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872282 No. 872282 ID: a30024

Chapter 4
First thread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/860238.html
Previous thread:https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/863633.html
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No. 881833 ID: 07a312
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Miki runs to the footlocker, grabs a sheet and tosses it over Kol. She borrows a shirt from the chest, letting the oversized garment hang low like a nightgown. The stairs creak with a pair of careful footsteps and a moment later Gabe and Casey make their way through the door.

“Woah, what happened here? Kol, you okay?” Gabe takes in the massive bulk of the transformed selkie. “Where’s, um, Adrian?”
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No. 881834 ID: 07a312
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“In here.” He points to himself, before waiving, “Hey there! We found Caleb's skin!”

They stare in shared shock, “You’re containing a lich in your body? Wh- how?” Casey demands, “You know what, tell me later. I don’t think we have a lot of time before we get company.”

“What’d you mean company?” Miki shuffles closer in her too-large shirt.

“You know that flare you sent up?” Gabe twists slightly with discomfort, “Yeah, we’re not the only ones that saw that.”

"People saw lichfire," Casey sighs, “You can bet that Guardians will be on their way.“
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No. 881836 ID: 6ca5e1

Deescalation time, I guess. Get everyone visible on deck and look harmless. Good luck.
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No. 881837 ID: 56e50f

>>881834
Maybe it's time for final goodbyes. Can we get a ghost zone portal going?
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No. 881839 ID: 91ee5f

>>881834
Then it sounds like it’s time for final goodbyes. It’ll be better if Adrian goes to the Ghost-Zone peacefully with us right now before he’s forcefully banished by the Guardians!

>>881836
No need to do that. We can just open a Ghost-Zone portal down here.
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No. 881841 ID: b1b4f3

>>881834
I think we need to send off Adrian before they get here. No way are they gonna stand there and listen to his story.
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No. 881842 ID: 419ba1

Hate to ruin a long, passionate farewell between lovers, but we need that lich gone or else the Guardians are going to rain down holy Hell on this entire ship.
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No. 881849 ID: c914a9

Alright, scratch what I said. Screw the moment. Instead, finish this with a really tight hug and a sweet last kiss. Then, let Adrian go through the portal right to the Ghost Zone! And in case the Guardians are too close, maybe set up some kind of distraction? ONLY if necessary though. If there's enough time to open the portal and take Adrian before they arrive, then that's great!
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No. 881851 ID: b1b4f3

Nixxy might make for a decent distraction...
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No. 881858 ID: 2007b6

>>881849
When the guardians arrive, play it cool, like "yeah, we got here first and already solved the problem, no big deal." For maximum dignity, please remember to be wearing all your clothes and not have any visible jizz in your fur.
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No. 881866 ID: a363ac

>>881834
well better speed up those goodbyes! kisses hugs and last meals in the next 10 minutes!
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No. 881867 ID: dbf422

Alright Kol, time to get things moving and fast. Gabe needs to get working on the portal and Adrian and Caleb need to say their goodbyes without lingering.
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No. 881884 ID: da1ce9

Outright departing may be premature, but Adrian should at least leave Kol's body before the guardian arrives.
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No. 881916 ID: dbf422

>>881884
I'd rather find out if the guardians are the "shoot first" type AFTER Adrian is able to pass on peacefully.
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No. 881918 ID: 05ff2f

And the Guardians have Senders that are, like, a order of magnitude or two more powerful and skilled than Gabe, right? Which means once they do get word, within a few minutes they could drop a team right on this ship's deck from who knows how far away. And thanks to that giant lichfire beacon overhead, they can easily target this ship. We probably have less time than we think before they show up, so get a move on.

Adrian should reel in his lichfire so the Guardians will have to take a little bit longer locating the ship. Adrian, Caleb, hug and get your final goodbyes in before Adrian has to vacate Kol's body. Gabe, get ready to open a portal to the Ghost Zone the second Adrian is out. Casey, get up on deck to intercept the Guardian team, inform them of the situation and talk 'em down from charging in. Miki, get dressed and keep Nixxy's pearl on stand-by in case things go really wrong. Oh, and also get Kol's clothes for him.

