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A darkness hangs over the town, an unseen evil.

528138

>>528093
"… W-What? Why do you ask?"

528143

>>528138
"Because I think I saw one."

528148

>>528143
I look around.
"Is this some kind of joke again!?"

528150

>>528148
Raise an eyebrow.
"What's wrong, Amber? This is not a joke, I swear."

528151

>>528150
I scrunch.
"Are you sure about this!?"

528152

>>528151
"I am pretty sure, yes."

528155

>>528152
"Well… it sounds kind of like what I've heard about phariahs…"

528157

>>528155
"Can you tell me something about them?"

528159

>>528155
pariah

528162

>>528157
Look a little uneasy.
"They're ponies from tales mom used to tell me… It was said they roamed the mountains in seclusion and… that if little fillies leave their homes on their own, they would be taken away by them never to be seen again."

528166

>>528162
Snort.
"How fitting. I sure felt uneasy around him.
Amber, I met a dark crystal pony in the Everfree forest."

528167

>>528166
I gulp and look around uneasily.
"Uh… Uh…"

528184

>>528167
"Amber?"

528187

>>528184
I snap back to attention.
"Yeah!"

528189

>>528187
"Is everything allright?"

528191

>>528189
"Uh uh! S-Sure! Why wouldn't it be! I'm fine! Perfect! Great! Feeling good!"

528193

>>528191
I step closer and put a hoof on your shoulder.
"You looked a little… worried there."

528198

>>528193
"Worried!?"
I laugh.
"No, no, no, no, not at all!"

528202

>>528198
"Amber!"

528203

>>528202
"Mabel!"

528204

>>528203
"Snap out of it!"

528205

>>528204
"Out of what!? I'm not snapping!"

528208

>>528205
I sigh.
"It just seems to me that the idea of a crystal pony who is dark and emotionless, scares you."

528210

>>528208
"N-Not at all! That would just be foalish of me!"

528213

>>528210
"Amber, please.
Be straight with me."

528217

>>528213
"I'm not gay!"

528219

>>528217
"I… what? No, not like that!"

528222

>>528219
I scrunch.

528226

>>528222
"Come on, Amber. You're hiding something from me, aren't you?"

528230

>>528226
"N-No!"

528233

>>528230
"Are you sure?"

528237

>>528233
"I told you about the pariah, what more do you expect!"

528238

>>528237
"To tell me why did you start acting so strange all of a sudden!"

528242

>>528238
"You're the one behaving strangely! What is your deal!?"

528245

>>528242
"My deal is that an emotionless, light absorbing crystal pony may or may not have tried to poision me in the Everfree forest and I want to know what's up with that!"

528249

>>528245
"Well I told you what you needed to know! Pariahs are beings from stories! They're always said to be evil!"

528254

>>528249
"Seemed like that… so, as a crystal paladin, how would you professionally deal with this situation?"

528259

>>528254
"Uh… well they're not supposed to be real! M-Maybe it's just some kind of magic effect? Like my coat being extra shiny from the stardust?"

528263

>>528259
"Warren said the same thing I did, since apparently he has met him before as well. I'm pretty sure it's not just some illusion."

528267

>>528263
"Hey I'm not an illusion! I'm real!"

528269

>>528267
"You know what I mean… and even if it was just a magic effect, shouldn't you investigate somepony impersonating a pariah?"

528270

>>528269
"Uh… Uh… I-I'll ask Silver!"

528273

>>528270
Nod.
"Right… but remember, if you need help, your friends are there for you."

528276

>>528273
"Okay!"

528277

>>528276
"…so how about that hug?"

528279

>>528277
"If you want one, come get one!"
Give her a challenging look.

528282

>>528279
She underestimates the agility of this jenny…
Pounce-hug!

Roll #1 9 = 9

528283

>>528282
Pfff, crystal hug activate

Roll #1 1 = 1

528289

>>528283
I guess I slip and lose my footing, falling over and pulling you with me to the ground.
"Ow!"

528292

>>528289
Well, I won't get off of top of you right away.
"You're a very clumsy pony. Did you never learn how to give back a jump-hug in the Paladin School of Love?"
Start snickering

528293

>>528292
"Maybe you should get off!"

528294

>>528293
Shake my head.
"Sorry, mares are not my thing."

528295

>>528294
"What?"

528297

>>528295
Snicker.
"You'll get it one day."
Stand up, and offer a hoof.

528298

>>528297
Pull myself up with her hoof.
"Just explain it!"

528299

>>528298
"Getting off has a different meaning."

528300

>>528299
"What meaning?"

528301

>>528300
"It's dirty!"

528302

>>528301
"T-Tell me anyway!"

528303

>>528302
"I thought you didn't like dirty talk!"

528304

>>528303
"You made me curious!"

528306

>>528304
"If you really want to hear it… are you sure?"

528307

>>528306
"Yes!"

528308

>>528307
"Well, to get off is the same as… reaching your peak point during making love."

528309

>>528308
"Uh…"

528310

>>528309
"… you do know what that means, right?"

528311

>>528310
I blush.
"Of course I do! It's just… why is it called like that as well!?"

528312

>>528311
Shrug.
"Because of the feeling of relief, if I had to guess."

528313

>>528312
"R-Relief? Really?"

528315

>>528313
"Why else?"

528319

>>528315
"I don't know!"

528320

>>528319
"That makes the most sense."

528322

>>528320
"I-I never experienced it!"

528323

>>528322
Smile.
"I assumed you were never with a stallion before, Amber. That's nothing to be ashamed about."

528325

>>528323
Stare at her for a second.
"Uh… anyway! I think I should get back to Silver!"

528328

>>528325
Snicker.
"Want to try something out?"

528330

>>528328
"What? N-No! We just have a job to do remember!?"
Spaghetti roll

Roll #1 7 = 7

528333

>>528330
Boop your nose with a hoof.
"I was kidding, Amber!"
Chuckle.
"I'm sorry, but your reactions are the best."

528338

>>528333
I scrunch and run off.

528339

>>528338
Smile.
"See you later, Amber!"

528781

Where is that showjenny?

528782

>>528781
Outside of the tavern at the moment.

528783

>>528782
"Why hello there sugar, are you alright?"

528784

>>528783
Look at her as she approaches, my small smile disappearing.
"I'm quite allright, yes."

528785

>>528784
"Now I don't mean to be rude, but it seemed as if you were upset about something."

528786

>>528785
"You are right on that. Did you even hear yourself?"

528787

>>528786
"Excuse me?"

528788

>>528787
"I asked if you were hearing what you were saying."

528789

>>528788
"Why of course I did. Did I offend you in some way? My apologies if I did, as it was certainly not my intention to do so."

528790

>>528789
"You didn't offend me. I was just disappointed in you. When I met you, I thought you were a better pony."

528791

>>528790
"I am afraid I do not follow, darling. Are you referring to my bounty hunting experience? I assure you that the people I hunted were indeed criminals. The marshal employed us to keep Dixie safe."

528792

>>528791
"You were talking about murdering ponies like they were some… mindless bags of coin, walking around, waiting for you to be collected!"

528793

>>528792
Now now, please do not jump to such conclusions. I do not take pleasure in killing somepony, but when they are a threat to my own life I cannot simply leave them unchecked, can I?"

528794

>>528793
"You can incapacitate them. Run away. Hide. There are so very many options beside murder."

528795

>>528794
"I do not run away or hide, darling. If I do that, they are free to continue their rampant criminal way of life. As for incapacitation… I believe it to be far more merciful to shoot them than to have them hanged in public when I turn them in. Would you not agree with that line of reasoning?"

528796

>>528795
"I do not agree with murder, no matter who does it. A pony who takes another life is a pony who takes another life. Nothing changes that."

528797

>>527890
You don't really get a clear picture where it is coming from.
Your paladin training taught you that some dark presence is at work in Ponyville.
Chaotic or possible even demonic.

>>527878
>>527882
Bon-Bon and Lyra look at each other.
"We don't want to like….hurt him, we just want him to leave us alone and maybe find somepony else who can bring us the ingredients we need.
Most importantly the honey, I use a special rare kind of honey to sweeten the candy and he's the only pony I know who sells it…."
She cocks her head.
"…and the closest place where it could be harvested is in the Everfree Forest…"

>>527894
"Stay strong, brother."

>>527892
You'll need a stronk drink after that.

528798

>>528797
Arena!

528799

>>528797
Bad!
"We need to get to the bottom of this… Uh… Silver?"

528800

>>528797
Pausing on the dinner until Campfire gets back.

So!
To the arena now. Schedule up a fight, schmooze with that dirtbag.

528801

>>528796
"My apologies, I was raised to think differently. If my… attitude troubles you, I have no issues adjusting it. As I said, what I did was out of mere necessity."

528802

>>528798
>>528800
You both trot back to the Arena.
I suppose we shall have Soil have the first fight while Melody shmoozes or do you want to fight together?

>>528799
He gets up.
"We should, but where should we start?"

528803

>>528802
"Well… Mabel told me something. She saw a crystal pony whose coat absorbed light."

528804

>>528800
"Yo! Yo Mel!
I saw you fight last night, you okay?"
>>528802
I have to fight a bard?

528805

>>528804
No, you would be fighting together against something.

528806

>>528801
"If you could, I would be grateful. I know not many people share my views, but I value every form of life."

528807

>>528806
"Then I will do my best to shoot to incapacitate."

528808

>>528807
Nod.
"…Thank you. I mean it."

528809

>>528805
That was just my inner Soil talking.

528810

>>528808
"I am a mere guest here, my behavior should not offend those who kindly invited me along."

528811

>>528802
Fighting together might be interesting!

>>528804
"You did? Which fight did you see Soil?"

528812

>>528811
"Uh… The one you lost?"

528813

>>528812
I frown.
"Someone in the audience distracted me! They called my real name!"

528814

>>528810
"This isn't about being a guest or not.
This is about the value of life… and life is priceless, so if you take it from a pony, you will never be able to give it back. Do you understand?"

528815

>>528814
"Yes, I suppose I do see what message you are conveying here."

528816

>>528813
"Oh."
Widen my eyes and shut up, looking left and right uncospicously.

528817

>>528803
His ears flicker.
"….wait, you're not suggesting what I think you're suggesting?"

>>528809
>>528811
You enter the Arena, despite the early hour, there are already a number of ponies at the betting tables.
Cracked Skull trots over, his mares flanking him.
"Ah, my new fighters, ready for another day?"

528818

>>528817
"U-uh… maybe? I mean… you never know right…?"

528819

>>528815
"People might go down a dark road, but there is always a light to bring them back. Thank you for understanding."

528820

>>528816
I raise an eyebrow at that, but say nothing more.

>>528817
"Fuck yes. When's the next fight?"

528821

>>528817
"Heck yeah!"

528822

>>528819
"Shall we get on with our assignment then?"

528823

>>528818
"A pariah? Here? Amber, you know they're just a tale to scare foals…"

>>528820
>>528821
He looks both of you over.
"Say, I just had an idea, how about the two of you fight together the next fight? Double the excitement, double the pay."

528824

>>528822
I nod.
"We shall. Do you have your lockpicks on you?"

528825

>>528823
"Double the pay?
Heck yeah, I'm in!"

528826

>>528823
"Well the description matches, doesn't it!?"

528827

>>528823
"Works for me. You cool with it Soil?"

528828

>>528824
I smile.
"Always, darling."

>>528823
Mabel and I are going back to Skull's little palace of love.

528829

>>528825
>>528827
"Sounds good then. I'll set it up, get ready in your dressers, I'll call you when we're ready. Shouldn't be too long."

>>528826
He begrudgingly nods.
"I suppose…but let's not jump to conclusions, maybe it's an illusion, or a spell. We should see it for ourselves first."

>>528828
The shack is where you left it.

528830

>>528829
"Not wearing no dress. I'm good to go!"
Bonk on my shield.

528831

>>528829
>>528830
"I'm good to go as well."

528832

>>528829
Anyone home? Look inside from the window. If not, see if I can open it up.

Roll #1 3 = 3

528833

>>528829
"Right! She said something about Everfree forest I think! Wanna go look around?"

528835

>>528832
"What's this place? A hideout?"

528836

>>528830
>>528831
"Well in any case you have to go through there to get to the fighters entrance in the Arena, gotta make sure the entrance is dramatic you know! Chop, chop."

>>528832
Nopony inside.
But the window is locked.

>>528833
"Sure I want to see what this all is about. But don't do anything drastic. If he really was a pariah, we should have heard about missing fillies by now."

528837

>>528836
"Fine then. Let's go Soil."
I head to the entrance to the arena through the dressing rooms.
Look like anyone's here?

528838

>>528835
"Yes indeed. As I said, he seems to be keeping his paperwork here. This is also where he comes to rest with his… small retinue during the nights."

>>528836
Try to pick the lock.

Roll #1 3 = 3

528839

>>528836
Boop his nose.
"Don't rule it out either! Come on!"
Let's find ourselves a crystal pony!

Roll #1 4 = 4

528840

>>528836
>>528837
After her!
"Okay, what if, I throw you in the air, and as everypony looks at you I go slam'em before they know it?"

528841

>>528840
"…I can fly, y'know. Plus these guys don't really take to distractions."

528842

>>528838
"Ah… I see."
Try to help with that lock.

Roll #1 4 = 4

528843

>>528841
"Throwing you is more fun!"

528844

>>528843
"Whatever floats your boat, I guess."

528845

>>528837
>>528840
In the corridor Gurion is leaning against the wall with a smirk.
"Good luck, Melody. Don't get hurt too bad, I want you in top condition when we fight later."

>>528842
>>528838
You manage to unlock it with some trouble.

>>528839
You enter the dark Everfree Forest.
The air seems cooler here and it is so quiet.
No birds sing, no wind blows, only the occasional crack of some twigs coming from the dark overgrowth.
It feels as if the trees themselves are watching you.

528846

>>528845
"Tsk, like that's gonna happen. We're gonna eat you whole."

528847

>>528845
"We're out of shape, I see."
In the window I climb!

528848

>>528845
Open up and slink inside.
"I do hope there are no other security measures in place…"
Take a look at those papers again.

Roll #1 4 = 4

528849

>>528845
"Not even a chance. All the guys in here are a bunch'a light weights."
I grin and pull Soil over to me with a leg.
"Me and Soil here are going straight to the top!"

528850

>>528845
"Does this place seem… spooky to you too, Silver?"
Carefully advance…

Roll #1 6 = 6

528851

>>528849
Grin and nod in agreement.

528855

>>528846
>>528849
He looks at Soil.
"And who might you be?"

>>528847
The shack is small.
There's a large king size bed, recently used.
A desk with papers everywhere. A small safe near the bed.

>>528848
Bills, letters, more bills.
One thing that catches your eye is a small paper with a to-do list. Among mundane things such as hiring new fighters and doing laundry there is an item saying "Figure out how to deal with the janitor."

>>528850
"It's a dark place…let's stick together."
You soon discover the clearing where the camp was supposed to be.
There are traces of a campfire, but no ponoes to be seen.

528857

>>528855
"I'll get the safe."
Let's see if the lock is any easy.

Roll #1 1 = 1

528858

>>528855
How disappointing…
Check his drawers or closets.

Roll #1 8 = 8

528859

>>528855
I scrunch.
"Where could they be…"
Keep looking! Any tracks?

Roll #1 2 = 2

528860

>>528855
"Poor Soil."
Trot forward with a smirk.
"Monster Hunter."

528861

>>528855
>>528860
"A guy from my crew. Capable fighter."
I grin even wider.
"He even tamed a dragon."

528862

>>528857
You investigate it and come to the conclusion that it must be booby trapped.
One wrong move and whatever's inside might be lost forever.

>>528858
He has a number of fine clothes. He's obviously a stallion of means. Among them is an old red painted armor. It seems quite out of place.

>>528859
You don't find anything….

>>528860
>>528861
"Hmmmp. Well Mr Soil, whatever your fighting capabilities, you have poor taste in friends."

528863

>>528862
Frown.
"Hey are you saying stuff about Melody?"

528864

>>528862
Small clues, small clues…
Check the bathroom.

Roll #1 2 = 2

528865

>>528862
Poop!
"I guess they're gone… but why are we still sensing something then?"
Return to the village and ask around where they went!

Roll #1 1 = 1

528866

>>528862
>>528863
"Ignore him. He's just a poor loser. C'mon, let's go see if that fight's ready."
I walk by him and head to the entrance. Does it look like they're ready to call us?

528867

>>528862
>>528864
"Light. There's a trap on this safe."
Frown.

528868

>>528867
"Hmmm? That is unfortunate. But perhaps we can disarm said trap, one moment."

528869

>>528866
"Tsk.
I'm gonna show him who's got the best friend."

528870

>>528865
You go back on your steps…but you don't end up outside the forest, in fact it only seems as if you're going deeper.

>>528869
>>528866
They're ready. You ready?

>>528864
Ye find several olde horse condoms in ye olde potty

528871

>>528868
Nod.
"I'll wait for you with it."

528872

>>528870
"S-Silver! This isn't the right way!"

Roll #1 3 = 3

528873

>>528870
Hell yes we're ready!

528874

>>528870
I totes ready.

528875

>>528870
Very tasteful.

>>528871
"The bathroom has nothing of value. It seems the safe is all there is left."
Point her at the red armor and the note I found.

528876

>>528875
I take a deep breath.
"So… we've got one chance at this. Who should do it?"

528877

>>528876
"How confident are you in your lockpicking skills, sugar?"

528878

>>528876
>>528875
The red armor should be somewhat familiar to Mabel.
Roll for comprehension, or make the connection yourself.

528879

>>528878
Hmm, a lot of things are on my mind.
Let's jog that memory.
'1d10'

>>528877
"How confident are you?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

528880

>>528879
"I have had some practice throughout the years."

528881

>>528880
"I had practice too, but I've been mostly giving it a rest lately… we can't dwell too much on it. We can't let them catch us here."

528882

>>528881
"Very well, I shall try it then."

528883

>>528873
>>528874
"LADIES AND GENTLECOLTS.
To start of another day of fighting, I have an exciting match for you.
Not one, but two of our promising fighters will fight.
Give a cheer for the Mad Dunker and Rock'n Roll!"

Cue entrance!

>>528879
It reminds you of the one that giant pony you met in Tall Tale.
The one Bedrock had you track down and bring to him.

>>528872
He seems nervous.
"Let's try this way."
But despite your best efforts, you seem to go only deeper inside the forest.
You hear a buzzing noise in the distance.

528884

>>528883
"What's that noise?"
Look around, slightly panicked.

Roll #1 9 = 9

528885

>>528883
Approach the safe, break out my lockpicking tools and carefully try to open it up.

Roll #1 3, 5 = 8

528886

>>528882
"If you are sure."

>>528883
Bite my lip.
Damn it, that criminal!

528887

>>528883
Indy fires a shot and I hop through it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

528888

>>528883
>>528887
While the flame still lingers I fly through it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

528889

>>528883
What's happening?
Where were we with the dinner?

528890

>>528884
"Sssshhhh."
Silver presses a hoof against your mouth.
And points.
You follow his hoof and see a swampy area further ahead. Massive flowers bloom there.
And a few massive bees are harvesting their pollen.

>>528885
Sweat drips from your forehead as you carefully step by step disarm the trap.
At last, the vault clicks and opens without any trapping.

>>528887
>>528888
You both burst through the flames to a cheering applause from the audience!
"What bravado, ladies and gentlecolts!"

>>528889
You were going to the emissary.

As for the dinner, last responses are here.
>>528797

528891

>>528890
"So! Who's our opponents?"

528892

>>528890
Smile.
"Great job!"

528894

>>528890
I grin and hold my hoof up for a high five.

>>528891
"Yeah! Who we fighting?"

528895

>>528890
Did I miss everything?

528896

>>528890
Never doubted myself.
"Goodness. I am very interested what he keeps in here."
Let's see!

528897

>>528894
High that one. Totally.

528898

>>528890
I gulp.
L-Let's go the other direction…

Roll #1 2 = 2

528899

>>528890
>present
I make sure I am clean and presentable then go off to meet him.

>>528797
>past
I look sideways at Melody as I speak.
"We won't hurt him, I promise. We'll also keep our eyes open for another supplier."

528901

>>528797
>>528899
>Past
"But Shortyyyy… the guy deserves it!"

