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You are Nakashiri Koharu, the 3rd seat officer of Aizen’s 5th Division, on an assignment to Osaka, your last home from when you were still alive. You didn’t live here that long after moving from the confines of Kasuga-taisha in Nara, but the days you had with your friends were the brightest you ever had in your life.

Now, after going to the afterlife and back, you are tasked with protecting the city much like Hisashi did. Unlike him back then though, you have a special mission from your captain and mentor, Aizen: to visit Hueco Mundo and create more arrancars via your specialized shikai for whatever goal he has. Not only that, but you’ve been also tasked to spy on him by Urahara Kisuke, a former captain in hiding, way before you ever left for the afterlife.

After entering Osaka, you’ve found out your broken and comatose body had died and been cremated. Visiting your family’s, the Tamaki line’s crypt at Kasuga-taisha, you confronted your former caretaker, Kameko, finally telling her just how you felt throughout the years.

Your former apartment remained mostly untouched, likely the courtesy of your father, who you know to be a fullbringer. You’re glad you still have the place, and the memories it holds.

You have also encountered your best friends from high school: Chie-chan and Akane-san. The former you met up at the University of Osaka, but unfortunately, she couldn’t quite sense you, a fact you only realized after falling into a panic. The latter you found her fighting with her new fullbring powers against your arrancar friend, Lahela, out in the industrial area. The misunderstanding was cleared up, yet suspicion remained as you made your way to Urahara’s shop.

The silly man himself wasn’t present, but you did find a taller Jun, the boy who helped take care of the shop. Now Akane helps run it alongside him, and the three of you decided to have a go at each other in the gargantuan underground training area beneath the shop.

Lahela ultimately won, and is now carrying both you and Akane towards the healing hot springs, ready to undress you.

>1/2
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“L-Lahela, I can undress myself!” you protest, as she puts you and Akane beside the edge of the hot springs.

“Nonssensse! Yous are hurt more than me!” she responds and just starts to casually take off the clothing. “I’m helpingss!”

You are nose-deep in the water, already red like a lobster, as Lahela moves onto Akane, and the exchange of words… well, they could be from many different types of manga you’ve read.

“Sstay sstill!”

“NO! Don’t touch me!”

“I have to sso I can undresss you!”

“I said NO! AAAAAAAAAAAA”

Akane is put in the water as well, and now both you and her just sit beside each other, half of your face beneath the water as you feel weird and fuzzy. Lahela doesn’t make it any easier for you as she casually enters the hot spring without any shame of nudity, everything in display.

Akane especially at this point just tips over and you have to help her not drown.

Finally, all three of you are nicely in the water, and even Akane can get a break. Funny, you never imagined Lahela would get such a reaction out of her.

“You’ve gotten strong, Akane-san,” you break the metaphorical ice. “You mentioned it’s a Fullbring?”

Akane nods, and looks down at the dragonfly necklace still around her neck. “It’s all thanks to you, Koharu. I didn’t realize before just what kind of a gift you had given me.”

“Neither did I to be honest,” you scratch the back of your hair. “I’m not really sure how it all works either.”

“My master helped me out with it. Apparently fullbring abilities come out when people imprint strong emotions and spiritual power into important items.” Akane grins. “He almost killed me once or twice while I tried to figure it out, but it all paid off in the end!”

You are about to ask about that, when Lahela moves closer and closer to Akane, flustering her.

“W-What?”

“It feelss hollow,” Lahela blinks. “Your powerss, when we foughtss, they felt hollow...like.”

“I’m definitely no hollow,” Akane shakes her head and crosses her arms in front of her. “Far from it, I bash their skulls in.”

“Akane…”

“Oh, right. No offense.”

“None takenss,” Lahela closes her own eyes and goes back to her spot.

“Still, you’ve gotten quite powerful yourself, Koharu. Those powers, they’re really something. And Lahela’s above any hollow I’ve ever met. It still kinda creeps me out that I’m sharing a bath with one actually..”

“Life is full of surprises,” you wink.

>2/2

>”You mentioned a master, Akane? Another fullbringer?”
>”Lahela, can you elaborate on that? Hollow-like how?”
>Other?
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Welcome to a new thread of Advent Soul Quest!

>What is this?
A quest based on the setting of Bleach. Deviation from canon depends on the MC’s influence, and some other additions are to be expected as well.
>Who are we?
Nakashiri Koharu, a former 10th grade (high schooler) trap, now a 3rd seat officer in Aizen’s 5th Division, under a spy mission from Urahara.
>When are we?
Currently it is Spring 1985, ~16 years prior to the events of canon.
>Dice? Challenge?
Prompted after deciding on an action. Usually 3d10, best of 3 (Bo3), against a set DC and sometimes a crit-DC. Write-ins may affect the DC as well. If a character stat (in the char sheet) is directly related to the action, it will substitute the lowest die in rolls if it is higher (will be always explained when prompted to roll).
>Updates?
So far it’s been 20 minutes per post at best. Generally I promise an update per hour at the very least. I post whenever I start writing, or if I’m held up for some reason. My timezone is UTC+3 (summer time).
>I have questions!
Ask away and I’ll do my best to answer! You can also address questions to characters, which I’ll answer in-character!
>What do?
Have fun, vote on what feels the best, roll some dice and chill.

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>>4729083
>”You mentioned a master, Akane? Another fullbringer?”
>”Lahela, can you elaborate on that? Hollow-like how?”
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>>4729083
>”You mentioned a master, Akane? Another fullbringer?”
>”Lahela, can you elaborate on that? Hollow-like how?”
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We should be able to connect the dots that her master is our dad right?
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>>4729119
Pretty much. It's more or less a question of whether you want to poke her about it and learn that it was Koharu's dad that might've almost killed her.
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>>4729122
Urahara did something similar to us so we could shrug it off a standard procedure mostly except for giving dad an earful the next time we see him
>>4729088
>”You mentioned a master, Akane? Another fullbringer?”
>”Lahela, can you elaborate on that? Hollow-like how?”
I'll go with this for now though
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>>4729104
>>4729112
>>4729133
>Writing
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“You mentioned a master, Akane?” you ask, your body finally relaxing in the water. “Where’d you find another fullbringer?”

