Settlerquest, where drama and danger are even thicker than the sluts, a nd where flipouts and sex are the order of the day. At least, until another creature from the woods attacks. Then the order of the day is death.
>>587204 He frowns at you. "Ain't sympathy, it's worry. Cuts need to get cleaned so tbey do't get infected gets infected, ye gotta do thd same for injuries of the mind." He sighs and sakeses his head. "What a lawd'awful mezss this is…"
>>587215 They look like ruby pupils, they kind of seem dull right now, with the white fur and red mane, she kind of reminds you of a mint. The eyes are also staring back at you. "…Hello?" >>587218 "Hmm you are a little late. I've already got a job with Ruby."
>>587222 "I am sorry that I had to say it, but I do not think he could have been changed. He was a settler of mine, yes, but first, he compromised us by stealing. What if he did it again and we did not know? What else could have he done? You saw how his spite for me was strong enough that he started spreading rumors that could have lead to the downfall of Horton. What if he sold us out to the savage natives?" Stare back. "I did not like this, but he was a danger. And I'm not going to let anypony endanger my town and the good ponies in it."
>>587257 Yes you did, and you find yourself hardpressed to hold your ground… And then s left hook fully catches your jaw, sending you staggering as you see stars, the dim fuzzy outline of her holding your attention until you feel something connect dead center of your chest. By the time the world stops spinning and youre breathing again, you realize youre on your back. Shes a short distance, panting but smirking.
>>587264 "They were working on the gate earlier. My stupid leg made it impossible to help.. I can't wait until its better." >>587267 "This place.. is very different.. so basically we'd just take a day or two to go scouting?"
>>587260 "Eh, Magistre don't strike me as tbe type for that." He sighs and looks at Lavender. "Ye realize shes jest a kid, right? Might be as old as ye or I, but her mind aint quite caught up, ye know?"
>>587311 Let your leg go and trot up. "Oh I do this and that, right now I got a job as a courier. But I've seen my share of diseases and infections in my homeland. And a sick leg doesn't feel like that."
>>587313 "Ah. I see. Before I was stranded here I mostly worked with animals. You know those tamed bird shows? I used to do those." >>587320 "Alright. Have a good day." I say and wait until she turns around to shake the spit off my hoof.
>>587331 Knowingly or not, i still hurt you. As is customary in my tribe, you have the right to hurt me. She passes you the knife, then holds out her leg.. Thats a lot of scars. She must get in trouble a lot.
>>587325 It's a slamjam all right, all in your face. Cloud dusts her hooves as you find yourself eating sand again. "Thanks, bro. I feel much better now. Much as i've enjoyed this, though, we should stop before I wear myself out hitting you."
>>587383 Get one of the mages, probably the mare. Make her enchant this room, so no secret can go out. There are a few individuals who could learn a lot from this room. Preferably, a magic field could be set up here, in which the only person who could use magic is only me.
>>587378 "I'd test that, but I still remember your performance in training. I'd rather not see you cut yourself again." She helps you up and dusts you off. "Now let me see those, try and minimize the damage…"
>>587395 "…okay… Ifyou're sure…" Her horn lights up and the world fades away… Though its an abbreviated version, you still find yourself reliving that day… Whrn it ends and the world comes back into focus, Lavender falls to the ground in exhaustion, her horn sputtering fitfully..and then she starts sobbing hysterically.
>>587404 Therea short diamond dog is hammering away at the forge, turning with a smile as she notices you enter. "Well, hi there! Havent seen you before! Names crookear, what can i do for ya?" She holds out an enthusiastic paw.
>>587439 And just like back then, returning force with force is a great solution. "Wow, thats a firm hoofshake! I knew i saw some muscle on you. Say, you're that pony who just wandered in arent ya? Welcome to Horton!"
>>587460 "O-oh I'm sorry. That came out wrong.." I face hoof. "Sorry. I know I was out in the wild for a while, but that's no excuse. As for my eyes, they're all natural." I smile and they shimmer a bit with my improved mood.
>>587477 "Really?! Oh, thank you thank you thank you! Now, best place to look is in rocky areas; if you catch a glint in the area there's probably metal there. Iron has a rust-dirt smell, anf copper has a topaz-ashen smell…" She blinks and smiles sheepishly. "Thougj that doesnt help you much does it?"
>>587516 "I make sure messages from the mayor get delivered in a timely and correct fashion. After all that's happened lately, correct communication and coordination between the different groups in Horton is extremely important. The mayor wants to make sure no natives try anything stupid."
>>587535 "More rain, most likely. There's no cloud factories here, as you might have noticed. It's all natural. It's up to me to organize the clouds, make sure the fields aren't too arid or wet. Also makes for a good source of drinking water…"
>>587536 Stare at her and my eyes go a little dim. "Right… that.. confuses everything.. I.." I sigh. "Well, I did get permission for two. But.. you've given me a lot to think about.." I whistle for feather dance.
>>587571 "She was antagonizing me for no reason, then proceeded to hit me for no reason. I know this sounds like me pretending that it wasn't my fault, but she literally hit me square in the face when I tried to leave. I suppose she might have been under some stress at the time, but I was just offering my help."
>>587683 Well, you've recently expanded your garden, so it shouldn't be to difficult to find a spot to plant in. >>587684 Right outside the walls, right? Off to the right, you can see the small graveyard with nine small graves. There's a pegasus there,sitting in front of one of the graves with his head hung low. To the left is the forest. You can hear numberous birdcalls from within, and every so often you see a small rodent scurrying through the underbrush. Which way do you go? >>587685 That would be Risky Venture. She tends to wander around; roll to see how long the search is. You find her regardless, but low rolls mean you reach her after a long, annoying search. >>587686 She seems better after reconciling with Julia, leaning in and snuggling against you. With the conflict resolved, tensions have disappeared, enough so that Julia and Boon went and had sex somewhere nearby. You couldn't see it, but your doge ears mean that your certainly heard it.
>>587687 I just chuckle at Julia and Boon doing their thing, still this thing delayed the trip but doesnt matter as long as things got straightened out. I look at Lavender. Are you and Julia fine now? By Celestia I was worried and confused that she would've have shot you with that gun of hers just because.. I would have not forgiven her if she's done that I frown and pet her head.
>>587688 It takes a bit longer than you'd like, but you eventually find her reclining on a cloud. "Heya there, fella! Ye want sumthin?" >>587689 This soil is far too dry for Cannabis. You'll need to saturate the soil, then continue to saturate it regularly. Watering it twice a day should do the trick. >>587690 You can see everything. All the birds in the trees, all the rodents moving about, building homes and dens, even a few larger beasts roaming about, though they don't pay you any mind. You can see the tracks of wolves, large cats of some kind, boars, tiny pony tracks, beaten paths where animals funnel through regularly… all the secrets of the forest are yours to know. >>587691 It's fine… I definitely needed it. she hangs her head and shudders. What she went through… I-I've never seen a pony-or griffon- so scared and terrified in my life. It was… absolutely horrible to watch….
>>587692 I see, then that violator thingy is a danger indeed. I need to tell Magistre about the plant and perhaps remove it from the surrounding area of the settlement if spotted. I then look at her and squeeze her cheeks. Come on, smile a bit. Its not your fault since you didnt know. I smile.
>>587693 You've got a couple of them, but they look rather sickly. You're going to need to be extra careful with them. >>587694 You can almost make out a grin on her face as she takes off, circling overhead as she picks her target, then folds her wings and dives down, picking up incredible speed before spreading her wings at the last moment, flapping powerfully as she pulls out of her descent, kicking up dead leaves and debris as she returns to you, a large mouse in her talons with it's neck expertly snapped. >>587695 She gives you a small smile. I'll be fine. Still, I'm just glad she's not upset with me anymore. >>587696 Ready to move on?
>>587698 Good for you that nature provides. As you dig to plant them, you find yourself getting into clay. Digging a little deeper, you find a small reservoir of groundwater. This should keep the ground saturated enough for them to grow properly! >>587700 She looks at the bag of bits, then raises an eyebrow at you. "What ye up to, mister? Money don't come free." >>587699 Yeah. We really should get going.
