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556826

Morning sun rises. Shrine time?

556828

Shrine time.

556829

>>556826
Yarr.

Let's get up and clean.

556832

I hope I found a sufficiently sheltered hole in a wall to fall asleep in last night.

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>>556832
>>556826
Speaking of.
Could my sword's influence allow him to spend the night in our room as our 'prisoner'?

556838

Yawn and look up at the sunshine.

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>>556826
Time to shower, brush my hair, put on make-up, brush my coat, put on my cleaned hat and cloak.
Strike a pose in the mirror, yes I'm good.

556841

>>556832
Presumably you found shelter at a shrine or something.

>>556829
Your room is very fancy because there's a private bath here.

Hircus and Chip never came back last night, so you slept like this:

Bed 1: Emrille + Tela
Bed 2: Selena + Flowing + Manako
Bed 3: Rosemary + Light Heart + Wark
Couch 1: Wark
Couch 2: HP

>>556836
A bluff that large requires the actual con artist skill. They saw him come in as your guest, not prisoner.

556844

>>556841
Also apparently Wark slept partially on the couch and partially on the bed. Good for him.

556846

>>556841
Pull the sheets over me.
I wanna sleep…

556847

>>556841
Shrine of Honesty maybe?

556848

>>556841
>>556844
He must have mastered advanced cloning techniques.
Once we're ready to clap my hooves together.
"Is everypony ready to move on?"

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>>556841
>>556846
"Did you find the needed shrine?"

556851

>>556848
I nod.

556852

>>556847
Wherever you want. There are no priests to shoo you away.

>>556848
"I am! Let's go to the shrines!"

"Arright, les run 'em through. Figerativ'ly speakin'."

556854

>>556850
"We need offerings for the shrine?"

556856

>>556850
"Yeah, yeah, I did…"

556857

>>556854
Nod.
"I have a few songs leftover. We could try buying some incense sticks."
>>556852
Actually, yeah. 4 incense sticks, how much?

556858

>>556848
"Nuh… I guess."
I yawn.

556859

>>556852
I guess it seems fitting. I'm in no condition to be moving anyway.
I hope the rest of the group gets here soon…

I have to go for a while. Sorry.

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>>556857
About 200 songs a dozen.

556861

>>556852
"I look forward to seeing these shrines, I have been wishing to delve deeper into elementalism for some time now. Miss Puzzle, what kind of offerings should we bring?"

556862

>>556861
"I looked at them yesterday, we should write wishes on paper and leave them there!"

556863

>>556857
"Okay." Nod approvingly.

556864

>>556860
Oh, can I buy three dozen sticks? I like incense, might be nice to have for my cabin!

>>556862
"I see… in Neighponese?"

556865

>>556852
"Yes."

556867

>>556864
You're not at a shop.

"I don't think that matters, but it needs to be relevant to the shrine we visit."

556868

>>556862
AHA
"What kind of wishes?"

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>>556862
I rub some sleep out of my eyes and look at her.
"Hey Puzzle, little question for you… what does pretty mean?"

556870

>>556860
Buy two dozen.
The day before.

556871

>>556869
"Why do you care about that word?"

556872

>>556867
Let's say I was yesterday.
"Very well."
… Do I have my notebook on me? I think it's not in my inventory at the moment.
Guess we ought to ask for some paper and a pencil at the reception desk.

556873

>>556869
"It means beautiful!"

>>556868
"A wish for whatever element… like you might go to the kindness shrine to ask for mercy."

>>556870
Fiiine.

556874

>>556872
Tch, if I let him buy in the past I suppose I'll let you.

556875

>>556871
"Just curious."

>>556873
"… Oh. Hehehe. Thanks."

556876

>>556874
I was walking around town all afternoon! I'm sure I found the time to. Three dozen it is.
Let's go downstairs.
"Miss Puzzle, could you ask them for some paper and pencil?"

556877

>>556873
"Ooooh, I see."

556880

>>556876
"Okay."

She eventually retrieves some.

556882

>>556876
Oh, you buying aswell?

556885

>>556875
"What are you laughing at? Who called you beautiful?"

556887

>>556880
"Very good. Let us head out then."

>>556882
For my own cabin.
"Mister Tree? Which shrine first?"

556889

>>556887
"It does hardly matter, what matters is keeping the one we are interested in last.
Emrille knows which one is the right one."

556890

>>556885
"I think they called my coat beautiful, to be exact. Which I think is true!"

556891

>>556889
"Yes, I do know that much."

>>556885
"Miss Emrille?"

556892

>>556891
Then why ask!

556893

>>556890
"Your coat is very unique!"

556894

>>556890
"Well… it's awfully pretty, that's true."

>>556889
>>556891
Groan.
"Give me a second…"
Get out of bed and fix my mane, feathers, get dressed and everything.
"I did a sweep of town yesterday, I know where it is and how to get there."

556895

>>556894
"Have you had a chance to locate the other three shrines aswell?"

556896

>>556892
Because I thought you knew which one we need to actually go to.

>>556894
"Very well, let us go to the ones we do not need to visit first. Do lead the way."

556897

>>556893
>>556894
"You bet your asses it is. It's why I kept it like this."

556898

>>556895
"Well yeah, I saw where they were. Why?"

>>556896
"Is everyone ready to move out then?"

556899

>>556898
"Yes."

556900

>>556897
"So….when you take a bath do you use soap or polish wax?" I chuckle.

556901

>>556900
"That's a trick question. I don't take baths."
I smirk.

556902

>>556898
"Because we need to visit those aswell."

556903

>>556897
Give her a quick smooch.

>>556899
>>556902
"Get ready for a lot of walking then. Or flying."
I'm gonna flutter above ground as usual anyway.
Let's head out of the hotel.
Lead them to the shrine in the bottom left corner of the city, that's on the edge.

556904

>>556902
>>556901
>>556900
>>556899
You arrive at the Shrine of Loyalty. This place is peppered with paper wishes. It seems a pleasant place, big wide open doors and a cozy-looking roof. The inside is pleasantly warm with the sunshine and smells of incense.

Hircus, badly injured, is here, sleeping.

556905

>>556903
You depart from the group and go to the Shrine of Honesty instead.

556906

>>556904
!!!!
"Hircus?!?"
Trot to him.
"What happened?"
Get out a healing potion for him once he wakes up '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

556907

>>556906
He's all burned up and has several broken bones. Also unconscious. Maybe he'll come to later.

556908

>>556904
Loyalty.

I know that one very well. Do I feel anything at all? I remember the feelings I got back in Roads…

"… Hircus? Rosemary, please see to him."

556909

>>556908
Roll for Religion.

She treats him, but he remains unconscious.

556910

>>556904
>>556906
"Looks like a wild night out to me. Happened to me before plenty of times."

556911

>>556907
"You stupid goat.
What happened to you?"
Rub his head.

556912

>>556909
"Hmmm… I suppose we will have to wait for him to come by."

Roll #1 3 = 3

556913

>>556905
Fuck, I thought we could choose were we go first. I go with the others.

556914

>>556904
>>556907
Raise a brow at the goat.
Anyway, make an offering with some incense.

556915

>>556904
'1d10' triage on him
"Baka yagi…."

Roll #1 9 = 9

556917

>>556912
Hm… you've been neglecting your connection to Loyalty lately. Perhaps it was a temporary thing? It almost seems like a dream now.

>>556913
Well, Flowing was leading them to the 'correct' shrine.

>>556914
Noted.

>>556915
He's looking better now, but still unconscious.

556920

>>556917
I need to change that… I really do.
"So… do we simply write something on a piece of paper and leave it here?"

556921

>>556917
I thought he said we need to go to all others too, whatever.
I don't break off from the party, that'd be dumb.
Do I feel anything about loyalty?
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

556923

>>556910
>>556920
"I want to write a wish too!"

556924

>>556917
Wait, we are taking the long route, right?

556926

>>556917
'1d10' appraise him for the cause

Roll #1 1 = 1

556927

>>556924
No one followed you.

>>556921
Not really.

>>556926
He's unconscious as a side-effect of being DEAD!

556928

556929

>>556927
I don't even.
Where is everyone?
It'd be stupid to separate.

Please guys this is really confusing.

556930

>>556920
"It's supposed to be loyalty-related!"

556932

>>556929
Stop confusing yourself. Everyone in your group is at the shrine. You brought up the rear.

556933

>>556930
>>556927
Meh.
"Like a contract?"

556934

>>556927
Panic. ". He's never going to wake up! " '1d10' check for a pluse

Roll #1 5 = 5

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>>556932
Okay, but WHICH shrine then?

556936

>>556930
"Hmmmm…"
Alright, write down 'May my family stick together through thick and thin, building the road of loyalty to greatness.'

556937

>>556935
Please read the thread >>556904

556938

>>556934
It's probably all over.

>>556933
"Not even slightly!"

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>>556938
"How is that not loyalty related?"

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>>556939
"Contracts exist to force you to be loyal, rather than you keeping your word just because, right?"

556941

>>556936
Trot up to her writing.
"I didn't take you for an elementalist, Lady heart."

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>>556940
"Not all contracts are set on paper. There's a thing like being loyal to the contract, right? Even if it's a written one."

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>>556940
"Yeah, but are you saying being loyal to a contract is not being loyal?"

556947

>>556941
"Miss Puzzle is partially to blame for that. Though I admit I have not been doing my homework lately."
I chuckle.

>>556940
So… let's inspect this shrine more closely. We're here for a reason.

Roll #1 7 = 7

556949

>>556943
>>556944
"Well in the first place, I thought you were asking if putting wishes here was like a contract, which it isn't. But like all things, it mostly matters why you're staying true to your word. If you're only doing it to avoid the wrath of the contract, that's not loyalty!"

556950

>>556947
It seems a pleasant enough place. It's open to the public but it seems to be sweeped frequently.

556952

>>556938
'1d10' try a heal on him.

Roll #1 10 = 10

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>>556949
"Even if I could get away with breaking a contract, I'd never do it. I think that's loyalty. Loyalty to the employer, even when someone else makes you a better deal to screw your employer over."

556954

>>556950
"Miss Puzzle, are we absolutely alone here? This should be the place to be…"

556955

>>556947
Chuckle aswell.
>>556950
Let's get a sense of where we need to go, inspect the roads near the shrine.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

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>>556953
>>556949
Slap the butt of Tela.
"And a relationship is kind of a loyalty too, ain't it?"

556957

>>556956
Roll my eyes.
"You got that right."

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>>556955
They look like they're made of dirt.

>>556952
Healing the dead?

Come on!

Anyway you can stop healing him now, I can't just make Cheesy come join the game.

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>>556954
"Are we alone?"

She glances at the nearby mainstreet which is bustling with activity.

"No!"

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>>556957
"Looking isn't cheating, right?"

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>>556959
Back to the others.
>>556954
>>556961
"I can't quite orientate myself through the streets, Lady Heart, you should have the map still.."

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>>556960
"I meant whether you could sense anypony lurking in the shadows."

>>556962
"I do."
Take it out and take another look at it.

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>>556961
"No, it's being a lustful slut."

556969

>>556959
O-okay. Just sit on his chest a second. " loyalty huh… ironic I think is what you call this.. idiot goat. "
Then float back to tree.
she doesn't want to believe he is died.

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>>556963
"I don't think so!"

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>>556965
Snicker.

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>>556970
Take another look at that map of ours.
There must be some way to figure out what to do…

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>>556970
I look at the wishes and write one of my own on a piece of paper.

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>>556973


>>556975
You write the word "one" on a paper.

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>>556976
That circle… is that the shrine?

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>>556969
"Is he okay?"

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>>556976
Hey my wish is too qt too publish.

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>>556979
Shake my head slowly " I can't even find a pulse.."

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>>556980
Well you didn't tell it to me on steam!

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>>556976
>>556982
So… which building is crossed then? Take a look.

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>>556984
What it looks like, I mean.

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>>556982
Mphpp
I wish there will be no more mutinies in the fleet and that we'll support each other through the good and bad times.

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>>556984
It's another small house, looks no different than the others crowded about. It has wooden outer walls.

556989

>>556987
Inconspicuous. Let's hope it's not a trap.

"Everypony ready to move on?"

556990

>>556981
Wince.
"We will need to bring him back to the ship."
>>556989
"One second.
Hircus seems to be dead, we need to retrieve his body."

556991

>>556987
Go over to Hircus' body and see if he's dead for real.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

556992

>>556990
"He is not dead, merely unconscious. Did you not listen to miss Rosemary?"

556993

>>556992
"…Manako said she can't find a pulse."

556995

556997

>>556993
>>556987
"Miss Puzzle, please be the third doctor to solve this dispute."

556998

>>556995
Good lord.
Wait for Puzzle.

557000

>>556989
"I've been ready since yesterday!"

557003

>>556989
"Okay."

557006

I'm tired of this.

We're going to check that building now. No more faffing about. Someone carry that idiot goat and make sure he's not dead.

557008

>>557006
I'll carry him on my back.

557009

>>556997
>>556998
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

557010

>>557009
"Nope, not ded."

>>557006
There's a door on the side facing the shrine.

557011

>>557010
One of those paper doors you have to slide open?
See if I can knock without wrecking it.

557013

>>557010
Let out a sigh of relief.
Now. Door.
Let's wait until LH is done.

557015

>>557011
>>557013
No, this building has a wooden exterior as some in this place do.

An elderly shrine-keeper dog answers the door.

"Yes?"

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>>557015
Bow my head slightly.
"Greetings sir, we are travelers and friends of Big Boss Cluster. You are the shrinekeeper, yes? May we be so bold as to ask to enter your humble home?"

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>>557023
"I'm afraid my home is far too messy to entertain guests. Forgive me. Is there something you needed?"

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>>557032
I cough.
"We were… instructed to come here however. A recommendation, if you will."

557036

>>557034
"Do you still have it?"

557038

>>557036
I've got the letter and the map right?
Show him the map.

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>>557038
He folds it up and stuffs it in his pocket. "Come in, in that case."

He slides open the door and moves out of the way so you can come in.

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>>557041
Finally.
In we go.

557045

>>557041
Enter.
"Thank you very much."
Stay wary though.

557047

>>557041
Woooop! Go inside.

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>>557041
"Thank you."
Trot inside. What's it look like?

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>>557044
>>557045
>>557047
>>557048
There is nothing in this room except a bed and a giant spiral staircase leading down into the darkness.

"Well, on you go."

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>>557049
Oh….

557051

>>557049
Go on.

557052

>>557049
… Well that's not unsettling at all.
Very well, descend into the darkness then.

557056

>>557049
Well, after the others, but go.

557057

>>557049
"On we go."
Like you'd expect from a secret base.

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>>557050
>>557051
>>557052
>>557056
As you descend, you hear the shrine's great bell ringing up above…

Finally, after perhaps yet another mile of walking down the staircase you come to a landing. There is a great stone hallway with no cover and several cannon placements flank the sides, built into heavy bunkers. A number of fluffy little soldiers stand at attention in their positions. At the end of the hallway there is a large stone door.

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>>557061
Push onward, through the door.

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>>557061
I whistle.
"Not bad."

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>>557061
Trot carefully.

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>>557061
>>557063
Walk beside her and lean closer.
"I don't like this."

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>>557061
"Whoa…" I say quietly

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>>557061
…Good.

557074

Yarr.

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>>557069
>>557067
>>557066
>>557064
>>557063
>>557062
The guards don't stop you as you head through the great stone door. Apparently the bell was a warning NOT to kill you.

This chamber is quite strange. It's almost like you're outside… clearly it has been enchanted with illusionary magic, but not to beguile, merely for recreational purposes.

As soon as you enter you seem to be in a pleasant field with a few trees. The door stands out in the middle of nowhere. There's a desk at the far side. You notice there are still a few defensive towers about with cannons, though.

>>557074
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFwszvSF6rc

From your porthole you can see a lumbering abomination of skulls and bones making his way across the deck. He grumbles something about curses as he rummages around in the corpses for new bones.

"Fly? Are you paying attention? Or are you watching Crux?"

