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705639 No. 705639 ID: 1ed605

Chapter 01: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/605439.html

Chapter 02: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/623897.html

Chapter 03: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/648665.html

Discussion/meta Thread: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/87374.html
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No. 781604 ID: 3abd97

Tracks. Can you tell how many made it?

Regardless, they got out of the town, and you have no means to follow further. And you have a duty here.

Time to turn around.
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No. 781749 ID: 8deaa7

Looks like they've left and you can't track them any further. Turn back and deal with the other problems. Also, can you tell where exactly you are in relation to the town, like northeastern part or southwestern part.
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No. 782881 ID: 012889
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782881

>thing to your left.
There is a recess in the stone, and it looks mechanical, it might be in fact just part of the mechanism of the secret tunnel.

>Yeah aside from... whatever that is in the dirt, I guess this means the madame is safe. Also, you could use this as an escape route if needed.

>Tracks. Can you tell how many made it?

You have never received any scout training in the army, and the tracks are all confused and messy. But you think at least a good number of people passed by.

>Also, can you tell where exactly you are in relation to the town, like northeastern part or southwestern part.

It looks like the north-east part of the town, you recognize the woods in that direction, on the other side of the river.

>Looks like they've left and you can't track them any further. Turn back and deal with the other problems.

>Regardless, they got out of the town, and you have no means to follow further. And you have a duty here. Time to turn around.

>if it's nothing then we should go back, they are long gone by now, unless they come back after a few days there is nothing else we can do.

You feel kind of relieved to know that Madame Lapisvisum was able to get out, but there is still work to do inside.

So you turn around and get back into the tunnel.
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No. 782882 ID: 012889
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782882

Halfway through the tunnel you start hearing rasping and gurgling sounds.

You proceed cautiosly and near the end of the tunnel you end up face to face with a small group of Imps.

They stop in their steps and start glaring at you.

Imp 1: "Hhhhhhhhhhgg?"

Imp 2: "Hhhhhhhhhrrrrnh???"
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No. 782883 ID: d79f26

clang clang maxwell's silver hammer came down upon their heads, clang clang maxwell's silver hammer made sure that they were dead.
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No. 782909 ID: b7883c

Smash and squish! Smash and squish the imps!
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No. 782965 ID: 3abd97

>>782882
It's hammer time.
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No. 782983 ID: 96c896

Unleash fiery justice upon the demons.
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No. 782989 ID: 72a406

Roar in their general direction! The panic debuff will interfere with their horde tactics and give you the time you need to slowly crush each wimp one by one.
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No. 783082 ID: f562b1

>>782882
Just staring? Is that normal for imps? I would think they'd be a more hyperactive demon species.
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No. 783131 ID: 96c896

..I guess the worst case scenario is that these aren't imps and it's an illusion to cause friendly fire, but is that even possible? Or something the demon forces would try?
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No. 784144 ID: fc7c78
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784144

>clang clang maxwell's silver hammer came down upon their heads, clang clang maxwell's silver hammer made sure that they were dead.

>Smash and squish! Smash and squish the imps!

>It's hammer time.

>Unleash fiery justice upon the demons.

>Roar in their general direction! The panic debuff will interfere with their horde tactics and give you the time you need to slowly crush each wimp one by one.

You seize the initiative and rush forward, smashing the closest imp's skull with the top of your hammer, while bellowing a prayer to hopefully panic the imps.
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No. 784147 ID: fc7c78
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784147

But the imps don't react at all. They stand still and keep staring at you.

Imp 2: "Hhhhhgg?"
Imp 3: "Hhhhhhhhgg?"

>Just staring? Is that normal for imps? I would think they'd be a more hyperactive demon species.

They are just staring, which is highly unusual, they are not paralyzed or anything since they are shuffling and twitching on the spot, but they are not reacting at your presence.

>..I guess the worst case scenario is that these aren't imps and it's an illusion to cause friendly fire, but is that even possible? Or something the demon forces would try?

You have not heard of demons being able to cast illusions, since most of them lack enough intellect over their savage behaviours to learn spells.
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No. 784150 ID: f562b1

>>784147
Demons likely wouldn't bother even if they had the intellect. Worst case, an unreliable hallucinatory spore trap was left behind in the tunnel (Likely would have been in the wall that got smashed down, to prevent chasers from doing just that), but considering they're still just standing there, it's much more likely they got into some alcohol or something.
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No. 784170 ID: 398fe1

Well even if it were an illusion the others would have run away by now. Kill all but one, keep the last one for examination by a wizard or something. Gotta find out what caused this.
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No. 784174 ID: 094652

Remember what happened to the cyclops?

