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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 3 DM 376743[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story of a young king who stared into the eyes of death and saw what he needed to.
His friends grow more numerous each day. And his allies strengthen in turn.
The tournament will soon enter its climax. Just a little longer.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376745

"I don't think you want me to hold back either if we fight?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376746


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376747

"Any rules you have? I think you know mine."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376748

I nod slowly
"No sneak attacks. I understand."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376749

"So nothing by you?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376750

"No. I am ready. Thank you for wanting to fight me, Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376752

"How could I refuse a friend?"
Smile slightly.
"I heard that fighting is a from of bonding in this region anyway."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376753

"… Bonding?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376754

"Uh… getting to be better friends. When ponies spend a lot of time with each other and bond… that 's how strangers become friends, and friends become best friends… if that makes sense."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376755

I consider this for a moment, then nod.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376756

"Let's head down to the arena then?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376757

"Yes. Let us."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376759

And then we went to the arena and wait for the current match to end.
Let's wait for DM until we start

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376768

And I suppose I'll watch the fight from the viewing area, with everyone else.

DM 376773

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So who needed what?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376776

We were waiting for a fight.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376777

Fleetflight is a silly plotline pointless to pursue, right?

DM 376782

You can get him as a Northblade if you beat him, and that means your Northblades gain influence over the Eaglecrest Elite.


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376783

Rolling for initiate.

Roll #1 8 = 8



Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376788

But now all I can do is spam Vanish and Backstab and I was already worried about this fight before the hiatus and I dunno why but it really puts pressure on me.
Let's get it going then.
"What's the best way to show off for the crowd?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376790

Far range
Nature Elemental: Earth

DM 376792

"Be loud
Spill blood
And add just a little flair to your moves.
Oh, and don't try any disappearing acts or hiding. They hate what they can't see."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376797

Two can play that game.
Start circling around her and Bolster myself.

DM 376800

Radiant 6, bolstered
Sunny 7, +1 to melee
Range: Far


Now, let's move in closer.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376804

"Just what I told her.
Good thing I'm no mage."
Check my bow a little.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376805

Charge at her as she get closer.

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 376807

That's a bow.
They want a show of skill at arm, not a dance or fireworks."
Sunny times her rush well, making Radiant miss her strike
Radiant 6, bolstered
Sunny 7, +1 to melee
Range: Near


Now strike her! Strike her hard!

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376809

Empower Weapon, counter it!

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376811

I will make her proud.
"Want to take a look at the current fight before we start?"

DM 376813

Sparks fly
Stone chips fly
Holy particles fly
Radiant 6, bolstered
Sunny 7, +1 to melee (1 turn left in Earth form)
The night is growing dark, so I think ours might be the last match of this day."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376817

Spin around and try to smash her legs out from under her.

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376819

"Now that's pressure. Wouldn't want to disappoint."
"There's a contendant that's been trying to get me to act up all this time, trying to provoke me since we met.
I think he wants a 'serious' fight and is convinced I won't give one to him."


Leap in to strike again!

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376827

I'll wince at that exchange, and idly rub the dent in my armor.
She's going to feel that later…

DM 376828

Sunny's rocky exterior breaks away from the force of the impact
Radiant 6, bolstered
Sunny 3
"Why do I get the feeling you've been intentionally pushing his buttons?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376830

Turn to hear the crowd cheers from here.
"We will have a hard time living up to that…"
Turn back to Fleetflight.
"Quite the opposite actually. He's been trying to push me over the edge the whole time.
I just shut him up with the one thing I knew would send him fuming."

DM 376835

"Dare I ask?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376836

"I'm sorry!"

Give her no break though.
Keep attacking.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10


I can take pain.
But maybe a natural remedy might be in order anyway

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376839

"It's probably something he'd get very pissed at. And nothing really important, either. I dor one find it silly he gets mad at it.
Just something about his coat and all the armor he wears."

DM 376841

Radiant 6, bolstered
Sunny 5
A warrior can grow very attached to their armour. After all, in battle it is your skin. Your face. Who you are."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376846

She's really something…

Blast her!

Roll #1 3 = 3


Move in! Strike her down with my sword!

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376849

"Yeah, but he's just using it to hide what he looks like.
Kinda sad. Even moreso when you think he's been sent to follow the high king, forced to abandon his old post and the friends he had there just to meet up with a bunch of fat nobles."

DM 376852

You still have +1 of Empower Weapon left. You've only landed two hits.
Radiant 6, bolstered, no more Vanguard
Sunny 5
"You're not that fat.
Just really on the chubby side."


I look a little surprised as my attack deals no damage whatsoever, but quickly move in for another strike.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376854

well then

Go for another counter.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 376865

The commentator coughs a few times as he runs out of breath.
The explosion of your blows meeting tosses the manes of everyone in the audience, but after a little struggling Radiant forces through with sheer power and slams Sunny down
Radiant 6, bolstered
Sunny 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376866

"You flatter me. But my companion might grow jealous."
Chuckle a bit.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376868

Divine Protection.


She's so strong…
I scurry back onto my hooves and move in to strike once more.

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 376870

"Please. I've bedded better than you."
Radiant's focus breaks as she is forces to deflect the blow
Radiant stumbles, falls over then, immediate rolls back on her hooves from Bolster
Radiant 1
Sunny 3


I take a deep breath and charge in once more to strike her with all I can muster.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376873

I'm not done just yet!
Heal myself!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376874

Feign offense.
"Well my partners never complained!"

DM 376875

Sunny pushes Radiant over with a gentle nudge
"I'm sure of that. Oh. Would you look at that, the shiny paladin lost.
A pity. I liked her style."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376878

"Yeah. And the finisher from the pegasus was clumsy too. Any other situation and she would have been impaling herself on her weapon.
Shall we make way?"


Right, help lady Radiant along with Natural Remedy.
"Are you okay, Radiant?"

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

DM 376882


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376884

Try to stand up on my own.
"Are you okay, Sunny?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 376885

is my shortsword still in the arena? Astral Projection and scan the arena '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376886

NE: Life on her instead!

"Yes, Radiant. I am fine. Thank you for asking."


I drop to the floor with a whimper and try to use Natural Remedy on myself

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376888

Heal her!

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 376894

Roll for horribleness of outcome
I don't even know any more.
Make your own interpretations.
At the end of the day you both make it out of there with no permanent damage.


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376895

I guess we both get healed up and leave.
"Sunny you were… amazing. I am at a loss of words."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 376896

damn it magic! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376897

That's what matters most!
"Thank you for fighting me, Radiant."
Let's get back to the breakroom

"Thank you, Radiant. You were amazing too."
I look down.
"It was… nice."

DM 376898

It seems your projection just kinda got sidetracked and lost…

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 376900


you know

get back ON track!

to the arena! then! '1d10+3'

Roll #1 2 + 3 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376901

I'll turn to face them as they come back in, but refrain from speaking, since they're busy.


Nod, enter the arena and bow to Fleetflight.
"Let's give them a show."
Fly back with a powerful flap of my wings and draw my bow.
Aim straight at him, find a weak point.
As in, just in fluff. I'm attacking from head on.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376904

I nod.
"It was pretty intense… you caught me completely off guard that you could interrupt my shield… it cost me the match too."
I shake my head with a smile.
"You really are much more than you look like at first glance."

Godric [Dark Knight] 376906

h-here i go

Now that the fight is over, I'll get up from wherever I was sitting and go down to talk to the combatants.

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376909

"Thank you, you are too kind, Radiant. I am happy you are pleased with me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376910

I nod.
"You really deserve the praise."
I frown slightly.
"I hope I didn't hit you too hard…"

Imminent Domain [Lifebinder] 376912

Watch as Nylis spaces out.

Presumably we're still in Kilana's room.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376914

"Well, if you hit her as hard as you hit me, she should be fine after a little rest."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376915

I slowly shake my head.
"I can take some pain, Radiant. Thank you for being concerned about me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376917

"I think I might have hit her even harder…"

"You just seemed pretty pained after the match… still, I enjoyed fighting against you. You were a worthy opponent."

DM 376919

"A show it shall be then."
He calmly loads an arrow and jumps back as he fires to dodge your shot
It has been quite a ride.
Having left Stormheart to run from the political bullshit, confronting several patrols of Eaglecrest soldiers, fighting them off, and ultimately convincing them you have abandoned the ideals of Stormheart and would rather be anywhere else right now.
Still, being a griffon and all, everyone here is a little uneasy about you.
But supposedly the High King is visiting. Maybe, just maybe, he could help restore order in your homeland.

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376921

I look down in shame.
"I messed up trying to heal you. I am sorry."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376923

I chuckle.
"Don't worry about it, you were just probably worn out after the fight. I mess up healing sometimes as well."

DM 376924

His shot is an expert one, embedding an arrow in your side
"Do at least try."
he skids to a halt tosses his coat into the air and fires through the sleeve

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376925

I nod slowly.
Is King Frostmourn around?


"I'm not great at this archery thing…"
But I could always use an old trick.
Vanish to disappear and istantly reappear behind him.
If this doesn't break the rules of no-sneaky stuff.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Godric [Dark Knight] 376929

This place is more self-absorbed than I had heard. They play-fight and needle us while Stormheart tears itself to pieces like cubs fighting over prime cuts. Annexation could only improve this place, no matter what this so-called 'high king' wants.

"I could ask the same thing," I announce as I enter, throwing back my hood.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376930

"And who, exactly, would you be, Gryphon?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376931

I was asking the DM
My eyes widen and I take a step back as I see the gryphon enter.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376932

I turn to him.
"Good day to you too."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376933

I look at her.
"What's wrong?"

DM 376935

You land an arrow right in his leg, making him fall to a knee
…I'll give you that one. Now… lets get SERIOUS"
He loads up his volley bow with five arrows
He is available

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376938

I blink and quickly snap out of it.
"I was surprised, Radiant. Sorry."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376939

"No problem… I just thought you had, uh… bad memories."


Fervor too!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Godric [Dark Knight] 376942

"I am many things, black knight. For now, I keep my own consul."

Spare her a glance.

"The garish warrior himself. You have made quite a few ripples in the arena lately."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376945

I look down.
"I've never seen a gryphon in person before, Radiant. Only heard about them."

I look up again and immediately bow my head as he addresses me.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376946

I shake my head.
"I just did what I was good at. And some fame should go to Sunny here too. She won in our fight, after all."
Motion to her.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376947

"You've no need to bow your head to one who won't even give his name, Sunny."

DM 376949

Your arrow smashes through his, hitting him square in the gut.
He stumbles and coughts, before ripping the arrow out and shooting it back at you
Pumpkin 4
Fleetflight 1

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

Godric [Dark Knight] 376951

Smirk a bit.
"Humorous coming from the contender who hides his own face. Perhaps she is right to defer, hm?"

"True, she gave a valorous accounting of herself. Her defeat of you was a bit of an unexpected turn. I lost a fair bit of coin because of that little upset."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376954

"The Sun had other plans than my victory it seems. Maybe it wanted to teach you that gambling is not worth it."
Smile at him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376955

"Do not goad me, Gryphon. My mood is less than pleasant."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376956

I look back up.

I cock my head slightly but don't comment.


My same arrow?
Appear istantly right above him.
Loose one last arrow.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

DM 376962

And with an arrow to the back of the neck, he falls over silently.
The crown applauds
Fleetflight drags himself up, looking miserable and rather angry


Hardly the flashy fight we wanted.
Fly right beside him and help him up.
Escape Artist myself first if need be.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Godric [Dark Knight] 376965

"Hah! Indeed, plated one. You cannot hide all behind armor."

"There is little else to do in this blasted nation of bloodsport other than join the festivities, and I did not come here to entertain distractible ponies. I must speak with the one who would call himself the "high king."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376966

I raise an eyebrow.
"What for?"

DM 376967

"Hope you're happy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376969

"Actually, not terribly. No. Was something wrong during our battle? You were…
Let's start making our way out.

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376970

Radiant and Crescent will deal with this, it's none of my business…
Let's quietly approach the High King and hope he'll address me.

Godric [Dark Knight] 376975

"My reasons are my own. But if you must know, I wish to speak on behalf of my home."

DM 376977

He glances at his volley bow
"This weapon is worthless. And I've wasted my life on it."
"Hello my friend."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376980

"I am part of his entourage, and you could say I make sure he doesn't get hurt too, so I must know, yes. May I ask what you are hoping?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376981

I'll look at Radiant.
"Do you think this is about the unrest in the gryphon kingdom? If they're sending envoys out, it must be getting close to an overt civil war."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376984

I immediately bow.
"Your hi-… Frosty. Is there something you need of me? Can I help you with anything?"

DM 376986

"Actually, yes there is."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376987

"I think we know where to head after here."
I sigh.
"It will really be a long time until we get back to Wintergrasp."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376988

I look at him expectantly.

DM 376989

"What should I call you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 376990

"This weapon is unique and you showed me what you could do with it just yesterday.
All you need is focus to use it in battle."
Let's walk towards the break room.

Godric [Dark Knight] 376991

"I mean him no harm. If I did, I would much rather my grievances be justified in someplace other than…here."

I nod to him.
"You are more perceptive than you seem. While I cannot speak for all my country, many are concerned to see him within Eaglecrest's borders.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 376992

"Better safe than sorry."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 376993

I look a little taken aback by the question and remain silent for a moment before answering.
"Whatever you wish to call me, Frosty. Radiant named me Sunny, while Crescent calls me Prettybird. You may also address me with Seven, my number."

DM 376994

He walks along
"In battle, there is rarely time to do all the preparation and calculation needed for it. And if there is, one could do more damage in the same window of opportunity with a simpler weapon…"
"I am not friends with numbers.
What should I call you?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 376995

There's a forge here right? I think I'll head there!

Teleport! '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

DM 376997

Yes there is.
Welcome to it
"Good day. How can we help?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 376998

"Perhaps a formal audience might be in order, if King Frostmourn has the time before his match tomorrow. Or after the match, perhaps? Then he would have time to focus on it without interfering with his preparations."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 376999

"I- uh… I kinda need a new sword."
show them my empty weapon sheath
"I think I lost mine in the arena when I… uh… when I threw it"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377000

I blink a few times, then repeat my previous answer
"You may call me as you please, Frosty. Radiant calls me Sunny while Crescent calls me Prettybird."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377001

"This is when two things I know come into play."
Walking walking.
"The fervent devotion to a cause, which cleans your mind of all other worries-"
Open the door of the break room while looking at him with a grin.
"And just a bit of silence to line a shot unnoticed."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377002

"Perhaps you are right to be concerned. These are troubling times up north."

"I am willing to wait as long as it takes, but every day I am away from home is one closer to my homeland burning itself to the ground."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377007

"I'm sorry, but I don't want to trouble him any more than we should. Most of tomorrow's battle will be fought in his head with himself I'm afraid."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377011

I sit down and sigh.
"Very well. He had best live up to his reputation then."

DM 377012

"And which one do you prefer? Or would you rather be called something else?"
"A shot in the dark is as honourless as a knife to the back."
"Threw it?
Ha! That's new. Not many try it.
We got a lost and found nearby though, if you want to look there."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377014

"What is his reputation?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377016

"I don't prefer, Frosty."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377018

"Agreed. But there are enemies not worth of our honor, and there are fights where it is not our hoof the one that strikes."
Is Frosty here?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377019

"It uh… it was a shortsword. And I saw my sister throw one before so I knew it could be done."
head to the bin and look for my shortsword. use my TK to sift through them '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Godric [Dark Knight] 377024

"Word of his expansions have reached even our heights. I can't speak of others, but many in Stormheart think of him as an idealist at best. Most just dismiss him as another fool pony attempting the impossible. The fact that he has come to Eaglecrest in person has not improved things."

DM 377026

"So you dislike them both?"
He is in the break room, yes.
"A battle without honour is murder."
There are a few here.
One of them might be yours.

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377027

I slowly shake my head
"No. They are nice, Frosty. They were gifts."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377028

"He has both his wits and skills, and he is very set on his goal. I'm not good with politics… but he is."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377029

look over the ones that are here, mine wasn't all that special but it's still mine. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377030

"I wish I could disagree.
But I will do all I can to help you find confidence in your technique again."
Nod at Frosty as I enter the room.
"Can I offer you anything to drink, Fleetflight?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377031

Well, Radiant has this gryphon in hoof. I'll nod slightly to them, and split off.
Let's see… King Frostmourn is speaking with Sunny, and Pumpkin's just come back in. I suppose I'll just be unattended for a moment. Perhaps visit the snack table…

DM 377033

"That's a nice way of looking at it."
Oh, there it is.
That grip is hard to forget. It had a dent in it that felt kinda nice when held the right way.
"Just water is fine for now, thank you."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377036

smile and resheath it

then uh…. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10


Nod and pass him some water.
I'll try to mix miself some fruit drink.
No alcohol.
"So, here there is our champion.
Wanna make bets?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377038

head to the breakroom

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377039

I look down.
"Thank you. If you wish, you can gift me a name you find suitable as well. I would be honored."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377041

"Then at least he means what he says. Frankly I would like nothing more than to let you horses make friends as you do, but your actions of late are troubling. Stormheart can barely stand on its own, and now the High King Frostmourne, Shepard of the Northern Herds, is within the borders of the nation of Eaglecrest?"

