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885570 No. 885570 ID: 8a947d

Previous Thread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/882482.html
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No. 888701 ID: d3602f

>>888696
I think we'll get flamethrowers if we do the lacerfly quest. The sign did say that they would give us equipment. Not sure if we get to keep it, but I feel like it would save money if we waited first.
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No. 888705 ID: 8a947d
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888705

>>888701
There's no guarantee that jobs still on the board. Even if it is, you doubt they'd let you keep anything they gave you.

You buy the flamethrower parts for 90C leaving you at 63C. With that, you say goodbye to Ada and head back to Troy's truck. On the way, you see a crowd of people gathering in the center of a plaza. There seems to be a large commotion over something.

Do you want to stop to see what it is?
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No. 888706 ID: b1b4f3

Well obviously yes.
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No. 888707 ID: 273c30

Might as well
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No. 888710 ID: d3602f

>>888705
Why not?
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No. 888712 ID: 91ee5f

>>888705
Let’s at least signal to Troy that you’re gonna check that out. He might want to have a look also!
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No. 888714 ID: 575ec0

Check it out
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No. 888725 ID: dbf422

>>888712
Also we've been gone probably longer than he expected already. At least wave him over once he's in eyesight.
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No. 888726 ID: 91ee5f

>>888725
Agreed
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No. 888730 ID: 8a947d
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888730

You approach the crowd and find a good spot to see what everyone's clamoring over. The crowd of women and children surround a small wooden stage carried around by a moped. Somebody walks behind the stage, but you don't get a chance to see their face. From behind the curtain of the stage, you can hear loud clacking, like wooden blocks being smacked together. The crowd goes quiet and the man behind the stage begins to speak...

Narrator: Before the world ended, and the birth of a second sun gave way to destruction. In a far-off nation, warriors roamed a war-torn land, but even back then, before the end, dangers and otherworldly threats stalked in the shadows. At no point in time have we seen peace, but we have survived through every challenge that's emerged from the earth or from the stars.

Narrator: This is the story of a man who at the price of his humanity, became a tool for justice and the protection of the innocent. A lone samurai roaming dangerous lands to rid them of malevolence...
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No. 888731 ID: 8a947d
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888731

A paper card on the end of a stick pops out from underneath the curtain a small figure drawn on the front.

NARRATOR: Issei! The man that can smell the evil nature in human hearts and hunts down those that deserve death!

The crowd gives a cheer at the sight of the small paper figure. Out of the corner of your eye, you see Troy out of his truck when he see's you he motions impatiently almost like he's aking you "What's the holdup?".
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No. 888732 ID: 4ecc08

>>888731
Wave Troy over. It's storytime.
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No. 888733 ID: 05ff2f

>>888732
Dude, Troy is trying to keep a low profile 'cause he's got people after him who want to kill him. He's not gonna trot out of hiding for a puppet show. Frankly, Roland shouldn't stick around for more than a few minutes either. Troy has already waited around long enough and the longer he's here, the higher the odds someone will remember him and word will get to those who are after his life.
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No. 888735 ID: 4ecc08

>>888733
Standing by a truck and waving instead of joining a crowd is much more conspicuous. I don't feel like skipping exposition because of a few people's unfounded paranoia.
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No. 888736 ID: dbf422

I think we can miss enough of this to let him know what's happening. And then immediately head back and watch the show.
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No. 888747 ID: eeb7d9

Stay for a few minutes, then go back with Troy.
This sounds interesting.
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No. 888764 ID: d3602f

>>888731
It seems my assumption was right. I wonder how he's going to react to meeting his old friend's lookalikes. Did Troy manage to convince him to eat anything other than strawberries?
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No. 888774 ID: 91ee5f

>>888731
Hey, Roland, is this a story your parents used to read to you as a kid? Or have you ever heard this story before? Because if you have, then let’s go back to Troy and you can just remind yourself (us) of the story on the way back to your house.
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No. 888776 ID: 8a947d
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888776

>>888774
This is the first you're hearing of this story.

You quickly rush towards Troy and explain what's happening in the crowd. He doesn't seem very excited about the paper doll show and decides to wait in the truck instead. He tell's you not to make any more detours after this, however, being outside is making him nervous. You nod and continue with the show, you missed a little bit but not too much of the play.

NARRATOR: A forest of shadows, a path of bones. Issei walks through the underbrush of the dark forest. He follows his nose. A disgusting smell lingers down the path, for most it would be enough to turn them away, but it only drives Issei.
NARRATOR: Issei stops on the path, in front of him a small elderly man waits by a cave.
OLD MAN: Hohoho! Another traveler? My my this little trail is gaining a lot of popularity recently! But you should know...
ISSEI: that a large monster has been attacking travelers recently? We both know why that is.
OLD MAN: Oh? *sniff* I see you are like me! Have you come for a little taste of what this road has to offer? Plenty of rich men and women travel for the beautiful view of the falls down the way. Their fat stomachs make a great meal!
ISSEI:...
OLD MAN: Is there a problem? I assure you I don't mind sharing as long as you help me attack the next palace. Easy pickings! Plenty of plump bellies for eating!
ISSEI:...
OLD MAN: ...Hey!? You in there?

