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922379 No. 922379 ID: 66629a

It's a funny thing living out on the frontier, you can get lost in so many ways, whether it be physically, mentally, looking for gold, or even just lost in the atrocity that humans can cause, you can always find a reason.

After all, many come out here, just to get lost.
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No. 942507 ID: ed041d
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942507

You ask further about the loss of his job and whether or not this was permanent.

"I was working on a new human automaton project, something meant to better fit into small spaces and shoot accurately but apparently the higher ups didn't like that. Said something about... "stepping too far into Mr. Jonah's territory" or some nonsense like that. So I lost my job, my only prototype is here in town at my place, just missing a few parts."

That sounds helpful, you bring up how lucky he was not to be shot.

"Huh? What?"

You realize that maybe Jonah Industries doesn't shoot everyone they deal with.
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No. 942518 ID: 9876c4

Define 'a few parts'.

We might be willing to be a benefactor, and provide a field test besides. But you could be putting your rehirability at risk.

Nothing illegal, but danger is likely.
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No. 942750 ID: 997f7c

Ask him what parts he needs. If we make a posse, it would be dope for it to be full automaton.
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No. 943246 ID: ed041d
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943246

You ask what Alfred needs, sounds like another automaton on hand would be helpful.

"Most of the parts are cheap thanks to the automaton industry the company built, however what I need is a Union Grade photonic receptor array."

He means a camera eye, often found in Peacemakers and other security and military type automatons.

"Get me one of those and I can make it work with the machine man easily."

Question is where you would find it, and not risk getting a arm torn off.
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No. 943265 ID: 9876c4

Seems like the kind of thing they might send to silence a loose end like us.

This guy seems pretty smart, but I don't know about his Alertness.
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No. 943676 ID: ed041d
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943676

You ask Alfred where you'd even find those cameras hypothetically.

"Well there's a big shipment of parts from Jonah HQ out East coming in today, if one were to sneak on the train and grab a crate of spare Peacemaker parts, that'd be more than enough really."

Sounds like trouble.

Do you wish to continue with this or talk to the others around?
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No. 943678 ID: 9876c4

If someone else wishes to be the voice of reason, do so.

I will never vote against a train wobbery.
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No. 943744 ID: b1b4f3

Well it's either that or try to take down the peacemaker bruiser and salvage an eye off it.
...wait, what about one of your own eyes? Do you need both?
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No. 944105 ID: ed041d
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944105

>>943744

What kind of question is that? Of course you need both eyes, how else do you gauge distances from objects? Depth Perception is a very useful thing to have.

That and you only got so many spare parts for your eyes left.

You certain you want to do the train heist?
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No. 944195 ID: 9876c4

Again, I can't in good conscience vote against it.
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No. 944832 ID: ed041d
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944832

You agree to help Alfred and he marks where he's currently staying on your map of Oakwood.
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No. 944833 ID: ed041d
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944833

Since you are going on a train heist, you'll need to scout out the location and see what's up. You head to the train station and find yourself a nice hill to observe the location.
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No. 944834 ID: ed041d
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944834

The train is currently inactive and doesn't seem to have any guards, it seems too easy, especially with it being a Jonah Industries train.

Either they're getting ready to get moving, or they're confident.

What do you want to do? What do you plan to do?
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No. 944873 ID: 9876c4

...or It's a trap.

Let's do this quiet, and try not to shoot anyone. Inspect the area, see if there's some hay or coal you can set on fire.

Then sneak in and nick what you came for.

I don't know if a disthread would get more responses, but it probably wouldn't hurt? Who doesn't like robot cowboys, anyway?
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No. 944875 ID: b1b4f3

Usually a train heist happens when it's moving on the track. Can't put guards outside a moving train after all...

Unfortunately the train is already here. Also we don't know which car the cameras are in. Got a telescope? Zoom lens in your eyes maybe? We gotta gather some data from a distance, see where the guards are and what cars are likely to carry the goods.
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No. 945474 ID: ed041d
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945474

You move in closer to find out what's going on, when you hear a mechanical clicking. A Peacemaker?

