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PirateQuest: Chapter 3.8: Moon Phases Wf+6 368544

When we last left our "heroes", Emrille had lost control of her life and was making pudding at 4am.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368546

>>368544
We were sleeping.

All cutely together in the brig.

Waiting for morning to roll by.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368547

>>368546
And it was damn good pudding
Yup, sleeping all together.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368548

>>368544
All here. Snug as a bug in a rug, though guilt for failure in duty awaits in the morning.

Wf+6 368549

>>368546
>>368547
D'aww. Looks like Spring let the kiss slide.

>>368548
Guilt comes swiftly! Though for one day yet, everything seems to be Tasia's fault somehow.

Good mornin'.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368550

>>368549
I don't know why, but I'm blaming Tasia for this. She obviously drugged me so that kidnapper could get inside and through my guard! Obviously.
And I'll wake up.
How did we end up sleeping together, anyway?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368551

>>368549
Oh she'll have her punishment. If she's being that unruly, she clearly needs a stronger hoof in her life.

Either way, I wake up with a start and look around if everyone is still with us.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368552

>>368549
Wake up.
I'm not too sleepy still, am I?
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Wf+6 368554

>>368551
The gang is all here. You even notice that Emrille is particularly hosed and is splayed out, practically unconscious. She's wearing a sized down version of her normal outfit instead of a school uniform.

>>368552
You might as well be unconscious.

>>368550
Presumably, given you and Summer were curled together, Spring brought Emrille over and they cuddled up with the two of you.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368555

>>368554
Any good dreams?
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368556

>>368554
I'll smile a little at that. Can't even remember the last time I've shared space with another pony…
But we can't sleep around all day. I'll whisper slightly to Spring.
"Good morning, miss Spring. I trust you slept well?"

Sol 368557

>>368554
Ooh!
Did Luna visit me tonight too?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368558

>>368554
I rub my eyes and slowly get up with a yawn.
Let's do some stretching out '1d10'

>>368556
"No. Not at all."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368559

>>368554
I'm probably not in the pile off sleeping ponies, so am I still on the deck with Felfire?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368560

>>368558
I'll raise an eyebrow and frown slightly.
Gently removing myself from the pile of Emrille and Summer, I'll get to my hooves as well.
Remembering to keep my voice low so as not to wake the two fillies just yet, I'll speak.
"What do you mean?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 368561

>>368554
I also went ahead and slept in the brig after that whole situation, so I'll get up as well, unfurling my wings.
"Miss Rosemary… the wings please."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368562

>>368560
I'll just go ahead and retell him everything that happened, to the detail.
Except that last thing Emrille did.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368563

>>368562
My face will get darker and darker with each thing as she tells me what happened.
"And here I was sleeping like an oaf."
I'll sit.
"What good am I as a guard if I don't actually guard you both?"

Wf+6 368564

>>368559
Or you've retired to the bunkhouse.

>>368558
7/10 Bretty good :D

>>368561
She sets to work preening you, pulling out old fathers and caressing you with her magic.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368566

>>368564
Can I wake up yet?
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 368567

>>368566
According to DM's new rules, you can't roll to wake yourself up anymore. Guess you just have to chill until someone decides to wake up the fillies.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368568

>>368563
I sigh
"Well… I don't know how they even moved us out without us noticing… I failed too…"

>>368564
Good, at least that makes me feel a little better.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368570

>>368564
Can't sleep. I make sure all my stuff is still by my bunk then fly up to the highest point of the ship.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368571

>>368568
"Still, I'm actually surprised at Emrille's talent. I've never heard of a pony getting a second mark."
I'll shrug.
"But then again, age spells are new to me as well, and it's not beyond the realm of reason that some might wish to give themselves a second chance at finding their life's talent."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368572

>>368564
I smile and let out a sigh of relief.
It's good to be a pegasus…

>>368568
"I find it all very exciting to be quite fair, miss Spring. I am curious as to what mister Smitts will have to say about this matter."

Wf+6 368573

>>368570
Okay, you're in the crow's nest. It looks thoroughly abandoned.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368574

A small smile appears upon my face as I sleep.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368575

>>368571
I nod
"Me neither… I mean… there are diseases that affect cutie marks, but Emrille is not sick. I'm really curious to see if it will stay for the rest of her life…"

368577

>>368573
I've seen ponies in here before. Can I tell if the same pony always stays up here, or if it is a different one every day?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368578

>>368575
"Well, I don't see why not. She might never get her old one back, or if she reverts who's to say which mark will remain?"
I'll shake my head.
"It's curious. But! We've an appointment with master Abilio, and we shan't keep him waiting."
I'll step over to where Emrille and Summer are sleeping, and then gently wake them.
"Rise and shine, little ones."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368579

>>368578
I open my eyes slowly.
"Huh? What?"

Wf+6 368580

>>368577
Roll for luck.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368581

>>368578
I sigh and pick Summer up, putting her on my back.

368582

>>368580

Roll #1 4 = 4

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368583

>>368579
"We've an appointment with master Abilio today, miss Emrille. Wouldn't want to be late."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368584

>>368578
>>368581
"H- Huh?…"
I suddenly open my eyes, shocked from the sudden awakening.

Wf+6 368585

>>368582
You fall off the back of the nest and can't seem to invert yourself upright or get your wings out. You're about to clumsily make impact with the deck when you're plucked away by another gryphon.

He gently sets you down at the bow. It's Al-Jinn.

"Be more careful, brother."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368586

>>368584
I nuzzle her softly
"Good morning, sweetie. Did you sleep well?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368587

>>368583
I shake my head slightly and stand up.
"Right.. uh, right. Just give me a moment with him alone before you others come in, okay?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 368588

>>368583
"Do you wish me to accompany you, mister Curry?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368589

>>368586
I chuckle.
"I had a dream where I got stabbed in the gut… it got better later though."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368590

>>368585
"Thank you."
I point at the crow's nest.
"Why no pony there?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368591

>>368586
"I… Princess Luna visited me again momma… a- and… she… she brought me back home…"
I stare off into the distance.

Wf+6 368592

>>368590
"The position has been vacant for some time now. It's not a concern: Ruxiang is the eye of the fleet, and he seems to never rest."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368593

>>368589
I roll my eyes
"I wish it was a dream."

>>368591
"Oh… What did she talk about this time…?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368594

>>368592
"Ruck-see-ang?"
What time is it?

Wf+6 368595

>>368594
Game time.

Morning. Near the crack of dawn.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368596

>>368593
"All of it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368597

>>368593
"WHISPER WHISPER WHISPER"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368598

>>368587
"If you insist, though you'll likely wish to run it by Spring first."
I'll pet her lightly on the head.
"And… thank you for keeping miss Spring safe. Even like this you were a better guardian than I was."
>>368588
"If you like, miss Heart."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368599

>>368598
I nod.
"Obviously. And if any of you ever tries to feed me the 'no guns' bullshit again after this…"
I shake my head.
"Where would we be without it now, huh? And that wasn't a question, so let me rephrase, I will go in first to have a few words with Abilio alone. We might not even need the book to keep him here."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368600

>>368596
I give her a hard stare
"All of it."
My expression softens slightly
"But I'm glad you were there nonetheless… thank you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368602

>>368600
Wave my hoof around with a smile.
"Think nothing of it. Heck, I should thank you, if it weren't for you, I probably would have bled out then and there."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368603

>>368599
"Your second mark, I take it, is the lure?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 368604

>>368599
I frown
"Miss Emrille… you are not seriously considering…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368605

>>368597
Also, I give her a contemplative look as she tells me about her dream
"That's… odd… Nothing else? Did we interrupt it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368606

>>368603
"That's a possibility."

>>368604
"Maybe I am, maybe I am not, we'll see if he has a good enough offer."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368608

>>368600
"Huh? What happened momma?"
I uncomfortably shift around on her back, still very wary of Emrille.

>>368605
I sadly nod.

Light Heart [Warlord] 368609

>>368606
"That would be… most unfortunate. Though in the end it comes down to your decision, I suppose."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368610

>>368606
"Well, regardless of where it goes, miss Emrille, I trust you won't be hasty in your decisions."
And then I'll wander over to Mera, and rouse her from sleep, if she isn't already awake.
"Sleep well, miss Mera?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368611

>>368608
"Oh, nothing, we just had a little friendly get together with that Redcoat guy."

>>368609
"Why would it, huh? It would keep Abilio here!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368612

>>368608
I sigh and tell her about Redcoat again.

Wf+6 368613

>>368610
She nods. "Still no Luna dreams, but she'll come. I have faith."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368615

>>368611
"Perhaps so, but it would also degrade your effectiveness in combat. A most unfortunate development, I must say."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368616

>>368613
I'll nod.
"One night, perhaps."
I'll brush my beard a little.
"How was it sleeping out of the water? Not too uncomfortable?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368617

>>368615
I give her a deadpan look.
"I got into a fight with nothing but a revolver after waking up cornered in a hillside shelter, and won. I think I can take care of myself well enough."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368619

>>368595
And his question?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368621

>>368612
I frown.
"Mister Redcoat took you and miss Emrille? And-"
I pause, my frown intensifying.
"…why did he leave me?"

Wf+6 368622

>>368619
I didn't realize it was a question!

He points a talon to a figure in the nest of the Seaworthy.

>>368616
She scrunches. "Not as nice as sleeping in water… it's hard on the skin, but… it was worth it to sleep with everyone else. I was lonely."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368623

>>368621
"I think that's pretty obvious. His idiot goon thought I were you. Pretty lucky too, if he didn't, who knows what might have happened?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368624

>>368623
"But… but I was sleeping next to my momma and you weren't! How'd they make that mistake?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368625

>>368621
I shrug
"They messed up, I guess… it's a miracle they managed to succeed in getting two ponies off of this ship unnoticed."

>>368624
"Emrille was sleeping with us too, sweetie."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368626

>>368617
"Pulling a trigger on a pony is hardly impressive, miss Emrille. An adult body is much more resilient and powerful than that of a child."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368628

>>368622
"You could have joined us in the pile, miss Mera. Would have likely been much more comfortable than sleeping leaning against the wall."
I'll straighten my beard a bit.
"Warmer, as well."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368629

>>368622
I look where he is pointing and nod.
"Why ships still here? Metalwings say we leave last night."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368632

>>368626
"It's also a smaller target."

>>368624
"I was."
I sigh, then speak in a sarcastic voice.
"Eww, sleeping with a pirate…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 368633

>>368632
I shrug
"As I said, the choice is yours. Though it remains a most unfortunate one."

Wf+6 368634

>>368629
"Excellent question. I do not know. Our primary objective was achieved last night. An infiltration team recovered our documents. New information has likely encouraged the commodore to attempt to gain more."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368635

>>368625
"But…"
I frown and huff.
"Weren't you hugging me though?… How'd they confuse miss Emrille for me?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368636

>>368633
"Calm your teats, Light, we will still be partners."

>>368635
Roll my eyes.
"Right, well, have fun with this, I'm going to Abilio."

Go to his office.

Wf+6 368637

>>368635
No way you'd know this, based on when you woke up, but Spring and Curry should know you ended up curled up with him. Probably do to sleep shifting. Or possibly rogues.

>>368636
He opens the door. "Ah! If it isn't my favorite little pupil. I already have some theories I'd like to bounce off of you…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368638

>>368635
I think for a moment
"I was hugging you… At least before I fell asleep."

>>368636
I nod as she leaves

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368639

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368640

>>368637
I nod.
"Yeah, yeah, hold your horses for just a second.
Go in and close the door.
"Let's talk about this offer of yours again before you get into it too much."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368641

>>368636
I nod, get up, and take my leave.
"Very well then. If anypony requires my presence, I shall be with the commodore."
Go visit Smitts

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368642

>>368637
She was just going off of how she was sleeping when she fell asleep.
Spring was hugging her and she was hugging back, and she slowly drifted off to sleep. She was otherwise unaware that this position changed during the night.

>>368638
"And… what happened after you fell asleep?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368644

>>368634
"How much longer think we stay here?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368645

>>368642
"… I slept. I don't really remember any dreams… then I woke up in that bunker…"
I frown slightly

Wf+6 368646

>>368628
She scrunches again. "I'm not very used to your land customs yet…"

>>368640
He frowns. "Well it's not like I'm going to drop the research even if you don't comply. I'll age you back if you demand it, there will simply be no reason to remain here to do it. I suppose I will abduct beggars from cities and return them to youth. Certainly they could do with a different fate…"

He pauses. "That being said, I would obviously prefer to study somepony that is naturally more compliant, such as a student. And there's the matter of your as-yet unfinished training. I haven't taught you quite a bit."

>>368641
If he's in his cabin, he doesn't answer.

Wf+6 368647

>>368644
"I am not certain. Hopefully we will leave soon. I do not like it here."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368648

>>368647
"Seekkill not like her either."
I go looking for the doctors and Light Heart.

Light Heart [Warlord] 368650

>>368646
Hmmm…
Maybe he is out in the field again.
Welp, guess I'll just spend some time with Rosemary until things change.

Wf+6 368651

>>368648
You run into Light Heart, Rosemary, and Mocking Wark.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368654

>>368645
"With miss Emrille… while I was left behind back with mister Curry?…"
I frown even more.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368655

>>368650
"Weakheart know how long we stay here?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368656

>>368646
"Yes, you stay, and I get to be an officer with payment, right? Wasn't that what you said?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368657

>>368654
I nod
"Yes… Thank god they didn't touch you…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368658

>>368646
I'll chuckle slightly.
"Well, it's hardly custom, just an invitation. I can't remember the last time I shared bed space with another pony, so this was likely the first time in many years."
I'll smile a little.
"It was… more comforting than I thought it would be."

Wf+6 368659

>>368656
He adjusts his tricorne. "I'll talk to Smitts about it, but given that there's an opening currently, I don't see that it would be any issue. You can pass a simple interview with the new commodore, correct? If you can do that, I can do the rest."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368660

>>368655
"Ah, mister Seekkill, good morning. I myself am not quite certain, mister Smitts appears to be absent for now. I suppose we will have to be patient some while longer."
I pause for a moment
"Mister Seekkill, did you hear or see anything suspicious last night by any chance?"

Wf+6 368661

>>368658
She averts her gaze a little. "She uh… I woke up in the night. She came over and settled next to you with your… shrunken friend. You looked like a landpony family."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368662

>>368657
"Why'd they take miss Emrille instead of me though?…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368663

>>368659
I grin and nod.
"Goodie. I just have two simple conditions, and then you can study this cutie mark as much as you want."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368664

>>368662
I shrug
"I just don't know honey… it was probably dark and they were in a hurry…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368665

>>368660
"No. Why?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368666

>>368661
I'll look a little sad.
"Ah. Like a family…"
Shaking my head, I'll sort my thoughts.
"It seems I'll have to make the invitation clearer next time, miss Mera. You are welcome to join me whenever you wish, and if you so desire I could try sharing the tub with you some nights. If that isn't too forward a suggestion, of course."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368667

>>368665
"Several… hunters came aboard the ship and abducted both miss Spring and Emrille. Luckily, they managed to escape their fates and return here."

Wf+6 368668

>>368663
"Do elaborate."

>>368666
She blushes. "I meant… I just… I…"

She pauses and looks a little sad. "They accepted you so quickly… I thought you were like me."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368670

>>368667
I tilt my head.
"Why anyone eat Doctors? Doctors useful alive."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368671

>>368664
I continue frowning, saying no more.
Maybe…
Maybe I can just go back to sleep…
Rolling to fall asleep again.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368672

>>368668
I hold up one wing.
"Firstly, you will try to search for a way that allows you to grow me back into a mare with this new cutie mark, so you can keep studying it and teaching me, but I won't have to be a filly for it."
Hold up my other wing.
"Secondly, I want an officers uniform. A fucking fancy one at that, possibly one to match my hat. So everypony who sees me will know that I mean business, even if I look like a filly. And the fact I will need a gun fitting for my size is pretty obvious too. Do these, and we have a deal."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368673

>>368670
I chuckle
"I don't quite believe they intended on eating them. They were hunting them for a different reason, I imagine."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368675

>>368673
I make a disgusted face.
"Play with like Chip dog?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368678

>>368668
"We are probably more alike than they know. We were both raised by the sea, tides, and Moon. I likely seem to fit in more easily because I have lived longer on the land, and recall things from before the sea took me."
I'll give her a wry smile.
"I'm actually surprised they seem to like me, grumpy old hermit that I am."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368679

>>368675
I shake my head
"I believe they were interested in Summer because of her skills. As you may have noticed down in the temple, she appears to be of quite some importance to the Lunite religion. I imagine the Celestials somehow learned about this and wished to take them in. Perhaps they perceive her as a threat… or simply something to be watched. Unfortunately for them, they made a mistake and captured miss Emrille instead."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368681

>>368679
"Cel-es-tee-alls?"

Wf+6 368682

>>368672
He nods along. "I had actually intended to do the first, anyway. As for the second one… I have an idea…"

He reaches into the tophat on his desk and pulls out a fancy dress unicorn and magically sizes it down.

"How does this look?"

He examines your rifle. "I don't want to disturb the delicate mechanisms inside of this weapon. I will have Topaz reduce it, and enchant the outfit…"

>>368678
She just sighs a little.

Light Heart [Warlord] 368684

>>368681
I motion at the city
"Yes. Worshipers of princess Celestia. This city is filled with them. The unicorns are worshipers of her sister, Luna."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368685

>>368684
"Cel-es-tee-ah al-ih-corn?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368686

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368687

>>368671
I sigh and hold her close
"I'm sorry Summer… I failed to stay by your side…"
I look a little sad
"I was so worried when I woke up and you weren't around… But without Emrille… I don't know if I would have made it out…"

Wf+6 368688

>>368671
>>368686
Looks like they're keeping you awake.

Light Heart [Warlord] 368689

>>368685
I nod
"Indeed. Celestia and Luna are also referred to as 'the alicorn sisters'. Celestia is currently the sole ruler of Celestia, a seat she used to share with her now banished sister, Luna. As you can imagine, there is some bad blood between the two sides."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368691

>>368682
I grin and put the UNIFORM on.
Does he have a mirror anywhere?
If yes, start looking at myself in it.
"Enchant the outfit with what? Oh, and make sure to make the saddle for my baby fitting for this new look, I don't think the old saddle would go along well."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368692

>>368687
I continue frowning, not responding to her embrace.
"It's not that, it's… never mind."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368693

>>368682
"Chin up, miss Mera. If nothing else, you and I are family bound by duty, and that is a bond no other soul in the world has."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368695

>>368692
"… What? What's wrong Summer? Please tell me what's on your mind…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368696

>>368689
"Cel-es-tee-ah get rid of Loona to take power?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368697

>>368695
"…nothing's wrong."
I look away.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368698

>>368697
I deflate slightly.
"Well… whatever I did wrong… I'm so sorry for upsetting you."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368700

>>368696
I smile
"Now that is the interesting question is it not? Officially, Luna was banished after being corrupted and twisted into a horrible monster called Nightmare Moon. I personally hold little value to said story, as Celestia is a wicked tyrant after all."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368701

>>368700
"Nightmare moon? Wick-id? Tie-rant?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368702

>>368698
"…it's not what you did."

Wf+6 368703

>>368691
"An intimidation enchantment. You want to remain imposing, don't you?"

>>368693
She shrugs.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368705

>>368703
I smirk.
"Oh-oh-oh, of course! How would it work?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368706

>>368702
"… but why are you being so distant then? I… it makes me a little sad…"

Wf+6 368707

>>368705
"Just a little something to make you seem more imposing to the passive observer. It won't work on anyone who remembers who you are, but to strangers, you'll seem more intimidating than you did before your downsizing."

You'll get a +1 to intimidation rolls and only the most oblivious strangers will treat you like you're a little filly if you have it on.

Light Heart [Warlord] 368708

>>368701
"A wicked tyrant as in… a pony that keeps all the power to herself and cares not for others. She'll go through any lengths to uphold and increase her power. Nightmare Moon is simply the name given to Luna after she turned. She wished for the night to be eternal and loathed the Sun. A rather silly view on life, I must say."
I chuckle softly
"Religions tend to be silly like that, mister Seekkill."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368709

>>368703
My smile will falter, but I'll hitch it back up again in a flash.
"Alright, then I suppose it's time we get the others realize you're a charming young mare. We'll call it: 'Operation SSBD - fostering companionship of land and sea!'"
I'll have of course place my arm around Mera, and be gesturing in a non-direction, as I had for Summer just the other day.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368712

>>368706
I remain silent and look away.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368713

>>368708
I nod my head slowly as you speak.
"Cel-est-teeya sound like smart pony. What mean Loona turned?"

Wf+6 368714

>>368709
She shakes her head a little. "I don't want to force them to like me. It's just another reminder that I'm different."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368715

>>368707
I chuckle.
"Hah! Great! And the other pirates on the ships will know to treat me with respect too since I will be an officer, right? No more of that 'lowly jobber' bullshit from them?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368717

>>368712
"Hey…"
I put a hoof under her chin and gently turn her head to face me
"Don't close up like this on me… please."

Wf+6 368718

>>368715
"Well it would be definitively wrong to refer to you as a jobber if you were an officer."

