Our unique crew landed near a forest village, only to find it abandoned. However, they did locate the ruins they were looking for, ruins that surely hold treasure, and clues to more treasure. The old stone archways are covered by vines, the stairs beckoning the party downward, craving on the stone depicting a kind of lizard people with hunched over backs and long robes. Its quite dark a head, particularly with this thick canopy blocking most of the sunlight.
>>606709 what on the ground? Not really, but your crew seems to have it covered. >>606711 >>606708 They are carrying a crystal, and the crystal has some kind of protective force field. >>606710 "Aye!" Leonis grins and marches forwards with you. >>606713 "Ye know a tune lass?" The unicorn inquires.
The steps lead you too a room with a large door, the middle of the room has an old tree's roots surrounding a circular trunk, now hollow and almost stone in appearance, there is a small puddle of water inside of the trunk.
>>606712 ''heh…I must admit that sounds like it. But what worries me is…what are those lizard creatures?Maybe deities of dragons?''
>>606716 She looked at her unbelieving for amoment and tried looking for said violin in her hoof,before realizing that there couldn't possibly be such thing. ''well…as long as it is also the world quietest violin as well,I see no problem…''
>>606717 >>606717 Dania inspects what she could assume was water with the Captain
>>606718 ''Brave enough to try a sip,Captain?'' She inquired with a small smile
>>606718 >>606720 It appears to be clear water, occasionally a ripple flows through it, apparently from below. Your reflections stare back at you. >>606722 Its exceptionally pure for some water that's in the middle of an old temple. >>606723 "Huh, I thought they town was empty?" Leonis says.
>>606727 The big door yes, after that are some more stairs going down, but that's all you can tell from here. >>606726 >>606728 "Huh.. Well I guess its better than outside, but you really think a bunch of monster people live here?"
>>606747 You're a little aware, because you hear some stones roll against stones, and some hurrying hoof steps. >>606744 Very cool, you see a large stallion in a cloak rush away from your sight further into the ancient ruins. >>606745 There is a depiction of a tree with a large crystal beside it. >>606746 You can see the markings as well.
In the next room there are some statues of lizard folk, one particularly more imposing than the rest, his claw like limbs holding out their palms. a few more drawings line the walls, a stone table and some stone chests are present. there are is only one other door.
>>606751 "Oh, allright!" Start hopping and whistling.
>>606748 Hey Hey, you. Yes, you, in front of that shiny weird thingy with the nerdy glasses! Give me a hint about what's following and or watching and or preying on us, will you? It's for the song I gave you earlier!
>>606765 >>606766 Alright. You move the heavy slabs aside and let them fall to the ground. between each of the chests you find: 6 round shields, a pile of discs of metal, 3 barely glowing orbs, a stone tablet that has some writing and a picture of a tunnel in the middle of mist, the lizardfolk are walking through the tunnel with the crystal they were carrying earlier. >>606767 You move forward a little bit and find a wall where the sound should have been.
The ground shakes and the entrance you used gets covered by a stone slab. Two of the smaller statues eyes flash red and a light flashes the area just in front of them.
>>606782 Again? Up-left, left. First off, use my Dual-weapon fighting trick to attack with both weapons at the statue. '1d20+3' '2d10' if hit. If the enemy is flat footed, use my free attack against it too! '1d20+3' '1d10'
Roll #1 15 + 3 = 18 / Roll #2 2, 10 = 12 / Roll #3 17 + 3 = 20 / Roll #4 10 = 10
>>606787 You flick your nun-chucks at the largest statue, pinging its open palms and imposing head. It doesn't react. but if it did, you'd be right here to stop it. >>606788 >>606789 sorry if that wasn't clear, only the two red boxed ones are awake right now compass time
The southern statue moves with a creaking of steel and a whirl of magic, up toward Dania and swishes an axe an her.. It lands a light blow, probably softened by the mess of her fluffy coat. rolled a 16 to hit, and a 4 for damage Your turn Maali
>>606793 She gives a gentle,exagerated lady-like grunt before putting her hoof down ''Why such boldness…I love that~'' She said with a small grin before pulling a dagger from her dress with suprising speed and stabbing the statue,perhaps not the best idea,but she could try! '1d20+2' Stabby sheep go!
>>606801 The statue shakes and attempts to cover its ears from you racket.
"Keep it up little goat." Leonis moves over to attack the statue, banging away at its cowering form with his trusty mallet. >>606792 The statue engaged with you attempts to strike you but misses as you duck under its slow motions.
>>606800 "Thar be some stone lizards tryin' to stop us lootin'." You can move now actually.
>>606813 Dania knows one thing she was stubborn And no weird magical cave is going to stop her from teaching these statues a lesson '1d20+2' She tried a circular slash at the arms of the nearest statue this time
Last time on Sky Pirates: You decided to loot an old temple, The temple didn't agree with that plan and decided to attack you with ancient lizard men statues. You found a room with a large empty altar, the deciptions on the wall showing a basket with a crystal inside of it being placed there. You caught up to the mysterious pony lurking ahead of your group, which was revealed to a pegasus smuggler by the name of Mortelle "M" Trails, His two friends and earth pony and a unicorn, were further down the hall, the hall which you are now all circled around in. M is currently enjoying a snack provided by our tiny goat, which really helped lighten the mood after you threatened him to get his friends to reveal themselves.
>>612290 The unicorn shrugs, while the earth pony looks over at the altar steps behind you. "A few really nice vases and some old gold, There is also a crystal, about 25 feet tall, laying in one of the ruined parts further in. Not worth anything thou had a piece of it analyzed, and too big to carry anyway." >>612291 You look pretty as always, but fluffing up dust into the air made you cough a bit. >>612289 "After those lizard statues came to life on us the first time we decided not to touch anything goatling." The unicorn replies. "And aside from that I don't think that solving it would get us more guns or ships." M adds in. >>612293 The three of them smirked at you. "A little cooperative work?" "Well I've never met a real pirate myself, it might be interesting." "We did lose our ship, so we're kind of stuck here until another smuggler comes by on this route.." >>612292 M crunches on his snack as his answers "Just to the west, to Millardville, The town with the big mill off the river, helps process metals or something for Spiritos."
>>612296 You bounce around the tiny hallway and the three ponies, they all reply to you. "Adventure? Are you under the impression we're a bunch of pioneers or explorers? We are more like…" "Traders" "Yea.. we appreciate a consistent pay." "One that doesn't involve teeth or trap doors." >>612297 "And their beer isn't bad either!" The earth pony laughed and nudged you >>612298 "Oh yea, you don't know about Spiritos? Its the city of mages. They have their high towers, and they believe the river is good for their magic, so they settled as close as possible to it. Real pretty town.." The unicorn tells you, "..I'd love to show you around if you're going that way." Leonis frowns deeply at him.
>>612302 "…" They look surprised and then chuckle softly. "Oh, we know that sticking together is the only way to survive, if that's what you're getting at." >>612301 >>612303 "Oh, yea, we had most of it on the ship.. which we lost. But Hey, guns and bullets never go out of style at least." The unicorn says "Uh, wait how much of cut are they gonna take?" M replies with a ruffle of his feathers. The earth pony just pats him on the back whispers something, which you can try to hear if you want. >>612304 Leonis scrunches his tan snout. Then the unicorn smuggler offers you a clean cloth to wipe off some of the temple dust with with a charming smile. "Anywhere in the world for a sweet doe like you."
>>612309 >Doe >Andy pls, this isn't crossdressing Maali!
She gave him a sultry smile, Taking it with a hoof, genuinely glad to have something to clean herself. "Oh, just what I needed." She saI'd with a small chuckle. "Why you are being way too kind to someone you just met. My I am almost starting to get suspicious of you having…Second intentions…"
>>612311 There are several crates in the room with the altar, those have guns and bullets packed inside of them. You do notice a crystal pendant that fell down to the corner and was overlooked before because of the dust.. Must have been revealed when your goat started jumping around? How fortunate. >>612312 "Oh but you're the ones being kind to us Miss." You get a lot of the dust of your fluffy fur and dress this way. >>612313 You couldn't quite catch it, but you see the pegasus Mortelle sigh and settle down his wings. >>612310 Mortelle, then smiles up at your cuteness "Of course, so where'd you anchor down at?"
>>612314 She sighs, satysfied for being a clean sheep again. "Hmnn…yes you have a good point…Now do tell me more about you and your friends. I mean, handsome traders like you must certainly have quite the adventures to share, even if you are not quite adventurers yourself…which is a pity." She said before taking a glance at Leonis. It was rather mean but she could not help but be amused by his reaction.
>>612316 "Yes yes I do not want to catch even more dust. So let us get going."
>>612315 You snatch the crystal pendant up and pocket it. "You want to be smugglers as well as pirates now?" The unicorn snickers. You could have a nice pistol if you want.
