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915048 No. 915048 ID: fc3e27

Main Theme:https://youtu.be/QtX5W7QzHpw

Session Quest. I'll be updating frequently over the next two weeks, if there's interest.
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No. 916037 ID: e63e6d
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>>916036

The four of you shuffle down the stairs and back into the corridor. Reno and Dana's fear is palpable, but you think lizards have poorer olfactory senses than you do? You remember hearing that somewhere. It can't be helped now.

There are sounds coming from down the corridor.
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No. 916040 ID: 080aaf

Get Reno to hide. Ambush and go for the silent takedown, either they're lizards or you're dressed as one.
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No. 916041 ID: e51896

Throne is leading the way. Suggest to Throne we look before we leap. If we attack and it turns out to be a guard who survived instead of a lizard, there could be problems especially since we are in disguise.

That said, I think we should stay stealthy and only attack if we are found out to not be lizards.
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No. 916042 ID: e63e6d
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916042

>>916041

You tell Thorne to go check around the corner in a hushed voice, and she does. A tall lizard in a strange mask almost bumps into her. It sounds jovial. A dark light fills the corridor.

Is it done, brothers?

Behind the lizard are perhaps a dozen others.
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No. 916043 ID: 080aaf

Is what done?
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No. 916044 ID: e63e6d
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916044

>>916043

The lizards laugh.

You joke! And what a time for jokes! HAS THE SACRED THRONE BEEN CLEANSED OF ITS DEGENERATE MAMMALIAN USURPERS?
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No. 916045 ID: c4c64c

It's too risky to try and fight them with your charges so near, but this might be a leader of whatever this cult is, and leaders usually have vital information. Stay quiet and listen. See what their next move is.
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No. 916046 ID: 727dff

Just nod
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No. 916047 ID: 080aaf

Okay, now that we know our voice fools them, tell them a lone warrior stands guard over their corpse-king. The throne is no more.
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No. 916049 ID: e51896

>>916047
I wouldn't say that. If we say that, he might tell us to get back up there and kill the gaurd. A simple nod should suffice.
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No. 916050 ID: 20afab

>>916044
it is done. they all lie dead in a pool of their own blood.
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No. 916051 ID: e63e6d
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916051

>>916046

You nod.

The lizard makes a strange sucking sound.

EXCELLENT! We will go and check the corpse, and if he is still alive, ensure our... Contact is rewarded. This is a great day for our people. Get to the kitchens, you lot! No longer will we suffer dry and dusty locusts! No longer will we drink the juice of succulents!

The lizard laughs and claps you on the shoulder, before marching toward the steps. The guards follow.

A resounding silence fills the hallway, punctuated by their echoing footsteps and Dana's quiet sniffling.
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No. 916052 ID: 080aaf

Get outta there before the snuffling is overheard!
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No. 916053 ID: 91ee5f

>>916051
>Get to the kitchens, you lot!
Of course they would celebrate by eating your food.

>No longer will we suffer dry and dusty locusts! No longer will we drink the juice of succulents!
And if that’s what they’ve been eating the entire time, I don’t blame them for wanting to raid the kitchen.

Anyways, it’s time to go. Keep moving towards the secret exit in the armory.
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No. 916054 ID: e51896

if anyone asks about the sniffling, claim it is allergies.

But yeah, make it look like you are going to the kitchen, and when no one is looking, head for the secret exit.
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No. 916057 ID: a9af05

>>916051
Keep going towards the armory.

When you get there, make sure you get armor and weapons before you leave.
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No. 916059 ID: e63e6d
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>>916054

The soldiers move on. You head to the armoury.
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No. 916060 ID: 727dff

You should first peek in the armory in case someone's inside and see if they're friend or foe
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No. 916061 ID: d887c0

>>916051
Well, they're in for a nasty surprise.
Keep moving. The sooner you escape, the sooner you can turn your thoughts to matters of revenge.
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No. 916062 ID: 727dff

Also seems like Donna is shivering scared. Put a hand on her shoulder to comfort her and Whisper everything will be okay
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No. 916063 ID: 727dff

>>916062
*dana
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No. 916065 ID: e63e6d
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916065

>>916062

You decide not to touch the frightened child hiding under a robe without warning.

>>916060
You check the armoury. Most of the good weapons and armour are gone, and some stuff is scattered around on the floor and tables. There is no obvious other door. There are no enemies nearby.

