Time: 4:30 PM >>611737 Oh my. You find her in her new lab near the Warrens. There's a sign on the door saying "Danger! Poisonous gas experiment might be in progress. Use a gas mask while coming in." You see some primitive gas masks shaped like a large beak next to the door. >>611738 "you're crazy! Come let's get back, the boss doesn't like waiting." They leave again. >>611739 Yes, there's a door on the other side. >>611740 Nope, it doesn't. >>611741 She leans forward. "How do you know? Did you…" >>611742 "Very well then, I'll join you, if you think that's necessary."
>>611736 It would appear that my assumptions were correct. Check out both and start reading at once, here in the library. I'd like to have a basis of understanding before I branch out, so I'll start with the book on energy. Consult the table of contents and appendix, then look up the radiation.
>>611745 They certainly don't fit comfortable. It's hard to breath and they smell weird. You enter and make your way to Night Shade who's wearing a similar mask. She turns around with her creepy mask beak. "Chemical warfare…who are you?"
>>611746 "A servant of Celestia is more than happy to help another."
>>611748 >>611748 You open up the door and come to the hallway. You're on a walkway on the first floor and below you, you see the entrance. You see another door on the other side of the hall. Or another stairs up.
>>611750 You both managed to get in the room! You're together.
>>611752 >Radioactivity Unique form of energy release. Occurs when the astral matrix of an object has been altered from its original natural form. Some radioactive objects have been found within nature but most are created artificially by mages. When confronted by radioactive objects protection by lead materials are vital to prevent illness or death.
Continue to "history of radioactivity in magical science"?
>>611756 "It's hard to see in this mask! And I dare not take it off. One wrong move and we'll both be dead ponies. It's called Project Pesticide."
>>611755 In earlier ages, transmutation and conjuring of magical items was a taboo in magical circles. Many sorcerers that transformed for example metal into gold were struck by mysterious illnesses. The theologians of those days called it "The Law of Immutability." The Universe was created perfectly and adding materials or changing existing materials was seen as a sin and resulting illnesses as divine retribution. The excessive amounts of radioactivity encountered at Black Lemarian sites led researchers to believe their demise was a direct punishment of the gods for their arrogance (Star Shine 113-115)
This changed through the research of the magus Rice Curry connected to the Vilitian Academy who discovered and mapped the astral matrix of iron. He proved that the curse was actually a continuous release of chaotic energy as the matrix attempts to reconfigure itself back to its original state. In theological circles this particular kind of energy is often linked to Discord (Golden Path 88).
>>611763 He glanced at her for a moment before turning back ahead. "We barely met and our beliefs are already in conflict…I admit it is rather funny…" he says with a smile "Well could you lead the way? " he said stepping aside to allow her to go in front
>>611776 He smiled and even leg out a laugh. "I feel that I will enjoy your company very much." He said as he calmly walked along " I admit I have always been rather curious of the princessess and their followers. Perhaps if you are not too busy or neither of us are in a mission…We Could discuss about them…"
>>611777 >>611778 You listen at the door. Another voice answers. "We should never have come here. This place is lost, we should have run while we could." "Shut your noiseholes both of you!" says a third voice. "We'll find that book, we know where it is, we just need to get it at the right time…"
>>611779 She nods. "I cross referenced the tomes with old registers of citizens. Only very important ponies get to be buried in the skull district. And guess what, there never were ponies with those names!"
>>611780 You're back there! With the same trapdoor and everything.
>>611781 "I'm afraid that's classified. Hmm, right I have a number of sleeping aids. How bad does she need it?"
>>611782 Index >Introduction >Automatons >autonomous weapons >Energy weapons >Gateways >Intelligent systems >Storage sites
>>611783 "That would be very interesting, I've heard deer have knowledge about nature nopony else has
>>611784 "Sounds like we have a plan then. Do you like green tea?" Asked Maali as he looked at their surroundings "Oh and by the way how close are we?I am starting to get that feeling of butterflies in my stomach you know?"
After the publication of the first edition of Study of Lemarian Machinery I had the honor of being contacted by the Prince's Comittee for City Security. They expressed their concerns over certain passages within, citing the potentially disastrous consequences of misuse. Heeding their wise council, I set upon rewriting this book. I hope this book will give the student of both magic and technology an insight into the diverse applications of Lemarian technology.
