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831712 No. 831712 ID: 0cf890

-Flash of destiny
-The Warrior Steels Himself
-His wounds aren't what hurts


Previous Chapters:
I: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/827536.html
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No. 900953 ID: 094652

Quick, look at the jade dust through the coin.

Spin a story to the agent about you finding the correct 'jade' object - this one crumbled into dust, but it's a powerful - well, you don't know but he should realize it's not just powdered jade. You'll take the remaining jade objects in case one of the other decoys is actually more macguffin powder.
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No. 900962 ID: a94e23

Say to softpaw “It fell behind it’s pedestal, i’ll get it don’t worry.”
As you pretend to do that whisper to naomi “so, what should we do with softpaw?”
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No. 900967 ID: ff82d2

Well, that's all nice and dandy to know, but it doesn't tell us what we need to do right now.

I mean, as long as we have these jade pieces everything should be fine, right? Since whoever is looking for them won't be able to gather all of them anymore. Especially without the feather. Unless Naomi knows other ways to locate these items.

Hmm. Softpaws used the word "back" which means that these "agencies" used to hold these jade items until they were stolen. Also, the fact that a plural word is used would indicate that the items were spread out, rather than gathered in one place. So it looks like these agencies can be considered as good given the fact that they were protecting the items and not trying to gather them.

Ask Softpaws if he knows why these items were stolen and, once retrieved, what will happen to them.
Tell Naomi to calm down and ask her why she's so worried. Also, if there's 5 items here, does that mean there's 2 more that you need to find in this building?
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No. 900968 ID: ee2d6e

Snort the jade. What's the worst that could happen?
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No. 900977 ID: 4c908d

SNORT IT, ABSORB IT'S POWERS.

PROBABLY HURT YOUR SINUSES REALLY REALLY BAD.
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No. 900980 ID: ff82d2

>>900977
Drugs are bad, m'kay? Also, it was basically written that the power that was in that jade had gone poof.
Could perhaps look at the powder and other jade items through the coin though.
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No. 900997 ID: 864e49

It's not a very powerful artifact if just breathing on it can break it, I suspect these artifacts may have lost quit a bit of there juice over the long years but your coin, having being transported through time, hasn't.

Also whats this crap about fate being sealed? Bollocks to that we make our own destiny.
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No. 901050 ID: 6a4d3c

I have to agree with The Ass on this one. These are probably weaker than others if they are on a scale like how Naomi said.

If there are five in here, counting our coin that means there is one somewhere else. We should go about trying to find it, maybe we can enlist Softpaws in doing it by telling him there is one missing.

As for what to do? I think we should deal with the goons that may or may not be trying to kill us after whatever the british kitty did to stop them. After that, we should try to find a way to avoid this 'fate being sealed' thing. Who cares what some force is trying to do. We can't let it mess up the world. We live in that! And we need to make our own destiny.

Ask Naomi how to activate your coin for future reference. You'll want to figure out a way to get out of dodge if things get too heated I have a hunch it has to do with people touching it, so we don't want to leave Naomi in this doomed future in case we need her to help us save it.
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No. 901172 ID: f7b510
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901172

You glance through the coin at the wisps of smoke that float from the pile of dust. Your body is filled with a sense of knowing. You feel that the missing artifact is somewhere nearby and growing nearer. Deadly, doom.

The duration you hold your coin to your eye feels as though it stretches on a lot longer than normally. A faint image coalesces, and you sense the presence once more. It feels like it is trying to peel back at what makes you. Worming its way into your psyche. The only words you can seem to focus on.

"Surrender. Fate is sealed. No longer will you threaten destiny. It is doomed. So are you."

Suddenly you are awoken from your trance. The others seem to be looking at you worryingly.

Agent Softpaws: "Are you... Quite done yet, Ronin? We have a job to do."

Naomi: "Don't just keep looking through the coin! In situations that require it sure, but try to avoid it!"

You feel a little woozy

You: "Naomi... How do we use the coin? To return."
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No. 901173 ID: f7b510
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901173

Naomi: "It depends. From what I have gathered; Generally the users have to pass through torii gates, but not complete the journey. Then something needs to act as the portal. For the first journey it was the holy water of the spring. Then multiple people must grasp the coin."

You: "Thats it?"

Naomi: "It's just speculation for the most part. Based on what I remember from my scrolls."

