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The party find itself within the corridor of Darlight Cavern. The only light are the torches they brought with them, but the sight might have some of them rather be blind.
The only sounds are the drips of blood spilling from the floor from the corpses of the Tirekians, flowing slowly like a small stream into the darkness.
There's a red light at the end of it and slowly another sound becomes audible
A heartbeat, slow but thunderous…

559869

Keep walking, slow but steady, towards the heartbeat.

559870

>>559868
Stealth
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

559871

>>559868
I'm used to only hearing my own heartbeat when it's acting up…
"Goodness gracious, such a dreadful place."

559872

>>559871
"Worst I've seen so far."

559873

>>559868
I scrunch.
"Keep your eyes open, Silver! This smells bad!"
Bolster Mabel.
Empower Soil.

559876

>>559872
"Simply appalling."
Cock my rifle.

559878

>>559868
Ready homing magic, if I haven't already. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

559883

>>559870
It's pretty dark here, but there's no real cover.

>>559873
She's bolstered.
He's empowered.
Silver nods.
"Cadance is with us." he says nervously but you hear a tinge of fear on his tongue.

The heartbeat becomes louder as you proceed through the corridor. Only broken by the splash as your hooves trot through the small streams of blood covering the floor.
You feel your hearts grow cold and muster all your courage to fight the instinct to flee far away from this dark place.

At last you enter the grand chamber. It is a large cavern, there are a multitude of other passages carved into all directions. It is bathed in a red light coming from the altar in front of you. Around the altar lay countless bones of innocent sacrifices right in front of it, between you and the altar is a circular pit, filled with blood. The blood stirs and seems to be the source of the heartbeat. At the edge of it, close to you, stands a small pegasus (not a colt/filly, just small), clothed in black armor, far more elaborately decorated.
"You fought well, but your efforts only serve to strengthen the Lord of Midnight." he speaks in a surprisingly deep growl.
He points to the blood beneath you that slowly flows to the pit as well.
"Who sent you?"

559884

>>559878
You have 2 of them

559889

>>559883
"Fate, I suppose, would be the best answer."

559890

>>559883
Start slowly walking along the chamber.
Try to circle around him.
And ready my swords.

559892

>>559890
Behind him is the blood pit, you mean behind him, on the other side of the blood pit?

559893

>>559883
I narrow my eyes at the scene.
"As a paladin of the imperial savior princess Cadance, I could sense this evil place from afar! We've defeated your minions, demon, and you are next! We're shutting this place down in the name of our lady!"

559894

>>559883
"It was a shortcut."

559895

>>559892
Hmm… The other side of the blood pit then, I guess.
And try to be stealthy, obviously.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

559897

>>559883
"Nopony in particular, sugar. But goodness me, you certainly do know how to draw unwanted attentions. Not to mention the smell… oh dear."

559898

>>559895
>>559894
>>559893
>>559892
>>559890
>>559889
>>559897
He laughs.
"Fate and the Whore Princess….Wrong on both accounts, you have been drawn here by the Lord of Midnight himself. A gift to celebrate my ascension. You will be the first of thousands to be sent screaming to the endless maw of the Void.
Cities will fall beneath my gaze and I will tear the golden halls of Canterlot apart. I will extinguish the Sun and the Moon in my hooves.
"

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>>559898
"Well, I do suppose we all have our fantasies."

559900

>>559898
"Uh huh."
Have the two magic bolts flank him, and then collide with him in the middle. Frost-powered, of course.
'2d10'

Roll #1 3, 2 = 5

559901

>>559898
Since Indy is smart, he will use Frost on the poor of blood.
'1d10'
I will just slam the guy!
'1d10+2'

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

559902

>>559898
"Never! You will fall by Her righteous will! You cannot hope to beat us!"
Charge! Leap of Faith!
"Time to send you back to the dark pit you crawled out of!"

Roll #1 1 = 1

559904

>>559898
Inferni should Blind him.
'1d10'
I should backstab him.
'1d10+2'

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

559907

>>559898
Guess it's fightan time.

And time to, play the song of my people. Trumpeteer inspire!

Roll #1 7 = 7

559909

And then I became free for half an hour.
Quick! Where was I last?

559915

>>559904
Inferni lights up the cavern and Mabel takes the chance to jump over the blood pit, right on top of back and stab him.
He just laughs and falls into the pit, Mabel jumping off just in time.
The blood swirls and stirs and after a few seconds splashes up high.
Two giant hooves emerge from the blook, burning with black fire and a giant head, eyes glowing and his maw dripping with blood. A loud laugh emerges from it.
"NOW MEET YOUR DOOM"

Boss: Fledgeling Midnight Prince

>>559900
The cavern shakes and you get thrown back.
You're helpless!

>>559901
Indy gets thrown around.
You slam the hooves and your shield makes a weird sounds as the stardust makes contact with the black fire

>>559902
You jump at the demon but he swats you into the ground.
You're helpless

>>559907
Call to arms!
+1 to all actions next turn

>>559909
The griffon offered to lead you into Valhalla, but the snake may not follow.

Mabel 5/5
>Inferni 5/5
Soil 12/7
>Indy 2/5
Amber 0/4 HLP
Light 5/5
Warren 0/4 HLP

559916

>>559915
Up I get. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

559917

>>559915
Hell, why not.
I gesture for the snake to let go and head inside when he does.

559918

>>559915
Oh gee!
Indy helps Amber up.
'1d10+1'
I hit the guy with all my might!
'1d10+4'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5 / Roll #2 3 + 4 = 7

559920

>>559915
Keep rocking that Inspiring trumpet. Teach that pony the new world is here.

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

559921

>>559915
That big meanie! Get up!

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

559922

>>559915
Inferni attacks it!
I use Natural Remedy on Warren!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

559930

>>559916
>>559922
Warren is up with some help from Mabel.

>>559918
>>559920
>>559922
You all valianty start striking the hooves, but to no avail.
The demon simply raises a hoof and slams you all aside.

>>559921
Silver grabs your hoof and helps you up.
"Amber, this foe is too much.
We must call for the aid of Cadance.
It is our only hope."

Fledgeling Midnight Prince

Mabel 5/5
>Inferni 5/5
Soil 10/7
>Indy 1/5
Amber 5/4
Light 3/5
Warren 5/5

>>559917
He hisses menacingly but slithers off.
The griffon makes for the hills and starts climbing, roll to keep up.

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>>559930
Bitch please.
You're not losing me that fast!
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

559932

>>559930
Rub my snout and get back to playing! Inspire.

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

559933

>>559930
Groan.
Protect on Indy.
'1d10' he uses ice on the pool of blood again!
And I slam the Prince away from our friends.
"Not pushing me aside this easy!"
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 = 1 / Roll #2 3 + 2 = 5

559934

>>559930
Right… Let's pull a bottle of blessed blood thinner out of my sleeve. Hat Magic. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

559936

>>559930
I grit my teeth.
"I think… maybe you're right! I've never done that before though!"
Heal Indy

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

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>>559930
"Inferni, stay back now…"

Gotta' buy time…
Dual attack it!
'2d10'

Roll #1 7, 1 = 8

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>>559934
You've got one.

>>559936
Indy is healed.

>>559932
>>559933
POWER OVERWHELMING.
You get slammed aside again.

New rules: Call of Cadance
Amber and Silver cross their sword and hammer, close their eyes and begin the ritual.
Amber must roll every turn to charge the ritual together with Silver.
Silvers roll '1d10'
Any demon not successfully attacked on a turn will attack Silver and Amber!

The Prince opens its maw and a black ooze pours forth, it splatters on the ground raising numerous demons from it.
The Prince submerges within the blood
Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WGnLv636f4

Fledgeling Midnight Prince SUBMERGED
Midnight Demon 1
Midnight Demon 2
Midnight Demon 3

Ritual status: 0%

Mabel 0/4 HLP
>Inferni 5/5
Soil 9/7
>Indy 5/5
>>Amber 5/4
>>Silver 5/5
Light 1/5
Warren 5/5

>>559931
You keep up easily but you're not there yet.
+2 to your next roll

Roll #1 1 = 1

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>>559946
Geez, that's no good… Toss the Blessed Blood Thinner into the bloodpool '1d10'.

Roll #1 3 = 3

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>>559946
Gasp.
Rush into one of the midnight demons!
Attack! Not slam.
'1d10+2'
"Indy! The other!"
Ice on Demon 2.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11 / Roll #2 3 = 3

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>>559946
+1 from crystal emotions or no?
Anyway, let's start this ritual.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

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>>559949
Crystal emotions works, yes.

559952

>>559946
Inferni should attack Demon 3
'1d10'
I backstab Demon 1
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 8 + 2 = 10

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>>559946
How revolting.
Shoot demon number 2. Let them taste Dixian lead.

Roll #1 7 = 7

559957

>>559946
Strike the Third Demon

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

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 3 + 2 = 5

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>>559947
You get slashed by one of the demons and drop it. It smashes on the ground. Gone.

>>559948
You attack one of the demons with your shield and not unlike a bulldozer push it away from the paladins.
Indy gets bitten by one of the demons.

>>559949
You begin the ritual.
At once you establish the bond with Silver, you can sense that he's having trouble.
The vile influence of the Demon trying to distract him.

>>559952
Inferni get slashed by a demon.
You were down and now you're up.

>>559953
The demon gets stopped in his tracks as you pump him full of genuine Dixian lead.

>>559957
You hit!

Fledgeling Midnight Prince SUBMERGED
Midnight Demon 1 WOUNDED
Midnight Demon 2
Midnight Demon 3

Ritual status: 5%
Silver ritual roll '1d10-1'

Mabel 5/4
>Inferni 3/5
Soil 9/7
>Indy 3/4
>>Amber 5/4
>>Silver 5/5
Light 1/5
Warren 3/4

Roll #1 6 - 1 = 5

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>>559962
Inferni attacks Demon 2
'1d10'
I dual attack Demon 3
'2d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 4, 6 = 10

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>>559962
Gah. Well, there goes that… Aim my crossbow at the demon that slashed me, and fire. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

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>>559962
But Protect was still up on Indy!
Now, SLAMTIME on demon 1!
'1d10+2'
Indy, fire demon 1!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11 / Roll #2 8 = 8

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>>559962
Hit the Third Demon again with the power if the ancients

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+1' Return to Earth

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

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>>559962
Concentrate, Silver! Think of your training!

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

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>>559962
Keep unloading that authentic Dixie lead into demon 3 then!

Roll #1 10 = 10

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>>559946
KEEP IT UP
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

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>>559964
Inferni gets himself together and pecks at demon 2.
You exchange blows one on one with a demon.
This is one for the books.

>>559965
Before you can even aim, you're slashed again.

>>559967
You go berserk with righteous fury slamming the demon.
Indy delivers the final blow and burns it to crisps.

>>559968
The second demon focuses on you and its talons overwhelm you, slamming you to the ground and stabbing you like knives once you're down.

>>559969
You feel him pushing back.
This connection is weird. You wonder if he might be feeling your encouragement.

>>559971
You blast demon 3, blowing a large part straight off him.

>>559975
You're losing him.
You're almost there! One final roll.

Fledgeling Midnight Prince SUBMERGED
Midnight Demon 2
Midnight Demon 3 WOUNDED

Ritual status: 12%
Silver roll '1d10'

Mabel 4/4
>Inferni 3/5
Soil 9/7
>Indy 3/4
>>Amber 5/4
>>Silver 5/5
Light 1/5
Warren 1/4
Pico 0/2 HLP

Roll #1 9 = 9

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>>559967
I need to recalculate dmg on Inferni, sorry.

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>>559980
God, I mean Indy.

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>>559978
Yay! Go Silver!

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

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>>559978
Ow… Help Pico up. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

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>>559978
Heal Pico with Natural Remedy!
'1d10'
Inferni attacks Demon 2!
'1d10'

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

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>>559980
>>559981
Soil 7/6
Indy 5/5

559991

>>559989
Attack demon 3 [1d10+1]
Indy ice the pool!
[1d10]

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3 / Roll #2 10 = 10

559992

>>559978
GOOOOO
I give one last ditch effort to catch that fucker!
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

559993

>>559978
Shoot Demon 3, boy! Cheap shot!

Roll #1 7 = 7

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>>559982
Now it's your turn.
You feel thoughts intruding.
You see visions of your travels, the ponies in the inn who scorned you for being a crystal pony, Anarchy…
The world is a terrible place and so many suffer…but you can stop it…just give in…
But there's also another feeling as if from far away, calling for you, Amber.

>>559983
He's up.

>>559984
You heal him a bit.
Inferni gets slashed away unfortunately, he loses more of his feathers.

>>559991
Indy freezes the pool shut.
The ice begins steaming however… it will need more to keep it closed…
You get slashed by the demon.

>>559992
You don't catch him, but he waits for you at the top.
"You did well, for a pony."

>>559993
With a magnificent shot you hit the demon right in the demon balls.

Fledgeling Midnight Prince FROZEN
Midnight Demon 2
Midnight Demon 3 HEAVILY WOUNDED

Ritual status: 18%
Silver roll '1d10'

Mabel 4/4
>Inferni 0/3
Soil 5/7
>Indy 3/4
>>Amber 5/4
>>Silver 5/5
Light 1/5
Warren 1/4
Pico 5/3

Roll #1 5 = 5

560004

>>560001
Homing magic time. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

560005

>>560001
Inferni pls.
'1d10'

Backstab on D2
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 8 + 2 = 10

560006

>>559982
I will never give in! My faith is my shield! Cadance would never give up! There are ponies counting on me!

Roll #1 7 - 1 = 6

560007

>>560001
Finish him. Shoot Demon 3 right in his ugly mug!

Roll #1 3 = 3

560011

>>560001
God dammit
Fucking lack of wings…
"I'm used to flying."

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>>560001
Keep icing.
[1d10]
And slam demon 2
[1d10+2]

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 6 + 2 = 8

560014

>>560013
I meant 3.

560022

>>560004
Nope, demon 2 tears you a new one.

>>560007
Your gun jams!
The demon slams you to the ground.

>>560014
>>560013
Indy ices, but to no avail as the Prince breaks through once more.
You however slam Demon 3 howling back into the Abyss.

>>560005
Inferni is 2tired.
You quickly slash up demon2.

With a deafening roar, the Prince emerges again.
Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Midnight Demon 2 WOUNDED

Ritual status: 23%
20% Achieved: The paladins start glowing and for a moment you all feel happy, a light in the darkness.
One Wound restored and a free get-up on everyone

Silver roll '1d10'

Mabel 4/5
>Inferni 5/3
Soil 5/7
>Indy 2/4
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 5/5
Light 5/4
Warren 5/5
Pico 5/4

The prince raises his hoof, everyone except the Paladins roll to dodge.

Roll #1 3 = 3

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>>560022
Dodging '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

560025

>>560011
He unfolds his wings and looks at you.

560026

>>560022
Me
'1d10'
Inferni
'1d10'

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

560028

>>560025

Do I have my wings back?

560029

>>560028
I think he's referring to the fact that he had wings in life as well.
You still have your wings you just can't use them as a soul

560031

>>560022
Weee!

Roll #1 10 = 10

560032

>>560022
Dodgedammit!

Roll #1 10 = 10

560033

>>560029
Ooooh.
"I used mine more! It's hard to move and play an instrument y'know, unless you get one of those dorky ass ones that wrap around you or hang off you."

560039

>>560022
No wound restore on Indy?
Attack demon 2! Indy, ice prince!
[2d10] the first +2

Roll #1 10, 1 = 11

560040

>>560022
I'm on tablet and hadn't read the dodge thing.

560044

The hoof smashes the ground spreading dark fire across the ground for a moment.

>>560023
>>560026
Warren, Mabel, Indy go helpless

>>560032
>>560039
In a magnificent display of agility and skill you not only manage to dodge but also hit the demon.

>>560031
You start to feel great.

The dark fires accumulate and transform into dark versions of fire elementals.

Fledgeling Midnight Prince

Midnight Demon 2 HEAVILY WOUNDED
Fire Traitor 1
Fire Traitor 2
Fire Traitor 3

Ritual status: 29%
Silver roll '1d10'


Mabel 0/4 HLP
>Inferni 5/3
Soil 5/7
>Indy 0/3 HLP
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 5/5
Light 5/4
Warren 0/4 HLP
Pico 5/4

Roll #1 8 = 8

560047

>>560044
Ow. Get up. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

560048

>>560044
This is no time to be laying around.
'1d10'
Inferni Blinds.
'1d10'

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

560049

>>560044
We're going to do this! Come on!

Roll #1 10 = 10

560050

>>560033
"In the mountains of my birth, we were trained to use our claws as well as our wings. Many times we were forced to walk through storms far too savage to fly."
He turns around and a little higher you see a magnificent impossible huge wooden fortress.
"Valhalla, the griffon hall of heroes."

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>>560049
That's an >11

560053

>>560044
Indy, up!
[1d10]
If he makes it, attack the demon. Otherwise help him up.
[1d10]

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

560055

>>560044
Kill the wounded demon. Headshot.

Roll #1 5 = 5

560057

No demons stopped this round.
'4d10'

Roll #1 9, 10, 10, 7 = 36

560060

>>560057
'4d2'

Roll #1 1, 1, 1, 1 = 4

560063

>>560050
"Yeah- nooot that dedicated yo."

560069

>>560047
You're up.

>>560048
You get up.
Inferni tries, but he doesn't seem to have the energy…

>>560049
You suddenly feel a burst of energy.
Another bond has been established.
You become more intimately aware of Silvers feelings right now.
And he's getting slashed by demons, he holds on tight, gritting his teeth as he focuses on Cadance and something else…, not on the demons ripping at his body.
Because of your new bond, next turn he gets a +1!

>>560053
Indy gets up like a boss.
The last remaining demon smashes past you, attacking Silver.

>>560055
You miss, the demons storm past you attacking Silver.

>>560057
>>560060
The demons attack Silver!
Despite the numerous wounds they inflict, he holds strong.

>>560063
He turns to you.
"Ponies are normally not allowed inside. Do not expect a warm welcome."

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Midnight Demon 2 HEAVILY WOUNDED
Fire Traitor 1
Fire Traitor 2
Fire Traitor 3

Ritual status: 47%
40% Achieved: Another wave of joy hits all of you. One Wound restored and you may roll +1 next turn (this has no effect on the paladins, they get their +1 from crystal emotions).
Silver roll '1d10+1'


Mabel 5/4
>Inferni 5/3
Soil 5/7
>Indy 5/3
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 5/3
Light 5/4
Warren 5/4
Pico 5/4

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

560070

>>560069
Wait, forgot wounds

Mabel 5/5
>Inferni 5/4
Soil 5/7
>Indy 5/4
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 5/3
Light 5/5
Warren 5/5
Pico 5/5

560071

>>560069
Right, let's… hat magic up a Fire Extinguisher. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

560072

>>560069
Indy finishes the demon'
[1d10+1] fire
I slam traitor 1.
[1d10+3]

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6 / Roll #2 4 + 3 = 7

560074

>>560069
Inferni, please!
Just claw at them then, at the demon!
'1d10'
I backstab one of the fire traitors.
'1d10+2'

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

560075

>>560069
Line up another shot on the third traitor and… BANG!

