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Northlands - Thread 20 DM 277215

21.000 and rising

Our heroes have arrived to Rockeye and secured an alliance with Mage-King Longshanks.
You may freely move around the city.
Please remind me of what you were doing.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277220

>>277215
I was starving and wanted to take Frosty out for a bite.

DM 277221

>>277220
You find him in the throne room.
"Ah, Pumpkin. What is it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277222

>>277221
"I assume everything has been taken care of, Mylord?"

DM 277224

>>277222
"More or less. We still have some technicalities to arrange, but those can wait."

Venia [Battlemage] 277225

>>277215
I just finished fighting with captain Highhorn of the guard, ending with a tie

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277226

I was busy telling those two younglings that burning off the underwear of mares is bad, M'okay

277227

Was watching a magic show at the academy.

"Hahahaha, interesting. By the way, sirs and madams… I have two interests in furthering mirror images: The first being persistent, large-scale images that perhaps need not be maintained by the caster, the second being conjuring images to aid in… hypnotism, and other suggestive skills. Have your mages any knowledge of these pursuits?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277228

>>277224
Smirk.
"I heard there's more technicalities to take care of in a certan hay place in the merchant district, if you catch my drift."

DM 277230

>>277225
He levitates the weapons back into their rack
"Well, save for the one unfortunate mistake, a fine duel indeed. I doubt you'd even needs guards of your own, Venia. You are remarkably capable in combat."
>>277226
They seem to be very sorry for it.
"So… can we ask what you're in here for then?"
"You don't look like a student, so you're probably not here because you're in trouble."
>>277227
"Hypnotism is an inexact pseudoscience we frown upon."
"However, illusions and mirage spells are not at all unknown to our halls"
>>277228
The kings share a look
"Would you recommend it?"
"Unsure. I tend to eat with my court. Would you like to have me summon the chef?"
Frostmourn chuckles
"No need. Sometimes a meal between friends is finer than any royal dish. Perhaps we can talk later."
"Of course, High King."
"Please, call me Frostmourn. There is no need to be so formal."
"Very well. Enjoy yourself in my city then, Frostmourn."
He gets up and walks to you
"Lead on old friend"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277231

>>277230
"To the stars we go, High King!"
Is he still wearing alll the wing of lights and horn extension and that stuff?

DM 277232

>>277231
Of course he is. Why would he take any of it off while talking to Longshanks?

Venia [Battlemage] 277233

>>277230
"Well, I've had a lot of training. And I do my best to stay in good shape too!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277234

>>277230
"I was visiting the museum, then the exhibit about Starswirl and Clover… and I felt something strange. I'm here to ask about memory loss and magic on that topic. I don't really know much about magic, to be honest."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277235

>>277232
Be cause he kinda looks ridicolous.
"You might want to turn all that bling off if we go out into the city."

Verne [Trickster] 277236

>>277230
No use asking here then.

"I see. I was asking because I have seen in action first hand, but if have nothing of the sort, then mirages and large-scale images will be enough. How advanced is your knowledge of them? Would it enable an individual to conjure multiple, independent images? Or an entire illusory room or even hall of this size? Or perhaps entire illusory cities, if operated by multiple mages and the correct equipment? What about invisibility?"

DM 277244

>>277233
"A noble mindset indeed. Being royalty is no reason to let your body go to waste. So, anything else you'd like from me?"
>>277234
"Memory loss?"
"Have you seen a doctor about it?"
"As for Starswirls, even we've read about him if you want to ask."
>>277235
He takes a look at his wings of light, silver horn coil, fur lined cape and glowing armour
"…I should?"
>>277236
"You ask a lot. I like that. It implies a will to learn.
The most advanced illusion to date was the Ethereal Estate of Candyhorn - A mansion and gardens that, while impressive to look at, were incorporeal images painted over the shack she lived in. It is not unheard of for skilled illusionists to conjure very lifelike images of beasts or even entire rooms.
As for invisibility, that has long been a goal for many in our ranks. Yet none have managed to figure out a solid method to date.

Venia [Battlemage] 277245

>>277244
"Mmm… I don't think so, no. I have to thank you for the fight though. Most ponies seem too afraid to risk hurting me. I'm glad to come across somepony who isn't overly concerned."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277246

>>277244
"Ponies will think there's a lightshow in town.
This stuff works on the battlefield, but if you have to take a walk it's only going to attract unwanted attention.
What you need it for anyway?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277247

>>277244
"Nopony really knows what caused it, and recently I was feeling that something wants me not to remember. Do you know anything about Starswirl that wasn't written in the museum?"

277248

>>277244
Keep up a friendly, subtly eager tone.

"So, invisibility is as of yet not possible? Then it appears I have a new project for Mages Nylis and Winterbreeze to work on. They are prodigies who have made many forays into the field of magic independently of even Rockeye, and should they come to you, I hope you and your staff may assist them."

"And, you say this Candyhorn was the work of a single individual? Imagine what a team could do…. I am interested. As if now, this is all I can manage."

Conjure a Mirror Image of Venus

Roll #0 9 = 9

DM 277249

>>277245
"It is clear enough you know what you are doing. And besides. I am a defender, not a fighter. I excel in pushing back and subdoing foes rather than killing them.
So, about that dinner?"
>>277246
"It makes me feel important."
He opens the clasp on his cape, levitates it to a nearby Sunlight Warrior and allows the wings to retract and fade.

Venia [Battlemage] 277251

>>277249
I laugh
"I'm sorry captain, but I doubt that's a good idea. You don't want to see me drunk, believe me. I think I'll entertain myself, this city is big and beautiful enough after all."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277252

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277253

>>277249
"Ah! Good one."
Wait, he wasn't joking?
Use a lower voice.
"Frosty, you are the High King. You changed the north more than anypony else since ponies first came here in what, a month?
You don't need… Stuff to show you are important."

DM 277255

>>277247
"Oh plenty. The exhibit is meant for casual viewing, not in-depth learning."
"Starswirls is mostly known for the apparent ability to manipulate time. Though he never figured any good use for it, beyond extending his own lifespan and allowing himself to study long lost magic by traveling back in time to learn it."
"Some say he has a fortress outside time where he keeps his studies and texts, but that is probably a myth, as he a registered citizen of Canterlot and contributes to their library."
"His student, Clover, was always very close to him. Some say they were lovers. However Clover did not seem to share his mentor's longevity, and has not been seen since the Discordian age. He is understandably presumed dead."
"Starswirls himself does not want to speak of the topic."
>>277248
She raises an eyebrow.
So do the judges
"Impressive. Where did you study?"
>>277251
"Ah, hm, yes. If you say so. The invitation will of course remain open if you wish to take it. You know where to find me."
>>277253
"…but I like my stuff…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277257

>>277255
"It might be just a bit too much for everyday things, you know? I'd definitely keep the armor, but all those wings and horn… Thing, they are better suited for a battlefield than a table, no?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277258

>>277255
I bow my head slightly
"Of course. Again, thank you for the fight. I'll send over the copies of that book on shield spells as soon as possible."
I take my leave, let's go find Valeriana

Verne [Trickster] 277260

>>277255
Nudge Venus a little, then speak.

"I had little formal training in magic, to be frank. My sole training was done as a favour from Former King Longshanks, as repayment for a favour I did for him in turn. It was he he taught me how to do this, and if I recall, in very little time. I attributed it then to his excellent skill in teaching."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277261

>>277255
"So Starswirl was a time mage… can you tell me more about Clover?"

DM 277266

>>277257
He sighs and unscrews the magic coil, making the field around his horn weaken visibly
"Perhaps…"
He levitates it to the same paladin.
"….so, shall we go, or am I still too silly to be seen with?"
>>277258
She is sitting on a rooftop, observing the city. She notices your efforts to follow her and pulls you up with some visible effort
"That armour is kinda heavy."
>>277260
The judges give an approving nod
"The king's skills as a scholar and teacher are almost as remarkble as his skills as a mage."
>>277261
"Starswirls was an archmage. He knew of most schools of magic and is considered to be the father of some. His name is seen aside many spells in common modern use."
"As for Clover, not as much is known. Beyond being the foremost student and assistant of Starswirls, Clover also acted as adviser to Princess Platinum, last of the Unicorn monarchs before the creation of Equestria and the coming of the Discordian Era."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277268

>>277266
"Gee Frosty, I dunno. Let's have the ladies decide!"
Turn to Bearing and Peaches.
"How does the King look today?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277271

>>277266
"So it is possible that one of them could devise some sort of amnesia spell, right?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277274

>>277266
"But it is very pretty! I'm not supposed to climb on rooftops like you crazy Blades do!"
Sit down next to her.

Verne [Trickster] 277277

>>277266
"Indeed. I hope that with the assistance of the Greater Northlands, Rockeye can achieve much greater than what it already has. Now… if I may ask a persona lrequest, are any of you particularly skilled instructors in illusion magic? I wish to refine and expand my techniques."

DM 277282

>>277268
Peaches swallows
"…Regal?"
Bearing smiles
"Just lovely."
>>277271
"Entirely possible. Though magical effects on the pony mind are a poorly documented art at best."
"…I wonder if we could devise a memory spell…"
>>277274
"That it is my friend.
…I don't really know what to make of this place. There are hardly any shadows to hide it… but it is very pretty."
>>277277
One of them raises a hoof
"Defined Borders, professor of illusions. That would be me. Yes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277283

>>277282
"There you have it."
Give him a smile and stand by his side.
"There is a reason I had you drop that stuff, you know.
I don't want to hang out with King Frostmourn. I want to have a meal with Frosty, just like we did ages ago. I wonder if Verne is free too…"
Is he or should we go ahead without him?

Venia [Battlemage] 277284

>>277282
"I love it, this place is magnificent. Just think of all the knowledge that must be in this city. This is a mage's dream come true! I can see why the Equestrians are so interested in it."
I chuckle
"King Longshanks really got you good back in the throne room. I wonder what kind of spell that was…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277285

>>277282
"Do you think the arch-mage here or whoever leads this Academy could tell me more about it?"

Glare at the second pony.
"And I hope you are not thinking of what I am thinking that you are thinking after what you did earlier, because that counts as rape. And if a bloody nose was what you got from harassment, I'd make sure that something else would be crushed if such a thought will ever cross your mind. Understood?"

Verne [Trickster] 277289

>>277282
"Mister Borders."

Take a bow.
"I, Advisor Verne of Wintergrasp, thank you very much for your offer. How may I improve my ability to cast illusions? I believe I should work more on general refinement of the technique first, before I try conjuring large, or multiple illusions."

DM 277290

>>277283
"Lead the way then."
You may pick a place to eat at
>>277284
I believe most call it Sight Beyond Sight or True Vision. Followed by a teleport.
I got careless, that is… all."
>>277285
"What are you-?"
"I believe the implication was she'd crush your junk."
He crosses his legs and cringes
"…you paint a vivid picture."
"As for further learning, well, the headmaster is a wise pony. So is the king."

DM 277293

>>277289
"Large scale and multiple conjuration becomes an entirely possible thing with enough training. However, it took me a good ten years to amass a strong enough grasp on the spell to do it at will.
Most students prefer what we call projection aids - catalytic devices that can be used to focus the illusions around it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277294

>>277290
Well hadn't I found that 8/10 eatery earlier? Not exactly a King's feast, but might work.
Order something and wait for it.
"What do you make of Longshanks anyway?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277295

>>277290
"… right. Valeriana got careless. Sure."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277296

>>277290
"And if I ever hear you harass a mare again, I'll make sure that picture becomes a reality."

Back to the other pony.
"Which one of them knows more about magic? Non combat magic. The King or the Headmaster?"

Verne [Trickster] 277298

>>277293
"So, a far more time-efficient substitute for training? Where may I acquire one of these? And, how easily are they manufactured?"

DM 277299

>>277294
"He has a good head on him. Bit of a one track mind though. No real ambition beyond magic magic magic…"
>>277295
"I really should learn that Spellbreaker of yours. It would have helped save some face."
>>277296
"The king is by far the most skilled one here. Indeed that is why he is king. The previous king selected him from among all his students."
The other one just kinds whimpers and wrings his hooves.
>>277298
"We can make a new one in a few months. The lenses are sensitive and specific, so when a student breaks one we expect them to pay for the replacement."

Verne [Trickster] 277300

>>277299
"Ah, so there is no ease in mass production. I wonder, where may I be fitted for one?"

"Perhaps now that King Longshanks is relieved of some of his duties, he can focus on working on magic even more. Which reminds me, what is his majesty's first name? I don't recall ever hearing of it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277301

>>277299
"I think I will ask him in that case. Thank you for the information and help."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277302

>>277299
How does my food taste anyway?
'1d10'
"Not everypony is born to forge an empire, Frosty.
And not everypony can do that and still find time for his loved ones."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 277303

>>277299
"Well, all you have to do is ask. I already taught it to Pumpkin and Frostmourn… Is something the matter, Valeriana? Seems like something is bugging you."

DM 277304

>>277300
"If you follow me, I believe I can part with one.
And if you were indeed curious, it is Arsenalis. Arsenalis Longshanks. Not that anyone has called him that in ages.
>>277301
"Glad we could be of some aid.
…say, mind um, doing something for us in return?"
>>277302
The food is very high quality here. This must be one of the better places around.
"Perhaps so. I just found it a little strange he barely seems to develop spells himself, and is indeed content with just learning tons of existing magic…"
>>277303
"Nothing serious. I just feel a little stupid for such a public slip up. Ok really stupid.
So, how was the captain?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277305

>>277304
I raise an eyebrow.
"That depends on what that is."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277306

>>277304
"Hey you are the smart one. Got anything burning in the back of your mind?"

Verne [Trickster] 277307

>>277304
"Arsenalis.. Arsenalis? Interesting. And, thank you, again."

Follow him.

Venia [Battlemage] 277309

>>277304
"He's a very kind stallion. We had a little spar, I wanted to see what he was made of. You know, I was wondering, why doesn't Frostmourn have guards like his? Guards who can put enough shields around him that no Lordblade could even dream of touching him without taking them out first."

DM 277311

>>277305
"Could you just… say a good word for us? U-unless you think we deserve what we're getting…"
"…I don't wanna get expelled…
…nor do I want a hammer in the privates…"
>>277306
"Don't flatter me Pumpkin. My crown won't fit if I get a big head.
…and I do have some ideas. But I don't want to talk here. Who knows who is listening."
>>277307
He takes you to a equipment storage room and pulls out a crystal ball on a glass tripod.
"There you go."
>>277309
"He does have the Warriors of Sunlight. And the Northblades.
…do you think the captain might like me?"

277312

>>277311
"Why, thank you."

Try it out and cast a mirror image of the tripod itself.

Roll #0 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 277314

>>277311
I cough
"You what? I… uh… I think so? I mean I only talked with him for an hour or so, I don't really know his preferences towards mares."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277318

>>277311
"Hey, I wouldn't stuck around if I didn't believe in you.
About that last thing, the listening in.. There's something I wanted to do for the Northblades.
When the Equestrian attacked, they were all wearing top notch equipment.
Now, I've remedied to that myself, but other blades are, well, kind of naked in that regard."
Look over to Peaches, then back to Frosty.
"So I wanted to start and get some designs produced, to get our boys on par with the equestrians.
What do you think?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277319

>>277311
"Everypony makes mistakes. Yes, I can say a good word for you, since I believe you learned you lessons."
I lower my voice.
"But if I so much as hear that you were misbehaving like earlier after I have given you my trust…. Getting expelled will be the least of your problems, I can assure you."

DM 277323

>>277312
Three images appear as the crystal helps you direct the spell in multiple directions
"Very good. Oh and before you ask, no, don't try using it with offensive spells. As I said, it is delicate. Every year we need to replace at least one because some hothead refuses to listen and doesn't read the manual."
>>277314
"Just a thought is all… Maybe a shiny soldier like him wouldn't like a shadow as dark as myself trailing him anyway…"
>>277318
"Once the mining operation gets underway, we might be able to afford such materials. Do you have some sort of plan or blueprint available?"
>>277319
"….she's bluffing, right"
"…I honestly can't tell"
The headmaster opens his door, sending out a sad looking colt
"Next. What are you two here for?"
They give you a hopeful look

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277324

>>277323
"For copying the Equestrian's stuff, yeah. Masks confiscated from the defeated lordblades and their suits.
But in the whole north only Rosefall has the expertise to sew together ironweave like that.
Anyway, forget this, it's a no-work dinner.
Gimme a piece of your mind.
Of the pony, not the King."

Verne [Trickster] 277325

>>277323
"Thank you, thank you very much. I am certain you shall show the same hospitality to any students I send your way." So this means I can conjure multiple mirror images?

Take it and leave with Venus, then find Frosty.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277326

>>277323
I look at the headmaster.
"Greetings. My name is Radiant Dawn, a Paladin of the Sun. I have already dealt with these troublemakers, and they learnt their lessons. I personally take responsibility that they won't commit such an act again. Should they fail to honour their words, I will personally bring them their punishment in the name of the Sun."

Venia [Battlemage] 277327

>>277323
"Awww. Don't be like that, Valeriana."
I put a hoof around her
"Look, he was asking to take me out for dinner earlier, so I'm pretty sure he doesn't have a mare yet. Why don't you go instead? Tell him you're a good friend of mine! You are Frostmourn's spymaster after all!"

DM 277329

>>277324
"The suit makes your butt look girly."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277332

>>277329
"Don't tell me you are getting ideas."
Laugh with him.

DM 277333

>>277325
As long as you carry it around. Miscasting will gradually break it.
Frosty is eating with Pumpkin and his mares.
>>277326
"What the…?"
The boys nod
"…ok? Well get out of here then if that was all."
>>277327
"…you mean it?"
She hugs you
"You're too damn kind.
…though I'm not sure of the Spymaster part is really… first date stuff."

Verne [Trickster] 277336

>>277333
"Oh, good day, you two. Might I join?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277337

>>277333
I nod to the headmaster.
"Yes, that was all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277339

Venia [Battlemage] 277341

>>277333
I chuckle
"Maybe not, no. Still, he seemed like a kind and gentle enough stallion to me. He even kept his cool when I accidentally hit him in less comfortable places during the fight."

DM 277342

>>277332
Bearing blushes a little and toucher her lips with her tongue.
Peaches notices this and gives her a disgusted look.
Frosty chuckles
"Not unless you are pal."
>>277336
"Feel free. The food is great."
>>277337
"Off with you then. I have work to attend to."
The boys give you a bright smile
"Thank you so much."
"It meant a lot to us."
>>277341
Valeriana gives you a slightly patronizing look
"Didn't your mother teach you not to hit stallions there?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277343

>>277342
"You are welcome. Just remember, no harassment from now on."

I start to walk away, but turn back for a moment.
"And I was not kidding."

277344

>>277342
"Thank you, thank you. Venus, relax yourself too, why don't you?"

Sit with Frosty and Pumpkin and help myself.

Rolling for enjoyment

Roll #0 3 = 3

277345

>>277342
"I wouldn't want to make Sunrise jaelous!"
We need wine here.
Do they have nice wine too?

Roll #0 3 = 3

277346

>>277345
>5
C'mon.

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 277347

>>277342
"It was an accident! Really! Besides, I managed to heal it with a quick spell. I'm not cruel or anything…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277348

>>277344
"Hey friend! Where have you been till now?"

DM 277349

>>277343
They look at eachother and swallow loudly
"O-of course"
"We'll a-ask first from now on"
>>277344
You can't help but feel a little awkward after hearing the tail end of their conversation about butts and ideas.
>>277345
Magewine seems to have a lot more kick to it than the stuff you have in Wintersgrasp. It hits you like a snowball to the nose.
Bearing giggles a little after just one glass
"I bet I could talk her into watching~ tee hee"
>>277347
She actually blushes a little
"Did you f- AHEM.
Did he say where to meet him?"

Verne [Trickster] 277350

>>277344
>>277349

Reroll pls '1d10'

>>277348
"The academy. They have plenty of interesting things there, managed to find myself one of these."

Show off the crystal ball.

"An aid for illusions. Which, I should probably talk about in more detail…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

277351

>>277350
>3
>3


ONE MORE
TRY TO ENJOY THIS

Roll #0 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277352

>>277349
"Good. And no means no, keep that in mind too!"

Let's just meet the king after the pause and dick around until then

Venia [Battlemage] 277353

>>277349
"I assume he'll still be at his office, where he can overlook the entire city."
I point at it, surely we can see it from here. I also frown.
"And I don't like what you were trying to imply. I am absolutely loyal to Anvil! Trust is the most important thing in a relationship."

DM 277354

>>277350
Venus smells the wine, shrugs and downs it.
>>277351
But hey, the food is incredible at least.

277355

>>277350
"Ah! I should show you all the pretty trinkets I found!
Somepony even wanted to sell me Wink Pins for the mares!"
Laugh along.
>>277349
"You getting ideas honey~?"
Give her a quick kiss on the neck.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

277356

>>277355
"Wwink pins?"

Rolling to hide interest

Roll #0 9 = 9

277357

>>277356
Fervor!
Sight beyond Sight to read through his illusion!

Roll #0 2 = 2

DM 277358

>>277353
"Hey, don't take offense to it. I just wondered. Accidents can happen…
…sorry Venia. I went a little far there."
She stretches her back and looks at the office
"…I wonder if he'd like a little special entry?"
>>277355
"Maaaaybe~"

Verne [Trickster] 277359

>>277356
>>277355
>9

"I suppose this place does have a large number of curiosities. Venus and myself enjoyed ourselves immensely the last time we came here, too. Glad to see you all seem to be merry."

DM 277360

>>277357
Your gem eye hurts for a moment, but yes, he totally wants to learn more.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277361

Venia [Battlemage] 277362

>>277358
I scrunch, then just shrug it off
"I don't know, although you might want to startle him too much. He is the captain of the guard after all."

DM 277363

>>277352
I can keep going for maybe another 15 mins with small breaks, then I need 20 to walk home.

Venia [Battlemage] 277364

>>277362
>might NOT want

277365

>>277360
>>277356
"Ah! Yeah, I was looking for this.."
Motion at the magic pin.
"And ran into a piercing shop. They got some nice wing clips too. Not my kind of stuff thou, I like my body with as less holes as possible."
>>277358
"Now, just who is this she you talk about?"
Pour everyone one more glass and drink.

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 277366

>>277362
"I'll try…
…and really. Sorry. I'll make it up to you later, ok?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277367

>>277366
"Oh don't feel so bad."
I get up and spank her flank
"Now come on. Get out there tiger! Just keep calm and don't do anything to crazy… yet."

DM 277368

>>277365
This stuff is probably wine only in name judging from the burn in your heart.
Bearing giggles some more, looks at Frosty, then bursts into an outright giggling fit.
Bearing just shakes her head at her and sighs.
"Lightweight…"

Verne [Trickster] 277369

>>277365
"Uh.. ehem. Not exactly what I had imagined, I suppose. But if it is in your taste…"

Drink. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 277370

>>277367
She breathes out and pulls out her bow, shooting a rope arrow onto the roof of the office tower.
"I'll tell you all the details later!"
She then trots up the tightrope
>>277369
Your head feels dizzy. It was not ready for the strong stuff at this hour.
Venus catches you before you fall off the chair
"Careful!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277372

>>277368
Oh boy I'm not drunk enough for this. Good thing Bearing is out.
"I didn't see you drink, partner…"
Give her a smirk and another glass.
"See what I put up with Frosty? These two mares hate each other!"
>>277369
Well that sure hit him good.
"Maybe you should have one more bite before the wine…"
>>277370
Turn to Venus.
"And for this valorous guard nothing?" Pour some to her too.

277373

>>277370
"Oh, stars… Veeenus, have I ever told you how really, really pretty yo uareeee?"

Roll to feel normal

Roll #0 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 277375

>>277370
I chuckle as I watch her go
"She really is something."
Now to get off of this roof. Maybe go see where Longshanks is? Might be interesting to have a chat with him.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277376

I guess I can start meeting with the King then

DM 277378

>>277372
Peaches downs the drink, as does Venus after a shrug
'2d10'
Frosty smiles
"Good thing you only involve yourself with one romantically then."
>>277373
"Verne please. I appreciate the attention but… get your hoof out of there. We are eating."
>>277375
>>277376
You run into eachother by the throne room

Roll #1 2, 2 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 277379

>>277378
>>277376
"Oh, hey Radiant! I was wondering where you went earlier! You here to see the King too?"