>>612316 "Yarr!" Leonis seems excited about that idea and pushes past the others to stand next to you. >>612317 "Well feel free to look around, if you don't mind we'll stay in this general area.." >>612318 At this point Leonis is pretending not to notice, but he did push the unicorn a bit as he walked by. "Why I'd certainly love to tell you about them.." the unicorn glances to the rest of your group which appears to ready to keep exploring!
>>612320 >>612321 >>612322 >>612323 The three ponies reline on the altar steps and watch you leave. The hall is long and dimly lit, inclining slowly. It curves to the right slightly and opens up to a room with more light pouring in from somewhere deeper in the temple. The moss on the walls is thicker, covering up most of the decorations on the wall. There are benches of bronze, half broken vases, A couple scraps of armor, made to fit over something shaped like the statues before. two paths from this room exist, on to the west and one to the east. The West path curiously leads up again, while the East path descends yet still.
>>612325 >>612326 You two head upwards. The incline of the steps is rather sharp, You end up in a room with a strange sort of empty statue, like a fountain bottom that was broken off, and now looks like a sort of heavy stone basket with a crystal stuck looming over the top of it, the crystal is dimly glowing green. There is picture of a short rabbit like creature, a tall thin creature with robes, and one of the lizard like creatures holding up a basket filled with water. There are symbols of fire, earth, air and water on the wall here, and a few stones sunken into the floor making four circles in the ground here. Visual aid for you. >>612327 >>612328 With a bit of team work, and a tasty treat for Buttermilk, you remove most of the moss and get a nice look at the decoration. You see a team of lizard people talking to a rabbit like person in a long robe. There are monsters surrounding them.. The next panel looks like a gate with a crystal on top. Next there are other strange creatures, almost diamond dog like in appearance, they are shown with one of the strange baskets.
>>612332 She pondered. "Hmn…it would be wise to find an exit first…Unleeeeeess the way to the exit is solving this! It certainly looks like a puzzle to me…So let us look for an exit. If not, we return. How about it?"
>>612331 Sure your free hint is on steam goat >>612334 Not apparent ones from the room with the slots no. >>612332 Are you wanting pick to up the basket like statue? I guess so, its light and pulsates softly >>612335 >>612336 You move down deeper into the temple, the light grows brighter as you descend, There is a door to your left on the way down.It kinda curves like this. The drawings continue, the people holding the basket appear to be gathering water from a shining tree.
>>612337 You observe the same wall as the others, taking note that the basket on the pictures is similar to the statue you found in the nearby room.
>>612339 She shares this knowledge with her companions as she followed along. "Hmn…I never had much patience for silly puzzles and the like. And it makes me wonder who made these drawings on the walls…and why…" >>612340 "The wonderful goat senses save the day. Does a higher being tells you what you needed to know? Ehehehe." She joked
>>612340 >>612341 >>612345 >>612344 You creep down the hall, going into door on the left. There are a few fallen stones covered with moss, that make it uncomfortable to look around, but there is an unopened chest back here, the walls are smooth and bare, You can hear a soft humming sound, like a small bug.
You have traveled down into an old temple. You have met with a stranded group of smugglers. And now you plan to loot the places they were too cowardly to go. Before you is a room filled with moss covered rocks, the light from below you shining through the doorway, shimmers on a chest to the side of this room. Your newly acquired basket is softly shining with a green light.
>>613494 >>613494 Are you pretending not to eat tasty moss? Roll a bluff check. >>613495 You hoover over toward the chest, its inscribed with similar marking to the walls, indicating its age is comparable to the temple. It has a lock made of iron. >>613496 You also hoover over to the chest, its shimmering hinges and iron lock.
>>613497 You pick up several of the smaller moss covered rocks, the shining is coming from the crystal on top of your tear drop shaped basket.
>>613504 >>613501 Captain Chance tries the lock first, and then the good doctor with a dart of his grey bat hooves and pops the lock in a moment. The chest contains some golden neckalaces, braces with small jewels in them, a pile of coins and small colorful orbs.. and the bottom another spiral basket, this one with a red crystal. >>613502 No one will ever know. You look as if you're just whistling and examining the rocks instead, but still get to eat as much as you want. Its very satisfying, a flavor like sweet corn and with the texture of old paper. >>613503 "Breaking stuff? That's something I can do." Leonis smiles and leans against a larger boulder sized rock.
>>613506 "What are you on about little goat?" Leonis said as he picked out a piece of loot for his own. >>613507 "Aye, I won't break anything more than it already is then."
At least they are light, even if a little bulky.
>>613508 It feels cold and heavy, but makes you feel like a king among ponies. >>613509 Not to be outdone you decorate yourself with golden sparkling jewels as well, it almost reminds you of home.. "It suits you Princess" Leonis says with a grin.
>>613511 >>613511 The smile on her face was gone for a moment before she nodded and feigned a smile to him. "Oh you think so?" She picked up a few matching accessories and struck a pose to hhim " How's this then Leonis my dear?" She winked and in the outside but worry was creeping her inside. She glanced at the other stallion that was hitting on her before to see his reaction as well…
>>613510 "Oh please I had a rather stressing day. I deserve this" >>613518 "Lying is not polite little Buttermilk, especially to your crew. What would your parents think of such attitude?"
>>613523 she was about to retort butthen it hit her. she looked at Butter like If she was a magician doing tricks, studying her beforelooking away. "Pardon me" she muttered >>613523 "I suppose so…" she replied with not much interest on the jewelry anymore
>>613512 "Yarr, Arrid ya scurry bird, I be havin the strength of ten mountain lions! That's why they be willing to follow me into battle naturally. I could even wrestle an eagle and have it fly about if I ever met one." Leonis laughs heartily.
>>613513 "Oh, those shiny trinkets. Look like big marbles to me."
There are orbs of varying color, they have a swirling center, like a magical essence is trapped with-in. They look kind of frail thou, probably if they are magical, they don't have much more use left in them. pic related.
>>613519 "Well at least its a better way to carry things, but I think a bag might be more effective for carrying all of it." Leonis suggests.
>>613515 >>613519 "Yea, I'm with the captain, why can't we enjoy our first success."
>>613520 You roll away some of the rocks, there is a sort of stone cart here that looks intact. it would hold four of the baskets, plus most of the loot, or a crate of the guns from before. The walls are only lightly decorated with symbols of the sun and fire. >>613524 >>613525 While the goat hopes around you, you set some of the orbs inside of the basket, they happily glow, and although they ought to fall out by logical sense, they stay safely inside of there. The crystal's color remains the same for now.
>>613535 >>613532 >>613538 "Aye aye Captin!" Leonis helped move the rocks away the cart so it had a path to get to the treasure chest and the door, attaching a rope to cart and standing by to pull it along for you. >>613535 Basket secured inside of the cart. >>613531 "I'll be reeeeaaaaal gentle with your marbles then little goat."
>>613535 "Well you usually fit the trope of a knight. In several ways. But then again I still do not know much about you, so we can both be wrong.
>>613527 she gave her a slightly worried look. "Would you like to have a talk after we get back in the ship Butter? "
>>613537 she winced a bit as he said princess but tried to keep her smile, giggling like a school filly "oh Leonis you are flattering me, stop! Ehehe." She placed the gems back with the others but kept a little collar
>>613540 "I will when ye stop with yer girly blushing." The unicorn smirked smugly back at you. >>613544 >>613542 >>613543 "Aye, a small crew but ye be well off." He secured the rope to the cart and himself. "Lucky even." >>613541 "ha, have ye been talking to the merchant lately little goat?"
– You press onwards, down the curved path, its tunnel opening up to a round room, a giant crystal, nearly the size of your first ship, glowing brightly in the center, surely the source of the internal light of this temple. There are two side doors, and a gate at the back way. The wall depicts a stone giant, next to what look like diamond dogs. In the drawing they appear to fighting with a team rabbitfolk archers.
As she set her eyes on the huge crystal she had to rub her eyes and look again. " holy father of the mountains…" she muttered. "Well I doubt we could put THAT on the ship." She comments head towards the door on the right. Opening it to see what's beyond it.
>>613552 >>613553 "As much as I would love to swim in the riches we could fetch ffrom that… I really think we should take it. One because it justmight be an essential part of this place, so we get it off and the ceiling might collapse on us. And the ship might not be able to fly with that think on it…"
>>613557 "I would appreciate it if you don't call me fluffball. It is immature and rather obnoxious."
>>613556 You set the green crystal basket, with the marbles in it, by the large crystal. The basket's crystal shines brighter, and a few of the orbs resonate, their tiny cracks sealing themselves. There is not noticeable change in the large crystal.