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>>557080
Is there a dog here we can talk to?

557083

>>557080
"… Oh my. This is very impressive."
Anyone at the desk?

557084

>>557080
This is what I mean by illusion magic.

557085

>>557080
Desk it is, I guess.

557086

>>557080
"… Whoa. This is… this is some serious headfucking."

557089

>>557082
>>557083
There is, in fact. He seems to have been waiting for you and reclines in his chair. He doesn't look nearly as old as Cluster, but that could easily be illusion magic.

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>>557089
Well, flutter over.
Nod and take off my hat.
They might have these same stupid customs.

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>>557089
Approach him and bow.
"Good day, sir. Do you speak Equestrian?"

557093

>>557080
I yawn and stretch my wings.
"Yes. Paying attention."

557094

>>557089
Approach and bow.

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>>557092
>>557094
>>557091
"I do. Cluster has already told me why you sought audience with me, though based on your foreign nature, it's possible you have no idea who I am. Are you familiar with how the government of Shiba works?"

>>557093
Sanforute gives you an annoyed look. "You're not going to have me to fall back on very soon, Fly. If you are to lift the curse upon you, you'll need every inch of your cunning."

No doubt he's referring to the same curse that has turned you from a babbling infant only a year ago into a griffon about the size of an eight-year-old. A process which shows no signs of stopping.

He holds up a Cursed Seal. "You no doubt recognize this?"

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>>557095
Am I?
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

557098

>>557095
"No idea."

557099

>>557095
>>557097
"Nothing specific."

557101

>>557095
"Mister Tree has informed me of some minor aspects of it, but I cannot say I do."

557102

>>557095
I sigh and ruffle my feathers.
"Yes, sir. It's a cursed seal."

557106

>>557097
Only the barest details. Ponies in charge of dogs.

>>557098
>>557099
>>557101
"As part of the agreement with our liegelords in Takikaga, there are no Shiban judges. No bureaucrats. No representatives in the Forbidden City. But all of this is forgiveable. Perhaps the greatest trespass upon the Shiban folk is the lack of a right to a single executive leader. Instead, power is decentralized, officially, before the four Big Bosses, who exert their will through the lower Bosses. Unofficially, however… I am Grand Boss Cloud."

>>557102
"And in this seal contains the personality of the dead. Without something like this attached to him, Crux falls apart. Thralls stop being thralls. Until you stick it on another body, of course. I'm reminding you of this because very soon I will depart and you will be on your mission – but not alone. I'm sending Crux with you to keep you out of trouble. But I have faith in you, dear Fly, and I have no doubt we will cross paths again."

557108

>>557106
"Well, nice to meet you then, grand boss."

557109

>>557106
I nod.
"Thank you for…uh…"
I squeeze my head between my claws for a few seconds and squint my eyes shut.
"..giving me Crux, sir. How do I keep the…the seal from coming off?"

557110

>>557106
"I see. Thank you for receiving us then, Grand Boss. We are honored. As you no doubt are aware, we are willing to aid the Shiban people in their struggle."

557112

>>557106
"I understand."
Bow down.
"It's an honor to meet you, Grand Boss Cloud."

557116

>>557108
>>557110
>>557112
"I did not get to my position by not being shrewd. You're no doubt intelligence forces from Awa given the current political climate, here to incite revolution, no? Clever of them to use foreigners. Less suspicious."

>>557109
"The seal will naturally stick on, but if you need glue I suggest rapidly congealing blood. If it falls off, you can always stick it back on unless it's destroyed. Make extras in your spare time."

557118

>>557116
"Can I sew it on?"
I reach up for the cursed seal so I can take a look at it.

557119

>>557116
"Indeed.
But we are ready to support your cause, Grand Boss."

557120

>>557116
Smirk.
Clever floof.

557121

>>557116
I smile.
"You would be correct to assume so. That said, we are fully ready to aid with your cause."

557123

>>557118
It's a twisted shard of bone. Is it unnatural that a girl about a year old can identify a whittled knee cap?

…Nah.

>>557119
>>557120
>>557121
"I am willing to work with you, but there's something I need from you in exchange. The Daimyo of Awa has pull in the Forbidden City. I want autonomy. Bring me a notorized letter from a representative of the Daimyo of Awa promising this, and I can overthrow the ponies in charge even without your help."

557124

>>557118
"If you make holes for that."

557125

>>557123
I turn it over it my claws a few times.
"Can I have this one?"

557126

>>557123
"What level of autonomy do you mean, exactly? Just so we are clear."

557129

>>557123
>>557126
Smirk.
"This can easily be accomplished, if you help me, Lady Heart."

557133

>>557129
"Hmmm?"

557135

>>557133
"We do know one representative of the Daimyo, just a short distance from here."
Smirk.

557136

>>557135
"Well yes, that was quite obvious. I could easily fly over."

557137

>>557136
"Maybe some persuasion will be needed."

557138

>>557137
"You wish to come? Very well, though… you will need somepony to carry you through the air other than me."

>>557108
>>557084
"Miss Selena? Miss Emrille?"

557139

>>557124
I nod.
"I like sewing."

557141

>>557138
"It might be for the best, but I do have faith in your capabilities."

557142

>>557126
"Imperial Immediacy."

>>557139
"Well, there you have it then. Now, you're certain the one who performed the magic on your egg is on that fleet?"

557143

>>557138
"I don't think we should all go, wouldn't that attract attention?"

557144

>>557138
"I'm okay with this. If they can handle it, that means we can focus on the last city."

557148

>>557142
"I will be certain to inform the representative swiftly."

>>557141
>>557143
>>557144
"Well, I will leave the decision up to you."

Bow to the Grand Boss.
"Grand Boss. We will meet again soon."
And then go to the exit, back outside.

557151

>>557148
It's a long hike up, and too narrow to fly without risk. Still, you get there.

557152

>>557151
Great!
Now… I remember when I was at the docks I could see the ridge of pines. The fleet should be behind there. I should be able to just fly over right?

557153

>>557142
I close my eyes shut hard and concentrate.
"Yes. It was..Ab…Abobo…Aby…A something."
>>557125

557154

>>557144
>>557143
Nod.
"I shall remain then."

557155

>>557152
Yep. What a troublesomely long flight.

>>557125
>>557153
"Go ahead, take it. I only just fashioned it for the demonstration."

He glances out at the nearby land. "This is your stop. Do you think you can make the flight?"

557156

>>557155
I flap my wings a few times and look back at them.
"Um…do you? I've got, I think, stuff?"

557158

Wake up with a groan and a wince.

557159

>>557156
He glances at your bags, stuffed nearby.

"Do you suspect they'll weigh you down too much?"

557160

>>557155
Just glide on the warm wind currents. I won't even need to exert myself too much if I use those!

Land on the Darklantern once I get there.

557161

>>557160
The sea is mostly clear on this side, except you notice one ship headed toward your fleet.

You land on the Darklantern.

557165

>>557161
Oh? What kind of ship?

Anyway, I should find the commodore.

557166

>>557165
It looks like a civilian transport.

>>557165
He is at the helm, with the representative of Awa next to him.

557169

>>557166
Approach them both and nod.
"Commodore. Honorable representative. I bring news from Shiba. We have met with the leader of the Shibanese diamond dogs, the Grand Boss who goes by the name Cloud. He is willing to overthrow the ponies in charge without our help if we are willing to grant Shiba autonomy."

557170

>>557161
>>557165
I'll just follow her.
Safety first.

557171

>>557086
Wait, who's carrying me?
"Who're you? Whudeya waunt? Didn't do nuthin'…"

557172

>>557155
Do I have to stay here?

557173

>>557171
Run to Hircus.
"Hircus."
Give him a healing potion '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

557175

>>557173
"Thanks." Chug it down. "Ugh. What a day."

557176

>>557171
I snicker.
"Well well, look who's waking up."

557179

>>557175
"What happened to you?"

557181

>>557176
"Yeah, yeah, like you've never had a rough day in your life."
>>557179
"Fell into a furnace, nearly got cooked alive, then got kicked out on the streets. By the way, were those beds as comfy as they looked?"

557183

>>557181
"You idiot."

557184

>>557175
Rub your head.
"Had a rough night?"

557185

>>557181
"Every day with Emrille around!"

557186

>>557181
"How on earth did you fall into a furnace?"

557190

>>557185
"…I thought you two liked each other."
>>557186
"I was trying to sneak back into the hotel through the vents and lost my footing." Rub the back of my head and sigh. "I must be really out of shape to make a mistake like that."

557191

>>557159
I shrug.
"I don't wanna loose anything else."
I sniffle.

557193

>>557190
"It's complicated."
I smirk.

557194

>>557190
"Ssshhh, you just have to be more careful next time."

557197

>>557169
Abilio shrugs. "Fine by me."

The Representative gives you a questioning look. "Is it necessary?"

she might need some convincing.

>>557191
He gently plucks an old feather out from the way of your eyes.

"Come now, you musn't tarry. Remember that we never truly lose anything for good."

557198

>>557183
"Well, excuse me for wanting to sleep somewhere more comfortable than the streets while I was in town. At least the shrines have roofs so I didn't get soaked."
>>557193
"Well, I guess I can understand that."
>>557194
"I shouldn't have made it that time. You screw up, and you get caught. Just like I was."

557199

>>557197
I nod my head and give him a hug.

557200

>>557198
"Oh don't speak like that."
Rub head some more '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

557201

>>557200
"…Ow."
Smile ruefully at her.
"By the way, didn't you say something about teaching me about herbs next time we were ashore?"

557202

>>557198
"You should have come to see me, I'd have brought you, idiot!
As long as this stupid piece of steel commends some respect, it's good to use it!"

557204

>>557199
He gives you a bear hug and the leads you out to the deck. The fleet is up ahead.

Crux ephemerally floats about.

557205

>>557201
"Well, once you're better, why not?"

557207

>>557197
I nod.
"That was his condition, he did not seem willing to be flexible and requested a letter from a representative of Awa to acknowledge said autonomy. To quote him directly, he said he wanted 'Imperial immediacy'. In return… Shiba will be ours without having to spend any resources or taking any risks. It would be quite the blow to your enemies, do you not agree?"

557210

>>557202
I give Crux my bag of things.
"Hold on to this tight, you hear me?"
After that I stretch and flap my wings to get them warmed up.

557212

>>557202
"I don't think that sword commands enough respect to get them to let a rogue back in."
>>557205
"How about right now? I can walk."
Try to walk on my own. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

557214

>>557212
"We're in negotiations with the boss."
Catch him '1d10'
"And you can't walk."

Roll #1 9 = 9

557215

>>557212
"You know nothing of this place, Hircus.
And you have troopmates.
Rely on them in your times of need!"
Help him up.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

557216

>>557212
"…I stand corrected."
>>557214
>>557215
"Thanks. You're right, I just… having others to rely on is still… taking some getting used to. I figured that since it was my screwup, it was my job to fix it.
Now, what was that about negotiations with a boss?"

557217

>>557207
Roll

>>557210
You're feeling a bit more limber now.

The big blob of undeath mutters something about the curse of burdens.

557218

>>557217
Be persuasive!

Roll #1 2 = 2

557219

>>557217
"Thank you."
I give it a kiss then fly to the shore.

557220

>>557216
"Don't be deceived by these trees. We're actually in an underground bunker. This dog over there is the boss of the city.
Miss Heart is currently negotiating on our ship to give the boss what he wants and he'll help us in return."

557222

>>557219
>>557217
"Oh!"
Before I take off I run over to Sanfortue and give him another hug.
"Goodbye, mister Sanfor! I'll visit you when I am fixed!"

557224

>>557218
>>557207
"C'mon, if we do this, we can totally go and focus on the other city while they do the dirty work. It's a win-win!"
Even I can be persuasive!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

557225

>>557218
You're distracted mid-sentence by the approach of the other vessel and a Griffon flying off of it.

Abilio motions for silence. "That other ship has no crew. FULL SAIL! Get off a collision course with it before it runs into us!"

>>557219
>>557222
He gives you a toothy smile. "I expect nothing less.

Why bother with shore? The stallion you're after is right there –at the helm. Talking to Light Heart. You seem to have their full attention.

#Pause

557226

>>557225
Wait what?

557227

>>557225
Holy hell.

Take to the air and get to that other ship's helm!

557228

>>557226
Did I not make it clear that you were tracking the fleet?

"He gives you a bear hug and the leads you out to the deck. The fleet is up ahead."

"This is your stop."


" one who performed the magic on your egg is on that fleet?"

557230

>>557228
Oh, I missed that the fleet was ahead. Sorry. I thought we were off shore and I was going to have to find my own way onto the fleet.

557232

>>557225
Groan. "Great. Now that the actual trouble starts I'm practically useless."

557235

>>557232
"If we are lucky, there will be no trouble.
After all Grand Boss can take the city without our help."

557237

>>557235
"I'm talking about the unmanned ship that just showed up on a collision course with us. Doesn't that scream "Trap" to you?"

557238

>>557237
Nigga that's happening on the fleet, we are still in town.

557244

>>557238
Well fuck, I guess I don't know shit then.

557247

>>557230
Stop her.
"Excuse me? May I know who you are and why you are here?"

557253

>>557244
Float over and slap you
"idiot goat. We thought you were dead!"

557257

>>557253
"I thought I was dead. I kinda fell into a furnace, then got kicked out on the streets. Not a very fun day for me."

557258

>>557257
"I still don't understand the furnace part."

557259

>>557257
Look furious "don't ever do that again."

557260

>>557258
"The vents in the hotel all lead to a furnace. I slipped and fell into it. I was lucky enough to be able to climb back out, but not without paying for it."
>>557259
Wince and rub my shoulder. "Trust me, I don't intend to. Why are you so angry about this?"

557262

>>557260
Shake my head.
"At least we are leaving this place soon enough."

557265

>>557260
Throw my arms up in a frustrated gesture. "You're my friend. Baka yagi. And you were almost dead. All for sneaking around? Of course I am upset. "

557270

>>557262
"Agreed. Cute as the locals are, my stay hasn't exactly been pleasant."
>>557265
Sigh and rub my temples.
"I'm upset too. It was a stupid mistake, not even a rookie mistake, but a stupid one. Either I had a bout of horrible luck, or I'm getting rusty."

557271

>>557247
"CAN'TSTOP!"
I keep flapping my wings as hard as I can and make for the boat you took off from.

557273

>>557271
I raise a brow and go after you, grabbing you before you crash into something and setting you down gently on the deck.
"I must ask again. Who are you?"

557278

>>557270
Give a satisfied nod. "As long as it was an accident."
>>557262
And glide back to tree. " the shibe have been kind to you tree sempai? "

557281

>>557278
"Yes, mostly because I don't go around knocking down doors.
Got something for you, from one of the shops.
"

557282

>>557273
>>557271
I'll flutter nearby, keeping an eye on them.
Make sure the fleet diplomat doesn't get hurt.

557283

>>557278
"One I don't intend to repeat. I'm just glad I left you with Flowing Tree before that whole fiasco. I couldn't stand it if you had…"
Look away.
"…If you got hurt because of my mistake."

557284

>>557273
I smooth my feathers after you set me down.
"Fly."

557285

>>557283
Snort.
"She'd have slapped some sense into you and stopped you from doing that bullshit, instead!"

557286

>>557281
Flutter excitedly " really? What is it? Can I see it? "

557287

>>557284
"You… were flying."

557288

>>557287
I grin and nod.
"I flew really good!"

557289

>>557286
"Impatient so!"

557290

>>557285
"Stopped me from what? Climbing? I'm a goat, in case you forgot. Climbing is what I do."

557291

>>557288
"Well… I suppose so."
Glance at Emrille for a second.
"Should I bring you back to your ship?"

557292

>>557290
"From trying to sneak back into the hotel!"

557293

>>557291
>>557288
I shrug at her glance.

557294

>>557292
"Well what was I supposed to do?"

557295

>>557291
I shake my head.
"No. I'll go back-"
I shake my head hard and pound on it a few times.
"-later. Later."
I look around at the people on the deck.