DM 277380

>>277378
Looks like the girls aren't any better at handling it.
Venus' stern look melts into a grin
"…oh forget it. Keep it wherever you want."
Peaches tries to keep a straight face but the hickups are not helping.

WARNING: 20 MIN PAUSE IN ABOUT 5 MINS

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277381

>>277378
Smirk back.
"I learn from you, my king."

Verne [Trickster] 277382

>>277378
"! Oh, uh, ahem."

I'll just keep eating, then.

"And Pumpkin, is your subordinate giving you a substantial amount of trouble?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277383

>>277379
>>277378
"Hello Venia! Yes, I have a few questions to ask him. And you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277384

>>277383
"Nothing special, just curious about him, that's all. He is an amazing mage after all. I figured he'd have a thing or two to say. What's bugging you?"

DM 277385

>>277381
"…huh?
Nevermind. Good stuff this food. Must be cooked with magical means."
>>277382
Peaches gives you an almost cross-eyed look
"Wassat supposed to mean?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277386

>>277380
"So partner, what about that lightweight comment?"
Chuckle a bit.
>>277382
"Peach? No way. She's the best partner I could ever ask for!"

DM 277387

>>277386
"…up yours you showoff…hic…."
Bearing gives her and angry look but she just boops her nose back and giggles

Verne [Trickster] 277388

>>277385
"Oh, nothing. Just that you don't seem to be drinking nearly as well as you should."

Giving her a taunting look.

>>277386
"How relieving."

Maybe I'll drink some more '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277389

>>277384
I frown.
"What's been bugging me the past week."

DM 277390

>>277388
"Look paperhooves I could drink any of you under the table. Save for the king. Out of respect."
She does a half-assed salute which amuses Frosty deeply.

277391

>>277385
Is the mighty king retreating?
"Yeah, mighty fine meal. I'll have to rememb-
Remem-
To take some of this stuff back home."
Alright, try to stand up.

Roll #0 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277392

>>277390
"Pff, I can take you any day.
Not today.
Just because we're on the job!"

Venia [Battlemage] 277393

>>277389
"Oh. Right… But why ask him about it? He's a good mage and all, but what help could he offer?"

DM 277394

>>277391
"Where you off to, friend?"
Frosty ponders at the half-full bottle.

PAUSED FOR 20

Verne [Trickster] 277395

>>277390
Laugh and keep eating,. And maybe drink something non-alcoholic.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277396

>>277393
"I was visiting the museum, then had a chat with two students. About Starswirl and Clover and schools of magic, and I want to ask him about the possibility of… memory spells."

Venia [Battlemage] 277397

>>277396
I pause
"Starswirl… I've heard about him. He was supposed to be an extremely talented mage. But memory spells? Are you implying…"
I let my voice trail off.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277398

>>277397
"In that museum, I felt like something was preventing me from remembering. I was reminded only of a clover when we first had this talk and tried to recall my memories. I don't think it is a coincidence."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277399

>>277395
I try to reach you through the crystals.
Venus sure comes out strong when she wants, uh?
>>277394
"Just making sure I'm still all here Frosty. I think the mares have had a little too much wine.."

Verne [Trickster] 277400

>>277399
I forgot to mention I'd take them back when we're not on a mission, did I?
I'll assume you're whispering

"She does, yes. Honestly, it's.. lovely this way."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277401

>>277400
"I wonder how she is in bed…"
Smirk and glance at him before giving our a long laugh.

Venia [Battlemage] 277402

>>277398
"Really? That's… a little concerning. So you're hoping to learn more from King Longshanks? That's not a bad idea!"

Verne [Trickster] 277403

>>277401
"Hnnngghh…"

'1d10+2' to not blush visibly
"I've got nothing to compare to, but again, she's lovely. She seems to like me as her hugtoy."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277406

>>277403
"AH!"
Lean in close and whisper.
"I'd have expected her to be the insatiable under the bed. Don't tell me she's a softy!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277407

>>277402
"I was told he was the best mage around, so I think he might know something about it."

Verne [Trickster] 277408

>>277406
"Insatiable, like a veritable beast. But sometimes she lets on to my preferences and becomes a lot more gentle. It's… enjoyable, either way. I don't know what I'd do without her…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277410

>>277408
"You getting sentimental on me, bro?"
Give him a drunk smirk.

Verne [Trickster] 277411

>>277410
"Maybe I am."

ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT ALCOHOL

'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Verne [Trickster] 277412

>>277411
>6

It's alright

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277413

>>277411
Grow a more serious face but keep a smile on.
"To the one pony who could drag us into this then.
To Frosty!"
Toast to the King.
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277414

>>277413
And suddenly I'm hammered.

Verne [Trickster] 277415

>>277413
>>277414
"To King Frosty- oh, dear."

Try and give you some water '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277420

>>277415
"Thanks my friend."
Clear my mind with his help.
"Why… Why didn't we do this earlier?
The lot of us, drinking and eating, without the official tones and the duties and all that?"

Verne [Trickster] 277424

>>277420
"Hmm? I-I suppose we never really had the time. Now that Rockeye is secured along with Ironfoe and the Underkingdom, I believe we can afford to.. let loose for a little. I truly hope all of you are enjoying yourselves while we can."

DM 277429

SO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH WHO?

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277431

>>277424
"Oh Moon. Don't remind me of that… Not tonight."
>>277429
>
>>277399

Venia [Battlemage] 277432

>>277429
Radiant and I are going to meet Longshanks

Verne [Trickster] 277433

>>277429
I'm with Frosty and Pumpkin

DM 277434

>>277399
>>277433
"Perhaps.
Well, have you two?"
Peaches mumbles something and looks disgruntled
Bearing takes a look at him, then the others at the table, blushes and giggles more.
"…perhaps indeed."
>>277432
He is available at any time.

Venia [Battlemage] 277436

>>277434
Well then, to the throne room!

Verne [Trickster] 277437

>>277431
"Suppose it's best to let merry times beee."

>>277434
"Hahahahaaa.. do you all want to retire yeet?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277438

>>277434
Sit back and unfold my winds, passing one behind each of the mares.
"What shall we conquer next Frosty? A balcony? A canteen? A dance floor? A bedroom?"
Give a wide, drunkard grin.

DM 277442

>>277436
Longshanks turns his throne to face you
"Queen Venia. You left quite an impression on good Highhorn. I'm impressed."
>>277437
Bearing gets a glint in her eye
"Mmmaybe the king and his adviser would like to come tooo~"
Peaches tries to reach for some water but can't.
>>277438
The king pours the rest of his plate down his mouth
"Well, without Sunrise here I'm not sure how much I can-"
Bearing hushes him
"No no no c'mon… staaaay~"
The king looks at you
"What is she going on about?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277445

>>277442
I enter the throne room as well, and nod respectfully.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277446

>>277442
"I'm no mind reader Frosty. I guess only way to know is to ask her!"
Lean over Bearing.
"So, what you on about, mh?~"

Venia [Battlemage] 277447

>>277442
I bow my head slightly
"King Longshanks. I did?"

Verne [Trickster] 277448

>>277442
"Aaah, right. Would you like Sunrise to accompany us? Although I'm not sure where we're going naymoree."

DM 277458

>>277445
"I don't believe I got your name earlier, miss?
You have the stride of a soldier though. Are of one of the high king's honour guard by chance?"
>>277447
"Indeed. It is a rare thing to see him invite someone over, let alone spend so much time with them. That spell of yours must have been quite something."
>>277446
She giggles a little
"I don't wanna say it out loud…"
>>277448
"I doubt we can arrange for her to get here from Wintersgrasp tonight. But I can finish up the official business tomorrow. You guys lead on, I'll stick around with you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277462

>>277458
"Mhmh…"
Pet her mane and turn to Peaches.
"Partner you got an idea what she's on about?"

Verne [Trickster] 277464

>>277458
"AAhhh.. Venus, you feel liek doing anything?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277465

>>277458
"Name's Radiant Dawn, Paladin of the Sun. And though I am part of the Warriors of Sunlight, the guards of King Frostmourne, I have come here as an individual, off-duty. Not that I could ever shrug off my oaths. I already managed to straighten some troublemaker scholars."

Venia [Battlemage] 277468

>>277458
"Ah well… sometimes you just get lucky. I'm simply glad to see my mother's work get so much recognition. And I'm always happy to help out fellow allies."

DM 277477

>>277462
"She wants the d…"
Peaches finally reaches the water, then thinks for a moment
'1d10'
>>277465
"Hm. Very good, very good. I hope it was nothing major."
>>277468
"Glad to hear it. Her name will be remembered in these halls forever."

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 277482

>>277477
She then drinks the water and shakes her head
"aaand I think I'll let her explain her own dirty mind to you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277483

>>277477
"They were just younglings. I made sure they won't do such thing again."
Bow with my head slightly.
"If I may ask… could you spare some time for me, King? It's magic related, and I have heard you are the best on that topic."

Venia [Battlemage] 277485

>>277477
I just smile and wait for Radiant to ask her questions.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277486

>>277477
>>277482
"Well now!"
Stand up. Realization is sweet.
"We really should sleep off the wine. Do we have rooms for the night, Frosty?"

Verne [Trickster] 277487

DM 277491

>>277483
"Certainly. I always have time for those close to the high king. Ask away."
>>277464
"A lot. But really right now I'm just taking orders. Or suggestions. Which ever you prefer. I can boss you around later"
>>277486
"I can arrange for as many as we need. What arrangements would you prefer?"

Verne [Trickster] 277494

>>277491
"Y-yeah, maybe we should go to bed… Froosty, are there accommodations for us? I remember staying in a very nice room last time…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277495

>>277491
"I know which arrangement she would like…"
Give a little grin but do nothing.
"Partner, you want a room all for yourself?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277496

>>277491
"Do you know anything about memory-altering spells? Or memory-blocking spells?"

DM 277497

>>277494
"As said, I can arrange for anything."
>>277495
"…do I have a choice in this?"
>>277496
"Memory spells? There has never been any sound evidence to support studying it. Why do you ask?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277499

>>277497
"Because I may be a victim."

Venia [Battlemage] 277500

Verne [Trickster] 277502

>>277497
"Honestly, I'd rather a room near whatever you choose, buut, the same room as before would be nice, I wonder if Venus remembers.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277504

>>277497
"What are you even on about?"
Sigh.
"Of course you do. It's a night of celebration. We made friends with a whole other kingdom, can't we make friends betweent ourselves already?
Just say whatever you want to do."

DM 277505

>>277499
>>277500
"Intriguing. Do you mind if I probe a little?"
His horn lights up.
>>277502
She shrugs
"I was a little… mentally taxed at the time."
Frosty just nods
"I'm sure I can arrange for it. Where was it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277507

>>277505
"Go ahead…"
Close my eyes.

Verne [Trickster] 277513

>>277505
I don't remember since I never played out that part but I assume I do

"It was a nice tower. Veery beautiful view of just about everything. You should stay near us, Kiing Frostyy."

And Kiss Venus.
'1d10+2' for quality

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

DM 277516

>>277504
"I wouldn't mind sharing a room with you~"
Bearing squints angrily at her
"In your dreams."
>>277507
A flash later you can feel him inside your mind
Now then. Memory spell… memory speARGH! AH! GET AWAY FROM ME! BACK! What… are… you?
…no…
NO!
BACK! AWAY FROM ME!

Another flash of the mind and Longshanks falls back over himself, his guards rushing to his aid
"GAAAAH my head…"
>>277513
"Sounds good. I will get us the whole place."
Venus rolls her eyes but her blush shows she liked it.
"Now please excuse me while I make arrangements."
He trots off to see Longshanks

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277520

>>277516
Frosty damn you don't leave me like this!
"Now honey, weren't you the one who just tried to have me and Frosty share a bed?"
Grin as I whisper this to her ear.

Verne [Trickster] 277521

>>277516
Wait with her and allow myself to collapse into a drunken mess once we're in the room.

Going to bed now, night DM

DM 277527

>>277520
"That's different… two stallions is something I wouldn't mind watching~"
>>277521
Okidokie. Sleep well.

Venia [Battlemage] 277528

>>277516
I look at him, concerned.
"What's wrong?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277532

>>277516
I clutch my head with a hoof.
"What just happened?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277533

>>277527
Waifu wat. Seriously wat.
"Watching? This is new."

DM 277540

>>277528
>>277532
"Well I will say one thing, this is the most compelling evidence I have ever seen. Not that it changes much, since whoever is behind what is in there is a stronger mage than even myself. And I don't know any.
But I can tell this much - it is not a memory spell. Well, not JUST a memory spell. The signature indeed looks closer to a curse than a spell. The difference is subtle, but worth saying. Also, there were elements to that spell I have only seen in one others place. In the time spells of Starswirls himself."
>>277533
"I'm drunk don't judge me…"
Peaches gives her a grossed out look
"That goes double for you…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277544

>>277540
Kiss her.
'1d10+2'
"Now, since we all drank obviously too much and my little horse brain is telling me to take you both in one room and give you work until morning comes, I say we just sleep."
Give both a tranquil smile.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277545

>>277540
"This… I…why?!"

DM 277551

>>277544
Peaches seems excited by the idea
Bearing pushes her over off her chair, then giggles
>>277545
"Don't ask me. Did you possibly anger any powerful mages lately?
…and by lately I mean thousands of years ago?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277553

>>277540
I scratch the back of my neck with a hoof
"Well…"

>>277545
>>277551
I give them a confizzled look.
"Are you saying Radiant is a timetraveler?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277554

>>277551
Chukle at the sight and head for the door.
"Who loves me follows me~"
Find my chamber and crash on the bed.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277557

>>277551
"How could I know? I woke up in the freaking North and that's all I remember? What could I possibly do to make this happen to me? And are you sure you cannot do anything against it?"

DM 277558

>>277553
"I'm saying the spell seems to be thousands of years old from the feel of it. So either this is some kind of ancient bloodline curse, or I have no idea what is going on."
>>277554
Both of the ladies follow, though Bearing does trip Peaches when they enter and walks over her to be first to the bed.
>>277557
"This may be a little dangerous, but if you let me, I can attempt to break the spell from within."

277561

>>277558
And look how much I care. I'm sleeping. No horsecock for neither one of them tonight.
Roll for QUALITY of my dreams.

Roll #0 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277562

>>277558
"More dangerous than an ancient curse? Feel free to try."

Venia [Battlemage] 277564

>>277558
"Oh my…"

>>277562
I put a supportive hoof on her shoulder

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277566

>>277564
I shake my head.
"This is unbelievable… All this calamity happening to me all the time."
I chuckle bitterly.
"At least nopony can say I am not interesting."

DM 277567

>>277561
Your dreams are disturbed by the fact that they are fighting over the D.
When they do finally tire eachother out, you end up having nightmares about Ilistar.
You may play them out if you want.
>>277562
>>277564
>>277566
"Very well. Guards, at the ready."
He lights up his horn and tries again
Magnificent. So intricate. So… chaotic. So… emotional. Now then, let usARGH! NO! NOT THIS TIME! I AM THE SUPERIOR ONE IN HERE! YOU WILL NOT STAND AGAINAAAAARGH! You… you will NOT! DENY! ME! HAH!
…no
No that's not possible…
YOU!?
NO!
AAAARGH

The king collapses for a moment and his guards rush to his aid
Vision flash through Radiant's mind.
A dark rift
Streams of magic
Sand
Shards
A pony in a robe
A tear
An eye
A face
Clover the Clever's face

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277568

>>277567
Hell yes I do.
Where am I?

DM 277569

>>277568
It appears to be a mansion, palace or other noble house.
You are alone.
Your Lordblade suit is gone. Instead you are wearing some rather frilly finery.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277570

>>277567
"I-It… it almost worked! I remembered someplace… and… Clover. The mage! What does this mean? Can you try again?"

277571

>>277569
Shrug the dress off.
I have no time for this.
Stealth.

Roll #0 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 277572

>>277567
I wince

>>277570
"This is strange…"

DM 277573

>>277570
>>277572
Longshanks' horn sparks a little
"Indeed. Clover the Clever.
…perhaps I should have specified I know no LIVING mages better than myself. How he got into your head though is beyond me. He supposedly died centuries ago. Indeed judging from the signature of the spell, she should not even have been born when it was cast!"
>>277571
"So. Hiding from me, are you?"

277575

>>277573
Oh god.
Sight beyond Sight. Lovate the source of the voice!

Roll #0 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 277576

>>277573
"But… why? For what purpose."
I look at her
"Who are you Radiant?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277581

>>277573
"Does that mean… I'm not only not from around the North… but I am not even from this time?"

>>277576
I look back at her with a lost expression.
"I…I don't even know anymore…"

DM 277585

>>277575
"Why all the tricks dear boy?
I'm right here. Come down and enjoy some tea with me."
>>277576
>>277581
"I cannot possibly tell. What I do know is this - I said the spell seemed closer to a curse. This is because curses, unlike spells, have a different general structure. I'd give you the whole lecture but we don't have six hours. The important part is, counterspells, such as Spellbreaker, can well, break spells. Not so with Curses. Because Curses often have specific conditions that act as an in-built counterspell, breaking the curse when they are met. Don't ask me why. That's just how it works.
Have you had any other visions?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277588

>>277585
If he says so. Seems like I have no way out after all.
Slowly walk towards the source of the voice.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277591

>>277585
"I saw Clover… and some sort of dark rifts, and shards… some magic-y things… Apart from that, I only had slight flashbacks earlier. Why? Do you know what we could do against this?"

DM 277593

>>277588
You find a long table and a chair at the end. There is a teacup on a saucer and a plate with a fork on the table
"Do sit down. Pie?"
>>277591
"Tell me of these other flashbacks."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277596

>>277593
Sit on the opposite side of the table from the voice.
"I just had dinner."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277597

>>277593
"I remembered my sister. How she looked like, some foalhood memories, and things like that. I remembered that I was a Paladin, fighting heretics, undead, monsters. I remembered fighting a giant dragon. And I…"
I take a deep breath.
"I remembered a white, tall pony with both wings and horns."

DM 277599

>>277596
"No room for desert then? A pity.
Oh well."
You can hear someone at the other end of the table take a piece
"Cherry. My favourite."
>>277597
"…Celestia of Canterlot?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277600

>>277599
"…Probably."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277603

>>277599
Speak in a flat tone.
"Exciting."

Venia [Battlemage] 277606

>>277600
>>277599
I move my hoof away

DM 277607

>>277600
"Then that probably has to do with it the solution. Somehow one, if not several, of those vision is tied to the solution. But that is more or less everything I can offer. That spell is beyond even me in sheer power."
>>277603
"Well, boy, what ails you? You haven't even touched your tea."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277608

>>277607
"The voice. I don't recognize you.
Who are you?"

DM 277611

>>277608
"Come now."
You can hear hoofsteps coming closer
"Don't you recognize the voice of"
A sharp poof. …a vanish?
"Your own father?"
Behind you.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277612

>>277607
I frown.
"That's it? The only way to break it is to get more of these visions and figure out what they mean? No other way?"

277614

>>277611
"I have no…"
Counter that. Turn around. I've seen mother do it enough times to know how better. Face this fucker.
"…Father."

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 277616

>>277612
"More or less. Though I did manage to weaken it. I would wager that if you can find clues to the origin of the spell, or to the natural counter, the visions would become clearer and more numerous as the curse breaks apart."
>>277614
Seems be knows that trick, considering the voice is still behind you
"Come now. You have one just as much as you have a mother. How else could you have been begotten?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277619

>>277616
Well then. He likes to play. Stand still.
"Don't even start on that. I had no parents till I met Valeriana! And still, I have no father!"
Vanish, appear behind that voice.

Venia [Battlemage] 277620

>>277616
"So we need to find out why Radiant was affected by it? Well that's lovely."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277621

>>277616
"Thank you for the help, at least we have something to start from… even if it's almost like searching a needle in a haystack."

DM 277623

>>277619
The voice has grasped you by the throat
It seems it has a body too.
His coat is a pale grey, his mane almost black.
One of his eyes is obscured by a blackened monocle, but his visible one might as well be your own.
"That is no way to speak to your father. We both love you very much, your mother and I."
>>277621
>>277620
"If you want further reading on Clover, ask the librarian. I dare not try a third time… at least not yet. That spell is dangerously powerful, and I would rather keep both out heads in one piece."
A guard returns with the court doctor to mend the king.

277624

>>277623
"I… You… You left her! You want to kill me! To kill all I love!"
Roll to keep it together.
This is not a mission after all.

Roll #0 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277625

>>277624
Right. This is not a mission.
I can cry.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277629

>>277623
"Okay… I'll be ready when you are. Thanks again."
I nod, then turn to Venia.
"Want to walk to the Library with me?"

DM 277630

>>277624
>>277625
He does not loosen his grip at all, because he just rolls it into a soft hug
"There is no need for tears son…
…we can all be together here in Canterlot.
…we can be happy. For the little time we have left…
And I never wanted to kill you… I wanted you back. I wanted her back.
I wanted to say I was sorry for all she had to endure. That I was bad husband. Selfish in letting my work overtake my love for her. And… a bad father for never being there for you…"
You can see a window in the distance. There is fire outside.

Venia [Battlemage] 277633

>>277623
"Hm… in that case, I'll speak to you later Radiant. I hope you'll feel better soon, King Longshanks. You have my sincerest thanks for helping my friend Radiant out."
I bow and take my leave. I should go hang out with Frostmourn.

DM 277634

>>277633
You bump into him as he arrives to see Longshanks
"Ah, Venia. how has your day been?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277635

>>277633
"Okay then… take care, Venia."

277637

>>277630
Remain in the embrace. Enjoy it while it lasts.
"But I am not your son."
Sight beyond Sight.
Look outside, through the tears.

Roll #0 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 277639

>>277634
"I can't complain. This place is really pretty! Are you… visiting the King again?"
I sigh
"Never mind that then, I wont hold up any of your business."

DM 277647

>>277637
"Don't be silly my little Whisperwind… you even have my eyes… of course you are mine…"
Outside, the city is burning. A massive dragon covered in plates of stone and iron, carrying a crystal fortress, is destroying building after building with massive bolts of magical flame.
Atop the crystal spire on its back you can see Frostmourn. His eyes ablaze with mad fire, his horn crackling with power, his dark wings pulsing magic into large crystals jutting out of the broken spire walls.
His laugh haunts you very soul.
>>277639
"I simply wanted to ask for a tower to be reserved for sleeping quarters for our party. Verne and Pumpkin wanted to use it based on Verne's recommendations. This will only take a mo- you know what. He can do it."
Frosty nods to the paladin who is holding his cape. The warrior nods and walks in to talk to Longshanks.
"So now that that is dealt with, what did you want to say?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277650

Go to the Library, by the way

DM 277651

>>277650
Sweet sunspots this thing is massive…
The librarian greets you with a smile
"Welcome. Can I help?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277652

>>277647
I shrug
"I don't know, I was just hoping we could maybe spend some time together. Just… chat about things."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277653

>>277651
I nod.
"Yes. Do you have something on Clover the Clever?"

277657

>>277647
Hold him tight for a moment. Then, clearing my tears, whisper.
"I'm not Whisperwind.."
Escape artist.
"I am a nopony from the snows of the north.
I am a thief! An orphan not worthy of any of this! And now I am a blade for a mad lord!"
Shatter the window.
"I am sorry."

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 277659

>>277652
"Certainly.
I have all the time in the world now."
>>277653
"Of course. West wing, under Sidekicks and Special Someponies, in the Starswirls section."
>>277657
"I don't understand what you're talking about, Whisperwind.
…why go out there? Please. Say here. Your mother will join us shortly. She baked the pie…
…I thought it would be a lovely last meal…"
You can see a shadow standing besides Frostmourn on the crystal spire.

Venia [Battlemage] 277660

>>277659
I smile
"Great! Shall we go to a bar or someplace where we can talk with a drink?"

277661

>>277659
"NO!"
Fly over there. Vanish behind her. Fervor. Backstab.
I'm sorry mother. I'm so so sorry.

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277662

>>277659
Go there and look for said books.

