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PirateQuest: Chapter 3.1: Moon Phases Wf+6 349421

In the dangerous waters of the Manesian Sea, pirates hunt for red gold: Equestrian King Crab.

The deadliest game in the world. Do they have what it takes to make the catch?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349423

>>349421
And then things happened.

Tony [Trickster] 349424

Am I still on the ship?
Then I'm going to see that shrine to Celestia.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349425

>>349421
TIME TO TALK WITH ALIBIO

Felfire [Necromancer] 349427

So are we busy? I should report to Smitt about what the moonstone did.
Was he smitt?

Light Heart [Warlord] 349428

>>349421
I decided to not buy anything from Blue Topaz because she's a total charlatan

>>349424
I think I'll join him instead, like I said I would

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349429

>>349421
Where am I and what is going on?

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349430

Could I have that NPC list?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349432

>>349421
SO WHEN'S THAT HYDRA HUNTING GONNA BE?

Light Heart [Warlord] 349433

>>349432
Or actually, I should probably stick around the unicorns

Wf+6 349434

>>349424
>>349428
The shrine to Celestia can't seem to decide whether it wants to be humble or ornate. Prominently displayed and visible from the sea, it lies in a secluded park filled with trees. Pains were taken, it would seem, to make it seem natural. The shrine itself is simple: a hexagon when viewed from above, made out of archways. In the middle, a statue of the mare herself. The statue is gilded with genuine gold to match her outfit, and her stone mane is embedded with gems that gleam in the afternoon sun.

>>349427
As you approach his cabin, Quartermaster Smitts opens the door and ushers you in. Before you can so much as open your mouth, he starts:

"Very interesting results, as I expected. I've learned more from this shrine custodian than I would have expected from a full report. I trust you are up to the job of handling the looting?"

>>349429
You're on the Pillager's Fancy.

>>349430
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jS8Ml3Ztj_XV5M-cpQwe7hpdUlXXpjibIq2T0DxRTnY/edit

>>349432
Up to you.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349435

>>349432
I'm with you

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349436

Tony [Trickster] 349437

>>349434
If only I could hide it in my coat….

So what's happening? Any interesting NPCs around?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349438

>>349434
I goo looking for the two doctors, Spring Water and Summer Seas.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349440

>>349434
Oh?

So they have a Blind Navigator?

Let's see that pony.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349441

>>349434
"The shrine custodian might be a problem. That is, even moreso than the idra.
Especially because of the unicorns. A bunch of pirates are trying to get on their bright side in every possible way.
This might lead to- Unpleasent situations."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349442

>>349434
Well, we need to gather more stout-hearted, and charitable, adventurers. We've already got miss Heart, Bounder, Spring, Summer, Emrille, and Felfire.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349443

>>349442
Oh, and Chip. Can't forget Chip.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349445

>>349434
Alright.
If that's the case then I'm gonna go see Cloudy Skies.
I never thanked her!

Felfire [Necromancer] 349446

>>349441
hydra*

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349447

>>349445
I guess I'll just follow

I mean she did give my daughter something after all

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349448

>>349438
And I suppose we run into you as well
"… Hello?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349450

>>349447
I'll be following Spring and Summer as well.

Wf+6 349451

>>349436
No one's in the cabin. You ask around and find him down in the hold. He's over in the high value area, behind a locked door, but he acknowledges you through the bars.

>>349437
The park is full of benches and there are mostly ponies of the cloth enjoying the day. A large procession of pirates is "repenting" at the altar, with varying degrees of sincerity. They're mostly support crewponies.

>>349438
You find them on the Pillager's Fancy main deck.

>>349440
You wander onto the Darklantern. Supposedly she has quarters here. Eventually you find a room labeled 'navigator'. Could you be any more metagamey than picking an interesting NPC from the list and then seeking her out like a homing missile? You haven't met her or head of her!

>>349441
"I am aware. The situation with Mister Curry is under control. Consider him handled."

>>349445
There's no one named Cloudy Skies. You see Border's Skewed at the door of Cloudy Stripes, though.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349452

>>349448
"Going city?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349454

>>349450
I watch him go carefully, but stay on the deck and enjoy the sight of the city for now

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349455

>>349451
"Whatcha' doing in there? I also read the book and maybe figured out something but decided to pester you anyway even if I was wrong."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349456

>>349451
"I will trust you.
Do we have a way to transfer the loot? Support from Abilio's gate, for istance?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349457

>>349452
"No… not yet anyway. Something wrong?"

Tony [Trickster] 349458

>>349451
Fools. We can't expect much from crewponies now, can we?

Let's go see the Holy Guard then.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349459

>>349451
I swear I remember her name!
I wave to Borders.
"Hi there mister Bounaries! Are you here to see miss Cloudy Stripes too?"
>>349452
I also see Seekkill I guess.
"Oh, hi mister Seekkill? You wanna go to the city?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349460

>>349451
I assumed I was introduced to the crew somewhere along the sessions I was missing from Pirates
Knock on the door.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349462

>>349459
>>349457
"Yes. Cannot go alone. City too big."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349463

>>349462
"Well, my fine feathery friend, that's quite the point of a city, don't you think? Too large to go about alone, and you've got to share the sights with friends!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349464

>>349462
"Well if you're really worried to go alone… I guess you can come with us…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349466

>>349463
I look at him closely.
"Not from ship. Who you?"

>>349464
"Good. When go?"

Wf+6 349467

>>349455
He sighs while continuing to rummage. "Go ahead, then. What are your findings?"

>>349456
"Shielding from scrying implies to me a possible block against teleportation as well. Local teleportation, inside to inside, is much more likely. In any case, something will be worked out. All I need you to do is plant this:"

He reaches for one of the small potted plants on his desk (which are literally the only decoration in his room at all, aside from his mounted spear), and pulls off a leaf, then hoofs it to you.

"Near the entrance. A crevice will do nicely."

>>349458
You're going to have to be more specific. Given that this is their city, even most of the civilians are members, if only ancillary support (laundry ponies, cooks, scholars, teachers, etc.)

>>349460
She's a recluse.

She asks through the wood:

"Who's there? Why have so many ponies come to my door?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349469

>>349466
"I don't know. We've got other things to do as well…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349470

>>349469
"What things?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349471

>>349467
"Needs sun, rain, anything I should know about?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349472

>>349466
"I, my avian acquaintance, am no one important. Though, you may call me Curry, and I am guardian of misses Seas and Spring."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349473

>>349466
"We've got a few other things to do… but we can go look at the city for a bit! In a bit."
>>349467
I perk up at hearing her voice, and try to open the door.
"It's me miss Cloudy Stripes! I came by to thank you for the gift!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349474

>>349467
"Soooo, Elements are the real deal, right? I mean, it's everywhere and they are fancy and stuff and they are not so simple than simple elements and much more complex, but a shooty point of way I figured what it meant was that I should not take every element for granted, plus you said we don't want the frosty side of water, so I put two and two together and figured if we mix water and fire we get steam? Is that it?"

Tony [Trickster] 349475

>>349467
I'm talking about the big building where they're supposed to have them documents, mate.

Not too close to get arrested, just a humble pilgrim trying to see the splendor of Celestias Chosen.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349476

>>349470
"Ah… we need to go to a underwater temple to get rid of a hydra for one…"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349477

>>349467
"So many? I only know of myself, and that is all I can be sure of. May I enter?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349479

>>349476
"Hyrda?"
I cackle.
"Hydra eat doctors."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349480

>>349479
"Well we wont be going alone of course…"

Wf+6 349482

>>349471
"It's one of the rarer species of waterlily known as the Migrant Lily. Native only to the jungles surrounding the Orange Sea, the lily rapidly matures. It reproduces by spores, and when fully grown, it has a tendency to propel itself toward the origin point of its spores, even across land. Plant it, and it will mature, seed the area in spores, and make its way back. The lilies will mark the entrance to the shrine even when it is submerged. They are a lovely shade of crimson."

>>349473
Her voice sounds a little less suspicious. "Oh… I see. I'm glad they let you out. Who's with you?"

>>349474
He covers his face with a hoof. "Not even close. So, so far away. You don't need another schooling, do you?"

>>349475
You can see it from here: Saint Radiant's Basilica. It looks like a gothic office building. Read: two things that should never be mixed.

>>349477
You can almost feel her frown through the door. "I prefer the company of myself."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349483

>>349480
"Who take?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349484

>>349483
"That's what I'm here to discuss, my feline flyer. I'm gathering volunteers."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349485

>>349482
Lean against the bars casually.
"Or, you know, you could just spare us both the trouble and the 'way of discovery is blablabla' bullshit and get to the point and tell me?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349486

>>349483
"Mister Curry, Borders, Felfire, Light Heart, Chip…"

Tony [Trickster] 349487

>>349482
Get a bit closer to it, do I see any way to get in?
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Felfire [Necromancer] 349488

>>349482
"Got it. Will do."
Place the lily safely on me and go look for the others.
>>349484
>>349486

"Warn me when we go for the shrine, alright?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349489

>>349472
"Look like blind island pony."

>>349486
"Take Seekkill. Seekkill never packhunt before."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349490

>>349488
"Well, certainly miss Felfire. Wouldn't dream of leaving anyone behind, especially since you're helping miss Seas."

Wf+6 349491

>>349485
His frown deepens. "If you don't take this seriously, I will give you a schooling. You have natural talent. To let it go to waste as a result of a lack of scholasticism is appalling."

>>349487
You see… the front doors. They're probably guarded.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349493

>>349482
"Um… my momma, mister Boundaries, mister Seekkill and mister Curry. Is that too many ponies, miss Cloudy Stripes?"

>>349486
"And mister Tony!"

>>349488
I turn back to the door.
"Oh, and miss Feelfear is out here too."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349494

>>349489
"Well we could use all the help we can get… so yes, if you want to."

Wf+6 349495

>>349493
"You can come in if you want, Summer."

She opens the door a crack. You can see that there is no light inside.

"Oh! I can put on a light."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349496

>>349491
"I am taking this seriously, but keeping my nuzzle in books is not how I'm used to learning! Ponies showing me how to do and what things were more than enough. You think I got my cutie mark from being a bookworm? No, from going out there and doing it."

349497

>>349494
"Yes."
I toss my dice.

Roll #1 2, 3, 3, 1, 2, 2, 1, 3 = 17

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349498

>>349497
I cackle again and scoop them up.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349499

>>349493
>>349490
"Right. I'll be at Terrebonne's."

And to Terrebonne's room I went. Seance on Moonbeam.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349500

>>349497
>>349498
"Uh… right. Thank you for wanting to help my daughter and I."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349501

>>349495
"May I enter as well, madam? I would not wish to intrude, but I'm afraid I am bound to miss Seas."

Tony [Trickster] 349502

>>349491
That won't work. Is there something around here that looks interesting?

'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349504

>>349495
"Oh, thank you miss Cloudy Stripes!"
I start walking inside.

>>349501
"Um… she's kind of shy, mister Curry. I don't think she'll want you to go inside… but it's alright! She's nice!"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349505

>>349482
"But I am interested in you right now, and would like your company above any other alternatives. Might I?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349506

>>349504
I'll nod.
"As you say, then."
And then I'll sit next to the door.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349507

>>349500
"Doctors help Seekkill. Seekkill help doctors."

>>349504
I watch her go.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349508

>>349506
I sit down as well

>>349507
"Well… it is our job to heal others no matter what…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349510

>>349508
I tilt my head and look at her.
"Doctors must help? Help not favor?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349511

>>349510
I shake my head
"No, it's not that. It's just a promise each and every doctor makes. Not everypony abides to it, but I try my best to…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349513

>>349511
I tilt my head in the other direction.
"Not must help. Not favor. What help?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349515

>>349513
"Perhaps I can simplify the matter. A doctor is someone who, if they encounter any injured creature, is expected to do their level best to heal them. So, while it is their duty to heal others, some doctors neglect this duty."
I'll rub my beard a moment.
"However, that does not mean they helped you only because they had to. I believe miss Spring, and miss Seas, have a very strong desire to help those around them."

Wf+6 349516

>>349502
Nearby there's a rundown shrine to Luna.

You also see shrines to the Elements of Harmony, to De L'Esprit Des Lois, to Nature, to the Laughing One, and more.

>>349505
She grimaces at you. "I've heard that line before. Find an interest in somepony else, I'm taken."

She shuts the door.

>>349504
She lights a few candles and puts them around the room. "Sorry about the mess…"

>>349499
In a low voice, Narrow Moonbeam speaks:
"In a land torn by war, destruction, chaos, and evil, one pegasus stands up for what is right and good. One pegasus defines the future for Equestria. That pegasus is… Well, not you, obviously."

>>349496
He growls a little an exits the high value area. A moment later, you're looking up at him in your school uniform. He levitates you up on top of a crate and levitates the now-monstrous tome up in front of your face.

"The purpose of the text, my darling student, was not to force you to learn how to do the magic. I am willing to teach you that. I wanted you to understand what the magic is. This is the third time I've felt you didn't properly respect the art of the arcane. Let me be perfectly clear, little schoolfilly: if you treat magic like it's a gun, something you point and shoot mechanically without second thought, you will kill yourself. Probably by blowing yourself up. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be for me to sink what little spare time I have into you, only to have you kill yourself permanently? And besides, you should learn to read books, because I won't be here forever!"

That last line was rather unexpected. Then again, the whole spiel was.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349517

>>349513
"It's… an oath we make. To swear we will work our job ethically… Aside from that, as a Luna worshiper I feel compelled to help those around me who are in pain, as that is what I would want others to do if they were in my horseshoes."

Tony [Trickster] 349518

>>349516
I'm going to inspect that Shrine to Luna.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Felfire [Necromancer] 349520

>>349516
"And, equestria is not thorn by war and chaos.
I'd dare say was it not for me it'd be such a boring place.
What's the word on this temple, uh?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349521

>>349515
I look at him blankly.

>>349517
"Oh! Want help others. Tell me others hunting hydra. Not names, tell things."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349522

>>349516
"It's alright miss Cloudy Stripes…"
When it looks like she's done setting up candles, I trot over to her and give her a gentle hug.
"How'd your date with mister Abilio go?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349523

>>349521
I'll shrug, and let miss Spring fill the gryphon in on who's coming.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349524

>>349516
Astral project in and make sure there's space for winking in.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349525

>>349516
I stomp angrily.
"Oh for fuck's sake, not again! It was fun at first but turn me back! Magic is just magic…"
I groan.
"I won't be wanting to learn books forever… now what do I have to do?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349526

>>349521
"You… want me to tell you about the rest of the group?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349527

>>349526
"Ab-out? Yes. Tell ab-out others."

Wf+6 349529

>>349520
"Can't see shit, Cap'an. And that's saying something. It's a big black spot. Bad juju."

>>349522
She freezes up at first when you hug her, like she's not sure how to move in a hug and is afraid she'll trip over you or hurt you, but relaxes into it, even if she doesn't return it just yet. "It was… nice. He's charming, really. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner."

>>349524
There is.

>>349525
He turns his frustration to a smolder.

"It turns out this time I'm not being cruel, I'm being practical. What I wanted to teach you was about the soil. The very earth that makes up the crust. It shares with water the attribute of coldness. And the lesson I was going to teach you was about controlling your form. It would be harder to teach you, schoolfilly, if you had to control your greater mass. The fact that you're furious is just a perk. Are you ready to learn? Or do you want to throw a temper tantrum?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349530

>>349529
"And the guardian? What do you know about him, uh?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349531

>>349524
Right, Wink in.

"Emotional attachment of any sort? No, you need not fear that, I do not believe I am very capable of that for you. What I do have an interest in is in the manner you navigate."

Tony [Trickster] 349532

>>349529
I decide that one is for later.
I go inspect the shrine to the Laughing One.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349533

>>349527
"Uh… well Emrille is the pegasus with the large hat. She likes money and… me as well. Borders is a mage that says a lot of weird things. I'm not quite sure what his deal is exactly. Felfire is that weird necromancer with the shadow magic. I'm not very fond of her to be quite fair. Chip is the big diamond dog. He's harmless enough but… I don't like him too much. Light Heart is that pegasus with the heart problem. She's pretty intend on keeping me closeby for medical reasons. Tony is another diamond dog. He seems nice enough… for a pirate."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349534

>>349529
Look at him with narrowed eyes.
"Yeah, I'm ready to learn… just get the fuck on with it or I'll bite your ankles!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349536

>>349529
"That's great! Are you gonna go on another date with him?"
I pull my head away from the hug and look at her, concerned.
"And, um… are you uncomfortable with hugging, miss Cloudy Stripes?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349538

>>349533
"Emrille bighat. Felfire metalwings. Light Heart weak heart. Tony di-mon-dog. Chip big di-mon-dog. Temple underwater?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349540

>>349538
"At the moment, it is."

Wf+6 349541

>>349530
He chuckles spookily. Like a ghost.

"He makes a better hero than you. Do you know he doesn't even NEED that eyepatch? I'd say he was wearing it to infiltrate your crew, but I know that's not his motive."

>>349531
"THIEF! PLUNDERER IN THE NAVIGATOR'S CHAMBERS!" (Audible to everyone on the Darklantern)

Decks above, you hear a warning bell begin to ring.

>>349532
You have a little more luck here. The shrine here is similar ambivalent about its purpose: it's an attempt at a serious homage to the goddess of frivolity. At least they tried.

>>349534
He frowns. "Do you need a time out to cool down before we start, schoolfilly? If you let your passions grip you, you'll be a danger to yourself while casting."

>>349536
She seems preoccupied with the intruder.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349542

>>349538
I nod
"Yes… it's a temple of Luna that has been lost to the sea. But there are still things inside it like books and… well that hydra."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349543

>>349541
"I'm no hero. Not of this story, Narrow.
And what do we need a hero for anyway, uh?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349544

>>349541
"It's note like I can practice shooting now that my cataclyst is cannon sized for me! But yeah, okay, okay, I'm fucking calm, let's just get on with it, okay?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349545

>>349540
"Tide hidden. Clever."
I look at you more closely.
"Maybe not blind. Spirits at temple?"

>>349542
"Books?"

>>349541
I look around.
"What? Where?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349546

>>349541
"Oh. Excuse me."

Wink out and go find someone else.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349547

>>349541
Springing to action, I'll bolt into the chamber, trident at the ready.
"What sort of villain are… oh, it's you, Bounder. Don't you know to respect a lady's request for privacy? Out with you now!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349548

>>349545
I nod
"Books. With knowledge that could be used to heal ponies even better…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349550

>>349541
"Gyah!"
I immediately let go of her, ears ringing from the volume of her shouting.
I turn to face Borders.
MISTER BOUNDARIES! DON'T YOU KNOW TO RESPECT A MARE'S PRIVACY?!"

Tony [Trickster] 349551

>>349541
I snort at the image. These idiots really don't understand anything. I bet I could make a better statue to Celestia than them. Maybe I should….

I look around for a general supplies store.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349552

>>349548
"Books runes? Should we find thief?"

Wf+6 349553

>>349544
He gives you a very serious look. "Given that this means of punishment seems to be successful in motivating you, and I foresaw a need for future motivations…"

He withdraws a cute little filly-sized revolver. It has a gilded mechanism covered in runes and floats it over to you.

"Do you think this will be sufficient?"

>>349546
A wave of pirates head down the stairs. It takes a good ten or so minutes to finally smooth everything over. But let's just cut to the chase and say you apologized profusely for the inconvenience.

>>349551
There aren't really any… stores here. You can't seem to spot any sort of place of business at all. Just shrines, temples, and churches. It's odd… though one of the small chapels does strike you as a little more businesslike than others. There's a magical sign on the front that glows in red letters, "O P E N".

Felfire [Necromancer] 349554

Tony [Trickster] 349555

>>349553
Go in. What's going on in here?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349556

>>349553
"Are you alright miss Cloudy Stripes?…"
I motion for Curry to leave before she starts panicking again.

Wf+6 349557

>>349543
"Oh, believe me. You'll meet a hero before you leave Autumnsreach. The Hero of the Hopeless. Of course, things turn out better for you in the futures that you don't meet her in the sense of battle."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349559

>>349553
I give him a flat look.
"You've got to be…oh fuck it…"

Grab a good hold of it, and feel up it's weight and everything. How steady is my aim with it?
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 349560

>>349555
The inside of this chapel looks like a proper bazaar. Ponies haggling left and right. There are symbols of The Law hanging everywhere.

There seem to be tellers, and ponies request items which are brought up from the back to be observed. Nothing, it appears, is worshiped here but profits.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349561

>>349557
"Right… But I asked you why.
Why do the hopeless need a hero? And are you talking about that mad paladin I met earlier?
And again, why a hero? What's wrong with the world as it is?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349562

>>349556
I'll nod to Summer.
"My apologies, madam Stripes."
And then I'll head back out to the hallway and resume my post.

Wf+6 349564

>>349559
He lifts your barrel slightly with a hoof, like a father guiding his daughter the first day at the range.

"You're not used to such a light weapon, are you?"

>>349556
She sighs. "I don't do good around a lot of other ponies. Too many moving variables. Can't plot a course."

>>349561
"Who said there has to be? Why shouldn't there be a hero to the hopeless, for instance? It's all good for drama, that's for certain. I think Iike the one where she rips out your throat: no offense. Don't worry, you cum as you gargle your blood, so I could think of worse ways to go."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349565

>>349562
I sigh and sit down next to him

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349566

>>349564
"Not really… and there is a reason I use a saddle."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349567

>>349564
Wince.
"Yeah, I don't think dying is my thing. Not anymore. Maybe. I got better now. And not thanks to you.
Now, where is it I will meet this hero, uh?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349568

>>349564
Sit somewhere and Astral Project nto the Navigator's Room, then.

