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948757 No. 948757 ID: 8fb3ba

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No. 950757 ID: b1b4f3

I mean if you don't want to keep the book you may as well hand it over.
No. 950762 ID: 8fb3ba
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>may as well hand it over.
Jaclyn takes the wood carving book and sort of holds it toward the corpse.
?????: hHaAHh?...tHERe iiTt iIISS!...wWhaT?...oH anGEla, wE wOn'T hAVe tO WoRRy aBOut AnyThhing. If tTheY gGet tOo rOWdy tHe GuARd wILl hANdle ThE proBLEem...tTrust mMeeE, wWe DOn't nNeeEd tTo GoOo aAnYwhEree...

The book is gone, Jaclyn didn't drop it, it just disappeared into thin air...Something creeps out from the corpse's body...a note?

You were right, Things haven't been getting better. Those savages took over the local prayer house and now all of the statues of our Golden Lady are gone, replaced with weird black onyx inhumane figures. It's awful, in the dead of night on my way back home one of them threw a bottle at me, probably because I was wearing my necklace. It's not safe for me to be here, I'll join you in The Steppe soon if you aren't still mad at me.

No. 950763 ID: 248dbd

Wait, was that flesh abomination the guard. Are things about to attack this place? Do we need to set up a defensive perimeter?

Also sounds like the local church is going to be a hell hole so at least we got a heads up there.
No. 950766 ID: b1b4f3

Looks like an old note about stuff that happened a long time ago.
Ask Archie where the necklace went. Maybe we can get that before burning down the house? If you want to be real stylish you could leave the gas on too. Explosions!!!
No. 950783 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Wait, was that flesh abomination the guard?
JACLYN: Nah, that doesn't make any sense. This note's about stuff that's happened in the past.

>Ask Archie where the necklace went.
Archie seems unresponsive, the whispers have stopped too. All's quiet in the house.
No. 950784 ID: 977456

Are those bands in the door anything? Do you feel up to checking the stuff in the closet now that the hanger is passive? If you can get the stick then you could use it to hook out the rest. Do a once-over of the room for loose bricks. If people were hiding symbols then "behind the loose brick" is a traditional spot.
No. 950792 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Are those bands in the door anything?
JACLYN: They're keeping the door held together...

>Do you feel up to checking the stuff in the closet now that the hanger is passive?
JACLYN: It's still covered in bloody flesh clumps and writhing maggots. That hoe and bag of manure is not worth stepping in there.

>Do a once-over of the room for loose bricks.
Jaclyn checks the whole basement over
JACLYN: Nothing.
No. 950797 ID: 2aa5f0

huh, guess this place is clear for now. So unless you want to fortify this place a little to act as a safe house for the night I guess it's time to move on and hope the next place we find isn't as much of a hell hole.
No. 950805 ID: 91ee5f

Head upstairs where there’s more light, then check the broken radio you picked up earlier. There might be something hidden in it.
No. 950817 ID: b1b4f3

Let's go search the scarecrow in the cage room.
No. 950819 ID: 8d4593

Anything inside the boiler?
No. 950821 ID: 56076d

That was... odd and disturbing. But helpful to your quest! Sounds like the farmer and his wife had a disagreement, and she decided to leave the area before things got worse. Smart lady.

So now we know some kind of religious order or cult took over the town - or at least this part of it. Sounds like it might be related to the corruption and madness that took over the place.

>Onyx figurines
Might be something to keep an eye out for - and a few feet away from.

>The Steppe
The Steppe sounds like a hiding or safe spot somewhere around here. Perhaps it's someplace you can locate if you look for it. If people skeptical of falling under the sway of the cult gathered there, there might be more clues, even if there aren't survivors.

>Wot Next
I think you've emptied out the house for the most part. You could tinker with the radio to see if you can make it work, or if anything's scavengable from it.

There's also still the barn to search and you could check up on the water tower. Other than that, searching for the Steppe or heading further into the city might be good moves.

Farmhouse is... probably not the best place, considering how the corruption's taken around here.
No. 950878 ID: ce39da

If you've swiped everything of value and the barn is a decent ways off (enough to not likely catch fire itself), torch the house. If there's nothing left to be gained, then incinerating the remaining taint is the first step to reclaiming the land. If the barn is close enough to be at risk, then hold off on it for now and check that first.

