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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 4 DM 378942[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story of a son of the north who marched willingly against a foe he knew he had no chance against.
But so long as his friends were behind him, he had hope. And so long as hope lived, so would he.


Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378945

"No. Radiant was angry. Do not want to disturb her."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378946

Requesting something on this:


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378947

"I see."
I'll pause slightly, then sit.
"Would you care to join me, for a moment?"
I'll pat the ground once or twice.
"I'm certain it'll be more comfortable than just standing."

DM 378948

The wings spawn painlessly.
Their appearance depends on just how mad Radiant is.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378949

I obediently sit down next to him.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378950

More worried than mad now?

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378951

Are we still at the party?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378952

Well, might as well take off the helmet. Even if it's for the worst of reasons, you know Ambrosia won't laugh at you.
Hesitantly, I'll remove my helm, and place it next to me on the ground.
"So. How are you enjoying the night, so far?"

DM 378953

Then they are back to their "empty" look, colourless void devoid of light.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378954

I slowly turn to look at him as he takes off his helmet and quietly stare at him for a while before speaking up again.
"It is nice. I am grateful to Frosty for inviting me. He is very kind."

DM 378955

Once that is all done with we move on to the King's Challenge.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378956

I let out a sigh of relief.
"Thank the Sun…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378957

"Well… they do look a little… pale."

"But this is how they normally look right?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378958

I shake my head.
"They used to be much more bright, filled with warm light… ever since that other time, they have been like this."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378959

That was a very long pause.
I'll nod.
"He is. I don't know if I'll ever really be able to drop his title as easily as you have, though."
After a moment, I'll turn to Ambrosia.
"Is breaking the dish really the only reason you left the room?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378960

"Frosty asked me to. I listened. And yes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378961

I'll shake my head.
"Are you still hungry?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378962

"No. I have eaten enough. Thank you for being considerate, Crescent."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 378963

I try to enjoy the meal.

Sion 378964

Take another sip of my wine again.
Move over to Kilana and ID.

"Thanks again for those cakes. It's one of my favorite snacks."

Venia [Battlemage] 378965

"Hmmm… I wonder… Do you think the paladins of Hardflank would know what to do?"

DM 378966

Frostmourn, Sunrise and the others can now be talked to

Venia [Battlemage] 378967

Sunrise soon…

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 378968

I'll roll my eyes slightly.
"One of these days I'm just going to have to take you somewhere and then we'll both eat until we can hardly move."
I'll smile a little at her.
"But, not until you choose to do so. As for the consideration, it's the least I can do for a friend."
I'll look down at my armor for a second.
"Hmm. I suppose spontaneous hugging is out of the question in full armor. Though such things might be stepping beyond the bounds of what sort of contact you'd like to have."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378969

I dismiss my wings.
"I'm not sure, but it's possible."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378970

"You have a lot of friends here, in the High King's court. I'll try to take your advice about Nylis."

Nod as he approaches.

Venia [Battlemage] 378971

"Guess we'll have to hope for that…"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 378972

"No problem, How are you liking everyone so far?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 378973

"Well, you could try to go to a library or museum with her."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378974

"I don't really have anything else in mind that could help."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378975

Sit down next to them.
"It's an interesting company to say the least."
I chuckle.
"I wasn't expecting formal parties to be this rowdy either."

Venia [Battlemage] 378976

"Until then… I suppose we'll just have to keep an eye on you."
I hug her again
"But don't worry, I wont drop you even if you fall. I would never forgive myself…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378977

Offer a weak smile. "I think she might vanish. But it's worth a try… and if your libraries are extensive as you implied, I would like to see them myself. Maybe you can show me, if she won't?"

