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882482 No. 882482 ID: 8a947d

Your father's coughs rattle your quiet house, the sandstorm last night was rougher than usual. You hand him another glass of water, not exactly clean but it's better than nothing, but he refuses it. His breathing grows more ragged as you try to console him. You've been hoping for the best with the scarce resources you've had for a while but it doesn't seem like he's going to make it. Between bloody hacking, your father speaks to you.

Father: --cough cough-- What? What are ya cryin' for boy? I've lived much longer than either a' us expected. That's somethin' to be happy about right? --COUGH!--. I cannot stress how important it is that you move past this quickly. I understand that it will not be easy for you, but know that beyond the grave somewhere in the Aether I'll be watching over you. Know that you are never alone.

He reaches over and pulls something up from beside him, he hands you something he's carried with him all his life.

>His Knife
A sturdy knife that's held itself together since you were born. You've seen your father cut down trees with one swing of it.

>His Revolver
Well kept from the day it was built and always accurate. He'd always manage to hit his shots, sometimes even if he wasn't aiming at his targets.

>His Violin
He rarely played, but when he did it was something else entirely. There was nothing better than coming home from a long day's work to hear it's melody, you felt safe when he played it.
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No. 884718 ID: d3602f

>>884712
Yeah, we don't expect you to buy it. Right now, we're more curious just what's important about it. The notes said something about it being able to grow in bad soil, but apparently something really bad happens if we expose it to air.
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No. 884746 ID: b1b4f3

Yes, an informed analysis of the plant would be nice.
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No. 884749 ID: dbf422

Know of anyone who knows plants or oddities?
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No. 884767 ID: 91ee5f

>>884712
>Sounds interesting! I don't zink I could buy it wizout knowing anyzing else about it, but I could definitely look at it for you if you vanted.
Only if you let me look at it with you. It’s not that I don’t trust you or think you’ll run off with it or anything like that. It’s just, I’d feel bad if something happened to you because you were looking at it for me.
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No. 884789 ID: 8a947d
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884789

You: An informed analysis of the plant would be nice, do you know anyone that can do that?

Ada: I have all of zee necessary equipment and tools to perform my research, along with help from my assistant. I pride myself on being professional.

Ada: You do not need to worry about anyzing. Wiz a little time I am sure I can find out whatever I need to about zis little guy!

Ada pulls a small padded box from underneath her countertop and carefully places the plant sapling into it, fastening in place with straps and locking the box.

Ada: I vill get right along to looking at it after I close. Iz there anyzing else you need?
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No. 884791 ID: ad51b8

nope, now to grab food!
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No. 884797 ID: b1b4f3

I dunno. Is there anything you need? Special order for a scavenger such as yourself?
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No. 884808 ID: eeb7d9

If you need help with something, we would like to help however we can. You help me, i help you.
If not, let's grab something for our tummy. Vol, do you eat?
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No. 884820 ID: dbf422

Thanks Ada!
Now let's buy some food.
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No. 884821 ID: 8a947d
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884821

Before you forget you introduce yourself to Ada, It's hard to believe you've been here for so long without telling her your name. Afterward, you ask if there's anything you could do for her; You're willing to take jobs if needed.

Ada: Anyzing I need ?... Not at zee moment no, but I might need somebody to do some zings for me later. If you vant you can ask me again vhen you comeback for zee plant.

>Vol, do you eat?
Vol does need to eat, but not a lot. Demons can go for long stretches of time without eating.

You thank Ada and leave Lila Palast and head for the market, you'd almost forgotten how hungry you were after the business in the bunker. Vol points you to a trustworthy food vendor and you buy a good weeks worth of supplies: Some canned fruit and cured meat along with some jugs of water. You also buy a small bag of chocolate.