528902

>>528901
"If he touches you then you can whack him, otherwise I don't want you doing anything. Prison food is horrible."

528907

>>528891
>>528894
"From the deepest corners of the jungles of Ponbay, they come. Studying the ancient martial arts since their youth.
I present to you, the brothers Ying and Yan!"

The asian ponoes enter on the opposite side, one white with a black cutie mark, the other the opposite.

>>528895
You were going to explore the town I think?
The others planned to investigate the Arena.

>>528898
You go the opposite side but encounter more swamp.
You see some torches on the opposite side.
Perhaps you can find help there, if you can make it.

>>528896
You find several schematics.
Roll for comprehension.

>>528899
>present
You meet Ms. Cake near the town hall.
"Ready to go? I'm hoofing for you! Both hoofs!"
>past
"That would be really helpful. We don't want him to get hurt, but…we really don't want him near us anymore."

528910

>>528907
I am an educated mare!

Roll #1 4 = 4

528911

>>528907
Can I too?

Roll #1 7 = 7

528912

>>528907
"Let's get this show on the road!"
Throw Indy in the air so he can better aim, and have him shoot ice at the black cutie-marked pony.
'1d10'
I will SLAAAAAM onto him!
'1d10+2'

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

528913

>>528907
I hope so…
Carefully walk over.
"… Hello?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

528914

>>528907
>>528912
I'll take the white cutie-marked pony!
Cheap Shot his ass!
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

528915

>>528907
>present
I nod my hod.
"I think so, that practice last night taught me a lot. Thanks for coming with me."

>past

"We'll do what we can, don't worry."

528916

>>528907
>>528915
>Past
"Yeah, don't worry about it. We got this!"

528917

>>528907
Well, the others had run ahead of me apparently, so I guess my talents weren't needed.
So I suppose I'll float about town until my all-nighter stops catching up with me. Who knows, I might stumble onto that Mardi Gras mare again, or the Grogar priest.
Hmm. Actually, no. I'll head up to my room at the inn, lock the door, and set the Bag of Holding on the floor. It's time I took inventory, now that I have the tools.

528920

>>528910
>>528911
The schematics show a large kind of machine.
From what you can gather, the centerpiece is some kind of small spire. And it needs to have ponies close by. You don't quite understand what it's for, but it is quite large, it would need a large space to house it.

>>528912
You throw Indy in the air and he shoots ice.
The white pony jumps and hits the ice shards back, hitting Indy a bit, but most fly right to you. You're frozen into place and helpless.

>>528914
The black pony evades your shot and with a high kick slams you to the floor. You're helpless.

Soil 0/6 HELPLESS
>Indy 2/5
Melody 0/4 HELPLESS

>>528915
>present
"I wouldn't miss it for anything. I'm sure that emissary will be astounded! I was."

>>528915
>>528916
>past
"That would be such a relief. But we don't have much. I'm not sure how we could reward you for your help…"

>>528913
As you walk through the swamp towards the torches, one of your hooves gets stuck in the swamp.

>>528917
You lay it on the ground. It looks pretty normal from here.

528921

>>528920
Get it out! Get it out!

Roll #1 9 = 9

528922

>>528920
!!!
Oh fuck.
Get up get up get up!
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

528924

>>528920
Right…. time to look inside. Astral Project. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

528925

>>528920
Oh gee! Indy tries to unfreeze me?
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

528926

>>528920
I try to 'break the ice'?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

528927

>>528920
Humm
"We should take this. Whatever this is, it's serious."

528928

>>528920
>present
"I hope he will be."

>past

I shrug.
"If you can teach me how to make candy that would be fine."

528930

>>528920
>Past
"Don't gotta give me any reward! I'm more than content with helping rid the world of another dirtbag."

528931

>>528920
>>528927
"Indeed. I had hoped for more, but it seems this is all."

528932

>>528931
Glance at the armor.
"It's more than you'd think. At least, if he was keeping it in a booby trapped safe, it should be valuable.
Let's lock it back, try to make it seem like we were never here."

528933

>>528932
"Yes, let us."
Do so. Lock the safe again after taking out the plans.

528934

>>528933
Smile.
"This was smoother than I hoped."

528935

>>528934
"Which is excellent, I do not need the extra stress at this time."

528937

>>528935
"We'll be fine. All we need to do now is leave."

528939

>>528921
You pull it back out.
You're going to have to watch your step if you want to get there.

>>528922
>>528926
>>528925
You both manage to get up again.
The enemy looms.

>>528924
You sink into trance and slowly separate your astral body from the physical shell, as expected you feel a pull, like a second less powerful gravity, trying to pull you towards it.
Luckily it's not that hard to resist. You can go as you please.

>>528928
>present
"Let's go then, I think the others are already here."
>past
"It would be the least I can do!"

>>528930
"You really are heroes…there are not that many in the world these days who would help 2 poor mares in trouble for nothing in return."

528940

>>528937
"Then let us make haste."
Climb back out of the window and sneakily pop a pill.

Roll #1 9 = 9

528941

528943

>>528939
"come on Silver. We should keep moving…"

Roll #1 9 = 9

528944

>>528939
"Let's not do that again, okay Indy?"
Now, Bullrush! Slam!
'1d10+2'
As Indy burns both!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6 / Roll #2 3 = 3

528946

>>528939
Alright, now…
I'm gonna hold back and try to play an Inspiring tune to lead us to victory!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

528948

>>528939
Right… Time to look inside the bag and find out what exactly Anarchy shoved in here. I know about the bear stardust already, since I put it in there.

528949

>>528939
>present
We go.

>past

I smile.
"Great!"

528950

>>528939
>Past
I grin.
"Well consider yourselves lucky today."

528952

>>528939
I look at Anvil.
"Thanks for letting me know what weapon do pony. Snack will find it very useful."

WIth that I head back to the others. FInd Warren."

528956

>>528952
You find him motionless in the inn.
He seems very pale and he breathes weakly.

>>528940
No one saw that.

>>528941
And where to next?
Perhaps Star could make sense of the schematics.
Or you could go to the Arena.

>>528943
You carefully make your way towards the torches.
It looks like a treehouse.
There are a number of wooden exotic masks hanging on it, unlike any you've ever seen.

>>528944
You slam the white pony, who tries to push back. Gritting his teeth trying to keep you in place.
Indy inhales for a breath attack but the black pony moves faster than the eye can see, slamming him to the ground.
Indy is helpless.

>>528946
You quickly bust an energetic melody from your violin.
Your display of fearlessness and the music give you and the party a boost.
The arena fighters have +1 to all rolls next turn

Soil 12/6
>Indy 0/4 HELPLESS
>Melody 5/4

>>528948
You fly through an infinite blackness.
Passing shiny stardust and a whole lot of random items, clocks, shovels, etc.
Then you see something in the distance, it seems like a small model of a town.

>>528949
>present
You enter the town hall.
2 other chefs are already there. A Prance pony and a blonde maned pony.
The atmosphere is very tense.
On a chair is a richly dressed neighponese pony, obviously the emissary.
He speaks something you can't understand but a petite equestrian mare next to him translates.
"The Lord Emissary greets you miss Cake and asks you to take place near your kitchen."
"Dear, tell him I can't participate, but that I have a replacement who is sure to dazzle him. This is Ms Shortcake."

>>528949
>>528950
>past
"Let's try this cake Shortcake made it smells delicious."
Bon-Bon places the cake on the table.
And another round of drink for all!

528957

>>528956
Grunt.
Protect on Melody.
Indy tries to get up.
'1d10+1'
"This is for Indy!"
Punch the black pony right in the face!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8 / Roll #2 6 + 1 = 7

528958

>>528956
Let's go to Star.
I'm sure Soil will be fine

528959

>>528956
>present
I curtsy.
What was the name of thing pie I made?

>>528956
>past
"I hope you all like it."
I take a sip of my wine and wait for her to cut the cake.

528960

>>528956
>>528958
Follow suit.
"Darling?"

528961

>>528956
Now it's time!
I fly in for a Cheap Shot on the white pony!
'1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

528962

>>528956
I thought I was in my room, which I locked?
A… town? Like, a whole town? Let's take a look at that.

528963

>>528956
>Past
"If Shorty made it, then it's bound to be amazing."
I drink up and wait for cake to be served.

528964

>>528956
what?.?
WHAT?!

Go ahead and wake him up.
"Warren pony? What happened to you!?"
Also is there any other pony near here? Call for help.

528965

>>528962
Right….

>>528964
CORRECTION FOR SNACKS.
Seems like Warrens room is locked.
You do not hear anything inside.

528966

>>528965
>>528964
Anyway, knock on the door.

528967

>>528960
"I might know a pony who can tell what this is."

528968

>>528967
"I see."

528969

>>528968
"Her name is Star, she is a crystal pony as well."

528970

>>528969
"Ah, I did meet her before. She seemed very bright."

528971

>>528970
"She really is, in more than one ways."
Smile.

528972

>>528966
No response.
And sorry.

>>528957
Indy is UP.
And right when the black pony tries to high kick you, you duck and punch him in the face.

>>528958
>>528968
You both find Star downstairs in the inn. Reading her book.
"Oh hello." she says distractedly.

>>528959
>present
Zipzapple Pie. You're still going to have to make a new one, but you get it automatic once you start. This is more of an RP formality.
The Neighponese pony gives you a good look and brabbles something.
"His Lord would like to know what kind of training you've had or any credentials to your name."

>>528963
>>528959
>past
Bon-Bon carefully cuts a slice and hoofs everypony one.

>>528961
Right in the fucking face.
This fight is turning.

The 2 ponies get together. Their grin has faded and they grit their teeth. This fight has just begun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMP3PwCUH9k

Soil 12/6
>Indy 5/4
Melody 5/4

>>528962
As you come closer, the small model grows larger and larger, that's not a model, it's a real life-size town.
You land on the shard of ground.
The buildings are old and seem to be made by ponies.
You don't see anypony around and all houses are closed.

528973

>>528972
Hit him again in the face!
Wipe whatever remains of that shiteating grin off his face and show him what for!
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

528974

>>528972
That's… worrisome. How did Anarchy shove this in here when I couldn't even fit a dragon?
Look for a sign post, something that would tell me what town this is. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

528975

>>528972
Wave at her.
"Hey there, Star. We need your help."

528976

>>528971
"Miss Star, we are terribly sorry for interrupting your study session but we may need your expertise on something we have found."

528977

>>528972
"Warren? Warren pony?"
…..
Perhaps he is sleeping, better not bother him.

Anyway lets go find Star.

528978

>>528972
I turn my rear towards him a bit so he can see my cutiemark.
"I've been cooking since I was a little filly, and even owned a bakery in a little mining town before the monsters started attacking everything. I've had no formal training, but I have catered for a party here or wedding there as I've traveled."

528979

>>528972
Regroup with Melody before throwing myself at them once more!
Slam and ice attack combo on Black pone!
'1d10+2'
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9 / Roll #2 1 = 1

528980

>>528974
Perhaps the normal rules of space don't really apply when a Draconequus is involved.
You find an old equestrian sign "Dawnwood"

>>528973
You hit him square on the face.
He moves back, wiping some blood of his face.

>>528979
You slam the black pony against the wall, clenching him against it.
Indy attempts to freeze him but gets kicked down again by the white pony.
You also notice Iris is among the crowd as well, cheering for you.

>>528978
The translator translates it for you.
The emissary stares long and hard at you and then nods.
"You are accepted. Please go to the empty kitchen stand." says the mare.

>>528977
She's downstairs, together with Mabel and Light Heart.

>>528975
>>528976
"Oh…well what can I help with?"

528981

>>528980
I fly at him and tackle him to the ground! Pin him and beat his face in!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

528982

>>528980
"Get up Indy! One last go!"
'1d10' for him to stand up.
'1d10' to sweep the white guy out of his feet with the shield!

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 1 = 1

528983

>>528981
Cheap Shot, btw.

528984

>>528980
Show her the blueprints.
"We need help with figuring this out."

528985

>>528980
I'll make a mental note of that.
Since there aren't any ponies around, I'll float off and take stock of anything else that's out of the ordinary.

528986

>>528980
"Just a little something we found lying around, sugar."

528987

>>528980
>>528984
>>528986
I wave at them.
"What are you three up too hmm?"

528988

>>528987
Wave back.
"Hey there, Snacks.
We are trying to crack open a mystery."
Smile.

528989

>>528980
"Thank you!"
I trot over to the stand. I have all my ingredients right?

528990

>>528988
"Cracking Mysteries? Ah you've gone to the right pony when it comes to these." I nod at Star before lookin back.
"What msytery? Perhaps Snack can help."

528991

>>528990
Look around.
"Seems like…. some ponies have gone missing recently."

528992

>>528991
I look at her alarmed and lower my voice.
"Oh… Snack didnt expect that. When did Mabel noticed this."

528993

>>528987
"Solving crimes, mister Snacks."

528994

>>528992
"The others told me. Seems like there might be some bad eggs in Ponyville who are causing trouble."

528995

>>528994
>>528993
"Snack see's, Snack will tag along and see if he can help you three in anything that is needed."

528996

>>528981
You grab the white pony and bash his face bloody. He's helpless.

>>528982
Indy is UP. maybe you should protect him
You're distracted by Melody beating up the white pony and the black one headbutts you against the ground.

Soil 0/5 HELPLESS
Indy 5/3
Melody 5/4

>>528984
>>528986
>>528987
You put the schematics on the table.
Star stares long and hard at them.
"Hmmmmm….interesting….very interesting…magnets here…and that pyramid, by the Savior…this is genius…"

>>528985
You didn't yet check inside the barred houses.
Remember, you can float through walls.

>>528989
Everything you need for a good time.

528997

>>528996
Protect was still active on Melody though.
Now, get up myself.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

528998

>>528996
"What… do you gather its purpose to be, darling?"

528999

>>528996
And Indy helps Melody, by clawing at the pony.

Roll #1 6 = 6

529000

>>528996
Oh… Well, here's hoping what I find in them isn't dessicated corpses or something similar. I'll poke my head into one of them. Let's start with the one that looks like Town Hall.

529001

>>528996
"Hmmmm…." Try to make out of the schematics on the table.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

529002

>>528995
Smile.
"Thanks.
Everyone counts. This might be big and we might need help."

>>528996
"What is it?"

529003

>>528996
I wait for the go signal.

529004

>>528996
Is he down and out?
Give him one last beating just to make sure!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

529005

>>528997
You're up, big pon.

>>528998
>>529001
>>529002
"Well..if I read it correctl-"
Snacks tries to get a better view of the schematics and accidentally bumps Stars glass of chocolate milk, it spills all over the map.
Star shouts "AAAAAAAAAAA NAPKIN NAPKIN QUICK!"

>>528999
>>529004
Melody and Indy get some hits in before the white pony jumps up and towards his brother.
"It is time brother"
"Time to end this."
They bump hooves
"FUSION HAAAAAAAA"
A bright flash and suddenly there is not two ponies but one huge black on one side, white on the other pony.

>>529003
The Emissary raises his hoof
"NEIGHPONESE CUISINE!"
I guess that's a go.

>>529000
You look through and find a pony in bed.
He seems to be sleeping.

PAUSE

529006

>>529001
>>529005
Aaaaaah!!!!
Clean it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

529007

>>529005
Breathing? Still? Then… maybe the rest of the village is just ripped from time and the world. Like how the Crystal Empire was…

529008

>>529005
Oh snap!
Dry towel!

Roll #1 5 = 5

529009

>>529005
Look at it kinda bewildered.
Then start laughing and pointing at it.
"AHAHAHAHAH
That's the stupidiest thing I've ever seen!"
Protect on Indy.
Slam the big guy.
'1d10+2'
Indy Ices it.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8 / Roll #2 1 = 1

529010

>>529005
"Oh dear…"
Wipe it off?

Roll #1 10 = 10

529845

>>529006
>>529008
>>529010
Together you managed to clean the schematics. Most of it is still in a good state and readable.
Star slowly sinks back to her chair "….that was close."

>>529007
Perhaps…

>>529009
You storm it, slamming the black and white creature back.
"YOU WILL PAY PONY"
He stomps the ground, causing Indy to fall over. He's on the ground!

Soil 12/5
Indy 0/2 HELPLESS
Melody 5/4

529856

>>529845
Regardless, this is going to take some research. Assuming that the rest of the townsfolk are locked in this magic sleep, they should… hypothetically be fine. I think it's time I returned to my body, though. I don't know if I should be happy or sad that this thing was mostly empty, though. Would have killed for an extra map to the Laughing Labyrinth.

529859

>>529845
Ouuuch!
Indy stands!
'1d10'
If he manages that, I attack!
'1d10' Otherwise use that to try and lift Indy up.

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 10 = 10

529860

>>529845
>>529859
Name.
And the things I do for love…

529862

>>529845
"Indeed. Now… what more can you tell us about this?"

529864

I think I just stumbled on a hut in the middle of a forest with Silver…

529865

>>529845
"At least no disaster happened."

529885

>>529859
>>529860
You help Indy up.
The Black and White Bros strike a pose and start charging their energy, whatever that means.

>>529856
The thing is much larger, if you float further you might find more things.

>>529862
>>529865
"Right….well it seems to be a machine that absorbs, stores and releases some kind of energy."

>>529864
It has windows and a door.

529887

>>529885
"What powers it? Any idea? That could be the kind of energy it releases."

529889

>>529885
"I see… magical energy?"

529891

>>529885
Knock on the door!

529893

>>529885
Is Sol coming?
"Indy! Get behind me!"
Protect him!
And then he fires ice at them!
'1d10'
And I slam them!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 6 + 2 = 8

529896

>>529893
He's not on steam so I don't know.

529898

529901

>>529885
…What the hell, let's test my luck. What lies beyond the town?

529942

>>529887
>>529889
"Yes…it says the energy comes from…..ponies?"

>>529891
A zebra opens up.
"Hello stranger
What brings you to this place full of danger?"

>>529893
He gets behind you and is protected.
Indy freezes his feet to the ground, while you slam them right in the head.
"The MAD DUNKER IS MADDINGLY DUNKING HIS WAY TO VICTORY"

You start to feel dizzy.

>>529901
Not like you have anything to lose.
You fly further in the black.
You pass a large flying snake like creature just flying through.
You see a mountain of gold just drifting through the blackness.
One defaced statue of Celestia.
And finally you see a folded piece of paper, it has a smile on it. It could be it…

529944

>>529885
I'M HERE I'M HERE

Cheap Shot the bastard!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

529947

>>529942
Uh.
That's strange, my FOR save should be high enough!
KEEP DUNKING!
'1d10'
"Indy! Aim for the eyes!"
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 7 = 7

529949

>>529942
…It's probably a trap. But what the heck. Let's grab that, if I can, and drag up near to the exit of the bag. That way I won't have to risk the giant flying snake thing. And then return to my body.
Though that mountain of gold might be neat later. Is it solid gold, or in pieces?

529950

>>529942
"That sounds foreboding. How exactly?"

529953

>>529942
"… How?"

529955

>>529942
Another zebra?
"Hey! I'm amber, this is Silver. We're kinda lost in these woods."

529967

>>529949
You can't grab it, you're not in a physical form.

>>529950
>>529953
"I don't really get it completely. But this pyramid here on top is some kind of magnet…thing. And it says you need living creatures to draw energy from…but I'm not sure why you'd need that."

>>529949
It's in pieces forming a long stream. like a nebula.

>>529955
Did you meet a zebra before?
"My name is zecora from far away.
It is easy to get lost, for the everfree is dark even by day."

>>529944
>>529947
Melody shoots him in the balls immediately stopping the power loading.
You push him back.
Just a few more punches and he should be finished.

But this dizzyness continues and grows worse. Something you ate?
-1 to rolls.

529969

>>529967
"How… surgical."

529970

>>529969
"Hey! I'm a geomancer, not an engineer!"

529971

>>529967
Bash on them now with my mandolin! Beat those little shitheads' heads in!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

529972

>>529967
Roar and charge t/he/m with a powerful slamming motion!
'1d10+1'
And Indy roasts them alive from there!
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11 / Roll #2 10 = 10

529973

>>529970
"I meant no offense, miss Star. I value your knowledge greatly."

529974

>>529967
Well, we're never going to be hurting for money for a long time, assuming I don't lose this bag. And as long as I keep that anarchist zebra convinced this bag is just a bag. It was a mistake just whipping out that tooth at the table.
Anyway, return to my body.

