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Your name is Sean Clayton, aka Gunsmoke, aka Adjutant Tango. Last time, you put Delrio down for good, established the foundations for the Steel Wolves, returned home in triumph, and decided to kick back and relax for a while.

Now, you’re about to reach the first stop on your transcontinental road trip, the United Kingdom.

> Hello everyone, and welcome back to another issue of DC: Henchman Quest! As always, I’m AxisQM. Rules are simple but flexible: 20-30 minutes to vote / roll what I say, rolls count even if you (or I) mess up the modifier, crit successes override, write-ins encouraged. If rolls / votes are slow to come in, I’ll do my best to adjust for it. Our cover art is the brainchild of a generous anon, and still brightens my day whenever I think about it.

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>>5411064

Once your cargo ship makes its landing in Southampton, it’s not long before the Set-Mobile is offloaded and the gang is comfortably cruising away with nary an issue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEQUSBrH8r0

In all honesty, nautical travel (while slow) is definitely preferable to catching a regular flight, especially when you factor in the added conveniences of dodging unnecessary formalities like customs or border control.

Set insists on being behind the wheel and you haven’t the heart to overrule him, especially since it’s his van. He does a decent job for the most part, and only forgets to drive on the correct side of the road a handful of times.

He tries to justify those blunders by claiming that he’s purposefully trying to spook the locals, but he’s not fooling you for a second. Watching Thoth white-knuckle his seat while trying to play navigator was pretty funny too.

Once you’re mobile, it’s easy enough to find an exchange kiosk where you can trade in some of your spare greenbacks for the local monopoly money.

From there, your traveling party settles on an informal itinerary that consists of:
- Driving up to north to see the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall and enjoy the natural scenery
- Driving even farther north to visit Loch Ness and potentially “search” for proof of Nessie’s existence
- Swinging back down to London to visit the British Museum and other local attractions that catch your fancy

After deciding on a course, your trek to the wild north begins; and while the drive is long, the time goes by quickly.

A slight chunk of that time is devoted to arguing, due to an inadvertent blunder on your part.

When you idly make an off-handed reference to sacking Intergang and potentially swiping the royal jewels, the van is quick to split by opinion.

Set’s all for it, but he’s always looking for an excuse to stir the pot, little surprise there.

Pandion just wants a stout fight to shake the rust off a bit, and he’s not overly concerned what it’s over.

Jack is ambivalent on the issue, but you can tell that he’d rather avoid getting into any serious trouble and just enjoy the vacation.

Bobo and Thoth are firmly against any actual thievery, but while Bobo is fine with roughing up Intergang, Thoth wants to avoid conflict altogether.

After long discussion, a compromise is reached that satisfies all parties; you’ll all drop in on Intergang, smack them around, and leave the royal jewels alone.
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>>5411067

Picking their pockets for anything worthwhile will have to do, as you’d rather avoid saddling yourself with some of the hottest contraband in all of human history during what is supposed to be a relaxing break.

Besides, maybe you’ll earn yourself a peerage or something for your service.

You never know, it’s not like you were expecting to return back from Venezuela as a Major.

As you head farther north, you spot a trend in that the terrain and accents get progressively rougher, but all the locals you encounter are cheerfully helpful, apart from a handful of surly pricks.

Before you know it, you’ve reached your first destination, the outskirts of the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

You decide to…

> Start hiking as much of the trail as you can. No sense in wasting time, you’re excited for the opportunity to stretch your legs a bit.

> Spend time touring one of the old forts. It’s pretty neat to think that you’re walking the same ground as the Roman legions of old.

> Stop in for a quick drink at one of the local pubs. It’s practically a requirement that you try out some of the native brews while you can.

> Other?
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>>5411069
> Spend time touring one of the old forts. It’s pretty neat to think that you’re walking the same ground as the Roman legions of old.

A pretty cool piece of history
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>>5411069
> Spend time touring one of the old forts. It’s pretty neat to think that you’re walking the same ground as the Roman legions of old.
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>>5411081
>>5411089

Go ahead and give me some 1d100+10

DC: 80
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Rolled 62 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>5411101
Hmmm
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Rolled 64 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>5411101
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Rolled 5 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>5411101
Please don't be low.
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Rolled 90 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>5411101
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Rolled 7 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>5411101
My paranoia and excitement are both rising
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Rolled 1 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>5411101
well i was gonna vote for the pub, but i got here too late, so here goes a roll.
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My bad. Damned by 2 secs.>>5411107
>>5411106
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Rolled 1, 50 + 30 = 81 (2d100 + 30)

>>5411103
>>5411105
>>5411106

Go ahead and give me another set of 1d100+40.

DC to be determined.
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Nevermind. Laugh at this roll instead.>>5411109
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Rolled 12 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5411109
Jesus
>>5411111
Damn, nice Quints
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Rolled 81 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

What? 2 crit fails this early? Crazy.>>5411111
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Rolled 93 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5411111
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Rolled 15 + 5 (1d15 + 5)

>>5411113
>>5411114
>>5411116

That's a crit-fail, writing; rolling now for your Luck Drain bonus.
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>>5411111
Nice digits.
Activate luck drain?
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It keeps getting better and better.>>5411118
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>>5411111
>the staggering amount of 1's in this post
Good fucking lord.
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>5411124

This is a sign of things to come, rolling to prove that the dice gods have cursed me.
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>>5411118

After stepping out of the Set-Mobile, you do a brief bit of stretching to work the kinks out from all the time spent stationary.

Looks like you caught them on a quiet day, you and your pals seem to be the only people here. Either the place doesn’t have tour guides, or they’re busy escorting a larger group of tourists somewhere else.

That’s probably for the best, considering the…unique makeup of your traveling buddies.

Set, Thoth, and Pandion can pass off as normal, but Bobo and Jack don’t enjoy that luxury. You had been planning on passing Bobo off as an exceptionally hairy child and Jack as some kind of one-in-ten-billion transparent albino; thankfully, it looks like you can avoid that potential awkwardness.

Set’s decided to visit a local pub for a few drinks, and quite literally drags a sputtering Thoth along with him.

Pandion, Bobo, and Jack are content to meander down the Hadrian’s Wall Trail with you, but your paths eventually diverge when you choose to split-off and explore one of the old Roman forts.

It’s a bright, sunny day and the weather is just right for walking in the the shadows of the past.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xFxjZXLy8g

You survey the worn-down ruins and imagine them in their prime, how it must’ve loomed over the surrounding terrain like a beacon shining in a dark wilderness.

It’s a humbling thought, to know that you’re literally following in the footsteps of history.

You wander around for a while, enjoying the breezy ambience and studying various markers and partially-reconstructed structures.

The backstory of Hadrian’s Wall is an interesting one; supposedly the local tribes to the far north were such a thorn in the Romans’ side that they figured it’d be easier to just wall them off and pretend that they don’t exist.

And the men responsible for holding that wall were professional soldiers like yourself, posted to a faraway land to hold back a tide of savages and barbarians deemed a threat to the security of a mighty empire.

The similarities aren’t perfect, but you can empathize with the experience of being a stranger in a strange land.

When you pass by a broken-down structure identified as an old barracks; something unpleasant twinges in the back of your mind, almost like you’ve caught a brief whiff of something foul, but the sensation quickly fades.

You gently chide yourself for letting your paranoia flare up and run amok, even in the most mundane of situations.
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>>5411134

The loud rasping groan coming from behind you seems perfectly timed to make you feel idiotic for doubting your instincts.

Materializing from some kind of dark portal is a haggard figure in Roman centurion gear, and it does not look friendly.

Fuck, that feeling must’ve been you subconsciously noticing some kind of bad mojo.

Your recently acquired paranormal studies identify it as a revenant, an ancient spirit consumed by fear, hate, or another negative emotion. The only thing you can’t figure out is what you must’ve done to rouse its attention.

Thankfully, whatever it is, it’s still in the process of being summoned.

That gives you the opportunity to move first and hopefully strike the decisive blow.

Therefore, you…

> Try to rip the figure apart with Twister. He looks to be skin and bones, maybe you’ll be able to take advantage of his weakness.

> Use Kinetic Frenzy to get in close and try to interfere with whatever is summoning the figure. You’ll cut this problem off at the root, before it can get any worse.

> Nail the figure with a full-force Lightning Bolt. That ought to give it a taste of what you’re capable of bringing to the table.

> Try to open up a dialogue with the figure, you’ve had plenty of experience talking to ghostly beings by now. Maybe you can end this without having to get violent.

> Other?
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>>5411135
>Try to open up a dialogue with the figure, you’ve had plenty of experience talking to ghostly beings by now. Maybe you can end this without having to get violent.
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>>5411135
>> Try to open up a dialogue with the figure, you’ve had plenty of experience talking to ghostly beings by now. Maybe you can end this without having to get violent.
Maybe he doesn't like that we brought a Greek OG with us. Or we stepped on the dust that used to be a standard.
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>>5411135
> Try to open up a dialogue with the figure, you’ve had plenty of experience talking to ghostly beings by now. Maybe you can end this without having to get violent.
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Rolled 46, 73 + 75 = 194 (2d100 + 75)

>>5411137
>>5411139
>>5411140

Alright, roll me some 1d100+45

DC to be determined.
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Rolled 7 + 45 (1d100 + 45)

>>5411142
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Rolled 27 + 45 (1d100 + 45)

>>5411142
Need an 88 or higher then?
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Rolled 95 + 45 (1d100 + 45)

>>5411142
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I am redeemed. Our Talk no jutsu record for ghosts remains. >>5411147
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>>5411135
> Try to open up a dialogue with the figure, you’ve had plenty of experience talking to ghostly beings by now. Maybe you can end this without having to get violent.

It'll probably come back on some poor soul if we defeat it regularly, exorcising it somehow would be ideal
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>>5411143
>>5411144
>>5411147

That's a success, go ahead and roll me some 1d100+25.

No DC, just a gauge of how well you can communicate.

>>5411144
I believe the minimum roll would be a 63, given that Luck Drain (20) is both added to your roll and removed from the opposing role.
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>>5411142
For a moment I was worried about his huge modifier. Then I remembered we're getting a 40 point shift from luck drain. Brutal.
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Why is their modifier so high?
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Rolled 47 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5411154
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Rolled 4 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5411154

>>5411156
Well it is a very pissed off and possibly depressed dead guy. How easy would you be to talk to after two thousand years of stewing in your own misery?
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Rolled 87 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5411154
If this is another low roll, I'm not rolling for the rest of the session.
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I meant compared to the Viking's modifier.>>5411159
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>>5411156
>>5411161

He's a revenant, a notoriously ill-tempered spirit looking to spill blood, specifically yours.

It'd take quite the lucky roll to end this peacefully, which it looks like you'll be able to pull off.

You also don't have the advantage of things like a detailed background, provenance as to who his old identity was, what his goals are, like you did with Logerquist; if that makes any sense.

>>5411158
>>5411159
>>5411160

Looks like that Greek training of yours has kicked in at the nick of time, writing.
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Got it. Its harder to calm a spirit with less info. More info/research equals easier ghost busting.
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>>5411162
Can we offer him a seat in the Set Mobile to travel with us and bring him back to Rome eventually?
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>>5411168
If we can do this i support this idea
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>>5411168
All roads lead to Rome, after all.
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>>5411162

It’s not going to be easy, but maybe you can resolve this without having to mete out unnecessary punishment or causing a ruckus.

You try to explain yourself in both English and Spanish, but receive only a contemptuous glare in return.