Now that you've bought up your supplies you're left at 23 Cards. It's starting to get late but you do have time to hit the Bar and try to play for some extra money, or you could just go home, it's been a long day.
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No. 884829 ID: eeb7d9

Let's go play violin! We can even do a duet with Vol! It will sound great and maybe even earn some cards!
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No. 884840 ID: dbf422

>>884821
I think you're good for today. I could point out that your performance would suffer when you're exhausted, but really, you've just earned a decent amount of sleep. Get home, think about money tomorrow.
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No. 884849 ID: 91ee5f

>>884821
>Before you forget you introduce yourself to Ada, It's hard to believe you've been here for so long without telling her your name.
Oh, wow, yeah that was awkward.

>Anyzing I need ? ...Not at zee moment no, but I might need somebody to do some zings for me later. If you vant you can ask me again vhen you comeback for zee plant.
Ok, so we’ll come back and ask her again tomorrow.

What time does the store open? We should come by around an hour or two after the store opens. We don’t want to show up immediately after the store opens because that’ll make you look desperate.

>It's starting to get late but you do have time to hit the Bar and try to play for some extra money, or you could just go home, it's been a long day.
This guy: >>884840 , has the right idea. Your performance will suffer from being exhausted, so you’re better off going home and getting some sleep.

>birds in the sky
That’s a lot of birds up there. They wouldn’t happen to be a swarm of demon birds that are about to swoop down and start attacking the town, right?
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No. 884854 ID: dbf422

>>884849
You're just scared of birds huh.
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No. 884859 ID: 91ee5f

>>884854
This is a world that has demons in it.

If that’s a swarm of demon birds, then there’s a reason to be scared of them.
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No. 884868 ID: eeb7d9

Oh, fine, go home. In retrospective, he might be really tired. You don't get almost blown up to pieces every day.
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No. 884878 ID: dbf422

>>884859
Yeah and apparently they like playing violin. A couple of pigeons aren't going to kill you, even if they do speak with a new york accent.
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No. 884925 ID: 8a947d
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884925

Part of you'd like to play some violin at the bar, but you realize you might be a bit too tired to do so properly. You saddle up the skipper and ride home quickly as not to be caught outside at night.

Despite how far out in the badlands it is you feel safest at home. You aren't sure what your dad did, but somehow the house has managed to avoid many unfortunate happenings like rouge demons or bandits. You aren't sure if an intentional method was put in place to keep it safe or if you're just lucky.
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No. 884926 ID: 8a947d
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884926

...Maybe it's just luck, there's a woman sitting in front of your house. She looks hurt and somewhat ragged as she sways back and forward like she's going to fall over.
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No. 884930 ID: 094652

Get your shotgun out and approach slowly. Ask her what's wrong.
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No. 884931 ID: ad51b8

ask if she's ok... from a distance
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No. 884932 ID: 736499

Check and see if she is okay
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No. 884940 ID: dbf422

You're a quick enough draw, don't bring out your shotgun just yet. Just stay where you are and ask if something is wrong. You weren't expecting visitors.
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No. 884961 ID: 8a947d
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884961

You put your hand on your shotgun and shout at her from a distance. The woman stops swaying and slowly rises to her feet, she turns to reveal a disfigured face covered in holes dripping with mucus and blood. The holes must run over a large portion of her body, you can see that her arm and the inside of the gash on her side are filled with holes as well.

The holes on her face eject a torrent of mucus that sizzles as it hits the sand. She begins to shamble toward you emitting a loud high pitch rattling noise, like a faster rattling snake noise.
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No. 884965 ID: b1b4f3

>>884961
VOL WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT
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No. 884966 ID: 3abd97

>>884961
Hawt.

Where are you manners, Roland? Invite the nice lady inside, already.
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No. 884967 ID: ad51b8

...Vol what the fuck are we looking at right now.

Also keep your distance and feel free to shoot the damn thing after vol uses scan and tells us what the fuck we're looking at.
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No. 884968 ID: 736499

Guys I’m not sure out shotgun can really do much to a lady that’s already filled with holes...

Back up and fire see if we can do damage. If my guess is correct retreat and see if we can’t come up with a better strategy my guess something blunt or sharp would work best.
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No. 884971 ID: deec6e

>>884961

Stand your ground and ready the shotgun. Make some buckshot mercy happen. Aim for wherever the rattling seems to be coming the most from - you bet your ass some creepy crawler (or crawlers) putzin' about inside her is responsible for all those holes and the noise.