Nod. "With respect due, I was surprised as well. However…"

Look over at Kilana. "…Don't let it fool you into thinking they're unprofessional. The Northlands is full of amazing people."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 378978

I just stare at him.
Why does he look like a mare…
Is he related to Radiant? No…

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378979

Hug her back.
"Venia… thank you. For snapping me out of it and everything. For being here for me…"

Venia [Battlemage] 378980

"It's what friends do Radiant. You've done a lot for us and I don't intend on it all being for nothing. I know you have a good heart. I don't question that for even a second."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378981

I nod again, then break off the hug.
"I will be back with you and the others in a minute… I just need some more time in the fresh air, okay?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378982

"I do not underestimate anypony here.
Every pony here seems to have an interesting history."

Venia [Battlemage] 378983

I nod
"Okay, take your time. I'll be back in the dinner hall."
I turn to leave and head back over to the feast, sitting down on a chair with a heavy sigh.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378984

Pipe up. "And the Zebras, too."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378985

ID is a donkey or am I wrong?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378986

That's correct.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378987

Cock my eyebrow.
"I don't think I've seen any zebras around. Then again, nothing would surprise me."
Take a look around, any zebras around here?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378988

Shift and indicate Kilana.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378989

Kilana is a zebra?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378990

Very much so.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 378991

"Of course, you know I used to hate libraries when I was younger, thought they were boring." I smile. "But, now they are just another tool."
Aw, that's sweet. "Pony is just a general term, but thanks for the thought"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 378992

Crap. Ignore >>378987 then.

"Of course. I meant ponies more as a general term. Zebras and donkeys included."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 378993

Mind reader. I wonder if I can figure out what she likes to do? '1d10+1'

"I'm sorry. I can visit on my own. Maybe the… place we're working on… will have a performance hall, too?"

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

DM 378994

Sunrise looks at you with a worried face
"You look distressed, Venia."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378995

I perk my head up and glance around.
"Who's there?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378996

"I did not… exactly have the best of days today."

DM 378997

"Merely a shadow in the darkness, Embraced."
"…that's terrible.
Do you want to talk… alone?"

Venia [Battlemage] 378998

I smile weakly at her
"No need to worry, it's nothing too important. But if you want, we could go for a walk outside."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 378999

Keep trying to find the source.
"…is that you, Shadow Song?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379000

"What are you sorry about? And it sounds fun, maybe I can get Winterbreese to convince Nylis to come see a show with us,"
She likes to party, dance, sing, shop. You can see images of her hanging out and getting icecream with friends, shopping for dresses, singing while drinking some ale.. you can also see a certain joy in her work.


Sneaky sneaky.

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 379002

…I don't want Frosty to see you all down like this."
She gets up
"No, it's Tirek's hairy ballsack here to gently rest on your face.
Yes it's me."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379003

Nope, looks like I'm stuck in stasis for now.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379004

"While we're on that subject, I'd like to offer my help in constructing that place, should there be any way in which I could help, of course."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379005

I relax slightly, and sit back down.
"What is it?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379006

"I meant… I don't want to drag you along somewhere you think is boring, so I'm sorry. If you like, I don't really know how to dance, so maybe you could show me? Or you could come when I shop for a new mask and help me pick one out…"

"I'm sure the help would be appreciated."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379007

Hail the North!

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379008

"Its healthy to lighten up once in a while, otherwise we'd ended up at each other's necks."

Venia [Battlemage] 379009

"Alright alright."
I chuckle softly and lead her outside for a walk.
"But first things first, how are you, Sunrise?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379010

"I would love to see the construction of such a place.
It would give me a place to discuss a few theories I have openly.
So if there is anything you would need of me, don't hesitate to ask."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379011

"Thanks, It will be a nice to have more support in this."
My eyes light up. "Why not both? We can find the best mask we can find and do a bit of dancing that night."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379012

"Is something the matter, Ambrosia? You've been rather quiet."

DM 379013

Where were you trying to sneak?
"It should not surprise you i overheard your little outburst"
"I'm worried for Frosty…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379014

Big smile. "It would be a privilege."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379015

I sigh.
"Yes… I'm sorry. I sort of lost control…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379016

I should totally be doing something right now.
Where is everyone?
I have little real time.

