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716306 No. 716306 ID: b66b01

2Frames part 1: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/701048.html
Disthread: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/99036.html

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No. 773595 ID: ca0e20
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Ava grabs me by the arm and forces me to her side to her left, placing herself between Calla and I. She gives me an intense stare as she forces my face to meet hers.

Ava: "Try something. See the results."

Her attention turns back to the door and she addresses Calla again.

Ava: "We have to guard the door until Basant arrives. They've set up an ambush."

I then realize I have not taken a breath since Ava's threat, so I start breathing again. A cold chill remains.
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No. 773705 ID: 398fe1

>>773595
Magic?

Ask her why she hasn't tried to use your life as leverage against your friends. (we want her to actually do that, if we're going along with getting Rip out of there. Maybe she just hasn't thought of it yet, and the question will prompt her into doing just that)
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No. 773727 ID: 350a50

"I can negotiate with them."
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No. 773735 ID: 91ee5f

>>773595
>"Try something. See the results."
"What? You going to give me another boring lecture on how two wrongs make a right and waste both of our time? I so scared."

And/or

"Did your research actually tell you that you'd have control of the demons or are you just assuming you'll have control over them and they won't kill you after you summon them?"

And/or

"So you don't want me to try to negotiate them out of there to get results? Ok, then we can all continue to watse our time here."

And/or

"Ava, your breath stinks! Jeez, now I know why all the bees always have those masks over their faces."
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No. 773737 ID: 79a07e

>>773705
You need to keep quiet. She's VERY angry at you right now. You're going to have to keep quiet until just the right time...then you need to say something that throws her off entirely, or perhaps maybe makes her think she has a reason to listen to you.
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No. 773785 ID: 79a07e

>>773735
I'm pretty sure the implication was if we tried to keep talking she'd probably try to hurt or kill us.
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No. 773789 ID: 10d2b9

Just shut up and stay down, and this will be over in no time.
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No. 773799 ID: 87353e

>>773595
The jig is up, If Ava can take on three bee's at once alone, imagine trying to oppose her once Ophi & Rufa are at her side and she has what she wants.
I doubt she will seriously consider any alternative we propose once she is holding all the cards.
You can either take action now and maybe die a fool or wait and die a coward when you let them regroup, break down that door, and then feed someone to the portal.

Take Ava up on her threat and start a tussle with that owl. You do not need to win. You just need to give Calla a chance to escape.
Ava already suspects her of betrayal and that's why she made her stay behind, as to keep an eye on her.

If Calla can get back to the portal room in time to stop Ophi from summoning Basant or if too late, free the Witch and trigger an epic Wizard Battle.
If Basant is out of the picture Rip, Lucy and Azalea will remain safe inside the room and Calla can regroup with her other sisters like she wanted.

If you want to protect everyone, then you're gonna have to put your own safety on the line to do so.
Fight dirty, grab onto her arms to prevent being immediately stabbed and go for a cheap shot like a headbutt or foot stomp.
Calla's sword and Rufa's Claws are both laying on the ground within reach for you to re-arm yourself if you get the chance.
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No. 773808 ID: 350a50

>>773799
Or, since she's right up in Raven's face, just make out with her.
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No. 773817 ID: dce082

>>773808
This and say something along the lines of "It turns me on when you talk like that, I know I lied about the bondage session with emerald but that doesn't mean I'm not into it" then wink at her. even the fiercest of warriors turn into putty in our hands once TGchan starts our seduction... probably
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No. 773826 ID: 79a07e

>>773799
I'm starting to wonder if Calla has a plan. Can we at least talk about that first before committing to this?
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No. 773829 ID: 350a50

>>773817
I mean, she did declare herself the party bard. That comes with certain responsibilities.
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No. 773841 ID: 91ee5f

>>773829
Attempting to make out with anything that moves is one of the responsibilities of a bard, after all! XD
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No. 773861 ID: dce082

>>773829
>>773841
Exactly and for someone to declare themself a bard dispite having no musical instruments or talent that means this MUST be what raven wanted when she declared herself bard.
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No. 773869 ID: 1d9836

actually I just got an idea.

Start singing. About what matter, but just start. She wouldn’t br so crass as to gut you for just singing, would she?