However, you’re able to finally get a positive reaction when you attempt to communicate with some of the Ancient Greek you’ve picked up from old scrolls and lessons from Pandion.

The figure’s expression is one of shock, but it still maintains a wary hostility.

“How is it that you know of this tongue?”

It begins muttering something that you’re unable to pick out, but you happen to know just the thing that’ll break him out of his reverie.

> “Report! Name, rank, and last assigned order!” You practically bellow at him in a manner that a senior drill instructor would shed a single, solitary tear at witnessing.

Instinctively, he straightens up in a well-drilled motion and the hostility melts from his posture.

“Gaius. Primus Pilus of Legio Victrix, on special assignment to safeguard the aquila. The aquilifer and his cohort were slain in an ambush, and as such the duty fell onto my detachment.”

> “What’s the last thing you can remember?”

“I had just most of my contubernium in the last assault on our walls, the barbarian assault was unrelenting. We killed many times our number but were eventually overwhelmed.”

He removes his helmet and places it under his arm, revealing an ugly scar at the base of his throat.

“A stray arrow ended my life, but as my life faded away, I swore to Mars that I would never allow the legion to lose its honor, even if I must maintain an eternal vigil over the aquila. I remember little else.”

> “Why were you intent on attacking me?”

“You reek of the pagan magicks practiced by the northern barbarians, and I reacted accordingly. Your adeptness of a more refined tongue is what saved you from my wrath.”

> “So, where do we go from here?”

“You are free to do as you wish; my path remains here. I swore an oath, and it is not one that can ever be broken.”

> “I can respect the sentiment, but that may not longer be necessary.”

“Duty is duty; I will hear no talk otherwise.”

> “Look around you! The wall has fallen, Rome has fallen! There is little honor in dying for a cause that no longer exists!”

A lesson you’ve learned the hard way.

He looks around, seemingly deep in thought as you contemplate your next move.

You decide to…

> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.

> Offer to perform an exorcism and help Gaius pass on. Duty has its limits, and he satisfied any debt of honor a long time ago.

> Allow Gaius to back to his watch. He possesses the capacity to think and make his own choices; if he wants to remain in these ruins for an eternity, that’s his business.

> Other?
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>>5411193
> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.
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>>5411193
> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.
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>>5411193
> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.
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>>5411193
> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.

Maybe we can pick up a smidge of classical Latin on the way, too
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>>5411193
Could we tell him we'll safeguard his icon? And it'll even be borne again by proper soldiers, once we get it back to the Steel Wolves, that is.

Maybe he can join if he wants war eternal, maybe he can rest easy knowing his oath will be upheld even with him gone.
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>>5411203

I was planning on lumping in the bit about what to do with the aquila into the exorcism choice, since he would no longer be around to watch over it.

As for him joining up, that'll be a considerably tougher sell that would come later in your journey.
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> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.

Another being of rage, vengeance, honor, and martial might. He will fit right in. Sounds like he is a brother in arms. >>5411193
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>>5411205
Right on.

>>5411193
>> Offer Gaius a place in your traveling party. Maybe you can deliver him and his vaunted aquila to Rome and see them off in style.
If this is to be his final march, let it be a grand one.
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Also, if we ever meet Ares or any other war gods they are going to love us. Releasing a devout Worshiper of Ares to his deserved afterlife is a good way to gain even further rep.
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>>5411197
>>5411199
>>5411200
>>5411201
>>5411206
>>5411207

Alright, looks like some overwhelming support for giving Gaius a seat in the van.

I've gotta call it a bit early to get some housework done and get some dinner ready, so go ahead and just throw me any miscellaneous questions you've got for Gaius.

We'll pick up with the Loch Ness stuff on Friday at 5:00 PM EST; as always, thanks for playing.
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>>5411210
Horus probably wouldn't like us, but he's no fun and trapped our friend in his dusty abandoned (presumably) gay sex lair
So his opinion doesn't matter
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>>5411220
if i remember my DC lore right in DC lore one of hawkmans prior reincarnations was as either Horus or Ra, i can't remember which but no, he definitely wouldn't like us.
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>>5411203
Now that'll be a fun idea. Would be great to have a 2000 year old undead legionary as one of our commanders, or keep the Aquila to honour his memory.
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>>5411287
It would be pretty badass. Oathkeeper Gaius the eternal watchman. I guess it depends on how much he meshes with the world of today if he wants to persist in it. Or bring final rest to the legacy of his legion and Rome with it.

Either way I'd be happy to help him get where he wants to be. Back rubbing shoulders with the lads in the line or lounging in Hades. I kinda like helping old spirits reach peace. Seems to be a theme, doesn't it?
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We should introduce him to Padion. They both took vows that condemned them to the mortal world, although the circumstances are different they should be able to sympathize with each other.

I vote that we take him to Rome (or his birthplace) and let him decide if he wants to rest in peace with his Aquila in a museum or continue fighting.
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>Be sean in jonah disguise
>Be running around europe with your bros
>fucking around with intergang and helping ghost bros
>at the rate seans going they are gonna try recruiting him into the JL, martian boy is gonna realize all the shitsanity that is sean, and go foaming at the mouth assmad his niece got lit on fire.
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>>5411431
>Abuse game mechanics
>Distract MM with very ugly tie to break his concentration
>Get off scot free
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>>5411464
>"So you must be Jo..nah?"
>My eyes are up here, big guy.
>"I'm leaving."
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>>5411431
>Be Martian boy
>After accepting Johan into the JL, Gunsmoke mysteriously shows up to apologize to your niece when no one was looking.
>Be worried.
>Read her mind.
>"He was sincere, he was truly sorry. Maybe he's not so bad? Always trying not to kill anyone, and saving people caught in the chaos. B-besides, he-e is kind h-hot."
>Mind doodles of your little niece fixing Gunsmoke, turning him into a hero.
>Be super worried.
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>>5411596
You know, if not Babs for the quirky library fuck, Ms Martian can be pretty cute.
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>>5411789
Wasn't Babs our tsundere rival? Or we are gonna date (and make her go up and down stairs) on her civilan ID?
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>>5411789
>Ms Martian can be pretty cute.
Well she's a shapeshifter so she can be just about anything you want. Like having a cosplay girlfriend on steroids.
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>>5411899
>5411899
so you saying, we can fuck powergirl and supergirl at the same time with her?
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>>5411969
>kryptonians
ew
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>>5411979
yes anon, i will make beatifull mutt babies with kryptonians pureblood. superman will seethe when his beatifull cousin is balls deep inside sean
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>>5411980
>balls deep inside Sean
>inside Sean
>Balls Deep

I don't like Kryptonian women anymore
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>>5411982
>>5411993
what? you dont like Mpreg? it is nesesary for the survival of the kryptonian race anons. we must do sacrifices
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>>5411995
Get back to trash.
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>>5411980
>>5411995
Is this a meme I don't know or is just the same degenerate that belive super girl have big boobs and abs?
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>>5412068
i am just annoying anon, dont know what you mean otheranon
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>>5412116
>dont know what you mean otheranon
About kryptogirls having dicks. Is something you dream up, or DC has gone retarded at some point and make them futa?

I think must talk with Set about our new ghostbro, is his van after all. I don't see him making a fuss over it, but it will be apropiate.
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>>5412120
just fucking around, but knowing westernworld you might have given them an idea now anon. expect superboy to get Mpreg by his gay asian boyfriend
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>>5412130
>just fucking around,
>doubt
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>>5412130
>superboy's gay asian boyfriend
I though it was another joke but he have a whole comic about it. What time to be alive.
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Doesn't look there are any question for Gaius, so we'll be moving on.

Before you leave the Hadrian's Wall Path, would you like to pull one of the stones out from it as a keepsake?

> Yes, it's not like losing a single piece will do it any real damage. And it's not like this will be your first time that you've filled your pockets with stolen history.

> No, you've desecrated enough sites of cultural heritage in your time. Besides, you're on vacation; here to take only photos and leave only memories, all that good stuff.

> Other?
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>>5413142
> Yes, it's not like losing a single piece will do it any real damage. And it's not like this will be your first time that you've filled your pockets with stolen history.
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>>5413142
> Yes, it's not like losing a single piece will do it any real damage. And it's not like this will be your first time that you've filled your pockets with stolen history.

Still treating it better than the victorians
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>>5413142
>No
what do we want rocks for
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>>5413142
>> Yes, it's not like losing a single piece will do it any real damage. And it's not like this will be your first time that you've filled your pockets with stolen history.
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>>5413150
Maybe we'll get lucky and grab a cornerstone. Could be some fancy magical hoohah we can get up to we those. Because superstition.
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>>5413150
>what do we want rocks for

Because its old and cool
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>>5413142
> Yes, it's not like losing a single piece will do it any real damage. And it's not like this will be your first time that you've filled your pockets with stolen history.
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>>5413144
>>5413146
>>5413151
>>5413158

Roll me some 1d100+40

DC: 100

(Luck Drain adds +20 in addition to this)
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Rolled 73 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413161
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Rolled 42 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413161
Natty incoming
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Rolled 94 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413161
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>>5413162
>>5413163
>>5413166

That's a success, writing.
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>>5413142
> Offer to help Gaius return the Aquila. Though Rome may have fallen, its people have not and the memory remains. We can aee that the Aquila is returned and honored.

We can just mail it lol. But why not put this revenant to peace for minimal effort?
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>>5413177
Cheesy Pete, I should have refreshed.
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Rolled 1 (1d5)

Almost forgot, time for a quick roll.
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>>5413186
Numero uno baby woo. Whatsit mean?
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>>5413166
>Roman placed special pieces of iron as protection against barbaric magic
>We forged it intro a Cold Steel Sword
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXrHRIcrBtg

Gaius finishes mulling over your words, and the waning determination in his eyes is wholly replaced with a steely coldness.

“The empire may have fallen, but my mission remains clear. The legion may be gone, but even a forgotten ghost still has its pride. Even if my watch is never-ending, I will not falter in my duties.”

> “And if I offered an alternative, one that would allow you to leave this place with your honor and dignity intact?”

“I would be…interested in hearing what you have in mind. Speak.”

> “I’m traveling across the continent with a band of my trusted companions. There’s a good chance that Rome will be amongst our destinations. If you traveled with us, you could return your aquila personally. A final march home, so to speak. The journey would be much safer if you had someone to watch your back.”

“And what do you receive in the bargain?”

> “The pleasure of a learned companion? The simple joy of doing another human a simple kindness? Professional courtesy? Take your pick.”

“Your offer is…unorthodox to say the least. But I would do anything to see home once more. I will join in your travels.”

He sheathes his gladius and instead draws some kind of bastardized entrenching tool mixed with a pickaxe.

“I must recover the aquila from its resting place.”

Gaius slams the tool into the hard earth and begins digging.

“I would prefer to be alone while I work. I must maintain my concentration, and idle conversation dulls the mind.”

He turns his back to you, evidently considering the matter settled.
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You just shrug and wander back to the main path, where you pass the time by looking for a brick to steal out of the original Hadrian’s Wall.

Just because there are a bunch of signs declaring it a world heritage site doesn’t mean that it’s off-limits from your sticky fingers. After all, you got your start as a tomb-raider, this is barely a misdemeanor in comparison to the other artifacts you’ve purloined or otherwise acquired from their final resting places.

And you don’t plan on settling for just any old chunk of rock, no sir.

You do some cursory examinations, trying to locate one with a hint of magic in it.

