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Northlands - Thread 24 DM 300401

Post count is thread number x 1000 or so

Eaglecrest is near
The Summoning is near
Valeriana is having a really bad day
Pumpkin had something to get off his chest

Verne [Trickster] 300403

Right, time to get my affairs in order. First of all, I'm at the Rockeye Bazaar talking with the inventor pony and I am now examining her teleporter box.

"Very interesting… but what of the rate of success? This is some brilliant enchanting you have here, but how does it stand up?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300404


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300405



Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300406

Okay I just barely avoided killing an old lady.
I think I'll have to talk with someone about this.
Radiant never understood.
Frosty, he's got his own problems.
There's only one pony I can go to if I want to talk about this. The one pony who's like me around here.
Let's find mother.

Venia [Battlemage] 300407

I was with Valeriana after I had made her upset by trashtalking Illistar

DM 300408

"I occasionally lose objects in there. And once I got two out instead of one.
So yeah don't try putting anything alive in there or anything."
"So what do you make of it then?"
Would you prefer to skip ahead in time or butt in on her alone time with Venia?
"…Yeah, I guess I do have some magic in me. Limited as it is. And… well, dark."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300409

Not again. Had enough great lesbian about my mother to last me a lifetime.

Venia [Battlemage] 300410

"… You made me change my views on it though. I thought Necromancy was dark and dark only but… you showed me it could be used for good things as well."


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300411

"I don't know if this was a vision or what but… I want to feel happy like that… And I will fight for it. I will not give up!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300413

Want me to butt in I'd be happy to.

Verne [Trickster] 300414

"I see. If I may ask, what is a brilliant inventor like yourself doing peddling wares in the streets? These enchantments have a massive amount of potential. Esepcially this teleport box, if it can be put on any manner of ordinary item."

Venia [Battlemage] 300416

Up to you.

DM 300417

Warp ahead then
"…Pumpkin. What news today, dear?"
"Then I have at least done some good in this world beyond misguiding a child, abandoning another and betraying both a friend and a husband…"
"Then you have a goal to strive for. A way to set a path for yourself.
Use it well, my sun."
"Well I flunked out of the academy some years back. Dusty shithole that place. All rules and no bravery. I'd rather party and invent."

Venia [Battlemage] 300418

"Oh please Valeriana. Without you Wintergrasp and Ironfoe would still be stuck in an endless conflict! You made the impossible possible!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300419

"I couldn't sleep last night. After I woke up bandaged in my bed, that is."
Walk in and lie somewhere.
"So I went out. In the slums. To the orphanage."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300420

"I will. I will!"
Did this memory do anything apart from lifting my spirits?

Verne [Trickster] 300421

"What a waste of a brilliant mind with such talent. Unless… you would like assistance? Excuse me, I have yet to introduce myself. I am Verne Foglight, advisor to High King Frostmourn of the greater Northlands. If you are willing, we would like to make use of these talents of yours, while providing you with assistants. How does that sound?"

DM 300425

"And paid a great price for it.
…why can life never be easy, Venia? Why can't good things happen to good ponies who do good things?"
"So you know what happened to it then…
…I hope it did not hurt too much.
I'm here if you need to be close."
Try your wings, why not?
Great lights of knowledge and understanding! I had no idea!
P-please do forgive my prior bluntness…
…I'd gladly help the High Crown if asked to."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300427

Summon them?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300428

"Wait you…"
Look at her with a wounded face.
"You knew?"
Look back to the ground.
"That's only half of it. I went after the matron. I found her. She asked me to kill her."

DM 300430

A sharp pain. Nausea. It feels wrong to do this.
The wings look less like light. They have become ethereal strands of flowing void. The old rage and unbound anger gone, leaving a hole left unfilled behind.
"Pumpkin, I am the Eyes of the King. I must know.
…I just did not want to hurt you by opening old wounds.
And what did you do to the Matron?"

Verne [Trickster] 300431

Relax a little and motion for her to do the same.

"You would? I thank you, yes, very much. I will speak notice of this to King Frostmourn. If you are ready, we can arrange a time to see him. Or, should you wish to do so yourself, merely tell whoever stops you that you have my approval. He should understand what I have in mind for your talents."

Up to you DM if you want us to go see Frosty or if we can just automate it

Venia [Battlemage] 300432

I nuzzle her cheek
"Well… bad things happen to all of us. Nopony can get away from misfortune."
I pause
"I'll… I'll fix this though. When I go to Equestria, I'm going to fix this whole mess one way or the other. I'm sick of having to wonder whether my children will grow up happily in a good world or not."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300434

"I didn't do it. But I was about to. And she was begging me.
And the worst thing is, I walked inside her home wanting to do it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300435

I look at them quizically.
"What now? I don't feel angry… why aren't they right? What am I missing?"

DM 300439

We can automate it and assume she has been added to your disposal at Rockeye, with royal funds and assistants.
What next?
She sighs
"…I wonder if I should come? I did not want to… but…"
"Are you becoming a willing killer then?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300441

"I have Faith in the Sun… now all I need is a purpose. And I shall find it. Maybe in Rockeye. Maybe I will travel to Hardflank to seek a purpose there. No matter what, but I will find it!"

Smile as wide as I can as I remember that happiness.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300442

"What? NO!"
Look at her.
"I just told you! I could not do it! No mater what I could not kill her! Even if she begged me, even if she deserved it and had killed all those kids!
I could not kill a pony…"

Venia [Battlemage] 300443

I wave a hoof
"Don't worry, we can manage without you. Frostmourn needs you here in the North while Pumpkin and I and who knows who else will be gone."

Verne [Trickster] 300444


The dark mages meeting. Let's go there with Frosty.

DM 300448

"And I will be with you every step of that journey. Because I know the value of making it.
…we need to tell Southern Cross."
"But can the Blade inside you do it?"
"I just wondered if seeing his face one more time would have given me an answer…."
You have the option of going straight there, or alerting Captain Highhorn first so you can arrest all the Dark Artists at once.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300450

"Yeah, that's not even a question."
Sigh softly.
"Maybe I did the wrong thing coming here. This was a stupid concern in the first place."

Venia [Battlemage] 300451

I just stay quiet and keep petting her mane. No way I'm going to risk upsetting her more by telling her what I think.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300453

"Yes. We have pushed it back enough."

Find Southern Cross

Gotta drop for 30-40 minutes

Verne [Trickster] 300454


There is always the possibility of things turning ugly, but we don't want them to know that we have any intention of arresting them at all.

We can alert Highhorn to search the area near the fountain if we do not return to alert him the next day, but don't give him the exact location.

DM 300455

"Am I that useless as a pony to talk to?"
Eventually she sighs and pulls you in for a cuddle
"I just feel so lost right now.
…but you'll be here for me, right?"
We'll continue when you return
"Captain. Radiant. What news?"
Highhorn's assistant is at the bottom of his tower
"Good evening sir, how can I help?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300456

"I come here worried about not killing the pony who grew me up till i was eight and you ask if I can do my job.
It sure takes things into prospective."

Venia [Battlemage] 300457

"… I'll do my best. Though frankly, I haven't done much good for you lately… I'm just… so angry all the time. Like back when we first met."

Verne [Trickster] 300458

"Good day. I need to inform captain Highhorn that the High King and myself, his advisor, will be away on some personal business tonight. However, should it prove more complicated than expected and it turns out we are not able to return by tomorrow afternoon, I would like his assistance in searching for us. Tell him to search near the fountain in the Market Square for a clue to our location, should we not return timely."

