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Completed Let's become daemon cops in Unavowed (Finished)

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Darth Roxor, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Jaedar Arcane Patron

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    The demon just wants to help, I don't know why we had to kill it to begin with.

    Just give the daemon some food, will throw the police off our scent.
     
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    Ouch, so death scenes are a thing here. For good or bad the game didn't insult you with a pun for your failure. As for the creature, let him eat. The bodies can't get worse, right?
     
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  3. Reinhardt Arcane

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    :imperialscum:Kill the thing.
     
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    Let him eat, bugger looks like he needs it.
     
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  5. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Let a thin boi eat!
     
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    Let him eat.
     
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  8. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    [​IMG]

    The chosen one has chosen.

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    :codexisfor: Let him feed.

    [​IMG] Yes. It is the most... practical solution.

    [​IMG] Ugh. I'm going to be sick.

    [​IMG] Rise, creature. Eat your fill and begone.

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    awful manners

    [​IMG] Are you finished?

    [​IMG] Please please please be finished.

    [​IMG] Yes. I believe I can make the return journey and survive. Thanks be to you, Jinn-child. Mage. ... Demonspawn. I shan't trouble you again.

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    Byeeeeeeee

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    [​IMG] Thank God. Let's get out of here.

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    [​IMG] Yeah. Eventful.

    [​IMG] We did fine work this night.

    [​IMG] We ALL did.

    [​IMG] Agreed. You showed immense fortitude. Especially for one in your... situation.

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    :codexisfor: That's me, full of fortitude and sexual virility.

    [​IMG] Humor. Good, you will need that. One year has passed since your possession. You are wanted by the police for many violent crimes.

    [​IMG] Yeah, I'm sorry, but your days as a cop are over.

    [​IMG] Indeed. Although you can serve in another way.

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    [​IMG] The demon that infested you? That creature we just defeated? Mere taste of what is out there.

    [​IMG] And they just keep coming. We need manpower. Look, you saw us in action tonight. It's obvious we need all the help we can get.

    [​IMG] Just as it is obvious your old life is gone. But we can help. We can give you a new identity. A new life. A new purpose.

    A new hope!

    [​IMG] Normally there's a vetting process, but you more than proved yourself tonight.

    By putting a copper wire into a puddle? I mean, seriously.

    [​IMG] So... what say you? Will you join us?

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    Yes/Yes please/Of course

    :codexisfor: You guys are obviously hopeless without me.

    [​IMG] Huh. Say that again after my powers recharge.

    [​IMG] None of us are at full strength. Come. We can find suitable sleeping arrangements back at our headquarters.

    [​IMG] Sleeping sounds GREAT. By the way, my name's Eli. This is Mandana.

    [​IMG] Welcome to the Unavowed, my friend. Trust me, your life will never be the same.

    Woooo. Do I get free coke and hookers as part of the Unavowed?

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    Guess not.

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    Place looks like a dump.

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    Codexia wakes up in a trashed up room full of generic trinkets. Not a whole lot to see here except for a photo on the wall.

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    Spooky.

    Leaving the room...

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    Ah, an armoury. Time to loot it.

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    uh wut

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    :hmmm:

    djinn exist

    Still, that won't stop me from looting the place. Like them sweet waffen.

    [​IMG] Please do not disturb those. It took centuries to arrange them just the way I like them.

    :argh:

    The helmet maybe

    [​IMG] That helmet is cursed. Any warrior who dons it would find their head squeezed until it breaks. I would be wary of touching it.

    Codexia is no shieldmaiden so she can pick it up safely tho right.

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    Ooh, bet this will fetch a pretty penny on the black market.

    [​IMG] Do not even consider it.

    Why do you taunt me so with all these hotspots, game? :negative:

    Anyway, let's talk to Mandana. Prepare for much infodump for the remainder of this update.

    Mandana moves with practised precision. There's not a drop of sweat on her.

    [​IMG] You are awake. Did you sleep well?

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    :codexisfor: [Perception] You... just came out of a bottle.