To your delight and surprise, your hand seems almost guided to the exact brick that you had been hoping to find. Either your investigative instincts are getting sharper, or something’s giving you a bit of a nudge in the right direction.

Sure enough, there’s some kind of strange rune carved deeply into its foundation; it’s remarkably well-preserved despite its obvious age.

The symbology and its meaning isn’t one you’re familiar; an embellished crescent with some kind of ‘V’ carved through it.

The carving is rough, like somebody did it in a hurry, under some kind of pressure.

While you work at chiseling it out, your mind strays to your next destination of Loch Ness, home of the infamous cryptid that shares its name.

You’ve always been the type of guy who looks to plan ahead, even for fun events; and this

When you reach Loch Ness, you’re going to…

> Spend your time looking for Nessie. It’ll most likely be a wild goose chase, but it’s a fun excuse to rent a boat and ride around.

> Spend your time fishing. It’s a nice, easy way to pass the time and work your ways through a couple cans of the local lager.

> Spend your time swimming in the loch. Aside from your tumble into the Gotham River, this’ll be your first opportunity for some aquatic recreation in a long time.

> Other?
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>>5413202
>> Spend your time looking for Nessie. It’ll most likely be a wild goose chase, but it’s a fun excuse to rent a boat and ride around.
Come on lass we just want a better photo of you, won't even sell it to the news.
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>>5413202
>> Spend your time looking for Nessie. It’ll most likely be a wild goose chase, but it’s a fun excuse to rent a boat and ride around.
Even if Nessie is bulllshit something is bound to show up with our luck
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>>5413202
> Spend your time fishing. It’s a nice, easy way to pass the time and work your ways through a couple cans of the local lager.
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>>5413202
> Spend your time swimming in the loch. Aside from your tumble into the Gotham River, this’ll be your first opportunity for some aquatic recreation in a long time

Lets to have fun on the beach with the boys, but make sure to bring some girls and beer with us. Is all fun and games until we end up holding hands with our bros
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>>5413202
> Spend your time looking for Nessie. It’ll most likely be a wild goose chase, but it’s a fun excuse to rent a boat and ride around.
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>>5413202
> Spend your time looking for Nessie. It’ll most likely be a wild goose chase, but it’s a fun excuse to rent a boat and ride around.


Let's get her! And boating is fun too, we can just fish if we can't find her
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>>5413204
>>5413205
>>5413210
>>5413212

Looks like you'll be doing a spot of investigating.

Writing, might be another long one.
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Rolled 58, 12, 9 + 75 = 154 (3d100 + 75)

>>5413219

When you return to the Roman fort, you can see that Gaius has managed to fully unearth his treasured aquila.

The wooden pole it’s hoisted on has collapsed due to rot and decay, but the aquila itself is still bright and clean, despite centuries of uncovered burial.

It’s strange to imagine that such a small thing could hold such power of the hearts of men.

Upon closer inspection, Gaius looks a lot healthier now that the aquila is in his possession. He still looks vaguely unhealthy, but he no longer resembles a ragged corpse.

When Jack, Pandion, and Bobo return back down the path, you introduce Gaius to them and explain the situation. It doesn’t take long for Pandion and Gaius to eye each other up and offer a silent challenge.

Before it can derail into some kind of ancient grudge match, you encourage Pandion to help Gaius acclimate a bit to modern society. Given that he’s got more familiarity with Gaius’ time period, he’s the logical choice for the matter.

At the van, you’re met with the sight of a irritated Thoth and a smug Set.

Set’s sporting a black eye, bloody knuckles, and a self-satisfied smirk that tells you all you need to know; whereas Thoth looks like he’s inches away from actually going for Set’s throat.

Before you can even ask, Thoth is quick to spill on the details; after a few drinks, Set figured it’d be funny to approach the biggest man in the pub and loudly ponder if this was the part of the country where people shagged their sisters, or if they were still in sheep-fucker territory.

This earned him the immediate enmity of everyone with earshot, as well as a haymaker to the face. When Set retaliated and knocked a few patrons into each other, the idiots immediately began to squabble amongst themselves.

This of course led to an immediate row that Set was more than happy to encourage from the sidelines while Thoth was trying to desperately extract himself from the chaos.

You just sigh and order everyone into the van before the cops can show up and start asking questions.

Next stop, Loch Ness.

> Roll me some 1d100+40

DC to be determined.
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Forgot to attach a picture of the aquila.
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Rolled 32 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413226
Set is physically incapable of flying below radar.
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Rolled 4 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413226
Good job Set
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>>5413226
>Before you can even ask, Thoth is quick to spill on the details; after a few drinks, Set figured it’d be funny to approach the biggest man in the pub and loudly ponder if this was the part of the country where people shagged their sisters, or if they were still in sheep-fucker territory.
Holy kek
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>5413226
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Rolled 92 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413226
Rollan
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>>5413230
>>5413231
>>5413233

It appears that you successfully locate Nessie, how would you like to proceed?

> Snap a few high-def photos for posterity. You're going to send them off for publishing or anything, but they'd be a kickass memento.

> Just enjoy the moment and watch Nessie swim around for a while. You've seen a lot of crazy things, but this one blows them out of the water.

> Throw her something to eat. You fed the ducks with Thoth, this is kinda like that in principle.

> Attempt to approach Nessie and see what kind of reaction you get. What's the worst that can possibly happen?

> Other?
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Rolled 18 + 40 (1d100 + 40)

>>5413226
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>>5413238
> Snap a few high-def photos for posterity. You're going to send them off for publishing or anything, but they'd be a kickass memento.
> Throw her something to eat. You fed the ducks with Thoth, this is kinda like that in principle.
> Attempt to approach Nessie and see what kind of reaction you get. What's the worst that can possibly happen?
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>>5413238
> Throw her something to eat. You fed the ducks with Thoth, this is kinda like that in principle.

Then try to approach them.
Best make sure they aren't hungry first though.
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Damn, just noticed a typo;

It should be:

> Snap a few high-def photos for posterity. You're NOT going to send them off for publishing or anything, but they'd be a kickass memento.
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>>5413238
> Attempt to approach Nessie and see what kind of reaction you get. What's the worst that can possibly happen?
ride the dinosaur, do it
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>>5413238
> Attempt to approach Nessie and see what kind of reaction you get. What's the worst that can possibly happen?
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>>5413238
> Attempt to approach Nessie and see what kind of reaction you get. What's the worst that can possibly happen?

if nessie likes us we could get an even better photo right next to them
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>>5413238
>>5413245
Backing. Bonus points if the whole crew gets on.
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>>5413238
> Attempt to approach Nessie and see what kind of reaction you get. What's the worst that can possibly happen?
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Rolled 25, 10 + 60 = 95 (2d100 + 60)

>>5413245
>>5413247
>>5413249
>>5413252

Y'know, I had a feeling that this would happen.

Roll me some 1d100+25
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Rolled 53 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413253
Ride the dinesaw :)
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Rolled 4 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413253
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Rolled 53 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413253
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>>5413238
>>5413251
Changing from this
>>5413242
To this.

Kinda forgot for a bit there that we can chose more than one option in this quest.
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Rolled 79 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413253
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>>5413257
ok do we still have our luck drain on?
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Rolled 93 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413253
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>>5413255
>>5413256
>>5413257

That's a success, you mad bastards.

Now that you’ve successfully approached Nessie, is there anything else you’d like to do?

(Choose as many as you’d like)

> Get a few pictures of you and the lads posing with Nessie. That’s definitely going to be one for the mantelpiece.

> Try to ride Nessie. This might not be taken well, but your charms have gotten you this far.

> Throw food into the air for Nessie to catch. Kinda like a circus routine, but dignified.

> Other?
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>try to use magic to talk to this creature.>>5413268
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>>5413268
> Get a few pictures of you and the lads posing with Nessie. That’s definitely going to be one for the mantelpiece.
> Throw food into the air for Nessie to catch. Kinda like a circus routine, but dignified.
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>>5413268
>> Get a few pictures of you and the lads posing with Nessie. That’s definitely going to be one for the mantelpiece.
>> Try to ride Nessie. This might not be taken well, but your charms have gotten you this far.
>> Throw food into the air for Nessie to catch. Kinda like a circus routine, but dignified.
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>>5413268
> Try to ride Nessie. This might not be taken well, but your charms have gotten you this far.

> Throw food into the air for Nessie to catch. Kinda like a circus routine, but dignified.
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>>5413268
>> Get a few pictures of you and the lads posing with Nessie. That’s definitely going to be one for the mantelpiece.
>> Throw food into the air for Nessie to catch. Kinda like a circus routine, but dignified.
I feel like mounting the old thing is just a bit too far.
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I wonder how gobsmacked Bobo is going to be that Nessie is actually real. The gravity of this discovery is probably lost on the others who weren't exactly in the loop or even present for all the buzz way back when. Thoth not included. He probably knew.
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>>5413268
>>5413271
Backing +
>> Get a few pictures of you and the lads posing with Nessie. That’s definitely going to be one for the mantelpiece.
>> Try to ride Nessie. This might not be taken well, but your charms have gotten you this far.
>> Throw food into the air for Nessie to catch. Kinda like a circus routine, but dignified.
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>>5413268
>>5413271
>>5413280
>support these
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>>5413280
>>5413271
Support
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Alright, looks like a combination of all seems to be the victor.

Go ahead and roll me some 1d100+25

DC: 100
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Rolled 93 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413284
Come on big rollan
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Rolled 27 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413284
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>>5413284
Roll
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Rolled 58 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413284
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Fuck
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Rolled 83 + 25 (1d100 + 25)

>>5413284
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>>5413286
>>5413287
>>5413291

That's a success, and will be our stopping point for this evening.

I've got a hefty chunk of writing ahead of me, which we will resume from on Monday at 5:00 PM EST.

As always, thanks for playing!

Sure had some excellent rolls tonight, I think 3 out of 4 checks had a 90+ roll.

Must be that Clayton luck kicking in again, which seems to be the exact opposite of Parker luck.
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>>5413268
Give Nessie some food, followed up with some hugs and pat pats.
BEST GIRL!
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>>5413303
Are there any current interludes being worked on?
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>>5413308

I've been trying to flesh out the Bat-Report a bit more, but that's the main one on my docket.

I'm still doing some brainstorming for the JLA Venezuela debrief, some of the younger heroes casually discussing Gunsmoke, and how Batman is feeling about various issues that have arisen.

The Lok interlude was posted near the end of the last thread in case anybody wasn't aware.

Took me forever to get it right, but I think it was time well-spent.
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>>5413303
Thanks for running! Just caught up in the archives, not used to the old style tg rate of posting lol.
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>>5413303
>>5413304
Nessie can get out of the lake?

>Batgirl run after Gunsmoke
>Batman tell her to wait
>She ignore him
>She corner Gunsmoke on the port
>"You have no escap-"
>Nessie come out the water
>Gunsmoke ride Nessie intro the horizon
Babs gonna be angst for weeks

>>5413318
Thanks for running Axie
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>>5413349
Oi Nessie just wants to live a peaceful life, don't rope her into those shenanigans.
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>>5413337

I need to browse the old /tg/ archives again, that's actually what inspired me to give questing a try.

It's still kinda funny to me that this was originally intended as a one-shot to gauge if this stuff was fun / to see if I could actually write worth a damn.

Full disclosure, I cringe super hard when I read some of my earlier stuff, but I suppose that's part of the process of getting better.

Now that you've got me waxing nostalgic, I've got a quick question to pose.

