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The witch hunts have brought you to the Carnival of Chaos.

You are seeking witch Somnambula's old coworkers - the strongman who White met, the entertainers Festive and Sombre, the Magician and the Ringmaster. Someone is spreading a magical plague among the carnivalgoers.

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And here is a map.

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>>456032
I'll head over to the big top.

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>>456019
"I can fend off a brute easily enough, I assure you. I am no frail lass."

>>456022
"Hello there, little colt. Where are the others?"

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>>456034
"They are but now they are gone." I whimper.

>>456031
"I hope there is a way to cure them." I frown.

>>456038
"I dont know I dont know." I shake my head.

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>>456026
As the clown show draws to an end, the ringmaster steps out
"Ladies, gentlement, and other beings. I trust you have enjoyed the show so far? Because it has only just begun! Give a big hand to the dramatic stylings of our very own Festive and Somber, master thespians!"
>>456025
He sits down at a little table
"What do you know about this?"
>>456037
Lots of folks here… and looks like a new show is just about to start!

Party, meet the newcomer.

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>>456038
Look at you surprised
"Oh?"

>>456044
"Buck up, we have some overconfident humen to find."
Head towards the big tent

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>>456045
There. The source. I'll step out into the ring.
"You! What is the meaning of spreading this plague wherever you go? Why do you cause such harm to these people who wish only to take a small respite from their lives?"
I'll point at the Ringmaster.
"You will tell me the cure for this affliction, or I will beat it out of you."

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>>456031
"Ah, so she told the truth. How interesting."

>>456044
"How did you lose them? Were they attacked?"

>>456048
I wink at you.

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>>456048
"What? But that is where the other diseased humans are. Be careful" I follow her.

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>>456045
"I know there's a bunch of witches that go around keeping young by sapping life off others. And that-"
Point at his rot.
"-is one of the means they use."

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>>456045
It must be a good show.. If there are really that many people, I'll just stand a bit out of the way..

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>>456052
"What are you getting at, exactly? I'm not looking for any protection for house calls anymore, if that's what you're alluding to"

>>456053
"Excuse me? If that's true then that might very well be where the others are as well."

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>>456052
"I dont know, I was with Maya and she tried to cast a spell but it backfires so I have to help her and when I look around they are gone and we go to the big tent and there are people who are suffering thats why we go around and met you and now are here and…. and…"

>>456058
"I.. I see." I catch my breath after that.

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>>456049
A few security guards come escort you out
"Please do no disturb the show, sir."
>>456054
"..Really? I thought I got it from that bug bite years ago."
>>456055
Well someone just went on stage yelling about plagues and evil.

If you wish to continue, do so.
I'm going to bed.

NEXT TIME ON ORIGINAL HORSE
EXPLORING PLACES
DISCOVERING TRUTHS
AND MORE ERP

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>>456058
"I mean to say that I would be the one calling at houses that may contain brutish individuals."

>>456059
"Calm down. I can climb around and look for them. Stay with Yyveria."

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>>456064
"Ah… yes, alright. I'll stay with her."
"Do be careful though Tityroi."

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>>456064
"Ah, Sorry but I don't 'condone' violence. It's bad for busi- "
And he's gone

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>>456063
"This is no show. That thing is a demon in man's skin, poisoning those he should be entertaining. Their souls cry for justice though they know it not. And that cry shall be answered by this fist."

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>>456063
"Check the others. I'm sure many more will have your same ill."

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>>456069
I shift uneasily next to her.
"…. business?"

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>>456072
"Yes.. business. Hello, I am Yyveria, who are you?"

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>>456066
"I always am."

>>456069
I'm not leaving until next time.
"No no no, you misunderstand entirely. You said that you wished to find varied workers."

>>456072
"Nothing you will have to worry about for a few years yet, I'd imagine."

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>>456070
what.. catch up to you "Um.. I'm sorry, were you hurt by someone?"

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>>456075
I scrunched and lower my hat.
"Its nice knowing your name Miss. Yveria." I nod a bit.
"You are the mare giving out those phamplets…"

>>456078
"Huh? A few years?"

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>>456078
"I understand, however my main course of business refers to ponies. My apologies but I don't think I'll be recruiting non-ponies anytime soon."

>>456081
"That I am."

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>>456079
"Not I, but the marks of infection are evident on those in the crowd. His vile plague magic must be ended."

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>>456084
I then pull my hat lower.
"My name is Frost Cream. Its nice meeting you Miss."

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>>456085
"Infection? Like a flu?" I look worried "Its not serious is it?"

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>>456086
"Nice to meet you Frost Cream, but why are you trying to hide yourself? Surely a handsome colt should show off for all the pretty mare to look at~"
Compassion '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

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>>456081
"Oh, you know. Or maybe you don't? Either way, I should not be the one to say."

>>456084
"Very well."

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>>456090
"I'll be sure to keep you in mind if I do require your profession, however."

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>>456088
"Magical plague. Does those two words not carry any weight for you, little pony?"

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>>456095
"I-I.." look down "magic is very dangerous yes, I didn't know it could cause sickness.. maybe.."

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>>456089
Raise my hat and peek at her.
W.. what a soothing voice she has…
"Uhmm.. its the phamplet that you have shown me… it depicts a mare in the background.. " I gulp down.

>>456090
"I… well I really dont know what you mean."

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>>456099
I'll pinch the bridge of my nose.
"Perhaps you'd better start looking over the audience, little one. Walk behind the seating area and observe them. The disease will be made clear. Now, I'm kind of in the middle of a dramatic showdown, and if I don't wrap this up before White gets here he's not going to stop yammering about it for months."

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>>456094
"Thank you, but my life keeps me traveling."

>>456100
"How, you know. Birds and bees, bees and birds. Birds and birds, and bees and bees too."

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>>456100
"Ahhh yes.. well. When things have settled down, I'll take you aside and explain any questions you have. Ok?"

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>>456101
"Show down? Uh, but Mr. Human, if you face against a magician you'll be hurt, and I-I don't want you humans to be hurt by magic.. but wait.. if a human is hurting another human.. is that okay.. Uh, is it okay for you to have this showdown?" I back up a bit "Sorry, that was rude."

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>>456109
"It's okay if it's for the right reasons. The Ringmaster is using this carnival to spread his plague magic throughout the land. I, and some others, are here to shut him down. Simple as that."
I'll shrug.
"And don't think yourself rude, little pony. It was a valid question."

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>>456115
I think for a moment "O-okay, I will cheer for you in your showdown Mr. human. What name should I call out?"

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>>456117
"There is no need to cheer, but if you must, Red will do."

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>>456133
"Red, thank you. I am.." I pause for a moment as if I am trying to remember "Starburst. I don't know exactly how he could be is making people sick, but I will cheer you on Red." I smile.

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>>456152
I'll nod. Then turn to the ringmaster and assume a fighting stance. If I have to go through his security, so be it.

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>>456107
Look away from her.
"Ahaha… That wont be necessary, I think."

>>456106
I look at him, is he questioning my intellect?
"Of course I know what a bird is and what bee's are. Me and my master takes care of some in the forest. Where should we get our honey without them?

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>>456173
I laugh.
"You are thinking of the wrong birds and bees, but honey can be involved."

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>>456215
Just frown at him, clearly irritated.
"Is there a wrong type of bird or a wrong type of bee? What is that, a bird with scales or a bee wearing a hat? You know thats not funny."

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>>456292
"No. It's just that birds and bees normally go together. Normally. Sometimes though a bird likes to act like a bee, or a bee like a bird, and sometimes bees just like other bees for their stingers."

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>>456304
"Huh!?! How is that?!? What?!?"
I try to calm myself down.
"What do you mean? That doesnt make sense. I mean birds act like birds and bee's go and harvest pollens to make honey and all that."
I squish my face with my hooves and try to think hard on how to make it all make sense.

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>>456317
"I can tell you this, he's not explicitly referring to nature's birds or bees. There is no need to frustrate yourself on the matter either."

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>>456317
I sit down next to your and sling an arm over your shoulder.
"It's code, kid. Birds are girls and bees are guys. I'm a bee, you and Yyveria are birds."

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>>456334
Stand up, agitation clearly expressed on my face.
"Mee?! A bee?! I'm a pony colt!"
"Well a unicorn pony colt to be exact that is but as you can s…."


"Wait you are telling me its a code?"

>>456322
Sit down again.
"Look, clearly we dont have to think or talk about this right now. Its just giving me a headache. I… alright. Lets just focus on how to get to our friends alright?"
"I am sorry if I got agitated, here." I offer a hoof.

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>>456364
"What? Really? Well aren't you the cutest little colt I have ever seen? I could have sworn you were a filly. You are right, we need to figure out how to find our friends."

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>>456368
I nod at this

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>>456364
"Quite the gentlecolt.."
Shake his hoof

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>>456378
>>456384
"See, even he thinks he looks like a filly."
I laugh a little bit.

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>>456384
"Ah, thank y…"

>>456385
Look at him flustered.
"No, no I do not! Stop teasing me you two ruffians." I scrunched.

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>>456388
"Oh, look at his face! Ah, you will grow up into quite the stallion, I think."

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>>456390
"Hmmpphh… lets just go find them alright?"

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>>456395
"Alright, missy."

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>>456398
Hrnngg… I'm a colt not some filly.
Just continue on our way to find the others.

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'yall niggas were at a carnival.
What's the plan?

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>>456452
>implying there's a plan.

If Reds here, I'm going to look for him.

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Oooh, ooh!

Let's see if I can replicate that stasis spell or something.

Haste!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

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I open the door for the bat

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>>456452
I'm not sure, I wasn't here for the last part.
I'm most likely with Red or the Doctor though.

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>>456454
You seem to have frozen time around you.
For the next '1d10' turns, you are moving outside time, and nobody can react to what you do.
>>456455
It flies into the room and down a small vent.
It seems this room is a kitchen of sorts. Looks kinda gross with the dead bodies in cooking pots and various guts on the tables.
>>456453
He was making a ruckus up on stage but was escorted aside by security.

Roll #1 9 = 9

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>>456453
>>456457
"What's it going to be, doc? Charge the stage or…?"

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>>456457
Is the show going on right now?
I might wait until it's over to approach him.

>>456458
I look around annoyed
"Where are those damn monks, or that inquisitor? Do we really have to do everything ourselves?"

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>9
Well now! Is-is this my calling, then? I left on a journey to figure out what I wanted, and has I found my place so soon?

I should be in the big top now. Where.. is everyone?

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>>456457
Close the door.
Well now.
What kind of bodies is it exactly?

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>>456459
"The inquisitor stayed behind to watch over the witch last I saw."
Look at the stage.
"How do you think it works? The whole plague thing, I mean."

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>>456459
The two jesters are setting up their show, with Somber monologuing about how he is displeased with how everyone disregards his talents as a serious actor.
Meanwhile, Festive is arranging various fruit on his head using puppets.
>>456460
It seems there is a show going on.
However since everyone is frozen in time to you, it's hard to make heads or tails of it.
>>456461
Fake ones. This is a show after all.
Some weird looking maggots are chewing on the real chunks of meat used as decoration.

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>>456461
>>456463
"Disgusting."

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>>456462
"I don't know…but if we don't do anything, we might get infected as well…."
I turn a few buttons on my wristband.
"…Guess it's up to us, Dust. Ready?"

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>>456463
I just stare at the stage unamusedly.
Never saw the point in these kind of things… why do people like it?

>>456465
"Of course, doc. Do you have a plan?"

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>>456464
>>456463
"For a moment I thought those were real."

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>>456463
>>456457
Can I go see the kitchen?

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>>456463
So, I was discussing about the plague with the strongman.
"And we think someone is spreading it right here.
Have you seen anyone suspect?"

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>>456467
"Those maggots are all too real, though. An uncomfortable reminder that we're dealing with a plague."

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>>456466
"I'm not very good with these things…
Maybe we should shout to the audience, that we're doctors and with the Inquisition, and that we've found a health risk here.
We should get these people out of here, before any fighting breaks out."

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>>456470
"Shall we pass this unpleasant room."

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>>456466
Festive then takes out a mallet and starts hitting the fruit off Somber's head as he starts quoting famous plays
>>456468
It's at the haunted house. Getting there will take a few turns.
>>456469
"Me?
No… why would anyone do something like that? I mean… we're all friends here. Even if I did like the old magician more than the new one."

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>>456471
"We have to watch out that we don't incite mass panic and a stampede though. I guess it's not a bad idea otherwise."

>>456473
Clowns…

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>>456472
"Steel your stomach a moment longer."

>>456473
Investigate the maggots. Where are they coming from? Maggots don't just appear from thin air.

Anything seem connected to the plague? '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

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>>456474
"If we explain calmly I'm sure they will stay calm and leave.
How would a real inquisitor handle this?"

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>>456473
"And why did the old magician have to leave?"

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>>456476
"I don't know, shout a lot? Should I bring in some dark clouds?"

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>>456475
Nod.
I can totally stomach all this disgusting meat.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

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>>456475
They look weird as hell. They even have visible, rotting, human-like teeth.
>>456477
"She just kinda… was gone one day."

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>>456478
"I don't think that would work in a tent like this…
but we have to show that we're not afraid.
I'll just walk up to the ring and announce it to people."

>>456480
I walk down to the ring.
I shout "Attention, people. I have an important announcement."

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>>456473
looks like I just have to go look for thr others.

Anyone here with me in the big top? How about the Freak show?

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>>456480
"Oh. Her.
And the new mage, what's he like?"

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>>456481
Follow him, but remain silent.

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>>456481
Two guards grab you by the shoulders
"Do no disturb the show."
They then take you back to the door
>>456482
The doc, and Iron Dust are here at least.
>>456483
"You know the old magician? How is she?"
He scratches his infected shoulder.

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>>456482
>>456473
Never mind then. While I'm out of time, sicne doctor is here with me, mess with his clothing a little.

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>>456485
"Still kicking. A bit worried someone might be on her trail."

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>>456480
>>456479
"This is… very unusual. We should have one of the doctors look at this."

Can we go find those smiths?

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>>456485
Resist arrest '1d10'
"Excuse me, gentlemen, I'm a doctor, and I'm here to report a serious health hazard.
Do you want to be infected by a horrible disease?"
I say this LOUDLY

Roll #1 2 = 2

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>>456485
Oh heck no.
Flytackle one of the guards and push him away.
"Stand back, you."

Roll #1 6 = 6

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>>456488
"Do we take the maggots with us, or bring them here?"

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>>456491
"I don't think we should touch them with disease about."

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>>456486
You tuck his pants legs in his socks
>>456487
"Now who'd ever want to hurt her? She was a lovely young thing."
>>456488
Sure. Just leave the haunted house.
If you can.
>>456489
They drag you out of the big top
"Next time bring paperwork."
>>456490
You have angered the guard, but pushed him aside.

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>>456493
Look at him.
How old is he?
"Say, when did this one magician leave, again?"

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>>456493
…Okay.

Out of the haunted house. This reminds me of that time I had to convince Hitokai to help me catch a pony pretending to be a monster by offering him a Hitokai snack.

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>>456493
that useless Inquisitor.

"Well, I'm sure you wouldn't mind if I quickly inspected you? Just to be sure you're not infected?"

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>>456493
Anything in the Big Top I might want to investigate while I'm here?

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>>456492
"Wise as always, Master."

>>456493
Of course we can.
Right?
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

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>>456493
Good.
"He's a licensed doctor hired by the Inquisition to investigate a dangerous case. Keep your hands off of him."

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>>456495
Hard to say, but surely not as old as Somnambula.
"She never told me. The others said she quit."
>>456501
>>456496
The doors are chained shut.
Looks like the only way out is going through it all…
>>456498
You could sneak past security into the backstage area.
>>456497
>>456502
"Look you two aren't the first bums trying to mess with the show for some cheap yucks. Now sit down and watch the show like normal people."