    [​IMG] This astonishes you, after all you experienced? I suppose I should have seen this coming. Introduction to the supernatural can often have... unpredictable effects on the mundane mind. It may take some time for you to process it all.

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    :x Who are you calling mundane?

    [​IMG] Forgive the term. No insult is intended, I assure you. After your actions last night, the word "mundane" hardly applies to you. I think you are going to make this transition just fine.

    but i've already transitioned

    [​IMG] And this is good, because there is so little time to waste. My father Kalash is waiting to speak to you in the room beyond the red drapes. When you are ready, seek him out.

    Kalash-47.

    And more importantly, does the carpet match the red drapes?

    [​IMG] In the meantime, relax and explore the facility. I will be here if you have any questions.

    "Facility", lmao.

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    :codexisfor: Can we talk about the Unavowed?

    [​IMG] Certainly. What is your question?

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    :codexisfor: What does the Unavowed do, exactly?

    [​IMG] We are... peacekeepers. We protect the mundane world from the threats of the supernatural. We help who we can. Destroy ones we must. And recruit those who are willing. With you, I suppose, we did all three.

    "willing"

    :codexisfor: How long has the Unavowed been around?

    [​IMG] As a whole? For thousands of years. But the New York branch is only 400 years old. As long as there is need of us, we will be here.

    :codexisfor: How come I've never heard of you before?

    [​IMG] We do not exactly advertise our presence. We prefer it that way. But the truth is, the last century has seen... a diminishing need for our services. Things have certainly changed.

    :codexisfor: Changed?

    [​IMG] Yes. Supernatural threats have been escalating. It happened so suddenly, we were caught unprepared. We had become complacent. We have not been recruiting. You are the first new recruit in decades. The first of many, we hope.

    :codexisfor: I'd like to ask about something else.

    [​IMG] I will do my best to answer.

    :codexisfor: I have some questions about yourself.

    [​IMG] Me? What do you want to know?

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    :desu: So you are a... genie?

    [​IMG] The term is Jinn. And yes, on my father's side. And no, I do not grant wishes.

    :codexisfor: How long have you been with the Unavowed?

    [​IMG] When was this city founded? 1624? Yes, I was just a child, but it was around that time.

    :codexisfor: You are 400 years old?

    [​IMG] 418. No, 19. My birthday was last month. It is difficult to keep track, but Father always remembers.

    Good looking for a cougar.

    :codexisfor: Can you tell me about Eli?

    [​IMG] Eli is my partner and a dear dear friend. We have saved each other's lives more often than we can count. You and he have much in common. He was once mundane, like yourself. I would recommend asking him about his transition, it might help with your own.

    :codexisfor: About last night...

    [​IMG] Last night, yes. You gave us quite the chase. We know nothing about the demon that was inside you, but it was a wily thing.

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    :codexisfor: I wish I could remember.

    [​IMG] Be grateful that you cannot. It was... taunting us. Dancing just out of our reach. Slaughtering whomever it could. But we got it in the end. Regardless of what happens next, we stopped it. We can all take comfort in that.

    :codexisfor: There's a photo of me in my room. Who put it there?

    [​IMG] I do not know. I am not being facetious, I honestly do not know. This building has housed many agents over the centuries, and they too have been given... gifts. Photographs and portraits of loved ones. Precious possessions long since lost. We do not question it. We merely... accept it. And be thankful for it.

    :codexisfor: I'll leave you to it.

    [​IMG] Thank you.

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    Bandana gets back to slicing the dummy. Let's check this "soot-covered staircase" (tm).

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    hullo

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    boom

    Some photos on the walls are the only things that can be checked.

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    friendly

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    someone's a stalker of Samuel Beckett, I reckon.

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    The womyn's face reminds me of someone from the Blackwell series super-heavily. Actually, not sure if her face isn't based on one of the voice actors.

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    Sum brats.

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    Eli the wage slave.

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    [​IMG] Don't surprise a Fire Mage like that! Bad idea. Anyway, hi. You settling in okay?

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    :codexisfor: [Perception] You are throwing FIRE!

