Previous Session: http://mlpg.coluna_quest/628644.html /qt/ Thread: http://mlpg.co/qt/res/217221.html >After defeating Gavin, you recover in the Gladiator's lounge with Luna >The doctor takes a look at you, and once he says you're okay, you kiss Luna as she kissed you in the arena >You return to the palace and meet up with Pierce, who tells you that while the Gates of Tartarus and Glaurumat's Mind are nearing preparatory completion, it is too late to begin the ritual tonight >Celestia and Luna will begin the ritual first thing in the morning >You meet up with Celestia and learn that the cube is pure harmonyllium, a very rare and versatile metal with many more uses to be discovered >One of those uses involves making a mirror to another world, possibly to your own >It naturally opposes chaotic elements, but it's unpredictable in this case >They do not know if you would even be able to communicate with them or return to Equestria should you walk through the mirror >Because harmonyllium is so rare, Celestia does not want to waste it making a mirror you won't use >Knowing all this, she asks if you would walk through the mirror should she make one >You tell her no and decide to stay in Equestria >Celestia says that since you found it, it's yours to keep, and suggest that Star Swirl might be able to help you make something useful out of it >She recalls that Star Swirl said you had something to tell her >You and Luna tell her everything about the reappearance of Nightmare Moon, how it came about, and the door >Star Swirl enters once you've revealed everything and suggests opening the door again >There's a brief debate over the risks and how Tiamat might want whatever's inside before it's agreed that you will open the door >Lucent enters the room, ready to go out with you as planned >Immediately resistant to anything involving Star Swirl, you allow her to come with everyone into your dream so she can make sure nothing bad happens to you >You use the key you've had since the beginning to open the door and find nothing but empty darkness >Luna insists on going in with you, but the darkness only allows you inside >Darkness surrounds you and a ball of light appears >When you ask what it is, it answers "You are we. Royal guardians of the Princess Luna and of the treacherous Nightmare Moon. We are the stars. You are the stars." >It goes on to explain that the stars have always loved Princess Luna, and when she turned into Nightmare Moon and was imprisoned, they essentially fell in love with her as well >That love is what released Nightmare Moon and eventually built up enough power to break away from the rest of the stars and become You, using a form taken from one of the many dimensions that the stars inhabit >The stars let Princess Luna into the darkness and inform her of everything >After a long Q&A between yourself and the stars, you and the stars become one again, giving you magical ability in the process >You wake up from the dream and everyone plans to go their own ways >Luna plans on going to bed early, Celestia has a few more things to go over before she goes to bed, and Lucent waits for you outside Celestia's bedroom
- A strange key (yep, still got it) - Sword - Harmonyllium - Luna's Gift - 10,300 bits - +10 to all combat rolls, and preception rolls while in combat - Magical Ability - Current spells: Light >Current Affection Levels:
Luna - Romantic Interest Lucent - Close Friends Gold Heart - Close Friends [LOCKED] Celestia - New Friends
If you notice, you'll have more bits than before. Can't remember if at some point I had the arena operator give you money for winning, but there ya go.
>>630510 "Okay," Lucent says and straightens out her dress. "I figured we could just get something to eat and maybe walk around town a bit. I don't know how much of it you've seen already… or was there somewhere you wanted to go?"
Celestia and Luna already showed you a lot of Taloran. The only place you can really remember that you didn't visit was the museum they mentioned. You don't know if it'll be open now that it's night, but it couldn't hurt to check it out. Maybe Lucent might have somewhere else in mind?
>>630528 >>630529 "What do you mean they made a mess of the Mind?`I thought it was needed to keep this city afloat"
"We do," Lucent says, tilting her head to the side for a moment. "But it works off of good vibes. Wrecking the Skull doesn't really do anything. Messed up."
Lucent sticks her tongue out briefly and smiles.
"The skull doesn't really do anything but protect the mind," she says, "so I usually just talk about the skull and the mind as the same thing."
>>630531 "So what was the actual damage done? I didn't get a chance to see it before Pierce ushered us out, so I don't really know what important stuff there was that could be melted down like that."
