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Cloud is Dead (Final Fantasy VII CYOA)

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by Random, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Kipeci Magister

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  2. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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  3. Random Arcane Patron

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    Coin landed on tails, which is D. Either way, we're moving on.

    Changing Times Part VI

    You realize you're mumbling something incoherent, stumble back into the wall, and slump down, the edges of your vision darkening. You're so dizzy you can't get back up.

    The next thing you know, the searing agony of the sun's rays is boring into your skull even with your eyes shut, so you roll over and pull your sheets up around your head and just groan in wracked agony. You're so uncomfortable, somehow you're still wearing all your clothes which is the worst feeling in the world but you don't feel like you have the strength in your limbs to untangle yourself from the mass of fabric on you. It feels so awful that your scalp is threatening to split open and your aching brains climb out, flip the switch for the sink's garbage disposal, and throw themselves down into sweet blissful death.

    Unfortunately, that didn't happen. So you drag your ass out of bed and shut the blinds, buying yourself enough time to crawl into the kitchen and chug about a liter of water out of a jug in your fridge of purified water (because the tap stuff is disgusting). You also eat some week-old cold pizza, and already feel a little better. The sun is still your very antithesis, but as long as you continue to dwell in the sweet embrace of darkness, you think you can function well enough.

    You check your PHS for calls, messages, and emails. You find nothing of note except a message from Tom, which you briefly glance at and scan, and the first thing you see is, "...my man, you are golden! We gotta get you back on those television sets, imagine the..." before you just trash the message and feel vaguely tempted to trash the phone entirely on top of that. But you bet he'd just find your number again regardless.

    So it seems you have the day off. Though the prior night is hazy, you can murkily recall being at a bar, and... a nice, round butt wrapped tightly by sweet blue denim. Wait, but who's? This is gonna bother you all day. Whatever. Knowing your luck with women, you probably struck out anyways.

    Since you're still on paid leave, you can spend the next week however you please. You really want to spend it relaxing and getting in some of that vacation you were deprived of, but you guess you could spend the majority of your time working out to build some muscle, even if it would be a bummer. You could call up your old drill sergeant and see if he'd be willing to be your coach for that. He was a grumpy old bastard, but he knew his stuff and could also probably give you some lessons on fieldcraft, general survival techniques, stuff like that, and hand-to-hand combat.

    On the other hand, you've been slacking on your studies. ShinRa officers of the Public Safety Department are not required, but heavily recommended, to study monsterology. You did buy a three volume set of a common monster encyclopedia, and if you set aside some serious reading time you could probably read it all start to finish in the week. You could also mix it up with some general academics with an online course or two while you're at it. It's not a bad idea to sharpen your mind, since ShinRa officers can take special written exams, and if they pass with only one or no mistakes, they get a bonus to their paygrade and a commendation for it.

    On the hypothetical mutant third arm's hand, screw that, you earned this vacation like ten times over by now. You're tired of being tired. You could feel so much better if you just slowed down for a while, caught up on sleep, cooked some real meals, did some fulfilling exercise, watched some TV, read some magazines, went to the park, drove around the city, played some games on your state-of-the-art 32-bit ShinRa Playsaucer (your academy graduation gift from your parents), and hit some bars in the Slums just to socialize with someone who isn't working for ShinRa for once. You would also like to maybe try to break your bad-luck streak with girls. Something like that.

    What do you do?

    A) Enjoy a hero's rest (+Pristine Condition, ++Charm, +Bluff, +Computer Use, ++Drug Use, +Athletics, ++Streetwise, +Observation, ++Cooking, +Driving, +Animal Handling)
    B) There ain't no rest for the wicked (+Strength, ++Athletics, +Discipline, ++Fieldcraft, +Hand to Hand)
    C) Money don't grow on trees (+Intelligence, ++ Monsterology, ++Academics, + Medicine, +Chemistry)
    D) Any alternative way of spending the week (+ means it may improve, or at least tally up towards the next level)

    Character Sheet
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    Name: Marcus "Steelwall" Westford
    Class: Ranger
    Level: 2
    Profession: Major of the ShinRa Co. Peacekeeping Corps, Department of Public Safety, Military Police Division
    Age: 23
    Dominant Inner Nature: None
    Health: [Pristine - Fine - Poor - Severe - Critical - Dead]
    Status: Hungover