    [​IMG] You noticed! Yeah, I like to do it in my spare time. Keeps me sharp. But seriously, it took me a while to get used to this stuff. It's not going to happen for you overnight. But you'll get there. Faster than you think. Anyway, I'm sure you want to walk around. I'll be here if you have any questions.

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    :codexisfor: Could I ask you a few questions first?

    [​IMG] I don't see why not.

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    :codexisfor: can we talk about the Unavowed?

    [​IMG] I know a little bit about that. What do you wanna know?

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    :codexisfor: What does the Unavowed do?

    [​IMG] Well, we're sort of... supernatural police? I guess you can relate to that, being a cop and all. Sometimes there's a threat that only we can handle, and we go handle it. Well, I say "sometimes" but lately it's been a lot more than that.

    :codexisfor: How long has the Unavowed been around?

    [​IMG] Gosh. A really long time? Sorry, if you're looking for a history lesson, Mandana or Kalash are the ones to ask. As far as I'm concerned, we do good work, and that's all that matters.

    :codexisfor: How come I've never heard of you goys before?

    [​IMG] You know, I wondered the same thing when I first joined. I mean, we're careful. We use veils. I don't throw fire around Times Square or anything. But the real secret? Nobody NOTICES us. It's kind of uncanny. Mundanes go through crazy mental tricks to pretend we're not there.

    :generic urban fantasy conventions:

    :codexisfor: More threats? How much is "a lot more"?

    [​IMG] Let me put it this way. There are 732% more threats than there used to be. Give or take point five. A year ago, we'd usually be called out once a month, if at all. Now it's almost every day. And me and Mandana? We are the only ones dealing with it. Until now, anyway.

    :codexisfor: I'm curious about yourself.

    [​IMG] I guess if we're gonna work together, we should know each other. Ask away.

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    :codexisfor: How long have you been with the Unavowed?

    [​IMG] Since the Nixon administration. I'm, uhm, older than I look.

    :codexisfor: Just how old are you?

    [​IMG] If you must know, I'm 92. It's the magic, it keeps me young. No surgery required.

    :codexisfor: You're 92? Really?

    [​IMG] Yeah, it is... it's what it is, okay? I'm a Mage. We live long lives, end of story.

    :codexisfor: Why do you live down here?

    [​IMG] Why do you think? Fire Mage here. I can easily burn this place to the ground if I'm not careful. I needed a place to practice, and a room insulated with stone was the obvious choice. Besides, I don't feel the cold, so it's quite cozy down here.

    :desu: So you're a... wizard?

    [​IMG] Ooh, never use the term "wizard". It's a social faux pas or something.

    :thumbsup:

    [​IMG] I'm a Mage. With a capital "M". The capital is also important. At least... that's what the books tell me. I've never actually met another Mage to find out.

    :codexisfor: Doesn't that fire... hurt?

    [​IMG] Nope. Kind of tingles, but that's it. It's kinda like playing with light. At least when it touches my flesh. Clothes, though? I can burn 'em clear off and won't even notice. Took about a decade and a dozen indecent exposure arrests before I managed to make my clothes fireproof.

    :codexisfor: Mandana told me you used to be mundane? Like me?

    Mundana.

    [​IMG] Someone's been telling tales out of school huh? I used to have a pretty... normal life. Then one day I set my office on fire. With my mind. Then stuff happened and Mandana found me. She brought me here. The rest is, well, history.

    :codexisfor: "Stuff happened"?

    [​IMG] Yep.

    :codexisfor: What kind of "stuff" happened?

    [​IMG] I've bared my soul enough for one day. I barely even know you. Let's... talk about something else.

    :codexisfor: About last night...

    [​IMG] You had time to process it? I know I have. To be honest, I'm just glad the exorcism worked. It took four days of concentration to prepare that spell. I gave it everything I had.

    :codexisfor: Four days?!

    [​IMG] Well, yeah. When you deal with demons, you don't leave anything to chance. Not to mention LIGHTNING. If I hadn't prepared, I could have fried you. Not to mention ME.