Once the Guardians arrive, will they have any issues with Caleb since he's a selkie? Will he need to dive overboard before they show to avoid a altercation?
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No. 881921 ID: dbf422

>>881918
A much more thorough plan of action than what I had, I'll vote? for this.
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No. 881937 ID: 05ff2f

>>881918
Bit of a change to this: Casey should stay below deck while Miki gives her Nixxy's pearl and goes above to intercept the Guardians. Miki knows what happened after Casey and Gabe left, most importantly Kol drinking the mana oil before Adrian entered him, so can better inform the Guardians. Casey and Gabe should also be filled in on what happened by Kol when he gets a moment.
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No. 881942 ID: dbf422

>>881937
It's Guide/Guardian business. Miki shouldn't face them on her own, she's just a friend helping out. All she knows about them is that they're scary.
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No. 882016 ID: 05ff2f

>>881942
Ah, right, so Casey should be the one to meet the Guardian team. That is, unless her binding magic is needed in some way to pull Adrian out of Kol or for some other important reason.
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No. 882064 ID: 07a312
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Adrian rushes to his husbands side, throwing his arms around him one last time. “Caleb, I wish we had more time to say goodbye. Thank you for everything. I- I remember more now, I feel whole...”

The burly selkie nods his head solemnly, knowing that its finally time. ”I’ll always love you, Adrian.” He pulls them close, tears rolling from his massive face.
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No. 882065 ID: 07a312
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Kol feels something wrenching itself from his being as the lich pulls himself free. He gasps wordlessly as though the very air were being drawn from his lungs. Completely exhausted, he collapses against Caleb and is cradled in a gentle arm.
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No. 882066 ID: 07a312
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They watch as Adrian pauses in front of the white hot Spirit Gate and turns to the guides, “Thank you all for giving me this one last moment. Kol, words can’t express my gratitude... Miki, thank you for helping me remember... Caleb, I love you...”

He turns back to the gate and steps through into the seas beyond.
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No. 882067 ID: 07a312
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The gate holds for a brief moment before it snaps closed with a clap. Gabe's knees buckle and he collapses to the floor, his mana reserves completely spent. The Sea Scar shifts and settles in the water as, without Adrian’s influence, physics once again take hold.

Casey and Miki rush over to Kol, “Is he okay? What did you guys do?” Casey's palm traces over his chest, “He’s so cold!”

“We used the mana oil! It gave Kol enough time to help Adrian remember where he hid the skin!” Miki concentrates, letting her warming aura radiate out.

"I'll be fine. Thanks, Miki." Kol groans, "How are you holding up?"

"Sore, but nothing to worry about. Delilah was surprised to see us again so soon."

"How's Gabe?" He cranes his neck.

Casey checks behind her; the weary sender gives her a thumbs up. "Tuckered out. He was really pushing himself today."

Their brief moment of rest is interrupted by the sound of thunder above them. All eyes turn to the ceiling and Casey nods, "They're here…"
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No. 882068 ID: b1b4f3

Well the Lich is gone, there won't be a fight. Will there be legal trouble for Caleb if we explain that he created the lich?
...maybe we should just lie and say it was some fae magic. Bring out Nixxy's orb as "proof" but don't summon he since she doesn't know what's going on.
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No. 882073 ID: deec6e

>>882067

Well, the truth will out. Is Faeleb gonna be okay around Guardians? They don't try to mess with fey just for being around, do they? Maybe he should hide his true nature again? Poor guy.

