Sunday, August 30, 2015

In That Moment of Suffering Chapter 5 - Shopping for Supplies First Part

I somehow got Chapter 5 up after the Bluescreen fiasco. Thankfully my computer seems to be up and normal again now. Enjoy!

Edit: Sorry my table making skills are off today. Remade the 3rd table for the 4th time. That should be the last one I hope. :X Apologies to the 3 readers that saw the chapter already.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In That Moment of Suffering Chapter 4 - Family

Here's chapter 4. I'm hoping to get another chapter out before the weekend if possible. I just need to buckle down and work on it once my supply shopping is done.

Edit: (╥﹏╥) My computer took a dump on me, looping BSOD and couldn't even log in. Had to use the refresh feature and wipe out all my installed programs. Damn it all... So much for a relaxing weekend working on the story.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

In That Moment of Suffering Chapter 3 - Introductions

Chapter 3 is done and ready for you. This chapter shows that I try to do world building and honestly suck at descriptions. I'm still trying to work out a good balance since this story will involve more traveling and isn't as static as any of my other works.

On an unrelated topic, I've gone through a week without caffeine per doctor's orders and still have a week to go. I honestly feel lifeless and sleepy during the second half of the day and really hate it. I can't wait to get some coffee or even tea to drink. I miss it!!!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

In That Moment of Suffering Chapter 2 - Adventurer's Guild

Here's Chapter 2. I did what I could to keep the info dump low, but still there on some level since it's necessary.

Edit: Changed guild membership termination from 6 months to 3 years. Matches the feel for a  fantasy setting since 6 months is a bit short. I was thinking too much a of modern time frame since half a year is a bit long for me. >_>

Friday, August 14, 2015

Game Talk: Tobari and the Night of the Curious Moon

Just some random game talk.

I bought Tobari and the Night of the Curious Moon on Steam the other day because of a sale $7.49 instead of the usual $9.99 USD. It's a mix of a Mario platforming game with various abilities like in Kirby. So far, for just playing through the game without collecting stuff, it's pretty easy. Around what you would see in a Mario game. If even that since World 1 is mostly short stages that are quick.

But!! That changes the second you try and collect the 'moon chip' collectible item in each stage. Then the difficulty triples or so depending on the stage. It's like a bundle of @$%*!!! I haven't touched the classic Megaman games from the NES/SNES generation in a long time, but it reminds me of that. Well I can't say I hate it since it's quite interesting. I just need to quell my perfectionist streak since the stages are so bloody hard trying to get the collectibles.

Random talk over. I'm working on editing chapter 2, so that will be out when the weekend is up. Unless I'm successfully pulled into the company event tomorrow, then idk.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In That Moment of Suffering Chapter 1 - New Beginning



First chapter after the prologue~ A bit shorter than normal. Though all the tables and status screens make it longer.

In this story, I wanted to implement some Japanese quotation marks, like this 『』, into my writing. I'm using them for random stuff in the list below, so it's not really the proper use. XD It's fairly intuitive, so I doubt you would need to worry about memorizing it. I'll make a note on the sidebar or something if it becomes a problem.

"word" - Speaking
[word] - Skills
*word* - Sound effect
{word} - Thoughts
<word> - Names of spells and objects
word』- Thoughts
【word】- Names of spells and objects

Anyways, enjoy~

Edit: Tweaked the goblin talk since not understanding them contradicts the [Language Comprehension] max skill.
Edit: It started to be a burden to copy and paste the Japanese quotation marks, so I'm just going to resort to normal brackets on my keyboard.
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Chapter 1 – New Beginning

Senna opens her eyes and sees a clear blue sky. She sits up and looks around finding herself in a flowing field of grass extending as far as the eye can see. She looks at herself noticing her clothes have changed. Her thin dress has been changed with a beige blouse and a brown leather tunic on top. A long brown skirt and shoes when all combined make her look like a simple commoner. “I guess this is how they dress here.” Senna comments to herself. “Well time to get moving.” Before she can stand up a large window appears before her.