Agent Softpaws: "Are you two done yet? We've got some kind of company coming!" He says, gripping a beeping device.

Agent Softpaws: "Uh oh..."

You: "Naomi? What was the final artifact?"

You hear thunderous footsteps.

Naomi: "Erm... A summoning stone."

Bah! Sealed fate? Destiny already decided? Screw that! You make your own destiny! Even if in the current state the world is doomed.
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No. 901175 ID: 33cbe7

I think it is time to make for the getaway car, agent. Grab something small and run.
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No. 901179 ID: ff82d2

Well, time to get out of here. Lead the way to the place you got here from. Altho, we'll probably encounter whoever's coming to us first. If Snowpaws confirms that the fight is inevitable, then perhaps it would be a good idea to get ready for them. Putting on that large set of armor perhaps.
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No. 901222 ID: b1b4f3

Sounds like we're about to get into a fight. Wear the armor!
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No. 901281 ID: 6a4d3c

If its a big magic beast like what we fought before at the pond with the chinese witch, we probably wont stand much of a chance if it includes the yakuza shooting at us at the same time.

Remember that big door with the red pillars? Does that count as a torii? Maybe we can use the koi pond as a portal too! If thats true we might be able to find ourselves back here or back home any time we want.

But of course this is only if its something super dangerous. Put on only the quick pieces of armor if any at all, then grab the jade and maybe some other things, chuck it in your sack and run. You need to pick up your gear and sword from the table to get ready for battle.

Have Naomi and Softpaws assist you if you need it, otherwise keep your coin out to make a hasty getaway into the pond.


You know, maybe we could have prepared a bit better. Tried to seek out Naomi first.
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No. 901308 ID: 72a86c

If its dangerous I second the idea of using the coin. Keep it in your hand just in case, and get ready to push Softpaws into the koi pond with you and Naomi if it ends up being a botched mission with a troll or a kirin or something big. We don't have any magical weapons or jade daggers to take it out, so if we get shot at while fighting a big boy we might be done for.

Try and take what you can though.
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No. 901311 ID: 91ee5f

Tell Naomi that she sucks at her job of stopping you from screwing things up. If she was supposed to stop you, then she shouldn’t have let you touch things. That’s all her fault, not yours.

>>901173
>”Naomi? What was the final artifact?"
>You hear thunderous footsteps.
>"Erm...A summoning stone."
Please tell me it’s not another fucking ogre!

>What do?
Grab some paper money, grab something made of jade, and let’s get the fuck outta here!
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No. 901419 ID: f7b510
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901419

You quickly grab as much things, including the jade idols, the powder, and some loot as you can and shove it into your swagbag.

You look to your companions, Naomi seems to be preoccupied flicking through a bunch of paper talismans looking for something in particular, and Softpaws seems to be fiddling with some more small devices.

You: "Naomi, if this thing is magical in any sort of way, we might not stand a chance. Not with so many guns supporting it."

Naomi: "You think I don't know that? Gah!"

You: "You know, if your job this time around was to stop me doing stupid things, you really suck at it."

She just glares at you

Softpaws: "Don't worry chaps! I've gotten out of worse odds before. They only have something as big as a car coming to bust down the door!"

You guys rush down the hall, and you pause for a moment to reclaim your gear. Swiping it all into the swagbag and replacing your wakizashi with your katana. No time to put on any more armor sadly.

You: "Naomi, if this ends up poorly we have to try to use the coin again." She only nods worringly


You think about this for a moment.

The next couple minutes are going to be very important, and it seems they haven't busted down the door yet, but from the sounds of gangster shouting, they are pretty close, and you hear an enormous WHACK against the door. It won't last for too long, but you can prepare in any way you want to within a couple moments. Maybe order your comrades to take certain actions, or anything.
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No. 901424 ID: 33cbe7

Don't get caught with your pants down. Seriously. Put 'em back on.
Naomi, can you do something to make us invisible? Maybe poof us back to a shrine?
(Help her out with the Prayer of Return now.)
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No. 901430 ID: ff82d2

Here's 3 plans that I can think of:

Plan A: Hide in the koi pond :3 Or perhaps the pond contains a secret passage to some other part of the building from where we could escape.

Plan B: We set up an ambush. Have Naomi stand in the middle of the room and get their attention while Softpaws stands to the left of the door and Saito to the right of the door. The moment they break through, they will focus on Naomi (I hope she's got some illusion or something to help her with). At that moment Saito and Softpaws attack from the sides and try to behead whatever creature comes forth.

