A side quest
This is a strategy post as will take its cues from unaddressed results from previous polls. The next main post will use entries from “360 No Scope” for its voting.
Far away from the flying of bullets and yeeting of dogs(which was consensual don’t freak out), the leadership of our administrative corp is finally getting some progress. Shall we visit them?
That was rhetorical, we are going to visit them no matter what you want.
When was the last time we got a report from our research division?
Give me a second…
We haven’t seen any reports in the last three ‘posts’. Perhaps he could do with a reminder of how many people are eager to see his results?
The two administrators, with all the fury of bosses that have blown past completely unrealistic deadlines, manage to make way to the laboratory reserved for exclusive use by one Mr. Elgor. The sounds of magic science consist mostly of the slight buzz of arcing lightning, with the occasional order from the masked man for the mushminions to carry out.
Elgor, if you have a moment, we have something we need to talk to you about.
Sure, what do you need?
You seem to be running behind on your deliverables, and we wanted to give your team a little reminder of what progress is expected of you.
You can’t just rush research, that’s not how it works. It takes long time to make even minor-
That does seem to be your problem Elgor, not ours.
Indeed, the voters do seem to expect timely reports from your division.
However, I did happen to just finish my current study
But it’s not because you guys are pressuring me! It just happened to be done.
Well, I suppose we could receive a verbal report while we are here.
Well I’ve noticed that we haven’t had a great time making weapons for the Mushminions, so I’ve designed a set of arms and armour carved from Crabie carapace.
Unlike metalworking, it won’t require any specialized facilities to produce the weapons.
But the Crabees will require a habitat to be cultivated locally?
Exactly. While I’m sure that Steamlake Village would be more than willing to sell us more carapace….
That’s not really feasible with our money situation. Is that a set of the items you designed?
Well a prototype for testing, but yes.
What is the purpose of the large bubble?
Well, the carapace works really well underwater, it doesn’t rust like iron would. So the bubble allows the user to stay underwater for extended periods.
Well now that you’ve completed this project, we would like to assign you to a second construction team. Our infrastructure needs more attention right now.
I would love to help, but I don’t know anything about construction. I could maybe work with Lily, but that wouldn’t actually make things go that much faster.
Then why mention it?
Well, Lily is good with machines, but some things with magic might be beyond her ability to create, so you might need to give me time off from doing research if you want some big magic structures built.
Such as the mage’s tower that Sapphire requested?
Well, that, or anything else.
Oh, found you two!
Ah welcome back Lily.
I take it the brothel project is complete?
Darn right, I got the whole thing, bells and whistles included. Poles and booths on the first floor, and a second floor with beds for…uh…
I assume the portal works both ways? We would like to view the new facility.
Of course, it wouldn’t be much use if it only brought us home.
Good work, we’ll have your next assignment for you soon. Stand by until then.
You wish to show the enemy that you are good at deception? Wouldn’t the point rather be that they have no idea you’ve misled them? Is this some next level strategy that I, a mere narrator, have not yet learned?
Beside, we can’t go back into the city, Bleu knows we are on your side!
Even with the Scoutshrooms, I don’t think we can get any of our forces inside. Not unless we are willing to take great risks.
The doors to the laboratory open to allow a team of simple Minershrooms carry in a large chest filled to the brim with items of various makes, coated in a thick layer of dust. With each step, a small shower falls unto the ground, leaving behind a trail of detritus.
The minions managed to get some relics from around Steamlake, but most of it is junk. The only useful thing is this map, but I can’t make heads or tails of it.
Then you can look into it while you wait for your next assignment.
The rest of this seems like it can be sold.
Wait, I think I recognize that.
Elgor reached into the chest to retrieve a purple bar, shining with an inner light. Its light throbbed in time with the pulses of the Hearth of Sin.
This metal is used in the tower! It seems to be used to channel the power of the hearth.
Lily, follow me. I have some ideas on what we can do with this!
You don’t need to pull me, I’m perfectly capable of walking on my own!
Well I suppose that will keep him busy while we wait for the next research assignment.
Did we have any other business left to take care of in the tower?
Nothing that we can do without either the druid or the general. We should check in the War Room just in case we got a report before we leave, just to be safe.
Indeed, there was a report waiting. It appears that Wendy’s mission has made progress while the administrators were dealing with the research and construction divisions. Here let me narrate that, while I’m here. I think I get paid overtime if I go another layer deeper into the narration.
