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In Progress [LP CYOA] Tower

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Huh. Our journey through an early 20-th century hospital will be narrated by an actual medical professional.

    Neat.

    Best of luck with work and life, bro.
     
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  2. Azira Arcane Patron

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    You don't know that. Do you know how many people work at a hospital that are NOT medical professionals?
    Too damn many is how many.

    Anyhow, he could be a patient, or visiting a patient for all you know.

    Or an attourney looking for quick profit sueing someone for damages. Or the janitor.
    Anyone who's watched Scrubs knows the janitor is cool.
     
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  3. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Maybe he's the vampire?
     
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  4. Egosphere Magister

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    illegal organ trade, calling it now
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Too tame.

    H O B O R I D E R
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, what's the forecast for November looking like?
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Forecast doesn't look pretty, to be honest, but I'll still be trying to get something out in the next few days. Covid-19 is quite the problem.
     
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  8. ItsChon Resident Zoomer Patron

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    Hopefully we will all get a little Christmas miracle.
     
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  9. skaraher Arbiter

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    Amazing, I didn't go to this part of the codex for one year and there is a 150 pages new treave CYOA. Keep up the good work son. :salute:
     
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  10. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Merry Christmas treave, take care of yourself.
     
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  11. hello friend Arcane

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  13. hello friend Arcane

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    TREAVE
     
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  14. treave Arcane Patron

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    :despair:
     
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  15. Kalarion Arcane Patron

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    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
     
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  16. Azira Arcane Patron

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    He lives!! :hero:
     
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  17. hello friend Arcane

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  18. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    guys no, that emoticon is his actual current status
     
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  20. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I'm just stoked that he's alive.
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    Saint Joan Hospital (I)


    Elizabeth sleeps - it is all she does lately, spending more time in slumber than awake. You tidy up the fallen petals, dutifully replenishing the vase at her bedside with a fresh supply of flowers. It has been nearly two years since you started working at the hospital. You have spent some time improving your knowledge of alchemy and arithmetic, but there has been no progress with Elizabeth's mystery illness. As she continues to waste away, all you can do is to be here by her side.

    The medicines of man cannot resolve her illness. But you already know that, don't you?

    You ignore the Hound, mildly irritated by the smugness in its voice.

    "Done!" exclaims Rain happily as she wrings out her mop, having helped you clean the ward. She's grown fast; the girl that was once a baby is now a fast and precocious child. It won't be long before you have to consider her future too. You would like her to receive a proper education, something you had barely been able to enjoy.

    "Kid, you there?" A senior orderly pops his head into the room, looking for you. "Dr. Müller wants some assistance at the amphitheater. You might want to get to it quickly."

    You nod without a word, and tell Rain to stay here with Elizabeth. Grabbing your gloves, you head out into the crowded, noisy corridors of the hospital.


    ***


    "The secrets of death lie not in the heart, but in the brain. That I shall illustrate in greater detail, as my assistant removes the top of the skull."

    The portly bearded man's pompous voice resonates around the amphitheater, where nearly a hundred fresh-faced medical students are present for his lecture. This is Doctor Gustav Müller, one of the top physicians of the hospital, and renowned for his work on the brain. Arrogant yet brilliant, a man whose personality leaves much to be desired. Still, that is none of your business. You are just here to do your job. Quietly following his orders, you make an incision with a scalpel around the top of the corpse's head. Peeling back the scalp and exposing the bone, you then use a small handsaw to cut into the skull. The grinding of metal against bone causes some of the students to flinch, though Muller continues his lecture unperturbed.

    "Past the membrane, we find the mundane matter of the brain. Mundane it may be, but this is the seat of the soul, not the heart as most olden cultures speculated. In fact, Astra research in recent years appears to have proven Descartes correct, for the pineal gland of Astra users has demonstrated enlargement-"

    "Such drivel! Oh, just listen to yourself!"

    Müller stops, and so do you. One of the students had just spoken out loudly, sneering at Muller's exposition. It was a gaunt, pale young man of around twenty, with neatly groomed hair and thick, black spectacles perched on his nose.

    "The pineal gland? The soul? What baloney. While the pineal gland is known to be associated with Astra abilities, the projections of the neurons within suggest that the true soul lie elsewhere, Herr Müller!"

    "Balo... what did you just say?" splutters Müller, his whiskered cheeks turning red in anger. "I suggest you hit the books, young man, and gain a firm understanding of the fundamentals of neurology before questioning the knowledge of your betters! This class appears to be beyond your level!"

    "There is nothing you could teach that would be on my level, Doctor Müller," sneers the young man full of disdain. "This lecture of yours has made that evident."

    Standing up, he marches out of the amphitheatre, leaving behind an apoplectic Müller and a stunned audience. At that time, you had no idea that you would encounter the young man again shortly after.


    ***


    You had the night-shift today, and after putting Rain to bed in the orderlies break room - she had become quite a favourite of the nurses in the hospital so you had little to worry about leaving her with them - you began patrolling the deserted corridors. In the wee hours of the morning, even the patients were asleep... though Elizabeth was more likely to be awake at such nocturnal times than any other time of the day, if she was even awake at all.

    As your patrol carries you towards Elizabeth's ward, you spot the student from Dr. Muller's lecture standing outside her door. He seems to be muttering something to himself.

    What an unguarded man. You could do it, you know. Creep up behind him, and twist his head off. It would be exceedingly simple.

    For some reason, the Hound chooses to whisper in your ear at this very moment, though you ignore it as you usually do.


    ***


    A. You call out to him and ask him what he is doing here. You aren't about to allow him to freely enter Elizabeth's ward at this time of the night.

    B. You sneak up behind him and subdue him by force - despite being an adult who is taller and older than you, he looks far frailer.

    C. You wait and watch to see what he does. What he's doing is not technically against any of the hospital rules, being a medical student at this place.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    A. Creeper alert!

    Doctor van Helsing, is that you?
     
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  24. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    while it's tempting to practice stealthy takedowns and i'm prone to do that at random times just for shits and giggles, it would be unfit of this glorious continuation

    let's observe, grabbing a handy bludgeon in the meantime (some are bound to be around)
     
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