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At last, the final sight of all those staying upon the surface of your World is engulfed by the interminable darkness.

The Great Seal rends the earth with a deafening quake, as it slides nearly shut, open only by a hairsbreadth. The Loyal Kerberos, ten thousand Umbral Hounds strong, holds one end of Shei's Black Thread in one of his mouths. It is for that reason that the Great Seal has not been shut entirely.

Members of each faction procure a variety of small light sources to aid in grasping the shifting, unpredictable stuff that became darkness upon your perceiving it. The presence of the light, conceptually implying a "darkness that must be lit," renders more of the chaotic stuff into darkness, that is then lit. Fortunately, all that seems to be around you now is a cavern tunnel, as long as it is broad and tall.

The other factions are silent as they walk, tensely keeping weapons at the ready. As you go with them, a nauseating vertigo wells up from within. It feels like gravity's shifting to be before you, as if you were walking down a vertical surface. Although you do not fall, your bodies scream warnings at you that every step could send you hurtling into the chaos ahead, or perhaps, "below" you.
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 No.760333

>>760331
>>760261
"Hm, I thought I left this sort of 'snake slithering in the grass' approach to conflict when I abandoned my previous incarnation. By god, I hunger for our wills to meet in open combat like two ships colliding against the same storm. Unassailable winds stripping us of our masses, tearing us down to our naked spirits petering out for the cause of one more bleeding wound." Shei sighs "Combat is never so romantic- reconnaissance may be the wise choice. In any case we all do seem to get along with one another. It couldn't hurt to try reinforcing our acquaintanceships."

 No.760334

>>760261

"You mean make some friends!" Amy retorts, her tail wagging happily.

 No.760335

>>760261
>>760331
"You all know more about the Witches than the nothing I know about them, save intel I've received from Ecclesia. As for Ecclesia, Rooster loves putting together parties."

 No.760336

>>760335
>>760261
"Wouldn't your involvement in this matter make it a conflict of interest. Dare I even ask; how do we know Ecclessia isn't spying on us at this very moment. You know, beyond your credentials as a good friend and loving husband." Shei asks Leather.

 No.760337

>>760335
>>760333
"Well, as far as their goals are, I think one thing we can say about all of us so far is we've been pretty open about what we all want. How they plan to get it exactly though is still a mystery, personally I think it's kind of a race. It all comes down to who gets to the Lake first."

 No.760338

>>760334
>>760335
>>760331
>>760332
"I am proposing a trade," Flow says. "One team member for another; one to Ecclesia, another to the Witches of Gehenna. The benefit to both parties is obvious: Spying on the other teams."
Voyage scratches his chin. "Who'd be a good trade, though?"
Flow glances over you all. "As you can presume, I am volunteering."

>>760333
"Give into that hunger too early, and perish," Flow says. "Trust me: The Ecclesians and the Witches desire the same. They will partake sooner or later; better we prepare ourselves for the banquet before it arrives."

 No.760339

>>760336
"Didn't I just have just have a similar conversation with you about this? My stake in the matter is my kids. I care about the highest percentile of success, which means whoever's held the most together by time we make it to the Lake. If there are only two and a half members among the Saviors by time we had approached the Lake, I very much will side with the Ecclesians by time we are there. If you all have flourished and they have taken a beating, what good would I have to support a failing cause and lower the chances of success of the dominant group?"

>>760338
"I would volunteer myself to Ecclesia as they would never deny it, but for reasons unknown I feel I should not." Leather muses.

 No.760340

>>760337
>>760336

"I don't see why Ecclessia wouldn't want what we want," Amy shrugs.

>>760338

Amy frowns with concern at Flow. "You're not… exactly stable," Amy points out. "Even without the whole thing with splitting your brain up three ways, you still have the whole demon hunting thing. And, Tartarus has a way of messing up anyone's brain and intentions. We could send you with Ecclessia and then you could just end up as one of them."

"Not that I really have a problem with that," Amy shrugs. "Just kinda felt like something I should say."

"Either way, I'd be totally cool with spending some time with Moody. I'd like to be better friends with her."

 No.760341

>>760340
"I think Ecclessia would be a lost less welcoming of demons in general than what we're thinking they deserve, at least is what I think."

