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Northlands - Thread 21 DM 282487

21.000 posts long since passed

The party has awoken. It is morning in Rockeye, and the king plans to finish his visit today.
For he knows there is much left to be done until he can challenge the crown of Eaglecrest.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282493

Were we talking about shame?
Well now, this sounds like a decent proposal.
"So wait a minute, you three set me up?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282494


Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 282497

"Well, sorta"
"It was her idea, partner"
"Oh mare up and admit it already!"
"…fine. Yes it was my idea."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282500

Look back at Frosty.
"And you let them?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282501

Get up out of bed and clean myself up to prepare for the day.

DM 282506

"What can I say? She sounded like she needed help."
Perhaps you should go wake Valeriana up.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282508

Give him a flat stare but smile a bit and turn to the girls.
"So you two heard everything I said before that, I take."

Venia [Battlemage] 282510

Yes, maybe I should.
Go over to her room and knock on the door

DM 282512

"We didn't really want to eavesdrop"
"We just wanted to watch."
She opens the door with a pleasant, if tired smile on her face.
…from the looks of it the maids might deserve and extra tip for cleaning this one up…

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282514

"Was it everythink you imagined?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282515

"Good morning sunshine! … looks like you had a good run last night after I left."

DM 282516

"Next time I want comfier seats."
"You could say that…
…I think golden boy might be a little out of commission though.
So how was your night?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282518

Cringe for a moment.
"Next time?
Don't fly too far, alright honey?"
Fall back down in bed and motion both over.

Venia [Battlemage] 282519

"It was alright, if a bit boring. Although I did get to hang out with Radiant some more."

DM 282522

The ladies smile and climb on
"Uneventful huh? Ok. Well, too bad I guess. Hope you at least slept well."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282526

Get comfy, passing a wing behind each.
"Nice to see you two finally are past the 'kill each other' part."

Venia [Battlemage] 282529

"I did. Oh, almost forgot, Frostmourn and Pumpkin nearly got into a fight at a bar last night. Disguised themselves and went drinking. Seems like their dancing skills weren't very much appreciated."
I chuckle
"Don't worry though, nothing serious happened."

DM 282530

"Well, she did offer to help ensure I'd stay well hidden"
"And she did offer quite a show"
She freezes entirely
"C-come again?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282533

Keep the stupid smile on my lips.
"You two are so dead once I can walk again~"

DM 282538

"Come now dear, you know you can't stay mad at me~"
"At least you took it like a champ, partner. Still feeling a little butthurt are we?"
Peaches prods your butt

Venia [Battlemage] 282539

"Seems like the King and Pumpkin wanted to get away from the whole 'royal lifestyle' for an evening. They got into a little misunderstanding of sorts and had to leg it out of there!"

DM 282542

"I can't believe this… I let myself have one night just for myself… and this happens…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282543

"Very funny partner… If we do this again we try the other way, Frosty!"

DM 282547

The high king smiles
"You seemed quite happy with the arrangements. Perhaps we can duel over who gets what place."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282548


Venia [Battlemage] 282549

I roll my eyes
"Oh please, don't you get dramatic on me. They barely got a scratch! They're big, grown up stallions now, what kind of a boring life would it be if they never got into some drunken trouble?"


"Talk about spoils of battle…"
Okay, try to get up.

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 282552

I think you had a pendant to pick up?
"The kind of life where an assassin doesn't plant a knife in his eye because his guardian and spymaster was too busy with a stallion?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282554

Go to the market.

Venia [Battlemage] 282555

"They were disguised, so nopony ever even recognized them. And Pumpkin was with him. From what I hear he got the worst of it thanks to protecting Frostmourn. Come on now, Valeriana, I'm supposed to be the overly concerned one here!"
I laugh

DM 282558

Your ass has entirely different plans.
Like not moving at all.
The shops are opening up at this hour.
The enchanter is enjoying some tea.
"…I just… feel bad about this. I should have been there to guard them…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282560

Walk over there.
"Good morning!"

DM 282562

"Morning. Here for your pendant?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282563

I nod.
"Yes. Is it ready?"


"Urgh.. Okay looks like I won't be going anywhere for a while, ladies."
Try to cuddle up with them at least.

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 282566

"Like it or not, they didn't want you to be around. They just wanted a boys night out, you have to respect that!"

DM 282575

"That it is. Shoddy quality enchantment you brought me though. I had to tweak it a little. That thing would barely have stopped a slap let alone a weapon. Did the best I could but don't expect it to work too often against big hits. It seems to have a bit of an overheating problem."
>SUN PENDANT: Protects from first hit in combat. If the hit is critical, stops working for the rest of the day.
You cuddle up with all three bedmates
"…your highness?"
"Yes, Bearing?"
"N-nothing I just.."
Peaches smacks her
"Out with it girl!"
"…w-would it be entirely improper i-if I asked that you um…"
"Go on?"
"I-if you'd… um…"
peaches facehoofs
"What she means to say is she wants you to do stuff to his wiener so she can watch up close like a perv."
"Whaaaat? I'm just helping you"
Frosty rolls his eyes
"Well old friend, what do you think?"
"Well… fine. Maybe even the king deserves some time away from spying eyes. At least nothing bad happened."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282580

I take it and put it around my neck, under my armor.
But before that, inspect it.
Anything I remember just from seeing this Sun shape?

"Thank you kindly. It's all I could ask for, and more."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282582

Sigh and roll my eyes too.
"Frosty we went this far.
Any doubt I had was gone last night after the third bottle."

Venia [Battlemage] 282583

"Exactly! Don't blame yourself."
Put a hoof around her neck
"Like I said before, sometimes you have to do stuff for yourself too!"

DM 282586

You have seen this very amulet before… you have OWNED this amulet before! This is your old amulet! …somehow.
And then, emotions. Flashes of searing hot visions blaze across your mind
An important mission
An old friend
An old ally
You are not sure if any of those flashbacks are connected though.
"So is that a yes!?"
Bearing's face is all smiles
"…I guess so. I'm just glad no harm came of it.
…anything else I should know?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282588

Give him a weak nod and reach out with a wing for the mares.

Venia [Battlemage] 282589

"Not that I know of. Just that we'll go back home to Wintergrasp soon! And even if those presents we got don't work well, they still have a certain… charm to them!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282590

I take a step back with wide eyes and gulp.
Faith… Devotion…Love…



I… Did I feel like that towards…her?

Glance back at my armored rear where my cutie mark is under.
Would that explain my Cutie Mark…?

DM 282591

Bearing can't help but squee a little as the king powers up his horn
"Well old friend, looks like the lady wants a show…"
And then they
"Very true.
…I'll stay with the captain until he wakes up. Let's meet up later ok?"
"Something the matter, hm?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282592

I look back at her.
Breathe in and out slowly, calm my heartrate.
"N-No… nothing… I just… I'm fine."

Venia [Battlemage] 282593

"Treat him well, alright?"
I spank her flank with a hoof and walk off to go see Frostmourn. Knock on the door.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282594

And they also were you expecting a blank spoiler?
It's just me, wall-of-text.B-baka~
"Was this seat any better?"
Grin at the ladies.

DM 282596

"Okidokie then. Have a nice day!"
Looks like someone forgot to lock it and your knock pushes it open.
Oh hey he seems to be on the bed.
Telekinetically massaging Pumpkin's penis.
While Bearing watches inches away and drools.
And Peaches takes occasional glances with a sly grin.
Surprise visit from the queen.
best grin at her too.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282597

"Uh… Hello?"
Yeah sure. Grin big and wide.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282599

"Thanks. You too… May the Sun bless you!"

Walk to the Library…
It may be true… but would that be a problem? I mean… or maybe I felt that to that friend?

Venia [Battlemage] 282601

I freeze for a moment.


I blink a few times to make sure I'm not imagining this, slowly backing out again as I do so.

"I'll… uh… never mind. You all seem… busy."

Turn around quickly and gallop the hell out of there, closing the door behind me with my telekinesis.

DM 282602

"Knowledge is power, friend."
The librarian is snoozing. Looks like you are the first customer today.
Frosty shrugs
"She seemed to be in a hurry…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282604

"Yeah. Now let's just hope she keeps her mouth shut about this…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282605

Clear my throat slightly.
"Excuse me?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282606

Well that was not awkward at all.

Uh… maybe I can go find Radiant? Hopefully she isn't getting her shlick on or something…

DM 282607

She yawns
"Good morning. How can I help?"
"Come now. We've known Venia all our lives. She won't tell anyone. But her friends."
Nah, you notice her going to the library

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282608

"I'm looking for books… about a certian pony."

Venia [Battlemage] 282609

Walk up to her and give her a friendly nod.

DM 282610

"A name would be helpful?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282611

"Which means Unyielding, Sunrise and… Valeriana…"

DM 282612

Peaches looks a little worried
"She won't be mad will she?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282613

"Uh… Celestia?"

"Venia! Good morning! I was… I wanted to talk with you."

Venia [Battlemage] 282614

I interrupt myself
"Alright. I… I could use the distraction."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282615

"No idea. She's a kind mother, but seeing this? No clue. And what are you going to do about your future queen, Frosty? Will you tell her?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282616

I give her a worried look.
"Did something happen?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282619

"Yes. Nothing major, but just a little confusing and really none of my business. Don't you worry about it. What's going on with you?"

DM 282620

"Notable Ponies, west wing, under C."
"Of course. Why would I not? Unless you prefer I leave your name out of it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282622

"Urgh no that's not it just… It keeps feeling strange.
You sure she won't freak out?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282624

"Thank you."
Head over there and motion Venia.

"I'll want you to show you something. And tell you something… let's just go to a more private part of the library first."

DM 282625

"She'll understand… Bearing, would you mind terribly continuing from here? I have actual business to attend to."
Bearing nods and leans down to continue where the king left off, as he gets up to put on his armour.

Venia [Battlemage] 282627

"Sure. Right behind you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282628

"Right. Are we leaving this place anytime soon, Frosty?"

DM 282629

"Today, if at all possible. I need to make some final agreements with Longshanks though."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282630

After we got there in the Library, I turn to Venia before looking for te books.
Make sure nopony else is around.
"Can you promise me not to freak out?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282631

"will get into shape as soon as possible.
Which might take a while after what you did back there."
Watch him go and turn to the girls.
"So… Where were we?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282632

"I believe I can manage, yes. … Did you remember something more?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282633

"It's more…complicated than that."
Fish out the Sun Pendant from under my armor, remove it from around my neck, and give it to Venia.
"See this?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282636

I take it with my telekinesis and eye it carefully '1d10'

"Sun of Equestria… Where did you get this from?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282638

"From an Enchanter… but that's not all about it. This was my amulet, Venia. For a long time. It served me in battle and have saved my life plenty of times. I owned this amulet before."

DM 282641

"I believe your beloved wife was about to try going a little deeper"
Peaches is a very helpful pony.
…Bearing looks a little blue in the face

Meanwhile, the kings exchange thoughts on how best build more teleport relays, and Longshanks presents the High King with one final token of friendship.
Which makes him a very happy pony indeed.

Venia [Battlemage] 282643

"… I'm not sure I follow… where did you find it? What does it do?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282647

"It protects you against blows in battle. Sort of like how your bubble works. But that's not the strange thing about it. Remember how I said I had it before?"
I take a deep breath and look her in the eyes.
"I got it made today."

Venia [Battlemage] 282648

I frown
"… what? That doesn't make any sense… I don't even… what?"


And I should really have been there to see that one.
For now, enjoy both of them.
"So nice of you dear~"

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282650

"You heard me. This Amulet was freshly made. Today. But I could swear on my life that I had it before. And not just any other amulet like this. It was this exact one."

DM 282652

She has to back off after a while. Looks like she wasn't quite ready for that.
"Oh stop being a wuss. Even I could take that whole!"
A sly grin later they have already swapped positions. Bearing is not sure if she got tricked here or not.

Venia [Battlemage] 282655

I fall back onto my haunches
"This implies… quite a lot of things…"


I'm not leaving this bed anytime soon.
Use my wings to massage Bearing while enjoying Peaches work.
Maybe slowly pet her head while she goes at it, but seriously, she knows what she's doing.

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282657

"From what we know from Longshank, yes… and this amulet, it made me remember a bit. Small things… and I'm not sure if they are connected, but they might be…"

Venia [Battlemage] 282658

I shudder and clutch my head
"It hurts just thinking about this…"

DM 282661

Your rolls seem terrible
Roll for how much you still like mares
1) not at all. You only crave the D
5) anything goes
10) it was merely a setback!


I honestly can't believe 6 years of swagging around can be deleated by a single night.

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282666



Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282674

"I know… it's all so confusing…"

Venia [Battlemage] 282678

"But why? Why did this happen to you? What did you do to deserve a fate like this?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282680

"I don't know… but if this is true, then this time travel thing seems more likely. And if that is true, then I know who I can hold responsible. Starswirl."

Venia [Battlemage] 282683

I sigh
"Well, looks like we might have to do some looking up in books to find some clues…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282687

"I already read the book about Starswirl. I'm looking for a book on Celestia now."

DM 282689

This just feels so empty without a royal love sausage spelunking in your chutney chute…
"Something the matter partner? You feel a little limp."
You went to bed after the meeting.
You should go meet the teleport array overseer and talk about the catalysts.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282690

buh, but I dun wanna!

wink out of bed then get ready for the day, afterwards go follow Breezy or head to the Array

Venia [Battlemage] 282692

"… right."
Help her look for relevant books '1d10'
"What a nightmare…"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282695

Look for Celestia books, yeah.
"You tell me."

Roll #1 9 = 9


"No partner, it's just been a long night for me, that's all."
Smile at her and fucking enjoy it.

Roll #0 4 + 2 = 6

DM 282703

Well what DO you want to do?
This is the only plot critical item on your list here.
"We can go do something else first if you'd like. This is just a thing we need to get done before we leave.
…and if it's ok, I'd… like you to be there with me for the summoning ritual."
Well, that's enjoyable.
Not magnificent, but still warm and gooey.
The ladies recline on you
"So anything in particular you'd like?
…while I'm still willing to share you?"
[Empress Celestia - The Sun of Equestria]

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282707

I want to pony

"huh? nah it's ok lets finish this thing first."


"Don't be like that honey.. Try to open you mind. Did me a world of good, last night."
Kiss her soflty.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282710

I take off the book.
"Shall we read then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282714

I nod.
"Yeah, let's read and see what we can learn…"

DM 282724

"Right, on to the array then."
The overseer is waiting in his office
"Welcome again. So, I understand you came to talk about the possibilities of using Enhanced Catalysts."
"Indeed. And I believe the king has already given his word on this?"
"Both of them have. I was up all night making some blueprints."
…are you sure it won't… you know… dilute the meaning of our marriage?"
[-Empress Celestia, also known as Queen Celestia and Princess Celestia, is the elder of the Alicorn Sisters that rule the empire of Equestria. Regarded as a god given flesh, her domains of rule are the sun and daytime. Indeed it is said that she is the one who raises the sun every morning and permits it to set in the evening.-]

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282730

alright, rolling to help? or, or design, test, build, SOMETHING '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282732

Keep reading…

Venia [Battlemage] 282733

I frown
"We didn't need 'Alicorns' to raise the sun back in the day…"


Sigh a moment.
"I'm not an expert on families, you were the first thing close to one I ever had. But I'm an expert on you.
And I know I'll always love you like the first day we met. Like the day we went flying together.
Like the day we got married."
Hold her close.

Roll #0 9 + 2 = 11

DM 282751

These blueprints make total sense!
Heck you could probably IMPROVE them. After all, you if anypony knows about Teleportation.
The overseer looks at you
"Something on your mind, miss Nylis?"
[-Celestia's reign began at the end of the Discordian era, where her victory over the Draconequus Discord secured her the throne of Equestria alongside her sister. She was named Princess by popular vote, but her position is closer to one of a queen or empress. During the Alicorn Era, also known as the Equestrian Expansion Era, the small kingdom formed during Hearth's Warming has grown to encompass much of the known world-]
"…as long as you promise I won't mean any less to you…

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282757

"You never will. And we can invite Frosty over whenever you want!"
And then they bent over.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282760

Keep reading.
Remembering anything?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 282762

"Hey, focus!"
Read along '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282765

pull out a different sheet and make some improvements on them, then push it over to him
"This is what I think would help improve it, but uhh.. You- you don't need to make any real changes. I think"

DM 282774

"…well… then as long as you're happy…
…I guess I can be happy too my love."
Oh man look at all that presenting mare.
[-Celestia has ruled for centuries, and has always been seen as a virtuous, just and kind ruler. She does her best to visit new settlements and make public appearances whenever possible, and often leaves much of the bureaucracy to her aides.-]
He looks them over
"Great Spellweaver's beard! Why didn't I think of that? This is… remarkable. To say the very least. We'll save YEARS of construction time! Where did you learn this?"
Winterbreeze smiles
"Good job Telebutt."


And then we had wonderful three-way love and timeskipped to a moment where my rump wasn't acting funny.
RNG, should I roll?

Roll #0 4 + 2 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 282780

Where was this book printed? Canterlot? Keep reading '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282784

"Well- I wouldn't say I know or anything but I guess teleporting everywhere I go teaches a few things?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282788

Keep reading.
The roll was for DO I REMEMBER ANYTHING from reading this about her?

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 282807

Your butt has calmed down from the glorious mud lancing it took last night.
You may walk now.
It's a hoof-written copy.
[-In battle, as an Alicorn, she is ferocious if not entirely invincible, and when partnered with her sister, they wield the Elements of Harmony into combat. This is the power that allowed them to defeat even the god-like Discord-]
Nothing. The book is useless it seems.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282811

Keep reading anyways.
"This sounds… whoa…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282812

Time to get off this bed, dress up and follow the King. No wait. First of all, let's see the girl that makes eyes.
brb 10 minutes.

Venia [Battlemage] 282815

Who wrote this again? Keep reading anyway. '1d10'

"Like propaganda?"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282819

"Maybe… but what if it true?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282823

"Anypony can write a book full of nonsense…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282824

"Hey Breezy, what do you think about me getting those runic tattoos on one of my arms?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282827

"That's true…"

DM 282838

[By: Pliny the Middle Child, historian]
[-No historical records exist of a defeat suffered by the Equestrian Army, and few have ever been able to stand against the sisters and live to tell of it. Celestia does not let her followers be forgotten though, and her royal gardens are full of statues of her greatest servants.-]
She is at her shop
"Yeah? Oh you again. Changed your mind about the colour or something?"
You have ensured a Mass Teleport Array will be added to Wintersgrasp and Ironfoe. Well done.
The piercing shop also offers tattoos.
"Good day ladies. What might you be looking for? Horn bolts? Earrings? Eyebrow piercings? Wink pins?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282841

oh my
"Wink pins?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282843

I look at Venia again.
"Still sure about that?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282850

"Again, could be anypony just slapping the title of historian on there!"

DM 282864

He pulls out a steel needle with little balls on either end
"Puts a little extra touch to your winks. Drives the stallions crazy, or so I hear."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282867

"Still, just what if it is true? How do we win a war against something that have never lost?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282870

"Oh.. n-nevermind."
look around
"Do uh, do you do tattoos?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282873

"More or less. The eye got chipped. Anything you can do to fix it? I'll be taking a lot of hits daily, I'll need something relisient."

Venia [Battlemage] 282875

"I don't intend on going to war, Radiant…"
Keep on reading. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282887

"We don't.."

Kilana [deathsinger] 282893

I'd like to find Winterbreeze.

DM 282899

"Sure I do.
What would ya like?
Flaming skull?
Flaming skull snake rose combo?
Gingerbread pony?"
"Look lad it's a precision instrument, not a damn carpenter's tool.
If you intend to take hits to the eye daily, I'm damn surprised you have any peepers left at all.
I can hammer a rock in there if you want, but that will do all hell for any non-magical seeing."
[-Protected by her said-to-be immortal Phoenix Guard under captain Philomena, and with more unknown allies than any dare to even guess, Princess Celestia is a force to be dreaded if her fury were to be pointed at you. However, she is also known for sparing those who lay down their arms, and accepting peace offerings and surrenders when possible.-]
Looks like she and Nylis are at the market

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282906

"uhh, oh jeez.. ok well…"
draw some casting runes on a piece of paper or something
"I'd like these, along my right arm."
This is ok for casting regularly right?

