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26/05/17
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Nino: This is...
Aria: The graveyard.

26/05/17
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Nino: Nevermind that, hey! We've arrived.
Nino: Is this... Red Tulip Town?

Aria: Nope, we're not quite there yet.
Aria: The town is a little bit ahead.

26/05/17
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26/05/17
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Aria: Yeah! Tori's nice to me.
Nino: Sure seems like it.

26/05/17
"Everyone: Go on."

Nino: You guys sound like you're on good terms.

26/05/17
"Nino, Aria, Kotori, Five and Ludwig: Well, what are you waiting for, get a move on!"

Kotori: Well, I have to get going.
Aria: We'll be out of your way then.
Aria: Seeya, Tori!

Kotori: Mhm, I might see you around town later.
Kotori: Have fun.

Nino: (I was absolutely not flirting with her.)
Aria: (A-are you still hung up on that?)
Nino: (Whatever. Let's go.)

26/05/17
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Kotori: Yeah, well... I'm in charge of the whole place all by myself now.
Aria: That sounds too much... Please don't overwork yourself.
Kotori: It's nothing, don't worry about it.
Kotori: Besides, more work just means more pay.

26/05/17
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Kotori: AS I was saying, before i got RUDELY interrupted.
Nino: ...Sorry.
Kotori: I'm busy, so I'll let you be on your way now.
Aria: Are you still on watch around here?
Kotori: Yeah, I haven't finished surveying this area yet.
Aria: Seems like things have been rough since that other guard got moved.
Aria: You seem busy all the time nowadays!

26/05/17
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Kotori: ...Are you asking me out or something.
Nino: I-- Uh-- No-- Why would you think so?
Kotori: I told you before, you have Aria with you.
Kotori: She can just show you around.
Kotori: I don't see why I'd have to help with that.

Nino: Oh.
Kotori: Dumbass. Don't interrupt people like that again.
Aria: Tori, that's kinda harsh...

26/05/17
">Nino: Ask what a guy has to do to get a tour around here."

Kotori: Anyway, I'm a busy person, so--
Nino: So!! Red Tulip Town huh?
Nino: Quite a fantastic name, probably poetic on some level or something!
Nino: Think you could show me around sometime?

Kotori: Um.

14/04/17
"Nino: Use the fact that you are no longer fearing for your life to check your party screen again."

You seize up the opportunity for a quick check-up. Seems like Aria's in your party now, whatever that means! You still don't even know what this party's for, but you hope you can invite all of your friends!

You briefly wonder who the other two slots are for, before moving back on to the matter at hand. You have more important things to focus on right now.

14/04/17
"Shake hand, return spears, be the diplomat. "

You and Aria quickly work it out and give Kotori her spears back, which she quickly stows into her inventory, not giving you a chance to peek at what's inside.

Why are you even looking in there.

Respect people's privacy next time you creep.

14/04/17
"Kotori: ask kindly the spear that Nino has in his inventory back"

Kotori: Give me back my SHIT.
Kotori: BOTH of you. NOW.

Aria: (O-oh, yeah, that's right...)
Nino: Oh, right.
Nino: Us having your spears wasn't a thing that stopped being a thing or anything, whoops.
Nino: Sorry, I kinda forgot!

Kotori: Cut the sass and just give 'em back!

14/04/17
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Kotori: So, now that formal greets are out of the way,
Kotori: Red Tulip Town's right up ahead, if you need a quick rest.
Kotori: You have Aria with you, so just let her show you around.
Kotori: Also.

14/04/17
"Diplomacy: Complete "

Looks like everything's good now. You HOPE it's all good, at least.
The guard-- err, Kotori, that's what she said her name was, right?? Anyway, Kotori doesn't seem on the verge of ending your entire bloodline, as opposed to how she was before.

You gain +3 Diplomacy points.

11/04/17
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Nino: N-nice to meet you too.

11/04/17
"Nino: What are you waiting for? Shake it like your life depended on it, because it does!"

You can only hope this will go well.

11/04/17
"Nino: Shake. That. Hand."

Seems like you've got no choice now.

31/03/17
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Kotori: Nice to meet you.

31/03/17
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????: Anyway, you haven't introduced me to this person yet.
Aria: Ah, yeah, um-
Aria: Nino, this is Kotori, a guard who works in this area.
Aria: She and I are acquaintances.
Aria: And Kotori, this is Nino, um, a friend of mine.

Kotori: Drop the formalities and just call me Tori.
Kotori: It's what everyone calls me, for short.

31/03/17
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Aria: E-Easy mistake, haha.
Aria: It's alright.

Nino: (I can't believe that worked.)

31/03/17
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????: ...
????: My bad, Aria.
????: I somehow thought your friend was a human.
????: Heh! amateur mistake. I haven't had this job for that long.

31/03/17
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31/03/17
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Oh.

31/03/17
"Five: Intervene."

31/03/17
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Like...

31/03/17
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Are these guys serious.
Do they really think you'd fall for something like...

31/03/17
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HOW IS SHE NOT CONVINCED YET YOU HAVE BOTH THE HORNS AND THE EYES
COME ON

31/03/17
"Nino: haha you're a perfectly normal monster boy and not a human in disguise at all haha! You like monster stuff like uh um...monstering! "

JUST A GROUP OF MONSTER FRIENDS
DOING MONSTER THINGS
NO HUMANS HERE
HA HA HA

31/03/17
"Aria: Make up an excuse for Nino. "

????: Aria, explain what you're doing with this person.
Aria: N-no wait, you see,
Aria: I haven't introduced you to him, uh, he's... a friend of mine...
Aria: ...From the countryside! Yeah!

Nino: I am?
Nino: Wait, I mean....
Nino: I am!

Aria: Yeah, he is!

31/03/17
"Aria: Intervene!"

Aria: No, you two, stop it!
????: Aria, what?
Nino: A-Aria?

31/03/17
"Nino: You sure being diplomatic is going to help in this situation at all?"

????: Get away from Aria.
Nino: You know Aria?
????: That's besides the point.
????: You're dangerous, and you ought to be disposed of.

Nino: S-stop waving that spear in my face
Nino: Just let me explain myself!

????: You mean, make more excuses for yourself?
Nino: E-excuses? No, I just--
????: Yeah, no. You're coming with me.
????: Right now.

31/03/17
"Nino: DIPLOMACY!!!!!"

Nino: Ha ha, what, human? Who said anything about them?
Nino: I'm not a hum-

????: Cut the act.
Nino: B-but hey, like I said before, we can just give you back the spears, and...
Nino: And pretend nothing here happened!

????: Does it look like that's an option in this situation?

25/01/17
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Nino: !!
????: I'm onto you, suspicious human.
Nino: (...ssssssshit.)
????: Get away from Aria and turn yourself in quietly.
????: It'll just make things easier for both of us.

25/01/17
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Nino: O-okay, maybe we did "steal" a thing.
Nino: Notice the *quotation marks* that I just gestured with my hands,
Nino: Because you see, we can just give it back to you!
Nino: This is what's called borrowing.

????: That's... not how it works.
Nino: Hey, borrowing is perfectly legal!
Nino: Might be a new concept for you. Don't worry, I totally unders-

25/01/17
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????: Don't get ahead of yourself.
Nino: ... ):
Nino: (Maybe this is actually totally hopeless.)

Aria: (...Spoke too soon.)

25/01/17
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Aria: (Psst, hey, doesn't this mean...)
Aria: (She won't have a weapon to attack us with?)