"It was mostly stuff used to make the chains," Lucent explains. "Tools and stuff the ponies use. We're just lucky they didn't find the harmonyllium."
Lucent steps out of the palace and into the cool night air. A passing breeze blows by, ruffling her hair, and she opens up her wings to catch it. Her eyes close and she takes a deep breath before she folds them back into place.
"Luna must be really happy tonight," Lucent says as she looks up into the sky. "The stars are shining, the moon is bright, and you can just feel that everything's alright, you know?"
Her gaze falls.
"We all kinda need that right now, I guess," she says.
>>630536 "It might be the last few happy and peaceful moment we will have for the next week or weeks - I doubt Tiamat will invite us to coffee and cake once we show up." Stand next to her and look up at the stars Kinda weird to look at ourselves
>>630541 "It might be the last few happy and peaceful moment we will have for the next week or weeks - I doubt Tiamat will invite us to coffee and cake once we show up," you say as you stand next to her. "Scared?"
"Nah," Lucent says with a shake of her head. "Nothing terrifying about fighting the mother of all dragons."
Lucent starts to laugh, but it comes out as a yawn.
"Sorry," she says. "Been doing that all day because of the new schedule. I should be dead tired right now, but I guess I'm just excited."
>>630545 Yeah, she's certainly a piece of work. But we've got the Princesses who've done this all once before and neither of them have seemed too worried about upcoming fight. I'd think they might just be keeping face to avoid worrying the rest of us, but… You said it yourself, Luna's genuinely happy tonight. If she can enjoy life like that with the battle on the horizon, I think we can take the time to too. Just so long as we keep our weapons and wits sharp for the morning, sleepyhead.
>>630552 "Just don't fall asleep once the showdown begins," you tell her and ruffle her mane a bit.
It's exceptionally softer than the previous times you've ruffled her hair, and the scent of lavender wafts up through the breeze.
>>630553 "Yeah, she's certainly a piece of work. But we've got the Princesses who've done this all once before and neither of them have seemed too worried about upcoming fight. I'd think they might just be keeping face to avoid worrying the rest of us, but… You said it yourself, Luna's genuinely happy tonight. If she can enjoy life like that with the battle on the horizon, I think we can take the time to too. Just so long as we keep our weapons and wits sharp for the morning, sleepyhead."
Lucent knocks your hand away and lets loose her bubbly, soda pop laugh.
"Just don't get yourself into any trouble out there," she says. "I've already been scarred once saving your life."
Lucent takes off into the air and takes your hand with her, dragging you into the city.
"C'mon," Lucent says. "I'm starving."
She stops tugging you the farther you walk, but her hoof doesn't leave your hand.
>>630558 Man, I thought she already had the idea after she teased us about putting the moves on Luna when we were about to ride in her carriage, and then when she saw us playing with the Princess's mane
You keep up with her, letting her hoof rest in your hand as she leads you towards a bistro.
"I don't come here too often," Lucent says, letting go of you as she lands. "But whenever I'm in Taloran I always drop by for something to eat."
The pony host greets Lucent and his eyes widen when he sees you. After a quiet discussion between the two ponies, the host smiles and leads you through the bistro and into an outdoor back area.
Lucent seats herself at a long table and the host has a couple of servers bring out a lengthy bench for you, as all of their chairs are much too small.
Looking around, you notice there isn't really anyone else out here. A couple of griffons off in a corner and a group of ponies laughing with a few drinks in their hooves. Sounds of a fountain are coming from one stationed at the entrance to a garden area.
"Go ahead and order whatever you want," Lucent tells you as servers bring you menus. "It's all free so you don't need to worry about paying for anything."
"All free? What service. Is that part of the 'keeping everyone happy so the city doesn't fall out of the sky' agenda? Or is the owner a friend of yours?"
Taking a look at the menus shows a bunch of different sandwiches and salads, all of them vegetarian, flowery, or with some sort of vegetable substitute. If there's meat on here, it's not really meat in any sense of the word.
"The bouquet special please," Lucent asks as she hands the server her menu. "Lilies in different colors."