Venia [Battlemage] 379017

"Of course you are…"
I look her over
"How do you see his chances?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379018

Take another sip from wine as ID and Kilana talk '1d10'
Maybe I should have stayed with that Waveform

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 379019

"Care to explain where you got that name you used for yourself?"
You were feasting.
Once everyone is ready, the King's Duel begins.
"Slim if his heart falters… I hope everyone will be there. Cheering him on. Reminding him of why he fights."
You can ask to be excused of course.
Or even ask if you can get her here.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379020

I blink.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379021

"I can't wait! " Sit a little closer.

DM 379022

"Her Embraced."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379023

Yeah, let's keep feasting and ignore the looming doom.
Fuck that shit.
Walk over to them with a smile.
"Interrupting something?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379024

I smile
"That's why we're here of course. I may have failed in the arena myself… but that doesn't mean I can't cheer!"
I chuckle
"I have full trust in Frostmourn. I know he'll succeed. He has to."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379025

I blink again, then glance down at my pendant and place a hoof on it.
"I did say that, yes… and it made me feel…"
Take a short break and speak more quietly.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379026

Are there any mage NPCs I might want to meet?
Otherwise I might just go to Frosty to wish him good luck on his fight.
And then excuse myself.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379027

after Radiant

I finally blink, then shake my head slowly.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379028

Smile, and start to dig in.

Acknowledge him. "Just enjoying the feast and good company."

Mind reader. What does he want? Surface thoughts. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379029

"Not at all, just talking." I say still smiling. "Something on your mind bro?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379030

I'll cock my head slightly.
"Are you sure?"
Looks like taking it off again was a bad idea.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379031

I open my mouth to say something, then decide against it and just nod.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379032

"Kila has this ability to relax ponies, yes."
I should ask him to go somewhere else, apologize…
Oh Moondamnit, how long has it been since I've had a night out drinking with Kila? I miss those.
I wonder if Lady Radiant is still angry about the salad… She was the one butting in after all. And that was one nasty salad.

"Nah. I just want to relax, leave every worry for tomorrow."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379033

I'll frown.
"I can't stop you from speaking your mind, Ambrosia. I would prefer it if you were honest with me."

DM 379034

"And where did you get it from? Who is… Her?"
"I feel the same… But… I still worry.
What if he gets hurt even if he wins?"
No mages here.
They mostly live in Rockeye.
"By all means. Thank you for being here with us. It was a pleasure."

Venia [Battlemage] 379035

I scratch my head.
"Well… then we'll just get him healed up. I mean… just remember what Embers managed to do before!"
I shake my head at her
"But I understand your worry. And I can only hope you are wrong."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379036

"If you want to step out very briefly, I think I can manage that."

Attempt a serious look toward Kilana, "You will guard my plate, won't you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379037

I bite my lip and fiddle around with my pendant.
"I'm… not sure. I only have a guess…or a wish…"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379038

I look concerned. "Worried about something.. Do you need an ear to bend?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379039

I grin and give a stern nod. "It wouldn't leave this spot."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379040

I stare at him for a moment longer, then blurt it out.
"You look pretty."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379041


"Excuse me please, I have other places to be. Enjoy the rest of the night."
Go to Frosty.

Bow my head.
"I'm honored I was invited.
Queen Venia told me about your goal to unite the Northlands. A noble goal.
If I could help in any way, I'm at your disposal."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379042

"Uh? weren't you two talking?"
"No Kila, thanks.
Frosty took care of that, earlier.
As I told you, I'm free today. Nothing will get to me. Not until tomorrow night."
Smile at her.

