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Challenge #03232-H323: Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind

A level 2 Deathworlder looks much like the old lycanthropes of legend. However, Human children are entranced by their soft fur rather than be afraid. -- Anon Guest

She had heard a word so often that it may well be a slur. The Humans in her aura tended to call her a "werewolf". As far as Mani could tell, they didn't mean anything horrible by it. It was just a nickname. And anyway, Deathworlders tended to stick together with their odd variants of friendly hostility.

It was the kids that gave Mani pause. On a long trip from A to B, there was a small family containing equally small children, who stared. They had the license of still learning their manners, but it was starting to grate.

Mani finally surrendered to the potential aggravation and walked towards the small family. If there was any mood amongst the Parentals, it was a general aura of, "oh no..." Anticipating trouble and running through the de-escalation scripts.

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Wednesday, Day 0, Wordpress

Plague news: two new cases, both imports. There's fourteen total active cases, twelve of them are in hospital. Australia's at 92% first vax, 87% fully vaxxed. Queensland's at 86.5% first vax, 76% fully vaxxed.

The new variant, the direct result of first-world countried hoarding vaccinations, is now loose in the first world. Talk about reaping what you sow.

If only we'd done for the plague what we did for fucking smallpox. If only the orange canker sore hadn't decided his ego

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Challenge #03231-H322: An Excellent Motivator

Human Ren had gotten out of the ICU drawer and was in physical therapy. His two new friends watched him like a hawk, taking shifts so one could rest while the other looked over him. It may've been a bit of a pain for the physical therapist, but it was astonishing how uplifting it was to have your own cheering section while struggling to regain bodily movement again. -- Anon Guest

Ren had one reaction to

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Tuesday, Day 0, Patreon

Plague news: Five new cases, all imports. There's twelve total active cases, seven of those are in hospital. Australia's at 92% first vax, 86.8% fully vaxxed. Queensland's still second-last at 86% first vax, 76% fully vaxxed. It's looking like NSW will be the second to get to that precious >95% status. ACT was first.

I'm posting my bullshit on Patreon today, then working on Dungeon then farting about. Possibly a mix of Koshdelia and Satisfactory.

I'm having some fun with this.

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Challenge #03230-H321: One Close Call in a Tourist Destination

The humans were laughing about something. That was, by itself, potential cause for alarm. The contents of their conversation, heard between bouts of laughter, was even more alarming.

"And then, he looked up into my eyes and froze."

"And then?"

"Then he turned, realized that he had to look UP into your eyes, and looked like he was about to mess his pants!"

"And he said something, right? I didn't catch it."

"He apologized for the inconvenience, said he didn't mean anything

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Monday, Day 0, Long Day Ahead

Plague news: Three new cases, all local. There's seven total active cases, four of them are in hospital. Australia's at 92% first vax, 86.7% fully vaxxed. Queensland is still lagging massively behind almost everyone else at 86% first vax, 75.9% fully vaxxed. The only state/territory in last place is still WA.

I have few plns beyond getting some rest and attending the Tale Foundry read. Mondays are my low-stress day now. Mostly because I get all of my stress

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Challenge #03229-H320: Prepared For Anything

They found a planet that was, at most, a level 1 to level 2 deathworld. It was a cooler planet still within its sun goldilocks zone, but barely. They'd never seen snow, or dealt with cold temperatures. But the humans enjoyed the exploration, seeing all the animals adapted to semi-mild, yet still arctic, conditions, the conifer like trees, and having the occasional snowball fight for laughs. -- Anon Guest

Tundra, taiga, arctic ice. Whilst technically a tolerable Deathworld, the crew of the

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Sunday, Day 0, Odd Hours

Plague News: One new case, a local transmission. There's six total active cases, five of those are in hospital. The way things are going, the one new case is going to be hospitalised tomorrow. Australia's at 92% first vax, 86.6% fully vaxxed. Queensland's still in 2nd-last place at 86% first vax and 75.7% fully vaxxed.

I find it weird how Victoria is pushing to open up despite having over a thousand active cases. It's like they just don't care about

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Challenge #03228-H319: So Sharp...

A human sets up a shop on board a particularly large station within Alliance space. Before too long, the person has a lot of other humans visiting their shop, especially chefs. What is their profession? Sharpening blades. And instead of using anything electronic, they have a large whetstone, a strop, and some pieces of material to test the sharpness of the blades. He's one of the best in his profession, though his alliance friends sometimes see all the blades, and get a

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Saturday, Day 1, Tech Support Shenanigans

Plague news: No new cases! There's five total active cases, and all of them are in hospital. Australia's at 92% first vax, 86% fully vaxxed. Queensland's second-last in getting the jabs at 85.8% first vax, 75% fully vaxxed.

Beloved has an eye appointment today, so I'm on my only for fixing the heck out of whatever's gone wrong on MeMum's compy today. Fun.

If I write anything at all besides my Instant today, I count it as a miracle. My left

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Challenge #03227-H318: Should Have Listened

Capturing any member of Pax Humanis is no small feat, but capturing a Pax Humanis leader and not knowing who they are is a mistake you won’t live long enough to regret -- LatinoThor45

Pax Humanis don't form teams. They make packs. They don't plan to eliminate a large problem for the CRC. They hunt. They are, at their core, the Humans that all the stories warn you about. They are the very rare few

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Friday, Day 0, Floods?

Plague news: Three new cases, all imports. There's five total active cases, two of those are in hospital. Australia's at 91.9% first vax, 86% fully vaxxed. Queensland is still second last in the race to get everyone jabbed, with 85.6% first vax, and 74.9% fully vaxxed.

Meanwhile, Clive Palmer, late of the Clive Palmer party for by and about Clive Palmer, has taken out an add that's just video of his anti-vax-mandate speech to a bunch of similarly-minded people.

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Challenge #03226-H317: Those Who Cut It

A new cooking school opens up that is considered one of the hardest schools of that type to be in. Where almost all classes were like competitions and the instructors were very strict. Even to become a student, one had to sign a waiver stating that they knew they could be dropped from the program at any moment if their scores in the classes got too low. Still, for those that graduated, they were considered among some of the best chefs in

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Thursday, Day 0, Cat

Plague news: one new case, an import. There's three total active cases, all of them are in hospital. Australia's at 91.8% first vax, 85.8% fully vaxxed. Queensland's at 85% first vax, 74.5% fully vaxed.

The ACT is already at maximum capacity. NSW is gaining on that, with Victoria and Tasmania close behind. Next up are South Australia and the Northern Territory... with WA and Qld in last places.

In a few short minutes, I pack up Jolie and head

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Challenge #03225-H316: A Different Cause For Tears

A human was crying, their friend asked what was wrong. They'd heard all their lives of all the wild cruelties humans had done to each other, then found an ancient, archived, video of humans in the past acting in kindness. The video really made them smile. -- Anon Guest

Humans don't always have good angles. The stories of them having murderous rampages against species that wronged them abound. Other stories... not so much. The stories

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