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908348 No. 908348 ID: 15a025

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No. 913553 ID: 15a025
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913553

>If he's dead drive to a safer place then call the cops.
I don't want to admit it, but I need to face it. There's a chance someone else could be in here out to get me, and standing around yelling could end up getting me killed.
Roxie: "Come on, we're settling this outside."

Before he can say anything or protest, I grab his arm and start dragging him with me.
When we get to the door though, it slides down and slams shut!
???: "I'm telling you this place is haunted!"

Roxie: "Shut up, it was probably the wi-"

I hear something outside make a heavy click.

I try to slide the door back open, but it won't budge.

???: "You were saying?"
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No. 913554 ID: 15a025
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913554

> call the cops!
Not exactly my first pick for someone to call given what I'm doing here, but-

My phone isn't getting reception?

I try to make a call anyway but it just pops a message on screen saying no service.
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No. 913564 ID: 2f99b5

Magic is now likely in play here. Draw your weapon if only because it's much brighter than your phone and you don't want someone or thing to get the drop on you.
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No. 913570 ID: 91ee5f

>>913554
Well, shit. That’s not good! Seems like there’s probably some kinda magical interference going on.

You’ve got the package with you, right? Whoever is doing this will have to come to you to get it.

Try to light the place up with your magic. Focus on making it bright instead of giving it a shape.
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No. 913604 ID: a9af05

>>913554
Try to make your light brighter so you can watch for whoever's trying to ambush you!
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No. 913671 ID: 15a025
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913671

>Magic is now likely in play here.
>Well, shit. That’s not good! Seems like there’s probably some kinda magical interference going on.
Is that even possible? I could understand having no signal since we're a little ways out of town. Not sure about the door either way though.

>You’ve got the package with you, right? Whoever is doing this will have to come to you to get it.
Yup. Been kind of awkwardly juggling it around with all this other stuff I'm carrying. (*)

>Draw your weapon if only because it's much brighter than your phone and you don't want someone or thing to get the drop on you.
>Try to light the place up with your magic. Focus on making it bright instead of giving it a shape.
>Try to make your light brighter so you can watch for whoever's trying to ambush you!
I put my phone away and bring out the beat stick again. I try to make it make it brighter this time, but it doesn't seem to change much. At least I can see.

Roxie: "Alright, start walking. We're going to find another way out."

???: "I'm taking the lead?"

Roxie: "Well if you want to volunteer to, sure."

???: "Damn it!"

Roxie: "Like you had a choice."
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No. 913673 ID: 15a025
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913673

For an abandoned warehouse, this place sure has enough crates and boxes around. Speaking of,

Roxie: "Guess this is what fell over earlier? But from where? It's not like there's a stack of-"

???: "Shhh! Look up."

Roxie: "Huh-?"
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No. 913674 ID: 15a025
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913674

There's a second floor? It's hard to see, but it looks like someone's up there?
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No. 913675 ID: 15a025

*Whops. Seems like I forgot to draw/sprite Roxie holding her package for the past few panels. I'll try my best to remember it from now on.
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No. 913676 ID: b1b4f3

...is that a Chimera? The only thing that can kill a Chimera is light magic. You sure are lucky.

See if you can make your beatstick SHARP and LONG.
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No. 913679 ID: 91ee5f

>>913674
I see purple! That’s not good!

.....oh, right, you don’t know about that. Basically, the color purple means something or someone is cursed. Any type of light magic is necessary for either severely hurting something/someone that’s cursed or, if it’s someone you know, removing the curse to turn that person back to normal.

Unfortunately, at your current skill level, you’d have a hard time trying to cure someone.

>>913676
Yeah, good idea. Even if it isn’t a chimera, it should still hurt whoever that is.
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No. 914110 ID: 15a025
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914110

>is that a Chimera? The only thing that can kill a Chimera is light magic. You sure are lucky.
Yeah, lucky me. If I have to fight it, it's with a glorified glow stick.

>Basically, the color purple means something or someone is cursed. Any type of light magic is necessary for either severely hurting something/someone that’s cursed or, if it’s someone you know, removing the curse to turn that person back to normal.
I'm a little familiar with it, not much though. Blitz never really taught me much, and what else I know is from running into the cult a couple times.

>See if you can make your beatstick SHARP and LONG.
>Yeah, good idea. Even if it isn’t a chimera, it should still hurt whoever that is.

I'm not sure I can make this thing long enough to go up that far? Maybe I can at least get the sharp part?
I close eyes for a moment and try to shift the warmth of the light around. Pretty quickly I start getting a headache and start to lose focus.
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No. 914112 ID: 15a025
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914112

I open my eyes again and partial success? It's a little shorter now but it's a got a little blade now.
???: "Oh you can't be serious?"