Kilana [deathsinger] 282907

"Hey, girls! How goes the hunt for sweet deals?" I call out as I trot over to them. "Thinking of getting matching Tattoos?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282909

"Urgh.. No that's not really good now, is it?
Has nopony really ever needed something more resistant than the normal gem?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282913

"Hi, I dunno about Winterbreeze but after what happened I kinda want to have a permanent set of casting runes. Just in case"

Kilana [deathsinger] 282920

I nod, "Yea, that's a smart move. Ya'll know what rune you want right?"

DM 282923

Yes. Brave girl. Not many would dare to go to such extremes.
"Oh hey, are these catalyst runes? Big fan of spells are you?"
He gets out his tattoo stuff
"Just sit back and lemme take care of it all."
"None for me, I'm quite content with just the horn. For now."
"I don't have anything more resilient. I get ponies asking for eyes that see though clothes, shoot energy beams, fly on their own, turn their dicks into gold, you name it.
No deal, because I don't have any. I have gems that let you see after an injury."

Venia [Battlemage] 282926

"Well that's good to hear at least…"
Keep on reading

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282930

show her the ones I drew
"Oh and thanks for coming with us yesterday! I'd probably be buried in books until we had to leave again.."
I have good reason to push the limits
"Yea I am. O-okay"
Inure myself from the tattoo'ing pain '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282934

"I told you we could aim for peace!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 282935

"Come thing think of it.. I might get one myself, I'm not gifted with a horn like you after all. I know a few good ones after all."
I giggle a bit. "ain't that the truth thou? and of course! I'd come with you anytime. "

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282937

"Right… Guess I'm going to be a faithful, recurring costumer of yours from now on then.
Thank you for your time."

DM 282945

[-I really am running out of stuff to say here-]
The tattoo guy eventually finishes
"There ya go. All your favourite runes on proud display. Now then, anything for you, zebra lass?"
"Do try to keep the visits to a minimum. Gems this big aren't easy to purchase."

Venia [Battlemage] 282949


"Very professional."
Close the book and put it away

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282950

Look actually surprised at this.
"I'd have sworn you'd be grateful for the business!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 282951

"Yea, I think I would like this.." I show him one of the larger runes from the scythe. "If you've got a paper I'll trace it on to that for you so you can copy it better."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282953

"T-thank you!"
look at Kilana
"Where are you getting that one done?"

DM 282960

"I'd really rather not see ponies get hurt to be honest.
…and as i said, stocks are low. They have always been low. Demand far outclasses supply for me."
"Yeah I can make that. Where should I put it?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 282963

"Put it on my front leg, left please. "

Venia [Battlemage] 282966

"So what now Radiant?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282967

"Well that's something you'll soon not have to worry about.
What if I told you a little secret? Could that cover the costs of a new, pristine condition gem?"
Smirk at her.

DM 282968

"Sure thing. Sit on down."
He gets to work

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282969

Inure her from the tattoo'ing pain '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

DM 282970

"Depends on the info. Let's hear it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282974

"The supply of gems for Wintergrasp and its allies -which means Rockeye too- is soon going to be over the roof."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282976

"I am not sure… Though, remember the thing about the Pendant? I haven't said what I remembered yet…"

Venia [Battlemage] 282977

I nod slowly, waiting for her to continue

DM 282982

Tell you what - bring me two gems as proof, I'll make one for you free of charge."
And after a little sting, it's done.
"There you go ladies. Matching placement and all."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282985

"Feelings. Very strong feelings… Of Faith and Devotion, and of Love…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282987

"Thank you sir"
look out at the market
"Now what?"

Venia [Battlemage] 282988

"… towards…?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 282989

"Oh, very nice thanks!" I pay him appropriately and turn to Winter and Nylis. "So, what's next?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 282992

oh yea I should pay too..

"I kinda wanted to see what else this place has to offer. You?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 282993

"Could do. Will remember about it next time I have to replace my eye.
Of course it's not gonna happen today, I'll have to go back to Wintergrasp first.
Wonder if that teleporter of yours can do trips back.."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 282995

"I am not sure. Among those feelings, I remembered an old friend, an old ally… and Celestia…."

Venia [Battlemage] 282997

I sigh
"Do you think… do you think you might have been close to this Celestia?"

DM 282999

Winterbreeze ponders
"Well I have all my business done. So I'll just stick to you two."
"Up to the border. If we had more arrays we could go further. If you want details, ask the array crew."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283000

"I don't know for sure… but possibly."

Venia [Battlemage] 283002

"Your Cutie mark… that pendant… the fact that you are a paladin…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283004

"Will do. Also, where can I find someone that knows about those crystals that allow to speak over long distances?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 283006

"Exploring some more sounds fine, where haven't you been yet?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283007

stick my tongue at her
"Party pooper"
look around for things that, uhh…. help with illusory stuff! '1d10'
"The rest of the market… we uh, kinda went and ran off for the museum and teleport array already.. heh"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283010

"Okay… Possibilty might have been an understatement."

Venia [Battlemage] 283013

"So… what do you reckon we do now? Do we tell anypony else?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283017

"And what then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283018

I shrug
"I don't know… Why don't we… have you spoken to Manifest?"


Look around for.. Oh! Outfits! Yeah, we need to see what kind of style these ponies have.

Roll #0 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283024

"He only told me to go to the Master's Altar, and that's all he could help."

DM 283025

For further learning, you could visit the academy.
The fashion is robes and wizard hats.

Venia [Battlemage] 283027

I cock an eyebrow
"The Masters-… Ugh… That crap again?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283030

would they have anything on Doppelgangers or Stealth? Probably not. Follow Kilana

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283034

Whatever I don't really care for the crystals.
Where is Frosty and what is he doing?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283035

"Yes. I don't know what that will achieve."

Venia [Battlemage] 283041

"I don't know, but it all sounds like superstitious ramblings to me…"

DM 283042

They do have an entire course on illusion, mirror images, mirages and doppelgangers
He should be talking to Longshanks about the last orders of business


Hm.. Maybe we can find out where everyone is getting the best robes and hats?

Roll #0 4 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283044

"And I only believe in the Sun… a Sun…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283045

bite my lip, shit shit shit shit shitshitshitshitshitshit!
or sexy robes and hats? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283046

that's not an acceptable roll '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Maybe.. sexy other things?

Roll #0 3 = 3

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283049

pfft '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283050

Go there and check on him. What are they even talking about?

Venia [Battlemage] 283052

I sigh once again
"Well, I suppose there's nothing we can do right now. We'll leave for Wintergrasp soon, I think."
I swallow
"I wonder if Frostmourn has finished his… business."

DM 283053

There is a clothing store at the market. It also does embroidery.
"back again girls? Changed your minds about the wink pins?"
"-and with the communication relay and Mass Teleport Array built, we will at last be able to easily move goods and ponies from city to city"
"Grand. Oh, hello Pumpkin!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283056

I raise an eyebrow.
"What? He's not doing anything shady, is he?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283058



"Oh.. A wink pin.. I don't think so.." I pull Nylis toward the embroidery place fast.

Roll #0 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283062

Give a short bow.
"Just making sure everything is going fine."

Venia [Battlemage] 283063

I snort
"No, no. Again, it was something rather personal."

DM 283066

It has a nice atmosphere in here.
A few assistants are propping up clothes on mannequins
"Perfectly so. Longshanks and I have agreed on the arrangements. Some of Rockeye's latest discoveries, including the Communication Crystal Relays will be installed in Wintersgrasp and Ironfoe so we can communicate more easily.
Construction of new mass teleport arrays will also begin."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283071

"Oh… I was afraid he was doing something with Necromancy agian."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283072


look for something cute then? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283073

"This is wonderful news. Might I inquire on the working of the crystals?"


Oh, my! Such fantastic choices! "Girl, look at this one, or maybe this.. of course something with a fur lining would be nice.." Look for a warm yet stylish robe, maybe with a matching hat even.

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 283078

"They are similar to the one you got from Verne. Only more complex, including a bound farsight spell to enable seeing who you talk to."
Sheesh this place is expensive…
But hey, you do find a rather adorable fur lined silk robe enchanted against cold, a simply darling snow hare wizard hat, and a rather… risque model of the academy uniform.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283081

"Incredibly useful. Are they still limited in range?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283084

"Well it involved raising things…"
I shake my head and motion her
"Unless you have something else to look up, should we leave?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283088

"That's all I came for. Can I stick around with you?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283089

the wintersgrasp academy?
that Fur lined robe sounds nice
anything else that looks good? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 283090

"Sure! Anything you want to do before we leave for Wintergrasp?"


At least its high quality right? I carefully tug on button(s), and check.

Roll #0 4 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283094

"I think I'm all set. This has been a… strange experience. Not calming in the least…"

Venia [Battlemage] 283105

I shrug
"We'll fix this. Somehow… we'll fix this. But for now… want to go check out the mage academy while we wait?"

DM 283108

The Rockeye Academy.
…there is also the official Captain Highhorn Fanmare Uniform…
One of the assistants slaps your hoof away
"Can I help you?"
No, but they aren't portable either. Each set takes up almost a small room.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283112

eeeeeehhh, I'll take the fur lined silk coat. I have enough though right? '1d10'

"You find anything Kilana?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283113

"I'm up for that, yes. Though I'm still not a very magick-y pony."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283114

Mhm. Too bad.
If everything is alright with Frosty, I think I'll go look for Valeriana. Haven't talked to her since we came to Rockeye.

Venia [Battlemage] 283118

"Might be interesting to see how they train the North's most powerful mages though!"

To the Mage Academy!

DM 283123

Of course you do. You work for the High King.
"Go ahead, friend. And remember to pack. We are leaving tomorrow morning."
Whoa shit this place is big.
You could honestly get lost in here…
…are those students wearing outfits themed after Captain Highhorn?


I look at her strangely. "Yes, we need a slight wardrobe update, but all this stuff looks cheap and.. is that an illusion spell on this? A first year student could do better, now can't you offer us a decent price for this stuff at least? " I motion to the fur lined robe and the sexy uniform. "We want three in different colors, or changing colors if you can even manage such a simple illusion."

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283127

oh yea
"T-they what!?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283129

I chuckle
Anything interesting going on? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283130

"Yes m'lord, we'll be ready."
Walk around the place and look around for mother.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283144

Follow and keep looking around.

DM 283145

I'd call a minor stampede of students rushing to you 'interesting'
"Madam has a keen eye. I'll get the maestro. Wait here."
The assistant goes into the back room.
She is sitting on the palace roof
"Hello dear. I heard you got into a fight."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283146

I chuckle.
"Hey, hey, hold on there! I'm just a simple mare, nothing more!"

Can I do the Wing Trick?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 283152

I snicker
"My my Radiant, such a celebrity."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283153

"Venia really tells you everything, uh? I got the king out before anything could happen."
Flutter close and sit besides her.

Kilana [deathsinger] 283154

I smile satisfied at her response.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283156

"I didn't even do anything!"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283158

wait beside her, pretty awestruck
"How didyou know that?"

DM 283164

Take 6.
Looks like you have fans…
"Miss Radiant, are you dating Captain Highhorn?"
"Nonsense! You hunted down the rapists from the pub!"
"Destroyed them with your mighty powers!"
"Banished the foul demons that hated fashion!"
"And helped a couple find ~true love~"
"That's good to hear…
…you're doing a better job as a guard than I am. Sorry for not being there to help."
Soon enough a haughty unicorn comes to you
"So. You are the one calling my clothing fakes?"


"Just look at this, such low quality material and enchants so basic it looks like a foal made them. Surely you can do better?"

Roll #0 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283170

"I what?! No, I have a stallion back in Wintergrasp! And… those other things… Are you all sure that's what really happened?"

Flutter my wing-tentacles just in case.

Venia [Battlemage] 283172

"It's true. Radiant is a true superhero. She even has her own squad of sidekicks!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283174

"Against a few drunkards? A night off for everypony was the right choice.
Did you have fun last night?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283178

I give her a glare at first, then chuckle speak quiter.
"Are we going to play this game, Venia?… well I need some fun and relaxation anyway…"

Turn to the ponies.
"That's true, Venia being my number one sidekick!"

Venia [Battlemage] 283184

"Mmhm! Though Radiant is the real hero! When she's not busy slaying dragons, she visits the kingdoms to search for signs of trouble!"

DM 283202

"Hm. I haven't had such a keen-eyed customer in years. I like it. Custom order it is then. What would you like?"
"B-but muh fan fiction!"
"Is he as cool as the captain?"
"Would you let the captain put it in your butt?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283206

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283207

nudge Kilana
"Could we get something too?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283209

I sigh.
"No, I would not let him do anything to me, and please refrain from questions like that or I won't tell you my stories!"

Flap my wings and maybe take off a few inches from the ground just for show.

Venia [Battlemage] 283211

Wait, how old are these kids?
"I think Radiant really wants to hoof out some signatures, which is why she's here!"

DM 283217

"Oh yes~
Teens mostly. Students of the academy.
"Right, sorry…"
"You dumbass, now you offended her!"
"Tell us about your feats of heroism!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 283222

I clap my hooves together. "Perfect! My girls and I each need a new robe, protected against the cold, and soft for our skin, a widow silk lining might be best. and something.. a little more fun, those uniforms you have a nice start, but make them pleated and the pattern needs to be a little more like this, with a ribbon like flare on it, and make it change to three different colors on a trigger. How does that sound to your Nylis and Winter?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283223

"I still have flashbacks from a few years ago, please, tell me it was just one stallion this time."
give her a resigned look.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283225

"I fought many monsters and heretics and undead, but my greatest fight in my life is still an ongoing battle! A battle against the greatest enemy of ponykind! And a battle even you could help in! Do you know what I am fighting?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283226

"Uh.. good!"

DM 283256

"Wonderful. And how will you be paying?"
"Yes it was. And what a stallion he is~"
"The Dark Arts?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283261

no I can't do that
Pay up using what I earned, or however I'm being paid.

DM 283262

"Hm, seems good. So where would you like them to be delivered?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283264

"Not listening LALALALALA!"
Put my hooves to me ears.

DM 283266

"Fine, fine. I won't go into details. I can always chat with Venia about that stuff."
She gives you a friendly punch to the shoulder

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283268

"Uh… wintersgrasp? Or, Or I can get ours later when we're leaving if need be"

DM 283270

"Wintersgrasp? Hm… well I think I can arrange that. And to what name should I mark them down for?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283277

"Nice to see you two are so close."
Smile at her.
"You know, maybe things are just starting to tic into place."
Then, look worried for a minute.
"Do you two tell each other just about everything?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283278

lean in
"Nyte Lights"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283280

"No. Evil. And not just 'Demons from Tartarus' evil. The evil that resides in all of us. It may take many shapes. For me, that evil is Wrath. Even I lose my temper sometimes… once, I let my anger take over my soul and mind."
Flap my wings.
"Instead of these, I could only grow wicked, blackened skeleton wings. I accidentally cursed a weapon when trying to bless it."
I shake my head, but then smile.
"Thankfully, I knew how to fight evil. With Good. I saved the life of a pony. Made him see the Light too. Then I helped his family. Spoke with a mare, showed him how to fight the Evil of Greed with the Good of Generosity. Do you see what I mean?"

DM 283301

"We share stories a lot. Why keep secrets among friends?"
She looks at the sky for a moment
"…I wonder if you'd like him…"
"okay, and where might you be living?"
The group of fans nod
"I think so"
"Wow, you sound so adventurous!"
"I bet you could fight Tirek head to head!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283306

"I won't sign butts, but I might give you some autographs, IF you all promise to fight the good fight!"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283307

"W-well I'm staying at the Wintersgrasp Academy, does that work?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283308

Put an hoof over hers and look at her with a smile.
"If you like him I bet he's great."

Venia [Battlemage] 283309

"You wont? Aw, that's a shame."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283311

Push her playfully with a Light-tendril.
"Don't make me make an exception for you!"

DM 283345

"Works for me. They should arrive in a week or so."
"He is the captain of the royal guard…"
"We'll do out best!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 283349

"So, now that we've entered the current year, where do you want to go now?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 283350

"Thank you!"
turn to Winterbreeze and Kilana
"The academy for some quick learning?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283351

Whristle at the revelation.
"Wouldn't have expected anything less from you, that for sure.
Wanna go meet with him? We can say I'm your student, dropping a kid on him at your second date would be creepy."

Kilana [deathsinger] 283352

I give you a softened smile. "Sure.. "

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283353

"Okay! And remember! Be Kind and Generous to those less fortunate, and be Honest and Loyal to your friends!"

I chuckle.
"Now who wants the first autograph? And anypony has a pen?"

DM 283354

"…third date. Still… yeah. I guess we could."

The DM needs his beauty sleep


Verne 283355

What's going on


rush off to the Rockeye Academy! look for something that helps with Illusory magic!

Roll #0 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283360

See you tomorrow.

DM 283363

oh hey Radiant and Venia are here
We pause
Seems they all do. This is a school after all…

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 283371

Give them all autographs then!

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283415

"Hum… Venia, could we talk? Somewhere in private, if possible?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283417

"Pumpkin… yes. Of course we can."


"Right… So, about this morning… Yeah. I frankly don't know what to say.
How much you saw?"
Roll not to blush furiously.

Roll #0 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 283427

"Ah… that… Uh…"
Avert my gaze slightly
"Not much. Though I was just… surprised. To say the least. I never figured you and Frostmourn were so… close."
I blush slightly

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283434

"Okay, so the two mares there didn't block your view.
No easy way out, uh?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283443

"Look, I suppose it's none of my business really but…"
I shift my eyes
"I'd by lying if I said I wasn't curious how you ended up in such a… predicament. Although if you'd rather not spill your private doings with Frostmourn I'll just drop it and not mention it again."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283446

"Just promise you'll never. ever. Tell anypony."
Give her a serious stare and a small frown.

Venia [Battlemage] 283449

I hold up a hoof
"I wasn't planning to. Honestly."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283450

"Not even Valeriana?"
Give her one last look.

Venia [Battlemage] 283452

"Not even Valeriana. I don't like ponies who gossip about these type of things."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283457

Nod and relax a moment.
"Well nothing much to say. Alcohol. A lot. And he was maybe the only ony I'd have ever done something like this with."

Venia [Battlemage] 283462

"I'm… honestly surprised. I had no idea Frostmourn saw stallions that way either. Uh… Bearing and Peaches were there too? Isn't that just a little… odd? Bearing didn't mind at all?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283463

Throw my head back and cover my face with my hooves.
"She set it all up.
Can you believe it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283466

I cock an eyebrow
"Bearing? Bearing Fruit? Your wife? She set this up? Really?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283471

"And Peaches and Frosty. Really, don't ask me how. The two of them were hiding in Frosty's room together all night.
I felt so damn ashamed when I saw them.
Worst part? I didn't care."

Venia [Battlemage] 283480

"Well that seems a little mean of them…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283484

"The lot of them will pay, star sure.
At least now they are not trying to kill each other anymore."

Venia [Battlemage] 283496

"… I really ought to talk to Frostmourn about this. I mean forcing that kind of stuff on you, even with approval of Bearing, seems a little too far."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283501

"Well, forcing, that's a harsh word now, isn't it?
And yeah, I'd be laying if I said I didn't like it."

Venia [Battlemage] 283508

I cock an eyebrow again, a small smile appearing on my lips
"… is that so? Nothing wrong with that, mind you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283512

"Don't give me that look! It was strange! New! And for all my life I had looked upon it in the first place!
I blame that shit we had at the bar."

Venia [Battlemage] 283514

I chuckle and put a hoof on his shoulder.
"Like I said, nothing wrong with trying out new things. Heck, I think it's admirable you were willing to go with it. Sun knows Anvil would never agree to something like that!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283524

"I would have neither, if it wasn't for Frosty.
He was talking about it like it was no big deal and all…
But yeah, I still love mares, mind you."
Give her a sideways glance.
"So, not a word with anypony, can I trust you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 283532

"Of course! I wont tell anypony! Not even Valeriana! … I might want to ask Frostmourn about it though~"
I giggle again and whisper in his ear
"So uh… what did Frostmourn do to you aside from what I saw? Did you do anything back to him?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283537

Perk my ears up and give a shocked stare.
"W-why! You mares! Frosty was damn right. It had Bearing and Peaches salivating and now you too!"

Venia [Battlemage] 283541

I let out a hearty laugh
"Come on now, Pumpkin. Can't a mare be curious about these type of things? Not like I'll spread it around anyway!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283545

"It's just so strange…
We went far enough, if that's what you were wondering."