Roll #1 10 = 10

560078

>>560069
Together we stand strong!

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

560081

One Traitor breaks through

'1d10'
'1d2'

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

560082

>>560069
"I'm not a goddamn wilting flower or some shit. I can handle it."
I step inside.

560093

>>560071
Not just an extinguisher.
A Dark Fire extinguisher!
"Made By Acme. Use in case of Fire Elemental Traitors."

>>560072
Indy fires and kills the last demon yay!
You slam traitor one back, the fire licks at your shield.

>>560074
Sorry, seems like he's not feeling it today.
And neither are you, as you get hit by one of the traitors.

>>560075
BOOM. Headshot.
You're on a roll today, girl.

>>560078
You feel a wave of…gratitude coming from Silver? He barely feels another slash from the demon.

>>560081
The demons slashes Silver, with little effect this time.

>>560082
You go inside together, the hall is richly decorated with spoils, weapons and armor.
You hear cheers and singing coming from a double door.
As it opens, you see a giant banquet is going on, hundreds of griffons, singing and feasting.
At the head of the table sits a giant griffon with one eye and a raven on his shoulder.
The cheers and singing die down as you enter and everyone looks at you.
"What is the meaning of this?" exclaims the one-eyed griffon.
"You. Pony, step forward and explain why you dare to enter the hallowed halls of Valhalla."

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Fire Traitor 1
Fire Traitor 2
Fire Traitor 3 WOUNDED

Ritual status: 56%
Silver roll '1d10'


Mabel 3/5
>Inferni 1/4
Soil 5/7
>Indy 5/4
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 4/3
Light 5/5
Warren 5/5
Pico 5/5

PAUSE

Roll #1 10 = 10

560095

>>560093
"Gogogo!"
Finish off Traitor 3.
'1d10'
And Indy, ice on Traitor 1!
'1d10'

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

560098

>>560093
That's right! Together as a team we're unstoppable!

Roll #1 9 = 9

560099

>>560093
Right, let's get that sucker going. Point the nozzle at the fire elementals, make sure the pin is pulled, and spray that stuff all over them. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

560111

>>560093
If I could clap, I would. For now I'll shoot Traitor 2.

Roll #1 5 = 5

560629

>>560093
"Yo."
I step forward.
"I need to bring back a mask you dudes have to the zebras."

560630

>>560093
Marksman shot on the fire traitor 2
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

560632

>>560629
A murmur comes from the crowd.
"So, it has come to this? The zebras have become so cowardly they can't even send one of their own to retrieve their spies belongings?"

560636

>>560632
I shrug.
"I don't really give a shit either way, I just need the mask. Can I get it or not?"

560637

>>560636
"Absolutely not."
Some cheers come up from the tables however.
"Hey, let's give her a chance, let her do the trials."
"Yes, the trials"
"Trails, trials."
Soon the whole crowd is bonking their claws on the table "TRIALS, TRIALS"
With one gesture of the one-eyed griffon the crowd silences again.
"We could use some entertainment….You, what's your name?"

560640

>>560637
"Melody Maker."
I pause for a moment.
"The fuck are the trials?"

560644

>>560093
Inferni attacks.
'1d10'
So do I, double.
'2d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 4, 10 = 14

560656

>>560095
He shapeshifts out of your way and burns your mane.
Indy however successfully ices number 1.

>>560098
You start feeling tingly from the tip of your nuzzle to the end of your tail.

>>560099
As you're struggling to get it to work you're smashed back by one of the elementals.

>>560111
You start clapping and this vulnerable moment is seized by one of the elementals.

>>560630
Magnificent shot, bravo.

>>560644
Inferni seems to have found his spirit again and attacks a demon
As do you.
NEXT TIME TARGET OR I'LL HAVE YOU ATTACK AIR.

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Herald of Doom
Fire Traitor 1 WOUNDED
Fire Traitor 2 HEAVILY WOUNDED
Fire Traitor 3 HEAVILY WOUNDED

Ritual status: 65%
60% Achieved: A beam of light bursts from the paladins. Everyone gets a +2 next roll, except the paladins.
Silver roll '1d10+1'


Mabel 3/5
>Inferni 1/4
Soil 1/7
>Indy 5/4
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 4/3
Light 4/5
Warren 2/5
Pico 5/5

The Prince opens his mouth and once again a black ooze pours forth, from it rises a great spider, a Herald has come.

>>560640
"They are a test of your creativity, courage and strength. In other words, they're our entertainment."
Cheers rise up.

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

560658

>>560656
"That- you know what, fuck it. Bring it on."

560661

>>560656
Inferni tries to blind all baddies
'1d10+2'

I backstab the Herald of Doom.
'1d10+4'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11 / Roll #2 6 + 4 = 10

560665

>>560656
Ahhh! Spray the damn thing at the fire elementals! It's just a trigger thing, right? The trigger thing! Get as many of them as I can in the spray. '1d10+2'
If this thing can cleave, go for all three. If it doesn't cleave, go for Elemental 1.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

560671

>>560656
Notch an arrow and aim at the first Fire Traitor.

"The Ancients would not allow you to come to this world, and I will carry out their will!"

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+5' Reflex Shot + Talent + MH Bonus + Paladins

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 4 + 5 = 9

560681

>>560658
"Let the Trial commence."
The ground before you opens.
And from it arises a wheel, marked by 6 different runes.
"Spin the wheel, Melody, and choose your fate." Roll a 1d6

560683

>>560681
I just stare at it for a few moments.
Then shrug and approach the thing. Shit's surreal as fuck but I guess that makes sense. Dead and all.
'1d6'

Roll #1 6 = 6

560689

>>560656
Tingly? Excitement!

Roll #1 7 = 7

560691

>>560656
Traitor 2 Slam.
'1d10+4'
Indy attacks Traitor 3.
Ice.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 4 = 5 / Roll #2 2 + 2 = 4

560694

>>560656
Damn I got to concentrate. Cheap Shot Traitor 2.

Roll #1 10 = 10

560699

Fire elemental 3 breaks through
'1d10'
'1d2'

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 1 = 1

560716

>>560661
FLASH BLINDED AS FUCK
+1 to all rolls next turn

You slash the Herald….
He splices in 2!

>>560665
It doesn't cleave.
But it matter little since you get hit again.
To the ground this time.

>>560671
You shoot him. He's almost dead!

>>560683
The audience holds its breath as it spins, and cheers go up as it lands.
"THE TRIAL OF WIT. Bring Bjorn the Hilarious."
Some white dressed griffons put a chair in front of you and a large griffon with a scowl unlike you've ever seen sits down in front of you, crosses his claws and stares coldly at you.
"Bjorn was in his life a grand follower of He Who Laughs. You will never find anyone who is as learned about the subtleties of comedy as him. Yet, he does not smile, save for the best of jokes. You have 3 tries, Maker, to bring even the slightest grin to his face. You may do this as you please."
You write something funny that Melody does or says, then roll. The funnier the thing Melody does or says, the lower the DC to succeed. 3 tries. GO.

>>560689
It is…Love.

>>560691
One of the Heralds shoots a web at you. You get struck and the Herald advances to coccoon you.
indy get hit by the other Herald.

>>560694
You shoot and he explodes in a shower of dark fire.

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Herald of Doom 1
Herald of Doom 2
Fire Traitor 1 HEAVILY WOUNDED
Fire Traitor 3 HEAVILY WOUNDED

Ritual status: 72%
Silver roll '1d10'

Mabel 3/5
>Inferni 1/4
Soil 0/6 COCCOON (DC7 to get up)
>Indy 3/4
>>Amber 5/5
>>Silver 4/3
Light 4/5
Warren 0/4 HLP
Pico 5/5

Roll #1 6 = 6

560718

>>560716
Geddup!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

560720

>>560716
Use the extinguisher as a support, pull myself up. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

560721

>>560716
Indy, fire at the Herald 2!
'1d10'
And I will use Protect on Amber.

Roll #1 3 = 3

560722

560724

>>560716
>>Silver 4/2

560725

>>560716
Dual Attack on Herald of Doom 1!
'2d10+1'
Inferni attacks the other part!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 5, 10 + 1 = 16 / Roll #2 8 + 1 = 9

560726

>>560716
Yes!

Roll #1 2 = 2

560728

>>560716
Now finish off number 3 with a headshot.

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

560729

>>560716
Overpower Fire Traitor 3 with the righteous strength of the Ancients. His flames mean nothing compared to them.

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+3' Return to Earth + MH Bonus + Inferni

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 10 + 3 = 13

560745

>>560716
Fuuuck…

With the lack of any other material that comes to mind, I open up by telling the tale of the first mare I ever got 'close' to, skipping over the lurid details and telling it from the awkward beginning to finally culminating into a very haphazard first time.
In the Canterlot Concert Hall practice room.
Right as her father, one of the primary patrons of the hall, was being given a tour along side some other bigwigs.
And featuring very creative usages of a cello bow.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

560750

>>560718
You break out of the coccoon, you're up.

>>560720
You're up.

>>560721
Indy gets coccooned!
Amber is protected.

>>560725
You slash furiously at Herald 1. and he splits again.
You notice they're getting smaller.
Hopefully killing these will kill them off permanently!
Inferni fires at Herald number 2.

>>560726
But dark thoughts engulf you again.
What if you fail…you're not strong enough…

>>560728
Number 3 engulfs you in fire.
You're helpless!

>>560729
You shout to the Ancients!
Faster than the eye can see you reload and snipe one Traitor after the other. After that you shoot another 3 bolts at the Heralds. Number 2 splits and the others are wounded.

>>560745
There's lots of grins and chuckles from the audience.
But not from the one that matters!

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Herald of Doom 1
Herald of Doom 2
Herald of Doom 3
Herald of Doom 4

Ritual status: 75%
Silver roll '1d10'


Mabel 3/5
>Inferni 1/4
Soil 12/6
>Indy 3/4
>>Amber 5/5 PROTECTED
>>Silver 4/2
Light 0/4 HLP
Warren 5/4
Pico 5/5

Roll #1 3 = 3

560751

>>560750
Indy frees himself?
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

560752

>>560750
Slam the Herald cooconing Indy.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

560753

>>560750
Geez, the things I pull out of my sleeve seem to be useless faster than I can use them.
Homing Magic. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

560754

>>560750
I scrunch hard and concentrate on happy thoughts! Thoughts of Cadance! The party! Home! I can't let them down!

Roll #1 4 = 4

560756

>>560750
That's going to sting tomorrow…

Get up.

Roll #1 6 = 6

560757

>>560750
Natural Remedy on Silver!
'1d10'

Inferni claws Herald 4 to pieces!
'1d10'

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

560758

>>560750
Go after the First Herald and protect my friends!

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+3' Reflex + MH Bonus

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

560759

>>560750
Oh that fucker!

Hm…
Oh fuck it. I pull a trick straight from the followers of The Laughing One that they taught me, and
Tell the dangerous joke. The funniest joke in the world.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

560762

>>560759
there once was a peanut
he was crossing the street when he was
assaulted …peanut

560767

3 Heralds break through
'3d10'
'3d2'

Roll #1 6, 7, 2 = 15 / Roll #2 2, 1, 2 = 5

560772

>>560751
Nope, but you slam the spider aside.
And protect Silver.

>>560753
One of the heralds bites you.

>>560754
Or can they? You feel pain as the demons slash at your body.
It's over…they've broken through, your friends will die, Silver will die.

>>560756
You're up.

>>560757
Before you have a chance, one of the heralds bites you in the leg

Inferni gets caught in a coccoon and struggles to get loose.

>>560758
You successfully push back the first herald, but his friends are more lucky.

>>560762
>>560759
The whole audience is silent.
Then Bjorn smirks and turns back.
"I like her."
Cheers erupt from the audience.

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Herald of Doom 1 WOUNDED
Herald of Doom 2
Herald of Doom 3
Herald of Doom 4

Ritual status: 79%
Silver roll '1d10'

Mabel 1/5
>Inferni 0/3 COCCOON
Soil 12/6
>Indy 0/3 HLP
>>Amber 3/4
>>Silver 4/2 PROTECTED
Light 5/4
Warren 2/4
Pico 5/5

Roll #1 6 = 6

560774

>>560772
I give a bow
"So that's my trial?"

560775

>>560772
Indy up!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

560776

>>560772
Inferni frees himself!
'1d10'
Backstab Herald 2!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 3 + 2 = 5

560777

>>560772
Great job kiddo.
Now attack again the same spider!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

560778

>>560772
No! Failure is unacceptable! they won't let me down, I'm telling you!

Roll #1 2 = 2

560780

>>560772
"Amber! Silver! Hold on just a little longer!"
Enough with the magic, the items, the junk. Time to just finish this like a sane pony. whip out that Inquisitor dagger and shank a herald. Number 1 will do. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

560782

>>560772
Open fire on herald number 3.

Roll #1 4 = 4

560784

>>560772
"You won't get past me, even if you break my bow and all my arrows!" Attack the Fourth Herald!

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+2' Gryphon Claws + MH Bonus

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 3 + 2 = 5

560788

2 break through
'2d10'
'2d2'

Roll #1 5, 10 = 15 / Roll #2 2, 2 = 4

560800

>>560774
"Aye."

>>560775
He flames out of there and is up.

>>560776
He can't get out.
Herald bites you and swings you to the ground.

>>560777
You strike and heavily wound him.

>>560778
No…it's too much…pain…..
Suddenly the black disappears and in your mind you're in the Crystal Palace.
Before you floats the Crystal Heart, touching your warhammer, it hums softly, glowing more and more brightly.
You hear cracks.
The Palace is changing, dark crystals try to tear it apart.
"Hold on, Amber, we must finish this."
Opposite of you, stands Silver his sword touching the heart. Despite his numerous wounds, he holds strong.
You have gained +1 bonus for the rest of your fight

>>560780
You get swept aside by its fangs.

>>560782
It bites you, plunging it fangs deep in your flesh.

>>560784
You shoot it, you hold it back.

>>560788
The spiders hurt Amber badly!

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
Herald of Doom 1 HEAVILY WOUNDED
Herald of Doom 2
Herald of Doom 3
Herald of Doom 4 WOUNDED

The Prince laughs and raises his hooves, from the blood pour countless of pony like minions. Screeching and howling, thirsting for blood.
Torrent of Despair 1
Torrent of Despair 2
Torrent of Despair 3
Torrent of Despair 4

And more are coming.

Ritual status: 83%
80% BONUS:
The Paladins start glowing pink and they slowly start floating up. A bright light shines from them energizing you with a holy wrath unlike anything you've ever felt before.
1 Wound healed, ALL ATTACKS AND ABILITIES CAN NOW BE USED SIMILAR CLEAVE, +1 permanent bonus to all rolls for the remainder of the battle.

Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSsfjHCFosw
Silver roll '1d10'

Mabel 0/5 HLP
>Inferni 0/3 COCCOON
Soil 12/7
>Indy 0/3 HLP
>>Amber 4/2
>>Silver 4/2
Light 3/5
Warren 1/5
Pico 5/5

Roll #1 5 = 5

560801

>>560800
Now I just need to get up!
'1d10'
And Inferni should too!
'1d10'

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

560803

>>560800
Oh.
Shit.
LET'EM COME!
SLAM
ALL
THE
TORRENTS OF DESPAIR!
'1d10+3'
Indy, finish Herald 1.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10 / Roll #2 7 + 1 = 8

560804

>>560800
I bite my lip and nod quickly.
"Yes… Yes we will finish this!"

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

560807

>>560800
Little cunt.

Shove it away and blow its head off!

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

560808

>>560807
Herald 3 that is.

560810

>>560800
Shoot all of the Heralds!

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+4' Reflex + MH Bonus + Paladins

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 7 + 4 = 11

560816

>>560800
Let's dice some Heralds. Cleave for four. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

560817

>>560801
You jump up with a doubleflip and get ready for battle.
Inferni remains stuck.

>>560803
You watch as the enemy crawls out of the pit of hell.
You put your helmet low and as they come crawling forward, you close your eyes and allow yourself a moment to think about Iris, your home and your family. They seem so vivid in your mind, perhaps an effect of this holy energy flowing through your veins.
You open your eyes and with a roar thunder towards the Torrents, the first breaks apart against your shield, and another, and another…

Indy flames the Herald howling to the Abyss.

>>560804
The palace cracks and the roof shatters above you.
"Amber, we've been through so much lately…when I first met you…well I thought you were a bit of a clutz…" he grins despite his wounds "but that's changed…."

>>560807
You shove him off and splatter its innards all over the floor.

>>560810
You grab your weapon and as you shoot images of your home and everyone you've loved flash through your mind. Your bolts energize and shoot all remaining heralds to pieces as they hit!

>>560816
They are already dead!
You jump and strike the Prince in the hooves.
It's dark fire doesn't hurt you any longer!

Fledgeling Midnight Prince
"NO THIS CANNOT BE. MIDNIGHT EVERLASTING"
He opens his mouth and numerous demons flow out, brandishing their fangs to attack you.

Midnight Demon 1
Midnight Demon 2
Midnight Demon 3
Fire Traitor 1
Fire Traitor 2
Fire Traitor 3
Devourer of Light 1
Devourer of Light 2
Devourer of Light 3

Ritual status: 87%
Silver roll '1d10+1'

>Mabel 5/5

>>Inferni 0/3 COCCOON
>Soil 12/7
>>Indy 5/4
>>>Amber 4/3
>>>Silver 4/3
>Light 3/5
>Warren 1/5
>Pico 5/5

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

560818

>>560817
I smirk too.
"And you were a grump! But I knew we were meant to be partners!"

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

560819

>>560817
Cleave Backstab all devourer of lights.
'1d10+3'
Inferni, pls.
Just burn the cocoon!
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6 / Roll #2 5 + 1 = 6

560820

>>560817
Indy, free Inferni.
'1d10+1'
I will rush on, carried by my own momentum, and slam against Midnight Demon 1 and 2.
'1d10+1'
Protect on Amber.

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6 / Roll #2 10 + 1 = 11

560821

>>560817
Alright, now that there are more of those fire beings, let's put that darn extinguisher to use. Cleave for 3 '1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

560822

>>560817
Time to unload this baby. Shoot all three of the traitors.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

560823

>>560817
I'll exorcise the Demons, banish them from this world.

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+3' RtE + MH + Paladins

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 6 + 3 = 9

560824

>>560818
Dark crystal spring up beside you.
"We really do….and perhaps…."

>>560819
You jump wildly around fueled by the power of Love. stabbing every devourer.

With a little help from Indy, Inferni finally gets loose.

>>560820
Why stop now?
Those demons crash against your shield like water to a breakwater. They gurgle in confusion and Pico banishes them away.

>>560821
The Fire Traitor are afraid of that extinguisher and rush to bring you to the ground.

>>560822
As you shoot images come back from those who taught you to shoot, back in Dixie.
You shoot and shoot, delivering divine justice.

>>560823
The Ancients are surely with you, as the demons fly howling back into the abyss.