Nino: (Oh, right!)
Nino: (Maybe this isn't totally hopeless then.)

25/01/17
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Oh yeah. Oops.

Oh ha ha, how did these get in there?
Haa.

25/01/17
"Red Girl: Nobody breaks the law on your watch. Confiscate the criminal's stolen goods. They pay their fine or its off to jail."

????: Nobody breaks the law.
????: Not on my watch.

Nino: H-hey now, we did nothing wrong!
Nino: You can't just waltz in and-

????: I'll be confiscating your stolen goods,
????: You pay your fine, then it's off to jail.

Nino: ...But we didn't steal anything!
Aria: ...
Aria: (Um... Actually...)

25/01/17
"Five: Intervene."

Unfortunately, Five is too scared to do anything but hide behind Nino for safety. Not that she would be able to do much to help in the first place.

This is gonna be one tricky situation.

25/01/17
"Nino: Grab the spear to ensure that your foe does not retrieve it."

Okay of course, sure why not. This is proabably a very good idea.

25/01/17
"Everyone: Put your hands up"

Quickly, yes! Look, nothing suspicious at all. Just a group of Monster Friends, doing Monster Things, no humans here, Nope!

...Seems like you're the only one willing to do this stupid gesture here. Maybe you should stop.

Five clings to you for safety.

25/01/17
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Aria: ...This was not part of the plan.

25/01/17
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09/01/17
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????: STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUM.

09/01/17
"plan: fail miserably."

09/01/17
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Aria: See, if you hadn't stopped fidgeting around I would've been done way faster.
Nino: W-who cares about that now!
Nino: More importantly, are you sure this will work?

Aria: Well like I said, you still have to play along.
Nino: Okay, what exactly do you mean by play-

09/01/17
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Aria finally removes her hand from your forehead. That was extremely awkward. Well, awkward for you only, it seems.

You're not sure what she exactly did there, but you hope it will work.

09/01/17
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Aria: Yes, you are fidgeting!
Nino: No, it's just...
Nino: It's nothing, just hurry it up.

09/01/17
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Nino: ....What are you doing.
Aria: I just told you, I'm using my disguise on you!
Aria: And, stop fidgeting! You're making it harder to concentrate.

Nino: I-I'm not fidgeting!

09/01/17
"Aria: Disguise Nino as another monster."

Nino: What are you going to do now, anyway?
Aria: It's simple, I'm going to use my disguise on you!
Aria: Don't move and stay relaxed.

Nino: Wait, what-
Aria: It'll be fine, just trust me.

09/01/17
"Nino: You don't have a lot of options, do you?"

Aria: There we go, thanks for cooperating with me, for once.
Nino: I'm not sure if I like the way you worded that.
Nino: But who cares, you're welcome.

Aria: P-please don't be mad.
Nino: ...whatever.

09/01/17
"Nino: The plan involves you being bait, doesn't it?"

Nino: Play along? That sounds really fishy!
Nino: Are you going to set me up as bait or something??

Aria: W-what, no! This plan is safe for both of us!
Aria: You won't be in danger, I'm sure it'll work, so-

Nino: Oh of course, YOUR plan will work.
Nino: But MINE wouldn't!

Aria: ....
Aria: .... Are... you...
Aria: ... Are you ... mad?

Nino: NO!
Aria: You're... You're acting kind of childish right now.
Aria: You didn't have to get so angry! It's just that your plans weren't-

Nino: Whatever! Just-
Nino: Just tell me what you've planned.
Nino: Not like I have much of a choice here or anything.

Aria: A-alright!
Aria: Please just get up now.

18/09/16
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Nino: Goddamn, those plans really wouldn't work huh.
Nino: And I was so confident in them!

Aria: Well, I've thought of a plan.
Nino: You did? Really?
Aria: Yup! But you have to play along for it to work.

18/09/16
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Nino: ...

18/09/16
"Nino: Maybe you could ambush the spear-thrower? Look for a place to hide."

Nino: Ok, you win.
Nino: But I have another plan!

Aria: As long as it doesn't involve time-consuming steps...
Nino: Oh, it's easy stuff.
Nino: We can just hide and ambush the guard!

Aria: I don't think that's a good idea.
Nino: What? Why not?
Aria: That would probably be really dangerous.
Aria: You saw how fast she chucked her spears at us before.

Nino: Oh.
Nino: Well...

18/09/16
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Nino: ...

18/09/16
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Nino: See, right here, where I'm standing!
Aria: I don't... see anything.
Nino: No, I mean,
Nino: This spot would be perfect for a trap!

Aria: ...And how would we make that?
Nino: Ok see, we dig a huge hole,
Nino: Cover it with leaves, and like, sticks,
Nino: And voila!

Aria: How...
Aria: How would we dig a hole? With our hands?

Nino: Well...
Nino: Ludwig can do it.

Aria: I don't think we have enough time to do all that.
Nino: No, no, it can work, see...

18/09/16
"Plans: Make 'em happen."

Nino: Ok, what if we made a trap?
Nino: Like a big hole!

Aria: Wait, what?
Nino: Look, look, I'll show you.

18/09/16
"Nino: Make a Wile E. Coyote-esque trap, like digging a hole and covering it with leaves."

Nino: Oh! I know!
Aria: Ah, you have a plan?
Nino: Yeah!
Aria: Well, what is it?

18/09/16
"Nino: Inventory check on everyone."

You don't seem to have anything that might help, and neither does Aria.
In fact, you seem to have a lot of useless stuff in your inventory right now. You don't even remember picking up half of it!

You guess you're gonna have to make-do with what you have.

18/09/16
"Nino, Aria & Five: Make all the plans. All of them."

Nino: We need to do something about whomever's after us.
Aria: Well, that person's a local guard around the village.
Aria: If we can get past her, we'll reach the village safely.

Nino: Hmm...

15/09/16
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Aria: So...
Aria: I want to ask what you're doing in the monster's world,
Aria: And I suppose you want to ask me the same,
Aria: But...

Nino: Yeah, we don't have much time right now.
Nino: We need to think of a plan.

15/09/16
"Aria: Be thankful of Nino and Five for taking care of Ludwig."

Nino: So he really is your dog.
Aria: Yep!
Aria: Don't ever run away like that again, Ludwig.

Nino: Well, um...
Nino: Sorry I guess...
Nino: We kinda stole him from you, hehe.

Aria: Oh, I guess so...
Aria: But, in retrospect,
Aria: you kept him safe and protected him!
Aria: I appreciate that a lot!

Nino: Yeah, I guess.
Nino: Sorry for making you worry about him!!

Aria: Hehe, it's fine.

15/09/16
"Ludwig: Be the GOOD DOG, and lick your BEST FRIEND."

Aria: Ludwig! you silly dog!
Aria: You made me so worried, you know that.

15/09/16
"Nino & Five: Introduce yourselves"

Aria: I think we had a bad start back there.
Aria: So, let's start over from the beginning!
Aria: I'm Aria, Aria Elwyn.

Nino: I'm Nino! and this little one's Five.
Aria: Hehe, she seems to be fond of Ludwig.
Aria: It's nice to meet you both!

Nino: It's nice to meet you too!

15/09/16
"Nino: Bonding time!"

Nino: I'm sorry about earlier...
Aria: What do you mean?
Nino: I kinda freaked out because I thought you were a monster,
Nino: and um... I said some bad things.
Nino: Yeah. Sorry.