NARRATOR: Issei stays quiet, and draws his blade. Calmly, Slowly.
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No. 888777 ID: 8a947d
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888777

OLD MAN: W-what!? Why are you pulling a blade on me? Oh, I see...You plan to take this route for yourself even after I so graciously offered to share? No respect for your elders...
NARRATOR: The old man begins to lift himself from the ground, his flesh begins to stretch as his muscles grow and thick fur covers his body. Now the smell is more evident than ever. Issei felt the horrible odor waft under his nose, it made his mouth water, his tongue passing his sharp teeth and licking his scarred lips.
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No. 888778 ID: 8a947d
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888778

The beast gives Issei no time to think, the second the man sheds his human form he was upon the lone samurai. Issei blocks the flurry of swipes crashing down on him, slowly being pushed back. On the defensive Issei looks for an opening, the beast seems focused on his death despite being quite talkative before. To gain a foothold, Issei would need a way to break its focus.

ISSEI: i have given up my humanity to track and hunt the vile creatures such as yourself. can you even call yourself human any more you beast?
OLD MAN: Humanity is a crutch! Something to be shed to gain further power! Do not act so high and mighty you hypocrite, you're just as bad as me!
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No. 888780 ID: 8a947d
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888780

In the beast's rage, it leaves itself open. it's a small one but Issei knows to take advantage of every chance given to him. Issei ducks a swipe and rises back up quickly, in a flurry of cuts slices the beast's arm of with his sword! The beast rears back letting out an inhuman howl. This man's soul has become so rotten he has lost any chance of returning to how he was before...
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No. 888781 ID: 8a947d
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888781

THE BEAST: You pitiful fool! Humans will not see you any differently because of this! You will still be the same horrible monster in their eyes. The second they see a monster show weakness they will cut you down!

The beast swipes at Issei, in a feat of otherworldy speed and agility Issei flips over the monster and manages to land behind him. The monster is too injured to react...
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No. 888782 ID: 8a947d
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888782

ISSEI: I do not need the notions of ignorant people to keep going in my quest! The ones who see the good I am doing will know. They will hear my name and know the world is safer as I pass by and rid it of scum like you!

Issei leaps at the monster, blade drawn and determination burning in his eyes. This meal will be a delicious one.
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No. 888783 ID: 8a947d
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888783

NARRATOR: In a single final strike, the beast was slain. His blood falling in a rain of crimson droplets, Issei lifted his head and opened his mouth basking in his victory. Issei looked on at the path ahead of him, from what that old man said the path was used by many wealthy individuals. From Issei's experience, the rich tend to be the most corrupt, the most rotten. Issei walked down the path in search of his next meal.

The Narrator drops the curtain and you hear a small music box play as the play comes to an end. The crowd gives a rousing applause after their long silence enraptured by the story. It was short sure, but the way the man made the paper figurines move and how his voice told such a story you could've sworn you were there in the forest. People walk forward to the stage and leave cards in a hat left on the side of it.
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No. 888784 ID: 4ecc08

>>888783
Leave ten card for the performer, then head back to Troy.
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No. 888785 ID: d3602f

>>888783
How does giving 10 cards sound? I don't feel like going below 50 cards.
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No. 888791 ID: 273c30

Just a small tip, it was a good story
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No. 888792 ID: 91ee5f

>>888783
Toss in 10C for the performance, then head back to Troy so that you can guide him to your home.

While Troy’s driving, tell him, “If you’re gonna be staying with us, then you’ve gotta pay a rent of 100C per week. Buuuut, I'm gonna give you the ‘saved my life’ discount and say that your rent is that you’ve gotta help out when I ask for it. Other than that, just don’t steal any of our shit and there won’t be any problems.”

Also tell him what the story was about and say, “It’s too bad that Issei guy isn’t real, he could probably help you with the guy you’re running from.”
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No. 888805 ID: eeb7d9

Give a reasonable tip, you should know how much that would be.
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No. 888817 ID: 8a947d
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888817

10 Cards is definitely a decent amount of money for a good story like this. You walk up to the stage to drop off your cards, as you reach to set them down you get to see the man behind the stage. He's a tall man, he no doubt had to crouch to be completely hidden by the small stage. He see's you too and decides to start a conversation, he speaks in an incredibly monotone voice a complete opposite of the way he narrated the show.

