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Northlands Thread 26 DM 309097

Still at 24.500 posts because this site thinks a thread with no posts for 24 hours is spam

Lets finish up the faffing and get to the tournament

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309106


Venia [Battlemage] 309109

I was at the traininggrounds to burn away some time and practice.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309117


DM 309134

He almost chokes on his food
"You WHAT!? HOW!?"
You may also time warp if you want to talk to someone specific.
Or ask the instructor for some equipment.
"Well, a shame. You seemed like an impressive mare indeed.
Guess we'll do away with the formalities and just get to training then eh?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309138

"Yes. Sorry again…"

I'm okay with timeskipping the training

Venia [Battlemage] 309141

I don't think I have anyone pressing to talk to. Unless my tired mind is cheating me.

Just ask the instructor for some gear

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309145

"I have a good master. Taught me well."

DM 309148

It was mutually agreeable and rather fun.
Where to next?
"Always room for one more. Need a partner or are you just looking to try moves on a dummy?"
Most would use Teacher or Instructor.
I'm beginning to think there is more to you than you let on, Swansong."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309152

Go back to our palace room to Celaire right after I'm done.

Venia [Battlemage] 309154

"I'd rather test my skills against a living person. With the upcoming tournament and all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309159

Chuckle a bit
"She hates when I call her that."
Take another bite.
"How do you feel about your place in the Elites, Fleetflight?"

DM 309163

He is sharpening his sword
"Well, how was it?"
"Oh? You're competing? Very good, very good. Will I do for an opponent?"
"It is a position of honour. A chance to be a true warrior among warriors. The best of the best."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309166

"That's not what I asked thou."
Keep eating, slowly.
"How do you feel about your job in the Elites? Is it all you dreamt it to be?"

Venia [Battlemage] 309168

"I don't see why not. First to three sound good to you?"

DM 309172

"Of course it is. What grater life could one ask for?"
"Sounds reasonable. Pick any weapon you like and meet me in the ring."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309173

Look him in the eye. Stand tall.
"What do you think happened?"

DM 309175

"Well it doesn't really take much imagination, does it? Even one not too well in the know about local habits should see he was soliciting you for sex before training."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309176

"I don't know Fleet, you tell me.
What greater life could you ask for?"

Venia [Battlemage] 309177

Let's use a hammer shall we?

Go over to the ring and stand at the ready.
"You may have the initiative. And don't you dare go easy on me because of my title."
Prepare myself to counter his attack '1d10'
Let's see how I'll fare…

Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309178

"Celaire, look me in the eye, then tell me what do you think happened and what do yout think I did."

DM 309193

"Well you have a big bruise on you so I know the training part happened at least."
"I can't think of one. Save for maybe being King."
"I would not dream of it. Don't take me for some Rosefall aristocrat too timid to break wind in the presence of his superiors."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 309198

Hah, looks like I managed to counter that just fine.
"That is good to hear at least…"
Back off slightly, then charge in for an attack of my own '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309200

Laugh heartedly at his remark.
"I can tell you, that's something you wouldn't really want. Kings are always too damn busy.
Almost lost a friend that way."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309201

I stomp.
"Celaire! Stop playing games with me, and honestly say to me what do you think I did!"

DM 309211

"To us in Eaglecrest, everypony is equal, self-sustained, and worthy. Ranks mean little outside war. Save for the King, for reasons history has taught us."
He tries to trip you
"Care to tell more?"
"I have faith in you, my sun. I doubt you agreed to it. But knowing you, you probably did not even realize what he was after until he started mounting you. You must admit you can be a little thick at times."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309214

"I take you have seen the High King arrive into town and challange your King today, right?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309215

I look down at the ground and let my mane hide my face.
"I realized when he started to undress… I'm sorry…it feels good that you trust me, and nothing happened between us, but still… I am sorry for this whole situation…"

DM 309216

Well that was a miserable failure
"My word, Queen Venia. You fight well! Let's see you defend against THIS!"
"Of course. All the Elites were there."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 309218

… and fails
"I think that is more than respectable. I'll admit that I was surprised to see just how… open the ponies of Eaglecrest are. That is extremely admirable. And being treated as a pony for once instead of a Queen is a welcome change of pace too."

Venia [Battlemage] 309219

Counter that! '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309223

"He's an awnfully busy pony. Always with his mind on some great plan to save the north.
Takes more than a few good bottles to get him to open up.
Inside, I think he really is just too damn sad.
Short story, you don't want to be king.
I damn sure wouldn't."