Thorne bars the door and pulls her cloak off.
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No. 916066 ID: b1b4f3

>>916065
Alright good time to stop and get healed, then get some equipment your wards can use. Maybe upgrade some of your own since it's not like anyone else on your team is gonna use this shit.
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No. 916067 ID: a9af05

>>916065
>There is no obvious door.
Duh! That's why it's called a secret passage!

Also, it requires magic to open it, so you're going to need the princess' help to find it.
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No. 916068 ID: 080aaf

Behind the map.
Good time to loot anything left not nailed down, maybe burn/grab any sensitive documents they overlooked. Get Reno a shield.
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No. 916070 ID: b50bde

>>916051
It's clear that the revolutionaries have snapped from living in a hellhole with ^&*( to eat for generations. That doesn't excuse them from destroying their own infrastructure with terrorism and then blaming another race for continuing to starve, but something needs to be done about their justifiable grievances.

Note to the princesses that when they get back on the throne, they're to expand supply routes across the deserts.

... Kind of amazing they've survived on cooked locusts and plant juice, though. Maybe you'll teach your citizens their ways of survival when the survivors of your onslaught finally surrender.

>>916065
Grab the map, continue to bar the doors until you find the secret door.
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No. 916071 ID: ad51b8

ask the princess where the door is an get going.
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No. 916073 ID: e63e6d
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>>916068

You search for any sensitive documents. The only document of any kind you find are these EXTREMELY LEWD WOODCUTS, which you don't really have a way to burn.

>>916070
The desert lies to the south of the Kingdom! They rebelled, and have been eating locusts since. Serves them right.

>>916071
Reno says she doesn't know where the door is! In this room somewhere.
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No. 916074 ID: c4c64c

Describe woodcut. Save woodcut for later reference.
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No. 916075 ID: 094652

Okay two important questions: how long ago was their original rebellion, and how many of the deported CIVILIANS supported the revolutionaries when they were deported?

But for certain, neutralize the ones that are currently trying to kill you all.

>lewdcuts
Keep these. It's going to be a looong trip.

Take another look at those two statues. Try posing them in the same manner as the woodcuts.
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No. 916076 ID: c7f906

My guess is behind that wall map or one of the flanking statues. Unless Thorne just found it right now.
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No. 916077 ID: e63e6d
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>>916076
The map is set into the wall. There's not really much behind it.

>>916075
Man, you don't know that! You're a cool warrior, not a history scholar. That all happened hundreds of years ago.

You stealthily add the LEWD WOODCUTS to your inventory.

Reno is already busy with the statues, it seems.
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No. 916078 ID: e63e6d
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>>916068

There are no worthwhile shields around; only giant tower shields made for bucks and oxen. You do find a SPIREBLADE'S ARMOUR, though!

You take the opportunity to clean yourself off.
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No. 916079 ID: c4c64c

Since you seem to be out of immediate danger, have Reno take a look at your arm finally.
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No. 916080 ID: e63e6d
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916080

Looking good!

>>916079
Reno says she'd rather get out of danger. This is gonna take half an hour, at least.
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No. 916082 ID: b1b4f3

>>916080
Well I guess they could start banging on the door. Is there anything Reno can wear for additional protection or is she already suited up? I can't tell if her clothing is decorative or protective.
Once that's settled, let's join the search for the hidden passage.
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No. 916083 ID: edfbdc

>>916077
Well one thing's for sure. If it's been hundreds of years, these aren't even the people who rebelled. Can't really judge them for that. Also can't explain this attack with that, so something else is going on.

>>916080
Okay, help find the way out, or you'll ruin your new clothes with your blood before you can enjoy them.
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No. 916084 ID: e63e6d
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>>916082

It's mostly decorative, and pretty light; but it's heavily enchanted. Most of the actual protecting is your job, though. Dana's clothes are just clothes. No special charms for a bastard.
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No. 916085 ID: 080aaf

Whatcha readin, boss?
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No. 916086 ID: c7f906

Any clues there?
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No. 916088 ID: e63e6d
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>>916085

Reno tells you not to call her "Boss".

"But yes, I do have... Something. It says that 'When night is at it's darkest and dawn seems an impossibility, blood from the royal line must fall on the lake at the center; look for the... the southward arrow and the westward pendant', I think. Or... some such."

She frowns at the writing.