Over the ridge you find... a green skinned man? You duck behind the hill to avoid being spotted, seems this fellow is making ticks and whirrs as he unloads the train.

Did Jonah Industries make a new form of Automaton?
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No. 945553 ID: 9876c4

...Probably?
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No. 945557 ID: b1b4f3

Can you tell what's being loaded?
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No. 945575 ID: e51896

Try and see what is being loaded
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No. 946132 ID: ed041d
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946132

You decide to use your fancy mechanical vision to peer closer at the crates being loaded into the train car as best you can, and in the green man's hands is a small crate labelled "Optics".

Seems this is what you're looking for, would make sense they keep spare parts for the Peacekeepers on the train.

You also get the sense that these Green guys aren't the same kind of sturdy or strong that the Peacemakers get. You could probably break one.

If played right, you can avoid alerting the train before you're even long gone.

Do you have a plan of attack to grab a crate of optics?
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No. 946133 ID: b1b4f3

Alright, gunfire will alert the train. Try bludgeoning the bot with your gun?
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No. 946135 ID: 9876c4

I still say start a fire or topple some crates.
Everyone'll tend to the problem, and you can snatch as needed.
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No. 946140 ID: 43b17e

Bludgeon this fool with the shotgun, in a totally sneaky way
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No. 946272 ID: ed041d
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946272

>The Vote is to clobber the automaton with your shotgun

You proceed to do so and it goes down, doesn't even grunt or react, it says nothing and goes down.

This thing is kind of creeping you out.
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No. 946273 ID: ed041d
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946273

Thinking quickly you grab the optics crate and proceed to book it out of there, if you're lucky the thing ain't too bright.
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No. 946274 ID: ed041d
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946274

>From the station to Oakwood
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No. 946275 ID: ed041d
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946275

To Alfred's location
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No. 946276 ID: ed041d
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946276

You enter the building and see what appears to be the automaton project sitting on a table, already dressed up, you admit that the single optic look is creeping you out a bit.

"Ah! You're here! You got the optics?"

You confirm and ask what else there is to do.

"Well currently, nothing, it'll take me a minute to properly install the optic with the custom lense but the automaton shouldn't take too long."

Swell, ya ask if you can ask him some questions.

"Oh of course! Idle chitchat with the town's own automaton is something at lot of us at Jonah wanted to do. I can answer anything!"

Your first is what the bot's name is.

"Uhm... huh... Well shoot I didn't think that far."

Figures.

"Care to help?"

>What do you want to name the automaton?
>Do you have any pressing questions about the events, Jonah Industries, or anything else?
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No. 946279 ID: ed041d

Official Thread Discussion up here: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/131079.html
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No. 946282 ID: 0fae41

Willy.
What did the engineers at Jonah want to ask?
What was that new model you saw at the station?
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No. 946302 ID: 9876c4

Let's call him Gregory, after them there watchers of men.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watcher_(angel)

Ask about the new mech, and if he fancies a stay at the farmstead.
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No. 946825 ID: ed041d
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946825

> You suggest either Gregory or Willy

"Not bad names, I'll give them some thought."

> You bring up what the Engineers wanted to know

"They wanted to know how exactly you work, and what makes you so different from the others. A automata such as you with such a advanced automatic intelligence in its difference engine is a very rare sight."

> You ask about the new Automaton you saw at the train.

"Oh the Johns? Yeah they are servant models, meant to carry heavy loads at a rate better than humans, they are a prototype design and meant to be more inviting looking. Personally I find them creepy."

> You ask if you could keep his bot at the farm.

"Well, possibly. You seem pretty helpful to me about getting this so I presume you want my creation for something. What are you doing?"

> Should you tell him or ask some more questions first?
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No. 946870 ID: 9876c4

We just committed a technical crime, so yeah, let's hang out.