DM 277665

>>277661
Your blade strikes against cold steel.
The cold steel of a pony with a midnight coat and eyes that feel all too familiar.
"Hello. Brother."
>>277662
This section alone makes your head spin.
Finding a useful book is MIN3

Venia [Battlemage] 277666

DM 277667

>>277660
He smells his breath, then pulls out the half empty bottle of wine
"Slightly ahead of you. Where should we enjoy it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277668

>>277665
Can't be that hard, can it?
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 277669

>>277667
I grin.
"Quick thinker. Someplace warm and cozy preferably."

277670

>>277665
"I… I wanted to find you… To save you…"
Fervor still up. Take out my special daggers. Slash with both of them at his face.

Roll #0 6, 1 = 7

DM 277673

>>277668
There we go. This looks good.
[Grand Mysteries VOL19 - Clover the Clever: By Dot Plevice]
>>277669
"I believe I know of a good option."
He grabs the key off the returning guard, and leads you to a room in the tower he reserved.
>>277670
He slams his hidden blade through your elbow, disarming the lightning dagger and stabbing it into your unprotected chest, burning fur and causing your muscles to spasm out of control.
As you lay there on the unforgiving crystal floor, he plants a hoof on your abdomen.
"For the High King."
He pulls out a long dagger

Venia [Battlemage] 277674

>>277673
Follow him and settle down on a cushion or something. How's this place look? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277675

>>277673
Pick it up, walk to a table, start reading.

277676

>>277673
"What is your name?"
Escape Artist. Vanish. Backstab with the ice dagger.

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

DM 277677

>>277675
[It is generally assumed Clover never studied the Time Arts with Starswirls, and died in the Discordian era. However, evidence suggests this is not true, and indeed it seems he simply moved to become the steward of Starswirls' estate outside time, and the caretaker of his works–]
>>277674
Swag.
It is a royal suite fit for a high king.
The chandelier alone probably costs more than an average pony earns in a lifetime.
>>277676
"Pumpkin-"
the dagger sinks into his body, freezing a leg from the shoulder down. He falls over, but tumbles out of it, leaping back up and disappearing from sight.
"-Swansong!"
he plants a blade in the base of your tail and twists. You hear a sharp snap as you lose all sense in your legs.
The dragon turns in the air, causing him to lose balance and smash the frozen shoulder apart on a wall.

Venia [Battlemage] 277678

>>277677
I fall back on my haunches, mouth wide agape. Wintergrasp is nothing compared to this!
"I… wow. This is unbelievable…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277679

>>277677
Keep reading…

277680

>>277677
"I. AM. PUMPKIN!"
Use his own body against him. Twist myself around, don't care for the legs. Bury the blade into his face. One last attack to kill this imposter.

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 277681

>>277678
"It will serve as a fine example when I build Northscrown."
He corks the bottle
"Do you want a glass?"
>>277679
[–Evidence of this includes Starswirls' tone when speaking of Clover, which is closer to that of someone talking about the living than the dead. Another is that Starswirls refuses to talk of him in detail, or of his supposed demise. He also refuses to comment on theories regarding his Timeless Estate, but its existence is all but certain. No written records exist of him ever studying, or sleeping, yet his knowledge grows with every passing record, and he seems ageless. All this implies Clover the Clever is not dead, but lives in the Timeless Estate as Starswirls' assistant, caretaker and possibly lover.–]
>>277680
"YOU STOLE MOTHER FROM ME! YOU WILL NOT STEAL MY NAME TOO!"
you jam the blade through his eye, but he kicks out, deploying a hidden blade from his lover hoof, ripping a deep gash in your torso.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277682

>>277681
Maybe there's a way there?
Keep reading!

Venia [Battlemage] 277683

>>277681
I pluck the bottle from his grasp with my magic and take a swig from it.
"s'alright!"
I settle down somewhere comfy
"So Northscrown, where's that going to be located anyway?"

277687

>>277681
Spit out the blood.
Most likely my lungs are filled with blood now. Last few seconds. Cannot talk, cannot breath in, that would kill me.
For all I ever loved, Fervor.
For all I ever wanted to protect, Vanish.
For the failure I am, Backstab him.
Backstab him with one hoof, through the hole I've just ripped open in his eye.
This will be the end for both of us.

Roll #0 4 + 2 = 6

DM 277704

>>277683
"On the peaks of the World's Crown. Built right there, on the side of the mountain, overlooking the entire world."
>>277682
[–Furthermore, Starswirls has been known to mention theories on the structure of time, and the possibility of some sort of parallel time fragments, and what he calls the Time Rewind, a theoretical event that could have caused said fragments. However he never goes into detail about this, and refuses to talk of it openly. Most records were gathered by eavesdropping on his mumbling when he was alone.–]
>>277687
You spatter your own blood in his eye, and wrestle him to the ground, slashing and stabbing at his face.
After a while he kicks you off, but the massive bleeding is a clear sign. He is dying.
"I hate you… brother…
…you took everything… from me…
Die with… your… damned father…
And know that mother… always… loved me more…"
You have no time to hear more. Your slowing heartbeat rings in your ears. Looking to the side, you can see Frostmourn dueling with two incredibly agile figures. One falls over after a bad dodge, only to plant a hidden knife in the high king's armoured knee, causing it to explode.
The other rains arrows into him, shredding his magical wings.
But the king holds his own, blasting both aside.
Your vision fades before you can see an outcome.
The last heartbeats are slow and quiet.
Then, there is only darkness.
And then you wake up.
Bearing and Peaches are both staring at you
"Dear?"
"What was that all about, Partner?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277706

>>277704
I smile at him
"That sounds great. That's where you'll ask Sunrise to marry you too right?"

DM 277714

>>277706
"Indeed. And as a wedding gift, I will make her queen of all she sees…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277716

>>277704
This is strange…Could this be it?
Keep reading!

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277718

>>277704
Well I feel like shit.
Take a moment to assert the situation. Breath in and out deeply, savoring the air in my lungs.
Sit up on the bed.
It was just a dream, after all.
"I need some fresh air."
Trot outside of the room.

Venia [Battlemage] 277723

>>277714
"That's very nice. She'll make for a beautiful bride, I'm sure."
Take another swig '1d10', then offer it back to Frostmourn
"Although we still have a lot of work left before that will happen…"

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 277741

>>277716
[-Sadly it seems to be impossible to verify any of this without access to the Timeless Estate. And seeing as Starswirls denies it even exists, odds of accomplishing that are minor at best. However, if the collected notes are to be believed, Starswirls believes shards of another timeline exist outside the visible timestream, and if they collide with it, they can cause anomalies and rifts in time. However he has never specified the function of these rifts. This writer can only assume they would enable some sort of time travel, much like the magic of Starswirls, which may indeed be based on the same principals.-]
>>277718
The girls look as you go
"Do you want either of us with you?"
"Or both of us?"
>>277723
What the fuck has this kid been drinking? It's like you were smashed in the face with a mace made of spirits.
"I know. I can only hope she doesn't mind the wait…
…I'd like to start building once we secure Timberjaw as an ally."
He drinks too
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 277742

>>277741
Doesn't look like he can hold it too well either.
"Kehhh… wow this is sharp…
So, Venia… how are things with you?"

277745

>>277741
Talk over my shoulders to them.
"Slee…"
No. This is what I need them for. Do I even have the courage?

Roll #0 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277750

>>277741
Read, read read, maybe I can create a rift like this and travel back to my time or something!

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277751

>>277745
Yeah I do.
Stop and sit down.
"..p. No. Please don't. I… I don't know. It's just a dream. Is not worth it."
Turn my head around and smile at them.
"Right?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277753

>>277741
"Oh wow, dis is som good schtuff!"
Take another drink '1d10'. I'm stronk, I can take it.
"Ah think she can take the w-wait though… Or hash she been asking for it already?"

>>277742
"I'm greeeaaat!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 277762

>>277750
[-Indeed the only clue to the nature of these rifts is that in his rambling, Starswirls stated he assumes a force is moving the time shards for a purpose he does not know or understand. The nature of this force is also unknown, but due to the way he spoke of it, it is safe to assume he believes it to be magical in nature.-]
>>277751
"You sounded so distressed dear…"
"You almost cried."
>>277753
The king powers up a part of his armour, making the plates move out of the way allowing him to step out of it, almost tripping until he remember to unlock the part holding it onto his leg.
He then collapses on some pillows
"Nah… she hasn't brought it up. You taught her well though, that much I must give you credit for."

Venia [Battlemage] 277773

>>277762
"Ya mean her magics stuff? Yea… she's pretty talented."
I prod his chest with a hoof
"Ya take good care of that mare, ya hear me? She's a real sweet."

DM 277776

>>277773
"Magic and… other stuff. Unyielding is one lucky guy.
So when are you going to finally marry him?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277777

>>277762
Go back to bed, rest my head on a pillow.
"I dreamt I was in Canterlot. And I was with Ilistar. And he called me Whisperwind and loved and..
And then Frosty was there, burning the city. Everthing. And I was there with him but it was not me and I attacked it and then he said I had stolen mother from him and…"
Bury my head in the pillow.
"I'm a mess."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277778

>>277762
What if he was lying and he was doing those things? Maybe that's how he travels?
Read read read!

Venia [Battlemage] 277780

>>277776
I let that sink in for a moment, my eyes widening with realization.
"Oh… OOOH!"
I blush
"Well… a mare's godda do what a mare's godda do. And ah've asked Anvil before but… Guess he's jus' busy with runnin' the Kingdom stuff…"

DM 277784

>>277777
Check em
"That sounds horrible even if I did not get even half of it."
"I can't really imagine what it was like. But hey. It was a bad dream. Those happen to us all. You dream you fall out of a high tower, or your teeth fall out, or the guards catch you and lock you away forever, or someone at school steals you clothing. So what?"
>>277778
[-in closing, unless Starswirls some day opens up about his theories more, it is unlikely these mysteries will ever truly be solved. And so far the Archmage of Canterlot has kept his mouth shut tight.]
>>277780
"Then push him harder! You know he can forget things easily when he works on something. Making himself think he'll do them when he has time, and then never actually allocate time for it!
Damn… I should have brought Sunrise along…"

Venia [Battlemage] 277787

>>277784
"You should've! Ah would've brought Anvil too if I could… Travelings more fun when you bring along the ponies you love…"
I drink again '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277790

>>277784
Go back to the librarian.
"May I check out this book, please?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277791

>>277784
"I'm pretty shaken dear, sorry." Smile at her and kiss her forehead.
'1d10+2'
Turn to Peaches.
"Yeah it was just a bad dream. It just felt so… Real."
Roll on my back, stare at the ceiling.
"It just… It was all my fears. All of them. Frosty bringing war instead of building the North.
Mother had left me for Whisperwind. I never got to know Ilistar…"
Stretch an hoof in front of me and look at it.
"I feel just… Empty, now."

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

DM 277796

>>277790
"Of course. What is your name and where can we reach you?"
>>277787
"Well, at least we have eachother~"
He takes another sip
'1d10'
"…since when have you liked Anvil? You know like… that."
>>277791
You are an incredibly romantic horse.
Peaches scoots up next to you but then pulls away and goes lean by the wall when she sees Bearing's eyes.
Your wife lays her head on your chest
"Is there anything I could do to make you feel better?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277799

>>277796
"Name is Radiant Dawn. I am with King Frostmourne, from Wintergrasp."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277800

>>277796
Give her a smile.
"No honey, not tonight. I just need the sleep."
Look at Peach with the same smile.
"You want a goodnight kiss too partner? Don't be like that. Come back to sleep."

DM 277802

>>277799
"The High King? Very well. Thank you, and have a nice day!"
>>277800
Bearing huffs
Peaches crawls back into bed
"If you want to give me one, partner~"

Venia [Battlemage] 277803

>>277796
I put a hoof on my head.
"A loooong time. Ah thought he was a looker the moment Ah met him all dem years ago… Although then he was the crown prince and Ah was… well just a hobo, really. Didn't really have the courage to ask until years after… Guess thaht was a lil' cowardly on mah part…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277807

>>277802
Look at my wife.
"Don't tell me you are still jaelous after all that alcohol?"
Chuckle a bit and snuggle inbetween the mares. I need to know I'm not alone, tonight.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

DM 277808

>>277803
"Y'coulda just shown him your special moves and I bet you would've been queen before I was even born…
…I really… really am starting to regret not bringing her…"
He puts a pillow over himself.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277809

>>277802
"Thank you!"

And now…uh… and now what?

DM 277811

>>277807
Cozy.
You barely even notice how strongly your wife disapproves.
>>277809
You can check out other parts of town, go talk to someone or go to sleep.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277815

>>277811
Well, I guess I'll check out the market.
And try to clear my head…
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277816

>>277811
Okay this is a problem then.
Turn to her.
"You are right. Sorry."
Get up
"I'll go for that walk and sleep somewhere else. Maybe Frosty has a couch or a large enough bed."

Venia [Battlemage] 277818

>>277808
"I… Anvil was mah first one… I didn't know Ah was that skilled. Besides, he gave up his claim to the throne stuff after ah convinced him to, Goldenblood got it instead. Sun bless his soul…"

DM 277822

>>277815
Forgetting is easy. The spell only makes remembering hard.
The market isn't as busy at this hour, but there is an all night dance hall and pub that has opened its doors. There are also merchants for clothes and accessories, magical pets, books and a smith outside.
>>277816
They both look shocked
"Hey! What… did I… Pumpkin? Dear?"
"W-why are you going? Hey! Come back!"
They both get up after you
>>277818
"It never stops amazing me how much you really have done for me and my kingdom… I can hardly thank you enough Venia…"
he offers you the rest of the bottle
Some hoofsteps can be heard outside in the corridor.

Venia [Battlemage] 277831

>>277822
Take it and drink up '1d10'
"Ah jus'… Ah jus' did what I thought was right, dat's all. Sure Ah had to sacrifice some dreams an' ambitions for it but… somepony had ta look out for ya!"
I'm probably too drunk to even realize those hooftsteps

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277832

>>277822
Look for accesories.
Maybe I can find a jewel like the one I couldn't buy way back.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277834

>>277832
Have this too
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277835

>>277822
"Look this is not working. Evidently I had more than a few glasses of wine when I proposed this, but it's obviously wrong.
It's just for one night, absolutely nothing other than sleeping should go down and one of you tries to hump me while the other disapproves thinking I'm going to replace her.
Well guess what honey, I love you. I'm not replacing you with anypony in the world.
And you partner, what has come of all those 'making it matter' words, uh?
So if neither one of you can act like a grown up and just sleep for one night of celebration, setting aside this stupid hate, I'm leaving you both here and going to fuck with Frosty just to spite you both."

DM 277836

>>277831
He drunkenly flops on you and nuzzles his head against you
"And I am ever so happy for it~"
>>277832
>>277834
There is a piercing shop and an enchanted trinket shop above it. After some looking you also locate a jeweler, who appears to be sleeping on the job.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277841

>>277836
Don't wake the jeweler up yet.
Just look around for Sun related stuff.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 277842

>>277835
Bearing gives Peaches a very angry look at 'making it matter', but then her ears per up at the end
"…I'm not stopping you if you let me come along~"
Peaches facehoofs and walks back into the room
"If you need me I'll be here. Behaving myself."

DM 277845

>>277841
There is some sun themed stuff, but most of it seems to be decorations on other stuff. This is the kingdom of arcane magic and elementalists. Worship seems less common or at least less apparent.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277847

>>277842
"No honey. You stay here and don't get to watch it. That's your punishment." Look at her firm.

Venia [Battlemage] 277848

>>277836
I put a hoof around him and nuzzle him back.
"S'nothing sweetie, I'm jus' proud of what you've achieved. You realize that right? I'm real proud."

DM 277849

>>277847
She takes a step back, her ears flopping down
"I'm sorry if I said something to hurt you…"

DM 277851

>>277848
"I try to remind myself of that from time to time…
…sometimes I'm just afraid you don't like the things I do…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277853

>>277845
Well…
Anything that looks useful?
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 277856

>>277853
You probably couldn't wrap your head around the exact functions of most of this stuff…
Maybe you could ask?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277857

>>277856
"Uh… Excuse me?"

Venia [Battlemage] 277858

>>277851
I pet his mane
"Don't be. I can be wrong about stuff too ya know? Nopony is perfect, just remember that. We all have our flaws…"

277859

>>277849
Oh for fuck's sake. Winghug her.
"No honey, you did nothing. I'm the stupid one here. That dream really shaked me, you know? I need some time alone. Please don't kill each other while I'm gone, okay?"

Roll #0 3 + 2 = 5

277860

>>277859
>

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

DM 277862

>>277857
"Mh… huh? Oh! Hello there! Welcome welcome. How can I help?"
>>277858
"True I guess…
…thanks for being here for me… I love you like a mother…"
>>277859
>>277860
"I make no promises… what is this about 'it meaning something'?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277867

>>277862
"I'm looking for something… useful. I don't know exactly what."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277871

>>277862
"Is a young assassin trying to support her silly partner. Just… Things got ugly last time and now she wants to help."

Venia [Battlemage] 277872

>>277862
"And Ah love you like a son…"
I tear up a little
"I'm so sorry for not being there for you for a while…"

DM 277882

>>277867
"Useful? I got a glass that turns anything you put into it into alcohol. Uhh… an umbrella that makes it rain nearby so it is always useful. Pendant that takes a hit for you, perfect for hitting on ponies prone to lashing out. Cucumber polisher. Lamp that makes it dark nearby. Pot that keeps food in it warm for days. A belt that trains your body by just wearing it…"
>>277871
She kisses you on the cheek
"And that better be the full truth mister. I trust your word~"
>>277872
"Hey… that… that's ok. You know…
…one day we all gotta grow up on our own…
…I just wanna have you for as long as I can."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277885

>>277882
"Wait, hold on, tell me more about that pendant!"

Venia [Battlemage] 277890

>>277882
I nod and kiss him on the forehead
"I will. I have no intention on abandoning my family."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277892

>>277882
"Maybe it is, maybe is not.. Who can tell?" Give her a playful smile.

DM 277911

>>277885
"I forget where I got it from, probably bought it off someone who got it from someone as a gift. Anyway, it seems to react to the user getting hurt, and defends them against the hit. Though it looks a little cracked, so I guess it does not shield from everything."
>>277890
"That's nice~
Anything else you wanted to tell me about?"
>>277892
She looks dead serious
"Is that what our marriage means to you? Games?
Don't toy with my trust or emotions, Pumpkin, unless you want to risk breaking my heart forever."

Venia [Battlemage] 277918

>>277911
"Ah… I dunno. How about you? Not thinking about kids yet? You'll need an heir, you know…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277924

>>277911
Does that remind me of the Sun Pendant?'1d10'

"That sounds interesting. How much for it?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277925

>>277911
"You are right my love. I'm sorry."
Walk back to bed.
"RIght now I'm really confused. But I know one thing. I need you."
Then turn to Peaches.
"And you."

DM 277933

>>277924
Not in the least, because it is shaped like a male symbol and made of silver.
>>277918
"I can't have a child running around I need to care for as I unite the north… I could not be there for it. I would be a bad father in that regard. Miss its first steps. First word…
…everything.
What about you? Still hoping to roll one out or are you hoping to get back to the adventuring lifestyle?"
>>277925
They both nod
"I'm still not giving you away though. Remember that."
"I'll uh… keep myself to… myself. But I'll be there for you in spirit, ok partner?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277939

>>277933
"Neither would I honey."
Look at her with a kind smile, the slowly turn it into a smirk.
"Now about sharing, that's another matter…"
Chuckle.
Turn to Peaches."Right partner. I'll be there for you too, once the time comes."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277945

>>277933
"Uh…the shape is sort of strange though…"

Venia [Battlemage] 277947

>>277933
"Hah! ah think the days of trudging around in the wild without a sign of civilization for weeks straight are over for me. But yea… I'd like to start a lil' family…"

DM 277951

>>277945
"As I said, I bought it off someone most likely. And as I said, its application was most likely to keep you safe when hitting on aggressive mares."
>>277939
Bearing groans
"You and your fantasies… well, maybe if you're extra nice to me… we could arrange a little trade."
Peaces prods her
"I ain't some commodity to be traded."
>>277947
"I hope your child grows up as strong and wise as its parents…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 277956

>>277951
"No please go on. Is lovely to see you two go on about problems you make up yourselves."
Lay on the bed and give both of them a half lid stare and a smile.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277958

>>277951
"Is there a way to move it's enchantment into something else?"

DM 277964

>>277956
"Sorry honey…"
Bearing lays down on you
"Should we just sleep?"
Peaches settles down too, making sure to leave a bit of space between her and you
>>277958
"I dunno. I'm a merchant, not an enchanter."

Venia [Battlemage] 277966

>>277951
"I hope so too. It's on me alone to make mah parents proud. I'm their only child after all."
I sigh
"I do miss them…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277967

>>277964
"Hmmm… Okay then. Once again, how much for it?"

277972

>>277964
"Yeah, we should. It's the middle of the night after all."
Get under some sheets, I'm freezing.
And try not to think about Ilistar, Peaches or Bearing for tonight.

Roll #0 5 = 5

277973

>>277972
>5

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 277984

>>277966
"I'm sure they're proud of you…
…would it make you feel good if I had a statue of them made? Your mother has contributed much to both Wintersgrasp and now Rockeye…"
>>277967
"Well it's been here for a while, not many ponies want a thing like this. Let's say a hundred and call it at that, hm?"
>>277972
>>277973
You calmly go to sleep, your closes duo at your sides.

I'M ABOUT TO PAUSE. PLEASE RESOLVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO FAST.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 277988

>>277984
Pay the merchant I guess.

"So could you continue that list of yours? I think you were at a belt."

Venia [Battlemage] 277990

>>277984
"Oh Frostmourn…"
I hug him tighter
"I don't think they'd care about statues. I'm just happy Mom's spells at least get some recognition. And dad…"
I look away
"… well he taught me a lot too."

277991

>>277984
I wonder if I can have happy dreams of pone in a pony land. Bad rolls need not apply.

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 278017

>>277988
"Yes the muscle building belt. Lets see… mirror that can be looked through from the other side, soap that makes you dirty, invisible dog on a leash, undergarments that make your butt look bigger, jar that smells of whatever you put in it until you put something else in it, Horseshoe that hovers an inch off the floor…"
>>277990
"Well… ok.
…would you like a statue? A day named after you? Anything?"
>>277991
"Son, what's wrong? You haven't even touched the pie…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278023

>>278017
"Where was I? All this time. I have no memory. Where was I?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 278024

>>278017
"Those aren't that useful… go on."

Venia [Battlemage] 278025

>>278017
I shake my head
"No, don't you worry about me. Just promise you'll always do what is best for ponykind, okay?"

DM 278035

>>278023
"You were away, son. But now you are here. Eat your pie. Mother will be here soon too."
>>278024
"Automatic bottle for feeding pets, two boxes where things you put in one appear in the other, portable hoof warmer, stick that glows when you hit it, dragon's fire gland in a nifty container, mane gel…"
>>278025
"…okay."
He cuddles up closer
"…I could just fall asleep here~"

LAST ROUND BEFORE WE STOP

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 278038

>>278035
"Dragon's fire gland?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278042

>>278035
It's cold over here.
"When did mom come back?"

Venia [Battlemage] 278043

>>278035
I pet his mane again
"Well this is your room, isn't it? I don't see why not. It's nice and warm here anyway."
I let out a content sigh.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278047

>>278042
Better again:
"Why did mom come back?"

DM 278048

>>278038
"You know, the thing that makes fire. In a box."
She pulls out a little box and opens it, producing a small gout of flame
>>278042
"She just went to put on something nice after baking the pie.
C'mon. Eat up while it's still warm.
"
>>278047
"Because she loves us. Why would she not come back?"
>>278043
"Okay…
…thanks again~"
He softly drifts off to sleep on top of you

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 278051

>>278048
"This could be actually useful… if not for me, then for somepony else back home. I'll take it."

Venia [Battlemage] 278052

>>278048
I smile and just enjoy the moment, keeping him close to me.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278054

>>278048
"Right. She loves us. And what of brother?"
Eat the pie.

DM 278073

>>278054
The pie tastes odd.
It makes your breath feel shallow and your heart feel congested.
The pie is poisoned.
"I will kill him myself for betraying us. He is no son of mine."
>>278052
You have a very cute horse night with the high king sleeping soundly on your lap like he was a little colt again.
>>278051
"Right-o. Tell ya what, I'll give it to you for a petty fifty. Because I kinda like you.
…wanna go out for drinks? I'm closing shop soon anyway."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 278075

>>278073
"I don't usually drink. And I don't think I'll start now. But thanks for the offer."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278076

>>278073
"What did he do?"