Oh, and take the note so you have something to give the wife if she's still alive out in those "steppes."

Actually, come to think of it, did we ever properly search that tub? Might want to dump that out and see if that's where the necklace is. (Not having all that fluid clumped in a container will also more easily assure that no trace of the corruption escapes the flames.)
No. 950928 ID: 8fb3ba
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>The Steppe sounds like a hiding or safe spot somewhere around here.
JACLYN: Nope, It's outside of Solrg completely. She didn't just leave the area, she left the whole damn city, and she was smart for doin' it.

>Anything inside the boiler?
JACLYN: Nothin'

>Head upstairs where there’s more light, then check the broken radio you picked up earlier. There might be something hidden in it.
JACLYN: It's got batteries...but they don't look like they got much charge left in 'em.

>Let's go search the scarecrow in the cage room.
JACLYN: Nothing on it but stitched up untanned bloody hides and furs.

>Incinerating the remaining taint is the first step to reclaiming the land.
JACLYN: No amount of fire'll help clean this hell hole, and certainly not from one person. Solrg is huge, and unless I can carpet bomb the whole thing it'll stay tainted.
No. 950929 ID: 8d4593

I-Is that a candle behind the scarecrow stand?
Might as well grab it.

Shall we check the barn, now?
No. 950930 ID: 91ee5f

Where the fuck is the monster corpse?! Don’t tell me that thing is moving around again!
No. 950931 ID: b1b4f3

Check inside the couch cushions?
No. 950935 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Where the fuck is the monster corpse?!
JACLYN: I was trying to ignore it

>I-Is that a candle behind the scarecrow stand? Might as well grab it.
JACLYN: Sure, could be helpful

>Shall we check the barn, now?
JACLYN: I think I've had enough of this place, doubt I'll get what I need from skulking around this dump all day.
No. 950936 ID: 8fb3ba
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Jaclyn gathers everything that could be flammable and dumps it in the basement room. She lights a torch and chucks it in the pile before quickly making her exit. The smell is downright putrid, but Jaclyn feels the slightest bit of ease knowing that what was in there is gone.

No. 950937 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Check Barn
The place is rather empty, surprisingly untouched by the cultists.
JACLYN: Feels like months a month since I was somewhere not covered in blood, the smells still...I hear something.

The sound of squeaking wheels can be heard coming closer to the barn, like an old bike.
No. 950938 ID: 91ee5f

Look out the window to see who or what it is.
No. 950944 ID: 977456

Go to the back of the barn, climb the posts to get to the roof(dig something into the wood for a handhold, or throw something over the rafters and pull yourself up? Your clever, you can figure something out.), then shimmy across the rafters to hide above the entrance. If they follow your scent, then they ought follow your trail to the back, so you can jump them or drop down and run out the door and steal their putrid locomotion. If they don't have nonsense scent-seeking nonsense of nonsense, then nobody ever looks up, you'll be fiiiiiine.
No. 950946 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Look out the window to see who or what it is.
Nothing can be seen from the window

>hide above the entrance.
With the help of her knife, Jaclyn climbs the posts of the barn and sidles across the rafters above the entrance to hide herself. The sound of the squeaking wheels grows louder as the source enters the barn. A man on a bike wheels himself inside, behind him a large device is hauled in a wagon attached to the carts rear. Jaclyn can't make out his face from her current angle, but he doesn't seem hostile.

?????: Hello? Hellooo~? I know someones here...Maybe you're just shy, or you're plannin' on bein' a little less than friendly? Well that's all fine and dandy but I know you got sense in your head seein' as that cultist den is damn near up in flames...Listen if you don't wanna talk that's fine, I guess jus'...stay silent if you ain't interested.

The bike man lights a cigarette but doesn't smoke it...
No. 950947 ID: 2aa5f0

can you get a look at the guy?
No. 950948 ID: e3c839

Hey, got another one of those?
No. 950949 ID: 56076d

Point your gun at him from above, but keep the safety on for now.

Point out that it takes confidence or crazy to ride up to a building full of madmen and monsters, even if the place is getting torched. Or, heck, just to be near enough in the first place to do so.