You have acquired +200 HP, +200 MP, +20 to Strength, Endurance, Agility, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, Luck!
You have acquired [Katana] Lv. 1! You can use Katana weapons!
You have acquired [Martial Arts] Lv. 1! You can perform different Martial arts abilities now!
You have acquired [All Elemental Proficiency] Lv. 1! You can perform magic of the same level for Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, Lightning, Light, Darkness, and Null elements!
You have acquired [Magic Spell Proficiency] Lv. 1! You can cast spells with a higher level of potency!
You have acquired [Magic Manipulation] Lv. 1! You can control spells with a higher level of control!
You have acquired [Detection Skills] Lv. 1! You can detect any presence, magic, enemy, or danger within a two meter radius.
You have acquired [Tactics] Lv. 2! You can plan out fair strategies in battle!
You have acquired [3 Dimensional Movement] Lv. 1! You can move in any directional plane for three seconds!
You have acquired [Parry] Lv. 1! You can parry attacks now!
You have leveled up [Identification] to Lv. 4! You can accurately identify most objects!
You have acquired [Self Recovery] Lv. 3! You can automatically heal normal wounds over time!
You have acquired [Disguise] Lv. 1! You can make yourself unnoticed in the crowd with a disguise!
You have acquired [Keen Sight] Lv. 2! You can accurately see moving objects!
You have acquired [Hawk Eyes] Lv. 2! You can accurately see distant objects 15 meters away!
You have acquired [Disease Resistance] Lv. 1! You have a chance to resist minor diseases!
You have acquired [Paralysis Resistance] Lv. 3! You can resist minor paralysis and have a chance at resisting intermediate class paralysis!
You have acquired [Petrification Resistance] Lv. 4! You can’t be petrified by Lv. 4 class abilities.
You have acquired [Reading] Lv. 5! You love to read and now you can quickly read books faster than a normal person.
You have acquired [Improved Memory] Lv. 4! You can memorize almost everything you focus on!
You have acquired [Persuasion] Lv. 1! You can persuade people about simple topics!
You have acquired [Bartering] Lv. 1! You can do simple bartering when making purchases!
You have acquired [Appraisal] Lv. Max! Everything on the planet has value! You can determine the price of any object just by looking!
You have acquired [Language Comprehension] Lv. Max! No matter the language, you can understand and speak the language within the first few seconds!
You have acquired [Poker Face] Lv. 3! You can lie and keep a straight face in normal situations.
You have acquired [Survival] Lv. 3! You can survive in the wilderness without any problems! Don’t expect comfort though!
You have acquired [Cooking] Lv. 1! You can cook a dish that’s barely edible!
You have acquired [Specialized Growth] Lv. 3! Your abilities develop faster than a normal person!
You have acquired [Concealed Status] Lv. 4! You can hide your status from common guards!
You have acquired [Skill Development] Lv. 3! You can develop and learn new skills at twice the normal pace!

Senna opens her [Status] in shock.

Status
Name
Senna
Level
1
Race
Human
Age
14 years old
HP
400
MP
250
Strength
50
Endurance
50
Agility
50
Dexterity
50
Intelligence
50
Wisdom
50
Luck
50


Skills
Katana Lv. 1
Dagger Lv. 1
Martial Arts Lv. 1
All Elemental Proficiency Lv. 1
- Fire Lv. 1
- Water Lv. 1
- Wind Lv. 1
- Earth Lv. 1
- Lightning Lv. 1
- Light Lv. 1
- Dark Lv. 1
- Null Lv. 1
Magic Spell Proficiency Lv. 1
Magic Power Lv. 1
Magic Manipulation Lv. 1
Detection Skills Lv. 1
-Presence Lv. 1
-Magic Lv. 1
-Enemy Lv. 1
-Danger Lv. 1
Tactics Lv. 2
3 Dimensional Movement Lv. 1
Parry Lv. 1
Identification Lv. 4
Self Recovery Lv. 3
Disguise Lv. 1
Keen Sight Lv. 2
Hawk Eyes Lv. 2
Poison Resistance Lv. 7
Mind Resistance Lv. 7
Disease Resistance Lv. 1
Paralysis Resistance Lv. 3
Petrification Resistance Lv. 4
Storage Lv. Max
Reading Lv. 5
Improved Memory Lv. 4
Persuasion Lv. 1
Bartering Lv. 1
Appraisal Lv. Max
Arithmetic Lv. Max
Experimentation Lv. Max
Language Comprehension Lv. Max
Poker Face Lv. 3
Etiquette Lv. Max
Survival Lv. 3
Cooking Lv. 1
Enhanced Growth Lv. 3
Blood Manipulation Lv. Max
Last Stand Lv. Max
Soul Engraving Lv. Max
Concealed Status Lv. 4
Skill Development Lv. 3

“Uuuu…She tricked me…” Senna’s energy hits rock bottom as she falls forward on her hands and knees. After working out her depression, she forces herself to her feet. “…No choice, but to accept it. Time to look for civilization.”

