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>>1933362
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo
HAMMER TIME, WE BE TORBOURN NOW.

thank you my lord that this may happen. we hope this goes well


[pic of awesome and I wonder if we might be like this
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>>1933414

The first week of your training is basically none-stop forge work.

Quite literally from dawn to dusk you've got a hammer in your hand and your ass in parked in front of the fire. Any free time you have is spent out cold on the cot.

You can feel yourself getting better, but you don't really have chance to consider just how much progress you're making.

> Roll me three 1d100+4's for progress please
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>>1933444
Hammer up

nice trips.
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Rolled 89 + 4 (1d100 + 4)

>>1933444
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Rolled 14 + 4 (1d100 + 4)

>>1933444
>>1933449

Hammer down
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Rolled 72 (1d100)

>>1933444
FORWARDS CRUSADERS, MY EARTH SHATTER IS READY. TORBYORN I NEED ARMOUR
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>>1933451

That's a 93, Great Success.

Writin'
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>>1933457
>>1933451
Dam John is there something you can't do? Oh yeah avoid trouble.
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>>1933444

> Congratulations! Your skill at metal work and forging has further refined! Your General Smithing Skill is now at Adept Rank!

The second week is better, as you've full adjusted to to the lifestyle. You can feel yourself getting a bit stronger as well; the constant work and supply of food helping you gain the muscle mass you would have gotten from those months on the road if you weren't eating very often.

Godo definitely notes your progress, as the moment it gets easier to work he ramps up your workload.

He's nice enough to choose which specialization to try out first:
> Armor Smithing
> Weapon Smithing
> Gun Smithing
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>>1933469
> Armor Smithing
The nice thing about armor is not dying.
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>>1933469
>Armor Smithing
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>>1933469
armour
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>>1933472
>>1933475
>>1933479

Armor it is.

> Roll me three 1d100+7's please
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Rolled 97 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933469
>> Armor Smithing
This will bring us one step closer to building our own golem waifu.

>>1933480
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>>1933469
I was tempted to go for guns, but Armour seems closer to our target of exosuits and golems.

>Armour
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Rolled 87 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933480

>>1933484
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5TV7JUvzo
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Rolled 7 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933480
nat 1
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>>1933484

That's a 104, Outstanding Success.

Writin'

Also,
>>1933484
>>1933490
what the hell are these rolls...

And to think what the extra rewards for higher skill levels are...
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>>1933500
>That spoiler.
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>>1933505

Those bonuses are supposed to make it so that you don't get entirely fucked by luck. But, for John...

>>1933469

You decide to go with Armor Smithing first. You've got a bit of prior experience, and it'll probably pay itself off in spades in the future.

So, you grab your hammer and get to work.

> Congratulations! Your training in the forging of metal into protective layers has given you the skill: Smithing (Armor)! Current skill rank: Novice (+2)!

Godo seems a bit surprised at how quickly you pick the skill up, especially when it comes to working with Medium Armor. He's quick to hide his expression, but you can tell either way.

Towards the end of the week, the dwarf is called out to do something or the other. So, instead, you're given a simple job to do. You don't get paid, but the job is trivial at best and it's going towards continuing to keep you fed so you don't complain.

The good news is that you're done before lunch time, so you've got a fair amount of time free. You have to be back by sunrise tomorrow to start, so there's that to consider.

You have quite a lot you can do in your free time, so you take a moment to think of the possibilities.
> Train up one of your skills here in the forge
> Go visit someone
> Go somewhere for the day
> Other

(I'll give you the options of what exactly you can do once you all decide on one thing. Don't want to have two dozen choices to choose from)
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>>1933444

Also, forgot to mention, but this:

[ARTIFICER QUEST PART 12 START]
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>>1933525
>go see our rascally friend dutch
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>>1933525
>Go visit someone
Dragon's Lair - Goo Hwi, Gang Ryong and especially Sierra
>Buy a newspaper on the way
>Play with electronics
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in fact, does Shirahoro has a municipal network? Could we plug into it with our computer?
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>>1933525
> Train up one of your skills here in the forge wiring

Need to work on that golem and future exo-suit.
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>>1933546

There's no centralized internet to speak of, you know the Genovese have some kind of networked computer system, but that's about it.

>>1933533

Just for my own sanity and balance's sake, I gotta ask that you do one 'major' thing. If you want to meet with someone to accomplish something, you'll do that. If you want to work on your electronic gear, you can do that.
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>>1933551
If I have to pick, I'll stick with hanging out with friends.
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Okay we've got votes for:
>>1933532
> See Dutch
>>1933547
> Train at the Forge
>>1933553
> Hang out with whoever is at the Dragon's Lair

Keep voting, Anons.
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>>1933561
go to the lair then
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Rolled 39, 91, 53 = 183 (3d100)

>>1933565
>>1933553

Alright, the Lair it is.

Let's see who is around.
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>>1933586

You decide to take a trip back to the Dragon's Lair Inn.

Entering, you find Gang Ryong hard at work and Sierra enjoying her lunch. Goo Hwi isn't around, however. Both give you a hello, and you decide on what to do.

> Hang out with both
> Hang out with Gang Ryong
> Hang out with Sierra
> Ask Sierra to help train your Mana Sculpting Skill
> Other
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>>1933595
>Hang out with Sierra
>Maybe talk shop with her
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>>1933595
>Hang out with Sierra
>Ask Sierra to help train your Mana Sculpting Skill
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>>1933595
>Hang out with Sierra
>Ask Sierra to help train your Mana Sculpting Skill
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>>1933614
>>1933609
>>1933600

Hang out for a bit, train a bit.

> Roll me three 1d100's to see how you do
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Rolled 62 (1d100)

>>1933629
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Rolled 37 (1d100)

>>1933629
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Rolled 95 (1d100)

>>1933629
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>>1933656
Dice Gods be praised!
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>>1933650

That is hilarious accurate.

>>1933656

And that's a 95, Success.

Writin'
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>>1933656
>Another 80+ roll
John's luck is insane.
How lucky can one guy be?
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>>1933686

It's the karma balance from the time he nearly got torn in half by a Blight Monstrosity.

>>1933595

You spent a good potion of the day just relaxing and catching up with Sierra. It's good fun, especially hearing about her brother's continued plight in the world of romance. You'll have to meet the guy one of these days...

Eventually, the two of you run out of conversation, so you ask her to give you a few tips on manipulating mana. She's a bit skeptical of your ability to actually consciously manipulate mana, but you pull another smoke trick and she's no longer in doubt.

The two of you spend a long time alone, mostly Sierra giving you advice on proper breathing techniques and exercises to get you used to doing something you've never really been good at. At the end of the day, you can kind of control the strange smoke effect the comes out of your palms, though you're still a bit iffy.

Considering what's coming tomorrow, you bit her goodnight and head back to the Bastion. The cot seems far more inviting than you thought it would; guess all the mana expenditure caught up to you. Regardless, you have a rather nice night of sleep.

> Congratulations! Your skill in the direct manipulation of raw mana has further refined! Your Mana Sculpting Skill is now at rank Novice!

It's a good thing that you hit the hay early, because Godo is on your ass like a storm for the next several days; occasionally grumbling to himself at how you got a day off.

> Roll me three 1d100+7's and three 1d100+4's please
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Rolled 29 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933719
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Rolled 55 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933719
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Rolled 61 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933719
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>1933719
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Rolled 94 + 4 (1d100 + 4)

>>1933719
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Rolled 38 + 4 (1d100 + 4)

>>1933719
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Rolled 77 + 4 (1d100 + 4)

>>1933719
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That's a:
>>1933731
68
And
>>1933736
98

Success.

Writin'
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>>1933719

You can feel that ease of use slowly entering your muscles as you get more and more used to working the forge; even with Godo stepping things up.

The General curriculum is coming to an end of what you can learn and you can definitely feel it as you use your Armor curriculum to push together a few gaps in your ability.

The end of the week comes and goes, waking up sore but in a relatively good mood.

> Congratulations! Your skill at metal work and forging has further refined! Your General Smithing Skill is now at Seasoned Rank!
> Congratulations! Your skill in forging metal in protective layers has further refined! Your Smithing (Armor) Skill is now at Adept Rank!

Once again, Godo decides to change up what he's teaching. Again, he gives you a choice
> Weapon Smithing
> Gun Smithing
> Ask his help in researching the alloy used in the construct's armor
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>>1933760
>Ask his help in researching the alloy used in the construct's armor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5EF12DFi5I
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>>1933760
> Weapon Smithing
Trick Weapons hooo!
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>>1933760
> Ask his help in researching the alloy used in the construct's armor
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>>1933760
>> Ask his help in researching the alloy used in the construct's armor
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>>1933792
>>1933787
>>1933776

Let's see what this alloy is.

> Roll me three 1d100+7's for armor training and three 1d100+7's to see how well you can help out.
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Rolled 86 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933850
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Rolled 9, 5 + 7 = 21 (2d100 + 7)

>>1933850
Might as well roll them in one post
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Rolled 95 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933850
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Rolled 93 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933861
Not bad, not bad.
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Rolled 56 + 7 (1d100 + 7)

>>1933850
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>>1933861
>>1933863
Seriously, what is this luck?
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>>1933860

Ouch and ouch. Thankfully...

>>1933861
That's a 102
And
>>1933863
100
Success and Success

Writin'
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>>1933760

At this point, Godo has dropped the general smithing entirely, having you focus entirely on honing your armor smithing.

And hone you do, as you feel that knowledge and familiarity with working the metal grow day after day.

> Congratulations! Your skill in forging metal in protective layers has further refined! Your Smithing (Armor) Skill is now at Seasoned Rank!

After a day of work, you decide to gamble a bit. Grabbing what's left of the construct's chest piece. A quick explanation of it's source and you've got the dwarfs attention.

There's a decent amount of yelling as he berates you for destroying what was certainly a mechanical marvel, but you can tell that his back isn't really into it as he's practically enraptured in the metal.

Eventually, it gets brought to the forge where you help Godo to test the properties of the metal. This goes on for perhaps a day before he breaks off a chunk and has one of the Bastion clerks run it over to an alchemist. You guess you'll be hearing about this in the coming days...

At the end of the week, Godo announces that you're done learning how to smith armor and now you need to know how to put it together. So, that'll be fun. And again, he tells you to pick some other specialization to go into.
> Weapon Smithing
> Gun Smithing
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>>1933892
> Gun Smithing
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>>1933892
>Gun Smithing
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>>1933892
> Gun Smithing
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>>1933895
>>1933902
>>1933906

Firearms it is.

> Roll me three 1d100+12's for building armor and three 1d100+12's for gun smithing please
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Rolled 87 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1933910
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Rolled 12 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1933910
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Rolled 16 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1933910
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>>1933938
>>1933929
Well it had to end at some point.
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>>1933941

You've gotta roll for the gun smithing, so not yet.
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Rolled 13 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1933910
Let's see how the armour goes...
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Rolled 13 (1d100)

>>1933910
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Rolled 19 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1933910
now for the guns (unless OP opts to take the previous roll for them instead)
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>>1933949
>>1933953
>>1933954
Guns are shit anyway.
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>>1933949
>>1933953
>>1933954
John created a gun that shoots the user.
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Alright, we have.
>>1933914
99
And
>>1933954
31
One Success, one Failure.