    [​IMG] I just wish I hadn't summoned that... thing. I know the creature was technically blameless, but I'm still not sure we made the right call. Still, I suppose it's too late now.

    TYRANNY OF CHOICES!

    :codexisfor: Could I ask you about some of the pictures on your walls?

    [​IMG] Look, I really wanted to get some practice in. Maybe next time?

    :codexisfor: A photo appeared on my wall. Do you know how it got there?

    [​IMG] Heh, you too, huh? Wasn't long after I joined up that my first photo appeared. Scared the hell outta me. It's something to do with this building. It... wants you to remember who you are. Who you were.

    Sure is... a lotta ellipses... in this game.

    [​IMG] Don't think about it too hard. I've been here fifty years and I still don't know how it work.

    See you around, Eli.

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    Going back up, and then right into... THE STUDY!

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    Impossiburu! The carpet DOES match the drapes!

    We can check two things here, including a ship in a bottle above the door.

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    PIRACY IS WRONG!

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    And what looks like a family picture above the sofa.

    RACE MIXING IS WRONG!

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    harro

    [​IMG] Oh, you're the new one, aren't you?

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    :codexisfor: [Perception] You're blue.

    DA BA DEE DA BA DAI

    [​IMG] [Intelligence] No. I am Kalash. I am a Jinn of the Ancient Kingdom, and I run this branch of the Unavowed.

    Original Ancient Kingdom, do not steal.

    [​IMG] And you? You were possessed. How'd you let that happen?

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    :codexisfor: You think I wanted to be possessed?

    [​IMG] You picked up that book, didn't you? Exercised that precious free will of yours? Yes. As I thought. Hmph. In my day, even a newborn babe had wits enough to leave books of demonic evil ALONE! Mundanes today. Don't know they're born. The world has gotten soft, needs toughening up. How tough are you, new girl?

    wow this guy is very offensive

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    :whiteknight: I'm a cop. I'm trained to put my life on the line if I have to.

    [​IMG] I've read your service record. Adequate, but not exemplary. No, no, you have yet to explore your true crucible, but it will come. Oh yes. It will come.

    ITZ COMING

    [​IMG] At any rate, we have much to discuss and much to do. Settle in, talk to the others. Get the lay of the land. I will call our meeting when you're ready.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Can we talk about the Unavowed?

    [​IMG] I might know a thing or two about that.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: What does the Unavowed do?

    [​IMG] We're the wall against the darkness. The protectors of the mundane world. We might not be what we once were, but we are here. And that is all that matters.

    :codexisfor: How long has the Unavowed been around?

    [​IMG] Nobody knows for sure. Not even I. But this branch is exactly 393 years old. I know because I founded it.

    :codexisfor: How come I've never heard of the Unavowed before?

    [​IMG] Hmph, that's gratitude for you. Used to be, you mundanes would beg us for help if a cat looked at you funny. But yes, I won't deny it. Supernatural threats became fewer and further between over the last century. There was little reason for mundanes to think of us at all. But things have changed.

    blablabla

    :codexisfor: You founded this place?

    [​IMG] Yes. This city was becoming a force to be reckoned with, with the supernatural forces to match. There was important work to be done. I volunteered, and here I am still.

    :codexisfor: I'd like to ask you about some people we know.

    [​IMG] I do not indulge in idle gossip. If you want to know of someone, ask them.

    :codexisfor: About last night...

    [​IMG] Not now. My opinion will be given during the meeting, rest assured.

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    Well, might as well do it since I've already mined everyone for info.

    :bunkertime: Call the meeting.

    [​IMG] Indeed. The time for waiting is past.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Yes. I admit she doesn't look like much, but we'll see what this life makes of her.

    [​IMG] We were all neophytes once, Kalash.

    [​IMG] Most of us, Mage Beckett. Most of us.

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    :codexisfor: I'm right here, you know.

    [​IMG] I am aware of that. I have read the reports on your last mission. Mage Beckett. Is it true you summoned a void creature?