529976

>>529967
Mwandishi and that zebra in Tall Tale yeah!
"Uh… yeah! It really is! So… how do we get out?"

529977

>>529967
"This sounds bad. Real bad. You think it might be an outright sacrifice?"

530001

>>529976
"To travel the Everfree, you must stay on the path.
Leave it and you will find the forests wrath."
She points to a small path near her tree.

>>529977
"It could be. But to what? There aren't any machine gods."

>>529973
She scrunches.
"Sorry, I'm a little tense."

>>529974
You come out and go back into your body.
Your limbs feel a bit cold but slowly warmth returns to them.

>>529971
>>529972
You charge right at them with your flaming shield.
When your shield and the creature make contact, they fly back and start glowing purple like your shield..
"What's this, fillies and gentlecolts?"
The crowd gasps as with a flash the creature turns into white-black rat.
Indy inhales and breathes a torrent of fire, scorching part of the arena to ash and when the fire dies down you see the two ponies unconcious on the floor.
A silence falls over the arena.

530003

>>530001
Going to need to drape a blanket over myself next time. Reach into the bag and pull out the folded paper with the smiley face on it.

530004

>>530001
"Is something troubling you, darling?"

530006

>>530001
"Ooooh… Okay!"

530012

>>530001
"I mean that it would kill whatever pony is sacrificed to this thing to work."

530014

>>530001
Look around the arena, look at the ponies here…
Then bang on my shield and roar in victory!

530017

>>530003
You reach into the bag…
roll.

>>530004
"I've had some trouble to sleep lately..but it's okay…I'll handle it."

>>530006
"Tell me ponies of crystal coat,
What brings you so far from the road?"

>>530012
"Possibly. It would depend on how long a pony would be near it, and how strong he is."

>>530014
Cheering.
"Amazing. This is truly the MAD DUNKER and ROCK'N ROLL!"

530018

>>530017
"So… are you sure that is all?"

530020

>>530017
Now it's time to leave this arena and sit down with a grin.
And I need to eat something.

530021

>>530017
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

530023

>>530017
"Now now, no need to be so dismissive. If you have issues, it's best not to keep them bottled up."

530024

>>530001
>>530017
I take a bow and fly out.
So where's that dickweed Cracked Skull? I wanna get my money.

530025

>>530017
"I'm looking for a crystal stallion that absorbs light!"

530040

>>530023
"I'll be fine!"

>>530020
You're in your dresser with some food. Without knocking, Iris comes in.
"That was amazing, sweetie."
Hug '1d10+2'

>>530021
You get out the same folded piece of paper.
It is marked with a smile.

>>530024
He's near the exit.
"Well done, Melody. Candybutt here will get you your share if you follow her."
The white mare next to him motions to follow her.

>>530018
"I'm not sure. I can deduct what it does. But I'm not sure why. Or what the result would be if somepony sucked that energy away. It's just schematics on how to build it."

>>530025
"There are many dark things in the Everfree.
But such a pony I did not see."

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

530042

>>530040
I scrunch.
"Silver! We're on the wrong track!"

530043

>>530040
Hm. Stow the bag, unlock the door in case something happens, and then unfold the paper.

530044

>>530040
Hug her back with a huge smile.
"Jus' cause I knew you were looking."

530045

>>530040
"Very well, but please consider what I said. If you ever require a listening ear, you know where to find me."

530046

>>530040
"Lead the way, Candybutt."
I snicker and follow her.

530047

>>530040
"Hmm.. how about, how big would it be if it was built?"

530054

>>530045
She scrunches.
"I don't need help. I can handle myself."

>>530043
It's blank on both sides, except for the grinning mouth.

>>530047
"About as big as this room, probably bigger. You'd need a lot of space to fit it."

>>530046
She leads you to a small office near the dressing rooms and hoofs you a bag of bits.
"You seem sweaty from the fight, miss Melody."

>>530042
"Do you have any idea where he might have gone?" asks Silver
"Alas, brave ponies, many places they could have gone.
If you don't know what they looked for, you could search for long."

530056

>>530054
"I guess we should just return to the village then…"

530060

>>530054
…Either I've been had, or I just don't have the right mindset for it. No sense overthinking it. Refold the paper, place it into my pouch that isn't the bag of holding, and head out of the room. I'm probably horribly late to help Light Heart with her investigation.

530061

>>530054
I chuckle.
"Admirable."

530063

>>530054
"Well what can I say? It was a pretty tense fight and all."
I give her a grin and take the bits bag, briefly weighing it in a hoof and then peeking inside to see how much it looks like.

530066

530070

>>530054
"That narrows it down at least."

530081

>>530063
60 bits.
She takes your hoof in hers.
"Perhaps I could help you get washed~"

>>530044
She gives you a kiss on the cheek.
"I never get to see you fight otherwise. I always stay in the camp. Not that I'm complaining."

>>530070
"You'd need plenty of space for it. And if you want to keep it hidden, that's not easy. Especially if you need ponies to fuel it."

>>530061
"I'm a big pony. Everypony treats me like I can't handle myself, but I can!"

>>530056
"Not being able to help makes me sorry.
If I see anything, I'll be sure to tell thee."

>>530060
She's down in the dinnerroom.

530083

>>530081
Give her a look.
"There is no shame in needing help from others every once in a while, miss Star."

530085

>>530081
"Eheh, even with that tire over me I slammed those freaks into the wall!"

530086

>>530081
"Okay, thanks miss zebra!"
Let's follow that path then!

530087

>>530081
Well, that's good.
>>530083
"I'm not too late, am I?"

530090

>>530081
"Oh?~"
My grin widens.
"Lead the way then~"

530091

>>530081
"So you don't think it has been built yet? Not in ponyville at least…"
Gulp.
"Because that would explain the missing ponies."

530094

>>530087
"Oh, there you are sugar. Of course not."
Motion at the blueprints.
"We did find something in your absence."

530104

>>530094
"Oh? Let's take a look…"

530114

Where was I?

530129

>>530114
Getting ready for the cooking.
Actually you're already in it!

>>530104
Blueprints of some kind of machine you see.

>>530091
"Let me put it this way, if it was built, somepony is hiding it very well."

>>530090
You both go to the showers.
Candybutt puts a hot shower on, and starts undressing you.

>>530086
As you walk through the path, Silver mentions "I don't like this forest…"

>>530085
"You were amazing! Like it was nothing."

>>530083
"I don't want ponies to think I'm weak."

530131

>>530129
"So forward~"
I chuckle.
"I like that."
I let her finish undressing me.

530132

>>530129
I'll flick an ear at their conversation on the side.
Can I make heads or tails of this contraption? Usually they've got labels of what they are on these things… '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

530133

>>530129
"We will need to be very perceptive to find it then."

530134

>>530129
Wave a hoof as to say it really was nothing.
"Wanna go eat somethin' now? I'm working up a hole in my stomach!"

530135

>>530129
"Me neither, so let's keep the pace going!"

530136

>>530131
"I've some experience in undressing…and washing~. Is the water hot enough?"

>>530132
Star explains to you it is a device to sap or release energy from ponies or other living things.
The piramid on top is key somehow.

>>530133
"It won't be outside. Ponies would have noticed."

>>530134
"Of course, my warrior. I'll cook your favorite."

>>530135
You manage to get outside.
As you return to ponyville, you notice a large number of crows on the roofs, and more keep coming.

530137

>>530129
"Ah, yes. Allow me to indulge you on a piece of knowledge pertaining myself then."
I place a hoof on my chest, where my heart is.
"I was born with a condition known as cardiac dysrhythmia. In simple terms: my heart is rather prone to acting up at times. When this was first discovered, I detested having to ask aid from other ponies when I required it as I thought they would consider me weak and frail for doing so. But after living with it for years now, I have learned that never asking other ponies for help is a very bad idea indeed. Some issues you can indeed face on your own, but others will require reaching out to ponies you trust, no matter how much you dislike doing so. A pony who cares for you will not think any less of you for doing so."

530138

>>530136
I test it with a hoof.
"Yeah. Are you gonna join me?~"

530139

>>530136
"I guessed. But it should have some sort of tell where it was, right? Something just a bit off about a house maybe?"

530140

>>530136
"Uh… I guess that priest is nearby!"
Do I sense him?

Roll #1 10 = 10

530141

>>530136
"That would explain the headaches and sensation of being drained that Light Heart mentioned."
I'll puzzle for a moment.
"Has anyone gotten a good look inside the arena itself? Sometimes the best hiding place is right out in the open."

530142

>>530136
"But I just won!
Let's go eat out, so you don't have to cook'n stuff!"

530144

>>530129
Time to make the pie crust.
I carefully measure out the flour into a bowl and add a little bit of sugar to make it sweet. After that I cut a couple sticks of butter into cubes and dump them into the bowl along with some shortening. After that I mix the butter cubes around until they are completely coated with butter, then carefully dump it out onto the table. Grabbing my rolling pin, I start to flatten out the the butter/flour mixture until the lumps of butter have been flattened out into little sheets. Once I am satisfied I carefully move the butter and flour all back into my bowl and pour in some cold water while stirring the flour around until all the water is absorbed. Dumping the mix out on the counter again I roll it out flatter with my rolling pen, occasionally adding a bit of flour to keep it from sticking.
When I am finally satisfied with the texture of the dough I place it on a plate and stick it in the refrigerator to chill.

530145

>>530140
His aura is undeniable.
Like a black beam from the sky.
He seems to be at the other side of town.

>>530137
Her ears droop.
"…..I'm sorry. My problems must seem silly compared to yours."

>>530139
"Perhaps…the big problem is, where would you hide it so you can sap energy from ponies sneakily?"

>>530142
"Allright, hero!"

>>530138
"Why I'd love to"
She gets out of her clothes as well, and joins you very close under the shower.
Her flank brushing against yours.

>>530144
While you wait, you see the french pony cutting vegetables and fruits like a madman, sweat dropping from his brow.
The blonde pony is cursing the whole time while making his Vegetable Haggis.

530146

>>530145
Maybe I can help her wash too?~
'5d10'

Roll #1 9, 2, 10, 6, 8 = 35

530147

>>530145
"Of course not. Any problem bothering you is worth resolving."

530148

>>530145
"You go to the inn, I will see you there soon. Time to talk with a friend."
And with that, accompany her out and then go to find Skull.

530149

>>530145
Oh boy!
First things first though, I should go deliver that letter to that mare Applejack! Where does she live? The farms?

Roll #1 8 = 8

530150

>>530145
"Perhaps because the pony, or creature, he's gathering that energy for isn't something that can appear in public. Like say a recently defeated draconequis."

530151

>>530146
Seems like this is a very hot shower '5d10'

>>530147
"…..I came to Equestria to be an adventurer. To be a fighter. But I'm not a fighter and I never will be."

>>530148
You look around, but only find one of his mares, overlooking some bank account statements.
"Your cut, mister Soil."
She hoofs you a bag of 60 bits.
"You did very well today~"

>>530149
After asking around, you find her farm, Sweet Apple Acres.
You see an old green mare napping on a rocking chair near the house.

>>530150
"Perhaps….but where?"

Roll #1 8, 4, 4, 9, 9 = 34

530152

>>530145
"The arena?"

530153

>>530151
"Well, I haven't gotten a good look at the inside of the arena, but what does the interior roof look like? Right over the battle pit, if there is one?"

530154

>>530151
>>530146
69/100
Very good indeed.

530155

>>530145
>>530150
>>530151
"And perhaps it explains why some of the fighters were experiencing those symptoms they described. If I had to wager a guess, I would say below the arena."

>>530151
"Which is… troubling to you?"

530156

>>530155
"Either above or below."
I'll nod.
"If only we could question them as to when they experienced the symptoms. Perhaps Soil will be able to give more information than we thought, if he's been drained."

530157

>>530151
"Yeah, where's the big guy?"
He owes me 40 bits more, the nigger.

530158

>>530145
While I wait for the dough to chill I calmly halve six zappapples and remove the stem, core, and bud. After that I make three cuts lengthwise and widthwise across each apple half to make them into chunks. Pushing those aside I pour half a cup of sugar, a little bit of cinnamon an a tiny bit of allspice for flavor; and a bit of tapioca flour to thicken things. I mix all that together then carefully place the chunks of apple into the bowl and gently stir them around until all the chunks are completely coated.

530159

>>530156
"One of the fighters said he experienced it after fighting a good battle."

530160

>>530159
I'll nod to myself.
"So, if it functions similar to a catalyst, it'll need to be visible in order to siphon energy. How good is our knowledge of the arena's floor plan?"

530161

>>530151
>>530154
"Well… that was a real fuckin' nice shower now, wasn't it?~"

530162

>>530152
"Could be…lots of people."

>>530153
"I haven't seen it" says Star.

>>530155
"Eh…maybe I can talk about it another time?"

>>530157
"I'm sorry, Mr. Skull is out for the moment."

>>530160
Star cocks her head. "I'm not sure if it's a catalyst."

>>530158
The apple wedges simply sparkle in all sorts of colors.

>>530161
She nibbles a bit on your ear.
"Long time since I had such a nice partner to shower with."

530163

>>530162
After I am done with that I move the bowl aside and take my dough out of the fridge. I cut it in half then press the edges until I've got a circle shaped piece of dough without any cracked edges. After sprinkling it with some more flour I roll it out flat and carefully, very carefully, move it into the pie tin and make sure it sits snugly in there. Once I've got the apple chunks inside the pie I flatten out the other half of the dough. Once I've brushed the edges of the crust in the tin with some eggwhites I lay the top piece of dough across it. With my wings I squeeze the edges a bit and bend them up so that the two pieces of dough will merge. After that is done I crimp the edges sprinkling a bit of sugar across the top. Then I poke a few holes just inside the rim so the juices can come out and checking to make sure the oven has finished heating. Once the oven is ready I slide the pie in to cook.

530164

>>530162
"And lots of room to hide it…. plus the ponies who disappeared, how we found it in the first place… This is fishy. We need to do a sweep of the place."

530165

>>530162
"I can imagine. Nobody knows a mare like another mare~"
I gently stroke her back.
"So what's your real name?"

530166

>>530162
"It is not good to delay these kind of things. You will end up delaying it indefinitely."

530167

>>530162
"What is he's got to do more important than this?"

530168

>>530162
"Well, a siphon would still need to have an opening to siphon from, even if it's magical."
I'll rub my chin a bit.
"Between you and Iris, we might be able to find a way to shut it down, assuming we find it."
I'll shrug.
"Well, a way other than Soil's traditional method of disabling devices."

530169

>>530168
"I assume they would try to protect it. So if we want to be quick, we might have to roll with Soil's way of solving problems."

530170

>>530169
"Or simply overload it. If you shove too much of something into a hole, even a magical one, it can break what's supposed to hold it."

530171

>>530170
"I'd rather not feed ponies into it."

530172

>>530163
Soon the smell of fresh baked apple pie fills the room.
If you need to do some more alterations, the clock is ticking!

>>530166
"We've got to find this machine first. Do you need my help for that?"

>>530167
"Mr. Skull has many engagements and projects."

>>530168
"I'll help if I can….can I help?"
She looks up with pleading eyes.

530173

>>530165
"Aurelie Fleur. I'm from Prance."

530174

>>530172
Smile.
"You've already helped."

530175

>>530171
"Right, that would be how it would happen, wouldn't it…"
>>530172
"Well, Star, I was counting on it, honestly. None of us have the knowledge you do of geomancy, and you're a sharp mare regardless."

530176

>>530172
I'll garnish the edges of the pie with the nicest looking bits of the apple skin, but other than that that's all I think I need to do.
Well, that and get my horn back.

530177

>>530172
"What a boring pony."
Can I have a description of this place?

530178

>>530173
"Prance, huh? I thought you looked a bit Prance-ish. Got the beautiful mane and those drop dead gorgeous eyes that I've always loved about Prance girls~"
I chuckle and give her a peck on the lips.
"So how'd you come to working for a guy like Cracked?"

530179

>>530175
"I'm sure we'll figure something out."

530180

>>530174
She scrunches.

>>530175
"I'll get my sword then!"

>>530176
Okay, time's up.
The mare translator speaks up.
"Time to present your dishes to the Emissary. Mr Francois goes first."
The prance pony has a traditional salad with a large number of colorful flowers.
The emissary takes one bite and chews long on it, while giving the prance cook an icy cold look.
"…unacceptable."
He trots away head bowed.
You see Ms. Cake in the audience.

>>530177
The place has a large arena pit, on the edges is the public. Furthermore, there's a large bar with Skulls couch next to it.
The place is made out of stone.
The walls are decorated by weapons.
The ceiling is decorated by flags, obscuring most of the ceiling itself.

>>530178
"Lots of bad decisions in life." She chuckles. "But it's not so bad, I've had worse. What made you a gladiator?"

530181

>>530180
"Hopefully you won't need it, but it's best to be prepared in any case."

530182

>>530180
Smile.
"I didn't mean you can't help some more!"

>>530181
"I'll got get my phoenix too. Can you believe how much he can sleep?"

530183

>>530180
"Oh well.
When's the next fight?"

530184

>>530180
I smile at her and wait to be called.

530185

>>530180
"Enjoy the fighting."
I bark out a laugh.
"Not so bad? So what, Cracked treat you like something more than a piece of meat?"

530187

>>530182
"As I've no idea the sleeping patterns of phoenixes, I dare say I'd believe almost anything."

530189

>>530187
"He's a real sleepyhead, let's just go with that."
Well, get up and go upstairs to the room.

530191

>>530172
"Do you wish to come along, darling? I don't see why not."

530199

>>530185
"Not that decent. But hey, he pays me in more than food and lodging, which is more than I can say for some other stallions I worked for. And he can be quite gentlecoltly at times. He likes to talk about art, believe it or not."

>>530191
>>530182
>>530181
"YES"
She jumps up and runs off to get her sword.

>>530183
She looks through her schedule.
"How about in a few hours? You don't seem too tired yet."

>>530184
"Mr. Ram, you're next."
The blonde pony trots up with a fruity dish.
The emissary takes one bite and spits it out.
The blonde chef starts a tirade of insults directed towards the Emissary's sense of taste and family, until he is escorted away by 2 big neighponese guards.
"Miss Shortcake, you're next."

>>530189
He's still sleeping.

530200

>>530199
"Art? Ha! No way."
I laugh again.
"What kinda art does a lug like that guy like?"

530201

>>530199
"I gotta ask my pal first! Seen her anywhere?"

530202

>>530199
I just chuckle.

I can understand her feelings.

530203

>>530199
Well, I guess I'm just waiting for the other two to get back.

530204

>>530199
Poke him.
"Rise and shine, Inferni, we've got bad guys to catch."

530206

>>530199
I carefully take my pie up to the Emissary.

530209

>>530201
"She went with Aurelie to the showers.
….you better knock before entering."

>>530200
He showed me his gallery here once. Very beautiful paintings. He had all these names and genres for them, but I don't really remember them."
She chuckles.

>>530202
>>530203
She's back with her crystal shortsword.

>>530204
He wakes up. Stretches and gets on your back.

>>530206
He takes a tiny bit of the pie.
And slowly chews on it, looking you coldly in the eyes.

530210

>>530209
"Alright, alright."
Off to the showers!

530211

>>530210
The mare shower door is closed.

530212

>>530209
"Star, one thing before we go. Have you ever seen anything like this marking before?"
I'll show her the folded paper with the smiley face.
"I can't decide whether it's more than it looks, or if I've been had."

530213

>>530211
Wait wait wait.
Mare shower doors are for mares only.
I'll just stand behind it and shout.
Much more socially acceptable.
"HEY MELODY, YOU THERE?"

530214

>>530209
"How can you sleep so much?"
Walk downstairs

530216

>>530209
I try to be brave.

530217

>>530209
"That is a very ornate sword! It's gorgeous!"

530218

>>530209
"Heh. Can't say I expected that of a guy like hi-"

>>530213
I wince.
"Uh… Hey Soil! What's up?"
God dammit Soil why'd you pick one of the WORST TIMES.

530219

>>530218
"YOU UP TO ONE MORE FIGHT IN A FEW HOURS?"

530220

>>530219
"Another paired fight?"

530221

>>530220
"WELL YEAH THIS IS WHY I'M ASKING!"

530224

>>530212
"It's the sigil of the Laughing One. Obviously."