>>613557 You boldly charge ahead to the left side, there are some old clubs and axes lying around. A chain attached to the wall, the bricks seems particularly square in this room, there is a small statue of a lizard person with an axe and a rabbit person with a bow, spaced as if standing in an absent doorway.
>>613561 Be veeeery careful about my next step. Slowly, slowly, slowly, put my hoof down as if trying to move forwards, all the while staring the statues down in the eyes… >>613563 "And if I'm remembering right, this is the part where the statues take life…"
>>613565 >>613569 "I dunno mateys, something seems off." notice check perhaps? >>613564 "Aye, just as the captain said." He goes along with you. This room is mostly stairs, which annoys Leonis who is still hauling the loot, his butt repeatedly bumped by the cart. At the bottom of the stairs you see a statue of a bipedal cat, with an antenee that ends in a ball, and bat like like wings. Its holding a small staff with a blue crystal on the top.
>>613574 >>613575 The rabbit like archer statue is regally standing posed with her bow aimed at you, Her long slender carved with armor on them. He eyes have a green resonating light inside of them. The lizard, statue craved with detailed heave armor and a real sword in his claw like hand, inside his eyes have an intense red glow to them. Their pose seems very stationary, as if they were resting. The space between them on the wall is totally smooth, and the rest of the wall is very symmetrically bricked..
The block with the chain attached to it, seems free of moss, and the chain has a handle.
>>613573 >>613572 "Mates- Ladies? What say ye to hauling this statue with the rest of the loot?" Leonis questions while staring at the the bipedal cat statue with the staff.
>>613576 ''well…Do you think you can carry it Leonis? I wouldn't dream of having to carry it myself, this wretched temple is making my hooves hurt from so much walking and all these stairs…'' She said pouting
>>613577 >>631578 Its roughly the same size as the baskets. "I'd just be haulin' it with the rest of the loot." He flexed a bit and then approached the statue in an attempt to wrestle it. confirm you want to allow this?
>>613579 >>613582 The wall does appear to be some kind of fake, there are a few marking on the ground in front of it as if it slid away from there many many times before. >>613580 They have similar symbols to the ones you've been seeing around the temple, they are mythological creatures from the civilization of Ivalice, no one has ever seen one alive. The rabbit is called a viera, and the lizard is called a bangaa, names translated from ancient tomes. These particular ones have the same kind of symbol. >>613581 And then butters was in the left room with the captain.
>>613583 Give him a nod ''Very well, I am sure it might have some value for us in some sort of market…'' ''Now Butters I need to to listen I…Butters?…B-Buttermilk?'' She looked around for the little goat ''Leonis have you seen Buttermilk? I can't find her''
>>613595 She didn't had time to pretend to be amazed by his muscular features She had to find that goat ''Oh shoot oh shoot. If Butters die out there Captain will blame me for it. He's gonna kick me out of the ship! Or worse, Throw me in the ocean! Or WORSE… Manual Labor…'' She cringed at the thought before she ran back from where they came from ''Butters?! Buuuteeeeeers!'' she called out for the little weird goat '1d20' loud screaming!
>>613596 >>613597 >>613588 >>613585 Okay. With an impressive shove the gyrphon started to move the wall, the statues began to shutter an shake. But the pegasus captain yanked hard on the chain and the statues became still once more, the wall moves much easier for our gryphon now and revealing a secondary room, with a shimmering basket much like the others. Its crystal is a tannish brown color.
You can hear the sheep shouting for butters.
>>613598 You run up the stairs to the room with the large crystal, your shouts echoing around the temple. Surely sure can hear you.
>>613605 She sighed. She even considered scolding the little goat for running off without warning, but brushed those thoughts away, she would probally cheer her up with a song, and right now she wanted to bask in her own grumpyness… She approached the others ''Gentlemen…'' >>613606 ''Oh hello Doctor, I thought we you ended up lost somewhere in the temple? I can not say I'm not happy to see you again, your brain will be very useful for us'' She tapped his head
>>613607 ''Yes yes I apologise, she just suddenly disapeared and I came running after her… Wouldn't want to have her stumbling around one of those wretched statues now…''
>>613607 >>613606 >>613608 You are all crowded together, aside from leonis who got left behind, in the small room, there is a southern door that leads deeper again. Or you can go back the way you came.
>>613607 "Mebbe the fact yer robbin' them blind has somethin' ta do with it?" Doc asks teasingly, giving Arrid a smirk. "So, where to now, boss?" >>613608 "A've been right with ye all the whole time," he deadpans, shooting Dania a surly look.
>>613636 >>613637 >>613634 "Why is the whole lot of you standing there, discussing about things like an exit, when we know just where that is? All we are here to do now is feast on the riches of this place, lads! Let us get deeper!"
Leonis is panting slightly as he finally catches up to you, still lugging . " 'm 'ere capt', got the pretty statue for the princess too." Indeed the bipedal cat statue holding the staff is inside of the cart of loot. "…those aren't stairs are they? ..shit.."
You decided not to split up after all. And instead descended down the stairs. The room has blocks, and one slot for a block so slide into. The blocks are decorated with a water droplet, an axe, a golden cup, and an arrow.
>>613648 ''No captain I just do not enjoy extended periods without baths and food…Oh well I will try to get used to it…'' >speaking of which, how hungry are we?
>>613645 ''Ah very good Leonis, very good indeed.'' her pretty pink eyes gleamed as she saw the statue ''Aw…Come on I am sure you can put those strong muscles to work, a valiant stallion like you must certainly have gone through much worse trials of strenght hmnn?'' She rubbed his shoulder in an attempt to motivate him
>>613650 Leonis sighs softly, definitely appreciating your shoulder massage after hauling all the loot up and down stairs. "Its hardly a problem for somepony as strong as me."
>>613654 push them or pick them up. >>613657 >>613655 Together you place the water block into the slot, the black descends into the floor, the room rumbles, and then a basket with a bright blue gem ascends in its place. You know have four baskets.
You are at the bottom of the old temple. Collected in a cart pulled by your crew mate, Leonis a Unicorn, is a nice pile of treasure, four baskets with glowing crystals, and a statue of a bipedal mouse like creature, with a puff ball on its head. Would you like to head up?
>>616286 The room is well lit, despite being deeper then the large crystal. Its a rectangular area, with four blocks, and one has been moved into a slot at the end of the room. The walls are decorated with lightly glowing water droplet runes. There are stairs up where you came from. >>616287 It could be a cat perhaps, It is a gray sculpture, with large ears with tiny points on the end, and a round over all shape, it has bat wings, a ball attached to its head by some kind of antenee, and in its paw-like hands it holds a small staff, that is topped with a blue crystal. Interestingly the staff appears to be metal. "Aye, the Princess has a good eye for these things doesn't she?" >>616284 >>616290 "Ye feelin' alright little goat?" Leonis comments
>>616293 >>616296 She puts a hoof on her cheek and smiles. "aw, thank you darling,it is no lie however, that I do have quite the eye for treasure, we can sell this for a good price, and maybe I can even help in getting a REALLY good price" She turns to Doc "oh Doctor, I am glad you liked it, it is quite fascinating is it not? Perhaps a mystical, ancient being, with powers of a deity and unfathomable wisdom?" She chuckles
>>616299 "are you saying there is even MORE?" >hey thanks a lot for telling me the game started
>>616297 >>616298 Its the same room that you just got the water chalice from. The blocks each have a design carved into them, a water droplet, an arrow, an axe, and a jeweled cup. The water block has been moved into a square hole in the room. There are stairs going back up to the large crystal's room.
>>616302 "There has to be a rhyme to the way these blocks are shaped!" Fit each into a fissure, randomanlly. Count the fissures from my left to my right, 1 through 4, and assign to them the blocks in the same order you just enumbered them in. Place the water block into slot number '1d4', then arrow in the one '1d3' slots to the right, and axe in the '1d2'st/nd free slot. Then jeweled into the free one.
>>616304 She looks at him go. "I see you have this figured out already my dear Captain? I have to admit this place has been giving me quite the headache… I… I apologize for not being as helpful as I could be during this." She looks to the wall, trying to keep her expression neutral.
