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Rika Quest: Exercises in Infinity (WTC: Higurashi)

Discussion in 'Questing' started by Inara Seraph, May 10, 2013.

  1. Inara Seraph

    Inara Seraph Know what you're doing yet?

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    OP, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



    You're dead. Again. You don't even remember how you died, although you're pretty sure Keiichi's the one who went insane this time. You're floating aimlessly in the sea of kakera. You can't see Hanyuu anywhere. Your gaze is totally blank as you stare off into the abyss.

    Something inside you cracks and breaks irreparably. After so many repetitions, you have no hope left. Whatever is keeping you going is beyond your ken. Maybe if you begged Hanyuu to just let you die, you could finally have some peace. But.. you can't do that to her, your only true friend after however many hellish years you've lived. You'll continue on doing.. something. Maybe you'll miraculously survive this time. You won't know unless you try.

    Something is different, and you only just noticed. You can hear a stream of voices in the back of your mind. You emit a broken laugh, the sound strangled in your throat. This is it, you've finally gone crazy. Well, if that's really true, then you've gone way past the point of no return. Why not listen to what the voices have to say?

    "Akasaka PUNCH!!"
    "Trollkastel is best witch."
    "Hauuu~ SO CUTE. I MUST TAKE IT HOME WITH ME."
    "Rika is the queen carrier!!"

    ..what the hell. The voices in your head are annoying. It's just gibberish. Although.. some of them are entertaining. You decide to speak to the voices. Maybe they can hear you? Maybe not, it doesn't matter. "Hu, how clever. You're right, I'd never noticed."

    This could be interesting. It's been so long since you've been able to make any progress at all. Surely, this time around will be more interesting with the.. ahem, colorful commentary to keep you company. Maybe you'll try listening to them. You can see Hanyuu materializing in front of you.

    "Hey, voices. How far should I go back?"

    [ ] Go back a year.
    [ ] How about five years?
    [ ] TO THE FUTURE! Obviously. Fuck the past.
    [ ] Go beyond the impossible.. to before your own birth. Divide by zero, implode the universe.
    [ ] Wait, isn't Hanyuu supposed to be a God? Why is time travel the only solution she can think of? What is this shit?
    [ ] ... (Write-in.)

    Rika might decide your suggestions are idiotic and not listen to them. Although, her state of mind right now is such that she gives precisely zero fucks about almost anything. As long as you don't input 'kill Hanyuu' or something like that, she'll do it. You have unlimited reset buttons to do whatever it is you feel like doing.
     
  2. SolipsistSerpent

    SolipsistSerpent Endlessly Devouring

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    [X] Wait, isn't Hanyuu supposed to be a God? Why is time travel the only solution she can think of? What is this shit?
     
  3. Jiven

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    [X] TO THE FUTURE! Obviously. Fuck the past.
     
  4. EnderofWorlds

    EnderofWorlds Versed in the lewd.

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    [X] Wait, isn't Hanyuu supposed to be a God? Why is time travel the only solution she can think of? What is this shit?
     
  5. Fellgar

    Fellgar Well worn.

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    [X] Wait, isn't Hanyuu supposed to be a God? Why is time travel the only solution she can think of? What is this shit?
     
  6. Biigoh

    Biigoh Tanuki Moderator

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    [X] How about five years?
     
  7. Inara Seraph

    Inara Seraph Know what you're doing yet?

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    [X] Wait, isn't Hanyuu supposed to be a God? Why is time travel the only solution she can think of? What is this shit?

    The voices in your head are unexpectedly perceptive. Let's follow up on this line of inquiry, shall we? "Hey, Hanyuu."

    "Yes?"

    "Why are we doing this, anyway?"

    You continue, gesturing emphatically as you speak. "No matter how you think about it, it's really fucking suspicious."

    "I mean.. I just conveniently can't remember the hours leading up to my death, so I can never figure out who the culprit is."

    "Not only that, but you can do motherfucking TIME TRAVEL."

    You become more impassioned. Well, as impassioned as you can ever be. You're building up a good head of steam here. "That's got to be way up there on 'The List of Bullshit Hax Powers,' right next to 'Boundary Manipulation.'"

