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You are Tsukuda Ryouta, a Shinigami of the 12th Division, an investigator of abnormal occurrences.

You've been deployed to the Human World's Berlin to track down a human with the ability to use Kido, the spellcraft of the Shinigami. Having already used those spells in the past to disrupt the operations of the spiritual agents, the human in question is potentially dangerous. Your mission is not to engage him directly, but to simply identify him. But whether or not searching for him is easier than disposing of him remains to be seen.

...Well, disposing of him might actually be part of your obligations now. You'll be given a bonus if you do, as per slaying a Hollow, and while you don't feel particularly thrilled by the prospect of increasing your wealth, the energetic partner you've employed in exchange for a part of that reward does. Thankfully, the investment seems to be already paying off, as Kirino Moeka, the Shinigami in charge of the area you're assigned to investigate, tells you about a series of gruesome murders occurring around these parts.

"There's a house - a mansion - about thirty minutes from here. Bodies keep getting found there, I think. From what I understand, they're all females, and all are missing their legs. I don't really keep up with it." The young redhead explains, nonchalantly and calmly. "I don't know if this has anything to do with our guy, Ryouta-kun, but it's the strangest thing I can think of seeing recently, other than those paper tags I found."

She suddenly smiles proudly, puffing her chest up a bit. "I can lead you there!"

Moeka seems rather excited at the prospect of being helpful.

...

>"Please lead me to the mansion."
>"They probably keep files related to the case at a police station. I’d like to look into that first."
>"Have you investigated the mansion?"
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>44643654
Current Character Sheet: http://pastebin.com/JpBL1B5n

Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Shinigami%20Quest
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>>44643654
>"They probably keep files related to the case at a police station. I’d like to look into that first."
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>>44643654
>"They probably keep files related to the case at a police station. I’d like to look into that first."
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>>44643654
>"Please lead me to the mansion."
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>>44643664
Why is there a ??? next to shikai in our character sheet? I feel like it shouldn't even be listed since we haven't done anything with our zanpakuto spirit yet. Unless something really weird is going on...
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Anyone else feel this chick is weird, even for a shinigami?
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>>44644002
Yeah. Her comments when we first met her make me worried that she's gonna try to seduce Ryouta or something and that won't end well for anybody.
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>>44643654
Voting over, writing!
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>>44644098
It's obvious she wants the D.
Unfortunately for us we would assume she was referencing some game of scrabble or something.
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>>44644783
>asks for the D
>"Uh. Go fish?"

Nailed it.
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Do spirits even have sex organs or a sex drive? Thought they're Ken dolls

Though there's the perv captain
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>>44645208
A lot of nobles are born into their respective clans, so unless they're popping out of the ground like daisies I'd assume there's some sex going on.
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>>44643815
>>44643837
"I'd like to look into the case itself. It might make it clear whether or not it has something to do with the human we're looking for." You say. Moeka nods a few times, her eyes wide with interest. "A police station probably has the case files. I'd like to see them."

"I can lead you there!" She exclaims again. "But the case files are all written in German, so it might not do much good..."

"I can understand the language well. It's not a problem." You say. The girl looks even more impressed.

"You're a really smart guy, Ryouta-kun. With someone like you helping out, I'm sure we'll get our guy no problem! Well, follow me!" She hops off the lamppost, darting away in long, quick jumps. You follow after her.

...

After arriving at the local police station, the relevant case files are easy enough to access. As you look through the folder, Moeka sits on a nearby desk, lazily swinging her feet.

There were five victims total so far, all women with no apparent connections to each other, ages varying from 19 to 56. They were all found inside a mansion one at a time, with the first victim being the 44 year old owner of the mansion, Anna Klein; it is known that the building was sold about a year ago, though the original owner, Martin Kramer, has alibis for all of the crimes. The legs of the victims were removed - 'as if chewed off by a large animal' is a common description used here; the attached photographs supplement that description quite accurately. Investigators don't believe that the wounds were actually caused by bites, but by some currently unknown artificial means.

Even when the house was being watched by the police, a new victim still appeared inside of it. Because of that fact, the detective in charge of the case, Josefina Gorman, believes that the crimes were committed by a policeman with access to the secured area.

(1/2)
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>>44645397
The victims' addresses are all written down here. It might be worth searching these places when you have the time. Moeka, being familiar with the city even outside of her designated area, knows how to reach those addresses.

Steward Faust, a police officer and husband of the latest victim, has been detained as a potential suspect.

Judging by those unexplained 'bite wounds', it seems very likely that the perpetrator here is a Hollow. You ask Moeka about the recent Hollow activities in the city, but the girl shakes her head.