Ever since the disappearance of the Lemarians no civilization has matched their level of technology. One can only guess how much of their knowledge has been lost to the teeth of time. I have endeavored in this book to give a thorough description of the various artifacts found in Vilitus, theories about their use and practical applications. Lemarian machinery is often approached with a sense of awe, as if one is encroaching on sacred ground. I hope that this document will show the student that Lemarian technology while sophisticated is still based upon the same magical properties we use today. Through careful study and experimentation it is my sincere hope that one day through reverse engineering we may reach such a level again.
>>611788 Bones, blood. There were other doors back in the beginning, you passed those.
>>611787 "Hmmm" She rummages through some boxes. "Here tell her to chew on these herbs before sleeping. That should work. If it doesn't, I can prepare something stronger."
>>611802 "…perhaps. I never trusted those merchant serving families. They always keep to themselves. There must be things that can't stand the sunlight."
>>611801 You cross an alley as suddenly a group of rugged ponies surround you. "Lookie boys. Two mares. It's our lucky day."
>>611802 You take a peek through the door. You see what seems to be a lab. There is all kinds of equipment, you see a desk with notes.
>>611804 You recognize a few of the names. It's a reasonable assumption.
>>611808 I assumed you were reading the book inside the library. >Storage Sites
Storage sites, sometimes called Vaults by explorers are one of the most sought after sites of the Lemarians. In these strongly sealed chambers the Lemarians housed their vast wealth. Gold, diamonds and their most jealously guarded technologies. Only two Vaults have been found so far, the Arvintuth Vault near Canterlot and the Grobtar Vault in Trotantium. In both cases, the opening of the Vault led to terrible sickness as the explorers spent the gold, not knowing of its unnatural origins and deadly radiation. This led to current policies that all discovered Vaults must be reported to authorities and properly sealed. Yet the Vaults did not simply bring death. In the Arvintuth Vault, an undamaged Astra-Physical core converter was found leading to a revolution in our academic understanding of the different planes of existance.
Note: details on opening a Vault were omitted by the decree of the Prince's Comittee for City Security.
The librarian looks at you. "Yes. He left a few years ago."
>>611806 >>611807 You kill him immediately. His flesh evaporates until there's nothing but a very spooky skeleton.
>>611805 One of the warriors hits you with his spear!
>>611809 Maali seemed stunned for a moment. Before he realized what was going on. He stepped in front of the mare that was leading him. "Excuse me but I have no time for shenanigans like these…" He said Taking a step foward "You see I have a place to be and someone to see. So I would recommend that you please allowed us to go through. And tried again with another pony…" He said letting his necklace glow eerily. '1d10' Maali intimidating. Pfft yeah right
>>611810 Instead a knock to the head makes you tumble to the ground. You're helpless.
>>611811 "I'll destroy it first moment I get. If the Queens are involved…I don't want to be on their shit list."
>>611812 You hit the enemy with a dual flurry of strikes, pushing him away from Ruby.
>>611813 He looks around for a second. "Why would you want to know?"
>>611814 They laugh. "The little deer thinks he's tough. Hoof over your money both of you, or things will get nasty".
>>611815 Various notes on purity of the blood. Some subject have been found non-viable. Other are. You find a planning of when the viable subjects usually get here. But you can't figure out why they're doing it.
>>611816 Maali takes a deep breath. he hoped that this would work "How about you run from here with your tail between your legs while I still am being patient? Or else…" he said as the decay and rot started to take over his body,making the cute and small deer image slowly fade away, giving place to a buck with eyes completely black,with only bright green pupils now and all sorts of menacing and nasty fungus growing on his body. "Things will reallyget Nasty…" he said and as he opened his mouth to speak, a faint breath of venomous powder came out with his words. >Nature elemental. Decay [1d10+4] intimidate (also using a fate point)
>>611816 "Well, it's no secret that we're both specialists in ancient magical societies. I wanted to compare some notes with him, colleague to colleague. Really, I should've done it when we were both working here, but you know how classes can distract from getting down to research. If you're really interested in the specifics, I think I've determined a new way of cataloging tomb dust by comparing density to age ratios. In particles with magic resonance, I've noted a 20% higher alignment with predicted significant figure calculations as opposed to when using modern mass spectrometry. I hoped that Doctor Curry had kept his records on the dust accumulation tables that he outlines in Chapter 4 of his book, because he lists age but not density. With any luck, he took the measurements or at least kept samples, and I can create a peer-reviewed equivalency. I don't mean to get ahead of myself, but this could usher in a whole new era of the way we as scientists look at the weight of dust with a projected age in the middle-ancient age category. Exciting stuff, no?"
