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632345 No. 632345 ID: 8a9edc

Generations have passed in peace.
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No. 692197 ID: 395c02
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692197

>Hug your friend and reassure him that we'll be coming back next month as heroes.
That's a little over-dramatic!

>Hug your friend and tell him your really glade he came with. 
>HUG TYRSIS
>Hug him but be careful not to mess up the outfit I get no spoilers to the nice people in the bus
>Hug Tyrsis and tell him that you're glad he came with you!
>hug the bi-racial capital and visit tyrsis... i mean the other way
>I don't think he was talking to you. Just pretend like you didn't hear him, but hug him.
>Disregard what I said before, hug the crap out of him!
I HUG TYRSIS SO HARD. "AHH I'M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING THIS AND YOU'RE HERE AND I'M GLAD YOU CAME AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE SO MUCH STUFF AND IT'LL BE SO GREAT AND EEEEEE!!!!!!!"

Tyrsis lets out a squeaking sound!
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No. 692198 ID: 395c02
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692198

"And we're gonna see how other slissas live their lives and visit all the important landmarks and get some souvenirs and we'll see other ketzas and maybe they'll do some shiny magic and we can try some of their frozen treats and maybe they won't be horribly specist and then we can look outside and and and"

Tyrsis doesn't say anything back. He just looks at me and smiles.
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No. 692199 ID: 395c02
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692199

And so, the adventure begins.
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No. 692200 ID: 395c02
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692200

The caravan makes its way along its route, stopping at various trade posts along the way. Kliss becomes increasingly glad Tyrsis thought to bring a couple of books to pass the time.
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No. 692201 ID: 395c02
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692201

The caravan's railroaded path takes it past several towns. Some have little of interest...
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No. 692202 ID: 395c02
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692202

And others have things of mild interest.

"This slissa dug a lot of holes!"

"Ooooh....."
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No. 692203 ID: 395c02
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692203

Until, at last, they come upon the capital of their two races. They're taken aback by its flourish. No attempt was made to hide the expenses that went into the city's construction. Rare, exotic Glow-gems of several colors litter the place.
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No. 692204 ID: 395c02
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692204

They visit various sites within the city, including the Slissa Circus! Kliss and Tyrsis learn tons about what a slissa can do even without magic. It is, without a doubt, the most fun either of them can ever remember having.
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No. 692205 ID: 395c02
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692205

The caravan isn't set to leave for a few days, so the two decide to watch this so-called "fire works" show...
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No. 692206 ID: 395c02
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692206

*Thoom. Kathoom.*

"Oh my gosh! They're so beautiful!"

Tyrsis smiles. "I like seeing you happy."
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No. 692207 ID: 2ccbb3

Adventuring is fun!

Now go mine some gems before you run out of spending money.
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No. 692209 ID: 5ea852

>>692206
>"I like seeing you happy."

Um, doesn't that go without saying among friends?
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No. 692229 ID: 196d1b

Well, I'm glad you two had a good date. I mean platonic friend outing. So, do you guys have plans for how to actually get to the surface? Presumably there's an opening to the cave system somewhere in this direction, but if everyone's too scared to go to the surface because of monsters, wouldn't it be guarded or barricaded? Especially if it's so near the capitol. Would anyone even let you go out?
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No. 692237 ID: 5ad4a7

>>692206
Oh, I hope nobody's looking. Someone might see his horns with his hat off.

Did you find out what the local opinion of half-breeds is?
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No. 692246 ID: a22f87

HA, and this is just what the underground has to show you, once you get topside it will be even better and worse. Worse in that since there's not traveling above ground for your two races actually moving around is going to be a bit more of a pain but it's going to be better in that you'll see things that no one else down here has even dreamt of before. It will be hard and terrifying at times but exciting and as long as you two have each other I'm sure you'll get through it just fine. Now just enjoy this moment with your friend, it's moments like these that make life worth living.
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No. 692259 ID: 2a7417

Now is the time to strike.
Nosh her face.
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No. 692284 ID: dbf021

>"This slissa dug a lot of holes!"
This Slissa had friends who liked them enough to build a statue of them.

>"I like seeing you happy."
I like being happy!

And seeing you happy!