>>616303 "ugh… Very well then… If we are leaving this place, we will only leave with our bags full and with a ship filled to the brim with gold… Sounds good!" She pats her dirty wool a bit to get the dust off "but I seriously do not want to return to this place again… "
>>616307 It takes a moment for her to laugh heartily, even snorting once and putting a hoof on her mouth to compose herself. "hehe… Have… Have I haha… Told you how much I despise puns? " She says With a smirk " they are my only weakness "
>>616316 "THINGS HAPPENED! PROGRESS!" Charge at the slime and stab it without even thinking! [1d20+3] for a double slice after I've moved two squares right. Also, initiative. '1d10+11' And in case of success with the attack, damage. '2d10'
Roll #1 16 + 3 = 19 / Roll #2 3 + 11 = 14 / Roll #3 9, 3 = 12
>>616312 >>616313 "PFFFFTHAAAAAHAHAHA! Oh sweet father please! No more! N-nohahahehe no more!" She lays on her side and clutches her stomach as Butters and the Captain's antics left her a laughing mess
>>616314 "oh please no… I wouldn't be able to handle these two every day. Now I agree we should get back o-"
>>616315 "oh my lord Butter please " She wipes a tear that just barely stained her perfect makeup. " my face is hurting and my sides can't take no more… "
>>616316 " Ohoho, how perfect, now we found a slime… Ehe… Another thing I thought only existed in books… " She said trying to stop laughing as she drew her dagger, a smile still lingers on her face
>>616318 " oh my! Captain come on now, it is just a harmless slime, as long as it does not tries to eat us, we should wait and see what it will do… Who knows, maybe it might be another key to this puzzle? "
>>616317 You guess that putting a different block in the center would have a different effect. But you already got the shiny crystal cup. It might not be worth the risk. Considering the captain just spawned some kind of monster by messing with them further!
>>616318 You charge forward and start hacking at the green slime cube and it wobbles and makes a kind of echo of pain. It doesn't get too hurt though. Must be all that bounce giving it extra durability. >>616320 take initiative too.
>>616338 >>616339 In a very precise way you slice and stab the cube. Making a bit of a dent in the creature, and managing not to get more than a drop or two of slime on your dust covered dress either. >>616322 The slime is now flopping about in place frantically, as if it would attempt to move, and has a chunk taken out, and a slice in the top of it. What will you do? +2 to attack
>>616341 You move close and then flip your nun-chucks over the cube. It staggers and wobbles harder, making a 'thunk' sound. It tries to move as a last attempt at doing anything. And then it falls into a pile of goo at your collective hooves. Leonis sets down the large rock he was starting to levitate. "YARrr! Did it leave any loot?"
>>616350 You push the arrow block into the sunken in slot. A statue of a feminine rabbit creature, craved with armor, an old silk tabbard tied to it, It holds a bow made of crystals. The statue is about half pony size.
>>616357 >>616359 >>616360 "Aye, its not a big deal. Just set her on the pile unless ye want to carry her." >>616358 You easily obtain the piece of cloth and fold it up for easier slipping into you pocket. Roll Str to pry off the bow.
>>616361 "hmn… I must disagree with you on this Butters… We should leave it like that. Preserve it's natural beauty, just how we found it…" She pats Butter's head and smiles "however, we could dress YOU up once we find a port where we can spend our shares of the loot, how about it? "
>>616363 " it is quite the statue Captain, why I say it could be the start of an epic collection of prizes to show the incredible achievements of the legendary Captain Sudden Chance, don't you agree? "
>>616364 You wiggle and wedge it and pull it free without too much struggle. You are a very strong predator after all. >>616363 Yes. Its exactly the same. You have four alike baskets with different colors imbued into them.
>>616371 Grin widely as I equip the tabbard and the bow. "Ah, this be a beaut indeed! Ah cannae wait to she what she does!" >>616360 "Ah, stuff it, ye pile o' bedding, this be a work of art! Ye gotta appreciate the craftsmanship, the beauty, the care such rarities require!"
Its the light of the evening sun that shines through the roof the old broken temple. You've gathered here to recount your loot, sip on the water by the old tree stump near the entrance. The smugglers are still skeptical about the origins of your new Moogle friend, it coming to life after being hit from a beam from a golem core is something you just had to see. The thing is almost as fluffy as the sheep, and has serious memory issues. Its clinging to an old story about the water of life being gathered from trees into the chalices, his name for the fancy stone baskets, to repel monsters. The core itself can sell for a large amount, and if you have trouble finding a buyer the smugglers have offered their services in finding somepony.
>>622636 >>622638 Quite fluffy to pet, but under that it still has a stony or bony feel under that, as if he were a very very firm plush toy. He's an off purple color with stripes, and the red bobble on his head floats up and down as you pet him. "Usually the Caravan would nickname their moogle, Kupo. But I'd like a name which starts with an A."
>>622640 "Nonsense! Ah'm jest trying ta find out more aboot him!" >>622647 "A, eh? 'Ow's about Andelialum? Or jest Andy fer short." Examine his leathery wings. "Ah must say, Ah've never heard of a beastie such as yerself. Ye any kin te bats o' some sort?"
>>622653 >>622650 >>622656 "A name you all agree on, Kupo." It flinches when you grab its wings, they feel something between stone and leather. "A moogle is not a bat, kupo! We don't even use those to fly."
>>622666 >>622668 >>622656 It paws at its fluffy bobble. "This. Its Kuuupo.. I don't remember how, but I use this." >>622669 >>622659 The goat hoof defies reality and stretches impossibly far to boop your nose. And then its back exactly where it was before as if she'd never moved.
>>622676 "Tha's cool… mebbe I'd be able ta make something like that, given time…" Speaking of which, I should look through our loot, just to recap everything we found. I grabbed a small crystal bow from a statue, right?
>>622677 "You want to fly like a moogle does kupo?" That's right, you pocketed a small bunny statue and took its small sized bow. You flick its string back as if to draw it and a blue energy arrow appears.
>>622682 "Nah, I've got me wings, but if it'd work fer the captain, it'd make keeping 'im from falling to his doom a lot easier. Depending on how big ah can make it, mebbe it could even work fer our ship…"
I look at the bow, then at Andy, then at the bow, then back to Andy… IDEA!
"Say, Ye think ye'd be able ta use this here bow?"
>>622684 Yes, you have the four baskets, which "andy" started calling chalices.
Coin: 350 Unique trophy: golem core
balms chest of (Any): contains 120 silver worth of small gold coins
metal working focus cosmetics/perfumes (2lbs)
4 blessing oils 1 oil of resist cold
>>622685 The floating puff ball lines up near the bow. It would be a good fit, perhaps a tad large even, for the stripy moogle. "Kuupo. I don't really remember how to fight." I forgot to remind that it has a staff with a crystal on top.
>>622676 >>622684 "W-wha!? " the Sheep slowly backs away from the law defying goat
>>622687 >>622685 " Oh yes Doctor, have you taken a look at the Core we plundered? I imagine we could sell it.. Or maybe if you used that unmatched knowledge of yours… Maaaaaybe we could have ourselves a functional, friendly Golem…"
>>622687 Examine the Golem core. Is there any possibility of me being able to use it? >>622692 "Ah dinnae know, lass… I've never seen the like before." I give a wide, fanged grin. "Ah'd certainly enjoy the challenge, though…"
>>622702 With the right tools, and a lot of time, it can be used. Its a fully intact magical powersource made to last forever and very rare. It takes energy from the surrounding environment and gathers it into self to be used later.
>>622710 "Hmnn… Young… Innocent look in your eyes…" She approaches and ruffles her goat head "And cunning… I'd say we should try, I am certain you would be perfect… Now, do you think I could disguise myself as a preacher from a church, or perhaps a singer? Hmn?"
The light of the evening falls on your group as they stand at the temple's entrance, gently reflecting off the pool of water with the hollow tree stump inside of it. Letting the hour go to night all together would mean giving the lurking beasts the advantage, and less visibility to move around in general. The temple itself is perfectly safe, if a bit light of loot after your visit, the scent of treasure outweighing the scent of dust and gunpowder. The forest lake might yet hold secrets, or merely a quick bath, your new pony friends are certainly eager to leave, and your treasure map didn't seem to lead 'here' exactly. The nearest large city is Spiritos, still yet on the other side of the great river 'Mana Stream'. Where shall ye roam to now?
>>625744 "Ah, 'tis a fine night ta roam, boyos!" The heck with these pansy day-dwellers, the night is my time! I fly up and do a lap around the temple, looking around a bit, but mostly just enjoying the cool evening air beneath my wings.
>>625744 The sheep was left humming as she watched the darkening sky, a hymn from her homeland most likely, as she waits for the captain's orders, a tad satisfyed from finally getting out of that temple ''I swear I think I might have developed a bit of claustrophobia myself from our stay…''
>>625748 ''Well if you see any rustling in the trees nearby, make sure to give us a warning, Doctor!'' she shouted at him from below as he flew off
>>625752 "Oi! Who ye calling strange, Mister half-breed?" Doc calls out lightly, chuckling as he circles the party. >>625753 "Hah! Ye'd be dead in tha water afore the hour's out without the crew ta sail 'er, Capt'n!"
>>625748 Finally feeling awake, you soar up above the trees, the temple was mostly sunken into the ground. Pulling anything that doesn't fit out of the door would be very challenging since you'd have to make your own sky-light to do so. You spot a flock of red and pink venom-sparrows, which are small flying creatures, they have four fuzzy legs, a shrill cry, and a long needle like beak. They are known for being the inspiration for needles in medicine, as they are not poisonous themselves merely holding toxic berries and herbs in their cheeks to use when they need to fend of a large beast.