>>587697 Accept the mouse from her with a proud smile, she's such a good girl, and let it set in my pocket, she can have it for diner when we're done. For now, lets check out the small pony tracks '1d10'
>>587702 "Ah know yer paying me, Ah don't know what fer. Jest spit it out aw'ready." >>587705 The groundwater is also watering the rest of the garden, albeit not as heavily as right above where you pierced it. You're plants are all healthy and green, practically all of them ready to be harvested again. You won't be lacking ingredients for a while. >>587704 They obviously started back at the town, but they're going deeper into the forest. There's about three or four different sets. Looks like they were traveling together. >>587706 >>587703 She leads you around the plant, eventually bringing you back to the river you'd originally stopped at with Boon. We should be able to follow this downstream until we reach the village camp. It should not take us long.
>>587708 Collected and replanted. As you work, you hear the door to your house open and close. Wheat Field exits, giggling to herself about something as she flies off to her work. >>587709 She stares you down. "Ah ain't opposed to the notion. …Define "fair." Backwoods rumble ain't big on niceties them city folk seem to fancy." >>587710 …One of them does. It looks like it was keeping it's distance… But these tracks are relatively fresh. They could be five minutes old or fifty. >>587711 >>587712 >>587713 Julia and Lavender resolved their little drama, and she led you to the river that you'll follow back to her village. As you move further down the bank, you start seeing large flowers as big as your hoof, drooping down like little bells. In this well-lit area, they appear a faded white, like a dirty pearl. Lavender seems to be stepping around them carefully when they appear in her path.
>>587716 "Whut about bitin' and buckin'? Wings tied er free? Shoot, ye sure ye know how these things go?" >>587717 Well, there's Sweetherb as usual… who would the other doctor be? >>587715 >>587718 These are chime-bells, she replies. Watch. She reaches out and gently pokes one. The bulb flashes faintly, and a faint chiming tinkle begins to fill the air. One or two is harmless right now, but too many will bring unwanted attention. >>587719 You manage to stay on the ponies tracks, but you lose the predator's tracks.
>>587721 Pegasus. >>587722 As you enter the clinic, you find a group of very distraught ponies and two donkeys babbling around Sweetherb. "I can't find her anywhere!" "Oh, my dear sweet Petunia, I don't know where she could have gone!" "Mulio was right beside me one minute, and the minute I turned around he was gone!" >>587723 That's easy, considering it looks like it jumped them here. there's a lot of hoofprints and crushed brush in a circle here; looks like it was quite the scuffle. The tinypone tracks lead off further into the woods, now paced out and meandering. They were running with everything they had, and it looks like whatever was chasing them wasn't far behind. Further investigation hints as to why… there's blood on the leaves here. not much, but still not a good sign. >>587724 >>587727 Not right here, no. At least nothing particular. Still, it's best not to make a lot of noise when there's predators hunting. In the swamp, however… >>587726 Eventually the ground starts to get softer and squishier, water beginning to pool in your hoofprints as you continue along. Soon we'll hit the swamp. We should stop and check up on my friend before we try to pass through them. Plus it's getting late, and navigating the swamps at night is suicide. >>587725 "Well, when ye got two 'er three more appendages, ye tend te need more rules. Still, Ah'm game. When's this go down?"
>>587729 In the swamps, they're like dinner bells for the hydras. >>587732 "Calm down, please!" Sweetherb protests over their chatter. "Would you please explain what this is about?" "We want the native you've been keeping here!" "Yeah, we want to know where she's hid our kids!" "If she's hurt so much as one hair on my boy's head…" "Where's the mayor? She'll sort this out!" "I want my baby back!" >>587731 The blood starts appearing more and more often, even as the tracks grow closer and closer together as the fillies tire. Up ahead you can see the beginnings of what appears to be some sort of rock formation. You also hear an ominous snarling noise, followed by a wet crunch. >>587730 My friend's home is just over this way a bit. I'm sure Greenbite will love having company over for once! Now, don't let his looks scare you. Underneath that thick hide of his, the guys a big softie. >>587733 She stands and cracks her neck. "Sure thang, mister. Jest lead me there." >>587734 Yep, you were. Clouded wandered off, and is now sitting with a couple of mares and sharing drinks. She looks as droll as ever, but her companions don't seem to mind.
>>587736 "Ah oversee and organize the colony's scouts, mister. Even go out myself, every so often. It's a real bit of work, keepin' all them hotheads in line." >>587737 She shoots you a bland look. "There's no cure for your hyperactive libido?" The group of mares bursts into a fit of giggles. >>587738 "My son, Mulio, he's missing!" "As is my daughter, Petunia!" "Cedric hasn't come home in hours, and I can't find him anywhere!" "That damn tribal kidnapped my little Jennica!" "She took all of our kids!" "Want's to cut them up in her sick rituals!" "Hand her over so we can get our kids back, before it's too late!" >>587740 She giggles. Don't ask him that to his face. He's very irritable when it comes to that misconception. Up ahead, you can see a large rock formation, spreading out for a good several miles. It's surrounded by a heavily wooded area. Come on, it's this way! She heads into the woods. >>587739 A bush obscures your view, your vision clearing just in time for your field of vision to become one big sea of fur as you barrel into something big and heavy! A loud growl rumbles through the clearing as the beast turns it's eyes on you.
>>587742 "A lotta trouble, Ah can tell ya that much. All sorts of beasties are out there, lot of 'em with a hankering for pony flesh. Our job's mapping out where they nest, doing what we can te keep 'em clear of us, and finding anything of note, like ruins an' such. Ain't found mucha those, though." >>587743 "We don't know how, but who else would have done it?" "You saw them, they're all monsters, rotten to the core!" "Kill her before she hurts our kids!" "Yeah!" "Yeah!" The parents are starting to get really riled up. Sweetherb is visibly sweating as she slowly backs away. >>587745 She blinks at you. "I'm not going to beat her up just because she hit you. If I beat up every pony that slugged you, most of the wonderbolts would have had to retire due to injuries." >>587746 These woods are really thick, making it very hard to see. Roll perception. >>587744 With a shriek, the burning comet that is Feather dives down and claws the monstrous thing across the chest. However, as she flaps away, the beast roars and swings it's enormous claws, making her shriek as it rends into her flesh. The good news is that his made it turn it's back to you, giving you a perfect point-blank shot into the small of it's back. The beast crumples to the ground, snarling as it fights to get back up.
>>587750 She glares at you. "I am not some prize-fighter for you to wave around like compensation." >>587751 Her startled gasp is the only thing that keeps you from stepping on the corpse of a pony. >>587753 They're not paying attention to you right now, their call for the native to be brought out getting louder and louder… this is getting ugly. >>587754 >>587748 >>587749 "Them's loaded questions, son. Right now, we got fifty different kindsa trouble, an' they all gotta be dealt with."
>>587752 Your shot misses, but as it tries to get back up, Feather dives back down and plunges her fiery claws deep into the beast's neck. With a howl, the terrifying hulk of shaggy muscles falls to the ground with a loud thump.
>>587757 "Goddamnit, Blue. Why do you always do this? You act on your gut without thinking it through, and it always comes back to bite us." She sighs and hangs her head, then pushes her drink away as she gets up. "Sorry girls, looks like this is gonna have to get cut short." >>587756 It is a rare creature that is able to survive without others of it's kind to mate with. There's a pony corpse that Askeladd almost stepped on. >>587761 I'm not sure… What are they doing here? Oh, this is not good… She kneels down to examine the mare's bloated corpse. >>587760 The shouting is growing louder and louder. "Get the mayor!" Sweetherb yells over the crowd to you. "Get Captain Cutter! Get someone, please!" >>587763 There's a pony's corpse on the ground. Askeladd almost stepped on it.