He also knew you'd stuck around and not scarpered off. Came right in after you and proposed this talk. The hell is his deal? You'll trade a more peaceful attitude for some straight answers.
No. 950950 ID: 91ee5f

Point your gun at him and let him know where you are. You’ll come down once he proves he ain’t crazy like those cultists.
No. 950951 ID: eeb7d9

Yeah, this is good. If he isn't a cuckoo, we talk. Not having someone to talk to can't harm one's sanity.
No. 950958 ID: ce39da

"Wasn't aware there were any 'normal' survivors out here. Of course, I can't be sure you're all that normal yourself, so you'll excuse me if I feel like just talking from up here."
No. 950968 ID: a9af05

Do this.
No. 950971 ID: 8d4593

He knew this was a cultist den.
A local perhaps?
A guide would be invaluable.

Cooperation with the local populace is a vital first step to any intel gathering operation.

Have your weapon ready, but don't pop out and start waving it at him. Let's have a nice chat with this guy.
No. 950975 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Point your gun at him
Jaclyn takes aim
JACLYN: Alright. I'm here, but I'm not so sure I want to come down there if you're like the rest of these nutjobs.
?????: Fair...Y'see when I saw you leavin' the house for a split second I didn't know if you were all there in the head neither. Even if you were you coulda' been a bandit, or a bounty hunter, or any other number of sane wackjobs.
JACLYN: But you still approached me?
?????: Yeah, I had a hunch. Sometimes you just gotta follow your gut y'know? If you were a cultist or a bandit I'd have popped ya and taken the Ichor you got, but seein' as you're a friendly type I guess I won't have to...I can also tell you ain't been in Solrg for long huh? Still took out some cultists though, nice to see you're capable. I'm also gonna guess you don't know how special those jars are huh? If you're comfortable comin' down here I can show you what that stuff is good for.

The man pats the odd contraption he's hauling behind him.
No. 950976 ID: b1b4f3

Alright, he seems sane enough. Stop pointing your gun at him, go down and see what he's got... but don't lower your guard either.
No. 950978 ID: d63ea8

Keep you eye on that window. Old barns like these could go up in seconds from a loose spark.
No. 950987 ID: a9af05

>Still took out some cultists though, nice to see you're capable.
And a monster! Don't forget that!

>taken the Ichor you got
>I'm also gonna guess you don't know how special those jars are huh? If you're comfortable comin' down here I can show you what that stuff is good for.
He's talking about those weird red jars, right? Let's see what he knows.

Ask for a name before you introduce yourself.
No. 950989 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Alright, he seems sane enough.
JACLYN:...Alright, I'm coming down.
Jaclyn climbs down from the rafters and walks around to face the bike man. His face is hidden behind an odd bird shaped metal mask.
?????: Glad you decided to have a face to face talk! Yelling to you from down here would've been hell on my singing voice, hehe.
JACLYN: You said something about the stuff I had on me.
?????: Yeah...Jaclyn right?
JACLYN: Oh, fuck you! You've got to know saying someone's name when they never gave it to you is creepy right?
FINCH: Yeah, but it speeds up introductions. Call me Finch.
JACLYN: How the hell do you know my name anyway?
FINCH: I can explain that later, but first you wanna know 'bout the Ichor right? Some call it the blood of gods, other's call it the devil's tears, plenty of names for the stuff but Ichor is the most well known. This stuff, when handled by someone with a lick a sense, can be mighty useful. Makes you more than human or, if you don't know what you're doing, less than human.

Finch notices Jaclyn eyeing the cigarette.

FINCH: Want it? I don't smoke, the smell just relaxes me is all.
No. 950990 ID: 015bf2

Then, by definition, you are smoking, creepster. But never mind. What IS this I got stuff? Where does it come from? Was it this that turned those poor souls in the house into a conjoined deerstrosity? Did it give him fucking psychic powers?
No. 950991 ID: b1b4f3

Uh yeah what is this stuff, and while we're at it how about a brief history lesson? What happened here? Not much information has spread to the outside world.

It might be worth heading back outside of the kingdom just to warn people about the rot-worshiping cultists, since nobody's aware of even those basic details.
No. 950992 ID: 8d4593

I only smoke when life is fucking amazing or fucking awful.

Killing the two headed spider-deer-asshole that jumped out of the ceiling onto me means hell yes I'll take that cigarette.

Need to build me a goddamn flamethrower.
No. 950999 ID: a9af05

>How the hell do you know my name anyway?
>I can explain that later
I bet he's looking at the dog tags that Jaclyn is wearing.