557297

>>557294
"Ask for help.
Find another hotel.
Fuck whores all night.
Not get yourself killed.
Pick one."

557299

>>557295
Glance at where she's glancing, then back to her.
"You looking for something?"

557300

>>557297
Grit my teeth and glare.
"It. Was. An. Accident."

557301

>>557289
"just a little. When we get to the ship then? " calm down a bit.
>>557294
Shake my head "you really are a baka yagi.."

557303

>>557295
"… Very well. Are you here for a reason then?"

557305

>>557300
"Okay.
No harm done, you are still alive, your body hasn't been lost."
Trot up to him and pat him on a shoulder.
"Come ask me for help next time you are in a bind, okay?
If you aren't okay with them, not the others. Just me.
They will never know."
>>557301
"It's two things. I can show you one now and one on the ship, okay?"

557309

>>557305
Green, not spoiler.

557310

>>557309
>>557305
" whenever you feel the time is right tree sempai. " grin at you.

557312

>>557299
I nod.
"Someone."

>>557303
"Yes. I'm cursed."

557314

>>557310
Nod.
"I will keep the best for last."
Pull out the first pachage, envelloped in simple paper and large about… Half your size?
"Seeing how the dogs here are so small, I got you this."
Set it down in front of her, for her to unpack.

Inside,
A hammer small enough you should be able to lift.

557316

>>557312
"Who?"

557318

>>557312
"I see. Cursed how exactly? Are you here to find someone who could break said curse?"

557321

>>557314
Lift it up. I bet this is a great weapon to me.
"I could build so many things with this! A table even! "

557322

>>557305
Let out a breath and nod to him.
"I'm sorry, it's just… it's kinda humiliating. I mean, climbing is what goats do. To screw up that badly at something I'm supposed to be good at… at something I am good at…
Thanks. For the offer, I mean. I'll… try to take you up on it next time."
>>557301
Chuckle slightly. "You still haven't told me what that means."

557323

>>557316
"Aaahh..Abl…Apple?"

>>557318
I puff myself up.
"I'm growing really fast! I'm here for fixing."

557324

>>557321
Chuckle.
"Maybe you can even break some heads."
>>557322
Sigh and sit down.
"You wanna hear a sorry story?"

557325

>>557323
"Do you know how this began to happen? You… still seem quite young."

557326

>>557324
Smirk slightly. "I've already shared most of mine, so why not?"

557327

>>557325
I shake my head.
"I was an egg but was taking too long."
I grimace and rub my head.

557328

>>557322
"You have to deliver on your part first baka yagi." Smirk at you.
>>557324
" maybe!! It will hurt a lot more than a needle at least! " look up at you happily. " thank you so much tree sempai! "

557329

>>557327
"Taking too long? Could you elaborate? Were you unable to crack your shell?"

557330

>>557323
"Apple? Who the fuck is that?"

557331

>>557328
"Right, right… I'll get right on that once I stop feeling like I was cooked alive."

557332

>>557329
I growl and fluff up my wings!
"No! I'm strong!"

>>557330
"Apple is not him! Ahh, uh, Ablomo?"

557333

>>557332
Raise a brow.
"I don't know anypony called that."

557334

>>557326
"You say, sure, climbing is what goats do!
And then what is it ponies like me do?
Well, we fight.
We spend our lives fighting and feasting and making love as reward for a battle well fought. These are the things I know best in life.
But there was a time, long ago, when I was young and still a fool, when I didn't know any of this.
Equestria is a strange place for a seventeen years old who's only seen the countryside of Neighpon, after all.
So, it was about… A duel.
A duel against, you would never guess, a girl ten years younger than I was."
>>557328
Wave a hoof dismissively.
"Can't have you go unarmed into battle."

557335

>>557332
I chuckle.
"Of course, of course. I do not know who you are referring too however. Ablomo… Ablomo…"

557336

>>557333
>>557335
"ARG!"
I start banging my head against the deck.

557338

>>557336
>>557335
Glance at LH.
"You think she's a'ight in the head?"

557339

>>557334
Stare at him slackjawed.
"You dueled a seven-year-old girl?"

557341

>>557338
I stop banging.
"No, but that's not the curse. I'm growing too fast."

557344

>>557336
>>557338
"… I am certain she is merely confused."

>>557341
"Could you describe the person you are looking for?"

557345

>>557339
"And lost."

557346

>>557341
"You don't seem too grown up, chick."

557347

>>557341
"Or actually… growing too fast? Are you looking for Commodore Abilio?"

557350

>>557345
Blink.
"…Huh. I'm guessing she was good?"

557352

>>557344
"A pony stallion? He's magic."

>>557346
"I am!"

>>557347
"Yes!"
I start jumping up and down around you.
"Yes yes yes yes yes yes!"

557353

>>557350
"I couldn't lay a hoof on her.
And the bastard who used her as champion knew it.
By losing that duel, I lost my lord's cause, and was almost linched by his troops."
Chuckle.
"This must sound slightly confusing."

557354

>>557334
My bright mood is unkillable. I float with the hammer grinning like an idiot.
>>557331
"Don't worry. You have time."

557355

>>557352
I chuckle.
"Well that can be arranged. I had no idea his abilities were known outside of the fleet."

557357

>>557352
>>557355
"Me neither… maybe she's one of the leftover experiments from Reptil?"

557358

>>557357
"Hmm? Oh, perhaps so."

557359

>>557353
"I'm guessing there are some political undertones to this story that I'm missing."
>>557354
"Thanks. Kinda wish I could have slept on one of those pillows… I've never had the chance to sleep on something so comfortable before."

557362

>>557355
I keep hopping around you.
"They aren't!"

>>557357
"Experiments?"

557366

>>557358
"Probably. He didn't share every detail."

>>557362
"He was fucking around with age magic a lot back then."

557367

>>557362
"Did somepony refer to him then?"

557369

>>557359
"You will be able to again one day.."

557370

>>557359
Nod.
"I was a merc at the time. My house fell when I was sixteen, and I didn't waste time in Neighpon, instead sailing over to Equestria.
Being good with a sword and instructed in military strategy, I quickly made a career as mercenary.
One of my first contracts was as 'champion' for a lord, basically the one person who would have to fight in this one very important battle for him.
But my opponent, who knew me, choose a sub-champion I'd have had to fight in his stead.
That young girl.
Girl who, of course, had no idea how to keep a sword upright.
Are you starting to see the big picture?"
>>557369
>>557359
Snicker.
"Why not just sneak one out of the hotel as we come back? Shouldn't be hard with all the fliers we have."

557371

>>557366
I make a disgusted face.
"Ew!"

>>557367
I shake my head, then grimace and rub it.
"No. I remember asking him."

557374

>>557371
"… Asking him? Asking commodore Abilio? To shrink you down?"

557376

>>557371
Facehoof.
"Not literal fucking."

557381

>>557374
I laugh.
"I was an egg! Eggs can't talk, silly."

>>557376
"Good."

557383

>>557381
"But… you did say you asked him, no?"

557384

>>557381
>>557383
"You seem pretty confused."

557385

>>557370
"We could! We could replace it with a brick as a prank. To get back at them for being rude earlier."

557386

>>557383
I shake my head.
"No. Dad did."

>>557384
"I am!"

557390

>>557385
Frown a bit but say nothing.

557392

>>557370
"Sneaking one out… I'd like that. Could you do that for me?"

>>557370
"Not really. Are you saying you're not allowed to fight girls?"

557393

>>557386
"Oh. Who is your father? A friend of the commodore? Is it the… individual steering that ship?"

557394

>>557386
"Yeah… so who's your dad then?"

557397

>>557385
"Ooh, I like that idea."
>>557390
"What? Even you got angry about how dickish they were being."

557398

>>557390
>>557397
Look down at that. "Well.. maybe that is pushing it.. the hotel staff was only doing their jobs."

557399

>>557392
"No, I'm saying I didn't want to make a pincushion out of a seven years old, and lost a whole battle because of it."
>>557397
>>557398
"I'm not judging either one of you."

557400

>>557398
"Yeah… stealing a few pillows is enough punishment."

557402

>>557393
I start laughing when she says friend.
"No, no nono. He's dead. I mean, they both are.."
I trail off and look confused.

>>557394
"Seekkill!"

557404

>>557402
>>557393
"Whoa!"
I look taken aback and glance at Light.
Slowly place a wing on my rifle.
"Come again?"

557406

>>557399
"I don't see why that's something to be ashamed of. If they got angry at you because of that, they were dicks. When that happens, you leave and find a new boss."

557409

>>557402
>>557404
I raise a brow.
"Excuse me? Did I hear that right?"

557410

>>557404
"But I'm already here?"

>>557409
I shrug.
"How should I know?"

557412

>>557410
"No, your father's name! Say it again!"

557413

>>557406
Shake my head.
"I broke a contract.
Didn't fight who I was told to and costed countless lives.
Because I didn't kill one single girl, an orphan too probably.
This is not what I've been taught, and it's one of my greatest regrets to this day."

557414

>>557410
I clear my throat.
"… I was unaware he had any kin, to be quite fair. But… you do realize what your father did, do you?"

557415

>>557412
"Seekkill!"

>>557414
I nod.
"He made a stupid mistake and got killed."

557416

>>557406
"So…you wanted to learn about herbs?"

557417

>>557400
>>557399
"…" look unsure but my eyes glance at the hammer and I start grinning again. "I can't wait to get back and test this out. "

557418

>>557415
Snort.
"He got killed allright…"
Smirk slightly.
"…but how are you his daughter?"

557419

>>557415
"Hmmm… that he did indeed. I am still confused however, I never knew he had a daughter."

557421

>>557417
"Maybe you can build something even bigger than you are with that!"

557422

>>557418
I look confused.
"Because I am? What do you mean?"

>>557419
"He kept me secret."

557426

>>557422
"He must have been quite good at doing so then…"

557427

>>557422
"How? I didn't see any gryphons he fucked, or you for that matter, before he died."

557428

>>557426
I nod.

>>557427
I shrug.

557430

>>557428
"Well, I do hope you are not here to cause trouble. Your father fought alongside traitors and was slain in battle."

557433

>>557428
>>557430
Nod.
"What she said. No sudden moves near Abilio, for one."
Lick my lip.
"Don't make me send you after daddy."

557437

>>557430
"No trouble. Dad thought with is stomach instead of his brain and got killed."

>>557433
I lick my beak and clack it a few times.
"You were a scared filly."

557440

>>557421
"Maybe something be enough for you yo use!" I giggle excitedly.

557441

>>557437
"Good. I am pleased you see the error of his ways. I will leave it to the commodore to decide whether he aids you or not."

557442

>>557437
"Maybe… then I grew back up again. And then he was a very scared gryphon."

557443

>>557441
"Hurray!"

>>557442
I laugh.

557444

>>557440
Smile softly.
"There are gew things I need, Manako-chan."

557446

>>557443
Smirk.
Fuck, this chick has some guts.
"Just don't try to get revenge or anything. It would be an afwul mess of blood and feathers."

557448

>>557443
>>557446
"Indeed it would be."

557449

>>557413
"So you have a conscience, so what? I've seen ponies who don't, and trust me, whatever you may gain by giving your conscience up, it's not worth it."
>>557416
"Yeah. I know about explosives… what about stuff that doesn't go boom?"

557451

>>557446
>>557448
"Revenge? What for?"

557453

>>557449
Seems like he missed the point of the story, but it doesn't matter.
"Oh, have you?
Do tell."

557454

>>557451
"Killing your father?"

557461

>>557454
"So? You two fought and he lost. That is life."

557464

>>557453
"There was this one doctor who owed ponies money, so I got hired to "retrieve" his debt, plus interest. The first thing that struck me about the place was how clean it was; guy lived on the bad side of town, if you know what I'm saying, but there wasn't a speck of dirt anywhere to be seen."

557465

>>557449
"What do you want to know about herbs exactly? Just their applications? How to recognize them? What?"

557467

>>557461
"Heh, damn right he did. You should remember that…. but how did you survive?"

557468

>>557464
"Mhmh…
I'm following for the moment."

557472

>>557461
"Hmmm… a rather practical view on life."

557475

>>557444
" you are just saying that because you don't know you need them yet. " I declare confidently

557477

>>557467
"I flew and floated and got really lucky."

>>557472
I nod.
"Dad taught me."

557483

>>557465
"Well, since we can't exactly go find any right now, let's skip how to identify them. How about applications? I know there's stuff like moisturizing lotions and such, but I always thought they were a bunch of hogwash."
>>557468
"The second thing was how empty the place was. Most ponies have stuff with sentimental value set up everywhere, pictures of family and such; this guy had nothing.
Finally, I find his room and skim through his diary; he was talking about finding cures and taking his daughter to his office. Thing was, I went through the girl's bedroom: looked like nothing had been touched for years."

557484

>>557477
"Then you grew like this?"

557486

>>557484
I nod.

557497

>>557483
"Still following."

557498

>>557477
"Hardly a surprise…"

557506

>>557498
"Surprise about what?"

557511

>>557486
"Weird…"

557512

>>557506
"That you would take up the same view on life as your father did. Not a necessarily bad one, mind you, but still a path that should be tread carefully."

557515

>>557483
"I bought this for example."
Show him my hoof lotion.

557520

>>557512
"Why wouldn't I?"
I roll my eyes.
"I am careful."

557521

>>557497
"Well, eventually I found his office and started grabbing anything that looked valuable. Well, one statue was actually the handle to a secret room. That's where I found his daughter.
The things he'd done to her…"
Shudder and fight back bile.
"I lost my lunch when I saw her. Almost lose it again whenever I think about it. The bastard had been testing his cures on his own fucking daughter.
Maybe you don't understand: I was raised on the streets. Never knew any parents; closest thing I had was Caretaker, the guy who took me in and trained me. When you live like that, you'd give anything to have a family. Because family looks out for you, helps you deal with your problems; and best of all… they never betray you.
But that's exactly what that sick fuck did, and by the time I found her, he'd turned his own daughter into a fucking corpse. He sacrificed his family and any morality he had for his job of finding cures."
>>557515
"Ooh…
…What is it?"

557523

>>557520
"Very well, I am only making sure."

557526

>>557521
"Hoof lotion. Made of Bay leaves and milk."

557531

>>557526
Quirk an eyebrow at the mention of milk.
"Did you make it yourself?"

557534

>>557531
"No I bought it here. But since you said lotion, I thought I'd show you. I would be able to make it if I had some bay leaves and….milk."

557537

>>557523
"Fortunately the other ship has turned. You were saying, Miss Heart?"

557538

>>557534
I'm definitely going to have to try and peep in on that…
"So, what does this lotion do? Dull pain? Make fur grow back in?"

557541

>>557538
"It relaxes your hooves and makes them nice and soft."

557542

>>557537
"I was saying that accepting this offer will save us a considerable amount of time and resources. I believe this would certainly be worth it, given how much it would cost us otherwise."

Roll #1 6 = 6

557544

>>557523
I catch sight of my tail out of the corner of my eye and start trying to grab the fluffy tip.

557547

>>557542
"Oh, very well. I suppose we can give the dogs autonomy. Though with no governmental structure they'll probably collapse and be begging for pony rule within a month."

She signs off on a writ.

557548

>>557541
"Really? Does it work on goats too, or is it a pony-only thing?"

557554

>>557548
"Well you've got hooves too. Try it."

557556

>>557554
All right. Get my hooves alllll lotioned up.

557558

>>557544
After a considerable wait, Crux pulls himself up over the side of the ship. The large, skeletal minion is about the size of a diamond dog and tightly gripping your bag, muttering about curses.

Based on the water he probably walked along the ocean floor and pulled himself up via the anchor.

557559

>>557556
"Do you feel it?"

557560

File: 1397352817632.png (161.93 KB, 490x298, Crux.png, IO Google TinEye)

557561

>>557547
I nod my head in appreciation.
"I am pleased we are in agreement then, representative."

>>557558
… Do I see this monstrosity?