Plan C: Have the three of us hold the coin together inside the pond which should teleport us somewhere.


So I suppose we can try like this: First try Plan A. If the pond isn't deep enough, then go with plan B. If the ambush fails or the creature can't be harmed, then jump in the pond and go with the plan C.
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No. 901657 ID: 5755d0

Alright its time to rack em and stack em.

We made a couple mistakes before coming here, but thats alright! Now we have to prepare as best we can. Tell Softpaws to give you as much support as he can with his guns and gadgets while Naomi uses her dumb trickstery tanuki magic to help. If you can, you should keep them close enough to touch the coin should you need it. Remember, these goons have been preparing for as long as they havent been able to get into the room, so they will be ready too.
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No. 901660 ID: b1b4f3

Personally I think a Prayer might be worth using here.
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No. 901664 ID: f7b510
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901664

Alright. Action time, any moment now. You grab your sword and prepare for battle, keeping the jade coin in your hand.

You tell Softpaws that he has to try and keep any gangsters from shooting you while you prepare. He says he's way ahead of you, as he prepares a small canister of some description and is set to lob it into the door way.

As far as what you can tell, the koi pond seems perfectly mundane. No hidden passages from what you can see.

Naomi says she need's a bit longer to find anything usable in her stack of talismans. She wasn't prepared for something like this.


You feel like you are as ready as you can be, besides you know. More pants or armor.

Too late for that now though!
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No. 901665 ID: f7b510
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901665

As soon as you take a combat position, several things happen all at once.

The door splinters open, pieces flying all across the room as it is smashed. Softpaws who is taking cover behind his parasol tosses his canister which bursts into a cloud of hissing gas. You hear coughing and sputtering from Yakuza as they choke on it.

Finally you see a massive beast as the smoke clears. You recognize it instantly. An Oni with flaming red skin carrying an enormous kanabo club with iron studs, and armor very similar to yours.

Agent Softpaws: "What in the NAME of- What's THAT!" He shrieks
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No. 901666 ID: f7b510
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901666

Uh oh. He advances very rapidly towards you, and he is absolutely swole. If you thought the ogre was big, this one is on another level. He has to almost crouch to even fit in the room, and this one is higher than the others in the facility. You hear some gunfire and shouting.

He seems a little sluggish, so you might be able to pull something off before he brings his club down onto you.


If we want to activate a prayer, Vote for it now in your suggestions. If a majority chooses to use one, it shall be done in a manner either suggested, or whatever fits best at the time. Once again, choices now will have serious effects for the upcoming threads.
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No. 901667 ID: b1b4f3

Hmm, the way I see it, all three prayers could be interpreted differently than how we first intended them to be used.

1- Prayer of Property: Locate something you need
No longer implies it involves retrieving something that was stolen. Right now, this could let us find a weak point on the enemy. Or it could involve one of our allies finding something that's perfect for neutralizing the Oni.
2- Prayer of Return: Return to where you came from
This could mean something as simple as the previous room, or it might let us get out of here in a mundane way rather than teleporting us. It might also only affect Saito, leaving everyone else high and dry.
3- Prayer of Tail: Many tails will come your way
The way this is phrased... it could summon a nine-tailed fox. The prayers are supposed to be beneficial, right? Getting a sudden powerful ally would be quite the game-changer. On the other hand, this might just get Saito a faceful of tanuki ass before he dies, from her doing something heroic and getting slammed into him for it.

I'm voting for 1. Prayer of Property. Naomi just said she was having trouble finding something useful, after all. Maybe that's a cue from our generous and benevolent quest author?
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No. 901675 ID: ff82d2

Hmm. We don't have any magic weapons to be able to fight an ogre and bullets didn't seem to stop it the last time you fought one.

So I would either pray to find a weapon that can hurt the ogre, or pray to return because it doesn't seem like we have a good fighting chance here. I would go with the latter.

Other than that, you better try and evade that club as best as you can.
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No. 901676 ID: 91ee5f

Hey, look at the helmet Saito is wearing:
>>901419
>>901666

Doesn’t that look like an eye? Is the helmet sentient in someway? Too bad we don’t have time to figure that out right now!