Writin'
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>>1933892

Learning how to actually put armor together into something functional is a dizzying process. One after the other you're treated to lessons on proper handling of leather, covering weak points, moving in armor; it goes on and on. Immediately after, you're thrown headfirst into utilizing those lessons, forging portions of armors and turning them into functioning bits. You take to it rather well, all things considered.

> Congratulations! Your study into the construction and crafting of armor plates into sets of armor has gained you the skill: Build (Armor)! Currently skill rank is Novice!

Possibly due to the fact that you're head is still swimming, you struggle with the finer points of gun smithing. Despite your previous success, several things give you trouble; mostly the rifling process. You'll need more work on that before you make any progress.

In better news, you learned the results of the testing. Godo uses a lot of terms you're not entirely familiar with, but the gist of it is that the metal was forged using a process and alloy thought to be lost. Thanks to this, you'll be able to restore that lost knowledge.

> Congratulations! Your study into ancient and archaic techniques has granted you an additional bonus! While forging metal, you can choose to spend an additional 20% in materials to increase the Grade of the finished product by one level!

Godo has to run off again, so you've got another free day to yourself.

Time to choose what to do:
> Work in the forge
> Head out to visit someone (who?)
> Head out to visit somewhere (where?)
> Other
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>>1934009
> Other Look about power sources and ways to store mana.
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>>1934009
> Work in the forge.
Gotta get gud. Can't keep fucking up like with the gun smithing.
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>>1934009
Dragon lair again
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>>1934009
>Work in the forge
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>>1934009
Dragon Lair

All work and no play makes John a dull boy
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>>1934009
> Head out to visit someone
Sierra
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Rolled 53, 39, 40 = 132 (3d100)

Sorry about that folks, had dinner then had to clean up.

>>1934176
>>1934088
>>1934040

Looks like we're heading over to the Inn.

Let's see who is around.
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>>1934009

You decide you might as well check in with the others. It has been two weeks after all.

So, you journey outside the Bastion walls. It's a much colder morning than you anticipated, the wind not helping at all. Guess the seasons have begun to change.

Regardless, you make it to the Dragon's Lair Inn without an issue. Poking your head inside, you find Goo Hwi sitting calmly drinking some tea. Gang Ryong isn't around and Sierra is either still asleep or has already gone out.

Goo Hwi motions for you to join him and you do, calmly sipping on the hot tea alongside him.

What do you want to do?
> Small talk with Goo Hwi
> Training with Goo Hwi
> See if you can't find where Sierra is
> Leave
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>>1934261
>Small talk
Than?
> Training.
If we can't do both than the former is fine.
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>>1934261
>> Small talk with Goo Hwi
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>>1934280

Considering you have an entire day, yeah you can do both.
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>>1934261
> Small talk with Goo Hwi
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>>1934289
>>1934281
>>1934280

Small talk first

Writin'
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>>1934261

"It's been a while, hasn't it?" You start things off in between sips.

Goo Hwi, as usual, is in no hurry to speak and finishes his cup before responding, "It has. How has your training been".

"Good. Tough. I've learned a lot, that's for certain," You swirl what's left of your tea around as you speak.

"That's good," The old man smiles a bit, "Challenging yourself is a good way to improve".

"That's why I'm doing it".

There's a moment of comfortable silence.

What do you want to talk about?
> Ask about where Sierra is
> Ask about what he's been up to
> Ask about training
> Ask about something else
> Stay silent
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>>1934337
>> Ask about what he's been up to
>> Ask about where Sierra is
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>>1934337
> Ask about what he's been up to
> Ask about where Sierra is
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>>1934337

> Ask about what he's been up to
> Ask about where Sierra is
> Ask about training
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>>1934337
> Ask about what he's been up to
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>>1934409
>>1934408
>>1934406
>>1934355

Let's see what the old man has been up to.

Writin'
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>>1934337

"So, what have you been doing Goo Hwi? Can't imagine you've been sitting around drinking tea this entire time" You finish off your cup right as you're done asking.

The old man laughs a bit, "Well, I certainly haven't been as busy as you have; but I've been able to occupy my time. I caught up with Gang Ryong as you know, I've been just touring around Shirahoro checking a few things, and so on and so forth. It's always interesting to come to these bastions of civilization..."

You push your cup away, and can't help as you look up to where the Inn portion of the building is, "You wouldn't happen to know where Sierra is? I'm surprised that she's not up yet".

For a moment, you swear there's a smirk on Goo Hwi's face. You blink, and it's gone, "Ah, yes. She got back late from work last night, something about a party of sorts. Regardless, I don't believe she'll be awake anytime soon".

"Oh," Well, that's a shame...

"Actually, I wanted to speak to you about some more training"

"Of course, of course," Goo Hwi smiles broadly at you, "What do you wish to train?"
> Train Sword Fighting
> Train Knife Fighting
> Train Unarmed Fighting
> Train Grappling
> Train Adrenaline Surge Spell
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>>1934561
if we can only pick one then this something we can use with any technique hell we can use out of combat
> Train Adrenaline Surge Spell
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>>1934561
>> Train Grappling

Judo throw cunts at our future golem for her to hug.
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>>1934561
>> Train Adrenaline Surge Spell
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>>1934561
>Sword fighting
Got to train for the weapons we'll soon come to make.
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>>1934561

> Train Sword Fighting

>something about a party of sorts
so tempted to make a stripper/whore jab.
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>>1934561
>> Train Adrenaline Surge Spell
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>>1934662
>>1934607
>>1934581

Adrenaline it is.

> Roll me three 1d100+2's please
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Rolled 2 + 2 (1d100 + 2)

>>1934689
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Rolled 14 (1d100)

>>1934689
>>1934691
My heart
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Rolled 78 + 2 (1d100 + 2)

>>1934689
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>>1934705
That's 80.
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>>1934705

That is in fact an 80, Success.

Writin'
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>>1934561

The two of you enjoy a bit more conversation before you get to work. Goo Hwi takes you to an isolate area outside the city to train.

You haven't used this since that night in Bo Shan long ago, so it takes quite some time before you get the hang of drawing it out consciously. Moving on from there is being able to use it while not concentrating, and then the old man forces you to manifest it while in the middle of a fight.

That last one was the hardest...

When the training is over, you're rather surprised to find that the day is over. You're exhausted from the workout, so you bid Goo Hwi good night and head back to the Main Bastion.

Once again, you smack head first into that shitty cot and go right to sleep.

> I need to go to sleep as well, I'll be on tomorrow to continue things. Good night everyone.
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We really should see what Archmage's missing contact is all about before the earth district roof jumpers get too out of hand.
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>>1935034
Let's try to not involved in the mafia's business.

Doing legal work for then is one thing. Starting to investigate into missing/dead people associated to then is another.
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>>1934829

The next morning gives you a bare shred of reverie before you're thrust right back into work.

> Congratulations! Your skill in overclocking your body has further refined! Your Adrenaline Surge Spell is now at Adept Rank!
> After utilizing Adrenaline Surge, you can choose to make a single Main Action as a Free Action instead of the usual effect of Negating Fatigue! This altered effect lasts for one minute and incurs a single level of Fatigue upon ending!

Your lessons in putting together armor continues, though you can tell that Godo has realized your struggles in gun smithing as that is where he's been focusing on for the majority of your time.

> Roll me three 1d100+14's for armor and three 1d100+12's for gun smithing progress
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Rolled 9 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1935547
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Rolled 44 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1935547
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Rolled 81 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1935547
Gun roll
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Rolled 26 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1935547
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Rolled 96 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1935547
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Rolled 12 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1935547

Just making sure there's no 1.
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Alright, we have:
>>1935550
58
And
>>1935560
108
One Failure and one Success.

Writin'
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>>1935547

Progress on armor building is slow; the various techniques needed for each type of armor meaning that you'll need more time to full take in.

On better news, you take to gun smithing far better this time. All the extra time you've spent going over every aspect of the process pays off in spades.

> Congratulations! Your study of the processes of forging metal into the components of gunpowder based weaponry has granted you the skill Smithing (Guns)! Current skill rank: Novice!

At the end of the week, you wake up to find yet another simple job waiting for and Godo grumbling about being busy. Completing your task alongside your breakfast, you consider what to do with your free.
> Work in the Forge
> Go visit someone (who?)
> Go somewhere (where?)
> Other
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>>1935571
Let's stick with Dragon's Lair.
We do enough forge work on the working days, and if the mafia needed our services for another completely legit job, they're liable to be looking for us there as well.
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>>1935573

If you want to see if the Genovese need you for another job, you're gonna have to visit them in the Water District.
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>>1935577
In that case they can wait until Godo's done with our ass.
Let's see if Sierra is in, although the ninjas are the next best thing.
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>>1935581

Also keep in mind that if you want to work on/build/research anything that'd be done in the forge.
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>>1935582
You drive a hard bargain, OP... I suppose it has been a while since we've played with our junk.
Well we will see what other Anonymous have to say.
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>>1935571
> Go visit someone (who?)
Sierra
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>>1935582
> Research a taser sword
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>>1935616
do this. our lovely elven friend can wait one more week. it makes our time all the better, don't you all agree

>>1935593
you may want to reword that anon
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>>1935663
>>1935616
>>1935593

Looks like we're spending some time in the forge.

Writin'
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>>1935571

Given how much you've improved lately, you decide that perhaps you should mess around a bit here. You've got a full forge and workshop at your disposal, so why not?

The question is where to begin....

You do a quick think over of what you're capable of:

Forging Skills:
> General Smithing: Seasoned (+10)
> Smithing (Armor): Seasoned (+10)
> Smithing (Guns): Novice (+2)

Crafting Skills:
> Build (Basic Firearms): Novice (+2)
> Build (Armor): Novice (+2)
> Build (Clockwork): Adept (+5)
> Build (Robotics): Novice (+2)
> Build (Computers): Untrained (0)
> Build (Combi-Weapons): Untrained (0)

Now, what to do?
> Write in
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>>1935684
lets try making a combi-tool or some armour.

I'm thinking a swiss army knife type thing, hammer folds away for a screw driver or knife. shit like that.

on the other hand some upgraded armour would do us good, we took a nasty hit in the fight with hot head the security bot
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>>1935684

Oh, forgot this for Crafting Skills:
> Build: Seasoned (+10)
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>>1935684
Taser Sword or Gun Blade for Dutch.
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What can we do when it comes to electronics? I suppose we could try running the translator using its own flash drive as storage, although I'd rather not risk our only copy for that, especially if whatever's left on chips we salvaged is made adaptive and smart enough to be resentful

Where's the line between electronics and magitech anyway?
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>>1935743

I'll be honest when I say it's a pretty thin line between electronics and magitech, but you can think of it as electronics being more so mechanically based while magitech is magically based.

As for the flash drive, you could copy those files over to another hard drive. And the construct that you pulled all that tech out of does not have an AI; it's not gonna go full Terminator on you one day.
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>>1935684
Taser gun so we can catch one of the guys following us.
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>>1935696
>>1935738

Alright, let's narrow down our options:
> Build Tool
> Build Armor
> Build Sword
> Build Gun
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>>1935772
build tool
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>>1935772
> Build sword

I was thinking a lighter rapier style sword almost close to an Olympic foil.
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>>1935772
> Build Sword
I changed my mind, can we add taser to our broadsword?
Or just make new taser sword?
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>>1935781
>>1935795

You can begin to work on building a sword that has a kind of taser wire along it, especially if you want to make something like a rapier, though you'd just be making the sword portion of it; you need to buy the supplies for taser component of it.

