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[LP CYOA] Spiral

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    In this case Maeda is lost, deal with it.
    She can only blame herself for jumping from that roof and entering the mansion like an idiot, if you want to blame the players it's everyone who voted to go picking vegetables instead of following Nami, from then on she couldn't be saved.
     
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  2. Nevill Arcane

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    Is she? Maidens are not 'dead'-dead.

    Blame, blame everywhere.

    We could have got her out of the mansion. That was the point of coming here. The other choices may have made it more difficult, but the one that made it impossible is plain for everyone to see.

    I am tiring of this discussion. Do as you wish, it is already hard for me to care too much about this LP. If we bump into a wrong end again before the situation improves, I'll be voting for tying things up. Never was a fan of desecrating corpses.
     
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  3. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    :M
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    Again, bitterness, not blame.

    You are reacting defensively because you feel guilty about it. :M
     
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  5. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    At best she will become like Ei, devouring souls to continue to exist.
     
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  6. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    Nope, true I would kick myself for not realizing in time what was happening and for making stupid choices, as others did, but that is my self esteem as an intelligent player taking a nosedive.
    Truth be told I care about Maeda because Shinoseki cares about her and because I don't want to condemn people to hell if they don't deserve it, but personally I can't satnd her and her bitchy attitude.
    Feel dumb for some choice I made in some case, totally, feeling guilty for Maeda, sorry, not much.
     
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  7. Nevill Arcane

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    Ei does not require souls to continue to exist. They make her more powerful - and that has more to do with the fact that she is an occult book - but until now she never ate anyone on her own. Neither did Seika, to my knowledge.

    There is this whole Witch-Maiden switcheroo that results in mass murders and the nature of which I do not understand, but it does not have anything in common with feeding or continued existence, as far as I can see.
     
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  8. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    Maybe the whole book thingie is a reference to the Akasha, 'pensioned' maidens are probably 'archived' in that way.
     
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  9. oscar Tacticular Staff

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    Uhhhhhh

    B
     
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  10. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    Pefect tie.:M
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    It does?
     
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  12. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    All three options activate at once.

    Chaos theory ending.
     
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  13. Kipeci Magister

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    I guess... let's be a team player with B? As much fun as slaughtering everyone for Allah would be, I don't think that's the intention of this and I'm trying really hard to restrain the r00fles right now.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    That's what I'm getting out of this. Unless it's the other way around and it's the ritual that is interacting with the computer.
    Or the ritual doesn't actually exist.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    I'm not sure what computer you're talking about and why you think it has such powers in the first place.
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Isn't that what kicked the whole thing off? First, Seiji works on his own project and then Taketatsu is uploading the updated version onto the supercomputer? Or did this start right before he could do it?
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    There's a hint as to what's going on in the latest update, but the computer was never the most important part. Taketatsu doesn't really know what he's doing after all. Juuzo, and maybe Seiji and Seika, were probably the only ones involved who can even begin to understand the experiment's true nature.

    Final tally:

    A - 3
    B - 4
    C - 3

    Choosing a more humane way to off the guy unlocked this update, which was actually a choice to rescue the consequences of the previous decision.
     
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  18. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Like Legend's Demon, huh?
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yes, but a lot fairer.
     
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  20. treave Arcane Patron

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    The Girl Who Watches

    You clamber awkwardly over the debris, trying to make your way past the pile of concrete and unwanted furniture, rotting from years of neglect. The air is thick with dust, and even though beams of sunlight pass through the gaps in the ceiling, and the cracks in the walls, it is dim enough that the place unnerves you. As you slide down the other side, your shorts are caught on a nail and you cry out, trying to free yourself. “W-wait up, Na-chan! I’m stuck!”

    “You’re slow, Sei-chan!” complains the pig-tailed girl. Even though she says that, she marches back to your side. Kneeling down, she begins fiddling carefully with your shorts. You blush slightly when the back of her hand brushes against your thigh, and you turn your face away, not knowing why your heart is pounding. “There, you’re free!” she sighs. “You’re such a klutz, Sei-chan. What would you do without me?”

    “I’m not strong like you, Na-chan,” you mutter, looking down in embarrassment.

    “W-well…” She scratches her cheek awkwardly. “Don’t say that. You’re a boy, aren’t you? You will grow up to be stronger than me.”

    “I don’t know.”

    “You will,” she repeats confidently, and grabs your hand in hers. “So I’ll protect you until you grow up. Then when we are both adults, you can protect me, alright?”

    “O-Ok,” you nod, noticing that her face might be as red as yours. Though it could be a trick of the sunlight.

    The two of you continue your exploration of the hospital, hand-in-hand. This place once belonged to her grand-uncle, or so she had said. Something bad happened here and it closed down, but she had claimed that those were all made up stories. The truth was something else. When you asked what the truth was, she shook her head, saying that her parents didn’t tell her.