...because that might just be the distraction needed. Or if you can do it right, maybe a coded message. Justbso long as the subject matter iant obivous.
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No. 773872 ID: 15a025

>>773808
Go in for a smooch
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No. 773879 ID: dce082

>>773869
She might, and I don't feel like it would be a very good distraction unless she tries to gut us. kissing and flirting is also has the possibility of her gutting us but it would be a better distraction and would probably cause a moment of "wtf" in her mind.
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No. 773883 ID: 350a50

>>773817
Maybe leave out the bondage, I get the feeling that's another quasi-ethical debate in the making.
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No. 773911 ID: dce082

You know the more I think about it the better mentioning bondage sounds, might get her to question her ethics about trying to make EVERYONE free regardless of if they are content with how their life was and wouldn't even know what to do if given freedom.
>>773883
An ethical debate with her about bondage MIGHT actually open her mind up the the possibility that some people like being controlled and "not being free" and an ethical debate would mean we dont get gutted immediately so even if it doesn't help I doubt it would hurt. Especially if we act like we like being a sub in bondage.
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No. 773926 ID: 350a50

>>773911
You made a valid point and have changed my mind.
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No. 774416 ID: ca0e20
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>Or, since she's right up in Raven's face, just make out with her.
>I mean, she did declare herself the party bard. That comes with certain responsibilities.
>Attempting to make out with anything that moves is one of the responsibilities of a bard, after all! XD
>for someone to declare themself a bard dispite having no musical instruments or talent
>Go in for a smooch

What?! Making music is the only real requirement of a bard! I think! I'm sure! And I said earlier that I could play the lute and the violin! Emerald and Marigold said they liked my song!
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No. 774417 ID: ca0e20
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Eugh, whatever.

I beak rub with Ava!

Cause we can't really smooch. Ava is pushed on the wall and her hat falls after hitting the wall with the brim. Ava tries to push me off.

Ava: "Euwaah! What are you doing?!?"

>If you want to protect everyone, then you're gonna have to put your own safety on the line to do so. Fight dirty, grab onto her arms to prevent being immediately stabbed and go for a cheap shot like a headbutt or foot stomp. Calla's sword and Rufa's Claws are both laying on the ground within reach for you to re-arm yourself if you get the chance.

I think of off-putting or arguments starting things to say to Ava, but Calla needs to move now. While beak rubbing, I managed to get a good grip on Ava's sword wrist.

Raven: "CALLA! PORTAL ROOM NOW!" I stomp on Ava's foot. "IF YOU FREE THE ARMADILLO SHE CAN HELP US!"

Ava, understanding what is going on, ignores the pain in her foot and starts to push into my face with her free hand while trying to free her other. But I keep a firm grip on the wrist. Calla takes a second to process what is going on before dashing in the direction of the portal room.

Calla: "You crazy bird!!!"
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No. 774418 ID: ca0e20
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I try to grab Ava's free arm but she is wise to it. I also try to peck at her face, but she's taking good care at avoiding my pecks.

Ava: "Calla! You still have a sister here and she's wounded- AHH!" I menage a headbutt.

Calla stops in her track but doesn't turn around.

Raven: "GO! I'LL PROTECT AZALEA!"

Calla hesitates but then continues forward. Ava hits me hard at the bottom of my beak, shutting it closed.
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No. 774419 ID: ca0e20
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774419

Ava has had enough. She grabs my body and with a yell she pushes me off in the opposite direction, putting herself between me and Calla once again. I still land on my feet, if a bit ungracefully and I ready my weapon. My weapon...

This isn't mine! I have Ava's sword!
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No. 774420 ID: ca0e20
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774420

Ava, realizing that she lost her sword, pulls out her emergency dagger. But instead of taking a defensive stance or attacking, she turns around and dashes toward the Portal Room!
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No. 774426 ID: 9f3729

>>774420
"Hey, you forgot your hat! How can you menace without your hat?"
>Attempt to return hat, confusing her even further
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No. 774442 ID: 87353e

>>774420
Uh oh, better give chase but first scoop up Ava's Menacing Hat and maybe tell your pals to relocate to the tower for safety.
Maybe Ava will slip on the mess you made I mean carefully placed "Apple Trap".