Meh, mares.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349570

>>349564
"It's okay miss Cloudy Stripes… you still do really well for, um… some ponies need to have a dog or a cane to get around like you do! It's really neat!"
I walk over and give her a gentle, reassuring hug to try and help her calm down, before letting go and backing away a few steps.
"Oh, um, you don't like hugging, right…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349571

>>349562
>>349565
I join them.

Tony [Trickster] 349572

>>349560
So there's nothing in the front here? Nothing I can swipe? I hate this town.

I take a good look around, then go to one of the tellers. "Hello there mate."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349573

>>349571
"So, my large new chum, how did you come to join this group?"

Wf+6 349574

>>349566
He levitates a bottle of grog over across from you on top of a barrel. "Let's go over the Elemental Properties. You recall that water and earth are both cold. Why do you employ ice in battle, schoolfilly?"

>>349570
She offers a weak smile. "It's okay. I just don't want to hurt you."

>>349572
He bows at you. "Peace be upon you, Celestial."

>>349568
She's having a tender moment with Summer.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349576

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349577

>>349574
"Huh?… You're not gonna hurt me, it's just a hug! See!"
I walk back over to her and hug her again, then slowly guide her hooves up into hugging me back.
"See?"

Wf+6 349578

>>349567
"Your future is cloudy or lucky, depending on how you look at things. I'll let you puzzle on that for a while. Your entire future hinges on it!"

>>349577
She gives you a gentle squeeze but doesn't deviate her legs from where you've placed them.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349579

>>349574
"Because that sort of frost does extra damage. It also makes them more vulnerable and… I could go on of the benefits of freezing a pony with a bullet, but you know it already, and honestly, it's awesome too."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349580

>>349573
"Spirits warned Seekkill leave and find outsider ship. Island roared and burned and died. Seekkill flew and found ships."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349581

>>349578
"Fuck.
The neavigator."
Sigh and make my way for her room. She's the blind mare, uh? Abilio told me about her once.

Tony [Trickster] 349582

>>349574
I bow for him. "And blessings upon you."

"Though it seems you've already been blessed, though it seems you've already been blessed with many customers."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349583

>>349578
You know what? I've been brooding over this for a while now…

Turn to Rosemary
"Miss Rosemary, could you please come over here? I would like to say something important. Master Wark, could you please give us a moment of privacy?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349584

>>349578
"See? This isn't so bad?"
I slowly help her remove her hooves and also remove myself from the hug.
"Oh! And uh, I forgot to do what I came here for, hehe…"
I chuckle and scratch the back of my head.
"Thanks for the po- um, gift!"

Wf+6 349585

>>349581
Narrow Moonbeam seems a little upset that you figured out his riddle so quickly.

There seems to be a crowd outside of her room.

>>349579
"Vulnerability was what I was looking for. But isn't it paradoxical? The solidness of ice could surely be used to fortify one's self. That's the other side of cold. Instead of brittleness, cold can create fortitude."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349586

>>349580
"Spirits? What did they sound like?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349587

>>349585
"Yeah, but I don't want my enemies to be more buff. And I'm not going to shoot myself or my friends to do that either."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349589

>>349585
He's not really upset. I bet this is all wrong.
Knock with one of my metal wings.
>>349586
"What's going on here?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349590

>>349586
"Like spirits."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349591

>>349589
"Summer is inside with her. You should probably leave them alone for now…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349592

>>349591
"Damn. Fine, I'm gonna wait."
Sit close to her.
"What's she here for?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349593

>>349589
"Miss Seas is speaking with madam Stripes. You're welcome to join us while we wait for her."
>>349590
"I'll admit, I don't believe I've ever heard spirits speak, save once. How did they sound to you? Calm? Gentle? Demanding?"

Wf+6 349594

>>349582
He grins. "How can the Church of Law serve you today?"

>>349583
She prances over with you. Wark shrugs and gives you your space. He seems pretty unconcerned.

>>349584
She gives you a weak grin. "I used to use that for ponies like that intruder. Nothing ever punishes so perfectly as it, but it's very rare on the sea. I always have to bargain it out of Smitts. He's been everywhere, and seems to collect rare plants wherever he goes. I bet if I had tossed some on that intrusive unicorn he'd turn into something that can't intrude. Like a rock."

>>349587
He laughs. "I meant you could fortify your own position. Have you ever heard the phrase, 'the best defense is a good offense'?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349596

>>349593
"Actually I should talk with the navigator.
Same story with the stone. Things I just gotta do without knowing about them."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349597

>>349594
I nod.
"…yeah, go on."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349598

>>349593
"Blind pony. Seekkill say no more. Spirits privatesacred."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349599

>>349596
"Again, she's speaking with miss Seas. If you have business, I'd advise waiting. The last pony who cut in line was shouted out of the room quite easily."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349600

>>349594
"Miss Rosemary, I have been thinking about… this entire affair. I would like to ask you for a favor, you see…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349601

>>349594
"That is really powerful…!"
I perk up.
"Ooh! Do you think it'd work on a hydra?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349602

>>349599
"Mh.
Wasn't thinking about cutting in front of the kid anyway."
>>349598
"I don't know Seekkill, my friends like to talk."
>>349594
Commune with my shadow, talk with Fervor.
Let me ask you something. Ever heard of a dragon called Gar the Terrible?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349603

>>349602
"Spirits not souls. Spirits different."

Tony [Trickster] 349605

>>349594
"I'm simply a humble pilgrim looking for a few simple supplies. What does the Church offer?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349606

>>349603
"That I never heard yet. Tell me more."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349607

>>349584
>>349570
Giving away her weapon? wouldn't do to just assume her unarmed, though.


Is there any light source in the room?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349608

>>349598
I'll nod.
"As you like, then. I was simply wondering if perhaps we had heard the same spirit."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349609

>>349608
Raise a brow at him.
"What, spirits talk with you too now?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349611

>>349606
"Spirits private sacred."

>>349608
"Only one spirit talks you?"

Wf+6 349612

>>349597
"This would be easier on solid ground for you to understand, but for your dignity I will spare you and continue the lesson indoors. By utilizing stone, you can remove recoil, shift your position quickly, and hit foes harder, leaving you an extra instant to shore up your position. Earth is the foundation for life, and utilizing it is your lifeline when you get into trouble… as I am sure you do often."

>>349600
She gives you a questioning look. "Yes…?"

>>349601
She frowns in thought. "It might partially. There's not a lot in that tube, just enough for one pony. I don't know if something so physically big could be dealt with like that. If we had more, it could be done, probably, though some monsters are notoriously resistant to poison."

>>349602
Not in the slightest, my dear. What's troubling you?

>>349605
"Anything a pilgrim would need. What are you looking for? And if you don't mind me asking, where are you traveling from?"

>>349607
She has lit a few candles.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349613

>>349612
"Oh… well, um, do you have any advice for how to deal with a hydra then?"
I shuffle my hooves.
"We… we kinda gotta fight one soon…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349614

>>349609
>>349611
"Only the one, and only once. Though, perhaps I will speak to Her again."

Wf+6 349615

>>349613
She considers it at length. "I would use cannons. The Darklantern has one hundred fifty per side. That's probably enough for even a really big hydra. The trick is to kill them all at once, right?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349616

>>349612
"If there ever comes a day where I… pass away as a result of an unfortunate event… and I cannot be resurrected due to complications… I want you to promise me that you will take the money we have earned on this journey. All of it. And then leave these ships, these pirates, for someplace else. To use that money to start over."

349617

>>349614
"Blind or liar?"
I roll some dice.

Roll #1 4, 2, 1, 4, 2 = 13

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349618

>>349617
I look at them closely then collect them.
"Hmm."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349619

>>349611
Just roll my eyes.
>>349612
Moonbeam and Gar are powerful seers for what I understand.
But one likes to play with ponies, the other speaks riddles.
And that moonstone Terrebonne gave me. Smitt gave it to her, I suppose.
I don't like this. I feel like somepony is trying to use me.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349620

>>349612
I nod again.
"So if earth is for life, I should use it for survival… and how, exactly?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349621

>>349615
"I don't think we can fit the Darklantern down there…"
I frown.
"It's… in the basement of a place."

Tony [Trickster] 349622

>>349612
"I come all the way from Trottingham back in the Old Country.
Sir, my fellow pilgrims and I seek to bring Celestia the finest offer we could give her. What would a fitting offer? No price is too steep for Her Majesty.
In addition, I would also like some paint to create a grand painting dedicated to the grandest deity."

Wf+6 349623

>>349616
She frowns. "Well… I couldn't stay with them. I told you, I only know how to get by like this because I follow you. But I would find a way to bring you back. Even if I had to stitch every little piece of flesh back together myself!"

>>349619
It doesn't matter if you are used, as long as you are content. I let you use me.

>>349620
He uncorks a bottle of grog and takes a swig, and sets it down, open, next to you on the crate.

"I just listed three ways. There are more, of course, but the most obvious is to convert your recoil into a positive energy."

>>349622
"How much do you have?"

Wf+6 349624

>>349621
She shrugs. "I would probably drop bombs into the basement until it died."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349625

>>349623
Frown, but then melt into a smile.
So are you saying you are happy with me?~

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349626

>>349623
"Right… so earth magic, avoid recoil, shoot bottle?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349627

>>349624
"Um… I don't think we can do that either."
I frown even more.
"Well… thank you for the advice, miss Cloudy Stripes. I hope I can figure out something…"
I continue frowning.
"I should probably go back to my momma now… so, uh, bye! And thanks again for the gift!"
I give her another quick hug, then depart.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349628

>>349625
"Are you well, miss Felfire? You seem to having some trouble keeping a straight face."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349629

>>349623
I keep sitting around and waiting for something to happen.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349630

>>349628
"It's just Fervor. He's a damn tease at times…"
Giggle a bit.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349631

>>349623
I chuckle
"I am certain that you would, miss Rosemary. But in the event that I am indeed lost forever… I would like for you to have at least the ability to continue living even without me. See it as… a personal favor to me. A last wish of a unsalvageable mare. Not that I intend on letting that happen of course. I just thought I would do well by telling you."

Tony [Trickster] 349632

>>349623
Fuck you. I've got nothing. Why can't I bluff.

"I simply have a little gold with me. But between me and my pilgrims friends in the city, I'm sure we can bring a lot of gold to the table for a suitable offer. I'm simply here to barter a deal, so to speak."

That's not really a lie now is it?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349633

>>349630
I'll raise an eyebrow, and then look down the hallway.
"I don't see anyone, though…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349634

>>349633
Roll my eyes.
Seance on my own shadow.
"Say hi, honey."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349635

>>349627
I smile at her as she exits

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349636

>>349633
"Friend soul control shadows for Felfire."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349637

>>349636
"Is that so? I do hope he wasn't alive before he was turned to a 'friendly soul.'"
>>349634
And I suppose I'll exchange greeting with… whatever comes out of Felfire's shadow.

Wf+6 349638

>>349627
She nods as you go.

>>349626
He nods. "But it's a good way to regain lost ground, too. There's really no way to understand earth if you weren't born with it, though, and as a being of the sky, you don't. I hoped the reading might help. I could transfigure you into a rock, of course."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349639

>>349638
And I guess I'll stand up and knock now.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349640

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349641

>>349637
I shrug.

Wf+6 349642

>>349625
I am.

>>349631
She nuzzles you. "You're so ominous sometimes. Careful planner. Okay, but I don't want to think about it."

>>349632
"I need some solid numbers if we want to barter."

>>349640
Have some patience girl, come on.

>>349634
"Hail."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349643

>>349638
"No, don't do that. Sky is good enough. And I'll manage. And how do I regain lost ground?"

Meanwhile, aim the revolver at the bottle.
Okay, earth magic.
No recoil.
I can do this.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Felfire [Necromancer] 349644

>>349637
"You can ask him yourself now."

Wf+6 349645

>>349643
He nods, approvingly. "Good shot. However, you're not really benefiting from the effects…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349646

>>349635
I smile back.
"So, um… mister Seekkill, do you wanna go to town now? We can probably pick up a few things before, um, we have to go fight a hydra…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349647

>>349645
"I just needed a feel for the gun!"
Look up at him.
"And manipulating air was easier than imbuing it with earth. Or turning the bullet to rock, or whatever."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349648

>>349646
"Argh, we are going now? I had to talk with the navigator first!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349649

>>349642
I nuzzle her back and share a quick kiss
"Sometimes we simply have to face the harsh reality, miss Rosemary. But yes, now that is taken care of we should not dwell on it any further. Now, I'd like to go and find out a thing or two."
Get up and take my leave for Smitts, picking Wark back up on the way

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349650

>>349646
I need to go to sleep in 20 minutes.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349651

>>349646
I nod
"We should, honey. Did you have a nice chat?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349652

>>349642
I'll nod and extend my hoof to shake his… her? Its shadow.
"Well met, spirit. I am called Curry, and you are Fervor, I take it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349653

>>349650
Oh… sorry. Got stuff to do tomorrow?
>>349651
I nod.
"I did!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349654

>>349653
Waking up at six in the morning so I can get to class on time.

Tony [Trickster] 349655

>>349642
"Sir, I see I'm in the place of serious business. Please excuse me while I see how many gold I can collect for this venture."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349656

>>349653
"She's a nice mare from the sound of it… I wish I could meet her as well."
I sigh and shake my head
"It can't be helped I guess."

Wf+6 349657

>>349649
Smitts seems to have taken the helm.

>>349647
He levitates you up into the air, sending your four little legs flailing about your dress. "You'll have to be hurt slightly to feel the effects…"

>>349655
"Very good. Blessings go with you."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349658

>>349657
To the helm I go then.
"Mister Smitts. Guarding the helm I see?"

Wf+6 349659

>>349652
"My name is Fervored Freedom."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349660

>>349654
Alright then. So do you wanna at least start it now then come back to it later, or just save it all for later?
>>349656
"She probably wouldn't mind meeting you! I can introduce you to her next time."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349661

>>349657
Try to flap my wings and stay airborne!
'1d10'
"What?! No! What are you going to do?!"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Sylt 349662

>>349657
Knock on the door of the navigator.
"Hello? I'm Felfire, Abilio told me about you. And Moonbeam sent me here. Can I come in?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349663

>>349659
I'll nod.
"A strong name. So, sir Freedom, why have you chosen to follow your firey copper-winged mistress?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349664

>>349660
If you think the party won't have moved into the temple by the quest ends, sure.
"Yes. Go to town."

Wf+6 349665

>>349658
"An old goat of the sea like myself can't keep himself away from the helm too long, I'm afraid. Now then, to business?"

>>349661
He gives you a very serious look. "This will hurt me more than it will hurt you."

You feel a couple of telekinetic slaps on your flank. He totally spanked you. You have three hits remaining, when he gently sets you down on the crate.

"Now take advantage of your newfound skills."

>>349662
"Abilio? Alright then…"

>>349663
"She's a sweet little mare, isn't she? At first I thought she might be nasty, but she has proven herself time and time again that she wants to be good on the inside. It is my duty as a sworn paladin of the Divine Sisters to guide her to salvation."

>>349664
We'll probably end for the night soon.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349666

>>349664
Not everyone is here for this session, so it'd probably be best to save it for Friday.
"Alright, let's go then!"
I start heading off to town.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349667

>>349665
I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Sisters? As in both? Just how old are you, sir Freedom?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349668

>>349665
"Yes, to business. I was curious to hear what you know about that moonstone little Summer has in her possession. As well as… perhaps some advice in dealing with Hydras."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349669

>>349665
"You do that honey."
Give Freedom a little smile and leave him behind to chat.
Walk in and close the door.
Is there light?
"So… I came here because, quite frankly, the brain in a jar said my life depends on you. Got any idea what that means?"

Wf+6 349670

>>349667
"I was never one for counting seasons, but I'm somewhere in my mid thirties. The perfect age for service."

Campfire 349671

>>349665
Do you plan on running tomorrow during the American afternoon?

>>349666
I follow her.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349672

>>349665
I snark at him angrily.
"You better not have enjoyed that like a sick bastard or I'll shoot your dick off…"

Okay earth, hurt, magic, spot another bottle and shoot it! With my newfound skills.
Let it come naturally.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Felfire [Necromancer] 349673

>>349667
"Pre discordian era, if you ask me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349674

>>349670
"That's not exactly what I meant. Before you passed, what year was it? Were both Sisters still walking the earth?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349675

>>349666
I follow satan my daughter

Wf+6 349676

>>349669
She frowns. "I haven't the faintest. I only let you in because you're Terrebonne's student. He mentioned you in passing one night…"

>>349671
Can't! Work.

>>349672
It was worth all the spankings in the world when you blast the bottle of grog and feel your vitality return to you.

You're full on hits.

"Very good, schoolfilly. Remember that it's necessary to hit your target to reap the benefits, of course."

>>349674
"Well of course. The last day I remember, we had finally cornered the dreadful King Platinum. He made his last stand in defiance of the rule of the Divine Sisters. I can only presume he lost based on the fact that they are still worshiped today."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349677

>>349676
Frown. I guess she can't see it thou.
"Thanks for that. Do you know anything about the moonstone, miss cloudy?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349678

>>349676
I look from the bottle to him then to the revolver with wide eyes.
"…this is fucking great! I mean… wow!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349679

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349680

>>349676
I'll shake my head.
"Sir Freedom, you have been gone for quite some time. Almost nine centuries ago, a great darkness fell upon the land, and the Sun Princess was forced to exile her Revered Sister to the Moon. The Lunar Temples were sacked and burned by her followers, and I, to my knowledge, guard the last. Miss Seas is perhaps the last, or the first, in a long line of Lunar Priests."
Looking about, I'll notice that Spring and Summer are gone.
"Whirling waterfalls, where have they gone? I beg pardon, sir Freedom, but I must make haste and find them again. I cannot leave them unguarded."
And off I go after Summer, Spring, and Seekkill. Shouldn't be too hard to find, right? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Wf+6 349681

>>349666
You're in what can nebulously be described as a town. There are churches and shrines abounding.

>>349677
"I don't know what a moonstone is."

>>349678
He nods approvingly. "Worth the grief, schoolfilly?"

>>349680
You spot them as they disembark. Caught them just in time.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349682

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349683

>>349681
Are there any stores I can spot?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349684

>>349681
I'll break into a trot to catch up, and then keep pace with them.
"Almost thought you'd gone off without me. Dreadfully interesting fellow, that Fervored Freedom."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349685

>>349681
I speak as sacrastically as filly-y possible.
"Yes, Mr. Teacher~"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349686

>>349681
"This town is strange… everything's all a church or a shrine!"
I look around for anything that looks like it might be a store or something.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Felfire [Necromancer] 349687

>>349681
Stand silent for a moment.
"What is it you do, other than being the navigator, exactly?"
Then, after a moment.
"If I'm not disturbing, that is…"

Wf+6 349688

>>349668
tfw trying to keep track of players

"Moonstones are literal pieces of the moon. Shards of rock that have traveled to Equestria through the intervening space. New stones are incredibly rare, but it is believed most of the moonstones found in Equestria are the result of an ancient meteor strike on the moon itself, sending shards to us below. They are a relatively rare commodity. As for the hydra… I would use its size against it. Try to find a thin corridor, or use some of those traps if it is viable. If all of that fails, I'd use my lance. I was a dragon hunter, after all."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349689

>>349684
"Oh… I'm sorry. We didn't mean to abandon you."

>>349686
"Autumnsreach is known for it's Celestial buildings, sweetie."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349690

>>349688
I nod understandingly
"Yes… fight it in confined spaces to hinder its movement… That does sound like a pleasing plan. I assume you are already fully aware of the whole ordeal with the unicorns?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349691

>>349689
"Don't worry yourself at all, miss Spring, I was simply paying less attention than I should."
Moving up next to her, if there's room, I'll speak again.
"Now, there was one thing I wanted to speak with you and miss Seas about, concerning the Shrine."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349692

>>349691
"Yes?"

Campfire 349693

>>349681
>>349688
What do the ponies here look like?

Wf+6 349694

>>349683
Nothing you see resembles a store.

>>349685
He doesn't pick up on the sarcasm.

"Good. I'll entrust that pistol to you. Perhaps Ruxiang can show you how to properly use a sidearm. You may have further schoolings, so don't lose it. And now, to make sure your time in my class wasn't too much fun, your homework to 'graduate' back to marehood…"

He pulls out a permission slip. "You'll need a doctor's note. Get miss Spring Water to sign this, certifying you are mature enough to grow up."

>>349686
You spot a chapel that has odd floating red, magical letters that read "O P E N". It feels like a store, but looks outwardly like a church.

>>349687
She shrugs. "Just spend time navigating… or with Abilio."

>>349690
He chuckles. "Which one? They do manage to keep themselves busy. I'll take a wild guess and assume you mean about their adventures in trying to remove the collars?"