Lucent raises an eyebrow at this, but then shrugs your decision aside.
"Vodka and orange juice, please," she says, and the server runs off. "So how are things? With Luna, Celestia, in general? We didn't see each other at all today so I'm kind of curious what you were up to that led to all that back in the palace?"
>>630583 "I went with Celestia and Luna to get a first look at the city. We visited the Colosseum and - you are probably gonna love this - I somehow ended up in its middle facing off against a Griffon."
>>630590 >"I bet you got beat so bad" "You certainly put a lot of trust into the people who are going to fight the Mother of Dragons alongside you. And no, I did not get beat so bad - well, maybe a little, but in the end my superior skill reigned supreme and I won the fight." Pump one fist in the air or something
"You certainly put a lot of trust into the people who are going to fight the Mother of Dragons alongside you. And no, I did not get beat so bad - well, maybe a little, but in the end my superior skill reigned supreme and I won the fight."
Lucent falls back to all fours, her face cherry red.
"I'm sorry," Lucent says. "I trip over my words a lot when I'm excited. Still wish I could've seen it though. The arena's are always good for a show and I'd always count on you in a fight."
Lucent's eyes are looking all over the bistro as she talks. It takes her a minute to calm down, but she's frowning a little when she does.
>>630599 "Celestia was less than impressed. I don't think she's too fond of violence. Luna though, she thought it was the greatest thing ever." I dunno if we should mention the kiss right now or not. On the one hand we have to tell her at some point, but on the other I don't want to sour the mood before we've even eaten. That could make dinner all kinds of awkward.
>>630599 >"I'm sorry," Lucent says. "I trip over my words a lot when I'm excited. Still wish I could've seen it though" "Don't worry, for a while I was worried I might lose the fight, too. If it hadn't been for him smashing those pillar to pieces with his face, it might have ended differently." >"And what did the princesses think?" she says. "Celestia seemed to be mostly happy that I might it out alive while Luna apparently sees me as a nigh invincible warrior now."
>>630618 "Well, she WAS more than just a little bit happy to see me win the match."
"Don't tease me like that," Lucent says with a smile. "What happened? Did she throw herself onto you and tell you how strong and brave you were?"
Lucent starts to make little kissing noises as she takes another drink.
>>630620 "You could say that. I think my hairless-ape ways have grown on her."
"You shouldn't talk about yourself like that," Lucent says, setting down an empty glass. "You're not just some hairless ape, you know? Not to me… Or Luna if you really are starting to grow on her."
Lucent's eyes drift towards the bistro again. Another server comes and places your food on the table, but Lucent doesn't eat just yet. Instead, she orders another drink and continues to stare at the other patrons behind the glass.
Lucent's eyes brighten at the mention of her name and she smiles at you.
"Let's eat," she says as she digs in.
The two of you eat in relative silence for most of the meal. Lucent tells you more about cleaning up the Skull so they can do the ritual and how Baron groaned the whole time, drinking a few more glasses as she does so.
"He wanted to come with me tonight to see you," she started to say, "but he changed his mind when he found it was just supposed to be the two of us."
>>630630 "Remember how you asked me what went down back at the palace?"
"Yeah," she says before emptying her current glass. "What was up with that?"
>>630633 "This is going to sound really weird, but I swear I'm not crazy. Behind that door inside my head, I met…the stars. Like, the actual stars in the skies. They talked to me and told me I used to be one of them. A star that somehow gained a sense of identity and a body…though they claimed they could've done better on that last part."
>>630636 "I am not sure anymore, did I tell you about Tiamat invading my dreams and taunting me? She also showed me the door you saw back in the palace."
"Nope," she says, leaning forward and resting her face in her hooves. "And if you did, I don't remember either."
>>630637 "This is going to sound really weird, but I swear I'm not crazy. Behind that door inside my head, I met…the stars. Like, the actual stars in the skies. They talked to me and told me I used to be one of them. A star that somehow gained a sense of identity and a body…though they claimed they could've done better on that last part."
If you were expecting a weird reaction from Lucent, she doesn't give you one. She's as calm, happy, and smiling as she was before you said something.
