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936823 No. 936823 ID: 1301e8

CASE 2: The secret art of the great, green twin wyrms.
[Very NSFW]

Wiki and previous threads: https://tgchan.org/wiki/New_Horizons
Discussion thread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/112260.html


“…And our next piece is drawn the very talented and gifted Pilli DuGast. See the stroke work, how it splashes unto the canvas with such fury and vigor. You can almost see the emotion of the artist as he painted this masterpiece. The shape language tells us a story on its own, with the sharp angles contrasting the soft circles of its centerpiece, whiles the colors, red and green, presents us with the idea of the endless conflict of the two sides of our very soul. Tell us, Pelli, what emotional significances, what deep enigmas and thoughtful depictions are you presenting us with?”
Marquis Isabella de Lac Vicatar the IV.
At the monthly art appreciation extravaganza at the Sunstrider gallery of grounded and local art.

“It’s a rooster.”
Pelli DuGast
About four seconds after the last quote.

“…oh.”
Marquis Isabella de Lac Vicatar the IV.
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No. 936824 ID: 1301e8
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:HalcyonNH: -so I said to him “Because you just told me about them.”. You should have seen the look on his face!
:RishiNH: Hah!

You made your way home after your romp with Lily without anything of note happening, unless you find the fact that she couldn’t sit down after Thule was done with her worth mentioning. Well home, you immediately cleaned yourself up before diving into the massive pile of moving boxes filled with your stuff.

:HalcyonNH: So we arrested him, checked his pockets and would you known it? There were enough stuff in there for at least two dozen people.
:RishiNH: How can you just blurt something like that out to a cop anyway?

Several boxes, a dinner and about two hours later you get a call from Haley, saying that she just got off her shift. She asks you to meet up with her at a smaller bar not far from where you live for a drink and pleasant conversation. As soon as you get there the two of you head inside and orders a drink each, before sharing old work stories to break the ice.

:HalcyonNH: To be fair, he was high as a kite when we stopped him.
:RishiNH: Still, to be caught like that when you only wanted to give him back his wallet. Verily, he probably wasn’t the straightest river out there, was he?
:HalcyonNH: Indeed.
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No. 936825 ID: 1301e8
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An awkward silence washes over you as Haley fidget with her drink. It’s clear that something is weighting down her shoulders.

:RishiNH: So… what did you want to talk to me about? It’s quite obvious that you want to talk about something a bit heavier than just old stories. And why just to me?
:HalcyonNH: Is it that transparent?

She sighs deeply before emptying her glass and ordering another drink.
:HalcyonNH: Because you know about Xaby.
:RishiNH: She-
:HalcyonNH: Don’t. Don’t say anything about her. That’s the problem. I do not know what to do here.
:RishiNH: …what do you mean?
:HalcyonNH: I have sworn to uphold the law and to protect those that cannot do it themselves.
:RishiNH: But upholding the law would hurt someone you’d sworn to protect?
:HalcyonNH: Affirmative. It’s like there are two parts of me, fighting over what to do next. Do I do nothing and simply let it go? Or do I tell my superiors what I know?
:RishiNH: If you tell them Xaby might-
:HalcyonNH: It’s not that simple. It’s not just Xaby. If I tell them she might get in danger, yes, but if I don’t tell them, what if the next SAI they smuggle away is actually dangerous? Most of these laws are there for a reason, after all. I know much well from experience that many SAI that they “save” like that aren’t SAI’s that are worth saving. They are fragmented and dangerous to all those around them.
:RishiNH: So… do you save one person you care for… or maybe several people that you don’t know?
:HalcyonNH: *Sigh* I have sworn to protect people. What do I do when all options to do so, don’t?

How does a robot even sigh anyway?
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No. 936826 ID: f1a100

>>936825
>How does a robot even sigh anyway?
How do you psychically sigh? (and on the subject, how can you psychically talk to a robot?)
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No. 936827 ID: 3674e7

They could always say they got a tip about a SAI smuggling ring from an informant.
1 they don’t have to involve Xaby and 2 informants are kept confidential even from other officers in case of the info reaching ears of potential threats to them.
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No. 936832 ID: b1b4f3

>>936825
Tell them after she's gone.
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No. 936838 ID: ad51b8

>How does a robot even sigh anyway?
their cooling fans run on overdrive for a second before turning back down to their normal silent speed.

But yeah, welcome to life where it really has all the answers. Their will be times when you get it easy and everything is black and white, right and wrong, and we can be sure that what we pick is the right answer. However their will also be times where we are handed something that's just different shades of grey. Where their is no right or wrong, no easy answer. In those cases, the ones where you honestly can't decide what is the right choice, well all you can do is ask yourself, "Which choice will let me sleep easier at night?"

Would it be easier for you to follow the law to the letter even if it might hurt those that you've sworn to protect, or do you try to spare the innocent even though doing so might lead to ways for other less innocent individuals to take advantage of others? Their is no right answer, just one that you feel is best and while you can ask others for their thoughts one what is right and what isn't in the end it's going to have to be you that decides what YOU want to do. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with this but sometimes you just come across things like this and all you can do is pick one and hope for the best.
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No. 936853 ID: a9af05

>>936838
This.
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No. 936929 ID: 91ee5f

>>936838
Pretty much this.

There are going to be times where you just have to use your best judgment and do what you think is right.
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No. 937017 ID: 1301e8
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>How do you psychically sigh?
…you don’t? Serpent does at times stop to audibly collect their thoughts, which might be considered a sigh, you guess?
>Their cooling fans run on overdrive for a second before turning back down to their normal silent speed.
That does actually sound plausible. Verily, you haven’t actually given it much though how robots actually communicate. They usually don’t have mouths; ergo they probably use some kind of voice module of some kind.
>and on the subject, how can you psychically talk to a robot?
You telepathically throw your thoughts at it, something inside it catch them and translate them into something it can understand. In layman’s terms, of course.


>Welcome to life.
:HalcyonNH: I know it’s life. What I’m asking is how to handle life.
>There will be times when you get it easy and everything is black and white, right and wrong, and we can be sure that what we pick is the right answer. However there will also be times where we are handed something that's just different shades of grey.
:HalcyonNH: But which grey is right? Is it gray or is it grey?
:RishiNH: Verily, there simply isn’t a right or wrong, no easy answer. Instead, ask yourself what you want to do?
:HalcyonNH: I don’t know.
:RishiNH: Which choice will let me sleep easier at night?
:HalcyonNH: I just don’t know.

>Tell them after she's gone.
:HalcyonNH: Then I’ll get some very hard question about why I didn’t inform them earlier.
>They could always say they got a tip about a SAI smuggling ring from an informant.
:HalcyonNH: Getting information from an unknown source? That might work, indeed. But it doesn’t solve the main problem, does it?
:RishiNH: Which is?
:HalcyonNH: By the time Xaby is safe the smugglers will already have moved their organization somewhere else. After all, I’m pretty sure we were breathing down there neck so they would be quite unintelligent if they didn’t change their location. Thus the information I would provide would be worthless.
:RishiNH: Huh… then I guess that won’t really work.
>Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with this but sometimes you just come across things like this and all you can do is pick one and hope for the best.
:HalcyonNH: No, I still appreciate this. I just needed to vent for a bit. Thank you, Rishi.
:RishiNH: You bought me a drink, ergo it’s the least I can do.

:HalcyonNH: But let’s proceed to more jovial topics. Do you have a new case, for example?
:RishiNH: I do in fact. I’ve been hired to find the artist of a certain series of paintings that supposedly live here.
:HalcyonNH: A painter? Really? I didn’t expect a case like that to be honest.
:RishiNH: Verily, neither did I. Have you ever heard of someone going by the name “Great, Green Twin Wyrms.”? Here, let me show you one of their paintings.
:HalcyonNH: I can’t say I have any matches in my memory banks for that name… nor for that painting. Or even painting style. Is it painted with glow in the dark colors? And what is this name you have written down? Drizu?
:RishiNH: It’s painted with a special pigment made out of a certain set of crystals that grow on my home planet. It’s toxic to non-serpents, so it doesn’t see much use outside our home system. As for the name, it’s what it says on the side of most of the paintings.
:HalcyonNH: Drizu does match the naming convention of your kind, does it not? Then it would be easy to search and find a Serpent named Drizu in the stations data base.
:RishiNH: I have and I’ve gotten several matches. Ergo, I’ll need to look into it deeper tomorrow. But enough about my case, how about you? How is work holding up for you?

:HalcyonNH: *Sigh* I’m on patrol tomorrow again near the Sol Corp. HQ. Those protest just seem to get worse and worse if you ask me.
:RishiNH: The show that “SAI” put on probably fanned the flames… um… pun not intended.
:HalcyonNH: It’s not only that either. You didn’t hear this from me, but there’s rumors going around that one of those SAI that Sol Corp. got trapped in there have escaped.
:RishiNH: That’s… good?
:HalcyonNH: Not if the way people say they treat them is true. If it’s been forced into a body without any ability to move and then tortured to do hard work since it woke up it’s probably nothing more than a feral beast by this point. As I said, SAI can be dangerous if they come from the wrong place. Trust me, I know from experience.
:RishiNH: Still… it’s slavery. I can’t see why they would allow something like that.
:HalcyonNH: That’s the problem with the Unity. We need to follow the laws other star systems put up or the whole thing just collapses.
:RishiNH: Hmfp… you’d think there would be an easier way…
:HalcyonNH: Hear, hear.