DM 300459

"…then what should I have asked?"
"Angry at me?"
He writes down a note
"Very well then. Um, mind if I ask, why there of all places? And what should we look for?"


Yeah, what should she have asked? What does a mother ask anyway?
"Nothing. I love you, mom."
Hug her.

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 300461

"No, not you specifically. Just… I don't know. I think everything's just starting to catch up with me… I'm just overly emotional lately. Just earlier I got angry at Sunrise for something stupid."

Verne [Trickster] 300462

"That is classified at the moment. As for what you should look for, I have already said to look near the fountain. I am afraid I cannot divulge more at the moment. Unless…"

I forgot to mention I want the teleport box, did I?

Give him a teleport box.

"A dagger will appear here if it turns out we need assistance before our time is up. That much can guarantee our security a little better."

DM 300463

This hug is as cold and empty as possible.
She pushes you away
"No. Be honest.
What could I do to stop being such a bad mother?
You are my only one, Pumpkin. I have never tried raising a son before. And now… I feel you might be going away from me…"
"Then have you truly learned anything in the past twenty years?"
"Okay? Well I'm just an assistant. I won't as more of it then. A dagger pops in here, I send the guard to storm the market. Go it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300464

"But I… I don't know. You are my only one too, mom. You are more than I could ever ask for.
All I could ever ask for."
Take a step back and look at her with watery eyes.
"Just… Is it okay if I cry, now?"

Verne [Trickster] 300465

"Not storm. A tactical crew search for the clue you have, near the fountain. When you have found it, and ascertained the risk, you may then storm as you like."

If he's done, leave. Then go see Pumpkin and hand him a communication gem.

Venia [Battlemage] 300467

I groan
"Valeriana please. Shut up and keep close to me. I'll fight my way out of this but… I need to take care of some things before I can do that."

DM 300469

"…it is always okay to cry. A blade may have no emotions, but we cannot always be blades."
She invites you in for a proper hug
Pumpkin pls
"And that is?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300470

When and where are we?
Well take that proper hug.
"I was about to kill a pony mom. The first pony in my life. Why did I even think that I ever had any right to…"
Try to cry. Not too much, please.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 300471

I stay quiet for a while before speaking up again
"… it's kind of silly."

DM 300472

"Say it."
"But you didn't…
…it is ok to be angry. And conflicted. So long as you never truly harm anypony.
…you are no murderer."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300473

"We have… big news for you. I'll let you decide if it's good or bad, but I think you should feel honoured."

Verne [Trickster] 300474

We're.. still in Rockeye.

"Pumpkin, take one of these for now. Frosty and I will be speaking with the dark artists tonight. bringing you along will make us look ill, so… should anything happen, I will alert you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300476

"I thought you'd call me weak for not doing it.."
Hug her tighter.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300477

Take the crystal.
"Right. Them. What if I wait just outside, hidden? Probably I could even make it inside."

DM 300479

"Well, out with it then?"
I thought you were in Rockeye AGAIN, not STILL?
"No. I would call you a murderer for doing it.
A blade is excused from the crimes it commits. For it does not act under its own will. It is only a weapon wielded by another. A Lordblade is no more responsible for a life he takes than a sword is. The one at fault is their wielder. Their lord.
…but without the mask, without a mission… you are still only a pony."

Verne [Trickster] 300480

"I know not their capabilities. I would not risk it. Stay around town tonight, but do not go near the fountain in the market square, for there is our secret meeting area. To enter, dive into where the reflection of a tower is in the water. All right?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300481

"I… well, Celaire is the Captain. I think he should say it."

Turn to Celaire.

Venia [Battlemage] 300482

"I just… I just want to get some things done. Prove some things to myself and… my family. Fight in that tournament to show that I still have the same spunk in me as twenty years ago. Start a family of my own so I can continue my family's bloodline and to show them that I can do it. Do something for ponykind. Something good. Something that will improve the lives of ponies all over the world… Leave my mark in history. Prove to myself that I'm still a good pony and not some selfish stuck-up snob."
I sigh weakly
"… I just hate getting old. I feel like I'm running out of time… There's so much more to do."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300483

"Then I was right all along.."
A small smile forms on my lips.
"You are the best mother I could ever ask for.
Even if you suck with bows."
Chuckle softly while hugging her.
"Right… How is their base shaped? How many of them? Will Frosty have his armor?"

Verne [Trickster] 300485

"Very many. The place is an auditorium, a lecture hall for their presentations. Frosty will have his armour as always, he still needs to look mighty. I have also given instructions to the guard to come to the market square should I send them a message requiring help, but I did not tell them of the location. I will leave it to you whether you wish to assist them or not. Now, I need to get busy, so if you have further questions regarding the palce itself, you may ask Nylis or Winterbreeze. They were with me at the time."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300487

Don't get him in any danger, you hear me?"
Grin at him
"And try not to get yourself killed, either."

Verne [Trickster] 300488

"Of course not."

Alright, DM, let's go to the meeting.

DM 300489

He nods
"Southern Cross. For your actions in our ranks, as both a Paladin and a Lieutenant, you have left quite an impression.
In showing a deep understanding of the virtues of sacrifice, forgiveness, purity, righteousness and compassion, I, Captain Celaire of the Greater Northlands Warriors of Sunlight, hereby appoint you as my successor, and new Captain."
Southern Cross looks surprised
…lady Radiant?"
"So, you too huh?
…growing old really does not come without baggage…"
"I'll let that one slip. But only because I need this hug just as much I know you do…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300490

"Venia giving you a hard time?"

DM 300491

You and Frostmourn have come to the Upside Down Tower to meet the Dark Artists.
A special meeting has been called among them, and the atmosphere is worried.
Three masked ponies have taken the stand on the stage at the bottom.
"Brothers. Sisters. We have gathered here to listen to a suggestion, presented by the aide of the High King himself."
"All raise for Verne and King Frostmourn."
"All Hail."
"She… made me remember some things I am not sure I wanted to remember…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300492

I nod with a smile.
"This is not a joke. Congratulations, Southern Cross. You have earned this."

Verne [Trickster] 300493

Raise a hoof.

"Thank you, thank you. Has the one I first spoke to already told you about our proposition?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300494

Slowly let go of her and hop on the bed, patting with a hoof for her to join beside me.
"Wanna talk?"

DM 300495

He bows deeply
"I am honoured that my work is recognized in this way.
But I must ask… what of you two?"
She climbs in next to you
"That depends…
…are you willing to listen to my old rants?"
"We know you intend to open a separate academy for the Dark Arts"
"But that is all. We do not know of a location, nor of other arrangements."
"We were hoping you'd give us details"

Venia [Battlemage] 300496

I nod and embrace her a little firmer
"I just want to leave something good in this world… I want my children to live a more careless life than I did…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300497

Give her a smile.
"We are a family, I'm here for that."

Verne [Trickster] 300498

I don't really know our location yet either, does Frostmourn know?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300499

He does. The underkingdom. It's already being set up.

Verne [Trickster] 300500

In that case, can I let Frosty explain it?