Shake my head.
"It's unsettling."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377042

I shrug.
"Maybe your people could use some pony fashion friendship. We are not with an army, after all. We are not going to war. And a little diplomacy can't hurt."

DM 377046

Welcome to the place where erryone is
This drink has no alcohol.
"I'd rather not. Fortune is not on my side here."
"Then tell me what you would like to be called."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377047


go sit somewhere out of the way, and use Mind Reader on King Frostmourn '1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377048

I consider this for a moment.
"I am happy with any name given to me, Frosty."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377049

Well, since I'm at the snack area, I guess I'll grab something small, and then head over to the new arrival.
"I take it you are another of the King's companions?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377051

This drink needs alcohol.
"Believing in fate to decide the end of a battle?"
"Hey Nylis."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Godric [Dark Knight] 377052

I scoff a bit.
"Our races will never be friends, even either of us desired it. And while do not fear invasion from you, Eaglecrest has driven us into enough of a frenzy to make talks difficult at best.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377054

Venia [Battlemage] 377060

I'm here on my phone, so I'll be slow
I guess I'll walk back over to the breakroom

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377061

I frown.
"We could at least try."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377062

"You ran out after we freed Smoldering. How is he?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377064

"That is why I am here, after all. I have run out of options, and I am afraid Stormheart has as well."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377065


Venia [Battlemage] 377066

I smile as I enter the room and see him
"A new arrival again? A gryphon at that?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377070

"Right. Want a drink?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377071

Turn to meet her.

"Yes. Are you another of the King's entourage?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377073

"I'm glad at least some of you consider peace an option."

Venia [Battlemage] 377075

I nod.
"I am indeed. I am queen Venia of Wintergrasp. And you must be from Stormheart!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377077

"Uh.. n-no thanks"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377081


Who is in the break room?

Godric [Dark Knight] 377083

"Two royals? On a personal visit?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377085

I'll nod slightly.
"Are you one of the King's entourage as well?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377087

Venia [Battlemage] 377088

I chuckle
"I am here mostly for the tournament, as well as to provide support for the the high king. My husband reigns over Wintergrasp alone while I am absent."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377090

"How are you called? I am Waxing Crescent."

DM 377091

If only she'd just tell me a name.
I should spend some time with everyone. Just in case I fail tomorrow.
I wish Sunrise can forgive me for being so distant.
The Dark Academy will be a great asset for me.
Can i afford to hunt slavers when time is so short…?

"I cannot accept that as an answer I'm afraid.
Think. What would you like to be called? What kind of gift should I give you?"
The drink now also has alcohol
"All I believe in is my own skill. And that did me little good today."
Everyone I think.
Unless Radiant and Godric aren't

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377092

We are

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377095

"uh.. I- I'm… Nylis."
tilt my head and ponder for a moment.. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377096

I think hard for a moment, but eventually shake my head.
"I don't know, Frosty… Help?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377097

"I didn't expect pony royalty to bother with such things. Frostmourne's alliances must be stronger than I had assumed…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377099

yea.. when my recharge is finished then use Mind Reader on >>377096 and scour what she likes most, or what she to the best '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 377100

"Well, what do you like about yourself?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377104

I'll nod.
"It is a pleasure to meet you, Lady Nylis."
I'll think for a moment.
"Was yours the battle with the fire user earlier?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377107

shift a little uncomfortably
"U-uh…y-yea, I was."

DM 377108

If you are in the break room with the others, the king is just across the room

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377110

"They failed you once. Then you train some more and make up for it. Or you could apply your bow technique to something else."
Stand up.
"May I bother for a second?
Pumpkin Swansong, friend of the king."
Offer my hoof.

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377112

I like to serve master in any way he wishes me to.
I like gaining approval from master.
I like compliments from master.
I like fighting for master's pleasure.
I like gardening.
I like earth magic.
I like herbalism.

I stare at him blankly for a moment.
"I like to serve, Frosty."

Venia [Battlemage] 377113

"He's done very well for himself, I must say. And please, I am no administrator like my husband is. I would much rather go out and help in any way I can to aid Frostmourn in uniting the north."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377114

"I am afraid I may have missed it, but I hear it was quite the visual spectacle. I wish I could have seen the fireworks."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377115

"Yea uh.. right"
scrunch my face and give her a quizzical look…

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377116

I give her a blank stare back.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377117

Grunt a bit.
"Between you and Frostmourne, the ponyroyalty is far more proactive than I had expected."

Look up and down at his face and hoof.
"Your king certainly travels in odd circles."
Offer a talon before moving off to speak with the king."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377118

I'll follow her gaze, and then turn back.
"Is there something the matter?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377119

I guess I follow him.

DM 377120

"Well, I won't call you Servant.
What do you like about yourself?"
He drinks his water and strums the strings of his bow
"Hm? I believe we haven't met?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377122

"Uh- "
"N- nothing. Excuse uh.. excuse me"
get up and wink next to King Frostmourn

"Uh- k-King Frostmourn? Do you know this… uh… p-ony?"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377123

I flick my tail whilst I think.
"I like being able to use herbalism and earth magic to help, Frosty."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377124

Shake it and walk at his side to Frosty.
"Odd circles for an odd kingdom."
"Does that make music, too?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377125

"Not yet. Lord Godric of clan Blackmane. I am a…representative of the nation of Stormheart, and wish to discuss your intentions regarding my people."

Venia [Battlemage] 377126

"You've not been around us very often then, have you? I've see a few gryphons in my day…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377127

I'll frown a little beneath my helm.
Quite the charmer, aren't you. Well, I suppose it's to be expected.
I'll retreat to a corner for now, and eat a few of the snacks I've picked up. I'll only open the helm a little if no one's looking, though.

DM 377129

"Oh, hey Nylis.
Which one? Crescent?"
"Herbalism… earth magic… helping…
Do you think you could think of a name you'd like based on those?"
He snaps to attention
"The Volley Bow is not a musical instrument!
It is a weapon!
He sighs
"High King Frostmourn of the north.
I hear civil war may be close in Stormheart. Is the true?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377134

"The uh.. the p-pegasus pony"

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377136

I consider this for a moment, then hang my head in defeat.
"I… can't, no. Cannot choose. I'm sorry, Frosty."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377138

"Very true. The crone Grimalphas has divided us with our own tenants, and Eaglecrest seeks to use my people for their own amusement. Finding you here among them is disturbing."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377139

Smile a little.
"You know, I should have been a bard. That would have been a great life."
Look up at Peaches, smile at her too.

Venia [Battlemage] 377140

Godric [Dark Knight] 377141

Glance at her.
"I have not spent much time in the company of ponies, not if I could help it. As a son of Stormheart, your kind seems…soft. Where did you know these other gryphons from?"

DM 377144

"Yes. Yes I do."
"Then you cannot help me.
If I do not know what to call you, I cannot call you, and thus, you cannot help me, or my cause.
So in order for you to help me, and help us all, it will now be your task to come up with a name. A name that best represents you and what you wish to be. A name you would proudly carry for the rest of your life.
And above all, a name that you like."
"I have come to unite them with those who already follow me.
I was hoping Stormheart, too, would see strength in our unity, and join us in time."
"What glory is there in singing of the victories of others?
What honour is there in standing aside and cheering as others fight?"

Venia [Battlemage] 377145

"Equestria. Granted, it was more than twenty years ago, but we encountered a few of them there. My parents personally spent some time in the Griffin kingdoms before I was even born, so they had quite a lot of experience in dealing with them."
I chuckle.
"I always did admire your kind, especially when I was just a young mare. Wings, claws, a sharp beak… all tools that make for an impressive warrior race."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377146

…looks like Frosty is better at doing this than I am.
Smile at that.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377149

Trot slowly over to him, sit nearby.
Sigh and speak in a low voice.
"I told you Fleetflight.
I don't fight because of the fight itself. Not for the honor.
My name will never be sang, no matter how much my action will shape the world.
All I wanted was a place to be happy with my friends."
Smile, and look at the ponies in the room.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377154

"Uh.. ok then"

go back to my spot

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377155

Well, I guess I'll wait outside the room.

Nylis is in there, but Frosty is also in there.

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377156

I stare at him blankly for a moment, then nod slowly.
"Okay, Frosty. I will meditate."
I slowly back off and find a place to settle down and mull this over.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377160

"Then for both our sakes, I wish you as much luck as you are able. Stormheart has no love lost for Eaglecrest as of late, and can barely see straight itself in these troubled times. If that is really your desire, then make a strong case before you enter our borders, especially if you intend to do it from here."

"You are certainly more worldly than any queen I would expect to find here. Stormheart was founded on the principals of strong wings, sharp talons, and keen instinct, a way of life taught to us by the one who gave us our beloved promised land so long ago."

I smile a bit and rub my icon.

"Truthfully, it hurts a bit to know there are some of his children outside its borders who have never seen its beauty."

DM 377162

"Avoiding him, are you?"
"I will enter, not with the banner of Eaglecrest, but with the banner of strength in unity.
For only together, can we wave ourselves from the threat of Equestria. Alone, they will consume us, assimilate us, and destroy all that made us, us."
"Please do so. And return with a name to call you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377163

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377165

Look around. Who was that? '1d10'

"Avoiding who? That room is full of ponies."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377167


Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 377168

"And for some, I suppose that is enough."
He glares at the bow
There is nopony here but a shadow…
It does have eyes though. Piercing red ones.
"You know who I mean. The High King."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377169

"Is that your reason? I have heard of the name, but know little about them. They are just another nation of equines to us. An abnormally large one with a bizarre religion to be sure, yet you think they pose a threat to each of us?"

Venia [Battlemage] 377170

"I would certainly love to see Stormheart. It sounds like a very exciting and interesting place."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377171

"So what about writing your own songs instead?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377172


Roll #1 6 = 6

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377173

Well, not much I can do at the moment. I suppose I've finished my snack, and… well, what the heck, let's wander over to Sunny. She seems to have disengaged with everyone.
"What's up, Prettybird?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377175

"His entourage is skilled and varied as ever, I see."

Pause. "Wouldn't you? He gave me one opportunity to demonstrate the usefulness of my craft, and I made him collapse by mistake. I may as well abandon the entire venture."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377177

I quickly look up at him and stare at him blankly.
"I am thinking."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377179

Teleport to the board '1d10+3'

are there any possible matches that I could participate in?

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377182

I'll sit nearby.
"Oh? That's good. What about?"

DM 377183

"I assume you are not one for history?
They are an empire that spans much of the known world. They forcefully assimilate nations that border their own, and make them a part of their cultural collective, diluting their identity until nothing remains but another homogenous province of Equestria."
"…is that really a fate fitting a warrior?"
He strums the bow again.
It's shiny.
"Do you know why he collapsed?"
Against a PC or NPC?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377186

NPC is fine by me

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377189

"Typically it is the result of overexposure of information. Too much stimulus at once for the brain to handle. I should have expected it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377192

"Writing your own song, about your own deeds?
Having deeds worth singing about in the first place?
I don't know about you, but that's more than I would ever dream of."

Venia [Battlemage] 377194

And now I have to leave again, sorry
Go on with the plot without me, don't worry

Godric [Dark Knight] 377200

"You may get your wish soon. Though most of its beauty cannot be appreciated to the flightless."

I bristle at this and clench my beak.

"Take care, king. A threat like that runs against the very founding of my home. If this is true, than your reasons for an alliance are compelling indeed, but Stormheart will not allow itself to be beholden to you either."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377207

"A name. For me."

DM 377208

A match is available if you want one.
"I doubt that is the case. Did you see his focus as you cast the spell? He was trying to understand how the spell worked."
"The life of a troubadour…"
He tries playing a few notes with the bowstrings
"All I ask is that the north stands together when the inevitable happens.
That we all, together, will resist the great enemy none of us can hope to stand against alone."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377210

Magic-friendly one I hope!

wait until we're called up then enter the arena for it.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377213

I'm back at the arena taking a look at the match from the public.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377214

"I see."
I'll nod.
"Well, if you'd like to bounce ideas off of someone, I can always lend you an ear."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377215

"I'm unsurprised he didn't understand, in that case. My craft is the product of decades of neurology. It doesn't really matter though, does it? It made him angry either way."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377217

"Doesn't sound bad."
Smile at him.

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377218

"It is hard."
I think for a moment.
"Why did you choose your name?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377220

"Noble, but I am not the one who you must make your case to. At the very least, you seem earnest enough that I can bring you before those who can make a difference."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377222

"Most ponies are named by their parents at birth, I'm afraid. Many are given names that reflect the hopes of the parents for what the child will grow into, or in honor of a previous family member."
I'll think for a moment.
"For most ponies, we spend most of our lives working to make the name fit. You have a rather unusual chance, Prettybird. You can try on a great many names until you find one that fits you, instead of the other way around."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377226

"Fit… me? Fit what?"

DM 377228

for magic friendliness
1 - inquisitor with Spellbreaker
10 - pure mage

Looks like Nylis is about to take to the field
Challenge her Y/N?
"Did it? Is that what he said?"
"You can do that?
Well well. This seems like the birth of a grand alliance indeed, Lord Blackmane."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377232

Nah, I'll just watch.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377233

Walk into the arena and stretch a little to loosen up, then roll for initiative '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377235

"I can only imagine you were listening in."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377237

"Whatever you like. Your talent can be a great boon in helping you choose your name, of course, as a great number of ponies somehow find that their special talent is inexplicably linked to their names. No one knows how, or why."
I'll wave a hoof slightly.
"You don't have to rush to pick a name, Prettybird. Think well, and carefully. What do you think fits you best? Reflects who you are at heart, and you would be proud to claim it as your own?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377240

"I may be able to grant you passage in and an audience, but that is all I can offer right now. Any alliance to be forged rests solely on your shoulders yet."

"But if you can restore sanity to my home, then I will do whatever I can to make this possible."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377241

Stand up and move closer.
"A trip to Stormheart?"
"Frosty, I think we should totally be there.
And I'm not saying this only because I always had a thing for feathers, no way!"

DM 377245

Pick your range.
Your opponent seems to be a
1 Paladin
2 Battlemage
3 Lordblade
"Do not be presumptuous of me. It's rude."
"I will need to choose my next goal carefully.
Stormheart aside, two other tasks require attention as soon as possible - the ongoing siege of Timberjaw, and the rogue slavers."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377247

"Ah. The slavers.
I guess that's a matter I can deal with personally.
Maybe take Peach along. Or my new friend, here."
Motion at Fleetflight.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377248


Can I move? If so then Storm Bolt x7! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377249

"Talent… natural remedies… remedy… antidote… elixir… panacea… Panacea. Acceptable name?"
I cock my head

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377251

"I apologize, then, but you said his focus was glowing, which means you observed what was going on. Isn't that the case?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377252

I'll nod slightly.
"But do you think it fits who you are? Do you like it?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377254

"I did not think you would come when called, but this is a start. What are these other matters?"

Look sternly at him.

"Stormheart lives and dies by the skies. It is no vacation for dallying ponies, winged or no."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377256

Smile at him.
"It was merely a joke. I assure you, both the High King and I take deeply at heart the future of every single life in the North."

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377257

"It fits. I cure. Panacea is cure. Would you like me to be Panacea?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377258

"It doesn't matter what I like, Prettybird. It matters what you like."

DM 377266

"That is the case indeed. It is what I do."
"As I said. The siege of Timberjaw, and the rogue slavers."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377267

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377269

Sunny [Friend of Frostmourn] 377272

I nod slowly.
I get back to meditating.
Elixir… Earth… Life… Immortality… Ichor… Ambrosia…
I blink.
"Ambrosia. Subgenus of Sunflower family. Elixir of immortality."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377279

I step up to him and look down my beak into his eyes.

"The future and welfare of my home and people is no joke, pony. I came here out of desperation because they are killing themselves over our lands and ideals, and you make jokes? If you truly mean what you say, then take my plight seriously. The clan leaders do not approve of jokes, especially when their sons and daughters die each day."

"I apologize, we have been preoccupied as of late. We tend not to concern ourselves with what happens outside our borders."

DM 377280

He sees you struggle with a miscast and capitalizes with a Magic Bolt of his own
"Do you think that would be appropriate, sending you out alone against them?
What of her?"
he nods at seven

Roll #1 10 = 10

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377281

"I wonder…"

Can I mind read a shadow? Worth a shot. For science! '1d10+1'

If I can penetrate the master's brain, search the frontal lobe. Self-identity. Who are you?

"Who are you? You don't speak like Kilana or Nylis."

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377283

shake it off! throw a dagger at him! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377285

"It is a pretty name."
I'll nod slightly.
"You must remember, this is the name you shall carry with you all your life, and it shall be something no one can take from you. Is this the name you choose?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377286

"You know I can take care of myself.
And I'm rarely alone."
Glance back at seven.
"I don't know.
Taking revenge doesn't seem one of her priorities.
And I fear for the safety of the mission. She has no real training."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377295

I think for a moment, then slowly nod.
"Yes. I choose it. Suitable name. Reference. Fits."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377296

"But do you like it?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377299

I look down, then back up at him and nod slowly.
"Yes. It is… nice."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377301

I'll smile a bit behind my helmet.
"Then it will be my pleasure to call you as such, Ambrosia."

