A quick recap: You've been transformed into seaponies for the duration of three days. You've had quite the busy first day, you arranged a peace talk between the shark ponies and the sea ponies, uncovered a plot to spoil the peace talks by spiking their dinner with cursed blood to induce a blood rage. You now have captured the seapony spiking the food red-finned.
Other things: As you were exploring you also picked up a new member; agreed to investigate a gang of bandits that follow a mobster lobster and hang out in some kind of cave system; you discovered an island full of dragons, which is being suppressed and controlled by some kind of undying dragon with a means of commanding the others, you rescued 8 of the eggs total, 7 land dragon eggs and 1 sea serpent egg (accompanied by a baby sea serpent).
Current: Its getting close to time for the dinner, you've got a captive to interrogate and might want to tell Prince Daniel something.
>>447932 "Cooking is just three dimensional art that is edible, give me some instructions on what we can make and I can have my doppelganger help us try to get caught up. You can have the Heroes help you with the main negotiation."
>>447933 I'll nod. "I'm pretty sure the chefs will be able to help you out there." >>447934 I'll swim up so I can look down on him. "The queen's the one who's weak! Look at you, skulking about, poisoning food! Don't you know making peace is a whole lot harder than making war?"
>>447942 I'll shake my head. "Down here, getting called a sharkblood means that you're a brute, or stupid, or just plain violent. It's not something you say to ponies you want to be on good terms with."
>>447948 To make things more clear for those trickling in: you have dragged the queen's guard: your captive: over to another room. The cooks are still in the kitchen cleaning up the mess and prepping new food, and Prince Daniel is presumably waiting back at his throne room.
>>447947 He looks at you as if you've lost your mind "Why should I Sharkblood? Does it make you angry, are you going to attack me?" >>447949 "Of course I know why I was sent, what fool doesn't know his own mission?"
>>447951 "Maybe I should stoop to your level and poison your food from afar? Like I'd have the stomach for that, I'm not some attack dog that carries out orders without thinking of the consequences for others."
>>447950 "Clearly he doesn't think we can hold the land, or he wouldn't be having these talks. Not at this time." he now seems a little uncomfortable with your hammer and stares at it. >>447952 >>447953 "Her reasons are to better the seapony colony." >>447954 "As if you could even pull off such a mission." >>447955 "The sharks are the warbringers, its one thing that never changes no matter the age."
>>447957 "We're the ones who gave him the idea of talking to the sharkponies, and that was only after we fought some. They've resorted to robbing others of their food because they have no land to hunt on."
>>447955 I nod "That might be a good idea at this point"
>>447970 >>447971 You drag him off to the throne room, and Daniel's two lobster guards seem to be on alert and examine the prisoner. Daniel looks surprised "What.. this is Cloephin's guard isn't it?" He frowns "What happened Swiftfins?" "What happened is that I was caught doing my job." "Which was.." "Showing you how unstable your new friends really are." Daniel sighs and looks to you "Well, he's not the talkative type I take it?" >>447972 you swim around in a circle looking for a good place to hide and a lobster guard tabs you on the shoulder "What are you doing? Is.. blood in that bag?"
>>447973 "He was drugging the food! The guest we brought along to make sure everything was fine was effected, and he almost attacked us! When we tried to stop him from drugging the food, the Queen's guard attacked us."
>>447978 >>447977 >>447976 >>447979 Daniel nods slowly "I'll have him locked away, and a guard watching over the kitchen." he nods to the bag noxx has "I guess that's the blood? We'll keep it as evidence." the captive is taken away. >>447974 He looks taken back "You want to do what?"
>>447980 >>447974 I'll look a little concerned as well. "I don't think fighting her is a good idea. Then it'll just look like a coup d'etat." >>447982 I'll look a little curiously at you, since this is the first time you talked.
>>447982 "You want to watch over him personally?" Daniel shakes his head, "You've done more than enough already, he'll be secure in the dungeon, but if you like you can follow the guard to his cell." >>447983 >>447981 >>447984 Daniel looks deeply disturbed by this truth "Well.. it does add up, I just didn't want to believe it. I'll go confront her about it.."
>>447991 >>447992 >>447993 >>447994 He picks up a long spear, the tip glowing with a yellow spark, and swims up toward up the stairs to the fancy door belonging to Cloephin. It is unguarded and Daniel pushes it in easily. "Hello, Auntie. We need to have a word"
>>447995 You are a but a shadow among many. None could pick you out for certain. >>447992 I will be here as well, waiting to strike. Surely she doesn't deserve your usual mercy Rhodan?
maybe we should wait for the others, perhaps do this friday?
The white light from the queen's horn set the room a glow. "Welcome dearest nephew, how goes the preparation for the meeting with those be- I mean Sharkponies?" Daniel's own eyes lower "You know exactly how it is going Aunt Cloephin." "Oh?" "Yes, your guard was caught red-finned trying to sabotage the meal." "Well, that is a problem.. I guess there's no point in playing the foolish old woman anymore." she smirks and sings the notes of a song, apparently it was some kind of signal as serval ponies emerge from the shadows to swim at her side "There are my followers, the Dark Echo I call them, we wanted to take over properly, but this will have to do.. Shame that that shark envoy went insane killed you.." Spirit staggers backwards "What?! But I!" Queen Cloephin "Yes, its even more of a shame that I wasn't able to save the city's favorite prince… Oh well, at least I can get revenge.." Prince Daniel falls down in pain as a seapony dressed in all black appears beside him. "You traitor!"
you may roll your actions, the queen and 6 guards are present. Ebony is available to heal.
>>451416 you spin the currents in your favor. Everyone may act twice next turn. >>451417 as you attempt to call out your double one of the guards punches you in the stomach. >>451418 You knock that guard helpless and he scowls at you. >>451419 you keep another guard from attacking the prince. >>451420 the guard out maneuvers you and hits a weak spot you didn't realize you had. you fall helpless. >>451422 you transfix the queen, she stares at you her eyes empty and blank seemingly awaiting an order. >>451423 Cloudcaller's arrow hits her squarely on the chest.
4 guards are unopposed. they deal damage to spirit, ebony, Allegro, and Alecrus
>>451427 4 guards are unopposed. they deal damage to spirit, ebony, Allegro >Allegro "ALLE! LOVE!" I charge at the one that hit Allegro and try to slash at it with my sabre. '1d10+1' I keep forgetting it's a +1 sabre
>>451429 You take a hit, but are back up. >>451431 five rockets ready to go, you are too busy dodging a guard to heal. >>451432 no need to help her, she's up now. You knock out a guard. he recovers '1d5' turns >>451433 you down a guard with a special double slashing move, he seems badly wounded now. Yes, yes! I am here! you doppelganger is summoned and looks all to eager to fight. >>451434 your song is every inspiring. everyone gets a +1 you strike a downed guard, damaging him. >>451435 >>451437 you are struck with a knife on the side as you try to attack. >>451438 the remaining guard gives her some kind of shot. helping the toxin leave her system as she rises again "You believe your will is stronger than mine? I have waited years for this. and your puny tricks will not stop me." >10,1 While ebony heals Oddette Spirit takes a hit for her and goes down. '2d10' for Ebony and Spirit.
all guards were occupied no extra damage this turn >>451439 indeed, no pony has seen you yet
>>451443 You dance wonderfully, using the swirling waters to show off a bit, you end you dance by assisting spirit. +1 acquired >>451444 you attack him quickly, he seems out of breath. >>451447 "I'll go near whoever I please child, and so will my dark echos." even as she says this your hammer slams down on the guard dealing massive damage. >>451449 they all hit their targets some of the fall limp with electricity pulsing throu them. >>451450 Gladly master! he accepts the weapons and goes in, a little too eagerly getting beat back by the queen herself. >>451451 you miss, but are not counterattacked due to your increased speed from [haste] >>451452 your loyal dog is ready to defend you, and you raise one of the newly fallen guards as your own. >>451445 The queen falls down again "Such dirty tricks, I'm proud of you nephew, to think you learned so much from me already.." "Shut up! You're nothing but a dirty traitor!" the prince replies his fins shaking in anger. >7,10, 8, 6 Ebony is smashing away with her lunar hammer, while Spirit timidly holds his own in combat. '2d10' for their next moves
Seeing her guards falling around her she screams "Get up you fools, this is no joke, we must kill these ponies now"
>>451457 Everyone is inspired by your delicate dance as you float above the battle. +1 for all rolls >>451458 A guard stands up and smacks you on the head making you drop the net. >>451459 you miss and she swallows a potion and gets up again "Your marksman has quite the skill set.." >>451460 "Fine, fine.. but don't blame me when they stab us in the back.." he complains and while he is complaining he messes up a little and take a hit. "this would happen to me" you take out the guard that attacked him completely, its body pulsing with electricity. >>451462 you make a frightening display of it and pound him until he stops moving, maybe a little more. >>451464 she is protected. >>451465 the undead guard not being the sharpest gets caught in the blast of the magic orb and falls down dead again. Fernir leaps and the queen brushes him aside. "Silly child. you cannot compare to my power" Spirit takes a hit, but Ebony is doing well. they hang back looking at you for orders.
"Now listen and despair, for this is the song of your defeat, the end valor!" She sings a song that chills your bones, you feel less confident all of the sudden as she moves with unnatural grace
>>451469 you place a net over the queen, she is helpless while she attempts to escape. >>451470 you stab her hard, making her cry out in pain. >>451471 you give everyone their confidence. heroism activates, but you fall helpless. from the effort. >>451472 she throws a dagger at your hoof before you can fire again "I'm wise to your tricks young one." >>451473 you land a hit on her. >>451475 Fenrir is up again, he looks as ready as if nothing happened at all. >>451474 everyone is healed fully.
>>451489 >>451490 >>451492 she scowls at you "I see you are an overwhelming force indeed." she drops her daggers, all dozen or so of them, and they float away from her. "So, then.. will you kill me now?" >>451491 >>451493 He is swimming a little more with his left side than normal, further inspection leads you to see that his right side was heavily damaged particularly the tail fin which was sliced off on the right. "I'm much better now that she's not a threat."
>>451496 >>451501 "Thank you, that assassin of hers was brutal." Ebony does her best, aided by alecrus and the worst of his wounds seal up, but that tail fin will take time or stronger magic to fix. >>451502 >>451503 I wasn't exactly keeping track of that she heals them up once she's done what she can for the prince, they are going to be out for a while. >>451497 >>451499 "Because my plan was discovered, and I had little choice but to fight for my right to rule."
