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    [X] Blast Shadow Shinji off the bat with his...special ability, as he will be the most dangerous if he is left alive. From there Shinji will support Natsumi and Amber on their Shadow forms to outnumber/overpower them. Suggest that Natsumi to use her luck potion for the end bosses.

    Good thing we voted for teamwork training back then, yeah. Ought to help during the whole challenge. I agree about taking care of his Shadow's first (we don't want to see what happens if it gets triggered when you defeat one of the other shadow first) and then maybe Natsumi's (in case her alter ego has access to mopsus).
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    And final choices of the year...

    Whose POV would you like to see the Final Challenge from?

    [ ] Shinji
    [ ] Natsumi
    [ ] Amber
    [ ] Quirrell

    At the end of the year, Sokaris makes it known to those she considers more than passing acquaintances that she will not be returning for year 2. As such, since the next place she is going has a markedly different curriculum than Hogwarts, she is giving away much of what she purchased for the year in terms of books and supplies.

    What would Shinji like?
    (choose one)

    [ ] An annotated set of schoolbooks
    [ ] A unique wand of Olive Wood, with a Chimera Scale core
    [ ] A pass permitting "the bearer" the right to access the Restricted Section
    [ ] A flute of some variety
    [ ] An enchanted cloak
    [ ] A large, curiously blank piece of parchment
    "The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." - Thomas Paine

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    [x] Quirrell.

    Interested in what he thinks of the trio and how well they are performing during the challenge / overall in his class.

    [x] A pass permitting "the bearer" the right to access the Restricted Section.

    Most of these options are appealing to me but I think this one trumps the others in terms of long term benefit. Having access to advanced knowledge on top of the bonus granted by Occlumency would be really helpful. It would also allow Shinji to keep his top student image which is not a bad thing either. Slughorn and Quirrell would approve.

    The other item that is of great appeal would be Sion's personal schoolbooks, which I assume contain must of her adjustment for better efficiency during class. However, I doubt Shinji could grasp beyond a fraction of the wisdom it contains. If he were as good as Natsumi at maths it could be a different story though. Half-knowledge can be detrimental too. A good pick in my opinion, just not ideal.

    The Marauders' map sounds like a tool that could get abused by people who are a little too daring (Phelan would likely become your best friend though).

    A cloak would serve in a similar fashion to the map (avoiding attention) without the benefit of knowing who is where. Unless it has other enchantments beyond the classic invisibility, I wouldn't consider it personally.

    Another wand sounds good (especially that core has my attention) but we are probably better off purchasing another custom made wand for Shinji so we don't have to constantly swap because we keep ruining them. (Also, the wand we have in our vault at the cottage might already be able to sustain that kind of feedback)

    As for the flute, I expect it to be a very useful item which we will regret not getting when we had the opportunity six months (or so) down the line. Can't get everything, eh.
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    [ ] Quirrell

    [x] A pass permitting "the bearer" the right to access the Restricted Section

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    [x] Quirrell

    [x] A unique wand of Olive Wood, with a Chimera Scale core
    Last edited by shanagan; October 21st, 2018 at 03:11 AM.

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    [X] Natsumi

    While on Natsumi, I have to say if we do not pick the Marauder map option that one should really go to Nats. After all who else would get so much joy out of saying it password code? I can just see the devious look on Nats face as she swears she is up to no good.

    I have a few questions on this current choice. Exactly what is in the restricted section? I know its higher level stuff that Hogwarts deem unsuitable for younger students but there seems to be a lack of exactly what that means in content. It feels weird that they would have this dark magic library accessible to people even if it is restricted.

    This enchanted cloak...ah is that the deathly hollows version cloak perchance? Cause I am starting to wonder there. If not what kind of enchantments are we talking?

    Now lets go over Daiki's opinions for this choice.

    Sure a custom wand for Shinji would be best but here is the rub. Who the heck does Shinji know that can A) make one and B) that he can afford? There is no way we will get a custom wand any time soon with our current state. And frankly Daiki we already have a custom wand, its called the worm wand. So the wand being offered is no small thing. Don't dismiss something solely because you have a dream of something grander, you might find out the grander idea does not pan out.

    Why do we always jump on the knowledge stuff people? Seriously? This Shinji is not a god darn Ravenclaw anymore. And frankly you have to spend time studying if you go with the books or the pass. I would like to remind you people that we tend to have all the focus of a kitten and will likely not focus on any new material when we already have more books to read then we can possible handle at this moment. We have currently Curses, Occlumency and the Russian book to study from. Adding more on top of that plus whatever we discover during this summer might be overloading it. A pass is great at all (heck I love that pass myself) but you have to find time to use it. And that will close our paths.

    The items like cloak, flute etc might not sound as impressive to you but here's the rub, they are less demanding on Shinji's time. He can use them get a powerup but does not have to spend hours to do so. We already have quite the limited time when you think about all the stuff Shinji is trying to work on. I am not saying I hate the current vote, but I just want you all to realize this major issue, that picks like that have downsides.

    The flute is for a different build we could have done. Nothing more.

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    I see the library more as a well of references that would help Shinji develop at a steady rate, rather than a new branch to study from. I want him to keep using cross references when he works at school, it simple as that. Houses are unrelated, we picked wisdom and charisma as his main aims.

    Each and every option has downsides, mate. Plus, if you think it about it, Shinji isn't the best at taking care of his possessions. How many items or pieces of gear has he lost or destroyed over the course of the two routes? The bonuses these offer are as good as they last, when it comes down to it. Meanwhile, the Hogwarts library isn't something going anywhere. I'm sure Alf will find a way to restrict the visits / limit the opportunities to use it anyway.

    tldr; I wand my seaweed core wand, dammit.
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    Arrow

    [ ] A pass permitting "the bearer" the right to access the Restricted Section

    Signed by Professor Quirrell. Current policy allows such non-specific passes, though this is subject to the librarian.