This deep underground, the air has grown stale. Unlike the Mushy settlements and large forests above ground, there are no winds to stir the air. The faint smell of mildew and water trail where above there would be floral scents and the sounds of wilderness. That alone was enough to leave Wendy in unfamiliar terrain, but up ahead, she’s found a threat.
In the darkness, barely discernible in the gloom, a bunny like figure is standing with some long weapon stands sentinel. Only the light swaying of the weapon and the occasional twitching of the ears seem to prove that this creature is even alive.
Oh dear, this is bad. What do we do?
Mush msh, Mu.
They didn’t attack you guys?
That’s actually a good idea. Let me find some cloth and something to write with.
The Mushie Diplomat, gifted with flag and message, journeys into the darkness. The figure in the shadows tilts its head at the small minion, and bends down to read the message that Wendy wrote down for it. Some noise in the distance seems to suggest that the creature is amenable to the request for parley.
I’m coming out now?
Sure, just don’t pull a weapon, ya?
Okay, not like I could hide anything in this-
Oh, I see where Ophi gets hers from….
Your big breasts.
They do seem to grab attention
but maybe we should deal with Larhamal’s orders first.
Oh, are you another one of his generals?
Well, no, I don’t lead his soldiers. More of a trusted solo operator type, if that strikes your fancy.
Oh you’ll strike something….
Glad the boss sent a cutey to come pick me up, but fun will have to wait.
It’s a super short walk back up to the fort, and from there we can make it back to the Tower in about eight ish hours.
I can’t leave any of the relics here behind, the mousekin have been relentlessly trying to grab them.
The whole gate? Isn’t that rather large to be excavating?
Mush Mush mu Mush.
It’s not about it being heavy, it just won’t fit down the tunnel.
We can take it apart, and put it back together later. It’s what Larhamal did last time anyway.
As the Mushies followed the bunnykin’s lead in disassembling the gateway, Wendy used her connection to the Hearth of Sin to let Ophi know what’s going on. The War Room, built to handle these dealings, converted the rambling voicemail into a neatly tabulated report for the overworked administrative corps to deal with.
Well, it will be nice to have our forces safe at the Tower once again.
I’m starting to draft the next mission’s plan, do the readers happen to have an opinion on this?
Well, with that done, perhaps it’s time for us to finally visit the new Steamlake Brothel and get that established.
The door to the War Room flew open, the loud thump of wood on the tower wall disrupting any conversation. Elgor stood in the entryway, a large metal collar in one hand and the other pressed deeply into the wood of the door.
I just got the prototype done, I need you guys to test it.
Here, take this.
It is a lovely…
Well it’s a collar, but I don’t see much use. The seam doesn’t latch, not to mention that the placement of the link is perhaps too close to the seam to be safe anyway.
It’s a Lustonite collar, it makes the libido of our followers grow to new heights. With it worn, they should constantly be producing more power for the hearth.
Well more power to fuel our expansions would make a great deal of sense, but what is to stop a follower from taking it off?
Have you seen them? They want to experience more lust, they crave to fill the void Lucia left in them.
What about it falling off accidentally, most of our followers do become rather… vigorous in the process of producing the power.
The latch will seal shut and become irremovable. Makes the power much easier to manage that way. If you want, it probably has space for a few more features on it.
I suppose that is useful, what actually causes the material to seal?
The inner surface is actually an obedience spell that produces enough heat to safely meld the two sides together.
Is there any reason why you chose not to mention the fact that the collar prevents betrayal?
Well because it doesn’t matter, it’s just the easiest way to get the collar to work. Something about collars being a symbol of obedience, though not sure why that affects the power of the hearth, but it does so, here we are.
You really don’t realize what this could be used for?
Anyone who we could collar, we could just as easily unleash Ophi on.
That’s not untrue.
Perhaps we’ll find a use for it on our return, just add it to your inventory Nessa. Time to head home.
Oh dear, I knew that the portals would be of great use, but that was nearly unnoticeable.
The room they two mice entered was a simple backroom with a desk and chair. Already the main ledger was open, with an inkwell and pen ready to have the first transactions immortalized on very mortal parchment. For now, it lies bare and unused. Outside the simple wooden door, there is a cozy room with several wall lined booths with comfortable chairs and the occasional table. The centre of the room is dedicated to a large raised stage for dancing or orgies, as the need arises.
It’s not ostentatious, but certainly functional.
Perhaps the commission of more niche furniture could appeal to a certain demographic.
They will have to deal with pinning our followers to tables for that sort of desire. Now let’s check the upstairs, if the quality is much higher we could charge more for access to it.