What has been your favorite moment(s) in the quest so far?

Personally, I really enjoyed writing the prizefighting stuff. Due to the nature of fights generally needing to fit the narrative, there aren't many opportunities to just cut loose and focus solely on random matchups like that.
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>>5413371
Babs-Bullying has been my favorite bit since the Batgirl/Robin vs Gunsmoke fight.
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>>5413371
Honestly I think it's how we helped Logerquist find rest. Super cathartic for some reason.
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>>5413379
It's a shame how little we've done as Jonah.
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>>5413371
I'd say the Qurac mission by a bit, a lowpoint in-character and for the quest I think it was kind of a drop in players but for me it was pretty engaging and challenging, I like how we handled the entire debacle, I liked Sean's character arc moments, I liked Shade as a companion, all around it was real good.
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>>5413384
We had an entire arc playing as him, it's just that the Venezuela mission dragged for so long it now feels like very little
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>>5413384
I'm sure there'll be time for it. Maybe after Belle Reeve when we need to seriously blow off any heat we get from openly fucking the government black-ops scene.
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>>5413371
It's putting on the claw and the following reception of Pandion's approval. To me, it was confirmation that we were meant for more than dying in a gutter or on a job. Also, the fact that it was so early on cemented all the bullshit crits to come.
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>>5413371
>What has been your favorite moment(s) in the quest so far?
The party after the Star-lab rob. It was like a sign that we open a new chapter in our lives.
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>>5413387
>We had an entire arc playing as him
Yeah, but that was ONE investigation, as opposed to the, like, 40 we've done as Gunsmoke and Adjutant Tango.

>>5413389
Globe-hopping as Jonah and solving Paranormal Events from other nations would probably be a great option for getting more magical items AND letting the heat die down.
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>>5413399
I meant we had the Logerquist, the Swamp and the Court of Owls cases all of them right after another, at the time it was a sizeable amount of sidetracking.
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>>5413414
I'm gonna keep it 100 with you, I totally forgot about the Owls and Grundy.
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>>5413417
well now you got some jonah content for a day
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>>5413417
>sad croc noises
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>>5413371
I really enjoyed the heists
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>>5413427
I said I forgot Grundy, not KC.
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>>5413371
The raid to the star lab, that one is the best Moment of our role as a henchman and our rivalry with Batgirl, and in second has to be the destruction of the iceberg lounge
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Shame I missed the live. I know we found the actual Nessie and all that, but d'you think we could stage a "Nessie" sighting for shits and giggles?
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>>5413905
>Shame I missed the live. I know we found the actual Nessie and all that, but d'you think we could stage a "Nessie" sighting for shits and giggles?
Lets to not bring troubles to Nessi-chan. If we do it, at least we must ask to some ambiental/animal/protection org so she don't have to worry about some crackhead trying to hunter her or something.
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>>5414168
>>5413905
And for the love of god, if some chinese try to get close we burn their citys one by one. The last thing the world needs is a Nessie-aphrodisiac
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>>5414188
Immortality erection potions made from powdered nessie bones
Sounds like a treatment for flawed lazarus pits
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>>5413371
star labs crit roll on the JLA, along with the afterparty, all the interactions with Babs, the Batreports. and the iceberg lounge. Jonah arc was fun too, but a step down on the funometer from the above
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>>5413371
Babs moments are my favorite, more from the general reactions it triggers in the thread. I’ve also enjoyed the interludes of people reacting to us and the world at large.
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>>5413371
Personally, my favourite parts are when studying magic/language goes wrong and then the results get tied back into the story.
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>>5413371

I have to say that our research endeavor as Jonah Thema that led to our initial ghost encounter and allowed us to unintentionally mess with Batgirl since it was nice to see Sean the story progress a bit without needing to deal with combat at every step and show Sean as a character able to utilize his other skills as well!
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>>5413303
Pic related is a recently drawn painting of Nessie herself.
>>5413371
Favorite moment personally would be shittalking that guardian in the Hecate library into letting us act as a janitor for our labor so we could get to the scrolls, followed closely by each of the times we've nat 1'd on Greek learning and insulted Horus.
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The Boys and the Fish
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>>5415600
Edit: Ghostdad was to far from Sean.
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this should be the cover picture for the next thread of this quest.>>5415651
very nice
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>>5415637
>>5415694
Thenks.

>>5415600
Last edit: Sean's fagsmoke fixed. Padion and Gaius aren't buddy-buddy, so they are far from each other.
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>>5415600
Edit "Mythomania and Autism" Edition: Sean looked wrong.
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>>5413371
Just wondering Axis, could Nessie give some kind of actual answer if we asked it a question, or is this a legit, walnut-brained dinosaur?
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>>5416335
Bobo can speak to animals, she probably can
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Good afternoon, anons!

Regrettably, it's taking me a bit longer than I'd like to have the next update complete and give your Nessie discovery the gravitas it deserves.

To that end, I'm going to have to move our session to Wednesday so that I may continue fleshing it out. Apologies for the delay, but the weekend was a bit of a shit-show and I haven't had the usual time or the necessary spark to write.

I'll be hanging around for a little bit and revising my notes in case anyone has questions, concerns, or wants to call me a hack.

>>5415430
>>5415600
>>5415651
>>5415722
>>5415847

Pure kino, anon. These are going on the fridge, and Mythomania and Autism may just be included in the archive title somewhere.

Made my day.

>>5416335

I'll rule that Nessie is intelligent enough to answer basic questions (with Bobo as translator / interpreter). Just don't ask about the origins of the universe or anything, since it'd be like asking your dog about concept of entropy.

If you have any questions, just throw em at me and I'll slot them into the existing update somewhere.
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>>5416553
>favorite food and passtime
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Rolled 5 (1d100)

>>5416553
>Made my day.
You are welcome Axie

>If you have any questions, just throw em at me and I'll slot them into the existing update somewhere.
>Which is your favorite food?
>Do you have friends?
>Are you traped here, or you can go out?
>Is there something that you don't like here?
>Who is the best girl? Spoiler: She is.
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>>5415600
>>5416553
Edit "Mythomania and Autism, Electric Boogaloo" Exclusive Edition: With legs now. Thoth is on the side because he feel uncomfortable in the middle.
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>>5416553
Well, I mainly asked because I was thinking, y'know...no band of magical misfits is really complete without some kind of mascot. And considering we've got two gods and a couple of magicians I imagine we could probably figure out how to shrink Nessie down to the size of a large dog breed or something so they could fit in the van (and possibly a kiddie pool, not sure how hydrated plesiosaurs need to be), if they were interested in a vacation away from the Loch for a couple of weeks.
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>>5417226
You are a genius
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>>5417226
Holy shit we must do this
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>>5417226
There is one downside
We are a batman antagonist
Batman will eventually beat up or use gadgets against nessie
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>>5417423
Then we just have to convince Batman that we are the real Batman.
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>>5417423
Jonah isn’t a Batman antagonist yet. Nessie would be safe-ish.
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>>5417423
Jonah Thema, a Batman antagonist!? C'mon! He'd have no reason to be against a fellow hero!

Unless you're implying that the Jonah Thema detective agency has anything to do with the evildoers known as 'Adjutant Tango' or 'Gunsmoke'. If so, I can direct you to the legal department where we will sue you into the grave.
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>>5417770
>Set dressed as secretary in soft voice
>"Wait a moment here."
>He exit the room
>He come back in wearing a suit with a bow.
>Boot-camp sargent voice.
>"I will see you in the court!"
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>>5417850
But could he focus long enough to win a court case?
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>>5418149
He'd be fucking around with a tech deck for half the trial so maybe?
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>>5418151
As long as he keeps from spawning to many trick tracks and not piss off the judge...yeah that's hopeless.
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>>5418242
>"Your Honor check this out I can make a loop-de-loop work, no hands!"
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>>5418149
>>5418151
>>5418242
>>5418284
>Sean is on the dais, wearing a blindfold.
>Set stands before the jurors, holding a football and a soccer ball in each hand.
>"To prove that my client is not that Venezuelan, that "Adjutant Tango" guy, Jonah will have to guess which hand I'm holding the football in."
>The attorneys for the prosecution facepalm.
>"This makes no sense, your honor!"
>The judge is very interested in the experiment, it's not every day that he can have a trial where no one starts shooting wildly.
>Gotham is a shithole.
>Plus, they had already paid him his usual fee of five thousand dollars.
>He allows it.
>"Which hand do I hold the football in?"
>"On the right. It's the hand you throw it with."
>"And how far do you think someone as athletic, muscular and powerful as me could throw it?"
>"Two school buses."
>"Your honor, my client is obviously an American, his inability to calculate my obvious potential as an athlete notwithstanding.
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>>5418317
The idea of something so unbelievably mundane as instinctive football knowledge determining ones nationality is so fucking stupid that it just might work. I can practically hear the jurors in deliberation saying "Well it does make sense. They don't even call footballs footballs in Brazil.". Set is a genius.
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>>5418333
besides the trial is moot anyways because i'm pretty certain seans adjudant tango personality has diplomatic immunity, thus being a massive shitstirring pain in the ass for the JL, if anything they really don't want to find out about that.
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>Set is a genius.
>Doubting the greatness of Set
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The trip to Loch Ness was entirely uneventful; Set’s debacle back at the pub is enough to keep him on good behavior for a while, even though he’s still irritatingly smug about it.

Thoth alternates between having his nose stuck in a dusty tome and haranguing Set for being such a colossal embarrassment in public. With each complaint, you can tell that Set grows more and more satisfied with himself.

Jack takes a turn behind the steering wheel while Bobo rides shotgun with the map. Hopefully Jack is enjoying this little sojourn back to his home soil, the last thing you’d want to do is bring back any unpleasant memories.

Meanwhile, Pandion tersely but politely explains some of the more confusing nuances of modern society to Gaius. Beyond a bit of thinly-veiled sniping, they get along well enough.

Wonder what the deal is with them, maybe there’s some kind of weird historical context that you aren’t privy to.

Internally, you just shrug. So long as nobody’s trying to kill each other, you have no issues with letting things lie.

In the meantime, you’re content to crash in the back and take a catnap for the majority of the drive.

As you drift off, your mind wanders to the events of the last few hours.

That chunk of Hadrian’s Wall with the strange Pictish rune carved in it is tucked away securely in your luggage, but you’ve still got a lot of questions about what it symbolizes or what it might do.

You’ll be headed to the British Museum soon, maybe they’ll have a specialist capable of giving it a worthwhile inspection. Either way, that’s a problem for another.

You’re awakened from your momentary slumber when the Set-Mobile trundles to a halt, signaling your arrival at the loch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OUP_Z3iZPs

When you blink the sleep out of your eyes and exit the van, you take a moment to take in the atmosphere.

There’s a bit of overcast, but you don’t smell any rain in the wind. Good, nasty weather would probably spoil things a bit.

Luckily, it looks like you’re the only party of tourists here; perhaps the threat of rain has convinced some of the more spineless rubberneckers to stay indoors.

There’s a small marina offering boat rentals, and everyone is convinced (with varying levels of cajoling) to participate in a nautical adventure.

A few activities are proposed, but you’re enthralled with the idea of uncovering the Loch Ness Monster. What can you say, you’ve always been a sucker for a good mystery and an even better conspiracy theory.

After everyone’s aboard, you disembark from the jetty and cruise through the murky waters of the loch in search of your legendary quarry.
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Bobo is content to just sprawl out on the deck and relax for a while with his hat pulled tightly over his eyes.