Venia [Battlemage] 278077

>>278073
This takes me back…
Just let him sleep for as long as he wants.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278078

>>278076
Also, finish the pie. And drink.

DM 278081

>>278075
"Well crud. Anyway, if that was all, I'm closing up and hitting the dance hall."
>>278078
>>278076
"He brought the dark king of the north here. He knew where we were. He wanted to see us all burn."
He gets up
"Good night son. Sleep well. Mother will come to tuck you in once you get to bed."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 278083

>>278081
"I won't hold you up in that case. Farewell, and good night."

Find a place to sleep.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 278084

>>278081
Stand up together with him.
"Good night father. I love you."
Bow down and make way for my room. Don't look back.

DM 278092

>>278083
The guards at the palace direct you to the guest tower and inform you to use any room you want. They were all reserved by the High King.
>>278084
You can hear him stumble a little, and hear a glass breaking, but that is all.
The crackling fires of the city around you are the only sound you hear as you climb up the stairs to your room.
You get to bed, the red glow from outside bathing the room even with the curtains in place.
Soon, mother comes to tuck you in. You can see a tear on her cheek and a bit of blood flowing from her mouth, but she has a smile on her face. She hums a soft tone and bends down to kiss you.
Your hooves too weak to reach out to her. As your vision fades, you see her put on a mask and walk out of the room.
Somewhere above, a dragon roars.
You fall asleep.
And there is only silent darkness.

NEXT TIME ON GRIM DARKNESS
THE REST OF THE FAFFING
ALL OF THE PLANNING
AND THE FIRST OF THE NEXT PLOTLINE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EyVHE-eYqg

Venia [Battlemage] 279315

>>278092
I fell asleep cuddling with Frostmourn, last we left off.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279318

>>278092
I had terrible nightmares that projected all my worse fears.
Is it tomorrow already?

DM 279319

It is morning.
Unless you need it to be something else.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279321

>>279319
Hell no. Get out of this bed. I need to eat something and hit the library.

DM 279322

>>279315
>>279318
It is morning
Frosty is still sleeping.
So is Bearing
Peaches is up and about already

279323

>>279322
Kiss Bearing good morning and get dressed, the whole stuff.
Then leave for the library.

Roll #0 9 + 2 = 11

DM 279326

>>279323
The entire suit?
Well, if you don't mind the attention…
The librarian is having some morning tea
"Welcome. How can I help?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279327

>>279322
Just let him sleep and enjoy this moment of affection.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279328

>>279326
"Geography and foreign affairs section. I need books on Equestria."
I assumed he always wore the suit?

DM 279329

>>279327
After about half an hour of snoozing he does eventually bother to wake up
"Good morning~"
>>279328
I assumed he took it off for the city tour, seeing as he told Frosty to keep his looks down
"Equestria. Certainly. South wing, right over there, under E. Modern Empires and Notable Nations shelves, depending if you want recent or older history."

Venia [Battlemage] 279331

>>279329
"Good morning Frostmourn, did you sleep well?"

279332

>>279329
"Thank you."
I thought the suit wasn't something that 'stood out'. I always pictured it as the suits used by the assassins from Dishonored.
"Thank you."
Head for a book on the Modern Empires section. I need to know about their capital city and any other important hub.
Roll to get some decent info.

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 279334

>>279331
"Yes~
…you're really warm~"
>>279332
It is rather highly decorated, tight and designed to eliminate sound while leaving as little superfluous things as possible hanging off the user to avoid getting caught in nails or splinters when moving.
[Sightseeing: Equestria]

279336

>>279334
Right. Then let's say I'm not wearing it.
I'll have to redesign this shit once we hit Rosefall.
Good a book as any. It lists the major cities, at least, right?

Roll #0 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 279337

>>279334
I smile
"That's good to hear. I'm happy we spent some time together again yesterday. It was nice to just have a heart to heart chat about things."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279340

>>279319
Got about half an hour

Check back to the market, maybe there's something more useful open at this time.
Or an enchanter.

Am I emotionally stable after yesterday?
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 279343

>>279336
It mentions two notable places - the capital of Canterlot, and the castle of Everfree.
>>279337
"Indeed…
I'm so glad I have you, Venia…"
>>279340
Not in the least. You are probably shaken for life by the revelations.
The trinket vendor is hung over.
The enchanter is eating breakfast.

279345

>>279343
Well this book is shit then.
You'd think such a place of scholars would have better books.
Can't I find a more comprehensive guide to Equestria?

Roll #0 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279347

>>279343
Go to the enchanter.
"Uh… I'm sorry are you…"
Clear my throat.
"Excuse me, I'm just… you are good at enchanting, right?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279348

>>279343
I ruffle his mane
"I'm happy to have you too Frostmourn. And I'm glad to have been a part of your life for this long. The days of teaching you magic seem so far off now…"

DM 279352

>>279345
Why yes you can.
It is about as big as you are.
[The World and Its Wonders: VOL220 - Equestria]
>>279347
"Mh? Myeah. Jussamoment lemme…."
he slurps down the rest of his food
"Yes. How can I help you?"
>>279348
"Speaking of training… do you think Radiant would want to teach me to fight a little better? I'm sort of… cautious about facing Ebonreth"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279353

>>279352
"I have an enchanted pendant with an useful enchantement for a guard and Paladin like myself but the shape is… let's just say, I'd like to transfer said enchantement to another item. Like, a Sun shaped amulet of sorts."

279354

>>279352
I can't really read it all.
Just take note of the most important cities.
And if there is, a brief story of the most important events.
Do I still have to roll?

Roll #0 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 279355

>>279352
"Of course she would! Radiant's a real impressive fighter, I can't think of a better teacher for that stuff."

DM 279356

>>279354
Holy shit this a lot of text.
Exhausting to read too.
You manage to read the part about Canterlot before you fall asleep and get thrown out of the library for snoring.
>>279353
"…so why not just get a sun pendant and have the jeweler graft it on top of your amulet?"
>>279355
"I'd ask you but you always told me you were a mage, not a warrior.
I just think learning to shatter armour will be useful in the coming times…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279357

>>279356
"Are you saying if it was just reshaped or melted into another one by a jeweler it would still retain it's magical properties?"

279358

>>279356
Well fuck them.
Sneak back inside and continue reading! Stealth!

Roll #0 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 279359

>>279356
"Hey now, I may be a mage, but that doesn't mean I don't like fighting physically as well. Though in the end, I'm sure Radiant will be the better option. Should I ask her in your stead?"

DM 279360

>>279358
The librarian gives you a disapproving look.
"I told you, drooling on books is not allowed!"
>>279357
"No, I'm saying you could just wear another pendant over it to hide it. Or I can always rework it into a new pendant if you want, but that'll probably cost more."
>>279359
"That would be kind of you. I still need to arrange things with Longshanks."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279361

>>279360
"If you could rework it into a Sun Pendant I would be most grateful. I'll arrange your payment through King Frostmourne. I'm sure he won't mind."

279362

>>279360
"I did not mean to! It's just, I gotta do this compilation of cities, but reading it's never been my forte, so to speak!"
Give her an apologetic smile.
"Could you help me out? At least a little bit?"

Roll #0 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 279363

>>279360
"I'll ask her once we get back home."
I slowly get up
"I suppose you still have stuff to do today…"

DM 279364

>>279361
He raises an eyebrow
"The High King pays for thing kind of frivolities? Huh. I would never have guessed. Well, lets see the pendant then."
>>279362
She sighs
"Ok. What do you need?"
>>279363
"That I do. And time will indeed be short once we get back to Wintersgrasp. I need to send the challenge to Ebonreth before he thinks of starting a war against us."

Venia [Battlemage] 279365

>>279364
"Well then, let's not waste any more time."
I yawn
"Want me to come along to talk with Longshanks?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279366

>>279364
Perk up happily.
"Well for starters all the history and informations I can get on Canterlot. Then I'd have to compile a list of the most important and the least important cities in Equestria. That should be enough."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279369

>>279364
I give him the pendant.
"If he won't, I'll just work overtime for him. Or live on bread and water again."

DM 279377

>>279365
"if you have something to tell him. I will mostly be conducting politics."
>>279366
"Well that should be quite a lecture. Hope you have a few hours…"
>>279369
"Well I'll do my best. A sun you say? Any other preferences?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279378

>>279377
I shrug and put on my crystal armor.
"Not exactly, I was just asking if you needed me. I'll see you later in that case."
I give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek, then take my leave.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279379

>>279377
"I…uh…"
I take a deep breath.
"I want it to look like my cutie mark."

DM 279380

>>279378
You notice Valeriana shakily walking about.
>>279379
The merchant peeks around you
"…you mind showing it then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279381

>>279377
"As long as I'm not stealing too much of your time…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279384

>>279380
I strip partially from my armor and show it to him.

Venia [Battlemage] 279385

>>279380
Oh boy.
"Valeriana! Good morning!"

DM 279386

>>279381
"I think I can manage. Anyway, the one important place you need to know of is Canterlot. The capital and most important city. There is also the old royal castle of Everfree, the harbor city of Manehatten and Outer Canterlot, sometimes called Canterlittle.
As for least important, there are countless outlaying towns and settlements, some of which only have a dozen citizens and no official name."
>>279384
He takes a look
"…half of the Sun of Celestia? Say, you're from Canterlot, aren't you?
…I thought you said you work for the High King?"
>>279385
She jumps a little a and turns
"V-Venia! Hey! How was your night?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279387

>>279386
"Not just half. You can make it a whole. And… let's not go into detail. It just makes my head hurt…"

Venia [Battlemage] 279388

>>279386
"It was lovely. How about yours?"
I look her over, how tired/drunk is she? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279389

>>279386
"This is going to be a blast…"
Sit down and listen.
Just gimme a lecture on Canterlot and a list of the other cities for later reference.

DM 279401

>>279387
"Well, just be careful about it ok? Not all ponies take kindly to that sign, you hear?"
>>279388
She has clearly not slept. From the looks of her you can guess she was… busy. All night.
"I'll give you the details after I get a drink…"
>>279389
"Canterlot is a city-state in itself. A massive palace built onto the side of Mt. Canterlot, it overlooks the surrounding plains and forests. It was made the seat of power after Everfree fell, and has remained so to this day. The noble houses are located there, along with the centers of high trade, and the Royal Guard Academy.
bla bla bla
Major: Everfree, Manehatten, Garish, Trottingham
Minor: Dustpile, Justsomelake, Cantthinkofaname, Offamaproperty, Myass"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279403

>>279401
"What happened in the Everfree?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279404

>>279401
"I know. I won't be flailing it around."

Venia [Battlemage] 279407

>>279401
I chuckle
"Fine then. Just take it easy on the ol' alcohol, you look terrible already."

DM 279411

>>279403
"It took a beating during the Discordian era, and even though it served as an altar for the Elements of Harmony, the thrones were moved to Canterlot once it was ready for use."
>>279404
"Good to know. I have no beef with Equestrians. I got a cousin in Canterlot.
Check back in the evening and it should be as good as I can make it."
>>279407
"I know. Guess why I need one more?"
She wobbles a little
"…you got a room?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279412

>>279411
"Thank you kindly."
Uh, and then I don't know what to do again

Venia [Battlemage] 279414

>>279411
"We can go to the tower Frostmourn reserved for the stay."
Lead her there, anything around to drink? '1d10'
If so, discard it and give her a glass of water instead.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279417

>>279411
"Well that was quite instructive, thank you for your time."
Stand up once more and dust away the cobwebs.
"One last thing. Got a section about combat-based magics? Especially the defensive kind."

DM 279425

>>279412
I thought you were going out to be social with real people you disgusting normalfag.
Or you could go ask Longshanks for another probing.
Or talk to Frosty who wants to learn fighting moves.
>>279414
"Damnit Venia I need a pickmeup…"
She drinks the water slowly
"Eh. At least I taste better now."
>>279417
"What, like shield spells?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279429

>>279425
"Yeah. I saw a pony do a particular trick- Like, hardening his skin to stone and deflecting blades.
That would come in handy."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279430

>>279425
That's what I'm doing.
So give her something that takes up all day and possibly allows her to learn something useful.

Venia [Battlemage] 279431

>>279425
"Soooo…"
I sit in front of her, smiling knowingly
"How was it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279439

Rolling to learn whatever useful stuff I can.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279440

>>279439
Pls
More useful than that
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 279442

>>279440
Good 'nuff
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 279443

>>279429
"Never heard of it. Then, we do not keep books on combat techniques."
>>279430
>>279439
She spent the day looking at the sun.
>>279440
And agreed to train Frosty
>>279442
And had a headache from the sun
>>279431
"He is a fighter, I can say that much. Halberd? More like lance if you get my meaning. Hard to keep down too. Though I guess being a guard and all he knows that stuff…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279446

>>279443
"What about all those combat mages guarding the king? They do not train? Don't have a library exactly to store combat techniques?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279447

>>279443
I snicker
"Well, if he managed to wear you down then you can color me impressed. How did dinner go with him? Hell, how did he even react when you showed up?"

DM 279450

>>279446
"Royal Guard training is for Royal Guards. Ask their officers if you want a sample."
>>279447
"Dinner? Oh oh yeah we had dinner too. Yeah uh… it was.. neat? I think we had root vegetable stew… or was it pie? …both?
Well I know we had a lot of wine too.
As for his reaction, he tried to kill me, then throw me back out the window, and finally he listened after I pinned him down for a while and told him why I used the window. He found it funny in the end."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279453

>>279450
"Right. Will remember that. Thanks again for your time, miss…?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279454

>>279450
"Talk about making a first impression!"
I laugh
"Well that all sure sounds exciting. Was he nice to you after that?"

Verne [Trickster] 279455

So what's going on

DM 279457

>>279453
"Bound Back. Always a pleasure to help young lad."
>>279454
"Well, after I assured him that yes I am a spy, but a spy on his side, he took the whole thing with stride and humor. We talked a lot… and after some coaxing I got him to drop the formal face and get comfy~"
>>279455
Frosty is discussing the future with Longshanks
Venia and Valeriana are discussing the D

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279461

>>279457
Smile, bow and be on my way to the Smith.
I have an order to pick up.

Venia [Battlemage] 279464

>>279457
I chuckle
"Coaxing… My my, what a shame I had to miss all of this. So he was good then, I assume?"

Verne [Trickster] 279466

>>279457
Any information that can be gathered?

Speaking of which, to be less of a liability, I might really have to get more adept at self-defense…

DM 279469

>>279461
Looks like they have been working since early morning
The mare who took your order is hammering away at something.
>>279464
"I thought you saw the way I walked. Yes. He had remarkable stamina… He did seem a little inexperienced though."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279472

>>279469
Sit by the counter and look at her work.
Wait for her to finish hammering, she wouldn't hear me otherwise.
"Already in full swing?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279474

>>279469
How old was he anyway?
"Could be worse. Like how the first time between me and Anvil went…"

DM 279480

>>279474
Hard to tell from his face alone, but you could wager he was a little younger than you.
"I don't think you ever told me about that one…"
>>279472
"Yes. Some of us have jobs they do to earn money because they don't sit on the king's lap. Your weapons are in the holsters there. I even colour coded them for you just to make sure."
There are two daggers by the wall in thick black leather sheaths.
>>279466
You can shop around or talk to someone if you have nothing specific to do.
For fighting, ask the Royal Guard. Or well, Pumpkin.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279481

>>279480
Either she's smart enough to know what I do and is testing me or she is really an oblivious smith.
In any case, smile, take the daggers and examine them.
"Thank you kindly miss Box. I will be sure to praize your work with the king."

Venia [Battlemage] 279482

>>279480
I roll my eyes, smiling as I recall said memory
"To put it bluntly, it was short, messy and awkward. But at the time I had nothing to compare it to, so I loved it nonetheless. Anyway, you think the captain never bedded a mare before?"

DM 279483

>>279481
They crackle with energy. But the fine balancing is gone.
"Fantastic. Was that all?"
>>279482
"Oh no I'd wager he has had plenty. But I'd also wager most of them were even more inexperienced. Some starstruck girlies who saw a big shiny knight and slipped over themselves to get a piece of him."

Venia [Battlemage] 279484

>>279483
I chuckle
"Makes me wonder how Anvil would have fared without me. He'd probably bed a different mare every night."
I shake my head
"Well, I'm happy you had fun and enjoyed yourself. Think you've got yourself a keeper?"

279485

>>279483
"Yeah. For now." Smile and leave.
I guess the whole day is off as Frosty works out political stuff, uh?
Do I see anything interesting around? Anypony that catches my attention?

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 279486

>>279484
"I dunno. He was fun, yes but…
…well… you know… how I feel about him."
>>279485
Peaches is sitting in a tree nearby

279487

>>279486
Stealth and climb the tree, hang upside down in front of her.
"Sup?"

Roll #0 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 279488

>>279486
I scrunch, then sigh
"Yes. Yes I do…"

DM 279490

>>279488
"…so yeah."
She sighs
"Can I have my drink now? My mouth tastes like stallion…"
>>279487
You headbutt her, causing her to fall out of the tree with a painful thump.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279491

>>279490
"This worked so much better in my mind…"
Rub my head and look over at her.

DM 279492

>>279491
Looks like you knocked her out…

Venia [Battlemage] 279493

>>279490
I chuckle
"I don't know, I quite like that taste myself~ But here, drink up."
Hoof her a glass of wine, then pour one in for myself '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

279495

>>279492
Oh c'mon!
Check on her.
"Partner? PARTNER!"

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 279496

>>279495
"Guh? Huh? Ow… what was that for!?"
>>279493
This seems to go down much smoother than the one from last night
"I don't mind the taste but it's… distracting. To say the least."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279498

>>279496
Give a sheepish smile.
"Trying to be… Cute and spontaneous?"

DM 279501

>>279498
"I'm just damn happy you aren't a unicorn…"

Venia [Battlemage] 279502

>>279496
I shrug
"Doesn't bother me."

DM 279504

>>279502
"You know you can just go and ask for more.
Me… I think it might seem a little… awkward."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279505

>>279501
Lie down under the tree with her.
"I have all the magics I need right here already."
look at the sky with a small smile.
"A bit for your thoughts."
How's Wintergrasp's currency called?

Venia [Battlemage] 279507

>>279504
"You crazy!? No, no. I wont betray Anvil's trust in me. I love him too much and he doesn't deserve a mare that does unfaithful things behind his back."

Verne [Trickster] 279508

"So.. what do you want to do today, Venus? Look at weapons? Learn some spells yourself? Which reminds me, I should probably work on arranging for Rockeye's library to be copied around the Northlands…"

DM 279512

>>279505
I believe most Northlands deal in regular wight gold pieces, with Bits being Equestrian coins.
"I really think I'm messing up things between you and Bearing…"
>>279507
"…I meant you can just ask your husband. You sure are jumpy about the subject though."
>>279508
"The library thing sounds important if not terribly exciting…"

Venia [Battlemage] 279514

>>279512
I sigh
"Well, I owe him that much. I ought to be thankful for the chance of a mare like me getting to be together with a stallion like him~"
See you in a bit.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279515

>>279512
Oh look, she is starting to realize it!
"Trying to seduce a married pony could have terrible consequences that leave all three parties in deep troubles? Colour me surprised." Say this calmly, with a smile on my face, chuckle a bit once I'm done..

Verne [Trickster] 279516

>>279512
"You're right.. we'll go do that, then we'll relax a little, alright?"

Go over to the royal library of Rockeye.

DM 279519

>>279514
AND THEN YOU CONTINUED TO TALK ABOUT THE D AND GOT HER SOBERED UP
Have fun
>>279515
"You're a dick, Pumpkin.
…I still like you though."
>>279516
The librarian is wiping drool off a big book
"Welcome. How can I help?"

Verne [Trickster] 279520

>>279519
"Ah, good day. I am Verne of Wintergrasp, advisor to High King Frostmourn. I am here to request that the entirety of the royal library of Rockeye be copied sent to augment the libraries of Wintergrasp and Ironfoe. In return, I can arrange for the books there to be copied and transferred here as well."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279521

>>279519
"My masterplan, foiled by a young mare! How could you see through it!?"
Laugh a bit, then take a deep breath in and rest my head on the grass under the tree.
Ponies gonna pony.
Close my eyes. Breath slowly. Enjoy the moment.

DM 279524

>>279520
She faints on the spot
Venus looks confused
>>279521
"Partner…
…would you be happier if I just backed off?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279525

>>279524
"What did I tell you about needing your mind clear?
Would you be happy just backing off?"

DM 279526

>>279525
"…no… not really… that would mean giving up on my oldest, dearest dream."

Verne [Trickster] 279529

>>279524
"I.. understand that it is a large request, but I shall send assistance once I have consent. Unless.. there are processes like magic that can make the copying easier?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279530

>>279526
"I'm still conflicted on this. You are asking me to either betray the mare I love or force her into something she doesn't want to do.
It feels like a slap, like telling her all the years of love where not enough and now she has to be replaced.
But I need you to be top of your capacities. I promised I'd give you everything to make you feel home."
Lean in close to her ears.
"And I don't know if it was the alcohol, but something changed the other night."

DM 279533

>>279529
The librarian pulls herself back up
"We can copy books via magic, but the process is hardly faster than doing it by hoof. I'd wager copying this library would take… a few centuries."
>>279530
"…tell me more. I want to hear this."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279535

>>279533
Move away still with a smile on my lips.
"No girl, you don't want to. Becase if we go there it can only end bad."

DM 279536

>>279535
She sighs and lays back down
"Can there really be a happy end in this?"

Verne [Trickster] 279537

>>279533
"Ah… so no matter that method, copying is not feasible? We'll have to approach this from another way…"

"..teleport arrays? Mass teleport arrays, yes. If we could make travel between the cities instantaneous, we could instead have a massive central library anyone would be able to visit. That might be more feasible, wouldn't it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279538

>>279536
"You are asking it to the guy who spent last night hating himself for what he was thinking.
I have no answers for this.
And really, really wish you two didn't hate each other so much…"

DM 279540

>>279537
"It sounds more feasible at least. The current array does support object teleportation. We just need more to be established elsewhere."
>>279538
"I don't hate her… and I'd be glad to share you~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279542

>>279540
"You have idea how odd that sounds? I'm married an…" Hang my head low.
"Yeah what the hell do I know about a family anyway. Never met my parents, my mother keeps having one night stands without ever taking Ilistar off her mind and the closest thing to a father I have is the master of all lordblades that's been trying to kill me and all those I love since I was a kid.
Sad thing? I look up to him, in a way."

Verne [Trickster] 279544

>>279540
"What about here? Rockeye certainly has the resources and books to do it."

DM 279550

>>279542
"You're one messed up guy, you know that?
…c'mon. You're a Northblade. You can take a bit of weirdness in your life."
>>279544
"The array is a ending point. We can teleport things to it, but accurate teleportation away from it is harder without a similar mass focus.
If we had one in every library, this would be easy."

Verne [Trickster] 279552

>>279550
"Then how difficult would be to have one in every library?"

DM 279555

>>279552
"Well it took a generation of research and seven years of building to make the one we have. You can count from there."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279558

>>279550
"Yeah sure."
Pick my head up and give her a smile.
"I'm the first Northblade, after all."
Smirk.
"This still leaves the other matter open. I have no idea if it's right and most likely it is not.
And I don't want to hurt my wife. I still love her like the first day.
There's just something with you I cannot place my hoof on, partner."

Verne [Trickster] 279560

>>279555
"Then it should take much less time now that we have one working, right?"

DM 279567

>>279558
"I'd place my hoof on a lot of you if you get my meaning~
…but yeah. I understand that marriage must be a big thing. Official and all. Words spoken. Rings exchanged. Bla bla.
So what does your heart think of it, if we don't ask the head?"
>>279560
"Possibly. But building them still takes time and testing. Anyway I'm only a librarian. Consult the Teleport Relay Overseer if you want accurate data."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279568

>>279567
"My head would have never gotten married in the first place if my heart didn't agree, don't you think?"
Smirk.

Verne [Trickster] 279569

>>279567
"Thank you for your assistance."