DM 309247

"Well, I don't blame you for anything. You are your own pony, and I can't decide things for you."
And with an echoing swing you send him flying out of the arena.
A few of the other combatants clap.
"Wait wait wait, hold up.
…you're personal friends with the High King?"

Venia [Battlemage] 309251

Oh dear! Go check up on him!

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309254

Walk up to him and nuzzle him.
"I would never cheat on you, Celaire…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309258

"With the High King? Nah. With the pony behind the title? Since we were kids."

DM 309278

He rubs his jaw and spits out a tooth
"HA! Good show! QUEEN VENIA OF WINTERSGRASP, EVERYONE! Give her a cheer!"
The others cheer for you
He gets up and shakes you hoof
"I always knew Wintersgrasp had more to it than farms and politicians. After all, yours is the nation that bred Raging Storm himself!"
he smiles and nuzzles back
"And that makes me very happy indeed"
"Well well that is quite something.
Care for a little wager, in that case?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309287

"All ears."


Use Heal on him
"Ahem… right. Well fought on your part! It's always nice to fight a friendly spar with skilled fighters."

Roll #0 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309295

"Sorry again for making you upset… I wish I could magically become a more clever pony, but I don't think I can."

DM 309340

"Who do you think will win the King's Challenge?"
"Don't mind the tooth, it's fake anyway. I've lost most of my real ones long ago. Occupational hazard for an instructor."
"We all have our vices and virtues. What matters is that we keep the virtues more prominent…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309347

Cuddle a bit closer.
"What do you think are my virtues, Celaire?"

Venia [Battlemage] 309349

"Ah. I suppose that would be inevitable when you fight so often. Will you be fighting in the tournament as well? No doubt you will."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309350

"Now, I would not be the best of guests if I were to openly speak my mind, I fear."
Grin at Fleetflight.
"The High King has a mission, a reason. That alone can move mountains."

DM 309374

"Diligence. Honesty. Loyalty. Spirit…"
He pokes your chest
"And heart."
"Me? Oh great champions no. I'm an instructor, not an arena fighter. That place is reserved for the extraordinarily skilled."
"And King Ebonreth has broken mountains.
You seem quite sure of yourself. I'd imagine you'd be up for quite a bet on this."

Venia [Battlemage] 309383

"Oh, that's too bad. Although to call me extraordinary skilled is a far stretch!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309386

"I am quire sure in my King, as I think you are in yours. Name your price."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309393

"I see… and my vices?"

DM 309419

"Well, you signed up for it, did you not? I sure hope you're ready for what awaits you. Those arena fighters can be quite exotic."
"Well, seeing as our kingdoms will merge regardless of outcome, I did always yearn for a servant squire."
"Rage. Short-sightedness. Thickness of the head. And above all"
He pokes your chest again
"Considering giving up."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309423

I nod.
"I see. There is one I think I can most easily overcome. The last one. Especially now that I cannot stop at anything unless I find my purpose."

Venia [Battlemage] 309425

"I will do my best to perform well, I assure you. I am doing this for myself above everything else."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309427

"Ahahah, that's a great one. But I just don't know what a squire does!
But what could I ever ask as counteroffer, uh? Not like I could take a young pony with a promising career in the 'elite guards' and take him as my personal assistant into the most secret organization the north has…"

DM 309446

"And I will be at your side the entire way."
"Hm? And here I thought you were here to represent Wintersgrasp in the place of your husband?
…come to think of it, I'm amazed Ironfoe is not represented."
"Sounds intriguing. What organization do you refer to?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 309448

"And I am very thankful for it…"

I'm ready to skip to the tournament

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309451

"Hey, what secret would it be if i told you? Still care to bet?"

Venia [Battlemage] 309452

"I imagine King Deep Rock is far too busy to right now. And has his priorities set with his wife at the moment."

DM 309457

"Not until I know what I'm getting into. If you feel the need to be more private, we can retire to my room."
"Still, he could have at least sent a champion.
Unless Raging Storm represents him now. I saw he had some… modifications done?"
Lets wait for the others then.

Venia [Battlemage] 309461

"Yes, he did. He had little choice really. It was that or dying a cripple in bed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309462

"Sure. I think it'd be for the best."
Leave and rejoin him in his room.

DM 309464

"Very well. Now. Talk."
"Oh my. That would have been a poor fate indeed for a legend such as he.
Tell me, are his new limbs the work of that golemcrafter?"