557564

>>557558
>>557559
Do I feel the lotion softening my hooves?

557566

>>557561
Yep. Menials are giving it a wide berth.

>>557564
You certainly feel it soaking in. Perhaps it takes a little time to get them softened up.

557567

>>557559
>>557566
"…It feels wierd. Maybe it takes a while? Here, feel my hooves and tell me if they're soft yet."

557569

>>557566
Oh dear.
"Commodore? This… gryphon wishes to speak to you. She requires your aid."
Lean in slightly and whisper.
"She claims to be Seekkill's daughter."

557573

>>557558
I run over to it and grab my bag.
"Aww, you got my stuff all wet!"

557575

>>557569
He taps his chin. "What ever happened to that bird? In the chaos of the Battle of Roads I can't recall even which side he was on."

>>557573
"Consider that a free curse on you."

He bends down for you and holds out your bag so you can pick through it as you wish.

557578

>>557567
Rub, rub
Do they feel soft '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

557582

>>557575
I pick out a strip of jerky and start to gnaw on it then give the bag back to him.

557583

>>557575
"Miss Emrille claims to have shot him as he was on the mutineering side. I…"
I cough.
"I believe he was responsible for the death of first mate Cloudy Stripes."

557586

>>557578
Maybe a little softer.

>>557582
He remains there to provide service to you, muttering about curses as he does.

>>557583
"Tch. Well, bring her here, then."

557589

>>557582
>>557586
I nod and approach her, motioning her to follow me back to the commodore.

557591

>>557586
>>557567
"They feel a little softer I think. What do you think?"
Rub rub

557593

>>557586
>>557578
"So, any softer?"

557597

>>557591
"I think… I think they feel softer. I guess it does work on goats after all! What else can lotions do?"
Wow, Selena's maremilk must make great lotions! That gives me a few ideas…

557599

>>557593
>>557591
You rub the thick milky substance between each of your hooves. A little of it splashes about.

You briefly wonder whose milk this is if it is conjured. Surely it has to come from somewhere, right? Milk has like… DNA in it.

557602

>>557586
"Come on, silly."

>>557589
I walk over to him.
"Are you Abilo?"

557605

>>557599
>>557597
I don't want to know.
Who the hell bottles maremilk anyway?
Whichever part of the world it came from, it's not one I want to visit.
Put my bottle away.

>>557597
"Eh, lots and lots of beauty products and medical purposes. I've got many of them back in the fleet. But most of them are supposed to be for mares."

557607

>>557602
Crux looms after you.

Abilio raises a brow but doesn't comment on the spooky skeleton minion.

"You wanted to see me?"

557608

>>557607
So… the written agreement?
I ought to bring that back.

557609

>>557607
So. I want to appraise the hammer tree gave me
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

557611

>>557599
>>557605
>>557605
Give her a quizzical look.
"Why just mares? Softer hooves are definitely a bonus in my job. Don't stallions want to stay healthy too?"

557612

>>557608
I told you, she signed it! It's yours.

>>557609
You determine it's big.

557613

>>557607
"You did age magic on my egg, right?"

557615

>>557612
I know! I just wanted to make sure I had it!
In that case, I'll fly back to the town to turn this in with the GRAND BOSS.

557616

>>557613
"That was your egg? Remarkable… you can't be more than a year old."

557619

>>557615
Noted. You fly on back, but you stop to take a rest at the shrine before going down because frankly all the flying has exhausted you, and you don't look forward to the trip down.

557620

>>557611
"Being soft is usually more a feminine thing. Being rugged is more of a masculine thing. Traditionally of course."
I grin.
"If you want to acquire your own set of beauty products I can recommend a set."

557622

>>557612
'1d10' big and loud?

Roll #1 8 = 8

557623

>>557619
I can just use the warm currents of air to glide without too much effort!

Descend the stairs, keep a relaxed pace though.

557626

>>557620
Tilt my head at her.
"Being soft and clean means you have money. Being dirty and rough to the touch means you're poor. Are stallions supposed to be poorer than mares? I don't understand."

557628

>>557616
I nod.
"Yup! Your magic magic cursed me!"
I laugh.
"Can you fix me?"

557629

>>557628
*age magic

557631

>>557626
"There's a difference between dirty and being rugged. It's a subtle difference, but it's there and it's important."

557634

Dont tell me I will skip the faff and just wake up in the morning?

557635

>>557631
Frown at this.
"Why is it important? Either you have money and you can take care of your body, or you're poor and you can't. Why would guys be expected to not take care of themselves?"

557637

>>557635
"They should take care of themselves. But not as much as mares."

557641

>>557637
Snort and shake my head.
"That's stupid. Why are they supposed to not take care of themselves as best they can just because they were born with a sack and stick?
It doesn't sound fair."

557644

>>557641
"What's not fair about it? If anything, they need to do less than mares."

557650

>>557622
Well… big enough to be a great-weapon for you! You'll need both hooves.

>>557623
The remainder of the group is probably still here.

>>557628
"Hm… maybe. Well, it's worth a try. Is the growth chronic or acute?"

557652

>>557644
Growl frustratedly and turn my back on her.
"You wouldn't understand. You've always had a home, a roof over your head and food to fill your belly. You don't know what it's like."

557654

>>557650
I tilt my head.
"What?"

557656

>>557634
You spent last night in bed with "Empress". She told you 'Don't think that this means I like you, baka! It's just because you have no other place to stay!'

557657

>>557652
I look confused
"….what? What does that have to do with make-up?"

557658

>>557654
"Does it happen all at once in spurts, or are you simply aging faster than you should?"

557661

>>557650
Good. Head over to the Grand Boss then. My minions are still here, I gather?
"I return with good news."

>>557652
>>557657
Nod at them as I pass them by.

557663

>>557650
How neat. I will be much more useful now I bet.
Are there any friendly shiba around?

557665

>>557661
"I, unfortunately have bad news. Let's hear yours first."

Yes.

>>557663
Did you surface to the shrine? If so the street is alive with the little dogs.

557668

>>557658
"Both? Mister San…San-for-ute says I had lots of growth spurts but I'm still too old looking."

557669

>>557656
Lying next to her bed non-sexually trying to cuddle next to her. I lift up my head and look.
"Say you want to know how I made it here right? I think you do not buy that excuse of mine swimming all the way here."

557670

>>557665
"The representative agreed to your terms, Grand Boss."

557671

>>557665
I will go out there and check then. Look for a nice dog to chat with. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

557673

>>557657
"Everything!" I snap angrily.
"When you live on the street, you can't wash the dirt out of your fur when it starts to itch!
You can't comb the knots out when they start tugging at you painfully whenever they catch on something!
You're dirty and filthy and hungry and spend every single day watching all the ponies with home walk by, wishing your fur was as smooth as theirs, that your belly was as full, that your body was that clean and free from the itching of dirt and bugs and lice!
And yet here you are, trying to tell me I'm not allowed to be like those ponies, with their clean soft fur and brushed manes, not because I don't have money, but because I'm male?!"
Realize I'm screaming at the top of my lungs and stop, breathing heavily before I look away.
"You just don't understand."

557676

>>557670
"Good. We still have a problem. My network has just informed me that Ocean is in the city."

>>557669
"Of course, dummy!"

>>557668
"Hm, if you can try to be in front of me when one of these growth-spurts happens, that would be immensely useful to me."

>>557671
There are some dog pups playing in the street. Kawaiiiiiiii! They look barely bigger than you at all!

557677

>>557673
>>557657
You two are in the chambers with the Grand Boss and his guards, right?

You draw a lot of stares.

557680

>>557676
"… Ocean? Who would that be?"

557681

>>557673
I shrink a bit…
"I'm sorry…"
And trot off…to Light Heart.

>>557680
I'll trot next to you, behind you

557682

>>557676
" hello can I play with you? " float over to them.

557684

>>557680
"I'm surprised that Awa's intelligence office didn't fill you in. One of the three deadly assassins that force the Daimyo of Awa to fear for his life every day. He is incredibly dangerous, so we plan to simply let him leave the city before we start our coup. No telling how long he'll be staying, though. He's down at the local chess-house."

>>557682
"Waaaaa! A fae!"

"Wow! Do a magic trick!"

"Magic! Magic!"

557685

>>557676
"But I don't know when they happen."

557688

>>557684
"Oh… I… yes. I did not make the connection. this is very troubling news indeed. What do you recommend we do?"

557692

>>557681
>>557677
Sit down and sigh. "Damnit…"

557697

>>557676
"Well… I am actually first mate of a ship."

557698

>>557684
Uhh do a flip '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

557701

>>557685
"Yes, that will make it somewhat difficult. Just… if you think you feel one coming on, come get me. Until then… I suppose you'll have to stay with us. Your father… I don't hold you responsible for what he did, but my wife might. Don't tell her who your father is. In the meanwhile, I could fix your age, but…"

He looks at you somewhat perplexed. "Well, I can't imagine you want to be physically a year old again. I suppose we can sort that out once your rampant growth has stopped."

>>557688
"I had intended to simply let him leave. Unless you think your agents can handle Ocean. I'll have that writ, incidentally."

>>557698
They giggle. "That's hardly magical! You have wings!"

>>557697
"Hmph… they'll make anyone a first mate these days won't they? Idiot… well… since you're being honest I guess I'll be honest too, but don't take this the wrong way or misinterpret it, got it? My real name isn't Empress, it's Flora. I just didn't want to tell you my name because you're… you're so stupid. Anyway… you better show me your ship now, since we're being honest with each other!"

557706

>>557701
Hoof it to him.
"We are seasoned fighters, but if we are to take him on we should be well-prepared."

557708

>>557701
I nod.
"Who is she? I don't wanna be a baby again."
I stick out my tongue.

557710

>>557701
I look at Light Heart.
What will she do.

557713

>>557706
"I certainly agree about that. Good luck, I certainly don't blame you if you leave him to his devices."

>>557708
"Cloudy Stripes, a gray unicorn. And no, I wouldn't think so. Thus far your aging has served you well to become so well spoken and apparently strong at so young. But at my age you would hate it. Best to remove this 'curse' early."

557714

>>557701
"Flora is it? I was thinking your name would be something more plain but the name Flora really sounds cute."
"Say Flora, you told me you have travelled much of Neighpon right? Does that mean you know every place and every city that resides here. Our fleet could really use a guide like you."

557715

>>557701
" magic is dangerous. I use healing magic so its not very fun to look at anyway." I say and tap them on the noses. " how about a different game? "

557716

>>557713
Bow slightly.
"It has been a pleasure doing business, Grand Boss. I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. Good day."

557717

>>557710
Approach slowly with my head hanging low.
"Look, I'm… I'm sorry for yelling at you. I just… you know.
…I won't pretend I understand, but… it wasn't your fault. You didn't know because… I never told you. It's… not a time I like to think about."

557718

>>557714
She looks away, but she's obviously blushing. "Idiot! You are just going to insult me like that and think I won't notice? Just assuming I have no roots and I can pick up and go as I please?"

She suddenly turns back around and points at you. "Well! F-fine, but only because if I didn't you'd probably do something really stupid, without me to take care of you. So I'm going to be keeping a close eye on you from now on, got it?!"

>>557715
It's funny to tap them on the nose, because for once you are actually about the same size as the one you're talking to.

"Can you play hide and seek, fae?"

>>557716
"Good luck."

557719

>>557717
I look at you.
"….I want to talk a bit with Light Heart alone now."

557721

>>557718
Giggle " yes! I'm pretty good too!"

557723

>>557719
"…sorry. I'll just…" Walk off slowly, still hanging my head.

557724

>>557713
I nod harder.
"I don't wanna be an old fart."

557725

>>557718
Hm. That takes care of that then.

>>557719
>>557723
I look between the two of you.
"You two seemed to be engaged in a rather heated argument. Is everything alright?"

557731

>>557725
"Don't worry about it. I just… lost my head about something stupid, is all."

557732

>>557723
Look at him trot away.
Then look towards Light Heart again.

>>557725
"So what shall we do next?"

557733

>>557721
"Okay, since you're new, you have to be IT first! Count to twenty!"

1…
2…
3…
4…
5…
6…
7…
8…
9…
10…

>>557724
"Good. I assume your… caretaker will make sure you remain safe on the ships, but if you need necromantic advice… well, the fleet only has three necromancers left. Myself, one of my apprentices, Felfire, and an elusive necromancer named Scarab – he isn't very talkative."

557734

>>557731
"Of course, no need to worry about it. Take heart in the fact that we were successful today and one step closer to receiving payment."
I smile.

>>557732
"Hmmm… as you heard, one of those assassins is in town…"

557735

>>557733
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
" ready or not here I come! " find a puppy '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

557736

>>557734
"Do you want to speak to him?
He seems to have quite a reputation here."

557739

>>557736
"If anything, I would like to kill him. He has a bounty on his head."

557742

>>557733
I cross my eyes.
"There was a…zebra?"

557743

>>557718
I stop and bow my head.
"Excuse my rude behavior for assuming anything on you Empr.. I mean Flora. But you are curious as to how I made it here in Neighpon and I get ahead of myself by my request without thinking of how you will feel.. There is no excuse about this."

557744

>>557733
So, since I went and screwed things up with Selena, what else is there to do around here?

557746

>>557733
>>557742
I then tilt my head.
"Metalwings?"

557749

>>557744
Look at him trot away and back to LH.

>>557739
"Hmmm….we outnumber him, but still….perhaps we better ambush him or something."

557751

>>557749
"Ambushing the likes of him seems like a hefty task. We will need some sort of solid plan however. Or merely let him go if we do not wish to take the risk… but the money would be very welcome."

557752

>>557735
Hm… you see… a trashcan, a newspaper stand, and a few houses… and a tree, and of course the shrine…. could be anywhere.

>>557742
"Zebra… oh! Flux… He's no longer with us – lost in the battle."

>>557746
"Copperwings – that would be Felfire."

>>557744
All kinds of stuff! It's a whole city! Find somewhere to rob is your MO I guess.

>>557743
"Hmph, you're right there is no excuse. I guess you'll just have to make it up to me by letting me ride on your ship, idiot!"

557753

>>557751
"Perhaps we can fly up to a cloud and overlook the situation?"

557758

>>557753
"The issue is that he is inside… and if he spots us… well, I can only assume he is aware there are foreigners working for the Daimyo of Awa."

>>557752
"Miss Puzzle? Any insights?"

557759

>>557752
"Aww. What about…uh…Chap?"

557760

>>557752
You're right; maybe finding something interesting for Ciddir might cheer me up. Looking for potential targets. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

557763

>>557758
She stands up suddenly and opens her eyes. "What? Huh? I wasn't sleeping!"

>>557759
"Chip, he's here, not a necromancer, though."

557765

>>557760
Hm… this Grand Boss's room is pretty high security.

557766

>>557752
Check the tree

557767

>>557763
She seems very tired recently.
I chuckle.
"The assassin Ocean has been spotted here in Shiba. He is currently residing in the chess-house."

557768

>>557765
Then I need to leave and check out the rest of the city!
…I am allowed to leave, right?

557769

>>557766
A pup frowns. "Waaa! How'd you get me so fast?"

2 left.

>>557767
"Oh. Are we going after him?"

557770

557771

>>557763
How did we not notice her sleeping?

>>557769
"Maybe…"

557773

>>557769
"Perhaps. The bounty would be quite profitable. But… he is very dangerous, we would need a solid plan before engaging him."

>>557771
She's a sneaky ninja! But don't call her that!

557774

>>557770
All right, since the group obviously doesn't need me right now, I'll go scout the town. Maybe some gifts will help soothe some of the ruffled fur.
Anyplace out here worth hitting? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

557775

>>557769
Giggle "okay!"
Check the trash can

557777

>>557752
I just gaze at her, thinking about riding ships and what not.
……………
I nod my head.
"Ah yes you can hop in, as you said without your expertise me and the fleet might do something pretty stupid, that is why we need your help Empr… Flora."

557780

>>557763
I nod.

557782

>>557773
"Maybe around the chess house they've seen him before and can offer help?"