Capture these kids alive. De-fang and chain them, but alive. Then get the surviving wizards to analyze these imps, see what makes them docile.
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No. 784180 ID: d79f26

something is wrong, you need someone to look at this. i don;t think they are doing this for a 'good reason' like the cyclops but they aren't being normal.
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No. 784783 ID: 67d5dc

Perhaps there is a dark wizard somewhere controlling them, and they are distracted by something.

Hopefully a paladin. Maybe your green 'friend' has found something interesting?
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No. 787801 ID: 007b4b
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787801

>Demons likely wouldn't bother even if they had the intellect. Worst case, an unreliable hallucinatory spore trap was left behind in the tunnel (Likely would have been in the wall that got smashed down, to prevent chasers from doing just that), but considering they're still just standing there, it's much more likely they got into some alcohol or something.

>Well even if it were an illusion the others would have run away by now. Kill all but one, keep the last one for examination by a wizard or something. Gotta find out what caused this

>Remember what happened to the cyclops?

>Capture these kids alive. De-fang and chain them, but alive. Then get the surviving wizards to analyze these imps, see what makes them docile.

>something is wrong, you need someone to look at this. i don;t think they are doing this for a 'good reason' like the cyclops but they aren't being normal.

>Perhaps there is a dark wizard somewhere controlling them, and they are distracted by something.

You prefer not to think back at the cyclops. They had a reason to fight at least. Demons don't. And they are quite real. Illussions or drugs would not FEEL so real.

At least you hope so.


You kill all of them but one, you need to bring this to someone.

The imp doesn't even try to stop you, and peacefully let you drag him out.
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No. 787802 ID: 007b4b
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787802

>Hopefully a paladin. Maybe your green 'friend' has found something interesting?

Hopefully Hugo or someone else has found what is going on.

You walk through the, now almost silent, part of the slums. The imp walking behind you, like a kid following his father.

There are muffled noises coming from different places, but you can't really understand where they originates.
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No. 787803 ID: 007b4b
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787803

As you get around the corner, you suddenly end face to face with a Gorger, sitting with his back against a building, silently slurping a leg.

You curse yourself mentally, and try to step back silently. Hoping the demon would not notice you.

But you step on the imp's foot and it yaps.
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No. 787804 ID: 007b4b
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787804

The Gorger stops and turns its attention toward you. Slowly taking the leg out of its mouth.

You grasp your hammer, ready to fight.
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No. 787805 ID: 007b4b
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787805

But instead of charging or swatting you, the Gorger simply moves his open hand, offering you the leg he was chewing.

Gorger: "Hhhhhhhhhnggggghrrrrrrrr, Hhhhhhhhhrrrrnh? Fffffffhhddd!"
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No. 787807 ID: 0555b9

Take offered leg. Go somewhere else to "eat".
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No. 787810 ID: d79f26

okay, this went from "odd" to "fucking weird", gorgers will fight other gorgers over food, what could possibly make one give up food?
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No. 787833 ID: 188451

Do they see you as a stronger demon or something?
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No. 787843 ID: 5cdf3a

What the hell is going on here?
Can you sense magic in some capacity? Try to determine if the aura of the place is different than usual. Though that might already be the case with so many demons around.
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No. 787853 ID: 398fe1

Maybe the goblin applied a succubus-powered illusion onto you? To make you look like a powerful demon? This means you will be able to kill demons very easily since they refuse to attack you, but if you run into any of your allies they'll attack you! Only way to test this would be to find an ally.

Anyway, can you kill the Gorger in one hit? Maybe drive the spike of your hammer into its skull?
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No. 788451 ID: 3abd97

Worst case scenario: you've been infected, and they recognize it.
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No. 788461 ID: bb78f2

>>787805
huh
They're kind to their own if you're infected...
That's nice I guess.
I mean, like horrible for you, obviously, but it means that they... an innate code to be kind to one another. They may not be intelligent, but they have the capacity to actively share.

I don't know how to feel about that.
I don't even know if you should kill this gorger.
I don't know anything anymore.
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No. 791695 ID: 44f31f
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791695

>They're kind to their own if you're infected...

>okay, this went from "odd" to "fucking weird", gorgers will fight other gorgers over food, what could possibly make one give up food?

Demons are ruthless even among themselves, they only care about one thing, and it's their own body...

