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You rouse yourself into the perpetual dawn of this particular dungeon layer- a vastly preferrable set of scenery to the previous.

You feel like very little would be less impressive than the weasel-infested waste of time that made up the prior layers.

But now you've had a rest amidst some gorgeous terrain, and enjoyed a leisurely meal of roast bear, your favourite. Life is good, and it can only get better! As long as your idea of better is to delve further into a dungeon. And fight giant things, for your own amusement.

Thankfully, that is, in fact, your idea of better.
So you're planning to really enoy the next few days.

Your friends are less enthusiastic, though if that's in regards to the dungeon or the waking up, you can't presently tell. Sheszka seems mostly alert, sitting up straight in a contained wolf-form, though she's swaying side to side as her eyes droop. Jin is... You can't actually tell. She might be awake? Jin is schrodinger's harpy. Youll throw her at someone, and they may or may not catch a facefull of star-burning bird girl.

Nin is Nin. One hundred percent over-eager moth herald.

The fact that you just thought of her as a herald shows how truly insidious she is.

Ezzy is comatose, and still kind of fat from the sheer amount of bear she managed to consume. She's also snoring and drooling, but that's fairly normal. You'd wake her, but the hissing is kind of adorable.

All in all, it's a beautiful and quiet morning, so it's definitely time to murder something.

>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
>Waking people up, even if they don't want to.
>Just do some stretches, warm up while you wait.
>Other (?)
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>>45095535
>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
SPIDER.
PUSSY.
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>>45095535
>>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
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>>45095535
>>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
THE BUS WILL MOVE WHILE THE PASSENGERS ARE ALSEEP
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>>45095535
>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
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>>45095535
Announcements: twitter.com/REQMX

Q&A: ask.fm/REQM

Character Sheet and Misc:
http://pastebin.com/u/REQM

Archive:
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Re-Monster
or
http://archive.moe/tg/search/tripcode/!!7fb3j+Ac+pZ%20/type/op/
or
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rD-MZe51wYI63xxl-tG8dsxj-RWVtJu3S6Gzd6OTJSw/edit?usp=sharing

GDoc is pending repairs.

I'll get to the pastes tomorrow, I promise! I've even set an alarm.
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>>45095535
>Just do some stretches, warm up while you wait.
>Waking people up, even if they don't want to.
I know we're excited but let's be smart....also have something that will give Lyra nightmares.
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>>45095535
>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
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>>45095535
>Just do some stretches, warm up while you wait.
>Waking people up, even if they don't want to.
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>>45095535
>>Just do some stretches, warm up while you wait.
Don't wanna leave your group without a spider.
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>>45095644
Is that her dress obsessed sister?
I fully expect her to make an apperance in some kind of poster wearing a dress as advertisement.

>>45095535
>Just do some stretches, warm up while you wait.
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>>45095535
>>Check that first bridge! Onwards into the sun!
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>>45095732
>Is that her dress obsessed sister?
>I fully expect her to make an apperance in some kind of poster wearing a dress as advertisement.
No that's the next outfit Elle's going to put Lyra in, Lyra just knows it will happen.
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>>45095757
When Lyra gets around to visiting her i suppose.
Going to be funny.
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Looks like bridge investigations!

Writing!
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aw yiss
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>>45095785
>>45095757
we've gotta remember to at least write letters after this.
I wonder which city sarah actually is doing school in. We have to get the location from her.
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>>45095824
We should write letters after every dungeon.
Give them reviews for our sister to try them.
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I'm so happy that you are back REQM. You made me adicted to this quest and then you left. Now I want 200% more Nin as compensation.
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>>45095889
We should get together a rating system now.
A certain amount of stars out of 10, various categories of dungeoneering importance, that kind of thing.
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>>45095924
Develop the rating system as we go, just do little reviews for now.
Need context to judge after all.
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>>45095924
>-too many weasels, too bony to be edible
>+-beatles good for a snack, but too small
>+Had eatable bears with vegetarian option
>6/10, recommended for parties with varied palates
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>>45095889
>>45095924
We need to follow up on that idea of writing a Beastry/Diary/Cook Book.

Describe the various monsters we found today. Where we found them. How many we killed and ate. How they tasted and tips on raw vs cooked.

