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944457 No. 944457 ID: 4075a1

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No. 944458 ID: 4075a1
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We are the roe, the run of the red
fleshed fish spawning up the river to die.
We are the lichen, crawling
up logs long since ancient and rotten
and fallen on soil as deep as the sky.

No. 944459 ID: 4075a1
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We are this, but much more. What is said
by a god becomes truth in the hour
of its speaking—but, after all, tallest falls
the one tree that can fall when calls
the beyond, power bridging to power.

No. 944460 ID: 4075a1
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You climb the branch now; you run the red
river; you walk among those who cannot understand.
You take what is yours as soft clay in the hand,
and when, in the end, as we must, we strand
ourselves without fear on those limitless sands—

No. 944461 ID: 4075a1
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we leave no pile of mullet, no leaf litter dead;
leave only the songs and the shapes that we’ve shed.

Maker Podea diSoci
Arrived - 1326 Departed - 4534

Artist: GraphyGraphie, https://twitter.com/GraphyGraphie (NSFW)
Sonnet by B. Baylor, used with permission.
No. 944462 ID: 4075a1
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“This is a once in a lifetime shot, Asher. The bastard ain’t gonna die twice.”
No. 944463 ID: 4075a1
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“Then go yourself and lemme get on in peace. I have to finish peeling before dinner.” Fingers gives a little snort.

“Kitchen’s Poles job and she’s skippin’ to see the execution too. Why do we gotta miss out?”

“You don’t! Just go without me. I told her I’d do this so I’m gonna.”

“Nah, see,” He waves my words away. “I found this perfect spot to watch from without no Tats or Lanks to get in the way. I just don’t got the muscles to get there, so I need your help. I’ll lend you a hand later, I promise! Ain’t I good for it?”

He is. And he ain’t gonna shut up about this if I don’t go. But Ma’am always says you should finish what you start, and I started peeling already.
No. 944464 ID: 736b7e

Duty comes first.
No. 944465 ID: b3c4cf

Go with him and help him. The opportunity isn't to be wasted.

Also, take some of the stuff with you and peel it there.
No. 944466 ID: 094652

Take some potatoes with you and skin between shows.
No. 944468 ID: ad51b8

tell him to help you peel so you can get down faster.
No. 944469 ID: e7c7d3

Just go. You won't be able to finish peeling with him pestering you the entire time anyways.
No. 944470 ID: 8d4593

Sometimes life ain't tidy. Especially with things that just happen once happen.

The potatoes will be here when you get back.
If there's no time to then you can just cut off the greens and let everyone eat some peel.

No. 944474 ID: 4cf79d

No. 944475 ID: bf2179

you definitely need to finish.
doesn't mean you have to finish now
No. 944476 ID: eb1fcc

yeah, just take the sack with. Good exercise, and you can snack on the potato skins during the show
No. 944477 ID: 977456

Sing the Peeling song. It is like the rawhide song, but minimally changed to be about potato peeling.
No. 944479 ID: 0fae41

You have peeled your last potato. Get thee to the gallows!
If he can't see past the lanky fellows, that's not their problem. Has he tried using stilts?
No. 944481 ID: 79390c

Stick to peeling, the fact that that brat doesn't understand the concept of duty (and functioning like an adult) is his problem
No. 944483 ID: 79390c

Stick to peeling, the fact that that brat doesn't understand the concept of duty (and functioning like an adult) is his problem
No. 944506 ID: 86794b

Bring potatoes with; peel on the way.
No. 944507 ID: 86794b

Also that was a very neat transition
No. 944508 ID: b1b4f3

Tell him if he helps you finish peeling these before the execution you'll go.
No. 944531 ID: 761ace

Bring a sack of potatoes to peel with you
No. 944584 ID: 15a025

Take some and peel while you "watch" the show.
No. 944787 ID: e5e15e
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“Fine. Lemme just ask if I can peel these while we watch.”

“You don’t gotta ask ‘em Asher, just skip out.” He says.

“I’ll meet you outside.”
No. 944788 ID: e5e15e
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“Excuse me, sir? Is it okay if I-”
No. 944789 ID: e5e15e
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“If you’re finished with the potatoes start washing the vegetables.”


“I don’t care, Pole.”

“I’m not-”

Go back to work.

“Y-yes, sir.” It’ll be fine. Probably.
No. 944790 ID: e5e15e
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“Do you know who’s doing the opening prayers?” I ask.

