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827428 No. 827428 ID: 15a025

A small note before things begin:
While this quest takes place a few years after the events of Blind Quest, reading Blind quest shouldn't be necessary to understand and enjoy "The Herd".
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No. 837280 ID: 3abd97

Do you introduce yourself to everyone with a challenge to a fight?
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No. 837517 ID: 15a025
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837517

>Do you introduce yourself to everyone with a challenge to a fight?
Candy: "You always challenge people to fight when you meet them?"

Marsh: "Nah, just people who come in looking for a job."

>Well, she was about to tell you why working for your sister was a pain, before we got interrupted by Sugar getting that phone call. Ask Marsh to explain what she meant by that?
Candy: "Hey earlier you said my sister was a pain to work with, could you tell me more about that?"

Marsh: "She's always screwing something up and trying to throw someone else under the bus for it. Or she's always trying to have everything come out just right."

Candy: "Like what?"

Marsh: "Bar stool we ordered was the wrong color? It's my fault even though that's the one in the catalog she circled. Cups and glasses we got ended up being cheap junk? My fault again even though she wanted them. It's a pain to put up with, but at least she never really does anything other than yell about it."

>Ask her what she likes to do when she's not working?
Candy: "What kind of stuff you like to do when you're not working?"

Marsh: "Drinking and watching movies."

Candy: "Hey, I'm a pretty big movie fan myself."

Marsh: "Sounds like we need to have a movie night sometime then."

We spend the rest of the ride talking about what movies genres we like and our favorite films. We're both into some good old horror movies and plan to have a movie night when we get some time to.
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No. 837518 ID: 15a025
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837518

We're stopped by a big gate in front of a mansion, when Marsh walks up to fiddle around with the lock. I hear the gate shake and creek a lot.

Marsh: "Uh...we might have a problem. I think it's frozen."
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No. 837531 ID: 094652

Body heat!

... Okay fine, use the exhaust from the car to melt the ice.
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No. 837536 ID: 91ee5f

>>837518
I guess this means that Sugar hasn't come by yet. Unless there's a back door to get in and that backdoor isn't frozen.

Also, I think we just dodged a bullet there. If we had decided to come here instead of the bar, we would've been stuck out here with a bleeding Tulip!

Anyways, everyone knows that you're supposed to lick cold metal to get it unfrozen, so get licking!

.....what? I thought it was funny! XD

Seriously though, look in the trunk of the car to see if we've got anything that can help us.
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No. 838282 ID: 15a025
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>I guess this means that Sugar hasn't come by yet. Unless there's a back door to get in and that backdoor isn't frozen.
Candy: "Guess Sugar didn't make it back yet. Unless she's got a back door to use?"

Marsh: "If there's a back door, it'd be news to me."

>Okay fine, use the exhaust from the car to melt the ice.
That might take a little bit longer than I'm willing to wait around in the cold for.

>Seriously though, look in the trunk of the car to see if we've got anything that can help us.
Candy: "Wanna pop the trunk and see if there's anything we can use?"

Marsh: "Sure."

We walk back over to the car, and Marsh opens up the trunk.
Marsh: "Hey, no peeping back here."

Candy: "What?"

Marsh: "Trunks a mess, got ton of junk I still have to clean out."

I give her some time to dig through whatever it is that's got her trunk filled up.
Marsh: "Eh... junk trunk is looking to be just that."

Candy: "Nothing useful in there at all?"

Marsh: "Well, it's not called the junk trunk for no reason. Only remotely useful things I could pull out of there was a new can of oil and set of wrenches."
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No. 838299 ID: d9cd96

Oil the tip of a wrench up, light it on fire, stick it under the frozen lock, name yourself MacGyver.
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No. 838308 ID: 3ce125

Better idea: pour oil on the lock directly and light it on fire, then hit it with a wrench to handle any remaining ice once it's done burning.
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No. 838387 ID: 15a025
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838387

>Oil the tip of a wrench up, light it on fire, stick it under the frozen lock, name yourself MacGyver
>Better idea: pour oil on the lock directly and light it on fire, then hit it with a wrench to handle any remaining ice once it's done burning.

Candy: "Wouldn't happen to have any matches or a lighter would you?"

I hear her dig through the trunk some more.
Marsh: "Got a tiny piece of crap lighter, don't think it's warming anything up much though."

Candy: "On its own it might not. What if got some oil on the wrench of gate and lit that on fire though?"