It’s getting late and you’ll have a lot of work to do tomorrow. Hopefully you can find this painter, or at least Drizu, for another easy paycheck. Anything else you want to bring up to Haley before you head back home? She does seem rather gloomy at the moment… and under a lot of stress…
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No. 937021 ID: ad51b8

well you could just talk about silly shit until both of you finish your drinks to try and end the night on a lighter mood. Think she'd mind if you asked her about the SAI church and it's different sub-groups? Like what's her take on the ones that want to be plants, more robotic, or more "life like". I mean, assuming you don't think it would bother her to talk about them it could be amusing to see what she thinks about them. Hell you could tell her about some odd groups you came across back home to keep things fair.
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No. 937024 ID: b1b4f3

>>937017
If the smugglers move you still know who they're affiliated with, and can gather evidence from their previous location or the paper trail related to it, so the "tip" wouldn't be worthless. You can track them down, it's not like they're GONE.

Also ask her if she wants to blow off some steam. You're free tonight if she wants to come home with you.
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No. 937041 ID: c49ece

Look Haley, laws don't always get enforced all the time. Sometimes that's because of political considerations, which is bad, but sometimes it's because laws are bad and end up hurting people they're supposed to protect. These are the kinds of things you should be questioning, because otherwise you're justifying your actions using the superior orders defense.

How do robots even de-stress?
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No. 937043 ID: b1b4f3

Basically, her real choice is between:
A, very certainly doom an innocent SAI or
B, possibly allow a SAI-smuggling operation to get away and possibly go on to smuggle away unstable SAIs which will possibly harm innocents.
Personally I'd pick option B.
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No. 937046 ID: 58b4f3

>>937017
Ask if she wants to come over to your place to fuck? That's a good way to relieve stress!
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No. 937082 ID: 864e49

"It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

Remember when we were in the SAI church and she admitted that she has never actually "been one with an organic", lets bring that up now.
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No. 937172 ID: e3e99e

>>937017
"When a person is born, you don't know what they're going to eventually do. You can make a guess from their lineage and who raises them, but any one of them could be a scientist who saves millions or a psycho who kills them.
Some of 'em are gonna turn out bad - real bad - but if you had to choose between protecting a nursery or wiping it out then any way you look at it you're gonna protect as hard as you can. It's your job, and it's the right thing to do. No question.

You can't pass judgement on people for what they could do, and you can't punish them as if they're all guilty of hypothetical crimes. That's part of the basis of our whole legal structure - presumption of innocence.
So what you're looking at here, what you're feeling, is that you have a law that goes against everything the whole system is built on, but the people above you seem keen on choosing that law over the whole system.
If one part of a system conflicts with the rest, then that's a wrong part and needs to be replaced.

If that doesn't help you sleep at night?
Well, I've never fucked a robot into a coma before, but..."
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No. 937277 ID: 972422

>>937017
That other SAI might lash out and hurt someone... or it might just run off to enjoy its newfound freedom... or someone might find it before it hurts anyone and help it find a new lease on life. We can't know what people are going to do in the future, but they deserve a chance to have a future.

It's our job to help and protect people. There's always a chance that someone we help could end up hurting someone, but that doesn't mean we're to blame for it or that we shouldn't have tried to help them. Sometimes good decisions don't have good results; that's just the nature of probability. All we need to do is work with what we know to protect the people we can protect, and if it turns out they're causing harm to someone else, we can stop them too. Or someone else could.

We might have a personal anecdote that could help in this situation. Rishi could have worked on a case back on her homeworld where she helped someone who turned out to be a dangerous criminal, such as one where a woman wanted help finding a missing child, and it turned out the child ran away because she was abusing him, so we arrested her too.
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No. 937286 ID: 1301e8
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>It is better that ten guilty people escape than that one innocent suffer.
:HalcyonNH: And then the ten guilty ones make a hundred innocent suffer? No, we can’t just let people harm others just because we might harm someone else.
>You can't pass judgment on people for what they could do, and you can't punish them as if they're all guilty of hypothetical crimes.
:HalcyonNH: But they are guilty of smuggling SAI’s, are they not?
>Look Haley, laws don't always get enforced all the time. Sometimes that's because of political considerations, which is bad, but sometimes it's because laws are bad and end up hurting people they're supposed to protect.
:HalcyonNH: Then you have to question why that law is written as it is? Can’t it be written in a better way so it still encompass its original purpose as well as not catching those it isn’t meant for?
>These are the kinds of things you should be questioning, because otherwise you're justifying your actions using the superior orders defense.
:HalcyonNH: *Sigh* As much as I want to question everything, I simply can’t. I simply don’t know enough of the world… or why things are like they are…
>If the smugglers move you still know who they're affiliated with, and can gather evidence from their previous location or the paper trail related to it, so the "tip" wouldn't be worthless.
:HalcyonNH: Indeed, it might not be worthless. You are correct. But it is still worth far less than it is now, is it not?

Haley downs her drink and orders another one. What is she even drinking? Some kind of… oil?

:HalcyonNH: I came here to relieve some stress, not talk about this all night… can we please change the subject matter?

>How do robots even de-stress?
:HalcyonNH: …depends on the robot. I personally do the same things you organics do. Enjoy a hobby, take a drink and spend time with a friend. Those kind of things.
:RishiNH: And other robots?
:HalcyonNH: Some just delete the data that is stressing them out momentarily before recreating it again after they’ve had their fun.
:RishiNH: …that sounds a bit like cheating, if you ask me.
:HalcyonNH: Indeed.
>Ask if she wants to come over to your place to fuck? That's a good way to relieve stress!
…well, you’ve never fucked a robot before… maybe if you didn’t come on that… strong?
>I've never fucked a robot into a coma before, but...
Can a robot even get into a coma? Heck, can you even fuck someone into a coma? Verily, you have experience of fucking someone into unconsciousness, but that was a special case so... hmm…

:RishiNH: Hey, Haley. I know this really good way to de-stress. It’s an old Serpent way to-
:HalcyonNH: You’re asking me to spend the night? No. Not today.
:RishiNH: …you’re sure you know what I meant when I-
:HalcyonNH: “Old Serpent way”? It’s not that hard to figure out.
:RishiNH: Well, you did say you’ve never been with an organic before so I just thought… why not have a new experience, eh?
:HalcyonNH: I’m still content simulating less intense scenarios on my own for now. Maybe later when I’m more secure of the capabilities of it. Besides, the warranty doesn’t include organic interaction.
:RishiNH: …your warrant? Really?
:HalcyonNH: We robots have many problems you organic don’t have, do we not?

>Think she'd mind if you asked her about the SAI church and it's different sub-groups? Like what's her take on the ones that want to be plants, more robotic, or more "life like".
:HalcyonNH: I am actually a member of the “sisters of the flesh” as they call themselves, though I’m not as extreme as some of those that you met earlier. Most of us aren’t.
:RishiNH: Really? Ergo, you want to become more… organic?
:HalcyonNH: I don’t want to become organic. I want to join and be part of the cultures and ways of lives you organic have. That’s the real ideal behind it.
:RishiNH: And the plants and robot… err… robots?
:HalcyonNH: The brothers of steel wants us to find our own path, to create our own culture completely distinct from yours. Thus why they focus on the robotic parts of themselves. The sibling of the green on the other hand wants to become part of nature itself, as it’s something we have never been, being constructs made by others.
:RishiNH: Such vastly different ideals, yet they are all bound in the same core belief. Interesting.
:HalcyonNH: It’s just three different ways to see our place in the world, I suppose.
>Well you could just talk about silly shit until both of you finish your drinks to try and end the night on a lighter mood.
The rest of the evening is spent discussing less important news, like some sports, games and holo-shows. Apparently Haley is quite the fan of the same Holo-detective stories you love, so the two of you do find something to gush about for the rest of the night. But before it gets too late, you suggest that it’s time for you to hit the water and Haley concurs, having a long shift tomorrow as well. Bidding her farewell, the two of you leave the bar your separate ways.
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No. 937287 ID: 1301e8
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You finally make your way home to your humble abode… still filled with cardboard boxes that need to be sorted. Why do you even have this much stuff? Where did you even use to have it? No matter. What isn’t in a box is what’s important! Your sleeping tank! It’s filled to the brim with water just the right temperature a good, long nap.

Slithering towards the bed, you practically throw your clothes off as you enter your bedroom. The paintings, Isabella, Drizu and this “great, green twin wyrms”, all that can wait until tomorrow, because right now, the only thing you want is relax in your nice, new sleeping tank.
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No. 937288 ID: 1301e8
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You let yourself sink to the bottom of your sleeping tank, enjoying the feeling of the cool water engulf you and soothe your body. The fine sand at the bottom polishes your scales, removing any dirt and grime as you bury yourself into it and soon enough sleep overcome you. You barely have time to lay down until you’re in a dream.
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No. 937289 ID: 1301e8
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937289

A loud beeping fills the tank, dragging you out of your deep sleep without your consent.