Examine sword and hat. Do your new spoils of conquest make you feel more dashing and or powerful?
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No. 774470 ID: 398fe1

The tables have turned! ...I wonder why she's running, though? Maybe she thinks because you "defeated" Rufa, she can't take you on with that dagger.

>>774420
The sword is antimagic! This will be very useful for keeping Emerald out of trouble. You can activate it, right?

Call out to your friends, tell them Ava's on the run and you're giving chase. Tell Rip to stay put and jam the hinges to keep the door shut(maybe by using the fire flower to melt them?), but Lucy could help. (Rip seems to have lost his confidence because of the antimagic sword stripping him of his invisibility, and we want him out of the portal room anyway)
Try not to actually catch up with Ava. In a 1-on-1 fight you'll probably lose.
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No. 774475 ID: 7b7ab3

CATCH HER!
KILL HER!
WITH VIOLENCE!
AND NEW HOLES!
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No. 774484 ID: 91ee5f

"Everyone! I got her sword and she's running! Lucy, help me stop her! Rip, stay here protect Azalea and make sure Rufa stays paralyzed!"

Ava can take on 3 bees at once, but that's when she has her sword and she's in a controlled training environment with no risk of anyone getting hurt. Here in the real world, she's only got her tiny knife, and she's fighting a raven, a minotaur, a lizard, a few bees, and (hopefully) an armadillo. I doubt she can hold everyone back and she knows it.

>>>774420
She's probably going to try to throw the knife at Calla to try to stop her or kill her and then Ava will take one of Calla's swords so that she can fight Raven.

>>774442
>Examine sword and hat. Do your new spoils of conquest make you feel more dashing and or powerful?
We don't have time to stop and look at things!
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No. 774488 ID: 398fe1

>>774484
>She's probably going to try to throw the knife at Calla
Well shit, in that case we don't even have time to give instructions to Lucy and the others. We have to catch or at least slow down Ava so that Calla gets away.
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No. 774495 ID: 350a50

With no sword, she can't shut off Rip's invisibility or Emerald's magic. Whatever you do, keep that sword away from her.
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No. 774517 ID: 87353e

>>774484
>We don't have time to stop and look at things!
I know we are in a rush, but I think we should at least check if we know how to work this specific kind of magic item.
Besides not finding the time to examine things has left us with "Schrodinger's Journal", its mysterious contents being simultaneously both miraculously mundane or incredibly important until we finally look inside to find out which.

I'm not entirely opposed to bringing Lucy along as backup muscle, but Raven's spooky dream premonition of the Portal and a chained up Minotaur makes me reluctant to advise it.
Lucy's strength might be better put to use helping Rip & Azalea move Rufa and fortifying a new location. The Tower currently has a barrier up as long as the sandstorm is active and the trap door can be barricaded with something heavy like the wardrobe. Just a thought, since the flower room is kind of a single exit death trap.

>>774488
>no time
Ava hasn't zipped out of sight just yet and the door is ajar, so we should still be able to communicate a simple plan with our friends before we rush in head long. No need to let impatiences get the better of us.
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No. 774569 ID: dce082

...Wait, aren't armadillos also reptiles?! ava could potentially use Emerald to open the portal. Grab the hat and try to keep ava from getting to the portal room.
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No. 774575 ID: 91ee5f

>>774569
Armadillos are mammals, not reptiles.
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No. 774576 ID: 9f3729

>>774569
No, theyre mammals. Common mistake. Focus on owlbutt!
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No. 774605 ID: a107fd

Equip hat, pursue megalomaniac.

Ava's the boss, the rest are various flavors of dubious-loyalty muscle. Remove the boss, or break her will to fight, this whole demon-summoning project will fall apart. Capitalize on Ava's moment of weakness with petty verbal taunts, as opportunities permit. "The tables have turned," "behold the power of love," "you can dish it out but you can't take it," "after all that big talk about freedom, mighty Ava fell to pieces over one little kiss," and so on.
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No. 775355 ID: 15a025

Grab her hat, cash in your job points, and promote yourself to the rank of red mage.

Then check on Lucy and make sure everyone is okay.
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No. 780077 ID: ca0e20
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>...I wonder why she's running, though? Maybe she thinks because you "defeated" Rufa, she can't take you on with that dagger.
>She's probably going to try to throw the knife at Calla to try to stop her or kill her and then Ava will take one of Calla's swords so that she can fight Raven.