NARRATOR: did you enjoy the show? normally only a few people come to see when i put one on so i recognize when new people come to watch.
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No. 888823 ID: 273c30

>>888817
It was excellent sir! You have a talent for story telling! Although I’m afraid I’ve never heard any stories about “Issei” before, its a strange kind of talent of “smelling evil” what kind of a man was he?
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No. 888824 ID: b1b4f3

>>888817
Tell him it was really cool, it was almost like you were there in person.
Sayyy... he's wearing clothing rather similar to Issei, did he base the character after himself?
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No. 888826 ID: d3602f

>>888817
It was very good! Where did he first hear the story? Or did he make it himself?
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No. 888828 ID: 91ee5f

>>888817
>You walk up to the stage to drop off your cards, as you reach to set them down you get to see the man behind the stage.
Since you haven’t set down your cards yet, you might as well hand them directly to this guy.

>He's a tall man, he no doubt had to crouch to be completely hidden by the small stage.
Ask him if he gets any back pain from having to crouch behind that small stage all the time?

>Did you enjoy the show? Normally only a few people come to see when i put one on so i recognize when new people come to watch.
Tell him about how you enjoyed the show.

Also, is Vol here or did he decide to go to Troy’s truck and wait for you there? If he’s here, I’d like to hear what he thought of the show.
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No. 888841 ID: 8a947d
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888841

You hand Ichigo the 10 cards for his preformance as you talk to him.

YOU: I thought it was an amazing story. I've never seen a show done in that manner, with the paper cards with the little characters on them! Where did you hear this story from? I've never heard of anyone called Issei.
NARRATOR: it's a story i made myself. there were people called samurais way back when but other than that the character and story are made up.

Vol looks at a paper card with Issei's picture on it.

VOL: Y'know ya sorta look like dis Issei guy on ya cards. Did you base da character 'round ya self? and how'd ya know so much about old world stuff?
NARRATOR: ...maybe just a little. i've...i found some books a while ago on old world cultures and have been using them for inspiration in my story.
YOU: So should I assume you're name is Issei too?
NARRATOR: that would be ridiculous to not only model the character after me but to name him after me too don't you think? people would think i was self absorbed. My name is Ichigo, Chokoreto Ichigo, but Ichigo is just fine.
ICHIGO: i came into town a while ago and this is the best way for me to make money even if it's a little. plus this is pretty fun to do.
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No. 888845 ID: 273c30

>>888841
Nice! Where are you from originally. Also I think I remember reading something about an Ichigo in a foreign languages book but doesn’t that mean “strawberry?”
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No. 888848 ID: 91ee5f

>>888841
>You hand Ichigo the 10 cards for his preformance as you talk to him.
Hey, how did you know his name before he introduced himself?

>My name is Ichigo, Chokoreto Ichigo, but Ichigo is just fine.
Well, he introduced himself, so you should introduce yourself, with a handshake, and introduce Vol.

Tell him that it was nice to meet him and to see his show, but you’ve gotta get going before your friend drives off without you. And tell him that you hope you get to catch another one of his shows the next time you come into town!

Then we’ve really gotta get going before Troy gets even more annoyed than he already is!
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No. 888857 ID: dbf422

Return the greeting and say it was a really fun time but you gotta get going for now. You hope to see him again, though!
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No. 888859 ID: 8a947d
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888859

YOU: My names Roland, aspiring Demonologist.
ICHIGO: demonologist...like the study of demons? interesting to hear, you wouldn't happen to have any tales of your demon studies would you? i'd be more than happy to hear of anything you've experienced.
YOU: I'd be glad to tell you but...I really need to go. My friends waiting on me and he's getting a bit impatient. See ya Ichigo.

You rush back to Troy's truck as fast as you can and leave Dawnsprings. Troy seems a bit annoyed but beyond that he seems fine.

YOU: So if you're going to be staying with me I do hope you can help me with my research from time to time. Nothing too dangerous but a truck is faster than my Skipper.
TROY: Guess that's fair. I'd be happy to help with a job you get if it calls for more than one person...and it pays me. So where we headed?
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No. 888862 ID: 8a947d
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888862

As you give Troy directions, you feel the need to ask something he brushed off before.

YOU: So...I know you sort of dodged this question before but I can't stop thinking about it. How do you use that ability of yours?
TROY: Well I guess if I'm gonna be workin' with ya you should know. I'm a Saint.
VOL: I doubt dat if you on da run from thugs.
TROY: No you gremlin, a Saint is somebody who has an angel inhabiting their soul. These angels unwillingly grant their host an ability the nature of which depends on their nature and the angels ability while it was in Heaven.
TROY: The Angel in my body is named Gemini, he calls this ability "Geminae Porta", but that's a mouth full so I just call it "The Doors"
YOU: Whoa, never heard of that before!
VOL: Why would an angel ever fuse wit a human doe? those guys are serious uptight hard asses.
TROY: I did say they don't willingly do it. For whatever reason sometimes angels fall from Heaven, if they hit the earth they fall into Hell, or the Aether as some call it. When that happens their halo breaks and they become demons, so some angels think it's better to inhabit a human rather than become a demon.
VOL: *Tsk* Sounds like somethin' angels'd think.
TROY: So, is Vol the reason you can do that shield thing? does that have a name too?
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No. 888863 ID: d3602f

>>888862
We've just been calling it barrier, but if that isn't stylish enough, maybe Caesura? It's a pause in the music, or the action in this case.