>>349693
Most of them are wearing robes. Those who aren't are in armor. It seems few other than worshipers have purpose in Autumnsreach.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349695

>>349692
Glancing over at the gryphon for a moment, I'll lean nearer.
"Now, I didn't want to speak of it on a ship where the walls have ears, but you should know that the shrine is only accessible when the tide is at its lowest. However, it is hidden well enough that to the untrained eye it just seems to be another piece of rock. Also, I don't quite trust any of these folk, least of all the ones I've yet to meet, or this Commodore of theirs.
"I expect foul treachery after, or perhaps even before, the Hydra is beaten, so be on your guard. I do not intend for them to take your daughter's inheritance."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349696

>>349694
Chuckle softly for a moment.
"He must be a loving stallion, isn't he!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349697

>>349694
My mouth falls open.
"…really now?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349698

>>349694
"That among other things, yes. You've shown me that you see and hear everything, mister Smitts, so I am certain you are aware of mister Curry's presence as well."

349699

>>349694
I keep following the doctors. Can I see any places that look like they would provide shelter from prying eyes?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 349700

>>349696
She nods.

>>349697
"It shouldn't be a challenge. I believe she will sympathize with your plight. Ask her yourself."

>>349698
"Of course. Consider him a non-issue."

>>349699
Too much stained glass there… too much sunlight there… too many priests there… Nowhere!

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349701

>>349700
I roll my eyes, and take the paper.
"You are fucking unbelievable…"

Flutter away.
Look around on the ship for Spring.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349702

>>349700
I nod
"And that temple they intend to infiltrate?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 349703

>>349700
Sigh.
"I guess I'll just have to keep guessing then. I'm sorry for wasting your time like this…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349704

>>349694
I enter that store looking place.
Do any tables catch my eye?
Maybe… it's a long shot, but is anyone selling bombs here?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349705

>>349695
I speak in a hushed tone so no one can hear
"Well I'd like to have a sword and a gun for that reason… I hate being defenseless."

>>349704
Follow her
"What are you looking for, sweetie?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349706

>>349700
I pull my wings tighter against my body and move closer to the two doctors.
"Too big. No hiding places."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349707

>>349705
"I could train you in basic hoof-to-hoof combat. You'd never be completely defenseless that way."

Wf+6 349708

>>349702
"Much more of an issue than its keeper. I trust in your abilities, though."

>>349701
You think you spot her group headed into town. Better hurry! You'd just fly, but you're a little nervous about possibly giving Chip a view under your frilly little schoolfilly outfit's dress, so you take off on hoof and catch up in no time.

>>349703
She shrugs. "It's okay. I kind of wondered who you were. I thought you'd be… stranger."

>>349704
The merchandise isn't out on display, but you hear another order bombs and see some brought out from the back.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349709

>>349708
>>349705
Okay, but at propel myself in small hops every now and then and try to get her attention.
"Hey! Spring! Hey!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349710

>>349708
I look around the shop.
"What this place?"

Wf+6 349711

>>349710
The inside of this chapel looks like a proper bazaar. Ponies haggling left and right. There are symbols of The Law hanging everywhere.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349712

>>349708
"Your trust is well placed, of course. Do you intend on having it raided? From what I hear it is quite valuable."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349713

>>349708
Ooh, neat.
I walk over to the table and look up at the merchant.
"Hi mister merchant! Can I buy some bombs?"
I pull out a doubloon to show I mean business, because that's how things work, right?

Felfire [Necromancer] 349714

>>349708
"I saw stranger than me this last week. Like Smitt swimming up to a dragon. Or a paladin believing we were all really going to repent. Or a millennia old spirit that makes me giggle like a schoolfilly when we talk.
Having metal wing and screwed up tastes is not enough to be strange, around here."
Speak in a calm, almost amused tone, with a smile on my lips.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349715

>>349709
"Well, what have we here? This adorable little scamp seems to know you, miss Spring."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349716

>>349711
What are they haggling over?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349717

>>349707
"Please, I can use my telekinesis or certain magic if need be. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve none of these pirates are aware of."

>>349709
My eyes widen as I see the miniature Emrille approach me.
"E-Emrille? Is that you?"

>>349713
"W-wait! Bombs?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349718

>>349715
"Ha ha, very funny."

>>349717
I nod as I catch up.
"Yeah, it's me. Well, filly edition. Again."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 349719

>>349718
I laugh when I see her.

Wf+6 349720

>>349712
"Of course. I don't plan on bringing the whole fleet in on this one, though. You do understand the principle of percentage distribution, don't you?"

>>349713
Some nearby priests look concerned, but they show relief when the pony at the counter examines your currency under a jeweler's eye and remarks, "What kind of quality are you looking for? This is a nice piece, but more dangerous bombs are more expensive."

>>349714
She frowns. "You're the oddest out of all of those. But no matter."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349721

>>349720
"Oh… Why is that?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349722

>>349719
I just roll my eyes.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349723

>>349718
"Why, I dare say it's an improvement, and it certainly matches your temperament."
I'll chuckle a bit.
"And if I had not known better, I'd think you and miss Seas could be sisters."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349724

>>349720
"Of course, yes. I most certainly do. But I would very much like to know what the plan to tackle this problem is."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349725

>>349720
"Uh… what's the difference? Do the more dangerous ones have a bigger explosion?
And uh, how many can I get for a single do- gold piece?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349726

>>349725
"Summer! Listen to me!"
I pick her up and turn her to face me
"You are not buying bombs for you to use, okay? These aren't toys for you to play with."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349727

>>349723
Squint my eyes.
"Don't think I am any less dangerous! If you have any stupid jokes, keep them to yourself!"

Wf+6 349728

>>349721
"Maybe it's not polite to say. Well… I won't take up any more of your time."

She starts blowing out candles. When she finishes, she opens the door for you.

>>349724
"I've delegated the hydra problem to Miss Felfire. I will take care of the logistics of transport. If you want a cut, help kill the hydra. Simple plan."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349729

>>349726
>>349725
I'll let her sort that out.
This paper can wait.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349730

>>349727
"Please, miss Emrille, I can be the bigger pony. I won't make such little jokes about your stature. I must say, though, normally a mare would be delighted at the chance to be a filly again, if only for a short time."

Felfire [Necromancer] 349731

>>349728
Smirk.
"It is about the minions I keep, isn't it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349732

>>349726
"I know that! But they would be useful for, uh… taking care of that monster problem?"

Wf+6 349733

>>349731
"Not in the way you think."

She opens the door a little wider.

>>349725
The priest at the counter doesn't seem interested in causing dissatisfied customers by haggling with you while you argue with your mom.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349734

>>349728
I frown
"Very well then. I do not enjoy being kept in the dark, but I trust your better judgment."
I give him a polite nod and head off. I uh… I guess I walk around the ship looking for someone interesting I haven't met? I'd like to to do some more networking

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349735

>>349732
Also I turn back to the merchant.
>>349733
"Moooom…"
I sigh and turn back to her then.

Felfire [Necromancer] 349736

>>349733
Step through.
"I would like to know, if you ever have time to tell.
I hardly get offended."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349737

>>349732
I sigh
"I understand but… I don't want you handling bombs sweetie. You are too young for this stuff."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349738

>>349730
"Oh, yes, how I miss those days."

Sound sarcastic and bitter.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349739

>>349737
I pout.
"I'm not that young! I can handle them just fine!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349740

>>349739
I shake my head sternly
"No you can't. You've never handled explosives in your life before! You know how dangerous they can be! You've seen all those burn wounds we had to treat back at the clinic!"

Wf+6 349741

>>349734
You wander into the hold of the Seaworthy and find a huge bull gorging himself on various casks of alcohol.

Lieutenant Sunnyskies is there. They're arguing intermittently between the bull's gulps in a gibberish tongue.

>>349736
She nods and closes the door.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349742

>>349740
"Miss Emrille says I'm old enough…"
I continue pouting.
"Can we at least buy some and you can carry them?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349743

>>349738
"Come now, miss Emrille, don't pout. Surely they weren't all bad, were they?"
>>349739
"Miss Seas, I would listen to your mother, at least until you learn from an experienced demoltionist."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349744

>>349742
"Whoa, whoa, guns and bombs are not the same thing! Even I wouldn't deal with that!… uh, I mean, when I'm regular size either."

>>349743
"You don't know shit about how they were."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349745

>>349742
I sigh
"I… fine. I'll carry them."
Turn to the merchant
"How much do these things cost each?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349746

>>349741
I cock a brow and lean against one of the supports while observing them

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349747

>>349744
"Well, of course I don't, my miniaturized mad hatter. I'm not you, and you are not me, therefore I can't possibly know the details of your life without being told."

Wf+6 349748

>>349746
You can't make out a single word, but they seem very engaged. It's an angry language. Hateful. You grow uncertain if they are genuinely arguing or if it's impossible to sound happy in this tongue.

>>349745
"Depends on the caliber you're looking for."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349749

>>349747
"Then you can stop talking about things you know nothing about. And even my hat is too big now…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349750

>>349748
"Something that can hurt something big with scales."

Wf+6 349751

>>349750
"Dragon hunters? I have something. Let me just…"

He sets the doubloon he's been studying on a scale.

"Five of these."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349752

>>349744
"A gun is kinda like a bomb! They both work on explosions!"
I continue pouting.
Maybe…
I'll leave three doubloons on the counter in front of Spring. I still have 6 left now, right? Since the merchant never gave me the one I gave him back?
While she's preoccupied with buying the bombs, I slip off into the crowd and go searching for a place that sells guns.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

349753

>>349748
Well then there's not much for me to do but wait for them to finish their chat. Or start fighting each other. Do I recognize the language from my many travels and dealings with ponies from all over the known world?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349754

>>349749
"Well, I don't think it would go with your school outfit, honestly."
I'll chuckle a bit.
"I really must say, whoever put you in that must have quite the sense of humor. You're far too adorable to be taken seriously."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349755

>>349752
Do I see her sneak off? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349756

>>349751
"Five!? How strong is one of these things exactly?"

Wf+6 349757

>>349753
The language seems very foreign, but it sounds like it comes from one of the language families of the old north.

>>349755
Guess not.

>>349756
"You're hunting dragons. Care to place a wager?"

>>349752
You don't think there are other shops, so you find another counter and ask for guns.

The merchant eyes you but then shrugs.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349758

>>349754
Tap the revolver.
"Keep annoying me and we'll see how this squirt gun works."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349759

>>349758
"Now, miss Emrille, I am aware that guns pack a power that belies their size. But… '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349760

>>349757
"Not dragons, a hydra. Now will this or will it not take care of one of those things? I need clear answers."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349761

>>349757
"Um… can I buy a pistol and some ammo for… half of one of these?"
I levitate another doubloon out of my bag.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349762

>>349758
>>349759
I'll float Emrille up onto my back.
"If you aren't given the chance to use them, they become useless. Now, I assume you'd rather be closer to miss Spring's height, so I feel I shall do you a small favor today."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349763

>>349757
Huh, how curious.
"Excuse me sirs. Sorry to interrupt, but I cannot help but notice your foreign argument."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349764

>>349762
>>349759
"Hey! Hey! What do you think you are doing?!"

Hit him on the back of his head and flutter up from his back using my wings.
"I can fly if I want to do that! Now don't do that again or I swear I will shoot you!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349765

>>349764
"As you like then, miss Emrille. I had thought you would have also enjoyed the chance to have your 'competition' underhoof."
I'll smirk a bit at the last bit.

Wf+6 349766

>>349761
He gives the coin a look over. "I'd already be stretching it arming one so young. But I might be persuaded for the whole coin."

>>349763
They break away for a moment.

Sunnyskies shakes his head. "The captain doesn't speak Equestrian."

Okay I'm outtie

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349767

>>349766
Night.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349768

>>349766
Wait! Can I at least finish buying this gun? Please?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349769

>>349765
Flutter down back to the ground.
"Underground, maybe."

>>349766
Later

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349770

>>349766
I shake my head and head back to Curry
"Five doubloons…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349771

>>349769
"What did make you such a bitter child, miss Emrille? Honestly, in all my years I've never met a mare so sour."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349772

>>349770
Taking along the money of course

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349773

>>349771
"Nothing that concerns you."

>>349772
>>349770
I perk up slightly as she comes back.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349774

>>349770
"Troubles, miss Spring?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349775

>>349774
"Five doubloons for a single bomb! That's nearly all of our money!"

>>349773
"Why are you so small anyway… what happened?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349776

>>349775
"Why, that's highway robbery!"

"…what's a doubloon worth again?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349777

>>349776
"One hundred bits… and a single resurrection."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349778

>>349775
"I don't think that's worth the price."
I sigh.
"And it was Alibio. He told me I was disrespectful to arcane scholarly and stuff. I think he just likes to annoy me and put me in a filly dress and spank me with magic."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349779

>>349777
I'll rub my beard.
"Why, that's indeed robbery. And this is from someone who spends 35 bits a month on beard product! I've half a mind to take my grievances to that shopkeeper and tell him what-for!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349780

'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349781

>>349778
I actually snort at this
"Well… you are pretty adorable right now…"
I pick her up with a smile
"A prim and proper little filly."

>>349779
I sigh
"Don't… there's no point. Maybe I can barter some with him though…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349782

>>349781
That's a picking up I like.
Smile back.
"Do you like my school dress? Pack me some lunch too?~"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349783

>>349780
I pack all of my acquisitions safely away in my bag, then walk back to the rest of the group.
>>349781
…stopping to look at Spring in confusion.
"…Momma, who's that filly you're holding?"

Wf+6 349784

>>349777
This is actually inaccurate information. A bit is roughly worth fifty bits.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349785

>>349781
"Well, what do you think seapony scales usually go for? I've a small pile back in the shrine I use to patch the ol' mail when I don't quite move as quickly as I should."
>>349782
I'll roll my eyes at this.
"Capricious catfish, you're a quick one to shift moods."
>>349783
"This, miss Seas, is miss Emrille. It seems she ran afoul of a wizard, and this was her fate. If I didn't know any better, you two could be sisters."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349786

>>349782
I chuckle
"I'll help you with your homework too!"

>>349783
"It's Emrille, sweetie. Mister Abilio cast that spell again…"

>>349784
Doesn't that mean LH should have more doubloons than she actually has though?

Wf+6 349787

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349788

>>349785
Ignore him.
I'm being held by Spring, I don't give a shit about him no!"

>>349786
"Oh, right! Actually I'm sort of here because of that!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349789

>>349785
"I don't know, you might want to ask those merchants instead…"

>>349788
"Huh?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349790

>>349785
"Oh."
>>349786
"…Why are you acting like that with her, momma?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349791

>>349789
Get the medical paper out of my uniform with my mouth and show it to her.
"I need your permission to be a mare again!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349792

>>349790
"I'm just joking around sweetie. Doesn't miss Emrille look funny with her pretty dress?"
I chuckle

>>349791
I cock a brow
"Are you sure? Why my permission?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349793

>>349792
I pout.
"Joking? Does that mean you won't actually help with homework?"

Giggle.
"Oh, and yeah, your permission. It's one of Alibio's games."

Wf+6 349794

>>349793
>>349792
The document says "Doctor's Permission Slip" on it.

349795

>>349793
"That's weird… Abilio seems like a serious pony to me."
I pick the paper with my telekinesis and read it carefully.
"And I'm not sure if I want to sign something like this without knowing for sure there isn't more to it…"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 349796

>>349795
There is nothing legally or magically binding about this document. You recognize it as a generic school doctor's note form, the likes of which might be used to secure permission to skip physical education.

Looks like Abilio just wants to keep up the whole school theme.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349797

>>349795
"You don't want me to turn back to a mare?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349798

>>349796
Well, while you're still here…
I'll walk up to the merchants behind the counter.
"Good afternoon, my fine fiscally-minded fellows! Would you happen to know the exchange rate for authentic seapony scales?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349799

>>349798
He's not, he just dropped that respond before vidya

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349800

>>349796
Well… I guess I'm just being paranoid then

Sign it.

>>349797
"I just want to make sure I'm not signing something I don't actually want to sign…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349801

>>349799
Eurgh.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349802

>>349800
I smile at her again after taking the signed paper.
"Come on, even I have to admit this was fun. Especially from Alibio. He can't even understand sacrasm and jokes most of the time."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349803

>>349802
"Well yes but… ah never mind."

Turn to Summer
"Summer, how much money do we have left in total? One of those bombs costs five doubloons…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349804

>>349803
I panic slightly at the mention of money.
"Uh- 9 doubloons I think!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349805

>>349803
I frown slightly as she turns away.
"I didn't mean to get back right away though… I mean…"
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349806

>>349805
Flap my ears and sigh.
"…nevermind.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349807

>>349806
I'll lean away from the merchants for a moment.
"Come now, miss Emrille, you must be bold with your words. Speak up."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349808

>>349807
"I said nevermind. It's nothing important."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349809

>>349804
"… Nine? I thought we had ten? One of those bombs would cut the budget in half…"

>>349805
>>349806
"Just a second Emrille…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349810

>>349808
"Harrumph. Everything's important to somepony, miss Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349811

>>349810
"Looks like nosing in to the business to others is really important to you all right."

>>349809
I sigh.
"Maybe I could pitch in?… after I get my stuff, I mean."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349812

>>349811
I'll chuckle, and wave my hoof a little.
"Just giving a small push, is all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349813

>>349812
"Is that what you what call pestering around here?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349814

>>349809
"N- No… we've always had nine. And uh, a half."
I shuffle my hooves.
>>349811
>>349813
"Miss Emrille, why do you keep yelling at mister Curry?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349815

>>349814
"Because he's getting under my skin. I think he does it on purpose."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349816

>>349815
"He's just being nice!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349817

>>349811
I shake my head
"It's fine Emrille… thank you."

>>349814
I cock a brow
"Summer… are you lying to me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349818

>>349815
"If a little teasing is all it takes, your skin must be quite thin, miss Emrille. Why, miss Seas, you shuold have seen how she caterwauled when I tried to give her a ponyback ride! Such noise you wouldn't believe."
>>349816
I'll chuckle a bit at that.
"Well, not completely, miss Seas. I do admit the height jokes were a tad rude."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349819

>>349817
"N- No! I-…"
My ears momentarily perk up before I drop my head.
"…I bought some candy. I'm sorry momma…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349820

>>349817
"We're not even sure we'll need that bomb."

>>349816
"Not to me!"

>>349818
"I didn't allow you to touch me, that's why. I even let you get away with it easily."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349821

>>349820
"Well, then you have my sincerest apologies for not asking permission, miss Emrille."
I'll give a little smile.
"But it seemed to have worked out in the end for you, did it not?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349822

>>349819
I narrow my eyes
"A doubloon for some candy? Were they wrapped in gold leaf?"

>>349820
"Maybe not… five doubloons is not worth it at all."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349823

>>349822
"It was half! And… it was really good candy…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349824

>>349821
I raise an eyebrow.
"Worked out how?"

>>349822
"Not to mention we could blow ourselves up. Our weapons will do. Heck, I think even this would do with some expertise."
Pat the magical revolver under my dress that Alibio gave me.

349825

>>349823

Roll #1 2 = 2

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349826

>>349824
"All that noise got miss Spring to pay a bit of attention to you."
I'll give her a little wink.
"Surely you'd count that as 'working out' wouldn't you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349827

>>349826
"Yeah… but just a bit! That's not much…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349828

>>349827
"It's more than none, so that's a success in most books, miss Emrille."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349829

>>349823
>>349825
"Well, seeing how indulgent you seem to be with the money we need to keep ourselves safe, I don't think you should have a bag of candy. I want you to hoof it to me so I can make sure you don't eat too much of it and get sick. Paying so much for candy is madness…"

>>349824
"Right… I guess."

>>349826
>>349827
>>349828
I give them an estranged look

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349830

>>349829
"Is something the matter, miss Spring?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349831

>>349829
>>349828
Ignore Curry, straighten myself and look at her with an innocent smile.
"Yes?~"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349832

>>349829
"B- But… pleeeease? Can I keep it?"
Rolling for puppy dog eyes.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349833

>>349830
"Summer spent half a doubloon buying a bag of candy."
I frown
"Which is borderline thievery if you ask me."

>>349832
Oh don't look at me like that!
I roll my eyes
"Ugh… Summer… You know I'm just worried about you, don't you sweetie? I already taught you that too much candy is bad for your tummy and… it's not that I don't trust you but that's just so much money to spend on candy… We should just try and see if we can get our money back, okay?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349834

>>349833
"Half a doubloon on candy? Why, that should buy a bag as big as she is!"
I'll look around a little.
"And I don't see any candy stores near here…"
I'll raise an eyebrow at Summer.
"Miss Seas, are you telling a fib?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349835

>>349833
>>349834
I roll my eyes.
"Seriously? Let her be. She deserves some sweets. Even if it was expensive. She worked for it, didn't she?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349836

>>349833
>>349834
"B- But…"
I pout.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349837

>>349836
"Summer…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349838

>>349835
"True while that might be, that's no reason to tell her mother fibs. After all, can you see a candy shop in running distance?"
>>349836
Oh, what a cute little pout! No, Curry, stay strong. As a Lunar Guardian, it is your duty to insure that the next Lunar Priestess grows up to be a responsible lady.
"Now, miss Seas, I know it may seem like we're ganging up on you, but really, it's not good to tell fibs to people who don't deserve to be fibbed to."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349839

>>349838
"I can't see shi- I mean, I can't see much from the ground like here. And believe me, a filly can get devious when she gets hungry. That is for sure."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349840

>>349839
I cast her a disapproving glance

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349841

>>349840
"What? Don't tell me you never stole bread…wait, no..never stole cookies from a jar when little for an extra snack? At least she paid for it. Overpaid, true, but she worked for that money."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349842

>>349837
>>349838
I cast a glance down at the ground and stay silent.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349843

>>349839
I'll give a small smile.
"Well, would you like a little boost, miss Emrille? I'm certain a little height should give you a better view."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349844

>>349843
"Still no."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349845

>>349841
"This is different, Emrille."

