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Scarlet Finds a Secret Gene Clinic
Scarlet walked along the downtown streets, passing endless neon signs advertising everything under the sun. For whatever reason, she was feeling rather finicky, and none of the shops interested her. So she wandered. Maybe a little window shopping would cheer her up all the same. Eventually she came upon some construction. Same as ever, construction meant congestion, and people clogged up the walkway trying to get through. Scarlet wasn’t one to let herself get pushed around, and decided to take a detour through some back alleys.
The walls of the buildings were close together. Warm steam rose up from vents under her feet. Bugs chittered and crawled quickly out of sight. Was that a rat over there? All the signs pointed to the rather unsurprising revelation that this was not a place to linger. Despite all that, Scarlet pushed on unfazed. Finally, she came to a dead end. A little shop was situated there, wedged between the walls. It’s windows were broken, blocked up with sheet m
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All Skin and Bones
At first, Joy didn’t recognize herself in the mirror. She nearly screamed, thinking a stranger was behind her. But no, it was her. Well, sort of. Most of her muscle mass had disappeared, and she looked gaunt, to say the least. Her skeleton was almost entirely visible underneath the loose skin. Her face was also starting to droop lazily, lacking many of the necessary facial muscles to hold it in place. If any more of them disappeared, she might lose the ability to move her face at all.
Joy hobbled out of the bathroom and called up one of her friends and former shipmates on her console. After a few moments, a hologram of a beefy, armored, reptilian man appeared before her. He vaguely resembled an ankylosaurus, club tail and all, except biped. He was wearing a captain’s hat and a white uniform adorned with a few badges. It covered his chest and neck, but opened up around the shoulders and back to make room for the spikes on his armor.
[Joy! It’s been a whi... what happen
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Irresistibly Delicious
Incantation complete, Mifrix snapped her book shut and gazed out over the field. All the soldiers were stopped in their tracks, staring at her. It was as if they couldn’t take their eyes off her.  Yes, the spell worked! She let out a triumphant and devilish cackle imagining what was to come.
Clank!     Clank!     Clank!     Clank!
The sound of metal hitting the floor snapped her back to reality. The soldiers had dropped their weapons and removed their helmets. They were approaching her, but there was something... off... about them. Their faces were devoid of emotion, almost zombie-like, and they were getting a little too close for comfort. “In the name of the great Mifrix, I command you to stop and return to formation!” She yelled. “I am your new leader! Obey me!”
But they did not stop. Mifrix started backing up, unsure of what went wrong. She reached up and scratched her head, only to feel a light, poofy substance
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Small Frame Accessories
In the back room, Scarlet was faced with three metal frames that vaguely resembled the more familiar robots she passed on the streets every day. These were essentially the robot versions of skeletons - the foundation that everything else was built upon. It made sense to start from the ground up, so to speak. One frame was large, one was pretty average and matched Scarlet’s height, and one was smaller. “Take a moment and look them over, then let me know,” Hannah said, holding a tablet in her hand.
“Hmm,” Scarlet thought to herself. “The big frame seems kind of impractical. I’d have to duck through most doorways and I'd take up all the space on the sidewalk.” So, as cool as being strong and intimidating seemed, she ruled out the big frame. The harder choice was between the average and small frames. On the one hand, she couldn’t go wrong with the average frame, but on the other, being smaller meant she could go faster on her bike and s
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Domo Arigato, Mrs. Roboto
While walking through the downtown area, Scarlet passed many shops and clinics offering goods and services. She spent a while window shopping before stopping in front of a clinic. It was a brain clinic, advertising android conversions, a process by which humans have their minds uploaded into machines. The signs on the walls said “Achieve Immortality Today!” and “Humanity Perfected!” and “Unity between AI and Humans!”
Scarlet had thought about the idea of a robotic conversion in the past, but never really gave it serious consideration. As she stood there, she watched a television in the window show before-and-after pictures of happy customers, and showcased them performing amazing feats a normal human could only dream of. Thinking it could be cool, she decided to take a look inside.
Behind the counter stood a robot woman. “Welcome!” she greeted in a slightly metallic voice, “How can I help you today?” Scarlet approached the cou
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Introduction to Scarlet