Venia [Battlemage] 309467

"Indeed they are! It's unbelievable what that stallion can do!"
I'm also ready for the skip by the way

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309470

"You asked me how I could take on a fully trained lordblade alone.
The answer is simple. Wintergrasp was ready.
Since years we have known of their existance and of their mission.
These lordblades are the vanguard to the invasion of the north.
And to protect the north, we arise."

DM 309479

"I don't like the implications here. Out with it, Swansong."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309487

"I'm here to recruit you into the northblades."

DM 309494

"From honorable elite warrior to a spineless shadow.
That's… quite a bet."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309499

"Hey, I could take offense in that, you know?"

DM 309510

"Then stop being such a dainty noble and do something about it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309516

"Trying to pick a fight? Want to test me, see if it's real I am all I'm telling you?
Or just scared to lose your comfort zone once you leave the Elites?
Afraid you won't be able to do what it's needed to serve the greater good?"

DM 309524

"Serving the greater good? What a delightfully transparent disguise for the murder and torture Lordblades revel in.
And yes. I'm not buying a word of you. You seem like some self-important blowhard who needs to come up with increasingly unlikely stories to inflate his own ego on a daily basis."
he keeps an entirely flat tone

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309532

"Completely understendable. I guess we will see how good I am at the tournament, no?"

DM 309538

"Perhaps indeed.
And to make things fair, I believe I will ask to face you there."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309544

"That… You sure about it? Damn, my genial plan to use a bow, foiled!"
Give him a smirk.

DM 309557

"If your previous display is anything to go by you won't even manage to fire a single shot."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309562

"But I'm really trying to learn, you know? It's such an elegant weapon…"

DM 309572

"That it is. But you already know my stance on it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309588

"Look about that… You don't have to bet if you don't want to. This is not a job for everypony. I just think your talents would be better used somewhere else.
But yeah, you should not get into it if you don't believe it's the solution.
There are thousand of warriors shouting how they will change the world from the frontlines, you are still free to be one of them."

DM 309596

"You seem to belittle my goals in life, Swansong."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309606

"See, my reason to fight is not to show how good I am to everypony.
My goal in life is just to protect my loved ones, no matter what it takes.
So yeah, excuse me if the idea of fighting to the fight's end is not too appealing to me."

DM 309611

"I never expected we could truly see eye to eye.
You see no reason to fight, and so you do not fight. You kill. You harm and maim and murder if it pleases you, but you never fight. You don't understand what it is to be a fighter. A warrior. A pony of honour."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309616

"Wha- ah. That's really taking a lot out of my words.
How much do you believe and how much do you assume, Fleetflight?
I've been trained by one of the greatest fighters and most devout ponies of honor I've ever met.
There is more to me than a shadow. We are all ponies after all."

DM 309625

"Assassins are not ponies. They are mindless blades to be swung around by their paymasters."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309630

Give him a long, sad look.
"Mindless, that would be nice.
Not feeling the weight of every action I did.
Care to listen to one more story, or would that too be just me trying to boast my ego telling lies?"

DM 309631

"So long as you have even some proof of your words, speak at will."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309643

"Proof? A dozen kids' graves back in Wintergrasp."
Sit somewhere.
"I was not born a noble, Fleetflight.
I was a orphan. And just a weel ago, my old orphanage burnt down. The matron had left the kids alone."
Look over to Peaches.
"We buried them. One by one. And then, we went after the matron. Thing is, she was trying to kill herself. She begged me to end her life.
What would a mindless blade have done, in front of that offer?"

DM 309656

"Checked the orders he was given by his master, most likely."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309664

"See, this is the problem with ponies.
They don't have orders. They don't have masters.
So look at me Fleetflight and answer. What has this pony done?"

DM 309670

"I suspect you lacked the guts to do it. When it came down to the wire, with no excuse to hide behind and given a moment to think twice, you lost your spine and ran away."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309678

Clop my hooves slowly.
"Yes Fleetflight. I did not kill her. I did not give her the blade she begged for, and instead ordered her to live her life as best as she could to make up for the lives she had taken, even if in an accident.
So you can see, I'm much more pony than blade. Killing is not something I do with a light heart."

DM 309686

"Point taken.
…point taken.
I'm sorry for your loss."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309698

Nod at him.
"Hope to see you at the tournament then. I'll be practicing my bow for the time being."
Leave and be ready for the cold embrace of hiatus.

DM 309703

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I just hope there is a next time…

Venia [Battlemage] 309708

There will be.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 309709

Fuck you, I love this quest.

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