>>760338
As Flow suggests trading members so that they can get a spy on to both of the other 'teams', Shorthorns rubs her chin, smiling widely. "Oooh… that is clever! I think that could work. But, besides you…"

>>760340
She looks at Amy as she volunteers, frowning, "Are you sure? I still get a weird feeling from the Witches after all this time, especially Mudi. And you're the most important part of Shei's plan, what if they do something to you?"

 No.760342

>>760340
"Everyone wants peace. Everyone wants it on their own terms." Shei says

>>760339
"I'm not so sure. I could not exactly pin you as a rule by might, power makes right sort of individual. Surely even a mercenary has a law of his own." Shei says, not accusatorily, but with a chummy regard. As if whatever your answer was. It wouldn't matter to him.

>"I would volunteer myself to Ecclesia as they would never deny it, but for reasons unknown I feel I should not."

"Ever the more suspicious" Shei rubs his chin. He may just be teasing Leather but it's a fair point.

>>760338
"Right- sorry Sifu." Shei deigns Flow respectfully, and sighs longingly for the combat he described.

 No.760343

>>760341
>>760342

"We all want peace," Amy nods, turning around Shei's words. "Ecclessia should only have a problem with our plan if they don't think it will create peace. And, they're right. It won't. But, what we are doing in Tartarus isn't the end. It's just the next step. We WILL solve the demon problem. We just need to calm them down first. And, Ecclessia shouldn't have a problem with that."

 No.760344

>>760342
"I thought your previous conversation with Flow would have you mindful of distrust in Tartarus." Leather responds, giving Shei no further mind.

 No.760345

>>760342
>>760341
>>760340
>>760339
"I am disappointed in how much you underestimate me, lass," Flow says to Amy. "I thought I'd established by now I'm far too much of a fool to be won over by church pamphlets and wholesome conversation."

He scoffs. "If you're really worried, make sure I'm put on the same team as Sir Ichimonji. We'd be too busy comparing swords for me to fall under any of Gegenschein's charisma or Holy Hours's propaganda."

"…What if I went instead of Amy?" Voyage asks. "Trade me for Mudi."

"I highly doubt they'd accept a trade like that," Flow says.

"You sayin' I'm not a collector's item!?" Voyage grunts. "They'd be thrilled to have me, I bet!"

"Your power gives you control over elemental magma," Flow says. "Vizsla would smolder at the notion of keeping company with you."

Voyage groans. "It used to be over earth, before I evolved…"

 No.760346

>>760344
"Yes, and now instead of one interloper we'll be bringing on two more! Hahahaha-" Shei tones down his glib a bit a the next line "I only have the slightest care if you're spying for Ecclessia Leather. I love you all just the same. Our destinies will sublimate in brutal combat. That's the only conversation that will bear significance to me. Most genuinely, even if you were our enemy. I'd still want you here. It's been too long."

>>760343
"The demon problem is only one part of the it. There is also the angel problem, then there's the firmament problem, and then there's the god problem and not only Buiwong for that matter. Among other things that need reconciliation. I don't expect either of us have the answers- that would be unreasonable, but people do tend to demand answers. Answers, answers, answers- violence is the only universal answer unfortunately."

 No.760347

>>760346
>>760345
"Oh yeah. Names, everyone. Careful with the names." Leather rubs his temples.

 No.760348

>>760347
"But we aren't transiting the void! I thought that was only in the void?"

 No.760349

>>760343
>>760348
Leather turns to Amy, "Can we get by the whole name thing by just, calling each other by names that aren't are own? Or will that create another problem?"

 No.760350

>>760343
"Okay, fair enough about Ecclessia. But what about the Witches? I know they're not as bad as we thought but, they can still be pretty unpredictable."

>>760345
As the idea of trading in Voyage for Mudi goes out for suggestion, Shorthorns' eyes open wide, seemingly even MORE concerned about the idea of Voyage going with the witches than Amy. As Flow suggests they wouldn't accept him as a trade, Shorthorns huffs, looking over at Flow, "Great Voyage is worth a hundred Witches, any team would be lucky to have him."

She frowns and looks at Voyage, "But, I'm not sure I want him to go either…" although she cannot think of a reason why he'd be at any less risk than Amy. "Do you think you could handle them…?"

 No.760351

>>760346

"Violence isn't a very useful answer when you're fighting immortals," Amy points out.