So, other than the powers, what's it like having an angel inside of you?
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No. 888887 ID: 91ee5f

>>888859
>but a truck is faster than my Skipper.
For now, anyways.

Just keep upgrading your Skipper and eventually it’ll be faster than Troy’s truck!

>>888862
>So, is Vol the reason you can do that shield thing?
“Sure is. And unlike your Angel, Vol willingly gave me this power.”

Unwrap your hand and show him the Demon's Mark Vol put on your hand and explain how Vol put it there with one of his teeth and some of his blood.

“Although, to be honest, he just barely gave it to me this morning.”

>Does that have a name too?
“Not really, I’ve just been calling it a Barrier. Unless.....hey Vol, does this Barrier spell have a fancy name that I don’t know about?”
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No. 888895 ID: dbf422

I think Vol gets to name it, if we're using the same metric, but Barrier has been working okay. It's new but it's turning out to be really intuitive and adaptable.
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No. 888915 ID: eeb7d9

>>888887
This sounds good.
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No. 888928 ID: 8a947d
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888928

YOU: Yeah Vol gave me this power with some of his blood, he only gave to me this morning though. As for a name, I never really thought of about it. I've just been calling it barrier because that's just what it is...how about Caesura? It's like a break in a song.
TROY: Never heard of it, but it sounds like the kinda thing you'd learn from a demon. I sure wish Gemini was half as helpful, it showed said not even two sentences to me and now every once in a while it says shit to me tryin' to tell me how to live my life!
It's annoyin' at times but with The Doors I've managed to get out of a lot of sticky situations...this the place?

Troy pulls up and around to the side of your shed and parks. You unload your skipper and the displacer beast corpse and try to talk to Troy.

YOU: Do you want to come in and see where you'll be staying or-

Before you can finish talking Troy pulls a blanket, a pillow, an umbrella, a radio, and an old bass guitar from the back seat of his truck.

TROY: Nah, this is fine. Nobody'll recognize my truck after I re-painted it, I've been livin' out of this baby for a while now I'm used to it.
VOL: I like dis! He ain't in our house! We got some time before da sun goes down, what's da plan? Or do ya wanna relax for the rest of da day?
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No. 888930 ID: d3602f

>>888928
We should probably dissect the cadaver while it's fresh. Demons do rot, right?
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No. 888931 ID: 91ee5f

>>888928
>Troy’s gonna stay outside in his truck.
Uhhh, does the camouflage on the house extend out to the shed? Because if it doesn’t, you might want to tell Troy about the camouflage and what it does, so that he can know that it might be safer inside the house in case any sort of wildlife shows up.

Then again, if he insists on staying out here, let him know that he’s welcome to come in if it gets too hot or too cold or whatever.

>We got some time before da sun goes down, what's da plan? Or do ya wanna relax for the rest of da day?
First, you’re gonna get something to eat. Make sure you offer something to Troy if he’s hungry.

Then, you’re take a closer look at that Displacer Beast corpse and write down notes on whatever you find. The sooner you do this, the better because it’s a corpse and it’s gonna start smelling really bad.

Next, we’ll install those new parts on the Skipper.

Lastly, you’ll see if your dad left anything around the house that could be used to make more Binding Scrolls. We’re only looking for the supplies. If we find any, then we’ll know we have them and we’ll make the Binding Scrolls tomorrow after breakfast.
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No. 888938 ID: 4ecc08

>>888928
Can... Can you put wards on trucks?
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No. 888966 ID: 8a947d
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888966

>>888938
Vol explains that the ward is a pretty basic one. A protected object has to be a certain size and be stationary, maybe when you learn some more complex wards you can help him out with that.

>Dissect Displacer Beast
With some quick help from Troy you drag the displacer beast corpse into the house and assemble a quick operation table to work on. Vol grabs what he think can help: a saw, some knives, and a few pins and nails. You grab a knife and quickly realize something...

YOU: I have no idea what I'm doing.
VOL: Ya just cut it open! Ain't nothin' else to it.
YOU: ...but is there a certain way we do it? I'm afraid of damaging anything if I do it wrong.
VOL: Dis is just ya first time doin' dis just do ya best, and if we screw up we got an extra to poke around at. So, how do ya wanna start this? Where we cuttin'
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No. 888968 ID: b1b4f3

Ugh, dissection of such a large body is going to be a pain. You want to do it while it's on its back so the organs don't fall out when you open the abdominal cavity. The ribcage works as a sort of container you see.

First, sketch the displacer beast as best you can in your journal. You want to capture as many important details as you can before you start cutting it up.
Once you have it on its back, start with a shallow cut down the middle then peel back the skin, nailing the skin to the table to keep it out of the way, and make notes of the muscle structure. You're going to have to cut through that to get to the organs so that information needs to be preserved. Once you have the cavity open you need to make another sketch detailing where the organs belong, then you take them out and do more detailed sketches of each one. This is an iterative, exploratory proccess. Once you're done with the abdominal cavity it's time to break out the bonesaw to get at the chest cavity. Pry that shit open, document those organs, then start peeling back the skin in general.