>>587765 She smacks you on the back of the head. "Don't give me that crap. I know damn well it was you and your inflated ego that started it." >>587766 "Sure thang. Lead the way." >>587768 The mare is all swollen up and bloated, foam puddled beneath her mouth as her swollen eyes stare straight ahead. She did not die a good death. Strangely, the only injury you can see is a rather jagged bitemark on her back leg. nasty for sure, but not nearly enough to be fatal. No, but I know their wear, she holds up the pony's green headband. The Chosen. >>587767 He's at the front gates, overseeing their rebuilding. He glances at you as you approach. "Evening, miss Ambrosia. You seen Amor around recently? He seems to have just disappeared on me today." >>587769 Sorry about that. You find the tinypone's tracks, all right… the same ones you followed in. Search as you might, you can't find any pony tracks leaving the area… and these rocks don't leave tracks for you to follow.
>>587770 The chosen? I shake my head. What is she doing here? Also… that bitemark, seems like she is bitten by something poisonous… I look around the tree's and the corners to make sure no snake is nearby. '1d10'
>>587771 Judging by how bloated it is, probably several days old. At least, you're pretty sure it would have to be that old for it to bloat up like that… >>587772 >>587765 Fight time? >>587773 He frowns, then turns to the side. "Zephyr, Oak, get down to the clinic on the double and see what's going on!" As the two guards leave, he turns back to you. "What's going on?" >>587774 There's some blood on the rocks, but it's hard to tell which is the blood from the beast and… And the beast is gone. >>587775 No snakes. You know, the ones who attacked the town? Come on, we've got to hurry! She starts running for the rock formation.
>>587778 There's a large puddle of blood on the ground… and what looks like a trail of it starting towards the woods… You find yourself looking into glowing yellow eyes, a loud growl rumbling through the air… And as fast as you see them, they vanish, leaving you alone among the rocks as the silent forest shadows box you in. You can't shake the feeling of being watched… >>587779 "Looks like poison to me," Boon remarks. Lavender's running off for the rock formation, with Askeladd in tow. >>587781 Please be okay, please be okay…
>>587780 "Goddamnit…" he mutters, putting his head in his hooves. "Right, I'm headed over there to see if I can restore the peace. Somebody find the mayor! We need to keep this from getting out of hand!" >>587784 She was hunting. It was rare they found one of the scaleskins, but when they did it was always a good way to gain honor by sinking your weapon into them… The group closed on the cave, her comrades pressed close as they crept forward… A yelp, and someone vanished. The stallion to the right screamed then dissappeared into the forest. Everything devolved into chaos as fear reigned. You through down your weapon and ran, before a stinging pain in your leg made itself known… Got to… get away… can't stand anymore, have to crawl… can feel the sickness in the wound spreading… heartrate slowing… pain! Pain! Every muscle on fire! Froth in your mouth chokes you! Pain! pain… pain fades… all fades… >>587786 With a call, she takes off, yelping a little from the slash in her side before winging it towards the town. Another growl fills the clearing. Shadows flit back and forth between the trees. >>587788 >>587785 You emerge from the woods to find a scene of intense carnage. Dead ponies and even a few griffons and goats are strewn everywhere, many of them bloated and swollen like the other. They all wear green headbands, and all but a few died painfully, with a few having instead had their necks snapped. Several bloodtrails lead inside the cave… which Lavender immediately beelines to. No no no… this is where Greenbite lives! How did the Chosen find him? >>587783 >>587787 The mares eye each other and nod. "Biting?" "Nah, le's be civil. Buckin'?" "No reason why not. Wings tied or free?" "Free. Toe the line or free range?" "Free range." They shake hooves.
>>587791 Recent. >>587792 "Why? Think the kids wandered off?" >>587790 "Whatchu talking about? This is tumblin', ain't nothin' fancy bout it." "Agreed. This is going to get ugly before it's over." >>587793 >>587798 >see image Lavender follows the blood trails and takes the left path. >>587794 >>587796 The mares square off… then begin. '1d10' '1d10' >>587797 As you climb, the rocks give way, and you land on your back. A howl rips through the air, and you hear something rapidly approaching.
>>587801 There's plenty of pony blood around… but the majority of the blood smells too acrid for it to be an equine. It's an almost sulfuric scent… and it seems to make up the majority of the bloodtrail. >>587800 You landed on your bad leg, and as you try to get up it lets you know on no uncertain terms that it is sick of your bullshit. The snuffling is getting louder… almost loud enough to drown out a snuffling noise. >>587802 >>587804 >>587805 Money don't matter, just state whether what you're betting is reasonable or not. Let's say that five hundred is a good chunk of your money, but not enough to ruin you if you lose. Clouded, fresh from the sparring match earlier, quickly gains the upper hand, putting a solid kick into Venture's chest. She just grunts and comes right back at the mare. '1d10' '1d10' >>587806 "Very well, go ahead." You see Krystal's flaming falcon fly out of the woods and make a beeline for two of the ponies working on the gate. >>587808 >>587803 > The blood trail veers to the east, and Lavender follows it. Oh no… they're taking him to the Center room!
>>587814 >>587809 "A monster then, we have to get out of here." I frown and hold Lavender to stop her from running any further. We need to get out! You hear me? Julia said there is a monter in the central chamber of this cave
>>587820 I frown. "You really think their spirits care if we kill whatever beast is inside this very cave? I think not, not to mention that I dont plan on joining them this early in my life and die in a deserted place like this Pejula."
>>587811 You manage to cut them off. >>587813 >>587814 >>587818 Of course what killed it is in there, it's Greenbite! You can hear what sounds like ponies laughing in the Center room, as well as some sort of muffled growling. >>587812 As you roll over, something slams into your head. A blurred bloody figure standing over you is the last thing you see before your head hits the rock and your vision fades to black. >>587810 "Oh crap! Krystal's in trouble!" "Come on! Fig, sound the call, we're going after her!" The stallion passes the note to a guard, then they both take off following Feather, much to their fellow guard's disgruntlement. >>587815 >>587816 Venture's starting to get her stride, though Clouded keeps pummeling her. '3d10' '3d10'
>>587830 >>587832 For a second, Venture gets the upper hoof, but then Clouded flips the tables once again. Venture's looking bruised as she goes in for one more surge. '3d10' '3d10' >>587831 You're being dragged somewhere… fuzzy… everything's fuzzy… can't move… Something's dragging you… you don't know where to. >>587828 >>587833 He's my friend, I keep telling you that! Can't you hear them laughing in there? We've got to save him! >>587834 As you creep forward, you peek around the corner and see several ponies in green headbands gathered around, laughing as they poke and prod at their captive. Their captive is an large lizard-like creature, with dull gray scales and wicked-looking claws, it's teeth serrated and built to kill. It would be an intimidating sight, where it not currently tied down with all four legs spread, nails driven through each appendage to hold it down, countless cuts covering it's body as they continue to jab their weapons into it. The blindfolded head keeps whipping around trying to trace each pony as they laugh, growls rumbling around the enormous rock shoved into it's mouth as a gag.
>>587835 I gulp before gathering my strength and nod I see, so that monster is your friend. Then lets rescue him if that is the case. But stay close to me alright. I then follow Julia and Pejula inside.
>>587836 I nod as I follow and keep Lavender close.
>>587839 Though they have panicked drive, you have the blessing of nature. You weave through the forest as though it were open plains, quickly overtaking them as they arrive at a rock formation in a small clearing. There's a blood trail leading off into the forest. >>587837 You can see the forest canopy passing overhead as whatever it is drags you to whereever you're going. The light hurts your eyes, your head bouncing as you hit a bump. Everything hurts… it hurts to exist… why can't you go back to sleep…
>>587846 One is thick, but tapers off. the other is smaller, but consistent. Roll perception. >>587847 It glances back at you and growls, yanking you and making you hit your head again. When you next come to, everything is so blurry… you feel a strange rushing pressure in your head… a weightlessness as you're lifted… tugging on your back legs… then your front… You pass out again. Some time later, you finally come to. Roll perception.
>>587849 You're hanging upside down in a cave by your hindlegs. Your forelegs are tied as well, to a weight that pulls them down. You smell smoke. >>587850 You hear crying coming from the rocks. It sounds like a scared foal.
>>587852 There's four of them- well, technically three foals and a young donkey- but they're all well-hidden in a gap in the rocks only something their size can reach. >>587853 You're pretty immobile. The thing is over to the side, stirring up a small fire and throwing wood into it, occasionally scratching at something on the ground.
