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Northlands - Thread 22 DM 290903

I think we've passed 22.500 posts by now

Our heroes have returned to Wintersgrasp.
Construction of the Mass Teleport Array and Communication Relays have begun.
Winterbreeze has started to set up her ritual, the culmination of her years and years of study.
The Underkingdom is being mapped out for good locations for the Dark Academy and other possible things.

And in a timeskip, Pumpkin and Verne are facing down The Master - a large changeling.

Venia [Battlemage] 290909

"I… Yes."
I avert my gaze from the book
"Just some thoughts creeping up on me."

DM 290911

"It's about your mother isn't it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 290914

"That obvious huh?"
I let out a weary sigh
"But yeah. I've been thinking more and more about her lately…"

DM 290919

"She was a good pony, I'm sure. Otherwise, she could not have has a child as good as you.
…these speaking lessons are making me sound so hollow and insincere. Ah dunno if ah should ever have taken then to begin with…"

Venia [Battlemage] 290924

"She was, I know she was. But…"
I lower my head
"I can't help but feel I failed her…"

DM 290928

"Well why the heck would you feel that way? You're QUEEN now! If anything she should be proud!"

Venia [Battlemage] 290935

"Uh… let's just say that mom had… different priorities than most other mothers. But look at me, I'm 38 and childless. Unmarried. Settled down. Without any kin nearby."

DM 290937

"Venia. Look. What your parents want of you, what you want of yourself, and what you really become are rarely the same thing. They will more likely be three entirely unrelated things.
…I know my parents probably wanted me to live a more honest working life than the life of a royal. But I don't care. Because I get to have my dear Frosty this way. And that is what makes me the happiest of all."

Venia [Battlemage] 290943

"I know but… I just… I miss her… I really do. And I could use her advice and support."

DM 290945

"…do you really feel so alone?"

Verne [Trickster] 290946

Where are youuu

Venia [Battlemage] 290948

"I'm not lonely, no. I have Anvil, Valeriana, Frostmourn, you, and so on. But they are friends… lovers even. Mom was… mom."

DM 290949

Is there anything else you want to do as we wait?
"We all must learn to let go of our parents at some point, Venia. I know I did. So did Frosty.
How else are we ever going to find out own path in life?"

Verne [Trickster] 290951

Oh yeha, was talking with Veilslash. Let's continue that.

Venia [Battlemage] 290952

"I know! I have been living without her for years now, but I still miss her dammit!"
I slump down
"I just want to know something… Ask her a question…"

DM 290953

It seems the name plate on his door says [Faded Borders], not Veilslasher. Still, this is the place you were told to go.
"…well I won't pretend I know how this stuff works but… isn't there magic for that?"

Verne [Trickster] 290956

I don't remember his name


"Excuse me, may I come in?"

Venia [Battlemage] 290957

"Yes. There is. Valeriana has shown it to me already. But that's exactly my problem! Valeriana can't know about this… yet. It's just too embarrassing."

DM 290960

He was one of the illusion teachers at the demo you went to
"Do come in. What business do you have?"
"Well I don't really know her beyond the fact that I was told she is the one who controls the Shadow Sentries. So your secret is safe with me, if she didn't already hear it."

Venia [Battlemage] 290962


Roll #1 8 = 8

Verne [Trickster] 290963

Show him the thing the original contact gave me. I forgot what it is

"If you recognise this, perhaps we can have discussion."

Venia [Battlemage] 290964

"Valeriana has been my frie-"
I sigh, interrupting myself
"Promise you wont tell anypony about this? and… that you wont laugh?"

DM 290966

He takes the signet and looks at it for a while
"…I remember you. I'm guessing you also went to the meeting then?"
"Of course. You can trust me, Venia.
…I can't even tell Frosty?"

Verne [Trickster] 290972

"Indeed, I did. Then you must know who I am. I wish to make a proposal for the activities of you and your associates from now on. Interested?"

DM 290977

He puts a little [BUSY] signs on his door and closes it, then also closes the curtains
"Do speak your mind"

Venia [Battlemage] 290980

"Well, I don't think it would hurt to tell him but…"
I sigh, speaking in a softer voice
"Ugh… this is embarrassing. Valeriana and I have been… very close for a long time. Best friends… and more."

DM 290981

"…super best friends?"

Venia [Battlemage] 290983

I stay quiet for a moment, blushing slightly and averting my gaze to the floor
"… with benefits."

Verne [Trickster] 290985

"I have spoken with High King Frostmourn, and we have come to an agreement that legalising your activities will be the best course of action for us all. A level of secrecy will still be required, but you may continue with your activities without fear of persecution, so long as you comply with our conditions.

We shall be allocating and supplying resources to you, under the conditions that you refrain from any research we have deemed too dangerous, show us all that you work with, and have everyone who wishes to practice such dark arts submit themselves to mental testing, for the sake of security to ensure that such knowledge is in safe hooves. That is the short of it. How do you respond?"

DM 290989

"Wait how does that even…
..how can two…
…how do you…
…do you love her too?"
"Were it up to me alone I would accept this offer here and now. But I believe the others need to be heard as well. I can arrange an emergency meeting at the upside down tower. Meet us there tonight."


"I see. Thank you for your cooperation. Since you are willing to take such an offer… Can you assist in converting the rest? What advice can you offer? "

Venia [Battlemage] 291001

I sigh
"I… I'd be lying if I said I didn't have feelings for her. She… she was supposed to stay in Rockeye, you know? She was going to retire and live together with another stallion, but Pumpkin changed her mind at the last minute. And the sad thing is… In a way I was actually relieved that I wouldn't lose her."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291008

I think I was busy brawling with someone in stone armor.
Which is totaly fair.
And I'm sure the years of combat experience won't matter either.

DM 291015

"We all live two lives. With the mask on, and with the mask off. It tears at our families, our friends, and ourselves. Because we have to be two ponies - ourselves, and our dark selves.
If you want us to have no regrets about this, ensure that we can at last stop hiding in the shadows. That we can come out and admit who we are, without fear of persecution.
Replacing one hiding place with another will only go so far."
"…do you love her more than you love Unyielding then?"
The armour kinda balances it out. Ask him to take it off and this becomes rather one-sided.
"I told you my guard is unbreakable. That is how I designed this suit. To keep me safe from vastly superior foes."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291019

"Take off the suit and what are you?"

Attack again.

Roll #1 1 = 1


"I understand. Would it perhaps help if I brought the High King there as well to negotiate? I believe he may sympathise with a story like yours."

DM 291025

"A strong mind in a weak body."
He slams his good down, braces for impact and tries to shoulder tackle you
"The High King himself?
…as long as you think we can trust him. Believe me. If this is some setup to round us up and get us executed…"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Verne [Trickster] 291031

"I assure you, had we wanted you persecuted, we would have done so the moment we learned of your existence. No, we seek to come to an arrangement that mutually benefits us, because your work is far too valuable to be disregarded so easily, and sometimes even for the most trivial of reasoning. Perhaps, before the discussion we could clarify a few things. What are the schools of magic you and your kin work with?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291036

Venia [Battlemage] 291039

I shake my head
"No, Unyielding is still the most important pony in my life. And I still love him so very much. Really, it's my own fault. I'm the one responsible."

DM 291052

Seems his solid stance kept him steady, and the rock-skinned tackle knocked you back
"-but I have no intention of losing the suit."
"Shadow Casting, Mind Magic, Necromancy in several forms, including techniques of raising the dead and communing with the departed, Dark Tongue and Demonology, History of the Dark Arts…"
"…so what's the problem then?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291058

Take a defensive stance again, motioning for him to attack.
"Just what is that damn armour made out of?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291061

"Valeriana doesn't know. Or at least I don't think she does. She sees me as a friend but… I want her to be more. On the other hoof… that's just selfish of me."

DM 291069

"Layers of rock and steel, bound with runes of command. It is, in a word, a hollow golem."
He tries a less aggressive charge, aiming to kick you down with his armoured leg.
"So just talk to her then. Bottling up your emotions never leads to anything good. That's what my mother taught me.
…and that's how I got the courage to talk to Frosty."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Verne [Trickster] 291073

"Hmmm, among those you mentioned, Shadow Casting, I feel, needs little secrecy. with Necromancy, it greatly depends on exactly what form, while communicating with the dead seems rather innocuous, outright raising will require some subtlety. Mind Magic.. is dangerous, and those who teach it are not allowed to teach anyone not authorized by us, but I feel it is alright to let it be known they work with mind magic.

As for Dark Tongue and Demonology… I am afraid there we are going into some very dangerous territory. Unfortunately, here utmost secrecy will be needed, along with frequent mental profiling and training to ensure one is fit to deal with such powers. I am afraid compromises must be made. If that is all you can say to help me, then we shall meet tonight, and I will request the High King come to hear out your requests as well."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291079

Evade and try to hit a weak spot in the armor.
"What if it fails you and you can't move?"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 291080

"I'm kind of afraid to… I don't want to ruin our friendship."

DM 291094

"We will not agree to live as your slaves, however. We will make our rules regarding what is to be taught, and we refuse to suppress information among ourselves. Knowledge is power, and we will not let you or your king take any more of it from us than we are already giving up.
Keep that in mind."
You kick at a join in his leg, but realize the plates are actually designed to stop that king of strike, resulting with you just taking a hit to the chest instead.
"What if my real body fails and I can't move? The end result is the same - In battle, I may as well already be dead. At least the armour can open up to let me out, but taking it off still takes several minutes."
"So you'd rather live a lie? Look, Venia… I was afraid the same thing would happen between me and Frosty. With the whole Prench thing. With his… well… kinks I don't really like.
But talking about those things helped us find a solution, and realize they are not as major problems as we thought."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291097

Take a step back, and breathe in.
"What if the runes are Spellbreaked? Are you really going to put your entire life on an armor?"

Charge in, turn around, and buck him in the face with my hindlegs.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 291102

"Well… maybe I am just overreacting. But it's just so weird to bring this up to her."

Verne [Trickster] 291103

"I see. In that case, I will try my best to take High King Frostmourn with me tonight. Our objective is, again, a mutually beneficial agreement for us both. If that will be all, thank you."

Leave and find Frosty if he's done.

DM 291113

"What if your leg bones were broken? Are you really going to put your entire life on weak flesh?
The runes are protected by layers of magical guards. The armour has an in-built bound spell I developed specifically to protect from Spellbreakers. I have poured so much hope into this thing that YES. YES AI AM GOING TO PUT MY LIFE ON IT!"
He slams his read legs down and tries to slam his entire heavy side into you
"And you don't think things ever got weird between me and Frosty? That boy had some creepy ideas let me tell you. And I was afraid to say no. I was afraid it would change things between us. But it didn't. He was ok with stepping down, and understanding that I don't want to do everything he does.
Yes it was awkward as hell, but we got over it. And we still love eachother."
I think I lost my track of time. Is this before we left Rockeye or did you go back there at some point?
Anywho, have a king.
"So, what news?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 291117

The immense weight of the armour is like being struck by a boulder. The sheer weight alone would be difficult to match, but the unforgiving hardness of it makes it that much more of a weapon to be feared.
You stagger a little and fall over from the crushing blow.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291118

Try to stand up.
"This wasn't what I had in mind with unarmed combat, but I guess you are doing all right. Can I even it up a bit?"

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 291120

"If nothing else, at least it is helping me feel more confident.
Go ahead. This is training, so I trust you to make the rules as you see fit."

Venia [Battlemage] 291121

I sigh
"I suppose you are right. I'll tell her. Not sure what I'll exactly say, but I'll figure it out."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291125

"Just don't overdo it. And since I'm trying to hit rock with bare hooves…."
Empower Weapon on my Hooves.

DM 291126

"I'm glad to hear that. Just remember that the house of love is built on the foundation of mutual sacrifice and understanding.
At least that's what dad used to say."
"Very well. I'll stick to more conventional hits then.
Don't chip it needlessly though. I don't need weak points for Ebonreth to exploit."
+3 to hits
The king takes up a boxing stance, standing upright

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291129

"I will try not to. No promises."
Charge and rear up as well, swinging a left hook at his head.

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 291130

"… right. Thank you Sunrise."
I give her a small hug
"It's nice to have a pony like you around."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291134

I'm here!

DM 291136

The empowered strike helps push him off balance and the followup hits him square in the head with notable force, knocking him over
"Ouch… I think I should get a helmet before facing him…"
he gets up and tries a lunging punch
+2 to hits
"Same to you Venia… same to you.
…I wonder if I should try being a little extra nice to Frosty once in a while. You know. Let him try new things…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291138

"You should."
Knock his hooves away and headbutt him.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

DM 291139

Once Verne also confirms he is good to go, we can finish up the Altar.
If you had other stuff to do, we can do that too.

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291140

I was just mocking Deep Rock for having such a shitty spymaster after he said I was just a kid.

Venia [Battlemage] 291141

"Well, I suppose that depends on how generous you feel. Like you said yourself, sacrifice for each other. Is there anything you want him to do?"

DM 291142

the thundering headbutt actually busts open his lip, as well as making him stumble over backwards and fall over.
"ARG… ow…
…now you're beginning to make me a little angry."
He gets up and tries to buck you with his golem leg
The huge stallion lowers his head to look you in the eye
"I have half a mind to disband that cesspool of traitors entirely. Both my past spymasters turned out to be traitors. I guess it really takes a dickless backstabber to do that kind of job well."
"Oh plenty. And I do ask at times. He has never refused…"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Verne [Trickster] 291143

We should still be in Rockeye.

"I have arranged for a meeting with the organisation of Dark Artists, Frostmourn. Their demands will be… difficult, considering the conditions we had previously discussed. I do not think I can adequately negotiate alone, so I would like you to come with me tonight."

Venia [Battlemage] 291145

"Well, I suppose it depends on how you feel about it. I usually just let Anvil take the lead myself."
I stay quiet for a moment
"… do you mind telling me what he asked you to do, exactly?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291146

Just try to dodge but don't retaliate.
"I was just agreeing that you need a helmet. And always expect your foe to strike back. They will."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291147

Keep locking eyes with him, a small curling on my lips.
"Or a special kind of devotion.
And since we are in topic, I'd like to ask about your previous spymaster, Shadow Song."

DM 291152

"I have much to do.
..but this is for the future of the north. So sure. I can come."
"…I don't know. It's kinda… well… I think you might not look at him quite the same. Not that it's horrible or anything. Just… would you talk openly about the stuff Unyielding suggests?"
Looks like his golem leg packs more kick than you expected. You're damn lucky it didn't knock any teeth loose. Going by the sound alone it was like someone ringing a great bell with a warhammer.
"I would expect no less of them. Unless they were playing mind games."
"She stole my wife and child from me, then fled like a coward for twenty years before coming back here as if all was forgotten. Her name deserves to live in the history of this city as the vilest rat that ever lived."


"Come then, mortals. I will feast on your very essence, grow stronger and rest as i await more fools like yourselves. More will come. They always do. The promise of absolute knowledge and of meeting a supreme god is too much to resist for a weak mind."

Verne [Trickster] 291154

"That is wonderful to hear."
I'd like to continue talking with frosty another time, maybe


"A changeling deity… beware of its shapeshifting capabilities! Keep each other in sight at all times!"

Inspire '1d10'

"Venus! Protect us both!"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 291155

A small smile forms on my lips
"The reason why I got so close to Valeriana? Anvil. He's the one that agreed to it with Valeriana. Aside from that, he really doesn't ask much of me aside from my special move."
I clear my throat
"Not that those were huge secrets. But if you don't want to tell me, then don't feel bad about it. I'm just a little curious, that's all."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291156

Rub my face.
"Okay, I think it was enough of that. You won't crumble without a weapon it seems."


"And that's your right to do. I need informations about her. How she came to this Kingdom, what she told you.
I want her story."
>Scooby Doo
"Verne, that thing didn't feel right. It's smaller than it looks."
I lost track of my cooldowns.
Blind it.
Peaches uses Inspire '1d10'

Roll #0 10 = 10

Roll #1 7 = 7

Verne [Trickster] 291160

"A changeling's strength lies in its illusions! Use your eye!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291161

"It's burnt out! It won't work."

DM 291163

+1 to rolls
Venus sets herself between you and the Master
"You're going down, bug."
"Boldly stated. But no different to the foolish cries of the hundreds before you."
"I'm glad you think that.
…tell me Radiant. I have thought of harnessing my emotion in battle. To find a way to tie their power to the armour.
Is this… too dangerous?"
"If you want an impartial version, ask Lorebridge the historian at our library. If you want my side as her supervisor and king, sure. Or if you want to hear it from someone closer to her, ask my wife."
>Puppy Power
You creep up behind it as it talks, leap on its back and slash its eyes from behind, causing it to scream and flail out to strike at you.
With the added inspiration of Peaches, you're looking at +4 to all rolls against it, +2 otherwise.

Verne [Trickster] 291164

"Damn it. We'll improvise!"

Venia [Battlemage] 291165

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291166

"To an extent, yes. While a fervorous zeal can help you move immovable objects, it is easy to get lost in it and make mistakes easily exploited by your enemy."


Vanish behind it.
Does Peaches have the CD for Improvise + Heroism?

Roll #0 3 + 6 = 9


Peaches roll.

Roll #0 2 + 3 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291170

"I would like to listen to your version, if it's not too much trouble."


Rush in for a backstab.

+2 from blind and another +2 from Peaches, right?

Roll #0 9 + 4 = 13

DM 291178

"Well.. he can be a little gross at times. Or, well, he sure could when he was younger.
And some of his ideas just outright worry me.
…look maybe it's easier I don't talk about it ok?"
You already used it earlier.
Peaches cannot into heroism.
She does, however, catch the bad end of the shrieking Changeling's hoof, leaving a nasty scrape on her.
You find all the more reason to hate this thing for it, and fueled by this rage, leap on it, planting your blades into its flesh, which gives in with remarkably little resistance.
You find a good angle of approach as Pumpkin wrestles with it, and jam your knife into its underbelly, ripping it open, causing ooze to flow out.
The Changeling then tries to go for a wide leap strike, but Venus deflects it with her shield, protecting Frosty.
He straightens back up
"I do not know where she was born, or when exactly, but as a young girl she came here, looking for a place to work in. She had a knack for hiding and very good eyes, so she was picked up as a student by our then-spymaster, Duskstrider. After he died of disease some years later, Shadow Song was already one of out most capable spies, and was elected as Spymaster at a remarkably young age."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291182


"Wonderful work, Venus! We're maintaining control! Keep on!"

continue inspire.