    “Why are we here again?” you ask, walking down the deserted stairs. “We’re not supposed to be here…”

    “For the fairy, of course! Don’t you know the legend?”

    “Legend?”

    “Yeah, your grandfather told me about it. There’s a fairy in here that can let you see the people in heaven!”

    You are not very sure about what she is saying. “Like… ghosts?”

    “I don’t believe in ghosts,” she sniffs haughtily. “This is different… like… the souls of our loved ones.”

    Seeing the dead. If it was possible… no. You banish the thought from your mind. “I see. So there is someone you want to see, Na-chan?”

    “No, I don’t.” She shakes her head, smiling. “But I thought that you would. You want to meet Madoka-san again, don’t you?”

    “I… I don’t.”

    “You can’t hide anything from me, Sei-chan!” You get a chop on the head for your lie. Then, she says, in an uncharacteristically gentle tone, “You cry in your sleep, did you know that, Sei-chan?”

    “I don’t… I don’t cry!” you deny hotly.

    “Yes, yes, you don’t,” she giggles mischievously. “Come on, let’s go.”

    Finally, in the depths of the abandoned hospital, the two of you find a strange room. It is circular, not square, and there are a lot of strange things inside. Strange words, carved into the walls. Weird, sharp instruments lining the shelves, with functions that you would strongly prefer not to understand. Entranced by the discovery, she lets go of your hand and begins wandering around the room.

    “Na-chan, this place is.. it isn’t right,” you say, shivering. Somehow, even though it is the height of summer, you feel remarkably cold.

    “Just hold on a second, Sei-chan. Maybe there’s something here that will call out the fairy…”

    You look around nervously and tentatively take another step forward… and you see a man in white who had not been there before, standing by the metal table in the center of the room. He is wearing a fox mask, like the sort you used to see at festivals, when your mother brought you there. Somehow, you get the impression that underneath the mask, the man is smiling. Then, a powerful thought blankets everything else in your mind, a premonition as loud as thunder.

    She is in danger.

    The room – and the ground under your feet – trembles. Is it an earthquake? The shelves begin to sway and wobble. And fall. “Na-chan!” you cry out. Running forward with all your might, faster and harder than you have ever pushed yourself, you leap with your hands outstretched. Pushing her out of the way. Something falls on top of you, crushing you. And everything goes black.

    When you come to, every nerve in your body seems to be screaming out in pain. You can barely breathe, let alone speak. You see her kneeling over you, tears and snot streaming down her face. “I’m sorry! I’m so sorry!” she apologizes over and over again. “I shouldn’t have let go of your hand! It’s all my fault! Fairy-san, if you are here, listen to me… I’ll do anything, so please just save Sei-chan!”

    “Na-chan” you say weakly, managing to force some words out.

    “Sei… Sei-chan! Don’t say anything more! I’ll… I’ll get you out of here.” She tugs at your arms, but only manages to pull you a short distance before stopping. “Wait, that’s right, I should… I should stop the bleeding first… what did they teach me to do…” she mutters in a panic. Your eyes close against your will, and you drift off into the blackness again.

    When you come to, you are somewhere else in the hospital. The light flowing in from the broken windows is now a pale red. The sun is setting. She is carrying you on her back, struggling with every step. Feeling you stir, she stops. “Sei-chan. Are you awake?” she says, breathing heavily.

    “Na-chan… put me down…”

    “No!” she says fiercely, starting to move again. She is unsteady on her feet – glancing down, you see a bandage over her ankle, soaked in red. It looks like you didn’t manage to save her completely after all. You are useless. “It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have brought you here… shouldn’t have let go of your hand. I’ll save you, Sei-chan. I’ll save you, so don’t give up!”

    Your consciousness is already ebbing once more. It’s not her fault. You try to find a way to tell her that.

    “Don’t worry… it’s going to be okay, Na-chan...”

    “Shinoseki-san? Shinoseki-san? Are you with us?”

    You blink, and nod at the investigator sitting across from you. “Yes, I’m here.” You had blanked out for a second there. There is a faint trace of some strange, discordant memory lingering in your mind, but it is washed away swiftly by the waves of real childhood memories. Whatever you thought you remembered, just for an instant… yes, it was probably just a fantasy. As a child, you had played more with imaginary friends than real friends, after all.

    “Shinoseki Adachi-san, twenty two years of age. Unemployed,” says the investigator. “You visited the hospital to get some cold medicine. Is that correct?”

    You nod. “That is right, sir. Just to get some cold medicine.”

    “And you got involved in that. A nasty piece of business, isn’t it?” he sighs in commiseration. Pinching the bridge of his nose, he sighs again, louder this time. “Well, the worst part is that all those deaths wouldn’t be as nasty as the media frenzy that I’m going to have to handle after this. A crazy homeless man trying to bring about the end of the world by murdering good citizens… yeah, they’re going to pounce on this story hard.”