>>901667
Yeah, I agree with that. Use Prayer of Property to help Naomi find something useful.
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No. 901687 ID: 93f082

>>901676
It does look that way. If we get some time, then perhaps Naomi would have a charm that would allow a person to communicate with spirits.
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No. 901792 ID: 7bfe9d

If we HAVE to use a prayer (I think we MIGHT[maybe] be able to find a way through this without one tbh) then I recommend the prayer of return! We already told our boys to stick near us, so I feel like they could probably be just fine too.
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No. 902176 ID: 93f082

>>901675
In case of a vote tie, my vote can be counted as using Prayer of Property.
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No. 902394 ID: 056f41

Make sure you think this through in all the possible ways.

If we use a prayer now, thats our power gone. So in case something even more dangerous comes up, we will have used our one major shot. So therefore I think that instead of using it on helping Naomi, we try to use Return to get right out of here.
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No. 902401 ID: 8046ec

I have to agree with the post behind me. Even if we get past the Oni, we will have to deal with a lot of gangsters, plus whoever has the summoning stone. It's best we get out of here entirely and try to regroup. Lets use Return to try and get our coin used.
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No. 902497 ID: 2e0f31

Jab 'em where it hurts: in the unarmored joints!
also that prayer of property sounds really useful right about now. Naomi, do something quick!
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No. 902578 ID: f7b510
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902578

You get ready to face the Oni when suddenly he claps his enormous hands and produces a cloud of flaming smoke. Causing everyone in the room to choke and sputter. You barely avoid losing your head to a beam of flame that he fires from his finger. Quickly you duck behind a table and overturn it to use as cover, but he blasts right through it.

Damn it. This thing might as well be an oak tree and you an ant. With all the commotion going on you find it hard to focus. Sounds of gunshots and shouting.

You close your eyes for a moment and pray.

Another flaming ray

The smoke clears
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No. 902580 ID: f7b510
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902580

Naomi: "You guys! You need to keep them off of me a while more while I look through these things! I KNOW I have a sealing talisman here!"

Agent Softpaws: "Tall order, Maiden! I didn't know we'd be fighting a demonic sumo wrestler!! What are those slips of paper anyway?! Receipts?"

Softpaws says, in a gunfight between gangsters. He runs from part of the room to the other, lobbing an explosive canister that shocks everyone in the area. He seems to occasionally look over to you and the Oni.

Naomi: "AHA! Yoshida! I go- WHAT IS THAT!" She shouts
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No. 902582 ID: f7b510
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902582

Your prayer stirs you. In your hand, your coin grows unreasonably hot. Burning your fingers, but you can't let go. The smell of burning fur mixes with smoke and flame and fills the air.

You stand and turn towards your companions.

You can't help yourself.
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No. 902586 ID: f7b510
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902586

Softpaws: "What the hell is going on over there!" He says, only after rolling to grab a fallen Yakuza's weapon

Softpaws opens his umbrella in a flash. Using it as cover as he rains fire towards the doorway. He must have slain over seven men alone since the battle began.

He looks over to see what Naomi is screaming at.

Agent Softpaws: "Come on woman, we're professionals here! We can't let- QUEEN'S BRITCHES! What is THAT!"
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No. 902589 ID: f7b510
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902589

In front of the two of them, a ronin. The light almost seems to dim as Saito rises to his feet. Abandoning the cover entirely. He hefts his sword in a simple flourish and takes a step towards Naomi. Eyes glowing with power.

The Oni stands as tall as he can in the room. Following him.

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No. 902594 ID: f7b510
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902594

The Oni hefts his kanabo as high as he can.

Yoshida is unaware. He walks towards the other two with a slow, unwavering pace.

Suddenly, Saito's vision is obscured by a piece of paper thrown from afar.

He doesn't seem like he can remove it even if he tried. A light forms around him for a split second.

Then a loud crack. Then cold, and finally...
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No. 902595 ID: f7b510
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902595

Black













Here again?

What do you dream

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No. 902596 ID: 576eef

Looks like he didn't like your mask's poor imitation of the real thing.
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No. 902597 ID: df1270

Dream of saki and booty
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No. 902599 ID: 2e0f31

Dragons and/or dungeons.
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No. 902629 ID: 094652

Titanfalls and Magical Girls
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No. 902631 ID: 93f082

A funny dream where you watch yourself beat up the Oni and the bad guys.
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No. 902679 ID: 1e0570

Well looking back on the last thread, it seems like you were on the verge of finding something out about this unconscious realm.