Go find the teleport relay guy then

DM 279570

>>279568
"…yeah I guess.
So is that it then? I can just forget everything? Throw away that dream as some trash from my young and stupid mind?"
>>279569
The mages are performing some maintenance on the relay. The overseer must be the guy coordinating the efforts.

Verne [Trickster] 279571

>>279570
"Good day. If you are the overseer, then there is a project I, Verne, advisor to High King Frostmourn wish to propose to you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279572

>>279570
"You were not paying attention, were you?
Do I just have to say it out loud? You want to hear it from me in plain words?
I want you.
But I want Bearing, too. And this is all your damn fault so now you better start thinking of a solution partner."

DM 279573

>>279571
"One moment REALIGN THE LINES! I CAN SEE THEM CROSSING. WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE PONIES WITH HEADS UP THEIR ASSES IN HERE!
Sorry about that. So, you were saying?"
>>279572
"…uh… um… I could be your little secret?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279574

>>279573
Give her a flat stare.
"Really now? After I just told you I don't want to betray Bearing, you propose this?"

Verne [Trickster] 279575

>>279573
"No problem. I wish to propose a teleport array between the libraries and scholarly institutions of Rockeye, Ironfoe and Wintergrasp. Doing so will benefit us all greatly through the sharing of our collective information and skills, I am certain. What would you need to do this?"

DM 279578

>>279574
"Does it count as betrayal if nopony knows?
…I suppose it does.
Well… you could just… tell her how you feel?"
>>279575
"Ten years, a fully trained crew for building, maintenance and operation, enchanted platinum for the runeworks… Aaaand space for the relay itself.
Or at least that's based on how it went with this one."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279579

>>279578
"Hey honey I love another mare too! Let's all share!
I nearly broke her heart once when I told her about the kiss."

DM 279580

>>279579
"Well if not telling her is not an option and telling her is not an option… lets hear what IS an option then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279581

>>279580
"And this is why I've been tormenting myself over with this all day long.
If only she didn't hate you maybe I could tell her.
I don't really know anymore.."

Verne [Trickster] 279583

>>279578
"Now that you have experience, do you think you can do it faster?"

DM 279586

>>279581
"…have you tried just telling her this is what you think and she better deal with it because you are the boss?"
>>279583
"I can do ti more reliably. Probably a bit faster too. Thing is, the damned thing is intricate as anything. You should know what a mistake can result in."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279587

>>279586
"And that's your idea of a family? A place where one is 'the boss'?

Venia [Battlemage] 279589

>>279519
I'm quite the expert. Is she really sober again?
"Why don't we go walk around in this city for a bit?"

Verne [Trickster] 279590

>>279586
"I understand. In that case, you may request extra resources for this project, but time is of essence. We may discuss the details with High King Frostmourn and King Rockeye at another time. That will be all for now."

If that''s all we need to do for now, we can go explore a little. Maybe weapons or spells.

DM 279591

>>279587
"Pumpkin, my idea of a family is a bunch of ragged homeless ponies sharing everything they have to stave off death for another day. Sorry if I'm not too romantic."
>>279589
"Sure. Not like I have much else to do… until tonight~"

DM 279593

>>279590
"Wait up. I heard something about Enhanced Catalysts earlier from a college. Can you tell me about those?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279596

>>279591
"Well, you need to get cleaned up first!"
Help her get back in a presentable state.
"I honestly have no idea how much stuff there is to visit. I'm sure there's plenty though."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279598

>>279591
Look in her eyes with a smile.
"Mh. We really are not the best ponies to ask about this, uh?
But no Peach, I don't think I'll order her to accept you. I cannot do that, you know.
Would you still feel the same for me if I did actually order her around?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279599

>>279596
Welp, here I go again. See you in a few

DM 279600

>>279596
"As far as I know, there is a library, museum, market and academy."
>>279598
"Order? No no… just… make it clear that is what you want. That… she should respect your desires like you respect hers."

Verne [Trickster] 279601

>>279593
"Ah, those, the work of Wintergrasp. Or to be exact, Wintergrasps' prodigies, Nylis and Winterbreeze. While I am not sure of the details, once we've sorted out the processes Rockeye should have them as well. Does it pique your interest?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279603

>>279600
"No matter how I look at it, this is a clusterfuck."
Stand up.
"Let's go check on the King, shall we?"

DM 279604

>>279603
She hops up
"Lead on, partner."
>>279601
"It could help me reduce material costs greatly. And depending on how they are made, even building time."

SHORT PAUSE FOR SAUNA

Verne [Trickster] 279605

>>279604
"That, you will have to speak to King Rockeye or those two yourself. But you shall be granted full access if it can help you."

279606

LEARN LEARN LEARN

Roll #0 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279607

>>279604
And to check on the king they went.
Quick pause for dinner with family.

DM 279622

>>279606
You are clearly too stupid to learn
>>279605
"Good. Perhaps we can indeed arrange something."
>>279607
Frosty eventually does finish his political talks.
"Pumpkin. What a surprise. So, what's up?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279626

>>279622
"Had some dark thoughts on my mind, wanted to see if there was work to do.
It really works wonders if you want to stop thinking."

DM 279628

>>279626
"Well for starters you could teach me to fight."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279630

>>279628
Look at him with a baffled look.
"You… Mean that? Serious?
I saw how you handled lady Radiant last time, that was rather impressive."
Think about this for a while.
"Well yeah thinking about it you took your sweet time with her! I mean, she lasted what, at least five minutes! That's too much Fr… Mylord!
I will teach you!"
Grin.

DM 279635

>>279630
"Thank you. I believe I will need it when I face Ebonreth."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279636

>>279635
"Ah. Thinking about it already?"
Do they have training grounds here?
"What would you like to know? How to disappear? How to strike weaknesses? How to use the terrain to blind your foes?"

DM 279640

>>279636
They do.
"How to shatter armour."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279644

>>279640
"Ah. That one.
It's really a messy attack, you know."
Okay take two practice swords and throw one to Frosty.

DM 279645

>>279644
"Well give me the theory of it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279646

>>279645
"Don't worry, I can show you."
Stand on the ready in front of a practice target.
"Basically, you aim for the weakness.
For the point you know holds the armor together."
What's the ponnequin/target made of?

DM 279649

>>279646
It has some old guard armour. Too beat up to be useful, so it was retired to target armour.
Frosty nods
"Locate weakness…"

279650

>>279649
"Like this one. Standard heavy armour. As a kids we called this 'crab', because a strike around the joints can be lethal.
But that's a whole other attack.
Look at the forging lines. Look at where the plates have been sewn together and where the smith pounded with the hammer.
Follow those signs until they all meet in one place, and there you have it."
Shatter on the target.
"Scrap metal."

Roll #0 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279651

>>279650
Plotroll?

DM 279652

>>279650
>>279651
"Interesting. And how do you guard against it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279660

>>279652
Stop and think.
"A well crafted armor? Realistically, the strike itself is strong enough to do serious damage even without striking a critical point.
A powerful brawler can even place more strenght into it and blow any kind of armor.
I saw ponies break stones bigger than them when using it.
I don't know Frosty, my suggestion would be to dive away of the attack, but this is impossible with that weight you carry around…"
Sit there and think harder.
"Maybe an outer layer? Or… An illusion! Listen up because this might just be crazy enough to work!
A mirror image of your armor, slightly different, projected around your real one!
With all the forging lines mixed up to lead instead in strenght points!
Not too obvious of course, otherwise if King Ebonreth is half the fighter stories make him out to be he'll realize something's wrong."

DM 279661

>>279660
"Hm… I wonder if I have time for such…
I can conjure the outer layer of light construct armour to protect me further… provided he does not have a Spellbreaker on hoof.
Now, let's see if I understood this right…"
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 279662

>>279661
"…no, that doesn't seem to be it. Let me try again. That looks like a weak point."
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279663

>>279661
"Use the tip of the sword."
>>279662
Whristle at the display.
"Just like that."

DM 279664

>>279662
>>279663
"HA! Much better! Good, I think I got the idea.
…now I just hope I won't need it too much. Trying out new tricks in a real situation can be a bad idea…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279666

>>279664
"Yeah… You have met that mare we rescued from the Underkingdom? The one that can't walk anymore?
She… That's my fault."

279667

>>279664
ooh! ooh! can I be somewhere looking for a way to be able to cast from hiding?

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 279668

>>279667
Sounds like some shady shit.
However, luckily enough, Winterbreeze got a little scroll from a shady guy at the museum earlier.
…up for some Dark Arts learning?
>>279666
"I believe I heard of her. Windy Hills was it?
…so why'd you do it?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279669

>>279668
"sure?"

DM 279670

>>279669
Go ask her about it then.
She is in the room you share at the guest tower.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279671

>>279668
"It was a mistake. Giant bone snake attacking us, I jump on it, everything seems to go just fine until I try out that attack you just did.
The thing decides it's time I take a hike and dives out of the way.
Right on her back. I still haven't spoke with her without my mask.
Good thing is, I hope she did not realize it was me. At least she won't blame it on the ponies."
Look up with a weak smile.
"Right?"

DM 279672

>>279671
"You should probably talk to her. Mistake or not, I think she deserves an apology…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279673

>>279670
oh, right

Teleport there '1d10+3'
if successful: "Hey Winterbreeze!"
if not: Fuck

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279674

>>279672
"Yeah. I think she does."
Pick myself up.
"So, you were saying, about spellbreaker? Because I reckon we still need to find a counter to that!"

DM 279676

>>279673
"Hey hey. Where you been all day?"
>>279674
"I do have a counter I am developing. But it is still unreliable."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279678

>>279676
"Well that's good news. Wouldn't want an assassin to get the drop on you and shut your golem down.
But there are ponies better than I for this job, I'm just a fighter.
Figure, today I fell asleep on a book."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279679

>>279676
wink into the shadows behind her and stay there '1d10'
"Being sneaky~. What about you?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 279681

>>279678
"Oh no the suit is fine. The way the enchanted parts run inside it keeps them sealed from magic so long as the armour itself remains intact. You'd need to dig at me for quite a while to actually harm those.
It is my conjured elements I worry for.
…asleep on a book? Pumpkin, did you not sleep at all last night?"
>>279679
"Been deciphering this scroll I got. It is instructions on how to join a Dark Arts meeting tonight."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279685

>>279681
"Really?"
walk over and try to get a read on it
"Where at? There are others who do Dark Arts here?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279686

>>279681
"No to be honest. Had a bad sleep. Oh, and whoever tells you two mares in the same bed with you is a great thing? They were lying."

DM 279687

>>279685
"As far as I can tell, it is in the Upside Down Tower, past the market square fountain…"
The scroll seems to be written in dark tongue mixed with symbols and runes.
"…and yes. Even though Dark Arts are shunned, there are those who practice them here. It specifies that all who attend must wear a mask."
>>279686
"What, getting too much attention to shut your eyes?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279692

>>279687
"Uh.. hmm… how much time until the meeting?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279693

>>279687
"Wish it was that. The ladies did nothing but fight. All damn night.
Bearing really hates Peaches. And she has every right to.
But it wasn't that to keep me up at night."

DM 279700

>>279692
"It says here the path opens after dark."
>>279693
"Well what was it then? I can't have my blades falling asleep on the job because of bad nights. Out with it."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279702

>>279700
"Then we have time! Lets go get some masks!"

DM 279704

>>279702
"wanna get matching ones~?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279705

>>279700
"I… I think I'll have to visit Canterlot, soon.
And terrible things might happen."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279708

>>279704
"oh, s-sure~"
try not to blush '1d10+-2'

Roll #1 8 - 2 = 6

DM 279711

>>279708
That's a very non-blushy face.
"Well, what kind of masks should we get? Doctor beaks? Blank faces? Animals? Skulls?"
>>279705
"Canterlot? What in the name of the sky and its stars are you talking about?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279715

>>279711
"How about Luchador masks!"
burst into a giggling fit because THOSE DON'T EXIST
"We should get doctor beaks"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279716

>>279711
"There are two ponies I have to find there. And I fear they might become three.
Waymarker first gave me the idea when he asked if we could retrieve his marefriend.
He was rather surprised when I offered to go myself.
But the real reason is another.
You know Valeriana had a child before coming north, right?"

DM 279720

>>279715
"Classy. Well then, shall we head to the market?"
>>279716
"She has told me, yes. Hidden away in Equestria.
…you're not going for him, are you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279722

>>279720
"That's what I'm trying to do, yes."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279723

>>279720
"Of course!"
kiss her on the cheek before going '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 279724

>>279722
"I fear I may have to stop you then. Going to Equestria is a massive risk. A risk I don't know if I can allow you to take."

DM 279725

>>279723
After a bit of walking about, you see a cart has stopped by at the market. The owner is a little old mare with piles and piles of masks for sale.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279727

>>279724
"It's less of a risk than it sounds.
No equestrian alive has ever seen my face and could go back to report it.
I can simply pretend to be a rich noble coming to ask for the hoof of a particular mare that only knows I'll be taking her back to her love.
She cannot spy on what she does not know, so I feel relatively safe. Hidden in plain sight."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279728

>>279725
"Excuse me miss, can you help us. We were looking for some Doctors Beak masks"

DM 279731

>>279727
"And the third target?"
>>279728
"Oh? Doctors hm? My my, I do have just the thing for you two… yes, here we go."
After some digging around she produces two identical plague beaks
"The masks of the Daring Doomed Doctors. Oh what a story these masks hold…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279734

>>279731
look at Winterbreeze with excitement before paying for them
"Oooh! Can We hear them?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279737

>>279731
"That was just…" Sigh.
"Ilistar. Lord Ilistar, master of the Lordblades.
I wouldn't be getting anywhere near him, of course. I know better than to try and murder a spy on his own home."

DM 279742

>>279734
"Sit down and listen then. There is always time for a tale…
It was long ago in a land quite far from here, that two doctors, sisters they were, worked to cure their home town of a horrible disease. A pox that afflicted all from the town elders to the young children. The Cutie Pox. Ponies fell over dead from exhaustion or accidents by the hour as new cutie marks kept appearing on their bodies, forcing them to do new things without end until they keeled over.
Ultimately the sisters did find a solution to the problem. A way to halt it. And it kept them safe. But it was too late for the others.
A few weeks later, all that was left was a silent town, and two sisters, in their home, their doors and windows barred, food supplies depleted and hope lost.
They were the only ones left. But they were too scared to go out and look. So they stayed in there. Hiding. For the rest of their days."
>>279737
"So you intend to seek out a Lordblade's beloved, a child hidden away on purpose, and the Lord of Lordblades.
…Pumpkin, when did you become suicidal? You know you could just talk to me about problems. Killing yourself is not a solution…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279746

>>279742
"You make it sound like it's going to be hard, Frosty!
Waymarker's loved one is the easiest target. She's willing and helping.
The child, I have to do this to make things right with myself. I was alone too when I was young. I have to know he's faring well for himself. I might not even talk to him, if that's the case.
About Ilistar, he's just a tought calling me from the back of my mind. I would never really do it."

Venia [Battlemage] 279755

>>279600
"No preferences then?"

DM 279757

>>279746
"Don't you dare die on me out there. I need you at my side. How else can I hope to truly fulfill my plans?"
>>279755
"Not particularly. I'm ok with just killing time for now."

Venia [Battlemage] 279761

>>279757
"Let's go check out the market then!"
I clop my hooves together excitedly

DM 279762

>>279761
"Sure.
I hear they have a nice pub there too… with music and all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279763

>>279757
"Frosty, don't worry."
Put an hoof on his shoulder.
"I'm not going to give up. Not here. There are lots of ponies I still want to protect.
You, Bearing, Peaches, mother, Sunrise, Kilana, Venia…"
Look downwards.
"Lady Radiant…"

DM 279765

>>279763
"Speaking of Radiant, and this goes for Waymarker as well - do you intend to take them along?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279766

>>279762
"No time to lose! We're getting older by the minute!"
Quick! Pull her along to the Markets!

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279767

>>279765
"Waymarker? Maybe.
Radiant? No.
I take you have been informed about her origins."

DM 279768

>>279766
It is a lot bigger than the one in Wintersgrasp, even if it is indoors.
There are shops in two floors, surrounding a central plaza.
>>279767
"I have, yes.
…why would you consider Waymarker?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279770

>>279768
I grin excitedly
"I should buy some presents! For Anvil! And Frostmourn! And Sunrise!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279771

>>279768
"He actually knows the place. Where to go, how to get things done and what to avoid.
Mind you, it's just an idea for now. I fully expect him to backstab me at the first occasion, once inside Equestria.
Lady Radiant, I'd have her nowhere near the borders. She knows too much.
And I've seen her zeal. If she truly believes in the sun so much, and she is an Equestrian…
I fear just which sun she believes in.
I don't know if you catch my drift, here."

DM 279775

>>279770
"Whatever you say pal."
She pokes her head a few times
"…this damn wine…"
>>279771
"I believe I do. I trust you aren't planning on leaving soon though?"

279778

>>279775
Use Cure on her!
"That help?"

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 279780

>>279778
She shudders a little
"Actually… yes. So, gifts you say?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279781

>>279775
"No. First I'll have to make more than a few preparations.
And you need me here to unify the North.
That's not just your dream, you know."
Give him a big grin.
"We'll create the best empire that ever was! A testament to the ages!"

DM 279782

>>279781
"If only we can preserve our history and culture from the coming fire… I will consider myself victorious, even in death."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279783

>>279782
"I'm afraid I can't let that happen, Frosty." Smile at him.
"What friend would I be?"

279784

>>279780
"Yes!"
I tap a hoof against my head
"Now what should I get for Anvil…"

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 279785

>>279784
Valeriana smacks you on the flank
"Whatever you are thinking to make you blush that hard, think twice before getting it."
>>279783
"We all must die some day. I simply want to be victorious before it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279786

>>279785
"Then you better start practicing, my king!"
Mock a ready stance with the practice sword.
"Best of five. No tricks, no flying, no magic!"
Final destination.

279787

>>279785
"I'm innocent! Really! But I am at a loss… He's not a mage after all…"
I scrunch
"Maybe a piece of jewelry? A bracelet or something?"

Roll #0 6 = 6

DM 279788

>>279786
"Hm. If you so insist."
He levitates the Northern Regalia up to your chin and steps his mechanical hoof into a sturdy position
"I'll do my best to leave you mostly intact."
>>279787
"Maybe if you got something nice for yourself he could enjoy it on you?
…or you could get him something nice to eat?
I hear there is a curiosity shop somewhere here too…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279789

>>279742
"Aww that's so sad…."

DM 279790

>>279789
"A sad tale is often more memorable, and more emotional. So, we have a deal on the masks then?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279791

>>279790
"Yes!"
pay up, I could've sworn I still had enough! do I need to roll though?

279793

>>279788
"Try not to feel too bad about losing!"
Smirk at him, but quickly move the Northern Regalia aside with my own sword before going for a roll and thrust with the practice sword.

Roll #0 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 279797

>>279788
"How about a strap on?"
"Food? Bleh, he's supposed to be eating more healthily. Let's go find that curiosity shop!" '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 279800

>>279791
No need. Winterbreeze is loaded and Frosty has unlimited credit as High King.
>>279793
He softly puts the sword away and quickly levitates a practice sword in to block your strike
'1d10'
>>279797
The curiosity shop owner seems to have a hangover.
"G'day ladies… what might you be looking for?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Dsty 279801

>>279800
done! turn to Winterbreeze
"Now what?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279802

DM 279804

>>279800
A swift slap between the eyes later the high king twirls the blade back into a ready stance.
"One for me. And soon two."
He swings at your wing
>>279801
>>279802
"Well we have a few hours to kill if you want to see the library or museum or academy or mass teleport array?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279805

>>279800
"Something interesting to gift to somepony special!"

279806

>>279800
Jump back and take distance.
"So. It has come to this!"
Keep smirking. I'm enjoying this too much.
Stand firm ready for his attack.

Roll #0 2 = 2

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279807

>>279804
"Oh yea I forgot I wanted to see that.."
head over to the mass teleport array, try to contain spasms of overjoy when seeing it '1d10+-2'

Roll #1 6 - 2 = 4

DM 279808

>>279806
"Indeed. A blade losing to a skinny diplomat."
'1d10'
"What a shame."
>>279805
"Have ya checked out the piercing shop?
…or maybe you aren't into that.
So, washe like? Big eater? I got a pot that keeps food warm for days. Got a jar that smells like anything you put in it until you put something else in, a mirror that is a window on the other side, a pair of boxes where stuff you put in one appears in the other, a lantern that makes it dark near it…"
>>279807
Please don't make the floor slippery.
Looks like they are finalizing some maintenance. That guy giving commands must be the overseer.

Roll #1 5 = 5

279809

>>279808
"A blade? Oh no way! I'm better than that!"
Recover from his attack and back away, spreading my front hooves while standing on the back ones.
"I wrestled bears, you know!"
Keep the grin on.
Then, throw the sword in his direction.
He avoids it? Good. Because I was charging at him. Pin him on the ground.

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 279810

>>279809
he attempts to grab the sword and smack you down with it
"You fight like a dairy farmer."
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 279811

>>279808
My eyes widen considerably
"It all sounds amazing! Especially those boxes! How do they even work?"

279812

>>279810
"Ahahaha, it's great, really! It's been so long!"
Pick myself up and get a new sword.
"It's been so damn long!"
Stop laughing, just give him a smile.
Then, charge!

Roll #0 1 = 1

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279814

>>279808
sorry!
closely examine it from a safe distance!
"Woooooooow…"

DM 279817

>>279810
He grabs the sword with telekinesis, slaps you on the butt with it and grins as you slam head first into his marble chestplate.
"Three."
>>279812
It seems hitting your head on a block of stone did not help your fighting style too much.
'1d10'
"Stay down."
>>279811
"Beats me. I use them to get breakfast from the kitchen to the living room.
I also have a horseshoe that hovers an inch off the floor, an umbrella that makes it rain near you so it's never useless, a cup that turns any liquid in it into wine, a"
"SOLD!"
Valeriana drops a sack of gold on the table and bags the cup
>>279814
The overseer soon finishes and turns to you
"So, who are you two?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 279818

>>279817
>>279812
A silly tumble later you both end up in a tangled pile on the floor
"…still three to me."

279819

>>279817
Look up at him.
Now, LIFT HIM ENTIRELY WITH ALL HIS GOLEM ARMOR!

Roll #0 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279820

>>279819
AND THROW HIM SOMEWHERE!
"MHUAHAHAHA! I told you! I wrestle with bears!"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279821

>>279817
"Wh- uh, j-just a curious student!"
aaah! '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 279822

>>279817
I roll my eyes
"I think those boxes could be handy for his work… Anything else?"

DM 279824

>>279819
>>279820
Your back reminds you that you just lifted what is more or less an iron-reinforced boulder as large as your body.
Frosty lands with a loud slam
"What, still looking for more? I thought this was best of five, not best of seven."
>>279821
Winterbreeze lets you hide behind her
"Winterbreeze and Nylis of Wintersgrasp. Researchers of High King Frostmourn."
The Overseer looks surprised
"Really? Well imagine that. I was just about to come find you two. I'm interested in your enhanced catalysts."
>>279822
"I got a cucumber polisher, belt that trains your body by just wearing it, soap that makes you dirty, undergarments that make your butt look bigger, portable hoof warmer…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279827

>>279824
"You were the one who did the most research on that Breezy, you should hold the conversation… I want to take a longer look at this thing"
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279828

>>279824
Panth heavily.
"Right, I said best of five. Stupid of me."
Collapse on my back.
"But I will totally duel you back once you get another crown!"
Point an hoof skywards.
"Totally! You hear me?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279829

>>279824
"HOLD ON! I want that belt!"
I smile sheepishly
"And uh… I'll take those undergarments too…"

DM 279831

>>279827
The overseer smiles at you
"I can give you two a full your if that would be helpful"
>>279828
"And now, to the victor go the spoils…"
>>279829
The shopkeep would laugh but the hangover kinda ruins it
"Sure thing. So the push up panties, fat-b-gone-belt and my breakfast boxes. Anything else?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 279832

>>279831
"S-sure"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279833

>>279831
Sit up.
"Wha?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279834

>>279831
"Well do you have anything else?"