"I purified the ones that popped up, but none of them were anywhere near that haunted house." She must mean the mansion where the bodies were found. "If there were, I'd know for sure, since I have this nifty thing," She proudly brandishes the Denreishinki. It's still possible that the Hollow in question could somehow hide from detection, though that's a scary thought. But if that were the case, you think that the Hollow would be aiming for Shinigami rather than humans, as they make for a much better meal. ...Or it really could be a human, like the Kido user you're looking for. You can't think of a spell that could be used to inflict those kinds of injuries, though.

"Well, are we done here? Where should we go next, Ryouta-kun?" Moeka seems eager to leave this place, or maybe she just wants to help directly again, instead of sitting around and waiting.

...

>Head to the mansion.
>Check the houses of the victims.
>Ask Moeka something. (Write-in).
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>44645443
>Head to the mansion.
It's totally her. Her shikai is something capable of making those wounds.
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>>44645443
>Check the houses of the victims.
Are the legs missing or just removed?
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>>44645397
>>44645443
Mansion

Seems logical, we won't get much of anything else from anyone as there are no reported witnesses, but all the activity is found inside the mansion. Would be a good place to start looking. Also pretty good place for a spencer mansion like cult facility I'd wager.
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>>44645443
>Head to the mansion.
I wanna analyze Moeka's skills if possible
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>>44645563
The legs weren't found, if that's what you mean!
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>>44645619
Was the bite wound inflicted post mortem?
Did the evidence suggest that the women were killed in the mansion or were they taken there after their death?
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>>44645443
Foot fetish spirit entity. Mansion
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>all dem people
>all dem legs
in before silent hill maniquin horde
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>>44645619
Where is the mansion located in relation to the tags Moeka has found?
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>>44645443
>Check the houses of the victims.
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Put the tags, mansion and victim houses on a map. Any correlation?
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>>44645443
Voting over, writing!

I'll answer the questions in the next post!
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>>44645443
Why is Faust a suspect?
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>>44645509
I'm not sure what makes you suspect that
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>>44645509
>>44645571
>>44645668
>>44645749
>>44645695
>>44645857
You nod at her, but before you go, you look one more time through the files, studying them carefully.

Judging by the amounts of blood found on the crime scene, the victims must have been killed there. They sustained no other injuries before the fact. With the exception of the first victim, there was no reason for any of the women to have been in the mansion, and when police began to keep an eye on the building, there was no way for them to have entered without the police being aware. It is likely that some of them were kept there for several days before being killed. Police found no signs of restraints or drugs having been used on the victims.

Steward Faust has no confirmable alibi for the previous murders and a motive to kill his wife - they've had a falling out and were trying for a divorce around the same time that the crimes have started to occur. Some other investigators are skeptical about this, believing that if Steward really was the murderer, he would have started with his with his wife, but currently, Steward is the best trail the police have to pursue.

There's a map of the city in the office you've broken into. You ask Moeka to show the locations of the victims' houses on it, which she does, and then you ask about the paper tags. She thinks about it for a while, and then points at a few places. There aren't enough tags to form a circle, just a somewhat curved line, but even after you mentally complete the circle, none of the houses are in it.

If you were to increase the size of your mental image by a considerable margin, it wouldn't be impossible to cover at least one of the addresses, but that seems like a stretch. The area covered by the tags in your first mission was nowhere near that large. The tags Moeka found are nowhere near the mansion, either.

(1/2)
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>>44646963
"One of the victims wasn't in your area?" You realize, and Moeka nods. It's quite a ways from the mansion and the place of residence of one of the victims, whose body was still discovered in the mansion, regardless. The locations that Moeka pointed at seem fairly scattered in general. Does that mean the victims are all random, after all?

"Let's head to the mansion." You say, to which the girl nods again.

...

From the police station, it takes the better part of an hour to reach it.

"There, that's the place." The redhead says, pointing at a fenced off mansion on the top of a hill. It's a rather lavish, two story building. All of the lights are off. People seem to be steering clear of the place, though you can spot policemen frequently making rounds in the vicinity. Because of the things that have been happening, this place be quite unsettling to the average person. But in your position, with the paranormal reduced to just another scientific field, 'haunted houses' like these don't really appear eerie at all. But it seems that it's not the case for every Shinigami.

"Uh... Can you go by yourself, Ryouta-kun? I mean... I'm not good at looking around, so you probably don't need me there, anyway, r-right? I'll wait for you..." Moeka speaks up, looking kind of nervous. You ask her what's wrong. "N-nothing, ahaha! I just... Like it outside more, you know? The winter is so nice and cool... It's probably stuffy in that building... And I'm more of an outdoor person, so... well..."

(2/3)
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>>44647049
The girl pauses, probably realizing how poor those excuses are. "...That place creeps me out, so I don't wanna go there. It's seriously like a haunted house..."