Hell, we could put Nin on the job as our chronicler.
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>>45096034
Well, it'd certainly keep her busy.
Problem is if she writ it, we would get a whole
"On this daye, Ye Queen of Spiders, didth partake in bear a la fruit, and declaired it was delicious, but could use more meat"
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>>45096034
And the quest suddenly becomes a crossover with Dungeon Meshi.
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>>45096076
I like it
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Is Lyra considered a rank 4 Arachne, or a rank 3 Arachne?
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>>45096208
Tier 4
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>>45096034
>>45096069
>>45096076
why do we even likes bears?
They're greasy and unpleasant.
I think lyra just likes bears because she is used to bears, as one would like peanutbutter and jelly on white bread far into adulthood due to its childhood connotations.
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>>45096312
I think she mainly likes the eating your own kill part really.
That and bear has to be super gamey, which for a monster with enough strength to just push her arm into the ground, probably means its the only meat that has any real resistance to it.
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>>45096312
>why do we even likes bears?
Because they taste good? Different people like different sorts of meat?
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>>45096389
look buddy.
If we are actually thinking of writing a food guide, we gotta come up with some more articulate reason for why we like bears.
>>45096363
this might be onto something.
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You don't need to wake everyone up to check the bridge.
It's not like the thing is a mimic or-

You cautiously poke the bridge from a good few metres away, prodding it harshly with your spear until you are well and truly satisfied that it is made of wood and not flesh-devouring monster.

It is, all in all, an utterly standard rope bridge.

Thick, sturdy planks are supported by massive strings of rope, stretching between floating islands over a red cast sea. it's a beautiful, idyllic scene, made all the worse by the creeping sensation that there's a monster here somewhere.

You step out into the abyss, the bridge swaying gently with your weight. Your legs clatter incessantly as you walk, eyes peeled and flicking in every direction as you watch for your foes. Your heart pounds harder and harder as you cross, passing the halfway line and closing in on the second island in the sky.

You breathe out a sigh of relief as you set foot on the solid ground of a magical floating rock.
And then you are attacked by a bush.

Well. It's something of a loaded statement.

You are ineffectively acosted by a bush?
A bush is attempting to bar your way, in an un-bush-like manner. It is actively attempt to stop you, rather than simply being a low growing fern that causes a minor change to the rhythm of your steps.

You pluck it from the ground with one hand, holding it up for a better look.

It's definitely a bush. Roots, limited branches, leaves. Eyes, little hissing mouth.

You hurl it into the sea without concern, and glance around the island for any more shrubbery related assaults.

>This isn't hard, right? Next island!
>You could wake people up. You don't have to deal with inedible monsters if you don't want to.
>Breakfast? Wait, you just threw away perfectly good firestarter.
>Other (?)
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>>45096536
>You could wake people up. You don't have to deal with inedible monsters if you don't want to.
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>>45096536
>Other (?)
How far down is the red sea?
Let's start securing webs before those rope bridges. I am certain we will be knocked off by an otherwise lame enemy. Just like darksouls.
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>>45096536
>>This isn't hard, right? Next island!
This looks super easy, no issue whatsoever.
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>>45096536
>Breakfast? Wait, you just threw away perfectly good firestarter.
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>>45096536
>You could wake people up. You don't have to deal with inedible monsters if you don't want to.
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>>45096536

>This isn't hard, right? Next island!

Keep the momentum up, try to not think about how the final island will inevitably BE a monster.

Alternatively, try TO think about that. Get some anticipatory adrenaline going.
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>>45096536
>>Other (?)
explore and only wake friends if you find something interesting... or tasty.
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>>45096536
>This isn't hard, right? Next island!
>Other:
Nin vs bush. Make her kill something that she can eat.
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>>45096536
>You could wake people up. You don't have to deal with inedible monsters if you don't want to.
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>>45096669
I approve
Wake the moth.
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>>45096536
>>45096669
You know what? I can get behind her getting some practice in.
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>>45096669
>Nin vs bush. Make her kill something that she can eat.

Tiny Herbivore Death Arena?
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>>45096669
I second this perfect match!
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Wake some people up?

Writing!
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>>45096748
>Tiny Herbivore Death Arena?
Does not quite work on a island with someone who can fly and put everything to sleep with powder from above
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>>45096789
We can ban her for flying as training
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>>45096536

Oh, shit.

What if the bush was a bear cub?
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>>45096843
Fucking monster biology
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>>45096867

>she's light with dark spots
>all her siblings are dark with light spots

This bugs me far more than it should.
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>>45097000
Her adorable poses make it up for me, artist puts all 8 legs to use
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>>45097000
What is the source on this >>45096867 ?
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>>45097077
Manga http://www.mangahere.co/manga/kumo_desu_ga_nani_ka/
based off a web novels being translated here http://turb0translation.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page.html
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>>45097077
http://m.mangahere.co/manga/kumo_desu_ga_nani_ka/

Yo.
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>>45097089
>>45097101
I'm going to read it now
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Hmm, this is-

"Nin."