>>451506 she closes her eyes "From the fact that my line's been cast into the shadow, we are an echo of the past seeking to bring ourselves to light, and we are everywhere." >>451508 >>451507 "Those beasts couldn't find their way past an open gate without help, much less our expert magi. Still, wouldn't it be nice to be rid of them all? To never worry about what their next 'leader' might want?" >>451510 >>451512 >>451511 "There are still those who would follow me. Who believe I am the rightful queen and that I am far more wise than Daniel, why should I not make my move?"
Daniel just shakes his head "What you've done here is just murder, and you know as well as anyone that the punishment is death."
>>451514 I'll just frown at her. Hard. "That sounds like somepony who doesn't want to deal with the responsibilities of maintaining a good relationship with others and just wants to play queen all day and wear pretty dresses."
>>451514 "Oh. I thought it was something else." I wipe by brow. I look at Daniel and shake my head. "Executing her only makes her a martyr. Lot's of actors and actresses I've met say martyrs help their side more once they die in all the plays they preform. Lock her away instead."
>>451521 I shake my head. "That would be as good as killing her. Look at her, she's old and fat and probably never had to do anything for herself. She'd be eaten by a whale or something have five minutes."
>>451519 "But, that is simply our law. She is a murderer, and a traitor, what compelling reason is there to spare her life?" >>451521 >>451520 >>451517 >>451522 "I guess I could jail her, that would at least draw out anymore of these Dark Echos she claims to have everywhere."
Cloephin looks a little sad at this "You know.. after your parents died, I hunted down as many sharks as I could to get revenge, I sent many seaponies out there to find the one responsible but never got a confirmation that the culprit was dead. A shark with a scar on the side from where your father wounded him…. I thought you were being foolish, too soft.. when you decided to do this, and I wanted to protect you nephew.." "Please, enough lies. I bet you never found the shark responsible because he didn't exist." "Daniel!" "Don't talk to me right now." he says turning his back to cleo and leaning on Ebony for support. "Um.. maybe we should get you to your room your highness?" she timidly suggests
>>451528 as of now they are barely alive and won't wake up until tomorrow. >>451529 "As you wish" he says mocking a bow and begins to move the guards. >>451527 >>451530 >>451531 "Ah, I will be okay.. My trust is the thing that hurts the most." together ebony, alecrus and arioso escort the prince to his bed to recover. "I just can't believe this.." >>451532 "I-I can't regrow limbs I'm sorry if that's not good enough.." she looks distressed. "I've already done what I can.." >>451532 Daniel gives you a seal "this will get you into where you need." you and cloudcaller take her to the dungeon, the guards helping you after you show the seal. They also open up a cell for the queen's dark echo guards.
>>451537 I smirk. "Well, it was only a traitor queen trying to kill her nephew and commit genocide. The hole Nightmare thing was a lot worse." I give you a hug. "You did good, Cloud. Do you still have enough of those sleep arrows? I bet the crystal seapony can make you mare if you are running out. Maybe she can enchant my knife too."
>>451536 He was not exactly helping him be moved, but yes he is in the same room. "I should have her killed.. but for now I'm going to rest and then go to that dinner. She can wait until the morning." >>451534 "Yeah, but still… to think she's been planning this for tide knows how long.." >>451538 "You're right of course. I'm sure my people will rally behind me against any more of these dark echos." >>451535 they nod "We expect that Daniel will execute them soon enough anyway. Does he require his medic?"
>>451543 one of the guards hurries away to get the medic "Probably in her lab working on something or another, do you think she was involved, do you need assistance?" >>451544 "I appreciate that Alecrus, having loyal ponies like you in my city means the world to me."
>>451551 >>451550 >>451555 he smiles and his old medic floats in and talks to ebony "Um, I healed him, but he's lost a fin, I'm sorry." "Ah, don't worry lass I've versed myself in healing, I can cast a powerful enough spell to regrow this." "G-great!"
"Yes, I'll see too it that you're properly rewarded once the dinner is over, you will be attending, won't you Alecrus?"
>>451558 "You mean I can? I mean, I didn't even know about it until today, and I don't have anything prepared, and and my books and…" I'll take a deep breath, and then smile. "Yes. I just need to find something good to wear. This robe serviceable for work, but it's not nearly fancy enough for a royal dinner party."
>>451559 you begin going there, your memory of the place a bit absent since I recall you went to gather the sharks instead of meeting Diamond, but the others told you about her so it won't be that hard to find.
>>451563 I'll shake my head and hold out my hooves. "Oh no no no no, I couldn't! I couldn't possibly! What if I spill something on them, or or…" I'll look a little longingly at the closet for a brief moment. "Are you… are you sure it isn't a problem?"
>>451570 "Please, its the least I can offer you since you helped save my life. If you prefer you have an official mage uniform, or we can something tailored, but time is short so it would be better to pick something already sewn together." the closet is full of various fancy outfits, the colors and patterns are many. >>451569 you locate her workshop, a large shell shaped structure with a crystal door.
>>451579 Of course you do, there is an outfit here that sparkles in a similar way to your scales it would probably enhance the effect. "To be honest my aunt picked out many of these outfits, so I'm happy to get rid of any that you find suitable." he sees you eyeing that outfit "Yes, that's something called glitterweave, supposed to be the only outfit you'll ever need, ha! I only used it once, a bit flashy for my tastes."
>>451582 "Really? Well.. I guess if you're friends with those guys.." she lets you in, she's covered in specks of crystal, and her mane is a mess. "Something I can do for ya?" >>451581 Spirit is in the hall conversing with a hermit crab "Hey Rhodan, go that mess all cleaned up I see." "Yes, the enemy has been cleaned up" Doppel says >>451590 He nods "Consider it a gift."
>>451592 I'll smile from ear to ear. "Thank you. I'll make sure to take good care of it!" Bowing as best a fish can, I'll swim a little ways before sheepishly turning back to the prince. "I don't suppose there's an empty room nearby? And when might the dinner be starting?"
>>451592 "Cloudcaller needs more arrows that put whatever they hit to sleep, and I need the magic done to my knife." I show it to her. "How did you hear about us, anyways? Everything we did was on the land."
>>451593 "You have a few hours yet, and yea you can use one of the guest rooms, they are just down the hall." >>451594 "The fishing boats brought word to us, you all were the biggest news in years." she looks at the arrow "Well, I can try. I can't say that I know this specific spell." >>451595 Spirit nods "By defeating this Cleophin in battle Daniel will only look stronger in their eyes."
>>451603 Its a perfect fit, it shimmers in the light as you move changing color depending on which way you view it. the front of it is quite ornate having a silvery ribbon to keep it tight. >>451604 "They said you spared the land from becoming the Nightmare's playground, that you were true heroes, and without your efforts the bat ponies would be collecting us all as slaves for their mistress." >>451605 "I don't know exactly what I would like to do. but I will most likely be asked to stay on as a translator, if not by Daniel himself then by our twin leaders Lex and Leon, I'm one of their more trusted advisers despite my rank not being that high.."
>>451612 I'll be grinning like an idiot. "By the tides, would you look at that!" I'll swim to and fro for a moment, and then stop. "I've gotta show Ebony!" I'll almost reach the door before stopping. "No, wait, what am I doing? I'm acting like some love-starved guppy fresh from the school. Calm, collected." I'll take a few calming breaths, and then go look for the other party members. Ebony will see the robe at the dinner, and I can make an entrance! A fabulous entrance, just like in the books!
>>451615 she seems to have finished working on your knife. its now lined with crystals which are of a faint purple hue. "This is the closest I could do for it, it should have a chance of knocking them out." you can have knock out as a crit effect >>451616 your attack seems charged with static electric energy perhaps a weak boost, the color changes to green.
"No, I will not return to that void." the doppel says firmly resisting your attempt to dispel him.
Spirit backs away "Well, he doesn't seem outright dangerous, at least he hasn't acted on his own?" >>451617 alright, so you stayed in the room for a time?
>>451624 Not the dinner room, certainly. I mean go look for the other party members that aren't Ebony. '1d10' Because wouldn't it just be awkward running into her in the hallway all dressed up like this?
>>451630 she is talking to that creepy fan girl great inventor Diamond dust. >>451631 The doppel seems more desperate to hold on to this form now "Please master.. I'm sorry I offended you, I'll be quiet now, just let me stay" you may roll to get rid of him
Spirit looks concerned but stays silent. >>451633 She nods "mind your head on the way out, I've got a crystal sting ray floating about here somewhere." indeed her workshop is very crowded, things dangling everywhere, skulls, crystals, and some half finished things on the table.
>>451640 "It's what I wanted to show you! Isn't it neat? Prince Daniel said I could have it, since we saved his life an' all. It's called glitterweave! Look at how it catches the light!" I'll excitedly swim back and forth a little.
>>451653 He nods "Not to worry, I've had troubles with getting some of the monsters to agree with me, and they can't exactly be dismissed like your double there." he hold out the hermit crab "I call him Red because of the red spots on his claw." the little crab has a bit of metal as his shell and pokes out cautiously waving a speckled claw at you.
>>451656 "I… think we do? I don't actually get out much." I'll put my hoof to my chin and think a moment. "Though I've never heard of the water ballet needing tight outfits, since that might cling on the fins…" I'll ponder a little while longer. "By some dancers, do you mean the ones up on that big floating thing, where I found you guys earlier?"
>>451666 "he's more of a pet than anything, but he is good for scouting ahead, and he's pretty clever. Even been on the surface a few times, he goes up there to look for a new shell once in a while." the hermit crab nods eagerly. "I've been telling him all about our adventure so far, he's a bit of a gossip at times, not sure why or how he followed me here, I left him back in my cave while I was doing official business."
>>451664 I snort. "You can't dance naked-hmmm." I grin devilishly and glance at Cloudcaller. "Um, I'm sure some of their dancers do. I bet yours do to and you've never seen them because you don't get out much."
>>451668 "I know you said you'd probably stay with the Sharks here and help, but I don't think anyone would object if you wanted to come see the Surface world with us, even if only for a bit. At least enough to see where Red here gets to."
>>451675 I'll grin at that. "Yep! I even surprised myself! That was only the second actual field test of that haste spell! And the homing magic worked great, very reliable this time around. Sometimes they get confused, you know."