>>625747 >>625746 >>625745 The stoney-moogle-companion to your 'caravan' looks around and shakes its head sadly as if its tiny heart were breaking at the news. "Not here kupo."
>>625749 Leonis and the three smugglers laugh at your apparent joke, probably attempting to be nice to get your favor. The fresh air does feel good on your dust covered fluff, you never did get your bath, of course its a little late now.
>>625758 She briefly glances at them, putting on a nice smile as she approaches them slowly with a little strut in her step ''And how are you gentlemen doing? not too tired from a day of exploring and pludering, hmn?''
>>625767 >>625770 ''As much adorable as it can be, indeed it might get us in a bad situation. some pirates might even try to take advantage of the fact we have a child on board and working. could you imagine what would some ponies think?''
>>625766 You follow the birds as they soar over the thick trees, they are circling one group of trees as if they want to nest. Make a kind of check related to what you're trying to do.
>>625765 >>625771 >>625770 You trot outside into the evening air. The thick trees giving way to the path of broken stone steps that you took down here. You lead the way back to the vessel, your unicorn hauling most of the loot for you much to his despair about "ugh.. stairs." However its a relatively short trot to where you parked your modest vessel, you haven't bothered changing the flag so it still bears the flag of Law Forge.
>>625761 "Yarrr, I mean, yes. I live for looting my princess." Leo replies to you. The smugglers collectively chuckle. "Who knew that there was so much treasure." "And a guardian. I'm glad we didn't mess with it" "Yea, I just can't wait to get back into a real town. Minty Tin probably thinks we were captured or worse."
>>625796 >>625798 ''I am definetly not, captain. and ugh…fair enough I suppose…'' she groans as she walks over to the loot and helps carrying the smallest things first, ignoring his emphasis on the word Lady
And then the sound erupts into full laughter as the small blue fluff struggled to stay standing and topples forward a bit barely managing to right herself with the child goat's kind words leading her on, and the wise gryphon coaching her in the ways of hoof work, yikes.
>>625804 You can try simply catching them in a bag, you're pretty sure that's how pouchers catch live ones to sell, unless you just want to shoot one, which would startle the others. You could lure one out with a bit of bait, but that might attract a large group. You also know that their poison is just a mixture of natural plants around and not something they create. These creatures are about the size of your hoof total.
>>625807 >>625809 >>625813 There was a bright blush in her cheeks as she barely holds it, she huffs and sets it down, in a small fit as she angrily stomps her way towards the laughing group, tapping her hoof as she silently stares them down with that mean glare '1d20' intimidating sheep?
>>625822 Hop in place. "Yup! We need other adventures to seek and other loot to loot and other creatures to meet and other fights to fight and other talks to talk and other eats to eat and other drinks to drink and other things to stuff!"
>>625821 >>625823 "Think of it as strength training while me and the boys have a giggle. Come on, just think about the future, what if we come across a pile of treasure and those dainty hooves of yours can barely carry any of it?"
>>625826 She lets out an exageratedly long groan ''Fiiiiine…''
>>625827 ''then I'll simply ask YOU to carry it, make a good use of those big meaty claws of yours while I cheer you on. I never had to carry anything that heavy back then, so I am not entirely used to it, that's all…''
>>625829 Keeping all three of the birds inside is no easy feat, and one of the unlucky feathered creatures escapes just as you're tightening the bag. The two inside actually quiet down and perch on your hoof from inside the bag.
>>625822 "Aye captin' " Leonis says with a grin. To which your moogle adds "Kuupo" as it floats around the ship looking a bit lost. Your three passengers flex a bit. "We used to have a ship too, we can help get her off the ground if you need."
>>625845 Their 'legs' grip onto you tightly and you hear a soft kind of cooing sound. The other birds don't seem to care about chasing you and you sail back to the group on the stolen merchant vessel easily. Everyone seems on board and they are starting to lift off the ground.
>>625848 You trot into the hull and pull out the little treasure map, like many such maps its meant for the writer to remember where their treasure is.
Its somewhere a bit closer to the river you imagine by the depiction of the river. And this monster on the parchment is kind of like the one these ponies wrote about having trouble with.. but those do have a large territory.
>>625861 >>625863 Clear my throat and get my banjo ready. Start playing a fast, mischievous tone. "Gather round friends and I'll show you what I made Something in my bag that'll surprise you all It's a secret, don't push, I'm not ready Something to dazzle your eyes, oh
Something to blow your mind away Something that I found today!" Grab one of the magic materia balls from the loot, and start juggling it all the while still playing my instrument. "The first little ball is red and green Oh, it's pretty, yes, I know what you mean I call it substance, do dio dio do And what it will do I just don't know
But the trees may whisper and the hills may grow While it's changing…" Impress! '1d20+9' And an action die too! '1d4+2'
>>625867 You want to just build a cage? You can probably stick them into a small crate, those are simple enough to assemble, and a wooden ship like this has scraps lying around for small repairs, or you could mod an empty barrel into one. Perhaps you'll get lucky and one is actually on the ship that's the right size, why not take a look?
>>625872 The sound of your voice carries through the vessel like a sweet yet country comfort. The added effect of the fading sunlight glimmering off the gem-like ball of sparkling mystery mesmerizes all on the deck. Leonis grins and closes his eyes, the smuggler trio humms along to its tune.
>>625885 You notice he has a bag perched on his arm, with two vague lumps inside of it. >>625883 Well, its not really a bird cage, but the cage from a rat-trap, it has a door and they can't get out, and you can stick a scrap of wood inside to let them perch on it for comfort. Perhaps you can buy something prettier in town.
>>625884 Leonis seems concerned about you juggling so many things, but something about your song makes him feel happy. >>625882 Its nice to have a bard around isn't it?
>>625889 It'll do for now. I put the mouth of the bag in the cage door and gently shake the birds into their new home. >>625888 "Lemme have a look-see…" Investigate check '1d20+8' >>625890 "Ye see these darlings?" Pat the cage with two birds inside it. "Caught 'em out in the woods. These fellas inspired tha syringe, an' they've got poison what'll curl yer hooves. Right lucky ah found them, ah am."
>>625891 The deck comes to life with the sound of hooves clapping for you as you bow. "Ye be one talented lady." Leonis comments with a grin. The smugglers nod in agreement, and you feel the shimmer of luck from your coin, or perhaps it was just that dork's way of saying you did a good job and these ponies will remember it fondly. >>625892 The two creatures take some urging to get inside of the cage, but soon you have a pair of bright red birds, with four spider like legs instead of the normal claws, and long needle like beaks. They squawk at you in high pitched tones.
As for the map, you suppose you'd want to find this archway first.. Its got the marks of another ruin like the one just came from, but an arch would usually be on a road, so this should be above ground. The land marks are the main focus on this map, you're certain its near the river, and holding the parchment up to the light there is a faded compass mark with tallies on it, indicating that its inland two days travel from the sea, which is about the latitude you're already at, so going west should lead you to the approximate correct spot.
>>625903 Squawk right back at them! '1d20' EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE >>625903 >>625900 "Ah see… First we gots ta find this archway here…" [one conveyance of directions later] "…So headin' west ought ta do th' trick."
>>625909 You use your sonic bat screech on the birds and their feathers fluff up like puff balls, their tail feathers fanning out to actually poke outside of the cage, and their cheeks swelling up while their heads bob up and down as if to threaten to poke you.
>>625914 "Then be my eyes, Doc. Take position ahead and lead me. The two of us are gonna steer this beauty in the night." >>625915 >>625913 Lean onto Buttermilk and whisper her to leave crumbles all over Dania's bed, too.
>>625915 What a messy goat. But at least you have you own bed to do that in. Even if it does share space with dania's room. >>625911 "Aye aye." Leonis yawns and drags his bed near the loot, as if he were afraid of somepony running off with it. >>625914 They seem less amused, but when you back away they calm down with soft chirping noises.
>>625921 >>625922 Once in the room, she lays in her bed, "Now it's time for a nice power nap.. Good night Butters, don't stay up too late you hear me?" She says laying down and turning her back to Butters, unaware of the goat schemes
>>625944 She kept rubbing her cheek "Still… Just… Ouch…" She groans a bit as she lays down "Buttermilk, you are the most random goat I have ever met… Please don't change" She chuckles "I never had a sister before, but I feel that you are fitting that role perfectly…"
>>625945 "What ye think ah been doin', serenadin' ye with a song 'bout ye makin' me heart all a-flutter!? Ah swear on me mum, how could ye miss that massive thing? Even a sun-sipper cannae have eyesight that poor- Yer drifting, boyo! Turn a hair ta Port! Love o'Lucifer, ye've got ta keep 'er straight!"