Either way, looks like we're building a rapier-style sword.

> Roll me three 1d100+12's please
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>1935803
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Rolled 87 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1935803
meh, hopefully it will be worth our while (and Godo's yelling for misappropriating forge resources)
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>>1935803
Muh Sword
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>>1935813

That's a 99, Success.

Writin'
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>>1935813
Pretty sure your roll means we were successful. And I don't think he'll be upset that we were practicing forging things, it's literally what we're here for.
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>>1935817
I miss that quest. And the drawfag. Hope she and OP are doing well.
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>>1935684

Considering just how things have been going in the city lately, what with the strange group that seems to have a bone to pick with you, you're probably going to need a reliable non-lethal option.

Your gauntlet taser has served you well, though its reach is severely outclassed by anything. So, perhaps it's time to think a bit outside the box.

The idea you have is a simple, rapier-like sword, a bit wider in the base than an average one, but the general outline is the same.

So, you get to work. Far from the first time you attempted to forge something, ironically enough it's the forging hammer still in your hands, your technique has improved dramatically. Those numerous hours spent just heating and forging metal endlessly has smoothed your movements to the point where it's not such a massive drain to work in front of the fire.

After a few hours of work, you've got the basic construction of the blade done. It's not the best thing in the world, but it's definitely functional that's for certain. Your hammer work resulted in a relatively smooth blade all the way to the point. All in all, it looks like an average rapier minus the guard and grip; however your work didn't end there. There's a thin indent in shaft, running from where the guard would be to the tip. Your plan is to run the taser wire along this and cover the gap in with the same conductive material that is on your taser gauntlet's knuckles.

If you do it right, you should end up with a sword that can deliver a debilitating shock alongside it's piercing attack.

> Congratulations! You have successfully forged: Rapier Base (Good Quality!)

Surprisingly, you don't feel tired at all after making the part and stowing it to the side. Considering the time, you have enough time to work on another project of yours.

The only question is what to making...
> Build Tool
> Build Armor
> Build Sword
> Build Gun
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>>1935843
make tool, we should cut down on excess space
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>>1935843
Lets keep going with the taser rapier and go out to buy the stuff we need to finish it.
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>>1935843
>Build Tool
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>>1935843
> Finish the Rapier

Damnit now that we're Forge Swole we should have made a taser Hammer.
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>>1935843
Actually no I'll switch to "build tool".
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>>1935869
>>1935843

I wonder if we could get someone to bring us the stuff instead while we build the tool? Pay them some copper or something.
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>>1935883
would you trust someone else to pick the right parts for the right price though?
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>>1935862
>>1935870
>>1935881

Looks like we're going with the tool.

> What exactly are you trying to build?
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>>1935920
A sonic screwdriver.

Barring that, at least a regular one. A multipurpose one as >>1935696 proposed or something.
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>>1935924

For reference's sake, your current tool kit has a screwdriver, wirecutters, some spare wiring, two entire rolls of duct tape, and your Welder/Cutting Torch Multitool.
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>>1935843
> Build Sword
> Build Gun
> Build Gunsword
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>>1935920
Voltmeter so we can trace wiring in ruins and tech and not get shocked to shit by accident.

Alternatively, mini versions that we can have as a backup to our tool kit. Or the Swiss army knife idea.
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>>1935905
If they're a fellow craftsperson then yes? They have to maintain a good reputation after all. That's how guilds work.
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>>1935977
We're not in the guild though. We just have a certificate from the authority. I guess it would take finding a skilled person that is also decent enough to not want to fuck the baka gaijin over.
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>>1935924
>>1935969
>>1935972

Let's narrow things down:
> Try to find the supplies to finish the Rapier
> Try to build a gun
> Try to build another melee weapon

>>1935972

I'm gonna say, for simplicity's sake, that you can go out and buy a voltmeter if you go out to buy stuff
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>>1936095
finish the rapier then
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>>1936095
> Try to find the supplies to finish the Rapier
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>>1936095
>be John
>train to forge armor
>train to forge guns
>makes a sword
Wut
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>>1936095
>> Try to find the supplies to finish the Rapier
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>>1936192
its called improving our weak areas. and besides this ist the most illogical thing we ever did.

fighting three men while we are about to faint and badly hurt.

waiting until we are about to die to escaope a train.

hating trains. FUCKING TRAINS

working with the mafia.

being an adventurer. we all do dumb shit. the devils luck is what separates us from them
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>>1936268
I support the idea, I just found it a little funny.
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>>1936115
>>1936116
>>1936251

Alright, let's go do some shopping.

Writin'
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>>1935843

No, you've already started this little project might as well finish it up. Grabbing the necessary belongings, you leave the forge.

A few carefully worded questions, considering that you're looking for distinctly non-civilian items, later and you're on your way to a shop in the Water District that the Daimyo apparently do business with.

The place isn't that hard to find, and you don't waste any time entering.

It's... not the worst place you've entered... you think. Calling it a 'shop' is definitely a stretch; the interior is more akin to a warehouse as there's just crate after crate from floor to ceiling.

At the back, there's a single man, casually smoking a cigarette with his feet up on the counter top. He doesn't say a word to you, simply pointing to what's evidently a catalog of his merchandise.

> MANA STORAGE CRYSTAL: Tiny - 2 silver, Small - 5 silver, Medium - 15 silver
> MANA CONDUIT: Tiny - 10 silver, Small - 25 silver, Medium - 50 silver
> MANA CONVERTER: Tiny - 1 silver, Small - 3 silver, Medium - 10 silver
> INSULATOR: 50 copper per square foot
> CONDUCTOR: 30 copper per square foot

Thinking about it, you don't need too much to make the taser since you don't have to worry about making the casing of it. The other good news is that for a weapon of this scale, you'll likely only need the Tiny versions of these pieces; the larger variants wouldn't fit most likely. If you were to bare bones it, you only need a Conduit, Converter, and Conductor. But, that might cause issues down the line...

Regardless, you have 1 gold, 113 silver, and 80 copper on you currently.
> What are you buying?
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>>1936335
Do the crystals have shelf life? Might want to pack a spare or two for random tinkering...

Anyway, buy up what we need to ensure the weapon is reliable and doesn't backfire on us.
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>>1936335
>buy double what we need.

its just simpler that way. and we can fix up any fuck ups
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>>1936352
in fact, take two of every tiny thing and double the amount of insulator and conductor. we have enough. its all good. and possibly a larger storage crystal
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actually could we take a look around for storage modules for our pipboy while we're shopping? So we can download the translator.
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>>1936335
How big are the mana storage crystals? As for where to put it, we could make the mana crystal a part of the pommel with the other stuff safe inside the hilt.
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>>1936512

Tiny would be about the size of a half-dollar. Small would fit within your palm. Medium is about the size of your hand.

>>1936351

Crystals don't have shelf life, but the mana within slowly decays over time.
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>>1936524
How do they recharge? Do we just pour our magic power into them? I assume they don't have the fancy harvester our cutting tool has.
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>>1936589

You can either force your own mana into them or you can hook them into a circut (They're basically glorified rechargeable batteries)
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>>1936357
>>1936351
>>1936512
>>1936589
>>1936375

Alright, so I'm seeing current purchase list of Two Tiny Crystals, Conduits, Converters, and two one-foot squares of Insulator and Conductor?
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>>1936634
having no knowledge how much would we need for other projects, sounds good to me.
Of course we can always shop for more if we make up our mind to make something later, it's not like we need to carry a lot of inventory at this point.
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>>1936634
that's good for us.

but like this guy said, is there any >>1936375
are there any pipboy upgrades like translator or room?
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>>1936651

If you're looking for a really short term solution you do still have 6 of those Datalinks that you could just wipe the data off of and just use as basically external hard drives in a sense.
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>>1936669
And a voltmeter.

Respect Electricity.
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after listening to this I agree this is johns theme tune. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz5Mx3a8kRw

not all of it fits, but the fire being a reference to the blight it works very well. blood on my name, well we have killed and are a disposed noble. Lazarus is also got rewarded for his service with rebirth. our "luck" saved us from the blight at the fall did it not.
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>>1939584

Luck was part of the reason why John managed to survive the Fall of Westmire. The other part of it was Dutch taking his father's service revolver and unloading it into your assailants' face.

>>1936335

> You have obtained: 2 Tiny Mana Storage Crystal (Simple Quality)!
> You have obtained: 2 Tiny Mana Conduit (Simple Quality)!
> You have obtained: 2 Tiny Mana Converter (Simple Quality)!
> You have obtained: 2 ft^2 of Insulator!
> You have obtained: 2 ft^2 of Conductor!
> You have obtained: 1 Voltmeter (Simple Quality)

> You have lost: 28 silver and 60 copper!

The man gives you a bit of a stink eye, probably for how much you're ordering as a walk in, but when you slam a bit more than what's needed onto the counter and tell him to see if he's got a spare Voltmeter lying around he looks a bit more enthusiastic.

After a few minutes of rummaging and muffled curses, he drops a bag of gear in front of you. You immediately pull back your money, ignoring the growl of aggravation coming from in front of you and checking through the sack to make sure everything's in order before pushing it back to him.

He doesn't say anything as you leave, likely checking to make sure your payment was legitimate as well. Regardless, you make your way back to the Main Bastion.

Entering without a problem, you consider how you're going to make this. Well, considering the size of what you're working with, what it is you want to do, and the materials at hand, you might as well put some serious effort into it.

> Roll me three 1d100+27's please
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Rolled 39 + 27 (1d100 + 27)

>>1941329
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Rolled 12 + 27 (1d100 + 27)

>>1941329
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Rolled 93 + 27 (1d100 + 27)

>>1941329
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>>1941362
That'll do it
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>>1941362

That's a 120, Great Success.

Writin'
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>>1941497
Update twitter
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>>1941329

Remembering the time you build your taser gauntlet, you take out all of your material and lay out how exactly you're going to put this all together first.

The power process starts with the conduit, which draws mana from the air and runs it into the wiring. Next up is the optional storage crystal which houses excess mana when the circuit is not in use. Lastly is the converter, which turns that mana into a DC current.

The idea, from there, is to run that electric wiring down the length of the blade and cover it in conductor to give the current something to 'jump' off of.

With the plan laid out, you begin the process. The conduit is secured to the edge of the guard, resting just against your pointer finger while you grip the sword, and the wiring is run, for lack of any other infrastructure, along the grip down to the pommel. Right there at the end, you hook the input and output into the mana crystal. Securing it, the enchanted piece of quartz could easily pass off as an accessory while not in use. Giving it a bit more though to what you're about to do, you grab your Dagger and cut off a piece of Insulator, running the cloth-like material around the entire guard to make sure you don't accidentally electrocute yourself when you hook everything up. Cutting a few holes to allow for all the gear you're working with to be where it needs to be, you secure the converter right at the back of the guard.

Up next to running the wire along the divot in the blade you made earlier, making sure to strip the rubber insulation and instead wrapping the conductor around it. From there you carefully place it and secure it as best you can. Thinking on your feet, you pull out your Multitool and set it to Weld. Being careful to not melt the wiring or conductor, you head one side of the divot to the point where it's malleable and begin to hammer it over enough so that the two sides pinch the conductor into place.

Giving it a test swing once it's cooled to make sure that it won't come free at the first use, you're rather satisfied to see that everything holds together. In fact, it's rather hard to see the thin line of black that now runs up the blade. That's good.