DM 377308

Your dagger gets blasted out of the air and you take a magic impact to the face. Hard.
Nylis 3
Battlemage 5
"We need to discuss this. All of us.
Because we are one. We must be."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377311

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377313

Teleport her high into the air! '1d10+3'

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377314

I wince at that.

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377317

I take a deep breath and get up.
"Thank you for helping me pick my name. Ambrosia… is nice. I will inform Frosty."
I approach Frostmourn again

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377319

"We. Right. Another day then.
I'm not too happy with all the new faces."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377322

I'll get up as well.
"It was my pleasure to help. Friends do that, or so I hear."

DM 377325

She hunkers down and fires a magic orb at you, trying to foil your attempt
"Welcome back.
Do you know who you are yet?"
He looks very worried. Almost shocked.
No time for games. Focus. Play later. Watch later. Needed now. Later. Not now. Needed now. Play later. Watch later. Not now. Focus.
"I am one of his helpers. His many eyes. And if need be, his blades."

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377326

"Because I have to keep things quiet. And it's hard to trust ponies."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377327


Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377328

"I didn't want to presume again, but I thought as much. That does make me wonder, if you will pardon my inquisitiveness, why you care whether or not I avoid him? It makes your job easier if I'm not near him: his other bodyguard said as much."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377329

"Yes. My name is Ambrosia, Frosty."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377331

Wince again. This isn't going well.

DM 377339

"Insularity is common to Stormheart, I know.
Then, considering your history, I am not surprised.
I wonder if the helmet of Old King Eaglecrest would be an appreciated gift? Its plume is made from the scalp of Prophet-King Stormheart's champion, if I remember correctly. An eagle crest. Hm. Never though of that…"
The explosion blasts you off your hooves, sending you across the sky in a wide arc before you land with a loud thump on your belly.
The battlemage bows as the crowd cheers
"I care, for he cares about you. And your future position with him."
What a pretty name."
He smiles at you warmly

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377342

get up, heal myself, then slightly bow at the battlemage before teleporting out of there '1d10+3'

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377344

"Thank you, your high-… Frosty. I will wear it with…"
I think for a moment.
"… pride."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377345

Smile at her.
"It's a great name, Ambrosia."

DM 377349

"Would you like a celebratory hug?"
You slink away with a magical pomf

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377352

"You don't fear me like Mister Swansong does. I wonder why the High King didn't want me to meet you? You seem just as well versed in the Noble Practices."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377353

"Thank you."

My ears perk up

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377354

SbS '1d10'

What does the battlemage look like?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377356

Append to end: "as Kilana and Nylis."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377358

I step back a bit, aghast.
"You…know where it is? An item like that would certainly grant you an audience and give any case you make to the clans enormous weight. Even Grimalphas would have to at least pay you lip service, and she would just as soon see you strung up in her keep."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377367

go to a place where I can practice my magic bolts!

when there start off with a storm bolt x7 '1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377368


DM 377372

"I am not one for prying eyes. I am a watcher. Not a greeter."
He opens up for a hug
Unicorn mare
"King Ebonreth should have it among his trophies.
And if I defeat him in the King's Challenge, it will belong to me."
Seems you are safe for now.
Even if the dampener reacted quite violently

Roll #1 151, 12, 40 = 203 / Roll #2 213, 75, 81 = 369

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377374


Load and Discharge it at one of the training things! '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377377

Damn. And she's a good mage too.
Maybe I should take a look around the hold to see if I find her.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Godric [Dark Knight] 377380

"Were you not about to participate, I would go after it myself. As is, I will do whatever I can to give you victory."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377381

I move in without hesitation.
My new master allowed me a name~

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377382

"Then it must have been important for you to break your cover. I wonder why?"

DM 377384

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Seems like a very red horse to me
It promptly blasts you off your hooves
She exists the arena into the showers
Rolling for hugs
"Any theoretical knowledge of fighting you can spare would be appreciated."
"Because you hesitate. And I know the king places much hope in you. Thus, I cannot allow you to grow distant from him, how that his faith is most needed."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377386

First things first.
What do I think of that flank?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377387

is… it's not broken is it? '1d10'

check myself for injuries at the same time '1d10'

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

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377388

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377391

Those are some average hugs…
I'll wait for him to break off

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377392

Dat flank is more than acceptable for my purposes.
Wait for her to finish that shower and think of some opning lines.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377393

"Combat is hardly theory, as no amount of study can replace experience and practice. Have you fought before?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377395

"I've been distant from everyone in the world for more than ten years. It will not be an easy task."

DM 377404

It's a shared shower you know.
Eaglecrest is a very equal nation.
It's not broken.
But you feel a little shaky
"If we cannot trust new faces, how can we make new friends?"
He does, soon.
"So, how do you feel?"
"I have. Though never for real without the aid of my magic."
"I know how you feel better than I am willing to admit."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377406

"Trust comes with time.
Remember Hailstorm? Or Waymarker?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377409

"I am happy, Frosty. I have purpose. I have friends. I have a name. Thank you for giving me this chance. I will not disappoint."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377411

"I'll uh… I'll let it dissipate later then.."

….use Improved UTK to levitate out several daggers and then throw them at a training figure! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

DM 377416

"So now you've decided to simply assume the worst in everyone?
Did I do that when we first met?"
"Thank you for taking that chance, Ambrosia.
I hope you will remain at our side for a long time to come."
It seems your throw was misaligned.
They are falling right on you.
Roll for damage.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377419

Well, fuck you too Frosty.
I was just trying to help you. To protect your life.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Godric [Dark Knight] 377421

"Then you might want to spend what time you have practicing. Magic is all well and good, but it is no guarantee for victory."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377422

"Was it worth it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377423

"No. You didn't. And I could say that those were different times and all but…"
"I'm just worried. On the edge. Too much, too little time."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377424

"I will, Frosty."
I patiently wait for him to dismiss me

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377431

Get in then and take a look around.
Whare is she?

DM 377438

"Sounds like you need to breathe out and calm down a little old friend.
Should we walk and talk?"
"I know.
I have trained much lately. When I issued the challenge, I was but a twig of a pony."
Right now, he looks like a proper soldier
Friends don't do that.
"Yes? What there still something?"
Bathing over yonder.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377440

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377442

"You are a busy pony, old friend."
Smile at him.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377443

"Well then you have a chance. If we had more time, I would offer to teach you firstclaw, but with a day left the best you can do is conserve your strength. I wish you luck."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377444

I cannot into friendship…
"Do you need help with something else, Frosty?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377445

I'll cough slightly from where I am.
"I could use some help with these snacks, Prettybird. I seem to have taken far too many for myself."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377447

Get into another one of those baths myself next to her.
"Hey there."

DM 377448

"That, i cannot say."
"Never too busy for a friend."
"Thank you, Lord Blackmane.
I hope you will join us tonight for a feast."
"Not really, no.
Indeed I think Pumpkin needs me right now."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377450

"Right… Do you have someplace in mind then?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377451

I turn and leave. Is Radiant around?

I walk over to him and sit down, staring at him blankly

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377453

Yes she is

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377456

"You look rather down for somepony with a new name, Ambrosia."
Since Radiant's around, I'll wave her over.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377458

"Well, no turning back now. I've already been compromised. Very well, I'll try."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377459

I cock my head a little.
"Provided your food is more than just hay and berries, I daresay I may do just that."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377460

I walk to join them.
"Was there something you needed?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377464


DM 377466

"Not really. You?"
"Then see to it you do not shy away from him. Your destiny from here on may well be tied closely to him."
"I'll make sure we have something you can dig your beak into."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377468

"Our friend has finally chosen her name."
"Unhappy. Or at least not very enthusiastic about having your own name, that you chose yourself."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377469

muh shipping

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377470


I turn to her.
"Is this true? You chose an own name?"
I smile broadly.
"That's fantastic news!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377474

"They have a bunch of interesting statues…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377475

Head in, then. Who's here?

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377476

"I am happy. I have purpose, friends and a name of my own."


DM 377478

She crosses her legs underwater and starts scrubbing her shoulders with a sponge held in telekinesis
"Anything is good for me. Let's go."
He leads you out of the room
The king is just leaving with Pumpkin.
Everyone else save for Nylis and Smouldering is here.
"Excuse us a moment. My old friend needs a little… one on one time."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377479

"You could smile, then. You are allowed to smile when you're happy, cry when you're sad, the whole range of emotions. Not that I'm going to force you to smile, of course, though I'm sure it would be a lovely one."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377480

"I hope so. I look forward to our next conversation, and to your challenge tomorrow."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377482

Shake my head.
"No Frosty, it's fine. I can wait. Or he can join us."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377483

I clap my hooves excitedly.
"That's great! What is it?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377486


"My name is Ambrosia."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377489

Do you want me to come, or are you just being polite? Mind reader. '1d10+1'

"Of course, your majesty."

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377490

"I'm very happy that you chose a name of your own, Ambroisa. You are making such good progress! I'm very very proud of you!"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377494

I look down.
"Thank you, Radiant. I am proud of my name as well."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377495

Frown severily at him, glaring daggers. Then, in a angered voice, reply.
"Yes, I wanted to. Just up until a second ago."

DM 377496

Get your mind out of the gutter. They don't want to come all over your face even if you ask nicely.
…whose surface thoughts were those?
What the fuck is even going on?
"Soon. For now, I think you need me."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377499

Nod. "Go ahead without me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377501

"That's good to hear. Then wear it with pride, and don't look down. It's a very nice name."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377502

"I saw you fighting in the arena there.
And I was really impressed by your magical skills and how cute you looked.
So I wanted to come over and meet you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377503

Nod back.
"You are right Frosty.
Let's go."
And to the monuments they went.
"It's all of them. Did you see just now?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377508

I look back up and nod
"Okay. Sorry, Radiant."

DM 377511

"Calm down.
Please. Explain what has you so on edge. It is killing me inside to see you so jumpy."
She blushes a little
"…thank you…"
she drops the sponge

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377512

"You don't need to apologize. This is just a bad habit, I'm sure you will drop it soon enough."

Venia [Battlemage] 377513

I'm probably still in the breakroom

Is Frostmourn here?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377514

He JUST left! But I just arrived!

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377516

"That donkey right now for istance.
He was mind reading me just a second ago to see if I really meant that invite!
And the fun thing is, I really did! I wanted to apologize to him!
Do you have an idea how stressful being around mind readers is, after all the things I know?
And then there is that other prick, the guy in black armor.
Guess what? Inside the armor, he looks like a mare. His coat is even pink.
He's been trying to get on my nerves all day long, I guess he wants to provoke me or something.
Nylis keeps running away every time we talk.
Lady Radiant might just be the one that kills us all.
And I find it harder and harder to just pretend I do nothing but drink booze from dawn till dusk."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377517

I nod slowly

Godric [Dark Knight] 377522

I'll return to the break room proper then and walk up to Radiant.

"My thanks for the introduction, warrior. Your king certainly dreams big."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377523

I assume I took a nap in my room after a long mental exercise of a discussion, and that no one is still in my room?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377526

"I don't mean to pry, but she picked a name? That's progress."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377527

Yep, we all split. Back in the break room.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377528

"Uh… if you don't mind me asking… do you have any other habits like this?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377529

"Let me get that for you."
Levitate it back to her. '1d10'
"The name's Smoldering."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 377530

I'll be reading up on what I missed

Kilana [deathsinger] 377531

Alright head to the break room.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377532

"Pardon my asking, but I don't believe we've been introduced. How are you called?"



I just give her a flat stare

Roll #1 5 = 5

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377535


Smile as she comes in. "Welcome back, Kilana."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377536

I'll raise an eyebrow beneath my helm.
"I am Waxing Crescent."
I'll nod slightly.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377537


"Oh, didn't notice you entering, good day."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377538

"Hello ten, did any good matches happen?"

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377539

I blink
"I don't know."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377540

DM 377541

As he listens he calmly undoes the bolts holding the front half of his armour together until his front body is free.
And as you finish, he grabs you into a hug. He is quite warm…
"I just need you to know this much: our time together has meant the world for me. You are one of my oldest and most special friends. And I thank you for everything you've done for me so far.
Please don't burn yourself out. Not yet.
Not even if I die tomorrow, ok?"
…thank you."
She continues scrubbing, wincing a little as the rough sponge touches her horn

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377542

Try to manage a smile without my mask on.

"It's okay."

"I'm sorry, unfortunately, I was busy meeting more of the courtiers. Perhaps Lady Radiant could fill us in?"

Look to her expectantly.

Kilana [deathsinger] 377543

I give you a wave seeing as you are talking to the slave girl, I won't interrupt.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377544

"Sometimes you do-do that. Just stare."

Do I notice anything different?

"Think nothing of it… I don't think I caught your name? I am Radiant Dawn."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377545

Wave back nevertheless!

Yep, I do.
"I suppose the mask is a combat thing?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377546

Stop on my tracks as he hugs me.
I didn't expect this.
After a first moment of shock, hum him back, tightly.
"T-thanks. It means a lot to me."
Secret roll

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377547

I manage not to break into sobs.

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377549

"Oh… I am sorry."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377550

"Maybe, she seems a little busy.."
Or maybe not, I'll listen to this.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377551

"I wore it at all times without taking it off for more than ten years. It became ingrown to my face. Removing it was very painful."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377552

"Godric of Blackmane. I apologize for not introducing myself earlier. I was unsure if I would be staying long or not. Apparently I am. Who is the rest of your group?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377554

Do I see a better sponge out here?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377555

"Waxing Crescent, as you may have overheard."

DM 377557

"Promise me you'll manage.
Not really.
Maybe she needs something else?
Like a helping hoof~?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377559

"It's doesn't bother me… but it can get a bit weird."

I tilt my head.
"Is it change fate day today? Anypony want to decide to praise the Sun by chance?"

"That's good to hear. And, well, most ponies here in this breakroom, I suppose."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377560

Let go and take a step back, nodding once, firmly.
"I will. Anything for you."
Out of curiosity, does he have a cutiemark yet?
Check his flank.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377562

"Ambrosia, sir Godric."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377568

"Indeed. Interesting tale you tell"

Nod to her.

"Your king keeps strange company. Does he bring his entire court to every nation?"

DM 377570

The lower half of the armour is still on. He only removed the front.
"Thank you, my friend.
It means a lot to me.
…what are you looking at?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377571

Turn back to her and nod at the sponge.
"May I?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 377574

I try to contain my laughter at the idea of praising anything of sort. "I don't believe so Radiant, maybe the next pony you meet can be converted."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377575

"It would seem so. So much going on in one place. I don't believe in coincidence, do you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377576

"Your armor. It still covers your flank…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377577

"Are you another of the High King's courtiers?"

DM 377578

She blushes more
"U-uh… sure? I-I guess?"
She gives you the sponge
"Yes, and?
Haven't your mares been giving you enough attention lately?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377579

"We all have our reasons to follow him, and surrounding yourself with friends doesn't hurt either."

Smile at her.
"Have you praised the Sun today, Kilana?"

"The Sun guided us to the same place today, it seems."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377580

"I was sent to join the King's cohorts. It seems I am accepted, so far."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377581

Roll my eyes with a flat expression.
"My dick is just happy enough, thank you for your concern."
Circle around him and tap on the armor covering the flank.
"It's you I'm worried about.
And that."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377582

Levitate the sponge and clean her face very gently '1d10'
"So tell me about yourself, how did you end up here of all places?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Godric [Dark Knight] 377583

"Conversion? Is this a religious crusade?"

I eye Radiant warily.

"Traditionally, a clan leader would surround himself with his greatest warrior vassals as a show of strength. Some would even use it as a challenge to potential usurpers."

"So the king just accepts any who come to him?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 377584

I shrug. "I'm more of a nighttime mare, grateful for my candles if that counts for something."


Hmmm… the king is gone…
I guess
I could leave this break room

Roll #1 8 = 8

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377587


Roll #1 7 = 7

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377588

"I am uncertain as to that. I had thought to prove myself against his companions, but so far I've only lost miserably against Lady Radiant, and very narrowly defeated Ambrosia."
I'll sigh slightly.
"And master Swansong defaulted on our match."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377590

Shake my head.
"Tsk tsk tsk, I believed I taught you better!"

"Each and every one of us who accompany him here can handle a threat or too."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377591

Do I notice her departure? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377592

Guess not.

DM 377593

"Rest assured, Sunrise keeps me quite happy as well."
She visibly shudders when it touches her horn.
Come to think of it, that horn is quite thick and rather bendy, like it hadn't been filed in ages.
"I… I came here from Rockeye. I was part of a border guard group…
We ended up clashing with an Eaglecrest border guard group, and in the end only I and one of them was left, both of us wounded.
We helped each other back to the closest outpost. An Eaglecrest one…
…and he was supporting me all the way. Like a comrade in arms. Like a brother.
It was there, resting in that bed and enjoying hospitality I never expected from ponies I was raised to consider brutes that I…
…well, in a way… defected.
I chose to not go back. To… try and start a new life here.
I guess I wasn't too happy with my old one…"
A few cuts in your skin and clothing, but nothing lethal

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377594

"Apologies for the presumption."