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>>456504
>>456501
"Locked. Let's move through this residence quickly."

Into the next room! '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

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>>456504
Do I notice anything peculiar on his skin? '1d10'
Something that could be interpreted as disease?

Roll #1 4 = 4

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>>456504
"As in, how long ago.
Was it years, or was it months, decades?"

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>>456507
>>456504
Go in further.
"Then we traverse whatever more this haunted place holds."

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>>456511
"It's just entertainment. What could go wrong?"

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>>456504
"Look at our equipment, boy. Does this look like the work of amateurs?"

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>>456515
"It is?"

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>>456504
Jus twhat I was thinking. Sneak on therre.

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>>456507
>>456511
Suddenly A SKELETON POPS OUT
>>456509
He doesn't show skin under his outfit.
>>456510
He tries to think really hard
"…years… I think?"
>>456517
"The stage is for performers and performance participants only."
>>456519
You manage to get well into the backstage area as time returns to normal.

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>>456518
"Isn't it? These western ponies just have an odd way of diverting themselves."

>>456520
Prod it with my sheathe.

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>>456520
Riiiight.
"I think the new mage is trying to dupe you, man. He might be the one!"

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>>456520
"This is an exception. Lives are at stake. This whole place should be evacuated for the sake of the health of your patrons. Or would you rather be shut down by the inquisition when they come over? They wont be as nice as we are."

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>>456520
"There is much more at stake here.
If there truly is a health hazard here, all the people in that tent might get infected, and that would be disastrous for the reputation of this carnival and will be the immediate end of your career.
If you do not want the show disturb the show, that's fine, but I want to inspect you and some of the performers, just a little of your time might prevent serious consequences."

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>>456522
"I did not find it very amusing.
Which part was the amusement part?"

>>456520
I won't be startled!
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

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>>456520
Welp.

What do I see around me?

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>>456523
"Him? But he is a little weakling-man!"
>>456522
>>456530
She skeleton does nothing.
However the zombie that was hiding behind you leaps at you. Roll to dodge.
>>456529
>>456525
"Take it up with the ringmaster after the show if you have official business."
>>456531
Dressing rooms, storage rooms, an office…

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>>456530
"All diversions are a waste of time by definition, yes?"

>>456535
Sidestep! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

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>>456536
"True."

>>456535
Drop and roll!
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

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>>456535
"Hey, mages are creepy like that!
I will go have a chat with him. At worst I will have to dodge a few spells."

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>>456535
Look in the office

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>>456535
Look at the doctor.

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>>456536
>>456539
The undead latches onto Kaihi, but fails to hurt him
>>456543
"I think he should be at his dressing room.
Or at the haunted house. He likes tweaking the scenery there."
>>456548
Looks like there's a lot of books on their finances here, as well as posters of their show.

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>>456560
"Master?"

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>>456560
Probably nothing of interest.

Look in storage.

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>>456560
>>456563
"…It's… entertainment… right?"

Hit it with a Revolving Blade, just to be safe. '1d10+2' (Autocrits)

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

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>>456565
"I guess?"

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>>456554
>>456535

"Fine, but just remember that once a disease takes hold its far harder to battle it." I bark at him.

I walk away.

Turn to Dust.
"We'll find those monks, come back here and use force."

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>>456565
You cut the… very real zombie in half, spilling guts on the floor.
Before you is a living room. It looks run down, and the paintings are staring at you.
>>456564
Seems this is where they keep their props. Each act has it's own labeled closet.

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>>456573
I nod.
"Sounds good to me, doc."

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>>456576
Creepy.
Proceed.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

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>>456576
"Hm."

Wipe myself down a bit.

"Well, no time like the present."

Press on! '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

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>>456576
What are the acts listed?

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>>456560
Very well.
Off to the mage's dressing room!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

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>>456581
"Let's look for that…White character."
Look around for White '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

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>>456583
>>456582
There is a dead body reading a book in one of the chairs, and another in the fireplace.
You also notice that one of the walls is cracked, revealing a room behind. Perhaps if that hole was enlarged, a shortcut could be made.
>>456584
[Drama Act]
[Silly Drama Act]
[Really Silly Drama Act]
[Haunted House Seasonal props]
[Haunted House Special props]
[Clowns]
[Jugglers]
[Clown Juggles]
[Animals]
[Strongman]
[Illusions]
[Spooky Illusions]
[After Dark]
>>456587
I think he was last seen at the freak show

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>>456590
>after dark

Take a look.

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>>456590
>>456582
"I'm going to bust through. Ready?"

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>>456597
>>456590
Nod.
"Ready.
Right behind you."

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>>456599
>>456590
Slam that hole!

'1d10+2'

Crits on a roll of 5+2=7 or better

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

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>>456590
>>456594
..wait, how about Illusions? Sonambula worked on them, right?

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>>456594
Should a person your age be looking at this sort of stuff?
Do you even know where that goes?
>>456603
You smash right through, ending up in a corridor. A stairwell leads upwards to the second floor, and the corridor goes on to doors that open to other rooms.
>>456607
Seems to be notes on illusion magic, as well as tons of drawings and reference material for casting illusions of things like race tracks, jousting grounds, the high seas and many other places

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>>456590
I go find white.

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>>456609
Follow in his wake.
"Up or straight?"

456616

>>456609
Illusions, huh?
Can I gain anything by looking at these? I did like Illusion magic as a child…
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

456617

>>456609
>>456613
"If we go up, we're going to have to come back down to get to the exit. Let's go straight."

456619

>>456609
What that human said was odd, maybe I should look around for people that seem.. ill. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

456620

>>456609
Where did Frost Cream end up to? I was with him last time

456623

>>456616
>5
Never mind. go back to where they kept the posters. Then look for one of sonambula.

456625

>>456617
"Maybe that's their trick. Maybe it's longer that this way."

456628

>>456623
She appears in many of the older ones.
…or you think that's her. She looks younger. Like… decades younger.
>>456619
A lot of the people going around seem to have some sort of blisters or discolored splotches on them…

456629

>>456625
"Valid point… But these could be the stairs down. We took an alternate route."

456632

>>456628
Older?
Can I tell how old?

456636

>>456628
Is there anything similar about them, like the same kind of popcorn? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

456638

>>456632
From the fading, these look to be about as old as the one she had. Maybe a year older.
>>456636
They all seem to have some tiny bite marks.
>>456629
>>456625
So up or ahead?

456640

>>456611
Paging Sylt for mister White.

456642

>>456638
Ahead. Quickly scan these rooms for anything that seems like a way out. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

456644

>>456638


Take it.
Incidentally, in the prop store, what were the.. Haunted House Special props? Go see.

456645

456649

>>456638
b-bite marks! Then it is true.. I need to.. that human said he was with some others, I'll just look around for some ponies who aren't infected and seem like they might be investigating. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

456650

>>456645
I walk over to White.
"Did you find anything?"

456651

>>456644
Looks like a bunch of fake dead bodies, fake skeletons and fake zombies.
…crawling with very real, big maggots.
>>456649
Well the doc is here >>456650

456652

>>456650
"More than you'd think.
Somnambula is a lifestealer and the muscle man has nothing to do with this.
We can exclude the wizard too, but I'm gonna check on him just to be safe."

456653

>>456652
"We should check on the inquisitor. He's alone with her now."

456654

>>456651


Anything odd about the maggots?
they're big…

456655

456657

>>456650
>>456652
I walk up to them slowly. "Sorry to bug you, are you maybe.. doctors, investigators? There are a lot of sick people here.. and I wasn't sure.. what to do.."

456658

>>456654
And they have human teeth.

456659

>>456655
>>456657
"Smith doctors hired by the Inquisition. We know of the plague."

456661

>>456658
How are the maggots feeding though, if the bodies are fake? Are they fake?
These maggots…
What can I tell?

456663

>>456661
Big, writhing, and they seem to just try to bite anything nearby with little reason to their gnawing.

456665

>>456663
The plague. Could they be vectors?
Any signs of plague near anything here?

456666

>>456659
"Oh, you know of it? Would it be okay, If I stayed with you while this plague is sorted out by the inquisitors? I'll stay out of your way and try to help.."

456668

456669

>>456666
"I don't think anypony will object to that, miss. I'm Iron Dust."

456673

>>456669
"Nice to meet you Iron Dust." I smile absently and then blink back to reality "Do you know someone called Red?"

456674

>>456666
"That's perfectly fine by me. I'm doctor Coltstein. What's yours?"

456675

>>456665
Nope.
But the maggots do drool a lot.
>>456642
Most of the doors open to a brick wall.
Except the door that seems like it leads outside. It opens to a brick wall painted to look like the yard.
You also find a turn that probably loops back to the living room eventually.

456679

>>456673
"Doc and I were looking for him, yes. He's working towards the same goal as well, miss…?"

456680

>>456675
"Upstairs, then."

Let's go up.

456681

>>456680
>>456675
"As I expected."

456683

>>456680
>>456681
You hear skittering noises coming from the dark corridors up here.
Left, right or straight ahead?

456684

>>456675
Hmm.
Suspicious.
Time to get out, now that I have a poster with me.

456685

>>456674
>>456679
I blink in realization "Oh, my name, Starburst. Sorry, I'm not used to having one of those. I saw your friend Red trying to have a showdown in the big ring, but I think he was taken away by guards. Said there were a lot of you trying to fix the sickness."

456688

>>456683
Hmmm
'1d3'

Roll #1 1 = 1

456689

>>456683
>>456688
"We'll follow your instinct, then."

456690

456691

>>456689
"It tells me we should go left."

456692

>>456684
The is a back door that the performers use if you want to avoid the stage.
>>456688
>>456690
To the left seems to be a corridor that leads to a few bedrooms. Three on the right, two on the left, and the sixth spot is just a blank wall.

456693

>>456692
I should.

Let's go back out and find a party member before I resume experimenting with magic Sleep

456694

>>456685
"Yes. But unfortunately, it seems we all got seperated somehow."

456695

>>456692
Blank wall?

456696

>>456693
Doctor is here >>456694
>>456695
Yep.
A blank wall.

456697

>>456685
I nod.
"That's right. We're scattered right now, which isn't ideal."
I look around.
"Where are you from?"

456698

>>456691
>>456692
Look through those rooms… Are there windows leading out? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

456700

>>456698
The last one on the right has a hatch leading to the attic.

456702

>>456700
"Attic… of course."

Head up.

456704

>>456702
Follow!

456707

>>456702
>>456704
The attic is covered in heavy, thick spider webs. More of those toothy maggots seem to be cocooned in it.

456708

>>456694
>>456697
"Oh, I see. I'm sure they will be back before long. Unless there are sick too.." I frown "Sorry, I shouldn't be so negative."
I look a little distant at your question "I'm starburst, I'm a traveler now."

456711

>>456708
"… All alone?"
I look at the doctor.

456712

>>456707
Enough of this. Slash through the webs. Draw my sword and create a whirlwind of edges.

Revolving Blade. '1d10+2' (Autocrits)

>>456704
"Stand back."

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

456713

>>456707
"This explains where they get the maggots from."

456715

>>456708
>>456711
"You travel alone?
Where are you from?"

456716

>>456712
You cut through the webs, making good time, until you come face to face with the giant spider that made it.
It seems displeased of your antics.

456718

>>456713
>>456716
"Spider."

Slam it with my Blunted Blade! Slam! '1d10+2' (Crits on 7)

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

456720

>>456716
Hit the spider in the face with my shield too!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

456721

>>456715
"Oh, wait! Hello, doctor!"

Show him the recent poster of a young Sonambula.

"And this, I found after I snuck into the back with some time magic I managed to conjure. Notice the difference in your socks and pants?"

456722

>>456711
"Yes, that's what Ma- Mr. James said. I should travel on my own, go to other towns."
>>456715
"I walked here from Dengrove, a town to the south."

456725

>>456720
The spider sinks a sharp leg into you
>>456718
But the force of your slam crushes it against the rotten ceiling, smashing through and leaving both of you on the roof, with the spider skittering around on its back, trying to right itself.

456728

>>456725
Ignore that hit.
Bash with the shield again.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

456729

>>456722
"..Oh" And who are you?"

Hold my hand for her to sniff and stroke her head with the other.

456730

>>456721
I frown at the poster
"That witch was lying after all. And..what's that about my socks and pants?"
I inspect my socks and pants.

>>456722
"Well, it's lovely to have you with us then, Miss starburst."

456732

>>456728
"Hitokai, careful!"

>>456725
Rush up and flick my blade around, and in a sweeping motion:

Revolving Blade! '1d10+2' (Autocrits)

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

456734

>>456732
"Sorry."

456735

>>456729
I smile politely at you, and the line again, "Good day, I'm Starburst, and I'm a traveler."

456736

>>456734
"Stay back, don't let it hurt you!"

456738

>>456730
"I should also mention that there were some odd maggots they kept with the props for some reason. What if.. what if they're plague vectors? I didn't dare touch them myself, in case."

>>456735
"And I'm Maya, a mage."
See if I can go fast again to demonstrate my power.
Haste!

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

456739

>>456738
"Wise. We shouldn't take any risks with them.
I suppose we should wait until the others arrive and discuss this."

456741

>>456736
"I tried to help."

456742

>>456728
You try to climb to the roof too, but get tangled in spider webs and end up helpless.
>>456732
You give the spider no quarter and slash off two of its legs
It still can't get up.
>>456738
You freeze yourself in time and fall over stiffly

456745

>>456742
Get untangled!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

456746

>>456738
"Oh, you must be a very brave human to use magic. Its dangerous after all.." I frown "D-don't hurt hurt yourself.."
>>456730
"Thank you for letting me tag along. Maybe we can still enjoy the events or prizes if there aren't too many sick people around them?"

456747

>>456738
>>456742
I poke the frozen body of maya.
Inspect, what's going on with her? Is she ill? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

456749

>>456742
>>456747
"Uh… Doc?"

456750

>>456742
The power is calling to me!

I just need to master this stasis spell!

'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

456751

>>456746
Where am I? We are at the big tent if I am correct. Did I see the others?
Also is Dsty and Campy alive?

456752

>>456749
"I'm trying to find out what's wrong with her.
Is it paralysis?"

456754

>>456747
You poke your finger in all sorts of places you, as a medical professional, are familiar with.
However to any outside observer it just look like you're groping the poor thing. Very deeply.
>>456745
This is some sticky shit…
>>456750
You unstuck enjoy of yourself to feel what the doctor is doing, but not enough to do anything about it.

456757

>>456754
Another slam! And welcome to the jam! '1d10+2' (Crits on 7)

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

456758

>>456741
"It'll be alright!"

456759

>>456754
HNNNGNGNGGNGNGNGNGNGNGNG
H-haste myself from this and undo!
Somehow!

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

456760

456761

>>456752
"..maybe she is tired? She doesn't look electrocuted to me."

456762

>>456754
I don't think I'm doing anything wrong, since I'm a doctor.
But I stop poking her now.

>>456760
"Try to heal her, let's see if she responds."

>>456761
"I don't think she's tired either."

456763

>>456754
>>456758
"Just a second…"

Get free already!
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

456764

>>456762
I just give him a weird look.
Use Heal on her.

Roll #1 6 = 6

456765

>>456759
You manage to unjam your legs
>>456757
You toss the spider in the air and slam it off the roof, splattering it on the front yard.
Danger's over.
>>456763
You manage to free yourself too.

456766

>>456764
>>456759
And seems you are fine now

456767

>>456764
NO NOT YET
I MUST MASTER THIS POWER

Roll #1 6 = 6

456768

>>456767
Mastery takes time.
But you are slowly getting there.

456769

>>456767
"That's better, how are you feeling?"

456770

>>456765
And now to the roof.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

456771

>>456767
"Are you okay, miss?"