Venia [Battlemage] 283555

I let out a whistle
"Oh my. So he actually went for it? Good show!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283560

"Gaaah! Why did I ever say anything! That's not…
It's a goddamn mess!"

Venia [Battlemage] 283566

"A mess huh~? Can't say I'm surprised."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283571

"You are enjoying doing this, aren't you?"
Squint at her.

Verne 283576

God damn what am I hearing

Venia [Battlemage] 283579

I grin
"Come on Pumpkin, be a good sport. I know Anvil has been spreading around stuff about me as well in the past."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283585

It's supposed to be private to be honest. He's
talking just because she saw us.

"But that's the High King we are talking about! And my butt!"

Verne 283598

It'd be nice if I overheard so we can save time next time

Venia [Battlemage] 283599

I roll my eyes
"Oh please, no matter how many titles or fancy clothes you wear, all stallions are the same down there."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283606

But the last thing Pumpkin wants is to talk about this!
"But Frosty is like a son to you! That's gotta be at least a bit embarassing to talk about!"

Venia [Battlemage] 283624

I shrug
"Blame Anvil and Valeriana for corrupting me so. Besides, my amusement has overtaken the embarrassment."

Verne 283635

Need to find out somehow

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283639

"Wait what did you two exactly do with my mother?"
Raise a brow and form half an expression of disgust.
But why?!

Venia [Battlemage] 283647

I cock an eyebrow as well, still bearing an amused smile
"You're quick to assume, Pumpkin. I didn't say anything about something happening between us. It's just that us mares tend to talk about things."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283655

"That's just one of the reasons I'm not gonna tell you! Also, it's disgusting! And private!"

Venia [Battlemage] 283661

"Alright then. I'm sorry for upsetting you, Pumpkin. I just wanted to poke some fun. I suppose it was kind of mean to do on my part."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283673

"Yeah I am kind of in the middle of an exhistential crisis here if you follow. I mean, all this was…
Too much for me. Really."

Venia [Battlemage] 283682

"Come on Pumpkin, this shouldn't hit you this hard! Existential crisis? You're a damn Northblade! Nopony has any right to criticize you for enjoying stuff!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283693

"But I am criticizing it! I always thought it to be gross and strange and all kinds of things and instead I loved it!"
Clench my head in my hooves.
"This is terrible…"

Venia [Battlemage] 283708

"Hey now…"
Put a hoof around him
"There's nothing terrible about enjoying things you like! Even if you never knew about those things. I always disliked and distrusted necromancy, and now Valeriana taught me some! Just relax and stay calm, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283718

Snuggle up close to her.
"Right. I should really relax about this whole thing, uh?"
Give her a temptative smile, not too convinced of it myself.

Venia [Battlemage] 283732

"You should. And give it some time too. You're surrounded by wonderful friends, and none of them think less of you. Heck, like I said, I actually think it's admirable that you were willing to try! Most stallions would just deny it their entire lives! And well… we've seen how suppressing feelings and emotions all your life worked out for Valeriana… It's a change, that's for sure, but not one you should beat yourself up over."


Try to hug her.
"Thank you Venia. Really, thank you."

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 283741

Let's go for a non-painful hug instead '1d10+2'
"Don't worry about it. I'm always around for a heart to heart chat."

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283743

Yeah your hug is way better. I have problems around mares lately.
"So, did you meet this 'captain of the guards' yet? Seems like mother suddenly got a crush on him."

Venia [Battlemage] 283756

"Highhorn? Oh yes, he's a very nice stallion. A little stuck up and haughty sometimes, but Valeriana knows how to make him drop that act. Treated me a glass of wine after I promised to help improve the shield spells of Rockeye."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283759

"So even Queen Venia has kind words for this stallion? Looks good.."

Venia [Battlemage] 283769

"He's somewhat of a celebrity at the academy it seems. We sparred a little together and it ended it a tie, so yes, I can see why Valeriana would have taken a liking to him."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 283778

"If he has your blessing then I'm relieved.
I was having terrible thoughts lately, about the lordblades, mother and Ilistar."

Venia [Battlemage] 284333

"… Oh. Is that… troubling you this badly? I should have figured…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284392

"Yeah. More than it should. After talking with Waymarker, too… I just want to meet him once."

Venia [Battlemage] 284396

My eyes widen
"Pumpkin that's… that's crazy talk!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284401

"But why? He's still a father to me, even if I never met him! Valeriana told me tales of his deeds, and so did Waymarker.
Hell, he thought I was his real son, by how I fought!
That's just to show how much of his teachings mother taught me."

Venia [Battlemage] 284409

"Valeriana told me about his deeds too. And I don't know which ones she told you about but the ones I heard of were horrible! How can he even be a father to you if you never met him? And after all he's done!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284413

sigh and drop my head, staring at the floor.
"It's sad, right? I feel so connected to a pony who I've never met and that has tried to kill me and all those I love more than once.
Talk about being a mess…"

Venia [Battlemage] 284430

"Listen… Pumpkin… I reckon you're just looking for a father figure because… well you never really had one. I get that. I had the same… issues when my father died. But really, what you're planning here is just crazy!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284435

Give her an odd look.
"What am I planning?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284438

"Meeting him!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284440

"Hek no, I'm not planning to do it! I just… Want to, but I know better than to walk up to the master of all Lordblades and say 'hi dad, long time no see!"

Venia [Battlemage] 284445

I let out a relieved sigh
"Thank the Sun and Moon for that. That would be too crazy, Valeriana would probably suffer an aneurysm…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284452

I scratch the back of my head.
"I think she'd chase me down with every last shadow she's got. And then kill me. And then bring me back. And then have that aneurysm…
Don't ever tell her I feel this way for Ilistar, alright?
I mean, she's getting over him. She's found a nice stallion she's happy with, right?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284457

"I don't know Pumpkin… I think it's more complicated than that… But yes, distracting her from him is really all we can do for now. We can't force her to forget about him after all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284459

"He will come one day, you know?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284468

I frown
"Hmph, maybe so. But I have no intention on letting this conflict reach that far."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284476

Look at her with sad eyes.
"It's not really in our hooves, you know. They will come.
And mother will face the hardest choice of her life, just like Lady Radiant."

Venia [Battlemage] 284484

"Well… I'm thinking about going there. To Canterlot. On a diplomatic mission."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284490

Give her a flat stare.
"And? Get murdered in some unfortunate accident? You saw what they do to diplomats when Prima's house blew up."

Venia [Battlemage] 284495

"A Queen dying on foreign territory while on a diplomatic mission would do no well to their public image. Lordblades or not, I don't think the Equestrians would be that low. Especially considering I was born there myself! I'm just sick of having to worry about the future of my own children. I don't want them to grow up in a world filled with hate and war."

Verne [Trickster] 284499

Presumably overhear the conversation while walking past, and knock on the door.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284502

"I am no diplomat, but honestly, it's a huge risk. If you are asking for my opinion, no, don't go.
Best case scenario they'd kill you.
Worst? Kidnap you, torture you, break your will and force Unyielding to surrender or cooperate with them."
"Who's there?"

Verne [Trickster] 284504

"It is I, Verne, Pumpkin. May I enter?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284507

"Yeah come on in."

Venia [Battlemage] 284508

I sigh
"Great. Sure, come in."

"Of course it's a risk!"

Verne [Trickster] 284511

"Thank you."

Go on in.

"Now, what is this I hear about attempting negotiations with Equestria? Mis, Empre-, ahem, Miss Venia… if you will explain your plan in full, please?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284513

"You are a queen and I cannot stop you, but don't do it. That's my word.
Negotiations with those two immortal abominations that have tried to kill us time and time again are bound to fail."
"Foolish thinking of ponies who have not seen the true face of our enemy."

Verne [Trickster] 284515

"I will decide that once I hear her plan. I may be able to plan something. Empre-Miss Venia, please?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284519

"I did some research with Radiant regarding Queen Celestia yesterday. I want to travel to Canterlot to meet with her. To discuss peace between the North and South. To end this Lordblade mess."

"I want to try. For the sake of the North. For the sake of ponykind!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284520

"Stop a minute.. With Radiant? That's out of discussion!"

Verne [Trickster] 284521

"And how are you so certain Princesses Celestia and Luna will hear you out? Where did you read this? And where does… Paladin Radiant play a role in this?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284526

"I don't see why. Radiant is my friend and I trust her. She has a heart of gold, I've seen that in her."

"I am not certain. Not at all. But I've got a feeling something is off with this whole thing. You two never saw Equestria. I have. I've met its ponies. Its inhabitants. Something is up, and I want to resolve it without bloodshed!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284531

"You are missing the biggest point.
She is a paladin of the sun.
With amnesia.
Coming from Equestria.
Now answer this.
Who is the Sun, for the equestrians?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284534

"And you are missing another point. I am a paladin mage of the Sun. Also hailing from Equestria. Does that make me evil? Does that make me a threat to the North?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284539

"You hail to the old sun! She follows that demon that calls herself a god! She even has her mark! Do you really think she'd disobey her order? As soon as Lady Radiant steps out of the North, she'll become a liability! She knows all our secrets, our faces, our weaknesses! She's going to kill us all!"

Verne [Trickster] 284540

"I may was well divulge a plan I had put into action for a while now. Please listen, both of you.

Just before we left for the Underkingdom, I had a letter sent to Canterlot, hopefully read by the Princesses themselves. There, I offered the safe and healthy return of Waymarker and his accomplices that we captured as a symbol of our goodwill, in exchange for opening negotiations for peace and trade. If they accept, then you, Miss Venia, would be safer going there as an envoy to also return them their Lordblade. Should they refuse, then it is futile to even try. Can you accept this plan? If so, then we will discuss further action and measures for failure."

Verne [Trickster] 284541

"Paladin Radiant.. is bound to Equestria's Rule in this way? Hmm… I would not be so hasty as to kill her immediately. We will use her."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284544

Snap at him.
"You don't touch Lady Radiant! She's my master! She's the one who has shown me the light! She has done so much for us I can't even recount it!"

Venia [Battlemage] 284545

"All of our secrets? Like that lordblade Waymarker does then? The one you had pardoned and let out of jail?"

"It sounds like a fair idea. Returning a Lordblade to his order would show goodwill towards them."

I glower at him
"Anypony who lays a hoof on Radiant will answer to my warhammer, you hear me? I will not allow anypony to harm my friends."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284548

"He is not walking out of Wintergrasp, let alone the North. All his mails are under control and a shadow is with him at all times.
Do you really take me for a foolish kid, Venia?
I love Lady Radiant like a sister, but she is going to betray us. It's in her blood. In the mark she wears.
Keeping her North will save her and ours life."
"It's too late for that Verne. Waymarker is on our side now. They'd only torture him and kill him with dishonor in Equestria."

Verne [Trickster] 284550

"But just now, you were raving on about how she was a threat. What did you plan to do otherwise? Either way, there are several options open to us: if we can play on her years of attachment to us, we can have her serve as a negotiator as well. If she succeeds in returning to Equestria, she will either hold some loyalty to us, which we can use to have her work in our favour some way, or she will abandon us completely for Princess Celestia, in which case…"

"We will have to see how the circumstances go. I would prefer not to do it, but if there is no option left to us… regardless, sicne you agree, we will discuss this in more detail now.

Pumpkin, I need you to speak with Waymarker a little more. He is resigned to languishing here in his despair, and did not take very well my suggestion that he return home. Since you changed his mind into joining us, I will need a feat similar to that from you."

Verne [Trickster] 284551

"Equestria would not know of that, would they? That is where you come in. Convince him to return home."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284555

"We keep her North. This is the only solution."
"Please. We had him talk, they will. I just told him his whole life was a lie, he's not going back.
And I am not sending him back."

Verne [Trickster] 284560

"Hmm. Unfortunately, the die has been cast. If Equestria wishes for him to go back, we will have no choice but to comply or they will crush us as we stand. If you truly want to protect him, we can discuss a few… measures we can use to minimise his suffering, if any.

Besides that, keeping Paladin Radiant North forever may not be a viable solution. You said so yourself, if her brand is of any indication, if knowledge of Equestria's Divine Mandate comes to her, she may choose to abandon us immediately. The best thing we can do is play on her emotions as much as we can to convince her to not forsake us by her own will."

Venia [Battlemage] 284561

"He's a damn master of stealth, do you really trust him to sit on his ass while he still has loved ones over at Equestria? Would you? Radiant has been with us for years, she wont betray us that easily. And the only thing that will save our lives is peace."
I pause
"Besides, there are some more implications to consider about Radiant here…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284562

"So wait a minute.
You sent a letter telling the equestrians about one of my spies and told me nothing?"
Look at him with bloodshot eyes.
"This is exactly one of the things. His loved ones are coming here.
And you have not seen Radiant fight. If you know the definition of the word Zeal, that's her.
I've been training with her every day for four years. I know what she thinks about when she's alone.
The Sun. Her Sun. She will do it, Venia. Don't delude yourself."

Verne [Trickster] 284568

"I had discussed the matter with Frostmourn and he agreed, on the day I alerted him to Waymarker's presence. Did he not tell you? That was the reason I gave the instruction to keep Waymarker alive and well if at all possible. This was arranged long before he became 'your' spy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284570

"Frostmourn did not tell me anything about this when I asked for Waymarker's forgivness.
And I'm not letting him leave.
Should they send Tartarus' army at me, he'll stay."

Venia [Battlemage] 284572

"I have not seen Radiant fight? Is that so? Well then, I suppose I know absolutely nothing about her, unlike you. I will go to Equestria, whether you like it or not. If the Northblades don't like that then tough luck."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284574

"You are not the problem. Radiant is. She will not leave the North, this is not open for discussion."

Verne [Trickster] 284575

"Why are you so intent on letting him stay? Our people's future hinges on this. This is an opportunity we may never be able to reclaim. And it may just make the difference between Miss Venia returning in a carriage, or in a coffin."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284577

"Because I made a promise to that pony! A home! He is a renegade in his own land, here is the only solace he'll ever be able to find! And after accepting us, you want me to cast him away like a used rag?
I won't let you lay hoof on him."

Venia [Battlemage] 284578

"So you're not worried about me being tortured to spill all the secrets, yet you are worried about Radiant doing so? Way to set your priorities straight, Pumpkin. And you don't hold any authority over me. Only Frostmourn and Anvil do."

"He tried to kill all of us! You are ready to forgive the likes of him but still you remain so distrustful towards Radiant!?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284580

"I am not distrustful towards Radiant. I know her well. I fully trust she'll follow her faith rather than us, that's what.
And trust me, the High King knows of Radiant's allegiance, I have made sure to inform him myself."

Verne [Trickster] 284584

"You raise a point. It may make us less appealing to potential defectors.

Nonetheless, the die has been cast. If you object, you may speak to Frostmourn about it. And perhaps Miss Venia here too, since her life may well be decided by this plan."

"You are also contradicting yourself. You are aware that Radiant will follow her faith no matter what, even should she learn of the Sun's Mandate in Equestria, yet trust her. What do you mean?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284587

"Then I will try to convince him otherwise. There is more to this whole mess and I intend on finding out what."

"There wont be any need for defections once the North and South live in peace."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284590

"Waymarker will stay. I'll make sure of it.
I trust lady Radiant as a pony, and know that if her faith calls to her, she'll abandon everything and everypony."
"Suit yourself."

Verne [Trickster] 284593

"Of course, that is our ultimate goal. But the road will not be easy, and we should maintain every tool we can use at our disposal."

"If Wayamrker will stay, Frostmourn will need to be convinced. Now, why are you so insistent ion him staying? To fulfill a personal promise?"

Stay even more abnormally still than ever.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284595

"He's a great asset for all of us. A lordblade with dozens of years of experience, nowhere else to be and a newfound home in the North.
His allegiance to us is as solid as it can be, his ability to help the north even bigger.
And yes, I want to fullfill that promise. Because we are better than them."

Verne [Trickster] 284608

"I see. Either way, we will see how Equestria responds. For a moment, I had honestly suspected it was all a game of honour for you.

Please remember, and I have told this to Frostmourn as well. As our obligation to citizens, there is another standard of behaviour expected of us. We cannot be concerned about personal pride or honour if it means we must use the resources of the nation. Nothing of the land is our personal property. The armies under us, the people we lead, what we gain from their labour, none of it may be used solely for our personal needs. This includes Waymarker's fate. We must choose what benefits our people most. Not what benefits us, or him."

Venia [Battlemage] 284612

"A great threat you mean. A greater threat than Radiant could ever be. If we actually take the time to solve this mess rather than trying to worsen it, we could save millions of lives."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284614

"I leave that crap behind once I drop the mask Verne.
Not gonna drag it in my life. I do enough horrible things when I wear it.
If Frosty asks me, I will escort Waymarker to his execution myself.
Otherwise, good luck."
"But you don't need a wild card such as Radiant to get this done. You could take anypony else. Hell, I'd escort you if I hadn't a mission!"

Venia [Battlemage] 284621

"Because Radiant bears the mark of one of their leaders! Just yesterday when we visited the academy everypony was drooling over how pretty her wings were!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284623

"But that's exactly the reason she'll betray us! Damnit how can you be so blind?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284626

"How can she betray us when our intentions are to make peace!?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284627

"Her leader wants to kill us.
She orders Radiant to reveal all she knows, Radiant will."

Verne [Trickster] 284628

"I am truly happy that you understand, Pumpkin. Now, regarding Radiant… I am personally of the opinion that she go with Venia, but only after heavy conditioning. We must play on what loyalty she has on us and control her state enough that any thought of defection. If Frostmourn approves of Radiant going with Venia, I will propose another plan to ensure she will stay loyal of her own will."

Venia [Battlemage] 284629

"You're being too paranoid."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284634

"I… Understand? I despite you in this moment! You are everything I will never want to become! A cold, heartless politician who talks only with big words and can't weight the worth of a pony!"
"She is a zealot. If the Moon asked me to reveal all my secrets, I would."

Venia [Battlemage] 284638

"Stop assume the worst like that! For all we know this will resolve any hostilities between the North and South anyway! Not everypony is like you, Pumpkin!"

Verne [Trickster] 284639

"…is that so? Then what are you? I wonder if you've asked that yourself?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284641

"They tried to commit genocide three times already! This is crazy!"
"I am a blade when I wear my mask and a moondamned pony lost in this war that's already eating us when I'm not. This is what I am."

Venia [Battlemage] 284644

"The Lordblades did! Are you truly so delusional to think that an entire nation wants to kill everypony else? Have you even met or seen any Equestrians aside from Radiant and I!?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284646

"For fuck's sake Venia! I'm a Northblade! And look who I answer to! Only Frosty! Do you think those princesses are not in control of what happened here?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284647

"I've done my research about Equestria, unlike you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284648

"And a book was filled with info about a secret organization of royal assassins, I'm sure."

Verne [Trickster] 284650

"And I am a pony trying to make sure that everything you know and love will not be consumed by our enemy. At this present moment, our doom could come knocking on our door as it pleases, and I am doing all I can to ward it off while you enjoy the fruits of our labours , even while you enjoy the life we built as you take off that mask. Did I want to be cold and heartless, Pumpkin 'Swansong'? I did not. I was only prepared to make any sacrifice to ensure this nation that houses all I know and love could live. If I have to give up my soul, I would gladly do so. Now, say it again. Call me cold and heartless and capable of only speaking big words. Do it."

Venia [Battlemage] 284651

"I read about this Celestia and her Equestria. It is nothing like Wintergrasp or even the Greater Northlands. She's a damn Empress, she can't take care of everything so she passes on responsibilities towards other ponies. And I'm certain that the one who pulls the strings over at their Lordblade headquarters is Illistar and Illistar alone."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284654

"That's not how Lordblades work, Lady Venia. You could always ask mother about it, you know."
"I would. I would and then regret it the very next moment.
But Verne, I'm not as strong as you are. I cannot take this twentyfour seven."
Place an hoof on his shoulder.
"Making things right for as many ponies as I can is my way to deal with the horrors I have to do.
So please, save Waymarker. Don't let him be returned to Equestria."

Venia [Battlemage] 284657

"You don't know that. Like I said, there's more to this. There's a reason why the Lordblades are so aggressive towards us."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284658

"Because they were ordered to by the Princesses?"


Sigh a little. Rolling for how much I can continue to maintain my composure

Roll #0 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 284661

"Again, I don't believe that."



