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Totemist Quest 73 pt. 2
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You meet the Avatar's charge head on. The weighted silver of your fist collides with the crimson spirit-fire of the Avatar's claw with a resounding clang. The two of you stand dead-locked for a moment as you exert the force of your will against the raw animalistic need of the being before you. Threads of silver and red dance in the cold black emptiness around you as you vie against it for dominance.

You're in charge here. This spirit is bound to you.

The spirit-fire surges from the avatar's claws. You can feel the flesh of your arms bubble and blister under the unexpected heat. The ravaging cold of the void and the hideous heat of the Avatar's primal flame clash on either side of you, leaving you trapped in agony between them. You stagger back a step, then another.

The Avatar breaks the deadlock, leaping back only to pounce again as you stumble off balance. Jagged teeth and serrated claws tear into your arms as you bring them up instinctively to cover your face. You can hear the sound of snapping chains. Is your link coming undone?

Just what the hell is this place?

The Avatar's frenetic assault pierces your guard. One long talon rakes between your arms, tearing a thick ribbon of flesh from your chest. You let out a strangled scream as the spirit-fire spreads through your veins.

What's happening?

The Avatar presses its advantage. Teeth descend on your arms, bone-crushing force leveraging with practiced fury against your flesh. You can feel your bone whining under the strain, threatening to splinter apart.

It wasn't supposed to happen like this.

You scream as your arm snaps like dry kindling under the Avatar of Hunger's jaws. A lance of fresh agony pins you in place, senses overwhelmed.

It can't end like this.

You're not supposed to fall here.

You have w-work to do.

> Give up. (End)
> Give in. (???)
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>>44974771
> Give in. (???)
Goddamnit. Just goddamnit.
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>>44974771
>Get the fuck back up.
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>>44974771
> Give up. (End)
Nope, death before letting any Void in.
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>>44974771
>Get the fuck back up.
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>>44974771
Who needs arms anyway.
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>>44974771
> Give up. (End)
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>>44974771
>> Give in. (???)
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>>44974845
>>44974861
I don't think that's an option? I mean if it is, that'd be great but.
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>>44974771
>Get up, fight it.
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>>44974771
Let it take the arm. Fight savagery with savagery and take something precious from it.
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>>44974771
>Get up. goddmanit!
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>>44974771
> Give up. (End)
Can we restore from a save?
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>>44974889
So do you think giving up is an end-simulation thing or what?

My feelings are that whatever we unleash, we can learn to manage, but if we die, everything is fucked.

Well most of my feeling our anger at how we got to this point.
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>>44974905
Write-ins are always an option.
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>>44974919
>This. Get mad. I don't want your goddamn lemons. I won't make lemonade with them, you son of a bitch.
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Honing an unfriendly avatar was a mongo dumbotron decision.
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>>44974954
No, I think that death is preferable to this. It's the only way these chucklefucks will ever learn.
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>>44974771
> Give in. (???)
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>>44974771
> Give in. (???)
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>>44974771
>We're not fucking dead yet. It wants the arm? We don't need two to beat it. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.
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>>44974771
>Get up and fight.
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>>44974993
This is my favorite quest currently running. It always comes back. I really don't want it to end like this.

>>44974992
Yes it was. But they're just gonna blame the dice.
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>>44974771
>> Give in. (???)
not like this.
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>>44975037
>Yes it was. But they're just gonna blame the dice.
It was both.
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>>44974992
>>44974993
>>44975037
Death is possible in all of these, why dont you seem to realize that? We got told multiple times that its dangerous whenever we use it.
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>>44975037
It's my favorite quest, too, but these idiots have ruined it for everyone. I'm just acknowledging that instead of doing pathetic "if I'm just hotblooded enough then my stupid decisions don't have consequences" write-ins.
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>>44974771
>Try and call upon Modi Magni?

I mean he's tied to our soul to a certain extent, like were we even holding the spear when we met him in our mind palace that one ime?
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Can we please not give in?
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>>44974771
> Give in. (???)
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>>44975081
Yes, that's very true. But corruption by the Void isn't a potential consequence in all of them. So I'm choosing to die instead of that far worse fate.
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>>44975086
We leave all our foci outside when we enter the hall.
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>>44975081
It's not the fucking same you clown. There are ways of mitigating danger, or at least knowing when something is or isn't worth risking. If we tried talking to the Avatar of Hunger, we would have realized we're not ready to hone him.
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Well, gg guys, quest over, might as well find something else to enjoy
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>>44974771
>Nope, give it the arm, just get the fuck back up.
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>>44975124
Yeah but Magni isn't quite our foci is what I'm thinking.

