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Eyeswirl the Weirded


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This story is a sequel to Fluffy Fever


With the success of the previous arrangement, Sunset again joins the sirens for a job at DisCorp. Peril, loot, and RPG tropes await as they dive into adventure!

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Part of an ongoing series.
>Dazzle's Poor Career Choice
>Fluff and Kidnapping
>Dazzle Robs a Bank
>Fluffy Fever
>You Are Here

Chapters (9)
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Loving it so far! Definitely need to reread the previous ones, though.

Totally thought Sunset was going to find something else in that changing room.

"Not quite," Adagio answered with a hand on her hip. "When I spoke to the lead developer of this technology, -also the CEO of Discorp, he claims- he said he wanted to do more than just 'cops and robbers.' This time it's something he described as a 'fairytale hack-and-slash.'"

Sounds fun.

"Well now! You're dressed like a barbarian, and I've seen you toting a gun, so I guess that makes you-"
"SHUT. UP."

I don't get it.

She straightened the arm pointing her wand. "Fire!"
Just like that, a stream of flames spouted from the tip of Sunset's wand.

KH logic. Neat.

Gripping her staff in both hands, Sonata beamed. "Cool! What spell do I use to get half-naked like you?"

You don't need a spell for that.

Time slowed down for Sunset as Adagio addressed her rear with one hand while quickly turning around, hair shifting in the air to reveal an outright murderous glare on her crimson face. Whether the glow was more from embarrassment or rage, Sunset couldn't say as she took a few hasty steps backward, an awkward, sheepish smile plastered on her face.

RUN.

"We press on," answered Sunset, "kill more things, steal their stuff, look for the biggest thing so we can kill it and steal its stuff."
"Y'know," Aria said with a grin, "I think I'm starting to like being a hero!"

You would.

Liking it! All the references are completely lost on me, but I think the whole genre adheres to those tropes closely enough that it still makes sense. Sunset enjoying using magic was nice to see, as was her consternation about its nature in front of the sirens.

Without thinking, she took a step back closed the statement with a sharp smack to Adagio's posterior

Sorry, I think there's a word missing here, 'and' perhaps, between 'back' and 'closed?'

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"Well now! You're dressed like a barbarian, and I've seen you toting a gun, so I guess that makes you-"
"SHUT. UP."

I don't get it.

I didn't get it either, so I'm going to happily assume it makes her every early 80s Schwarzenegger role, like Conan meets the Terminator.

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Conan meets Terminator. I want that movie.

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Sorry, I think there's a word missing here, 'and' perhaps, between 'back' and 'closed?'

Fixed!

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I don't get it.

I didn't get it either, so I'm going to happily assume it makes her every early 80s Schwarzenegger role, like Conan meets the Terminator.

It's a reference to a line in the first story (from over two years ago, which I can certainly understand forgetting. :twilightsheepish:), in which Adagio defends her fear of the animatronics (where Sunset is comparatively relaxed) as being specifically because she isn't a gun-toting barbarian like Sunset, who brought and used a gun that night.
In light of what they've been doing in these games, Sunset finds it funny. :derpytongue2:

8151771 Yeah, I should have reread the previous ones like I said I would :twilightoops:

I had the same tactics of swinging and dodging until I could max out my illusions skills and take invisibility, then I just stabbed everyone in the back.

Sunset did her best to school her features in front of the sirens, as it was possible that all three of them thought she wasn't fazed by nudity. She dreaded the teasing if they figured out she was, and what she had on now was a little spicier than she was comfortable with.

I am now waiting for them to notice.

I never really got all that much use out of Fus Ro Dah. Or Thu'ums in general. With that recharge time and how little damage they generally did, I was better off just sticking to my primary form of attack; either swinging like a madman or playing peek-a-boo with a bow and arrow while exploiting the stealth system.

Ah. I just stun-locked everything with lightning. It's fast, it's accurate, you can generally keep everybody at a safe distance and prevent them from attacking you back. Plus, it's great for hitting distant, moving enemies like dragons or birds (I always killed the birds, that will teach them not to have shadows that keep making me think dragons were around). And the Disintegration perk was pretty great. Against opponents with lots of hp, instantly killing them when they hit a certain percent of their life is a lot of extra damage. Plus it made me feel like Emperor Palpatine. Once in a while, if my life ran low or a foe was really magic resistant, I'd hit them with my custom made dragon bone life-stealer.