:NonNH: *BEEP* A “Leontius Strongheart” are at your front door. He has left the following message:
:LeonNH: Good morning, fair maiden!

Ugh… what is he doing here!?

:LeonNH: Remember, I promised to honor your with a nice cup of coffee this fine morning?

…oh, right, the coffee… you did promise him a cup of coffee before work yesterday. What time is it anyway?

:LeonNH: The first time cycle already started today. If you desire to enjoy a cup with me before working hours now would be the time.

…a part of you want to just get up, punch him in the face before going back to bed.

:LeonNH: May I enter your delightful abode? Surely, you’re awake and well at this late hour, correct?

It’s way too early for this shit…
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No. 937290 ID: b1b4f3

>>937289
Just how much earlier did he wake you? Inform him of your regular wake-up time.
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No. 937297 ID: a9af05

>>937289
>Way too fucking early for this shit.
I think he's just really eager to get to know you. Or maybe he just really wants to admire your hips?

>>937290
This.
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No. 937309 ID: c49ece

Ask your room's listening device what time it is, compare with when you went to bed last night. Show up at the door wearing only a towel around your waist to assert dominance. Inform him it's too damn early and that he has one shot to convince you to not pull his hat down around his shoulders and go back to bed. Endeavor to call him 'early bird' from now on, or at least till it gets boring.
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No. 937314 ID: ad51b8

let him in, speak to him through the tank, and then once you wake up enough get out and get dressed and go get your coffee.
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No. 937432 ID: 1301e8
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>Just how much earlier did he wake you?
Eh… about two hours to early… as in, way too early.
>I think he's just really eager to get to know you.
Cute, virgin boys like usually are. Verily, you don’t think he’s actually a virgin, but going by how conservative his view was, he’s probably just as easily flustered. Three dates before a kiss? A whole year before some fun? Geez… you can’t help but feel sorry for the kid.
>Or maybe he just really wants to admire your hips?
The curse of these darn add-ons. Your hips are just too curvy for their own good.

>Show up at the door wearing only a towel around your waist to assert dominance.
While it would be fun to see his reaction, let’s not flash people without consent… especially an officer of the law. You do have a rather ill-fitting bathrobe that probably does the trick just as well. Though, seeing as Serpents usually don’t have breasts, can you actually unlawfully flash someone? Hmm…

Just to be on the safe side, you put on your bathrobe and make your way to the front door.

:LeonNH: Good morning, Ri- eh!?

As soon as he spots you he turns around flustered and tries to not look at you, but failing miserably.

:LeonNH: M-my apologies! I d-didn’t t-think… err… y-you would b-be so… underdressed? I w-would g-gladly honor y-your wishes if y-you wished me to l-leave?
:RishiNH: Nng… ‘s fine…

>Inform him of your regular wake-up time.
:RishiNH: Do you know what time it is!?
:LeonNH: …it’s morning, about the time most people that work the first cycle gets up? Like you?
:RishiNH: … … …okay, fair enough. But never the less, Mr. Early bird, I usually sleep at least two hours more... or sometimes three… I c-can set my own times, ergo it doesn’t matter when I get up, alright?
:LeonNH: Oh! My apologies, lady Rishi, I didn’t mean to… it’s just, you just said that we would have coffee in the morning and didn’t specify a time so I thought… well… before one of us has to work?
:RishiNH: Right, you’ll have to go to work soon, early bird…
:LeonNH: Actually, I have paid leave today. They wanted me to take a day off to relax after… well, being lit on fire yesterday when I tried to save a SAI from the flames of hell and all that.
:RishiNH: …wait, what?
:LeonNH: But never mind that… um… so… I’ll just leave and let you sleep or…?

>He has one shot to convince you to not pull his hat down around his shoulders and go back to bed.
:LeonNH: …imagine the aroma of newly grounded Uredo Kitari beans, before a warm liquid with a heavy body enter your mouth. A balanced taste of acidity and sweetness, if a bit earthy, with a slight flavor of citrus and an aftertaste of chocolate. Let it spread around your body as it warms your very soul and wake you up from your sleep into a dream that is in reality.
:RishiNH: …that actually sound rather tasty, early bird.
:LeonNH: You know what they say, the early bird catches the worm… or in this case the snake *wink*
:RishiNH: …ugh, it’s way too early for puns.
:LeonNH: So… do you honor me with your presence while we enjoy a delightful cup of Uredo coffee, or do you want me to come back in about two hours?

So… ask him to come back later and go back to sleep or... damn, that coffee sounded really tasty right about now, didn’t it? You don’t think you’ll be able to go back to sleep without lusting after that coffee…

…or you can invite him in and use him as a pillow when you go back to sleep. He does look very soft…
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No. 937444 ID: ad51b8

go with him for coffee, get halfway down the hallway before remembering you're still only wearing your robe, debate whether your to tired to go back and get dressed and just continue on in your bath robe or actually have the will power to slither back and through some actual clothes on for the day.
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No. 937446 ID: 91ee5f

>>937432
>Actually, I have paid leave today. They wanted me to take a day off to relax after…well, being lit on fire yesterday when I tried to save a SAI from the flames of hell and all that.
Cops must have really good medical coverage, he doesn’t look like he was set on fire at all.

>a warm liquid with a heavy body enter your mouth.
You don’t have a mouth. Hmm, I wonder what he would say if you asked him what it’s like to have a mouth?

>coffee or sleep?
Might as well go get that coffee. You can invite him inside to wait for you to get dressed or he can wait out here if he’s not comfortable with coming in.

Tell Leon that in order to make it up to you for waking you up so early, he’s gotta help you with a case. And since he’s got paid leave, you don’t have to worry about interrupting any police related work he’s doing.

Unless he has plans for today. You don’t want to be a jerk and make him use his paid leave to help you if there’s something else he’d rather be doing.

>…or you can invite him in and use him as a pillow when you go back to sleep. He does look very soft…
Rishi, you’re still half asleep. This is Leon, not Lily. Lily was soft, Leon here is all muscles, so he’s not gonna be soft at all.
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No. 937543 ID: 1301e8
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>Rishi, you’re still half asleep. This is Leon, not Lily. Lily was soft, Leon here is all muscles, so he’s not gonna be soft at all.
But he’s covered in feathers! Feathers are supposed to be soft, right? They make pillows out of feathers, he is covered in feathers ergo he must be soft. That’s simple logic right there. Verily, it’s logic from a tired mind, but still logic.

>Go with him for coffee.
:RishiNH: Coffee…
:LeonNH: Err… Rishi?
:RishiNH: Ugh… Coffee?
:LeonNH: Aren’t you forgetting something?
>Get halfway down the hallway before remembering you're still only wearing your robe.
You actually completely forgot that you’re only wearing a bathrobe right now and nothing else…

:LeonNH: So… time to get dressed in your fancy regalia, Lady Rishi?
:RishiNH: …I’m actually debating if I even have the will power to slither back home and change or if I’m just too tired to care.
:LeonNH: Not to be a killjoy, but your current attire does not fit into the guidelines necessary for public use. So… unless you want to force me to fine you before dragging you back home in handcuffs…
:RishiNH: … … …right, I really don’t want a fine… but last part does kind of sound interesting.
:LeonNH: I’m not putting handcuff on you just because.
:RishiNH: Aw…

>You can invite him inside to wait for you to get dressed or he can wait out here if he’s not comfortable with coming in.
:LeonNH: Um… I g-guess I can take a peek inside your lovely abode while you… get d-dressed?
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No. 937544 ID: 1301e8
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Leon makes sure to stay far away from you while you dress yourself, just to be completely sure that he doesn’t accidently catch a peek. How drole. In fact, he’s so careful nothing of interest actually happens on your way to the nearby coffee shop either.

:RishiNH: Mmm… coffee…
:LeonNH: See, this isn’t so bad.
:RishiNH: If you like being a coffee zombie, sure…
:LeonNH: As my colony used to say, mornings moments have gold in their beaks… wait, that sound horribly translated.
:RishiNH: I for one rather have silver if that’s the case…

>Cops must have really good medical coverage, he doesn’t look like he was set on fire at all.
:LeonNH: I might have exaggerating my heroic deeds a slight bit. It was mostly my clothes that caught fire and only for a second or two before I was put out.
:RishiNH: So… no neat scars to show of your brave actions?
:LeonNH: Well… I’m still got some bandages around one of my legs. The doc said to take it easy so that my feathers down there grow out properly again.
:RishiNH: …down there?
:LeonNH: I was kind of sitting on the SAI when it self-combusted. Don’t worry, fair Rishi, other than a few signed leg feathers, the only thing that was hurt was my pride!
:RishiNH: That’s what I’m worried about. I was hoping to make good use of your pride later.
:LeonNH: …I’m… not sure what you mean by that, lady Rishi?
>I wonder what he would say if you asked him what it’s like to have a mouth?
:LeonNH: A mouth? Um… well… it’s… not that simple to explain? It’s nice, I guess?
:RishiNH: It does have some uses that I actually a bit jealous… especially with other people.
:LeonNH: Ah, yes, if you want to be lewd about it, kissing is quite… delightful, yes.
:RishiNH: …I was actually thinking about something even more lewd, but I digress. (Is kissing even lewd in the first place?)
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No. 937545 ID: 1301e8
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>Tell Leon that in order to make it up to you for waking you up so early, he’s gotta help you with a case.
:LeonNH: Oh? A case? Nothing unethical, I hope?
:RishiNH: Wouldn’t dream of it. I’ve been hired to track down an artist that’s won a prize at the local gallery.
:LeonNH: Really? That’s new. Give me the details.