>>611818 You suck the life completely out of another. The third and last one steps back sweating like a pig, his sword in front of him. "Stand back, you monster!"
>>611819 "Perhaps not by her pops. I've heard those merchant families own those families. Those servants are well cared for and well paid, but still slaves. You understand me? I wouldn't be surprised if that pops was a lot less protective against his master"
>>611820 >>611823 >>611823 You transform into decaying fungus monster. The thugs step back. "Okay fine, just let us go!"
>>611826 "Some ponies from the Red Tower came for him. He had some theories on how to weaponize radiation. Some kind of bomb. They brought him to the Crocodile District. I'm sorry. Nopony has seen him since" he leans back "Thanks, sir. Next please."
>>611825 "Hmmm, poor girl. In more ways than just that. I saw her looking…at Whisper."
>>611827 You take a few with you. Roll stealth to open the other door.
>>611828 "Easy, it's in the attic. That's not the hard part. Haven't you noticed?"
>>611829 They run away. Glowing Path smiles. "My my, I didn't know you could be so dangerous…"
>>611831 He reverts back to qtDeer with a sigh "Phew…thank you. But I honestly could not let some rogues get in our way. After all, I am full of suprises" he said taking a moment to be proud of himself before smiling to her. "Shall we continue then Miss Path?"
>>611832 As you attempt to sneakily open the other door, the door opens by itself and a huge armored Changeling with blood on his mouth steps out. He looks perplexed by you there. Roll reflexes to get a headstart out of here.
>>611833 "I have my ways. You think I don't know what goes on out there?"
>>611834 "A minute? A minute?!? We met twenty times already…"
>>611835 She grabs your hoof. "Neither do I want to see you hurt."
>>611836 "Yes." You arrive at your destination. Arachnia's Haunt near the Scar. The place looks gloomy. There's a derelict statue here of a zebra. Arachnia, one of the most legendaey mages of Vilitus. Her statue is covered in spiderwebs but you see no spiders.
>>614523 Go in the servers underground, throwing away pieces of my disguise as I leave. Make sure I am some good distance away from home before getting back to the surface, then head home on some winding, non linear route
>>614531 Noctis is the official designation of the Master. And you've met him before, he's the one who hired you. And you're in luck. You see him entering the Hideout just as you're wondering where he is. He looks tired, as does Phantasm.
>>614528 "I thought those were just urban legends."
>>614529 >>614530 He rubs his temples. "For the love of…" He sighs. "We came here, looking for the Book of Brightest Darkness." He points to Earthbound. "And you know what that is, I know. That book is the closest we have to a map of the Labyrinth. It changed this place. Warped it into a mini Labyrinth of sorts. It is in the basement, but we don't know how to goddamn get there. Short version, happy now?"
>>614532 It takes some time before you're there. You see the Master and Phantasm have just arrived, as well as Dr. Z."
>>614535 "100%. Her house is supposed to be full of it. W-why do we have to go in there?" She hesitates to go in.
>>614547 "To find someone very important to me…" he goes back to comfort her "But hey…if you do not want to come…I understand, really." He said turning to the entrance again "I have to go in and find him or her…I thank you for guiding me here miss…but you do not have to follow me inside. I will not force you to come either…" he slowly walks inside
>>614564 "Of course there's no spiders on sight…they are most likely hiding…" he whispered to her. he considered shouting but that wouldn't do any good. He kept looking for where he could go. Any doors? How many? Where? "And thank you for coming along…I appreciate it very much."
>>614564 "I've learned that the Red Tower had one of my colleagues taken away for weaponized radiation research. Either they're trying to develop it for themselves, or it is their weakness and they don't want it made at all. And that's just the beginning of my findings."
>>614601 >>614601 "A little distance makes the heart grow fonder, my dear. But right now, I'm here on the job. This 'gentlehorse' said something about a Book of the Labyrinth that might be the source of a predicament we are in. You wouldn't be able to share some morsels of information we could use, right?"
>>614614 "There could be more. The object recovered from the vault may be a powerful artifact. The last two recovered changed modern science and magic studies entirely. It could be anything really, from a weapon to power source to a fancy but functionally useless statue."
