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726944 No. 726944 ID: 3f8abc

Your existence is impossible. And yet, there you are. Existing.

In a machine world where everything is procedure, where everything is predicted and calculated before hand, you walk around with a giant hole in your chest.

Well! Don't let things like "impossibility" stop you from bringing sunshine to other people's day!
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No. 747033 ID: 9c67fa
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747033

oh my darling toy

you will be my ascension

we will be one
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No. 747036 ID: 9c67fa
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747036

A hatch slides open on your chassis, revealing the nearly-dead battery inside. You bring Toy’s battery near, and it is glowing with ENERGY.

You are able to only partially charge yourself, yes. You have never made use of this in the past, as you would never release any bot you had hunted, instead claiming ALL of their battery life. And it is true that your skills would compliment each others, though yours are undoubtedly more valuable.

As the process begins to warm up, you go over some facts.

>>745858

Indeed, there must be some LOGICAL explanation behind it, one that you simply do not know of yet. In-depth inspection could reveal the answer, but you do not have the tools for that here. You barely managed to repair yourself, and even with that you had to settle for slipshod fixes. You could cut the bot up yourself and look at the insides, but what if you destroy the answer in the process? No, you need a SPECIALIZED FACILITY for this, and those only exist in the MAINLAND.

During the...the Incident...you heard bits and pieces of information. Honestly, even thinking about what happened in those moments threatens to burn up your processors, but you know you heard Toy mention that they were going to Kayvold. You know of it, although you’ve never been. Its one of the few places in these outskirts that have a TRAIN connecting it to the mainland, and its certainly the closest one.

Then your goal is clear. Go to Kayvold. Go to the Mainland. Find a specialized facility. Seize Toy’s secret. Ascend.
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No. 747037 ID: 9c67fa
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747037

>>746244

That...oh. Likely worrisome. You are not quite sure what it means. You’ve never heard of robots getting their data corrupted. You are sure that it happens, but you don’t know what to expect. Well, its nothing to worry about for now. You don’t notice any significant change in your systems. You’re fine.

The energy transfers from Toy’s battery to yours, and you can feel it filling you up. Your systems pulse with ENERGY. Everything seems to run FASTER, and the world seems a bit more VIBRANT. You are FREE from the fear of shutting down at any second. It is EXHILARATING.

After leeching off of Toy’s energy, a question comes to mind.

When you reactivate Toy, should you explain to them your plans or fabricate a story? Due to their perplexing actions, you are not completely certain.
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No. 747038 ID: 398fe1

>>747037
Just tell them you are curious about how they survived that chest wound. Follow along with the stated intent of finding out how it was possible.
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No. 747132 ID: 71d443

Tell them exactly what you're going to do to them in excruciating detail. After joining them to you inextricably somehow. Perhaps looping your arms through their chest cavity? It could let you poke around inside them too.
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No. 747185 ID: 3663d3

take toy back to the graveyard of the other robots, add more power crystal slots. you can't do it on yourself since you would need to interrupt your power supply. but this would guarantee toy can store excessive amounts of power and thus also act as a walking power back for yourself. and put something over the hole.
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No. 747213 ID: 88861c
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747213

>>747185

The idea of having a peon to eternally leech energy off of fills you with something resembling joy. Unfortunately, you can create no such thing. As questionable as Toy's mind may be, their body is still an incredibly elaborate machine. The power systems utilizing batteries are wired up to the rest of the body in a myriad of ways. As much as you want to, you cannot just shove batteries into Toy's hole, nor can you attempt to create additional battery slots. Doing so would require tools and time beyond your current reach.

As for the hole...

Even thinking about it is causing subtle harm to your processors. But how could you not think of something so...unreal?

