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833797 No. 833797 ID: 23a020

"A sword is a tool, an extension of yourself. It is used for provoking, defending, intimidation and for killing."
Red eyes takes a stance in front of me.
"Ultimately, what it does depends on how you use it. Now take a swing at me. Show me your intent."

Strike Hard - Swing with full strength. Strike Medium - Swing enough to hit her sword. Strike Light - Do a soft swing. Other
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No. 844281 ID: 65dabf

Ok, i was actually expecting something like this, but i really didn't prepare a comeback. I am speechless.
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No. 844282 ID: 3abd97

>>844247
She's a monster whisperer, Victoria. Gotta admit that's impressive.

(Also that thing is pretty sturdy considering how heavy Emils is).
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No. 844289 ID: c88e6d

>>844247
Ask Emils how she tamed a Weaver and why she's acting strangely.
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No. 844294 ID: be0718

Chalk it up to Emils being a strange feral child and definitely not Emils trying to kill you. Ask Emils what she's doing up there.
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No. 844297 ID: 0c84a3

Pet?
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No. 844327 ID: ba56e6

>>844247
That's some kid.
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No. 844370 ID: 23a020
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844370

"Emils, what are you doing?"
"I made a new friend!"

... Okay.
Mana beasts have been 'tamed' before. No reason to panic.

"How did you do that?"
"I just said 'Hello' and it said 'hello' back!"

Of course by 'tame' I mean they have just been corralled and are peaceful enough just meander to wherever we want them to go. They have never really been under any control.

"Mana beasts can't talk."
High pitch whirring can be heard, from I assume the mana beast and... Emils?
"Sammy says he can. You just don't know what he's saying."

... What?
"He also says he sees you too."
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No. 844371 ID: e24b91

Well Emils has this under control. Come out and say high to Sammy. Introduce yourself and have Emils translate.
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No. 844372 ID: be0718

Okay. Move out of the weaver's way. What does he like to talk about?
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No. 844373 ID: 91ee5f

>>844370
Look out! Sammy is trying to hug you! Jump outta the way!

Once you get away, tell Emils to tell Sammy to not hurt you!
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No. 844375 ID: 13fded

Emils is safe, somehow. We need to run. Keep a health distance and ask to Emil to stop helping Sammy hunt you.
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No. 844378 ID: 3abd97

Well I guess she learned some degree of animal empathy living in the wilderness all those years?

Carefully come out of cover and observe your charge and 'pet'.
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No. 844379 ID: 15a025

Ask Emlis where she learned its language?
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No. 844381 ID: 7152b7

Know any other languages?
Speak to Emils in one she hasn't heard.

Also, Distance. Make some.
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No. 844384 ID: 0c3362

Yeah, uh, it's cool that Emils seems to be able to communicate with this thing but maybe err on the side of caution unless and until you can verify she can keep it from doing anything like randomly attacking you.

I mean, it might be fine, but play it safe?
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No. 844386 ID: 830fb7

>>844370
Ok, this ( >>844251 ) is definitely going to happen now that people know she can speak to monsters.
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No. 844394 ID: 600f38

>>844370
"How many are there?"
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No. 844401 ID: ba56e6

>>844370
DODGE
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No. 844403 ID: 3ce125

>>844370
Relocate. Preferably out in the open so you can keep an eye on your surroundings.

Tell Emils to tell her new friend to keep his distance from you. Assuming the Weaver actually does that, you can sit down and begin your meal. Especially important is asking how the hell Emils is able to speak with mana beasts-- did she learn that, or was she born with that ability?
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No. 844426 ID: 65dabf

Tell her that as long as "he" wants to just talk, you have no problem, but you would prefer to not have any physical contact of any sorts.
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No. 844427 ID: 0d45a9

Could you ask Sammy to move it's leg back? I've never heard of a mana beast that's peaceful before, so I'm a little bit on edge. No offence.
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No. 844453 ID: 094652

Tell Emils to keep "Sammy" from getting too close. And they need to get back to town before the hunting duo come back and kill him!

We can pretend-bind him with a few yards of "rope" made out of Sammy's silk glands and show him to the local monster ranchers, come to an arrangement; buy a stable and get a cut of the profits from his silk.
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No. 844461 ID: 66a4ca

The weaver could just be using Emils so that it could kill you both of you at the same time.

