You find yourselves in Montello, the city of freedom, or the city of thieves. Where every sky pirate winds up when they want to escape the heat. Its a rather disorderly place, they don't have a true leader like most cities, their buildings are kind of scattered along the cliffs of fallen hope. The city is always bustling, ponies trading stolen goods, or ship parts, drowning themselves in rum in celebration of some heist and even pirates looking for a new crew or captain to team up with. The center of this mess would be the tavern The Rusty Wrench, its tavern master, Darrel the Darkbeard, some say the salty earth pony is the closest thing these bunch have to a leader, to which Darrel just says "Keep your scuffs outside" and "pay yer tab or I'll throw you to the cliffs". Its just as lively as ever in the Rusty Wrench, and with the storm clouds on the horizon, you'd be best off inside of something that's at least tied down.
>>598865 "Goll'arned squalls, messin' wit' my research," I grumble to myself as I glare at the storm clouds. Hopefully there's something worth my time in this tavern. Ooh! Maybe I can try out the effects of some things I've been brewing… unsuspecting subjects are the best subjects!
>>598868 "Yus the one with cards up yer sleeves If I recall correct." "You idiot, you can't recall yer own name 'key-rect' " They laugh and play their cards for this round as well. >>598866 There are all sorts of ponies here, a few playing cards in the corner, one Bat pony is walking in right near you. Surely there must be something great awaiting you. There are a few open seats at the bar if you just want to over look everyone for a while. >>598867 There is a bold looking pegasus in the door as you walk in, he's kind of staring at the crowd and grinning like an idiot, or a man with a plan on his mind. There are a lot of different ponies here, a card game in the corner, many groups talking and laughing, a few open seats at the bar if you want to just observe for a moment.
>>598869 "Sheesh, I can't even say what you boys name is right now. I might just have to fold here until my headmeat decides to start working again. And lookie over there, maybe just what the good Doc ordered."
>>598870 "So 'Captain', I'd be willing to toss in my lot with with anyone right now. What are you offering that many and all the other good boys and girls here shouldn't just head to the docks to test our luck there?"
>>598870 You show off how good you are with your sword.A swish here, a slash there. A few look over at you, but most seem only mildly impressed. "Oh another 'captain'?" "I hope this one has a ship" "yea remember the last guy that didn't have one, that was a riot." "Hey, that riot took my ship!" "Not your ship anymore mate" You got the attention of two at least.
"I can probably see a tinge of the drink, is what. Unfortunately for the rest of us, that puts you in contention for being a top contender for most sober possible Captain and least likely to try and drive us into these here cliffs."
"Still, I need to pass the time before looking for a roof over my head and maybe a little craziness can help."
"So 'Captain', what's your first order of business?"
>>598884 >>598885 "Ye see, me hearties, there be a storm a-brewing!" >>598874 It's that time. Quickly pull out the compass and look at it for the next step of my journey. For a place where there be ships. Hint.
>>598886 Well, your compass points to the west, you guess that it means somewhere outside, where a ship is probably tied down, which is a little strange, since most of the ships were tied down over by the posts to the east.
>>598889 >>598891 >>598890 You head outside, the steep cliffs and threatening clouds chased most of the others inside already, but a few still linger out here. Over to the west you see a bridge, and on the other side a ship, the ship seems to have a formal flag on it instead of the usual black sail, the silvery image of a tower on a bold green flag.
>>598900 You don't see anyone here. In fact it looks a little roughed up, and smallish, 'well loved' I think they call this. You step over a few pieces of wood from barrels as you climb on. >>598901 This ship is from far far north, or at least the flag is. The city of Cobbelle, famous for its towers built by stubborn goat clans. Its now home to a variety of races like any other big city, but goats still consider it their homeland.
>>598907 >>598906 >>598904 With a little teamwork getting this thing into the air is easy. Its just a matter of getting the steam engine running again, the hot air flowing into the balloon making a a sound like a whistle. The adjusting the sails to expect the wind resistance. The wheel feels nice in your hooves, a bit well worn, but in a good way. You could check below deck for what supplies are left.
>>598910 Most of the good stuff has already looted, several empty barrels, a few chests with some things like blankets, a couple half empty lanterns, a fishing rod, a sleeping goat.. wait a sleeping goat? Looks like she's hugging a crate of something.
>>598956 My eyes widen and I start hopping around you. "YES! I WANT TO BE A PIRATE! I've wanted to be one ever since you pointed a sword a sword at me and asked me 'Will you be a pirate, Buttermilk' and I was like GASP! And then I said 'Yes I want to be a pirate!"
>>598953 You have a lot of crackers, a few spices, A couple wheels of cheese. You'd be okay for maybe a week if you were careful. >>598957 The storm clouds are closing in from the north, you're currently drifting south. You spot some lightning in the distance.
>>598963 Nod. "Here, you can find crates! Barrels, even! It's a hold because it holds a lot of secrets!" Start bouncing around, then stop. "I didn't really move out of it yet, but I'm sure the rest is just as exciting!"
>>598965 "Good thing we came along, or you'd still be stuck in here!" Tsk! >>598960 But yeah, those clouds are worrying me as well. "We should look for a map." Does my study in exploration allow me to better remember roughly where the closest port is?
>>598968 The closest main city would be Spiritios, A classic citadel type city, a favorite of magi, because of its closeness to mana river, which they say helps them with their magic stuff. Could be they just like the fresh water. But there is surely a closer port. Perhaps to the south. >>598969 You understand how to make the ship do hard turns using the two fin like sails on the side, this requires the crew to help, to do slower or more small turns uses the paddles on the hull of the ship this is controlled by the steering wheel. you know to make it descend faster, or ascend more by controlling the amount of steam going into the balloon. >>598973 You also know how to control the ship, and find that its size is kind of small, there is one room for storing things, one room for sleeping in, one kitchen, and an engine room. There is also a place for prisoners, it looks a little unkept over all. A few old basic weapons are left behind, they might sell for a few silver, or be back up weapons if someone forgot theirs.
>>598998 Its a cramped kitchen, that's for sure! This is where all the spices and the wheels of cheese are. There are some dusty pots and pans, a collection of plates and forks and spoons. Only a couple knives. The shelves don't like to stay closed. You do notice some sugar and flour, amazingly no ants or mold, just a little dust and dirt. You see a can of nails, and a a can of cans, and some rope that looks like it was chewed on, while you couldn't consider that food it might be useful.
>>599007 You didn't notice a name on the side. So it must be up to your captain. >>599016 Its a very well aged rope. It taste a bit like salty water. >>599014 You overlook the area ahead, this is the Great Wolf Plains, its wide and flat, grass being blown by the wind as you fly over. A pack of the famous great wolves runs along the ground tracking something. You are just close enough to the sea to notice the waves picking up as the storm chases you. Then you do notice a building, a round and smooth building like a boulder, but it has a door as lights as well.
>>599036 >>599037 >>599041 You come closer and find there are close to a Dozen small round houses, and one Large round building. They are made of bricks and wooden logs, the area is all lit up with lights on poles so you can see your way around. The wind is rattling your sails a bit, as if they ship were complaining about having to work. You see a pair of ponies staring up at the skies.
>>599050 >>599053 You steer the ship downwards, the ponies come into clearer view, they are looking at you strangely. One has a spear, and the other has a sword and shield They are standing around near a harpoon. You only see a couple other air ships. One huge, beast of a ship, an iron hull, its broad flags have an anvil inside of a mountain on them, crew crawling all over it. two medium sized ships, both seems pretty well manned.
>>599078 >>599079 >>599080 "Well, you are a long way from home." They say and nod when they see the goat. "toss a line down, we'd best get your ship secure before the storm picks up." They gesture over to post that looks very much like a big nail hammered into the ground. A good place to tie down a ship.
When last we left off, our pirates had docked their ship in a small town on the plains, the houses all round like boulders, everypony hurried inside cept for the few guards of course. There are three other air ships here, one large metal covered monster of a ship, using propellers instead of a traditional balloon, and two merchant vessels which appear suitably manned. You could go into the general store "Wolf Supplies", the tavern or "Great Lodge", or the bakery "Wolf's Best Bread". All of them appear still open, and on the main street.