You go over everything you’ve come over so far with Leon, including the name “the great, green twin wyrms”, Drizu, the paintings and their special pigments as well as how they were delivered.

:LeonNH: Sounds like an interesting case… and I do have some time to kill…
:RishiNH: So you’re going to help me?
:LeonNH: If you would share the glory of this honorable hunt then I will be at your side! Let it be such a magnificent quest that it will fit with the legends of yore!
:RishiNH: Err…
:LeonNH: As your valiant knight, I swear fealty to you, Lady Rishi, and I will not rest until we track down and slay these gigantic and magnificent twin wyrms told to us only in myths!
:RishiNH: …are you messing with me or…?
:LeonNH: Unless it’s get to late, of course, as I have a roleplaying game this afternoon.
:RishiNH: A roleplaying game?
:LeonNH: I play a lawful good paladin!
:RishiNH: …of course you do.
:LeonNH: Now! Where to begin on this epic journey!?
:RishiNH: …I was thinking maybe look up all the Drizu’s on the station?
:LeonNH: Hmm… we can also take a look at the shops that sells these pigments. By your description, it seems like you would need some kind of special permission to buy them… or at least to sell them. I’m sure the humble shopkeepers would be honored to help a pair of adventurers like us!
:RishiNH: …this isn’t one of your roleplaying games, early bird.
:LeonNH: Another venue of attack is to find out who was delivering the paintings to the gallery. If it’s a company then we can track them down through it.
:RishiNH: That’s an idea too, yes.
:LeonNH: Or we can just give out a public message that this artist has won a prize and we want to meet them in person?
:RishiNH: I’m pretty sure my client would be pretty cross with me if I told everyone who would win the completion before she announced it herself.
:LeonNH: Well… we just don’t need to mention the price, do we? We can just ask if someone knows who this “twin wyrm” is?
:RishiNH: Hmm… maybe…
:LeonNH: Well then, fearless leader, where do we begin this date of ours?
:RishiNH: Date?
:LeonNH: Quest. I meant quest. Nothing else.
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No. 937546 ID: ad51b8

>Quest. I meant quest. Nothing else.
Quest huh? So does that make me the fair maiden or the final best you face at the quest's end? Are you hoping to lay this beast perhaps?

but anyways I suggest starting with finding out who all the Drizu on the station are and then checking out the shops to try and narrow it down even more. We can then look for him through the delivery next if that don't work.
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No. 937625 ID: 91ee5f

>>937545
>…I was thinking maybe look up all the Drizu’s on the station?
>Hmm…we can also take a look at the shops that sells these pigments.
Both of these.

>Or we can just give out a public message that this artist has won a prize and we want to meet them in person?
That wouldn’t work. That would only get a swarm of random people to show up and claim to be the artist because they’re hoping to get some easy money. We’d run the risk of giving the prize money to the wrong person.
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No. 937641 ID: a9af05

>>937625
All of this.
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No. 937651 ID: c49ece

A date it is! Lets look through some art stores.
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No. 937726 ID: a9af05

>>937544
>Mouth talk
Rishi, have you ever considered saving up to get a mouth bio mod? There's plenty of things you could do with it. You could eat solid food, you could speak out loud instead of telepathically, you could kiss. You could even do some pretty lewd things with it, like what Lily was doing with your ovipositor yesterday.

I remember we got Rishi to agree to save up for a mouth bio mod in the previous version of this quest. I wonder if we can convince her to agree to save up for it this time? Maybe we'll actually get the mod this time around?
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No. 937807 ID: 91ee5f

>>937726
>mouth bio mod
Yeah, Rishi think about that and see if you’d want it.
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No. 937825 ID: 58b4f3

>>937726
I like the idea of Rishi with a mouth. Next time she's backed up with painfully full of eggsacs and she's hungry, she can just bend over and suck herself off! It'll solve two problems at once!
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No. 937890 ID: 1301e8
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>Quest huh? So does that make me the fair maiden or the final beast you face at the quest's end?
:LeonNH: Um… as beautiful as you are, I wouldn’t call y-you a fair… err… maiden anymore.
:RishiNH: Oh? Then what would you call me?
:LeonNH: A brave and mighty knight! Well, maybe not an actual dame, more of an knight errant at the moment, but a fair and beautiful knight none the less.
:RishiNH: …I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone call me a knight before? Verily, it’s mostly about my hips or chest.
:LeonNH: And they are fools to not see the beauty under that gorgeous shell of yours! Such a courageous and honorable lady is to be revered for her deeds, not solely her looks!
:RishiNH: Huh… you really think highly of me, then?
:LeonNH: As highly as you deserve after your heroic yesterday, fair Rishi. Highly enough for me to question why you would think I would consider you a beast to be conquered for any reason?
:RishiNH: Well… I was thinking more in line of… heh… laying the beast, perhaps? To wrestle it to the ground and plunge your large… blade into its tight folds?~
:LeonNH: Err… I t-think y-y-you mean slay, but y-yes, b-beast are for s-s-slaying and that’s that.
:RishiNH: Heh…
>A date it is!
:LeonNH: I mean… I g-guess? Weirdest date I’ve ever had, to be honest but… s-sure?
:RishiNH: A date it is then!

>Going public would only get a swarm of random people to show up and claim to be the artist because they’re hoping to get some easy money. We’d run the risk of giving the prize money to the wrong person.
:LeonNH: Hmm… you’re correct. As much as I’d like to believe in the goodness in the people, there will always be those that beget falsehood for their own winning. It is sad that there are such fools that lack honor!
>I suggest starting with finding out who all the Drizu on the station are and then checking out the shops to try and narrow it down even more. We can then look for him through the delivery next if that don't work.
:LeonNH: So… look up the names first, then the shops and lastly the delivery? If that’s the plan then I’m honored to follow your lead, Rishi! So what first? Do we call them?
:RishiNH: I’d rather see them in person. Easier to both read them and explain what we’re looking for.
:LeonNH: I too prefers to converse in person. Just let me remove my badges so people won’t think this is official Peace Keeper business, alright?
:RishiNH: I’d ask why you were wearing them in the first place if you weren’t going to work today anyway.
:LeonNH: That’s like asking why a knight wear their armor! It’s their pride and honor, after all!
:RishiNH: Right… now, are you ready to go? We’ll start with the closes one, a Driz-

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:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but I have no idea who painted that thing. I’ve never seen a painting like that before. But hey, do you… want to hang later, maybe? No? Oh, alright, that’s fine…

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:NonFoS: My apologies, but I do not believe I can be of aid. While I do recognize the art style from a painting in the local gallery, I cannot tell you anything other than that. Maybe the owner of the gallery can aid you further?

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:NonFoS: Ma’am, we do not serve paintings here. Do you want to order something? Otherwise you’re holding up the line.

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:LeonNH: Seems like so far we’re wing clipped completely.
:RishiNH: We just have to trudge on. That’s the private eye way. Let’s see… the next one is working at… SolCorp HQ… great…
:LeonNH: Luckily, he doesn’t seem to work in the building that the protests are covering, so we might get in without any delays.
:RishiNH: I hope you’re right.
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No. 937891 ID: 1301e8
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>Rishi, have you ever considered saving up to get a mouth bio mod? There's plenty of things you could do with it.
Not until you got to the station, no. Verily, you’re just so used to not seeing people with mouths you’ve never actually considered how it would be to have one.
>You could eat solid food, you could speak out loud instead of telepathically, you could kiss.
Why would you want to make a bunch of noise when telepathy is so much handier? As for solid food, you’ve never seen the things the Xeno’s eat as really that appetizing. Now kissing on the other hand… it would be interesting to feel how it is to snuggle in that strange way.
>You could even do some pretty lewd things with it.
…and that too, yes. You did get a rather big bonus from the Xaby job, ergo you might actually afford a mouth augmentation if you really desired it. Hmm… this will require further consideration and reflection.
>Next time she's backed up with painfully full of eggsacs and she's hungry, she can just bend over and suck herself off! It'll solve two problems at once!
... … …now that’s just disgusting, in more ways than one. Also, you have something called a spine?


:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but Mr. Axio is very busy at the moment and can’t meet anyone at this time.

You find yourself inside one of the SolCorp. HQ buildings, right outside the office of a Mr. Axio, a high seated businessman within the corporation. His… charming secretary sadly won’t even let you contact him, let alone see him in person.

