747

After a short walk we arrive at the rock Mama mentioned. A gentle scraping reveals it to be as weak as any other.

"See? Told you I wasn't lying!"

"Huh. You'd think someone would have dug through it by now, if only to grab any valuables."

"Apparently everything of value was taken long before the rock was put in place."

"If you're telling the truth... Mama, why do you know about this place? You've never been interested in stuff like this."

"I'm not, but he very much was."

Father...

"Hard to imagine he wouldn't have dug through this."

"Much like you, he never liked to take the obvious path in life. He insisted on finding another way in."

"And he succeeded, I presume. Why don't we go the way he did?"

"Oh, I'm much too old for that arduous path. Besides, Tyrsis wouldn't fit through some of the tunnels we-- he navigated."

"I'm kind of curious what's in there. Maybe some relics from the war? I'd love to see it first-hand!"

"First Mama and now you? Is it opposite day or something?

"Think of it as our hatchday present!"

"Just don't let this one fly away."

"Eheh... So, I assume I have to do the digging?"

"My claws aren't really built for it."

"And mine aren't what they used to be."

Right.
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No. 937748 ID: 395c02
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937748

I get to work. As expected, the ketzas greatly underestimated us when putting this here.

In the silence that follows, I can almost feel something swirling in the back of my head. Thoughts? Feelings? The necklace weighs heavily on my neck, almost as though it were filled with an unreachable desire. If such a thing were even possible.

>is [Tyrsis] looking at your butt?
That's not quite what I meant by 'desire'.

>Tyrsis is right there [as an eventual life-mate]!
....

I never did like these quiet moments of introspection.

Tyrsis is a very dear and loyal friend. Loyal enough to destroy himself following me to the end of Shaia's world. I couldn't bear the thought of hurting him, or forcing him to live the kind of life I want to live.

He'll surely join me as I venture towards the surface world. Along the way, we'll pass by the ketza realm. Once there, I hope to use my great powers of matchmaking to find the perfect life-mate for him. Someone who can give him the life he deserves.

Only then can I leave Shaia's Embrace without regret. To do otherwise only invites pain.

....

My claws finally break through to the other side.
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No. 937749 ID: 395c02
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937749

Whoa...


:sq_optbubble_left:What should I do?:sq_optbubble_right:
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No. 937750 ID: 0fae41

Y.
Nibble on the spikes to see if they're edible.
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No. 937755 ID: b1b4f3

Y.

What's with all the spikes? Those aren't natural.
First, make sure the entrance you dug reaches a spot clear of spikes.
Second, tell the others the tunnel's done.

What kind of life does Tyrsis want to live? Why would following you destroy him?
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No. 937758 ID: 541b8b

>>937749
ooh, so many things!
Is that spike pit in the middle of the room deep or just dark? have a look around and see where the different paths lead, get a closer look at that banner and ...is that a slissa skeleton?
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No. 937760 ID: 3a3c64

Y
Dig up a crystal, and either show it off to your friend and your mother, or use it as a flashlight
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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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