You poke the petite troublemaker.

"Nin. Wake up, yes."
The moth makes a vaguely grumbling-whining noise. You poke her again, prodding her cheek as her eyes start to blink rapidly.
"Nnnnooooo-"
"Up, yes. Why are you so tired, anwyay?"

"I work hard!" She protests sleepily.
"There is noone to announce me to, so no. Up."
She makes a final complaint as she shoves herself of your shell, dropping lightly to the groud with a yawn.
You repress your own before you cause some sort of feedback loop, as hard as it is.

"Today, you get to hunt for your food, yes."
She gives you a certain sort of look, one eyebrow rising.
"My lady, though I would follow any of thy commands- I eat plants."
"Then it is a good thing there are plant monsters, yes."

She looks on is disbelief as you check her weapon, leaving her staring out into space with a blade in hand.
"And no flying unless you are falling off the island. Work for your food."

It isn't long before you're enjoying the sight of a golden tinged moth dancing around a hissing plant thing,, swiping and stabbing a dodging.

"I'm not built for this! I'm a moth!"
"Yes? You are the natural predator of plants, yes. So you have an advantage."
"Plants don't bite back!"
You shrug.

>I'll take 2d100!
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>>45097202
Same. Something to do between posts.
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Rolled 61, 94 = 155 (2d100)

>>45097302
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Rolled 60, 50 = 110 (2d100)

>>45097302
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Rolled 54, 46 = 100 (2d100)

>>45097302
Theres always time to learn.
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Rolled 63, 51 = 114 (2d100)

>>45097302
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Rolled 67, 100 = 167 (2d100)

I need a fucking comment to roll dice now?
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>>45097347

No, the dice gods were just fucking with you.

And us.
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>>45097347
You shouldn't actually. But you'd need to link anyway so it hardly matters, also, ouch.
Though 61,94 should be good enough.
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>>45097302
>"Plants don't bite back!"
"Then that bush is doing it wrong then. You must punish it, yes."
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>>45097326
>>45097339
>>45097341
>>45097343
>>45097347

Wow, the first dice is mediocre today.

Almost as lazy as Ezzy.
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>>45097405
She needs more training
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>>45097405
Do the characters get modifiers on dice rolls? I've always been a bit fuzzy on that one.
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>>45097449
>Do the characters get modifiers on dice rolls? I've always been a bit fuzzy on that one.
Yes, all dice rolls are juust the base from which stuff gets modified according to our skil and the opponents. Thats why we couldn't beat Mom even on a nat100 way back, too much modifiers.

There is actually a lot going into it, REQM once did a thread where he laid out the mods for each roll and DCs, look into the archive.
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>>45097445
Always
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>>45097445
Everyone always needs more training.
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Shouldn't we make nin train WITH her flying?
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>>45097908
she needs to work on her foot work first
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>>45097908
Well, practically she should train with her hovering, but swordwork is even more important.
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The duel- In that there are two participants, not as in a rules-oriented murder party- continues unabated, heedless of the moth's lack of desire to fight for her breakfast.

Roots sprout upwards, spike-like, and Nin yelps as she hops backwards, a few thin red lines decorating her legs as she curses out the plant.

A second creeps forwards towards the fight, and you pin it disinterestedly with one leg, leaving a squirming pile of plant matter at the end of your foot.

Nin pirouettes- wings flicking to add that bit of speed to her movements- a vine snaps past her like a whip, and she lunges, blade leading, piercing the hissing little abomination and coating the blade in saplike blood.

A glance confirms it is all over your leg, too.

"Hah!"
She gloats for a split second- before her eyes flick to you, and she screws her expression into one of utmost 'how could I be so very put-upon, woe is me'-ness.

"That isn't going to work, you know."
"How could you do this to meee-"
"Exercise is good for you, yes."

She bitterly takes a leaf from the monster, chewing thoughtfully. And then she spits it out.
"Agh! gah! Bleh!"
"No good, then?"
"It's disgusting! Agh- It's all in my mouth! I can smell it!"
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>>45097970
She snatches the shield from your hands as soon as it's offered, gargling and spitting frantically as she tried to clear the thing from her mouth.
"Never! Never again!"
"No, I think you will have to fight at some point."
She sticks out her tongue.

You snap the leg with a pinned monster straight, sending it sailing away from you before you continue, a grumbling moth flitting along beside you.

"This is no way to treat your subjects."
"Then it is a good thing that you are my friend, yes."
"It's an even worse way to treat your friends!"