DM 300501

"You have left much good in this world… but I know that feeling. Of wanting children…
…I am behind you all the way."
She sighs
"…I was thinking… about changing my mind. About… coming to Canterlot with you. And… just trying to see him one more time."
Frostmourn steps forth
"Your new Academy would be based in the Deep Roads. Hidden from prying eyes and open for all willing and able to join, provided they pass entry exams and mental stability evaluation."
There is a slight murmur
"The Deep Roads are far from us"
"We have no desire to leave our lives and families behind"
"We are hidden here already. If we cannot teach openly, or without fear, then nothing has changed. Your deal is not worth it to us."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300502

"We have done all we could. We have created and nurtured the Warriors of Sunlight, but now it is time for us to rest from this task to find another. I am sure you'll do us justice, and prove us we did good work."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300503

"Mom… This is…"
Hang my head low.
"He would not follow you. And you would not leave him…"

Verne [Trickster] 300504

"Yet at the same time, you need not fear persecution. Once we have results of your work enough and show the people their good, you shall be more understood. The very nature of these magics demand secrecy due to their power, but your positions, should you divulge them to your families and friends, shall become that of pride, not shame, for it is proof you are skilled enough to handle such power and be of such great service to the nation. Does that not sound better?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300505

"But what point is there in leaving good in the world when there is something that threatens to undo all of it? Everything I have done in my life will be for naught if Equestria and the North do end up fighting. I want to prevent that somehow…"
I give her a small kiss on the cheek
"Thank you though. I don't know what would've become of me without you, Valeriana."

DM 300510

"I shall lead to the best of my abilities. You have entrusted the warriors in the most able hooves around."
"I thought that seeing his face one more time could help me decide. To see him before me, and not just in my dreams…"
"And how would we go about our lives otherwise? We each have jobs to work. Families to feed. Children to raise, spouses to love!"
"Are you saying we must leave all we had behind, and earn it back from you?"
"Even here we are safe, so long as we are smart."
"You would probably be out there. Adventuring alone. Or with some handsome stallion you picked up in some town. A sword on your side you bought with Old King Goldenblood's prize money…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300511

"We know. That's why we choose you. You have proven to be more than worthy of this title and position."

Verne [Trickster] 300513

"The very nature of this work demands the facility be kept safe, far away from prying eyes. It is for your protection. However, regarding your personal lives, that will depend entirely on the state of another project. If we can get teleporters up and working soon, you shall be able to travel back and forth on a daily basis, enough for you to lead your own lives. Aside from that, you must also consider the grants you will have. You will be able to achieve far more with us backing you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300514

"And then you'd have me choose between you two and Frosty."
Sigh and rest my head on my hooves.

Venia [Battlemage] 300518

"Or dead. Murdered by some bandits in my sleep. Or killed by a stray arrow in a battle with some thieves. You never know these kind of things. What I do know is that I've lived this long and am still healthy and safe - well, save from that scar - thanks to you."

DM 300521

"…Know that I did look up to you. Despite our differences.
I wish you the best on your travels."
"Tell us more of these teleporters"
"And of the grants"
"And of our security there. Will we still need masks?"
"…I did not say I'd stay for certain.
But… do I not deserve at least to try and see him?"
She just nuzzles you softly
"And I would be far worse off without you~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300523

"Thank you. And your support and…well, faith in me really helped."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300524

"Mom, you are all I swore to protect. You deserve everything the world can offer.
I just don't know what I'll do, when the time comes."

Venia [Battlemage] 300526

I smile weakly
"I'm glad to hear I did good for you then."
I quietly nuzzle her back before eventually speaking up again
"So… where will you be in Eaglecrest? Will I see you at all while there?"

Verne [Trickster] 300529

"So, you are interested. Very well. We will be providing funding for you to conduct your research, providing you with more resources than you could ever have right now. The teleporter array is currently only being proposed, but we will do what we can to have it working as soon as possible. By the time the facility is finished, you shall have means to travel there and home daily."

"As for masks… no, I do not see a reason to wear them once you are under our employ, unless you wish to continue to do so. As I said, it is with pride that you shall work with these dark arts now, not shame. At the same time, you cannot reveal the exact details of your work to others, but you shall be known as a worker of the North's strongest powers."

DM 300530

He glances at his leg
"Go now, and find your path in life. Have faith in me, as I had faith in you."
"There are things we simply cannot plan ahead for. We can only decide when they arrive…"
"With luck, none will see me. I will be there to ensure the safety of the king. At any cost."
"Then when would the facilities be ready for us?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300531

I frown slightly.
"And… I'm sorry about your leg. It was my fault."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300532

"Right. About planning.
I wanted to fight in Eaglecrest. And I wanted to practice my bow there."

Verne [Trickster] 300533

"Majesty Frostmourn, when do you estimate it will be ready?"

DM 300534

"That it was. But I hold no grudge. Forgiveness is a virtue, after all."
"That's crazy talk. The tournament is no place for training…"

Venia [Battlemage] 300535

"Mmm… I know you will. Frostmourn is concerned after all. He'll need all the moral support he can get. Knowing you have his back covered will make him all the less worried."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300536

"Oh please. Using my blades it wouldn't even be fun.
But like this, I can get some good field experience."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300537

"Yes. You have thought me that lesson. And I have tried to live by it ever since."

DM 300538

"In a month's time."
"Then come to us in a month's time, and we will follow"
"If we find the arrangements suitable, we will accept"
"But until we see them, we cannot be sure."
"…I just hope I won't need to take the shot."
"Don't come crying to me after you lose though."
"Good. Then you can at least be sure your heart has the will to be good."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300539

Give her an half lid stare.
"Have I ever?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300541

"It has, as do I."
Smile at him again.

Verne [Trickster] 300543

"Very well, then. Note, however, that until you have worked with us for long enough to produce results we feel are suitable to show, we cannot yet have justification to change the laws surrounding these. Which means that, for now, you should continue as usual, but bear in mind we cannot defend you until you have agreed to our offer. Now, if that is all for now, I shall thank you all very much for your co-operation."

Venia [Battlemage] 300547

"Mmhm… I think Frostmourn will manage. Sure, this is a big challenge for him, but I trust he'll pull through."

DM 300548

"I can never know when things change.
…look, just don't get hurt trying to impress me."
He nods
"was that all then?"
"Go in peace, friends"
"Knowledge is power"
"All knowledge is equal"
"Yeah… lets hope so…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300549

I chuckle.
"Is it not enough?"

Verne [Trickster] 300550

"I thank you, again."

Go off and report back to the guard, then we can move onto Eaglecrest.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300551

"Mom, I'm old enough. Don't worry about me."
Take another deep breath.
"And about that Canterlot thing… You should talk with Venia.
I'm sure she's got better ideas than I."
Spend some more quality family time.
Maybe train, I dunno.
Ready for Eaglecrest.

DM 300552

"It is quite much. And that is why, if that was all, I feel the need to go inform the Warriors."
"So all went well then? Good to hear that. Here's your box back sir, and have a pleasant night!"


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300553

Verne [Trickster] 300554


I wanted to talk with Longshanks about producing more farsight and communication gems but that can wait

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300555

Venia [Battlemage] 300557

DM 300558

Right, give me a few minutes to eat

DM 300584

The time has come.
The challenge has been sent, and accepted.
The champions of the Greater North march to face the best Eaglecrest has to offer.

The Great Arena has been prepared. It is quite a notable event, for there has not been a Two King's Challenge in generations. The arena masters have done all they can to prepare a truly memorable event, with several duels, team battles, races, shows and events to warm up the crowd in the three day event leading up to the grand challenge itself.

And here they arrive, to first greet King Ebonreth, seated upon his throne on the royal observation deck.
The crowd cheers
An announcer comes to ask you to introduce yourselves.


Verne [Trickster] 300590

I'm not in the Arena, am I?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300592

"Pumpkin Swansong, son of the North."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300593

I guess I am in my full armor and with a fancy hammer, right?

I nod with my head.
"My name is Radiant Isabella Goldentail Dawn, Paladin and follower of the Sun."

Venia [Battlemage] 300594

I bow my head slightly
"Vice-Queen Venia Daringhooves of Wintergrasp."