“You won’t believe me, but he appeared at the roof of our school one day. I was suspicious at first, but… I was sort of desperate for the power to protect others, to protect Chie-chan. I didn’t want the same thing that happened to you to happen to anybody else.”

“I.. I understand that,” you shy your glance away. “And? Who is this guy?”

“He calls himself Yama-san. Always in a suit and with that cool lighter of his. He might be a hardass, but I think you’d like him!”

The gears in your head start turning, and you narrow your eyes, but let it be for now. If your suspicions are correct and it really is Moriyama Eizan, your father, then you have so many more questions.

You don’t press the topic further, despite the confused feelings of your father messing with your friends. You’ll have to find your dad and shout his ear off for, in Akane’s own words, ‘almost killing her once or twice.’

“Anyway! But what about you?” Akane points at you and then Lahela. “How in the hell did you befriend a hollow? Let alone turn her… human?”

You and Lahela exchange glances, and you nod to her, letting her retell the story.

“It wassn’t really voluntary, butss…”

She goes over the whole deal, with how you forced her mask into the shape of a sword, and helped her figure out the afterlife in her new form.

“Koharu iss my firsst true friend. I will protect Koharu with myss life!”

You blink and blush just so slightly, and you can see Akane is taken aback by this. She looks conflicted, but after a few seconds her expression relents into a smile, and her hands relax. “Well, I guess that makes two of us then, huh?”

>1/3
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With time, the water rejuvenates you, healing wounds and restoring your energy. Lahela is quite surprised by this, and even drinks it somewhat. You do stop her from emptying the pools, especially since the idea of drinking bathing water just grosses you out.

“Lahela?” you call out to her, and give Akane a quick glance. Whispering to her, you tell her to stand up.

“What? Like thiss?”

As she does stand up, you can see Akane’s face redden, and quickly turn away, confirming your suspicions. “Hooh?~”

“Come back down. I actually wanted to ask you something else. What did you mean that Akane’s fullbring felt hollow-like?”

“Y-YOU DID THAT INTENTIONALLY?!” Akane lashes out as she realizes it, and you just poke out your tongue. Lahela in turn, doesn’t understand what’s going on at all. The irony of the hollow being the innocent one, is not lost upon you.

“The reiatssu, it feelss hollow. Her abilitiess too, they remindss me of what Drianni can do, and what youss used that one timess.”

“You what now?” Akane asks, now more serious.

“I’ll tell you another time,” you shrug her off for now. “Well.. there’s no reason not to believe Lahela. I have no knowledge of how this fullbring power works anyway.”

“It’s pretty simple,” Akane waves her hand. “We distort the properties of spiritual matter. But for our true powers, it’s an expression of our willpower and desires.”

Well, that does kind of remind you of Zilya’s influence within you.

After some time, Jun is kind enough to bring towels for you. Amusingly, each one of you dries and redresses separately from each other.

>2/3
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“Tomorrow’s your birthday, you know,” Akane says as she takes the tea that Jun prepared for all of you. You’ve come back up and are now around the low table that you vaguely remember. “We’re gonna celebrate it, right? I won’t take no for an answer.”

“Ehhh,” you raise your hands. “Sure I guess?”

You haven’t really remembered it since going to the afterlife. People don’t celebrate birthdays there, instead they go by the day they spirited away to Soul Society.

A… rebirthday?

“You ‘guess?’ Come on, where’s your excitement! You’re finally back home, we need to go all out! So, what do you wanna do?”

You look at your cup of tea, deep in thought.

>3/3

>Go for a picnic, enjoy outdoor life, watch people… live their lives.
>An amusement park. You never went there before, now that you think about it.
>Other?
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I realized that Akane actually doesn't even KNOW that her master is Koharu's dad
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>>4729217
>Go for a picnic, enjoy outdoor life, watch people… live their lives.
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>>4729217
>An amusement park. You never went there before, now that you think about it.
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>>4729217
>An amusement park. You never went there before, now that you think about it.
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>>4729224
>>4729225
>>4729249
Amusement park, huh. That's going to be fun.
Of course nothing bad will happen, why do you ask?
>Writing
>Small pancake break as well, friend made some
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And so the day ends and your nocturnal duties commence. Lahela keeps you company throughout the night as well. Disposing of hollows, sending stray plusses to Soul Society, it’s all rather trivial with your senses and the combined firepower.

You feel like you work surprisingly well together.

Throughout the night however, you feel this light uneasiness. Like something is lurking somewhere, yet it’s able to hide even from you.

>The next day

You and Lahela stand at the gardens near the entrance to Hirakata park, one of the oldest ones in the area. It’s beside the Yodo river, overlooking it from the southern side. The park itself is situated halfway between Osaka and Kyoto, sharing a good amount of customers from both cities.

As you enjoy the scenery, Lahela in the meantime is too busy eating ice cream for the first time in her life.

“Thiss sstuff is amazing!” she exclaims. “H-Humanss eat this every day?!”

“Well, not every day you know, just sometimes. Especially in the summer. I’m surprised they’re selling it this early in the year.”

You watch Lahela with both amusement and a certain kind of joy. You were just like her when you first moved out of Nara. Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling the world for the first time. Trying everything out after leaving your confines. Lahela, she never lived anywhere but the Wailing Forest. Or at least she never left it for who knows how many years.

You then become aware of Akane’s reiatsu coming closer, and with some concentration you can also make out Chie’s. Your heart begins to beat harder, and you feel nervous again. Sure, you saw Chie earlier, but that was somewhat of a farce on your part. Now she would actually see you.

“You okayss?” Lahela asks, noticing your change in tone.

“Y-Yeah. Just mentally preparing to see a very good friend of mine again,” you smile.

And so Lahela distracts you enough that the two girls arrive without notice, and you can hear her gentle voice.

“K-Koharu…? Is.. is it really you?”
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Unfortunately I have to stop here. Just got news that my grandma’s been taken to the hospital, and that’s in the neighboring country. Not that I can do anything, but I don’t think I can continue with this mental state.

We’ll continue tomorrow at same time, so 15:00 UTC, unless something happens.