"It's very old."
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No. 916090 ID: 40df11

So they need royal blood at the centre of the lake at midnight and those last two things are to help find the right position?
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No. 916092 ID: 080aaf

Sure thing, chief.
The map is the key... try dabbing a bit of the princess's blood on the lake where the rightward statue's pendant and the overhead arrow's directions intersect. Hope it's pure enough for whatever enchantment this is.
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No. 916095 ID: e63e6d
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>>916092

Reno casually reminds you that your only duty on this earth is keeping all her blood inside her body.
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No. 916096 ID: c7f906

Alright, southward arrow is the design above the map. 'westward pendant' could maybe-not-probably reference the bean-shaped lake with two rivers, making it look like a pendant, to the top left of the map; 'Lake at the center' is probably one of the two circles right smack central to the map, probably the top one. Have Reno interact with it and see if 'royal blood' is figurative and doesn't have to involve pricking any fingers.
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No. 916097 ID: 094652
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916097

Seems straightforward: douse the lamps, then use the princesses' blood to draw two lines, one from the bow and arrow and one from the pendant hanging on the statue on the right.

>bastard
...seriously? Who's Dana's mother then?
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No. 916098 ID: 080aaf

Can't bake an escape tunnel without breaking a few eggs.
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No. 916099 ID: 094652

>>916095
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPxY8lpYAUM
but we kind of need a genetic signature from you or Dana to activate the special magical lock to open the door specifically designed to keep YOU alive. Unless you want us to prick Dana's finger instead."
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No. 916100 ID: 90f3c0

The blood part probably isn't literal. Just have her touch the appropriate spots on the map.
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No. 916101 ID: e63e6d
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916101

>>916096

Reno humours you.

She asks if there are any other silly map-related things you want to try out.
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No. 916103 ID: 080aaf

Okay, we made a statue cry. That's progress.
...Did anything else happen? Is that a smear or a sleeve shadow?
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No. 916104 ID: bddb0f

Nope, it looks like that did the trick.

Check out the crying statue to the right.
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No. 916105 ID: c7f906

Reno get back, the statue is weeping.

What's got Dana shook?
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No. 916106 ID: b1b4f3

>>916101
Statue's eyes lit up. Check it out.
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No. 916107 ID: e63e6d
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>>916106

The statue's started weeping. Only the right statue; the left is still the same.

>>916105
You assume Dana's a little put off by her father's death, which she witnessed about an hour ago.

>>916097
Reno's mother died in childbirth; the identity of Dana's mother has always been cause for rumours, but you find that sort of thing tasteless. She's a good kid, and you love her like a little sister.
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No. 916108 ID: b1b4f3

Poke the eyes?
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No. 916109 ID: c7f906

>>916107
I thought she was staring at something particular, poor kid...

Now try moving the statue.
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No. 916110 ID: a9af05

>>916107
This is when you tell Reno, "I told you so."
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No. 916111 ID: 080aaf

See if its arms move? Man, I hope it wasn't just a distress beacon.
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No. 916112 ID: eeb7d9

Well, it did react when she touch it. I think she is part of the puzzle somehow.
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No. 916116 ID: 094652

Hm. Looks like we're getting somewhere. See if putting Dana's hand on the lake activates the other statue. If not, douse the lights in the room, like the code said.
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No. 916117 ID: e63e6d
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916117

>>916109

You and Thorne try to move the statue. It doesn't budge.
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No. 916119 ID: b1b4f3

>>916117
Hmph. Maybe there's a second step we need to perform? Check the eyes of the statue that isn't crying.
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No. 916120 ID: 094652

>+5 Sexual Tension
Stop that, Eth. There are children present.

Analyze the statue's 'tears'. What color and viscosity?
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No. 916121 ID: e63e6d
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916121

>>916116

Thorne lifts Dana up to the lake. For a brief interval when nobody's touching it, the tears are gone; then they reappear, in exactly the same fashion.

>>916119
You can't reach easily. From what you can tell, there are no eyes; just flat stone, cast in shadow.

>>916120
It's autumn. You're in heat. You can't help it.

The tears are the same colour as the ambient light in the room; they don't seem to be liquid, more like... the darkness around them is shadow, and the tears are just regular light? They certainly don't give off any light of their own.
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No. 916122 ID: 080aaf

Okay, try holding her hand there while we douse the magical ambient lighting.
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No. 916123 ID: b1b4f3

When the eyes are lit up, look where it's looking. There's no other writing on the statues?
What's near the lake? What's the lake's name?
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No. 916124 ID: c7f906

Is that circular bit indicative of anything, like a city? Turn and see what the weeping statue is looking at?
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No. 916125 ID: e63e6d
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916125

>>916123

The eyes are blank. There is no other obvious writing.
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No. 916126 ID: 12b116

What's on the pendant Reno is wearing?
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No. 916127 ID: c7f906

>>916125
What's that just south of the lake?
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No. 916128 ID: e63e6d
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916128

>>916126

A very pretty opal. It doesn't seem relevant here. You admire her excellent taste in jewelry.