The year was 2427. Humanity’s technology has progressed immensely in the last three centuries. The world is entirely different, and dreams have become reality. Cars fly, robots walk among us as equals, skyscrapers are now starscrapers, there are sprawling cities on the moon and Mars, interstellar travel has been discovered, and disease is a thing of the past. 
“Ugh.” A woman with shoulder-length, bright red hair wearing a red leather jacket sat on the side of the road, pinching her forehead in frustration. At her feet was a red and black electric rocketcycle, apparently out of commission. “Hi, Mr. Jacobson?” she spoke into a small headset in her ear. “Yeah, it’s Scarlet. I’m going to be late. My bike is shot.” Judging by the large rocketcycle-shaped dent in the street lamp to her left, she was the one who shot it, not that her boss had to know. Out of her headset poured unintelligible screaming, causing Scarlet to wince. She ro
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Grand Theft Horse
Mifrix galloped along as fast as she could, enjoying the breeze in her mane. The speed was exhilarating, and she felt more free than she had in a long time. She could see the castle atop a hill in the distance; It wouldn’t be long now. Only a moment later, that view was obstructed by a large rickety wooden carriage pulled by a mule.
She jerked back and skidded to a halt on her hind legs, whinnying in surprise. The front door of the carriage swung open, and a woman wearing a raggedy black and white suit with a red tie and striped top hat jumped out. “Well, well, what do we have ‘ere? Are you lost, little horsey?” She cooed in a thick accent. Between her dress and her voice, she clearly wasn’t from around here.
A man climbed out of the back of the carriage and hobbled over. He had a peg leg and scruffy beard, but was quite skinny and unintimidating otherwise. He was dressed similarly to the woman, but his clothes were even more tattered, and he lacked a hat.
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The Very Persuasive Leader
Pulling out her book of spells, Mifrix landed on one that claimed to make the caster absolutely irresistible. The book was quite vague in describing the effects of the spell, which probably should have been a red flag, but Mifrix was too caught up in her plotting to think about it. She was already thinking about how to find an army.
The closest kingdom to Caltrop, Yuledon, had a respectable military force, but the two kingdoms were allied. Mifrix’s only other option would be to travel for a month and call upon the might of a rival kingdom called Glinsever. But that kingdom was too far away, and Caltrop would see them coming. Yuledon was far closer, and no one would expect them to attack. The right choice was all too obvious.
Mifrix grabbed a small leather satchel and packed away her book of spells, some magic ingredients, and some food, and set off for Yuledon on foot. Three days and two aching feet later, she arrived at the front gates, but hung back lest the guards detain her.
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General Mifrix Plots Her Rise to Power
What better way to attack a kingdom than with an army? So it was decided, Mifrix would become the leader of her own personal army and conquer her former home. She could see it now, the crying, starving people begging for forgiveness, and the looks on the king and queen’s faces when they realize just who was at the helm of an enemy force far more powerful than they.
Mifrix almost started cackling maniacally, but she stopped herself. Better to wait for the real deal to truly savor the moment. The only question now was the “how”. Mifrix currently had no army, so she would either have to make one, or find and recruit one. Both methods had their merits and challenges.
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> She'll find an army, cast a spell on herself to become irresistible, then easily persuade them to fight for her.
> She’ll go spelunking and recruit an army of lowly cave goblins.
> She'll cook up an ar
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Big Problems for a Small Pirate
Joy craned her neck to see into the mirror. She wasn’t tall normally, only 5’5”, but she could tell she was shorter than usual this morning. She estimated that she had lost about 5-6 inches of height. How could this happen? Radiation wasn’t known for making people shorter, but then again, its effects on humans weren’t fully understood. People aren’t exactly lining up to be voluntarily irradiated, I wonder why.
She ran back out into her bedroom, nearly tripping over her clothing in the process, and began brainstorming ways to become normal size again. When she couldn’t think of anything, she turned to her digital library of books. Reading was a favorite pastime of hers, but hauling paper everywhere was impractical, so she began collecting ebooks. Her collection currently numbered just over one thousand books. As it turns out, collecting them is a lot easier than actually reading, and her busy schedule prevented her from getting to most of them,
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Radiation Leak
Joy wandered across the planet surface collecting samples as she went. It was a relatively barren place, devoid of any natural fauna with only a few dozen plant species that had adapted to feed on radiation. The greyish surface was flat but rocky, so while she wouldn’t have too hard of a time getting around, she still needed to watch her step.