>Ichor explanation
Let me guess, that machine he's got can refine the Ichor into something we can use to improve ourselves?
No. 951001 ID: 8fb3ba
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>I bet he's looking at the dog tags that Jaclyn is wearing.
JACLYN: (I'm not wearing that out in the open, it's under my shirt.)

Jaclyn takes the cigarette.

JACLYN: So, this "ichor", what is it exactly? And while you're at it what happened here? Solrg's history is a whole fucking of a mystery.
FINCH: First, I'm not 100% on what ichor truly is. Nobody really is.
JACLYN: Did it make you a mind reader?
FINCH: I don't read minds, I'm just a good listener. Though not as good as you are. As for the history of Solrg, well it's complicated, I can't give you the full picture neither since I don't know too much. Did you know Solrg is more of a city-state than a kingdom? Though due to it bein' ruled by a king it's called a kingdom, or rather it was called a kingdom. King Randis was the last king before everythin' went to shit, from what I've heard he turned his back on the kingdom's faith.

Finch takes a deep breath of the cigarette smoke.

FINCH: But it was odd when Golden Lady prayer houses became re-purposed for other religions. It wasn't just making room for other branches of faith, it was removin' the Golden Lady altogether. Some people thought sooner or later all remnants a' the Golden Lady would be scrubbed from Solrg. Some whispered that maybe the Queen had somethin' to do with this, but who knows? People'll make things up when there are no real answers.
FINCH: So, you came here for a history lesson hmm? Real stupid of ya. You'll get yourself killed that way, do you even care? Seems like you don't know what you're doin' here. Lucky for you I'm quite altruistic. So if there's anything you need help with I'd be down to give you a hand. Speaking of which!

Finch flips a switch on the side of the machine in his bike wagon.

FINCH: Pour that ichor of yours into the funnel there, and I can make your time here jus' the slightest bit easier...that is, if you trust me.

Jaclyn has 20 oz of Ichor.
No. 951002 ID: 91ee5f

Might as well see what this stuff can do for us. Go ahead and pour the Ichor into the machine.
No. 951003 ID: 91ee5f

Also, I’d like to point out that this isn’t much of a face to face talk, since he’s wearing that mask and we can’t see his face!
No. 951010 ID: b1b4f3

Hold on, is it gonna make you go crazy or mutate or something? We've seen some shit.
No. 951027 ID: 2aa5f0

ask if he knows a good spot to hold up for the night?

Also I say pour about a quarter or a third of the stuff in and get ready for something to happen.
No. 951030 ID: eeb7d9

Knowledge is power. Or so they say. Speaking of knowledge, knowing what this does might be insightful. We should accept his offer. But what do you gain from helping us really?
No. 951033 ID: a9af05

Pour the Ichor into the machine to see what happens.
No. 951034 ID: 8d4593

I think we're both shorting each other on information. So Alright. I'll be honest.

>Real stupid of ya. Seems like you don't know what you're doin' here.

This was a mistake. I wanted to make a name for myself. Not have my achievements hidden under someone else's name for once. I heard about Solrg and the corruption within. The higher ups wouldn't touch it. It was perfect.

I burned my savings and assembled a team of mercenaries [The other six suggested starting characters] from my old friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. They were to locate the source of Solrgs' corruption, and I was to be their handler.

But there was nothing to handle. Mere minutes after entering the gates, I lost communication with them. It was never re-established. That was two weeks ago.
I should have stayed away, but here I am.

Now that I've shared, before I give you this.. Ichor. What exactly does that machine do with it?

I'm just throwing this out there, if you like it feel free to get behind or modify it.
No. 951035 ID: 015bf2

Let’s be cautious here. Dump 5 oz. Full trust isn’t in the cards; if Ichor’s rare and valuable it is worth it for barter with others like Francis, and if he’s gonna do something with it and us then we don’t want a heavy dosage anyway.

>history lessons
It might pay to understand history like this. Something went to really to shit here and Gods only know when and how it’ll spread and happen again. If the mystery can be pieced together before more some damnfool idiot goes and weaponizes Armageddon, there’s a fair few in neighboring kingdoms who’ll rest easier and safer.
No. 951076 ID: ce39da

Dump a full even bottle in to keep it square; that's 10oz, I think, though if they're different sizes, use the smaller one.
No. 951088 ID: 8fb3ba
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>It might pay to understand history like this.
JACLYN: Recognizing what happened here can help us all avoid it again.
FINCH: Or it'll encourage people who think they know everything to give it a whirl! Assholes that think they can tame it, make it their own. Knowledge like that can be dangerous.