    You agree wholeheartedly. “Oh, I understand. I hate attention, Inspector Mori.”

    “Of course you do,” he laughs. “But do yourself a favour, kid. Don’t let this scare you from going out more in the future. Get some sun. It’s not good to stay at home all the time. You made it out of that nightmare alive and saved us all… so save yourself, and don’t waste the rest of your life.”

    He dismisses you with a respectful salute. Smiling and returning the salute, you gather your coat and leave the room. The others are waiting for you outside: when they see you, they wave cheerfully. What a strange, motley crew. Tokigawa and Okuyama, the university lovebirds. Amanozaki, the psychic. Kayano, the kind office lady. Taketatsu, one of the richest young men in the country. Sakaki, the famed occult author. Sawada, the celebrity actor, greets you with a wide smile. “Here you are, Shinoseki-san. Uehara, Sakimura and Mitsuki-chan have already snuck out the backdoor to book the karaoke room. It’s gonna be fun, all twelve of us hanging out, and not in some locked down hospital!”

    Smile. You keep your smile on your face. “I’m sorry, Sawada-san. I don’t think I’ll be able to come.”

    “Why, worried about the paparazzi? Don’t worry, I know how to handle them. They won’t find us, if that’s what you’re concerned about,” he grins confidently.

    “That’s not it,” you say. “I’m just feeling a little… tired. Another time, alright?” That is right. Keep on smiling. Let’s not trouble them.

    Sawada and the others are quite disappointed that you are unable to come along. “If you say so… another time, then. You have my number, right?”

    You nod. “Yeah, I do.”

    Saying your goodbyes, you part from your fellow survivors and make your way home.

    Tokyo is as crowded as ever. It takes you three hours just to make it to your one-room apartment out in the suburbs. Though you had half expected to find camera-men staking out your place, there is no one in sight. Perhaps they haven’t tracked you down yet. That’s good. You wouldn’t be able to tolerate the media attention. You climb the rickety stairs, open the weathered door, and finally, return to your threadbare room, containing nothing but the bare necessities you need to live: a futon, a computer, a cupboard of instant ramen, and a shelf of manga.

    You close the door behind you. You walk to the computer, sit down, and turn it on. Ah, it doesn’t work. Even after closing the door, turning on the computer, and browsing all those threads you have missed out on, she is still here.

    Standing behind you, watching. Always watching, with those gentle but sorrowful eyes devoid of reproach.

    She was there on the bus and on the train.

    She was there in the police station and in the interrogation room.

    She was there at the hospital, at the start of the killings, for some inexplicable reason throwing herself between you and the murderer. For some inexplicable reason, smiling.

    “I did it. At last… after so long… It’s going to be okay,” she had whispered. “I protected you... so now you can protect them.”

    You did, but they never knew that their saviour had been saved first, himself, by some strange girl. Her last words meant nothing to you, but for some reason they resonated with your heart. Even though they were just - as far as you knew - the random babblings of a dying stranger.

    And yet, even after her death, she still watches you. Why won’t she leave? You wonder if she is the personification of your guilt. That would make sense. You wonder if you did anything wrong. If you had not tried hard enough. Perhaps no one would have had to die at all, if you had been strong enough.

    “I’m not strong,” you mutter, looking down at the floor.

    For someone weak like you… this room is all you are ever going to need in life. You don't think that you deserve anything more.

    A place to sleep.

    Food to eat.

    The constant buzzing of the ever-changing internet.

    And the girl who watches you, the girl only you can see.




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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So, is this the definite end? Because I have one very important question:
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yep.

    A - You see Yukina. You're still in the Sakaguchi mansion, where you left off.
    B - Hey gaiz we beat the serial killer, we won! Team work FTW! VICTOLY!!!!!
    C - You don't trust what you are being shown. Tear it all down. Kill 'em all.
     
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  23. Nevill Arcane

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    Excellent. An end well-deserved by the Codex.

    I don't think I had the heart to continue anyway. One can only be disappointed so many times.
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I'll keep my questions list short:
    What happened with the whole ritual scenario?
    Who and/or what is Shinoseki Adachi? How come only he can see the girl?
    What/who is the girl?
    Why Adachi blaming himself for all of this?
    I r dum and need an explanation.
     
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  25. treave Arcane Patron

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    Well, the labyrinth has many exits. You found one of them. :lol:

    Shinoseki Adachi is Shinoseki Adachi, 22 years old, unemployed NEET.

    Is the girl a ghost? A figment of his imagination? Who knows.

    What or who is she? Well, Shinoseki doesn't know, and will probably never know.

    Why is he blaming himself? Survivor's guilt compounded by the feeling that he knows the girl from somewhere, but logic and his memories are assuring him that they have never met before. Interacting with other people healthily only magnifies the feeling, so it's better to just live aimlessly, shitpost on 2ch and whack off to futa porn.
     
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