So stay cautious. Or rather, set up a trap. Try to appear vulnerable to see if the weaver is going to attack you, but be ready to evade the attack.
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No. 844471 ID: 23a020
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844471

I shift myself away from it's scythe before standing out from the brush.
"Emils, are you sure you can understand it?"

"I can understand him just fine."
The weaver chitters and raises one of it's front scythes towards me, "He says nice to meet you."
"um... Hello, nice to meet you too." I take it in hand and shakes it.

Emils chitters back to the weaver and it chitters back.
"Sammy said that they're sorry for what happened to your people."
"What?"
The weaver chitters as Emils translate, "The other facilities will fall too. Your people must recall the creators."
The weaver is... pantomiming?
"Your people must go to the center. Awake mother. She will call the creators."
"Wait, I don't understand!? Who are you talking about?"
"Insufficient clearance level. Three has already malfunctioned. This sector can not last should another fall."

The weaver picks up Emils, "oh," before setting her down onto the ground.
They begin chittering again, but I interrupt.
"Stop! Explain further! I don't understand what you mean?!"

It chitters, "Insufficient clearance level. Attempting to dispense obfuscated information. Go Center, Wake Mother, Summon Creators, Repair Facilities, Save Natives."

I... I'm not sure what to do about this...
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No. 844472 ID: be0718

Absolutely nothing. She's just making stuff up, don't worry your pretty little head about it! Tell her to send the weaver packing, at least, you saw some hunters going after it earlier.
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No. 844473 ID: 3a76af

>>844471
that's an epic quest if i've ever heard one.
this is a big deal, whatever this is.

can you ask, in this order of importance:
"are 'Natives'.. my species? all species? define",
"the center of what?",
"what do you mean by 'sector'?",
"what species is 'mother'"?
and "what are the 'facilities' supposed to do that they can't do anymore?"
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No. 844474 ID: e24b91

Ask where the center is. That's the most important thing. Second would be how to wake mother.

Thank Sammy and give it info about hunters looking for it, two of them, and their last known location and heading. Ask it to please avoid them if it can.
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No. 844476 ID: 64610c

That feeling when you know exactly what they're talking about, but it's all meta-knowledge...
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No. 844477 ID: 66a4ca

Interesting. This weaver seems to know what happened to your people. Your people being the northern rabbolds. If you can make this connection, then this gives some credit to its words.

Could this creature know the reasoning behind [Mana] plague? Ask if it knows anything about that. Learning this would be extremely important.

And if it knows that then.. the fact that it's telling you what you should do would mean it knows how to fix it, which is even more important. To reverse the effects of [Mana] plague. The center is probably the center of the world. So the Dragon's Ridge. There's where you must go to find "mother".

Lastly, it's warning you that this kingdom could be hit with [Mana] plague as well. You know this isn't something to be taken lightly.
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No. 844481 ID: 0c3362

>>844471
Well, none of that sounds very good. It doesn't really seem like a leap of logic to connect what it's talking about with the mana plague.

If it could at least tell you where the "center" is, the rest of that seems like it would either be obvious or become clear if you went there. It seems to be having trouble giving you a straight answer for some reason, though.

And yeah go ahead and warn it about the hunters. If it can just avoid them entirely that'd probably be best for everyone involved.

Are mana beasts supposed to be intelligent like this?
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No. 844482 ID: 0d45a9

Okay, I think there is a communication issue here, the weaver is using completely different terminology (Or is forced to be obtuse from the sounds of "Insufficient clearance") and Emils is translating it literally.

By facilities and fallen, and the reference to your people, I'm guessing it means mana towers and mana plagues? How many mana plagues have happened in the past, 3 I'm guessing?

As for centre, mother, and creators, maybe it's trying to refer to dragon's ridge and something to do there?

Ask if mana-beasts have always been intelligent and if it's just been communication issues causing the violence all along.
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No. 844483 ID: 7152b7

Emils...
What... Are you?
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No. 844485 ID: 2c8807

>>844471
Huh, I think it's not that you don't have clearance, it's the creature itself that isn't at liberty to give out information.