:RishiNH: Is there any chance that we can get a meeting with this Mr. Axio?
:NonFoS: Unless it’s business related then no. Mr. Axio won’t see anyone today, thanks to the current… situation outside.
:LeonNH: Another dud? I mean, what’s the chance this is the guy we’re looking for?
:RishiNH: A 100%. We just need to figure out a way to talk to him.
:LeonNH: …100%? Why do you say that?
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No. 937892 ID: 18fe5b

>>937891
That painting on the wall behind the secretary has the same style and paints as the painting we have.
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No. 937895 ID: 91ee5f

>>937891
That painting on the wall behind the secretary is the same style and paints as the one of the artist we’re looking for.
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No. 937899 ID: a9af05

>>937891
Not only is that painting on the wall in the same style and have the same paints, there is also a photo next to it with what looks like Drizu standing next to another Serpent wearing an apron covered in paints.

I think that Serpent next to Drizu in the photo is the guy we're looking for.
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No. 937906 ID: ad51b8

>…100%? Why do you say that?
look at the painting behind the secretary. Speaking of paintings, the picture of the two serpents next to it. Could we ask the secretary who they are. Might be able to find the other guy in the picture and us him to try and find our mystery artiest.
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No. 937914 ID: b1b4f3

>>937891
Why don't we just ask the receptionist who the artist of the painting is? Or who's in that photo next to Drizu?
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No. 937923 ID: e6b8d9

Tell Leon to check out the pictures on the wall behind the secretary. There's a portrait of, presumably, Mr. Drizu Axio done in the same style and medium as the Great Green Twin Wyrms' paintings. It even looks like it's signed the same way, but you'd need a closer look to be sure. And right next to it a photo of Mr. Axio and a male Serpens wearing a paint stained apron. You'd need a closer look, but those paint stains may be from the same pigments the Twin Wyrms uses. So it's high odds that that Serpens is the unknown artist.

Ask the secretary who's standing next to Mr. Axio in the photo behind her, then ask if that Serpens painted that portrait of Mr. Axio next to the photo. Then bring up the photo you took of the flower painting on your tablet and show it to the secretary, pointing out the "For Drizu" written on it. Tell her that you were hired to locate the artist, the Great Green Twin Wyrms, that painted this piece, among many others, because one of their recent pieces won a competition. Since Mr. Axio seems to know this artist, you hoped he'd share who they are, or at least be a go between to speak with them.

Can you discreetly take a photo of the pictures on the wall before you leave? As long as it's not illegal, that is. It'd be helpful to have a face to continue your search on if things otherwise fall through here.
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No. 937952 ID: 58b4f3

>>937891
>As for solid food, you’ve never seen the things the Xeno’s eat as really that appetizing.
And that's your problem. You're seeing the food. You need to actually taste the food in order to understand why the Xenos like it so much!

>………now that’s just disgusting, in more ways than one.
If it's so bad, then why were Ben and Lily so eager to suck them down? Obviously it can't be that bad if they enjoyed eating them!

>…100%? Why do you say that?
The two obvious clues hanging on the wall behind the secretary.
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No. 937977 ID: 91ee5f

>>937952
>don’t look at the food, taste it!
Well, you’re not wrong about that. Rishi did say she wanted to experience the other races different cultures and the food is a part of their culture.

.....eh, let’s just wait until later to decide if she should get a mouth or not.
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No. 937984 ID: caf1de

isn't the serpen in the painting the same one we just talked to a moment ago
which one of them said what
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No. 938009 ID: e6b8d9

>>937984
Hm, the male Serpens in the first update post's image does have a very similar if not same shaped and colored head as the one in the photo on the wall in the second update post's image. Same kind and color of scarf-like thing around his neck too. The suit's different, though. Maybe Rishi could tell if they looked alike since we can't tell from how low detail the characters are.
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No. 938013 ID: a9af05

>>937977
>Wait until later to decide on getting mouth or not.
How about this? Let's wait until Rishi has at least triple the money needed to get a mouth. That way she can afford the mouth and still be able to have money left over to pay for her apartment.

We should also wait until we don't have any cases going on, since Rishi would most likely be out of commission while recovering from the operation.
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No. 938024 ID: e6b8d9

>>938013
Hey, lets not talk like it's a done deal that she's gonna get it. It may not even be medically and technically possible to get a alteration that invasive and complex. And if it is possible, it might be really damn expensive. It might also be underwhelming in the end.

How 'bout Rishi does some detective work on this and researches other Serpens that have gotten a mouth put in. Read up on how well it went for 'em, what they got out of it, if they regretted it and why. Maybe even contact 'em if they're on-station.

In the mean time, she could maybe "test drive" having a mouth if a BTL would allow her to experience the senses of another species. Just rent a BTL that'd include the aspect of having a mouth she's interested in and try it out.
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No. 938025 ID: c49ece

You're a good cop but you won't be making detective anytime soon. Observe the back wall.

If the secretary still absolutely cannot be persuaded to let you through- seriously, she's looking at a cop and a PI and thinks nah, no way this is important?- ask her who's wearing the artist's smock in the picture behind her.
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No. 938033 ID: 58b4f3

>>938024
>Do research first
Can we at least agree to get a Sakkilian mouth? You saw how Ben swallowed those cactus fruits whole, right? No gag reflex! That would be perfect for giving blowjobs!
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No. 938043 ID: 91ee5f

>>938033
I think we’re getting a little too off topic here.

Let’s focus on those pictures behind the secretary for now.
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No. 938496 ID: 1301e8
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>And that's your problem. You're seeing the food. You need to actually taste the food in order to understand why the Xenos like it so much!
And chew with those weird bone things they have in their mouths… *shudder*
>Rishi did say she wanted to experience the other races different cultures and the food is a part of their culture.
You guess that’s right… but you were more interested in other parts of their culture, like music, games and… well, cocks and ass.
>If it's so bad, then why were Ben and Lily so eager to suck them down? Obviously it can't be that bad if they enjoyed eating them!
It probably wouldn’t be so bad sucking Ben dry or eating Lily out, true, but that’s not the same thing. Self-pleasuring that way is just… ugh… and besides, you’re straight. You don’t like ovipositors in that way.

>How about this? Let's wait until Rishi has at least triple the money needed to get a mouth. That way she can afford the mouth and still be able to have money left over to pay for her apartment.
Lily just paid you for like three moths work. Money isn’t the problem right now.
>We should also wait until we don't have any cases going on, since Rishi would most likely be out of commission while recovering from the operation.
Now that would probably be prudent. Verily, you aren’t sure how fast they can make augmentations like that so it would be less than optimal if you had other obligations at the time.
>In the meantime, she could maybe "test drive" having a mouth if a BTL would allow her to experience the senses of another species.
Oh! Now that’s an idea! You’re still a bit green on BTL’s, but it’s worth a try, is it not? After all, you do know a person who rents them out, right?
>Can we at least agree to get a Sakkilian mouth? You saw how Ben swallowed those cactus fruits whole, right? No gag reflex! That would be perfect for giving blowjobs!
And they have those wicked sharp teeth as well. If you’re going for a mouth, you might as well get one with a nice, toothy smile, eh?


>Tell Leon to check out the pictures on the wall behind the secretary.
:LeonNH: Oh? That painting does look familiar, yes.
>That painting on the wall behind the secretary is the same style and paints as the one of the artist we’re looking for.
:LeonNH: Still, it might just be done in the same style?
:RishiNH: Look at the signature. GGTW TA. Great Green Twin Wyrm TA.
:LeonNH: Hmm… and it’s in the office of Drizu Axio. TA. Something Axio?
:RishiNH: It’s possible, though odd. Most Serpents gets a surname only a few people around them have.
>There is also a photo next to it with what looks like Drizu standing next to another Serpent wearing an apron covered in paints.
:LeonNH: That looks like an artist… and I guess that’s Drizu? They look a lot like each other, so… are they brothers, maybe?
:RishiNH: Serpents don’t really have siblings. They might be from the same brood mother… or have the same father or other mother. Verily, most of us don’t really care that much about our ancestry. Ergo we don’t usually form family units like you do. I for one don’t have a family like you have, Leon.
:LeonNH:
:RishiNH: …did I say something wrong?
:LeonNH: No, it’s nothing. Forget about it.
>Isn't the serpent in the painting the same one we just talked to a moment ago?
Hmm… you don’t think so, no. They do have some familiar features, sure, but they aren’t the same person. They are both probably laid here on the station so they might share some genetic material in some way.
>Can you discreetly take a photo of the pictures on the wall before you leave?
Done and done.