Magic lights come out of his horn and begin to dance and form words, floating from top to bottom in this order:

COMMODORE
CAPTAINS
FIRST MATES
SECOND MATES
THIRD MATES
OFFICER CORPS
SENIOR RAIDERS
VETERAN RAIDERS
GREEN RAIDERS
NON-RAIDERS
JOBBERS
PRISONERS
SLAVES


"It's a considerable promotion, you know…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368720

>>368714
I'll give her a hurt look.
"Miss Mera, please. We aren't going to force them to do anything! We'll just show them that it doesn't matter what sort of pony you are, so long as your heart is true and you have a desire to be with others."
I'll give a her a playful little nudge.
"Now, miss Seas already likes you, and you won me over fairly quickly. Miss Heart seems to have an interest in you, so perhaps she could be a friend. Miss Spring as well."
I'll smile at her.
"We land ponies are rather simple once you get to know us, miss Mera. A kind word or deed can sometimes be all it takes for someone to begin to like you. That's the magic of friendship."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368721

>>368718
I keep smiling, rubbing my hooves together.
"With considerately more money… We have a deal, Abilio."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368722

>>368713
I chuckle
"Perhaps she is smart, yes. Though I am sure she will meet her downfall one day."
I shake my head slightly
"As for Luna… she transformed into what can only be described as a dangerous monster. Though again, this is assuming that the stories are true, which I don't quite believe."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368724

>>368717
"…I don't wanna make you sad…"
I sigh.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368725

>>368724
I sigh
"Well you wont help anypony by not telling either…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368726

>>368722
"NIghtmare moon sound like bad spirit. Bad to be near too often."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368727

>>368725
I frown and remain silent for a few moments, before eventually sighing.
"…it's about miss Emrille."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368728

>>368727
"What about her…?"

Wf+6 368729

>>368721
"Ah. Very good. Now then, onto the interesting part. Speculation. I wonder what could have brought on a different fate than your original one? My initial guess would be the training, but that is a little bit too hubris-filled for my liking as an initial hypothesis. Have you undergone any other major lifestyle changes lately? Something that could potentially affect the course of your ultimate fate?"

>>368720
She scrunches. "I'm not good at being friends with other ponies, though. The concept is alien to seaponies… Though… not entirely to me."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368730

>>368726
"Perhaps so, but it is none of my concern at the end of the day. She was banished centuries ago and I am quite certain Celestia wishes to keep it that way."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368731

>>368728
I remain silent again for a few moments, before speaking up.
"…miss Emrille's dangerous, momma."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368732

>>368731
I nod slowly
"That's true… she's a good shooter. If it wasn't for her skill, I wouldn't have gotten out of that bunker."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 368733

>>368730
I nod then leave and fly up to the crow's nest.

Wf+6 368734

>>368733
There is no one in the crow's nest of the Darklantern.

Light Heart [Warlord] 368735

>>368733
I watch him go, then turn to Rosemary and Wark
"Miss Rosemary, mister Wark, do either of you have anything you wish to do while we are awaiting further orders?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368736

>>368732
I push my way out of her embrace.
"Or… or maybe if that murderous pony wasn't there there wouldn't have been any conflict or shooting at all! Maybe miss Emrille just started shooting and made them start fighting back in defense! Maybe if she wasn't there you wouldn't have been in any danger at all!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368737

>>368729
I turn back to the mirror and start admiring my new outfit again.
"I've been trying to 'be a better pony', by the advice of Spring, yeah. I also couldn't use any of the elements at the time when I earned my first cutie mark, my magical abilites manifested later only."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368738

>>368729
I'll cock my head slightly and sit.
"How so? You've had friends before, miss Mera?"

Wf+6 368739

>>368735
Rosemary blushes. "Well, since we slept near fillies, we didn't… last night, I mean."

Wark just shrugs.

>>368737
"Interesting. Tell me more."

He approaches and lifts you up onto the counter so you can get closer, then fusses about helping you button the buttons with his telekinesis.

>>368738
She looks embarrassed. "No… but I've studied them."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368740

>>368736
I frown
"That's a bit unfair to assume, isn't it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368741

>>368740
I frown even more and stomp on the ground.
"She sold us out momma! She broke our trust in her… a- and she's just a bad pony in general! She's a murderer!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368742

>>368739
Hmm, fine, let him button them.
I like the collar too…
"About what? The new lifestyle or how I got my original mark?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368743

>>368739
Now I'm really curious.
"Studied? How do you mean? I doubt there are many books under the water…"

Wf+6 368744

>>368742
"Perhaps I'll have time for your whole story in time – might even be useful for the book I plan to write. For now, the differences between your first fillyhood and your second one would be the most relevant."

He pulls out a sugar jar filled with little cubes and sets it in front of you by the mirror, then levitates off the lid.

>>368743
"Up until ten years ago, Luna used to talk to me every night…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368745

>>368744
"Ten years ago?"
I'll rub my beard.
That's about when my teacher vanished…
"And this was… just in your dreams?"

Wf+6 368746

>>368745
"Sometimes waking visions when I was in the Inner Sanctum, but mostly dreams, yes."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368747

>>368741
"Listen Summer… I know Emrille has done some bad things… hurt ponies that didn't deserve it… and probably some other stuff that wasn't very nice."
I sigh
"But there is no point in remaining hostile to somepony if they truly want to repent and feel bad for their sins. That is a teaching of Luna herself… and you should know that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368748

>>368746
Perhaps… perhaps maybe…
"How… did she appear in the waking dreams?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368749

>>368744
I glance at the sugar, then at him.
"Uh, what's this?"
Then shake my head slightly.
"Anyway, the first time I got my cutie mark is when I saved my life by shooting a bullet that was fired at me. And that was the fourth time I ever fired a gun in my life, so I can't say I did it conciously either, I just did it out of reflex. It not only saved my life, but it killed the guy who was trying to kill me to, and landed me my first cutie mark."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368750

>>368739
I nod
"Indeed. You wish to remedy that right now, miss Rosemary?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368751

>>368747
"And how do you know she isn't just setting us up again? How do you know… how do you know that she isn't gonna do something bad to us! How do you know she wasn't lying when she apologized?"
I shake my head and grit my teeth.
"She's already gotten you… she got you killed once! A- And nearly got you killed again! Momma… she's dangerous…"

Wf+6 368752

>>368748
"I could hear her voice all around me, and she would present herself with the moon as her symbol."

>>368749
He raises an eyebrow. "A reward stimulus for being cooperative. Too lab-ratty?"

He listens to your story. "Interesting. I need more context, though. I presume that 'being a good pony' was not emphasized in your first experience at youth based on your volunteering of that information."

He absently floats a sugar cube up and into his mouth.

>>368750
She blushes. "If we have spare time."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368753

>>368751
I sigh
"Because… because she went out of her way to save our lives Summer. From something we wouldn't have come back from no matter how much money we have. She truly cares."

Light Heart [Warlord] 368754

>>368752
"Well mister Smitts has yet to return, so I suppose we do have time, yes."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368755

>>368752
"I… see."
I'll deflate slightly.
"I had thought for a moment we had somehow had the same teacher, as mine had disappeared ten years ago as well."
I'll smile a little.
"Hard to forget an old mare like her, looking more like a bundle of kelp than a pony…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368756

>>368752
I glare at him.
"You got to be kidding me…"
Okay, take one sugarcube anyway.
"And no, I wasn't trying to be a good pony back then. I was trying to fucking survive. When I got my hooves on my gun and discovered just how much more mugging ponies helps out than digging out food from the trash, I didn't really care about image or anything."

Wf+6 368757

>>368755
"Luna takes many forms. I am confident she was acting through your teacher, like the tide."

>>368754
She smiles and rubs against you amorously, clearly ready to go find a bunk. Wark politely looks away.

"Just remember… when you decide things are stable… I'll be ready to take things to the next level. And… don't worry too much about being a good parent. I'm sure you'll make a great father, even as a mare!"

>>368756
He seems pleased that you are accepting the sugarcubes. He nods, interested at your story.

"Do you think being a good pony could change your fate?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 368758

>>368757
I smile back at her
"I will be sure to let you know when I feel so, miss Rosemary. Thank you for your most kind words."
Now, let's lead her away to somewhere more private.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368759

>>368757
I look away and think for a few seconds.
"…well, I'm sorta' not so fast on killing ponies, and if they are alive they can change my fate, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368760

>>368757
"Perhaps. If so, that's another bond we share."
I'll sigh.
"If only we'd met sooner! Perhaps one day she had planned for us to meet, but something happened ten years ago that prevented it…"

Wf+6 368761

>>368760
She softly replies, "The filly is ten…"

>>368759
He nods along. "That could be it… Though the idea that even the most cut-throat could be reformed if returned to their formative years… It would certainly be appealing to the legal system…"

He brightens. "Ah! Your talent itself. I think it has something to do with developing your abilities to shoot directly tied to the elements themselves. I expect you'll want to continue your training soon."

Sol 368762

>>368753
"But she… she… she got you KILLED momma! And nearly got you killed a SECOND TIME! A- and… and…"
I sniffle.
"How do you… she's evil! Evil! She's a murderer and a killer and and…"
I sniffle some more, reaching up with a hoof to wipe away a tear.
"And you don't even care… y- you just want to hug her and let her cry to you a- a- and nothing she does will ever be wrong ever! No matter how many ponies she kills or how many times she gets you killed!… W- Well fine! Fine fine fine! You can do that! I- I'll just leave then! And you can replace me with her like you want to! I hate her and I hate all the pirates a-and… and… I hate you!"
I run away and off the ship, assuming we're still docked.

Wf+6 368763

>>368758
You lead her away to a bunk and she follows hot on your heels.

Fade or play?

Light Heart [Warlord] 368764

>>368763
Fade is fine.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368765

>>368761
I nod.
"Of course I do…. but, uh, do you think this new mark will change the way how well I can shoot?"

368766

>>368762
"S-Summer! Stop!"
I get up and run after her to try and catch her

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 368767

>>368764
You gingerly take her into your hooves, then wings, and work her around so that she's on bottom…████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

>>368765
"Almost certainly."

>>368766
You trip.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368768

>>368761
I'll blink.
"You don't think…"
I'll toss a glance at Summer.
"No, that… she's just a filly."
I'll pause a moment.
"…A filly that could make a moonstone work, after they've been inactive for who knows how long."
I'll rub my beard for a moment.
"I see. That must be why the Celestials seem to want her, even to the point of attempted kidnapping."
I'll frown.
"But then… what sort of duties does Luna expect her to fulfill? And how in the deep blue am I going to convince her mother to let miss Seas learn to defend herself? She likely won't swallow 'because Luna needs her to' as an excuse…"

368769

>>368767
I get up and keep running after her

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sol 368770

>>368769
>>368767
I run as far away as I can.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368771

>>368768
>>368762
>>368766
>>368769
And then that happens, interrupting the conversation.
After Summer! '1d10'
"Come along miss Mera! I hope you're used to your landlegs!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 368772

>>368767
"So…should I try it out or something?"

Wf+6 368773

>>368769
>>368770
You both trip and waste the exact same amount of time getting off.

>>368771
Curry outruns both of you and catches Summer.

Mera can't keep up and stays behind.

[Pause]

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368774

>>368773
I try to escape his grasp
'1d10'
"Let me go! Let me go!"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368775

>>368774
"Miss Seas, calm yourself!"
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368776

>>368773
>>368774
I breathe heavily as I catch up to her
"S-Summer… Calm down. Please."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368777

>>368774
>>368775
Well, let's just say that puts you in a hug.
"Miss Seas, please, calm down. Talk to me."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368778

>>368776
>>368775
"No! Let me go! Let. Me. Go!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368779

>>368778
"I refuse until you promise to calm down and not run away."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368780

>>368778
"Summer, calm down! Stop running and talk to me!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368781

>>368779
"No!"
>>368780
"Why should I? You don't care about me anymore! You just care about Emrille! You tell her everything and you hug her and sleep with her and she can never ever do anything wrong!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368782

>>368781
"Then I'm not letting you go, Summer."
And I'll try to give her a gentle hug. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368783

>>368782
I try to break free of his hug and go back to running.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368784

>>368783
Nope, not having it. Combat hugs. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368785

>>368781
"That's not true! For Luna's sake Summer, you are the most important thing in my life! You always have been and always will be!"

>>368783
"Stop running! For goodness sake Summer!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368786

>>368784
Where the hell did you get the +1?
I continue resisting then.
'1d10'
>>368785
"You sure don't act like it!"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368787

>>368786
Child of Gaia. +1 to "combat" rolls in natural environs. We are on a beach, after all. Just be glad you got off the ship, otherwise it'd be a +2.
"Summer, please just calm down."
Regular hugging. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368788

>>368786
"B-But I do! Everything I do is to protect you!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368789

>>368788
>>368787
I finally just give up and stop resisting.
"Yeah, sure! That's why your always letting Emrille get away with everything! That's why your letting Emrille KILL YOU! That's why you trust Emrille more than me! I hate you I hate you I hate you I HATE YOU!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368790

>>368789
I'll frown a little.
This puts her trying to shoot Emrille to shame, doesn't it.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368791

>>368789
"B-But… Emrille saved our lives! Why don't you understand what I'm trying to do!? If I hadn't given her a chance, she wouldn't have saved us!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368792

>>368791
"Why do you believe her?! She's evil! Like the rest of the pirates! She can't be… redeemed! Not Feelfear not Light Heart not Chip not Tiny not anyone, and especially not her! She's a bad apple! A murderer! A killer! Evil!"
I frown deeply.
"But you don't care! You don't care at all what I say!"
I stay silent afterwords, ignoring whatever Spring or Curry say or do.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368793

>>368792
I'll frown a little deeper.
"Miss Spring, do you mind if miss Mera and I borrow your daughter for a little while? You have my solemn oath she will return to you unharmed."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368794

>>368792
"Summer listen to me… I care about you more than anything else in this world, you… you probably don't know it but… you're what gives me purpose in this world. You've been my driving force for the past 10 years… I'm nothing without you but a lonesome broken old mare…"
I wipe away a tear
"I-If you want to hate me… then I guess I can't really stop you… Knowing that you do hurts me more than anything else in this world but… that doesn't change my purpose. I'm going to keep you safe, give you the attention and care you deserve and keep guarding you by any means necessary… and if that makes me the villain of the piece to you… then I guess I've failed you… and I'm sorry for that."
I close my eyes, my voice starting to waver again
"There's a lot of things I regret saying and doing in my life but… I'll never regret being your mother."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368795

>>368794
Though I suppose whatever I was going to say wouldn't quite measure up to that, now would it…

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368796

>>368794
My expression gradually becomes sadder and sadder as she continues with her speech, my anger swiftly dissipating and being replaced by sadness.
I wiggle my way out of Curry's hug and move over to her, pulling her into a hug and burying my face in her chest.
"I- I- I'm sorry momm! I just… I'm scared a- and… and you've already died once and I don't want you to die again a- and I don't know what to do and everything's so scary a- and…"
I trail off into sobs.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368797

>>368796
I'll settle next to the two of them, and without a word pull them both into a hug.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368798

>>368796
I return the hug, tearing up as well
"I know sweetie… I'm scared too… but we just have to be brave, okay? Both of us have to be brave right now… we'll work our way out of this… I know we will… I know it's really hard but… you're a strong filly, you always have been a real fighter…"

>>368797
I wince slightly as he touches me, but relax soon after

Summer Seas [Cleric] 368799

>>368798
>>368797
I merely continue sobbing and hugging Spring tightly.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 368800

>>368798
>>368799
After a moment, I'll tighten the hug for just a second, and then let them both go.
"Miss Spring, I'll be right over there if you need me. I think, perhaps, you and your daughter need some time to yourselves."
Giving them a small nod, I'll back away and give them some space.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 368801

>>368799
And I'll just keep comforting her.

Wf+6 369315

Last time on Pirates:

>Relationships are hard

>Emrille gonna be a lil pon for some time
>Light Heart giving Rosemary a good fucking
>Summer wants all the pirates to die with no chance of redemption

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369316

Tony [Trickster] 369317

>>369315
To the shrine. NOW.
I have an appointment with destiny.

Light Heart [Warlord] 369318

>>369315
Damn right I gave her a right fucking.
I'll go ahead and get all cuddly in the afterglow while I go an grab some food from the grocery store

Felfire [Necromancer] 369319

>>369315
I should find the ship's fruit storage.
Unless it is morning, then I should go to Abilio.

Tela [Spellsword] 369320

>>369315
errr…
I should… uh… walk around the ship maybe. Find someone important to bother.

Wf+6 369321

>>369316
He gives you an odd look.

"Not in my cabin."

>>369317
A certain rabbit is waiting there for you.

"YOU HAVE RETURNED DO YOU HAVE IT."

>>369318
Rosemary is a very cuddly lover pone.

>>369319
It is morning! Abilio is likely in his cabin. When you arrive, you hear voices inside.

>>369320
There's a massive bull looking impatient at the helm of the Seaworthy. He's chatting with a pegasus in a naval uniform.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369322

>>369321
"Then where? And when?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369323

>>369321
Well, time to knock. I wouldn't want to be late.
"It's Felfire."

Tony [Trickster] 369324

>>369321
Reach into my coat and show the gas mask triumphantly.

Tela [Spellsword] 369325

>>369321
Trot up to the helm
"Hey! When are we leaving this damn city!?"

Wf+6 369327

>>369322
He's about to speak when there's a knock at the door.

"Ah, I was going to say now, but it looks like I'm going to be inextricably occupied. An unfortunate burden right now, I'm afraid. Go out and get some practice, I need to deal with this first."

>>369323
He calls through the door, "Come in."

It unlocks. Emrille is in the chamber. She's wearing a new outfit.

>>369324
"VERY GOOD TONY WE MOVE INTO PHASE TWO OF THE PLAN IT IS A GOOD DAY FOR DISCORD I THINK DO YOU NOT BEFORE WE PROCEED FURTHER I SHOULD INTRODUCE MYSELF FORMALLY I HAVE YOU AT A DISADVANTAGE MY NAME IS ITZTLI AND I AM INDEED THE KEEPER OF THIS SHRINE TO THE CHANGER OF WAYS BUT ENOUGH WITH PLEASANTRIES LET US DISPENSE WITH THEM THERE WILL BE FURTHER TIME LATER FOR NOW WE NEED SOMETHING ELSE IN PARTICULAR A MIX OF THINGS AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS LIST RETURN AND THE FUN BEGINS NEXT WE REQUIRE A MINE ORB FROM THE CHURCH OF DEALS WHEN YOU HAVE OBTAINED IT SET IT LOOSE ON THE ENDLESS PARTY AT THE SHRINE OF THE LAUGHING ONE AND BRING THE RESULT HERE"

>>369325
The bull breaks out into conversation with the pegasus in a language of gibberish.

"Jag kunde inte förstå. Vad säger han?"
"Vad säger hon."
"Det är vad jag ber."
"Nej, jag korrigera dig. Det är en hona."
"Är du säker?"
"Jag tror det."
"Tja, om så är fallet, tala om för henne att hon kan gå när hon monterar mig."
"Jag tror inte att hon kommer att tro det."
"Spelar det någon roll?"
"Jo hon inte göra det om hon inte tror det."
"Huruvida hon faktiskt inte att det är oviktigt." "Dessutom ponnyer är för små och svaga, och jag kan inte skilja dem åt?"
"Vad händer med mig?"
"Jag använder din uniform för att skilja dig."
"Du är för grym."

They chuckle back and forth, then seem to remember you're there. The pegasus addresses you.

"Captain Umlock doesn't know."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369328

>>369327
"Practice where? And which ones exactly?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369329

>>369327
Enter and close the door behind me. Nod at both.
Turn to Emrille.
"Still a kid?"

Wf+6 369330

>>369328
"The element of earth is likely the one you've practiced the least. Practice it."

>>369329
He pulls out chalk and a few tomes.

Felfire [Necromancer] 369331

>>369330
Well let's go near him and sit quietly.

Tela [Spellsword] 369332

>>369327
"… what the hell kind of language was that?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369333

>>369330
I nod.
"Gotcha…"
Then groan.
"But I don't need to get hurt for that, do I?"

>>369329
I nod.
"Will be for a while too."

Light Heart [Warlord] 369334

>>369321
And I'm back
I slowly get back on my hooves after I feel we've wasted enough time
"Well miss Rosemary, I hope you enjoyed catching up on our scheduled lovemaking."

Wf+6 369335

>>369333
"Once you understand how the element of Earth feels, you should know if you are successful by feel regardless of whether or not there are physical effects."

>>369331
He starts drawing a series of lines on the chalkboard while he carries his discussion with Emrille.

>>369332
"That? Oh, it's from the North. You've probably never come into contact with it."

Umlock seems to be staring at you while Sunnyskies chats.

>>369334
She nuzzles you. "I did."

369336

>>369335
Are any of those familiar from my earlier studies with Magenta?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369337

>>369335
I nod.
"Right. One last thing, I know I have to hit something for it, but does it matter what do I hit?"

Tony [Trickster] 369338

>>369327
Listen intently and bow my head
"Of course, Iztli. I shall get this mine orb and unleash it.
Before I go however, I would like to ask what this "mine orb" is.
And if it's a weapon, wether or not the church of deals just sells it openly."

Tela [Spellsword] 369340

>>369335
"It sounded like you two were drunk off of your asses, but whatever. So that's the captain of this ship? How does he even give his orders?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 369341

>>369335
"Good. I have an assignment for you."

Wf+6 369343

>>369336


>>369337
"The functional benefit of the Earth element is to shore up your stance and keep you on your hooves longer. It doesn't actually heal physical wounds. Targets will do just as well as real foes if you're just practicing, but in real combat, hitting your target is necessary to give you the time to get back into position."