>>557774
Hm, those weapon shops seem to be making a killing…

>>557775
The second dog looks put out.

"You didn't cover your eyes at all, did you??"

>>557777
"Hmph! Well, good! Show me where it is and I'll move my stuff in."

>>557780
"Well then, it sounds like you have everything you need to get settled in. Is there anything else?"

557785

>>557782
"Hey that's a good idea!"

557786

>>557782
Look for a way I'd be able to sneak inside. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

557787

>>557782
"Would he not know we are the enemy sniffing about? As foreigners, we do tend to stand out."

557788

>>557782
"I told you I was good!" The shrine next.

557791

>>557782
"Where do I sleep?"

557792

>>557786
Hm… there's a back door, but the place is kinda small. And going for the main safe up front with the merchant himself is probably a non-option, but with that much money he might just have some laying around in back!

Another good option is to try hitting up the other hotel. They'd have vents for cover and you might find the office un-guarded.

>>557787
"Oh, good point… but then wouldn't you look more like tourists? If I were him, I'd expect Neighponese ponies from Awa asking around. Then again, if he learns anyone is asking about him specifically, he'll be suspicious.."

>>557788
It's a big shrine. Where to look in the shrine?
>Behind the incense jugs
>Under the wish table
>Somewhere else

557793

>>557791
"The bunkhouse like everyone else, I suppose. Not much of a living quarter, but your only option, really. Or… Seekkill liked to build nests in the hold. That's an option."

557794

>>557787
"He doesn't seem to be scared of us. I mean, who hides in chess house? Nopony."

557796

>>557793
"What about metalwings' room?"

557798

>>557792
"We could just walk in, play some chess! He doesn't know we're after him!"

557799

>>557796
"Hm… she does seem to like kids more than adults. She might take you in. I can't speak for her."

557800

>>557792
I'll listen at the back door to see if it sounds like the back's unoccupied; if it's occupied, I'll try the other hotel.

557801

>>557798
"Yeah! Tourists visit the chess house all the time probably!"

557802

>>557800
The whole shop/house is one room. You saw a dog at the counter, so it is occupied.

557803

>>557792
>>557794
"Hmmm… I suppose if we are careful…"

>>557798
"… Or play chess against him."

>>557801
"Yes, that is true. This seems like a decent plan."

557805

>>557792
Under the table.

557806

>>557803
"Can you play good chess Light?"

557807

>>557782
I stare at her dumbfounded.

"W.. what? You mean right now?"

557808

>>557802
Hotel it is then! Is there a vent visible that I can access? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

557810

>>557806
"I am quite decent at it."

557812

>>557810
"Great, I'll cheer for you!"

557816

>>557805
No dice! Where next?

>>557807
"Yes right now! You think I want to stand around here all day wondering what your ship looks like now that you've put in my head, baka?!"

>>557808
Hm, it seems to have a very similar design to the other one. Maybe it would have been wiser to rob this one instead from the start. Notably it lacks the same glass room on the top floor and is taller. More targets to hit you suppose.

557821

>>557812
>>557816
The chess house?

557822

>>557816
Good. Do any of the rooms look to be unoccupied? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

557823

>>557816
The incense stand.

557824

>>557816
"Ah! Yes Flora! Right away." I immedietely stand up and began to gather up my things and specially that of her before looking at her.
"Shall I carry you or would you prefer to walk?"

557825

>>557821
"Where did Hircus go?"

557826

>>557821
That is a story for tomorrow when everyone is here.

>>557822
It's not late enough in the day to determine if lights are on in the rooms from the outside.

557827

>>557826
I should probably sleep anyway.

>>557825
"He… walked off, but I do not know where."

557828

>>557823
No luck here, either. You thought incense was supposed to be lucky! Keep looking in the shrine? If so, where to?

>>557824
"Well… you've been pretty good today so I will allow you the privilege of carrying me!" She blurts out.

557829

>>557826
Well, climb up to one and listen in. Does it sound like anyone's inside? '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

557831

>>557828
'1d10' look somewhere else in the shrine

Roll #1 6 = 6

557832

>>557799
"Thank you."
I think that's all for now?

557833

>>557827
I sigh
"I don't know what happened. We were just talking, I thought everything was okay.
I just told him that traditionally stallions use less make-up than mares and then he started screaming at me about how I didn't understand and how he had a hard life."

557834

>>557829
Hmmm… this one sounds empty!

>>557831
Where in the shrine?

This one is tough.

>>557832
Okay. You can also go into town or Chip is about to return to the fleet if you still want to faff about.

557836

>>557834
Slip in quietly so I don't get detected.

557838

>>557828
"Yes Flora." Slowly lift her up, carry our things and began to head to port……. in hopes that the ships are there right now.

557840

>>557836
Roll stealthiest goat

557842

>>557834
Oh? Okay then.

557843

>>557840
Stealthy sneaking. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

557845

>>557838
Remember, the ships are anchored on the far side of the sandbar. It's a long hike, but you finally get within visual range.

"Hey! That's three ships, not one!"

>>557842
Abilio comments in surprise. "Speaking of Chip… I think I see him over there, on shore."

>>557843
Sneaky sneak – sneaky sneak! Into the window you go

557846

>>557833
"He does seem quite… troubled at times. We all have our issues of course, but still."
I smile slightly.
"As an officer however… you are expected to know your crew and deal with any issues they have. If they do not have a clear head, their performance will drop, which is undesirable."

557847

>>557845
Scan the room- is it empty?

557848

>>557834
I looked in both of the named shrine places thou…

557849

>>557846
I nod.
"Right…I should talk to him, next time I see him."

557850

>>557847
Looks like guests were staying here, but they're not in the room currently. There are some clothes and bags nearby.

>>557848
I know! It must be the all-dreadful… >somewhere else option!

Where could this last pup have hidden? Hint: This one is tricky!

557851

>>557850
Under the rug.

557852

>>557849
"It would be best to clear up such issues before they fester into something worse."

557853

>>557850
Search the bags for valuables. Master Thief. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

557854

>>557851
Clever, but you would've seen a bump. He must be somewhere outside but still associated with the shrine!

557855

>>557852
"Should I go find him immediately?"

557856

>>557853
Hm… you pick through and find about 400 songs. Pah… peasant money.

557857

>>557854
Behind a curtain?

557859

>>557857
As you're searching the curtains you hear giggling from above.

557860

>>557850
"Oh and miss Puzzle… I have been thinking about Elementalism. I feel like I should increase my efforts to learn more about it and delve into this pantheon. One of them seems to fit me, at the very least."

557861

>>557856
Ah well. Find the vent and slip inside.

557864

>>557860
"Hurray! It's unfortunate that they don't have a Laughter shrine here… but hey, I guess they do have yours!"

>>557861
Into the vents! There are three other options besides vertical travel.

557865

>>557845
I smile as I walk towards the ships.
"It is, the Hourglass the Sirocco and the.. uhhmm.. nevermind. That is the fleet where I am working with and I am first mate of the Hourglass, that ship right there." I point at the dhow.

557867

>>557864
Down the first one. Listen for activity.

557869

>>557864
"Yes… but I did not feel anything in particular for it earlier. Perhaps I have lost my touch?"

557872

557876

>>557845
"Thank you."

>>557865
I wait for you at the top of the gangplank.

557877

>>557855
"That is a decision you must make yourself. Perhaps he wishes to be alone right now. Or perhaps he would like to talk to you right now. You must make this judgment yourself."

557880

>>557877
"Hmm, are you going to the shrine first or to the chess house?
If you're going to the shrine, I'd like to take a quick flight to see if I can't find him."

557881

>>557867
You hear Neighponese voices.

>>557865
"The smallest one? That won't do – we'll have you in charge of the biggest in no time."

A griffon is waiting for you at the ships when you row in.

557882

>>557880
"I think I can hold off going to the chess house for now."

557883

>>557865
The griffon you see looks to be about 8 years old. She has a big undead minion with her.

557884

>>557881
Alright, try the second one, same routine.

557886

557887

557888

>>557882
Smile.
"I'll be right back. I'll come find you."

>>557881
Flap my wings and take for the sky.
See if I can't find that goat '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

557889

>>557869
"You just need to refresh yourself!"

>>557888
He must've gone inside somewhere!

557890

>>557883
>>557881
>>557876
"I love ships of any sizes, the hourglass maybe small and such but it is quit comfy y… wait command the biggest ship in no ti…… "

I then look at the young gryphon.
"Uhhhmmm… hello?"

557891

>>557889
"Any suggestions? How do you pay respects to Laughter?"

557892

>>557889
Sigh.
Baka.
Do I see any little goat hoof prints somewhere? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

557893

>>557890
"Hi Chip!"

557895

>>557859
Check the lights.

557897

>>557893
"Uhhmmm hello?"
"Wait are you another one of Light Hearts orphan or something?"

557898

>>557892
They lead to one of the hotels… oh boy he's trying to rob ANOTHER ONE.

>>557891
"It's not about paying respects, it's about living your life a certain way. Live your life according to the philosophy of loyalty! I guess you already do in many respects… so maybe some more formal worship is just what you need…"

>>557895
This place is lit by candles, and you find no hints.

Maybe somewhere you can see the sky.

557900

>>557897
I shake my head.
"Seekkill's orphan."

557901

>>557884
Hm, this one is quiet.

557902

>>557898
Fly up higher '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

557904

>>557901
Peek my head up stealthily. Anybody home? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

557905

>>557898
"Hmmm… creating a small shrine on the fleet perhaps?"

557906

>>557898
Facehoof.
Didn't he learn his lesson last time?

Trot inside.

557908

>>557902
You hit the roof. If only there were a place to look ABOVE THE ROOF.

>>557904
This place looks abandoned. No one staying here.

>>557905
"That's a good idea! A showy display!"

>>557906
Inside you go! The floorplan is very similar to the first.

557910

>>557908
Dangit, that means nothing to steal. Try the third one.

557912

>>557908
I don't see him here.
Oh if I were a little goat, where would I go?
Trot to the stairs, go to the first floor.

557914

>>557908
Okay go out the window and check the roof

557915

>>557900
"Seek…."
I just stare at her.
"What are you doing here?"

557916

>>557908
"A place to meditate and worship all the elements perhaps… that might be nice if we could find room for it. Perhaps in the mansion? We could ask the commodore."

557918

>>557912
In English-speaking countries, the first floor is the ground floor. I know this is crazy for Belgians.

You head up a floor.

>>557910
No sounds…

>>557914
Aha! There on the roof!

>>557916
"Maybe!"

557920

>>557918
"Found you!" I poke his nose and giggle.

557921

>>557915
"I'm cursed!"

557922

>>557920
"Hmph! You used your wings to get up! No faiiiir!"

557923

>>557918
Stealthily poke my head up. Anybody home?

557924

>>557918
Right, I forgot.
So on the second floor.
Take a look around, there aren't any thieves being caught here? Any security walking around? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

557925

>>557918
I nod.
"I like this idea."
Let's go back to the Loyalty shrine actually.
"Why is it that there are only four shrines here anyway?"

557926

>>557921
"Cursed? How? I mean by what? How did you end up here in the first place?"
I then look around.
"Does anyone knows you are here?"

557928

>>557923
Aha! Another one good for robbing!

>>557924
You don't see either. Four rooms here. Of the four, ponies are talking in one.

>>557925
"Someponies don't consider Magic an element. Some ponies don't even consider Laughter an element! But I bet they have a shrine outside the city or something…"

557929

>>557928
How many floors does this hotel have?

557930

>>557928
Alright, loot the place! '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

557934

>>557926
"I flew! Abilo, Lick Harp, and Emrnoying know I'm here."

557935

>>557928
"That is a bit rude. Would you like us to go visit it?"

557936

>>557929
Three floors service guests. The higher you go the less likely he climbed up there via the vents.

>>557930
They don't have any money here, ugh! All they've got is a weirdo plant.

>>557935
"I can go on my own time. We should work on your faith!"

557937

>>557922
"Wat? But I use my wings to get everywhere! " I protest.
"How did you get up?"

557939

>>557937
He proudly flaunts his claws which have already grown in. "Climbed!"

557940

>>557936
I'll fly up to the second floor.

557942

>>557934
I kneel down and put down the luggage.
"Do they?"
"Also do you have any proof that you are Seek's orphan?"

557943

>>557936
I chuckle.
"Very well."
Shrine of loyalty it is then. It's such a passive element, isn't it? Kindness and Laughter seem different. You can actively do kind deeds and make people smile, but being loyal… that requires something to arise to test your loyalty first.

557944

>>557936
wierdo plant? That sounds like something Ciddir would like! Still a good mark! Grab the plant and examine it.

557945

>>557940
This floor looks the same. Most of these rooms are filled with talkative pones.

>>557943
Good night

>>557944
You don't know shit about plants.

557948

>>557939
"Ohh" I examine his paws '1d10' appraise

Roll #1 5 = 5

557952

>>557948
They're teensy little claws, but they must be strong.

557954

>>557945
……well if he broke in here, we would all hear it!
Fly up another floor.

557955

>>557945
Ah well, Ciddir can tell me about it. I'll pocket it and head back into the vents.

557956

>>557954
Again, nothing. About half of the rooms here are occupied.

>>557955
Where to?

557958

>>557942
"Yes!"
I start gnawing on your leg.

557960

>>557952
"You look strong. What is your name?"

557961

>>557956
I'll fly back to the first floor, wait here for a while.
He could be gone already.
Are there any vents here '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

557963

>>557956
Let's see… down a floor. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

557964

>>557960
He sticks his tongue out at you playfully. "Mama says not to tell my name to strangers."

>>557961
You don't see anything.

>>557963
You drop onto the ground floor.

557966

>>557964
I'll wait here for a few more minutes.
Any longer and it might be suspicious.

557967

>>557964
Check the vents for pathways, then take the first one.

557968

>>557964
"Why not?" I look confused. "I'm manako."

557969

>>557958
"Ack! H.. hey stop that." I grin as I pat your head.
"Say Abilio knows you are here but do they know you are an orphan of Seekkill?"

557972

>>557967
There here. This one opens up to the dining hall. You can see Selena from here.

>>557966
You wait here a bit.

>>557968
"You could kidnap me!"

557973

>>557969
"It's supposed to be a secret. I'm telling you because you were dad's friend."

557976

>>557972
Is she alone? If so, I'll say hi.

557978

>>557976
Give him a grin when he comes.
"I was looking for you."

557979

>>557972
"With your name? " I frown deeply

557981

>>557976
It will be really obvious that a voice is coming from the vent.

>>557978
You are drawing attention to his hiding spot.

>>557979
"I don't ask how it works!"

557982

>>557973
I then whisper.
"I am your Dad's friend, but there are others here who do not favor the presence of your dad so you got to keep it a secret alright?"

"Besides how did you know I am your Dad's friend?" I look at you confused.

557985

>>557981
>>557980
Aw shit, I give him a look and then trot out as if nothing is going on.

557986

>>557981
"Okay then. Do want help down?"

557988

>>557981
Shit. Wave and leave. Try the second pathway.
Ignore that other post, it's deleted.

557989

>>557982
I nod.
"I ate his brain."
I rub my head with my claws.
"The memories make my head hurt real bad sometimes."

557993

>>557989
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………….

"Oooohhkay, anyway do you have a place to sleep? To rest? What job does Abilio tasked you with? In what ship will you work in anyway?" I scratch my head.

"Look I am just asking all this to make sure I know your activities, this is not the best place for something so young like you to be in."

557995

>>557986
"Well… okay."

>>557988
It leads behind the main desk.

557996

>>557985
Out you go

557997

>>557996
I'll wait here.
I'm sure he'll come out soon.

Gonna bed

557999

>>557993
"Maybe with metalwings? She was dad's best friend. I don't have a job."

558000

>>557995
'1d10' help him down.

Roll #1 4 = 4

558001

>>557997
Night!

>>558000
You descend a little too fast! But he seems alright.

558005

>>557995
That means the next one leads to the manager's office! anybody home?