Happy happy happy!
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No. 692402 ID: f0e552

>>692206
Uh oh, pay attention.
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No. 692550 ID: 91ee5f

>>692206
Now say, "And I'm glad you're here with me!"
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No. 692572 ID: e618d6

>>692237
>Oh, I hope nobody's looking. Someone might see his horns with his hat off.
Eh, it's fine. They're in the bi-race capital.
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No. 692750 ID: 8371c4

quickly hug
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No. 692831 ID: 0fc976

>>692572
It's still not a great place to be both races at once.
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No. 693252 ID: 395c02
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693252

"And I'm glad you're here with me!"
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No. 693253 ID: 395c02
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693253

>Nosh her face.
>Oh, I hope nobody's looking. Someone might see his horns with his hat off. 
"Tyrsis! Your hat--"

*Bonk*

"Ow!"

"Ah!"
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No. 693254 ID: 395c02
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693254

"Geez, Tyrsis! I didn't know you liked it rough!"

"N-no I-I didn't--"

"...."

"...."
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No. 693255 ID: 395c02
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693255

"Psfffhehehe"

"Hehehahahaha"

We enjoy the rest of the fire works show. Once it ends, we head to the inn to get some much-needed rest.
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No. 693256 ID: 395c02
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693256

It sure is dark in here with the lights off!

>Now go mine some gems before you run out of spending money.
I'm fine on gems! Besides, all the stuff around here's been mined out years ago.

>HA, and this is just what the underground has to show you, once you get topside it will be even better and worse.
I AM SO READY FOR THE CHALLENGES AHEAD YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.

>This Slissa had friends who liked them enough to build a statue of them. 
I guess someone must have liked that slissa enough to make a statue!

...I wonder if anyone would make a statue of me once I finish my adventure?

Oh, I better practice my statue poses!

>So, do you guys have plans for how to actually get to the surface? Presumably there's an opening to the cave system somewhere in this direction, but if everyone's too scared to go to the surface because of monsters, wouldn't it be guarded or barricaded? Especially if it's so near the capitol. Would anyone even let you go out?
....
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No. 693258 ID: 395c02
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693258

...I have to find out.

"Y-you said we wouldn't g-go here yet!"

"I'm just going to see if it's blocked off or something. And I said you can wait here if you wanted!"

"No! I--"

"If you want to come, get dressed! We'll turn right back after I see, okay?"

probably.
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No. 693259 ID: 395c02
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693259

Oh no, there is a gate! An ornate one!

But nobody's around. And...
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No. 693260 ID: 395c02
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693260

...It's open?
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No. 693265 ID: a22f87

admire gate because holy hell does that look badass, then call out down the tunnel to see if anyone is there and there isn't just a guard or something a little ways down the tunnel doing a patrol or something.

Oh and how many nights did you pay for at that hotel? If you still have some nights left maybe use them up first as to not waste money and come up with a plan (or more accurately try and talk Tyrsis into actually coming with you... again) or if you don't have any more nights and have nothing else planned in town then see how far the two of you can get down the tunnel before one of you (see Tyrsis) chickens out.
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No. 693268 ID: 2a7417

Knock at the gate a few times.
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No. 693269 ID: 5ad4a7

>>693260
Why is it open? Check the mechanism.
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No. 693310 ID: 15720c

Uhh, what's that thing above the gate? Is that the beast? Is the beast supposed to be some stone-type creature?
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No. 693331 ID: 8c66a6

>>693260
You promised you wouldn't go out yet.

Keep your promise. Don't approach the gate.

...apologize to Tyrsis. You didn't mean to scare him.

Huh. Actually, this gate doesn't look very defensible. It's not built to keep anything out, or in. If anything, it looks like it's built to scare people from approaching it.
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No. 693334 ID: 2ccbb3

Far-Seeing Goggles and Lantern. Peer in and say hello. Then come back later.
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No. 693364 ID: f0e552

>>693260
we don't want to upset Tyrsis, look and nothing else.
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No. 693374 ID: fd202f

Check a bit closer, with the lantern and stuff, and check the statue on top better, is it a statue? Dont cross the umbral tough, for your boyfriend sake.
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No. 693421 ID: 8371c4

welp, nothin' left to see here. We should return as we promised.
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No. 693484 ID: 91ee5f

>>693258
Awww, he's such an adorable Slissetza! Or is he a Ketlissa? Hmmm, which one is it supposed to be again?

>>693259
Is that supposed to be The Great Beast?!?! I really hope they just made a big statue of it and the statue isn't how big the actual Great Beast is supposed to be! O_O

I'm scared, hold me, speep..... :'-(
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No. 693503 ID: 30c409

OK, We found out that it could be blocked and/or guarded, but apparently not right now. Let's go back, There is totally nothing suspicious about a heavy door that probably should be guarded, or at least locked, but it's not.