>>369336
A few of them. The general purpose summoning circle is the most obvious. There are a few symbols for various Tartarian Overlords, and some script in Tartarian tongue.

>>369338
You don't think you've ever seen a rabbit laugh before. It's odd looking.

"[b]IT WOULD SOUND LIKE THAT WOULD IT NOT IT IS NOT A WEAPON IT IS AN ENCHANTED OBJECT USED BY MINERS DUE TO THE NATURE OF SOME UNDERGROUND AIR IT ABSORBS TOXINS."

>>369340
"Through his First Mate if necessary, but that's rarely required. The Captain's orders are usually simple enough."

Umlock mutters something:
"Jag kan inte sluta föreställande henne att infogad Face och Tough Guy."
"Sluta."
"Jag tror att hon gillar det grovt."

Sunnyskies clears his throat. "I assure you, I am not drunk."

>>369341
She nods. "What is it?"

Tela [Spellsword] 369345

>>369343
"Yeah… remind me to not stay on this ship. Speaking of staying, where the hell is the commodore? I wanna talk with him about my stay.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369346

>>369343
I nod.
"Right, right, I got it. When should I come back?"

Head for the door, but wait for her answer.
"And when do we talk with Smitts?"

369347

>>369343
Looks solid. Tartarian tongue, I have to learn that. Try and locate Azazel's symbol. Memorize the others.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tony [Trickster] 369348

>>369343
Slowly a smile starts to form on my face.
"I see.
I shall return with the filled orb as quickly as possible."
Bow my head again before the bunny, before I leave for the Church of Deals.

Wf+6 369349

>>369346
"I already spoke with Smitts last night, unless you mean about the other matter. Let's get out to see first, he'll be more amenable. I'll come collect you when I'm done."

>>369347
It's boxed off in the lower right corner.

>>369345
He shrugs. "Scouting or something."

Light Heart [Warlord] 369350

>>369343
"I want you to hit on miss Tela."

Wf+6 369351

>>369348
You arrive in short order.

Wf+6 369352

>>369350
She gives you an odd look that reads Haha… what?

"Ha ha… what?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369353

>>369349
I nod again, then leave.

Let's find Tela right away!

Wf+6 369354

>>369353
She's near the helm of the Seaworthy.

Light Heart [Warlord] 369355

>>369352
I smirk
"I want you to head out and find miss Tela, attempt to seduce her and then tell me how she reacted to it."

Tela [Spellsword] 369356

>>369349
"Goddammit! Why can't you people just stay on your ships?"

Tony [Trickster] 369357

>>369351
Go find one of tellers.
"Good day, sir.
I'm looking for some mining supplies,
particularly something to get rid of underground toxins."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369358

>>369356
"Heya bitch! I need you!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369359

>>369349
"Why does this summoning circle contain all the Overlords' symbols?"

Tela [Spellsword] 369361

>>369358
"Emmy? What the hell is wrong with you? What's with the outfit?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369362

>>369361
Flutter up and land on her back.
"Guess who got a new cutie mark? And a promotion to officer of the fleet? Huh? Come on, guess who~"

Tela [Spellsword] 369363

>>369362
"What in the fuck are you on about, Emmy? Did you fall into a barrel of rum or something?"

Wf+6 369364

>>369355
She looks confused and panicky at first, but takes a deep breath, and nods. "Okay."

>>369357
"You must be looking for a 'canary', right?"

He summons a servant who drops a golden-yellow orb of about four inch diameter on the table.

>>369359
"Not all of them… And because it's not a real circle. These are some of the more commonly selected Overlords and an incomplete circle. Note the lack of seal lines here and here, as well as no symbol inscription at the center, though that is optional."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369365

>>369363
I shake my head with a smirk.
"No, look!"
Show her my new cutie mark that looks entire different than the old one.
"I got it when I got abducted yesterday and shot the guy who did it, then Abilio said that if I stay as a filly so he can study how a pony can get a second cutie mark, he will make me an officer! That's what with the outfit!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 369366

>>369364
I grin
"Excellent. Good luck, miss Rosemary."
Leave her to her confusion and go visit Abilio

Felfire [Necromancer] 369367

>>369364
"Mhmhm."
Keep looking at the Overlords' symbols.
"I don't know a word of tartarian thou."

Wf+6 369368

>>369366
When you arrive at his cabin there are voices within.

Tela [Spellsword] 369369

>>369365
"You what? You fucking what? Are you pulling my leg?"

Wf+6 369370

>>369367
"It won't be necessary for you to learn for the extent of your training. I'm just going to teach you enough that you can live with your condition."

Light Heart [Warlord] 369371

>>369368
I gently knock on the door
"Master Abilio? Are you occupied?"

Tony [Trickster] 369372

>>369364
Pick it up and take a critical look at it.
"Mmmmh. Looks a bit different than the ones we used back in Trottingham…."
Look at the teller.
"You can guarantee me this will absorb any toxins out of the air?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369373

>>369369
Ruffle her mane while still standing on her back.
"No I'm not, so you better behave from now on! Who's the better merc, now, huh?"
Let out a chuchkle.

Tela [Spellsword] 369376

>>369373
"Oh you little shit… Get off of my back! You're not going to use me to walk your lazy ass everywhere while you show off your little clown costume, ya hear!?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369377

>>369370
"I could do much better than just live with it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369378

>>369376
"Won't I?~"
I laugh again.
"Oh, this is a great idea actually… but that's not why I'm here. I need you and your shield spell for target practice."

Tela [Spellsword] 369379

>>369378
"Oh of course you do, god knows you need the all the practice you can get."

Wf+6 369380

>>369371
"Presently. Is it urgent?"

>>369372
"That would be the purpose."

>>369377
"Well I'm certainly not going to waste the time on you if you plan on killing yourself."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369381

>>369379
"I'm serious! Oh, come on, even if I do shoot you accidentally, we can get you patched up! And I need to see if I can still shoot like I used to with my new cutie mark or if my destiny has changed with it!"

Campfire 369382

Am I still in the crow's nest?

Light Heart [Warlord] 369383

>>369380
"Not quite, no. I shall leave you be in that case, my apologies for the disturbance."
I turn to Wark instead
"Master Wark, is there anything you wish to do while we await our departure?"

Wf+6 369384

>>369382
Probably.

>>369383
He shrugs.

"If ye have nothin' ta do, I'm gonna take a nap."

Tony [Trickster] 369385

>>369380
"Fine then. I'll take it."
Put a doubloon on the table.
"I'm sure this will cover it."

Tela [Spellsword] 369386

>>369381
"Gah fuck, fine. Where do you wanna practice?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369387

Oh fuck this, gonna try.

I cuddle up to Spring, my sobs slowly dying down.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369388

>>369386
"Let's get off the ship first so I don't set it on fire by accident."

Hop off her back and walk to the shore.

Wf+6 369390

>>369385
He takes it and gives you the orb.

Tela [Spellsword] 369391

>>369388
"Yeah, great loss that would be. Maybe you'd burn your precious little uniform."
Follow her

Light Heart [Warlord] 369392

>>369384
I nod
"Very well. Enjoy your nap, master Wark."
I guess I'll go into stasis for a while

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369393

>>369387
"Did that make you feel better?"

Tony [Trickster] 369394

>>369390
That was….easy, I'm concerned.
"Pleasure doing business."
Get out, get to the shrine of laughter.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369395

>>369391
I smirk.
"Never! I know you are just jealous of how good I look~"

Turn around to face her once we are on the shore nearby the ships and get my revolver out.
"So now would be a good time to put that shield of yours to the test, wouldn't it?"

369396

>>369395
"Yeah yeah, don't rush me…"
try and put up a protective bubble

Roll #1 6 = 6

369397

>>369384
I fly around over the water and try to spot a fish in the morning light.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369398

>>369393
"No… I'm still scared…"
I sniffle.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369399

>>369396
"Three two one go heads up!"
Earth Shot, aim at her leg or something non-vital.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 369400

>>369380
"I'm still here. I have friends. A reason to live. I'm not going to kill myself. Not permanently, if I can avoid it."

Wf+6 369402

>>369394
As soon as you enter the Shrine's area, the orb begins to react to the heavy smoke in the air, and it keeps you safe from becoming intoxicated.

>>369397
Can't see shit, captain.

369403

>>369402
Come in closer to shore and see if I can spot anything.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 369404

>>369403
No fish.

Tela [Spellsword] 369405

>>369399
So… that's one hit gone?

Tony [Trickster] 369406

>>369402
Grab another beer, "Thanks, mate.", but stay to the side of the party.
Let the orb do its job for a while until it's filled up.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369408

>>369404
I go back to the pillager's fancy and choke down some rations. After that I glide around in circles above the beach and watch Emrille and Tela.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369409

>>369398
"Well… I'm here to protect you no matter what, okay? And so is Curry… and Luna!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369410

>>369405
It is
I think I feel what Abilio was talking about.
"Just a few more. Think you can handle it, cupcake?"

Wf+6 369411

>>369406
Soon it has completed its work and it is filled.

>>369400
"Then you will live with it."

>>369408
Noted.

>>369399
>>369396
Bubble goes up. Shot goes off.

Seriously do this yourselves it's not real PVP I don't have to run this.

Tony [Trickster] 369412

>>369411
Then it's time to get this show on the road.
I give that beer to the nearest drunkard that doesn't have one and get back to the shrine of the Changer.

Tela [Spellsword] 369413

>>369410
I roll my eyes
"You're not as tough as you think you are hotshot."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369414

>>369413
"Hotshot, eh?"
Fire Shot at her!
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Wf+6 369415

>>369414
Nothing seems to be different about your Elemental Shot.

>>369412
"GOOD YOU HAVE RETURNED I SEE THE ORB IS FULL WELL DONE AND NOW THE FINAL PHASE OF THE PLAN WE WILL NEED TO BE MORE COVERT DRINK THIS."

He pulls a vial seemingly from thin air.

Tela [Spellsword] 369416

>>369414
"Aren't you supposed to be good at this stuff? Two fancy shots and you still haven't pierced? Are you even trying, Emmy?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369417

>>369409
I look up at her with a tearful smile, and nuzzle her, saying no more.

Tony [Trickster] 369418

>>369415
You've got to take some risks when working for the Big Man.
Take it and drink it without hesitation.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369419

>>369416
"Oh, you asked for it, but don't come crying to me when it starts hurting!"
Use Air for a more accurate shot!
'1d10+3'

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Wf+6 369420

>>369418
In an instant you are looking at the rabbit from a new perspective. He's at eye-level. You examine your hooves and find snow-white paws. You're a rabbit until further notice.

"GOOD THIS WILL ALLOW US TO BE MORE SUBTLE FOLLOW ME THE FUN BEGINS."

He hops off toward a chapel.

Tony [Trickster] 369421

>>369420
Follow him as fast as I can.

Tela [Spellsword] 369422

>>369419
I snort as the shield collapses
"Took you long enough, didn't it?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369423

>>369417
I smile back at her
"Luna gave you purpose… a divine purpose. If she believes you can pull through this then… we should try our hardest… together."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369424

>>369422
Fire blindly in the air above her.
"Bang!"
Then chuckle.
"Being cheeky, aren't we?"

Tony [Trickster] 369425

>>369420
Can I talk to the rabbit as a rabbit?
Can I talk to ponies for that matter?

Wf+6 369426

>>369421
He leads you into a crevice in the wall, and after a twisting length of passages, you exit into the rafters above some very-serious looking clergy.

He whispers as quietly as he can, which is only moderately booming:

"now drop it"

Wf+6 369427

>>369425
Not yet

Tony [Trickster] 369428

>>369426
Drop that.
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

369429

"I'm just saying how it is, Emmy."
I crack my neck slightly and put up a new shield
"Now come on. Quit holding back like a little bitch and hit me with your best shot."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369430

>>369429
"Good thing you are too big of a target to miss!"
Chuckle again, then Frost Shot.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369431

>>369423
I softly frown.
"I just wanna go home…"

Wf+6 369433

>>369428
Your aim sucks, but it doesn't matter. It explodes, and soon the serious-looking clergy break out into dance and rabid partying. Itztli nods in approval.

The effects of the drink fade and you find yourself explode back into normal form. Not that anyone below seems to notice.

"DISCORD COMMANDS HIS ENEMIES CUT LOOSE."

>>369430
Suddenly the world seems a dark and scary place for a filly like yourself.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369434

>>369432
ctrl+b

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369435

>>369431
"I do too… but we can't. Not yet. We have to stay strong and be brave. We can push our way through this if we stick together."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369436

>>369411
"I could do great things with it, you know."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369437

>>369433
I drop the gun from my aim and start shivering.
"T-Tela…"

Wf+6 369438

>>369436
"It would seem you are petulant as you are reckless."

Tela [Spellsword] 369440

>>369437
"Yeah? You're giving up on me, Emmy? I know my shield spells are good, but c'mon."

Tony [Trickster] 369441

>>369433
Giggle at the clergy below.
"Amen to that.
I bet they haven't cut this loose since the last time they got a new bunch of choir colts."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369442

>>369438
Cross my hooves and shut up.
"Just teach me then, whatever. I will show you, not try to sweet talk you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369443

>>369440
"No… I… I don't want to do this anymore…"
Drop the gun in the sand before me.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369444

And suddenly I exist. The five of us (Summer, Spring, Mera, Emrille, and I) have an appointment with Abilio. Might want to swing by Felfire and invite her to come with us, since she was lamenting about the lack of quality time with him.

Tela [Spellsword] 369445

>>369443
I roll my eyes
"Fine."
I drop the shield and walk over
"You know… you probably shouldn't let that cute lil' gun of yours lie on the sand like that."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369447

>>369443
>>369445
I land in the sand next to them.
"What happening?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369448

>>369435
"I don't… I just wanna go home… I wanna go back and see m- my friends a- and… and be home…"
I sniffle again.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369449

>>369445
Run to her and hug her leg as she walks closer.
"I don't want to! I'm…it's scary…"

Tela [Spellsword] 369450

>>369447
"Oh it's you, didn't notice you!"

>>369449
I wince
"The fuck!? Oh ha ha, real funny. Cut the crap Emmy, you're not fooling anyone."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369451

>>369447
"W-What?"

>>369450
I look up at her and hug her leg tighter.
"I'm not t-trying to trick you!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369452

>>369450
I cackle.
"Pony not supposed to notice Seekkill."

>>369449
"Pony acting like real filly."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369453

>>369448
I sigh
"We just can't sweetie… our home is gone… we can rebuild but… not yet, okay?"

Wf+6 369454

>>369441
"DISCORD IS PLEASED BY YOUR PROGRESS AND WILLING TO SHARE HIS SECRETS THE CHANGER OF WAYS HAS MUCH IN STORE FOR YOU FURTHER I WILL OFFER MY ASSISTANCE THE PIECES ARE IN PLACE FOR A CONVERGENCE NOW ONLY THE TIDE WE AWAIT."

>>369442
He draws four sets of two lines at regular intervals on the circle. "Do you know what these are?"

>>369444
Noted.

Felfire [Necromancer] 369455

>>369454
"Binding lines."

Tela [Spellsword] 369456

>>369451
I snort
"Sure kid, sure. You wouldn't fucking dare, would you?"

>>369452
"Yeah right! She's just trying to mess with us."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369457

>>369452
"A-Acting?"

Wf+6 369458

>>369455
"Good. And do you know why they are important?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369459

>>369454
I don't suppose I notice what's happening with the others on the beach? We're all out there… so I should probably roll to see if I do.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369460

>>369456
I shake my head and gulp.
"Why are you accusing me?!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369461

>>369458
"They prevent the tartarians from breaking the pacts and breaking free into our world."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369462

>>369456
>>369457
"Hugging bigpony legs. Smells afraid. Acting like filly on Island."

Tony [Trickster] 369463

>>369454
"Very well. Though I'm curious."
Tap the gas mask.
"What did we need this for?"

Tela [Spellsword] 369464

>>369460
I scrutinize her
"Are you seriously…"

>>369462
"… what? No fucking way."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369465

>>369462
I hide behind Tela from him.
"I d-don't smell like anything!"

>>369464
"Tell him I don't!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369466

>>369464
I sniff the air a few times.
"No fucking, fucking not smell like fear."

>>369465
"Yes you do."

Wf+6 369467

>>369459
You lose yourself in thoughts of that one time when you totally fucked a mare.

Well, really, she just fell on you. That sure was something though.

>>369461
He nods. "Freedom is the important part. Remember that in general, Tartarians are evil, and will hurt you if they can. Now then, do you recognize this symbol?"

He indicates the chalking of two concentric circles surrounded by eight dots.

>>369463
He puts a paw to his chin. "RIGHT. ONE OF US WAS TO WEAR THAT TO AVOID BECOMING LOOPY. BUT WE WERE BOTH RABBITS AT THE TIME SO IT DIDN'T FIT YOU. THIS PLAN MAY HAVE BEEN POORLY THOUGHT OUT."

It is now readily apparent that you are surrounded on all sides by the gas. Roll to save.

Tony [Trickster] 369468

>>369467
Roll to save
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tela [Spellsword] 369469

>>369465
I turn around and pick her up, looking her in the eye
"Are you 100% serious right now?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369470

>>369467
"No, actually I don't."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369471

>>369466
"I don-"

>>369469
I yelp as she picks me up suddenly, and glance away.
"A-About what? I don't know what you are talking about… I just want to g-go home…"

Wf+6 369472

>>369468
Itztli ends up stuffing another vial down your throat and dragging an incredibly high rabbit out of the chapel.

"GOOD MAIN PHASE ONE IS COMPLETE RETURN TO ME AT NOON AND MAIN PHASE TWO BEGINS WHEN NOON COMES RETURN TO ME UNTIL THEN I CAN SHARE WITH YOU THE TEACHINGS OF DISCORD OR EVEN CHANGE YOUR WAYS MYSELF."

Itztli unlocked as Respec Trainer for everyone. Unlocked as Discord Trainer for you.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369473

>>369467
Shake my head clear of such thoughts. It's too improper, and she's right there! And so Mera.
Besides, that Celestial probably tripped her to embarrass her and make my job more difficult. Luckily that didn't work.
Anyway, so long as Spring and Summer are bonding, I'll just leave them in Mera's care and start to head back to the boat to gather the empty books and writing supplies for copying the History text.
Unless something stops me on the way, of course.

Tela [Spellsword] 369474

>>369471
"Yeah okay, you finally completely lost it Emmy."
I look around, where the hell is that unicorn doctor?

Wf+6 369475

>>369470
"That is the symbol of President Haagenti. Do you know his role in Tartarus?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369476

>>369453
I sadly nod.
"I miss home…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369477

>>369474
I gulp.
"Lost what?"
Look around.
"L-Lost what? Oh no, no… if I lost something they'll be mad at me…"

Wf+6 369478

>>369473
Didn't you buy some?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369479

>>369476
I sigh and just hug her now.

>>369474
we're further away on the beach

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369480

>>369478
Well, you don't expect me to carry them around everywhere, even while I sleep. They were left in Spring and Summer's sleeping area, and I didn't have time to gather them up before Summer bolted.

Tony [Trickster] 369482

>>369472
I'm not a rabbit anymore right?

"I'll b there. Just lemme get sum fresh air." I say as I waggle away.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369483

>>369477
"Little filly, hunters take you last night?"

Wf+6 369484

>>369482
Instead of dragging you through the heart of the smoke he stuffed another vial down your mouth so he could take you back through the crevice. Consider it dissipated again.

>>369480
Okay, you've got them.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369485

>>369483
I start shivering again.
"Hunters? T-Taking me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369486

>>369484
Alright, and now I need to head back to Spring. She's the only one who knows where the book is.

Tela [Spellsword] 369487

>>369477
"Your goddamn mind, that's what. Guess it had to happen some day."

>>369479
Walk up to her
"HEY DOC! You got any spells to treat crazed little fillies!?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369488

>>369485
"Last night. Weak heart say ponies take you."

Tony [Trickster] 369489

>>369484
Very cool. I'll take a little break. brb for some discord training.

Tony goes for a little walk to clear his head.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369490

>>369487
I startle and look up from my hug with Summer
"T-Tela? What? What's wrong?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369491

>>369488
"I don't remember… D-Do you think they'll take me again?!"

>>369487
Flap my ears down as she shouts.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369492

>>369487
>>369490
I shiver and hug Spring tighter, trying to make myself as small as possible, as I see her approach.

Felfire [Necromancer] 369493

>>369475
"He owns the soul of any mortal that dies in tartarus, this much I know."

Wf+6 369494

>>369489
Noted.

Tela [Spellsword] 369495

>>369490
I put down Emrille in front of her
"Emmy lost her mind. She thinks she's a little filly. Those age spells must be messing with her. I knew that crap was gonna be trouble!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369497

>>369491
"Seekkill think not. Weak heart say hunters made mistake when taking you. Hunters want talk, not food."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369498

>>369497
My eyes widen.
"Food?…"

>>369495
Don't say anything just run under her legs and hide.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369499

Seeing the gathering around them, I'll wander up to Spring.
"Miss Spring, what seems to be the matter?"