>>349842
I put a hoof under her chin and gently raise her head
"Please?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349846

>>349845
"Is it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349847

>>349841
"I certainly haven't stolen a thing in my life. I had to fight seaponies for it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349848

>>349846
"Yes it is. The entire situation is different, for one."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349849

>>349848
"I still think she shouldn't be scorned for getting candy."

>>349847
I shrug.
"Whatever works."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349850

>>349849
"She's not being scolded for buying candy, she's being scolded for not asking, first. I think."
I'll rub my beard.
"At least, that's how it looks to me. Also for being cheated if she paid half a doubloon for it."

Summer Seas (Cleric) 349851

>>349845
"Um… promise you won't get mad?…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349852

>>349850
"Money is money though, yeah…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349853

>>349851
I frown
"I promise."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349854

>>349853
I sniffle.
"Um… I- I…"
I shuffle my hooves.
"I lost it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349855

>>349854
"…That's unfortunate. And a waste."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349856

>>349854
I'll raise an eyebrow.
How do you lose half a coin? I will have to speak to her later.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349857

>>349854
My frown deepens
"You… lost half of a coin?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349858

>>349857
"I didn't lose half of a coin… I lost the whole coin. I- I just said a half to not make you so mad…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349859

>>349858
"Be careful with your money, kid! Money is the world! We work and live to make it, you can't just lose it like that!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349860

>>349858
I sigh and give her a hug
"It's okay sweetie… it was just an accident… Do you know where and when you lost it? Maybe we could find it back…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349861

>>349860
Fidget slightly with my hooves as she hugs her.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349862

>>349861
I'll lean down a little.
"You might want to get that jealousy in check, miss Emrille. Possessiveness drives as many mares away as it does attract."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349863

>>349862
Snarl at him.
"Shut the fuck up."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349864

>>349859
"I know…"
>>349860
I hug her back.
"Um… i- it was on the streets on the way here? I don't really remember where…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349865

>>349863
"Tut tut, language, miss Emrille. It was simply helpful advice."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349866

>>349865
I shrug and turn away from them.
"What do you know…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349867

>>349863
I slowly turn my head to glare at her

>>349864
"I guess there's not much we can do then… Be more careful with that money, okay? We really could use every single bit of it…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349868

>>349866
"I know what it's like to not have anyone. Were it not for my teacher, I would have been dead in the sea. Perhaps something happened to you, long ago, that could have been avoided if you'd been found by the right pony at the right time."
I'll give her a sad little smile.
"Though, it's really never too late to put out a hoof to save yourself from drowning, miss Emrille. You never know who might be reaching out to grab it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349869

>>349868
"…could have been avoided?"
Turn back to face him.
"Lean a bit closer, I want to whisper something."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349870

>>349869
She's likely going to screech in my ear. But, I suppose I've earned it, by overstepping a little.
I'll lean a bit closer.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349871

>>349867
"I know… I'm really sorry…"
I nuzzle into her chest.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349872

>>349870
Lean close, and talk in a low, slightly shaky voice, but not quite a whisper.
"Tell me it was m-my fault again, and I will blow your fucking brains out no matter where you are or who you are, you got that? I won't tell you this again."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349873

>>349872
I'll look at her quizzically.
"I never said anything was your fault, just that something must have happened to you at some point in your past. Though now it seems I've quite overstepped my bounds, and for that I do apologize, miss Emrille."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349874

>>349871
I give her a little kiss on the forehead
"It's okay sweetie… don't worry…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349875

>>349873
Step away, and speak with a norlam volume, still slightly shaking.
"I won't warn you next time."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349876

>>349875
I'll nod.
"Perfectly acceptable. And I shall not pry as to why it is a touchy subject unless you wish to speak of it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349877

>>349876
I snarl at him angrily.
"That's certainly not you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349878

>>349877
I'll nod slightly.
"Perhaps. But even a foal learns not to wander onto sharp coral after his first encounter with it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349879

>>349878
"Yeah. Whatever."

Glance at Spring again, then turn to the ships.
"I'm… I think I'm going to go back to the ships."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349880

>>349874
I softly smile back up at her.
>>349879
"You are miss Emrille? Are you gonna go get turned back into a mare then?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349881

>>349879
"Are you certain you wouldn't like an escort, miss Emrille? Autumnsreach may be full of temples, but not all of their clergy are beneficent."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349882

>>349880
"Of course I fu-.."
I take a deep breath.
"Yes. I just needed that paper from your mother."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349883

>>349881
"I can handle myself."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349884

>>349883
"As you wish, then."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349885

>>349882
>>349883
I let Summer go and cock a brow
I approach her, speaking in a soft voice
"What's wrong Emrille?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349886

>>349885
>>349884
Nod toward Curry
"Your new little pal, that's what's wrong."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349887

>>349886
I cock my head
"Huh?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349888

>>349887
I gulp and look away.
"N-Nothing… It's nothing. Nevermind."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349889

>>349888
"Emrille…"
Put some distance between us and Summer and Curry
"What's wrong?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349890

>>349889
Look away, but then look back at her with a smile.
"I told you, nothing. I'm fine. I'm fine. It's nothing."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349891

>>349890
"Emrille, you and I both know that isn't true."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349892

>>349891
I shrug and keep looking up at her with a smile.
"Just had a slight conflict with that weirdo, that's all. Nothing big. I'm fine. Really."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349893

>>349892
"A conflict over what?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349894

>>349893
"He was just trying to nose into things he knows nothing about. That's all. And I told him not to."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349895

>>349894
"Oh… well I wont make the same mistake then."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349896

>>349895
"No, Spring, you are not an intolerant fuck who… I mean, it's not like I… it was what he said…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349897

>>349896
"Come on Emrille, Curry isn't bad. He's trying to help us! Now come here and tell me what's wrong."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349898

>>349897
Inch a little closer to Spring, still wearing a feint smile.
"He just said I could have…avoided…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349899

>>349898
"Avoided…?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349900

>>349899
"Avoidied…stuff. In my past. Y'know. Like, stuff. I just didn't try hard enough…"
Break eye contact and look away.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349901

>>349900
"I find it hard to believe he'd say something like that, but okay…"
Put a hoof under her chin and gently turn her head to face me
"You wanna talk about it? You already listened to my sobstories…"
I give her a warm smile

349902

>>349901
Sigh and look at her but speak with a hurried voice.
"There's not really much to tell… I was just a regular filly then one day my parents… they told me they no longer love me and threw me out… I don't know what I did wrong…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349903

>>349902
I start tearing up.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349904

>>349902
>>349903
"Hey come one…"
I pick her up and hug her
"It's okay… you don't need to tell me if you don't want to…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349905

>>349904
I hug her back, with some tears running down my cheek.
"It's no big deal…I managed… I didn't need them…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349906

>>349903
>>349904
>>349905
I walk over there, curious, but slowly down as I see Emrille crying.
"Um… why is miss Emrille crying?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349907

>>349906
I'll put a hoof on Summer's shoulder.
"Not now, miss Seas. Let them have their moment."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349908

>>349906
I pull away from Spring quicky and fake a smile at her.
"I'm not crying."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349909

>>349905
I softly pet her mane
"That doesn't make it right, Emrille… you have every reason to be upset if you were abandoned just like that…"

>>349906
"Don't worry honey, just be a dear and stay with mister Curry okay?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349910

>>349909
"I'm not upset… I dealt with it. They didn't want me, and I didn't need them. I'm here and I'm fine."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349911

>>349908
"But you-"
>>349907
>>349909
"Okay…"
I walk back over, away from the pair.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349912

>>349911
Taking a seat a few yards away, I'll pat the ground next to me, motioning Summer to join me.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349913

>>349910
"Clearly you aren't fine, Emrille…"
I sigh
"I can't even imagine what it must have been like…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349914

>>349913
"I'm okay…I wasn't crying…"
Wipe away the tears and take a step back.
"I just missed a few things… I got my food and a place to sleep, and here I am. I'm fine."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349915

>>349912
I join him.
"Miss Emrille's sad… do you know why, mister Curry?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349916

>>349914
"I'm really sorry to hear that… Being thrown into the world like that as a young filly… without anypony to back you up… I can't even imagine how horrifying it would be for my Summer to be here alone…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349917

>>349915
I'll sigh.
"I believe I said something I rather shouldn't have. Or she thought I did. One of the two."
I'll frown slightly, and shake my head.
"Seems I'm more out of touch with gentle words than I'd thought."
Looking down at Summer, I'll change the subject.
"That doubloon, by the way. You didn't actually lose it, did you? Nor did you spend it on candy. So what did you buy? You've my word I won't tell your mother."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349918

>>349917
I look down at the ground.
"Um… promise you won't tell?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349919

>>349918
"Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a fishcake in my eye."
I'll promise with a smile.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349920

>>349919
I look up at him and giggle.
"That's a weird phrase…"
I promptly look back to the ground though.
"Um… I- I… I spent half a doubloon on a…"
I gulp.
"A gun."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349921

>>349916
"I covered my own back instead of them! I made a living without them!… Summer… she is still lucky to have you."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349922

>>349921
"You covered your own back but… you shouldn't have needed to… Having a family or… ponies that care for you to rely on is still important Emrille."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349923

>>349920
I'll raise my eyebrow dangerously high, and shoot a glance at Spring.
Well, you promised, Curry old boy.
I'll chuckle a little under my breath.
"You like to live dangerously, miss Seas."
I'll share a conspiratorial wink.
"But your secret is safe with me, miss. However, you might want to make certain you are properly trained in its use. Perhaps miss Emrille can join us in the shrine to teach you properly, away from the prying eyes of her shipmates. However, if we do go back onto the ship, you give it either to her, to me, or to your friend miss Felfire for safekeeping. Anyone else would confiscate it, and turn it over to their quartermaster, most likely."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349924

>>349923
"It's… it's safely hidden away in my bag right now."
I tap on it.
"Um… d- do you think my momma is gonna get mad at me for it? She told me so many times that I'm not allowed to have one and that she doesn't want me fighting, but… just…"
I gulp and sniffle.
"I- I'm scared, mister Curry… I don't want anyone to hurt my momma again…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349925

>>349922
"That's easy for you to say… "

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349926

>>349925
"I know, I'm sorry… But that's how I personally see things. I know that there's nothing to be done about it and that the past is the past but… well… know that I'm here for you. And that I really hope to help you get the life you deserve…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349927

>>349926
I take a deep breath again, and smile at her.
"Thank you… for somepony I can finally trust, I mean…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349928

>>349924
I'll pull Summer into a small hug.
"It's perfectly alright to be scared, miss… Summer. It's natural, and it's a part of life. But it's how we deal with that fear that makes us into the ponies we are. Your mother's scared too, you know. Scared of losing you, scared she failed you as a mother. But you know what? She's still trying. Still going on even though all seems lost."
I'll give her a smile and tighten the hug for a second.
"It's because she has you, Summer. You are her port in the storm, and she needs you just as much as you need her. So you need to be brave, and keep that bravery burning in your heart. She might be a bit upset about the gun, but she needs to learn that you are growing up, slowly but surely. And in this world, dangerous as it is, you need to be able to take care of yourself if you expect to try and take care of anyone else. One day your mother will understand that."
I'll chuckle a bit.
"Do you remember when we first met, and how I thought your friend Bounder was insane? How would you like to learn how to fight like that, with your hooves, just in case you find yourself without any weapons?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349929

>>349928
I hug him back, still sniffling.
"I just… I get so scared sometimes… miss Rosemary said I was brave once, but I don't get how… I- I can't even protect… my momma… Sh- she's already… she already passed away once… I- I don't want that to happen again…"
I tighten my hug on him significantly more.
"A- And… I'm scared of growing up, mister Curry. I- It's… it's scary. I don't wanna have to decide everything by myself… I don't wanna make a bad choice or anything… O- Or… or even hurt a pony. I'm scared of hurting anypony mister Curry… I- I don't like hurting ponies… and that fighting looked like it hurt mister Boundaries…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349930

>>349929
I'll grimace.
Just what have you been through, Summer Seas? And just what is waiting for you in the shrine? Moon and stars above, don't let this child suffer.
"Everypony makes mistakes, Summer. That's how you grow up. You make mistakes, you learn, and you grow. Other ponies can share stories of their mistakes, and you can avoid making them."
I'll sigh a bit, then ruffle Summers's mane a little.
"Good choices, and bad choices, and choices in-between, are made all the time. It's how you act on those choices, though, that determine if they're good, bad, or indifferent, though, and why you make those choices. For example, buying that gun. Was it a good choice? A bad one? We won't know until it plays out, Summer. The future, while a great scary thing, can be prepared for."
I'll chuckle.
"But obviously you can't prepare for everything, and you are forced to react to what happens around you. But when the unexpected happens, you can turn to your friends, your family, and those you care for for advice and guidance. They can't do everything for you, of course, but they can help point the way."
"As for hurting others, it is sometimes necessary in order to prevent harm to others. While unpleasant for the most part, you can actually manage to stop a pony without hurting them too much, if you know where to hit. Being a doctor's daughter, you are familiar with anatomy charts and pressure points, correct? Hit the right combination of points or soft spots, and a pony can crumple without feeling a thing. I'll have to admit, I'm more the brute force type of pugilist, but I believe finesse might be for you."
I'll gently start smoothing Summer's mane.
"And so long as I live, Summer, I will do my level best to not only keep you from harm, but make it so that you don't have to harm anypony as well. Now, dry your eyes, and wipe your nose. You'll not want to worry your mother."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349931

>>349927
"There's no need for that. I know you're a good pony on the inside…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349932

>>349931
"For you, I'll try to lure that good part out…but…"
Look up at her.
"C-Can I have another hug? Please?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349933

>>349932
I smile warmly as I gently pick her up and hug her again
"You'll do fine Emrille… I believe in you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349934

>>349933
I say nothing, just close my eyes and hug her tight and nuzzle against her neck with an honest smile.

Just enjoy the warmth of her embrace.
Her motherly embrace.
With me being a filly now… maybe I can pretend this is how it feels…
Don't let her go.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349935

>>349934
I keep hugging her for as long as she wants me to, gently petting her mane with a hoof.
I should probably give her a moment to enjoy before asking any further…

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349936

>>349935
I keep my eyes clenched shut and take deep, relaxed breaths for a minute or two, before finally letting her go slightly, but not seperating entirely.
"Thank you mo-I mean… Spring…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349937

>>349936
"Don't worry about it. I'm glad I could make you feel better."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349938

>>349937
"Still, thank you. And… I'm sorry. For how I behaved when I first met you…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349939

>>349938
I chuckle
"Well… there are worse things in the world than that I suppose. And at the time I didn't want to trust anyony either…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349940

>>349939
"I could see why…"
I look up at her.
"To be honest, you are the first pony I trusted since a long time. As in, really trust, and not just rely on 'we mutually won't fuck each other over' trust."

Chip(DD knight) 349941

Sitting in my corner of the ship after giving Nurse Heart her rations, I decided to stand up and find Light Heart.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349942

>>349940
"Well… I… I'm not really a trusting pony myself… Especially not given the current situation. But I'd like to think myself of a decent judge of character so… I'm willing to take some steps in the dark for the sake of reaching out to those who need it. I mean… that's kind of what doctors do after all…"
I gently poke her chest with my hoof

Light Heart [Warlord] 349943

>>349941
I'm belowdecks, casually exploring with my followers as I wait for the unicorns to return.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349944

>>349942
"I'm no doctor, but I think I can trust that you won't steal everything I have while I'm asleep, so that's good enough."
Giggle as she pokes me.

Chip(DD knight) 349945

>>349943
I then go belowdeck and stare at her.
"Hey there~" I wink.

I then straighten my gait and lean on one of the wooden support.
"We need to talk for a moment."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349946

>>349944
"Yes… and what could I possibly steal from you anyway?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349947

>>349946
"Dry bread and a few bits I scraped together during the day, that sort of thing. Y'know, what my old friends did."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349948

>>349945
I sit down in front of him, flanked by Rosemary and Wark
"Mister Chip. Is there something troubling you per chance?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349949

>>349947
"That's awful… We had thieves in the clinic occasionally as well… Young ones too, around Summer's age. Usually sent there by bigger and tougher ponies to steal medicine…"

Chip(DD knight) 349950

>>349948
I then relax myself and rest my head on the wooden support.
"Do you know when we will depart to this underwater temple that you speak of?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349951

>>349950
"Not quite, I'm afraid. Little Summer will have to decide that herself. Why do you ask?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349952

>>349949
"Oh yeah, medicine. That always had a good price. Sometimes a week's worth of food from it if you could find the expensive ones."

Chip(DD knight) 349953

>>349951
I let my body slide down slowly from the wooden beam until my body goes lying on the floor.
"I'mm booooreeedd." I said slowly and pitifully.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349954

>>349952
"It's real bother to find the medicine you need to cure a infectious disease when it's constantly being stolen though…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349955

>>349953
I chuckle softly
"You poor thing. Why don't you go and visit the town? I hear they have the most beautiful shrines and temples dedicated to Celestia."
I smile
"You do worship the fair princess, don't you mister Chip? Her kindness and generosity knows no bounds. A true example to us all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349956

>>349954
"You were lucky if your biggest problem was looking through shelves."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349957

>>349956
I look down at the ground
"Not when so many ponies depend on you to cure them of their pains and you don't have enough medicine to treat them all because half of it was stolen just to be sold again in shady back-alleys… Then you have to start prioritizing patients and…"
I trail off with a sigh

Chip(DD knight) 349958

>>349955
I raise my eyebrow while giving out frown.
"I dont particularly worship any God. Perhaps I am fond of Barque, the dog who sings in the night and do… scummy stuff but besides that I dont worship this Luna or Celestia for that matter."

I then eye her.
"Are they really that beautiful?~" I wag my tail.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349959

>>349958
"What I am trying to imply here, mister Chip, is that you would do wise to at least pretend to follow Celestia if you are intending on visiting the city. Autumnsreach is filled to the brim with religious zealots who have low tolerance for those who do not adhere to their gods."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349960

>>349957
"Prioritizing, yeah. I think patients who can't pay a thing were pretty low. Some kindness of heart that was."

Chip(DD knight) 349961

>>349959
My tail stop doing its thing.
"Oh, is that so? I've heard of this Autumnsreach but I dont know they worship Celestia."

I then approach Light Heart and sit near her(next to Rosemary).
"Any pointers that I need to know about this Celestia God that I need to know?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349962

>>349960
I speak in a soft voice
"You think I wouldn't have wanted to save them all if I could?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349963

>>349962
"I know you wanted to. You are not every doctor ever."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349964

>>349961
"Celestia is the self-proclaimed benevolent ruler of Equestria. She rules alone from Canterlot as a princess of her realm. She is also responsible for maintaining the day and night cycles in this day and age. She is mostly symbolized as the goddess of the Sun."
I grin
"There are a few other juicy details about her that aren't very well known to the public. And those who do know usually deny it to make themselves feel better."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349965

>>349963
I sigh
"These aren't easy things to decide on… It's not that black and white. You can't save them all… nopony can."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349966

>>349965
"At least you try to save them all. That's what makes you a better pony than others."

Chip(DD knight) 349967

>>349964
My eyes lighten up.
"I did'nt know you ponies worship a physical God, one that claims that can controls the sun and the moon not the least."

"As for this thing that the worshippers deny, well I like to hear this part so go on and continue." I smile.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349968

>>349966
I give her a doubtful look
"I can't imagine any of my colleagues turning their backs to their patients in the event of a pandemic…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349969

>>349967
I give him a bored look
"Mister Chip please, I'm not just going to spread that kind of information around to everypony. I used to be an information broker, it is too valuable of a resource to me to simply go hoof it out to everypony who asks for it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349970

>>349968
"Is a pandemic the only time when doctors should help?"
I feing a low voice.
"This is not charity, come back for medicine once you can pay for it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349971

>>349970
I look at her sadly but don't say anything

Chip(DD knight) 349972

>>349969
I slump down.
"Aaaww come on, you got me excited over nothing."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349973

>>349971
I look away with a disgusted expression.
"And he was surprised when I knocked him out and took what I needed…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349974

>>349972
"Hmph… well perhaps I can teach you more if you prove your loyalty and obedience further during the oncoming mission."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349975

>>349973
"Well… it's not always easy for doctors either… Sometimes they just can't afford to hoof out free treatment to those who can't afford it…"
I smile slightly again
"I always took great pride that I did not have to worry about that… Because I was well-off financially thanks to the time and effort I put into the clinic…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349976

>>349975
"It sounds to me like you had a pretty good life… before all this I mean."

Chip(DD knight) 349977

>>349974
I then just melt on the floor.
"Well that is the reason why I go here and ask you when will we be heading out to this temple. Well first is to show that I can be of help and second…."
"I'm bored…"

I lie there on the ground for a moment.
"…. "
And in a moment of clarity I then stare at Light Heart, slowly scanning her every part.
"Would you allow me to speak with you… alone for a moment or two.~"

"…..