>>44975117
You can't beat prophecy anon. If we die, it just means that our death further's the Void's plans and we don't have a chance to turn the tables.
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>>44974771
> Give in. (???)
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>>44975087
Being hotblooded probably will not work.

Giving up will just end the quest forever, since there's no way for Quinn and Terra to become Totemists.

Giving in will definitely be bad, but it'll be a bad we can fix if we remember how to think.
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>>44975083
Shit's going to have consequences either way.
I'd rather still be able to enjoy my favorite quest and not have it end due to spite.
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>>44975117
If thats the way the chips fall, thats the way they fall.
>>44975128
We need a powerful weapon to fight the behemoth and the risk was worth it. Seeing as we almost got eaten by a fucking spider dealing with Amal it should be abundantly clear it will be dangerous no matter who we hone.
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>>44975235
Shut the fuck up. It wasn't worth it at all. We didn't need the weapon right now. We coould have tried to mentally prepare ourselves. It's not like the Tyrant Wyrm is bearing down upon our village.

And yes we were menaced by a spider, that doesn't mean that you can just throw your hands in the air and surrender complete responsibility to the dice.
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I don't know why but seeing anons whine, insult other players, and predict certain doom when things go badly is really enjoyable to me. Anyone else?
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>>44974771
Give up the arm, fight back.
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>>44975291
Things are going really badly and they didn't have to be.
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>>44975334
We need two arms anon. I don't think Pointsmar has prosthetics.
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>>44975283
I'm sorry I must have missed where you said we should prepare ourselves mentally and how we should have prepared ourselves mentally before we started.
Oh wait, thats because you didn't. You are only bitching now because we are loosing. Something that always happens when we start to loose in quests.
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>>44975385
We also need to not be the voids bitch.
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>>44975291
kinda gets my dick hard desu
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>>44975394
I wasn't here earlier, I voted to just go to bed, and hoped anons would listen. Are you saying I can't afford to leave for a minute?
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>>44975394
I was against it from the beginning. I voted to just head home, get some rest, make an early start on the Avatar hunt tomorrow.
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>>44975435
It was clearly more than a minute anon.
>>44975443
Still not hearing where mental preparations were suggested.
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>>44975486
It's covered under "we shouldn't do this now."
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>>44975435
>>44975443
Maybe if you guys bitch and moan harder it will turn back time?
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>>44975486
I'm not saying I did. I'm saying I didn't want to do this at all, and the people who voted for any sort of honing to be done are all idiots.
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>>44974771
> Give up. (End)
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>>44975520
Maybe it'll stop his from happening again, assuming there will even be a chance for things to happen again.
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>>44975584
Yeah surely it will improve the dice next time we roll them
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>>44974771

> Give up. (End)

Well, shit.
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>>44975520
You clearly don't understand the point of bitching and moaning. It's not to be productive. It's to spread the terrible mood you're in to as many other people as possible, because misery loves company.
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>>44975518
No it isn't. It would be covered under "we should mentally prepare ourselves" not "we should go to bed".
>>44975538
You are a fool. All the things we do carry risks. We have almost died how many times up to this point? This needed to be done.
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While probably not as dumb as Hunger, I think Power wasn't a good idea either when honing the spirit. Void may have been the most successful, or at least the lower cost for failure.

Like, assuming the dice would have been the same regardless, I think Void wouldn't have put us in as shitty a spot as the other two.
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You grit your teeth. You won't give up. You can't.

The Avatar shakes your limp arm like a dog worrying a bone. You can feel the sinew peeling away from your bone. The pain is indescribable, a white-hot knife from your forearm to the base of your skull. Even as you marshall your strength you cry out instictively in pure terror and agony, a noise that only seems to spur the spirit devouring you to new heights of frenzy.

All that training with Ayren, and this is what you amount to?

Your arm snaps again with a bloody squelch. Something wet and hot splatters across your form. Drool? Blood? Probably both. A claw tears into your shoulder, snagging against the space where the bones connect.

You won't give up.

The Avatar lets out a positively ecstatic moan as it tears chunks from your near-severed arm. You're losing mass and substance by the second.

“Victory at any cost.”

Ayren's voice echoes in the back of your skull. Warped, distorted. A high-pitched whine of feedback masks his words. Pain, you think. There's enough of it to go around.

You won't give up.

Your unbroken arm rises. Fingers wreathed in argent spirit-fire burrow deep into the Avatar's eye socket. The sunken hollows of its gaze yield no satisfying squelch, but it's enough leverage to pull its slavering maw from your ruined appendage.

You can't give up. You can't -get- up.
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>>44975584
Yeah we learned our lesson and will never do anything that requires rolls ever again. Good job anon, you saved the quest.
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>>44975661
I dont know man, the dice were pretty fucking shitty. Bitches should have waited for Buddha.
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>>44975688

You must give in.