Tela [Spellsword] 369500

>>369498
I shake my head and pick her up again
"Darn it Emmy…"

Wf+6 369501

>>369493
"A special privilege of his office. Haagenti runs the bureaucracy of the Tartarian plane. He is typically the Overlord contacted by most novices because he is very predictable in his dealings."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369502

>>369498
I nod, then examine her again and lightly pinch a side.
"Not much, but tender. Seekkill think three beakfuls."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369503

>>369502
>>369500
I whimper at this.
"I don't want to be eaten… Tela, please… I won't be eaten, r-right?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369504

>>369495
My eyes widen slightly
"This again?"

>>369498
>>369503
"Emrille, do you remember our names? Do you know where you are? Who am I?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369506

>>369501
"Uh. Interesting. I doubt they are any less evil, right?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369507

>>369504
I look at the ground and then at her.
"Uh.. y-you are… Mrs Spring?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369508

>>369504
I give Emrille a curious look.
"What's going on with miss Emrille?…"

Tela [Spellsword] 369510

>>369503
I snort
"I'll eat you raw myself if you don't listen to the doctor, kid."

Wf+6 369511

>>369506
"Evil isn't something that is easily measured."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369512

Seems Emrille's having another episode. I'll make a note to bring this up to Abilio while we're there.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369513

>>369507
"Well at least you remember that… Do you know where we are? What is the oldest memory you can recall?"

>>369499
>>369508
"We've seen this before, haven't we?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369515

>>369511
"Yeah, I think I've a good enough idea what's evil by now.."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369516

>>369510
"Ah… Tela!…w-why would you do that?"
Jump out of her hooves and duck under her again.

>>369508
"I don't know, everypony is so…mean…"

>>369513
I look around.
"Um…on a beach… and I… I was shooting at Tela for some reason but I don't want to hurt her!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369517

>>369513
I'll nod.
"Yes, once. After a nasty fall."
I'll turn to Emrille.
"Emrille, did you happen to take any unexpected falls in recent memory?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369518

>>369508
"She is little filly. More little than you."
I cackle again.
"Is funny."

Wf+6 369519

>>369515
"Haagenti is usually called upon to fill out TPS reports, but all paperwork falls within his domain, including essays. I understand he was popular in the Black Cloister."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369520

>>369516
"Do you remember any sort of pain? Like you got hit by something?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369521

>>369517
I shake my head.

Tela [Spellsword] 369523

>>369516
I roll my eyes and grab her again

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369524

>>369520
I think for a second then shake my head again.
"No."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369525

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369526

>>369521
Hmm.
"If you could come stand next to miss Spring, please?"
I'll lean next to Spring.
"I plan on bringing this up with Abilio. I know you're interested in discovering the cause, but I think you should probably heal her mind for now."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369527

>>369519
"And you have lost me for a second. When was the Black Cloister?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369528

>>369526
"Why?"

>>369523
I yelp.
"P-Put me down!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369529

>>369528
"Miss Spring is a trained physician, Emrille. She needs to make certain you aren't hurt, especially if you were roughhousing with Tela a short while ago."

Tela [Spellsword] 369530

>>369525
"What? She's speaking the truth. She asked to shoot at me a few times to practice her skills… then all of the sudden she starts shivering and drops her gun out of nowhere. I thought she was pulling my leg or something."

>>369528
"Like hell I am!"

369531

>>369530
"Hmmm… that's weird…"
Let's try a healing spell on Emrille

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369532

>>369529
"I'm okay! I just don't want to be eaten!"

>>369530
"Tela, please!"
Try to squirm out of her grasp.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

369534

>>369532
"Don't lose your shit, kid!"
Tighten my grip

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 369535

>>369527
"Miss Terrebonne informed me you had attended a lecture from Instructor Thatch?"

369536

>>369531
Not powerful enough. Again.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369537

>>369536
>>369534
I blink a few times, shake my head, then look at Tela holding me.
"…what the fuck are you doing?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369538

>>369536
Can I assist?
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369539

>>369537
"Miss Emrille, I believe you'll want to join us for our chat with master Abilio."

Tela [Spellsword] 369540

>>369537
Drop her.
"I was to strangle you to death, kid. Better luck next time I guess. So what the hell was that all about, huh!?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369542

>>369537
I sigh
"Let me guess, you have no idea how you got from training with Tela to standing here with us, right?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369543

>>369540
"What the hell what was about? And where's my gun? Did I shot you and you throw a hissy fit or something?"

Look around.
"And what's with this gathering?"

>>369539
"Yeah, sure. We don't need the book for it anymore though."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369544

>>369535
"Right. About that corpse explosion technique. I never used it again…
And he was talking about it, too, of course!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369545

>>369543
I'll shake my head.
"What we need you there for doesn't concern the book, miss Emrille. It seems that, for some reason, every so often you regress to the mind of a filly. The last time this happened was after you fell down a flight of stairs."

Wf+6 369546

>>369544
"The place where he taught was called the Black Cloister. A bit gloomy for an institute of higher learning…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369547

>>369542
I shrug.
"Not really… why?"

>>369545
I snort.
"Pfft, right. Don't be ridicolous. You know I just look like one, nothing more."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369548

>>369547
I give her a concerned look, but otherwise remain silent, still somewhat scared of her.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369549

>>369547
I'll shake my head.
"The others can verify it. It's why Tela was holding onto you, and why you found yourself here with no memory of how."

Tela [Spellsword] 369550

>>369543
>>369547
"I shit you not Emmy, he's right. You had the mind of a damn foal for a while. Hell, you even though I was your damn mother!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 369552

>>369547
I roll my eyes
"Ask the others. That's why Tela was holding you and why you suddenly ended up here. You had the mind of a filly, Emrille, that's the truth."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369553

>>369549
"…really now?"

>>369550
I stop for a moment to think.
"That would have been a catastrophe… but how? Did you hit me or someshit?"

>>369552
I snort.
"Oh, I'll have a few words with that prick in that case…"

Tela [Spellsword] 369554

>>369553
"Naw, one moment you were taking aim at me, the other you dropped your gun and started shivering."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369555

>>369553
"Now, miss Emrille, this could simply be an unexpected side effect of age magic, as you've been shooting back and forth between ages quite a bit recently."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369556

>>369554
"Did you at least pick up my gun or did you just leave it there?"

>>369555
"I better hope… because I'll have to stay like this for a while."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369558

>>369546
"But at least there was peace. Necromancers everywhere living in harmony… It was a good place. Just like this ship."

Tela [Spellsword] 369559

>>369556
Hoof it to her
"Don't worry kiddo, I got your precious little toy."
I smirk

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369561

>>369559
Dust it off and put it away.
"Good, you are not as dumb as I remember you being."

Wf+6 369562

>>369558
"A different time, unfortunately."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369563

>>369562
"As long as this boat holds, that place still exists. Just a bit."

Tela [Spellsword] 369564

>>369561
"Look who's talking, featherbrain! I'm just surprised they managed to shrink your brain even more with those age spells, didn't even think it was possible."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369565

>>369561
Well, that's certainly the Emrille we know.
I'll whisper to Spring.
"Perhaps it is time we paid our visit to Abilio. You do have the book, correct?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369567

>>369564
I chuckle, then tap my uniform.
"Seem to be forgetting who you are talking to, Tela, don't make me send you to bilge duty or someshit like that~"

>>369565
Perk my ears.
"What are you whispering about, huh?"

Wf+6 369568

>>369563
"You're waxing philsophical. The place is physically destroyed."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369569

>>369567
I'll give Emrille a deadpan stare.
"Why, just that you were so much cuter a moment ago."

Tela [Spellsword] 369570

>>369567
groves said he had to leave for a bit

>>369567
"Yeah right, I answer to Light Heart now, not to you."

Felfire [Necromancer] 369571

>>369568
"Yeah, I meant the spirit, Abilio.
And if we want to get technical, Instructor Thatch's brain is still here. He was part of the place. So the place still exists, a bit."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369572

>>369567
"Bilge duty? What's that?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369574

>>369572
"Pumping bilge water from the ship. It's got all the nasty things in it that make it undrinkable."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369576

>>369569
Stare back at him.
"What, you got a thing for fillies?"

>>369570
I snort.
"Do you know? Did she make an offer for you, huh?~ Oh Tela, you know I could have done the same~"
I let out a laugh.

>>369572
"That nasty water on the bottom of the ship. I don't know how it works but I know it's not a good job to do."

Wf+6 369577

>>369571
"Arguably."

He draws a few rays on the circle.

"Do you know what these are?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369579

>>369576
"Not at all. However, you were considerably more huggable before your prickly personality reasserted itself."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369580

>>369574
>>369576
"Why would you make Tela do that?…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 369581

>>369577
Shake my head.

Tela [Spellsword] 369582

>>369576
"Wait wha- She did but I didn't accept it, you ass! I got money inste-"
I wave a hoof
"Ah fuck you."

>>369579
"Yeah you're right. Let's hit her until she becomes less of a cunt again."

Wf+6 369583

>>369581
"Expulsion runes. If you feel your personality being warped, you must expel the Tartarian connection before the warp overtakes you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369584

>>369580
"Punishment, or simply because she doesn't quite like her. It is an unpleasant, but necessary job on a ship."
>>369582
I'll shrug.
"Unfortunately that will have to wait until she misbehaves. I hear spanking is a good disciplining method."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369585

>>369579
"As if I ever wanted a hug from you…"

>>369580
I shrug.
"Only if she keeps being a bad and cheeky girl."

>>369582
I laugh even harder at that.
"AHahha, I can't believe it! She totally took you for a…hahaha, oh geez, this is just too good!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369586

>>369584
I glance at him.
"Are you sure about my earlier question, weirdo?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369587

>>369582
>>369585
"Took her for a what?"
I tilt my head at them.

369588

>>369585
I try fighting back an embarrassed blush
"Shut the hell up, Emrille!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369589

>>369586
"Quite."
>>369587
"A mare that prefers the company of mares, miss Seas. Like Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369590

>>369587
"A pony who likes…uh… hehe, munching on carpets very much."
I smirk.

>>369588
I laugh again.
"Aww, I bet accepting ran over in your mind, didn't it? You are just saving yourself for me~"

Tela [Spellsword] 369591

>>369589
>>369590
"Right, screw you all. I'm out."
I turn and walk away, back to the ships
I need a drink

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369592

>>369591
I snort, then yell after her.
"GOT AN APPOINTMENT WITH LIGHT HEART, HUH?"
Then I collapse with laughter again.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 369593

>>369589
"A mare that prefers the company of mares?… Why's that strange? I don't like many colts my age… I like… liked a lot of the fillies my age."

>>369590
"Munching on carpets? Why would a pony want to munch on a carpet?"
I give her a curious look.

Felfire [Necromancer] 369594

>>369583
Take up my notes and start writing it down right beside the sketch of the circle.
"Is this the only protection in place?"

369596

>>369592
Ugh.

Can I find someplace aboard the ships where they store alcohol?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369597

>>369593
I chuckle at her first comment.
"A question for the ages, Summer!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369598

>>369593
"It's not a strange thing, miss Seas. But I believe you're not quite old enough yet to worry about that, though. It's a matter of dating and eventually perhaps marriage."

Wf+6 369600

>>369594
"There are others beyond your skill level. This is all I need to teach you, and will be the extent of your training."

>>369596
Yes, the hold.

Tela [Spellsword] 369601

>>369600
Good. Go there.
brb 5 minutes

Tony [Trickster] 369602

>>369600
Back.

Well that walk cleared up my head.
Time to go back to the bunny.

Felfire [Necromancer] 369603

>>369600
"Gee, you really do despise me…"
Keep taking notes.

Wf+6 369604

>>369602
>>369603
[Pause]

Wow, 3.5 hours already? That was fast.

Tony [Trickster] 369606

>>369604
Thanks, Wf.

Well if Tela wants a drinking buddy, I guess I could go the hold.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 369607

>>369604
Thanks.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369740

So, at some point before we head back to the boats…
"So, aside from the whole discussion with Abilio thing, miss Emrille, was there anything else you needed help with? I still don't think I've thanked you properly for the risk you and miss Heart have taken for us."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369741

>>369740
I glance up at him.
"Huh? Come again?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369742

>>369741
I'll give her a look.
"I heard from her that you and she both have taken, at great risk to yourselves, a debt to keep the four of us safe. I don't think I've properly thanked you yet."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369743

>>369742
"Oh, right. That. Yeah, you really haven't."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369744

>>369743
I'll give her a little bow.
"And so, from the depths of my heart, I thank you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369745

>>369744
"… you think I'm doing it for you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369746

>>369745
"Not at all. Mera and myself just got bundled with miss Spring and her daughter. I know you really only care about miss Spring."
I'll nod slightly.
"That's why I'm thanking you. You took a debt to save somepony you hate in order to save the mare you love. If that isn't the definition of a good act, I don't know what is."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369747

>>369746
I glance away and snark.
"Not that it fucking counts for somepony."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369748

>>369747
"Miss Emrille, what exactly do you want me to say? I've forgiven you the incident in the treasury, I try to be pleasant, if not friendly, to you, and I've no intention of actively impeding any progress you make with miss Spring, be that as her lover, or as a potential daughter, considering the situation."
I'll shrug.
"What more do you want me to do?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369749

>>369748
I look back at him.
"Right. You are as useless now as ever. You can't do shit."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369750

>>369749
I'll frown at her.
"Especially when I am not told my options."
I'll rub my beard a bit.
"Though, in this situation I'm probably more worthless than I was then. It seems all I am now is just muscle for miss Summer. And even in that I failed, as both you and miss Spring were kidnapped while I was supposed to guard you."
I'll sit.
"So as we are now, miss Emrille, I am a stallion with no real purpose outside of keeping miss Summer and her mother safe, and with my current strength I can do nothing. Everything I've promised to help them with has been accomplished by another. Even you, shrunken as you are, performed my duties as guardian better than I did."
I'll grimace.
"Surely you can see how this rankles. I have spent my entire life preparing for this, and I am effectively shown I didn't try hard enough. That I am worse than useless, I am dead weight. Can you imagine how bitter that makes me feel? To work for something for years, and then find out you just aren't good enough, and unwanted?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369751

>>369750
I listen to his rant with a straight face, then chuckle.
"If it's all so bleak, nopony needs to know."
Then I tap my revolver under my uniform.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369752

>>369751
I'll just frown at her harder.
"And give up? Not bloody likely. So long as I'm alive I will keep trying to fulfill my duties, useless as I am. Because that is the one thing I learned that holds true from my teacher. Put enough effort into something, and anything becomes possible."
I'll look over to the others.
"So I will train. I will subject myself to the nearest point of death to improve myself, and I will do my duty. I owe that to the mare that saved my life and gave me a purpose. I owe that much to miss Seas and miss Spring."
I'll turn back to face Emrille.
"And I owe that much to you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369753

>>369752
I shake my head slowly, before a grin creeps on my face.
"…you owe me, do you…"
Flap my wings a few times to flutter up before setting down in the same place again.
"Fine. I might have a use for you. As long as you keep some terms."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369754

>>369753
I'll raise an eyebrow.
"So long as they aren't certain to result in my death or involve me abandoning what little dignity I have, let's hear them."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369755

>>369754
I let out a hearty laugh.
"I could take away both easily, without a need to ask, now couldn't I? And I would rather have the satisfaction of offing you myself than just sending you to death."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369756

>>369755
"I had thought as much."
I'll wave a hoof.
"So. Your terms, then? I get the feeling being in debt to you is going to be less than pleasant."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369757

>>369756
I glance back behind at the others to make sure they are out of earshot.
"Oh, you will be in debt all right, and on top of that, I have a few conditions you will follow."
I smirk.
"And a task too. Just to help me out, as a friend."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369758

>>369757
I'll chuckle slightly at that.
"I see. Well, I'm already doing one for miss Felfire, what's one more."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369759

>>369758
Raise a wing.
"First thing first, you will not block me any way with Spring. I know you said that, but just to make sure. If you become a nuisance, I won't hesitate to remove you out of the way."
Raise my other wing.
"Second, you will not smack talk me behind my back, oh no, you will praise me to Spring and the kid, just so I will have somepony to do that instead of me, and you seem to hang out with them all the time anyway, so anything bad you hear, you will deny, anything good you hear you will emphasise. Got it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369760

>>369759
I'll frown slightly.
"I cannot lie to them, Emrille. Especially not miss Seas. However, if you don't do anything they would frown on, I won't have to."
I'll shuffle a bit.
"Though, I could… gloss over minor things. You are getting better, after all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369761

>>369760
"Good…but…"
Flap my wings again.
"You won't lie to them… you will just bend the truth. Got that, cupcake?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369762

>>369761
"There is only so far it can bend. But I suppose, for now, I'll have to see just how far it can go. Though, please, just don't do anything outright villainous."
I'll grump slightly.
"And don't call me 'cupcake,' or I'll start calling you Emmy like your friend miss Tela does."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369763

>>369762
I smirk.
"That brings to my next point, actually…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369764

>>369763
I'll grown inwardly.
"Let me guess. Calling you 'miss Emrille' has proven insufficient."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369765

>>369764
I shake my head.
"I could make you call me whatever the fuck I want, but no, that's not it. This why I really need you."
Fly up and around him, then land on his back after making a circle.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369766

>>369765
I'll turn my head to face her as best I can.
"A pair of legs that won't get tired after an hour of walking?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369767

>>369766
Shake my head again.
"No, no no no…."
Lean closer to him and whisper.
"It's about Tela."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369768

>>369767
I'll raise an eyebrow, but not say anything.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369769

>>369768
I smirk again, then creep closer to be almost on his neck, speaking in a low voice.
"I bet you noticed by now."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369770

>>369769
These seas are dangerous, lad. There may be rocks ahead.
"Noticed… what, exactly?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369771

>>369770
Nudge his neck with a hoof.
"Come on, don't play stupid. You're not Summer."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369772

>>369771
"I'm not quite certain how far I can safely assume things. The two of you certainly seem more than friendly, and her reaction to your teasing about an offer from miss Heart certainly showcased her fascination with that idea. I don't see how you think… wait. You couldn't possibly want me to try and seduce your friend so she doesn't interfere? That's beyond unlikely."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369773

>>369772
"Close, but no cigar."
Grin, and lean against his neck.
"You couldn't possibly charm a rock if you wanted to, but you seem good with words… and as you saw, poor old Tela is still crushing on me hard…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369774

>>369773
"I'm not quite sure I follow. You want me to get her entangled with miss Heart?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369775

>>369774
I sigh.
"…you are really dumb, aren't you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369776

>>369775
"I never really claimed to be brilliant, Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369777

>>369776
"I'll sink down to your level then."
Sit down at the base of his neck.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369778

>>369777
I'll roll my eyes a little.
"You'll have to pardon my slowness. If you hadn't remembered, I've lived something quite close to isolation for the last 30 years and my interactions with mares have been limited to shopkeepers and the occasional old mare I help across the street."
I'll think for a moment.
"Couldn't possibly be convincing her to turn into a filly, could it? See if she acts like one too?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369779

>>369778
I facehoof.
"Oh my fucking…"
I groan.
"No, I simply want you to rely a message."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369780

>>369779
"Oh. Well, why didn't you just say so, instead of beating around the bush?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369781

>>369780
"Because you will have to."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369782

>>369781
Oh boy.
"And what about this message is so important that I have to dance around it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369783

>>369782
"You… well, you will need to cautiously imply to her that as much as she wants it, there can be nothing between us. BUT! She cannot know I sent you, nor can you just outright blurt it out, you got me?!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369784

>>369783
I'll stare at her in disbelief as best I can from my position.
"You want me… to deliver your break-up notice, without actually saying you don't want her to pursue you that way directly?"
I'll think for a second.
"Well, if she reacts like she did earlier, that would probably just cause her to explode into swearing and have run off, I guess."
I'll tap my hoof in the sand.
"But why me? Because I'm convenient?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369785

>>369784
"Obviously, there can't be anything between us, not after the progress I made with Spring… and after we shared our first kiss."
I smirk at Curry.
"But why I want you, is because I know you can speak about absolutely nothing for hours, not to mention when you have something to actually say. You'll be just right to do this."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369786

>>369785
I'll give her a small frown at that.
"I see. Though you didn't seem to mind that talking about nothing while I reminded miss Spring of her agreement with you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369787

>>369786
Flick his ear with a hoof lightly.
"Just between the two of us, if this was a contract, she'd be way behind in payment."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369788

>>369787
"Then we should both be glad it isn't, as forcing her to pay up would be a rather lowbrow thing to do, Emrille."
I'll raise an eyebrow at her.
"Not that you'd be so unscrupulous to do so, right?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369789

>>369788
"Of course not, but a little actual appreciation for what I did and do wouldn't hurt anypony. Not Spring, not me, not anypony else."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369790

>>369789
I'll nod.
"And mister Chip does seem to get the short end of the stick, it seems. If you'll pardon the expression. Same with master Wark. It's like the folk here are more concerned with what they can get out of someone without giving anything back…"
After a moment, I'll finish the thought.
"…and then I recall this is a flotilla of pirate ships. Receiving appreciation for anything is likely the exception, as opposed to the norm."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369791

>>369790
I narrow my eyes slightly.
"I told her this on the first week and I'll tell you now, if this was about a cheap fuck, I wouldn't be nosing around here, so I hope that's not what you meant."
Take a little pause, then snort.
"Not that I'd mind… Anything, really."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369792

>>369791
"It wasn't, actually. Not everything I say is in relation to your sex life, Emrille."
Or childhood, for that matter.
"I pray that was not solicitation on your part, Emrille, as I would not like another encounter with that altar anytime in the near future."
After a moment of thought, I'll continue.
"Though, if you think about it, it would really be an excellent disguise."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369793

>>369792
I roll my eyes.
"Don't even fucking remind me of that place. Or anything that has to do anything with it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369794

>>369793
I'll nod.
"Though, was that little friendly favor all you needed, or was there something else?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369795

>>369794
"That was it. And remember, try to be sneaky about it when you tell her. Wouldn't want to break her heart."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369796

>>369795
"I will endeavor to be as gentle as possible. Perhaps over a drink."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369797

>>369796
I grin.
"Good, good."
Glance over to Spring, then flutter off his back.
"Now run along now, we have places to be, don't we?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369798

>>369797
"First stop is master Abilio."
I'll give her a serious look.
"And while I may owe you, Emrille, don't get carried away."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369799

>>369798
I smirk, and place a hoof over my uniform and a peculiar item under it.
"I think I know my place, don't worry."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 369800

>>369799
"Good. I'm trusting you not to abuse this debt, and be willing to dissolve it when it is paid. Now, let's head back to the others."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 369801

>>369800
Say nothing, just nod, still smirking.
Sucker

Wf+6 370104

When we last left our villains, Felfire was trying to prove she's not a fuckup, and everyone was bored.