>Do they see you as a stronger demon or something?

>Maybe the goblin applied a succubus-powered illusion onto you? To make you look like a powerful demon? This means you will be able to kill demons very easily since they refuse to attack you, but if you run into any of your allies they'll attack you! Only way to test this would be to find an ally.

>Worst case scenario: you've been infected, and they recognize it.

You look up to the gorger, realizing that it's not offering the leg out of generosity, but out of fear. And you don't really know anything that could scare a monster this size...

You wonder if there has been something you have missed, your body feels the same, only a bit weaker due to the night of sleep you missed...
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No. 791696 ID: 44f31f
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791696

>Take offered leg. Go somewhere else to "eat".

You grab the leg, and the gorger gives you a meek smile.

>Anyway, can you kill the Gorger in one hit? Maybe drive the spike of your hammer into its skull?

You decide to test something. You motion the gorger to come closer. An order he follows like a dog.

You then smash the spike of your hammer straight in the middle of its skull. Killing it instantly.

That still is not explaining what is going on, but it might turn out to be useful somehow.
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No. 791697 ID: 44f31f
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791697

>What the hell is going on here?

You wish you knew. It seems things in town has being calming down too. There is definitively less screaming occurring at the moment. Hopefully Hugo has taken most of the citizens out.

>Can you sense magic in some capacity? Try to determine if the aura of the place is different than usual. Though that might already be the case with so many demons around.

You don't have ability to sense magic, as your magic is more about healing and damage. The air in the town does feel different anyway, without the need of any detect spell. It smells like blood.

You continue through the streets, making your way toward the town square. You do not encounter any demons, weirdly. Lots of bodies scattered around, half eaten though.

When you reach the blacksmith, you face another weird scene. A group of imps is loading a horseless cart with weapons.

One of them notices you and drop what it was carrying to wave at you, pointing at the cart.

Imp: "HHHHHHHHHHHRNN! WHHHHIPHN!"

The other Imps notice you too, and most of them stop to wave escitedly in your direction,
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No. 791698 ID: 44f31f
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791698

Charred One: "What are you morons doing? Who are you waving a..."

Charred One: "..."
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No. 791699 ID: 44f31f
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791699

Charred One: "W-W-WATCH OUT F-FIR! DEMONF!!!"
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No. 791704 ID: d79f26

grab him, put him into an extremely painful hold and ask him what is going on.
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No. 791710 ID: 398fe1

>>791699
Okay, sure. Kill the imps. If he's controlling them somehow and your influence over them is an unexpected effect of whatever he did, you won't want to give him the chance of turning them against you while you're busy restraining him.

Unless you can kill the imps one-handed, in which case just grab him in one hand and ask him why the demons are treating you (and him) like their boss. Is he responsible for what's happened in town? IS HE WORKING FOR THE DEMONS?
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No. 791729 ID: 188451

Armor? Do you know of any demons with human enough proportions that they could wear a suit? If not, then you are gonna have to deal with more than just demons. (and the one mage dude who the armor is almost certainly not for)
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No. 791734 ID: fee32f

Wait in awkward silence as nothing happens and he slowly realizes he won't get out of this one.
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No. 791743 ID: dd4df2

>>791699

Rush forward, smack the Charred One to the ground. It's painfully obvious now what's been going on.

"The demons ignore me, obey me. You've attempted to put something in me, haven't you, traitor? You put something into everyone."

Smack the hammer into his legs and/or hands, disable him from running/casting.

"Yet I feel no pain, nor agony. Nothing stands ready to burst from my chest. If my body and soul is at risk, the change has not yet come to pass. So I have my duty."

Plant the hammer into the ground near his head and tear away his enchanted cowl with your pious hands.

"Confess, Charred One. Confess in the hope that whatever you did to me will be effective soon. Confess your sins. Confess for time, in the vain hope your ploy will work. Confess everything."

Hold the fires of the unquenchable flame up to his naked face, and let him feel the heat.

"For once you are done confessing - I will MAKE JUDGEMENT OVER WHAT LITTLE IS LEFT OF YOUR SORRY SOUL."
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No. 791748 ID: 398fe1

Uh, I would like to advise some caution here. It's possible he's simply affected by the same thing that happened to you, and doesn't want to look like he's in league with the demons, because he isn't, and has no idea how it happened in the first place. I mean he could be looting the blacksmith in order to deliver supplies to evacuees.