456772

>>456767
I just sit quietly and watch. "as I was saying, magic is dangerous. Please be careful Miss Maya."

456773

>>456762
>>456769
"Well, eh, I suppose I should thank you for your concern, doctor."

Look around awkwardly.

>>456764
"Clever pony, you!"
Rub her head.

>>456761
>>456772
"It was a Haste spell that I've been slowly reworking. Just now, I manged to move otuside of time and perform various things within not even a single planck unit! Understand what I mean? "
"Anyway, thanks, Starburst!"

Go off somewhere.
Bed time

456774

>>456770
>>456757
"Going down?"
Someone pushes both of you off the roof from behind.
Roll for a gentle landing

456775

>>456774
Uh oh
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

456776

>>456774
"Ack, what?!"

'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

456777

>>456773
I wave away her hand with a hoof as she reaches out for me.
"No problem."

456778

>>456775
>>456776
You land in the splattered spider, and didn't even see who pushed you.
But hey, you got out at least.

456779

>>456778
Ew.
"This was very unpleasant."

456780

>>456773
>>456777
interesting I will keep sitting quietly.

456781

>>456779
"Yes… Are you alright? You look scratched up."

>>456778
Take Hitokai's stabbed leg and hold it out, then run my hand up and down it, searching for damage.

456782

>>456781
"I am fine. At least Master did not get hurt."

456783

>>456781
It's cut open, but nothing worse.

456786

I suggest you all meet up somewhere and come up with a plan before shit gets real.

456787

>>456782
>>456783
"You're damaged… Let's go meet with the doctors. We now have a dual purpose."

>>456786
Go find those smiths.

456788

>>456787
>>456786
Follow.
"It is nothing serious, Master. I will be able to heal it myself should it get serious."

456789

>>456786
There are several people missing, I'm afraid. Sion is brb. Sylt is throwing a fit. Fidget is not here yet.

456790

AND SO YOU ALL MET OUTSIDE THE BIG TOP.

456791

>>456786
More than willing to, but I can't find myself!

456793

>>456789
I just have no idea what has happened and am putting together the docs so have no time to catch up.

456794

>>456790
I'm here.
Not groping people or anything!
I'm a doctor!

456797

>>456790
Whoa, their group really is huge. "If It helps all the Sick people I saw had bite marks."

456799

>>456797
"What kind of bite marks?"

456800

>>456794
"Medicus, my pony was damaged."

456801

>>456800
Roll my eyes.
"I am fine."

456802

>>456797
"Were they human teeth marks?"

>>456801
"You should be in good condition."

456804

>>456802
"I am."

456805

>>456800
>>456801
>>456802
One heal coming right up.
Kick my mechanical limb in gear and cast Heal on Hitokai with it.

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

456808

>>456802
>>456799
I look confused "Humans bite? It was a round bite I think.."

456809

>>456805
You kick him with your mechanical limb.
It dies not heal.

456813

>>456800
"Miss dust will take a look at him."

456815

>>456809
"Ouch."

456816

>>456809
Hmph. I guess I'll do it myself then! Mecha limb deactivate.
Heal him the normal way.

>>456815
"Sorry."

Roll #1 2 = 2

456819

>>456808
"We found a dangerous infestation of maggots with human teeth. Unnatural."

>>456809
"Careful!"

456824

>>456819
>>456816
>>456815
I back away a bit "A-are you sick too?"

456826

>>456790
Can I see any new developments from where I am?

456827

>>456824
"No. We kept our distance from the maggots. That wound was from a giant spider we slew."

456829

>>456809
>>456809
Look for the others.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

456831

>>456824
"No. I was stabbed by a big spider."

456833

>>456816
Kicking him with a normal limb does not make it any more healing.
>>456826
Just looking from up here, you can see a lot of the carnivalgoers are less walking and more… shambling.
Perhaps you should warn the others.

456835

>>456829
They all seem to be at the front of the big top.

456836

>>456833
>>456816
"Is the limb malfuctioning, Dusty?"

456837

>>456829
You are with me

456838

>>456833
>>456816
"Please stop that."

456839

>>456833
Well that's not good. What's Somnambula doing?

456843

>>456833
Roll my eyes at what the pegasus is doing

"So what is the plan now?"

456844

>>456833
Why would I even do that!?

>>456836
>>456838
"I'm a bit out of my element right now, I'm sorry. Give me a moment to recover."

456845

>>456836
>>456816
"Are you real physicians?"

456846

>>456844
"I do not require further healing."

456849

>>456833
Okay, so I was overwhelmed by the security forces and escorted out while I was distracted. Fine. Back towards the ringmaster. I need to punch his face in. Is he still in the big top, or has he gone somewhere else? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

456851

>>456827
>>456831
"Oh, I'm sorry. Did you .. find a way to stop the monsters?"

456852

>>456839
She fell asleep again…
>>456849
He is most likely backstage.
Everyone else is right outside the big top if you want to chat before storming in.

456853

>>456852
Can I tell if she's faking it or not?

Roll #1 8 = 8

456854

>>456851
"They seem susceptible to swordsmanship."

456855

>>456851
"We didn't go near the maggots."

456857

>>456852
They should be able to delay the guards, at least.
>>456843
"If you all can distract the security detail, I can take out the ringmaster. He should be the one behind everything. And if not, he can tell us who is, and how to cure their victims."

456859

>>456845
"Of course I am. I've just exhausted my magic a little."

456865

>>456843
>>456857
Stick next to Yveria then look at Red
"How should we distract them? Play some jaunty tune? I am not a good entertainer." I scrunched.

456870

>>456865
"Causing a ruckus should work. Start getting on stage and they'll come to escort you off. While they're doing that, I, and I suppose anyone who wishes to assist, will be detaining the ringmaster."

456871

>>456845
"I assure you we are.
Miss Dust here simply takes care of normal wounds such as these, while I take care of other kinds.
Her limb is just backfiring a little, I can assure you, she'll do a marvelous job in a second."

456874

>>456853
She seems to be asleep, but not very deeply.

456875

>>456870
Shrug.
"And make a criminal out of myself?"
"Wait… they are the criminals."

I then look at Yveria.
"Do you think thats a sound plan?'

456881

>>456871
"Alright, alright… I just care about my pony's good health."

456882

>>456875
"You don't need to do anything criminal. Don't even need to do much other than wander onstage and make a nuisance of yourself."

456886

>>456881
"What's your name if I may ask?"

456888

>>456881
"I am in good health."

456890

>>456874
Great…just great.

I don't really have a choice. I guess I have to find them and warn them. Where's the big top?

456895

>>456886
"In your tongue, it is Master Kaihi."

>>456888
Pat. "Doesn't hurt to make sure."

456896

>>456895
Flap my ears down to allow him to pat my head but say nothing.

456897

>>456874
Alright… again. Re-activate the mecha limb and fire up a Healing spell.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

456898

>>456890
it's not hard to find. Through the front gate and food court.
As you make your way through the carnival, you see a lot of patrons just sitting around, leaning on walls, scraping their bite parks, and drooling…

456899

>>456897
This time it works right, and sows the cut shut in a jiffy.

456900

>>456895
"Doctor Coltstein, my personal expertise lays in prosthetics and deadly wounds. Good to meet you. Miss Iron Dust takes care of all wounds."

>>456897
"Told you she'd do it in a second."

456901

>>456882
I just close both my hoof together and think.
"I might try to cause a ruckus but we will see if I am able too. I'm ready."

456902

>>456875
"It's certainly a plan.."

456904

>>456897
"Thank you, although it was not neccesary."

456906

>>456900
Nod. "It is a pleasure, honorable doctor."

456908

>>456899
Finally. Deactivate the limb again.

>>456904
>>456906
"Sorry for that. Magic can be tricky sometimes."

456909

>>456901
>>456902
I'll nod.
"Then may fortune be with you. Try and get the others to aid you. The more of you there are, the bigger the distraction will be. I will move once the security detail has been dispatched."

456911

>>456898
Apparently the witch was honest about that much. I quickly make my way through them and try to find the others.

456912

>>456908
"I know. I can heal too."

456914

And so the Inquisitor rejoins the party

456918

>>456908
I nod at that.
>>456882
"If this is the plan you like, maybe I can assist?"

456919

>>456914
"Is everyone safe?"

456920

>>456914
>>456919
"We found an unnatural maggot infestation. We are unharmed, but I suspect they are involved in the plague."

456923

>>456920
>>456919
Nod at this.
"They seemed weird."

456924

>>456920
"That explains things. Every single patron I saw on the way in is in some sort of stupor."

456928

>>456918
"By all means."
>>456924
"Then we should work quickly."

456931

>>456928
"Yes. Have you found the source of these?"

456934

>>456909
>>456902
I look at the Mada'm
"I think its a simple task but I am lost on how to distract the audience since I myself am no entertainer nor have any experience on a crowd. How about you Miss Yveria?"

456935

>>456931
"There seemed to be quite a lot in the attic of the haunted house."

456936

>>456914
Quietly slip into the big tent

456940

>>456931
"I was getting ready to apprehend the Ringmaster and force him to spill all he knows. As the others distract the security forces, I and any who feel the need to assist will detain the ringmaster."
>>456934
"Just make a lot of noise, maybe knock a few things over if they don't start coming at you for just walking in."
And I'll head around the back.

456943

>>456935
"Are there? Do you know who runs it?"

>>456940
"If you're sure it's him, then I'll have to come with you."

456944

>>456928
>>456936
go into the tent, and look around, where are the guards? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

456949

>>456943
"Then come, and don't spend time on words."

456950

>>456943
"We could ask."

456957

>>456936
Follow her inside.

456961

>>456940
"I'm somewhat concerned about stopping security forces without killing them."

456964

>>456899
I follow Frost and Yyveria in the big top.
Stealth.
[1d10+2]

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

456965

>>456961
"It's not too hard if you know where to hit."

456968

>>456949
>>456950
"Oh, I have a feeling there will be some questions."

456969

>>456965
Cough slightly.

"In spite of the name, my style is notoriously lethal. It's one thing to use it on spiders or warriors, and another to use it on carnies."

456975

>>456969
"They can live without legs. And the doctors can just patch them up afterwards."
>>456968
"Pray for his sake that he cooperates."

456979

>>456975
Jump back on the scene.
"So, the strongman was clean. Except for the rot and stuff. Also, our witch friend is a lifestealer."

456982

>>456975
"All the better if he does. If not…well, I've been needing to purge something."

456987

>>456944
Yes.
But I'd be more worried about the grotesque infected people shambling about trying to eat them.
>>456964
You are hidden from sight, but can easily see that all hell has broken loose in the big top.

The infected patrons are shambling around, attacking any they see.
You better get to the bottom of this. And fast.

456989

>>456964
I look at the others.
"So any plans?"

456992

>>456987
Shit. Find that Ringmaster! '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

456993

>>456992
Follow him.
"Shouldn't we knock out the infects first?"

456994

>>456987
I climb up to the top and look for the circus master.
[1d10]

>>456989
I'm already gone.

Roll #1 10 = 10

456997

>>456987
… '1d10' lightning bolt. one of the infected.

Roll #1 3 = 3

456999

>>456987
Oh no not good.
Stick to red and ready my spells

457000

>>456993
"That's what the others will be doing. If you want to help them, then do so. I am going for the head of this snake."

457001

>>457000
Follow him.

457002

>>457000
"Not letting a good fight slip."
Follow.

457004

>>456987
Can I see this hell breaking loose from here?

457007

>>456997
You focus so hard on your spell you forget to watch your back, and get attacked by another infected.
>>456992
>>456994
He must be locked up in his office backstage. Seems several infected are pounding at his door.
>>457004
Yes. it's happening all around you.

457010

>>457007
Time to knock the infects down.
Switch to Unharmed, Jump in!
Leap of Faith!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

457012

>>457007
Fine. Then we go through them.
Fist of Fury to make my hands Dual weapons, and then I'll beat aside two of the infected. '1d10' for the first and '1d10' for the second.

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 3 = 3

457013

>>457007
"Noo, stay back!" I try the spell again, on the one near me, just a plain magic bolt out of panic.

457014

>>457013
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457015

>>457007
I look for an alternate way into his office.
[1d10]

Roll #1 4 = 4

457018

>>456989
"You can fight, or you can help the fighters."

>>457007
Coat one of my daggers in my healing salve and wipe it across where she was bitten. Natural Remedy '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457019

>>457007
Ugh..
Fire my spell on one of the infected.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457020

>>457007
Blast the group.

Roll #1 4 = 4

457024

>>456987
Oh good god.
"This looks worse than before."

>>457007
ALRIGHT.
Draw my sword and charge in! Attack those infected!

Roll #1 7 = 7

457026

>>457010
You kick one of the infected aside, nearly knocking it helpless
>>457012
You then finish the job with a punch, before getting out other fist stuck in one of their mouths.
>>457013
>>457014
The infected start piling on you.
>>457015
Looks like the door is your only option.
>>457018
Much better.
No infection had time to take root.
>>457019
>>457020
The infected at the door turn to leap at you rather than gnaw on the door
>>457024
And you slash one more, making it reel

One infected is helpless
5 remain

457029

>>457007
I might use these corpses for experiments with my necromachines.
Take my pistol and shoot '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

457030

>>457026
Shoot them down with Marksman Shot.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

457031

>>457026
Bash them with my shield.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457032

>>457026
Now grab one by the neck.
"Sorry pal."
Headbutt!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

457037

>>457026
Hack away at the infected piling up on Starburst.
Meanwhile, use my mecha limb to Sharpen my sword. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 1 + 1 = 2

457039

>>457026
'1d10' kick them away.

Roll #1 3 = 3

457041

>>457026
Right.
One Inch Punch that one to make it let go. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

457043

>>457026
"Gah! Let go of me!"
Kick him in the face
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457046

>>457026
Stand over Starburst while coating another dagger in my healing salve to use on her '1d10'

"Maybe you shouldn't be outwardly fighting."

Roll #1 4 = 4

457047

>>457007
>>457026
Revolving Blade! Try to… well, try not to kill them… just sort of… stop them. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

457048

>>457026
I charge out of hiding and headbutt the door.
[1d10]

Roll #1 7 = 7

457063

>>457029
You blow a hole in the head of the one Iron Dust slashed earlier. It falls over.
>>457030
You blast another through the chest, leaving it clawing at the ground helplessly
>>457031
It does exactly nothing except make the angry infected leap at you and bite down
>>457032
You send the infected reeling with a caved head
>>457039
>>457037
And the infected piling on Starburst instead pile on Iron Dust, rendering her helpless.
A few toothy maggots hatch out from one of their wounds, and starts crawling on her
>>457041
Your punch sends another one flying
>>457043
>>457046
And as the last infected claws at you two
>>457047
Kaihi's strike sends it crashing into a nearby wall.

It seems the danger is over for now, save for the maggots on Iron Dust.
>>457048
You then bash the door open, revealing the ringmaster cowering behind his table, pointing a blunderbuss at the door

457065

>>457063
>Calm Until Provoked
Launch my dagger at the thing's head! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

457066

>>457063
eww, lets get up at least. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457069

>>457063
Help out Iron Dust by clearing off those infected.
'2d10+1'
"I thought I mentioned that the doctors shouldn't be getting into fights."

Roll #1 2, 1 + 1 = 4

457071

>>457063
"Guys! I think the witch might have lied to us!"

457072

>>457063
Go to irons
"Remain calm."
Heal her
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

457075

>>457071
"Oh really?"

457078

>>457063
Oh no! Get up! Shake these things off of me!

Roll #1 5 = 5

457080

>>457071
"I don't understand… which witch lied to you? It's growing hard to keep track!

457082

>>457075
"It's an astounding idea, I know. If only someone had suggested that we tire her up in her sleep."

457083

>>457071
"It's what they do."
I go into the office.