Sorry guys, and fuck this pandemic.
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>>4729320
I hope your grandmother gets better. By pure coincidence mine died this Friday, even bigger coincidence nine years ago died an Good Friday as well.
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>>4729364
I'm very sorry to hear that, anon. My condolences, and thank you.
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>>4729320
Hope things go well, take as long as you need and stay strong
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>>4729320
Feels bad man
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We'll continue today as scheduled (in 2 hours), but it'll be slower paced, since I have a small meeting around the time and I need more time in general.

But at least we'll be able to move forward!
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There’s a moment where it feels like the world around you just fades away, when your eyes lock with Chie’s. Both of you first take slow steps towards each other, then larger and larger, until you run up to hug each other.

“I’m back,” you whisper beside her ear.

“I-I knew… I suspected,” Chie answers as her tears soak into your clothing on your shoulder.

“Akane-san told you then?”

“No… she was tight-lipped. But… y-yesterday… there was something… and I could just feel it in my heart.”

A few tears part from your eyes as you hear this. So your visit wasn’t a complete failure afterall.

“But how?” she asks. “I-I thought.. your body..”

“E-Eh, it’s a different one, but pretty close, isn’t it?” you laugh it off. You’re not sure how well she’d understand or take the full story just yet.

As you part the embrace and both Akane and Lahela come closer, you do the final introductions. Chie is oblivious to different types of ghosts, so she befriends Lahela quite quickly.

“You’re really back now, right? You’re back for good?” Chie looks at you with a happy face and gleaming eyes.

Akane too looks at you for an answer, but knowing things, you can see she’s nervous. Lahela just stands there awkwardly.

>”Actually.. this is only temporary. I have a duty now, to the afterlife.”
>”Y-Yeah. I’ll be very busy though, so much I need to do!”
>Other?
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>>4730702
>”Actually.. this is only temporary. I have a duty now, to the afterlife.”
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>”Actually.. this is only temporary. I have a duty now, to the afterlife.”
But I'll try my best to come back more often!
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>>4730709
>>4730797
Quiet today it seems
>Writing
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“Actually… this is only temporary, Chie-chan…”

You can see the change in mood as her joy and hope slowly turn into sorrow and confusion. “E-Eh?”

“Chie-chan… I’m.. I’m still dead. This is but a doll that I inhabit to interact with your world.”

“T-This is your world too!” Chie protests. “Things.. things may have changed, but I never stopped believing in you!”

You stagger back, and lower your gaze, clenching your hands into fists. It’s not like you don’t want to come back, far from it.

“I have a duty now,” you raise your eyes again, “to the afterlife. But… at least I have the chance to visit. To come see your faces.”

Your eyes linger on Chie, and then Akane, and back to Chie. “Not for a second did I forget about you two. About our promise. Maybe I can’t come back for good… but at least I can try to visit as often as I can.”

Both Chie and Akane rush to hug you, and you exchange painful, but relieving tears. Lahela, unsure what to do, joins in, and in the end you all end up having amused giggles and laughs. Sometimes, one needs a little awkwardness to bring out the sunshine.

“Well, no point in brooding on your birthday of all days, right?!” Akane raises the spirits. “Come on, I got the tickets right here!”

And so you go enjoy the park attractions together.

>1/2
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There’s a lot of different things you try out. Alongside Lahela, there’s two of you who’ve never been to such a place before. Lahela is perhaps a little more enthusiastic about it all than you, and wants to try the most wild attractions.

You on the other hand, prefer the lighter, more comfortable ones.

After some initial rides, Akane goes with Lahela for the bigger ones, while you and Chie take a pause and eat some more ice cream.

“So you study human sciences now, huh?” you ask.

“H-How did you know?” Chie blinks.

“A-Ah, Akane told me, heh…”

“I want to become a teacher. There’s.. so many things I wish we had at our school, Koharu. Maybe I can bring those to some school.”

“Yeah? What would you have changed?” you ask, nomming on the waffle.

“Well… I’d make sure I really know my students, and.. make sure they can get everywhere.”

“I’m not sure I follow?”

Chie straightens her legs, and looks down at them, and that’s when you understand her. “They still swell from time to time… and I can walk again, but… that time, when I couldn’t, it was unbearable.”

You touch her hand on the table, as you can see her eyes glister for a moment, but she keeps the tears in. “No, no more tears! Today we celebrate your birthday! It’s a happy moment!”

You nod and smile, but you feel your eyes focus, for a brief moment, behind her and out where people are walking, and you see a weird-looking clown with a white face.

No, a jester.

Staring right at you.

You blink once, and he’s gone.

“Koharu?” Chie blinks, as she tilts her head just a bit to the side to block the view. “Are you okay?”

“Y-Yeah, I think so?”

>2/2

>Continue on normally with the day, but stay on alert
>Excuse yourself for a moment, and look around
>Go elsewhere with Chie
>Other?
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>>4730918
>Continue on normally with the day, but stay on alert
Can we check the area with our reiraku?
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>>4730921
Yes, it is possible!
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>>4730918
>Continue on normally with the day, but stay on alert
Reiraku scan
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>>4730921
>>4730932
We'll go with this. Last update for today too.
>Writing
>No roll needed for various reasons
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How is your grandma, trippy?
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>>4730978
In the hospital, I don't know more than that unfortunately. Me and my brother tried to figure out a way to contact her, but it's very complicated, especially with us in Finland and her in Russia.

What can I say, hope for the best, prepare for the worst
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You cough a bit and then shake your head. “I’m fine, don’t worry. Anyway! Tell me more about your university! What’s it like?”

As she tells you about all that, you momentarily shift your focus to your sixth sense. There’s nothing particular that you can sense, although there is something akin to a foul smell in the air, but reiatsu instead of scent. Focusing further, you summon the spiritual ribbons of reiraku, and see the canopy of white ribbons around you and Chie.

Instantly, you make out Akane’s slightly red-tinted white ribbon, as well as Lahela’s black ribbon, but otherwise, there’s nothing out of the ordinary.

Until you notice something rather strange.

There’s a brief moment, where you can see a very narrow and weak stripe of black ribbon, merge with a white ribbon. After a few more minutes, another similar case.

And another.

“So… what’s the afterlife’s like?”