>Hold on, is it gonna make you go crazy or mutate or something?
JACLYN: How dangerous is this? It won't turn me into a monster will it?
FLINT: Like I said, when handled by someone with a lick a sense, it's mighty useful. I'm quite a sensible fellow y'know?

>But what do you gain from helping us really?
JACLYN: There any reason why you're helpin' me?
FINCH: Can't a gentlemen aid a young lady in these tryin' times?
JACLYN: Cut the bullshit bike man
FINCH: Okay! okay. The machine doesn't refine ALL of the ichor, some of it is stored for me. It's like a tax, s'only fair huh?

>Dump some Ichor
Jaclyn puffs her cigarette and dumps the smaller vial of ichor into the machine funnel. It's about 4 ounces.
JACLYN: This...Is this an oven?
FINCH: Yeah, it was a perfect vessel for the machine! A few modifications and it all came together.

The oven sputters and heats up as the ichor is poured into the funnel, a little smoke escapes from the stove pipe.

FINCH: Sorry, that ain't enough. Needs 15 ounces else it's no good. you got 11 more to give if you want something out of it.
No. 951089 ID: 2aa5f0

fuck it dump out the other 11. It's not like we can really do anything else with the stuff.
No. 951093 ID: b1b4f3

Sigh, fine.
No. 951094 ID: 8fb3ba
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Jaclyn pours some of the other jar of ichor into the oven's funnel, it leaves her with a jar of 5 oz of ichor.

FINCH: Fantastic! Now we can get cooking...

The machine begins to shutter and whir. The heat is intense, and the stove pipe spews out a much larger plume of smoke. It fills Jaclyn's lungs along with the cigarette smoke, she begins to hack and cough uncontrollably, her lungs burn, her body aches, something feels different...

No. 951099 ID: 0fae41

STR. What doesn't kill you...
No. 951103 ID: b1b4f3

Dexterity since that's the shootin' stat and it should at least be at C since we've been doing some shooting.
(also whoops during prior combat we were making rolls as if it was C, when it was D)
Either that or Willpower, to help stave off insanity in the long run.
No. 951112 ID: 977456

Voting int, for obvious reasons.
No. 951115 ID: 91ee5f

Increase Willpower! Need to make sure Jaclyn doesn’t go insane!
No. 951116 ID: 2aa5f0


kinda want to say dex to make our shooting better but seeing how badly we were flunking those sanity saves I feel it would be wiser to try and deal with the silent killer of insanity now instead of having it ruining us down the road.
No. 951117 ID: 094652

Can it increase Charisma? If not, then increase Dexterity.
No. 951139 ID: 015bf2

Haha, let's go for +Int and try to figure out how this machine actually works.

Cough, and glare at bike man.

"That's 'using it with a lick of sense'? Boil the shit so it invades your body vape-style? Fffuck. I'll throw in the rest of what I've got of this damn stuff if you let me have a look at what the fuck this machine actually did."
No. 951140 ID: d63ea8

Knowledge is power, lets crank up Int.
No. 951148 ID: 139afd

Why be slightly less mediocre at something when you can be the best at something else?
No. 951153 ID: 91ee5f

>everyone voting for Int
Guys? Our Int is already maxed out, we can’t go any higher. Could you please vote for something else?
No. 951160 ID: ce39da

On one hand, we’ve failed most if not all of our WLL checks, and things might start getting ugly fast if we don’t improve that.

On the other hand, our DEX is abysmal, and if we didn’t stack the deck and otherwise luck out with our rolls, we’d be dead right now. My vote is DEX.
No. 951161 ID: 8d4593

Our Int is only A+
It could be S
Think about it. We're about as smart as a human can be, but now we got some superhuman Juju Juice.

Know the Unknowable
No. 951163 ID: eeb7d9

Fuck it. I want big brain.
No. 951170 ID: 977456

Have there been any int checks?
No. 951172 ID: 91ee5f

>It could be S
This was the suggestion everyone supported: >>948800 , which Heretic created here: >>948823 .