Senna heads to a nearby hill and climbs to the peak. At the top, she sees a large expansive sea of trees in front of her. The trees are closely knit providing little light from breaking through the crown of trees. Senna turns around and sees the open sea. “A forest on one side and an ocean at the other.” Her eyes scan along the coast and spot a large port city. “There!” Senna smiles as she decides her destination.

She casually walks in the direction of the city. “At this pace, I’ll get there in two hours? Hopefully, I won’t get into too much trouble.”

“Gii-Gaaaaaa!”



You’ve learned <Goblin Language>. Due to [Language Comprehension], you can perfectly understand Goblin talk now.

 An odd cry reaches her ears. Her sight shifts to a side where she spots a green pimply humanoid pointing at her with a wooden club and waving the other at someone behind the hill. A sense of danger fills her as she detects the hostility of the green creature.

“What’s that? Not good? What now? Oh right! [Identify]” Senna looks at the thing in confusion before remembering about her skill.

Status
Name
N/A
Level
2
Race
Goblin
Age
5 days old
HP
20
MP
0
Strength
9
Endurance
3
Agility
5
Dexterity
2
Intelligence
2
Wisdom
0
Luck
1


Skills
N/A
Description
A green humanoid monster. Thrives in killing small animals. Likes to capture human women to use as a breeding pool. Fast growth from infancy.

“A monster and a disturbing one.” Senna grimaces at the description. She touches her cheek when she realizes her expression. “Wow~ When was the last time I felt disgust? I can even show it on my face.” Senna talks to herself with an out of place calmness. She notices two other goblins appear armed with rusty knives and start to close in on her. “No time to play around I guess. What to do?”

Senna looks around for a tool or weapon without any luck. “Guess I have to rely on my hands.” She clenches her hands preparing herself for the fight.

You have acquired +50 HP, +5 Strength, Endurance, Wisdom!
You have leveled up [Martial Arts] to Lv. 2! Your martial arts can deal with small enemies!
You have leveled up [Presence Detection] to Lv. 2! You can detect presences within 5 meters.
You have leveled up [Enemy Detection] to Lv. 2! You can detect enemies within 5 meters.
You have leveled up [Danger Detection] to Lv. 2! You can detect danger within 5 meters.

“Wah!! Um, um… Hide skill notices!!” Senna panics seeing the sudden influx of skills and tries to command it. The window disappears before it can finish displaying the messages.

"Woman! Capture!" The goblin closes in on Senna. The closest one swings its club at her. Senna jumps back quickly expanding the gap to over ten meters between them.

“That scared me!” Senna looks at the goblins continuing to charge at her. “Looks like there’s no choice, but to fight.” She takes a deep breath. “Let’s go!” She hardens her gaze as she dashes towards the club wielding goblin. Before it can react, Senna throws her fist forward swiftly meeting the goblin’s face.

*Crack*

Senna’s eyes open wide as her hand smashes through the goblin’s head. Before her hand punctures deeper into the head, the goblin’s neck is strained to its limit and cracks. The goblin’s head flies off smashing into the base of the hill. Blood sprays out from the decapitated body drenching Senna. She stares blankly at her hands.


Senna has leveled up! You have reached level 2!



Before Senna can process the damage she did or the status window, the cries of the two goblins before her snap her out of her reverie. She quickly waves the message away making it disappear. “Have to keep moving.” She grabs the feet of the fallen goblin and quickly twirls throwing the body at the closest goblin. The body slams into the goblin. Its knife gets stuck in the body as the goblin is knocked off its feet. As the goblin flies, it crashes into its comrade knocking both of them to the ground. The last goblin drops its rusty knife to the ground as it flies.

"Wow." Senna stares in surprise at the fallen goblins. "I guess that's the benefits of a strong status? I was too naïve I guess…" She sighs thinking of the help that Remilia's stubbornness has given her.

"I better finish things before they get up." Senna jogs to the fallen rusty knife. She walks over to the fallen goblins.

One of the goblins has already extracted itself from underneath the decapitated body and points at her angrily grunting. "Woman!!"

Before it can approach, Senna throws the knife strongly. It shoots out from her hand stabbing directly into the goblin's head. Blood lightly squirts from the goblin's head as it crumples to the ground. The body falls directly on top of the decapitated body trapping the final goblin under the combined weight.

"Heavy! Escape!!" The goblin squirms under the weight. It attempts to push the bodies off of it, but lacks the strength or leverage to move them. The goblin stops when a shadow looms over it. It sees Senna staring down calmly at it. “Escape!! Escape!!!” It panics and tries pushing the bodies again to escape from Senna.