Fire Traitor 1
Fire Traitor 2
Fire Traitor 3
Devourer of Light 1
Devourer of Light 2
Devourer of Light 3

More demons crawl out of the pit

Torrent of Despair 1
Torrent of Despair 2
Torrent of Despair 3
Torrent of Despair 4

Ritual status: 92%
Silver roll '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

560825

>>560824
Dual Attack the Devourer of Lights!
'2d10+1'

Roll #1 1, 6 + 1 = 8

560826

>>560825
Oh, and Inferni Blinds.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

560827

>>560824
Ignore the crystals!
"… M-More?"

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

560828

>>559868
Shoot back the Despair!

'1d10' Hawkeye
'1d10+4' Reflex + MH Bonus + Paladins

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 5 + 4 = 9

560829

>>560824
SLAM'EM ALL!
AGAIN, THE TORRENTS!
ALL OF THEM!
'1d10+3'
Indy ices the 3 traitors.
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4 / Roll #2 8 + 1 = 9

560830

>>560824
Open fire on the devourers next! All three of 'em!

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

560831

>>560827
The Heart glows brightly and you lose all track of space, time, only a bright comforting light.
You float inbetween it, formless.
You had read of the bonds between all ponies, but here you feel them.
Without thoughts or words, you feel the love of not only yourself, not just your family, not just Silver, not just your friends and their friends and their families, but of every pony across the globe.
You see beyond the barriers of hate that divide ponies and for a moment, you know, that we are truly meant to be one brotherhood…
You blink and you find yourself on the floor, your body full of wounds, besides you lays Silver, gravely wounded as well, but he lives, you see a grin on his face.

>>560830
>>560829
>>560828
>>560826
>>560825
The demons howl for a final attack determined to break through as a blast of light burst from the paladins, flowing harmlessly through you but destroying all the minor demons.
The prince growls and shakes in fury
The paladins open their eyes, glowing with a pink light as their bodies turn to energy and with a flash they disappear.
In their place is the ethereal form of a pink alicorn shining bright.
The Prince grits its teeth and slams his hooves down upon the alicorn, but his hooves burn away as they touch her.
The Prince howls in pain but the unicorn focuses her magic and a beam of holy energy erupts from her horn turning the monster and the pit into stone.
When it is done the unicorn slowly floats down again, as it touches the ground it fades away, leaving only the wounded bodies of the paladins behind.
They move…

A silence falls over the cave…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHKfllYlLp8

560832

>>560831
Rush to them already!
"Amber!
Silver!
"

560833

>>560831
Pick up Inferni, and hold him close to myself.
Give him a gentle kiss on the forehead too.
Then walk over to Amber and Silver.
"Are you both allright?"

560834

>>560831
I fly over and clap.
"Well done everypony."

560835

>>560831
O-Oh gosh…
"I think-"
I grunt as I roll onto my belly.
"… I think I might need some healing."
I grin despite my wounds.
"That was soooo great though! We did it! We really did it Silver!"

>>560832
>>560833
>>560834
"I'm fine! Just a little hurt, that's all! Did you guys see that!?"

560836

>>560835
Nod eagerly.
"That was the freakiest magic ever."

560837

>>560835
Natural Remedy on both her and Silver, something to fix them up.
"I saw, yes."
Smile.
"It was beautiful. Thank you for that."

560838

>>560835
"Oh we saw it, sugar. Though ya'll shouldn't move too much until you get healed."

560839

>>560835
He grabs your hoof as you both get treated by Mabel.
He nods. "We did…"

>>560833
He seems happy. Despite him having lost more feathers than ever. He has a bald spot on his back.

560840

>>560837
>>560836
>>560838
I grin and slowly stand up after I'm healed.
"That was fun! We should totally do it again sometime!"

560841

>>560840
Grin wide, ear to ear.
"Totally!
We should go hunt demons and stuff!"

560842

>>560840
>>560841
"They wouldn't stand a chance!"

560843

>>560840
I chuckle.
"Well… it certainly was something else, I must admit."

560844

>>560842
Laugh heartedly and swing a hoof behind your back, poking you on the chest with the other.
"Not if you are with us pal!"

560845

>>560840
Sigh.
"Whoa there. It had a bit too much blood and demons in it for me to want to do it again."

>>560839
Nuzzle him.
"Is what I'm thinking is happening is happening to you?"

560846

>>560844
"Where else would I be? Hopefully the rest of the trip is like this!"

560847

>>560839
Smile at him.
"Did you feel it?"

>>560841
>>560842
>>560843
"Once we get our friends back, we totally could!"

>>560845
"Thanks for healing us! Somebody has to take care of this stuff!"

560848

>>560846
"Haha!"
Give a vigorous shake and let go.

560849

>>560847
"You're welcome. And as I said, I have to thank you, that I could witness something like this."

560850

>>560845
He nods.

>>560847
He nods and the gives you a hug.

560851

>>560849
"It was pretty flashy!"

>>560850
Shiny hug him back!

560852

>>560847
>>560848
"Let's make sure everyone gets some rest, then we can head out for more!"

560853

>>560850
So… The bad guy is stone?

560854

560855

>>560854
So…
Would it be safe to chip a bit off him?
Just for safekeeping!

560856

>>560847
I'm probably looking pretty ragged… so very uncouth.

>>560854
>>560853
"How quaint, should we sell it to a museum perhaps?"

560857

>>560856
"I was thinking about taking a piece."

560858

>>560851
Smile a bit.
"And shiny."

>>560850
"Can I help you with it?"

560859

>>560855
Go ahead.

>>560856
Do realize it is about the size of 10 ponies.
Fucker was huge.

>>560858
He shakes his head.
Some things just have to come naturally.

>>560851
Rolling for mind '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

560860

>>560859
Mh… Could you describe him?

560861

>>560851
>>560859
Silver pulls a bit back and softly raises your chin, so you can look each other in the eyes.

560862

>>560859
Nod again.

560863

>>560857
"A memento… I could certainly get behind that."

>>560859
He could be set up in a grand entry hall!

But I suppose just chipping off a part of it as a memento is fine too.

560864

>>560863
>>560859
"Should we all just take a piece? Maybe he won't be able to reform if we do."

560865

560866

>>560863
"Been getting stuff from every fight!
The cap? From a hydra we capped!
The shield? From the ursa and the guant tree!
The armor? Manticore fur back in Silverhaze when I first met my pals!"

560867

>>560860
You can only see his upper body.
His hooves are burned off from his attempt to harm the Avatar of Cadance.
His head is thrown up towards the ceiling.
He seems to be screaming.
Perhaps if you feel like climbing part of his teeth, helmet or armor would be a worthy prize.

>>560865
Kissu '1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

560868

>>560867
Heck yeah I feel like climbing.
But just how big are his helmets and armor?
'1d10' climb.

Roll #1 7 = 7

560869

>>560868
So big you can walk on them.

560870

>>560864
"I am not an expert on demons and the likes, so I would not know."

>>560866
"A… hydra?"
I shake my head with a chuckle.
"You ponies are full of surprises, are you not?"

>>560867
Oh my, love is in the air!
I will fly up and seek a worthy trophy.

Roll #1 3 = 3

560871

>>560869
Useless to carry though!
What's the helmet like?

560872

>>560867
!
Uh…
Uh…
Kiss back!

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

560873

>>560869
"I should take a piece, so I have trophy to show my family when I get back."

'1d10+3'

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

560874

I suppose I'll rouse myself from my spot on the floor. Probably got buried in ashes for a minute there.

560875

>>560872
>>560867
Hmm a bit inexperienced of Silver perhaps but hey, not like you got anything to compare it too.
He grins and lets you go.

EVERYONE GETS A SKILLPOINT MOTHERFUCKERS

>>560873
THE STATUE COMES ALIVE
Nah, just kidding, give it a sec.

560876

>>560874
I suppose I could give you a Natural Remedy as well.
"Are you allright?"

560877

>>560876
"I'll live. I take it that whatever the paladins were doing worked?"
>>560875
About time those two took the plunge.

560878

>>560875
I cover my mouth with a hoof and giggle.

560879

>>560875
I pull out an arrow and keep it with men, just in case.

560880

On the breastplate of the statue, amidst a host of heretical symbols you find a part that seems to have been forgotten to defile by the pegasus. It is the winged pegasus insignia of the Royal Equestrian Wonderbolts. Who knows why this guy decided to turn to path of evil?
You could break it off and divide it into a number of pieces, as a commemoration of your fight here.

560881

>>560880
Sure. That works.
"Anyone have a chisel? I know Amber has a hammer."

560882

>>560880
If Warren wants he may take a 6 to shrink the thing down and put it in his bag of holding.

560883

>>560882
The thing= the statue

560884

>>560881
"Here, my arrowheads could work."

560885

>>560880
"Hmmm… A wonderbolt? I have heard of them before."

560886

>>560882
Until we can turn it over to another den of paladins, anyway. I'll wait until the insignia gets divvied up.
>>560884
"They might. Amber, if you can part yourself from Silver for a moment?"

560887

>>560886
!
I blush and turn to you.
"Huh?"

560888

>>560887
"We're all happy you and Silver have finally admitted your feelings for each other, but if you could lend your hammer for a moment, Soil would like a piece of this old Wonderbolt emblem for a trophy."

560889

The beauty of the wonderbolt insignia is the circle marked by feathers and a lightning bolt in the middle.
You divide it like a pizza in pieces.
Each of you has a triangle with a side of one feather and a small piece of the lightning bolt in the middle.

560890

>>560888
>>560887
"Oh c'mon Warren!
Smooching after a battle is important!"

560891

>>560889
And then we will run to the seven corners of the earth, to bury and guard them forever.

560892

>>560889
Well, once Amber stops staring at silvers dick and gets to work at least

560893

>>560877
"Don't tell me you missed it!"

560894

>>560888
Elbow you in the side.
"Come on now, let them be!"

560895

>>560888
>>560890
I scrunch.
"W-We were just… uh…"
Darn it! Just give them the hammer!

560896

>>560889
"This, I actually have something good to send home."

560897

LH gets another skill point to help her get even with the group

560898

>>560890
I'll shrug.
"Even so."
>>560893
"I was knocked around a bit while they were about to hit critical mass. I remember a pink flash, and that's about it."
>>560895
"No one's judging, Amber. It's cute, and it means you and Silver have achieved a new partnership, stronger than the last."
And then we split the emblem.

560899

>>560895
"Hey, me and Iris do that stuff all the time!"
>>560897
Give Silver a wink wink nudge nudge.

560900

>>560895
"It's okay, Amber, we all knew this would happen eventually."

>>560898
"I don't think I'm a poet enough to describe what I saw."

560901

>>560899
He scratches the back of his head and grins sheepishly

560902

>>560900
"Well, despite it's obviously awe-inspiring nature, I hope they don't have to do it again. We'll be in dire straits if they do."

560903

>>560902
Chuckle.
"Don't worry, I'm not enthusiastic about repeating something like this either."

560904

>>560895
"It was rather heartwarming."

560905

>>560898
>>560899
I huff.

>>560900
>>560904
"You're being very smug!"

>>560902
>>560903
"Why not? It was great! So much fun!"

560906

You make a fire in the cave and prepare to rest here for a while…
Many more dangers are sure to follow.

PAUSE

560907

>>560905
"Except that, if we're calling on it, it means we're in deep, deep trouble."

560908

>>560905
"I saw the way you two were looking at each other. And you probably missed all the non-fun parts."

560909

>>560907
"But so are the ones we're fighting!"

>>560908
"What way we were looking at each other? I don't know what you're talking about at all!"

563545

The fire shines brightly in the dark.
After this hard fight, a small break and talk is welcome.

563549

>>563545
How did Star like that?

563553

>>563545
Go and follow the others.
I then look at Silver, what is he doing?

563556

>>563549
Are you kidding me?
She's shinier than ever and looking at Amber and Silver with sheer awe.

>>563553
Sitting by the fire and looking at it.
Seemingly in deep thought

563557

>>563556
"You seem flabbergasted, darling. I cannot blame you, of course. That was quite the show."

563558

>>563556
Approach him.
"Is Silver pony alright?"

563559

>>563557
She looks up.
"Are you kidding me? They summoned the Saviour herself. It was incredible. Do you even realize how amazing that is?"

>>563558
He looks up.
"Uh? Oh…yes, mister Snacks…I am quite alright." He seems a bit distracted

563560

>>563559
"… 'The saviour'? Cadance you mean?"

563563

>>563559
I close my arm and sit next to him.
"No you dont, is there anything bothering Silver pony?"

563567

>>563560
"Yes. We call her the Saviour because she freed the Empire from the evil King Sombra."

>>563563
"It was weird. The ritual I mean…I'm still trying to come to terms with what happened."

563570

>>563567
"I had heard of that. Quite the victory for Equestria and the Crystal Empire, that was."

563571

>>563567
"Silver and Amber able to summon forth something is weird. Snack didnt know ponies are capable of such powerful magics." I grin.
"How does it feel if its okay for Snack to ask?"

563579

>>563570
"Yes, Cadance herself brought Sombra down and reclaimed the Crystal Heart! We all saw it."
Her eyes grow misty.
"It was the most beautiful day of our lives."

>>563571
He scratches his head.
"Confused. I don't know how to feel…"

563583

>>563579
"Hmmm, it must have been. I hear Sombra was quite the tyrant."

563588

>>563579
I scratch my head.
"Silver didnt feel anything? Snack felt he is in awe of the spectacle… and also a bit afraid because Snack is worried of the safety of everybody during that moment."

563589

>>563588
I then stop to think.
"Maybe Silver must ask Amber how she felt so Silver will know how he must feel."

563590

>>563583
She nods.
"We don't remember much of it.
But when I try to remember, I shudder.
And what we do remember…it's not pretty…"

>>563588
"I don't know. I didn't know I…we could do that…"

563593

>>563590
I gulp as I see him starting to be hysterical.
"Calm down pony, its all going to be fine. Snack is sorry for pressing it."

563594

>>563590
"I will not press that line of conversation then."
Look at Amber and Silver.
"But those two certainly are something else…"

563596

>>563593
He's not really going hysterical.
He's just very very contemplative.
"I'm okay…"

>>563594
"Paladins of the Saviour. It's such an honor."

563602

>>563596
"We may count ourselves lucky to be in their presence. Without that… performance of theirs, killing that demon would have been problematic."

563603

Butt?

563604

>>563596
I stop and think for a moment.
"So what does Silver think of our group? We are a dynamic team is it not?"

563605

>>563602
"It's not a performance! It's a ritual, a holy ritual!"

>>563603
You're around the campfire in the cave.
Talk as you please.
Plot doesn't seem to be moving forward tonight.

>>563604
"It's been quite lively since I joined all of you. You seem to run into quite a lot of trouble."

563606

>>563605
I chuckle.
"Yes of course, a ritual. An impressive one nonetheless."

563608

>>563605
Silver?

563609

>>563605
"That is true, we are monster hunters after all." I grin.
"So does Silver plans to stay? Any idea on how to improve our ass kicking?"

563612

>>563608
He's talking to Snacks.
He grins as you come by.

>>563606
"I've never seen something quite like it.
But I know paladins can do amazing things. Did you ever hear of the Sword and the Hammer?"

>>563609
"Of course I'll stay and I believe I could learn a thing or 2 from you, mister Snacks."

563615

>>563612
"I'm afraid I have not, no."

563616

>>563612
Sit down next to him and grin.
"That was so much fun! I hope you're feeling better!"

563617

>>563612
I pound my chest
"Snack can teach Silver anything, though Silver can also teach Snacks too. We can exchange notes."

563623

>>563615
"They're the 2 greatest paladins of Cadance. I saw them during the Siege of the Capital.
When the shields were breached we thought all was lost, but together they held the line against hordes of Changelings until the mages could reform the shield again. It was breathtaking."

>>563616
He grins.
"Eh…maybe I'm overthinking all of it. I don"t really know how to feel about all that happened. Maybe I still need to realize what just happened."

>>563617
"Sounds like a plan. Where are you from, mister Snacks?"

563626

563628

>>563616
I scratch my head and looks at him a bit worried.
"Snack lives in fort Stardust, you may have heard of that fort that is settled in the Foal mountain ranges, east of Canterlot, deep in the mountains…. "

563629

>>563628
>
>>563623
"So where does Silver live?"

563630

>>563623
"It was pretty amazing! The emotions were so strong! I could almost taste it!"

563632

>>563623
"Changelings you say? Interesting creatures, those are. I would love to see one some day. … Perhaps I have already, it would be quite hard to tell."

563637

>>563629
"Bloodstone. A small town near the Crystal mountains."

>>563630
"I'm happy you liked it. I felt it was really intense…I've never felt like that."

>>563632
She frowns.
"You don't want to meet them. They're evil!"

>>563626
Faff is still ongoing. Plot soon I think.

563639

>>563637
"East of the Crystal Empire is Snack right? How is living there?"

563644

>>563637
"Me neither! You were great, holding out against those wounds like that!"

563649

>>563637
I chuckle.
"Evil or not… they are something truly unique."
Look around.
"Not quite the demons we fought today, but still very dangerous if they wish to be."

563662

>>563649
"They might as well be demons. In Agate, the last town to be liberated from them, they sucked everypony dry from emotions….I heard even veteran soldiers were shocked by what they saw there…"

>>563644
He smirks.
"I couldn't keep you hanging."

>>563639
"The Crystal Empire is on a plateau near the Crystal Mountains. It should be very cold but the Crystal Heart makes the climate warm and comfortable. The hills are green and there were many crystal corn fields near Bloodstone."

563667

>>563662
"How despicable."

563670

>>563662
Give him a shiny hug.
"You really didn't! You're the best partner I could hope for!"

563672

>>563667
"I read in one of my books that they once were demons. But when Tirek was imprisoned they became what they are now. Stupid bugs."

>>563670
Roll not to blush '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

563673

>>563670
He keeps his composure, but smiles.
"Right back at you."

563676

>>563673
"I bet the others are going to be super impressed that we took down these Tirekians with Cadance's help!"

563679

>>563662
"Snacks see's, perhaps one day Snack can viisit." I grin.

>>563670
>>563672
I look at the two.
"Uhhmmm.. so you two are…" I grin.

563683

>>563676
"Once we're back in Canterlot they'll be jealous!"

>>563679
"My parents would be very happy, I'm sure. My dad is mayor there."
He grins sheepishly as you mention Amber.

563685

>>563683
>>563679
I scrunch.
"So what if we are!?"

563686

>>563672
"Well, they have yet to make landfall in the new world to my knowledge. Perhaps it would be a bit too much for them to handle."

563688

>>563683
>>563685
I grin knowingly.
"Nothing, now Snack knows why you two are able to pull that magic off." I grin.

563691

>>563686
"Just hope they never do. Once they're in, you'll never get them out."

>>563688
Silver grins.
"It's all because of Cadance, we simply asked for her help and she answered."

563696

>>563691
"Well… if they do end up there, I will at least get a chance at seeing them up close without having to go too far."
I chuckle.

563699

>>563688
"Thanks to the saviour! She stands by our side!"

563702

>>563691
>>563699
I nod.
"Cadence is the princess of love right? Now Snack understands."

"So if it is powered by love… then Snack and…. " I scratch my chin.

563703

>>563696
She scrunches.
"What's the New World like?"