Enemy's enemy, and all that.
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No. 946879 ID: e7c7d3

Go ahead and tell him.
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No. 947246 ID: ed041d
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947246

You admit to Alfred that you're technically in trouble with Jonah Industries and you need a extra hand, you're building a posse and you need protection.

"AND YOU'RE JUST TELLING ME THIS NOW?!"

Yeah you're not proud, but you admit that you need help. Sleep cycle is a bitch to deal with.

"What reason do I have to trust you about this?"

That's not a bad point, you've technically inducted him into the trouble, what guarantee does he have to trust you at all? What can you offer in exchange for him helping you?
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No. 947254 ID: 9876c4

>>947246
Well, yes.
Before, you didn't know us at all. Now you know we're a stand up guy who takes risks and helps people.

We can't make him want to help back- that's on him.
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No. 947256 ID: 33056f

For one, you know too much now, and you're more use to me alive than dead. Anything else is just icing on the cake, really. Don't you want to know what the higher ups are doing with your tech?
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No. 947700 ID: ed041d
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947700

You tell him that you didn't know if you could trust him at the time, and that he had no reason to trust you. You wisely leave out the bit about him being of use to you and ask if he wants to know what the Higher Ups at JI are doing with his work.

Alfred thinks about it as a small whistling hum comes from the automaton, it's eye piece now glowing and staring at you.

"Ah, seems William is awake," Alfred notes.

Do you have anything you want to ask or tell the new automaton?
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No. 947710 ID: 9876c4

Give him the simplified data points, see what he thinks of the situation. It's his life too.

Also greet him and welcome to this strange world.
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No. 948475 ID: ed041d
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948475

>>947710

You inform William of what is going on, and tell him about your posse idea.

There's a slight pause and a hiss before a raspy voice comes from the automaton.

"I will help. I am a sharpshooter design. Where do you want me?"

Not a lot of personality here.
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No. 948478 ID: 9876c4

Watchtower if you got one. Windmill if you don't.
But maybe someone else has a better idea?
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No. 948485 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah sharpshooter needs a good vantage point, but even a second story window would work there. Or the roof.
But like, I'm not sure we should just sit at home and wait for them to come. Why not do more active investigations?
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No. 948516 ID: 9876c4

>>948485
That's technically the sheriff's job, and he don't like us much.
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No. 948959 ID: ed041d
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948959

You agree that taking William home to act as a watch on top of your workshop is a good idea, you thank Alfred for the Automaton and tell him to keep a low profile. You may need his help later.

> Snakeye and William, head home.
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No. 948960 ID: ed041d
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948960

You get to your farmstead with little issue, and admit even if William's effectively just a phonautograph compared to you, it's actually nice to have the farmstead feel less empty now.

You have William head up to the top of the workshop and hand him your single action for now. Buying a new gun will have to come later.

For now you take your new parts from Mensah at the auto store and open the workshop's big door. The smell of oil hits your olfactory sensors, and under the tarp lays your project. Almost done.

You just need a name for this thing.
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No. 948962 ID: 9876c4

Gotta know what it is before I try naming it
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No. 949017 ID: b1b4f3

Looks like a motorcycle.
Let's name it Dark Horse.
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No. 949777 ID: ed041d
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949777

>>948962
Well that's what you want to know, what to call this thing you've made.

>>949017
A "Motor cycle" huh? It is much like a motorized bicycle that the people out East have. You figured that you'd need transportation and the horses don't very much like you, so why not build a steel horse?

Motor Cycle may work as a name.

Was busy last week and got a bit stuck on how to update the quest, but we're back.
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No. 949788 ID: 2202fb

>>949777
Wait, lets call these types of things motorcycles in case you ever make more or something. Lets call this specific one Dark Horse.
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No. 949847 ID: 9876c4

Looks like a Cyclopede to me.

But this one is yours, so it needs a snakey name like the Badlands Rattler
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