Log:V4 Session 60 (Meta, no ontology)

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Nov 29 16:10:13 <Hebizuka> [Session start!] Nov 29 16:13:04 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Welcome back to the Mazes, Jessica Definta. You are currently traveling from Arnett to Semitas, on the Deep route. You are still feeling weak (low blood pressure), but are recovering. You still have two temporary companions, the garudas called Nitin and Saral, and they still intend to travel with you all the way to Semitas. You have 7 rooms to go until the destination is reached. On the last session, you found an ARMOR-F supply crate and decided to loot and wear its contents. All that's left to do is to pick the next room._ Nov 29 16:13:10 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] Left: Break room, forsaken // Front: Deactivated room (S) // Right: Empty club room, abandoned Nov 29 16:14:01 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "So.. How do you feel about going clubbing, my dear friends?" the chick grins, to the right she goes! Nov 29 16:15:04 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** Well, if there's music... Nov 29 16:15:13 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** You dumb bird, she meant the club room over there! Nov 29 16:18:22 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _An empty club room, long unused and abandoned. It is now 9 AM in the Mazes. You and your temporary companions enter the room on Side 1. On Side 4, you see a group of **german shepherd dogs**, three of them in total. They seem to travel as a pack. The dogs do not seem to be hostile, therefore combat mode is not engaged. The next rooms can be reached freely._ Nov 29 16:18:26 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] Left: Old Byway (D) // Front: Corridor (S) // Right: Deactivated room (S) Nov 29 16:19:57 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Well that's disappointing." she muttered. "...And shame they aren't snakes either, would have popped a few rounds in them for you. Ah well!" And with that, she carried onwards, to the corridor! Nov 29 16:21:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _A corridor. The front door is a **shortcut -1**. There is an abandoned piece of **LBE** on the floor here._ Nov 29 16:21:53 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Well what's this then.." And with that, it was time to check out the piece of gear! Nov 29 16:22:37 <Hebizuka> [LBE] (Backpack) Field pack - Capacity 40 units Nov 29 16:23:18 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _This backpack may be **folded down** and carried in the inventory. It will become a 10-unit item._ Nov 29 16:24:33 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "I'm not bleeding out yet, and it looks bigger than my current one.. Ehhh.. I'll wait till Semitas, just in case!" And with that, she folded it up, and put it in her courier's bag. Time to carry onwards! Nov 29 16:26:41 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You can also upgrade directly to this backpack if you want it - the process will take 3 turns - one to transfer items to the new bag, one to remove the old bag, and one to wear the new bag._ Nov 29 16:27:45 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> She could, but Jessica is more worried about passing out at this point. Onwards! Nov 29 16:28:31 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You spend a turn to fold the Field Pack, then you take it and add it to your inventory. You gained the following item:_ Nov 29 16:28:35 <Hebizuka> [LBE] (Backpack) Field pack - Folded down - Weight: 10 Nov 29 16:29:10 <HashiBot> <Tempest> Backpack / Main: 17.36 /20 Nov 29 16:29:18 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] Left: Empty shrine, abandoned // Front (**Shortcut -1**): Empty club room, forsaken // Right: Roadway (S) Nov 29 16:30:25 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> And in direct contradiction to hurrying, Jessica opts to go to the left. A learning experience about this interesting land was to be had, so learn she would! Nov 29 16:34:35 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _An abandoned empty shrine. The room is so old and abandoned, you can't even tell which side this shrine used to belong to - whether it was a cardinal shrine or a dark sanctum. All that's left is an old, deactivated altar, and a rotting donation box. You spot a small amount of **money** in the donation box, as well as a piece of **clothing** on the floor._ Nov 29 16:35:48 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Jessica walked up to the shrine with a raised eyebrow. "..Y'all have any idea who this shrine belonged to, and whether or not I'll take the.. ahem.. donation for my future quests?" Oh, and she checked out the clothing on the way. Just in case, yo! Nov 29 16:36:28 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** I think it should be okay. It looks like it hasn't been used in... oh, a couple hundred years at