After a while, she had collected about three quarters of the necessary samples. It was then that she heard the telltale popping sound of her suit’s built-in Geiger counter, and a red light flicked on in her helmet signifying danger. Somehow, radiation was leaking into her suit! She quickly scanned herself to identify any obvious openings in the suit, but couldn’t find any. Deciding to cut her losses, she ran back to her shuttle pod as fast she could, tripping a few times in the process and dropping some plant samples.
Back on her ship, she hopped into the emergency shower and soaked herself in warm water, suit and all. Then she
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Sampling the Flora
Back on her ship, Joy flicked through the various pictures of plants that came with the job listing. She would need to fly down to the planet surface, pick a few specimens of every type out of the ground, seal each one in a lead-lined bag, and deliver them to the researchers stationed a few systems away.
Inputting the coordinates of the planet into her navigation console, she set the ship to autopilot and began gathering supplies in her quarters. Her armor was good, but not radiation proof, so she pulled her lead-lined space suit out of her locker and laid it over her bed. Next, she grabbed her laser pistol and slipped it into its holster. Finally, she filled her oxygen tanks with fresh air and attached them to her suit. Ideally she’d only be down on the surface for about an hour, but she gave herself six hours worth of air, just in case.
A few hours later, the ship arrived in the irradiated planet’s orbit. Joy suited up, grabbed her pistol and the specimen bags, and climbe
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Introduction to Joy
“Well, you dumb brute, I didn’t wait an extra two weeks to finish him off, now, did I?” Standing in front of a hologram was a woman covered in scars and clad in a patchwork of metal armor. She had bright, neon blue hair tied in a messy ponytail and a scowl on her face.
[These things take time, my dear,] The hologram replied. [You’ll get your due soon enough. And believe me, if every insult I got made me work faster, I’d be getting a lot less insults.] “How am I supposed to pay for my next meal, hmm? What do I do when I run out of fuel?” She was tapping the console impatiently.
[You seem to have forgotten what line of work you’re in, Joy. Take it if you have to. That’s what space pirates do.] “Unbelievable,” She sighed with a roll of her eyes. “If I wanted to steal everything from innocent people, I wouldn’t bother hunting bounties for the likes of you. Just get me my money. We’re done here.” With
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Mifrix Horses Around
A horse seemed like the best idea to Mifrix. They can get close to humans with no issues, and their mouths are big enough to hide a small bottle. With the last ingredient of the potion added to the cauldron, she stirred it all up and pulled out a small glass bottle. She filled it, sealed it, and tucked it into her pocket.
Early the next morning, when it was still dark, she headed off to Caltrop and snuck into the stables. She plucked a hair from one of the horses, placed the bottle of newt potion on the ground, and stripped naked, before quietly reciting a magical incantation. The hair disappeared out of her hand, and almost immediately, she began to feel the effects of the spell.
Every muscle in her body burned as it rippled and grew larger. Her arms and legs stretched out, and her hands and feet contorted and hardened into hooves. Her skin itched as her body hair spread and thickened before changing completely into dark brown fur. Her spine and skull lengthened, forcing her onto all
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Animal Infiltration
The kingdom guards won’t think twice when they see a dumb innocent animal walking around. It’s the perfect disguise! Mifrix grinned mischievously. The princess was also known for liking animals and will pet or feed almost anything.
Everything was shaping up excellently so far. All she needed to do now was decide on which animal to change into, and finish the potion. She needed something inconspicuous that was able to conceal a small bottle or vial. Hmm.
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> She picks a cow because it’s a common farm animal.
> She picks a horse because they can run fast to escape.
> She picks a snake because they can slither around sneakily.
> She picks a goat, but messes up the spell and turns into a satyress.
> She picks a cat, but reads the wrong spell and turns into a rat.
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Scarlet walked along the downtown streets, passing endless neon signs advertising everything under the sun. For whatever reason, she was feeling rather finicky, and none of the shops interested her. So she wandered. Maybe a little window shopping would cheer her up all the same. Eventually she came upon some construction. Same as ever, construction meant congestion, and people clogged up the walkway trying to get through. Scarlet wasn’t one to let herself get pushed around, and decided to take a detour through some back alleys.