>>625947 "Pssh, bloodlines, Race, it doesn't matter. Can't I consider you a sister in my heart? You have all the characteristics of one. You're fun, cute, and just mildly obnoxious at times, and can honestly drive me crazy with your nonsensical antics"
>>626794 "Yeah, yeah, ye blind auld caterwauler…" Just drop the boot on the ship somewhere; the captain can find it later if he needs it so badly. >>626801 "Aye, we need to discuss where ta find a navigator!"
>>626802 "Yes indeed Mister McGulligan. And this is why I'm appointing you Navigator Prime Of Excellency! Which amongst other things involves leading the way at night where all the rest of us would be blind as an overtly woolen sheep." >>626803 [Cringe Externally] >>626804 "Indeed, Arrid. There is a grave mistake we have been making all this time. One which might be bringing horrible luck to all of us!" Dramatic pause for tension… "We have not decided upon a name for our ship!"
>>626808 >>626807 >>626806 >>626812 She was politely eating with refined grace of a lady even in this revelation "our ship does not have a name? Hmn… I don't suppose we could name it something intimidating like "The vermillion demon on the sea of blood?" She snickers at her joking
>>626821 >>626819 "C'mon now, this scrangy crew of ours pulled through some real challenges so far!" >>626817 >>626816 "What about things which are not such a mouthful to start with?" >>626815 Bite on another toast. "That's one. Kinda generic, but could work."
>>626827 >>626828 "I think we should focus more on what this ship is telling us, guys! What we are and what we are doing here! Think about it! A bunch of pirates of every race, sailing the skies looking for adventure first and treasures later… There has to be a word to describe us!"
>>626841 >>626842 "That's gotta be my vote, too." >>626843 >>626844 "Sorry ladies, guess it's three versus too. We should get to repainting the side of this beauty, from now on she shall be known as the Technicolor Fool!"
>>626867 >>626863 "Please consider the offer. I'm not gonna be here all day!" >>626869 "Oh well, if you want to be wool-less so hard, I will go back to my breakfast." Back to my breakfast I go indeed. >>626865 "It's loot we acquired in relative honesty, there will be little trouble selling it in a real port."
>>626887 She shook herself out of him "No Please Doctor I'll do anything but spare me!" >>626891 She was too busy fighting off the doc to respond immediately '1d20+3' I think it should be a strength check?
>>626922 ''But I didn't want to loose my perfect trimmed wool…'' She looks back at Butters as her chin is lifted, oh god she looked horrible with all her makeup ruined by the tears ''And now it will take forever for it to grow back too…'' She sniffled
>>626934 ''I…*sniffle I doubt it…Sheeps are not even popular aside from the kingdom…My mother always told me… A Sheep's pride is in the wool, as a Prince, you must keep yourself endearing for the crowds…'' She says sniffling again
>>627032 ''N-no I…B-butters I don't…AUGH'' She huffs in a slightly more masculine tone? ''Bloody hell Butters!'' Says Dania, speaking in a voice that sounded similar, but still a tad different, perhaps that was the Sheep's actual normal voice?
>>627038 ''What is the problem with that?! The prince-ern… I take pride in my title as Prince Novelus, son of King Lininas and heir to the throne…Even though the last part is…well…beying avoided we could say…''
>>627047 "Oh, you are that old? The make-up totally made you look younger!" Giggle again. "That's still not an adult though! You're still a…." Hold that for a second Take a deep breath Let a big smile spread on my face "…boy!" Break out in a fit of laughter again.
>>627048 The prince didn't seem so pleased with the comment, but instead of coming up with a snarky remark he just grabbed the pillow and gently shoved it on Butters ''See? this is why I can't trust you with this…You don't seem like the kind of goat that knows how to take things seriously…''
>>627064 He sighs and stares at the wall ''Alright…where to start where to start…Do you know how is the life of a prince Butters?it is wonderful, honestly. I was raised and spoiled all of my life…servants did all I asked and I was properly educated in all sorts of things by the best professionals in languages, proper education, and all the things a prince should know. Clueless I was at that time…I was being prepared to become a king one day, and I was not aware…in my 14th birthday my father started telling me about how one day I would rule over the kingdom… In the beggining it was something wonderful to think about, I imagined myself ruling over all the citizens of Zha Arlakane, the kingdom in the mountains…My home.'' He pauses for a moment ''But as I grew and the more my father told me about being a king and the more I leaned from watching as My father went on his daily duties as I king, I started to realize just how much it meant, the amount of responsibility it took to be a king. Can you imagine it Butters? Hundreds of thousands of lives depending on you? People that you need to guide and take care of to prosper and preserve a good life for all? their lives in my hooves, every small decision I would take could change the living of anyone…'' His pupils slowly shrinking in concentration as his expression was getting more and more disturbed as he went on…
>>627076 He groans ''No Butters…Well…kind of..I mean not yet…in a way of speaking…'' He coughs ''I…Was not ready…my father told me in my latest birthday how I was soon going to be crowned and become the king…I had a bribe from a royal family from anther kingdom…I could see the coronation approaching…and days before it, in the last night I saw my mother and my father, I plotted in my bed on the plan that I would execute in the next morning…I ran away from the kingdom early in the morning, hiding my way along the streets, and taking the disguise of a lady as I refused to face my responsibility…''
>>627082 "Yes Butters… I didn't want to be a king… I wanted… I wanted to be like the heroes in the books… My mother read to me as a child…" he lowers his head, blushing with a trembling smile "I… I know it might sound rather pathetic and silly but it was a childhood dream of mine…"
>>627129 Reach out with a hoof and pat the head of the silly sheep. "That is a great goal! We are all adventurers here! So your dream is already true! And our adventures will only get even more adventury!"
>>627134 He stood still to let Butters pat him. A bit of a smile forming on the corner of his lips. "Why is it so difficult to be gloomy around you?…" he asks, still looking at the clouds passing in the window of the ship
>>627140 "Cry, my little prince, Cry your tears away… Let it all out… And once the tears are no more, nothing will cloud your eyes, and you will see the beauty on this world again" he quotes as he closes his eyes "My mother told me that once… I never forgot the lessons she taught me, she was the only one was not teaching me how to be a king… And today, I realize nothing was more important than what she taught me" Tears pool in the corner of his bright pink eyes "by the mountains, I miss her so much already…"
>>627157 "Of course I would!" Clear my throat. Take out my tiny banjo, and start playing a slow tune. Close my eyes before I start singing after the intro of the song.
"I don't know what I was thinking, leaving my house behind Now I wander lost and on the high winds I ride." Change the tune, speeding up considerably.
"Is this revenge I'm seeking? Or seeking someone to avenge me? Stuck in my own past I just wanted to be happy. Maybe I should just chase anyone who tries to stop it It won't be long before they'd become a puppet."
Speed up even more, to an almost cheerful tone and start singing louder, shaking my head to the beat.
"It's been so long Since the last I've seen them Lost to this monster, the mare the terrible songster.
Since they've been gone I've been singing this stupid song So I could ponder The sanity of their daughter. Stop singing and finish with a long, definitely cheerful and upbeat outro.
>>627174 He didn't reply or look up at her, just kept his head low, staring at the bed both were sitting on, silently listening to everything He trembled a bit near the end, shivers were running through his body And once the song finally ended, Novelus stared back at Butters with the most honestly sad expression she saw on the sheep's face. No words came from him but He sure looked like he could use a hug
>>627206 Novelus smiles and gives her another good squeeze ''you're a good goat Butters…But now I need to put my makeup back, if they see me like this, hugging you in bed I…They might misunderstand this badly…''
>>627212 ''Hah, that is a relief. do you think I like you making a mess in my bed with these unedible snacks you eat? no sir, you get your bed. and Sleepover parties are much better with everyone, agreed? why imagine how funny the captain would look in a pijama'' He muses as he crawls out of the bed, picks his bag and sits back in the bed again, searching for something inside the bag
>>627226 >>627226 Now if you excuse me, I must become a lady again, remember to call me just Dania, alright?'' He says as he picks up a lipstick and carefully pass it over his lips he sure had a lot of cosmetics in that bag
After 5 days of floating in the peaceful sky, your three friends from the old ruins told you that their desired destination, a the town of Ramsville, was just ahead. You have been able to see its soaring towers for a while now, a city founded by and favored by goats, but its location and disorderly arrangement make it a lovely place to sneak things in and out, and a nearly impossible place to regulate. There are ships moving in and out of the sky space above it, tents on the ground near the towers, small towers specifically made to dock large ships onto, and several signs you can't make out just yet. What you didn't expect was the scent of food, warm fresh food, made with spices, particularly good for Arrid, who hasn't had fresh meat in a while and was starting to eye up the sparrows when no one was looking.