At some point you're going to want to cut the corpse into pieces to make it easier to take apart the limbs to get at the skeletal structure and document that. Also you're gonna want to cut open the skull to get a look at its brain.

If you don't feel like doing a detailed skeletal/muscle dissection (or don't have the stomach for it) the important bits would probably be the organs and brain. Easier to kill the thing if you can shoot the important bits. I wonder if there's an organ that controls its displacement?
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No. 888972 ID: d3602f

>>888966
Vol, I'm not going to kill the second unless it attacks us again. A live specimen can also be quite useful. We might need it to study a workaround for the invisibility.

>>888968
This is pretty good. I also recommend getting some buckets so that we can collect it's blood, it could be useful. Specifically, I want to know how silver hurts them. Does it burn their tissue? Weaken it, allowing for better piercing? Poison their blood?

Another thing, although this may be a bit dangerous as it's kind of mixing demonic magic. Could we tan some of this demon's hide and make it into binding parchment?
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No. 888973 ID: 91ee5f

>>888966
>if we screw up we got an extra to poke around at.
Well.....he’s not wrong. It just feels kinda wrong to kill the second Displacer Beast when it’s not actively trying to kill you.

>So, how do ya wanna start this? Where we cuttin'?
Pretty much all of this: >>888968 .

>Also you're gonna want to cut open the skull to get a look at its brain.
Or at least what’s left of its brain, since Roland killed it with a Sliver Slug from his shotgun to the back of the Displacer Beast’s head.
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No. 888974 ID: 91ee5f

>>888972
>I also recommend getting some buckets so that we can collect it's blood, it could be useful.
More blood for the ward on the house.

>Specifically, I want to know how silver hurts them. Does it burn their tissue? Weaken it, allowing for better piercing? Poison their blood?
It can’t be that bad, since Vol was using silverware to eat breakfast earlier. Although, that probably means the silverware isn’t actually made out of silver.
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No. 888976 ID: dbf422

>>888974
Was it silverware or just flatware?

>>888968
Good plan. Plus the buckets for some ward blood.
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No. 888990 ID: ff0134

Begin with cutting open it’s chest and belly down the middle..
While you’re doing so ask vol if it’s possible to gain a second ability from a second demon? For example: if we tamed a displacer beast could we theoretically gain it’s ability to manipulate light through a similar but separate ritual to what vol has with us or would that cause issues?
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No. 889002 ID: d3602f

>>888990
He told us there is a limit to how much magic we can have inside of us, which is why we could not learn healing on top of barrier without exploding. So unless there is a way to expand that, no, we cannot have another ritual performed on us. Vol probably doesn't know any methods to expand it either, otherwise he probably would have told us.
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No. 889009 ID: 3fe84f

Cut it up and take care to not get things bloody, seem's simple.
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No. 889030 ID: 8a947d
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You turn the displacer beast onto it's back and use rope to tie the legs up and keep it from falling over. Vol grabs some empty buckets for the blood and places them under the table.

You get to cutting, the skin is extremely durable, you end up pushing further in than you wanted and from the feel of it you may have nicked a rib. You continue to cut down despite it and nail the skin to the table. You make an odd discovery after getting through the skin, It looks like the beast may have a large singular muscle? Past the skin there's just one large spongy muscle instead strands of it wrapping around the skeleton.

VOL: Hey Rol? I'm uh...I'm gonna step outside for a little 'kay? Just yell if ya need me!

Next you check the organs in the abdominal cavity. They seem to be normal organs like a regular animal would have: liver, spleen, intestines. Nothing special you can see from here. You grab a saw and cut open the chest cavity to look at the organs. The first thing you notice is the strange looking heart, its large and oddly shaped. you grab your journal and do a sketch of the organs and where they should be. You aren't sure you want to or now how to properly cut the body up to get a view of the entire skeletal structure so you decide to try and and examine the brain, which isn't easy seeing as you blew a large chunk of it out with a shotgun slug. There's not much to note on the brain itself, but you do notice something odd about the displacer beast's eyes. There aren't really eyes behind the sockets, it's another part of the large red muscle mass that seems connected to the brain.

You think you've gone through enough of the dissection that you can right down more in your journal.
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You clean any spilled blood off of the floor, maybe next time you should get a tarp on the ground to avoid this. After a while Vol comes back into the house. You've covered the corpse with a sheet for now, you'll have to find a solution for the smell later.

VOL: Ya done? Ah god dat smells gonna take some gettin' used to...
YOU: I'm not sure if I'm completely done but I do have a good amount of information written down. I decided that I needed a sort of ranking slash organization system so I came up with this while I was cleaning up. I call it the PANIC system.
VOL: What does dat mean?