>>600004 Your coin lands on tails, which is the picture of a sword and cannon, heads is a picture of a crown on a mountain. >>600008 >>600005 You both head into the bakery, the sweet scent of freshly baked goods fills your senses with warmth and joy. There is a zebra stallion behind the counter who greets you with a smile and a wave. "HelloHello Welcome to Wolf's Best, Best Bread on the Prairie! Can I offer you a sample? Would you like to have a seat for a while?" >>600006 >>600007 You both go into the Lodge, you hear upbeat singing from the stage, there are ponies, gryphon, zebra, and even diamond dog all singing along and drinking. You spot an open table near the bar, you'd be able to call attention to yourselves easily here, or a table more in the back where you could not be bothered most of the night.
>>600010 You jump on to a table and bleat belt out the notes, with perfect harmony, ponies start to whistle and cheer and clap along to the rhythm. "Go Goat Girl" you hear over the roar of the crowd. Even the band seems impressed and calls you up to take a bow! >>600012 You take a drink from a particularly distracted table of earth pony stallions, and over hear some of their chatter. "Yea! Look at the goat gal go!" "That's a nanny you nit," "More like she could use a Nanny, looks at those horns, she's barely older than a filly!" "She surely doesn't sound like fhilley." "You'd best not be hung over tomorrow, I know how you get air sick!" >>600013 >>600011 "HA, No, Wolf is just the name of this town. The Great Wolf Lodge. Bein' as it was jus the lodge at first, and there are wolves all around this place." He has breads, pastries, honey covered buns, tiny cakes with letters on them, cup cakes, all things you'd expect to see from a bakery. "As far as persevered breads, the Air Light and Bird Bran might be what you're after. They are specifically made to survive long periods on airships. Air Light is a white bread, with a softer texture, Bird Bran is a dark bread, with a bit of a crunch."
>>600014 Sit amidst them, totally pretending I've got nothing to do with the missing drink. "Great performance, wasn't it? How often do you even get to see something like this, with all the time you spend at sky?"
>>600015 The crowd cheers and waves back, a few cries for more rise up, and a few others turn back to their drinks and conversations. >>600016 "Yea, its nice to get our hooves on the ground. Earth ponies are most at home in the dirt. That's what muh pa always said. And he was right." the orangish stallion says and sets down his drink between him and the blue stallion. "You might enjoy it more if you relaxed a bit." the blue stallion replies and drinks from the same cup that orange one just put down. "Not everypony is out to get you." "Hey, I bet you spend a lot of time in the skies, you look like the type anyway." The white furred stallion says looking kind of smug as he sees his friends drink dilemma. >>600018 Mango bread? What is that? Sounds like a french thing. And this ain't no frenchy town. "Air Light, I can sell you a loaf for 3 silver. or [a week's worth] for a gold, if you're looking to stock up." >>600017 "Ah! That'd be a silver for two." The zebra stallion smiles. "How old is the kid?"
>>600019 I'm not sure how it would work either! …Maybe that could be my next project… If I remember correctly, I've got 60 Silver on hand? Or did I forget to subtract the price of my items from my total starting cash?
>>600020 He's talking to some earth ponies, the orange one looks really really drunk. "Hey is the goat girl!" "NANNY" "I told you already she's not an old goat! See." They offer you a seat. >>600021 "Mister One Way, because-" "Because he can only fall one way" The blue one chimes in making the orange one laugh hardily. >>600022 "4 silver for a loaf, or [slightly less than a week's worth] for a gold" Its slightly more, but dark bread is known to last a little longer too. >>600023 You have enough for bread. bread is cheap.
>>600024 "Tempting, especially since we don't know where that Cap'ain of ours will take us. Say, you wouldn't have a little of the old stuff you can add on, just to have it taken off your sheets? Unsold product is lost profit anyways, but we can help you with that."
Haggle, let's try to see if we can start adding a little more to our haul. '1d20+6'
>>600025 "Sure. I'll pack a crate of it, and here's the sweet roll now." He slides you a sweet roll and writes down the amount of bread. >>600028 "Well Its true that I had a cancellation earlier this week, and so few ponies want sourdoe around here, I could toss that on." The zebra rubs his chin and nods. "Just a couple silver more, to cover the box." >>600026 "Ah, we work on the vessel Carol Cruise, but the captain is over there" "We can call em' over for ya." "No way, I don't wanna call the capt' outta a game." "You're pretty smart still huh." You see who they mean, a red earth pony wearing a largish hat and coat, locked in a poker game with three others. >>600027 "Not a one!" "You're a cute kid. Want a drink?" "Idiot, she's too young to drink." "How'd you learn to sing like that?"
>>600030 "Ten minutes." The orange one says and tries to grab the drink, but the blue one is currently drinking it. He looks confused and tries to find his original drink. "More than that, but It looks like Quincy is done." You see a large billy goat get up and leave. "So they might wrap it up soon." >>600032 "Well I can hold onto the order until you're ready to pick it up."
>>600036 >>600039 You head into the Great Wolf Lodge, the band is playing upbeat drinking music a few patrons are attempting to sing along, but most are occupied at their tables with their own conversations and drinks. You notice the captain and the kid at a table with three earth pony stallions. >>600038 "You really think so? Dang, maybe there is a chance! If someone as talented as you thinks so!" The white stallion just shakes his head. Also your friends just walked in. >>600037 They are playing with decently large sums of money, most of that is going to the brown unicorn, but the red earth pony does look determined to win, the pink maned pegasus looks like she wants to fold and cut her losses.
>>600048 Like a gryphon or a dire wolf, your eyes are locked on your target, the brown unicorn and his growing pile of coin. Meanwhile your drink is refilled. >>600046 The blue one chuckles and then looks at the orange one, who is glaring at him. "Ey! did you steal my drink?" "You probably drank it all." "HEY I NEED ANOTHER DRINK" He calls to the bar maid, who promptly remedies the problem and refills the captain's cup too.
>>600052 "Remember the boat! And hey, enjoy a drink! I think we have the night cut out for us." >>600053 Give the compass a quick look. Is this what I'm here for? What this town holds for us? Just a tiny stack of gambled money?
>>600054 Your compass points several directions, to the wall where there are a few bounties posted, to the table of gambled money, to the well armored fellows over by the side, to the general store across the street, and to the band on the stage.. if you had to guess, your compass was telling you there are lots of ways to make profit in a town, or the thing could just be spinning on itself like a broken compass.
>>600056 "You've been the only one without a drink the whole timez, how rude o' me." One of the barmaids sees your plea and smirks, the orange stallion nods and hands a coin to the lady who then brings you an orange juice.
>>600066 Into the game? Well there is an open seat. The Pine maned pegasus tentatively puts a few more coins into the pot, the red earth pony looks stressed out as he tosses a few more in as well, the brown unicorn doesn't give anything away.. and he wins this round as well. >>600070 You trot over to the bounties and see that there is a problem with a 'wolf mystic' or 'werewolf' depending on which writer you want to believe at, the bounty on this would be enough to buy you a small canon. There is a list of standing rewards for proof of any monster killed, valued by monster, there's a bounty straight from Law Forge for a purple and blue crystal pony, named 'Grey Beacon' looks like a tough guy, he's got a scar on his right hoof, is wanted for piracy, theft, murder. >>600071 The stallion looks down at you with a curious expression. "Hello Kid."
>>600075 You keep a decent poker face. "Alright, I guess we've exchanged a bird for a bird." the brown stallion says. "Yea, maybe the odds will change with you here." the pink maned pegasus says. The red stallion grumbles. "Fine." >>600076 Your feathered crewmate is joining in. Might prolong it for a while. >>600078 >>600080 >>600079 The stallion raises his eye brow at you. '1d20+5'
>>600080 >>600078 "Hmm You move fast. I mean really. I didn't expect anyone to notice until we headed back to lawforge.. But yea. I was planning to mutiny in a couple days, got a few of the crew who feel a bit under appreciated. All the trading we do, for the 'royal crown' ha, we could do better. Course some of them want to give the captain another shot, being its such an impressive vessel."