Gaius spends the time polishing his aquila, even though it’s already been burnished to a high sheen several times over.

Pandion is determined to learn how to pilot the boat, and alternates with you a few times to learn the basics.

Set produces a deep-sea rod with lures and begins to haul in a few wayward fish that he stuffs in a big cooler, presumably for a BBQ or something.

Jack chats with you about everything and nothing as he does his best to skip rocks off the surface of the loch, a difficult feat to accomplish from a moving vehicle.

Thoth is sat in a lounge chair with a pair of binoculars, more occupied with observing the herons than anything else.

The next few hours pass comfortably, even though you don’t find hide nor hair of your target. You’ve always liked the water, and having good company only enhances the experience. You’re a little sad that you couldn’t find anything, but it’s not like you’re overly surprised.

Right as dusk begins to fall and the group opines that it’s time to start heading back to shore, you spot something odd in the murky depths.

It might just be your eyes playing tricks on you, but you don’t get that feeling.

Something big is down there, you just know it.

An insight in the back of your mind compels you to activate Mage Sight and take a closer look as you slow the boat down to a crawl.

You notice a faint concentration of energy, but that’s not all; it seems to have noticed you as well.

“C’mon, kid; It’s just a log, don’t-“

Right as the implications of that begin to set in, there’s a loud roar as a massive creature surfaces from the blackish depths and looms menacingly over your comparatively tiny vessel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uufxnsmu0_s

The Loch Ness Monster, an actual goddamn plesiosaur! Just like the conspiracy nuts said!

The others go for their various weapons, but you yell at them to keep things friendly for now.

As for yourself, you nearly drew your backup piece on pure reflex, but keep it tucked away when you realize that Nessie is content to warily examine you.

There’s a look in its eyes, a spark of obvious intelligence that indicates you aren’t dealing with a mindless predator or unthinking monster.

And if it can think, you can probably find some way to calm it down if you play your cards right.

> “Watch my back. I’m going to get a little bit closer. Don’t make any sudden movements, or you might spook it. Get ready for a fight if things get aggressive.” You stage-whisper your orders to Pandion, who relays it to the others.

Before anyone can countermand you, you begin shifting closer towards Nessie.

It instantly notices your approach and issues a warning hiss, giving you a clear look at the rows of razor-sharp teeth

Christ, you’ve seen saltwater crocodiles with a friendlier smile.

You immediately stop in an attempt to avoid provoking it further.
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> “Easy there, I’m not going to hurt you. I just want to get a little closer, is that all right?”

You punctuate your question with another few steps towards Nessie, earning you another hiss that seems a little less hostile than the previous one.

Your path puts you right next to Set’s cooler, which gives you an excellent idea.

“Hey! I caught those fair and square, get your own damn catch!” Set complains, careful to avoid outright yelling.

> “Set, I’ve gotta feed it something to earn its trust. Unless you have any other ideas, this is our only way forward."

Set’s gaze quickly flickers towards Thoth and you make a conscious effort to interrupt him when his mouth begins to open.

> “Don’t even think about it.”

“Spoilsport.”

You ignore Set’s bitching and concentrate more on the prehistoric killing machine currently menacing the vessel.

After cracking the cooler open, you withdraw the entire haul of fish. Sure enough, its attention swivels towards your offerings and its body language relaxes quite a bit.

> “Here you go, sure hope you like em. Set’s never going to let me hear the end of it if you don’t.”

You throw them one at a time, into the air like a trainer at Sea World, and Nessie’s head whips around to catch every single one of them with a terrifying swiftness.

After the last fish is caught, Nessie seems to have calmed down. The angry hissing is replaced with some kind of deep, repetitive groan as it slowly gets closer and closer to you.

> “Hey, Bobo! Any of that making sense to you?”

“Sort of. It’s trying to communicate, almost like a whale.”

> “Can you translate it?”

“I can give it a shot, but try and keep things simple.”

> “What’s your favorite food, Nessie?”

The response is a high-pitched clicking, followed by a lower-pitched groaning.

“It’s not picky, but apparently it really likes eels. It asked if you had anything else to eat, but I gently broke the news that we were fresh out.”

> “What’s your favorite way to pass time?”

Nessie lets out a low, deep groan that goes on for nearly a minute.

“Sleep. Apparently it’s a bit of a lazybones.”

> “Do you have any friends, anyone or anything else to talk with?”

There’s a short, staccato click that sounds a little melancholic.

“It says that it’s been alone for as long as it can remember.”

> ”Are you stuck here, or can you leave whenever you’d like?”

Nessie lets outs a confused clicking.

“It can’t think of any reason to leave.”

> “Is there anything you don’t like about living here?”

There’s an angry hissing.

“People. Too many that make noise or dump garbage in the loch. Apparently you were the first to actually offer her a gift for a long time.”

> “Are you male or female, Nessie?”

There’s a quick clicking.

“Female.”

Well, that solves one mystery.
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>>5418899

(I’m still working on the riding / photo op, so I’ll go ahead and ask; would you like to bring Nessie along with you?)

You decide to…

> Shrink Nessie down and bring her along as a mascot of sorts. With her permission of course, you’d be a complete asshole otherwise. (Will require a roll.)

> Leave Nessie to her own devices. Nothing good ever came out of dragging animals from their natural habitats on a whim.

> Other?
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>>5418901
>Shrink Nessie down and bring her along as a mascot of sorts. With her permission of course, you’d be a complete asshole otherwise. (Will require a roll.)
Noting to lose here.

Good day Axie
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>>5418901
>> Shrink Nessie down and bring her along as a mascot of sorts. With her permission of course, you’d be a complete asshole otherwise. (Will require a roll.)
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>>5418901
> Shrink Nessie down and bring her along as a mascot of sorts. With her permission of course, you’d be a complete asshole otherwise. (Will require a roll.)

I'm absolutely kekking

Jack picking up a disgraced veteran from the gutter (possibly) resulted in the Loch Ness Monster taking a vacation with two gods, three ghosts, and a chimpanzee detective

Explaining any of this to anyone is going to be wild lol
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>>5418901
>>5418917
Ask if she would like a clear, bigger place with less stupid people and more fish.
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> Shrink Nessie down and bring her along as a mascot of sorts. With her permission of course, you’d be a complete asshole otherwise. (Will require a roll.)

A plesiosaur's place is in the ocean.
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>>5418922
This is DC. A crackhead shooting two richfags leds to the weeky show of two mental-ill dudes playing the game of the cat and the mouse through all Gotham
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>>5418901
>> Leave Nessie to her own devices. Nothing good ever came out of dragging animals from their natural habitats on a whim.
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>>5418917
>>5418918
>>5418922
>>5418929

Alright, roll me some 1d100+15

DC: 90
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Rolled 58 + 15 (1d100 + 15)

>>5418933
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Rolled 50 (1d100)

>>5418933
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Rolled 90 + 15 (1d100 + 15)

>>5418933
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Rolled 12 + 15 (1d100 + 15)

>>5418933
rollan
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Rolled 90 + 15 (1d100 + 15)

>>5418933
Did the promise of saltwater fish and less noise help?
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Come on peolpe
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>>5418935
>>5418939
>>5418941

That's a success, writing.

>>5418943

She was already on-board, but that did help sway her a bit more. This roll was for "can you actually pull off the required feat of magic."
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>>5418946
We have a pocket Nessie, eat your heart out Aquaman!
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>>5418950
>in b4 the JL considers taking nessie with us a threat against society and comes after us for it.
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>>5418953
I’m looking forward to the AAR some junior member is going to end up doing when we end up on their radar for something and someone asks for the full picture.
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>>5418955
>If you are not careful with the mini-dino on the cooler me and my roman ghost gonna beat the shit off you!
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>>5418946

By this point, everyone’s calmed down a bit as they’ve clued in that Nessie isn’t looking for her next meal. At least, not anymore.

It’s still incredibly weird to have a plesiosaur craning her head over the boat and staring at you, but at least you’ve earned a spot in her good books.

And since you’re on vacation, you need to commemorate such a momentous event for your mantlepiece.

> “Everybody, huddle up! This is the perfect time for a group picture! Just make sure to keep the flash off, don’t want to startle Nessie.”

With a bit of prodding, everyone lines up for the photo with Nessie proudly occupying the background.

You quickly set the automatic timer and muscle yourself into the lineup by Pandion and Bobo.

The picture comes out perfectly, and you’re aware that you’re holding an incredibly valuable piece of evidence capable of proving Nessie’s existence.

But that’s not going to happen. This is a private memory; besides, the public at large would just swarm the loch and inevitably ruin her natural habitat. Y’know if the government doesn’t try to kill / capture / forced relocate her first.

As you study the photo, you have an idea.

A reckless, crazy idea.

But one that you are compelled to see to its end.

> “Bobo? Could you ask Nessie if she’d be willing to give me a ride around the loch?”

“You can’t be serious.”

> “As a heart attack. C’mon, what’s the worst that can happen?”

“You’re a maniac, I just want you to know that.”

> “Duly noted.”

Bobo sighs and passes on your request.

After a brief bit of rumbling, Nessie lowers her head to be right alongside your craft.

> “That’s what I’m talking about! Thanks, Bobo!”

“I still think this is a ba-“

Before Bobo can finish his doubtlessly reasonable objection, you’ve already climbed on top of Nessie’s head.
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>>5418988

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h1davKgBYM

She starts off slow, but quickly picks up the pace when she realizes that you’re strapped in for a wild ride.

The nearest equivalent you can compare it to would be like a roller coaster, or that time the General threw you through a couple of walls.

The sheer speed of it is enough to disorient you, but that doesn’t stop you from whooping and hollering like a madman the whole time.

You nearly lose your grip a handful of heart-stopping times, but that’s all part of the experience.

Before you know it, Nessie drops you gently back on the boat.

You give the others a big thumbs-up and stagger a little as you struggle to re-adjust after the high velocity ride you just experienced.

> “That was a hell of a thing! Anybody else want a go?”

Surprisingly, nobody else seems as enthusiastic as you, possibly because of how you look like you’ve been through a wind tunnel on full blast.

> “Eh, your loss. Thanks, Nessie. Good girl.”

You give the underside of her chin a good, solid rub that causes her to lightly purr.

> “Oh, you’re not so bad. Like a big scaly dog.”

As you idly pet her head, you have another corker of an idea.

> “Hey, does anybody know of a spell that’d shrink Nessie down? That way we could take her with us, maybe find her a better place to live than this tiny place.”

Set raises his hand, and nudges Thoth to do the same.

> “Yeah, that’s what I figured. Bobo, would you mind passing it on to Nessie?”

There’s an unsteady clicking in response.

“She wants to know why she would ever need to leave the only home she’s ever known.”

> “ Because we’ll find her a place with less people, clearer water, and more fish? What’s not to like? In the meantime, shel’ll get to hang around with us and see places outside of this loch.”

When Bobo translates your response, Nessie lets out a snuffle.

“She’s nervous, but agreed to go through with it.”

> “Great! Set, Thoth, you mind giving me some help with this?”

Your magical talents paired with the combined with the raw power of two other vastly more powerful magicians proves to be more than enough to reduce Nessie down to a much more manageable size, about the same as a medium-sized dog.

Set conjures up a kiddie pool, fills it with water, and everyone helps Nessie into it.

Well, this has certainly been an exciting detour; seems that you have a penchant for taking in strays.

Kinda like the way Jack does.