Also be sure to keep a look around for those hunters, they're likely to kill it on sight before you manage to get the answers you need.
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No. 844486 ID: 13fded

Mother should be the origin or the creator of the mana beasts.
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No. 844491 ID: 65dabf

Ask who has enough clearance level. If he can't answer that, ask where the center is, although i think we already know where to start looking.
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No. 844498 ID: 3abd97

>Insufficient clearance level. Attempting to dispense obfuscated information.
It sounds like it is bound by some kind of geas or code of conduct, and is trying to circumvent those rules.

The "natives" are probably rabolds. Or the races in general.

What if by "facilities" it means "towers"? It knows what happened to your people- what if it's talking about the mana plague? What else would a mana beast understand?

The most important question to ask is "where is the center". Once you know where to look, you could figure everything else out from there.
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No. 844504 ID: 9876c4

This seems like the kind of thing we need to report.

Not expecting a lot of bureaucratic action, but maybe we can get a dungeoneering patron.
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No. 844505 ID: ba56e6

>>844471
Okay, three questions.

What are Natives?
How do we wake Mother?
And are you talking about the mana plague?
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No. 844507 ID: c88e6d

>>844471
Ask if you are a Native.

Also yeah uh... Considering the fact that your home kingdom was completely destroyed, I think you should probably consider this information as truthful.
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No. 844511 ID: 3ce125

>>844471
Okay, fine. Sounds like "mother" can contact the Dragons to get them to come back and repair the mana towers. Only question is...

Ask where the center is. ...maybe it's that place you're going on a mission.
Also I guess since the Weaver is helping you, you should warn him about the hunters.
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No. 844515 ID: 600f38

>>844471
"Emils, can you ask it questions for me?
Who are the creators?
Who is 'mother'?
Where is the center?
Where could I go to find something with the clearance to answer my questions?
If I am to do any of these things, I must find out more."
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No. 844520 ID: 015058

This thing knows about the disaster that destroyed your kingdom.

You are the natives and it wants to help you save your people. You need to find this center place if you want to wake some old dragon thing to fix the mana mess.

It just cant tell you directly cause its not supposed to.
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No. 844582 ID: 33cbe7

Seriously reconsider your monster hunting profession. Then visit its lair, then find something higher up the food chain that can go into greater detail. This one has said all it can. Recruit the two hunters for extra protection. They would certainly believe you if you showed up riding on that thing.
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No. 844602 ID: 0c84a3

demand to know how emils learned to speak weaver, or how she even realized it was a coherent language. if this skill could be taught to others, countless conflicts with weavers could potentially be resolved peacefully given how quick this one is to resort to peaceful discussion in the presence of a translator.
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No. 844607 ID: 91ee5f

Oh, wait, now I remember.

It's right here: >>/questarch/782555 , Emils has the Language of Many Ability.
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No. 844732 ID: 23a020
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844732

"Wait wait stop!"

Emils and the weaver looks at me as I calm myself.

"Emils, are you playing around?"
"I do not understand what you mean."
"Can you really understand this thing?"
"Yes I can."
"How?"
"I don't know? I just have a skill that allows me to do so?" She tilts her head, unsure about something. "All I know is that I understand anything I hear. The sounds of the beasts, the words you use, whatever Sammy says. It takes me a while to speak it, but I can understand them all the same."
"So... this thing... can talk?"
"Yes he can. His name is Sammy."
"Okay... Sammy." I squint at Emils, "Could you at least answer some of my questions?"

Emils 'talks' to the weaver, and it talks back, "He said he can try, but he can't divulge everything at your clearance level."
"First question then, what clearance level?"
"He says that your mutated genetics grants you a clearance level of 1, which allows him to tell you low level information."
"And who sets these levels?"
"The creators."

"Fine, What is this sector and facilities you mean?"
The weaver draws something in the ground while clicking, "This sector is the landmass we are on."
It then proceeds to draw circles at each point of the 'sector', and then a small drawing of... a dragon tower?

"The facilities keep the sector stable."
It then crosses out the lower left point.
"Facility 'Greed' fallen. Shutdown ordered by creators."
Another cross at the bottom.
"Facility 'Envy' fallen. Facility demands exceeded output."
A third cross, this time at the upper left.
"Facility 'Wrath' fallen. Facility demands exceeded output."