Kol, get to your feet. You've got a lot to explain to people who are likely going to lambast you for doing the right thing, risky-sounding as your gambit was. You have to mention from the get-go that there were mitigating factors and that the lingering lover has, after all, been successfully sent to the sea of mana.
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No. 882075 ID: 1561e1

Probably don't bring out the orb, best not involve anyone else. Just be as calm as possible and no sudden movements! Time to slowly explain what went down. Making peace with the supernatural is your jobs after all, isn't it? You've done nothing at all wrong, so a calm conversation is probably your best bet for explaining why there was lichfire.
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No. 882076 ID: a979ea

This made my tear up slightly. I love this. Every bit of this. <3

Alright, so, it seeeems you guys won't be able to make another portal to flee. That's bad. I think in order for us to choose the best course of action for this situation we need to answer this question:

How's the relationship between the Spirit Guides, aka you, and the Guardians?

If the Guardians respect what you guys do and won't be hostile towards you, then by all means DON'T try to flee or put up any fight, it might come off as suspicious. Explain to them what you guys have done, maybe you'll ever earn some praises!
Buut... If the Guardians don't like you guys or if they have a reputation of being hostile or the "Shoot first, ask later!" type of people, then... By all means, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. And without precious, sweet sweet precious Gabe the Sender, you're stuck with few alternatives for a hidespot.

Casey and Nixxy seem to be the ones with the most potential to put up a good fight at the moment. Caleb is sensitive with the moment so I would NOT advise you push him to edge and make him fight the Guardians right after saying goodbye to his beloved husband. This doesn't have to end that way.

If you guys aren't sure how this will turn out, let Casey and Nixxy take the front and speak to the Guardians. Caleb and Miki should take Kol and Gabe to a safer spot, they were true heroes today and need some well deserved rest.

May luck and good karma be on your side!
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No. 882084 ID: 91ee5f

>>882067
>The Sea Scar shifts and settles in the water as, without Adrian’s influence, physics once again take hold.
So, does anybody here know how to sail? Because if nobody knows or the Guardians aren’t willing to give us a ride, we’re gonna be stuck out here until Gabe recovers.

.....unless Caleb wants to jump into the water and push/pull the ship to shore?

>Their brief moment of rest is interrupted by the sound of thunder above them. All eyes turn to the ceiling and Casey nods, "They're here…"
Well, there’s no point in hiding from them, since all of you were only doing your jobs. So I think everyone should just stay down here and wait for the Guardians to come to you.

Maybe someone should shout something and let them know you’re all down here?
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No. 882113 ID: e1c8f7

Ask Caleb if he's okay.
Clean yourself up as best you can. There's no rush now. Catch your breath too.
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No. 882116 ID: 25aaa5

Don't forget to thank Miki, she really helped.
This makes her like an official unofficial member of the team.
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No. 882118 ID: dbf422
882118

Okay, depending on how illegal making a lich is, Caleb might need to skedaddle. Is there anything you could do with Nixxy? Like, if you call her, could she get Caleb out of there with her? They aren't going to hurt you guys, but Caleb isn't mortal so the rules might be different for him, and that means he's the new priority.
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No. 882122 ID: 10c408

Yeah, if it comes to light that you solved the problem with possession and fucking, you are gonna hear no end of shit from these guys.

So, keep your answers to their inevitable questions short and to the point.

(Also put your pants back on Kol)

"Yes, there was a lich. No, he's not here anymore, he's been sent on his way. How? We helped him with his last tie to the mortal plane by finding his selkie lover's missing skin."
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No. 882135 ID: a363ac

>>882067
I guess Miki is the designated story teller for the Gaurdians since everyone else is tired or injured
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No. 882138 ID: dbf422

>>882135
Except Casey specifically just returned from being healed.
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No. 882208 ID: 07a312
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“Come on guys, lets at least get cleaned up and get some pants on before they find us.” Casey starts toweling off Kol’s chest, “I’d rather not have to explain to a couple of Guardians why you’re naked with a selkie and baker.”

”Am I going to be in any trouble? I helped turn him into a lich: that’s bad right?” Caleb helps hoist Kol up so that he can be slid back into his pants.