Going back to the grip, you grab more Insulator and wrap the wiring up so that it won't move. Satisfied that it's secure, you pull out one of the rolls of bandages you bought long ago in Bo Shan and create an actual grip for the sword. It looks a bit strange, but when you properly nail the wrapping down, it holds and provides a decent enough grip so you don't particularly care.

Taking a step back, you're actually rather impressed with what you've done. The entire thing looks good and a quick flick of a switch rewards you with a low crackle along the blade without shocking yourself. Due to the smaller size you needed to use, you know that you won't be able to constantly use the effect, but it'll at least do it's job well enough.

[1/2]
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>>1941587

[2/2]

> You have lost: 1 Tiny Mana Storage Crystal (Simple Quality)!
> You have lost: 1 Tiny Mana Conduit (Simple Quality)!
> You have lost: 1 Tiny Mana Converter (Simple Quality)!
> You have lost: .5 ft^2 of Insulator!
> You have lost: .1 ft^2 of Conductor!
> You have lost: 1 Bandage!
> You have lost: Rapier Base (Good Quality)!

> You have built: 1 Great Quality Exotic Rapier (Electric)!

> The Great Quality Exotic Rapier (Electric) has an active function that can be utilized twice before needing to recharge! One charge is regained per hour not used! You can input 10 mana into the Storage Crystal to regain one charge instantly (Free Action)!

Looking it over, you could almost pass the entire thing off as a ceremonial sword, what with the gem on the pommel and what looks like a felt guard... You'll probably need to build a sheathe for the rapier sometime in the future.

Either way, it's well and truly late at this point so you head off to bed after tucking the finished item into your bag.

Godo is back with a vengeance in the morning, and you're right back into your hellish curriculum for the week.

> Roll me three 1d100+14's for armor and three 1d100+14's for gun smithing progress
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Rolled 82 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1941626
armor
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Rolled 51 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1941626
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>>1941626
It's just a matter of attaching a (possibly muffled with leather) metal ring to one side of our belt and attaching another to a smaller belt to wrap around our leg on the same side. That way it doesn't rattle loudly and the rapier doesn't swing around wildly as we're moving, since it's affixed firmly to one of our legs.
t. Fencer
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Rolled 80 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1941626
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Rolled 76 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1941626
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Rolled 63 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1941626
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Rolled 15 (1d100)

>>1941626
>>
Alright, we have
>>1941643
96
And
>>1941686
90
Success and Success

Writin'
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>>1941740
hey QM can we recharge our sword mid combat or is it something we do out of combat?
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>>1941748
>>1941740

a forget it just read
>You can input 10 mana into the Storage Crystal to regain one charge instantly (Free Action)!
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>>1941626

This time around you take to your lessons in armor much easier, the techniques finding purchase in your mind as you go through the exercises.

Gun smithing is much the same, as you quickly take to the unique process of this craft.

> Congratulations! Your skill in the construction and crafting of armor plates into sets of armor has further refined! Your Build (Armor) Skill is now Adept rank!
> Congratulations! Your skill in the processes of forging metal into the components of gunpowder based weaponry has further refined! Your Smithing (Firearms) Skill is now at Adept rank!

Seems like Godo caught sight of what you made in your spare time as he immediately adds Weapon smiting to the pile of things you're now learning.

> Roll me three 2d100+17's for armor and firearms respectively, and three 1d100+12's for weapon smithing please
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Rolled 79, 41 + 17 = 137 (2d100 + 17)

>>1941792
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Rolled 26, 23 = 49 (2d100)

>>1941792
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Rolled 4, 80 + 17 = 101 (2d100 + 17)

>>1941792
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Rolled 3 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1941792
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Rolled 97 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1941792
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Rolled 83 + 12 (1d100 + 12)

>>1941869
>>1941792

Oops.
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>>1941874
wew
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>>1941816
96
>>1941835
97
>>1941874
109
Success, Success, and more Success

Writin'
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>>1941891
Is there casino in the city?
I think we could win some money with John's luck.
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>>1941921

Who knows what's in the Cloud District...

>>1941792

> Congratulations! Your skill in the construction and crafting of armor plates into sets of armor has further refined! Your Build (Armor) Skill is now Seasoned rank!
> Congratulations! Your skill in the processes of forging metal into the components of gunpowder based weaponry has further refined! Your Smithing (Firearms) Skill is now at Seasoned rank!
> Congratulations! Your study of the forging of metal into melee weapons have earned the skill: Smithing (Melee Weapons)! Smithing (Melee Weapons) is currently at Novice rank!

Somehow, some way, you manage to come out on top at the end of what is most certainly a hell week. Godo looks almost disgusted at the fact that you're still able to stand on the final day.

You sleep well that night.

Waking up the next morning, you find a small note stating that your dwarven teacher will be out for the morning but will be back by the early afternoon.

You've got some free time; the question is what to do with it.
> Work in the forge
> Go meet with someone (who?)
> Go somewhere (where?)
> Other
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>>1941953

> Work in the forge

SELF-IMPROVEMENT!
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>>1941953
> Work in the forge
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>>1941953
>Work in the forge
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>>1941977
>>1941962

Let's get to work.

The question is what to work on:

Smithing Skills:
> General Smithing: Seasoned (+10)
> Smithing (Armor): Seasoned (+10)
> Smithing (Firearms): Seasoned (+10)
> Smithing (Melee Weapons): Novice (+2)

Crafting Skills:
> Build: Seasoned (+10)
> Build (Basic Firearms): Novice (+2)
> Build (Armor): Seasoned (+10)
> Build (Clockwork): Adept (+5)
> Build (Robotics): Novice (+2)
> Build (Computers): Untrained (0)
> Build (Combi-Weapons): Untrained (0)

What'll you make?
> Write in
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>>1942008

Might as well add these in too:

Dismantle Bonuses: (+15)
> Magitech Gauntlets
> Datalinks
> Computers
> Medium Armor (Helmet, Chestpiece, Gauntlet, Leggings, Boots)
> Robotics
> Basic Firearms
> Exotic Weapons (Electric)
> Exotic Weapons (Clockwork)
> Exotic Weapons (Combi)
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>>1942008
Lets build a fancy new helmet for ourselves, now that we have access to a market and other nicknacks we should be able to make something fun.
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>>1942008
>Combi-Tool
Is there any way we can multi-tool like a previous anon suggested?
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>>1942031

Like a screwdriver/hammer? You can I suppose. It won't give you more of a bonus than the +2 you already get from your Tools, and it won't really save space since you'll be putting it in your Toolbox anyways.
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>>1942008
Can we improve quality of our armor set?
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>>1942008
>> Smithing (Melee Weapons): Novice (+2)
Make a throwing knife.
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>>1942054

You can. You'll have to make all new armor plating for it and exchange everything though.
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>>1942015
Make a stun gun bayonet for our rifle?
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>>1942066
Then I'm voting for
>Improve armor set
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>>1942015
>>1942015
start to make a new set of medium Armour with the new alloy
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>>1942091
>>1942078

Looks like we're making a better armor set.

What kind of armor are you going to make?
> Light
> Medium
> Heavy

(Keep in mind Dismantle Bonuses don't apply to Smithing rolls)
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>>1942125
> Heavy
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>>1942125
>THICC
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>>1942125
>> Medium
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>>1942125
> Heavy
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>>1942125

> Medium
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I want armor to look like this.
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>>1942158
>>1942135
>>1942132

Heavy it is. I assume you're going to be trying to make the new alloy?
> Y
> N
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>>1942178

That'd be a medium armor
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>>1942179

>Y

WE SHALL BE A MIGHTY WALL
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>>1942182

Medium? Goddamn, heavy's gon be HUEG
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>>1942179
> Y
It will be good for the future golem.
At this point with the tech might as well call it a robot.
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>>1942186

Heavy armor is flat out full plate mail and such.

Medium is segments of armor plate over fatigues basically. See pic
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>>1942183
>>1942194

New Fag's comment reminded me: Do you want to make this armor with the intent of having a robot/golem in it or for a person?
> Robot/Golem
> Person
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>>1942213
> Person
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>>1942213
> Golem
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>>1942213

>Person

we need more experience with the alloy before we try a golem
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>>1942221
>>1942241

Person it is.

> Roll me three 1d100+22's please
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Rolled 31 + 22 (1d100 + 22)

>>1942270
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>>1942125
>>1942196
What sort of armor would be best for a smith? I'm guessing heavy since we seem to be developing as a tank?
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>>1942287

John's a pretty middle of the road guy; not the biggest or the fastest guy around, but certainly no slouch in either category.
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Rolled 60 + 22 (1d100 + 22)

>>1942270
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Rolled 34 + 22 (1d100 + 22)

>>1942270
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>>1942302

82, Let's see what happens.

Writin'
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>>1941953

Well, you've got that new alloy that you could mess about with. And you've always wanted to try your hand at heavy armor...

Running with that, you get to work on forging a chest piece; it'll be the least complicated of the set, and it'll give you the most leeway when it comes to testing out this new metal.

So, firing up the forge, you get work. The alloy isn't particularly hard to make, you just have to make sure the ratio is right and that you're hammer it in properly. A few minutes of that and you're on to forging out the metal.

You get a bit lost in the constant back and forth, between fire and anvil as the chest piece slowly begins to form in your hand when something startles you.

"JOHN!" Backing away from the forge a bit, you turn to find Godo standing there with his usual scowl on his face. Before you can ask what's going on, he's already walking past you to what you were working on, "The boss wants to talk to you".

Turning to the door, you can in fact see Sun Woo smiling at you, "It's been a while, John".

Your response?
> "It has..."
> "Is there something you needed?"
> "Uh, hang on" Wipe yourself off a bit
> Other
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>>1942405
> "Uh, hang on" Wipe yourself off a bit
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>>1942405
> "Uh, hang on" Wipe yourself off a bit
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>>1942437
>>1942530

Yeah, hang on a second boss...

Writin'
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>>1942405

"Uh, hang on..." It's been a while since you've considered something like 'hygiene' and it definitely shows. Ugh, you smell awful... Wiping yourself down as best as you can, you walk over to the Head of the Bastion.

"I... I'm a bit out of what might be considering 'presentable' right now..."

Sun laughs at your awkwardness, "Don't worry about that, I won't judge you for your current state. But that's beside the point; there's something I wish to speak to you about".

He begins to walk down the hallway. You turn for a second, looking at Godo apparently examining your work, before moving to follow the man.

The two of you walk a ways before arriving at his office, taking your usual seat across from him.

"I assume you have a job for me to do?"

"Not quite," Sun Woo looks a bit hard pressed to make up his mind for a moment, "Consider it more so a personal favor".

Your response?
> "Personal favor?
> "Which is?"
> "Sorry, I don't deal in favors anymore"
> Stay silent
> Other
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>>1942637
> "Which is?"
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>>1942637
> "Which is?"
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>>1942637
"Tell it to me straight. What's going on, and how can I help?"
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>>1942652
Inb4 his son is one of the roof jumpers
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>>1942637

>Could I be arrested for it if I was caught?
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>>1942650
>>1942651
>>1942652
>>1942660

"This is going to be illegal, isn't it?"

Writin'
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>>1942637

You can't help but sigh, "This is going to end with me being arrested, isn't it?"

There's a moment of silence, then Sun Woo bursts out laughing, "No, no, not at all. Allow me to explain".

"Please do".