“Who do you think? Steel ain't never missed a chance to jack off Ol’ Nine Eyes all over a crowd.” I give Fingers a light slap to the back of the head.

“Don’t talk like that about her. You’ll get bad habits.” He’s rolling his eyes, I can tell. “I’m telling the truth. Say that in front of a stickler and you’ll be down another finger.”

“I get it, I get it.” He puts his diamond voice on, high and whiny. “Preceptor Braddiosium Steel, Steward of the Prophet and like a thousand other dumb things, will grace us with his presence today and speak to us the words of the Nameless. Happy?”

“Yeah, keep it up.” He snorts out a chuckle.

We walk in silence for a minute before he speaks up again.

“Hey, I know you don’t go to these things a lot. After you muscle a bit you ain’t gotta stick around.”
No. 944795 ID: b1b4f3

That's right. Gotta go back and deliver the goods.
No. 944797 ID: 4cf79d

"You already disrupted my work, so I might as well watch what all the fuss is about."
No. 944799 ID: 0fae41

"I told you I'd do this so I'm gonna."
No. 944800 ID: 094652

"Just keep peeling potatoes while we're there - wait, we should get another bag to put the unpeeled ones in."
No. 944823 ID: 83bf07

You have potatoes to peel. You'll keep yourself occupied while he watches.
No. 944826 ID: e98d61

Is he always like that? The chef, I mean. He seems pretty out of it.
No. 944827 ID: b3c4cf

>about her
>his presence
So this Steel person is a male, while the so-called Nine Eyes is a female? Or is it just that Steel is a female, but male in a public eye?

Those runes on those guys... is that some sort of a disease? How long do they take to claim someone?

Hope that wherever we're going isn't too far as that bag of potatoes (is that really what this vegetable is called?) looks heavy. What do you know about these events?
No. 944949 ID: 509e5e
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>Get another bag to put the unpeeled ones in.
There’s one in there with the potatoes.

>Is he always like that? The chef, I mean.
Don’t know, never met him before. Pole says he yells at her a lot, but she’s lazy so he probably has a reason to.

>Those runes on those guys... is that some sort of a disease?
Every tat I’ve ever seen has them, and they live longer than we do, so it ain’t that bad a sickness if it is.

>That bag of potatoes looks heavy.
It’s pretty light. Fingers could carry this and he’s weak for his age.

"I told you I'd do this so I'm gonna. None of our’s are getting hung, right?"

“Naw, just that murderer from a while back, a thumb or three, and the fat bastard. Won’t take too long. Now hurry up!”
No. 944950 ID: 509e5e
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“Up here, Asher! One a’ the rockeaters told me they shut that tunnel up a few years ago. Leads right above the execution grounds.”
No. 944951 ID: 509e5e
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“You wanted to move something this big why didn’t you call Junkyard? She could lift this thing out the way.”

“Junkyard woulda said no. You’re always a pushover, Asher. Gotta work on that, by the way.”

“Yeah, yeah.” I put the potatoes down and brace myself against the stone. After straining for a moment, it starts shifting. I use its own weight to help tip it and roll it out the way, revealing a pitch-black tunnel.
No. 944952 ID: 509e5e
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“How’re we gonna get through this tunnel?” I ask. “It’s dark as hell.”

“Your head still workin’ Asher? I always gots what we need.” He replies.

The next second my shadow casts across the tunnel and I turn to see Fingers shining a huge lump of sunstone.

“Where’d you get so much?”

“Mongers love to charity us three-fingered kids, even if they don’t know it.” He cackles.
No. 944953 ID: 0efe8e

What does the rune on the rock mean? We might not want to use this path if it's marked as dangerous.
No. 944956 ID: b3c4cf

Tell him that he should suck your dick also if he's so good at dealing with Mongers. Also, to stop stealing because he's only got so many fingers.

Carefully proceed through the tunnel.
No. 944960 ID: a9af05

Let's get this over with. Proceed through the tunnel.
No. 944961 ID: e7c7d3

This guy seriously doesn't learn their lesson, huh? Well, you've already gone this far, into the tunnel you go.
No. 944982 ID: 0fae41

Do not let this child tempt you down a path of darkness!
Break off a piece of sunstone for yourself.
No. 945024 ID: e7848c

He's going to keep losing my fingers like this. Follow at a distance.
No. 945040 ID: ce39da

We follow, but aren’t letting him off easy: “You ought to cut that out before you find yourself cut down to two. Or did you sleep through class when those lessons were carved into you?” ... “Not a hard-ass, just worried. Honest work takes About the same effort when you break it down and isn’t liable to get you hurt if you mess up. I’m only looking out for you.”
No. 945077 ID: 977456

"Three Fingers" is apparently a specific group. I doubt that there are many two or four fingers. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing for repeat offenders I wouldn't care to speculate.
No. 945095 ID: 15a025

There going to end up calling you finger instead if you keep stealing stuff. Take a little bit of the stone for yourself now and proceed into the tunnel.
No. 945191 ID: d0e415

Well, no excuse now. Proceed through yon tunnel so you can go watch people die for crimes they probably didn’t commit. Wholesome family fun.