Roxie: "What?"

???: "We're not going up there."

Roxie: "Oh yes we are. That's about our only lead right now."

???: "I want my knife back then. I am not going up there with just my bare paws."

Roxie: "You wish you had bear paws, shorty."

???: "You giving me my knife or what?"
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No. 914113 ID: 15a025
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914113

Alright, screw it. I'm putting the box down for a second while I dig out his knife.

Roxie: "This is all you get. I'm not handing over your throwing knives. Your aim sucks anyway."

???: "Those were warning shots..."

Roxie: "Now to find a way up there..."

???: "Uh... stairs are right over there?"

How'd I miss those?
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No. 914114 ID: 15a025
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914114

I grab the package and head up the stairs. Sending the imposter up first.

???: "So now what? How are we going to get over to the other side without him seeing us?"
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No. 914557 ID: 15a025
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914557

Looking around, there's a couple of ways we could go? On the north path, it looks like we've got more cover, but he's also facing that direction. There's another walkway south of us, but it's got a lot less boxes we can hide behind. If we go that way, we might be able to sneak up and attack him from behind?
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No. 914560 ID: 15a025

Feel free to edit and post the map panel to help guide Roxie and her tiny "companion"
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No. 914578 ID: b1b4f3

Can you grab or push a box and use it as mobile cover?
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No. 914582 ID: 91ee5f

It’ll be kinda hard to sneak up on him with your glowing light weapon.

Maybe you can approach from the top path closest to him and attack quickly before he can react?
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No. 914611 ID: fafba8

>>914557
deactivate you weapon, go north, then in the middle go south to get that sweet sneak attack.

if all else fails, go for the kidney. the pain that can cause can make a person go into shock for a second.
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No. 914694 ID: 15a025
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914694

>Can you grab or push a box and use it as mobile cover?
I walk over to a close by box and try to move it, but it's kind of heavy and makes a grating noise as I push it.

???: "What are you doing? He's going to hear us!"
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No. 914695 ID: 15a025
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914695

>It’ll be kinda hard to sneak up on him with your glowing light weapon.
>deactivate you weapon.

I close my eyes and focus on moving the beat stick back to the necklace. I get another headache for a second, but it quickly goes away with the stick.

???: "Hey! We kind of need that to see."

Roxie: "So does he. It's giving us away."
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No. 914697 ID: 15a025
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914697

>go north, then in the middle go south to get that sweet sneak attack.

I run the plan over quickly with shorty and send him off first.
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No. 914700 ID: 15a025
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914700

We make to and past the first crate on the north path with ease. Unfortunately we get stuck at the middle crate when the cultist turns around and talks to them self?

Cult: "I'm starting to regret wishing someone would snuff out that holy light. As worrying as it is that the church is snooping around now, it's hard to see in these units. Even after killing him, that tick eating traitor manages to waste my time."

I nearly jump when I hear something squeak and growl.

Cultist: "True. Go check the others and see what's going on. Abandon those orders and come back to me if you even catch a glimpse of the church in here. I'll be searching for the package."
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No. 914701 ID: 15a025
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914701

I start sweating bullets at the thought of that thing coming over and finding us, but I hear something hit the ground down below? Did it jump down from the railing?
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No. 914702 ID: 15a025
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914702

As soon as he starts digging through the crate again, we book it for the third, and then the forth crate next to the wall.

Now's the perfect chance to get him, but I need I plan. If I bring out the beat stick, he's going to notice the light. I could try using the throwing knives someone was kind enough to give me, but I'm not sure how effective they're going to be on this guy.
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No. 914924 ID: fafba8

>>914702
Just use one of the throwing knifes as a regular knife. I mean they are balanced for better throwing so it should be better at digging in flesh... so stab him as he does not believe in the right god(ess/esses/s)!

where is everyone?
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No. 914929 ID: 91ee5f

>>914924
Yeah, do this.

And if that doesn’t work, then use your light magic, only instead of a beating stick, try to make it sharp and pointy at the end so that you can stab him with it!
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No. 914930 ID: b1b4f3

Every time so far when you've used light magic you closed your eyes while focusing. Do not do that this time, and just try to remember the shape of the sharp instrument you made before.
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No. 915866 ID: 15a025
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915866

>Just use one of the throwing knifes as a regular knife. I mean they are balanced for better throwing so it should be better at digging in flesh... so stab him as he does not believe in the right god(ess/esses/s)!
Right, throwing them in the dark like this probably isn't the best idea anyway.

Roxie: "I'm going in."