Aria: Oh.
Aria: Don't worry, I understand.
Aria: Most humans would probably have the same reaction.

Nino: So, that monster appearance...
Nino: Was that your ability?

Aria: Yes!
Aria: It's kinda lame, but I can disguise myself like that.

Nino: Nah, can't be any lamer than my ability!
Aria: Hehe.

13/09/16
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Nino: Are you alright?
Aria: Yeah.
Nino: That's good to know.
Nino: Hey, thanks for the help back there.
Nino: I would've been history if it wasn't for your arrow!

Aria: Hehe, I did what I had to!
Aria: I'm glad you and you friend didn't get hurt.

13/09/16
">Aria: AH YOU'RE HEADING INTO TOWN WITHOUT YOUR DISGUISE WHAT ARE YOU DOING. "

Nope, you got that backwards.
You're now hiding in an area that is opposite-ways from the town.

13/09/16
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13/09/16
"Spear girl: Go after the thieves"

13/09/16
"Girl: And throwing spears at people in the first place is not illegal?"

Of course it isn't, you dummy.
They're guilty of not one, not two, but THREE things on your list of illegal things.

Doing three crimes at the same time is very, VERY illegal and warrants immediate action.

13/09/16
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Perfect.

13/09/16
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Your list is in need of updating.

13/09/16
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Speaking of illegal things...

13/09/16
"Girl: Decide stealing IS totally illegal and incarcerate those thieves. And by incarcerate, I mean fillet them with your spear."

You guess stealing sounds like a pretty illegal thing to do.
But you're not sure if the right punishment for stealing is murder, since that is more illegal.

Seriously, murder's the most illegal thing you can think of.

13/09/16
"Girl: Continue throwing spears at the thieves general direction, try to goad them into an ambush."

You would love to do that, but there's one small problem.
You only have one spear in your hand right now.

What do you think this is, like, a spear flea market or something similarly ridiculous?

And now that your targets have escaped, you'll have to search for them. Great. More work, as if you didn't already have enough of that and then some more.

10/09/16
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That's, like, stealing, isn't it?
You think stealing is probably 100% illegal.

Probably.

10/09/16
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They took the spear you threw.

10/09/16
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10/09/16
"Spear lady: Plunge from the skies dramatically, screaming "NGAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!" as catchy theme music plays in the background."

That's not your style.
You prefer to be a bit more careful.

A bit more Stealthy, if you will.

10/09/16
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10/09/16
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10/09/16
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10/09/16
"Aria: Join Nino."

10/09/16
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Why not, looks pretty safe to you.

...This may be the weirdest thing you'll ever do in your life.

10/09/16
"Aria: Take the fallen spears with you. But ensure they're not booby-trapped first."

10/09/16
"Aria: Wait!!!"

...What?

10/09/16
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Thank god, he seems way calmer than he was earlier!

You have never interacted with another human in a long, long time.
It's nice to have someone trust you.

Even though the current situation is a bit dire, you can't help but feel a little bit of happiness.

You gain +50 happiness points, which are probably useless and don't actually exist.

10/09/16
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Aria: I think that's a good idea.

10/09/16
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Aria: ...

10/09/16
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Nino: Wouldn't it be better if we stuck together instead?

10/09/16
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Nino: S-So..

10/09/16
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Nino: I mean, I don't know who's coming after us,
Nino: Or what they're capable of
Nino: But you seem to know this area way better than we do

10/09/16
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Nino: H-Hey! I know you told me to hide,
Nino: But what are you going to do all alone?

10/09/16
"Nino: Well, monster or not, she is actively protecting you from the threat of the mysterious spear-person. You can probably trust her for now, at least."

Instead, you do the more sensible thing and go back to being Nino.

You admit you may have overreacted earlier, but that's just because you were afraid for both your life and Five's! Clearly, it's a completely reasonable and justified reaction that anyone who is in your situation would have.

You will run and take Five with you to safety, but you don't want to leave this lady all alone! That would be a very selfish thing to do.

10/09/16
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It seems like you have no business being Five anymore.

10/09/16
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All that Five wants is do is to play with the doggy.

10/09/16
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Five has no concept of anything called a "spear" in Five's life.

10/09/16
"Five: Recognize that spear!"

You are now Five.

10/09/16
"Aria: Disguise yourself as a tree?"

That's beyond your capabilities!

You can't disguise yourself into an entirely different thing with very different physical proportions than yours. That's more like transforming, which is a completely different ability altogether.

Besides...

You know who the person after the other human is, and she knows you.
You won't have a problem if you just put your monster disguise back on.

The real problem is with the other human.

But maybe if he just runs and hides somewhere...

20/06/16
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You manage to hit the mark perfectly.

The person who threw this must be coming here soon! You have to think of a plan, and you have to do it fast!

08/06/16
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ARIA: Just trust me and do what I said!

08/06/16
"Aria: As a show of trustworthiness, shoot whatever it is in the sky with your bow so that Nino won't get hurt."

ARIA: Take Ludwig and the little kid and go hide!
NINO: Wait, what?
NINO: What are you doing?

ARIA: I'll buy you some time, so go!
ARIA: Hurry, get going!

NINO: But...
NINO: What about you?

ARIA: That doesn't matter!

08/06/16
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Yeah, that's another spear. A REALLY fast spear.

Oh dear god.

08/06/16
"Nino: Take a closer look."

08/06/16
"Nino: Look up. Again."

Is that...

08/06/16
"Nino: Realize that the monster chasing after you is HOT. "

Before you could dismiss attempting to follow such a silly command, Five brings your attention to something.

Something red, pointy, and is also above you. Again.

08/06/16
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That was really, really close! Whomever threw this thing must have very good aim.

It looks like a spear. You wonder who could be targeting you?

08/06/16
"Nino: DODGE!"

You manage to stop just before the thing hits you.

04/06/16
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Whatever it is, it's headed exactly towards your current location.

04/06/16
"Nino: Look up."

You do just that. And you see something.

Something suspiciously red, sharp and very pointy.

04/06/16
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ARIA: It's not a...
ARIA: disguise...
ARIA: It's... What I'm saying is...
ARIA: ...I'm really...
ARIA: A human. What the hell is that thing up there??

NINO: What?
ARIA: That... um...
ARIA: up there... look up!

NINO: What are you talking about?

04/06/16
"Nino: This monster can disguise itself as a human! HOW TERRIFYING! KEEP RUNNING!"

NINO: Oh, I see your tricks!
NINO: I AM ONTO YOU.

ARIA: What are you even talking about!
NINO: YOU THINK YOU COULD FOOL ME WITH THAT HUMANISH DISGUISE HUH
ARIA: That's not... Whaa??
LUDWIG: BORK
NINO: SEE, I TOTALLY GOT YOU
NINO: YOU THINK YOUR DISGUISE CAN FOOL ME?
NINO: THINK AGAIN, STUPID

ARIA: No! You're the one who's being stupid!
NINO: NO, SHUT UP AND LEAVE US ALONE
FIVE: :U
ARIA: No! I told you!

04/06/16
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Hopefully the pay at the end of the month will be worth the trouble.

04/06/16
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Guard work is such a burden nowadays, but when duty calls, it calls hard. You'll have to fulfill that duty whether you like it or not.

04/06/16
"Villagers: Come check out all the noise and disturbance."

Somebody certainly did overhear you.

04/06/16
"Aria: Run after them!"