>>530214
You're back with the others.

>>530216
He eventually mumbles something to the translator.
"It is acceptable." she says.

>>530217
"Thanks…" she looks at it "…my dad made it." she says with a tinge of melancholy.

>>530218
Aurelies ears perk.

530225

>>530224
I smile and bow.
"Thank you, sir!"

530226

>>530221
I smack my face.
"Looks like we're gonna have to have another little… get together, some other time."
I lean in and give her a peck on the cheek and a grin.
"Catch you later."

>>530221
I walk outside.
"Yeah. I'll be up for another fight. Who's it against?"

530227

>>530224
"Well, yes, but if you unfold it, there's nothing immediately visible. That's why I'm unsure whether or not I've fallen for some ruse."

530229

>>530224
"I see. You crystal ponies certainly know how to work those crystals."

530230

Whelp, apologize to Mabel, Light Heart and Star for ruining their map!!

Wait whats happening?

530231

>>530226
Shrug.
"It's a fight. I didn't ask against whom."

530237

>>530226
"Later" she blows you a kiss.

>>530225
He simply nods and trots away.
The translator mare hands you a sealed parchment.
"This is an invitation to the Royal Cooking Arena. Take care of it. Without it you'll be unable to enter."

>>530227
She looks it over.
"Take it to a mage. Sometimes these things got spells on time, to hide the text."

>>530230
The map got cleaned up.
People are getting ready to leave for the arena.

>>530229
"Yes…yes he does." she stares a bit longer at the sword and sheats it away.

530239

>>530237
I'll nod.
"Thank you. Honestly, we'd be lost without you and Iris."
I'll look around at the gathered folk.
"So, are we all ready, then?"

530240

>>530231
"So this'll be my fourth fight, and your… third?"
I scratch my head.
"So that means that after this I'll have a shot at the champion."
I scratch my chin.
"Hey, how'd you like to help investigate some shit? Help me find out what's going on here?"

530241

>>530237
"Well, you simply must tell me more if you ever find the time. I would love to hear all about your home."

530242

>>530237
Go near to the other.

>>530239
>>530240
"Arena? Why are we going to the arena?"

530243

>>530240
"Yeah tot-"
Wait a second!
Droop my ears.
"I told Iris we'd have lunch together…"

530244

>>530242
"Star believes, and we agree, that the energy siphon that Light Heart found the plans to, is somewhere in the arena. So we're going in to case the place, see if we can't find it, and then see if we can't shut it down."

530245

>>530244
I tilt my head.
"Siphon… ener.. what? Does it involve monsters?"

530246

>>530245
I'll think a moment.
"Metaphorically?"

530247

>>530243
"Ah. 's cool then. Go have lunch with your mare man. See you later at the fight."
I wave goodbye to him and go over to the maintenance door, and peek inside. Someone in there?

530248

>>530237
I take it and nod.
"When is it?"

530249

>>530246
"Whats…. methaporically pony? A new kind of monster?"

530250

>>530247
"Nah that's not right. Hold on."
>>530237
Put Indy down.
"Hey champ, do me a solid one. Go to Iris and tell'er I can't make it, okay? Secret stuff!"

530251

>>530249
"No, it's a figure of speech. The pony who set up the energy siphon is, metaphorically speaking, a monster. But he's not literally a monster. It's… complicated."

530255

>>530251
"Errr… okay, just tell Snack who are the bad guys and we will go whack some skulls eh." I grin.

>>530237
"Good job Star." I nod at her.

530258

>>530247
No. It's empty.

>>530241
"Okay. Sometime."

>>530248
"Next month. But the trials will take a long time, since we've got ponies coming from all over Equestria to Canterlot. Report to the Neighponese embassy with this at any time and you'll be scheduled."

>>530250
He salutes.
"I'll go eat with her!"
And he runs off.

>>530255
"Thanks Snacks. Warren told me I can come with all of you to fight!"

530259

>>530258
Chuckle and go after Melody.
>>530247
"So. What's this all about?"

530260

>>530258
"Excellent."
I smile.

530261

>>530255
"Let's just make sure we only go for the right ones."
>>530258
Well, once we're all together, we'll go.

530263

>>530258
I scratch my head before whispering to her.
"Can Star handle herself? Remember our talk?"
"Try and keep close to anyone of us, specially to either Snack, Amber or Soil."

>>530261
"Alright, lets go." I nod and get ready to move.

530264

>>530258
"Thank you."
I walk over to Mrs. Cake, trying to not skip or jump with joy.

530266

>>530259
"Sneaking. Mind holding watch out here for a second?"

>>530258
I duck inside and go looking for those pictures.

530269

>>530266
"Uh… Okay. If someone comes by I will just…
Coff. Yeah."

530273

>>530263
She scrunches.
"I..I can…you have to believe me…"

>>530266
You find the box.

>>530269
Roll.

>>530261
>>530260
You're all here.

530274

>>530273
Aw shit yes.
Is it, uh… developed or whatever? Can I see the actual pictures?

530275

>>530273
No, she's Rock'n Roll, I'm Mad Dunker!
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

530276

>>530273
Right…
Can we just go in, or…?

530277

>>530274
It's locked.

>>530275
A pony with a moustache trots over here.
The janitor.

>>530276
Of course.
But Mabel and LH are offline.

530278

>>530273
I nod at this and keep close to the others.
Now what do we see? What does the arena look like, any suspicious looking people?
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

530279

>>530277
Right. Let's head to the arena proper. Or at least the observation deck.

530280

>>530277
Start coffing!
And trot up to the janitor.
"Hey. Hey pal.
Where's the bathroom?"

530282

>>530277
Fuuuuuuck.
Uh
Uh
I stuff it into my bag! I think that one chick said she could pick lo-

>>530280
Oh shit.
Shiiiit shit shit.
I uh
I try to get that vent open again!
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

530288

>>530278
>
>>530277
Also look at Star.
"Do we have a map of this arena if Snack is correct?'

530289

>>530282
You quickly zip it open and get in. You're hidden perfectly.

>>530280
"Back there pal."
He goes to the door.

>>530279
>>530278
Most ponies here seem suspicious. The unsavory type of ponoes and griffons. There's a mist of pipe smoke.
Around the arena pit is a large crowd and a bar.
You can't see the ceiling because of all the flags that have been put up.
There are weapons on the walls.

>>530288
She shakes her head.
"We don't."

PAUSE

530290

>>530289
Hmm. Too many flags, huh? Suspicious. Also a fire hazard.
I'll whisper to the others.
"I'm going to take a look around."
And then sneakity-sneak. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

530298

>>530289
Both of us go around and investigate a bit, ask some random pony.
"Hey when is arena fight going?"

530714

>>530290
You sneak between the flags, there doesn't seem to be any energy sucking machines here.
In case of a fight, setting this on fire would end it quick for everyone here though.

>>530298
There's a pretty Prance mare who seems to be in charge of the fights.
"It will start in a few minute sir, talk to the bookies if you would like to place a bet!"

530715

>>530714
Now where could they be hiding this contraption…
Look at the Prench mare.
"Who will be fighting?"

530716

>>530714
That'll be our last resort. Honestly though, this is such a fire hazard. I'm surprised they haven't been shut down until some of these go away. Still, while I'm up here, let's take a look around. How's the floor plan of the arena pit from a pegasus's-eye-view?

530717

>>530714
"Neat!"
Off to the showers! I bet there's even a locker room, right?

530718

>>530714
If I'm still at the Church, I'd like to ask one of the nun's a question.

"I've encountered a number of, beings not exactly from this world, I was hoping you would know of some way to keep them at bay? Or preferrably, combat them."

530719

Where was I?

530720

>>530715
"Bulkberg and Blackhoof, ma'am."

>>530716
The Arena pit in the middle, to the left the bar and next to it Crackeds empty couch. There's a refreshment area to the right of the pit.

>>530717
There is.
As you walk in one of Crackeds mares hurriedly walks out.

>>530718
She cocks her head.
"What kind of beings? Demonic or Chaotic?"

>>530719
I think you were going with LH on her investigation.

530721

>>530720
Cock my head and look at her storm out.

530722

>>530720
Catch up to her.
Where's she and what is she doing?

530723

>>530720
"Definitely chaotic, but a few seemed far too malicious and willing to go the extra mile or two to kill us. So both, if possible, because I'm worried some of them might come back for revenge."

530724

>>530720
"Could you tell me a bit more about them? Their match records?"

530725

>>530720
I may have to use that Inquisitor's dagger to force my way into the back area, since the front is probably clean as a whistle to throw off health inspectors, guards, and anyone who doesn't look too closely.
I'll work my way over to near Cracked Skull's viewing area while staying hidden in the banners. Maybe he'll show up while I'm moving.

530726

>>530722
She's in the Arena, looking around.

>>530721
She has a nice butt.
Roll to not pop a boner.

>>530723
"Demonic entities require holy energy to repel them, you should have a cleric or a paladin with you if you wish to have any chance of fighting them.
Chaotic enemies are more vulnerable, but they hide themselves very well. Trust nopony if you made enemies with one of them."

>>530724
"Bulkberg is one of Ponyville's finest. He has won 10 matches, his winning streak of 4 interrupted by Rock'n Roll. Blackhoof has 15 matches under his belt. Undefeated."

>>530725
He's not here.

530727

>>530726
Well, I should be snooping around too.
Let's stealth it up!

Roll #1 8 = 8

530728

>>530726
I…
Think I'm used to seeing naked mares, but sure.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530729

>>530726
Well, I'd gathered. I'll head over to the refreshment area, and then drop out of stealth.

530730

>>530726
"I'd like to be a bit more prepared against Demons, since we don't always have a Paladin with us."

Sit down.

"As for Chaos, I think we got rid of the one who was hounding us, but I really don't want to have to spend my life second or third guessing everyone."

530731

>>530726
"Thank you darling."
Blackhoof the champion has fifteen wins, what a surprise.
Now where can I place a bet?

530732

>>530728
Just messing with ya.
Sure popped a boner.
Carry on citizen.

>>530727
You're a hidden donk.

>>530729
You're in the refreshment area. Some ponies and griffons here enjoying their drinks, talking and waiting for the fight.

>>530730
She thinks.
"Are you a believer in the Sisters?"

>>530731
There's a bookie carrying a bag of money collecting the bets in the audience.

530733

>>530732
Alright.
Off into the changing room!
I wanna talk with the other fighters!

530734

>>530732
Let's start sneaky sneaking around.
Avoid the 'populated' areas.
Try to look for places with no one around. Maybe there is a basement somewhere?

530735

>>530732
"Sort of, I've seen what many ponies who believe in them have done and even what a Paladin of Love can do, but I can't doubt the Ancients for having helped prepare me for a life on this crazy road. "

530736

>>530732
See if I can arrange a bet on Blackhoof then. Just for funsies.

530737

>>530151
Approach her with a wave.
"Hi!"

530738

>>530733
It's empty.
But right when you want to leave again, a big griffon walks in, the one who was so angry at Melody earlier.

>>530734
You find a corridor leading to the fighters chambers.
It seems empty for now.

>>530735
"A rare thing. I've heard many griffons of the North consider the Princesses pretenders."

>>530736
How much bits you wanna bet?

>>530737
"Aaauuug?"
She wakes up.
"Oh hello deary, how can old Granny Smith help you?"

530739

>>530738
"Hey I remember you!"

530740

>>530738
Head in!

530741

>>530738
That depends, how much do I have?

Let's say 10% of my total bits.

530742

>>530738
"I've got a letter for Applejack, ma'am! It's urgent!"

530743

>>530738
"Yeah, and I grew up with such beliefs being told to me, but I was more of an outside kid. Besides, I've encountered dragons and other monsters on what should have been a simple job hunting expedition. There must be something to them because you continue to live here."

530744

>>530714
"Could we just watch and take no bets?"

530745

>>530739
"And I remember you. The pony with the questionable taste in friends. Let me ask you something, how did you get involved with her?"

>>530740
There are many doors, one "Showers", maintenance, and doors for all the fighters.

>>530741
You've bet.
"The fight starts soon!"

>>530742
"Oh dearie, she's on the field with Big Mac, just follow the sound of the bucking."

>>530743
"Do you know how they came to be Princesses of Equestria?"

>>530744
She pauses.
"….of course."

530746

>>530745
Maintenance, that should do it.
Enter that

530747

>>530745
Good, that means people will be distracted.

Let's go poke around and see if I can find any of my new friends.

Roll #1 3 = 3

530748

>>530745
"She and a friend sang some really bad song."

530749

>>530745
>>530746
>>530747
I whisper to the others.
"What are we investigating here? Also where would we go and investigate first?"

530750

>>530745
"Alright thanks!"
Let's go then!

530751

>>530745
"No. Aside from what I heard from ponies' prayers, I'm officially negligent on the matter."

530752

>>530749
Mabel is in stealth right now, so I'm not sure she can talk

530753

>>530749
We're separated.

530754

>>530753
>>530752
Well alright my bad.

530755

>>530746
A pony with a cap and moustache is in there reading "Big Flanks."
"…Can I help you?"

>>530747
Snacks and Warren are close.

>>530748
"Indeed. Well that's one way to make friends I suppose."

>>530749
You are trying to track down some evil machine that the party believes is hidden in this very building.
LH and Warren are close and within earshot.

>>530751
She sits down.
"I believe even in Hyperborea they have heard of Discord. A very long time ago he ruled Equestria with an iron claw and made life for ponies here and in the entire world miserable."

>>530750
You soon hear the sound of trees being bucked and apples falling down from trees.

530756

>>530755
"What's your problem with her?
I mean, I didn't like her either, but then we had fun, laughed, sang, and now even fought together!
She fights good!"

530757

>>530729
>>530754
"Have either of you two found anything so far?"

530758

>>530755
Wasn't I in stealth?
"Yeah… I think there might be something wrong with one of the pipes in the shower. The water just won't stop."

530759

>>530755
"It's hard to imagine it being worse than now, but it seems we may have run into one of his subordinates. With all the trouble he caused us, I don't want to imagine what Discord itself could be capable of."

530760

>>530755
>>530757
I shake my head and whisper.
"So whats the plan? If ponies give anything specific, Snack can track it down. If Snack is correct it is a machine made of steel that may have been recently been moved into this arena right?"

530761

>>530755
Follow that sound!
"Don't worry Silver, this won't take too long!"

530762

>>530760
"Indeed. The plan is to find it."

530763

>>530762
I nod at this.
"So would Light Heart pony keep watch of Star or should I keep watch of her?"

530764

>>530758
You open up a door right into his room. You're not invisible.
He scratches his head.
"I didn't know we had donk fighters…"

>>530756
"I was the Arena Champion in Tall Tale just a few months ago. Undefeated, had my career before me. Until I had to fight her. She and her friend gave me a slice of pie before the fight and then I started feeling bad. I can't prove it, but I know they put something in that pie. I lost everything because of that. Now I have to start all over again."

>>530759
"It was far worse, but from the Great Unicorn Range came 2 alicorns, Celestia and Luna, seemingly from nowhere. They inspired the ponies from Vanhoover to rise up against Discord. And so they started the Grand Crusade to retake Equestria. It would take 20 years of fighting and war, but in the end they banished Discord, turned him to stone and united Equestria."

>>530761
You see a red stallion and an orange mare with a hat bucking trees.
As you come closer the orange mare looks up.
"Well howdy, lots of visitors these days. I'm Applejack, and this is mah brother Big MAc."
"EEEEYUP."

530765

>>530763
"If you wish to poke around, I can stay with her."

530766

>>530764
"You what?"
Look at him bewildered.
"That's low!
Even for that zebra!
I should have been the one defating you, fair and square!"

530767

>>530764
"I'm Amber, a Warder! This is Silver Blood, my partner. I have a letter for you, miss Applejack!"
Take it out.

530768

>>530765
I nod at this.
"I trust pony, keep her safe."

>>530764
I then began going around the arena's premises for evidence of any large containers or heavy equipments capable of moving any machine made of steel. Perhaps reinforced wagons or something.
Supreme survivor(if that adds anything)
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

530769

>>530764
Smile.
"Oh, well, I'm rather new. I still haven't decided if I'll stick around, but I'm quite good with my swords."

530770

>>530764
"20 years? Discord must have been powerful. But, what of the Sisters? Why was it that only the two of them came, and none others?"

530771

>>530757
"Only that those banners are a rather terrible fire hazard."

530772

>>530771
"Hmmm?"

530773

>>530767
"Nice to meet ya, Amber and Silver."
She looks it over.
"From who is it?"

>>530768
Nothing of the sort in the arena.
There are more backdoor areas for fighters and staff.

>>530769
He raises a brow and gets up. "Allright, missy, show me the problem then."

>>530770
She points towards the sun through the window.
"They are the Sun and the Moon made flesh, there can be no others."

530774

>>530773
"I would, but I'm terribly exhausted. It's in the female showers, I'm sure you'll find it!"

530775

>>530773
"Your friend Cloudy!"

530776

>>530772
I'll gesture towards the roof.
"There's nothing up there but far too many banners than any normal fire code would allow. If anything were to light those up, the place would be full of smoke in moments."
I'll shrug.
"I'll be trying to get in around the back, maybe see if there's a basement level. Did Melody ever mention janitor walkways, or did she not find any?"

530777

>>530773
"Still, why did they decide to stay here in Equestria? Hyperborea and all the other countries are still under the Sun and Moon, why not them?"

530778

530779

>>530776
"I am afraid I do not know."

530780

>>530779
"Well, I've at least got an idea or two on how to find out. How about you? Turn anything up?"

530781

>>530773
Hmmmmm…..
Examine the arena if there are any anomalies on the soil or the floor where it stands on. Also are there anyone guarding the backdoors?

530782

>>530780
"No, I'm afraid not. Champion Blackhoof will be fighting soon, so the crowd will likely be distracted."

530783

>>530774
"Well in that case, I'll just stay right here then. Doesn't sound too urgent."
He smirks.

>>530775
"Cloudy?…Oooooooooh."
She opens it and reads it carefully.
Her expression becomes worried as she reads on.

>>530778
"Well they didn't. So maybe that will teach you to think twice before selecting a friend."

>>530777
"They live in Canterlot, on the Holy Mount Laurenia. It is there that their place is. In time all will see the wisdom in their guidance, they do not want to create unnecessary bloodshed by converting those who still live outside their light. Such as the Griffons."

>>530781
There doesn't seem to be anything on the floor, but the backdoors are unguarded.

>>530782
>>530780
And the 2 fighters come out, under thundring applause.

530784

>>530783
Wait for her to finish, it's only polite!

530785

>>530783
Pout.
"That would be an awful waste of water, wouldn't it?"

530786

>>530783
"Nah ah dun believe it.
I'm gonna talk with her and stuff!
You and I are gonna fix this!"

530787

>>530782
>>530783
I'll nod slightly.
"Odd that the overseer isn't, well, overseeing the fights. Think he might be taking care of the item?"

530788

>>530783
Look a bit around first to make sure before opening the door and peeping inside, where does it lead too?

530789

>>530783
"I guess they'd have my support in that manner. Lately, it seems that they are the only ones who don't want to shed any more blood."

530790

>>530787
"Perhaps so. It is unfortunate we do not know where."

530791

>>530790
"I'll keep looking, if you want to keep an eye out up here."

530792

>>530784
She looks up.
"Did ya see this dragon?"

>>530785
"And I bet it would be awful for you if I went to Cracked to ask him about donkeys."

>>530786
"Oh are we? Oh I'd love that."

>>530788
It leads to a long corridor with all kinds of doors, you see Mabel talking to one pony just outside the maintenance door.

>>530789
"It seems so. But don't mistake this for cowardice. The Sisters have lived for thousands of years, they know better than anypony the many unintended effects rash actions could have. They might move slow to restore all of Equestria, but that's because they want to do it right. One wrong move and Equestria could be in civil war again."
She sighs.
"Many ponies have moved away from the faith of the Sisters lately, these are dark times, leading to doubt in their minds. But I know they have not forgotten us."

530793

>>530791
"I shall do so."

530794

>>530792
I nod quickly.
"Yup! It was biiiiig. Really big!"

530795

>>530792
"Yeah! And fix the stuff here aswell!
Like, that thing that makes you sleepy when you fight!"

530796

>>530792
Tilt my head a bit.
"Aww, now why would you do that?"