>>627362 She leaned in the deck of the ship, watching as they approached the city with a big smile on her face. "Our first time landing to spend our gold and trade treasures like real pirates… This will be a day to remember, mates"
>>627366 "No clue. Most likely some essentials, maybe a new dagger… After the fight with those statues my Blade feels duller than what I would like. A new dress would be very welcome too, as well as a world map and some books to pass the time, and hopefully find useful information. Shopping aside, maybe look for a way to get ourselves easy money."
>>627368 "This is as ready as I can get Captain." She motions to her regrown Wool, it was shorter than what it used to be
>>627369 "Surprisingly senseful actions. I'd have taken you as someone who'd have spent all their money on make up. But you're right, it might be a good idea to get a fresh set of clothes at every port."
>>627366 >>627368 >>627363 >>627365 "Aye, aye captain." Sailing a little lower you find an empty tower just for docking, its made of stone and decorated with orange ribbons to stand out among the others from the sky. There are strong iron loops on the top, and a an unfoldable ladder to help you climb down.
>>627370 "and I couldn't care less for what they think of my attire. I simply pretend I do so they come to me like drooling mutts, eager to do me little favors. This is why looking good is important"
>>627371 "I did not accept joining this crew to be a money spending burden. If we want to survive and make name for ourselves, we really ought to be careful with our expenses. After all, richer pirates are more famous, meaning that eventually all ports and cities will know of the Technicolor fools"
>>627372 "very important! Now come Butters, first I would love myself a good meal in land." She licks her lips
>>627373 Dania carefully climbed down the stairs, dusting her dress, adjusting it, popping a small mirror to make sure she was… Yep,absolutely gorgeous as always. "I'm ready boys"
>>627375 Its a small hop, so you don't have to roll for it, but its a hop onto a TOWER, its so high up, you must be the best goat to be on top of such a tower. >>627376 Nearby there are several small shops and carts of food. One diamond dog running such a tent is shout about how great his food is. "Come get your fill, bread, meat, salad too! All with the Paws-sentation of a princess. Right here at Danny's Dine-Delight's" >>627379 With most of the crew helping you its easy to dock here, a simple series of knots anchors you to the tower and she floats in place. >>627378 Leonis follows you making sure you don't fall or something silly like that while you're posing. "I'll carry your bags Princess."
>>627380 She giggles "I know I'm amazing Arrid, thank you for the reminder. And certainly, Butters will be a great company"
>>627382 "Oh thank you Leonis, that would be grand. Say, are you planning on buying something yourself? You deserve to spend a part of our loot as much as anyone else, after all, you did such a great job back then."
>>627384 "Butters, be careful! That is dangerous for a little Goat!"
>>627385 "I dunno, I could use a new polish for my spear.. Maybe a nice outfit to escort Princesses around with." The unicorn says with a smile. >>627388 >>627384 "Aye, that's the spirit of adventure little goat!" Leonis says and adds a cheerful "Yarr" to your bleat. >>627390 Now that you're safely docked with the ladder locked in place, the smuggler's pegasus member flies off into the city and the two more ground-bound members prepare to haul off their crates, they stop to chat with you thou. "Seems a shame doesn't it? You're a good captain Chance. Anything we can help you with while you're in city?"
>>627403 >>627404 "You be a good boy out there Arrid!" She waves and turns back to Butters "If that is where you want to start from, then of course. Let us find some, maybe you could teach me how to play in the future. We could be a duet" She giggles at the thought as she heads off to find music shops
>>627398 "If you want to come along I we can introduce you to some of the others, see what they have lying around, Zon is always here at least." "Cept' when he's in Spiritos." "Sure, but he can't stay in there too long, you know how orderly that place his, Zon's a lover of chaos." "Well sure.." "Its still a wonder how a zebra manages to blend in so well." "Anyway, you can actually trade treasure like that legally, since the Ivanlancians are all gone its not stealing." The moogle who has become very attached to you as the leader frowns and runs its paws over its ears. "kuuupo?" "Well.. except for that one I suppose."
>>627400 The tan cheeks of the unicorn blush at your suggestion. "Why.. that.. I'd be mighty happy ta.." >>627403 >>627402 The streets are busy with ponies and goats, buffalo and zebra, chatting and shopping. There are towers and small buildings, and tents, and ponies with wares on blankets trying to peddle their goods, and a couple of snack carts with steam pouring from the side. You notice one tower with a sign "The Lofty Lace: Frills for Mares and Fillies"
>>627404 The diamond dog with the apron looks you over and nods. "Well that won't do. Today I have chicken wrapped in bacon, monster rib-delight, or the 'big bad kabob' for just 4 bits each."
>>627413 "Just look for the triple coin insignia, that's the mark of us united smugglers." A pirate looking for a guard? how bold. But you see the smugglers on their way and they soon vanish into the mess of crowds and roads.
A guard isn't hard to recognize, particularly for an outlaw, you spot a goat eating some lettuce in a very formal looking uniform. He seems bored.
>>627414 "Of course my princess!" he eager says and walks off to the snack booths to see what might be 'suitable' for you. >>627412 "Coming right up then." The diamond dog turns and grabs some cuts of meat chopping them and skewering them on a stick, he coats them in a kind of sauce, throws them on a grill with hot coals and smokey wood on it and hums as he turns and watches it. Its done surprisingly quick and the long stick full of juicy looking and sweet smelling meat is presented to you. >>627414 >>627411 The tower smells like floral perfume, and even just looking at the entrance you see a few cute accessorizes, ribbons, and racks of colorful clothes.
>>627418 Doc isn't here so he's on the ship, you should probably have the moggle stay since it stands out a bit. Otherwise you don't have any other crew left.
"I see, you're probably after Sander, 'the merchant of sands', he's in town this week and everygoat is hopping about it. He's over by tower Blue, just follow the signs." >>627419 >>627417 The further in your go the more overwhelming the place looks, racks of clothes organized by size and style, stairs going up to another floor, and small shelves here and there with small goods like candles or perfumes. A goat lady in a simple dress comes over to you. "Hello my dears, how can I can help you today?"
>>627421 "For that I'd say a juice blend is best, helps with the salty sweet flavor, and fights off scurry." He offers you a glass of juice. The meat is the perfect texture, tears off easily, falls apart in your beak, and gives you just enough to chew on, the tangy sauce leaves a pleasant after-taste in your mouth.
>>627425 Perfect idea, leave the moogle there. Instead, bring some of the jewelry and loot I got in a small sealed chest as a sample for the guy. Also, do you have a list of how much of said loot we have that needs converting?
>>627426 >>627428 The goat eagerly guides you to the 'small body' section where most everything will fit you. "Oh, certainly! The bottom floor has our most mainstream styles, the second floor has special occasion pieces, and there are accessories everywhere. Where you looking for something for travel or dancing?"
>>627429 "Specifically for fliers? I think 'Flighted Fashions' is a good one, I've seen well dressed pegasi come from there at least. Its just north of here. Their sign is up high above their tower, so flying might be the best way to find it."
>>627433 She flips through the rack and shows you a light blue dress, with lace on the edges, its plain compared to the palace, but its material shimmers and the cut should compliment you. "Something like this?"
>>627427 You glide off to the blue tower, its easy to spot and there is a thick crowd here being loud and rumbling, making it difficult to pick out anything specific being said. You see a large sign for "Special Visiting Merchants: Featuring Legendary Merchant Sanders" pointing you toward one of the larger rentable towers, you can go in from the top or the bottom, the top has less of a line, being mostly goats or fliers than can go in that way.
>>627437 "Its only 23 bits miss. And its easy to clean too, any mess you get on it, even paint, just washes right off." >>627435 "Ooh I see, I have a nice thing for you little goat." She picks up a tie-dye pattern dancing-outfit inspired by desert flowers, with little bells on the ends, the shape is pleated for flexibility and strength, but a bit puffy for better cling when your move quickly. The tag is for 12 bits.
>>627436 You sail above the crowded city, actually having to dodge a few towers and pegasi flying carts of goods or chariots. There is even a goat using a small air-boat, but instead of a balloon he has a whirling blades on top, and has steam coming out of a pipe in the back. You eventually see the sign 'Flighted Fashions: Get them before they float away' with a picture of clothes flying away into the sky. There is a cloud-walk entrance below the sign, the edges of the cloud sculpted to look like 'machine parts' the sky side door is made of thick glass and you can see the vague shape of ponies and gryphons moving inside. There is a door on the ground floor of the half-cloud tower too, for better accessibility, but its a bit plainer with a much smaller version of the sign above the door.