Smitts returns to the fleet, though.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370107

>>370104
Alright, so, once we're all together, we'll head on to Abilio's.

Felfire [Necromancer] 370109

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370115

>>370107
I guess we can do this.

Tela [Spellsword] 370117

>>370104
Smitts? The commodore? I should go visit him.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370118

>>370107
I'll go along with Summer I guess?

This could be interesting…

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370119

>>370118
And I guess I'm being dragged along too.

"Where are we going?"

Chip(DD knight) 370121

>>370104
zzz,,, ngrrkkk ,, huh wha?…

I raise my head and look around, where am I?

Light Heart [Warlord] 370122

Wark is napping
Rosemary is out on a top secret mission
I'm just enjoying the sunshine on the deck, waiting.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370125

>>370119
"We're going to pay a visit to master Abilio. There's a book I think he might be interested in, if miss Spring has it on her."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370127

>>370125
"I told you though, we no longer need the book for him to stay."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370129

>>370119
"To Abilio, dear. See why those moments of memory loss happen to her…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370133

>>370127
"And the issue about your memory loss?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370135

>>370133
>>370129
I roll my eyes.
"I'm sure it was nothing…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370137

>>370135
"Just like we were certain there was nothing on the gallery ceiling?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370138

>>370135
"I think it was."

Wf+6 370139

>>370107
>>370118
>>370119
Inside the black lair that could be called, if one were to take such matters lightly, Abilio's cabin, the wicked grandmaster of the ebon arts sits with a confident air behind a nigh-impenetrable oaken bulwark, AKA desk. This dread warlock, twister of the twisting black void of the Tartarian Plane, looks on with a grim expression at his necrolyte, a fledgling of malign intent accompanied by two shadow-beasts. The necrolyte herself is seemingly half dead, body pockmarked with scars untreated and wings literally encased in copper, bearing a wicked scythe of deadly origins. In some archaic, dead language of devils, he speaks seven syllables while anointing a chalkboard with his terrible rod.

In short, looks like Abilio is teaching Felfire! Nothing out of the ordinary. He gives you a courteous nod as you enter.

>>369603
"If I despised you, I would continue to teach you that you might destroy yourself with no blood on my hooves."

>>370117
You knock on his door and no one answers.

>>370121
You haven't done anything since morning dawned, so presumably you're in bed, inserted into Nurturing Heart.

>>370122
Noted.

370142

>>370139
Motherf-
Alright, where is this illusive guy? Find him already!

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 370145

>>370139
Shift my gaze from Abilio to the others as they enter the room.
"Just what the…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370147

>>370139
I give a nervous wave to Felfire and hide behind Spring.

Wf+6 370148

>>370142
All information points to him being in his cabin.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370149

>>370139
"I hope I am not interrupting anything urgent, Fullmaster. Though, seeing miss Felfire here saves me a trip. I believe miss Spring and Seas have something that might be of some interest to you, and I have a small request along with it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370150

>>370137
>>370138
>>370139
"I'm telling you.. I also told you he's busy right now."

370151

>>370148
These pirates are playing with me…
Knock on his door, more insistent this time!
"COMMODORE!"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Tony [Trickster] 370153

>>370104
Autoupdater broke.
I'm at the gathering too?

Wf+6 370155

>>370149
>>370150
"We were just finishing."

>>370151
A voice calls through. "Go away, Tela."

>>370153
I don't think so… You last said you were headed for the hold.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370159

>>370155
I'll nod.
"Miss Spring, if you would please?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 370160

>>370155
I follow the others to Abilo's cabin.

Tony [Trickster] 370162

>>370155
Well that was meta-y in case Tela wanted to talk. Will I be needed at the ship for the mission or do I have time for more Discordy things?

Felfire [Necromancer] 370164

>>370155
Turn to Abilio with a distressed expression.
Finishing?
Damnit Abilio!

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370165

>>370155
"Oh, good. I hate waiting around."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370166

>>370159
I look between the two of them nervously, then take out the book out of my bags and present it to Abilio.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370176

>>370166
"Fullmaster, this book was recovered from the Lunar Library, and I thought perhaps you and miss Felfire would both enjoy a copy of it."
I'll pull out the blank books.
"However, as I am most certainly incapable of making an accurate copy, I had thought to provide you the means to make one. And miss Felfire could only benefit from the shared activity."

Tela [Spellsword] 370177

>>370155
"Wha-"
I scrunch
"Fine! I'll go the fuck away then!"
I turn and leave
"Jackass..."
I guess I just go sit somewhere and pout while waiting for the ship to leave

Chip(DD knight) 370178

>>370139
I shake her up while nuzzling.
"You still have to go to Doc Peg after this." I stroke her mane.

Wf+6 370188

>>370162
Main plot would like you back soon, but it looks like they're keeping themselves busy. You probably have time to learn some skills or respec.

Getting Itztli to join the crew would be useful because he's a respec trainer and anyone can ask him for this service.

>>370177
As you turn, you hear him call again. "I've changed my mind. Come."

>>370176
>>370166
He examines the book. "This is in Tartarian. It reads: 'The Original Guardians', paraphrased. Literally it reads, 'The Most First Jailers'. But you're right, it does look quite interesting to me."

>>370178
She moans and grinds. "I'll miss you, Chip. You're so good to me. No one else cares about what's best for me but you. Come back soon and fill me again, please~."

>>370164
He doesn't comment on it.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370192

>>370188
"So… it really is just history?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 370193

>>370188
Well, just look at him handle the book.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370195

>>370188
Play around with the chamber of my revolver as they speak.

Tony [Trickster] 370197

>>370188
Go back to Itztli then.

Tela [Spellsword] 370198

>>370188
I facehoof and turn around again, then walk into his cabin.

Wf+6 370200

>>370192
"Well, it is quite thick, and I've only seen the cover. You know what they say about judging a book by its cover…"

He opens it and pages through the table of contents. "Yes, it does appear to be a history book, though, at first examination."

>>370197
He's waiting at the altar.

"IT IS NOT YET NOON WHY DID YOU RETURN PERHAPS YOU WISH TO BE ENDOWED WITH DISCORDS MIRACLES?"

>>370198
The door is unlocked when you test it. You enter.

"I was testing your persistence, Tela. I will settle for obedience, though. A good mercenary always follows a contract to the letter, after all. It looks like you've managed that quite well so far."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370201

>>370188
>>370192
>>370193
"As miss Felfire is also interested in the subject, I had promised her a copy of it, though she would prefer it more accurately copied than I am capable of doing."
I'll gesture with the empty books.
"Perhaps you and she could make a lesson out of it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370204

>>370200
I guess I just continue hiding behind Spring's head, tugging on her mane, whispering to her.
"Are we gonna go soon?…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370205

>>370200
I nod
"…And this is useful to you?"

Wf+6 370209

>>370204
Abilio seems to wonder why you look so uncomfortable, but decides not to comment on it.

>>370205
"Not so much useful as personally interesting to me. The only use will be enjoyment."

>>370201
"I do not think it is advisable to teach a novice how to read Tartarian."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 370210

>>370200
Seekkill has nothing to do here until the plot starts moving again, and I only have half an hour before I need to leave. If this is still running, and the plot is moving, when I get back then I'll play.

Tela [Spellsword] 370213

>>370200
I cock a brow
"Riiight… tests. So you are the famed commodore Smitts huh? Emrille told me about you already."

Wf+6 370215

>>370210
Enjoy! I promise there is content aimed at SPECIFICALLY YOU as soon as the vault is cleared.

Wf+6 370216

>>370213
He chuckles. "I don't know about 'famed'."

Tony [Trickster] 370217

>>370200
"Indeed I do.
I want to learn more about the Changer."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370220

>>370209
Frown at Abilio.
"I'm not gonna blow myself or anypony else up, if that's your worry."
Look away.
"I know where to stop, damnit…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370221

>>370209
"Oh… well I guess that's that then."
I sigh

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370223

>>370221
I look at her, then at Abilio.
"But that's still something, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370225

>>370209
I'll nod slightly.
"True, but I did promise her a copy. And as you are likely the only one in the fleet who can copy it as accurately as possible, I'm afraid I've little choice but to come to you."
After a moment, I'll speak again.
"Unrelatedly, are you aware of any side effects of age magic?"

Chip(DD knight) 370226

>>370188
I ruffle her mane.
"Silly pony, of course that I will do. But after I attend to some… business."
I then look up and think,.. well if there is something needed to be done at least.

"Besides, Iisnt there something you had something to do with Doc peg today.:

Tela [Spellsword] 370229

>>370216
"Well you're the big boss nonetheless. Even if Light heart is paying me, this is your fleet and I'll respect that."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370235

>>370225
I speak up in a meek tone.
"Why don't mister Abilio and miss Feelfear just share the book?…"
I tug on Spring's mane again.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370239

>>370235
"Well, miss Seas, from what I've read, wizards tend to be rather stereotypical in building their own libraries of rare or magical texts. I had thought both would prefer a copy for their own collections."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370242

>>370235
"Don't ask me, Curry's the one who has been insisting on it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370248

>>370235
Speak weakly.
"I'd love to…"

Wf+6 370249

>>370221
>>370223
He nods. "I do appreciate the gesture, Miss Water."

>>370225
"It's become the recent focus of my research. As far as I know, no side-effects except loss of cutie mark for the duration, though as you've no doubt learned, we've made a breakthrough in that area. Now I work on trying to figure out how to let her retain new her mark when I restore her. I was considering having some of the crew go out and gather a few ponies no one will miss… prisoners, bandits, homeless, and bringing them back so I can age them down and study them. It would certainly help speed up my work if I had guinea pigs I could practice more freely on."

>>370220
He shakes his head at you.

>>370226
"I can do that anytime. How often do I get to be fucked by you?"

She cuddles closer and starts grinding

>>370229
"It's good to see you understand the arrangement. You'll do well here."

>>370217
"I CAN TEACH YOU TO PRAY TO HIM FOR MIRACLES BEHOLD."

He takes you back to the shrine and gestures to the various offerings around it.

"I OBSERVED YOUR OFFERING YOUR FAITH IS TRUE.""

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370252

>>370249
I perk my ears slightly.
"You need lab rats then?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370253

>>370249
"Well, this brings us to the second reason of our visit. On two occasions, miss Emrille has mentally returned to her apparent age, and upon recovery has no memory of the time she spent believing she was a filly of that age."
I'll rub my beard slightly.
"The first case was after a fall down a flight of stairs, and the second was during her practice with miss Tela a short while ago."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370257

>>370249
Just stay silent.

Tela [Spellsword] 370259

>>370249
"I also hear Emmy is part of the crew now… not just a merc anymore."

Wf+6 370261

>>370252
"It would help. I don't want to alter your age any further and lose the progress we have until I have a greater understanding. Others to practice on would make things considerably faster."

>>370253
He frowns. "Mental effects are part of the enchantment school and are completely unrelated to transformative effects. Perhaps I'll review the spell, but that shouldn't be happening. I have no explanation for it."

>>370259
"She has yet to pass the required interview."

Tony [Trickster] 370262

>>370249
I look at the flask with chocolate milk.
"I came here to seek guidance.
I couldn't just come with empty paws."
I look at the bunny.
"But miracles? What kind of miracles?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370263

>>370249
"Well… I guess I managed to at least somewhat repay you for removing those collars then…"

>>370261
"That's really odd… Why else would that happen? It only seems to happen when she's small…"
I look at Emrille

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370265

>>370261
I sigh.
"Great, no explanation means no solution… will you be able to get those lab rats on your own?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370266

>>370261
I'll frown as well.
"It's actually quite odd. She seems to know who we are, but sees everything through a filter of a filly's mind, and believes she is the age she appears to be. She's also remarkably non-confrontational. If I did not know it were her, I would easily mistake her for another filly."

Tela [Spellsword] 370267

>>370261
I snort
"Don't go too hard on her, she's been hit on the head a few times too many."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370268

>>370263
"We still haven't gotten our collars removed…"
I tug on Spring's mane a bit harder.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370269

>>370268
"I know sweetie, we'll get it done soon okay?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370271

>>370268
"Well, we'll have to stop by the Commodore's next, then."

Wf+6 370272

>>370262
"UNADULTERATED CHAOS FROM DISCORD HIMSELF HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN HIS FOLLOWERS AND WILL BESTOW AMAZING ABILITIES ON THOSE THAT SERVE HIM MANY SCALES LARGER THAN ANY SPELL A PONY COULD CAST."

>>370263
>>370266
>>370265
"Interesting. I'll make a note. If you can, bring her to me for observation next time such an event occurs."

>>370267
He laughs again. "Yes, I suppose I'll have to."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370273

>>370272
I nod
"Right… I hope it's nothing too serious. Maybe it's some kind of effect after suffering from permanent braindamage…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370274

>>370273
I give her an offended look.
"Hey! Are you calling me brain damaged?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370275

>>370272
I'll nod.
"Please do consider letting miss Felfire help with the book. I would hate to be made a liar by circumstance."
After a moment, I'll continue.
"On a side note, I hear miss Emrille brought you a book on plant magic earlier? I was hoping to get a look at it, if I may. Whenever you've finished with it, of course."

Tela [Spellsword] 370277

>>370272
"Actually, just make her squirm."
I wave a hoof.
"Wont bother you any further, have fun suffering through Emmy later on."
I turn to leave

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370279

>>370274
"You did hit your head awfully hard…"
I shift around uncomfortably on Spring's back, still very nervous.

Tony [Trickster] 370281

>>370272
My eyes widen.
"How can I pray to him to bestow me such power?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370282

>>370274
"It might be minor and subtle damage! You can't know that!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370284

>>370279
>>370282
"Yeah, but you know who's brain damaged? Ponies who can do nothing but sit in a corner and drool all day! I'm not like that!"

Wf+6 370288

>>370275
"Of a sort. It's an arcane outlook on nature."

>>370277
As you go, he remarks, "Get Emrille… and Tony. Light Heart, too. I have a job."

>>370281
"CREATE CHAOS YOUR CURRENT SKILLS ARE NOT USEFUL FOR THIS BUT I CAN REDIRECT YOUR POTENTIAL USING THE GIFT OF CHAOS AND FURTHER I CAN TEACH YOU NEW ABILITIES AS WELL."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370290

>>370284
I roll my eyes
"Not all forms of brain damage turns you into a plant, Emrille. That's like saying a simple cold equals the Plague."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370292

>>370288
"Interesting. I'd like to look it over, later, if you'd allow."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370293

>>370290
I scrunch.
"It did sound like an insult…"

Tela [Spellsword] 370294

>>370288
I grin
"Aye aye, sir."
Let's go find Emmy first.

Tony [Trickster] 370295

>>370288
"I'm ready. Please teach me these new abilities."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370302

>>370293
I mumble under my breath, frowning.
"You are pretty stupid…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370303

>>370302
Do I overhear that?
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370304

>>370293
"You're too jumpy."

>>370302
I look back at her and frown
"Summer… don't provoke."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370305

>>370303
>>370302
I guess I do.
"What was that, cupcake?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 370306

>>370305
Stare at her.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370307

>>370302
"Now now, miss Seas. There's a difference between ignorance and stupidity. Miss Emrille has been shown to be capable of learning, so she's certainly not stupid."

Wf+6 370308

>>370292
"Su–"

>>370302
>>370303
>>370305
"Will someone tear those two apart? What is this fighting all about? I run a ship, not a circus. Now come on ladies, settle down. I am a teacher of repute, I the captain of this vessel. I look to you to sort this out and be as patient as you can."

>>370295
"WHERE SHALL WE BEGIN? SOMETHING SIMPLE? OR PERHAPS YOU'D LIKE A CHANCE TO CHANGE YOUR PRE-EXISTING ABILITIES FIRST?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370309

>>370304
I perk up, shocked that she heard me, still speaking in a quiet voice.
"I- I didn't mean to-"

>>370305
I freeze up as I hear that she potentially heard me.
"N- Nothing…"

Wf+6 370310

>>370294
You track her to the Fullmaster's cabin.

Tela [Spellsword] 370312

>>370310
Right, knock on the door.
"EMMY, GET YOUR CHEAP FIVE-BIT ASS OUT HERE, COMMODORE'S GOT A JOB!"

Chip(DD knight) 370313

>>370249
I sigh.
"Silly pony." I smile as I pull out of her and clean myself.

Is there anything I need to do for today?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370314

>>370308
I'll float Emrille up onto my back.
"I can't help you if you shoot yourself in the wing."
>>370312
At that, I'll nod to the Fullmaster.
"That appears to be our cue to exit, Fullmaster. If you will excuse us."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370315

>>370309
I nod.
"That's what I thought."

>>370308
"Hey, I just asked if I heard her right. An-"

>>370312
Sigh and look to Abilio.
"Excuse me for a sec, looks like I'm being called away."

Leave the room.
"Why the fuck are you yelling you idiot? Are you scared of something?"

Wf+6 370316

>>370313
There's a job that Smitts would like taken care of.

Tony [Trickster] 370317

>>370308
"I'd like to change my abilities first if I'm going to learn the changers ways."

Hit me up with that +2 to Ruse.
And if he's also implying I can change my skills, replace Improvise with Cheap Shot.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370318

>>370308
>>370309
I sigh and open my mouth to say something

>>370312
But shut up and wince as I hear her
"That mare is rowdy…"

Tela [Spellsword] 370319

>>370315
I pick her up and put her on my back
"C'mon kid, let's go get Dainty Dove and Chapdog first. Commodore asked for them too."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370321

>>370319
I snort.
"What sort of job, huh?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370327

>>370321
"I've got no goddamn clue!"
Go find Light Heart next

Wf+6 370330

>>370317
His eyes glow golden, and you feel different.

"YOUR CURRENT ABILITIES WILL NOT GENERATE ENOUGH CHAOS TO SUFFICIENTLY CALL FOR MIRACLES I MUST TEACH YOU ADDITIONAL MEANS."

>>370327
Got.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370334

>>370318
"Can we please go?…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 370336

>>370327
I'm on the deck, enjoying the peace.
I smile as she approaches
"Miss Tela, what a pleasant surprise. What can I mean for you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370337

>>370318
>>370334
"Yes, let's."
I'll nod once more to the Fullmaster, and to Felfire, and then excuse ourselves and Mera.
"Now, onto the Commodore's, to get the collars removed."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370338

>>370334
"… to the Commodore?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370339

>>370336
I chortle, then smirk.
"She wants to get you back on your offer."

Tony [Trickster] 370340

>>370330
"How shall we begin?
How can I generate sufficient chaos to call forth miracles?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 370341

>>370337
Sigh in relief as I see them move away.
>>370330
"So I guess I'm too much of a danger near the book, too, uh?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370342

>>370336
"Commodore has a job for us! He asked for you specifically!"

>>370339
I hit her on the head with my hoof
"Shut the hell up!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370343

>>370337
>>370338
"N- No… I just wanna go away from the pirates…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370344

>>370343
I'll nod a little.
"I know. But getting the collars of will make that a little easier."

Light Heart [Warlord] 370345

>>370339
I cock an eyebrow with a slight smile
"Really, miss Emrille?"

>>370342
"Ah… that does make more sense than what miss Emrille said. Very well, lead the way then. Miss Rosemary and mister Wark are not around right now I'm afraid."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370346

>>370342
I chuckle again.
"Ow… hey, I know you just lack the bravery to say it yourself!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370348

>>370343
I sigh
"Summer… this is important, okay? You were asking about those collars just a minute ago!"

Wf+6 370350

>>370343
Fullmaster Abilio looks a little disappointed.

"I thought we were on amicable terms, Miss Seas. What a shame we are not. Noted."

>>370340
"CHAOTIC ENERGY IS DERIVED FROM HIGH RISK WHEN YOU AVOID THE LASH OF FAILURE IN SUCH INSTANCE A VOID OF CHAOS IS LEFT THE ENEMY OF THIS CHAOS IS NEMESIS THE ASPECT OF JUDGMENT WHICH BRING BALANCE AND FAIR DUE UPSETTING HER DESIGNS WILL CREATE CHAOS AND EARN DISCORD'S FAVOR APPROACH AND I WILL IMBUE YOU WITH ABILITIES."