Tell Vol to grab a blanket or whatever and be ready to fan off or catch whatever comes pourin' outta her, if anything.
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No. 884972 ID: 0d45a9

Woah, what the fuck is that?! Keep your distance and blast it with the shotgun.
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No. 884974 ID: 10c408

Jesus fuck that's nasty. Shoot it in the head and run away.
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No. 884978 ID: 91ee5f

>>884968
Or we could use the lighter and can of hairspray for a makeshift flamethrower.

Because we only sold the Arcade Parts, Television Parts, and the Auto-vac. We never sold anything else, so we should still have all that stuff.
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No. 884981 ID: 032491

Hey? Mutant. Yeah, you should just run away from there and try not to die, it didn't even be someone hostile, but who knows? It have holes. In the face.
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No. 884983 ID: dc91a0

Yup. Slap them demon leashing scrolls on her.
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No. 884989 ID: 05ff2f

Back up so whatever this creature is is a good distance away from your home before you do whatever you're going to do so it doesn't splash all over your house. Especially if you use a flame on it because you or it running around while burning may set the place on fire.

While you're putting some distance between the creature and you, ask Vol if he knows what the fuck this thing is. If he does, then work out how to act from his knowledge.
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No. 884997 ID: dbf422

>>884983
I'm for this or the flamethrower option. Try leashing her first. Then burn if that fails.
Shotgun seems unlikely to be effective.
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No. 885018 ID: eeb7d9

Fire might work, seeing that she will probably be unfazed by losing chunks of her body, burning her might be more effective.
But i don't know we we have fuel enough for her.
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No. 885024 ID: e5c658

We should just make an actual flamethrower at some point.
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No. 885030 ID: 8a947d
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885030

The lady lunges at you leaking puss from her face. You aim for her head, but your shotgun jams as she comes closer. Vol puts a barrier up before she can reach you but some of the slime from her hits your arm and eats through your clothes and bandages. You try to unjam your shotgun as she claws at Vol's barrier, from the open wounds on her body parasites begin to crawl out as their host becomes agitated.
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No. 885031 ID: 8a947d
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885031

You unjam your gun and quickly dash out of Vol's shield to avoid the worm's grasp and blow her head off. Her body falls to the ground, not entirely dead. She still squirms a bit but it seems like she lacks the strength to completely stand up anymore. Vol heads for the shack quickly and hands you a bottle of kerosene and a match.

Vol: I-It's safer if ya get rid 'a da body like dis...
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No. 885032 ID: 8a947d
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885032

You light the body on fire. An awful high pitched squealing comes from the corpse as the colony of worms burn up. Vol fixes the burn on your arm afterward. You know what those were, Smileworms. Your dad always called the little nightmares because of what they did to people, you've never seen what that was until today. They aren't demons, just horrible abominations of the natural world.

Vol: Y'know wat dis means?

You: Another terrible animal slash insect I need to watch out for?

Vol: No, it means the camouflage around da house is wearin' off. We gotta fix it unless we want more trouble.
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No. 885034 ID: 094652

Some of the smileworms (cute little murdermonsters, aren't they?) might have escaped by burrowing. You're going to need more than camo.

Before you sell any produce, make sure you get a specialist to come here and purify everything in a two-mile radius. If you sell anything with smileworms inside, you're screwed.
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No. 885036 ID: b1b4f3

Uh ok, how?
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No. 885039 ID: 91ee5f

>>885032
>camouflage around the house
“Wait, the house has camouflage around it?! Why didn’t dad ever tell me about that?!”
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No. 885047 ID: 87179f

What do we need to do to fix it?
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No. 885054 ID: eeb7d9

So dad did do something to the house to keep it protected. Do you know anything about it?
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No. 885062 ID: dbf422

Sorry Vol we're just finding out about the camouflage now. No idea how to fix it.
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No. 885167 ID: 8a947d
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885167

>>885034
Smileworms can't survive outside of their host. The second one leaves it will only survive for about 5 minutes until it withers away. It would have to burrow into a living organic host to persist and plants and produce don't cut if for them. Besides, you don't grow things in the ground.