457088

>>457063
"Stop that."
Okay, use my tanto.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457092

>>457082
"The life stealer."

457093

>>457063
Blow those maggots away.
Double weapon.
'2d10+1'

Roll #1 9, 9 + 1 = 19

457094

>>457069
Karate chopping the maggots hurts her as much as it hurts the maggots.
>>457072
But your healing helps get her back to shape

The ringmaster peeks up from under his desk
"…are they gone?"

457102

>>457094
"Those ones are. But no telling when more might show up. I think you have some answers to give us."

457104

>>457094
"You have a great deal of explaining to do."

457108

>>457094
"For now."

457109

>>457102
>>457104
>>457108
He stands up and straightens out his coat
"Ahem.
What, exactly, do you think I can tell you?"

457114

>>457109
"What is the meaning of all these maggots?"

457115

>>457109
"Where these maggots came from. Your carnival of chaos has been leaving these plagueworms everywhere. I suppose tonight's the night where they caught up to you before you managed to leave."

457117

>>457109
"What you know."

457119

>>457114
>>457115
"I don't know! I've been trying to get rid of them for ages but they just keep coming back! I don't even know where they came from to begin with. They just… appeared!"

457124

>>457119
"The twins. And the witch before them."

Turn to Red.
"Quick, did anyone check on the twins?"

457127

>>457119
"And it never occurred to you to dismantle everything piece by piece until you found the source?"
>>457124
"I had thought the others had done so while I was trying to get into here. You all certainly took long enough."

457132

>>457119
I Stealth and go looking for the Twins.
[1d10]

Roll #1 1 = 1

457133

>>457127
"Yeah great.
And the wizard? Did anyone check on the wizard?"

457135

>>457119
"And it never occurred to you that someone in your circus might be responsible? What if it's you?"

457136

>>457119
"That does not sound like the truth."

457137

>>457133
I'll just give him a look, and then pinch the bridge of my nose briefly.
"Did the strong man at least have anything interesting to note?"

457138

>>457127
"We dismantle this whole place every time we move!
Well, all the tents and stalls anyway."
>>457132
More infected are moving in on the chaste capra
>>457124
"Festive and Somber? What of them? Last I saw them today they were going to entertain guests at the haunted house."

457141

>>457138
"Then you can't fix it?"

457143

>>457141
"I don't even know what the hell is going on!
Can someone please start from the beginning?"

457146

>>457138
I sigh, then move to save her.
[1d10]

Roll #1 5 = 5

457147

>>457137
"Yes. He's not involved, has a weak right arm and thanks to him I learnt Somnambula is actually a lifestealer."

457148

>>457138
I just winced at the sight.
"Is there any way to cure those who are infected?"

457151

>>457147
"Wonderful…"

457154

>>457138
>>457143
>>457147
I'll sigh.
"Fine. Then it seems we're dragging you to the haunted house to continue investigating."

457160

>>457146
It seems the fat human from earlier is also there. And he seems infected.
She's sitting at the top of a flagpole, trying to stay out of their way.
>>457154
>>457151
>>457148
>>457147
He looks at one of his old posters
"Somnambula is alive?
Well I'll be…"
He then grabs his gun again
"Very well then. If it helps save my carnival, then I'm with you!"

457163

>>457160
"Good.
Now. The wizard or the twins.
Who could be spreading the maggots?"

457165

>>457160
>>457163
"They might be in the same place, if the wizard hangs out in the haunted house."

457166

>>457160
"What's our next move? We still need to stop these maggots."

457173

>>457160
I backstab the infected human by headbutting him.
[1d10]

Roll #1 9 = 9

457174

>>457165
"Good thinking. You said there was a large number in the attic?"

457175

>>457174
"And the haunted house kitchen.
They feasted on some sort of meat."

457176

>>457175
"This might have been very useful ten minutes ago!"

OFF TO THE HAUNTD HOUSE KITCHEN!

"We have to find the twins!"

457177

>>457176
Follow suit.

457178

>>457176
I'm with you

457179

>>457173
You send him tumbling off the stage. The other capra looks down from her pole, but doesn't dare jump down.
>>457176
>>457175
>>457174
>>457166
>>457165
You break out via the back and head towards the haunted house.
Food court or animal pens and freak show?
"Maybe I should have been a bit more nosy with my employees."

457180

>>457175
>>457176
Off we go, Ringmaster in tow.
>>457174
"Inquisitor, the witch has probably already left. You should check and see if her campsite is still there."

457181

>>457179
"Possibly."

457182

>>457179
"Just a bit."
Frown.
Food Court!

457183

>>457179
The food area is probably going to be fucking crawling with the things… but it is the shortest way.
"We should probably punch a hole through the food area. Shortest distance, and if we're lucky then they'll have already moved on."

457184

>>457179
"You should."

>>457180
"She may well have, but I can't just sit by and let this unfold. Do you think you can handle it?"

457186

>>457183
Grin.
"Yes. Yes we should!"

457187

>>457179
"This is not the time for riding a poll, miss. Get down and I can get you to safety."

457191

>>457184
"Do you think I can't?"

457192

>>457187
"Like where? There must be ten more of those things in every direction!"

457193

>>457180
Follow him in case anyone needs healing.

>>457179
"Sow hen did this carnival started…? I thought it is an evil carnival by its name." I look at the ringmaster

457199

>>457191
"Yes or no. I can't babysit two witches at once."

457200

>>457192
"I've got a bunch of friends here. They can keep you safe while I hunt down the twin sorcerers."

457211

>>457200
"What the hell is even going o-LOOK OUT!"
Another infected clambers to the stage
>>457193
"Chaos isn't evil! It's supposed to represent the carefree nature and nonsensical fun one can have here!"
>>457183
>>457182
The food court is indeed crawling with infected. And maggots.
…and most worryingly, big, toothy flies.

457213

>>457211
"Anyone knows fire magic?"

457214

>>457211
"This doesn't look carefree or fun to me, ringmaster."

457216

>>457211
This is just like in my binding of isaacs.

Unsheathe my blade.

>>457213
"Steady…"

457217

>>457214
"Believe me, this has never happened before!"

457218

>>457211
"…This may have been a mistake."
Ready my fists. I'll have them set as Great weapons for right now.

457222

>>457211
I headbutt that one too.
"Hurry up before more get here!"
[1d10]

Roll #1 6 = 6

457224

>>457211
>>457218
"Oh no backing down now."
Grin.
Dual weapon.
JUMP KICK A FLY!
Leap of Faith!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457228

>>457211
This is worrysome indeed.
Do I notice anything attracting these things? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457232

>>457211
"I see."
I then look at the food court and step back.
"What are those?! Eeewww.."

Eugghh.. fire a magic bolt at the big toothy flies.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

457238

>>457222
You crack its head open and it falls off the stage
"Where would we even… oh sod it!"
She slides down the pole and takes up a fighting stance next to you
"Lead on!"
>>457228
They seem to be attacking anything meaty.
>>457224
Like this guy's foot.
Which gets stuck int he mouth of an infected, who starts chewing on it
>>457232
They burn to a crisp easily. Seems the goo they and the maggots leak is somewhat flammable.

457239

>>457216
"I don't like this, Master."

457241

>>457217
"Oh really> That's not what we've been told."

Shoot one.

Roll #1 7 = 7

457244

>>457238
I grab her hand and run her back to the ringmaster's office.

457245

>>457238
>Leap of Faith
>DC3
Okaaaay.
Well complete the roundhouse kick and hit the infect's face with my other foot!
Unarmed, I don't want to kill him!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

457247

>>457211
What on earth…

>>457238
Charge! Back to hacking and slashing! '1d10'
Sharpen my sword with my mecha limb. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 6 + 1 = 7

457248

>>457238
But where do they come from? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457250

>>457238
Wipe off one of my throwing daggers and coat it with more of my healing salve to apply on White's 'foot' '1d10'

"I'm running out of this."

Roll #1 8 = 8

457253

>>457238
Right, well.
"Don't get bogged down, just push our way through."
And I'll cleave 3 enemies on my way across the food court. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

457254

>>457239
"Nor I."

>>457238
Right. Slamin'! '1d10+2' (Crit 7+)

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

457256

>>457238
Can I bash with my shield, please?
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

457257

>>457238
>>457238
"They are easily repelled by fire." I shout at the others.
I then back away a little since I am still recovering after that cast.

457258

>>457241
"Do I look like I'm some kind of zombie overlord?"
>>457245
Your spin the monster latched onto your foot around, using it to smash aside several others, clearing a route through the food court.
>>457248
Maybe they came from some pony's butt.
You should probably inspect them all to be sure.
>>457250
He looks fine, and the path is open for now
>>457254
You knock one of them into a stall, sending a vat of meat sauce flying. It attracts several of the others, leaving the road clear.
>>457244
You can reunite with the others or go snoop around back there with the ringmaster gone.

457262

>>457258
Nah, the road seems to be clear.
I'll inspect the butts later.

457263

>>457258
"This way!"
Push down the door on the other side and shove everyone inside!

457266

>>457258
Follow the others as we go pass the food court.
"Where should we head now?! I thought we are going to find the witch to her cart?"

457267

>>457258
Several others, oh great!

Revolving Blade (Autocrits) '1d10+2'

"For each we dispatch, two more spring up."

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

457268

>>457258
"You really don't want to know what you look like to me. Keep leading."

457269

>>457258
Continue following the others

457271

>>457267
"Stem the problem at it's root, Master."

457273

"STOP WASTING TIME AND GET IN HERE!"

Show everyone in the food court the open path.

457274

>>457258
Push on through to the Haunted house.

457275

>>457273
"I think you should avoid attracting their attention."
Follow through that path though

457276

>>457258
I reunite with the others.

457278

>>457274
Seeing Red going to the Haunted house, I get myself ready and follow him inside.

457281

>>457267
You disembowel one of the feeding infected
>>457274
>>457273
>>457268
>>457269
>>457263
The Ringmaster pulls out a set of keys and unlocks the Haunted House
"To be honest even I don't know all the places here. I'm not the one who puts it together."
You can hear heavy footsteps from the bottom of the hill atop which the haunter house sits…
>>457276
As you hurry to the haunted house, she whispers to you
"You're really brave…"

457285

>>457281
Heavy footsteps? Can I see what's making them? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457286

>>457281
"This way."
Show them to the kitchen.

457287

>>457281
Assume a ready stance.

457289

>>457285
Whatever it is, it's goddamn huge.
>>457286
The maggots are everywhere. And more are crawling out of a grill on the floor

457291

>>457281
"No wonder."

457292

>>457281
"You are not only that, but beautiful as well."
I keep hurrying.

457296

>>457289
AAAAA

Shift something heavy on top of the grill! Like the stove set!

457298

>>457292
"If we get out of this alive… I could give you a little reward for coming back for me."
You soon reach the Haunted House. Everyone seems to be piling into the kitchen.

457299

>>457289
"Something big is coming."

457301

>>457289
Point at it.
"They are coming from there."

457306

>>457289
Assist Kaihi with TK '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457308

>>457301
"Is this house supposed to have a sublevel?"

457311

>>457308
"I do not know. Maybe a basement."

457313

>>457298
"I shall do my best to keep us alive, my dear."

>>457299
>>457301
>>457306
>>457308
>>457311
"I found a survivor. What's the story?"

457316

>>457313
"Big thing incoming.
Fun."

457317

>>457313
I smile.
"Good job! Where did you see her?"

>>457316
"Big things?"

457318

>>457313
"Something big is coming. And if you'll look down, you'll see a grate with a bunch of those maggots crawling out of it. The source may be there."

457320

>>457317
"No little filly. Not things. Thing!"
And yes, I know you are playing a male.

457322

>>457316
>>457318
"Oh? Like a big zombie?"

457323

>>457322
"Wouldn't that be fun!"

457324

>>457299
I check wether all my necromachines shots are ready, just in case.
And wait for the Big Thing.

457326

>>457313
"Infestation."

457327

>>457320
Hearing this I brace myse…..
Filly!?!

I scrunched undearneath my hat, nonetheless get my horn ready.

457331

>>457296
You cover up the grill.

You can either try to blockade the door, go fight the big thing, or search for the source of the maggots.

457333

>>457331
"Inquisitor, perhaps you and the Ringmaster can look for the source. We can delay the large thing. The rest can blockade themselves inside."

457334

>>457331
GO FIGHT THE BIG THING!

457336

>>457331
"We need to find the source of this infestation."

457337

>>457331
"I suggest we block the door and look for the source before fighting that thing."

457339

>>457331
>>457336
I nod at this.
"If this spreads to the nearby town… then.they are all doomed."
"Well thats obvious." I put a hoof on my snout.

457343

457344

>>457337
"Yes… my instinct is to challenge the most dangerous personally, but any time we allow those maggots to spread, the peasants are endangered.

457348

>>457336
"I agree with the Inquisitor."

457355

>>457343
"Right. Can the two of you hold it off? I may need the doctor's help."

457367

So who will
>Investigate
and who will
>Fight
?

457368

>>457367
I am the Investigator.

457371

>>457367
BY THE POWER OF MY RIGHT HAND, I SHALL FIGHT!

457372

>>457367
>>457368
I'm with Doc.

457374

>>457367
Investigate.

457375

>>457367
Inquisitate

457377

>>457367
Investigate.

457379

>>457367
Investigate

457382

>>457367
Fight.

457383

>>457367
Investigate.
Go and look at the cafeteria for clues on where the maggots might have come from. Inspect every plate and dish to see where the infection start. Perhaps it came from the flour or something.

Also dont taste/eat it.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457387

>>457367
I'll aid the idiots who fight

457399

>>457382
>>457387
>>457371
You head outside, and see the strongman, his eyes wild and drool flowing from his mouth, shambling up towards the haunted house.
>>457383
>>457379
>>457377
>>457375
>>457374
>>457372
>>457368
You start looking through the kitchen.
A lot of the "prop" corpses and meat here are very real indeed.
And it seems there is a room under the kitchen, from the sound of the floor.

457403

>>457399
Look for a way to get under the floor '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457404

>>457399
"How do we get down there?"

457406

>>457399
Wince.
"Poor guy…"
Great Weapons.

457410

>>457404
"Look for an entrance!"

Roll #1 4 = 4

457411

>>457399
"Was he that big when you ran across him earlier?"
Switching to dual.

457413

>>457411
"Yep.
He looked a whole lot healtier…
Oh, and watch out for his right bycept. It crushes boulders."

457414

>>457399
Hmmm…
"This bodies looks real indeed."
I investigate the prop corpses, touch them with my hoof and see if they are indeed real. Any evidence of the disease on it?
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457416

>>457413
"I thought you said he had a weak right arm."

457417

>>457399
"Oh…. Great."
Stay comfortably behind the two

457418

>>457399
I try to pry up floorboards.
[1d10]

Roll #1 2 = 2

457419

>>457416
"Yeah. I mean, can't you brreak boulders with your bycepts too?"

457430

>>457403
>>457410
>>457414
>>457418
It seems the only immediately obvious way is down the maggot grill.
>>457406
>>457411
>>457417
Please…. stop… me….

457432

>>457430
I sigh and pry up the grill.
[1d10]

Roll #1 3 = 3

457433

>>457430
"Damn…we'll have to burn a way through."

Can I even fit down that?

457434

>>457430
Take a long and deep sigh.
"I will pal. I'm sorry this had to happen."
Flying kick to his knees!
Break that!
Leap of Faith
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457435

>>457432
>>457433
"We should clear the nearby maggots away first."

457436

>>457430
"Couldn't you do that yourself? I'm sure even you would still have enough self-restraint, seeing as how you can still talk.."
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457437

>>457430
Eeewww I am not going near that.

>>457432
"Now be careful." I stand behind Tityroi to heal him just in case.