You explain how PANIC works. PANIC is going to be used to measure the physical abilities of demons you manage to examine.

Physique: Measures physical power
Aura: Measures the power of magical/aetherial abilities
Nimbleness: Measures speed and agility
Intelligence: Measures awareness and intellect
Constitution: Measures physical durability and vital force

Each stat can have minimum of 1 star(*) and a maximum of 6. For every 2 stars in a stat the demon gains a star in their overall PANIC score which dictates about how dangerous they are.

VOL: Interestin'. I guess ya done with cuttin' dat thing up for now right? Or is there more you gonna do?

>If we tamed a displacer beast could we theoretically gain it’s ability to manipulate light through a similar but separate ritual to what vol has with us or would that cause issues?
Vol explains that it wouldn't even be possible. Vol gave you magic because he knew magic, he's a demon with enough sense to learn, teach and pass on magic where as the displacer beast is the demon equivalent of an animal. Even if the displacer beast could teach you magic it wouldn't give you light displacement, the light displacement the the beast has is an innate ability of this species of demon while Caesura is a spell Vol knew. Imps do not innately know how to make barriers and heal.
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No. 889036 ID: b1b4f3

>>889034
What about the tentacle? Cut into the end of it and see what that's about. Are they just weapons or is there an organ in there too?
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No. 889037 ID: 8a947d
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>>889036
Oh yeah, you kinda got focused on the rest of the body and forgot about the tentacles. The ends of them are made out of a tough claw like material, well they were when you remember getting scratched by them. Now that the beast is dead they seem to have gotten much softer, maybe it's like a muscle they can tense up to make tougher ?

Out of curiosity you take a silver knife from the table and press it to the tentacle. The flesh begins to smoke. Vol brought you this knife without any trouble, and he didn't wear a glove or wrap it or anything. you ask him why.

VOL: Oh my skin don't get hurt from silver, silver has different effects on demons. For displacer beasts it looks like it gets past dat tough skin a' theirs. For Imps it messes wit our ability if we get stabbed wit it so it's still safe for me ta touch it.
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No. 889040 ID: 91ee5f

>>889034
>After a while Vol comes back into the house.
“I thought demons would be used to things like this? I’m surprised that you were the one that got squeamish and not me!”

>you'll have to find a solution for the smell later.
Speaking of solutions for later, what are you gonna do with the body when you’re done with it?

I doubt it’ll be safe to bury or leave lying around somewhere, since it might attract more demons or some kinda wildlife. Maybe you should burn the body when you’re done with it? Or ask Vol if he thinks it would be safe to eat?

Whatever you’re gonna do, make sure you finish your dissection first and then you can worry about doing something to dispose of the body before the smell gets so bad that you can’t stay in your own house!

>>889037
>Displacer Beast’s flesh begins to smoke when in contact with silver.
Make a note of that and how normal pistol bullets sometimes bounce off of it.

>Oh my skin don't get hurt from silver, silver has different effects on demons. For displacer beasts it looks like it gets past dat tough skin a' theirs. For Imps it messes wit our ability if we get stabbed wit it so it's still safe for me ta touch it.
“So basically, as long as you don’t accidentally cut yourself with the silverware when you’re eating, you’ll be fine, right?”

>picture
Oh, jeez, Roland you might want to clean your clothes before the blood sets in and becomes a permanent stain that can’t be washed off! And make sure you take a shower and change your bandages!
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No. 889044 ID: 61f639

>>889037
Hmm, seems like silver is not that good for restraining. But, a net with silver could be deadly, trapping them and melting them from the inside.

Keep a bit of skin to see if we can use demons to make binding parchment.
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No. 889053 ID: b1b4f3

Hmm, theory: displacer beasts bend light using that red flesh behind their eyes. I bet if you blind them they can't displace their image anymore.
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No. 889057 ID: dbf422

>>889053
If they actually use sight and not some magical sense, blinding them is good in general because they'd be too clumsy. True of any creature that relies on sight.
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No. 889059 ID: 91ee5f

>>889034
>PANIC system
So what level of PANIC did you rank the Displacer Beast and what are its individual stats?

Also, make sure you write notes on how Displacer Beasts act.

*Prefers attacking its target from behind or the sides. If you see one charging straight at you, odds are it’s already displaced itself.

*If encountered in a well lit area, watch its shadow. It can’t displace its shadow and its shadow will be where the real Displacer Beast is.
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No. 889071 ID: 8a947d
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>>889053
You ask Vol about the muscly film behind the displacer beast's head. He says the theory is unlikely as plenty of demons don't have "real" eyes. Even the mandrakes from before lacked proper eyes. The film where their eyes is connected to their brain and used for mixture of sight, sound, and smells in addition to their noes or ears.