After getting back to shore, it’s a simple enough matter to load Nessie in the Set-Mobile and head out on the road once again.
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>>5418989

Next stop, the British Museum in London. You snagged a tourist pamphlet at a rest stop somewhere and took the liberty of perusing the various galleries and exhibits on offer.

That way, you can form a plan of action based around your greatest interests. Unfortunately, since you plan on tackling Intergang, you’ll be on a stricter timetable than you’d like and only have enough time to visit a couple of galleries in-depth.

After studying your options, which pair of exhibits are you primarily interested in touring? (Choose 2)

> Egypt

> Medieval Europe

> China and South Asia

> Africa

> Roman Empire

> Greece

> Mexico

> Japan

> Roman Britain

> Other?
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>>5418990
> Roman Empire

> Greece

Bond with the ghosts?
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>>5418990
>> Egypt
> Mexico
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>>5418990
> Medieval Europe
> Roman Britain
Becouse magic stone and roman-ghost.
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>>5418990
>Roman Britain
>Greece
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>>5418998
I'll back this. Mostly because we're in Europe and if we want to learn about other countries histories, we can always find a dedicated museum there.
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>>5418990
> Roman Britain
> Medieval Europe
Greek one's tempting, but Pandion and the library ghost could probably tell us anything we'd need to know on that front.
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>>5418992
+1
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>>5418990
> Roman Empire
> Greece
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>>5418992
>>5418997
>>5418998
>>5419004
>>5419008
>>5419009
>>5419013
3 greece
3 roman britain
3 medieval europa

We need more anons
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>>5419017
It's four for roman britain, isn't it?
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>>5419015
I swear you dont appear when i upload
4 greece
3 for roma in general, britain and medieval
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Since there seems to be a bit of a deadlock, I'll go ahead and keep this vote open until midnight.

Plus, I'm starting to feel myself lag a bit, so I'm happy to call it here.

As always, thanks for tuning in! I realize that my output's gotten a bit slower lately, but that's the price of getting a full-time job and shedding my NEETdom. 0/10, would not recommend.

Anyhow, we'll pick up from here on Friday at 5:00 PM EST.

I'll be honest, was not expecting any of that Loch Ness stuff to work out in your favor the way it did.

Luck Drain is a hell of a thing.
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>>5419018
Yea you are right
4 roman britain
4 greece
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>>5419021

Nevermind, it looks like Roman Britain and Greece both managed to pull ahead.

Since there is in fact no tie, I'll go ahead and close the vote.

Counting is hard, anons.
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>>5419021
Thenks for running Axie
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>>5418990
> Roman Britain
> Africa
We won’t be hitting Africa on the tour, and I’m curious how racist it is.
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>I’m curious how racist it is.

>Is a emply hall
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Rolled 67 (1d100)

>>5419023
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>>5419038
I wonder if we could make a fourth career our of tomb robbing and stealing for the British museum. Would give us a good excuse to travel the world for one.
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>>5419516
>working for the english
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>>5418990
> Egypt
> Roman Empire
I've been to the museum before, these two (and ancient greece) are by far the most expansive galleries. They truly did leave no stone unturned.

>>5419038
It has a lot of interesting masks (not much else, some spearheads) and I think will be the one most filled with malicious spirits since they were more "living" history than just graverobbin'
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>>5419759
>>5419025
Thenks for voting but read the post >>5419023.

Come back this friday at 5:00 pm please.
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

Alright, I'll roll a d2 to determine which gallery you visit first.

1 = Ancient Greece
2 = Roman Britain
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>>5420718

Seems like you’ll be touring the Roman Britain gallery at first.

While you’re there, you decide to… (Choose 2)

> Meander around for a while and examine the various exhibits. You’re on vacation, no need to draw attention or cause any trouble.

> Look for an open service door or other security flaw and slip into the back rooms. There’s gotta be something interesting hidden in there.

> Search for a museum curator capable of translating that weird rune you found. Call it intuition, but you get a sense of weirdness from it.

> Check in with Gaius and see how he’s holding up. It can’t be easy to see the remains of your life’s work on open display.

> Hunt for magical artifacts within the collection. If necessary, you might be able to pull off a smash-and-grab if the prize is worthwhile enough.

> Other?
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>>5420731
> Search for a museum curator capable of translating that weird rune you found. Call it intuition, but you get a sense of weirdness from it.
Write it down on something else though. Showing a piece of Hadrian’s Wall will probably get us in trouble.
> Check in with Gaius and see how he’s holding up. It can’t be easy to see the remains of your life’s work on open display.
Maybe he can share some stories on the events they describe. We can swap some with him on our own time in the service, see how much or little life as a soldier has changed.
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>>5420731
> Search for a museum curator capable of translating that weird rune you found. Call it intuition, but you get a sense of weirdness from it.
> Check in with Gaius and see how he’s holding up. It can’t be easy to see the remains of your life’s work on open display.
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>>5420731
> Search for a museum curator capable of translating that weird rune you found. Call it intuition, but you get a sense of weirdness from it.
> Check in with Gaius and see how he’s holding up. It can’t be easy to see the remains of your life’s work on open display.
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>>5420731
>> Meander around for a while and examine the various exhibits. You’re on vacation, no need to draw attention or cause any trouble.
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>>5420739
>>5420743
>>5420758

Roll me some 1d100+25

First roll is to find a willing curator, second is for how your talk with Gaius goes.

First DC: 75
Second DC: 80
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>>5420776

Sorry, I meant 2d100+25
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Rolled 59, 3 + 25 = 87 (2d100 + 25)

>>5420776
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Rolled 14, 87 + 25 = 126 (2d100 + 25)

>>5420776
Rolling
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Rolled 78, 71 + 25 = 174 (2d100 + 25)

>>5420776
Oh look, old stuff.
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>>5420787
>>5420788
>>5420792

That's a success on both counts, writing.

Let me know if there are any other points of conversation you'd like to broach with Gaius and I'll attempt to fold them into the update.
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>>5420798
I'd like to see what he thinks about all the technology we use every day
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>>5420798
Ask how he feel about being part of history of this county and roma.
If he go emo we remember him that a single person can change everything, and that he has won his part on this glory.
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Howdy anons, just checking in; I'm still alive, this is just a particularly long update.
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>>5420847
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Gaius eats garum
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>>5420731

The drive down south passes faster than you can blink, and before you know it; you and the gang are parked near the famous British Museum.

Even as a seasoned graverobber, you have to admit that these guys take the art to a whole new level; it’ll be a treat to see what valuables and other plunders they’ve managed to spirit away over the decades.

Unfortunately, the British Museum is a bit too public for every member of your party to join in.

To avoid drawing too much attention, Jack and Bobo volunteer to stay with the van. It’s probably for the best, given that Nessie is liable to bite a gaping hole in the van if left unattended for too long.

You, Set, Gaius, Thoth, and Pandion enter the Museum without paying (luckily it’s one of their free days) and find a map detailing the various galleries and exhibits within.

Gaius barely has to glance at the map before he storms off towards what looks to be the gallery dedicated to the Roman invasion and integration of England.

Set beelines for the Ancient Egypt gallery, with Thoth in hot pursuit to “keep that mad bastard from torching anything that pays homage to Horus.” While it’s an excellent cover story, you’re convinced that Thoth is just looking for an excuse to criticize the place on everything they got wrong about Egyptian history.

Pandion gives you a nod and heads towards the Ancient Greece gallery, which was a foregone conclusion.

You decide to follow Gaius into the Roman Britain galley, to get a feel for his mental state and to also look for a crusty academic capable of figuring out what the deal is with that Pictish symbol you found.

Something tells you that museum authorities would be very interested to know that you have very recently and deliberately vandalized a world heritage site, so you just trace out the symbol on the back of the map from memory. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do.

It doesn’t take you too long to find a curator with the necessary experience, the difficult part is getting the crotchety bastard to actually lend you a hand.

Turns out that the stubborn old prick is one of the snootier types of academic that Cullen absolutely abhors, the kind who believes that his time is far too valuable to waste on the likes of you and your problems. Of course, that problem neatly solves itself when you feed him a slightly exaggerated story about your work debunking Fairwether back when you were working as a PI.

To your surprise, your story manages to catch his attention instantly. As it would happen, he’s actually a fan of Cullen’s book (he’s sure to loudly proclaim that the paranormal element is all sensationalism) and agrees to help you transcribe the Pictish rune in exchange for signing his copy.

Cullen was quite generous with sharing the credit, especially since it looks like he named you co-author! Guess that’s the kind of guy he is, more content that it’s actually being read over anything else.
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>>5420880

The academic, upon seeing your scribbled drawing, consults a bevy of old notes and quickly gives you an answer.

Albeit, an answer that you weren’t hoping to hear. According to him, it’s called a “Crescent and V-Rod.” The V-Rod is supposed to symbolize a broken arrow, while the Crescent is typically used to symbolize death.

So, it looks like you managed to steal a magical stone with runes that vaguely translates into the Pictish version of a “Trespassers will be shot” sign.

Still, at least you have a better handle on the facts now.

While you were busy hunting for information about the stone pulled from Hadrian’s Wall, you’ve made sure to keep an occasional eye on Gaius as he stiffly inspects the various exhibits.

Much like Pandion, he’s clearly uncomfortable in modern clothing and is definitely unfamiliar with the various bits of technology that the average person takes for granted.

He has a conspicuous disinterest in things like pottery, farming equipment, art, music, or other such exhibits. Instead, the bulk of his time has been spent examining the displays about battles, legionary tactics, and the typical kit of a Roman soldier.

You can tell that he is a little irritated at the minor details they got wrong, but is nevertheless touched that the deeds of his legion are still remembered in the far future.

Gaius gives you a terse greeting when you approach, obviously not enjoying the fact that he needs to speak in English instead of a “more refined” language.

“The Greek has done his best to explain the noteworthy inventions of this time, but I find it somewhat galling.”

> “In what way?”

“It leaves so little for the people to accomplish! When a man plows a field, he is able to smile upon his labors and remind himself that everything he has accomplished was due to his own two hands and his diligence. When a man slays another on the field of battle, he is able to sleep soundly in the knowledge that when his mettle was tested, his skill and discipline proved the stronger.

But now, it seems like every need is catered for, that every difficulty is handled by mindless automatons, that there is no drive for self-sufficiency or personal improvement! Hardship is necessary to build character, for both men and nations.

These advancements may have made your lives easier, but it is also your master. Should any of these luxuries ever disappear, should modern empires suffer a deathblow, I wonder how its people will learn to cope with the hardships that they have been shielded from for so long?”

Well, it looks like Gaius is a bit of a stubborn traditionalist. Considering the fact that he’s been patrolling an empty battleground for literal centuries because of those traditions probably should’ve given you a clue on that front.
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>>5420885

You quickly change the subject away from his old man rant to something you know will get any red-blooded leatherneck going; war stories.

> “So, what was the campaign like for...”

You struggle for a moment to think of the right terminology for Roman-occupied England.

> “Britannia?”

Gaius clenches his fist, nearly hard enough to draw blood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkeLkuFzPfM

“It was a quiet posting at first, but things quickly soured once I was assigned to the region. Our biggest threat were the barbarian raiders who managed to cross Hadrian’s Wall. They were cunning and refused to engage us in open battle. To end the threat permanently, we were forced to utilize less…orthodox tactics to ensure victory.

Their ultimate goal was to plant the seeds of rebellion amongst the otherwise docile populace. My area of speciality was hunting down and uprooting these threats before they could launch a full-scale uprising.”