    [​IMG] Yes. By accident, I swear.

    [​IMG] Irrelevant. Magic is unpredictable. I understand this. What I don't understand is why you let it feed on human corpses! What will the mundane authorities think when they find toothmarks on the victims, hm?

    [​IMG] The creature was both a danger and an innocent. We reached a compromise. That is all.

    [​IMG] WE'LL be the ones compromised if the two of you aren't more careful.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Don't you mean the "three of you"?

    [​IMG] Ahem. Yes, force of habit.

    [​IMG] Father, regardless of our choices, the void creature is gone. We have a more pressing concern.

    [​IMG] Yes. You let the demon escape. Your mission was a failure.

    *fail horn*

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    :codexisfor: They saved me. I wouldn't call that a failure.

    You'll fit right in, Codexia!

    [​IMG] Saving you was... a side objective. Nothing more.

    [​IMG] Saving people isn't a side objective, sir.

    [​IMG] And how many might now die because you let the demon escape?

    [​IMG] ... I was so close. I had it contained... but it was stronger than I expected.

    [​IMG] ... I see. This is becoming... distressingly commonplace.

    [​IMG] Nevertheless, Eli speaks the truth. We underestimated the threat.

    [​IMG] Then that will have to be sufficient. And now to the next item at hand. Your next mission.

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    :happytrollboy: All right, my first mission.

    [​IMG] You are correct. In more ways than you can imagine. I have detected void activity in the East Village. Somewhere close to Astor Place. You are to travel there, determine the cause of the disturbance and neutralize it.

    [​IMG]

    :terminate: What do you mean by "neutralize"?

    [​IMG] It means do whatever it takes.

    [​IMG] Are you sure she's ready to go out into the field so soon?

    [​IMG] These are dangerous times. Dark forces are coming, we don't have the time for additional training.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] If she isn't able to handle it immediately, we might as well kill her now. Trial by fire, sink or swim, do or die. You want to prove yourself to the Unavowed, new girl? Now is your chance. Meeting adjourned!

    How ominous.

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    He turns into a mist.

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    And vanishes in his lamp. Coward.

    [​IMG] Well, I guess that settles that.

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    :codexisfor: So who's in charge?

    [​IMG] None of us.

    [​IMG] Yeah, we're a team. Try not to forget that. Anyway, we're ready when you are.

    [​IMG] I have not been to the Village in a long time. I am eager to see it again.

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    Nothing left to do but gtfo.

    but actually

    with all these tardos here, I can now loot the armoury in peace [​IMG]

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    or not :negative:

    [​IMG] Yeah, the subways are super slow this time of night.

    That's it for today. Next time, we shall embark on our FIRST QUEST!




    also fucking hell this was a lot of typing i'll need to contain it somehow in the future

     
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  9. Jaedar Arcane Patron

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    I think the real proof was doing our willpower save on seeing a daemon without even flinching. That's real potential to become an acolyte.
    Or, Indeed, any training at all. I am beginning to understand why these guys have trouble expanding beyond 3 people.
     
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  10. Reinhardt Arcane

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    Considering they send untrained recruit to battle and risk the only available operatives i wonder how they still have any people.
     
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  11. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Also, you'd think not having recruits in "decades" wouldn't be that much of a big deal if Eli the magus is ~forever young~ while Bandana is 400.
     
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  12. lightbane Arcane

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    Because the supernatural experts cannot choose for us.

    Worse: The thing didn't even fully ate the bodies. Useless! At least unlike the previous encounter this didn't turn out to be a... *sunglasses* dead end *yeah!!*


    One would think they would consider asking for help and send reinforcements from the other branches, but clearly their work code forbids that.

    Yep, it should have looked more impressive than a mere 2/3 story-tall building, or at least use magic to make the insides bigger.

    It's a good thing that SJWs don't play adventure games, because that line would have triggered a shitstorm for sure, considering what happened with that inane nu-Doom 2 trailer.


    The boss is unhelpful, cheapskate and grumpy. Some things never change.

    A group of two people is barely a team. And you went with that for decades, wtf? What happens when one of the two gets sick?