>>627605 Trotting inside, its organized fairly well actually. The scarf section is before the gryphon section, since its an article all fliers can share, in the gryphon section itself you find a variety of clothes, from cheap shirts, colorful flight-suits meant to be used without tearing when flying full speed, formal attire available in solid colors with clean brass, silver, or golden buttons and chains. There are goggles scattered around the store, many have tinted glass of some shade, and their price increases the better the frame quality is.
>>627618 >>627621 In the large-male-gryphon section, there are formal suits that smell like chestnuts from the polish used on the buttons. You could opt for a solid color, such as blue, black, red, yellow, tan.. or go for a striped pattern, there is one modeled after zebra stripes but its orange and blue: how crazy! You guess that most of these will look good on you, since you're a fairly fit bird still.
>>627628 The suits do come with a shirt. The orange and blue suit has with it: light orange shirt with thin blue stripes and a watch pocket, a bow tie with blue and orange swirls, the suit's buttons are large golden buttons, a cloth loop at the waist area to anchor a watch chain, inner and outer pockets and there is a golden tiger-shaped pin on the suit's left outer pocket.
>>627651 A blusish gryphon hen waves you on when you leave. You go out the lower level door to get to the street level, there are so many tents and towers crowding around its a little hard to move around without landing yourself in front of a merchant peddling watching, or gears, or 'real monster eggs'.. but you shove through and find an almost house-like building, if you had to put a claw on this building, its a house modeled after a castle. There are colorful ribbons on the outside, and in the window are dolls and train set pieces.
>>627666 The shelves are filled with toys, candy, little ribbons and outfits for the toys. There is the sound of cheerful music in the background and behind the counter you see an older earth pony stallion with a lens attached to a metal headband, working on the details of a worn down looking toy ship. He glaces up at you in surprise. "Oh, I didn't see you come in! Welcome welcome, and my is that a new outfit? It reminds me of something.. but what.." he ponders scratching his chin.
>>627682 "Sorry, first time I've been here, so I can't help much there."
"Anyways, an important friend of mine came into a statue about yay-high." I'll give him some proportions with my talons. "I was wondering if you had any clothes or accessories that might fit, or any decent cloth for it at least."
>>627686 "Oh, I'm sure we have something that will fit." The old pony circles around guiding you through the maze of colorful items. "Tell me a bit more about what you're looking for, male outfits or female ones, is this an equine statue or another race.. that kind of thing."
>>627697 The stallion laughs a jolly laugh, at your imitation, "Ah, a sort of fantasy creature then. If she's upright then the diamond dog doll clothes should be fine. We have a 4-purchase special discount on those, so any four you want for just '6 silver'." He shows you a miniature rack of doll clothes, they are mostly dresses, sailor outfits, uniforms, and tiny jackets. "As for toys, there are some little things meant for dolls to hold, or the whole store of fun things for a young goat to play with. How old is the kid?"
>>627705 "To be honest, I don't know. Let's just say she was a package deal too."
I'll take the deal if he's got some combinations.
A doctor or nurse set. Maybe a toy version of a doctor equipment for Butters. A pretty, poofy princess outfit with scepter. Some military outfit, a proper commander type And a peddler outfit. Maybe a little bag to store all the other accessories so she can put them away in one place.
>>627717 "Oh, well I'm sure she'll love it anyway." Those doll options all are here. A doctor kit the size for butters to play with would be a few more 'silver' say 7. There are two toy cases on a shelf nearby, one shaped like one of the tall towers in the city: a tiny banner that says 'princess' on it attached to the top, and one shaped like a sparkling blue heart. these are 3 'silver' each
>>627742 He's definitely heard that line before, but there was one goat kid in here earlier that nibbled on a few items and they had to be repaired, by subbing a couple of the patched items in you get 3 silver off, so its 13 total.
>>627427 You had to push past a huge crowd to just get into this tower. Guard ponies at the entrance make you leave your bullets at the door, labeling it with your name for you to pick up later. Once inside you make your way past the crowded tower floors, full of things to sell or trade for, to large round stone counter. A tall orangish stallion with a cutie mark of a trading ship greets you. His outfit certainly reflects how well off his business is, its a red silk shirt. "Welcome! I'm sure you're excited to do some trading lad, don't be shy."
>>628147 He pulls out a magnifying lens and looks over your samples of gold and gem. "Incredible, this type of coin is.. Decidedly Ivlancian. Did you say this was from ruins?"
>>628148 Its a bustling and bright town for certain. The goats the live here seem not to care about building anything but towers, the whole place is towers and tents and chaos. Some of the towers have colorful paint or bricks, and there are signs everywhere on the winding streets. Goats, ponies, buffalo, and diamond dogs alike bustle about, merchants trying to get attention, above your head you spot a couple small flat ships, made for 3-4 passengers at most, with gliders mounted on top and steam pouring from the back.
>>628150 He chuckles and picks up one of the pieces from the bottom assuring that you aren't pulling a trick by putting real on top and fake piled below. "Everything has a price lad, you'd do well to remember that. How much of this are you looking to part with?"
>>628151 You pass a crystal pony on the street wearing a ragged looking hood, she has several different small animals in cages on a cart behind her, pet accessories and food sacks laid on a carpet in front of her which she is also sitting on, and you can see some nice quality empty cages too. There are signs for 'a Flighted Fashions' and a 'Wonder Emporium' that are probably for clothes and toys respectively, or you can just wander around and run into someone to trade with for those.
>>628153 Approaching from the ground then? You come upon the correct tower, it has a cloud walk way up top, which really draws the eyes, but you miss most of the from down here. There is a sign above the door that says 'Flighted Fashions: get them before they float away' with a simplistic drawing of wings on the edge of the sign. The door is glass and you can see many pegasi and gryphon moving around inside browsing the racks and happily chatting.
>>628154 Most of the special loot such as balms was claimed by various members of the crew, so this is all gold and jewels, but you can roll to see if there is a particularly nice piece of bling in there.
>>628156 lucky (just a d20), investigate, search, or notice.
>>628157 On the first floor its mostly gifts and accessories, meant for earth bound races to access to get something nice as gift for their flying friends. The second floor has a lot more clothes, the main casual wear is puffy collared undershirts with plain overcoats that have loose fits, or plain shirts that can be used as undershirts and adjustable with straps and leather string. For guys the formal wear is mostly suits, the big-button look is very popular and each suit appears to have custom buttons with small engraving on them. For a nice medium between that, there are some high quality tops that look to be made of a good strong cloth. Of course there are flight-suits, made for pilots of air ships or those who constantly have to fly, most of these are one or two pieces to prevent flying off of clothes parts, and they have embroidery instead of buttons and pins
>>628160 You notice a particularly shiny necklace, the beads are colorful gems, and square shaped coins, its string a is actually a little weak, but that means you could break it off and rearrange the pieces onto parts of your clothes or into two strands to put in your mane or hat(I think you have a hat anyway), the coins themselves have artistic swirls on them.
>>628159 Easily, and in a variety of colors from muted grey, to solids reds and blues and nearly neon orange.. bright pink and yellow floral, embroidery meant to mimic other clothes like formal suits. There are a couple special ones that are meant to mimic clouds or mist and are slightly enchanted to appear to 'move'.
>>628163 This one has a few 'sticky' pockets, which are small, but things don't fall out as long the enchantment lasts, and embroidery of gears and vials. Its 12 silver, you can add a 'sticky belt' for 3 silver (half off the 6 it usually is). Nearby there is a rack of goggles in various shades of color, the prices range for single bit pieces of borderline trash, or solid gold framed for more than the outfit costs.. the reasonable quality ones are 8 silver >>628163 He nods and puts his game face on, the eyes of a stallion that has faced down kings and queens and sold them hundreds of vases.. At least a few of the rumors you overheard were like this, but they seem surprising kind and energetic. "Alright then, this little box here is worth around 110 coin, but my Ivlancian stock is a little low, so lets say 150."
>>628165 >>628166 >>628167 You suspect he's trying to impress you with charms so you'll trade favorably, but not outright lying, the small chest you picked to bring is worth a little less than this much in weight of gold and gems… but can be worth a lot more for being somewhat rare.
"You're a bold pony, I like that. Well it is Ivlancian, what do you say to 340?"
>>628168 Easily done, There is a blue-jay patterned gryphon that checks you out, she seems a little bored but has a cheerful voice.
>>628169 "I'd say anything short of eight hundred coins would be piracy, my good fella! We got through so many devious beasts to get our hooves on this! Machines which were alive! Rabbit monsters! Devious traps!"
>>628170 New clothes always feel good, and this one feels particularly nice and smooth. A few looks come your way as well, most of them smiling or admiring the outfit. new clothes/accessories gives a passive 'appearance' bonus
>>628171 He sighs and shakes his head at you. "You're asking quite a lot for just a little product Lad, usually these kinds of places have much more interesting things stocked in them as well.. The best I can do is 750, and that's an amazing deal for you, just because I like your guts."