You muse to yourself that what Gaius has described so far sounds quite a bit like counter-insurgency wetwork, something that you also have a wealth of experience undertaking.

“I would be dispatched to areas of high unrest with orders to bring them back into the fold; by any means necessary.

The first step was diplomacy. If I could convince them to peacefully abandon their pretensions of independence and collaborate with Rome, I would leave the matter there and move on after installing a temporary garrison to ensure their integrity.

If they were resistant to words alone, I would move to step two; bribery. In addition to the previous terms, I would often offer a boon like lighter taxes or a one-time payment in exchange for their continued compliance.

If they continued to spit on my offers made in good faith, I would cut my losses and move to step 3; intimidation. The legionaries would round up some of the local troublemakers and publicly execute them in front of the community as a preview of the fate that would await any who continued their pointless defiance.

Lastly, should they refuse to bend, it would become necessary to shift to step four; force. The entire settlement would be put to the sword and burned to the ground. No quarter would be given, and they would be shown as an example to their neighbors.”

> “How many times did you have to use step four?”

“Only the first time. They served ably as the cautionary tale that kept the others in line. What about your campaign? Where were you stationed?”

> “The bulk of my time was spent in active combat deployments in Iraq. I think you might know it as Mesopotamia.”

Gaius nods.

“What was your rank?”
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>>5420889

> “I was a sergeant, it’d arguably transfer over as a centurion. I typically led patrols out to hunt for local insurgents and other scumbags threatening the stability of the region. From what you’ve described, it sounds like our job role was the same. Except, we had a tighter leash and didn’t really have the opportunity to negotiate. We just showed up and swept the neighborhood clean for the most part. And it’s not like the fucking locals were of much help.”

“You sound bitter.”

> “Yeah, I probably do. I know a lot about your last battle, so it’s only fair you know mine. The day started out like any other; we had been assigned to patrol duty, playing rearguard for some of the local security forces. A militia, essentially.”

“Like an auxiliary unit?”

> “Close enough, except that these guys had way more autonomy. Anyhow, turns out the bastard leading them had sold us out to the local rebels and gave them our patrol route. When they hit us, not a single of the locals backed us up in the fight. After the smoke cleared, it turned out that I was the only survivor on our side.”

“And how were these auxiliaries punished for their treason? I assume that it was quite gruesome.”

> “That’s the thing; my leadership tried to pin the blame on me instead. It would’ve raised too many eyebrows at home and elsewhere if a high-ranking commander from our “trusted allies” was actually double-dealing, so my commanding officer tried to coerce me into silence. Guess they were afraid that it might jeopardize somebody’s political career.”

“Disgraceful. If a legate had made such a decision, he would’ve been forced to resign in disgrace, if he were lucky.”

> “Well, there’s a reason that they kicked me out. And I did a lot more than just run my mouth about what happened. I’m guessing that you’re smart enough to connect the dots.”

“I am.” Gaius gives you a slight nod, obviously respecting the thought process behind your actions.

You let out a deep sigh and decide to move on from the subject. You’ve gotten better at talking about it, but it’s still not a pleasant topic of conversation.

> “If you don’t mind me asking, what does it feel like to be part of something that people only know from old stories? To have made a mark on the pages of history that’s managed to withstand the test of time?”

“It feels…strange, but somehow gratifying. That even though my name has been lost to history, the deeds of my legion and our glory still shine brightly in the darkness. That even though Rome has fallen, its traditions and histories live on. And so long as I can remember those days, the memory of our traditions will never truly fade.”

> “Well put. I’m glad to have you traveling with us, Gaius. I’ll leave you you to your own devices for a while; be sure to head outside in a few hours for our last bit of business.”
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>>5420892

When you head into the Ancient Greece gallery, you decide to… (Choose 2)

> Examine the various texts and relics on display and brush-up on your Greek. Might as well squeeze in a bit of linguistic training while you’re here.

> Observe some of the old war gear and how it was constructed. You’ve been kicking around the idea of changing your armor design for some time, maybe it could offer some insights?

> Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.

> Hunt for magical artifacts within the collection. If necessary, you might be able to pull off a smash-and-grab if the prize is worthwhile enough.


(I've gotta take a quick dinner break, vote's open until I return. Sorry for the wall of text, this one kinda ran away with me.)
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>>5420894
>Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.
Because ghost bro.
>Observe some of the old war gear and how it was constructed. You’ve been kicking around the idea of changing your armor design for some time, maybe it could offer some insights?
Far-future tech with ancient aesthetics gold for me
Captcha:DA4MNT
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>>5420894
> Observe some of the old war gear and how it was constructed. You’ve been kicking around the idea of changing your armor design for some time, maybe it could offer some insights?
> Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.
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>>5420894
> Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.
>> Hunt for magical artifacts within the collection. If necessary, you might be able to pull off a smash-and-grab if the prize is worthwhile enough.
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>>5420894
> Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.
> Examine the various texts and relics on display and brush-up on your Greek. Might as well squeeze in a bit of linguistic training while you’re here.
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>>5420894
> Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.
> Observe some of the old war gear and how it was constructed. You’ve been kicking around the idea of changing your armor design for some time, maybe it could offer some insights?

Look at everything with magesight off and on, just for kicks.
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>>5420894

> Check in with Pandion and see how he’s been occupying himself. You haven’t had a one-on-one chat with him in some time, now could be a good time.
> Observe some of the old war gear and how it was constructed. You’ve been kicking around the idea of changing your armor design for some time, maybe it could offer some insights?

Look at everything with magesight off and on, just for kicks.

Lets make our armor a combination of greek warrior armor with hints of Roman and Eqyptian themes.
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>>5420900
>>5420909
>Look at everything with magesight off and on, just for kicks.
Support this
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>>5420900
>>5420902
>>5420909
>>5420920

Looks like palling it up with Pandion and taking some inspiration from the old masters wins.

Roll me some 1d100 to see what insights you can glean.

DC: 60 / 80 / 100
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Rolled 11 (1d100)

>>5420925
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Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>5420925
Nat 1baby
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Rolled 4 (1d100)

>>5420925
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>>5420926
>>5420928
>>5420929
We hit our head with a glass door
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>>5420926
>>5420928
>>5420929

Well, those are some...interesting rolls.

I'm going to make the executive decision of calling it here for tonight, starting to run out of steam.

Feel free to post any questions / topics you'd like to speak with Pandion about, next session is Monday at 5:00 PM EST.

As always, thanks for playing!
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>>5420926
>>5420928
>>5420929
As it turns out, these old masters in particular were quite shit at teaching.
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>>5420932
>Well, those are some...interesting rolls.

Some girl make fun of us when we fall on our ass?
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>>5420939

Nah, that'd be a critfail.
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>>5420943
Have a nice weekend Axis
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>>5420926
>>5420928
>>5420929
I guess Sean's got shit taste.
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>>5420932
>Feel free to post any questions / topics you'd like to speak with Pandion about

>How you feel about Greece renown reaches an island that is crossing the continent and passing the sea?
>Technology have advance in these centurys, now that you have a body would you like test some of these? (Padion playing with a Wii or challenging Gaius in Mortal Kombat/Street fighter)
>Would you like to see or know in this journy? Beside Greece.
>I feel that you and Gaius aren't the best friends of this side of the aegean sea, is just because you were enemies or he rub you in the wrong way?
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>>5420926
>>5420929
wait, why does this guy get to roll twice
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>>5421041
Oh hey, good eye.
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Rolled 31 (1d100)

>>5420925
>>5421041
tossing mine in for good measure
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>>5420932
> Where woild he like to go in the world?

> Show him places on the internet

> Would he be willing to go into space? Ghost astronauts would be awesome.

> Check it out, Mankind went to the moon.

> What kind of woman does he like?

> Would he be willing to spar with you?
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>>5421041
>>5421061
I just roll onces what the fuck is this
>>5420929
>>5420929
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>>5421071
Fuck. Lets pray that Axis let us re roll or something.

We still have Roll the Dice or we lose it?
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Happy Bday 4chan, 19 years of this faggotry.
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>>5421152
Amen
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>>5421122
Roll the Die was used previously on that roll to determine whether or not Pandion could be temporarily released from the Claw.

It'll reset after each country in your travels.

I didn't notice the double roll, but >>5421071
was kind enough to make up the difference, so it is still a failure.

By the way, quick opinion question. I was thinking of using the time allotted for Monday's session to work on interlude stuff.

Would you all prefer a session as normal, or have me take a little breather and focus fully on the interlude stuff?

> Just have the session as normal.

> Use the time to work on interludes.
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>>5422847
>Use the time to work on interludes.

We haven't had an interlude for a while.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>5422847
Lets see
1 normal
2 interludes
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>>5422847
>> Use the time to work on interludes.
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>>5422847
>> Just have the session as normal.
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>>5422847
> Use the time to work on interludes.
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>>5422847
Whatever you'd like is fine

Btw, what interludes do you have in mind?
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>>5422847
>> Use the time to work on interludes.
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>>5422847
>>5422961
This.

It was about the opinion the junior members about what was going on, right? Or was somethigh about batgirl?
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>>5422847
> Use the time to work on interludes.

It seems more like that's what you WANT to do vs run the session that day.

In which case, I'd rather you do what you want to do so that when you want to run the session, the quality and output is at its best.
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Alright, look's like I'll spend tonight working on interlude stuff.

Thanks for the understanding anons, I've been trying to make time to get these done, but it's been hard in to find a good time.

>>5422961
>>5422999

I briefly touched on my current plans at >>5413318


Since there'll be quite a bit of downtime, time for a little Q&A. How are you liking the vacation so far? We're still in the early stages of it, so if there's anything feedback to be said, now would be the optimal time for it.
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>>5423636
Cant complain especially since we got a dog
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>>5423636
I’m glad we’ve managed to avoid dipping into actual work so far. We’re keeping it as a magical mystery tour and the one Intergang thing is a “for the lulz” diversion I accept because this is supposedly Set’s tour and kicking someone’s teeth in for no better reason than they’re in your geographic region fits his theme.
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BATCOMPUTER ONLINE

WELCOME, BATGIRL

SEARCHING FOR PROFILE “DRESDEN”

PROFILE FOUND

Name: Unknown

Gender: Male

Appearance: Mid 20s, Caucasian, Blue Eyes, Athletic Frame

Known Aliases: Jonah Thema, (Internally known as Dresden)

Known Associates: None

Skills:
- Capable investigator
- Potentially skilled in magic?
- Combat training

Notable Activities:
- See Incident Report 872-B

Threat Level: Undetermined (Potential Asset)
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>>5423705

EDITING PROFILE

Known Associates:
- Mortimer Cullen (Academic and Published Author)

Skills:
- Seasoned detective
- Occult / paranormal specialist
- Professional combat training
- Potential Homo Magi

Notable Activities:
- See Incident Report 872-B (Rockwell Incident)
- See Incident Report 1057-D (Colonial History Museum Incident)
- See Incident Report 1223-E (Slaughter Swamp Incident)

Threat Level: Low / Moderate
- Unknown to the wider “magical” community at large
- Potential candidate for JLA recruitment / affiliation
- Recommend covert observation of skills and abilities from afar

Personal Notes:
Too many unknowns for my liking, but he could be a valuable addition to the League should proper vetting procedures and protective measures are followed.
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>>5423707

OPENING REPORT 1057-D

This particular case has been a chore to investigate from start to finish.

Relevant details rely far too strongly on speculation for my liking, but I find myself lacking any alternative source of information at this time.