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349978

>>349976
"Well… it wasn't perfect but… I really just wanted to build something good for Summer. So I could pass her on something nice when the day came when I would be gone. I always knew she was a talented filly so… I worked hard the last few years to make sure she could put those talents fully to use… Long days, no vacations, saving up money as much as I could…"
I look down sadly again
"… and now it's all gone…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349979

>>349977
"I'm afraid not, mister Chip. Not yet at least. I am a very generous mare, but that does not mean I hoof out rewards for nothing."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349980

>>349978
"Not all. You still have her."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349981

>>349980
"About the only thing left from the old days… from him…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349982

>>349981
I nod but stay silent.
I don't know what I could say to that…

Chip(DD knight) 349983

>>349979
I groan and lie on the ground.
"I just want to speak with you alone~"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349984

>>349982
I stay silent as well, staring at the ground as if deep in thought

Light Heart [Warlord] 349985

>>349983
"We can always do that later, mister Chip. Business must come first."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349986

>>349984
I break the silence in a low voice.
"…I don't suppose now is a good time to talk about that?"

Chip(DD knight) 349987

>>349985
I then just lie there.

"Say, do you worship this Celestia God or something?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349988

>>349986
I stay quiet for a while longer before finally speaking up in a weak voice
"I really shouldn't be so hung up about this… not after all these years… not when there are ponies who have it worse than I have…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349989

>>349987
I cock a brow
"What would you say if I did?"

Chip(DD knight) 349990

>>349989
"Nothing. I just want to know, at least I now get it why you brought up the subject worship and the Gods."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349991

>>349990
I chuckle
"It was merely a jest, mister Chip. I don't particularly care about the gods or the worship of them. I never really… had a reason to, you see."

Chip(DD knight) 349992

>>349991
"Ah I see, I really thought of you as the kind of mare who would not bother doing those praying rituals that the faithful does everyday. I myself like Barque's legends but dont bother worshipping him and stuff."

I then stare at her tail as it moves to and fro.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349993

>>349992
"Life is for living, not for worshiping."

Chip(DD knight) 349994

>>349993
"Can I comb your tail?" My eyes fixed at it as it moves.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349995

>>349994
"I assure you that my tail is quite prim and proper at this time, mister Chip. So I respectfully decline your offer."

Chip(DD knight) 349996

>>349995
"Then there is nothing I can do in this moment of the day then. Not that I like ships but I am getting a bit sick of inspecting and repairing them for today."

I rest my head.
"Got any suggestion that I… or we can do?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349997

>>349996
"Not particularly, no. I suppose I am simply enjoying the calm before storm."

Chip(DD knight) 350000

>>349997
I frown a bit then smile.
"Perhaps you could forgive me if I too wait here… for my prize of course my little pony."
I stare at Light Heart with a combination of patience and excitement, like a dog waiting for his prey.

Wf+6 350180

A shifty pirate stops by to let Light Heart know she's been summoned by none other than the Commodore himself.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350183

>>350180
My my, that sounds very important. I will answer the summon and go to his quarters in that case.

Knock on the door.

Wf+6 350198

>>350183
"Enter."

His chamber is impossibly dark, as always. Despite the fact that he has two clearly lit candles on his desk, they seem to do absolutely nothing to create illumination against the dark paneling.

"I understand you're hunting a hydra."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350200

>>350198
I open up the door and slowly walk in, sitting back on my haunches in the center of the room
"Indeed we are, commodore. Not my personal number one of targets I enjoy taking on, but a necessary one nonetheless."

Wf+6 350208

>>350200
"Good. It is time for you to prove your value to the fleet, Light Heart. Bring me the unspoiled, still-beating heart of the beast. Do this, and have rewards heaped upon you. Fail, and earn my contempt. Do you understand?"

He glowers at you from the shadows, imposing form barely contained behind a desk.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350209

>>350208
"I understand, commodore."
Keep my composure, I cannot show any weakness.
"Although this does beg the question as to how one can acquire an undamaged heart."

Wf+6 350214

>>350209
Though you're nearly a full ten meters away, it feels as though he's breathing down your very spine. In those eyes… shining black, containing so much… comprehension. Such a deadly look for a beast of so much vigor.

"A hydra can be killed by removing all of its heads at once. This is why the task falls to you. I have been led to believe you understand how to coordinate an attack. Proof of such a skill would make you a valuable officer. Do not let this opportunity pass you by."

Each syllable is clearly punctuated and enunciated, with such emphasis that augments his smoldering articulation to the point of near furious restraint. It's hard to determine if he's explicitly angry or not: he always seems on the edge of rage, miraculously contained by common niceties of politeness.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350227

>>350214
"I see… then I wont disappoint you, commodore."

Wf+6 350232

>>350227
"One final note. It is specifically important that your own name carry the weight of command. Do not breathe a word of your orders to the others. If they believe their actions are in service to me, your achievement would be meaningless. I require lieutenants that are compelling in their own right. That will be all."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350236

>>350232
"I… yes. Of course, Commodore."
I give him a polite nod and turn to leave

Wf+6 350242

>>350236
When you close the door to the Commodore's cabin, you find a letter jammed into the handle. It's addressed to you. Opening it, it reads:

I have a solution. -Smitts

Light Heart [Warlord] 350243

>>350242
Of course he does. This is going to be one of those days…

Let's go find him then

Wf+6 350254

>>350243
You find him at the helm of the Pillager's Fancy again.

"That was an unfortunate assignment, especially considering we both know that it's a logistical and tactical nightmare. I have an alternative."

He produces a mushroom. "Cap of Quietude. Strike at the source. Typically, hydra hide is exceptionally difficult to pierce. Instead of hacking away at necks, get a poison potent enough inside and your work will be finished for you. I am willing to provide you with these mushrooms free of charge. There is a drawback, however. Their modus operandi is by way of stopping the heart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350258

>>350254
I frown
"Which would mean failure of the provided assignment by the commodore. I very much appreciate your willingness to help, mister Smitts, but would that not be rather counterproductive?"

Wf+6 350265

>>350258
He nods. "If you value your orders more than your life. You struck me as more pragmatic, though. And besides… there is a way to falsify your results. As First Mate of the Pillager's Fancy, I could compel Mister Peg to reanimate the heart long enough to show it to the Commodore."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350272

>>350265
"I may be quite pragmatic, but I cannot help but feel apprehensive about cheating the good commodore."
I scrutinize him for a moment
"But perhaps I am willing to try your idea. Although I am not quite sure what exactly you would achieve by doing this. I assume you will need a favor from me in return if this plan works out?"

Wf+6 350273

>>350272
He smiles slightly. "Favors are nebulous. Chain of command is solid. Continue to follow orders, and your 'debt' will mean very little. Conversely, an independent will find debts crippling and acute."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350274

Meanwhile, I timewarp ahead until after Emrille and Spring are done talking and head back to Summer

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350275

>>350274
I perk my head up, but make no move to move towards her.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350276

>>350273
"And you are certain this plan would work? What if the Commodore finds out it is undead?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350277

>>350275
"You wanted to ask something earlier, honey?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350278

>>350277
"No…"
I sniffle and stand up, and start looking around, trying to put on a look of determination as I think.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350279

>>350278
"Summer? What's the matter?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350280

>>350279
"We should go try and buy that bomb, and uh… what's that word? Waggle?"

Wf+6 350281

>>350276
He shrugs. "No, and I have little doubt he would be pleased if he did find out. But unless someone spreads the rumor around, he wouldn't have a reason to suspect it. What physical difference is there between an undead heart and a living heart separated from its body? It's just a muscle that twitches a little longer than it should. In any case, I'm not going to force you to do anything, Miss Heart. Just remember that it remains as an option for you. It's the option I'd take, and given that I'm overseeing this operation, I wanted to provide you with the means for success."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350282

>>350280
"Hey now… don't dodge my question sweetie. I can see something is wrong."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350283

>>350282
"Nothing's wrong…"
I try to stand up firm and tall to look confident.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350284

>>350283
I give her a look
"Summer please… You know you can talk to me if something is bothering you."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350285

>>350281
I eye the mushrooms carefully
"I suppose taking risks is part of life sometimes… I could indeed give it a try then. Though that does not mean I wont attempt to carry out the task as intended first. If that fails, I can resort to these… things."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350286

>>350284
I continue trying to look confident, before crumbling under her gaze and plopping down on the ground.
"You're just gonna be mad at me…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350287

>>350286
"Mad at you for what?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350288

>>350287
I pause for a moment, looking at the ground before speaking up in a soft voice.
"…for being mad at you for… hugging miss Emrille like that."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350289

>>350288
I blink in confusion
"I… why does that make you mad, sweetie? Emrille… she was feeling a little sad and needed some comfort…"

Wf+6 350290

>>350285
He nods and gently wraps them in cloth. "Do not apply pressure to the mushrooms. This will cause them to secrete poison. It has to be potent to affect such a large creature, so it goes without saying that this will kill you if mishandled."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350291

>>350289
"Because… becuase she's just a stranger and even a pirate… a- and you hugged her the way you hugged me. You even pet her mane…"
I sniffle and continue looking at the ground.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350292

>>350290
"Duly noted. Thank you mister Smitts. I appreciate your continued concern."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350293

>>350291
I sigh and gently pick her up from the ground
"She's not a complete stranger sweetie… We met her weeks back, remember? But yes, she's a pirate, you're right… but even pirates can have hurt feelings sometimes. And Emrille… she's been really kind and helpful to us. What would it say about me if I turned my back on her when she is feeling down?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350294

>>350293
I sniffle and continue refusing to look at her.
"That would be mean… b- but… you aren't going to… a- abandon me for miss Emrille, are you?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350295

>>350294
"Oh Summer…"
I shake my head
"Of course not… I'd never abandon you!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350296

>>350295
"Miss Emrille's parents abandoned her…"
I sniffle again.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350297

>>350296
"They were mean ponies who only care about themselves honey… I'd never do something like that. I don't think I could live without you…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350298

>>350297
"You promise?…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350299

>>350298
"Summer, this has been a promise from the day you were born… I will do anything I can to keep you safe, not matter what. And I'll always love you, you hear me?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350300

>>350299
I pull her into a hug and shut my eyes, now softly crying.
"I love you too momma…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350301

>>350300
I stroke her back softly
"Shhh, it's okay sweetie… Momma's here for you…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350302

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350303

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350304

>>350303
>>350302
"Everypony has different ways of coping with loss… maybe just bottling up and trying to concentrate on Summer is yours?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350305

>>350304
I nod weakly
"I guess it is…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350306

>>350305
"If you want to speak about it, you know where to find me…"
I glance around.
"..but I don't think this is the best time or place for it."
Chuckle weakly.
"And I'm too small for grown up talk anyway~"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350307

>>350306
I nod, lightening up slightly
"You really are little… It's adorable really. You could probably pass on as a daughter of mine…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350308

>>350307
I open my mouth to say something, but then close it and stay silent for a few seconds before speaking again.
"Heh.. I have only been called an adorable filly in my life once that I remember."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350309

>>350308
"Oh? When was that?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350310

>>350309
I smile bitterly.
"When Alibio turned me a filly the last time."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350311

>>350310
"Oh… right."
I give her an apologetic smile
"Abilio called you adorable? He usually seems so aloof."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350312

>>350311
"Light Heard did for sure."
I snort.
" …as did Chip."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350313

>>350312
"Oh… those two…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350314

>>350313
"Yup. Pirates… like me. I guess I should stop calling myself a mercenary, since, you know.. I really am one after Stonebriar, no reason to deny it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350315

>>350314
I speak in a soft voice
"You don't have to be you know… it's not too late for redemption…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350316

>>350315
"I know. Once I get a fortune out of this or-"
I lower my voice as well
"-we can find a way for you two to be free-"
Speak with a normal volume again.
"-then I will be done with this job."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350317

>>350316
I sigh
"Once I get out of here with Summer… I'll use the… blood money we earned here to help the poor. And after that I'll rebuild my clinic… my life… everything…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350318

>>350317
"Ponies won't care where the money is from."
I chuckle a bit.
"And… I don't suppose you'll want a guard in the clinic or anything?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350319

>>350318
I smile at her
"Or another apprentice…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350320

>>350319
I smile back at her widely.
"Let's try and get you out of this mess as fast as we can, shall we?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350321

>>350320
"I look forward to it… I miss it all so much."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350322

>>350321
"Sometimes your life goes to shit, but it gets better after a while. I know that from personal experience."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350323

>>350322
"I know… I just… ah…"
I sigh weakly
"I just wish this nightmare could be over already."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350324

>>350323
"You can tough it out, I know.. You have Summer, now that Curry dude, even if I don't trust him… and you have me too."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350325

>>350324
I nod
"That's true, yes. I'm just not sure how much more of this Summer can handle. Little fillies like her shouldn't be concerned with buying bombs to kill hydras…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350326

>>350325
"There are a lot of things fillies shouldn't be concerned with, but she is clever at least. She will be able to handle it with your support."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350327

>>350326
"I hope you're right…"
I set her down onto the ground again
"I'm sorry for complaining like this… I must sound like an old nagging mare to you right now."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350328

>>350327
I look up at her as she sets me down.
"Don't worry about it… but the thing that bothers me is that you still try to shelter Summer, and you believe she will just forget everything that happened here. You should use this as an advantage, forge a strong mare out of her who can handle herself. I'm not telling you what to do or that she should be treated like an adult, but you get what I mean."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350329

>>350328
I shake my head firmly
"No she's… she's too young. She doesn't need any of this. She's not supposed to fend for herself yet. I'll do anything I can to protect her, but I'm not going to stow a gun in her hooves just because everypony else has one. Her talents lie elsewhere, and she's much more helpful by healing those who need it than she is if she were to learn how to fight."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350330

>>350329
"It's not just about weapons. It's about letting her mature and grow up."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350331

>>350330
"She's ten years old! She's not even a teenager yet!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350332

>>350331
"I told you, I'm not saying this should be in a blink of an eye, and you should still let her play and all that, but you will also have to start and make her face some of the things in life that are not so great."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350333

>>350332
I narrow my eyes dangerously
"My daughter watched me die. Heck, she's seen more blood and misery back in the clinic than most ponies see all their lives. She watched how the building and town she grew up in burned to the ground with all the ponies still in it. She saw ponies get beaten, murdered and raped. She had to live through being enslaved, collared and locked up in a cage for days. Just yesterday she was upset enough that her magic ceased working and she had to kill monsters with her bare horn. So don't you dare and say that she hasn't faced some of the worst things this world has to offer. I'm trying to remedy all that by staying strong for her sake and keeping her protected. If I don't do this, she will slowly lose her sanity and morality. I am not going to let that happen."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350334

>>350333
"Hey, hey calm down!"
I motion with my hooves.
"I know it was terrible for her, I don't deny that, and I know you are staying strong for her.. All I'm saying is, that you should let her try and understand how the world works… and you should get back to her. Wouldn't want her to worry about you."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350335

>>350334
I keep frowning and turn around, walking back over to Summer without saying another word

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350336

>>350335
I turn around as well and head back to the ship

Wf+6 350337

Time to finish preparations and move out. The temple awaits.

[Unpause]

Tony [Trickster] 350338

I don't even know about the temple yet.
But I'll go back to the ship.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350339

>>350337
I have to talk with Gar.
Figure out why Moonbeam sent me to Lucky.
Seance.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350340

>>350337
Go back to the ship and find Alibio.

Chip(DD knight) 350341

>>350337
Go back to my bunk and find that Cestus gloves.

Put it on and see if it fits.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350342

>>350337
Uh
Fuck
Does Doc Peg have anything to teach me?

Wf+6 350343

>>350339
"Bygone questions through multikind chosen yon destiny breaks. Nary a path walked too late: one by land to sea, the other by sea to land. A warning in kind: too soon for impatience, too late for petulance."

>>350342
You asked him this morning already, didn't you?

>>350341
You slip it on, and find it does, in fact, fit your clawed paw. You pound your fist against your palm a few times. It feels… right. Between a cestus that knocks down weak walls and a bag that is bigger on the inside than out, you're armed to the teeth with magic artifacts. Speaking of bags, maybe you ought to ask about something to put inside.

>>350340
He's not on the Pillager's Fancy at all. You spend a while looking and ultimately pick up word that he's over on the Darklantern. Your initial search takes you to the hold and the Commodore's cabin, but finally you pass the navigator's chambers and hear his voice.

Wf+6 350344

>>350338
You're there.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350345

>>350343
"So I'm just in time to fix this? To choose which path I take? To choose if I want to stay on the ship or follow the…"
Cock a brow and look questioningly at the jar.
"Why would I want to leave the ship?"

Tony [Trickster] 350346

>>350343
Who's in charge of the coming raid again?
Go to him to tell them about the Chruch of Law.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350347

>>350343
Knock.
"Hey, Ali, you there?"

Chip(DD knight) 350348

>>350343
I feel like I can take on anything. I smiled smugly.

I grab the bag that Lucky gave me then peer inside, perhaps she slip in some gold in it that she forgot to mention to me.
If not, I will put some basic stuff like waterskins(with water) first aid kit(no sharptools like scissors/scalpels in it), a blanket or two, dry clothes, soap and one doubloon for luck. Perhaps I'll fill it more if I think of something.

Wf+6 350349

>>350345
"Nay: once again, to be trivialized! Insight with unmodesty sees nothing at all. Insight given exists not for you as sight in. Thrice warned: look out, not in."

>>350346
Smitts is running the logistics of the operation. He nods knowingly.

"Yes, the Church of Law are a reasonable sort. In addition to maintaining the bureaucracy and status quo, they represent the merchants, mercenaries, syndicates, consortiums, and more. All those that obligated by contract find themselves in the sphere of Law."

>>350347
You have to do some serious twisting to the name Abilio to come up with 'Ali'.

"I am."

>>350348
You don't have the first aid kit or soap, but you put the rest in. Anything else to take care of?

Felfire [Necromancer] 350350

>>350349
"Okay okay I get it.
Is this… Being even on the ship? What does he have to do with me?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350351

>>350349
Aby sounds like a mare's name.
Ali will do, I'm sure he likes it.

"So will you come out or do I have to go in and get you?"

Chip(DD knight) 350352

>>350349
I'll slap Felfire hard if she puts a corpse inside this bag.

Perhaps some dry hard bread, a small pot, some firewood, flint and tinder, paper, some linen clothes, a pint of oil inside a canteen, a wooden cup, a fur cot and candles.

Do I still have enough space?

Wf+6 350353

>>350350
"Fateful poet excludes critical harmony. Path bound by blind plotter through unextraordinary action. The migrant lily's spore departs as the python vine sets upon you."

>>350352
You don't have any of those things.

>>350351
You can hear someone blow their breath and he comes to the door and opens it. He levitates your doctor's note, reads it, and a moment later, you're the proper size. He even has your gear for you.

"Will that be all?"

Tony [Trickster] 350354

>>350349
"They do look like they got a lot of money. Are we going to rob them too?"

Wf+6 350355

>>350354
"If it comes to it, possibly. I'd rather avoid a fight with the locals. The Holy Guard have a long arm."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350356

>>350353
Start dressing up in my stuff.
Speak in a cheeky voice.
"Yes daddy, unless you need me to do something else."

Chip(DD knight) 350357

>>350353
Hmmm… go around the ship and gather what I can from the list that I make.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tony [Trickster] 350358

>>350355
"Do we have a plan already to infiltrate their building or should I go take another look?"

Wf+6 350359

>>350356
He nods, not quite taking in the sarcasm. "If anything, your return to youth has made you an obedient student, mistaken parental identity notwithstanding. Very well, children like stories before bed. I have some light reading for you with regards to your next lesson."

He levitates another tome out to you. The title reads: Critique on the Classical.

>>350357
You are able to find a wooden cup and candles. Food in particular seems stowed away as rations.

It's funny because Cloudy even told you that you could use this bag to store explosives once you learn to use them from Sunnyskies, but Chip is using it like a hobo bindle.

Wf+6 350360

>>350358
"It's not a priority for now. I have another job for you. I want you to follow the group with Miss Seas. Miss Felfire, Miss Light Heart, Mister Chip, Miss Emrille, Mister Skewed, and the rest. They're performing a special raid for me while Mister Marsh and Mister Ruxiang case the Holy Basilica."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350361

>>350359
I groan.
"Ugh… another book?"

Tony [Trickster] 350362

>>350360
"I'll get right on it gov'ner."
Time to find one of them who's available.

Sylt 350363

>>350353
"What… Moonbeam thinks this harmony can't be reached? The navigator is doing something to block a path to us?
Well she did speak with Summ… Damnit!"

Chip(DD knight) 350364

>>350359
He is filling it first with the things that may be needed in case he got stuck on land.
Though the cot and pot is quite wierd.

Alright that will do it. But last but not the least, go to Sunny skies, perhaps I can ask him if I can get some dynamites.

Wf+6 350365

>>350361
"I'd give you a picture book, but I doubt it could convey the important parts. Besides, how will you learn after I'm not here to teach you?"

>>350363
"Acoustical harmony. Moonbeam omits a second party that echoes the first. In the melody, the plotter saves you, and damns you in the harmony."

That little moment of clarity seems to have tired Gar. He speaks with less vigor now. If you have any more important questions, get them out fast.

>>350364
He spends some time teaching you how to use explosives safely, then hoofs you some sticks of dynamite.

Which in this setting were invented about three years ago. It's cutting edge technology.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350366

Where, exactly, am I at the moment?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350367

>>350365
"Why, are you going somewhere? I thought being a captain was a fancy enough job for you."