It then points to topmost circle, "Facility 'Gluttony' status unknown. Moderator missing."
The top right circle, "Facility 'Sloth' status unknown. Moderator missing."
And the last circle, "Facility 'Lust' status unknown. Moderator missing."

It then draws a circle and an inverted triangle. It taps at the triangle.
"Facility 'Pride' operational. Mother is located here."
"And where is this?" I point to the triangle.
It draws a straight line and a curved line above it. I look at it, trying to decipher it, but it then turns it's head to the horizon and points it's other scythe to the towering mountain range... The dragons ridge.

It begins chittering again, "Service entrance has been excavated. Required minimum of clearance level 1 to enter."
"And you can't?"
It points to itself, "Access restricted." and then points towards me, "Clearance level 1 required to enter."

I think for a moment, processing this for a while.
The dragon towers are obviously these facilities... The first cross was probably located in the old empire. Following the shrine stories, that one... fell when the dragons had left.
The second cross was probably the old magic kingdom.
The third was probably home...

"The Mana plague, is there a way to cure it?"
The weaver tilts its head, "Such ailment does not exist."
"What about the weakness and death that follows the tower's falling?"
"Facilities provides area with suitable atmosphere for natives. Please contact creators for repairs."
"I don't understand, what do you mean?"
It's head tilts further and further, until it does a whole 360 turn. I shudder at it's action but it chitters in reply, "Air bad for natives. Facility fix. Contact Cr-"
"I understand the last part, but I mean, how? How do these towers work?"
"Insufficient clearance level."
"Is there a way to enter the towers?"
"Insufficient clearance level."
"What about a way to fix the towers?!"
"Insufficient clearance level."
"Then who are the natives?!"
It points towards me.

...
I calm myself down.
"Who is this mother?"
"Mother is Administrator."
"What does she administrate?"
"Insufficient clearance level."
I frown, "How do I wake this Mother of yours?"
"Insufficient clearance level."
"How do you expect me to wake her up then?"
It points towards the center, "Contact Moderator 'Pride'."

"I... I think I need a minute to process this..."
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No. 844734 ID: e24b91

Thank our new friend. Time to begin a journey. There was that funky key thing from a while back, right? Go get it. I guess then get a party together and supplies and we have to stop the other towers from falling.
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No. 844735 ID: 3abd97

>>844732
Thank Sammy. If this is all true, it's trying to help you prevent what would be the end of the world by mana plague.
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No. 844736 ID: 0d45a9

Demand exceeded output, is Sammy referring to mana? Using too much mana causes them to shutdown and cause a mana plague?

What role does Sammy serve in all this? This is the first time we've seen a mana beast communicate so this is a surprise.

Can those without the right clearance level enter if they have someone with it come with them? Or does it need to be only dragonblooded?

Is there any way to produce proof of what you're saying? People may not believe me otherwise.
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No. 844739 ID: 66a4ca

Ask him what's the clearance level of Emils. It would be problematic if her clearance level was too low because it seems that bringing her with you would be almost mandatory in case you decide to journey to the 'center'.
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No. 844741 ID: 13fded

>>844739
Victoria would only think about that if she knew Emils isn't from the same specie as herself and therefor could be classified as something other than "native".
Either way I would expect Emils to have the same level access because of her need for mana to survive and Sammy's willingness to tell this information to her as well.

Anyway...
Thanks Sammy and warn him about the hunters. Ask him to avoid getting in confront with them and help him doing so by intercepting them first.
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No. 844743 ID: 66a4ca

>>844741
The weaver said that Victoria's specific mutated genetics grant L1 clearance, not that every native has L1 clearance. Victoria knows that Emils doesn't have the same genes as her (Emils isn't her offspring), thus the question makes perfect sense.
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No. 844746 ID: 600f38

>>844732
"Emils, ask what your clearance level is."
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No. 844750 ID: 13fded

>>844743
By mutation I thought he was talking about the evolution of the specie. If it's about the dragon blood your question make a lot more sense.
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No. 844770 ID: 91ee5f

>>844732
If we're done questioning Sammy, then we should probably warn him about the hunters that are looking for him.
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No. 844772 ID: b9b4da