That means Int is already at S rank.
No. 951175 ID: eeb7d9

Wait, we max it? If that is the case, we should invest in DEX, if we are going to be using guns, we should be able to properly use them.
No. 951177 ID: 977456

>>951172 But what if there is something beyond s rank, like, not a rank increase, but a metmoorphosis into something greater. What if we trade in our nasty-old A+ int to get a d class psi? What could possibly be better to use against a damned city-state of eldritch horrors than psionics?
No. 951179 ID: 015bf2

This is a very silly discussion. Why would Heretic allow us to choose between four different stats to upgrade if one of them were 'maxed out'? Maybe maxed out for a human, but this is literal eldritch blood bullshit, so who knows what it can do to a person's stats!

Besides, I've seen nothing out there that says our Int is 'capped out' or anything. For example, we know C gives us a 50/50 odds at doing things. Assuming an increment of 10 per increase in stat, we have:

C - 50
B - 60
A - 70
A+ - 80
??? - 90
???? - 100

Or maybe 75 is A+. I can see 80 being S, 85 being S+, 90 being SS, 95 being SS+ and 100 being You Cheesy Fucks Don't Know When to Quit Do YouSSS. Anyway, if this upgrade 'fails' to take because our brain was 'too big already', I'll honestly just laugh.
No. 951183 ID: 8fb3ba
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Jaclyn's head throbs in pain, like brain freeze and a hangover had a baby.
JACLYN: AAAGH! What the fuck!?
FINCH: Yeah...Forgot to warn ya the first dose is a bit intense.


FINCH: Well, besides the terrible headache how ya feelin'?
JACLYN: I...Don't know? Everything sort of seems the same.
FINCH: It tends to feel like that unless the change was extreme. Oh and next time you'll need more ichor, each time you get a dosage the next one has to be stronger. Next time it'll be 45 ounces.

Jaclyn takes a few breaths before continuing to smoke her cigarette.

JACLYN: ...Were can I rest when night comes?
FINCH: Hmmm...Well, there's a small settlement a ways away from here, you ought to make it if ya keep followin' the road. Problem is I don't think you'll make it before sun down, anything could happen from here to there that can stall you. If night falls the most I can offer you is one of these.

Finch takes a mushroom out of his pack and hands it to Jaclyn.
No. 951184 ID: 8fb3ba
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FINCH: This is Strangle Cap, it keeps away most of the more dangerous things at night. It ain't a perfect defense though. Now, before we part ways is there anything else you need to know? I'm a repository of knowledge.

>whoops during prior combat we were making rolls as if it was C, when it was D
Jaclyn's military experience makes her better with guns. As long as she's using a firearm she'll make attacks as if they were a rank higher.
No. 951185 ID: b1b4f3

Well that's maxed now I guess. Hopefully we use it for something.
>good with guns, thus C dex with them
Oh nice, I guess it's less of a priority then. Maybe next ichor dose should go to Will? Depends on what happens later I suppose.

>strangle cap
How is it used?
Does he know of any long term side effects of ichor use? Does anyone know where it comes from, despite not knowing what it is exactly?
A general map of the area, please. Even a simple layout is useful.
What are the major players around here? Are the cultists organized, for instance?
Does he know anyone who would know more details on what caused the collapse of the kingdom?
What's the currency around here, anyway? Do people trade with drops of ichor or something?

Current plan: head to settlement, recuperate and help out a little with manual labor or whatever, then make a brief trip back home to make sure some information gets out about what's happening here. There's no reason to do all our investigation at once, that's putting all your eggs in one basket.
No. 951186 ID: 91ee5f

>It tends to feel like that unless the change was extreme.
What exactly do you mean by “extreme”? Will I end up growing some horns or a tail or a third eye or something?

>anything you wanna know?
How do you find Ichor? Is it commonly found in places like that cultist house?

Will we meet each other again or will I have to look for someone else next time I want a dose of Ichor?

>list of things we want to know.
No. 951188 ID: 977456

You said there was a settlement, are there many? How does one avoid a fight? What are the standard practises by which one might persuade others towards assistance of oneself? What goods do they value?
No. 951191 ID: 8d4593

>I'm just a good listener. Though not as good as you are.