leasT; Nov 29 16:36:34 <Hebizuka> [Money] 2 P$ Nov 29 16:36:34 <Hebizuka> [Clothing] Headgear - Baseball cap - AC: C2 - Blunt-resistant - Weight: 3 - [Condition: Damaged] Nov 29 16:37:54 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "..Hey Nitin, want a baseball cap? Huge sport where I came from. Played in a diamond with bats." And with that, she pockets the cash into her money pouch. "Weird coins though, never seen anything like 'em." Nov 29 16:38:24 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** Nah man, thanks though. Nov 29 16:38:39 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _2 P$ in money pouch._ Nov 29 16:38:55 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You quite literally have two bits for an ale. Except the ale is more expensive than that._ Nov 29 16:39:07 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _If a shrine maiden was there, she would probably lament that you're poorer than she is._ Nov 29 16:40:30 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Look at this.." she muttered with a chuckle. "Alright, well, let's head on out?" before she readies herself to leave, however, she puts the cap on the donation box. They seemed lonely. Nov 29 16:41:15 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] Left: Dining hall, abandoned // Front: Bedroom (bunks), abandoned // Right: Featureless room (D) Nov 29 16:42:11 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Hey, who wants to sleep with the human~" she snickered, winking at the birds, before heading forwards! This chick was bizarre. Nov 29 16:44:24 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** I tried to book a night in a hotel once! Nov 29 16:44:30 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** They turned me down. Nov 29 16:44:44 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** Might have something to do with the fact that snake meat isn't a currency. Nov 29 16:45:04 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH LOVE AND DEVOTION IS REQUIRED TO BRING SEVEN SNAKES ON THE TABLE? Freakin' ungrateful humans. Nov 29 16:45:13 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Saral glances at you._ Nov 29 16:45:17 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** Oh hey... sorry. Nov 29 16:45:28 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "..Didn't I say I'd pay you in snake if I had any snake?" she laughed. Nov 29 16:45:44 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** Ha, hell yes! Let's hope we find some! Nov 29 16:45:53 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Your group moves to the bedroom..._ Nov 29 16:51:57 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _An abandoned bedroom, with five old, rusty bunk beds, some with missing mattresses and sheets - whatever remains is torn and rotted. The room is desperately empty of anything useful, sadly._ Nov 29 16:52:18 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] Left: Laboratory room, abandoned // Front: Empty dojo, **dark** // Right: Empty forge, **dark** Nov 29 16:52:36 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "So, who thinks this would be quite the place to sleep? Having a whole bed would be useful!" Forward. Keep pushing. Maybe she can break another dragon's arms! Nov 29 16:53:40 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** Hey, you sleep where you can when your home's in the UA. Nov 29 16:53:46 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Which room?_ Nov 29 16:54:32 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Forward, to the dojo! Nov 29 16:55:02 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _This is a dark room. There is no light at all in there and you have no light sources on yourself. Are you sure?_ Nov 29 16:55:57 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "On second thoughts let's go to the lab. Wonder if they have any sodium hydroxide.." she muttered, slowly closing the door. Nov 29 16:59:39 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _An abandoned laboratory room, with desks, chairs, two computers, a whiteboard, and a sink. The room appears to have been looted a long time ago. On Side 4, you spot a non-hostile group of **3 angels**, who seem to be looking around for something. You also spot on Side 1 a **moon clip** on the floor... You enter the room on Side 1. Combat is not engaged, as they're not hostile._ Nov 29 17:00:55 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Jessica slowly waves towards the angels, and then heads on over to collect the moon clip. Guns seemed to be valued here, so why not keep it, just in case, right? Nov 29 17:01:28 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The angels don't seem to notice, they're searching the desk and the floor, apparently for some lost object._ Nov 29 17:01:34 <Hebizuka> [Weapon accessory] Moon clip: .30 Carbine 8-round moon clip. Weight: 0.25+0.05 (0.30) - [5/8, Personal Defense (+P) FMJ] Nov 29 17:02:55 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> And into