NINO: STOP FOLLOWING US!
ARIA: Stop shouting!
NINO: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
ARIA: Give me Ludwig back! And also stop RUNNING!
LUDWIG: BARK
NINO: HOW DO YOU KNOW HIS NAME?
NINO: YOU CLEARLY HAVE AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE HERE I AM ONTO YOU

ARIA: What? NO! HE'S MY DOG I NAMED HIM THAT!
NINO: NO, WE FOUND HIM!
NINO: Isn't that right, Five?

FIVE: :U :U :U
NINO: SEE?
ARIA: See what? I SEE NOTHING!
ARIA: GIVE ME BACK MY DOG

NINO: FUCK OFF
ARIA: DON'T SWEAR IN FRONT OF THE LITTLE KID
NINO: SHIT I MEAN
NINO: OH HECK DARN IT

ARIA: STOP SWEARING! AND STOP RUNNING!
NINO: JUST GET THE HELL AWAY FROM US STOP CHASING US
FIVE: :UUUU

04/06/16
"Aria: Remove the disguise and try to catch up with them! Call out to Ludwig, he should recognize you. "

ARIA: Wait, look! I-I'm a human too!
NINO: CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF US GETTING AWAY SAFELY
ARIA: No, wait!
ARIA: Ludwig, come on! It's me!!

LUDWIG: BARK
ARIA: Aaaaa stop running please!

02/06/16
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Things aren't going like anyone's hoped!

Well, definitely not like YOU hoped, at least, and that's what matters!! WAIT WHY IS HE TAKING LUDWIG WITH HIM????

02/06/16
"Nino: Run away with Ludwig! Don't let her take your new doggy!"

ARIA: Wh-why are you running??!
NINO: GET THE HELL AWAY FROM US YOU MONSTER
NINO: You want to catch us huh? FAT CHANCE!!!
NINO: This bird's gotta FLY!

ARIA: What!!! no I...
ARIA: Wait, where are you taking Ludwig?

NINO: FIVE, LUDWIG, ONWARD TO SAFETY!!
ARIA: Stop running!
LUDWIG: BOOF
FIVE: :U !!!!

02/06/16
"-->"

ARIA: H-Hi! I'm...
ARIA: Wait, w-what are you doing?

02/06/16
"-->"

That's...that's a freaking monster.

Are you kidding, a monster already found you? And right after you said you will be careful and not let them find you, too! What is this, some sort of ironic sitcom comedy? Oh, but you will not have any of that shit. You will certainly NOT let any monster get you!

There's only one logical thing to do here: Run the hell away.

02/06/16
"-->"

That's...that's a human boy!!

You haven't seen another human in a very, very, VERY long time! You wonder who he is, and what he's doing here? How did he enter through the barrier? Why does he have Ludwig? He must've saved him from some sort of danger. He is probably a very friendly individual if Ludwig trusts him!

There's only one logical thing to do here: Befriend him!

02/06/16
"-->"

02/06/16
"->"

You suddenly notice that somebody is behind you.

31/05/16
"->"

Somebody else...?

31/05/16
"->"

Oh, there! That's him!

You're sure of it, you'd recognize that floaty ghostly figure anywhere!!
There's Ludwig! And.. and... and there's...

31/05/16
"Aria: Follow the prints already!!!"

You are!! Following!!! The prints!!!

All this running is really tiring you out, but you must find Ludwig!!!
You think you can see something ahead.

31/05/16
"Nino: Ask Five what she knows about the village."

NINO: Say, do you know anything about the town?
NINO: Or the monsters themselves?
NINO: I don't know much about what they're like.

FIVE: oh...five knows!
FIVE: monsters... not friends with human...
FIVE: monsters must... hate human!
FIVE: it's... very important rule!! must follow!!

NINO: :o !
FIVE: but five... loves human!!
FIVE: five different... from other monsters...
FIVE: monsters... really mean to human!

NINO: Yikes.
NINO: Maybe we shouldn't enter the village so quickly...

FIVE: five thinks...
FIVE: nino... try to talk to monster?
FIVE: monster must... understand!!
FIVE: nino... not a bad human!

NINO: Oh hmm.
NINO: Should I try to explain the situation...?
NINO: But I don't know how I'll explain it!
NINO: I don't remember how I left my world, or how I ended up here.

FIVE: nino... come from... human world?
NINO: Yeah.
FIVE: oh!!!
FIVE: is... human world... nice?

NINO: I.. don't really know?
NINO: Our world was a lot brighter than this one.
NINO: It had more, um... Advanced technology? I think...
NINO: I don't remember much of it.

FIVE: human world... sound fun!!
NINO: Not really!
NINO: The
human prince is really strict, he makes lots of laws and rules!
NINO: Anyone who's not a stickler for that stuff had a hard time there.

FIVE: :o
NINO: Sorry, I'm kinda rambling here.
NINO: In any case...
NINO: I don't think I can explain this situation to the townspeople.
NINO: So I can't really talk with them... hm...
NINO: For now, let's be careful and not let any monsters see us!
NINO: I'm sure we'll figure something out later.

31/05/16
"->"

NINO: Enjoying the ride?
FIVE: yes!!!!
NINO: Good to know!
NINO: Ludwig seems happy too.

FIVE: nino... where is nino going to now?
NINO: I think this path leads into Red Tulip Town?
NINO: Weird name. But we're going there!
NINO: Hopefully they'll be welcoming. I really need to eat something!
NINO: Can't even remember the last time I ate, hehe.

FIVE: five is... hungry!! too!!
NINO: I'm sure there will be something there.
NINO: Maybe some shops! I think there's an Inn, too!
NINO: This road is really long, though.
NINO: Bear with it a little more, Five.
NINO: We'll get there soon.

FIVE: five... must be... patient!!
NINO: Hehe.

31/05/16
"->"

31/05/16
"Aria: Well??? Run after the prints! Do it NOW!"

Patience, patience! You will definitely follow the prints, but as you said it'd be crazy to march into the village headfirst with your human appearance!

A proper disguise must be applied first.

29/05/16
"Aria: look for any strange footprints/track marks."

FOOTPRINTS!!!

LUDWIG DEFINITELY WAS HERE.

Maybe he really did return to town after all!! The footprints lead further towards it!!! You've got to search for him there. Thank god you have your MIRAGE ability handy..

If you were to enter the town without appearing as a monster, who knows what the locals would do to you??

...

Something along the lines of "heroic murder in the name of the prince", probably.

29/05/16
"->"

You enter the path.

Huh, looks like nobody was here. False alarm?
Wait, are those...

29/05/16
"Aria: Hug a tree and wait for Ludwig to find you."

That would be stupid! You're worried, but you will still look for him! Waiting around isn't going to help.

It sounds like there's somebody up ahead. One of the town's locals, perhaps?

29/05/16
"Aria: Up and to the right seems like a good bet."

Oh, of course, the path you came from!

Perhaps Ludwig really did return to the town? You hope he did.

29/05/16
"Aria: Maybe he went home? Animals are surprisingly good at navigation."

Okay, whew, there's an idea.

Perhaps he did? Ludwig was always a clever doggy. But either way, you've got to calm down and look for him! Panicking definitely isn't going to help.

Where should you look, you wonder...