The dragons and their towers are responsible for this mess. Ordering the shutdown of the first began a chain reaction. You're going to beat the access codes out of this Administrator, then you're going to restart the system. Probably with less fate-tempting names than the seven deadly sins this time.
You should look for other translators using royal connections. Emils is too valuable to lose on the expedition.
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No. 844774 ID: 3a76af

>>844732
sounds simple to me. it's just an epic quest to that center dragon tower under the dragons ridge. simple!
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No. 844778 ID: 094652

The way Emils interprets her new friend's prophecy might be a byproduct of her own technological viewpoint (instigated by us). But the implications are clear:

Your world is dying because it was never 'natural'. The towers stabilize life support, from the air you breathe to the mana you cast, and if they all fall then civilization goes with it. Bonus points if the towers are spawning feral monsters because of malfunctioning.

How do you feel? The world's on your shoulders, because every better hero is unaware and faithless.
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No. 844779 ID: 0c84a3

if people didn't realize the weavers could communicate, or were intelligent, what if they killed the entities that maintain the towers mistaking them for dangerous animals? it's possible that your king unknowingly instigated this particular doomsday.
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No. 844781 ID: 0c84a3

Kind* not king.
really wish this place had an edit button.
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No. 844782 ID: 66a4ca

>>844781
It does. All you need to do is delete the post and make a new one.
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No. 844783 ID: ba56e6

>>844732
You should probably make sure those hunters don't kill Sammy.
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No. 844785 ID: 65dabf

Does Emils have a clearance level? If so, how high?
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No. 844788 ID: c88e6d

>>844732
Thank Sammy, quietly attempt to contain approaching existential crisis. Then attempt to resolve Existential Threat by heading for the Dragons Ridge.
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No. 844798 ID: 33cbe7

I think Emils is doing something flashy to distract us from the fact she didn't find the plants.
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No. 844799 ID: 3ce125

>>844732
So the towers are a life support system and are becoming overloaded by increased population (and increased magic use but there's no reason to conclude that from this information). Aggressive manabeasts may even be an effort to reduce population down to manageable levels! Anyway, the jist is you need to get through the entrance that was excavated and contact the Moderator in order to tell this "Mother" to contact the Dragons to get them to come back and repair the towers.

Ask Sammy how he knows this stuff. Is he a servant of the Dragons? What other servants are there?
...does he know why Emils is able to understand him?

Is there a way you can contact him again? Or another Weaver that's willing to talk instead of fight? Tempting to outright bring him into town but it might result in mistreatment.
Speaking of mistreatment warn him about the hunters.
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No. 844811 ID: 7152b7

How can I raise my clearance level?
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No. 844846 ID: 1b7b69

>>844732
Yeah, you... mostly get the gist by now. It might be worth escalating this issue- after all, with Emils acting as interpreter, you can just repeat this to someone more capable.

That is, of course, unless the reason that Emils can understand this thing isn't something other people should learn about. Might want to ask Emils what's up with that.
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No. 844963 ID: 830fb7

You could always keep the weaver (Sammy) as a "pet", have a meeting with the people that gave you the draconic item with him on the other side of the window and Emils translating while sitting in front of the windowsill.
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No. 844993 ID: 35089a

how the hell is we supposed to fix anything if it won't tell us anything
and is it using Emils to talk through or is it something she can do just like with any thing
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No. 844997 ID: 9b80a5

how high is emils's clearance level
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No. 845004 ID: 23a020
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845004

The weaver does not understand Victoria. Emils is translating back and forth between them.
"Just to make sure, what is Emils's clearance level?" I ask, putting my hand on her shoulder.
The two begin a small discussion, and then Emils answers, "He says that my genetics makes my clearance level at 0, which is lower than yours."

"Then... What are mana beasts? What do you do?"
"He says that we perform many functions from janitorial, mining, maintenance, and security. His original function was repairs, but now his role is to try to confirm the operational status of Facility Lust, and locate moderator Lust."
"If the situation is so dire, why haven't your kind tried fixing it?"
"My kind has met resistance when attempting to search near native habitats. Natives has settled around facilities. Attempting to reach facilities has been met with dire resistance."
It points towards me, "He says he remembers you from the last attempt to search nearby habitat."