457438

>>457435
"Right, which is why I suggested fire. They didn't seem to like it."

457439

>>457430
You sure?
I don't want to…
Ah fuck. Open it '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457440

>>457430
As he likes, then. Tumble attack. '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

457441

457444

>>457441
Is there anything flammable in here other than the bodies?

Roll #1 6 = 6

457448

>>457438
"Then lets try to use something on it."
Fire a magic bolt at the maggot grill to clear away the maggots on it.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

457451

>>457439
>>457432
You pop the grill off.
It's damn dark down there…
>>457444
Tons of maggot drool, some old cloth, flour…
>>457436
I can't… control myself!
>>457434
You leap in and strike his leg, making him lose balance
>>457440
Followed by Red striking him in the chin, loosening some teeth.
But remarkably, the huge thing takes it and remains standing

457452

>>457451
Ewww.
I'm not going near those.

457453

>>457451
"I'm so very very sorry."
Normal weapon.
Place a headbutt on his head!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

457454

>>457451
Light a torch and move in. What can I see?

Roll #1 10 = 10

457456

>>457451
I'll take one of the flour sacks and move it over next to the grate.

>>457454
"Hold on. Hand me that torch."

457457

>>457454
A slide of sorts. Or at least a sloping duct. Slick with maggot goo and blood.
>>457453
He falls over, but his body keeps convulsing, as if it was trying to stand up.

457458

>>457451
Hmm. Tough. Good.
One Inch Punch. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

457460

>>457456
"Hoof it, you mean."
Hoof it to him.

457461

>>457451
I wait as the torch falls.

457462

>>457451
"If that's true then why do you talk? You can control the important part of your body at least."

There aren't any infected coming towards us are there?

457463

>>457460
>>457461
"I'm going to light this sack and throw it down there first."

457464

>>457451
>>457448
Well that appears to be not necessary anymore.

>>457457
Look down. Do I see anything?

457465

>>457457
Great Weapon.
Helbow dive on his knees.
Break them.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

457470

>>457458
>>457465
You nod to eachother and smash his legs.
He groans and tries to lie down as his arms keep trying to flail around and hit you.
You can see several more infected shambling towards the hillside.

457472

>>457470
Stand up.
"Pony, can you heal… This?"

Look ahead at the infects, talking with a smile on my face to Red.
"Is this where we make one last stand, friend?"

457473

>>457470
"So, do we leave him here, to flail about and drag himself on his arms, or end him? Choose quickly, as if we don't, he might suffer the others."

457474

>>457472
"You can die. I have no plans of just giving up the ghost yet. Besides, someone has to carry on as the God Hand."

457475

>>457457
I look for a bucket I can fill with water and pour down the slide.

457476

>>457473
>>457474
"Oh fornicate thou."
Shove him aside with a laughter.
"We should buy the others some time. Can't really allow the horde to swarm them."

457477

>>457464
It appears to lead to darkness, but you can hear the echoes of voices down there.
>>457475
There is a bucket in the corner.

457478

>>457463
If there's no objection, then I'm going to do this.

>>457475
"Better be quick with that."

457479

>>457476
"True enough. Try not to let too many hit you. I'd hate for our last match to be one that ends up putting you down."

457480

>>457479
"Tsk.
Like you would be able to fall me, even if mindless."

Switch to Great Weapon.
Ready to face the horde.

457481

>>457477
>>457478
>>457463
I look at them.
"Hey I hear voices down there."

457482

>>457478
"Go ahead."

457483

>>457480
"Considering I've still got the lead on victories?"
Staying dual mode. Ready for horde.

457484

>>457472
….

>>457470
Use Natural Remedy on the thing, cut away the pustles and worms while cleaning out the infected zones as best I can '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457485

>>457477
I fill it up with water and wash the slide until it is clean.

457486

>>457477
"I will go down first. If worst comes to worst, I can protect myself. I'll shout if I need help."

Go down in there '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457487

>>457486
"Be careful, doc."

457488

>>457484
The flailing strongman punches you in the head, almost breaking your skull with his massive fist.
>>457479
>>457480
The first few shamble up the hill at you
>>457485
>>457478
You burn and wash the slide, clearing it of maggots.
>>457486
You then hop in, and after a bumpy ride, slam into a pile of meat in varying stages of decomposition.

457489

>>457488
"Fair lady!"
Jump back and help Yyveria up.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457490

>>457488
"When worst comes to worst, I still have my machines."

>>457488
Well that's unhygienic.
Anything more and more importantly, no hostile things here? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457491

>>457488
"Good job."

457492

>>457488
Down I go.

457493

>>457488
>>457489
Figures.
"Snap his arms next if they're so troublesome."
And I'll attack two of the advancing horde. '2d10+1'

Roll #1 7, 6 + 1 = 14

457494

>>457492
As do I.

457495

>>457494
>>457492
And I follow behind

457496

>>457488
Oh that ASSHOLE!

THIS ISN'T A COMBAT SITUATION IS IT? EITHER FUCKING WAY COAT THE SHIT OUT OF ONE OF MY THROWING DAGGERS AND LAUNCH IT AT THAT ASSHOLE! NATURAL-FUCKING-REMEDY '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

457497

>>457488
>>457491
>>457492
Looks like no one hears me.
Anyway, follow Tityroi.

457498

>>457490
You can see cocoons lining the walls and maggots writhing on the floor.
Deeper in, you see a faintly lit room. And writhing shadows.
>>457492
>>457495
>>457494
>>457497
You land in the same meat pile.
>>457489
You also catch a flailing arm to the back
>>457493
Meanwhile, you charge the horde, kicking one infected back into another, and following up with a palm strike that sends them both flying back.
>>457496
Your dagger lodges right in his infected shoulder, searing through the pestilent flesh until the shoulder is almost burnt bare.
The strongman gurgles, then lies down and breathes calmly.
…you may have cured him. At least to some extent.

457499

>>457498
"By the heavens!
You might have done it!"

Now, Great Weapon.
Cleave 3 of these guys.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

457500

>>457498
I get out of the pile and Stealth.
[1d10+2]

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

457501

>>457498
"Disgusting."

457502

>>457499
I might add, while doing a 360 degrees spinning kick attack!

457503

>>457498
eeww…
Step out of it and clean what I can.
Now lift my head, what does the place look like?
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

457504

>>457498
"Well this is cozy."

457505

>>457498
mutter a little angrily, then use Mend on my head '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

457506

>>457498
This is only the beginning. Keep up the pressure. '2d10+1'

Roll #1 2, 2 + 1 = 5

457507

>>457501
"I'll say. Get more torches ready."

Head towards the lit room.

457509

>>457504
"There is another room, there"

I head towards the lit room.

457510

>>457507
Nod and follow

457515

>>457509
Follow suit.
"I admit this wasn't quite what I was expecting when we took this job."

457517

>>457499
>>457502
Your spin kick dislodges three jaws and sends the infected spiraling though the air, spewing goo and maggots as they fly
>>457506
Sadly, not all of them are as easy, as you soon find both your hands stuck in slack-jawed mouths
>>457505
It feels like your head exploded.
But in reality you just fell helplessly on your face.
>>457500
The darkness allows for easy hiding.
>>457503
This is some sort of basement. Meat piles here and there, and a faint light coming from the room further down.
>>457515
>>457510
>>457509
>>457507
As you near it, you can hear wet squirming and sharp laughter

457518

>>457515
"You see all sorts of things in my line of work…"

>>457517
Lean up against the doorframe and peer in.

457519

>>457517
To Red's rescue! Leap of Faith right into the face of that infect! Dislodge it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457520

>>457517
Completely hidden, I go investigate the sounds.

457521

>>457517
This is all according to plan. Kick-backflip using those mouths as leverage. '2d10+1'

Roll #1 5, 3 + 1 = 9

457522

>>457517
Oh yea, perfect

Get up '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457523

>>457517
I just calm down and make sure to focus.

457524


>>457517
Try to see what's going on '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457525

>>457517
Walk slowly and focus on the light, what do I see?

457527

>>457525
also roll
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

457528

>>457522
You can't quite seem to muster up the power
>>457521
>>457519
Your combined assault sends the two infected flying, freeing Red's hands
>>457520
>>457527
>>457525
Inside is a lot more meat piles. And among them, a truly grotesque sight. One of the entertainers, the lightly dressed Festive, giggling as he pets a huge, pulsating, sharp toothed maggot with malformed, twitching legs.
"Yesssss my sweet… heheee…. soon our children will burst forth… and spread out glorious plague of love! HAAAAAaaaa~"
>>457524
You lean in too far and fall over on the slippery floor.
Soon you realize your neck is pinned between large scissors. Being held by Somber
"And what have we here?"

457530

>>457528
Okay, how many?
How are the others faring?

Cleave 3 more! Jumping on one, kicking its head off, and then diving onto two more!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

457531

>>457528
I backstab Somber with one of my knives.
[1d10]

Roll #1 10 = 10

457532

>>457528
"Health inspection. Please release me or you will receive an administrative sanction."

457534

>>457528
Shake the ichor and saliva off my hands, and then resume a ready stance.
"This isn't getting much of anywhere."
FoF to Great, then Cleave 3. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

457535

>>457528
"Release him and surrender. This will be your only warning."

457536

>>457528
Try not to throw up.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

457537

>>457528
Try not to throw up too.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457539

>>457528
Up! '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457540

>>457530
>>457534
It seems there are still several dozen left.
And after you both leap in and kick eachother in the face, sending both of you helpless, it seems fighting them off is a lost cause.
>>457532
"Somehow that doesn't seem like much of a-URK"
>>457531
You jam your blade through the back of his head, dropping him like a sack of leftovers.
Festive just laughs
"Oh dear brother, you always were one to never look behind yourself. HAAAaaa"
>>457535
"No deal big hat. Soon enough the next batch will hatch, and our beautiful children will at long last take their place among the rulers of this world!
I really must thank this one-"
He pulls up a gnawed up corpse from a nearby meat pile
"-his book from Madame Rotunda was most educational! A little hard to read, but MOST EDUCATIONAL! So it took a few tries to get the Brain Plague right. Big deal. Now, at last, my work comes to its true completion!"
>>457536
You've seen worse.
>>457537
But you sure haven't.
>>457539
And your head is killing you

457541

>>457540
Like hell it is! Tumble back to my feet, and hopefully kick the shit out of one on the way up. '1d10+3'

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

457542

>>457540
Time to get up!
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

457543

>>457540
This cursed place I swear it'll burn by the Inquisitor's hand!

Get up! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

457544

>>457540
"One of these days that'll work."
I throw the torch at the maggot.

Roll #1 3 = 3

457545

>>457540
I start looking for any fuel source we can use to burn this place down.
[1d10]

Roll #1 2 = 2

457548

>>457540
>>457540
Recover from that.
"This place is an affront to nature. Because of you, you've robbed many people of their lives!"
Magic bolt to that misshapen cretin of a maggot.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

457549

>>457540
I sigh.
"I'm sorry, but I can't let you do that."
Use Lifestream on Somber '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

457552

>>457541
>>457542
>>457543
Like some flashy team from a cheesy cartoon, you leap up at the break of your darkest hour, Red breaking the head of an approaching infected as he does so, standing together, ready to fight the impossible.
>>457544
It just kinda slaps against it's massive fleshy body and plops down.
>>457545
This whole place is soaked with various indescribable liquids. Nothing here will burn.
>>457549
You drain the remaining life from Somber, leaving him on the floor as Festive keeps laughing
>>457548
However his laughter stops short as your bolt rips a chunk from his maggot.
"MY QUEEN! NO!"
He then turns to look at you
"YOU HURT MY QUEEN!"

457553

>>457552
That's it! Draw my sword and fly in!
"Right behind you, doc!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

457554

>>457552
Fire my gun at the Queen thing '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

457555

>>457553
"Let's practice some medicine!"

457556

>>457552
I stab the queen bug with my knives.
[2d10]

Roll #1 8, 3 = 11

457557

>>457552
Blast the queen then!

Roll #1 3 = 3

457558

>>457552
Stab Festive with the tanto.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

457559

>>457552
Step back, a bit frightened.
"Ah I… "
"Well you're queen is ugly for sure." I shrug.

Okay okay Telekenesis a peice of meat and shoot it to the vile maggot.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457561

>>457554
>>457553
You dislodge the queen from the wall it's stuck to, making it fall on the meat pile and start squirming.
>>457556
>>457557
>>457558
Screaming with incoherent rage, Festive grabs Somber's dropped scissors and starts swinging at you, leaving nasty damage on all three.
>>457559
The queen then hocks up a glob of acidic goo that lands on you.

Festive starts hastily caressing the queen, trying to keep it alive as it bleeds out on the meat.

457562

>>457561
Lifestream on Festive '1d10+2'
Forgot Talent last time

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

457564

>>457561
"Ah!! Whats this?!"
Heal on myself!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

457565

>>457561
Oh no he doesn't.
Marksman Shot the queen.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

457566

>>457561
Remember my multiclass skill.
I attack again.
[2d10]

Roll #1 7, 4 = 11

457567

>>457561
Well, stab the queen for good measure then.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457568

>>457561
Mecha limb activate. Heal my fellow pone Hitokai. '1d10+1'
I start stabbing the queen in the meantime. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3 / Roll #2 2 = 2

457571

>>457566
Did I mention I hate doing combat?
This is one of the reasons why.

You gouge out another big chunk of queen, making it fall silent.
>>457562
And you drain the life from Festive, leaving him a withered husk.
…that pulsates violently
It then bursts apart in a shower of gore, extending gruesome limbs of writhing meat from inside the rotting husk, its face twisting into a mocking grin, maggots crawling down its exposed guts, and mature flies bursting out from the cysts that are revealed from beneath his torn clothing.
…this must be their… child.
>>457568
>>457567
>>457565
>>457564
The sheer force of this event throws you back against the wall as the beast stumbles around, trying to understand the situation.

457572

>>457571
"That is even more disgusting."

457573

>>457571
This is pretty sickening.
Wipe my brow and take to the air, then dive in for an attack.

Roll #1 2 = 2

457575

>>457571
Shake my head and try to stand up.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

457576

>>457571
Me too.
I try to get around behind it and backstab it.
[1d10]

Roll #1 9 = 9

457577

>>457571
Do we hear that?

457578

>>457571
"Burn it!"

Or shoot it, since I don't have trick shot yet.

Roll #1 4 = 4

457579

>>457571
I look at the horror.
That was unexpected.
Fire my gun '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457580

>>457575
If in case I was already up, use that roll for healing Iron dust.

457581

>>457577
You probably do. It was pretty loud. Even if you are a floor above them and outdoors, fighting zombies.
>>457580
>>457575
Iron Dust looks a lot more sturdy now
>>457578
Your shot pings off its hard bone
>>457579
But yours buries itself in its rotting guts, splitting them and making maggot goo flow out
>>457576
You latch onto it, stabbing wildly, drawing some horrid, stinking blood.

The Ringmaster looks around in terror and runs off to find some way out of here.

457582

>>457581
I keep stabbing.
[2d10]

Roll #1 7, 8 = 15

457583

>>457581
Welp.
Looks like I have to keep fighting off the zombies!
Pow pow.
Leap of Faith onto another one, just for fun.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457585

>>457581
Shield bash.
I'm not touching that with my tanto.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

457586

>>457581
Feeling good. Gut this thing.

Roll #1 4 = 4

457588

>>457581
I guess I'll keep shooting it. I don't really feel like stabbing it.

Roll #1 6 = 6

457589

>>457581
"Be careful next time."
Now that Iron dust is fine.

Use Spell resonance(atuomatic spell) and fire another magic bolt at that ugly new beast…

457592

>>457581
"I should keep part of this thing. It might aid in medical research."
Fire another shot.'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

457593

>>457592
"I don't think I can allow that."