Verne [Trickster] 300596


"I bid the most humble of greetings to Eaglecrest. I am Verne Foglight, advisor to the High King, Frostmourn."

Take a bow.

DM 300597

You all are. If you don't intend to fight, just announce yourself as a non-combatant.
Why would you not have packed them? We time skipped a few days, and you all are in full gear
"And I am High King Frostmourn. Lord of Wintersgrasp, Ironfoe and Rockeye.
We have come to face you, Ebonreth, in the ways of your people."
The massive, dark pony grins upon his throne
"Boldly stated. I feel these games will be a great joy indeed."

The announcer finishes writing up names and turns to you
"So, who of you wish to participate in the single single duels, who to the Team Battle, who to the Race, and who to the Contest of Skills?"

Verne [Trickster] 300599

"May you explain these contests, please, King Ebonreth?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300601

"I'll be happy to join the duels and the Team battles. Could you tell me more about this Contest of Skills?"

DM 300602

In the Single Duel, two opponents fight until one yields.
In the Team Battle, two teams of two fighters battle until one team is unable to continue.
In the Race, you race around the arena to see who is fastest and most durable.
And in the Contest, you must prove your skills in many tasks, like feats of strength, accuracy and agility!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300603

"I will accept a duel."

Verne [Trickster] 300604

I am unable to fight very well, yet, unless I do so, my words will bear no weight against these barbarians. Damn it…

"I will not participate, at least presently. For now, my role is to assist my King in non-combat matters."

Venia [Battlemage] 300605

I take it that Raging decided to not come along?
"As will I. Same goes for the Team Battle and the Contest."

DM 300606

"Acceptable. All kings need servants, after all."
He glances at a few of his assistants.
"HA! Brave! I like that. Very well!"

Finally, Raging Storm speaks up as well
And I will accept a duel. I will also aid Lady Venia in the Team Battle if she has no other.
Bring me your best, Warrior King. But do not mourn them if I return naught but paste to you.

The booming voice makes Ebonreth look a little surprised. Almost spooked.
"So be it. You shall be the main event, old general. The final one to battle before the Two King's Duel."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300607

Smirk at her.
"Venia, when has been the last time we fought together?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300612

I chuckle at Raging

"Last time? While we were on a mission. If you want to tag along with me, I'll be happy to accept."

DM 300616

"Report your final teams to the caretakers. You will find housing at the palace, if you require rest."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300617

"Shall we then?"
Turn to Verne.
"What about you, old friend?"
"The caretakers would be?"

Verne [Trickster] 300619

"Ah.. Pumpkin? If you are my Partner, then I am will be assured. I would not want Venus here, but if it is you, I am confident enough."

"King Ebonreth, should Pumpkin Swansong choose a team battle, I shall be his partner."

Venia [Battlemage] 300622

"It's up to you Pumpkin. I can team with Raging or Radiant as well."

DM 300625

The pony who announced you bows
"Hallowed Names, at your service, champions."
"Very well! Let it be so!"
An aide whispers something to Ebonreth
"Ah. I almost forgot. There will be a special event held later. A little something we have come up with to commemorate this notable occasion. An all new battle never before tried.
I hope you all will give it a try?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300626

"Why not bring Radiant into this too? And maybe even Peach. A huge five versus five!"
"Names, what's the maximum number of members for a team battle?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300627

"I don't like charging into things blindly, King Ebonreth. Could you elaborate on this?"

DM 300629

"There is no limit. Though once we had twenty at once, and things got a little crazy."
"Very well!
We will erect a course upon the field, with a flag at both ends. This flag will be guarded by a barricade, and between the flags will be towers with ponies throwing bags of sand.
Each team of however many dare to enter will also be aided by a group of guards, who fight to first fall before retreating and waiting a whole to come back.
The first to get the enemy flag, wins."

Venia [Battlemage] 300630

"That sounds elaborated. I think I'd rather stick to the battles and contests."

Verne [Trickster] 300632

"There is Venus as well, but I would rather have her kept away for now Five seems acceptable."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300636

"What an elaborate game. Does it have much luck around here?"

DM 300637

"Very well."
Hallowed Names takes some notes
"Five it is then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300638

I nod
"Sounds fine by me."

Verne [Trickster] 300639


DM 300641

"This is the first time it would ever be played"
"Very well. I'll note it down."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300642

"Sure! As long as I get the chance to fight a battle alone!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300644

"Ah! It might be fun."

Venia [Battlemage] 300646

"When do these battles start?"

DM 300683

"Noted down."
"Tomorrow, at high noon."

Venia [Battlemage] 300687

"Sounds like a plan then. Duly noted."
Ask Frostmourn where we will be staying for the night.

BDN 300689

"Very well, then."

What can we do now? Is Eaglecrest open to us?

DM 300701

"I will stay in the palace as a royal guest. I am sure you can ask for equal accommodations"
The City of Eaglecrest is open to exploring
Places of interest include
-Eaglecrest Palace
-The Hall of Champions
-The Grand Arena
-The Training Grounds
-The Plaza and Market

Venia [Battlemage] 300702

I chuckle
"It's all the same to me Frostmourn. I just need a place to sleep and I don't particularly care where. If you want me closeby you can ask for a room for me as well, if not then I'll just find someplace else."

BDN 300703

"Shall we, Venus? Maybe the training grounds would interest you…"

Go on there.

DM 300711

"I would rather we all stay at the palace. Just in case."
She nods and follows
The Training Grounds are the warrior academy of Eaglecrest. An age old keep decorated with banners of new and old warrior clans, with small barracks around it to house the numerous recruits.
The centerpiece is the titular Training Ground, a set of obstacle courses, fighting pits, training dummies and other equipment, far outshining anything you've ever seen.

Venia [Battlemage] 300713

"Alright then, fine by me! If you don't mind, I'll go explore the city for now."
Pull him a little closer and whisper
"Know that I'm always available to talk if you're having doubts, alright?"

Verne [Trickster] 300714

"While interesting, it is… primitive. There is no great technological advancement here or discovery that would make one from Eaglecrest ta better warrior than another, save their culture. There will be much work to be done here.. what do you think, Venus?"

DM 300719

"Then meet me tonight…"
"You seem to give little value to their ways of martial training. Not everything has to be technological you know…"

Venia [Battlemage] 300720

I nod and head off, let's go visit the Training grounds

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300721

Visit the Hall of Champions.

Radiant Dawn 300722

Sorry if I missed something, I'm a bit out of it now.

What happened, what should I be doing?

Verne [Trickster] 300723

"If they were to fight against Rockeye in all-out war, the victor would be clear. I do not say their training is of no use, but think of it as an opportunity cost. In the time they take to become as strong as they can like this, how much better could they have accomplished it with the aid of magic knowledge? Besides, one should never bring a blade to a magic duel."

I'm rambling. Night, DM

DM 300724

Looks like Verne is here too.
For a brief description, see >>300711
Built in an old fortress, the Hall of Champions is a museum and ever-expanding memorial to the greatest heroes of Eaglecrest. From Old King Eaglecrest himself to some very recent champions, their deeds are recorded on mighty slabs for all to see, and their wargear displayed upon life-sized statues.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300726

Are there any champions who were great with a bow, or masters of the shadows?

Venia [Battlemage] 300728

Mmm… A real warrior nation indeed…

Anyone busy fighting right now?