"But we're spirits ourselves. I don't understand why you would be afraid of a haunted house. Even if it is haunted, it is our duty to send the spirit responsible for it to Soul Society." You say, but that only seems to make her angry.

"W-well, I can't help it! I just don't wanna go! It looks old and rickety, and it's dark there... I hate it and I'm not even inside yet! And there's clearly no spirit or Hollow there, otherwise, the phone would tell us. So it's just dark and creepy there..."

...

>Insist that she goes with you.
>Let her stay behind, go alone.
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>44647081
>Let her stay behind, go alone.
Thanks, but I'll go it alone from here.
FOOOOOOOOOOX
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>>44647081
>Insist that she goes with you.
If there's no spirits or hollows there then you have nothing to be afraid of. And any creepy humans would be stopped by the police before they could enter.
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>>44647081
>Let her stay behind, go alone.
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>>44647081
>Let her stay behind, go alone.
But ask she stick around the grounds.
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no "there is no need to be afraid I will be with you"s going on here?
We need two more soul reapers and a dog for this to work proper though.
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>>44647081
>Let her stay behind, go alone.
If she's this scared already she'll just be a liability in there
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>>44647266
"Would it be better if we came back during the day?"
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>>44647081
Voting over, writing!
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>>44647302
>Implying that cutie won't burst through the window and lose all doubt as she stands between the threat and us, planting her legs in the ground in a power stance with her thigh muscles strained and her assertiveness bursting out of her chest.
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>>44647543
...what
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>>44647543
Pretty sure she would cower behind us actually.
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>>44647574
anon-kun pls
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what if the business man is in league with a hollow that's doing this or something?
what if it's some hollow worshipping cult?
what if it's fucking nothing?

I'm actually kind of interested in this.
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>>44647150
>>44647223
>>44647246
"I'll go, then." You say.

Moeka lets out a relieved sigh. "Reliable brave guys are just the best..." She mumbles. "I'll cover you, Ryouta-kun! From... here."

The mansion is a ways off from the building you're currently standing on, so that's not particularly helpful.

"If you scream, I'll probably hear it from here." She reassures you and pats you on the back. You kind of doubt that, but there's probably nothing worth screaming about there. "Well, good luck, Ryouta-kun!"

You leave her behind, approaching the building from the front door. You phase right through it, entering the mansion effortlessly. It's dark here. The curtains are closed; the moon is barely a crescent tonight, providing hardly any lighting. The light of the brightly lit city struggles to reach here. It takes some time for your eyes to adjust. You'd rather not touch anything here, but you slide aside the curtains. It improves your vision considerably. You can finally discern something.

The first things you see are... webs. On the inside, the mansion is covered in thick, massive webs. You've felt something strange on your skin as you moved around, but you didn't think it'd be... this. Studying them for even a moment reveals their spiritual origin, prompting you to draw your sword.

>Spirit Web

>Aside from mimicking the effects of webs secreted by real spiders to catch prey, except applicable on a larger, human scale, the composition of these webs serves as an interference to spiritual detection. As long as the Hollow remains in these webs, its Presence Concealment is increased by two Ranks.

>Rank: D
>Type: Barrier/Anti-Unit
>Range: 1-40
>Maximum Target: 20 people

(1/2)
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>>44648095
I don't get why a hollow would only eat the legs of women. Or what this might have to do with our human kido user.
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>>44648095
The worker was super unlucky in a super unlucky company. Almost like someone wished the competition to go away. Fairly sure it's more relevant than the hollow we're chasing.
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>>44648292
"Shinigami." An unpleasant, masculine voice reverberates throughout the empty mansion. A large, not even remotely humanoid shadow looms on the other side of the entrance hall, a pair of yellow, starved eyes shining at its front. It's wary, ready to spring to hostility, and yet not attacking. Why wouldn't it? Seems like the perfect chance.

"You aren't the usual girl. What are you here for, Shinigami?" It instead seems content to ask you questions. Would things have been different if Moeka was here? It chuckles, its laughter tired, hoarse. "I suspect we're both looking for the same thing."

Your sword is pointed at him, but a direct fight with a Hollow, especially in this domain tangled in its bizarre webs, is not going to end in your favor. You spot something next to a pillar near the monster. Something caught in its webs, something long. ...It's a person. She's still breathing. So that must mean this thing is responsible for those crimes. It's showing the woman off to you, you're almost certain. For some reason, it wants you to know that she's here. Is it planning to use the human as a hostage?

And just what does he mean, 'looking for the same thing'? Is he trying to cut a deal?

...

>Take the risk. Keep talking with it.
>Don't take any chances. Flee immediately.
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>>44648322
>Take the risk. Keep talking with it.
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>>44648322
>Take the risk. Keep talking with it.