Try flipping the coin? You need to try and force some reaction while you are here. I have a hunch this place is somewhere between reality and elsewhere. Maybe even past and future?

Try to test with the coin. That seems to be our one constant since we found it.
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No. 902686 ID: 33aff7

Boats and oars.
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No. 902693 ID: b1b4f3

ALE AND WHORES
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No. 903507 ID: f7b510
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903507

Your dreams are filled with images. Some familiar and so vivid you could swear you are there, drunkenly feeling up barmaids.

The images quickly switch, to your dissatisfaction, to deep underground passageways lit by candles and torches, the walls dripping ooze, halls filled with danger. When at the end you face a deadly adversaries.

Suddenly, your mind twists and twirls with the grace and coils of mighty dragons of myth and legend.

Eventually, these images become less and less familiar as you feel yourself traveling further and further away from just your own mind.

Images of magical women, enormous ships, and explosions are seen. You can do nothing but sit back and watch as scenes change in the dark void.

Next, an alien scene of strange metallic warriors and muscular savages in ringed tunics toasting after a battle. Boasting of the enemies driven before them. Drinking their fill and enjoying the company of each other and the women. Not too much of a strange scene you suppose.
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No. 903508 ID: f7b510
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903508

Your eyes suddenly open. That damned Naomi must have protected you. Somehow.

You're still in the void. You clasp the jade coin in your hand. It's heat still warms your hand, but it glows in a familiar magical light. One of the three words is dim.

The other two yet shine.

Peace
Sacred Secret

Do you cling to one
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No. 903511 ID: 93f082

Sacred Secret
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No. 903512 ID: b1b4f3

Let's go with the secret.
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No. 903606 ID: daa216

Sacred secret sounds good.
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No. 903617 ID: 2e0f31

No.
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No. 913361 ID: 15c57b
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913361

You hold the coin in your hand. The dim glow of the coin, like a candle in total darkness. You glance and seek something in the depths of it's unearthly glow.

Those two phrases again.

Again and again and again... The same question.

Which do you choose?
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No. 913362 ID: 15c57b
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913362

>Peace
>Sacred Secret
>Peace

>No
>>>No
>>>>>No


Huh, you never even thought of that...

Why are you here again?

You got roped up in this pile of nonsense for what reason?
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No. 913364 ID: 15c57b
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913364

None of it really matters anymore. You made your choice, and it feels really good to have it off your chest.

Like, oddly good. The exact magnitude of strange could be compared to waking up tied to the ceiling while the rest of the party lies unconscious below.

You experienced this once before when you were in this space beside dreams. You know.

It was a strange sort of shift in reality. You understand a few of the universe's quirks, the moments passing between one second and the next.
The liminal

You know your quests
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No. 913365 ID: 15c57b
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913365

>You have once again trespassed in a space where you are not meant to be. Because of that, you have power. You must come to terms with the nature of your own personal reality, and why then you will notice exactly why the patterns have formed

You: "Are you telling me that I am here again because of my patterns?"

>You arrived once again in the place besides dreams, but somehow managed to find yourself behind time. Your actions have power in ways you may not understand here. No matter the path you take, you always arrive here.

You: "Well, if I had the chance, I'd stop it! I have my quest! I must see it through to the end!"

>

You: "..."

>

You are left alone once more. Your decision had shunted you over to this place once more, and you have stepped on the right path to your quest once again.

You look forwards, and see a golden light. Like a pinprick of starlight. That must be your goal. Though the way to it is empty, you feel a power.

How do you shape your road? What good is your final reward if you don't have to work to get it? The trailblazer in you.

Or maybe smooth yet strong, like those stone roads from the future...



You notice the glow in your jade coin has been lost. You feel not whole.
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No. 913397 ID: 094652

Take a detour and recollect the energy in your coin. You'll need it to unlock the gate at the end.
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No. 913400 ID: b1b4f3

>>913365
Shape it like a hiking trail up a mountain (but not too far up, you need to actually get there)
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No. 913408 ID: 36647f

Shape it like a stairway winding round a hill.
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No. 913409 ID: 080aaf

A maze with shifting, winding passageways. But stick to the left wall, and eventually you'll pass through to the other side.
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No. 913414 ID: b70ae2

A short street, with lots of side alleys.
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No. 916883 ID: 15c57b
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916883

You form images in your mind. The energy twists and turns, and like a gently growing light, the path is made clear to you. A winding road begins to stretch out before you. The further it becomes, you notice the shape of a mountain begin to coalesce in the void, meeting the pinprick of light in it's great distance before you.