I try to stay low and move light enough that my boots don't clack on the ground. I sneak around the corner to get a little bit behind him. Once I'm in a spot n he needs to turn around to see me, I start creeping up behind him.
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No. 915867 ID: 15a025
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915867

I move in to sink the knife into his neck, but as I do, he leans into the crate. I end up stabbing him in the back instead.
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No. 915868 ID: 15a025
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915868

He roars in pain as I continue to try and push the knife in further. His tail starts to wrap around my arm though!

???: "I've had just about enough back stabbing for one night!"

It's squeezing my arm and trying to pull the knife out!
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No. 915869 ID: 15a025

A special thanks to Jiggydino for helping me compose this update's panels. Happy new year's everyone!
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No. 915874 ID: fafba8

>>915868
Magic item alert, might want to get ready dodge.

Try thinking of a dagger (or what ever weapon you want instead of a stick) and go stabby stabby on his or her neck, or cut off their tail!
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No. 915875 ID: b1b4f3

Duck, then hit him with some light. Any shape will do.
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No. 915881 ID: a9af05

>>915868
If the tail is wrapped around one arm, use the other arm to stab him with a blade of light!
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No. 915894 ID: 91ee5f

>>915868
Make a something sharp out of light and stab him!
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No. 915965 ID: 15a025
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915965

>Try thinking of a dagger (or what ever weapon you want instead of a stick) and go stabby stabby on his or her neck, or cut off their tail!

>If the tail is wrapped around one arm, use the other arm to stab him with a blade of light!
I toss the package onto the ground and hurry to bring out something to chop off his tail. As soon as the light's out I swing it down to free my arm!

???: "You! That light was you?!"
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No. 915966 ID: 15a025
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915966

>Make a something sharp out of light and stab him!
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No. 915967 ID: fafba8

>>915966
Double tap...
gotta make sure, his blood looks different.
unless he is alive.
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No. 915973 ID: 91ee5f

>>915966
Keep attacking to make sure he stays down!

Then pick up the package before your little imposter “friend” tries to grab it and run!
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No. 915974 ID: a9af05

>>915973
This!
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No. 915977 ID: fafba8

>>915973
and if he grabs it, beat him with a stick senseless (not dead).
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No. 915980 ID: a9af05

>>915977
Also this!
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No. 916416 ID: 15a025
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916416

>Double tap...
>gotta make sure, his blood looks different.
I pull the light stick out of the body and go for another stab!

Roxie: "What!"

All that's here now is his robe hanging off my stick. Looking on the ground I can see a pool of blood and some ashes? Something feels off here.

>pick up the package before your little imposter “friend” tries to grab it and run!
I scoop up the package, feeling unsure about what I should do next.
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No. 916417 ID: b1b4f3

>>916416
That's what happens when you attack something corrupted with light magic.

Anyway, what's in the box he was messing with? Check that out, then find the door controls. Also, try to make a ranged weapon out of your light magic, because you probably don't want to get into melee combat with the other thing in here.

For instance, maybe imagine a rocket? Or fireworks? Or a water balloon full of light? You just want something you can throw or launch that will explode when it hits.
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No. 916421 ID: 91ee5f

>>916416
>All that's here now is his robe hanging off my stick. Looking on the ground I can see a pool of blood and some ashes? Something feels off here.
It only feels off because this has never happened to you before. We’re just gonna tell you that this is what happens when something corrupted gets hit with light magic. In other words, you killed him.

Now all we have to do is find a way to get out of here. And hopefully avoid the other thing that’s in here.

But if you have to fight it, you might want to consider a ranged weapon, so that you don’t have to get close to it.

Oh, and make sure you find your “friend”, so that he doesn’t get killed.
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No. 916470 ID: fafba8

>>916416
you know what, I'm going to be that guy. Knowing them they got some ability to disenchant... or corrupt us, so if given the chance please just smash the gem...

also mind making a ranged weapon like a crossbow and a bolt.
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No. 916473 ID: 91ee5f

>>916470
>so if given the chance please just smash the gem...
No, don’t smash us!

And if that was true, they wouldn’t be afraid of the church. In fact, the first thing they would’ve done when they came to town would be getting rid of the church, which they didn’t, so they can’t do that.
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No. 916495 ID: fafba8

>>916473
Realized the way I said >>916470 what meant to say is if we get caught with no chance of escape then to smash us, because if their is one cultist then there is more. sorry about that.

and the church thing, the only reason they haven't gone after it is cause they are weak to light magic, which is something the chuck would have plenty of. such as us

and it obvious as they are going after the church because in thread 2 a church >>855718 was being protested of being built
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No. 916996 ID: 15a025
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916996

>That's what happens when you attack something corrupted with light magic.
>In other words, you killed him.
That almost sounds too easy?