Though I have to wonder what he was doing out on the streets alone. Shouldn't he have a guard escort or something?
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No. 791775 ID: 4c4abe

Catch the Charred One before he even has the time to think of running away. Whatever is happening, he's neck deep in it.
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No. 792380 ID: 0d6c82

Say "Quickly, we need to get inside!" Then enter a building with him (dragging him if necessary) as if running from the demons.
Basically; before interrogating this guy about his demon army see if we can get somewhere a bit harder for the demons to access first.
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No. 792524 ID: e01e87

CHARRED ONE KISS LUDWIG
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No. 793336 ID: bc659d
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793336

>Wait in awkward silence as nothing happens and he slowly realizes he won't get out of this one.

You glare at the Charred One for a couple of seconds, while the imps shift their attention between you and the charred one.

One of the imps coughs.

>grab him, put him into an extremely painful hold and ask him what is going on.

>Rush forward, smack the Charred One to the ground. It's painfully obvious now what's been going on.

>Catch the Charred One before he even has the time to think of running away. Whatever is happening, he's neck deep in it.

>Say "Quickly, we need to get inside!" Then enter a building with him (dragging him if necessary) as if running from the demons.
Basically; before interrogating this guy about his demon army see if we can get somewhere a bit harder for the demons to access first.

You grab the Charred One by the neckwear and pull him into the blacksmith. You are disgusted to see the carcass of the poor guy, laying on the ground half eaten.

Charred One: "UHM... FIR! T-the demonf are ftill out"
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No. 793338 ID: bc659d
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793338

You shake him. Making it clear you are not falling for his crap.

Charred One: "Ffffftop! I'm gonna throw up in my mafk!"

You tell him to also cut out with the fake lisp.

Charred One: "Alright Alright Alright! Please stop!"
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No. 793340 ID: bc659d
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793340

>Is he responsible for what's happened in town? IS HE WORKING FOR THE DEMONS?

>ask him what is going on.

>"The demons ignore me, obey me. You've attempted to put something in me, haven't you, traitor? You put something into everyone. Yet I feel no pain, nor agony. Nothing stands ready to burst from my chest. If my body and soul is at risk, the change has not yet come to pass. So I have my duty.Confess, Charred One. Confess in the hope that whatever you did to me will be effective soon. Confess your sins. Confess for time, in the vain hope your ploy will work. Confess everything."

>Armor? Do you know of any demons with human enough proportions that they could wear a suit? If not, then you are gonna have to deal with more than just demons. (and the one mage dude who the armor is almost certainly not for)
You order him to tell you what is going on. Why is he working with demons, and why they are not attacking him.

Charred One: "I'm just following orders from the Flame"

You shake him violently.

Charred One: "STOP! IT'S TRUE! I SWEAR! I received order to seize the temple in the mountain. To see if there are still dragons alive down there. All i did was preparing a countermeasure"


You ask if he means the demons, and why would he resolve to using them. Causing this kind of massacre among the population. And why are they taking weapons with them.

Charred One: "I-it's necessary! The demons are the only creatures that can face a dragon! Fight fire with fire! All i did was creating a bait for demons to follow. It wasn't supposed to trigger unless i was forced! The egg was the cause!!!"

You ask him what is he talking about.

Charred One: "Our... spies have told us that an adventurer managed to find a living dragon egg. I couldn't imagine he'd bring the egg toward the mountain! It's his fault. W-whoever it was!"


You turn silent as you realize you have met the adventurer. You gave him free access to the town that was turned into demons...

You then ask why are the demon not attacking him on sight.

Charred One: "I... took my precautions..."

You ask him if he also gave you this precautions, since the demons are obeying your orders.

Charred One: "Ob... Oh..."

You wait for an answer that is not coming.

Then you shake him again.

Charred One: "OK! OK! OK! You... might have been chosen as a vessel for Infester. But i have no idea why you haven't transformed already!"
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No. 793345 ID: 48237d

If your time is limited you should kill him now. He can't be allowed to continue commanding demons.
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No. 793348 ID: d79f26

because you are a badass with an iron will.

and if this infestor is in you, then it knows that if you start changing you are perfectly willing to set yourself on fire to kill it.

also, what's so bad about dragons? be sure to also remember that life is not black and white, a dragon just like people could be good or evil and if all the dragons were killed just because they were powerful but not all evil then letting the dragon live is another step on redeeming your religion.
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No. 793350 ID: 8deaa7

Try to get more information out of him like how did he get the whole town to turn. After that kill him.