"How to explain... Ah, yes. My family, well I should say I am, is brokering the purchase of a rather unique set of armor for a good friend of mine. Now, normally, I wouldn't have any issue with validating the features of said armor. However, this particular piece is more of a relic than anything else; I believe you can see where you might come in".

"Yeah, I can," You lean forwards a bit, "But what's the catch? There's always a catch when it comes to these kinds of things".

"Well, to put it simply, the seller is rather... flamboyant," He looks to the side for a moment, "The deal is going to be done during a party in the coming days".

"A party," Deadpan doesn't begin to describe the tone of your voice. You also point to your shirt to emphasis the fact that you're not exactly cut out for higher society at the moment.

"Yes, a party," He nods to your display, "And, yes, you will be given the chance to clean up and change before then. So, what do you say?"

Your response?
> "Fuck it, I'll do it"
> "I'll think about it
> "I don't think I'll be up to this"
> Other

> Gonna pause things here. I'll be on tomorrow, see you all then.
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>>1942747

> "Fuck it, I'll do it"
> Can you recommend a tailor?
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>>1942747
> "Fuck it, I'll do it"
> Can you recommend a tailor?

I was going to ask if we could bring a date but i guess we are going more to watch the piece then having fun...so.
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>>1942747

>>1942774
Can I tack on "Should I bring a date?"?

because anon pointed it out.
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>>1942793
>>1942799
Sure, supporting
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>>1942747
Woah, what's with the profanity?
>"I can certainly do this,"
>eye contact with Godo
>"Out of curiosity, will your son be in attendance?"
OOC it seems like he'd naturally want to let his son handle something like that, but I love the hook too much to inspect the serrations on it.
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>>1942839
His boy isn't studying under Godo who is a armorsmith dwarf. Neither is a specialist in magitech so i guess we will be looking at a powersuit?
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>>1942839

It's quite possible the exact details of the armor make it more our specialty than his sons
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>>1939584
If you like that kind of music I recommend this

> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wXFK82TGh7c
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>>1942747
> Other

Can I bring a date?
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>>1942855
This is why I like the hook, I'm just surprised his son isn't on the top of the list despite having his proofs. The implications are interesting.
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>>1942799
This
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>>1942916
a potential plus 1?

I have a feeling dutch might be useful, cause we ALL know the night will end with someone dead.

or if we are feeling good about it we could ask serria, but she might have work to do.
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>>1943409
Sierra might enjoy it, and maybe also have some magic tricks up her sleeve.

I'm not sure if taking a mafia gunman would be a good idea.

An interesting option might be asking Gang Ryong
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>>1943439
intresting. yes
desirable. no

I really don't want to bring a unknown factor into this, and the "mafia gunman" is a real party man, he will make the most of the time there and cause a political scandal somehow. loads of laughs.

and the obvious appeal of serria is the fact you lot didn't pick the "kiss her" option. so I assume you would all prefer a calmer method of asking her out. eg wine food and a party.
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>>1943448
I'm less concerned about Dutch causing some issue directly and more about advertising our connection to the mafia in this sort of setting.
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>>1943454
well hes a man from out of town, the chance hes been recognised as mafia by the high rollers is unlikely. but the average joe on the street might get the idea......if we had not been seen a week or so ago carrying him drunk off our asses down the street and 3 in the morning
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>>1943456
We don't know what other actors will be in attendance but chances are a Gambino will and it would be unwise to underestimate intelligence of local authorities as well.
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>>1943448
Why does it always have to be the elf waifu?
I say we just go on our own and maybe find a hot centaur gf at the party.
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>>1943714
because we only KNOW serria and the whole point of this conversation is to see who we should bring with us, should we be allowed.
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>>1943714

Because the elf waifu is cute?
and we actually know her?
and anons seem to be trying to seduce her?
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>>1942839
>>1942855
>>1942858

Sun Woo's son has proofs, but they are not in engineering/magitech. He's not having his son doing the inspection because he does not have that skill set; you, however, do. I guess I didn't make it clear at the time, but while Sun noted that you weren't the only person to obtain multiple Proof's in one attempt, citing his son, he didn't state that his son completed the same tests as you did; there are many different Competency Tests you could take I just gave you the ones you had a chance of completing.

>>1942774
>>1942793
>>1942817
>>1942839
>>1942916

Looks like we're doing it, asking where we can get a suit, and seeing if we can bring a lady friend.

Writin'
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>>1942747

"Ah, what the hell, I'll do it. Out of curiosity, will your son be there?"

"Yes he will," Sun smiles, "As much as he dislikes the spotlight, he won't be able to outrun it forever. This'll be a good chance for him to learn how to handle these kinds of situations".

"Can't say I'm exactly partial to these kinds of events either," Thinking about it, it's been, well... since the Fall of Westmire since you went to a formal party. Those were... an irritating memory, "But I can manage during one. Thinking about it, do you mind if I bring a date?"

"A date?" The Head seems far more interested in where this conversation has turned, perhaps not anticipating it, "Well, I suppose there's no real harm in it. One extra person won't be too much of a different. Although, I can't deny that I am interested in who you'd be bringing".

"Right, I'll keep that in mind," You lean back a bit in your seat, grimacing as you get a whiff of yourself, "You have a Tailor you recommend? I don't think these rags will be appropriate".

"No, they won't," Is his blunt response, "However, do not worry about that. Considering this is more of a personal favor to me than an actual job, I will supply clothing suitable for the evening. And... a place for you to clean up," You can see his nose twitch at this, though his face remains schooled, "Although the person I have in mind will be able to tailor the clothing to fit you without an issue, I still need to tell him what he will be working with. Do you have a preference for a certain kind of formal wear?"

Your response?
> Western: White shirt, tie, suit jacket, pants; the works
> Try something Eastern: You don't really know what to expect from this
> Something else (write in)
> No preference, pick something for me
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>>1945404
> No preference, pick something for me
> I suppose I should bring my friend, if she'd like to join for this event that is.
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>>1945404
>What do you think would be appropriate

Although I suspect John would look out of place in local style, prompting something western or generic, but Sun would probably know best what the protocol suggests.
Does John know etiquette for this culture or just general stuff?
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fancier version of this maybe without the helmet
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>>1945404
>Western: White shirt, tie, suit jacket, pants; the works
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>>1945499
But that's not formal wear at all.
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>>1945514
sure it is line the jacket with furs and silk inlay the armor with semi precious metals use khaki pants and better quality boots and you have something that good enough for this and still be prepared for when things go wrong
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>>1945404
> Western: White shirt, tie, suit jacket, pants; the works

Go with what you know, also they aren't so isolated as to not expect it. It will also help excuse any social gaffes as us being a foreigner.
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>>1945404
Also

> Ask if we can bring our Electric Sword to show off to potential investors, or if Sun Woo would like us to make one for himself or for his Son as a gift.

Nothing like having a sub-lethal weapon for guards or nobles who want to duel.
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>>1945530
That sounds expensive as shit.
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>>1945530
That's quite insulting to your hosts. Implying they're either your enemies, or unable to protect you.
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there's also this
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>>1945404
>> Try something Eastern: You don't really know what to expect from this
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>>1945562
>tfw it's extremely revealing.
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>>1945404
> Western: White shirt, tie, suit jacket, pants; the works

Maybe we should ask Sierra if she has any clothing for this kind of event...if i remember she was in need of those too.

>inb4 people in the party confusing her for a servant.
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>>1945530
If you're really concerned, a fist of heavy rings are a rich man's knuckle dusters.

Or two rings that can be connected to a grip piece that holds a tiny power source worn as a belt buckle or in the heel of a shoe and turns them into a taser. Pretty sure we don't have time to make one though.

Also magic exists. So they might find it no matter how well hidden it is.

No, the best thing is to bring along gifts or prototypes to show off. A gift for the Host is polite. Maybe an improved clockwork pistol or rifle. Unornamented but well made to reflect our own unpolished state, and so that the host can detail it with their own designs much as we also hope to learn and grow under the influence of their city.
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>>1945594

we can probably afford to buy a dress for her with our current money, we'll just need to make a withdrawal from the bank.
I don't expect Sun Woo to buy her dress, since we're the only reason she'd be coming.
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we're being followed by people that are really good at hiding and we have no idea why i feel some paranoia is healthy at this point
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can we make the van helsing crossbow?
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>>1945630
Yeah but getting shanked at an event like this is FAR less likely than them trying to frame us. We'll probably travel there with Sun Woo as out patron anyways. Our main goal should be to follow his lead and make him look good, in turn he'll show us off as the new talent he found and is grooming.

That's why he should be the one to present us and anything we make to the Host.

We should probably warn him that we think we might have been targeted by someone so to be careful on the way there.

Also, why are we asking Serena and not Arch-Mage bro?

> Beard-sempai, teach me how it feels to have that luxurious hair on my body.
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>>1945662
then we should make armor that we can hide under formal wear that wouldn't attract attention to us
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>>1945436

John's got some experience interacting with top crust people. As for Shirahoro itself, he knows that it is a mix of Western and Eastern with a slight leaning to Eastern.

>>1945545

See >>1941626
"Looking it over, you could almost pass the entire thing off as a ceremonial sword, what with the gem on the pommel and what looks like a felt guard..."

>>1945595

You did just create blueprints for prototypes of marksmen and anti-material variant clockwork rifles.

>>1945647

Got an example?

>>1945662

You did inform Archmage as to the suspicious activity in the Earth District as of late. It's out of your hands what he's doing with that information.

>>1945594
>>1945536
>>1945511

Looks like the general agreement is see if Western wear will be appropriate and ask about what Sierra will be wearing.

Writin'
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>>1945697
I don't think you understand. A) That's not possible even IRL, B) they probably all know what armoured formal wear looks like, C) If our pursuers can strike us at a party with the City Heads attending then our best bet is to hide behind a Guard or our Mage date.

Far more important to look out for poison, possible kidnapping, or being assaulted on the way to or after the party. Additionally we might get robbed while we're there so we should lock up or hide anything sensitive.

We can probably get away with bringing our Glove and the Multitool as being useful for identifying the armour.

I'm not saying you shouldn't be paranoid. I'm saying you're worrying about the wrong things.

If we get attacked in a way that armour helps, we're already too fucked for it to actually help.

Also you would have to convince Sun Woo to make the suit to fit it.
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>>1945720
I just don't know if ceremonial weapons are allowed at parties or held at the door to prevent drunk nobles from dueling or stabbing the help.

But yeah we should whip up a prototype of both rifles and get Sun Woo to present them.
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>>1945726

I think what >>1945697 mean was more so a version of a Kevlar vest than anything else. As for weapons, you'll have to see I suppose. Keep in mind that healing magic is a thing in this setting, despite the fact that I don't believe it's ever actually gotten any screen time thus far.
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this a good enough picture of what i was wanting to build?
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>>1945767

So a repeating crossbow then? I mean, you could; you're a bit ahead of that on the tech tree currently but if there's something specific you want to do with it go right ahead and make your case.

>>1945404

"Western works for me, just do me a favor and keep it simple," You grimace a bit as you remember some of the more ridiculous outfits you've seen in your time. You don't want to look like a complete and utter tool at this party.

He laughs at your obvious lack of enthusiasm, "I'll try to keep that in mind".

There is something else that flickers across your thoughts, "Would you be providing attire for my date as well, or should I look into doing that myself?"

"Hmm... Well, I believe it wouldn't be too much trouble to procure something for her; if you wish to buy her something that is your decision but do let me know what you end up deciding on," Sun Woo gives you another smile.