>>600083 There are only three other ships here. One iron monster, and two similar trading ships, the Carol Cruise is a trading ship, with a more traditional easy to manage air balloon, Its on the end as well.
>>600090 "Captain Ruby Hoof, and we'd defeat him and set down outside of a town, we'll be long long gone by the time he can report it, and into Law Forge to register for a new shipment before anyone can catch up." >>600091 You could sneak in where the canons are, or from the port side. Or you try something sneakier to distract them.
>>600097 >>600096 They've been here a bit longer than I have and seem to know how to play off each other. Let's see if I can take advantage of this and Notice any of their tells while keeping them talking. '1d20+5'
"So, what keeps all you fine folk here? Or are y'all like me and just passing through?"
>>600095 You go inside, there is gunpowder, a stack of canon balls, a door to the south, some stairs up and down. >>600093 >>600098
"Huh, you're a bit luckier than me this time" The brown unicorn comments and actually keeps raising you. "Yea, we'll see how long that lasts." The pegasus retorts.
"Well I'm here most nights." The brown stallion smiles. "You wouldn't guess it, but I actually live around here." "I'm just passing through. I heard he was a good game, so I decided to play." The pegasus says. "Just hoping to win big before I go off to another boring trade. But with a cutie mark in navigation, I don't have much choice besides sailing the skies." The red earth pony replies. >>600094 "She sure is.. a stallion would feel like a king with a ship like that.. All metal, those mechanical propellers.. No danger from birds poppping your balloon"
>>600099 "As for me, just another sailor latching on to the first captain that was hiring." "So you work 'round these parts?" I ask to the Brownie. "You already know where you're going, or just waiting for the storm winds to bring you a new crew?" I ask as I turn to the Red pony.
>>600098 You notice that the pegasus ruffles her feathers a bit when she's losing, and smiles bigger with her ears perked up when she's got a good hoof, The Unicorn doesn't give away much at all, but the Red earth pony gives away plenty, no wonder he's losing. >>600101 Your gryphon friend is over playing cards, he's actually up it seems. The Captain isn't here, and the goat is talking to some well armored strong guy. >>600102 Behind the door you see several crates of supplies. Its a little dark thou. >>600103 "It does mean that. We'd have to be alert, looking for Mint, Hollow Front, Gerald Goldenwing, and the Howler, that crazy diamond dog." >>600104 "Yea, over at the general store." Brown replies. "We're headed toward the south, to a new port that's opened up down there, Poneton. Hoping for some more exciting trades." Red replies.
>>600106 You stumble around in the dark and find a shining spy glass next to an old lantern. >>600107 There's always that chance. The sweet roll melts slightly in your mouth, the sugar seeping around, it kind of reminds you of the time you drank honeydew beer. >>600108 "No way, they are direhard loyalists who even believe in that prince's dream of a united land. and that's why we aren't making money! They are too busy dreaming." >>600109 '1d20+3' "Oh, I go a little bit of here, a little bit of there. I'm really a bounty hunter myself. You're not wanted for anything are you?" She smirks.
>>600110 Good. Now, off to the Store! I need to do some shopping! Specifically, I need ingredients for a Confidence Potion, a Wilding Oil, and an Acid Vial. Not necessarily enough to finish them, but a start would be nice.
>>600113 "The usual stuff, ores moving back and forth. We have a prisioner actually believe it or not. A pirate!" He whispers excitedly. "Leonis the Lion Caller, a unicorn who claims to be able to master any wild life." >>600114 "You can call me Petunia, I like that name." The pink maned mare smiles. "Captain Crackle." The red stallion replies, "The Carol Cruise is my lady, a fine little vessel she is." "Dust Bowl, I'm just the guy that restocks the shelves, that old man wouldn't give me a more important job until I quit gambling. And I'm just too good at gambling to quit!" Brown laughs.
You're doing so well that Petunia folds and shakes her head and pockets the small pile of coin she's got left. "I'm out, this game is too manly for me." Dust Bowl narrows his eyes on you, roll notice. "You've got a bit of skill there. How long you been playing?" Crackle looks pretty annoyed. "I think I need another drink." >>600115 Okay, You go into the store there is an old stallion here rubbing the counter with some polish. The walls are lined with things like chains and ropes, and and shelves with various supplies. >>600117 You find 30 silver, a painting of the Lady Belleflower Opaleye holding the baby Ronan, a fairly popular piece since Belleflower is a lovely mare, A crate full of furs, a very fancy looking book about alchemy, and some sheet music.
>>600120 each of those things is about 25 pounds, you light load is 70 pounds. you hear hoof steps on the stairs. >>600123 "Sounds like you've had a hard life." You notice Dust Bowl trying to cheat, he has a card in his sleeve!
"You never know where a scumbag will be hiding, a small town like this might be just the place to lay low for a while." Petunia says leaning back and drinking a bit. >>600122 You get some things to help you get started, including beakers and a few potted plants.
You know, to tie down stuff on your air ship, really this place has a bit of everything. even a few weapons behind the counter. >>600121 He nods. "Of course. I wouldn't dare expose you."
>>600125 Wait, yea, those are much lighter. only 1/10th of a pound for the music, the book is 5 pounds, the crate of fur is 25 pounds and the painting is 4 pounds but a little awkward to carry. You can carry it, but probably not past the crew!
>>600127 "Greyjoy, Captain greyjoy!" He laughs heartily. >>600130 >>600126 Okay! You hear the gryphon and pony outside of the door chatting. "Its already freezing out." "yea, I hope this storm passes soon." "Why'd we stay behind again?" "Somepony had to, I mean we do have to watch the stuff." >>600131 10 silver. >>600129 He frowns a bit and decides not to cheat. "Yea, tough break.. but that's the world we live in. I wonder if that Ronan character can really live up to his promise of freedom from monsters." Crackle breaks even this round. "Well, not much you can do up keep on sailing. I'm lucky enough to have a few contacts in Spiritos to fall back on, but I don't have much family either."
>>600132 "What do you plan on moving around with your ship, Captain? Pardon the question, but since I still don't know the future destination of my own vessel, I think gathering a little knowledge for myself is my best option."
"I don't think this world will ever be free of 'em. We can drive them off, make some spots safer, but it feels like this is the long haul we'll have to plan around. I'm a Gryphon anyways, it's not like I was going to be on land often enough anyway to miss it too much."
I've already got their tells, can I force them to fold and see how much I can win off 'em?
>>600137 Well, that's a no then. And I can't even kill them or their pals will know it. What about a good old distraction? It's still dark, no? Let's throw something to the other side of the cargo hold, beyond them. Does that count as bluff or throw ranged attack?
>>600142 your area is dark, and you remain concealed. I will say its a ranged attack. >>600141 You go outside, its pouring down rain and your fur gets wet. >>600139 Of course, as such it can have adverse effects on young goats if she eats enough.
>>600140 After that, go set up the chain on the ship to tie us to shore. '1d20+4' Ride check, I believe? >>600144 Obviously, that's why it has to be a doctor in charge of making sure she doesn't get too much! And oh, look, I happen to be a doctor, among other things!
>>600145 "I could go for a drink." Crackle says. "Eh; Fine. I've won enough for tonight I guess. You didn't do bad yourself Arrid." >>600146 You barely toss it out the door, more of dropping it, "Great somepony probably didn't secure the crates properly." The pony groans. "Or its just something the rain knocked loose." The gryphon suggests. >>600147 Its the Large metal one with those propeller engines. The lights inside are on. You going to go right up to it? You notice the Bat pony doctor going toward the ship. >>600148 You can just take 10 on that unless its a stressful situation, but you think it might be reduntant to use the chain and the rope that they already tied your ship down with. You see buttermilk hopping around freely in the rain.
>>600152 You go outside into the rain and get your feathers soaking wet. You notice your crew going past your ship over to the huge metal one. >>600150 '2d20' >>600151 A pony yells at you from on deck "Yo, What are you doing down there!"
>>600156 They toss you a rope ladder to help you climb up. "Get up here and tell us what you want with our captain." >>600155 Oh! I see. Done. You have a chain attached to the ship now. >>600157 >>600158 You have the crazy idea to fly in and around the storm clouds. The Gryphon tries to keep up but slams into one getting zapped and falling down. You can get away without him seeing now.