C-can Finch hear us?
Hi Finch!
No. 951246 ID: ce39da

I’m assuming INT will start mattering when we start having more non-violent encounters, such as in this nearby settlement. Right now, I think STR is the only stat that isn’t a priority, since we’re covered for INT, military training can only carry us so far with our abysmal DEX, and WLL seems like an important stat for maintaining mental health no matter who we are.

> What to ask.
This Strangle Cap seems like something I’d love to save for emergencies. How viable would you say hunkering down here is; maybe if we spent the rest of the day fortifying? Er, you need to find someplace before dark too, right? Or can you make much better pace on that bike? ... Is there a way I can ride with you?
No. 951479 ID: 8fb3ba
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JACLYN: Tell me more about this ichor stuff.
FINCH: Odd stuff, sometimes it rains from the sky, sometimes it bubbles up from the ground, but only in Solrg. There aren't any long term side effects as long as you take it properly refined. Us it wrong though and you get monsters, I get the feeling you know what I mean though.

>Stranglecap and shelter
JACLYN: How do I use this stranglecap?
FINCH: Burn it. The fumes'll ward off most anything, except for people. Though people normally stay inside where it's safe. So basically, it won't totally protect you in the night, but it's better than nothing.
JACLYN: And what if I wanted to save it? Would hunkering down in this barn for the night be a good idea?
FINCH: I doubt there's any amount of reinforcing that'll make this rickety ol' barn safe. Besides, once the fire in the house grows it'll probably start to attract things, the smoke should be enough to bring anyone to see what happened.

JACLYN: Are there a lot of settlements? Why are there any to begin with?
FINCH: Some people feel an odd pull from Solrg, even people who've no ties to it. Some see value in hidden treasures buried here and come to make profit.

JACLYN: Got a map?
FINCH Sure do...
No. 951480 ID: 8fb3ba
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FINCH: That circle in the lower left is where we are. One hexagon is around 3 miles, empty houses are wrecks and ruins, filled in houses are in-tact buildings, Triangles with crosses in 'em are safe settlements, exclamation points could be dangerous, question marks could be something good, skulls are bad news.

>Group of Interest
JACLYN: Any groups of interest I should worry about? Are these cultists organized enough to be a massive threat to me?
FINCH: The cultists aren't too organized, a few are but there's a lot of in fighting between em. As for other groups, there are plenty. The closest safe town houses a lot of 4A activity.The Anomalous Artifacts and Activities Acquisitions, people looking to make money off of any anomalous materials or items they find. Not any real threat unless you antagonize them or get in the way of buisness. The Church of the Final Bang is around too, despite being a cult they're much more well put together than the Fetid Cultists. Not entirely insane, not entirely hostile, but still dangerous. There are plenty of lone scavengers too, wanderers and the like.

>Trade and Currency
JACLYN: Is trade normally done in ichor? Or is currency still done with silver dollars?
FINCH: Silver is fine for merchants and shop-keepers, but they won't have everything you need. Plenty of people are willing to trade goods with you, usually simple things, maybe a cigarette or a sewing needle. Many won't know what to do with ichor and the one's that do'll normally try to short change you.
No. 951481 ID: 8fb3ba
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JACLYN: If I need another dose, where can I find you?
FINCH: Around, and if you don't find me you'll find one of my friends. We know how to get around, trust me.
JACLYN: ...Anyway you can give me a ride to the settlement?
FINCH: I ain't a taxi service, plus I got my own places to go.
JACLYN: Fine...oh and about knowing my name. Did you just hear it through my coms?
FINCH: Coms?
JACLYN: Yeah, the communication piece I have. It connects me to my contacts.
FINCH: Is that what you thinks happening?
JACLYN: What are you implying?
FINCH: Eh, it's not that important. You'll figure it out sooner or later, I gotta jet. I look forward to seeing you in the future Jaclyn, safe travels.

Finch cycles of before Jaclyn can ask anything else. Jaclyn finishes her cigarette
JACLYN: Not my brand...but damn did I need that

Jaclyn's beginning to feel hungry...and a bit thirsty too, but she isn't too tired yet.
No. 951482 ID: 2aa5f0

well...shit. From the map the closest "safe" place is roughly 30 miles away. I mean I'd hate to say it but do you think the woods to the north would offer you any shelter? I mean it seems like a bad idea to me but I'm only really seeing 2 options at the moment.