That art is bloody beautiful, and it seems like there’s a ton of lore behind everything. I’m impressed, and intrigued. Bravo.
No. 945212 ID: e98d61

Statue's having a little leer at us, and looking pretty smug about it too.

Does Fingers know why the tunnel was closed-off in the first place? We're not about to get caught in the middle of a cave-in, are we?
No. 945222 ID: e5e15e
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>What does the rune on the rock mean?
No clue. The slissas slap these on any tunnel they touch and I can’t read ‘em. I mean, I can’t read anyway, but especially not this stuff.

>Break off a piece of sunstone.
Sunstone is hard to break, even with a pickaxe. I couldn’t do it with my bare hands, and I’d mess up the knife if I tried to use it.

I grab my bag and step inside first
“You’re gonna get caught one day and be one of the thumbs on the noose yourself.”

“I don’t need a lecture Asher, ‘cause I don’t get caught.” I glance back into the light of the sunstone and can just make out his hand going into his pocket.

“I’m not trying to be a hard-ass,” I say “I’m just worried. You need to learn to keep your head down, or if you can’t do that stand out in ways that aren’t gonna get you hurt if you mess up. I’m only looking out for you.”

He grumbles something under his breath and I don’t push it this time.
No. 945223 ID: e5e15e
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I see a soft light ahead.

“This it?” I ask.

“Yeah, rockeaters said it was about halfway through this hole. I can already hear Steel.”

I set the bag down and take out the knife, leaning back against the cracked wall. “See him?”

“No. They ain’t started. Don’t matter, I’ll see ‘em die in a minute.” He pauses. “Hey, Asher. After he’s dead, what happens to ‘em?” He asks.

“They take the bodies outside to burn, I think.”

“Not that.”

“Oh. Well, I mean, it’s like the Preceptors say during sermon. Nine Eyes takes your spirit and brings you to her realm, and rewards us by our worldly deeds.” I grab a potato out of the bag and start peeling.

“And you believe that?”
No. 945226 ID: b3c4cf

I'll tell you once I meet her.

Or she meets us. Does there exist any evidence of Nine Eyes ever descending upon this world?

Let's enjoy the sights.
No. 945228 ID: 736b7e

Are there other gods we should know about? We should maybe shop around to compare afterlife options before we have to claim one. Who knows when that might come up.
No. 945232 ID: 094652

"Why do the gods never come to visit in person, even just to punish us for our misdeeds, no matter how many sacrifices and holy wars we perform in their name? I think something went horribly wrong a long time ago. Not like we can ever do anything about it though."
No. 945239 ID: e7c7d3

"What other options are there? If it's not Nine Eyes taking our spirits, then it's some other entity doing the same thing. All in all, just make sure you're doing what you can."
No. 945240 ID: 977456

Now that you mention it... Does it just seem more likely that it is just an endless ocean of giant mosquitoes that drain out all your courage, determination, hope... everything that could keep you going, and then send the withered husk of your being out into the endless void to slowly disperse into a formless cloud of despair and uselessness? I mean, mosquitoes are everywhere, right? They gotta come from somewhere. Just makes sense...
No. 945274 ID: e5e15e

Artist Credit: GraphyGraphie
I fucked up and forgot to credit the artist for this, GraphyGraphie. Totally my bad. It's fixed now but you can't credit too much so just in case people miss it their twitter is https://twitter.com/GraphyGraphie (NSFW).
No. 945339 ID: a13082

So then, you're doing all the writing and Graphie is doing purely art?
No. 945368 ID: e5e15e

No. 945393 ID: 4cf79d

As long as the dead can't do anything in this world it doesn't matter what happens to them, as far as the living are concerned they are gonne.
No. 945496 ID: ce39da

"Only one way to find out, and I'm not ready for that yet."
No. 945520 ID: 977456

Can you still feel your fingers? They'd know...

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