"That's very generous of you, sir".

"It is; you can pay me back by introducing your date to me at the party".

"I'll make sure to do so, if she can make it," You're not entirely sure what to say next, though the strange activity you've seen around the Earth District lately comes to mind.

Sun Woo would likely want to know if something is happening that may require the Daimyo to intervene, but you're not entirely sure what's going on yet and spooking this group may just drive them further underground.

Inform Sun Woo about the mysterious group?
> Y
> N
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>>1945888
>> N
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>>1945888
y
it's better to look crazy and inform him than it is to hide the fact we have someone with unknown intent following us since we are presumably riding with him
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>>1945888
y
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>>1945888
i was thinking we could use our expertise to craft specialized bolts to do the whole we have an bolt that does precisely what we need it to, even if we need to become friends with an alchemist to do it
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>>1945888
>n
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>>1945888
>> Y
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>>1945888
Yes he's much better prepared to hunt them than us.
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>>1945981
Let's skip that and go right to clockwork grenade launcher.

Remember John would have no idea where to start on a crossbow but he is familiar with clockwork rifles.

In fact shotguns fulfill that role in modern day.s
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>>1946258

That's a great photo.

>>1945953
>>1945960
>>1946139
>>1946238

Let the boss in on what's been happening.

Writin'
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>>1946258
He doesn't have much experience in making explosives, and I doubt the Main Bastion is willing to help a fresh off the train foreigner who's only been in town for a while learn about that kind of thing
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>>1945888

"Before I leave, sir," You hesitate a bit, not entirely sure how to phrase your words, "I don't mean to imply anything, but I assume that you have a network of... associates".

Sun's expression doesn't change, but you can tell that he's more serious than he was previously, "I do, why do you ask?"

"There's a group that I believe are operating in the Earth District; dark clothing, only come out at night, stick to the shadows. I've only managed to catch one off guard, saw that he or she was a lithe thing with pale skin before it scurried off. I don't have a clue what they are or what they're up to, but I've been through far too much to dismiss my instincts," You can't help but feel a bit nervous as you watch the Head contemplate your words.

"Thank you for telling me that John, I'll look into it," He smiles again in a way that's somewhat reassuring.

After bidding you goodbye, you head back to the forge. Godo's gone again, so you suppose you have some free time again.

Can't imagine he'll be gone for too long though, so now the question is what to do?
> Work in the forge
> Try to meet up with someone (who?)
> Go somewhere (where?)
> Other
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>>1946400
>> Try to meet up with someone (who?)
>Sierra
have to tell her about the event to give her time to make a decision and get cloths
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>>1946353
Good thing we have friends that are teaching us enchanting.
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>>1946400
> Try to meet up with someone (who?)

Sierra
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>>1946400
If we're gonna find Sierra we should at least make an effort to not smell like ass.
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>>1946295
Inspiration. I figure that it's also a good representation of high engineering low alchemy skill. Making something that blows up is easy. Something that blows uup only when and as much as you want it to? That's tricky.
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>>1946427
>>1946412
>>1946446

We'll see if we can find Sierra tomorrow. Gotta run for tonight.
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Has the Curse taken hold?
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>>1951157

I'm alive; just had to actually be a responsible adult yesterday. Promise it won't happen again.
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>>1951211
You better not be a responsible adult ever again. You have a cooperative story telling to run on a Korean porn images forum.
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>>1951211
>just had to actually be a responsible adult yesterday

Oh god that's horrible.
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>>1946400

Odds are Sierra's going to have work during the party. If she's going to join you, she'll need to take time off; you'll need to tell her in advance.

Grabbing a few of your belongings, you slip out of the Bastion and head toward the Inn. It's gotten colder again, the heavy overcast weather dropping the temperature even further.

The change of seasons reflects in the crowds as, even though it's just after lunch time, the people on the streets are hurrying to get out of the elements rather than enjoying them.

In no time at all, you've made it to the Dragon's Lair Inn. Like always, it's quiet and mostly empty.

In fact, the only person around is Sierra who is calmly drinking a cup of coffee. She notices you out of the corner of her eye, and you can see her entire face light up at your presence.

"John, it's been a while," She's got a smile on her face as you sit down next to her.

Your response?
> "It has"
> "How's your job been working out for you?"
> "You gonna be busy in a few days?"
> Other
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>>1951230
>> "It has"
>> "How's your job been working out for you?"
>> "You gonna be busy in a few days?"
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>>1951230
> "It has"
> "How's your job been working out for you?"
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>>1951230
> "It has"
> "You gonna be busy in a few days?"
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>>1951230
>> "It has"
>> "How's your job been working out for you?"
>> "You gonna be busy in a few days?"
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>>1951230
because I'm an awfully impatient person and if I am doing something I'm going all in, lets get this out of the way then attempt the "true flirt"

otherwise supporting this>>1951233
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>>1951307
>>1951296
>>1951275
>>1951251
>>1951233

Continuing the conversation.

Writin'
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>>1951230

"It has been a while," You start, settling into your seat, "How's work been for you?"

"Tiring," Sierra glances to her cup of coffee, "Adjusting my sleep schedule to fit my job hours was a real pain to deal with; the bar's in this really fancy hotel so all the major traffic comes in during diner and late at night. After the bar's closed, we've got to sweep and clean everything down".

At this point, she gulps down the last of her drink, "At least I have this to keep me going. How about you; how's the apprenticeship going?"

"I've been working from dawn to dusk. It's been good though, been learning a lot".

There's a comfortable silence between the two of you, Sierra tapping her cup, before it's broken.

"Say, John, what's your opinion on parties?" She's looking at you curiously at this, though you're not sure why.

Your response?
> "No comment"
> "I've been through worse"
> "Not a fan"
> Other
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>>1951338
>> "I've been through worse"
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>>1951338
ive been through worse
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>>1951338
> "I've been through worse"
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>>1951338
>2
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>>1951352
>>1951354
>>1951365

We'll survive. Maybe.

Writin'
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>>1951338

"I've been through worse," All things considered, that's a rather good summary of your thoughts on the matter. Even if you did just deflect the question, technically.

"Oh?" Sierra raises an eyebrow at you, "So you've been to one before?"

"A few, yeah. They were..." 'A real pain' is how you want to finish that, but you don't feel like going there right now, "They were. Dutch and I did meet at one, so I suppose at least one good thing came from them".

She laughs here, "Somehow, I can't exactly imagine the two of you in polite society".

As if realizing what she just said, the elf goes quiet and looks off with a frown.

"Is there something wrong, Sierra?" You ask, cocking your head to the side a bit.

"Hahah... Well," She glances at you nervously, "Would you consider going to one in the near future?"

"Huh?"

"I... uh. My boss is having a rather large party at his hotel in a few days and I may have said that you'd be coming as my date and sorry!" Sierra looks at you pleadingly, "But can you please come?"

Oh
> Start laughing
> "Sure"
> "That's convenient"
> Other
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>>1951396
> "That's convenient"

IS she talking about our party or another?
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>>1951396
>> Start laughing
>> "That's convenient"
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>>1951396
> "That's convenient"
>>
laugh and convenient
I will go with you, but I had the same question for you
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>>1951338
>There's a comfortable silence between the two of you, Sierra tapping her cup, before it's broken.
Holy shit, our elf waifu just broke the cup by tapping it. Just like what we'll do to her.
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>>1951400
Yeah let's try to ascertain that it IS the same party before making any promises. We can't split to be in two places at once.
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>>1951396
> "That's convenient"
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>>1951396
> "That's convenient
> Other

"Why did you "have" to tell him that?"

Because if he's giving her trouble we can subtly show off who we rub elbows with. Plenty of waitresses without connected friends he can take advantage of without fear of repercussions.
f
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>>1951450

The silence was broken. everything else in your statement is true, however

>>1951400
>>1951419
>>1951431
>>1951434
>>1951488
>>1951498
>>1951551

Let's make sure that we're going to the same place

Writin'
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>>1951396

"Snrk," You try to hold it in, but you can't help the first bubbles of laughter from escaping you.

Sierra's expression goes confused at your reaction, but you manage to quickly wave her off, "Do you know what the party is going to be like? Know anyone who is going?"

"Well," She looks thoughtful for a moment, "My boss made the whole thing sound like an auction of sorts; a lot of money being thrown at shiny, but otherwise useless things. The 'main event' is apparently what most of the people are coming to see; one of the Councilmen is buying something special from one of the major traders. I don't really get it though; why's the main event of an auction something that's already been bought?"

"Don't look at me," You grin at her; sounds like you're going to the same place after all, "So, what are you going to be doing during this party in the first place?"

"Considering the event, I'm going there to work the bar," Sierra pouts slightly, "Sure, it's going to be on a rotation with a few other groups and the pay's good, but I'd rather just enjoy the party than worry about having to work".

Chuckling a bit at this, you consider your next words carefully.
> Break the news to her, you'll be working there too
> Keep playing along for now
> Other
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>>1952476
>keep playing along for now
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>>1952476
> Keep playing along for now

"I can probably make both things work, but I think that if I'm helping you out you should pay me back a favour. Maybe a real date somewhere?"

"In fact I have an event to attend for my Boss as well too. He's going to handle the clothing for me so I will have something appropriately nice. He said if I bring a date he would pay to outfit them as well."

Get her all embarrassed about it then reveal that it's the same party.
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>>1952476
Sounds good, I’ll be delighted to come... in fact...
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>>1952510
>>1952491
>>1952485

"It'd be weird if I had a party to go to at this exact time and place oh wait"

Writin'
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>>1952476

"Hmm..." You pretend to look thoughtful, taping your finger against your chin, "It's gonna be tough for me to make the time. I'm gonna have to convince the guy teaching me to give me the time off, and I'm also already going to be working on something for the Head of the Bastion".

"Oh..." She looks down at the table, "That's too bad..."

"Yeah, it is too bad. The job sounds interesting enough however. I'm supposed to go to this party in a few days and help broker the purchase of some kind of magitech armor; make sure that it does what the seller claims it does and all that. Gonna be in a few days to".

Sierra blinks, then slowly turns to you, "...John?"

"Yes?"

"You're an ass, you know that right?" She pushes her cup away before reaching out, grabbing you by the shoulders, and beginning to shake, "Grr, you were already going to the party then??"

"Yep," The cheerful smile on your face gives her pause, at least until she shoves you slightly, "Hey, the Head's going to be supplying my attire for the night and he even offered to supply you with an outfit".

"He's letting me borrow formal wear? How did he know I was going to be there?"

"Well..." You can't help the slightly lopsided grin across your face, "I might have mentioned I'd be bringing you along as my date".

"I..." Her expression shifts from anger, to confusion, to quasi-depression, ending with her folding her arms in front of her and dropping her head on top, "All that worry for nothing..."

"Hey now," Your hand reaches out and pats her on the head, "If you feel so bad about it we could just go on a date again",

"John".

"Yes?"

"Just be quiet for now," You note that you're running your fingers along her hair, getting a relaxed sigh out of the elf.

Now what?
> Stay quiet, enjoy the moment
> Ask Sierra about something (what?)
> Go somewhere (where?)
> Other
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>>1952723

> Stay quiet, enjoy the moment
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>>1952723
>> Stay quiet, enjoy the moment
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>>1952723
> Stay quiet, enjoy the moment

The lady said to stay quiet we stay quiet.
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>>1952850
>>1952778
>>1952741

Enjoy the quiet.