It;s like you want Verne to be an unfeeling monster RNG

Roll #0 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284664

"Venia… I know it. I know the stories mother told me, and before that I know the stories Shadow Song used to scare me away.
If there's one thing that is undubtable, is that they take orders from the two false gods."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284666

can a zigga get in on this meeting?

Verne [Trickster] 284668

Yeah okay we'll go with that. Suddenly slump over from my stance and sit against a wall.

"Perhaps there has been too much asked of you. I apologise. Regardless, since you have brought up the benefits in leaving Waymarker here, we can allow Waymarker his own input in this. He may decided for himself."

Venia [Battlemage] 284670

"And I don't believe it. There. Is. More. To. It."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284676

Knock and hope my zigga.
"He did decide my friend, but you are welcome to talk with him again."
"Now you are being irrational.
Why would there even be any other reason? You have all the firsthoof proofs you need! Valeriana's experience, the lordblades' confessions, the current campaign of ruthless conquest the equestrians are leading… I don't understand how you can deny all this!"

Venia [Battlemage] 284684

"You don't know about the other firsthoof proofs about Equestria I have. I've met plenty of ponies from there who say otherwise."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284690

"But those are normal ponies! They live in their homes far from every war and scheming, only see the good face of a kingdom!
Verne, tell her how the normal ponies can be swayed! Tell her about the propaganda and all those means to control the public!
We have seen the real face of Equestria and their leaders. They are rutheless and want us dead, thinking us inferior just because we don't bow to their fake gods."

Venia [Battlemage] 284693

"Exactly, and how would lying to our own people and ruining any chances at peace make us any better, Pumpkin? How do you justify not taking the chance to potentially save millions of lives?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284695

"What are you even on about! I was talking about the Equestrians! They are the ones that are lied to! The normal ponby in equestria will see the two fake gods as perfect beings, and us as barbarian agressors!"

Verne [Trickster] 284697

"In depends on the nature of their anecdotes. To gather the support of the public, Equestria would have to present their efforts as heroic. But if they are imply not aware and have heard nothing, that means that nothing has been disguised and fed to them, because nothing has been at all fed. If propaganda is in effect, their viewpoint will be heavily zealous in one direction or another, and as of now they appear.. ambivalent.

In turn… regardless, I am also in favour of negotiation with Equestria. Of course we must prepare extensively, and while I do not want to risk Miss Venia, she also raises a strong argument that she is best suited for the job."

Venia [Battlemage] 284698

"And they will continue to do so if we don't show them otherwise! I don't know about you, but I'd rather risk my own life trying to make peace than risking the lives of our own people in a war!"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284700

In my search I knock on whoever's room you three are hiding in. "Hey, its Kilana can I come in?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284701

"Moondamnit Venia! You can go and I'll escort you, but the problem here is Radiant! She cannot come!"

Venia [Battlemage] 284704

"We'll discuss this with Frostmourn. He's the one to decide about that. I want Radiant at my side if I'm going down there, it's that simple."
Shake my head at him and get up to take my leave.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284706

Just look at her as she goes.
"She'll kill us all."
"Come in Kila. We are done anyway."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284708

"What's goin' on?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284710

"Politic getting in the way of ponies, I guess. And fear for the future."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284713

I take a seat. "Well, politics are difficult, bits and marriages mostly.. What are you afraid of?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284714

"You know lady Radiant, right? Have you ever seen her cutiemark?"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284717

I think back.. "I don't remember seeing it no, is it important?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284720

"Catastrophyc, Kila. Care for a walk? I need to crash on my bed. I'll explain on the way."
Make my way for my room.

Andelia [most boring shaman] 284723

I follow you a bit concerned. "Does this have to do with Radiant's memories?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284726

"Yeah. Both those she has and those she has not. Her cutiemark? That's…"
Move closer to her and whisper in her ear.
"Celestia's sun."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284740

"Oh, shit.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284743

Walk into my room and crash on the bed after closing the door.
"That's not all.
Venia wants to take her to Canterlot.
Just in front of Celestia.
Is like asking to be backstabbed."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284748

I shake my head. "You couldn't talk her out of the idea? After all we've been through trying to prepare to fight the Equestrians?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284749

"Seems like Venia is set on it. My only chance is appeal to the King and hope he stops Radiant."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284756

"Or.. we could disable radiant ourselves.. Do you know when this trip might take place?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284757

"I'm not gonna attack Lady Radiant zigga, not without Frosty's order."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284761

"Maybe no.. attack, just.. delay? Make her think something else is more important and send her there, I mean.. there actually is something odd about the captain.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284765

"The… Captain? You mean Celaire?"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284767

I nod. "I don't know exactly what.. but he seemed off to me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284769

"Got nothing more concrete there zigga?"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284770

"I haven't had too much contact with him personally so I can't say for certain.. but maybe we can get Radiant to look into that and distract her something fierce."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284774

"Distracting Radiant from a trip to Canterlot after she has learnt she's Equestrian? This… I don't know. It'd take some serious shit.
And I don't want to hurt any of them. I'm only doing this for Radiant's good."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284784

I pause.. "Well, its not very moral.. but maybe I can make him.. look sick enough to make her find a cure? It would have to be something she had a hoof in or she won't go personally.." I pause an idea sparking. "A romantic trip! It shouldn't be hard to convince Radiant they need some together time, and then we just.. leave some ideas around.. you can whisper them from the side and make them seem like her idea, or use one of your disguises to make it seem like you're legit offering them this trip. send them somewhere with a poisonous plant, and have the antidote on hoof just in case."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284791

"Urgh no, please. I cannot do this. It's the same crap I would have to pull on the job.
I want them to understand why this is important, not hurt Lady Radiant or Celaire."

DM 284841


Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284851

"Need a hoof down this roof then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284852

Go see Frostmourn then, I need to talk to him about what I saw earlier this morning.

DM 284861

"I'm not that old"
She gracefully flips off the roof and in via a window
He is overseeing the packing of several catalysts, instruments, large crystals and shipments of precious metals

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284863

Roll my eyes and fly in with her.
"Sure you still got the spirit."

Venia [Battlemage] 284865

Walk up to him skittishly and clear my throat.


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 284870

Are we back yet?

DM 284873

"I'd rather keep it that way. Now, you wanted to go see golden boy?"
"Venia. Good day.
The preparations are going well. I have much to thank Nylis and Winterbreeze for."
No. This is the last day in Rockeye.
Unless you want to time warp yourself ahead.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284876

Nod and give her a silly smile as I follow.

Venia [Battlemage] 284878

"… right. I'm sorry, I haven't really been keeping track of those two. The reason why I'm here though… About this morning?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 284880

No need.
Take a walk outside then I guess.

DM 284885

She leads you past several guards stationed at the royal guard HQ tower and takes you to the top floor office.
The door guard knocks on the door
"Captain. Important guests."
"I'm busy"
"It's um… Lady Valeriana."
A bit of scrambling noise later the captain opens the door
"M'lady! Do come i- …who is your young guest?"
The captain barely looks ten years older than you
"Well, go on, introduce yourself to the good captain."
He blushes ever so softly
"Yes? What about it?"
Is there anyone in particular you'd like to meet?

Venia [Battlemage] 284888

"Uh… Well… what happened exactly? I mean I don't want to pry into your private business or anything but… it was a pretty unusual situation to witness…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 284892

I don't know, I'm just a mere pony who came here to get away from some inner turmoil to think only to discover more inner turmoil she could ever get.

So a walk in the nice fresh air is what a simple pony like that could go for now is all.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284900

"Pumpkin Sw…" Look at Valeriana for a second.

DM 284901

"…let's go somewhere a little more private."
The king nods to the ponies overseeing the packing and leads you to the sidelines
"…just how much did you see?"
As you stroll along the park near the academy you notice some students have set up posters of… you.

DM 284907

She gives you a questioning look
"Pumpkin. Hm, well, nice to meet you. A friend of Valeriana's?"

Venia [Battlemage] 284908

"… everything that was going on when that door opened?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 284910

Walk over there and sigh.
"Are you sure you are not taking this too far? This wasn't what I meant when I said 'Fight the Good Fight."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284912

"Actually, Swansong. Pumpkin Swansong. I'm her son and student. A pleasure to meet you."

DM 284920

His eyes widen
…Y-you never said anything about a son!"
She gives him a dull look
"And should I?"
"Would it have changed anything?"
"This is my son, Pumpkin."
"Nice to meet you Pumpkin. Captain Highhorn of the Rockeye Royal Guard."
"Yeah um… well lets say I agreed to a… little deal."

Venia [Battlemage] 284922

I cock an eyebrow
"A little deal? And I assume Sunrise doesn't know about this?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284930

"I'm afraid I don't have such a nice title myself. Just call me Pumpkin."
Smirk at him.
"And don't worry captain, I'm not around home anymore since… Well, ever.
Not gonna butt in between the two of you."

DM 284938

"Oh she does. Indeed she played a part in talking me into it.
See she spoke with Bearing at one point and… well I won't go into detail but Bearing has certain… kinks. And they figured I could help make her wish come true. In a way."
"Well that's a relief. I don't think my place can really hold more than one extra sleeper. I'd have to ask King Longshanks for a new place to stay, hah. Do come in, both of you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 284939

"Please, contain yourselves, it's just me! I'm not that special!"

DM 284945

"But you have those wings!"
"They aren't magical, they are special!"
"We've never seen anything like it! It's like… a miracle!"

Venia [Battlemage] 284946

I blink
"You're kidding me… right? So you… Pumpkin… Bearing…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284948

Enter and take sight of his place.
"So, how did you two meet?"

DM 284958

"Well Peaches and Sunrise helped set it up for Bearing. I think it was something of a peace offering on Peaches' side."
Big office. Windows on all the walls, with great vision to every part of the palace below
The captain sits down on a sofa
"Well, I met the vicequeen, Venia, earlier and after some sparring asked if she'd like dinner. She declined, but sent Valeriana here in her stead."
"I climbed in through his window. He almost threw me out of it"
"Well you startled me"
"I did a lot more than that too, golden boy"
"…well… yes."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284960

-sometime before the place thing-
"But pumpkin.. its for her own good, if she goes to see this sun princess.. and she's got the same mark and everything.. just make it a non lethal toxin, maybe we can get them to just.. fall asleep for a while.. "

Groves 284963

I snort, then stay quiet for a while as I consider all of this. Eventually I just break into laughter.
"That's… that's hilarious! Hah!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 284967

"I'm just a humble pony in the service of the Sun. I did this with faith. Just believe in yourselves and do good and you can be just like me!… Okay, maybe without the wings. And the stallionface, I'm sure none of you would want that."

I chuckle.
Does this casual little fun relieve my mind a bit at least?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284969

"Okay we are getting in the Too Much Information territory! But you look like a great guy, Highhorn."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284976

>another time, another place
"I'll just talk with the King, convince him she's a liability and we cannot take her. He'll listen to me. I hope."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284988

I nod "You have the best chance of this, good luck bro." I give you a tight hug. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 284992

"I just hope they won't doom us all…"
Hug her back.
"Thank you for listening zigga. Always a pleasure."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 284993

"Of course, I'm always here for ya' bro." I smile and leave you to rest.

DM 284998

"…it is? I just thought I'd be nice to some friends."
"B-but miss Radiant, you look so cool!"
"Even your face does!"
These superficial fools do not understand your pain. They could not. They are mages. Not paladins. They have logic, not faith. Calculations and formulas, not prayers and devotion.
"Thank you. I graduated with high grades from the academy, was chosen for the Royal Guard and rose to the rank of Captain. I am responsible with some of the reforms within the guard, and King Longshanks has often acknowledged my skills in both arms and magic."

Venia [Battlemage] 285007

I snort, removing a tear from my eye as I calm down again
I smirk at him
"So… how far did you go exactly, Frostmourn~?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285009

"Now you have my attention."
Lean forward and grin.
"What kind of magic combat are we talking about? Defensive? Offensive? Support?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285020

Oh…well, at least it's fun to have fans.

"Still, I'm not sure I'd like if my face was all over the walls."

DM 285026

"Well we stopped soon after you checked on us. Though the only reason we continued in the morning was because he couldn't walk after last night."
"As a guard, I prefer defensive magic. It is my duty to protect, after all. However I am no stranger to the more offensive arts either."
"…would you prefer a statue?"
"Oh! What if we made fan uniforms!"

Venia [Battlemage] 285029

"Because he couldn't-"
I start snickering again.
"My my, I never thought you swung that way, Frostmourn. Whatever will Anvil think about this?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285031

Frosty pls, some decency!
"No absolutely, that's great! Can you sh…"
Look back at mother and Highhorn.
"Maybe I can catch you in a better time. You two should enjoy the day."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285033

"What if you just had… uh, fan pins maybe? Or stickers? Something, you know, small?"

DM 285044

"Ooh! Pins! That's a good idea!"
"What do you think of Captain Highhorn?"
"Isn't he dreamy~?"
"Well, if you are busy dear"
"It was nice meeting you Pumpkin"

Venia [Battlemage] 285047

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285049

"I'll leave you two, have a nice day. We move back to Wintergrasp tomorrow, mother."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285051

"I still don't know him, or who he is, but I'm sure he's charming."

DM 285089

"I don't 'swing that way'. I still have my beloved Sunrise. And many of my friends are the same way. Unyielding is a relic of the Old Kings. His mindset is outdated and obsolete."
"Yeah… I… guess we do…"
She gets up and scoots closer to the captain
"…I'll… catch up later ok?"
"H-how can you not know!?"
"He's only the coolest greatest handsomest pony in the land!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285095

I facehoof.
"I told you all already, I have a stallion back in Wintergrasp."

DM 285100

"Tell us about him!"

Venia [Battlemage] 285101

"I'm not judging you or anything, Frostmourn. Heck, I'm actually impressed by the fact that you went with it. Shows your openminded! But uh… don't be so harsh on Unyielding please."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285104

Got nothing to do and an aching butt to take care of.
Let's pack my stuff for now. Go back to my room.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285111

"His name is Celaire. He is the Captain of the order called Warriors of Sunlight, the elite guardians of King Frostmourn. He belives in the Sun as much as I do, and he's a honest, hard working, good pony."


Rolling for stealth.

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 285120

"And why would I not be? A mind incapable of adapting is a mind incapable of surviving."
The girls are there. They even started packing your stuff
"Welcome back~"
"How's your ass?"
"Oooh! A captain!"
"Told ya. TOLD YA."
"I bet he's not as dreamy as Highnorn though."
Zigga what are you doing? Nobody is going to buy a walking bush INDOORS.

Venia [Battlemage] 285125

I huff
"Hmph, do I need to remind you that his willingness to adapt is the reason why you can call yourself High King Frostmourn?"


"Want a taste of how it feels?"
Give her a cocky smile and go kiss Bearing.

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285128

"He's perfect for me, that much is sure. Kind and gentle to me but a firm and strong leader on duty. I could go on for days!"


Oh, how silly of me.. ditch the bush and try again..

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 285154

Worryingly, you can feel something on your ass as you kiss her.
"What was that, partner?"
"Can he do magic?"
"Does he even lift?"
Yes. Hiding in shadows is much smarter. Where are you going?

Venia [Battlemage] 285158


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285167

"I don't know whether he lifts or not, but he trains everyday. And yes, he can do divine magic."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285169

"Peach I'm this close to appear behind you and give a taste of what a backstab with a dick feels like.
Don't make me."

DM 285174

"No need. I still like him and appreciate his efforts. I just think he needs to let go of old things when they are no longer relevant."
"When can we meet him!?"
"Fiiiiine. Enjoy your waifu, I'll be here, packing."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285179

I'm going to follow Celaire, I'm assuming he's with the king still.. so just take me to the same room as them that should be good enough.

Venia [Battlemage] 285180

"Well I agree, but there's no need to get nasty either!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285181

"Let's all get the job done, uh?"
Help the both of them pack.
"So after I left you two this morning did you do anything that's not stalking me?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285184

"Uh, whenever you come to Wintergrasp I guess?"

DM 285186

He is in Wintersgrasp. When did you get there?
"We tidied up a little"
"And ate some lunch"
"Wait, are you leaving?"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285189

I'd like to go there now to him now. I don't think I have anything else to do here.

Venia [Battlemage] 285195

Dammit DM, get your shit together! >>285180

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285196

Oh, well. I guess I can talk to shadow song before I go there.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285197

"I'm actually positively surprised. Taking it in the butt did eventually fix all my problems, who would have guessed!
Well ladies last night here, anything you want?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285200


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285202

"I think tomorrow, yes."

DM 285209

She is trying to have her last day together with her new boy toy. You may interrupt if you want.
Ok, if you say so.
Welcome to tomorrow afternoon.
Celaire is having a little walk to see the setting sun.
"…I didn't mean to sound nasty. Sorry…"
"No idea. Unless you wanna go cause some mischief."
The overall mood dies
"Well… shit."
"Will we ever see you again?"


Nah, I'll just take the time warp to tomorrow afternoon. Can I see anything odd about Celaire?

Roll #0 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 285219

I sigh
"It's fine, I suppose. I'm just slightly on edge today…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285220

"I might come back here if my duty calls me. Or I am available most of the time in Wintergrasp. But if you heeded my words, and you'll do your best to do Good, I'll be with you all, in your hearts."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285222

If i can't then teleport and finish packing '1d10+3'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285224

"Peach you are so not going to do that. We are here with the King, remember?
Also, after last night I've had enough experiences with 'not thinking it through' to last me… Two more days?"

DM 285239

He has one hell of a toned ass
"is there a reason for that?"
"So deep~"
"So wise~"
Oh hey, there's a sale on shadow cloaks
A spell that goes off on a 8+ won't break stealth when its worn
"Gah, fiiiine."
"…oh yes the fight you got into… poor baby.."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285243

"Just, try not to make a statue for me, okay? Please?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285246

eugh, pay for one then teleport back to packing '1d10+3'

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285248



Well, that must be what Radiant sees in him, case closed. Wait, that's not why I'm here, focus Kila, isn't there something odd about him, use those zebra senses and figure it out.

Roll #0 9 + 1 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285251

"Okay let's do it like this. You gimme a target, I tell you if it's worth it!"
Turn to Bearing
"Pff don't worry, been in worse than that. And made my night, if I have to say.."

Venia [Battlemage] 285252

"Just a couple of things we'll need to discuss in the near future. Don't worry about that for now. How was the final meeting with Longshanks?"

DM 285280

This thing is damn useful.
"Yes miss radiant"
"We'll stick to pins"
"And wing capes"
How about the fact that he has necromantic residue on him, implying clearly that he is indeed dead, or at least has at some point been dead, like Pumpkin?
"I say we hit that uptight academy"
"made mine too~"
"Very good. It seems Nylis and Winterbreeze helped the architect of the Mass Teleport Array to improve the design. We will soon have one in every major city."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285283

hell yea it is..
ok walk back. pack up. kiss Winterbreeze, then head out somewhere safe and safely discharge the absorption '1d10+-3'

Roll #1 4 - 3 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285284

I chuckle.
"Good. And please, please for the Love of the Sun don't pair me with this Captain of yours, okay? I wouldn't want rumors spreading about me that I'm not loyal to my stallion, even if it's made up gossip."


Aha! I knew something was different, can I tell if he's undead from here? Does the scythe react to him or anything?

Roll #0 8 + 1 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 285296

"Huh, very handy! In that case we wont even need the Underkingdom to get to places anymore. Or well, we'd at least have a alternative route of transportation."


"Peach, you saw what the king did to Valeriana, right? They can all do that."
Give Bearing one more quick kiss.

Roll #0 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285302

DM 285306

Roll for damage
"Yes ma'am!"
He doesn't seem undead in the traditional sense. He might have been resurrected at some point. Or something…
The scythe does register him as undead though.
"It will still be useful for moving goods, and for… visiting places we do not yet own. After all, it takes a full team of trained mages to use the array."
Peaches thinks
"But… bah. Fine, forget it."
That is the best kiss ever. Deep and sensual, yet fiery and forceful. With a lot of horse tongue.
Oh yeah. She's all wet from it. They both probably are. You grand master of the D.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285308

blegh '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285318

Alright.. is shadow song or one her shadows around here?

Venia [Battlemage] 285319

"Right, of course."
I sigh
"Still planning on utilizing it when facing Ebonreth or whatever that guys was called?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285326

"Looking at something partner?"
Smirk and jump onto the bed.