    It is when their manpower is THAT small. Granted, I know it's an excuse to have the player do stuff immediately, but the writing could be better.

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    I don't remember Teal'c looking that awesome. Which episode is that from?
     
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  13. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    S10E6
     
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  14. Storyfag Arcane

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    Whait, wha? What did nu-Doom do?
     
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  15. lightbane Arcane

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    I guess you weren't paying attention to the Doom Eternal thread, which I can understand, as it's filled with Bethesduh apologists.
    Anyway, here's the thing:

    https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2018/...-calling-it-gross-and-anti-immigration/66299/

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    The comments about the demons, however, are made by a blue hologram that looks very similar to Cortana from Halo. Throughout the demonstration she mentions a number of comments that SJWs construed as “anti-SJW”, such as…

    These comments from the UAC hologram are used as a reverse propaganda tool to keep humans from being terrified of the demon invasion.

    Social Justice Warriors took offense to this, claiming that it was racist, anti-immigration, and a “gross”, “anti-SJW” “dog whistle”.



    Yep, sheeple got to that point. There was that webcomic whose name escapes me now that predicted this kind of reaction for the game, BUT, as a joke... Guess reality is worse than fiction, as the saying goes.
     
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  17. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Hm. This actually looks bretty gud.
    Except for some backgrounds I've seen on steam page.
     
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  20. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    [​IMG]

    There is no time to be lost, so let's head out to the subway.

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    [​IMG]

    We're in the pipe, five by five.

    Eli is engrossed in a book, while Mandana is counting the cracks in the subway floor.

    [​IMG] Looks like the K train is down. Again.

    [​IMG] Eli, the K train was discontinued in 1988.

    [​IMG] Was it? I could swear I took it to the Museum of Natural History not too long ago.

    [​IMG] You did. In 1986.

    :D

    Anyway, there's nothing to do in the subway except for listening to the banter.

    [​IMG]

    So off we go to Astor Place.

    [​IMG]

    Pff, not even a fancy map of NY, just pick from dialogue and arrive :rpgcodex:

    [​IMG]

    What a dump.

    [​IMG] Hm, still raining.

    [​IMG] At least there's nothing here waiting to kill us.

    [​IMG] Well, the night is young.

    There's nothing to actually do in this place. No idea what's the point of it apart from leading you out of the metro.

    [​IMG]

    Going down the street we find some ruined building.

    [​IMG]

    Codexia turns away from the people, being an introvert.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: There's a cop there. I'm a wanted criminal.

    [​IMG] So there is. But you have nothing to fear from him. Not with the veil in place.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Veil? What veil?

    [​IMG] Yeah, it became active when you signed up with us. It just disguises your identity. Anyone looking at you sees slightly different features.

    Neat. Wonder if you can use it to disguise shitposting.

    [​IMG] You are not the first new recruit to arrive with... complications in the mundane world. The veil prevents awkwardness all around.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Great. Wouldn't want things to be more awkward than they are.

    [​IMG] Oh, you have no idea how awkward things can really get.

    [​IMG] Indeed. The veil is not a shield. The veil only works on mundanes. Supernatural beings and the void-touched can see through it easily. But that law enforcement officer? He will pose no threat.

    Void-touched sounds baed.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Let's go. Unless there's something else you forgot to tell me?

    [​IMG] No, there's nothing else.

    [​IMG] Let us continue, shall we?

    Indeed.

    Looking around, Codexia remembers that she's only been on a few arson cases. They've never been pretty.

    As for the cop, it's been a long time since you were in uniform. This officer wears it well, despite the rain.

    Doesn't sound like Franco Morino.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Rough night to be out.

    [​IMG] Yeah, you could say that. Wouldn't be here if I had the choice, believe me.

    :codexisfor: What happened here?

    [​IMG] Who wants to know?

    [​IMG]

    :brodex: I'm a fellow cop, like you. You're midtown-south precinct, right? I recognize the badge number prefix.