>>587855 One of the fillies has a large cut on her hindleg, and the colt has a lot of blood on his side. It looks like he carried her. "I-It took her, miss! y-you have to help her!" >>587856 Oh. The one tied to your forehooves isn't tied to a weight, it's tied to the ground. The thing walks over, trailing it's claws over your body in an almost gentle fashion, though he pricks you several times.
>>587859 He growls at you, then says something that sounds… oddly like those natives. Those claws… he was scratching them in soot. he's tracing black lines over you. He's… quartering you to get butchered. >>587858 Healed like it was never there. "Thank you, miss… please hurry! It dragged that nice pony off, and… and I think it's gonna eat her!"
>>587861 He points at the consistent bloodtrail. The other two ponies are already gone. >>587862 He growls as he comes to your injury, carving a line around it, before stepping back and nodding at his work. Raising one claw, he places it gently at the top of the first line…
>>587865 In the distance, you can hear somepony scream. They sound absolutely terrified. >>587864 The claw sinks into the bottom of your bad hindleg, Slowly and methodically slicing it's way down towards your thigh in a spreading fire of absolute agony. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts so badly… you can feel your skin tearing beneath it, blood starting to trickle down your leg and over your torso. You could swear you heard him chuckle.
>>587867 The screaming grows louder in the distance as you rush through the forest, praying you arrive in time… >>587868 The claw continues down, down, slowly down… Then gets yanked swiftly to the size, slicing right across your leg. The beast roars and draws his claws back, preparing to finish you…
>>587870 *CLANG* As the metallic soundwaves barrel through your ears, you look up to see Redstone in front of you, straining to keep his shield up as the beast keeps pressing down on it. "H-hey there…" He grunts with an uneasy smile. "We… r-really gotta stop meeting like this…"
>>587872 Digging his hooves in, he finally manages to throw the beast back, giving you a good look at Ruby as she clings to it, driving her spear into it again and again. "I'm so, so sorry we didn't get here sooner," Redstone stammers as he cuts you down, holding you close as he rushes you out of the cave. "I've got her, Ruby! Let's get outta here!"
>>587874 Feather lights on you, pecking worriedly at your neck as Redstone strokes your cheek… Then kisses you full on the lips. "D-don't you EVER scare us like that again!" Suddenly, you hear Ruby cry out from inside the cave. "RUBY!" Redstone screams, turning to go back inside.
KRYSTAL AND AMBROSIA The Bipedal wolven creature howls at the sky, baring it's fangs as it advances on your group as Ruby struggles to her hooves. "Look out, it's stronger than it looks!" She calls out to you, clutching at a large gash in her side.
ASKELADD AND PEJULA Pejula's dart hits one in the neck, sending him sprawling on the ground, legs twitching as he spasms feebly. Their attention leaves the lizard and refocuses on you. Two run for the far end of the cave, while the rest advance on you. "Well, that's torn it," Boon mutters, sighing as he brings Bessie to bear and fires off a shot. '1d10+2'
>>590023 Paperwork… it's not really much more elaborate than that. Easy to lose yourself in the monotony of it all, a nice way to relax and not think about anything while still being productive. Unfortunately it doesn't last. Geneva barges back in, breathing hard and sporting a bright black shiner. "Miss Magistre, we have a problem." >>590029 >>590032 And what a fight it was. Venture surges back strong, cracking Clouded Skies in the head before grappling her and putting her in a submission hold. However, Clouded soon wriggles out of it and reverses it, locking the two in a writhing tangle of limbs and flying dust. One last test of strength to see who comes out on top. '1d10+1' '1d10'
>>590034 The sight of your own blood running down it's arm is rather distracting. Feather manages to scratch him across the face, eliciting an ear-splitting howl as he claws at the burning flesh. >>590027 It's fur is thick and matted, but your zeal still manages to get through, glowing bright green as you slash into it's side. Even it's blood smells wrong, oozing blackish-red instead of the usual healthy crimson flow nature's creations bleed.
Ruby screams as he tries to stomp on her, only for his foot to clang against Redstone's shield.
>>590037 "Apparently several children have gone missing, and the parents are convinced the captive is to blame. The guard's already arrived, but… we could be dealing with a lynch mob here." >>590022 Your dart goes right into his eye as he aims, sending his arrow wide. Your dart's won't pierce his skull, but that should throw his aim off. The fact he's now laying on the ground screaming helps too. Will have to wait for Lemon or Sylt to respond to advance you.
>>590039 >>590040 Venture's clearly the better grappler, but she's in rough shape from getting used as a punching bag earlier. Their contortions and struggling gets downright awkward at times. Soon, the dust obscures your view for a moment…. When it clears, the two are locked belly-to-belly, glaring each other in the eye as they find themselves unable to advance on the other.
>>590022 >>590050 That makes one native screaming on the ground, one clipped by Boon's shot, and three closing on Askeladd. Think fast if you don't want to get shredded! In the back, the two that ran have started chanting.
>>590048 >>590049 THey both strain at each other for a while longer, then sigh and gently knock their heads together, slumping tiredly in the same position. "Heh," Venture chuckles through a fat lip, "Yer… pretty gud there, darlin'." Clouded just looks at her, a tiny grin lifting her cheek. "…you too." >>590045 "I don't know, okay? That's why we need to get this mob under control so we can find some answers!" >>590043 She nods to you as the wound in her side heals. "Thanks!" Staying behind Redstone's shield, she starts jabbing at it with her spear. >>590047 That one managed to hit it in the throat, sending it to it's knees as it tries to pull the arrow out. Feather keeps divebombing it, tearing flaming wounds down it's sides… Krystal: 2/6 >Feather: 5/5 Ambrosia: 6/6 >Redstone: 7/5 >Ruby: 5/4
>>590059 His eyes grow wide as saucers as all color drains from his face, unable to do anything but stare at what must appear to him to be a hulking demon emerging from the shadows and charging at him. His skull makes a satisfying crack against the cave walls as his comrades scream in terror. >>590057 Your dart makes him go rigid, making him a sitting duck for Boon's long rifle. Gore and grey tissue splatter as the back of his head explodes into a red mist.
Even though you can't understand their language, you somehow begin to catch the meaning of their chanting… Come forth, blessed dark ones, take this blood and remake us Dark flames sprout around them as their chanting rises in fervor. Pejula: 5/5 Askeladd: 5/5 +1 to rolls Julia: 5/5 >Boon: 5/5 >Native evicerator: HEADSHOT >Native tormentor: 3/6 >Native Unicorn: Helpless/4 >Native Brawler: 7/4 >Native archer: Helpless/4 >>590058 A swipe of his claws smacks Feather from the air, a growl leaving his throat as he turns his gaze on you. A backhanded swipe sprawls you out on your back, your leg protesting as the gash in it makes itself known. >>590060 He looks down at the blade in his side and snarls, knocking you away and smirking as his wounds begin to close and knit themselves back together. Krystal: Helpless/4 >Feather: Helpless/3 Ambrosia: 6/6 >Redstone: 7/5 >Ruby: 5/4
>>590069 There's an angry mob beating against the door to where the native is being kept. Captain Cutter makes his way over to you. "Thank goodness. I can't hold them much longer!" >>590061 >>590063 They both nod, then slowly untangle themselves. "Gotta say," Venture remarks, "Ah ain't never seen the gal what could lick me hoof-ta-hoof, but Cloudy here… If ye weren't so uptight, ye'd be a right terror ta face grappling too." >>590070 Feather just caws weakly as Ruby carries him to a safe distance as Redstone pulls you to your hooves. "Come on, we gotta take him down! There are kids nearby!" >>590075 With a burst of flame, he soars into the air, giving off a blast of light as he rises. When you stop seeing starts, you see the wolven stumbling around, howling as it rubs at it's eyes. Krystal: 6/4 >Feather: 5/5 Ambrosia: 6/6 >Redstone: 7/5 >Ruby: 5/4
>>590079 All eyes immediately turn to you. Make use of the split second of silence while it lasts. >>590081 On the counter in front of you as the rest of the bar cheers. "On the house for you four," the bartender winks, "As thanks for all the business that little show stirred up." >>590084 "Guess not. I had ye pegged wrong if'n yer half the pony yer sister is." "Not nearly as good with his hooves," Clouded remarks, grinning wryly at you. "Still… he's a decent flier at least." >>590083 A glancing blow as he staggers back, screaming at you in terror as his eyes bulge out of his skull. >>590073 His flailing results in you getting kicked in the jaw. Boon yells a warning right before you get slammed by the Brawler. In addition to your next action, roll to avoid taking damage from his charge. The flames grow higher and engulf the chanters. Blood begins to rise from the thrashing lizard… Pejula: 3/5 Askeladd: 5/5 +1 to rolls Julia: 5/5 >Boon: 5/5 >Native tormentor: 2/6 >Native Unicorn: Helpless/4 >Native Brawler: 7/4 >>590080 >>590082 As Krystal, Feather, Redstone and Ruby pepper him with blows and make him bend down, Ambrosia closes and raises her sword, glowing bright green as she slices cleanly through his neck. His head hits the ground with a thunk, rolling a few feet, before getting bounced in the air as his body Slams into the ground.