>Spider
>Taking bate
What could go wrong
I MEAN REALLY?!
but seriously he has had ample opportunity to kill us and if he really wanted to he would have. No reason not to hear him out. He is not our objective.
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>>44648322
>>Take the risk. Keep talking with it.
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>>44648322
>Take the risk. Keep talking with it.
Hm, there any way we can do something with our phone to get backup?
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>>44648322
>Take the risk. Keep talking with it.
He's dealt with Moeka before? She just keeps getting more and more suspicious.
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>>44648322
Voting over, writing!
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So what does this thing look like? Can we see it or detect where it's coming from? What's the decor in the mansion? Old and abandoned like a classic scooby-doo set or a new and until recently, well kept residence that's now covered in spooky spider webs? How is the lighting? Any police presence?
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>>44648355
>>44648360
>>44648362
You stay still, your sword at the ready.

"What is it?" You ask in German, which is the language this Hollow's been using. That means he must have originated from around these parts.

When the Hollow understands that you're not planning to flee, it continues.

"You're looking for someone who can use magic, aren't you? That's someone I need, too." The Hollow's frame skitters over to the human woman caught in its webs. "She isn't it, of course. And unfortunately, our goals misalign pretty harshly, don't they? I want to eat that person's soul. Your kind dislikes it when that happens, so I doubt you'll let me do that. What a shame."

The woman is unconscious. The Hollow places one of its long legs on her; it seems to be a spider, though it's still hard to make out its features properly in this darkness. The ends of its limbs seem awfully sharp, but he isn't harming her.

"What are you scared of? You're new here, aren't you? You've got no attachments to Berlin. You're like a tourist, you can do whatever you like and not take responsibility for it. Am I right? Trust me, I am; you can get away with anything. You're not in cahoots with the little girl, are you? Then you don't need to tell her that I'm here." It seems that Moeka isn't aware of this thing's existence, but he must recognize her as a threat. "...What a dilemma. I can't tell you where the magician is. You'll just kill that person and go home. Even though the magician's too strong for me, with the annoying magic and the lackeys, I can't let you have my prize."

This Hollow seems to be purposefully hiding the person's gender. He's clever enough to do that, a trait that's always worrying to see in these monsters.

(1/2)
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>>44649201
"Well, it's not that I can't be swayed by a more profitable alternative, Shinigami. Blame my upbringing for that. I can't really help it." He chuckles again. The unsettling noise is grating on the ears. "Your kind smell so nice. If you were a woman, I probably wouldn't be able to resist you. I'll trade the cute Shinigami for the magician's identity and location. What do you say?"

He must mean Moeka. That girl seems to trust you. She's scared to enter this house, but if it's a baseless fear, as she claims it to be, you could probably convince her to come here. But... is that the right thing to do?

"You can have this woman, too. I don't care. I'll be finished when the magician's gone, anyway." The Hollow says, the sharp tip of one of its legs gently caressing the face of its entangled victim. "Isn't this a good deal, Shinigami? You can save a person and finish your mission. Two birds with one stone."

...

>Agree to his terms.
>You've heard everything you need to. Flee.
>Ask the Hollow something. (Write-in).
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>44649257
>>Ask the Hollow something. (Write-in).
His attraction to legs and females. And how he's luring females in.
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>>44649257
>>Other. (Write-in).
Agree, as a RUSE! He will feel our baby tier keikaku

Then we burn the place down and murder the fuck out of him with Moeka.

Our job really isn't to save human lives, just to keep balance, so killing the hollow after it kills the woman is fine.
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>>44649257
Hm. No way we're doing that on the surface, but I don't think Moeka is smart enough or competent enough to team up with us as part of a ruse.
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>>44649257
>You've heard everything you need to. Flee.
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>>44649363
I agree with burning the place down or at least igniting the webs being the smart play, but I'm not sure how to pull it off.

To be honest, I'm not really sure how well we can run away either.
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>>44649452
We say "Yeah, sure, let me go get the girl" walk outside and set the place on fire, I'm sure we have some Hado or Moeka does that could do the trick, if not we go steal a lighter or matches from someone nearby, people smoked like fucking chimneys back then (and still do, actually, Germany is great btw) so it won't be hard.
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>>44649257
>You've heard everything you need to. Flee.
If he can find out where the kido user and his followers are so can we
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>>44649489
I'm pretty sure we should at least make a token attempt to make sure the hollow doesn't kill his hostage, or at the very least, eat her soul.
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>>44649544
But that's not our job.
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>>44649201
>What are you scared of? You're new here, aren't you? You've got no attachments to Berlin. You're like a tourist, you can do whatever you like and not take responsibility for it. Am I right?
>refugees.think
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>>44649562
That's the kind of thinking that turns the MC into even more of an autistic robot, which will only get more and more obnoxious to deal with over time.
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>>44649632
This. We may not show zeal, but we're at least professionals.
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>>44649632
Let me reiterate, that isn't what shinigami do, it isn't their job.