But, you're right, I generally didn't use a lot of Shouts. I think it was pretty much just Marked for Death and only against elite monsters.

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I just stun-locked everything with lightning.

Do you mean with the Impact perk early in the Destruction tree? Because I don't think it ever occurred to me to make the most of that one, but I've never noticed lightning slowing anything down at all. Frost slowed attackers a little bit, but lightning bolts were only useful when I needed to hit something far away in a blink.
Of course, short mana bars and bad aim meant I was never a very accomplished mage, either, even with the reduction stuff. :twilightsheepish:

(I always killed the birds, that will teach them not to have shadows that keep making me think dragons were around)

...You can kill birds? I always thought (based on the way they clip right through the environment sometimes) that they were just particle effects or something, not actual, touchable objects! :pinkiegasp:
Now I must fry a few, if only for that pesky shadow business. :twilightangry2:

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Yes. Impact makes all spells you cast two-handed stun on impact. And they stun practically everything*. Lightning just happens to be the fastest attack spell tree. Which means you can just keep stunning them. The fact the spells travel faster than the other elements makes aiming Lightning easier, too.

Also, if you're using reduction stuff and still worrying about your mana, it just means you need more reduction.

Not only can you kill birds, they leave lootable bodies (though it can be hard to find where they fell).

*sadly not quite literally everything.

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Yes. Impact makes all spells you cast two-handed stun on impact. And they stun practically everything*. Lightning just happens to be the fastest attack spell tree. Which means you can just keep stunning them. The fact the spells travel faster than the other elements makes aiming Lightning easier, too.

:raritystarry:

Also, if you're using reduction stuff and still worrying about your mana, it just means you need more reduction.

When I first completed the mages college some years ago, I couldn't help picturing my "students" shaking their heads and asking "How did that get to be Archmage...?"
Maybe if I find the right standing stone and put more points into mana, I won't completely disgrace Winterhold with my existence. :derpytongue2:

Not only can you kill birds, they leave lootable bodies (though it can be hard to find where they fell).

I now have something to pursue with more dedication than I did in hunting the World-Eater, if only to prove to the uncaring, unresponsive townfolk that my dark harvest was completed! :eeyup:

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The stun lock trickery is probably somewhat balanced out by the fact that it doesn't do anywhere near the damage you can get with a Stealth build. Lightning's more like "Reliable, long range attacks".

Well, with proper enchanting, you can make a set of gear that gives you 100% cost reduction on Destruction spells (ie, they're free). The most broken combo of abilities is Enchanting+Alchemy (using both to raise your skills and then making gear). However, I didn't take alchemy because I conceived my character as a mage-smith from the beginning* but potions didn't fit into that, so I had to use the occasional random drop potion to improve my skills when I wanted the very best effects, but just wearing gear that improved my skills when I was creating was strong enough.

*for example, I had a face with dark soot on it.

Eyes wide, Sonata pointed at it. "HOLY SH-"
Instantly, a brilliant beam of white light erupted from her hand, illuminating the whole of the arena for a few seconds. When it cleared, the flaming boar was missing its entire top half, the lifeless legs and underbelly crumpling to the ground. In the silence that followed, the sirens looked to Sunset for answers.

I got nothing, that's just funny.

"So," Aria mused as they continued down the path, "I may not know much about this fantasy stuff," Sunset politely chose not to address the irony, "but I'm pretty sure that guy was ripping us off. He offered us like twelve gold for a healing potion, but charged fifty for one of the same kind of-"

I agree. Usually merchants offer half the price of what it takes to buy something.

I lose more health to Keese...

Would you believe them being siblings was the last reason not to ship them that I remembered?

Yes, absolutely yes.

Should I be worried that somebody's will is being bent every time there's a scene change?

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I was indeed thinking of Zelda for the lava segment. :twilightsmile:

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Should I be worried that somebody's will is being bent every time there's a scene change?

Good catch! It's not really directed at anyone, I just thought it was the most appropriate choice for the sirens.
Besides, it doesn't seem to work long-term anyway. I thought I could make peace with the dragons by just barking that at them every time I saw one, but the next time I came around, it was right back to head-choppin' time.