>>590087 "My baby girl got taken by that dirty native!" "She's going to twist them into monsters, and you want us to just stand around?!" "I lost my husband to those bastards; I'm not letting them get my son too!" >>590089 The body shudders, the arms pulling it back to it's feet as it turns to face you…
Then falls to the ground again, becoming wrapped in a wreath of dark flames. >>590090 the ones listed are the diversion natives. The Chanters weren't listed because they weren't 'attacking.' Your dart strikes true, making the chanter choke as he staggers back, clutching at his throat. The other keeps chanting, even as the flames consume his partner… until his flesh starts to morph and bend. >>590091 After the body's last movements, the flames eventually fade, revealling a much more shrunken form. >>590092 As always, shooting from the hip doesn't do much for your aim. At least Boon is able to pick up the slack, a point-blank blast to the chest sending the tormentor flying. And not the controlled kind. Pejula: 3/5 Askeladd: 5/5 +1 to rolls Julia: 5/5 >Boon: 5/5 >Native tormentor: Helpless/3 >Native Unicorn: 5/4 >Native Brawler: 7/4
>>590093 "Don't let your feelings get the better of you, think rationally! How could she have done anything to our foals? If she did, she wouldn't be still here to let us kill her, would she? You all need to calm down!"
>>590094 It's covered by a layer of… sticky soot, is the only way you can think to describe it. However, after rolling it over, one thing is certain: This is the body of a large earth pony. >>590098 Your head gets whipped to the side as you find Ruby pulling you into a crushing embrace. "Don't you ever ever ever run off on your own like that again, you hear me Krystal-eyes? That's a bucking order! Do you have any idea how scared we were?" Redstone just looks on, his ears flat against his head as he looks between the two of you. >>590097 Some murmurings started up. They're still angry, but they've stopped beating on the door. "Well, what else could have happened? We've searched all over town, but can't find hide nor hair of them!" "And she's the only one who would do such a thing!" "Why is she still alive anyway?" >>590099 Venture laughs and kicks back as she raises her glass. "Ta a good ol' rumble with one what knows whut they're doin'!"
>>590095 The other one clutches his throat and falls, the flames slowly beginning to dissipate. Even so, his features continue to warp and mutate… >>590096 The Brawler slams into you and cracks you against the ground repeatedly, making your headache worse. Boon manages to keep the unicorn down, but not before getting hit by a stray blast of magic. "Fuckin' lilly-liverd varmits o' jumping jimbo, that shit burns!" Pejula: 3/5 Askeladd: 5/5 +1 to rolls Julia: Helpless/4 >Boon: 3/5 >Native tormentor: Helpless/3 >Native Unicorn: Helpless/2 >Native Brawler: 7/4 >??? ?/?
>>590105 "That freak spoke? And he still…" She glances at your leg, shudders, and holds you tightly. "Motherfucker got what was coming to him. Just stick with us next time all right? You don't get to die until I say so." Redstone slowly approaches. "…H-how's your leg?" >>590101 Clouded kicks you under the table, rolling her eyes as she lifts her glass, then tosses it back. >>590102 Venture grins and tosses hers back, slamming the empty glass down with a happy sigh. "Damn. Ain't had a fight like that fer years…" >>590103 Ruby glances at it and scrunches. "Looks like it… not any kind I've seen before, though." The rune drawings across his body scream wrongness… but in a manner more… brutal than the Demons of Tartarus. >>590110 It's a pony all right, but covered in arcane writings and paint that give you visions of blood and hunger and… "Hey, snap out of it!" Ruby shakes you and looks you dead in the eye. "Don't look directly at them like that. out of the corner of the eye is the only way to keep them from… affecting you." >>590107 >>590109 A single flurry of blood and blades later, and the tormentor is missing all eight of his extremities. >>590108 "Hang on darling!" The Brute grunts as Boon's shot slams into her shoulder, glaring at him as she keeps you pinned down. Yes, it's a she. Somehow. >Boon: 3/5 >Native tormentor: DRAWN AND QUARTERED >Native Unicorn: Helpless/2 >Native Brawler: 6/4 >??? ?/?
>>590113 She doesn't even flinch, picking you up and throwing you at Boon. He manages to catch you, grunting in pain at the impact before pushing you back to your feet. "Mebbe the scaley fella's itching fer payback?" >>590114 You get blasted back by a bolt of dark energy that sets you flat on your back. >>590112 >>590113 >>590114 From the ashes of the second chanter rises something… wrong. It's shape is vaguely equine, but it's head is covered in patches of thick scales and lumped flesh like melted candlewax, Three eyes blinking sluggishly as it slowly rises up. One hoof bearing a single enormous claw clacks against the floor, followed by a talon bearing eight claws, crackling with dark energy. It's a twisted abomination from your darkest memories… And to Julia, it's terrifyingly familiar.
>>590118 "Oh, Gem-eyes…" Her hoof gently raises your chin. "I swear to you, nopony is ever going to hurt you again if I can help it. I promise." >>590115 Her eyes aren't on you. They're on her former opponent. >>590117 "Only place it matters; wherever they found me. Bullies, rivals, challenge-seekers… Ah learned quick, but ah got the lumps to show fer it." She glances at Clouded before taking her next drink. >>590116 "Whatever it is, it's dead now." Redstone speaks up. "We should get the kids and head back into town."
>>590119 She's got a really nasty gash down her leg, almost surgical in it's precision. Without medical attention, the muscles might not be able to heal properly… And this could be a challenge to fix, even for you.
>>590121 Not too hard for an old soldier like you. You're used to getting knocked down. And now you're back up, ready to face this abomination. >>590123 They guide you over to a tree covered in moss, Redstone laying down first and wrapping his wings around you, holding your back against his chest as Ruby snuggles beside you. "We've got to keep you warm so you don't go into shock," she explains, shifting in closer. "Now take a rest. you've earned it." >>590125 She sighs, holding you close and stroking your mane as you cry your heart out. "There there, you've been through a really bad thing haven't you? But it's over now… Me and Redstone are here for you now…" >>590124 "Please do. And get Sweetherb or somepony. I'm not sure if moving her in this condition is wise."
>>590127 They poke their heads up when they hear you approach. "W-we heard it roaring… d-did you get it?" >>590128 It takes you a minute to catch your breath. Boon fires right into her stomach, making her double over as she rolls away. "Wait, where's Lavender?" The abomination starts to charge up another blast of dark energy in it's talons…
>>590129 "Hey, hey, stay with me," Ruby slaps your cheeks lightly. "Don't you dare go to sleep right now; with that much blood gone, you might not wake up, so stay awake. Let… let me see those gorgeous eyes of yours. please?"