>>600159 Arch around a cloud and back again away from the rest of them. I need to ditch this stuff somewhere where it can't be traced to me. Look for an unused nook in a rooftop, an empty jar on the streets, or even a pidgeonhouse if I have to! '1d20+5'
>>600162 It tastes like wet wood, which is kinda like a cracker, but with more splinters, probably because of all this rain! When you get up there you see three ponies staring at you. "So, what's the word little goat." >>600161 You stash the bread below decks, into the storage area. It looks a little fuller with those crates there. >>600163 Well the goat is climbing on board the big ship, and the bat pony went into your ship. You could follow up the rope ladder if you want. >>600160 You see a vacant house not too far from the docking area. That would probably work.
>>600165 You stash it in the empty closet. That should be okay. >>600166 "Really now?" "I don't like it, she could be an assassin or something." "Maybe we should tell the captain and let him decide." >>600167 You hear her demanding to see the captain and the earth ponies deciding to go fetch him. >>600167 >>600168 "Both of you stay here. I'll be back with word from the captain." one of them leaves.
>>600173 Yea, the players are scattered about drinking in their own groups, the pink maned pegasus is over at the bar, the brown unicorn is smiling and talking to a few others, he is kind of waving the cards about like he wants to play more, the red stallion is back with his crew.. none of your crew are actually in here. >>600171 >>600170 After a few minutes a burly looking crystal pony with red eyes and an orange coat greets you. "Welcome aboard, I am Captain Ruby Hoof. I heard you needed to see me? Perhaps you could come out of the rain?" He gestures for you to follow after determining you're not a threat.
>>600181 You charge back outside and look around from the ship, you spot two of them, the goat and the gryphon, being escorted inside the metal ship. >>600184 >>600185 >>600187 "Right, lets get you warmed up." He leads the three of you inside and turns on some lamps and it doe get a little warmer, a relief to your soaked bodies. "Here, have a towel." He pulls a couple of towels down and hands them to you, you spot a few rings on his hooves. "I hope you realize not to try anything dumb just because there's more of you here. I'm a capable fighter, and I don't want to hurt a guest."
>>600190 You fly on to the deck and are immediately surrounded, the captain pokes his head out "Another one? fine send him in too." >>600191 >>600192 >>600193 You see your captain land on deck. "Well. I'd be a fool not to hear out what you have to say, but I've seen better threats so I hope you're not trying to threaten me."
>>600197 >>600195 >>600199 Point at my own captain. "See! He is my captain! He is a very good captain and he told me to find out more about a pony! That pony turned out to be a pony called Greyjoy, and he is planning something baaaaaaaad! He wants to mute your iny with a mutiny! His main peeps are Raven Feather, Ink Brush… uh, Joker or something and Teal Skies! The only really loyal ponies you can trust are Howler, Gerald, Minty and Hollow Front! The baddies wanted to beat you up and put you out in no pony's land where who knows what would happen to you!" Motion like crazy as I talk while jumping all around.
>>600201 >>600200 Ruby Hoof looks completely shocked "Whaaaaaat! That can't be. Greyjoy isn't nearly as ambitious as that!" And then leans into your face, his eyes making an examining expression "You sure about that kid?"
>>600202 "He wants to thank us and the guy who I talked with said they had a prisoner pirate who can talk to animals and everything!" Snicker at the thought. "We are pirates too, right? What do you think?"
>>600211 Nod slowly. >>600209 And then turn around with a dashing smile. "Say, you might have something we could use. It'd be a very small price to pay, after such a big news… We'd like to be the ones who bring your prisoner to Law Forge." Impress. And action die. '1d4'
>>600210 "Its just a matter of finesse. Handling each pony individually, while making them feel part of the crew." >>600211 >>600212 "Oh, you must mean Leonis, He's pretty dangerous are you sure about that?" The captain sighs. "Well I suppose you want his bounty? Is that right? Its a fair enough trade I suppose. We'll go down to the cells together then." #pause
You were being lead by Captain Ruby Hoof to the the prisoner Leonis the Lion Caller, a unicorn pirate. You pass by the crew, who all at least glance at you, The burly crystal pony stops at the cell and nods to the guard who hoofs over the key. He stops short of opening it. "Hey, what's this extra prisoner? When did she get here?" "Just an hour ago sir, she was seen with Leonis, so we thought it'd be best to hold her until.. You mean Ink didn't tell you right away?" He groans and turns to your group. "Just a moment while I sort this out." You can see a pale blue sheep in a green and blue dress, she has blue eyes and is sitting on the bench. Laying on the floor is a yellow unicorn with a tan mane, he is flicking a pebble at the wall over and over, his golden eyes fixating on the captain, who doesn't address him but instead the sheep. "So, what's your name miss?"
— Dania You were so rudely taken in here by those pirate hunters, they didn't even stop to listen to you. But at least the company is pretty good, and you're already getting attention from a orange and red crystal pony, and a few others following him, a bat pony, a young looking goat, a pegasus pony, and a gryphon. "So, What's your name miss?" The Red and orange crystal pony says, holding the key in his hoof.
>>600218 She looked at him with a neutral stare. ''Dania…Lady Dania'' She spoke without much excitement as she took a moment to take in the details of her surroundings ''But how about you kind sir?what is your name?'' She asked raising an eyebrown and looking at him up and down
>>600219 The unicorn raises his head and looks over at you, "Hey." >>600220 Hop hop hop, you're like a little goat balloon. >>600221 "Well Lady Dania, I'm Ruby Hoof, Captain of this vessel." You notice his concern for you, he wears a jacket, and a wide brimmed hat, which is slightly wet from the rain. The cell is decent enough, it has a bed and a tiny bookshelf even. The bench you're on is metal, Leonis let you have that because of you being a lady. "Is it true that you were with pirates?" >>600222 They are very reclusive, living only in the mountains far north and rarely going far away from the homeland.. which begs the question how one got down here at all. You happen to have heard that their prince is missing, perhaps she is looking for him, or simply very very lost.
>>600223 ''Well…The ''truth'' is that I was near the pirates when you found me ''But I was certainly not working for them,and not working with them either.'' She spoke regally and in a reserved tone She glanced to the party for a second before looking back to Ruby ''Now what I wanted to know is why you captured me and threw me in this cell without even giving me a chance to explain myself. That is not a very good manner to treat a lady you know?'' Ending her sentence with a ''humph'' and raising her chin lightly. She turned to the party again as Doc called her
>>600224 ''Yes…And no…I was taking care of my own business until these brutes took me. Simply unbelieavable!'' She said raising her chin again,looking annoyed
>>600226 Cock an eyebrow at your snooty behavior towards the ponies currently keeping you prisoner. "Not da brightest lamp, are ye…" Still, this is curious. Time to investigate! "So, yer business wouldnae happen ta involve yer missin' prince, would it? Or did ye jest take a wrong turn at the mountains?"
>>600225 They do! >>600226 The captain rubs his chin. "Well when it sounds like somepony got a little too aggressive. You have my apologizes." "Anyway, Leonis, you've got a new handler, these ponies are gonna take you the rest of the way to Law Forge." He motioned for the unicorn the stand up and unlocked the door roughly pushing him out and away from you, toward the pegasus. Ruby Hoof then offered you a hoof to help you out. Leonis looks longfully back at you. >>600219 The unicorn is being thrust in your general direction. But he's not really paying attention to you.
>>600227 For a brief moment,Doc could see her pupils shift and widen a bit ''I do not know what you are talking about. I have not received news of my kingdom in many months…'' She spoke calmly,looking away from him ''I did not take a wrong turn.'' She started,sounding a bit upset by that ''What?are you implying I could not wander alone without taking care of myself throught this vast world? I am simply a lady,looking for a life of adventures,if that is what you are wondering'' She spoke pushing a small bit of wool away from her face.