"And, you're right, we don't have all the answers. But, we're also just here for the demon problem right now."

>>760349

"No, it's not the actual name that matters," Amy explains. "It's saying something that supposed to get attention. it gets the attention."

>>760350

"What we want is best for them. Even if they don't agree yet."

>>760345

"I'm okay with going with them," Amy says. "You don't have to do that. But, if you want to go with them, that's cool too. I just want to be better friends with Moody."

 No.760352

>>760346
>>760347
>>760351
>>760350
Trading Leather Cloak to Ecclesia, and Amy to the Witches of Gehenna…

"I see…" Flow mutters, weighing the options. "…Then, who would we ask for, in exchange?"

"If there's anyone off the table…" Voyage muses. "It would be Gegenschein, Galton and Vizsla, I think. Neither Gegenschein nor Galton seemed willing to travel apart from the other… the same for Vizsla and Mudi."

 No.760353

>>760352

"Who else is with the sisters?" Amy ponders. "Just… like… Supper?"

 No.760354

>>760353
"Supper of Crows, Hurricanrana, Desert Lamp, and the Shades, if you want to count them while they're in her crystal ball," Voyage says.

 No.760355

>>760351
>>760352
>>760347
As Amy seems intent on going to try and spend more time with Mudi, Shorthorns frowns, not pleased with the idea of being separated from her sister in such hostile territory, but if she seems intent on it Shorthorns nods respectfully.

"Alright… but keep in close contact if you can, you being alone with the witches makes me all kinds of nervous Amy. As to who to take from their team, Supper of Crows was always really nice. Think we can convince her to let her come with us?"

"And as to Ecclessia, I feel like we can trust most of them but I've always looked up to Ichimonji. Leather, if you're going with Ecclessia, do you have anyone you'd recommend come with us?"

 No.760356

>>760353
>>760352
"I would like to get to know Supper better." Shei muses "I'm a little anxious to let go o my favorite demon pup. Are you sure you want to go Amy? What if they bully you and make fun of your dress? Witches can be so nasty with newcomers." Shei asks with genuine concern.

>>760355
>>760352
"I believe ichimonji hates my guts. Or just hates my type of character in general. In any case we don't see eye to eye. Those folks I served poison too were a nice bunch. I'd rather be on their side than someone I'm not well acquainted with. Frieschutz might also be a good pick- but I think she gets along with everyone."

 No.760357

>>760352
>>760355

"As I recommended earlier, Rooster is great at putting together parties. Additionally, while I do not know at this time if I should reveal the extent of their abilities, having some time to fight alongside Rooster in particular might elucidate you on a very specific power they have, if they choose to use it." Leather responds vaguely, not wanting to catch flak for releasing sensitive information just yet.

"And doubly the case, I believe Sir Holy Hour would not mind a +1 / -1 of those he commands, given both me and Rooster take orders from him. If you were to choose from another group, then a Chorister might remiss the trading off of their Spook."

 No.760358

>>760355
>>760356

"It'd be kind of nice to get to spend some time with some fellow witches," Amy says with a smile.

 No.760359

>>760358
Shorthorns chuckles, "Right, sometimes it's hard to remember you're technically one of them. I guess that makes the most sense you should be able to blend right in with them."

>>760357
>>760356
"Well… if Ichimonji is off the table, I don't think I know Rooster very well. I'd be happy to try and learn a little more about him if you recommend him Leather. I'm sure he'd be a great ally to have."

 No.760360

>>760359
"Another bonus - he's very good at making friends. You won't be getting a grump, that's for sure."

 No.760361

>>760359

"Blend in?" Amy asks, sounding hurt. "I don't need to blend in. I AM one of them!"

 No.760362

>>760360
"Isn't that what 'blend in' means, is being one of them? Am I saying that wrong?"

>>760360
Shorthorns nods. "Then, it sounds like a good trade then. You'll find out as much as you can with what Ecclessia's up to while you're at it, right?"

 No.760363

>>760362
>>760361
>>760360
>>760354
Shei chimes in "While we're at it, I'd like to reconvene with my band." He says refering to the malechim.

 No.760364

>>760362
"I know a good bit of what Ecclessia is up to, what specifically were you looking to learn?"

 No.760365

>>760364
"Just specifically if they have any plans being made against US, I guess. Amy's right, our goals are pretty close but you never know if they have something on their side we don't know about."