Tela [Spellsword] 370356

>>370345
Right! Tony is next! Where is he!? '1d10'

>>370346
"Emrille, I will fucking throw you into the ocean if you don't stop producing noise right now."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370358

>>370350
"I- I-"
I gulp.
"I… miss Feelfear told me something… th- that… that it was all of the pirates who betrayed our trust a- and… and revealed the location of the temple… w- were you one of those ponies, mister Abilio?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370364

>>370356
Pat her on the top of her head.
"It's okay Tela, we won't judge you."

Tela [Spellsword] 370372

>>370364
I pick her off of my back and hold her over the railing
"Do I really need to get that precious little uniform of you wet?"

Tony [Trickster] 370374

>>370350
I approach and bow before the bunny.

Wf+6 370375

>>370358
He gives an odd look.

"There's a temple involved now? I wasn't aware of any temple. And this is where you got the book, I presume? I wasn't going to ask, but maybe there is more to be found there… Where did you say it was?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370378

>>370375
"The ship is anchored almost directly over it, Fullmaster. It was my home for the last several decades."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370382

>>370375
"You… you didn't know?"
I slowly peek out from behind Spring at him.
"It was the Lunar Temple… nopony told you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370383

>>370372
"Now you're just making it easier."
I chuckle again.
"Oh, wow, still good as ever. Anyway, we can fuck around later, we wouldn't want to keep the boss waiting."

Wf+6 370384

>>370372
GM's Note: Emrille isn't wearing a schoolfilly uniform anymore. However, the fact that she is wearing the outfit means it can't go get enchanted so she should probably swap that out.

>>370374
He touches your skull and you feel a jabbing pain. It's a good pain, though.

Skills Acquired: Discordian Agenda, Telegraphed Attack, Drunken Swipe

>>370382
>>370378
He shakes his head. "I was not informed why we chose to lay anchor here in particular. The new commodore recommended it to the previous one after we got into the slightly amount of trouble with the port authority."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370386

>>370384
"Wait you mean it was just Smitts' idea from the start?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370388

>>370384
Can we assume I did that then for the sake of simplicity?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370389

>>370384
>>370386
I'll raise an eyebrow at that.
"Is there something you'd like to share, miss Felfire?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370390

>>370383
I growl at her but put her down anyway
"I swear to fucking god, you're unbearable… Even more than before!"

Wf+6 370391

>>370386
"What was Smitts' idea? Laying anchor here? Yes."

>>370388
Okay, then you're in your schoolfilly outfit instead and it's off being enchanted.

Felfire [Necromancer] 370395

>>370391
"No, the whole temple thing. I thought he had sent the others, too…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370396

>>370390
Flutter up to her back again, and ruffle her mane.
"You wouldn't give up working with me for anything, and I know it, ya' little grump~

Now who do we need again and why aren't we trying to find him?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370401

>>370396
"Tony! The Diamond dog!"
Where is he? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370402

>>370391
"So… you didn't have any involvement in it, mister Abilio?"

Tony [Trickster] 370403

>>370384
I get up again, feeling reborn.
"Thank you for these gifts.
I'll use them to bring chaos upon our enemies.
Though I would like to ask something.
Soon the pirates will leave this city again.
I was hoping that when that time comes you might come with us, so I can continue my training. And we shall bring the Changers will to every city we see."

Wf+6 370414

>>370401
Sources indicate he's out on the town.

>>370395
>>370402
"You're being awfully vague about 'temple thing'. I don't even know what you're talking about. One of the temples in town? Saint Radiant's Basilica? Yes, I organized the group that infiltrated Saint Radiant's Basilica last night, if that's the temple you're talking about. You're saying you got this book there?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 370417

>>370414
"No Abilio. An old temple of the moon.
Filled with traps and an hydra, too. That's where the book comes from.
I thought the whole ship knew about it!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370418

>>370414
"The temple they were speaking of is the one I mentioned that is where I said we are now anchored."
I'll gesture to the floor.
"My home, and last unspoiled temple of the Moon, at least until recently."

Tela [Spellsword] 370419

>>370414
"Well fuck, guess we'll just wait for him to return then."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370421

>>370419
Sit down on her back.
"Don't think the three of us could go ahead?"

Wf+6 370422

>>370403
"VERY WELL BUT FOR NOW I HAVE WORK TO ATTEND TO RETURN TO ME AT NOON"

>>370418
>>370417
"I wasn't involved with any sunken temples. I haven't even heard of any objectives regarding one."

Tony [Trickster] 370424

>>370422
"I shall be here."
Go back to the ship.

Light Heart [Warlord] 370425

>>370421
"I'd rather solidify our forces, miss Emrille."

Wf+6 370427

>>370424
Someone's waiting.

>>370421

Tony [Trickster] 370432

>>370425
See the 3 of them on the ship.
"Well now, a welcome committee.
Too much honor for me, miss Light"
I say with a smirk.

Felfire [Necromancer] 370433

>>370422
"Well damnit."
Look at the planks in front of me, narrowing my eyes at them.

Tela [Spellsword] 370437

>>370432
"There you are! Commodore's got a job for us."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370439

>>370432
I chuckle.
"Good one. Hurry up though, we got shit to do."

Light Heart [Warlord] 370442

>>370432
I smile back at him and nod
"Mister Tony, how pleasant to see you again. It has been some time."

Tony [Trickster] 370443

>>370437
>>370439
>>370442

"Let's not waste time then."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370444

>>370422
"Oh…"
I let out a sigh of relief and relax a little.

Tela [Spellsword] 370446

>>370443
"Yeah, let's."
I turn around and head back over to the commodore's cabin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370447

>>370443
Stand up on Tela's back.
"Giddyup! Let's go then!"

Tony [Trickster] 370448

>>370442
"Quite some time indeed.
You know, places to go, things to do.
We can catch up after we know what Smitts wants from us."

Light Heart [Warlord] 370451

>>370446
Follow her.

>>370448
"Indeed we can. I am curious to see what type of job we will receive, I hear the commodore has been out scouting all day."

Wf+6 370468

>>370451
>>370448
>>370447
>>370446
When you all arrive he nods approvingly.

"Prepared for a little sortie?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370472

>>370468
I nod
"You bet I am."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370476

>>370468
Grin.
"Sure. What do you have in mind?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 370478

>>370468
"Of course we are, mister Smitts. Do tell us more."

Tony [Trickster] 370479

>>370468
"Of course."

Wf+6 370480

>>370472
>>370476
>>370478

"Good. I spent last night with some of our non-raiding crew excavating an alternative entrance to the vault in Saint Radiant's Basilica. I've already had a team recover our primary objective, the documents, but I'd like to get into their vault if at all possible. I'd like the four of you for that job. Three out of four of you have experience with vaults, after all."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370481

>>370468
So, I was with Abilio.
And now that everyone is gone, I can finally talk again.
"… Could I see the book?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370483

>>370480
"Not very pleasant ones… No golems this time, right?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 370486

>>370480
I nod
"Yes. And golems too, unfortunately."

Tony [Trickster] 370487

>>370480
I nod.
"You could say that."

Tela [Spellsword] 370488

>>370480
"Oh I cracked a vault before, don't worry. Just tell me whatcha want from it."

Wf+6 370492

>>370481
He slides it across the table. "I don't see the harm."

>>370483
"Golems are an unfortunate possibility. The tunnel bypasses the bulk of the guards, however. Traps? Almost certainly. I have each of you selected for a very specific purpose."

He unfurls a map of the Basilica underdepths on his desk.

"The first obstacle that requires overcoming is a door made of dolomite. We have no means fast or quiet enough of dealing with this door. There is a vent into the later rooms, but only a filly could fit, and she'd need to be able to fly to get up to it."

He pauses. "There are a number of traps that I believe are triggered by detecting the intent of the mark. I was hoping Miss Heart could convince her unicorn friends to help disable those, as they would not have the same greed proclivities shared by the rest of us. Mister Curry may relish the chance to ruin a Celestial temple as well."

>>370488
"Besides that, there's a rather extensive alarm system that I'd like Mister Tony to deal with, and a possibility of guards requires the presence of one who can deal with heavy hitters. Chip or Tela would do nicely."

He pauses again. "This is not a secret mission. You are free to invite whoever you wish, and they will share in the take."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370494

>>370492
Sigh heavily and open it.
All tartarian, uh?
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 370496

>>370494
Absolutely. You don't understand a word.

Felfire [Necromancer] 370497

>>370496
Beautiful.
"And you say this is about the history of Tartarus?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370499

>>370492
I nod.
"So fly up to vent and open door from the other side? After the previous vault, that sounds way too easy."

Tony [Trickster] 370501

>>370492
"What can you tell me about the alarm system, if anything?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 370502

>>370492
"Hm… I see. That sounds tricky, but I believe we should manage nonetheless. Anything more you could tell us?"

Wf+6 370503

>>370497
"Not quite. It's a history of those that guarded the gates of Tartarus."

>>370501
"It may have intention-triggered failsafes, so work quickly. Expect light and fire magic inside the vault."

>>370499
"Correct. The vent is not an ordinary vent. It vents toxic fumes, which is the only reason to ever have a vent into a highly secure area. You will need to traverse it quickly."

>>370502
"If you become compromised and there is no other option, crush your lapel rose. Remember that this is an absolute last resort, we'll be forced to flee the city if it becomes necessary."

370504

>>370503
"Must be some strong willed ponies in here…"
Keep flipping pages, slowly, trying to figure something out.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370505

>>370503
"Oh… I don't suppose wearing a scarf over my muzzle would help? Exactly how toxic is it? How fast would it kill me?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370506

>>370492
I take a gander at the map.
"Right…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 370508

>>370503
I nod
"Duly noted. We will not fail you."

Wf+6 370509

>>370504
You figure out that you don't know any Tartarian at all. There is the occasional artistic rendering of a unicorn or two in ink, though.

>>370506
The layout looks relatively simple. Good for a secure vault, you think. One way in, one way out.

Felfire [Necromancer] 370512

>>370509
"Teach me Tartarian! I can help you copy the book!"

Wf+6 370513

>>370505
"It's hard to say for certain, but extended exposure to the skin will be very damaging. I understand you know basic wind magic, though, so this may mitigate the matter. In any case, if you survive, we can treat it. If you don't survive, we can treat that too. In general, I wouldn't worry about any wounds that don't involve getting melted, disintegrated, or exploded."

Wf+6 370516

>>370512
He shakes his head. "Too dangerous. I can only imagine you'd want to rummage through my collection and try to teach yourself how to contact Belial."

Felfire [Necromancer] 370518

>>370516
"Please. If I wanted to be a slave again I'd just have done nothing in the first place."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370519

>>370513
I smirk.
"Oh, right, a healthy gust of wind."
Flap my filly sized wings.
"I don't think these alone would cut it if I couldn't. Is the vent straight or is it maze like, that is important."

Tela [Spellsword] 370520

>>370509
"Well… we all got our assignments. I guess now all we have to do is succeed in carrying them through."

Wf+6 370527

>>370519
"My information has not been able to penetrate it. I know it comes out on the other side, but I have no information about the intervening section at all."

>>370518
"I don't think you'd fail on purpose. Your problem seems to be failing on accident."

Light Heart [Warlord] 370528

>>370520
"I shall go and collect the necessary ponies."
Go and find CURRY

Felfire [Necromancer] 370530

>>370527
"At least I try to learn…"

Tony [Trickster] 370531

>>370503
"Great.
I'll get to it then."

Go to find Felfire.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370534

>>370527
"It can't be that bad in that case. Consider it done."

Tela [Spellsword] 370550

>>370534
"Shit yeah."

Tela [Spellsword] 370612

Toooony! Where aaaaare youuuu?

Tony [Trickster] 370615

>>370612
I was busy in RoN.
I'll be there give me a few secs.

Tony [Trickster] 370620

>>370612
As we go out, I turn to Tela.
"I see you've adapted quite well."
Nod to Light Heart.
"Swimming with the sharks already."

Tela [Spellsword] 370626

>>370620
"What? The hell are you on about, pal?"

Tony [Trickster] 370638

>>370626
"Oh don't worry about it.
Miss Light is one of the most reasonable ponies I've ever met."
Move a bit closer conspiritorially.
"And reasonable ponies are the ones you have to look out for the most.
They can be so unpredictable."

Tela [Spellsword] 370639

>>370638
I roll my eyes
"Yeah, I'll make sure to notify you when I give a fuck. She payed me three doubloons already, she's obviously pretty willing to spend money on keeping ponies happy. Smells like a good employer to me."

Chip(DD knight) 370651

>>370316
Feeling that there is something needed to be done, I go to Smitts cabin and check him out.

Tony [Trickster] 370652

>>370639
I shrug.
"Hey, I'm not telling you what to do here.
Hell, I've joined up with her myself.
Friends like that are good to keep around."

Tela [Spellsword] 370666

>>370652
"Damn right! She's a little too dainty for my tastes, but hell, what do I care? She pays me, that's all that matters. What about you? She paying you off too?"

Tony [Trickster] 370677

>>370666
"She probably would,
if she had any need for me yet."

Tela [Spellsword] 370691

>>370677
"I guess she's just interested in that shield spell of mine. A lot of suckers come to me for protection because of that thing."
I smirk

Tony [Trickster] 370693

>>370666
>>370677
"She paid you off too, I take it?"

Tony [Trickster] 370695

>>370691
"Well that's what you get for joining with pirates eh?
But I've got a good feeling about you.
You'll fit in just fine, just watch your back at all times.
Want to go get a drink in the hold?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370696

>>370695
I smirk
"Damn straight I do."

Tony [Trickster] 370697

>>370696
Go to the hold with her and grab a drink.
"Cheers."

Tela [Spellsword] 370703

>>370697
I nod and pick a drink of my own
"Aye. Cheers buddy."
Take a large swig '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Tela [Spellsword] 370704

>>370703
And that hit me like a damn train.
I fall over, completely tanked right of the bat
"Fug…"

Tony [Trickster] 370708

>>370704
Take a good sip myself.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tony [Trickster] 370710

>>370708
It hit me, but not as bad as you.
"Glad to have finally found someone who can drink aboard this place.
You'd expect pirates to drink more, you know?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370713

>>370710
"Urgh… y-yeah…"
I shakily get back on my hooves
"Heavy shit… another!"
Pour myself another mug '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Tony [Trickster] 370724

>>370713
"So how's being a pirate working out for you?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370730

>>370713
Seems like my body recovered very neatly already

>>370724
I snort
"Pirate… I'm a merc, not a goddamn pirate. I'm glad with the pay and all, but we better see some goddamn action soon or I'm leaving. I want to work for my money. Tear down some goddamn beasts or fight a nice big battle…"

Tony [Trickster] 370739

>>370730
"Well you heard Smitts.
Looks like your wish will be fullfilled pretty soon.
Let me also give you some advice.
Be careful what you wish for."

Tela [Spellsword] 370746

>>370739
I snort
"Listen pal, I've been in the business for over a decade now. I know exactly what I'm wishing for."

Tony [Trickster] 370758

>>370746
"You should have seen the fight against the golem we've had in Stonebriar.
You might reconsider."

Tela [Spellsword] 370764

>>370758
"I'm a tenacious bitch, buddy. I don't know how the bitches back at your hometown were, but I don't flinch away from danger. It's in my goddamn veins."

Tony [Trickster] 370772

>>370764
"Glad to hear it.
Now, before we go any further with this.
I've got to tell you something, just to clear up any possible misunderstandings we might have in the future."
Put down my pint.
"I'm a discordian."

Tela [Spellsword] 370776

>>370772
I choke for a moment, coughing up some beer
"A-Are you… you're shitting me!"

Tony [Trickster] 370781

>>370776
"I'm very serious at the moment'.

Tela [Spellsword] 370786

>>370781
"So let me get this clear… a real, actual discordian? Really? Damn… Shit!"

Tony [Trickster] 370789

>>370786
"I felt it might be good to tell you,
given your previous experience with discordians.
Also I don't like the term "discordians",
followers of the Changer will suffice.
Discordian has too many negative implications."

Tela [Spellsword] 370790

>>370789
I take a step back apprehensively
"Yeah… you're not going to use your freaky chaos powers or anything as revenge, are you?"

Tony [Trickster] 370791

>>370790
"If I was going to do that,
would I have told you I'm a follower of the Changer?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370793

>>370791
"I dunno… you're known to be completely fucking unpredictable for one… maybe this is some kind of ruse to win my trust."

Tony [Trickster] 370800

>>370793
"Think whatever you want of it.
I'm just making sure that you don't think I tried to hide from you.
Besides, if there's one thing the Changer teaches us. It's that everypony is a target of the joke.
When you went out to clear that cult,
he just allowed you to.
Who am I to argue with that?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370804

>>370800
"Riiight… okay. To each his own I guess… But if I wake up a stallion one day or some shit, I'm blaming you!"

Tony [Trickster] 370813

>>370804
"Pfft.
Please.
I'd be more creative then that.
You might just like being a stallion."

Tela [Spellsword] 370815

>>370813
"What? Fuck no! Mares aren't my thing."

Tony [Trickster] 370829

>>370815
"And always with the sex.
You'd definately like being a stallion."

Tela [Spellsword] 370831

>>370829
"Well aside from growing a dick, not much would change would there? There's only so many uses a piece of meat like that would ha-"
I interrupt myself
"Goddammit why are we even discussing this? Fuck you!"

Tony [Trickster] 370835

>>370831
"You were the one who started it.
I merely told you my personal beliefs and you had to go turn it all weird."
I chuckle.
"But that's why I like you."
Take another sip from my pint.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Tela [Spellsword] 370841

>>370835
"Riiight… sure you do."
I growl at him
"Seriously though, if you play any of your pranks on me, I'm gonna be pissed."

Tony [Trickster] 370842

>>370841
"You're surrounded by all sorts of pirates,
and you think the biggest threat is me,
the guy who lays his cards on the table."
I laugh.
"Good luck with that. Just remember I'll be here to drink one with you."

Tela [Spellsword] 370843

>>370842
"Look, all I'm saying is don't mess around with me. Keep yourself to that and we'll be good friends. I'll make sure to keep a shield ready to keep your ass out of trouble in battle too."

Tony [Trickster] 370844

>>370843
"I'll remember that.
Now that we've closed that subject.
I'm curious, what's the deal with you and Emrille?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370846

>>370844
"What deal? We're just old pals. Met her a year or two back and stuck around with each other for a while. Taught her some stuff about merc work too."

Tony [Trickster] 370848

>>370846
"Eh, you know, you two seemed…"
Wave my paw dismissively.
"Meh forget it, that's your business anyway."

Tela [Spellsword] 370850

>>370848
"Look, I know Emrille is a fucking dyke and all, but nothing ever happened between us. No feelings. No love. Just friends. Got it?"

Tony [Trickster] 370852

>>370850
"Sure, but you can't blame me for asking."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370853

So Smitts, huh?

Wf+6 370854

>>370853
Acknowledged.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370855

>>370854
I'll stay even after the others left his office/cabin.

Chip(DD knight) 370856

>>370854
>
>>370651
Can I also check on Smitts?

Wf+6 370857

>>370856
He'll let you in after he's done with Emrille.

>>370855
"I suspect you're here for the interview."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370858

>>370857
I nod.
"That's right."

Chip(DD knight) 370859

>>370857
Wait at the entrance then while tapping my paw.

Wf+6 370860

>>370858
"Do you have administrative experience?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370861

>>370860
"Giving orders you mean? Nothing big like a fleet or anything, but if I need to work in groups, I never shied away from yelling at others what to do to keep us alive. Does that count?"

Wf+6 370862

>>370861
"Hmmm… How would you say you perform under pressure?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370863

>>370862
"I can hit a target even if I'm bleeding to death, if that's what you are asking. I don't like being under pressure, but if anything, it makes my reaction time sharper."

Wf+6 370864

>>370863
"That's reflex. How do you think under pressure?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370865

>>370864
"I told you. I think faster.
Like shooting icy mist in the air when we are dying to a golem overheating a vault. Is that answer enough?"

Wf+6 370866

>>370865
"Or shooting fire in a room full of plants, as I understand."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370867

>>370866
I roll my eyes.
"That wasn't pressure, I was angry. And in the end, it all worked out well. That place was full of wines that were alive and snaking at our hooves, and acid spitting plants. Once the fire was over we were all fine, and the way to the real treasury was wide open."

Wf+6 370868

>>370867
"Performs unstably when emotionally provoked. I see. Do you even consider yourself a part of this crew?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370869

>>370868
I snort.
"I used to say that I was still just a mercenary, but that's not true. I'm a pirate now, and fuck me if I don't like it. It has good pay, a place to sleep, free food, and so much more, like a crew that helps and looks out for each other. If being a pirate means Al-Jinn will fish me out of the sea after I get drugged by Ruxiang while I try to buy ammo from him after a lesson in magic from Abilio, hell yeah I want to be a part of the crew. And if any of them came to me to ask me 'Hey Emrille, how the heck do you aim that well', I'd tell them."

Wf+6 370870

>>370869
"Where do you see yourself a decade from now, Miss Emrille?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370871

>>370870
"Somewhere where I am rich and powerful."

Wf+6 370872

>>370871
"Anything more specific?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370873

>>370872
I shrug.
"I don't know, I just don't like being in once place for too long, makes me bored and fidgety. Oh and I want to stay alive too."