Casey thinks about it, “I- I’m not sure. The mana came from what we would classify as a ‘natural source’ rather than people. I think you should be okay, but we’ll vouch for you if it comes down to it.”

Once everyone is somewhat decent, they help Gabe and Kol to their feet and climb up and peek onto the gently shifting deck.

There they find a trio of figures poking about the ship. One is draped in a long red robe which is held shut by the golden sigil of a Sender. One of them is covered in looping blue tattoos that fill every inch of skin, visible through a glowing haze of aura that seems both diaphanous and impenetrable. The third... appears to be a wiry, old mouse, clad in simple hard-worn trousers and a vest.

The Sender looks over the bow and calls back to her comrades, “You sure its gone then, Sifr?”

The mouse scratches at his beard and looks up into the rigging, “It was here a moment ago, but the presence faded. How curious...”

Kol goes pale and chokes with surprise, “Fucking fates!” He manages in a hushed shriek.

Miki looks at the old mouse with skepticism, “What is it? Do you know him?”

“Th- That’s my great-uncle Bardo!” Kol stammers, “The guy’s a legend! Shit, of course they’d send for him! They say he’s fought vampires: as in multiple!” he ducks out of sight.
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No. 882210 ID: b1b4f3

>>882208
You know they're going to check the cabin, Kol. Can't hide.

May as well come out and tell them everything is fine now. If they need details you can provide them. Uh, just leave out the sexy part.
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No. 882216 ID: 3abd97

>>882208
Come on, out and face the music, tell them it's sent already.
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No. 882219 ID: eeb7d9

Anything more we should know about him in particular? Do you two get along? Is he the old grumpy-kind of old-man, or the chill-kind of old-man?
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No. 882220 ID: 094652

"AAAAAAhiAAAAAAbyeAAAAAA..."

Act BUSY and get to the portal with a literal barrel of loot.
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No. 882226 ID: bfa041

You can't exactly hide from them on a boat, and you did remove the lich one way or another. Go say hi!
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No. 882228 ID: b4d323

Okay. Everybody be cool. Get your story straight. You found the lich, successfully banished it with the help of your deputized selkie, and they've shown up late to the party. None of that is lie, technically speaking. As for Kol's uncle, don't sweat it. Unless he's an utter bastard, we should be able to smooth this over and go home.
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No. 882251 ID: 1561e1

Definitely don't try to say you did anything to 'banish' the lich or anything violent like that. It's not your job! What you did was help a ghost that's been there for a while to move on.
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No. 882252 ID: e91f60

kol, its fine, he may have slayed a shit ton of vampires and such, but I bet he hasn't slayed as much FURRY PUSSY as you

sorry i'll try to help for real now

First of all, calm yourselves. If they realize you guys are nervous the chances of them getting more suspicious and pinning you guys down even more is much bigger. Don't panic, and also make sure to NOT stutter, please. I think Miki should be the one to speak with Casey helping her too, and you two will manage to get out of this well.
And if you want my honest opinion, don't mention the lich being Caleb's husband and neither the mana stuff. It'll get Caleb really screwed. And he doesn't deserve that.
Instead, try to come up with a different story. If they keep asking you too many questions, try not to be too overwhelmed by them. DON'T let the tension of the moment get the best of you. Don't let them punish Caleb, he just wanted more time with his husband, the person he loved the most. It's reasonable. This is how I think you should proceed:

The best way to answer a question without having to say too much is with another question.