    "If you've got this power over time, why not do something useful instead of just sending me back all the time? Can I have a time stop button? Super strength, speed, reflexes? I bet you could stop a freaking bullet if you wanted to. Damnit, this is so unfair." You finish your rant, fuming. You jab one of the kakera floating by. Take that, random universe! I bet I just killed all of you! Ahahaha.

    "..." Hanyuu gapes at you, her mouth wide open. You rapidly lose your zeal, and give her your best 'apologetic' look. It looks remarkably similar to your regular expression. You really only have two modes- Uber-Kawaii and Soul-Crushing Angst. Two guesses which one you're in now.

    "I'll shut up now. Sorry, Hanyuu. I just wanted to vent. I feel like I'm stuck in a manga that is bound by convenient plot trappings. I'll likely only solve this case through a series of dramatic reveals and action sequences."

    She looks worried, flipping through the kakera. "It can't be that bad, right..?"

    "No, it's worse. I can't even figure out what genre we're in. On the one hand, we do a lot of happy slice-of-life stuff. Mion's game's are really fun. But on the other hand.."

    You bring your arm down in a poorly done Rena impression. "Horrible axe murders."

    Hanyuu nods along with you. Is this subject material actually relevant to her interests? Huh. "..Yes, I see what you mean."

    With that over with, you turn to look at your imaginary audience.

    "So uh.."

    "How far back did I want to go again?"

    [ ] Let Hanyuu decide.
    [ ] A year?
    [ ] Five years?
    [ ] Wait a minute, what the fuck is this. We just had this choice, asshole. Is this one of those 'But Thou Must' things?
    [ ] Something else. (Write-in.)
     
  8. Biigoh

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    (X) 6 years, 6 months, 6 days.
     
  9. Tackyseven

    Tackyseven Not too sore, are you?

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    (X) 6 years, 6 months, 6 days
     
  10. Ardion Prosili

    Ardion Prosili Lover of Horned Women

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    [X] Wait a minute, what the fuck is this. We just had this choice, asshole. Is this one of those 'But Thou Must' things?
     
  11. Vindictus

    Vindictus Experienced.

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    [X] All the way back. ALL. The way.
     
  12. Jiven

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    [X] 2 billions years
     
  13. BlackWarth

    BlackWarth Not too sore, are you?

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    (X) 6 years, 6 months, 6 days
     
  14. Inara Seraph

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    [X] 6 years, 6 months, 6 days.

    You're feeling a little bit demonic. You specify precisely to Hanyuu that you want to go back 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.

    "Um." Hanyuu looks at you strangely. "Okay?" She phrases it like a question. You nod wordlessly, and brace yourself for the jump. Hanyuu channels her power through you and you -warp-.

    Turn back the clock- the current year is 1983. You reach back into the past, to the year 1977. Let's take stock of where things stand at this point in time.

    For one, your parents are still alive. You can't really be arsed to feel glad. They're dead in a couple years anyway. Oh my, how callous. Sorry, you don't care. There's only so many times you can mourn someone's death before it becomes routine. You are way too sober right now.

    Akasaka will come to town soon. You could try ensuring he makes it through his investigation on the kidnapped grandchild without dying.. or just creep him the fuck out. You always get a kick out of that. His wife is dead no matter what happens.. probably. Maybe you could hitch a ride to her hospital and stop the idiotic woman from killing herself on a goddamned banana peel or however the fuck she dies.

    The Dam Project will be announced any day as well, and the resistance will start in earnest. Mion will raise hell, Satoko's parents will be morons that get shunned by other morons. Huh, it takes quite a while for you to make friends with Satoko. You kind of want her parents to hurry up and die already so she can move in with you.

    Your movements are somewhat restricted due to your very young age, but you have more leeway than most children. Your parents are pretty hands-off, and you can get away with a lot as the only child of the Furude. You don't quite yet have the reputation of the 'blessed child of Oyashiro-sama,' but you can cultivate that without even trying.

    So, what's on the agenda?