>>600228 She looked at the captain,her angry expression softening a bit. ''hm…Very well,since you are truly sorry for what you did…I suppose I could forgive you…'' She gladly took Ruby's hoof,but did not got up yet,and took a few seconds to look back at Leonis. ''Yes?'' She asked him,blinking gracefully a few times
>>600229 No, of course not. You're not just full of hot air after all. >>600230 His golden eyes gaze over you, "Hmm I guess that's how it is." >>600231 You are now in the hall with the others, Ruby hoof looks concerned again. "You're traveling all alone? I'm sorry that's not really safe for a lady like yourself, hordes of monsters, scum like that pirate, I would be amiss to see you alone." Leonis just smiles dumbly back. "Yes."
>>600232 She nodded. ''A group of misfit adventurers I see.'' She spoke analizying everyone in the party A soft chuckle and a small smile ''well…That sounds interesting…''
>>600233 ''now that I know of it…Mmnhyes…It is a shame,he was such a handsome and graceful prince…I wonder what would have made him disapear…'' She wondered looking at the hoof for a moment,smiling to herself
>>600234 ''Hm…I may be a lady,but I know how to take care of myself…'' She spoke looking away from him ''Still…Thank you for your worry…Looks like at least some of you are rather decent…'' She spoke with a smile,blinking her eyes quickly and rather adorably Then she glanced back at leonis. ''Is there anything…you need from me sir?'' She asked him, her light blue eyes locked into his
>>600237 >>600236 "Well that would certainly put my mind at ease. If she's agreeable to that of course." >>600238 "Of course, of course still.." He rubs his chin a bit. Leonis shakes his head. "Wait are you going with us? That's be.. great" he has a stupid smile again. Ruby hoof chuckles a bit. "Well if you want to go with them, you'd probably be safer. Of course its up to you, you're a free lady after all."
>>600245 She could not help but chuckle ''No child…I just saw your pretty horns,so similar to mine,and assumed that'' She said leaning down to pat her head
>>600246 She leaned back a bit at the boop ''Um…Alright…'' She said a bit weirded out ''Well how about instead of ''Girl'' I become the ship's um…Secret service provider?'' Sounds better does it not?''
>>600247 She raised an eyebrown as she saw him eyeing her ''hm…Why is that?'' She asked lifting a tiny hoof. Her white wool looked rather well cared,shining in the light,and perfectly brushed and fluffed as well She looked like a blue cotton candy ball in a dress
>>600249 ''yes…let us go I cannot wait to know more about you all~'' She spoke with a brief,cute giggle
>>600252 ''Yes darling,I am a sheep,not a goat. …I a way…You could say we are like ''cousins'' yes?'' she spoke smiling to herself at the silly thought
>>600253 nice thing to know ''Yes,rather good actually'' She said closing her eyes an putting a hoof on her chest in a proud pose. ''I spend many months in my childhood learning all about assasination,infiltration,Deceiving… And seducing the hearts of poor fools,huhuhu…''
>>600254 She looks at it ''I will be fine,a good scrubbing will make my perfect wool perfect again'' She spoke melancholically And then sighed. ''Why did I not brought an umbrella…''
>>600249 >>600252 >>600251 >>600250 You depart back to ship, Captain ruby gives you some rubber-ish jackets to help with the rain, and its decently effective, only your hooves and noses get a little damp. The ship is cozy to put it nicely, but it is warm and dry at least.
>>600257 She smiled at the nice gesture. ''Hmmn,just what I needed,thank you'' She spoke wearing the jacket Once inside she took a deep breath to take the ship's scent ''Ah…Smells just like I imagine it would…Lovely…'' she spoke looking for a place to rest her tired hooves properly,that prison cell was rather uncomfortable
>>600260 It smells like adventure! Or maybe rusty metal. You could go into the bedroom, which is a lot of bunkers all together, a few have been chewed on. There is a small area fit for eating, with a table and benches. >>600262 It does help some, just to be cautious you move carefully behind the clouds before diving down into the chimney. This house is full of dust and cobwebs, a few of the doors are stuck open, only one area even looks a little disturbed, the living room area. >>600263 Leonis smirks. "Ha, you managed to bluff them? What a scheme. I like you already."
>>600264 Sitting down,she looks at the place Now you are part of crew Novelus…hehe…Looks like things are finally looking up for you ''Well…I suppose I should get to know my crew members!'' She said sounding excited and jumping off from her seat elegantly She walks over to Sudden
>>600267 ''Well Sir,I do not know if you heard me but my name is Dania,it is certainly a pleasure to be among your crew'' She said humbly ''Now,care to tell me a bit about the ship,the crew,and about yourself as well?'' she asked politely
>>600267 >>600271 >>600268 Leonis kind of spaces out when Dania moves over but comes to life again when he hears your goal. "Oh, the greatest pirate? So that means you've already got a plan? Maybe some kind of treasure map? I'm pretty much the best beast tamer in the world."
>>600273 ''Beast tamer?huhu,not that is something I never saw before…'' She turned to him,looking fascinated ''Please,do tell me more about it…''
>>600275 ''hmn…Money you say?I do not have much,these dresses are expensive you know?even for a lady like myself But I would be glad to help with finances with the little I have. Now,how do you plan to get the money,a better ship and more crew?''
>>600274 You make a tower the nearly reaches the ceiling! Its fluffy and very unstable, but you can carefully stand on it. >>600276 "I'll have you know that I can make any wild creature listen to me. Its my gift." He says boastfully. "Once I got a whole pack of lions under my command, nopony dared make a move on me that day. I made such a good haul.. if only I still had even a gem of that treasure.." >>600275 "Right, Right, all that comes first naturally."
>>600279 ''Oooooh,who will we battle against?don't tell me you already are mortal enemy with someone?''
>>600280 She listened,genuinely entranced. ''Goodness,that is an amazing talent… any wild creature,no exceptions?'' She leaned to hear him better,eagerly taking all the details with a smile in her face
>>600290 ''yes,and also'' She startes,pulling a dagger from a fold in her dress ''I can silence any who gets in our way as well'' She said smiling as she played with the blade in her hooves ''And another talent of mine would be deceiving,and I could use my exotic charms to help convincing more crew to join us,how about it hmmn?''
>>600284 "Of course! And even if they didn't listen at first I'd just knock em' around until they do. Did I ever tell you about the one time I wrestled a bear?" >>600288 You can, its thick and etched with spooky runes and written like it belonged to someone even crazier than you. It allows you to spend a round researching a brew so you get a circumstance bonus (right now a +1) to the next roll related to it this session, so you can recover a regent for it or to brew it better or something along those lines >>600283 >>600281 The goat has stolen all the pillows for her tower and looks to be sleeping comfortably.
And so a new day for piracy begins. You have a crew of six, crates full of bread, and even a bit of loot. What more could you need? The birds are chirping and the sun is peaking through a crack in the side of the ship, a new adventure must be around the corner. pause or keep going?
>>600296 ''Well,do not fret,I promise you I will help more than what i could possibly ruin here. But for now,I desire you all good night. Especially for you captain,rest well'' She said booping his nose the same way he did earlier and then retiring to sleep
>>600300 Its not something you have to roll for, its to help you succeed on alchemy related checks when you have a specific potion in mind and help explain how you know this stuff off hand. >>600301 >>600299 #pause
>>600455 Its a functional but slightly slow vessel, you could improve its speed by replacing a few of these patched sails, there are a couple places where the boards don't completely connect, and the paint is a bet worn down. The goat emblem is recognizable but very weathered. The balloon is solid, and the steam boiler is functional. You could replace it with something more efficient eventually.
>>600459 "Of course I am! We are gonna assault our first ship today!" >>600461 "Let's not get her under any enemy fire then! We will do this real sneaky like!" >>600462 Off to the deck! Have the other ships left already?
>>600469 >9 You look into the spying glass, and its all just so bright, so bright, why does this pirating have to take place in the morning! You see something kinda to the south west, but its blurry and might be a cloud instead of a ship.
>>600473 ''Good,good…'' She spoke with a yawn,still leaning on the little sleep she still had in her. She resumed her humming as she watched the captain go.