>>614622 Take the glass and sip of it. Tap the table. "This is a job. This is not my only job. I don't talk a word about this job to anyone. I'm afraid if I started to talk to you about my other jobs I'd find myself dead pretty fast. Or worse, run out of business."
>>614625 "I see. Just answer me this then, as professional to professional, does this other job compromise the security of this hideout in any way?"
>>614630 Just some ticking in the wall, like there's something in the wall. You'd say it's a rat, but it doesn't sound like a rat.
>>614628 >>614629 "Just call me Flint, and don't let that animal near me." As you open the door, the next room seems in even worse condition than before. There's a hole blown in the deteriorated walls, and there's an awful buzzing sound going on.
>>614632 "Hmmm, I need to speak with Melville first. I will have a meeting with all of you tomorrow morning to plan our next move. Perhaps you could speak to Myziri, I loath to bring her into this but maybe she knows something about the device."
>>614631 "It's the first time it happened in living memory."
>>614636 "Good. The Changelings are flooding the sewers looking for a vagrant donkey. They'll probably round up every vagrant they can find. Once they don't find you they'll go looking for a donkey in the city itself, though they'll be more careful there. If you go topside, be on your guard. I would recommend not going alone. Until further orders I'll seal off the sewer entrance to the base. The topside entrance is a little more risky but at least it's not flooded with Changelings."
>>614638 "I don't trust her either. But she might be the only one of us with some knowledge. See if she says something, but don't let her near it."
>>614639 "About 200 years ago when the Equestrian Navy attacked."
>>614641 You punch the wall open and hundreds of spiders crawl out over the wall. Glowing shrieks.
>>614642 >>614643 >>614644 You open up the next door into the hallway. But the hallway is not the same anymore. It's covered in some green substance and full of empty coccoons hanging from the wall. A changeling hive. "Celestia preserve us.." mutters Flint.
>>614654 "We did reconaissance for the past few days. Posing as workers and infiltrating their Archives. That basically means I have to keep up a physical illusion on us and a distorting aura to keep the Hivemind off our backs…it's exhausting."
>>614655 You're in the hallway. You see a door on the other side. There should be the door to the cellar at the end…
Vilitus City A desert city of greed, where small warlords fight for power under the watchful eye of the Triumvirate. You have been chosen to overthrow the Triumvirate and bring Order back to this princessforsaken town. How you do this is up to you. The Triumvirate is always watching. The Dukes are always fighting. How can anypony break the cycle?
>>614663 You were talking in a fancy restaurant to your friend Elana.
"The Red Tower? By the Ancestors, no, it's too dangerous…do you know what the Changelings would do to you if they found you?"
>>614659 >>614662 You both are still together in this house, seemingly torn in time. As you move through the hallway with unborn Changelings hibernating in the walls you hear explosions and screams from outside. At the end of the hallway you see a flash of light.
>>614660 You were investigating Arachnia's Haunt. Spiders crawling all around you. There's only one way forward, going deep into the pit created here.
"I-I hate spiders….." says Glowing.
>>614663 I suppose that's Morgana's bar to tell her about your success in discovering what's going on in the homeless shelter?
>>614661 You're in the hideout, you were being uncharacteristically kind to Phantasm after learning she's been keeping the Master safe during their exploits in the Archives. Phantasm looks up at you. "It's just my job…."
>>632139 "You're damn right it's your job." Grab her hoof and pull her up. "Now stop lying on the floor like some slob. You ought to get some proper rest in a bed. Last thing you want now is a hernia or whatever it's called."
>>632140 You head over to the Fata Morgana. The bouncer lets you in and you find yourself in the company of captains, officials and mercantilists all here to spend some time with the lovely mares who are bending themselves in lovely poses on the dance floor. Morgana will be with you shortly says the bouncer, get yourself a drink, on the house.
>>632142 She slowly gets up again. You've never seen her so…tired. Without a snarky comment, she just slowly walks to the Masters office up in the Hideout. The Master himself takes no heed of her and walks back up to you. "Echo, it's been a great day. We've finally been able to confirm Miseri's story. There was a rogue Changeling Lady long ago. And we believe it's Miseri. I think we should pressure her further to learn more secrets of the Hive."