530797

>>530793
Nod slightly, and then head back into the crowd.
>>530792
Is the entrance for new fighters easily visible, or am I going to have to search for it?

530798

>>530792
What is Mabel doing there?
Anyway lets tip toe and enter while keeping myself as undetectable as possible. Think of myself as 'the shadow'.
'1d10'

How many doors are there? Any of them have labels?

Roll #1 5 = 5

530799

>>530792
"I'll tell you now, I've mocked lots of ponies for seeking to profit off the suffering of others, slavers, thugs, even murderers, but being here with you makes even me rethink my own actions. I must praise you for being so hopeful and sticking to your faith. But still, how would this help me deal with all those demons we keep meeting on the road?"

530800

>>530795
"You felt that too? I'm kinda new. I feared I was becoming weak…."

>>530794
She nods.
"….aw shoot…come with me."
She trots towards the farm.

>>530798
There are a number here.
You're not stealthed.
You see Mabel talking to somepony, but it would probably be better if he didn't see you.
There's a door for the showers and one for each fighter including blackhoof, gurion, Bulkberg,….
You notice also a dent in the wall that seems out of place.

>>530799
"Demons flee at the sight of holy power. If you are a follower of the Sisters, carry this with you."
She gives you a small amulet with the Sun and the Moon on it.
"If you keep another faith, you should ask a practitioner of that to provide you with protection however. This might not make the demons immediately flee but it will allow you to fight them."

>>530796
"Because lots of ponies have been trying to get into my room lately and I'm quite frankly getting tired of it!"

>>530797
Easily visible and unguarded.

530801

>>530800
"Why, are you hiding something?"
Smile.
"There is no shame in reading Big Flanks, if that is what bothers you. It's only natural."

530802

>>530800
"Maybe we should ask somepony who's been here longer!"

530803

>>530800
Trot after her!
"I also met your cousin in Tall Tale!"

530804

>>530800
Wonderful. In I go. And let's start poking around. Stay away from the gladiator quarters, and see if I can't find a path to the offices. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530805

>>530800
"I can ask at the Gryphon Embassy when I arrive to Canterlot. Thank you for this. Is there anything I can do to repay you?"

530806

>>530800
Try to keep stealthy but we have no doubt that I am capable of stealth for I am the shadow.
'1d10'

Also an anomaly on the wall? Funny lets see and investigate it a bit.
But no chipping on the wall.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 4 = 4

530807

>>530801
"How about we make a deal then? You shake that big flank of yours and I'll help you with what you're obviously looking for."

>>530802
"That's an idea."
He scratches his chin.
"But most you put in the hospital.
Bulkberg's dumb as a moose.
And Blackhoof isn't trustworthy."

>>530803
"Anna? How's she doing?"

>>530805
"Perhaps a small donation to the Cult? It will go towards helping the poor, you can be assured."

>>530806
You're the shadow for now.
As you put your paw in, a small input device materializes on the wall. It needs a 3 number code.

530808

>>530804
You see Mabel and Snacks.

530809

>>530808
Let's keep out of sight, then. Stealth it up. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

530810

>>530807
"Great! We fought each other in the arena and she beat me. She's a strong pony! She joined up with some inquisitors before we left."

530811

>>530807
"You don't trust somepony you fight against?"

530812

>>530807
How much do I have to spare?

"At the same time, since I'm waiting on a few others, do you need any physical work to be done here? I can't let myself go to waste just because something isn't trying to kill me right now."

530813

>>530807
My flanks aren't that big!
"Interested in donkeys, are you?"
Take a moment's pause.
"I am used to ponies staring, so that deal could work, as long as we are on the same page about what I'm looking for. And there's no touching."

530814

>>530807
Holy shit!
Lets get out of here and find Light Heart or Warren.

530815

>>530793
Blackhoof and Bulkberg are fighting.
Blackhoof is a giant of a pony. His muscles are all pumped up and bulking.

>>530809
You're stealthed now.

>>530810
"The Inquisition. Gosh darn that pony, she always was a stubborn. Let's hope she don't get into trouble."
She walks inside the farm and trots up above.

>>530812
Loads of cash.
She thinks. "We need somepony to bring an offering to the small shrine near the Everfree…"

>>530811
"He's a sneaky one. He would stick a dagger in your flank before the fight just to win."

>>530813
He leans back.
"Sure, honey."

>>530814
LH is upstairs.
Warren is here too.

530816

>>530815
Follow suit.

530817

>>530815
Earth pony?

530818

>>530815
Stick out my tongue in disgust.
"Bleargh! You shoul have slammed him flat first time he tried that and be done with it!"

530819

>>530815
A pity I don't have any blunt objects, otherwise I'd help Mabel out. Though she seems to be doing well enough on her own.
Wonder what Snacks found that's got him worked up, though?

530820

>>530815
"Well then, tell me where the offering is and I'll make sure to do it for you, just point the way."

Go and drop a good number of bits into the collection bin.

530821

>>530815
The things I do out of the kindness in my heart!
Shut the door. I don't need anyone else seeing this and thinking the wrong thing.
Take my cape off as well. With a little shake.
"Remember, this candy is for the eyes only."

530822

>>530815
>>530817
>>530819
I come to their postion and whisper.
"Snack found something on the wall there, there is some panel that needs a 3 digit code." I pointed to the anomalous wall.

530823

>>530822
Or maybe not to Lightheart if she is not in the same position as Warren.

530824

>>530817
Indeed.

>>530816
Once above she opens up a giant chest in her room.
Out it she gets a golden necklace with an orange apple on it.
She looks at it with a tinge of sadness.

>>530818
"Ive never seen him do it. Just saying, that's the type of pony he is. It's in the eyes."

>>530820
She looks amazed at the amount of money you put in the collection bin.
"Thank you, I'll make sure to put it to proper use."
She hoofs you a small bouquet of multi-colored flowers.
"It's a formality really, the shrine protects Ponyville from the spread of the Everfree. Put those flowers on there and your duty is done. You will find it near the edge of the everfree."

>>530821
"I wouldn't have it any other way."
He puts his book away and enjoys the show.

530825

>>530824
"… What's that?"

530826

>>530824
"You ever fought against him?
That's how you learn about a pony real well!"

530827

>>530822
"A combination lock?"
I'll nod to myself.
"That may be exactly what we're looking for. Now we just need to figure out the code."

530828

>>530824
Well, put on a smile, then put on a show.
Just like as if I was on stage.
Only, this time the ass is the center of attention.
Shake that booty and watch him be amazed.

Roll #1 5 = 5

530829

>>530827
"But how, surely there is someone in this arena who knows code or something. Any suspects?"

530830

>>530824
"That's all? Well, consider it done."

Fly off in the direction of the Shrine after bidding her farewell.

530831

>>530829
"Aside from the owner? Not likely. I doubt he lets anyone down there except his most trusted…"
I'll look over at Mabel and the pony she's talking to.
"What in the world is she doing? Is she having a seizure?"

530832

>>530831
"What?" I look.
"Mabel… is… doing a mating ritual?"

530833

>>530825
"It's called the Element of Honesty. One of the Elements of Harmony."
Silver gasps.
You also have heard of those.

>>530826
"I fought alongside him in one fight. He fights with a ferocity bordering madness. It's not natural."

>>530828
He's definitely amazed.
"Yeah baby, that's what old Leak needs."

>>530830
As you arrive you see a cloaked stallion and a mare wearing war paint near the shrine.
The stallion lifts his elaborate hammer, with a tiny fell glowing gem embedded within, high. Clearly intending to smash the shrine.

>>530831
>>530832
The door is closed niggas.

530834

>>530833
"Ooooh… That must have cost a lot of bits!"

530835

>>530833
"I knew somepony who fought like that. Still gotta get back at him though!"
Ponder for a moment.
"Maybe it's just like the cake you said!"

530836

>>530833
Alrighty then. Nevermind.
>>530832
Anyway.
"He probably wouldn't let anyone in there except his most trusted underling. So, we need to find that underling, and wring the code out of him. Or I can climb into the vents to see if I can't work my way into that section, assuming it isn't cut off."
I'll rub my chin.
"Or we could take a more direct route, and just go through it. I doubt he expected a diamond dog to come poking around his secret door."

530837

>>530833
Smile as I do it.
"I just hope you'll still remember what I need after the show is over."

530838

>>530833
Shit we missed it.
Look at the hallway if its clear and if it is, just stay in my position next to Warren.

>>530836
Hmmmm….
"Should we tell the others?"

530839

>>530833
"Oh no you don't!"

Tackle him away from the shrine and make sure I grab the hammer so it doesn't fall on the shrine.

Hawkeye '1d10'
'1d10+1' Gryphon Divebomb

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

530840

>>530838
"Whomever is free, at least. Light Heart is topside, and Mabel is in that room there, doing only she knows what. Star should be up top as well, if you could bring her along. We'll need all the brains we can muster if we don't find that code."

530841

>>530840
"Alright lets go get them."

530842

>>530841
I guess there's no reason to stay stealthed, so I'll drop out of it on the way back up.
>>530833
We're on our way back up to get Light Heart and Star.

530843

>>530842
Follow Warren.

530844

>>530834
Silver facehoofs.
"Amber…you can't buy one of those. She must be one of the Elements of Harmony!"
He turns to Applejack.
"Sorry. It's such an honor to meet you."
That's allright sugarcube, I don't need to have ponies recognizing me."

>>530835
"I thought that at first, but I've had the food around here checked. No issues. I think Blackhoof is taking some illegal drugs to boost his strength, but I'm clueless about the dizzyness in the Arena, he must have some other trick."

>>530837
"Right, right, just keep shaking first. You wouldn't mind if I took a picture."
He grabs an old style camera.

>>530838
It's clear.

>>530839
You do a perfect dive, but somehow the cloaked pony is too quick for you and bashes you to the ground. (you're not helpless.)
The mare scoffs towards you.
"You shouldn't be here Griffon. Go home and forget that you saw us."

>>530842
>>530843
Above Blackhoof has beaten his opponent to the ground in a display of savagery.
He bashes his chest in victory.

530845

>>530844
Snort.
"Must be somethin' in the air."

530846

>>530844
"Y'know, like all 'dat ursa dust."

530847

>>530844
Shake my hoof instead of the flank for a moment.
"Wait a second, that wasn't part of our agreement, was it?"

530848

>>530844
"Oh… Well ponies sell jewelry all the time, even if they're priceless artifacts!"

530849

>>530844
Right, let's get Light Heart's attention. A tap on the shoulder should do.

530850

>>530844
"Sorry, I have an offering to leave here. Now that we've established why I am here, you two don't mind telling me why you'd want to destroy such a little shrine? You seem oddly capable to be simple bandits."

530851

>>530849
"Hmmm? Yes, mister Warren?"

530852

>>530851
"We've found something that might be what we're looking for."
>>530844
I'll look around a bit. Is Star nearby?

530853

>>530852
"Ah, good. Let us head in together then."

530854

>>530853
"Slight problem, however. It's locked by a combination lock, or so Snacks says. Assuming we can't figure it out, we may have to make a ruckus so that no one notices him digging through the door."

530855

>>530845
>>530846
He thinks.
"Could be…then we'd have to get into the vents to check."

>>530847
"Please…something to keep me warm at night. And you are such a pretty donk~"

>>530848
"Ain't that the truth, but this I would never sell."
She gets out a greatsword.
"My old sword Applesting."

>>530851
You can collect your winnings at the bookie after that distastefully savage fight.

>>530852
She is. "let's go, let's go."

>>530850
The mare shakes her head "none of your business."
"I don't think he'll leave just like that and I doubt he'll just forget willingly." the stallion says emotionlessly.
The mare grins. "Don't worry, griffon. We'll make you forget."
The mare gets out a scythe while the stallion raises his Crystal Hammer.

BOSS: Unknown Mare
BOSS: Unknown Stallion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1svF7sR68

530856

>>530855
Look at him, then look at myself, bonk on the armor twice, then look at him again.
"Neither one of us is exactly mouse size."

530857

>>530855
Alright, I'll lead them back to the concealed door with its combination lock. Or I at least lead them to the area, and let Snacks point it out.
"So, how hard do you think it'll be to guess the code if we can't find it? I doubt we have the time to try all the combinations."

530858

>>530855
Flutter my eyelashes at her.
"I'm flattered, but if you just stare at one picture, it will be only that one picture that you will remember. If you use your memories… well, that'd would be a lot more to recall than a single frame, wouldn't it?"

530859

>>530854
>>530857
"Quite hard indeed, it could take hours. Perhaps we could find the code somewhere?"

>>530855
Nothing wrong with a bit of distastefulness every once in a while.

530860

530861

>>530857
>>530857
I scratch my head.
"Warren and I talked of finding the owner of the place and shake out the info out of him. If not we can force it, like destroying it or something?"

530862

>>530855
Take to the skies, keep my distance from these two if they're so willing to attack. Aim for the mare's scythe, to keep her away and possibly break it.

"Honestly, can't a Gryphon leave an offering in peace?"

Hawkeye '1d10'
Reflex Shot '1d10+2"

Roll #1 9 = 9

530863

>>530862
Reflex Shot '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

530864

>>530855
I grin.
"She's a beauty!"

530865

>>530861
"Well, I've no idea where to begin looking for him."
>>530859
"Maybe. Though if they were smart, it wouldn't be written down. Or even in one place."

530866

>>530865
"These ponies do not strike me as very clever, but I doubt even they would make it that easy for us."

530867

>>530856
"Right…..maybe we can get that creepy janitor to talk about the vents….but how do we make sure he doesn't rat us out afterwards?"

>>530858
"Hmmm….well okay, if you shake those flanks a few more times then, so I can make sure to remember them good."

>>530857
>>530859
>>530861
SOMEONE IS COMING
ROLL TO HIDE

>>530864
"She served me very well. I had hoped she had earned her retirement….Guess not."

>>530862
>>530863
You do a lightning quick attack on the mare pushing her back with a perfect sky shot.
The stallion however doesn't back down and shoots a black arrow at you.
Roll to dodge.

530868

>>530867
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

530869

>>530867
"Well…"
>>530866
Scatter. '1d10+2' Stealth.

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

530870

>>530867
Whelp.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

530871

>>530867
Grin.
"I have ways to make'm talk."

530872

>>530867
>>530869
Be invisible.

Roll #1 6 = 6

530873

>>530867
Shake it a bit more.
Sensually
He really seems to like them.
"It's the least I can do for the help you'll give me."

530874

>>530867
"That's fine! … What are we going to do next anyway?"

530875

>>530868
The black arrow hits you straight in the wings, you drop down to the ground.
You're helpless.

Pico 0/4
With a gesture of the cloaked pony dark crystal spring out of the dirt, grasping around you, it is harder to get up!

>>530869
>>530872
You're hidden.

>>530873
"I'll remember this, lady. What's your name anyway?"

>>530874
"I'm not sure what you're planning to do, but the letter said I should meet with my friends in Canterlot at once."

>>530870
You're not hidden in time.
A giant black pony walks in.
He looks at you.
"Who the fuck are you?"

>>530871
"Okay then. I never liked Cracked anyway"

530876

>>530875
"You ask the questions, I look mean at him!"
Off to the Onion!

530877

>>530875
Struggle out of it!

'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

530878

>>530875
…I wonder if I can fit him into the bag… Let's see how Snacks handles himself. I may not have to.

530879

>>530875
Uhmm.. uhh…
"Snack is looking for toilet room but dont know where it is, Snack dont want to pee on wall since Snack think it is not Pony customs to do." I raise one of my leg.
Lie.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

530880

>>530875
I think that was quite enough.
Bow theatrically.
"Magnificent Mabel."

530881

>>530875
Oh boy, that must be Blackhoof.
Slink out of the shadows.
"Mister Blackhoof. I don't believe we've met. No need to be alarmed, mister Cracked Skull simply hired us to act as extra security around the perimeter."
Con Artist

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

530882

>>530875
"Oh… yeah, we'll be going there too! But right now we're doing some investigations in Ponyville first!"

530883

>>530879
>>530881
Silently conk myself on the forehead. This… wait, what happened to Star?

530884

>>530875
FFFFF
Did the janitor dude leave?

530885

>>530876
As you walk out, you see Snacks and LH talking to an angry Blackhoof.
He smashes against the wall triggering the alarm.

>>530877
You can't get out.
The crystals tighten.
The mare steps forward and slashes her scythe in your other wing.
"There, you won't fly too soon now birdie."
The stallion steps forward.
"There is no hope." And hits you cowardly in the chest, cracking a rib.

Pico 0/2 HELPLESS

>>530879
>>530881
"Nice words, for LIARS"
He punches the wall and an alarm goes off.

>>530880
"Very nice, lady, so how can I-"
You hear an alarm going off.

>>530883
She's hiding on your back.
2qt.

>>530884
No he's right there.
And Mabel too. You saw EVERYTHING.

530886

>>530885
Gods damned… Is the alarm connected to anything, or is it just that wall unit?

530887

>>530885
Groan.
"What the heck happened here?"
And turn to blackhoof.
"And you! Shut that thing off or you will be next!"
Intimidate.
'1d10+3'

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

530888

>>530885
Damnit…
Shake my head and get my clothes on.
"Your time to deliver. That machine. Where is it and how do I get to it?"

530890

>>530885
"It's all there is here, jerk."

Reflex Shot '1d10+2'

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

530891

>>530885
Ha.
HA.
Oh man that's fuckin' ridiculous. I wonder-
!?
What the hell? An alarm?
I go and try to crawl around to find it's source from here in the vents.

530892

>>530885
Not good.
Time to book it.

Roll #1 10 = 10

530893

>>530885
Whelp run!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

530894

>>530892
"The heck happened here?!"

530895

530896

>>530894
"Bad things may have transpired."

530897

>>530896
Just grumble as I watch them run.

530898

>>530886
Seems like it. You don't immediately see an off switch.

>>530887
He just laughs!
"In minutes you'll have to explain yourself to the guards boy."

>>530891
You find a set of wires leading from the wall.
Slashing them would shut it down.

>>530892
>>530893
And Blackhoof laughs even more.
"Look at the brave heroes, running away with their tail between their legs."
You manage to make it out, back into the Arena.
The alarms is sounding here and the Prance mare is trying to calm everypony down.
The barkeep is getting a shotgun from behind the bar and loading it.

>>530895
"What are ya looking into? It's been a while since I went there. I'm helping my family here. Gosh darn it, now I won't be able to help with the harvest. Again."

>>530890
You valiantly fire a shot at the stallion shooting part of his ear away!
"You'll pay for that"' says the mare.
She steps on your wing and the pain sears through your body.

Pico 0/1 HELPLESS.

530899

>>530898
"T's gonna be real nice, got more of you shits to paint the walls with!"
I'm staying here. Came after the alarm rang, and I've my pal here to testify!

530900

>>530888
"Hey wait a second, what's that alarm?"

530901

>>530898
"I'll make sure you pay in spades!"

Again, try to get out of this stupid sphere!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

530902

>>530900
Step closer, clop my hoof against the ground.
"You can worry about that later, I'm sure it will be handled. Just tell me, where is it, and how do I get to it?"

530903

>>530898
Well, this all went to hell in a hoofbasket…
From where I am, I'm going to attempt to shoot the alarm. Carefully so I don't fall out of Stealth.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

530904

>>530898
Works for me.
Cut that shit!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530905

>>530898
I certainly wish I had practiced my disguising skill about now.
We must evacuate, where is Star?

530906

>>530905
"I thought she is with you?"

530907

>>530898
"Uh… I don't know what my friends are doing, but I sensed a foul presence in Ponyville and I want to figure out where it's coming from! I'm also looking for a crystal pony who absorbs light!"

530908

>>530899
"Well if you're innocent, then why don't you help me round up these intruders?!?"

>>530901
You can't get out.
"Watch."
The crystal pony trots calmly to the shrine.
Raises his hammer and smashes the insignia of the Sun and Moon. He casts a foul spell and dark tendrils burst from the earth grasping the remains of the shrine.
The mare grins "Well, bye griffon."
The last thing you see before you're unconcious is a hoof right towards your face.
You're unconcious
Can you come on vent for a sec?

>>530903
He sees you and with a slam pushes you and Star into the light.
"MORE INTRUDERS!"

>>530904
You cut the wire and get electrocuted.
You gasp in pain.
Blackhoof heard you.
"More intruders in the vents?!?"
The alarm ceases.