“W-What?” you snap back to reality.

“I guess I shouldn’t ask… but, I guess I’m kinda curious.”

You sigh as you tilt your head to look at the people walking by.

“To be honest, not that good. You’d imagine it to be peaceful, but in the end, it’s humanity’s worst aspects, but amplified.”

“R-Really? Wow… that’s.. that’s surprising.”

“I know. I was surprised too,” you sigh. “Maybe someday I can do something about it.”

“Wow… you sure changed, Koharu,” Chie smiles. “Not at all like the Koharu who barely wanted to do anything.”

“It’s because I couldn’t,” you nod. “Now I can.”

And as you say that, your eyes widen in horror as you see a disgusting pitch black, slug or leech crawl from behind Chie onto her shoulder.

“Koharu? Are you sure you’re alright?”
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And that’s where we’ll stop for this session. I’m sorry for its shortness, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway. Hopefully next time my mind won’t get dragged across dirt in the middle of running.

No updates for the sheets, but I’m happy to answer any comments or questions. Omake suggestions are welcome too!

It might take some time for the next session, but if things go well, we'll get back on weekends schedule-wise!
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>>4731053
Hollow parasites?
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>>4731060
Maybe. It sure looks like that, doesn't it?
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This guy looks like bad news if he's going after random humans with impunity like this.

HADO 1: SHO FINGERLASER TO THE LEECH ASAP
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>>4731405
Agreed. But maybe try to restrain and capture it? It's weird because it seems like the others can't even detect it
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>>4732146
Not completely weird. Our reiatsu-sensing abilities are miles above most reapers, they’re probably crawling on/affecting spiritually unaware people like Chie, and the others may be distracted.

Now, if we blast this thing and still Lahela/Akane can’t see it still then I’d be worried.

Although thinking back on it, Drianni mentioned hollows shouldn’t be able to hide their reiatsu. Maybe whoever is spawning these things knows the trick.

And after typing that last bit out, I vaguely remember Zilya mentioning a jester/fool and learning how to create little spider babies from another hollow. Is this related, should we jump to Defcon 2 right now?
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>>4732146
>it seems like the others can't even detect it
>>4732852
>and still Lahela/Akane can’t see it

I thought they'd split off and gone on rides while Koharu and Chie waited on a bench with ice cream or something.

And I don't want to take any chances on this thing infesting Chie so shoot first ask questions next time we spot one is my call. I doubt it's the last we'll be seeing of these things since they've probably been latching onto other random people at the park and mixing into their spirit-ribbons.
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>>4732852
>Is this related, should we jump to Defcon 2 right now?
The shoe fits close enough
(Also lategame bump before the 72hr permasage)
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>>4732852
Well whatever they are they are bad juju. I'm still for trying to capture one but killing it is fine too. Hopefully Hat&Clogs can maybe gleam some information out of the residual spirit particles at the very least
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Hey guys, I finally have a schedule for you. Next session will be on Friday, 15:00 UTC! We'll continue from there on Saturday as well, and possibly on Sunday too, depending on where we are.

Until then, I wish you all a pleasant week!
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>>4737608
Ah cool, I was going to ask for an ETA
>>4734802
Thinking about it more, Hado 1 doesn't really have much destructive power. It kind of just pushes things. I mean Rukia was on death's door and Byakuya wasn't worried about bonking her with it. So I think the worm might not die immediately from the force of the shove.
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Reminder: Tomorrow at 15:00 UTC we have our next session. See you there!
Also to confirm that I am still alive and well, albeit sleep deprived
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You are Nakashiri Koharu, and you’re at the Hirakata Amusement Park, enjoying a little cake with Chie-chan while Akane and Lahela have their fun with the more extreme attractions. There’s just one problem: A repulsive, slimy creature has just crawled up Chie’s shoulder.

Without a doubt, it’s a product of a hollow. But what exactly it is, you don’t know yet.

What you do know, is that you REALLY don’t appreciate it being on your bestie’s shoulder.

“Hadō #1: Shō,” you whisper while extending a finger forwards, and the bolt of pure force pushes the slimy creature off of Chie. She of course also feels this, but as a human with a physical body, it’s much less effective than against the purely spiritual creature.

“O-Ow, what was that?” Chie-chan blinks.

You look down on the floor at the barely moving thing. You can just and just sense it, but based on what you saw with reiraku, it must meld with the host’s reiatsu to disappear like the others did.

Shit, this is bad news. The leech doesn’t have a mask, meaning it can’t be a singular hollow. This thing, whatever it is, is part of a bigger threat.

“Hello? Koharu..? Y-You look so serious..?” Chie waves her hand, concern creeping onto her face.

>Tell her about the possible danger.
>Keep this to yourself for now.
>Other?
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>>4749670
>Tell her about the possible danger.
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Welcome back anons for a new session. This time we start off with good news, as my grandma got out of the hospital! So I'm much more motivated now!
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>>4749702
Good to hear
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>>4749670
>Tell her about the possible danger.
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>>4749694
>>4749755
Honesty wins
>Writing
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You don’t answer her immediately as you weigh the options, but in the end, you decide to tell her. It’s better she knows that something’s up.

“Something’s wrong in this place. A weird creature just tried to crawl on you.”

“C-Creature? W-What do you mean? I couldn’t feel anything..? Where is it now?”

You shake your head. “I don’t think you can feel it, let alone see it.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s a ghost,” you finally spell it out for her. “Don’t panic.”

“Y-You can’t just say that and expect me not to!” Chie says as her eyes widen.

“As long as you’re with me, you’re safe. Now that I know what to look for, I can keep these things away from you. But whatever it is, I’ll have to investigate it, okay?”

“Investigate?”

“Like that ghost in the school basement, remember?” you nod.

“Like that.. ghost in the school basement,” Chie repeats quietly, and then finally nods in resolution. “I-I think I understand, Koharu!”

You nonchalantly move your chair a little to get closer to this black slimy creature. You can’t really get any more info out of it just by looking, but you don’t know if it’s wise to pick it up. It’s still moving, if just barely.