>>916127
The Capital, and the Spire, which you're currently in.
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No. 916129 ID: a9af05

Only one statue is doing something because you followed the instructions on that stature.

Try reading the instructions on the other statute to see what the clue is to get it to also do something.
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No. 916130 ID: c7f906

>>916129
I think that was the only statue to have instructions. Maybe try touching the crying face? Only other thing I can think of is if the light doesn't come from the statue, but from somewhere else, you should look for the light source.
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No. 916132 ID: e63e6d
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916132

>>916129

The other statue has no writing!

Reno says that if you're quite done staring at her royal bosom, she's willing to let you prick her finger and try the blood thing. But only if you're sure it'll work, and if you go through with it, you'll owe her one.
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No. 916134 ID: c4c64c

Take the deal, offer suggestive rewards.
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No. 916135 ID: 0c3c2c

>>916101
The statue is weeping.
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No. 916136 ID: 080aaf

Sure, it's just a flesh wound.
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No. 916137 ID: e63e6d
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916137

>>916134

You accept the deal in the most suggestive voice you can manage, and wink at your princess. CRITICAL HIT!

Reno blushes.
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No. 916139 ID: c7f906

Get the smalest sharp thing you can find, like a pin or needle. Even a dagger will probably shed more than you need.
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No. 916141 ID: 0c3c2c

Just have her use her sharp teeth to draw a little blood.
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No. 916143 ID: b1b4f3

Mouths aren't sanitary. Tip of a rapier or other pointy sword should work, so long as it's clean.
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No. 916144 ID: d842f4

>>916143

It's the middle ages, disease is spread through miasma, let the girls have their fun
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No. 916145 ID: 270774

fang prick is obviously the only acceptable way to do this after you led with suggestion. go get em eth
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No. 916146 ID: 91ee5f

>>916137
Are you sure you’re allowed to have sex with your princess?

Unless.....you’ve both done it before? Which would make sense, since you’ve both known each other for years.
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No. 916147 ID: e63e6d
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916147

>>916145

You prick the Crown Princess' index finger in a horrendously lewd manner. Her finger tastes good. Thorne looks on in disapproval. Reno blushes.
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No. 916148 ID: e63e6d
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916148

>>916147

Your heart has grown more PLAYFUL!
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No. 916149 ID: 12b116

wipe it on the lake now
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No. 916150 ID: c7f906

Promice to kiss it better once we're all out of here.
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No. 916152 ID: 556568

Hey, on the plus-side, if you're able to be this frisky then the blood-loss probably isn't too bad.
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No. 916153 ID: e63e6d
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916153

>>916152
Actually, you are feeling pretty lightheaded. It might be more serious than it feels. You promise Reno you'll kiss it better later, which earns you a brief snrk.

>>916149
Reno wipes her thumb on the lake.
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No. 916155 ID: b1b4f3

>>916153
Did anything new happen?
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No. 916156 ID: 91ee5f

>>916147
>Thorne looks on in disapproval.
Hey, you had your chance to do suggestive stuff and you didn’t do it! It’s your own fault that you missed out on a chance to flirt with the princess!

>>916148
Hooray for a stat boost in playful flirting!

>>916153
>Reno wipes her thumb on the lake.
And? Did anything?
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No. 916157 ID: 0c3c2c

>>916153
Dang. I was hoping that would be a secret passage or something. This ancient riddle could have been more helpful.
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No. 916158 ID: c7f906

...What happens if somebody else puts their hands on it?
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No. 916159 ID: e63e6d
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916159

>>916157

The room rumbles.

[ANIMATED]
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No. 916160 ID: e63e6d

>>916159

Thanks for reading the quest so far guys! It's been fun! I'll start a new thread tomorrow. Until then, I'd love to hear feedback at https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/127013.html

Good night!
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No. 916194 ID: 91ee5f

>>916159
And you said that there wasn’t anything behind the map. Looks like you were wrong about that!
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No. 916199 ID: 9c5835

>>916194
more like lying!
how can we trust you again, deer?
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No. 916203 ID: e63e6d

>>916194
Merely depicting what the character sees, babe.

>>916199
Trusting me may have been your first mistake
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