Roll #0 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 291184

I shrug
"Suit yourself. But the easiest path isn't always the best path. If there are things about him that worry you, you can tell me. I'm not somepony who gossips about this stuff."


"What the fuck is this thing?!"
Where the hell is Frosty anyway? Because this is not an ooze-covered Frosty we are attacking, right?
Shatter with the Frost dagger.
Peaches uses Inspire.
>da king
"This looks more like an historian's version than yours, Viceroy.
Nothing personal you know about her?"

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 291198

"I know. It also drains you quickly. Still, I find it difficult to suppress emotions in battle. After I get hurt, I can get very very worked up. I was hoping to find a way to use that as a weapon, rater than a weakness."
The wounded Changeling bends around and lashes you with a long tendril that extends from the wound.
It stings sharply and leaves a pulsing wound on you.
Frosty (the real one) is standing behind Peaches.
You killed the changeling that was pretending to be Frosty.
You are fighting the Master, which looks like an alicorn.
You pull out the frost dagger, and leap in for a strike, but the changeling's body morphs around your blow, leaving you to miss and nick your own leg with it, before getting bucked over by the Master.
The blow barely grazed you, but Peaches is not nearly as fortunate, as she gets her shoulder skewered by the master's horn, leaving her helpless.
The changeling then rises up and morphs new eyes for itself.
"It is pointless to stand against a god"
It powers up its horn
"I know she was always a loner. Shut in and cold, delivering only orders and reports before retiring to some hole she called her home. She only seemed to find joy in combat, and never made friends. Seeing as she betrayed us all, I guess she never cared to make friends of those she intended to abandon anyway."

Venia [Battlemage] 291200


"Venus! Defend us both! Incoming heavy attack!"

Conjure a few mirror images of us to distract the changeling from the incoming attack.

Roll #0 1 = 1


Sheathe that dagger again.
This is not its place.
"No god would be so squishy!"
Rush to Peaches' help.

Roll #0 4 = 4


It was merely a ruse

Roll #0 6 = 6


She tries to get up on her own?

Roll #0 8 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291206

"You alright partner?"
>now, for out regular schedule
Nod, give a short bow and take my leave. Find Snowflake.
"My queen, might I ask you about Shadow Song?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291208

"Use it wisely then. Make every blow remind you what you are fighting for. Make them remind you that if you fail, the same hurt could be afflicted to your loved ones."

DM 291225

"It's not that I worry. It's just that I don't really share in his… desires, at times."
The Master unleashes a magical attack. You manage to avoid a few of the bolts, but one singes your back
You conjure up several images of yourself, buying time as the Master begins blasting them.
"Yeah… fine enough… shoulder hurts like hell though."
Pumpkin 3/5
Verne 2/5
"What would you like to know of Songbird?"
"Is that how you were able to withstand my attack the first time we met?"


Have the mirror images grow in brightness, then use them to blind the changeling.

Roll #0 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 291227

"Well, like I said, it's really up to how generous you feel. If Anvil asked me to do something really weird and told me he'd really like it if I did, I'd probably do it. It's up to you to judge how far you want to go."

Verne [Trickster] 291228

>with Frosty
"You are… working very hard. I hope you are taking care of yourself? How is Sunrise, anyway?"


How is Heroism CD?
"Don't die on me. If it's too much, retreat with the king."
Spellbreaker on the master. Break its disguise.
"Moon! Shine on the truth!"
Peaches tries to get back to safety with Frosty and use Inspire.

Roll #0 5 = 5

Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291230

You could say that, yes. I had strong faith in the Sun that it shall protect me as I protect it's name and way from heresy and by good deeds. A strong body is worth nothing without a stronger resolve."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291232

"How did you meet her? How did she came up here North?"

DM 291238

New eyes or not, the bright explosions of the mirror images confuse and disorient the Master, giving a +2 bonus to hitting it next turn!
Peaches nods and falls back behind Venus and Frosty, shouting inspiring words.
+3 to rolls in total.
The Master flickers, but remains coherent
Frosty powers up the Northern Regalia
"I'm ready if you need me!"
"She is well. I sometimes think I don't quite give her enough attention. But then, we had a little… let us say awkward moment when brought up some of my old ideas to her.
She didn't take them too well."
"So it all comes down to faith then? A belief in a cause greater than yourself so you can properly harness it to withstand any punishment?"
"She came to this place as a young filly. Younger even than I. We became friends, and I helped her settle in."

Venia [Battlemage] 291239


"It is blinded! We can move in for an attack now!"


Roll #0 3 = 3

Verne [Trickster] 291241


what skills does Venus have again? Defender, slam and energy orb?


"It'll be an honor fighting alongside you, my King and friend!" Give a wide grin before enbracing my daggers.

Fervor and Shatter it!

Can Peaches use Improvise + Heroism? Otherwise, Just inspire.

Roll #0 6 + 3 = 9

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291244

"Yes. But you should also put trust in yourself. This is very important, Frostmorn. Because if you don't believe in yourself, you already failed."

Verne [Trickster] 291245

>back with Frosty
"..what ideas, now? And I was asking about you, yourself."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291246

"I… see. Might I sit, mylady? I have a few more questions."

DM 291253

"…I guess I could give him a chance. Even if I feel it's kinda weird…"
Your blade finds a weak point again, biting deep into the remarkably soft meat of the creature
Protect, Slam, Energy Orb, Martial Defender
Heroism will be ready in 2 turns
You rip out a chunk of its neck, exposing a hard shell… inside it?
+1 to next turn rolls anyway
"Feel free."
"Just a little something even you might remember. Back when we were kids.
Really, it got out of hoof and I'm glad it didn't actually offend her in the end.
As for myself… ever busy. But that is the life I chose."
"…do you think you could train me in that art?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291255

I shrug
"A bottle of booze will go a long way to work away the weirdness. Believe me."


Spellbreaker. Time to see what this thing really is.
Peaches tries to Inspire again from a safe location.
"I know the ywo of you were close. Did she never tell you about her travels from the south to here?"

Roll #0 6 + 1 = 7

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 291258

"…you got any good stuff I could borrow?"
The Master lashes out at Peaches, but Venus takes the hit for her.
Your Spellbreaker causes its body to crack and shudder before it explodes, revealing three smaller changelings inside the shell.
>jarl ballin
"She was always quiet about that. And I did not want to pry. I felt like the memories hurt too much."


>guy with piss fetish
"Was it to do with Prima? Anyway… this is the life we both chose, isn't it? Honestly, I will be fine as long as I have Venus with me, but I am concerned about what you have to handle on a day-to-day basis."


"Have you exposed the core? We are doing well! Frostmourn, stay back until we find our window of opportunity!"

Roll #0 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291261

I smile at him.
"Of course. But you need to take the first step. Be honest, how confident do you feel about yourself?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291262

I smirk
"Plenty of it. all you need to do is ask."


"This is it! Verne! Frostmourn! The changelings!"
Verne's inspire counts, right?
Backstab one of them.
Peaches tries again to inspire. '1d10+1'
>my little snowflake
"I… I see." Hang my head low.
"Thank you queen."
Give her a bow.
"I'm sorry things turned out this way, between you and her. I know she cares deeply for your friendship."

Roll #0 3 + 3 = 6

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

DM 291266

"I am the only mind I trust with the true big picture. I fear letting others take control of it would warp my view."
>bugging out
+1 to roll
"Will do. I'll keep the girls safe"
Venus huffs
"You just stay back, King."
"As a thinker, lover and leader… very.
As a fighter… not too much."
"Then consider this asking."
Your strike connects with one of the Changelings, causing all three to scream.
They shake you off and slam their body against Peaches, who takes a bad tumble before Venus rushes to help her
>special snowflake meets normal snowflake
"And she still does. We do still talk, from time to time.
…and know that I am glad to be back here, at my husband's side. I should never have left him."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291267

"Yes. I can see that."
Poke a hoof at his armor.

Venia [Battlemage] 291268

I smirk
"I'll get right on it! I need to go mail this book to Rockeye anyway."
Pat her on the head and take my leave, let's go to the post office or whatever we have first.


Time to rush in for a backstab.

>legless loser

"Not even myself, when I have devoted myself to the same thing as you?"

Roll #0 4 = 4


"They seem connected!"
Shatter on one of them.
"You alright Peach?"
Inspire + Heroism!
>I know right? She's a damn mary sue
Give a happy smile as I turn to Snowflake.
"Love is a wonderful thing, right?"

Roll #0 9 + 1 = 10

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

DM 291272

"Have you even seen me lately without it on? I have a reason to use it you know."
There is a messenger guild that was established when the Deep Roads opened
"Welcome to the Pony Express. How can we help?"
The changeling chimaera lashes out at you, knocking you round a little before trying to fly away
>into humiliation
"You are the best candidate I have. But I fear our grand visions differ too much. And our methods… even more so."
You jam your blades into the neck of one, ripping and pulling until it breaks and falls off, flailing helplessly on the floor as its head and the two other move away
Heroism is now in effect
>yeah I mean she had two husbands too what a slut
"It is. A very special thing, that this world needs more of. But love and lust are not the same thing."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291278

"And that reason is?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291280

"Good afternoon, I'd like for a package and a note to be sent to the kingdom of Rockeye, to Captain Highhorn of the Royal guards."
I take a quill and some paper, writing on some paper.

Dearest Captain Highhorn of the Royal Guard

As promised, here is the book on shield spells I was gifted by my mother. Everything I learned on these spells is written down here. Please do take good care of it, as it holds some significance to me. If possible, have some copies made of it for safety reasons. I must thank you again for your hospitality and for the glass of wine you so kindly offered me. Hopefully we can find the time to do the same again in the future. Maybe a rematch will be in order too, to decide that tie the last one ended with.

Yours truly


Hoof him/her the notes and the book.
"Please don't lose it. It's rather important to me."


"Which is why, ultimately, we must compromise and work with one another if we share our goals. I have never acted without letting you have a say, after all."


"Keep on!"

Conjure a bright flash to Blind it.

Roll #0 10 = 10


"It's over."
Lash out at both of the remaining changelings, one with each blade.
Peaches uses inspire.
>and she was friend with Shadow Song! That heartless cold bitch! That's almost impossible!
Give one more happy smile and leave.
"Well Peach you heard the queen."
Bring a hoof to my forehead in a teathrical way.
"Oh, we are doing everything wrong!"

Roll #0 1, 7 = 8

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 291288

"I have the body of a Rosefall fashion model, that is to say, I don't think I'm any stronger now than I was ten tears ago."
"We would never dream of such. Indeed I will carry it personally to Rockeye."
He salutes and puts the book and letter in his bag.
"Indeed. But it is also a reminder to me why I and I alone can in the end see this thing through.
You do know of the plans I have for Eaglecrest right?"
You blind the chimaera, causing it to fall down and start wildly kicking and slashing
+2 to rolls
You vanish at the flailing beast, but get caught in it's flailing claws. It rips and bites at you, your ears ringing with its screams.
You are helpless.
Peaches does inspire you though, so +1 to rolls
No +2 to getting up because it can feel you even when blind
>I know right, what a slut
"What ever are you two talking about?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291290

"And does hiding behind all this armor help? Truly help?"


"Herein lies our opportunity! Attack, Frostmourn, Venus!"

Rush in for a backstab.

Roll #0 7 + 3 = 10

DM 291293

"I believe the sound your jaw made a few minutes ago is the answer to that."

Venia [Battlemage] 291294

I smile and nod
"Thank you. That's very noble of you."

Now, let's go find some quality booze for Sunrise to get drunk on so she has an easier time to indulge into Frostmourn's weird fetishes '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Verne [Trickster] 291295

Oh and
>loser king
"I believe you have told me, yes. You intend to sabotage the arena to make it appear as if you have won with incredible might. While I am wary of that plan, I would choose that over you fighting a barbarian king fairly."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291297

"You don't understand. I know that you are more powerful in the armor. You feel more powerful. But does it really makes you stronger? Or is it just something you use to compensate?"

Sylt 291298

Escape Artist.
Peaches keeps Inspire up.
>had a blackout around here, sorry
"I'm worrying for Shadow Song, your highness. She's going throu… Troubled times."

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 291299

"Yes old friend."
You stab the flailing thing, breaking off the severed head of the third changeling
Frostmourn powers up the Northern Regalia, and slams in through the middle of the monster, breaking it in half.
"I really fail to see the difference. In the end, it allows me to hit harder and survive more efficiently."
"Would you have some other idea then?"
This shit messed you up quite a few times in the past. A lightweight like her should lose all inhibition from it.
You leap away just as Frosty bisects the creature.
Peaches keeps a +1 going
Two separated, wounded changelings remain
>that's ok
"Oh. Are you?"
She turns to a shadow that sits in the corner of the room
It looks away but then slowly nods.

Venia [Battlemage] 291301

Actually no, that might be a bad idea. Just get her some mild stuff instead. Not too weak, but not too strong like that either.

Go back to Sunrise and hoof her the bottle.
"Here. This should should do the trick."

Sylt 291304

Shatter one of them.
Peaches, one more Inspiring push!
'r2 1d10'
>Did she…
Sit down again.
"You shouldn't hide things from your friends, mom."
Give the shadow a loving smile.

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5 / Roll #2 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291305

"You can't wear it all the time, can you? What if you are caught off guard without it?"


"I would rather find some means to weaken the barbarian king as you fight. Perhaps, instead of such a lavish display, you could have traps set up just under the arena to poison and weaken him, with our blades ready to clear up any evidence immediately."


"And, we are just about done."

Backstab one of them.

Roll #0 5 + 1 = 6

DM 291311

"…thanks. I'll um, do my best?"
You try to break the wings off one, but its long claws stop your blades and leave a burning cut on your leg.
Peaches does inspire you tough, giving +1 to rolls.
"Then I am in a truly unfortunate position.
…perhaps I could modify it to allow it to be worn at all times."
"Not a bad plan either. But I fear poisoning him may lead to accusations of foul play…"
>creepy crawlies
You stab your blade into one of the two, ripping it open before it skitters back and gets kicked by Venus, stopping it
Both are almost dead now

Venia [Battlemage] 291312

I chuckle
"Just don't go too crazy, alright? Small beginnings and all that. I'm sure Frostmourn will appreciate it."


It was last turn oh heroism.
"I'm sick of this."
Backstab one of them.

Roll #0 10 + 3 = 13

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291316

"Or you could start to take care of your body properly."


"Then you must finish him off quickly, before he has any chance to alert anyone. My fear comes from how you will be unable to repeat such a feat if challenged, which will also out that act as a fraud."


Continue cleanup work and keep up the backstabbings.

Roll #0 2 + 1 = 3

DM 291322

"I sure hope so…
Hey… thanks again. I missed these talks."
I kinda lost count
You sink your blades into the screaming changeling, killing it.
Its acidic remains slowly seep onto the floor as you clean off your blades and spit on its remains.
The entire room flickers, as if some sort of spell just weakened.
You try to kill the last Changeling, but a spray of searing goo hits you in the face, leaving you helpless as you feel it burn into you.
>not bugs
"This is why I must make a grand impression on them. I do not intend to blow the arena right away. Indeed I will fight him fairly for as long as I can."
"On what time, Radiant? Who would be the one to plan the unification? To meet the kings? To hold the north together? You?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291323

"I find it hard to belive that you couldn't spare one hour a day."

Venia [Battlemage] 291324

"Just looking out for a fellow mare, that's all. Now… I should go talk to Valeriana like I promised… We'll talk again later alright? I'll teach you those shield spells, no worry!"

DM 291325

"I could. At the expense of something else. Be it my friends, my love, or my rest."


"The end of another fake god!"
Bring my blade down on the last changeling.
Can I get a free pass then? Otherwise, Vanish, backstab.
Did everyone just fall silent?

Roll #0 10 + 2 = 12

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291327

"And are you going to make that sacrifice or are you just going to whine about how puny your legs are?"


"I see. In that case, your plan has another advantage to it. It will depend on how well Eaglecrest takes to religion, but if you can use your feat as evidence of some kind of divine intervention, we could use it to convert Hardflank. In your plan, I also suggest application of farsight gems to allow the blades vision of the arena, and perhaps some more communications crystals for aural contact. We should speak with Longshanks regarding mass production of such equipment…"


No hurry, I guess. Let Venus finish it off while I get up.

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 291329

"Okay. See you around then!"
And then you crush the last Changeling.
As it dies, the illusion spell on the room shatters, revealing several cocoons of trapped ponies. Some clearly long dead. Others still alive.
Among them, the priest from earlier.
"Well, Songbird?"
"…I found someone in Rockeye. Someone new. A captain… he was very sweet to me."
"With the armour, I see little reason to sacrifice valuable time.
Why would I need to be strong without it when I have it?"
"We should yes. Indeed, that is a mission I could well trust to you my friend."
All of them are dead. They were maintaining an illusion spell that was hiding more cocoons containing both living and dead captives.

Venia [Battlemage] 291330

Wave her good bye and… find Valeriana. Oh boy.

DM 291331

She's in her tower.
…building some kind of device. She seems a little confused looking at it, and keeps checking a little notebook she has.


Approach the priest.

"What is the meaning of this? Are you, too a changeling? ANSWER!"


>back with insecure little guy

"So be it. I will be handling logistics from Rockeye. Truly, our most valuable acquisition."

Roll #0 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291333

"Verne, Venus, take the left side of the room.
Peach, with me."
Take the right side and start opening the pods, even those holding dead ponies.
>Songbird. What a pussy name.
"He was just a tiny bit young, but nothing too shabby."

Venia [Battlemage] 291334

"… Valeriana? What's that you're playing around with?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291335

"For public image, to set an example. For Sunrise, mares like a strong stallion. For yourself, to know that you are stronger than you were, so you could say, 'Yes, Yes I did it. I was weaker, but I did it and now I am stronger and better.'"

Verne [Trickster] 291336

Wait, is the priest trapped in the cocoon?