Well, this looks like a bit of a walk. Better get to it.
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No. 916884 ID: 15c57b
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916884

The path stretches for miles. You spend what feels like hours following the simple glowing road. Or was it days?

You hold the dim coin in your hand. Running your fingers along its carved surface. The jade feels cold, and lifeless, but you sense deep in you that you may yet require it's power. You have to try and charge it; but how?

No matter... The road stretches on for such a long time, you're still nowhere near the mountain. Maybe you need some time off. How about a detour?

You look at the path ahead of you in the distance. You notice power taking shape along one of the bends. Another road? Dimmer than the other, for sure, but it is there.
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No. 916886 ID: 15c57b
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916886

You can't help but feel a strange oppressive power peer over you as you walk this main path. Like it wants you to never reach the top.

Perhaps it was a smart idea to take the detour.

You walk this dimmer path for a while, until you come across a strange field of energy in the void. A small clear pond of jade energy lays before you.

You take a moment to kneel and breathe. You hold the coin before you and close your eyes. When you open them again, the pond is gone, and your coin lets off a single glint. Something must have empowered it.

But now, the feeling falls over you again. You don't want to return back to the main road... Though, what is that huge building? It wasn't there before.
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No. 916888 ID: 15c57b
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916888

Ahead of you, this enormous pathway seems to split into a myriad of chambers and passages. What is this? A maze?

Your Geta clack loudly along the floor as you wander about it's passages. You keep left, following it like you would a maze. It feels inefficient at first, but you dare not turn back.

The presence seems to grow violent. It wants to harm you, and for a split second you worry that it could.
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No. 916889 ID: 15c57b
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916889

The passages you take twist and turn and lead you in circles, but somehow you see a light at the end of a rough cavern. But, something follows you. You dare not look too hard, but each time you cast your glance backwards to where you expect it to be, you don't see it.

You emerge somewhere near the top of the mountain. You see the twisting path laid out below you. Your detour through the maze was fast, sure. But it attracted attention.

Something is following you.
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No. 916890 ID: 094652

It's in front of you! Draw your sword (and attach the coin)
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No. 916903 ID: 080aaf

Look for it through the coin.
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No. 916906 ID: 83e8f8

Look through the coin. If that doesn't work, then pick up the pace and run to the top of the mountain.
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No. 916921 ID: b1b4f3

Do not look through the coin, you have been explicitly warned against doing that.
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No. 916931 ID: 91ee5f

>>916921
I agree with this. Don’t look through the coin!
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No. 917008 ID: 8b676a

You described that some of the ambiant energy of this otherplace was absorbed back into your coin. I don't think we know if looking through the coin actually reduces it's charge (Or if it even had ever lost any of it's charge before recent events) but I don't think you should risk it in case you need it.

Don't look through the coin. Draw and strike in front of you to be safe, then flee up the mountain path. I don't know what it is about this liminal place, but I have a feeling if you stray too far out of character or do something strange, it might affect your destiny.
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No. 917147 ID: 15c57b
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917147

You have to act fast, as is your style; being an Iaijutsu master after all. You feel the presence, but it has always eluded you before. You drop down and turn your sword, drawing and striking in the same motion.
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No. 917148 ID: 15c57b
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917148

The stress of your current situation is too much to bare. Your blow is swift. Enough to strike down boulders, but your blade encounters no resistance.
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No. 917149 ID: 15c57b
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917149

You bolt up the path. The presence is opressive, feeling as though any moment now, teeth will bare down into you, but it is the anticipation that it is coming that is the worst. You flee. Geta clacking on nothingness.
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No. 917150 ID: 15c57b
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917150

Suddenly, the presence fades... You feel empty as you turn around the bend. You see it. The gateway up the hill. A heavenly view fills your sight. Could this be peace?
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No. 917152 ID: b1b4f3

>>917150
Move forward while checking your status. Should your sword be green? Do you still have the coin? Did the coin turn into your sword maybe?
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No. 917176 ID: 080aaf

Take as straight a path as you can down the winding road.
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No. 917180 ID: 0804d8

No, it is war.
Tap the Torii gates with your sword. Skip them if they sound wrong.
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No. 917291 ID: 15c57b
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917291

You stand for a moment viewing the sight, and then notice you feel an odd vibration in your sword.