Something dark seethes inside you. A bubbling pitch stirs in the pit of your stomach.

Cold, black fury. If the Totemist's Pact can't keep you safe, you'll just have to do it yourself.

You let out a roar to match the Avatar's hurling it bodily away from you. The spirit lets out a screech of surprise as it hurtles through the dispassionate void.

“Good.” Ayren's voice echoes its approval in the back of your skull, masked by the static-whine of white-hot pain.

You roll to your feet. The ruined tube of your forearm twitches disturbingly as you slowly find your footing again. Not to be deterred, the Avatar is already making its ravenous second approach.

"Destroy it."

> The Hall of Re=lection””: F#mine”s R*s&!
> Roll 1d100 to tame the fury within!
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>44975725
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>>44975629
It did not need to be done no matter how many times you repeat it. And even if it did, it didn't need to be done now. I was worried about honing anything because we were tired. I didn't think anons would choose the most dangerous spirit.

>>44975599
It's not just the dice. Depending on our options while failures are always bad, consecutive failures worse, they won't always get killed.
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Rolled 87 (1d100)

>>44975725
Great, we're a conduit of the Void, now.
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>44975725
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Rolled 94 (1d100)

>>44975725
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Rolled 71 (1d100)

>>44975725
Eh, failure?
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>>44975738
FINALLY
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>>44975738
...Couldn't we have gotten that before this? Damn you, dice.

In any case, yay Osyki probably won't die.
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>>44975738
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>>44975742
think of it this way, we can figure out how not to be conduit of the void, and maybe even gain more insight into what the void is planning.

>>44975738
>>44975742
>>44975744
...Such is the power of the dark side.
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Well, I guess we've only got minimal Void corruption out of this, then. Sounds like we might have lost the Avatar of Hunger, though. So this was still a failure, just not a critical one yet.
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>>44975780
Gonna need that magic arm tech though.
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>>44975738
allahu akbar
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>>44975688
>>44975725
I know that the Void is just using our master's voice to manipulate us, but does anyone else get the impression that that's still pretty much exactly the advice Ayren would give?
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>>44975817
We still have most of our arm.
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>>44975828
>yfw the void guy is just Ayren
Wouldn't even surprise me.
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>>44975803
Where is this void corruption thing coming from?
did I miss something?
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>>44975865
Generally though you don't want it to be described as a "ruined tube".
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>>44975725
RIP rightie. We had a good run.
leftie was a better lay though
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>>44975872
We've been marked by the Void, and in moments of weakness it can worm its way in. That's why we've got the static and warped voices and all that. It's the Void tainting us, made easier since we're honing Hunger, which is already related.
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Wait a sec. Did we just roll to stop going berserk? Doesn't that mean we have a mangled arm and the Hunger avatar isn't even close to beaten yet?

I really hope that's not what just happened, but I think we might have just rolled really well to kill ourselves.
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>>44975946
Well we wouldn't want to roll poorly to kill ourselves would we?
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>>44975946
you might be retarded
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>>44975738
>>44975725

Here we go, Osyki may lose that arm, but god damn it, we aren't losing the fight.
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I hope we can save the arm, the lady friend is going to have a rough day, but we kind of need two arms.
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>>44976008
The challenge was "tame the fury within" which is our void corruption. The Hunger Avatar is currently the fury without.

I really hope that we're able to do some judo whatever and put the Hunger Avatar in its place, but I think we might have just resumed the boss battle already in progress in the classic "shounen protagonist shakes off evil side because that's no how they want to win" maneuver.
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>>44976074
>not building a metal prosthetic and binding spirits to it
pleb detected
the question is, would the bindings be any different than with normal gauntlets?
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>>44976074
Cool guys only need one arm. Name one great person that needed two arms.
>>44976107
Should be since they are a different thing entirely.
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>>44976086
I think you might overthinking things, we don't actually know for certain that osyki's rage is really the void.
or has that been stated and I missed it?
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>>44976162
I really hope I'm overthinking things, because incandescent rage is probably the only thing stopping Osyki from going into shock.
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Honestly, I'm kind of doubting that we'll actually lose the arm. We're fighting in the spirit realm, what's most likely is that we'll lose function in that arm but the flesh will remain perfectly intact. So instead of a cool prosthetic we'll just have a limp and useless arm. We'll have to cut it off ourselves.
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>>44976227
I'm pretty sure it doesn't work like that.

I just hope that with the help of the First Totemist, Boand, Elana, maybe owing a favor or two to Sylvannis and the Swamp Mother, we can eventually regain functionality.