>>590132 For once, you take the time to actually aim. And it works wonders. The beast screams as the dark magic explodes in it's talons, splattering them all over the room and burning away at the side of it's body. It's hate-filled glance turns to you, it's one large talon dragging on the ground… As you notice Lavender untying the giant lizard. >>590133 It's hard to keep your eyes open, but the fact that Ruby is looking right into them helps. She has pretty eyes; nothing as special as yours, but a very soothing shade of pink… she looks so concerned about you… It's hard to remember what exactly happened while you waited… but you know you didn't fall asleep once. >>590134 "Really? It looked dead before, and it just came back…"
>>590136 Then help me untie Greenbite! she 'yells' back. >>590137 As you loosen the restraints, she rips the blindfold off him and takes his head into her hooves, looking into his eyes… Without warning he surges up, breaking the few remaining ropes you haven't cut through and pinning her to the ground, spitting out his gag… then blinking down at her and running his tongue up her neck, making her giggle. >>590138 "You cut off it's head?" they all climb out and stare at you. "That is so cool!" "You're like a knight or something!" "Can you be my new mommy?" They all stare at the filly who blurted the last line, who blushes and hides her face. "What?" she huffs indignantly.
>>590140 One of your shots connects, but the other goes wide as you get slammed back by the Brawler. She grins sadistically at you as she draws her hoof back… Only to scream as the lizard bites down on her hind leg, yanking back and dislocating it as she starts to convulse.
>>590142 You drive your blade in deep, sending it into convulsions, it's talon clutching at it's chest where you stabbed it. It glares down at you, but before it can respond… >>590143 Greenbite can help! Look at that! Sure enough, the lizard thing, bleeding as it is from multiple wounds, still manages to drag itself over with impressive speed, latching onto the warped abomination and starting to tear it to shreds, first ripping off it's legs, then tearing into its torso in a horrific explosion of thick black blood and gore.
>>590147 "She got dragged away by the monster!" "Did she get eated?" "Are her guts hanging out of her stomach?" "Can we go see?" The kids start following you as you make your way through the woods. >>590101 >>590102 So, the drinking spree goes well, and soon you're all good and buzzed, if not drunk. >>590133 You're not sure how much time has passed, but you do realize something much more pressing… you are no longer alone.
>>590722 "Brother dear, I know how to pick my battles. That wouldn't end well for anypony involved." Still, there's the ghost of a smile on her face. >>590720 There's multiple intruders, about six or so ponies. They're rather easy to spot, considering they're standing around in the open. They all have bright blue headbands with angular lines and patterns stitched into them. Two of them are approaching your group, making Redstone tense and cover you with his shield while Ruby levels her spear at them, while the rest are busy examining the remains of the wolf-pony-thing. >>590719 "Aww, I wanted to see guts!" "You dummy, that would mean she was hurt!" "I know, but guts are cool! they're so slimy and icky and slide all over the place-" "Ew!" "So how'd you kill the monster? did you grind it up?" "Chop it into pieces?" "Burn him?"
>>590725 There's the regular guard, comprised of about five to seven ponies, depending on whether you count the PCs. There is also three platoons of Militia. Captain Cloud Cutter is in charge of the garrison. Lot's of ponies are 'big.' you'll have to be more specific. >>590726 They seem more interested than intimidated, Oohing and reaching out to pet him. He ruffles a bit at first, but once he realizes their intent he perches near them, stretching with a smug look on his face as they stroke his feathers. One of them approaches slowly until Ruby yells and brandishes her spear, then takes out some… leaves and pastes of some sort, gesturing towards your injured leg. >>590727 "You cut it's head off! Cool!" "Hey, maybe we could use it as a football!" "I'm not putting my hooves near those teeth…" "Aw, don't be a baby! We'll just close it's mouth!" "But, would it even roll right? That nose might make it bounce around…" "Aw… phooey." >>590728 "Physical strength's not the only kind. Sure, I'd win in a physical contest, but we'd regret it afterwards. Don't bite the hoof that feeds you, and all that."
>>590730 Twitchy is a thin, jerky pegasus in charge of Provisions and inventory. He works out of the warehouse. Sweetherb is the colony's doctor. as there isn't a hospital or the ponies to staff one yet, she works in the townhouse. Sticksen Stones is the colony's assigned head mage. She's… rather eccentric. Risky Venture you just met. She's in charge of the scouts. Crookear is the town smith. She works in the forge. Stout Frame is Head of Construction. You'll find him wherever stuff's getting built. Amor is a black pegasus, and the town psychiatrist. He has a small office on the edge of town. Geneva is the mayor's secretary, and as such does a great deal of the work involved with governing that's too minor to concern the mayor with. >>590733 Ruby looks between you and the natives examining the corpse, who have started jabbing it with stakes and cutting it apart. "Maybe… and your leg does look pretty bad…" The native draws a rather well-forged axe, then tosses it aside, holding his hooves up to show he's unarmed. >>590734 "Celestia doesn't say who gets rationed if food shortages come up." She's eyeing you strangely. "How did it feel?" >>590732 "Yes, ma'am." they reply sullenly. The rest of the trip back passes in silence.
>>590736 She hesitates, then relents, stepping back but keeping her spear trained on him. "I swear, if he so much as looks funny at you…" The native grabs his stuff, then starts tending to your leg. >>590737 "Back in the bar. Being on the receiving end for once, when you blew that kiss at me." >>590738 That would be wise- Oh. Oh dear. There's a large crowd of very angry ponies at the town hall. And no nopo so I can't continue that storyline just yet.
>>590735 "It's fine. Your parents were worried, but they will be pleased by your return. I am pleased that you got out as well. Death is always a sad thing." Pause for a moment, then add "… Almost always."
>>590740 The guards start as you lead the kids into view. "Where did you find them? We've been looking everywhere!" >>590742 It stings, but he works fast patching your leg up. Soon the injury starts to go numb. One of the other natives approaches with the head of the pony. Interestingly, the pony's teeth are still those of a wolf. She gestures at the clean cut through it's neck, then at Ruby's spear and your bow, and archs an eyebrow. >>590741 Roll perception.
>>590746 You can't get a read on her. As far as you're concerned, she's happy as can be! "Never mind. Come on, let's go home." She takes off with little warning, leaving you coughing in the dust. >>590747 "The hell were they doing out there? Never mind- get those kids inside, we'll start organizing a rescue party. Can you lead us to her?"
>>590749 He nods, then turns away and starts doing something with the head. The one working on your leg finishes up, then dips his hooves in something and draws his hooves against your cheeks three times, smearing lines of something that feels a little sticky across them. "Whoah, whoah, what's up with that, buddy?" Ruby and Redstone are understandably tense. >>590750 Some guards take the kids and usher them towards town hall. Sweetherb, looking extremely haggard, stumbles up with the rest of the rescue party. "Okay, okay, right. which way, deary?" >>590751 She beats you home by a good margin. the door's ajar when you arrive.
>>590752 Gesture at the right direction and start walking "We were attacked by a strange creature which shapeshifted into a pony when it was slain. It had also attacked the children but they managed to run and hide."
>>590753 Like most homes here, it's a simple log structure lacking much in decor or originality, but it makes up for that in functionality. It keeps the rain out, stays cool when it's hot out and warm when it's cold out, and basically serves as a dwelling. Clouded is seated on one of the sitting cushions, not looking at anything in particular. >>590754 After a moment, he nods, then starts painting Redstone's cheeks with what you can now see to be some sort of blue paste. He tenses, but doesn't interfere. "I know that, but… geez, this is creepy. What do they want?"
>>590758 Ruby relents as the native paints her face too. "Maybe… I guess they don't like it either…" The other native turns around, then puts a string necklace bearing several large, sharp teeth into your lap. He gestures to the neck of the beast, then the necklace, and back. >>590759 "No." She's not looking at you. "…did you even notice?" >>590760 "How bad are the injuries?"
>>590762 "Why am I asking. Of course you didn't notice. You never do. Not when you're too busy checking out every last other mare in existence." >>590763 There's not any teeth left in it. He frowns and shakes his head, gesturing to the cut in the neck with a chopping motion, then to the necklace, then makes a gesture as if holding something out to you.