>Pick it up, see if you can’t figure something out.
>Better just destroy it and start looking for the source.
>Other?
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>>4749823
Try to find out if it has a mind we can enter
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>>4749832
Supporting this
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>>4749832
>>4749844
That's an interesting one.
>Writing
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Why pick it up when you can just stab it with your zanpakutō?

“Mediate, Naimen no Daiza,” you whisper as you draw the blade out of the gigai from your chest, releasing it at the same time. Fortunately everyone’s occupied with their own business to pay any attention to you. Not that they can see the sword.

You lightly prod the tip of the sword into the twitching creature, and let the blade attune to its reiatsu. It’s very weak and faint, you can just barely feel the consciousness with this specific reiatsu, but can’t access it. You also feel a tingling sensation at the back of your head, as Zilya’s presence seems to be quite amused by something.

“Y-You’re doing something, right?” Chie asks, to which you nod.

“Yeah. You can’t see it, but, I’ve.. got a tool. I’ll explain later.”

You might not be able to access this hollow’s mind, but now you have the means to find it.

“Seek Out Your Prey, Kaishigome,” you whisper again, and your zanpakutō transforms into the antler-shaped curved blade, accompanied by a light burst of green reiatsu. With the reiatsu attuned to the creature, you now can track other sources of it.

Question is, how to go about it?

>Go alone, tell Chie to stay here, away from danger.
>Take Chie with you, the safest place is next to you.
>Look for Akane and Lahela first, split into two parties. (Which?)
>Look for Akane and Lahela and go all together.
>Other?
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>>4749974
Fuck. I forgot the picture, can't delete the post anymore.
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>>4749974
>Look for Akane and Lahela first, split into two parties. (Which?)
Chie and Akane, since they know each other
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>>4749982
I'll second this
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>>4749982
Supporting this too!
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>>4749982
>>4750005
>>4750016
Tag-team with Lahela is a go! Now let's see how well you do.
>Roll 3d10, Bo3, DC 24, crit 28, Mental (8) may replace lowest die
Yes, it's high. But you did succeed in find the secret solution.

Also, my stomach unfortunately is acting up... again. I REALLY hope it'll tone down, but just a heads up, I might have to take some breaks or in worst case, leave it be until tomorrow.

I just had to jinx it at the start, didn't I?
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Rolled 10, 8, 8 = 26 (3d10)

>>4750061
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Rolled 1, 7, 9 = 17 (3d10)

>>4750061
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Rolled 1, 1, 2 = 4 (3d10)

>>4750061
No point in doing this but I'll do it anyway
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>>4750073
O WAO
>>4750084
O WAO
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>>4750073
>26
Nice, anon!
>>4750077
>17(24)
Good roll too!
>>4750084
>4(11)
H-Holy crap. Good thing I don't do overriding critfails.

>Writing
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“Let’s go find Akane and Lahela, shall we?” you smile at Chie, as you figure out a way to fasten the released zanpakutō to your waist.

You quickly find the two athletic girls sitting at a bench with milkshakes in their hands.

“You callss thiss… chocolate? It’ss… it’ss amazing!”

“Ha! Ain’t that right?” Akane grins and lightly punches Lahela on the shoulder. You raise an eyebrow as you approach them.

“I swear, if you told me you were years-long friends, I would believe you in a heartbeat,” you smile.

“Chie-chan, Koharu!” Akane waves. “Back so soo- whoa there, what’s with the sword?”

“We’ve got hunting to do,” you say quietly enough. “Something’s out here.”

“What do you mean?” Akane narrows her eyes. “I can’t sense anything.”

Lahela blinks a few times, and you feel her reiatsu flare up very sharply and for the briefest moment. “There’ss ssomething, Koharu iss right.”

“You.. you can sense something?”

“Very weakly, but yess!”

“Okay. I guess that settles it, we’ll go find this thing, whatever it is, with Lahela. Akane, could you look over Chie-chan and our bodies?”

Akane stares at you, her expression changing just so subtly. You can see she’s trying to hide her disappointment, but not well enough from you. “I could help you out.”

“I’d love that, Akane, believe me,” you say with understanding, but also a degree of sterness. “But this thing… or rather a part of it, almost got to Chie-chan. It’s not that I don’t want you with me, it’s that I want you and Chie to be safe. None of us can stay alone.”

Akane looks hard at you, but then shifts her gaze towards Chie, and you can see again a subtle change in her expression. Softness in her eyes, which she quickly hides by closing them.

“Right. I’ll keep us safe then.”
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We’ll pause here for tonight, and continue tomorrow starting at the same time, 15:00 UTC.

My bad for the shortness, but I hope I’m able to keep the quality up. Roll results will be resolved tomorrow.

Good night!
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>>4750249
Thanks for running! Excited to see what happens tomorrow
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You brief them both on the situation and to watch out for black slug-like leeches, and leave your and Lahela’s gigais with them in a more secluded part of the park.

“They’re very subtle,” you explain. “Hard to sense, so keep your eyes open. Once they meld with the host, even I can’t distinguish their reiatsu.”

And with that you leave with Lahela, using Kaishigome’s ability to track reiatsu even as obscured as this one. You feel a sense of excitement in a way, despite that a hollow like this is very dangerous. So far it’s only been training after training, with some minor tasks in between the swamp of bureaucracy. Finally you can make a proper difference.

Along with Lahela, you manage to find many of these leeches that would normally be impossible to sense. At least it confirms it to you that they are all of the same hollow, as otherwise Kaishigome wouldn’t lead you to them. One by one, you remove them and incinerate them, until one of the scents leads you towards a small maintenance building. Nodding to each other, you and Lahela force the door open.

“Water?” Lahela asks as she pokes the humming machinery in there.

“It’s the system that controls the water pools and stuff at the park,” you guess.

“Humanss are sso interessting nowadayss. Sso many new thingss!”

You smile with a nod. “I can understand how you feel, Lahela. Soul Society is centuries behind the living realm as well. Maybe.. maybe one day I’ll change that.”

You find a sealed metallic trapdoor, and have Lahela break it open. The reiatsu is clearly coming from down there, and both of you jump in.

The smell of stale water and damp moss greets you, along with the sound of flowing water along tubes attached to the walls. Fortunately it’s not too narrow that both you and Lahela couldn't fit, but this is anything but a good place to fight.