    [ ] Acquire booze. You needed to be shit-faced drunk five minutes ago. Luckily for you, you know exactly where your parents keep it.
    [ ] Acquire scythe. It really fits your image for some reason, even if you suck ass wielding it as a weapon. You can just raid the storage shed with all the creepy torture implements.
    [ ] It's never too early to strike up a friendship with Mion. Go hang out with the Sonozakis.
    [ ] Begin your secret life as a prankster. Start small, and work your way up. Oyashiro-sama shall become a Trickster God. Maybe you can get Hanyuu to help you out?
    [ ] You are the Sacred Prophet of Oyashiro-sama. By abusing the hell out of future knowledge, you can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Wow and amaze the villagers with 'prophecy.'
    [ ] Head over to Irie's clinic and give him a full rundown of Hinamizawa Syndrome. I KNOW YOU'RE LISTENING, BITCH. Yeah, I'm talking about you, Takano.
    [ ] Something else. (Write-in.)
     
  15. Vindictus

    Vindictus Experienced.

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    [X] You are the Sacred Prophet of Oyashiro-sama. By abusing the hell out of future knowledge, you can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Wow and amaze the villagers with 'prophecy.' Win the lottery and get the hell out of dodge.
     
  16. Aranfan

    Aranfan Not too sore, are you?

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    [x] It's never too early to strike up a friendship with Mion. Go hang out with the Sonozakis.
    -[x] Deliberately call the sisters by their actual names.
     
  17. Biigoh

    Biigoh Tanuki Moderator

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    [X] You are the Sacred Prophet of Oyashiro-sama. By abusing the hell out of future knowledge, you can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Wow and amaze the villagers with 'prophecy.' Win the lottery and get the hell out of dodge.
     
  18. Guile

    Guile Clothes That Kill Virgins

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    [X] Let's do a 'clean' run. Nobody dies. Until... well anyway. And if someone goes all axe crazy on us, then WE kill THEM.
    Come on, it'll be a challenge!
     
  19. Jiven

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    [X] Acquire scythe. It really fits your image for some reason, even if you suck ass wielding it as a weapon. You can just raid the storage shed with all the creepy torture implements.

    *cackle*
     
  20. Bloodshifter

    Bloodshifter The Bio-Armor Lover

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    [X] You are the Sacred Prophet of Oyashiro-sama. By abusing the hell out of future knowledge, you can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Wow and amaze the villagers with 'prophecy.' Win the lottery and get the hell out of dodge.
     
  21. Zasnul

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    [x] Acquire scythe. It really fits your image for some reason, even if you suck ass wielding it as a weapon. You can just raid the storage shed with all the creepy torture implements.
     
  22. Inara Seraph

    Inara Seraph Know what you're doing yet?

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    [X] You are the Sacred Prophet of Oyashiro-sama. By abusing the hell out of future knowledge, you can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Win the lottery and get the hell out of dodge.

    That sounds great, really. Problem: you didn't memorize every lottery that ever happened in your entire life. Now that you mention it though, why the fuck didn't you do that? New goal: observe the winning lottery numbers, commit them to memory. It'll be kind of hard to cash in your loot, being way too young to gamble, but you'll figure out something. Maybe you can just wait for someone to win and steal their ticket while cashing it in by impersonating their daughter. Huhu.

    Getting the hell out of town is another great idea, but it feels like there's this enormous shadowy organization that is keeping dutiful track of your movements. You've definitely tried this before, and it always ends with you being escorted back by creepy dudes in white coats. Unless you become super stealthy or acquire a super stealthy escort, it probably isn't happening. That said, if the voices reeeally want to do this, then full fucking speed ahead. Go for broke.

    [X] Acquire scythe. It really fits your image for some reason, even if you suck ass wielding it as a weapon. You can just raid the storage shed with all the creepy torture implements.

    You raid the storage shed. Scythe get! You play around with it. Until you're interrupted by your mother.

    "Rika, what are you doing?"

    "Mii- I'm practicing the ceremonial dance. Am I doing it right?" You tilt your head in curiosity.

    "..Yes, it's very good."

    "Mii.. I was praised." You smile beatifically. It's so, so fake.

    "Don't hurt yourself, okay? I need to go grocery shopping."