Godric [Dark Knight] 377595

I frown.
"That would be a sign of weakness where I come from. Especially conceding a contest."

"I would hope so. You have given a good demonstration of your own abilities, and I would hope all have some purpose in the king's court."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377596


Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377598

All stealthed up, I go find the King

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377599

"It would seem that way, however in the matches he didn't forfeit, he won. Easily. I just feel cheated, is all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377600

"Your mark, Frosty. You always cared a lot about it when we were kids!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377601

"That you were a courtier."

"You were impressive in the arena before, Lady Radiant. Have you made the field a second time today?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 377605

"You taught me what I needed to learn, the value of balance." I smile

Venia [Battlemage] 377606

I seem to remember both Raging Storm and Sunrise were on this trip too.
And Valeriana, but she's gone full Shadow Song for now.

Any word on where either my fellow Queen or Raging Storm is at?

Godric [Dark Knight] 377607

"Were that to happen to me, I would be insulted. Picking and choosing challenges? Unthinkable…even in this depraved land."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377610


pick up my knives and heal myself '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1



Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377612

"Do you believe in coincidences?"

"To be honest, I used to be in a leading position in his personal guard for a good while."

"Then you could balance in a bit of praising, couldn't you?"
I smile back.

"More than just a second time, yes, I did. The crowd seemed to like me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377613

"Ironfoe does not produce such insincere ponies."
"It is of little consequence, in the long run. I had mostly wanted the fight to get his measure, but as we will be working together in the future, fighting by his side might give a more accurate account."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377614

fucking… '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377615

Listen intently to her story as I clean her shoulders now '1d10'

"How can I relate. I've recently came here from Rockeye myself. Eaglescrest is truly different than anything I expected. How is your new life working out here?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Godric [Dark Knight] 377616

"And you forsake such an honor? Why?"

"True, but any ally should afford their comrades the respect of a test of skill."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377619

"Personal matters. And I still somewhat serve that role, just without commanding the rest of the guard or it being official."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377620

"I don't believe he views me as a comrade. Time, perhaps, may change that, though there is no love lost between he and I."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377623

I pause "Maybe someday, if the time is right for light to shine on my life and studies, I will praise the sun with you."

DM 377624

He closes his eyes and sighs
"The armour has a mark on it. Is that not good enough for you?"
Your spell focus goes awry, causing you to slip and fall onto the knives, leaving a lot of nasty cuts on your side.
I tried learning different weapons but… I'm just bad at it. Conjured weapons are ok… I guess.
are you trying to cop a feel on me?"
Watch those hooves if you don't mean it, mister.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377625

"I would be glad to pray together with you, Kilana."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377627

Do I find him?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377628

"Good enough? I couldn't care less."
Rest with a hoof on his back.
"But it seems like you have some worries on your mind now."

Venia [Battlemage] 377629

Godric [Dark Knight] 377632

"Your priorities are strange, sir Radiant, but it is hard to not respect the choices of so fierce a warrior."

"The bond between those in the retinue of a lord should be unshakable. A lord's band is his brothers, his family of steel."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377634

I nod and solemnly say. "It may be a while before that day comes, but I hope you will still be here when it does."

DM 377635

Him and Pumpkin are talking
"My damned blank flank is of little concern. I have nations to unite. A warrior king to defeat. Slavers to stop, civil wars to end!
…I shouldn't be concerned about something as superfluous as a cutie mark…"
They have rooms at the palace.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377638

"Not all families are at peace with themselves. As I said, time may change that, as we fight at each others' sides. You don't make steel without refining the iron, after all."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377639

I'll just lurk and observe then.
Protect the king…

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377640

"I hope too!"

My smile falters.
"…excuse me?!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377641

"You aren't going somewhere, are you, Lady Radiant?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377642

I smirk.
"Oh excuse me.
I fear I was a bit distracted for a moment.
Hard to focus for a guy, when there's a mare like you in front of him."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377644

Laugh a bit.
"Look at me Frosty.
I am second in command to one of the most dangerous things in the whole north.
I've a wife and a kid coming and yet, I still have nightmares about a father I've never had.
You can't run away from the little things.
It's in the nature of ponies."
Gee, I wonder if the trained spy can notice this.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377645

Scream out in pain and cry a little while pulling OUT THOSE KNIVES AND USING MEND ON MYSELF


Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Godric [Dark Knight] 377647

"You have much to temper then."

"Hm? What did I say?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377649

Don't turn to look at him as I speak as I keep facing the gryphon.
"Not anytime soon."

"…I'm not a sir. I'm a mare."

Venia [Battlemage] 377651

Let's start with a visit to dear little Sunrise first. I'm sure she'll appreciate the company.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377654

"Should that make a difference? Strength is strength, no matter who wields it."

DM 377656

Ambrosia, roll VS that 6
"If only I knew what could change the nature of a pony…"
"…I didn't say stop, did I?"
She's getting redder again, and fidgeting a bit underwater, making ripples.
You might need a doctor… and those will probably scar…


Lurky pone

Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377658

"I would still like if you could not call me a sir."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377659

Put a hoof on his shoulder.
"Whatever you believe can change the nature of a pony can do it, Frosty."
But fags always choose 'regret'

Godric [Dark Knight] 377662

"If you desire. I thought you would have been used to it though. Is it not traditional here?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377663

"Is What not a tradition?!"

DM 377665

Nothing visible here.
If only it were so easy…
Thanks buddy."

Venia [Battlemage] 377666

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377668

"You come to me when this starts burning at you, okay?
A mark is just a mark. Bet you that once the North is one again, you will get it."
He gets it after uniting the north with equestria through his lineage, uh?

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377669

Put the sponge down for a second.
And lay down next to her, at the edge of the bath and touch her face slightly with my hoof.
"Oh but I wouldn't want to rush things~
We've just met."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377671



…teleport to the healing place then '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Godric [Dark Knight] 377672

"Gender is meaningless. It does not matter what you are, all die the same to the sword. Any gryphon can rise to privilege if they possess the strength. Does yours bother you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377676

"No, in fact, I like being a mare. That is why I do not like when I'm mistaken for a stallion. Now let's just end this and not talk about it anymore, understood?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377678

"That reminds me… We will have to reconvene to see your research eventually, Kilana. I've been looking forward to it. If you like, I'll join you in your trip to Rockeye for its presentation. It sounds as though I've been relieved of my duty to report to Wintersgrasp to meet with Verne."


Anything suspicious that could harm the king?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Godric [Dark Knight] 377684

"If… you wish. Though I am unsure why any would make that mistake. Most of you ponies look the same to me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377691

"Try to look harder next time then. I thought gryphons had good eyes."

DM 377692

"Hey Venia. I heard you've been out in the arena."
"Here's hoping…"
He glances skywards, then bolts his armour back shut
"…still want to talk?"
"How very Rockeye of you…"
Welcome to the emergency healing ward
"Had a rough fight huh?"
Not really.
He just seems insecure is all

Godric [Dark Knight] 377693

"Oh we do. I could tell you exactly how many scuffs remain in your armor before and after you polish it for the day. Or how many hairs are within your strange flank markings, and what each of them make up."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377694

"I think I'm pretty much done for today. And I should apologize to Waxing and Ten, too."

Ambrosia [Friend of Frostmourn] 377696

… That is weird.
He's the High King…

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377697

"Well I must admit I'm not used to the local customs yet.
Maybe you could teach me?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377698

Radiant's buttmark is covered by armor though.
"Good, then please take the time to at least try and spot the differences between mares and stallions next time."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377699

look at the ground
"no.. I- I slipped and fell on my knives.."

Venia [Battlemage] 377702

"Mmmm… I did. Lost two fights already. Fun times though."
I look around
"Why are you locking yourself away like this anyway? There's a few ponies I'm sure you'd love to meet."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377705

we need full character portraits

"If you wish, lady. If it matters, you are the first one who I have used such a title for."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377706

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377707

"Calling me Radiant would be more than enough, thank you. I was never a fan of those titles."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377710

"You have earned the respect it commands. To omit it would be dishonoring your achievements, and your station had you not given it up."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377712

"The Sun and I know how honorably I live my life, I don't need titles for that."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377717

I nod slowly.
"I see. You would have done well in Stormheart."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377718

"Oh, well I can show you a little preview now. At this hour he might be asleep, but it would still be nice to get a former rockeye's opinion." I guide you toward the rental rooms.

DM 377721

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…are you coming onto me?"
Many have tried.
None have succeeded
"You do that.
We should all be friends, after all.
And his name is Imminent Domain, not Ten. Ten is a number."

Venia [Battlemage] 377723

Kilana [deathsinger] 377724

It is a task too great for one drawfriend alone

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377725

"In what regard?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377727

"He didn't want to tell it to me.
And you know what I think about names."
Back we go.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377728

Cock an eyebrow.
"And what if I am?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377729

Follow attentively.

"How kind of you. You've already piqued my interest."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377730

"Such disregard for status. In most it would be a death sentence, but for the rare few with the ability, it can lead them to true greatness."

I sigh a bit wistfully.
"Maybe we have forgotten that somehow."


I check the area for anyone following, just in case.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377733

That sounds like a challenge


Any minds about, lurking? I'll search mentally.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377735

Do it

"Forgetting what really matters is the most dangerous thing a pony… or I guess, a person can do."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377736

Healthy paranoia installed via pumpkin and shadow
Assuming its all clear, I unlock the door and let us in.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377737

Get fucked, I'm not drawing Radiant for the hundredth time you cock sock.
I take it Nylis was healed?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377738

"Dark." I comment offhandedly, and pull my lantern front and center, giving it a little extra oil.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377739

I meant the rest, we have more than enough art of herdyke witch

Godric [Dark Knight] 377740

"Trust me, it is."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377741

"I don't suppose you forgot any of your principles?"

DM 377742

Would you do it for me?
Sorry if I offended you."
…I admit I'd…
…like that."
She did! Hooray!


Kilana [deathsinger] 377743

The room its self is of little concern, but the creature before is impressive. Its a Skeleton, assembled in the shape of a Cerberus. The four feet have wolf claws, the body is bulking and massive seeming, the three heads look like diamond dogs.. but with a more wolf like snout, fierce teeth.
"Well, this is Codar."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377744

"Impressive. Did you kill the Cerberus yourself?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377745

"I have tried to live my life according to the tenants laid down by lord Stormheart during the founding of our country. The problem is…no gryphon can seem to agree on what those are anymore."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377747

I smile a bit shaking my head. "No, I built him." Upon closer inspection you can see the bones are from multiple bodies, no creature would grow multiple femur bones after all. "A minion made from multiple bodies, have you ever seen such a thing."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377749

"That is why your people is looking for a firm ruler. And that is what got you to the brink of a civil war."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377750

Take a sharp breath and close a little to take a better look.

"Truly? I've never seen something like this. I had heard of it, but I thought it was only theory. Too many complications. Bone friction, interaction… I've seen puppets, of course, but nothing on this scale. And it can move independently?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377752

"Yes. All because of the crone. She would have us believe she is the second coming of the prophet himself."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377753

"You make it obvious that you are on the side of the current ruler."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377754

"Right now I and my clan are on the side of Stormheart, no more. Were Grimalphas to have her way, I would not even be here right now."


"Of course, I'll just give him a bit of a wake up call." I concentrate my energy through my Scythe to wake Codar back up. "Hello, Codar, I've brought someone to see you."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377757

I tilt my head.
"Do tell. This really sounds… serious. I do not know much of the details."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377758

I wonder if it has thoughts, or if it's just another meat puppet.

Mind reader. Feel about for some intelligence. Does it even have a brain? '1d10+1'

"Have you done this before?"

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 377760

I'll just play it as best I remember, if its wrong DM can yell at me
Good enough. The Cerberus moves again, it nods to me. "Yes, Master Kilana. Do you have orders for us?"

"I just want you to walk about for a bit and show that you're not a puppet."
Codar nods and trots around the room as proof.
"Once awakened he can stay like that for a long time, a good guardian for the academy."

"Yes, we would like that, our purpose it to guard, to protect."

They have three minds, working as one. Its probably very interesting to think about.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377761

I lash my tail a bit.
"I can only explain so much. Stormheart holds our traditions sacred, one of which is isolation from the other nations. However, Grimalphas is xenophobic to the point of madness. Eaglecrest's incursion into our lands has driven many gryphons to her banner."

I stare pointedly at her.

"This was why I was so careful when I met you. Frostmourne is currently in line to become ruler of Eaglecrest if he wins tomorrow, is he not? Were he to go into Stormheart now, Grimalphas would no doubt declare a purge on all his lands, a move which would kill us all."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377763

"It's amazing. Three intelligences working in harmony instead of fighting for control. How did you manage this feat? How could anyone?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377764

"From what you say it is clear that she is not fit for leadership. Yet without that region the united North would not be united at all. I'm afraid Frostmourn is set on setting hoof there."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377765

I grin fully. "It wasn't easy, I was holed up for ages getting the runes correct. ones that would allow the attachment of foreign bones to a minion"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377766

"It is true, she is not the best choice for our country. I will do what I can to secure him a safe audience with the king, but his victory tomorrow and return of the helm of Eaglecrest would give great standing to his word, and may even bring Stormheart into his grand alliance."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377768

"I trust that he will be victorious. I did my best to train him. It is only up to his abilities at this point."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377769

"Do you think Rockeye can truly appreciate this?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377771

"If he fights as fiercely as you have, then his victory should come without question. I admit I am anxious to see what the perverse king Eaglecrest will bring as well."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377773

"I'm hoping, it is one of the main magicks of nercomancy -the focus of our future 'dark arts' academy. If they can't appreciate a perfect protector then there may be no hope for the union.. But you were once one of them, do you think they will be impressed?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377774

"I don't think he plans to make it easy on Frostmourn…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377776

"The servants of Longshanks? I think they'll be afraid, and perhaps jealous. Those I represent have not been part of the 'true' Rockeye in many years. The so-called 'Dark Arts' are banned. My colleagues meet in secret. If you're asking how the Convention will take it? They will be impressed, doubtless."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377778

"I would not expect him to, it is his right after all. But your king's will is strong, correct?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377779

"I just fear for his confidence."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377781

I frown a bit at the first part, but my eyes light up at the second half. "Impressed enough to agree to the academy?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377782

"Ah, the one thing that can never be taught. Perhaps this fight will fill his head with the steel it needs to lead a nation."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377784

"I am confident our union will see fruition one way or another. However… your demonstration would be a good showing in terms of getting them to respect you. They will want a leader who can lead study. Break new ground. Fresh ideas. Usher in a new age for the Noble Practices. I believe, seeing what I have today, you can do that."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377786

"Let's just hope it will."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377788

Rolling for how much of a stupid happy look I have '1d10' "Thank you ten. I worked so hard to make this happen, hearing that leaves me little doubt the meeting will be a success.." I pause "You mentioned wanted to come with me to the hearing, would you be welcomed back?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377792

"I don't know… Before, that was the case, but they've never seen my face. I'm not sure how they'll react to my removal."

Pause. "I still wonder if it was the right choice. But I believe in Frostmourn… and now, I trust in you, too."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377793

"Maybe we can get you a new mask? One that you can remove at will?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377795

"It's possible. The other one was rather unique in two ways. First, it was scry-proof, and second, I could eat, breathe, and see through it without needing to remove it. Now I have the oddest sensation that my face is missing."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377797

"I see, that does sound tricky to make. I Don't suppose you can get a new one from the one who made your original mask?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377798

"Maybe. I'm not worried about it, though. The High King said, 'in this academy there will be no masks'. I am only concerned as to whether the others will give up their secrecy so easily."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377799

"That certainly sounds like Frostmourn, not liking anything to be secret from him.. maybe this academy will be the start of a great wave of change, acceptance of the necromantic arts.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377800

"I hope so. But it only happens if the North stays together… It almost seems surreal to bet a nation on a fight. What do you think would become of us, under Ebonreth's regime? He doesn't care for even 'normal' magic."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377801

I shutter to think of it. "That would be disastrous, it would send us all into hiding.. I can't imagine how much progress we would loose if he decided to hunt down the better of us, or burn down our libraries."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377802

"But, I have faith in our king, I know he's set on uniting the north, and wouldn't risk it lightly. He must be very sure of himself, and I know radiant has helped train him, you've seen radiant fight? She hits like Minotaur." I grin.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377803

Nod. "That's what the Convention has dealt with for generations now. We're at a crossroads between a dark age and a golden age."

Nod again. "She was powerful. I was paired against her and the king's other trainer, Queen Venia. It was a narrow victory, and Ebonreth will not have my abilities."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377804

"A golden age indeed, and a much needed one if we are to be a strong nation. Frostmourn has surprising strength, his will, his wit, and now his body is seeming up to par.. I don't think we can find a better pony to lead us as our high king."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377805

"He seemed wary. Though I understand his apprehension, around magic such as mine. I would like to examine Codar more later, so he's of particular interest to me, as a brain specialist."