DM 285339

There is a shadow nearby.
But no, it is not controlling him.
I'm feeling nice.
You have the option to toss the amulet and let it explode, or you can take it like a mare and see just how badly you get fucked up.
"Of course. Why not?"
"…yes. yes I am."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285341

"Care just to tell me what?"

Venia [Battlemage] 285342

I shrug
"It just feels kind of cheap and cheatish. On the other hoof, I can see why you'd go with that plan."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285347

Will I lose that amulet?

if so then toss it, otherwise take it like a mare

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285349

"Hey, do you know the story behind this?" I whisper to shadow.

DM 285365

"You kissing your wife."
Her face says "passive aggressive sarcasm"
The smell in the room says "jelly as fuck"
"Have you ever seen Ebonreth? Or even a picture?"
of course you'll lose it.
It will EXPLODE.
No. Though I don't think he realizes it himself either.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285369


Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285371

"Didn't we clear this argument in the morning?"
Arc a brow at both of them.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285372

"So, it was nice meeting you I guess? As a goodbye gift…"

Try to conjure my pretty wings of Light?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285373

Needs to be prettier pls

Roll #1 7 = 7

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285375

"But, he's not an undead.. he's not a lich is he?"

Venia [Battlemage] 285376

I shake my head
"I know, I know. I understand why you devised this plan. But I just don't feel comfortable with it, okay? Just don't mind me and go with it."

DM 285383

And one rather violent explosion later, you are scared as hell but unharmed.
No more absorbing though.
They give you a sarcastic smile
"Maybe we did"
"What, are you going to tell us to kiss and make up?"
Seems more like he was resurrected. But I know not by what, or when.
"I ask you this - would you rather watch me die at his hooves?"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285393

"But.. to have such a strong aura.. must mean that he was actually long dead.. Did you.. ask him?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285395

*sigh* "I never even got to fully use it…"
heal my wounds thenhead back '1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285401

"Well that would be a start…"
Smirk at them.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285403

I chuckle.
"Tell you what. I'll give all of you, say, two hours? The pony who can do the most or best Good Deed gets a chance to touch my wings. How's that sound? No making troubles to right them afterwards though! And nothing dangerous either!"

Venia [Battlemage] 285404

"No, of course not! Just… ah… don't mind me."

DM 285427

I would rather he remain oblivious to it…
Oh wait
Looks like you exploded the old one. The new one is still fine
"Well that's a little selfish"
"Frosty isn't even here!"
You hear an excited garble and then they are already gone to do good deeds.
Fans can be so nice.
"So be it then.
You need to understand this is all I can do. I doubt he'd accept anyone else's challenge…"

Venia [Battlemage] 285428

"I know Frostmourn, I know. I don't blame you. I really don't."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285432

"Fair point ladies. Then maybe I could help both of you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285438

Continue my relaxing stroll then.
Rolling for relaxation.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285439

oh ha ha real funny.

teleport back and be ready '1d10+3'

Roll #1 8 + 3 = 11

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285459

How frustrating. "But if he was ressurected from long dead, and given flesh somehow.. you're sure he doesn't remember anything about who he was or how this happened? "

DM 285467

"Good. Now all I hope is he can't get past my armour. Without it… I would not last long."
"That sounds more reasonable"
"If you say so, partner"
You pack your cute lesbian things and have a nice little moment of watching the sunset with Winterbreeze while drinking warm chocolate and cuddling.
I have followed him since he came here. He truly seems oblivious. I don't think he even realizes he has been 'adventuring' for longer than most ponies live…

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285473

Sit down in a park or something.
Resist urge to break down crying from frustration.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 285474

"You're thinking of Spellbreakers?"

DM 285480

Crying never solved anything.
Get a grip.
"…has anyone ever really told you about him?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285487

ok then?

are we ready to up and go now?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285488

Okay, just close my eyes and take some deep breaths.

I'll visit Canterlot, ask Starswirl, and it will be all clear…

Venia [Battlemage] 285490

I shake my head.
"I've heard some things from Manifest, but that's about it. I know he values strength above all though. Wouldn't mind fighting him if it wasn't for the fact that it was to the death!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285491

Tap on the matress and invite both over.
"So before we start, anything I should know? Any other deal you made?

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285502

"I'll leave it alone for now then.. Are you doing anything important?"

DM 285544

Departure is tomorrow morning. You have the evening and night for whatever.
Your mind calms down a lot. This.. seems like a soothing plan.
"And for the fact that his idea of training is punching boulders in half.
He once said he'd invade Rockeye the day he was done punching a tunnel through the mountains between the kingdoms. Longshanks says there is evidence to prove he actually began working on that tunnel. Alone."
"Pumpkin please."
"Bearing just wanted to watch 'that totally so cute and hot stallion on stallion action' once is all"
"Whaaaaat? I'm just quoting you!"
Not really. Just keeping my eyes on the world.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285553

ok then?
"Hey Breezybutt what do you want to do?"
rolling for ideas '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


"You know I could just dump both of you and go have a second round with Frosty!"
Give both a few kisses.
"But I think I'd enjoy this more…"

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285555

Place a hoof on my armor.
Over my heart.
Over where the Pendant should be.

Maybe I can even find out more about myself… What my Cutie Mark means. What Celestia means to me… Who I am….

Venia [Battlemage] 285559

"He sounds lovely. If he really is such a warmonger, I feel less inclined to sympathize with him. I imagine he's no fan of magic?"

DM 285587

"You know… we could just talk. Read. Enjoy the fact that we have eachother. You know… like… just…
…be here for one another?"
"I just wanted to watch…"
"Don't he mad at her. We all have our fantasies. Some are just more sick and wrong than others."
You can feel a strange whirring in your head.
Answers… will await you.
"Last I heard he considers it cowardly. Then, as an earth pony, he has no natural connection to it either."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285595

"Maybe you have a moment to help me out then.. I want to really test the limits of this artifact, What kind of minion have you always wanted to raise but never had the proper channel?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285596

Move my hoof to my head.
Yes… It will be all fine, and you'll live a calm and peaceful life, Radiant. No more stress. It will be all clear and I won't have a thing to worry about…

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285597

lean on her

"Your dad's an ambassador?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285598

"Wasn't mad at you, I enjoyed it!"

Venia [Battlemage] 285601

"Huh, figures… Well, I suppose that means it's time for you to buff up!"
Flex my own muscles
"Gain some strength!"

DM 285622

I never really liked having undead minions. I prefer the shadows…
Inner peace is the strongest shield.
Harmony with yourself the greatest weapon.
"And a noble. I hope I get to see him again soon."
"You did? Oh I'm so happy~"
"Well partner, beyond getting a royal ramming, what kinda fantasies do you have, hm?"
"In a few weeks? Venia, look at me. I've had to spend all my time planning. Preparing. Organizing. I have not had time to 'buff up'"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285631

"But the work of the underking down there.. Did we take any of those death guards with us? I might helpful to study that.."

DM 285635

I kept the bones of one as a souvenir of sorts. It's in my tower.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285638

I really don't feel like erp'ing in front of everyone my threesome fantasies when completely sober.
Will make good of the offer another time, don't worry.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285642

Even if I don't know who I am, one thing is for certain… The Sun always rises.

Timeskip until my fans get back?
Make sure I have the prettiest wings possible out for them.

Venia [Battlemage] 285643

"Are you saying you're the only pony who knows how to read maps? Come on Frostmourn, you need help. Your demesne is growing bigger every day, you can't just expect to be able to maintain it all on your own! If you are planning on fighting him in a few weeks time though… I can see it's not a viable option."

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285645

"I'll be careful with them." Go to the tower and check out those bones!

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285649

"Did you tell him?"

DM 285665

I was going to bed anyway
Five return to you
"I helped five new students get started!"
"I saved the pet dog of a stranger from a tree!"
"I busted a shoplifter!"
"I dragged a drunk guy out of the road and made sure he was ok!"
"I helped the palace staff for free!"
"In the long term I have my viceroys, aides and above all my friends to rely on."
She has mounted them in a little display rack
Well, as little as the hulking thing fits in.
"I sent a letter to him long ago. Never got a reply…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285668

"Well… that can wait"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285673

Yeah Ready for Timeskip too, I guess.

DM 285674

Pause in 10
Timeskip tomorrow

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285676

Or I could 20 minutes into the future and talk with Frosty about my worries for Radiant and Venia.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285677

I smile warmly at them.
"All of those sound very noble… and the winner is…"

I take a little pause.
"Each and every one of you. Because you all did good. Doesn't even that make you feel better? Just helping others! As for the reward, I'm proud of your efforts. You may all touch it, BUT one at a time! And be careful with them! And nothing creepy touching either!"

DM 285679

make it quick
"Pumpkin. What ails you?"
They line up
Rolling to touch nicely and not do anything creepy

Roll #1 10, 2, 2, 1, 9 = 24

Venia [Battlemage] 285681

"I'm telling you, Frostmourn. You take too many responsibilities…"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285684

Examine them! Where are the markings, what kind of bones are they. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285688

Waiting on those results

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285689

"I had a talk with Venia earlier today. She told me her plan to enter Equestria as a diplomat and try to start peace talks.
But she plans on taking Lady Radiant with her."

DM 285695

"How could I not? I AM high king."
Two are very respectful, barely even caressing them.
Two more rub your wings all over themselves.
The last one tries to cop a feel and then forsakes the idea and decides to try and mount you.
It seems to be the bones or at least three separate large diamond dogs.
And the runes used to keep them together are carved to stones that act as joints.
"I feared as much. My heart tells me to let them go. My mind tells me to stop all three of you."

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 285704

The surprise attack comes out of nowhere.
You may attempt to get him off you at MIN10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285710

Divine Protection.

Try to fling him off of me over my shoulders!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 285714

"You are, but Head's of state don't always hold complete power, do they? I mean you could pass on some functions to other trusted ponies right?"

Kilana [Zebro Deathsinger] 285715

Copy those runes down somewhere, I must have a book like a diary or something. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285730

"I can try and guard Venia myself, but Radiant cannot leave the North. If she regains her memories, trust me, she will rejoin her false god.
I've seen her praise enough sundowns to know she'll do it."
Pause for a moment.
"Now bear in ming, I'm not talking to you as your blade, but as your friend. I don't want to have to kill her Frosty. She's one of the most important ponies in my life."

DM 285732

These are incredibly complex runes…
"Could I?
Are there any I can truly trust to do my job better than me?"
Try as you might, this guy is pretty strong.
Your other fans recoil back from the wild bucking, not sure if they should be horrified, disgusted or cheer him on.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285738

Flip him over and smash him to the ground already!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 285747

"I don't know Frostmourn, you tell me. But isn't it also the truth that as a High King, you must take care of your own body?"

DM 285768

A magnificent maneuver indeed.
The would be vaginal intruder lands on his back with a solid thump, knocking the air out of him.
good skill synergy keeps you standing.
"My body is mere meat. It exists to carry my mind. And my mind exists to aid the North."


Its okay, I'll just take my time coping them

Roll #0 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285776

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285780

Bolster myself, and stay on my hooves after the effect ends.

Take out my hammer threateningly.

Venia [Battlemage] 285793

"True but… in my opinion one has to be fit both physically and mentally. Don't get me wrong Frostmourn, I know how much work you have and how you might not have much spare time but… just consider it, okay? Heck, if there's anything I can do, just please tell me."

DM 285803

"Then tell me this as a friend too. Would you go after Ilistar?"
Lets see if he has any breath left to talk with
"Invent a way to have more time. Or to never need sleep. Take away my will to love my wife to be. Allow me a way to take more of myself somehow. I am giving the north everything I have. With anything more I want to give, I must take something else away."

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 285806

He coughs a little and tries to crawl away on his back
"Oh no… oh no… oh no… please no…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285807

Hang my head low and speak softly.
"Can we sit somewhere?"

DM 285810

"Anywhere, friend."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285821

Sit by.. Somewhere.
"I don't know Frosty. Mother is happy now, I would not go after Ilistar trying to reforge my family, that's for sure.
I want to see what the pony that ordered us all killed looks like. I want to know why he does it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285822

Step closer and push my hammer on his chest.

Turn to the other 'fans'.

Back to the would-be-rapist, snarling.
"You are going to the dungeon for sexual assault. If you try to escape now or resist arrest I will break all your legs and more. UNDERSTOOD?!"

Venia [Battlemage] 285828

I sigh
"You could… ah… never mind."

DM 285839

He looks terrified
"I just really really like you miss Radiant please spare them I need them for things!"
The other four rush off
"I could what?"
"There is more to it than that.
You've fought a Lordblade twice now.
How confident are you with facing more? Let alone all of them at one? Backed by the very pony who trained them all? Your mother included?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285849


Word of Power

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285850

"Alone I could take them.
Hek, maybe I could take them all if I knew a good cleric to back me up in battle.
But all at once? Yeah, I'll need a few more years for that Frosty."

Venia [Battlemage] 285853

I wave a hoof dismissively
"Already discarded that thought. I just wish I could do more to help, I feel kind of useless know that you take care of everything for us…"


Making sure I know those intricate runes.

Roll #0 7, 4, 10, 6, 5 = 32

DM 285863

"I- I… probably am…
…I don't deserve forgiveness do I?
…just do it. At least… I won't be a threat to anyone else then…
Please just… be quick."
"This is no joke Pumpkin. I'm not going to have my old friend and blade die because he thought he could do the impossible. I won't let you go on a suicide mission."
"Not everything. Only the big picture.
I trust my vicerulers like you and Unyielding to see to it that the everypony lives a good life. To care for the details I cannot see."
Well you eventually got one of them right and memorized.
That's a start.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285876

"And I will not leave my wife alone just as I'll not lead my partner into a suicide mission.
But there has to be a roason for all this. A reason they want to kill us so desperately.
I must at least talk with Ilistar."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285880

I glower at him but lower my voice.
"There is always a chance for Redemption. If you truly want to atone, you will go to jail now. You'll sit down your time, then you will do charity work, help others, whatever, but you'll work hard!"

Press the hammer on his chest a bit harder.
"And if I ever hear you as much as try anything like this to anypony ever again, I will come back from Wintergrasp, I will find you, and I will do what I should have done now. Am I clear?!"


Only one? Well, I better start on the matching one.

Roll #0 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 285905

"Yeah, I suppose… But still. You barely have time for Sunrise even. It just makes me feel bad know that I don't do nearly as much work in comparison. So yeah, I've been thinking about a mission of my own…"

DM 285908

"Or you could just do it now and save yourself the trouble. I… if I let this happen… I am already lost. I'm a disgrace…"
"And you think he'll just let you?
Or that he'd let you leave?
Would you let one of them just walk away, Pumpkin? One that has killed those you have trained yourself?
If one of them killed Peaches and just walked up to you for a chat, then left as if nothing happened. How. Would. You. React?"
See that makes sense.
That's two down.
And the whole pile of paper used.
"What kind of mission?"

Venia [Battlemage] 285911

"A diplomatic one… to Equestria."


Like I give a shit about using paper, Nylis probably uses a ton as well. How many more are there?

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 285918

Try more next time.
There are eight more runes.
"My heart says to let you go. My mind says to deny it."


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285920

"I'll chalk it up as young hormones. You won't be able to get away with it, but I'll let you keep your privates. For now. But you are right. You are a disgrace. I am ashamed that I had a pony following me like you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285921

Gulp down.
Close my eyes and suppress the picture.
"You know the answer.
This is not gonna be easy Frosty. But I'll make it in and out, don't worry."

Venia [Battlemage] 285922

"Uh… That's a very… non-informative answer?"

DM 285932

"Then forever brand me as a heretic and an enemy… let the others see what I have done! MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF ME!"
"To be more eloquent, I know it means a lot to you, and you probably have a good reason to want to go.
BUT. It is also very dangerous. And not just in the sense of you being in danger. But possibly all of us being in danger."
"Do you think Valeriana would let that one get out? After he strolls in, his hooves still red, asking her if she'd ever so kindly stop trying to fight for her home and training assassins?
Ilistar trained her.
Do you think you could fight her? Let alone the one who made her into what she is?
I'll say this again - do not go on a suicide mission."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285938

"Yes, mylord."
Breathe in heavily, throw my head back and murmur.
"There has to be a reason…"

Venia [Battlemage] 285940

I nod.
"How… likely do you think it is that they'll just throw me in a dungeon and torture me?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285943

"Forgiveness is a Virtue."
Take a deep breath.
"A good Paladin told me Revenge and Wrath are not."

DM 285957

"For what?"
"It is possible.
…it may even happen at Snowborder if we cannot ensure they fear us by that time.
And furthermore… they may not need to torture you. Just show you thinks that will break your soul and will to fight back. And then… you'd be a rot on the inside. A beacon of despair. The death of our hope."
He thinks for a moment
"…that's so very incredibly wise…"
The others are returning with guards

DM 285959


Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 285963

rolling for cuddles '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285965

Get up and pace back and forth.
"This Frosty. They came after us for no reason at all! For the blood and everything!
A reason they are forcing us into this race to arms!"
Turn to him.
"But… Back to topic. What's your decision about Venia and Radiant?"

Venia [Battlemage] 285971

I slump back slightly
"That's… I wouldn't want to do that… Not to you, not to Anvil, not to anypony… But then again… I want to give diplomacy a try."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 285974

I point at the pony on the ground.
"What do you think?"

Step away to let the guards take him.

DM 285984

You are not cute lesbians at all.
"I will need to talk to all of you before I can decide…"
"We all do Venia. We all do…"
He gets dragged off, head held low, but with eyes full of hope.
Your fans watch him go
"Did he try to fight back?"
"Did he try to run?"
"Did you crush his jewels?"
"I'm sorry I got so excited over your wings…"

Venia [Battlemage] 285986

I sigh
"I'll just give it some more thought… Ask Valeriana and Anvil what they think…"

DM 285987



Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 285989

"Just, for the safety of all of those who are close to us, don't let Radiant go. No matter what. Okay?"
Sit back.
"And what's this story you are shipping Waymarker off to Equestria without telling me anything?"

DM 287036


If someone has something incredibly important left in Rockeye, now is the time.
Otherwise we timewarp everyone back to Wintersgrasp.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287039

After I'm done.

Verne [Trickster] 287041

Were discussions going on with Frosty?

Anyway, I can come in now.

Venia [Battlemage] 287042

Their talk is pretty much done.

Although I'm curious how Valeriana is going to cope with leaving Highhorn behind.

DM 287044

"I will need to hear her reasons as well.
As for Waymarker, Verne wanted to return him safely as a peace offering."
Maybe she won't.
Pumpkin just asked what the hell was up with your plan for Waymarker.

Venia [Battlemage] 287045

What are you implying here?

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287046

"After all he's gave up for us? After you tested him and gave him your personal blessing?
What the hell?"

DM 287047

maybe she won't cope
maybe she won't leave him
"Should the decision not lie with him? If you desire to go to Equestria to get his wife, why not offer him instead a passage back there. As a free pony.
Or as our agent on the inside."

Verne [Trickster] 287048

"I must also question your actions, King Frostmourn. We had established very early on that this would be our plan the moment I alerted you to Waymarker's presence, but you went ahead and treated him in a manner that misleads us all. Why is that?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287049

So she'll just take him along back to Wintergrasp?
Ready for the timeskip by the way. I assume I said goodbye to everyone I needed to.

DM 287050

"I wanted to see what he was truly made of. Now, whatever the outcome, we come out on top.
If he desires to return, we will appear as benevolent and capable of peace.
If he desires revenge, we will have an agent in Canterlot itself.
And if he wants to stay… it is his own call, and we still gain a powerful ally."
Maybe she'll settle down here instead

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287051

"He was a broken pony. Sure of his own downfall should he ever return to Equestria.
And once there, how do we know he won't just switch back to their side, feeding us misinformations?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287052

"My place is with the King."
Great words, uh? Fucking assassins and oaths, how do they work?

Venia [Battlemage] 287053

Oh hell no. She's not going to ditch Venia now.

DM 287054

Mind games, good boy.
"It is a gamble… yes. But I would rather at least let him decide for himself. Does everypony not deserve that chance?"
Wanna go talk her out of it?

Verne [Trickster] 287055

"Then I can accept that rationale. Nevertheless, I still feel we will gain the most if he is returned, especially if Queen Venia has told you about her plan. But as you say, it will be most efficient to let him choose his fate."