>Why don't we just ask the receptionist who the artist of the painting is?
:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but I don’t know anything about the paintings Mr. Axio have put up here.
>Or who's in that photo next to Drizu?
:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but I don’t know anything about the paintings Mr. Axio have put up here.
>Tell her that you were hired to locate the artist, the Great Green Twin Wyrms, that painted this piece, among many others, because one of their recent pieces won a competition.
:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but I don’t know anything about the paintings Mr. Axio have put up here.
:RishiNH: This is getting repetitive.
:LeonNH: We might need to convince this fair maiden of the importance of our quest a bit better.
:NonFoS: Call me fair maiden again and I’ll call security.
:LeonNH: Fair enough.
:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but I simply can’t see why this artist you’re looking for have to do with Mr. Axio
>Bring up the photo you took of the flower painting on your tablet and show it to the secretary, pointing out the "For Drizu" written on it.
:NonFoS: …Drizu is his first name, correct, but it might be some other Drizu.
:RishiNH: Not only does this painting have his name on it, he also have a painting done by the same artist hanging right behind you as well as a photo of himself and an unknown painter. Ergo, the chances of him knowing the person we are looking for is very high, is it not?
:NonFoS: …very well, I’ll try and ask Drizu about it. Will you excuse me for a moment?

The secretary connects herself to the intercom and calls this Mr. Axio. It takes quite some time before a muffled voice is heard in the Hivers earpiece and even if you can’t actually hear what is being said in the other end, you can hear the anger in the voice.

:NonFoS: Yes, sir… no, sir… It’s not sir… Someone here is looking for a… um… what was it? Great green worm?
:LeonNH: Great Green Twin Wyrm.
:NonFoS: Great Green Twin Wyrm, Sir.

It goes quiet for some time on Mr. Axio’s end, before he calmly says something to the Hiver secretary.

:NonFoS: As you wish sir. Very well, sir. I’ll get right to it, sir.
:LeonNH: Ah, good news, I hope?
:RishiNH: Did he know who the artist was?
:NonFoS: Mr. Axio said that you two have to leave immediately or we’ll call security to escort you out. You were also told to never speak, contact or come near Mr. Axio ever again or he will call the Peace Keepers and have you arrested for harassment.
:LeonNH: …that’s a bit… harsh?
:NonFoS: I’m sorry, but I’ll have to ask you to leave.

This isn’t the reaction you expected… but it’s an interesting reaction none the less, isn’t it?
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No. 938502 ID: b1b4f3

>>938496
>weird mouth parts
Meh, you don't need those. You can eat soft foods without teeth. Also, uh, you won't have a gag reflex regardless of what mouth you pick, since you don't breathe through that passage. ...where do Serpens breathe from anyway?

>getting thrown out
Would it help if he knew who you two were? I mean he can't really have you arrested for harassment since you have assistance from a cop in the matter.
I suspect GGTW is in trouble with some unsavory folk. You can offer your assistance in exchange for the delivery of the message, either in person or in some way that you can positively confirm.
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No. 938509 ID: e6b8d9

Well, crap. Looks like there's no way you're gonna be speaking to Mr. Axio on this. Don't dig your hole deeper by trying to talk your way around this. Quickly thank the secretary for her time and rapidly leave the premises. Once you're well away from here, then you can talk with Leon.

From Mr. Axio's actions it appears he's at least a associate of our unknown Wyrm, probably a friend. It also appears you miscalculated in trying to speak with Mr. Axio. It was probable that a associate of the Great Green Twin Wyrm would also know of the artist's desire to remain anonymous, thus would not help in identifying the artist.

And it's likely that Mr. Axio is already calling the Wyrm to warn him of two people searching for him. Also likely that the Wyrm will throw the same threat of harassment charges in you two's faces if you get near him. Probably gonna have to change tactics to indirectly locating him.

Also check the law on-station regarding harassment. You, Leon and your client don't want to end up on the receiving end of legal action by a well funded Sol Corp exec for "unmasking" his artist friend.

As for where to go next, your best lead is in that photo of Mr. Axio and who you presume to be the artist you seek. Send a copy of it over to Leon to look at with you. In the background there appears to be a bar of some sort, going by the lit "OPEN" sign and outline of three different drink glasses to its right. The sign above is cut off horizontally, but there's enough to go on. '[D|O|U|W] R L [A|H] M W [A|H] V L R' And a unknown number of letters before and after. You can narrow down what some of the letters are more if you track down the font used. But do a search of New Horizon bars with these letters in their name.

Another lead to follow would be to show the photo of Mr. Axio and the artist at the shops that sell the special pigments and ask if they've sold to the Serpens in the apron. You can also ask the same at the delivery service, though it's likely they're not allowed to share who hires them.

>>938502
>I mean he can't really have you arrested for harassment since you have assistance from a cop in the matter.
Leon is off the clock right now, thus this is in no way a police matter or case and he's just a ordinary citizen. Thus, he can be charged with harassment.

>I suspect GGTW is in trouble with some unsavory folk. You can offer your assistance in exchange for the delivery of the message, either in person or in some way that you can positively confirm.
Where the heck did you get that idea from? To me it looks much more like Mr. Axio's backing up a friend who wanted to remain anonymous in sharing their artwork by doing what he has the authority to do: Kick 'em out of his place of work and forbid them from speaking to or coming near him, cutting off this lead entirely.
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No. 938510 ID: b1b4f3

That's probably DREAMWEAVER in the background.
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No. 938521 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, if we are leaving, we should at least leave our contact information behind. Both Leon's and Rishi's.
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No. 938523 ID: a9af05

>>938496
>They do have some familiar features, sure, but they aren’t the same person.
Of course they aren't. The Serpent in the picture with Drizu is fat and/or pregnant, the other Serpents you talked to earlier weren't fat and/or pregnant.

>I’m sorry, but I’ll have to ask you to leave.
"Very well. If your boss changes his mind, then please give him my contact info here." Hand the secretary one of your business cards.

After you leave, you've got another lead. The location in the photo of Drizu and the painter Serpent. Head over there and start looking around.
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No. 938535 ID: 91ee5f

>>938496
>And chew with those weird bone things they have in their mouths… *shudder*
You talking about teeth? Or the jaw bone? Because if it’s the jaw bone, that’s actually pretty important, since without it, everyone’s mouth would be hanging open and flopping all over the place. That would be very unappealing and not exactly something you’d want to get a blowjob from.

So, yeah, that’s a pretty necessary part of the mouth that you shouldn’t leave out.

>Now that would probably be prudent. Verily, you aren’t sure how fast they can make augmentations like that so it would be less than optimal if you had other obligations at the time.
You know what would help with that? If you hired on a partner to help you out. A second Private Eye would be helpful instead of hoping the people you met are willing to take time out of their day to help you. Plus, your partner would be able to continue doing cases while you’re getting the mod and recovering from the operation.

Too bad you don’t know anyone that has any detective skills and in need of a job. Guess you’ll have to be on your own for now.

>Oh! Now that’s an idea! You’re still a bit green on BTL’s, but it’s worth a try, is it not? After all, you do know a person who rents them out, right?
Murderer of Hatred, aka Melodies of Harmony, aka MoH.

>…did I say something wrong?
>No, it’s nothing. Forget about it.
He’s probably thinking about how not having family sounds lonely and he’s glad he wasn’t born a Serpent.

>being told to get out
Leave a business card in case Drizu changes his mind on not wanting to talk.

Let’s look up publicly available information on Drizu Axio on the internet to see if we can find out anything about him or a list of people he works with. We might find more pictures of that other Serpent along with a name.

>>938523
>The Serpent in the picture with Drizu is fat and/or pregnant
.....I mean, we’ve never seen a fat or a pregnant Serpent, so I don’t know which it is either.

>go to location in picture
Sounds like a plan.
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No. 938776 ID: 1301e8
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938776

>You can eat soft foods without teeth.
It’s not the teeth that are so disturbing; it’s the… chewing part. It just looks and sounds so… so… ugh…
>Also, uh, you won't have a gag reflex regardless of what mouth you pick, since you don't breathe through that passage.
Indeed, you’re pretty sure this gag reflex thing isn’t even part of the mouth, ergo you won’t get one if you get a mouth addon.
>...where do Serpens breathe from anyway?
Your skin? Like a normal person?

>To much work? You know what would help with that? If you hired on a partner to help you out.
You don’t have the cash to hire someone like that! Well, at least if you’re going for your usual rates. If you can get a few more clients like Lily then maybe. But verily, you do actually prefer to work alone… most of the time…
>He’s probably thinking about how not having family sounds lonely and he’s glad he wasn’t born a Serpent.
That does sound like something a xeno would do, yes.
>I mean he can't really have you arrested for harassment since you have assistance from a cop in the matter.
He’s not on duty and this isn’t a matter of the law, thus we have no extra rights compared to anyone else.
>Also check the law on-station regarding harassment.
For it to be harassment you need to disturb him persistently and repeatedly after being told to stop with the intent to torment him. Ergo, he’s currently overacting, but let’s not push it.

>Well, crap. Looks like there's no way you're gonna be speaking to Mr. Axio on this. Don't dig your hole deeper by trying to talk your way around this.
Indeed, no need to burn any more ships. Let’s go while we’re still ahead.

>"Very well. If your boss changes his mind, then please give him my contact info here." Hand the secretary one of your business cards.
:NonFoS: I’ll make sure that Mr. Axio will get this. Now, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to leave.
:LeonNH: Don’t worry, fair maiden, as much as it saddens me to leave your charming presence, I will disembark at your behest.
:NonFoS: …I’m calling security.
:LeonNH: And we’ve already left.