Wf+6 370874

>>370873
"I see. And do you believe your… image… is compatible with being an officer in our fleet?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370875

>>370874
I nod.
"I might look like a filly now, but that doesn't make any less dangerous or simple."
Chuckle.
"As for image, one of the leading roles is fullfilled by someone who likes to get drunk and doesn't even speak the language. Now what I'm saying is not that he can't do his job, he can probably do it damn fucking well if he got there, but we all have our little quirks. I think my image would be fitting because of that, yes."

Wf+6 370876

>>370875
"Actually, I wasn't referring to your physical form. For the reasons you gave, that does not concern me. I am more concerned with your general lack of decorum and patience."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370877

>>370876
I smirk.
"What if that is exactly the thing that would complete the set? I might not speak fancy or anything, but maybe a different perspective could be useful when looking for the solution of a problem."

Wf+6 370878

>>370877
"That certainly is an opinion. Are you capable of following orders?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370879

>>370878
"Unless it's suicidal, yes."

Wf+6 370880

>>370879
"What if it is suicidal? We have necromancers."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370881

>>370880
"… if the objective of the order would be worth dying and getting brought back for, then yes. Though I still wouldn't like to die."

Wf+6 370882

>>370881
"I see. Very well then, that concludes the interview. You'll receive a response in a few days' time."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370883

>>370882
I tilt my head.
"A few days?"

Wf+6 370884

>>370883
"Maximum time expectancy. I don't want to make staff changes at land, and I'll need time to review your background."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370885

>>370884
"If you say so. You'll know where to find me, obviously. Was that everthing then?"

Wf+6 370886

>>370885
"I believe so."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370887

>>370886
"Thank you then."
Do a little bow and then leave.

Tela 370888

>>370852
I examine him for a moment
"Why not?"

Sion 370889

>>370888
"Well, two mares who are awfully familiar with each other, one of them is a dyke and they used to go on missions together all over,
they might have felt a bit lonely.
Don't tell me you wouldn't think the same if you saw it happen to two other mares."

Tela [Spellsword] 370891

>>370889
"Yeah yeah, like Emmy would even have a chance to get together with me. Have you seen that ugly mug of her? She looks like a goddamn mule!"

Tony [Trickster] 370892

>>370891
Scratch my chin.
"She looked more like a filly today.
What's up with that anyway?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370894

>>370892
"Some kind of a fucked up experiment, I don't even know. You see, the thing about Emmy is that she's willing to do a lot for money, and apparently she's getting a raise in pay because of her new position. The filly part is all part of the agreement or some shit."

Tony [Trickster] 370895

>>370894
"She has to be a filly to be an officer?"
I roll my eyes.
"This ship just gets crazier each time I get back on it. And if she thinks she can just order me around as a filly, she's got another thing coming."
I chuckle.

Tela [Spellsword] 370897

>>370895
"She knows better than to order me around. If she tries though, I'm throwing her into the fucking ocean for the sharks to eat up."

Tony [Trickster] 370899

>>370897
"Kill her?
What's the fun in that?
Those are big words for a little girl like you, do you want me to help find your momma?"
I chuckle.
"Oh Spring, that girl of yours got out again and is saying bad words, you should discipline her."
I start laughing.
"No wait, Emrille might actually like that."

Tela [Spellsword] 370900

>>370899
I snort
"She's a pretty big goddamn weirdo… No idea what the hell she sees in that doctor mare. She even has a kid already! Do you see Emmy raising a kid? Can you imagine the carnage?"
I shake my head
"That damn idiot…"

Tony [Trickster] 370903

>>370900
"I don't think she's after her to raise a kid though."
Think for a second.
"I wonder how Summer feels about all this.
Must be quite a weird situation for a little kid."

Tela [Spellsword] 370904

>>370903
gotta go fast. be back in an hour or two
"Yeah…"
I shake my head
"Poor kid… must all be real damn scary to her. And hella confusing too with Emmy being… Emmy-like. Gotta wonder where her the kid's daddy is in all this… I thought it was that Curry fellow at first, but apparently not. It's good that she's got her mother still though, at least she's not alone in this mess."

Tony [Trickster] 370907

>>370904
"The kid seems to be handling it pretty well, all things considered."

Tela [Spellsword] 370908

>>370907
"Yeah…"
I take another swig
"Prisoners or not, I'll sure as hell try and keep her ass safe. I'd hate to see her get hurt."
Setting my mug down, I wipe my mouth with a hoof
"Well… this has been jolly fucking good. Thanks for the drink, pal."

Tony [Trickster] 370909

>>370908
"Right,
I got to see Felfire anyway."
Get up.
"See ya around."

Tela [Spellsword] 370910

>>370909
"Aye."
that'll do, pig
see you in 2 or 3 hours

Tony [Trickster] 370912

>>370910
Now what are you talking about?
I was the perfect drinking buddy.

Tela [Spellsword] 370914

Tony [Trickster] 370916

>>370914
Laughing for real now.
Later.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370917

After I'm finished with Smitts, I go and find Spring and Summer.
"Hey, got time to talk?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370918

>>370917
I look at Summer, then back at Emrille.
"I guess we do. Something wrong?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370919

>>370918
"No, I just need some help, really."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370920

>>370919
I sit down
"I'm listening. Are you worried about that whole brain damage thing?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370921

>>370920
I shake my head.
"That's just… nothing. We're talking business now."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370922

>>370921
"Okay. Explain."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370923

>>370921
"Business?…"
I slowly frown.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370924

>>370922
"Smitts has a job for us to do. And I need your help."

>>370923
Roll my eyes.
"Yes, business."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370925

>>370924
"If it involves underwater temples the answer is no."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370926

>>370924
"From mister Smitts? What's it about?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370927

>>370926
>>370925
I snort.
"As if I'd ever take one like that again. It's pretty simple, we infiltrate into the vault of the Celestials."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370928

>>370927
I scratch my head.
"Why? Last time you ushered us along to visit a vault, things went awry."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370929

>>370927
"…Why?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370930

>>370928
>>370929
I sigh.
"I know, I know, but there's probably no giant vault golem this time. Maybe a little one. And I need the two of you for two reasons. One of them is, obviously, to patch us up if something goes bad again, the other is, that from what I heard there is a barrier or someshit that can only be passed by somepony not driven by greed."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370931

>>370930
I sigh
"But why? I mean… just for money?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370932

>>370931
"And whatever is in that Vault."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370933

>>370932
"What's in the vault?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370934

>>370933
I shrug.
"I don't know, but if Smitts tells me we want it, then we will get it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370935

>>370932
I frown.
"'Whatever is in that Vault'? You have no idea? Is this really a smart idea? I mean… there could be confiscated Lunite artifacts in there… or just nothing."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370936

>>370934
"So you're going to rob the vault of a church? For no good reason?"
I frown.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370937

>>370935
"Listen, I'm not going to go ahead and start doubting the Commondore. And they don't usually have Vaults to keep nothing in them."

>>370936
"A church of Celestials. I have pretty bad experience with one of their members, just from recent memory."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370938

>>370937
"Okay… Say we come along, there are a few things I need to set straight. First of all, no casualties. I'm not a big fan of Celestials but… I don't want a second Stonebriar. And secondly, any items or artifacts that have to do with Luna go to us. As well as any books or scrolls that are of interest to us."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370939

>>370937
"Well… maybe he started shooting you because you shot first! Or or- maybe he… he… he knew you were a pirate and that you killed ponies!"
I frown.

>>370938
"Wha… why are you saying yes?!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370940

>>370939
"I'm not saying yes, sweetie."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370941

>>370939
"You know that Redcoat, so, huh? Is he your friend?"

>>370938
"I don't know what is inside, so whatever we loot and you want, you'll have to settle that with Smitts once we brought it back. As for the first one… I can't make any promises. This won't be a crowded bank or anything from what I, so we should be fine."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370942

>>370941
I give her a hard stare
"The only reason why I would consider coming along is if that would ensure nopony dies."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370943

>>370941
"No… but he just wants to get rid of the pirates so they'll stop causing trouble! Stop going around and killing ponies!"
I frown even harder at her response to Spring.
"You can't make any promises not to kill ponies?"
I give a flat, hard stare.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370944

>>370942
"If you can sedate ponies, then fine. But I'm not making the rules here. And I can't promise the others won't go for the kill either. I can't and won't speak in their name."

>>370943
I glare back at her.
"Really? So I would stop killing? Do you know what really happened? I was just a filly in their eyes, but I wasn't the pony they were looking for. I wanted to talk it over, but they stabbed me in the gut with a sword, not even willing to listen to me. If it wasn't for my gun, I would have died, and who knows what they would have done to your mother?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370945

>>370944
"Aren't you an officer now? Aren't the others supposed to listen to you? Just tell them to not kill or needlessly harm anypony. And you have those darts you were bragging about right? Can't you use those?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370946

>>370944
"Mister Redcoat just wanted to get back at the pirates! He didn't want to hurt me or my momma!"
I pause, frowning deeper.
"The pirates… they caught him a- and… they hurt him a bunch. They… they broke his bones a- a- and… and even tore his eyes out…"
I pause, frowning hard and sniffling.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370947

>>370945
"I'm not an officer just yet, I had the interview with Smitts. And I told yout that Ruxiang is a bitch to deal with, he didn't give me them yet."

>>370946
"They should have killed him while they had the chance. How do you know they won't come back? How do you know they really want good for you, huh?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370948

>>370946
I put a hoof around her and pull her a little closer to me.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370949

>>370947
I sigh
"Then I guess we'll just have to convince the others not to kill anypony then. Who else is involved?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 370950

>>370947
>>370948
I don't respond, just huddling closer to Spring.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370951

>>370949
"Light Heart, Tela and Tony as far as I know. And anypony they will bring along."

>>370950
I huff at her reaction.
"He said they will be back for your mother. You will be thankful to have me around by then."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370952

>>370951
"That's enough you two."
I shake my head
"We'll have to make sure to talk to the rest of the group then."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370953

>>370952
"I'm just saying…"
I nod.
"And yeah, if that's what it takes. Whoever we'll face won't hesitate to kill us, keep that in mind."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370954

>>370953
"Of course they wont hesitate, this is robbery after all. The only reason why I want to come along is to make sure nopony gets hurt…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370955

>>370954
I sigh.
"I think I will need that help, so I'm really thankful you are coming along."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370956

>>370955
"Just remember what I said earlier about those two conditions. I'll tell Light Heart and Tela the same."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370957

>>370956
"… and if an accident happens?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370958

>>370957
"Let's try and avoid any accidents, okay?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370959

>>370958
"I will try, but bullets don't listen to reason. If it helps, I will try and get those darts from Ruxiang again before we head out."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370960

>>370959
I smile at her
"Okay… good to hear."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370961

>>370960
I smile with relief when I see her smile as well.
"Yeah… just keep me alive once I'm done with the vents, and I think it will be smooth sailing."

Wf+6 370962

Smitts calls for Chip to enter his cabin.

"Yes?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370963

>>370961
I nod slowly
"Right… that's what were around for, keeping as many ponies as possible alive."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370964

>>370963
I glance at my flank.
"Even with a new cutie mark, and 'fate' as Abilio said, I still think I'm only good at one thing…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370965

>>370964
I idly brush Summer's mane
"Just because your special talent is one thing doesn't mean you can't be good at other things…"

Tela [Spellsword] 370966

>>370962
rosemary?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370967

>>370965
"I will never be as good at anything else than shooting though. Not to mention I can't say I don't like doing it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370968

>>370967
"Not everypony with a gun has to be a bad pony, Emrille. There's plenty of others who use those type of skills to protect the weak and helpless."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370969

>>370968
I snort.
"You think a guard or something can really shoot a gun? They know how to since it's their work, but they can't shoot."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370970

>>370969
I frown.
"What?"

Wf+6 370971

>>370966
Roll for perception.

370972

>>370971
Uh…
shit

Roll #1 1 = 1

Wf+6 370973

>>370972
You're wandering through the ship, looking for Emrille, when you wander into one of the rooms. It's pitch black but you figure she might be sleeping in here.

The door slams shut behind you. You try it, but it's locked. In the middle of the room, a candle lights seemingly from nowhere.

The ghostly screech of a violin begins to play, and a figure emerges from the shadows with a platter, setting it on the table with the candle.

"Uh… W-would you care to share lunch with me, Miss Tela?"

It seems you've fallen for the most ancient trap of all. Romantic candle-lit meal trap.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370975

>>370970
I shake my head.
"You'll never understand. You think that shooting equals pointing the barrel in a certain direction and pulling the trigger."

Chip(DD knight) 370976

>>370962
I enter the room and sit on one of the chairs.
I then put my paw on my chin.
"Anything new today boss?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370977

>>370975
"… yes? It isn't?"

Tela [Spellsword] 370978

>>370973
"… What? Who the fuck are you!? Did you just shut the door on me?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370979

>>370977
Roll my eyes.
"See, I told you."

Wf+6 370980

>>370976
"Yes, I have a job for you. I was going to send for you, in fact. I'd like you to join Miss Light Heart, Mister Tony, Miss Emrille, and Miss Tela on a job. We'll be dealing with another vault, and those seem to be your specialties. Fortunately we'll be able to evade most of the guards. They can fill you in on the details if you link up with them."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370981

>>370979
"It really just is, isn't it? I mean… that's what you do with a gun, no?"

Wf+6 370982

>>370978
"I'm Ros– I mean, w-who I am doesn't matter. Just the two of us, anonymous lunch. We don't even have to know each other's names at all, Miss Tela. We can just enjoy ourselves."

The top of the platter levitates off and there's a plate heaping with pasta below.

"You know, we could share this pasta, and then, we start to e-eat the same piece, and it pulls us together, and…"

Chip(DD knight) 370984

>>370980
I give him a look of doubt for a moment.
"I am delighted Commodore… but.."
I then lean on him.
"I need to know a little more. I mean what are we up against and whats is inside this vault?" I bite my lips.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370986

>>370981
"In the same way that you just point your horn at stuff and it's fixed."

370987

>>370982
I growl
"You sure seem to know my fucking name!"
I take a few steps closer, trying to make out who this mare is
"Is this some kind of a joke? Did Emmy set this up? I will so punch her in the cunt if she did!"
… how does that pasta look?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Spring Water [Charlatan] 370988

>>370986
I roll my eyes
"Okay then, oh wise Emrille, why don't you enlighten me?"

Wf+6 370989

>>370983
You asked to see the book but you don't know a word of Tartarian. You asked to learn Tartarian but Abilio doesn't want to teach you.

>>370984
>Lean on him
He's behind a desk!

"I've already briefed our companions. Mostly doors, traps, and possible guardians, though our alternative entrance has removed the need for combat with most of the lot. Just need someone strong enough to take a few hits. I've asked Light Heart to bring the unicorn doctors as well."

>>370987
>3
You can't tell at all.

The pasta actually looks a lot better than most of the gruel on this ship.

"W-what? You don't think you're good looking enough to have admirers of your own? Miss Emrille doesn't have anything to do with us. This is between me, and your… uh… hot body."

Tela [Spellsword] 370991

>>370989
"Suuuure! Listen you crazy broad, I'm not into mares okay!? So you go and tell whoever payed your cheap ass to do this to go to hell!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 370992

>>370989
"That's it then? Since I can draw a damn circle on the ground now I have a condition and you won't even bother teaching me?
I remember a different Abilio back in Stonebriar, but whatever."
Stand up.
"Was that all you're gonna tell me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 370993

Meanwhile, I have no idea what is happening because last I recall we were on our way to tea with Smitts, and then the world scattered apart.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 370994

>>370988
Sigh.
"Yeah, no, not if you are going to be like that. I listened to the whole 'Luna is not an imaginary friend' stuff too."

Chip(DD knight) 370996

>>370989
I take a deep breath and stand up.
"Alright then, I'll go and meet them up. Where are they by the way?"

Wf+6 370999

>>370991
"I promise you, no one else is involved, so…"

You feel your flanks behind telekinetically massaged.

"Just r-relax."

>>370992
"You remind me of a goat that summoned a demon on my ship the first night she was here. She died on her next shore leave. You're just going to become another statistic if you know more. I'm looking out for your interests, Felfire."

>>370996
"Probably preparing to enter town. Take a look around the decks."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371000

>>370999
"Yeah well, maybe you should trust me. Could.
Maybe."

371001

>>370999
"H-Hey! Stop that right now!"
I buck my hindlegs, then leap forward to pounce this mare non-sexually!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Chip(DD knight) 371002

>>370999
I then nod to the commodore and head to the deck, find Emrille, LightHeart Tony and the others.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371003

>>370994
"Fine, just explain it to me then."

Wf+6 371004

>>371001
You tackle her and get close enough to see her blushing by candlelight.

"A-ah, you move so fast! I-I've gotta go!"

She shoves you off with telekinesis and flees the room, trailing floating candle and pasta.

You are alone in the dark on the floor.

>>371002
You locate Light Heart first. Rosemary is arriving with a candle and a tray of pasta.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371007

>>371003
"It's the adreline of facing down the gun of someone else, thinking for a split second who will be faster, the excitement of taking aim and hoping it will hit the mark… and the knowledge afterwards that you are the one still standing."

Chip(DD knight) 371008

>>371004
I approach Rose and grab the tray of pasta.
"Wow is this mine?"

I then look at LightHeart.
"Boss sends me." I then taste the psata.

Chip(DD knight) 371009

>>371008
also rollin for pasta
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tela [Spellsword] 371011

>>371004
I take a moment to collect myself, before jumping back onto my hooves.
"EVERYPONY ON THIS FLEET IS CRAZY!"

Wf+6 371013

>>371009
In one deft motion you casually catch the tray mid-air and flip it, devouring an entire tray of pasta in one gulp. It was pretty good.

Light Heart [Warlord] 371014

>>371004
"Miss Rosemary, you're back. Excellent."
I pick up some of the pasta and eat it.

>>371008
"Mister Chip, how pleasant to see you. I was about to go find you. I trust the Commodore has informed you of our newest endeavor?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371017

>>371007
"… and you're telling only female pegasus mercenaries can do that? Guards can't?"

Wf+6 371018

>>371014
Chip already ate that.

>>371000
"If your work on deck has proved anything to me, it is that you are not prepared."

Chip(DD knight) 371019

>>371014
"Uhhmm.. he just told me to rendezvous with you, Emrille and Tony. Something about a vault?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 371020

>>371018
"Yeah, because I've had to study it without anypony teaching me! And damnit, I had it down just a few minutes before!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371021

>>371017
"No, I'm telling you that you have to feel the gun. Guards just carry it because they have to. For example, if a filly were to try and shoot somepony, she would probably fail miserably."
Glance at Summer.

Light Heart [Warlord] 371022

>>371018
Ah, such shame.

>>371019
"Indeed. A vault located under the Basilica if I am not mistaken. Mister Smitts wants us to infiltrate and rob it from its valuables. I sincerely hope this will go down better than our previous heist."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371024

>>371021
I give her a dull look
"That doesn't mean you can't both 'feel' the gun and become a guard, does it?"

Tela [Spellsword] 371026

>>371011
Ugh.
Find Emrille.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371027

>>371024
I shrug.
"That's boring as shit anyway. I would sooner die of the boredom than of any actual incident."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371029

>>371027
I give her a condescending look
"So… you just want to stay like this all your life?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371032

>>371029
"Stay like what? I can't really miss my home, now can I? Nor can I miss being settled down."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371033

>>371032
I frown
"Stay a pirate, I mean…"

Chip(DD knight) 371036

>>371022
"I hope so…" I then put the plate on the side then nod to Rose for the Spagghetti.

I then cleared my throat and sit next to her.
"So…..any reward that I can expect?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371037

>>371033
"It's a more stable income than being a mercenary."

Wf+6 371040

>>371022
"Also, I have um… results from… talking to Miss Tela."

>>371020
"I've had many skilled warlocks petition me over the years and I have turned most of them down. Why should I teach you? Isn't learning from Terrebonne enough?"

Wf+6 371042

>>371026
You find her.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371043

>>371037
I roll my eyes
"Right. I've heard enough."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371045

>>371040
"Learning is never enough.
Learning is what saved me, Abilio."
Look at him straight in the eyes with fierce determination.

Light Heart [Warlord] 371047

>>371036
I cock a brow
"For the oncoming job? You are employed by mister Smitts, not by me. Though I have not forgotten about your earlier service."

>>371040
"Mmmm? Excellent. We will discuss it further in private after this has been concluded."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371049

>>371043
Mutter at her.
"You've been almost as sheltered as your daughter…"

Tela [Spellsword] 371050

>>371042
I pounce her
"EMRILLE! YOU TRIPLE-CUNTED WHORE!"

Wf+6 371052

>>371045
"I'm actually the one who saved you, and the rest of the ship, after that mishap. You seem to be forgetting that. I don't believe you even thanked me for not letting you die miserably."

>>371050
Roll?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371053

>>371049
I frown
"That doesn't-"

>>371050
I interrupt myself as she startles me
"T-Tela?"

371054

>>371052
She's a little filly, how hard could it possibly be?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371055

>>371050
Can I fly up or evade or anything?
'1d10'
"TELA WHAT THE FUCK?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Chip(DD knight) 371056

>>371047
"Aaww.. but I want to spend more days with you.." I frown then lie down on the deck.

Wf+6 371057

>>371054
>>371055
Apparently not difficult. You put the lil gal in a submission hold.

Felfire [Necromancer] 371058

>>371052
"What?"
Look surprised at him.
"I'm not talking about that! What does it have to do with anything! I'm talking about…"
Look on the side and droop my ears.
"Time ago. A lot of time ago."