Wf+6 350368

>>350366
Presumably on the Pillager's Fancy. It's a lull. Most of the pirates seem to be keeping their distance, but the helmsman is eying you.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350369

>>350365
"I'll let you rest, great one."
Drop the link.
Turn to Terrebonne.
"What do you know of the navigator?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350370

>>350368
Well, let's size him up. '1d10'
And then go hunt down Summer. Shouldn't have let her out of my sight, after all. '1d10'

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

Chip(DD knight) 350371

>>350365
I thank him for the sticks of dynamites. Then stand for a moment before asking Sunny…
"Uhh…. have you heard something about a water-temple thingy mission going around?"

Tony [Trickster] 350372

>>350362
While I'm walking around the ship, I look around to find a hammer and a piece of cloth. Shouldn't be too hard to find.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350373

So… am I still with Spring right now, or did we skip ahead a bit in time and I'm back on the ship now?

Wf+6 350374

>>350367
He glances back in the room, then turns back to you.

"I am, in fact. I do believe this will be my final raid. Not a bad ending point. Autumnsreach… how dangerous it always seemed. In truth, it probably still is."

>>350369
"She's blind, fa one. Fa anodda, she fancies da capta'n and he fancies her back. It is a good love."

>>350370
He doesn't seem physically imposing. Just a goat, but there seems to be something dangerous about him.

You can't seem to find Summer, though.

>>350371
He puffs out his chest, gives a cocky smile, and remarks, "Not a word!"

>>350372
You find some small cloth patches on deck used to fix bullet holes in sails. The hammer is much trickier. Eventually you filch one from the hold. Sure hope this ship doesn't need repairing!

Wf+6 350375

>>350373
You and Spring have returned to the ship.

Tony [Trickster] 350376

>>350374
I'll put it back after I'm done with it.
Go to find Summer and Spring.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350377

>>350374
Hm. Did she go on a different boat? No, that's silly. Keep looking. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Felfire [Necromancer] 350378

>>350374
"I don't doubt it. But both Moonbeam and Gar told to find her or a terrible fate will befall us all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350379

>>350374
I frown and flap my ears down.
"But why? You are a pretty decent guy among pirates, even with your filly spanking fetish! And you are a good teacher too, but you saw how I suck with just books!"

Chip(DD knight) 350380

>>350374
"Hmmm.. thanks mate." I nod then leave

Stand on the deck, perhaps Smitts may know a thing or two, he always does. Visit Smitts cabin and knock on his door.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350381

>>350375
I guess I go try and find Curry then, Spring in tow.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Wf+6 350383

>>350378
She gives you an odd look. "I was here fa it. I don tink dat's what he meant."

>>350377
You waste some time asking a plank of wood on deck for directions.

You don't need to roll for this action.

>>350379
He ignores your comment about spanking. "I plan to retire. I have found a mare that I love, and I don't intend to waste that. I've had an eventful life. It's time to let Smitts take command of the Pillager's Fancy."

>>350380
No one seems to be inside. You think you remember seeing him at the helm of the ship, though.

>>350381
You stealthily combat roll… off the deck into the sea. Roll for how bad things go.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350385

>>350383
Give her the same look back.
"You are the one with experience.
What do you think they meant?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350388

>>350383
"Bullshit, you could have the whole 'romantic sailing into sunset' and everything! I want to learn more from you, even if you have unique methods of training!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350389

>>350383
Well, you never know. You'd think a plank might know which way Summer wood go, after all.
Head up to the top deck. Maybe she's outside? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350390

>>350383
NOT AGAAAAAAAAIN
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 350392

>>350383
Oh darn it, go to the helm and approach him.
"Mr. Smitts, a minute of your time if you may." I raise my paws to catch his attention.

Wf+6 350395

>>350385
"I tink he specifically meant your future lies with Cloudy Stripes. One effect good, da other bad. Perhaps ya should find out da bad one and stop it."

>>350388
He gives a distant look. "On a pirate ship is no place to raise a child. Recent events have only made that more bitterly obvious."

>>350389
>>350390
Curry spots a gryphon make a dive from the mast. A second later, Al-Jinn deposits Summer safely on the deck.

"Be careful, little one."

>>350392
"Go ahead, Mister Chip. How can I help?"

Chip(DD knight) 350397

>>350395
"Ummm… have you heard any missions regarding an underwater temple? I just want to know some details about it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350398

>>350395
I'll head over.
"Well, thank goodness there was someone around to catch you, miss Seas! Some guardian I am, letting you out of my sight for even a moment."
I'll nod to the gryphon.
"And such quick reactions! A bird of action, no doubt."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350400

>>350395
Wince.
"You think it has something to do with Abilio?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350402

>>350395
"Okay, but you still have a few months until a kid is born even if you get to it right away!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350403

>>350395
"Thank you mister bird."
>>350398
"I just fell mister Curry!"

Tony [Trickster] 350404

>>350395
Still looking for Summer and Spring.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350405

>>350403
"Yes, right off the boat! Why, if it weren't for this fine feathered feline, you'd be swimming with the seaponies! The surf around Autumnsreach is a dangerous thing, after all."

Wf+6 350407

>>350397
"Yes, I've delegated the cleaning operation to Miss Felfire. I'll handle logistics for extraction. It would seem there is a Lunar temple that has escaped pillaging. We plan to remedy that. Miss Seas has established a rapport with its guardian. Use them as you see fit to navigate the temple."

>>350398
He nods. Unlike most gryphons, he is wreathed completely in cloth, letting only his eyes and wings peak out.

"The Commodore has plans for the little one. Ensure she remains safe."

>>350402
"Piracy is dangerous. For once, I have a greater future to preserve. I don't want to risk my hide getting shot up like I was in Stonebriar. Now I have a mare to think about."

>>350400
She shrugs. "Could be. He does spend a lot of time with Cloudy now."

>>350404
You find them on the main deck of the Pillager's Fancy.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350409

>>350407
I'll raise an eyebrow at that.
"Plans, you say? Surely nothing… nefarious?"

Wf+6 350412

>>350409
It's hard to read his expression behind the veil, but he simply responds, "Plans that involve education in grammar, logic, and rhetoric."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350413

>>350405
"I could swim back to shore… I think."
>>350407
>>350409
"The Commodore wants me to learn stuff like grammar and logic."

Chip(DD knight) 350414

>>350407
I relax myself on one part of the ship.
"What are we stealing in this… temple of Luna? Gold I take it?" I ask him with curiosity in my voice.

Wf+6 350417

>>350414
"Possibly. It's generally just an attack of opportunity. Temples typically house gold or gems, or at least valuable scrolls in the case of ancient ones such as this. The fact that it's not being guarded by the Holy Guard makes it ideal."

Tony [Trickster] 350418

>>350413
>>350409
I go over to Summer, Spring and the other guy.

"Hello Miss Spring. Hey Summer."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350419

>>350412
>>350413
"While schooling is all well and good, there are certainly better places for her to settle down and learn it."
I'll turn back to Summer.
"Miss Seas, do you know what an undertow is?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350420

>>350407
"Then don't go in the line of fire! What about me! I'm a mare too! And an apprentice! Think about me as well!"

Chip(DD knight) 350421

>>350417
"Well golds gold, so I say we take them." I smile with glee then pause for a second or two.

"… holy guards you say?" I raise one of my eyebrows.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350425

>>350407
Sigh.
"I should go talk with him, uh?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350428

>>350418
"Hi mister Tony."
I wave back at him.
>>350419
"An undertow? Isn't that when…"
I scrunch my face and tap my chin in contemplation.
"Isn't that when the water currents underneath the surface of the water pull back out when they break on shore? Which is why you always get knocked down when you try to stand?"

Wf+6 350431

>>350421
He gestures at the city you're docked at. "Autumnsreach is the headquarters of the Holy Guard, a powerful religious organization that serves Celestia. Angering them would make our lives more difficult, so I plan to deal with this city using finesse."

>>350420
He nods. "Right. You are a grown mare, in spite of the fact that you seem to learn best while a filly. I'm confident you can learn without me. It will simply take time and discipline."

>>350425
She shrugs again. "He may know more, at least."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350434

>>350431
"Thanks Terry."
Smile at her and leave.
Find Abilio. Knock on his door.

Wf+6 350437

>>350434
No one responds. He must not be in his room.

You search the ship. He's nowhere on the Pillager's Fancy.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350438

>>350431
I pout.
"But… half the fun of learning is how you teach. I can't even deny that."

Chip(DD knight) 350439

>>350431
I scratch my head.
"Could we not just plant a bomb in their head quarters and be done with it? That seems to be easier."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350440

>>350428
I'll nod.
"That they are, miss Seas. And do you know what happens to ponies caught in a strong undertow? Hauled miles out to sea where no one can save them. Nearly happened to me once, you know, but I got lucky."
>>350418
"And who are you, young fellow? Don't believe I've had the pleasure of your acquaintance."

Tony [Trickster] 350442

>>350440
Hold out my paw.
"The name's Tony mate. And you are?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350446

>>350437
Well I'd say it's time to see if my shadows are any useful.
Rise my own and have it inspect the Darklantern, while I check the Seaworthy.

Wf+6 350448

>>350439
"Blowing up one building would do little. Look at Autumnsreach itself: it's not like Stonebriar. There are no city walls. The housing is not contained and easy to destroy or loot. It's spread out over hundreds of acres. Meanwhile, while Stonebriar had screaming civilians, Autumnsreach is inhabited nigh exclusively by those who know how to fight. A great deal of whom have wings and could follow our ships. We don't have the manpower to fight a few thousand crusaders. We're just three ships."

>>350446
You turn up nothing, but Fervor locates him on the Darklantern in the navigator's chambers.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350449

>>350442
"The name's Curry, gentleman adventurer and Guardian of misses Seas and Spring."
I'll extend a hoof to shake paws with him.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350450

>>350440
"A- Are the undertows around here really strong?…"
I gulp.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350454

>>350450
"Strong enough to take a foal and put them miles out to sea. That's why you need to be careful, miss Seas."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350461

>>350448
Oh. Great. That's not what I wanted at all.
Go over there and wait outside.

Tony [Trickster] 350462

>>350449
"Guardian eh? I was not aware these two had a guardian."

>>350450
"That's why I prefer land, no undertowthings."

Chip(DD knight) 350463

>>350448
I fold my arms together.
"Harummph… so the first part of the plan is this underwater expedition I guess?"
Then look at him.
"Or do you got a better plan in mind?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350464

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350470

>>350454
I shiver in fright.
"I'll be more careful next time, mister Curry…"

>>350462
"If you prefer land, then why are you on a ship, mister Tony?"

Tony [Trickster] 350476

>>350470
"Sometimes life takes you to strange places kid. I never expected to walk around a city full of shrines to Celestia either."

Wf+6 350478

>>350461
You see Emrille chatting with Abilio at the door.

>>350438
He nods again. "I'm sure you will grow to like books. Unless you're just growing attached to your schoolfilly uniform."

>>350463
"I should hope it's the better plan. I came up with it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350483

>>350470
I'll pat her head.
"That you will. Knowing's half the battle, after all."
>>350462
"They didn't, officially. Not until I met miss Seas, anyway."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350484

>>350478
Oh.
Step closer.
"Am I bothering?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350485

>>350478
"I don't really… but hey! If you say you are leaving why did you give me the small gun and say we'll need it more? Did you lie?"

Chip(DD knight) 350493

>>350478
"I see."
I then sit there for a moment.
"Besides the gold, what do we do in that temple? I heard that the two unicorns who worships Luna will come with us."

Wf+6 350501

>>350484
"It's okay."

>>350485
"Well, I expect we'll be here through tomorrow at least. And I'm certainly not disembarking in Autumnsreach. Perhaps in Reptil… That's a few days more."

>>350493
"Do what you want with it. They believe they can speak with their Goddess down there. It's possible, but I have my doubts."

Tony [Trickster] 350502

>>350483
"Well good luck mate. These two need all the protection they can get. I've come because I've heard about a mission involving all of you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350504

>>350502
"Ah, you're joining us for Hydra hunting, then? Excellent."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350506

>>350501
"Wait, are you leaving?!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350507

>>350501
I frown again.
"It won't be the same without you…"

Tony [Trickster] 350511

>>350504
"Just doing my job. I think I've seen all shrines in the city anyway. You wouldn't believe how many there are."

>>350470
Turn to Summer.
"Have you seen the town already kid?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350514

>>350511
"I have! It's… weird. Everything's a shrine or a church, even the store…"

Wf+6 350516

>>350506
"Yes. I plan to retire soon."

>>350507
"Certainly not. I wouldn't have been made captain if I was unremarkable."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350520

>>350511
"Oh, I'd believe it. And not one to the Moon in the city, despite the night being so very necessary to navigation and shipping!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350524

>>350516
"Is… Why? What happened to exploring Tartarus and leading the Pillanger and… All that!"

Tony [Trickster] 350525

>>350514
>>350511

"Yeah they've got shrines for everything."
Count on my fingers.
"They have one to Nature, to Harmony, to Luna, even one to the Laughing One."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350526

>>350516
I sigh.
"Your choice, not mine, really. I'll come back after I read your book."

Leave.
I need some shopping to cheer me up.
Go to the city.

Chip(DD knight) 350527

>>350501
"Hmmm… I really dont want those two to come with us, but if they insist then I have no choice on the matter." I shrug.

I then show him the cestus.
"Can I crush a rock using this or something?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350528

>>350525
I'll shake my head when he mentions the Luna Shrine.
"That Lunar shrine's been ruins for nearly nine centuries. They've not seen fit to repair it, and it's been looted likely several times over by the other churches."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350529

>>350525
"The Laughing One?"
I scratch my head in confusion.
"But I thought they just worshiped it by throwing parties and stuff."

Wf+6 350532

>>350524
"I'm taking a wife, Felfire. I'm engaged to the navigator of the Darklantern, Cloudy Stripes."

>>350526
You find the chapel of Law quickly.

>>350527
He nods. "Probably, given what the Lieutenant showed you to do with it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350534

>>350526
"You wait!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350537

>>350532
"I know that already Abilio, but why do you want to leave? Do you think the fleet could be the same without you?
Do you even want to let go of the Pillanger and its crew?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350541

>>350532
>>350534
Let's find that Chapel of Law after she says what she wants.
"Yeah?"

Tony [Trickster] 350545

>>350528
"It did look kind of weird when Iwas there at it."

>>350529
"These ponies don't know about anything. I bet I could build a better shrine to Celestia than them."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350548

Where am I?

Felfire [Necromancer] 350549

>>350541
That was supposed to be said while you were still with abilio.

Campfire 350550

>>350532
I guess I am back on the ship with the others now?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350553

>>350550
Damn it.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 350554

>>350545
"Well, if you're lucky, you'll be able to see a proper Lunar Shrine, even if it's a bit… uninhabited."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350555

>>350549
Just look around the Chapel of Law then.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Chip(DD knight) 350557

>>350532
"Nice." I smile.
Then look down for a moment.
"So, how is Ms.Humble's. I am a bit worried about the old lady."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350560

>>350545
"What makes you say that mister Tony? What was so bad about the shrine to Celestia?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 350561

I believe I was in the bowels of the ship, speaking to Umlock and Sunnyskies

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350569

>>350548
You in tow with Spring, who's with Curry and talking to Tony right now.

Wf+6 350571

>>350537
"I don't expect the fleet to be the same, but Miss Terrebonne will make a competent navigator, and Smitts will take control of the Pillager's Fancy. I expect Mellow Marsh to be selected as the new third mate."

>>350555
While not the only chapel to law, this is their chapel of deals. There are a number of tables with tellers at them. Ponies request what they want, and goods are brought out of the back. Symbols of Law hang all around.

>>350557
"She was evacuated to a small settlement outside of Canterlot. No doubt it will suit her. She'll live."

>>350561
You were. I seem to recall Sunnyskies was apologizing for his captain's lack of tongues.

Wf+6 350573

Light Heart [Warlord] 350579

>>350571
Right
"That is quite alright. Although I must admit I am surprised to see somepony of the north acting as the captain of a vessel like this."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350580

>>350571
Go to one of the tellers.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350585

>>350569
>>350571
"When we hunt?"

Wf+6 350586

>>350579
"The Seaworthy is the traditional vessel of the great warriors. Nopony is stronger than Thirsty Umlock."

The captain doesn't pretend to follow and returns to guzzling alcohol while glaring at the two of you.

>>350580
"Law bless you. How can we serve you today?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350587

>>350571
"And you think any of them will be even an inch as good as you?
And what about the Pillanger's tradition, Abilio? All commanders have been warlocks! And is this what she wants?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350588

>>350586
"Two things. First of all, I need a coat. A good one. With pockets, if possible."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350592

>>350586
"I see. He must have a colorful backstory to him then. Either way, it is a pleasure to meet you two. I believe captain Umlock was the only captain I hadn't met yet."

Tony [Trickster] 350596

>>350560
"It's not bad…but it misses something, I think.
It doesn't really capture what Celestia really is."

Chip(DD knight) 350597

"Alright thanks for that, at least I am glad she is safe."
I then stand up.
"Thanks for the time, perhaps I'll go and check out Summers." I wave at him.

Go find Summer.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350599

>>350585
"I don't know…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350600

>>350596
"Huh? What do you mean? What's it missing?"
I tilt my head in confusion.

I also turn to Spring and tug on her leg.
"Momma? Do you think we should go back into town and get some things?…"

Wf+6 350602

>>350587
"Necromancers, not warlocks. I suspect in some ways Smitts will make a better captain than I was. I preoccupied myself with apprentices and experiments, practicing my magic and navigation. Smitts has always been about business. He's a good goat. He'll serve well. As for the other question, she actually asked for it."

>>350592
"I'll pass it along."

He turns to Umlock and translates: "Hon säger att hon vill knulla dig."

Thirsty Umlock gives a big, bestial laugh, and pours out a mug full of crude alcohol to hoof to you.

>>350588
"Not a problem. The second request?"

>>350597
She's on the main deck.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350604

>>350600
I nod
"We should, sweetie. I think we could use a few things."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350605

>>350602
"It must be not just a simple coat though, not any coat will do! The second one is… a hat. Preferably filly sized and colorful."
I lower my voice.
"And a cheap one, if possible. Not shabby, just cheap."

Chip(DD knight) 350606

>>350602
>>350600
I wave at Summer.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350609

>>350599
I grumble and flex my claws.
"Seekkill hungry."

>>350597
I grab your paw and look at the Cestus glove.
"What this?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 350610

>>350602
I shake my head apologetically
"No alcohol for me, I'm afraid."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350615

>>350609
"Well… you could go ask the cook for food?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350616

>>350602
"But why…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350618

>>350615
"Fresh is better. City bad for hunting. Never had hydra."

Wf+6 350619

>>350610
He chuckles and translates something for Umlock.

"Hon säger att dricka dödar hennes aptit för kuk."

Another round of laughter.

>>350605
A monk brings out a thick, winter coat that looks pretty padded. It's covered in pockets with ties so things won't fall out.

>>350616
"We plan to have foals. This is no place for children. Not to mention the fact that it's dangerous."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350621

>>350618
"Well that may be because hydras are highly poisonous. They aren't meant to eat."

Tony [Trickster] 350622

>>350600
"Forget it kid. Go with your mom."
I wave them off.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350625

>>350619
"So nothing, uh? All that stuff you lured me in with, that knowledge, those experiments…
I wasn't up to it, uh?"

Chip(DD knight) 350626

>>350609
I give this pony a glum look.
"Its a glove, have you not seen a glove?"

Wait, he's a gryphon, of course he had not.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350629

>>350606
I wave back at Chip.
"Hi mister Chip."

>>350609
"If you're hungry then why not go ask for some rations?"

>>350622
"…Huh?"
I tilt my head at him, confused as he walks off.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350630

>>350619
I cock a brow
"My my, so much laughter. A true shame I am missing out on this."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350632

>>350619
How does it look? Do I like it?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 350633

>>350629
I approach her.
"So…. Ms. Lighthearts told me that you are going to come to this temple?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350634

>>350621
"Doctor certain?"

>>350626
"Glove. Glove glove glove."
I flick one of the metal bits on it with a claw.
"Useful. Where find?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350640

>>350604
"What should we get?"

>>350633
"Oh! Yeah… um, we're going to be fighting a… a hydra."
I gulp.
"I was excited before but now I'm kinda scared…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350641

>>350633
I glare at him as he approaches

>>350634
I nod
"They consist of some of the vilest toxins imaginary. I'm pretty sure at least some of us will get poisoned when facing this thing."

Wf+6 350643

>>350625
"Tartarian power is incredibly dangerous. You would have destroyed yourself. Not a happy legacy for me to leave behind on this vessel."

>>350630
They chat back and forth briefly.

"Hon ser ut som hon skulle vara bra. Erfarna, du vet?"
"Hon är för liten. Jag skulle bryta henne."
"Kanske kunde hon bara suga av dig?"
"Mina horn, kanske!"
"Hon verkligen inte dricka. Hon är en krympling. Tror du att hon kan dricka cum?"
"Tillräckligt skratt för nu. Vad vill hon? Bara introduktioner?"
"Låt mig fråga."

Sunnyskies turns to you. "Anything in particular you wanted?"

>>350632
It's perfect. You must have it.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350648

>>350629
"Temple under water. Grab fish on swim down."

>>350641
"New poison source and poison test?"
I cackle.
"Worth rations."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350649

>>350643
Look at him offended.
"This is how high you think of me? I was almost starting to trust in you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350650

>>350643
My eyes shine and my ears perk up.
"That! That coat! I need that one, yes! Now what about the hat?"

Chip(DD knight) 350653

>>350634
I give Seekkill a 'not now' look.
"Go ask Abilio or Smitts, they may got spares I think, well I hope."