If so then let's just sue that 10 to free him and any pons alive

DM 291340

You pull the priest out of the cocoon and start yelling at him
"P-please don't hurt me! I've been trapped there for years! These… things came here. Disguised as travelers. They bound me and left me in this.. thing. They took my appearance and began preying on pilgrims. Three of them even took to playing the Master… a sickening sacrilege if there ever was one.
I prayed and prayed for aid, but his answer was always the same - 'all is as I will it to be. It is not yet time'. So I waited. And watched dozens die around me, drained of their life…"
Three dozen dead. Four alive.
>It's an old nickname, she dislikes it
"Young? How young?"
"Maybe ten years my junior. Not that you'd have much to say on that, considering your husband."
"I don't… So, will you finally settle down for real?"
"I'm… considering it."
"huh? AH! Venia. Sorry, didn't notice you coming.
It's uh… a little gift. From Highhorn.
…I dunno if I'm really supposed to have it, but I wanted it, and he allowed me to have it."
"…you make a remarkable amount of sense.
Where… would I begin?"
He was. And I assumed you also freed him with it.
Peaches, Venus, Pumpkin and Frosty freed the others.

Venia [Battlemage] 291341

I walk up to it and inspect it closer '1d10'
"… what does it even do?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291342

"You don't need to roll boulders at your first week. Start nice and easy, build up over time. You can do ten pushups without the armor on, can't you? How about twenty? Fifty? A hundred?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291343

Approach the priest.
"What a cruel god yours. Not merciful enough to grant you even a quick death."
>I'll use it to get on her nerves
Nice to see old hags catching up.
Hang my head low as she mentions settling down, murmuring slow.
"…there is just so much more to do…"

Verne [Trickster] 291344

"So.. this master allowed the changelings to impersonate him? Considering what Manifest destiny spoke of him it seems… fitting."

"If the Master knows our fate, as the stars do, then.. now that we have succeeded, it would have no reason to not acknowledge this as the time. We have most likely played into his plan. Now, he should reveal himself."

I'll talk to Frosty more another time

DM 291355

It reminds you of the communication relays Frosty mentioned.
It has a glass plate, several parts that look catalytic in nature, various supports and some stuff you can only assume exists to link the parts together by allowing the flow of magic to move from part to part
"It's rather experimental. A smaller version of their Communication Relays.
It was deemed a failure due to bad signal quality and short range, but that was before the Enhanced Catalyst was a thing…"
She nods at a large carved piece of old wood
"I had that delivered here. It is part of my old bed from Ironfoe. I got it carved, and now it should act as a notable catalyst, allowing for private chats between me and him, without the need of shadows as a medium~"
"I've never tried."
"He has plans for us all. Goals. Targets. Paths.
…mine does not lead to a quick death."
>That is a good way to piss her off
"Excuse me? What was that?"
"Speak up boy. Whispering in company is rude."
"I can… ask for that. if you so desire. But know this - asking things from the Master comes at a great price."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291359

My face falls.
"…really? As in, you never done a single push up in your life?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291362

"That's… actually very interesting. Having trouble setting it up?"

Verne [Trickster] 291363

"If the reward is enough, I am prepared to give a great many things. Please, lead on."

I need to sleep soon, can this wait?

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291366

"So tell me. Is he going to show up now that we cleared this place of this bug infestation or he'll send more?"
>I dunno if I want to
"It's just selfish of me. I'm already regretting what I told you on the roof."

DM 291369

"I don't think so, no. Not as far as I can remember."
"Somewhat. I'm no mage, and this thing is damn intricate? Mind helping?"
"I cannot know. But I can ask him to appear to us."
>None can know but you
"What… exactly happened"
"The boy still needs me to grow up right. He pines for a normal life and a normal family."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291371

"Out of that armor. Now."

Pumpkin Swansong [Kingslayer] 291373

"What do I do, just turn to the altar, clean it and ask for a happy thought?"
>Yeah, I really don't want to
"Okay this discussion is getting into embarassing places. I think I'll find somewhere to sleep for the night."

Venia [Battlemage] 291374

Take a look at the manual '1d10'
And inspect the machine itself to spot anything that might be configured wrongly 'r2 1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 6 = 6

Verne [Trickster] 291380

I need to go to bed for work now so Master will have to wait until tomorrow, sorry.

DM 291385

"I am still your king. So drop the commanding tone, Radiant. We are all friends here. Let us keep it that way."
Parts of the armour start unlocking and moving aside. After a while he decouples his leg from the frame and steps out.
…lets see how he looks these days
The priest steps before the altar and kneels
"Master. Those you spoke of have chosen. They have passed their test of faith."
This makes a good amount of sense. It just has lots and lots of parts to put together.
+2 to helping roll.
Lets see how long it would have taken without your aid. Your roll will tell how many hours faster you got it done together.

Roll #1 4 = 4


Be helpful! I am a tech whiz!

Roll #0 4 + 2 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291389

Okay what can I do in the meanwhile?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291390

Well, how does he look like.
"You are the king, and we are friends, but you asked me to be your personal trainer, and when I train somepony they will do what I tell them because I am not talking out of my rear. I am doing this for your own good, Frosty."

DM 291397

Damn sure you are.
You get that thing up and running in minutes!
"…well now I just feel dumb. You made it look so EASY!"
Depends on what you want to get done or who you want to talk to.
"flimsy" might be a good expression. Skinny as all hell, almost fragile by the looks of him.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291398

I have nothing to do before Eaglecrest, if we pause the Altar now.
Can we go back to the discussion with Snowflake and Valeriana?

Venia [Battlemage] 291399

"Well, I am still a mage after all! Granted, more of a warrior mage, but a mage nonetheless."
Smile at her

DM 291400

"Well, thanks for it. This really made things easier for me"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291401

"Queen Snowflake… What would you do? Follow a crazy idea or settle for the easiest solution?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291402

"By the Sun, Frostmourn! You have been neglecting yourself! Try and do ten pushups! Properly!"

Venia [Battlemage] 291403

"No problem, you know you can always count on me."
Keep smiling


Roll #1 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 291404


Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 291405

I clear my throat.
"So… how are you doing today anyway?"

DM 291410

"I've done both by now. Followed my hear to Wintersgrasp… and taken the easy solution, if you can call it that, by coming back here."
"Very well…"
Lets see how many he can manage
"Fine enough. Still confused and conflicted, but I'm coping. Why? What's on your mind?"

Roll #1 3, 2, 3, 1, 3, 10, 4, 1, 2, 1 = 30

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291412

"Kings or blades, we all are ponies after all, uh?"
Give her a weak smile.

Venia [Battlemage] 291414

"Confused and… conflicted… that sounds like trouble. I uh… I was going to ask you something but… yeah."

DM 291420

That'd be three ridiculous pratfalls, two weak strained failures, three weak half way pushes, one almost-attempt and one actual pushup.
"That we are. I regret many things I did, but in the end, I cannot undo them."
"Ask it then."

Venia [Battlemage] 291421

"I… don't think that's a good idea. I don't want to bother you if you're not feeling well."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291422

"But would you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291423

"That was… pathetic. I am sorry. I have no other word for it. Out of all that… I don't know what to call it, you managed to do exactly one."

DM 291427

"Ask. It. Or else it will just bother me and make things worse."
I believe everything I did, good and bad, has worked out. So far.
…I don't think I'd truly do things differently. Unless I was sure I could prevent at least some of the pain I have caused."
"Well you sure are a fountain of inspiration…"
He stays down

Venia [Battlemage] 291429


Roll #1 8 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291431

Raise to my hooves and kneel in front of the Queen and Valeriana.
"I thank you, my Queen. Might you live long and in happiness."
Leave this place.
"I think we can find a bunk for the night with the Ironfoe spies."

Venia [Battlemage] 291432

I take a deep breath.
"Fine then… Remember, back in Rockeye when you first told me you were going to stay behind?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291434

"Even I feel ashamed for what you just did. That's not entirely bad. Imagine how good thinking back to this moment will feel like once you can do a hundred without breaking a sweat."

DM 291437

Peaches smiles
"You don't mind sharing it with me do you?"
"…sounds far fetched. So what now? You mock me some more until I just go back into the suit?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291438

"Don't get ideas, we'll have a common bunk with all the other blades, most likely."

Venia [Battlemage] 291439

"I uh… reacted pretty emotionally to that, I'll admit that myself… didn't that surprise you at all?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291440

"No. We stay here until you do ten proper pushups. I know you can do it, you showed you can, even if the road was a bit rickety. Now show yourself, or I will mock you. It's not about strenght. It's about your willpower. You did say you were proud of your mind, weren't you?"

DM 291442

"…what if we are really really quiet?~"
"Well, we are the best of friends. I expected no less of you.
…and I did say don't make me cry. That is a lot coming from me."
The king sighs
"This is degrading… well, nine more to go"

Roll #1 5, 1, 8, 2, 6, 6, 4, 4, 1, 1 = 38

DM 291443

That'll be one good one, two decent ones, three ridiculous pratfalls, a weak nudge and one that makes it half way before he has to give up.
His nose is a little bloody from all the falling down

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291444

Heal him.
"Should I count that as one or three more you did? If we went by the books and gave you the same treatment to the Warriors of Sunlight, I would say you only completed two so far."

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 291446

You kick him in the nose, causing him to yelp in pain and hold it as more blood gushes out
"owowowow… why!?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291447

"Oh get a grip. You can stay quiet one night. Especially after Rockeye.
There's something that keeps troubling me instead. This is going to be the end of me.
Wanna find a quiet place? I wanna talk."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291448

"Oh by the Sun, sorry! I was going to use a healing touch on you but I forgot I'm not wearing my armor either and my hoof sort of slipped! Let me fix it!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 291449

"I know, I know. I was so happy for you, because you had found a special somepony you really liked. But… when you said you were coming along back to Wintergrasp after all I was…"
I struggle with the next words
"… slightly aghast."

DM 291450

"Sure, partner."
You go to a secluded side alley
The bleeding stops and he wipes his face
"And here I thought it was more of your training methods…
…so how many do I still need to do?"
"…Venia I'm a trained spy and assassin. Stop beating around the bush and say what is on your damn mind already."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291451

"I'm going to Canterlot soon. I might not return."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291452

I offer him an awkward smile.
"Take it as encouragement? And eight more. We'll do this the proper way. I know it might sound and feel annoying and cruel, but it will bear a fruit."

DM 291453

"Then I'm coming along. I'm your partner after all."

Venia [Battlemage] 291454

I clench my jaw, looking at the ground
"It's not easy, okay? I just… dammit. I think I may be uh… developing… a crush. On you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291455

"Do it, and you'll die. I might come back alive, you won't."

DM 291456

He sighs
"Lets just try to keep the needless pain to a minimum. Unlike Pumpkin… I can still feel it."
She drops the notebook
"…come again?"
"But… isn't that the entire point of this all! A Lordblade's partner is there for them! Always and everywhere!"

Roll #1 10, 5, 3, 6, 6, 4, 4, 7 = 45

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291457

"What, the entire point is you dying on me?
I haven't even told you what I'm going to do there."

DM 291458

"Why should it matter? As your partner it is my duty to follow you!"

Venia [Battlemage] 291459

"I-I'm sorry… I just… I just did. I like you, and not just as a friend…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291460

"Because I'm going to find him."
Give her an hard look.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291461

"At least you are improving. That's two more done."

DM 291463

"…and Unyielding? What about him?
…does he even know?"
"So that's it then? You're going on a suicide mission and leaving me behind? Is that it?"
He is panting
"I… I don't know…
…six more? A-are you sure?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291464

"Are you? I am confident you can do it. It is only up to you now."

Venia [Battlemage] 291465

"I-I love him too… But no, he doesn't…"
I sigh
"This was a bad idea… I should have just kept my mouth shut."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291466

Just look silently at her.
"I don't want you to see it. I don't want you to take the risk. I've killed enough lordblades to know they won't let me live just for a name."

DM 291467

He grits his teeth and tries again
"I… don't know!"
"Does keeping your emotions to yourself really make for a good solution?
Has my life taught you nothing about that issue? Or Snowflake? Sunrise?"
"So you're just leaving me to rot then. To comfort your wife. To be some forsaken chambermare with no purpose in life other than to tend to a grieving widow?"

Roll #1 10, 5, 1, 5, 3, 4 = 28

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291469

"I'm trying to save your life. You almost died on me Peach! I can't let that happen again!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291470

"There's your problem. You should KNOW that you CAN do it. Th first one was perfect. The third was terrible. You are halfway there."

Venia [Battlemage] 291471

I look down
"No. You're right. But you said you were conflicted already and now… now I probably made it even worse because of how foalish I am."

DM 291477

"I'd rather die at your side than wait forever for a partner who never comes back."
He shakes his head
"Half way? If giving it my all several times only gets me HALF FUCKING WAY, WHAT GOOD IS IT? TELL ME THAT! WHAT GOOD IS IT!?"
"Shut up. Just shut your stupid mouth and actually think for a moment instead of trying to be some apologetic victim in all this!
There is nothing wrong with what you feel. Now tell me openly. How exactly do you feel about me. Ignoring the other factors, like Unyielding or Highhorn."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291478

"It not only builds your body it builds your character. Unless you want to chicken out, go back to your mare with these weak sticks you call limbs and tell her 'I am sorry, I couldn't do it, get used to the armor' instead of doing it and telling her 'Yes, I did it and you can be proud of me', then go ahead, I'm not stopping you. But that wouldn't dissapoint me, or Sunrise, or everypony else, it would dissapoint you. Even if you wouldn't think of it, you'd know you have failed even yourself."

Venia [Battlemage] 291479

"I just see you more than just a best friend. I like spending time with you and everything. I just start longing for you more and more each day that passes…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291480

Give her a hard look.
"I know you would. And I really have no words to stop you.
But I'm still going and if you want to follow, I'll require you to prepare for this trip."

DM 291481

"You certainly have a way with words don't you. Words and violence. Truly you are an example of the sun's virtues!"
He struggles to try again
She shakes her head
"Venia… I really don't know what to say. I enjoy my time with you too. I like to have a little fun together.
…but love you? In a romantic sense?
The worst part is… it seems like a really easy way out. I know you better than Highhorn… and you are here… unlike Ilistar.
But the idea just feels strange."
"In what way?"

Roll #1 4, 5, 10, 4, 10 = 33

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291482

"If you start smack talking the Sun I might throw in ten more. Though you did manage two more perfectly. Three more."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291483

"You'll have to pass for a proper lady. Work, work, work."
Smirk at her.

Venia [Battlemage] 291484

I nod sadly
"I know… I understand that you're not up for anything with another mare. I just had to get it off of my heart. It almost felt like I'd be cheating you whenever we'd get drunk and have that kind of fun together again."

DM 291485

"Well isn't that quite something. From street rat to proper lady. That's one for the damn history books…"
"…c'mere. Let's just lay down and try to think a little ok?"

Roll #1 3, 2, 2 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291487

"Less yelling more lifting. Those were worthless."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291488

"See, one more reason I was scared of taking you! You just can't handle the pressure!"
But talk in a joking tone, giving her a smile.

Venia [Battlemage] 291489

I nod and skittishly scoot closer to her.

DM 291495

"Hmp. Well not like you'd pass for somepony born with a golden spoon in his ass either."
She unfolds herself on her bed
"These are some messed up times…"

Roll #1 3, 9, 2 = 14

Venia [Battlemage] 291496

"I know what you mean… so much stuff coming at us so quickly…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291497

"Oh look, one more. Two more to go."

DM 291500

"…so when did you start feeling like that? About me."
He just growls

Roll #1 6, 8 = 14

DM 291501

And then collapses as Fervor ends
"…am I done?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291504

"… after the painting night, I just blamed it on alcohol, just disregarding it as a stupid fling but… when I saw you and Highhorn busy I… I felt a pang of jealousy… I wanted to disregard it because I didn't want to upset you but… it's been nagging at me. And every moment that passes my denial just start wavering more and more…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291508

"Yes. You managed to do the amount of pushups a first grader has to do. Baby steps, right? Now come the sit ups."

DM 291510

he groans and tries to get up
"…so is it just because of the sex or is there more to this?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Nopony 291513

"Not getting tired yet, are you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291515

DM 291516

"You of all should know the effects of using fervor to boost your performance…
So what are sit ups, exactly?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291517

"Oh please Valeriana, we haven't done it that much… Not it's just you. You being you. Valeriana Swansong is much different from Shadow Song… I just look up to you. You've changed me. My outlook on life. And for that I am so happy."

DM 291522

"Well I'm glad you appreciate me as a person, not as a piece of fine cut meat.
…so what, exactly, do you want to do about it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291523

"I know. Sit ups will help you work the muscles in your abdomen. Really helpful if someone tries to kick you in the gut, you know? Lie on your back and use your muscles in the abdomen to get up, without the help of your hooves. Like this."

Lie on the ground, show an example one, then stand back up.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291525

"I'll take that as a compliment, partner."
Smile at her.
"Now we should go to sleep and get ready for the trip back tomorrow."

Venia [Battlemage] 291531

"That's not really my decision to make, is it? I just had to tell you. I wont blame you if you aren't attracted to the idea at all."
I tap a hoof against my chin
"I need to confess to Anvil too still…"

DM 291535

"..and you expect ten of those?"
He lies down and tries
"If you say so
…though you know we're all alone here too~"
"Look, I'm very much on the verge of a major new step in my life.
…nothing says that step… can't involve you."

Roll #1 6, 8, 6, 8, 7, 7, 5, 5, 8, 1 = 61

Venia [Battlemage] 291539

I clutch my head
"But there's still Anvil! I can't abandon him either after all these years! … I don't want to!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291540

"And to think just a few moments ago you tried to guilt-trip me calling yourself a chambermare…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291541

"Of course not. These are easy. I expect twenty five. You managed seven already!"

DM 291551

"…so ask him how he feels about all this."
"Some guys like chambermares~
But I can't force you. You've been too nice for me to even think that."
He groans and keeps going

Roll #1 1, 9, 8, 9, 2, 2, 8, 9, 9, 4, 1, 7, 2, 5, 6, 1, 9, 5 = 97

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291554

"That's nine more! Good job! See, you can do it! Keep working!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291557

"I don't. Let's just go to sleep Peach. Unless you really need this."

DM 291564

"The amazing thing is… I'm starting to believe that myself as well"
…only if it's ok with you."

Roll #1 2, 1, 9, 10, 7, 4, 9, 10, 4 = 56

Venia [Battlemage] 291565

"And I will! I just need a moment…"
I sit back on my haunches
"… to calm down."

DM 291567

She pulls you into a hug
"You got all the time in the world here…"


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291569

"More than half of it done! Two of them were perfect, by the book! Just a bit more!"


Take her into a hug.
"You don't need to demonstrate anything Peach.
I'm not gonna leave you."
Yeah kinda ready.

Roll #0 9 + 2 = 11

DM 291571

He lies down and breathes a while
"How did I ever agree to this?"