Even people who feel very strongly about things and care are not supposed to do things to explicitly save humans as a shinigami.

Also

>implying
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>>44649201
>>44649257
>Agree to his terms
>set the trap
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>>44649659
The problem is that he's probably gonna kill his hostage if we run or we fight. Since compliance isn't an option, our only hope is assassination, killing the hollow in one blow.

But we can't do that, and even if we told Moeka where the hollow currenly is, I'm not sure she can pull it off.
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>>44649489
We can't burn it down with a human still inside
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>>44649677
Not letting hollows eat human souls is literally the main thing shinigami do you moron.

If he kills the woman, he's gonna eat her ghost.
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>>44649701
Like I don't know, I really wish our denreishinki could communicate with each other, but I'm no sure that's possible yet.
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>>44649736
Firstly, we can't stop him from doing it if he wants to, secondly, if the house is burning down, he isn't going to sit there and have a fucking meal, thirdly, no, it isn't the main thing they do.

http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Shinigami

No where does it say they explicitly go out of their way to save humans, and most of the time, they are told not to in canon. Especially since souls are purified and sent to SS when they kill the hollow.
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>>44649812
>Especially since souls are purified and sent to SS when they kill the hollow.
No they're not. Hell, there isn't even any proof what happens to hollows after being purified since we haven't seen Orhime's brother ever. But souls hollows eat are broken down into reishi.
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>>44649862
>Hollow Cleansing: When a Shinigami slays a Hollow with their Zanpakutō, they cleanse their sins. Once this takes place, a Hollow will return to its former state as a Plus and is led into Soul Society. This is called sublimation. Souls that live in Soul Society are reborn again into the Human World.

Welcome to reincarnation, pal.

This is also the stuff that is taught to shinigami, so we would believe it to be true.
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>>44649257
Voting over, writing!

I'm going with the 'agreeing to his terms as a lie' option custom option, if nobody minds!
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>>44649935
Ask about his kinks though
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>>44649935
Yeah alright. Let's see how smart our guy is then.
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>>44649909
That doesn't say anything about what happens to the souls they ate.
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>>44649909
What of souls that get devoured?
>Shinigami are former hollows who are buffed by all the souls they ate that became a part of them
>The captains were terrible arancars
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>>44649935
sounds ok; it probably won't work out though

if we went through with it, that would have generated a hell of a lot of inner squad tension. Not even good natured depressed dad would put up with the sacrificial offering of a cutie from his squad.
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>>44650007
It never actually specifies what happens, insofar as I am aware.

So take your pick, they either turn into soul poop, they are incorporated, or they just cease to exist as a unique entity.
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>>44650025
It seems like there weren't really any winning moves here. Running didn't feel likely to succeed given we don't know how fast the hollow is, agreeing for real is just not an option, at least this is a plan.
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>>44649363
>>44649685
"Was it you who killed all those women? What did you do with their legs?" You ask.

"It was me. I dragged them to this place in webs and ate their legs. Why let such beautiful things go to waste? It bothered me. Nothing bothers me anymore... but that did. Almost as much as this incessant hunger. I can't stand it." The appendage slides over to the entangled, unconscious woman's lower half. "Women are the best thing this world has to offer. Don't you agree? Doesn't that make the world a miserable place if that's all there is to it? I'd be glad to be dead if I wasn't leaving a loose end behind."

"A loose end?" You continue asking questions. The monster seems to be enjoying itself; maybe you'll earn some of its trust.

"Everybody has something in their life that they regret. And after they die, they're not in a position to do anything about it. But not in my case. I can do more about it that I ever could, Shinigami... or so I thought." With another chuckle, it stops talking.

"Is it the magician?"

It doesn't reply. Maybe it's scared of giving something away that might leave you to that person. "Do you agree to my terms or not, Shinigami?"

"Alright. I'll bring her here." You say. Your voice doesn't even quiver as you spout out the lie. The Hollow goes quiet, its leg leaving the unfortunate victim. Is he suspicious of the utmost calmness with which you spoke? He must not have been even taking your tone into consideration until now.

"I'm glad you've agreed. I've been waiting for too damn long already... This is the best option for me, apart from giving up altogether." He seems to be trying to convince himself more than anything else. "Bring the girl here. I'll take care of the rest." With another chuckle, the spider skitters away, concealing its shadowy silhouette behind a staircase. Its voice echoes throughout the building, making it hard to be sure of its location. "We can't sign a contract, but I'll trust you, my friend."