1) head north into the woods and hope the ??? are something to help you last the night or that you can find some place to hunker down safely for the night


2) B line it straight to the nearest settlement (while taking care to avoid the skull area on the map) and hope you can make it before the sun goes down and you burn up all of your mushroom.

kinda leaning towards option 2 at the moment truth be told.
No. 951496 ID: 91ee5f

That’s neat. Means we can almost always find some if we need it.

Only problem is if it starts raining. Don’t want to get caught in that and end up turning into a monster.

>Where to?
I say you should head north, towards the closest question marks. From there, you can head towards the safe settlement in the morning.

>Jaclyn's beginning to feel hungry...and a bit thirsty too, but she isn't too tired yet.
Might want to nibble on your rations a little.
No. 951498 ID: b1b4f3

I say follow the road, and camp out in an empty house somewhere along the way.

Which way does the road go, anyway?
No. 951502 ID: 977456

Did you get a good like at the ichor processor? or the bicycle? It could be handy if you could reverse-engineer them and build one for yourself...
No. 951508 ID: 6e6f32

North to the question marks. Seems like the best option.
Do take some time to skulk around the POI in case it's a trap though.
No. 951545 ID: a9af05

No. 951824 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Might want to nibble on your rations a little.
Jaclyn unpacks her Bosco Brand Meat Rations. 3 servings of meat and meat flavored foods including beef bullion cubes and bologna flavored crackers, sausage rolls and pork rinds, beef jerky and meat shake powder, and a sweet cake (chicken flavored). Why would anyone want this? Jaclyn starts with one of the normal options and eats the beef jerky along with a few gulps of water.

>That’s neat. Means we can almost always find some if we need it.
JACLYN: He said sometimes it rains from the sky. I doubt it always rains ichor here.

>Did you get a good look at the ichor processor? or the bicycle? It could be handy if you could reverse-engineer them and build one for yourself...
JACLYN: See thing is, I didn't get to see inside of the ichor oven thing. Besides I'm not an engineer so I doubt I could build one of those myself.
No. 951825 ID: 8fb3ba
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>Which way does the road go, anyway?
JACLYN: Road splits, leads in three directions. Now that I get a better look at the map.

>Head North towards ???
Jaclyn moves north...
No. 951826 ID: 8fb3ba
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At the end of the road, in a clearing, there sits a small church. The roof caved in and the windows cracked, and most notably a dead body sits near the entrance. At the side of the building, an old swing set slowly rusts.

JACLYN: I'm not a religious woman, but this place could use some god couldn't it?
No. 951827 ID: 2aa5f0

oh fuck I hope this isn't the church that note we found was talking about.

Oh well not like we have enough time to make it anywhere else before the sun sets now so might as well head in and hope we can at least find a sturdy room we can barricade ourselves in for the night.
No. 951830 ID: d63ea8

Be ready with that gun, that body might not be dead.
No. 951831 ID: a9af05

Check the body for anything useful. Have your gun ready in case it attacks you.

Then head inside and look for a place to sleep for the night.
No. 951832 ID: b1b4f3

Do some scouting around the edge of the forest first. There are windows, so you can see a little into the church, right? Unless they're stained glass in which case nevermind and just go check out the body, see how recent the death was.
No. 951836 ID: 6e6f32

Pretty worthless as far as shelter goes.
Check to see if there's a celler.
Is that a small annex around back I see?
No. 951837 ID: 8fab7a

Sneaky time. Do a circle 'round, peek through the windows and see if anything's moving inside. Or outside, for that matter. Then check on dead guy.
No. 951874 ID: ce39da

Make a beeline for the body, gun at the ready; we don't want it disappearing on us. Once we confirm that the guy is dead, make a loop around the building to confirm that any nasty surprises will come from within. If those are uneventful, checking what looks like the annex out in the back would be our next step. With that, we might as well declare the outside secure.
No. 951920 ID: 977456

Find a long stick. Poke everything you touch before touching it. Especially the ground!
Are any of the trees close enough that you could climb them and get to the roof without jumping?
How stable is the building? Will it support your weight if you jump from a tree? Do you know it these sorts of churches usually have basements, cellars, or similar?
No. 951927 ID: 0c7dda

Just a note for later. If we continue along the road, take the split left and go around the mountains. A road through a mountain pass is prime ambush territory.
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