457594

>>457593
"Just a small piece? I'm willing to coorperate with the Inquisition on this…"

457595

>>457582
You keep hanging on, stabbing it, prompting it to stumble around and lash out wildly.
>>457585
Your shield cracks one of its many sharp limbs
>>457586
But another stabs you in the gut.
>>457592
>>457588
>>457589
And your shots make it stumble and fall on the floor on its belly, forcing it to skitter around like a big bug
>>457583
I just told you you could go if you wanted to.
But you still drop kick a zombie back down the hill, watching it bowl several others over

457596

>>457595
If I don't fight the zombies, who will?

457598

>>457595
That's fine! Mecha limb activate! Heal myself! '1d10+1'
Meanwhile, I keep stabbing this thing. Tough pone here. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4 / Roll #2 8 = 8

457599

>>457595
Keep on riding and stabbing.
[2d10]

Roll #1 10, 5 = 15

457600

>>457595
Okay, step back.
Healing Bonds starting on Iron Dust.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

457601

>>457594
"If you want to study these things on a more permanent basis, I can direct you to the nearest retinue."

>>457595
Let's see if I can pin it to the floor with my blade.

457602

>>457601

Roll #1 6 = 6

457603

>>457595
I use Lifestream on it.
'1d10+2'

>>457601
"I'll keep that in mind.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

457604

>>457603
Transfer health to Iron Dust.

457605

>>457596
As you wish.
>>457598
Your limb kicks you.
You then stab the skittering bug thing
>>457602
>>457601
And you stab through its abdomen, stopping it temporarily
>>457603
>>457604
You atrophy one of its limbs entirely, making a chunk of it fall off.
>>457599
And you stab down, cracking it's back.
>>457600
It then leaps up violently, its belly bursting open, releasing '3d4' giant flies as the beast itself flails around

Roll #1 3, 3, 2 = 8

457606

>>457605
Aaaah!
Hide behind my shield!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457607

>>457605
Fire more bullets at the giant flies '1d10'
Shame to kill it.
I might learn so much about the atrophy process from it.

Roll #1 2 = 2

457608

>>457605
I start slicing giant flies.
[2d10]

Roll #1 10, 5 = 15

457609

>>457605
I got payback at least!
"Thanks doc."
Take to the air and slash at the flies '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457610

>>457595
>>457605
Now that I have taken a breather, fire another magic bolt at some of the flying pest.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

457611

>>457605
Well, let's try to Blast them all again. Maybe this time it will work.

Roll #1 1 = 1

457612

>>457606
The flies swarm all around you, making your shield fairly useless.
They also bite a lot.
>>457608
You slash one in half, but another gets in your ear.
>>457611
One flies inside your pants leg, and another bites you on the nose, making you slip on the gore and fall on the floor.
>>457610
They swarm you, gnawing and biting
>>457609
Slippery fucks just won't stay still!
>>457607
One bits you on your trigger finger and another slams into your eye, making you fall over

7 flies remain
Danner is helpless
Coltstein is helpless

457613

>>457612
"Doc!"
Heal him!

Roll #1 5 = 5

457614

>>457612
Get up! And get that one out of my clothes!

Roll #1 2 = 2

457615

>>457612
Flail around!
Get them away from me!
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457616

>>457612
Get them away get them away!
All the while I heal Coltstein!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

457617

>>457613
"Don't worry, I'll get up."
Get up '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457618

>>457614
It's climbing up your leg…
>>457613
Another fly bites you on the flank
>>457615
You slap one more out of the air
>>457616
>>457617
And you help Coltstein up and back to health again

6 flies remain
Danner is helpless

457619

>>457612
I kill the one in my ear.
[2d10]

Roll #1 3, 1 = 4

457620

>>457618
Inure Danner

457621

>>457620
No, wait, sorry.
Bolster.

457622

>>457618
Get it out of there!

Roll #1 6 = 6

457623

>>457618
Ah!
Slash at the fly that just bit me!

Roll #1 2 = 2

457624

>>457618
Uggh… Fire another Magic bolt at one of the flying flies of doom.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

457625

>>457618
Ah
"Thank you very much young one."
Will I ever be able to test my new invention?

I shoot again '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

457626

>>457619
You punch yourself in the ear, only mashing it deeper in there. It then bites your ear drum, making you fall helpless from the pain.
>>457620
>>457621
>>457622
Danner grabs the fly out of his pants and crushes it, then gets up.
>>457624
And Frost blasts not one but two out of the air
>>457623
while Iron Dust slips on whatever liquids someone got on the floor and knocks herself out on the floor.
>>457625
And Coltstein shoots one more fly away.

Two flies remain
Tityroi is helpless and has a fly in his ear
Iron Dust is helpless

457627

>>457626
Help Dust up.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457628

>>457626
Help the capra!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

457629

>>457626
Ugh… Get up.

Roll #1 3 = 3

457630

>>457626
Heal Dust!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

457631

>>457626
"AHHHH GETITOUT!"
I try to get up.

457632

>>457631
[1d10]

Roll #1 9 = 9

457633

>>457626
Finally. I wonder if every Inquisitor has days like this.
Marksman Shot one of the remaining flies.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

457634

>>457628
>>457632
Tityroi gets up and the fly in his ear is promptly killed.
>>457633
Denner then shoots the last fly down.
>>457629
>>457627
>>457630
And Dust gets up.

The bug beast finishes eating the meat it was focused on, shrieks and gets up.
Though it's a sad sight now. One limb cracked, another missing entirely, guts blown out and hanging in torn shreds, a chunk of its side rotten away and a its back slashed to a gory mess.
It heaves a few times and deploys a stinger from its mouth, then leaps in for a charge.

Roll to dodge. Lowest failure gets hit.

457636

>>457634
Dodge roll!

Roll #1 2 = 2

457637

>>457634
[1d10]
Will my racial keep me safe?

Roll #1 3 = 3

457638

>>457634
Haha. I'm a dodger '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

457639

>>457634
Oh dear, dodge it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

457640

>>457634
Gah!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457644

>>457634
Dodge!

Roll #1 7 = 7

457645

>>457636
The beast crashes on Danner, sinking its stinger into him and starting to drink deep.
The party needs to deal 10 hits worth of damage to it to break it off!

457646

>>457645
Attack it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457647

>>457645
Oh shit.
Alright, charge at it and gut this thing. '1d10'
For once, even my mecha limb can help out fighting '1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 5 + 1 = 6

457648

>>457645
Here we go. Lifestream '1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

457649

>>457645
Oooog.
Stab him back!

Roll #1 7 = 7

457650

>>457645
"Danner!"
Spell Resonance and cast Magic bolt against the monster!

457651

>>457647
>>457649
>>457650
You manage to wound the beast, but it keep sucking life from Danner…
>>457648
>>457647
>>457646
As well as lashing out at you, very nearly sending Dust and Hitokai helpless

just a few more hits guys

457652

>>457651
Just keep at it and stay strong.

Roll #1 8 = 8

457653

>>457651
More shootan '1d10'
Why does a doctor keep all these bullets anyway?
I should make some healing bullets

Roll #1 9 = 9

457654

>>457651
Keep smacking.

Roll #1 8 = 8

457655

>>457651
I attack it.
[2d10]

Roll #1 5, 10 = 15

457656

>>457645
>>457654
Can I reach him? Heal him!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

457657

>>457651
DEATH FROM ABOVE!
HEADBUTT!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

457658

>>457651
Finish him! Revolving Blade!

'1d10+2' (Autocrits)

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

457659

>>457651
Stand back.
Healing Bonds on those who are most hurt.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

457661

>>457658
>>457657
>>457654
>>457653
>>457652
Your combined assault manages to break the stinger and parts of the beast's head, forcing it to stumble back as it unfolds the rest of its limbs and prepares to make a last stand.
>>457659
>>457656
It seems the good inquisitor could use a little more aid than that.

457662

>>457661
Slam it!

'1d10+2' (Crits 7+)

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

457663

>>457661
Alright one more time.
Heal Danner
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

457664

>>457661
Lifestream the bug '1d10+2'
If success transfer to the Inquisitor

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

457665

>>457661
I try to get behind it and stab it in the back again.
[1d10]

Roll #1 7 = 7

457666

>>457661
FINISH IT

Roll #1 9 = 9

457667

>>457661
And things were happening. Zombies were dropping. The brothel pony and the strongman were to our backs. And the rest are inside doing who knows what.

457668

>>457661
>>457661
I'll just try to stab that thing while my magic recharges.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

457669

>>457661
I'll just focus on getting my butt back up.

Roll #1 10 = 10

457670

>>457661
Not on my watch!
Go dual!
One hit per limb!
'2d10+1'

Roll #1 1, 8 + 1 = 10

457672

>>457661
Dynamic entry, Tumbling strike. '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

457675

>>457663
Danner is healed
>>457662
>>457670
And though the beast slashes a few of you aside
>>457669
>>457668
>>457666
>>457665
The rest of you manage to bring it down
>>457664
With Coltstein administering the killing blow by draining the remaining beast into nothing but a shriveled husk.

…that pulsates for a moment
Then, in a spray of confetti, Festive and Somber pop out!
"TADAA!"
"Thank you! Thank you!"

457676

>>457675
Step back.
"W.. what?!"

457677

>>457675
"What?"

457678

>>457675
Stand up.
'1d10'
"Tackle them!"

Roll #1 6 = 6

457679

>>457675
"I am confused."

457680

>>457675
"what"

457681

>>457675
I don't suppose >>457672 can be applied to one of them?

457682

>>457675
"…..what."

457683

>>457672
Sure.
Which one?

457684

457686

>>457683
…The annoying one. Festive.

457687

>>457675
"Didn't we just kill you two?"

457688

>>457686
Your kick goes right through him, striking the mangles corpse behind him, sending it slamming into a wall, breaking its illusion and revealing it to be The Magician.
"Festive" and "Sombre" vanish as he coughs and tries to catch his breath.

457689

>>457675
I look around and approach them. I then stamp a hoof in front of them.
"Whats the meaning of this! Explain it now!"

457690

>>457688
I take a few angry steps towards the magician.
"Explain yourself!"

457691

>>457688
No time for that. Grab him. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

457692

>>457688
>>457689
Direct that question to the Magician.

457694

>>457688
Sharpen.

Roll #1 10 = 10

457695

>>457688
HADBUTT THAT BITCH MAGE!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

457696

>>457688
"What is going on here?"

457701

>>457695
Do you want to hold off on that until he answers, or just crush his head now and agree that exposition is for faggots?

457702

>>457701
Wait until he answers.
I have some pent up rage.
For now, just keep a hold of his neck with my hand. Not enough to snap it, not enough to suffucate him, enough to make him talk quick.

457706

>>457701
I think now's a good time to use mend on my head again '1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

457711

>>457706
You'll live. It's just a bad headache.
>>457694
Sharp as ever and ready to cut shit up.
>>457689
>>457690
>>457696
"…I take it we are slightly beyond the point where you'd believe this was part of the show?"

457713

>>457711
"Slightly."

457714

>>457711
"That would be a correct assumption."

457715

>>457711
"People died."

457716

>>457711
"Aha! It is crazy western entertainment."

457719

>>457711
"Mind controlling parasites are hardly showworthy. Explain yourself."

457722

>>457711
Growl a bit.

457724

>>457722
"Easy, boy."

457725

>>457711
"More then a bit, yes."

457726

>>457713
>>457714
>>457715
>>457719
"Well, it all began when I was buy a young lad looking for a place in the world. The son of a fisherman. An avid fan of insects…"
You can hear the infected romping about upstairs

457728

>>457726
I start to circle around him.
"Speed it up."

457729

>>457726
Squeeze his neck a bit tighter.

457730

>>457726
"Skip to the relevant part and how we cure the infected."

457731

>>457726
"What exactly were you doing."

457733

>>457726
"People died"

457735

>>457726
>>457730
"Yes, let's hear the cure now."

457738

>>457726
>>457735
I nod at this.
"Is there a cure?! Tell us!"

457743

>>457735
>>457730
"Cure? HA! HAAAHAHAHAH!
What makes you think you can CURE them?"
>>457731
"Why, completing my studies of course! For I was once a student to the great Rotunda, a magnificent witch, from who I learned many a trick. And though I only found employment with a minuscule fragment of my repertoire, I long harbored a dream of at last perfecting the spell that longest eluded me - the magnificent mind plague!"

457745

>>457743
"What do you know about Sonambula?"

457747

>>457743
"This isn't funny."

457749

>>457743
"We cured the Strongman."

457751

>>457743
"No, I think you can cure them. Now spit it out or I'll make you spit it out."

457752

>>457743
"I don't see anything magnificent about it, human."

457755

>>457745
"Oh what of her? She's an old waste of talent too scared to even drain life any more, lest someone hang her for it. Her fear of death disgusts me."
>>457752
"Of course you don't, beast! You are beneath even the maggots that spread my gift to the world! What would you know of the glory of creating things?"
>>457749
He is visibly shocked
"You WHAT!?
BUT THE BOOK INSISTED ONLY I COULD EVER-"
>>457751
"-I… have no idea what you mean. At all. No way."

457758

>>457743
"Mind plague?" My eyes widen

457761

>>457755
"She created far more than you ever will, you witch."

457762

>>457755
"Talk, now. If you cooperate, I might sentence you to death by hanging instead of just burning you at the stake or drawn and quartered."

457763

>>457755
"I'm a smith, I know plenty about creating things that can kill. But none as vile and wicked as your creation."

457764

>>457751
>>457749
"Really? There is a cure?"

457766

>>457755
"She has stopped life draining?"

457767

>>457755
I'll glower at the magician.
"Only you could what, wizard. Talk or I start taking you apart bit by bit until you are nothing but broken bones and bloody pieces."

457770

>>457755
Squeeze tighter.
"You have three seconds to undo it.
Then, I break one leg."

457775

>>457755
"That book should be burned."

457779

>>457755
"I think you don't have much left to talk about, so why don't you talk about what matters to us, hmm?"
Compassion '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

457782

>>457766
"Oh please. She would not be caught dead looking as old as she is if she was like she used to be. Ambitious. Greedy. Beautiful."
>>457770
"What is a leg to one whose mind already is spreading through every bite my children bestow upon those trapped here? This body is useless and frail. It is meat without value, beyond a chance to mock you!"
>>457775
"Pf. Typical. Burning perfectly good knowledge just because you disagree with it. Your kind is the reason we are stuck in these dark, backwards ages!"
>>457767
"As if there was any other fate awaiting me."
>>457779
"What matters to you, is that soon my children will-"
A few blasts are heard outside, and then the Ringmaster drops in, soaked in blood and maggot goo, holding a glimmering pendant
The eyes of the magician widen
"WHERE DID YOU GET THAT!? GIVE IT BACK!"

457784

>>457782
I stay quiet and watch.

457785

>>457782
"Ah, Ringmaster. Good timing. Care to share with us what you found?"

457786

457787

>>457782
Interesting change of events.
Break the leg anyway.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

457788

>>457782
Step back and let them handle this.

457789

>>457782
I'll pause before bashing the magician's nose when the ringmaster comes in.
"What is that?"

457799

>>457787
He's a skinny fellow, so you just kinda pull the whole partly rotten thing off.
>>457785
>>457789
The Ringmaster grins
"Indeed, Magician. Why not tell us what this is?"
"IT'S MINE IS WHAT IT IS! GIVE IT BACK!"
"No, I think I'd rather not"
"GIVE IT BACK! RIGHT NOW!"
The ringmaster tosses it in the air calmly and catches it again
"STOP THAT! YOU'LL BREAK IT!"
"And if I do?"
"YOU'LL RUIN THE WARD! AND I'LL-"
"Yeeeeees?"
"GIVE! IT! BACK!"

457801

>>457799
"Just break it, then."