Oh, she's definitely trying to stop Calla! I have to stop her! She even, somehow, avoids my Apple Trap by jumping over it!

>Well shit, in that case we don't even have time to give instructions to Lucy and the others.
>maybe tell your pals to relocate to the tower for safety.
>Tell Rip to stay put (...) but Lucy could help.
>Dialogue
>I'm not entirely opposed to bringing Lucy along as backup muscle (...) The Tower currently has a barrier up as long as the sandstorm is active and the trap door can be barricaded with something heavy like the wardrobe.

As I start giving chase and scoop up the hat, I try to give a condensed plan to my friends!

Raven: "Ava's running! Lucy, help me! Rip, Azalea, go to the tower and keep Rufa paralyzed!"

>scoop up Ava's Menacing Hat
>Try not to actually catch up with Ava.
>CATCH HER! KILL HER!
>We have to catch or at least slow down Ava so that Calla gets away.
>Equip hat, pursue megalomaniac. + taunt

I put Ava's hat on my head and try to taunt Ava.

Raven: "The table have turned, Ava!"

As Ava arrives to the turn of the corner, she picks up a sword on the ground. One of Azalea's sword! One of her swords is missing though, so I assume that Calla must have picked it up while Ava and I were tussling. Calla is fully armed again, but Ava is not as defenseless as I thought I made her. Still, she keeps running, confirming that Calla is her current target!

>Examine sword and hat. Do your new spoils of conquest make you feel more dashing and or powerful?
>The sword is antimagic! This will be very useful for keeping Emerald out of trouble. You can activate it, right?
>We don't have time to stop and look at things!
>Whatever you do, keep that sword away from her.

While keeping an eye on Ava and where I'm going, and while turning the corner myself, I try to feel some sort of significance to the Ava's hat and sword.

The hat really only reminds me of a catchy tune that is now stuck in my head. The sword, as far as I can tell, has no real moving parts. I don't find a way to make it glow like Ava's was doing. But I'll do what I can to make sure she doesn't show me!
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No. 780078 ID: ca0e20
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I fully focus on chasing Ava again. Calla looks to be almost at the portal door. Like a show-off, Ava's kick off a nearby wall and to throw her dagger at Calla in midair!!!

Raven: "CALLA! BEHIND YOU!"
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No. 780079 ID: ca0e20
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Calla turns in time to move out of the way and deflect the dagger a bit, but had to diverge from the door.
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No. 780080 ID: ca0e20
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As she makes another attempt for the door, Ava closes the distance and block Calla with a sword strike. So far, Calla can block Ava's attacks.
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No. 780081 ID: ca0e20
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Calla, realizing that Ava won't give her enough of an opening to go for the door, gets into an defensive stance.

Ava moves over her dagger manages to grab the it with one of her foot, jumps in the air and kick throws the dagger again! Calla, not expecting this, receives the dagger directly in the leg!!!

Calla: "AST-Aurgh!"
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No. 780082 ID: ca0e20
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Ava lands and attacks Calla with an overhead swing. Calla starts to bring a sword up, but only has time to look up as the blade come down on her.

*SHING*
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No. 780083 ID: ca0e20
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I block Ava's attack.
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No. 780084 ID: ca0e20
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I push Ava's sword away as Calla dives to the side through the pain. Ava's starts to try and pound through my defense but it's easily blocked. Azalea said Ava's focus was on defense and evasion and it's showing. Her attacks, while forceful, are predictable. But I still have to back off as they hit pretty hard.
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No. 780085 ID: ca0e20
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As she forces backward momentum on me, she suddenly turns onto herself as if to prepare a kick, so I prepare to evade. But the kick was not meant for me, as she bursts into the portal room!
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No. 780086 ID: ca0e20
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She dashes inside. I shift my weight to start continuing chase as I hear Aster.

Aster: "Miss Ava?! What is- OOF!"

I get into the door frame just in time to see Aster being kicked over the banister!

Calla: "ASTER!"

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No. 780087 ID: ca0e20
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Ava: "OPHI! RESTRAIN THE BEES!"
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No. 780089 ID: ca0e20
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I hear the buzzing of wings lowers in volume until a distant thud cuts it short. Ava turns to me.

Ava: "I told you not to get in my way."

Calla: "Aster?!"


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