>>563702
Silver grins.
"Star? I'm not sure if a non-initiated can summon Cadance like we did. But certainly she listens to every prayer."

563707

>>563703
I blush and lower my head.
"S…. snack see's. Snack is just curious thats all."

563710

>>563703
"Most of it is wild and untamed beauty, and by that I do not just mean nature, but the ponies living there as well."
I chuckle.
"Very… different from Equestria, yet in some ways very similar. It is hard to describe. Dixie city itself is truly unique however, it has a certain charm to it that cannot be found anywhere else in this whole wide world."

563712

>>563707
He pats your shoulder.
"Dont be ashamed, Snacks. It's love, that's a good thing."

563715

>>563710
"Maybe we can sail there sometime?"

563721

>>563715
"It is not quite so nearby, sugar. It would take weeks of travel."

563726

>>563721
"I don't mind."

563727

>>563726
"Have you traveled on a ship before then? It can get quite monotonous to stay on the high seas for prolonged amounts of time."

563728

>>563712
I just lower my head.
"Love is a good thing, it can change anyone. Its just that both Snack and Star are different from each other that its something that worries me."

563733

>>563727
"I was on a boat a few days to go from Canterlot to Vanhoover."

>>563728
"Star is a bit shy, but she really seems to care for you."

563735

>>563733
"Oh, but that must have been on a river, no?"

563736

>>563733
I nod.
"Star's the best! She's soooo smart too!"

563737

>>563735
She nods.
"It's a boat…."

>>563736
"The smartest."

563738

>>563737
"Of course, but it is different. You still see landscapes and are able to stop on the way there. On the high seas… well, there is only water. Water as far as the eye can see for weeks on end. You can probably imagine how that must feel after a while."

563739

>>563733
I nod.
"As I care for her, she has a hard life. Snacks plans one day to just be with her and make her happy in everything…. even if it means going away if she finds Snack not her type, if that makes her happy."
"Maybe Snack is just worrying too much… does Silver thinks the same?"

563740

>>563738
"Lots of time for reading a good book. It sounds delightful."

563741

>>563737
"… Well, Iris is smart too. I don't know which one of them is the smartest…"
I frown and think this matter over in deep concentration.

563743

>>563739
"You just have to…let it happen."

>>563741
"I wouldn't know…what do you think, mister Snacks?"

563745

>>563740
I chuckle.
"Quite the optimist you are, darling. I approve."

563754

>>563743
"Let it happen?"
"Does Silver mean… just let the emotions flow?" I fidget in my seat.

563756

>>563754
"It worked for me."

>>563741
Nuzzle you~

>>563745
"When you were sailing to Equestria, did you see pirates?"

563758

>>563756
I look at both Crystal as they nuzzle.
"Snack will put that in mind then. Thanks." I smile at Silver.

563759

>>563756
"Pirates? Why do you ask? But no, I did not. The ship I traveled on was not exactly a prime target."

563762

>>563758
"I hope it helps."

>>563759
"I heard many stories of pirates.
They sing about rum and they wear eyepatches and have wooden hooves. And they go to islands to find treasure."

563763

>>563756
D-don't blush and nuzzle him back.

Roll #1 1 = 1

563765

>>563763
Suddenly the cave glows red again!
You all wonder if the red altar came alive again, but it turns out Amber is just blushing.

563766

>>563762
>>563763
Seeing the awkwardness beginning to happen between the two, I stand up.
"Snack will leave you two and see Star if she is fine." I grin as I stand up and go to her.

563768

>>563765
Cover my cheeks and look away! Be stealthy!

Roll #1 10 = 10

563770

>>563766
"Hey, Snacks!"
She chuckles as she sees Amber.

>>563768
Crystal emotions-1
You quickly grab a blanket to cover your red glowing body and cheeks. The glow is gone.

563773

>>563762
"Hmmm, well those stories tend to be just that, stories. From what I understand, pirates are not quite so pleasant. I have met with some pirate hunters before who told me stories which were, quite frankly, disturbing."

563774

>>563770
I think I'll hide under here for the rest of my life…

Roll #1 10 = 10

563776

>>563770
I wave at Star.
"Star seems to be amused at how Amber glows. Snack thinks she is very fond of nuzzling with Silver."

563780

>>563773
"W-what did they say?"

>>563776
"I think so too."

>>563774
You sneakily walk away under the blanket until the others don't see you anymore.
As you sit under the blanket, somepony sticks his head in.
In the red glow you see Silver.
"I see you made your own little place."
He smirks.
"Very comfortable."

563782

563783

>>563780
"Let us not ruin this joyous victory with such dreadful tales. Perhaps I can tell you some other time."

563784

>>563780
I snicker and sat next to her.
"What are you and LH talking about? Does it revolves about love?"

563785

>>563780
I scrunch.
"It is very comfortable!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

563787

SHALL WE PLOT?

>>563783
"Promise?"

>>563784
"She was telling me about pirates!"

>>563785
"Might I come in?"

563788

>>563787
"Of course."

>SHALL WE PLOT?

Isn't it a bit late to start at this point?

563789

>>563787
"Uh… sure?"

563790

>>563787
If everyone is here.
"Pirates, Snack has heard of those terrors of the sea's. Some are weird swashbucklers that follows a weird code of honor while others are just bad folks, cut-throats of the seas."
"Well that is what Snacks knows that is."

563791

>>563789
It's a big blanket.
You're 2 ponies underneath a blanket now.
"Why are you hiding?"

>>563788
>1AM
Yeah.

>>563790
Star scrunches.
"That doesn't sound fun at all."

563792

>>563791
"I'm not hiding at all! I'm just resting!"

563793

>>563791
I think for a bit.
"Hmmmm…. they do get to travel around so that is kind of fun. Travelling the world with little worry does sound pleasing."I grin.

563794

>>563792
"You make a cute motion with your ears when you lie."
He boops your nose.

>>563793
"But…that's what we do!"

563795

>>563794
I scrunch as he boops me.
"That's not true!"

563796

>>563794
I stop and think for a moment.
"So we do the same as pirates does in where we travel uncharted lands, adventure awaits and we dont know what will happen next except that it will be exciting. Sounds fun to Snack, does Star agree?"

563797

>>563795
"Yes you do~"

>>563796
"We travel to unexplored lands right now! Like…this cave!"

563799

>>563797
"This cave, that doge fort up until Canterlot. Snack has not been there and it will be worth exploring it if you ask me." I smile.

563801

>>563797
"Well… uh… y-you wrinkle your nose when lying!"

563803

>>563799
"Do you still have that key?"

>>563801
"Do I now?"

563804

>>563803
"Totally! It makes you look really silly!"

563805

>>563803
"Yes Snack does." I fumbled to my pack and lean closer to her as I show her the key.
"Is it not a beauty…."

563807

>>563805
She looks at it and runs her hoof over it.
"I wonder what it opens…"

>>563804
He wrinkles his nose.
"I can't help it. Help, it's wrinkling on its own!"

563810

>>563807
"You must be lying then!"

563811

>>563810
"Amber, you have to help me…I can't go out of here like this."
His nose is wrinkling.

563812

>>563807
"It did say that it lays near… or underneath Canterlot, once we arrive there we may get more clue's about the forts whereabouts and its keys." I hand her the keys and just watch her.

563813

>>563811
Tap his nose with a hoof.
"Stop it then!"

563814

>>563812
"Maybe it's full of gems…or books."

>>563813
"I..I think only a kiss can help!"

563815

>>563814
"Not to mention the history and culture." I lean closer and wrap my arms around her.
"If we do find one, Star will have first pick of the loot specially books and jewelries."

563816

>>563814
""That sounds a little too convenient!

563817

>>563816
"It's the truth!"
His nose stops for a second and then continues again.

>>563815
She grins.
"Do I?"

563818

>>563817
Hmmmm…
"Fine!"
Lean forward and give him a kissu.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

563819

>>563818
Kissu~ '1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

563820

>>563817
I scruffle her mane.
"Yes she does." I grin.

563821

>>563818
>>563819
His nose stopped.
He grins.
"Thanks~"

>>563820
"We should get you a suit once we found it, I'm sure you'd look magnificent in a tuxedo."

563823

>>563821
"Combined with this hat Snack thinks he will look more fabulous.." I produce the spider bowler hat and wear it.
"See?"

563824

>>563821
"It actually worked! Wow!"

563833

>>563824
"You're a miracle healer!"

>>563823
"Hehehe. You look more fancy already."

563837

>>563833
"… I guess! Healing is my talent!"

563840

>>563833
"Why thanks."
I then put the hat in her head.
"Talk about a fancy pony, it suits her well." I chuckle as I boop her nose with mine.

563841

>>563837
"Now wanna come back from under this blanket and go sit by the fire again?"

>>563840
She nuzzles back '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

563842

>>563841
That's +2 = 7

563844

>>563841
"… Okay!"
Crawl from under it.

563845

>>563841
Nuzzle closer to her just letting the moment flow.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

563846

>>563844
And you're back in the cave.
And you're not glowing anymore!

>>563845
That's a really nice nuzzle.
You can feel her soft nuzzle on your sensitive dog nose.

563847

>>563846
That's good!
Sit back down by the fire and rest then I guess?

563849

>>563847
I suppose.
Silver raises his hooves under the blanket.
"Wooooo" he says spookily

563853

>>563849
I scrunch.
"Don't make me smite you!"

563857

>>563853
"….You wouldn't…."

563861

>>563846
Just roll on my back and rest my head on my bag. I then slowly wrap my arms around her as I let her head rest on my chest, then cuddle her near the fire.
"…. Star.." I just mumbled as I rest.

563864

>>563861
"Snacks." She mumbles as she rests on your chest.

563865

>>563857
"It's my duty as a paladin to smite spooky beings!"

563870

>>563865
"I'm so spooky I'm not scared of a paladin!"

563872

>>563870
Tackle him.
"I'll show you! Defend yourself!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

563875

>>563872
Rolling to dodge.
-1 because can't see shit.
'1d10-1'

Roll #1 6 - 1 = 5

563876

>>563872
>>563875
You tackle him to the ground!
He's still stuck in the blanket.

563878

>>563876
"Now what!?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

563880

>>563878
…..
'1d10-1'

Roll #1 2 - 1 = 1

563881

>>563864
Just hug her a bit tighter and let us earn our well deserved rest together.
Thanks for the faff.

563882

>>563880
>>563878
"T-this spooky being surrenders, beautiful and mighty paladin."

563885

>>563882
"Hah!"
Let him go and stand up, towering over him proudly.

563886

>>563885
Rolling to not sweat profusely as he takes the blanket off and looks up '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

563887

>>563885
>>563886
He uncovers his head, as he looks up and sees you, he keeps the rest of the blanket over his body.
He seems to be sweating from the exercise.
"I'll win next time."

563888

>>563886
>>563887
I smirk.
"You'll try."

563889

>>563888
"Just watch out. I'll wait for the perfect opportunity!"

563890

>>563889
"Good luck with that!"

563891

>>563890
"Eh…you go to the fire…I'll sit here for a little bit…plotting my revenge…"

563892

>>563891
"You're not getting rid of me that easily!"

563893

>>563892
"But I…uh…need a few minutes alone to…recompose myself."

563894

>>563893
I scrunch and walk off then.

563895

>>563894
He joins you 5 minutes later by the campfire and quickly puts his armor back on.

564840

My gaze will drift towards the large diamond dog known as Snacks. I smirk slightly.
"Snacks, was it? What brings you to travel with this illustrious group of adventurous spirits?"

564841

>>564840
I drifted my attention to her and stare at the fire.
"What drifted Snack? First is money, and food, nothing to scrape by in the fort where I came from. little food and nothing to do back then because trade is sparse and growing food in the mountains is pretty hard and sparse. Thats why Snack hauled his belongings and go down the mountain to offer his skills as a hunter to anyone willing to pay snack gold and food."

I then hug Star.
"Snack find food, gold … and much more."

564842

>>564841
"A fort? Well I do declare, I have heard about the diamond dog forts ya'll live in, but I have never seen one with my own eyes. A shame to hear some of your kin has to deal with famine issues."

564843

>>564842
I gulp and glace at you.
"Snack prays that LightHeart pony does not venture near one unless she is with Snack or if she has business in one of the forts. Most forts nowadays are not very welcoming of ponies unlike in the old days. They may even capture LightHeart even if she is not careful."

564844

>>564843
"I see. That is unfortunate to hear. Miss Star warned me of changelings in the same manner. It seems there is much people fear on this continent. But pray tell… is it true what they say about diamond dogs and their infatuation for forced labor?"

564845

>>564844
"Star is good to warn LIghtHeart about changelings. Trickster they are and frightening one too, once they take root in any kind of settlement; whether be it a pony village, gryphon nest or a fort they will drain the place of emotion and it will be gone for good."

I then gulp and stroke Star's mane.
"As for most dog forts… yes it is true…"

564846

>>564845
"As horrible as changelings may be, they are quite interesting too. I would love to converse with one if it ever were possible, they must have a rather unique mindset."
I nod at the latter comment.
"I see. I assume you are not a fan of said practices?"

564847

>>564846
I look at you and nod as I stroke Star's mane.
"…. Snack is not comfortable about it, now that Snack has known its effect on those that we capture back then."

564848

>>564847
"I understand, sugar. Why, slavery is legal in Dixie too, but that does not mean I approve of the practice. On the contrary, I find it rather despicable."

564849

>>564848
"Y… you too? Snack didnt know some ponies do that. Snack do admire LightHeart find such things despicable."
I then look at Star.
"Star is almost captured back then, Snack finds her captured and in chains. If not for the help of Snacks friends like Amber, Poor Soil, Melody and Mwa. Star might been carted somewhere….. Goddess knows where.." I frown.

564850

>>564849
"I see. Ya'll encountered slavers somewhere then?"

564851

>>564850
"All has encountered slavers…. for Snack is one back when Snack lives in the fort…."
I lower my head and focus my stare at the fire.

564852

>>564851
"Well, I do suppose we have all done things we are not proud of in the past."

564853

>>564852
"Snack is shocked of how things works differently outside the fort, Snack didnt know about how other forts operate, the cruelties of their citizens and how it effects the lives of those we captured."
"Shortcake told of their stories to Snack when we first met. Snack could not met their eyes for sometime because all Snack can see is their anger. Then Snack heard of Star's story and…. that is where Snack began to hate himself."
I poke the fire and play with it and muse for a moment.
"If things could be different."

564854

>>564853
"Now now, darling. That is no way to think about oneself. As long as you see the error of your ways and are willing to right the wrongs, who could possibly blame you? Just because you and I were born in a place where slavery is legal does not mean we should be blamed for it, no?"

564855

>>564854
I look at you.
"Snack felt pretty disheartened of it all…. Snack dont think that Snack will be able to go back to his fort. Thats why Snack thinks that when Snack retires, Snack will build a lone dwelling somewhere near food and away from trouble.. Ponyville sounds like a good place."

"…. how about Light Heart pony? How does she feel about it? Does she want to go back to Dixie place after knowing the…. sadness of it all?"

564856

>>564855
"Dixie may have its flaws, but it is my home and I love it very dearly. I have friends and family living there whom I care for, so returning there for a visit is certainly something on my agenda. Settling down in Dixie… that is unlikely. Life is far too short to settle down. I wish to see and experience the world first before my heart gives out for good."

564857

>>564856
"Gives out for good…?" I look at you worried.

564858

>>564857
I wave a hoof dismissively.
"I am sorry darling. I should not worry you with such talk."

564859

>>564858
I smile at you softly.
"Its fine to talk about it with Snack, Snack thinks LightHeart is a good pony and someone Snack can trust."

564860

>>564859
"Well… if you are not aware of this yet, I have a weak heart. It is a medical condition I have been suffering from for years now. Too much stress or excitement can lead to… unpleasantness. I take pills to counter this, but as I grow older… well let us just say that age tends to make these things more dangerous. In truth, it is entirely possible I will not live to see my thirtieth birthday."
I pause for a moment, gathering myself.
"Perhaps I will find a cure before it claims me… or perhaps I will not. I cannot know. What I do know is that I wish to enjoy life to the fullest. I do not wish to spend it locked up in fear somewhere in Dixie. I want to see the world and experience as much as I can. To use whatever time I have left to the fullest."
Keep my smile present.
"Do you understand?"

564861

>>564860
I listen there and gulp.
"This is first time Snack heard of such things, Snack is not good at being doctor and… thirty years."
I bite my lips and breath deep , keeping tears away as I ponder.
"Snack hopes that he can translate and say this well… what Snak knows from his parents tis that 'What meants to be will eventually be". At some point you have to let go and let what’s meant to be, 'be'. Snack thinks LightHearts decision to travel is a good thing and that living life to the fullest is the best decision LightHeart has done."
I then offer my paw.
"As long as LIghtHeart is with us, Snack will do his best to make LightHearts life good and Snacks hopes Lightheart pony have a good life."

564862

>>564861
"That is a kind thing of you to say."
Take his paw.
"I am happy to be spending time with ya'll. There is no lack of adventure so far, it seems."

564863

>>564862
"LightHeart is welcome, everyone is glad that Light Heart is with us to share this adventure." I nod as I shake your hoof.

I then scratch my head and grin.
"Does Snack said it correctly? Snack is still not good at pony language and diction."

564864

>>564863
I chuckle.
"Close enough for me, I do not mind as long as I understand what you are trying to convey."

564865

>>564864
"Snack is trying best to speak fluently but still have a hard time getting right words corrects. Snack is a bit embarrased about it to be honest. Thankfully Snack is here to practice his language." I grin.

564866

>>564865
"Oh I am sure you will learn in time. I would not worry too much about it. Learning Prench and Germane was no easy task either for me."

564867

>>564866
"Snack didnt know there are that many pony language, Snack didnt know LightHeart knows that many." I scratch my head.

"Say, can LightHeart pony teach Snack to talk fluently?"

564868

>>564867
I cock my head.
"Perhaps. Though in fairness simply listening to and speaking a language are the best ways to train your lingual skills."

564869

>>564868
I think for a moment.
"Hmmm.. that is so true pony. Snack didnt think of it that way."

564870

>>564869
I nod.
"So you see, you were learning all along."

564871

>>564870
I grin.
"LightHeart is correct, Snack is just wary and embarrassed. I mean once we arrive at Canterlot, the pony capital. Snack thinks the citizens will make fun of the group for hauling someone like Snack along."

564872

>>564871
"There is time left yet, Canterlot is still a ways away."

564873

>>564872
I fumble.
"If that is true then Snack has lots more time to practice, and that is good."
"Has LigthHeart pony been to Canterlot?"

564874

>>564873
"I have not, no. I quite look forward to seeing the city, I have heard so very much about it."

564875

>>564874
"All Snacks knows about Canterlot is that we trade powdered gems that we produce in the fort that goes straight to the city, as for what the powdered gems is used is something Snack didnt know." I shrug.

564876

>>564875
"… Interesting that Equestria would trade with the diamond dogs. I would have thought relations to be quite hostile."