558007

>>558001
"Sorry you are a little heavier than I thought." I say quickly.

558008

>>558005
The manager is here presently.

>>558007
"That was fun!"

558010

>>558008
Darn. Does it look like he might be leaving anytime soon?

558012

>>558010
Roll perception

558013

>>558008
Giggle a bit. "Well what do you three want to do now?"

558014

>>558012
'1d10' Please let him be on his way out…

Roll #1 7 = 7

558016

>>558013
"I have to go home…"

"Oh, yeah. I guess we do…"

"Bye Fae!"

>>558014
He seems to be writing at your desk. You suspect he'll be sitting there for a while.

558018

>>558016
"Good bye pups!"

558019

>>558018
Where to now?

558021

>>558016
Darn. All right then, up two floors! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

558025

>>557999
>>557999
"Metalwings?" I look at her confused.
"Wait… you mean Felfire?"

558026

>>558019
Where we are waiting on light heart.

558027

>>558025
"Yes."

558029

>>558026
She left to go to the chess house. The others have split out into the city. Maybe you should visit the ships to see Felix? You haven't seen her in a day.

558032

>>558025
You notice that Flora has left. She must have hopped down while you were talking at some point.

558034

>>558029
Good idea. Go visit her.

558037

>>558034
It's an enormous flight for a tiny Breezie!

Eventually, with the right wind conditions, you glide over to the fleet.

There's an eight year old griffon talking to Chip on deck here.

558038

>>558027
I frown.
"She is gone in the fleet, dead you see. She is a good comrade, though I didnt know she is good friends with your father."
I then stand up.
"Alright what do you know about the fleet by the way?"

558039

558041

>>558021
You slip on the way up! Save!

558045

>>558041
Not again! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

558046

>>558038
"You are pirates."

558047

>>558045
You grab the ledge of the bottom floor's vents. You feel the flames below licking your hooves!

558052

>>558047
Shit shit shit, I refuse to face the same fate twice! Climb up! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

558053

>>558052
You quickly ascend up two floors to the second floor off the ground.

558054

>>558046
"Hmmmm… thats it? Well at least you know that good for you." I pat your head as I sit next to you.

"So what are your plans then? What kind of work will you provide for this ship?"

558058

>>558053
Alright, first path. Any noise?

558059

>>558058
Yes, definitely occupied.

558060

>>558059
Second path?

558061

>>558060
More voices.

558062

>>558037
Huh.. '1d10' appraise.
>>558046
>>558038
"Hello.'

Roll #1 2 = 2

558064

>>558062
It's a griffon!

558065

>>558061
third? Dang, there's a lot of ponies here.

558067

>>558065
It IS a hotel.

This one is also occupied.

558070

>>558067
Well, up to the third floor then. If these are all busts, I'll leave. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

558072

558073

>>558070
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
Saving roll! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

558074

>>558062
I look at her.
"Hello there Manako. Abilio recruited someone. Her name is Fly." I introduce her.

558076

>>558073
Save for bottom floor!

558077

>>558076
Nope nope nope '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

558079

>>558077
You slam your hooves against the walls of the vent, supporting yourself just above the furnace flames.

558081

>>558079
Climbing! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

558082

>>558074
>>558064
"I see. Is she a special gryphon?"

558085

>>558081
You barely manage to pull yourself up to the ledge!

558086

>>558085
All right. Up to the floor I came in on. I'm out. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

558087

>>558054
"Why should I work?"

>>558062
>>558082
"Oooh, pretty!"
I grab you.
"You look tasty!"

558090

>>558086
You decide to leave the hotel instead of falling in the furnace. You sneak out through the dining room and head for the streets.

558091

>>558082
"Kind of, I just met her so we are still getting to know each other more."
"Now fly introduce yourself."

>>558087
I stop you.
"Hey! Hey, Fly she is not food." i tap her talons.

558094

>>558090
All right, head back for the fleet. I've got something for Ciddir!

558100

>>558087
"Aaaaaah let me go!" Escape from her claws '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

558101

>>558094
To the fleet you arrive at!

#Pause

558103

>>558091
"Awww."

>>558100
I let go.

558106

>>558103
>>558091
Fly to the top of chip's head. "Okay. Fly. I am manako. Not food."

558107

>>558101
I'll assume I see Chip and Manako with the gryphon.
>>558100
>>558103
>>558091
"Hey, hey, hey! What's going on here? Why is she attacking Manako-chan?"

558109

>>558103
>>558106
I look at Fly.
"Fly, this is Manako."

I look at Manako.
"Manako, this is fly."

"Now greet each other."

>>558107
"Aaahh, just a misunderstanding. Fly is still young and she is not attacking her." I grin.

558110

>>558109
"…Oh. Well, alright… So, who is this Fly?"
Eye her suspiciously.
>>558106
"Manako-chan, are you all right?"

558111

>>558110
"She is a new recruit here for the ship with Abilio's proposal." I nod.
"and hey she is young, dont eye her like that."

558112

>>558110
"I am okay."
She is a gryphon child
>>558109
"Hello Fly."

558114

>>558112
"Glad to hear it."
>>558111
"All right then. Seems a bit young for a recruit… but who am I to judge."
>>558103
"Hello there."

558116

>>558114
"Yea. I wouldn't be eaten so easily." I laugh.

558120

>>558116
"Oh, I don't know about that…. come to think of it, you look pretty tasty…"
Stroke my chin as I eye her thoughtfully.

558121

>>558106
>>558109
I pout.
"Hello, Manako."

>>558110
"I am me."

>>558120
"See? I knew she looked tasty!"

558122

>>558114
"Abilio recruits her so I think that is enough evidece of competency for me." I grin.

>>558112
>>558121
"There ya go."

>>558114
"So how do you find your and Felix stay here?"

558124

>>558120
Cross my front legs and turn away with a 'hummf'

558125

>>558121
"…Ciddir is going to get along great with you."
Shake my head and smile.
"My name's Ciddir."
>>558122
"Indeed. By the way, where did you run off to this whole time?"

558126

>>558124
"In fact… I think I might want a taste."
Grab you with Sleight of hand! '1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

558127

>>558125
"Ah me? I've…… I…… I……" I look around finding her.
"What the? Where did she go?"

558128

>>558126
'1d10' dodgy

Roll #1 8 = 8

558129

>>558125
"Hello Ciddir."

558132

>>558127
"She? Ooh, looks like somebody was picking up chicks! Is she pretty?"
>>558128
"Darn. Ah well, you'd probably just get mad at me again, so it's not worth it." Try to contain my laughter. '1d10'
>>558129
"Hello… Fly, was it? What exactly is it that you do?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

558133

>>558129
"Miss Fly are you a fighter?"
>>558132
Stick my tongue out at you.
"Baka yagi "

558135

>>558132
"Who wants to know?"

>>558133
I shake my head and grin.
"No. I'ma killer!"

558136

>>558129
"Wait, no! I'm not Ciddir, I'm Hircus! Stupid Ciddir, distracting me even when he's not around…"
>>558133
Giggle at that.
"You know I'd never really try to eat you, right Manako-chan?"
>>558135
"I do!"

558138

>>558136
"Hello Hircus."

558139

>>558138
"Hello Fly."

558140

>>558135
"I see.. I am a doctor. "

558141

>>558140
"No, you are tiny."

558143

>>558136
"Of course I know. I mean… goats don't really eat everything… right?"

558144

>>558141
"A tiny doctor."

558146

>>558143
"Well… technically we can, but… there's some things that even a starving goat won't eat. I learned that the hard way."

558147

>>558144
"Like a bug!"
I giggle.

558150

>>558147
"A breezy is not a bug."
I try to explain. "A breezy is a small pony."
>>558146
Flinch at that. "I'm sorry.."

558152

>>558132
"Well… she has spirit I tell you that." I grin.
"But no, I didnt recruit her not only because of her beauty but because she told me she is a well travelled Shiba and insisted to come with me."

558153

>>558150
"You have bug wings."

558154

>>558150
"Don't be. At least I learned better. Besides…"
Give her a gentle nuzzle. '1d10'
"You're one of the best friends I've ever had. I could never stand to see you get hurt."
>>558152
Give him a knowing grin.
"Sampling the local fruits eh? Can't say I blame you."

Roll #1 8 = 8

558155

>>558153
"To fly with. Yes."

558157

>>558155
"They're pretty."

558158

>>558154
"Aw.." hug your nose as you do that.

558159

>>558157
"Thank you miss fly. Your feathers are pretty too."

558160

>>558158
"…But that doesn't mean I can't mess with you!"
Give you a big, sloppy lick! '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

558162

>>558160
"Whaaa"
Now I am dripping with drool and too heavy to float so I fall down on deck into a messy pool of drool.

558163

>>558154
"H.. hey, she will be a good guide and she is not for sampling." I scrunch as I began to look around a bit.

558164

>>558160
The biggest, wettest, slobberiest lick of all time!
>>558162
"You do taste good!" Bust out, laughing, then pick you up when I see your predicament.
"I - haha - I'm sorry, but - heheheh - the-the look on your face - HAHAHAHAHA!"

>>558163
"Ooooh, jealous already? Somebody's getting hot under the collar."

558166

>>558164
"S. shut up, idiot." I scrunch.

558167

>>558164
Try shaking some drool off "can I have a towel?"
Laugh slightly despite my discomfort.

558168

>>558167
"Here, let me see if I can help." Try to wipe some of the drool off while suppressing my giggles. '1d10'
>>558166
"So, when do we get to meet your future bride-to-be?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

558170

>>558159
I preen myself.
"Thank you."

558171

>>558168
Being bigger really helps here. You can get it all with ease.
"Thanks. I think I don't want anymore pranks today."

558173

>>558170
Smile at you "if you get hurt I'll do what I can to help. "

558174

>>558171
"Alright, no more pranks from me today. You have my word."
Snicker a little as I give her one quick last nuzzle.
"But I still think the look on your face was worth it."

558175

>>558168
"I'm not going to answer that." I look at him glumly.

>>558170
"So how do you find the two crew members to your liking?" I grin at her.

558178

>>558174
Nod slowly. " my mom told me once a fae who doesn't want to prank is dying. Watch over me close tonight? "

558179

>>558178
Blink, then nod seriously. "Of course. I won't let anything happen to you on my watch."

558181

>>558179
"Thank you." Rest on your back a moment.

558183

>>558175
"They look tasty."

558185

>>558183
"Now now, no eating of crew members. Alright." I pat her head.
"We have enough meat here so dont worry, if not I will buy you some."

558186

>>558185
I nod.

558188

>>558186
"Good girl, just tell me where you will stay so I can take care of you alright? If you want me, I'll be in the Hourglass."

558191

>>558188
"Okay."

558192

>>558191
"Alright now, run along and be careful Fly. I have to find that shiban doge and where she has gone too." I pout as I look around.

558196

>>558192
"Okay!"
I trundle off.

558241

Now that everyone is off doing their own thing, I began to haul my items and that of Flora and began finding her amongst the ships!
"Empress! Where are you?"

558242

>>558241
She's at the bow of the ship with her arms spread wide. She hears you and turns around. You think you even see a smile for a second before she catches herself and turns it into more of a smirk.

"There you are, you big idiot. So are you going to show me to your room or what?"

558243

>>558242
I catch my breath.
"There you are, I was worried a bit that you got yourself into trouble or something."
I then began to lift her up to show her to my room.
"So what do you think of the ships Flora? A bit old that they are isnt it?"

558244

>>558243
You cradle her in one of your giant arms, which she seems fine with.

"I've been on worse. They seem quite nice."

Finally you arrive at your room and she surveys it. "Not much decor in here, is there? Hmph… well, if I'm going to be staying here, I'm going to give it a bitch's touch. Set me down on the bed, will you? Gently!"

558245

>>558244
"Ah yes, you travel a lot I remember."
Starts to put down both our items down and do as she says and also climb up on the bed to sit.
"Decor? Naaah I rarely think about such things, as long as the place is warm and comfortable I am okay with that. Besides having your own room and a big bed is nicer than sleeping on a cot."

558246

>>558245
"Idiot! I didn't tell you to sit down. I want you to stand next to the bed… just… do it, okay? I-I'll explain in a minute!"

558247

>>558246
Whoa, do as she say.
"Ah yes, what is it?"

558248

>>558247
She has started to blush again.

"Listen… I just want you to know that this doesn't mean anything okay? I'm just doing this so I can laugh at you… how… out of proportion you probably are. You're probably tiny where it counts, so this is just to humiliate you, understand?"

With that, she jerks down your pantaloons from her position on the bed.

"W-what are you waiting for, idiot? Rub yourself. I need to see it at full length! To know how hard I have to laugh, that is!"

558249

>>558248
"Wait… you confused me. what do you mean by tha..?"
I just stare at her a bit confused before understanding it as she pulls it down.
"Oh! I see, much much more. But wait I need to do this right first before anything." I grin as I began to unsheathe myself and began to rub it in front of her.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

558250

>>558249
She turns cherry red and faces away. "Idiot. You don't even know how to pleasure yourself right… so… dumb! I'll have to show you how sometime…"

It's nearly as tall as she is at full length!

"J-just put your pants back on for now. I guess you're pretty big, okay? Fine… so the idiot is good at something at least."

She hops off the bed. "L-let's just cool down. Get a breath of air to clear our heads. See the ships. Yeah."

#Pause

558251

>>558250
I just breath out, a bit bummed out for this shiban blocking me out but still not disheartened.
"You got me excited back there Flora, at first I thought it is something weird but I didnt expect you to act out like that hmmm?" I pet her head.

"Though it makes me wonder how I can fit it all in, that is a bit of an impossibility and I cant tie and…. and… "
"Oh yes." Began to put on my clothes back.

558252

After spotting Emrille in town, I approach her.
"Miss Emrille, a word if you please."
Make sure no one else is listening in and lead her to a less busy place where we can talk in peace.
"Do you remember those three assassins employed by the Takakiga Daimyo?"

558253

>>558252
Walk with her.
"Yeah."
Grin.
"The ones with the fuckhuge bounty."

558254

>>558253
"One of them has been spotted here in Shiba. His name is Ocean."
Take out the wanted poster we got back in Awa and show it to her.
"He is currently spending his time in a local chess house. I would like for us to to kill him."

558255

>>558254
Let out a small laugh.
"Fucking A. What are we waiting for?"

558256

>>558255
"A plan, for one. This pony is highly dangerous and we should not go in unprepared. I was hoping we could visit this chess house and pretend to be tourists playing chess, then attempt to gather information by asking the other patrons what they know of him."

558257

>>558256
"Why can't we just, y'know, shoot him while he's playing chess?"

558258

>>558257
I chuckle.
"If it were that easy…"

558259

>>558258
"Why isn't it? Seriously? He'll never see it coming."

558260

>>558259
"He certainly would, those type of ponies are always on guard.. I am also concerned about civilian casualties that way."

558261

>>558260
Shrug.
"Eh, we can chalk that up as collateral damage, can't we? It'll be the assasins' fault anyway, and we'll be the heroes getting this city rid of him."

558262

>>558261
"I would rather not risk such a thing. Remember that this city is not officially on our side yet."

558263

>>558262
Sigh.
"Then what?"

558264

>>558263
"We could try… poison, perhaps. Miss Selena could brew something, mister Hircus could add it to his drink in secret…"
I shake my head.
"If he is sitting near a window, you could perhaps attempt to shoot him from a distance. But if that does not kill him, he will likely disappear."

558265

>>558264
"What if… I try to shoot him from a distance, but you guys will be nearby, in case he wants to flee. If a fight breaks out, I can still provide you cover."

558266

>>558265
"There would still be other civilians inside the chess house. It seems very risky."

558267

>>558266
"Having that guy here for the isn't?"

558268

>>558267
"We could simply leave him be and move on, but I would prefer not to."

558269

>>558268
"And leave the big money? Fuck that."

558270

>>558269
"I share your sentiment, I was a bounty hunter for some time years ago when I was a young adult."

558271

>>558270
"We killed tougher motherfuckers. This one will go down just like the rest."