And then you properly sense the hollow. It’s somewhere in here, moving, lurking. With your eyes adjusting to the dim light, you see these leeches again. On the floor, walls, and ceiling.

A lot of them.

>Keep going, pursue the lead.
>See if you can’t lure the hollow to you. (How?)
>Other?
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>>4751917
>>Keep going, pursue the lead.
>>But get ready incase of an ambush
Can’t think of a way to get Mr. Leech to us so I’ll just vote to walk into the trap on guard
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>>4751917
Plus one for >>4751924
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Rolled 7, 9, 2 + 4 = 22 (3d10 + 4)

>>4751924
>>4751930
Slowly but cautiously.
>Roll 3d10, Bo3, DC 19, crit 26, Mobility (5) may replace lowest die
Also rolling for Lahela
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Rolled 7, 9, 10 = 26 (3d10)

>>4751946
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>>4751955
WHOOHOO
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Rolled 1, 10, 7 = 18 (3d10)

>>4751946
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>>4751955
>>4751961
D-Damn. Good job anon!

>>4751955
>26
>>4751965
>18(22)
One more roll to see if you get another crit for that sweet stat upgrade.

Lahela passes with a 20.
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Rolled 10, 4, 8 = 22 (3d10)

>>4751946
Obliging the last roll.
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>22(23)
Good roll!
>Writing now that I've gotten myself a refreshment
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“Be careful,” you whisper to Lahela, and close your eyes for a moment as you reach for Celaris’ power, currently residing within Kaishigome. As you open them, your senses go dark, leaving only your reikaku, which begins to bleed over into the others as part of your Senzen technique.

The leeches are very faint, almost blending into the background reiatsu, but at least you can use your sight to pinpoint them, easier than with reikaku alone. Sticking close to each other, you navigate further into the tunnels, being sure not to disturb the leeches. Intuition tells you that there must be more to them than meets the eye, else they wouldn’t just be lying around here.

It’s after a few turns that things start to happen. Lahela steps too close to one of the leeches, and it deflates, filling the air with a weird gas.

“Koharu..!” Lahela exclaims as she flings herself away from the gas. Unfortunately, the first one triggers a chain reaction, and very quickly all of the leeches empty themselves, pushing more gas into these narrow tunnels.

“Whatever you do, don’t inhale that,” you tell Lahela as you pull her away, and both of you flash step with your own respective techniques through the corridors. “The gas is filled with this hollow’s reiatsu. It can’t be good.”

Fortunately, both of you manage to get out of the gaseous area, but it’s only a matter of time before it spreads throughout this place. As long as no more of those leeches deflate, you think you’re fine.

However, as you catch your breath, you can feel the looming presence of this hollow and turn around to face behind you…

>1/2
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Your vision with Senzen is very different, but you can still see the shape of this hollow. A long, giant centipede, just the right size to go through these corridors. A white mask adrons its head with many mandibles. Along its whole body, you can feel those slimy leeches covering it from head to end. Either they’re feeding on the hollow, or they’re growing out of it.

Gross regardless.

“Lahela… be ready,” you tap her, and she slowly moves her hand towards her blade. You can sense that she’s whispering to you, but without your hearing or looking at her directly, you can’t make out what she says.

You are interrupted as the hollow screams, and you can see waves of reiatsu bounce and echo from the walls. You are able to avoid the sonic attack because of Senzen, but Lahela doesn’t have that advantage. The centipede hollow charges towards you two, and you swiftly take Lahela away with you with a flash step, buying just a bit more time so she can recover from that scream.

You’ve found your target, now you need to figure out how to deal with it.

Releasing Senzen, your senses return to you. “We’re at a disadvantage here,” you grit your teeth.

“I can’t releasse my ssword here, not enough sspace!”

“Then let’s blast this thing, like how we did in that fight with Akane!”

The two of you stop running and face back towards the pursuing centipede, and extend your hands.

“Hadō #33: Sōkatsui!”
“Cero!”

The burst of blue fire and red energy intermingle and head straight towards the centipede. You can’t dodge well in here, but that means neither can this creature. You can see and hear that there’s an impact, but once the light and dust settles, the hollow is nowhere to be seen. In its place, a thousand and more of those leeches, and a lot of green gas.

“S-Shit,” you curse as you realize that something is amiss.

You can’t tell where the hollow is either, the leeches distort the location of his reiatsu.

>2/2

>Time to get out. You can’t risk fighting in here.
>You have to finish the fight here. If it gets out, it might hurt civilians.
>Other?

Also, if you have thoughts or ideas on how exactly to fight this thing, write-ins are encouraged and may give you bonuses.
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>>4752049
>You have to finish the fight here. If it gets out, it might hurt civilians.
Back to using Senzen to try and find the actual Hollow hiding between the leeches, if it works try to restrain it with a kido net
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>>4752049
I’ll support >>4752054
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>>4752049
>You have to finish the fight here. If it gets out, it might hurt civilians.
Which sucks, but we’ll roll with it.
I’d say switch to Jorogumo and try to hit the thing. It seems like it can dissolve into leeches, so we’ll need to stun it long enough for Lahela to get a solid hit in. Unless we know some kido for reatraining that have a good chance of locking it out of a form change, in which case we can try that first.
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>>4752054
>>4752060
>>4752067
Staying down here and continuing with Senzen wins. Seek and destroy.
>Roll 3d10, Bo3, DC 21, crit 27, Mental (8) may replace lowest die
Lahela will follow your lead on this until there's a target to punch.
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Rolled 2, 4, 4 = 10 (3d10)

>>4752105
Works for me!
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Rolled 7, 1, 6 = 14 (3d10)

>>4752105
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Rolled 8, 2, 3 = 13 (3d10)

>>4752105
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>>4752105
>10(16)
>>4752117
>14(21)
>>4752136
>13(19)
Clutch save there.
>Writing
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>>4752116
>>4752142
And I fail at linking once again..
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>>4752144
I mean, if we want to pretend my roll didn’t exist I’m okay with that...
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>>4752305
Nonsense! All rolls are important and shall not be ignored!
Because I'm glad you participate
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“I-It’ss gone!”