DM 379043

"I saw what had to be done to save Raging Storm…
…I'd prefer my Frosty still having hooves to touch me with. A voice like a pony, rather than an unearthly machine…"
"Then please be there tomorrow for my duel with King Ebonreth to cheer me on.
And enjoy your night."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379044

I'll blush a little at that.
"W-well… thank you."
Wasn't expecting that.
I'll shuffle my hooves a bit.
"That's very kind of you to say."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379045

Tap the side of my head with a hoof.

"I can spare a moment. It won't take long, will it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379046

I sigh.
"Princess Celestia?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379047

"Hey now…"
I stop her with a hoof and pull her in for a hug
"He'll be fine, sweetie. He'll make it out in one piece, I just know it. And we'll be one step closer to that peace we all so long for."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379048

"Nah, I don't… Think so, no."
Sigh and stand up.

"Kila, I will steal your new friend for a few minutes, okay?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379049

I stare at him for a moment longer, then look away again.
"It is my pleasure, Crescent."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379050

"Ah, guy talk. Go ahead then."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379051

"I shall be there."
Bow again and leave to find Waveform.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379052

"You know I'm gonna tell him about how you move those stripes while dancing."
Grin at her and leave with Id.

"So, Ten, wanna go for a short walk?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379053

Trot along. "If it will make you feel better."

DM 379054

You can hear a bowstring tighten
"So, you are the Embraced of Celestia?"
She sniffles a little
"I sure hope so… he has suffered too much already…
I just… wish he'd settle down before he gets hurt again…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379055

I'll just keep blushing for now, with a tiny smile unconsciously curling the corner of my mouth.
And now of course I don't have any idea of what to say.
I'll fiddle my hooves for a second, and then turn face Ambrosia again.
"So, Ambrosia, aside from watching the king's match tomorrow, what were your plans?"

DM 379056

You find her idly eating on a bench, looking at the stars

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379057

I perk my ears, narrow my eyes and straigthen my back.
"If I am… I will not deny it."

Venia [Battlemage] 379058

I pet her mane softly
"Of course… we all have… But we have no other choice. Not unless we abandon the North."
I sigh
"You have the advantage of being so young… the two of you still have plenty of years ahead of you. My clock on the other hoof… it's ticking louder and louder."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379059

I turn to stare at him again

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379060

I grin back at you as you go.
I go over to Frosty and give a bow. "I believe in your dream Frostmourn, you'll win tomorrow."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379061

I'll nod.
"Yes. What were you going to do, aside from celebrating with the King after his match?"

DM 379062

"Then I imagine that following our fair king's words today, you will seek to return to Her?"
"You want a child…"
"Thank you for your words my friend.
If I do indeed win… we will have much to discuss."


Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379063

I finally blink
"Be with Frosty."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379064

"Surely that won't take all of your time?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379065

I nod with determination.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379066

Go up to her.
"Hello again.
Sorry I had to leave earlier."

Venia [Battlemage] 379067

"Yes… and just like you I would love nothing more than to settle down with Unyielding, Valeriana and everypony else and just live our lives without a worry…"
I sigh
"But we just can't. Not yet."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 379068

"I look forward to discussing all of it with you." I smile.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379069

"I wish to be around him. He is my friend and I must protect him."

Nylis 379070



Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379071

"Kind of?"
Let out a small sigh.
"I just don't like to talk about it with so many ponies around."
Let's take a short stroll out of the room.
"I wanted to apologize for my actions, earlier. I've been too much on the edge lately."
We can do our talk in the past.

DM 379072

"Then there is one thing I must know.
If She orders you to betray us, to reveal all you know of our plans, our weaknesses and more, will you be so spineless as to do it?"

"No problem. Everypony is free to go ass they will.
But I see you did choose to come back for me~"
"And why not…?
With Eaglecrest, we will rival Snowborder is size and power. Why do we need more?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379073

Is he sincere? Frontal cortex, please. '1d10+1'

"I know that you view yourself not so much as a protector of the academy as a protector of the world from the academy. It's natural you'd be on edge."

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379074

Recall that smile…
"No…because She would not ask of such a thing."