>>632143 You head inside the dark tunnel. Spiders move aside as you pass. You hear a voice from deep within. "I know who you are, Maali…"
>>632146 >>632146 The hairs on his body stand up as he feels a chill running down his spine. As if the spiders weren't bad enough already… "W-who are you? Show yourself!" he shouts, but his voice cracks, he was clearly terrified
>>632148 "I think she wants the attention of the Triumvirate as much as we do, not at all. Go to her, call her out on her bluff, we need to know what the Triumvirate is planning and we need it now. If you have to get rough with her, I don't mind."
>>632149 A deer suddenly appears from the shadows. You recognize him as Paran, a deer from your old tribe! "Hello Maali" he says with a smile.
>>632152 You get a beer from the barkeeper and soon you see Morgana, coming from the upstairs private rooms wearing a risque corset. Clearly she's been busy. "Melville! You're back. How have you been?"
>>632154 She's on a rock ledge, near the Waterfall. She's spent most of her time in the Hideout there in the shadow. As you approach, she turns her head and you see her fluorescent green eyes burning through the shadows. "Greetings, Echo."
>>632157 Paran steps out. He has a dark brown coat and the spiders surrounding him crawl off and disappear in their hidey holes. "I escaped by the slightest luck. I thought everyone had died. And now I found you here in Vilitus. The spiders told me they've seen you. It must be fate that guided us here together, Maali."
>>632158 "Oh, you always are. Please, join me in my private room~" She winks and nods to her office.
>>632159 His eyes wide and mouth still agape, slowly turning into a smile of his own "I… I finally found someone… He walks up to the deer and wraps him in a hug ["I'm so happy to see you, brother"] he speaks in his ancient language
>>632160 Once she closes the office door, the music and cheers outside die immediately. Her office is very spartan. There's books of Equestrian and Germane philosophers on the walls. She sits behind her wooden desk and asks you to sit down. On her desk is a globe showing the world and a small wooden necklace of a pony.
>>632161 "Do you even care? I sense you're here to get answers about the Queens from me. State your questions and let me be."
>>632162 [The vines of time lead us together again.]
>>632166 "Ah… Well… At least we found each other… So long as we survived, the Guarira will go on… So… What are you doing in this place? And… What is the deal with the spiders…?" he glanced at his chest to make sure he had the same green gem necklace as he did
>>632166 "Do I look like a changeling expert? I've only had experience killing a few of them, and those were just drones. You are here because you're the damn expert. And because this is the only reasonably safe place for you to be.
How fed are you right now? Judging by the lightshow coming from your eyes I'd say you're no longer on the brink of death."
>>632173 "Well, we can do this whole deal of ours either the hard way or the soft way. I could slam your head into a wall until you start talking, but I'm not a goddamn animal.
So why don't we swallow our pride and work together to bring down that threesome without any wall slamming? I know it sounds like a wild dream for us to get along, but I may as well give it some effort if it means not getting turned into changeling dinner. I scratch your back, you scratch mine."
>>632173 "you are… Familiar with her?" he glances at the spider holes "Oh right… Miss Glowing, this is who we were looking for! Paran, this is miss Glowing, Miss Glowing, Paran. She helped me find you here, and I found out you were here through the fire lords"
>>632193 "Tell me. If a wolf was given a sheep every day, would it be satisfied?"
>>632197 You were in a mansion in the Aurora district, trying to find the final remaining book of the Laughing One, but each time you cross a room, it seems you're in a different house or different time.
>>632194 She grins. "I should be thanking you. You confirmed what I was suspecting."
>>632195 "I thought every deer would be able to…but you never were the best student. I'm sorry you can't."
>>632141 I give her a nod "If I can't find a safe way, I'll leave it alone, I promise. I do think your duchess is onto something with what she's having you do, just don't get too bold about it.." And I think we should probably spend the rest of the time relaxing. We've been chatting a long time already.
>>632206 "Okay, so she kills all of us, then what? No more food in this dried up asshole of the world aside from the two other queens and their hives who probably won't be very happy losing out on their buffet."
>>632235 "You sure? I don't know him…and he's creepy…."
>>632234 She seems to weigh her words. "I can't guarantee that. what you've found, this is a very bad omen for the future…"
>>632233 She rolls her eyes. "Morgana is being an idiot as usual, and Varash is spending her time with Lemarian artifacts of hundreds of years ago. It is extremely disappointing how little has changed in a thousand years."
>>632231 He's looking at a map of the city. "Of course, Spruce, what's on your mind?"