558272

>>558271
"Your optimism is charming, but I would like to ensure we do not put ourselves into a pickle."

558273

>>558272
"Hmm… maybe we could lure him into a trap."

558274

>>558273
"That may work, but usually assassins are the one who tend to set up ambushes or traps."

558275

Finally spotting Light Heart, I will approach.
>>558273
>>558274
"Lady Heart, Emrille.
How did things go with the Daimyo's rep?"

558276

>>558275
"Decent enough."

>>558274
"Yeah… but remember the place the dogs had under the shrine? I have an idea…."

558277

>>558275
"I convinced her to agree with the terms of the Grand Boss. The deal is sealed."

>>558276
"Hmmm, elaborate?"

558278

>>558276
>>558277
"Perfect.
Anything else happened in the meanwhile?"

558279

>>558277
"So… that guy works against the Daimyo, right? What if we tell him we know about some collaborators, and for a price, we can lead him to their lair. We lead him down into that bottleneck, seal the exit, and let the shiban cannons do the rest."

558280

>>558278
"We are discussing the presence of assassin Ocean here in Shiba. I wish to kill him."

558281

>>558279
"My worry is that he knows there are foreigners working for the Daimyo of Awa already. If we tell him this, he will be aware that we are no mere tourists."

558282

>>558280
>>558279
"…I would advise against that, Emrille.
If it is who I think it is, the cannons will crumble in front of him."

558283

>>558282
"He'd have no cover and be in the middle of a barrage crossfire."

>>558281
"Well, it was just an idea. If we try to kill him I'm pretty sure he'll know we are no mere tourists too."

558284

>>558283
"Stories say, he is that good."

558285

>>558284
"Well I know for a fact we killed a dragon, so we've got that going for us."

558286

>>558283
"He would, but at least we would have hurt him by then instead of merely speaking to him and revealing ourselves."

558287

>>558285
"Which is why putting him in a room with our less experienced allies, allowing him to decimate them, is not a smart tactic.
Not unless we offer support to their lines in case something goes awry."
>>558286
"I take you are for a more direct approach?"

558288

>>558286
>>558287
Shrug and grumble.
"I proposed just shooting him in the fucking face in the first place…"

558289

>>558287
>>558288
"The direct approach would likely involve civilian casualties, so not quite. I was thinking about poison instead."

558290

>>558288
"I'd be surprised if he wasn't able to hear the bullets coming."
>>558289
"What if he is resistant to them?
Assassins are grown up to be perfect at their job.
It's not far fetched that he might have built immunity to those poisons, over time."

558291

>>558290
"Sure, I bet he is faster than bullets now too, hm?
Bullshit."

558292

>>558291
Shrug.
"I merely recount stories from my childhood.
Take them as you want."

558293

>>558292
"Here's a story for you. An assasin was sipping tea, or playing chess, or doing whatever the fuck you ching chongs do, then got shot in the head. The red mural on the wall was very pretty. The end."

558294

>>558290
"Perhaps he is, but who would be able to tell? There once was a great warrior on our fleet, the former captain of the Sirocco, who was said to be unbeatable in battle. His nickname was 'The Unscarred' for that reason. Yet in the end it was a poisonous plant which felled him."

558295

>>558293
>>558294
"I see.
So far it seems we are against open confrontation in case civilian casualties happened. Is that right?"

558296

>>558295
>>558293
I nod.
"Miss Emrille could try to take him out from a distance if he is sitting near a window. It remains to be seen if it would be that simple however."

558297

>>558296
"I take you know about his location then?"

558298

>>558297
"A local chess house."

558299

>>558298
"Then it should not be hard.
Chess houses are oftentimes open, in their design."

558300

>>558299
>>558296
"Sounds simple enough then."

558301

>>558300
"Let's use this as a backup plan.
We will try the poison, and if it doesn't work, shoot him as he's dazed by it."
Mumble this over.
"But.
He might smell the poison."

558302

>>558301
"Duh, just give him something in it that has a stronger smell."

558303

>>558299
>>558300
"We have yet to go scout it out, so let us hope so."

>>558301
I nod.
"I will go inform miss Springleaf. If you two could go and fetch Hircus and the others, that would be good."

558304

>>558303
"Very well.
I hope the goat hasn't killed himself again in the meanwhile.
And keep in mind, taste might be a factor."

558305

>>558304
"He's awfully picky when it comes to dying isn't he."

558306

>>558304
"Yes… let us hope so."

558307

>>558305
"Quite.
But I commend his tenacity."

558308

>>558307
"Let's give him the 'Platinum Bullet' award."
Smirk.

558309

>>558306
"Maybe we could lend a regiment of shibe warriors from the Grand Boss?"

558314

I wait here.
Hircus sure is taking his time

558315

I exit the hotel with my loot and find Selena.
"Hey there! What are you doing here?"

558319

>>558314
"Hey there! What are you doing here?"

558324

>>558319
I get up.
"I came looking for you."

558327

>>558324
"Well, here I am, a couple hundred songs richer and with a nice present for Ciddir!"

558330

>>558327
I pause for a few seconds.
"…I wanted to apologize for making you so angry earlier. But I cannot apologize for something I cannot understand. Could you explain it to me, please."

558334

>>558330
Sigh and look away, rubbing the back of my head.
"I'm sorry for yelling too. I… forgot that you didn't have the same life I did.
When you grow up on the streets… being filthy is sort of what defines your life. Your fur itches and catches on everything, knots tug at your skin, your hooves crack and bleed…
Every day, you're reminded of how miserable being poor is. and if you're lucky enough to find a comb, or a lotion that soften hooves, or running water you can clean yourself off with… You make sure you use it before somepony else as poor as you steals it and uses it themselves.
The idea that ponies avoid using stuff anypony on the streets would beg for, just because they were born male… It seems… ungrateful, if I'm being honest."

558336

>>558334
I ponder this for a second.
"But I didn't say anypony should not use a comb or running water.
I just said that traditionally stallions don't use make-up as much. They don't even have to avoid them…it's mostly how society grew. You don't see many stallions wearing lipstick."

558341

>>558336
Cock my head at her.
"…Make-up? Lipstick? What's that?"

558345

>>558341
I cock my head as well.
"You don't know?
Well it's products that ponies in general, mostly mares, but some stallions as well, use to look more pretty. "
I move my head closer.
"Look at my eyes. You see I colored the area around my eye, just a tiny bit darker? It makes my eyes look bigger."

558346

>>558345
Look closely. Do I see anything? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

558347

>>558345
>>558346
"Oh. Oh! …Isn't that uncomfortable?"
What other makeup is she wearing?

558356

>>558347
In addition to some eye shadow you notice she's wearing fake eyelashes and powdered her cheeks just a tiny bit

558382

>>558356
"What's with the powder on your cheeks and those plastic things in your eyes? Aren't they irritating?"

558385

>>558382
Shock! Gasp!
I lean closer.
"They make my eyelashes longer and the power is to hide some more pale spots in my coat. But you can't tell anypony that!"

558388

>>558385
Stare at her quizzically.
"Why would you try to hide that stuff? You're already more than beautiful."

558390

>>558388
"Because it's etiquette.
You shouldn't talk about a ladies make-up.
In fact, when done right, it shouldn't be noticeable."

558391

I'll be on deck, chasing my tail near my bigass undead butlerminion.

558392

>>558391
I'll fly down on deck.
As I see your bigass undead butlerminion, I take a few steps back and look at it cautiously.

558393

>>558390
"Why do it at all? That stuff looks horribly uncomfortable. If you don't want ponies to notice, why do it at all? Etiquette? Tradition? That stuff doesn't mean anything to me. All I know is that you're beautiful just the way you are."

558395

>>558393
I blush.
"It's not uncomfortable at all.
It makes you look more pretty!
It just should look natural that's all."

558397

>>558392
I keep chasing my tail around until I run headfirst into it and fall over. It picks me back up and I go back to running around.

558399

>>558397
I look at that.
Back at the minion and back at you.
"Uh…hello?"

558400

>>558395
"…I won't pretend I understand… but I think I get enough to see this is important to you.
So… this is makeup? And it's the stuff that guys don't use?"

558402

>>558399
I stop running and sway back and forth.
"Hello!"

558403

>>558400
I cock my head.
"Weeeeelll, I know there are some stallions who use it. But it's not seen as manly, you understand what I mean?"

>>558402
I point at the butler.
"What's that?"

558404

>>558403
"Crux! Who're you?"

558405

>>558404
"It's got a name?"
I cough.
"I'm sorry, I'm Selena, Selena Springleaf, resident alchemist, what's your name?"

558406

>>558405
I tilt my head, then stagger and nearly fall over.
"Why wouldn't it have a name? I'm Fly!"

558407

>>558406
I look at the butler again.
"It seems so….."
Consider the proper word and I settle on
"not-sentient"

558409

>>558407
"I curse you with the burden of knowing your natural senses have betrayed you."

558410

>>558409
I jump up.
"Oh…um, excuse me, mister Crux."

558411

>>558407
"Nope!"
I walk over and tug at your cape.

558412

>>558411
How small are you actually?

558413

>>558410
The deathly hulk merely looms, detachedly. Without eyes in his sockets, it is hard to tell if he has any expression at all. He makes no move to correct you or comment further.

558414

>>558412
I'm an 8-year old gryphon chick.

558415

>>558413
Hhehehehehe, …..that's not scary at all.
Gulp.

>>558414
"Where's your mother?"

558417

>>558415
I shrug and keep tugging at your cape.
"Are you a vampire?"

558419

>>558417
I giggle
"A vampire? Of course not, that's an old pony tale. Vampires aren't real."

558422

>>558419
I laugh.
"That's what they want you to think!"
I try to pull your hat off while you giggle.
[1d10]

Roll #1 10 = 10

558424

>>558403
"I guess… but stuff for softer fur and cleaning products are still okay, right?"

558425

>>558422
I put your hat onto my head and run off behind Crux.

558426

>>558424
"Of course, they are! And well if you want o use make-up I don't mind, I'm just saying what the general opinion is."

>>558422
You grab my hat.
"Do you like the hat?" I ask with a smile.

558428

>>558426
It sits so low over my head that all you can see is my neck and beak.
"It's pretty!"

558431

>>558425
"Curses."

558432

>>558426
Look at her for a minute.
"…I don't really see why I'd need makeup, but… what do you think? You're the one who knows about this stuff. Should I use this… 'makeup' stuff?"

558433

>>558428
I grin and walk to you.
"Can I have it back now?"

558436

>>558432
"Not really, you look good as you are."

558437

>>558433
"Awww."

558439

>>558437
"Well, just hold on to it for a few more minutes.
But will you answer my question then? Where are your parents? How did you get here?"

558442

>>558439
"Dad is dead, I don't have a mom, and I flew."
I groan and rub my head through your giant hat.

558443

>>558436
"Thanks. I probably wouldn't like it anyway."
Look at her for a minute.
"I still think you don't need makeup to be beautiful.
…Is that offer for lotions and fur-care products still open?"

558445

>>558443
I grin.
"I can make you a batch next time I do that. It seems like everypony wants some anyway."

>>558442
"Oh, I'm sorry. So mister Crux takes care of you?"

558447

>>558445
I shrug.
"I think he's supposed to."

>>558431
I poke Crux.
"You are supposed to take care of me, right?"

558448

>>558447
He gently pats you with a pony hand.

"I am here to be a curse looming over your shoulder."

558449

>>558448
I meant bony hand, but pony hand also seems fitting

558450

Plot?

Selena knows about the assassin and my plan.

558452

Oh boy I sure love plot! What happened after I left, how much time passed?

558453

>>558448
>>558449
I nuzzle up against his pony hand.
"Thanks!"

>>558445
"What's an alchemist?"

558454

>>558448
I frown.

>>558447
"So why are you here? Looking for friends?"
I smile.

>>558453
"It is somepony who makes magical potions and brews."
I show you one of my baubles.
"This is a healing potion."

558456

>>558450
Plot plox

558457

>>558452
People returned to the ships to relax.

>>558450
You did go to that chesshouse.

558458

>>558457
If LH is going to the chesshouse, I will accompany her.

558459

>>558454
I shake my head.
"I'm cursed!"
I walk over to you and tap the bauble with my beak.
"It's pretty! I'm magic too!"

558460

>>558457
I went to the shrine of loyalty actually!

558462

>>558460
Okay, so you're there!

>>558458
She changed her mind.

558463

>>558459
I perk my ears.
"Cursed? Why would a cute griffon like you be cursed?"

>>558457
LH wants me to make poison, I don't know much about poison but everypony knows…
I want to pull some nightshade out of my hat.
The plant.
Hat magic '1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

558464

>>558462
I just want to have a look around so I have an idea what a shrine like this is supposed to look like.

558465

>>558462
Mh.
I need to have a chat with her.
>>558460
"Lady Heart?
I'd like to go to the chesshouse, to survey it.
But I can't go there with my blades, or he'll grow wise."

558468

>>558465
"Have you informed the others yet?"

558469

>>558468
"No, I have not. This is why I'm consulting you."

558470

>>558445
"Thanks. I owe you."
>>558449
So, about that plant I got for Ciddir…

558471

>>558469
"Speak the words then."

558473

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>>558463
You pull Solanum tuberosum out of your hat, the nightshade most commonly referred to as "potato".

Did you know there's a good reason people only eat the root of the potato? It's because the leaves are rather poisonous because it is part of the nightshade genus.

>>558464
It's small, but not unpleasant.

558474

>>558473
>>558473
I have the entire plant pulled out right?

558475

>>558471
"I need you to hold onto my weapons for the time being."

558476

>>558463
>>558473
"Because I was a slow egg."
I gasp when I see you pull a plant out of your hat.
"Where did that come from?"

558477

>>558473
>>558471
I'm here by her side.

558478

>>558474
Yes.

And if you don't wash your hands before the next time you eat…

558480

>>558473
>
>>558470

Or should I just rejoin the group?

558481

>>558476
I grin.
"It's a magic hat. I can pull out whatever I want out of it. Now you have to do something for me, you've got to stay back, because this plant is very dangerous. You cannot touch it, if you stay back, I'll get you a little treat later, okay?"

>>558478
Right…..

558482

>>558480
What about it? It's a plant. A shrubbery.

558483

>>558473
Not exactly something that could fit on the fleet, but I could set up a simple altar of sorts instead.

>>558475
>>558477
"Could you instead please gather the others and bring them here?"

558484

>>558481
"If I stay back can you pull my mom out of your hat?"

558485

>>558483
When you save up more money, you could install a formal shrine into one of the ships…

558486

>>558478
>>558481
I take the plant to my lab where I work its sap and leaves into a liquid form.

558487

>>558483
I hadn't realized that was what you wanted!
"Of course.
Emrille, Selena, Hircus, Manako…
Chip aswell?"

558488

>>558484
My heart.
I bite my lip.
"…I don't think even my hat can do that…"

558489

>>558483
"Flowing can do that. I could start looking for a nice vantage point."

558490

558491

>>558485
Any estimates how much that would cost me? I certainly would like that.

>>558487
I literally asked you several times.
"Yes, any abled bodies you can find please."

>>558489
"… How about a simple cloud?"

558492

>>558488
>>558486
"Awww."
I follow you to your lab but stay back.

558493

>>558491
You'd need to consult with a contractor.

558495

>>558491
"It might work, but I prefer rooftops. More stable."

558496

>>558491
I'm kinda out of it, sorry.
"Understood."
>>558493
Gather the others.

558497

>>558490
I wrongly assumed, there was some sap inside the leaves.
If I mix the leaves, stems and such with some alcohol I should be able to get an extract.

>>558492
"But you didn't tell me yet why you're here."

558498

>>558493
A builder? Someone like Rusty Wrench?

>>558495
"Very well then, go find your vantage point."

>>558496
Nod at him as he goes.

558499

>>558482
Can I go show it to Ciddir?

558500

>>558498
Nod with a smirk.
Do I know where the chess house is?