DM 279843

>>279833
"Surely a flawless victory deserves a reward?"
>>279832
"Brilliant. Right this way then…"
>>279834
"I did list off most of the fancier stuff. If that was all you liked, do you want it gift wrapped?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279846

>>279843
"Sure! Nothing you want, Valy?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279847

>>279843
"Now, what could a king ever want?"

DM 279848

>>279846
"This cup is plenty for me love."

Venia [Battlemage] 279849

>>279848
"Of course it is."
I wink at her.
"Just don't go overboard with it, alright?"

DM 279851

>>279847
"…well I'm stumped."
He shrugs and tosses the sword, then falls over laughing.
>>279849
"Oh trust me, I will. Gotta test its limits after all."
The shopkeeper groans
"Don't puke in it. I tried once. It doesn't work."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279852

>>279851
That fucker.
Laugh with him, wholeheartedly.
Then walk over and help him get up, offering him a hoof and a smile.

Venia [Battlemage] 279853

>>279851
"I… ugh."
I pay up for my stuff and take my leave along with Valeriana

DM 279854

>>279852
"You're good pony Pumpkin. Never forget that, ok?"
You help him up.
>>279853
"Do come again!
…but not today… I need to go lie down…"
Valeriana eyes the cup
"This'll be gooood~"

Venia [Battlemage] 279856

>>279854
I stare at it
"I do hope it creates red wine…"

DM 279857

>>279856
"Well guess we gotta try to find out, huh?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279859

>>279854
"I'm only a blade my friend, I'm as good as you are.
Which I guess makes for two pretty cool ponies around here."
Smirk at him again.
"Still got time?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279862

>>279857
I smirk
"For science?"

DM 279863

>>279859
"Indeed. Most of the official business is done and neither me nor Longshanks likes spending all day on business."

DM 279864

>>279862
"No. For getting violently drunk. You dummy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279866

>>279863
"Check'em then!"
Take out my enchanted daggers.
"You recognize them?"

DM 279869

>>279866
"Not by shape, no. But they are enchanted. Elemental. Ice and lightning."

Venia [Battlemage] 279871

>>279864
"Fair enough!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279873

>>279869
"Great work too, but that's not what mattes. These are the same daggers I had with me when Medve learnt to speak. It's been nine years now, never stopped treasuring them."

DM 279875

>>279871
"Goodie~ and then we can go dancing… and I'll bring Highhorn~"
>>279873
"They look rather different. Did you get them reforged?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279878

>>279875
"Had to. Apparently, that's how enchantments work.
Also Waymarker shattered one of them when I fought him, that's when I decided I'd never use them again in battle."

Venia [Battlemage] 279880

>>279875
"Awww… I'll be all lone without Anvil… I knew I should have asked him along!"

DM 279881

>>279878
"So you got ridiculously dangerous elemental weapons… to not use them?"
>>279880
"You still got me~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279882

>>279881
"Yeah.
And this is just the start. I'll resmith them in Ironfoe as soon as I have a chance to turn them into throwing daggers and find a cloth enchanter in Rosefall to bind the handles to my hooves.
But the day I take these daggers out of their sheets for a fight will be the day I'm facing an enemy that could destroy all we are working for.
The one enemy worth risking my life to kill."

Venia [Battlemage] 279883

>>279881
I blush ever so slightly
"Well yes but…"

DM 279884

>>279882
"Big plans, friend. Big plans.
You know I like big plans. Go for it."
>>279883
"Butt yourself. Now do you still want to do something before we take this for a spin?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279886

>>279884
"It's more of a symbol, really." Smile as I look at the daggers.
"Anything you want to do or shall we just wander around aimlessly?"

Venia [Battlemage] 279888

>>279884
"Um… Not particularly. You?"

DM 279890

>>279888
"You know me. I never say no to a drink while off duty."
>>279886
"I really have nowhere particular to be. If you wish to just spend time, we can do that."

Venia [Battlemage] 279891

>>279890
I shrug
"Okay then, lead the way."

279895

>>279890
"I feel like we should find something for our girls. I think peaches way eyeing some piercing yesterday…"
Can I remember what had caught her attention?

Roll #0 5 = 5

279896

>>279895
>5

Roll #0 10 = 10

DM 279897

>>279891
"Goodie~"
She hooves you the cup
"Take it to your room while I get Highhorn!"
>>279895
>>279896
Why yes. Yes you do.
Indeed the mental image is downright vivid.

Venia [Battlemage] 279898

>>279897
"Alright, I'll uh… keep it safe…"
Get to the tower, poor some water in to test it out

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279899

>>279897
And it was?
"You plan on getting Sunrise anything?"

DM 279900

>>279898
The water looks no different, but smells sharply of alcohol
>>279899
I believe it was the wink pin
"I have gotten her the greatest gift this place has to offer…
…myself"
He grins
"But seriously, no. I probably should."

Venia [Battlemage] 279902

>>279900
Hmmm…
Drink up! What's it taste like? How strong is it? '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279903

>>279900
"That's an idea that will spare me alot of troubles!
Just find some present paper, wrap myself in it and be delivered to the door of my room.
I'd be all down for it."
Is Peaches still stalking us?
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 279904

>>279902
Bit on the mild side.
Maybe you didn't use enough water?
>>279903
Of course she is.
Where else would she go?
"Hm. I bet I can guess where they'd start the unwrapping. Though if they are feeling mean they'll just leave the rest of the string and paper on you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 279905

>>279904
Suppress a little shiver.
"Mean? I wouldn't mind that one bit…"
Look up to Peaches.
"And no, I'm not getting you the wink pin. It looks gross."

DM 279906

>>279905
"Will ya at least consider the gift wrapping?"
Frosty looks back at her
"…is she always like that?"

279907

>>279904
Hmmm… empty it and try again!

Roll #0 4 = 4

279908

>>279906
"We can have deep moments too. Usually after she's been hurt, wounded or near death."
Look up at Peaches.
"Maybe!"
Now, look around for something interesting I could gift Bearing.

Roll #0 2 = 2

DM 279909

>>279907
Much sharper.
The cup probably isn't an exact science though.
A few moments later Valeriana kicks open the door and pushes the protesting Highhorn in.
"Valeriana please. I really don't think-"
"Shush, golden boy. You're offending the queen."
He turns to look around
"Oh. OH! Uh, my apologies, Venia. I'll um… stay. Gladly."
>>279908
The bakery has a two for one sale on edible dresses.

279912

>>279909
She never liked those.
But I guess there is really no need to get her anything, we're on a trip anyway!
"Found anything Frosty? What does Sunrise like?"
Help him look.

Roll #0 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 279913

>>279909
I smirk at them
"Valeriana please, if I didn't know you better I'd say you are harassing the good captain."

DM 279917

>>279912
You eventually find you way to the jeweler
"Wait a tick… you look familiar. What's your name?"
"Frostmourn."
The shopkeeper recoils a little, then scrambles to bow, hitting her head on the counter.
"Y-your highness!"
"Please. I'm only here to get something for my future queen."
"For you great king, anything. O-or everything!"
After some selecting you leave with a few necklaces and a tiara. The shopkeeper stares at you for ages before she even starts counting the gold.
>>279913
"No no no it's uh… quite alright. I am off duty at this time anyway."
He sits down, and Valeriana reclines on his lap
"Good boy~ now lets get you into the party mood~"

279919

>>279917
She made him pay? What a jewpony.
"I should do all my groceries with you, would make them much easier."
But yeah, I got nothing. Rolling for ideas.

Roll #0 9 = 9

DM 279920

>>279919
You could always just take Bearing shopping with you. She'd probably like that.

279923

>>279920
See I was almost forgetting about her.
"Care for a stop at my place Frosty?"
Knock on the door.
Kiss her.
"Wanna come for a walk honey? We are looting the place!"

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 279927

>>279917
I chuckle and hoof the cup to Valeriana
"I hope you realize what you're getting yourself into, Highhorn!"

Venia [Battlemage] 279931

>>279917
I chuckle and hoof the cup to Valeriana
"I hope you realize what you're getting yourself into, Highhorn!"

DM 279932

>>279923
"Shopping with the king? I'd love to!"
>>279927
"I certainly share your hopes Venia…"
He gulps it down as Valeriana grins
'1d10'

NEXT TIME ON PLOT MOLASSES
SECRET MEETING OF DARK ARTS
IRRESPONSIBLY DRUNK ADULTS
AND THE D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEwUx7hfhzg

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 280359

Pumpkin was going shopping with Bearing and Frosty

Venia was getting drunk with Valeriana and Highhorn

Nylis and Winterbreeze were going to the Dark Arts meeting

If you wish to time skip instead, say so.

Venia [Battlemage] 280362

>>280359
"How's it taste, captain?"

DM 280366

>>280362
He thinks for a moment
"A little unrefined for my tastes."
Valeriana then pokes him in the nose
"Drop the tight-butt attitude already. We're all friends here."
Highhorn sighs
"Fiiiine. It tastes sharp and cheap."

Venia [Battlemage] 280367

>>280366
I chuckle
"It does, but at least we have an endless supply of it!"

DM 280368

>>280367
He raises an eyebrow
"Endless?
…care to explain?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280369

>>280359
"Anything you want to check out honey?"
Make our way back to the merchant district.

Venia [Battlemage] 280370

>>280368
"Valeriana, the observant eye that she is, bought it from a curiosity store. It changes any form of liquid into booze. Truly one of the marvels of Rockeye!"

DM 280375

>>280369
"I wonder if they have any fancy accessories? The clothing fashion here is really dull, but I like the floaty things.
…I wonder how they work?"
>>280370
"Right… no more for me then. I wouldn't trust anything that pony sells."

Venia [Battlemage] 280377

>>280375
"Uh… why not? What's wrong with it?"

280378

>>280375
"Floathy things you say?"
Look for Floathy, glowy things! Hearrings, why not!

Roll #0 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 = 20

280379

>>280378
>what

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 280382

>>280377
"I've had to arrest her four times over faulty merchandise. She flunked out of the academy years ago but kept insisting she is a good enough enchanter. After nobody hired her she just opened up her own shop. Next to everything she makes is either ridiculous, useless, prone to failure or all three."
Valeriana frown
"…but I liked the infinite booze cup…"
"If she knew how to make one, she wouldn't need to hang out in the dance pub every night, now would she?"
>>280379
>>280378
The jeweler, still starstruck over your last meeting, snaps to attention as you return
"W-WELCOME BACK! I hope everything was as you hoped they would be? I-is this the future queen?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280384

>>280382
Smirk.
"I always knew you looked regal, honey."
Put a wing on her back.
"Anything catches your eye?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280385

>>280382
I flop down onto my haunches
"Well this is no fun…"

DM 280389

>>280384
Bearing giggles
"No no, I'm not the queen. Just a loving wife is all."
"O-of course. What were you looking for?"
"Do you have anything that floats?"
"OF COURSE! One second please"
The shopkeeper rushes to the back to look for suitable things
>>280385
"It isn't all bad. As I said, for arrests, but she has sold more than four things. Just don't put your life on the line with them.
…what else did you buy?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280392

>>280389
"Uh…"
I blush slightly and show him the other stuff

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280395

>>280389
"he seems rather tense, don't you think Frosty?"

DM 280397

>>280392
He goes through it
"Hm… hm hm… hm… well I've never seen this stuff before. It must be new. What's it all do?"
>>280395
"I guess he doesn't get too many royal custo-"
The shopkeep rushes back
"Sorry to keep you waiting! H-here you go!"
Bearing's face beams
"Oooh~ How darling. What do you think dear?"
She shows you a pair of earrings made of several small crystals that orbit a central gold orb

Venia [Battlemage] 280400

>>280397
"The boxes instantly move objects from one to the other. The belt is supposed to train your body without having to work out and the undergarments…"
I look at Valeriana
"Why don't you show him, Valey?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280401

>>280397
Well what do I think? Does it go with her face?
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280403

>>280401
Meh. Pull a tiara from there. Have her try it on.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

DM 280407

>>280400
Valeriana looks at the good captain with a sly grin and levitates the undergarments to herself
"Sure~"
The captain looks confused but then clears his throat and continues
"Well the boxes sound like she tried to spellbind teleportation. Which I doubt she is good enough to actually pull off. So don't put anything too important in them.
As for the belt… I have no idea how that is even supposed to wo-"
"All done~"
The captain looks over his shoulder.
Yep. The undergarments work at least.
>>280401
>>280403
The tiara makes her look rather regal.
To the point of making Frosty give you a slightly disapproving look.

Venia [Battlemage] 280409

>>280407
I snicker
"Well now… What spells do you reckon she used on those?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280412

>>280407
Seriously? What a fag.
"what do you like most honey?"
Meet Frosty's glance with an arched eyebrow and a questioning look.

DM 280413

>>280409
"Mirage or similar…
Unless…"
He gives the newly upgraded butt a slap
"Yes. Illusion."
>>280412
"It's a little heavy. I don't think I'd wear it outside parties to be honest, as pretty as it is…"
Frosty just sighs lets it slip.

Venia [Battlemage] 280414

>>280413
I shrug
"I guess she can't be that bad then. Why did she get thrown out of the academy?"

DM 280415

>>280414
"Being drunk in class, poor grades, disrespecting the staff, repeatedly ignoring safety instruction…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280416

Something something

Venia [Battlemage] 280417

>>280415
I chuckle
"I don't know, I quite like free spirited ponies."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280418

>>280413
Yeah right he better.
"I think the hearings made you look beautiful~"
Pay for them and turn to the little group.
"Partner! You are next! What do you want from this town? And don't say that pin because I'm not letting you wear it!"

DM 280419

>>280416
You could meet up with Frosty to train him in combat skills, talk to Longshanks for more info about your brain curse, or chat to the PCs.
>>280417
"Well the academy doesn't. I graduated with high grades and without a single negative mark on my record. That is how you get ahead in life, not by being some wild party animal when you are supposed to be learning things."
Valeriana rolls her eyes and slaps him with her tail
"Oh get that stick out of your butt before I go in and look for it myself."
>>280418
"Thanks dear~"
Peaches thinks
"…I dunno if I really want stuff. I mean… I never really ever owned stuff."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280420

>>280419
I guess I'll ask Longshanks if he's ready for another probing.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280421

>>280419
"Frosty I think we have a problem. A mare that cannot enjoy herself. Whatever shall we do?"
Smirk and turn around to look at the two girls.

DM 280422

>>280420
The king puts down the crystal he was observing as you enter
"Ah, Radiant. Here to talk about your problem are you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280424

>>280419
"There's more to life than grades, captain. I was homeschooled myself by my parents, and we didn't even have a home!"
I chuckle again.
"And at the least she doesn't seem to lack in creativity. It's just a shame the quality isn't as desired."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280425

>>280422
"Yes, it has been troubling me a bit… could you try that thing again? Maybe you'll be able to succeed in breaking through the shield or whatever the curse built around my mind?"

DM 280427

>>280421
Peaches huffs
"I can enjoy myself. I just dunno what kind of stuff I could possibly want."
Bearing smirks a little but says nothing
Frosty chuckles
"Perhaps she would like something useful."
>>280424
"That's the price of ignorance. I know I always made very sure that everEEEK!"
Valeriana's glowing horn tells much about why he suddenly shut up
"Told I'd look for it myself. Now sit down."
"Y-yes ma'am…"
The captain sits down sheepishly while Valeriana goes find a bottle of something to drink
>>280425
"If you wish. Guards."
The guards get into position to support the king as he leans in
A flash later, he is inside your head again
What is holding this together, Clover… how did you do it…
Show me! ANSWER ME!
GAH
ARGH
NO. NOT THIS TIME. I AM DONE BOWING TO YOU!
ANSWER ME!
…AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

A flash of the rising sun
A crown within a crown, covered in blood
Clover, speaking the words "darkest hour"
After that, the king is helped back onto his throne
"The deeper I try to go, the stronger its resistance. I fear this is all I can get out of it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280428

>>280427
I stand there dumbstuck again.
"…Thanks… but what does this mean? What's the 'darkest hour'?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280429

>>280427
I laugh as I watch her go
"My my, Captain. It appears you have bitten off a larger chunk than you can chew."

DM 280431

>>280428
"Beats me. It could refer to an event in history. The darkest hour of a nation, or of somepony specific. But that is just an educated guess.
Perhaps you are supposed to witness, cause or take part in said event to undo the curse?"
>>280429
"She um… is quite something else. Not in a bad way mind you, just… very different to the mares I'm used to."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280432

>>280431
I frown.
"But how am I supposed to witness something like that if I don't even know what that is? What if I miss it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280434

>>280427
Look at Bearing with a knowing smile.
"So honey, you got any ideas?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280436

>>280431
"Valeriana sure is one of a kind. Like you said, she's no ordinary boring mare, that's for sure."
I smirk
"From what I hear, the mares you're used to are much more… generic."

DM 280445

>>280432
"I am not a big believer in destiny, but we have unearthed many clues already. I fear it may be down to you to piece them together and follow the trail they mark to whatever awaits you."
>>280434
"Plenty. But not for her. If all she wants is a tub of water and my husband, well, let her have her tub."
>>280436
"I am captain of the royal guard. I don't have much free time, but it seems my face is well known among the mares of this city. Especially the academy. I can hardly walk through the market without getting someone sticking along with hopeful puppy eyes and tongue hanging long."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280447

>>280445
I nod with my head.
"Thank you again… I'll need some time to think. I'll leave you to recover now."

DM 280454

>>280447
"Take care, Radiant. And when you do figure it out, please share the secrets with me. I am most curious about this sort of magic."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280455

>>280445
Neigh at her and give a flat stare.
"Well too bad Frosty, seems like the ladies just don't want to take the night out for themselves!
We can't get drunk and talk about life this way!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280457

>>280454
"I surely will."

Venia [Battlemage] 280461

>>280445
"The academy? So all those frail little mages do like some muscle then?"

DM 280478

>>280455
Bearing brushes up to you
"I'd much rather the night with you dear~"
Peaches rolls her eyes
"Look Bearing, sometimes stallions just need some alone time. Even from you.
…I'd gladly at least try a night out with you."
Bearing looks at you
"…is that true? Would you rather have a night alone and send me off with her?"
>>280457
"Good. Enjoy your time in my city."
A few of the court doctors come soothe his horn with ice
>>280461
"Please. The Royal Guard are recruited from the academy. The physical training does begin only post recruitment though.
And yes. Even when I was there, the Royal Guard was a sort of dream for many there. I just never imaged I'd become such a… celebrity."

Venia [Battlemage] 280483

>>280478
I shrug
"Such is life. Full of unpredictabilities. Just be thankful for the choices you are given, because some ponies don't get any choices whatsoever in their lives."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280485

>>280478
"How many times can a kid talk with his best buddy without any of them having to keep up a cold face?"
Give Bearing a loving look.
"We have spent every night together since… What, the last seven years? Me and Frosty, it's about that much since we last took off out masks."

DM 280491

>>280483
"Indeed. Though one's success or failure if often one's ow-"
A bottle falls on his lap
"Shut up and drink up golden boy."
"…is she always like this?"
>>280485
Bearing looks rather sorry and a little defeated
"I…
…well, if it makes you happy. I'll um…
…fine."
Peaches gives her a friendly push
"Cheer up, it'll be fun!"
Bearing growls a little at this

Venia [Battlemage] 280495

>>280491
I chuckle
"No, sometimes she sleeps."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280499

>>280491
"Just promise me there will be no shields falling this time."
Look with a smile at both.

DM 280503

>>280495
His serious expression melts away entirely as he falls over laughing.
After a while he gets up and corks the bottle
"Oh you. Well then, cheers."
'1d10'
>>280499
"F-fine…"
"I'll be safe. You buys go have some fun."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 280506

>>280503
"Where'd you get the booze from, Valy?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280508

>>280503
Nod and let them go.
"So Frosty, before they start stalking us again, wanna do anything?"

DM 280510

>>280506
A shadow waves to you from behind the curtains
Highhorn finishes his drink
"Not bad.
…though those shadow things unnerve me to no end."
>>280508
"As I said, I am open for anything. I'd suggest going to town incognito but…"
He shakes the golem leg
"…yeah."

280512

>>280510
"Mhm…"
Can I use Disguise to camouflage his leg?

Roll #0 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 280514

>>280510
I snicker and wave back
"You get used to them, really. They're quite helpful actually."
Pour myself a drink as well '1d10'
"I'd have thought that the idea of having eyes everywhere would appeal to a Royal guard commander."

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 280521

>>280512
It makes a very distinct sound when walking.
But maybe if you dressed appropriately it could be less noticeable.
>>280514
"It looks like Dark Arts stuff to me. Were she not in direct employment of the High King I'd launch a deep investigation into this. Necromancy isHEEK-"
"Shut it golden boy. You're ruining the mood."
"Y-yes ma'am…"
"Good. Now lets see you be nice to me for a change. I don't like it when my shadows are insulted."
You were following the events so closely you didn't even realize you drank three glasses already.

280525

>>280521
"Here, long rags for both of us and heavy horseshoes. This should cover the sound and shape of the leg.
Only downside, we'll look like hobos."

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 280528

>>280525
Frosty takes one look at your idea, then tosses it in your face
"I said incognito, not as beggars. We would just get thrown out of every place we went to. Now stop being dumb and find us some commoner clothing. I'll… deal with the leg."

280529

>>280528
Pull the rag off my face and roll my eyes.
Look for clothings.

Roll #0 3 = 3

280530

>>280529
Urgh.
can I just take six?

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 280533

>>280529
>>280530
Lets go with that then.
After a good while of searching you think of looking in a closet and return to Frosty
"Well that too quite some time."
He releases the locks on his armour, steps out and puts a furred sock on the golem leg
"Got it from the same pony who made Verne's old leg."
After a bit of dressup, the high king looks like a well off everypony.
"…I feel so weak and useless like this…"

Venia [Battlemage] 280535

>>280521
Uh oh, how strong is this stuff? '1d10'
"Goodness, Valeriana. You really are enjoying this, aren't you?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

280536

>>280533
Give him a look.
How bad off is his real body?
"Ehm… My King, if you don't feel safe… Maybe we should not do this."

Roll #0 10 = 10

DM 280539

>>280535
You're such an experienced alcoholic you can hold it easily.
Valeriana stretches a little and flops down on a pile of pillows
"Of course I am. I got a handsome guard captain right here about to show me that high grade magic he is so proud of.
Get to it, golden boy."
The captain blushes a little and powers up his horn
"…you just like degrading me, don't you"
"Are you saying I don't give enough back, hm?"
"…no"
"Then shut up and get to it."
>>280536
He seems ok enough. Though autonomous, the armour seems ho have at least kept him in decent shape despite his thin build.
"My magic is weaker than I like it to be and I've kinda gotten used to having a few inches of marble protecting me from all sides…
…do you think this is a good idea?"

280540

>>280539
"As your blade? No. It's a terrible idea and if anypony was following us you might even get killed.
As your friend? I think you need some fun at times."
Smirk. Fervor.
Sight Beyond Sight.
Anyone following or watching us?

Roll #0 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 280541

>>280539
I blush as I avert my gaze from them slightly.

DM 280547

>>280540
Nope.
The lordblade presence here was eliminated years ago, and Peaches is out with Bearing.
"I really am having second thoughts…
…I guess I just don't really like my body as what it is."
>>280541
Even if you keep looking at a wall your ears can't really help but tell you what is going on
"So… que-Venia. How have you liked Rockeye?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280548

>>280547
"It's uh… wonderful! Very different from Wintergrasp! A fine city indeed!"
Drink '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280549

>>280547
"Uh? Your body? Don't be silly, you have quite the shape for being a King.
Maybe leaving the armor to train once in a while could make you kick a little stronger, but past that you are a damn fine stallion, Frosty.
Don't think about it too much."
Give him a non-sexual wink.

DM 280550

>>280548
Valerana grabs the bottle and pours some down your throat
"Oh stop being such a wet blanket. Look if this is bugging you I'll just drag him off to another room."
>>280549
"Hmp… fine.
Shall we head out then?"

280552

>>280550
"Yeah it's clear out here. We got the city all for us tonight!"
Find LOCATIONS OF INTEREST!

Roll #0 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 280554

>>280550
"I just feel like I'm intruding, that's all!"

DM 280558

>>280552
There is something shady going on by the marketplace pond, a classy looking brothel is opening its doors in a side area and the dance pub is in full swing.
>>280554
"Venia you once shoved a paintbrush in my ass."
"Excuse m-?"
"Focus golden boy. Focus."
"Ahem.. yes… sorry."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280561

>>280558
"Say Frosty, have you ever been in a pub?"