We also need to find out if any others survived and to investigate Charred One's belongings for these orders or anything related to what has happened
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No. 793364 ID: 398fe1

>>793340
I think it's time to see what's under the mask. Then ask who in the Flame has been giving him these orders.
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No. 793401 ID: bb78f2

>>793340
What exactly does the church have against dragons? Why enough hatred to think that it's worth sacrificing a whole town over?

It doesn't seem to be taught publicly that dragon's are evil, only a myth, so a naive and good adventurer, not knowing the whole story, of course would do something like this because, well it sounds like an adventure that doesn't have some evil goal. If anything, it's more the church's fault for resorting to these extreme measures, because right now, a dragon seems a lot less worse than these demons.
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No. 793412 ID: 188451

You mind listing an infester's abilities for us Ludwig? Would be a thing to keep an eye out for if nothing else.

Curing ourselves should be up there in priority. Is everyone suppose to turn into demons or only certain people?

>You gave him free access to the town that was turned into demons
No one who was not in the plan could have known. The people who decided that spawning fucking *demons* is the right protocol are to blame.
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No. 793436 ID: 1226ae

>>793340
Make a personal note to kill him for the unthinkable and utterly inhuman atrocity he has performed this day.

Though we should force him to write out a confession beforehand as well.

Unfortunately, I think I understand one of the things that happened. Father Grimdoom has been infected and is possessed by an Infestor. Everyone he's healed with his magic has been corrupted by demons. Find out who in the Order has unleashed his atrocity and prepare to spend your last days seeking vengeance.
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No. 793439 ID: 91ee5f

You're a racist. Dragons don't automatically attack anyone. They only burn down villages when the villages attack first! Also, look around at how many people you killed! This is worse than anything a dragon can do!
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No. 793470 ID: ca7e3d

There is no justification for this. Even if dragons are evil or your religion hates them, nothing could possibly make this justifiable. Remember the goblin girl. Make him pay.
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No. 793616 ID: dd4df2

>>793340

He's either a fool and an unconscionable mass-murderer or a glib liar and an unconscionable mass-murderer.

If it's not in your nature to end him for the above reasons, at least disrobe, disarm, gag and bind him and put him somewhere this Infestor will not easily find him should you turn. If you've got a writing implement or a piece of coal from the smithy, you could label him helpfully as 'traitor' and 'responsible' in case you're unable to say so yourself later. IF anyone, Hugo will be bound to investigate, for sure.

Speaking of which... you'll want to search him to see if he's carrying any bottles of holy fire like the one you passed to that Ranidae. From here on, you might have need of a quick self-immolating pyre should you start to turn.
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No. 793617 ID: 1226ae

>>793616
Actually, we know that the Demons inside people can perceive the outside world. No matter where we hid him, the Demon would easily be able to hunt him down anyway.

Oh, by the way, Grimdoom? The life-draining magic you've been using? The reason you've been feeling so weak? The reason you haven't 'burst' yet is because you've been channeling the demon's essence into other people.

Your healing spells have killed everyone they've touched and saved your life unintentionally.
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No. 793618 ID: dd4df2

>>793617

Fair point and... oh dear.
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No. 793628 ID: 66489a
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793628

>Try to get more information out of him like how did he get the whole town to turn. After that kill him.

>You mind listing an infester's abilities for us Ludwig? Would be a thing to keep an eye out for if nothing else.

You have no idea what an Infester is. It's not among the commonly known demons. You order Charred One to tell you what it is.

Charred One: "Not what. Who. Infester. One of the primordial ones! Demons weren't always savage! The oldest ones were cunning and powerful. Infester, Usurper, Devourer and Betrayer... The progenitors of all demons. It feels the egg presence. It's coming, there is nothing you can do to stop it."

>because you are a badass with an iron will.

>and if this infestor is in you, then it knows that if you start changing you are perfectly willing to set yourself on fire to kill it.

>Curing ourselves should be up there in priority. Is everyone suppose to turn into demons or only certain people?

You tell him that you are going to do whatever is necessary to keep yourself from trasnforming. And in case you'd take your own life. You order him to reveal the cure for this infection.

Charred One: "IT'S NOT AN INFECTION, YOU MORON! Demons are spilling from the spiritual realm and taking over the flesh of people. All i did was directing them to their targets! And you have helped too!"

>Oh, by the way, Grimdoom? The life-draining magic you've been using? The reason you've been feeling so weak? The reason you haven't 'burst' yet is because you've been channeling the demon's essence into other people.