Also, that great white lizard thing with apparently red eyes is a sculpture... Right? ... like the one of the slissa?
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No. 701361 ID: 45d3b7

Tell Tyrsis to shoot a fireball into the dark~
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No. 704594 ID: 343b23

Go back to town and ask why the gates open.
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No. 709999 ID: 395c02
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709999

>Uhh, what's that thing above the gate? Is that the beast? Is the beast supposed to be some stone-type creature?
I... I don't know! I've never seen any of this before!

>Also, that great white lizard thing with apparently red eyes is a sculpture... Right? ... like the one of the slissa?
It looks to be carved from rock. I don't think? It's alive?

Yeah. Pretty sure. Who'd even be afraid of this thing? It's just... statue.

Tyrsis fidgets. "T-that statue is way too scary okay i'd rate it ten out of ten for spookiness anyway we've seen the gate let's go home now please pretty please."

>Far-Seeing Goggles and Lantern. Peer in and say hello.
The path is too dark for the goggles to do anything.

>Knock at the gate a few times.
I knock. "Hello? Heeellllooooooo~!"

>Why is it open? Check the mechanism.
There doesn't seem to be one. Is it meant to be always open...?

I step forward.
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No. 710000 ID: 395c02
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710000

"Kliss!"

"Come on, aren't you the least bit curious what's going on here? There should be guards! Or a door! Something!"

"What if the Great Beast killed them all and it'll kill us too if we go in there and I want us to not die instead of dying one option is clearly better than the other!"

"If the Great Beast is still around, why is there no door? I have to know! Come on, let's just go a little further!"

"You promised we'd just look at the gate!"

>Keep your promise.
"...Yeah, you're right. We'll head back."

The relief on his face is palpable.

>Tell Tyrsis to shoot a fireball into the dark~
"But first, how about lobbing a fireball in there so I can see?"

"Oh come on--!"

"Please~? It'll sate my curiosity without us taking a single step forward."
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No. 710001 ID: 395c02
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710001

It goes out far enough for Tyrsis's magic to fizzle out before reaching the end. It looks like a simple path, no signs of murder or monsters.

>Go back to town and ask why the gates open.
"Okay, let's go back to town."

"oh thank shaia."

We head back to town. I send Tyrsis off to find a place we can eat at for dinner, and use that time to seek out a random towns-person to ask about the gate...
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No. 710002 ID: 395c02
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710002

"What!?"

The slissa shrugs. "Yeah, the gate hasn't had a door for several generations."

"But the Great Beast—!"

"What? Oh, that thing? It's never shown up. Personally, I don't think it was ever real. Probably a story the Ketzas made up to hide the fact that they stormed in and conquered us without provocation."

"If that were true, then why are the ketzas still here? They aren't really made for the cave life."

"Hmph. Probably because they can make us do all the work. Yeah, we're not slaves anymore, but most of the valuable items we find conveniently find their way to ketza hands."

"I... I see. Um, does this mean other slissas have gone... outside?"

"Maybe? I don't pay much attention to that stuff."

His opinion isn't exactly unbiased. But still, if the Great Beast has been a non-issue long enough for the gate to have been removed entirely... Maybe it's actually safe to go outside? Should I tell Tyrsis this and try to convince him?

Should I stop worrying him and head forward to the ketzas?

...Or should I sneak out tonight and check out what's beyond the cave? It wouldn't worry him, and it'd sure sate my curiosity...
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No. 710011 ID: 02422f

>Should I tell Tyrsis this and try to convince him?
Well, if you tell him that the people who are living right under the gate aren't even worried about the beast anymore, it might reassure him a little.

I wouldn't push the issue too much for now, though.

>Should I stop worrying him and head forward to the ketzas?
Yes, you have an (underground) trip to finish before you come back and think about going aboveground.

>Or should I sneak out tonight and check out what's beyond the cave?
DON'T BREAK YOUR PROMISE. Promises are important.
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No. 710016 ID: 5ad4a7

>>710002
Tell him what you found out, but continue with the planned trip. No need to jump the gun, hassle him, or break your promise.
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No. 710021 ID: a22f87

let him know what you heard but you should continue with the planned trip. That way you have more time to ease him into the idea of going topside while having plenty of stuff to distract him with should he get to scared or find any flaws in your flawless logic.
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No. 710024 ID: f6442a

The one that doesn't involve sneaking off alone.
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No. 710027 ID: ec0bf5

Well, if the great beast is the main thing that he's afraid of, telling him that everyone you've talked to around here seems to think that it never existed in the first place should probably calm his worries. Don't tell him you only spoke to one person.