You: The house is hidden ?

Vol: Well...no not really. Camouflage is da wrong word for it but your dad always called it dat, it doesn't hide da house it just makes it so dat bad things happen less 'round da house.

Vol: Anyway, da instructions on how are in ya dad's journal. It shouldn't be hard to find, only like six 'a da pages have anything on 'em.

You open the journal and read through it. Vol was right, barely anything was written in it but you do find the page that informs you on how set op the protection ritual. You have to get down into the crawls space and write down runes on various marked parts in blood. Apparently, your dad keeps buckets of blood on hand for this reason.

You: I thought dad wasn't interested in demon magic stuff?

Vol: Well not dat much, but he was willin' ta learn if it meant keepin' you safe.
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No. 885169 ID: 8a947d
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885169

After about half an hour of crawling on your back and getting blood on your face and having to rewrite ones Vol said you'd fucked up you're done. You go back inside your house and toss your poncho and coat on the floor. The house is a lot quieter than before now, you'd actually almost forgotten about what happened to today but now with no more distractions to take your mind off of it you're stuck thinking about it.
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No. 885174 ID: ad51b8

>you're stuck thinking about it.
what? the fact that you can't remember buying Vol the bow tie he's wearing or if he swiped it in town while you were shopping.
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No. 885178 ID: 91ee5f

>>885169
How’s this for a distraction? You’re hungry after a long day of doing shit. Let’s eat.

Also, Vol is wearing a bow tie.

>>885174
I think he got it right here: >>884821 , because you can see him looking at it. He must’ve taken it while the shop keeper was distracted with selling food to Roland.
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No. 885183 ID: d3602f

>>885169
Vol, I must say that bowtie looks great on you! I presume you bought it, and didn't just abscond with it while the owner wasn't looking, right?
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No. 885184 ID: dc91a0

You mentioned dad's ring this morning. Was it demonic too?
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No. 885200 ID: 10c408

you might as well replace the bandages on your face with fresh ones.

But first, chow the fuck down. It's been a long day and you've earned it, champ.
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No. 885202 ID: 8a947d
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885202

You: Vol did you steal that ?

Vol: Steal wat ?

You: That bowtie, I didn't buy it for you.

Vol: Roland I'd neva steal nothin' for no reason. I payed for this myself, after all I helped ya get all dat scrap before so I felt like gettin' myself somethin' nice. It didn' cost much either, it was like 2 Cards.

You: ...It looks good on you.

Vol: Thank you.

You sit down on the sofa and open up your bags of jerky and chocolate. Not the best meal you've had but goddamn it might as well be a five-star meal with how hungry you are. You decide that music would be best with your food and turn on your handmade radio for something to listen from the Dawnsprings Radiostation, luckily they're playing something good tonight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n07TSnndg8I[/spoiler]
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No. 885203 ID: 8a947d
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885203

Out of boredom you grab your dad's journal and look over it. You flip through its pages as if looking through it would reveal anything new. All that's written inside is basic stuff. Demons hate silver, How to make lesser binding scrolls, protection runes. It's not hard to imagine that your father wouldn't put much work into maintaining a record of his experiences, but you're kinda sad there wasn't much more to it.

You: Hey Vol? Do you think it'd be okay if I wrote in this?

Vol: Sure, your dad didn't use dat thing at all before. It's got plenty of room for whatever you want to use it for... What do ya wanna use it for?

Part of you remebers back to the few times your dad would talk about his job at all. Actually, he never talked about his jobs, he'd make songs out of them and sing them like ballads. Demon hunting always seemed so dangerous, but seeing your dad do it made you wonder about it. Seeing Vol and those Lacerflies had you wondering about how demons worked, there's no books on this stuff so you never knew for sure. It's a question you've always asked yourself...