>>889059
VOL: So what'd ya rank a displacer beast ?
YOU: Well...I'm not sure how accurate this really is since I'm still getting used to it. Physical they're potentially strong enough to pick a and hold down a human being. so I gave them four in Physique.
YOU: Their magic allows them to be completely hidden and lets them ambush people easily, but on its own isn't that destructive I gave it a three
YOU: They're fast but from the look of it their invisibility gives them extra speed, on their own they're not as agile but still enough to give them four stars.
YOU: They're smart enough to open doors and they seem like they know well enough to ambush their prey, so I gave them three stars.
YOU: And finally, most of the time bullets seem to roll off of their hide. Even while dead I had a problem cutting through it's fur. It's tough but not impossible, four stars.
YOU: Overall I gave the Displacer Beast a Panic Score of 8. Almost half of the maximum amount, they're pretty dangerous. We're lucky we never had to fight them in a group. I also jotted down some extra notes about taking care of them in a fight. Also I kept the skin to see if I can make Binding Scrolls with it, it was the hardest part but this could have an interesting outcome...What should I do with the body?
VOL: Lets get Troy ta take care of it, but for now I'm just gonna wheel it out to da backyard. I don't wanna look at or smell it. There ain't nothin' else ya wanna do with it before I cart it out?
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No. 889073 ID: bddb0f

>>889071

Carve a steak out and cook it, see if you or Vol can eat it. Waste not, want not, eh?
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No. 889074 ID: ad51b8

>>889071
can we use the extra skin as something to sell to the tanner in town to make some extra spending money?
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No. 889076 ID: 91ee5f

>>889071
>And finally, most of the time bullets seem to roll off of their hide. Even while dead I had a problem cutting through it's fur. It's tough but not impossible, four stars.
You might want to double check that. You put 5 stars next to Constitution.

>There ain't nothin' else ya wanna do with it before I cart it out?
“You want me to help you with that?”
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No. 889080 ID: 094652

Carve up the meat and organs and store for future use. Keep the skull and pelt as trophies to show off to future investors. Bury the rest so the nutrients can feed your supernatural plants.
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No. 889082 ID: 575ec0

Bruh.
Skull.
Clean and Keep the Skull.
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No. 889088 ID: eeb7d9

Do you think its body parts could have some alchemical properties you could take advantage of, or sell?
And the meat could be edible too.
When you are done, clean yourself up. You must smell horrible.
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No. 889248 ID: d3602f

>>889071
Considering displacer sizes can vary, I think we should make the physique star vary as well. Like, maybe 3-4.
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No. 889268 ID: 8a947d
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>>889076
>>889248
You make adjustments and fix mistakes you've made in the journal.

>Organs and Bones
You already skinned the beast so you remove the organs as carefully as possible. Vol leaves to grab you jars and to avoid throwing up. You remove collect the bones as well, you might as well if you're going to take the organs. You'll decide what to do with the material later later Finally you take a small slice of meat and cook it as well as you can.

The resulting dish looks a little dicey, the outer layer sort of crumbles and flakes but the meat on the inside seems edible. You take a bite, it tastes funny. Not like beef or poultry, it isn't bad actually. Vol enjoys eating it too. Though you don't have any salt to preserve the corpse and it will begin to rot so unfortunately you're still going to have to get rid of the rest of it. You cook a few more strips and give them to Troy outside, might as well since it's going to go bad.

TROY: ...Why are you covered in blood?
YOU: Science. Here I brought you some food!
TROY: ...This is safe to eat right? I'm not going to get like demon sickness or anythin'?
YOU: I ate it and I'm fine. Besides demon sickness probably isn't a real thing.

Troy takes his plate and eats. Looks like he had the same reaction as you and continues eating. Vol wheel's the displacer beast's corpse outside and bury's it in the garden, hopefully it'll be good for the plants. It's getting late, and you're starting to smell yourself now.
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No. 889271 ID: d3602f

>>889268
Maybe we should make a demonic cookbook (like people need another reason to think we're crazy). Take a bath and get to bed.
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No. 889273 ID: b1b4f3

>>889271
Haha, Demon Meshi!

>>889268
Wash up, maybe work on putting those parts on your skipper, then get to bed.
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No. 889274 ID: e37a06

>>889268
Re we sure the inedibility isn't our own horrible cooking skills? Not unheard of in quest protags...

May as well stay up for a bit and work on the skipper, and hope anything bad about the demon meat doesn't happen after digestion.
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No. 889275 ID: 91ee5f

>>889268
>Troy
You should let him know that if it needs to come into the house for anything, food, shower, toilet, laundry, a bed/couch, etc, then he’s allowed to come inside.

>hopefully it'll be good for the plants.
And then demon plants sprout up the next morning.

>It's getting late, and you're starting to smell yourself now.
Blood is very hard to wash out of clothes. If you can somehow wash out the blood from your clothes, then get them washed. Otherwise, you’ll have to throw them away with your bloodied bandages.

>>889273
>Wash up, maybe work on putting those parts on your skipper, then get to bed.
I think doing work after washing up might not be the best thing to do.

How about we install the parts first, wash up second, and then go to bed?
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No. 889281 ID: 094652

Speaking of salt, ever try making a saltthrower to test the effectiveness of biological warfare on roaming demon beasts?