558501

>>558496
You spend a long time hiking out to the sandbar. No one has left a rowboat here on the sandbar… You'll have to swim it.

Why didn't she send Emrille?

>>558497
Extract it is.

>>558499
Sure. It's a bit of a hike to the edge of town. No rowboat's been left behind… Flowing is also here.

>>558498
Someone like that

558502

>>558497
Oils, I believe is what you are looking for.
"To get my curse-"
I pound my claws against my head and groan.
"-broken."

558504

>>558501
I time-skipped over the talk with Selena to go meet Fly, Manako, and Chip, remember?

558505

>>558501
>>558502
Or maybe I should go with our chemist here and use oils.
Once it's done, I'll go back to the chess house.

>>558502
"Right, have you asked the Commodore about it?"

558506

>>558501
This is idiotic. Go back to her.
>>558500
"Emrille.
There's no rowboat and we need to gather everyone.
Could you fly to the ships?"

558507

>>558504
You've lost me. When do you want to be?

558508

>>558506
Selena's flying out. Maybe you can get a ride with her?

558510

>>558505
I nod.
"He says he needs to see it happening to fix it."
I follow you back to the chess house along with Crux.

558511

>>558505
You fly on back.

558512

>>558506
"Selena's going."

>>558501
Where is the chess place?

558513

>>558512
On the east side of town.

558514

>>558507
I finished talking with Selena, then went over to where Manako, Chip, and Fly where. That means I'd be back on one of the ships, right?

558515

>>558508
>>558512
>>558505
"Selena!
Nobody's left a rowboat on the shore. Would you be so kind as to tell the others to move back here?
We need Hircus, Chip…
All able bodied."

558516

>>558507
Never mind, looks like the group needs me.

558517

>>558510
You can climb on back.
"See it? You're not a werewolf are you?"

>>558511
Hold just a moment.
I fly back to the ships to warn Hircus and Chip and Manako.

>>558515
"OKAY."
I fly back.

558519

>>558517
I climb onto your back and hold on tight with my claws and talons.
"No, silly. I'ma gryphon!""

558521

>>558517
>>558510
Crux climbs on. He's way too large to fly with!

558522

>>558513
Fly to the neighbourhood, but do not get close to the chess place. Are there any good buildings that I could use as a vantage point, which is in perfect range of my rifle too?

558523

>>558501
I'll keep that in mind and add it to my notebook of things to do then.

Puzzle should set up a premature Substitute.

Roll #1 6 = 6

558524

>>558516
"Hircus, we need you back at the chess hourse."

>>558521
I wince
"Uh Crux, you'll need to take a boat.."
Nod to Fly.
"We'll all go together by boat."

558526

>>558522
The only tall buildings are the two hotels. The eastern of the two might make a good selection, but there are so many houses in the way, not to mention the roof of the chess house… Across the street would be pretty obvious too.

>>558523
Okay.

>>558524
>>558519
Crux holds up Fly's bag.

"Cursed! Cursed by baggage."

558527

>>558521
I laugh and snuggle up inside his darkness.

>>558524
"Okay!"

558529

>>558524
"Ooh, you've come to the right goat. I love chess!"
Let's get going!

558530

>>558526
Damnit… Looks like a tactically placed cloud nearby will have to be it, just like LH said.

558531

>>558526
I pull out another piece of jerky and gnaw on it.

558532

>>558526
"Yes, yes the bagage is way, way too heavy."
Wince.
Let's get a rowboat back already.
Hircus and every PC in the fleet who's not here in meta go with us.

558533

>>558526
Still in shiba?

558534

>>558529
"It's to kill an assassin."

558535

>>558531
"Fly, you stay close with me and Crux, okay?"

558536

>>558530
Hm, from your position on the cloud you can make out several roofs. It's going to be hard to hit anything inside if they go under those covers, but hopefully you will have some options.

>>558533
Yes.

558537

>>558534
"…Oh. So you just want me to sneak up and slit his throat. Okay." Hang my head in disappointment.
"…Can we at least play chess afterwards?"

558538

>>558537
"Miss Heart will explain the plan."

558539

>>558536
Alright, where do I need to be?

558540

>>558536
I can always just move the cloud, so I see inside. It has some open space, right?
I need to see that.

558541

>>558538
Sigh.
"Okay."

558542

>>558534
I jump up and down.
"Oooh, oooh! Killing?"

>>558535
"Okay!"
I jump into the boat.

558544

>>558542
Crux gives a questioning glance between you and your bag.

Do you want him to leave it here?

>>558539
Your group is gathering outside the chess house.

558545

>>558544
Alright. I ought to wait for everyone to gather then.

558546

>>558544
"Umm. Uhh."

>>558538
"Can I leave my bag in your lab?"

558547

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>>558540
This is what you see. There are large pavillions.

558548

>>558542
Oh boy, this will be good for his education.
Too late to drop him at daycare however, I'll have to watch over him.

>>558546
>>558544
"Sure, but I'll fly it back, you guys start rowing towards the town, I'll be right back."
Take the bag and fly back to my lab, locking it away there.

558549

>>558548
>her
"Thank you!"

558550

>>558548
>>558546
Crux just leaps off the side of the ship and immediately sinks into the ocean.

…He'll probably surface in a minute or two at the shoreline.

558551

>>558547
Do I see the guy?

558552

>>558551
You have no idea who you're looking for, to be fair. And if he's playing chess, he's certainly under a pavillion.

558553

>>558550
Alright, so who's outside the chess house right now?

558554

>>558550
I wave at him as he jumps in.

558555

>>558552
I should have an idea since we saw posters, didn't we?

And relocate the cloud again, I need to see under the pavilons!

558556

>>558550
I'll fly back and walk with Crux, Fly ,Manako, Hircus and Chip to the chess house and Light Heart.

>>558523
"I've got something.
It's the best I could make in such a short notice. I'll make sure I prepare some stronger poisons next time we're at sea."

558557

>>558553
Most of the group.

>>558555
There are walls!

>>558554
Eventually you regroup with the others. The Shibans are certainly giving your group a wide berth with Crux present.

558559

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558560

>>558557
I look around at all the tiny little diamond dogs with my jaw wide open.
"Oh man look at how cute they are!"

558561

Go see how Felix is.

558562

>>558556
The shrine of Loyalty.
"What is it?"

558563

>>558560
"I curse them with my presence."

>>558561
Your group needs you! I'm sure you spent plenty of time with her!

We'll faff it later.

558564

>>558557
>>558559
Well fuck me.
Stay somewhere where I can see the open places then. The others will have to lure him out from under the pavilons.

558565

>>558557
>>558523
>>558556
"All right then… What's the plan?"
>>558561
"Hey slobber-fae. How you doing?"

558566

>>558562
>>558556
"What's going on?"

558568

>>558563
"Can I have one?"

558570

>>558565
>>558566
"There is an assassin with a bounty on his head currently present in a nearby chess house. We are going to kill him. I was hoping to use potion to do so by perhaps poisoning his drink, but if that is not an option we will have to do this the hard way."

558571

Plan?

558572

>>558563
Okay. Float back to them then!

558573

>>558565
"Uhh I am a little lost to be honest. "

558576

>>558570
I scrunch my beak.
"Poison? Booooorrrrriiiiiiing."

558577

>>558570
"Maybe I could distract him? I'm really good at chess."

558578

>>558570
"An assassin? Okay. So we are going to try and assassinate an assassin?"

558580

>>558576
Look at the others.
"Who is she?"

558581

>>558562
"Solanum tuberosum, it should at small dose be enough to cause weakness and mental confusion. High dose, it should cause severe hallucinations and death. I have to warn that onset of symptoms could take up to 30 minutes."

558583

>>558580
"I'm Fly!"

558584

>>558581
"That is… far from ideal."

558586

>>558577
"I was hoping you could administer the poison if he does have a drink."

>>558576
"Perhaps, but it is also safer for us. That said, I do not know whether or not it will be possible."

>>558578
"Indeed. The bounty is quite high."

>>558581
"Hmmm… that is not quite what I had hoped for."

558588

>>558584
"I had to put this together in like 30 minutes. If I had had more time I could have found something more suitable. If you can get it inside his drink, it would work."

558589

Leave the cloud where it is.
Go find Light.

558590

>>558583
"Pretty Fly."

558591

>>558586
"I'm sorry, it's the best I could come up with in the time we had."

558593

>>558586
"Maybe I can use my size to help? "

558594

>>558586
"I hope we get to fight."

558596

>>558588
"Does it have smell or taste?"

558598

558599

>>558591
"Yes, of course. Perhaps it will do."

>>558589
"Any news?"

>>558593
"Hm… you could try. But are you trained in the art of stealth? Because this assassin surely will be."

>>558594
"I would certainly not rule that possibility out."

558600

>>558586
"I'd have to be near him to be able to do that… maybe at his chess table?"

558603

>>558599
Shake my head with a frown.
"No good vantage. Either walls or roofs are in the way."

558604

>>558600
"If you believe that is the best way, then yes."

>>558603
"Did you see him?"

558607

>>558593
"You stand out much more than the average pony, Manako."

558608

>>558590
I preen myself.
"Thank you!"

>>558599
"Hurray!"

558609

>>558596
"It doesn't smell. It tastes a bit bitter. I doubt he'll notice a small dose however."

558611

>>558607
"Right… okay so what do we do then?"

558612

>>558609
"Then, if he does manage to drink it… He will only be weakened."

558613

>>558604
Shake my head.

558615

>>558611
"I guess this is all in Hircus' hooves."

558616

>>558604
>>558598
Would I be able to Sleight of Hand a poison into his drink while sitting across from him?
"Yes, I think that's best. and I'm not just saying that because I'm good at chess."

558617

>>558612
"He's a fighter, it causes mental confusion, his entire way of fighting will become useless."

558618

>>558616
You can certainly try if he's drinking.

558619

>>558617
"Good work, Selena."

558622

>>558618
All right then, I say this is a good plan.

558624

>>558609
"A small dose would not kill him… but it would weaken him."

>>558613
"Very well."

>>558616
"Good! Then go forth to the Chess house and see what you can do. I will go too but play on a different table."

>>558613
"Miss Emrille, you and the others should remain in the area of the chess house to provide help if needed."

558625

>>558619
"I'll make more preparations once we're on sea, for next time. If I had had some real nightshade, I might have been able to make something better."

558626

>>558618
I play around inside Crux's darkness while the grownups talk about whatever.

558627

>>558626
He lurks in plain sight. He's attracting a lot of stares!

558629

>>558625
Smile.
"Leave the rest to us."

558631

>>558624
Nod.
"I'll stick around and try to keep an eye on things."

558633

>>558627
I chew on a claw as I think back to some of my lessons.
"Come on, Crux, let's go to an alley."

>>558625
I tug on your cloak and point at an alley.
"We'll be over there."

558634

>>558627
To the chesshouse we go. I'll just pretend to be a tourist as well.

>>558631
"Try not to let him know you and the others are there. A fae and an undead abomination are now what I would call subtle."

558635

>>558624
>>558627
Alright, into the Chesshouse! It's been so long since I've had a good game of chess!

558637

>>558634
"Oh, right. The poison?" Hold my hoof out.

558638

>>558634
"Yeah, no shit, but how do I know if shit goes down? I can't exactly see in from out here, as I've told you."

558639

>>558637
"Give it to him. Try not to add too much of a dose or he will taste it. But too little and the effect will be minimal."

558640

>>558615
Sigh and hide in your hat.

558641

>>558638
"If it does, you will hear gunshots. You could stand right outside on your own if need be."

558642

>>558633
He lumbers on after you.

>>558635
>>558634
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EksVHYaxUA

There is music playing here. A blind performer on a simple string board instrument. A light rain has begun…

The pony you seek is at the main table in the center pavilion. Ponies and dogs are crowded around to watch him play.

558643

>>558639
"I need the poison in order to give it to him."

558644

>>558642
I explore the alley while he follows close behind me.

558645

>>558643
I didn't mean to quote 'give it to him'.

558646

>>558642
Once I have the poison, I'll make my way over there. I've got a chess match to play.

558649

>>558645
Oh, okay.

558650

>>558642
Well, that certainly makes us checking him out less obvious. Does he have a drink?

558651

>>558642
Well, stand around outside I guess

558652

>>558633
"Okay, just stay close where we can see you."

558653

>>558652
I scamper off without responding.

558654

>>558653
I'll keep my eye on you, little scamp.

558655

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>>558644
Hm, it's a long and twisting alley. It leads in between a bunch of houses. Crux squeezes in after you.

>>558646
Everyone is watching intently. Ocean glances up and smiles when you arrive.

"Hey, foreigner. Mate in three, do you see it?"

>>558650
He does.

558657

>>558651
Stand with her.
"So we get to fight after all today, huh?"

>>558655
Is it busy inside?

558658

>>558655
I follow it but stay as close to the tea house as I can, just in case there is fighting.

558659

>>558655
Is he the black or the white pieces? And which pieces are the kings?

558660

>>558655
I'll trot inside with Light Heart.

558661

>>558657
Pout.
"I was hoping to get a good view and just cap him in the head."

558662

>>558655
Thank goodness.

>>558660
"He seems to be gathering quite a bit of attention. He must be a great chess player."

558663

>>558657
Very busy.

>>558659
He's white. The kings are the only pieces that could possibly be kings.

558664

>>558655
Watching intently as well.

558666

>>558661
"Heh, nothing's ever simple around here is it?"
Look at the chess house.
"You know how to play?"

558668

>>558663
>>558655
Nod, even though I'm not 100% sure I see it.

558669

>>558666
Shrug with a scrunch.
"Yeah, sure, boring pieces on a boaring board… not my kind of game."
I totally don't.

558671

>>558668
"Identify the first move, and I will reward you."

558672

>>558669
I snort.
"I'm not that amazing at it, but I know the basics. Haven't played in a while though. What kind of games do you like then?"

558673

>>558672
"…I like playing darts."

558674

>>558671
"…If his pawn at E7 moves forward one space, that puts you in checkmate. So your first move is to take his pawn at A7 with your queen."

558676

>>558674
Even Ocean looks embarrassed for you.

"Foreigner, the pawns go the other way."

558677

>>558673
"Can't say I'm surprised to hear that, miss sharpshooter."
Flick her dunce hat with a hoof.

558678

>>558677
Fix my hat with a hoof.
"Yeah, well what kind of games do you play aside from 'pretending to suck cock'?"

558680

>>558678
I grin, ignoring her comment.
"Cardgames are fun! Or dice games, I won a nice bit of coin with those back in Reptil."

558681

>>558676
I'm still here.

558682

>>558681
Oh, I thought you were just leaning against the wall or something.

You find some trash cans.

558683

>>558680
"Well there are a few of those which are decent I guess."

558684

>>558683
"Mmmm, you like earning money don't you?~"

558685

>>558655
E3 in E4, only move for him will be E6 in E5.
Then A8 in C6, Mate.

558686

>>558676
"…Damnit, why do I always get mixed up about that?"
"…Pawn to E4."

558687

>>558682
Excellent. Is there any cool stuff in them?
[1d10]

Roll #1 3 = 3

558688

>>558684
"Of course I fucking do? Why?"

558690

>>558688
"Just saying that you can earn money with them with a bit of luck and skill."

558691

>>558690
"Yeah, but what if I have shit luck?"

558692

>>558674
I cough.
"Perhaps the Queen should go to D8?
So we can attack the King and force him on the defensive?"

558693

>>558686
"What's your plan if he moves Knight E3, to threaten your other pawn? Your plan leaves too much to chance. To ensure the opponent will comply you must threaten at every move. It's no issue, though. Really, this is just a formality. I came here to meet the conquerors of Uraurafutsu."

>>558687
Hey, they have some rotting meat here! They eat meat here!

558694

>>558691
"Well… tough luck then!"

558695

>>558693
"Hurray!"
I move on, but stick close to the chess house.

558696

>>558694
"Yeah I'm not willing to risk money like that."

558697

>>558695
You find a big ball of string!

…Catbirds like string, right?

558698

>>558693
"The conquerors of what?"