>I suspect GGTW is in trouble with some unsavory folk.
Let’s not jump to any conclusions yet. We still lack all too much information on the matter to make any concrete assumptions.
>It was probable that an associate of the Great Green Twin Wyrm would also know of the artist's desire to remain anonymous, thus would not help in identifying the artist.
While we can agree that he knows this Great wyrm and that he has a close relationship with him, we cannot yet say what his motives for his action is nor if this artist actually desires to be anonymous or not.
>And it's likely that Mr. Axio is already calling the Wyrm to warn him of two people searching for him. Also likely that the Wyrm will throw the same threat of harassment charges in you two's faces if you get near him.
Hmm... while it’s possible that he might try and contact this Wyrm, which is something we might use, we still have no idea what either of their motives are, do we?

>Let’s look up publicly available information on Drizu Axio on the internet to see if we can find out anything about him or a list of people he works with. We might find more pictures of that other Serpent along with a name.
:RishiNH: Let’s see… works for Sol Corp, born here, lives top side, have no public social profiles… punched a reporter in the face about a year ago? Wait, what?
:LeonNH: Ah, I think I remember that one. Apparently they found some juicy rumor about some high ranking worker at Sol Corp and tried to dig up some evidence. I guess that rumor was about Mr. Axio? …or someone that he might now?
:RishiNH: Verily, his might explain his reaction to us, if anything. What was the rumor about?
:LeonNH: I have no idea. As far as I know, they never found anything and thus were unable to publish anything. Either that, or Sol Corp gave them cash to forsake their honor and not publish anything.
>From Mr. Axio's actions it appears he's at least an associate of our unknown Wyrm, probably a friend.
:LeonNH: He definitely honors this wyrm as a close friend, if he’s willing to go down in glory for him.

>As for where to go next, your best lead is in that photo of Mr. Axio and who you presume to be the artist you seek. In the background there appears to be a bar of some sort, going by the lit "OPEN" sign and outline of three different drink glasses to its right.
:LeonNH: But there’s a thousand bars on this station. We can’t visit them all can we?
:RishiNH: But we can find the right one through other means.
>That's probably DREAMWEAVER in the background.
:RishiNH: Hmm… I’m sure I’ve heard that name before.
:LeonNH: The Dreamweaver spire is right next to the spire you live in, the Sunstrider spire. Hmm… and if this bar is located there, I might know which bar that is, if we’re unlucky. It’s called the “Den of the Dreamweaver”.
:RishiNH: Looking it up on the web, the sign on that club does seem to match the one in the photo, but I’m having a hard time finding any other information about the place. All it says is that’s it invite only?
:LeonNH: Only way to get in is being invited by someone that’s already a member. It’s kind of a private club, after all. It’s also a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
:RishiNH: What makes you say that?
:LeonNH: There’s been a lots of arrest for selling illegal substances there… and other… things. I for one rather not taint my honor by frequent such an establishment, even once.
:RishiNH: Ah… so it’s that kind of private club, I see. I guess I know now how they “dreamweave”, so to speak. The question is then… how do we get in?
:LeonNH: Simply, we don’t. Let’s go with another lead instead?
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No. 938781 ID: b1b4f3

>>938776
>no extra rights
Yeah but it's NOT harassment, and you have a witness to that who is a cop. Harassment isn't simply attempting to speak to someone more than once, it involves repeated interactions that make them feel threatened. If you could charge someone with harassment for a petty reason like that and make it stick, reporters would have a much harder time doing their jobs. On the other hand, they are probably legally allowed to ban you from entering the building for pretty much any reason, as it's private property.

Also you gave them YOUR business card but didn't tell them you were working alongside a police officer? Wait, should she already know that since he's in uniform?

>dreamweaver bar lead, illegal things go on in there
Seems you'll have to investigate that without Leon. You'll probably have to contact your sakkilian informant to get an invite.
Also that could be where the pigment comes from, since the artist is smeared with it in the photo... checking the shops might be a dead end. Also they're not too likely to discuss a legally grey paint while a cop is standing there.

I say let's track down the deliveryman next.
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No. 938783 ID: a274c9

Lets not assume that Dr. Axio and our Wyrm artist were there to visit the Den of the Dreamweaver. Notice that they took the photo outside the club, not inside. Now, it might be because of a strict "no photography inside" rule the club has, given it's clientele. But it might also be that they took a photo there due to the club's reputation, or just by chance. Also, check on the club's website for this, but the place may have a dress code, which GGTW doesn't look like he'd pass dressed like that. But even if there isn't a dress code, he's dressed like he just came out of his studio. You'd expect he'd at least hang up his apron before heading out, especially if it's spattered with Tharoonian crystal pigment, a toxic contact hazard to non-Serpens. So, it's fairly likely that GGTW's studio is near to the Den of the Dreamweaver. Just hope it's not inside the club.

Start searching for painting studio spaces near Den of the Dreamweaver. It's also possible that GGTW lives nearby, so you'll have to consider showing this photo to the nearby store owners to ask if they've seen him around.

See if you can dig up any photos of the interior of the Den of the Dreamweaver; The club's website might have some. You're specifically looking for its decor. It's possible that GGTW sold some of his paintings to the club. It's also possible that if he works out of the club then some of his pieces were hung on its walls.

Showing the photo of GGTW to the folks working at the four stores that legally can sell the Tharoonian crystal pigment would also be another lead to follow. See if any of them remember a portly male Serpens like the one in the photo buying from 'em. At the same time you can ask how often they sell that particular pigment. Start with the art supplier in the Dreamweaver spire. If they all haven't sold any in awhile, then that'll raise questions of where GGTW is getting his pigments from. Perhaps from the Den of the Dreamweaver, if they're smuggling pure Tharoonian crystals through the place.

Oh, and check the requirements for artists purchasing Tharoonian crystal pigment legally from a store. You need to record your ID? Have permits to show you have proper gear to handle and store it? That kind of thing.

Look up where the drop offs for the delivery company that delivered the paintings are. You'll want to show GGTW's photo to whoever works the one nearest the Den of the Dreamweaver and ask if they've seen him before.

And ask Leon if he could swing by his place to change his clothes. Sorry to say, but that cap and shirt screams PK officer even without the badges. Don't want anyone to clam up 'cause they think they're dealing with a particularly inept undercover PK officer.

>>938781
>Also you gave them YOUR business card but didn't tell them you were working alongside a police officer?
Because Leon would get in hot water for lending credence to a non-PK investigation. Could lead to him getting busted down to beat cop or stuck on desk duty.

>You'll probably have to contact your sakkilian informant to get an invite.
Wha? Who? ...Benjamin?! You think Ben would be a Den of the Dreamweaver member? He's much more street gang adjacent than close to the organized crime that'd run out of a club like that. ...But maybe he knows somebody who's closer to that circle than him. Wouldn't hurt to ask him.
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No. 938793 ID: 91ee5f

>>938781
>You'll probably have to contact your sakkilian informant to get an invite.
If you’re talking about Ben, then you’re making a lot of assumptions here. Just because he dresses up like a delinquent, that doesn’t mean he has an invite to the Den of the Dreamweaver nor does it mean that he knows someone that does have an invite.

>>938783
This sounds like a good plan.

>ask Leon to change
That’s probably for the best. But maybe he should keep his badge, weapon, and handcuffs? Just in case we do run across something illegal, we can let him make an arrest.

.....why exactly was he wearing his uniform and badge on his paid day off in the first place?
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No. 938838 ID: a9af05

>>938783
I agree with this.
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No. 939478 ID: 1301e8
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939478

>Yeah but it's NOT harassment, and you have a witness to that who is a cop.
You know it’s not harassment. Verily, they probably know it’s not harassment. But that doesn’t mean they’ll get the PK involved and make the whole thing complicated and time consuming. What you do know is if they are threatening harassment charges, they probably won’t help you if you continue to bother them. Quite the opposite, in fact.
>On the other hand, they are probably legally allowed to ban you from entering the building for pretty much any reason, as it's private property.
There’s also that. So let’s not bug him further without good reason so we won’t get thrown out of that place permanently.
>You gave them YOUR business card but didn't tell them you were working alongside a police officer?
Leon isn’t on duty. This isn’t official PK business. Ergo, telling people that we’re working with a police officer would be a less than ideal idea.

>Lets not assume that Dr. Axio and our Wyrm artist were there to visit the Den of the Dreamweaver.
Notice that they took the photo outside the club, not inside.
Indeed, let’s not jump to any conclusions just yet. The question is, why is the Den the backdrop in the first place? There’s also the fact that this Wyrm character is dressed like he just came out of a studio, isn’t he? Is there some kind of studio inside the club? Or is it just nearby? Hmm…
>Start searching for painting studio spaces near Den of the Dreamweaver.
There’s a bunch of housing and stores around the place, but no direct studio. Verily, it might be something private. Ergo, you won’t find it like this.
>Check on the club's website.
“Please enter your username and password”… well, that’s helpful.
>See if you can dig up any photos of the interior of the Den of the Dreamweaver.
Can’t find any. It seems like they value their privacy.