>>451672 He ponders it for a while "You would really want me along? I'm not much of a fighter, really I mostly just tame monsters and make them fight for me. There's a reason I'm not very highly ranked in our society you know." he laughs a bit "did you see my flailing about back there? I didn't know what to do."
>>451679 "I'm a Cartographer by trade, not a professional combatant, so you wouldn't be the only one who is a proverbial fish out of water. We are traveling to new, unknown lands to us, so someone who can really read the tablets other sharks have left behind would be helpful."
"Besides, you never know if you'll find something you like on the Surface world if you don't at least check it out once."
>>451680 I'll wave a hoof. "Nah, that wouldn't have happened. Got those kinks out during the alpha phase of the spell. Worst it can do now is make you go slower if I cast it wrong. Or make me go slower, anyway. I was testing the finished version, and I'm happy to say that it worked perfectly. The only harm it could have done was to the ones we were up against, or me. Perfectly safe otherwise."
>>451684 "I doubt you will find tablets just left about. Lex and Leon put up a reward for those a while back and sharks from all over cam hauling tablets for the extra meal, or the other reward." spirit frowns "I don't think I should leave the sharks at a time like this, they will need my help getting settled in, and I'll have to give lessons I'm sure." "see, the weakling doesn't want to come." that voice says in your head
>>451691 I'll nod. "I guess I'd just be an extra, there. Maybe I should float off so you two can enjoy yourselves." I'll think. "Well, there's plenty of books I can read. Time to go have a crash course on dining etiquette!" With a wave and a shimmery flash of my tailfin, I'm off to my little sanctum, piled with books about all sorts of things. Let's see if they've got one with proper dining manners. '1d10'
>>451692 I guess you were able to contain it. "fine, I don't want someone that soft anyway, it will make you weaker."
he looks for how to put it delicately "well, you weren't exactly there, but.. being the king of sharks has its perks, they have the ability to protect many mares, keeping them at their home and raising strong pups, it is a privileged life as they never have to worry for food or status climbing." he blushes a bit "the other offer was a night with their brood of mares."
>>451697 "oh my, Rhodan the great and powerful is embarrassed." the voice taunts you.
"I'll certainly try to keep in touch, I'm told the seagulls make it far inland, so I could send you word that way. Red here is only so fast." the hermit crab shakes his claw disapprovingly "Well, if you really want to risk going up there and delivering a message yourself.. " Red curls up into his shell. Spirit laughs. "By the way, I have found a more permanent version of that transformation spell."
>>451699 "I was looking at my old records earlier, and I discovered something I had overlooked before. And well.. it would work both ways, a sea pony would be permanently land pony, or a land pony permanently gilled- at least until the spell was cast again effectively reserving it. "
Anything you want to do before the meeting we can do. We've captured Queen Cloe and her guards, locking them up in the dungeon, Prince Daniel lost a fin and is recovering with his personal doctor and Ebony, and some people got some items.
>>454977 There is an area used for training nearby. Its got training dummies and targets to shoot at. there are a few lance wielding sea-ponies training here. >>454986 You head to a book shop with a very grumpy, but surprisingly young, barely older than you, clownfish patterned sea pony. "Welcome to the sea novel emporium: Can I help you lad?" >>454988 Diamond smiles at you "Welcome back. Your friends were just here.."
>>454996 "I instinctively keep my papers away from water, but this place flips that on its head." I whisper to myself.
"Hi, I'm traveling through these parts, and I was wondering if you had any maps of the area and history books. If you have any on art that you can show me, that would be nice of you. Still, I'm surprised to see a book store of all things under the sea, especially after all that I heard has happened."
>>455003 a bit of sunlight shines on your head as you think. >>455004 >>455010 "spar with you two?" they nod to each other "Yeah, it'll be good practice. You set up the rules." You are faced with two guff sea pony males. they each wield a spear but there are many weapons around on racks. >>455013 >>455021 "We have plenty of extras if you want. Or we can try another weapon type if you like." there is a whole rack of spears, varying lengths none are too sharp. >>455006 "Well, that's because I had to work very hard to collect these tomes." he swims over to the third shelf and pulls down a book with a cover sea ponies in fancy armor. "these will get you started on history, its mostly stories of war, but that's what our people have.." he pauses a moment as he drags down another book with a cave on the cover. he opens it up and the pages are translucent, like plastic or jelly, when he flips the page it seems to vanish. he shows you and over head view of the castle "this is where we are now."
>>455008 You pick up a pillow and practice the dance in front of a mirror, you do it so smoothly that you have to do a double take to makes sure its you doing that.. your glimmer-weave making you look like a star. >>455015 "Well, sure. What do you want to know?" >>455025 yes there are practice daggers here
>>455031 "Woah. I've never seen anything like this. I'm used to paper, which could never be this translucent, or water resistant. I'm afraid of taking books like these to the surface with me in case they dry away. But I can't not take them, how much for them? I'll figure out how to safe guard them later."
>>455038 Perfect! Now I'm ready. I think. Am I ready? Oh no, what if I have to dance with Ebony? What if she asks to dance? Will I be able to do it just as well? I mean, I don't want to carry some seamare's eggs just yet, but… but she's so cute, and those little ears, and oh no. I'll flit back and forth nervously. What if I make a fool of myself at dinner? What if I say the wrong things? What if she doesn't want to dance? I'll sink for a moment and sit. "Pull yourself together, Al! It's just a fancy party… with the prince-soon-to-be-king, a bunch of adventurers, and a really really pretty seamare. You can do it. This shouldn't be nearly as stressful as fighting an evil queen and saving a kingdom, right? Right!" I'll take a few deep breaths at the door, and then swim back to the castle.
>>455037 >>455042 >>455040 "Right, sounds good, count of three then." they smile and stand ready. their rolls '2d10' >>455043 "Well, I know the sharks use stone tablets, I have a few of those in back if you want." he shakes his head "What are you going on about, surface this, surface that? Don't you know you can't breath up there? Better stay down here lad." he rings up a price. "That's 40 sand dollars.. with a first time discount of 4 sand dollars, 36 sand dollars." "…this is what you like to do master?" >>455046 the palace guards greet you "Welcome back, do you need assistance of any sort?" >>455049 you can have sand dollars from the prince if you want, or track down Cinder and she'll give you money. Its late afternoon. >>455054 She nods "Well, its best if its a shape you know well. I used to have a pet manta ray so I know them pretty much inside and out. Using diagrams of their body structure is also helpful. one you know what you are building you just have to focus on it and turn the crystals the way you need them. "
>>455055 I'll fidget my front hooves nervously. "I… uh, I don't think so? I'm probably really early for that dinner party still, but… well, I didn't want to be late, and I don't know what to do until then…"
>>455055 I'd feel bad asking for money from either. The Prince is recovering and Cinder is probably at his side worried about him… Anyway, I give Arioso a kiss and tell her that I need to sneak off to attend to some shopping. So off to the market district! Are there lots of ponies around? '1d10'
>>455055 "It's um, for a little hideaway I have. How crazy would anyone else have to be to try and find a small cave that only makes itself reachable during certain parts of the day?" Let's pay the sea pony and be on our way..
"This is for work and pleasure. Learning is it's own rewards, and my desire for it is what has kept both of us alive. It's how I learned magic to defend myself with. You might not even be if I wasn't so curious."
>>455059 While some have packed up for the evening, there are still plenty of ponies selling a wide variety things. Trinkets, food, the book store, the smithy. Anything specific you want you can probably find. >>455063 The merchant rolls his eyes. "Just be careful or you'll get beached without a chance of rescue. if you ever need any more books let me know." >>455067 "As long as you can cast the spell you'll be fine It taps into the creation matrix to spawn the crystals, and spawning more precise crystals isn't that different than spawning any old crystal: fundamentally at least. It might get tiring if you're making a lot of specific crystals, like for a complex gate mechanism so be careful not to tire yourself out." >>455057 you out maneuver your partner with your shorter daggers and land a good hit. "You're pretty fast." '1d10' his roll. Cloudcaller seems to be doing well with the other one. looks like a spear isn't that hard to use after all.
>>455058 The guard shrugs. "Well, I can show you to the table if you want to wait there, Daniel will be down soon enough, he likes to be early. nice outfit by the way." >>455074 "Trust me you won't." He smiles are you swim away. you see an artsy looking booth on search, there is a pair of spotted seaponies behind the booth arguing over what color is better. There are some jars of color, they seem kind of ink like but aren't dispersing. >>455075 The dark blue smithy is available. "Hello there lad, looking for a new spear or hammer?" >>455073 you land a hard blow. "Oh, that smarts." >>455079 you match blows with you target, him blocking your strikes with the pole part of his weapon. >>455076 "They're about as hard as rocks or turtle shells." she says simply. "they chip away instead of shattering and can be endowed with an elemental spell if you know any." are you trying to unlock something like this? Raise Crystal: you may roll to raise a crystal minion anywhere you are. Crystal augment: you may strengthen [current minion] by conjuring crystal armor or weapons for it
>>455081 "Mind if I interrupt your conversation? You seem to be arguing about a color, but is there a reason for it? Are you painting something? Sorry if I'm intruding, it's just I'm an artist and I couldn't help but listen into parts of your conversation."
>>455081 I put my mace on the counter. "Looks like I won't be needing this thing anymore. Would you be willing to buy it? It's still in quite good condition, and very sturdy… and exotic! Made in a land quite a ways away from here." Give it a knock to show its sturdiness and smile. Also a roll if I need it '1d10'
>>455082 you land another hard blow the sea pony seems out of breath and fumbles his weapon a bit "Okay, I give. This match is yours." he swims to the side as he waves to his partner. "Sorry partner. I'm out." >>455084 you sea pony seems to be short of breath as well and makes a last attempt to strike you. '1d10' >>455083 "Well its certainly no problem, we're all anxious about the sharks arriving. That one your group brought with you isn't so bad, a little anti social it seems. Mostly talking to his pet crab in corner." the guard guides you to the banquet hall. A long table set with many plates, shell-ware, and glasses. there are a few snacks set out for early arrivals, sea weed cakes, and a few shrimp puffs. Spirit is here and swims over to you. "Hey, you look shiny." >>455086 they blink at you "Well, I think Indigo is the best shade for this, but speckles wants pure blue." "Pure blue is the best for this one, trust me spots!" they show you the fan, its an unfinished decorative shell that one might put on their outfit or armor. >>455087 "Sure, I can give you.. 100 sea dollars for it." >>455089 "Right, being all bones they would fall apart. I can't wait to see you use it!" she looks excitedly at you. alright.