Sigh but keep looking down.
"But yeah, thanks for not letting me die."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371060

>>371056
"As it stands I have no need for extra muscle. Though I believe it is fair to assume I will require your services once more at some point in the future."

Tela [Spellsword] 371065

>>371057
I snort at her angrily as I narrow my eyes
"Look at me and tell me you did not set that shit up to pester me. Answer carefully, 'cause I'm ready to start throwing punches."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371067

>>371065
"What shit, Tela, what the fuck are you even on about?! And get off of me or I swear I will stick up my rifle in your ass and tug on the trigger!"
Try not to chortle '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Tela [Spellsword] 371068

>>371067
"That mare who offered me fucking pasta! Because she said I was hot or some shit! And then she started groping me! I KNOW YOU SET THAT UP! STOP FUCKING LAUGHING OR I WILL GUT YOU LIKE A GODDAMN FISH!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371069

>>371068
This is none of my business, I'll just let them yell at each other

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371070

>>371068
Okay I can start laughing much harder now.
"Pfhthh, whaaaaaaaaat? Pasta? And you got groped… pfhahha, this is too good to be true…"

Chip(DD knight) 371072

>>371060
"Hrrmmphh…. have it your way little pony. " I then sit up.

"So any details about this heist that I need to know?"

Tela [Spellsword] 371079

>>371070
"Oh you think that's fucking hilarious, don't you?"
I growl and get off of her
"I swear to god… I just know you had something to do with that shit. It's exactly the kind of bullshit you'd pull on me."

Wf+6 371084

>>371058
"Felfire, we've all had past demons. There's a reason we find ourselves outside the law. I am doing you a favor by not letting you end your own story poorly."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371085

>>371079
Keep laying on the ground and laugh.
"Maybe-pfhahha, maybe it's a sign?~"

Tela [Spellsword] 371088

>>371085
"Fuck off, Emmy."
I turn and leave them both behind.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371089

>>371088
"…"
I look at Emrille questioningly

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371090

>>371089
>>371088
I keep laughing for a while, then stand up and wipe away a tear.
"Haha… what?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 371091

>>371072
"Is it my fault there is no work, mister Chip? There is no need to be disgruntled. As for the vault… we will be dealing with traps, lesser golems and a minor amount of guards. We plan on avoiding the bulk of the guarding force by using miss Emrille's small size to open up an alternative route for us."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371092

>>371084
"You took a glance at me and said 'yep, she will never learn!'? You haven't even tried! Not a single damn time! Not a minute!
But maybe you are right, I should just stick to Terrebonne.
At least she cared to try."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371093

>>371090
"… did you have anything to do with it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371094

>>371093
"You mean a mare offering her food and then.. pffthth, I'm sorry this is just too hillarious…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371095

>>371094
"What's the deal between you two anyway?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371096

And then I suppose I'll notice I'm by myself in a hallway. Unless Mera's there as well, anyway. She might have stuck with Spring, being a bit more observant than I am.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371097

>>371095
I stop laughing, and tilt my head.
"What is? You know we've been doing jobs together and stuff."

Chip(DD knight) 371098

>>371091
"Well no helping on that part." I frown.
"I did notice that she got herself resized again." I scratch my head.

"Hmmm… perhaps she is tauniting me…" I whispered to myself, then turn to Light Heart.

" No matter, when do we begin?"

Wf+6 371099

>>371092
"You cannot even begin to fathom the language of the twisting realm. Behold! 这是一种语言,不适合新手。 如果你失败了,你肯定会死。"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371100

>>371097
"You didn't… you know… I mean she's really defensive all the time…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371101

>>371100
I chortle again.
"Oh she's just in denial."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371102

>>371098
"Yes, she agreed to let mister Abilio study the effects of the age spell on her. She received a second cutie mark, you see. In return, she will be promoted. I don't quite think it was the optimal choice on her part… but it was her choice nonetheless."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371103

>>371099
"Was that supposed to dissuade me? Of course I don't understand it, nobody ever taught it to me!
If I spoke prench the Seekkill wouldn't understand, for one!"

Tela [Spellsword] 371104

>>371096
And I guess I'll be angrily storming through the hallways as well

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371105

>>371101
"So… you two were together for a while?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371106

>>371104
"I take it you've had yet another encounter with Emrille?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371108

>>371105
I nod.
"Told you. Did jobs, shared the loot, stuff like that, yeah."

Tela [Spellsword] 371110

>>371106
I snap around to look at him
"Yeah, the fuck do you care, jackass? You're gonna ask me out for lunch too?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371111

>>371108
"No, I mean like… together."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371112

>>371110
"If you're free. You look like you could use someone to talk to."

Chip(DD knight) 371115

>>371102
"What?!" I raise my eyebrow.
"Why that…. Albilio is leaving the ship to have his life with Lucky then…. "
I then sigh.
"She is a ruthless one is she not?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371117

>>371111
Wave a hoof around.
"You don't need to worry about that, Spring. You know I'm only here for you now~"

Light Heart [Warlord] 371119

>>371115
I cock a brow
"You have yet to hear, I gather? Abilio will be staying on board for the time being. Until his research is over at least."

Wf+6 371120

>>371103
"When you can tell me what makes Tartarian different from another language. I will consider teaching you more."

Tela [Spellsword] 371121

>>371112
"Yeah yeah, whatever. What are you, some kind of shrink?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 371122

>>371120
"Wait. I think somepony told me that.
It's a language that binds… That warlocks use to forge unbreakable wovs."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371123

>>371117
I roll my eyes
"Just answer the question, Emrille."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371124

>>371121
I'll shake my head.
"By the tides, no. I'm simply a sympathetic ear. I find that venting to someone or something tends to help the temper quite a bit."
I'll give a small chuckle.
"And a mug of ale never hurts, either."

Chip(DD knight) 371125

>>371119
"I see." I then sit down and think for a moment.
"Researching for what? Emrille's childhood I suppose?" I give an awkward grin.

Tela [Spellsword] 371126

>>371124
"Yeah fine, okay. Don't expect me to get shitfaced though, I still got a job to do later today. And if I even see a single candle or piece of pasta, I'm punching you in the dick, understood?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371127

>>371123
I shrug.
"I guess you'll have to ask her. She does react like this half the time, so be careful."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371129

>>371125
"Heavens no. As I mentioned before, miss Emrille has two cutie marks now. Which implies she has two separate destinies. That is what mister Abilio wishes to study."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371131

>>371126
I'll raise an eyebrow at that.
"Well, I can't promise anything about candles, since they're a light source in the ship, but you need not worry about pasta with me. Never even heard of the stuff. And I can't afford to be inebriated either, as there's still the matter of the collars with the Commodore that needs to be resolved. I'd like all my wits about me for that."

Chip(DD knight) 371133

>>371129
I then look at LightHearts flank.
"Is that the purpose of the mark then? To show a pony's destiny in life." I then began to touch her flank and stroke it.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371134

>>371127
I frown
"Can't you just tell me, Emmy?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371136

>>371134
I snort.
"Don't you calling me that, Spring!"

Tela [Spellsword] 371137

>>371131
"Yeah sure, whatever you say golden boy. Let's see how well you hold your drink."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371141

>>371137
And then I suppose we find our way to the booze.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371142

>>371133
"Fine then, keep quiet about it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371143

>>371136
"Indeed it does. It signifies what a pony is best at in life."

371145

>>371141
Poor him a mug and hoof it to him
"Here you go buddy."
And then do the same for myself, taking a swig

Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371146

>>371142
"Why does it matter anyway?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371147

>>371145
I'll take a sip as well.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371149

>>371146
"Because it keeps coming up. I'm pretty sure a lot of other ponies are wondering about it as well."

Chip(DD knight) 371150

>>371143
"I suppose you are great with cards… or playing it." I noted her cutie mark.

Tela [Spellsword] 371152

>>371147
"So, what the hell do you want to know? I hope you're not looking for a goddamn sobstory."

Tony [Trickster] 371155

And I'm here.
Watch me catch up.

Light Heart [Warlord] 371157

>>371150
"That is incorrect. My special talent lies elsewhere."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371158

>>371149
"Let them wonder them. I'm fine, as long as we can see Tela lose her shit like this ever now and then."
Can I hold back my laughter again?
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371159

>>371152
"No. You seem to have a rather stormy history with Emrille, and you are, from what I've gathered, good enough with that weapon you have. Those two things are likely related. You said earlier you were a mercenary, and that means you've likely traveled quite a bit, seen quite a few things."
I'll take another sip of the booze. '1d10'
"Was Emrille always as obnoxious as she is?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Chip(DD knight) 371162

>>371157
I see.
A guessing game.

"Uhhhmmmm…. making cards?" I trace her CM lightly with my claws.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371163

>>371159
I guess my vision will start swimming a bit.
Well, Curry old lad, I think that's enough for now. You've done well enough for your first encounter with alcohol.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371166

>>371158
"… I don't know what you're hiding now, but okay then. Keep pestering her until she snaps one day, if that's what you want."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371167

>>371162
I chuckle
"Not quite, no. Do not worry about it too much, mister Chip. It is of little importance to me personally."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371169

>>371166
I roll my eyes.
"Nothing serious, okay? There, are you happy now that I ruined the fun?"

Wf+6 371170

>>371122
"That is actually correct. How did you know that?"

Tony [Trickster] 371171

>>371170
Wf, is it noon yet?

Wf+6 371173

Felfire [Necromancer] 371174

>>371170
"I told you. Had a run in with somepony that knew it. Talked about this and that, dark magic and so on came out at a certain point."

Tony [Trickster] 371175

>>371173
Then I'm off to the bunny again.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371180

>>371169
I shrug
"Just curious, that's all."

Tela [Spellsword] 371182

>>371159
"Emmy and I go back a while, yeah. She's not too smart, but she's a pretty good shot nonetheless. I taught her the ropes of merc work a while back. Made sure her stupid ass wouldn't get killed too quickly. Apparently that spongy brain absorbed it pretty well seeing how she's still alive."
I poor him another.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371185

>>371180
I smirk again.
"I wish you were curious."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371188

>>371182
I'll let the mug sit for a moment while my vision clears itself.
"Well, that was likely very kind of you. Her trigger discipline is a bit lacking, though."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371189

>>371185
"Does everything really have to revolve around this?"

Chip(DD knight) 371193

>>371167
"Well, I just want to know." I yelp.
I then rest for a while.

…..
"What do you think will my Mark will be if I am a pony?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371195

>>371189
"No, but we were already discussing the topic, weren't we?"

371197

>>371188
"I don't use guns myself, so I could never beat the stupid out of her completely."
Another swig
"She's fucking reckless, yeah, but so am I to be honest. Guess the crazy is infectious."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371199

>>371195
I nod
"Right…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371204

>>371197
"How long have you two known each other, if you don't mind my asking?"
I'll take another cautious sip of the ale. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371206

>>371199
I glance at Summer who probably even fell asleep after the ruckus was over, then back up at her.
"And now while we are at that, I wouldn't mind spending some time with you once we get back from this little mission."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371209

>>371206
"We'll see how you do first…"

Wf+6 371211

>>371175
"YOU RETURN DON YOUR MASK THE TIME HAS COME TO TAKE BOLD ACTION."

>>371174
"I see. And that reckless tutelage brought you to ruin. So be it. Sign this, and I will teach you."

He produces a ledger completely in Tartarian.

Tela [Spellsword] 371212

>>371204
"We met a year or three back… stuck around for a while, then parted ways. Couldn't bear to be around her for a second longer so I just took on a different job. And now she's a goddamn pirate."
I shake my head

Tony [Trickster] 371213

>>371211
Go with him and put on the mask of course.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371214

>>371209
"Right… you say that like I've been doing like shit so far. If I didn't know you I might say you were looking for excuses."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371218

>>371211
"And summed up this says…?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 371220

>>371193
I cock a brow
"I believe a pair of planks or an anvil would fit you well seeing your occupation as smith and carpenter."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371221

>>371212
"Has she always teased you about… well, that?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371229

>>371214
"Excuses for what exactly?"

Chip(DD knight) 371231

>>371220
I give her a warm smile.
"Fair enough Ms Light Heart."

I then look around.
"I thought I was late but here we are, waiting for the others."

Wf+6 371232

>>371218
"You'll stop if I tell you to."

>>371213
He leads you back to the sunken temple into the gallery and points to the dead fungus clumps on the floor, mouth covered.

"COLLECT SHOULD BE INERT AND DEAD BUT MASK IS FOR SAFETY ENCLOSE IN THIS."

He hands you a bag.

Tela [Spellsword] 371234

>>371221
I roll my eyes
"Yeah, being the goddamn dyke she is… she thinks she's also a comedian. So yeah, she just keeps fucking around with me. And I punch her in return."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371236

>>371229
"For not wanting to spend time with just me."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371237

>>371232
"Fair enough."
But wasn't Clide the only one who had adapted tartarian to make deals with the living?
Sign that shit.

Tony [Trickster] 371239

>>371232
Carefully gather a good amount of the fungus and put it in the bag., Then seal it tight.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371241

>>371236
"Emrille, I'm a mother. You knew this from the start. Summer comes first."

Wf+6 371245

>>371237
I did not forget. You will have to wait and see.

>>371239
"GOOD IT CAN BE REVIVED BUT NOW IS NOW THE TIME FOR THAT OUR TARGET IS DISTANT AND YOUR SHIP IS IDEAL FOR REACHING IT FOR NOW I WILL CARE FOR THE WEAPON YOUR WORK IS COMPLETE."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371246

>>371231
I nod
"Indeed. I suppose they still have their own business to attend to though."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371249

>>371234
I'll shake my head a little.
"An odd way to treat a friend."
A thought will cross my mind, and I'll chuckle, and shake my head.
"Would be funny if that was her way of flirting with you."
Then take another sip. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 371250

>>371237
He nods, satisfied, and slides a book across the table. "Study this for at least two days and you will have an exam."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371252

>>371241
"Yeah, I know, but she's not a toddler either. I don't think she needs 24 hours supervision."

Tony [Trickster] 371253

>>371245
Take off my mask once I'm out of range of the fungus.
"I'm looking forward to it.
Will you join me to the ship or do you still have unfinished business within the city?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371255

>>371252
"Onboard a pirate ship? I beg to differ."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371257

>>371250
"Oh, and, Abilio."
Take the book and read the title and introduction.
"I would have stopped even without a contract, if you had told me as my teacher…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371259

>>371255
"What about that idiot that always hounds her? I'm sure he could look after her for an hour or two."

Chip(DD knight) 371260

>>371246
I then inch my way next to her and begin to wrap my arms around her lithe frame.
"Perhaps we can attend to our own business here if you dont mind." I bite her ear.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371261

>>371259
I frown
"Don't call him that, Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371265

>>371261
"What should I call him then? And the question still stands."

Tela [Spellsword] 371266

>>371249
I just stare at him silently

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371271

>>371266
At the silence, I'll put the mug down.
"I seem to have once again misspoke. I should really break that habit."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371272

>>371260
I chuckle
"Ah yes, I suppose we could."

Wf+6 371273

>>371257
"I am not certain that's true."

The title reads:

TARTARIAN PLANAR PHYSICS AND METASTATIC BINDING STUDIES for Dummies

>>371253
"OUR WORK IS DONE HERE I WILL RETURN TO THE SHIP WITH YOU."

Wf+6 371274

>>371272
Rosemary blushes. "Uh… should I… go?"

Tony [Trickster] 371277

>>371273
Right, go to the ship.
Wf, is he going to be as talkative on the ship as he is here? That will probably impact how I'm going to act about it.

Chip(DD knight) 371280

>>371274
"No please stay." I reach out my paw for her.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371281

>>371265
"Call him by his name, maybe? And my earlier answer also stands."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371283

>>371273
>masters resurrection at the first go
>dummy
Oh well.
"I wouldn't have trusted a living pony either about something like that, until a few weeks ago…"
Oh well.
Stand up and speak in a dry, serious tone.
"Thanks for the book. I won't delude you."
If he has nothing else to say, back to the cabin I go.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371286

>>371281
"Yeah, Curry then, whatever… And I can see where this is going."

Tela [Spellsword] 371287

>>371271
I stay quiet for a while longer, then stick out my tongue in disgust.
"Bah… she kissed me once."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371289

>>371286
"Where is this going? In case you hadn't noticed, you haven't exactly made yourself popular with Summer."

Light Heart [Warlord] 371290

>>371274
I nod.
"You may indeed, miss Rosemary. Unless you wish to stay."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371292

>>371287
"I see it left quite the impression on you, if she keeps teasing you about it even to today."

Wf+6 371294

>>371277
He will probably lay low until you've cleared port.

>>371283
Noted.

371296

>>371294
And then start reading.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Tony [Trickster] 371297

>>371294
Gotcha.
Go back to ship with him and look for the others.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371300

>>371289
I glance at Summer then back at Spring with a huff.
"I'm sorry, I guess I should try and do something better than, gee, I don't know, saving her life."

Wf+6 371303

>>371297
You find Spring and Emrille.

>>371296
This will not take less than 2 days.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 371306

>>371280
>>371290
I fly down from the crow's nest.
"Seekkill hear say waiting for someone?"

Tela [Spellsword] 371307

>>371292
"She had a crush on me or some shit. Hell I didn't even notice it until she one day just straight up moved in and kissed me."

371309

>>371303
And that's perfect, wouldn't want to rush it. See what's happened last time I did that.
Anything I need to know in here?
Raise Magenta to help me study.
Keep reading.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Chip(DD knight) 371311

>>371290
I nuzzle to her and begin to massage her back and start to position.
"Well we sho… "

>>371306
…………
"Uhhh… yes(?)"

Wf+6 371312

>>371290
She looks concerned. "I don't care what you do as long as our relationship doesn't change. But do you want me to do?[/i]

>>371309
You aren't making any progress.

That's a preeeeeeety thick book. Good eeeeeatin'.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371314

>>371300
I'll allow Sol to catch up with the thread now

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371317

>>371307
"That does sound like her. She seems to be pulling a repeat performance on miss Spring."
I'll look at the mug, but decide not to drink any more.
"Her being a filly again is hardly slowing her down, of course."

371318

>>371312
So I take you didn't learn from a book, uh?
Yeah well, I've absolutely nothing to do.
Keep reading.
Is this completely RNG based?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Summer Seas [Cleric] 371319

>>371314
Eh, let's just say I'm asleep. I'm caught up now but it would be awkward for Summer to 'suddenly wake up' right now.

Light Heart [Warlord] 371320

>>371306
"Ah, mister Seekkill. Yes, there is work to be done later."

>>371312
I chuckle
"Miss Rosemary please, my personal feelings towards you remain unchanged. This is mere business."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 371322

>>371311
"Waiting who? Seekkill bored. Seekkill want something to do."

>>371320
"What work?"

Wf+6 371325

>>371318
This isn't RNG based at all. It will take you two days to learn the contents of this book.

I killed my meeeeeentor. He was a bore.

>>371320
She wanders off.

Tony [Trickster] 371327

>>371314
"Hey there.
Ready for the big mission?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371328

>>371327
I turn to look at him.
"I guess I'm as ready as everyone else."

Felfire [Necromancer] 371330

>>371325
I thought the test thing was real, and I'd know as much as RNG would let me.
Okay, keep reading.
And killing him was any fun?

Chip(DD knight) 371332

>>371322
GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
"Waiting for them hrrrrmmm… " I sit next to Light Heart.

>>371320
I look at LH and Rose.while avoiding eye contact to Seek.
"Personal?" I raise my eyebrow

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371334

>>371300
I shrug
"You know what kids are like."

Tela [Spellsword] 371335

>>371317
"Hmph. And in the mean time, she keeps bothering me with it. Just earlier she send a fucking mare after me!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371336

>>371334
"And shouldn't you be talking to her then? Or will you just blame me for your daughter hating me?"

Tony [Trickster] 371337

>>371328
"Right."
I sit down and look at Emrille.
"Is it just me or do you look different from the last time I saw you?
Wait don't tell me, you got a new haircut."
I smirk.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371338

>>371335
I'll raise an eyebrow at that.
"I see. Well, how would you like to get her back for that?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371340

>>371336
"I'm not blaming you at all. But maybe you should try and act more amiable towards Summer?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371341

>>371337
I smirk back.
"No silly, I ditched the school dress. Tsk tsk, do you need glasses?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 371342

>>371332
"Who them?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371343

>>371340
"…like?"

Tony [Trickster] 371346

>>371341
"Shame you ditched that."
I snicker.
"But seriously, what happened?"

Tela [Spellsword] 371349

>>371338
"What?"

Chip(DD knight) 371352

>>371342
"Tony, Emrille, Spring, Summer and the other blokes." I frown.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 371354

>>371352
"Weak heart say have work. What work?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 371356

>>371349
"Well, it would serve he right to get a bit of her own medicine, don't you think? Surely you don't enjoy being the butt of her teasing, do you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371357

>>371346
"Abilio likes to shrink me to filly size as a punishment. Well, I got kidnapped by a Celestial spy yesterday night, and when I shot his goon in the throat I earned a second cutie mark, so no I'm staying like this so he can study me. Crazy, right?"

Chip(DD knight) 371360

>>371354
"Weak Heart? Who's Weak Heart?" I raise my eyebrow.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 371361

>>371343
"Be more forgiving maybe? Apologize yourself?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 371363

>>371360
I point at light heart.
"Weak heart."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 371365