the backpack it goes, time to interact with the weird things with wings! "Hey! Sup!" Nov 29 17:03:26 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Angel #1]** Good morning. Do not mind us, we'll stay out of your way, travelers. Nov 29 17:03:46 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Angel #3]** Who in the -world- would lose the entire month's report? Nov 29 17:04:03 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Angel #2]** I'll tell you who: some sorry incompetent idiot with just enough rank to send us here to look for it! Nov 29 17:04:15 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Angel #3]** This administration is the WORST. I'd rather go back to the capital. Nov 29 17:04:57 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "...What are y'all looking for?" the tall chick asked with a cocked eyebrow, humming softly to herself as she looked from angel to angel, to angel. Nov 29 17:05:06 <HashiBot> <Tempest> Backpack / Main: 17.66 /20 Nov 29 17:05:40 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _All three angels look alike - very alike, except for minor differences in facial features and haircut. White toga, white sandals, white folded pair of feathered wings..._ Nov 29 17:06:21 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Angel #1]** It's embarrassing, but one of our superiors has lost an important document on the road between Arnett and Semitas, and we've been looking since six in the morning for it. It's nothing intrinsically valuable, but just very important for office work... So he sent us here. Nov 29 17:07:31 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Damn, that sucks. I'd stay and help, but I don't want to pass out. You're angels, clearly, but.. I don't want to die to have to return it, if I find it." Oh god, puns. Bad ones. Nov 29 17:07:55 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Angel #1]** Oh, no, no no. You don't have to, traveler. It's our job. _<sigh>_ Nov 29 17:09:00 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] Left: **UA Rest stop** // Front: **Explorable: Sewers** // Right: Storage room, **deserted** Nov 29 17:09:26 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Hey now, if I find it, I'll return it. If I don't, sorry about that." Jess gave a shrug, before heading to the storage room. Higher chance for more supplies... maybe. Nov 29 17:19:10 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _A deserted storage room, which looks almost as though it was never abandoned in the first place. There are **things on the shelves, things in the crates, and things in the big boxes**. Six objects in total. In addition to the stored objects, you see a **magazine** on the floor, and a few **mushrooms**._ Nov 29 17:20:03 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Let's check out all the **things**. And find out what things shall be accepted in what ways! "Things here, things there, there are things everywhere!" Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> <On the shelves> Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> [Weapon accessory] Magazine: H&K HK33 25-round magazine. Size tier: Medium ; Weight: 1+0.25 (1.25) - [25 /25, 5.56x45mm NATO, Reduced Velocity (-P) FMJ] Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> [Clothing] Headgear - Pimp zebra hat - AC: C2 - Blunt-resistant - Weight: 3 - [Condition: Damaged] Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> _Papers, files, flyers... Nothing interesting._ Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> <In the crates> Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> [Item] Rag. Can be used as a makeshift bandage (50% chance to succeed + Healing skill bonus, if applicable) or as a molotov cocktail component. - Weight: 1 Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> _Some meaningless trash - empty tin cans, plastic bags, flattened soda cans..._ Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> <In the big boxes> Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> [Weapon] Class 3 - R1/Common - Smith & Wesson Model 617 revolver | .22 Long Rifle - DA/SA - 6" - N | No accessory | Cylinder, 10 rounds, no +1 | Weight: 3 - [3 /10, Standard JHP] - Condition: Good / Cleanliness: **Dirty** Nov 29 17:21:17 <Hebizuka> _Papers, files, flyers... Nothing interesting._ Nov 29 17:21:39 <Hebizuka> <On the floor> Nov 29 17:21:39 <Hebizuka> [Weapon accessory] Magazine: SIG MPX 30-round magazine. Size tier: Small ; Weight: 0.5+0.14 (0.64) - [14 /30, .357 SIG, Standard AP] Nov 29 17:21:39 <Hebizuka> [Mushroom] (?) Red, Fruity smell - Unidentified - Weight: 0.01 - [Quantity: 4] Nov 29 17:21:52 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** Wow, that is a lot of loot. It's your lucky day. Nov 29 17:25:16 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "It is indeed. Plenty of magazines. Who wants to be my pimp to sell me out for gratification? Just take the hat~" she snickered. HK33 mag goes into the backpack, rag goes into the backpack, revolver into the