>>455090 "Thanks! Since I didn't have anything that would really work for a fancy dinner party thing, the prince let me have it…" I'll idly tug at the fabric. "It's called glimmerweave. Very durable, or so he said." Nodding absently, I'll continue. "Are you nervous? 'Cause I'm nervous. I've never been to one of these kinds of parties before, or any parties, really, but now I'm at this one and I'm totally lost. My books can only tell me how to do so much, right?"
>>455090 "That sounds reasonable enough… I think. I'm not from around here and I honestly have no idea how much 100 sea dollars can get me, but I'll take what I can get." I accept the money and swim outside.
>>455103 "I'm not even sure what mares buy." I look around awkwardly while I try to figure out what to do, but then I smirk and raise an eyebrow. "Are you as good at throwing your javelin as you are at catching javelins?"
>>455092 "An outfit from the royal closet, that's some kind of honor right?" he looks impressed. "It certainly lives up to the name of glimmer weave." "As far as the party.. I'm sure you will be fine, more in place than Blood Fin at least." Spirit smirks "Strong as he is he's not one for follow protocol very well. Ah, Lex and Leon will have a time explaining to him why he should even try." >>455096 Spot and Speckles glance at each other. Speckles speaks up first "Well, its to be a gift for our mother." "Your mother" "Right, but its still important to you." "Well, yes. I do live with you guys now, and my name will be on the card" "Well, spot you did help make it.. I'm not trying to steal credit from you!" "No, just trying to steal all creative control!" >>455098 yes, there are several. the one with the lemon colored sea pony looks to be the most well stocked. >>455099 you focus your energy, twisitng the crystals as they form to be shaped like bones and produce an exact replica of your favorite minion in blue crystal. he swims in place in front of you and wags his tail.
>>455107 I'll nod. "But at least we got the real problem out of the way first, right? It would have been a disaster if the ex-queen had gotten away with her scheme. I don't even want to think about it…"
>>455101 >>455103 He returns the shake heartily. "The market has anything you need. You really put my partner and I threw the hoops back there. You going to be part of the guard here?" you could say you asked the prince for some money, or actually go ask someone for money like Cinder or the prince? might not want to fill up too much right now.
>>455107 I go by there and give her a nod. "Just looking for now miss." There's bound to be stuff here that costs plenty more than what I have. She have anything along the lines of an especially beautiful pearl necklace or a ring? If so, how far above 100 sea dollars is it? '1d10'
>>455116 "Yes? Come on, tell me." I wrap a fin around you and start swimming. "We can buy you something too. All we need to do is figure out what sort of money is used here. Think we can get that seapony Allegro and Arioso made friends with to give us some?"
>>455108 Spirit nods "Yea, at least there is that. I've actually had one of the sea ponies go look for the regents I'd need to make an antidote, in case her follows attempt it again." >>455111 they look a little sad "Well.. I guess she likes that awful color of yellow, who knows why it clashes with all her outfits." "Yeah.. we wanted her to look nice for once." >>455112 She has the pearl things near the front and watches as you look them over. "Let me know if you need help." the prices on these are outrageously high, the cheapest is 230 sand dollars for a bracelet, and the longer the strand of pearls the more expensive it is. but its easy to see why, these are real pearls and they are the prettiest thing you've seen under the sea yet, the way the light catches them makes them shine in the most pleasant manner. >>455121 >>455119 alright, night zulu he's at the dinner table chatting with Spirit.
>>455126 I'll cock my head a little curiously. "You don't use sand dollars? That's the common currency for seaponies." I'll think a second. "Oh, and when I say sand dollars I don't mean the ones that are like these," I'll hold out one of my sand dollars. "I mean it's a type of coin that we just call sand dollars. You can usually get them by selling things in the market, or just working at any place that will pay you in more than room and board."
>>455122 "Mind if I borrow your paints for a moment? Don't worry it'll be fast. First, describe your mother, what does she look like? Be fast and loose, I only need a quick idea to demonstrate on this canvas. Second, you said she liked yellow, but it clashed with her other outfits, what colors does she usually wear? For the last piece, you'll have to tell me how a sea pony carries a fan around, fashion isn't my forte, but art is." Pull out the brush and get too drawing what they say.
>>455129 In your anxiousness to impress you hit a sour note. the store keeper looks annoyed but tries to ignore your playing. >>455127 "Its because you're so talented!" Diamond concludes firmly. "Probably the fastest student I've ever had. Well.. only student but that' just because these regular ponies don't have the aptitude to understand. I hope its helpful to you." >>455130 they describe a green and white pony, her mane a blue, and blue eyes. the green spots on her are large and splotchy. She usually wears purple, blue, and red. >>455132 bits are made of gold, which is a valuable metal. it is possible to exchange them for sand-dollars but the merchants won't really know what to do with bits exactly unless its a metal worker, jeweler or artsy type that can re-purpose the metal coin.
>>455134 She looks slightly impressed this time as you sing about flying over a mountain. "what an interesting song, where did you say you were from?" >>455137 there are enough to choose from, do you go to the smith, or one of the jewelry sellers? >>455138 Spirit is hoovering near the shrimp puffs. "Well, their loss." he seems to be trying to get his pet hermit crab to eat a seaweed cake, but the little guy is stubbornly refusing.
>>455133 "Those are some pretty good choices she made." Draw a color wheel as best we can. "Green and Blue are pretty close together, so they are complimentary. They contrast with red and orange, here." Use my finger/fin to make an imaginary triangle connecting them. "Now, here's the kicker, the million bit question for you, when you think of your mother, what comes to mind? Tell me the first thing that shows up."
>>455134 Correction! you attract a bit of a crowd as you play a song about flying over mountains. The sea ponies curious start to throw out titles of songs you don't know. "Sharks on horizon?" "The ballad of whalesong?" "Ink clouds in the cave?" >>455140 "This is Red, he's been my pet for years now.. See He's got Red spots on his claws." the little crab has a bit of metal as his shell, and red speckles on his claws.
>>455144 >>455146 yes I was trying to fix my mistake about your location! the crowd grows bigger and looks more impressed. a few toss some sand dollars your way. A clown fish stops by and decides to be your drummer. There is cheering and some dancing when you finish your number. "What was that called." >>455142 you go to on that looks a well stocked enough, there is a yellow mare behind the counter "Can I help you?"
>>455149 "A little song called The Heights of My Love. One of my favorites!" I bow, and give a wink to any mares watching and I give the strings a last few plucks in hopes of a few more sand dollars tossed my way '1d10+2'
>>455151 Spirit gives up on trying to feed Red "That shell? Its something he found on one of his trips to surface. he goes up there every once in a while to find a new shell to call home. He's a growing creature after all." he smiles proudly "He's a pretty sharp fellow too, always picking something sturdy, and bringing back bits of information when he can."
>>455154 "Well, its certainly an honor to have you in my study. Maybe I can show you what I've been working on?" she picks up a half finished manta ray, its made of a bit of metal and a bit of crystal, there are some gears on the inside. "Something that can run without magic, or without much magic anyway. I am trying to get it to run for weeks off a single spark of energy, but so far.. " she taps it an it blinks a few times "It won't run for more than a few minutes, and this is the smallest thing I wanted to do, a toy really.." >>455157 "Its.. a whole new world.. Its full of wonders, and dangers.. and very warm. He claims he can hide easily in the sand as he searches for a new home, and that surface sand falls apart in pieces, not shifting the way it does under here, and that there are huge flying creatures, and well as land ponies that try to kidnap you" Spirit almost laughs "But this is also from the view of a tiny crab." Red shakes a claw at that. "I'm certain those were just sea gulls you saw red." >>455158 A couple dance to your music and sneak in a kiss when they think no one is looking. the mare tosses you an extra coin as they leave. You believe you have enough for a fairly fancy pearl necklace now.
>>455160 I bow as I finish playing and take my leave back to the stand. It's been a while since I put my charm to use like that… on a scale from 1 to 10 how much did I enjoy playing that ladies colt again? '1d10'
Approach the jewelry stand from earlier and put my sand dollars down on her counter. "I'd like the most beautiful necklace I can get with this, please."
>>455160 "Interesting, you could use necrotic magic since we saw that it worked when I tried it on crystal. I've had Fenrir up for a while in the past, but it does tends to wear off easily from damage."
>>455165 Just look at them with a smile. "This might be harder than I anticipated. I guess one last thing I should ask about is how much of her the dress covers. Does she like big, poofy clothes, or smaller, easier to take care of things?"
>>455161 Spirit looks a little shy at this "Well.. I do know a way actually.. that spell that was used on the land ponies to make them seaponies.. it works both ways, and I discovered how to make it more permanent." >>455162 looks like you really enjoyed that. "Of course sir." she immediately picks up on the the bigger necklaces. Its a four layer necklace. "Is this one too plain? I have some with other gems accompanying the pearls." pic related for what I mean. >>455166 "Maybe.. I don't actually perform necromancy myself, just make the crystals." >>455167 "She loves the poofy stuff, its all the rage in her circle of friends."
>>455168 I'll swim up, almost in his face. "You do? You mean there's a way? And you could cast it?" I'll pull back a second. "Wait, what landponies? You don't mean… Odie and Allie and all the rest of them? Ebony too?"
>>455168 So I did. That rush… I shake my head and think of Arioso. But maybe… if it's for her sake, I wouldn't mind doing it again. For her sake. "A few gems in the mix would be fine. As long as it's mostly pearls." I hand her the money and give a slight bow while smiling.
>>455170 I'll shake my head. "Don't be! I mean, yeah, it's kind of a shock, but it explains a few things. Like not knowing what sand dollars are, or her really cute ears." I'll nod to myself. "But! I'm not just going to let this opportunity swim away! When they go back up to the surface, I want to go with them."
>>455168 "Then you'll want to accent her. The dress is already taking center stage, you have to remind all the other sea ponies that she's there too. So taking into account that she's green and blue, white is neutral and stays out of it, and that she likes to wear yellow, we can see that a red or orange would stand out more. Not only would it highlight and contrast her colors, it would even function like a flag and call attention to her if she wears it on yellow. What do you think?"