    Restricted Section does include some dark arts material, though certain more dangerous tomes have been removed and are stored in the Headmaster's office. In general, it's advanced or more dangerous material that could possibly cause permanent harm if you are not careful (e.g. Turn into a cat girl if you use the wrong reagent in polyjuice, potential to curse yourself, etc. Much of the advanced potions stuff is here, as are very expensive and unique books like the Book of Potions and Book of Spells.

    [ ] An enchanted cloak

    Not the Deathly Hallow. Has enchantments which maintain a comfortable temperature, increase user carrying capacity, provide a low level heal over time and resist the effects of outside prana.

    As to the people she is offering things to, the group includes...

    Shinji, Miyuki, Natsumi, Ernie, Nigel, Hermione
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    [X] A unique wand of Olive Wood, with a Chimera Scale core

    I would be the first to say we don't need to keep hordeing wands but I suspect this can channel his darker powers a lot better than the holly one. Cause you know she is a vampire so it must be resilient in that department. And I heavily suspect we could earn/find another way to get a pass for the restricted section.

    But a Chimera scale wand...priceless.

    Really I would consider the annotated books before the pass as it is more valuable since you can't get another set like it from anywhere else vs the pass can be attained by other ways.
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    [X] Natsumi
    [X] A unique wand of Olive Wood, with a Chimera Scale core

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    [X] Natsumi
    [X] A unique wand of Olive Wood, with a Chimera Scale core

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    Viewpoints will be Natsumi and Quirrell
    Item from Sokaris will be the Wand

    So...out of curiosity, how do you think you did compared to the mainline first year? Writing is in progress.
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    6/10

    Main route:
    8/10

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    I was about to claim that this route had the potential to be as good, if not better than the main one but dubious decisions like that one truly hamper my enthusiasm and interest.

    This vote result truly disappoints me. Giving up on the restricted section for a wand, which was crafted in order to match Sokaris' hand? Can't see how it would be of equivalent benefit to special access to the restricted part of the library. Something that could have benefited Shinji for years to come, thrown away for another spellcasting tool, of which category we can acquire others more adequate to Shinji's usage whenever? Sure, sounds like a great idea. And it's not even the route where Shinji cares enough about Sion to claim one of her personal tools.

    Let's be mediocre so we can call dibs on the cool wand, I guess.

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    Well I was just trying to point out the downsides to the pass. Heck I wanted it as well but I think we can get it some other way. And frankly having it would give no benefit for the upcoming Summer Break. So I am not sure I get the burn here other than its another wand to add to the collection...sigh.

    Overall I would say that Main route 1st year was the gold standard to compare all other years to, after all it went really really well and Shinji coasted rather well years later based on the events put forth from that year. 10/10

    This year, if you asked me how it was going at October-November of the school year, I would say it was a disaster but I think we did rather well pulling out of the hole created during those days. Honestly it feels like a 7/10 in terms of how we did, maybe an 8. But I also enjoyed this year far more than main route 1st year even with all its ups and downs. Granted if Shinji had not did well in the last few challenges I think it would have rated a 5 at best.

    In terms of Shinji in a good position to grow power, BC Shinji beats this Shinji, given that he had gained Sion's support and Touko's support as well as the Stonecutter's benefits. But if you remove the long term support of those two, BfoS Shinji is honestly in the better position with his circle of friends, and his gear to continue developing and improving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daiki View Post
    I was about to claim that this route had the potential to be as good, if not better than the main one but dubious decisions like that one truly hamper my enthusiasm and interest.

    This vote result truly disappoints me. Giving up on the restricted section for a wand, which was crafted in order to match Sokaris' hand? Can't see how it would be of equivalent benefit to special access to the restricted part of the library. Something that could have benefited Shinji for years to come, thrown away for another spellcasting tool, of which category we can acquire others more adequate to Shinji's usage whenever? Sure, sounds like a great idea. And it's not even the route where Shinji cares enough about Sion to claim one of her personal tools.

    Let's be mediocre so we can call dibs on the cool wand, I guess.
    THIS.

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    I haven't really voted here so I apologize if this seems a bit harsh - I don't really mean anything by it and this is mostly about how much I liked this as a story.

    Given how not only this version sorta became a future version of what he hates - senpai and all. And how I overall didn't get into this story as much and if Alf wasn't writing it I may have lost interest halfway through, but these latest chapters were really interesting and I feel he has developed somewhat from before so this is a 4-6/10 for me. Granted these latest chapters alone I'd say were a 7/10 so you guys did a great job there as did Alf writing it.

    Aside from that I really liked that you guys choose to trust his friends more - the first story had the potential to have a tightly nit group and it probably appeared so for most onlookers as well, but we knew that by choice he always kept all his friends in dark in regards to any of his secrets. I'm struggling to even think if they know anything of substance. So in that regard this story pleases me.

    Honestly comparing this to the original is pretty unfair the voters there did extremely well and while they messed up here and there, especially when it came to the challenge which later bit him in the ass that one was a solid 8/10 or so for me, but since he managed to befriend Sion which is really hard and probably the most difficult thing to achieve in the this year it's a 10/10. Not only did that determine his goals, but it also helped his character develop and I feel like we're somewhat seeing his talent shine through as it's stated that he can be very talent at anything he puts his mind to, aside from magecraft.
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