first holster, the MPX mag into her pistol mags for the tactical vest. Nov 29 17:25:40 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Saral tries the hat, but it's too large and it falls on his beak._ Nov 29 17:25:54 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Nitin laughs, but takes the hat off and tosses it back where it belongs: on the shelf._ Nov 29 17:26:07 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> (( Hang on a sec. I need to do some math Nov 29 17:26:43 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Okay, scratch that. Take the field pack out, transfer everything into that, fold up the courier bag, put it in the field pack, and then do as before. Nov 29 17:27:18 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You've equipped the S&W 617._ Nov 29 17:32:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _After taking all of the items, you spend 1 turn to drop your Courier Bag on the floor, 1 turn to take out and unfold the Field Pack, 1 turn to transfer everything in your Courier Bag to the Field Pack, 1 turn to remove the Courier Bag and put it in the Field Pack, and 1 turn to wear the Field Pack. A total of 5 turns has passed, and you have upgraded your backpack to a 40-unit capacity. The Courier Bag folds down to a 5-unit object._ Nov 29 17:32:12 <Hebizuka> [LBE] (Backpack) Courier Bag - Folded down - Weight: 5 Nov 29 17:33:21 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Okay, so.. That's all the useful stuff here. I can munch the mushrooms if I get desperate, but I have a pear.. Shall we carry on, my lovely bird friends? You've been too kind, keeping my company." Nov 29 17:33:54 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** Aw, thank you. But I think we're almost there anyway. Nov 29 17:34:03 <Hebizuka> [Next rooms] All doors: To Semitas Nov 29 17:35:04 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> And with that, Jess gives both of the birds a hug! "You two have been amazing. That dragon was AWESOME, and I'll cherish the memories for literally ever. Kill lots of snakes for me, will you?" Jess didn't wanna go, but they did say until Semitas. Poor gal. Nov 29 17:35:30 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Saral]** Next meal we'll think of you! Nov 29 17:35:39 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Nitin]** It was fun. You take care of yourself in that angel city, okay? Nov 29 17:36:14 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "I'll do my best. Don't die, and take care of each other. Until we meet again, because if I have my way, we *will* meet again." And thus, she opened the door, and headed to the town. Nov 29 17:36:46 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The two garuda stay behind and wave as you pass the door. You're on your own again._ Nov 29 17:38:17 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _It's 9:30 AM in the Mazes, and after 18 rooms in the UA and a grueling pit stop in a dangerous area, you finally reach the town of Semitas, as evidenced by the sign above the door to the town gate, which says "WELCOME TO SEMITAS - This town is protected by Heaven Ltd."_ Nov 29 17:39:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Nothing prevents you from entering the town, so you may proceed ahead to the social square center immediately if you'd like - it's 8 rooms to the north._ Nov 29 17:39:27 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Towards the social square she goes, humming to herself as she went. Nov 29 17:40:28 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _As you make your way there, your face finally regains some colors, and your body some strength, as it is regenerating slowly your lost blood. You are **no longer** under low blood pressure._ Nov 29 17:40:37 <HashiBot> <Tempest> [Blood: 10.7 /20] [Strength: 110%] [FT has returned to 6] Nov 29 17:42:41 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Semitas looks very different from Arnett. Beautiful painted and engraved walls, with hues of blue and white, themes of clouds, skies, feathers, and other pretty heavenly imagery. Semitas does seem to be a peaceful and quiet town. At the social square center, you see the town map._ Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> < SEMITAS - TOWN MAP > Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> Food production: Heaven Farm Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> Water production: Natural water processing unit Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> Residential areas: 2 Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> Social square facilities: Bank, Hiring bureau, Bar (E4), Restaurant (D7) [Trattoria], Takeout stand. Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> The bar is called _The Demigods’ Ice Box_. Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> The Trattoria is called _Angel Noodles_. Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> Shops: 3 individual (Style shop, Delicatessen, Weapon shop) Nov 29 17:42:44 <Hebizuka> Special facility: Cardinal Shrine Nov 29 17:43:33 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> First off, to the bureau, she needed some dosh, stat! Nov 29 17:44:39 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _It might be wiser to finish M03 first._ Nov 29 17:48:07 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Oh, right. Uhh. To the Shrine! Nov 29 17:50:11 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _9 rooms later, after having followed the directions from the town map, you find yourself at the Semitas Cardinal Shrine. Three shrine maidens are present in the room - one is sitting on the floor reading a book, another is sweeping the floor, and a third is finishing refilling the fortune vending machine._ Nov 29 17:56:56 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "..Heeeello?" Jessica called out when she entered, slowly stretching out a bit. "I'm here about some.. amulet things, to get back home, or something." Nov 29 17:58:56 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The third one immediately approaches you._ Nov 29 17:59:34 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Oh, good morning! What did you say you were here for, traveler? Nov 29 18:01:50 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Amulets. That's all I can remember off the top of my head, I need a pen and paper to start writing this stuff down." Nov 29 18:04:49 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Oh! I assume you're not familiar with the Prophecy, then? This is the one thing you want to hear about if you don't know anything about it. Would you like me to tell it to you? Nov 29 18:06:38 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Sure, I think, I've heard about the prophecy, but sounds like religious hocus pocus that isn't for one's focus." Nov 29 18:08:37 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The shrine maiden stares blankly at you. Did she just hear that correctly?_ Nov 29 18:08:48 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** ..pardon? Nov 29 18:13:25 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "I'm not a religious person in the slightest. Prophecies and what not are kinda.. Ehhhh. So what if it's someone's destiny, should always be free to choose, right?" Nov 29 18:15:47 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** In that case, sit down, and let me tell it to you... Nov 29 18:16:18 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _And so, she begins to recite the text of the prophecy, which she knows by heart. You can read it here: https://pastebin.com/HFQ3TZJ6_ Nov 29 18:16:27 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Let me know when you're finished reading._ Nov 29 18:18:05 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> And done. Nov 29 18:20:30 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** So there you have it. We have been waiting for a little over seven hundred years, but we have faith. That is the whole point, isn't it? Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped some people from moving ahead with other plans... Nov 29 18:21:13 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Right. Okay, and this prophecy is well known, yes?" Nov 29 18:21:57 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Fairly so, we teach about it, we tell travelers and hold group prayer sessions where it's often brought up, I imagine you know the drill. But what I'm trying to say is... These Amulets? Three of them have already been found. Nov 29 18:24:30 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Okay, cool. So tell me, how many fucking nutjobs do you get coming here every day proclaiming "Oh I'm the Contestant! Look at me! I'm so wonderful and amazing!" And, secondly, fuck destiny, fuck that bullshit. People are goddamn free to do what they want, if this is the destiny of me, then fuck that shit man. I'll help stabilise this fucked up place but I'm doing it to get back home. And thirdly.." Jessica paused to take in a breath. "Is that a FUCKING vending machine for wisdom or whatever? Like, those completely bullshit fortune cookies, with their aphorisms? I swear to fuck this place is fucked man. The coolest thing about this place is the guns." Nov 29 18:25:59 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The shrine maiden sighs and shakes her head dismissively._ Nov 29 18:26:56 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Look, we get a lot of the nutjobs you talk about. Not every day! But we do occasionally. And -- Ugh. There is no convincing you, is there. Nov 29 18:28:05 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "There might be. Answer me one question. Do you genuinely believe in what you do? Whatever religion you may have here, do you truly believe in it, 100 percent, with no hesitation?" Nov 29 18:31:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** I'd give my life for it, and working for Heaven gave me the powers and the abilities to serve them. Nov 29 18:32:17 