>>600474 ''The best kind.yes…'' With that she made a mental check of her belongings and the dagger she hid on her dress. All was in order. She smiled to herself,muttering ''excelent'' as she eagerly waited for the day of adventures ahead of them
>>600482 ''Excuse me.'' She said with a twinge of annoyance ''Could you use…Another term please?I do not enjoy having my species described as such.'' She said. ''Also I do want to see it myself as well,could someone be so kind as to pass it to me?''
>>600485 >>600486 She looks at him increduously. And then huffs,closing her eyes and raising her head proudly ''Why I never,ugh,So rude…'' She replied,feling offended Annoyed she went to get to find something productive to do What is there to do by the way?I'm lost
>>600489 >>600487 >>600490 Well Okay, now that all of you are helping, you managed to get up to speed. The sails are aimed properly, the super heated steam air is making your balloon rise quickly, you catch a southwestern air current by chance and start gaining on the target.
>>600492 You steer the ship over to a line of clouds, and with the small size of your ship you could probably hide behind it all the way up to the merchant ship. Which will be in one more turn at this pace.
You pull up close to the merchant ship, its flags full and whole, its hull spotless, well aside from the spot that's being scrubbed at this moment, there are about six crew members on deck, only three of them look like they can fight, indicated by the red xs.
>>600501 Taking a deep breath,Dania felt the tingles coursing her body and the butterflies in her stomach. She was so nervous,yet so excited. It felt almost unreal that this was happening. ''Just like in your books,Novelus…'' She whispered only to herself as she followed the captain,not shouting,but rather focusing on the spot to land. She then jumped from the rope and to fall right on top on the stallion at H5,looking like the most isolated one. '1d10'
>>600506 Since you decided to pick on the guy with a mop, you also land a hit, and the poor guy tries to run over to his armed friends, but you can probably stop him if you're fast. roll that initiative
>>600519 She obeyed,running as fast as her tiny hooves carried her,and careful to not step on her dress . She ran straight to the on at E4 and aimed her dagger for her attack '1d20' running '1d20+2' normal attack
>>600534 Ideally it will get resolved one at time so you don't have overkill, but I can manage this way You slice him and whisper your threatening words like a real pirate captain, he screams. "AAaaah Pirates!" But doesn't run away or drop his weapon. >>600539 You hit his head a few times and he flinches a bit. >>600527 roll for your damage now
>>600578 A diamond dog marches on deck, he has a red hat and coat, and he shout back at you. "You Scrappy Pups are the ones causing so much trouble? Well. If you want the captain. That's me." He draws a pistol in one paw and a sword in the other. At his side is an earth pony glaring at you all. >>600579 you do that, all in a pile on deck now.
When Last we left off our motley band of pirates had boarded a merchant vessel and demanded to see the captain. The captain has answered that call, and now stands before you, aiming a gun and a blade at your team, a strong earth pony at his side. '2d20'
>>601751 >>601753 >>601755 >>601752 Well, looks like dania (pink heart), secret( red dot), chance( the blue star), the enemy first mate (black diamond), the enemy captain(black star), then the doc (black cross).
>>601756 Dania glanced at both of them,analyzing their features with attention as she slowly moved to her right and without a word,grabbed a rope tied to the sails of the ship ship and then her dagger with another hoof. She blew them a kiss as she cut the rope and rose up to the mast '1d20'
>>601765 >>601763 You dash forward and hit the captain dog with your nunchuks, he shakes his head a bit and growls at you. "Dirty Pirate scum. I'll take you on!" >>601764 That 19, I'll put you after Sylt. >>600578 Captain, your turn.
>>601788 You have a +1 to that attack MINIMUM from your class ability, + your Attribute Score bonus to the relative (str or dex) bonus + eventual 1 for the forte of the weapon you are wielding if you have it + 4 from the battle plan below.
>>601789 Alright. >>601788 >14 from flanking and the compass The earth pony can't move fast enough and your dagger sinks into his fur. Damage roll please. to speed things up you can roll for damage without knowing if its a hit or not
>>601796 Oh, I misread the order again, you're correct! >15 You hit the diamond dog again, going right through his blocking paws. "You'll never have this ship!" He coughs a bit and seems somehow slower.
In an artistic dance of metal, your two blades move right past his attempts to parry with his own blade. He collapses on the deck dead. The Earth pony immediately drops his weapons and puts his hooves up. [combat complete]
>>601813 "I was just hanging back and seeing how your crew operates. I must say, I'm impressed. Its a small but well coordinated bunch" Your unicorn friend smiles. Soon enough the earth pony is tied up snugly. >>601814 They had 3 barrels of booze here, and a crate of assorted bottles of booze, there is a label on each, looks like they are shipments for a place called 'Slime Dome'.
>>601818 He smirks back "Aye aye captain." >>601817 >>601819 You find a stash of 200 silver, a weathered map, a golden watch, a sharp looking sword with a soft grip, a sort of saddle that's made to help you carry large loads or multiple bulky things on your back, 7 healing potions, and an eye ball in a jar.
>>601821 Its a collectible from the fallen kingdom of Ivalance, it has a desgin of a strange fluffy creature with a ball on the end of its antenna. To the right buyer it would be worth a lot. >>601823 You open the map, and.. It shows an x, a large bird shaped rock, a river, and a some kind of wolf with whiskers. Its titled "treasure of the plains" >>601822 The eye floats around and seems to be staring at you! It looks like the eye of a cat, but huge!
>>601834 The eye is a from a monster known as the cat dragon, they can grow to be the size of a small house, and generally live in jungle areas. They have the ability to see great distances, and even through cloaking magic, so their eyes are valued for study. This particular eye was traded to them in exchange for more mundane supplies.
Last time our pirates of the skies boarded and captured a merchant ship. They found a treasure map, hopeful that it would lead them to riches, they have a gleam in their eye and coin in the pockets. The ship is a medium sized vessel, with four cannons, two on each side. The sails are long, the air balloon is heated with a proper flame, and should be a lot smoother to handle. The rutters are a little small for a vessel this size, but that's an easy enough fix. More relevantly, there are more rooms on this ship than your old one, at least five more doors.
>>601844 Take out a paper with 'Buttermilk' written on it with a pink crayon, and shake it a few times until 70 pieces of silver fall into my hooves. "Well, that's not a problem! We can use this to bribe people and buy supplies in the next town, but only for that because the book is sort of silly!"
>>601845 "That won't happen! Maybe!" Smile sheepishly. "So are we clear, let's tie their hooves up and throw them into the bunks of our old ride, lock them up and get running." >>601846 Oh you. "That's gonna be good for buying us entrance to a port or two."
>>601847 "Arrr. I'll get that started captain." Leonis levitates over a plank to connect the two ships and starts to drag over prisoners. >>601854 The unicorn chuckles at you. >>601856 You make an adorable goat pose.
>>601858 "Nice to see somepony's ready to work!" Smirk. Also, let's move everything of ours over to this ship. >>601857 "We just improved our cannon count by four hundred per cent, seems a good pace to me! But you are right, next town we hit things will go reeeeal quiet."
>>601866 Leonis smiles at you and pulls on the ropes to help adjust the sails. >>601867 You free the prisoners and leave them on the old ship, the earth pony that was first mate stands on deck and watches your ship move away. >>601868 Maybe you can just wander around and let these ponies take care of it, since that worked last time!
>>601876 Safety first of course. >>601875 Of course. You discover probably the best thing about this ship, more sleeping space. Two rooms for the crew, and one for the captain. There is a larger dining area attached to the kitchen, which is fully stocked with a variety of food, including some of that metallia cereal that goat kid likes.
>>601879 Its got a bed, a large table for planning routes, some notes piled up here, they look like requests and orders, a small map that only shows the route from spiritos to law forge. A couple of pins are stuck in it. There is a case for you to display your best loot, but its empty, and a closet with a coat in it.
>>601887 You shuffle through the papers, one of them says 'before you cross the river find the ruins, they should contain a clue' another is a news paper clipping about a flock of aggressive monster birds in the plains. >>601888 Its a fully stocked kitchen, so much food! An not a single rope either. And Metallia! The bestest goat food ever.
>>601891 You grab the cereal and try to dive in, but only your mouth will fit! At least that's the part that eats cereal. It tastes crunchy and sweet and a bit ironish. Great for building your teeth's strength.