If they ask "Where did the mana come from?", ask "Where do you think it could come from?". "What are you doing here?", you ask "What do you think a group of Spirit Guides would be doing here?". You don't have to do it to the point where it's annoying though, PLEASE don't anger them, just try not to tell them the entire story. And you might also be able to build another story on the spot just by using all the Guardian's answers to your questions and such!
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No. 882261 ID: 824ac6

>>882208
"Kol we all just helped send a Lich peaceably into the afterlife here, so you can probably relax a little bit."
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No. 882266 ID: 2007b6

Calm down. Deep breaths, but don't start hyperventilating. Situation is under control. This team is older and scarier than you, sure, but you got here first and didn't need their help. Respectfully explain that to them.
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No. 882269 ID: a363ac

>>882208
Casey tell Kol that Bardo isn't going to kill him, do you guys not meet at family reunions?
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No. 882307 ID: dbf422

Figure out why Kol is panicking. Is he scared or awed? If it's the latter, calm him down by reminding him of all the incredible things he did. The former, by telling him how suspicious hiding would be.
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No. 882323 ID: e1c8f7

Dread it, run from it, but destiny still arrives. Stand tall, Kol.
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No. 882416 ID: 67456a

Listen, as long as you aren't visibly cum-stained or anything you should be okay. As Spirit Guides, your ENTIRE GIG is ghost-diplomacy. Just say you managed to talk this lich into splitting, and follow ALL THIS ADVICE about how not to admit you let him into your soul then fucked a selkie. They have no reason to outright disbelieve that you, yknow, DID THE THING THAT IS YOUR JOB.
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No. 882431 ID: 7816e7
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“Its okay, Kol. We came here to help someone and we did, right?” Miki pats him on the arm.

Kol relaxes, “Thanks Miki, you’re right. Its just that... I've always had this expectation to live up to. My family wanted me to be the next legend.”

“Well, we did just help a lich cross over, we just did it our way.” Casey admits.

Caleb growls, ”You helped us, all of you. No one can take that away from you. Thank you.”  

"I suppose we better go introduce ourselves..."
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No. 882432 ID: 7816e7
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They peek out of the stairwell again and find the Guardians staring at them, clearly having heard some amount of hushed conversation.

“Oh... Hi...” Gabe waves.

“Hello.” Kol's uncle nods curtly, “Sorry to intrude; but my colleagues and I were curious as to whether you have seen a lich?”

Casey clears her throat and steps onto the deck, “Um, yes actually. We just finished Sending him.”

The deer blinks back incredulousness and cocks his head, “Not banished? You sent him?” There's a murmur of mixed impressions, “You’re just Guides, right?” Casey nods, her eyes flicking sideways to her partners.

“Well don’t just stand there!” The older Bardo exclaims, “Get up here so we can get a look at you! Excellent work!” As the party files up onto the deck he bows arthritically, “Allow us to introduce ourselves, Sifr Bardo, Medium.”

Master Medium.” The cardinal reminds him.

“Our Sender, Mariana Rue-Larrey...“ The cardinal bundles up some of her robe and bows. “And Cervantes Heulwen, our Binder.” The deer’s head dips and for a moment the antlers float in place, framing him with a bone halo.

“Honored to make your acquaintance. I’m Casey Leander. This is Gabe Wikk and Kol-“
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No. 882433 ID: 7816e7
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882433

“Kol! You’re Finn’s boy aren’t you?” Sifr closes the distance with starting speed and claps his relative on the back. “I heard you’d joined the Guides. Sounds like you’re making a name for yourself! Good lad!” 
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No. 882435 ID: 2baeb6

Relax, Kol. Tell him you have some big shoes to fill.
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No. 882436 ID: b1b4f3

>>882433
Ahaha... well, you're probably not going to be sending any more Liches. This was a unique situation.
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No. 882437 ID: eeb7d9

Well, he did had someone to look up to. I mean, fighting more than one vampire?
All of them at once?
Hard not to.
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No. 882438 ID: e80ece

Well, luckily this lich was entirely non-hostile and was Sent easily. Just had to help with a minor issue before he was ready.
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No. 882442 ID: d887c0

>>882433
It's been a busy time. Helped Miki hire an elemental, sent a ghost, had some dealings with the fae, and now this little adventure. Been great for publicity.
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No. 882451 ID: 4af093

Inform him that you just let a very nice Lich take control of your body without precautions and then took it up the ass from a selkie. It'll be a good bonding experience and will make a good funny story later on, then invite them to you house that has a kelpie living in it with you.
Your life has gone ways you never expected hasn't it?
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No. 882454 ID: 91ee5f

>>882433
Just explain that you were all investigating rumors of a ghost ship and that lead you here. When you came aboard, the lich, who’s name was Adrian, was actually very nice and explained that he couldn’t move on because he couldn’t remember where he had left his husband’s skin, which is this big selkie guy named Caleb.