    Characteristics:
    Strength 4 Agility 8
    Tenacity 6 Intelligence 7

    Skills:
    Discipline Lvl. 3
    Marksmanship Lvl. 2, Athletics Lvl. 2, Bluff Lvl. 2
    Hand-to-Hand Lvl. 1, Fieldcraft Lvl. 1, Stealth Lvl. 1, Academics Lvl. 1, Observation Lvl. 1, Electronics Lvl. 1, Computer Use Lvl. 1

    Perks:
    Tough Guy ("Love the suck." The penalty for all mundane negative status effects is reduced by 1)

    Inventory: Civilian casual clothes, Shinra Employee ID Card, Pocket Knife, Portable Handheld System, Wallet w/ 14,670 Gil, Note from Janice, Tom's business card (blood-stained)
    Gear:
     
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  4. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Random, would we have passed out no matter what we did? :lol: I told you guys we should have had some beer.
     
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  5. Dayyālu Arcane

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    DISCIPLINE, THIS IS HOW THEY GET YOU.

    I'm still somewhat intrigued by our bodyguard, I have a thing for domineering women that abuse poor protagonists. I fault System Shock 2 for that. But we do deserve some R&R.

    A then C

    Two extras: GET A GODDAMN CARRY LICENSE FOR SOMETHING BETTER THAN A FUCKING KNIFE and more info on our Guardian Angel.
     
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  6. Random Arcane Patron

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    There would have been a Drug Use roll to not pass out, fairly difficult but not impossible to pass thanks to good Tenacity and Tough Guy. Choice D just forewent the roll. FYI, it is totally acceptable to intentionally fail rolls if a failure is a more desirable outcome than success. You may find that failed rolls can be just as effective as successful rolls in terms of achieving what you want.
     
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  7. Kalin Arcane Zionist Agent

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  8. a bear named spigot Arcane

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    just as I had intuited, choice D was a way to unlock our latent talent (damn I just discovered a new palindrome) for instant transmission. now whenever we need to get somewhere quick we just drink a bottle of expensive brandy until we pass out and we will wake up at our desired destination.
     
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  9. Kipeci Magister

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    C

    I’m a big fan of money, wouldn’t it be nice to afford that steak more regularly? We usually end up trying to use Marcus’s brain to figure a way out of our problems anyway, so I think boosting intelligence would be a good way to go. Skill in medicine doesn’t hurt, either.
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Marcus has a point. A, let's be a mentally balanced person.
     
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  11. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
  12. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Fucking sigged.

    And B.

    We had a spiritual rennaisance back there, people. Let's get STRONGER!!
     
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  13. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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  14. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire
    B>A

    B makes us a better soldier across the board. Marcus went on about that a while ago. A rounds us out pretty well. Hell, even C would be ok with me.
     
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  15. Azira Arcane Patron

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    A
     
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  16. Random Arcane Patron

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    A and B are neck and neck, who will cast the deciding vote?
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hold up. That chick mugged us.

    Here's our wallet from last night:
    Here's our wallet now:
    Unless this is a typo.
     
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  18. a bear named spigot Arcane

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    B

    there's only one thing that has proven lethal so far, and that's taking a single story fall like a chump. we need the athletics required to jump a railing and land one, nay, three floors down with absolute aplomb and the discipline to shake off the pain and keep running away.
     
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  19. Random Arcane Patron

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    No, that's just the standard fast travel fee. Those silt striders don't feed themselves.
    Show Spoiler
    ;)
     
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  20. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    THAT ASS DEMANDS SLAPPING NOW
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    We should probably make sure that it was her that mugged us (you never know, she might have just ditched us on the street), then we should try to get our money back through legal channels. However, I think that we won't see that 5,000 gil ever again.

    On the bright side, we now know that she is not trustworthy at all. I, for one, will not make the mistake of relaxing around her again. For 5,000 gil, that is a cheap lesson.
     
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  22. baud Cipher Patron

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    I totally missed the update and the vote for reasons of puking my guts out, so here's my choice: C (don't want to add a tie if Random has started on the update)

    edit: The puking was totaly non-alcohlic-related, just caught some bad virus that put me 36 hours in bed
     
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  23. Random Arcane Patron

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    PSA: REMOVE DECEMBER remove December you are worst month. you are the December idiot you are the December smell. return to January. to our January cousins you may come our contry.
     
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  24. MoistCloister Savant

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    Cool, in that case: A
     
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  25. Kalin Arcane Zionist Agent

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    A-fags are gaining over B-bros. SAD!

    Also I bet SOLDIER waifu is horribly scarred and/or mutated.

    Why else would she cover her body?

    I'm always rite about these things.
     
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