You flap your hand to wave her off and she huffs, indignant.
"A herald is a respectable position."
"Try being respectable then."
You sweep up the complaining insect, tucking her wings neatly beneath your arm as you set across the next bridge.

>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.
>A walk isn't too bad. It's nice here, at least.
>Talk to someone (About?)
>Other (?)
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>>45097999
>>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.
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>>45097999
>>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.
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>>45097999
>A walk isn't too bad. It's nice here, at least.
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>>45097999
>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.
Come on, I want to see a boss monster
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>>45097999
>A walk isn't too bad. It's nice here, at least.
I am abjectly terrified of rope bridges breaking, so I advocate caution on them.
This is a dungeon with high up areas. ALL MY ALARM BELLS ARE GOING OFF
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>>45097999
>>A walk isn't too bad. It's nice here, at least.
>>Talk to someone (About?)
Talk to Nin about what the plant tasted like.
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>>45097999
>>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up
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>>45097999

>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.
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>>45097999
>A walk isn't too bad. It's nice here, at least.
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>>45097999
>>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.

Pat her head
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>>45098048
I am willing to move this to a pick up the pace vote, but only if we are sure we won't fall via some safety mechanism
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Hey REQM? Is this what desert Arachne usually end up looking like?
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>>45097999
>Nin fw
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>>45098080
>Pat her head

I am all for this.

Or threaten to withhold them, and see how the junkie reacts.
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>>45098166
>Or threaten to withhold them, and see how the junkie reacts.
You utter monster!
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>>45097999
>A walk isn't too bad. It's nice here, at least.

take in the scenic floating rock... scenery...
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>>45097999
>Pick up the pace. Maybe something interesting will show up.
>Other
Engage your secret headpat addiction.
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A bit of speed, then?

I'll take a d10.

>>45098102
Seems about right.
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>45098240
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>45098240
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>45098240
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>45098240
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4 it is! Writing1
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>>45098240
speaking of our desert cousins, isn't they're scorpion form there second tier evolution? how would it compare to our second form evolution?
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>>45098339
I'm terribly sorry, I haven't participated in this quest in a long time, but do you not use the typical crit system for d10 rolls?
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>>45098356
ours is just a bigger spider.
theirs is a scorpion.
the second tier seems to be a sepcies defining evo.
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>>45098443
D10 are for lists and it's first roll that counts.
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>>45098443
d10 is for random tables. First result only.
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>>45098443
d10's are only used for encounter charts, which don't hve any particular rhyme or reason- they're just things slapped down in any order. As such, I just take the first.

>>45098356
They're a bit stronger for the most part, as their evolution is fairly key to their continued survival.
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I wonder how our earth manipulaion works on sand.
It seems like it could be seriously fun to play with if we ever get the chance.
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>Nin's face when
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>>45098494
Hey REQM, does our fire resistance prevent Lyra from getting a tan? Just curious.
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>>45098443
>crits on d10
Why would somone do that?
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>>45098522
Considering that the mechanism that leads to burns from fire has no relevance to the mechanism that leads to getting a tan, I'm honestly curious what makes you think that would be the case?
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>>45098356
>Desert arachne fall into two categories, those who swiftly fall prey to the dangerous monsters inherent to the area, and those who survive and rapidly evolve into scorpion-halved monsters, and carve out their own piece of desert.

Well, it doesn't say the Scorpion evo is their second form, but it seems likely.

Given that the Scorpion evo is the "fuck this place is dangerous, I really need to work to survive" form, it's likely a bit tougher than our equivalent evo.
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>>45098522
A sun tan is a result of radiation (photons from the sun) instead of conduction (hot gas from a fire)
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>>45098557
Mainly because we don't know how all the elemental thematics work in this realm.
Afterall, attempting to use lightning on a river just ended with an explosion instead of electrifying everything.

If we can still get a tan then [Light] energy is probably a thing.

>>45098614
Yes anon, i know what a tan is caused by.
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>>45098639
>If we can still get a tan then [Light] energy is probably a thing.
No, because again, the mechanism that leads to tan has nothing to do with heat or fire, so immunity or resistance to fire (burning) has no impact on tanning at all whatsoever,
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>>45098673
Anon with all do respect, that was some of the most autistic shit I've seen said in a while. And I'm the guy who complains about Arachnee anatomy
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>>45098673
You utterly missed the point.
Im literally saying what you just stated is the case (ie light and fire being seperate) if we can still get a tan.
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>>45098691
There is nothing autistic about pointing out his logic makes no sense.