Have we ever tried binding things to bandages or poultices?
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>>44975688
Ugh, that arm, Elana is going to be so furious with us.Well furious and fucking worried sick.
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>>44976289
Frantic knocking at the door
Elana opens it and see's Osyki
"I may have fucked up, just a little though."
Pass out.
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>>44976289
UGH
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>>44976289
The worst part is what excuse do we have? I'm pretty sure the anons aren't gonna come up with one, so we need to retroactively justify why Osyki caught a case of severe retardation.
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>>44976378
Ugh...you see...the Void, that's why! Yeah, definitely the Void influencing our mind, making us make stupid decisions. Certainly not our fault.
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>>44976268
All we need is magnets. Stick enough magnets in a fake arm and its just as good as a real one.
>>44976378
The need for powerful weapons to fight the giant monster that threatens everything we know?
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the salt is real
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>>44976378
oh great is it time to start bitching again?
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>>44976443
watch us not use hunger at all in the future
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Everything is gonna be alright guys, chill.
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>>44976444
The quest almost ended. The protagonist whose main weapons are a bow and a spear may lose an arm. We jumpstarted the end of the world by givng in to the dark side.

All because some anons think the dice absolve them of responsibility. Salt is appropriate.
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>>44976444
I don't really see much salt anymore.
besides one anon.
some people hoping we don't lose an arm.
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>>44976443
>The need for powerful weapons to fight the giant monster that threatens everything we know?
It did in the abstract sense, but not in the near future.
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>>44976494
>>44976530
>Waah
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So, uh, what avatar do you guys think would be cool to get?
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>>44976480
I was suspecting that anyway.
>>44976494
Spirit infused prosthetics can handle the arm and this is hardly the first time hes almost died is it?
>>44976530
If we did this in a week how would the results have changed?
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>>44976552
Just don't respond anon, nothing you can say will stop their obnoxious bitching
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>>44976560
Healing? Use it on us, then use it on he town.
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>>44976560
I still think a rock turtle would be fine.
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>>44976560
fertility
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>>44976378
>>44976289

Retroactively, I'd say Exhastion. or A good speach about how Osyki feels Overburdened with all these responbilities and threats, and he thought that if he tries, tries so hard to put up a brave face, and pretend everything is okay and he's immortal, that He's Weak. and the only way he can get stronger is by nearly killing himself. That he's terrified, but what else can he do? This is the price for strength he seeks. The Strength to protect (her) the village.
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For the first time since you touch that bone key, you have a moment of clarity. Free of the haze of hunger you're free to examine things objectively.

By all means, you have every right to be angry. The spirit you've bound, the one whose power you're attempting to hone to a razor-point, should not be tearing your -fucking arm off-.

This isn't ordinary anger. You're well aware of that. Your third has has been slammed open since you locked fists with Hunger.

You can see the seething tendrils of flickering black creeping from the pit of your stomach. You've lost far too much blood to be on your feet without some kind of reinforcement. By all rights you should be a cooling cadaver at this point, another life lost to the howling abyss that exists within the Avatar.

At this point, you don't care. You're alive. You're on your feet.

As the Avatar coils its muscles to pounce you come to a profound realization about yourself.

You've always been one for posturing. It's embarassing to admit, but Boand was right: you love to make an entrance. You've gotten pretty good at playing the hero for the village, a righteous arbiter of justice and defender of the meek.

Underneath it all, you don't particularly care if it's your hotblooded refusal to roll over and die or some dark prophecy propping you up.

You sink into a low stance. The mangled remains of your arm crack audibly as something sinister animates them, sinewy fibers snaking through the torn flesh.

You'd like to do good, it's true. Right now, though? What's important is that you survive.

Ayren beat that much into you, at least.
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>>44976651

The inky pitch bubbling from your mouth, your nostrils, your tear ducts halts its advance. The world around you slows to a crawl as the Avatar hurtles toward you. Your aura flares around you, condenses into thick silvery plating.

It's not ideal, but you'll survive.

Your broken arm, at this point little more than corrupt spiritual energy and raw hate, snakes upward. Inky black claws lock around the avatar's horns, yanking it off course and slamming it into the ground hard enough to crack the glass surface of the void again. A familiar shape wrought in dark power coalesces in your good hand as you advance on the screaming spirit.

It's a shame things had to work out this way.

The Avatar spits an unceasing stream of blood, spittle, and piteous cries as you advance on it. Your arm, snaked unnaturally long to hold it in place, slowly recedes to a more reasonable length.

“Next time will be better.” You surprise yourself with your own voice. A feedback-sharp whine creeps behind your words, though you're reasonably certain they are entirely your own.

The void lance shatters the Avatar's skull into a dozen pieces.

There is a shuddering instability in the hall around you. The void glass cracks in a dozen places as the spiritual pressure holding the Reflection together rapidly begins to come undone.