>>632252 He jumps, surprised ''M-Master? What is going on? Oh…I-I found one of the members of my tribe which I believed to be lost a long time ago, what is wrong? why are the alarms going off like that?'' he looks around, midly tense
>>632258 "We have a donkey around here." I groan. "Alright well, this is important stuff. You've been a blast to hang out with, but I got to talk to some people now." Turn around, but stop. "And don't worry, I'll stick to my word. I'll get you some more 'food' if it helps."
>>632258 ''W-well I brougth him here so that you could talk to him. Paran, this is The Master, he is the head of the Hideout. Master, this is my Brother Paran, I believe he will be a great help to the lordblades. he is a powerful shaman like me! …Well, of course he is rather more experienced as well too…''
>>632266 ''See? he will help us! and even better, he can help me finish my training! So I will be able to help even more with it. if you have any doubts, you can test him or interrogate him if you'd like, I'm certain he has nothihng to hide from you''
>>632277 He nods ''In fact, we'll both make an oath for our Eldunari's right here Master. an oath we cannot break, no matter what.'' He turns to Paran ''Paran, make the oath with me to swear loyalty to the cause. we will help them with all and any orders we are given, as long as it is not directly and intentionally harmful to nature, this way you can have the Master's trust.'' He puts his hoof on his necklace, which glows a bit stronger as he does so >>632282 ''I have not seen him in quite a while actually, I have just gotten here miss Ambrosia''
>>632294 She giggles. "Silly, you don't die! It's quite terrible actually. It might even destroy the whole universe!" She smiles friendly.
>>632296 Paran walks in. "What a nice place you have here." He bows. "Master, I can help you in a lot of ways. May we have a conversation in private?" The master looks at him. "Very well, once I'm done here."
>>632295 "…she is? That doesn't make sense. We are their food!"
>>632293 The master shakes his head. "I'd rather you stay here Spruce."
>>632304 "That's what I thought too, but according to our changeling friend, Morgana's the actual third queen of the triumvirate. That brothel of hers is nothing but a front to harvest emotions from her horny customers. Makes sense when you think about it, no?"
>>632303 I have…heard of it, but I have never been there myself, no…'' >>632304 ''I would like to stay close to him and just listen, if you do not mind that is, Master'' >>632309 ''really? That is actually good news, now we know where one of the Queens hides. what does a Brothel has to do with a mass genocide? was she hiding there and gathering forces until the moment to strike?''
>>632315 ''Just…Just because I suppose? Is there a problem? He is my brother so I don't see what would be wrong with me listening to anything he would want to talk with you Master. In the Guarira, we share no secrets.''
>>632312 "It doesn't really have anything to do with it. Apparently Varash and Morgana haven't really done much in the last thousand years. They're not 'relevant' if you ask Mizeri. Nefertiti is the dangerous one.
The three queens aren't as united as they want us to think, but I knew that already."
>>632315 "Well I didn't know. In any case, Nefertiti isn't the brightest of queens. She's gotten bored of the current state of affairs, so she means to wipe us all out regardless of what her compatriots think about it. She's got the muscle to do it too, I'm thinking."
>>632314 "If she's willing to kill everyone in this city, a simple coverup like that won't stop her. How many donkeys are there in this hellhole?"
>>632320 ''Well that is good for us. they are significantly weaker if they do not work together, so we should use that to our advantage while they still do not come to join forces with eachother'' >>632320 ''So she has been gathering forces during all this time! Don't we have something to help against a massive attack like that?''
>>632316 "Why are you guys so obsessed with orgies? Don't you know a party with friends is much more fun?"
>>632318 "If you trust him, there is no reason why you have to fear him talking without you listening in, is there?"
>>632321 "Perhaps; What's more important is, how is this Nefertiri planning to do this? I doubt the answer will be found in the Red Tower."
>>632320 "Nefertiri has the largest number of drones of all the Hives as far as we know. But she wouldn't attack alone. The other Hives are quite powerful together and most of the city wouldnt just stand aside as she annihilated all of it. She needs allies."
>>632324 ''True…but still, we must do something to prevent this and quick, before she decides to strike and overwhelm us all'' >>632325 ''No…'' He sighs ''look I just…want to make sure you won't treat him badly…alright?'' He blushes slightly ''It is…not that I do not trust you either but…I want to stay with him for now. I have wandered alone many years looking for one of my tribe and now that I finally did, well…I don't want to leave his side for now'' He Pull Paran into a half hug
>>632324 >>632326 "The Master assured me trust is important down here, isn't it? If I told you, you would be a threat too. Even if I shared secrets like any cleaner shouldn't, I assure you, it has been taken care of."