>Your healing spells have killed everyone they've touched and saved your life unintentionally.

You take a second or two to rationalize what he's saying.

Charred One: "Yeah! You distribute the potions i made to everyone! That was your role in this!"
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No. 793629 ID: 66489a
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793629

You yell that you had no idea about his treachery.

Charred One: "IT'S NOT TREACHERY! It was an order from the Flame itself"

>What exactly does the church have against dragons? Why enough hatred to think that it's worth sacrificing a whole town over?

It's getting more and more difficult to keep a cold head in this situation. You yell that the church would have never caused such atrocities in the name of something like that. Why even dragons? There hasn't been a sight of dragons in centuries.

Charred One: "You are a fucking fool! They must not come back! The Flame needs time!"

>There is no justification for this. Even if dragons are evil or your religion hates them, nothing could possibly make this justifiable. Remember the goblin girl. Make him pay.

>If your time is limited you should kill him now. He can't be allowed to continue commanding demons.

>I think it's time to see what's under the mask. Then ask who in the Flame has been giving him these orders.

Angrier than ever, you ask what his real intentions are, what he knows about this whole deal and who he really is, to provoke such indiscriminate massacres in the name of your own religion.

You grab his hood with your other hand, and pull.
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No. 793630 ID: 66489a
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793630

Charred One: "I'm a true servant of the Unquenchable Flame. Since the beginning of the war"
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No. 793631 ID: 66489a
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793631

He throws something in your face.

Something sticky and smelly. It stings your eyes and the surprise makes you let go of him.

Charred One: "The reason you haven't been told anything about this is because your friend warned us about your depression and altruism. We need to be ruthless now. There is little time."
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No. 793633 ID: 398fe1

>>793631
You are bad at keeping a hostage secure!

Summon flames and send them in all directions. He should still be close to you. You can catch him in the blast. Then wipe your eyes while he's either dodging the flames or panicking from being on fire.

Can you verify somehow that a demon is trying to take over your body? Don't kill yourself to stop it unless you're sure it's going to happen. I mean, he could be lying to try to get you to off yourself. At the very least you need to find your orc friend and tell him what's really going on.
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No. 793664 ID: f6a086

Well. It's clear WHERE the 'Unquenchable Flame' comes from now. You know, this might be a good analogy for our obsession with fire.

This Ranidae is ruthless but cripplingly idiotic, he just infested an entire city and mutated hundreds of innocent souls when he could have just talked to the dumb adventurer about the dangers of dragons and that it would be better for everyone if the little dragon princess was raised in the comfort of the Unquenchable Flame and how they are secretly uplifting the Ranidae and how Flycatcher could take on an apprenticeship. All because the smartass alchemist who can usurp and raid an entire town by himself was either too disconnected to realize there was another frog in the pond or too shy to just talk to him.

WASTE HIM.
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No. 793703 ID: 1226ae

>>793631
You allowed him to poison you. Quick, headbutt him!

Also, it's clear now, the church has been entirely corrupted by demons, from top to bottom! The Order's most holy of holies being possessed was no accident. It's clear now that the demonic possession was no more than an excuse by the lesser-ranking priests to continue their demon-summoning plague upon the lands.

You, Father Grimdoom, are possibly humanity's last hope for survival! The demon-plague has been called by your order's treacherous leaders, and you've only got yourself to stand against it for so long as Infestor does not completely subjugate your will!

...So probably the next forty five seconds. Make em count!
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No. 793989 ID: 3abd97

>>793631
Time's up. He's betrayed you, he doomed this town, he's a fanatic, and he sees altruism as a weakness. Kill him.
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No. 794064 ID: b7883c

Maybe he's lying or maybe the corruption runs deeper, but what's clear right now is that he is doing evil and must be stopped. Keep a hold of him if you can and kill him with your other hand or your powers.
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No. 794135 ID: 237f2d
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794135

>You allowed him to poison you. Quick, headbutt him!

Whatever threw in your face it reeks and stings. You put your hand on your face and starts evaporating the liquid with your powers.

Charred One: "Do not fight it! If you truly want to be a servant of the flame, help me!"
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No. 794136 ID: 237f2d
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794136

>Summon flames and send them in all directions. He should still be close to you. You can catch him in the blast. Then wipe your eyes while he's either dodging the flames or panicking from being on fire.