>>530905
Oops you brought her down there remember?
The alarm stops.
The barkeep jumps over and trots to the fighters area.
The mare tells everypony to leave.

>>530907
"I've never seen anything like that…."
She looks at her sword.
"You should be with your friends. Try to find what's up. You look strong, you'll do fine."

530909

>>530906
Oops you brought her down there remember?
The alarm stops.
The barkeep jumps over and trots to the fighters area.
The mare tells everypony to leave.

530910

>>530908
Ooooh fuck.
Ohfuckohfuckohfuck.
Stealthy crawl somewhere else! Away from here!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530911

>>530909
What happened? Find her and fast!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

530912

>>530908
"Sure, let me help ya."
Go towards the vent and obstruct his view.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530913

>>530902
"Allright, allright, okay look, I don't know the code, but there's a way through the vents, to get in there."

530914

>>530908
Oof. I'll speak quietly to Star.
"I'll distract him while you meet back up with Snacks and Light Heart. Go!"
And I'll try and clear the way for Star to run. Put that huge pony into a headlock! '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

530915

>>530908
My brain is telling me to run, but that just seems distasteful.
Follow the dog for now.

530916

>>530913
"If I go in the vents, where should I go?
More importantly, can I open it from the inside?"

530917

>>530908
"I guess… will you join us?"

530918

>>530910
As you crawl away LOUDLY, he stabs a stabs a sword into the vent, missing you by an inch.
"Come out little rat."

>>530914
As Blackhoof has his fun stabbing the vents you pull him in a headlock.
Unfortunately he's so big that it's more you hanging on to him. He laughs and shakes you off.
As Star runs, the barkeep shows up and points a shotgun right at her point blank.
"Nowhere to go sweetheart."

>>530911
>>530916
You find her and the barkeep too, who smacks Snacks with his shotgun.
"Allright get with the others… You too lady."

>>530912
He just pushes you aside in his stabbing hunt.

>>530916
"You'll have to cut through some bars in there. Cracked put it in there to make sure I couldn't go there anymore. Go right in the vent here."

>>530914
>>530912
>>530911
"Hey Rocks, I know what these guys are after."
He points the barkeep Rocks to the coded door.
"Let's show them shall we? You, Soil, instead of trying to run in the way, input that code. It's 422."

>>530917
"I will. We'll get to the bottom of this quickly. Lead the way."

530919

Pico
You wake up.
Everything hurts.
You find yourself in the church.
The nun looks worriedly at you.
"Oh thank Celestia you're still alive."

530920

>>530918
"Thanks. I've got to go. Goodbye."
No time for games, in the vents I crawl.

530921

>>530918
"You do that, tiny pony."
'1d10+3'
Growl at him.

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

530922

>>530918
Lead the way! To the arena!

530923

>>530918
If they want to show us their cards, I won't stop them.

530924

>>530919
Cough, cough.

"Ow, with this pain, I'm kind of wishing I wasn't. Ow, how did I get here?"

530925

>>530918
Right… this isn't going too well. Let's try and hat magic out a sleeping gas bomb. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

530926

>>530918
EEEEEEE
Oh fuck oh fuck
C'mon… move away QUIETLY.
I gotta get the hell away from here!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

530927

>>530926
>>530920
You meet each other in the vents.

>>530925
You get one.

>>530921
>>530923
He just laughs and keeps stabbing the vent towards Gurion.
He suddenly turns around and sucker punches Gurion in the face. He's out cold.
"Allright, so nopony pressing that code? Fine we'll do it here then!"
He pops some pills. "YEAAAAAAAAHHHH"

MINI BOSS: BLACKHOOF AND ROCKS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-lmaPnnD4g

>>530922
Everypony is walking out!
A mare is closing up.

>>530924
"Sssshhh, easy. You've been badly hurt. We found you near the shrine and brought you here."

530928

>>530927
"Eh? What the fuck are you doing in here?"

530929

>>530927
"Those two! There were two ponies there! Did you find anyone else there or any other tracks or something?!"

530930

>>530928
>>530927
"Turn around. We are going for the machine that's behind the disappearence of ponies, and we will shut it down."

530931

>>530927
That can't have been good.
Homing magic time. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

530932

>>530927
Grunt and crack my neck.
"About time."
SLAM!
'1d10+2'
Protect on Indy.
Ice!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6 / Roll #2 1 = 1

530933

>>530930
"Wait wait wait- what the fuck are you talking about? What machine?"

530934

>>530927
Well okay, Cheap Shot Blackhoof.

Roll #1 2 = 2

530935

>>530927
"Hey! Is the arena closed already?"

530936

>>530932
Indy is gone. You sent him to Iris.

530937

>>530936
Ooooh right.
Protect LH then.

530938

>>530933
"That big guy who runs the arena? Light Heart and I went to his safehouse, cracked his safe, found blueprints. Star said it was some sort of machine that works by absorbing the energy of ponies…. for some reason. We don't need to know what it does, only that it has to stop."

530939

>>530938
"That's fucked… Let's go. I didn't see the machine when I crawled around here last time, but I didn't check everywhere either."
I start backing up to a place where I can turn around, and then head…
"You know where it is?"

530940

>>530939
"Right. We have to go right. We will have to cut through some bars, but that shouldn't be a problem."

530941

>>530940
"Right it is then."
I head down to the bars.

530942

>>530929
"2 ponies? What did they do?!? The shrine is defiled by some evil magic!"

>>530931
Blackhoof opens up with a right hook to your nose.

>>530932
You slam against Blackhoof.

>>530934
You miss and Rocks shoots you in the leg from behind. Pretty cheap. BUT Soil takes the brunt of the shot.

>>530935
"Yes. We had to close up. Come back tomorrow!"

530943

>>530942
Warren 4/5

530944

>>530941
>>530938
You're near the bars.

530945

>>530944
Can I try to break them down?
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

530946

>>530942
>>530934
"Dibs on the big one!"
Headbutt Blackhoof!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

530947

>>530944
>>530945
Help her.

Roll #1 2 = 2

530948

>>530918
No!
Protect Star.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

530949

>>530942
Ow.
Right, let's work on that nut with the blunderbuss. Get over there and disarm him! '1d10'
>>530946
"You can have him, Soil!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

530950

>>530942
"Let me catch my breath, but when I was approaching the shrine, there were two ponies there about to smash it…" Describe the rest of what happened to her.

"But, they summoned these strange, dark tentacles from the ground. Have you heard about ponies who can use that kind of power? And why would they go after your shrines like that? It seems awfully petty, even Gryphons who train to avenge some perceived wrong eventually find that they are above any such trivialities."

530951

>>530942
"But why!?"
Look around if I can spot my friends!

Roll #1 5 = 5

530952

>>530942
How noble of him!
Shooty shoot Blackhoof normally then.

Roll #1 9, 3 = 12

530953

>>530945
>>530947
You hear a click.
AW SHIT ROLL.
1d10-1

>>530946
You headbutt him and he just laughs and headbutts you back.
You absorb another shot for LH and go helpless.
"HAHAHAHA, I LOVE THIS!"

>>530949
He slams you back and shoots you in the shoulder.

>>530948
You get a shot in the shoulder from the shotgun.

>>530952
You hit Blackhoof where it hurts, while Soil absorbs another shot.

Soil 0/6 HELPLESS
Snacks 4/5
Warren 3/5

>>530951
You don't see them.
You do hear fighting coming from inside.

>>530950
The nuns look at each other.
"…No…I don't know who but it surely must be some kind of demonic power. We have already contacted the Inquisition to look at it."

530954

>>530953
Ow! Quick, pick up Soil. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

530955

>>530953
"What the fuck was that?!"
'1d10-1'

Roll #1 1 - 1 = 0

530956

>>530953
Groan and g-
>>530954
"Well, thanks for that!"
CHAAAAAARGE!

'1d10+2'
Slam. Bring the shield down right on his head!
"Let's see how much you like this!"

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

530957

>>530953
Oh snap!

Roll #1 9 - 1 = 8

530958

>>530953
Not so nice when they shoot back huh?
Make him pay for that.

Roll #1 3, 4 = 7

530959

>>530953
Aaahh..
Shoot him with my crossbow
Marksman shot
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

530960

>>530953
I scrunch.
"Miss! Have you seen my friends? Diamond dog? Gryphon? Donkey? Some pegasi!?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

530961

>>530953
"Darn it, I'll get them back for this."

Take a few breaths.

"They'll rue the day they messed with a Gryphon hunter. I'll track them down to the ends of the Earth for this. As for your Inquisition, let them know that their prey will most likely avoid towns and cities. They're wielding large weapons, and even the most crooked criminal wouldn't want to be around somepony who carries those things around and paints themselves up when doing something like that. Even they'll turn them in for fear of attracting more attention."

530962

>>530955
>>530957
The vent explodes.
You tumble away in a rain of fire and debris.
Mabel wakes up first, but not in the corridor, you're somewhere else the smoke makes it hard to see.
Melody must roll a 1d3 and a 1d10

>>530956
He gets hit and glows.
He suddenly shrinks to the size of a normal pony "whaaaaaaat"

>>530958
You get cheap shot in the back before you can reload you're helpless!

>>530959
This shooter is having a field day.

>>530960
"N-no, now please leave."
She attempts to close the door but Silver pushes back.
"You're not telling us something! What's going on?"

>>530961
"Of course, but first you must rest. You're badly hurt."

530963

>>530962
'1d3'
'1d10'

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

530964

>>530962
Goodness, get up then.

Roll #1 9, 6 = 15

530965

>>530962
Cough a bit and stand up.
Wave the smoke away with a hoof, or at least try.
Do I see her?
"Melody? Are you allright?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

530966

>>530962
Right, since I've still got my crossbow out, I'll take a potshot at the guy with the shotgun. If I'm lucky he'll drop it. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

530967

>>530962
"Learn your place!"
Now slide back and help the mare up.
Or nevermind that and slap Blackhoof's shit around.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

530968

>>530962
"Don't worry, we're paladins and an element of harmony! If something's wrong we can help!"

Roll #1 6 = 6

530969

>>530962
Uggh… Slam him, use my axe.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

530970

>>530962
"What I want to know is why they didn't just kill me if they had the chance…"

Try to laugh without coughing. '1d10'

"The first time I want to do something nice for the Sisters, this happens. I'm grateful."

Roll #1 6 = 6

530971

>>530964
You're up.

>>530969
He shoots you right in the belly.
You're helpless!

>>530965
Some rubble drops down and hits you on the head.
You'll start the next fight with one wound less.

>>530966
You miss, he doesn't.

>>530968
She looks down.
"Blackhoof, he's crazy. You have to do something! I don't know where Cracked is! You have to protect me, if Blackhoof finds out I let you in…" she trails off.

>>530967
You hit him across the face, he's helpless.

>>530970
You don't cough.
"Whatever this was, it wasn't the Sisters. And we'll cure you, you can count on that!"

Soil 12/6
Snacks 0/4 HELPLESS
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 1/5

Melody
You see again….the world through a bloody haze. You vaguely see smoke, fire and rubble through a red haze. You're completely numb, you don't hear, you barely see, you barely feel your body. You're vaguely aware of laying on the ground and bleeding.
Something seems off with your sight….

PAUSE

530972

>>530971
Roar and finish him, bring the shield down on his face.
'1d10+2'
Slam.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

530973

>>530971
My eyes widen
"Just get yourself to safety! We'll take care of it!"
Go inside!

Roll #1 10 = 10

530974

>>530971
I'm getting tired of his shit.
Pull out a dagger, drop the crossbow, and shank that gunner in the arm/leg, and make him drop that damn gun. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530975

>>530971
Nevermind me!
Where is Melody?
Find her!

Roll #1 9 = 9

530976

>>530971
Fuck…
I- I gotta get back to my hooves. Get up…
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

530977

>>530971
Time to play these ponies the song of my people. Inspire.

Roll #1 6 = 6

530978

>>530971
"No, I'm not blaming them, I'm thankful to them. The first time a Gryphon Hunter comes along, and his prey gets the better of him."

Assume a more commanding tone.

"As the the Third Child of the Fourth Clutch of the Pico Family of Hyperborea, I promise you that I will capture these criminals. As a Hunter, as a Gryphon, I will not allow them to continue for long. That you can count on!"

531361

>>530977
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-s51B66Sl4
+1 to all rolls next turn, not for Melody, Pico and Mabel

>>530976
You try to move your legs but they refuse to do what you tell them to.

>>530975
You see a bloody mess resembling a pony amongst the debris.
She seems to move a bit.

>>530974
He shoots you in the arm, causing you to drop your knife and making you helpless.

>>530973
You hear fighting and music coming from the corridor in the Arena. You quickly make your way to see a grey pony shooting with a shotgun at your friends. Soil seems to be fighting a colt.

>>530972
You bring your shield down on him again and once again he glows, shrinking to the size of a colt.
He submits. "P-please don't hurt me." He whimpers.

>>530978
"You're a very brave griffon. Your family must be proud of you."

531362

>>531361
What's up?

531363

>>531361
This is bad, very bad!
Rush to her side.
"Melody, can you hear me?"
Natural Remedy! Try to stop her bleeding!

Roll #1 9 = 9

531364

>>531361
Let's keep up the heat. Shoot back at the pony firing at us. Cheap shot.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

531365

>>531361
This is just not my day. Get up.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

531366

Here

531367

>>531361
!
"What's going on here!?"
Anyone hurt that needs healing?

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

531368

>>531361
Grunt.
"And now stand down."
[1d10+4]

Roll #1 6 + 4 = 10

531369

>>530971
>>531361
Try to stand up.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

531371

>>531362
>See
>>530264
Miss Cake trots her big butt over to you.
"Congratulations honey. I knew you'd beat those grumpy chefs! Let me see the invite!"

>>531363
She seems out cold, which is a good thing since her right eye has become a bloody mess.
The only way you know she's alive is her breathing.
You manage to bandage her wounds and stop the bleeding.
You're still in the rubble and smoke which can't be good for Melody. You see a door at either end of the corridor, left or right.

>>531364
You hit the pony in the thigh. You were aiming for his junk however.

>>531365
You're up.

>>531367
You heal someone.
Please detail.

>>531368
He's quiet.

>>531369
It hurts too much.
The floor is much more comfortable.

Soil 12/6
Snacks 0/4 HELPLESS
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 5/4

531372

>>531371
Alright, let's see if I can't take that crazy bastard's gun.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

531373

>>531371
Nope nope no no no. the floor is my enemy!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

531374

>>531371
Give him the old one two. Shooty shoot him in the legs.

Roll #1 1, 1 = 2

531375

>>531371
Snacks looks hurt! Him!

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

531376

>>531371
Now turn to the other mofo.
SLAM!
"AND YOU SHUT UP TOO!"

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

531377

>>531361
"I'd like to think that, but there hasn't been much communication between us, *cough* even when I was trying. Maybe I should try again when I get to Canterlot."

"Anyways, I have to get back on the job. Since I can't just go out bandaged as I am, when you found me, was there anything suspicious about the area? I recall something dark reaching for the shrine too."

531378

>>531371
…Left.
Grab her body and pull her out of the smoke, heading for the door on the left.
"Traps, I should have known, why didn't I know… Please don't die, please don't die…"

531379

>>531371
I show it to her.

531380

>>531375
You get to use the >11 to heal him.

>>531373
It feels kinda comfortable until Amber heals you up!

>>531372
You can't.
He pushes you back.

>>531376
You push him back.
But he grabs Star and points the shotgun point blank at her.
"NOPONY MOVE OR SHE GETS IT."

>>531374
A sudden pain hits your chest.
Aw shit, you should have known. The excitement, the adrenaline.
You fall through your hooves and struggle to open your saddlebags.

>>531377
She sits down next to you.
"We found the shrine in pieces and there were some dark tendrils wrapped around it. Unlike any plant we've ever seen. We've sent for the Inquisition, surely they know what's going on here."

>>531378
The door doesn't have a knob, there's a lever right next to it however.

>>531379
"Oh just look at it.
"this document yadda yadda the bearer the right to participate in the Cooking Arena in Canterlot." and the proper Yonaguni seal, a dragon with a horn. We must celebrate this!"

531381

>>531380
"We must! How?"

531382

>>531380
I'M HERE I'M HERE
Am I conscious?

531383

>>531380
"You don't want to do that. Because she's the only thing keeping him," I'll point to Snacks. "From killing you, and every pony around."

531384

>>531380
Stop and stare at him.
"If I were you I'd think carefully about that…"
Stare him down.

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

531385

>>531380
Okay, let's not freak out and try to calm myself. All I need is a pill… one pill.

Roll #1 7 = 7

531386

>>531380
I then grit my teeth seeing Star's predicament and look at Star.
"Star, close your eyes."

531387

>>531380
Pull the lever!

531391

>>531380
Yay!
But… Star is in trouble! Stand still and do nothing though.
"If you hurt her, you're going to really get it!"

531394

>>531382
You are now, you're vaguely aware of being carried.
And Mabel talking to you, as if from far, far away.
Still very numb however.

>>531387
You pull the lever and the door slides down to reveal the rest of the group in a standoff with a grey pony carrying a shotgun.

>>531391
>>531386
>>531384
>>531383
To sketch the situation:
The wall next to the code device slides open to reveal a scorched Mabel and a bloody, hastily bandaged Melody on her back.
Light Heart is on the ground and struggling to open her saddle bags, she quickly takes a pill from it.
The shooter looks at all of you, seemingly realizing the odds don't favor him.
He throws Star towards all of you and runs for the exit.

>>531385
You manage and swallow it.
Now all you can do is wait.

>>531381
"With a nice delicious cup of coffee and a piece of pie perhaps?"

531395

>>531394
"Star!"
Run toward Star and wrap my arms around her.

531396

>>531394
Let's just… take some rest for now.

Roll #1 5 = 5

531397

>>531394
"Snacks, catch her!"
And I'm after that gunner before he brings in the guards.
Giving chase. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

531398

>>531394
"What… what the fuck is… going on?"
I try to move away, and stand back up on my hooves.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

531399

>>531394
"AMBER! WE NEED HELP HERE!"

531400

>>531394
"Sounds great!"

531401

>>531394
Uh
Uh
Uh
The others can chase him down.

>>531399
I scrunch and run over.
"What happened!?"
What's her condition?

Roll #1 1 = 1

531402

>>531394
Fuck that guy every way to sunday.
SLAAAAM

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

531403

>>531401
"Explsive trap, she's real hurt!"

531410

As if from the distance a buzzing mechanical sounds starts

>>531395
"I'm okay Snacks, I'm okay."
She hugs you back.

>>531396
There's a burning sensation in your chest, which slowly but surely starts to subside.
Seems you cheated death once more.

>>531398
You try to move and suddenly the pain envelops you. Oh god your world is only pain now.

>>531397
As you start running you suddenly hear a buzzing sound.
You get dizzy and collapse to the ground.

>>531400
"I always go to Zipzapple for a cup of coffee. I still think ours is better, but sometimes you just want to have somepony else do the work you know." she giggles.

>>531401
The right side of her body is bleeding heavily.
Her eye is nothing more than a bloody mess.
She needs medical assistance quickly.

>>531402
You manage to catch up to him and slam him to the wall.
He glows and morphs into a mouse.

531411

>>531410
Pull myself up then.

Roll #1 10 = 10

531412

>>531410
Argh!?
What is that? What's making that buzzing?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

531413

>>531410
Bite my lip…
"Amber, you make sure Melody is fine! We need to shut that thing down, now!

Everyone who can still stand, let's go!"

Rush back to where I came from, towards the other door this time.

531414

>>531410
I nod my head.
"Yeah, I'm exhausted."

531415

>>531410
Oh fuck…
OhfuckohfuckohfuckOHFUCK
Deep breaths… deep breaths… I- Oh god. How… how fucking bad is it?
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

531416

>>531410
>>531413
"This is not good at all Mabel! I'll do my best!"
Let's make sure she doesn't bleed to death first! Heal her!

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

531417

>>531410
Pick him up by the tail and hold him at hoof's lenght.
"And you stay put too!"
Back to the others.
>>531411
>>531412
>>531413
>>531415
"What the heck is going on here?"

Roll #1 5 = 5

531418

>>531416
"I know it isn't! I tried to stabilize her, but I need you too!"

>>531417
"I think that machine just activated!"