>>45098704
We could still get a tan even if light and fire are not seperate elements, thats my fucking point.
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>>45098704
>You utterly missed the point.
No, I think you missed the point that
>(ie light and fire being seperate) if we can still get a tan
Is bullshit, because light and fire being seperate or not has no impact on our ability to tan.
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>>45098718
Your point was made badly.
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>>45098691
Pointing out extremly faulty logic is not autism.
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>>45098745
His point was pretty clear though.
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>>45098745
No, your attempt at logical induction was made badly.
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>>45098762
It relys on the presumption that the reaction for tanning could occur under the pretenses that light resistance is a thing and that light is an energy type. Again, we don't know if it could or couldn't.

Really, it was a simple question to try work out one of the worlds mechanics, its kind of sad how it spiralled.
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>>45098776
>>45098762
>>45098758
Guys wtf calm down guys like I know tensions are high but like we seriously need to all calm down

Waitaminute. You just want to know if we get delicious chocolate spiders don't you
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>>45098839
also chocolate scorpions
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>>45098839
Actually it was more the thought of going to foreign places like the desert and meeting up with family with an exotic tan when we came back. But if heat resistance stopped tanning then itd be pointless to consider, hence the question.
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>>45098839
>I know tensions are high but like we seriously need to all calm down
I think you just freaked out more than anyone else in this conversation.
Sveral people ust responded at the same time. That just happens sometimes.

>You just want to know if we get delicious chocolate spiders don't you
Can we even tan to begin with? I don't mind Lyra getting a nice tan in a ddition to her fantastic abs.
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You all, I laugh at your bitching about things that don't matter and putting real life rules in a world where our player character is a Giant Spider centaur. Clearly the answer to everything is 'Magic'.
But I say Lyra can tan but she won't get skin cancer because she uses protection.
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>>45098902
well, of course i'm scared. The wild REQM has just returned from his winter hibernation. Wouldn't want to scare off such a fine specimen, now would we?
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>>45098948
We had some real shitstorms over the years, don't worry REQM understands how his audience works.
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>>45098976
Do you remember the hydraulic muscles thing?
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>>45098998
I am an avid supporter of hydraulic muscles still.
I've considered drawing up technical diagrams, but nobody would be able to decipher them but me because of shitdrawing.
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You stow your spear as you move, keeping it within reach but freeing your all importand hand.

Nin's complaints fade into a much more tolerable quiet as your hand finds her head, sweeping through her hair and sliding over the down-soft antennae.
The scenery is even better like this.

"This- This doesn't mean you win."
"Mhm."
"I'm still upset."
"Mmm."
"I mean it."
"Yes, yes. I will make it up to you."

A breeze casts your hair to one side, your bangs obscuring your vision as the braid trailing across your back shifts lightly.
"Did you take care of your legs already?"
"Mm- Eh. Yes. You didn't say no dust."
Her eyes are already halfway drooping, legs kicking idly at the air.

"That's good. Yes."
You increase your speed by a few notches.

The walking, not the headpats. Headpats are meant to be savoured.

"Lyra?"
"Yes?"
"Ahead."

You drop your pace as you close in on... a tent. A large one. Not spider large, but people large. Several people. Maybe five? Or a small spider.
You keep your distance, legs clattering to a halt as you circle the camp.

The residents are apparently aware enough that someone sticks their head through the fabric door of the tent, red hair obscuring eyes that are nearly the same colour with lack of sleep.

A hand follows the head out of the tent, pointing accusingly.

"Hey. Hey. Yyyyou. You can't be here. Safe zone."
You blink.
"Hello, yes."
"Safe zone. No cheating."
"I am not... cheating? I am walking."
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>>45099016
The sleep-zombie touches their finger to their nose, considering your words thouroughly.
"You're walking?"
"Yes."
"Talking, too?"
"That is what we are doing right now."

They stare again.
"You kidnapping her?"
"Hah?"
You glance to Nin.

"No, this one is mine, yes."
"Mmkay. I'm gonna- I gotta sleep."
"That is likeluy a good idea."
"Jacobs is guarding, though."
"That is nice."
"So don't try anything. Monster things."
"I will take it into consideration."

>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
>Speed up. Nothing will bother you here.
>Find Jacobs and ask him- (what?)
>Other(?)
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>>45099037
>>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
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>>45099037
>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
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>>45099037
>>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
>Other(?)
What the fuck, is this more adventurers?
See if anyone we know is here. If not, continue on.
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>>45099037
>>Speed up. Nothing will bother you here.
No breaks on the Lyra train. CHOO CHOO MOTHERFUCKER.
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>>45099037
>>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
>Find Jacobs and ask him- (what?)
TIME TO BITCH ABOUT THIS DUNGEON
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>>45099037
>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
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>>45099037
>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
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>>45099037
>Find Jacobs and ask him- (what?)
Was the first part of this dungeon the same for you as it was for us?
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>>45098998
Sure, I was in it.
Though I would count hat one more as funposting since the original idea "hydraulic muscles are more optimized" was quite silly to begin with, given we were already as strong as we are no matter what muscles, and fibre muscles would allow strength gain, which hydraulic muscles don't.
The arguing was too fun to let real logic get in to the way.