Marsh: "Yeah, I'm going to pass on burning the gate. Could try getting a fire going on the wrench though and hold that up to the gate."

Marsh dumps some oil on the wrench and lights it up as we head back over to the gate. After a couple minutes of waiting and shaking the get to open it up, Marsh starts getting a little impatient.

Marsh: "Think it's time we put the wrench into this plan."

She smashes wrench into gate, and it flings open!

Marsh: "Guess that's a first for the trunk having something useful."
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No. 838388 ID: 15a025
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Marsh takes up the driveway and brings me inside the mansion.
Marsh: "Well here we are."

Candy: "Guess my sister wasn't kidding about the place being in need of repair."

Marsh: "Yeah, it's a dump alright. Beats being on the streets though."

We stand around by the doors for a few moments.
Marsh: "So, we just going to stand here and wait for your sister to get back or you want go and do something?"

Candy: "Like what?"

Marsh: "You want a tour of the place, watch some movies, or I dunno. What do you feel like doing?"
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No. 838391 ID: 91ee5f

>>838388
Having a tour around the place will help you know where everything is.

The most important rooms you need to know about are the bathroom, for obvious reasons, and the room you'll be sleeping in, which is where you'll put all of your.....stuff. Shit, your bags are still in your sister's car, aren't they?

Well, nothing you can do about that.

But after the tour, getting something to eat while watching a movie sounds like fun.
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No. 838393 ID: eda54c

ask her about the things roxie was smoking
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No. 838395 ID: 91ee5f

>>838391
Also, ask about where those healing enchantments are. Just in case you need them.
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No. 838446 ID: 3abd97

>Marsh: "Uh...we might have a problem. I think it's frozen."
Gee where's a magic lighter when you need one.

>Candy: "Like what?"
Totally expected a cheesy pass at you following this.

>Marsh: "You want a tour of the place, watch some movies, or I dunno. What do you feel like doing?"
Tour would probably be practical. Movies might be fun if they've already got a tv and stuff set up here.
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No. 838594 ID: 15a025
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>ask her about the things roxie was smoking
If they're what I think they are, they're basically drugged candy canes you can actually smoke. I used to make and sell them back in college. Been kicking that though, and it's been about a year since I've had one.

>Having a tour around the place will help you know where everything is.
>Tour would probably be practical. Movies might be fun if they've already got a tv and stuff set up here.
Candy: "How about a grand tour?"

Marsh: "Not sure we can really call it a grand tour when half this place is falling apart, but yeah. Oh speaking of, try to be careful going up the stairs."

Which is where she takes me first. The stairs creak and whine loudly as we walk up them.

Marsh: "Other than the stairs falling apart, it's actually pretty sound up here for the most part. Hallway we're in just has Sugar's office, and my mine. Want to take a step inside?"

Candy: "Can't say it's tour of the mansion without snooping in all the rooms."

Marsh: "Heheh, yeah except Sugar's got her office off limits and locked when she's not in it."

So much for snooping around. Marsh then takes me inside her office.

Candy: "Wow, it actually looks decent in here compared to the rest of the place so far. You even got a computer in here?"

Marsh: "Yeah, it's old piece of crap Sugar found in the basement."

Candy: "Does it have internet?"

Marsh: "We can't even get a phone line ran out here. I'd probably eat my wool if this thing ever got on the internet."

Candy: "Wait that's-"

Marsh: "Not your business."

With that we go back into the hall and head back downstairs.
Marsh: "Only other thing upstairs we can head to right now is Sugar's room, which is also off limits and locked. Let's see now, what next..."

>ask about where those healing enchantments are. Just in case you need them.
Candy: "Where's the stuff with the healing enchantments kept?"

Marsh: "Don't know, Sugar keeps them hidden somewhere."

>The most important rooms you need to know about are the bathroom, for obvious reasons, and the room you'll be sleeping in.
Candy: "How about where the bathroom is?"

Marsh: "Outhouse is out in the back, and if you need shower we'll have to go in town and use Sharcole's."

Candy: "No running water out here?"

Marsh: "Well... we've got water here again. The whole bathroom needs to be torn out and re-done still. Kitchen and dining hall were a bigger priority to get fixed first."
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No. 838595 ID: 15a025
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838595

Candy: "What about the bedrooms?"

Marsh takes me down a hall off to the right and in a room.
Marsh: "So here's your...room?"