Pause. "Outside of my studies of the mind, I only have one other necromantic talent, and it's mostly a parlor trick."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377806

"I trust you Ten, you can examine him as long as I'm with you to over see it." My ears perk up a bit, a mention of a trick "My first bit of necromancy can be considered a trick, I wasn't sure how to begin so I just started singing and tapping out a beat to some old bones and they got up and danced."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377807

Grin. "That must have been quite a sight."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377808

Pause, and add, "You can call me by my real name, if you like."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377809

"It certainly was, needless to say I passed my 'entrance exam' and was allowed to study it under a master." I smile at the memory. "And to think I've come so far to be a master myself, with a master piece to show for it."
"I don't believe you've ever told me your real name."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377810

"I hadn't really considered it my real name until recently, I think. But I don't think the High King will let me operate under my formal name, based on his reaction. Imminent Domain – or, if you want – Id."

"As for your own success, I'd certainly agree, but perhaps, if things go as planned… the best is yet to come."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377811

"Id? Imminent Domain is quite a name, very serious sounding.. It suits you. " I try out a few other abbreviations "Immi, Immido.. just Domain, imminent.. I suppose Id will have to do for a nick name when you feel we're close enough, or maybe we will think of something else by then? Nicknames aren't something you force, Pumpkin calls me Kila, just started doing that one day and it stuck." I smile.

"I have high hopes Imminent, higher than I have ever had before. Its scary being this close, I know I wouldn't be able to handle it without friends. That must be why Frostmourn keeps us so close at times like this, he needs our support."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377812

Give an embarrassed look. "Id is a psychic apparatus. A word that describes an aspect of how we think. My first neurology teacher came up with the nickname."

"As for Frostmourn, he is strange. The only king I've known is Longshanks, who seemed imperious and untouchable. The High King is odd to me. He seems organic… Tangible. But if you need friends…"

Offer a weak smile, ears back, "I will try to be one, though it make take time to learn how."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377813

"I think you've taken the first steps…" I wrap you in a hug. "..bro."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377814

Blush a little, but return it. "Thank you, Kila."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377815

I release you from the hug before it becomes an awkward moment. "No problem Id."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377816

Give a thoughtful look for a minute. "Do you know the one that controls the shadows? 'The eyes of King Frostmourn'."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377817

I nod. "I do."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377818

"She told me that she knew what it was like to feel isolated from the world, so I asked her if it was worth it to take off the mask. She said she didn't know."

Pause, but then smile again. "I'll have to tell her that I have an answer."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377819


Kilana [deathsinger] 377820

"The shadows are always near enough if you know where to look, I wonder what she will say about your answer.. Maybe it will be helpful."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377821

I realize that what I've said sounds vague. "Well, helpful for her as well I mean, since she couldn't answer your question about the mask it implies something worrying.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377822

"I can't say for sure, because we only spoke once, but… she felt very devoted to her job at her own expense. I would like to meet her face to face someday, I think."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377823

"She has devoted much to her job, being everywhere isn't an easy task." I say simply. "and she doesn't let too many close to her.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377824

"Maybe she will open up some day, if things go as planned. If she takes my advice, like you said, I mean…"

Pause. "Your other friend, Nylis, also seemed very withdrawn. The High King wants me to meet her as well, but every time we come in contact she vanishes. Will she join as at the Academy?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 377825

"Nylis, I know she wants the Academy to succeed. It takes her a bit of time to get to know you, but she didn't flee from you right away so you're starting off on the right hoof." I say cheerfully.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377826

Sigh a little, in relief.

"That's good. I just want to make up for before. The High King gave me a chance to show him my skill, and he collapsed trying to… learn it. All in one go, apparently. Suffice to say, he got angry. So now he has sent me off to work with you and Nylis instead."

Add on at the end, "But that has been a pleasant turn of events."


Kilana [deathsinger] 377827

I look a bit confused. "He tried to learn your mind reading powers?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377828

"Kind of. Not exactly. I was trying to show him who I was. It was an experiment. I was combining two spells… trying to transmit information at high speed. He asked me who I was, and I wanted to show him my memories."

Pause, "I didn't expect him to try to learn it. I didn't even understand that's what he was doing until the shadow-user explained it to me later."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377829

I nod. "A new spell to transmit information?" A spark lights up in my eyes "try it on me then. But not your whole life. Just your fight against radiant?"
I look over to codar's watchful eyes. "If I'm hurt and have to leave to heal, make sure no one sees you."

He nods understanding my order.


"Okay. This shouldn't be painful. Hope this works…"

Hearing I'll be forced to fight the Queen of Wintersgrasp and a royal guard. Meeting Seven in the pits before the fight. Meeting Queen Venia and Lady Radiant. My letter of introduction. The fight begins. Transfix the Queen. Seven needs help! Blast the queen away. Influence Radiant. Hit by a magic bolt! Make Lady Radiant heal my wounds. Hold her until her fortitude fails. Turn the tables. Win the fight.

Roll #1 8 + 3 = 11


rolling for pain and understanding.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377832

"…Did you see it? It should be in your memories, now."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377833

It seems to have gotten across with an intense headache. I rub it my head a bit and grin at you. "That was a good match, you're a skilled fighter, I bet radiant didn't like being tricked that way."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377834

"She didn't consider it a fight, though I don't consider myself a fighter. I was forced into the fight– wait, you know that now! It's exciting!"

Give her a big smile. "Kila, I've always believed that conflict has arisen from a lack of understanding and communication. We could change the world, you know? In a real sense. Take away fear and misunderstanding."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377835

"We could, if you can figure out how to that spell consistently. Giving all the information at once was probably like trying to raise an old, powerful and massive minion when you barely know how to manipulate a bunny." I am grinning almost as widely. "This can really work Id."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377836

"I wonder if I could teach you… To send you the relevant memories. Try to show you how…"

Think about it. "Maybe you're right. I should practice more, first. But it's a thought."

Kilana [deathsinger] 377837

I nod. "Its no easy task learning a new skill, particularly one untested, unknown to anyone. I will help you if I can, and its really amazing, like I could-can see it from your memory. "

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 377838

Smile. "Yes. I think it will be nice to have someone to work with for a change."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377844

And then I will look for Waxing, after coming back from my talk with the King.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377845

Well, I'm not hard to find.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377846

"Mister Waxing, would you give me a moment?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377847

"If you can seem to find one in your… busy schedule."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377848

"I can understand how you might still be angry about our match. Please, follow me."
And I nodded towards the usual private part of the room.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377849

"Amongst other things."
But I suppose I'll follow.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377850

"So, you have been trying to provoke a fight from me all day long, and this I can see with no problems.
It was even fun.
But I did hurt you with my comment, and for this I'm sorry."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377851

"They say in Eaglecrest the best way to get to know someone is to cross swords with them. I attempted to see if that were true. If I am to be working alongside you and the others, I needed to know what my partners were capable of."
I'll shake my head slightly.
"That was why I was provoking you. To get you to show me what you can do in earnest. From how your last fight went, I can see I would have likely lost."
I think for a moment.
"You looked under my helmet the moment we met, did you not? Or was it in the hallway? Just before you collapsed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377852

"When we first met. In the hallway I scried your face for thruts.
It has quite a toll on me, requires a lot of focus."
Start walking around.
"You know why I don't want to fight with you, right?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377853

"I would assume it relates to your curious nature of teetering between useless noble and skilled fighter. Being the king's close friend is probably why you are on his guard, and it would be foolish of the king to keep someone who can't do that job in such proximity."
I'll shrug.
"I suppose I should have suspected you would do as such when your eye came up. It was rather naive of me to think a magical eye would be enchanted solely to give regular sight."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377854

"Well the enchantment keeps it in place. Normal eyes can't regrow, for one.
Necromancy tends to do that."
"I do have a job.
One ponies should not know about. One for which all the trust in the world is required.
How much can I trust you, Waxing?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377855

"I am sworn in service until my dismissal or death, master Swansong. My loyalty is to the king, and that is beyond question."
I'll nod slightly.
"You have my word upon my soul that I will not betray the trust of one the king regards as close."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377856

"Maybe. One day. Just… Don't ask, until then. Because I can't tell. Is it good enough for you?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377857

"It is an answer in its own way."
I'll nod.
"And it will do. In the interest of shared trust, however, I suppose I should tell you what I was actually sent here for."
I'll sigh slightly.
"Viceroy Deep Rock sent me to keep an eye on his son, and to keep him from dying in any way I knew how. For the most part, simply protecting him should be enough, but I fear that it will prove a more difficult task than expected."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377858

Look at him skeptical for a second.
"Deep Rock said this? What were his exact words? This is very important."

DM 377859

And so they all were summoned by Frosty for a great feast to close the night.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377862

I probably spent most of the day watching the King.

I'm probably back with Radiant or Crescent now though.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377863

I'll think for a moment.
"These are they:
"He may be a wayward weakling who cares little for my ways or words, but he is still my blood. I know I cannot take back what I said to him. But that doesn't mean I would abandon him entirely. Go and ensure he doesn't at the very least die a fool's death."
I'll pause for a moment.
"It is in my opinion that any death aside from old age is a fool's, so I took it to mean he wished his son to live until the natural end of his days."

Venia [Battlemage] 377864

Well shit, there goes my mare-to-mare talk with Sunrise. Guess it'll have to wait for another time.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377865

"I don't suppose you ever had a meal like this?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377866

"I think Deep Rock and Frosty should really talk again, someday…"
And then there we went.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377868

"One day, perhaps."
And indeed, there we went.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377869

Teleport there with Winterbreeze '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

Godric [Dark Knight] 377870

And off we go.

I examine the selection. Is there anything that would appeal to me?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377871

I look around the room and shake my head.
"No. Master never allowed us to eat inside the mansion. We were given hay and leftovers."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377872

"Then there is a first time for everything, Ambrosia."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377873

I frown.
"This is a start then. And I know this will be new and everything, but try not to eat too much, okay? Gluttony can only lead to feeling sick or worse."

Venia [Battlemage] 377874

"Where did you and the others sleep and eat anyway, Ambrosia?"

DM 377875

Well, she is at the feast too.
Frostmourn managed to secure a pile of fish for you
The high king raises
…welcome. To what I hope will not be our last meal together.
As you know, tomorrow I will face King Ebonreth in the King's Challenge. A duel from which only one will walk away alive.
And just in case that one isn't me… I wanted to spend some time surrounded by you.
To make sure nothing is left unsaid.
And that if we never meet again, there will be no regrets."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377876

I'll stay silent during the king's talk.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377877


"Slaves had different assigned locations. I tended to the garden and slept in the greenhouses. When master requested my presence in his chambers, I was sometimes allowed to spend the entire night in his bed."

I go quiet and stare at him as he gives his speech.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377878

I shake my head slightly after he is finished.
"We all trust you, Frostmourn. We don't doubt you, so neither should you."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377879

Open my mouth to talk but immediately shut it.

Venia [Battlemage] 377880

I frown at this but stay quiet as Frostmourn starts his speech.

But we're not alone here!
"I have faith in you, Frostmourn. After knowing you for this long… I know you can do it. And we'll be one step closer to uniting the North."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377881

Ah. A bit simple, but the effort is most appreciated.

I raise a goblet to his speech.
"King Frostmourn, your will is strong and your mind sharp. I toast to your victory on behalf of clan Blackmane, and all of Stormheart. Fly strong!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377882

Raise a glass and grin.
"Frosty, last time I was there I think I saw a nice tavern. Save me a seat by the bartender if you really must kick it.
I will keep a bottle ready in this life, in case you choose to stay."

DM 377883

"…thank you. Friends."
"if there is anything at all you wished to say to me, speak now.
This may be your last chance.
And do not worry. Be it whatever, I will not hold it against you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377884

I'll nod.
"Then if you'll forgive my frankness, you aren't allowed to lose. You still have far too many things to do than to die here."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377885

"I was rough at you with times, but it was for your own good… I will pray to the Sun for your safety."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377886

I frown slightly
"Frosty cannot lose. Must win. Must live. Must fulfill purpose. Must unite North. You are the High King. King of kings."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377887

Look at his armor, then the leg that I know I cost him
"…sorry You won't lose tomorrow."

Venia [Battlemage] 377888

"Don't you dare die on me."

DM 377889

"I appreciate the notion.
Tell my father I wish I had known him better if I die tomorrow."
"I appreciated your efforts, even if I did not always seem like it."
"Ambrosia, I wish you will not lose sight of your goals in life if I fall."
"…we should talk. Later. Alone."
"I won't. Not if I can help it.
…know that I always saw you as more of a mother than my real mother."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377890

meekly nod then resume eating.
and wrap my tail around Winterbreeze's

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377891

I nod.
"I know we had some troubles every once in a while, but I always knew that you were a good pony, I still do. As long as you do not stray, you will be."
Smile at him.
"And that is why I am here."

Venia [Battlemage] 377892

I give him a warm smile back.
"And I always loved you like you were my own son, Frostmourn. A son I never had…"
I wipe my eye with a hoof.
"… but I'll be damned if I'm not as proud of you as a mother can possibly be right now."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377893

I'll be silent for a while, but then speak.
"He did wish the same."
Nodding, I'll raise a small glass to the king.
"Perhaps, after your victory, and the north is unified, you will have time to do so."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377894

I consider this for a moment, then nod slowly.
"Okay, Frosty."
After a moment of hesitation, I add.
"… After battle with King Ebonreth, we could fight each other."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377895

Poke him with an elbow to stop him from saying that.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Godric [Dark Knight] 377896

I down my drink at his acknowledgement.

"Keep your focus, king. If you tell yourself you will fall, surely you will."

"You know his father?"

DM 377897

"You did me much good.
If I am not here tomorrow to repay it, whoever takes my place will owe you in equal measure."
He stops for a moment, visible shaken
"…my father said that?"
"let's see what's left of me first"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377898

"You do not owe me anything, Frostmourn. I did not do it to expect anything back."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377899

"Nature will provide."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377900

Sounds like it just clunked uselessy against the armor.
"I am from his country."
"It is why he sent me, actually. He did not wish you to die before your time. You are still his son, even if he cannot take back what he has said."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377901

"Truly? I was not aware of this."

"Are you not welcome there?"

Venia [Battlemage] 377902

I clear my throat
"It's… complicated."

DM 377903

You deserve a little something back."
He smiles at that
The high king looks down
"I should visit him again…"

Venia [Battlemage] 377904

"You can do so after you beat Ebonreth Frostmourn. I always did hope you would visit Deep Rock and Snowflake again…"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377905

I'm still at the Arena and not at the party?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377906

And I just stare blankly back at him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377907

"Cheer up, my king. After you have swept Eaglecrest into the unified north, there will be time enough for it."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377908

"Is it now. I did not expect this story for such a rumored individual."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377909

Maybe a chance to see Her?…
Shake my head slightly.
Try not to be obvious that I was thinking of what that something could be.

"All in due time, Frostmourn."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377910

Gee, I wonder what that happy face means.
She sure must be happy for our king.

DM 377911

"…and what of our other tasks at hoof?"
I assume you're at the feast with everyone, unless you decided to stay with Waveform instead
"I see you're not feeling very happy"
"Tomorrow will be a grand day."
"I think I can guess what's on your mind…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377912

"…as I said, what I want can wait. You have more important things to worry about."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377913

I guess I went though I feel a bit out of place with all these ponies and a King I haven't met before.
I'll just eat some food. Is it good? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Godric [Dark Knight] 377914

"The only thing that matters is your match tomorrow. All else is a distraction until it is over. If you do not give King Eaglecrest the attention he merits, you may not live to see through your other tasks."

Venia [Battlemage] 377915

"We have a lot of work ahead of us, true, but that does not mean we can lose sight of other important things. Things like family for example."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377916

"I am happy, Frosty."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377917

I'll nod to the king, and then set about making myself a plate of food. My usual method of eating will be rather… awkward, though.
How exactly am I going to get out of this…


Seeing how we are seated close, do I notice his discomfort?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 377919

I look at him curiously
"I don't believe we've met. Another new addition?"

DM 377920

"For now, I agree.
But a time will come.
…and I cannot stop you. Not with a pure heart."
The High king spared no expense.
The tables of Valhalla itself would be jealous.
"Very true…"
…if I won't make it tomorrow…
…I want you to be among those who decide my follower. If any."
"Everything quite alright?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377921

I smile at him, a little relieved.
"Thank you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377922

"Of course, it's just… an unexpected difficulty."
I'll tap my helmet for a moment.

Venia [Battlemage] 377923

"Why not just take it off?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377924

Bow my head.
"Smoldering Torch, my Lady.
I've had the honor of having mister Swansong and miss Nylis helping me out earlier today."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377925

I'll be silent for a moment.
"I… am not proud of my face, Queen Venia. I find those who see it tend to take me less than seriously."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377926

I give him a deadpan look but say nothing.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377927

Widen my eyes.
"Frosty that-"
Take a deep, quick breath.
"If worse comes to worse, I will personally see for your successor to complete your dream, Frostmourn."
"I took you less seriously from the start actually!"

Venia [Battlemage] 377928

"Oh, I had no idea… welcome! Are you a local?"

I chuckle
"Please, we are all adults here. I don't think you need to worry too much about matters such as that. Just try and enjoy the evening!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377930

I'll return the look for a moment, and shrug.
"You can still be taken seriously."
"You also looked."
I'll shuffle a little uncomfortably.
"Even so."


"I have seen more than enough cracked beaks and scorched feathers to know that vanity is meaningless to a warrior, be it from him or those who judge."