DM 300729

1) Pick what battles you want to take part in
-2v2 (pick partner)
-the big 5v5
-running race
-multi-skill challenge
-This: >>300629
2) Pick where you wish to sleep
3) Explore
Places of interest include
-Eaglecrest Palace
-The Hall of Champions
-The Grand Arena
-The Training Grounds
-The Plaza and Market
Good night buddy
[Whiteshadow, Champion of King Eaglecrest and King Rockfaller, known for his legendary skills with his bow of choice.
-Slayer of the Ursa Major: Goretusk
-Killer of three hundred griffon soldiers
-With a single arrow fell the cave troll Smelly Steve, Defiler of A Thousand Mares
-Inventor of the Volley Bow
-Fell in a King's Challenge against King Rockfaller.

Venia [Battlemage] 300730

If not then just timeskip to the evening for talk with Frostmourn

Radiant Dawn 300731

The big 5v5 and a 1v1.
And I'll talk with Venia about a 2v2.

Where can I sleep?
And now, check out the Arena first.

DM 300732

There is always battles going on here.
Right now in the training ground a few young soldiers are sparring, being watched over by an officer
Frostmourn requested you all sleep at the palace.
The Grand Arena is large enough to support a massive crowd of ponies. The arena floor has been designed to fit many kinds of activities, and there are many side gates to allow participants to enter and leave easily.
The Royal Observation Deck is opposite the main gates, and clearly has the best view.

Radiant Dawn 300733

Check that out.
Because why not.

Venia [Battlemage] 300734

Observe them for a while.
What kind of weapons are they training with? How stronk do they all look?

DM 300735

The palace or the arena?

Radiant Dawn 300736

The Royal Observation Deck and the rest of the Arena

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300738

I like this guy already.
What's a Volley Bow anyway?
And how did he kill an Ursa Major?

Verne [Trickster] 300741

Let's observe the general fighting style and training of Eaglecrest for a while, then.

Venia [Battlemage] 300742

"Spectating as well, Verne and Venus?"

Verne [Trickster] 300743

"We are, yes. Just to see what we may be up against. While I am tempted to see pure physical power shall be easily overcome with our magical knowledge, I cannot take such risks, no matter how sure I am."

DM 300744

One is using a large axe, the other a sword and a shield.
For such young girls they seem remarkably strong and able.
After explaining to the door guards who you are, they let you into the observation deck.
Looks like nobody else is here any more, but the view is magnificent. Despite being so high up, you could probably make out the expressions of everypony down there from here.
You notice there is a separate wing for the library here.
Perhaps that would be of help?
It is quite to the point and utilitarian. Every move has a purpose, every strike is brutal and precise.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300745

Or maybe I could just visit the Training Grounds and see what they are doing here.

Venia [Battlemage] 300746

"And that, Verne, is why I employ both magic and physical power in battle."

"I can see why they are so renowned for their strength, they simply start teaching their children how to fight from very early on."

Verne [Trickster] 300747

"They do have yet much skill. I would be wary of taking them on without an arsenal of magic, then. Venus, imagine if you were to learn to fight like this, yet be supported by magic you learned in Rockeye. Would you call that a perfect warrior?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300748

Well, good for them I guess.
Wander around the rest of the arena

DM 300749

Oh look, Verne and Venia are already here.
There are extensive facilities below the arena as well. Rooms for combatants, bathing areas, a dining hall, training facilities, repair facilities, even a doctor on call at the infirmary.
"No. For a perfect warrior does not exist. Even for the most brilliant combat style, there is a counter."
She smirks
The officer overseeing the sparring notices you and walks over
"Hello. Can I help by chance?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300750

Check out the Hall of Champions.
Any Paladins or anything like that?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300751

And they are talking with?"
"Found anything interesting so far?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300752

"We're only observing the training, nothing more. Your soldiers seem remarkably skilled for their age."

Verne [Trickster] 300754

"That much is true, yes. That is why teams exist to cover each other. That ultimately, is our purpose for uniting the North as well."

"Here to see the training too, Pumpkin? I was dismissive at first, but I am more wary now."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300755

"Found a match for your argumentative skills?"

Verne [Trickster] 300756

"I have high doubts of that here, but if you will see their technique in battle… swift and practical, not a single bit of effort wasted. Which reminds me, I will need proper gear for tomorrow. My uniform would hardly fit a battlefield."

I actually wanted to pick up gear in Rockeye too

DM 300757

[Ironstriker the Bloodied, Master of Duels, Ten Time Arena Champion, unbreakable, unstoppable, uncalmable.
-Defended title as Arena Master ten times in a row
-Undefeated in duels
-His temper alone ended an invasion from Stormheart twice
-Fell to old age, died of illness.]
"These are some of our rather junior warriors, yes. Though they already have years of experience. However, if you want to see something more impressive, you should come observe the Elite Cadets some day."
"You catch on quick~"
What gear?

Venia [Battlemage] 300758

"Years of experience… At what age does Eaglecrest usually start training its warriors?"

Verne [Trickster] 300759

Some armour suited for traveling and expeditions Verne decides to get after the run in with changelings at Master's altar, and maybe a better dagger of any kind.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300760

Can I find anyone training with a bow around here?
"Got any favorites?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 300761

Hmm… that's not very Paladinlike…

Verne [Trickster] 300763

Also only the dagger might need a mechanical effect of some sort, and even then it can just be something minor. Just makes more sense for Verne to be more armed than usual right now.

DM 300766

Yes indeed.
There is a pony with a blue sash on his uniform training with what you assume is a Volley Bow. It has five arrow loaded at once, and he is aiming at five separate targets
Perhaps the definition of a paladin changes from place to place…
"Ten or so, for the basics."
You may get a single bound spell, or +1 to attack rolls

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300767

Go near him and watch him train.
Once he's done, speak up.
"Is that the bow Whiteshadow invented?"

DM 300768

"Indeed. The Volley Bow, or Harp Bow. A rare weapon, mastered by few."

Venia [Battlemage] 300769

"Usually before they get their cutie marks then? How interesting…"
Keep watching them fight for a while longer and then timeskip ahead to the evening now to talk with Frosty

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300770

How many targets did he hit?
"Looks impressive. Must take years of practice."

DM 300771

"Indeed. I've used it for four years now, and am still far from mastering it."
WARPOMF, welcome to the evening
"So, how did you enjoy the place?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300772

"Might I try?"

Verne [Trickster] 300773

I'll take the +1 because the only other spell I want right now is transfix

Venia [Battlemage] 300774

"It's very impressive! These ponies really are the warriors of the north! Their battle techniques are astounding from what I've seen on the training grounds."

DM 300776

"If you wish. Now take care, holding all five strings can be very hard."
Roll 5d10 to see how well it goes
You now have a +1 dagger, courtesy of Narpa of Ironfoe
"Indeed. So perhaps now you understand why I wanted to come here before Timberjaw."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300777

Line up the sight…

Roll #1 7, 7, 9, 7, 1 = 31

Venia [Battlemage] 300778

"Well, if you wanted a highly trained band of warriors behind you to make yourself appear stronger then yes, I do see why."

DM 300780

He raises an eyebrow
"Remarkable. Even if you did drop the bow, you still managed a proper hit, and fired all the other arrows nicely. I'm impressed. What's your name?"
"I need them as siegebreakers."

Venia [Battlemage] 300781

I cock an eyebrow
"… siegebreakers? As in using them for a siege? You're… planning to besiege Timberjaw?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300782

"Swansong. Pumpkin Swansong. I'm following the High King."
Hoof him back the bow.
"Got interested in bows lately. Really a remarkable kind of weapons."

DM 300783

"No. It is already under siege. By it's own citizens.
They are at war with themselves, those who support the expansion-minded king Craghoof, and those who oppose him in the name of preserving their own culture."
"Often overlooked, I'd say. Seen as a support weapon, or a coward's choice of arms."