564877

>>564876
I scratch my head staring at the fire.
"Stardust fort is one of few forts housed in a mine full of high quality powdered gems, not to mention very rich iron ore just on the other side of the foal mountain. Traders are numerous back then and many came from different places not only Canterlot. Snack only knows some trader came from Canterlot because the other dog trader told us that they came there. Its quite lucrative back then if you ask Snack. We trade raw powdered gem, normal gems and quality steel weapons for food, lumber, clothing, wine and other… commodities.. "

564878

>>564877
"'Other commodities'?"

564879

>>564878
I lower my gaze and stare at the fire intently.
"Slaves… fort is growing fast back then and more labor is needed to unearth minerals. All kinds are needed."
"Earth ponies and Buffalo's are usually destined to work at the underground mushroom farms where they are quite good at cultivating mushrooms that the fort is able to create surplusses that can last for six months."
"Unicorns are the most needed, mining normal gems are piece-cake since gems are big enough that even a dumb dog can find it with no hardship. Powdered gems are a different story since most of it are scattered in the earth and one can easily miss it, it takes months just to get an ounce if one relies on traditional methods of candle light mining. That is why Unicorns who are in the fort are.. forcefully trained to find the powdered gems, the job that takes months are usually shortened to a week."
"As for the other race's…. "

I gulp as I look at you, with flattened ears and cowering a bit.
"Uhmmm… sorry.. Snack should not tell LightHeart, maybe Snack is scaring her."

564880

>>564879
Look a little confused.
"Are you saying slave trade is legal in Equestria? Or at least tolerated or ignored?"

564954

>>564879
>>564880
It is not, but more remote Forts tend to get away with it. The Forts are technically not parts of Equestria, but tolerated. In these chaotic time it's far easier for Dogs to take slaves without response from law enforcement.

564964

>>564954
Hey there~
Does Silver want to talk?

564972

>>564964
Sure.
He's by the fire.
He seemed to be a little flustered earlier when talking to Amber.

564974

>>564972
Shuffle closer.
"Quite the display the two of you made back there. I do not quite think I ever saw anything like it before."

564975

>>564974
"It was not our display.
It was the Saviour's, we merely asked for her help."

564977

>>564975
"You did work for it. I would say it was yours as much as Hers."

564980

>>564977
"Everything we achieve is by Her grace. She guides us to our path. She brought me and Amber together. Our work and training is trivial compared to that."

564982

>>564980
I chuckle.
"Of course. You seem very devoted to her, as do miss Amber and Star. She must be quite popular in the Empire. Perhaps even more so than Celestia here in Equestria…"

564989

>>564982
"I think at the moment, in this troubling time for Equestria, that's true. Cadance saved the Empire personally in its most dire moment.
When I was still traveling with the other paladins through Equestria I met many ponies who were disillusioned with the Sisters. Who felt they had abandoned them. It saddened me greatly."

564990

>>564989
"I see. … What do you know of Dixie, if you do not mind me asking?"

564991

>>564990
'That it lays in the New World…not much more."

565001

>>564991
"Hmmm. Well I suppose you did miss a few things during the Empire's disappearance. What I can tell you pertaining religion is that the ponies back home do not follow Celestia or Luna. We do not have paladin orders like yours either. We do have a religious order which is somewhat similar to the Equestrian Inquisition, I suppose, but they are Solars as well."

565006

>>565001
He looks puzzled.
"That sounds very dangerous to me."

565009

>>565006
"Hm? What do you mean?"

565011

>>565009
"Who leads you then? I haven't heard of any other alicorns beside Cadance, Luna or Celestia."

565012

>>565011
"Why, the governor of course, sugar!"

565016

>>565012
"But he's a normal pony.
In the Empire we had regular ponies as Kings and Queens and look what happened to us."

565018

>>565016
I chuckle.
"One tyrant king immediately causes you to shun normal ponies in positions of power? That seems rather harsh."

565020

>>565018
"Normal ponies are flawed.
Their rule is therefore flawed as well."

565024

>>565020
"So, you would give up any sense of independent thought to throw yourself at the hooves of the first being who claims to be perfect? The governor is an elected individual, not an absolute monarch."
Typical paladin.

565025

>>565024
"And how do the good ponies of Dixie decide who to elect?"

565030

>>565025
"By electing the pony they think will make a good governor of course, darling."

565031

>>565030
"And how do they know who will be the best governor?"

565033

>>565031
"By looking how they handle their own plantation of course. Or how they fared as minor politicians first."

565035

>>565033
"So in your eyes, handling a society is the same as handling a plantation."

565037

>>565035
"Do not be mistaken, Dixian plantations are quite massive and have many ponies working in them. So far this method governance has yielded us no tyrants or civil wars, so I would daresay it is quite effective."

565044

>>565037
"But society is not a plantation.
It is much more than that.
If it is ruled like a plantation, it will do the same thing as a plantation.
Produce products and have everypony working according to what the boss wants.
Cadance guides us to find our own place in the world and serve society however that may be.
How is there room for that in a society run like a plantation?"

565045

>>565044
"Your concern for my home is appreciated, but I assure you that Dixie is not run like a plantation. As a leader, one needs competence and experience, and running a business is a good way to achieve both of these things. Using this experience and applying it to differing situations, like running a government, requires flexibility, another good trait for a leader. At the end of the day, the governor's power is far more limited than say Celestia's. We trust ourselves and our family to provide guidance, not the government. The governor may decide where to build schools and how to settle disputes, but our destiny is in our own hooves. That is a tenet of freedom."

565046

>>565045
He frowns but nods.
"I, well I don't agree with it, but if you think it's right it can't be too bad, miss Heart.
But why did you ponies turn away from the Princesses in the first place?"

565049

>>565046
"Because we wished for independence. More religious freedom. Less taxes. Liberty, darling."

565052

>>565049
"But if the Princesses allowed you to leave, didn't you have liberty already?"

565053

>>565052
"They still meddled with our business far too much. Their paladins and inquisitors bothered us, the high Canterlotian nobility looked down on us… Dixie is mostly an earth pony nation. We do not fit in with Equestria, it was bound to crack."

565064

>>565053
He scrunches.
"Are Dixian ponies happy?"

565067

>>565064
"Why of course, sugar! As long as we have our good health, our family and our friends, how can we not be?"

565069

>>565067
"That's important then."

565070

>>565069
"Good to hear ya'll value the same things in life then. Thank you for the chat, it was most enlightening."

565072

>>565070
"It was. Thank you, miss Heart."

565074

Ready to go?

565076

>>565072
"And please, do try to loosen up sometime. I am certain you will enjoy it."
Give him a wink and walk off.

>>565074
My pony butt is ready.

565078

>>565074
Ready for more fun times!

565080

>>565074
Born ready.

565085

>>565074
The sooner the better

565088

File: 1398370513174.png (3.22 MB, 1818x1018, felwood.png, IO Google TinEye)

After some rest and food you make your way through the cave.
You're greeted by the Everfree Forest again.
But it seems very different from the other parts.
The air smells different, there's a slight hint of sulfur. There's a slight brown haze in the air.
The trees and grass are brown and old.
Ram's Fissure is not far…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-feBZevVPRg

565093

>>565088
"Just like home…"
Grunt and keep my eyes open.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

565095

>>565088
I do not like this forest… it's not like the forests that I prefer…

565096

>>565088
>>565093
"Home smells like… sulfur? That sounds rather worrying."

565097

>>565088
"Ew! It smells like butts here!"

565099

565101

565103

>>565099
>>565097
Smile a bit.
At least they can bring cheer even here.

565106

>>565095
Inferni doesn't seem to like it either.

You make your way towards Ram's Fissure.
You pass a foul river. The forest is eerie, you do not hear any sounds of nature.
Just silence.
Finally you reach a clearing next to a hill. Even here without trees, the sun doesn't shine as brightly as it should.
The ground is cracked and smokes as if some massive being tore it apart.
Carved on a petrified tree nearby you see the Mark of Grogar. Underneath it the 3 Fates. And underneath it, the tale.


Tale of the First Key
Spoiled Blight, exiled and scorned by her kin, roamed the Everfree.
In the shade of the trees of blood, she looked to the sky and cursed her fate.
"Light has forsaken me, for I venture the paths none dare thread and seek what none dare seek.
Eternally I swear loyalty to any god who values power and ambition as I do!"
Now the ground split and from the depths of the earth came Grogar, the Supreme Judge.
"Cunning Blight, show me your prowess and the secrets of life and death will be yours forever."
Eagerly Blight spoke the First Word and became the first necromancer.

565107

>>565106
Walk closer.
"Here we are then…"

565111

>>565106
>>565107
"Now we only need to find this Blight lady!"

565112

>>565106
"Hmm. How remarkable. I have never seen anything like this."
Run my hoof over the petrified tree.

565113

>>565106
>>565107
"Finally! … uh… Now what?"

565115

>>565113
>>565111
"Now we need to say that so called 'First Word'."

565116

>>565115
"I don't remember my first word… maybe I should write mom and dad!"
Look around.
"… I don't think we'll get an answer back quickly though."

565117

>>565116
"Not your first word!"

565118

>>565112
At the bottom of the tree you note something else.
Wooden carving of a batpony, only its head sticks out of the ground, with open mouth and bare fangs. It's mouth is a black hole.

565124

>>565117
"Oh! … Who's first word then? Yours?"

565129

>>565118
A batpony… how creepy.
Dig at the ground a little, maybe there's more?

Roll #1 9 = 9

565130

>>565124
"Mine was slam!"

565132

>>565124
>>565130
Point at the scripture.
"No, not any of ours."

565133

>>565130
"No way!"

565134

>>565132
>>565130
>>565133
Motion them over.
"Observe."

565137

>>565129
The ground is hard and tough.
You can't get through.
But you notice a drop of dried blood on the mouth of the carving.

565138

>>565133
Nod with a happy smile.
>>565132
"Not even Indy's?"
>>565134
"What?"

565140

>>565137
How strange.
"It looks like some sort of clue. Blood on the mouth… what could that mean?"

565142

>>565140
"Vampire!"

565144

>>565142
I chuckle.
"Perhaps… but I think not. This may have something to do with that first word however."

565146

>>565140
"A blue pony?"

565151

>>565146
"Excuse me?"

565153

>>565151
"Nothing."
I had honestly read that as 'blue on the mouth'. Chalk it up as Soil being strange.

565155

>>565144
"The first word of the inscription is Tale, but the first spoken word in it is Light."

565166

>>565155
"Tale of the First Key… is the First key a synonym for the first word then?"
I read the text over again.
"It is rather weird… the text refers to this pony as both Spoiled Bright and Cunning Blight."

565171

None of the words you've spoken so far seem to have any effect.
Silver takes a look at the batpony carving.

565182

>>565171
"Whatcha thinking about?"

565185

>>565171
"Any ideas, mister Silver? Blood in the mouth… what does that mean? The first word is related to blood, perhaps?"

565186

>>565182
"I'm not sure. It must be here for a reason right?"
Star joins as well.
"Trees of blood…."

565187

>>565166
>>565171
>>565185
"Or that batpony… maybe something night related."

565189

>>565186
"That's silly.
Trees can't grow with blood!"

565190

>>565187
Star bites her lip.
"There's blood right next to it….what if…somepony earlier..fed it blood?"

565193

>>565190
I gasp
"Blood magic!"

565196

>>565190
"Well… I suppose we could try to feed it some blood and observe what happens."

565199

>>565196
>>565193
Frown.
"I don't like this."

565202

>>565199
I scrunch.
"Me neither…"

565204

>>565190
>>565199
"…I don't like it either, but it is worth a try."
Raise my hoof to the mouth of the carving.
"Inferni, could you lend me a claw?"

565206

>>565199
>>565202
"That may very well be, but if you wish to return your friend, you will need to do things you may or may not like. That is life."
Take out my knife and cut my hoof slightly, letting blood drip on the carving.

565208

>>565204
>>565206
Sure, you do it, not the guy who can regenerate limbs.

565211

>>565208
I'm not going to cut my hoof off, just draw a few drops of blood.

565212

>>565208
It's just a few drips of blood, I'm pretty sure that's not lethal.

565214

>>565204
>>565206
Inferni bites and blood drips into the batponies mouth.
You hear a sickening gurgling sound.
For a few moments nothing happens.
Then the leaves of the petrified trees slowly turn red.
The foliage on the hill partly starts shining red as well.
Only part of it. 2 lines appear.
One leading upwards the hill on a steep risky climb. The other stays near ground level, marking a path around the hill.

565216

>>565214
I frown.

565217

>>565214
Bite my lip.
"A bit more….
But it seems to work."

565219

>>565214
"Aha. One seemingly easy path and one obvious risky path. Which one do we dare tread?"

565222

>>565190
"What happened?"
Inspect the blood.
Supreme Survivor
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

565225

>>565219
"I'm taking the one that goes up. Better to know what I face."

565226

>>565222
It's Mabels blood.

565228

>>565225
"I fully agree. I will join you."

565229

>>565228
Smirk.
"You got wings, no biggie."

565230

>>565225
>>565228
"I don't think we should split up, so we should all go."

565233

>>565229
>>565230
I nod and take flight, fluttering above them.

565234

>>564880
>In the past
"Snack dont know at the time because Snack just assumes most ponies are open too such things, but now Snack knows it will not be tolerated. Never be tolerated at all because of the ill will and sadness it brings to anyone of its victim."
I then slump on the floor.

>>565225
>>565226
>>565228
"Snack will follow."
I then keep pace.
"No worries Snack can climb anywhere."

565236

>>565234
There is a very small path next to the red foliage, it leads straight up the hill.
Those without supreme survivor or wings, please roll.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDEbMxCkbfk

565239

>>565236
'1d10'
Indy has wings, right?

Roll #1 9 = 9

565240

>>565230
>>565229
>>565228
>>565236
"Time for a walk!"
Up the hill! Risky!

Roll #1 1 = 1

565242

>>565236
I am agile, I can climb it!!
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

565243

>>565236
"There is small path next to red bushes down there." I pointed out.
"Snack thinks it lead straight to hill."

I then come and inspect the red folliage, what is it? Anything dangerous?

565244

>>565236
Observe my pretty wings~
I guess I can provide support for those who need it.

565266

>>565243
It doesn't seem to be.

>>565242
>>565240
>>565239
You all climb the hill.
As the hill grows steeper and steeper the path slowly devolves into mere small rocks carved into the vertical cliff.
You carefully make you way up as disaster strikes.
The boulder Amber and Mabel stand on breaks off, they can barely grab onto the next one.
They're in peril.

565269

>>565266
Eeeeeeee!
Hang oooon!

Roll #1 5 = 5

565270

>>565266
"Ah!"
Oh snap! A little help?
Inferni?
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

565271

>>565266
"MABEL!"
Help her!
Supreme Survivor to also avoid the falling.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

565272

>>565266
Uh oh.

Can I help them? Grab Amber.

Roll #1 2 = 2

565273

>>565266
>>565269
"Amber!"
Help her up!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

565276

>>565269
rolling for Silver '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

565283

>>565276
Silver grabs you and helps you up.

>>565271
Snacks helps Mabel up.

That was a close one.

565284

>>565283
"Whew… thanks."

565285

>>565283
>>565270
I wipe my brow.
"Is Mable okay?"

Now can we continue on the path? Where does it lead?

565287

>>565283
Give him a shiny hug!
"You're the best!"

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

565288

>>565283
>>565284
>>565285
"Thank goodness ya'll responded so swiftly."

565289

>>565287
You jump for an extra shiny hug and you both nearly tumble off again.

565291

>>565285
"I'm okay thanks to you, yes."

>>565287
>>565289
"Careful!"

565292

>>565288
I nod.
"Lets continue walking up, where does this path lead too anyway?"

565293

>>565289
Groan. Comical tailgrab?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

565295

>>565289
Grin sheepishly.
"… Sorry."

565299

>>565293
You grab Ambers tail in a comic fashion.

You safely make it all the way to the top.
There's a small rectangular corridor carved into the mountain, just large enough for one pony to pass through at once. It is completely dark.

565300

>>565299
We got torches.
Let's head in.

565302

>>565299
"More terribleness…"
Follow Soil.

565303

>>565299
"This looks very safe."
I chuckle.
Follow the conga line.

565304

>>565299
"Lets head inside"
Anything I can make out of this place?
'1d10'

I then look at Star.
"What does Star think of this place?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

565305

>>565299
"Thanks Soil!"

"Uh… should we like tie ropes to each other so we stick together?"

565306

>>565305
"That is a good idea." I nod.

565307

>>565305
>>565304
"Let me go in first this time."
Bang on the shield.
"Dude with the shield."

565308

>>565304
"It's creepy." she shudders.

>>565303
>>565304
>>565302
>>565300
The passage goes straight down and suddenly opens up.
You enter a room.
There are 3 other passages.
next to one is a statue of a pony with it's mouth sewn shut.
Another passage has a statue of a pony with its eyes sewn shut.
And the last has a statue with no ears.

565309

>>565308
"I don't wanna any of that to happen to me! Let's break the statues and then go in!"

565311

>>565306
I then produce my axe.
"Though one must ready their weapons just in case we need to escape from rope.

>>565308
I scratch my head at the statue
"What does it mean?"

565312

>>565307
"Okay…"

>>565308
"Uh…."

565314

>>565308
>>565309
>>565311
>>565312
"The three fates maybe? I'm not very well versed on this."

565318

>>565308
"Ah… this is a reference to a Neighponese saying, I believe. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."

565320

>>565318
I look at LH
"Oooh… Is that so?"

"Does that mean evil lurks here?"

565325

>>565320
>>565308
I then examine the paths and held up my torch high to see if I can spot the ends of each path.
"Snack is not sure what is at the end, let Snack see."

Supreme survival spot.

565327

>>565320
"I believe the original meaning was about not dwelling on evil thoughts… but others use it as a synonym to the saying 'turning a blind eye'."

565329

>>565327
I gulp.
"Turning a blind eye on evil? Does that mean we avoid evil dependent on where statue covers part of their head?"

565330

>>565314
"Neither am I…"

565331

>>565325
There's….a pit.
In each of them.
It is so deep you can't see the bottom.

565332

>>565331
>>565330
>>565327
>>565314
"Careful now, these paths lead to a pit on each end." I gulp.

565334

>>565329
"… I do not know."

>>565331
These are the only ways out?
I think I'd like to check the one with the eyes sewn shut.

565335

>>565334
There's a pit, just like the others.
Jump in it?

565338

>>565334
>>565335
>>565332
"That's strange… maybe it's a leap of faith kind of thing?"

565339

Star looks towards the statues.
"The tale….the first word, maybe there's something hidden in the tale, something we missed?"
She overlooks the notes again.

565343

>>565338
>>565334
"Most likely, but if we jump on one part all of us must follow. Snack dont think that splitting group is a good idea."

>>565339
I head over to Star.
"What does Star think of it?"

565345

>>565343
"But if it isn't, we might be jumping to our doom."

>>565339
"Probably… hmm.."

565346

>>565345
I gulp.
"Whelp, then we better make sure that the one we go into counts."

565348

>>565345
>>565343
"I'm thinking…"

565349

>>565339
"Oh… Silence… The first letter of each sentence."

565350

>>565349
Smile.
"Nice."