You set your new sky vessel toward the large river, known as the Mana Stream, seeking some forgotten ruins. Its been three days of clear weather. Up ahead of you is a forest and a small lake, there are a few houses you could stop here to see if anyone knows about old ruins and get some fresh water. certain unmentioned crew members could use a bath anyway.
>>605524 >>605527 She Blows a bit of her fluff out of her eyes ''Absolutely,now I would LOVE to take a dip on that lake…You know in the palace I just had massive pools… And I never felt how it is to bathe in a real lake'' She says longily staring at it ''Perhaps one of you gentlemen would care to join me?'' she asks with a haunty chuckle
>>605537 It changes to a pleasant purple color, boiling slowly. Its pretty lucky that you nabbed this ship, or you'd be working on this in that kitchen. >>605536 The tan unicorn offers you a hoof to hold. "Aye, a fine lady like you shouldn't be wandering the woods alone. I've heard tales of fierce beasts, even bigger than lions, with eight legs that breath lightning.."
>>605544 ''My,my,such a gentlecolt'' She fluttered her eyes to him,offering a warm smile and allowed him to hold her hoof. But then something hit Novelus in the back of the had You can't Bathe with him you idiot he'll know! She feightened a cough and drew back her hoof. ''Um,thinking well,I actually would love even more if we first um…tried visiting those lovely houses over there,how does that sounds dear?'' She said giving him an apologetic smile
>>605548 "Of course. Stay close." And he gives your hoof a firm grip, in an attempt to make you stay closer to him or perhaps to feel safe. >>605564 >>605568 "…Did you really lie to us Dania?" Leonis looks over with a frown.
The forest is a bit thicker here, forcing you all to walk closely, and blocking out a bit of light.
>>605568 >>605573 She stays unmoving. ''I have no idea of what are you talking about…Captain'' She said calmly,with just a small touch of anger at him ''No Leonis,I did not,Our captain is just making brash assumptions based on a simple coincidence''
>>605580 ''There are more than just one single Sheep kingdom captain,the news of the prince did not fazed many of my kingdom because we were rivals. …In fact that is actually good news for my king. I higly doubt you have ever studied anything about the kingdoms in the mountains, so no… you are positively not in my game,now please stop with those senseless accusations'' She calmly said,with a huff
>>605596 She sighed and shook her head ''No,no no Leonis. Pay attention. There are more than one royal family but only one family in the kingdom And there are more than just one kingdom. you understand now?'' She asked clearly sounding annoyed
>>605597 Do I have to counter roll or something like that?
>>605611 ''Oh you really do not?'' She leaned closer to him ''Maybe you are just afraid I might bring bad luck? Or did you gotraumatized because of a mean mare that rejected you when you were little?… Or…Do you just swing the other way?'' She said with a huge,malicious grin
>>605606 >>605609 Leonis nods and keeps moving, the houses are just ahead.. and they are all covered in moss, some of the boards are missing, you hear animals scurrying around, birds chirping, and an odd rustling like wind in the leaves.
>>605613 She smiled,huffing ''just as I expected. Afraid of a lady~huhuhahaha'' She laughs dauntily putting a hoof dramatically in front of her muzzle ''Very well Captain,let us carry on with our discoveries,since you are so eager to abandon the subject now that I got you cornered…'' She continued walking on,going to visit the first house she found
>>605619 Dania moved to the door of one and slowly knocked ''He-loooOooOo~''
>>605620 You knock on the door and is falls over, a poof of dust and dirt clouds the air around you making you cough. >>605623 You push farther in, there are some abandoned crates, bags, and weapons on the ground, along with skeletons of what appears to be a wolf pack.
>>605633 She closed her eyes ''Coff coff…ugh…I must agree…this is indeed a ghost town…'' She said as she moved along with the others ''So,think there is anything worth looting?'' She asks them as she eyed all of the stuff without much interest
>>605634 "Arr, thar must be! When ponies started moving to the safe zones they left anything that wasn't their own four hooves behind" Leonis stated cheerfully. >>605635 "Aye! Thar be be a plan." He grins and marches over to a house.
>>605642 He pretends to laugh at your joke and moves into the dark house. IF you are going inside please roll to notice! >>605643 You spot a chest, rugged and iron tacted. It shimmers in the sunlight that peaks through the wooden roof. The area is oddly clear of dust.. and the side of the chest has a symbol of a skull on the side.
>>605650 You spot a chest, rugged and iron tacted. It shimmers in the sunlight that peaks through the wooden roof. Otherwise it seems like an abandoned house, a few old dusty shelves and a table. >>605653 "Aye captain." Leonis whispers, as if afraid to disrupt the scene. You draw closer, it seems like a simple latch is all that's between you and sweet loot. Open it?
She jumped back in suprise ''A mimic?where?!'' there was just a bit of excitement in her voice His mind went back to the times of his childhood her mother reading adventure books to him and describing a mimic. the concept fascinated him. A moster disguised as a chest,feeding of unwary adventures and alluring his prey with greed But her thoughts immediately snapped back as she drew her dagger and got into battle position
>>605659 You notice your captain attacking the chest! >>605661 >>605664 The chest abandons its ruse and shows you its jaws, roaring and giving you a good target of its tongue. The mimic manages to defend against the first of your attacks and thinking you finished exposes itself in time for the second attack. It rolls a 14 to smack you with its over sized tongue for 5 damage.
>>605683 Dania had a doubt of strinking the eye or the tongue. Shrugging mentally she opted for the eye,following up quickly after Leonis she jumped directly in front of the chest. then quickly sidesteped to confound it and spun her whole body gracefully as she slashed the eye with a quick crescent motion '1d20+2'
>>605691 Enact the Crush Them! battle plan for a +2 morale bonus to melee and unarmed attack rolls. Then attack the chest again with the same combo as before, using that bonus and the flanking advantage. '1d20+7' double attack. '1d20+7' single. '2d10' '1d10'
Roll #1 17 + 7 = 24 / Roll #2 4 + 7 = 11 / Roll #3 5, 3 = 8 / Roll #4 8 = 8
>>605719 You stab its eye, but this thing is just so weird.. you can't figure out how to really damage it well. >>605723 >>605725 You try taking off the tongue, but the mimic retracts into its self before you can, you deal a good amount of damage to the creature which makes a sort of echoing whimper and coughs up a pile of golden coins before it stops moving. Got 30 coin each.
>>605736 "But then where would the fun be if there isn't a little surprise though. Just watch your tail feathers is all I'm asking. A crew like this only comes along once in a lifetime and I intend to keep it going for a while."
>>605729 >>605732 Leonis laughs heartily and Slaps sudden chance and arrid secret on the back. "Hey, as long as we stick together its no problem."
You can continue to check around, there are abandoned crates and sacks, a few old weapons, the large city hall building which probably has any records, its one of the few intact buildings besides this one.
>>605741 It points you toward city hall. >>605738 You open up a sack, and rotten potatoes fall out of it, at the very bottom of the potatoes is a small crate with a gun inside. The bullets and powder are elsewhere.
Back on the ship, there is a flash of light and loud "Pomf!" from the Doctor's room, followed by clouds of strange-colored smoke leaking out from the window and under the door as his manaical laugher echoes through the ship. "SUCCESS! MY CREATION IS FINISHED! AHAHAHAHA… heheheheh…" Streching, he gives a huge yawn before flopping back onto his bed, soon sawing logs like a champ.
>>605753 The letter talks about unbearable difficulty with the local wildlife.. "Our town's struggles against the wolf packs were going well however, now we've seen the panther dragon, and a lion with a face of stone. We have determined this area is no longer safe. Please mark it as dangerous on your map and leave. We all regret this, since the lake was so rich in fish, but as it is now, we can not settle here. Mayor Bovia" >>605754 Inside of the desk you find a quill with a soft aura, a small map indicating the local land marks: its marked as "interesting sites: potential for tourists" in the corner. There is something about some ruins south of here.. >>605756 You discover an order from Spiritos to attempt to settle this area to provide food and a vacation area to the city, there is a record of a series of payments spanning 5 years.