As soon as you manage to regain your eyesight you cast a burst of flame in his direction. You do not have the time to aim properly, and the spell doesn't come out powerful enough to hurt him. But it does distract him.
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No. 794137 ID: 237f2d
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794137

>This Ranidae is ruthless but cripplingly idiotic, he just infested an entire city and mutated hundreds of innocent souls when he could have just talked to the dumb adventurer about the dangers of dragons and that it would be better for everyone if the little dragon princess was raised in the comfort of the Unquenchable Flame and how they are secretly uplifting the Ranidae and how Flycatcher could take on an apprenticeship. All because the smartass alchemist who can usurp and raid an entire town by himself was either too disconnected to realize there was another frog in the pond or too shy to just talk to him.

>WASTE HIM.

>You, Father Grimdoom, are possibly humanity's last hope for survival! The demon-plague has been called by your order's treacherous leaders, and you've only got yourself to stand against it for so long as Infestor does not completely subjugate your will!

>...So probably the next forty five seconds. Make em count!

>Time's up. He's betrayed you, he doomed this town, he's a fanatic, and he sees altruism as a weakness. Kill him.

>Maybe he's lying or maybe the corruption runs deeper, but what's clear right now is that he is doing evil and must be stopped. Keep a hold of him if you can and kill him with your other hand or your powers.

You quickly grab him again, lifting him from the ground, and you ready your fist to cave his skull in.

You yell that you are going to do whatever is in your power to stop you and whatever infection is going through you.
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No. 794138 ID: 237f2d
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794138

You don't manage to throw the punch, as your arm suddenly start shaking, a fit of pain runs through it and right into your spine.
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No. 794139 ID: 237f2d
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794139

The pain is unbelievable, you feel every single inch of skin, bone and nerves being ripped apart as something makes its way through them, bursting through your hand and your gauntlet.

The pain is so powerful, you drop to your knees.

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No. 794142 ID: 094652

Well, you're boned. Stabby stabby the old toad.
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No. 794145 ID: 237f2d
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794145

You look through your tears at what you once called your arm. It squirms, trying to clatch the air, not anymore in your control. You block it with your other arm.

Charred One: "Do not fight it, let it come. It will hurt less."

You murmur a curse, while the pain in your arm runs over to your shoulder. You can hear your skin rip under your armor.

Charred One: "The demons need a warleader. Someone that will command them in their battle against the dragon's force. I can see why Infester chose you, but do not think for a moment you will ever be able to resist it. Your time is almost over Ludwig. But your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
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No. 794147 ID: 0555b9

Initiate self destruct! Blow it all up!
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No. 794154 ID: d79f26

cut his head off with those claws. then light yourself on fire.
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No. 794160 ID: bb78f2

>>794145
Use the same magic you used on that goblin giving birth on The Charred One. Use it to the point it kills you of exhaustion and purges all demonic energies into him.

He'll become a host of some low level demon spawn and you're body will be unhostable.
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No. 794162 ID: 398fe1

The transformation started the instant you said you were gonna fight the infection and thought to yourself that your time was short. The potion he threw at you wasn't poison, it's a hallucinogen. Try to disbelieve. He's goading you into killing yourself right now.

He's lying to you, because the demons attacked you before. If they started treating you as a leader it's not because you're infected-- that would have happened right as the demonic invasion started, so you would have been able to order them around from the beginning. It's because of something he did before he stepped out into the streets after the battle was over.
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No. 794169 ID: 3abd97

>>794145
Grab the charred one in a full body hug.

Then immolate yourself.

The fire will purge the traitor, your body, than that which would claim it.
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No. 794203 ID: 1226ae

>>794160
I agree with this sentiment. Dump as much of your lifeforce as possible into the idiot frog's body. Infestor will be weakened and Charred Bastard will explode into demons.

Also it'll probably kill you. In this situation I'd say this is probably a positive considering the alternative.
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No. 794223 ID: b412df

>>794160
This makes sense I think. He probably expects you to try and kill / immolate yourself, so this might not be something he expected.
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No. 794245 ID: 91ee5f

>>794160
Do this while shouting, "You want a demon that badly?! THEN YOU CAN HAVE IT!!!!!"
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No. 794675 ID: aa703d
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794675

>The transformation started the instant you said you were gonna fight the infection and thought to yourself that your time was short. The potion he threw at you wasn't poison, it's a hallucinogen. Try to disbelieve. He's goading you into killing yourself right now.

You try to disbelieve, but the pain is way too real to be just an illusion.