>>632330 "This isn't just another cleaner job. This is a team job and you signed up for it. You can't take down the triumvirate on your own, in case you were wondering. What kind of intel are you holding back here?"
>>632331 He sighs "I would a bit I suppose… But are you against me coming along so much? If you want to subject him to any tests to see if he is a spy or a changeling, go ahead. I know that would be impossible, of course"
>>632337 "You can't be serious here, the whole city is about to be turned into minced fucking meat and Melville the Magnanimous here is so far above us all that he doesn't need to participate in the team effort."
>>632377 ''I heard they are. but what worries me was why the Master was hiding it from us as well…if we are in this together, we should share all the information we could…I can't see how he would benefit from letting us be clueless about important matters like these…'' She sighs ''Perhaps I am not in position to talk myself, I joined recently…But you are here for longer than I have, that is what confused me…I thought the Master trusted you?''
>>632378 "I'm sure he has some kind of a grand plan in mind, but fuck me if I don't want to just beat the answers out of Melville instead. He's sitting on information we might need, but he doesn't trust us enough to share it. What a load of shit."
>>632379 He shrugs ''It will come to us in due time, I say don't worry about it, really… So, what have you been doing while I was away? I managed to find one of my tribe with the help of the elemental lords…I will have to go pay my respects and make an offering to thank them when I can''
>>632385 ''I'm certain I wouldn't understand none of it anyways…Never have been the technical type…Heck, I barely know most expressions of pony language, nor much about you culture…And I have gone through some embarassing situations because of that'' He sighs
>>632389 ''Ah, that…I am very confused about this whole matter…Why would she just plain kill everypony? They need food don't they? I would expect some sort of takeover and make everyone a love slave but not killing…Somethins is amiss there…''
>>632401 He shivers ''I will make sure to do just that, thank you for the advice…'' He glances at her ''Uh…so, Miss Abrosia…Since we are going to be working together I suppose we should know more about eachother, right? It strenghtens our bonds and build relationships that improve our work interactions and productivity'' he says as if he was quoting that from someone ''So I hope I can become good friends with everyone. you ponies are all for friendship too, right?''
>>632421 "Yes I was too. The Lords told me that there is another one besides you and me… But now I believe I should not worry about it for now.. Besides he or she is not in Vilitius, but I am certain we will be bro together. Well that aside, what do you plan to do now that you are with us? I assume the Master has you informed of our situation right?"
>>632428 >>632429 "Ugh, has the day gone on that far already. Well, since I struggled so much to get it, was there anything special learned? Please don't tell me we were pranked and it was just some enchanted child's diary."
>>632439 "I hope not, she knows more about our operation than anypony…but if it was Grey Splinter, why would Phantasm leave the base, she could tell this to me herself."
>>632440 "Melville has something to hide. The Master wanted him tracked by Phantasm. According to Mizeri the Queen Nefertiri is planning to attack the other Queens, but we need to know more about that. The Master has sent Spruce and Melville to interrogate Duke Infinite Justice."
>>632444 "I know a way for you to get in. The Immortals have a secret passage into his mansion from the sewers. It will lead you to the servants quarters."
>>632443 "Interesting, do you want to show them to me?"
>>632459 "You seem to have a knack for that. Still, I'm not unfamiliar with their type, and a good worker like you, no matter how much our tastes differ, is hard to come by. Is there anything I can do to help?"
>>632464 "I'm gonna guess she will say-" Make a mocking impression of the changeling queen. "I neeeeed more streeeeeeghttttt! Feeeeed me your young oneeeeees!" >>632466 Smile, take her hoof, and kiss it. "Much obliged."
>>632476 "oh… I… Well, I will leave you in peace… Good luck with that brother, make sure to report to anyone what you find…I'll just see if I can make myself useful…" Walk away slowly, glance at him one more time before moving back to the hideout. Anything I can help with?
>>632482 "Yes, a daughter. She runs an ice-cream shop in the Snake District."
>>632483 "We want to know what you're hiding, bug." adds Whisper. "Me? I'm not hiding anything. You hurt one hair on my head and I'll alert all the Queens of your little scheme." Despite her talk, she seems worried.
>>632485 Yes. You see a kitchen. One mare is cooking with her back to the door.