DM 379075

"You are dodging my question. Don't make me also make you dodge my arrow."

Venia [Battlemage] 379076

I keep hugging her tight.
"Because Equestria is much stronger than that. We need a United North. End these civil wars and band together to safeguard our existence. I really wish things could be different… but these are the cards we were dealt. No getting around that."
I pet her mane softly again
"Just stay strong, okay? And don't be afraid to ask things of me or Frostmourn. You don't have to worry of being a bother, because your feelings are just as important as ours."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379077

"I am not dodging it. She would not make me such a thing. She is better than that."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379078

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"You… must? That sounds more like how a guard would speak, as opposed to a friend."

DM 379079

"As one who has seen Canterlot from the inside, I would challenge that notion."
"Why can't we just life life as best we can…
Maybe Equestria would not even attack in our lifetime…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379080

"The academy is the last thing.
Of course I'd protect the north from it, down there nothing can harm the acedemy. That's something we will have to discuss too.
But not now. I want to enjoy this night.
With friends. Normal ponies I don't have to watch out from, ponies I'm not afraid might hurt Frosty."

I'm not sure Mind Reading works exactly like this but yes, he's sincere.

Venia [Battlemage] 379081

"We have to think of our children as well, sweetie. This isn't just for ourselves… it's for the sake of ponykind. To ensure happiness and peace not just today, but tomorrow as well."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379082

"You may have seen Canterlot, but you haven't seen Her. The Real Her."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379083

"He has given me purpose. He is the High King. Must be protected from harm."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379084

"You know where I stand on the High King's success. But consider yourself fully forgiven. I won't bear a grudge against a sincere apology."

Pause. "Though… if you felt obligated to make up for it… You could tell me some things Kilana likes. Foods and drinks. I want to make a good impression, and she said you were close."

DM 379085

"Were they not her agents who tried to kill us on many occasions? Who even I was once part of?
If asked, would you tell?"

"…okay… I understand…
But what had you so down?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379086

I'll nod.
"That is true. However, that doesn't mean you alone have to do it, every hour of the day. I don't think he intended for you to sacrifice the life you had only recently gained just to spend it in his shadow."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379087

Close my eyes.
"I cannot truthfully answer a question I do not know the answer to."

Venia [Battlemage] 379088

"Well… I didn't exactly fare so well in the arena today…"
I sigh and look down
"… It's not really improving my confidence in my skills too much…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379089

Blink, then from a flat stare, a slow smirk creeps on my face.
So, you like Kila? I think you fall short, she told me she's engaged already…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379090


DM 379091

"Then I fear you are too great a liability.
And here I hoped we could have had something of a common goal."

"Maybe… it's a sign that there are… other skills you should focus more on?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379092

I chuckle
"Like what? I'm nearing my forties and am still doing the same thing I've been doing for the last decade."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379093

I'll sigh slightly.
"I know you've only recently been freed, and a lifetime of direction is hard to throw away, but… don't just agree with everything that comes your way. Please? You can say no, if you don't want to do something."
As it is, I'd have taken you in until you were ready to fly on your own, Prettybird, had Radiant not gotten to you first.
I'll give her a little smile.
"Now, I have a small question for you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379094

I speak bitterly.
"So what? Will you just try and kill me now? Over chasing shadows that might not even exist once the Sun shines on them?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379095

"Okay. You can ask me, Crescent."