You think you are almost getting used to it, when you feel a crack and your armor burst open as new ribs pop out of your chest, almost as they are trying to grab your breastplate.
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No. 794677 ID: aa703d
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794677

>Grab the charred one in a full body hug.

>Use the same magic you used on that goblin giving birth on The Charred One. Use it to the point it kills you of exhaustion and purges all demonic energies into him.

>Well, you're boned. Stabby stabby the old toad.

>Then immolate yourself.

>Do this while shouting, "You want a demon that badly?! THEN YOU CAN HAVE IT!!!!!"

You pull closer the Charred One, forcing what remains of your arm to stab the bastard with your newly formed demonic claws.

You yell that if he loves demons so much he will love getting one inside while you both burn slowly.

You then whisper your last spell, as you immolate your own body. Even the burning sensation of the fire is numbed compared to the pain currently wasting your body.

You look at him, triumphantly. But al you get back is a gargling laugh that is completely dissonant with the expression of pain painted on his face.
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No. 794678 ID: aa703d
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Charred One opens up his mouth and something peeks out.

???: "Sorry to disappoint you, but i'm afraid this body is already occupied."

???: "And do you really think we, that are true servants of the flame. Touched by Ignis Cor himself, will be harmed by fire? Thanks for giving me this last laugh, before your soul is consumed forever, Ludwig. I will treasure it."


And then your consciousness fades completely when you feel the demon finally passing into this world, and into your body.
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No. 794680 ID: aa703d
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794680

Back again.
Hungry already.
First thing first.
You climb up the nearest building.

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No. 794681 ID: aa703d
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794681

As you reach the roof of the building, you breath in the air of the world.

Fresh air. You missed that feeling.

And then you let out a Howl.

And howl so powerful everyone can hear in a radius bigger than the town itself.

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No. 794682 ID: aa703d
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794682

You beckon the demons in town.

The time of feasting and playing is over.

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No. 794684 ID: aa703d
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794684

You all have a job to do.

There is a temple to destroy and an egg that must not hatch.

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No. 794685 ID: aa703d
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794685

And most importantly, there is a little shitty frog that needs to pay for sending you back on the other side of the barrier before you were able to lay your hand on that egg.


END OF THE INTERMISSION
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No. 794686 ID: 398fe1

>>794685
Well I guess the last 4 updates were pointless then.
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No. 794691 ID: 91ee5f

>>794685
I have to call bullshit here!

We've been told that this guy is an Infester Demon, yet what the demon is saying here is suggesting that he's the same demon that Flycatcher killed back in Thread 1!

I don't see how that's possible, since the demon that Flycatcher killed was identified as a Fetcher Demon, not an Infester Demon!

So why is the Infester Demon saying that he's the one that got killed by Flycatcher?
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No. 794693 ID: d79f26

>>794691
it's simple. he's Infester, the fetcher. he's a named monster, this give em boosted stats and a special ability. in this case infestation. he stabbed flycatcher before and flycatcher had to get a soul cleansing because had a small demon growing on him.
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No. 794696 ID: aa703d

>>794691

Because he is.

Like Charred One said it better: "Not what. Who. Infester. One of the primordial ones! Demons weren't always savage! The oldest ones were cunning and powerful. Infester, Usurper, Devourer and Betrayer... The progenitors of all demons."

It isn't just a fetcher, It is the First Fetcher.
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No. 794697 ID: 70983e

>>794691
Were you not listening when the Charred One said Infester is not a what but a who or is that just your default state
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No. 794699 ID: 91ee5f

>>794697
No, I wasn't paying attention. I tend to not listen to the guy we're trying to kill because they usually lie to try and avoid getting killed.
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No. 794721 ID: 1226ae

>>794696
He's a bit of a scrub if a random frog with two potions of Cure Light Wounds and no formal combat training can take him out. Let's be honest here, the Demons aren't that much of a threat. I mean, certainly, the hundreds, if not thousands of lives snuffed out because of arrogance, greed and stupidity are certainly a problem, but they're complete pushovers in battle. That alchemist was way more of a problem. Only thing that really surprises me is that no one's regularly been running Demon Detectors over the Flame since that whole PREVIOUS apocalyptic war they started thanks to demons.
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No. 794725 ID: d9d165

>>794721
Infester likely created a low-level clone of himself by 'infesting' someone, like he tried with Flycatcher, and that clone was designed for a quick smash-and-grab through a trapped but deserted area, not any sort of combat.
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No. 794754 ID: 188451

>>794721
He was trapped for a really long time, right? He might have been short on whatever type of energy they use.
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