>Try to make a ranged weapon out of your light magic
>you might want to consider a ranged weapon, so that you don’t have to get close to it.
>also mind making a ranged weapon like a crossbow and a bolt.
I close my eyes-

>Every time so far when you've used light magic you close your eyes while focusing. Do not do that this time.
I suppose I should try and learn how to do this with my eyes open. I stare at the oddly shaped stabbing stick and try to shape it into a ranged weapon. The best I can seem to do is make the tip of the stick pointed like an arrow. One thing I do notice though, I can make it just a little bit longer now.

>[cult and attacking the church]
I'm not quite sure what they're capable of, or why that haven't gone after the church directly. The church in town actually opened up very recently. Though it sounds like you know about that and the protests in town during its construction. I didn't think much of it till I heard about some people trying to burn it down the night before it opened.
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No. 916997 ID: 15a025
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916997

>Anyway, what's in the box he was messing with?
I go over and inspect the crate and box on the floor.
Inside the small box is a pawful of small rocks? There's a small note as well.

"Here's some stones, but not the one's you're after! Keep wasting your time digging for them."

I'm not quite sure what that's all about? I shift around through the crate a little and find a few more boxes. All of them have similar contents. Just more rocks and notes.
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No. 916998 ID: 15a025
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916998

>find the door controls.
>Now all we have to do is find a way to get out of here. And hopefully avoid the other thing that’s in here.
>if there is one cultist then there is more.
If what he said earlier is true, there's others around. Plus that little chimera thing? I head back over to my imposter "friend".

???: "You're still alive?"

Roxie: "Yeah. Can't say the same for the guy in the purple robe though."

???: "Don't suppose he had a key or something we can use to get out of here?"

Roxie: "Nothing. All that's left is his robe."

???: "This mean we're going downstairs with...whatever that thing was?"

Roxie: "Sure. You lead the way."
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No. 916999 ID: 15a025
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916999

After heading downstairs, we press forward and make it close to the back of the warehouse.

???"Think that might be our ticket out of here?
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No. 917000 ID: b1b4f3

>>916999
I see a blinking light. Make your way over there, but keep an eye out. The creature could be on the ceiling for all we know.
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No. 917001 ID: 91ee5f

>>916996
>Though it sounds like you know about that and the protests in town during its construction.
Well, we don’t know everything about it, but we have heard about it. Which isn’t hard to do, since we were at the church when some of the priests were talking about it.

>I didn't think much of it till I heard about some people trying to burn it down the night before it opened.
Most likely cultists trying to get rid of the church. Meaning that they’re definitely up to something and the church showing up has them afraid of being discovered.

Hell, they might even be responsible for all of the missing people that have been reported around here!

>>916999
There’s a blinking light in the window over there.

But be careful, since whatever is in here could jump out at any moment from any direction! And whatever you do, don’t try to make a run for it! If you panic, you might end up getting attacked!
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No. 917007 ID: 8b676a

>>917000
Seconding. You have to be careful. You never know when something is sneaking up and suddenly RIGHT behind YOU
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No. 917064 ID: a9af05

>>917000
I agree with this.
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No. 917284 ID: 15a025
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917284

>I see a blinking light. Make your way over there, but keep an eye out. The creature could be on the ceiling for all we know.
>There’s a blinking light in the window over there.
>You have to be careful. You never know when something is sneaking up and suddenly RIGHT behind YOU

Roxie: "Let's sneak up closer. Stay away from that window and watch out for the chimera."
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No. 917285 ID: 15a025
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917285

Unfortunately for us, there isn't much cover. I'm starting to regret questioning if this place was abandoned or not. I periodically keep my eyes on the ceiling in case the chimera is waiting to jump us.

I'm a little bit at ease when we reach the oddly narrowside of the shack.

Roxie: "Think you can peek into the window without them seeing you?"

???: "Look just because I'm short doesn't mean I'm invisible."
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No. 917297 ID: b1b4f3

This would be a great time for a grenade. You could smash a hole in the window then throw it in, and take out everyone in there.
Honestly, they're less likely to notice you if you look in, since your face is darker. You might want to try to keep that light out of sight though. We can see in, but I can't figure out what's in there. No blinking light anymore, and I don't think I see any people?
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No. 917361 ID: 675d1d

It does however mean he's smaller than you, though your darker fur would probably be better for not being noticed against the background.
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No. 917364 ID: 91ee5f

>>917285
You’ve got darker fur, so it might be easier for you to look in without being noticed.
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No. 917432 ID: 15a025
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917432

>This would be a great time for a grenade. You could smash a hole in the window then throw it in, and take out everyone in there.
Whoa! I'm not sure where you got the idea, but I wasn't in the service!
I mean, if I was, I'd certainly be carrying around more than a knife with me.