Venia [Battlemage] 300784

I blink
"Okay… how about we discuss this some other time?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300785

"I've heard that word a lot."
"Warriors too foolish to understand that what they call cowardice might be the difference between life and death."
Look at the bow, then back at him.
"I'm sorry, I kinda got lost there. Your name?"

DM 300786

"Fine by me.
I just felt like telling you, so you know my reasons."
"Fleetflight. Elite Cadet trainee."

Venia [Battlemage] 300787

"We'll talk more of it once we're finished here."
Put a hoof on his shoulder
"How are you holding up Frostmourn?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300788

"You in the guards then? Won't your superior get mad at you for wasting time? Should I just let you be?"

DM 300789

"…just seeing that mountain of a pony put the fear of death in me. He is even bigger than Raging Storm… and he took all of this as one big joke. A fun little distraction…"
"I'm training to be one of the Elites of the army. And as an Elite Cadet, I am expected to know how to manage my own time.
…which means that yes, I should probably go back to training."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300790

"Well, I could help… What do you say of using a moving target?"
Smirk again.

Venia [Battlemage] 300791

I think it's time for a hug.
"Hey now, that's not the Frostmourn I know!"

DM 300792

"Where would you prefer I hit you?"
"I don't think it's the one I know either.
…but what are long reaching plans and a sharp mind when faced with THAT?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300793

Take a normal bow, a few arrows and fly back.
"Actually, I'd prefer you hit me.
Best of five?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300794

Yup, give him a hug
"Hey, size doesn't always matter. It's true that you're smaller but… that doesn't decide anything at all. You're a quick thinker, Frostmourn. That's the stuff that will save your life in battle."

DM 300795

"Hm. Well, if you say so. It is only polite to amuse a guest.
"If only I was also quick on my feet. This armour, as nice as it is, is not exactly nimble. And the worst part is…
…I really don't want to meet him for any social talks either. I think he can sense my fear…"

Roll #1 6, 6, 4, 1, 6 = 23

Venia [Battlemage] 300796

"… Do you want me to come along so I can be at your side during these talks? Would that make you feel better?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300797

Only 8+ counts as hit, right?
Too easy.
Draw my bow from behind him. Release the arrow.

Roll #1 1 - 1 = 0

DM 300799

I was expecting 5 dodge rolls
not that it matters after a 0
As your bow flies past hie ear he turns around and draws all five arrows at you point blank
"Shall we call it at that?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300800

"Yeah, you got me, whoops!"
Sit down.
"Frankly, I wasn't expecting you to be that good. Are all warriors around here like that?"

DM 300804

"Among the Elite, only the best can be accepted. Like most, I am the youngest of my siblings, the training methods of my parents honed on you elder brothers and sisters, so that I got the best possible right from childhood.
And as I like to push myself to my limits and beyond, I picked up the unappreciated art of archery, and the rarely used Harp Bow."

Venia [Battlemage] 300805


Go to sleep

DM 300806

"I really… really don't know. But it might be worth a try."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300809

Smile at him.
"I really like you. We have more in common than you might think."
Get back up.
"I'll be around for the next few days. Will have to take part in the games. Where can I find you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300811

I smile at him
"Then we'll do it like that."
I sit down somewhere comfy and motion him to do the same
"Now. How are you feeling physically? Nervosity can take its toll on the body as well after all."

DM 300813

"The games? Oh my. Make us proud out there, that's a real proving ground.
As for me, well, I live, eat, sleep and train here. So if you see me elsewhere, kill me because that's someone in a very good disguise."
"I think I need another bath to calm me… Maybe a massage.
So long as I don't strain myself in the next two days… my body should be ready."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300814

"Well that's harsh, wouldn't you want to know why somepony would disguise as you?
I know if it happened to me I'd be curious!"
Look around.
Aren't we in the training grounds?
Where the hell does he sleep?

Venia [Battlemage] 300816

Wait a minute, wasn't Sunrise going to come along?
"Good, good. I wonder if it would be possible to see Ebonreth in battle before the duel. It might be hoofy to see his combat style for ourselves."

DM 300821

There are several barracks around here for the trainees.
"Pardon me. It was meant as a joke.
I really do need to stop making those. They don't reflect well on my status.
…old habits just die hard."
Yes, reluctantly. But she did not want to miss what could be their last days together.
"I doubt it. Unless…
…unless we can get Raging Storm to provoke him into a duel."

Venia [Battlemage] 300822

My eyes widen
"But… is that smart?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300824

"Hey, relax. I was joking too. Happened to me once, to fight somepony disguised as someone else. He didn't last long, that's where I understood he was the fake one."
Tap on my eye.
"No way that's going to happen again!"
"I'm just a stranger you know, nothing to demonstate. You can be as informal as you want.
For all you know I could be an old orphan walking around from castle to castle begging for food!"

DM 300825

"Not really.
But then, there might be merit to getting them to fight.
On one hoof, if Raging wins, it will be easier for me to appoint him as Viceroy.
On the other, if he loses… well… knowing him he will die before giving up. But what greater foe to die against than Ebonreth?"

Venia [Battlemage] 300829

Go to bed right now. I'm not even responding, see?

DM 300830

"You have a certain air to you. A warrior is supposed to know his opponent even at a glance. And I have had far more. You are clearly someone with skill and ambition, but little formal training. My guess would be you are some pampered noble of Wintersgrasp or Ironfoe, who picked up a weapon as a hobby and accidentally got decent with it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300831

"Urgh, you wound me! But if that's the story you want to believe, sure, looks cool.
Noble Swansong.
Damn that could have worked out well when I was a kid. Imagine the mares."
Go to sleep.

DM 300832

"Mares are not objects to be hoarded. They are just as capable as we are in a fight.
Remember that, Swansong."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 300833

"Oh, that's something I know well."
Smile slightly.
"Look behind you."
Point him at Peaches.
"She's saved my life so many times I can't count them anymore."

DM 301737

Something something eaglecrest

Venia [Battlemage] 301740

"But… but…"
I sigh, biting my lower lip sadly
"… I guess this really would be Raging's choice… not mine."

Verne [Trickster] 301741

Continue to look at their training grounds.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301742

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301743

Check out the training grounds.
How much time till the tournament starts?

DM 301744

"Still, you have your right to speak your mind about it."
Looks like Radiant is here too
"Frankly, I'm not too surprised. Good to meet you too."
Peaces nods politely
Until next session
Looks like a lot of young ponies are training here
The Training Grounds are the warrior academy of Eaglecrest. An age old keep decorated with banners of new and old warrior clans, with small barracks around it to house the numerous recruits.
The centerpiece is the titular Training Ground, a set of obstacle courses, fighting pits, training dummies and other equipment, far outshining anything in Wintersgrasp.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301745

I guess there is no place where I could try something out on a training dummy without everyone seeing it?

Verne [Trickster] 301746

"Come, Venus, perhaps we could speak with one of their instructors as guests."

Go and see.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301747

"I'm not that terrible! But I guess we'll have to wait the games to find out."

Venia [Battlemage] 301749

"Well he did say he wanted to die a warrior's death…"
I sigh
"I'm really not eligible to decide on this. I mean Raging was a good friend of Mom… He was there for her when she passed away. If he wants to die in battle then who am I to stop him?"