>>45099037
>Speed up. Nothing will bother you here.
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Great now if we go to the dessert we're gonna meet a pich black scorpion guy with glaring green plate mail and a spear of fire and he will ether be called Vulcan or Sinbad then people will loss there minds
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>>45099037
>Find Jacobs and ask him- (what?)
Ask about the dungeon and make clear that you are not hostile
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>>45099037
>Find Jacobs and ask him- (what?)
They've been in here longer than us. Can he point us towards anything fun/tasty? We haven't murdered anything good in .... a couple hours. We need our fix.
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>>45099037
>>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
good spot to wake everyone up as well.
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>>45099037
>It's a safe zone, right? You can eat here.
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>>45099037
>Speed up. Nothing will bother you here.
>Warn jacob about there being a giant spider advnturer, just let him sit and think about that for a while
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>>45099037
>>Find Jacobs and ask him- (what?)
Ask him why are they all there when the guild went out of the way to make sure shenanigans wouldn't happen.
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Food? Food.

Breakfast sandwiches for dinner is fantastic.

Writing!
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>>45099179
The shrubs dont count, they were annoyances.
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>>45099037
Why is everyone so sleepy? WTF yo?
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>>45099230
did we pull an all nighter and not notice it?
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>>45099230
The entire level is in fact one giant trap to lure unsuspecting adventurers into napping so that the bushes can shrub them.

Speaking of being stuck in traps take a look at the trap that Elle has planned for Lyra in the future.
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>>45099230
They are always sleepy. Also Jin and Sheszka need to get used to daylight operations again after all the time being night-watch

>>45099269
She already made two.
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>>45099230
>>45099238
There's no day and night on this level. People sleep when their tired
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Are mimics a thing here? Mimic-girls? Dire gazebos? We need to know when to be just-paranoid-enough when we enter mimic territory.

Is there a mimic dungeon? That would be fun. And horrifying.
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I feel like posting pics with fantasy weapons, that okay?
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>>45099469
I am 90% certain we're going to run into the other kind of spider girl.
You know, the kind where the entire girl opens up into a toothy maw and eats people.
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>>45099533

Only if they have spiders in them.
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>>45099544

If I remember right, it wasn't the whole person part opening up, but the spider part immediately beneath them.

Which means early adventurers were afraid of being eaten by arachne vaginas.

...though considering our parents' "activity", that was probably a valid fear.
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>>45099549
Sadly I don't think any of them have spider girls in them...except this one.
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>>45099606
I think he meant weapons that have spider motives.
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>>45099668
Ah that's even harder, spider motifs are pretty damn rare.

In the mean time look at this halberd.
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>>45099717
Just look up drow art.
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>>45099751
He said "spider motifs" not "KKK perception of BDSM motifs".
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You set up shop.
Bear shop.

A much better shop than weapons shop, or potions shop.

You hijack the pre-built firepit, though it is in dire need of expansion. It just so happens that you are a connoisseur of fire and earth. A cooking pit expert.

You expand the base, shore up the walls and raise a spit, all in the name of the god of hunger. Meat roasts gently on the open fire, thickly scented smoke billowing up into the sky as you sit with your moth.

The scent is enough to rouse your friends, slow as it may be. And the smoke is enough to bring 'Jacobs' back to camp, a crossbow-wielding dwarf arriving at the fire to stare at the crowd of monsters that have taken over the safe-zone.

"'Ey."
"Hello, yes."
"Not eatin' anyone I know, right?"
"Are you friends with bears?"
"Bears?"
"Large woodland creatures, yes."
"Nah."

Jin and Sheszka dutifully ignore the man in favour of food, utterly silent save for the sounds of a massive creature slowly disappearing.
"Yer the spider, then?"
"The Queen!"
"I am a spider. And not a queen."
"She is."
"Ignore the moth, yes."

He looks at you both askew, clearly of two minds on the whole subject. So you change it.
"Did you know I was here?"
"Eh? Yah, the guild sent a notice down."
Your eyebrows raise in surprise.
"A magic message?"

He laughs.
"Nah, they sent a group ahead of you with a warning. Probably magically exspensive, though."
"Well, that's... one way, I suppose."
"Th'best way, really. What'd happen if we all wound up fighting?"
"You'd lose?"
He laughs again.