DM 280563

>>280561
"Not really. I have plenty of drink in my own cellars. Why? Wanna go?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280564

>>280558
I snort
"I was really, really drunk that night…"
I flop down on a pillow as well
"… Gods I miss Anvil…"

280567

>>280563
"Those places are terrible for drinks, but the real fun comes from.. The entertainment!"
Let's hit the pub.
What's going on in here?

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 280572

>>280564
"Well you'll get to see him soon enough. We are leaving back for Wintersgrasp tomorrow or the day after."
>>280567
Seems to be mage music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY33BLwZQjQ
Several patrons are sitting at the tables around the walls. Several more are on the dance floor. Or, well, you assume that is dancing.
The flashing lights and general atmosphere give you a rather alienated feeling.

Venia [Battlemage] 280574

>>280572
I smile happily
"I can't wait~"
I look over
"You two doing alright over there?"

280575

>>280572
"What in Tartartarus is this noise?"
Look at Frosty. Does he like it?

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 280576

>>280574
From the looks of it, yes.
Someone should have brought a towel…
"Oh just lovely dear~"
"Ahem. Yes.
…am I quite done with this, Valeriana?"
"Just a little more, ok? I'll repay you in full~"
The captain rolls his eyes and keeps the magic going.
>>280575
He seems somewhat disturbed by it.
"…is this what pubs are like?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280577

>>280576
I blush slightly and snicker
"Bet they didn't teach you any of that kind of magic at the academy…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280578

>>280576
"Not in Wintergrasp, no.. First time I ever hear something like this."
Find a seat near the counter…
There is a counter, right?

DM 280580

>>280577
"Not officially, no. But… extra curricular activities do exist."
>>280578
To you? yes
The barkeep slides in
"So, what'll it be gents?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280581

>>280580
>implying
"Depends. What's the special of the house?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280582

>>280580
"How intriguing. What's the academy like anyway? Fond memories of the place?"

DM 280584

>>280581
Ask dad for an ass beating and prepare to get served
"Well we got the usual favourites like the Dying Lights and the infamous Widowmaker, or if you two are looking to get experimental… we just got a new shipment of Green Breezy."
>>280582
"How would I best describe it? It is a mage academy. Dorms for students, theory and practice lessons, yearly Royal Guard recruitment rounds… I suppose it's pretty standard.
I do have good memories though. Competing in the Guard Trials, training for them, doing big projects, busting a gang of pranksters…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280586

>>280584
I kind of want to, but not IC, because that makes no sense.
Dreamsequence I say!
Give a look at Frosty.
"Well sure, let's try this Breeze."

Venia [Battlemage] 280590

>>280584
"I was a teacher for a while too, you know. I didn't enjoy it very much though. Too impersonal. Not enough freedom. I doubt I would have enjoyed being stuck in some dusty building during my youth."
I chuckle
"I'd probably get in a lot of trouble…

… busting a gang of pranksters? Really?"

DM 280591

>>280586
>implying I'd reveal boss mechanics to you beforehand so you could prepare for them without any fear of actual drawbacks
"Brave. I like you. Don't go around spreading the word though. Guards don't like me selling it."
He puts down two small glasses and pours a stiff shot of viscous green liquid into each
"Enjoy the night."

DM 280595

>>280590
"Oh yes. A proud achievement of my younger days. They plagued the faculty for over a year until I got the lot of them thrown out. I think that did a lot for me in getting into the guard trials."

280596

>>280591
"Must be real killer then.."
Look at Frosty.
"Will this be the downfall of the north?"
Smirk and gulp down the shot.

Roll #0 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 280599

>>280595
I blink
"Sounds like the height of your career. What did they do exactly? I doubt they were busying themselves with putting fart cushions under the teacher's chairs…"

DM 280602

>>280596
There is probably a reason the guards look down on this.
You wake up on the floor.
The music sounds a lot better all of a sudden, and you can see little notes dancing in the air. It sounds green and smells like sound in here.
Frosty is not really doing much better from the looks of him.
>>280599
"Among their more known capers, they removed the floor below the toilets and replaced it with an illusion.
Another infamous one was when they greased every hallway in the academy and ran around screaming there was a fire.
Finally, I caught them when they planned to replace the heads in the hall of grand mages with reanimated skulls covered in plaster."

Venia [Battlemage] 280605

>>280602
I chuckle
"Truly, you saved all of Rockeye with your courageous intervention."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280611

>>280602
"Whoa. Frosty you seeing this?"
Now, IC, I'd use SbS. But this looks like fun.

DM 280615

>>280611
SBS sees through illusions. You are just out of your fucking mind right now.
"I'm seeing a lot of shit. Define 'this'.
…the music got good pretty fast."
>>280605
"Hmp. Well it did help preserve the image of the academy."
Valeriana gets up and tips him over
"Good enough for me. Thanks for that~"
"G-glad to help. Now as I wa-"
"Shh. My turn~"
…she certainly doesn't care about making a bit of noise…

Venia [Battlemage] 280619

>>280615
I blush and look away again

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280621

>>280615
"It's… Just forget it. This stuff is great."
So, the music got good.
"Think your leg can take two jumps?"

DM 280626

>>280619
"Venia you should teach me that trick of yours some day"
"Trick?"
The captain looks perplexed
>>280621
Well, you THINK the music is good.
"I think it can do with a few spins at least."

Venia [Battlemage] 280628

>>280626
I laugh uncomfortably
"You too, huh? At this rate, I might as well start teaching quick courses to groups of ponies to save myself time…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280629

>>280626
What are you talking about voice.
The music is good. The mares are beautiful. The world is wonderful and I'm immortal. Also, my breath smells of freshly cut grass.
Stand up and start imitating the ponies 'dancing' in the middle of the 'pub'.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

DM 280631

>>280629
Your best attempts at dancing to this 'music' result in you falling over, ripping the dress off one of the dancers and knocking over another.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0t8ZIlwuQ
Frosty comes help you up
'1d10'
>>280628
"You shouldn't deny the world of it."
"I really have no clue what this is about…"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 280632

>>280631
"It's probably better that way…"
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 280633

>>280632
I sneak a peek at the two, biting my lower lip

DM 280639

>>280631
He ends up tripping on the pony you pushed over, slamming into you and sending both of you tumbling onto the poor mare you robbed of her clothing.
A lot of screaming ensues.
>>280632
>>280633
Her technique is good, but lacks a few key elements. Improving her performance would be simple with a little help.
And well… the captain is nice enough~

Verne [Trickster] 280640

What's going on?

>AUTOMATED

Venia [Battlemage] 280641

>>280639
Aren't I the expert…

'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 280642

>>280641
I let out a sigh and explain Valeriana how to master the D.

280644

>>280639
Escape Artist up this mess!
"Frosty!"
Give him a hoof!

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 280651

>>280640
Venia and Valeriana are doing shit with the captain
Frosty and Pumpkin are getting into a barfight/rape scenario
Nylis and Winterbreeze are going to a meeting
You may do whatever, be it in the day or night.
>>280641
>>280642
The lesson is most helpful, even if the poor captain has no idea how to react to the fact that the queen is teaching the royal spymaster how to handle the D.
"I… um.. uh… I mean.. is this… I…"
"Oh? Why didn't I think of that… it seem so logical now! Thanks darling~ Now the real fun starts, hehehe…"
>>280644
You stomp on the poor mare rather painfully, leaving her whimpering on the floor as you pull Frosty up.
The dance floor has cleared up around you.
Several big stallions have come to check the trouble.
"HEY! YOU TWO! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING!?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280653

>>280651
I shrug
"Just don't ask. And don't tell."

280654

>>280651
"Ah… Please forgive us we just tumbled on our own hooves and…"
Oh god that mare is hurt?
Check on her!
"I'm so, so sorry…"

Roll #0 1 = 1

Verne [Trickster] 280658

>>280651

I'll just join Pumpkin and Frosty for now.

DM 280667

>>280653
"A-as you wiSSSSHHHHHHHoooooo boy…"
Hm. Looks like she's a fast learner.
>>280654
Yes she is. Those are sensitive things you are standing on.
A heavy hoof to the face sends you tumbling off her
"YEAH WELL YOU SURE AS FUCK ARE GONNA BE SORRY!"
Frosty kinda stumbles backwards and is cornered by two others
"Ya ain't going anywhere!"
>>280658
You decide to spend the evening at the pub.
Looks like there is something going on at the dance floor. The bartender looks over, sighs and comes to serve you
"Evening. What'll it be?"

BDN 280668

>>280667
Can I see what's going on with those two?

Venia [Battlemage] 280669

>>280667
How excited am I myself right now? '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 280670

>>280669
Not all that much. Just lie down on the pillows again and relax

280671

>>280667
How many of them? Sight Beyond Sight, find an exit. Now.
"Look, we did not mean it. And we are leaving. Don't gibve me this crap and just let us go."

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 280672

>>280668
You can see a lot of backs and hear a lot of shouting
"Pay no mind to that. Some ponies just can't hold their drink."
>>280669
>>280670
The captain does make for quality entertainment. His expression is not at all what you might expect from one of his caliber.
>>280671
Four seem really pissed off. Some others are there more a crowd than anything.
"Sure didn't look like that to me when you tore her dress off asshole! Now take it like a stallion!"

BDN 280674

>>280672
"Ah, just give me a juice. Venus, what about you?"

Roll to check that crowd more carefully. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280675

>>280672
"Fine you want to show me how wrong I was? You are right. I did hurt her. But I am sorry, truly.
You want to make me pay for it? Let's get out then and do it, if you really can't help it!
But think just how much good this will do her!
And don't mistake me. I'm here wasting time on you just because I'm sure she doesn't want any of my help, otherwise I'd be down there giving her a hoof!"

Venia [Battlemage] 280676

>>280672
I rest my head on the soft fabric and think wistfully about Anvil

DM 280677

>>280674
You have no idea who any of them are, including the troublemakers.
Venus thinks
"Gimme something light. Not too sharp."
"Alright. One juice and one fluffy cushion coming up."
>>280675
"Yeah unlike you some us aren't total dicks."
A few of the onlookers have already helped her up.
"So you sayin' you can just pay up and walk outta here? Huh? Do ya?"
>>280676
He probably misses you a lot too.
You should ask Frosty if it's ok to head back if you so want to meet him again.
After a while, the duo finishes up
"My my captain… you certainly are one to impress, aren't you?"
"This is all really… REALLY strange. But… I don't mind.
I'm guessing the queen is getting a little bored though?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280678

>>280677
"I say I should, yeah, because I obviously made a mistake and ruined everypony else's fun.
You want to have a punchout over a mistake, let's take it outside."
Is Frosty safe?

DM 280679

>>280678
He is getting pushed around by two others
"Outside? Yeah right you sack of shit you'd just run away like the piece of shit coward you are!"

Venia [Battlemage] 280680

>>280677
I think I can handle it for a day longer. But can't a mare think about her own love!?
"Uh… don't mind me, I'm just here in case Valeriana messes up somewhere!"

BDN 280681

>>280677
"So… yeah, what do you want to do next, Venus? You might be interested in something called Protective Bubble…"

Keep looking at the crowd.

280682

>>280679
"You have one last chance shithead. Let my friend go, and we can settle this even here. Touch him again and you'll regret it. Your beef is with me, not him."
Stare him down.

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 280695

>>280682
As you intensely stare him down, the mare sneaks a painful revenge kick on you
"Hurts don't it? Fuck you!"
Before you can even try to get up, one of the patrons smashes you over the head with a chair, fracturing the gem eye slightly.
You are helpless and SBS only works on a 3+ now. Roll for further damage.
Frosty takes a punch to the face.
Four angry patrons and a naked mare are ready to beat your asses.
>>280681
Venus tastes her drink
"I could chat with the royal guard, yes. They might have good info on how to protect others."
Looks like a fight as broken out, and from the sound of it, the initiating blow was not a very sporting one.

280696

>>280695
Rolling for further damage.
Getting my ass up with Escape Artist.
"Frosty! Stick close!"

Roll #0 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 280697

>>280680
Don't mind me!

Verne [Trickster] 280701

>>280695
"Great to hear. Maybe would could add something you like to your personal armaments, too. Oh, looks like a fight… excuse me, I suppose I should intervene."

Go near the fight.

"What is going on here? Break it up, BREAK IT UP!"

Terrify '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 280710

>>280680
Of course she can.
"Venia please. I don't make a mess."
She playfully pushes the captain over and walks up to you
"Unless you'd like me to make a mess of you~"
>>280696
Yeah that's gonna sting for days.
The disguised king backs up to you
"I think we may be in trouble."
"YOU THINK!?"
>>280701
"Somepony tore the dress off one of the dances and stomped all over her teats. Looks like there is about to be a fight."
"Fuck off, we want to see this!"
…you could always alert the guards

Venia [Battlemage] 280711

>>280710
After all of that, how inclined am I? '1d10'
"Uh…"
I swallow

Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280712

>>280710
"I don't want to hurt any of them… Frosty, jump on me."
As he does, Vanish and leave this place with him.

Venia [Battlemage] 280714

>>280711
Pretty inclined, it seems.
"I mean, it wouldn't be the first time, r-right?"
I grin sheepishly, blushing pretty heavily

DM 280715

>>280712
You make your way past the patrons after smashing a lamp to blind everyone.
You are outside in the market.
The patrons will soon be after you.
>>280714
>>280711
The captain's jaw hits the floor
"I.. I um… wha- your highness she… is she… are YOU…?"

Verne [Trickster] 280716

>>280715
Am I affected?

Venia [Battlemage] 280717

>>280715
"… yes, captain?"

280718

>>280715
"We must leave. It's not safe anymore. You got hurt in there?"
Pull Frosty somewhere hidden, in the meanwhile try to Disguise as somepony else.

Roll #0 5 = 5

DM 280719

>>280716
You just saw a flash, a swoosh and a bunch of ponies scrambling around.
>>280717
"You um… I thought you were… married. To a stallion… I…"
>>280718
"Not badly, no. You took quite a hit though from the sound of it. Everything intact?"
You manage to find an old blanket. You can cover one of you with it to help avoid detection.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280720

>>280719
"Not a concern until we are safe. Take this."
Throw him the blanked.
"This will throw the fuckers off. Start making your way for the palace, I'll be in the shadows, watching over you."
Vanish.

Venia [Battlemage] 280721

>>280719
"Well technically I'm not married yet! Besides, it doesn't count between best friends! And… I'm drunk. Don't judge me…"

Verne [Trickster] 280722

>>280719
"Looks like someone got away."

We done with our drinks yet?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280724

um

DM 280725

>>280720
Vanish is a combat skill
Someone throws a brick at you. Roll to dodge.
'1d10'
Frosty runs off to get back to the palace.
'r2 1d10'
>>280721
"I-I would not image to judge you it's just that… um…"
"Shut up and we might let you watch, golden boy."
"Y-yes… ma'am."
"Good boy~"
>>280722
Yeah, you only asked for single ones anyway
"Well I'm glad they left. I hate fights breaking out. The guards are such a chore to work with."
>>280724
It is evening. There is a ruckus on the streets by the sound of it.

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280727

>>280725
Check out what's going on

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280729

>>280725
Someone throws me a brick, I've entered combat. Vanish away from his throw.
Then stay hidden and slip away.
Stealth.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Verne [Trickster] 280740

>>280725
"Hmm? How so?"

Go out and walk about, now.

Venia [Battlemage] 280741

>>280725
"Valeriana are you sure we should do this in front of… well him?"

DM 280749

>>280729
You do eventually make it to safety after taking a brick to the dick.
Down below the five are looking for both of you.
Rolling VS Frosty's 8 to see if they spot him
'1d10'
>>280740
"They ask so many damn questions and want to do searches and confiscate things as evidence and bla bla bla.
Look enjoy the night, sorry for this mess."
Outside, the five patrons are looking around
>>280741
"What, you don't like him? Want me to send him away then?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280751

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280752

>>280749
I take they miss him. Go back to the castle and take Frosty to a medic.

280753

>>280749
"Ah. Well, it is procedure."

Rolling to see if I spot Frosty

Roll #0 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 280754

>>280749
"It just feels weird, alright? Nothing against the captain, but I only met him yesterday and… just… nevermind. I should go breathe in some fresh air."

DM 280760

>>280727
A band of four stallions and a naked mare sun up to you
"Did you see two hooligans just now? They assaulted her in the pub and fled!"
>>280753
You notice the blanket wearing hobo has a leg sock like you. Also the sound his leg makes is impossible to mistake. That must be the king in disguise.
>>280754
"Aww… are you going to just leave me hanging?"
The captain gets up
"Ladies I… appreciate all of this but… I think things have gotten a little out of hoof. I should probably go."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280762

>>280760
I furrow my eyebrows.
"They did what? How did they look like?!"

280763

>>280760
Stay hidden besides the king and keep going for the castle.

Roll #0 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 280766

>>280760
"No, no! Just… you two stay here and enjoy your evening alright? I'm sorry, I should go."
Take my leave. Find a source of water and dip my head into it. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Verne [Trickster] 280767

>>280760
"…!"

Dear stars, don't tell me the King was in the middle of that barfight.

Go check on Frosty.

DM 280771

>>280762
"Blue stallions both of them. Well off by the looks of them. Young, probably in their twenties. Tried to bribe us, then broke a light and ran in the confusion"
"I got one in the wiener with a brick!"
>>280767
Try catching up to him first without alerting the patrons
MIN vs me '1d10'
>>280763
Looks like Radiant is talking to the patrons…
AND SOMEONE IS TRAILING THE KING
>>280766
You go pour a cup of water and splash it on your face.
…you used the booze turning cup though. It stings your eyes like nobody's business.

Roll #1 2 = 2

280773

>>280771
Sight Beyond Sight.
Can I see who that is?

Roll #0 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 280776

>>280771
"Gah!"
Rub my eyes and take a different cup to fill up with water and wash them out '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280779

>>280771
"Blue stallions… what race?"

DM 280780

>>280776
You are going to have red, painful eyes for at least a day.
…from the sound of it the captain and Valeriana took your advice on having fun.
>>280773
Yes. It's Verne and Venus.
>>280779
"Pegasus and unicorn. They ran towards the palace area!"

280783

>>280780
Very well. Maybe they will distract the others worse comes to worse.
Are we at the palace finally?

Roll #0 5 = 5

Verne [Trickster] 280784

>>280771

'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280785

>>280780
I take a deep breath and try to calm down.
'1d10'

"Don't worry, I'll see to it. I apologize for your troubles."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 280786

>>280780
"Eurgh… Dammit Venia, you stupid mule…"

DM 280791

>>280784
Easy peasy.
The patrons were busy talking to Radiant anyway.
"Verne you need to help me out of here!"
>>280785
What a thrill! Rapists and hooligans on the loose! Finally some ACTION in this place.
"LOOK! UP THERE! THAT'S THE DAMN PEGASUS! GET HIM!"
>>280786
You might want to get those eyes looked at, or figure something else to do.
Or butt in between those two if you feel like it.

Venia [Battlemage] 280794

>>280791
Better safe than sorry, surely there must be a doctor around here somewhere? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

280795

>>280791
"I won't question details for now. Go off to the palace. Hang on…"

Conjure a mirror image of Frosty and Pumpkin and have them run off away from the palace.

Roll #0 10 = 10

280797

>>280791
Yeah sure ignore my rolls. Fuck you too.
What, now they saw me too?

Roll #0 5 = 5

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280798

>>280791
Do I see said pegasus?
'1d10'
Wings of Light!
'r2 1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 6 = 6

DM 280805

>>280794
Yes, the court doctor is open at all hours.
"Hm, eye problems I see. What happened?"
>>280795
You send two mirror images in the other direction and help the king along to the palace gates
>>280797
No, they saw Verne's mirror image.
You, being a good rogue, are well hidden.
>>280798
"Whoa!"
"Never seen that spell before…"
"Pretty~"
"Are you from the royal guard?"
"WHO CARES!? GET THEM!"
The group pulls you along as you chase after the dangerous duo, who are now fleeing away from the palace.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280806

>>280805
>>280795
Approach them from the shadows.
"We must move. Now."
Make it for the castle already!

Venia [Battlemage] 280807

>>280805
"… I spilled alcohol into them. Uh… don't ask. They aren't too messed up are they?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280808

>>280805
Take on the air and chase them down!
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Verne [Trickster] 280809

>>280806
"Right, we need to go. Venus, follow behind!"

DM 280814

>>280806
>>280809
You make it back to the palace
The door guards stop you
"What business?"
"High King Frostmourn. Is that business enough?"
"Sorry m'lord. Did not recognize you at first. Do come in."
Aaaand you're home.
>>280807
"Nah. Here… lets get them rinsed and see what a bit of healing magic does"
'1d10+1'
>>280808
No criminal is a match for you!
You land in front of them, causing them to stop in fear as the angry mob catches up.
…wait is that Pumpkin and Frostmourn?

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

DM 280815

>>280814
"There you go. Your eyes will be a little red tomorrow and blinking might sting, but that is just normal. Take care now."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280816

>>280814
"WHAT?! WHAT ARE YOU TWO DOING?!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280819

>>280814
"This was terrible and I almost got you in danger. Sorry Frosty. Now let's check those bruises."
Take him to the medic.

Venia [Battlemage] 280823

>>280814
>>280815
I sigh
"Thank you doctor. Sorry for bothering you at this late hour, might as well took care of something as minor as this myself."

Verne [Trickster] 280824

>>280814
>>280819
"Are either of you injured? Curses…"

Accompany them.

DM 280833

>>280816
You might be mistaken though. Neither of them had thing mustaches before.
The two say nothing, but as soon as the mare goes in for an aggressive low hit, the pegasus vanishes.
A thrown rock later, so does the unicorn
"WHAT THE THE FUCK WAS THAT!?"
>>280823
"My pleasure. It's what I'm here for. NEXT!"
…was that Verne, Pumpkin and Frosty who just went in after you? Or are your eyes just playing tricks…
>>280819
>>280824
"High King. Good evening. How goes it?"
"Not too well. Had a little tumble, pumped by head."
"Well lets take a look then. Hm… no nothing too bad. Let me bandage that up and it should be fine in a day. What about you two then?"

Verne [Trickster] 280835

>>280833
"I am unhurt, myself. Thank you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280837

>>280833
"A punch to the eye. See for yourself."
Let him exhamine me.

Venia [Battlemage] 280839

>>280833
Am I sober enough to realize? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280840

>>280833
I stomp a forehoof on the ground.
"You ponies stay here and calm down. No reason to make a lynch mob. I'll deal with those responsible."

Fly away.
Try to find Frostmourne and Pumpkin.
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 280848

>>280837
"A gem eye? 'fraid that isn't my specialty. Check with Bright Eyes in the morning. Though if it feels loose I can try to punch in back in."
>>280839
Nope. Not even close. And you don't even care. You'd rather be sleeping. Or partying.
>>280840
Being a less than clever pony you don't think of checking the palace.
A fly-around later, you return to the mob with nothing
"Well?"
"Where are they?"
"Can I touch your wings?"
"Where did you learn to do that?"
"What's your name?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280849

>>280848
"Buh…"
I sit down and rest my head against a wall, trying to clear my head '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280851

>>280848
"Mhm. Will do."
Turn to Frosty.
"Mylord, I'm sorry for the events of this night. It was my fault for suggesting the idea in the first place."
Kneel in front of him.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280852

>>280848
"My name is Radiant Dawn, Paladin of the Sun. I'd prefer if you wouldn't touch my wings, and as I said, just stay calm and go back to your business. I'll handle this."

Look for them again!
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 280862

>>280849
Well now you have a clear mind to decide with.
>>280851
"Tis' quite fine. A lesson learned for me. No more of these silly dress up games. It felt like a bad plan to begin with and turned out to be one. Now let us retire to my room.
Thank you again doctor."
The king leaves
>>280852
Your new fans are kinda butting in on the investigating
"Paladin? What's a paladin?"
"It's like a royal guard with less magic"
"Ooooh. Makes sense."
"Hey! Hey miss Radiant can we get a picture of you taken?"
"Miss Radiant will you sign my flank?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280865

>>280862
"Yes m'lord."
End the bow and follow him to his room.