>>605773 ''Captain,with all due respect… but are you completely out of your mind?we are only in four here,not even all those ponies could hold those things for long,and Doc is on the ship and Butter is…Wait,where is butters?'' She said looking around
>>605766 There is a small note describing them: >Ivalancian ruins, very old, appears to still have valuables. Interesting architecture. >peaceful lake: the river splits off to a gentle stream, which allows our lake to form here, fruitful for fish, slow boat rides, less pure than the river itself but drinkable. >forest cave: we believe the monsters may be nesting inside, explorers have notices a glow sometimes at night coming from with in. >>605769 They were given metals and such for building and weapons to fight with. Resources such as food and seeds for them to attempt to grow.. there is a slight error on these accounting sheets, they are taking in more money than they should be. >>605773 "Arr!" Leonis cheers you on in response. "Nothing will be keeping us from treasure."
>>605780 "I'll do my best captain." >>605777 >>605782 "Ah, Miss Dania.. Princess Dania? I'll be makin' sure ye be safe." He winks at you. "So they'll be no need fer to haunt anypony else" >>605781 At the papers? There is very little indication of where the money came from, and it says it goes to paying for fences and trading fees, or improvements to the structures, but the structures are basic and there was no fence at all. there is a note that says "The LawHooves are onto us." in rushed writing. You realize this is what the law forge's enforcers are often called, since they are mainly earth ponies. >>605783 There is one, but It will have to wait.
The party has landed near an abandoned settlement. Having already investigated two of the intact buildings, they defeated a mimic, and gathered clues from the town hall. There is one building left unchecked, its a medium sized house, the windows are broken, or outright missing. The door was chained shut, but has since fallen apart enough that you can just push it aside.
>>605790 Wake up with a snort, rubbing the sleep from my eyes as I stretch. "Fecking long-haul days, make meh wanna sleep da night away…" Scoop up my finished healing potions and head topside. "Now, If'n I remember correctly, they was headed… over thar." Start flying towards where the party was headed.
>>605791 "…Sure thing princess." Leonis said as he removed the half rotten door, revealing the inside of the house. You friends are on the sofa, There is also a table with an oil lamp, a long table for coffee or such, a hallway which leads to stairs to the attic, or the other rooms. >>605792 You come in near a sofa, covered in dust, but still probably one of the nicer things you've seen so far. There is a table with an oil lamp, a long table for coffee or such, a hallway which leads to stairs to the attic, or the other rooms. >>605793 You follow Chance inside and bounce softly onto the sofa, its extremely soft. There is a table with an oil lamp, a long table for coffee or such, a hallway which leads to stairs to the attic, or the other rooms. >>605794 You dania and Leonis in the middle of the village you wanted to go to, but.. the buildings are covered in moss, most of them look unenterable, and this one that they are outside of is one of the three intact places.
>>605795 Dania looked at the stairs with a bit of curiosity ''Leonis dear could you please join me upstairs? She said ponting to the attic ''usually there are rare things found in attics…Or mosters…Or maybe both…''
>>605801 Yes, its a common species of forest moss, it grows rather quickly, taking over a location in only two years provided there aren't any disturbances. Its soft, but not really great for eating, I believe a diamond dog doctor once said it has the nutritional equivalent of crackers. You may be able to distill it for growth properties, but its also common enough that you can find it in almost any forest. >>605797 >>605798 The three of you head up to the attic, dust covers everything, hiding the color of it. Barrels, crates, and piles of things line the walls, Its worth noting that the crates and the barrels are the same kind of wood that the small gun was in, and which is a white wood, while the scattered crates outside are a darker wood.
>>605809 ''Well you have to admit it is quite fascinating. And I believe that gun we found also was of the same color correct?There is a pattern here The ponies that resided here used white wood now from which tree did they gathered it from? Does it has to do with why they were attacked? How much more valuable it is than normal wood?'' ''Those are things to think about everytime you see something different Captain,you never know where your curiosity may lead you''
>>605806 You dive a hoof into cushions, and pull out a single coin.. wait this is a fake coin, but it might be a nice guitar pick, it has a lucky clover printed on it. >>605807 >>605809 "Hmm. I dunno, isn't wood wood?" Leonis says as he digs through a pile of old clothes, paying attention to anything 'dressy' looking. Dania gets a face full of dust for trying to open the crate, and then hay falls onto the floor at her hooves. >>605808 You see the young goat digging through a sofa, an oil lamp, a coffee table, and hallway leading to stairs upstairs the attic and the other rooms of the house.
>>605811 She groans audibly,both from Leonis comment and from the dust and the hay. ''Just hay'' She mutters as she takes a hankerchief from a layer in her dress and cleans herself. ''Well it seems this used to be their food storage captain,unless anypony is hungry for old,spoiled food,I recomend we leave,there is nothing for us here''
>>605814 She sighs stretching ''Yes,I desire a bath. and aside from that mimic,this whole thing has been a waste of time Unless the information we found proves to be useful in the future…'' She heads out
>>605813 Its made of metal, but kind of bendy like those toy springs you probably played with before. >>605814 >>605815 Leonis shrugs adding a terribly out of date collar to his outfit before following you. You run into the bat pony, Doc McGullican on the way down. >>605816 They are walking down towards you, Leonis had added some kind of poofy collar to his outfit, and Dania is covered in dust and hay.
>>605821 "Ah've not seen enough quid one way or t'other ta decide whether it's so or no." >>605822 "Frilled yerself up, ah see. Ye find anything intrestin'?" >>605823 "Weehl, dontcha look a right mess now, dear."
>>605826 ''Indeed Doctor,I need to bathe so badly…Oh and I am so hungry too But in a sense that feels fantastic. YOu know? It has been so long since I have felt like this,the dirt,the fatigue,the hunger,and the uncovering of ancient buildings and documents'' She spoke with a content sigh ''This is indeed an adventure~''
>>605827 The coin shimmers in response as if it liked that name! Or maybe it was just the light. >>605824 >>605826 Leo stands a little taller to show it off. "Just up there is was, in the clothes these guys left behind."
Outside you feel the wind moving around your group, a cloud passes over the sky above making everything shady and cool, nothing but broken houses and leftover crates from when ponies long ago moved on.
The ruins are to the south, and the lake is just to the west, the cave is to the north.
>>605833 Dania followed around,quietly approaching the captain ''So Captain…What made you want to start life in pirating?''
>>605834 ''You and me both Doctor…We found documents and we found out that the natives have fleed,there were monsters causing mayhem and they could not hold them back anymore it seems…And that is what worries me…''
>>605835 "Worries ye? This is great!" Doc flashes a huge grin that shows his fangs. "Ah could use some fresh stock, and whadda ye know, we find us some brae beasties ta dissect!" >>605833 "Where to, Capt'n? Ah assume the houses were a bust…"
>>605831 You find a toy top in the rubble, it should be a nice way to pass the time on the ship. >>605834 "Hmm picked up and left this jungle. Probably somethin' about the monsters, least we haven't found any pony bodies." >>605833 >>605832 >>605837 "Oh, Dania noticed something about the wood, said it was different than normal, white. But It didn't seem to have any use right now."
To the south then, you make your way through the thick forest, following the captain's heading to make it to the ruins. some of the trees have been cut along the way, in an effort to make a path, their stumps left behind. There are large stone buildings that you can see through the trees, but they never peak over top of the trees, meaning they were practically invisible to anyone flying over, long stone steps lead the way down, fallen pillars and vine covered arches lay before you, the whole structure of the place based on going down.
>>605843 ''Why is that?The descriptions said monsters…And even though most Diamond dogs are not…well the most handsome kind,they are sentient enough to reason like any other pony…''
>>605844 ''yes indeed…I always dreamed of finding ancient civilizations and hidden structures like thse…and who knows,if we are lucky we might find a treasure,like a crystal pony skull or the fossils of a diamond jackal''
>>605855 ''ow…Why…Humpgh…And I believed in you for a moment…Well you DO look much older than you actually caim to be…'' She said raising an eyebrown at him. ''And yet I am part of the crew with a captain that is not even mature yet…'' She said with a sigh