"Oh. Yer not kidding?"
"Only a little. I don't fight people much."
"Really?"
"Bandits don't bother arachne."
"That seems fair."
"Mhm."

Your friends have finished eating, and are now embracing their wider, rounder lifestyle.
"Laps, yes. Around camp."
Both look at you pleadingly, but you don't budge till they're on their feet. Or wings.
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>>45099850
You cough.
"Have you been in this dungeon before? What's it like?"
"Too much fire. It's alwas good when you see this floor. Y'need a break."
"Fire?"
"Little fires, big fires, bitey fires."

"Shifts up, J- What."
"Quinn."
"It's a spider."
"Pretty sure it's a girl, y'know. G'night then."
"Are you just gonna leave me with-"
"Tired."

The woman- short cropped brown hair, green eyes and a heavy looking shield in hand- stares awkwardly across the fire.
"So, uhhh. How're the, uh. Monster things."
"Very good, yes. How are the human things."
"Very human. Completely human."
"Fascinating."
"Yup."

>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
>Well, this has been fun. Goodbye.
>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
>Other (?)
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>>45099868
>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.

Then talk about the dungeon.
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>>45099868
>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
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>>45099868
Sooo come here often? I mean the dungeon.
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>>45099868
>>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
Can't let our scarf get to fat or we won't be able to wear her anymore.
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>>45099868
>>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
Yes, Humans would be good sparing partner for a lazy snake
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>>45099868
>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
What? Fire? All we got was Weasels and WHEAT.
Wheres OUR fire?!
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>>45099868
>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
"I have not seen fires yet. Just wheat and an excessive amount of stupid weasels, yes."
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>>45099868
>Well, this has been fun. Goodbye.
I just want to see something of the dungeon, is that really too much to expect?
Fight a actual boss, and get loot. Not meander around doing pointless things we could do literally everywhere else.
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>>45099868
>Well, this has been fun. Goodbye.
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>>45099868
>>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
>>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
snake has to suffer too damnit
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>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?

What? We saw no fires?
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>>45099868
>>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
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Snakes and chatting!

Writing!
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>>45099868
>Rouse snake. Apply snake training.
We need strange looks and a larger reptile companion.
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>>45099868
>>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
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>>45099868
>Sooo. The dungeon, yes?
He mentioned fire. What fire? We just got weasels.
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>>45099868
Were you by any chance stupid enough to set the wheat fields on fire yes?
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>>45100073

Oh. Oh!

We were SUPPOSED to set the wheat on fire! Then the weasels would have caught fire and been far more dangerous (to anyone who isn't fireproof, anyways).
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Sara in magic school interlude when?
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>>45100293

Eight (?) threads ago.
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>>45100293
Once we're out of the dungeon.
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>>45100328
That was months ago. I meant the next one.
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"So," You say, as you reach for a large, snoring, scaly log.
"The dungeon, yes?"

"The- The dungeon?" She replies, staring at you as you start to shake Ezzy, gently bringing her snoring hisses into louder, more irate hisses.
"Mhm. I heard there was fire."
"Yeah. Pretty much all fire."

You nod, ignoring the reptile attempting to grapple your hands.
"I have not seen any, yes.
"Huh?"
"One minute, yes."

You look down.
"Ezzy."
"Whyyyy-"
"You have slept all day, yes. You need to train."
She glowers innefectually.
"None of that. Training."

She hisses as she slithers away. You trust she'll do what she needs to.
"So, fire?"
"Uh. Yeah. The whole dungeon?"
"All I saw was wheat? And weasels."
"Weasels?"

You nod.
"Small, biting rodents."
"The monsters in the field?"
"Yes."
"We burned them."
"You burnt the field?"
"Yes."

You tilt your head.
"Is that where the fire elementals come from?"
"What. Really?"
"I have fought weasels and bugs and a bear. No fire."
The woman starts to curse.
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>>45100591
And I'll be ending it here tonight!
Thanks for playing, all.

I'll do my best to get the pastes updated tomorrow.
I think I'll be trying to keep the threads to early in the week- I'm still feeling bit burnt out from work, so we'll see if I'm writing better then.

As per usual, I'll answer questions comments and all that in thread.
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>>45100635
Thanks for the run REQM.
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>>45100591
I feel like we need to go back and burn that field
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>>45100635
I will say thanks REQM, next time JelloVoltron trys to set fire to a forest/town/fucking rock quarry I'll just start spawning fire elementals
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>>45100292
>>45100591

>is that where the fire elementals come from?