Roll #1 2, 7, 8, 5 = 22

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291572

"You wanted to stop being a wimp? Two more!"

DM 291573

"It's not that I'd need to…
…I just like to. Always did."
But that is one hell of a cute hug

Roll #1 9, 10 = 19

Venia [Battlemage] 291574

I let her
"… thank you for being so understanding. I thought you'd get mad at me or just not believe me or just be freaked out… Uh, no offense of course."
I still have stuff to do!

DM 291576

"Venia, I've done crazier things with you for less a reason.
…I'd never get mad at you for just following your heart."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291578

"Oh, so I shouldn't have had Fourtones stop the first time I met him? You were enjoying that?"
Raise a brow to her through the hug.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291580

"Huh, looks like you really aren't. You've finished this already."

Venia [Battlemage] 291585

I smile
"Thank you Valeriana, you're a good… pony."

DM 291597

"…well he could be a little cold at times… but really, he… was one of the first I really learned to enjoy it with.
…sorry, is this too much info?"
He lies down and breathes deep
"I get this feeling this will bite me in the flank come morning…"
"What are friends with benefits for?"
She chuckles a little
"Was that everything then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291600

I smile and release her
"Yes… I'll go talk to Anvil. Tell him how I feel… Oh Sun… I hope I don't break his heart…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291601

"Hmm.. It might be my amnesiac mind, but I don't remember telling you we are done. Ready for some running?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291604

"Kind of. I had a different introduction to… All this. It was much different."
Stoke her mane.
"I'm sorry I abandoned all of you."

DM 291612

"Do you want me to come along?"
"Oh dear… how far?"
"I'm sure yours was more romantic…
And i don't blame you. Not any more.
..at least you helped us out of the gutters now"

Venia [Battlemage] 291617

I shake my head
"No… I should do this alone. He deserves that much. Maybe… I should ask somepony else for some advice on how to approach this. A stallion… Frostmourn or Raging Storm maybe."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291618

"Let's take a little run around the castle, and we'll see how many more laps depending how you do. Not a sprint, don't worry."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291620

"Yeah… Romantic… As romantic as stumbling upon two mares in a bathroom is.
And poking them in the eyes.
Goodness that was a disaster."
Let out a long laugh.
"I'm glad I found you and her. Both of you, holding me together."
Kiss her on the forehead.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 291663

"Asking Raging is about as useful as asking an actual storm. You will get some incoherent rumbling about family values and how unnatural your idea is.
Frostmourn… maybe. But he is still but a lad. So take his words with some salt."
"Very well. Do I get a time limit or shall I just run and see how long it takes?"
"…what the fuck kind of a…
…I'll just not ask.
So… do you want to or not?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291666

"Well, we could do a little test. How much you can run in twelve minutes."

Venia [Battlemage] 291670

"Mmm… You're right. Raging is a little conservative about these things… I'll ask Frostmourn instead."
I get up and start walking for the door.
"I'll let you know more soon, okay?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291675




Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 291676

"Hmm… very well.
Time me then."
Rolling for minute by minute performance
Divide results by 10 to get his total rating
"Ok. I'll be here, testing this thing.
And… well you can always talk to a shadow if you need me to hear something fast."

Roll #1 8, 3, 2, 9, 9, 6, 2, 5, 5, 4, 5, 6 = 64

Venia [Battlemage] 291683

Go find Frostmourn!

DM 291689

It takes days to prepare and complete.
You've only been at it for an afternoon.
He is… being drilled by Radiant it seems.

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291690

oh well shit….

"What do we do now?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291692

Right, they told me they'd do that…
Approach them
"Hello Radiant. Hello Frostmourn. I know you're both busy but… I need to talk to the King. It's something… personal."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291693

I smile.
"Not bad. Not bad at all. I'd still like to see you achieve the best one day. At least you manged not to tire yourself out entirely and paced good. I'm both surprised and proud."

"Oh, we were just about done. For a first day, I might let him go now. He's all yours."

DM 291695

"Well setting all this up takes time, as we need to allow the summoning rune to drain power from the catalysts to function properly.
Also there is the fact that we must attune me to it, and that is saying nothing of the summoning itself.
…if you want we could also go check on the teleporter project. I know it must be special to you seeing as you helped design it."
He looks rather out of breath
…and is out of his armour for once. Damn. That kid is one skinny twig of a blank flank.
"Huff.. thanks… oh dear… let me… catch my breath a little."

Venia [Battlemage] 291698

I scrunch, but don't comment and wait for him to recover a little.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291701

Give her one more kiss on the forehead and stand up.
"We should sleep girl."
Timeskip to tomorrow after I've taken the daggers back and am in Wintergrasp?
I need to talk with Waymarker.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291704

I smile at her.
"How are you, by the way? I did some training with Frostmourn, even if he was a bit moody about it at times."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291705

"I'm pretty sure it's fine… but yea. I'd like to see it"

DM 291710

After a little while of rolling in show he returns to you
"So, what's up?"
Welcome home.
Waymarker is in his room, doing some light training.
"Well lets go then. I head they are building it on the site where the old mansion burned down."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291711

Knock at his door.
"Do I interrupt anything?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291712

"I'm fine! I'm great! Can't complain at all! I-"
I interrupt myself
"I need your opinion on something… as a stallion who is together with a mare himself, not as a king."

DM 291713

He snaps around and throws the knives he was training with on either side of the door frame, next to your head
"Not really."
"Okay? This sounds a little personal. Should we talk somewhere more private?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291714

head over there
"Really? Anymore getting built? Did they say anything about long range transports for small groups of ponies or is that a bit too much?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291715

"Uh… Okay, I'll leave you two be then! Take care!"

Go home to Celaire.

Venia [Battlemage] 291717


"Right! We'll talk later Radiant!"
I turn to Frostmour again
"Okay… Straight to the point. Imagine Sunrise confessed to you she had a romantic crush on another mare. How would you react?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291721

Interesting. He went full J.I. Joe.
"Good to see you are working on your healt.
I spoke with your ponies in Ironfoe, they all still think high of you.
Especially Vintage Year. I set five of them in charge of rebuilding a rank system inside their organization.
As soon as you have recovered I'll introduce you back to them, I'm sure you still want to see them, after all."

DM 291725

"The other arrays are to be built in Ironfoe and the Underkingdom. Once this is done, we can move groups of ponies or piles of items from one place to the other easily and quickly."
He is arranging some of his sun trinkets
"Good day, my sun"
"You probably expect me to say 'devastated' or something, but I believe love should not have such strict boundaries. Indeed the old concept of how we define and understand love seems laughably wrong and outdated based on what I have experienced in life."
"Vintage? Well I guess he always was a clever one. Not maybe my personal favourite of them, but then I think you got him killed when we met earlier. What was it you needed me for?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291726

"Good day."
Give him a kiss on the cheek, then go to my bags.
"I almost forgot I got you a curiosity from my trip!"

Venia [Battlemage] 291728

"So… what would you tell her then? And more importantly, how would you deal with it?"

Dsty 291731

"Any chance those arrays can link to further places? Like, across nations?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291732

name stop that

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291738

Sigh and move inside.
"Can't really make a fault for protecting my home, can you?"
Sit somewhere.
"Is about the mission to Canterlot. About all the lordblade attacks to the North.
I want to talk with lord Ilistar, should it cost me my life, and find an answer to all these hostilities."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291742

Where should I be about now?

DM 291743

"They have enough range on their own to land the target several miles away. The Rockey one could reach their borders from the palace.
But travel from array to array is easier."
"That depends. Perhaps we could all live together. Or if she disliked me, Sunrise could share both of us."
I have my own suspicions. That may help you… or hinder you. It depends on how right my guess is."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291745

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291747

"An opinion never killed anyone. Please, tell me."

DM 291748

That depends on what you want to get done.
If you want to resolve things about the Dark Academy, get to Nylis or Pumpkin.
What is it?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291751

are we there? how is progress? inspect it '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 291752

I smile
"That's… very considerate and kind of you, Frostmourn. You always were a very progressive pony. Sunrise however, isn't the one who has an eye on another mare… I am."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291756

Give him the Dragon's fire gland in a box!


I think Pumpkin is going to come look for me, so I'll just check the library for books on golems and magical construction.

Roll #0 1 + 1 = 2

DM 291766

"What you said earlier… about my past life. And how… it was all a lie.
Well I reflected upon that. And while Lord Ilistar serves the princesses as best he can, I have a creeping feeling his orders may not have always come directly from them.
For you see, the Princesses cannot oversee everything in Equestria on their own. They have aides. Assistants. Helpers.
…and I believe one of them, one of those spineless cowards, was given a task to ensure the North never becomes a threat like the south did. So he told Ilistar to send his blades.
And now he is getting fat off the rewards of distorting the divine word of the princesses and causing the deaths of countless innocents…"
He is visibly getting angry
They have built a new building over the old foundation. It is a domed hall. Inside, the floor and ceiling have been engraved with what must be tens of thousands of catalytic runes, and at the center of the main platform is a massive catalyst crystal.
…you can see there is a typo in one of the rune strings. Unless corrected, the array will lose almost 10% of its power.
"…what? But what about my cousin!?"
"ooh! What is it?"
You find some very gross fiction about a stallion who built himself a statue wife.
It is possible Golden Oats has never written a book on his discoveries regarding golems…

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291768

"It's the fire gland of a dragon! You can make fire with it still!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291769

"Then-" Give him a determinate glare.
"-we have the occasion to stop this war before it even starts. If I'm able to find this… Worthless amount of scum, have him confess and bring him in front of Ilistar, what are the odds he'll listen to me?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291770

"Winterbreeze, that doesn't look right does it?"
can I magically fix it? '1d10+1'
"How about now?"

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8


That's.. unfortunate.. Well, I'll just look for a book about decoding runes to help me get the other 7 deathguard runes down.

Roll #0 1 + 1 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 291773

I sigh
"I haven't told him yet… And don't get me wrong, I still love Anvil more than anything! But I also have… stirrings for somepony else. I wanted to see your perspective on something like this. Of course… Anvil is much more conservative than you are."

DM 291780

He flicks it open and observes the flame
"Oooh… well that is quite something. Where did you get it?"
"Thing is, he most likely has say over Lord Ilistar. After all, if he is one of the aides, he is second only to the princesses in power. And probably well protected by the Lordblades.
…but if you were able to prove his acts and get the princesses to strip him of his title…"
You alert some of the workers and guide them in fixing it.
After it is done they thank you deeply for your aid
"Well well Nylis, you never cease to impress, do you?"
Sadly, no books about death constructs exist in Wintersgrasp.
"He can shove his views up his ass for all I care. Love is not a thing that should be codified by laws and rules. It is like trying to make laws for the wind or the snowfall. They are all forces of nature, beyond anypony's control."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291782

"From a simple trinket merchant! Do you like it?"

DM 291784

"It's unlike anything I've ever seen! I should pick up smoking a pipe just to get more use out of it! Thank you so much."

Venia [Battlemage] 291786

I hold up a hoof
"Frostmourn… if Anvil doesn't want me to be together with another mare as well, I wont blame him. I'll just have to live with it in that case. I don't want to completely ruin my relationship either."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291787

smile a little
"Somepony would've discovered it anyways.

…so everything's in order? no more problems or anything?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291788

I chuckle.
"You would smell terribly! And you would smoke just because I got you a gift?"


Fine. I'll just go back to the tower and study the death guard some more, I just don't have the heart to be holed up all the time but this could be important right?

Roll #0 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291791

"Suspected as much. But we are going to attempt a diplomatic solution for this. We'll just have to gather info.
And if I had to say, the easiest way would be asking lord Ilistar himself, should he not kill me on sight."

DM 291801

"So you'll just let him walk all over your feelings then?"
"Looks like that to me. I think it should be up and running in a few weeks. Remarkable progress…"
"Well I do want to get to use it. It is a lovely little thing after all."
Looks like Valeriana moved the Deathguard to make space for her new communication device.
"oh the skeleton? I moved it to the tower basement. But I did take a few notes on it before that."
She gives you a notebook
"That will not be easy. He assumes his orders come from the Princesses themselves. Convincing him that he has received distorted information may… not go down well."

Venia [Battlemage] 291804

"Of course not. I'll do my best to talk it all out with him and try to convince him to see things from my point of view. But I don't want to break his heart either Frostmourn. Gods no."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291805

"What's this thing for?" I point at the 'communication device'

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291806

"Maybe use it to light up a fireplace? Or make campfires?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291807

"I know.."
alright we're finished here yes? teleport the two of us somewhere for lunch '1d10+3'

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291808

"Scrap that then. It's a relief to know he's not willingly behind this thou.
But there must be a link in the chain of command that has been broken. Who are these 'second of the princesses', anyway?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291810


Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291811

damn hold on '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 291817

"Just don't let him fall back on his outdated views. Make sure that if he says no, he says it from his heart."
"A little something from Rockeye. A failed prototype of sorts I rigged to run off an enhanced catalyst with Venia. It should let me talk to …and see… Captain Highhorn."
"I just wish I had more campfires to light.
…shall I light the fireplace now, just for us~?"
"Maybe we could just walk…"
"The aides. I do not know how many there are, but they each oversee an area of Equestria, and some are supposedly moved from task to task, ensuring certain problems and threats are dealt with."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291824

"Oh, Somepony special to you? I don't think I got introduced while we were up there."

Venia [Battlemage] 291826

I nod
"I'll do my best! Thanks Frostmourn!"
I draw him in for a friendly hug

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291827

"Of course, my dear~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291828

"I don't see many ways out other than asking the princesses directly then… How is your healing going?"

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291831

"Uh, ok"
lower my head and follow
"How did that thing go with the undead? Did uh.. did you ever finish it?"

DM 291832

"…you could say that. He is the captain of the Royal Guard. A very nice fellow."
He smiles and lights the fireplace, making for a very cozy atmosphere.
"I'm getting there. Old strength can only be brought back with training after all.
…about Lord Ilistar. If you do find out my fears were right… I would rather not tell him. It would… break his heart. No. His… view of the world. He has always taught us that so long as we act with devotion to the princesses, our deeds can be forgiven. But if he were to find out he has ordered the deaths of ponies just to feed the ego and purse of some corrupt aide…
…I fear he may take it out on a lot of ponies."
"It will pay a notable part in the ritual. I need it as a host.
…you seem a little upset. Why?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291833

Sit down in front of it and cuddle.

Venia [Battlemage] 291834

Well then, if he doesn't answer, I'll just go see Anvil then… Let's see how nervous I am '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291835

Bite my lower lip.
"This makes everything… A little more complex.
I don't want to fight him. I really don't."

DM 291836

"I really am glad to have found you, my sun…"
"Go where your heart takes you!"
Well, how nervous are you?
"Neither would I. I have seen him fight. I doubt any of us could truly face him.
He has hones do many techniques into a perfect balance I doubt there is a fighter in the world who could outright match blades with him."

Nylis [Rogue Thaumaturge] 291837

"that conversation with Pumpkin. I was gonna tell him to talk to verne, since verne was the one who got me into all of this.. but Pumpkin he, he took me not saying anything the wrong way and all of a sudden he thinks I'm in danger or something."


See you next week DM

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291839

I smile "Royal guard, well its fitting at least. Both of you could probably use some down time with a special pony. It works well for the Sun guard. "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291840

"That's not what I'm worried about, Waymarker.
I fear killing him."

Venia [Battlemage] 291841

Just a bit, it appears
So yeah, find Anvil.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291849

"I'm glad that you found me as well~"

DM 291851

Have a good one
"I'm still thinking about it…"
He cracks a smile
"Boy, you couldn't even kill me if it came to that. You'd be lucky to even wound him before being cut to shreds. What possible trick do you have that could get you into a strong position against him?"
He has resolved this day's problems and is about to leave the throne room to get changed
"I'm looking forward to our travels together…"

Venia [Battlemage] 291852

I walk up to him and draw him in for a long and passionate kiss without saying a word '1d10+2' That ought to calm me down.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291853

"You want to travel more? I thought we were just going to Canterlot."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291854

"Tricks? None. But I have years to train. On that note, would you mind teaching me that move of yours?
When near the end of our fight you skin turned stone.
I saw it from another pony in my life, but she could never get around the workings to explain me."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291856

"Well, take your times of course, but.. You're a grown mare, if you like this stallion and he's good to you.. Go for it."

DM 291858

Doesn't seem like it did
"Welcome back dearest. How was your trip?"
"Well, that is a start. After all, Canterlot is quite far away."
"It is a technique I studied under Ilistar. Based on inner fire, and on understanding the importance of one's mission, it is possible to find impossible durability for one last stand.
I only ever learned what was known as the lesser version. Though few knew the true art. As using it was said to be lethal.
The point is, by channeling your inner strength, you can allow your body to shrug off all damage for a short while.
…there is no way to really train in beyond taking beatings until you find your own way of triggering it.
Mine was to remember Snipsy…"
"I did. Several times.
…I'm just not sure if I can settle down just yet."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291859

"It is. And everypony keeps saying it's 'hostile' territory."

Venia [Battlemage] 291860

"It was fun! A little stressful but fun!"
I nuzzle his cheek
"I missed you though… I really did. How was your day? I see you were really busy."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291861

"don't let the past bog you down.And thanks for the notes, It'll be very useful." I hug her a soft hug.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291862

"I nearly hope of never learning what that takes but… Yeah, it's not likely unless we stop this war right now, isn't it?"
Give a sad smile.
"I'll take your loved one to you, just give me the time to sort this out."
Is there any- Oh yeah.
Give him a serious look and speak in a dry tone.
"Waymarker, one last thing.
The king wants to know if you want to go back to Equestria."

DM 291865

"And not only it. Many other nations lie between it and us…"
"As always. I checked on Windy earlier. She really is keen on making that statue…"
"You're most welcome. Was that all?"
he looks surprises
"Go back?
…as an agent of the North, or?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291868

"You really think Snowborder would try to hold us up violently?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291870

"As a peace offering. I do not know the details, it's not my plan. I loathe politics. But he said the final decision is up to you."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291871

"Hm, I'm off to see Nylis for a little bit do you know what she might be up to?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291873

I chuckle
"I spoke with her about it. So you really want to pose naked then? In all your glory?"
I snicker
"You know what happened last time that happened~"

DM 291875

"And Eaglecrest.
…but mostly Snowborder. I've heard many tales of them."
"I will need some time to …think it over."
"last I heard she was working on lots of projects for the king. Like the Enhanced Catalysts and the Teleport Relays."
"I do indeed.
…but I don't mind the idea. I just hopes she embellishes a little. I doubt you want a pudgy statue."