Upon further inspection, you've noticed it had taken on some of the power of this place. Much like your coin, but it seems to be slowly fading in wisps of energy back into the void.

The vibration is consistent but slowly ebbing away.
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No. 917294 ID: 15c57b
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917294

You see the twisting, winding road ahead of you... Though, why can't you just go straight?

As you walk forwards, the road begins to straighten itself out. Almost a pleasant walk.

>No, It's war

The presence is back again... You notice yourself picking up your feet a little faster. Quickly your walk turns into a full blown run. Lucky for you, the straighter road seems to keep you one step ahead of doom.
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No. 917296 ID: 15c57b
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917296

You suddenly stop

Ahead of you are stairs leading to the light.

A way out?

You take a step forwards.
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No. 917335 ID: e5bda3

Wait! Stop! I almost forgot. Cut down the torii! You weren't supposed to complete the journey through all three.
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No. 917336 ID: b1b4f3

>>917335
That's right. To return, we must go through some torii but not complete the journey, then something must act as a portal. Like that light there.
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No. 917339 ID: 96f278

>>917336
Now hold on. I don't think it was explicitly to return, per se. I thought it meant to just use the coin in general.

The portal kinda looks like a coin, maybe we need to get some words up there too?
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No. 917732 ID: fc458a

Inspect the center of the green circle.
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No. 917779 ID: 080aaf

Poke it first.
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No. 919320 ID: 15c57b
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919320

You pause a moment, before striking out to the gate before you. Remembering the words of Naomi back at the hot springs.

Do not finish the journey through all present gates

You look to your blade. Then with the last of it's escaping energy, you slice the gate.
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No. 919321 ID: 15c57b
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919321

Taking a step forwards, the disc in front of you seems familiar in a way. You try to force your will forth, maybe summon one of those words you know upon it's surface.

With your mind you trace the word for 'Sacred Secret' and find it just slips right off the disc into nothingness.
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No. 919322 ID: 15c57b
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919322

One more step forwards...

You pass the Torii. Behind you, it had fallen silently into the void.

In front of you, this disk ungulates slightly with energy. The twinkling light in it's center seems to be everchanging... You feel as though you could just step right into the other side, but who knows where that could be.

You hold your coin in your hand.

>>The Key

You reach out, and touch the disk.
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No. 919324 ID: 15c57b
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919324

Your spirit is filled with light.

Your body was suffused with the energy that envelops you entirely.

You are overwhelmed

Your truest feelings and emotions are laid bare, all your goals and aspirations, relations and friendships, no matter how brief. As far from you as they are, you have never been closer to them.

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No. 919332 ID: 15c57b
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919332

Suddenly, the mote of twinkling light expands.

>You are alone again...


The coin slips from your grasp
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No. 919338 ID: 15c57b
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919338

You rest peacefully in a clearing. The stars above you shine down on you in a comfortable twilight.

The grass brushes against your fur. You think you could sleep here forever.

Until something wakes you from your slumber.

...: "Lo! I find this an amusing sight! A warrior sooner giving up his clothes than his weapons."
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No. 919339 ID: 15c57b
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919339

Your eyes open from your peaceful rest, and you clutch your sword as you look around.

Uh oh. You're spiraling

You: "What is this! Where am I! Who are you!"
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No. 919344 ID: 15c57b
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919344

The steel clad fighter above you looks towards you plainly. You cannot see him below his garb.

...: "Peace! Calm yourself, warrior. No need to fly into a vaporous fit!" He exclaims.

...: "Where we are? . . . This is an accursed realm, where not even the light of GOD reaches."

...: "This is a questing land. Not somewhere between heaven and earth or hell, but somewhere to the side. All of us have a purpose here. A quest. As for me?..
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No. 919348 ID: 15c57b
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919348

Between his words, you are able to cast glances all around you. This is indeed a realm of twilight. The longer you stare in a direction, shapes in the sky seem to coalesce into unknown forms, or that of trees and stones and islands in the sky.


"I am Sir Lancelot, and I SEEK the Holy Grail!"
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No. 919349 ID: 094652

"... Your clothes. Give them to me."
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No. 919360 ID: caf1de

>>919348
we will take Jerusalem
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