After searching the ship, we eventually found the skin, Adrian and Caleb shared one last tearful goodbye, and then Adrian let us Send him to the Ghost-Zone.

>>882451
Let’s not say all that.

The Guardians won’t respect any of the Guides if they tell them all of that.
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No. 882455 ID: 91ee5f

>>882454
>who’s name was Adrian
That’s supposed to say, “whose name was Adrian”.
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No. 882460 ID: caf1de

deal with this situation the way we deal with all situations
sex
also who keeps the boat
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No. 882463 ID: 2007b6

>>882454
>The Guardians won’t respect any of the Guides if they tell them all of that.
A certain amount of humility seems appropriate, if only to make sure they don't try to point you at something even more out of your league, or delay their response to some future incident when you really need it.

Keep the sexy details vague, though, yeah. Something along the lines of "We were being reckless this time, and got lucky. This wasn't really a normal lich, anyway, only fed on fish."
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No. 882464 ID: dbf422

>>882463
They don't have that kind of authority over the guides, I don't think. And the goal of avoiding tougher challenges is almost certain to be mocked at best.
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No. 882491 ID: 8a2fbb

The situation was complicated, but suffice to say, the lich didn't actually want to hurt people. You helped with his unfinished business so he was able to move on peacefully.
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No. 882624 ID: 7816e7
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“It was nothing really; we were just investigating reports of a ghost ship.”

“Ahh, and yet you saw lichfire and stood your ground? Remarkable..” Sifr nods approvingly.

“Well, we could see he had no interest in hurting us. All he wanted was help finding his husband’s skin.” Kol admits.

Caleb nods and grumbles. The elder Medium sizes him up with an eyebrow raised in intrigue. “A selkie? My, you do meet some interesting people in this line of work. I take it you’re the master of this vessel, Mr....”

”Caleb. Yeah. Adrian and I; this was our home for all our years together. I’m... glad they were able to help him...” There’s still a tinge of sadness to his voice, but a genuine gratitude as well.

“Indeed,” Sifr nods solemnly, “It sounds like he was a good man. I’m sorry for your loss, Caleb, but it brings me peace knowing you were able to help him move on.” He sighs, “When you get to be a Guardian, there get to be certain... expectations. People expect the axe when an open palm is all that is needed. We need more Guides who can tell the difference.”

Kol steps aside, “To be honest, Miki was the one who figured out where it was hidden. I don’t think we could have done it without her.”

The starstruck baker squeaks as the master Medium drops to a knee and takes her hand. “Madam, we thank you for your service.” He plants a chivalrous kiss across the back of her hand, “You have my undying gratitude.”

Behind him Mariana rolls her eyes and shakes her head, “Alight you fossil, if you laid it on any thicker you'd need a trowel." She sighs, "Look, you guys need us for anything?"
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No. 882627 ID: 6bcf97

Well, that depends on if Caleb is able/willing to bring this ship back to port on his own. If not some help with that would be nice. Oh, and Casey took a tumble getting onto the ship, Gabe brought her back. She's probably perfectly ok, but if somehow she wasn't some assurance of a little assistance in that regard would be nice?
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No. 882628 ID: d887c0

>>882624
Nah. We're good. Unless you wanna hang out or something?
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No. 882631 ID: b1b4f3

>>882624
Well our sender is very very tired. A ride back home would be nice.
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No. 882633 ID: e1c8f7