Do you want to put your life in danger to learn more about demons?
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No. 885204 ID: 094652

mmmyesss
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No. 885208 ID: d3602f

>>885203
Demons are very dangerous, which only makes it more important for others to know about them. A book could possibly save some people if they run into them.

Learning could also work well with hunting demons, and could earn us some money while making the wasteland more safe. The idea of those lacerflies getting out and attacking some travelers or even a town does not sit well with me.

Also, ask Vol how dad found out how to make binding scrolls and protection runes.
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No. 885213 ID: dbf422

Hell, no need to commit right now. Just write about your experiences with them as they happen. Considering your luck, you'll run into more soon enough anyway.
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No. 885219 ID: 91ee5f

>>885203
>Do you want to put your life in danger to learn more about demons?
.....eh, you might as well.

Vol can even help you by telling you about the demons he knows about.

You can also write about friendly demons like Vol and how they can appear. In fact, why don’t you start by writing down what Vol said about how he left the Aether to come here and how he met your dad by coming through his violin ( >>882720 )? That seems like a good start.

Oh, wait, this sounds like demon hunting and Vol said he wasn’t gonna let you do that. So if you want to put yourself in danger to learn more about demons, then you can’t become a demon hunter. Hmmm, how about you call yourself a Demon Researcher? Demonologist?

>>885213
This is also true.
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No. 885225 ID: e5c658

I like the idea of performing scientific study on demons. Don't actively hunt them yourself. Try to find a veteran demon hunter and ask if they'd be willing to let a maniac in bandages follow him around.
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No. 885242 ID: 91ee5f

>>885202
Must...resist...urge...to...pet...Vol...like...a...cat...!
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No. 885256 ID: 8a947d
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885256

The idea of researching and discovering demons seems incredibly important for the world you live in. From what you've seen there isn't a lot on the study of demons and it's quite possibly almost non-existent. You wouldn't focus solely on hunting them, that would go against what you want to do. You want to learn about them as much as you can, study them closely, not just kill them or get rid of them when necessary. With your curiosity about the creatures and how they're affecting the world so much it only makes sense that somebody should try to know more about them.

For all you know there are people like that out there, but that doesn't mean there shouldn't be more. Maybe by taking up this job, you're becoming one of hundreds of Demonologists. Hopefully, there are more out there to make this somewhat easier, but even if there aren't you'll still do it.

You: Hey Vol, How'd dad learn about the stuff in this journal ?

Vol: Well I told him 'bout da protection sigils, it's all I really know when it comes ta demon magic. He musta learned some otha stuff from otha demon hunters.

You: D'you think I could learn more from demons if I studied them closer ?

Vol: ...I guess but...Dat'd be pretty dangerous.

You: Well sure it would, but scavenging was pretty dangerous too. I ran into those demons anyway despite just being on a simple scavenging mission. Besides, The knowledge about demons is something that people should know and documenting them is important if we're going to keep living in a world that has them in it.

Vol: Then let someone else figure dat crap out it don't involve us! If you're worried about money we can still make da music thing work, I know you can play violin like crazy we'll be fine without dealin' wit more demons! Da only demon ya gotta worry 'bout is me!

Vol: Do you really wanna go out an' almost die just so ya know a little more ?
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No. 885263 ID: dbf422
885263

If it's not me risking my life it's some kid, looking for enough junk to sell for a bit of food. Or some guy moving between towns. Basically, it's someone who isn't as capable of surviving as me. Maybe it's crazy but it's something I can do.

Plus it's interesting! Think about the difference between you and the flies. What's the common ground that makes you both demons, and what makes you different?
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No. 885264 ID: ad51b8

>Do you really wanna go out an' almost die just so ya know a little more ?
well it wouldn't be just for me. I mean remember when the fly bit me, thanks again for the heal by the way. I got the close in the first place because I didn't know what those things were or how dangerous they could be. I figure if I could learn a bit more then I wouldn't make those same mistakes as well as others who might just have the simple misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Besides, I'm not planning on only learning about the dangerous demons, I would also like to learn more about demons like you who are actually pretty chill people. That way you might not have to deal with people like that guard that thinks you're instantly going to be trouble just because of what you are.