"Like I said: not crazy."
"I never said you were," Lucent says and shakes her head. "That sounds pretty amazing to me and I was there for some of it. On the outside, anyway."
>>630642 "I guess in a world full of magical beings that doesn't sound as crazy as I thought it does" you say, and make a ball of light in your hand. "They also merged with me and gave me their powers."
"Now that is neat," Lucent's hooves fall to the table and she stares at the light you've created. "But if you were always a star then it's always been you're power. You just sort of got it back."
Lucent moves around to your side of the table, taking slow steps towards the bistro.
"Let's go somewhere else," Lucent says as she passes. "I wanna do something with you."
You follow Lucent through the bistro and back onto the street. The streets are full and Lucent is hovering just slightly above the crowd. She doesn't say much as you follow her, but she has a small smile on her face the whole time. The two of you move through the city for what seems like hours, until she finally stops at the edge of Taloran at one of the docking areas.
The city is behind you. Open skies, the stars, and the moon are above you, while a sea of clouds separates Taloran from the rest of the world. It's another ocean in the sky up here.
>>630675 "It was because he was too jealous and tried to control every aspect of your life, wasn't it?"
Lucent nods and says, "Yeah, but that wasn't the only reason. When I was with Baron, I honestly thought he was the stallion I'd have that family with."
Lucent flies out before you off the edge of the city and taps her hooves together.
"Baron wanted the same thing that I did," she continues. "But when we both found out I couldn't, he took it a little harder than me. He was really hurt, because he loved me, and I was really hurt because I thought I'd hurt him, and it just turned into this huge mess of us being together out of guilt."
Lucent throws up her hooves and dives backwards into the clouds. When she surfaces, she's got a pile of cloud fluff with her and she perches herself on it in front of you.
"I can't have children," Lucent says and sighs. "So when you came along and you were cute and funny and kind and strong and didn't want kids, I thought I could see myself being with you."
Lucent flops forward onto the cloud.
"But now you're with Princess Luna and you kissed her in the arena and I know you like her and that you know I like you and I didn't want to tell you I liked you because I thought it would mess up your relationship with Luna, you know?"
>>630687 "Oh Lucent…" you pick her up from off her cloud and hug her. "I'm sorry. I should have told you earlier but there never seemed to be a good time and I didn't want our friendship to suffer."
"You don't have to apologize, ya big goof," Lucent says pushing you back and wiping a few tears from her eyes. "I already knew, kind of, but it didn't really hit me until literally everyone in Taloran was talking about it. You really shouldn't kiss Luna in front of all those ponies."
>>630693 "You don't have to be afraid, Lucy. Nothing's ruined. You're my best friend, and nothing's gonna get in the way of that."
"Your best friend, huh?" Lucent smiles, as she plops herself back on the cloud and sniffles.
"Then as your best friend," she says, raising her head. "I will continue you to support your love of the princess… and I know this is probably going to get me in trouble, but if things ever don't work out with the princess…"
"I'll always be here," she says with her biggest smile. "Who else but your best friend is going to save you if you fall again? Other than Luna, I mean."
>>630705 "I appreciate it. And don't worry, you're not in trouble."
"We should probably start heading back to the palace soon or we'll both be in trouble," Lucent says, hopping off the cloud and onto the city. "Unless you don't want to go back just yet? I'm sure there's something else we could do."
"Thanks, Lucy. Sleep well," you tell her, stroking a hand through her mane.
You're about to take her to her room, and then you realize you actually don't know where her room is. You've actually only seen Celestia's room once, and in a palace this huge, you don't know where that is either.
Thankfully, some of staff are still around and after some direction, Lucent is taken to her room while you head towards yours. Your room is actually pretty close to the princesses. It wouldn't take you long to pop in on one of them and say goodnight. They might be asleep though, and you should be too.
>>630715 I don't think there is anything we have to talk about with Celestia right now. Or well, we could investigate our new powers with her rather than with Star Swirl, be we need to talk with Star Swirl about the Harmonyllium anyway.
>>630716 No, we got it back from her, its in our inventory.