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Good news, everyone! Actaully there's no news, I just felt like channeling my inner Professor Farnsworth. That and I need some extra padding on this post to get over the minimum character length.

Now to the matter at hand - I've decided to open up another round of Q&A for people that have had questions spring up about this fiction since the last one, or maybe missed it or something. I'll answer each and every one of them to the best of my ability, though I reserve the right to give you an idiotic answer if you give me an idiotic question.

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Exterminatus

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Bio: I'm a programmer, a mythical creature that survives completely on beer and cynicism. We skulk in the dark, secretly cursing and despising everyone else. Especially other programmers.

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bob3002 @bob3002 ago

Do you have a rough endpoint in mind already, or are you letting the story grow with the creatures right now? Not asking for future plot details, just wondering how far it's plotted in advance.

I liked the way Binary Soul had the wacky daily life/quests with the slow but consistent background worldbuildling so I'm wondering if that was planned the same way too.

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    I do have a rough outline for the rest of the story, yes. I'm making up 95% of the content on the fly, though, so the story sometimes veers away from whatever flimsly plans I make.

    Yeah, Binary Soul was more or less the same process.

      bob3002 @bob3002 ago

      Nice. Some novels (not limited to english by any means) lose focus and start drifting/dragging without a clear direction, so it's good to know there's an end in mind even if it ends up changing. Thanks!

Wintermint @Wintermint ago

Regarding the skills, im rly to lazy to go back and check, but wasnt there a req for cadaver absorbtion? Like kill/eating 30 of its kind before absorbing it? Its rlly too lste to say at this point tho. Also, on the last skill thingy, did you add the feline agility skill from the cat job? Or was it forgotten? Im also wondering about smart tactics using a bunch of the abilities boxxy got but didnt use while hunting monsters to gain even more skills like zilla.eh. also thanks for all the hard work, i appreciate the constant releases with quality. Looking forwaed to some epic box shaped chaos.smile

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    The requirement was to learn the Skill, not to use it.

    Feline Agility should be in there. At least it's present in the draft I have. Let me know if I missed it somewhere.

    Boxxy has been planning to hunt for useful skills, yes, it just hasn't had the chance to do so with all the shit that has been going on.

Nolo @Nolo ago

Could a Hylt creeper doppelganger reproduce with a "pregnant" plant?

Gen. ZERO @Gen. ZERO ago

Q: Boxxy mentioned getting rid of his 'cat' class a few times before, but wouldnt that mean he losses the pheremones skill? or has he found a way to replicate it?

Q: Why hassnt Boxxies crew found the washed up treasure if they were able to find traces of fizzies footsteps in the mud/sewage?

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    Pheromones comes from Doppelganger. The Cat Skill is Feline Agility.

    I think you need to read better, because I never mentioned anything about Fizzy's footsteps. Also, if I haven't mentioned the treasure, that's probably because it isn't there anymore.

    loliZ321 @loliZ321 ago

    pheremones is a doppleganger skill and the author said that the cat job is stuck because there aren't any scribes that could understand the job in order to remove it.

      xTheBourbonKid @xTheBourbonKid ago

      Wasn't the problem with the cat job that Boxxy couldn't explain how he got it? 

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      jonnnney @jonnnney ago

      I think the problem is that since it is a monster/animal job no scribe would be able to read the title and description, even with the hero perk. The job and skills would come out as gibberish similar to when Boxxy absorbed the acid spit skill. Boxxy has yet to find a lvl 60 scribe who would be willing to remove said job. 

      Inbetweenaction @Inbetweenaction ago

      even then, it would just be "remove this one job you can't read, 3 letters, forth from the top..."

       

      real problem is the lv 60 scribe, but he probably could get one trough the ganger network. if he asked them kindly, old chap

      Danteforce @Danteforce ago

      Monsters jobs can't be removed this way. Remember, Zone couldn't remove Mimic job from Boxxy, but she knew where on status screen it was. Autor-samad said that to remove a Cat job, scribe must have complete understanding what it means to be a cat. Cat Job is there to stay.