457802

>>457799
Good. It's kinda what I wanted to do but didn't have idea where to begin with.
Keep holding him up.

457803

>>457799
I let those two guys handle it. Whatever is going on now is clearly out of our hands and hooves.

457804

>>457799
"Interesting. Mind if I take a look?"

457806

>>457799
Can I identify what the ring is?
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

457811

>>457804
"KEEP YOUR DISGUSTING HANDS OFF MY PLAGUE WARD!"
"My pleasure, Inquisitor."
The Ringmaster hands it over.
It seems to be some sort of enchanted amulet shaped like a stylized fly. It smells strongly of herbs and chemicals.

457817

>>457811
"Plague ward, you say? So if I were to, say, break it, would you feel just as bad as those up there?"

457819

>>457817
"THAT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!"
"I'm not much of a wizard, but from all I can deduct, yes. That thing keeps his blood clean of the infection."

457822

>>457819
"Then either we destroy it, and force him to cure them all along with himself, or he cooperates and cures them."

457825

>>457819
"How fascinating. So, let's get back to a cure, before my fingers slip."

457829

>>457825
"YOU'RE BLUFFING!"

457830

>>457822
"Easy."
Look at the magician.
"What shall it be?"

457832

>>457829
"Even if he is, I'm not. Lamentable though it is, I'm perfectly prepared to fight my way out of here."

457833

>>457832
"Wait, is there a way to fight more?!
Do I just have to smash this thing?"

457838

>>457829
"Why would I do that? I told you, you're going to die anyway. Now reverse your enchantment."

457839

>>457833
I'll just look at him for a minute.
"You do realize that the infected we've been fighting were not fighting us on their own? There is no honor in fighting parasites. Look at how they weakened your strong man."

457843

>>457839
Oh god how dense can he be.
"Yeah, who cares."
Wink at the idiot while jumping in place.

457844

>>457838
"Now where's the fun in that if I can just take all of you down with me?
Go ahead.
Break it.
It can't be that bad."

457850

>>457844
"So that's a no then?"

457855

>>457850
"Try me."
He looks worried, but stands his ground

457857

>>457850
>>457855
"If you're going to break it, just break it. Or I will."

457858

>>457855
"Okay I have enough of this bullshit.
I can just punch every other undead unconscious."
'1d10+1' to feign a punch at the medallion.

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

457861

>>457855
>>457844
"Break it, if he can't cure the townsfolks then he is a monster." I scrunched

457862

>>457857
"Just confirming his answer. Like I told Somnambula, I don't deal."

>>457855
I shrug.
"Oh well."
And I crush it.

457869

>>457858
You fake a punch
>>457862
But Danner goes for the real deal.

The Magician stands still for a while, looking around.
He then starts frantically clawing at his arm, as maggots pop out of the meat piles and start nibbling him
"AH!
NO! NO!
GIVE ME THE BOOK! THE BOOK!"
He points at the book he dropped earlier

457873

>>457869
"Give us the cure."

457875

>>457873
"IT'S IN THE BOOK!"
He keeps trying to kick away the maggots but they hold on tight

457877

>>457869
"There. Now you have Incentive."

I pick up the book and leaf through it.

457878

>>457869
Eugghh dont look at it.

Anyway get to of the room

457880

>>457869
Chuckle a bit.

457881

>>457875
I give him the book.

457882

>>457878
>>457875
I'll leave the wizard to the rest of them, and follow Frost. He doesn't look like he'd be able to hold his own by himself if it came to it.

457887

>>457878
>>457882
There are infected banging at the door on the other end of the corridor…
>>457881
>>457877
He takes the book and frantically leafs through it, stomping at the maggots.
"I NEED BLOOD. AND A DEAD MAGGOT! IN A BOWL OR SOMETHING!"

457888

>>457887
I get him what he needs.

457890

>>457887
Pick a maggot off him and squish it.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

457891

>>457887
Eep, stop next to red.

>>457882
" those poor people….. " I scrunched

457893

>>457890
>>457888
You crush a maggot in a bucket.
Now who wants to bleed into it?

457895

>>457887
Well.
>>457891
"There are few evils so terrible as the ones that wear the skin of men. That's why we're necessary. You, me, the inquisitor… that oaf. So long as we seek to right the wrongs of others, we can keep things from getting too far out of hand."
I'll clench my fist for a moment.

457899

>>457893
Step over there.
"I can give blood."

457900

>>457893
"I take it your blood is too damned to work? Because I'm not offering mine."

457903

>>457900
He looks surprised but then grins
"That's… a-absolutely right! Of course my blood is no good. Ha. One of you do it."

457909

>>457899
"Don't."

457911

>>457903
"Yeah, not buying it."

457914

>>457903
>>457911
Shake the amputed leg around with a smile.
"We can take the blood from here!"

457916

>>457903
"I can donate blood."

457917

>>457895
"Who else are capable of such evil but men." I frown a bit then look at him.
"Did you really find a cure to heal the others? On of us tell that he is able to cure the strongman if that is true."

457918

>>457909
"Why?"

457919

>>457918
Point at the leg.
"Uh… Hello? Because we have a whole leg we can pull this thing from?"

457920

>>457914
"Well, it's worth a try. Do it."

457921

>>457917
I'll nod slightly.
"It look like it worked, but then again it ended up burning away the infected flesh nearly to the bone. Not something your average villager could endure."
I'll be silent a moment.
"And such evil is not exclusively in the hearts of man. Thinking such blinds you to any source of it coming from elsewhere. Leaves you vulnerable."

457922

>>457919
>>457914
"JUST HURRY UP!"
He keeps trying to hop away from the maggots

457923

>>457920
SQUEEZE THIS LEG DRY!

457928

>>457923
He looks deeply disgusted but holds his lunch
"Alright… now all I need to do is… enchant the mixture."
He starts mumbling a few magic words, making the bucket bubble.
"…there. Apply it to the infected to cure them. Even a drop is enough."
He looks thoroughly defeated.

457932

>>457928
….can I raise that as a minion and have it walk around touching all the infected?

457935

>>457928
"Good.
We are keeping you last."

NOW WE NEED A WATER GUN!
WHO HAS A WATER GUN?
Or just one of those things for holy water priests use.

457936

>>457932
The bucket?
…sure.

457939

>>457936
raise dead on bucket of blood cure stuff '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

457940

>>457921
I raise my head a bit high with my eyes closed.
" hmmpph.. I still have to see or read a book where the source of evil does not come from men, but that is possible. But highly, nay very unlikely."

457943

>>457939
…ah sod it.
Take 6 on that if you want.

457946

>>457943
I willtake six then Thanks!

457948

>>457940
"Demons are not men. Nor are monsters. Witches are only technically human."
I'll shrug.
"Just remember that though evil may come in many forms, so too does good."

457950

>>457946
The mixture flows out of the bucket as a little liquid sprite, bows, and splashes all present with droplets of itself.
What do you will of me?

457952

>>457950
I take a step back.
"Well now…"

457953

>>457950
"I want to you to touch every sick person you see. You are a cure." I say simply.

457955

>>457948
Stare at him for a moment with annoyance before lowering my hat.
"Understood."

>>457950
Turn around to see what's happening but stay at a safe distance.

457957

>>457950
Whristle.

457959

>>457950
"That's creepy."

457960

>>457950
"…Right."

>>457953
"Not him."

457961

>>457953
I obey
The elemental then oozes out of the room, down the hall and seeps through the door.
Shortly thereafter, the banging on the door stops, as the infected begin to regain their minds.
The chaos at this carnival is at last coming to an end.

457964

>>457961
"Finally. Do we kill Wormo now or give him ti the crazy I?"

457965

>>457961
I smile
"We've done it."

457968

>>457965
"So it would seem."

457970

>>457961
I smile "It worked. G-great job everyone!"

457971

>>457961
Oh! Oh!
Can I use that stored crit on headbutt now?

457972

457973

>>457961
"A job well done for a day."

457975

>>457972
HEADBUTT THE GUY!.
"I hope the leg grows back…"

457976

>>457975
You crack his skull and knock him unconscious.
He'll probably die in a hew hours if left in here to rot.

You can all return topside now, if you wish to have some congratulatory faffing.

457977

>>457976
Nah I'm not that cruel. Chaotic Good!
"We need a medic for this guy."

457978

>>457977
Healing Bonds.
"This is wrong."

457979

>>457977
"Right….he does have to answer for his crimes. If he's gonna die, we'll take care of it."

457980

>>457968
"That is a relief."

>>457977
I scrunched.
" are we going to save him? Why?"

457981

>>457978
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

457982

>>457980
"Because he can't stand trial if he's dead."

457983

>>457981
He'll live.
Barely.

457984

>>457982
" hmmpph…"

Spell resonance heal

457985

>>457978
"He ticked me off wrong. I might have gone just a bit overboard, I admit.
But he hurt a friend of mine."
>>457980
"Because it wouldn't be justice otherwise."
>>457983
Go upstairs.
Find the strongman.

457986

>>457980
"Humans should judge, they are the wisest of us all."

457987

>>457979
"Now Inquisitor, I've proven myself useful and willing to aid your order. Would you see to it that some leniency be allowed to my business and its interests?"

457989

>>457986
Rub this very smart one on her head

457990

>>457986
I'll just roll my eyes.
"The truly wise don't call themselves such. So whoever fed you that line was full of it."
I'll head up and outside.

457991

>>457986
Stare at her.
" nun uh, they ate not. Just look at those villagers. "

457993

Do any of you still want to chat with NPCs topside?

457994

>>457990
Also follow him upstairs.

457995

>>457993
Not really. I suppose I'll go and check what happened in the animal section and see how bad that got hit.

457996

>>457993
I wanted to try and save Strongman, but it's not really important.

457998

>>457993
Next session.

>>457987
"If your permits are in order and everything is straight. I don't see any reason why we should come after you."

457999

>>457995
A few of the animals seem to have died in the madness, but most are alive.
>>457996
He's somewhere near the entrance to the haunted house
>>457998
Should I just call a pause then?

458000

>>457998
"Openly advertising, as you've been particular witness to, is something new to my line of work. Not everypo- everyone is willing to take a mare into an alley. What I was merely doing was giving word more to those who would want to flavor such delicacies."

458001

>>457999
I'd be very okay with a pause.

458003

>>457999
Yeah, you probably should.

>>458000
"I suggest you go by word of mouth from now on, but that's between you and local law enforcement."

458004

>>457999
Probably for the best to pause.

458005

NEXT TIME ON ORANGES
AFTERMATH
AFTERENGLISH
AND AFTERPE

458006

>>457999
I sit at the gate of the carnival and take a rest, we deserve it

pause most likely

458008

458011

>>458006
Come over and hug
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

458019

>>458011
Thats a good and warm hug
Bury my head on her arms and rest

458146

Somnambula's cart still sits atop the nearby hill.
The Strongman has been dragged back to the Freak Show for treatment.
The patrons are dispersing, confused and battered.
The chaste capra is looking for Tityroi.

458150

>>458146
Any wounded for me to look over?

458151

>>458146
I'm going back up to Somnambula. Do those two monks still have the warlock in custody?

458152

>>458150
You can go check on the strongman, or some of the patrons who ended up surviving the battles

458153

>>458151
He won't be going anywhere. The Ringmaster has guards watching him.

458154

>>458146
Shake my head awake, seeing Maya next to me. I take off my cloak and put it over her(no matter how small it is) and walk over to the party to see if anyone needs healing.

458155

>>458146
>>458150
>>458152
Let's go check up on the Strongman.

458157

>>458155
I will go with you.
"That was quite a fight."

458158

>>458153
Well that's good. I'll need to send word to my boss about him.

458160

>>458158
Somnambula is sitting by her cart, watching the carnival from afar
"Hello again, Inquisitor."
>>458155
>>458157
He looks kinda bruised up and his legs are bent in all the wrong ways
"Hell of a day…"

458161

>>458157
"It wasn't what I expected to face when I woke up this morning, yes. It's a whole other type of job than forging a sword, at least."

>>458160
Oh boy.
"Doc? What do you think?"

458162

>>458160
I'll accompany the inquisitor.
"You could have told us the magician was the one behind the plague magic, with a witch's book to guide him."

458163

>>458160
"It looks like you were good on your word, Somnambula. Honesty is a rare thing in my line of work."

458164

>>458160
>
>>458154
Perhaps look for the good doctor, perhaps he is healing the people and ponies that are in the carnival

458165

>>458160
I'll just follow the others.

458166

>>458163
"Sometimes… one just wants to do a little good for a change."
>>458162
"I didn't know it was him. Hell I thought it was the Ringmaster.
What's this about a witch's book?"
>>458154
>>458164
>>458165
The doc went to the Freak Show.

458168

>>458166
"Apparently Rotunda has a bit of a following."

458169

>>458160
I look over the legs.
Could I slap on a bandage here, or does this need operating? '1d10'
And is there sterile medical equipment out here?
"Let's hope the worst is over."

>>458161
"I hope they've got some form of sterile equipment out here…"

Roll #1 4 = 4

458170

>>458146
And here I am.

458171

>>458166
"Even rarer. And I might actually think you mean it this time."

>>458168
"Who has that book right now?"

458172

>>458166
Head there.

>>458169
>>458161
"Hello Iron Dust, Doctor." I nod and see what they are doing.

458173

>>458169
"I would not bet on it."

>>458172
Nod at him.

458175

>>458171
"It's still there, to my knowledge. Unless it's been burned. I would suggest not to do so, however, as the plagues in it can probably only be cured by the tinctures that share its pages."

458176

>>458169
"What equipment do you require Doctor Coltsein?"

458178

>>458175
"Right. I'm confiscating it in the name of the Order. Hopefully if anything like this turns up again, we'll be able to react faster."

458179

>>458170
She shyly waves at you from the sidelines
>>458169
It seems to be broken in several points.
Snapped in half broken.
>>458171
"Perhaps I could offer one last act of good will then. Give me the book, and I can help you find the witch who first made it."
>>458168
"Rotunda… yes… I could see how she fits this picture.
A powerful witch that one. Mother of many a foul brew. And if rumors are true, mother of many a foul children as well."

458180

>>458179
Will normal healing magic help it heal properly or is it beyond saving?

Roll #1 10 = 10

458182

>>458179
"…and what would you possibly want with it?"

458183

>>458179
I walk over.
"How are you feeling?"

458184

>>458173
"What is it that you two are ….."

>>458180
"Oh… Oh, you're healing him." I watched him amazed and wide eyed on the sideline,

458185

>>458179
I look it over.
"These bones need to be set in place as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
We might be able to do that here. But even if we succeed you will need a long time to recover, mister."

>>458176
"I'd prefer my Doctor's Bag, but if you find some bandages and planks to keep the leg in place as it recovers, that would be great."

>>458172
"Hello, young one."

458186

>>458185
"Hello doctor, look at what Iron dust is doing. Look." I pointed

458187

>>458182
"Reading it should yield clues to the whereabouts of Rotunda.
And who knows. She may have left some recipes for nice tea in there."
>>458180
>>458185
Let's see… pop that in there… a cut here… a screw there… brace here… bandage here… aaaand
THERE!
HA!
A few months and it should be decent again!
>>458183
"Relieved. Terrified. Amazed.
…excited…
You really are… quite something, aren't you? Coming back for me like that… fighting them off… keeping me safe…"

458188

>>458185
"Okay."
>>458179
look for some clean bandages and planks. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

458189

>>458187
"You do realize you wouldn't be allowed to read it unsupervised. You'll pardon me saying but you are still rather dangerous, despite your appearance."

458190

>>458187
>>458185
I nod.
"Looks like you are a lucky human all things considered."

Roll #1 6 = 6

458191

>>458187
"Do you have any family or friends that could take care of you in the meantime?"

>>458188
"Thanks."

>>458180
"Excellent work, Dusty. You're fast becoming a better doctor than I am."
I smile.