531419

>>531417
"That muscley pile of horse came back early, before we found the energy stealer! Naturally he wasn't too keen on letting anyone go."

531420

>>531418
"Her eye is gone! The only thing I can do is try to use a mending spell, but it's tricky!"

531422

>>531417
"Things did not go as planned, I'm afraid."

531424

>>531418
"That's why you're all bloody?"
>>531422
>>531419
"See Warren, she talks nice and easy!
You could learn a thing or two!"

531426

>>531424
"No, that was a trap that we blew up!"

>>531420
"It's worth a try to get her eye back! I trust you, Amber!"

531429

>>531415
>>531420
>>531426
Am I even able to hear their conversation?
Or is there just a constant high pitched whine, ringing in my ears?
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

531430

>>531410
I look at Star and look at the others.
"Star is there something pony can do for Melody?"

I then go and look out for that bastard that tried to hurt Star.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

531431

>>531424
I've got too much of a headache for this…

531432

>>531411
You manage to get up again.
It might be advisable to make sure somepony else knows what to do if this happens again.
Maybe next time you won't get to your bags in time.

>>531412
It must be from the energy stealing machine.
It is loudest from the corridor Melody and Mabel just emerged from.

>>531415
You're starting to see ghosts. Oh wait it's just Triangle. But he looks worried.
Your vision slowly goes black.
Ah the peaceful dark, wouldn't it be so much easier to just give in and sink into nothingness?
Star looks you into the eyes, but she seems so far away. "Melody, stay with us…"
Roll a 2d6 to keep awake.

>>531416
You do your best but her burn marks are deeper than anticipated and the bleeding worse than imagined.
Continue.

>>531417
He peeps.

>>531429
You hear them as if from far away.
Does it even matter?
Embrace the cold….

>>531430
You saw him transform into a mouse.
Soil is holding him.

[Buzzing and dizzyness intensifies]
If this keeps up, it will start impacting your performance.

531433

>>531426
"What happened to you, darling? Where did you find this trap?"

531434

>>531418
"More like it blew you up!"

Rush to Melody's side and support her.

531435

>>531432
"The machine's this way!"
Lurch in the direction of the machine, we've got to shut it down.

531436

>>531414
"I'll show the way."
The Zipzapple inn is not too crowded this time of the day.
Miss cake sits down and orders 2 coffees with sugar, cream and a little creme fraiche on top.

531437

>>531432
"Could someone please get rid of the buzzing, I need to concentrate!"
Another heal roll or a mend roll?

Roll #1 6 = 6

531438

>>531432
"Ponies! Let's get the hell out of here!"
Grab melody and let's leave!
[1d10+2]

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

531439

>>531432
No…
Fuck no…!
S- Stay awake… come on, stay the fuck awake! Will yourself to stay awake… c'mon Melody…
'2d6'

Roll #1 4, 2 = 6

531440

>>531435
>>531437
"Of course."
Follow Warren.

531441

>>531435
>>531432
>>531432
"OW, but how? IS there a way to shut it down? What if we just destroy it?" I look both to Warren and Star

531443

>>531436
I sit down next to her.
"So, how are your foals doing?"

531444

>>531433
>>531434
"The vents, we were going for the machine!"

Run for the machine

>>531441
"We'll figure something out!"

531445

>>531441
"Hopefully all we'll have to do is just take a piece of it. Magical technology is finicky."

531448

>>531445
>>531444
"Then lets go disable it now!
Follow Mabel.

531449

>>531448
>>531445
>>531444
"I'm taking Melody outta here!"

531450

>>531449
"Do it! We don't know what it will do to her in her condition!"

531451

>>531449
"Good idea! Rush her to the nearest hospital, or doctor, or something!"

531452

>>531449
"I'm trying to work here Soil!"

531454

>>531439
There's a light….a light at the end of the tunnel….it's calling for you…..
You blink. And look around. You seem to be floating, the pain is gone.
As you look down you see your own body bloody and mangled.
Amber is desperately trying to revive you.
You see Triangle as well, he notices you up there.

>>531437
>>531438
Melody's eyes close.
Star taps her face.
"Melody…Melody?!? AMBER she's not breathing!"

>>531440
>>531448
>>531445
You reach the other door, it opens up into spiral stairway leading down.
The stairway is decorated with a number of classical paintings.

>>531443
"Ah they're so energetic. They're of that age where they can fly and cast spells but they can't control themselves yet. Oof, it's been a while since me and Carrot had a good nights rest."

531458

>>531454
Oh for… Is it over an open center, or am I going to have to walk all the way down?

531459

>>531454
Rush down the stairway!

531460

>>531454
"Hold on!"
Rush to the hospital!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

531461

>>531454
N-No! CPR! CPR! I can heal her!

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

531463

>>531454
"Essh, that sounds like a fun time. Makes me glad I didn't settle down back home like sis."

531465

>>531454
Descend.
Keep my gun ready.

531466

>>531460
Where does that +2 even come from?

531469

>>531454
Wait…
Wait what. What the fu-
I desperately look around. No… no fucking way… I'm not…
Am I?
"A- Amber C- Can you hear me? C'mon… you gotta be able to fucking hear me… AMBER! AMBEEEEER!"

531470

>>531466
Secondary talent for stronk things?

531486

>>531458
It has an open center, but it's not that deep.

>>531465
>>531459
>>531458
You reach the bottom.
There's a cell door here.
Through the bar you can see a machine that looks exactly like the one pictured in the schematics.
The pyramid at the top is glowing.
You see Cracked Skull at the controls.

>>531460
>>531461
She's lifeless.
Star starts weeping silently.

>>531469
They do not respond.
"They don't hear you." says Triangle.

>>531470
Nice try.

>>531463
"It's not all bad. When they're asleep at night or when they took their first steps I felt more proud than I ever thought possible. They're a small miracle."

531489

>>531486
That son of a bitch.
Homing Magic. '1d10'
"STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUM!"

Roll #1 3 = 3

531492

>>531486
N-Not even Mend?

Roll #1 4 = 4

531496

>>531486
Shoot.
Cheap Shot. Stop whatever he's doing.

531497

>>531486
Let her down, lightly.
Stare at her for a moment, biting my lower lip.
"I had promised, damnit…"
>>531492
"Amber. Please Amber. Tell me how to help her!"

531499

>>531486
Is the cell door closed? If it is, pick the lock!

Roll #1 9 = 9

531500

>>531486
"No… don't fucking say that Triangle. Don't fucking say that!"
Can I move? At all?
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

531501

>>531486
I nod.
"But the diapers! Ugh."

531503

>>531497
"I… I'm trying! Just give me a s-second!"

531505

>>531503
Step back and wait then.

531508

>>531503
Nah, I'm not gonna wait around.
"Amber. I have to keep the others safe. You are Melody's only hope.
Please. Don't let her go.
I won't let anypony else get hurt."

Run back to the arena.
'1d10' for haste.

Roll #1 10 = 10

531509

>>531508
"I'm doing all I can! I promise!"

531511

>>531492
Not even Mend can help now.
Silver puts a hoof on your shoulder "You tried…"

>>531497
You respectfully lay her down on the ground.
Star closes her eyes and starts a prayer to the Saviour.

>>531489
the dizzyness makes you unable to properly focus on your spells.

>>531496
You shoot him in the leg and he goes helpless.
A beam shoots from the pyramid healing him back up.

>>531499
You open it up.

>>531500
Yes, you can fly around.
You start feeling a pull on your legs, like some kind of magnet is drawing you away.
It is very weak, but grows stronger by the second.
"I'm sorry Melody." he says.

>>531508
Are you talking about the Arena or the place where Mabel and co are?

>>531501
"But when they say their first word!"

>>531499
>>531496
>>531489
Cracked turns around.
"Ah, I was wondering when you ponies would show up. Trying to undermine my little health operation I got going here right?"

531512

>>531511
The place Mabel and co are, the one I just ran away from.

531513

>>531512
You enter in time to see Cracked.
He's within the beam of the pyramid.
"Ah Soil, you made it!"

531514

>>531511
"Health operation my hoof! You're stealing the very lives from everyone here! What happened to the ponies that went missing?!"
Aim my crossbow at the pyramid object.
Maybe if I hit it right, it'll crack… '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

531516

>>531511
I shrug.
"I guess its a mom thing."

531517

>>531511
Backstab, start with a lunge, without saying a word.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

531518

>>531511
Oooh fuck no…
Fuck no! You're not taking me anywhere you goddamn… fucking… no!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

531519

>>531511
Reload.
"I'm afraid we are, sugar. It is a shame your pet discovered us prematurely, I had hoped to take you down without too much drama."
Shoot the pyramid thing then.

Roll #1 2, 1 = 3

531520

>>531513
"YOU!
This is for Tall Tale!"
SLAM!
'1d10+2'
And Protect on LH.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

531523

>>531511
Sag my shoulders, close my eyes to fight back the tears and whisper very softly.
"I'm sorry… I'm so sorry for letting you down. Please forgive me…"[/size6]

531529

>>531514
"They went snooping where they don't belong. And that carries consequences." He points to 3 cages far to the back where 3 very meager ponies sit. They seem to far gone to even notice all of you.

>>531519
>>531514
You shoot an arrow right at the same time LH shoots. The shots hit each other mid flight.

>>531520
>>531517
You both attack him but the pyramid simply sends out another beam, healing him back up.

"Ah so you did recognize me, Soil. Good. Tall Tale is where I got this. This little thing is nifty. Sucks up energy from ponies and gives it to me. Eternal life baby! And that's not all it can do!"
He presses a button on the controls.
A stronger beam hits Cracked, causing him to grow far more massive.
His muscles bulge and his veins grow
"You won't stop me. I'll kill you all and then I'll start this whole thing over in another town. LET'S GO."

BOSS: BADASS CRACKED SKULL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_5T18_ydaw

Soil 12/6
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 5/4
Mabel 5/4
Amber 5/5

>>531523
As you whisper, Applejack trots over.
"Ah calmed down the crowd, wha-…Oh dear…Celestia have mercy."
She takes off her hat in respect.

>>531518
You keep yourself steady…for now.
"It's no use. I keep feeling it all the time" says Triangle. "The only thing that keeps me here is the curse."

>>531516
"Once you hold your foal in your hooves for the first time, you're never the same. Trust me."

531531

>>531529
"But- that- that fucker Cracked Skull! I- I can't just lie down and die while he's still around!"

531534

>>531529
"You monster."
Right, let's try this again. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

531536

>>531529
I nod.
"Well, I need the right stallion first. Mwandishi…might not be the best candidate."

531537

>>531529
"You will do no such thing."
Slink into the shadows, Stealth.
I should have brought Inferni along…

Roll #1 8 = 8

531539

>>531529
"I believe your confidence is very misplaced."
Shoot the pyramid thing again.

Roll #1 3, 1 = 4

531540

>>531529
"You wish!"
And instead of going for him, rush for the pyramid!
'1d10' to slam it hard!

Roll #1 10 = 10

531541

>>531529
"I… tried. But I failed… I'm sorry…"

531547

>>531531
"And what can you do against him?"

>>531534
Cracked Skull roars and smashes the ground sending shockwaves straight to you.
That hurts.

>>531536
"There's a right stallion for all of us. At least that's what I believe."
You notice Iris entering with Indy on her back.

>>531537
You're stealthed.

>>531539
Cracked Skull tries to slam you into the ground.
But luckily for you, Soil takes the hit.

>>531540
You jump atop Cracked Skull and with another jump hit the pyramid, it smashes into pieces.
A red stone falls out.
"No matter, I can rebuild it."
Cracked attempts to smash LH, but you push her out of the way, getting smashed into the ground yourself.
You're helpless.

>>531541
"It wasn't your fault…you tried what you could. Nopony can bring the dead back to life after their time has come."
Applejack snorts.
"Who did this? Give me a name."

531548

>>531547
"I-I don't know! She got hurt in the arena somehow by explosives! Something's going on there!"

531549

>>531547
Red stone? While he's distracted, perhaps it's time I took it.
Dive for the rock. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

531550

>>531547
Soil 0/5
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/4
Mabel 5/4
Amber 5/5

531551

>>531547
Groan and stand up.
"Get that stone!"
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

531552

>>531547
Circle around, and Backstab Cracked!

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

531553

>>531547
Help Soil up darn it!

Roll #1 10 = 10

531554

>>531547
"I- I don't fucking know! But I can't just do nothing! I'm not… I'm not fucking dead!"

531555

>>531554
I try to force myself over to where Cracked is, and will myself to… haunt the fucker or something! I'm not going down without a goddamn fight!
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

531558

>>531548
She lifts your face.
"Sugarcube, I know it's hard. Trust me I know. But your friends need you right now. We have to be strong and help them. Get revenge on the pony who did this."

>>531549
You grab it.
Your hooves hurt as you hold it.
-1Hit for every turn you hold the Red Stone.

>>531551
>>531553
Soil is up again.

>>531555
You go through the floor and start shouting and screaming.
On some level, he seems to be aware of it, and seems distracted.
DC7 lowered to DC6 for 1 turn

>>531552
You circle around him, climb the machine and from above deliver a masterful jump stab to his back.
Cracked roars.

Soil 12/5
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/4
Mabel 5/4
Amber 5/5

531559

>>531558
Correction Warren 1/4

531562

>>531558
Ow. Owwww.
Take all of my might, and smash the rock against the floor. It'll break!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

531563

>>531558
"Now we talk!"
Rush. At. Enforcer.
Slam that fool!
'1d10+2'

And warren should totally pass that stone up.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

531564

>>531558
Fly at him and punch him in the face!
Beat his goddamn stupid shit eating mug in!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

531565

>>531558
Stay on his back.
Stab him with both my weapons!

Roll #1 4, 8 = 12

531566

>>531558
Then it's time to play the song of my people again.

Roll #1 1 = 1

531567

>>531558
I nod.
"Yeah… yeah! I need to go help them! S-star, look after Melody! I'll be back, sorry!"
Take a few steady breaths. I'm sorry Melody… I'll find a way to fix this, I promise.
Back to the arena! Time to rejoin my friends!

Roll #1 9 = 9

531573

>>531547
I nod my head and wave at Iris.
"Hey, Iris! Over here!"

531574

>>531562
You collapse and the stone rolls away from you.
You're helpless.

>>531563
As you rush he stomps you into the ground, like a hammer does a nail.
He laughs.
"This is very familiar!"

>>531564
Your slaps don't seem to physically hurt him, but he remains distracted.
DC6 remains.

>>531566
With another stomp you're in the ground again.
"DIE!"

>>531565
You stab him in his back.
He tries to shake you off.
Roll to keep on.

>>531567
You join the fight.
Applejack rushes in and protects LH.

>>531573
She waves back.
"Oh hello Shortcake and Ms. Cake. So wonderful to see you here."

531575

>>531574
Soil 0/4 HELPLESS
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 0/3 HELPLESS
Warren 0/3 HELPLESS
Mabel 5/4
Amber 5/5

531576

>>531574
Can't give out now, I've got to break that damn rock. Get up. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

531577

>>531574
Grr…
If I can't hurt him physically, I'll-
I try to rip his fucking soul out! I'll hurt him in like, the metaphysical way or some shit!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

531578

>>531574
Groan.
"Yeah, but I've a riddle for you!"
I can get up, right? Right?!
Oh man Indy would be so useful right now.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

531579

>>531574
Keep on!
Some rodeo this turned out to be!

Roll #1 8 = 8

531580

>>531574
>>531575
Oh dear…
Get back up. Today is not my day it seems.

Roll #1 4 = 4

531581

>>531574
>>531575
"Guys!"
Heal Light heart!

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

531586

>>531576
You're up.

>>531577
His soul is stronk! It's almost as big as he is!
DC6 returns to DC7

>>531578
You're up.
"Like what?"

>>531579
You're keeping on! Carry on soldier. Up here you do more damage.

>>531580
You can't get up.

>>531581
And your spell goes awry and hurts Applejack who was protecting LH. She collapses.

Soil 12/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 0/3 HELPLESS
Warren 5/3
Mabel 5/4
Amber 5/5

531587

>>531586
Keep stabbing away at him then!

Roll #1 6, 6 = 12

531588

>>531586
Protect on Warren.
Stare into Enforcer's eyes.
"I've grown up."
SLAM!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

531590

>>531586
GRRR
I try again! I yank and pull with all my might and try to rip his soul from his body! I- I gotta!
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

531591

>>531586
Get. Up.

Roll #1 6 = 6

531592

>>531574
"How are you two doing?"

531593

>>531586
Alright, let's try it without touching it this time. Break that red crystal with the butt of my crossbow. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

531594

>>531586
Aaaaa! Help Applejack, help Applejack!

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

531596

>>531588
He pushes you back.
"And….?"

>>531587
He tries to shake you off again.
Try to stay on.

>>531590
Grrrr. Soul stronk, wants to stay in body.

>>531591
You're up.

>>531592
"Oh, my stallionfriend invited me on a romantic date. But he couldn't make it, instead he sent Indy."
Indy puts on a high hat. "And I've been doing a great job."
Indy giggles. "You sure have."

>>531593
It is broken!

>>531594
Your heal is recharging.
You help her up again.
"Thanks sugarcube."

531597

>>531596
Right, now to help out in this fight…
Homing Magic. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

531598

>>531596
Soil 12/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/3
Warren 5/3
Mabel 3/4
Amber 5/5

531599

>>531596
"And I'm much, much bigger than you!"
Grin and use my shield as plantform to jump, bringing my armored hooves down on his head.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

531600

>>531596
Well fuck his soul!
I. Keep. Fucking. Trying!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

531602

>>531596
"Sorry I hurt you!"
Now time to buff up!
Bolster Mabel.
Empower Soil!

531603

>>531596
I'm not going anywhere!

Roll #1 1 = 1

531604

>>531596
Good, can I now play the song of my people?

Roll #1 6 = 6

531605

>>531596
I laugh.
"Don't go poaching a stallion's mare, Indy."

531613

>>531597
You summon up 3 motes.

>>531599
He swats you back to the ground.

>>531600
Nope. Soul stronk.

>>531602
Bolstered and Empowered.

>>531603
He throws you off, you slam into a wall. You're helpless.
And bolstered

>>531604
You play the song of your people now
Everyone gets +1 on their next roll

>>531605
"…what's poaching?"

Soil 7/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/3
Warren 5/3
Mabel 0/3 HELPLESS
Amber 5/5

531614

>>531613
Good! Cheap shot the large pony then!

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

531615

>>531613
I laugh.
"It means don't go smoothing Iris behind Soil's back."

531616

>>531613
Get up right away!

531617

>>531613
Right, here we go. Line up a shot, and fire. Accompanied by Frost Bolts.
/roll 4d10+1
first d10 is the crossbow.

531618

>>531617
'4d10+1'
Ahem.

Roll #1 5, 1, 3, 2 + 1 = 12

531619

>>531613
Nononono…
Fuck you Cracked Skull! You are coming with me!
One more time…
Beat his skull to a pulp and yank it out of him!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

531620

>>531613
"Oh fuck you then!"
Pick the shiel again and smash the living shit out of him.
'1d10+4'

Roll #1 7 + 4 = 11

531621

>>531613
Charge! Hit him with my hammer!

Roll #1 4 = 4

531628

>>531614
You miss the shot. His hoof swipes, punching you back.

>>531615
He gasps.
"I wouldn't! Iris is Ma! Soil said so."
Iris giggles.

>>531616
You're up.

>>531617
>>531618
Your motes backfire and explode.
You're helpless.

>>531619
His soul seems to be laughing at you.
You're pathetic.
You had a pathetic life and now you're a pathetic soul.
You died alone Melody, you died alone.

>>531621
With another hit, he pushes you back. Silver takes the most of the hit however.

>>531620
you storm forward underneath his hooves and slam his back hoof so hard you literally swipe it from under him, he falls to the ground and while he's down you manage to get in some serious hits to his face.
His nose is bleeding and his face is grinning less when he gets up.
"Enough, you all die NOW!"
He smashes the ground and pieces of the ceiling start falling off.

Everyone must roll a 5d4. Every 1 will count as a hit by a rock.

Soil 7/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 2/3
Warren 5/3
Mabel 5/3
Amber 2/5

531629

>>531628
!
Dodge!

Roll #1 4, 1, 4, 2, 4 = 15

531632

>>531628
Take flight and dodge!