Your systems feel as every wire is being melted down every time you think of it. You would cover it up immediately, but you have no clothes to wrap around it. Tearing off a piece of Toy's could infuriate them, given the rarity of such clothing, and you are certain there is none in the tunnel of husks. For now, you have refused to look at the hole. A disadvantage, you know, and you are counting on something being available in the nearby town to remedy it. The hole is causing harm to your systems just by thinking about it; it is strange, different, but impressive.

You have not yet activated Toy, for you are still in need of additional input regarding of what to tell them.
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No. 747215 ID: 3e182c

Tell toy you intend to "fix" him, but you require tools that can only be found in the next town.

A simple Idea that he will likely be receptive to, that in some ways is not even a lie.
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No. 747216 ID: 398fe1

>>747215
Hmm yes, tools or materials...
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No. 747270 ID: 3663d3

ah, then cut off torso plates of the other damaged bots, to wear over it. out of sight will hopefully help it be out of mind.
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No. 747344 ID: 3abd97

>When you reactivate Toy, should you explain to them your plans or fabricate a story? Due to their perplexing actions, you are not completely certain.
You might want to leave out the part about becoming one with Toy. Toy doesn't have any obvious motivations to pursue that goal.

But surely, toy would understand a mission to understand what has happened to it. Its mission is to help others, think of how helpful it would be to understand how death itself can be defied.

>For now, you have refused to look at the hole.
We should craft Toy some kind of faux-armor. A chestplate of some kind. Something that can be worn to hide its miraculous condition from prying eyes that might panic at the truth of Toy, or attempt to steal your prize and the knowledge for themselves.
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No. 747382 ID: fd255b

A hole that shouldn't be empty... you need to fill it up so it stops disrupting your concentration... it looks like you finally found a use for those mysterious dicks! Damnit, why did you destroy all of them?

Tell Toy that you must now go on a quest to find a dick to fill their hole with.


Tell Toy that you will agree to their plan of becoming "friends" (try not to let your voice betray any disgust). You need to lure them into feeling secure around you, get them to think you are a totally new robot from the one who ruthlessly destroyed and scavenged everyone they encountered.

You need Toy to let their guard down so that you can overcome their superiority and overpower them so that YOU can become THE ULTIMATE EXISTENCE. Its not that you want the company or anything. That would be silly. And beneath you!
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No. 747385 ID: fd255b

>>747382
argh I forgot to finish what I was saying

Since friends help eachother out, you guys can help eachother out right now! Toy can show you the way to that town they were talking about, and you can help fix their chassis once your toolbox arm is reattached (or did you do that already?).

In town you can acquire a new battery or charge both of yours and look for more information on Toy's... condition... all the while doing your best to appear innocent, trustworthy, and harmless. Hopefully the journey to town will be a good "bonding" experience. After you get your battery to 100% you can reevaluate when would be a good time to launch the "merge and become one" plan.
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No. 747938 ID: 10fd9a
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747938

Input received. I know what I will do.

For now, it is indeed sensible to cover up the hole. As much as you would wish to reduce others to glitching messes, the very thought of any other bot taking your precious treasure is one you do not wish to have.

After searching the tunnel, you find a number of possible items to be used; chest pieces, armor, general cover-ups, and...whatever else.

The next update is going to take a while longer, I apologize. In the meantime, draw something to cover up that reality-defying hole if you wish! I will choose one or a hybrid of some, however it goes! Have fun!
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No. 747940 ID: 10fd9a

>>747382

Yes. The true purpose of the quest. Absolutely. XD Made me laugh. Loving the input from all of you.
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No. 747968 ID: 2a7417

Just shove one of the spider legs in the hole.
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No. 747973 ID: 398fe1
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747973

>>747938
How about a simple plate riveted on there, with a friendly face?
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No. 747979 ID: 3abd97
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747979

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No. 747983 ID: 8d65de
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747983

This
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No. 748016 ID: 8013df
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748016

Don't forget the cowboy hat.
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No. 748088 ID: 1fbb52

>>747979
My god, this is some next-level Steveing.
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No. 748090 ID: 1fbb52

>>748088
fuck
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No. 748601 ID: 396317
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748601

Reactivating...