The walls of the buildings were close together. Warm steam rose up from vents under her feet. Bugs chittered and crawled quickly out of sight. Was that a rat over there? All the signs pointed to the rather unsurprising revelation that this was not a place to linger. Despite all that, Scarlet pushed on unfazed. Finally, she came to a dead end. A little shop was situated there, wedged between the walls. It’s windows were broken, blocked up with sheet metal, and it’s tiny neon sign flickered. All it said was “Open” with no further context.

Somehow, that little sign did what none of the other bigger ones could. It caught Scarlet’s eye. The place looked less like a shop and more like a shed, and any sane person would have turned and ran, but Scarlet swung the rusty door wide open with gusto. Brave? Impulsive? You be the judge.

Inside, the shop appeared to be a bar. A small television set mounted in the corner illuminated the tables, an insectoid man stood behind the counter, polishing a glass, and the smell of smoke wafted through the air. He had giant compound eyes, mandibles, and antennae sprouting from his head. “You are not from around here,” his voice was raspy and his tone accusatory. “What is it you want? Drink?” he eyed Scarlet suspiciously.

As Scarlet approached the counter to order a drink, the bartender looked her over again. Just before she said anything, he interrupted. “Hmmm. You do not look like police officer. No, not at all. Too bright and wild. Not even a little bit,” he shook his head. “You want... other services?” he asked hesitantly, gesturing toward the back door. “We give great power, little price.” Scarlet’s ear perked up. She wasn’t sure what he was selling, but she was buying. A moment later, the man lead her through the back door into a lab of sorts. It was full of gene editing equipment. “Well, What splice you want?” On one wall was a poster with images of various animals and their corresponding human abilities. Gene splicing was taboo in Scarlet’s society, so places like these had to operate in secret, and anyone who got a splice has to keep it secret. Maybe just a hint of animal genes could give her the skills without the looks?

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> Scarlet wants to have an extraordinary sense of smell, and decides to splice her genes with those of a wolf.

> Scarlet wants to be more agile and decides to splice her genes with those of a cat.

> Scarlet wants to breathe underwater, and decides to splice her genes with those of a fish.

> Scarlet wants to fly, and splices her genes with those of a bird.

> Scarlet wants to have amazing hearing, and splices her genes with those of a bat.

> Scarlet wants to be stealthy and decides to splice her genes with those of a chameleon.

> Scarlet wants to be able to climb any wall, and decides to splice her genes with those of a spider.

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Scarlet Finds a Secret Gene Clinic
Scarlet goes shopping for a new pair of genes. Yet another pun on my part.
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CYOA characters in anime style
Made using an anime face maker app and then compiled with a collage app. (Translation: I can’t do art.)

I just felt like it’d be nice to have something to help readers imagine the characters in the CYOA story. Mix it up a little, you know? I originally imagined them in a more realistic style, but beggars can’t be choosers. I’d say these are roughly 80-95% accurate to how I see them in my head.

From left to right, top to bottom: Joy, Scarlet, Mifrix, and Yam. Only the first three have been introduced, but I needed four pictures to make a square, so... consider it a sneak peak.

Yam is a well meaning genie who always misinterprets wishes and causes problems. She’s also self-conscious about her big ears. I’m planning on fleshing out the existing characters’ branches before introducing her, so it’ll be a while before we see her in action.
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At first, Joy didn’t recognize herself in the mirror. She nearly screamed, thinking a stranger was behind her. But no, it was her. Well, sort of. Most of her muscle mass had disappeared, and she looked gaunt, to say the least. Her skeleton was almost entirely visible underneath the loose skin. Her face was also starting to droop lazily, lacking many of the necessary facial muscles to hold it in place. If any more of them disappeared, she might lose the ability to move her face at all.