Also, if your father died exploring the surface but there wasn't a great beast, you might have to come to terms with him having met an anticlimactic end, like falling off a cliff or eating some bad berries.
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No. 710277 ID: 91ee5f

>>710002
>Sneak out.
DON'T MAKE ME COME OUT OF THIS NECKLACE, YOUNG LADY!!!!! BECAUSE I WILL COME OUT THERE AND SPANK YOU!!!!! SPEEP!!!!! >:-(
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No. 716235 ID: 395c02
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716235

>No need to jump the gun, hassle him, or break your promise.
Yeah, I guess...

>Well, if you tell him that the people who are living right under the gate aren't even worried about the beast anymore, it might reassure him a little. 
If I tell him, maybe he'd be willing to...

>Tell him what you found out, but continue with the planned trip.
Yeah, I'll...

>let him know what you heard but you should continue with the planned trip. That way you have more time to ease him into the idea of going topside while having plenty of stuff to distract him with should he get to scared or find any flaws in your flawless logic.
...No! It'd take weeks to get back here! Who knows how long it'd take to convince Tyrsis! I'm so close! The outside is right there!
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No. 716236 ID: 395c02
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716236

>DON'T BREAK YOUR PROMISE. Promises are important.
I know. I know that. But I've spent my entire life trying to make everyone else happy. I should do what I want for once!

>Also, if your father died exploring the surface but there wasn't a great beast, you might have to come to terms with him having met an anticlimactic end, like falling off a cliff or eating some bad berries.
My father died following his dream. And now you want me to wait!?

>DON'T MAKE ME COME OUT OF THIS NECKLACE, YOUNG LADY!!!!!
You can't.
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No. 716237 ID: 395c02
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716237

You're just a stupid necklace.

Stay here. I'm going to go be selfish for once.
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No. 716238 ID: 395c02
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716238

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No. 716239 ID: 395c02
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716239

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No. 716240 ID: 395c02
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716240

....


why?
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No. 716241 ID: 395c02
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716241

why can't I do it?
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No. 716244 ID: ec0bf5

Because you care more about your friend than some adventure? That's normal, it's called "not being a bad person". Now go into his room and apologize.
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No. 716246 ID: 2a7417

Because the universe ceases to exist a certain distance away from the necklace? But if you don't want an existential crisis, pretend it's because you know in your heart you don't want to let Tyrsis down.
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No. 716247 ID: 1cebc8

You're not ready just yet.

Just GET ready. Do some work, hoard gems, learn from the people in the main district.

You got this far, so do something about it.
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No. 716254 ID: 6ea1f7

I know how you are feeling. To be so close of your dream, To think that everything else doesn't matter, to think that everyone is just there to stop you.

Look, I'm sure I'm speaking for almost everyone here in the fact that we care about you and we are trying to help but If you want to leave us behind, if you feel more comfortable that way, then so be it, I'm pretty sure you will do your best in whatever you try. For you we probably are a bunch of old people speaking random stuff. I won't complain nor be angry at you if you do that. But Tyrsis, he also cares about you, trust in you and for what we know, you have been his only friend, and he came with you all this way, probably because he feels alone pretty much all the time, except when you are there.

I understand that you want to throw everything and go for your dream, But I'm pretty sure you don't want to be alone, Why else would you bring your friend with you? All I ask, is for you to talk to him, even if it hurts. Have you ever thought how it feels to lose a friend, especially when there is only one?