There's just a bed and a lamp on the floor.
Marsh: "Wow. Here I thought my room was empty when I first moved in. At least there was night stand and a tiny desk in there."
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No. 838599 ID: 3ce125

Whatever, you're not living here permanently. Bed's the important thing, try it out. Also get your luggage in here.
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No. 838600 ID: 91ee5f

>>838594
>Healing enchantments are hidden somewhere.
Ok, so what she's telling us is that not only was the front gate frozen shut, but she doesn't know where the healing enchantments are either?!

It's a really good thing we took Tulip to the hospital instead of here!

>>838595
Ask her why she hates you. She must obviously hate you for giving you this room.

Was it because of how you easily tackled her in the bar earlier? Did she not like the drink you mixed? What did you do to deserve this?! D-':>
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No. 838601 ID: 91ee5f

>>838599
I think Candy accidentally left her luggage in her sister's car.
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No. 838699 ID: 5760ba

Ask Marsh what kind of office work she has to do?
>I'd probably eat my wool
What?
>Empty room
Does that lamp even work?
>>838600
I'm not sure Marsh was in charge of getting the room ready? Doesn't mean we shouldn't complain about this dump though. How do they expect anyone to live in here?
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No. 838768 ID: 15a025
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838768

>Ask her why she hates you. She must obviously hate you for giving you this room.
>I'm not sure Marsh was in charge of getting the room ready? Doesn't mean we shouldn't complain about this dump though. How do they expect anyone to live in here?
Candy: "Couldn't even spring for a something to set the lamp on? How's anyone suppose to live in this dump?"

Marsh: "Hey don't be looking at me. Fixing up this room wasn't my job. Go yell at your sis about it."

>Whatever, you're not living here permanently. Bed's the important thing, try it out.
Marsh: "Going to bed?"

Candy: "Nah, just testing it out."

Marsh: "How is it?"

Candy: "Little hard and the sheets kind of smell. I'll probably get used to it eventually."

>Also get your luggage in here.
>I think Candy accidentally left her luggage in her sister's car.

Yeah my stuff is still in her car. Kind of sucks too, cause I could really go for a smoke break now.
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No. 838769 ID: 15a025
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838769

The bed squeaks as I get out of it, and we head to Marsh's room to watch a movie.
Candy: "Ah yes Marsh. Your room sure is empty."

Marsh: "Hey, I've been living here for awhile now. Put some of my paychecks towards getting this dump looking half way decent. Now sit down and let's get some action on the screen."

I plop down on Marsh's couch, and she throws in a horror film for us to watch. The small T.V. makes it a little hard to see, but I make do with it. It's about a cop who gets sent into some abandoned base to wipe out mutant monsters. About an hour in, we here the front doors slam.

Marsh: "Guess your sisters back. You wanna pause the movie and go see what's up or screw her and keep watching?"
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No. 838770 ID: 3ce125

>>838769
Better go check it out. She could be missing a limb or something considering she went after what was probably a Chimera.
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No. 838780 ID: 3abd97

>>838769
Might as well check.

Also, she has your stuff!
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No. 838793 ID: 91ee5f

Go check on her.
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No. 839391 ID: 15a025
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839391

>Might as well check. Also, she has your stuff!
Candy: "Yeah pause the movie and let's go see what's up."

Marsh: "Just when the action was about to happen too. Alright lets go."

We head over to the front door and see Sugar carrying in my briefcase.
Sugar: "Was just about to holler for you sis. Marsh, you can go back to whatever you were doing. Got personal stuff to take care of here."

Marsh: "Yeah, no kidding.
Sugar: "Here's your suitcase, you left it in my car. Hope you don't mind but I snuck a few of your cigarettes. Pay ya back with a new pack later."

Well, I've been trying to cut down on them anyway.
Sugar: "So what do you think of the place? I assume Marsh gave you a tour?"

Candy: "Yeah, it's a little bit of a dump. What gives my with room being so empty?"

Sugar: "Sorry, on a little bit of a tight budget here believe it or not."
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No. 839392 ID: 15a025
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839392

I see her pull out a beat up looking box.
Sugar: "Wanna head up into the office and enjoy a few?"

She pulls out a candy cane and tries to hand it to me.
Candy: "Oh, uh... I've kind of quit smoking those Sugar."

I can't really see her face, but I can really feel her giving me the stink eye. Then she starts to laugh a bit.
Sugar: "Ah, you almost got me there sis."