(1/2)
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>>44650874
The woman's body, restrained by a tangle of webs, slowly slides along the bare, smooth floor, dragged away into the next room.

With your eyes having adjusted to your surroundings, you can tell that the interior is quite modern and stylish. You suspect that the mansion has been used until its owner was killed, but the webs aren't doing your judgment any favor.

You kick off the floor, darting through the nearest wall and out into the open grounds, dashing towards the place where you last saw Moeka. She's still faithfully sitting on that same rooftop, her feet dangling over the edge. She has a bored expression on her face and a small, opened plastic bottle of black liquid in her hand. When the redhead notices you, she waves, smiling.

"Ryouta-kun! Well? How was it?" As you approach, she offers you the fizzy drink she's been having, but you refuse it and explain the situation instead.

"T-there's a Hollow there?! But that can't be! The Denreishinki's not showing anything! What's the point of this thing?! What if that Hollow went outside and ate me? It's just luring me into a false sense of security! That's terrible, Ryouta-kun!" She seems to be addressing the complaints specifically to you, seeing as you're part of the Division responsible for the device's conception in the first place. You assure her that the Hollow can only stay off the radar by remaining in the webs at the mansion. That seems to calm the girl down.

(2/3)
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>>44650918
"You should have made it so that it can't be stopped by some measly webs in the first place!" She pouts and sets the drink down. "Well, let's go take care of it, Ryouta-kun. Are the webs flammable? I heard that fire is good against spiders, haha. Say, Ryouta-kun, how good are you with #31?"

She must be talking about the Shakkaho. It's a very explosive plan, that much is clear. It did seem to you like the webs were flammable, which would make the spell absolutely devastating against the environment that Hollow has restricted itself to, but...

...

>"Let's do it."
>"We can't do that while there's a human there."
>"The Hollow might be useful in finding out who the magician is. Let's leave him be, for now."
>"He should only be imperceptible to the Denreishinki while inside those webs. He had to leave the webs to get his victims. Are you sure nothing showed up for you before the crimes, Moeka?"
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>44650995
>"We can't do that while there's a human there."
>"He should only be imperceptible to the Denreishinki while inside those webs. He had to leave the webs to get his victims. Are you sure nothing showed up for you before the crimes, Moeka?"
> We need to trick him into giving us that info somehow
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>>44650874
>>44650918
>>44650995
>"The Hollow might be useful in finding out who the magician is. Let's leave him be, for now."
>"He should only be imperceptible to the Denreishinki while inside those webs. He had to leave the webs to get his victims. Are you sure nothing showed up for you before the crimes, Moeka?"

Lets see if we can't find that business man... if the business man isn't the hollow that is.
Also we never did specify when we would bring him the girl anyway.

A part of me feels like if we got the chance to communicate to Anansi-kun we may be able to come to some sort of allegiance or agreement.
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>>44650995
>>"He should only be imperceptible to the Denreishinki while inside those webs. He had to leave the webs to get his victims. Are you sure nothing showed up for you before the crimes, Moeka?"

This bothered me.
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>>44650995
>"We can't do that while there's a human there."
>"He should only be imperceptible to the Denreishinki while inside those webs. He had to leave the webs to get his victims. Are you sure nothing showed up for you before the crimes, Moeka?"
We need to find out for sure who this hollow used to be and find out about anyone they were close to. Might lead us to the target.
>>44651143
What are you smoking anon? What makes you think the spirit has anything to do with this? You can't be a human spirit and a hollow at the same time.
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>>44651197
We need to investigate Anna Klein and anyone close to her who died right before she was killed.
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>>44651143
I really don't think you can trust leg-eating spiders.
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>>44650995
>"Let's do it."
>"We can't do that while there's a human there."
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>>44651250
Is it really relevant who the hollow was? It's way past too far gone now.
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>>44651143
>if the business man isn't the hollow that is.
Reading the discussion with him, they share different opinions on the world. The ghost enjoyed quite a bit of things, it just hated responsibility. This one is only into women and cares for nothing else. Nothing about responsibility either.

This guy's loose end is a lost love I believe. This is why he's after women. Something to do with legs though, not sure what's the connection to the legs of the loved one. If we figure it out maybe we'll know. How would a hollow learn about a human that knows kido? Maybe it's a coincidence and they were related?
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>>44651197
I thought this was a few days after we met him for some reason and his attitude about not caring was too similar. There has to be a connection.
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>>44651305
The hollow has been killing women for a lot longer than that. And the hollow clearly cares about one person in particular.
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>>44651285
I think our kido using human is somehow linked to the person this hollow used to be.
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>>44651292
There's also the spirit's amazing misfortune to consider.