Also we're still probably going to have to move around both for more scavenging jobs and possibly musical tours if you can help me be good enough and if today was any indication it seems that trouble is going to find me anyways no mater what I do so might as well try to make SOMETHING out of it, don't you think? Also on that note, what to help me improve my musical skills? figure we might as well do something that could be considered relaxing at least once today before we decide to call it a night. I feel we at least deserve that.
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No. 885297 ID: dc91a0

I don't wanna stay here forever, Vol. I want to go out and be something. The world is huge and dangerous though, and the relationship between demons and might be the key to navigating it safely.
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No. 885310 ID: eeb7d9

Vol, what the hell i am supposed to do, live in a bubble?
I appreciate that my dad made the impossible to keep me safe, but i really doubt that he would wanted me to just stay here, doing mundane stuff with out looking for something greater than me.
Demons are't just things to be afraid of because you don't know what to do with them. I mean, you are a great example, you are a good friend, always helping me and keeping me safe, and i enjoy your company. But people don't know that, they don't know anything. They are afraid because they don't undesrstand, and it shouldn't be that way.
I want to lern more, the world is huge, and it's waiting to be explored.
It will be dangerous, i know, but i don't care. Sooner or latter, we all die, but is important do something significant before that happens, just like dad. Besides, todays little trip was the most fun a had in forever.
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No. 885316 ID: 3abd97

>Vol: Do you really wanna go out an' almost die just so ya know a little more ?
Well I'd prefer not almost dying, to be sure. Maybe there's a way to figure out some stuff without going into fights blind, first.
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No. 885321 ID: b1b4f3

>>885256
If you learn, you can spread that knowledge to others. That could save lives, Vol.
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No. 885324 ID: 391a03

We do what we must, because, we can
For the good of all of us
Except the ones who are dead
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No. 885334 ID: eeb7d9

>>885324
Then you start playing the violin and keep singing like in a movie.
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No. 885347 ID: dbf422

>>885334
Or like in a video game.
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No. 885350 ID: eeb7d9

>>885347
Do they even have those in this universe?
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No. 885351 ID: 561fc8

>>885350
We looted an arcade machine, so yeah.
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No. 885378 ID: 8a947d
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885378

You: It's not just about knowing some more, remember how I almost got melted back in that bunker? I got lucky, but if I took a few more steps in there I'd be a fucking meat slushy fast. If anyone who doesn't know how a dangerous demon works comes face to face with one they'll most likely end up dead!

You: Besides, I can't help but be curious about them when there's almost no information on them whatsoever. I don't wanna stay here forever, Vol. I want to go out and be something. The relationship between demons and humans might be the key to navigating it safely, somebodies gotta figure it out.

Vol: I just...I just don't get why'd ya do dis for hypothetical people ya barely know! Dis is a concept I ain't neva heard 'a in da Aether! I neva knew anyone who'd want to do anythin' for anyone they didn' know, and here you are wantin' to go poke around big fuckin' monsters for da sake a' others!

Vol: Its bad enough humans die from just bein' alive too long! do ya really gotta go an' make it worse by actually putting your lives in real danger...
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No. 885379 ID: 8a947d
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885379

Vol sits down.

Vol: I...I'm not used ta people I'm close to dyin' so soon...everyone I knew kept in a Aether themselves safe an lived for so long. Even when humans do stay safe dere's so much more dat can kill ya...

Vol: I'm...just tryin' ta live with ya for as long as I can...I tried keeping cool when your dad died but it tore me up inside...I know I shouldn't have ta tell ya dat. I-I'm just...scared.
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No. 885380 ID: dbf422

Sorry buddy. Shoulda known you were worried about us. But we gotta live for more than just staying alive, you know? Humans are like that, probably. Gotta find a purpose.

And we're gonna die some day, even if we drag it out. And you'll move on again, like you did from Dad to me. And these problems with demons will still exist. But if we study demons now, it'll be less dangerous for whoever comes after us. So if it helps, you can think of it like making life safer for your next partner.