>Honestly, they're less likely to notice you if you look in, since your face is darker.
>your darker fur would probably be better for not being noticed against the background.
>You’ve got darker fur, so it might be easier for you to look in without being noticed.

> he's smaller than you,
Roxie: "Oh no I understand. You just don't want to admit you can't see that far up. I'll just take the risk instead."

???: "Bite me."
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No. 917434 ID: 15a025
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917434

I go over to the window and peek inside.

Shoot, there is someone's in here! They seem to busy doing something on a computer though?

I try to look around more of the room, but my view is pretty limited. There's something that looks like an electric panel behind the lion girl though?
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No. 917442 ID: b1b4f3

She doesn't look too happy, maybe she's a prisoner. See if you can get the door open.
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No. 917479 ID: a9af05

>>917434
>Electric panel
That might be light switches and/or door controls

>>917442
Yeah, try to open the door.
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No. 917539 ID: 91ee5f

>>917434
Try to get in there.
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No. 917607 ID: 15a025
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917607

>She doesn't look too happy, maybe she's a prisoner.
That's a risky assumption, but it could be possible? She isn't dressed like the other cultists I've seen at least. I'll have to be careful either way.

>See if you can get the door open.
>Yeah, try to open the door.
>Try to get in there.
Roxie: "We're going in."

???: "It's clear? "

I don't answer and just duck under the window as I make my way over to the door.

I go to open it but pause when I see the upside down cross hanging off the door. For some reason I feel kind of compelled to turn it right side up? I try my best to ignore the thought, figuring it could be part of some trap.
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No. 917608 ID: 15a025
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917608

I quietly open the door and head inside. The girl by the computer doesn't seem to notice me yet.
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No. 917686 ID: b1b4f3

If you can get closer undetected, see if you can get her attention while simultaneously telling her to be quiet.
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No. 917687 ID: 91ee5f

>>917686
Yeah, that sounds good.
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No. 917775 ID: 15a025
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917775

>If you can get closer undetected, see if you can get her attention while simultaneously telling her to be quiet.
I slowly approach here from behind. When I feel I'm close enough I point my stick at her.

Roxie: "Stay silent and I won't hurt you."

She instantly hits some keys and a new document covers up whatever she was just doing. Quickly after she types out a message.

Lioness: "Okay. Who are you? What do you want?"

I almost blurt out my name, but manage to catch myself. I'm not sure I can trust her with that just yet? Maybe I should ask her something first?
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No. 917781 ID: b1b4f3

>>917775
Tell her you're the one asking questions here. Ask her why she's here and what she's doing on that computer. Is she with the cultists, or did she come here with someone else?
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No. 917784 ID: 91ee5f

>>917775
Ask where the controls for the doors and lights are?

>She instantly hits some keys and a new document covers up whatever she was just doing.
Was that porn? Whatever, it doesn’t matter!

>Quickly after she types out a message.
Normally someone wouldn’t risk moving if they’re told to not move, out of fear of being harmed for moving.

So she would only move if she needed to type a message in order to communicate with you. Which makes me think that this lady is mute, she can only speak with written words or sign language.
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No. 917825 ID: a9af05

>>917775
Ask how to turn on the lights and unlock the doors.

>>917784
>She's mute
Don't jump to conclusions.
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No. 917832 ID: 15a025
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917832

>Tell her you're the one asking questions here.
Roxie: "I'm the one asking questions."

She erases part of her previous message and changes it a little bit.
Lioness: "Okay. What do you what know?"

>Normally someone wouldn’t risk moving if they’re told to not move, out of fear of being harmed for moving. So she would only move if she needed to type a message in order to communicate with you. Which makes me think that this lady is mute
>Don't jump to conclusions.
That could partially explain why she's on the computer? I shouldn't jump to conclusions though. Still, I'm suspicious about what else she's doing on the computer.

>Ask her why she's here and what she's doing on that computer. Is she with the cultists, or did she come here with someone else?
Roxie: "Are you with the cult?"

She frantically types out another message.
Lioness: "Yes, but not by choice!"

Roxie: "Care to explain that?"

Lioness: "Short Answer: Cursed. Not enough time to explain full situation."
I guess I'll have to give her the benefit of doubt for now.

Roxie: "Alright then, what were you doing on the computer before I came in?

Lioness: "Looking through files for anything valuable. Also writing up a report on what's happened tonight so far."

> Ask where the controls for the doors and lights are?
Roxie: "Where are the controls for the doors and lights?"