Sample one of the fish. How is it?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377933

"Exactly. Looks do not define who a pony really is."

DM 377934

"just remember, with such freedom comes equal responsibility."
Like it was cooked by someone who has no idea what it should taste like.

Frostmourn rises and walks to a side room door
"Nylis, please come with me for a moment"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377935

"And I cared to come to you and ask forgivness.
Believe me, your face is the last thing I care about, when talking with you.
The constant attempts at making me uncomfortable and your shouting judgements are much more distracting."
Smile at him.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377936

Look down for a second.
"No, I used to live in Rockeye.
I was a member of the Academy there."

Venia [Battlemage] 377937

I smile at him
"Crescent, every single pony sitting at this pony is dedicated to the same goal. We are all comrades here and wont think any less of one another because of their looks, because looks don't make a pony. It's their deeds and personality that has the biggest impact on the world at the end of the day."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377938

Wink to the door and follow him

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377939

I nod, then start eating.

Let's get some good salads.

Venia [Battlemage] 377940

>every single pony sitting at this pony
Damn you brain

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377941

Look at the king go with a worried look.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377942

I look at her expectantly


Attempt to hide my distaste. I cannot fault his effort at least.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377944

I'll grumble slightly.
"The first half of my life would care to disagree."
I'll look between the two of them.
Then sigh.
Unclasping my helmet, I'll take it off.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377945

I look at her and stop.
"Yes? Was there something you wanted to discuss before we started eating?"

DM 377946

He closes the door behind you, then looks you in the eye
"Nylis. I know you blame yourself for many things that happened to me over the years.
…many things.
But I want you to understand that I forgive you. For all of it. That you need not carry that burden on your shoulders. That you are absolved of all wrongs you may have committed against me.
And that if I live… I will need you for many things still."
Angrily throwing the fish is not very polite.
Perhaps you could instead instruct the chef?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377947

Look at him as he takes off his helmet.
"…So? I don't see anything wrong."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377948

Go back eating like nothing happened.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 377949

"Oh? Now that's interesting. Why move to Eaglecrest?"

I chuckle softly at his reaction.

I keep smiling
"See? That wasn't so hard, was it? Now, enjoy this lovely evening and meal like the rest of us."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377950

I look down.
"Unsure what to eat, is all."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377951

"Oh… right."
I sheepisly look around.
"You… you could try one of the salads?"
I motion to the bowls.
There must be all sorts of salads at a herbivore feast, right?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377952

"Nothing wrong?"
I'll point at my face and colors.
"Do this look anywhere close to how a stallion is supposed to look?"
I'll say nothing at that.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377953

Perhaps I should. If I am to see this through, I should at least make sure any other gryphons get some well-prepared meals.

"I hope you do not feel the same when treated to a feast in our halls, Queen Wintergrasp."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377954

"Is it? You ponies come in many colors and shades, after all."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377955


Roll #1 4 = 4

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377956

"I'm afraid it wasn't really a choice, your Highness.
My colleagues weren't really fond of my work,
so they…sent me away."
"I'm hoping to find a new place to continue my research in Wintergrasp."


I slowly get up and stare at the bowls.
Can my mind handle the notion of all this choice? Those two glasses were easy… but this?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377958

I'll shake my head.
"Not usually, no. Males very rarely come with such coloration."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377959

"And your looks make you a stallion?"

"Our food is slightly easier to make. Basic ones, at least."

I look at her expectantly.
"…go on, don't be shy. You can have whatever catches your eye."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377960

start to tear up where I'm at
"I- I- …

I'm s-so s-s-s-sorry King! I- I didn't mean to! Ev-ven after a-… all these years I still can't get a hold on my magic!"


" 'm sorry"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377961

"I'm sure your coat is not as sweet as that of a real mare though."
Keep eating.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 377962

I smile
"Just Venia will do, thank you. And don't be too concerned, I am not quite picky. My parents and I ate meat and fish occasionally back when I was younger."

I smile at him
"That is their loss and our gain then. I would gladly accept more practitioners of the arcane into our nation."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377963

"Until I put myself in this armor, they have made me unable to be seen as one."
I'll just shoot a sidelong glance at him, and grip my helmet slightly.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377964

Choice is hard!

I quickly grab whatever is closest and start eating.

DM 377965

He hugs you with an armoured hoof
"Shh… it's ok.
All is forgiven.

Godric [Dark Knight] 377966

"You are easy to pick out from the air on occasions. Even some of our tapestries feature colors such as yours on ponies."

"Are you certain? Fish is common in Stormheart, if a…peasant dish. Any true feast would feature a fresh carcass as the main dish."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377967

"I wear armor all day too."
"And… I'm not the prettiest mare around either. Does that make me a stallion? No. Your behavior seems like… cowardice."

"Ambrosia… we are not in a hurry."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377968

Bow my head again.
"You humble me, my Lady.
I will prove myself to be an asset to Wintersgrasp."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377969

"Do you fear their judgements? Any warrior capable of bearing such a load unencumbered should be worthy of respect."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377970

pull him into a tight hug
"T-t-th-tha-ank you.. King Fr- Frostmourn."

DM 377971

"Please Nylis
…call me Frosty."

Venia [Battlemage] 377972

"As I said, I am not so picky. Although I admit I am also not opposed to a feast such as this one."

I chuckle
"No need to be so formal with me, Smoldering. Just Venia will do. As for your magic, perhaps we could duel some day. I employ the arcane as well, you see."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377973

I stop and turn to look at her, then nod slowly
"Okay. Sorry, Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377974

Shake my head with a smile.
"Just a fair warning. If you eat too fast or too much, you will just hurt yourself."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377975

"I have bore such judgements for too long. I am simply tired of them, that's why I wear this."
I'll huff slightly.
"Though bringing up my discomfort was an error."
I'll replace my helmet, take my plate, and exit the room.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377976

"U-uh.. a-alright. K-


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377977

Keep eating, but speak as he leaves.
"The king will miss you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377978

"That is still cowardice, and running away won't help it."


"Mm. My clan follows one of the lesser tenants of Stormheart, one that states you cannot eat anything that you cannot kill yourself. It has served our family well since its founding."

I watch him leave the room.
"What an odd knight."

Try another fish.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 377980

I lean in on Radiant
"You should go talk with him…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377981

"Then tell him I am simply stepping out for some air."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 377982

Continue eating my meal in silence, slower now.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377983

I nod.
Glance around.
"Watch over Ambrosia for me, will you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 377984

I cock a brow
"I would hope ponies are not part of that diet."

"I will."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377985

I gulp.
"Uh…if you'd like, m-…Venia.
Though I'd have to add, that I quite easily lose myself in the heat of battle.
It's almost necessary to properly control my Fire spells."

DM 377986

"Thank you.
I feel this was important for us both."
He brushes against your cheek with his neck and lets go

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377987

Smile at her but say nothing.

Then stand up and follow him outside.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377988

Watch him (or is it her?) leave.

Venia [Battlemage] 377989

I chuckle again
"So you are talented in fire magic then? I myself am a avid fan of lightning magic. Not quite the same, but equally fierce in its power."

Godric [Dark Knight] 377990

Significantly better. Perhaps I misjudged the chefs here.

"Oh, not anymore, no. At least not in any of the great houses. There are unsettling rumors about the border with Eaglecrest, though."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 377991

"Yes, Lady Radiant?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377992

I nod.
"Lightning magic, a very elegant art. How I wish I could control it…"
Look at my hooves, lost in thought for a second.
"So close to Fire, yet so far…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 377993

"That does sound unsettling.
Is it just a few ponies disappearing or is it something bigger?"

Venia [Battlemage] 377994

"Hm… Perhaps something to investigate… Do ponies live in Stormheart at all? I know there are a few gryphons in Wintergrasp at least."

"We cannot control it all, unfortunately. There are still boundaries to skill."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 377995

"Are you planning to run like that all your life?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 377996

My tone suddenly turns a bit harsher.
"There is nothing that can't be controlled and mastered through Fire.
It is the Element of Willpower and through it any boundary can be brushed aside"

Godric [Dark Knight] 377997

"I cannot say for sure. I hope it is nothing more than the mad crone's ravings, though I do not know if even she would stoop so low. However, in each lie there is a sliver of truth, and hatred of Eaglecrest runs deep."

"If they do, they are no citizens of ours. Stormheart is our promised land, and has never looked kindly on outsiders. We may have had a few families skirting the borders here and there, but those few with sense and wits left to still be alive would have long since moved back here."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 377998

smile a little, then wait to follow him back to the table.

DM 377999

"Lets go my friend."
He leads you back to the feast


Venia [Battlemage] 378000

"Please, there is no need to become unpleasant. I just cannot agree with a notion like that."

"Ah… that is a shame to hear. Hopefully our cooperation will loosen up on that xenophobia."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378001

"I am not running, Lady Radiant. I am presenting a face that can be taken seriously instead of mocked."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378002

Roll to not look too embarrassed.'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Godric [Dark Knight] 378003

"Perhaps, but do not expect too much. Stormheart acknowledges the rights of other nations, but they have no place interfering in gryphon affairs. These are…extenuating circumstances."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378004

I look down.
"Uh…I'm sorry Venia, these are some matters that lie close to my heart.
Please forget what I said."

Venia [Battlemage] 378005

"Don't be distraught. I appreciate you standing up for your practice like that. I can only imagine how much prejudice you must face here in Eaglecrest, it must be frustrating."

"As long as there can be peace, I am content."

"Of course, no need to worry. I understand."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378006

"No, you are afraid to face the mockery, and would rather hide. Even if the mockery is meaningless. It does not make you any less of a pony that you are."
I smile bitterly.
"And even that is easy to handle. You know they just say it only to hurt you. What is worse is when others genuinly think you are something you are not."
Chuckle, and look at him.
"And you know what you do? You tell them otherwise, and move on."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378007

"Tell me honestly, Lady Radiant. What would you have though of me if I had come to you unarmored? Would you have honestly thought me worth the trouble of fighting, aside from simply humoring the request?"
I'll shake my head.
"In all my life, King Deep Rock was the only one who could look me in the face and keep the laughter out of his eyes. Why would I think I would received any better, or taken seriously by anyone else?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378008

I sigh.
Sekkrit roll '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378009

I sigh.
Sekkrit roll '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378010

Internet derped.
Taking first roll.

"Uh…Venia, might I talk to you openly, as a fellow mage?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378011

"Of course you can!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378012

"Why would I? What does it matter? Nothing. Your actions show you what type of pony you are, not your looks."
Lower my voice.
"And these are exactly the actions you should avoid, if you want to get taken seriously."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378013

I sigh again.
"The reason this matter lies so close to my heart is that I've become…incapable of practicing any other form of magic besides Fire…."

Venia [Battlemage] 378014

I blink
I frown slightly
"How come? I don't think I ever heard of something like that…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378015

"It is not so easy to change a lifetime's habits, Lady Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378016

"And it is impossible if you don't even try."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378017

"As would I, Venia. But not all wish the same."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378018

I'll gesture to myself.
"This was me trying."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378019

"During my studies, I learned that the Elements are much more then just their physical representatives. They are, as you know, the building blocks of the universe.
They make up everything, even us.
So during my early studies, I theorized that acting in certain ways, taking on traits intrinsic to an Element, in the case of fire those of activity, determination, willpower, amongst others…..would help me channel it properly and gain a deeper understanding."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378020

"And you gave up before you even began."

Venia [Battlemage] 378021

"Then we will make them. That is why I spent my entire life helping Frostmourn, to ensure peace in the North. No more pointless and endless wars…"

"So… you're saying your personality prevents you from using say lightning magic?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378022

I'll just be eating in silence then.
rolling for enjoyment of the dish I chose without thinking '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378023

"Something like that.
At first it worked magnificently. My understanding and control of it grew faster then I had ever hoped.
I could at times feel the Fire Element within me, burning, ready to be unleashed at a moments notice.
I managed to even use it in some unusual ways. My spell of Haste for example, usually this is a form of time magic.
In my case I focus my magic on the Fire element within me and whoever is nearby, overcharging it, making them move faster then possible.
I feel the power of Sight is related to it as well, after all Fire lights up all things ponies want to keep in the dark.
But in time, it became more then acting, it became who I was and it kept evolving even if I didn't actively try."
Look down.
"When I finally became aware of what was happening, I tried to study the other elements, in hope of balancing myself out again.
Water simply boiled, and I could only superheat the air instead of conjuring Lightning…."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378024


But I will obediently eat it all up anyway.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378025

I'll shake my head.
"You think I didn't try to make the best of things as a child? To keep my head up, and laugh with the others about the strange quirk of fate? I tried for years, Lady Radiant. When the option came up that I didn't have to try and keep myself from beating the next idiot who laughed at me into the hospital, I leaped for it."
I'll grimace for a moment, then relax.
"You have no idea what it feels like when the friends you thought you had only kept you around for an easy joke. And I kept falling into that same sort of situation, trusting that, maybe this group wouldn't be as bad as the last. I never hoped for better, just for it to be less bad."
I'll shake my head again.
"So do not accuse me of not trying, Lady Radiant. I simply became tired of it. All of it."


I wonder if that discomfort is big enough to notice?

Roll #1 8 = 8


I have a trained pokerface!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378028

Yep, and that's now canon.
Too bad, lost occasion for a chat!

Godric [Dark Knight] 378029

"Phrase your arguments carefully, Lady. If you want to bring Stormheart around to your way of thinking, then you cannot force them into it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378030

"What's the current situation with the civil war?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378031

I frown
"I see… that's troubling to hear."
I scratch my head sheepishly
"I admit my training methods were never so refined. I never actually attended to any form of academy or school as my parents and I were constantly on the move. Most of my magical knowledge comes from my mother…"
I sigh
"I guess you could say my magic is just more unrefined… raw… hardened in battle."

"Of course not. But I will make it perfectly clear that they cannot survive alone. Not when they are sandwiched between what will soon be the Greater Northlands and Equestria. If they want any hope of remaining unconquered, we will have to work together."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378032

"Did you see me, Queen Venia, or any one of us make fun of you? No. Do I, of all ponies, really seem like a pony who would do such a thing?"
"This is something you have to learn to live with. Sooner or later. I would advise it to be sooner. Just try to keep the helmet off for a week. I promise you that you will feel better afterwards."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378033

"Grimalphas holds much say with the population, and she would have us kill any who would dare set foot across our borders."

"If it comes to that, then we will do what we must. But Stormheart must remain sovereign, for the good of all who call themselves his children. If we lose it, we lose ourselves."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378034

I smile.
"That's very good. Always keep it that way.
And I'm sorry, I tend to be a bit too straightforward at times.." Smile sheepishly.
"I merely felt the need to explain why this is such a great matter to me.
Besides it's not like I don't like being like this. How else would I warm my food when it gets cold?"

Warm up my food again '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378035

Guess that food got torched.
"Eh..oops." Smile sheepishly and get another plate.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378036

"Master Swansong appeared to take great joy in doing so. It took a considerable amount of restraint to not hit him, even after his apparently half-hearted apology for an earlier insult in the same vein."
I'll sigh.
"I suppose, though, I should not have assumed it from you, at least. But I've known you all for less than a day. The fact I took my helmet off at all should be notable."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378037

"Would you be capable of scheduling an hearing for the Hi-"
You had been trying to insult him all day long, suck it up.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 378038

"All we ask of you is an alliance. To swear fealty to the Northlands and to help us discourage Equestria of continuing their hostilities."

I smile back at him
"You don't need to shy away from being straightforward with me. I think it's refreshing to see somepony standing up for his passion like that. I really do look forward to working together with you in the future, Smoldering."

I just chuckle again.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378039

Facehoof and groan.
"Of course Pumpkin would… just, don't mind him, okay?"
After a sigh, I continue.
"You can trust me when I say that I know that problems won't magically go away. They need to be solved one way or another."
Glance back.
"It will be sort of like the case with Ambrosia. A long process, but the sooner we start, the better. You saw how much progress she already made, because she tried."
Look back at him again.
"All I'm asking you is that you try to."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378040

"Fealty may not be possible, no matter Frostmourn's strength. However, if he does manage to usurp Eaglecrest and return his helm to us, then we may be able to negotiate a pact of mutal defense and nonagression."

I talon my fish plate.
"All we want is our lands and ways to remain unmolested by outsiders."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378041

I'll think for a moment.
"Fine. But I will start… tomorrow."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378042

"Thank you, Venia.
That means a lot to me.
Though if I may ask,
what are these talks of alliances about?
I'm afraid I haven't kept up with political affairs."

Venia [Battlemage] 378043

"As do we, Sir Godric. We simply wish to be left alone and enjoy the peace."

I cock a brow
"Are you not aware of High King Frostmourn's doings? Tell me, what do you know about Equestria?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378044

I smile.
"Thank you. Shall we head back now?""

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378045

"You go ahead. I'll be along in a moment."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378046

I nod, then head back inside to sit down beside Ambrosia.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378047

I'll finish my plate, and then, with helmet still firmly attached, return to the room.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378048

"Equestria is a land to the south, ruled by two Princesses. I think one is called Celestia, she has a certain link with the sun."
I say sun slowly.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378049

I finished my disgusting meal and am now staring at Venia as she talks.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378050

I guess I grab something to eat too.
"So, how do you like the food so far?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378051

Before Waxing comes back I will try to talk with Radiant.
"So, how did he take it?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378052

I turn to look at her.
"It is nice, Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378053

"Somewhat well, he will try to take off the helmet tomorrow and walk around without it…"
Narrow my eyes, and poke him in the chest.
"And you stop insulting him, you hear me? You are not helping."