Candy: "No, I'm being serious here. Been a whole year free from it. Been actually trying to quit smoking in general."

Oh...now I can really feel her giving me a dirty look. She pulls one out of the box, lights it up, and blows a big puff of it in my face.

Sugar: "You wanna repeat that for me?"
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No. 839394 ID: 91ee5f

>>839392
>"You wanna repeat that for me?"
What's with the attitude?! It's your body, so you get to decide what to do with it! If you don't want to smoke anymore, then she can't do anything about it!
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No. 839395 ID: 3ce125

>>839392
Wow your sister is an asshole. Tell her that's strike one. Then walk away.
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No. 839396 ID: 91ee5f

>>839395
>Strike one
What's supposed to happen when we get to 3 strikes?
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No. 839397 ID: 3abd97

>Sugar: "You wanna repeat that for me?"
Last I checked, I was here to help you out, sis. There a reason you're giving me shit over nothing?

>>839396
Candy goes home and leaves her sister to figure out this mess on her own?
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No. 839400 ID: 3ce125

>>839396
I was thinking Candy punches her in her stupid face. I mean family only goes so far, and this is estranged family.
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No. 839518 ID: eda54c

well this sure explains everything
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No. 839670 ID: 15a025
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839670

>What's with the attitude?! It's your body, so you get to decide what to do with it! If you don't want to smoke anymore, then she can't do anything about it!
I choke on the thick minty smoke a bit before I can get out a response.

Candy: "Getting a little mad over nothing here. I don't see why you have to be jerk about it. It's my choice and health, not yours."

Sugar: "Getting mad over nothing? You're the one waltzing in here acting like you're better than everyone now. 'Oh I don't smoke those anymore, or at all now', 'My rooms empty, baah!' What kind of high standards you pick up at that college?"

>Last I checked, I was here to help you out, sis. There a reason you're giving me shit over nothing?

Candy: "Waltzed in? Did you forget that you asked me to come here to help out? I don't mind working for you, before if you're going to be sour like this I can just leave then."


I see her tag a long drag off the candy cane, and blow off another big puff in the other direction.
Sugar: "Alright, yeah. Speaking of work, where you working tomorrow?"

Candy: "What do you mean where am I working tomorrow?"

Sugar: "You know, the bar, the candy store, with Roxie? Where you wanna work tomorrow?"
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No. 839726 ID: 3abd97

>Where you wanna work tomorrow?
Which one needs the help?

If she's not willing to toss out more information, the bar I guess.
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No. 839734 ID: 91ee5f

>>839670
You never acted like you're better than everyone here!

Ask her if she hates you now. That's the only reason she would be acting like this to you.

>Candy shop or Bar?
Oh, that reminds me. Remember the test back at the Bar, where you had to mix a drink? Why did you even think there were going to be measuring cups?! You don't use measuring cups in a bar!

I think the Candy Shop is more your speed. Just don't sell yourself!
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No. 839897 ID: c88e6d

>>839670
With Roxie.
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No. 839898 ID: a363ac

>>839726
ask for more information but if not the bar.
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No. 839900 ID: c2051e

Roxie.
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No. 840024 ID: 094652

Candy Candy at the store
would insert competent rhyme here but I'm bored
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No. 840027 ID: be0718

Candy shop! One taste of what you've got and they'll be spending all they've got!
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No. 840125 ID: 15a025
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>Remember the test back at the Bar, where you had to mix a drink? Why did you even think there were going to be measuring cups?! You don't use measuring cups in a bar!
Too used to labs from back in college where exact measurements were needed I guess? I kind of panicked there.

>Which one needs the help?
>ask for more information but if not the bar.
Candy: "Well, who needs the help more?"

Sugar: "They all need another body to help out. Marsh can't really man the bar alone with all these bums getting into fights now. Sharcole's too weak to break up the fights at the candy store, and Roxie's gotta deal with nut jobs like last night all the time plus the cops."

>I think the Candy Shop is more your speed. Just don't sell yourself!
>Candy Candy at the store
>Candy shop! One taste of what you've got and they'll be spending all they've got!
Candy: "I'll help out Sharcole at the candy store tomorrow then."

Sugar: "Alright then, I'm going to go have a few smokes in my office and hit the sack after. I'll get you up in the morning for work tomorrow. G'night!"

Candy: "What time in the morning?"

Sugar: "When I wake you up, I don't know. Depends on if she gets there early or not."