Lioness: "The lights were broken before we got here. I don't think the doors are controlled electronically either?"

I hear her sniffing around for a second before she deletes everything on the document.

Lioness: "Behind you!"
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No. 917848 ID: a9af05

>>917832
>Behind you!
Grab her and pull her out of the way!
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No. 917862 ID: b1b4f3

>>917832
It's the kid, he has a knife out. I forget if we let him have one but she's not armed so it's better if you start watching him instead.

It's kindof hard to read what she's typing on the computer and pay attention to him at the same time though. Ask her to start whispering instead. If she's got a curse of silence then uh, ask the kid to come over where you can see him and the monitor at the same time. Also give the kid an update- this girl is a captive and she says there are no door controls... wait, does that mean the garage door is opened via some kind of pulley system? That's a thing sometimes.
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No. 917897 ID: 91ee5f

>>917832
>Short Answer: Cursed
You’ve got light magic, but I wouldn’t attempt to cure her, since you’re more into offensively use it.

Maybe you can get her to the church?

Anyways, ask her how many of them are here in total. Then we can subtract 1 from that count and we’ll know how many more we should be looking for.

>"Behind you!"
Relax, it’s just your little “friend”. Emphasis on the word little.

>>917848
No, don’t do that. There’s no need to do that.
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No. 917975 ID: 15a025
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917975

>It's the kid, he has a knife out. I forget if we let him have one but she's not armed so it's better if you start watching him instead.
>Relax, it’s just your little “friend”. Emphasis on the word little.
Earlier he wanted his pocket knife for protection when we going up the stairs.

Roxie: "Don't worry, he's my little helper."

I take a glance to see he's coming over here. She starts typing up something pretty quickly

???: "Hey, what are you stupid! Paws off that keyboard!"

I hear her hit one more key before flinging her arms up. When I look back the screen's blank again.

???: "All the crap you give me and here you're just letting this girl hammer away at a keyboard? She could have set off an alarm or something!"

>give the kid an update- this girl is a captive and she says there are no door controls...
Roxie: "Be nice! The cult's holding her captive. I asked and there's no controls for the door I guess?"

???: "And you just believe her? How do you know she isn't-"

Roxie: "She didn't try to dress up like my customer and rob me for one. Not to mention she's been more helpful than you."

He gets up closer to her

???: "You might have her fooled, but I'm watching you like hawk.

Guess the short guy syndrome is starting to get to him.
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No. 917976 ID: 15a025
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917976

Roxie: "Just try and remember who's got the magic stick and a pocket full of throwing knives. Don't think I'm not still watching you too.

>It's kindof hard to read what she's typing on the computer and pay attention to him at the same time though. Ask her to start whispering instead.
Yeah, looking at the computer and paying attention to him is kind of hard here.

Roxie: "Can you whisper instead of typing?"

She doesn't move or say anything.
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No. 917977 ID: 15a025
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917977

Roxie: "Alright, you can put your arms down and use the keyboard then."

Lioness: "Thanks."

Shoot, now where was I?

>she says there are no door controls... wait, does that mean the garage door is opened via some kind of pulley system? That's a thing sometimes.
Roxie: " So, if the door doesn't have a control system. Does that mean it works on some kind of pulley?"

She types out this message out a lot more slowly than the other ones.
Lioness: "That just might be how it works? When we got here it was bolted shut. Getting in and out was easy. Locking it again inside, without locking ourselves as well wasn't. I heard the one in charge talking about using a heavy box of spray paint, but he didn't trust it-

She backs up deletes some of that and rewrites it.

Lioness: "Our boss tonight mentioned using a box to hold something shut, but he didn't trust it could hold its weight."

Roxie: "Something doesn't sound right about that? Wouldn't you use the box to hold it open?

Lioness: "Oh, right. Maybe that box was for something else then? I guess I'm not sure how the door works."

>ask her how many of them are here in total.
Roxie: "So, how many of you are here in total?"

Lioness: "Four."

After a brief pause she adds on to that.
Lioness: "Four, counting myself and a chimera."

Guess that just leaves me with one other cultist and chimera to watch for then.
>Maybe you can get her to the church?

Roxie: "Would you like to try and escape with us? I've got connections to the church. Perhaps they'd be able to lift your curse?"

Lioness: "If it was just my life at stake, I would. The cult knows where I live and my friends though. If I betray them, they're all going to end up like the snow leopard did. And that's if they're lucky..."
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No. 917984 ID: b1b4f3

>>917977
Hmm, interesting. So you were sent here with a delivery for the snow leopard, but he was a captive and they killed him for treachery? Time to open the package. I really hope it's something that will help.
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No. 917990 ID: 91ee5f

>>917977
>Guess that just leaves me with one other cultist and a chimera to watch for then.
Ask if she knows what the other cultist looks like? Male, female, tall, short? Dog, cat, rat, lion, etc?