565352

>>565349
Star looks.
"Yes, now I see it too."

565353

>>565350
>>565352
"I suppose we may have been looking to far into this."
The hole of silence?

565354

>>565353
It's just as deep and dark as the others…

565356

>>565354
I subtly roll my eyes and mutter under my breath.
"The things I do for adventure…"
Jump in.

565359

>>565356
Leap of faith…
Jump after her

565361

>>565356
>>565354
"Whelp." I gulp.
I then look at Star and go near her.
"Want to jump together? Snack promise Snack will hold Star."

565362

>>565361
"Okay."
You jump together.

565363

>>565356
>>565359
I scrunch.
"Silver?"

565364

>>565363
He grabs your hoof.
"On 3."
….
"Three."

565366

>>565364
J-jump in

565368

>>565364
Jump in shieldfirst.

565374

You jump into the deep dark and fall down…

PAUSE

566107

You fall into the dark for what seems like minutes until you suddenly seem to slow down….
Softly you fall into a pool down below.
As you resurface you see a shore a bit further.

Melody see >>560800

There's a lantern there being held by the statue of a cloaked pony.
It marks a cave entrance.

566109

>>566107
I feel like a pretty mermaid.

Swim to the shore.
"Powder is going to get wet… how unfortunate."

566111

>>560800
"So what, I can take the mask now?"

566112

>>566107
Swim ashore and shake the water off of me.

566114

>>566107
Help Star and myself get to shore.
"Is everybody here?"

566115

>>566107
My armor is going to get weeeeet!
swim to shore.

566118

>>566107
Swim swim.

566133

>>566111
They all look at each other.
"Eh, go ahead. The joke was getting old anyway. What was your name again?"

>>566109
>>566112
>>566114
>>566118
>>566115
In the distance next to the pool you see a field of spikes and 2 holes above it.
It's clear what a wrong choice might have meant.

566135

>>566133
Ouch, I guess.

566136

>>566133
"Joke? Ah, you know what- never the hell mind."
I take the mask.
"Name's Melody, by the way."

566140

>>566133
A boo boo on our butts!

566143

>>566133
"How dreadful."
Now… where to move onto next?

566147

>>566143
"Inside cave." I point at the cave.

566151

>>566136
"Melody, you might have the body of a pony, but the heart of a griffon.
If you want to, you can stay with us and sing and feast until Ramnarok comes."

>>566143
>>566147
Yes, the cave seems to be the only way forward.

566153

>>566133
Ech. Trust Grogar to have lethal riddles…
>>566147
"Let's get moving, then."

566154

>>566133
Ouch…

Is there a path from here?

566155

>>566147
>>566151
Alright, let's follow the cave then. Hope my gun still works…

566157

>>566151
Produce a torch and get moving.
"Stay close." I told everybody.

566158

>>566154
Yes, the cave.

566159

>>566158
Yes, the cave.

566164

>>566158
We should head there then.

566183

>>566151
"Partying with gryphons in the afterlife? Hell yeah! Shame I got places to be though, so I gotta decline."

566185

>>566183
"May the wind be at your back."
You have the mask.
Time to leave.

>>566164
>>566159
>>566157
>>566155
>>566154
>>566153
You enter the cave.
At regular points there's a statue of a hooded pony holding a bright lantern.
The walls are decorated with carvings.

566186

>>566185
Observe the carvings, anything I can decypher?

566187

>>566185
Inspect carvings!

566188

>>566185
What kind of carvings?

566189

>>566185
Inspect the carvings along the wall. More text, or simply pictures?

566190

>>566185
The others are inspecting the carvings, I will inspect the statue.

566191

>>566185
Aww fuckin yeah
Let's blow this joint.
I head out and back to the zebra encampment.

566192

>>566186
>>566187
>>566188
>>566189
The first carving depicts a terrible skeleton pony sitting on his throne. He is being served by monsters and at his hooves ponies are writhing in pain.
There's a text underneath it.
Star looks at it.
"It says KRONOX LORD OF THE DEAD. It's High Equestrian!"

There are more carvings.

>>566190
At first glance it's a hooded pony.
But you're unsure since the face is invisible beneath the hood.
It reminds you of the clothing of the Priest of Grogar.

>>566191
You quickly make your way back to the zebra encampment.
The cheer as you triumphantly show the mask.
One of the zebras opens the door of the middle hut and motions you to come in.

566193

>>566192
Riddle


Tale of the First Key
Spoiled Blight, exiled and scorned by her kin, roamed the Everfree.
In the shade of the trees of blood, she looked to the sky and cursed her fate.
"Light has forsaken me, for I venture the paths none dare thread and seek what none dare seek.
Eternally I swear loyalty to any god who values power and ambition as I do!"
Now the ground split and from the depths of the earth came Grogar, the Supreme Judge.
"Cunning Blight, show me your prowess and the secrets of life and death will be yours forever."
Eagerly Blight spoke the First Word and became the first necromancer.

566194

>>566192
Pat him on the head and chuckle.

566195

>>566192
Go and inspect the other carving as I guide Star.

566196

>>566192
"He sounds evil!"

566197

>>566192
I'll keep my silence.
Inspect the other carvings. Until I run across Spoiled Blight."

566198

>>566192
What's the next carving?

566199

"There! Got the mask, like you asked. Now will you help me find my friend?"

566200

>>566194
It feels cold to touch.

>>566195
>>566196
>>566197
The next painting depicts a ram in the center.
He seems to be speaking to a group of ponies, griffons, diamond dogs and zebras who cheer him on.
"GROGARS REVOLT" says Star.

>>566199
You ask this as you step inside and see the giant talking tribal mask inside.
"YES YOU HAVE DONE WELL"

566201

>>566200
"Grogar? Isnt that the ram of death?"
Lets see what is the next carving.

566202

>>566200
"Revolt? That's new."

566203

>>566200
Oh dear.

Just follow the party then.

566204

>>566200
"Yeah. Great. Now, how the fuck are you gonna help me find my friend exactly?"

566205

>>566204
"SHE IS ALREADY HERE"

>>566203
>>566202
>>566201
The last carving shows the ram and the griffons fighting the monsters and Kronox, who is thrown into a pit.
"GROGAR IS VICTORIOUS" says Star.

The tunnel seems to end.
You see a giant room in the distance.
The entrance is flanked by 2 statues holding lanterns.

566206

>>566205
"Wait wha-"
I spin around in all directions look to see if I spy Vilinia anywhere. How the fuck did I miss her when I came inside?

566207

>>566205
"What a charming tale."

566208

>>566205
Hmm.
Into the entrance.

566209

>>566205
"So they killed a god of death?"

566210

>>566205
"This place is dedicated to Grogar obviously."
I look at the tunnel entrance.
"Lets see whats on the others ide."

566211

>>566206
She's not inside.
The Mask makes a motions as if it rolls its eyes.
"IN THE CAMP"

>>566207
>>566208
You enter a large chamber.
There's a river flowing in the middle and a bridge of ice over it.
On the other side is a giant statue.
It seems like a court.
At the bottom is a large closed door.
It slowly opens as you enter the chamber.
Above it, as if watching over it, are one pony, one female zebra and one griffon.
Above them sitting on a throne is a statue of Grogar.

566212

>>566209
"So it seems. Raises a few questions, does it not?"

566213

>>566211
"Oh. Well, alright then."
I head out and go find Vilina.

566214

>>566211
Details on that pony, zebra and gryphon please.

566215

>>566211
I'll stand at the foot of the bridge. Peer into the river.

566216

>>566211
Spooky! Cross the river.

566217

>>566212
"If you kill death then nopony dies.
They ain't killed it."

566218

>>566211
>>566210
I stand between these strange looking cultist and Star as I follow the others.
Anything I can spot that is unusual about the place?
Supreme surivor spot

566219

>>566211
Walk closer.
This is too spooky for my tastes…
Hold me, Inferni

566220

>>566217
"They killed 'death' and replaced it, seems more like it."

566221

>>566220
"But I wouldn't die if they threw me in a well.
Why would death?"

566222

>>566221
"You would if you had jumped in the wrong hole back there, sugar."

566223

>>566222
"Eh, I'm tougher than I look.
And I got a shield!"
Proudly bang on it.

566224

>>566219
He stays close by you.

>>566215
The water is dark and flows fast.
It is icy cold to touch.

>>566213
You leave and see Vilina among the zebras she looks around dazed and confused.

>>566214
The pony is a mare.
She is dressed in a greek style toga.
The zebra is a mare as well.
She is dressed in a northern style robe.
The griffon is armored and looks serious.

Enter the door?

566225

>>566224
Yes. But open it veeeeery carefully!

566226

>>566224
"Vilina! Vilinaaa!"
I hurry over to her.
"Vilina. The fuck is wrong with you? Do you know how hard it was to find your prissy ass?"

566227

>>566224
Head held straight, I'll head over the bridge and knock on the door.

566228

>>566218
>>566224
Please.

>>566224
Enter the door.

566229

>>566224
Are they alive?

566230

>>566228
Nothing unusual.
Except the giant ass statues.

>>566229
They're statues.

566231

>>566230
Ah.

Follow the others then.

>>566223
"If you say so, darling."

566232

>>566230
Then lets not waste time anymore here enter the door.

566233

>>566224
Enter.

566234

You enter another tunnel.
At the end stands a hooded pony with a lantern.
This time however, it is no statue.
As you approach he says "You have arrived"


>>566226
She looks over you.
"Huh…Melody…wait, where am I?"

566235

>>566234
"Hey! Who are you?"

566236

>>566234
"Expected?"

566238

>>566234
All my bits it's the Grogar Priest.

566239

>>566234
"Dead- and don't you start fucking panicking again. Sit down and listen."
I wait for her to sit down and make sure that she's not going to do something stupid like run off.

566240

>>566234
I'll nod.
"If you were expecting us, then you know what, and whom, we're here for."

566241

>>566234
I just frown at the sight.
Anything she is carrying or anything I can spot in the area that looks treathening or suspicious?
Supremesurvivalspot etc.

566245

>>566234
"You were expecting us?"

566247

>>566241
The pony, you can't be sure if it's a mare or a stallion, looks definitely threatening.
All scary.

>>566240
>>566238
>>566236
>>566235
"Yes, we met before."

>>566239
She sits down.
"Ugh. I was walking in the forest…and suddenly the world turned inside out and now I'm here…"

566248

>>566247
"Vilanna?"

566249

>>566247
"Ah, yes. Topside."
I'll pause a moment.
"So, let us get to brass tacks, honored gravekeeper."

566250

>>566247
"… I see. How interesting. We have come far, have we not?"

566253

>>566247
"That's because you…"
I sit down myself and vaguely gesture my hooves as I try to come up with an explanation.
"That's because you didn't accept your death or some shit, so you were lost in the Forest of Fuck If I Can Remember. What should have happened was, you were guided down here and then you go to Port Charon where you get ferried to the real afterlife."
I bark out a laugh.
"Worked out better with you running around with your tail between your legs though. Friends are coming to take us back."

566255

>>566247
>>566249
Chuckle.
"Eh, I knew it."

566256

>>566247
"Uh… alright. Nice to see you again?"

566257

>>566250
"You have. Welcome to the Temple of Grogar. The only true temple to him in the world."

>>566249
He nods.
"You have come here and by doing so you have proven you are worthy of an audience within Grogars Palace, what comes from it, I cannot foresee, but I can guide you these last few steps. Into the Underworld and to his Palace."

>>566248
The pony shakes his head.

>>566253
She looks up.
"they…are coming?"

566259

>>566257
"Thank you. And, come what may, I am grateful to you."

566260

>>566257
I'll keep quiet… this is not very natural.

566261

>>566257
I nod.
"That's what they told me. When? Fuck if I know. But soon, probably."
I laugh again.
"Knowing Soil, he probably got started while they were still talking to me! Maybe trying to dig a hole down here."

566262

>>566255
>>566256
>>566249
I look at them.
"Who is it?"

>>566257
My face flashed in excitement.
"We have arrived! Snack thought we will be stuck forever at the other side!"

566263

>>566257
"Honored. Thank you for allowing us in for this… unique opportunity."

566264

>>566262
"He is the priest who oversaw both Melody and VIlina's bodies."

566266

>>566262
"The gravekeeper pony!"

566268

>>566264
>>566266
I scratch my head.
"Snack dont remember him." I grumble.

566269

>>566262
"The priest pony! Turns out he has a second job, I really hope he isn't moonlighting!"

566271

>>566269
I turn to you.
"What does 'moonlighting' mean?"

566272

>>566271
"Taking a second job that is more of a hobby."

566273

>>566271
"A second secret job!"

566274

"Follow me."
He silently trots further into the tunnel.
You come into a grand solemn hall carved into the rock.
The walls are stacked with books and a few ponies looking similar to your guide are quietly studying.
"Please be very still as to not disturb the Priests in study and meditation."

>>566263
He nods.
"Here we study the afterlife and the intricacies of death"

>>566261
She chuckles.
"I can't believe they're really coming…"

566275

>>566274
Follow in silence.

566278

>>566272
>>566273
I scratch my head.
"Oh."
"Wait a minute, does he got double pay for this?"

>>566274
I look in marvel.
"How long has this been place been here?"

566279

>>566274
In silence we wander then.

566280

>>566278
I'll simply shrug.

566281

>>566274
The clattering of armor will be my only sound.

566282

>>566274
I shrug.
"They said something about you getting cut short before you had a chance to live your life or something."

566283

>>566274
Walk silently.

566285

>>566278
The Guide remains silent.

He enters a large door.
Inside is a large room with stone beds, a large statue of Grogar and hundreds of candles.
He closes the door.

>>566278
"For thousands of years, ever since Grogars ascension."

>>566282
She nods.
"Do you think it is possible?"

566287

>>566285
I'll cast a quick glance around the room, but wait for the priest to speak.

566288

>>566285
"Snack see's." I nod.
"What is this room for?" I keep up an inquisitive look and observe the area.

566290

>>566285
"Freaky magic."

566293

>>566285
"They talked to me, yo. Plus, don't you know the legend of Poneus? 'Went to the Underworld to save his wife, only to be fucked over by the gods in the end because they're giant dicks'?"
I shrug.
"Something like that. Classics was a long time ago. But anyways- sure it's possible."

566294

>>566285
"Oh my. I love the candles."

566295

>>566287
>>566288
>>566290
>>566294
"Before we start the Ritual, is there something you'd like to know about this place, the Underworld or Grogar, once we begin, we cannot go back."

>>566293
"I..I sure hope so…"

566297

>>566295
"I had assumed that would be the case."

566298

>>566295
"Uhhmmm.. anything we need to protect ourselves from anything that is to come?"

566300

>>566295
"Did Grogar ever let people out of his realm before?"

566301

>>566295
"Wait, I wanna go back with Vilina and Melody!"

566303

>>566301
"I think what he meant, Soil, was that once we start, the only way out is when we finish."

566305

>>566295
"How does one avoid going to the bad places of the afterlife when you die?"

566308

>>566295
"Um…"
I bite my lip.
"… Is Sombra locked up here somewhere?"

566320

>>566298
"No. You cannot take anything with you."

>>566300
"Yes. I do not know why however."

>>566303
>>566301
He nods.

>>566305
"In each and every one of us is a moral compass. Deep inside us, underneath our fears, habits and worries is a voice that says what we should do. Listen to this voice and you'll surely be guided to the center of the Eternal Plains. When we ignore it, our soul grows impure and we cannot enter the Center but can merely watch it from afar. A grim fate. Grogar and his judges can see these impurities clear as day and therefore can always judge correctly.
Many religions seek to guide ponies to this goal. But at their core, we have the best guide within ourselves already.
"

>>566308
"Yes…"

566322

>>566320
I furrow my brows and scrunch.

566324

>>566320
Gasp.
"Not even my shield?"

566325

>>566295
"Stop being such a cynic, goddamn. You're really bringing me down."

566326

>>566320
"So we enter naked, then. As we came into this world."
I'll think a moment.
"Will our possessions be safeguarded until our return?"

566327

>>566320
Nod.
"Thank you."

566331

>>566326
>>566324
"No. You will enter as before you were born. The living cannot enter the Underworld. Only souls can enter."

>>566325
She scrunches.
"Can we go? I'm getting creeped out by these zebras."

566332

>>566320
O-Oh dear…

Take a pill.
"Not even my medicine?"

566334

>>566331
"Uh…"
Look at Indy.
"Do dragons go to heaven?"

566335

>>566320
"The voice inside snack tells him not to trust you." I frown.
I look at him a bit confused.
"Is there a way to protect our loved one's then? Snack just wanted to make sure none of his friends will be hurt or taken away." I give him a look of distrust.

566336

>>566331
"Will our bodies and possessions be kept safe?"

566337

>>566331
I roll my eyes and give a small chuckle.
"Not like anywhere else is any better. This is the Underworld. Land of the dead? But whatever, we should probably head back to Port Charon in case our friends decide to show up soon. C'mon."
I hold out a hoof to help her up.

566338

>>566331
Keep scrunching as I take my armor off.

566340

>>566331
"What will happen to our bodies?"

566341

>>566331
"Ah… I see. Very well then."

566342

>>566340
"That is not Snacks concern, Snacks concern is what will happen to us."

566345

>>566336
"Your bodies will remain here. Silent and undisturbed."

>>566335
"Should you want no part in this ritual, you may remain here to ensure the safety of their bodies. I have to warn you that you may not touch the bodies as they are in the shade of death or they might die. Nor are you allowed to leave this room. It might be a long wait."

>>566334
"Yes. All souls go to the Eternal Plains.All souls are judged.

>>566338
"you do not have to take your armor off if you'd rather not."

>>566340
"You will drink from the cup of death and lay down on these stone beds. Your body will go into the shade of death and your soul will travel to the Underworld. I shall drink as well and be your guide"

>>566332
"You will not need it."

>>566337
"Lead the way."

566347

>>566345
"Yeah! We get to stick together in this pal!"
Look excited at Indy…
Then stop for a second and put him down, a smile on my face.
"But you ain't gotta come if you don't wanna."

566348

>>566345
I lead her out of the zebra encampment and back to Port Charon.
"Aaaand here we are. This is where you were supposed to go rather than the forest."

566349

>>566345
WIth that reply I look at everyone specially Star.
"Will everybody take part of the ritual?"

566350

>>566345
"That doesn't sound very safe, or comforting."

566351

>>566345
"Then I only have two questions. Where will we find Grogar so that we may request Melody and Vilina's souls to once again enter the world of the living, and when do we start?"

566352

>>566345
Stop.
Nod at him or her or whatever.
"Give us the cup! I want Melody and Vilina back already!"

566354

>>566347
He nods.
"I won't leave Dad."

>>566349
Star nods. "I need to see it."

>>566350
"The Underworld isn't comforting."

>>566351
"I shall guide you to his Palace. We begin as soon as you're ready."

>>566352
He gets up.
"I will return shortly."

He leaves the room and closes the door.
You're alone.

566355

>>566345
"I understand now. Our mortal form will stay behind. Very well, this will be quite the experience."

566356

>>566352
>>566351
>>566350
>>566347
I grin.
"So everyone is ready to participate."