“Sorry. But you attacked me first.” She raises her foot over the goblin’s head. The goblin cries out again, but Senna stops down without mercy. The goblin’s head bursts open like a watermelon splashing more blood onto her clothes. Luckily, she covered her face preventing more blood from getting on her. She sighs with the end of her first battle.


Senna has leveled up! You have reached level 3!


Another window pops up in front of her. “Not now.” She flicks the window away turning her gaze to the goblin corpses. She claps her hands together giving a quiet prayer. “Leaving the corpses here gives a bad taste in my mouth considering I went and killed them like this. …What to do? I guess I should take it with me. There might be something I can sell.” Senna stores the bodies in her [Storage], but keeps one of the rusty knives in hand.

“It looks like it will break any second, but it’s better than nothing.” Senna comments examining the knife.

Rusted Copper Knife
Type: Dagger
Durability: 2/5
+0 Attack
A metal knife thoroughly covered in rust. The blade has completely worn down making it impossible to cut anything.

She takes a quick glance as her [Storage]. “Good, at least they didn’t slip anything else with me. I should be happy the status helped me survive that battle, but I still feel weird about such convenient gifts. [Status]”

Status
Name
Senna
Level
3
Race
Human
Age
14 years old
HP
510
MP
300
Strength
65
Endurance
65
Agility
60
Dexterity
65
Intelligence
60
Wisdom
65
Luck
70


Skills
Katana Lv. 1
Dagger Lv. 1
Martial Arts Lv. 3
All Elemental Proficiency Lv. 1
- Fire Lv. 1
- Water Lv. 1
- Wind Lv. 1
- Earth Lv. 1
- Lightning Lv. 1
- Light Lv. 1
- Dark Lv. 1
- Null Lv. 1
Magic Spell Proficiency Lv. 1
Magic Power Lv. 1
Magic Manipulation Lv. 1
Detection Skills Lv. 1
-Presence Lv. 3
-Magic Lv. 1
-Enemy Lv. 2
-Danger Lv. 2
Tactics Lv. 3
3 Dimensional Movement Lv. 1
Parry Lv. 1
Identification Lv. 4
Self-Recovery Lv. 3
Disguise Lv. 1
Keen Sight Lv. 3
Hawk Eyes Lv. 3
Poison Resistance Lv. 7
Mind Resistance Lv. 7
Disease Resistance Lv. 2
Paralysis Resistance Lv. 3
Petrification Resistance Lv. 4
Storage Lv. Max
Reading Lv. 5
Improved Memory Lv. 4
Persuasion Lv. 1
Bartering Lv. 1
Appraisal Lv. Max
Arithmetic Lv. Max
Experimentation Lv. Max
Language Comprehension Lv. Max
Poker Face Lv. 4
Etiquette Lv. Max
Survival Lv. 4
Cooking Lv. 1
Specialized Growth Lv. 4
Blood Manipulation Lv. Max
Last Stand Lv. Max
Soul Engraving Lv. Max
Concealed Status Lv. 4
Skill Development Lv. 4

She takes a look at her status, which only makes her sigh more heavily. “So strong… They really overdid it. Hah. No point complaining. I need to get to town. I wish I had some water to wipe off all this blood though.”

Senna walks towards the town replaying the battle in her head. “I’m really calm even though I killed something for the first time. Is it always like this? But there’s no choice other than to take them done since they’re hostile…”

Along the way, Senna meets another two groups of goblins along the way. She swiftly dispatches them by throwing rocks at their heads resulting in ten goblin corpses collected in her [Storage]. As the town comes into sight, she stops and looks at herself drenched in blood.

“Would they even let me in like this? I don’t want to be confused with a murderer.  The blood’s starting to dry though…Oh Blood!” Senna remembers her status and her [Blood Manipulation skill]. “Will it work if it’s not my own blood? …Well I have to try. Um… [Blood Manipulation]!”

Senna stretches out one hand turning her palm towards her body. As she calls out the skill, the loose and dried blood separate from her clothes and body collected in the palm of her outstretched hand. “It worked!” She tries dropping it in her [Storage] and successfully fills a slot with an ‘Orb of Goblin’s Blood’.

She approaches the town and sees the large stone walls surrounding the town.

You have found the town of <Timberharbor>.


A long line of carriages stretch out from the gate. While thinking if she should wait in the line, she catches sight of a smaller line with people carrying weapons and armor. “Guess I’ll try going in that line first.”

When she reaches the gate, the smaller line has already cleared. Two guards dressed in steel armor stop Senna from approaching any further.