“Probably not for long,” you shake your head and hold Kaishigome ready in your hands. “Sorry Lahela, we’ll have to keep fighting in here. We can’t risk the humans above.”

“I may not likess it, but I will followss you!”

You nod with a half-smile, before absolving your senses once more in favor of Senzen. You can see that the air is already faintly glowing with the hollow’s reiatsu, and it will most likely start affecting you and Lahela, but not yet. Finishing this off before it will is going to be extremely hard, but it’s not like you have a choice here.

You have your suspicions on how this hollow works, but you don’t want to make a false assumption at this point, Aizen taught you that well. Until you see the hollow’s method of disappearing and reappearing, you’ll expect everything.

The leeches now move a lot faster all around the place than before, and begin attempting to swarm you. Both you and Lahela dodge as much as you can, but in this confined space, you have to resort to striking them with your zanpakutō. More gas erupts into the air, urging both of you to cough, as you don’t get out of the cloud in time.

“Come on, come out!”

And on that cue, you can see the hollow’s reiatsu beginning to rise again. Many of the leeches pile together and form the large centipede form of the hollow, and it charges right at you at great speed.

“Let’s see how you deal with lightning then! Hadō #4: Byakurai!”

Blue lightning erupts through Kaishigome. Modified with Nekensaku, the lightning strikes true at the hollow who now screams in pain, something it did not do with your and Lahela’s combination attack.

Light’s flicker, and the walls and pipes start to dent as the hollow thrashes about. But as it gets closer, you finally see it.

A single slimy creature, with a mask fragment. Everything else is but a false continuation of it. This creature, it’s all made up of disposable copies… except for the masked one.

>1/3
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“Lahela, find and destroy the masked leech! The others are just copies!” you call out to her, and start charging more byakurai’s. You think it might be an effect of Nekensaku, that while the hollow is concentrated like that, it will aim for the root of the reiatsu, which incidentally is the original leech.

However, as you charge up more of them and Lahela rushes forwards with her fists, the hollow bursts and flings countless leeches towards you. Many you dodge, others you cut down, but some latch onto you.

The gas distracts you long enough that you start feeling woozy, and feel your reiryoku being sapped.

“Hadō #1,” you begin but cough in between, “Shō..!”

You keep removing them while you pursue the masked leech. So long as you don’t lose direct contact with it, you think you can follow it!

“Hadō #4: Byakurai!” you shout in pain, and fire the guided lightning towards it. Again, another leech gets in the way, and the pursuit continues.

“Stay.. still.. damn it!” you grit your teeth and fling lightning after lightning. It’s only with the help of Lahela, who darts past you, countless leeches on her, and essentially takes on ALL of the leeches in your way.

Finally, the last byakurai erupts from your fingers, crackles past Lahela, and hits the right leech.

However, something you did not expect happens.

Even though your other senses are shut down, you can still feel a burning sensation as you are engulfed in fire.

You scream out in pain.

Senzen falls apart, and your senses come back to you, and you feel yourself trembling and on the ground. You quickly forget about your own injuries and weakness, as you see Lahela beside you, burned even worse than you.

“La.. Lahela!” you shout, crawling closer to her. “No, no, no!”

She had all the leeches on her, and if that masked bugger was the trigger to exploding this thing…

“W-What have I done?”

>2/3
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“Now THAT’S a fine question you got there!”

You shakily point Kaishigome towards the source of the voice, and find the weird jester from before standing there, his hands up in the air as your blade touches the tip of his nose.

“W-W-Well, let’s not be hasty here now, shall we?”

“W-Who are you?!”

“Nobody important! Just a lad with curiosity the size of an elephant!”

You blink once, and the jester disappears from in front of you and stands… on the ceiling?

“You seem to be in quite the predicament there, young one! That one ESPECIALLY looks hurt, ow!”

“Y-You’re not going to fight me?” you narrow your eyes, and your shaky arm drops down, zanpakutō clattering against the floor.

“Now that’d wouldn’t be very entertaining, would it?” the jester says with a mocking voice. You decide to ignore him for just a moment as you take a better look at Lahela. Fortunately her iron skin, Hierro, absorbed a lot of the blast, but she still has severe burn marks, and she’s unconscious. You're not in a good shape either, and almost out of energy.

What a predicament…

>3/3

>”Are you responsible for this?!”
>”What are you up to?! Surely you’re not just here for laughs?!”
>”...I need help.”
>Other?
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>>4752355
>>”What are you up to?! Surely you’re not just here for laughs?!”
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>>4752355
>”...I need help.”
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>>4752355
>”...I need help.”
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>>4752361
>>4752377
>>4752392
Now THIS is going to be interesting.
>Writing
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You try to stay calm and rational, but the more you look at Lahela and yourself, the more you know that this is not a good situation. Your wounds don’t feel that bad for some reason, but as you attempt to use healing kidō, you are hit with the harsh reality.

“...I need help,” you say through grit teeth.

“Oh no, the little reaper is desperate… such a tragedy!”

You don’t answer him, instead you continue to weakly heal Lahela, with little effect.

“But I’spose there’s something that could be bargained for, right, puppet of two masters?”

Your heart sinks for a brief moment. “Who.. who are you?”

“I’m the jester!” he cheerily says as he disappears from the ceiling and walks around from behind you. “Just hear me out… you really do need that help, don’t you?”

You stare at him with frustration and anger. “I wouldn’t be asking otherwise. Clearly if you were here to kill me, you would’ve done so already. I doubt you’re here to just mock me either. Your agenda lies elsewhere.”

“TADAA! Correct! What a perceptive little puppet!” the jester claps his hands and hops lightly in the air in a clowny dance, after which he extends the scepter he holds in his hand towards you. “So how ‘bout a lil’ deal, then? Ya got nothin’ to lose, do ya?”

“...What do you want?”

“NOTHING!” the Jester extends his arms to the sides, and begins laughing maniacally. “Nothing YET to be precise!”

“Spit it out, jester!”

“I’ll cut to the chase, then, little reaper. Shake my lil’ hand, and I’ll come by sometimes, maybe ask ya to do some teeny-weeny things for me! Oh don’t worry, it won’t by any worse than what those two children haven’t already put you up to. So whaddoya say?! It’s the deal of a lifetime!”