    Parent of the year award, leave your kid alone with the sharp implement. This scythe can definitely cut, y'know. Meh, you've always gotten away with shit like this. You stash the scythe in your room for now. You can parade around town with it later. There needs to be more to complete the outfit. You're getting this image of an adult-you leading an army of flesh-eating black cats wielding a scythe and laughing sadistically. You loose an involuntary evil chuckle.

    Ahhh, you're bored now. "Voices, I require direction."

    [ ] You're STILL sober, what the fuck is this?
    [ ] Acquire black cat. (Try to) Teach it to feast on humans.
    [ ] Hey, this scythe. I should learn how to kill bitches with this. Rena's got that axe, Keiichi's got the baseball bat, but what do I have? Nothing.
    [ ] Join the resistance, protest the dam construction. Accompany Mion in a life of crime.
    [ ] Hang out at Satoko's place. You don't actually know each other yet, but who cares? Maybe you can convince her parents to just shut the fuck up about the dam project.
    [ ] Something else. (Write-in.)
     
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    [X] MAGIC. It's clearly a thing. Why can't you use it?
     
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    [X] You're STILL sober, what the fuck is this?
     
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    [X] Hey, this scythe. I should learn how to kill bitches with this. Rena's got that axe, Keiichi's got the baseball bat, but what do I have? Nothing.
     
  26. cyberswordsmen

    cyberswordsmen I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    [X] MAGIC. It's clearly a thing. Why can't you use it?
     
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    [x] Hey, this scythe. I should learn how to kill bitches with this. Rena's got that axe, Keiichi's got the baseball bat, but what do I have? Nothing.
     
  28. Guile

    Guile Clothes That Kill Virgins

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    [X] Join the resistance, protest the dam construction. Accompany Mion in a life of crime.
    Thelma and Louise up ins. Or Butch and Sundance, whichever is more appropriate.
     
  29. Inara Seraph

    Inara Seraph Know what you're doing yet?

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    [X] Hey, this scythe. I should learn how to kill bitches with this. Rena's got that axe, Keiichi's got the baseball bat, but what do I have? Nothing.

    The problem with your scythe-wielding is that it's all ceremonial. You can do illustrative katas like a boss, but those forms are totally useless for combat. The question is, who can you find to help you out here? You aren't getting any better at it on your own. Maybe if you can catch Mion's mother in town, you can get her to teach you stuff. You could ask Mion's grandmother too, but that old hag is really fucking creepy. And coming from you, that's saying something.

    [X] MAGIC. It's clearly a thing. Why can't you use it?

    You are the motherfucking Furude Shrine Maiden. You demand magical powers. Aren't you supposed to have some kind of control over fate and miracles? Hanyuu isn't the only one with bullshit hax. Let's journey to the center of the mind.

    You're on an enormous game-board. It resembles nothing else but an enormous shadowy labyrinth. Viewing it from above, you can see how utterly hopeless your position is. All the exits are blocked. This kakera is already fucking screwed. Your perspective broadens. Another game-board. It too has no exit. It makes you laugh at all the pathetic little versions of you racing ahead to get through the maze. There's no way out, you idiot.

    You search onward through kakera after kakera.. time blends together. Actually, you're not sure if any time at all is passing. 99,998, 99,999.. 100,000.. Yes, the odds of you succeeding are, at best, 1 in 100,000. It's worse than that, because this board sucks too. When are you going to find one with a path to victory?

    Flip.. flip.. hey, this one has a really long and convoluted path that could maybe-possibly lead to you not being dead. Of course, that's the only qualifier for 'victory'. You could jump in and supplant that Rika. Wanna do it?

    [ ] FULL SPEED AHEAD.
    [ ] Hold on, we know absolutely nothing about that world. Can't you, I don't know, observe some more? It's not going anywhere.
    [ ] This was an amusing diversion. Back to what I was doing before.
    - [ ] What was I doing before, anyway? (Write-in.)
    [ ] Something else. (Write-in.)
     
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  30. Guile

    Guile Clothes That Kill Virgins

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    [X] Man, if it takes the Power of Friendship to get out of this, we are fucking fucked.