The smoky apparition that seems to have devoured your arm moves with a mind of its own. Seizing a shard of the rapidly deteriorating void, it peels away at the fabric of the Reflection until the Hall is visible beyond.

> T#% H*LL 0F &E#LEC7ION!: famine's end.
> roll 1d100 to exit intact.
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Rolled 73 (1d100)

>>44976688
>> roll 1d100 to exit intact.
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Rolled 45 (1d100)

>>44976688
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>44976688
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Rolled 48 (1d100)

>>44976688
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Rolled 21 (1d100)

>>44976688
Yep, we lost the Avatar.
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Rolled 19 (1d100)

>>44976688
Well crap.
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Rolled 35 (1d100)

>>44976688
inb4 we can't use hall of reflection anymore
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>>44976688
Poor old hunger. You were too fucking hungry for your own good.
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>>44976722
Yeah, that's shitty. Also I think we might have lost the rest of our arm?

Unless 'Exit intact" and getting a 93 means something weird is gonna happen.
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>>44976775
I am not sad to see it go.
maybe we can find an avatar that isnt too terrifying to use
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Rolled 83 (1d100)

>>44976688
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>>44976783
I mean, we never really used Hunger for anything, but it was nice to have. As for the arm, I think we might have a new one made of void-matter now. Which has all sorts of unsettling implications.
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>>44976688
did we just unlock some kind of personal spiritual ability? armor and an edgy spirit arm?
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>>44976775
It was his nature, and what we should have known from the start. We were just weak.
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>>44976688
As much as it stings to loose Hunger, at least we're alive. We're going to need to replace him though.
>>44976717
yes.
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>>44976804
I liked him. He was a simple spirit, with simple dreams.
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>>44976826
He would of made the best waste disposal totem.
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>>44976937
Maybe we can still harvest some of what remains of him.
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>>44976937
>would of
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>>44976717
Good job
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>>44976937
I think the void bottle would work just a wee bit better.
Toxic waste? To the void!
Hiding a body? To the void!
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>>44976688
Fuck that was a bad loss, The avatar was a tough fight to win in the first place. and His Bindings were super useful.

But Osyki will learn, from this. he had gotten to overcofident. Forgetten his roots. Osyki the Prepared. We do not fight fair. We do not go in to a situation without having contingencies. The cost of the lesson was high, paid in Blood and Pride. But it is one we shall make sure to keep in our hearts.
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>>44977046
We were never "Prepared" though
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>>44977046
That'd be great but no one's gonna learn shit from this. They'll still say "it had to be done" and "we did the best we could" and blame it all on bad dice.

I think what anons need to get is having plans and taking precautions isn't just about making the good rolls better, if anything that's not even the point, the point is making the bad rolls not as bad.
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>>44977116
All I'm seeing is a lot of bitching about risking anything in the first place. If we'd rolled good each time, we would have been rewarded. We rolled badly each time, so we were penalized.

Anons who say "it had to be done" might indeed be denying any responsibility for their actions, but it's more than likely everyone saying "them's the breaks" is saying it because they knew the risks going in, they lost, and they're already looking for the next goalpost.

Get over it.
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>>44977046
>>44977116
There were really no precautions to be made here though. What could we have done? Talked to it? Wow we would have discovered it was hungry.
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>>44977046
This was part of our preparation for future battles.
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>>44977116
we did have shit rolls, but we did run in to this almost as unprepared as we could be.
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>>44977190
Subdued it beforehand. Make a show of power and at least weaken it.
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>>44977217
Honing can only involve two elements, Osyki, and the spirit. There's nothing we can do to prepare for it. We just roll dice.
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>>44977046
I don't disagree about being prepared in general, but how could we prepare for these honings? We can't bring anything and don't know what''s on the other side of any door.
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>>44977190
We would have thought "Wow this thing holds absolutely no loyalty to us at all, and it almost beat us when we fought it with a shitload of bindings. Maybe this is a bad plan."

>>44977185
This isn't just gambling though. The numbers do not exist in a vacuum. These same dice rolls with Tryd would not have resulted in things going just as poorly, we just would have had a shitty time of it and maybe some third degree burns. The fact that anons are maintaining that every risk we take is exactly the same and completely dependent on luck is the opposite of what they should learn.
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>>44977227
How would we have subdued it before-hand?
by succeeding in this fight against it?

