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Old 06-13-2023, 06:16 AM   #1191
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The next few days pass without the demons finding them again. General Kunitane arranges a ceremony where a clock indicating the "Safe Time" will strike to the celebration of on-lookers.
I synchronize my watch with the clock, but otherwise do not adjust my schedule. Victory is decided at the last possible instant.
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Old 06-13-2023, 08:57 AM   #1192
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The clock ticks slowly down, and there is a great cheer when it hits zero. "Hail the living emperor!"


General Kunitane pulls them aside after 10 minutes. "This means the emperor is no longer an especial target... he needs to reappear and take control. There are still demons all over this world, yes?"


Silestro: "Yes, we will probably stay for just a few more days. With my colleagues' agreement, I will seek counsel from our masters. I believe they are itching to go on the offensive."
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Old 06-13-2023, 08:03 PM   #1193
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The clock ticks slowly down, and there is a great cheer when it hits zero. "Hail the living emperor!"
"Tennōheika Banzai!"
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General Kunitane pulls them aside after 10 minutes. "This means the emperor is no longer an especial target... he needs to reappear and take control. There are still demons all over this world, yes?"
"Well, from what I understand there's no reason for them to retreat. They don't really die and, well, they're demons. Inflicting misery is what they do."
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Silestro: "Yes, we will probably stay for just a few more days. With my colleagues' agreement, I will seek counsel from our masters. I believe they are itching to go on the offensive."
"Yeah, let's see what Gurdo has to say. Surely we'd have heard if the Shahanshah passed."
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Old 06-15-2023, 10:06 AM   #1194
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You get Gurdo himself for just a moment: you have to wait, as he is "attending to many matters at the moment." After a few moments, you hear him.



"Great Job, you three. If you had failed, we all would have. Stay near the emperor for another two days, and then we'll pick you up and replace you with public relations experts. we've still got to clean up the invasion. Celebrate, keep your visible actions concentrated on killing demons, and don't accept any gifts larger than your head."


The submarine ascends to the surface so that locals can take charge of cleaning out the remaining demons.
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Old 06-15-2023, 05:12 PM   #1195
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"Great Job, you three. If you had failed, we all would have."
"I take the Persian team succeeded too."
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"Stay near the emperor for another two days, and then we'll pick you up and replace you with public relations experts."
"But I'm a PR expert."

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"don't accept any gifts larger than your head."
"V, make your head huge so we can justify enormous gifts!"
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Old 06-16-2023, 05:39 AM   #1196
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Vassariuous continues their duties and hopes to meet the emperor now that the magical barrier may not be required.

Vassarious' cranial diameter remains constant.
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Old 06-16-2023, 09:27 AM   #1197
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"I take the Persian team succeeded too."
Gurdo: "Yes, they did. I'll send them your congratulations. I still need to talk to them."

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Vassariuous continues their duties and hopes to meet the emperor now that the magical barrier may not be required.
The Emperor is happy to meet with the shapeshifter... on their way up. Once they hit the surface he expects to be quite busy.

"You have done me a great service. I would give you some manner of honor."

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"You have done me a great service. I would give you some manner of honor."
"Thank you, your Imperial Majesty. I am done great honor by your gracious words, and so in sharing them your will is done."

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Gurdo: "Maybe back home. We have experts for this specifically."
"Very well."
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The Emperor is happy to meet with the shapeshifter... on their way up. Once they hit the surface he expects to be quite busy.

"You have done me a great service. I would give you some manner of honor."
"The honor of a job well done..."

My wandering eyes fix on a calligraphy brush for a moment. It needs to be more carefully examined...
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I refocus on the emperor. "is enough for me. Thank you for being a gracious guest in these trying times."

I then rush off to gather up the equipment left aboard the submarine.
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"Very well."

"The honor of a job well done..."

My wandering eyes fix on a calligraphy brush for a moment. It needs to be more carefully examined...

I refocus on the emperor. "is enough for me. Thank you for being a gracious guest in these trying times."

I then rush off to gather up the equipment left aboard the submarine.

The emperor presents each of them with a gift. Silestro receives a go board, inlaid with jade, ivory, and beautiful carvings. Vassarious receives a carving of a oceanic guardian spirit, and another of a Marlin. Halcyon receives three of those underwater riffles, but these have the stamp of the emperor on them, as well as an underwater pistol.


The Demons never approach the ship. Once they reach the surface, the emperor spends all days giving speech after speech, hearing briefings, and doing his very best to be the image of reconquering the world from the demons.



Eventually, a portal opens, and the three are able to return to the Villa. It seems that There is not immediately a task for them... Which often indicates they will be playing "offense" on a world soon.
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