>>455171 "Shopping for someone special?" She shows you a few more necklaces "Do they like cool colors like blue? Maybe this nice jade is what you want?" >>455173 "I've been able to electrically charge a gem and make that its 'heart' but its been.. rough at best." >>455172 "Well, that can be arranged for sure! You know.. Rhodan asked me to come along back with you guys but I just.. I can't leave at a time like this.." >>455174 the nod to each other. Spot: "Well, she would probably like that.. Thanks, you can have something from the shop at a discount for your help!" Speckles nudges him Spot continues "Uh.. on us.. that is.. We really mostly sell art supplies, like paper, and paint."
>>455175 I'll ponder a minute. "I can see why you'd say that. I mean, the sharks are going to need an ambassador, after all! Someone who knows their customs, how to deal with both sides of the tide pool, all that fun stuff. But if you stay, who casts the spell? Can it be taught?"
>>455176 She smiles. "I'll wrap it up for you then." she places it in the box and wraps it up neatly with ribbon. "She must be a lucky mare." the shopkeeper comments. you wound up with a few coins of change, 30 sand dollars. >>455177 "Their unicorn Anya picked up on the basic spell well enough, I'm sure she can do the improved version too.. but also. Its not required for me to transform to use the spell, only the target is changed… No, in fact, if I was the only one who could cast the spell I wouldn't be able to go at all! "
>>455178 "Usually it only works for a moment before stopping, rare cases it will explode, but ever since I stopped using jelly fish bodies an insulators that problem has stopped. The worst this model has done has zapped me, an expected effect of using eclectically charged crystals to power it."
>>455175 "Thanks, it's just what I was looking for originally. I'll tell you, it's really nice that you were thinking of your mother, ties like that are important. Even in dreams they are hard to forge."
Let's get just a little of each and get started on drawing some parts of the city.
"Just like these two siblings, the Queen may have wanted what was best for others and disagreed with the Prince, but she went about it the wrong way. When I gathered the facts about their mother, I was able to offer ways to help the siblings. If I had forced myself like you might have preferred, they would have rejected my offer without the backing of facts. When it came to the Queen, we still had to find out exactly why she did things, so that's why I had to settle on stopping the Queen and her guards. In the Queen's case, her fate is in someone else's paws after we got all the details."
>>455179 "Then… Then maybe I could learn it too! And I'd be able to go to and from the surface whenever I'd want!" I'll swim about excitedly for a moment. "Do you think I could get her to teach me? Or if you've got the notes, I could study them? I mean, this is an amazing spell you cooked up! Just think of what it would mean for both ourselves and the surface! We could actually trade with the surface ponies for materials and information! I mean, the world you opened up… It's the whole world!"
>>455183 You do so. >>455184 you begin painting and the seaponies take some notice of your work looking over your shoulder. The paintbrush lends itself to this task adjusting its tip to what you want it to be, and showing you the exact color you are using curiously it stays green once the paint is gone. >>455185 "I tried letting it run on the current itself, but that only worked when there was actually a strong enough current and not everywhere."
>>455184 "Sure, I gave Anya notes already I wouldn't mind telling you how its done. But I don't know about a whole new world opening up, I'd rather stay under the sea myself, I've seen what some ponies will do when threatened.. in my days holding up ships, and its not always pretty, friends throwing each other over board as bait for my sea serpent so they could survive.. of course i wasn't necessary, I just wanted their food"
>>455184 >>455187 Then he adds "Well, in many ways, it a lot like here. What that Queen Cloephin did wasn't pretty, and some of the sharks have done some regrettable things to gain a bit more than they needed.." spirit looks over to red "And if they make things that Red finds interesting.. and those land ponies trying to help us.. well, I guess if things were different I might consider it"
>>455187 >>455188 I'll pout a little. "But things don't just become different if we wait for them to change! We've gotta go out there and change them! I mean, look at what you've already done. You managed to talk the sharks into agreeing to meet with the prince. That's already going to change so much! As for the land-ponies, well, if Odie and her friends are any indication, then we should be able to get along with them pretty well too!"
The night has finally come. Prince Daniel sits at the head of the table, His outfit seems little more than a reorganized flag, a Green and White striped Cloak, with a regal crown on his head. Ebony sits to herself, she is wearing a purple dress, and her mane is done up in a bun with a shell as a bow. Spirit simply has a bow tie, and is standing to the side looking behind the door way. A few guards are posted at the entrance wearing an ornate version of their normal armor. A small seapony with a fluffy collar speak. "Now entering, the Royal Ladies." They part and let a a stream of fancy ladies flow in, each one being announced as they swim to a seat.. "Lady Camille, Lady Cassandra, Lady Ciel, Lady Cinder, Lady Cloe.." A total of twelve come in, all equally fancy, and pretty.. they take up a whole end of the table. A few wink at the party. "The Guests of Honor will now enter." Spirit is seen waving and two handsome white colored shark ponies, wearing matching blue bow ties, swim to a seat near the front, looking rather impressed by the ladies. "Lex and Leon!" Soon after swims a big and strong looking shark, he wears no bow tie, and looks hungrily at both the lavish meal and the fancy ladies.. "Blood Fin." the announcer says. He smirks and finds a seat next to Ebony Heart, as was promised to him earlier.
>>460528 Your title would be 'Heroes who Bring Peace', but you are already here. >>460533 >>460532 they wave at you as well, with their fancy color coordinating shells and bright smiles. >>460529 >>460528 >>460530 >>460531 "Acting as official translation specialized. Spirit Fang." the announcer says and spirit swims to the seat reserved for him right near Leon, Lex and Daniel. Prince Daniel speak loudly "Welcome all, and please enjoy the meal." Lex and Leon smile "Indeed, it all looks.. marvelous" the turn to spirit to be sure they are using the word correctly, spirit nods eagerly. They grabs some rare looking fish, and begin to chow down. Blood Fin copies them, but eats much sloppier. Daniel just grabs a few shrimps for now.
>>460536 There are a few servers swimming by if you desire, it is acceptable to grab what you like if its close enough to you. "What may I get you Lady Oddette, a bit of seaweed salad?" >>460537 A fine choice. >>460539 you are anywhere in the orange you like. I imaged Oddette as in that spot on the other side of Daniel. Close enough to hear everything and contribute. >>460539 >>460540 >>460541 The food is all manner of selection of sea life, sea weed, and jelly fish, prepared in ways that are strange, yet amazing. The most popular dish seems to be a jellyfish gelatin, is shaped like small shells and you can see bits of something floating inside. its surprisingly sweet. >>460543 You start with the appetizer foods, the sea weed salad, using the proper utensil, and eating a bit at a time. you look so fancy that anyone could mistake you for royal blood.
Prince Daniel: "Was your journey here very hard?" Lex: "No, it was easy actually, now that your men are not trying to kill us." Daniel appears nervous at that: "Right.."
>>460544 I'd like to be sitting across from Ebony. Aren't books great. And there's even a lovely seamare across the table… no, focus on dinner. This fork with that food, that spoon with… wait, why would I need a spoon? I know, conversation! …would be great if I knew what to talk about. "Say, Ebony, you look really nice in that dress. It really complements you."
>>460545 The server places some one your plate until indicate that is enough. seems like cloudcaller is being polite. > >>460549
>>460547 "Oh, thank you Alecrus. You look rather nice in that rainbow outfit, it matches your scales." >>460550 No need to roll, you can hear him just fine. He looks to be failing to even make small talk with the sharks. >>460551 >>460548 Of course its good, it was made by the finest chiefs under the sea. how they manage to make things juicy underwater will remain a mystery but its wonderful. >>460552 The sea weed is comparable to a slimy salad, and the jellyfish gelatin is sweet yet satisfying. >>460553 Well there are the sharks, they are a warrior species, Blood Fin certainly is attacking that meal with gusto at least.
"The pleasure of having you here is unfathomable.." Leon "Please, Daniel if you wish to ask something then do so." "Well, what do you think of the city so far?" L&L "I think it is a fortress, a save haven from the monsters, and that you have a display of impressive measures" "So, would you consider joining such a place?" "Joining, yes, we wouldn't be here if if wasn't our intent to discuss it." Spirit looks to the party for help.
>>460556 I'll smile at the compliment. "Thanks!" I'll turn to Daniel, Lex, and Leon. "So, Prince Daniel, do we already have the buildings that the sharks could move into? Or were you going to wait until this has all been formalized to start construction?"
>>460565 Blood Fin it is then. He looks strong and has a few cool scars. "Hello Cloud Caller, my name, Blood Fin. You look tougher than these other seaponies." he smiles >>460563 >>460562 >>460564 Spirit looks a little relieved, you can tell he is tense right now.
>>460563 >>460561 Daniel picks up on this "Yes, we have plenty of space for your kind here, you could move in if you find it agreeable." "We might find that agreeable" they whisper to spirit. Spirit "Lex and Leon wish to know what you might like in return for allowing them space in your city, and how much land you might allow them for hunting." Daniel nods "I can allow the north western quarter for their homes, and for their hunting space.. how much do they need?" L&L "We ask for 1000 leagues of hunting space to be split among our kind." Daniel "That's quite the area, perhaps we can define exactly where those locations are, or you could share some hunting waters with my sea ponies?" Leon "We like to have space when we hunt, its easier, safer, better." Lex "What you still haven't said is a price of your own Daniel." Daniel "I would like to enlist some of your kind of fighters against the monsters. I hear that you have those among you who can even tame them." he smile at spirit. "Such aid would be valuable, and our kind could become brothers by sharing the battle field." Blood fin Cheers at the mention of battle "What monsters, when can Blood Fin Fight them?!"
>>460570 Blood fin grins at you. "Maybe, Seaponies have a very nice lair. Make good fish, spicy. All new tastes for Blood Fin!" he viciously tears off a piece of meat from the fish and tosses it into his mouth. "Blood Fin loves to be a sharkpony, proud to fight, proud to live. Blood Fin is strong, almost as strong as the leaders." >>460571 She smiles "Yes, I find them.. interesting, we didn't have anything like that back home. Well, not that I tried many foods back home, I mostly ate a special plant, moonlight ferns, they unfold at night, or in low light." >>460572 You go over to the ladies section and make yourself known to one of them. "Oh, hello. I am Lady Catherine." she smiles and scoot over for you. "You're not particularly a shark are you? I hear you helped arrange this diner?" >>460567 the food is very satisfying. Is there something on your mind? You could speak it. >>460573 >>460576 Daniel nods and subtly copies you.