>Seems you'll have to investigate that without Leon. You'll probably have to contact your sakkilian informant to get an invite.
You’re not sure why Ben would be part of a club like that, but you guess it won’t hurt to ask?
:PunkNH: The fuck do you think I’m part of some elitist club of wankers? Those things are for the rich fuckers up top, you hear? If you want an invite, call some rich bitch, not me.
:RishiNH: I just thought you would be “cool” enough to be part of a club like that.
:PunkNH: Yeah, no, I’m not fucking radical enough to be in some kind of secret club like that, no. I don’t know why, though… I’m the most radical fucker around! What can I do to become even more radical?
:RishiNH: Start by not using the word radical… and maybe dial down the crude language as well.
:PunkNH: Eh, fuck me, you hear?
:RishiNH: I will, later.
:PunkNH: Err… I d-d-didn’t actually-
:RishiNH: But I’ve also got another thing I wanted to ask you. See, I got this friend, a Marquis Isabella, who’s looking for a motive for her painting class at the Sunstrider gallery of grounded and local art, and she was very excite of painting someone like… well, you.
:PunkNH: …a modeling job? Is there any dough in it for me?
:RishiNH: Well, she seems rich… and generous? Ergo, yes? But I have to warn you, she might look down on you a bit.
:PunkNH: …does she ‘ave a hot bod?
:RishiNH: …she’s bit thin and on the small side, but yes?
:PunkNH: Better being called trash by someone with a hot bod than the wankers here, and I need the extra money anyway. Speaking of money, got to go or my boss will ‘ave my bloody head. Smell you later, you hear?
:RishiNH: Smell you later, Ben.

>ask Leon if he could swing by his place to change his clothes.
:LeonNH: What is wrong with my shining armor of valor!?
:RishiNH: It still looks kind of like a uniform of some kind, even if it isn’t an official PK one.
:LeonNH: Nonsense! These cloths only show that I’m willing to jump into glorious combat and nothing more!
:RishiNH: …do you even have other clothes?
:LeonNH: Err… of course… it’s just… well… the clothes I have are a bit too casual and wouldn’t be very fitting for work like this. I would not besmirch the honor of a Knight errant such as you, lady Rishi, by wearing clothes that wouldn’t show off our valor!
:RishiNH: Ugh… fine, you can keep your current outfit.
:LeonNH: Splendid!

>Check the requirements for artists purchasing Tharoonian crystal pigment legally from a store. You need to record your ID? Have permits to show you have proper gear to handle and store it?
You need some kind of permit granted by the station command center, but the details what, exactly, you need to do is sketchy at best. It does mention that you’ll need to talk to some Serpent representative from your home planet in person to get the permit, so you guess most of the information is from there? Either way, it’s not something you’ll just buy on a whim.
>Showing the photo of GGTW to the folks working at the four stores that legally can sell the Tharoonian crystal pigment would also be another lead to follow. Start with the art supplier in the Dreamweaver spire.
:NonNH: Can’t say I’ve ever seen someone like that, no sir.
:RishiNH: It’s ma’am, ma’am.
:NonNH: It’s sir, ma’am.
:LeonNH: And these Tharoonian crystals? Have you had the honor to sell any of them?
:NonNH: You mean the pigment? No, sir, there’s no real market for it here. We don’t even stock it here, though you can put up an order to have it shipped to the station. In fact, we haven’t sold any for almost a year. Last time anyone wanted the stuff was when a private company located just a few floors up in this spire ordered a rather large batch of it, ma’am.
:RishiNH: Let me guess, it was a club called the Den of Dreamweavers?
:NonNH: How did you know, ma’am? I mean… I’m not allowed to say who we sold it to, ma’am.
:RishiNH: Thank you for your time, m- …sir.

:RishiNH: So… this club… does it have some kind of paint studio or…?
:LeonNH: Can you paint, say, walls with this paint? This is a club of unsavory types. Having such a livid paint on your walls would be something such a person would strive for, yes?
:RishiNH: No matter what they did with the paint, this doesn’t help us get any closer to the person we’re looking for, with the exception of confirming that this club is more important than just being a backdrop.
:LeonNH: Than what kind of adventure awaits us hereafter? Shall we try and get into the club? Maybe try and contact this Wyrm if he’s in there? If only we knew his name… oh! Or we can have a glorious stake out! Just the two of us! Right outside the club! This Wyrm is bound to make an appearance, no?
:RishiNH: Hmm….
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No. 939479 ID: b1b4f3

>>939478
>leon isn't active PK, less than ideal
It would establish an air of legitimacy, is what I'm saying. The guy probably thinks you two are trying to dig up dirt on him, because that exact thing has happened before. On the other hand since the Den of the Dreamweaver is basically a drug den, you might be better served detaching yourself from the PK entirely.

>case the joint?
Seems like that could backfire. Yes, you know TGGTW goes there and likely paints there, but due to the establishment's reputation, I don't think anyone would want you seeing who its regulars are. Though, if you can do so at an acceptable distance it might be okay?
Otherwise, you'd need to approach the place as someone trustworthy, and the invite is the only way to do that.
>need an invite from someone high class
What about the Marquis? If she can't get you an invite, she might know someone who could.

As for what else to do next, we could look at who else Drizu knows and frequents with. Maybe one of his other associates knows TGGTW? If we can get the real name of the artist we can contact them without getting our hands dirty.
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No. 939492 ID: 415370

Considering the club's clientele and how much they want to keep what goes on in there secret, it's highly doubtful either of you would be able to bluff your way in. And don't even think of sneaking or breaking in. The place likely has a top quality security system, or at least quality guards and bouncers. You'd get caught right off and they'd call in the Peacekeepers to arrest you for trespass or breaking and entering, at best.

Now, a stake out would be safe to do, but expect you two would be spotted by the club's bouncers or security staff pretty quickly. The club certainly has been staked out before and often by all manner of folk after their clientele and taken precautions. Expect there to be cameras watching up and down the street outside and over every entrance, monitoring for suspicious loiterers. Also figure there'll be a discreet back way in, if not a whole enclosed vehicle entrance. But if you do stake the place out, split up well before you go there and set up up and down the street at different times, Leon with a clear view of the club's main entrance, you with barely a view of it. (Leon will hopefully draw their attention away from you.)

There's also the option to just go right up to the club's entrance and explain to the bouncer why you're there and to relay a message to the GGTW for you. After all, you're just here to get Isabella a way to communicate with the GGTW so she can gush to him about his work and try to convince him to accept his award in person or at least meet her, right? She doesn't even need his name for that. And if he's totally not receptive to being contacted, then that's that. Your job is done. Prying any more after he's said he doesn't want to talk and you'd open up the potential for harassment charges for yourself and Isabelle.

It's a slim chance, but perhaps Isabelle knows someone who's a member of the club that would be willing to take you in as a guest. And in the same vein, it's possible Lily's dad knows someone who's a member of the club, since he probably has connections with smuggling organizations. Though, it's doubtful he'd risk such connections to get you into this club, even after you saved Xaby's life.

Remember how the paintings were signed with a "TA" after Great Green Twin Wyrms and you thought the "A" stood for Axio? It's a long shot, but try searching for all the male Serpens on New Horizon with the first initial "T" and surname "Axio" and see if you get a matching photo. If that doesn't work, widen the net to those male Serpens with the initials "T.A." Oh, and try narrowing it at first to just those male Serpens hatched on New Horizon before widening it to all male Serpens.

Look up the symptoms of Tharoonian crystal poisoning on non-Serpens, the quantity needed for each level of symptoms, how easy it is to test for such poisoning and if anyone on New Horizon has had those symptoms or died from them. Also check what effect they have on Serpens and all the reasons they're totally prohibited from sale. And look up if anyone has ever extracted the crystals from Tharoonian crystal pigment to get pure or impure Tharoonian crystals. There's a small possibility that the club bought the pigments not just for GGTW's artistic works but to secretly extract a small quantity of Tharoonian crystals from the pigments.

Ask Leon why he went from wanting to avoid this club and follow another lead to wanting to stake it out or even get inside it. Also ask him how he knew what kind of stuff goes on in there, what kind of stuff he's heard goes on in there and why the Peacekeepers haven't shut the place down by now if it's a known criminal enterprise.
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No. 939513 ID: 415370

Oh, and also get photos and delivery dates for all of GGTW's paintings the Sunstrider Gallery got from the gallery. Check when the earliest painting came in relative to when the club purchased the Tharoonian crystal pigment. After that, both you and Leon flip through the paintings in chronological order and note when there were major shifts in the subject matter, style or technique.

And do a search for what's known to increase a Serpens' level of creativity, be it legal, illicit, pharmacological, biomedical, cybernetic, whatever. It's possible GGTW's uptick in creativity is due to outside assistance, possibly illegal.

Also, another possible way to get a message to the GGTW is to ask the delivery company he uses to deliver a letter back to whoever brought the paintings to the company. This way the company won't have to break its confidentiality of the sender's name and location.
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No. 939526 ID: c49ece

My guess is either forgery operation or a crime ring is desperate to get something dangerous that they could use imported onto the station. Whatja say Leo, wanna put money on a theory?

I'd update the Marquis first.


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