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865754 No. 865754 ID: ed67d9

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No. 877754 ID: 05ff2f

Oh, dear. If the hallucination was covering up what I can only assume is blood, then what about the hallucination you sensed in the hallway? Quickly turn and look up and down the hall. If there isn't obvious carnage, blood and gore there, touch the red smear on the floor with a finger, then bring it to your face to smell and taste to confirm if it's blood or not. Is the smell of it the sharp smell you couldn't identify?

You better run back to the holding cells. If there's something going around attacking and killing folk while hiding itself in hallucinations, Khoros, Astarte and the spiky noxan wouldn't see it if it shows up there. That means Khoros can't protect them or himself from whatever it is. Y'all need to move as a group to be safe.
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No. 877756 ID: 4ccc6a
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877756

You take a deep breath to try to calm yourself, but all you get is that same scent from the other hallway - just as strong and just as sharp. Your brain finaly makes the connection: it is definitely blood.

You approach the door, hand trembling as it rests on the handle... but you can't quite bring yourself to open it.

You are torn with indecision.

So... you review the facts:

- If you would take any harm or injury, you will instead go back to being ethereal.
- You still have nearly an hour left in this physical form.
- While manifested physical, you cannot use your ethereal abilities. This includes Ethereal Vision.
- Khoros is watching over Astarte and the other noxan back a little ways away.
- The hallway that you are in RIGHT NOW seemed fine. The only places you were hallucinating in were this little alcove, and in the corridor right by where Khoros and Astarte are. That particular hallway was a couple minutes' walk away.
- You are currently not hallucinating... although you so desperately wish you were.



Do you enter the room or do you return to Khoros and Astarte?
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No. 877758 ID: a363ac

>>877756
open door if its anything dangerous we can teleport back to astarte when we get ganked
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No. 877759 ID: 12b116

Go in, if somebody's hurt we might be able to help them. If it's a monster we can always yell for khoros
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No. 877760 ID: e1c8f7

>>877756
Pull back, pull back. We are no fighter and we do not want to set off a trap.
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No. 877761 ID: 05ff2f

>>877759
Khoros is several minutes walk away; Says so right in the update. He's out of earshot.
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No. 877763 ID: b1b4f3

>>877756
Open the other door. I doubt there's any survivors in a room with enough blood to leak under the door.
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No. 877767 ID: 05ff2f

>The only places you were hallucinating in were this little alcove, and in the corridor right by where Khoros and Astarte are.
>...and in the corridor right by where Khoros and Astarte are.
Run back to Khoros and Astarte! Whatever is using hallucinations to cover up itself and signs of its killing was back there. It likely is going for those in the holding cell room and they don't have any way to see it to protect themselves. You also smelled blood in the air back there, which either was from a fresh kill or from blood stuck to the killer. You need to warn Khoros and Astarte and be there to spot the hidden attacker(s) for them.
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No. 877768 ID: c88e6d

>>877756
Enter the room.
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No. 877770 ID: 4854ef

Run back to them!
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No. 877773 ID: 7a17d4

Something is very wrong here. I vote that we fall back to Koros and let him know what we found.
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No. 877775 ID: c9f250

Open door!
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No. 877779 ID: 4ccc6a
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877779

>Open door
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No. 877780 ID: 4ccc6a
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877780

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No. 877781 ID: 4ccc6a
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877781

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No. 877782 ID: 4ccc6a
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877782

You stare and stare and stare and hope something, anything changes. That the bodies littering the floor, cut and shredded... that they... but...

No. Nothing changes. No matter how hard you stare.

It's real.

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No. 877784 ID: b1b4f3

>>877782
I still don't believe Laertes is real. Someone is still trying to fuck with our heads. We still have no significant evidence Laertes is anything more than a horror story. Use Ethereal Sight, check where Melinoe and Khoros/his second piece are.

When the violence happened we saw roughly where they were before. Now we can get a second point of data for that. See if either of them could have done this.

Also check the bodies for life signs. Are any of them still alive?
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No. 877785 ID: e1c8f7

>>877782
No. We won't be powerless this time.
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No. 877786 ID: b1b4f3

...heck, if anything this just confirms "Laertes" is nothing more than a scare tactic.
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No. 877788 ID: a363ac

>>877782
check bodies, look around, realize that someone is fucking with you and suddenly remember that we are down a party member outside the building maybe go pick them up first.
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No. 877789 ID: 12b116

run back, go get Khoros
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No. 877790 ID: 05ff2f

>>877784
>Use Ethereal Sight, check where Melinoe and Khoros/his second piece are.
Can't use Ethereal abilities while physically manifested. Says to right in >>877756: "While manifested physical, you cannot use your ethereal abilities. This includes Ethereal Vision." That's something I really wish we had known before choosing to go physical rather than stay ethereal.
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No. 877791 ID: b1b4f3

>>877790
Oh right. In that case, we could punch ourself to go Ethereal so we can use the sight again. I would rather we tried to find a survivor first though; can't administer any kind of first aid while ethereal. Check nearby rooms.
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No. 877795 ID: 05ff2f

Penelope, do you trust your brother? You do, completely. Then trust that what he said before, that Laertes is not real. That Laertes is but a figment your sister whipped up, and that Melinoë in her nightmares believed real. He does not exist unless you believe he exists, and then only in your mind. Something is wrong, but it's not Laertes is real.