>>590765 He watches you for a moment, then seeing that you're only holding it and not putting it on, he nods and steps back, as do the other natives. Turning away from you, they all head off into the woods, disappearing as suddenly as they came. >>590766 "Then how have you not seen… Am I not part of your 'situation' then? Is that why you never noticed me?" >>590767 "Oh dear. The poor girl seems destined to become an amputee. Still, I'll see what I can do." You arrive at the rocky outcropping where you found the kids.
>>590769 "Yeah…" Ruby just stares after them. "Well that was wierd," Redstone mutters, glancing between the two of you. "Though I must say, I might not know what it's supposed to mean, but that facepaint looks good on you two." >>590770 "Then why, Blue? Why are you always eyeing up every other mare who passes by, saying how fine their flanks are or how beautiful they are… why don't you ever look at me?" >>590771 She grimaces as she sees the blood on the ground. "We better hurry."
>>590775 She remains silent for a minute, then stands up. "All right then… go ahead. Make any comments you want to about me. How do I compare?" >>590774 She adopts a smirk, then grabs some of the stuff the native was painting your faces with. "Yes, we should~" Redstone chuckles nervously, squirming underneath you. "Um… can we talk about this?" >>590773 Upon my next reply, you shall emerge in the clearing where Krystal is.
>>590777 He gulps as Ruby starts scrawling on his face. "Good idea, Krystal," she snickers, "we can make a smiley face on his belly." >>590778 "Hmn." She stretches, giving you a good view of every muscle and curve as she bends and twists her body. "I could say the same for you. You've got that lean, toned look that doesn't make you look like a blowup balloon, but instead like an athlete. I like that in a stallion."
>>590780 He groans in defeat as Ruby draws a very crude smiley face on his belly, then starts drawing something on his chest. He giggles a little as you paint his hooves. "Aw, he's gonna be so pwetty," Ruby snorts, scrawling "property uf Rubi & Krystul" on his chest. "isn't he, Krystal?"
>>590784 She fixes her eyes on you, that intensity… not subdued, but not angry either. "I like your confidence. No matter what, you believe you can do it. Sometimes I hate you for it when it gets us in trouble… but I wouldn't have gotten nearly as far as I did without you pushing me to the limit."
>>590786 She slowly starts walking towards you, a faint blush on her cheeks. "Your shoulders. The way the muscles bulk up there… I like stallions with some endurance, and you like you've got that in spades."
>>590787 I laugh. "So I've been told. I've got to be careful not to stop maintaining my body though. This place is making me feel lazier than usual." Look her over. "… Your character. I know I complain about it sometimes, but you've kept me in check pretty well and you're hard to bend."
>>590788 She sits down in front of you, close enough so that your chests are just barely touching as she looks you in the eye. "Your heart. Beneath all the bravado, you care more than almost anypony I know. It's not often I get to see that side of you."
>>590798 She blinks once, twice. "You… do?" Her expression goes back to her usual monotone, if a bit softer, but her hooves are shaking on your shoulders. "We… nobody would… accept it if they found out…"
>>590798 She blinks once, twice. "You… do?" Her expression goes back to her usual monotone, if a bit softer, but her hooves are shaking on your shoulders. "We… nobody would… accept it if they found out…"
>>590801 "Let them. Back in Cloudsdale, I never would have dared… but here? Sure, they may talk about us… but that's all they'll do, talk. And how would they find out? As long as we're careful… they won't suspect a thing." She starts pulling herself closer, then hesitates. "I… I will agree to whatever you decide. You… always seem to know the best thing to do…"
>>590803 "Of course…" Slowly, hesitantly, she starts pulling herself closer, her expressionless facade doing nothing to fool you as you feel her heart hammering away in her chest. "I am… always careful. I… I want this…"
>>590811 She tenses a little as you rub a little too roughly, then relaxes back into your grip, giving a little gasp every time you find a nerve bundle. Finally working her tongue inside your mouth, she starts aggressively exploring inside your mouth, filling it with the taste of lilacs and a hint of alcohol.
>>590813 Enjoying it isn't that hard; her body is soft and warm, her muscles pliable beneath your touch as she relaxes utterly on top of you. Soon your own tongue wins dominance, drawing what seems suspiciously like a moan from her as her hooves grasp your flanks.
>>590815 She's left panting too, a distinctly pink tinge to her cheeks as she looks down at you. "I love you too… bro…" She starts to rub against you, never breaking eye contact. "I want this. I want you. Show me. Show me how much you love me."
>>590817 She looks up at you expressionlessly, mouth slightly open as she breathes heavily in anticipation. "…Yes. I… have not desired anyone else… for some time now. Yet I knew I could not have you, so…" She bites her lips and looks down, opening her mouth as if to say something, then stops, her mouth gaping open. "O…Oh… that… that is…"
>>590819 "Y… yes…" She seems unable to tear her eyes away. "slow and… steady…" Her hindlegs gently wrap around your waist and lock together, forehooves quivering as they grip your shoulders. "…Do it. Please."
>>590821 She doesn't respond much through the act, her voice restricted to the occasional gasp or moan. Her body, though… it's a struggle not to blow your load for every minute you're inside her, with the way she's milking you. '5d10+10'
So, Magistre was in the middle of an angry mob, where things are currently starting to get ugly.
Ambrosia just led Sweetherb and a small group of guards to find Krystal and Ruby painting up a disgruntled but resigned Redstone, her injured leg mysteriously bandaged up, and all three bearing facepaint in the form of three blue stripes across each cheek.
Oh, and Julia, Askeladd, and Pejula were battling an Eldrich abomination alongside an enormous lizard thing. So there's that.
>>592202 "Not exactly.. we only decorated Red here.." I bring out the tooth necklace. "We met some natives.. they took the body and left this. I think they wanted you to have it, since you did the killing blow."
>>592199 The hail of bullet and magic-fire leaves the abomination unbalanced, allowing Askeladd and the Lizard to slam it back into one of the pillars supporting the cave. >>592206 >>592207 Your strength combined with his crashes the mutant into a pillar of rock, shattering it as Debris pummels the unholy thing. With a roar, it throws you both back, panting heavily as it clutches at it's wounds, suffused with a green glow. You hear the ceiling shudder and groan, dust raining down on your head. >>592200 Sweetherb immediately starts examining your leg. "Well, whoever did this, they have a decent understanding of what they're doing. It's temporary at best, but it certainly bought you some time. Still, we need to get you back, and soon." >>592216 Apparently their kids have gone missing and the captive is to blame. She's right in the thick of it. >>592213 You sure are. It looks like you're losing the crowd; they've started to crash against the door, making it's hinges shudder as the wood cracks. Off in the distance, you see a guard waving frantically.
>>592220 "All right, you two support her," she motions at Ruby and Redstone. "Take it slow, but keep moving." The two press up close against your sides, Redstone spreading his wing and draping it over you and Ruby to hug you both close as they support you through the woods. >>592221 >>592223 Your shots knock it back even further, causing it to stumble, then fall, crushing several more support pillars. Catching your intent, the lizard swipes his tail and knocks down another support, then runs with the group for the entrance. The roof shudders and groans overhead, then cracks and starts to fall. "We're not gonna make it!" Boon yells. >>592222 >>592225 It takes Gron's intervention to make them back off, several gearing up to charge only to think twice as they examine the scarred zebra. Fortunately, a distraction arrives in the form of several children. "Daddy!" "Momma!" "Hi Pops!" THe crowd immediately seems to forget their earlier venom as they rush to embrace their children.
>>592235 It's a string of beads with several sharp, jagged teeth threaded through it. It looks sort of like a trophy necklace, or a fancy piece of jewelry. Though, it seems much more natural than most stuff you'd find in jewelry stores; the beads are organic instead of metal, the teeth are real, and the colors seem to compliment the forest around you. >>592233 Steady as a rock with them supporting you. "So," Ruby chats idly as you move along, "what was with that you two did outside the cave?" You can feel Red's heartrate increase. "You… must have been focused on fighting that thing, and… seen something you didn't see…" >>592229 Dodging artfully through the falling debris, you get out of the cave entrance just as it collapses behind you, pulling in for a graceful landing without so much as a single ruffled feather. "…Warn me next time," Boon wheezes, clutching at his chest. "Damn ticker nearly gave out on me when ye grabbed me!" >>592232 The cave entrance collapses right in front of you, only Greenbite pulling you back with his tail saving you from getting crushed. Raising up on his hindlegs, he groans as he tries to support the ceiling, his legs already beggining to buckle under the strain. Oh no oh no oh no, Lavender whimpers as her eyes dart about, what do we do what do we do what do we do?