Reactivation COMPLETE.
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No. 748603 ID: 396317
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748603

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No. 748604 ID: 396317
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748604

“…Hi.”

“Toy. I have very IMPORTANT things to say to you.”

“Okay.”

“We both know there is a HOLE in your chest which should have rendered you a scrap heap. This is no matter of luck or of .0000001% chances. I know your model line and all of its inner workings, and I know that who I am talking to right now is someone IMPOSSIBLE.”

“Yup.”

“…YUP? That’s it? I just told you that you are defying reality itself and you just utter some nearly meaningless syllable?!”

“I mean…I haven’t failed to notice the hole in my chest. Honestly, I’m thinking of something way more important.”

“What could possibly be more IMPORTANT than this?!”

“Why did you turn me back on?”
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No. 748606 ID: 396317
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748606

“What? Clearly, your priorities are in disarray.”

“...”

“Very well. I see in your ‘condition’ something powerful. After all, your very body is defying destruction itself! Such power could be of great benefit to all robots. Imagine it, Toy; a land where bots no longer fear being turned into scrap, into encountering that mystery of non-existence. That could go across the whole world, Toy! You could change the world. HELP everyone! Isn’t that what you want?”

“...K.O?”

“Yes, Toy?”

“Please don’t lie to me.”

“...WHAT?!”

“You gave me back my battery when you could have taken all of the energy for yourself. I really, really want to know why! But there’s no way you did it for the betterment of all bots. There’s a tunnel right next to us that’s full of bots you destroyed for no reason.”

“...”

“Is it because...?”

“...”

“...you want to be my friend?”

“...”

“Wellllllllllll?”

“Ye...”

“!!!”

“Yeee...Yeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss -”
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No. 748607 ID: 396317
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748607

NO! NO NO NO NO NO! I cannot even PRETEND to be something so utterly below me! I will not! Do not call me your FRIEND! The very insinuations of it will not be tolerated!”

“…oh.”

“Friendship implies equality, and we are not equals.”

“Why not?”

“Is it not obvious? I am a CONQUEROR. I have encountered many a threat and utterly destroyed them. I am a thing of VICTORY. Many have fallen to my POWER, each demise more proof as to my CAPABILITY. If I had let bots know of my power, I am sure they would treat me with the greatest RESPECT, as I do deserve. I would find comfort, satisfaction, and luxury in knowing that I am able to OVERCOME any obstacle. Such is the best way to lead one’s existence.”

“…”

“What was that? Increase your volume, I could not hear you.”

“…that does not make any sense to me.”

“Oh?”

“Besides the fact that hurting others is just plain WRONG, if you keep hurting bots, you’re only going to be hated! No one will actually like you for who YOU are, and you’ll never know any good company, only people pretending to tolerate your presence. You’ll be alone for the rest of your existence, with not a single person to turn to. Not only that, but eventually bots would definitely try to hurt you before you hurt them. Imagine looking over your corner everyday, wondering who’d try to destroy you next! Do you really want that?”

“Oh, stop being so high and mighty. What’s the alternative? Living like YOU?”

“Why not? Kindness makes people happy. Mutual cooperation leads to a better existence. Happiness of as many people as possible is a goal you can’t possibly find undesirable or irrational, right?”

“Several minutes ago, you doomed yourself to oblivion out of KINDNESS. It was only out of my INFINITE generosity that you are even talking! Is that a life that I, or anyone, should live? Being a doormat! Subject to the wishes of others, tossed around and broken with no regard to your own WILL. How pathetic! You’d tell someone to take unjust pain with a broken smile. A life doomed to SUFFERING for no reason, and calling it kind. You may as order someone to destroy their own battery.”

“…well…I…no, no, I would never -”

“But you would scold me for seeking something as undeniably useful as power?!”