DM 379096

She gently puts a hoof on your belly
"I will not. Not until you become a real danger.
I simply wanted to see if I could have found a little new hope in you. But so far it seems that hope was wasted."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379097

Withdraw a little. "I didn't mean like that. The High King ordered me to meet her, but… she's also a good friend. I want to be a good friend to her as well."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379098

"Would you like to join me for lunch tomorrow?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379099

I smile
"I would love that…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379100

"Yes, Crescent."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379101

Smile and sit down next to her.
"How do you know?
Maybe I just wanted to see the night sky and happened to run into you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379102

"Hope for what?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379103

I'll smile a bit.
"Thank you."
I'll nod towards the door.
"Would you like to come back inside, and enjoy the rest of the evening with the others?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379104

Sigh and move closer, pass a hoof behind his shoulders and start walking.
"I was joking, you know? So. About Kilana…
Well, she likes watermelon. And pink, but that's because of an old friend of hers.
Oh, and whatever happens, avoid talking about possessed weapons, especially daggers, with her.
Other than that, she's a simple mare. Doesn't act up like a snotty noble, it's something that helped us bond.
Oh, and she is a goddes on her hooves, when she dances. Believe me!"

DM 379105

"Then why not ask him…?"
"It is a nice sky… It was much harder to see in the brightly lit parks of Rockeye."
"Of possibly seeing him again…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379106

Smile. "She said she would teach me to dance."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379107

I stay silent as I try to think.
"…Who is 'him'?"

DM 379108

"It does not matter if you are too dangerous to be allowed to see Canterlot"

Venia [Battlemage] 379109

"I did. We decided to wait until after the tournament because I didn't want to risk… complications during battle."
I sigh wearily
"I should have started sooner, Sunrise… I… I always wanted to start a family of my own."

DM 379110

"I can imagine… maybe someday Frosty will see the same light…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379111

Narrow my eyes.
"You cannot stop me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379112

Mom pls. I'm here for this. Just you wait.
Smile back at him.
"Then you've got the best teacher I can think of.
You know, for two dark artist that met each other while somepony was making threats to your life you two hit it real well."

DM 379113

"Nor do I want to, if I don't have to"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379114


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379115

"I want to see her again. And not just from memories."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379116

Take a look at the sky myself. for a few seconds.
"It is, isn't it. It's funny, even with all those lights in Rockeye, the nights here with all those stars seem much brighter."

Venia [Battlemage] 379117

I smile at her
"I'm sure he will."
I chuckle
"Hell, when I was your age… I didn't even have a special somepony yet. I'd say your chances are much higher. Frostmourn will want some heirs after all."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379118

Picking up my helmet in one hoof, I'll stand.
"Then, let's go on back inside, then."
I'll offer her my hoof.

DM 379119

"And there are those who would use you as a tool for their war efforts. To circumvent our defenses, slaughter millions and destroy the north with the secrets in your head."
"Then, I suppose they had the observatories there for a reason."
"I wouldn't mind if he asked…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379120

Nod vacantly, smiling. "She is very kind… I will take your advice. Watermelon, I don't think that's native, but I'm sure it can be imported."

Look back to him. "Was that all you needed?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379121

"Yeah. I had to take it off my chest.
Hope we can start over, maybe as friends."
Offer him a hoof.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379122

"Or show them the other side of the coin for peace."

Venia [Battlemage] 379123

"I'm sure he'll do just that soon enough, sweetie. Just you wait!"
I ruffle her mane playfully

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379124

Accept it. "Tonight, I think, we are all comrades in fate. The world will be a very different place tomorrow. Let's hope we win."

DM 379125

"After all the conquest, what makes you think they want peace?"
"I just don't think it'd be appropriate for me to ask him…"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379126

I chuckle.
"Probably. But let's forget about Rockeye.
The more I think about that place, the more I realize how much sooner I should have gotten out of there."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379127

"Peace is only dead if we stop trying to achieve it."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379128

I stare at his hoof for a moment, unsure what he's meaning me to do, then reluctantly shake it with my own hoof and walk back inside.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379129

Smile at him with determination and grip his hoof tight.
"So, did you and Kila discuss about the academy in the meanwhile?
I'd like to start making heads and tail of who the ponies in charge are."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379130

I'll just sorta stand there for a moment.
"Aha. Ha ha ha…"
Shaking my head, I'll follow her inside.
She's got a ways to go.
And I'm ready for the Royal Rumble, unless someone else wants to talk to me.