>>592244 "W-well, no…" He blushes and looks the other way. "So, what did you "imagine?" " Ruby asks playfully, though there's a bit of strain in her voice. >>592243 You manage to keep the roof stable, but it's only a matter of time before you're overwhelmed. >>592242 They're nowhere to be seen, and the entrance has collapsed behind you. >>592245 "Blue, I think," Redstone remarks absentmindedly. "They know their medicine," Sweetherb remarks, "though their supplies are rudimentary at best."
>>592258 It seems that way. Captain Cutter walks up, wiping sweat off his brow. "That was far too close," he mutters, before turning to the guard. "You there! Where did you find the children?" "One of the scouts found them out in the woods, sir! They were wounded and had to send them back with a guard!" >>592257 The Lizard lowers his chest and charges out of the entrance, knocking rocks loose and clearing a path… >>592256 Before slamming into and landing on top of Julia. Lavender follows him out, then turns and yells to Askeladd. "Come on, RUN!" >>592261 "Didn't look like that to me," she remarks dismissively. "W-why are you concerned about this?" Redstone stammers. "We're not even dating yet…" "I know we're not- wait, 'yet?'" "Uh… I-I mean-" >>592260 So do I. Now, that gash doesn't look like the kind a wild animal leaves. It's too precise and measured. What exactly happened?"
>>592266 "Captain Cutter…" Once I have his attention, give him a stern look. "Would you mind to enlighten me as to how your guards could allow a flock of children leave the walls that your guards supervise?"
>>592272 "I'm wondering that as well…" he growls, glaring at the guard, who gulps and stands straighter. "T-they never left through the gate, sir! Only some scouts and workers have been through!" >>592273 "Intelligent? What was it's purpose? This seems… cruel." >>592270 Boon helps you up as the lizard rolls over, giving a loud hiss that you assume is a groan. He's bleeding pretty badly from countless wounds. >>592269 With rocks falling all around you, the sprint for the entrance ends with the walls collapsing so close behind you you can feel the rush of air on the back of your neck.
>>592276 I wipe my sweat and pant. "I'm getting too old for this, that is a close one" I nod at Julia and Boon, before turning to Lavender. Are you okay? I inspect her and see if she is hurt …. what is that thing back in the tunnel?
>>592276 He gulps it down greedily, a long prehensile tongue reaching out and swirling around inside the bottle to lap up every drop even as the bleeding starts to slow. His reptilian eyes regard you curiously as he lays back, mumbling something in Native. "Eh, care to translate, ma'am?" Boon asks Lavender. He's wondering why you are not trying to kill him. >>592278 I'll be fine.. she smiles and shakes herself vigorously, creating a large cloud of dust. Whew! That was incredible! I haven't had that much fun in a while!
>>592275 "Their faults are not only theirs, Captain." Keep staring him down. "The hostile group of natives have assassins who managed to sneak up on me on an open field without anypony noticing. How do you expect me, or anypony for that matter, to feel safe within a walls when a group of children can outsmart the guards?"
>>592282 I frown as I scratch my head, feeling and realizing that I am acting like a parent for this adventurous little pone. …. fun in a way yes. But that is quite dangerous. Something like that can keep the blood running after for sometime but we cant take such dangerous risks like that. Hell we can.. and almost got killed by that you know that Lavender. I then close my arms as I chuckle at the lizard I'm glad that lizard or friend of yours is safe and all of us got out of it, but we need to get out of here or maybe more of those hostiles might come back, we need to get to your village ASAP. Alright? I pet her head softly.
>>592285 I look at you and chuckle at the sight. "Pfff.. We cant linger here, lets pack up and get straight out of here."
>>592284 "Those assassins were camoflauged, and we've got detection spells ready for next time. What I want to know is how they got out without anypony noticing." Several of the ponies nod their heads. "I was wondering that myself…" "What were you thinking, boyo?" "Well? care to explain yourselves?" The children chuckle nervously as they become the center of attention. "Um… through the secret door?" >>592288 "That… makes a sick sort of sense." She shudders. "I just don't understand what makes one resort to such… barbarism." >>592286 "Duh, of course I like him! Why else would I put up with his lack of confidence? My problem is that he kissed you! Without my permission!" "W-wait, what?" Redstone sputters, "s-since when-" "Oh, come on, you know I've been obsessing over her eyes, and her flanks, and just about her in general since she showed up! Why'd you go and shoot me down like that?" "I…I didn't-" >>592285 Well… most ponies don't like Lizards like him, they're loners, so most don't know much about them. He mumbles something else. He says that… generosity is… unusual for ponies. Which… isn't necessarily false… >>592290 >>592292 True… I suppose we should get goi–WWWHAA! Suddenly, the lizard lunges, latching onto her leg and flipping her over, grinning evilly before diving in and starting to blow loud raspberries on her belly. nnnnnnoooooooooooo!!! She laughs uncontrollably, the connection flickering as her legs kick uselessly in the air. s–sstttooopahahahahahaha–
>>592296 "Look.. I'm just happy to be alive, when he did that I was so scared I couldn't even talk! I'm sure he was just trying to help.. and he did look really heroic." I ramble on a lot like that, leaning closer to Ruby as I do, out of consequence from leaning away from Redstone.
>>592297 Pretty much, yeah. Her body's mature, but her mind… not so much. >>592303 Greenbite finally lets up, nuzzling her cheek and flicking his tongue out as he says something else, making her flush red and swat at him. Damnit, now's not the time for that! Maybe later, when you're not cut to shreds. He nods, then glances at his home and continuing to speak. yes, i know you liked it, but we'll find you someplace new to live, okay? besides, it was worth trapping one of them inside, wasn't it? He grins and nods vigorously. >>592302 "Well, if he was helping, then maybe I should help too. After all, we're a team, aren't we?" With that, she leans in and kisses you right on the lips, her tongue immediately forcing it's way past your lips and into your mouth. Redstone gapes at the two of you, his wings starting to stiffen even as he tries to pull closer to you. >>592301 "…It's right against the wall, where nopony would look." "It's our secret place, for when we don't wanna get followed!" "Shush, you're gonna get us in trouble!" >>592304 "Perhaps… maybe it was mentally unstable. Intelligent species are still subsceptible to many forms of Mania and Dementia…"
>>592310 >>592312 Nodding, Greenbite pulls himself up, then takes off into the forest, disappearing before you can blink. don't worry, he does that, Lavender sighs. He'll be back before you know it. Come on, let's go. And so the group heads out once more. >>592311 "Yes. One less thing to worry about, I suppose." You arrive back at town, where several guards are waiting. "WHat happened out there?"
>>592315 Soon you hear a series of screams and weapon fire, followed by several cracks. A dead body bearing a Green headband flies out of the brush and lands in front of you, neck snapped. That would be Greenbite, Lavender sighs. Don't worry, he'll be done soon. >>592319 >>592320 "Come on, let's get you to the Ward," Sweetherb interjects. "That leg needs attention…" She gives Krystal an exasperated look. "…Again." >>592318 "…Over by the north wall." They point to one of the buildings off in the distance. >>592316 Spaghetti contained, though you find yourself leaning on them more heavily. "Mmm," Ruby smirks as she pulls back licking her lips. "So, did that help?"
>>592328 Interjects. As in interupts. "Our pleasure," Ruby smirks, bumping your side a little. "So, how was Redstone? A little clumsy at first, or was he a natural kisser?" Redstone seems to be having trouble keeping his wings down. >>592325 "Okay…" "We're coming too," the parents state. "and then we're going to have a long talking-to with them about sneaking off into the woods! Somebody might have gotten hurt!" >>592327 I'm linked with him right now. There's only three- a wet-sounding squelch sounds out nearby, making Lavender wince. -two of them left. And Lizards are very good at sneaking when they want to be.