Buy more salt next time, because meat sells well and it's a shame you have to throw it out. Maybe you should have done that when you were in town.
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No. 889284 ID: 575ec0

Hmm. Could Whittle a sick Demon Bone Knife Shank...

Also go stretch the hide out to dry in the sun. like, stake it to the ground or nail it to a wall or something, and actually scrape it clean.
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No. 889285 ID: 91ee5f

>>889284
You mean tan the hide? There’s a tanner in town that can do that without risking Roland accidentally ruining the hide trying to do it himself.
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No. 889286 ID: eeb7d9

Time to clean yourself. Do think is wise to use a demon corpse as fertilizer?
On the other hand, we might get an interesting reaction. Try using some bone dust too.
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No. 889289 ID: dbf422

>>889274
Well it's not inedible, clearly. Still, it could be a little overcooked, which is something that'll be fixed with practice. Different meat takes different cooking, and maybe displacer meat is tricky.
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No. 889299 ID: 8a947d
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>>889281
You've never though of making a "salt-thrower" since salt is much more valuable if you use it to preserve food. You will get more salt later.

>Skipper Parts
the upgrades are pretty easy to install, they don't take more than half an hour to get in.

>>889284
You'd rather take the skin to a tanner, you don't really think you'd be able to do it yourself.

>Clean yourself
You have few more clothes to wear and one last set of bandages. Hopefully you don't ruin those next time you're out or you'll have to go without bandages. For now a bath and sleep definitely sounds good.
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...


???: ...Troy?


...


???: Troy


...

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???: TROY!
TROY: Wha! Huh...What the ?
???: Behind you buddy, how ya been?
TROY: Who the hell...Matzen?
MATZEN: In the flesh, well technically not really but you know what I mean.
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TROY: Ah shit, Fuck!
MATZEN: Now Troy don't worry.
TROY: How am I supposed to not worry? I know how your ability works, you can only do this if you know I'm sleeping and where I'm sleeping. That means you know where I am! and since Channing has you hunting me down-
MATZEN: I'm not hunting you down. I'm not hear to kill you or drag you back.
TROY: ...Then why are you here?
MATZEN: To warn you, you made a lot of people mad with what you did. Not mad at you but mad in general. you deserting caused a huge upheaval in the gang and now Channing is in an even worst mood than when you left.
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MATZEN: Channing is having patrols out looking for you.
TROY: He is? I didn't know he was that mad.
MATZEN: Yeah, he knows you can't go far. Luckily he isn't sending whole armies for you. A few operatives will be searching certain areas over and over. I was sent to check this area, but afterwards Channing will send a different person to look.
TROY: I don't get it! People have deserted before and this much shit wasn't raised.
MATZEN: Yeah, but they just left quietly in the night or something. You left after a big argument where you showed how crazy Channing could be, a lot of what you said was right and that's a problem for Channing.
MATZEN: Luckily from what I can tell you seem to have found someone who's willing to give you some shelter. That's something you were always good at Troy, making friends.
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No. 889311 ID: 8a947d
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MATZEN: Well...this dreams gone on for too long. Troy I'm going to do my best where I can, but I don't have a lot of power. You know I almost didn't warn you about this since Channing is good at finding out stuff like this, but you're one of the few people I respect enough to do this.
TROY: ...Thanks Matzen
MATZEN: No problem Troy. You're smarter than Channing is, and you're smarter than his lackeys. Good luck.
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TROY: Gah!
TROY: ...
TROY: Goddammit.

D3: Slight Return - End Episode 1
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No. 889344 ID: 91ee5f

>>889299
>one last set of bandages. Hopefully you don't ruin those next time you're out or you'll have to go without bandages.
That’s a problem, since your father told you not to let anyone see your tattoos. So buying more bandages sounds like it should be a priority next time you go into town!
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No. 889347 ID: 5fa661

Better than bandages, what about something like a luchador mask, and maybe long gloves?
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No. 889356 ID: d3602f

>>889347
Then people will ask why we wear the mask. With bandages people will probably just assume we're a burn victim.

I also kind of like the bandages. I think they're cool.
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No. 889359 ID: 91ee5f

>>889347
No way, we’d look ridiculous and no one would take us seriously!

>>889356
I agree with all of this.
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No. 889365 ID: 5fa661

What about gloves though? DISPLACER-SKIN GLOVES?
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No. 889366 ID: 91ee5f

>>889365
I’m pretty sure using the tanned hide to make Binding Scrolls takes priority over making anything else.....for now.
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No. 889367 ID: 31fc71

>>889365
Assuming that the resulting leather is of a good quality. binding parchment comes first, but eventually we should totally make a hat out of a demon we've personally killed and dissected.
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No. 889378 ID: eeb7d9

We could make clothes out of that hide, and since is really tough, it could provide some protection, like a light armor. The displacer skin was really resistant to bullets, so maybe we can use it in that regard.
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