Verne [Trickster] 280866

>>280862
"You two be well, now."

""Now, Venus, would you like to continue or night out?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280867

>>280862
I breathe in and out.
Valeriana is busy
Frostmourn is busy
Pumpkin is busy
Verne is probably busy
Radiant…?

Can I find Radiant? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280871

>>280862
I roll my eyes.
"Please, it's nothing, really. I just serve in the name of the Sun and try to do what's right. Now if you could just go back to where you came from and I could continue to look into this thing…"

DM 280896

>>280865
He screws his horn coil back on, making the field around his horn visibly stronger
"Well that went… poorly. You didn't need to act brave to the doctor like that though."
>>280866
"Certainly. Lead on dear."
>>280871
"But miss Radiant, we want to hear more!"
"Your wings are so pretty~"
looks like you have some drunken fans now.
>>280867
You stumble out into the street, drunk as shit, singing out loud until you slam into Radiant, surprising both her and the group she is with.
"HEY!"
"Miss Radiant!"
"WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?"

Verne [Trickster] 280900

>>280896
Let's go have a look at some armaments and accessories.

Go to a good-looking shop.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280902

>>280896
"You mean the eye? He said it himself, nothing he can do.
Am I that bad off? After daily beatings I don't feel pain anymore.
It's good for the job but I can never tell if I cut myself while shaving."
Give him a smirk.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280903

>>280896
"My wings a-"
I raise an eyebrow.
"Venia? Venia, you are drunk!"

Venia [Battlemage] 280904

>>280896
Didn't I use that trick from Valeriana to sober up?
"N-nopony!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280906

>>280904
I take her face in my hooves and make her look in my eyes.
"VENIA! Listen to me! Just how much did you drink? Are you all right?!"

DM 280908

>>280900
Not a lot of late night arms deals going on…
Though you do see someone, seemingly out cold, on an alley. He has a mask and a scroll near him.
>>280902
"Suit yourself pal. Just don't bleed on the pillows.
…I'd offer a drink but I'm not sure if even I want one."
>>280903
"Is she a friend of yours miss Radiant?"
>>280904
Guess you didn't have time to
"I thought your name was Venia?"
>>280906
"See, her name IS Venia"
"Are you here to party with us Venia?"
"We were helping miss Radiant hunt for hooligans!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280909

>>280908
"She is my friend, yes and she's a good pony… but I think she had enough of a 'party' already by herself."

Verne [Trickster] 280911

>>280908
Examine him a little more.

Venia [Battlemage] 280912

>>280906
"I'm fine! C-calm down! I just had a few glasses back at the palace!"

>>280908
Well shit
"I am! My name is Venia! An' I'm here… I'm here… hell I dunno why I'm here!"
I giggle

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280914

>>280908
"Shit… I seriously hoped it'd have went better.
But out there is filled with much better ponies than those fuckers, you know?
I wanted to show you why I care so much for the north…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280915

>>280912
I groan and rub my face with a hoof.
"Why don't we just go back to your room, Venia?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280920

>>280915
"Hol' on!"

NOW can I use that trick? In a garbage can or something '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 280924

>>280909
"Aww…"
"Well… if you say so miss Radiant"
>>280911
Looks like someone roughed him up. And from the smell of him he was drunk anyway.
>>280920
Classy as fuck.
"Whoa there!"
"You feeling ok?"
>>280914
"I have seen the common pony before, friend. I do not live in some sheltered ivory tower. Just… getting drunk on stuff I don't think should be legal and then getting into an argument with others in the same state… urgh…"

Verne [Trickster] 280927

>>280924
Carefully walk up to him.

"Excuse me, are you well, sir?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280929

>>280924
I facehoof.
"Oh for the Sun's sake Venia…"

Venia [Battlemage] 280930

>>280924
Pfff, these are medieval times, this is normal.
I spit once more, then nod.
"I'm perfectly fine! What's happening now?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280932

>>280924
"Yeah, the night could have went better.
I was even counting on this to pay you off for the earlier match.
'What could a king ever want?' I was thinking, why, a day when he's not a king!"
fall on the pillows and stare at the ceiling.
"Messed up entirely…"

DM 280939

>>280927
He is snoring and has a bump on the head.
Looks like he might just have taken a beating, then fallen asleep.
>>280929
>>280930
"Well we could go back to the bar"
"What about the hooligans?"
"Look if you really are that mad about them, I can kiss it to make it all better"
>>280932
"That you did. But I don't hold a grudge. At least you meant well.
Lesson learned for me too. I'm keeping the armour on from now on when I go out."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280942

>>280939
"You just go back to the bar. I'll make sure to get them. Venia, why don't you come with me?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280945

>>280942
>>280939
"What happened exactly? My mind was kind of in a blur before…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280947

>>280945
"I'll tell you on the way."

Venia [Battlemage] 280950

>>280947
"Lead the way then! Right behind you!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280951

>>280939
"That's something we both can agree on."
Shift around and sit or lay on the bed, look towards Frosty.
"Now, we still got a night off from the ladies.
Want to make this count or should we just call it?"

Verne [Trickster] 280958

>>280939
May as well be nice, since I'm with Venus and all.

Wake him up.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280961

>>280950
Wave goodbye to my 'fans' and head towards the Palace.
"I think we might have trouble."

DM 280966

>>280942
>>280945
>>280947
>>280950
>>280961
"Have a fun night you two!"
"But miss Radiant!"
"I'll always remember you!"
The mare and one of the stallions are too busy enjoying each other to say anything
>>280958
"Bwa? Huh? Ow my head…"
>>280951
"Make this count?
…are you coming onto me, friend?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280969

>>280961
"What trouble?"
I look around in alarm
"… Lordblades? Assassins?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280972

>>280969
>>280966
Make sure to speak after we are far enough from them.
"You could say that. I know who the two hooligans who harassed them were."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280973

>>280966
Give him a flat stare.
"Seriously? You think I swing that way?"

280974

>>280966
Yeah, just… relax a little. Looks like you are injured.

Try inspiring

Roll #0 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 280976

>>280972
"… enlighten me? What happened exactly?"

280979

>>280974
>2
pls

Roll #0 6 = 6

DM 280980

>>280974
Not much to be inspired about
>>280979
"Damnit I'm not surprised…
Urgh. I think I'll just skip the meeting and go home…"
>>280973
"Well you never know without asking, do you? I mean, could you have guessed about Nylis?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280981

>>280976
"I don't know the details, but they caused quite a bit of trouble in that pub."

Verne [Trickster] 280984

>>280980
"Meeting? Of what sort? Might I know who you are?"

Venia [Battlemage] 280986

>>280981
"But who? You said you knew who was responsible?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 280987

>>280980
"Pff forget nylis, you know Anita? The gryphon I had the hots for when we were kids? She turned out to be a damn lesbian too!
It makes you wonder what are they thinking!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280989

>>280986
"Pumpkin and Frostmourne."

Venia [Battlemage] 280990

>>280989
I choke
"Whu? Really!? They hit the bar? How do you know?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 280997

>>280990
"Saw them. Or at least images of them. Those decoy ones."

Venia [Battlemage] 280999

>>280997
"Well, finding them wont be very hard then. I'd like to know just why they decided to assault other ponies… I mean I don't blame them for getting drunk, but that's just too far!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281003

>>280999
"Some King Frostmourne is going to become like this…"

DM 281004

>>280984
"I'm just one of the teachers from the academy. Name's Cobblestone. As for the meeting… well it's a little shady I'll admit that. A little off-hours scholarly gathering of sorts."
>>280987
"Well maybe they are closer to us in mind than we think, liking mares and all. And hey, don't pretend like you wouldn't want to watch that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281005

>>281004
"Bearing and Peaches…"
Suppress poner.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 281007

>>281003
"Look, let's just ask and see their side of the story. If there is something I've learned after the Underkingdom, it's that you need to know about both sides of the coin."
Go find those two, Frostmourn is probably in his quarters right?

DM 281013

>>281005
A well trained assassin can manage his blood flow it seems
"For example, yes. See my point now?
…I wonder if that's the way mares think about us?"
>>281007
Yes. With Pumpkin.

Verne [Trickster] 281014

>>281004
"An off-hour scholarly gathering… to discuss what? A revolution in waiting?"

Venia [Battlemage] 281017

>>281013
Right, knock on the door.
"King Frostmourn? Pumpkin?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281020

>>281013
Good thing I can be a trained assassin when thinking about mares!
"Bearing sure seemed to like the idea last night. Got her all reeled up and stuff. Urgh. For me, that'd be more than a bit gross."
>>281017
"Mh?"

Venia [Battlemage] 281023

>>281020
"Am I interrupting something?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281025

>>281023
"Just some catching up between old friends. Are you here to see the king?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281026

>>281020
>>281023
"Even if we are, they have some explaining to do."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281027

>>281026
"What about?"

Venia [Battlemage] 281030

>>281025
"Radiant here told me you two might have been involved in a barfight."
I give him a look
"That true?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281034

>>281030
"Barfight is not the word. We tripped while trying to dance in what they call a pub here, ended up falling on a mare and hurting her, tried to apologize and leave but they wouldn't let us.
And punched me.
Thankfully Frosty was uninjuried.
So I pulled him out and we left. Without raising hoof even once.
So no, we were not in a barfight. We were attacked in a bar and fled."

DM 281037

>>281014
"No no, we simply share in studies of arts the Academy frown upon.
…are you from around here?"
>>281020
"How do you know if you don't try?"
>>281034
"Along those lines… yes."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281038

>>281034
"They made it sound like you assaulted and harrassed a mare."

Verne [Trickster] 281040

>>281037
"Not really, no. Though you do have me interested. What sorts would a city like this frown upon?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281041

>>281038
"They didn't even care for apologies and were drunk out of their mind, so I'm not surprised they saw it go down in a different way."

Venia [Battlemage] 281042

>>281034
I snicker and shake my head
"Stallions. Typical. I assume all of you were drunk off their rockers?"

>>281037
"Did anypony recognize you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281046

>>281042
"Me and Frosty had barely had a single drink. And no, they did not realize who he was.
But those stallions sure did drink a lot."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281051

>>281046
>>281042
"…so that's it? If Frostmourne has any spine in him, he'll apologize properly. I can make hold them at bay."

Venia [Battlemage] 281053

>>281046
I sigh
"Well, nopony got too seriously injured. And if you tried to apologize and they wouldn't have any of it, they were just looking to make trouble."

>>281051
"Radiant please, they were drunk as hell. That mare even said she threw a brick at them. They're just rowdy kids looking for fightts."

DM 281055

>>281040
"Dark Arts. You know, Necromancy, Demonology, Mind Magic, that sort of thing. We wear masks to the meetings so nobody has to be afraid of being recognized."
>>281042
"I doubt anypony there knew who we are. And the brawlers were too drunk to care even if they did know."
>>281051
"You'd have me apologize for bad dancing and taking a punch?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281057

>>281053
"Yes. And I'll make them apologize for them as well."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281058

>>281051
"HE WHAT?"
Step off the bed.
"ARE YOU SERIOUS? THE HIGH KING GOT ASSAULTED, APOLOGIZED, WENT UNHEARD AND ASSAULTED AGAIN AND YOU WANT HIM TO APOLOGIZE A SECOND TIME?
I SHOULD HAVE GUTTED THOSE FUCKERS MYSELF!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281062

>>281058
"Really? Is that how you will treat the ponies of the North? Or how you'd have Frostmourn treat them?"

>>281055
"I want both groups to see their stupidity and make peace with each other. If you do that now, we can settle this for good. What if they see you later and start to fight again if you don't?"

DM 281063

>>281058
"Pumpkin please… you're drunk"

Venia [Battlemage] 281066

>>281057
"Are you su-"

>>281058
"Pumpkin. Calm down now."

DM 281068

>>281062
"Believe me, I'm not going out in ridiculous disguises again.
And my mind is not all here after that drink. I'm in no condition to appear officially."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281070

>>281063
"You are right…"
Step back onto the bad.
>>281062
"Lady Radiant, we did nothing wrong. And we did apologize.
Those ponies you are so adamantly defending assaulted us and didn't let us leave the pub.
They are not as nice as you think, lady Radiant."
>>281066
Nod at her.

Venia [Battlemage] 281071

>>281062
"Radiant, it was a silly drunken accident. They probably wont even remember them tomorrow."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281072

>>281068
>>281070
>>281071
"And what if rumors will start to spread?"

Verne [Trickster] 281077

>>281055
"Oh. Oho. Very interesting. We of Wintergrasp, however, take a rather.. different view to these. We see them as they are, magic with strengths and flaws that can be mitigated, not through long-established superstitions and old mare tales. I, as Advisor to High King Frostmourn, recommend you bring up this issue with his Majesty. We will have use for your work."

DM 281078

>>281072
"Of what? A couple of stallions who can't dance?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281082

>>281072
"Of wh-"
>>281078
"Yeah, that."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281083

>>281078
>>281082
I shake my head.
"If you say so."

Venia [Battlemage] 281087

>>281083
Put a hoof on her shoulder
"Hey, I know you want to set thing right, but with alcohol thrown into the mix things tend to get messy."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281089

>>281087
I give her a look.
"Yeah. I saw."

DM 281092

>>281077
"Adviser? Well holy shit. Sorry for being ruse earlier. Um… can I do anything else to help you? If you want, you can take my invitation and mask."

Venia [Battlemage] 281093

>>281089
I chuckle
"Can you blame a mare for wanting to have some fun? Now that I think of it, I don't think we ever went drinking together…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281095

>>281093
>>281089
Wait for them to leave.
>>281092
Turn to Frosty.
"So, were you saying?"

Verne [Trickster] 281097

>>281092
"But what about yourself? All I may contribute in going there is to tell them exactly what I told you, and I cannot live my associate here behind."

DM 281101

>>281095
"I was saying, how can you know if you don't try?"
>>281097
"Well, suit yourself. I'm not going anyway, my head is killing me. I just wondered if you might have wanted to hear the lectures.
…if that was all, I'll head home."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281102

>>281093
"That's because I don't drink."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281104

>>281101
Stare at him for a second.
"You mean… That?
It just feels wrong! I mean, stallions are meant to be with mares!"

Venia [Battlemage] 281105

>>281102
My eyes widen.
"Oh. Sorry. Uh… mind if I ask why?"
I lead her out of the room

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281109

>>281105
I shrug.
"I just don't. I don't see the point. It's a poision."

Verne [Trickster] 281110

>>281101
"Bah. If you're not going, I am, in that case. Thank you for the offer."

Is the mask anything special?

DM 281112

>>281104
"That's what Unyielding used to say all the time too.
…I just feel kinda conflicted about it because of Nylis and Anita and all…
I mean, do you think they are disgusting and unnatural too?"
>>281110
No, it is a hood with a featureless white mask on it.
"Have fun then.
…gah I need some ice…"

Venia [Battlemage] 281115

>>281109
"Look, I know it may often seem that nothing good comes from it and that it's pointless to drink but… It can be fun, you know?"
I sigh
"Just don't exaggerate like I sometimes do and it can really just be a simple pleasant experience. It… loosens up your mind. I'm not going to go ahead and force you to try but… you should! If not then I'll just drop it and not mention it again."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281119

>>281112
"I'd take two mares slapping flanks any day Frosty. Nothing disgusting about that!
Natural, I don't care. Building roads is not natural but we do it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281121

>>281115
"I'm not a very clever pony anyway, nor can I control my emotions. I am terrified to think what would happen if I ever drank."

DM 281122

>>281119
"Right you are, friend.
It just… feels kinda hypocritical to like the other but think the other is wrong, you know?"

Verne [Trickster] 281125

>>281112
"…Venus, would you like to go back to our room for tonight? Unless you take the mask or I can fashion another right here, you won't be able to get in."

Venia [Battlemage] 281128

>>281121
"Hey, I'll be around you know. And I wont be drinking very much either, not after how badly it hit me earlier. It's up to you really, though I reckon it can't be too horrible to try."

DM 281131

>>281125
"I really don't care much for this kind of book learning anyway. If you think you can manage, I'll be sleeping."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281135

>>281122
"Eh, I can concede the point. Never thought about this whole deal thou.
Never cared particularly."

Verne [Trickster] 281136

>>281131
"Go on ahead. I'll join you later, alright?"

Put on the mask and go on to the venue.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281138

>>281128
"I'm sorry Venia, but it's something simple that I'm going to stick to. I won't start drinking."

DM 281142

>>281135
"Really? Didn't you just say Bearing talks about it a lot?"
>>281136
The scroll mentions the meeting is in the Upside Down Tower, and mentions the fountain at the market.

Venia [Battlemage] 281143

>>281138
I shrug
"Alright, I'll drop it then. I understand."
I pause for a moment, looking her over
"So uh… Did you start remembering anything more lately? Anything about your family? Your sister? Your home?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281145

>>281142
"That's why it got into my mind lately. And she does not talk about it, she seemed aroused at the idea. Just as much as I am when I think about the two of them together.
And now I do feel hypocritical, thank you Frosty!"
Laugh a bit.

DM 281147

>>281145
"Well why don't we organize a little trade then, give both parties what they want?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281148

>>281143
I shake my head sadly.
"Nothing concrete. Longshanks tried his thing again, but it was all blurry and mysterious again… something about witnessing an event to remember, or some 'darkest hour'…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281150

>>281147
Staph.
Horsebrain staph.
No, not really.
But stare at him for a moment.
"Frosty are you coming onto me now?"

Venia [Battlemage] 281152

>>281148
I let out a sad sigh
"I can't believe somepony did this to you on purpose… And I can't even imagine how horrible it must be for you either… How do you do it, Radiant?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281154

>>281152
"How do I do what?"

Venia [Battlemage] 281156

>>281154
"Just… live like this? Marching on, despite knowing what you know?"

DM 281160

>>281150
"Not in a romantic sense. I still have Sunrise and all. As stated, I was offering a little trade to make everyone happy."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281161

>>281156
"I hope for the best I guess… The Sun would want me to stay strong and keep doing what I do. No point in just giving up and collapsing because something bad happened to me. In the end, it always ends good. Or at least that's what I'd like to believe."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281165

>>281160
"And that would make you happy?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281170

>>281160
IS THERE A CHANCE TO GET THE THING WITH THE MEETING OVER WITH

Venia [Battlemage] 281179

>>281161
I smile at her
"That's… an admirable attitude. I really wish I could do more to help you out. Help you cope with it and all…"

Verne [Trickster] 281182

>>281142
Upside Down… Tower? Must be a secret location. Fascinating.

Get over to the market fountain.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281184

>>281179
"Just having a friend like you by my side helps…but…"

Venia [Battlemage] 281186

>>281184
"But…?"

DM 281188

>>281170
Yes, Verne is also going there.
>>281165
"Me? Well, I guess I could join in too if you preferred it that way. I'm not sure what Sunrise's views are on the issue though. I never asked if she's be interesting in watching that sort of thing."
>>281182
Oh hey Nylis and Winterbreeze are here too.
The fountain is shut off for the night, and the pond below it is still. Looking into it, you can see reflections of the palace tower.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281190

>>281186
I look away.
"No… no it's… I don't think it's possible."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281191

>>281188
he what? damn so it isn't happening right now?

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281193

>>281188
"So wait, what's your proposal anyway?"

Venia [Battlemage] 281194

>>281190
I put a hoof on her shoulder again
"Hey, you never know right? Come on, out with it."

Verne [Trickster] 281196

>>281188
"Oh, hello, Nylis, Winterbreeze. Hold.. you are here for a meeting, too?"

"Upside down Tower… Huuh."

Dip a hoof into the fountain.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281199

>>281196
"Kinda sorta"
do you have a mask on?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281206

>>281194
"I… I want to go to Canterlot."

Verne [Trickster] 281207

>>281199
Not yet.

I put it on now.

Venia [Battlemage] 281209

>>281206
"… oh"
I take away my hoof
"… right. That."

DM 281210

>>281191
It begins as soon as you figure how to get in.
The scroll said to go to the upside down tower, and mentions the market fountain.
>>281199
Yes you do
>>281196
Your hoof keeps sinking past where the bottom should be.
>>281193
"I was going to suggest offering the ladies a little show with whoever felt comfortable with the idea, in exchange for similar repayment.
Mind you, this is entirely off the official record. I'm making this suggestion as a friend and fellow stallion, not as High King."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281211

>>281210
watch Verne pushing his hoof in and follow suit

Verne [Trickster] 281212

>>281210
"Aaaand, here we are."

Put my face into the image of the tower.

Will have to leave anytime soon

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281213

>>281209
I frown as she takes her hoof away.
"It might make some memories come back! I might find my sister! I could ask Starswirl himself about what in Tartarus is going on…and maybe…maybe I could see Her… you know, to see if that might help me recall my life."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281214

>>281210
"Frosty you are always a friend to me before being the king.
It kinda feels strange to call over the ladies and ask them 'hey wanna see me and Frosty get it on?'."

Venia [Battlemage] 281216

>>281213
"I know! I know… but… these aren't exactly safe and stabletimes we live in Radiant…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281217

>>281216
"I trust that they are not barbarians. Why would they harm me if I go there as a visitor?"

DM 281220

>>281211
>>281212
There indeed IS a room under here.
…with chandeliers on the floor and furniture on the ceiling. How… odd.
There are two masked ponies waiting for you
"Invitation, please."
>>281214
"Would you feel strange if Bearing walked up to you asked 'hey wanna see me and Peaches get it on?'"

Verne [Trickster] 281221

>>281220
"Here."

Present mine.

Venia [Battlemage] 281224

>>281217
"I just… I don't like it Radiant. I mean I have family in Equestria as well, and I pray that I will never meet them on the battlefield if it actually comes to blows, but… it's still not safe. Not for you. Not for the ponies of the North."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281226

>>281220
aw shit only Winterbreeze has one!
uhh… shit ok activate noclip and follow her through! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281227

>>281220
"I know what part of me would feel strange… Still that wouldn't imply they'd have to repay us the favor."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281229

>>281224
"If it comes down to that, I'll just shed my armor and walk there naked if I must."

Verne [Trickster] 281230

>>281226
Interesting spell. I wonder if we could teach it to others…

DM 281232

>>281221
>>281226
"Mhm, mhm. Welcome all of you. Enjoy the meeting."
They open the door for you and let you enter.
There is a large hall here, with a show floor at the bottom. Indeed the room resembles an upside down stairwell.
>>281227
"Of course not. It would not be a demand, simply a fair request."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281234

>>281232
ok then, sit and wait with Breezy

Venia [Battlemage] 281237

>>281229
"Well… I wont stop you if you end up going there. But I'm still worried about what could happen… I mean… you do know a lot about all of us. About our lives and loved ones…"
I look at the floor sadly

Verne [Trickster] 281238

>>281232
>>281234

Sit near Nylis and Winterbreeze too.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281239

>>281232
"I'm not sure how much Peaches will like the idea, but fuck that.
She's the whole reason I'm in this mess after all."
Look over at him.
"This does feel a bit awkward thou…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281243

>>281237
"I want to go there to remember, not to betray you."

Groves 281247

>>281243
I look back up at her
"Oh no no no! I wasn't implying you'd betray us! I know you wouldn't! It's just that they could just look into your mind. Force the information out of you. All that horrible stuff…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281251

>>281247
"Pumpkin seems set on that idea…"
I sigh.

"…and that's a risk, but Starswirl is my only real lead now!"

DM 281254

>>281238
>>281234
After a while the presentations begin. First up, studies on Mind Magic, Mind Control, Suggestion, Hypnosis and Transfixing.
Later on the agenda: Necromancy, Communing, Death Constructs, Tartarians, Dark Tongue, Tartarian Summoning, Cake and punch.
>>281239
"Well I'm not forcing you into it either. But do keep it in mind in case you want to bring it up with them."

WE WILL PAUSE VERY SOON

Venia [Battlemage] 281257

>>281251
I sigh as well
"Damn this mess… All of it… I just want it to end. Let the North and South mind their own business and live in peace."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 281260

>>281254
"If we do this in front of them sure as hell I'm not going in unprepared. Imagine the shame…
I'm not even sure I can get off to you Frosty.
I mean, no offense, but I've always only watched mares after all."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 281261

>>281254
lean over to winterbreeze
"these sound really great, I can't wait to try and learn them!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 281264

>>281257
"Have Frostmourne try to send an ambadassor yet? Negotiate?"