One more thing before we leave Rockeye, propose legalisation of and strict regulation of dark magic to frosty and tell the secret ponies the outcome

Venia [Battlemage] 287056

Or rather, talk Highhorn into something else.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287057

"I have no problems with him deciding for himself. Just, don't mislead him with lies about a golden future in Equestria.
And bear in mind Frostmourn. He knows where Valeriana is, he knows where I am.
If he switches sides, Ilistar will be here in a single night."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287058

Why did she not have the guts to tell me last night?

DM 287059

Well they are at his place, which is a suite in the palace.
"I am glad you agree. Was there anything else?"
Because she wanted one more night to be sure
"…would you rather I imprison him here forever, giving him nothing more than a new life of lies?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287060

Go there then. Knock on the door. Do I know about her decision yet?

Verne [Trickster] 287061

"I have one more matter to discuss with you, but I will wait until Pumpkin and Venia are done speaking."

Stand by a side and wait.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287062

"I'm not suggesting anything Frosty. I'm your blade because I trust your judgment, but as your friend I have to tell you about the risks."
"I'm done my friend. And again, sorry for being so blunt and unfair to you earlier today."

Take a seat and wait.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287063

"He didn't try to resist. And no, I did not hurt him."

DM 287064

She asked to get to spend the night with him is all.
…from the looks of it, the night was more calm than you expected. They both fell asleep by the fireplace.
Valeriana seems to have cried at some point judging from her cheeks.
"Huh… Venia?"
"Good. I will take it into consideration."
"Speak then."
"So merciful~"
"So virtuous~"

Venia [Battlemage] 287065

I look her over
"Did I… come at a bad time?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287066

I sigh.
"Now I hope that served about a good example about doing evil things. I was very, VERY close to hurting him. Now, excuse me, I need to go."

Wave goodbye to them and get my things ready for leaving.

DM 287067

She looks back at the sleeping captain who still has a hoof over her
"…I don't even know…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287068

Just assume I'm still sitting here watching the conversation between Frosty and Verne.

Venia [Battlemage] 287069

"What's wrong. You look pretty… sad…"

Verne [Trickster] 287070

"Recently, I have found a clandestine group of ponies who study less… approved magic in Rockeye here. Nylis and Winterbreeze was with me, and we all saw the immense value in their work. I propose we legalise such works, because we cannot afford to lose out on the benefits they can bring. In turn, we can control such research very strictly, so that harm can and will be minimized. In this way, it would be even more secure than banning it outright like it is now, since we have have control over it. What do you think?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287071

Raise a brow but say nothing, wait for Frosty's reaction.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287075


DM 287076

"Venia… I'm really starting to like him. And… I don't want to leave him behind."
"Dark Arts? Longshanks did mention he has had troubles with them. The research is too dangerous for open teaching he says. It is not for those with a weak mind or frail morality."

DM 287077

Words to live by.
Was that all or shall I warp you back to wintersgrasp?

Venia [Battlemage] 287079

I blink.
"… Oh. I… I see. Well I suppose we can arrange for him to be transferred to Wintergrasp, right?"

Verne [Trickster] 287081

"Exactly. We will be the ones ensuring safety through strict control."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287083

"Might I add a suggestion? Something I learnt in my studies of holy arts."

DM 287084

"I don't think that's really an option… his place is here… with the guards he leads. Who he has trained. Lived with…
…I don't want to take all that from him."
"And where would we keep them? Longshanks will not have them in his academy."
"Say it then"

Verne [Trickster] 287085


Venia [Battlemage] 287086

I sigh
"Well… have you asked him?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287088

I have nothing more here.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287091

"Dark arts are too much of a temptation for normal minds, but.
Ponies that have devoted themselves to a cause, clerics or paladins of the highest standards, those can be trusted with such a power, they are strong enough to resist corruption.
Every student of an eventual school of dark arts should first go through the stages of holyhood, to prove he's worth of the responsability.
Otherwise, we are just asking for troubles."

Verne [Trickster] 287099

"Hmmm. Your point has some merit there, but I would not go so far is to demand faith to a deity. Instead, I propose a mandatory course of dark magic hazards, followed by mental exercises similar to those practiced by faiths, like meditation, but without the need for devotion to a deity, again. We are no theocracy. Besides, we will profile and assess each participate accordingly to see if they are too much of a risk or not."

DM 287100

"I wanted to but…
…he asked me not to cry…"
Ok then
Welcome back to Wintersgrasp. The convoy of engineers and mages that followed you from Rockeye have begun building the Wintersgrasp Teleport Array.
"That would also weed out many potential candidates. Do you think Nylis would make for a good priest? Let alone your mother?"
"I like the way you think.
Pumpkin, your thoughts on this idea?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287101

"If a God deems you worthy, that's test enough.
I don't think anything less than devotion can save a pony from the calls of Tartarus, Verne."
"I would not entrust Valeriana with Dark Arts in a million years, Frosty. The call of Tartarus is strong."

Venia [Battlemage] 287106

I slump back on my haunches
"Suddenly I'm feeling really tired…"

Verne [Trickster] 287110

"We are not a theocracy like those fools in Hardflank, please, Pumpkin. Our governance is ours alone to judge. Common sense would dictate that they would not go so far once they have been fully educated, and even if they are, that is what we can keep a team of antimagic warriors for."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287113

I'll leave them to work then.
Get home, first thing first.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287115

"Demons are not creatures of magic, my friend. They are creatures of primordial evil.
The very thought of Dark Arts repugnates me, and as a fearful pony I can tell you, my mind would not be ready for the honeied traps of a demon.
Lady Radiant spoke lenghts about their powers and their corruptions, ponies alone can't resist them."

DM 287116

"Necromancy is the foremost of the Dark Arts, Pumpkin. Along with Demonology, Mind magic and a few others."
"I'm sorry Venia… I just… wanted what could well have been our last night together to be a nice memory rather than a painful one…
…he stayed up all night talking with me. About his youth. About my past. About… well… things. We were just so happy…"
Celaire greets you with a happy smile
"Welcome back Goldentail, my sun."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287118

"Necromancy is far from the reaches of Tartarus.
I fear demonology Frosty, it's a path that can lead to ruin, even through a single pony."

Verne [Trickster] 287122

"…hmm? Who spoke of anything about demons? That is only one subset of the 'dark' magic I speak about, and if it is only for one of those schools, then… perhaps your extreme suggestion is viable. As for others, I am concerned about schools such as mind magic and necromancy, the latter of which has allowed Valeriana to save many lives. Surely we could have less stringent measures for them."

Venia [Battlemage] 287125

"I… I understand. But something is going to change after today. No matter what, somepony is going to get hurt by this…"
I look at her sadly
"I really don't want that to be you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287126

"I have no qualms with those arts. I myself am fashinated by mother's use of her bow. But scholars are known for taking things too far, if you get the meaning.
Necromancy can actually do much good to us.
I have no idea about mind magic, never seen it in action."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287131

I smile back at him, then go for a hug.
"Hello Celaire. I've been missing you… this trip was…"

DM 287134

"All the dark arts face the same ban my friend. Separating one from the others would seem rather odd. We would need good reasons to permit defiling the dead and enslaving the minds of others, but still saying no to demonology."
"I was going to ask Frostmourn… if I could stay behind. Send a shadow in my stead to keep the tower.
I would do all I have done before… but I'd keep my real self here. At his side…"
"Please. Tell me all about it. I'm all ears."


"A combination of both magic and knowledge about how the pony mind works is essentially how one applies it. For example…"

"It would be wonderful if you did me a favour, and flew about and over."


Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8


Try to resist that.

Roll #0 4 = 4

Verne [Trickster] 287139

You could reroll

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287140

Nope. Get up and flutter around.
"You… WHAT?"
Once my mind clears, fly down.
"What was that?!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287141

Sit down somewhere with him then cuddle close.
"Simply terrible…"

DM 287144

"The power or the Dark Arts, old friend."
He pats your head
"Aww. Wanna talk about it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287147

"And that is why we should control this stuff!
Imagine if somepony used it to tell you what to think or me who to kill!
No damn way!
We need to study this and come up with a countermeasure!"

Venia [Battlemage] 287148

I look away
"Y-yes, I suppose you can do that…"

Verne [Trickster] 287150

"A technique I put together from research into pony psychology, plain speech practice, and a lecture on mind magic. It can temporarily subjugate the will of another individual. Of course, there are limitations, and actions strongly against one's nature will be most likely resisted, but I believe this is worth looking into. Especially if our enemies may sue it on us."

"Exactly. We will learn to use it if need be, but more importantly how to counter it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287153

"I could talk about how somepony wanted to rape or how I got into an existential crysis. Which one do you want to hear?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287160

"You don't pull that on me ever again or we'll have problems, we clear on this?
Damn, at times you scare me, Verne!"
Turn to Frosty.
"I really think we should have a serious training in place for whoever wishes to master the dark arts.
Not priesthood, but something just as rigid.
Something that will make them forego any wordly wish, and only see the greater good."

Verne [Trickster] 287162

"I am sorry. I needed to demonstrate it to you quickly. As for what you are proposing… I will need to think of something more feasible. you are asking for too much, but I will try to work within that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287163

"Thanks my friend. We really need to be careful with this stuff. You know what the dagger did to Kilana, years ago."

DM 287164

"…Venia I'm neither blind nor stupid. Speak your mind."
"And this is why it is banned in Rockeye."
"Again - where would we organize it?
The underkingdom's remains?
Who would head these studies? Who would oversee the students?"
"…lets start with the latter, ok?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287165

"The underkingdom is large and has a library filled with books on the subject. Could be a good starting point, but I fear for the secrecy of the Northblade's HQ. Also, in case of disaster, our underground routes would be sealed off.
No idea for teachers, I know nothing about masters of the dark arts that are not my mother.
But as for the guardians…
Who's holier than the Warriors of Sunlight?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287167

"I cheat you not, this is all true…"
I take a deep breath.
"King Longshanks tried to look into my mind. He hit a barrier. A magical curse barrier made by a mage called Clover the Clever more than a thousand years ago. Should I continue or do you want some time for that to settle?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287168

"No, it's nothing. You deserve to be happy and I can see why you like the good captain."
I look at the ground
"I'll miss you though… And so will Pumpkin…"

Verne [Trickster] 287171

"Who would.. head these studies? As much as I am tempted to appoint Nylis, I do not know if she is fit for leading. Perhaps Winterbreeze, but.. she presents a different problem altogether. Either way, regardless of leader, we can appoint supervisors to ensure nothing risks going wrong."

DM 287180

"Sacrifices must be made. If there is a problem… the Northblades could at least end it all quickly.
But we will need teachers."
"…I never understood the ramblings of mages to begin with."
"And this is why I dreaded to say anything. Because I don't want to leave you either…"
"If all else fails, we can always ensure there are no survivors. And make it abundantly clear that is the case. To everyone involved."

Venia [Battlemage] 287186

I wipe my nose and sniff
"At least we'll still be able to talk… and visit when we have the time…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287187

"The Northblades will keep a watch on the students then, but we'll still be a secret to them.
Also, the headmaster of this new school must be a pony we have the utmost trust in. Someone we know is as uncorruptible as knolegeble in dark arts."

Verne [Trickster] 287191

"If the Northblades will be watching, then… I have no fear of appointing Nylis."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287193

"I am cursed by a pony who possibly died ages ago. Cursed not to remember, or only remember from a certain trigger. But that's not all. See this?"

Show him the Pendant from under my armor.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287194

"I'll have to talk with her about every security arrangement."

DM 287197

"Venia you are making this a lot harder for me right now.
…I could always come meet him here to…"
"Speak with her then. And come to me with an answer."
"A fine bauble indeed. Very pretty. Where did you get it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287199

"Will do mylord.
I fear it's too late to catch her right now thou."

Venia [Battlemage] 287200

I shake my head
"No, that would just be selfish of me to ask of you. I'm happy you found somepony you feel happy with, I can't let myself stand in the way of that…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287202

"I found a magic pendant that blocked hits in combat. It looked really bad though, so I had an enchanter shape it this way and tweak it to serve better. You know what's the best thing about it? Even though I've just had it made, I remember clear as the day that I owned this very Sun Pendant before."

DM 287203

"Then do so later. Not like we have the Dark Academy set up yet either."
"That's the thing…
…you'd just get mad if I said it."
"How is that even… possible?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287205

I look up

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287208

I sigh.
"I've read a book. Clover was the pupil of Starswirl the Bearded. And he is rumored to know about time magic…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287209

"We still need to plan properly for the Northblade HQ.
I'm waiting for you to conquest a nation with good architects."

Verne [Trickster] 287210

"Very well then. I will give our response to the clandestines, and we can further arrange things at another time."

Take a bow and go find them

DM 287217

"I am still really conflicted.
…as nice as he is…"
she looks at him and smiles, then brushes up a little closer to the sleeping captain
"…I still miss Ilistar too."
"That would be Timberjaw then. I also need their experts to help me plan and build Northscrown.
…though we should probably set up at least a temporary HQ, if you intend to train and recruit new blades."
Oh well, Winterbreeze is in her room, checking notes she made earlier.

Venia [Battlemage] 287220

I drop to the ground backwards with a groan.

"You're killing me here Valeriana…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287221

"Didn't we talk about this last time? With a temporary building and the mapping of the Underkingdom already started… I thought things had picked up already."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287224

DM 287229

She lowers her head and lightly nuzzles the captain
"…I can't really help it."
"Time magic?
Gah. This is all going far beyond what my head can hold. I'm a traveler and a philosopher. Not a damn time wizard…"
"They have. We have housing for the miners and the former throne/dragon area has been sealed off, waiting for your approval and ideas."

Verne [Trickster] 287231

"Ah, hello, Winterbreeze? Where is Nylis-bah, I suppose you will do. Do you have a moment?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287232

"I really don't know anypony capable of getting a good design on road you know. And nopony I'd entrust with such a secretive design."

Venia [Battlemage] 287234

I look up from the floor
"But… Argh… this must be the hundredth time we have this conversation… Are you saying you wont be happy even if you stay here? That you'll never forget despite having Highhorn at your side?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287235

I place a hoof on my face.
"Then imagine what I am feeling…"

DM 287241

"Certainly. I won't be starting the ritual yet anyway. What's up?"
"Well don't you know what facilities your base needs? Should I ask your mother?"
"I honestly do not know…
…and I fear I'd lose you if I stay…"
"I know dear. Maybe it would help if you worried less over it. I don't even remember how old I am, but I don't care, so long as I get to see the sun rise and set."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287246

"I tried, but I cannot. I need to know. And that is why if I can, I will travel to Canterlot to speak with Starswirl."

Verne [Trickster] 287247

I assume this means I know what the ritual is?

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287249

"Nah I can get something down. Talking about my mother, did you notice? She's found a stallion! Would you believe that!"

Venia [Battlemage] 287250

I shake my head.
"You wont. I can take care of myself. So can Pumpkin. You… you've done more than anypony else for the North. I cannot possibly blame you for wanting to pursue your own happiness. I'll miss you but… well I can still visit and talk to you."

DM 287255

You were in the dark arts meeting. You can guess easily enough.
"Canterlot? That sounds like a long trip.
…I want to come along."
"She did? Who?"
…the new communication relays will allow us to even see eachother…
And you'll still have my shadows…"
A few of them are around the room. They look sad.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287258

"The guard captain around here. I was hella surprised I tell you.
He's kinda younger than her, but yeah, nothing terrible."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287259

I nod.
"I know dear, and I want you to come along with me. But you need to stay here to protect the King. As much as I trust the Starlight Paladins, I trust you more, and with the new recruits they will have their hooves full without you."

Venia [Battlemage] 287261

I nod.
"Yeah… I suppose I'm just a little emotional here. But I am fully behind your decision of wanting to stay. Highhorn is a nice stallion, I've seen that much from him."

Verne [Trickster] 287264

"Hmmm… I suppose I can tell this to you now. We are going to legalise dark arts in Rockeye, but only under strict supervision and control. I personally vouched for Nylis to be appointed project head, and I would like you to assist her, and tell the rest of the clandestine mages what I have told you."

DM 287269

"Captain Highhorn…
…I wonder she'll ever be quite the same."
"Thank you, friend.
From the bottom of my heart.
…maybe I can finally find some peace with him.
Just promise me one thing."
"And what of the Pylon Catalyst project? How do you expect me to finish it if I am to be made some dusty school matron?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287271


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287272

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287273

"You worrying about her, Frosty?"
Sit somewhere, wind down.

Verne [Trickster] 287278

"That will require.. a large overhaul of our current research team, which consists of only you and Nylis. You will have the ability to direct those under you to assist with the project. We will, of course be providing you with more resources than ever."

DM 287282

"…please take care of my son."
"Then I quit the paladins. My place is at your side. And if you seek to march to the ancient home of the Sun That Walks, I will be there at your side to see it.
If you take that journey, so will I.
I yearn to see the world once more my sun. Do not deny me."
"I just wonder how she'll adjust. From what I hear the captain is very straight up and honorable. Quite unlike your mother, who prefers the shadows as both home and company."
"And what says the king of this? Does he even realize what he is asking?"

Verne [Trickster] 287285

"The King has agreed with my initial proposal. Can you provide the specifics of what we are asking, then?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287289

I smile at him.
"…How could I… Okay, but we will need to arrange everything with our officers. We cannot let the Warriors of Sunlight slack off in our absence."

Venia [Battlemage] 287290

I nod
"I will. Uh… if he actually needs it. He's not a child anymore after all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287292

"Hey look at me! I grew up trained by Valeriana and Radiant at the same time, there could not be two ponies more different from each other!
I'm sure she'll do good."
Give him a look over.
"You know what's a serious matter instead?
You look a bit ran down. Like, you let the armor do all the work for you.
Got any occasion to work out lately?"

DM 287293

"I can either be a schoolteacher, or I can finish his precious Northscrown. Tell him that, adviser."
"And we shall not. A new leader will be selected. A good leader. Who will carry on the light in our stead.
And I think we both know who it should be."
"Promise. Me."
"No. It is a frivolity I ill have time for. The armour lets me get by without any, so I can take that extra time to help me plan the future, maintain the present…
…and ensure old flames of the past don't die out, my friend."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287294

"See Frosty, here lies the problem.
If you don't take care of yourself, I can see you losing all our duels, if you know what I mean."
Smirk at him.

Verne [Trickster] 287295

"I see. What of Nylis were to lead the projects while you worked on this crown?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287297

"I promise. I will look out for him. Support him when he's down. Hear him out and talk to him if he's in trouble."

DM 287298

"I would laugh if I did not intend to face a pony who could break me in half with one hoof in a few weeks time…"
"That is up to her. And your tone implies you have no idea what the Northscrown is."
"Thank you.
…you always were my best friend. In many times my only one.
I will never forget you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287300

"Southern Cross?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287303

Get serious and speak in a dry voice.
"About that… Need any help?"

Venia [Battlemage] 287306

I tear up a little
"Neither will I. I can't thank you enough… for everything you've done for us. All of us. For the ponies of the North.

… I'd hug you but… you don't seem to be in the right position to."

Verne [Trickster] 287317

"Excuse me, I am getting rather confused. By Northscrown, you mean the fortress?"

DM 287326

He nods
"I'm glad we think alike on this"
"I do. I have confirmed a part of the Deep Roads runs below the grand arena of Eaglecrest. I need you to pack it with explosives, and on my signal, blow it.
I will strike the ground, and it will seem my blow split the very earth, killing Ebonreth.
A suitably dramatic killing blow to earn me their respect."
"Just lie down by me then. Let's just be close… one more time."
"Yes. The catalyst castle, and the titan foundation, though I will not be in charge of the latter. I could let Nylis do it, but I fear she lacks the… mindset to oversee such a project."

Venia [Battlemage] 287328

I nod and walk over to her side, lying down next to her.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287330

"Sure. The Northblades can do it.
But are you sure about it? You have no confidence in your combat abilities?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287331

"Don't you think quitting it entirely just because we'll go on a short journey is a bit too much though?"

Verne [Trickster] 287333

"In which case the only thing to do is to let both of you work together. We have quite the problem here…"

"Do you have any proposal for controlling the exchange of information in clandestine magic without either of you being too involved, then, considering our labour shortage?"

DM 287338

There is a long silence.
She has no idea what to say, for she wants to thank you for so much, yet knows she only has minutes if not less.
"Ebonreth trains by punching boulders. He has killed seven of his own generals in duels. He is large enough to tower over Raging Storm.
…what chance do I have?"
"My sun, I am a traveler. For me, nothing is forever. I helped establish an order to the sun I so love here. And that is my lasting legacy to the north.
I am happy to have been able to do it."
"There were many scholars and teachers at that meeting. Why not ask them?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287340

"I understand… It was like watching a foal grow, wasn't it?"