29/05/16
"->"

OH WHO ARE YOU KIDDING THERE'S NO WAY HE'S SAFE

OH GOD, WHAT IF HE GOT HURT??????? WHAT IF HE'S DEAD????????
LUDWIG DEFINITLY ISN'T SAFE OR HAPPY RIGHT NOW OH DEAR GOD YOU'VE GOT TO FIND POOR POOR PRECIOUS LUDWIG RIGHT AWAY AAAAAA

29/05/16
"->"

If only you could do something about this!! If only you weren't so...

so...

USELESS!!!

Oh, poor sweet Ludwig, how could your master and friend let something like this happen? Just where could he be? You hope he's safe...

...even if he's lost deep into the dangerous forest...

all alone...

29/05/16
"->"

Except that right now, your ability couldn't be more useless.

How is disguising your appearance going to help you find Ludwig??? Sure, MIRAGE is good for blending in, plus it lacks a physical form which makes it easy to use and hide...

But it's still not going to be useful anytime soon in this scenario!!!

29/05/16
"->"

Monsters hate humans, but because you didn't appear as one, they've accepted you.

This ability is the most useful thing in your life.

29/05/16
"Aria: This looks like a situation for your awfully convenient SPECIAL ABILITY. Why didn't you think of this before!"

Oh, of course! Your MIRAGE ability!!!

The ability which has helped you hide your identity for so long!

Without it, you would've been dead long ago. But by using it, you were able to change your appearance to anything just by thinking it!

This had allowed you to live safely between monsters for a long time.

28/05/16
"->"

Now that formalities and introductions are out of the way, you survey your current location.

You were looking for Ludwig, your precious companion, and you ended up here. The ECLIPSE has ended long ago, too. You need to return home to your town soon! Staying alone in the FOREST OF ILLUSIONS is a bad idea.

But before that, most importantly, you have to find Ludwig!! The animal will not be happy if it's not with you.

And if he's not happy, then you will not be happy either.

Now, where to look?

28/05/16
"Enter name."

It's a nice name.

28/05/16
"Mysterious archer girl: Use the secret super sensitive grim dog harmonica to call back Ludwig!"

You just saw her inventory! She hasn't got anything like that.

These names are getting kind of redundant. Just because you have a bow doesn't mean your name is Archer Girl! Or that your name would be Blond Girl because your hair happens to be blond!!

You do have an actual name. It's a very good one, too.

And that name is...

28/05/16
"->"

It was supposed to be a quick detour before you and Ludwig go back to the town. But you were so enamored by the ECLIPSE, you never noticed when he left your side.

However, you are not to blame.

The Nightlights are quite captivating.

28/05/16
"->"

You zoned out like you always do!

You were just going for a short walk to see the ECLIPSE. A rare moment which the CRESENT is visible through the BARRIER.

28/05/16
"->"

How could you be so careless? How could you lose your precious companion?
Oh, sweet precious Ludwig Grimm von Phantomhound is probably wandering all alone right now! You can't even begin to imagine how scared and lonely he must be!!!

Just how did this whole debacle happen?

...Come on, You already know how. It's obvious, really.

28/05/16
"Ludwig: Hear the girl, run after the voice. Then Five: Run after Ludwig. AND THEN Nino: Run after five."

...But they were already gone.

28/05/16
"Mysterious Archer: Check your inventory for ghost snausages."

You do not own such a thing because Ludwig doesn't need food! Ghostdogs do not have a need for sustenance of any kind.

That aside, your inventory is quite barren. All that you currently have with you is your BOW and your humble supply of ARROWS.

You never planned on staying out for too long, so you didn't take much with you.

28/05/16
"->"

Just where exactly did that silly old dog wander off to this time?

28/05/16
"->"

????: Ludwig? Ludwig??
????: Where did you go?
????: Ludwig, come out! It's me!!

28/05/16
"->"

????: Ludwig?

28/05/16
"Nino: Rename GHOST DOG and continue on."

Before heading through the new path, you realize that GHOST DOG isn't a very creative name! You've got to name it something else, something great!

You and Five think about this for a moment.

How about...

28/05/16
"Nino: Be careful about putting the sword away. The ghostdog might get scared again."

It'll probably be fine if you just pick it straight to your inventory. The GHOST DOG is distracted with Five right now anyway.

Since Five seems very fond of the GHOST DOG, You decide you will adopt and take the doggy with you on your journey!

The more, the merrier.

28/05/16
"Nino: Is ghost dog a member of your party now?"

You try to add the GHOST DOG as a new party member, but the PARTY MEMBER HANDLING SCREEN rudely scoffs at you.

Are you stupid??? The GHOST DOG doesn't match any of the three mysterious silhouettes! It's not even humanoid, for starters!

This party thing is confusing as hell.

28/05/16
"Nino: Check the ghost dog's stats; it might need healing."

You cannot check its' stats, but just by observing it, you can tell that the GHOST DOG is in peak condition! It's not wounded at all, and is not in any need of healing.

27/05/16
"->"

You successfully end the battle, earning a new achievement for your efforts in the process: THE DOG WHISPERER.

You're not quite sure if achievements are tangible things. Best not to think too much about it.

Five and the GHOST DOG are both being excitedly silly.

27/05/16
"->"

It complies with a friendly hug. Perhaps way too friendly. Ow.

Ow, it's too OVER FRIENDLY GOSH WHAT A SILLY DOGGY OUCH OVER FRIENDLY DEFINITELY IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE WORD HERE

27/05/16
"Nino: Pet it. Good dog. Best friend. "

Now that the beast seems no longer scared, you attempt the most obvious next course of action: Petting it!!!

You give a friendly BECKON to the GHOST DOG.

27/05/16
"Nino: Put your arms up. Show the ghost dog it has nothing to fear from you."

You give it the most friendliest silly-looking waving gesture and step away from your sword. See, you're completely harmless and trustworthy! It's got nothing to fear now!

The beast stops cowering.

27/05/16
"Nino: Put away your sword, but get ready to draw it in case of attack."

You drop your sword closely on the ground. In the worst case scenario, you can just grab it quickly and defend yourself!

The beast stops howling.

27/05/16
"Nino: Put away your sword and be inviting. It's probably just trying to defend itself."

It could be afraid of being harmed. Perhaps if you show that there's nothing to fear, it'll calm down?

It's definitely worth a shot.

26/05/16
"Nino: Kindness is key. Pet the doggy."

You'd try, but it wont let you get close enough to pet it!

26/05/16
"->"

The beast doesn't trust you enough to listen to your "greetings". Not that it can understand you, in the first place.

It looks somewhat scared.

26/05/16
"->"

You manage to dodge just in the nick of time!

FRIENDLY DEFINITELY ISN'T THE APPROPRIATE WORD HERE.

26/05/16
"->"

The beast gnashes its' claws at and strikes at you!

26/05/16
"->"

It responds with a friendly howl greeting.

...Ok, maybe friendly is not a good way to describe it.
Hostile would be more fitting.

26/05/16
"Nino: Try diplomacy."

You choose DIPLOMACY > TALK. You're not sure if a WILD BEAST is able to understand what you say, but you will still attempt talking to it.

You go up to the beast and give it a friendly greeting.

26/05/16
"Nino: Prepare to fight."

You ENGAGE the beast in battle.

Once again, the 3 starting options are displayed:
COMBAT, DIPLOMACY, and STEALTH.

What will you do?

26/05/16
"Nino: STAB WILD BEAST IN SNOUT TO ESTABLISH DOMINANCE."

Whoa there, hold your horses!