Writin'
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>>1952723
> Stay quiet, enjoy the moment

Can't ruin things if we don't talk!

Although I would like to find out what would be a nice little trinket to make her as a gift. Practice some fine work in the forge. Maybe a torc made from robot alloy?
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>>1952903
Something formal yet functional. Is it possible to make an ornate battery for her to store excess mana in so she can use it later?
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>>1952723

"If you insist..." Letting your voice softly trail off, you just lean back and relax as you continue to gently run your fingers through Sierra's silky locks.

It's... nice, really. You've really not had the chance to just sit back and relax in this past month and a half or so. Damn, it's really been that long...

The elf in question continues to make vaguely-happy noises as her breathing relaxes and slows. Guess she really needed the break as well...

Checking the time, you can't help but wince a bit. You do need to be getting back; odds are Godo's going to be running you into the ground after he hears that you're getting more 'time off'.

Looking over, it's rather evident that Sierra's out cold now. Ugh, what to do...
> Wake her up, say goodbye
> Let her sleep, you'll meet up again later
> Carry her back to her room, no need for her to sleep on a table
> Other
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>>1952991

> Wake her up, say goodbye
Just so we know she isn't sleeping on the job.
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>>1952991
> Wake her up, say goodbye
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>>1952991
>> Wake her up, say goodbye
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>>1952991
> Wake her up, say goodbye
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>>1952994
>>1953002
>>1953037
>>1953082

Better say goodbye for now.

Writin'
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>>1952991

You're not sure when work starts for her, but making sure the elf doesn't sleep through it sounds like a rather good idea. So, after shifting your hand from head scalp to her shoulder, you shake Sierra awake.

She's rather embarrassed at the fact that she fell asleep, though that doesn't stop her from sending you off. The two of you plan to meet up right when you get to the party, so there's that taken care of.

Getting back to the Main Bastion is rather trivial, though as expected Godo isn't exactly happy to see you back 'late'. Given how his usual expressions are, you return the dwarf's greeting and get dug in for the next few days of hard, hard labor.

> Roll me three 1d100+14's, three 1d100+17's, and three 1d100+14's for basic firearms, clockwork weapons, and smithing melee weapons please
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Rolled 97 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1953166
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Rolled 72 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1953166
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Rolled 72 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1953166
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Rolled 79 + 17 (1d100 + 17)

>>1953166
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Rolled 81 + 17 (1d100 + 17)

>>1953166
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Rolled 57 + 17 (1d100 + 17)

>>1953166
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Rolled 58 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1953166
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Rolled 5 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1953166
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Rolled 55 + 14 (1d100 + 14)

>>1953166
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Alright, we have
>>1953178
111
>>1953206
98
And
>>1953213
72
Success, Success, and even more Success.

Writin'
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>>1953166
>>1953166
So great success, success, not quite?
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>>1953166

> Congratulations! Your skill in constructing weapons that utilize gunpowder has further refined! Your Build (Basic Firearms) skill is now at Adept Rank!
> Congratulations! Your skill in constructing complex mechanisms utilizing clockwork machinery has further refined! Your Build (Clockwork) skill is now at Seasoned Rank!
> Congratulations! Your skill in forging metal into melee weapons has further refined! Your Smithing (Melee Weapons) is now at Adept Rank!

The next few days go by in a flurry of activity as you really pick up steam in your learning. Faster than even you anticipated, you practically fly around the forge from topic to topic.

In no time at all, it's come time to start getting ready for the party. Thankfully, you managed to work on some things in your pitiful free time. They were...

> Write in

> I have to go to sleep, unfortunately, so I'll be pausing things here. Anons had a few good ideas for projects to create for the party, so I'll say pick three things to work on building. When we continue we'll do the needed rolling, so just discuss among yourself what you want to make for now.
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>>1953373
Good night buddy. Here are my ideas for some stuff to do.

>A sheath for our rapier
>A bracelet for Sierra
>A beard clip for Godo
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>>1953373
Okay, so we get three NEW things.

I suggest we make:

one amulet/necklace that can act as a mana battery for Sierra

a concealed hand rig system for whatever item we need, like a bottle, or a derringer gun

a taser or stun gun that is similar to the ones used in real life
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>>1953373
In the context of the story, I'd like to make Sierra's gift and some things that'd help us out. For crunchy combat reasons I think we can forego that and instead focus on making things we can use to make the world a better place not just for John, but everyone. This is very unhelpful as a vote, but maybe it'll serve as a quality of life improvement for you, StoryT, to funnel ideas through and narrow down the volume of options available to other anons.
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>>1953373
> A sheath for our rapier

> A torc for Sierra - can have mana crystal that simply powers a small light to illuminate a gem - take the light out and it can be used as a taser. Make sure it has a safety.

Exposed wiring surprise!

> A more accurate pistol as a gift for Sun Woo to present on our behalf.

Prototypes are bomb-ass gifts. Establishes our position as an authority while having novelty as being made by the newcomer who aced three tests at once.

>>1953405
Pretty sure we get to bring our "ceremonial" sword.

Also our Glove which is technically a tool we use has a taser no?

But seriously we have to be prepared to not be able to bring in weapons. Dial the paranoia back down to 9 or so.
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>>1953405
Also the setting has magic. So magical and mundane inspection for weapons might be something to consider.

Probably better to bring things that have a clearly relevant and non-weapon function that can be used as weapons.

Like how you can make bombs from laptop batteries.

Hell our multi-tool would be terrifying on flesh.
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>>1953373
same as these guys but I don't think we can make a sheath.

so if we can:
>a sheath for the rapier
>a necklace for sierra [potentially a mana battery or weapon]

and try to fuck about with the guns, maybe better sights or a method of quick loading.
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>>1953373
Supporting a mana-battery jewellery for Sierra.

Also, what do we need to make a set of communication devices? I know you said Rider used some central hub for communications, but if all datalinks are capable of encoding, transmitting, receiving and decoding a comm signal, there should be a way to set them up to work with each other, at very least on a one-to-one basis.
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>>1953417

Thus far, John has helped integrate highly sophisticated computers into the fold of a manufacturing/trading company, designed and prototype'd high caliber rifles, and helped relearn a forgotten method of forging metal. He's done a surprising amount already.

>>1953404
>>1953405
>>1953417
>>1953517
>>1953847
>>1954075

Looks like we're making a sheath, a necklace for Sierra, and some kind of weapon for the last one.

Let's narrow down our options for the last one:
> Make a pistol
> Make a rifle
> Make something else
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>>1954225
> Make a pistol
See if we can make some sort of hold-out weapon, something that might pass a brisk pat down, but can put down one or two enemies.
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>>1954225
> Make a pistol
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>>1954225
> Make a pistol
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>>1954232
>>1954239
>>1954248

Pistol it is, though there's one last thing to get down.
> Make the pistol for yourself
> Make it as a gift for Sun Woo
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>>1954256
>Gift for sun woo
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>>1954256
> Make the pistol for yourself
Going with my previous idea, a small hold-out weapon we can hide up our sleeve / on our person somehow. One or two powerful shots in case of emergency.
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>>1954256
gift for sun woo. maybe even messing about with it to be upgraded?
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>>1954266
>>1954261

Gift it is.

Now, for the kind of pistol:
> Holdout: Thin, light, easy to conceal. Limited ammunition and low stopping power.
> Medium: Average across the board and reliable.
> Heavy: Limited ammo, deceptively high stopping power
> Other
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>>1954282
how easy is a heavy to hide?

but hold out, ornate if we can
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>>1954322

Anything that's not a Holdout would need to be in a bag or something similar to not be visible.
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>>1954282
>Holdout: Thin, light, easy to conceal. Limited ammunition and low stopping power.
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>>1954326
well then, a nice looking hold out
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>>1954331
>>1954326

Ornate Holdout it is.

> Roll me three 1d100+22's and three 1d100+17's please
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Rolled 86 + 22 (1d100 + 22)

>>1954335
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Rolled 98 + 22 (1d100 + 22)

>>1954335
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Rolled 42 + 22 (1d100 + 22)

>>1954335
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Rolled 11 + 17 (1d100 + 17)

>>1954335
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Rolled 63 + 17 (1d100 + 17)

>>1954335
AND AGAIN, FOR A NEW ROLL
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Rolled 44 + 17 (1d100 + 17)

>>1954335
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Alright, we've got
>>1954339
120
and
>>1954350
80
Success and Success

Now, for the necklace.

> Roll me three 2d100+12's please
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Rolled 3, 96 + 12 = 111 (2d100 + 12)

>>1954355
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Rolled 59, 84 + 12 = 155 (2d100 + 12)

>>1954355
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Rolled 88, 15 + 12 = 115 (2d100 + 12)

>>1954355
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Alright, we've got
>>1954359
100
And
>>1954356
108

Success and Success.

Writin'
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>>1953373

> You have lost: 1 Tiny Mana Storage Crystal (Simple Quality)
> You have lost: 1 Tiny Mana Conduit (Simple Quality)

Well, the first one wasn't anything really special. Making a sheath for your rapier was rather easy, especially with how Godo drilled the techniques into your head. So, placing the sword and sheath to the side, you move onto the other two projects you managed to complete.

> You have built: 1 Great Quality Ornate Holdout Pistol!

Looking over the piece, you have to resist the urge to run your fingers over the smooth, metal frame of the pistol you worked so hard to create. It was certainly a challenge to compress the various mechanisms within to fit into such a slim frame, but you definitely feel good about what you've made. Placing it back into the small metal box you made along with it, you move onto the last item.

> You have build: 1 Great Quality Mana Collection and Storage Necklace!

This... You put a lot more work into this than you're willing to admit. Considering you aren't a jeweler, you did do a rather good job of combining the Tiny Mana Conduit and Tiny Mana Storage Crystal into what looks like a kind of techno-jewel. From there, the 'gemstone' is held in place by a metal casing connected to a small chain. You're not entirely sure how much length is needed on it, so you left a fair bit of slack just in case.

Pushing together your things, you grab what you'll be taking with you and walk out of the forge.

You've got a nice, hot bath waiting for you.

> Gonna run off for lunch here, I'll be back in a bit.
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>>1954380

The previous day, a guy showed up and quickly took your measurements for the tailor. You're not entirely sure if he went fast because of his skill or the fact that Godo was glaring a hole into his skull the entire time but either way the process was done and over with before it really got started. You just hope that the rush job didn't result in any mistakes.

Either way, upon exiting the Main Bastion, you run right into Sun Woo who is standing there casually. You're only moderately disturbed by this, but you manage a polite greeting regardless.

"Did you enjoy your week?"

"It was productive," Looking around, you don't see anyone you'd describe as an 'escort'. It's a bit strange, since arguably one of the most important men in the city is walking around on the streets. The man himself looks completely as ease as the two of you navigates the streets of the Fire District up towards the Cloud District, right where you were denied access previously funnily enough.

Any conversation while you walk?
> Ask about who's going to be at the party
> Ask about any other information on the armor in question
> Ask if he's found anything on the group you mentioned previously
> Ask something else
> Stay silent
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>>1954500
>Ask about any other information on the armor in question
>Ask about who's going to be at the party
first things first
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also should we give him the weapon before actually going to party, during it or at some unrelated opportunity?
we rather should not be found out smuggling a weapon into a high roller club...
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>>1954516
supporting this and ask about the armour
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>>1954500

> Ask if he's found anything on the group you mentioned previously

also did they get Sierra's measurements?
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>>1955790

Yeah, they did. I'm just trying to cut out a bit of the micromanaging since I'm going to be a bit busy this week with classes and all that.