"I..." I think back, 4 years ago there was an outbreak of mana beasts that threatened to invade the kingdom. I did participate in defending a small village at the time...
"I remember the event, but I do not remember you."
It shrugs... I think?
"He says that it does not matter."
"Is there any way to confirm this? Any way for us to confirm any of what you have said to be true?"
Emils and the weaver enters a deep discussion about... something?

It takes a minute, but Emils answers, "He said that he is unable to provide any kind of proof, but can apply... modifications. Improvements?"
"Modifications?"
"He asks for your tag." Emils points towards my hand.
"Tag?" I hold the bracelet around my wrist. "... Don't break it." I slide off the bracelet and hands it to Emils, who holds it up to the weaver. It then proceeds to... pull it into itself? somehow? I have never known these things to have any kind of mouths or internal organs. Every mana beast I've cut apart were nothing but a metal shell around a corpse of some kind of beast. Larger mana beasts has bodies of people in them. It's what make the larger ones more dangerous compared to these medium ones.
I look at Emils... she's just the right size for this one however...

It spits it back out in Emils's hands and she holds it back up to me.
... I am hesitant to touch it.
"He said that he's added proper level 1 clearance onto your tag and applied functionality of original tag."
"What does that mean?"
"He says that he's only allowed to tell you that it holds energy and can be used for first aid. There are more functions, but you don't have the clearance level to access them."
I frown, taking back my bracelet. It feels... saturated with mana? Like holding a loaded Mana stone, and I can feel it leeching into me. I warily place it into my pocket.
"Thank you, I think."
It waves it's scythe and clicks, "Think nothing of it."

"That reminds me, There are two hunters around that are looking for you. I met them a while ago nearby a river."
It perks up and looks about before clicking to Emils and turning around to leave.
"He said to thank you and that he should return to his mission."

As he leaves, I dismiss the idea of bringing it back with me. Nothing about this goes with what common sense and history has told us about Mana beasts, and I can't confirm that others won't try to... kill it.

>Action
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No. 845005 ID: 8f618b

Head home I guess. Got to cut this trip short. Get your shit together and let's motor.
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No. 845006 ID: 0c84a3

if this creature was telling the truth, time is of the essence. find out as much as you can about that tunnel going into the range as soon as possible.
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No. 845007 ID: 13fded

That rip to Dragon's Ridge just become a priority.
I suppose we could explain those events to Prince Enrod. Even if he doubt he should be inclined to caution and will accept this as explanation for your sudden interest and the usefulness of bring a child.

We could leave right now, but I think there is enough time to at least eat. It would be a shame to waste the meat.
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No. 845009 ID: 66a4ca

So he's good with repair huh? Damn, we should've asked him to repair the tent!

Anyway, that is a lot of info he has given you. It's also highly doubtful that anyone's gonna believe any of this. So, there's nothing much to do but to accept that prince's mission once you get back.

Well, let's continue the adventure day. Ask Emils if she's gathered those plants.
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No. 845010 ID: 600f38

>>845004
Well, the weaver's actions prove that Emils WAS communicating with it, and doing so more or less accurately.
Emils has to go with you. The ability to communicate with mana beasts would be a critical asset in your mission.
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No. 845011 ID: 9e4723

Emils should be connected to the mana beasts some way to be able to communicate like that. That, or she is just that special.
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No. 845013 ID: 830fb7

Why do I feel like Emils was not telling the truth about her clearance level when translating.
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No. 845015 ID: 91ee5f

>>845004
>Emils waving
Aww, that's adorable!

Sit down and eat the food you were preparing. Ask Emils if she ever found those plants you sent her out to find.

If she didn't get the plants, then she's got a very good excuse on why she didn't complete such an easy task, so you can't exactly punish her or anything.
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No. 845016 ID: 91ee5f

>>845015
And then after you're done eating, it's time for you to face down your nemesis once again! This time, that tent is going to stay standing and it won't mock you by falling down again!
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No. 845023 ID: 2fe26a

Tackle that tent again. Send Emils back out for those plants. Worldview-shattering revelations are no reason to cut a fun day short.
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No. 845037 ID: ba56e6

Hug Emils and tell her you were worried about her.
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No. 845042 ID: e03e13

>>845004
oh right, warn him about the hunters looking for him.
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No. 845046 ID: 7152b7

>>845042
>"That reminds me, There are two hunters around that are looking for you. I met them a while ago nearby a river."