>>44977242
fair point, I'll admit I forgot that part.
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>>44977227
How? Not feeding it? The thing we were doing? How much more can we do to subdue the thing we already beat the shit out of?
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>>44977242
We can prepare ourselves by knowing our opponent, making sure we're in top physical and mental condition etc. There were options.
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>>44977283
If we got shitty rolls with amal we could have been killed by a mecha spider. When zahn said these carry risks he fucking meant it.
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I wanted to go spirit-chasing in the southern plains, and am sad that this week's episode took a different turn. Nothing to do with whether this was a good idea or not, I just think that it would have been a more enjoyable thing for us to spend tonight doing. Probably would have had less bitching.
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>>44977185
Just came into this, but first off, why did we risk honing Hunger in the first place? I would likely have chosen one we can trust more, like Thane, personally, since we had no repertoire with the Avatar of Hunger. Or see what happened if we tried with a celestial bind. That said, these are the breaks, but we need to learn from it. As a group, this quest has been growing too complacent with the idea that Osyki can overcome anything. Getting our ass kicked may very well remind us to not get ahead of ourselves.
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>>44977323
We already beat it once, how much more could we know about it? It doesnt exactly have a secret fighting style hidden away somewhere.
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>>44977345
Yeah but I'm saying the shitty rolls would need to be even shittier and a lot more frequent to put us in exactly the same shitty situation.

How is it hard to grasp that there are varying degrees of mortal peril?

Also, part of the reason we didn't have as shitty rolls was because our bond with Amal gave us a pretty good modifier, didn't it?
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>>44977382
>Probably would have had less bitching.
Only if we werent getting our ass kicked.
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>>44977293
>>44977296
By delving into our bindings and trying to force our will onto it. Most of the time we have simply held discussions with our spirits but we haven't tried brute forcing it. We also could of done something similiar to Modi Magni and seal part of its nature or get help from one of our spirits to clash against it.
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>>44977382
It really would have. I wanted to have fun, not see my favorite quest get destroyed with zero evidence that the exact same thing won't happen again at the earliest opportunity, because the people who voted for it think the blame falls squarely on the RNG.
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>>44977444
I think it's hilarious how you're pretending to be 100% certain about shit you're pulling out of your ass.
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>>44977405
If we rolled a one on the spider do you think we wouldn't have gotten just as mangled? You think if we tried scaling that cliff and fucking up we couldnt have fallen off and died? This shit is risky.
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>>44977383
I get why we'd want to hone Hunger. It's because we're planning on fighting the Tyrant Wyrm and Hunger and 1/4 or whatever the void spirit's name is seem like our best bets of doing that.

What I still don't get is why anons felt they had to hone Hunger NOW. Did they somehow get the impression the Behemoth was currently barreling towards our village?
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Wow guys that sucked, thank god we didn't try this on modi, imagine if everything went to hell and we DIDN'T have a pact actually binding us.
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>>44977453
I for one am definitely voting to hone something else as soon as possible.
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>>44977444
Actually the help from external spirits was just said to not work due to the nature of the honing. That said, this was a mean, mean motherfucker to start with. Kinda reminds me of how Terra tried for a salamander as her familiar in it's way, just more extreme.
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>>44977493
We would have. But we didn't roll any 1s this time. But I'm saying that they'd have to be lower than what we rolled last thread for us to get in the same amount of shit you dense motherfucker. How badly do you want this quest to die? Because if you honestly think we didn't do anything wrong, then it's only a matter of time before this situation repeats itself.
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>>44977515
Because it really doesnt make a difference when we try hunger?
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>>44977453
Can we all resolve to at least try to make next week more fun? Encourage ideas that will minimize argument and make for fun gameplay, instead of bog us down for hours? Because even without the bitching, this just wasn't that interesting a thread. Not to put any blame on Diarca, his writing was good. We just chose to do something rather boring with the time we had. No grand adventure, no fun social interaction, just us and a spirit punching each other all night.
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>>44977550
All the options take place BEFORE we do the honing not during it. Seals to weaken it and Spirits or our will to weaken it.
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>>44977559
Yes it fucking does. We could have at least tried researching ways to make it easier, talk it over with people. This was not a fluke of the dice. This was the result of reckless incompetence.
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>>44977571
I thought it was pretty hype. The only part I disliked was the bitching.
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>>44977525
I don't think we'll be doing much of anything for a while.
>>44977571
We should take another break. We took one a while ago, but if nothing else we're going to need bed rest.
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>>44977604
Like yes, if we did roll well every time, we probably would have succeeded without a hitch. But that doesn't mean that everything is completely arbitrary. It just means that good dice rolls can bail us out of a bad plan, just like a good plan can at least mitigate bad dice rolls.
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>>44977515
Personally, I would want to see if I could get any of the others on par with them instead, because then you have more spirits that pack ridiculous punch rather than a couple really good ones. That said, why are people calling Amal a spider, anyway?
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>>44977558
We wouldnt have gotten the same amount of shit. Hunger was one of our strongest bindings, honeing him would have made him stronger than any one of the other bindings we have available to hone. It was a high risk, high reward situation.
>>44977604
What would they say? Hes hungry as fuck and super dangerous? We told zahn and he didnt say "dont do it bro I got a way to make this super easy" And he would know the fucking best of anyone.
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>>44977571
Hey fuck you, you selfish bastard. I had fun.
This whole argument is pointless, people get holier than thou over choosing to not take risks and then moan loudly over majority taking a risk. Suddenly it backfired and they feel the need to point fingers and go 'I TOLD YOU SO' like a bunch of obnoxious teenagers.
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>>44977665
No, there was a spider construct in his Honing. Remember, the guardian of the library we were searching through? That's what they're talking about.
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>>44977665
A big robot spider was patrolling the magic library amal got upgraded in.
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>>44977571
How much more adventure can you look for than punching a spirit?
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>>44977679
Well, I know it doesn't help now, but knowing how Ayren seemed to be, he likely has some bullshit secret technique somewhere to it, or some little device he used to mess with it for better results. Just saying. Also, while I understand making one spirit stronger than the others, as I said >>44977665, I like the idea of three super powerful spirit melds over one astounding, one super powerful, and the others running the gambit. Then again, I also arrived late, so what is done is done. Just saying, there are many ways to amass power, either by spreading it out among our allied spirits, or by trying and making one rise above the others. Both ways have merit.
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>>44977692
It was a really really stupid risk. And if there was a one-time only reset button that would take us back to before we bound the Hunger avatar, like if the Void is so weird that "Next time it will be better" means it can actually rewind time, I bet you all would do exactly the same thing over again because the dice will probably be different.
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[[ Alright folks. It's late here and things are getting a little heated. For what it's worth, I'm pleased with how today's thread worked out--I've been looking for an opportunity to introduce Void mechanics for a bit now. It came by sooner than I expected, but that just adds to the fun! We'll get a more in-depth mechanical look at them next time.