You haven't even ENGAGED the beast in battle yet! But nonetheless, you will prepare your sword by your side for stabbing purposes.

Five takes the lantern and hides.

The area's a bit darker now, but you can still see the beast approaching.

26/05/16
"->"

NINO: Five.
NINO: Take the lantern and go hide.

FIVE: !
FIVE: but...what about nino?

NINO: I'm going to deal with this beast.
NINO: You go and hide somewhere in the trees.
NINO: I know you want to help, but it's too dangerous for you!

FIVE: but...
FIVE: will nino...be fine?

NINO: Hey, you don't have to worry about me! I'll be fine!
NINO: It's just one beast anyways. This'll be a breeze!

FIVE: okay...
FIVE: but...nino must...be careful!

NINO: Of course.
NINO: Don't worry, I'll be fine as long as you're safe.

26/05/16
"->"

The roaring grows closer as the beast approaches.
That was not a good idea.

26/05/16
"->"

Five kindly lets out a mighty adorable ROAR on your behalf to establish courageousness, and successfully provokes the WILD BEAST.

+5000 stupidity points.

26/05/16
"Nino: Howl back at it."

No!!! What do you think you're trying to do here?

What you need is to do is to be stealthy, not have a screaming contest with the BEAST!! You mustn't alert it to your location!

Provoking the WILD BEAST is the last thing you want.

26/05/16
"Nino: Proceed cautiously."

Right. You need to be STEALTHY, and avoid any combat if possible.

The WILD BEAST keeps roaring, but it doesn't seem to have noticed your presence yet.

25/05/16
"->"

You keep walking, but the brick road abruptly ends. Your progress is quickly halted as the howling grows closer.

A nefarious WILD BEAST lurks deep into the shadows ahead.

Will you confront it?

25/05/16
"Nino: Go down the vaguely yellow brick road!"

After wandering around for a while, you think you've found what's pretty much the only way out of here.

The howling is coming from this direction.

25/05/16
"{S} Nino: Explore the path."

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T = UP
F = LEFT
G = DOWN
H = RIGHT

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23/05/16
"->"

...But this time, you are not alone.

23/05/16
"Nino: Time to head down the last unexplored path."

The shadow of the trees towers around you, obscuring the view...

23/05/16
"Nino: Ready your sword. "

Safety is the priority here! You make sure your sword is ready by your side. You and Five prepare yourselves for the last path.

23/05/16
"-> "

Five's old flower crown goes in your inventory.

Those flowers are withered, but they still hold their captivating violet color. You wonder where she got them? They don't seem to grow around here.

But this is no time for such thoughts.

23/05/16
"->"

NINO: It's just some flowers!
NINO: Oh boy, you are assaulting me with hugs now.

FIVE: present... BEST present!!!!!!!
FIVE: more hug!!!!!!!!

NINO: Hahaha, aw.
NINO: Is this enough hug?

FIVE: yes!!!!!!!!!!
FIVE: five is... now done!!!!!

NINO: Your hugs are dangerously too affectionate, heheh.

23/05/16
"Five: Embrace Nino, show him how grateful you are for being your friend."

FIVE: !!!!!!!!!!
FIVE: present!!!!!!!!
FIVE: five... loves... present!!!!!
FIVE: five... loves... nino!!!!!

NINO: You're choking me.

21/05/16
"Nino: Take the flowers and make for Five a flowercrown."

NINO: There we go!
NINO: But three flowers isn't enough for a crown, sorry!
NINO: I'll make you a better one if we find more.

FIVE: !!!!!!

21/05/16
"->"

NINO: Hey Five, I have something for you.
NINO: Do you like presents?

FIVE: present!!
FIVE: ...present?
FIVE: present... for five?

NINO: Hold on.
FIVE: ?

21/05/16
"Nino: Pocket the flowers for later consumption."

Who the heck eats flowers??? Not you, as far as you know.

Five looks very worried. You need to ease her mind.
You think you have an idea.

21/05/16
"->"

You've gained back +1 REMEDY.

21/05/16
"->"

You notice something happening to the flowers... Their glow fades away.

You felt something change in your INVENTORY.

21/05/16
"->"

NINO:...
NINO: Yeah, I promise.

21/05/16
"->"

FIVE: nino... didnt answer!
FIVE: five...try to... get attention!
FIVE: for... very long time!!! a lot!
FIVE: nino... really feeling ok?

NINO: Oh, wow, was I really that spaced out?
NINO: Sorry, sorry, but really everything is alright!

FIVE: ...promise?

21/05/16
"->"

NINO: Wha... oh, Five.
FIVE: ...nino... feeling bad?
NINO: Oh. No no, it was nothing.

21/05/16
"->"

FIVE: ...nino?

21/05/16
"&ER003HTRRT--ER->"

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21/05/16
"=--=-=-=-->"

21/05/16
"->"

Vivid reconciliation flashes through your he#%&&*^!@@##

21/05/16
"->"

But perhaps this is just another mere haze.

21/05/16
"->"

A past memory is recalled.

21/05/16
"->"

The flowers glow in unison with your HEALING HANDS.

This feels very familiar.

21/05/16
"Nino: See how your healing hands interact with the flowers."

Well, their glow is sorta similar to your ability.

Surely a single poke couldn't hurt, right? They're just flowers.

21/05/16
"Nino: Poke the flowers, they could have radiation."

Radiation? Does that happen to flowers? Eh, you're no scientist.
They glow a strange green color. The atmosphere, it feels somehow...

Familiar?

You will need to conduct further investigation on this matter, regardless of the fact that the flowers may or may not be radiated.

20/05/16
"->"

Wait, hold that thought.

The flowers are weirdly resonating with your presence...

20/05/16
"Nino: Look at the shimmering things, are those flowers?"

What the...
It's just some yellow flowers.

You got excited all over nothing?? Wow, this adventure is off to a GREAT start!!! Oh boy!!!! You really want to kick something now!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!

20/05/16
"Nino: Plunder that sweet loot."

Oh boy, is this more treasure? God you hope it is something cool.

20/05/16
"->"

But you are quickly met with a DEAD END.

Something shimmers in the distance...

20/05/16
"Nino: Listen for the wolf-howl again. Choose the path furthest away from it. "

If your hearing is to be trusted, the howls seem to be coming from the upper path.

You go through the bottom path...

19/05/16
"->"

Two unexplored paths sit ahead of you. One at the top, and the other is directly below it. The top path seems longer than the other.

Now, where to go?

19/05/16
"->"

You think you've done everything you could here. Since there is no way other than the one you came from, you decide to return back to where you started.

You stash the UNPLEASANT/APOLOGETIC NOTE in your inventory.

19/05/16
"Nino: It's clearly some sort of trick. Turn the note around."

You turn it over... Nope. No tricks here.

This time it's more like an APOLOGY NOTE, and not quite as UNPLEASANT as before. The tone and writing style seem radically different, and less douchey-sounding.

Ok, you're done here. This is STUPID.

19/05/16
"Nino: Vent your rage on the crate and swear vengeance on this "K" person."

You make it your new personal quest to make this "K" person pay. Who do they think they're calling a "Kleptomaniac"??? What an asshole!!!

You kick the crate in frustration. It gains you +1 STUPIDITY point.

Five is intrigued by your behavior. +1 CURIOSITY point.

19/05/16
"Nino: Cut to the chase, end the suspense! What's in the box?"

You are greeted by an UNPLEASANT NOTE, written in some rather STRONG LANGUAGE.