458193

>>458189
"Well, if you must. Then I suppose my freedom will be reward enough."
>>458188
After what just happened, "clean" might not be an option.

458194

>>458187
"Excited? I guess I won my hundred crowns."
I throw an arm around her shoulder and give her a tight squeeze.
"I'm glad you are safe. My name's Totyroi, what's yours?"

458195

>>458193
"I can't let you keep the book. It's simply too dangerous. I'm still not sure about letting you go free in the first place."

458196

>>458186
>>458191
"Courtesy of practice and your training, doc."

458197

>>458193
maybe I can find something not too dirty '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

458199

>>458195
"Perhaps the Inquisitors can keep her as a… what's the word… consultant? If she truly wishes to do good, then helping to root out the forces that plague the world might be a decent start in her twilight years."

458200

>>458191
>>458196
I look at Iron's work.
"I. if you two needs help in healing and stitching the others who are wounded, I would gladly help."

458201

>>458194
"Emirice.
…you don't actually want those hundred crowns do you?"
She puts her arms around you
"I could give you something a bit more… personal as thanks"
>>458195
"Then I suppose you can learn to read Witchspeak on your own. Or maybe in another few hundred years you'll find another witch who is willing to help you."
>>458197
At best, they're kinda old and messy.

458202

>>458200
>>458201
Speaking of that, any others who require our attentions?

Roll #1 6 = 6

458203

>>458201
well, maybe I can clean them up? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

458204

>>458200
"That's very generous of you, Frost.
We'd love the help."

>>458196
"Please, healing is clearly your talent.
I merely showed you how to sow some wounds and what every organ was called."

>>458202
I'll walk with you.

458205

>>458202
>>458204
Plenty of the patrons got rather banged up, in fights and in their blind stumbling.
>>458203
They seem a little rotten too.

458206

458207

>>458204
>>458202
I nod and follow.

>>458205
Go to some of them who are wounded and try to heal them using my magic.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

458209

>>458201
I warp my arms around her.
"Oh? Money is quiet nice to have, but what were you thinking of?"

458211

>>458199
"That might work. I'd have to clear it first."

>>458201
"I'm sure I could find somebody in our scribes, unless of course you would want the job."
I sigh.
"I'm going to retrieve the book."

458214

>>458205
Mecha limb activate!
Heal these humans!

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

458216

>>458205
I give up and go back to the doctor then.
>>458204
"No bandages around, sorry.."

mis link sorry

458217

>>458199
>>458206
I thought that was aimed at Danner, not me.
>>458207
Luckily, even the most gruesome cases seem fixable. With you on the job, there will be no further deaths around here, you magnificent beacon of medical might.
>>458211
"You do that, dear."
>>458209
She gently pulls down your ear and whispers into it
"Maybe I could put aside the whole… chaste thing.. just this one, for you?"
Her other hand grabs your butt
>>458214
Looks like Frost is kinda sealing your thunder here.

458218

>>458217
And I go get the book.

458219

>>458217
It was, mostly, but she could have commented on it too.
>>458217
>>458218
And I'll stick here with Somnambula. Do I notice anything different about her? Is she as withered as when we first met? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

458220

>>458217
Hmph. That's fine. He clearly has talent.

458221

>>458218
The Ringmaster took it to his office, where he cleaned it up from the gore and ooze.
"Hello again Inquisitor. Here for this?"
>>458219
She looks pretty much the same.

458222

>>458217
Exhaust all my magic, do your utmost to save one's life. That is what master taught me.
After that sit down and breath deep to recover from that.

458223

>>458215
"We made due. Thank you either way, most people seem rather content to sit aside when others are in need."

>>458207
"Marvelous job. You're quite talented for one so young."

458224

>>458221
"Yes I am, Ringmaster. Thank you again for your help. I'll be sure to share your part in this. You might even expect a share of the bounty."

458225

>>458221
I suppose I can just have some tea, then.
"So. Say we get something, a token of each witch or something that has been made or marked by them… would you be able to find the witch it was made or marked by?"

458226

>>458223
"Yes.. I like to help humans.."

458227

>>458217
"That is a reward many men would pay for. I do hope your trailer survived the zombies. I get called a goat far to often to risk doing anything risqué where a member off the public might see."

458228

>>458217
>>458227
And I guess I move a hand to her butt too.

458229

>>458223
"Am I? I dont know.. its just I do what I can if I am able too." I pant.

458232

>>458224
"That should help hire a new magician act.
…and some new jesters.
…and clowns…
…and animals…"
He looks a bit down
>>458225
"Possibly.
Witches often write their magic in a special language understood by few, for safety reasons. It is taught to apprentices, but not to outsiders.
Many times their writings contain information about the writer. Such is the nature of the language."
>>458227
>>458228
"I have a dressing room out back at the rest area if you want~"

458233

>>458232
"That sounds like it will work. Lead the way."

458238

>>458232
Now stand up and approach the injured people.
"So how do you feel? Anything you might need perhaps I can help." I smile.

458240

>>458232
"I'm sorry for your loss. You must have known them all personally, didn't you?"

458242

>>458233
She gives your butt a playful squeeze and heads to the area behind the stages in the Freak Show, unlocking her dressing room/shack
"And… don't tell about this to anyone, ok?"
>>458238
They all seem very thankful for your earlier aid
>>458240
"Most, yeah. Knew Festive and Somber for years. They were great guys. Never let their disabilities get them down. Always really professional…"

458243

>>458232
>>458242
Well if the worst of the crowd is patched up… I don't suppose there's somewhere to get us some carnival food?

Roll #1 5 = 5

458244

>>458242
If all the patients are taken care of, I'm going to go find some tea.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

458245

>>458232
"If that's the case, you might be stuck with our group for a while."

458246

>>458242
"I see. It's a harsh blow to have everything you know taken away so quickly. Maybe you could rename the carnival in their honor."

458247

>>458242
"Your secrets are safe with me, honey. Say, how do you to the chaste thing, anyways? Is it a potion, some sort of spell maybe?"
I walk into her shack and look around. How big is it? What sort of furnishings are there? Does she leave all her earnings out in the open?

458248

>>458243
Roll to not flash back to the maggot-meat-filled kitchen at the haunted house.
>>458244
Try the food court, or Somnambula's cart.
>>458245
"I'd rather not, really. This frail form is not for adventuring.
…unless…"
>>458246
"Maybe I could. I certainly don't need the old name haunting me."
>>458247
It's one room, with stuff everywhere, from clothing to food scraps, to a hammock and some pouches of money and a few items of jewelry
"I just… never found anyone I'd want to get it on with. I always got called a freak for it, so… I joined a freak show."
She tosses her vest aside

458250

>>458248
Ah… that mess. That doesn't bother me. I'm an iron pony.

Roll #1 9 = 9

458251

>>458242
I wipe my brow, well at least they are now healed time for me to take a rest.
Perhaps look around the carnival and see if anything caughts my attention. How about the animals…
Oh no the freak animals!
Go and look for them.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

458252

>>458248
"I'm sure you don't. I'll see what I can do to make sure you're compensated for all this."

458254

>>458248
"I'm afraid taking my life force is out of the question. Another perk of becoming a consultant for the inquisitors, perhaps, might be a steady stream of folk they don't mind going missing. Criminals or the like."

458256

>>458248
Guess I'll go there then and get some tea while I wait for the others.

458257

>>458250
Yep.
The food court might still be open.
>>458251
A lot of them seem to have died in the madness…
>>458252
"Thank you. For an inquisitor, you have a good heart.
Please. Take this."
He tosses you a key
"It opens the magician's dressing room, if you want to look in there."
>>458254
"That is what I thought.
Just because I no longer do it, doesn't mean I can't. And my younger self might actually be of some aid to you."
>>458256
The food sellers look shaken up, but alive
"Still got an appetite, sir?"

458258

>>458257
"I'm thirsty.
Do you have tea?"

458259

>>458257
What kind of food is there available?

Roll #1 3 = 3

458260

>>458257
Oh no.
Go to their pens and also have a look around. Any suriviors?
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

458261

>>458248
"Well, I suppose all the hair everywhere can be a turnoff sometimes."
I take my off and hang it on the doorknob.
"Do you want it to feel this impersonal? No romancing at all? I could try whipping up something only two capra can enjoy out of scraps and cans while you look for a saucy showgirl outfit."

458262

>>458257
"If nothing else, your knowledge would be. Finding those witches who actively plague the world is the first step in stopping them. Your assistance would make that easier, as it would give them less time to run before we were upon them. And less time to prepare."

458263

>>458257
"I haven't been one for long, so that might explain it."
I take the key and book and go check out the magician's dressing room.

458264

>>458258
"Certainly sir. Hot or cold?"
>>458259
Deep fried meats
Sandwiches full of cheese and ham
Deep fried corn wrapped meat-like foods
Deep fried cheese wrapped in ham-like meat
Cotton candy
>>458261
She laughs a bit, then goes dig in her clothes pile, butt in the air
"For you… I'll be as romantic as I can."
>>458263
It smells of the same chemicals and herbs as his plague ward did. There are some posters on the walls, and a few trunks here and there, as well as a bed and a table full of books.
>>458262
"Well… it beats prison."

458265

>>458260
Several.
Mostly the bigger things seem to have made it out fine, but all the spider monkeys died.

458266

>>458264
What sorts of books does he have?

458267

>>458264
"Hot."
Then at least I know the water isn't contaminated.

458268

>>458264
I try to stealthily move 100 crowns into the inside pockets of my vest.
[1d10+2]

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

458269

>>458264
"Many things do, though I'm not familiar with the interior of any prisons."
I'll sit a while.

458270

>>458264
Humans and their meat… ugh.
Cotton candy it is. As unhealthy as it may be.

458272

>>458264
watch patently as the doctor orders food. After that I don't have much of an appetite.

458273

>>458266
Studies on illusion, medicine and history
>>458267
"Coming right up sir"
>>458268
You can safely take 50, or risk getting seen taking more
>>458270
You get a big poofy mound of it.
"Here you go little pony"
>>458269
"…do you think the Inquisitor will agree on this plan?"

458274

>>458272
"Not going to eat something, Starburst?"

>>458273
I huff and take it.
"I'm not little."

458275

>>458273
Fairly typical I suppose. What about the trunks?

458276

>>458273
"Much obliged."

>>458272
"Would you like some tea as well, Starburst?"

458277

>>458265
Poor Spider monkeys.
Go to one of the big creatures.
"There there now, you will be fine. I'm here to help."
Heal
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

458278

>>458273
"Honestly? Not without a great deal of convincing. Even more so for his superior. But a small chance is better than no chance at all, I'd think. After all, sometimes that small chance can become the way out, as it did when we assumed that the one inflicting the plague magic knew a cure."

458279

>>458274
I shake my head "No, not hungry. "

458280

>>458273
I take the fifty. I can get more later.

Once they are safely stowed in my vests padded, inside pockets I start trying to throw together some capra food with scraps, cans, and bits of ruined clothing.
[1d10]

Roll #1 1 = 1

458282

>>458272
You can order now
>>458274
"Big pony then."
he adds a little more cotton candy up top
>>458277
The goat of the chimera gives you a flat look, while the lion chews on a leg of… something.
>>458275
Various outfits for his shows.
…and… odd robes. Surely not show robes. More like cultist wear.
The trunk they are in seems to be too small on the inside too. As if it had a very thick bottom.
>>458278
"Would you convince him for me?"
>>458280
You go into such an artistic fervor with your… cooking you knock your vest off the door, making it, and the pocket full of stolen money, land on her head
"…ow."

458283

>>458276
"If you think I should have it Doctor Coltstein, then I will accept." I nod.

458285

>>458282
"Ah, sorry."
I hang it back on the door as quick as a flash and kiss her on the head.
"My apologies, my dear. The muse sometimes takes me."

458287

>>458282
Interesting. A false bottom? I'll search for a latch or hinge.

Roll #1 3 = 3

458288

>>458282
Order a tea like the doctor has.

458289

>>458282
"Thanks."
Flutter back over to the doc and dig in.

458290

>>458283
I walk over and kneel down to eye level.
"But what would you like? Is there some favorite drink you have?"

458291

>>458282
"I don't think I can do much other than say that you are more useful working with us than rotting in a prison. I am not the most… delicate with words."

458292

>>458282
….
Oh dear me, what am I doing here hahaha? I try to remain calm.
"Here, let me attend to those wounds."
Heal
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

458293

>>458290
"Not really." I blink "Never thought of having a favorite."

458295

>>458293
"Well no time better than the present to try a few."
I point over to the chart.
"Which one on there do you think looks the best?"

458296

>>458285
"That's one heavy vest… What do you carry in there? A brick?
…it's ok to kiss me for real too you know."
>>458287
Not on the outside at least.
>>458288
"Here you go."
He pours the rest of the pot for you
>>458292
The goat gives a pleased bleat and the lion purrs a bit.
>>458291
"The least you could do is try. After all, I'm being awfully nice here, not draining you into an old man and running off."

458297

>>458289
"How's it taste?"

458298

>>458296
Well that would make sense. It should be on the inside.

Roll #1 6 = 6

458299

>>458296
"You never know when a brick can come in handy."
Let's try a real kiss now. [1d10]
"Have you found an outfit?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

458300

>>458297
"Sweet and extremely unhealthy."

458301

>>458295
I stare at the food. "The meat and cheese looks like the best deal."
>>458296
I pay for it with a smile and start to drink the tea. "Thank you."

458302

>>458298
There it is.
Under the false bottom are all sorts of nonstandard catalysts, wards, talismans, and scrolls.
>>458299
She tastes sweet and soft.
"Would you prefer frills, or?"
She pulls out a dancing girl's outfit
"-something like this"
…and something that looks like a few leather straps that may or may not cover parts of her up if worn.

458303

>>458301
"… Meat? You eat meat?"

458304

>>458296
Awww…
I rub my face on the goat.
"There you go, I hope you and your other hafl will be fine for today until…. your master comes." I sigh.

Look around, are there any animals that needs my care?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

458305

>>458303
"I eat the food I am given, its not good to picky."

458306

>>458296
"Indeed. To be honest, I had expected you to have already fled after the carnival started to turn. I suppose I should at least repay that small kindness."

458308

>>458302
Well hello. I think we've found the jackpot. All of this is coming back with me as well. Is there anything else to find in the room?

Roll #1 5 = 5

458309

>>458302
"The second one."
I start dimming the lights.

458310

>>458300
"Well, I suppose we can let ourselves have a treat after all the mishaps of today."
I sip some more tea.

>>458305
>>458301
I wince at the idea of what damage meat might do to her indigestive system.
"Have you ever tried the cotton candy?"

458311

>>458305
"It's also not good to eat unhealthy. Meat and ponies don't blend."

458312

>>458310
"Only once, it was..distracting."
>>458311
"..Sorry, I didn't know it was bad.. never made me sick."

458313

>>458304
It seems the rest are pretty much handled already by their caretakers.
>>458306
"That would be greatly appreciated."
>>458308
His diary was under his pillow.
>>458309
You shut off one of the two lanterns that light the room and pull the curtains shut as she fits herself into the straps.
…from the looks of it, it would take very little effort to pop her goods out into plain sight in that thing.
"So, where do we start?"

458315

>>458313
"I can, of course, make no promises to how effective my words will be."

458316

>>458312
"Distracting…how?"

458317

>>458313
How cute. Still, it might be useful.
Trek on back up to the others with all this junk.

458318

>>458313
"I believe that the woman typically gets on the bed, and the man gets on top of her."
I give her a grin and shut off the last lantern.

458321

>>458313
Alright that seems fine.
Perhaps lets go back to the cart where the old witch lives.

458322

>>458312
"Don't be sorry to me about it, I'm not the one who could be ruining her digestive system by eating meat."

45