>>350640
I fold my arms.
"Are you sure you are going to come? I mean, I dont want to see you and…

>>350641
"your mother in danger."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350659

>>350653
"Where they are?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 350661

>>350643
"I would be lying if I said I would. I merely wanted to meet more of the interesting individuals this ship houses and stumbled on the two of you. If you wish, I can take my leave and leave you two be."

Chip(DD knight) 350662

>>350659
I scratch my head.
"Smitts is at the helm right now I think, I really have no idea where albiolio is though." I shrug.

Wf+6 350667

>>350649
"It doesn't really matter now, does it? In the end, you were always Terrebonne's student. Soon, you won't have to worry about trusting me at all. Blow yourself up on your own time."

>>350650
The monk returns with a few different hats. They range from cowboy hats to newsboy caps.

>>350661
He scratches his head.

"Hon vill umgås med oss, men inte dricka."
"Konstigt."

"Okay, you can stay if you want."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350668

>>350662
"Helm?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350670

>>350667
Any colorful ones?
Happy colors or something.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350672

>>350667
"Excellent. If you do not mind, I would like to pose a question. You both seem like very capable warriors and I was wondering if either of you have ever fought a hydra."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350673

>>350653
"I have to! I can't stay behind…"

>>350648
"Oh, we're not actually gonna be swimming down to the temple. It shows up when the tide is low, mister Seekkill."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350677

>>350667
"Yeah but I wanted to be yours, too! Damnit Abilio!"
Walk away. I will show him what it means to be a necromancer.
Try to find Emrille.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 350682

>>350673
"You have too??"

I look Summers deep in the eye.
"Why?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350685

>>350673
"Mmm. Where is helm?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350687

>>350682
"Because it's our duty as Lunites."

>>350685
"It's the steering wheel. On the deck."

Chip(DD knight) 350690

>>350687
I scratch my head more.
"I…. I cant comprehend.. as to why you are doing this? Care to explain to an old dog besides 'we are lunites?"

Wf+6 350691

>>350670
There's a quaint little tea hat that's blue with pink flowers.

>>350672
Sunnyskies shakes his head. "Not me, but maybe him? Let's see."

"Någonsin dödat en hydra?"
"I gamla dagar, träffade jag en."
"Hur var hon?"
"Diktatorisk. Och hennes kyssar var giftiga."
"Hur hanterade du med henne?"
"Jag lät henne hållas. En dag krävde hon att röra mig hamstra. Det var droppen! Jag slet ut hennes hjärta ur hennes hals."

Sunnyskies nods at you. "He says, to kill a hydra, pull its heart out of its throat."

>>350677
You find her right away in the chapel of deals.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350692

>>350687
I go up to the steering wheel to look for Smitts.

Tony [Trickster] 350694

>>350629
Since we don't seem to be leaving for that mission right away, I go off the ship and head for that statue of Luna again.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350695

>>350691
Point at the tea hat.
"The coat and that. How much?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350697

>>350690
I roll my eyes
"It's a temple dedicated to Luna. Our family traditionally worship Luna. Summer especially has a strong connection to the goddess of the Moon. Are you clever enough to piece it together?"

Wf+6 350698

>>350694
You really should if you want Chip around. He's the master tank and has Protect. And he can't play tomorrow. I'd use him while you can.

>>350695
"What kind of currency do you have?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350701

>>350691
Oh is this a place where they sell stuff?
Look for a nice and effective dress.
'1d10'
>>350695
"Emrille. I need your help. And I have a deal for you."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350702

>>350698
Put a doubloon on the counter.
"The good kind. This should cover it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350704

>>350691
"Tore its heart of of its throat? That sounds like quite the feat. Could you ask the good captain more about the tactics employed to take one of those creatures down?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350709

>>350701
I smile at her.
"Deal? Just a sec, let me get these and I'm all yours."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350711

>>350709
Nod and wait.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350712

>>350698
I thought we were gonna do a detour into the treasury first?
I tug on Spring's leg again.
"Momma, should we go into town and… um, buy some stuff now?"

Chip(DD knight) 350715

>>350697
I look at Spring.
"Is it really worth endangering yourselves again?"
I then give a slight frown.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350716

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350722

>>350715
"We have to, mister Chip…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350724

>>350712
"I guess we should. Nine doubloons right?"

>>350715
"This is something important."
Not that you would ever understand…

Wf+6 350726

>>350701
You find a pretty one that Fervored would like, but it looks restrictive in battle.

>>350702
He examines it closely.

"Two, and I throw in the hat."

>>350704
"Alright."

"Hon vill veta hur du kom till den punkten."
"Vad menar du?"
"Var det inte hon misstänksam när du fick nära att dra hjärta?"
"Hon tyckte det var förspel till en början. Hon gillade det grovt."
"Jag kan inte berätta för henne att. Hon tänker jag skämtar."
"Berätta för henne att jag lockade det till att komma nära med … en mycket stor … köttbit."

They both burst out laughing. Through the tears, Sunnyskies attempts, "He… oh ho ho… lured it in with meat."

>>350712
The temple is three floors. It's not completely unguarded aside from the hydra. I feel bad Chip will miss out, though.

>>350692
"Ah. Seekkill. The savage. You need…?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350730

>>350726
"Glove. Like glove Chip has. Have glove that make talons stronger?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350731

>>350726
"…two for that coat is totally worth it. Totally."
Give them another doubloon and take my stuff.
Put on the coat right away.

Tony [Trickster] 350736

>>350698
Then I'll stay around here for Chip.

Wf+6 350740

>>350730
He pushes your merchandise across the counter and takes the gold.

"Have a blessed day."

>>350730
"Cestus. Never seen one for talons. That one is special, though. It's designed for striking at cracks. Punching down walls."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350741

>>350724
I nod.
"Nine doubloons. That… should be enough, right?"
I start to make my way back to that… Temple of Law or whatever it was.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350744

>>350726
I look the both of them over
"Still laughing I see. I suppose that will do then. Thank you for your time gentlecolts."

Turn and leave. Let's go find the unicorns.

350747

>>350726
I should ask the clerk.
"Do you have anything that doesn't impair movements?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350750

>>350740
"Ses-tus. No more? None?"

Chip(DD knight) 350752

>>350724
>>350722
I raise my arms up.
"I give up, you two do what you want and hope someone will jump in to sav…"

I then scratch again my head.
"Harummph.. look I'll just go."

Wf+6 350756

>>350747
He shows you a more form-fitting black dress. It's a little risque and not very protective, but then, you're not wearing anything.

>>350750
"The quartermaster might have gauntlets, if that's all you're after."

Wf+6 350757

>>350756
The quartermaster of the DARKLANTERN**

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350758

>>350741
Follow her
"I sure hope so… things seem really expensive in these towns…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350762

>>350731
>>350740
Step away from the counter afterwards and wait for Felfire.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350763

>>350756
"Where quar-ter master?"

Wf+6 350765

>>350741
You find your way back in. It's still busy inside.

>>350744
They're headed into town.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350767

>>350756
Can I secretely commune with Fervor without being seen and ask him what he thinks?

Chip(DD knight) 350769

>>350756
>>350752

Need to cool off. Need to cool my head off.
Head out and…. find something to do.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350772

>>350758
"Should we buy some, uh… armoire? So the hydra doesn't hurt us?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350776

>>350772
I chuckle
"I guess we could, yes. Not a bad idea, sweetie."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350777

>>350762
"I'll be there in a minute. To talk about Abilio."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350778

>>350772
>>350776
I catch up with them and give them a curt nod as I walk alongside them
"Doctor Spring, miss Seas."

Wf+6 350780

>>350767
At DC6.

>>350763
He points.

"Black boat."

>>350769
The sea looks cool.

Aside from that, there's the crew, the shrines, or Nurturing Heart.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350783

>>350777
"Mhhm…"

Check myself in new coat~

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350784

>>350780
I go to the black boat and ask around for the quartermaster.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350785

>>350780
Nope.
Looks like the dress will wait.
Go to Emrille.

Wf+6 350786

>>350783
Can you pull it off? '1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Tony [Trickster] 350787

>>350780
I go look around if I can find Face.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350789

>>350783
Motion her somewhere alone.
"So, I take you don't want Abilio to leave either, right?"

Wf+6 350790

>>350786
You don't think you'd look good if it weren't for the fact that the coat is doing the heavy lifting in looking good.

>>350787
He's not in his bunk. Must be out on the town somewhere…

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350792

>>350778
"Oh, hi miss Light Heart."
I wave to her and walk over to the merchant.
"Um, mister merchant? Do you have anything that can act as armoire?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350793

>>350790
Still makes me look fabolous~

>>350789
Follow her.
"Yeah, I don't. Do you like my new coat? I fucking love it!"

Wf+6 350795

>>350792
He sets a cupboard on the table.

"Like this?"

Chip(DD knight) 350798

>>350780
I muse over the deck. I am not fond of shrines.
Wait, I did take care of Nurse Heart right(feed her, change clothes etc, spoon, etc)?

If so, perhaps find something to drink, a little bit of alcohol and some company to talk too can help ease my head.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350799

>>350778
I nod at her
"Miss Heart."

>>350792
>>350795
"Armor sweetie… not armoire."

350800

>>350784
And rolling just because.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Tony [Trickster] 350801

>>350790
Since we don't seem to be leaving for that shrine.I go out of the boat and look if I can't find him.

'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Felfire [Necromancer] 350802

>>350793
'1d10' for coat-liking.
"I might have a solution.
It involves me impressing him with tartarian arts, and I have a teacher already. But I need help."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Felfire [Necromancer] 350803

>>350802
"And yeah, the coat looks good on you. For a coat. And a breathing mare."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350804

>>350795
"No! Like, uh… that protective stuff knights wear!"
I mimic motions for a knight in shining armor.
>>350799
"…oh."
I blush and shuffle my hooves.
"Um, do you have any armor mister Merchant?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350805

>>350802
>>350803
"I know, right? It's so awesome!"

Flap my wings and bounce excitedly.
"And what help? I don't know shit about your sort of magic. I can't fire tiny demons or anything."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350807

>>350805
"Not that."
Make sure nopony is listening and whisper.
"I need to off somepony before my teacher instructs me in tartarian arts."

Wf+6 350808

>>350800
You find her anyway! She's in the hold.

"Yes?"

>>350798
You don't think you've cared for her today.

>>350801
You find him sitting at the shrine of Celestia, wearing a habit and an icon.

He nods at you. "Blessed day, brother."

>>350804
"Not for a filly, I don't think…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350809

>>350808
"Not even like a really thick coat?…"
I frown.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350811

>>350807
I smirk.
"Simple enough. What's my pay?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350812

>>350808
"Ses-tus gloves?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350813

>>350808
"Could you kindle try and look? For both me and my daughter? Something protective to wear at least?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350814

>>350811
"Abilio stays on board and can train you too. Isn't that enough?"
Smirk back at her.

Wf+6 350816

>>350809
"That wouldn't do much to stop a weapon…"

>>350812
She pulls out a pair of gauntlets. "These will do… We could take the ends off, for your claws…"

>>350813
He sends a monk into the back… '1d10-2'

Roll #1 5 - 2 = 3

Chip(DD knight) 350817

>>350808
I really need to ask Abilio to maker her part of the crew, I scratch my head.
Go and visit Abilio, all the while get some rations to give to Nurse Hearts for later.

Wf+6 350819

>>350816
And he comes back empty-hooved.

"We don't really have much stock in terms of armor right now."

>>350817
He's back in his room, he lets you in when you ask.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350823

>>350814
"Maybe, maybe… throw in free resurrection and I'm in."

Tony [Trickster] 350824

>>350808
"And a blessed day to you, brother."
I go sit next to him.
"I guess we'll have to delay that night out."
I chuckle "This town doesn't seem like the place for it."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350825

>>350816
"Yes."
I look at them for a bit then look up at her.
"Cost?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350830

>>350823
"One free resurrection and we are okay."
Smirk.
"More if we have a long term deal of protection."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350833

>>350816
"Awww…"
I continue frowning.
"Um, can I sell something then?"
I pull out the dragon scales out of my bag and show them to him.
"How much are these worth?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350834

>>350819
I sigh
"I guess it can't be helped…"
I turn to Summer
"Summer, I need to go do something… could you please stay with miss Light Heart and miss Rosemary?"

Chip(DD knight) 350837

>>350819
I enter.
"So, how are the two of you?" I give him a grin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350838

>>350830
"You drive a hard bargain. Two free resurrections, just in case."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350841

>>350834
"Huh? Where are you going?"
I look at her worriedly.

Felfire [Necromancer] 350842

>>350838
"Oh, not interested in any lasting security? A pity.
I could always use an ally."

Wf+6 350844

>>350824
"I'll manage to bed one of them. Perhaps a priestess of Love. Autumnsreach is an intersection of faiths."

>>350825
"I know you're penniless, just take a pair."

>>350833
He looks them over. "I'm not interested in scales. Maybe a specialty shop that displays curios, but all of our stock is kept in the back."

>>350837
He nods. "Good. Very good, in fact. I'm going to retire soon and marry her."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350847

>>350841
I smile and pet her mane
"Don't worry about me sweetie… I'll be back soon. Mommy just needs to go find a few things."

Chip(DD knight) 350850

>>350844
My jaw slacked open.
"What?! B.. but?"
I scratch my head.
"Who's going to lead us??"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350851

>>350844
"Not even the scales of a sea dragon?…"
I pout.
"Do you know of any… curio shops near here?"
>>350847
"Okay…"
I give her a quick hug before she leaves and wave her off.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350852

>>350842
"If I'll have two free tickets from you I won't let you die, that would be a waste, wouldn't it?"
Smirk back at her.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350853

>>350844
"Thank you."
I poke at the ends.
"Cut off?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 350856

>>350841
>>350847
"Don't worry, miss Spring. Your daughter is in good care."
I gently pat Summer on the head

Felfire [Necromancer] 350857

>>350852
"Looks good to me.
But do you think you are good enough for the pony we have to take on? She can be… Quite the danger."

Wf+6 350859

>>350850
"I expect First Mate Smitts to succeed me to captainhood."

>>350851
He shakes his head. "Ponies here live simple lives. They don't have the excess for extravagances."

>>350853
She pulls out her tools and carefully removes the ends, then dulls the end with a grindstone so that they won't cut into your talons.

350860

>>350851
>>350856
I nod and head off to the pirate ships again
Once I'm there, I look around for any stray pistols and rope lying around. Just eyeball it, don't pick it up

Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350866

>>350857
Aim my rifle at her head, still smirking.
"Are you saying I am not? I've done this kind of job before."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350870

>>350859
I frown again.
"Um… do you have anything that can help hunt a hydra then?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350872

>>350859
I pull them on and admire them.
"Thank you."
After that I get some food from the mess then rejoin the others on the Darklantern.
I'm ready for the dungeon crawl.

Chip(DD knight) 350873

>>350859
I fold my arms.
"I see, so Smitts would take over. He's not a bad leader I might say."

I then look at him.
"Where are you and Lucky going to retire? Dont tell me I have no way to convince you two to stay." I give him a grin.

Tony [Trickster] 350876

>>350844
"I'd be amazed. How did you become such a smooth talker anyway?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350878

>>350866
"We are talking dark arts here. And two ponies."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350880

>>350878
I smile even wider.
"Are we? Piece of cake."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350883

>>350880
"Hey, if we both die I can't get your free resurrection, remember."

Wf+6 350885

>>350870
"Hydra? Difficult… most poisons won't hurt them, explosives would have to be timed… Most weapons glance off their scales. I can't say I do have anything off the top of my head."

>>350873
"Perhaps Reptil, but it's a little loud for my tastes. I'd like the seaside, out in the country. Somewhere where our foals can grow free. I plan to waste no time filling her."

>>350876
"Just something I picked up. Also, size matters."

Can you resist the urge to look to see if he's serious?

350886

>>350860
pls

Roll #1 9 = 9

Tony [Trickster] 350888

>>350885
Let's hope so.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350890

>>350883
I shake my head.
"Stop worrying your little head, I will have it under control, trust me. Just give me a name, and I'll get to it after the Hydra deal is done."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350891

>>350885
"Nothing at all?… But the hydra's scary! Please!"
I look at him with puppy dog eyes to try and get him to jog his memory.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Light Heart [Warlord] 350895

>>350891
I chuckle at the sight
She's got talent~

Chip(DD knight) 350900

>>350885
I raise my hands in defeat.
"Well I guess thats it. All I can hope is that you and Lucky have a good life."

I then give him a stern look.
"But you are still captain, can I ask a favor?"

Wf+6 350903

>>350886
You see some folk trading for them. All the stock, just as a reminder, is KEPT IN THE BACK.

>>350888
Nope. You can't help it. Your eyes are drawn down.

He's ridiculously huge. As a diamond dog, your body is much larger, but his package makes yours look small. Good thing he's wearing pants.

"Eyes up here, big guy."

>>350891
>>350895
"I sincerely would like to help, but it would be disingenuous of me to try to sell you something I don't think that would help. You could try explosives… or maybe a very sharp spear?"

>>350900
"Depends, what is it?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 350905

>>350890
"I need to be there too.
Part of the condition my teacher gave me. And she has to help too. For this, I will need your shadow during the fight."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350911

>>350903
No no, on the pirate ships themselves!

I already have a sword stored near the cages in the brig, but I want to look around for a pistol and some rope as well!

Chip(DD knight) 350912

>>350903
"You do know Nurse Heart? Is she officially part of the crew or not? If not can you make her as one, rations, a separate sleeping quarter and all? She is a good healer."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350914

>>350905
I sigh.
"Fine. But I don't want you to mess up of kill my shadow or anything, okay? And we'll get the details after the Hydra. For now, I have a gift to deliver. You coming?"

Turn around and look for Summer.

Tony [Trickster] 350919

>>350903
Snap out of it, eyes back up.
"Oh excuse me. I thought you had a spot on your pants there." Smile sheepishly.

Light Heart [Warlord] 350922

>>350903
I smirk
"A spear of hydra killing perhaps?"
I turn to Summer
"Little Summer, you need not to worry. I have already found a way to deal with our little problem."

Wf+6 350924

>>350911
You find a little >rope

No pistols free for the taking.

>>350912
"Separate sleeping quarters are for officers only. But perhaps I can issue her rations…"

>>350919
He gives you a solid Costanza-face. "Yeah, I get that a lot. Fair warning, I only peg mares."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350925

>>350903
I sigh and frown.
"No armor, and nothing to even fight the hydra with…"
I plop down on the ground and try to look even more sad to the merchant.
'1d10'

>>350922
"Huh? You did?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Felfire [Necromancer] 350927

>>350914
"Right."
Follow her.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350929

>>350914
>>350924
Can I find Summer?

350930

>>350924
Bah…

Slip into stealth then

Roll #1 9 = 9

Light Heart [Warlord] 350933

>>350925
I give her a cryptic smile
"Indeed I have."

Tony [Trickster] 350937

>>350924
Hold up my hands in the air.
"You don't need to worry about that.
Just take it as a compliment."

Wf+6 350943

>>350929
Yes.

>>350930
Noted.

>>350925
"How about a lollipop? On the house."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350946

>>350943
Go to the brig and retrieve my stolen sword. Put it in my bag and then leave for the town again to find Summer

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350948

>>350927
>>350929
Where are you two right now?

Wf+6 350952

>>350948
In the Chapel of Deals.

>>350946
You find her.

Chip(DD knight) 350955

>>350924
"And a separate cot, some basic gears like clothing AND allowance/pay. She boarded this ship empty handed all the while healing some of the crew who are wounded during the siege last time."

"I just ask this before you leave and I will be fulfilled." I scratch my head while giving him a hopeful grin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350957

>>350946
I guess we find her at the same time!
"Hey! Spring! How do I look?~"
Strike a pose in my new coat.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350963

>>350952
I go back to that building we went to last time. Maybe they are there again if they aren't on the deck of the Darklantern.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 350966

>>350957
"You look great, Emrille…"
Walk past her to Summer and Light Heart
"Summer, did you buy anything?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350970

>>350943
"Okay…"
I take the lollipop from him and continue looking as sad and scared as can be about having to fight a hydra.
'1d10'

>>350957
"Huh? Oh, hi miss Emrille… your coat looks nice."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Felfire [Necromancer] 350974

>>350970
>>350966
"You two got anything for the fight?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350975

>>350966
I frown.-

>>350970
But smile and perk up again.
"Thanks Summer? I know, right? It's like it was made for me! But… maybe they had something for you too."

Wf+6 350980

>>350963
They are.

>>350955
"I'll have to interview her."

Light Heart [Warlord] 350981

>>350957
I smirk at her
"My my, nice coat miss Emrille. Very… attractive."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350984

>>350981
Return the smirk.
"Told you I will find the best coat ever, didn't I?"

Chip(DD knight) 350986

>>350980
I gulp(sweat forming in my nose).

"Alright I'll bring her here." Go to my place and see if Nurse heart is there.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 350989

>>350966
>>350974
"No, they didn't have anything that would help with the fight against the hydra…"
I continue sucking on my lollipop.

>>350975
"I don't think they do… I checked."
I sigh.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 350991

>>350984
I walk around her to get a good look at the coat.
"Why wear that?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350994

>>350989
Flutter and land next to her.
"Close your eyes then. Don't open them until I say so, okay?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 350995

>>350984
"You did."
I circle around her, taking in the whole picture
"And you were clearly speaking honestly."