>>1954513
>>1954586
>>1955790

See what it is we're getting into.

Writin'
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>>1954500

"So, do you have any clues as to what exactly I'll be looking at when I'm inspecting this armor?" Might as well ask the vital questions while you have the chance.

Sun Woo doesn't slow his pace, though he does turn slightly to look at you, "It's going to be something quite interesting".

"That's all?"

"More or less," He smiles casually at your deadpan look, "I know that it's some kind of relic dug out of a Ruin far East. Apparently the magitech on it is something else; whoever helped dug it up couldn't figure out how it's functions worked".

"So, you're going to be buying a piece of magitech that no one knows what it does?" This situation just keeps sounding more and more absurd by the moment.

This gets a laugh out of the man, chuckling like he's enjoying a private joke, "I suppose that's mostly true, though they did figure a few of the functions out".

There's an awkward silence for a few seconds.

"...They smashed the suit against things until something happened, didn't they?"

"They did"

The audible thump of your hand smacking your face draws a few looks from people passing by, though you note Sun Woo waving them off with his usual air of calm.

"Is everyone attending this party going to act like this?" The thought of being surrounded by dumb- no, rich dumbasses fills you with a certain amount of dread.

"Quite a number of Shirahoro's elite will be there, though I can tell you they're all exceptional individuals in their own rights. Aside from them, there will be entertainment of a few sorts and some fine food. Pretty normal for this kind of gathering," He gives you another bright smile, "So don't worry about things too much; enjoy yourself while you have the chance".

"I'll try," You huff a bit, turning to look ahead, "I'll try; and I'll worry as much as I damn want".

That gets another laugh from him.

There's a nice break in the conversation here, perhaps now's the chance to pass off your gift without much of a fuss.
> Give Sun Woo his gift
> Wait for later
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>>1956141
>give him his gift
Token of thanks, didn't think it'd be a good idea to give it to you there, all that
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>>1956141
> Give Sun Woo his gift
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>>1956162
>>1956174

What's in the box?

Writin'
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>>1956141

"Here, I've got something for you," Sorting through your belongings for a moment, you find the metal box and pull it out, "Didn't exactly know when the right time would be, but I figured entering the party with this would be a rather stupid idea".

Sun Woo, after accepting the object from your hands, looks puzzled for a moment as he runs his fingers against it. With a motion from you, he pushes the lid to the side, the metal casing smoothly sliding out of the way, to reveal it's contents.

"Oh... Well," He seems a bit at loss for words, which is a rather interesting reaction thinking about it, "John, this is incredible... I almost feel bad accepting this..."

"Don't be," You grumble a bit, "It's a gift; it's yours".

"No, I meant that it'll be a shame to see a piece such as this go without use," Sun Woo looks over at you and chuckles a bit, "I've always been more of a Scholar than a Warrior so I really wouldn't know the first thing about firing such a weapon".

"Then learn how to shoot," Shrugging a bit, you glance over at the man, "No better time than the present, right?"

"Well, I suppose you're right," He looks down at the box again before sliding it shut, "It'll be better than it just gathering dust on my desk".

Once again, there's a companionable silence between the two of you. After a bit, Sun Woo glances over at you.

"You know John," He starts slowly, deliberately, "I must confess that there's a certain, how do I say, frightening quality to you".

"...In what way?" This really is a strange experience for you; no one's every told you flat out to your face that you're scary before...

"Well, I suppose your ability to simply absorb and utilize knowledge is what I find so fascinating. You learn in the process of weeks what would take an average man years to accomplish," Sun looks you curiously, "Geniuses are not unheard of, but to see a one of your caliber in your field is certainly a rarity; even more so from a common man. Ah, I'm rambling now... But, I do want to ask you what your secret is? How did you become such a success?"

Your response?
> "It started as a simple matter of survival..."
> "Well, perhaps I'm not as 'common' as you believe..."
> "There's no secret, just blood and sweat"
> Say nothing
> Other
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>>1956273
>> "It started as a simple matter of survival..."
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>>1956273
> "It started as a simple matter of survival..."
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>>1956299
>>1956316

Gotta eat, gotta sleep.

Writin'
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>>1956273

"It started as a matter of survival, really," You look off, not facing the Head, "My choices in Airgrid were rather simple: I either had to use my head, my muscles, or... well, regardless, the main point is that I made the decision to use what I knew to my advantage. I did what I could, worked my ass off day and night to keep myself fed and clothed and my neck intact. Simple shit really. I did what I needed to do and I left when I got the chance".

You turn back to Sun Woo and shrug, "I'll be honest, living here I haven't exactly had to deal with much of that, but the fact still stands: I learned because I had to learn, I worked because I had to worked, and I survived because I had to survived".

He smiles at you brightly, "And you're no less fascinating for it".

"Yeah, sure," You're still uncomfortable with his surprisingly legitimate interest in you, scratching the back of your head for a bit.

The two of you finally make it to the entrance of the Cloud District, the guards at it giving you a glance before a stern look from Sun forces them aside.

In a rare display of self-control, you don't shove your shoulder against the nearest guard and continue on your way. The change between the two Districts is abrupt and rather disorienting if you're being honest; the stone brick road turning into a strange, smoothed out surface that you can't immediately identify. The buildings too are of a higher cut, the architecture reminding you a bit of what Goo Hwi used to live in before he... had Sierra burn it down? You really can't remember that moment all that well, but something tells you it's not exactly welcome territory.

You and Sun Woo continue your silent walk towards whatever you destination may be.

> Gonna pause here and get some sleep, I'll be back tomorrow.
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>>1956273
Even if he doesn't use it, it's an ornate weapon which would probably work as a ceremonial piece. Besides, it's point + click, doesn't take a marksman to hit something 10 feet away in the case of an assassin or whatever. Scholars gotta defend themselves too.
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we should have included a silence rune in the ornate pistol.

Also, voting for generally trying to use more runes. The next might be one that makes things fire-proof for
>>1953404
>>A beard clip for Godo
but one that protects the beard from fire!
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>>1960810
Nah, I think that if he uses it its against an assasin or unexpected assailant so a gunshot will summon the guards. But I agree with more runes and a gift for godo.

Also we could potentially get work from bastion for silence tuning
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Maybe, with some telepathy magic, we might be able to remotely control a robot?
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>>1956475
Mostly I'd be concerned about how quickly he can retrieve aim and fire the rifle between the time he became aware of the assassin, and them getting to him.
>>
A Gift For Godo.

To show appreciation and respect, we craft a homage to our initial encounter.

We create a Masterwork forging hammer, inscribed with durability runes so that it will (basically) never tarnish and always look amazing.
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Sorry about the delay, back for the weekend.

>>1963040

It's a holdout pistol, not a rifle. Not sure where you got that from.

>>1961277

Level up Robotics and put research into Computers; you'll be able to remote control drones that way. I don't even want to think of the clusterfuck of magitech it would take for telepathy magic to control a robot.

>>1956473

A few more minutes of walking later, and arrive at what you can only assume is Sun Woo's 'home'. It's really more of a 'complex' than a 'home', but at this point you've grown rather indifferent to these kinds of things.

"This the place?"

"It is," The man smiles at you in his usual way, "You don't seem all that impressed".

"You've got a very impressive home here, sir," Deadpan doesn't begin to describe your tone.

Your comment gets another laugh out of him and, after he's done, the two of you walk inside.

Despite your jaded tone, you can't help yourself from looking around as you walk in.

> Roll three 1d100+10's please
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>>1963311
I blame lack of sleep for the mixup.
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Rolled 74 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>1963311
hopefully i got the dice right
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Rolled 21 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>1963311
>>
Rolled 28 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>1963311
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>>1963135
Oppie is it possible for us to craft such an item?
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>>1963584

It'll take some work to get your Forging + Build skills up high enough to make something of Masterwork Quality, but it's not impossible. You can also get reinforcement runes to put on it, but at that high of a quality it really wouldn't make too much of a difference.

>>1963448

84, Let's see what you see.

Writin'
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>>1963311

Looking about, you're really enforcing your early observation of this being more of a compound than a home.

Seriously, you're in a city and yet there's gardens and courtyards in here. Sun Woo's got to be absolutely loaded to have this much land to his name. Well, it's not like you didn't already know that anyways...

Regardless, the entire place is certainly impressive, even to you. You have to bite back a few pointed comments about the stupidity of paper doors and the like, but all in all you make it to what you assume is the guest greeting area without an issue.

"We have a few hours before the party is set to begin," Sun Woo turns and takes a seat, "I suggest you take the chance to clean up; I'll have your clothing ready for you when you're done".

Now what?
> Go get cleaned up
> Ask Sun about something else (what?)
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>>1963757

> Go get cleaned up
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>>1963757
> Go get cleaned up
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>>1963757
>> Go get cleaned up
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>>1963757
>> Go get cleaned up
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>>1963757
>> Ask Sun about something else (what?)
Any customs of the city to be aware about before I head off on my own?
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>>1963757
>Any customs of the city to be aware about before I head off on my own?
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>>1963311
>Level up Robotics and put research into Computers; you'll be able to remote control drones that way. I don't even want to think of the clusterfuck of magitech it would take for telepathy magic to control a robot.
I believe it would be better to actively only get superficial knowledge of Robotics and Computers. We should focus more on Artificing, as this should be our main specialty. Learning a bit of other stuff is good so we can better work together with other (maybe hired) people more interesting projects.
Learning about Computers would also be good for aquiring ancient (hopefully magitech) blueprints, maybe that would help with telepathy controlled robots (which I see as a step towards my personal main goal in this quest: BECOMING AN IMMORTAL GOLEM - better than building one and better than power armour).
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>>1964790
I think it would be better to partner up with the computer guy from the last job we did with Archmage. John would focus on the body while he makes it's brain. He could also help John build a kick-ass computer.
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>>1964816
disadvantage of partnering up is that there's an additional person around who knows we dabble into questionable and possibly outright illegal technologies
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>>1964851
They met on a job funded by the mafia, I'm sure he'd be cool with the occasional goofing around with questionable tech
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>>1964865
>>1964851
well we are not working for the mafia, we are affiliated with their fronts. also if we work with a guy on our project and don't use illegal or stolen parts we can claim "nothing wrong here guvnor'"
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Sorry Anons, things have been a bit hectic on my end these last few days. We're currently on page 10, so I'll throw up a new thread tomorrow when I have the chance to write.

In the meantime, I've been giving some thought to making a Discord server. Now the idea was brought up during the first thread and ultimately shot down. However since we are now at the R&D heavy portion of the quest, I feel like having a place where you guys can discuss and debate ideas could help keep things focused. Building a Golem and building an EXO have pretty much been the two corner stones of this quest, but they are not the only things that people wish to create. Anyways, I'll worry about that tomorrow depending on the response I get.

See you all then.
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>>1968274
See you then Story-T.
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>>1968274
story teller, the idea was shot down for 2 reasons.

it was early quest, if this failed or you had to drop it. then all that was left would be a server that no-body would use

and two was again, early days so lots of anons would spend their time on the server rather than the thread and this of course means that steam would fail and thread dies.

currently I believe the first problem has been negated. and I would be willing to overlook the second, ergo a server can be made.

but up to you, and have a good time




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