You feel a little insulted.

19/05/16
"Nino: Look inside."

As you prepare to peer into the box, you wonder what sort of insane loot is stashed in here? Usually in adventures, heroes find cool treasure chests! This box probably holds a GREAT TREASURE!

Well, okay, a wooden box is not AS COOL AS A CHEST, but it'll suffice.

You will probably find something really cool in here! What kinds of magnificent treasures does this box hold, you wonder?

Five can't stand the suspense!

19/05/16
"Nino: What's that box over there? Can you open it?"

You remove the wood paneling from the top with ease.

19/05/16
"Nino: Inspect footprints."

Footprints. They are not a human's or a monster's, as far as you know.
They seem more... beastly.

Perhaps they belong to a creature of the forest.

Many creatures and wild animals roam this DARK forest. This is the only place they can live in, seeing as they can't handle any LIGHT.

19/05/16
"Nino: Take the right-hand path."

You find a small isolated area.

It's kind of foggy in here.

19/05/16
"->"

You finally decide to stop messing around with the menu. This is no time for such shenanigans! You will need to find an exit. The faster you get out of this forest, the better.

There are three visible paths in front of you. Which one to choose?

19/05/16
"Nino: Can you check Five's status? "

You click around the menu looking for a STATUS CHECK option and WHOA what's this? Party members? What? There's 3 empty slots...?

It doesn't look like Five is an acceptable PARTY MEMBER. Rather, she is just a COMPANION of yours. You can only check the STATUS of your PARTY MEMBERS, and you currently have none.

Oh wow, the pressure's on now. Do you really have to find three more MEMBERS? Jeez. What's the PARTY'S occasion, anyway? Is it someone's birthday? So many questions.

You get the feeling that you shouldn't be seeing this yet.

19/05/16
"Nino: Give Five a reassuring smile before continuing onward."

You give her a smile, and let her know that everything will be alright.

You also let her hold your hand instead of clinging to your clothes. She obliges happily, and doesn't look any afraid now! Wow, is holding your hand really that reassuring? Only she knows the answer.

19/05/16
"->"

You proceed through the way, and this leads you into a new part of the FOREST area. The voices of wild animals fill the place...

A hollow faint sound of a WOLF'S HOWLING can be heard.

Five clings to you for safety.

19/05/16
"Nino: Take that bad boy of a lantern. It's always better to see in the dark."

The LANTERN is now in your LEFT HAND. Your HEAL is set back to your inventory.

Five would probably feel safer with a light source around her now.

19/05/16
"Nino: Inspect the LANTERN first, since it's just here in this spooky forest for no good reason."

Yeah, you don't know how a LANTERN could be harmful, but you suppose you should be absolutely sure it's safe before taking it along with you and Five.

And as it turns out, it's very safe! Just a good old fashioned LANTERN.
You wonder who it belongs to?

Oh well, doesn't matter. It's yours now.

The LANTERN is lit by a small firefly. The firefly will die after 2 days, and if that happens you will have to find another fueling substitute.

19/05/16
"Nino: Well, nothing to do but continue onward."

Five will always follow behind you from now on.

You go through the only path forward, but you stop once you reach that strange light on the ground.

It appears to be a LANTERN, lit by a small firefly. It's providing the light in this area.

Take LANTERN? Y/N

19/05/16
"->"

NINO: ...Maybe we'll think of a good name later, Five.
NINO: Let's get out of here first.

FIVE: ...forest...scary...
NINO: Don't worry, I'll get you to safety in no time!
NINO: Then we can find your friend.

FIVE: find...friend...?
NINO: Yeah.

19/05/16
"->"

Both you and Five are in no condition for any encounters.

You yourself haven't ate in a long time, you feel sleepy, and you're low on HEAL, to boot. Five looks somewhat tired too. It's impressive how energetic she's starting to sound despite that, really.

You're going to have to exit the forest if you want to stay alive.

19/05/16
"->"

Your conversation is interrupted by sounds of rumbling coming deep from the forest.

19/05/16
"Nino: Five is no name. Brainstorm a new one for the young lady."

NINO: Hey, calling you "five" feels sorta weird.
FIVE: ...why...?
FIVE: five is five's name!

NINO: It's more like a number and less like a name.
NINO: Ok, so how about this?
NINO: Five is not a good name, don't you think so?
NINO: So instead, let's think up a new name for you!

FIVE: new... name...?
NINO: Yes! It'll be something great!
NINO: How about...

19/05/16
"->"

FIVE: No!
NINO: Wuhh...?
FIVE: nino is nino!
FIVE: friend is friend!

NINO: Oh... boy. Okay...
NINO: I guess I'm a friend, but not THE friend?

FIVE: yes! nino must... understand!
NINO: Well, whatever suits you I guess, five.

19/05/16
"->"

NINO: That's nonsense! You're not a failure!
NINO: And hey, listen, you're safe now!
NINO: You won't transform! I promise!

FIVE: ...no...transform?
NINO: Yes! It's a promise!
NINO: Jeez, monsters are pretty cruel to punish you just for being weak.
NINO: I can help you find your friend.
NINO: You want to find him, don't you?

FIVE: ...yes...
FIVE: five wants... friend...
FIVE: ni..no... find friend?

NINO: Sure!
NINO: Heck, we'll do it together! I'm not about to leave a friend alone.

FIVE: ...nino... is... friend?
NINO: Yeah! See, you're not alone.
NINO: You have me! You can even call me "friend" if you want!
NINO: Like how you call your other friend!

19/05/16
"->"

FIVE: five... is... a failure...
FIVE: five...transform... to be useful...
FIVE: five... doesn't want...
FIVE: ...transformation...

19/05/16
"->"

FIVE: Prince... is bad...
FIVE:
Prince... is... bad...

19/05/16
"Nino: So who's her "friend"?"

NINO: So who's this person.. Um, your friend?
FIVE: Friend!
FIVE: this is... Friend!
FIVE: ...Friend take care... of five!
FIVE: Friend also is... guard!
FIVE: Friend... guard of Prince!

NINO: Wait, whoa, you mean he's a royal guard?
FIVE: Yes! Friend is... amazing!
FIVE: ...But Prince... make Friend... banish... five...

NINO: Oh.

19/05/16
"->"

Five draws you a sketchy picture of... something? Someone?

Although it is very adorable, it just raises more and more questions.

You have so many questions, but you don't want to ask too much. You don't want to overwhelm her, especially not after all of what happened before.

On the bright side, though, she's slowly seeming more energetic and less scared than before. You hope she's warming up to you well.

19/05/16
"->"

FIVE: five... remembers!
FIVE: when unit is lost...
FIVE: unit... go back... to lab!

NINO: ...Lab?
FIVE: yes!
FIVE: lab... is home!

19/05/16
"->"

NINO: A home is where you live!
NINO: Well okay, my drawing looks crappy but ignore that.
NINO: So, do you know where your home is?
NINO: Or like, where you are supposed to return?

FIVE: oh!
FIVE: five... knows!

19/05/16
"->"

NINO: Hey, don't worry if you don't understand!
NINO: Here, I'll show you.

19/05/16
"->"

She's quite young, and appears to have trouble communicating her thoughts and understanding you.

She seems like she's faced a lot of hardships. Well, even if she might not fully understand, you will try your best to explain the meaning.

Perhaps a drawing could help.

19/05/16
"->"

FIVE: ...home?

19/05/16
"->"

FIVE: ... home....