Felfire [Necromancer] 350997

>>350989
"So much for a city of fighters…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 350998

>>350995
Glance back, shaking my tail just a bit.
"Would I lie?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 351001

>>350989
"Well…"
I take out the sword out of my bags
"At least I have this now. I just need a pistol as well and I'll be ready…"

>>350994
I cock my head questioningly

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351010

>>350994
"Huh? Okay…"
I close my eyes.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351012

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351014

>>351001
I wink at her, then

>>351010
Pull out the colorful tea hat I got from under my coat, and put it on her head.
"I overheard that you didn't have a hat last time as I was walking away. Problem solved!"

Wf+6 351016

>>350986
She's there.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351017

>>351012
"Bad Seekkill. No hunt ponies here. They too strong. Their pack too big!"
Look at him with a crossed expression.

Tony [Trickster] 351020

>>350980
Well that wasn't awkward at all.
I'll leave and head for the temple of Law.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351022

>>351012
"You mean that Hydra?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 351023

>>351022
"He means dinner."

Light Heart [Warlord] 351024

>>350998
"No, I don't think you would lie about these type of things, miss Emrille."

>>351014
I actually bark a laugh at this
"Oh deary me…"

>>351012
"Soon perhaps. I have acquired the means to killing this hydra. But I will need to arrange a thing or two first."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351027

>>351017
"Brain rotted spirit abuser. Seekkill hunt hydra."

>>351022
I speak slowly.
"Yeeeeessssss."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351028

>>351027
"Hey! My spirits love me! Literally! Take that back!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351029

>>351014
"Huh?"
I look up in confusion trying to see what it is.
>>351024
"Miss Light Heart? What is it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351031

>>351024
"I knew I was destined to find the perfect coat in this town!"

>>351029
"I'm sure you'll like it!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 351032

>>351014
I cock a brow as I see the hat
"That's uh… an interesting hat to give to a filly, Emrille…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351033

>>351027
I shrug.
"I guess I am. My gun is always with me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351035

>>351032
"I think it's cute! Don't you? Fancy and perfect for tea parties!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351036

>>351031
>>351032
"What is it?"
I pull it off my head and look at it.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351038

>>351028
"Metalwings yell at Seekkill like island ponies yell at dogs. No take back."

Light Heart [Warlord] 351041

>>351029
"I will reveal it once we are in a more private location without so many ears, little Summer."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351045

>>351038
Look flat at him.
"You know, I could just call my spirits and have them tell you how much they like me!"
>>351041
"I'm all ears."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351049

>>351045
"Why metalwings use spirits? Ewe use souls for shadows."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 351050

>>351035
I give her a half-hearted smile
"Right…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 351052

>>351049
"They are souls.
Spirits.
Same thing."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351054

>>351036
>>351035
>>351050
"Oh, it's uh… it's nice!"
I give her a smile and put it back on my head.

Chip(DD knight) 351055

>>351016
I approach her and put a paw on his shoulder.
"Nurse Heart, I want to make you part of the crew. But first Sir Abilio needs to speak to you first."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351057

>>351054
"I'm glad you like it!"

>>351049
"And how are you planning on wounding a Hydra anyway?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 351059

>>351016
Right, approach the merchant. Let's take care of this stuff first.
"Honorable merchants, could I purchase some items? I would like a large bag, rope, a small wooden locker and perhaps a sword."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351063

>>351057
I continue smiling at her and shuffle over to Spring.
"Um… momma? How long do I have to wear this for? This is like the hat that Auntie Autumn wears…"

Also, in unrelated matters, how good is that lollipop the merchant gave me?
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351070

>>351052
I laugh.
"Not same. Metalwings better than Island pones, but Metalwings blind."

>>351057
"Talons. Gloves. Poison."

Wf+6 351074

>>351055
She gives a lazy smile. "Okay, where is he?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351076

>>351070
"I don't think you can scratch a Hydra's skin off."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 351079

>>351063
I chuckle
"It doesn't look that bad sweetie. And you should always be grateful when somepony gives you something, okay?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351081

>>351076
"Hydra has eyes. Juicy eyes."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351082

>>351070
"Well maybe you could teach me about spirits. Open my eyes."

Chip(DD knight) 351085

>>351074
"Have you eaten? Here." I give her the rations, after that lead her to Abilio so that she can be interviewed.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351086

>>351081
"And fangs. Sharpy."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351087

>>351086
"I count to hang in the back.
Wonder if I can raise the hydra's own shadow…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351090

>>351079
"I knooow… but it just looks so… old!"
I shuffle my hooves.
"Um… should we go to the temple now?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 351092

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351095

>>351090
"Eager for for some excitement, huh?"
I chuckle.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351096

>>351082
"Spirits must teach about spirits."

>>351086
"Seekkill will not crawl in Hydra mouth."

>>351090
"Yes. Powerful Doctor right. We must hunt."

Wf+6 351103

>>351085
Roll for luck.

>>351059
They bring it all out while he examines your currency.

"I'll give you a great bundle deal. Four of these for all of it."

351112

>>351103
"I beg your pardon? These coins are worth much more than that. I daresay one of them should be sufficient, and even that would be a great deal indeed for you."
Bluff

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Chip(DD knight) 351117

>>351103
>inb4 1
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 351119

>>351096
"And how did you learn about spirits?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351124

>>351119
"Spirits raised Seekkill. Spirits taught Seekkill."

Wf+6 351142

>>351112
He eyes the coin more carefully.

"I'm sorry. I just can't do that. Even if this is actually solid gold, the expense is too much. What's so valuable about it aside from the material?"

>>351117
As soon as the interview starts, she immediately slumps in her chair. Something's clearly not wrong with her. Abilio seems unenthused.

"I don't think Umlock lets Face keep on his girlfriends, so let's see if she has any talent."

With that, he runs you through with a cutlass.

You collapse, bleeding out, and Nurturing Heart comes to your side immediately and closes the wound just in the nick of time. That was painful, but it looks like she proved her worth.

Abilio nods appreciatively. "She's good. Very well. I'll take her on as an apprentice to Doc Peg."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351144

>>351124
"I guess I'll never have that luck then."
Smirk at him.

351154

>>351142
"This coin is in fact a blessed relic from the past. Touched and empowered by Celestia herself inthe olden days. Its value is far greater than the items I've requested."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Wf+6 351160

>>351154
He immediately freaks out and pulls everything off the counter.

"No Celestial goods. We don't trade in Celestial goods, nor do we buy or sell them. The Church of Law has the legally required respect for other faiths."

[lemon] 351168

>>351142
I wipe out the blood from my fur while giving out a slight frown.
First Summers then Nurse Heart. I will never get used to this. I mean being a chopping board.
I then smile at Abilio.
"Thank you man, I am very grateful for this." I pat his shoulder.

Chip(DD knight) 351172

Wf+6 351175

>>351168
He nods. "She doesn't seem well. Try to… clean her up."

351179

>>351160
What a bunch of damn jews
I roll my eyes.
"Very well then."
I shake my head and head off to the pirate ships.
Go to the kitchens and look around for meat

Roll #1 8 = 8

Chip(DD knight) 351184

>>351175
I look down a bit.
"She was a bit touched in the head when she was resurrected back by Terrabone(is it that her name?). I rescued her from the guards when she was accused as a pirate sympathizer back then. Perhaps in time she will recover her memories."

Wf+6 351191

>>351179
Looks like all the food has been safely stowed in the hold for the day, given the time for rations is over. This is particularly true of meat which has to be preserved.

>>351184
Close. Terrebonne.

"Just make sure she stays hygienic."

Light Heart [Warlord] 351193

>>351191
Any cooks around I could ask? I'll go ask Smitts himself if I have to.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351195

So uh
Who isn't ready?
Just Chip and LH right now?

Felfire [Necromancer] 351197

>>351191
>>351193
Trot over her.
"Just what are we looking for? If you need food, I can think of a small idea…"

Chip(DD knight) 351198

>>351191
>>351191
"Alright."

Go…. to the place where we take baths in the ship and wash Nurse heart there.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351199

>>351195
I am ready as ever.
To bed your mother

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351202

>>351195
Ready.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 351204

>>351195
As a stallion of action, Curry is always ready.
Except when he isn't.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351206

>>351195
B-read-y

Wf+6 351208

>>351193
You locate Salty Slugs AKA Tough Guy, the cook on the Seaworthy.

"Yeah? What is it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 351212

>>351208
"Good day. I am in a hurry, so I shall keep it short. I would like to acquire some raw meat if that is at all possible."

Wf+6 351213

>>351198
Well… you get her mostly clean before running your paws over her naked body gets you too pent up to continue.

Wf+6 351214

>>351212
"How much?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 351215

"A few kilos. Or as much as you can spare."

Chip(DD knight) 351220

>>351213
Okay this is not the time for that.
Or is it.~~~
Controlling my libido
'1d10'
Alright that will do, dress him up and drop him off to my place.
"You're part of the crew now."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 351221

>>351215
"Yeah. We could make it an even eleven kilos for a doubloon."

Wf+6 351222

>>351220
Apparently you are a very weak-willed dog.

"Mhmmmm~~"

Chip(DD knight) 351224

>>351220
"Oh my, you're so cute." I bring the little trap in bed and cuddled him.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351229

>>351215
Right, that fucker can waste her money for all I care if she doesn't want to listen.
Ask around for Chip, we gotta take him with us too.

Chip(DD knight) 351230

>>351224
>>351222

Start to mount her and bite her ears to keep her in place.
Rolling for the act
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Light Heart [Warlord] 351234

>>351221
"One doublo-"
I shake my head and turn to walk away

>>351229
"You. You are a necromancer, no?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 351238

>>351234
"Yeah. And I tried to tell you I had an easier solution earlier."

Wf+6 351243

>>351230
You lay her firm against the mattress and hold her in place with your ample form. Not that you'd need to: she playfully wags her tail in your face before lifting it, presenting herself to you. You pull yourself over her, entering her, eliciting a slight moan as you remind her of her one real function on this boat. To be, essentially your magic healing cocksleeve. You pump into her furiously, reaching around and gripping her tiny member for a handle as you thrust repeatedly. She quakes as your inflating knot rocks her entire body.

You'd rate it around 8/10: Okay.

Light Heart [Warlord] 351245

>>351238
"Easier solution to what exactly? I haven't even told you abou-"
I interrupt myself, dropping that line of thought
"I need meat. For the hydra."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351247

I'll read my book.

And check out my coat.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351249

>>351245
Roll my eyes.
"Can do. Take me to a graveyard, or someplace out of town. I pull a pony from the ground, we golden to go.
Graveyard is better because ponies are… More fresh."

351254

>>351249
"Excellent, let's move."
Let's go find a graveyard around here. And hope there aren't any holy ponies around

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 351258

>>351254
You can't find the graveyard.

Then again, the town is really spread out… and there are probably sepulchers.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351259

>>351254
"We gonna pick Chip up for this Hydra thing?"

351262

>>351259
"I have already arranged for mister Chip's free help, yes."

>>351258
Right, find one of those that is unguarded then

Roll #1 3 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351263

Spring Water [Charlatan] 351266

>>351247
I peek in from behind her
"I didn't know you liked reading…"

351267

>>351262
"Free? Poor dog.
Yet again, I guess he deserves it."
And help her look for unguarded sepulchers.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351270

>>351266
"Oh… I really don't. But I have to."

Light Heart [Warlord] 351271

>>351267
I cock a brow
"What makes you say that?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 351272

>>351270
"Whatever for? I thought using a gun was just pointing it in the right direction and pulling a trigger."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 351273

>>351270
"You… have to? Why?"

Chip(DD knight) 351275

>>351243
>>351243
That will do.
I keep my position in place while hugging Hearts tighter.
Got to control myself better than this. If not I will not have enough strength if I got called for duty or something.

I look at nurse Heart.
"Satisfied little thing?" I brush her mane.

Wf+6 351277

>>351262
CRITIQUE ON THE CLASSICAL
By: Destiny's Master
~~~
taking once again a fresh starting point suitable to the matter we must make a fresh start in dealing therewith, just as we did with our previous subjects. We must gain a view of the real nature of fire and water, air and earth, as it was before the birth of Heaven, and the properties they had before that time; for at present no one has as yet declared their generation, but we assume that men know what fire is, and each of these things, and we call them principles and presume that they are elements of the Universe, although in truth they do not so much as deserve to be likened with any likelihood, by the man who has even a grain of sense, to the class of syllables. For the present, however, let our procedure be as follows. We shall not now expound the principle of all things—or their principles, or whatever term we use concerning them; and that solely for this reason, that it is difficult for us to explain our views while keeping to our present method of exposition. You, therefore, ought not to suppose that I should expound them, while as for me—I should never be able to convince myself that I should be right in attempting to undertake so great a task. Strictly adhering, then, to what we previously affirmed, the import of the “likely” account, I will essay (as I did before) to give as “likely” an exposition as any other (nay, more so), regarding both particular things and the totality of things from the very beginning. And as before, so now, at the commencement of our account, we must call upon the Random to bring us safe through a novel and unwonted exposition…


It just keeps going!

Felfire [Necromancer] 351279

>>351271
"I take you don't know about his… Little dirty pleasure, uh?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351282

>>351272
"I could demonstrate it on you if you really want how this one is special."

>>351273
"Abilio. Said he's leaving soon and I need to start learning from books."
I sigh.

Wf+6 351284

>>351277
Should link to >>351247


>>351262
>>351267
You suck at this.

>>351275
"Always, while you're inside~"

Even as you try to withdraw she backs up against you, trying to keep you inside.

Light Heart [Warlord] 351285

>>351279
"Enlighten me. I'm curious now."

351286

>>351284
There has to be at least one!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Felfire [Necromancer] 351290

>>351285
"Not gonna throw dirt on somedog that could save my life."
Smirk at her.
And stay away from her…

Light Heart [Warlord] 351295

>>351290
"Oh. Pity."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351296

>>351277
I groan and bury my head in the book, muttering.
"Damnit Abilio I understand none of this shit.."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 351297

>>351282
"It was a joke, you silly filly."

Wf+6 351298

>>351286
You're stopped by a patrol of Laughter Monks.

They strike kung-fu poses, and a robed leader emerges from fray. "You look… upset."

They begin to assault you with frivolity. Beat '1d10' to avoid wasting further time.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Tasia [Paladin] 351303

>>351298
is Alys still in her room?

Wf+6 351306

>>351303
Should be.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351310

>>351303
Waaaaait we do this after the Hydra!

Chip(DD knight) 351311

>>351284
I pat her head.
"Look, Abilio has granted you membership of this ship. Listen to Doc Peg to what he needs doing and things will go right for you."
Once I deflate, withdraw from her for good.for now~

Stand up, clean myself, open the window and let the salty wind refresh us both.

Tasia [Paladin] 351312

>>351306
knock on her door

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351315

>>351297
"Don't call me that. And I wasn't joking. This is no regular rifle."

Wf+6 351316

>>351312
A gruff voice answers. "Yes?"

351317

>>351298
"Please, I am merely feeling a little ill. Excuse my frown."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Felfire [Necromancer] 351319

>>351312
I imagine I'm still behind her because >lol,timewarp!

Tasia [Paladin] 351320

>>351316
"Is Lady Alys there? I wish to speak with her"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351321

Can we please just do the damn dungeon crawl?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351325

>>351321
Yeah, I'm seconding this now. We've faffed around enough

Tony [Trickster] 351326

>>351325
thirded.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351330

>>351326
I would third this, but Dsty decided to trigger Lady Alys on his own without warning anyone!

Chip(DD knight) 351332

>>351321
I would really wanted too, just waiting for Felfire and Light Heart to retrieve Chip for RP reasons.

Tony [Trickster] 351342

>>351332
And it doesn't occur to him, he needs to do a mission? Roll for it.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351344

>>351332
And then, in a different timestram.
I open the door to Chip's place.
"Oh for crying out loud…"
Look at him with a flat stare.

Chip(DD knight) 351345

>>351342
With the salty wind in the air. I then open my eyes.
Wait…. I think… I am forgetting something….

'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 351347

>>351320
"Who's there?"

>>351317
The monks surround you and start moving with astounding rhythm and beat. You can't contain yourself. You have been entertained.

You are now a prisoner of the beat. Someone's going to have to come rescue you before you dance with these monks until you fall over or die of a heart attack.

Chip(DD knight) 351348

>>351344
>>351345
I stand up.
"Oh Felfire…"

"Oh…. Oh!! Where's LightHeart!" I began to dress up my armor.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351353

>>351348
Look slightly disgusted.
"Kid, you okay over there?"
Raise my own shadow.
>>351347
>Light Heart's clock
"We are busy, cripple."
Pull her away.
'1d10'
>Tasia's clock
I'll just hang back.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tasia [Paladin] 351355

>>351347
"Tasia, Former Guardian of Viscountess Nihil. I must speak with you about a personal, and very public matter."

Wf+6 351356

>>351353
No one hates fun like Felfire hates fun. You pull her out with expert timing. To be honest, it's a little bit frightening.

351358

>>351353
>>351356
"… thank you, miss Felfire. I don't know what happened there."
Now can we please find a corpse or something?

Please?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351360

I join up with the others wherever they are.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351362

>>351355
"If worse comes to worse.. I will help you."
>>351356
I should be orange and purple.
No fun allowed.
>>351358
"Stop dancing already!"
Look for a decent grave.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 351363

>>351355
"You're that guard… Are you with me, or Light Heart?"

>>351358
That rhythm did nothing for your heart.

You go into cardiac arrest.

Chip(DD knight) 351364

>>351353
"Look I cant help it." I give him a toothy grin, I then grab my things and head out with her.

>>351356
"I'll be back you little mare you." Scratch Nurse Hearts ears before following Felfire out.

Wf+6 351365

>>351362
You find a grave right away. You imagine it might be a good place to bury Light Heart after you exhume the corpse.

Wf+6 351366

>>351364
She blushes.

"I'll wait for you~~"

351367

>>351363
PILLS DAMMIT

Roll #1 4 = 4

Tasia [Paladin] 351368

>>351363
"Uh- Excuse me? I was with Viscountess Nihil, no Lady Light Heart"

351370

>>351363
>>351365
Slap her back to life. Or go through her stuff and find her pills.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Summer Seas [Cleric] 351373

I AM TEMPORARILY BACK
Have we started the raid yet?

Chip(DD knight) 351376

>>351367
I grab Lightheart as she is fainting.
"Are you alright Ms. LightHeart, fight it back."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351377

>>351376
I doubt you are here.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 351378

>>351373
>implying we can start without the main character

Chip(DD knight) 351380

>>351377
Which makes it more funnier.
To be honest I am giggling like a little girl with all this weird shenanigans.

Wf+6 351383

>>351368
"I know you're a guard to the Circle. So who are you with between the two of us?"

>>351367
No you di–
>>351370
Okay you're fine now.

351387

>>351383
Now can we please find a corpse? My kingdom for a goddamn corpse… I just need some damn meat

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 351390

>>351387
Felfire has one. You should all set out for the temple now.

351392

>>351383
>>351387
Frown at her and lead her to the Graveyard I found earlier.
"Here. Try not to die. I can't resurrect yet."
Then try to bring back a recent dead pony.
If nopony else is around.
Also, I hope Chip is here with his bag.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351393

>>351390
Great!
I'll just suppose I'm with the others now.

Tony [Trickster] 351396

>>351390
I want to say finally, but I have the most peculiar feeling I'm going to regret that.

Tasia [Paladin] 351399

>>351383
"I- I'm with the order! The Paladin's Order to protect those who follow the Princess Celestia!"
try to contain growin anger! '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 351400

>>351399
Arrogance containment roll '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 351401

>>351400
"How good of you. I'm a little indisposed at the moment. Why don't you come back later?"

Chip(DD knight) 351403

>>351392
>>351393
Join the others into this underwater temple adventure.
"Lets go to the temple everybody!!" I raise my paw in a fist while jumping in the air.

Felfire [Necromancer] 351404

>>351392
Shove the body into Chip's bag and let's go for the temple.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351405

>>351387
>>351392
"When are we hunting?"

Tasia [Paladin] 351406

>>351401
"I am truly sorry, but I must confront this issue now."

Light Heart [Warlord] 351407

>>351390
Thank fucking god.

"Everypony please do listen up. I have acquired a set of highly poisonous mushrooms that should kill the hydra if applied correctly. Miss Felfire was kind enough to find us a dead body for us to hide said mushrooms in. All we have to do is insert the mushrooms into the body, then feed it to the hydra. Fighting it will most likely be unnecessary."

Felfire [Necromancer] 351409

>>351403
"I need your bag."
Show him the corpse.
"Put it inside."
>>351405
"Now."

Chip(DD knight) 351411

>>351405
"I think we are going to hunt that….."
I stop for a moment then look at Seekkill.
"Are we hunting something? I wasnt informed about this."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 351414

>>351405
"Now would be a good time."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 351415

>>351407
"Well, that sounds a bit… unsporting. What makes you so certain it would work, anyway?"

Wf+6 351417

>>351406
"You remember the plague from Stonebriar? I think I have a case. If you come in you will catch it for certain. I've already sent for the filly. She can cure it. She was the one Celestia herself chose to cure the plague, and she's riding on our fleet."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 351418

>>351409
"Good."

>>351407
I cackle.
"Smart."

>>351411
"Hunt hydra."
I look at the others.
"Why hunting Hydra? No meat. Only Seekkill use poisons."

Tasia [Paladin]