It seems like they just needed a bit of a push in the right direction. The talks are progressing to specifics of the treaty, and when raids on monster dens can be assembled. Daniel looks to you heroes, getting your attention. "Friends, The shark ponies wish for you to join them on a monster hunt, would you be interested in that?" >>460575 "Oh, its wonderful." "The Prince is great." "I want him to marry me" "Shh" "Oh, I was wondering why you are called heroes? Did you fight in a war?"
>>460577 "Thanks to us it never turned into a war, or at least not a bloody one. We kept the fighting to a minimum and in the end both sides were able to live in peace. I hope we can recreate that here."
>>460577 "Yes, I was one of the newcomers who helped with the dinner. And you are correct, I am not exactly what you would call a shark. To be fair, though, I came over to learn a little more about you and your friends here. What can you say about the recent happenings around here? What do you think of them?"
>>460579 >>460582 "Oooh." the sea pony ladies look impressed. "And you still manage to keep your mane so silky." "What is your secret?" "Do you have a lover?" "Oh, hush you can't ask that?" "Right, Well.. I am happy we have a home here, it has been nice, and its easier to find traders when they can't be killed on their way to your home" >>460580 "Surface? No, Blood Fin have plenty to fight and hunt without bothering madarak" >>460581 Ebony nods. "It was told to me that it was the Night Mistress's gift, her special meal for us. We had normal foods as well, but the Moonlight Ferns were most common." >>460585 "So, you'll go then?" >>460586 "I think our mother was wrong to try and harm the Prince, Daniel is a great leader. I imagine this must be hard for him." >>460585 …?
Daniel taps the table gently. "Excuse me friends. We have reached an agreement. There will be a union between our peoples. The sharks allowed sanctuary and homes in our city, and a portion of land to hunt with, in return they will help clear away monsters and other threats so we can all rest easier at night, Please continue with your diners." to the party "The first monster raid will be on a giant squid, If you have time your presence would be valued there."
>>460588 I blush a bit at the lover part. "It's naturally like this. This is a very nice place. Remind me, was it the crystal seapony that built this entire place, or was it only the castle she built?"
>>460588 "Night mistress?" I'll look to the Prince. "Well, I'd like to go, but I promised to help deal with a gang. Some crazy mobster named Lobster. When were planning on the hunt, because I might be able to attend if I do the gang thing fast enough."
The sea ponies ladies cheer and smiled to each other when they heard the news.
>>460591 >>460592 "Its causing troubles for our hunters, traders just ovoid that area now, but its ripe with fish so it would be a great gain to us if we clear out the beast." Lex and Leon "Yes, we have issues with the squid as well. He killed one our warriors.." >>460590 "She built much of it, mainly the castle and towers, and then just spawned a lot of crystal for our workers to use." >>460594 "Yes, thank you for your support." " Blood Fin will have your fin covered seapony! " >>460593 "We can arrange for the raid to happen on a different night. It will take some time for the sharks to assemble anyway." >>460595 She reels back "I would rather not hear the details, she is still our mother, even if she was cruel and wrong."
>>460589 Indeed it is. Everyone seems happy about this.
>>460593 "She was my queen, goddess. Still is really, I am looking for what the real her is like, instead of a false one."
>>460596 "Oh, you'd be surprised! For a big enough squid, the tentacles alone pack enough crushing power to kill a whale! And then it's got this nasty-sharp beak that cuts through flesh and stuff." >>460597 "That works too! That way I can get into some real adventuring gear." And I'll cock my head slightly at Ebony. "That sounds pretty dangerous. I know you're traveling with the others, but you wouldn't mind one more seapony lending a fin to help you look, would you?"
>>460601 "You have another two days on this spell. I did find a way to make the spell more permanent, and it works both ways, so a sea pony could come onto land if it desired." >>460599 Ebony blushes, her cute ear tufts wiggling. "I think I would like it if you came along, but you don't have to. " >>460600 >>460603 >>460598 Spirit speaks up "I will try talking to it, but I've heard rumors that its a very stubborn creature easily offended." Lex "and we will have sharks back you up in case it attacks." Daniel "I'll have my own men go as well, this is team work after all."
>>460602 "Like most of the noble daughters I am taught to use magic, and help support from the back lines in battle. Some of us have other talents, like trading, art, or styling manes, these are newer jobs, but I like them the best."
>>460604 Matter: settled. "Well, the only thing really keeping me here is my books. And those will still be here if I leave them to someone I trust." I'll smile. "And besides, I want to come with you."
>>460604 "A true renaissance pony, it seems. How do you help the others in combat? Sorry if I'm asking, but the last few days have required more aggression on my part, so I'd like to be prepared. I took to magic and combat at a later age, but I'm glad I did since it has give me the opportunity to meet you. Say, of all those new jobs, which is your favorite?"
>>460606 "I certainly hope not." >>460607 >>460610 "We can pull everyone together as soon as tomorrow night, the sharks want to start no later than the morning after tomorrow. We'll let your group and Spirit go in first if you insist, but be careful. " >>460608 She smile nearly squeaking as she replies "That's great news!" >>460609 "I am able to conjure electricity, a valuable skill here. But with Diamond's new weapons its less needed for us to go out there. I can also sing, it helps the warriors swim in synced and know what formation to use. "
>>460611 "I guess we have one thing in common then, since lightning colors my magic too. However, while my fighting style tends to rely on my Doppelganger and I getting close to overpower enemies, I would like to hear your singing voice if that chance is available."
>>460612 >>460614 >>460615 Lex and Leon seem exceptionally pleased "It will be an honor to see you in action." Daniel "Indeed. Now.." he motions to one of the servants and music starts to play several of the ladies rise and locate partners. "What is this?" "Spirit? What is going on?" "Its.. a dance.. a custom." "Let me show you." Daniel himself swims up a little tilted and locates Claire, the Seapony you first met as a partner.
>>460619 Even with his injury he still knows the steps and the way he moves you would hardly think he was harmed at all. He smiles as they change places several times. >>460620 you however notice that he is unable to do the more complex part of the dance with his missing fin. "I can't say I know how.." Ebony says "I was not taught such things." she swims closer to you. >>460621 You conversation partner nods. "Certainly. I bet your paws will help you do the twist."she can leads you into the dance.
the shark ponies look on in awe, Blood fin grinning when he notices that you do this 'dancing' with ladies, he decides to find one to dance with. '1d10' for how he performs in the dance you don't have to roll if you don't want to roll, you can default to a six
>>460624 He spins his unfortunate and scared partner too hard and too fast. Clearly he's enjoying himself too much to notice the damage he is doing. Spirit tries to stop him but is simply smashed aside by the over enthusiastic blood fin. lets see if he does eve more damage '1d10' >>460629 >>460630 You don't exactly know this dance. but you know kind of how to dance so you just fake it and make your way around the floor in each other's hooves. You don't fake it very well, but no one says anything. >>460627 She leads you in the dance, and makes you look decent but you are pretty clumsy. >>460626 You two are like shining stars, your outfit reflecting the light in a truly unique way. You get the impression is was made for this kind of event. You managed to guide Ebony in the dance steps perfectly, and quietly so it seemed like she knew it all along. You finish the dance with Ebony in your arms smiling and breathing a little shallow in her her pruple dress. Seems she wasn't used to dressing this way..
>>460633 I'll smile back. "Well, for only having learned it out of a book, I think I did pretty well. And you were great!" I'll notice her breathing a bit harder. "Are you okay? I didn't go too fast, did I?"
>>460634 "Whoa you are a fast learner." she seems impressed. "Do you have a place to stay tonight?" >>460636 >>460638 Clearly it was just the light. Or maybe noticing Alecrus's perfect dancing inspired you? You seem to have it down now anyway. >>460637 "No its this.." she gestures to the dress. "Its tight."
>>460640 I'll nod. "Are you sure they got the fit right? They're supposed to move with you… Did you want to sit back down, or change into something more comfortable?" I'll blush a little. "I, uh, I mean, I'm not trying to, um, insinuate anything, but I'm sure the ladies in waiting should be able to make it a bit more comfortable if nothing else."
>>460647 I'll grin a little sheepishly. "Just earlier this afternoon, actually. I spent the hours we had before the party cramming as much about fancy parties as I could into my head." And I'll move around and gently, so very gently tug on the dress string. By the tides, I hope I don't fudge it now… '1d10'
>>460655 I giggle when he puts my hooves over my eyes. "Okay." And when he finally puts the necklace on and I open my eyes, I gasp. "Alle… this is… how did you… I- I…" I softly tear up from happiness and pull him into a tight hug. "Thank you. Thank you so much… I love you."
>>460651 "Oh, still that must have been very hard -ah" she sighs with relief as you loosen the dress for her. "That's much better." You managed to make it set a little higher on her flank as well, it looks much better on her now. >>460653 "I understand" your doppel emerges, a bit less solid than usual. but that makes him easier to spin around the floor, you perform quite well. Spirit blinks. "Ah, you know.. we sharkponies don't really dance.." '1d10' can spirit figure this shit out..
Lex and Leon seem content to float around the table picking shrimp off each other.
>>460657 >>460659 you fare better than Spirit who is struggling to keep in beat, your doppel steps in front of oddette when they finish colliding he is laying down as if he's dying. "Master, help" >>460662 You see a transparent Rhodan suddenly in your face and fall over him, messing up the dance completely. >>460664 she bumps into you when she trips over Rhodan's translucent double. >>460665 "Really? I was more of a hooves on mare, learned how to heal at a young age, turns out I was meant to do it." she turns for a second to see the mess over there and then turns back "I am so glad I have a partner who knows the floor and the right moves."
>>460671 we can stop when you all are ready. "I'm feeling much better now, I'll leave it up to you if you want another round of dancing. Its very enjoyable." >>460670 >>460669 >>460667 You see the doopel disappear and reappear again next to Oddette, who is then offered a hoof up by the stronger looking doppelganger. Cloud caller didn't need help but you check him for injuries finding none.
>>460675 Your outfit flares out a bit less this time, or maybe its just the light growing dimmer because you've been partying for a long while now. You see many of the seaponies have stopped dancing and are drifting off in groups. >>460677 Catherine seems like she is bored, and is accopanied by a striped mare who also seems bored. they light up at your persence. "Oh, we're just going to spend the night at my house." says Catherine. "This is Susan, she's a fun mare." They blink at there being two of you "am I seeing double?" Susan asks. >>460676 ….?