Well that really helps. I'm wondering now if I should finish up that movie with Marsh or call it a night now?
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No. 840139 ID: 5760ba

Party all night with a movie marathon.
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No. 840143 ID: 91ee5f

>>840125
You were an hour into the movie, right? Then you should be at least half way or a little over half way done with the movie. Go finish watching it and then go to bed.

Also, when you take your stuff up to your room, check and make sure those cigarettes are the only things she took.
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No. 840197 ID: 3abd97

>>840125
Might as well finish the movie. I mean, how early can the store open, if it was open as late as it was, with only one employee?
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No. 840271 ID: 15a025
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>Go finish watching it and then go to bed.
>Might as well finish the movie.
>Party all night with a movie marathon.
I'm not sure about an all night movie party, but I could probably stay up and finish the movie with Marsh.
I head back to Marsh's room and plop myself back down on the couch.
Marsh: "So what'd she want?"

Candy: "She asked where I was going to work tomorrow."

Marsh: "And?"

Candy: "I'm going to work at the candy store with Sharcole tomorrow."

Marsh: "Probably a good idea. I think you got what it takes to hold that fort down for Sharcole."

Candy: "What do you mean by hold the fort down?"

Marsh: "Bunch of addicts of all kinds getting into fights over things on low stock there. Sharcole's gotta put up with those-"

TV: -monsters! They're swarming towards the back door!"

Marsh: "Excuse me. Did I say you could un-pause!"

She grabs the remote, pauses the movie again and slams it down into the couch.
Marsh: "You know, if I didn't know these movie players weren't such faulty trash I'd swear this thing was haunted or something."

Candy: "How do you know it's faulty and not haunted?"

Marsh: "Asked around about it and apparently it's some feature they put in so you don't end up burning the still image into your screen from sitting around too long. I think it's just some crap they made up to get away with selling cheap junk."

Candy: "Well, I'm ready to start it back up if you are?"

Marsh: "Alright... and action!"

The rest of movie is pretty good, but a little cheesy. Towards the end, what's supposed to be chimera comes in and tries to eat everyone and escape.
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No. 840273 ID: 15a025
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Marsh: "What? They never explained what that monster thing was!"

Candy: "The one that tried to eat everyone?"

Marsh: "Yeah."

Candy: "Those things are chimeras, they're like these mixed species monsters from the underworld that try to eat souls."

Marsh: "Never heard of them before. Some kind of local legend or religion thing here?"

Candy: "No, they're actually a thing Marsh. Have you been living under a rock or something?"

Marsh: "Nope. Never heard of them till now. That's why I asked if it was a local thing or something. So what they again?"

Candy: "They're monsters from this underworld place that live off of eating souls. A couple of them managed to get out and attacked the city a few times in the past."

Marsh: "Still sounds like some religious thing to me. So, how do they get from the underworld place to here then?"

Candy: "Usually it's someone who got turned into one from a cursed enchantment. It's possible to summon them with a ritual though."

Marsh: "Right... so lets say these things show up. How do you kill them? Garlic, wooden cross, sunlight?"

Candy: "Using light magic on them."

Marsh: "Yeah...well we I'm going get ready to crash for the night. Bar doesn't open up till later in the day, but Sugar always has something stupid waiting in my office for the morning."
Candy: "Oh, goodnight then Marsh!"
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No. 840274 ID: 15a025
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>Also, when you take your stuff up to your room, check and make sure those cigarettes are the only things she took.

I head back to my room, and check out my suit case. Everything still seems to be in here, other than my cigarettes. Anything else I should do or check before go to bed?
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No. 840280 ID: 91ee5f

>>840274
Yeah, make sure you put us somewhere safe. Because you're not supposed to sleep with jewelry on, it's uncomfortable.

But mostly because of how your sister has been acting suddenly. I'm afraid she's gonna sneak in and take us from you. And when she finds out we're enchanted, she'll sell us for extra money!
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No. 840409 ID: 15a025
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>Yeah, make sure you put us somewhere safe. Because you're not supposed to sleep with jewelry on, it's uncomfortable. But mostly because of how your sister has been acting suddenly. I'm afraid she's gonna sneak in and take us from you. And when she finds out we're enchanted, she'll sell us for extra money!

Don't really have anywhere secret or "safe" to hide you all, but I guess I could sneak you into my sweater pocket and lock up the suit case for now.
Goodnight earring ghosts...

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