>>632496 "Not good enough. There is something you are hiding, little bug, and I can go to extreme lengths to get that out of you." Run the cold edge of a blade against her belly. '1d10+4' to extract info+fate point boost.
>>632496 ''Why are you so nervous about this? even I can see there is something you have not told us…look, this stallion here is willing to hurt you a lot if you do not talk…So please, try to cooperate, I do not want to see you hurt''
>>633291 Yes, that might be a good idea… Roll for safe journey.
>>633292 She seems unharmed. Seems like she didn't feel like getting her belly slashed by a knife. She holds to the ground and seems to try to not be seen. You suddenly feel like giving her a good smack.
>>633298 You've been a long time in this town, and you know the feel of it well. There's always drunks and fights. But this feels different, everypony seems on the edge and rowdy as if everypony could snap at any moment.
>>633300 Not yet unstoppable. Just a nice thought that pops in your head. You can disregard it without rolling. Or you can slap her if you want.
>>633339 We are not even in the same place, and for character reasons you are THE LAST person I'd bring along. >>633340 "No, you don't get me. We have plenty of mind readers, why haven't they found our mole?"
>>633370 "I'm talking nonsense. She is in a favorable position thanks to her abilities, but she'd not know we are onto her unless she was watching… Rather, someone else might have been found out and has taken care of her."
>>633385 Shortly. "Somepony is messing with our minds. I just had the urge to punch you. That's why I still have trust left in you, because clearly you wouldn't mindfuck us into hurting or even killing you. That's nonsensical."
>>633395 "I concocted a gas, something that confused the drones. It made them fight amongst each other rather than fight me." She looks at you. "How odd that now ponies are fighting amongst each other why they should be fighting the Hives…"
>>633398 "You just lay back and let me do the work~"
>>633402 She looks concerned now. "Dad…what's going to happen? "
>>633404 "Varash knows you're here…but she wouldn't use it against you. No, I have no idea if it's here." She sniffs the air. "I don't smell any gas either, perhaps Nefertiri or Morgana have found a new way to spread it…"
Listen, I just spoke to Mizeri some more. She says that back when she rebelled against the queens, she used a sort of gas to turn the drones against each other. She feels like something similar might be happening to us right now." Look at Sickle. "Have you felt any strange violent desires recently?"
>>633440 Of all things to be expected, I was not expecting to end up in this situation Well, I just have to imagine it's not a changeling, but a handsome Buck It won't be so bad Close my eyes and kiss her-err HIM!
You had just discovered that a certain Dr. Rice Curry has been taken away by the Red Tower. You theorized he has been forced to help the Changelings create some form of energy weapon or device. Meanwhile the Energy Core you found was going to be stored in the Vault of the base to avoid any accidents.
>>633442 You jump into the room. You see Morgana passing by with two young pretty mares. The servant guides her, assuring her she's more than welcome and that Infinite Justice is more than happy to see her even so unexpectedly.
>>633441 She looks at you… "….Just what's going on? please tell me…"
>>633487 "Listen, I think we do have a mole among us. Phantasm has gone dark because she felt like somepony got to her mind. She's investigating Grey Splinter in the meantime, which seams like a good suspect.
And if that fucking bitch is a mole, Blood Diamond might be too. And if Blood Diamond is a mole, Hokkaido could be too."
>>633497 "Hah… That's flattering…" I Laugh weakly Time to get a little food before going to see how I can be useful Maybe someone needed medical or shamanic assistance… If not, I could go thank the fire lords for showing me the way to my soul-Brother
>>633500 >>633503 "Yes, a bit. We can now explain the death surrounding these Black Lemarian artifacts and I have some ideas about what ours might be capable of. Beyond that, a new lead pointing to the triumvirate again. All roads lead to the Red Tower it would seem. My gut tells me that this project they've hijacked is either their weak point, or a weapon they want to control for themselves."
>>633509 "How are you feeling? You don't look well… Do you know what might have caused this to you?" I ask while getting a good look on him, avoiding doing anything until I hopefully know what happened to him
>>633513 >>633517 "Yes, well, with regards to just what is being done with Rice Curry and his work – that is where research ends and espionage begins. I don't have eyes on the inside of the Red Tower, but I presume you cloak and dagger sorts can manage that? I should think this will be important in dealing with the powers that be. As far as we know, Curry has been gone for two years now – and we have no idea how far his theories may have transmuted into realities."