I particularly liked the burning status effect on Aria's face line :rainbowlaugh:

Anticlimatic light show was a good read, too!

Heh, I bet if Adagio were a pony, one of the noble daughters at Celestia's school, she'd have been one of those prissy, but fearful types. The ones that insisted they be escorted by armed guards any time they so much as went outside.

Yeah, but she'd call it an entourage :raritywink:

Maybe it's time to start removing merchants' limbs and selling them back at inflated prices? Sure, others might refuse to sell to you, but if you encourage other adventurers to do the same, the merchants will go out of business (or die) if they don't change.

8167630 Ice Keese in particular; they do my head in.

8168284 They are the bane of any 3-heart run!

8168391 And there's the old debate of 'do I risk missing them with the longshot, or waste the arrows for the bow?'

I agree sonata! Onions are the devil's vegetable!

Not shipping Aria and Sonata is fine. What I wanna know is, when do we get to the Sunset and Adagio ship setting sail?

"I know," sighed Sunset, "that's just how it works in RPGs."

In RPGs nothing, I'm pretty sure that's just how it works. It's not like the guy could make a living if he paid people what he charges for goods (especially if he doesn't manage to resell every item he buys). If you've ever had to trade in a used car or sell something to a pawn shop, you've probably experienced something similar.

Mind you, the amount of merchant mark-up does vary considerably between some RPGs.

8167828 Ah, gotcha, that makes perfect sense. And here I was thinking they were secretly riding dragons in between scenes :raritystarry:

You would think that showing someone that you are capable of controlling their mind as well as being the only one capable of killing them permanently would do wonders for establishing an intimidation-based ceasefire, but evidently the dragons see things differently :ajbemused: But then I only used shouts to mine faster, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Disappointed in Sunset. When Sonata was on fire, Sunset should have patted it out. :trollestia:

Why do I get this image of Adagio praising Stag Bambi as he raises his gore covered antlers from a wolfbearcrocashark? :twilightoops:

I remember this series was supposed to be slooowly heading towards Sunset/Adagio, which makes Adagio's suggested groupings a bit interesting, in the, 'is she deliberately asking to be alone with Sunset' way.

Fun fact: Deer get more people killed than sharks, bears, wolves, and crocodiles combined. It's not that they attack people, I think, just that they tend to run out into the road with bad timing, which still makes them more dangerous.

True. But you know what animal deliberately kills people more than bears, wolves, lions, or crocodiles?
Hippopotami. They're dangerous.

Yes, put the two damage dealers on a team and let the rogue and cleric wander off alone. That can't possibly backfire.

Also Sunset, you should know better. Never split the party!

"Cool," nodded Sonata, looking towards the mountain in question, "so, we just go there, nab the thing, and kill everything that tries to stop us?"

Essentially. And even if it's only good for cash, you'll want that extra cash.

a classic tank-and-spank!

You uh, want a minute to rephrase that there, chief?

Adagio's brows furrowed. "Spiders are adorable."

And now we get to see how sincere she was! :pinkiehappy:

Poor dragon, though.

So is the giant supposed to be another player? Or a rival enemy they'll have to fight later? Or just an NPC to make the world more rich and varied?

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Adagio's brows furrowed. "Spiders are adorable."

And now we get to see how sincere she was! :pinkiehappy:

They're different Adagios, but I picture her liking spiders in general. Craftily weaving webs, entangling their prey, eating the male once she's- being all fuzzy, and mixing up their meals' insides before draining them out (granted, the sirens don't seem to actually take anything from anyone, so it's not a perfect comparison) are all things she might kind of relate to. :pinkiesmile:

So is the giant supposed to be another player? Or a rival enemy they'll have to fight later? Or just an NPC to make the world more rich and varied?

NPC/monster. Skyrim has roaming giants that can easily kill most things in one hit, and as dragons will attack pretty much anything they see, it's not uncommon to have the dragonborn's job usurped by a twenty-foot neanderthal.