.....hang on, if the cultists we’re here to trick you into handing over the box, then wouldn’t it make sense for someone to try and dress up as a snow leopard? Maybe this little guy is the other cultist?

Then again, he might actually just be someone in the wrong place at the wrong time and has nothing to do with the cultists.

We need more info before we can start accusing him!

>>917984
Yeah, if it’s something the cultists want, then we’re better off using it against them.

Unless it’s another enchantment stone. You can’t use more than one without breaking both. Basic magical knowledge.
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No. 918101 ID: 15a025
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918101

>hang on, if the cultists we’re here to trick you into handing over the box, then wouldn’t it make sense for someone to try and dress up as a snow leopard? Maybe this little guy is the other cultist?
If he was with the cult, captive or not. I'm not sure why they'd need to trick me then? Wouldn't it have been easier to just get the box from him afterwards? I guess if they knew he'd betray them, they'd need a backup plan like an imposter to intercept it then?

>Then again, he might actually just be someone in the wrong place at the wrong time and has nothing to do with the cultists.
>We need more info before we can start accusing him!
>Ask if she knows what the other cultist looks like?
Right. I could probably speculate on what's going on for awhile, but that's a waste of time when I've got a source for answers standing in front of me.
Roxie: "Who's the member with you? You already mentioned your boss, but what about the other?"

Lionsess: "What about them?"[/small] Roxie: "Gender, species, are they short or tall? What are they armed with?" Lioness: [code]"He's a brown coyote. They're about my size. I can't comment on what they're armed with, he's very unpredictable. He's also with the cult by choice if you're wondering."

>Time to open the package. I really hope it's something that will help.
>Yeah, if it’s something the cultists want, then we’re better off using it against them.
>Unless it’s another enchantment stone. You can’t use more than one without breaking both. Basic magical knowledge.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the package is just uh... really special candy. Thinking about it though, why would the cult need...candy? I can guess why shorty here would want it, but it doesn't seem like something the cult would waste all the effort for? If it was an enchantment stone, it'd be understandable. There's no way my boss would be dumb enough to try and sell something like that tho-
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No. 918102 ID: 15a025
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918102

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No. 918103 ID: 15a025
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918103

I quickly shut the box before the others notice what's inside.
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No. 918108 ID: b1b4f3

>>918103
Uhhh, what was it?
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No. 918118 ID: a9af05

>>918102
Was that an enchantment stone?! What the hell is your boss thinking?!

That means the cultists are going to come after your boss, if they find out that they're selling enchantment stones!
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No. 918505 ID: 15a025
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918505

>Uhhh, what was it?
>Was that an enchantment stone?!
Unfortunately...
>What the hell is your boss thinking?!
>the cultists are going to come after your boss, if they find out that they're selling enchantment stones!
They probably weren't thinking, which isn't surprising. It's bad enough we've got a couple gangs after us, but the cult?

???: "What's with the weird looks? Wait, don't tell me that box is empty!"

Roxie: "Never mind! None of your business!"

I turn back around and see the lioness is typing still.
Lioness: "When you're done with whatever over there, I've got another hunch."

Roxie: "What would that be?"

Lioness: "If you don't mind, I think there might be a floor plan or map of the warehouse on the computer. I'm not sure how to go about opening the big door, but maybe there's a fire escape you could use?"

Roxie: "That'd be-"

???: "Risky! Let her go free on the computer? She might set off an alarm!"

Roxie: "Would you drop it already? If she was going to set off an alarm she'd have done it by now. Go ahead, see what you can find."

After a bit of looking around, she pulls up another text document for us.
Lioness: "I couldn't find an image, but I did find this?


All zones in the warehouse should be marked with the appropriate signage! Please report to your supervisor if a sign is missing, misplaced, or defaced!
A1: Warehouse entrance and loading/unloading zone.
A2: Warehouse main floor. Due to the vandalism, we are requiring all workers to memorize the forklift routes until replacement arrow markers can be placed.
A3 - A6: Main floor Storage Zones. See product sheets for more info.
A-S: Stairway to A-7. Located by A5.
A7 - A9: Upper floor archival storage. For discontinued or out of production products.
B: Security Surveillance Station. Located in the very back south end of the warehouse.
F: Fire/Emergency Escape. Located east of B. Note that opening this door will set off the emergency alarm. City Fire Department will be alerted and dispatched!
H: In the event of criminal activity, hostage situation, or other sensitive emergency an alternate underground tunnel is located here. For obvious security reasons, its location is not being marked or noted. Only supervisors and above are trusted with its location.