But it's not like we're going to be reckless. We're not going to make you go through another death for quite a while. And we'll need your help, Vol, to stay as safe as possible. Will you stick with us?
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No. 885383 ID: 094652

"If I don't face death in some capacity, I'll forget it. If you want me to run from death to the end, I need to remember what it is. Besides, this farm is too run down to make a decent living anyway. If you can think of any high-paying job with low academic standards and no ties to the mafia, go ahead."
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No. 885384 ID: 166e1c

Thanks for caring. You look so adorable...

I know there is a risk of one or two of us dying when facing some danger, but we have to take those chances when seeking rewards. Even if we only seek the necessary to survive we can still be killed in the process, the world is a dangerous place after all.

Since you mention dad and my inevitable death, another thing we got to arrange is friends and family that can stay with you after I'm gone. That is, if you want to keep living with humans.
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No. 885386 ID: ad51b8

give Vol a bro hug

also ask him about some of his friends from the other side. If it will make him feel better maybe we can start by talking to some of the more passive demons that he personally trust just to calm his nerves. hell start with him, ask him what the Aether is like.
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No. 885387 ID: dc91a0

Dad sacrificed everything for me so I could have a chance to just grow up safely.

I'm not gonna throw that out... I couldn't do that to him.
Struggle to hold back tears
But I gotta move on.
Damn it, why'd he have to leave so soon...

...

Maybe diving into dangerous ruins and fighting wild daemons is the wrong way to go about starting this though.

You said you had friends in the aether?
Could I meet them?
Could I either go there or they come here?
The more I can learn without risking my life, the more likely I'll be to keep it when it's on the line.
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No. 885390 ID: eeb7d9

I am going to make you my godfather when i have kids. How does that sound?
Can you imagine, me with kids? That would be a picture!
Also, the bow tie looks great on you.

Don't worry, Vol, we can do this, it's just going take some time. But we do have you. That is the best to start.
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No. 885395 ID: 8a947d
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You: Vol, the last thing I want to do is throw caution to the wind and go off to do crazy shit. I'm going to be careful but I want to do more than just survive. Do you understand?

Vol: ...No, not at all...but I guess I can try to as best as I can.

You put your hand on Vol's shoulder and he turns to give you a full hug.

You: I'd never go off and kill myself after all of the work dad put into keeping me safe. Even though I'd hate to leave you alone, I know I'm going to die in the end no matter how safe I'm kept...Y'know what I can do? I'll make you the godfather of my kids in the future!

Vol: You havin' kids? That'd be somethin' to see.

You: ...You said you had friends in the Aether right? What were they like?

Vol: Buncha idiots, my buncha idiots, they was all Imps like me so nothing interesting I can tell ya 'bout 'em. A lot 'a da time we spent just screwin' around an' tryin' not ta die. It's real borin' without havin' anyone with ya, da only real excitement ya get is the near-death experiences with da more dangerous demons. As soon as I found a way out I jumped for it, but I didn' think about how I was leavin' my friends behind. As far as I know, there ain't no way back.

Vol ends up reminiscing about his time in the Aether, he doesn't know a lot about the demons he's seen since a lot of the time he just ran for his life. He talks about how he learned violin from your dad and some of the demon hunting they'd done a long time a go. Soon when he runs out of stuff to talk about he ends up dozing off, and you follow him...
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No. 885398 ID: 8a947d
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Today has been rough. The week following up to it was worse, how unsure you were if your dad would make it or not. Part of you feels better now that your father's passed, he was in a lot of pain before but that it's over you feel a sort of relief. Not that you're happy he's dead, just happy his pain is over.

You've got so much ahead of you, even more now that you've decided to try and study demons. Despite all of this you won't be alone, Vol will be there with you and you'll no doubt find more help along the way. As long as you work for it there's no doubt you'll make progress.

It isn't exactly a lullaby but you fall asleep to the energetic music from your radio...