Venia [Battlemage] 291878

"Oh sweetheart, don't you worry, we'll train together to work away those extra pounds!"
I poke his sides

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291880

"Like what?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291881

"I understand. Just know that should you refuse, you have a home here in the north."
Leave him and find Kilana.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291884

I nod and lean in a little closer "And what of her mare friend, Winterbreeze? She seemed very interested in something specific when we went to that museum.."

DM 291885

"That we will. That we will…
So, what else happened?"
"They collect heavy road taxes. And take those who do not pay as slaves.
That their rulers, the three kings, are as mad as they are rich.
That for every citizen there are two slaves, and almost as may whores."
"She is working on.. something. But she asked me to mind my own business, and as she is a friend of the king's friend, I obliged."
Kilana, Pumpkin.
Pumpkin, Kilana.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291886

"Am I interrupting something?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291887

"Uh… a couple of things… Can we go to our private quarters? We need to talk about something."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291889

"Alright, I'll have to go ask her then.."
"Not really, how are you doing bro?" I greet you with a bro hoof.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291890

I stomp a forehoof angrily even while sitting.
"Slavery?! How dare they?! How come they haven't been stopped yet? That is just… evil!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291892

Bump it cooly and give a smile.
"Still loved by all mares and envyed by all stallions.
Got a nice offer for you, oh my underqueen!"

DM 291893

"You do that."
"Ok? Sure, of course."
He takes you to his room
"So, what about?"
"Because when you use their roads, you pay the toll. If you cannot afford it, you must work to pay off your debt.
And Snowborder is richer, larger and more influential than any nation in the north. At least… for now."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291894

"What's on your mind?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291897

"What would you say about continuing your studies of the Dark Arts together with a whole number of peers to talk and work with?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291899

I take a deep breath.
"Let's say, hypothetically, Queen Sunrise falls in love with another mare. How would you, as a person and not a King yourself, feel about that?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291903

"Still, can't those mad kings be… dethroned, or something?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291906

"That sounds like a good idea, but where would this happen?"

DM 291909

"Well I would probably talk to Frosty about it, ask how he feels, get a lecture on his air-headed idea of 'modern love', sigh, get a drink and watch them be kids some more. Why?"
"By whom? The Three Kings pick their own successors, and wield so much power that opposing them is a ridiculous notion to the everypony."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291911

"So they can get away with slavery? What if Frostmourn tried to legalize rape? Wouldn't you try to do something about it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291912

"So… you're opposed to the idea of same-sex love then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291914

"Wait before agreeing. The king needs a headmaster for an academy of dark arts he intends to found.
Problem is, I do not trust anypony besides you and mother with the dark arts.
And I'd have the Northblades keep a close watch of everything that goes on inside said academy.
We have the order to make sure nopony gets out alive, if something happens.
You understand these conditions and still want to?"

DM 291920

"Well… I was a lot more before well… you and Valeriana."
"Of course. Because I could. But Snowborder has had slaves for decades. It is a part of their culture and economy. One's work and body are accepted as currency just as much as goods or coin."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291921

"An Academy? Well, of course I do, I can handle a few underlings, I can even inspire them when they get down. You don't need to worry about stationing a bunch of northblades there, just one or two to keep an eye on the active rooms. safety is the first thing you learn after all, no student of mine would go off on their own in an unsafe way."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291924

"And it's acceptable just because it's tradition?!"

Venia [Battlemage] 291926

I blush
"Yes… that sure was a thing…"
I cock my head
"What if I confessed I have a crush on Valeriana? How would that make you feel?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291927

"I think we should talk with Frostmourn then. Just, one more thing.
Nopony alive means nopony."
Look at her right in the eyes.
"Are you sure, zigga?"
Put a hoof over hers.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291931

I put my other hoof on top of your hoof. "I'm in."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291933

Look down, a bit sad.
"Okay… We should talk to Frosty then."

DM 291944

"To a degree. They aren't cruel about it, and well.. without slaves, their nation might well collapse. And what could I do anyway?"
"Conflicted to say the least. I'd have to ask if I was not enough for you."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291945

"I'm sure he'll say yes, get your chip up bro." I smile and nudge you a bit, "After wards we can take a lunch break, maybe get a milk shake and a gift for your lady? "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291947

"You trying to get us arrested for assault again, zigga?"
Give her a questioning look but then burst into a laugh.
Off to find Frosty.
"Frosty, I might have found a solution for the academy."

Venia [Battlemage] 291948

"Wouldn't that be a little hypocritical? I remember you telling me that if I were to hook up with another stallion you'd be fine with it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291952

"… I don't know. It just irrates me."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291954

I follow you.

DM 291960

"Well, I've tried to adopt Frosty's… mindset. To an extent. I want to try and humor him. But really, if you actually fell in love with a mare… I might need to question my abilities."
"I'm sure many things we do irritate them as well."
He is taking a breather after his training

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291964

"Like what? Living an honest life without hurting anypony?"

DM 291969

"I could not possibly know. I don't share their point of view."

Venia [Battlemage] 291970

I chuckle
"Is that so? I'd say me falling in love with a mare would be better than with a stallion right? Because you know… mares don't exactly have the same equipment as stallions do. Surely your abilities wouldn't be in the question in that case.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291976

I huff.
"Still… this sort of attitude towards ponies is exactly what drives me to being angry…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291978

"Kilana agreed to be headmaster and guardian of the academy. Under her, I'm sure the most dangerous activities will be strictly watched.
She's the one zebra I'd entrust with my life no matter what."

DM 291980

"Unless my lack of abilities was the reason for you to switch sides, so to say."
"Their achievements cannot be underestimated though."
"And is she skilled enough?
Most of the Dark Artists, as far as I know, are students and teachers of the Rockeye Academy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 291982

"This I'll let her demonstrate."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 291985

"Like what? Magical slave collars?"

Venia [Battlemage] 291987

"Now that would just be a waste of my skills, wouldn't it?"
I laugh and draw him in for a kiss
"Remember the first time we slept? After that awkward conversation?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 291996

"I've been training for years in the dark arts. I'm certain that I can perform anything you require."

DM 292001

"You'll need to convince more than just me. You'll need to prove yourself to the Dark Artists as well."
"Building such a rich and prosperous nation in these harsh lands. One strong enough to keep even mighty Equestria at bay."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292007

"No kingdom should be built on the backs of slaves."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292010

"You think you can do this, Kila?"
Give her a confident smile.

DM 292013

"It is built on more than just that. It is simply funded by slaves. Temporary slaves. As I said, slavery is just a form of currency. You work until your work equals the value of the thing you wanted."

Venia [Battlemage] 292014

I snort
"Let me put it bluntly, it was messy and short. But… it was my first time and I loved it nonetheless. It didn't sway me away from stallions at all. Neither did that time Valeriana and I put up that show."

DM 292017

"I get this strange feeling you are building this all up to something.
C'mon, out with it."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292018

"Of course, I can win them over for you." I smile with false confidence, but its probably only Pumpkin who can tell I'm not completely sure. "But, why not have some of our own students as well?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292021

"Still, it's…. not right. Don't you agree?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292026

I sigh
"That obvious huh? Well okay…"
I take a deep breath and look him straight in the eyes
"Anvil I… I have a crush on Valeriana."

DM 292029

"The academy will be open to all who wish to enroll and who pass the entry tests."
"Who am I to judge?"
Rolling for reaction

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292032

"A Paladin of the Sun?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292037

"About the academy, I've ordered for it to be built in a rather.. Safe place. One word and the only entrance can be blown up, effectively trapping whatever we need to stop inside the cave."
Lower my voice.
"And that other thing… Is done."

DM 292044

"I am just a pony. To impose my moral view as superior to another's is to imply I am somehow superior to them."
He draws you in for a hug
"Is it my fault? Or… is this just a thing you really want yourself?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292048

"But we are the Followers of the Sun! We must make sure nopony strays from the Light! That everypony does the right thing!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292049

Nod to him.
"If there's nothing else I'll leave."
Turn to Kilana.
"Find a place to eat. Maybe we can go to mine. I bet Bearing would have fun seeing you again. I just need to stop by Valeriana's place for a moment."


"If you have confidence in me, then surely I can convince the Rockeye students to trust my judgement as well. I'm certain I can handle the task."

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 292051

I hug him back, relieved he at least didn't start shouting
"Your… fault? No, of course not! It just… happened over time. I still love you more than anything Anvil. I really do."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292052

And of course find Valeriana.

DM 292061

"Do we?
Are we not shepards of the sun's followers, and exemplars of her virtue? When did we become crusaders of sword and flame, inquisitors without conscience or mercy?"
"Go in peace."
"We will arrange a meeting with them."
"So you're not leaving me for her?"
She is in her tower.
…looks like she brought back some kind of device from Rockeye. A glass plate with lots of supports, catalysts and other magic bits.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292069

"Thankyou, and.. treat yourself to a nice leafy lunch you'll need it to build up those leg muscles." I bow slightly and leave to the market.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292072

"Bought some mage stuff mother?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292073

I shake my head
"I would never… I love you too much. But… I just can't deny and hide I've got feelings for Valeriana."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292076

"Don't turn my words on me! We are not inquisitors or crusaders, but we must prevent ponies from harm! Slavery is pretty harmful, don't you think?"

DM 292079

Well it is the market. What are you looking for?
"it was a little gift from Highhorn…"
"So… what do you want me to do then? Just accept that I'll be sharing you with another?"
"Is it? Why is it? It is just work which you do not get pay from. Work that you do until you have fulfilled your needed quota."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292083

"Oh, I guess you were okay with the slavery in the Underkingdom as well, weren't you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292087

Smile happily and walk towards her.
"He is really interesting after all. I'm sorry for bursting out like that the other day.
I… I said things that were best left untold."

Venia [Battlemage] 292088

I look away
"If you don't want me to, I wont… know that she's really important to me, but I don't want to break your heart either…"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292089

Someplace to eat, has any place causal sprung up?

DM 292095

"They were kidnapped. Killed. Made to serve after death. Forever.
…that, I cannot agree with."
"No… it made me realize you still needed me. That you were not yet ready to face the world alone."
Well what luck, there is a new-fangled barbeque that is opening today.


Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

DM 292108

He sighs heavily
"I'm not really sure how to feel.
…is it because I was so slow to get married? Because we don't have a child yet?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292111

"I personally can't agree with any slavery…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292113

"That's not what I meant… It's just… I want to bring everyone back together.
And just today, I had a talk with Waymarker. We can end this war, no more crossing blades with Equestria.
I just have to find the one pony that is making a profit off this hostilities and bring him to confess.
Or maybe even less, maybe just Venia's mission will be enough!
That's why I was so worried when, well, you took that decision."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292116

Barbeque? Like grilled herbs? I wonder if this is the kind of place pumpkin had in mind.. Might as well check it out, what's this place like?

Venia [Battlemage] 292120

My eyes widen and I hug him tighter again
"Anvil… this has nothing to do with you. I still want to marry you and nothing would make me happier than raising our children. You have to understand that you are still the most important pony in my life."

DM 292123

"…the sun does not pay us for our serviced either."
"I still have not given up on it either."
Looks a little rough around the edges. Judging by the accents of the owners, they aren't from around here.
"I… I understand that…
..I just…"

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292124

"Do you feel like a slave? Is it toiling, not joy for you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292125

Move in and cuddle up with her.
"The first step will be finding my brother. Then, this corrupted politician.
Then, he'll not have to send his blades north anymore and we'll be able to cross with no fear."

DM 292126

"That often depends from day to day.
…I am a thinker, not a fighter. A traveler, not a conqueror."
He deepens the hug
"…as long as you remain happy. I think I can… at the very least give it a chance."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292128

"So would you not fight for the Sun?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292129

Huh, I'll check out a menu while I wait for pumpkin then.

DM 292134

"…You make it all sound so easy."
"If the sun needed it of me, I would."
Looks like various combinations of vegetables and sauces.
Even some fish.

Venia [Battlemage] 292135

"That's… Thank you. I'm… glad you're not mad at me for this. I don't want to see you unhappy…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292140

I stay silent for a while.
"I can't believe you don't get angry at the notion of slavery, even if it's how they 'pay'…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292141

"I didn't come this far to give up, mother.
Now, I was going out for a bite with Kilana, we had to celebrate something. Want to join us?"

DM 292146

"Go thank Frostmourn. His insistence on me opening my world views is what helped me deal with this thought."
"And why not?
Do you get angry at the notion that some get paid more for less work than others?
The notion of some ponies being more important simply because of where they were born?
The notion that it is fine to persecute, hate and harm other simply because they do not share the exact same faith, morality and views of good and evil as you?"
"I think I'll pass. I have this device to test.
…and I'm not too hungry."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292151

"Fine, then why don't you go live there with them in their shining example of a Kingdom?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292153

"Alright ma'."
Nuzzle her a bit and move for the door.
"I'll do it. Trust me."
Walk out and have that lunch with Kilana.
I should probably go to sleep.

Venia [Battlemage] 292154

I smile
"No really Anvil. This means the world to me. I was really worried how you'd react…"

DM 292156

"Because even if you are short-sighted, close minded, violent, unforgiving and incapable of compromise
…you are still my very own sun~"
He nuzzles your neck a little
Me too
"Well, this is how I reacted.
…this is the second time you drop something huge on me. I don't know if I can take a third one."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292157

Alright we can just have a nice lunch and talk about things. I'll tell you about how that other stallion was a fake just like you thought and he's not been heard from since, and you can tell me about how things are going with you can your mares.

Venia [Battlemage] 292158

I wince slightly

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292159

"Wait wait wait who was a fake again? Celaire?"
I look at you with the most surprised face I can manage.

DM 292162

"Well the first time was long ago.
But still. There is a point where huge things coming from nowhere simply become too much.
…please tell them sooner and in smaller increment, ok?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292163

I slighly pull away.
"That's a very lovely thing to say…"

DM 292166

"Do you think less of me for saying it then?
Is my value measured in the words I speak, true or false? Are praising lies better than loving truths?
…please don't back away like that."

Venia [Battlemage] 292167

I bury my face into his mane
"I'm… I'm sorry for putting you through this. I'll try to be a better mare for you, I promise!"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292169

"No, Celaire is.. something else.. If you can keep this quiet.. I think he was long dead until recently.. he radiates with the energy of a resurrection. "

DM 292172

He gently pats you
"It's ok… I still love you. And don't keep secrets from me either because of this. Just remember… even I can only take so many big surprises."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292174

"He too?"
I stay quiet for a while.
"Kila, I might soon go away, on a mission to canterlot.
I know you made me a promise long ago, but if I don't come back do not. I tell you, do not come looking for me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292176

"No. But… I am trying, okay? I try to be harder to anger and less violent! I am trying to be more forgiving! To be a better pony! But seems that it's all in vain!"
Stand up.
"It's not easy! Do you know how mad it makes me to know someone deliberately seperated me from my home, my loved ones, my sister! Blocked my mind! Cursed me! And who knows what else! And still, I try to be here, to be calm, and to do the right thing and help ponies! But it seems I'm just a thug in your eyes like how everypony else sees me!"

I start heading out of the room.
"Don't follow me."

Venia [Battlemage] 292179

I nod
"I'm really sorry though… Dammit, I don't want to see you distressed because of this…"
I pause
"Is there something you really really want? Something I can do for you to at least try to somewhat make up for this?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292182

"…" I stare at you hard. "What do you mean if you don't come back.. You aren't planning on doing anything stupidly dangerous are you?"

DM 292184

"…I'm sorry if I went too far my Sun.
Do as you must… but if you can, don't leave me. Without you, all I have left is my search."
"Please my love. Love is not about making up for thing, paying debts or being even. It is about love."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292185

"No. It should be really easy actually. But this…
I'll have to enter the domain of the lordblades after all. Their capital city.
And find my brother."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292187

Don't answer, just walk away.
Which part of the day is it?

Venia [Battlemage] 292190

"I know that. But still. I just really want to show you how thankful I am…"

DM 292193

Looks like afternoon
"Well… maybe the better question is, how do you think you could best show it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292198

Go to the training fields.
Find a hammer.
Start practicing/training.
Get my mind off of matters.

Roll #1 9, 10 = 19

Venia [Battlemage] 292200

I kiss him
"We could go do something together… take the day off and just spend it with each other. Do fun things and just enjoy the company and peace."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 292204

"…Oh, is that all?! "

DM 292215

A good beating of things did always help how much of a brutish violent thug you are.
"…that sounds lovely~"


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292217

"Yeah, pretty much. There's a lot still in the air thou."
And then they had lunch.

Venia [Battlemage] 292704


"Verne? How are you today?"

Verne [Trickster] 292705


Verne is probably walking along to the market while Venia finds him

Verne [Trickster] 292707

"Ah, hello, Miss- Queen Venia. Hahah, sometime I forget that you have been crowned queen consort of Wintergrasp. I am fine, I suppose. What of you? Are you at all busy?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292711

"Please, just call me Venia. And no, I was just out for a stroll, nothing more."

Verne [Trickster] 292714

"Alright. Ve-Venia, you are taking a break, then? I have quite a bit on my plate now, but if you need any help with your work, please let me know. Let's see, I have to arrange production orders of magic tools, arrange a few meetings, scout for talent that has slipped under my radar…"

Venia [Battlemage] 292715

I chuckle
"Verne please, do you ever even take a break from all this work? You'll burn-out at this rate!"

Verne [Trickster] 292716

"Hah. Well, I have to entertain Venus at night, perhaps that counts. And maybe this market stroll counts, though I'm not letting slip an opportunity to look for interesting tools from hidden talents. Venus would follow me, but she's tired today, the poor girl, so I had her stay in the room and rest. Maybe I could find something for her too, with all this magic about here in Rockeye… so wonderful."

Venia [Battlemage] 292717

"Hm. Speaking of Venus, how is she doing? I remember you telling me about her… problem."

Verne [Trickster] 292722

"She is doing well, she seems happy just being with me. Honestly, I can only hope she's gotten over the… accident she caused me and want to be with me just because she likes it, not because she feels like she owes me anything."

Motion to my false leg.

"I don't blame her. I don't blame her at all, but she does. I just want her to be happy with herself, and if anything happens to me, then I would be very worried how she would take it. If something happened to her, at least she might feel.. at peace, and only I would suffer in the mind, but if it were to happen to me, I don't know how she would take it. And depending on how our future goes, something surely will happen."