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** If this shrine were to be attacked, I can, and I will call on divine backup to fight by my side, with more than just bullets and beliefs. We're committed. These gods are real. Everything you see is the result of a real pursuit to convince the people that our values are the correct ones. Nov 29 18:32:38 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _She squints._ Nov 29 18:32:53 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** But this is also a day to day business. We live on these donations. Nov 29 18:34:02 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Jessica slowly shook her head, and drew her revolver. Checking the cylinder, and gently placing it against the Shrine Maiden's head. "And what if I was the real Contestant? What if I decided that the best way to complete this so called prophecy was to put a bullet in your brain, right here, right now. Sure, the Divines may end up killing me, but if I *am* the Contestant, then you lose your chance at fighting off this darkness. In the face of death, are you willing to serve?" the tall girl asked quietly. Nov 29 18:35:41 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _**All of the shrine maidens immediately draw on you.**_ Nov 29 18:36:01 <HashiBot> <Tempest> You find three Glocks pointed at your face, and one of the maidens in the background is inches away from calling divine backup. Nov 29 18:36:19 <HashiBot> <Tempest> You have ONE chance to rethink your threat - don't blow it or else you will start a fight. Nov 29 18:36:41 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Put that gun down, or by Suzaku's grace I will _kill_ you. Nov 29 18:40:21 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Answer the question completely and honestly, and I will. Shoot me, and you may screw everything up for all of this.. world, or whatever. You don't know if you will, I don't know if you will. So, answer the question. I may end up being another nutjob, or maybe, just maybe, 90 minutes ago I woke up in a hospital in Arnett, feeling like I had drowned, and that my body wasn't entirely my own. Maybe I was told by a Doctor that my body was built by an Adminstrator, in order to fulfill a prophecy. Maybe I spend an hour and a half travelling here because I do what I think is right, and in this case, it's helping you." Jessica nudged the maiden's forehead, keeping her finger off the trigger. "Tell me. Do I sound like another nutjob? Are you absolutely certain that what you have here is right?" Nov 29 18:41:30 <Hebizuka> (( Got it Nov 29 18:42:32 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Last warning. Put the gun down. By the gods' grace I'll talk your ear out if that's what you want, but there is no need for this. There's enough death outside of these walls. Nov 29 18:44:06 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Answer the question. Do you have absolute faith in this prophecy? If you are willing to strike down someone who may end up being this Contestant, then you don't, and I see no reason for me to keep my own life. Kill me, and reap your punishment." Was it a bluff? Was Jessica willing to die to prove a point? Probably not. Nov 29 18:45:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** I will kill you if you continue being a threat! For all I know you may be a nutjob, you may be sent here by Hell, you might even BE the Contestant, but if you continue being such a nutcase, we are going to open fire and we are going to defend ourselves! Nov 29 18:45:27 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Really definitively final chance for you to back down, otherwise I'm starting a fight._ Nov 29 18:45:29 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _It's your call._ Nov 29 18:47:49 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "You don't have complete faith." And with that, Jessica holstered the revolver, and stretched her arms out, away from her other weapons. "Good. Means you have free thought. And thus you can plan ahead. Now, these amulets, one is in each of the cardinal directions, obviously. I'm guessing one is in possession of Heaven, one in Hell, one in some other major party, and the fourth is unknown. That's how this normally works, no?" Nov 29 18:48:45 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You can hear collective sighing and gasping in relief. Glocks are being re-holstered and the shrine maiden you threatened lets out a big 'phew'... but she does keep a hand on her handgun._ Nov 29 18:50:00 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** ... No, actually. We don't have any of them. Nov 29 18:50:06 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Neither do our competitors, thank the Gods. Nov 29 18:53:15 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** The Amulet of the West is in the hands of Colonel Wight, the leader of the military. That of the South is in that of his arch-nemesis, the satori they call "Black-Eye", the leader of the youkai activist forces that are fighting the military. The third one, that of the North, is said to be in the hands of a group of thieves from, coincidentally, the Northern Zone. They call themselves the Guild of Silver Larceners. Nov 29 18:54:03 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** The fourth is indeed unknown as of today, although it's most likely here in the Eastern Zone. Where exactly, no-one knows, but regularly there are adventurers coming here asking the same questions... although admittedly without the guns pointing at my head. _<She gives you an acidic glare.