The second floor contains a few isolated bedrooms, with extra sound insulation for those who prefer special ambience for their nightly indulgences. Added are a few larger rooms designed with large beds for three or moresomes.
Not as luxurious as I hoped, though we could charge maybe another fifteen percent for access to these rooms.
I believe I see Garlieu loitering around the front of the brothel. It seems that the son is not as useful to Konrad as we were.
Already trying to squeeze in recreation instead of working, how typical. Perhaps he knows where we can find that tax collector. We could recruit her to help delegate some tasks.
Well it does seem that some of our readers would agree with you.
Now Garlieu, I believe you would know where we can find the retired tax collector?
Oh hey ladies, welcome back. The little mouse is over by the town centre, right by where you left her.
The town square is much emptier than the forces of sin’s last visit. It does appear that the old stockade is no more, destroyed over the course of it’s vigorous use. The white haired mousekin is resting in a nearby alleyway, left alone. Perhaps the mayor finally grew tired of losing man hours to a less than entirely productive orgy. It’s not like he can harvest actually magic powers from it after all.
Oh are you girls here for a little fun?
Do you find doing financial math fun?
Nope, that’s all that Bleu had me doing, this is so much better. Why did all you these people have to go do work~
I imagine that they aren’t capable of making food with orgies.
Though if you were that needy, we do know a place where you can get your fulfillment.
I know, the Tower I keep hearing about. The only things that live there are the stupid mushrooms with tiny dicks, they don’t even really get me going.
Did you forget the larger mushminions? Bigshrooms are much larger than their peers.
Yeah, they are big, but they also don’t have dicks, so nice try.
Like their smaller siblings, Bigshrooms fully retract their penis while not in use. I’m sure Wendy could tell you more about it.
I’ll believe it when I see it.
That can be arranged. Why don’t you join us at our new brothel?
It’s not like you will be seeing anyone out here when people can have the same or better sex indoors.
Unless they are into outdoor sex.
That as well.
I guess you have a point, it’s pretty boring out here anyway. Do you guys have drinks there yet?
We do, it’s well known that any exercise dehydrates most species.
Always have to make things boring, that’s why I hate you two. Even when I was on Bleu’s pay, you would always be so boring.
I suppose most of you have a feeling where this is going. If, like me, you enjoy booze(or perhaps other herbs and spices where they are legal) you may not be thinking very quickly at the moment. For you, my dear kindred spirits, this is about to get a bit steamy.
Well, your brothel looks nicer than any I’ve seen.
I was under the impression you were quite prudish before Ophelia converted you.
Even brothels pay tax. Actually they pay more tax under Lucia’s laws.
The backroom releases a slight blast of violet light underneath the door crack. Seconds later, loud lumber footsteps vibrate the wooden flooring. Opening the door is a slight crouching Bigshroom, squeezing through the small doorway.
Thank you for arriving so quickly Biggus. This is Monna, she is interested in the size of your penis.
While I don’t speak Mushminion, I will say that you are more than allowed to have some fun with Monna.
With a sudden pop, as if changing a settings option in some sort of menu, a large phallus erupted out of Biggus’ groin. Monna fell over herself as she scrambled to caress it. Her dainty hand barely covered the length of the dick, causing the cream flesh to flop onto her bountiful tits with a mesmeric jiggle.
I’ll do anything if I can have some of this.
Without waiting for any confirmation, Monna rubbed her hands across the dick. Each little tug on the flesh seems to captivate her entire being. As Senna and Nessa observed, her small tongue darted out to slowly lather the cock in spit. Biggus gives a low groan in appreciation as Monna slowly mixed in more kisses into her attention.
If she’s going to be like this, we’ll need to have a bigshroom just for her.
It’s not like a single minion will cost us the war, so it may be worthwhile.
AHEM. Monna, we would be more than willing to have Biggus be your playmate, but you’ll need to do some work on the side.
Yes, of course, whatever you want.
You’ll also need to wear this collar.
The collar closed with a small hiss. Monna shivered in place, her eyes wide. Every breath blossomed into pleasure as a small river streamed down from her soaking pussy. Nary a moment passed before she lunged at Biggus, each touch of the giant dick bringing her to a moaning mess.
Well, I’m certain that Elgor will want to know about this response. It certainly is most…
That is one way to describe it. We’ll let her have her fun, we need to finish assigning the next tasks for Lily and Elgor
So the two busty administrators leave the brothel through the backroom. In a few hours, the residents of Steamlake would find the brothel open with many female followers available for fun times, slowly funneling coin and lust for the use by Ophelia.
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