DM 379131

"I don't miss it much either.
Well, I miss some of my stuff, and some friends, but that's about it…"
"…I fear only Frostmourn can truly decide that for the north."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379132

I'd like to talk to Frostmourn again
I approach Frostmourn, head hung low.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379133

"If he truly cares about the ponies of the North, he will accept peace over senseless bloodshed if it's a possibility."

DM 379134

"Why the long face?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379135

I chuckle
"Of course it would be! You're the High Queen, Sunrise! You're not going to let Frostmourn waltz all over you, are you?"

DM 379136

"But at what cost, is the question. He knows Equestria leaves a great mark on any culture it touches"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379137

"Mostly just research. We'd like a performance hall in the academy, too."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379138

"I am sorry for breaking that bowl and spilling the salad on the floor, Frosty. It was my fault and I will accept your punishment."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379139

"What cost is too high for the greater good?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379140

I roll my eyes and tap her nose a few times.
"No! You can't let him do that, Sunrise. You have to make your voice heard! I do it all the time!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379141

"I can show you the projects, we could basically build it as big as you need it.
For more quality work though, we will need to wait until Timberjaw has been conquered."
Keep walking.
"There is something I wanted to ask, if it's not too much of a problem… You can just say you don't want to answer and I'll drop the subject immediatly."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379142


DM 379143

"…it was just a bowl, Ambrosia.
No harm done."
"To him? The loss of identity and self"
"But it just makes me feel so silly thinking of walking up to him and being all 'Frosty I want to make a foal right now'"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379144

I perk up slightly
"But… I made a mistake."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379145

"Why do you read minds instead of just… Asking?
Like earlier, when I invited you over.
I really did mean it, I wanted to apologize but then-"
Groan a bit in frustration.
"You get the gist of it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379146

"We must all make sacrifices."

DM 379147

"We all make mistakes at times.
Please. This is supposed to be a happy occasion."
"Tell that to him. Not to me.
I have made my sacrifices in life."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379148

Try to not sound too bitter '1d10'
"I left behind a lot as well…"

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 379149

"Well, you know. Lose some, gain some."

Venia [Battlemage] 379150

"You know… I used to think just like that. I didn't want to bother Unyielding or Frostmourn with my worries because I figured they had no time for it."
I smile
"But a good friend showed me that that is not a good attitude. Because friends and family are there for more than just company. We… all of us are here together in this world. We all have our own goals, dreams, hopes… and we count on each other to help out in achieving those. But that does not mean you cannot voice your concerns when you don't agree with something. On the contrary, that may just be the most important function of family and friends, to keep you on the right path and guide you along when you stumble. To keep your head out of the clouds and pick you up when you fall."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379151

"If a time comes when I will need to, I will tell him."

DM 379152

"So I should ask him?"
"I feel we have achieved nothing here."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379153

I stare at him for a moment, then nod slowly
"Okay, Frosty. Thank you for forgiving me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379154

"No. You told me you want to go to Canterlot for somepony. I would consider that something."

Venia [Battlemage] 379155

"Yes! And if he says no, then ask him why and when you'll start on it instead! And its not just limited to that, you also need to ask more of him! Question him when you think he is wrong! You're his special somepony dammit! You're in this together!"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379156

Sigh and look back up to the sky.
"I'm not sure if I can ever put that behind me…"
Turn back to her.
"How did you manage it?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379157

"Sorry. Social circumstance mandates polite fiction. By reading minds, I can choose the correct polite response without faux pas. The Neighponese have words for this dichotomy: "honne" and "tatemae." The difference between what you say and what you mean. It has become habit for me to remove doubt in this manner."

DM 379158

"No problem. What's important to me right now is that we all enjoy ourselves."
"I am not sure if I should keep those dreams alive though."
She perks up
"Right! I will!"
And then deflates again
"…if he makes it back…"
She shrugs
"I try not to dwell on it. To push it out of my mind. To keep myself busy with other things."