    [​IMG] Hm. Maybe you are, maybe you aren't. It's been in the news, but I don't blame you if you don't read that stuff. I'll tell you one thing. You see a lot of bad people in this line of work. But it takes a special kind of nasty to torch a homeless shelter.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: This was a homeless shelter?

    [​IMG] Yeah. A neighbourhood full of corporate chains, and they attack THIS place.

    [​IMG] Was anyone hurt?

    [​IMG] A few people killed. A lot of people with second and third degree burns.

    [​IMG] That is... horrible.

    [​IMG] I won't argue with that. I was here when the rescue team arrived. They were carted off to Beth Israel Hospital, but the people here? They don't exactly have medical insurance.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Are you sure it was arson?

    [​IMG] That's how we're treating it. Until we know otherwise, we're treating it like a crime scene. Which means stay back.

    :codexisfor: I'd better get going.

    [​IMG] I don't blame you. See you.

    Nothing more to do here. We advance further east.

    [​IMG]

    Into this place.

    [​IMG] Hey, are you alright? You look a little...

    [​IMG]

    :evilcodex: I FEEL THE WARP OVERTAKING ME

    [​IMG]

    :evilcodex: IT IS A GOOD PAIN

    [​IMG]

    ruh-roh

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    :martini: I'm taking you out of the cold. That's all you need to know.

    I'll do whatever you want. Just... help me. Please.

    [​IMG]

    :martini: Just do as you're told and all will be well.


    [​IMG]

    back to relative normal

    [​IMG] I... did.

    [​IMG] Neuromorphic projection! I've read the theories, but never thought... I think she's coming out of it.

    [​IMG] Are you all right?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: What just happened?

    [​IMG] You blacked out. Just for a minute, but...

    [​IMG] You had a vision. We saw it as well.

    [​IMG] A vision from your past. Well, your demon's past, technically. This area must have kickstarted your brain into remembering. There was some psychic spillover. We could see it too.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: You goys can read my mind?

    [​IMG] Oh lord, no. Pure audio/visual output only.

    The "/" in that dialogue kind of triggers me.

    [​IMG] This building the demon entered. It used to house the Village Eye.

    [​IMG] The newspaper? Didn't it go out of business a few years ago?

    Some might recognise the Village Eye from the Blackwell series. It was the newspaper that Rosa worked at before hooking up with Joey. Guess it didn't fare very well after her departure.

    [​IMG] Indeed it did. What was your demon-self doing here?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Starting up a newsletter for demons?

    [​IMG] I strongly doubt that.

    [​IMG] Yeah, everything's digital these days. Right, enough jabbering, let's go.

    Let's.

    [​IMG]

    Going inside might be tricky since the door is Safely Secured (tm).

    [​IMG]

    Fortunately, comrade protip (whom I forgot to immortalise in pix) tells us to employ the skillz of our party members.

    [​IMG]

    Mandana has high lockpicking.

    [​IMG] It is done. Be aware that if law enforcement questions me, I am compelled to tell the truth.

    Go go go.

    [​IMG]

    @_@

    [​IMG] Looks like people were squatting here. Half a dozen at least. Wasn't there a homeless shelter around the corner? Why live here?

    [​IMG]

    I'm sure Zordon will have all the answers to our questions.

    I'd definitely prefer to have power rangers in my party over these fools.

    [​IMG]

    [perception]

    [​IMG] So this room either belonged to a cult leader or a prisoner.

    That's not important. What's important is that there are finally some drawers to rifle through.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Informative... I guess?

    The other drawer in that desk has a working fuse (they always do).

    [​IMG]

    There's also this thing here, which at first I thought was just a table with pitch-black darkness below it. But it's actually a cabinet, with a scrap of paper...!

    [​IMG]

    Does ANYONE actually keep these kind of password memos that you always find in vidya? Especially if whatever it is that stands for the heart is just a name, so who'd have trouble remembering it?

    Still, knowing the password is useless when we can't access the computor in this room. And we can't access it cuz there's no power!

    Leaving the room...