>>460678 "I'm one of the few people you will meet who can be in two places at once. This is my Doppelganger, as solid and as hardy as I. Is this the first time either of you has met someone capable of this?"
>>460680 you can all stay at guests room in palace. >>460681 "We didn't have many parties, so I don't know." she smiles. "But It sounds like a lovely thing to do." >>460683 They turn to each other and giggle "Yea, its the first time I've seen this." "You simply must come back to Catherine's so we can learn more!" they start to lead you away, do you follow? >>460684 always a pleasure
Last time on Dream Dust: The sea ponies and the sharks have reached an agreement over a nice nice meal. There was celebratory dancing, and everyone had a good night's sleep either in available guest rooms or other arrangements.
The party was invited to the first joint hunting adventure of the shark and sea ponies, in which they will hunt down a giant squid. This will occur on Night 2/ Final Morning.
The party has learned of a "Mobster Lobster" running some kind of crime ring out of caves in the Mantahawk Ridge. This has no real deadline, but morning might be a good time to investigate it.
>>465733 Alright! All ready to hunt down this Lobster character. It'll be just like those detective books. Let's swim to the castle to meet the others. I'll be wearing my Shimmering Mist Robe, since mobster hunting is no place for a dance robe.
>>465734 >>465735 >>465736 >>465737 >>465738 You meet up together outside of the palace. Spirit and Ebony are here as well, they're looking over a map. "Good morning!" Ebony greets you warmly. "I borrowed a map from the royal library, so we won't be lost, but we should return it. It shows all the important known areas here." Spirit is quietly contemplating it.
>>465740 >>465741 Spirit smiles at you "Oh, its probably nothing, but looking over this map.. I see that the Squid is nesting close to someone I once knew." >>465742 >>465743 assuming that you passed this knowledge on to each other. Ebony shows you the map, and you can clearly point out Mantahawk Ridge, because its shaped vaguely like a Mantahawk: a creature with hawk like head, and wings, but a manta tail. It lays eggs, and is mildly dangerous.
>>465744 Right. Whoops. Of course we'd have shared the information. "So we're all set to go then? Everyone's got their gear? We can just swim out there, beat up the mobsters, and be back in time for dinner!"
>>465745 >>465749 Spirit shakes his head "No, like I said its probably nothing, The squid is near a common trade route, there are a few caves near there that she liked to hide in.. You see.. She was part of a smaller rival group of sharkponies. She was.. feisty, nothing like a squid would get her." He smiles at the memory. >>465746 >>465747 Spirit remarks "The area is riddled with caves, is supposed to be like a maze." Ebony nods. "They are most likely hiding away in there, and thieves work best at night, so maybe they will be sleeping in."
>>465753 >>465756 "If you want to go get him, I'm sure the guards would allow us to take him." Ebony says. >>465752 >>465755 Spirit nods "That sounds fine to me." Ebony agrees. "If there isn't anything else you want to do first." >>465756 spirit smiles at the idea "I would like that.."
//are you ready to swim to the caves or do you pick up the kid first?
>>465760 "But doesn't he also have the most to gain for helping us out? I mean, heck, if he can map out that cave, it'd be a service to the kingdom, and he'd get a decent job." >>465762 I hadn't said anything.
>>465767 "He might not have much choice. Alley cowed him pretty good when they first met, and if he rats us out, the Lobster will probably just off him anyway. So! That means that he has to help us succeed, or he's pretty much belly-up."
>>465766 you have the stare of an eagle, or possibly a nosy gryphon. >>465759 you grab a some chalk, its made from a colored rock that will mark decently underwater. >>465763 >>465764 >>465761 >>465759 The scrappy looking sea pony colt from before, a glare in his eyes as he kick against the guards "Yous wants me to guide you, fine, but it better lightens up my sentence." "We'll see.." the guard eyes him closely as you take the thief, keeping his hooves tied.
>>465772 >>465774 "Yea, Yea.." the thief grumbles. >>465777 He cowers a bit at your glare "Alright, Alright. Lets go." >>465773 >>465775 Well Cloudcaller can certainly do a good job of it, you give him the other end of the rope so the thief can't swim away.
And with that you made your way to Mantahawk Ridge. The sea is strangely quiet here, and there are just a few fish swimming here and there. The cliff is riddled with holes for openings, its almost dizzying. Your thief guide you to one of the many cave openings. "Heres the safest way in. I swears it!" It looks dark and narrow.
>>465778 "Alright." And I'll mark the entrance of the cave with a big X with that chalk. "I hope this doesn't take too long… I'd hate missing out on that squid chase. It's not often you get to go out on adventures with the Prince, some sharks, and a group of bonafide heroes."
>>465779 >>465781 >>465783 Your thief rolls his eyes. "Fine.." he takes the lead, along with Rhodan's double who takes control of the rope. you have enough room in here to go two by two. There is a split in the cave ahead. >>465782 You raise a cystal fish minion and send it along just ahead of the group.
The thief is making a small clicking sound as he swims, and points north "that way." He declares.
>>465790 "Well, it really depends on how you think seaponies came to be in the first place." >>465791 I'll nod a little. "That's one theory that's been put out and debunked, but some think it might just be magic, or some sort of thing certain seaponies kept as they evolved. I mean, seaponies in more dangerous areas probably adapted into sharkponies to defend themselves." I'll shrug. "It's been a matter of debate for years."
>>465798 >>465800 >>465801 >>465802 You don't notice anything out of the ordinary, much too dark.Ebony doesn't seem to notice anything and just shrugs "I guess it takes practice." >>465799 You see the thief fiddling with a switch on the wall, Rhodan's double is eyeing him but hasn't taken any action yet, The crystal minion is also next to him.
>>465804 >>465807 Arioso swims next to him swiftly and stop him with the help of the doppel ganger: from messing with it any further. Doppel holds him tight. "I was.. just openin up a short cut, yea. so let me finishes!" he said almost whining. Doppel:"Should we silence him master?" >>465808 You can see all this going on, and also note there are two switches.
>>465809 >>465810 I'll frown. "It would probably be a wise move in the future to actually tell us what you plan on doing instead of just doing it. You getting out of this hinges on our success, after all."
>>465809 >>465810 I frown. "Tell us the truth or we'll… we'll… we'll lengthen your sentence! You're gonna stay in jail for the rest of your life! In a dark cell somewhere where nobody will remember about you!" Bluffing the shit out of this one. '1d10+2'
>>465812 >>465813 >>465811 He looks a bit intimidated but he could be faking it. "Alright, just.. throw the second switch, and yous will see.. It'll lead ya almost directly to da boss.." >>465817 "If that's what you want." the thief sighs. >>465814 Yes, I see, most tactical.
>>465819 >>465820 "I'm all for finishing quickly on this, but if that switch alerted them, we'll have a fight on our fins." I'll take a moment to mark the door. "But, even if it did, we can take them right? It's just a crook."
>>465833 >>465836 He shivers a bit under the evil eye, "Well, the second one really does lead down to the boss. The first one… does something else.. But I am not sayin' what. " seems persistent on this
>>465838 The ground shakes and a slab of rock moves aside. a Tunnel is revealed that spirals down like a slide. >>465839 >>465840 "Yea, well.. You're also wit the coppers. It closes a door, the door to the entrance, but you didn't hears it from me.."
>>465841 "We sure didn't. We overheard it from two loudmouths who walked by while we were hiding. Right?" I'll give a small wink to the thief, and then eagerly float over the entrance. This is going great so far!
>>465844 "Yes, I will return soon." Doppel slides down disappearing into the darkness. A loud thud can be heard when he reaches the bottom. The thief smirks at this but is surprised when Doppel returns a little bit later covered in sand and dirt. "The way is safe master."
The reluctant scamp of a thief has lead you this far. The secret tunnel revealed by a switch was investigated by the doppel ganger, who found at least one trap and a path leading to large room. Khazard still has his crystal sting ray as well.
>>474612 >>474615 you control your movements with grace and glide without even having to land, sure is nice being a fish.. >>474619 It does, you utilize your connection with nature and make your way safely down. >>474618 >>474617 >>474613 you each slide too fast and fall into the sand, it sifts quickly under you and hard is to get out of because of this odd gravitational effect.
>>474639 Spirit and Ebony nod. "Yea, don't worry about it." "Its always my pleasure to assist you heroes." >>474644 >>474643 >>474645 >>474646 >>474647 "Well, there might be somethin' but its not too dangerous.." Thief replies and starts to swim with Alecrus and Doppel ganger but Rhodan grabs him and stops him.
The doppel speeds ahead of Alecrus, and they both are just barely visible.
–Alecrus you can see the floor change here, its now decorative tiles and has either a shell or a fish printed on the tile.
>>474650 at first glance its difficult to pick out a pattern since they aren't alternating exactly. but looking closer you can see that the shell tiles make a connecting path, leading forward and left while the fish tiles seem to just take up space. >>474651 >>474652 >>474653 >>474654 "yeesh, Its just little safety measure, likes a lock.. it won't kill ya." >>474649 you swim up ahead and to where the doppel is and stare suspiciously at the tiles. There are both fish and shell tiles.
>>474655 "Hey, if you look at 'em close, the shell tiles make a path. Wonder if that's on purpose?" That guy did mention something else on the way. Time for science. I'll sink a little, and then poke one of the shell tiles.
>>474656 the tile makes a small click as you press it down, but no apparent effects. >>474658 he grumbles as you drag him along. >>474659 no.. just a bunch of boring tiles, kinda makes you kind sleepy, you touch down on a fish tile to rest and hear a click, you hear the sound of rushing water. >>474662 "Uh.. okay, hows about I tell yous guys to grab hold of somethin' then!"
>>474667 You can't dig in fast enough and are pushed back to the previous room. >>474669 You are at the front of the pack when the current comes and starts to sweep you away. >>474671 You try to help Cloudcaller but he's moving too fast and you wind up swept away. >>474670 you manage to slow yourself but the child's bulk makes you a bigger target than you thought and you slip at the last minute. >>474672 you spot a rock and push cloudcaller behind it, at the sacrifice of you own safety and wind up swept into the previous room, precariously close to the sand trap. >>474674 neither of them can hunker down in time, and wind up swept back with the others, Ebony falls into the sand pit. >>474673 You summon a crystal to hide behind, and remain perfectly safe from the current.