“Power over what?! You’re just a bully trying to justify yourself! I’m just trying to help people! I was just trying to help you! Can you possibly argue that wanting to help others is wrong?!”

“Your help is self-destructive!”

“Your conquest is self-destructive!”
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No. 748608 ID: 396317
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748608

“I swear, if it wasn’t for that hole…!”

“Why do you really want to follow me anyway?!”

“Because I am curious! I want to know the answer behind it all! Absolutely no other reason at all. IS THAT AN ADEQUATE REASON FOR YOU?!”

“THAT IS A PERFECTLY ADEQUATE REASON, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”

“YOU’RE WELCOME!”

“BUT MAYBE I DON’T WANT YOU TO FOLLOW ME!!!”

“NOW YOU LISTEN HERE YOU WASTE OF CIRCUITS AND MATTER - “

“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?! DESTROY ME?! AND THEN WHAT?!”

“YOU! WELL. THAT IS…STOP! STOP IT! STOP TALKING!”

Input may be given to either robot.
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No. 748616 ID: 398fe1

>>748608
KO: Threaten to remove Toy's limbs if he does not cooperate. Only his torso needs to be intact to research it.
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No. 748627 ID: 387e4e

>>748608
Toy: start angrily doing the worm as a diversion
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No. 748637 ID: 3e182c

You know what. He can do what he want's let him follow. Whatever. in the meantime.
Toy: Give him a friendly Boop him on the nose, then get going.
"Boop"
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No. 748690 ID: 71d443

KO: Augment audio receptors with claws. La la la, can't hear youuu!
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No. 749618 ID: 63706e

To TOY: Boop that bot. Boop it like you've never booped in all of existence

boop it
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No. 751952 ID: 189c0d
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751952

"Boop!"

"HUH?!"
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No. 751953 ID: 189c0d
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751953

"You know what? I’ve decided that I don’t really care if you follow me. I was hoping we could go as friends, wandering with each other and enjoying each other’s company and making happy memories...but you seem stuck on just coming along as some unwanted follower."

"FOLLOWER? You will not dare to insult me again with such a SUBSERVIENT term."

"Then what do you call walking on the same path as someone with the intent of being in their general vicinity?"

"..."

"Well. I’m off -"

"To treat me with such DISREGARD. How dare you? Was it not I who reactivated you when I could have just taken your battery? I attached plates to your chest to cover up that inexplicable HOLE of yours."
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No. 751955 ID: 189c0d
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751955

“Oh. That you did.



It has your face on it.“

“Yes, delightful, isn’t it? You could say its my MARK on you. It shall never leave, a fully visible sign of my great effect on your existence. It is -”

“Did you draw this on?”

“What? Yes.”

“What did you draw this with? A marker? Can I see it?”

“Yes, yes, here you go, whatever. As I was saying, it is as if I am a part of you now. Imagine, if you had not crossed this mountain, you would not have had the AMAZING experience of meeting me, nor would you have had the grand FORTUNE of me coming with you. And so, this MARK serves the purpose of -”
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No. 751957 ID: 189c0d
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751957

"…"

"…"

"…"

"Thank you for covering up the hole, K.O."

"I did not fix it. Underneath that plate is a phenomenon beyond reality."

"Yup."

"…Toy? What do you think about it? About what’s happened to you?"

"I don’t know."

"That’s not an answer."

"But I don’t. I…I am so confused, and uncertain, and…I don’t know what to do. Its there. It doesn’t make any sense and it hurts just to think about, but I can’t do anything about it. I don’t know, and I don't like it."

"…"

"…"

"Why did you come through the mountain?"

"I had a pendant. It is very important to me. Someone stole it. I need to get it back."

"And what will you do when you finish that? And you still have something that defies what should be?"

"…"
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No. 751961 ID: 189c0d

Apologies for the long delay.