Verne [Trickster] 287341

"Have one of them head the project?"

With lordblades, I suppose security is fine…

"Come to think of it, we ill need change their structure, just supply them with resources and monitor them. I will see. Thank you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287342

"I saw you fight Frosty. That armor of yours could destroy boulders, not punch them.
As long as you are protected against spellbreaking, you can have a chance."

Venia [Battlemage] 287343

I look at her in the eyes, staying silent myself for the longest time before finally speaking up
"There is no need to thank me for anything… It's been… a privilege to have served the ponies of the North alongside you, Valeriana Swansong."

DM 287344

"To an extent. And once you go, I feel it is time to let that foal grow up.
…we should probably tell Southern Cross."
"You're most welcome. Take care."
"Ebonreth despises magic, calling it a tool of weaklings and cowards."
"….thank you my friend. That is… all I can say without crying."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287346

"Can it wait a bit? I'm just glad to be home now."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287348

"Horn envy.
Show him what a coward magic user can do, facing him one on one with the strenght of a rushing river."

Venia [Battlemage] 287351

"There is… no shame in crying, Valeriana."

DM 287356

"Of course my sun… I'm here for you."
"I will do all I can. But be ready for the signal. I may need assistance…"
"I know… I just wanted this to be a happy moment…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287361

Nuzzle to him.
"Want to hear about my fanclub?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287362

"Of course mylord. We'll mine the tunnels as you ask."
Give a short bow with the head.
"Now, I think I might actually retire to my room and get ready for tomorrow morning.
No drunkard shenanigans tonight, Frosty!"
Get up and go back to sleep.
Ready to timeskip to the moment I learn about Valeriana not coming back.

Verne [Trickster] 287364

go off to find one of the Dark Artists, then.

Venia [Battlemage] 287366

"We will have happy moments in the future! I think I may come back to visit in a few weeks already."
I smile at her

DM 287378

"Your what?"
He looks both surprised and incredulous
But she is just standing there with the captain. She doesn't even have luggage.
One of the acolytes is pretending to be a visitor at the museum
"I'd… really appreciate that."


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287382

I chuckle.
"I had a fan club in Rockeye. Young teenager ponies. Got posters of me and everything."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287383

Arc a brow at her.
I assume all my equipment is with me and Peaches follows as usual, right?

Verne [Trickster] 287384

"You there. I know who you are. Can you take me to the seniors in whatever organization your Dark Arts group has?"

>World's Crown

Man, I sure wish Venus was here. Don't think it's a good idea, though…



Rolling to see if Venus followed me


Roll #0 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 287388

I carefully nuzzle her cheek, trying to not disturb Highhorn.
"Of course, so will I. And Frostmourn told me that there will be magic portals being built in all the biggest cities, so that will make it even easier for us!"

Andelia 287389

Okay, I'm here for the alter bit, assume I studied those eight runes inbetween the time skip. '10d10'

Roll #1 1, 1, 2, 8, 9, 5, 5, 2, 7, 8 = 48

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287393

where is winterbreeze? I'll be with her

Verne [Trickster] 287394

guess she insisted on coming and I gave in, telling her what she might see would disturb her.

DM 287403

"Sounds a little superfluous. I didn't think you'd be into that kind of thing."
"Yes, dear?"
Your gear is in mission condition and so is Peaches
"It is not safe here. Let us go to my place."
He leaves the museum and heads to the living district outside the palace
You can have her if you need her
"I sure hope so…"
Yes, you learned two but forgot one of them.
Since when were you going to the altar?
She is setting up her stuff back at Wintersgrasp and getting ready for the ritual later.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287407

well fuckshit
"Need any help?" '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287409

"Where is your luggage?"
Speak with some strain in my voice, a knot forming on my troath.
Who is here with me anyway?
And let's move on.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287411

"It was useful in a way that I could tell them to do good and follow the Sun. Though I didn't like when one of them tried to jump on me to rape me."

Venia [Battlemage] 287414

Keep nuzzling her quietly
"It's been one heck of a ride…"

Verne [Trickster] 287416

Follow him.


Roll decided that Venus insisted on coming with me. Guess she is. Rub agaisnt her a little while walking

DM 287424

"Not particularly, no. I still need to review a ton of notes… did you hear about that whole "Dark Arts Academy" thing?"
"Pumpkin… dear…
…I wanted to tell you earlier. Venia and I had a talk and…"
Highhorn takes a step forward
"And they agreed Valeriana would like to stay here in Rockeye with me."
Verne, Peaches, Venus and Frosty
"What? Radiant are you pulling my leg? How could some teen even come close to succeeding at that?"
"Venia please. I… have cried enough already."
He takes you to his home and locks the door
"So, what is this about?"
You soon make it up the steep snowy slopes and reach the cave marked on the map.
An eery glow is coming from within.

Venia [Battlemage] 287428

I chuckle
"I'm sorry, just reflecting on everything we've done together…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287431

Give one quick, death glance at Highhorn.
"You shut up."
Turn to Valeriana.
"Nice to see you cared enough to tell Venia at least. Nice to see I mean that much to you."

Kilana 287432

Oh, I'm not then.. okay I'll just take a break and look around the school.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287433

"The what!? Wow that's great!


Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287436

"So this is the place, Verne?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287438

"It took me by surprise to be honest. Of course, I managed to throw him off of me in time, but still."

DM 287446

She grabs your face
I don't want to cry. Not now. Not with you…"
"Pumpkin… dear… it isn't that.
Venia will take good care of you… please… don't be mad."
Well you can be if you want to.
Do you want to?
Is there something in particular you'd like to ask the supreme god?
"In a way. They asked me to be the headmaster…"
"Must have been terrible…"

Verne [Trickster] 287447

"Excuse me for not introducing myself. I am Verne of wintergrasp, advisor to King Frostmourn of the greater Northlands. To be brief, we wish to legalise and provide resources for your research, so you no longer have to be fearful. Of course, conditions apply, including strict monitoring of all that you research and frequent evaluation of all of you to ensure your mental health is well enough to deal with these magic safely. How does that sound?"


"This.. glow. I believe I saw it once, in my youth when I was with Frostmourn. A glow on top of a mountain…"

Venia [Battlemage] 287448

"Alright, alright… what will make you smile then? Do I need to make a funny dance?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287452

"It was. If it wasn't for Southern Cross talking to me just before I left, I would have smashed him down there with my hammer."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287453

Take out my daggers. The old, enchanted ones and look at their blades as I speak.
"So. This is what I get. What about the Northblades? What about the King? What about becoming stronger than you and defeating Ilistar, tell me?
What about those oaths you swore just a few years ago?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287456

"And? Who else would be knowledgeable in this other than you?"
look around
"Are you gonna take the position?"

Verne [Trickster] 287457

"I believe so, it says so on the map. And even if I didn't have the map… that I saw it in my youth, it is significant, it must be."

Head on.


"Yeah? It means we are close then."
Sight Beyond Sight. Inspect the surroundings.

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 287465

"…you really need to stop threatening ponies with that you know."
"Just… be with me here. Let's each reflect on what we mean to one another… without all the sad words. Ok?"
"Pumpkin… can we please talk somewhere that is not in front of everypony?"
"I would rather focus my skills to building Northscrown. Unless I can trust you with my notes on it?"
There are odd shadows moving in the sickly light. You can also catch glimpses of mucus and softly glowing crystals.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287472

"Well.. if you want to build the Northscrown then who'll oversee the Academy? Was there any discussion on who else could take that role?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287473

"I don't do it that often!"

Verne [Trickster] 287474

"What can you see with that eye, Pumpkin?"


Kilana 287475

I would probably ask for favor for the north, but that's okay. I'll see what's going on at the school.

Venia [Battlemage] 287477

I chuckle
"Alright then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287480

"Yes. Let's. Somewhere high."
Fly outside and wait for her on the roof.
"Everyone, on the ready.
Magic at work.
Beware the shadows."

DM 287485

"I suggested the Dark Artists of Rockeye."
"…still. It makes me uneasy."
"…we should talk to those of a higher rank than I. Here. Take this and ask for Veilslasher at the academy."
He gives you a small signet
I still feel so conflicted…"
She does eventually make it there
"I know you are angry at me. You have every reason to be. But please understand…
…I think I could at last find some closure. Happiness even. When I am with him… I can, even for the smallest of moments, forget Ilistar."
The girls and Frosty nod
"Lead on."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287491

"Ok, that would work I guess. What was said about that?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287496

"What the fuck can I even say, mother?
I have no goddamn right to tell you what to do.
But still…"
Avoid looking at her.
"You are abandoning me without a word.
Not a goddamn word of this. First thing I know, yesterday you have a new boy toy and now you are not coming back home.
This is…"
"Peach, go into hiding. I will stand beside the King."
Keep walking, keep an eye on anything that moves.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287497

I chuckle.
"Don't worry dear, you know I'd never hurt you down there. Except if you made some very untasteful remarks during making love."

Venia [Battlemage] 287498

I shake my head.
"Don't be. You've done your part. And like I say so often, sometimes you have to do things for yourself too. For your own good. Highhorn is a great stallion and…"
I doublecheck to make sure he's asleep
"… very handsome too. Not to mention his package…"
I snicker

DM 287504

"I believe Verne is looking into it."
You can feel her hooves around you
"I'm so sorry dear… I should have found the courage to tell you sooner…"
There is a searing pain in your gem eye. It is as if the gem itself hated you. As if it REJECTED you. Your vision goes dark. You have attempted to see that which no pony should see.
You can not use SBS in this mission again.
"You wouldn't dare. Even if I said that your hindparts were like the dread abyss itself."
He pokes you in the nose.
"…well you sure like to get right to the point don't you…
…I'll miss our drunken nights out.. our talks… our… shared nights…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287506

"alright, we'll come to that when verne speaks up on it then."
how close are we to the summoning?

DM 287507

The Great North Academy is having a busy day. Student rushing all around.

Venia [Battlemage] 287510

I blush at the last part, chuckling slightly
"I'll never look at paintbrushes the same way again. But hey, we can still talk! And next time I come over you can be sure we are going to get tanked together."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287511

"Oh really? You really want to bet your jewels on my temper? And don't say that!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287512

"I don't even know you anymore… What will be of all we have built? Of all we still had to do?
You never taught me how that arrow of yours works. You never explained what you meant when you talked about shadows and living forever through them…
You must hate me, that's the truth."
"Cursed thing…"
Old fashioned way it is. Keep my eyes open and walk into the cave.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Verne [Trickster] 287519

"Vei.. slasher. Got it, thank you. What is this for?"

Keep following behind.

Kilana 287522

Ah, just it used to be. I'll take a short stroll for nostalgia, maybe peek into a few classes that I hardly went to. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 287525

It will take a good while to prepare it. Days with help. Weeks without.
"And the first time I visit I'll be sure to visit Anvil too~"
He grins
"Like I said, you wouldn't even dare to slap them let alone do more. I know you."
"Proof that I sent you."
"Don't say that…
It's not like I will be gone forever… with the arrays in place I could visit every day… we could still talk.. see eachother… be mother and son…"
You can hear skittering noises as you proceed deeper.
There seems to be a stairwell here, leading down.
Looks like art class is in session. Heh. That's the teacher you once borrowed an outfit from…

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287528


can I gather others who are willing to help? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287531

"One more remark like that and you'll see!"

Venia [Battlemage] 287532

I snort
"Cheeky… real cheeky. If I didn't know any better I'd say you're just using me to get a piece of him!"

Verne [Trickster] 287540

"I see. And where can I find the Veilslash?"


Keep on.

Kilana 287544

Good times, really. I wonder if that jeweler ever got an apprentice.. Might as well go to the market and check.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287546

"I'm not crying only because of your training right now. You just… You stabbed me, right in the chest!
It's not the distance! It's not the fact you are leaving! It's that you didn't even care to tell me!"
Shrug her off, move ahead a bit.
"And now I have a goddamn knot in my troath and a heart that's telling me to stay here, a mind that begs me to insult you and a wing that tells me to fly."
Assuming the stairs are safe, fly down.

DM 287551

You'd be hard pressed to find any who know Dark Tongue…
"Hey, Nylis?
…thanks for helping me with this. It really will save time."
"You look like a stallion and scream like a little girl"
He gives you a little smile and a kiss on the cheek
"…I have my own now~"
She rubs her head against the captain
"At the academy. Talk to the faculty secretary."
You head down the stairs with Pumpkin. The light is brighter here. There are some statues of ponies lining the walls, and a large slab in the middle of the room.
Seems so, because there is a new face greeting you
"Hello! What might you be looking to buy?"
"…whatever you do, don't listen to the wings.
Pumpkin… if this really hurts you so much… I… I could still change my mind. I did warn him that might happen…"

Venia [Battlemage] 287554

I giggle
"Oh yes, like I said, plenty of him to go around~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287555

I chuckle and shake my head.
"You are right. I can't do it."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287556

"No problem Breezybutt. you more than helped me plenty of times"
will we need to keep talking or what are the requirements for the ritual?

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287561

"It's your life mother. Not mine.
Yes. It hurts. It tears me apart inside, for fuck's sake, and in this moment I hate you for doing this.
But is your life.
I'll do it on my own from now on.
I'll train and become stronger than you ever were. I will find my brother and bring him safely home.
I will kill Ilistar and expose his head in triumph over the walls of Wintergrasp.
And I will lead the Northblades.
You are not worthy of it anymore."
"Any idea about this, Verne?"
Look at the Slab.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Kilana 287570

"Why hello there! I'd just like an old piece touched up, an who might you be?" Its about time to get my old staff fixed up, I'm sure its falling apart by now.. I made that thing when I was so young..

DM 287571

"Maybe we can share a bit of him when you visit.
…or we could wake him up with a nice surprise if you want~"
"Told ya.
And a good thing too. Because you fart in your sleep and should take more baths in general."
"Glad to have you at my side"
If you want to roll, we can make this into a game. Or I can just let you take 6 if you prefer to talk.
You can hear a bowstring tighten behind your back
"You won't touch him."
"Well well, what have we here? Pilgrims to the Master's Altar?"
It seems to be an old priest of some kind, coming down the stairs.

Verne [Trickster] 287572

"Thank you."

Leave and go to the academy.


"None at all."

'1d10' to examine

Roll #1 2 = 2

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287575

games are fun '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Verne [Trickster] 287578

"Yes, indeed. are you a caretaker?"

Do I recognise the pony?

Venia [Battlemage] 287579

I hold up a hoof
"Anvil told me he wouldn't mind me having some fun without him, but still, I'd feel a little rude to actually do so."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287581

Okay give him a little kick down there.
Try not to do too much damage.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287586

"I am ready to end you on this very roof."
Don't turn around.
"And you know the best part? Until yesterday, I was planning to find him.
To talk to him. To call him father."
"So it appears. Are you the guardian of this shrine?"

DM 287593

"Oh certainly! I'm Copper Wire, pleased to meet you. Now lets see the staff shall we? BOSS! WE GOT A CUSTOMER!"
The familiar jeweler comes out from the back
"Wait.. you look familiar. have we met?"
The receptionist tells you the secretary is on the fourth floor
No. You have never met him.
"Yes. I am one of the priests of the Master. I oversee the altar and aid pilgrims in meeting him."
You bring her some candles and her big pile of notes
"Ok. Now to make this faster, you can either read the notes out loud as I work, or I can read and you do as told."
"…I'm sure the captain won't mind.
But if you don't feel ok with doing it… I guess I need to do it alone then~"
You give his sack a sharp tap, enough to make him wince
"…I guess I was asking for that, huh? Still… don't do it again."
You can hear the bowstring loosen
D-did you just say…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287596

"I'll… do as told!"
do as told '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287597

"Then stop saying things like that or I won't hold back!"

Venia [Battlemage] 287601

"Dammit Valeriana… You and your ways…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287602

"What of the many things? That I would kill you if need be?
That your obsession for that stallion took hold of me too?
That I wish I was still a orphan, so I shouldn't have to deal with all this crap?"
"So tell us. What are the shadows following us since we entered the cave?"

Verne [Trickster] 287606

Find him.
"Excuse me. Are you Veilslash? I am Verne of Wintergrasp, Advisor to High King Frsotmourn. We have much to discuss."

Show him the thing I got.


"What can you tell use about the Master?"

DM 287629

"Ok, step one, prepare a sufficient area for the ritual to take pla-"
You have cleaned her room before she can even finish.
"-impressive. Ok, now, copy this rune on the floor"
She gives you a drawing.
"I'd try my luck but now you just got me scared…
…I was serious about the baths"
She silently rolls the snoozing captain on his back and smiles
"About calling him… father"
She drops the bow
"…I can't do this."
"Shadows? Must be the flickering light. I am the only one here."
The secretary looks around
"Veilslasher is in his office. Fifth door on the left."
"He is the supreme god. The one above all. The truth of this world and all others. If you wish to meet him, I will be your guide."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287632

oh fucking…. time to draw!

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Kilana 287633

"Yeah, its Kilana. I had a hoof band done a while back. I see you have an apprentice now."

Verne [Trickster] 287636

Knock on his door, then.


"How can I tell what you speak of is true, and not a fabrication to glorify your religion?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287641

"I bathe every day! And after training too!"

Venia [Battlemage] 287644

I swallow, biting my lower lip

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287647

"You should not.
Go back to boy toy, live a happy life with him.
I'll make my own way."
"Guide us then. We are ready."

DM 287666

"Hmmm good! Very good! Ok, next up you need to mark the key points of the summoning rune with catal-FUCK I forgot to make them!
…up for making a few expendable catalysts with me?"
"Sure do. Copper Wire is turning out to be quite the jeweler. And we are ever so happy together."
"Working together, boss"
"Yes indeed. Working together."
"Come in. What business?"
"I can show him to you. Or if you wish to test him… you may ask me something, and I will answer after consulting him."
"Guess I just have a picky nose then."
He winces again and changes position
"…I'll not tempt fate any more. Once was well enough."
"Well well well~ look what we have here~ it sure looks tasty~
C'mon, try some"
"…you're just hurting me for the hell of it now.
I meant I can't go back to him. Not with a clean heart. Not knowing you will be so upset.
…I still love you more than anything, Pumpkin. Please understand. That is why I didn't tell you. Because I was afraid of how badly you'd react…"
"The first step is that we shall share a drink in his name. A tradition and formality, but I feel it is an important step."
he produces a bottle from his robes

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287671

help her with said catalysts. how many rolls? starting with one '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287677

I nod.
"Good. I'd feel bad after hurting you. Even if you'd deserve it."

Venia [Battlemage] 287679

I hit a hoof against my head
"Well… if you say so…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287682

Turn around and look at her.
"You did all this. You could have told me, damnit, not let me find it out at the very last moment.
The truth is I still need you, but I cannot be so selfish and just deny you that happines."
"Peach, be ready to jam a healing potion down my troath if this kills me."
Extend a hoof towards the bottle.
"Shall we?"

DM 287685

"We'll need at least ten for the key points.
…It really does feel nice just you know… doing stuff together, doesn't it?"
"Guess I'm a glutton for danger. But seriously, no more messing with stallion parts. That's just… low."
"I knew you couldn't resist a thing you so eagerly admired…"
She gives it a long lick, making the captain shudder
"C'mon before he wakes up"
"In a sense… you already did. But it was my fault for not telling you.
…can I have a hug?"
"We shall."
A quick drink later you feel a little dizzy

Roll #1 10 = 10

Kilana 287687

I smile a bit. "That's fantastic, No more lonely hours in the shop."

Venia [Battlemage] 287690

I sigh and kneel down, eyeing it carefully/
"You're… sure he wont mind?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287691

"Like that time we fell asleep in the library.."
another one! '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287692

"And your insults aren't? Maybe I have the face of a stallion like you were so kind to tell me, but I am still a mare with feelings!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287693

Give her a hug.
Bury my head into her mane.
"I'm just a little kid… I can't do it without you…"
"Great… Now, is the Master the god of drunkness too? In that case I like him just so much more…"

DM 287699

She looks at the small wand she made
"Damn… I kinda like this one. Too bad it's getting burned up."
"You really are a nifty crafter aren't you?
Yeah… like that time.
…what happened back then again?"
"True that. And we all know who we have to thank."
"If he minds I'm not going to stop nagging until he stops minding it."
"A sharp insult can be a nifty skill in battle. It makes the opponent angry and thus easier to read and exploit.
he then tries to push you over playfully
"…who would you rather have as a father?"
"Hm? Well, let us say the drink helps keep your eyes dull enough to withstand seeing him.
Are you ready?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287706

"Oh that's it!"
Tackle him!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287708

blush at the compliment
"haaaa… uh, something simple. something, sweet~"
another! '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287710

"Mom, who do you love more?"
"Good one.
Yeah. We are."
Look over at Frosty, is he okay?