    [​IMG]

    @_@

    [​IMG]

    The polkageist vanishes down the stairs.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Was that a...

    [​IMG] Do not be alarmed. That was just a lost spirit, what would you call a ghost. They are harmless.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Harmless?

    [​IMG] Yeah, they can't exactly DO anything, can they?

    [​IMG] They have no physical form. We cannot interact with them, nor they with us. It is best to leave them be.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Can't you exorcise it or something, Eli?

    [​IMG] Er, maybe? If I had four days to prepare? And even then, a human spirit is no demon. A human ghost requires a more... delicate touch.

    [​IMG] Death is part of the mundane world. We do not get involved. Let us move forward.

    It is natural to die.

    Seems there might be something of interest in the basement.

    [​IMG]

    Or well...

    [​IMG] Are you hurt?

    [​IMG] No, I'm fine. I tripped over... I have NO idea. I can't see a damn thing.

    [​IMG]

    Fiat lux.

    [​IMG]

    or not :negative:

    [​IMG] Come ON.

    [​IMG] Is there a problem?

    [​IMG] The darkness. It's... fighting the light.

    [​IMG] It always does.

    ba-dum-dish

    [​IMG] I'm being literal! Whatever's down here, it's interfering with my magic.

    Fortunately, Eli's flammor at least uncovered a convenient fusebox on the wall. And since we have a convenient fuse...

    [​IMG]

    Yehi or.

    [​IMG] Color me gobsmacked.

    I wouldn't know the appropriate color.

    [​IMG] It's a forest.

    [​IMG] A forest in a basement.

    Don't be ridiculous, it's just some shrubs.

    [​IMG] Well, that explains why my fire is so weak down here. Probably a natural defence mechanism for... whatever this is.

    Looking around, Codexia spots that the tree stump grows out of solid concrete. Its surface is covered in... is that blood?

    There's also a blanket covered with moss and lichen under it.

    [​IMG]

    Dramatic closeup.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG] Well. THIS just got a lot more complicated.

    [​IMG] Male. Early-to-mid sixties, I believe. The cause of death is... difficult to determine.

    [​IMG] He's got VINES growing out of him.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Look. There are wounds along his neck.

    [​IMG] You are correct. Blade wounds. They are difficult to see with all this... growth in the way. You have a good eye.

    [​IMG] [perception] So this guy was murdered. By a person.

    Or a phantom scimitar.

    [​IMG] It appears so.

    :codexisfor: He's covered in moss.

    [​IMG] Yes. This room has quite an... abundance of forest life. Your vision, you were familiar with this building. Whatever happened here, you were involved. Or at least your demon-self was.

    [​IMG] You don't remember anything? No other visions spring to mind?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: No, I don't remember anything.

    [​IMG] Well, it was worth a shot.

    [​IMG] No doubt your demon covered its tracks well before leaving your mind.

    [​IMG] So who is he?

    [​IMG] He has no distinguishing marks. He carries no identification. Whoever this is, it remains a mystery [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Suddenly, the ghost appears again.

    :codexisfor: Is this body yours?

    [​IMG] It is a lost spirit. It cannot communicate.

    [​IMG] Are you SURE about that?

    [​IMG] It does appear... agitated. Let us leave it be.

    Yeah, talking to that bloke is pointless, since we get no response.

    However, with the power back on...

    [​IMG]

    We can finally access this shit.

    [​IMG]

    Creative.

    [​IMG]

    Ffffuuuu...

    Well, I mean there's only one possible option.

    [​IMG]

    doesn't werk :negative:

    [​IMG]

    We leave the Village Eye, as there's nothing left for us to get there.

    Next update, we shall enter... Tompkins Square Park!

     
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  21. Storyfag Arcane

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    Oi, Roxor! Did you try the four-letter-word as password?
     
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    I keep password memos both at home and at work for passwords that are rarely used (less than once a week). But not the login password.
     
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  23. Ninjerk Arcane

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    I get a strong Mage/Vampire vibe from this.

    I'm also waiting for Eli to tell us the leads are weak.
     
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  24. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    dupa?
     
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