Already did
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No. 845049 ID: 3ce125

>>845004
Even if you can't confirm most of this information, you were going to the excavation anyway. All this means is that you may know more about what's inside there, and what you should do when you get in.

Alright, it's food time. Ask Emils if she got the plants.

>I look at Emils... she's just the right size for this one however...
You suspect she's a person who used to be inside a mana beast? That could explain some of her anomalous properties. Why not ask her directly? But reassure her beforehand that you're not hostile about it. Something like "I won't tell anyone if you are, but... are you a mana beast?"
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No. 845053 ID: 7152b7

>>845049
This
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No. 845102 ID: 3abd97

>>845004
So mana beast claim to be the tools of the long-lost creators, trying to go about their business, and getting killed by people when they're perceived as a threat. How much loss of life could have been avoided?

Seems like you might want to bring Emlis with you on that expedition. You need someone who can talk to these things if it's true.

Maybe ask Emlis what she thinks about this? You've heard her translation, but not her opinion, and by all indications, she's got at least one piece of the puzzle you don't.
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No. 845217 ID: 23a020
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845217

I had sent Emils back out to pick up herbs, considering she didn't have any when she came back, but this time I follow her.

Turns out she had found a surprisingly large amount of them, and had left them aside before meeting the weaver.
She has an uncanny ability to spot the required herbs and plants, which would have been difficult due to how highly harvested they are.

Nothing eventful happens till the sun starts to set as I prepare dinner.

"Emils, tell me honestly."
"Yes?"
"Do you know who your parents were? Any memory of whomever raised you?"
"I don't know who my parents are. My earliest memory was waking up in a cave, like I told you before."

I try to find any sort of tell of a lie in her words, but I can't find any.
Sometimes I worry about how willingly she follows instructions.

"In a few months, I will be going off on a journey."
"To the center, yes?"
"Yes. If the weaver is to be trusted, I don't think you'll be able to follow me in there."
"You are planning to leave me behind."
"That would be up to you. I have an acquaintance who's a teacher of magic. He'll be arriving within the week. He'll test your magic proficiency, and should you pass, you can enter an academy that teaches magic."
She perks up the thought.
"Now, just don't get your hopes up too high, You'll still have to pass the exam."
She nods, "I understand. Will you help me?"
"Sure," I smile.
>End
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No. 845224 ID: 91ee5f

>>845217
>tent is still standing
Victoria has finally defeated the evil tent of falling down!

Now both her and Emils can sleep comfortably tonight!
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No. 845226 ID: 1c92a4

>>845224
Notice that it is now hung on a rope strung between two trees. Guess she got sick of trying to get the supports to work.
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No. 845228 ID: 13fded

Emils won't be able to follow? I haven't though of that possibility.
That conversation happened because Victoria has level 1 clearance, but Emils was allowed to participate like an intermediary. I though that the obstacles would likewise open to Victoria and allowed anyone close to her to pass.
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No. 845229 ID: 9e4723

You know, Emils, this new individual may be able to detect your true identity. You are going to have to be careful.
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No. 845230 ID: b9b4da

Are we back? Good. Emils, our timeframe has moved up. You need to beat Victoria to those towers. Try using city sewers to smuggle Sammy into the Lust facility.
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No. 845231 ID: 91ee5f

>>845226
Yeah, I noticed. That's how she defeated the evil tent!

>>845229
You mean the Weaver?
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No. 845251 ID: ba56e6

>>845230
Hm, you think the sewer slime is the Lust Moderator?
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No. 845253 ID: 3ce125

Victoria, you're not asking the right questions. Ask about the cave! If you want to verify Emils' story you should go visit that cave.
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No. 845262 ID: 9e4723

>>845231
No, i was talking about the teacher that is coming the this week. There was one person that found she wasn't normal and it was an novice in magic. Imagine what an expert could found if she is not careful. She already can do a lot of things that other people can't in a short period of time, it's going to look fishy.
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No. 845266 ID: 600f38

>>845217
Emils may - MAY not be able to follow Victoria in, but she CAN assist on the trip.
The most dangerous mana beasts, she can talk into lending assistance.
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No. 845275 ID: ba56e6

>>845266
This.
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