Here's what I think:

The kido user is a female. It is the hollow's loose end and why he has this craving for women to fill his hole. Something to do with legs we didn't establish yet. The kido user is probably the cause of the spirit's misfortune in relation to his work place. The spirit was just one victim out of many, all related to where they worked.

The kido user's connection are therefor this hollow, and the business that was targeted.

I think.

r8
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>>44650995
Voting over, writing!
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>>44651390
There's not any evidence suggesting a link between the businessman and the hollow or the kido user.
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>>44651390
Two more pieces. The hollow talks about his upbringing in relation to business and capitalism. And that the magician has lackeys.
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>>44651454
It was the incredible misfortune the businessman talked about that makes you believe the cause was paranormal.
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>>44651568
You're just kinda jumping to conclusions. I'm not saying it's not possible, but we need evidence to back it up. Bad things can happen for no reason at all.
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>>44651454
It's called speculation jackass, and there were some (obviously subtle) hints that the Hollow is involved in some fashion with the kido user.

The fact that we came across the plus is either supremely coincidental or he has some value that we don't yet know of.

Fuck, do you need a glowing neon sign saying "HEY, LOOK OVER HERE!" to want to investigate possible leads?

>no evidence

That's why you gotta fucking look for it in the first place.
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>>44651601
Merely theories and circumstantial evidence, that will lead us to the concrete proof. Also remind me but a few threads back when we found the first tag, wasn't it written in Japanese?
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>>44651618
Calm down anon. I said we need evidence, which implies I want to investigate it. We just shouldn't use baseless assumptions in our investigation.
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>The company I was working for, Ryouta. They had no luck at anything, no matter what it was! Couldn't transport a bunch of goods on the other side of the street without the truck falling apart, it's pretty ridiculous, haha! And then the owner died. Everything closed down, people lost their jobs! And here I am.

They were targeted. Interesting that a business was targeted, when the hollow talks about his own business upbringing.
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>>44651698
>Calm down

I'LL RAPE YOUR EYESOCKET UNTIL YOUR MOTHER DIES OF CONSTIPATION YOU LITTLE ASS!

No worries, mang, just how I got used to talking people on here, good times.

Apparently a leaf-blower on a purple carpet is yellow enough to be considered a construction vehicle. Damn.
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>>44651640
Yeah I think so.
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>>44651618
I don't think kido can be used to bring bad luck to a business
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>>44651640
Used papers with a mix of blood and glue, writing in japanese. Doesn't mean the user was japanese I guess, just that it has to be written in japanese?

>>44651956
No but he said vehicles fell apart and people died. Something a bit more violent. If it was a hollow then we would have known, so I can only guess it's kido. Certainly not our hollow since he seems pretty shy, stealth-like, and having completely other interests.
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>>44652028
I just don't see why you would immediately assume kido is responsible for anything that happened to the business. There are plenty of mundane ways to destroy vehicles and kill people.
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>>44651956
>Hado #-23, Bado Businesso Luckospell

Yeah, totally
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>>44652100
You're right, this has Foot Clan written all over it.
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>>44652100
I'm assuming it's paranormal. I'm guessing it's not hollow since we don't know any that would fit that profile, and our shinigami would know about it. What other paranormal potential could there be? No I don't know, and there's no proof, but I'm speculating.
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nothing is a red herring
everything has a place

the businessman ties into it just as the women do
just as the hollow will
just as the shinigami may
It all ties together
we just have to figure out what knot was used
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Stretching here but I think the hollow might be a top brass and one of the old guys the spirit was talking about. The hollow was a pervy rich CEO. This mansion may have been his, which is why he's comfortable and drawn to it. The woman who owned it that he killed first may have been his wife? Hollows usually target family first of course.

The magician keeps company. Urahara said she might just be a fullbringer who has kido-like abilities. Maybe they're fullbringers too. Why else would a hollow care about other humans? They're threats. Maybe she targeted his business for some reason.. a loose end. He cared for her? Craved her? Doesn't quite add up yet.

Or maybe he did fall under the radar somehow and attacked the business himself? Maybe he had webs across the city and not just in the mansion. He did say he tried to target her after all. That means leaving a mess of some kind.
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>>44651093
>>44651143
>>44651176
>>44651197
There are quite a few reasons to leave the Hollow alone for now. You'll have to take care of him in due time, but for now, he might at least have his uses. And there's that woman there... Blowing up the mansion with a fiery explosive spell is probably a good way to turn the terrain against the Hollow, but the human would die for sure.

"Oh yeah, the human..." Moeka ruefully scratches the back of her head. "It's not that we couldn't ask for permission to do it from the higher ups - they'd probably give it, too - but... I get it, Ryouta-kun. You're a big softy on the inside! There's nothing cuter than that in boys. Well, not that I'm too happy about killing humans, either... I guess."