DM 301751

not really. But you could ask the instructors.
Several are scattered around the area.
One of them greets you
"Good day. What business have you? Come to train?"
"I'm not saying you're terrible. I'm saying she looks like she has had more experience."
"Well, how do you feel about it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 301754

"I feel terrible of course! Raging is still a friend to me, I've known him for nearly twenty years! Still, that doesn't grant me any right to tell him what he should do. If this is important to him…"

Verne [Trickster] 301755

"Thank you for the offer, but perhaps not presently. I am Verne of Wintergrasp, advisor to High King Frostmourn, and here is my personal guard, Venus Wings. I have come to view your training with you, and perhaps ask some questions on your philosophies."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301757

Smile at Peach.
"She has seen a lot, that's for sure. Didn't flinch even when we faced a dragon."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301758

Find an instructor.
"Excuse me, my name is Radiant Dawn, and I am one of the fighters from Wintergrasp. Do you have any place where I could try out a new move without everypony seeing it? Not that it is that much of a secret, but still, I would not like to fight with all my techniques revealed."

DM 301759

"perhaps you should talk to him then?"
"Ah yes, the challenger king's aide. Welcome. And feel free to ask anything."
"A dragon? Most impressive. Do tell me more."
He focuses on shooting more targets as he listens
"Hm… a little unorthodox, but very well. We have an unused combat ring over here. You can train there."
He takes you to the sidelines

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301760

"Thank you very much."
Nod at him with a smile.

Once I am ready, cast Wings of Light.
Try to make them a bit longer than usual.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Verne [Trickster] 301762

"Thank you. First of, I must ask, what is the purpose of your nation devoted so much to martial prowess? How did such a thing come about, and for what reason? Was it to defend against constant invasions? Why does it continue now?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301765

"Big thing. It had grown too much from centuries of hoarding, we had to strike it down. Turns out the thing even had a necromantic parasite inside.
That's when things turned weird."

DM 301773

They burst out like a wave of agonizing rage.
Their empty void mirrors your lost heart.
They reach at the heavens, drawing lots of attention to you.
"We have not really seen peace in our history. Old King Eaglecrest had a long standing grudge with the Griffons of Stormheart, and that war has lasted to this day. Mostly territory struggles.
Then, neither Rockeye nor Wintersgrasp have been any easier to deal with."
"Necromancy? My my. A foul art if I ever knew one. The dead deserve better."

Verne [Trickster] 301775

"Ah. Surrounded by foes, necessitating warriors. Have your people not considered another way, however? Wars are not won, let alone resolved, by might alone. In a battle, superior knowledge could easily turn a tide, and out of battle, there are many actions one could take to control their situation. Why only warriors?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301776

"Best part? The thing was still alive. Some strange fusion of unholy magic.
But that was a glorious night.
Took on a necromancer, a dragon and a magical abomination.
If only all my days could be so entertaining."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301778

Okay, take a deep breath, this pain just a hardship on my path towards finding the meaning of my life.
Ignore the looks.
Try something new.
Don't try to fly, stay on the ground, and try to grab a leg of the target dummy with my wings.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 301780

I nod
"I guess… I'll talk to him tomorrow, alright?"

DM 301783

"Because it is tradition. We exist to protect our nation, in the form it was created in. If our lands are taken, we will retake them. If our lands are threatened, we will defend them."
He lowers the bow
"I'm having trouble believing a word of that."
Your wings lash out at the target, wildly slashing and grasping at it, and those nearby.
…want to talk about something else with me?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301785

"Peach, tell him. If you can, omit how you almost died in my hooves."

Venia [Battlemage] 301790

I put a hoof on his head
"I'm here for you if you want to talk, Frostmourn. Unless you'd rather spend time with Sunrise, which I'd understand."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301791

Look around sheepishly.

Try again!
At the target dummy!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Verne [Trickster] 301792

"Yet, there are other ways in which to defend and reclaim, in ways far more efficient. Your people insist on martial might over all? What of assistants to such might, like the workings of magic in synchronization with your martial might?"

DM 301801

Peaches gives a short version of the events of the Underkingdom
Fleetflight whistles
"By the greatest of our champions! That is quite something!"
You manage to entangle the target dummy!
"Magic is the tool of weaklings and cowards. So it has been in our culture since times immemorial."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301802

Now comes the moment of truth.
Can I do damage to it?
Like tripping it?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 301803

DM 301804

"…I could use a little reassurance."
The wings just pass though it.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301805

"I just hope not to make a fool of myself in the games. My weapon of choice are the daggers, but I'm trying to learn the bow as a… Family tradition.
But no matter how I do it, I just feel like I'm using it wrong."
Take a bow and try to hit a target again.

Roll #1 10 - 1 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 301806

I think for a moment
"Reassurance in liquid form?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301807

So much for that idea.
Call them back.
Non painfully, if at all possible.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Verne [Trickster] 301808

"I see. How fitting it is that your culture has not moved on from a time immemorial, then."

DM 301810

A nice bullseye
"Well, nothing wrong with that shot."
"Well, I was hoping for comforting words and a little closeness, but I suppose a little drink won't hurt."
A little sting, but nothing much
"So what was that all about?"
"Do you seek to mock us, paper pusher?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301811

"I just tried to see if I could use them as a whip of some sorts. To gain some space, apart from from flying away, that is. Why?"

Venia [Battlemage] 301812

Put a hoof around his neck and pull him closer
"Come on Frostmourn, you're not standing on your own here! You're surrounded and backed up by plenty of friends who would risk their lives to protect you."

DM 301813

"Never seen things like those before."
"I know…
…but when I stand on that arena, the price of helping me will be facing the entire nation turning against us."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301814

"Still not enough. You dropped me in a matter of seconds after all."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301815

I chuckle.
"They shouldn't be looking like that in the first place. I am looking for a Purpose in my life to once again fill them with Light."

Venia [Battlemage] 301816

"But there wont be any need of our help! You'll manage to pull through this on your own, I just know it."

Verne [Trickster] 301817

"Ah. It was an observation that fit the circumstances. Such behaviour befits the world of your time immemorial, though I must wonder how it has served you in recent years. Stormheart still lives well, after all."

Going to bed now, maybe you could post a reply

DM 301820

"Throwing the bow at one's opponent is rarely a wise idea."
"Sounds like some hardflank crap to me. What do you intend to find here?"
"I have every reason to hope so.
"As do we. And unlike them, we are not on the verge of civil war."

Venia [Battlemage] 301822

I smile and pull him into a comforting hug '1d10+2'
"Of course."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301825

I roll my eyes at his 'crap' comment.
"I do not yet know. I am just here because King Frostmourn asked me to be one of his champions. Maybe I will find what I'm seeking here, maybe I won't."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301826

"Works with daggers! But I'll keep that in mind."
Turn to Peaches and Fleetflight.
"You two hungry?"

DM 301827

He breathes in deep
"…I feel ready."
"Ah, here to fight then?
Mind showing us your skills, hm?"
Peaches nods
Fleetflight looks to the sky
"it is not time for that yet"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301828

"If you want me to. I haven't been in a real battle since a while, so I don't know whether I got rusty or not."

Venia [Battlemage] 301829

I pat his back
"That's what I like to hear."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301830

"Wouldn't want to mess around with your training schedule.
When do you take your break?"

DM 301831

"Well, lets hope the dummy goes easy on you then!"
"Yes. I cannot allow fear to take hold. That gives him an edge. No. I must be fearless."
"In a few hours. I will be eating at barrack three."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301832

"A shame. I had hoped you could show me around, but I understand how training would take priority."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301833

I chuckle.
"Oh, you meant like that! I thought one of you wanted to fight me. Please pardon me if I don't know all your traditions."

Okay, get my hammer ready.