>>474683 I'll smile back. "Well, at least it's not deadly or anything! That could have been a lot worse. And I think I already figured it out, thanks to Cloudcaller hitting the fish switch." Swim back to rejoin the others.
>>474685 the doppel shakes his head but swims off. "Alright." Please roll to see if he finds anything useful. >>474686 "Yeah, thank goodness for that.." you both catch up to the others. >>474688 >>474687 >>474684 Spirit seems to be in good humor about it at least. "This crab is pretty clever."
>>474691 >>474692 I'll nod. "Yep! Seems pretty simple, too! I take it you've all noticed the different tiles? Well, before Cloudcaller sat on the fish, I hit a shell tile. And nothing happened. Now, if you look closely, the shell tiles make a path all the way to the other side! That's our way across!"
>>474699 "Then we just need to put up another thing to protect us from the current, like this thing!" I'll tap the crystal Khazard put up. And then I'll start moving across the shell tiles. "Though, I do kind of wonder why there are so many pressure-sensitive traps underwater. Most seaponies could just swim over them."
>>474694 He reports back that the direct path ahead after the tiles end has a large number of spikes stuck to the walls and indicates there is a large room with a sleeping lobster and a few treasure chests. >>474703 >>474702 >>474698 you take the shelled path, and find that once you make your way across all of them a wall opens up and the shelled path continues. As you follow you you can see ahead a large room, with treasure chests full of gold and sand dollars. There is a Lobster and a shrimp, both adorning a round hat with a curved rim. The Lobster is muttering something as he sleeps. "we're taking over this sea see.."
>>474711 they seem like they might be >>474714 The shrimp stirs when he hears your words. He seems immediately panicked and tries to wake the lobster. "boossss bossss." '1d10' >>474719 and then falls asleep for '1d5' turns.
>>474726 >>474725 >>474729 The thief is easily contained by the Rhodan, but the lobster finally wakes up and snaps away the ropes. "Now sees here, no one ties up nobodies round here but me and my boys see."
The shrimp wakes up again and nervously hides behind the boss lobster. >>474727 you move the current in the party's favor, haste is in effect, everyone can move twice for the next two turns >>474728 no, just these two. but you do see the treasure, seems like a lot of stolen loot is hidden here. >>474728 you try a very brave tactic of tackling an angry lobster he snaps back at you too late and you knock him against the wall. "Hey, whats the big idea. You a tough guy? Are ya?"
>>474732 You summon 4 floating orbs of magical energy. You TK feels like its not quite holding him. >>474741 okay. >>474733 you deal a good deal of damage to the Lobster, and set up a sand spit pit trap, but no one seems to notice your dance. >>474734 You focus all your energy on keeping the lobster mind locked and don't have enough to summon another crystal, you can use you sting ray from earlier if you like. >>474735 >>474738 You kick the lobster twice in the head with your front hooves, he seems very dazed. >>474737 Your lightining arches throu the water and strikes the lobster. >>474739 "Oh yea? Well.. I see two of ya nowses and I.." he's cut off by your atheltic hoof to face maneuver and is suppressed by you. You look very heroic and courage pluses throu the party. Lobster is suppressed +1 against him next turn. Heroism Activated: for the next three turns not critical failures are successes
Lobster Mobster: pinned [green] Shrimp: free [/green] Thief: held
Thief shouts "Hey, boss, remember.. we're a family. Wes gots each others back." Shrimp seems to grow a bit of a backbone at this and throws a gold coin toward the Lobster.
>>474742 >>474744 I swim over and give Allegro a quick, rewarding kiss and jump back into the fray! I pull out my golden lyre and start performing an inspiring tune and dance to lift everyone's spirits! '1d10+1'
>>474743 This shrimp apparently isn't very timid and slaps you in the face with a fancy plate breaking it rather loudly. >>474745 you get some feed back in his mind about taking over and what a great gig being part of his mob is, its a rather distracting bunch of dance steps that prevent you from performing to your fullest with the crystal magic, but you do make a few crystals. >>474746 >>474747 >>474752 Your net is not small enough to trap the shrimp, who uses this time to wave his fins at the lobster making some of the cracks in his shell close. Half the orbs make their mark the others go haywire: one makes its way into a wall, and the other hits Doppel Rhodan full force.. sure is causing a lot of noise. You heal Allegro successfully. >>474744 You feel full of energy and ready to go again. >>474750 The sea pony finally slips free from you, he swims carefully avoiding all incoming attacks.
You attack the Lobster full on and his shell ripples as your magic brush glows, seeming to intensify the hit.
the doppel has a good round of attacks and then in his eagerness doesn't see the stray magic orbs and gets completely fried by one. He vanishes "what.. no!"
>>483767 You try to set up a trap with some of the shattered rocks in the corner but they don't want to stand up properly. >>483768 You perform an upbeat number using some sea shells to back you up. Everyone has a +1 next turn >>483769 You concentrate, but its just not coming as easily to you as it did in the hallway. >>483770 There is no need since he is in deep sleep thanks to cloudcaller's arrows. But you tighten his shell a little doing some damage. >>483770 The shrimp dodges you, and the little imp sticks his tongue out as he does it. >>483772 You take your time and aim carefully, hitting the dodgy Shrimp and forcing his tail into the sand. "Ah, see that hurts."
A lot of talking can be heard from the tunnel you came from, like a small crowd. "Hey, what's you guys doing to Da Boss?" A greenish sea pony speaks up. He's followed by sounds of agreement "Yea, that's our Boss. Who are you?"
6 sea ponies swim into the room. They all look like teenagers, a bit rough around the edges. The greenish seapony speaks up again "Let im' go.. cuz we need him' to take over stuff see!" "Yea." "Should be do the song?" "I dunno Luo, the song ain't the same without the boss" "But he'd want us to do it." "Alright but make it quick." They kids all line up and sing you a song about how great it is to be in da mob, and its very catchy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWhp5ggd4OE In edition to your normal roll, roll an extra d10
>>483775 "Yea it is.." The seapony you tag says sleepishly and then lays down using a sea shell as a pillow. '2d5' turns >>483776 You successfully drown out their cheering and make your trap, you even cover it up a bit of loose cloth. >>483777 You focus your magic on her, the various cuts and scrapes close with a glow of magic. "Uh because yous guys don't know what ya are talking about." >>483779 Aha! you're finally getting the hang of it. you encase him in a crystal cage, you even put a little handle on top so he'll be easy to carry. The shrimp looks distressed "Boss?!" >>483780 Your song is so catchy a few of the more enthusiastic kids start singing along with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6SWN3_U910 >>483782 You're terribly off key, but add to the song as best you can. One of the seaponies picks up the dazed shrimp and attempts to shield him from your further assaults >50 the kids all look depressed "You really didn't like it?" and then they see their boss locked up and knocked out. "Uh.. maybe we should leave. these guys is too tough.."
>>483785 You summon 2 swirling orbs of magic. >>483787 >>483786 you bump the shrimp out of the seapony's hooves and push the shrimp down into the sand. the sea pony looks surprised "Wha- hey?!" and then he falls into Odette's spiky trap when he tries to rescue the shrimp. >>483790 You shoot at one of the more rowdy kids. >>483788 >7 They all suddenly notice Rhodan. "A SHARK-DOG?!?!" They all cower in fear "is it gonna eat us!" "Please no!" >>483789 You snatch him up and hold him against the wall. "Hey.."
>>483792 "Alright.. we'll go with yous guys.." "Just don't feed us to your shark-dog okay!" >>483793 >>483795 The green one points to the corner where there are three chests. "Over there is all the recent stuff." There are three chests flowing with sand dollars, golden objects, and a few gems. You can spot a sea-book in one of the chests.
>>483799 definitely from the shop. This is a book about a super hero, that models himself after a manta-ray. You flip the pages open and scenes pop to life of The Manta-Pony swimming from cave to cave under the shadows of the night. Its very amusing, and likely pretty expensive. >>483800 You summon a crystal sea turtle and mount a chest on his back. The turtle nods to you. >>483803 >>483802 the thief frowns "Why did yous have to break up the gang like this.." he sighs "and I'm called Mark. or Sharp Mark. cus I ain't never been caught.. least til yous guys came along."
>>483807 >>483809 "Yea, I heard ya.." Mark looks depressed. >>483806 you get the feeling that it is in fact plenty early. >>483810 >>483808 >>483809 >>483812 >Quest item: Stolen loot: collected 3/3 You haul the chests back to the city, the urchins follow you mostly out of fear, and you also grab the mobster lobster and the shrimp.. but mark still needs a bit of prodding. You bring them around to the guard's tower. The guard on duty looks surprised "Are these the thieves from the caves? I didn't know they would all be so young."
>>483814 "It was probably the Lobster who was filling their heads with flotsam. The boys have a decent set of pipes, though, so maybe they should shoo be doing or something with the rest of the performer circuit?"
>>483814 >>483815 I give her a look. "Probably because they didn't have anything better in their future…" I lean in to the guard and whisper to him. "Do you think you might be able to go easy on them?… Maybe give them community service instead of imprisonment? They're still so young…"
>>483815 >>483816 "Well, we'll take care of things from here. I suppose you want a reward? The city folk pooled some sea dollars together in an effort to get someone to help. You can take this if you want to claim it. Seems like you earned it." He offers you a ticket of some kind and motions to other guards who take in the grumbling thieves. >>483819 >>483820 He says overly loudly "I'm sorry, but the law is is the law, I can't make exceptions!" you see a few of the boys panic. "Don't worry I'll have them spend the night in jail cell, that ought to set em' straight, and then I can put em' to work somewhere, or find their homes. "
>>483826 You arrive there swiftly indeed. The stripy shop keeper seems pleased to see you "Alecrus! Come back to buy another book already? I have a a new book about sea serpents." He notices the book in your hoof "Is that an action novel? Looks like one I lost to those scoundrels." >>483823 He nods at you. >>483824 "Don't mention it." "And thanks for all your help." He smiles at you.
>>483831 "Well, I had a bit of help. You remember those seaponies we ran into while chasing the thief we did catch? Turns out they're adventurers, and we went on an adventure to get it back, as well as break up the whole gang." I'll be grinning from ear to ear. "Real adventurers! And we're heading out to deal with a giant squid, too."