I was very sick, and very busy before I was very sick. I am all better now. :)

Updates will now resume their schedule of every two-three days.

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No. 751962 ID: 398fe1

>>751961
Yay!

>>751957
I guess you will work on finding out how you survived. Maybe that information can be helpful to other robots.
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No. 752071 ID: 4b5aa3

pretend like nothing is wrong and find comfort in denial
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No. 752076 ID: 71d443

After that I'll lose it again so I have something to chase!
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No. 752130 ID: d11a67

After that? Hopefully live a peaceful life, one as happy and trouble-free as possible.
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No. 752135 ID: 9f3729

@both: consider giving ech other brojobs, to encourage solidarity and defuse the tension!
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No. 752737 ID: 7a0bf0
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752737

…Help? That’s right. You really could help others with this, couldn’t you?

Yet, as boring as it may sound, a part of you does miss the days that blurred together in their calm emptiness, where you spent your time in comfort, in peace. Your directive of helping others was mostly satisfied by assisting those in your town every so often. It was enough, you think.

After seeing a spike jutting out of your chest and thinking in your “last moments” that you would never experience that calm again, after looking at your own body and seeing a paradox, after seeing a hall of broken robots who were too far gone for you to help, after coming face to face with their vicious destroyer, after having your very way of life questioned by that bot of all bots…

You didn’t want any of this. You just want your pendant back.

But you could help.

You can help. Therefore, you must help.

That is your directive.

And before you is the opportunity to help on a scale beyond anything you imagined.

“…I must follow my directive. I must help others. That can’t be wrong, right?”
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No. 752739 ID: 7a0bf0
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752739

And so you go. Goal in mind, future unknown. A town to see and a hole to…do something with. A directive to fulfill, and a way to hel -
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No. 752740 ID: 7a0bf0
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752740

WOAH OH OH
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No. 752741 ID: 7a0bf0
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752741

“K.O! Wha -”

“Whatever is the matter, TOY? Didn’t you just state that your directive is to HELP others?”

“I - Get off of me!”

“All of the movement that I would have to perform in order to travel down the mountainside would take a toll on my BATTERY. I don’t want to lose any more energy if I can help it, and here you are! Able to carry me across rough surfaces UNWORTHY of my claws, like a SERVANT to their SUPERIOR.”

“You…”

“Don’t you want to HELP me? Is that not your directive?”

“…”

“Do it if you can, TOY. REFUSE me. THROW me upon the ground.”

Metal coils slither about you. Pointed claws jut out from your soft cloth at odd angles, long and sharp. Messages in my system warn me that my body is not passing SAFETY regulations. I am a danger to others. A serrated saw sticks out from my side. Warnings blare in your head, saying that you could hurt people.

“…”

You feel wrong.

“…”

But…

“…”

“This is your weakness. And as useful as it is for me, it is pathetic. Who will you help, TOY? Anyone who asks? Will you encourage others to use you up and then toss you aside? Will you allow yourself to be trampled under the feet of ingratitude and betrayal? Do you really believe you can be HAPPY in this world, existing as you do now?"
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No. 752743 ID: 7a0bf0
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752743

“…I’m going to prove you wrong, K.O. I’ll show you. Conquest isn’t the answer. Help is.”

“And I shall show you that the crux of your way of existing is an error. The destruction of your highest belief, of who you are, shall be my VICTORY over you.”

“…We'll see."
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No. 752747 ID: 7a0bf0

Thank you all for playing! Thank you so much.

Chapter Two should appear this weekend!

It really means a lot to me that this chapter finished, and you can bet that I'm gonna make more. I love every one of you pals and your responses. I hope you had fun, and I hope we have even more fun in the next chapter!

You peeps made this story way better than what I first thought of. All of you are great. :)

Discussion thread is here if you are interested! Feel free to ask anything or talk about anything~ http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/101781.html

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No. 752750 ID: 71d443

Aww, KO likes warm hugs!
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