>>566354
I then nod at Star.
"Now what shall we do?"

566357

>>566354
Pat him on the head, scuffing around the helmet a bit.


Look over at the others, in silence, a smile on my face.
"We are gonna save Melody and Vilina."

566358

>>566354
I'll sit.
And wait.
"So, Silver, Star. Are you coming with us, or can we trust our bodies to you?"

566361

566363

>>566357
"Yes we will!"

>>566358
I nod at Warren.
"Star will come."

566364

>>566358
Star nods.
"I need to see it."

Silver merely looks on.
"If Amber goes, I go too."

>>566356
"Let's drink of this cup when he's back."

566366

>>566361
The Port is as depressing as ever.
Vilina looks at the Myr and shudders.

566368

>>566364
I examine the cup, is it gold?

566369

>>566364
I smile at Silver.
"Thanks!"

566370

>>566363
I'll nod in return.
>>566364
"Once we're on the other side, try not to become separated."

566371

>>566366
"Now

"We wait."

566372

>>566370
"We wont." I smile at you.

566373

>>566364
M-Muh gun… I need to make sure it's safe. Can I hide it somewhere?

Roll #1 2 = 2

566376

>>566371
You can talk to some other souls or Vilina.

>>566373
No.

>>566373
>>566372
>>566370
>>566369
>>566368
The Priest enters again with a kettle and a sack.
From the sack he hooves all of you a silber cup.
He then opens the kettle, inside is a sickening green fluid.
Undisturbed he fills his cup.
"Those if you who go, fill your cups."

566377

>>566376
I'll fill my cup from the kettle, and then assume a more comfortable position on the floor.

566378

>>566376
Filled my cup.

566380

>>566376

"This is fuckin' boooriiiiing."
Who's here?

Actually, anyone I know?
I can think of at least a few dudes who might've caught a bad one. Domestic terrorists don't last long in this climate after all.

566381

>>566376
Fill, duh!
And help Indy if he can't fill his.

566383

>>566380
Roll.

>>566377
There's enough stone beds for all of you.
Unless you feel like laying on the floor.

>>566381
You help him out.
He grins.

The Priest nods and without hesitating drinks his cup and goes lay down on a stone bed.

566384

>>566376
Oh dear… here's hoping it won't be stolen.

Fill 'er up.

566385

>>566383
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

566387

>>566383
Stone bed it is. And down my cup.

566388

>>566383
Well, follow suit.

566389

>>566376
>>566383
Follow his example!

566390

>>566376
Here goes…fill my cup.
"Wish me luck, Inferni."

566393

>>566383
Do the same thing.
"Hello death my old friend…"

566394

>>566393
"You know death?
Is he nice like stories say, or mean like some books write?"
This would be a great topic if we weren't on our deathbeds.

566396

>>566394
"I would say… very neutral."

566397

>>566383
Down the hatch it goes.

566400

>>566396
"How…"
Yawn and close my eyes.
"Dull…"

566403

You all drink your cup.
The drink tastes bitter and leaves a bad aftertaste. Several grimace as they drink and put their cups down.

As you lay down for several minutes nothing happens. Then you suddenly feel a coldness spreading through your body, your heartbeat increases.
You try to move or speak, but feel that your body has become completely paralyzed.
Suddenly an instinctual fear arises as your body realizes it is about to die.

>>566397
Inferni rests on your body.

>>566385
You look around.
Holy shit, you know that guy.
It was one of those security buffalo's in Vanhoover. One of those you got past to enter the Arena VIP room.

566407

>>566403
…Oh fucking-
"Hey. Hey! How the hell did you wind up down here?"

566408

>>566403
But how much fear?
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

566409

>>566408
>>566403
"Eh, I'm chill."

566411

>>566403
W-Well this is not unsettling at all…

Keep calm and carry on.

566412

>>566403
I made this choice. But remember this feeling, as it may help point our way back, once we free Vilina and Melody from death.

566413

>>566403
I don't like this…

566417

>>566403
Before drinking I hold Star's hoof as we lie down.
Hold Star's hoof hard and stare at her in a reassuring way until the end.

566418

>>566403
Inferni is here, with his warmth… and we are doing this for friends. I am not afraid.

566420

>>566407
>>566408
>>566409
>>566411
>>566412
>>566413
>>566417
>>566418
Your fear or worries are irrelevant as the poison takes hold of you.
Your vision goes dark…
And suddenly you see again. But the ceiling is closer by.
As you look around you find yourself naked and floating above your bodies.
You see each other.
Your bodies are pale and don't seem to breath.

>>566407
He looks up.
"Hmmm,
I was a security officer. I failed and my boss, that psycho, had me killed."

566422

>>566420
Look for the priest. He is our guide here.

566424

>>566420
"Your boss?"
I groan.
"That fucker. Know where he is?"

566425

>>566420
Am I still holding Star?
Look around and try to speak.
"Hey! Can you hear me?"

566427

>>566420
Where… is the priest?

566430

566432

>>566420
"This feels wrong…"

566433

>>566420
"This feels reaaaally weird."

566434

>>566430
>>566430
"Soil!" I grin

566435

>>566434
"Yo pal!"
Wave at him with enthusiasm.

566436

>>566422
>>566427
He's not here.

Suddenly all of you feel a pull as if gravity switched on. But you're not being pulled towards the floor you're being sent flying through the wall, through the temple, into the forest. The forest, Ponyville, farms pass around you at blinding speed.

>>566424
"Probably alive. Say…don't I know you? Wait…you're one of those who fooled us…"
He gives a sad smile.

566437

>>566435
"We're floating!" I grin.

566438

>>566436
We must be heading towards where all souls go… well, don't keep us waiting, death. Bring us closer.

566440

>>566436
Try not to scream like a little girl
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

566441

>>566436
>>566437
"WHoooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"

566442

>>566436
Choo choo

566444

>>566436
3FAST5ME
Just hold out… it'll be over soon. I'm sure of it.

566445

>>566436
I wince.
"Yeah… sorry. Fuuuck… I didn't know he was /that/ kind of rich motherfucker. I thought he was just a dick, not legit evil. Fuuuuck man…"

566447

>>566440
[font2]eeeeeeeeee[font2]

566448

>>566436
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"

566451

>>566444
AS you fly, you realize your calm demeanor has become meaningless as you can't have a heart attack anymore.

>>566445
"No hard feelings. In my culture we die when it is our time. As I sit here, I realize how meaningless our differences really are. We are both souls. And we are both about to be judged."

You soar into the grand forest and fly straight into a dark cave. Here your hooves softly hit the ground. The Guide stands here with a lantern.
"Welcome to the Underworld"

PAUSE

566453

>>566451
I still have a reputation to uphold!

566454

>>566453
Isn't it freeing, not having to worry about dieing?

566673

>>566451
"Neat."

566674

>>566451
Where am I?

566675

>>566454
Of course it is. But I'm probably thinking about others things right now. Like holy fucking shit I'm going to visit the afterlife to talk to a god.

566676

>>566451
"It doesn't seem very welcoming."

566677

>>566451
I'll shuffle my soulstuff about a little. This odd weightlessness, like being in a dive that doesn't end, is unsettling.
"Lead on when you're ready, Gravekeeper."

566685

>>566451
"Where will Gravekeeper bring us? Can Gravekeeper tell us?

566694

>>566451
I give a sad laugh.
"Actually… I'm getting out of here. Friends are coming down to bring me back up."

566701

>>566694
"Ah…"
He looks down, saddened.

>>566674
You're a soul in a cave leading into the Underworld.

>>566685
>>566677
>>566676
>>566675
>>566673
>>566674
Without a word, the Guide motions you to follow him through the dark cave, his lantern is the only light here.

566704

>>566701
Following.

566705

>>566701
Trot trot.

566706

>>566701
I follow him.

566708

>>566701
"Goodness me, this place could certainly use a candle or two."

566709

>>566701
I laugh and give him a playful slug on the shoulder.
"You could probably come with. Get payback on your shitstain of a boss."

566712

>>566701
I just pout.
"Not talkative hmmph… " Followed silently.

566713

>>566701
Follow

566714

>>566709
He lifts his head.
"You really think so?"

>>566708
>>566706
>>566705
>>566704
>>566713

You see a light in the distance.
It is too dim for daylight but a light nonetheless.
There seems to be a large open gate.
Next to it sits the shadow of a huge 3 headed dog. Cerberus.
He first growls menacingly at your approach, but stops as he sniffs and gives Mabel a big lick.

566717

>>566714
>>566713
I grin at the sight as I cower.
"Hehe… dog likes you."

566718

>>566714
"Well, I guess he likes you, at least, Mabel."
Flutter my wings a little.

566719

>>566714
I back off, but laugh when I see him lick Mabel.
"Aww, what a cutie."

566721

>>566714
>>566713
"… Interesting."

566722

>>566714
"Why not? Fuck if I know what it involves, but wanting to come back to enact justice should be plenty reason enough, yeah?"
I bark out a laugh.

566723

>>566714
"Hey I remember you!"

566726

>>566717
>>566721
"Looks like he does."

>>566714
Chuckle and scratch one of his chins.
"Hey there… whooo's a good boy? You are!"

566727

>>566723
>>566726
"You… met this creature before?"

566728

>>566727
Nod.
"Yes, he was being a bit unruly, but he just wanted to play!"

566732

>>566728
"I… see. How remarkable."

566733

>>566723
He looks at you and he barks.
Woof woof.
Giving you and Indy a lick as well.

The Guide waits at the gates.

>>566722
"…You're not pulling my tail, are you?"

566735

>>566728
"…When was that?"
I'll shake my head.
>>566733
Then head towards the guide.

566737

>>566733
Scratch the chin of all three heads of Cerberus, then wave him goodbye and go towards the guide.

>>566735
"When we were headed towards Ponyville. He just wanted to play fetch!"

566739

>>566733
I shake my head.
"Not gonna do that twice."

566742

>>566735
>>566737
Follow.
"This creature was walking around near Ponyville? Oh my goodness… why did it go there if it belongs here?"

566744

>>566737
"How odd."
>>566742
"I've no idea."

566745

>>566733
>>566737
"Uhhhmmmm…" I look at the creature and look at Star.
"Keep close." I then follow the others toward the gatekeeper.

566750

>>566742
>>566744
"He wasn't supposed to get away. He just got excited and wanted to vent some energy."

566757

>>566750
"Ah. Good he ran across someone who knows how to talk with animals."

566759

>>566733
I walk over to the guide.

566760

>>566757
"I couldn't really play fetch with the tree he wanted me to throw, though."
Snicker a bit.

566769

As you cross the Gates you're greeted with an awesome sight.
The path before you goes straight down stairs for about 100 meters height.
Down below is a giant forest covered with ghostly white flowers. And only one path through it.
To the left you see some small campfires in the forest. To the right, behind the forest you see fields of ice and hills.
The path through the forest seems to lead to a small port near a green river.
The other side of the river is covered in mist, but you see the vague outline of a palace.

The Guide walks down "Do not enter the Forest"

>>566739
"Thank you…you don't know how much this would mean to me…to my family…my son."

566772

>>566769
Nod.
"You don't need to tell me twice."

566774

>>566769
I'll look, but continue to follow the guide.
"I believe we were warned of it before, yes."

566776

>>566769
"Alright."
I keep following him.

566777

>>566769
I chuckle.
"Believe me darling, I have no intentions to."

566780

>>566769
"What's in there?"

566781

>>566769
I nod at this.
"What are those campfires?" I pointed.

566786

>>566780
"Lost souls"

>>566781
"I believe some zebra tribes make their home within the Forest, serving their spirits in death for their help in life."

>>566777
>>566776
>>566775
>>566774
>>566772
The forest consists of dead trees, but the ghostly white flowers seem surprisingly lively.

As you look up you see there's a ceiling way up high, this whole place is like a giant cave.
You're wondering why this place isn't dark like the cave you used to enter here.

566790

>>566786
It's probably magic. Are we through the forest yet?

566793

>>566786
Well, if it was dark, you'd wander into the forest.
"So… what's giving off that light? A particular afterlife? Or just glowing moss?"

566794

>>566786
Magic.

566797

>>566769

Aww shit, that's awkward.
I cough and scratch the back of my neck.
"It's uh- it's no problem. Really."

566798

>>566786
I just stare at the campfire as I follow the guide.
"Snack didnt know Zebra's really care'd and respect their ded this much."

>>566793
>>566794
>>566790
I look at you.
"Bets that ponies wont believe us that we have gone to death's domain and come back to life to tell about it." I chuckle excitedly.

566800

>>566798
I'll chuckle as well.
"Though I think it would be best if we kept this all to ourselves."

566801

>>566798
I shiver.
"I just want to grab Melody and get out of here."

566803

>>566790
>>566794
Good answer.

>>566793
"The magical properties of the river Myr. Here we are."
You enter Port Charon.
It is a small place, not really a village, more of a field with pony souls sitting around, talking or playing or just looking.
The road ends by a small pier.
"It is here that we must wait for the boat."
You see Vilina and Melody here!
Vilina is sitting at the shore silently looking at the Myr.
Melody is talking to a buffalo.

>>566797
"I will be forever in your debt."
He bows his head.

566805

>>566786
>>566800
"Ahw!
But why?"

566806

>>566803
"It's no problem. Really. Honest."
I cough again.

566808

>>566803
"Vilina! Melody!"
>>566805
"Because they'll start asking questions, and wondering why we wouldn't be able to go back and get their family members, lovers, friends… They'd demand nothing short of emptying the underworld of the dead, more or less."

566809

>>566808
"If they can make it here, good luck to them!"
Laugh.

566810

>>566803
"A ship? As spirits… can we not all fly?"

566813

>>566803
"Vilina! Melody!"
Smile!
"We're here!"

566814

>>566803
>>566806
I wave.
"Hey!"

566816

>>566803
Gasp.
"Melody!
Vilina!"

566820

aaaaaa

>>566803
"Hey! Vilina! Melody!"

566823

>>566810
"No. You are bound to the ground of the underworld now. Try yourself."

>>566813
>>566814
>>566816
>>566808
Vilina looks back.
Her eyes are a mixture of surprise and disbelief.

>>566806
"I will stay with you. We can leave with the next boat!"

566825

>>566823
Power ghost tackle both of the mares.
"Told you we'd be back!"

566826

>>566823
Flap flap?

Roll #1 4 = 4

566828

>>566803
>>566806
I run over to Melody.
"Mel!"

566829

>>566826
You're not getting an inch of the ground as much as you flap your ghostly wings.

566830

>>566823
Head over to her and Melody.
"Well, we told you we'd come for you."

566831

>>566823
"I don't think we have to leave with the next boat… I dunno for sure though."

>>566808
>>566813
>>566814
>>566816
>>566820
>>566830
"Huh?-"
I turn around and the appearance of everyone surprises me. I grin and laugh.
"Yo. 'su-"

>>566825
And I'm promptly interrupted by Soil's tackle.
"Oof! Soil!"

>>566828
"Shorty!"

566833

>>566831
Leggo!

566835

>>566829
"… Well I do declare."
Seems like they found who they were looking for… That's good.

566836

>>566814
Star looks around.
"It's so different than I imagined."

>>566820
Silver grins.

>>566830
Vilina nods.
"I can't believe all of you are here….for us…"

566838

>>566831
I frown down at you.
"Shame on you! Mwandishi was so worried he started crying!"

566839

>>566823
Walk over to them.
"We couldn't leave you here, could we?"

566841

>>566831
>>566836
Bounce over to hug Vilina and Melody in a tight shiny hug!

Roll #1 2 = 2

566842

>>566836
"Why wouldn't we be? I think it's safe to say we're friends by this point, and you don't just abandon friends. Besides,"
I'll add with a small smile.
"You still have to teach me how to make decent coffee."

566851

>>566835
"Grogar forbade flying in the Underworld after a large army of pegasi joined forces with Kronox in the Revolt."

>>566842
She cracks a smile.
"I…never thought anypony would do that for me…"

>>566841
Your hug would probably kill them if they weren't dead already.

>>566839
"Thank you…thank you so much…"

566853

>>566833
I ruffle Soil's hair, laughing.
"Nice to see you too man."

>>566836
I grin at both her and the buffalo.
"Told ya."

>>566838
I wince at Shortcake's frown, doubly so at her mention of Mwandishi.
"S- Sorry…"

>>566841
"G- Gah! Too tight! Tootight!"

566856

>>566851
"To be completely honest, I never expected to go marching into the depths of the underworld either. But, here we are. Now we've just got to convince Grogar to release you and Melody back to the world of the living."

566858

>>566853
>>566851
I join in the hug.
"I'm just glad both of you are safe. Come on, let's get out of here."

566859

>>566851
>>566853
Flap my donk ears down.
"Both of you, I'm sorry, by the way…"

566860

>>566851
"Kronox… Kronox… oh of course, the story written in carvings which we saw. That is somewhat saddening… to take away flight from a pegasus."

566861

>>566851
>>566853
I grin innocently and let them go.

>>566856
"Piece of cake!"

566862

>>566831
>>566853
"Glad to see Melody pony that she is with us."

>>566836
"Why, what did Star imagined it to be?"

566873

>>566858
"That's the plan. Though-"
I gesture to the buffalo.
"I did get a plus one. That cool?"

>>566861
I ruffle Amber's hair as well.
"Haha. Very funny. You're a… paladin or whatever! You gotta learn your damn strength Amber."
I grin.
"Silver better watch out too."

>>566859
"Ain't your fault. It's that one fucker's fault. You should've seen his face when he found out he was dead though! Ha! Priceless."

>>566862
"Yo Snack. What's up?"

566876

>>566873
I shrug.
"I guess?"

566877

>>566873
"Who is he?"

566879

>>566873
>>566851
"Uh…"
Look at her and the buffalo.
"Who are you?"

566883

>>566873
"It's spooooky ghostly strength now, not paladin strength!"

566887

>>566873
"I can imagine…. you're taking this rather well."

566888

>>566859
"For what?"

>>566860
"It is said the road to Grogars palace can only be done on one's own hooves. I would be surprised however if this decree is valid within the Eternal Plains as well"

>>566862
"I didn't think it would be this….depressing."

>>566876
>>566877
>>566879
>>566883
The Buffalo steps forward.
"I am Heavyhooves. Pleased to meet you."

566890

>>566888
"Yeah, yeah, but let's get out of here. It's cold."

566891

>>566888
Shake his hoof vigorously.
"Poor Soil."

566892

>>566888
I'll nod to the buffalo.
"You'll pardon me for being blunt, Heavyhooves, but are you simply latching onto our company in hopes of escaping death, or are you legitimately certain that your death was in error?"

566895

>>566876
>>566877
>>566879
"He's-"

>>566888
"…There you go. Guy was killed by his shitstain of a boss back at the arena because something happened."

>>566883
I laugh.
"Yeah. Veeeery spooky ghost strength."

>>566887
I shrug.
"Dead's dead. Nothing you can do about a shitty streak of luck but grab your shit and move on."

566896

>>566892
"Miss Melody told me about her friends who could resurrect her and she invited me Ito come as well."

566897

>>566888
Eternal plains is the place to be from the sounds of it.
"Yes, of course. I would not want to doubt the almighty Grogar, of course."