Called it!
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>>45100654
Yeah, I feel a bit cheated by weasels. Fire Elementals would have been better.

Of course, they probably wouldn't have been edible, sooo, maybe not a great loss.
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>>45100591
Is this why they call this the dungeons of gold and hate? Because it appears as either a bountiful field or a hellscape depending on the adventurers actions.
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>>45100635
So, hold up: adventurers get it into their heads that they should light up the wheat field to roast any monsters that might be hiding in the under brush?

And... no one's figured out that that's what spawns the elementals?
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>>45100635
Thanks for tonight's thread, go get some rest! Grumpy spiders are not productive spiders!
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>>45100635
Thanks for running
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>>45100591
Is it called fields of Gold and Hate because the place absolutely hates people that ruin its aesthetic?
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>>45100648
Thanks for playing!

>>45100687
One up me, instead. Burning field elemental. Inferno Dryad Voltron.

>>45100726
Yes!

>>45100728
Of course some people have figured it out. It is, essentially, a massive in-joke at the guild. They can instantly tell who the rookies are.

>>45100730
I'll survive, probably. Thanks for playing!

>>45100747
Thanks!
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>>45100635
Thanks a bunch REQM.
Gonna have to remember all this for the letter, and monster-eating guide.
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>>45100825

Do we get any sort of bonus/penalty to our next evolution for NOT fighting the fire elementals?
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A clever dungeon, when you think about it; it tantalizes the rash AND the cautious.

Almost every monster in here can probably claim fire as a weakness, and it's full of vegetation that just SCREAMS "Hey, I might be home to a shit ton of monsters. Wanna play it safe?"

So, you hold back, and ya make it through with no fuss.
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>>45100825
>Of course some people have figured it out. It is, essentially, a massive in-joke at the guild. They can instantly tell who the rookies are.

Huh.

If that's the case, then I hate to break it to these guys...
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>>45100842
Is it a letter or a book at this point?

>>45100888
I usually rely on big things, or repeated actions that tend to affect how Lyra acts. Fighting a giant fire elemental, maybe. Fighting a field of things you're 90% immune to, no.

>>45100971
Scruuuuuuuuuubbbbbbs!


And I'll make a note on twitter about this, but I'll take some suggestions for bonus stories.
Think things like Person/People/timeframe/location more than something incredibly specific.
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Rolled 6 (1d8)

>>45101067
We need more stories of Mom and Dad adventuring.
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>>45101067
Mom and dad, Elle's economic adventures and school time with sara
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>>45101096
>>45101115
>>45101067
Feel free to suggest PoV, as well.
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>>45101143
I guess first or third
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>>45101067
>Nialla sobbing (again) over her babies leaving.
>Feels an otherworldly chill.
>Knows, deep down in her heart, that Lyra has evolved.
>Sobs a little more.
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>>45101067
Thanks for running! I'm still just happy you came back.
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Rolled 4 (1d8)

>>45101143
I'm personally fond of flashbacks being in third-person omniscient.
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>>45101143
An average Day in school for Sara

How big the Z and E competitions have gotten

Aria upon hearing rumors of a super strong spider queen
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>>45101143
Definitely Mom and Dad, or Aria.
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Oh hey, spider!

No, wait its over.
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>>45101143
I like the sound of parental adventures and maybe aria.
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>>45101143
>>45101155

Definitely this.

>Nialla? What's wrong?
>>Lyra.
>Wh- did something happen? Is she okay? How do-
>>[Nialla beings frantically fighting her way deeper into the dungeon]
>Honey?
>>SHE ISN'T EVEN A YEAR OLD! HOW MUCH TROUBLE CAN SHE GET INTO?! GODSDAMNIT LYRA WHEN I GET MY HANDS ON YOU-[descends into ferocious spider hissing and chittering]
>...honey?
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>>45101143
I am one late lizard. Though in my defense I haven't seen the sun since... late 2015?

Thanks for running REQM
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>>45100635
Thanks for running!

>>45100825
Adventurers are probably more antsy about ankle-biters than people whose ankles are armour-spears.

>>45100897
Yeah the dungeon is delightfully trolly.

>>45100971
>If that's the case, then I hate to break it to these guys...
Given the cursing, Quinn had just realized this.
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Huh, fire trap kinda thematically supports "level 2 is sizechanged level 1" theory.

Setting fire to the first field is easy and "safe".
Setting fire to a forest of giant wheat that surrounds you on all sides - not so much.
So it seems to me that in order to maintain the theme, level 2 would need to be a burned hellscape of glowing embers left from level 1 blaze.
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>>45107091
Neaat.
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