Perhaps Dresden would be willing to fill in the blanks further once a reliable relationship can be cultivated.

In any case, Dresden’s employer in this particular matter was Gordon Booth, director of Gotham’s Colonial History Museum. The museum had been grappling with a spate of destructive acts that caused immense damage to numerous priceless exhibits. Dresden was likely hired to discover the cause of the incidents and protect the museum collection from further damage.

Regrettably, I was far too busy to concern myself with the case in question; stopping Bane and Penguin from escalating their gang war took ultimate priority.

To facilitate Dresden’s ability to pursue the case, Booth pulled a few strings and entrusted Dresden with a special clearance to Gotham University’s Wayne Library. Discreet inquiries revealed that such access is traditionally only granted to tenured professors or similarly accomplished academics.

Booth must’ve been desperate to allow a relative unknown such privileged access to irreplaceable historical records.

When Dresden visited the Wayne Library, Barbara recognized him while in civilian guise, but was unable to investigate further without attracting undue attention.

Later inspection of his access card swipes indicate that he spent time in the restricted archives, with a focus on colonial history.

Given later revelations, this area of study makes far more sense in hindsight.

At some point, Dresden made contact with Mortimer Cullen, a disgraced academic at the Gotham Historical Society; an enclave of learned scholars and other intelligentsia. Presumably, this was to gather further information related to the case.

I attempted to read some of Cullen’s early works as a primer to better understand his academic style and preferences, and found it intriguing. From what I could gather, he flits from topic to topic with little pattern; the only consistent factor being his eccentric manner of writing and critical diatribes about academic laziness.

His work was certainly interesting, but definitely outside-the-box for traditional academia.

Put bluntly, Cullen is either a crackpot or a genius. His interactions with Dresden seem innocent, but should still be scrutinized for any signs of foul play.
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>>5423636
>Since there'll be quite a bit of downtime, time for a little Q&A. How are you liking the vacation so far?

After all the shit with venesuela and the SS, this is the best thing ever. Is like ours first cases as Jonah, before everyone and their mother jump at us.
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>>5423708

Another lead presented itself well after the fact; transcripts from the Gotham Historical Society phone line indicate that an unknown caller contacted Cullen and set up a meet at the Colonial History Museum. Linguistic analysis and a degree of deduction strongly indicate that this caller was Dresden.

The events that took place inside of the Colonial History Museum remain inscrutable, with only one source of information readily available; within a treatise co-written by Cullen and Dresden known as Logerquist’s Lament. Within it, Cullen identifies a number of historical misconceptions regarding the original founder of Gotham and paints the aforementioned Logerquist as a tragic figure whose spirit was responsible for the vandalism. The second half of the book is dedicated to retelling Dresden’s investigation of the matter, and the methods by which he was able to profile, calm, and peacefully exorcise Logerquist’s ghostly form.

Interestingly, the treatise was published open-source, with a post-script from Cullen that “spreading the truth and dispelling myth is payment enough for any learned man.”

The literary connection, while unexpected, is a welcome insight into an otherwise enigmatic mind and could paint a better picture of Dresden’s abilities.

It’s also an enjoyable read. The grammar leaves much to be desired, but the provided evidence is well-structured and the investigatory play-by-play reveals a sharp, detail-oriented mind. One thing is certain, Dresden’s ability to chase a lead should not be underestimated.

To further facilitate the chances of improving relations, I have mandated Logerquist’s Lament as required reading for any persons assigned to recruiting Dresden into the JLA.

(That means you, Barbara. I know that you’re reading this.)

EXITING REPORT 1057-D
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(Still working on the next phase of the report, I'll hopefully get it done tonight)
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>>5423712
>>5423708
>>5423707
>>5423705
I love it.

>(That means you, Barbara. I know that you’re reading this.)

Kek. Is worring worthy that Batman seem to think that Babs is interesed in Jonah?
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>>5423705
>>5423707
>>5423708
>>5423712
Contact with the Justice League is practically assured, Batman recognizes that we're actually capable, and Barbara is interested with Jonah Thema as well

Ooh, our PI identity is going to have a few things comin'. Great interlude so far acis
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>>5423720
Honestly I love the fact that Batman is just typing in the dossier "Yeah it was pretty fun to read." for absolutely no benefit to anyone only because he's being honest to the computer. It's a completely pointless thing to add but it shows that he's human and does actually enjoy stuff. It's great.
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>>5423712
Should we get a jonah thema house as a front?
Im not sure how the justice league recruits people but i don't know if gentleman ghost mansion would come off well
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>>5423753
We have a safehouse, maybe we can do it again. Or just lets go Dresden and live in a basement
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>>5423712

OPENING REPORT 1223-E

As is the custom with events involving Dresden, reliable details are frustratingly few and far between.

His client remains unconfirmed in this instance, but it is likely related to a local politician or political entity with the capital necessary to pay his fee.

Dresden doesn’t strike me as the kind of man who works cheaply.

This focal point of this case is the Slaughter Swamp State park in Somerset county, where there had been an alarming spike in missing persons cases.

Within two month period, disappearances peaked at about four individuals a week. Local police and wildlife teams had attempted to investigate, but made little to no progress and occasionally vanished as well.

Shortly before Dresden’s intervention, five teens (Merle Bauer, Jennifer Santos, Karl Daniels, Rosa Schultz, and Kenny Payne) had been reported missing by the local authorities and the rescue search had been officially called off.

It’s reasonable to conclude that Dresden was tasked with recovering the wayward youth and seeing them safely delivered back home. This hypothesis is based on personal deduction, and may not be wholly accurate.

All that is known for sure is that Dresden checked in at the local police station, made a brief detour to the local library to investigate Slaughter Swamp’s violent history, and proceeded to enter the swamp via airboat.

Some hours later, one of the teens (Daniels) pilots that same airboat back into town, with Killer Croc beaten within an inch of his life and secured to the prow like a macabre figurehead.

Daniels was able to point the authorities in the right direction of the other missing teens, and credited Dresden directly with saving his life and defeating Killer Croc. Apparently, Croc has relapsed back into cannibalism again.

Hopefully Arkham will be able to help him with his urges, but that’s a problem for another report.

Interestingly, Dresden once again identified himself using his Jonah Thema alias. Another indicator that Dresden is smart enough to avoid revealing his true identity for any reason. The professional in me appreciates his paranoia, but the detective in me is increasingly irritated at the number of half-clues and muddled hints that his cases require to sift through. (Note to self, edit this section out of the final report; too much opinion, not enough fact.)

Not long after, all four of the remaining teens were discovered and airlifted by a rescue helicopter, with Dresden counted among their number.
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>>5423771

During the ensuing police debrief, each and every one of the teens directly attributed their survival to Dresden’s arrival and bravery in their own way. Even the ones with prior police records and documented issues with authority spoke well of Dresden’s character and skills.

(Note to self, review full interview transcripts at later date. Perhaps their testimony could build the foundations of a more cohesive psychological profile for Dresden.)

Curiously, none of the teens were willing to discuss what happened in Slaughter Swamp beyond the bare minimum of details; that unnamed thugs had disabled their airboat and drove them to take shelter in an old hunting shack.

However, there are little details in each story that doesn’t entirely match up, leading me to believe that they are intentionally suppressing the whole story.

Yes, they are clearly hiding something, but local law enforcement was clearly hesitant to push the issue give their obvious trauma. A reasonable response, and one that I cannot and will not fault them for.

Considering the fact that Slaughter Swamp is the birthplace of Solomon Grundy and Dresden made an effort to investigate local history, it is not outside the realm of possibility that Grundy was involved in some manner. But, why would they attempt to conceal that fact? Were they involved in some way? Did Dresden swear them to silence, or is just simple generosity?

Part of me wishes to question them further, but that’d be inadvisable given the sensitivity of the topic and the fact that things ended as well as they possibly could’ve.

Interestingly, one "Jonah Thema" was appointed shortly afterwards as an investigative appointment to the Somerset County Police Force. It’s a meaningless title, but one that helps lend him an air of credibility.

A cunning move; I know myself that reputation and position can carry great power if properly leveraged.

Regardless of his intentions, if Dresden is capable of successfully winning engagements with Killer Croc and Solomon Grundy in the same night, then he obviously has some kind of advantage that he is taking full advantage. More worryingly, he’s found a way to conceal that advantage from both myself and any other potential observers.

The time is rapidly growing closer for the JLA to make a decision before someone else beats us to the punch. If we’ve noticed his potential, doubtlessly someone else has as well; someone with far worse intentions and plans.

I won’t pretend to trust or even like Dresden, but we should avoid alienating him if at all possible. If he truly is comparable to other “magical” heroes or villains, then learning more about his motivations is critical.

(Barbara, since you’re probably reading this against my explicit wishes, please submit the necessary mission paperwork to the Watchtower. In triplicate.)

CLOSING REPORT 1223-E
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>>5423773

(That's all for tonight folks, hope you enjoyed! We'll pick up with our regularly scheduled program on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST. As always, thanks for reading along!)
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>>5423773
>The time is rapidly growing closer for the JLA to make a decision before someone else beats us to the punch. If we’ve noticed his potential, doubtlessly someone else has as well; someone with far worse intentions and plans.
>(Barbara, since you’re probably reading this against my explicit wishes, please submit the necessary mission paperwork to the Watchtower. In triplicate.)

>Be Sean.
>Enjoy the sun on a Greece beach with the boys.
>Out of nowwhere JL team come down.
>"We can save this, just don't make something stupi-"
>Set rise up.
>"You come too late Aquacuck, Nessie is ours"
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>>5423773
Imagine the scandal if we join the justice league and they discover halfway through our tenure that we're also the guy who clowned on their junior members and fought in venezuela. Batman would have an apoplectic stroke.
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>>5423771
>Dresden doesn’t strike me as the kind of man who works cheaply.
Wait we were getting paid?

>>5423796
>tfw Aquadork has trouble speaking with nessie because she speaks ye olde fishy-saur and his goofy atlantean brain is struggling to comprehend
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>>5423825
>Wait we were getting paid?
we got a nice 100k just for the slaughter swamp case, and some nice police perks on top.
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>>5423825
>tfw Aquadork has trouble speaking with nessie because she speaks ye olde fishy-saur and his goofy atlantean brain is struggling to comprehend

>Superiorsaur bully all new fishes.
>She have done it all her life, is just that no one could listen her.
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>>5423771
>>5423819

If its ever revealed just what we are capable of, are willing to do, and have done we should explain nothing and say this. This would drive Batman crazy. The funny thing is our actions make perfect sense to other magic users since we are essentially the champion of a god of chaos and a practitioner of chaos magic.
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>>5423842
>After that we move our hand to our ear.
>Pic relate.
>Proyect a bit of magic

Batman is gonna to stay awake 24/7 waiting the end of the world.
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>>5423858
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>>5423842
>>5423858
>>5423859
>Batman catches on to our ruse after having a bat aneurysm
>"Activate it. 124748. 284738. 394943."
>Batman goes insane trying make sense out of the random string of numbers

Excellent success!
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>>5423904
>394943
11/10 bro
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>>5423910
Batman is ITT

does it actually mean anything? I typed it out randomly
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>>5423858
Cast a spider and mention some spider god like anansi
Might be enough to give him arachnophobia
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>>5424115
Anansi would definitely get along with Set. That old spider loves a good story, and chaos always makes interesting stories.
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>>5423913
nhentai number. I lol my sides into the shadow realm.

>>5424115
>In other news, Wayne industries spend billions on insecticide developing.



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