At least, that's what I think. Do what you consider the best.
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No. 716257 ID: f562b1

>why can't I do it?
There are people who are important to you, that you've made promises to. I'm not saying to just give up and never go out, your promises were:
>>665982
>Why don't we check out those places you listed? And then, if you're up to it, we can go to the main exit. No further! We'll just look outside, and if you're still too scared we'll come back and figure it out, okay?
To see the places Tyrsis wanted to see,
>>677980
>LOOK OKAY I'M GOING TO GO AND THEN COME BACK AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE AMAZED. THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN
And that you'd come back. If she doesn't find herself convinced, then fine, that's on her, you can go after that, even if it's without her blessings.
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No. 716273 ID: 5ec36c

It's okay, you've not done anything wrong. You've more than earned the right to be selfish, especially when the thing you've wanted for so long is so close you can touch it.
But if you were going to sneak away and run off alone, you'd have done that to begin with. You have people you care about and who care about you that you don't want to hurt. You've already built yourself a path to your goal that they are accepting of, you know it'd be unfair to yourself as much as to them if you took this shortcut.
Don't be disheartened, you're going to do this and do it right, on your terms.
When you next pass that statue you'll do it with your head held high! not skulking around feeling guilty.
(plus those weeks might be more than enough time to convince Tyrsis)
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No. 716279 ID: 5ad4a7

It'd take weeks to get back here, but you'll be able to spend all that time with a cute boy!
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No. 716292 ID: 02422f

>>716241
Each and every one of us, we're all prisoners to what we believe.

At the end of the day, that's the only thing that allows you to, or stops you from, doing anything. There's something inside you that's decided something is more important than what you want.


...if you want to talk with someone about how you feel, and how important this is to you, I don't think it's us you need to talk to.
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No. 716314 ID: 737d5c

>>716241
You ask why you can't do it? Really?

It's simple. It's hollow to achieve a dream with no one to witness it. You want someone to share your dream with. Success is not its own reward - making others happy with your success is the reward of succeeding. That's the curse of being a social sapient.
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No. 716342 ID: 93244f

There is no such thing as a truly selfless act; all courses of action you take in your life are dependent of what you want, whether or not you believe so. The reason you can't do it is because you want others to be happy, not just yourself, more than you do just yourself. Don't break your promise; it's not what you really want.
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No. 716464 ID: f0e552

>>716241
We have to ease Tyrsis into this. I mean, we see pretty damn clear evidence that the outside is nothing to be afraid of.

Tyrsis, you just have to trust us, I know things seem scary out there, but we're prepared for this. Something doesn't seem right out there, and it's not the great beast.

And listen, we need your courage to come with us, because without you... I don't think we can go outside by ourselves, am I right in assuming that?
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No. 717021 ID: 3e182c

You did make a promise after all, that you'd not force him to go if he didn't want to, and you did agree to see the sights and monuments of the underground with him first.

Frankly you're being childish.
Besides, its not like this is any less of an adventure. it's not like you've been to these places before is it? Even if you have, Tyrsis hasn't and the experience would be very good for him, and you should care about that because he's your friend.
Why should we even have to tell you this the fuck is wrong with you?

And don't you dare take this necklace off. You have no idea of what we can do.
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No. 717994 ID: 395c02
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717994

>Because the universe ceases to exist a certain distance away from the necklace?
S-sorry, I didn't mean to threaten you with non-existence.

>You're not ready just yet. 
But I feel ready.

>Just GET ready. Do some work, hoard gems, learn from the people in the main district. 
Gems are completely worthless in the outside world. I don't know if the people of this city have a whole lot to teach me, either...

>I know how you are feeling. To be so close of your dream, To think that everything else doesn't matter, to think that everyone is just there to stop you. 
....
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No. 717997 ID: 395c02
 

(Please click the youtube to see the animation)
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No. 718004 ID: 1cebc8

... Damnit.

Normally the smart option would be to continue to the Ketza district, get involved in a few conspiracies and retreat when necessary.

But... I think we need to use our intel here.

... Jiniki's probably waiting for anyone to send reinforcements to Zalika. Whatever catastrophe happened is probably organized and armed to the teeth with magic augmentations.

If we leave her waiting

people might die.

Kliss, I'll leave it to you to decide.
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No. 718007 ID: 38cb3f

Whatever choice you make, you were willing to wait for Tyrsis to talk to him, and he is willing to sacrifice his safety and comfort for you, Kliss. Whatever choice you make, you'll be making the right one as long as you do it together.

And you two are so cute together, speep!
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No. 718008 ID: 5ad4a7

>>718004
I think that's a different universe, buddy.