      Not to know what a cat is but TO BE A CAT. Well maybe nat so far, but close enough. Don't remember witch post, but it wos stated that maybe, just maybe a scribe that is also a Feral 'Cat' Druid could do it. But they are different cats, so it may change to 'no one can remove it'.

TheCount @TheCount ago

hi!

1.: Will boxy learn spells the hard way?

2.: What will be his/her/its next, wanted job?

3.: Will they find out what that pink gem is, in six months (irl) time?

4.: Will they invest more effort to stay alive and keep thier shinies safe?

thats all for now, Thanks for your hard work! m(_ _)m

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    1. Maybe in the future if it has the time to devote to studying things. It's one hell of a fast learner, so it might be able to pick them up rather quickly.

    2. A potent monster job most likely. It has all the bases covered with the adventurer Jobs, after all, so following in Zilla's footsteps a bit seems like the way to go.

    3. Yup, Boxxy will poke and prod at it to figure out what the hell it actually does. And it will do so pretty soon.

    4. Probably? I don't really understand what the question here is.

      TheCount @TheCount ago

      taking a more.... agressive aproach, i guess? like buying equipment/potions and some tools for emergencies.

      also learning some new skill, either for escape or detection (even though it has those two covered).

      oh! 2 new questions:

      1.: will Bob consult with boxy in the near future?

      2.: will we see anything about the spymaster and his party before Boxy meets them?

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      Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

      Probably. Boxxy will obviously review its lifelines after it literally died once already.

      1. Dunno if it will be 'near' future but the two of them will chat some more eventually.

      2. Yup.

ascus @ascus ago

Do you have an ending planned? Something like an overall plot?


Also how can I still like Boxxy even with it playing Keira and fooling Rowana?
Will Boxxy anytime develope real feelings for her?

Wintermint @Wintermint ago

Hi

Are u planning on anything with how boxxy is a tree that can talk to trees and fizzy is a golem with metalopathy. It juz sounds cool with a steampunk and fantasy like world. And i keep fantasizing boxxy with leaf wings. And fizzy with a jetpack. Kinda like the point in bleach where everyone just started walking on air without explaination while fighting which eventually just became normal.and was only pointed out directly when some guy complained about their flying being cheating.

 

 

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    Boxxy doesn't really 'talk' to trees, it just has selective telekinesis that only works on plant matter. But because it's limited in scope, that also means it's more powerful than the all-purpose version.

    I don't think Fizzy will ever fly without a generous application of anti-gravity magic. She's just way too heavy for a jetpack type of thing to work. Maybe a jump-pack that gives her a boost when leaping, but no actual flight.

NoxDobber @NoxDobber ago

Q: Will Boxxy stay in the path of a tree bark mimic or will we see some other path in his future rankups?

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    It turned into a tree-based variant because much of its environment had revolved around the hylt tree and the dryad. So unless it undergoes a change in environment during the next rank up, it might end up continuing along the tree/plan path.

katsepolo @katsepolo ago

Are ther curently any beings (sentient) beside  Driads that existed before previous ''god of order'' changed to ''god of chance ''?

I mean specificaly, characters that know about Roger previous occupation because that bit sound to me as something really important.

 

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    The dryads don't predate the God of Probability. The God of Order turned the entire planet into a lifeless gray rock, remember? The world Boxxy is in right now is the one that sprung up after the big reset button was hit.

    Nobody really knows much about the previous world since Charlie was its only survivor. So to answer your question - zero characters know about his past self.

blackraven1234 @blackraven1234 ago

Will boxxy will became a god, Mabye the Monster god, at the end of his Journey to tastiness and shininess??

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    Exterminatus @Exterminatus ago

    Sorry, but I'm not going for the 'grow powerful enough to become God' route. I find that idea to be rather idiotic, and it doesn't fit in with the world. Gods are beings that sprang up into existence to respond to the needs of mortals. Not because some guy killed a hell of a lot of a shit and got crazy strong. To begin with, deities are fundamentally more like servants and guides rather than rulers or anything like that, so 'might makes right' mentality doesn't really apply to any of them.