Venia [Battlemage] 292724

"That's… that's a shame. I really haven't been around you two all that often, but you seem like a nice couple. Have you tried relaying your worries to her yet?"
I pause
"In a non-formal way I mean. No offense but… you really ought to learn to loosen up every so often Verne."

Verne [Trickster] 292727

"I have. She said that there was no way she could ever lose me, because she would die for me whether I liked it or not. If that is what makes her happy, then… there is nothing I can do to dissuade her.

Loosen up? Ah, I'm sorry if my personal affairs are disturbing you like this. You are Queen, after all, and I should not have to disturb you with problems that are my own."

Venia [Battlemage] 292729

"My title and husband have no play in this. I am just voicing my concerns as a fellow pony. Who you are and who I am and what we do is of no matter right now. There is no reason why I shouldn't be concerned about your well-being. We don't know each other all that much, sure, but that only serves as an incentive for me to talk to you. So yes, I admit that I am sometimes concerned about you and the way you seem to always act."

Verne [Trickster] 292732

"Ah… perhaps I should thank you, then. I.. really have nothing to say. I just have to work to make sure that our success goes well, because we've too much to lose. No matter how I see it, I am only one individual, and I as an individual…"

Sigh a little.

"Have I ever told you I was born ion Hardflank?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292733

"No I… I didn't know that. From what I hear Hardflank is the poorest of a northern Kingdoms…"


"I don't talk about it much, really. But yes, Hardflank was hell. Mother and Father suffered immensely just to survive. While father went away trying to find a better place for us, mother had to do anything it took to keep me fed, even the most.. unspeakable of things. I never understood it then, I only had dreams of being a mage as a very young foal.

Then, when father managed to bring us to Wintergrasp, it was a whole new world. I still couldn't learn magic like I wanted, because I had to help out mother and father, but it was a place where we didn't have to fear for our meals, at least. There, I decided, I'd help Wintergrasp. I met King Frostmourn.. well, Frosty, and got close to him so when he became king, I'd be there to help him. Help build a nation where no one has to starve or give up their old dreams. Hahahah, imagine, if I just had the proper training, I might have been able to do more than this."

Cast a mirror image of Venus.

Roll #0 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 292745

"Verne I… I'm touched that you are willing to open up about this to me. I never knew about this… But I think I see why you are the way you are."
I smile at him
"And you know… I could have helped you with that mage training when you were younger, you know. I'm always happy to help others achieving their goals!"

Verne [Trickster] 292751

"Hahahah, it is nice for you to offer, but even when I was young I would not have had the time. Whenever I wasn't playing with Frostmourn, I was helping out my parents, doing odd jobs here and there. I learned how to deal with ponies, how to twist their words against them, well, a lo of things one can't learn from a book. I say it turned out well, I guess! We have the mages of Rockeye working for us, along with Nylis, while I can do my role in meeting people. And, with Rockeye, we'll be surrounded in their wonders of magic anyway."

Venia [Battlemage] 292755

"Ah… well that's a shame…"
I tap my hoof on the ground
"You are young though! Twenty years old! Who knows… maybe we wont have to worry about all these things anymore in the future. A united Northlands, peace with Equestria, no more trouble with Lordblades… Maybe then you can fulfill your old ambitions."


"Indeed. That is my dream, but my work won't be done. From there, I want to continue working for the Northlands government and restructure it. I want to create a new system that would work better for peacetime needs. And perhaps, in a happier time, I could as you say, learn a bit more magic, or maybe, um, ah…"

Roll to not blush

"..fulfill another childhood dream and take Venus as my dearest wife."

Roll #0 1 = 1

Verne [Trickster] 292759



Venia [Battlemage] 292761

I smile at him
"There's no need to be ashamed about that. That's a very reasonable dream. Have you ever asked Venus what she wanted to do with her life?"

Verne [Trickster] 292763

"Ahahahaha.. ahem. The only response I really have had, is that she wants to be with me and protect me. Which is infuriating, as that's not something I can really focus on. Gaah.. it is, as long as she's happy, I don't have to care for myself. I just need to work, and then work for her, and I'll be happy too. But this is frustrating."

Venia [Battlemage] 292764

"Hmmm… I see. I wish I knew her better so I could talk to her more openly. Unfortunately, Venus doesn't seem like the open hearted type of mare. This is not healthy, it's bad to bottle up your emotions and dreams like that…"

Verne [Trickster] 292768

"All I can do, is make her happy as much as I can. Mother passed before I even went to school, and Father did shortly after, and I have never been able to make any of their efforts up to them. at least, I have Venus and the whole North to care for now."

"Aaah… It was refreshing to speak to you again, Mis- Venia. Please, if you have any thin you need help with in your governance, let me know. It is my role."

Venia [Battlemage] 292771

I give him a look
"Verne… you know you can always talk to me more right? I feel like something more is bothering you…"

Verne [Trickster] 292780

"No, really. For now, this is all on my mind. Besides, whatever else bother and haunts me, it is… of no matter, I assure you. But one more thing. Please take care of Frostmourn. His mental health is the most important, and you were close to us while we were children. If any of us could care for him, you could."

Venia [Battlemage] 292783

I nod
"I do my best, Verne. Frostmourn has a good heart, I know that. I just sometimes fear that he goes to far ends to achieve things."

Verne [Trickster] 292789

"I am the same. Ultimately, we do what we must. But.. we need your perspective as well. As the servants of a nation, we will have to do a great many terrible things to achieve our end. I do not believe that you can stop him, because I will be the one pushing him where we need to. At the same time, it is up to you to remind us exactly what we are doing when we delve into these realms of foulness. It is easy to get lost there and lose sight of our true visions, you see. Though I have always only had to look at Venus to remind myself."

Venia [Battlemage] 292801

I sigh
"That's a big burden to carry… Although luckily, there are other ponies in his life, like Sunrise and Anvil, to keep him on the right track. I trust you will always do what is best for the North… and it's ponies too. But remember that it's easy to say that you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, but you'd be surprised how many eggs one can break without making a decent omelette."

Verne [Trickster] 292806

"I, for one, am prepared to break any egg I need to, if all the evidence points to the omelette being better for everyone to enjoy. I can only hope that should such a time come, I can make a worthwhile sacrifice as well."

Look down.

Venia [Battlemage] 292810

"I'll be honest, that's a little worrisome Verne."

Verne [Trickster] 292814

"It is, but I am prepared. Such is my obligation and my work. For the Northlands, its citizens, my friends.. and Venus."

Venia [Battlemage] 292831

"Just remember that while it may seem like it at first, not all omelettes end up being as good as intended."

Verne [Trickster] 292834

"I understand.. I understand. Anyway, perhaps it is best I move on to find some trinkets for Venus now. It was good speaking with you. Please, if you have any need of help at all, come and see me."

Venia [Battlemage] 292835

I nod
"Alright Verne… But please, remember to loosen up yourself sometimes. Can't expect Venus to do the same if you don't do it yourself."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292844

Somewhen, Somewhy, Somewhere in Wintergrasp, before the whole Master shenanigans…

"Venia, might we talk? I have thought long about that… Thing you wanted to do, in Canterlot, and think we might have a chance."

Venia [Battlemage] 292845

I stare at him for a moment, before answering
"Pumpkin? Yes, what is it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292846

"I had a talk with Waymarker. He's convinced that all the attacks on the north were ordered by a corrupted link in the Equestrian chain of command.
Somepony just under their leaders but above everyone else, high ranking enough to fool the Lordblades into thinking the order came from the actual rulers.
This means we have a shot at peace."

Venia [Battlemage] 292847

I cross my forelegs
"It seems I was right then, hmm?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292848

Smirk at her.
"It does. And it seems Ilistar has no fault in this, either.
So I'd say we are even, no?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292850

"What Illistar did remains horrible, no matter why he did it. Either way, you already know my stance on peace. It's a route we have to try to take no matter what, for the sake of the ponies of the North."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292852

"What he did is no different to what I'd do for the North, Venia, try to understand me.
Is the way mother raised me, is how she'd want me to be."

Venia [Battlemage] 292854

"The Northblades were created in response the Equestrian Lordblades. If they are no longer a threat anymore then I don't see any reason for them to continue existing. The idea was to fight fire with fire, nothing more. Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of the organization itself, but it shouldn't exist or be active in times of peace."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292859

I wipe that grin off my face.
"And then what, wait for another empire to attack us, with no protection whatsoever? Don't be a fool and don't insult my way of life like this!"

Venia [Battlemage] 292865

"I made this very clear to Valeriana and Frostmourn back when we first decided to start the Northblades: We're only doing this so we can stand up to the Equestrian Lordblades. Besides, don't be silly. The Northblades aren't our only protection. If we do manage to make peace with Equestria and unite the North, there will be little that can pose a threat to us anymore. And if a new threat does arise that requires Northblade help, there's always the possibility to resurrect the organization."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292869

"You think all the work I'm doing- No, all me work me and Valeriana are doing is something that can be redone in a week of pushing papers around?
Do you have an idea what this organization requires?
It's not a book club you can call at will.
Every single member of this organization gives his life to the Kingdom, they train for decades! Their trust and the trust they have in their brothers is something absolute!
Do you really think something like this can be undone and recalled at will?
Do you really value mine and Valeriana's efforts so little?"dwd

Venia [Battlemage] 292873

"I will be honest when I say I fear both Lordblades and Northblades alike, Pumpkin. I fear that they would be used as a means to quickly take care of troublesome ponies by taking them out rather than talking to them. Heck, the reason all of the hostilities between Equestria and the North started was because of just that. They are a powerful tool that can be wielded by the wrong pony very easily. And that frightens me more than anything else in this world. Every Northblade is trained in stealth and subterfuge. You could very well act as spies and protectors from the shadows without killing any innocents."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292877

"We are loyal only to the High King, what he asks of us is unquestioned obedience.
If he wants us to help the elders do their groceries or sends every last one of us to die on the frontline of a war, we'll obey alike.
Killing innocent is something no pony does with a light heart, least of all Frosty.
He knows that all the blood we spill ends up on his hooves. He knows we follow him because we trust the view of a better future.
Don't think the King, my friend, capable of such lows."

Venia [Battlemage] 292878

"Frostmourn is just a pony, like you and I. A pony capable of mistakes. A pony that has emotions. A pony that can get frightened, enraged or feel threatened. What you would feel like when killing innocents is of no matter, it's the fact that you would do it without question that is dangerous. I've traveled a lot and seen a lot in my life, I know there are things in this world that could even take control the mind of another pony. Or things that can easily pose as a certain pony. The Northblades aren't an organization without threat. Total and utter obedience isn't always safe and the right thing to do."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292879

"I'm truly sorry you think this of us. I always thought you were a friend, truth be told.
But you opened my eyes. If we are just so scary to you, then it's best to stay hidden. Normal ponies should not know what needs to be done for the greater good."

Venia [Battlemage] 292880

"I consider you and Valeriana to be among my friends, regardless of your job. Just because I don't agree with your ideas doesn't mean I think less of you, Pumpkin. I'm just voicing my concerns, that's all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292881

I stand up and sigh.
"You are nine years too late for that."

Venia [Battlemage] 292882

I hold up a hoof
"I voiced my concerns back then as well. I just don't want to lie to you and say that I agree with everything you and Valeriana do. This is what I think, and I've learned that it's best not to keep opinions on things to yourself."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292886

"… I really don't know what to tell you, Venia. This now is the only life I know.
It's the only way I know to keep you all safe…"

Venia [Battlemage] 292887

I draw him in for a hug
"Your efforts don't go unappreciated, Pumpkin. You've done a lot for the North and I'm very thankful for that. As long as you fight for the sake of keeping ponykind safe you can hardly go wrong. I'm just a little worried sometimes…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292888

Slowly caress her on the back with one hoof.
"Wish I could promise you to never harm innocents.
But I really don't want to lie anymore…"

Venia [Battlemage] 292890

I sigh
"I just wish there was a different way for all this."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292894

Slowly pull away from the hug and give her a sad smile.
"I still trust Frosty. I really do. I'll stay at his side until the last moment.
Let's just pretend we don't know what I do. Let's just say I'm only a very zealous bodyguard."

DM 292899

Faggots and ERP, the all you can eat buffet.
Come one come all
Come watch the mighty fall

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292902

It's beautiful because we can't do anything other than being faggots and do erp when we are just two.
At times, we can do both!

Venia [Battlemage] 292903

"… I don't think lying to ourselves is a solution, Pumpkin. All we can do is make the best of the situation and hope we do the right thing. Right now, I think we are doing the right thing and plan on working hard to keep it that way."

I was still with Anvil, discussing things we'll be doing offscreen to save time.
I nuzzle his cheek some more
"So it's a deal then?"

DM 292904

So what shall it be then?
"It's a deal. And really… don't worry too much about my choice of words, ok?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292905

"Thank you sweetheart~"
I whisper in his ear
"We still need to start on children though. I've been thinking about it more and more lately."


Let me recap what I have to do….
Dice, what will it be?
1 - Get the eye fixed
2 - Talk with Breezybutt about Nylis' strange behavior
3 - Gather info about Ilistar and Whisperwhind from Valeriana
4 - Enjoy my two waifus

Roll #0 1 = 1


Gee let's say we do that offscreen.
Remove it and bump everything down one position, rolling d3.

Roll #0 1 = 1

DM 292909

He swallows
"…like… right now?"
Very well. Enjoy your new eye, and about two days of missed time due to travel.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292910

Breezybutt it is.
And Windy Hills too, I gotta talk with her.
Let's do Windy first.

DM 292911

She is in her room, sculpting her statue of King Unyielding.
"Uh.. hello?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292912

I chuckle
"Depends if you feel like it. We'll need to start on it someday though, or we'll just keep postponing it!"

DM 292913

"Well… I suppose now is as peaceful a time as any.
…my only worry is Frostmourn."

Venia [Battlemage] 292914

I give him an confused look
"… Frostmourn? Why… what's wrong?"

DM 292915

"I have no idea what he plans in the near future.
…I'd hate for our child to grow up on the battlefield"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292916

"Windy Hills, if I'm not mistaken?
I was part of the expedition in the underkingdom."

Venia [Battlemage] 292917

I sigh and look down
"I know sweetheart… but we're not getting younger here. I mean… how much longer can we wait?"

DM 292918

"I don't remember you… face or voice. Who are you again?"

DM 292919

"That much is true…
…well… with you at my side, I'm sure we can… overcome an possible obstacles.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292920

"I had a mask back there, changes my voice too.
There is a reason I'm here, something I have to confess. Might I sit?"

DM 292921

"Of course. I'm not exactly going anywhere in a hurry. Heh…"

Venia [Battlemage] 292923

"We have been able to so far, haven't we?"
I push him onto the bed and lie down as well cuddling up to him.
"I love you, Anvil. I'd do anything for you. You're the most important reason why I'm here, in Wintergrasp. Without you, I probably would have left when mother died. Or maybe even sooner than that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292924

Sit down in front of her.
"About that. It's my fault."
speak in a whisper, hanging my head low.

DM 292927

He sighs softly
"And I'm glad you stayed. I owe my life to you anyway, after all. had you not talked me off that throne years ago… well, it would have been me who died in that basement fire…"
…so you were the one who-?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292928

Give a serious face and nod slowly.
"I have no excuse for it."

Venia [Battlemage] 292929

"Come on Anvil… let's not think of the ifs right now. We're here together right now, that's what matters."

DM 292931

"Well… did you mean to do it?"
"You're right…
…so… be honest. Do you think we're both ready for this?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292933

"No, of course I did not. The monster shook me aside and my blade struck you.
I would never harm a pony for no reason."

Venia [Battlemage] 292934

"I've been ready for a while now. I know it wont be easy, and there will always be things happening that we didn't expect having to face but… we'll cope. Together, we can do this."

DM 292935

"Then I see no reason to be angry at you…
…I do wish it had not happened though."
"If you say so dear.
And hey. Now the kid will get to have three parents. Sort of…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292936

"I'm sorry.
That whole operation was a mess.
If there is anything I can do to help you, I'll happily oblidge."

Venia [Battlemage] 292937

I roll my eyes
"Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We haven't even gotten to the point of having a kid yet!"
I think for a moment
"Now that I think of it… we'll go to Eaglecrest in a few weeks…"

DM 292938

"You don't happen to know how to get access to those fancy golem legs a little faster do you?
…or any cute nobles to keep me company?"
"…that we will. Do you intend to fight there?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292939

"On one hoof, yes. Not only does Frostmourn probably expect me to, but it's also a good chance to test out my skills against others. On the other… I heard the fights are brutal and… to the death."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292940

"Golem legs are yesterday's news, we work with golem wings now!"
Relax a little and put up a thinking face with a small smile.
"Gee, let me think. Cute nobles, cute nobles…
There are a bunch of rockeye snuck up boringponies I could introduce you to, if that's what you are into."

DM 292941

He laughs a little
"Oh dear, I think you have the wrong idea.
They are to submission. But some opponents refuse to stay down, leading to deathmatches.
…the exception is the King's Challenge. That, I fear, IS to the death."
"As long as they're my age and cute.
…like you~"

Venia [Battlemage] 292942

"Oh… Oh! Okay. That's… that changes everything! Well in that case, I will join of course!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292943

"Eeeeh, that'll be hard. I'll try my best, but cannot guarantee.
The only cute noble I know is the King."

DM 292947

"Lets just hope you don't get anyone too hard against you.
Then, you always were a strong fighter."
"Could you tell me about him?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292949

"Mh… You want to know about the king, the pony or the friend?"

DM 292950

"I just…
Well I wanna know about him. All about him. He sounds dreamy~"
She does her best to roll on her back

Venia [Battlemage] 292952

"I'll give it my all, I can tell you that much. Either way…"
I get up
"… going to a tournament while possibly pregnant is a bad idea so…"

DM 292954

"…yeah. I guess you're right. Well… we can always… you know, after it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292955

"Where to start… He's a pony after a dream. He's worked all his life to make it happen, to build a better north.
I think he's doing it to leave something behind.
Some of us leave a kid, others a statue, others create new and exotic spells.
He's trying to save us all. As a king, he'll do anything to protect the north.
As a friend, he's always been there for me when I needed a guide.
And as a pony, I think he's still trying to find his place in life."
End with a weak smile before looking back at her.
"Uh… Want help with that?"
Give her an interrogative look.