>>717997
Let's get this show on the road. Go outside.
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No. 718011 ID: 49d4de

I'm not seeing an animation.
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No. 718012 ID: d796e1

Yea, i'm afraid that the Ketzas are not going to accept Tyrs, we are motivated, we are prepared, It's time. Go my dear, go get your dream.
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No. 718016 ID: 395c02

>>718011
here's a direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnRxknB-L3Y
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No. 718017 ID: d3a644

>>717997
I think we should announce to Tyrsis that we really really wanna go topside... But we might be okay if we go and see ketzas... Since you're willing to risk a lot for us. BUT, only say this if you are OK with seeing ketzas after knowing that Tyrsis will come with you topside afterwards. Let him choose, basically.
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No. 718020 ID: f6442a

The Great Beast was made of cotton candy and eaten long ago. Let's go topside!
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No. 718034 ID: 3e182c

If you only see what you want to see, you will see nothing at all. Whether the outcome of visiting the ketsas is positive or negative doesn't matter, its lessons will better prepare you for whatever awaits you outside. If you leave now you do so as a child, the already unspeakably vast world above will seem bigger still, and you may not be able to see what lies in front of you. It may not be what you expect. In any case, now with the support of your friend, and with our protection, whatever path you choose, step fourth boldly, and don't look back until the deed is done.
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No. 718039 ID: 91ee5f

To quote One Piece: "Go to New World"
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No. 718047 ID: 49d4de

We can go outside whenever but if we leave we might not be able to see the ketzas again so go see them first.
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No. 718133 ID: a22f87

>I never noticed how warm Tyrsis felt before...
about time

I say you head out now. I mean you can always see the ketzas when you get back. They've been there for how long? I'm sure they'll still be there when you get back.
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No. 718213 ID: ec0bf5

Tyrsis is as ready for this as he'll ever be, it looks like. No use waiting, let's go. As long as you're together you'll be fine.
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No. 732570 ID: 0d0030

Give him his chance to be brave
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No. 742990 ID: 395c02
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742990

We stare at the cave for an uncomfortable amount of time.

"We... we don't have to..." I start to say.

"I'm tired of hiding."

"Huh...?"

"Plucking my feathers, grinding down my horns... neither of those changed what I was. The only way I could live with the ketzas would be to continue living a lie."
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No. 742991 ID: 395c02
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742991

"And I'm not going to do that anymore. This... hole isn't going to stop me from being there for the only friend I've ever had-- the only person who accepted me unconditionally for who I really am."

He removes the outfit that had been keeping his nature a secret. He stuffs it into his backpack (somehow) and gets out his sun-blocking goggles.

"If we... if I die, I want to die as myself. I want to die knowing I was there for you."

He steps forward, into the cave.

I hesitate, taken aback by his newfound bravery. He still believes the outside world means his death, and yet...

...I have to be there for him, too.


"You've never had to hide who you were," I say. "You've always been Tyrsis..."
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No. 742992 ID: 395c02
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742992

"...The bravest person I've ever known."

I take his hand, prompting him to drop his goggles. He looks at me, surprise in his face. After a moment, he shakes his head as if to recollect himself, and we venture into the cave.


It gets darker as we progress, becoming pitch black. We use Tyrsis's magic to guide our way, until finally a light can be see. The light grows, and my heart feels like it's going to bounce out of my chest.

This is it. This is really it.

My entire life's been leading up to this moment. The wild, untamed wilderness is just a few feet away. I must prove my mother wrong! We slissas can survive outside the cave! Leaving isn't a death sentence!

I will make my father proud!
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No. 742993 ID: 395c02
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742993

Ghagh! It's so bright...!
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No. 742994 ID: 395c02
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742994

...?

How...?
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No. 742995 ID: 395c02
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742995

Was it...

Was it all a lie?
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No. 742998 ID: dfdb1e

Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't.
Unless it's magical, someone have to been tending this garden. Whoever they are, they must have a reason to, either not entering the cave, or entering and keep the true nature of the outside a secret.
Be on the lookout. The monster, or the people responsible for the secret, may be around. You probable want to hide soon.
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No. 742999 ID: 3abd97

>>742995
No, don't worry, those are totally even surface monster gardens, where it grows snacks when there are no ketzas or slissas to munch on.
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No. 743001 ID: 79a07e

Wow. That's beautiful.

Still, there can be danger in beauty. It's okay to take it all in, but be wary, too.
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No. 743004 ID: 398fe1

>>742995
First impressions can be misleading. Stay sharp!
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No. 743008 ID: b2d501

Someone's been busy.

Might be an open-secret farm. Might be a trap.

Either way, get to cover and keep your heads down. None of us know how far the guards will go to shut you up.
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No. 743011 ID: 595d54

Read the subject. The thread's over.
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