19/05/16
"->"

NINO: It's great to meet you, five.
NINO: So are you lost here, like me?

FIVE: ...lost...
FIVE: ...five thinks... yes.

NINO: Do you know where your home is?
FIVE: home...

18/05/16
"Nino: Ask her name."

????: I'm...feeling...
????: ...alive...

NINO: That's great!
NINO: I'm Nino. What's your name?

???: ...
????: I...Um...
????: My name...
????: I'm
5.
FIVE: 5... is assigned number.

18/05/16
"Nino: Ask her how she feels."

NINO: Hi!
NINO: So how do you feel?

????: ...

18/05/16
"->"

18/05/16
"->"


You successfully end the battle.

You gain some EXPERIENCE in DIPLOMACY. You lose 1 REMEDY.

The BANISHED MONSTER is reformed and healed.

18/05/16
"->"

18/05/16
"->"

18/05/16
"->"

18/05/16
"Nino: Use HEALING HANDS type: REMEDY on the monster."

You never lied when you said you wanted to be friends.

18/05/16
"Nino: See if you can heal it with your ability."

You don't care how dangerous it may be for HUMANS to help a MONSTER. This poor thing doesn't deserve to suffer any longer.

You tell it again that everything will be alright.

18/05/16
"Nino: Ask what you can do for it."

It doesn't answer.

It just stares at you.

18/05/16
"->"

It's a portrait of a person you don't recognize.

18/05/16
"->"

It starts carving something on the ground with one of its' claws.

18/05/16
"Nino: Ask why it's crying."

You choose to keep TALKING.

No longer feeling any fear, you settle down next to the BANISHED MONSTER.
You tell it everything will be ok, and then ask it why it's crying.

18/05/16
"->"

Will you keep following DIPLOMACY, or will you try another option?

STEALTH has two sub-choices: FLEE and END FIGHT.

COMBAT has two sub-choices: ATTACK and DEFEND.

DIPLOMACY has only one option: TALK.

What will you do?

18/05/16
"->"

It shakes for a moment.

Then it starts... crying?

18/05/16
"Nino: Looks like they could really use a friend. See if you can converse with them!"

You keep following the choice of DIPLOMACY.

You ask if it wants to be your friend.

18/05/16
"->"

It stops scratching and stares at you.

It seems... hopeful.

18/05/16
"Nino: Engage DIPLOMACY with the poor thing."

You decide to be DIPLOMATIC.

You TALK with the BANISHED MONSTER, asking it what's wrong.

17/05/16
"Nino: Nowhere to go but forward. Prepare for battle!"

You ENGAGE the monster in battle.

The battle screen provides you with 3 starting options:
COMBAT, DIPLOMACY, and STEALTH.

What will you do?

17/05/16
"->"

This is the fate of weak monsters. They are banished from their homes, and forced to transform into terrible beasts.

It doesn't even look like it wants to fight.

17/05/16
"Nino: Call out confidently to the monster."

The monster doesn't seem to hear you. It looks gravely injured.

It's just scratching at itself.

It starts scratching its face, neck, skin. Scratching and scratching. Like it wants to peel its skin off.

It's slowly losing what was once a humanoid form.

17/05/16
"Nino: Follow the path."

You do so reluctantly. VERY reluctantly.

You don't want to fight... whatever... "thing"... that monster is.
To be honest, You've never seen a monster before, but what everybody says about them is scary enough as it is.

You stop in your tracks for a minute. The fear is paralyzing.

Will you really proceed?

17/05/16
"->"

Oh god. There's a monster.

17/05/16
"Nino: Look and listen carefully before heading out. "

You don't hear anything. It is so unsettlingly quiet, even the scratching was better than this.

You think you can see a pair of RED EYES.

That means...

That... means...

17/05/16
"->"

Okay, you are going to contact some SERIOUS brain damage if you don't stop falling and hitting your head like this.

The SCRATCHING noise suddenly stops.

17/05/16
"Nino: Fall from the tree."

DAMMIT.

17/05/16
"Nino: Equip sword to RIGHT HAND and the glowing orb to your LEFT."

You are right-handed, so you obviously set your sword to your RIGHT HAND. Your heal goes in the other hand.

NOW you are armed to the teeth and ready for combat!
There is no doubt that anything bad will happen to you anytime soon--

17/05/16
"Nino: Check that sword out."

And this is your good ol' weapon of choice.

You're pretty good at sword fighting! Swords are the best.

There are the different kinds of attacks that you are able to use, ranging from the least to the most lethal. As you progress, you will unlock better and stronger attacks.

17/05/16
"->"

Every person has one ABILITY tied to their very existence, and yours is the ABILITY TO HEAL WOUNDS. As handy as it is, you'd rather have something else. Something cooler.

Like fire-breathing. Or maybe laser-eyes! Wow that would be so cool.

But nobody gets to choose their ABILITY, sadly, so you're stuck with this lame thing.

17/05/16
"Nino: Examine sparkly orb."

Alright. But this is not an orb.

This is your SPECIAL ABILITY, which you have creatively dubbed the HEALING HANDS.

17/05/16
"Nino: Open inventory."

You open up your inventory. You have little to nothing in there!

As the options below state, you can view an item's description, or equip/use the item. You can have up to 2 items readily available at once, one in your RIGHT HAND and the other set to your LEFT.

You'd better prepare yourself well for any RANDOM ENCOUNTERS in this area.

17/05/16
"->"


The path is very dark, but you think you can see an exit. You can hear that godawful SCRATCHING NOISE you mentioned earlier coming from there.

There is also a small faint light on the ground up ahead.

17/05/16
"Nino: Climb tree and look around."

You do so.

In your current location, there is nothing around your other than dead trees. The only one path you could go in is directly in front of you.

17/05/16
"->"

Your name is NINO. You came here to achieve something, but you don't exactly remember what it was.

Now that's out of the way, You get up and survey your surroundings.

This place is very dark. It is also unusually COLD. It's probably nighttime right now, but you can't really tell since neither the MOON nor the SUN are visible here.

You can hear weird sounds of scratching up ahead, which you guess are probably some WILD ANIMALS or BANISHED MONSTERS.

Conclusion: This forest is fucking creepy.

What will you do?

17/05/16
"NINO."

Ok, that one's right, you think. That is your name... probably. You're not sure, but you will accept it. It sounds right.

You take a much needed moment to recover from all that previous naming mess.

17/05/16
"All the wrong names."

You are suddenly assaulted by all of the wrong names. ALL OF THEM AT ONCE.

Dear god. No. HELL NO.

The naming prompt simply cannot handle this much wrongness.

17/05/16
"FRISK."

Why would you have an admittedly really cool name like "FRISK"? And anyway, you're sure this name sounds more like a MONSTER'S name than a HUMAN's.

In case it wasn't obvious, you're a HUMAN. You don't have HORNS or RED EYES like MONSTERS do. You must've hit your head real hard if you forgot what SPECIES you are.

Let's try this name thing again.

17/05/16
"->"

It seems you lost your way in this dead forest. You also think you hit your head pretty hard. You can't seem to remember anything about yourself, not even your name! You're pretty sure you have a name, but it's slipping from your mind.

Are you going insane? Probably.

But nonetheless, you figure you will try to retain some of your lost sanity and remember at least a few details about yourself.

What was your name again?

17/05/16
"->"

You wake up in an unfamiliar area.

17/05/16
"Oceanfalls"



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