Yeah let's check in with Caleb and see if there's anything we can help him with. What does he want to do with the ship? Continue sailing until she can run no more?
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No. 882634 ID: dbf422

>>882631
Right, that's a good point. Especially since they're offering.
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No. 882635 ID: dbf422

>>882631
Right, that's a good point. Especially since they're offering.
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No. 882644 ID: b1b4f3

Hmm maybe Kol can check with Sifr about any possible side-effects of letting a lich co-habitate your body.
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No. 882650 ID: a363ac

>>882624
a ride home our sender is pretty pooped. Guess that Bardo charm runs in hte family eh Kol~
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No. 882653 ID: 1e23d4

>>882644
>>882633
>>882631
We'd invite you back to our place but Nixie might try to play with you.
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No. 882671 ID: a363ac

>>882653
thats half the fun lets invite them in. Who knows maybe she will jump the old Bardo's bones
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No. 882683 ID: 3abd97

>>882624
Haha, I really like the way Miki's inadvertently becoming the team's fourth ranger.
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No. 882713 ID: eeb7d9

>>882631
Yeah, no kidding. He made portals all day. He did not miss them once. And he carries a lot of people too, so the portals were fairly big. So we kind of need a ride.
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No. 882846 ID: 72c1dc

Does sending work like scrying, where you can't open a portal anywhere you haven't seen? Mariana might not be able to take us home.
Why not have dinner in town instead? Caleb could join too if he wants!
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No. 882848 ID: 91ee5f

>>882846
If that were true, then wouldn’t that mean that Gabe shouldn’t be able to open portals to the Ghost-Zone?
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No. 882852 ID: c914a9

>>882846
From what I remember, Gabe has put beacons all over the city and that's what allows him to make the portals, he cannot make a portal to a place he hasn't put a beacon on before. like, the portals need to be linked to a beacon, I'd think. And I think the Ghost Zone is just an exception to that rule...? Like, it's a rather special place so it makes sense for him to not need a beacon to open the portal to it.

That being said, perhaps Mariana has a beacon at least NEAR their house or something? I mean, assuming she has put beacons all over the city too and such.
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No. 882856 ID: b7a158

>>882852
I think this only applies to less experienced people like Gabe, because it seems the guardians portal'd straight here
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No. 882888 ID: 9d4af9

We could use a lift, if it's not too much to ask.
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“Its kinda weird asking this,” Gabe admits, a weary lilt to his voice, “- but could you give us a lift? I’m kinda spent...”

“No problem!”
Mariana stretches a hand out and spins her arm in a horizontal circle, dipping low and ending at her feet. A glow pours out from under the ship and everyone instinctively grabs for a hand hold as they feel the world slide away beneath them.

There’s a roar of water as the Sea Scar lands in the middle of the harbor. A circular wave spreads out that rocks the moored boats against the jetty and prompts a cascade of salty complaints from their occupants.
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Their anger is somewhat muted when Cervantes steps to the bow and extends his aura; wrapping it around the mast and coiling around the end of the dock. He clenches his hands, pulling the bindings tight and drags the ship up to the pier. A rope is thrown down, the ship is safely moored and Caleb drops a gangplank down with one clawed fist, allowing the crew to disembark.
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“I’m still curious as to how the spirit was able to grow so powerful...” The deer muses out loud as he steps onto the dock.

“Oh, I’m sure it was just some natural mana source he tapped into, the sea is full of such things.” Sifr winks.

Kol sidles up to the elder Medium, “Uh, Uncle Bardo, can I ask something?”

“Why certainly! I can’t promise an answer, but I am, as it were, all ears...”

“Have you ever allowed a lich to possess your body? Is... are there any lingering effects?”

He thinks for a moment and scratches his beard, “I’ve done a great many things in my time: and one thing I can say is that every spirit that I have lent myself to, great or small, has left an imprint on these old bones. I daresay there are days where, when I close my eyes, I can see what they saw and remember things they left behind. There may not be a physical impact, but they stay with you for a lifetime...”
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Kol stops at the base of the gangplank and turns back to the ship, “Caleb, do you want to come have dinner with us? I have a feeling we’ll be getting something other than trench fish...”