Joy hobbled out of the bathroom and called up one of her friends and former shipmates on her console. After a few moments, a hologram of a beefy, armored, reptilian man appeared before her. He vaguely resembled an ankylosaurus, club tail and all, except biped. He was wearing a captain’s hat and a white uniform adorned with a few badges. It covered his chest and neck, but opened up around the shoulders and back to make room for the spikes on his armor.

[Joy! It’s been a whi... what happened to you!?] He stopped, shocked by his friend’s skeletal appearance.  “Hey Gino, as you can see, I’m in a spot of trouble.” Joy replied. The situation was dire, but seeing her old friend put a droopy smile on her face nonetheless. “I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I suspect radiation exposure may have had something to do with it. Do you think you could stop by and help me fix this before it gets worse?” [Of course I can! What kind of question is that? According to my console, I’m not that close to your current position, but I’ll be there by the next cycle. Hang in there!]

A human man in a similar outfit walked up to Gino from behind and tried to get his attention. He had a tablet in his hand and an annoyed look on his face. The moment he tried to argue against helping Joy, Gino’s face turned sour. The next, he was launched across the room and out of view by that powerful tail. Screaming echoed across the bridge as smoke billowed from some machine. [Fine!] he said, turning to his crew. [I’ll take one of the fighters. You all can stay here and keep things running smoothly, and I’ll be back soon. Any questions?] Silence. [Sorry about that, Joy. You get some rest, I’m on my way.] With that, the hologram disappeared. Joy sat back in her chair and took a deep breath. Having a friend looking out for her eased her worries somewhat.

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> When Gino arrives, Joy has lost all of her muscles except for some internal ones like her heart and diaphragm, and is lying motionless on the floor.

> When Gino arrives, Joy has somehow turned into a living skeleton with no muscles, skin, or internal organs. The only non-bone parts of her left are her eyes and ligaments, and how she is able to move and talk is a mystery.

> Gino arrives with a supposed cure, having learned of such an ailment in his travels.

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All Skin and Bones
Joy finds herself looking a little skinny. I wonder what her grandmother would say.

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Incantation complete, Mifrix snapped her book shut and gazed out over the field. All the soldiers were stopped in their tracks, staring at her. It was as if they couldn’t take their eyes off her.  Yes, the spell worked! She let out a triumphant and devilish cackle imagining what was to come.

Clank!     Clank!     Clank!     Clank!

The sound of metal hitting the floor snapped her back to reality. The soldiers had dropped their weapons and removed their helmets. They were approaching her, but there was something... off... about them. Their faces were devoid of emotion, almost zombie-like, and they were getting a little too close for comfort. “In the name of the great Mifrix, I command you to stop and return to formation!” She yelled. “I am your new leader! Obey me!”

But they did not stop. Mifrix started backing up, unsure of what went wrong. She reached up and scratched her head, only to feel a light, poofy substance in place of hair. Looking at her hand, she immediately noticed something different about herself. Whereas her skin was normally a tan or olive color, it was now dark brown, like chocolate. Wait, it WAS chocolate! Her hair too was once jet black, slick, and greasy, but now it was fluffy pink cotton candy.

Now she understood. The soldiers were irresistibly attracted to her, but not out of love, out of hunger! They were so close now that she could see the drool all over their mouths. As the implications of that epiphany struck her, she was overcome with fear and started backing up even faster. Those brutes wanted to eat her!

With the only other option being “get eaten alive,” Mifrix turned and ran as fast as she could, screaming all the way. Her escape wouldn’t be that easy, however, and the horde of hungry soldiers began chasing her down like a stampede of wild animals. With every commoner she passed in the streets of Yuledon, the horde grew, as they too became entranced.

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> Mifrix escapes from the horde by hiding in a local candy shop’s stockroom, but the candy sticks to her in the process.

> Mifrix is nearly caught by the horde, losing an arm in the process, but ultimately escapes into the forests outside Yuledon.

> Mifrix is caught by the horde and torn apart, but a few pieces of her, including an eye, fly off and get lost under a nearby wagon. Hours later, she slowly recollects herself, but instead of her old human shape, she is now a one-eyed chocolate slug.

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Irresistibly Delicious
Mifrix’s irresistible spell backfires in a delicious way.

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