We'll pick up here next week. Thanks for sticking around and sharing in such animated discussion! As always, questions, comments, and criticisms are all welcome in my askbox. Sorry to cut things short, but at the very least we got past the cliffhanger. See you all next week.]]
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Rolled 45 (1d100)

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>>44977789
In an ideal world where we didnt get fucking rocked we could have come back later and upgraded more of our strong spirits. No reason to stop at hunger.
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>>44977826
See you next week, Diarca. Thanks for running. Here's hoping that the week until next thread will give us all some time to cool down, make next time less argumentative.
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>>44977826
Did we though? I have no idea what "intact" means in this context.
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>>44977819
>It was a really really stupid risk.
No. Nice subjective opinion btw.
>I bet you all would do exactly the same thing over again
Yes, because it gives us more power than other choices.
Risk & reward.
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>>44977826
Thanks for running! Sorry about all the whiners.
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>>44977819
Sure would. There is no way to prepare for hunger. Pretty sure the spirit of the first totemist might have mentioned it to us before we went in there if there was.
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>>44977826
Thanks for running. Was the
>give up
the death option like it appeared to be?
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>>44977046

Osyki the Prepared and Osyki the Silver Tougned were titles he earned in the beginning, back when hunting a rock turtle ment we brought a backpack full of misc items we might need for a mountain expedition.
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>>44977826
Thanks for running, was fun.
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>>44977826
Thanks for running! I enjoyed it.

>tfw sat through 45 minutes of bitching and no final update
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>>44977877

[[Spoilers: You keep the arm at a cost. Hunger's out of the picture for the time being.

>>44977917
It was. Always gotta give you the choice, after all. ]]
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>>44977912
Not as much power as Modi Magni or the Void Spirit. Both of which also have more motive to keep Osyki alive so they'd be working with us and not against us.
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>>44977995
But he isnt super dead? Thats nice.
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>>44977995
>at a cost

I'm curious.
but all I can think of is "We have such sites to show you"
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>>44978022
Modi would probably try to kill us if he could and fourth shouldn't really be messed with seeing as he is missing three thirds of himself.
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>>44977995
>for the time being.
hmm... Interesting.
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>>44978083
>Three Quarters
I'm sorry but that's just too hard not to fix
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>>44978083
>three thirds
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>>44978083
If/when we find another one of his pieces, does he become Half, Second, or Third?
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>>44978131
Its what I meant to say anyway.
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>>44978153
Half I guess.
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>>44977826
Thanks diarca, see you in a year.

lets face it, its going to happen, just embrace it in your soul.
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>>44977912
>There is no way to prepare for hunger.
You don't KNOW that though. You're just assuming it without any basis.