Venia [Battlemage] 292956

I snicker
"Of course we can! We'll work hard on that, I can tell you that much~"
I wink at him, biting my lower lip
"Now… how about we just relax and enjoy each others company huh?"
I lie down again, resting my head on his chest and smiling at him

DM 292957

"That'd… be nice of you. My sides are kinda getting sore from all this laying around. Then, not like I have many other options…"
"Yeah… I'd like that.
I love you.
I don't think I say that quite often enough."

Venia [Battlemage] 292958

"I love you too, dearest."
I smile and close my eyes, letting out a happy sigh.


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292959

Stand up and move to her side, gently moving her on her back.
"Here. Anything else?"

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

DM 292960

…are you single by chance?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292961

Speak jokingly.
"I've already hurt you enough, don't you think?"

Venia [Battlemage] 292962

Right then. Next day. Find Valeriana.

DM 292963

"…I'll take that as a 'keep your hooves to yourself'… Sorry.
…I really just am terribly lonely here."
She is snoozing in her tower, a few shadows keeping watch

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292965

So I was busy practicing and then meditating, right

Venia [Battlemage] 292967

Walk up to her and poke her in the side

DM 292968

Seems so.
Also I think you were mad at Celaire.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292969

"Then, mylady, I'll keep you company as long as you wish.
I've much to make amend for.
Tell me, do you fancy music?"

DM 292970

"Mh… yeah.. I'm awake…
…I just like the warm pillow. What's up?"
She doesn't even open her eyes
"Music is nice~"
she bushes her hoof against the side of your wing

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292971

Keep practicing and training by myself until the day ends.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 292973

I sit down next to her
"I spoke to Anvil and… he agreed to it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292974

"Let's see if my partner taught me anything then, shall we?"
I can try my hoof at singing some, can't I?
"Tell me, you know any good song we could share?"

DM 292977

And so the sun sets on a series of quite frankly ruined training dummies, and one tired mare.
"…you're kidding me. That old rock actually said yes?"
"I ain't much of a singer but I'll gladly listen to your voice.
…but there is one thing I'd like even better."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 292979

"Well then, before I make a fool of myself ask and you shall receive!"

Venia [Battlemage] 292981

I smile and nod
"Yes… and it didn't take all that much convincing either."
I stay quiet for a moment
"He really loves me too."

DM 292983

"…could you spare a hug? A… genuine one."
"I'm glad for you my friend~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292987

Okay, I am guessing there is a shower near.
Get cleaned up from the sweat and whatnot, then go to the barracks.


"Never knew any other kind."
Get on my hooves and wrap then around her neck, resting my head on her side, gently squeezing her.

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 292990

"So… that's it then. It comes down to you now. Are you up for this?"

DM 292994

Some guards are on evening shift
Others are settling in for the night
…it's really weird not to feel anything in my lower half…"
She speaks silently, as if slightly afraid
"That depends. How much are you expecting out of this?"


"Nothing nothing?"
tap a hoof over her belly.

Roll #0 3 + 2 = 5



Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 292997

I was a regular guard for a while, I must know who's in charge of the barracks. Go see him/her.

Venia [Battlemage] 292998

"Well… I'm expecting you. Being at my side like Anvil."

DM 293000

"You know, for the one holding the knife you sure have a bad memory.
You hit it lower."
Sergeant Hammerflanks seems to be on duty today. You should remember him, he was the one who found you and gave you the job.
"Just don't expect me to walk down the aisle next to you on your wedding day.
…come here. This pillow is really nice~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293002

Walk to him and offer a weak smile.
"Good day. Long time no see."


Back away.
I… Should not be here.
Want me to call you someone?
I obviously am only making matters worse."

Roll #0 3 + 2 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 293005

I snort
"One step at a time right?"
I settle down next to her, looking her in the eyes.

DM 293010

"Radiant? My my it's been YEARS gal! how have you been?"
She looks away
"…look, I just…
I don't know. I think I'm about to say something stupid again…"
She finally bothers to open them to stare at you
"…and the comfy pillow is all mine."

Sylt 293011

"Again? We just met. And last time I heard you talk you were ready to sacrifice your life to help us kill the Underking.
That's not as stupid as it is brave."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293013

"I've been fine for the most part. Didn't really have time to visit after I became a member of the Royal Guard… sorry. And you? What about the rest of the guardsfolk? Or your wife?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293014

I smile at her
"Am I intruding on your territory then?"

DM 293017

She sighs
"…do you think you still want to sing to me? I'd just…
…I promise to keep myself off you…"
"Wife's fine. We've had more time for one another after our daughter became the king's adviser's personal guard.
The guards… well, it's been quiet. No great evils to stop for us.
…and me? Well, I'm just glad to have everything I have."
"No, as long as you let me just stay here. Even I need my little comforts in life… marefriend."


"Not to shatter your bubble but how wo-
Sit besides her and start humming a slow tune.
Something relaxing, something soothing.
Hum the shadow song.

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 293020

I close my eyes and chuckle softly
"Marefriend… right. Hearing that coming from you will take a bit to get used to…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293021

"It's good to hear you are fine."
Look away.
"Say… is there a free bed in the barracks I could use for a few days?"

DM 293023

There is nothing relaxing or soothing about a song about impending death and how it is inevitable.
You have reduced her to tears.
"I think I won't use it too much. It just feels odd. Friend. With benefits. And feelings."
"Why? I thought you had arrangements at the palace with the royal guard? Something wrong?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293026

"No, I just… need some time."

Venia [Battlemage] 293027

"We could just call each other by name…"


I meant to just hum the tune!
Try to hug her, damnit!
"Hey… Hey… I'm sorry. It's really the only song I know.
That's more like a bad joke, uh?"

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

DM 293035

"Look, if you want, you can always use my daughter's old room at my house.
…feel like talking about it?"
She seems rather hysterical, and after some screaming and hasty attempts to calm her, you end up on the bed, facing eachother, your hoof on her flank and her eyes glistening with tears and surprise
And taking into account >>293033
"…where are you touching me?"
"Works for me Venia…
…heh. To think where two ponies can get to in twenty years…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293037

Escape Artist!
Back down from the bed.
"I just saw you trembling like that and didn't know what to do and tried to comfort you and…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293039

"Thank you for the offer, but I would be fine with just a regular bed here in the barracks. And well… it's long and complicated. I would rather not tire you with it."

Venia [Battlemage] 293040

I chuckle
"I remember I was about ready to jump at your throat at times. But I was just angry. I was a very angry and stupid young mare. And I still regret insulting you in so many ways… Looking back, I'm amazed you didn't just hit me or something."

DM 293044

"No… d-do it again.
Please… I need to be sure."
"Radiant… I would not offer to listen if I was not willing to do so. You can tell me if you want to."
"At times I wanted to.
…but I wanted to be the better pony. And… I kinda liked toying with you."


"You… What?"
Give her a confused look but then widen my eyes in realization.
"You mean you… Felt that?!"
Try again! Touch her flank! Do whatever is needed!

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 293049

I sigh, shaking my head
"Well, at least you had some enjoyment out of it. Still though… you were going through pretty rough times and all I did was making it worse."
I nuzzle her cheek
"And then you went ahead and saved my life a few times anyway."

DM 293051

She quivers a little
"…I can't believe it! The healing magic… must be taking some effect at damn last! HA! HAHAHA!"
She seems quite happy.
Up to you if you want to keep feeling her up or not.
"I dunno. Guess I just… felt there was something worth saving about you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293054

I sigh.
"It's… I know my flaws. I have a lot of them. But I try to fight them. I strive to be a better pony. To be more forgiving, to be less angry, everything, and yet… and yet it seem even in the eyes of Celaire I will never be more than a simple minded brute."


I am married and have a chambermare already.
Give her one last nudge.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 293061

Give her a small kiss
"Well, I think you were right to think that. Heh, I wonder how my younger self would react if she saw me now…"

DM 293063

Well that sure got a reaction out of her.
Guess getting some feeling back can be quite a rush…
"Guh… oh dear…
…y-you did say you aren't single right?"
"Captain Celaire? …forgive me but how does he tie into this?"
"Disgust, anger, shouting, cursing, getting a sweater from her mother…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293066

"We live together…"

Venia [Battlemage] 293067

I let out a hearty laugh
"Yeah well… to hell with her!"

DM 293068

"Oh. I see.
…so you don't feel appreciated?"
…Venia… I'm sorry for the whole… arrow thing."

Venia [Battlemage] 293069

I cock an eyebrow, grinning
"So… you finally said it huh? Well, I've long since forgiven you for that. I owe you that much at least."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293070

"Just today, he called me, many things. Many things I don't want to be. He said it jokingly, but still, it hurt. It made me feel like I'm doing everything I do for nothing."

DM 293076

"Well… I guess it does deserve an apology.
…tell me, what should I do… when that time comes? How do you want to be treated?"
"And what did he say when you told him that?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293078

Look at her with a smile.
"But I'm sure you'll make some stallion very happy one day, Windy."

Venia [Battlemage] 293079

"If something happens to me… I don't want Anvil, you and everypony else to be reminded by it every day… Just… put me to rest okay? In that case you could still call on me if you really want to…"
I look away sadly

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293081

"He apologized and asked me not to leave him."

DM 293084

"…I really was just hoping for a stallion to make me happy right about now…"
"…this was a bad time to bring this up, huh?"
"Yet you still left?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293087

"Yeah, I'd ask my friends by they are all busy, you know."
Grin at her.
"Plus, the mare hiding in the rafters might get just a tiny bit jaelous if she saw us."

Venia [Battlemage] 293088

I sigh sadly
"There's never a good time to bring this up…"
I look back at her
"But that doesn't mean it's not important that we do talk about it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293090

"Not like that. Leave him leave. Not for just a bit of time for me to think. He doesn't want me to abandon him as a stallion. And I'm not planning on doing that."

DM 293093

She tries to look up, scared
"…and you plan to show this by disappearing for days on end?"
"I just don't want to be faced with that decision alone.
…what of your… child? Will he get a say in it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293094

"… He? We're not that far just yet Valeriana… But yes, I think it's only normal that she or he does."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293095

"Peach, come down."
Look back at her with a small smile.
"She's my partner. The one that's gotta save my life when I do stupid things.
And a true stalker."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293097

"Can't I have a few days for myself to think?"

DM 293098

"…very well.
Now… do you want to change subject?"
Peaches nimbly lands next to Windy, spooking her
"Hey there cripple!"
"Well, I know I'd be worried sick and come looking for you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293102

"I might ask somepony to tell him I'm fine and not to worry then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293103

Bonk Peach on the back of the head.
"And this is what you get for scaring good ponies."
Turn to Windy.
"She's got a talent for singing thou. The real deal, not that sad thing I called a song.
Want to give it one more try?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293105

I nod
"Yes. Please."
I nuzzle her cheek softly again
"You know… I know you don't like talking about your past either, but… I'm curious. What made you choose for necromancy anyway?"

DM 293109

"Well, I could, if you want. I can also see to it you are given a bed with the guards if you don't want to take my other offer."
Sorry if I'm a little distracted it's just… well… I think you get it?"
"It was rather utilitarian at first. Just the arrows. I was always a good archer. So I studied less known archery techniques and learned of the Cursed Arrows.
Based on that knowledge I later learned more, which allowed me to get my shadows…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293111

"You crushing on me Windy? I already have two mares to take care of!"
Chuckle a bit.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293115

"I would be most grateful. And these beds will be fine, thank you. I don't want to disturb you in the time you are off duty and with your wife."

DM 293116

…and no. But I will say you are cute~
It's just that… well…
Look I want to see how much feeling I have back. So if you aren't going to help, please excuse me a while.
…and thanks. Without you I might have missed… golden opportunities."

Venia [Battlemage] 293117

I chuckle
"You know… the reason why I learned how to conjure is because I hated having to carry armor and weapons around when I was a kid. those were way too heavy and hard to carry on rough terrain… so I learned how to create them on the spot using magic!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293119

"Happy to help.
You brought way more to my life than you might think."
Smile at her and leave.
I have to find Breezybutt now, hoping she's more open to dialogue than Nylis.

DM 293120

"So be it then. Ask anyone for a spare bunk, tell them I said to do so."
he gets up to leave
"Well I've heard far stupider reasons to learn magic…"
She is overseeing the construction of the teleport relay, deep in thought

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293121

"Again, thanks."

FInd a bunk

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293123

"How is it coming along?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293126

"Hey magic is fun, so I don't think there are any stupid reasons for learning it. The fact that you learn it makes it non-stupid!"
I smile
"It's been running in my family anyway… I don't think I have a single non-mage relative. So yeah, mom was pretty insistent that I'd train it too. Not that she had much trouble convincing me…"
I let out a wistful sigh
"… I've been thnking about her more and more lately…"

DM 293128

The guards greet you with a bit of surprise but point you to an empty bunk by the wall
"Ahead of schedule. We will have in running in a matter of weeks."
"I can see where this is going…"

Venia [Battlemage] 293130

"… I really need to work on being more subtle. I've never been good at it."
I stay quiet for a while
"Is it… possible still?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293131

Go to sleep then.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293135

"Impressive. What's the range?"

DM 293136

"With some effort. But I cannot promise accurate results."
Do you want to roll for dream quality?
"Relay to relay, long enough to get from here to Rockeye easily. Without another relay… not nearly as far."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293138

I guess.
Maybe I can even remember in my dreams.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293139

"Still impressive. If you can build one in such a short time then we'll have really something unique.
Maybe I was worrying too much, must have been all this stress what I saw in Nylis the other day."

Venia [Battlemage] 293141

I sigh
"Maybe… maybe it's best not to then. I think it's just all the emotions from lately stacking up and taking their toll on me."

DM 293142

You have flashes of a dark, deep chasm
Of two shady figures
Of a pony made of fire
"What of Nylis then, hm? Speak your mind."
"Only you can know if you want it or not. I cannot see into your heart and say for you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293143

"Remember a few days ago, when I came to you wishing to speak to her?
She was… Unheasy. I'm worried.
That girl never really opened to me, but I still care for her. Is the reason I do this job.
Just… If she's in troubles, would you tell me?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293144

I think for a while
"I'll… I'll consider it a while longer. Maybe I just need to clear my head or something."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293145

A pony made of fire?
…I'm not sure where the memories stopped and the dream started.

Gear up and go train and meditate again.

Roll #1 1, 1 = 2

DM 293165

"I believe she is a big enough girl to know when to look for help on her own. And she has not told me that she is in any trouble at least…"
"Maybe you do. Who knows what kind of cobwebs you have in there."
The training reminds you of the fact that you are indeed a heartless brute. Every strike you land on the target makes you hear the screams of pain you thirst so deeply for. Every splinter of wood like a gush of blood and bone.
Every muscle pulse a reminder of the fact that you know these skills for the sole purpose of harming others.
You put the hammer down and sit to think.
But what is there to think about? How to hurt someone? Why hurt someone? Because they are wrong. They believe in different things and that is heresy. They are scum. They deserve the pain and suffering! You are the one who is right here! You and you alone! HOW DARE THEY BE DIFFERENT!?
…what have you become, Radiant?
What have you let yourself become…

Venia [Battlemage] 293172

I rest my head against her
"Cobwebs… I don't like cobwebs… or spiders for that matter."

DM 293174

"Do you want me to clean your ears or something then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293175

"Works for me. Remind her my offer for some sparring still stands if she wants to clear her mind."
Leave and be on my way. Not much to do around here.
Maybe I should train. Or spend more time with Valeriana.
Or Frosty.


Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293176

Valeriana it is.

Venia [Battlemage] 293178

"No, I think I'll manage on my own for that. I'll try anyway!"
I pause for a moment
"Say… is there a spa in Wintergrasp?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293180

I…. h-he…he was right…everything he said was true…

Run to the usual cliff as fast as I can.

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 293183

Do you want to butt in on Venia's moment or time warp?
"Not that I know of.
…I hear they're common in Rosefall though.
But I did one meet a guy who met a guy who knew a guy who had like this small house with a stove with hot rocks in it. He used it for bathing."
That's a cliff.
Sun's up in the sky too.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293184

Let the dice decide.
1 - Anything happened?
2 - you were a lesbian? I never knew!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 293185

I give her a look
"A stove with hot rocks? Huh. Well either way… Rosefall sounds like a nice place right about now."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293186

First thing first.
Try not to cry.

Then, try to conjure my wings.
They are not like that again, right?
'r2 1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 4 = 4

DM 293190

Lets see how much you cry
1 - rivers
10 - none
The wings… quite honestly hurt as they burst out of you. It is as if they actually broke through the skin and flesh.
They are dark and pulsing, more like ghastly tendrils than your usual light strands.
"Supposedly it is…
…but how would we go there?"
Time warp it is.
She is up and about, checking some of her stuff

Roll #1 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 293196

"We'll get there eventually thanks to Frostmourn right? We'll just need some patience! First up is Eaglecrest, which should be… exciting."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293198

"No… no, not again, please, not again!"
Make them dissapear!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293203

Wait is that a time rift? Because it looks like a time rift.
And I don't want to step into a time rift.
"Hey ma', doing anything?"
Look at the two mares.
"Oh hi Venia."

DM 293205

They withdraw back into you harmlessly
"If you want to put it that way… I won't go on that field if I can help it."
"…just talking dear."

Venia [Battlemage] 293210

My ears perk up
"Pumpkin! … Hi!"

"Yeah! Just having some chit-chat!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293212

I look up at the Sun.
"Why? Why do you torment me? What do you want from me?! What have I done wrong? Why must this be happening to me?!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293213

"Damn. Want me to come back later?"
"Did Venia tell you about her crazy plan for peace? It might just be crazy enough to work."

DM 293214

The sun is a ball of superheated gas powered by nuclear fusion.
It cannot speak.
However someone is watching you from afar.
"…crazy plan?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293216

Wipe my tears away then at least…

Venia [Battlemage] 293217

I look at Valeriana
"No, it's fine. I'll uh… leave."

"I mentioned it didn't I? Going to Canterlot and all that business?"

DM 293219

You may turn to look if you want someone to chat with, or remain alone.
"Well yes, that you did. I just wanted to make sure if there was more."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293220

"Something wrong Venia?"
Arc a brow.
Do I notice anything?
"Basically after that talk with Waymarker we finally agreed that somepony in the equestrian chain of command is doing all this behind their rulers' back.
Peace might work if we find this pony and make him confess!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 293224

"It's not so much of a plan as it is an idea. I still haven't talked to Anvil about it. Frostmourn said it'd be best if we all discussed it more in detail together."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293225

Turn around.
Who is it?