You’re really getting a bad feeling about this. But then again, you’re in a bad shape, and Lahela’s incapacitated.

>Agree
>Decline
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>>4752464
>Agree
But I think the bigger question is
>Do we use Hanran while shaking his hand?
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>>4752464
>>Agree
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>>4752496
>>4752529
>Writing

>>4752496
Looks like the question will remain unanswered for now
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“I…”

“Yes?”

“I-I…”

“HMMM?”

“I.. agree.”

"Ah good! The puppet can move despite its strings! You may become a real boy yet! YAHAHAHA!” the jester twirls in place, and then extends his hand for a handshake.

You reluctantly put it forward, and can feel at the back of your head a sensation as if somebody is screaming at you. Your hand touches the jester’s stone-cold hand, and you sense some sort of reiryoku transfer there, and yank it away. Looking at it, you see a comical jester face on it, which fades away rather quickly.

“And whabam! The contract is SIIIIIIGNED!” the jester says, and then whips out a large stack of papers out of thin air, and drops them beside you. “Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions, as they may apply!”

“Now, I’m a jester of my word!” he continues, and twirls his scepter around, and you can feel your energy coming back to you, and your wounds healing at a rapid pace. Lahela’s burn marks disappear in front of your eyes as well, and you can sense her reiryoku get restored.

“Well toodeloo’s then, maybe-not-a-puppet-afterall!”

And just like that, he disappears.

Without a trace.
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And that’s where we’ll end this session. Hope you guys enjoyed it. Character sheet and social link updates I COULD do now, but I could also wait till after next session for more stuff to update. What do you guys think?

Comments, questions and all that welcome as always, as are omake suggestions. Next session will hopefully be next weekend, unless something happens.

Good night anons!
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>>4752683
I'm assuming that's Zilya screaming. If so, glad to know we can, in fact, drive her just as crazy as she does to us!

Social links/character sheet can wait until next session when we've seen more fallout from our choices here.Though thinking about it, should Zilya and Celaris also be on the Social Links sheet?
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>>4752718
>I'm assuming that's Zilya
Correct. She mentioned a jester before. She did not like him one bit.
>should Zilya and Celaris also be on the Social Links sheet?
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
This shall be remedied the next time the sheets are updated.
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>>4752683
Thanks for the run Trippy, it was fun. BTL so far?
>>4752677
>more paperwork for Koharu
He just can’t catch a break
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>>4752783
>BTL
A solid 6, maybe even 7. Could've been much higher had you failed a few rolls.
The possible future threat of the jester may just punch it up a notch.
>paperwork
Such is the life of the diligent trap
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>>4752795
>Future threat of the jester
What do you mean, Trippy? He's clearly on the up-and-up.
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>>4752807
That's why I said *possible*. The future is always in motion!
He is many things
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>>4752795
Hey Trippy I’ve been wondering, what had you planned for Koharu back in the beginning of the quest for the other options at the first votes, like what would have rebel and bookworm Koharu been like? Also what about secret trap Koharu?
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>>4752819
That's a good question, I might have to get back on it later for more details. But essentially it was meant to decide Koharu's personality & interests, as well as general direction for strengths. Slacker & mangaka made you more social, bookworm would've boosted your mental faculties, and the rebel & music option would've made you more nimble. But really, the biggest thing it did was help me write a character with those things in mind and built on top of that.

This being my first ever quest and all, I tried to get me some tools early on so I could do well. I hope I did.

As for secret trap route would've made Koharu present more girly and not like his boyish aspects as much.

Hope that answers the question!
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Did you generally think we would go the SS route and become a shinigami, or were you expecting us to stick with being a priest(ess)?
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>>4752893
While I favored the SS route because the Urahara-Aizen agent thing sounded interesting, I kept plans for sticking to the living realm as well Tenjiso shenanigans.

Urahara would've given you a chance to get a zanpakuto too, but even if that wasn't chosen, Celaris' and Zilya's powers would've manifested as fullbrings.
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>>4752872
>a more girly Koharu
Oh my
>I hope I did.
I’d say you did, the characterization has been great and the story’s been great. Those moments where Koharu’s just doing relatively normal stuff are pretty great.
I got some other questions, would rebel & music Koharu have been a delinquent and would the galpals have been a constant set of friends for the three options?
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>>4752911
>I'd say you did
A-Arigato, that really brings me relief.
>would rebel/music have been a delinquent
Sort of, yeah. The Koharu we have doesn't like rules forced on him, at least ones that he doesn't understand or approve of, but rebel Koharu would've gone out of his way to oppose such things even more.

The two galpals were a constant for all options, yeah. Their exact characteristics would've probably varied a bit, but they'd mostly stay the same. I didn't have a clear picture for them at that point when those decisions were made, they got sculpted as the story progressed

Koharu and the general paths the story could take were the things I had worked on and laid out for about a year prior to starting ASQ, but so much stuff has come to me only after I actually started writing stuff.
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>>4752939
Have we done anything with Koharu's characterization that has surprised you so far? Any characters that turned out differently than you thought initially?
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Not going the secret trap route still hurts me, I thought it would've been interesting to see
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>>4753037
>Have we done anything with Koharu's characterization that has surprised you so far?
One thing stands out the most for me at least, and it's the way Koharu is intent on bettering his surroundings, especially for those he considers family and friends, but also strangers to some degree. This really plays well into your dynamics with Aizen too, with the revolution vs reform duality. That's definitely not something I expected, but I'm quite happy with it, so good job!

>Any characters that turned out differently than you thought initially?
That's a trickier question. I didn't intend Mayuri to act like a 4channer, but here we are. Asato has changed from where we started, especially after you asked him to help with mediating hollows and subsequently killing them. Eizan's core characteristics shaped up only after I introduced him. Drianni probably surprises me the most, because I didn't flesh her out that well at first, but your interactions and discussions helped me with that too.

Yes, every discussion I see here really does help and impacts how I go about doing things.

>>4753339
It would've been pretty fun, that's for sure. But I do like the Koharu we have, because of how well he can tease others *because* he's semi-open about it.

Maybe an alter-reality omake will be written about it someday





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