Smile at her.
"I'm glad you enjoyed it!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378054

"That is correct. Equestria was founded long ago when our ancestors left these lands during a particularly horrible blizzard. All three tribes settled together and founded a singular nation. As time passed, there were some of us who returned to the old lands to resettle pony civilization there as well, which is where we are today: the Northlands."
I take a moment of pause as I consider my next words
"At some point, the two alicorn sisters entered the theater in Equestria, ending the reign of Discord there and crowning themselves rulers of Equestria. The North was well on its way to fracturing itself into nationstates like Wintergrasp and Eaglecrest by then, and conflict swept through these lands for years to come."
I frown slightly
"Truly horrible times… Constant war… Ponies dying en masse… "
I perk up
"That is why we want to put an end to that. We want to North to be peaceful once more! Put an end to this constant suffering!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378055

"You mean that one time in the closed room? I wanted him to shut up after he had been insulting my mother, my honor and my friendship and loyalty to Frosty in front of everyone for the whole day. There is just so much I can take ."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378056

"I see. So King Frostmourn seeks to unite all nationstates of the North with these alliances?
A noble goal."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378057

"A great goal!"
Grin and lift a glass once more.
"Are you gonna help us achieve it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378058

"Then the two of you make up and stop this nonsense. There is no need for any jarring between any of us, and I will tell him that too."

Venia [Battlemage] 378059

"Yes. That is why Equestria wishes to end us. They see a united North as a threat to them. A possible challenger."
I sigh.
"All we want is to have peace… and they want to prevent that. It's just so… saddening."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378060

"But I already did. I had a talk with Frosty that oponed my eyes today, about a lot of things. And first thing I did was look for Waxing to apologize.
Also, I believe he only wanted to provoke me into a fight.
Sadly that's something I can't give him."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378061

Try not to think of Her too obliviously when I hear this.

Roll #1 1 - 1 = 0

Godric [Dark Knight] 378062

"You seem knowledgeable about them. What else can you tell me about this nation?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378063

Groan loudly and roll my eyes, then reel back on my chair.
We lost her.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378064

After blurting that out, I blush.
"I..Uh… I mean… nevermind…"
Sit down and try to get back at eating like nothing happened.

Venia [Battlemage] 378065

"I ought to be, I am Equestrian myself after all."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378066

I just stare at her

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378067

"War doesn't serve anypony, Mister Swansong.
If the High King seeks to prevent it, I offer my knowledge and skills at his disposal."

"I didn't realize the threat of war was this great. In any case, that just neccessitates an united north all the more."

Take a curious look at her.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378068

Oh look this food is so interesting….
I sure hope nopony is trying to make eye contact or talk with me now…


Give her an angry stare, but drop it almost immediatly, sigh and say nothing.
I should keep eating.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 378070

I frown at her.
That was unnecessary.


Godric [Dark Knight] 378071

"She? Their monarch?"

"And they would annex us because of a perceived threat? It is not an unreasonable assumption, if a bit paranoid."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378072

One day I'll 4th Eye the shit out of you.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378073

With how 4th eye works you can even do it now.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378074

Don't look up.
"I said nevermind…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378075

"Sir Godric, the Nation of Wintergrasp was assaulted by Equestria a few years back. Assassins wanted to kill everypony in the Royal palace, because they were aware of Frostmourn's claims on both the thrones of Ironfoe and Wintergrasp. They did not attempt to negotiate, they went in to kill. I am sorry to say that this sort of attitude is nothing less than disgusting to me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378076

Mutter to myself.
"They killed Medve…"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378077

Smoldering is a not a pony who likes to use his sight, besides the obvious violation of privacy and the terrible headaches it gives him, it just doesn't feel right with him. He's not the sneaky information gathering kind, his idea of sneaking is exploding the front gate, torching everyone who tries to stop him and then boil the blood of whoever has the information until he talks.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378078

Campfire pls.

Godric [Dark Knight] 378079

I stare pointedly at her.
"You speak as if you know this ruler personally."

I then turn back to Venia and blink at her story.

"The gall! No challenge was issued? And they did not discriminate in their killings? At the very least, they should have declared their feud for all to see. Our maps are woefully neglected outside our borders, would the union between two nations merit such a response?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378080

I sigh deeply.
"Can we please not talk about this now?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378081

And I'll choose this lovely moment to reenter.

Venia [Battlemage] 378082

"Two kingdoms under the same ruler was apparently enough of a threat to Equestria that they would send in assassins. Not just to kill Frostmourn, but everypony else as well. Children even! Luckily, their backhoofed attempt failed and casualties were limited… but still present."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378083

"And did she tell you about the time they bombed the basement of a school, or the one they killed an embassador and his whole family blowing up their home?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378084

Listen to the conversation.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378085

I stare at her as she explains.
"Equestria tried to kill the High King?"
I frown slightly
"Cannot allow. Frosty must live."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378086

"I agree."
I'll resume my seat.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378087

are you wearing your helmet?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378088

Godric [Dark Knight] 378089


I ponder her words over another fish.
"Hm. This is most troubling news. If they are really so brazen, we may have to give some serious thoughts to our foreign policies. If you can provide proof of these when brought before the King and clan leaders."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378090

"Just how much proof are we talking about?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378091

"They were trained assassins. Aside from dead bodies, they left little proof."
I look at Pumpkin
"Though I'm sure there are things even I am not aware of either."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378092

Keep up a little, sad smile and look at her with begging eyes.
I'd have loved not to know them either.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378093

pfff, that's no fun
I sit back and look at Pumpkin
"I saw you and Frosty alone."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378094

"But I didn't see you. Pretty good."
Smile at her.
"Why did you follow us?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378095

I perk my ears at this but keep eating silently.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378096

I'll be listening in on this as well.

Godric [Dark Knight] 378097

"I cannot say, but Stormheart will not act based on stories alone. Right now our quarrel is with Eaglecrest."

"Then your plight is a difficult one. You have my sympathies, but as things stand now I can offer little else until your king claims victory tomorrow."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378098

"You have to understand that all this has happened years ago now. Little but senseless distruction came out of it, too."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378099

"Frosty is my friend. Wished to protect."
I frown.
"Stayed hidden in bush. Nature provides."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378100

"Then what proof do you have that this is an ongoing campaign of theirs?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378101

I speak quietly.
"It's not polite to sneak up on ponies, Ambrosia."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378102

"That's a bad way to live, hidden in the foliage, worrying after somepony else."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378103

"A lordblade attack from less than a few months ago.
Left little more than dead ponies though."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378105

I look down.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378106

"Don't be sorry, I'm saying it for you.
There is little a pony can enjoy, in that life."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378107

Cock my eyebrow.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378108

"Is there something you wish to say?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378109

"I'll be forced to agree with master Swansong. There is little that can be accomplished by hiding…"
I'll frown a bit.
"…But it is good that you have concern for your friends, Ambrosia."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378110

"That does fit a pattern. Do you have knowledge of any attacks on other countries?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378111

"Not at all.
It was just weird to hear you say that."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378112

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378113

"Why so?"
"We were able to prevent an infiltration into Rockeye and Ironfoe, but we have no reports of direct attacks on other countries."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378114

"And they will corroborate your claim?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378115

"We are allies now, those nations are under the High King's rule.
I doubt your rulers will take it as impartial evidence."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378116

Look thoughtfully.
"I don't know.
The way you talked about "that life"."
"I'm sorry, I've probably drank too much wine.
Always gets me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378117

"So, Ambrosia, how have you enjoyed your meal? Find anything you liked?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 378118

"True, but it is still evidence of a pattern. If enough coincidences line up, we may be forced into a decision."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378119

"On the countrary.
I was a thief and a horphan before meeting the high king.
He saved me and gave me a home when I was only eight."
"Tell me something.
Are your people against dark magic?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378120

I turn to stare at him
"It was nice. I am grateful to Frosty for letting me join."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378121

I furrow my brows at the mention of dark magic.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378122

I'll nod slightly.
"It was kind of him to include even the ones he'd just met today in the meal."
My stomach will grumble quietly for a moment.
Seems one plate wasn't enough, especially after all that fighting today…
I'll take a small breath.
"Ambrosia, I don't think I've tried any of the salads on your side of the table. Were there any you would suggest?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378123

Stare perplexed.
"I'd never have guessed…
That must have been hard."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378124

"I do not know. Magic is not unheard of in Stormheart, but I cannot say I am familiar with it."

Venia [Battlemage] 378125

I chuckle
"You would be surprised at the variety of backgrounds in this room, myself included."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378126

"They are all nice, Crescent."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378127

"Well, yes, I would assume so. But were there any you liked particularly?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378128

"We got through it. And made sure to give everypony in Wintergrasp a home with the reclamation of the Deep Roads.
So I really can't complain."
Raise a glass to her.
"Lady Radiant, would you join me in a drink, just this once?
For those kids. You know the ones."
"Will they take problems if we have a corpse confess his crimes?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378129

I point at the salad I ate from.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378130


"Seems like I still have a lot to learn…"

Take a sip from my wine. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378131

I frown, but shake my head.
"I know… but I doubt they would want me to start drinking alcohol."

Venia [Battlemage] 378132

I chuckle and pat her on the back
"Come on Radiant… It's fun! Just let yourself loose! Have a drink!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378133

Sigh and look with a sad smile at my own raised glass.
Gulp it down in one go, and go back at staring at my plate with the same smile.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378134

"May I?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378135


Godric [Dark Knight] 378136

I frown at that.

"They may. Ancestor worship is one of our most sacred beliefs. The dead deserve what peace they have."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378138

Floating myself a small bowl and some of the salad, I'll tip my helmet up just enough to fit the fork through.
'1d10' for flavor.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378139

I might have another solution then. But this one will require more secrecy.
Nominally, me, you, the High King and your ruler will be the only ones to know."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378140

I raise my glass of water as well, close my eyes, and mutter short prayer to those kids.

"I am sorry Venia, but you know how I am. I would rather not, it's a poision to the mind."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378141

I can only be thankful that my helmet hides my face as this… tripe hits my tongue. Chewing slowly, I'll swallow and put down my fork.
"Ambrosia, how did this salad taste to you?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378142

"It was nice, Crescent."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378143

"Have you tried any of the other salads?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378144

I scrunch.
"Hardly! It's just good old fun!"
I sigh
"But yeah, I know. Fine. Water it is then."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378145

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378146

I frown.
"I'm sorry again, but I am sure we won't be missing out on anything by me not drinking."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378147

"I will listen to what you have to say, but I ask that you remember cannot guarantee any promises of support as of yet. If your king wins tomorrow, then I will do what I can to provide an audience."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378148

"Discipline, even on a party eh?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378149

I smirk
"I don't know, I wouldn't mind seeing a drunk Radiant for once."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378150

"I see."
Lighting up my horn, I'll prepare Ambrosia another bowl of salad, this time from a different set of ingredients.
"Here. Try this one."
And then I'll make another bowl for myself, after pushing the previous one aside.
And then, the flavor. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378151

"There are no if's here, my friend. Not for me."
Smile at him.
"Lady Venia, please.
I know I wouldn't want to…"
Stare back at my plate.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378152

Roll my eyes.

"I don't even want to think about it…"

"That is what being a Paladin is about, after all, isn't it?"


I start eating the different salad. How rancid is this one?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 378154

I giggle
"But I do!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378155

Pretty good apparently.
Still, keep wearing that neutral expression as I eat.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378156

Smile slightly.
"I would probably shout a lot…"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378157

"In theory, yes. We all know that's harder to practice."
Take another sip of my glass. '1d10'
"You must bring honor to your order, being thi dedicated."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378158

My eyes will water at the continued assault on my tongue, but I'll gamely hold it in until I get Ambrosia's reaction.
"How is it? Do you like it better than the other one?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378159

Throw a piece of salad at her.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378160

Catch the salad fragment with TK. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378161

"Ah ah ah, master Swansong. Foodfights are for after everyone has had their fill."

Venia [Battlemage] 378162

"Oh yes, I'm sure of that."
I smirk
"I wonder how many glasses it would take for you to start jumping on tables."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378163

"I just wanted to get an expression on her face."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378164

"It is good."

I don't react to it whatsoever, instead just staring at Pumpkin quietly.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378165

"I'd rather it be happiness over eating something good, than surprise at being hit in the face with it. However…"
I'll idly move my hoof to one of the nasty-ass salads.
"If you are looking for an opponent, I believe I can oblige."
And then toss the bowl of nasty salad at Pumpkin. '1d10'
"Glad you like it. Mine was terrible."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Godric [Dark Knight] 378166

"Well then he has another reason to win tomorrow. I greatly look forward to the fight."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378167

"Pumpkin! Behave for the Sun's sake!"

"I try my best. I would be lying if I said I never faltered myself… but I have friends who always help me when in doubt so I can get back on the right track, and their friendship is one the biggest honors I can imagine."

Blush at that.
"Let's not try and find out, that would be for the best."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378168

Stare back at her.
Stare battle.
Stare battle will have to wait.
Counter that bowl mid air with a well placed blow! Make it fall on his head!

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 5 = 5

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378169


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378170

"Just so you know, if the salad I made for you tasted as bad as the one I made for myself, I would like you to tell me. You can afford to be picky, now that you're free."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378171

"We all have our bad days.
We can only hope somepony picks us up when they happen.
So you worship the Sun?"
Drink another glass of wine '1d10'

Occasionaly glance at the fight going on.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 378172

"Like hell!"
I snicker
"One day, Radiant. One day…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378173

Deflect it towards Radiant with telekinesis! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378175

Two actions in a turn? That's a nope.
Live with the consequences.
"Is that salad any good?"
Giggle a bit.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378176

I'll knock the salad bowl off my helmet.
"Not at all. I should know, I made it myself."
And since I've got a second shot, let's see if I can't catch him while he's gloating. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378177

Catch me how/with what?
I guess I will just try to stop it/you?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378178

I slowly nod my head

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378179

I had a second bowl of nasty salad.
And that gets you clean in the face.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378180

I nod and glance at my armor and pendant with a smile.
"I think my outfit makes that pretty obvious, but yes, I do."

"Let's hope that one day is far far away then."

Stomp under the table.
"If you two don't stop behaving like unruly children I swear to the Sun I'm going to do something you regret."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378181

Blow the salad lazily off my eyes.
Taste it.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378182

I'll share a glance at Pumpkin.
"Shall we begin our partnership, here, master Swansong?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378183

"I like it."
Look at her with a surprised expression, bowl of salad still over my head.
"Did you want the salad?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378184

Supposing I just got back from Kilana's. Slip in, and join the table.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378185

"Yes, I should have noticed.
Maybe you'd like to talk about that someday?
Sun worship has always intrigued me."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378186

Remove the salad from my head and take the bowl in one hoof.
Bow slightly with a smile.
"Please, do the honors."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378187

Nod. "Hope I wasn't interrupting."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378188

"What do you mean?"

"No, I want you to behave yourselves and stop throwing the food!"

I nod to him.
"I would be glad to tell you about it, yes. Just a second while I deal with these two."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378189

Nod at the 2 fighters.
"I think they were just done. You missed it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378190

"With pleasure, master Swansong."
And, with the gathering of loose salad into a bowl, I shall launch the first shot at Radiant. '1d10'
"I simply mean to include you in on the fun, Lady Radiant. Think fast."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378191

"Good timing, then."

Godric [Dark Knight] 378193

"I assume this is not traditional dinner etiquette."


Following his example I will throw a bowl too.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 378195

I raise an eyebrow
"I see you have revealed your face at long last…"

I roll my eyes.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378196

"Not at all, but it's certainly more entertaining than political posturing, don't you think?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378197

"His Majesty's orders, I'm afraid."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378198

"My mistake, we aren't."
I say as I see the bowls fly.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378199

"Hey there!"
Spare him a glance over the fighting.
"We gotta talk. I'm sorry for earlier!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378200

Divine Protection, let it both harmlessly smack against the barrier.
Stand up, glare at both of them.
"I will give you two exactly ten seconds to apologize before I start breaking jaws."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378202

I jump up as the bowl gets flung at Radiant

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378203

Divine Protection is Automatic. It fails, both bowls hit you with a faceful of salad.
You are covered in lattuce, radish and various vegetables.

Venia [Battlemage] 378204

I frown slightly
"His orders?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378205

Your combat system is more retarded than you are.

I angrily huff, and point a hoof outside.

Godric [Dark Knight] 378206

"Indeed, I suppose it is. A bit of levity would do me some good."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378207

Shake my head and relax back on my seat with a grin.
"This is a food fight Lady Radiant.
Play fair."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378209


Point a hoof at my head.

"I understand. I bear no grudge."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378210

Walk over to him, and grab him by whatever the fuck he is wearing.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378211

"Indeed, Lady Radiant. Salad is the weapon of choice tonight, if you'd care to make a return salvo."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378212

Snarl at him.
"Do I look like I'm playing games?!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378213

I open my mouth to say something but interrupt myself as I hear all the shouting.