“●●●●! ●●●●●● ●●●● ID.” (Guard A)



You’ve learned the<Lalfiya Language>. You can now understand the most prominent language of humans in the kingdom of Lalfiya.

“ID? I apologize I don’t have one.” Senna bows to them. “Can anyone enter this way or do I have to wait in that line?”

“No ID? You’re not an adventurer?” (Guard A)

“No?” Senna shakes her head.

“If you don’t have ID, you have to pay 30 Triton as a tax to enter <Timberharbor>.” (Guard B)

“Uuu…I’m sorry! I’m lost and have no money. All I have are some goblin corpses and some items I can sell to get some money. I’d have to go inside to do that though.” Senna groans at the predicament she got into because of her stubborn rejection of Remilia’s help.

“Goblin corpses? You said you weren’t an adventurer? Why would you goblin corpses?” One of the guards question Senna staring intently as he evaluates her.

“They attacked me, so I got lucky and killed them when I stole their weapon?” Senna meekly answers as she senses the sudden hostility. The two guards talk to themselves as they look at her.

“Show us proof that you killed a goblin. You’re not carrying anything.” (Guard A)

“Okay.” Senna pulls out a stabbed goblin from her inventory. The guards stare in shock at the sudden appearance. Guard A steps away rushing to the guardhouse.

“P-Please wait for my partner to return, Miss!” Guard B stutters as he speaks.

“Okay. May I put the goblin away?” Senna ask while looking at the nervous guard.{Miss?? why did he suddenly change his tone and get so nervous?}

“P-Please go ahead.” Guard B still stutters slightly as he speaks. Senna nods and puts the goblin away. After a few minutes, Guard A returns and relays a message to Guard B. Guard B takes out a white crystal as  “T-Then please put your hand on this crystal and answer my questions.”

“Okay.” Senna obediently complies.

“What is your name?”

“Senna.”

“Age?”

“Ei…Fourteen.”

“Race?”

“…Human?”

“Have you ever committed a crime?”

“No.”

“Have you killed a person recently?”

“Mmm…If the goblins don’t count, then no.”

Guard B takes back the crystal after the last question. Senna also retracts her hand. Guard A hands Senna a piece of parchment with the basic information she provided.

“You’ll want to go to the Adventurer’s guild in the center of town to trade the goblin corpses. If you go straight ahead, you’ll see it immediately. If you wish to become an adventurer, you should register with them to obtain access to their services. You will also get identification as proof of joining them.”

“Okay. That sounds good. Thank you for the information. Is it fine that I’m not paying the tax though?” (Senna)

“A-a-about that, we would be very grateful if you can return to pay the tax by tomorrow afternoon would be greatly appreciated.” Guard B nervously salutes her.

“Understood. Thank you very much.” Senna bows to the two guards and heads inside the town.

When Senna is completely out of sight, the guards finally relax. “Thank god, she took that well.” Guard B comments.

“Yeah. Hopefully she doesn’t report us later.” (Guard A)

“Why did she have to be so misleading dressing as a commoner? Even if she can’t carry her ID, she could at least have some money on her.” (Guard B)

“Why do you think she was so polite? She could have easily executed us?” (Guard A)

“How should I know?! She must be some personal spy for the Lord carrying top secret information. There’s probably some reason that common people like us wouldn’t know.” (Guard B)

“What are you talking about?” A man approaches the two guards.

“Captain!” The two guards salute their captain.

“And what were you discussing?” (Captain)

“A young girl that passed through. She wasn’t carrying any ID nor had any money on her.” (Guard A)

“What did she look like?” (Captain)

“No older than 15. A very innocent looking commoner with long, sleek white hair. We let her through asking her to pay the tax by tomorrow.” (Guard B)

The captain frowns, “Why did you do that? You could have turned her away?”

“She was a top class magician. We think she’s probably connected to the Lord.” (Guard A)

“Oh? Did she say that?” (Captain)

“No, she didn’t. But that would be the best explanation for the lack of ID.” (Guard B)

“Then there’s no proof. She should have shown a mark of the Lord if she really worked for him. No need to skip carrying identification at all.” The captain explains. “Next time she comes call me immediately.”

“But Captain?! Even if she doesn’t work for the Lord, she must be some sort of official with her level of skill!” (Guard A)

“You don’t know that. Besides if she isn’t anyone important, I can have some fun with her.” The captain licks his lips thinking about her appearance. The two guards panic seeing their captain’s lascivious attitude, but refrain from rebuking their superior any further.