Roll #1 1, 4, 2, 2, 3 = 12

531633

>>531628
Ah geez.
'1d10' to get up, '5d4' for rocks.

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 1, 1, 3, 1, 2 = 8

531634

>>531628
I'm agile as a ballerina!

Roll #1 1, 2, 2, 1, 4 = 10

531635

>>531628
"Rocks fall?!"
'5d4'
Can I attack aswell?

Roll #1 1, 3, 3, 1, 3 = 11

531636

531637

>>531628
"You two make a cute family, in that case."

531639

>>531628
Oh fuck you.
That's it.
THAT'S IT.
I RIP HIS GODDAMN SOUL OUT OF HIS BODY.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

531642

>>531629
>>531632
>>531633
>>531635
>>531636
You more or less manage to dodge the rocks.
With one enormous jump, he jumps through the hole in the ceiling.
He starts throwing rubble and fire down.

Pegasi have 2 options.
Either roll a DC6 to immediately fly through the hole
OR
roll a 5d3 to go through the tunnels to above, each 1 a hit.

non-flyers have another option:
Either roll a DC8 to immediately fly through the hole
OR
roll a 5d3 to go through the tunnels to above, each 1 a hit.

BUT WAIT
>>531639
Melody partially pulls out his soul in an amazing display of soul-fu and starts slapping it around.
Cracked is distracted and disoriented in this state and wildly throws rubble and fire everywhere.

NEW RULES:
Pegasi:
DC4 to fly
5d5 to tunnel

non-flyers;
DC6 to climb
5d5 to tunnel

>>531637
Iris rubs his head.
"He didn't like the Prance restaurant however so I took him to the Burger Princess!"

531643

>>531642

Soil 5/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 1/3
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/3
Amber 1/5

531644

>>531642
Climb!

Roll #1 1 = 1

531645

>>531642
I'm going to climb!

Roll #1 1 = 1

531646

>>531642
Up, up and awaaaaay! Fly.

Roll #1 2 = 2

531647

>>531642
Yeah, I'm going down the tunnels.
'5d5'
"You are such a tese!"

Roll #1 2, 1, 1, 4, 3 = 11

531649

>>531642
You think you can laugh at me you fuck?!
I'm going to beat you to a goddamn BLOODY PULP, and then I'm dragging your soul with me! If… If I'm dead and going down, then you're coming with me!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

531652

>>531642
Fly like an eagle.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

531663

>>531644
>>531645
You climb one of the walls, but it cracks under Cracked wild stampede.
You both tumble to the ground and lose a wound.
You're back down again.

>>531646
You get hit by a burning piece of wood and tumble down again, you're back down again.

>>531647
Aside from a few hits you manage to get through.

>>531649
His soul roars and drags you in.
You end up in a boxing ring inside Crackeds head.
You on one side, he on the other.
And a thousand Crackeds as audience, jury, bellringer, showgirls and media.

>>531652
You manage to get through unscathed.

UP in the Arena
Soil
Warren

DOWN in the basement
Light
Mabel
Amber

Flyers:
DC6 or 5d3

Non flyers
DC8 or 5d3

Soil 3/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/2
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/2
Amber 1/4

PAUSE

531666

>>531663
Shake the dust off me and grunt, looking around the arena.
"Warren!
Are you okay?"

531668

>>531663
Up again!

Roll #1 1 = 1

531669

>>531666
"Swell. Let's put this crazy bastard down for good."

531670

>>531663
People need healing! Heal Light Heart first!

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

531671

>>531669
"Heck yeah!"

531673

>>531663
Ow…
Let's try that again.

Roll #1 5 = 5

531675

>>531663
"So this is how you wanna do this, you egotistical shitstain? Well let's go then!"
I dive at him! No playing fair this time, just an all out beat down of this fucker! Cheap Shot!
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

532609

>>531668
You feel your heart acting up again, but Ambers quick spell, calms you down again and you get up.

>>531670
You feel connected to the Saviour as you heal LH back up.

>>531673
You start climbing, but you're not quite there.

>>531675
You hit him in the kneecap.
The audience boos!

>>531666
>>531669
Cracked roars and gets ready to attack.

Soil 3/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/2
Amber 1/4

532613

>>532609
"You have my thanks."
Inspire the party further. A cavalry charge tune will do.

Roll #1 10 = 10

532614

>>532609
And I roar aswell, we shall see who's louder!
Meet his attack with a charge of my own, shield first!
SLAM!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

532615

>>532609
I can do this!

Roll #1 5 = 5

532616

>>532609
Let out a girlish squeal of my own and charge at him. Leap of faith!

Roll #1 10 = 10

532619

>>532613
For the record, you will still have to climb/fly above to actually attack, but music does go far.
Especially when it is played so nicely.
+2 to all rolls next turn

>>532615
You successfully climb up.

>>532616
You're filled with vigor and with one amazing leap, that more resembles flying than jumping you're above and hit him squarely in the face.

>>532614
You push the giant back into the bar, numerous bottles of beer and spirits break and combined with the fire on your shield they enflame.
Cracked Skull is on fire!
And so is the bar! And as Warren so dutifully mentioned this place is a fire hazard!

Soil 3/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/2
Amber 1/4

532621

>>532619
Whoops, guess he's not gonna like the follow up then.
'1d10+4', smash his face in!
+2 from inspire, +2 from the remaining charge of EW.
"THIS IS FOR MELODY, YOU SHITHEAD!"

Roll #1 6 + 4 = 10

532622

>>532619
I know. I'm a genius.

Fly up there!

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

532624

>>532619
Good, Inferni should show up soon then.
Do a carthweel to close the distance after climbing out and stab Cracked for good measure.
Backstab.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

532626

>>532619
I think I'll use this opportunity to keep attacking him then. Charge! Amber smash!

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13

532634

>>532619
Oh bollocks.
Homing Magic while everyone keeps him busy. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

532635

>>532621
You push him back, into the fire!
"SOIL, I WILL GET YOU!"

>>532622
You're up and deliver a blow between his eyes.

>>532626
Together with Soil, you push him back into the fire. The fire spreads close but your faith keeps the flames away from you for now.

>>532624
You stab his side.


Soil 3/4
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/2
Amber 1/4

Cracked is in the fire and badly wounded.
"AAAARGGH…YOU…WON'T GET ME LIKE THIS."
He goes into a bestial frenzy, agressively trying to break your formation.

532637

>>532634
You got 3 motes ready to go.

532638

>>532635
>>532637
Let's meet his charge with four bolts. Three magical, one from a crossbow. '4d10'

Roll #1 10, 4, 6, 10 = 30

532639

>>532635
"BIG WORDS YOUR MOUTH CAN'T CASH!"
Bada-bada-bum!
First of all, Protect on Amber, she's too close to the fire.
And then SLAM him back down!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

532640

>>532635
Blam blam! Fire!

Roll #1 5, 8 = 13

532641

>>532635
Keep my stance and jab!

Roll #1 8 = 8

532642

>>532635
I've got to Heal Mabel. She's in a bad spot health wise.

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13

532653

>>532639
His fist crashes against your shield with enormous force. You slam against the ground, helpless.

>>532640
You hit him in his huge shoulders.

>>532641
You successfully keep him in the fire.

>>532642
Mabel is healed.
Surely the Saviour approves of you defeating this unholy pony.

>>532638
Cracked attempts to force his way through Soil, but a flurry of magical and orthodox bolts keep him firmly in the fire.

Soil 0/3 HELPLESS
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/2
Amber 1/4

Cracked is badly burned.
The fire is spreading into the rafters!

532654

>>532653
Ouch.
But I can still stand.
Smile from under all of this. And stand.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

532655

>>532653
More cavalry tunes then! Inspire!

Roll #1 10 = 10

532656

>>532653
Let's pick up Soil.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

532657

>>532656
Smirk at him.
"Knew you had my back pal!"

532658

>>532653
"I urge you to surrender while you can. You can't negotiate with fire."
Whistle sharply, heeeere, birdy birdy!
Let's go into stealth.
And make my way up to those rafters.

Maybe we can do something with Inferni to stop the fire before it burns the whole place down.

Roll #1 9 = 9

532660

>>532657
"Well, can't exactly leave you here! The place is gonna go up in smoke really fast."

532662

>>532653
Can't heal Soil, cooling down!
Hit that… that clown!

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

532666

>>532660
Snicker.
"Remind me to thank the smith for this shield!"

532670

>>532666
"Right, right."

532674

>>532654
It's hard to get up with a hoof on top of you.
Hey is that fire coming closer?
Yes, it is.

>>532655
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeqRNQosRlg
+2 to all rolls next turn!

>>532656
You help Soil up.

>>532658
"THIS MAY BE THE END FOR ME. BUT YOU WON'T GET THE EMERALD."
You're stealthed.

>>532662
You keep him in the fire.

Soil 12/3
Snacks 5/5
Light Heart 5/4
Warren 2/3
Mabel 3/2
Amber 1/4

A burning Cracked turns around and with one kick smashes the wall open.
Still burning he gallops into Ponyville. Everypony screaming and ducking as he gallops past on some terrible race before he gets burned to splinters.


The air swoops in, intensifying the fire. And called by Mabel, Inferni does as well.

532679

>>532674
AFTER HIM!
"I WON'T LET YOU YOU GET AWAY!"
I should be still in range!
Leap with all my strength towards him, Slam!
'1d10+4'

Roll #1 10 + 4 = 14

532682

>>532674
Does he truly think he can get away? Shoot him in the knees. Cheap shot.

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

532684

>>532674
Emerald? What in the world is he talking about?
Pursue, with flight! '1d10+3'

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

532686

>>532674
Let him perch.
"Inferni, we've got to stop this fire before it burns everything to ashes! There might be ponies still inside! What can we do?"

532688

>>532674
The others can take care of him.
"We've got to put out this fire before it spreads! Where are the weather teams!?"

532692

>>532686
He nods and flies off outside.

>>532688
Applejack grits her teeth. "Aw shoot, I reckon they'll be near the Smoky Mountain now, they were cleaning away the crazy snow of yesterday."

>>532684
You're on his trail.

>>532679
>>532682
While Soil pursues Cracked, shield first, Light Heart calmly steps out the debris and slowly takes out her rifle. As Cracked becomes smaller and smaller in the distance, she carefully takes her time to aim…BANG.
The bullet soars right past Soil into Crackeds kneecap, shattering it.
Cracked screams in pain and collapses to the ground.
Soil, who now looks like a purple comet as the purple flames on his shield form long tendrils next to him, rams into Cracked at sanic speed.
The energy of the stardust is too much and at contact the shields front becomes a purple explosion. When the dust clears, there's only a crater with a burned Cracked inside and a ruffled Soil.

532696

>>532692
I'll land nearby, and whistle.
"Damn, Soil. You didn't leave much of him to question."

532697

>>532692
Snort and stand victorious over him. Literally, stand on top of Cracked to pin him down.

And look up from the crater.

>>532696
Just give him a flat stare.

532701

>>532692
"Oh my, that was rather potent."
Flutter over to the crater and peer inside.
"Everpony alright?"

532703

>>532697
"Oh come on, I'm impressed, honestly."

532704

>>532692
Canter after him on the ground!

532705

>>532701
Nod.
"Now we just kinda gotta tie him down."
>>532703
"This shield's neat."
Smirk.
And look down at Cracked with a frown.
"He's done hurting anypony now."

532706

>>532692
"Do you have a fire department? A waterwell?"

532708

>>532705
"Right, well, I'm going to go help with the fire fighting. Ice magic is good for something, right?"
And I'll start heading back to the arena. Conjure up a few more homing missiles along the way.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

532709

>>532705
Throw him my rope.
"I do hope you are good at knots."

532710

>>532708
Look at him go and just sit down.
>>532709
"We should ask Snacks. He's great with knots."

Turn around and start binding Cracked.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

532712

>>532696
>>532697
Some ponies carefully walk over.
"W-what was that..monster?"
A shout comes from the distance "FIRE!"

>>532701
Seems like everyone is. Except Cracked.

>>532704
You soon lose sight of him as he flies above the clouds.

>>532710
He's dead, brah.

>>532708
You…can't.

>>532706
"We got one…."
She gasps.
"The ponies he captured, they're still down there! Quick!"
She jumps down to the basement again.

532713

>>532692
Is everyone safe?

532714

>>532712
After her! Quickly!

Roll #1 5 = 5

532716

>>532712
>>532713
Walk over to the others.
"Snack had his head hit, what happened?"

532717

>>532712
"Oh. I had thought he would have survived. Nevermind then."

532718

>>532712
"Whoops…"

Hoof the rope back to LH.

"Guess we ain't gonna need this thing."

Pat him down for this emerald thing he was talking about.
Then sit down on the edge of the crater and look at the fire.

532719

>>532712
"Close enough to one. Could you fetch the local guard, and any pegasus who can push a cloud? There's a fire at the Arena!"
And I'll keep going.
So what if I can't, I'll just push some clouds around.

532725

>>532712
Well, I'm sure he'll do some good work.
Run back into the Arena.
Let's look for ponies, everyone must be evacuated.

Roll #1 3 = 3

532728

>>532718
"Perhaps we should located a source of water to douse the fire? What of your friend miss Iris?"

532729

>>532714
You get scorched a bit, but manage to follow her.
You reach the cages where the ponies still sit in a catatonic state.
"Ah'll take one, you take one and you take one."
She points to you and silver.
Roll for you and Silver getting out with a pone on your back.

>>532725
The fire intensifies and it's hard to get in.
Some ponies are starting to form a line and bringing water from the well.

>>532719
Roll for finding a suitable cloud.

>>532718
He doesn't have anything on him.
Perhaps he was running for it.
Where is his house anyway? LH knows.

>>532716
The ponies shake their heads. "We're not sure either."
More ponies come flocking from all sides.

>>532713
They are. Amber and Silver are still in the fire however, but slowly coming out.

532730

>>532728
Gasp.
"Heck yeah we gotta!
Where's the river?!"

532731

>>532729
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

532732

>>532730
"I will scout for one."

>>532729
Fly up. Look for a sizable source of water.

Roll #1 2 = 2

532733

"Fire?"
Does anyone need any help, go there and do the best I could do to help the others or other people that need assist.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

532734

>>532729
Not right now.
I've a hueg shield.
Aka hueg emrgency bucket.
Rush for the river in the middle of town and fill it up!
+2 for stronk requirement?

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

532735

>>532729
Super pone carriers!

Roll #1 7, 5 = 12

532736

>>532729
Cover my muzzle with my cape to breathe and crouch low, below the smoke, just like I was sneaking.
I need to make sure no one is inside!

Roll #1 10 = 10

532742

>>532731
You can't find one suitable!

>>532732
The river has a lot of water, too bad it's on the other side of town.

>>532734
Let's keep the strong thing down until everyone has a secondary talent.

>>532733
You are part of the line helping ponies to get as much water to the inferno as possible.

>>532736
>>532735
>>532734
Together, Applejack, Silver and Amber try to nabigate their way through the inferno.
The smoke makes it hard to breath and see, and the air itself is almost too hot to breath.
But as Silver comes close to collapse, there is Mabel helping him up and guiding you through.
The entrance is blocked, but Soils shieldfull of water clears it temporarily allowing all of you to get out safely.

Out of the sky come a large number of pegasi hauling rain clouds with Inferni in front of them. They quickly start dousing the fire. Boing. Boing. Boing.

532745

>>532742
Oh… but the other pegasi are taking care of it after all. I guess I can glide around and see if the other NPC's are alright.

Roll #1 3 = 3

532746

>>532742
Take off my muzzle-mask for a deep breath of air.
"Do we have everyone?"

532747

>>532742
Gotcha.
Rush towards the others
>>532746
"You ponies alright?"

532748

>>532747
Nod.
"I'm no pony but I am. You?"
Frown.
"Where's Cracked?"

532749

>>532746
>>532747
>>532747
I pant.
"Tha-… anks…"

532750

>>532742
>>532746
>>532746
After helping out rush back ot the others.
"How is everybody? Any pony hurt?"

532751

>>532750
"I've been better, but I'll make it. You?"

>>532749
Shake my head.
"Think nothing of it, Amber."

532752

>>532748
>>532749
>>532750
Scratch the back of my head awkwardly.
"Hem…"

532753

>>532750
>>532751
"Anypony that needs healing?"

532754

>>532751
"Snack got knocked out somehow but is now okay."
I then look around.
"So Snack guess is that you ponies have found the secret evil machine and destroyed it." I smiled.

532755

>>532753
"Snack is fine." I nod

532756

>>532752
"He's dead, isn't he?"

>>532753
Shake my head.

>>532754
Frown again.
"Not without losses… Melody… she got caught in an explosion."

532757

>>532745
You see Iris and Indy in the crowd, trying to push through but there are so many ponies they can't.

>>532746
Applejack nods. "Seems like it."

>>532747
>>532748
>>532749
A team of nurses show up to tend to the wounded.
You also see Star a bit further.
She saved Melody's body from the flames.

532758

>>532756
….
"What…?"

532760

>>532754
Cock my head.
"There was a secret evil machine thingy?"
>>532756
Nod sheepishly.
>>532756
And then gasp, looking at Amber.
>>532753
"What of Melody?"

532764

>>532760
I wince.
"S-She… didn't make it. Sorry… I couldn't save her."

532767

>>532758
>>532760
>>532764
Say nothing and cover my face with a hoof, ears flopped down.

532770

>>532757
>>532767
>>532758
I lower my head as I bite my lips and pat Mabel in the back.

Seeing Star I go after her.
"… Star… Melody is….."

532772

>>532770
Star is with Melody's body right now.
She looks up.
"I know…" she sniffles.

532773

>>532767
>>532770
I bite my lip.
"She lost too many blood and I couldn't keep her vitals stable."

532774

>>532764
Get angry and stomp my hoof, gritting my teeth.
"Again."

532775

>>532757
Land near them.
"Miss Iris, there you are."

Roll #1 9 = 9

532776

>>532772
>>532772
Sit beside her and wrap an arm before staring at Melody's body.

>>532773
"Its fine Amber pony, everyone knows Amber did what she could."

532777

So we're at this point, then.
>>532774
"Well, we were going to see about bringing one back, let's see if we can't make it two."

532780

>>532775
She looks up.
"Miss Heart? What happened? We can't get through!"

>>532776
"Why did this happen, Snacks…why?"

532781

>>532776
Sad scrunch.
"Y-Yeah…"

532782

>>532780
"I would offer you a cheap flight, but that fight left me worn out. Not to worry, the issue has been solved."

532783

>>532780
"If I didn't tell Melody to come with me, it wouldn't have been her…"

532784

>>532783
Glare at her in silent anger.
"Again?"

532785

>>532782
"Good. I'll try to wurm my way through."
In the distance you see Mayor Mare coming with some guards.
This might be a situation where some diplomatic finesse is required.

532786

>>532784
Snifle and look away.

532787

>>532786
Stand up and sit down next to her.
STARING HARDER.

532788

>>532785
Ah, yes. Let's glide over there.
"Mayor Mare, I am happy to report the situation has been dealt with already."

532789

>>532787
"I'm a calamity, I know."

532790

>>532788
"Miss Heart? What's going on here? What situation?" she asks sternly

>>532781
Silver puts a hoof around you.

532791

>>532789
"No, you are dumb.
What did we talk about?"

532792

>>532780
"…… Snack wishes to tell he knows the answer, but to tell the truth Snack does not have the answer…. Melody has her rough edges but she is a good pony nonetheless and that matters."

532793

I'll just shake my head. They're in no mood to listen.
>>532790
I'll take wing, and head to the graveyard. The Grogarian priest should have arrived by now.

532794

>>532791
"Not blaming ourselves…"

532795

>>532794
"Yeah.
And what are you doing?"

532796

>>532795
"Blaming myself…"
Sniffle.

532797

>>532790
"As it turns out, the fair town of Ponyville was the subject of criminal activities including the usage and distribution of illegal substances, kidnapping, employing of illegal magics and no doubt a whole other lot of things. Cracked Skull was behind this whole operation, but that is hardly a surprise."

532798

>>532796
Scrunch and stare at her.
"And what shouldn't you be doing?"

532799

>>532798
Shake my head.
"It could have been avoided so easily! And then, I stopped the bleeding but it was too little too late…"

532800

>>532799
Slap her.
"Stop it!"