>>760363
"Do we know where they are? The only reason we're talking about switching out with Ecclessia and the Witches is because we know they're in on this Tea Party thing too."

 No.760366

>>760365
"I'm not sure they'd loop me in on that information, but at the same time if they were to loop anyone in among the this group, I suppose I'm the best candidate."

 No.760367

>>760365
Shei taps his head to his astonishment "Right, right. That's a no then."

 No.760368

>>760367
Shorthorns smiles. "Sorry, but first chance we get we'll get you in touch alright?"

>>760366
"Right, that makes sense too. I'm technically in Ecclessia too but I think they know I've been with Shei and Amy for longer, I think you'd be the one they'd most open up to on something they wouldn't want us to know."

 No.760369

>For everyone

Flow nods. "…Amy, Cloak, the best of luck to you. But it's one thing for us to agree on it, it's another to have our disagreeable allies agree on it too."

Voyage rubs his forehead. "Jeez… Supper of Crows, huh? We couldn't have picked Hurricanrana?"

"There's always a chance," Flow says. "Ring them up on the Conch before they can set out for the Abyss."

 No.760370

>>760369
Shorthorns turns towards Voyage, "I liked Supper when we were all meeting earlier, but I'm not opposed if you want to ask for someone else. Was there a particular reason you wanted Hurricanra?"

As Flow mentions ringing them up on the Conch first and foremost, Shorthorns nods and gets the Conch, starting off with a call towards what she feels will be the easier of the two sells: Ecclessia.

 No.760371

>>760370
"Cause he's cool!"

Ichimonji answers the conch. "Moshi moshi?"

Supper of Crows would be proud.

 No.760372

>>760369
"I'm suuure they wouldn't mind swapping me back into their ranks for a bit to undo anti-Ecclesian propaganda."

 No.760374

>>760371
Shorthorns chuckles and rolls her eyes at Voyage's reasoning. "Boys."

As Ichimonji picks up the Conch, Shorthorns clears her throat and answers, "Ichimonji, it's Shorthorned Dragon. We heard you all make it to the Hanging Port? We had something we wanted to ask you about 'business' down here."

 No.760375

>>760369
>>760371

Amy lets other people do the switch proposals since it was their ideas.

 No.760376

>>760372
>>760374
>>760375
Ichimonji whispers something you can't quite hear, presumably to those around her…

"I am glad to hear your voice again, dear," she says, erring on the side of caution about using names over the Conch. "It has been quite some time since we spoke last… though I don't know how long it was for you. Time, as all other aspects of reality, seems especially malleable down here. In any case, let's do lunch. Look for the fountain that marks the center of the Port. You will know it by its hourglass water. Oh, and do not deign to drink it… I certainly hope you haven't eaten anything else grown down here…"

She hangs up.

 No.760377

>>760376
As Ichimonji speaks out her warning about not eating anything down here in Tartarus, Shorthorns' eyes open wide, remembering the little piece of Mochi grown by Shei and hoping that doesn't count.

"…I'll let you know on that part later. But absolutely, we'll meet you by the Fountain. See you there."

She turns to the others, saying to them, "They're going to meet us by the Fountain that marks the center of the Port. Let's get moving so we can ask them about the trade. Amy, did you want to try talking to the Witches?" She says, offering her the Conch

 No.760378

>>760377
>>760376
"Easy enough." Leather nods, waiting for the other call to go through as the group is not yet going to that meeting.

 No.760379

>>760376
>>760377
>>760378
"to be perfectly honest, I've given some thought to trying the oddities they serve at the food stand."

 No.760380

>>760377
>>760378
>>760376

"Are we going to parent trap them?" Amy asks enigmatically.

 No.760381

>>760380
Leather turns his head in confusion.

 No.760382

>>760380
Shorthorns turns her head in confusion as well. "Are we going to what-trap them…?"

 No.760386

>>760382
>>760381
>>760380
>>760379
Regardless of who calls, it's Vizsla who answers.

"Oh, you again, it's so nice to talk to friends so frequently. I wish my sister called me this much!"

"But… we travel together…" Mudi mutters in the background.

"That's not stopping you from being considerate," Vizsla responds. "Anyway, how can I help you this fine… evening? Day? Who knows what it is anymore. I hope you all have been keeping track."


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