DM 301834

"Glad to see you understand that much. An Elite has little free time."
"Well, if you want, sure, I'll go for a spin. But lets see how good you are first."

Venia [Battlemage] 301836

Break off the hug after a while.
"Now. Take that bath you talked about. Relax a bit and clear up your mind for the upcoming days, alright?"

DM 301837

"Yeah. I'll do that.
Just gotta go get Sunrise first~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301838

"Okay. Here goes…"

Power Attack on the dummy.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 301839

I chuckle
"You do that. Spend some time with your mare."
I look at him with a smile for a while before nodding at him once and taking my leave.
No battles this session I guess?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301840

"I've had days like that myself. My job right now leaves me much more freedom, thou.
I'm sure it could interest you. But perhaps we should talk about this later.
Or after the games altogether."
Give my greetings and leave for the market district.
"So Peach, had any second thoughts about using weapons?"

DM 301841

A decently powerful hit, splintering the wood of the dummy
"Hm, not bad. Want another or shall we begin?"
No. I want to sleep tonight.
"Not really?
I thought you didn't really like my hoof to hoof skills?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301843

"We shall. Right here right now? And do excuse me if I hurt you. I will not mean it."

Venia [Battlemage] 301844

Well crap, I'll go find Radiant then

DM 301846

"I've had my share of broken bones. Let's do this."
he hops into the training pit and one of the others tosses him a hammer
"Come at me!"
Looks like she has gotten into a fight at the training grounds.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301848

"I don't like to be on the receiving end, but your hoof combat is effective to say the least."
Mill about the market.
"If you ever want to try a weapon, this is the place."

Venia [Battlemage] 301849

Let's observe that then. Should be interesting to see her fight.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301851

Hop in the training pit after him, activate Divine Protection and then charge with a swing!

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 301855

"Well, partner, do you have any ideas or something?"
He blocks your attack and smacks you in the jaw with the back of his hammer
"Good to see you can at least take a hit. But can you take this?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301858

Well, don't wait for what he has to show, cleave his legs out of under him.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301860

"Daggers and hidden blades seem to be off the table seeing how you cut yourself with them last time.
And I'd like you to be as far from battle as possible."
Eh. How ironic.
"What about bows? I mean, there's one that looks just like an arp!"

DM 301862

You beat him to the hit, sending him tumbling
"Not bad! Ready for more?"
"…are you trying to make me into your mother or something?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301863


Circle around him while activating Bolster on myself.

DM 301864


Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301865

Wince at the idea.
"Tartarus no. That's some messed up stuff right there.
And your face is too pretty for the scars."
Look for a weapon vendor. A smith or something.

Roll #1 9 = 9


Might as well explore a bit if the duels aren't for a while. Anything interesting at the market?

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 301869

Well aren't you in luck. Weapons are more abundant here than food courts. Pick anything you want.
Pumpkin and peaches are out shopping for weapons.
Looks like weapons and armour are the name of the game here overall.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301870

Empower Weapon, swing my weapon in an upward swing as he charges.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301871


Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301875

Do guns exist already?
Throw weapons?

Kilana [deathsinger] 301883

Such things are not really for me, but I guess I could get a better dagger or something.
"Hey Pumpkin! You having fun looking at gear?" I smile and put my tattoo'd leg forward a bit. "Notice anything different?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301886

"Actually I'm grinding my mind to find something for Pea-
Whoa zigga what's that?"
Stare at the ink.

DM 301888

You send him flying.
He rubs his chin a little as he gets up
"Damn nice! Two to you!"
Guns will be invented in about 600 years, during Ironhide
Thrown weapons do exist.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 301891

"Good going Radiant!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301892

"Let's make that a three to me, shall we?"

Swing my hammer in a wide arch from the right side.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301894

Bolas I say! Or claws! She's an expert in hoof to hoof after all!
"How do you like the idea of claws, Peach?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 301895

"Its a catalyst tattoo. Now I'll never be without one."

DM 301898

Your strike sends him flying out of the entire pit
The soldiers around you gasp, then begin cheering
"What a show!"
"What a mare!"
She kicks out at the air, then gives you a questioning look

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301902

"That's genius! I'd get one too, but there are not many spells I can use.
Can I?"
Try to take a look at the hoof more closely.
"Would have helped back when Lady Radiant took us as slaves!"
"Claws. Imagine that hoofwork of yours with a damn claw on the end. Scary if you ask me."
Brb food.

Kilana [deathsinger] 301904

I laugh a bit. "Seems that Pumpkin thinks you're a cat now."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301906

I lower my weapon.
"Want to continue or shall we call it a day?"

DM 301910

"Try not to piss me off then…"
She gives you an evil smirk
He gets up
"Three falls is the usual rule. I feel honored to have faced one as mighty as you!
Care for dinner later?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301914

I put away my hammer, then get out of the pit.
"That settles it then. You did well too, don't worry! And I don't really know the place, but I guess you could show me where the good food is!"

Now turn to Venia
"Oh, hello Venia!"

Venia [Battlemage] 301918

"Nicely fought Radiant. I'm impressed."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301919

"As long as you have faith in the Sun…"

I chuckle.
"Years of experience help, too."

DM 301920

He nods, smiles and leaves to clean himself up

Venia [Battlemage] 301923

"Say, I was thinking about the tournament. Will you join us in a Team Battle?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301929

"I was meaning to ask that too! I would be up for the two of us facing whatever champions will be our opposition!"

Venia [Battlemage] 301931

"Actually, I believe it would be more than just the two of us. Pumpkin, Verne and Peaches would fight alongside us too."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301933

"Now, asking all the right questions, uh?"
Smile from her to Peach.
"Your loss you know~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301937

"Oh. I am up for that as well. And my idea?"
I give her a nudge in the sides with a smile.
"That wouldn't be too much fighting for you, would it?"

DM 301939

"What, you saying I don't know how to aim or something?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 301942

"Yeah, that's part of why I got it. Pretty scary for a caster to be without a catalyst."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301947

"I'm saying you'd regret hurting me too much. After all, today we are alone."

Venia [Battlemage] 301948

"Just the two of us? Why not, sounds fun!"

DM 301949

"Oh I know when to stop.
Wouldn't want to ruin my own partner would I~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301951

Give her a poke with my hindleg and grin.
"So, you okay with those?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301952

"Good! I'm looking forward to it! Now, I wanted to find Celaire so I could tell him I got an invitation for dinner. Want to come too?"

DM 301953

"I will try to get used to them…
It might get a little messy though."

Venia [Battlemage] 301955

"You sure? I wouldn't want to impose on you two spending some time together."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301958

"Not going to ask you to die for me, Peach. You don't feel safe using them, you don't use them.
There's a thousand things I still need you for.
Speaking of which."
Pull out the piece of paper I found in the orphanage.
"I think this is yours."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301960

"I don't think it would be just the two of us anyway. I was invited by the pony I just fought, remember?"

Venia [Battlemage] 301962

"Well, I suppose I can then! Count me in!"

DM 301964

She blushes and grabs it
"And you bring it up NOW!?"
She tears up a little looking at it

Kilana [deathsinger] 301967

Well.. this looks like a private moment. I'll just go somewhere else.. Maybe I'll see what Radiant is up too.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 301968

"Come on, let's find Celaire then and then meet with the stallion back here!"

Go and find Celaire!

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 301971

"Pulling it out the other day would have been… Bad, you know? And if Bearing saw it she'd have had my head."
Chuckle a bit.

DM 302007


…well not like this is news to you"
He is milling around right on the other side of this pause
She is trying to reach Celarie but can't today


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