Well, even other than the hostage, there are still other reasons to letting him live.

"Yeah, you've said that, Ryouta-kun, but I'm not really seeing the connections."

"I think he's somehow connected to the magician we're looking for. He knows that person's identity, or so he claims."

"I see, I see. That makes sense. But he won't give up the name just like that. That's annoying..."

"It's something to work with. If it ends up nowhere, well... it's not as though he can leave the mansion without us knowing." You say, taking out the Denreishinki. Moeka smirks confidently, nodding. "But one thing does bother me... You said nothing showed up for you on this before the murders?"

It seems to take her a second to wrap her head around your words. She seems surprised. "Ah? Well, yeah, that's right."

"Are you sure?" You ask. Does the Hollow really possess the natural skill to avoid detection even without its webs?

(1/2)
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>>44653020
Moeka doesn't answer immediately. She swallows heavily and opens her mouth to respond, but stops herself. Every time her eyes try to meet yours, she ends up looking away. She then sighs, defeated.

"...A-alright, I... admit it. There were a few Hollows I couldn't catch in time. T-they just slipped away before I got to them, I swear! And it was only a few times, and I did purify some Hollows while I was here!" She exclaims, looking like a child caught misbehaving by her parents. "So... I guess there might have been some signals a little while before the murders, but... W-wait, don't you remember how far some of those places were? There's no way that spider guy could have just... phased in and out, isn't that right? It's a long trip, so I couldn't have missed him passing by!"

From what you've seen of her so far, you don't think it implausible that she has been too busy slacking off to properly do her job some of the times. But what she's trying to defend herself with is true, too, though you think you can explain that - the Hollow simply made itself a new, temporary domain to hide in as it was carrying a victim, perhaps even several times over a single trip, and that threw Moeka off. But she sounds more like she simply latched on to to the idea to justify herself; there were probably cases of Hollows 'slipping away' on dates that weren't related to the crimes, and that's why she didn't want to mention the bizarre 'blinking' Hollow in the first place. Does she even pay attention to her Denreishinki?

"I-I'm sorry, Ryouta-kun, I really am! No Hollow's going to slip past me ever again! I'm going to work way harder from now on, I swear!" Her fists clenched and raised over her chest in a determined manner, the girl makes a teary-eyed appeal.

...

>Forgive her and move on with the case.
>Scold her for negligence, but forgive her.
>Cancel the deal with her.
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>44653062
>Scold her for negligence, but forgive her.
Missing hollows and neglecting to purify humans is unacceptable. But it's not really our concern,
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>>44653062
>Scold her for negligence, but forgive her.
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>>44653062
>Scold her for negligence, but forgive her.
Notify soul society next time you consistently fail to catch hollows.
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>>44653020
>>44653062
>Write in
"Your actions within your jurisdiction are of no concern to me, however seeing as how they may have resulted in presence here I'm not sure wether to thank or condemn you. Regardless this case requires further investigation before I am able to draw any solid conclusions."
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>>44653062
>Cancel the deal with her.
I just want the money for best mom.
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>>44653062
Make something up about how we'll monitor her Denreishinki and make sure she does her job
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>>44653062
"The Hollows you've missed might have killed people. I'm not talking about just the humans - your negligence could have cost them their souls. That's an irreversible and permanent destruction. That's unacceptable." You tell her. She grabs her arm and looks away, her bitter expression showcasing quite clearly that she's not enjoying hearing that at all. "As long as you're sure that it won't happen again, I forgive you."

You think you said the right things. Things that other, normal people would have said.

Moeka nods fervently a few times. "I won't! I promise! Thank you, Ryouta-kun!"

After a relieved sigh, she seems to calm down. "Well, I'll lead you to those houses! We can't stop investigating now, and I want to do everything I can to help you!"

With her spirit reinvigorated, the redhead leaps away. You jump after her.

There's still a lot left to investigate. This mission might take some time.

...
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>>44653799
Ending thread for tonight, it's getting really late for me!

Next thread is up for tomorrow, but keep an eye out on twitter for any changes:
https://twitter.com/Mushroomgami

If you have any feedback or questions, shoot them my way!

Thanks for reading!
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>>44653852
Thanks for running!
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>>44653852
>Thread tomorrow
HAHA
I hope work is slow then

thanks for running!
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So the spider hollow is definitely sneaking through the sewers using its webs, right? That's how it must have been moving around.
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>>44653994
huh, I didn't consider that.
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We should probably investigate the company the happy ghost worked for, see if anyone high up the ladder died recently, and if the company had a presence in the first German city we visited.
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>>44656990
not a bad attack plan really. it feels like we have a lot to work with, but at the same time not much at all
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