Roxie: "I don't suppose you know where 'H' would be?"

Lioness: "Sorry. This is my first time hearing about it?"

Well, at least now I've got a few options at hand. I could take my chances with the fire escape and hope we can make it out before we get caught, or I could look around for that other hidden exit. I could also risk it and hunt down the other cult member and the chimera?


I revised this update since the previous version ended off kind of "strong" and didn't leave a lot of room for input or ideas.
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No. 918616 ID: 99bd77

Go scope out the fire escape, even if you cant use it it might still be worth it for setting off the alarm.

Take Lioness and Shorty with you but remind them both to stay quiet.
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No. 918623 ID: b1b4f3

We can't take her, her family is being used as leverage.
I kindof want to look around for the tunnel but it could be anywhere and wandering around for too long will increase the likelyhood of running into the chimera. On the other hand, this place is so worn out the tunnel might be really obvious...

If it's possible, the best escape plan would be to tie her up so she can't be blamed for the fuses going out, then disable the fusebox so we can escape through the fire exit unnoticed and drive off.
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No. 918625 ID: 91ee5f

>>918623
That sounds like a good plan.

But we’ll have to make it look convincing, so we might need to hit her to make it look like someone snuck up on her. And we’ll need to find something to tie her up, which should also include something to cover her mouth to look like we wanted to keep her quiet, since if we snuck up on her, we wouldn’t know that she can’t talk.
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No. 918720 ID: 15a025
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918720

>Go scope out the fire escape, even if you can't use it, it might still be worth it for setting off the alarm.
>Take Lioness and Shorty with you but remind them both to stay quiet.
>We can't take her, her family is being used as leverage.
Roxie: "We're going to check the fire escape. Before we go, do you want to come with?"

Lioness: "I'm sure. If I'm gone, they'll turn and go after my friends and family. I don't want them involved too."

>the best escape plan would be to tie her up so she can't be blamed for the fuses going out, then disable the fusebox so we can escape through the fire exit unnoticed and drive off.
>That sounds like a good plan.
Looking around, the best thing I can see is using cords for the keyboard and computer mouse as rope.
Roxie: "Alright before we go, un-plug the keyboard and mouse."

Lioness: "Why?"

Roxie: "We're going to try and shut everything off on the fusebox. Before that though, we're going to tie you up so it looks like you didn't just let us come in here and do whatever."

Lioness: "I'm not a fan of it, but alright."

She goes under the desk and unplugs everything. Afterwards I start tying her up the best I can. You know, for how often these stupid things to tangle up and get stuck in a knot on their own, they would decide to pain to tie when you need them to! I end up having her sit under the table and just tie her arms up and around one of the legs. I make sure to keep the knots loose enough though in case something happens so she can still undo them herself to escape.

> include something to cover her mouth to look like we wanted to keep her quiet
It doesn't look like there's anything else in the room I could use for that.

> we’ll have to make it look convincing, so we might need to hit her
I'm not beating her up. I could mess up her fur a bit though and make it look like she's got some bad bed head going on.
I ruffle her head a bit and try to get some fur sticking up.

Roxie: "There, now it looks like you didn't go down without a little fight either."


With the lioness taken care of, I go over to the box on the wall and shut everything off.

Roxie: "Stay safe, I wish we could help you more."
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No. 918721 ID: 15a025
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918721

We leave the little shack and find our way over to the fire escape.
Roxie: "Moment of truth. Get ready to book it if the alarm still goes off."

???: " You don't need to tell me twice. I'm booking it out of here alarm or not. "

Roxie: "Now what kind of scout or bodyguard here just leaves a girl to fend for herself?"

???: "The kind that tried to rob you first?"

Well, I can't say I'll miss him much.
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No. 918722 ID: 15a025
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918722

I open the door and shorty takes off running without me. I don't waste time and book it outside as well.
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No. 918723 ID: 15a025
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918723

I get back to where my scooter is. Thankfully nobody messed with it while I was in there. I throw my goggles on and take off.
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918724

Once I'm closer to town and on the main road, my phone starts buzzing like crazy. I pull over to the side of the road to see what's up?

Apparently I've got about five missed calls from boss, and it's eleven at night now? Didn't think I was in there that long? I better call her and see what's up.

She answers right after the first ring.
Roxie's Boss: "I need you in my office, now!"

Roxie: "That's two and half hours away from me! What's going on?"

Roxie's Boss: "That's what I want to ask you. Get here as soon as you can!"

She hang ups.
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918725

I hop back onto my scooter and make take off for the boss' place. I get the feeling I still have a long night ahead of me.

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