Well, I stand up next to a mountain, and I chop it down with the edge of my hand. Well, I pick up all the peices and make an island

In a world of Dust, Desolation, and Demons. You might raise a little sand.

D3: Slight Return. End Prolouge
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No. 885405 ID: dbf422

Nice!
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No. 885417 ID: eeb7d9

This reboot is looking fine.
Can't wait for what's coming next.
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No. 885449 ID: ad51b8

so who want to try and find a way to pull of of Vol's friends to the house and start up an imp's adventuring guild? It sounds like it could be fun and I see no way it could ever go wrong. We can just have it that for rent they only have to help us fill out our book. Either by telling us tricks they know or by coming on adventures with us from time to time.
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No. 885452 ID: eeb7d9

>>885449
Now THIS is a good idea.
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No. 885454 ID: 5fa661

>>885449

BECOME IMPLORD
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No. 885457 ID: 91ee5f

>>885395
>As far as I know, there ain't no way back.
So once a demon leaves the Aether, they can’t go back to the Aether?

Damn, that sucks for the demons that end up somehow accidentally leaving the Aether or they’re somehow forcefully pulled out of the Aether against their will.

>>885449
>>885452
That’s not very helpful!

Roland is struggling to feed himself and Vol. He can’t afford to feed even more mouths!
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No. 885462 ID: ad51b8

>>885457
Oh I'm sure by the point we actually get to the point where we could pull this off we'll be a bit better off then we are now. Plus more hands means they could help us carry more stuff and like Vol said demons don't need to eat that often anyways
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No. 885489 ID: dbf422

>>885462
The assumption that these imps would work for Roland is a stretch. Vol has an obligation to his dad, even if they're becoming friends. The imps might like Vol, but there's no way they'd just follow Roland's orders. He doesn't even have anything to offer them.
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No. 885493 ID: d3602f

>>885489
Shelter for one. It's says something that as soon as the camouflage started to wear off, we ran into some smile worms. It's dangerous out there, and a safe house could mean quite a bit. Based on the size of our house, we aren't really lacking in space either. Some towns might also not be quite that nice to imps, which could make it difficult for them to get food, which could cause problems even if they eat little.

We might want to get a cage later too, so we can interact with the demons in a relatively safe setting. It should be simple enough after using a lesser binding parchment on them (we'll need to read up on making more, assuming they are one time use). We'll need to catch one that can't break through the bars though.

Which all goes back to getting enough money to buy the cage. We might not get enough for busking alone, so we may need to go on another scavenging run, or hope Ada pays well. Maybe buy a gun that's in better condition, or something with less expensive ammo.

In short, we have quite a bit on our plates if we want to prepare for the dangers of this new profession.
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No. 885494 ID: 3702a4

>>885489
Like I said absolutely nothing can go wrong.
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No. 885495 ID: dbf422

>>885493
I mean, I guess a camouflaged house is something. But there's plenty of shelter out there, statistically speaking, even if it's not hidden. And who knows what the situation is like wherever they are? It's a long shot that Roland would have enough to offer to be able to order them around, even with the shelter.

Besides, it's crazy to even discuss this at Roland's current situation. He's so far away from being ready and able for that sort of thing it's unreasonable to make plans for it.
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No. 885496 ID: d3602f

>>885495
I'm not planning on them taking down demons, I just think it could help to convince them to tell us what they know about other demons, maybe teach us some spells if they know any.
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No. 885500 ID: dbf422

>>885496
Someone else suggested demon fighting, and I didn't check ids. It's still too early to worry about that stuff but at least it's reasonable.
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No. 885505 ID: 91ee5f

>>885496
Yeah, shove them in a cage like an animal, that’ll convince them to help us. T_T
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No. 885520 ID: eeb7d9

Come on people, it's too early to decide this kind of thing. It is certanly not a bad idea. But maybe we might not be ready for the task just yet. Besides, it still too early to know what the quest is going be like.
Besides, Vol is best Imp, we don't need more imps.
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No. 885524 ID: d3602f

>>885505
Not an imp, I'm talking about the animalistic demons who might bite our hands off if we don't restrain it.
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