The selkie starts to decline, but as he looks at Kol a change trickles through. He closes his eyes, drawing his form back into something more terrestrial. A short oiled leather cape pulls away from his shoulder and he fastens it around his waist like a kilt. “Y-yeah. I think I could use some company.”

He joins Kol on the dock and together they head for the quayside, where a number of curious onlookers have started to gather.

Sifr matches pace with them as they pass, “Did I hear you mention dinner?” He rubs his hands together in a shuffle of callouses and knuckles, “Sounds like an excellent chance to catch up with my favorite nephew! Did your dad ever tell you about how I tangled with a pair of vampires? Well I say ‘tangle’ because I only fought one of them...”

End of Chapter 4!

Kol learned the ability: Shared Spirit, allowing him to remain in his body while possessed, but drains mana much quicker.

Gabe learned the ability: Spirit Cut (sort of), using the edge of a portal to sever any solid object. Always practice gate safety!

Miki learned the ability: Warming Aura, radiating a warm and calming glow, she can help combat the effects of cold and exposure to life draining effects.
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No. 883370 ID: d887c0

YES! SCORE! Great ending!
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No. 883372 ID: e1c8f7

>>883353
MISHON COMPRET
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No. 883397 ID: dbf422

Hey, it worked out!
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No. 883404 ID: eeb7d9

Can we make Miki a baker-guide?
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No. 883405 ID: 91ee5f

>>883353
>Gabe learned the ability: Spirit Cut (sort of), using the edge of a portal to sever any solid object. Always practice gate safety!
Oh no! He’s going to try and suggest that he be allowed to attempt gate-cutting that abyssal reaper we bought earlier!

Gabe, don’t you remember what happened last time you tried gate-cutting?!
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Epilogue:

"Hey Miki! How was your day off?" Raithe looks up from the ceramic hearth where he rests. Heat pours off of him in the gentle waves of a banked fire. "Everyone was talking about the lichfire! Was that you guys?"

The baker sheds her clothes and climbs up next to him, "Yeah! I had so much fun! We went to the market and followed a lead! Then we met a lich and helped him and his husband! I kinda helped out Kol a bit myself, if you catch my drift." She giggles. "Oh and we met some Guardians! They were amazing!"

"Aww, I wish I could have been there! "Raithe chuckles and slithers up next to her, "I'm glad you're alright.'

"Me too. Thanks for watching the shop today." She stretches out: comfortable despite the hard surface, owing to her natural full body fluffiness. "Everything go alright?"

"I kept singeing the bank notes, so I had to use the honor system with the register. But everyone was very nice!"

"That’s cause you're so sweet." a quick peck is exchanged, which flares off his lips in a spit of flame. "We'll have to get them to take you along some time…"

"Aw, I hope so. I'd miss the shop though." A tired sigh slips out. "You wanna read some?"

"Sure!" Miki reaches for a lightly scorched book on a stool. Illuminated by his glow, she lays back and reads for her boyfriend.
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No. 883550 ID: 91ee5f

>>883547
Woah! Was Raithe always that big or has he gotten bigger?
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No. 883553 ID: eeb7d9

>>883550
Adolescence!
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No. 883558 ID: 56e50f

>>883547
N'awh how sweet ♥️
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No. 883565 ID: b1b4f3

>>883550
Apparently elementals can change their size somewhat.
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No. 883577 ID: 05ff2f

Oh, gods, these two are adorable together. Hey, Miki, gift idea for your hot boyfriend: Fireproof gloves.
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No. 883609 ID: d887c0

>>883547
Such a cute couple.
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No. 883694 ID: a363ac

>>883547
hot boi with cuddly hot gurl~
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No. 883759 ID: 7816e7

Next chapter!: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/883755.html
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