>_ Nov 29 18:55:47 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** The last time I've had adventurers and glory-seekers, I sent them to Joliet Sector, south of here. That's where they gather, and that's where all the rumors seem to come from. If you really want to prove yourself, go there, maybe you'll find someone insane enough to go with you Amulet hunting. And if you really were to be the Contestant - and by the Gods I hope not - then you go and find it. They will send a signal when the real actual Contestant comes in contact with them. We would know instantaneously. So would the world, in turn. Nov 29 18:56:13 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Now, please, get out of here. Nov 29 18:57:00 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "One last question, because the world seems pretty fubar out there, and I do want to make it up to you in particular. Do you accept donations in equipment, like, I guess a tip, in a way, for service that goes above and beyond?" Nov 29 18:57:54 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** Not really. We only take cash. Equipment takes time and effort to bring to the right people for resale, and we don't always have the right people available in town. Why? Are you looking to redeem yourself for your poor behavior? Nov 29 19:00:17 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "Sort of. I more wanted to give you personally a little something to apologise for being such a pain." And with that, Jess shrugged off her AKS. "I know it's caked with all kinds of muck, but underneath the dirt, this rifle is a real gem. Back.. Uhh. Home, I guess, in a small, landlocked desert nation, a country I was fighting against used these. I only have sixteen rounds for it, all in the mag there, and I have no cleaning kits at all, but, it's a good rifle. It'll work through thick and thin, and I want you personally to have it." Nov 29 19:00:40 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The shrine maiden refuses the offered weapon._ Nov 29 19:00:45 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** No thanks. Nov 29 19:01:44 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> "You sure? It'd be far more useful in your hands, what with the fact that any nutjob could come in here with a gun and start shooting. Sure, I hate religion, but you all seem like decent people. Plus, I'd feel bad if I left you with only sidearms. Take it, please." Nov 29 19:02:16 <HashiBot> <Tempest> **[Shrine maiden]** You're lucky you didn't see the full extent of what divine defense means. Now, get out of here. We don't need your rifle. Nov 29 19:03:52 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> Jess shrugged her shoulders, reshouldered her rifle, and instead gave the maiden her only 2 P$. "I have nothing else to offer, so instead, have this. I have nothing else to give, at all. And, well, if these divines are real, they can murder me right now if I'm not telling the truth." Jess didn't wait for a response this time, and instead turned to head back to the social square, feeling *incredibly* guilty. Poor gal. Nov 29 19:04:58 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _The donation was too insignificant to result in any reputation changes._ Nov 29 19:05:07 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You overhear the word "cheapskate" on your way out._ Nov 29 19:05:19 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _And you have no money left._ Nov 29 19:07:16 <HashiBot> <Tempest> Because of your threatening behavior, your Angelic Rep has dropped. [**ANG Rep -100**. Current: -80 - Indifferent] Nov 29 19:07:51 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _Where do you want to return to exactly? The social square center, or anywhere in particular?_ Nov 29 19:09:46 <HashiBot> <Jessica Definta> To the hiring bureau! Nov 29 19:12:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> M03 - Take the Long Way Home: Quest complete. Nov 29 19:12:25 <HashiBot> <Tempest> New main quest activated: **M04** - The Power to Begin Again Nov 29 19:12:38 <HashiBot> <Tempest> M04 Objective 1: Go to Joliet Sector, and ask the locals for information regarding the Amulet of the East. Nov 29 19:13:03 <HashiBot> <Tempest> _You leave the shrine, and travel 12 rooms to reach the hiring bureau._ Nov 29 19:13:09 <HashiBot> <Tempest> (( And we will talk shop on the next session. Nov 29 19:13:14 <Hebizuka> [Session end!]