I can assume with just as must basis that we might have had better resonance if we either starved ourselves or gouged ourselves before attempting the challenge.
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>>44978238
I dont see how that would make him any less hungry.
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>>44978271
It probably wouldn't have, but I'm more thinking that either being really full and sated would have slowed the void from twisting our mind and body, or being really hungry would have let us understand the Avatar's hunger.
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>>44978363
And I'm thinking you're hella dumb.
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>>44978398
You don't know how it works. You're just sticking with the idea that there was no way we could have made it any easier on ourselves because that means we didn't do anything wrong.
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>>44978431
>muh preptime
>our stomach was the key to success
you're a funny guy anon.
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>This thread

What the fuck? Was it just shitposting, or did you people really get THAT mad over a few poor rolls?
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>>44978762
Literally almost being killed and maimed and only surviving because we gave in to our superpowered evil side is more than a just few rolls anon.
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>>44978822
but it was rolls. we had crap rolls and things went badly.
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>>44978762
A few people reached Dead Sea levels of salty. Which is weird because totemist players are usually pretty chill.
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>>44978822
It's a fucking story. Bad things happen.

If we constantly succeeded and never suffered any repercussions ever when we didn't it wouldn't be very interesting.

Plus it's not like fucking up just meant "lol the past few updates were a waste of ~3 hours, nothing happens".
Interesting shit happened, and the action was really fun.
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>>44978908
I'm fine with not succeeding all the time you jackass. The problem is you guys don't think we should even try to win, but instead just roll dice blindly because everything has the exact same odds of success.
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>>44978966
>Roll blindly
you mean when the QM tells us to roll?
I'm not sure how one can "roll blindly"
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>>44978966
>he's still mad
>still better than everyone else
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>>44978966
>The problem is you guys don't think we should even try to win, but instead just roll dice blindly because everything has the exact same odds of success.
What? Did you want us to spend dozens of updates autistically preparing for one semi-dangerous thing like this is a fucking Spacebattles quest?

I don't think most of the playerbase wants to waste Diarca's time on that.
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Come on guys, thread's dead. At least sage if you're going to argue.
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>>44979080
Sorry, I only just caught up with this thread.
I am so fucking confused as to how we went from being insanely relaxed/quiet to this.
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>>44979020
>>44979042
Okay let me put it like this. If we chose to fight the Tyrant Wyrm in close combat with our current bindings, or if we made a plan, got a special weapon made, etc. We'd still just roll a 3d100.

Do you honestly think that if we rolled the exact same numbers in both scenarios, the results would be the same?
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>>44979110
I think it was just 2 or 3 guys raging, but anons kept trying to argue with them. It was unusually toxic for sure, it's not like the player count spiked or anything.
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>>44979171
Yes everyone here is familiar with the concept of DCs, friend. What the fuck did you want us to do, fellate the Avatar so it's a little friendlier towards us?
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>>44979171
no they would not be the same, but they also aren't the same situation, there's no real way to prepare for honing besides choosing the spirit, and knowing how the spirit thinks. even then it's not a guarantee.
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>>44977852
Meh, I meant practice with friendlier sorts to get more distributed power, then work our way to the crazier sorts. Low DCs to start are good for the reason that it becomes that much harder to fail quite so painfully, and practice can make a DC for the next time easier. That said, what happened happened, and we learn from this. Just saying that maybe next time we try a honing, we concentrate less on what is strong and more getting the rest up to par with our strongest. It all provides a power boost, after all. Maybe some would be more supportive, like Thane, but the totemist's bag of tricks is more than pure brute force.

Also, imagine what upgraded Cloudburst Shoes would be like. They've been fucking amazing as is, so imagine them even stronger. Also, we still have the dual meld item, right? Imagine the Cloudburst with the earth sphere (I am sad to say I forget the spirit's name at the moment, it's been far too long). Imagine what all that would possibly do. Now imagine both honed and united, or...fuck, what was the combo that ended with the razor wing bound to a bow and firing spectral dragons, I think? A focus's raw power is all perspective.
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>>44978966
But there is literally no way to prepare for honing. It's a test of the Totemist's personal ability and luck, which is why it's so fucking risky in the first place. Every "preparation" people have mentioned are just bullshit that was literally pulled out of their asses and was never possible within the quest itself.
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>>44982137
It's a test of how well the Totemist's bond is with the spirit as well. Even if it's probably impossible to bond with the avatar of hunger, that just means our abilities aren't up to snuff just yet.
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>>44978966
Ah man you are the biggest fucking self-absorbed cunt I have ever seen.
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>>44983789
I'm really not sure what's hard to grasp about us a least pretending to learn something from this incident, instead of just saying we had bad luck and leaving it there. Like if only in-character from Osyki's perspective, he can't see the dice, shrugging it off as nothing he could have done doesn't make sense. What is so fucking hard to grasp about that you dense moherfucker?
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>>44984561
snrk
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