566898

>>566888
"Oh… yes thats true." I nod.
"Dont worry, now that we found Villana and Melody pony we can now get out of here." I smile

566900

>>566896
I'll give Melody a look for a moment.
"The best we can do is attempt to reason with Grogar for your revival. We don't know where or in what condition your body is in, so even if you were granted reprieve from death, what would you do if your body wasn't there to go back to?"

566901

>>566888
Look the buffalo over.
"… Hi! I'm Amber!"

>>566895
"Gotta enjoy it while it lasts, you know!"

566902

>>566888
Nod at him.
"Hello."

>>566895
"I guess that is true. Still, we came as fast as we could to get both of you."

566903

>>566873
"Snack is glad to see that Melody is safe, Shortcake pony is quite alarmed, not to mention Star cried so hard at your passing." I smile

566909

>>566897
"Doubting him is not heresy. Foolishness, but not heresy."

>>566898
"But…the Guide says we have to negotiate with Grogar."

>>566900
"If such is the case, I will simply go towards my judgement as it should be.
I am honored to be given the slightest chance to be resurrected.
I will forever be grateful to Miss Melody and you all."

>>566901
"Hello."

>>566902
Vilina looks at you.
"Sorry for what?"

566910

>>566909
I gulp upon hearing this.
"Hmmm… now that is a tough sell."

566913

>>566900
"Grogar probably knows where his body is. That seems like the kind of shit he'd know."

>>566901
I laugh.
"That's the right attitude!"

>>566903
"Not Star too… man. She still broken up?"

566915

>>566909
"I'm glad you're prepared for the worst. Or best, if your afterlife is an agreeable one."
I'll nod again to Heavyhooves.
"Now, we should probably think about getting to our appointment with the lord of death."
>>566913
Shrug.

566916

>>566909
"Negotiate with Grogar?"
I bark out another laugh.
"Fuck that! I'm gonna challenge him. Like the old legends. Straight gonna fucking humiliate his decaying ass!"

566918

>>566913
"She is fine now that we saw you." I nod.
"She is here with us, she insisted to come to see you." I show you Star.

566919

>>566916
"A pinch of humility wouldn't hurt, Melody."

566920

>>566909
"I would hate to be seen as a fool."

566922

>>566909
"Sorry for… well… it was the cleansing ritual that failed and killed you."

566923

>>566913
I scrunch.
"You better not die again though, everyone was really, really sad!"

>>566909
"You neither Vilina! Don't die again after this!"

566925

>>566916
>>566919
"Hey I like this plan!
We can challenge him, like Rock'n Roll and Mad Dunker!"

566926

>>566916
"How do you plan to do that?"

566931

>>566916
"That seems… unwise."

566932

>>566910
"I doubt he does this often."

>>566913
Star comes over and gives you a hug.
"I missed you so much…"

>>566920
"We are all fools."

>>566922
"……….you did it?"

>>566923
"Oh I won't."

566936

>>566932
Step beside Mabel, in front of Vilina, looking at the ground.
"And I."

566937

>>566918
>>566909
"Oh! Hey Star!"
I wave to her.
"Didn't notice ya. Why you being so qui-"
>>566932
I return the hug.
"Aww, that's sweet! Missed ya too, Star. And hey-"
I ruffle her hair.
"You did your best trying to heal me. I was basically gone right after that explosion so my… spirit or some shit was out and floating around, so I got to see you doing your thing- and lemme tell you, that was some professional fucking work!"

>>566919
"Humility's for dweebs."
I stick my tongue out.

>>566923
"Don't plan on it!"

>>566925
I raise a hoof up for a high-hoof.
"Yeah! You got the idea man!"

>>566926
>>566931
I shrug.
"I'll think of something by the time we get there."

566938

>>566937
Totally, bump that high.

566939

>>566932
Frown.
"Soil and I tried to cure you…. but we failed. I failed…"

566940

>>566932
>>566937
"Good! If you do, I'm going to be mad at you, so you want to avoid that!"

566942

>>566937
I'll simply shrug again.

566943

>>566937
I frown.

566945

>>566938
Awwww yeah.

>>566940
"I'd rather avoid having more paladins mad at me. Plus, you're actually cool Amber. It'd suck if you got mad at me."

>>566942
I parrot your shrug.

>>566943
"Oh come on! Don't give me that Shorty. It'll all work out!"

566947

>>566945
"I hope it does."

566956

>>566932
>>566937
I gulp and then smile as both Star and Melody hugs.

566957

>>566932
>>566936
She scrunches.
"…Why?"

566960

>>566957
"Cause it was the right thing to do!"

566961

>>566957
"We wanted to help you!"

566962

>>566960
"I think she meant 'why did you kill her', Soil."

566964

>>566962
"What you mean why?
I didn't want to!"

566974

>>566964
"Then you don't answer her asking 'why did you kill her' with 'it was the right thing to do.' That makes it sound like you intended to kill her before the ritual even started."
I'll frown slightly.
>>566957
"From what I understand of the situation, Vilina, they simply didn't do enough research into the matter, and overlooked what would happen if they had failed."

566976

>>566974
>>566964
>>566961
"…so it was an accident?"

566977

>>566976
Nod veemently.

566980

>>566976
I'll nod.
"One they have regretted committing. The two of them were the second-most vocal in bringing you back."

566981

>>566976
"Yeah… I was pretty sad."

566982

>>566976
Nod.
"We didn't mean to hurt you. It was an accident, and I cannot say anything that would express how sorry I am…"

566985

>>566982
>>566981
>>566980
>>566977
She looks down.
"All of you came here for me. That's far more than I could have asked….there is nothing to be sorry about."

566990

>>566985
Hug time?

566992

>>566985
"We're probably going to be sorry about it anyway."
I'll give a weak smile.

566995

>>566985
>>566990
I agree with Soil, hug time!

566996

>>566990
She's not making any moves to hug anyone, if you want to start be my guest.

>>566992
"You think so?"

566999

>>566985
"Woo! She forgives us!"
I jump up and down happily a few times.

567000

>>566996
I do!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

567002

>>566996
"Well, at least until we feel we've made it up to you."
I'll give her a soft pat on the shoulder.
"But! We can't start making it up to you until we get back into the land of the living."

567008

>>567002
She nods.
"Perhaps we can make it right."

>>567000
You're hugging Vilina, her expression is one of surprise and happiness

PAUSE

567015

>>567000
>>567008
Hey!
Another shiny hug to add to the hugcount!

Roll #1 6 = 6

567022

>>567008
>>567015
Naaahh… lets join in for the count.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

568862

Anything else you guys want to get off your chests?

568863

>>568862
I said what I had to

568864

>>568862
This place is wonderful enough to keep me occupied for ages.

568865

>>568862
Naaah.
Too much emotions for my little brain.

568866

>>568862
I gave both of them a very shiny hug, what more could be done!?

568867

>>568862
Nope.
I'm good.
I wanna get the fuck outta dodge and enact some justice on some rich bitch ass motherfucker.

568869

Heavyhooves looks up.
"There's the boat."
From the distant mist a boat slowly drifts towards Port Charon. Black and rotten, it is amazing it still seems to drift.
At the helm, steering the boat with a single oar stands an old diamond dog.
Heavyhooves looks excited.
As the boat comes to the pier, many souls flock towards it, but the boatsdog holds them back.
"Not all at once, all of be still so I can take a look at you."

568870

>>568869
"We don't want to board that, do we?"

568871

>>568869
I stand still

568876

>>568869
Fluff my mane and make sure to look absolutely dazzling.

Roll #1 4 = 4

568878

The Guide steps forward.
"Boatsdog, I am here to guide these souls to Grogars Palace, we should go first."
The boatsdog sighs. "All of you Grogarians, you know, sometimes I think the wrong guy got put on that lousy throne."
He points to the other souls.
"Right, all of you get back, VIPs coming through. Take a good look at their shiny souls."
There's some disappointing moans, but the souls go aside, letting you through.

>>568870
>>568871
>>568876

568879

>>568878
Apologize to them as I pass.
"We do want to get on this boat then…"

568880

>>568878
"Not like you don't have all eternity!"
Step on that boat.

568881

>>568878
Off we go!
"Let's get this over with already. I wanna be fuckin' back in the world of living! With my wings and everything!"

568882

>>568878
"I'm extra shiny! You're lucky the stardust has worn off or you'd be blind by now!"
Onto the boat!

568883

>>568878
Stride onto the boat with full confidence.

568884

>>568878
I lower my head and grin as we pass by and sit on the boat.
Now how does the water look like? No crocodiles I hope.

568885

>>568880
"Soil, that's not very nice to say!"

568886

>>568885
"But it's true!"

568887

>>568886
"It's still not something that you say to dead souls! They still have feelings!"

568888

>>568885
>>568886
"Makes Snack wonder if it is true that spirits stay here forever, well not us apparently…. Snack hope so.:" I gulp.

568890

>>568888
"I'm as creeped out as you are…"

568891

The souls look at you with a mix of jealousy and sadness.

>>568882
>>568881
>>568879
>>568883
The boatsdog eyes all of you as you get in.

>>568884
It is very, very dark, but there are green shades flowing slowly through it. Shades of ponies and dogs and all kinds of races. They seem to be asleep as they drift further.

When Star and Heavyhooves are in, the boatsdog gives the pier a little push with his oar and drifts off.
"Keep your limbs inside the boat, you don't want to know what happens to souls that fall in there." He snickers.
"You know, guide, when you meet Grogar, tell him I need a raise. You know when Kronox was in charge here, I actually got paid for this shit." He snickers again.

568894

>>568891
"Was it Grogar that stopped with the whole 'coins on the eyes to pay for the toll' bullshit?"

568895

>>568891
"What currency do you utilize, exactly?"

568897

>>568891
Oh dear god.. or whatever doge god we worship. I avert my eyes staring at the floating bodies.
If I dont pay mind to it, maybe it will go away.

"Souls… " I look at the guide.

568898

>>568891
Not stressed out at all… '1d10'
Stay in the dead middle of the boat.
No pun intended.

Roll #1 2 = 2

568900

>>568891
I scrunch at the sad ponies.
"Sorry…"

568901

>>568898
You seem shaky.

>>568897
The Guide shakes his head.
"They're not souls, they're memories, memories given form."

>>568895
"Gold. In ye olde times I couldn't wait to get all those shinies on board. Was great. And ponies didn't pay? Eh, just let them spend a few decades at the port, they have all eternity."

>>568894
"Hey, do you work for no pay?"

568902

>>568901
"What would you spend it on, anyway, if you don't mind me asking?"

Must be just the cold…

568903

>>568891
"Gold? Where does this gold come from? I had no idea the afterlife had an economy based on gold."

568904

>>568902
>>568903
He perks a brow.
"Spend? I just like having it."

568906

>>568901
"I don't 'work' man. I fight for freedom and justice and fight against oppression wherever it may be. Sometimes I get gold for my efforts."

>>568903
"Seriously? Am I the only one here who read the classics? C'mon! You're a… belle or whatever, Heartache. You should know!"

568907

>>568904
"Oh. That makes sense."

568909

>>568901
I look at the water again,
"So one can lose memory by touching the water, good thing we dont go thristy." I gulp and shiver at the thought.

568910

>>568904
"Ah. As a diamond dog, you must be fond of gold. Understandable."

>>568906
"Excuse me?"

568912

>>568904
>>568907
>>568910
"I like having gems too, because they're so pretty and come in a lot of different colors!"

568914

>>568910
"That accent? The dignified way you carry yourself? You scream 'daughter of a plantation owner.'"
I laugh.

568915

>>568904
"Where does one spend gold in here? Where does one even mine one in the afterlife?" I look at him

568917

>>568912
"That is…"
I chuckle.
"Also very understandable."

>>568914
"Your deduction skills are remarkable, but I fail to see how this relates to gold being used in the afterlife as a currency where it does not have any value."

568920

>>568909
"Souls disintegrate when touching the Myr. It returns everything to its essence."

>>568906
He laughs.
"Freedom, justice. Give me a break. Completely meaningless."

>>568907
"I know, right. Now I even have to let everypony get in as fast as possible."
He shrugs.
"I still prioritize the bitches though." he winks.

>>568912
"You're one of them gem ponies right. Haven't seen one of you for a while and now suddenly you guys are showing up again.
What happened? Forgot how to die?"

>>568915
"Spend? I keep it. Kronox had some kind of magic spell going on that made the bits come with the souls to the afterlife if their family put it on the dead eyes. As for mining, you'll find lots of it down here. Completely worthless. As I said, I just liked having it. The way those ponies held it out, the heartbroken looks on those who didn't have some." He nods "Good times."


The boat reaches a bend on the river. On the banks there are large frozen planes.
You see many ponies and zebras frozen in place there.

568922

>>568917
I mimic her posh voice.
"Well ah'm afraid that your deduction skills are sadly lacking, darling."
I laugh again.
"Nobody said they actually used the gold. They just want it to keep it."

>>568920
"To the dead, maybe. The living think otherwise."

568923

>>568920
Don't look…
"I do not envy you."

568929

>>568922
"Your mimicry is quite charming, I admit, but I was under the impression that physical goods did not transfer to the afterlife."

>>568920
"How dreadful."
Look at the frozen ponies.

568930

>>568922
"Yeah, you guys are crazy like that."

>>568923
Heavyhooves whispers.
"What an unpleasant character."

>>568929
The guide looks at them.
"The one type of being Grogar hates more than any others. Traitors."

568932

>>568930
"The fuck? How do you betray a god of the dead?"

568933

>>568920
I gulp.
"That will remind Snack to request to have some put on his eyes if the time come's." I grin at thim.

568935

>>568930
"What did they do, exactly?"

568937

>>568920
I scrunch.
"No! Something really awful happened I'll have you know! No laughing matter!"

568943

>>568930
"Just imagine what an eternity of this line of work could do to someone."

568944

>>568932
>>568935
The guide shakes his head.
"Traitors in life. They betrayed their friends or family, sold out those who trusted them."
He stares at the ice field.
"They chose to abandon the ones who loved them and now they themselves are abandoned. A fitting punishment."

>>568937
"Something serious? To the living? Get outta here. I call that world up there the foalgarten."

>>568943
"I wonder how he got it."

>>568933
"Please do, I'll give you front row seats on the boat. It would warm this old dogs heart." He snickers.

568946

>>568944
"Betraying one's family is a low thing to do indeed."

568949

>>568944
"Hey! You don't know what it was like to be under Sombra's rule!"

568950

>>568944
"…"
I momentarily shiver at his description.
Well- hey, if it hasn't happened to me yet I doubt it will… right?

"Whatever. Let's just get this fuckin' thing over with. Take us to Grogar already."

568951

>>568949
"Was it as bad as those guys got it?"
He points to the frozen wastes.

568954

>>568951
"Pretty much!"

568955

>>568944
"I'd rather not find out. I'm uncomfortable enough as it is."

568957

>>568944
I just gulp and just sit next to Star and wait for this creepy journey in the river to end.

568958

>>568950
Seems like you're safe.

>>568954
"Well whaddaya know. This Sombra guy must have been something.


The boat drifts further, on the banks is another forest. unlike Wraithbloom with its white flowers, this one is a sickly green and full of thorns.
You see some beings entrapped in the roots, struggling to get out. Others just sit there, shred up by thorns, seemingly resigned to their fate.

568962

>>568958
"Well he's dead now. Princess Cadance took him down and saved us all!"

568963

>>568958
"What did they do?"

568966

>>568963
The Guide looks up.
"Unlike Kronox, Grogar allows the living to use and study the powers of death. This was meant as a tool of study and knowledge, and in most desperate need, a weapon. These beings however misused this gift, used it to terrorize and harm others. They now learn the error of their ways."

568967

>>568966
"Grogar punishes evil necromancers in the afterlife?"

568968

>>568958
>>568966
"Creepy shit yo…"

568971

>>568967
"Yes, some of them think to live forever but all learn in the end that death is inevitable."

568972

>>568962
"Princess Cadance. Oh great, another paladin, I should have recognized that armor."

568973

I sit pretty in the boat.

568976

>>568971
"I didn't know this…"
I'm not going to say it, but they sort of deserve this.

568981

>>568966
"Oh goodness…"

568985

>>568972
I stick out my tongue!

>>568966
"Well… if they're really evil, they kind of deserve it! … Still harsh though!"

568990

The mist that has been on the other side of the river during your journey lifts and Grogars palace comes into view.
The palace is gigantic, as if it was made by giants. But featureless, no statues, or carvings adorn its walls.
There is a pier near the giant stairs leading to the entrance. You see some souls sitting at the stairs, working up the courage to go in. Other souls at the top shine differently. One shines brightly yellow like a sun with wings. Another a soft pink. They seem to be conversing.

Next to the Palace is a large pit. Silent black armored ponies stand around it. Watchful.

568992

>>568990
Behind the castle but out of your sight shines a bright light.

568996

>>568990
>>568992
"Whoa. That's huge."

569000

>>568990
I really wish I wasn't here right now!

569005

>>568990
"I do adore how they have decorated this place."
I chuckle.

569007

>>568990
>>568992
"…The fuck? Why do those two souls at the top look familiar…"
I scratch my chin.
"Blindingly bright like a fuckin' sun with wings…"

569010

>>569007
>>569005
>>569000
>>568996
The boat stops at the pier.
"End of the line, get off!" the boatsman says grudgingly.
"I'd ask for tips but we all know that's not coming."

The guide steps off.

569011

>>568990
Spoooooky…
… A pink soul? Pink is the best color!

569012

>>569010
I step off as well and start walking towards the castle.
"Well let's get this over with then."

569014

>>569010
"Left all my bits in my living body."

569017

>>569010
Hop off.
"You have my sincerest gratitude, boatsman."
That mare we came to rescue, Vilina or whatever, how is she doing?

569018

>>569010
"I'd give you food if I had any."
Off I get.

569020

>>569010
"I'll try and make sure to bring you some gold for when I die for real, then."
Get off the wild ride!

569023

>>56899
>>569010
hop off and follow the others

569026

>>569017
She's been very quiet the whole trip sticking close to Warren.
She trots off the boat like a mare walking to her execution.


The guide walks up the stairs.
As you reach the top a massive onyx gate comes into view.
You arrive just in time to see a soul enter and the gate slams shut.
The bright soul of a mare spreads its wings and flies through one of the windows of the palace.
The pink mare turns around to look at you.
She seems to be a crystal mare.

569031

>>569026
!
Wave at her.
"Hello! I'm Amber, who are you?"

569032

>>569026
Should we know these souls?
Keep silent

569035

>>569026
She probably has a lot on her mind… though it is interesting that she is worried. Perhaps she is not quite so saintly after all.

569036

>>569026
I wave too.

569040

>>569031
The mare steps towards you.
"Ah, another crystal mare here. Pleasure to meet you, welcome to the Palace of Grogar. I am Lady Sapphire Stone, Cadance's emmissary to Grogar."

>>569032
No

569041

>>569040
"Whoa! You know Cadance, miss?"

569042

>>569026
I look at the crystal mare, does hse look familiar?

I look at Star.
"Hey, another crystal pony."