Venia [Battlemage] 287712

I sigh
"Well, let's hope this wont end badly…"
Join in with her

Kilana 287713

"It was just a piece of advice, nothing big, you're the one that followed through and found someone. Those foals need all the help they can get really, things don't get better over night after all."

DM 287718

You have him pinned down
"Oh no…"
"Must have been quite something. You lost your entire focus. Here, let me help you with that one~"
"I love…
But I hoped I could find peace in Highhorn.
…i sure am glad i waned him I may still change my mind when I talk to you. He said he'd understand…"
He stumbles a little
Looks like the drink hit him a little hard…
The priest then walks to the altar
"Master! These pilgrims seeks the truth! Come to us! Come to us and show them the way ahead!"
In a flash of light and a loud skittering woosh, a tall figure appears on the altar. It resembles a pony… with both wings and a horn. Tall and slender, with sharp eyes.
"Greetings, mortals."
After a bit of ground work, the captain raises his head
"ha… aaahhh.. wha? V-Valeriana? Venia?
…oh! Ha! I get it, this must be a dream. Oh pone. I hope I don't make a mess of anything…
Well, at least it's a pleasant dream. I'll wash Valreriana later.
Carry on ladies."
He pulls a pillow under his head and gets comfy.
"That much is true. Still. I have you to thank for suggesting it. Is there some way I can repay you?"

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287720

"Maybe I'm not fat, maybe you are just weak as a newborn foal!"
Keep him down!

Venia [Battlemage] 287727

I snicker, shaking my head.
"What a dream indeed…"
Continue working on him, occasionally stopping to draw Valeriana in for a sweet kiss

Kilana 287729

"If you would be able to fix up my old staff.. I made it myself when I was a mere filly, Its seen better days to say the least. " I show him my ragged old staff, with the tiara still melted on it. "I keep it around for the memories mostly. "

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287732


Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287738

Keep hugging her tight.
"We'll get him back mom. We will."
Well, it's a god, right? Kneel down.
"Our honors, master."

DM 287770

"Like hell I am!"
He tries to reverse the situation
The captain enjoys the display for a while and then grins
"I need to remember what I ate last night, these dreams are all too rare. So which one of you ladies wants to give me a little something to play with too, hm?"
"What would you like me to do? Polish the gold perhaps? Fix up the cracks?"
"Nylis, please. What could I do to help you focus, hm~"
She takes you hoof and helps you again
"…I don't really know what to say to that."
She pets your mane a little
"I'm sorry for not saying anything earlier.
…I need to go talk to him. Do you care to come, or?"
"What good manners you have, child. Now, what is the truth you seek?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287772

Keep him down.
"Beaten by a mare. How embarassing."

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 287773


Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 287776

"She's all yours."
I get back on my hooves and sit back.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287777

"You think that would help?"
Raise and look at… It.
"Will Lady Radiant betray us?"

Kilana 287782

"If you can do anything for the cracks it would be very appreciated. A good polish wouldn't hurt, and making the faded runes a little clearer."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287795

oh lights please stop blushing '1d10'
"I- uh.. l-later"
continue with helping 'r2 1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 4 = 4

DM 287807

"Well maybe I'll fight like a stallion then!"
He tries to slam his lower body into you to force you off him
Valeriana giggles a little and repositions herself for easier access to the captain and I need more to drink
"Another done…"
"I just wondered if you'd care to talk to him too.
…be honest. What do you think of him?"
"That depends on how you view betrayal. But if you wish to see the events themselves… I can show you. Simply climb into this, and all will be revealed."
The Master moves a hoof, revealing a large hollow crystal… with some goo on it.
"Will do. I can even smooth out the wood for you. Free of charge of course."
"Nylis. Just speak your mind. What is bothering you?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 287809


Roll #1 1 + 4 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 287810

Just fade to black
Shake my head with a smile

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287811

smile at her
"Later, ok?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287813

Sit down on him so he can't move!

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 287814

"Well shit I broke that one…"

Now what?
"…whoa. Nice one. We're almost done!"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287816

how many more left? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5



Roll #0 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 287820

Let's make it clear here that Venia just watched after that, nothing more
"Well, that sure was fun. Don't you agree, captain?"


you've got to be shitting me

Roll #0 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287824

"I think he's really a nice stallion, but… Yeah, you know."
Let her go.
"I think he'd just be mad at me."
For being the supreme god he sure has pretty mundame methods.
Step into the goo.

Kilana 287828

"Oh, you're far too kind." I smile a bit and let him work. "How did you find this kid anyway? He's got that sharp air of curiosity about him."

DM 287858

Roll to avoid accidentally hurting him
"let's just do these together, ok?"
"Indeed. I just wished these dreams were more common… And it is quite something having you in here. I never imagined I'd dream of you."
"He will not touch a single hair on my son.
It is up to you to follow me or not. But if you don't… be a dear and get my bags from his room."
She climbs down from the roof
It clings to you and starts to engulf you
"Close your eyes. Allow the medium to take you, so I may share my visions."
You notice the others are entering similar pods.
"We met one day on the street when I was out buying materials. Pure happenstance. Yet still ever so fortunate"
"He left out the part where I tried to nick his gold bullion."
"Because I forgave you for that."

Roll #1 4, 3, 6 + 5 = 18

Venia [Battlemage] 287862

"Is that so? Am I not pretty enough for your standards perhaps?"
I wink an eye at Valeriana

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287863

I didn't mean to!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287865


Roll #1 10, 4, 5 = 19

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287867

"I'm coming. He deserves an explanation."
Follow her.
"Will this be the only vision I receive? Because if so, I wish to ask for a different truth."

Kilana [deathsinger] 287869

"Perhaps it was something greater than chance then, a bit of destiny. "

DM 287886

Well your abyssal ass is still heavy.
"No… it just feels odd. You are married and all. And the queen.
Hey can I get a dream kiss?"
And what cute lesbian catalysts they became.
"Whew. That took a while…
…still up for setting up stiff or should we take a break?"
You get back to the captain
"…I can tell from your face what happened, Valeriana."
"…I'm sorry."
"I understand. I guess we were being a little hasty. But hey, you can still come and visit me. We can still talk. We can still be together.
"Ask freely."
"I don't really believe in that"
The jeweler goes to work on your staff
"…he's a nice guy once you get to know him."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287897

"Break, definitely a break"
feel out some food&drink from the cafeteria and teleport it here '1d10+3'

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 287898

"Well, I'm not exactly married yet. And maybe I will… if you ask nicely enough~ Or rather, maybe Valeriana and I could put up a small show?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 287907

"Perhaps not, but it makes a fine song that way.." I take a breath and try a verse. '1d10+2'
"The jeweler walking down the street one day, a colt so young but fallen astray. The Strings of Destiny did wind, Together a partnership they find."

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287935

"Oh by the Sun I am sorry!"
Get off of him.
"Are you all right?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287942

I'll just stay quiet and stand by her side.
It's not my place to tell him.

DM 287954

You pop in some nice salad and a few light drinks
Winterbreeze smiles
"You really are one of a kind…"
he blushes
"This is the best dream.
…p-please do go on"
"Well that's quite a talent you got. You should go on tour!"
"I'm not entirely sure… let me… check"
"…yes. We can still meet. And talk…"
"That makes me glad. How about a kiss goodbye then?"
"…not a kiss goodbye. A kiss until we see again~"


Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 287958

"Well now… getting eager are we~? Valeriana, shall we?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287959

smirk at her
"I should be saying that"
BREAK TIME rolling for cute lesbian snack break '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Kilana [deathsinger] 287960

"Maybe someday, but there's much to be done in the mean time. "

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 287961

that's not cute at all

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 287964

"I didn't mean to hurt you! Really!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 287965

Went better than expected.
Leave them some privacy and fetch Valeriana's stuff.
If nothing else is up, I'm ready to timewarp back to Wintergrasp.

Venia [Battlemage] 287973

Before we timeskip to Wintergrasp, Venia will want to know why Valeriana is coming along after all

DM 287999

"I know…
…that doesn't really change things"
His voice sounds strained and squeaky
She chuckles and nods
"I'm all yours~
Enjoy, golden boy."
Horses eating is not cute.
Even if they are lesbians.
"No seriously. You help me keep it together.
…I don't have many others beyond you you know."
That was about it.
They embrace and kiss to make up for lost time, and spend some time together until you return with the stuff
Welcome to Wintersgrasp.
"I spoke with Pumpkin… he simply is not ready. And… neither am I. It was a little foolish to jump to such conclusive ideas after knowing him for only days…
But I will still visit him. And talk to him. And more."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288011

Heal him!
"I'm really really sorry!"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 288015

I move in on her and draw her in a lovely kiss '1d10+2'


"… Not ready? Valeriana, he's an adult. You're an adult!"

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288020

"Huh? What about Stormcloak and Cloudhopper? And, and you know you could've spent time with my friends too!"
get back to work '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288021

Since I we all have so much time…
Check on Fourtones and the thieves.

DM 288027

You are a very convincingly sorry pony.
He eases up
"…just… seriously no more of that. Got it?"
Rolling for amount of captain poner
"I know. But there is still a lot for him to learn.
…our little talk showed things about him to me I had never really thought of.
This doesn't mean I'm abandoning Highhorn. I just won't… live with him. For now."
"…I kinda had a falling out with them…"
next on the list: make your marefriend feel better about her life
Fourtones is snoring in his bed.
Looks like a few thieves are sharing the room with him.
…three mares sharing the bed.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

DM 288028

Looks like that's not really doing anything for him.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288030

"Yes, yes I'm sorry…"
Frown and look at him apologetically

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288031

"Ladies, please, leave us."
Turn to Peach.
"Would you mind waking him up? Don't be gentle."

DM 288036

"That's ok. I forgive you.
…want a hug?"
The three look at you but then shrug and leave, taking the thieves who were sleeping on the floor with them.
Peaches goes slap Fourtones awake

Roll #1 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 288037

Well then, we'll have to get a little more offensive. Lay down on my back, softly pulling Valeriana on top of me, then continue where we left off while slowly grinding against each other '1d10+2'


"How old are you Valeriana? How much longer will you continue to be alone? This is not the basis of a stable relationship, you know! This was your chance to start anew! Tabula rasa!"
I groan
"And to maybe get over him…"

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288039

Hug him.

DM 288042

She smacks him on the cheek and quickly flips away as he spins up in an attempt to backhoof her across the face in retaliation
Oh my
>Current time
"I'm a little over forty. And I will still try my best with him. I'm not giving up hope. But I'm not giving up my son either.
Not while he still so desperately seeks for a father. Not while he still thinks he can kill me."
'r2 1d10'
Hugs quality

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6 / Roll #2 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288043

I guess he is awake.
"Enjoying yourself?
Had time to check on the changes we made on the streets?"

DM 288047

Critical hugs!
Acceptable poners!
He rubs his cheek
"Many have found work and homes in the mines. I like it. It gives them purpose. A goal in life and a reason to exist. A way to help us all."

Venia [Battlemage] 288049

Let's finish this quickly and fade to black. Early finale, make it count.


I gape at her
"… I can't believe you…"

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288052

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288056

"I'm happy to see you found my solution acceptable.
Now comes the important part.
I need a complete mapping of the underkingdom. And of Wintergrasp and Rockeye.
I'll have the Ironfoe spies assist you with the underkingdom and Rockeye, but Wintergrasp should be home enough to be an easier task.
We have great plans for the Underkingdom."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288058

now I wish I didn't use that 10…
"Oh.. uh- uhm.. Don't worry, even if you dont' have that many friends now. It doesn't mean they won't fall into your lap at some point."
pls oh pls let this fucking work '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 288067

And what a show it was.
Cunts totally touched.
"What part do you find so hard to believe?"
Not his poner. The Captain's.
You only got hugs.
"…thanks. I missed a good hug while you were gone."
"Well there are city maps of Wintersgrasp, Rockeye and Ironfoe in the library and archives. Did you seriously need to wake me up for that?
As for the Underkingdom, I'm sure that can be arranged. When do you need them?"
She hugs you and ruffles you mane a little
"That… makes me feel a lot better.
Thanks dear."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288073

kiss her on the cheek
then get back to work '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288074

Thank the Sun.
"I missed you too. And that hug was very nice, yes. I can't wait to fall asleep by your side and wake with you before the Sun rises."

Venia [Battlemage] 288078

Time for after cuddling. '1d10+2'


I throw my hooves in the air
"Pumpkin wants a father!? It's Illistar isn't it!? Like he told me before!? Why!? He's the entire reason why you've been suffering like this! I've been trying to make you forget him and move on for years now!"

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288079

"You have at least one hundread of ponies. I'm sure you can get the work done in a month or less. Right?
We need to find suitable locations for an HQ and an academy. The academy is not for us thou."

DM 288095

"Right. Now arrange the catalysts in the key points of the summoning rune"
"If you want, we could nap right now~"
It was gooey.
"I fear Pumpkin sees great parallels between himself and Ilistar. And Peaches only helped bring out more similarities."
"And who is it for then?
If I get a say in all this, the HQ should be built in the shaft left by the escaping dragon. The old dragon chamber is easy to defend, and the entire shaft is so long we can easily fit a large base there."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288098

doing as she says '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288102

"But we would waste precious daytime by sleeping!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288105

Nod at him.
"Exactly my thoughts.
The academy, that will have to be in a position we can easily access from the base and easy to cut off from the rest of the tunnels.
Best solution would be building it in a side tunnel with only one path to the main underkingdom, mined and ready to explode if needed."

Venia [Battlemage] 288107

"Well now, that was quite the dream, wasn't it~?"
I snicker and give Valeriana another kiss.
"Too bad Anvil isn't around~"
I interrupt myself, taking in a deep breath
"Peaches? That's no longer even a problem anymore! And Pumpkin isn't like him at all either! When was the last time he throw a living damn child into a fireplace, huh!? HUH!?"

DM 288112

"Nylis. Stop. STOP.
Either take this seriously or just go somewhere else and let me finish this."
"How about we just lie down then? And be close?"
"Sounds rather extreme. But there are many dead ends. We can mine one out to be large enough to house an academy."
"I think I should wake up by now…"
He lies down and falls asleep again.
Valeriana giggles
"he's so cute"
>Not the past
"…not yet at least.
But he is growing up well. Maybe one day he will become just as ruthless."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288113

"And cuddle and nuzzle too?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288114

"Perfect. Take all your ponies and get on with the mapping, the sooner, the better. I'll have the Ironfoe spies there work on another project, don't interfere with them."
I need to go to Ironfoe now.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288115

"Sorry! Sorry"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 288121

I smile
"He is…"
I look and smile at her, giving her another hug
"Thank you Valeriana, this was fun…"
"So after all this time you still don't trust me to take care of things then? You still can't give up on those old foolish dreams? All that effort for nothing…"
I sigh sadly, tearing up slightly
"Y-you're going to get yourself killed like this…"

DM 288141

"Yeah. It has been a while since last time after all."
He lies back down
"Will do. As soon as I've taken my nap."
Walking there takes a day.
"Good. Ok that's the basic groundwork more or less ready.
Now we need to power up the catalysts and let the rune collect power."
"I knew you'd like it."
>and so on
"No Venia. No I am not. I am simply taking this decision more smartly and incrementally. I will live in Wintersgrasp, doing my duties, but visit him in Rockeye whenever I can. And when I am sure I can truly be happy with him, I will consider moving in."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288146

I guess I'll visit Nylis first.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288149

oh jeez…
rolling for that on the first '1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288151

And then they cuddled and nuzzled non sexually?

DM 288154

Oh hey Pumpkin came to visit
So they did

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288158

"Uh.. h-hi?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288162

Nod a greeting to her.
"Nylis. The king has asked for your assistance in a particular matter. Might we talk in private?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288163

After the cuddles.
"We can speak with Southern Cross later, but I want to speak with Frostmourn first. About this whole trip thing."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288165

"I'm kinda busy right now, could it wait until later?"

Venia [Battlemage] 288167

"Well… this probably wont be the last time. Maybe next time we could involve Anvil too~."
"I can't believe you-"
I sigh, interrupting myself
"I-I know what Pumpkin is playing at! He told me! He-"
I lunge at her and draw her in for a hug, crying openly now
"Just p-please don't leave me… P-promise me you wont abandon me!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288176

"It's really just a quick proposition. And I do have to travel to Ironfoe in less than a hour."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288180

"Uh.. s-sure"
teleport us somewhere to speak '1d10+3'

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288184

"Thank you very much."
dust myself off.
"Academy of dark arts. The king needs a headmaster, your name came up. Would you be interested?"

DM 288185

"Go ahead my sun. You know where I am if you need me"
Frosty is in his room
"I'll hold you to that."
"Abandon you?
…I could never do that.
And what did Pumpkin say to make you so upset?"
She hugs you back softly

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288187

"King Frostmourn, do you have the time to speak with me?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288191

"Mine? But… but why? I don't know anything about the dark arts."

DM 288195

"Of course. Come on in. Indeed I wanted to talk to you too."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288198

Enter the room and nod with my head.
"I am here then. Go ahead."

Venia [Battlemage] 288199

"H-he wants to find Illistar… and talk to him. He sees him as a father! It's… it's ridiculous! Why would he even assume that!?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288200

"I wouldn't say that. But if this is how you feel, I can understand. It's not a position for ponies that don't want it. Too many dangers.
Thank you for your time, anyway."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288209

"Even if I were interested, I'm still in the research thing for King Frostmourn and helping Embers with his healing thing… plus.. uh,nothing is that all?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288210

Arc a brow.
"Nylis, is there something you want to talk about?"

DM 288212

"I intend to challenge King Ebonreth in a few weeks time. I need combat training. And I assume you will be prepared to face his champions as well?"
"Because I am his mother. I fear the poor boy is becoming lost in his quest. He wants to reunite us all. …even Whisperwind. He wants one big happy family."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288213

"No, it's nothing of importance"
Teleport away '1d10+3'

Roll #1 2 + 3 = 5

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288214

blegh, just get back to the room


"Maybe you should walk."
Sight Beyond Sight.
Tell if that's a lie.

Roll #0 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288216

That's a success. Critical thanks to Fervor.

Venia [Battlemage] 288217

"And he's going to be putting us all into dangerous because of it!"
Rub my eyes
"You have to stop him! Before he does something stupid!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288219

"Nylis, maybe we should talk."
I give you a firm look.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288222

turn back
"About what?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288223

"Then we shall train. And it depends. What sort of combat is it?"

DM 288225

"…but what if he's right?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288227

"I don't know Nylis. About what?"
Slowly move besides her.
"Look, I'm not here as a blade. I'm here as a friend.
What's eating you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 288228

I immediately break the hug, shaking my head at her.
"… I can't believe this… He's going to get you killed at this rate… This is… this is wrong… I…"
I cringe

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288229

move away
"if you're telling me when you are and aren't a friend, then i can't really trust you."

"Verne is the reason I really agreed to all this research. speak to him"
superwink away, lets see if I can roll with no recharge '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288230

Wink after her.
"Nylis stop. Now you are making me worry."

DM 288233

"…I know. Forget it.
…I have Highhorn now. I owe him at least a honest chance."
She opens up for a new hug with pleading eyes
"Arena combat. The exact rules change from time to time. Three falls, first blood, until someone yields, to death…"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 288241

"Oh now I'm making you worry!? I already told you what I thought I shouldn't. I'm busy, you said you were busy and on your account this conversation was over several minutes ago"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 288242

I shake my head.
"I won't kill a pony over arena and the enjoyment of others."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 288243

Back away slowly from her.
"Nylis, I am a blade because I want to protect my friends. All of them. This includes you.
If there's something that's troubling this much please, talk to me."

DM 288244

"So I can't count on you to be there at my side then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 288245

I look at her for a while, breathing shallowly. My eyes soften again and I walk back over to embrace her once more.
"… I just want what is best for you Valeriana. You… you can't even fathom how important you are to me… You've always been there for me.