"Or how about a apology from you instead? And from Pumpkin."

"Radiant please, calm down."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378214

No roll, that's a default 1.
Escape Artist.
"Look, this is a night of celebration. If this has to be your attitude, I think you are the one that should move out."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378215

"Perhaps you should be. This was not a night for sourness, after all."
I'll shrug at Venia.
"If it something to be apologized for, it will be apologized for."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378216

I didn't suppress you, just grabbed your collar.

Turn around and leave the room.

Once I am outside, clean the salad and whatever those asshats did.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378217

As I watch her go, I'll sigh.
"And I suppose now it's something to apologize for."
I'll look at Pumpkin.
"Well, it would be rude of us to keep a lady waiting, I suppose."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378218

Yeah it's still an action against a player.
You can't take 6 on something like that.

Look at her go.
"She could have taken it better though. It was salad, not a thousand sharp knives."
"Should I go after her?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378219

I sigh
"Thanks a lot you two. We're going to have words later."

I go after her.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378220

"I don't know, she should grow a thicker skin for jokes.
Those were just a few green leaves after all."
Roll my eyes.

Kilana [deathsinger] 378221

I trot into the breakroom, with a few baskets full of snacks. "So, how wants some.. " I look down at the list "Baked fruits, greezey lettuce cakes, Fried lettuce? The food here is so strange, but I got as close to home as I could."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378222

I'll shrug.
"And to think, she was telling me to get some thicker skin not ten minutes ago."
And I'll head out after Venia.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378223

I frown slightly
"Why waste food on making Radiant angry?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378224

"Hello to you too."
I say as a TK some of those lettuce cakes over.'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378225

"Sure, put it with the rest!"
We are currently having a feast actually.
Grin and look at him leave.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378226

"We didn't know it would make her angry at the time. Sometimes foodfights are fun. Like snowball fights."

Kilana [deathsinger] 378227

I frown at Radiant leaving. "Was it the fried turnips?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378228

I look at her after I cleaned the salad out of my mane.
"What is it?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378229

Brighten considerably as she enters.

"It looks like the High King has already pulled together quite a feast, but it was kind of you to think of us, Kila."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378230

Shake my head.
"She didn't like the salad."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378231

I nod slowly

Venia [Battlemage] 378232

"You're not going to leave Frostmourn hanging tonight, are you?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 378233

"Well, I was late to the party so I thought I'd bring something to make up for it."
"Don't strain yourself i'll bring you one." I grab a lettuce cake and give it too you.
I smile "Makes sense to me. You aren't having too much fun with out me are you?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378234

I eat one of the lettuce cakes. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378235

not bad at all.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378236

Well, while Venia is talking with Radiant, I'll just hang back a bit, and take off my helmet to clean the lettuce off.
Lucky there wasn't any dressing. Takes days to get the smell out.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378237

I take a deep breath.
"I just need a bit of time to calm down. Or a lot of time."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378238

"Had a real heart to heart with Frosty. Big stuff.
But looks like the one moment things were starting to get exciting Radiant just had to go all 'no-fun' on us."
Check my mane… '1d10'
"Do I still have salad in my mane?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 378239

"Do you want to talk about something? Is something else bothering you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378240

"Nothing else is bothering me. That new pony just asked about the Sun actually…"
After a bit of a pause I stomp and grit my teeth.
"One of these days, Venia, one of these days he will stop being so slippery when I get my hooves on him and I will teach him respect!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378241

"I only just arrived myself."

Kilana [deathsinger] 378242

Pull up a seat. "Sorry I missed that, but some bro time probably did him a lot of good."
"Its nothing compared to what Corn Pone can dish up, but its pretty good."

Venia [Battlemage] 378243

I chuckle
"You know how Pumpkin can be sometimes. Those two are just kids, I guess. They probably wanted to blow off some steam or something."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378244

"Did a lot of good to me too. Helped me relax."
Look at the mess of lattuce around.
"Maybe too much."

Kilana [deathsinger] 378245

I pick a piece of lettuce from your back, grinning as I set it on your nose. "Nah, this stuff is better as decorations anyway."


sneaky sneaky

Roll #1 1 = 1

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378247

I keep snarling angrily.
"By throwing food at me?! He damn well knew I would find it anything but fun!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378248

Try to stare at the piece of lattuce with my one good eye, standing perfectly still.
"I will have to make it up to Radiant…"
Don't look at her, keep staring at the lattuce.
"You could just walk normally, you know."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378249

Down goes my platter and bowl filled with lettuce.
Smashing into the ground with a loud crash.
And there I stand, frozen in place and eyes wide.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378250

I'll stop brushing my helmet for a moment.
I didn't. Suppose that's why he let me throw the first one.
I'll look towards the noise, helmet back on in a twinkling.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378251

Raise a brow.

Venia [Battlemage] 378253

"I'm not sure what went through his head either, but I'm sure he didn't mean to make you this angry. Not at Frostmourn's feast."
I put a hoof on her back.
"Can you just calm down? Please?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 378254

"If you think you owe it too her, its possible she was over reacting and will calm down on her own."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 378255

"I will tell you a secret Kila…"
Fly the lattuce into the air and eat it in one fast bite.
Then, move closer to her and whisper in her ear.
"She totally deserved that faceful of lattuce."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378256

I quickly scoop up the mess and clean it up!
I then walk out of the room, head hung low in shame.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378257

Can I?

Roll #1 1 - 1 = 0

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378258

Rear up and stomp with full force.
"Not until I bash his face in to make him learn! I spared my time and energy to train him, I would do anything to help him, and this is how he repays me?! I will make him respect me!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 378259

Teleport next to her '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Kilana [deathsinger] 378260

I nod. "I believe you"
"Hey, where are you going?" I go over to you. "Don't worry it there is plenty more lettuce where that came from."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378261

Take a curious look at that behavior.

Nod at Kilana.
"What's with her?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378263

"Hello, Nylis."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378264

I look at her in mild surprise and stop walking for a moment.

"I should leave."
I look down.
"I am sorry for breaking those things."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 378265

"Are you ok? You didn't hurt yourself did you?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 378266

I shrug "Probably just shy, not used to being outside the garden or something."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378267

"She's a gardener?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378268

I wince slightly
"Radiant… this wont help at all. Just… please could you calm down for now? For Frostmourn? For me?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378270

Spin around to face her with an angry expression.
"Not until I break his jaws!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378271

I give her a blank stare

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 378272


Roll #1 9 = 9

Kilana [deathsinger] 378273

"Long story, but she used to be"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378274

Do I know she used to be a slave?
4th Eye '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 378275

"Uh, alright then.. I was just.. y-you know a little worried since you looked so uh.. Yea. Alright"
grab my stuff and teleport to my room '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378276

"Okay then."
Go back to the table and sit down again.

Venia [Battlemage] 378277

"And that will help us how?"
I sigh weakly.
"Radiant please… Frostmourn has to face Ebonreth tomorrow. He wanted tonight to be something special because he really needs all the support her can get."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378278

Which way are you trying to leave the room, by the way? Where Radiant, Venia, and I are, or a different door?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378279

I stare at the spot where she teleported away from for a while, then turn and leave the room as well.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378280

Through the main exit, I guess?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378283

Stomp again.
"That doesn't mean his little hooflicker can do anything without consequences! I will calm down once I showed him I'm not going to be his target of ridicule!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378284

Well, there's probably an angry Radiant that way. You could bump into me if you feel like it.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378286

Frown as she disappears. "I don't think I'll ever succeed in meeting her. You don't think the High King was asking me to weave a rope of sand, do you, Kila?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378289

I put a hoof on her shoulder
"Then do that after Frostmourn finishes his battle, okay? For Frostmourn's sake. And possibly for the sake of the ponies of the North."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 378290

Drink another glass. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378293

I look around as I leave the room, seeing Radiant argue with Venia and Crescent standing off on his own someplace else and decide to simply keep watch at the door for now.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378296

Well, I don't want to get too close to Radiant while she's in a fit, so I'll go say hello to Ambrosia.
"What's the matter?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378299

I brush off her hoof and glare at her with anger.
"No. This won't wait. And if he tries to hide I will break every brick and stone in this place if I need in order to find him!"


I scrunch as she brushes me off.
"Dammit Radiant, you stubborn fool…"
Last resort calm-your-shit hugs before I head off to bed!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Godric [Dark Knight] 378321

"She has a point. I…have doubts about that pony. Starting a food fight at an official feast?"

Andelia 378353

"It will just take time, don't worry too much and try to enjoy yourself a little."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378837

Push her away forcibly and snarl at her.
"I don't need your pity, Venia! I don't need the pity of any of you!"
Claw at the ground with a hoof.
"All I need right now is to give that mongrel a beating he will not forget! To show him he will not insult Her Embraced any longer!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378852

I frown as she pushes me away.
"Radiant I'm disappointed in you! This is not like you at all! Calm down right this instant before you get somepony hurt! You're better than this!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378863

Bare my teeth.
"There is no settling down! And there won't be until somepony does get hurt!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378864

I keep frowning at her
"I may not be the most dedicated of paladins, not like you are anyway, but I know very well that this is not the way one should act! I wont allow you to jeopardize your standing with Frostmourn! If we break down to infighting we may as well throw the towel into the ring already! This is not the way! This is not the time! And this sure as hell is not something I'll allow to happen! Think of the others for goodness sake! Of Celaire! Of Ambrosia! Of all your friends!"
I stand firm in front of her.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378866

"Maybe he should keep his pet on a shorter leash then! It is due past time for him to taste righteous retribution at my hooves!"
Take up a more agressive stance.
"Only Pumpkin matters now. If he will not come to me, I will go to him, and nothing will stop me, not even you!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378867

I keep standing firm
"I wont let you Radiant! I don't want you to do anything you'll regret! Listen to yourself for goodness sake! How long have you been with us!? Does it really all have to come down to this!? A bowl of salad!? There is nothing righteous about this! So calm down!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378868

Take a step towards her.
"Only he needs to suffer the consequences… I will not even use anything more than my bare hooves… but I won't calm down until I'm done with him!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378869

"No Radiant. Not tonight. Not when Frostmourn is about to face Ebonreth."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378870

"I don't need him. I only want Pumpkin. And if he knows what's good for Frostmourn, he will give himself up and make this easier."

Venia [Battlemage] 378871

"Frostmourn does not need two of his close friends fighting each other! Dammit Radiant!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378872

I stomp again.
"Oh it will be far from a fight…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378873

"That is not the point Radiant! You know it isn't! And you know this is not the way!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378874

"It is obvious he will not learn any other way! I will only do what we should have done long ago!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378875

"No we should not have! Not everything has to be solved with violence dammit! I am not leaving you before you calmed down, you hear me!?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378876

"Then you better pray he will show his face before I drag him out here! I will not calm down! Not anymore!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378877

I take a step closer
"Radiant please."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378878

Keep snarling at her.
"There will be nothing pleasant about this."

Venia [Battlemage] 378879

I keep standing firm, only staring her down now, some sadness visible in my eyes.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378880

I stare her down as well, taking deep, short breaths.

Venia [Battlemage] 378881

Well I sure as hell am not moving out of the way until she calms down.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378882


Roll #1 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378883

After a while snarl at her and take another step.
"I'm tired of waiting! Don't try to stand in my way Venia! If he doesn't dare to show his face I will make him!"

Venia [Battlemage] 378884

"I will stand in your way, Radiant. Because I don't want Frostmourn to see the two of you at each other's throats."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378885

"Get him out here yourself then."

Venia [Battlemage] 378886

"No Radiant. Not until you've calmed down and are willing to solve this without violence."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378887

"Then we will have problems."

Venia [Battlemage] 378888

"So what, you're going to attack me then? Is that what you want? Is that how you want this evening to end? You're one of my best and closest friends Radiant, and I wont allow you fighting another one of my friends. We're all in this together and we can't divide ourselves like that."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378889

"I don't have a quarrel with you. Just stand aside and I will end this quickly."

Venia [Battlemage] 378890

"No. I will not."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378891

"Don't make me find my way around you. Because I will."

Venia [Battlemage] 378892

I frown.
"Then do it. Because I can't step aside now. Not if I want to retain a clear conscience."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378893

"Stop protecting him. He deserves what he'll get."

Venia [Battlemage] 378894

"I am not protecting him, Radiant. I am protecting you from yourself, like any friend would."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378895

Say nothing to that just keep glaring at her angrily.

Venia [Battlemage] 378896

I keep standing firm
"Glare at me all you want, but I wont back down. I would never forgive myself if I let you and Pumpkin ruin this night for Frostmourn. Not when he might be facing his death tomorrow. I don't want you to get yourself into trouble over this. Please just calm down now and we can talk this over like adults, without violence."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378897

"The time for talk is over. Actions speak louder than words."

Venia [Battlemage] 378898

"No Radiant, you're wrong. You're wrong and deep inside you know it. Pumpkin and Crescent will apologize for their behavior and that will be the end of it, you hear?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378899

"So he can lie when saying he is sorry and go on like he is? And that other…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378900

"He will be sorry, Radiant. I'll also be sure to have to talk with him about his behavior."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378901

"Oh he will be, he will be very sorry."

Venia [Battlemage] 378902

"Not sorrow through violence dammit!"
I let out a weary sigh.
"Could you just… please calm down? Please? Do it for me? For Frostmourn?"
I put a hoof on her shoulder again.
"I really don't want to deal with another incident. You know I care about you, Radiant, and this would just be bad news for all of us."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378903

Can all her pleading words calm me down?

Roll #1 10 - 1 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378904

My face falls and I frown, as well as my stance getting shakier as I finally realize her words and what I was behaving like.
"By the Sun…. w-what… what was I doing…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378905

I give her a weak smile
"Thank you for listening to me…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378906

Quickly grab her into a hug with a quaking voice.
"It happened… I did… it took over me again, didn't it…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378907

I hug her back
"Just for a short while… But you got a hold of yourself again. We all slip up sometimes."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378908

I bite my lip and keep hugging her.
"It… it's not that easy Venia… even if I get a hold of myself it lingers, it stays until something cleanses it out of me, one way or another…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378909

"Oh Radiant… I don't even know what to say to that…"
I sigh
"When… why does this happen to you? Is it really eating you that badly?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378910

I let go of the hug step back to look away, and sit down.
"Whenever I'm very stressed out and lose my clarity… and I just want to…"
Look down at the ground in shame.
"..hurt things."

Venia [Battlemage] 378911

I give her a troubled look
"That… strange. What on earth could possible cause that… Has this been like this all your life? I don't remember any of this happening back when we first met…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378912

I shake my head.
"Because it didn't… I…"
I close my eyes as I try to remember.
"I don't think it ever happened before…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378913

I avert my stare over to him instead
"I broke something."

Venia [Battlemage] 378914

"Very odd… what changed?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378915

I sigh, still looking at the ground.
"A lot…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378916

"That's all? That's hardly something to leave the room over…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378917

"Well yes… but enough to warrant something like this?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378918

"I wasted food on Frosty's feast. He was kind to me and I messed up. I disappointed."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378919

I frown.
"I don't know. Maybe yes… maybe it is the curse I bear…maybe I lost my way."

Venia [Battlemage] 378920

I sit down at tap a hoof against my chin
"This is very odd. What type of curse would cause this? And more importantly, how did you get it? Back when you were flung through time? But how? Can it be broken? Repented?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378921

"If even that high mage can't tell much about this curse, how could I?"
I sigh, then close my eyes again and remember that smile…

Venia [Battlemage] 378922

"Hmmm… at least you can still regain control over yourself when it happens…"
My face lightens up considerably as I get an idea
"Ten! Ten could scourge your mind and find out what happened!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378923

I scrunch.
"I don't want anypony…or anyone, to be looking into my mind. That should be something private."

Venia [Battlemage] 378924

"I know but… this is really important Radiant. Imagine all the questions it would solve!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378925

I sigh.
"I know… but I'm just not comfortable with it."

Venia [Battlemage] 378926

"Could you at least… consider it? Please?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378927

"I will…"
I bite my lips again.
"… but I'm afraid to even see my wings right now…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378928

I blink a few times
"… Why?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378929

I look at her.
"Did you never see them when this happened before? Back in Wintergrasp?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378930

I slowly shake my head

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378931

I'll snort a little.
"I hardly think you wasted more food than master Swansong and I. Besides, it's not like you meant to break any dishes, correct? Accidents happen, and I'm certain King Frostmourn doesn't mind."

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378932

"If I try to summon them… I don't want anypony else to see them. Only you."

Venia [Battlemage] 378933

I look around
"Are you sure? This does sound very serious…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378934

I look down.

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378935

"That is why I don't want to trouble the others with it."
Sigh again.
"And what they might think of me if they saw it."

Venia [Battlemage] 378936

I nod slowly
"Okay then. But you don't have to do this if it hurts you that much."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378937

Oh bother, she thinks I'm scolding her.
I'll gently raise her head back up to look me in the face.
"Come now, friends don't need to hide their faces, Ambrosia."
Ironic, coming from me…

Radiant Dawn [Celestia] 378938

Stand up and start walking around some sort of corner, out of the sight of the others.
"Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't."