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The rogue is a damage dealer, just more effective when given a chance to catch targets off-guard. Luckily, Aria is a sneaky snake in this series. :coolphoto:

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True. But you know what animal deliberately kills people more than bears, wolves, lions, or crocodiles?
Hippopotami. They're dangerous.

Living proof that you don't need claws, fangs, spikes, or scales to be monstrous and/or scary. :twilightoops:

giant webs always meant giant spiders, whether it made any kind of sense or not.

I think Sunset and Dorian would get along great, :derpytongue2:

Is Sunset arachnophobic or she was just trying to come up with a good strategy?

It was very funny the scene of Adagio cuddling the spider.

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A little bit of both, but mostly it was the arachnophobia that made her scramble for a good strategy to get out of there as quickly as possible.

And yes, the mental image of Adagio cuddling a giant, confused spider (even as it's trying to kill her) gives me warm fuzzies. :rainbowkiss:

Anyway, let me quote the Dragon Age Inquisition Codex on Giant Spiders, because I found it amusing.

Maybe it's meant to be that size, and the regular ones are miniatures. I mean, a just and caring Maker would create them big to start. Then they can't hide. That's what bothers you, isn't it? The hiding? A big one like that, a good twelve-footer, sure, it's all fang and such, but you know where it is: dark places where the Veil is weak. You're never surprised by a giant one because you had to go to their "house." They're not on your face at night or in your boot in the morning. And if their web is thick as rigging, you don't have to worry about that hair on your neck. Or the baby ones on the breeze! You hate that, right? Hitting a cloud of them while you're riding? Could be a dozen, but you only see one, and you try to smash it, but when you look, the thing is gone, and now your arm itches right up to the shoulder, and that hair feels like it's back, but you can't unbuckle your helm because of the gauntlets, and now the hair in your ear is tingly. That's just about the worst, isn't it?

—Records of the Redcliffe guard, 14 Guardian 9:39. Witness recounting of provocation and resulting brawl. No jailings. Victim was being an arse.

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I guess there's something to that, in the sense that the big, obvious fireball monster that lives in a haunted keep on a forsaken hill is at least easier to avoid, but tiny pests can pop up anywhere. :pinkiesmile:

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Personally, I think the little ones are kind of cute, but I wouldn't be trying to pet one as big as in the chapter, the same way I wouldn't try to treat a sabre-tooth tiger as a kitten.

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Try to kill them with a sword.(kidding that can't be done unless your name is Sasaki Kojiro)

How long do you think it'll take till the next chapter comes out?

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I have no idea, as I'm working on a bunch of different stuff when I can manage and most of it is not going quickly.

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OK, I just love your stories and I will wait patiently for the next chapter.

Finally sat down to read this after far too long a wait, and it was so much fun! Take what time you need for the next chapter, it'll be worth the wait.

Dazzlings in the stick of truth

Oh dear, looks like we need Sonata to cast revive on this one...

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I'm almost a week late in this reply, but I think I've pinpointed why it's been needing more than Revive for quite some time now. :twilightsheepish:

You know how anything you work on might change from what you originally had in mind, coming out a little or a lot differently from the original vision because the original vision just doesn't quite work and/or needed improvement in ways you hadn't forseen until you got to that point? Even if only due to this exact phenomenon taking place in numerous, tiny ways in earlier parts of the project?

That's sort of where I've been with this story for at least four months, stuck at a few paragraphs because the way things have shaped up to now, the tone and presentation of key scenes that I don't think would/could have worked as well if written differently, kind of conflicts with what I had planned for something down the line. Luckily, I think I've worked out how I can change things to be able to continue with this one (when not randomly working on other stuff because my inspiration is apparently a confused, meandering chimp on a pogostick wearing beer goggles), taking the rest of the series in a slightly different direction than I'd had in mind when the ideas started cropping up around the time of Fluff and Kidnapping. :pinkiesmile:

I have about 3k words ready right now, which will be a bit longer when the current scene finishes up, so I could feasibly have a new chapter up within a day or less, but I'll try to make sure things work before hitting Publish. :eeyup:

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Haha, yeah, I know that feeling entirely too well! It's cool to hear that it's coming along again though :twilightsmile:

Hey, I don't know if you'd be interested, but if you want someone to bounce ideas off of, or even help out with pre-reading/editing feel free to shoot me a PM.

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