This is might be connected to Melinoë somehow. Maybe when she ramps her power up all the way her nightmares infest the minds of those in a wide area around her? ...Or if she ran across someone or something with the power to make a person's fears or nightmares manifest... That'd be Bad Fuckin' News.

Close this door and then swing the door on the right open to quickly glance in and check for survivors, then rush back to Khoros and Astarte to report.
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No. 877805 ID: b1b4f3

>>877795
>fears or nightmares are manifesting
Some kind of bogeyman... that sounds a lot more likely than Laertes being real. It picked up on the alien noxans' fears of meat-eating predators, and also both Melinoe's and our fear of Laertes.
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No. 877816 ID: 10c408

Well shit on a turd sandwich. We were just here a few minutes ago.

...Yeah, time to report back to khoros. Maybe check the other door by opening it a tiny crack. DO NOT make any noise.
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No. 877829 ID: 2251c3

Check the room next to this one.
Then we should check back with Khoros.
Lastly, we should try to contact Melinoë as I believe she's the one that holds the answers to this mystery.
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No. 877832 ID: 4854ef

Return to Khoros
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No. 877861 ID: 4ccc6a
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877861

>Check bodies to see if alive
... none of the nox— of the BODIES are in one piece. T-they are definitely not alive.

>Check other door
You try the other handle. It is locked.

>Back to Khoros
Yes. Khoros! Khoros will help! You turn around and prepare to head down back towards Khoros and Astarte and the other noxan, but you hear a scuttling sound from the opposite direction. You glance over at the source of the noise.
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No. 877864 ID: c88e6d

>>877861
Chirp at it!
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No. 877865 ID: a363ac

>>877861
wave
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No. 877868 ID: 12b116

Get back to Khoros, that's probably his bit. We need to get everyone out of here.
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No. 877872 ID: 2251c3

Note that this Khoros' fragment may be hallucinating. So be prepared for it to be hostile.

Just wait and see how it acts first.
If it doesn't attack you, then hug it and carry it back to Khoros. In either case, you can't show it what's inside the door, as there's no guarantee what it sees inside will be real.
If it attacks you, then we'll need to evade it and run past it back to Khoros..
No, the situation may be direr even. It's possible that the hallucination is transferred to the Khoros where he is now, causing him to attack the ones he's supposed to protect. We may need to knock this fragment out right now.
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No. 877873 ID: 4ccc6a
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877873

You chirp at the Khoros fragment!
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No. 877874 ID: c88e6d

>>877873
.......I don't think that's Khoros.
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No. 877875 ID: a363ac

>>877873
run to it if its hostile we need to get to Khoros and astarte quick and we can't teleport while physical.
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No. 877876 ID: 4ccc6a
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No. 877877 ID: c88e6d

>>877876
Politely ask Khoros to stop killing people while backing towards the room we know Khoros is in.
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No. 877878 ID: a363ac

>>877875
>>877876
see top link
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No. 877879 ID: 2251c3

>>877873
If there's so many fragments.. does that mean Khoros came here? But if he split himself up then.. wouldn't it mean there was a fight?

>>877876
Khoros? Brother? Why are you here?

Walk to him. However, be extremely careful in case he's being manipulated.
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No. 877881 ID: 4ccc6a
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877881

>Brother? Khoros?
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No. 877882 ID: 0d45a9

We should run, very quickly.
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No. 877883 ID: 2251c3

Stand firm. He can't hurt us.
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No. 877884 ID: b1b4f3

>>877881
Move to the side. Maybe he's rushing towards something behind us?
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No. 877885 ID: c88e6d

>>877881
Ask his permission to possess him.
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No. 877890 ID: 4ccc6a
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877890

>Sister...
>It has been a long time.

>Father misses you.
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No. 877891 ID: 4ccc6a
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877891

>...aren't you happy to see me again?


CHAPTER FIVE
END

(Note! This thread will be closing soon! However, you are encouraged to go visit the disthread in the meantime! https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/119482.html <3)
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No. 877896 ID: b1b4f3

Welp time to struggle and eventually go ethereal from either struggling too much and hurting ourselves or Evil Khoros hurting us.

Then I guess the first person we warn is Khoros, since we like him better than Melinoe and presumably Melinoe is either not very far into the facility or has already seen him and run the fuck away.
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No. 877923 ID: eeb7d9

Okay? This is like really bad, isn't it?
WHAT IS GOING ON?
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No. 877925 ID: 4ccc6a

Part Three now up! https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/877908.html
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