DM 293228

"…that… actually is entirely possible. I think you both should hear this. Sit down."
1) Southern Cross
2) Celaire

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293231

Holy. Mother. Of. The. Moon.
"Mom you two did not just…"
Fall with my rump on the ground and shut my mouth.

Venia [Battlemage] 293233

"Do tell."

"… Just what?"


Roll for spaghetti.

Roll #0 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293238

I turn back to look over the cliff.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293239

Okay I'm swating like a mad dog after a ten thousand meters jog.
And I'm looking at you with an uneasy eye.

DM 293241

"It's happening again, isn't it?"
"Pumpkin? What is it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293246

"… Pumpkin? Are you feeling well?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293247

"Yes…. which is not very surprising… I am nothing but a hound, after all. A…"
I speak the next words with disgust
"…Blood Knight."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293249

"Do I want to know what was going on here?"
Look from one to the other with quick, uneasy glances.

DM 293251

"Is that the conclusion your heart has lead you to?"
"Well, do you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293252

Gulp down sharply.
"Just tell me nothing happened yet."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293253

"That's what everypony thinks, isn't it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293255


DM 293256

"What happened here before you came is that we talked about her child to be with Anvil, how we both learned magic, and that she needs to get her ears cleaned"
"Then tell me this: Are we defined by how others view us, or by how we view ourselves?"


Sight beyond Sight.

Roll #0 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 293259

I nod quickly

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293260

"…Do I even have to tell you I know when you lie?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293263

"Nothing happened today! We were just talking about past stuff."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293264

"I tried to believe I could improve. Especially after the last time we talked. And I thought I did. Seems I was wrong, like always. And my wings are proof enough of that."

DM 293268

How's that for crits?
"Answer my question."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293270

"Venia I could feel the tension even without a magic eye, damnit! I-"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293277

"I don't know. I know nothing anymore."

Venia [Battlemage] 293279

"We just talked today! Nothing more!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293280

Can't hear you, too busy screaming and trying to remove the mental image from my brain.

DM 293283

Critical image mofo.
Enjoy it.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293287

"It's hard to imagine myself for anything else if this is what I see in the eyes of everypony!"

Venia [Battlemage] 293288

I look at Valeriana worriedly
"Is he…"

Verne [Trickster] 293289

How long more we running

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293290

"If I didn't just re-evalutate my whole idea of this gay thing I'd feel really really strange.
As it is, I feel really really really strange and conflicted and what the fuck did you two even think!?"

DM 293293

"So your answer is we are defined by how others see us then. That our own hearts do not matter.
…then what am I?"
Not very long hopefully
If you have something small to do, we can do it.
"Do you have some problem with love, Pumpkin?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293294

"A Paladin with a noble heart and a lever head. A pony better than me."

Venia [Battlemage] 293296

"Hey don't get angry about it!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293297

"A week ago it was highhorn, today is Venia, what's going to be next week, Frosty himself?!"

Verne [Trickster] 293298

Go on a market walk and find the rumoured trinket salespony, then.

Venia [Battlemage] 293302

I get up
"Pumpkin! That's not a nice thing to say!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293304

"But it's true! I'm doing all I can to pull this family together, she tells me that's exactly what she wants and then you two do… This!"

DM 293306

"Well then, Blood Knight…"
He lays down the cane he walks with and sits down besides you
"How can I this noble heart help yours?"
"…watch your tongue, boy."
You are like a week behind the timeline by now, but ok.
The Curiosity Vendor is having a beer at her shop

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293308

"… Yes mother."
Lie down.
"I will… Calm down.
Care to explain?"

Verne [Trickster] 293310

"Good day. Could I have look at your wares?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293312

"… it's… complicated."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293313

I clutch my head in my forehooves.
"I don't know. I really don't. Everything in my life is in chaos now. I don't know what to do, how to feel, I know nothing…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293316

"I've got some time. After all you were kind enough to listen to me."
Give her a smile.

DM 293318

"Hu? Yeah sure. Anything special you might be looking for buddy?"
"We have knows one another for longer than you have lived. And over time she developed feelings for me."
"Then stop knowing. And start feeling"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293320

"Everytime I do, I only feel lost."

Verne [Trickster] 293322

"Merely looking around for a few… useful things. What do you have?"

we can pause anytime you want to

Venia [Battlemage] 293324

"This isn't something that happened over one night Pumpkin… I've been the best of friends with Valeriana for many years now and… Some things happened in the past that may have steered me towards certain feelings for her."

DM 293326

"The day your forsake both your mind and heart, you are already dead.
Fight it Radiant.
Understand what you are meant to be.
Whatever it takes. Do not simply accept defeat."
Please tell me I don't have to go look for the full list…

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293327

Sigh and look at Valeriana.
Then at Venia.
"I take Unyielding knows this, right?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293330

"I am a cursed mare destined to suffer, is what I am! The thing that doesn't let me remember is a curse that has been put on me, and the only advice I got was 'try to remember and wait'! How could I understand what I am like that?"


"Oh, if it wouldn't be too much trouble. I'm certain I would enjoy looking through such a list very much."

Bluff to convince unless you really don't want to type a full list

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 293335

I nod.
"He does. I told him how I felt about her."
I pause
"Mind you… I'm still in love with him."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293341

Put up a smile and wave a hoof at her.
"Yeah, I can understand that part.
Still, it's just kind of strange. I guess I'll have to get used to it.
Not gonna call you mommy too, mind you."
Grin at her.

DM 293344

"…well, abandoning those who care for you, and wallowing in your own pain is not what I would call a solution.
Get a grip.
So you do not remember. So you do not change in a day! Is that all it takes to make you give up?"
I don't remember what thread the list is in
"Browse at your leisure buddy."


Verne [Trickster] 293348

anything I can ctrl+f for?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293350

Do we Master before pause?

Venia [Battlemage] 293353

I rub the back of my neck awkwardly
"You know, I'm completely fine by that."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293354

"…No… but how do I look in the face of others like this? What if my wings come out? What if I curse another hammer? What if I won't be able to hold it back?"

DM 293359

Horseshoe, box, umbrella or belt
"So you'll just hide an hope it goes away? Find strength in solitude, learn to control it, abandon us until you do?
I want to help. We all want to help."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293366

I look down at my hooves again.
"I need it… I really do…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293367

>fast as fuck
>implting fucking is fast
We can run the two thinks side by side and see which ends sooner.
>Valeriana's tower
"So now what will happen, you'll move in with Venia and Unyielding?"
Give her a coy smile.
"Should ask Peach to do the same…"
>Master's Altar
"So, how do we call this god of yours?"

Verne [Trickster] 293371

Too little time but fine
"'We', are the one fated? It makes.. an odd amount of sense. Please, call him."

Venia [Battlemage] 293372

I look at Valeriana
"I haven't really though about it too much yet."

DM 293384

He offers a hoof
"Then accept it."
"Far from it. Now do you want to hear what I have to say or not?"
"You simply kneel before the altar and allow me to call him forth"
"Very well"
After you are ready he strikes his staff against the altar
"MASTER! They are ready."
You can feel an ethereal presence in the room. There is clearly something more here. It embraces you and envelops you. It is an amorphous energy that finally focuses on the altar, manifesting in a pair of strange limbs
"Welcome, Verne Lighfogger, and Pumpkin Swansong. You have passed my little test of faith. And for it, I offer you one chance."
Each limb manifests a ghostly orb on the palm
"Ask me a question, and take the orb. I will reveal you the answer. But know this. You only get to ask one thing. And after you do so, you will forever carry my mark upon you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293394

Speak with a wide smile.
"I'm really curious. And a bit happy. We are talking about Venia after all.
So, what is it?"
Turn to the priest.
"What is the mark?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293396

"Yes. I'm curious!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293397

Accept the hoof and stand up.
"But how?"

Verne [Trickster] 293402

>"Useful? I got a glass that turns anything you put into it into alcohol. Uhh… an umbrella that makes it rain nearby so it is always useful. Pendant that takes a hit for you, perfect for hitting on ponies prone to lashing out. Cucumber polisher. Lamp that makes it dark nearby. Pot that keeps food in it warm for days.

>"Yes the muscle building belt. Lets see… mirror that can be looked through from the other side, soap that makes you dirty, invisible dog on a leash, undergarments that make your butt look bigger, jar that smells of whatever you put in it until you put something else in it, Horseshoe that hovers an inch off the floor…"

>"Automatic bottle for feeding pets, two boxes where things you put in one appear in the other, portable hoof warmer, stick that glows when you hit it, dragon's fire gland in a nifty container, mane gel…"

"This.. box. Does work on some application of a teleportation spell?"

Verne [Trickster] 293403

"Greetings. Your… mark? Do you intend to brand us?"

DM 293410

"During my time in Canterlot, I never met the Princesses. I only heard Ilistar talk of them.
…but I did still see him get orders. Even when the Princesses were not there. He explained these orders are passed to him by aides, who help the Princesses.
All this helps support the idea that one of the aides is indeed playing it over the top to look good. Whatever the original order was, he distorted its meaning, and deployed the Lordblades, tying up that resource for over two decades now…"
"Knowledge granted by the master is true, but often so true it scars you forever.
…and beyond that, his brand will link you to him, allowing him to share in your emotions, and… feed."
"Well, that is indeed a quest for us, is it not? I may have a bad leg, but I still have a strong heart. Come on now. Celaire is worried sick."
"Yep. Well, sorta… See a teleport needs an active spellcast to work, but the box is passive. Things go in, things come out."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293412

"So… The lordblades are beyond salvation now?"
"Just like those little bugs, put us in a tank and feed off us…"

Venia [Battlemage] 293413

"… You know, two decades is a long time. Isn't it a little strange that these two supposed demigods haven't found out about it yet? I mean they are supposed to be infallible right?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293414

"I was in despair and made him feel bad too.. some pony I am…"
Start walking back slowly, allowing Cross to keep up.

Verne [Trickster] 293415

"I… have never heard of such an application of a spell before. Let me test it."

Put one coin in a box, then check the other.


"Feed? So perhaps, that illusion of changelings was not at all such a lie? What does such a being want?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293419

"Oh please. They are just pampered up unicorns.
Demons at best."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293420

"Verne, I don't know if it's worth it…"

Verne [Trickster] 293428

"I am still making my decision, but we have already seen this being's extent of influence. Whatever we submit ourselves to here, is only what could happen to us in the future regardless if he wishes to be entertained. Besides… I am only one pony, compared to a whole nation. A very good deal for a sacrifice."

DM 293430

"They are avatars of virtue and harmony. Embodiments of the sun and moon. Incorruptible and wise beyond mortal capacity.
…not infallible."
He is coping with the leg
But appreciates the gesture, as his warm smile proves.
"I do not force you to take this offer. I am content with waving your fates, leaving you oblivious to them.
The choice is yours and yours alone."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293432

"If we do this thing we do it together.
What will you ask, my friend?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293433

"Now… do you have any idea of how to undo this? Again?…"

Verne [Trickster] 293434


"I ask again. What is the cost? This.. feeding of yours."

Venia [Battlemage] 293435

I look at her
"Valeriana. Two decades. Two. I'm sorry but it seems to me like they might be a little gullible. Or dense. Or both. What else do you know? Aside from the religious stuff."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293440

"Then what, we can kiss goodbye to the possibility of ever convincing the lordblades?"
"Gods don't shape our fate, this much even I know.
We are fighting to reshape our world. And we'll make it."

Verne [Trickster] 293446

"A way to stop all this and end it happily for us all. Perhaps that is it. But.. should anything happen, please, ask Bearing to take care of Venus."

DM 293448

"A token sacrifice. Symbolic more than anything. For I am capable of taking the same even without you agreeing to it.
But in accepting to give of yourself to me, and allowing your future suffering, joy, fear and pride to feed me, you prove your willingness to accept me,"

"I know you're supposed to eat the first salad dish with the leftmost fork."
She puts on a stupid grin
"No. I doubt they'd take well to having been mislead."
"Your world is but a creation I built to facilitate the paths you travel. I take great joy in forging the road you march, drinking deep of the emotions that flow from you."
It extends a limb to offer you the orb
"Ask then"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293450

"I'm afraid we'll have to dump our ladies on Frosty."
Grin at him.
"I'm going in with you."
"So what, we will have to fight or die even if the war ends?"
"So what, it's just a token of earth and water? A symbolic bow of our heads? I don't know. You'll have to offer me something really good for me to bow my pride."
Grin, at nothing in particular.

Venia [Battlemage] 293452


DM 293454

"The Lordblades would most likely be assigned elsewhere. After taking out their anger on the deceptive aide, they would not bother us any more
…or so I hope"
"I offer you any single truth you seek. This is more than any mortal or god could."

Verne [Trickster] 293456

"I- you… you musn't. You should at least, wait until I am finished, and I will see if it is necessary."

"…then, you feed as a changeling does, but on many emotions. What harm will come to me as a result? Will such a branding influence my judgment?"

DM 293458

"Of course not. As I said, I may as well feed on you even without the brand. This is merely a symbolic act of sacrifice."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293459

"Very well. But if you do come back, tell me.
I have a family to bring back together."
"And I'm actually okay with it.
Now all I have to do is find this bastard.
And I might just know how."
"I will wait for my friend to be done, then."

DM 293461

so be it

Venia [Battlemage] 293462

Look at him
"Do tell."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293464

"Verne has proposed me a trip to visit this 'master' of his.
According to him, he'll show any truth. No matter what."

DM 293467

"I think we may need to resolve those troubling emotions of yours.."

Venia [Battlemage] 293470

I sigh
"The Master. Right. Manifests phantasms."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293473

"Worth a shot.
Any truth, the right question could save us all.
The matter is, what's the right question?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293474

"Where could we even start?"

Verne [Trickster] 293476

So I guess we'll leave the market for another time since you aren't responding to >>293415

"Very well then. If this road has already be forged, then I may as well see what lies ahead. I accept."

Put my hoof on the orb.

"How can the Northlands continue to thrive into the far future as a united nation, without fear of anything? For I wish, ultimately, to make peace with Equestria and exist side by side with them."

DM 293477

"From listing that which troubles you most, and working through the list, one by one if we must."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 293479

"I think you can guess the most pressing matter…"

Venia [Battlemage] 293480

"Look, I don't know. Ask for world peace or something?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293482

"And get told to drop every blade into a cauldron and melt them?
We should think is through.
But if you prefer to leave this matter into my hooves, so be it."
Shrug and sigh.

DM 293487

Yes. It is way past the time I wanted to stop
A vision flashes in your mind
For the North to survive united into the far future, they must arm themselves so that no nation, no empire, no army and no god can ever ever challenge them. They must become an absolute power, and crush all who say otherwise. And in that ashen dawn beneath a burning sky, the flag of the North will be the one that waves last. For just long enough to allow those still left to flee beyond the grasp of mortals. To thrive among themselves. But in doing so, many will lose their lives, and many others their minds. You and those you care for populating both categories to an extent.
The vision ends

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293489

"So, what was it Verne?"

Venia [Battlemage] 293490

"I'm sorry Pumpkin, I just don't believe there's anything like the Master. Manifest is deranged!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293492

"I never thought there was anything such as a god before knowing the moon, you know."

Verne [Trickster] 293494

"Just as I thought…"

"My grand plan, it seems, was correct. There can only be peace through might. We must be mighty enough that none can challenge us, but at a heavy cost. Should a time come where we cannot bear that cost.. it was also fall to us to admit defeat."

Venia [Battlemage] 293495

"That doesn't mean you have to believe everything everyone says!"
Turn to Valeriana
"Do you believe this Master crap?"

DM 293497

"Hard to say. I know I cannot explain what exactly the thing that lives with Manifest in the chapel is. But I would not start off by guessing it is a god."

Venia [Battlemage] 293499

I cock an eyebrow
"Thing? What thing?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293500

"I can't believe this. Then everything we thought about the corrupted aide was fake? This means Venia's mission will fail?"
Turn to the Master.
"I accept your offer. I have one question.
Who is, where is, and how can I reach and make confess the one pony responsible for the lordblade attacks on the north. I want to know if bringing him to justice will stop the war, and how to do it."
"Worth a shot."

DM 293505

"The invisible force that occasionally pets his mane or rubs his belly."
You seek Honeytongue, aide of Celestia. He lives in Canterlot, and is responsible with ensuring no empire can rise in the north. Exposing his selfish trickery will end the lordblade presence in the North, and open a door to negotiations for a bloodless resolution. However, this comes at the cost of Frostmourn's dream, and of the dreams of many others, some of whom you know well.

Verne [Trickster] 293508

"Not necessarily. It could mean that peace is only an option so long as Equestria fears and respects us, which is what I want anyway. But… there is still the price of failure."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293511

"AH! Not for all the blood in the North!"
Turn to Frostmourn.
"There is no hope for peace, but now I know who is the pony we seek to stop the lordblades!"
"We'll soon find if this 'master' speaks the truth. I'll find the pony he speaks of and stop the lordblades in the north.
But we'll not surrender!"

Venia [Battlemage] 293513

"Rubs his bell-"
I give her a strange look
"So a 'God' that shows affection to Manifest and Manifest alone. That's really creepy. That might as well be an illusion or some type of necromancy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293514

"Poor Destiny Manifest. Must be a lonely one."

DM 293518

The king raises a hoof
"I still have my question to ask."
he kneels before the spectral god
"Master. What is the price of my victory?"
A short flash later he raises his eyes
"…thank you. God of Gods."
he bows again as the Master chuckles softly and vanishes
"…too bad. I wanted to ask when I'm getting my cutie mark."
"Beats me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293519

"Frosty, the thing said there's no peace unless you forego the dream.
Know that whatever you choose, I will forever be at your side."

DM 293521

"I asked it what I needed to know.
…and… well, now I know it. I have no more need to be here…
…but give me the map we used to get here."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 293525

"It's on Verne's hooves."
Stay silent for a moment.
"Don't go all creepy on me, Frosty."

Verne [Trickster] 293528

Give him the map.

"Please, remember.. there is no need for you to be alone. We are here to assist and serve alongside you as comrades."

DM 293533

He turns to look at you
"I know what price my victory comes at now. I know what must be done to pay that price. Now it remains for me to judge if that price is worth paying."
"And I appreciate it. Let us leave this place."
He takes the map and heads out


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