Venia [Battlemage] 379159

I nod firmly
"He will. One way or the other, he'll make it. I know he will."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379160

"Let's make a promise then.
Next time you don't know what to do, ask me directly. Then read my mind.
Do this as many times as you like, I promise I won't get mad at you.
Eventually, you'll start to trust just what I tell you.
I hope."
Smile at him.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379161

"Okay. Thank you for accepting me."
I bow my head slightly and back off again, heading over to an empty chair and sitting down idly.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379162

"As long as there is even a small spark of hope, a burning bonfire could be lit with it."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 379163

Frown a little. "I will try."

Suddenly perk up. "I just realized, we've been gone for some time. We should get back."

Gotta go!

DM 379164

"We should all cheer for him tomorrow…"
"That is exactly what I'm afraid of."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379165

"Like fighting in the Arena?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379166


DM 379167

"Among other things, yeah"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379168

"Yeah, we should."
And back they went.

Venia [Battlemage] 379169

"And we will! All of us!"

DM 379170

She nods confidently
"Because I fear if that old desire burns bright again… I will never see my Pumpkin again. or Venia. Or… Frosty."

Venia [Battlemage] 379171

I chuckle and give her another last hug.
"Now, is there anything else you want to ask me? Anything?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379172

I frown.
"That would be unfortunate…"
I sigh.
"Then again… I might not return either."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379173

"Did you hear about the big fight tomorrow?"

DM 379174

"…do you think I'd make a good mother?"
"And would you regret it?"
"The King's Challenge… first one I'd ever see if I had a seat."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379175

"If you'd like to see it, I'm sure I could get you a seat."

Venia [Battlemage] 379176

I smile warmly at her
"I think you would be a fantastic mother, Sunrise."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379177

"I'm not sure…"

DM 379178

She gives you a surprised, incredulous look
"You? How?
…what's the catch?"
"Neither am I.
…perhaps something did come out of all this after all, Embraced"

Venia [Battlemage] 379179

"I mean it Sunrise. I really do."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379180

I nod.
"After tomorrow, when things calm down… maybe we could talk about it. At least you sound like you must know how I feel, Valeriana."

DM 379181

She just hugs you softly
"You too…"
"Perhaps I do.
And perhaps we will."

You hear the bowstring loosen


Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379182

I chuckle.
"I seem to have somehow stumbled into the companionship of some ponies close to King Frostmourn. Nice fellows.
As for why, I've felt sort of lost since I'm gone from Rockeye and it's nice to talk to somepony who went through the same, it's the least I could do in return. No catch."
Think for a second.
"…though if you're rooting for King Ebonreth, I would like to ask you to do it silently, you'd be sitting next to some of Frostmourns closest friends."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379183

Unless something else comes up.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 379184



Venia [Battlemage] 379185

Maybe? I guess?
"Shall we get back to the feast now?"

DM 379186

"You're pulling my hoof now aren't you?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379187

"No actually.
Though I can understand you would think so,
I can hardly believe it myself.
Do you want proof?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379188

"If you don't want to yet, just say so, Sunrise. We can talk some more."

DM 379189

"I just want to be sure you're alright… You mean a lot to me Venia. A lot to all of us."
"Show it then.
…wait, is this the part where you…?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379190

"…where I take you to a fancy party with the King himself and ask if it's allright for you to stay a while and enjoy the food?
In that case, yes."

Venia [Battlemage] 379191

"I… appreciate the concern, but really, I'm fine. I'm more concerned about you than anything else. You mean a lot to me as well…"
I smile at her weakly
"You always did remind me a bit of myself when I was your age…"

DM 379192

Her eyes widen
"…most stallions just ask for a duel…"
Containing excitement roll
"For just this night and tomorrow, lets put my needs aside and focus on the one we know matters most, ok?"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 379193

"Of course… but when that is over we'll talk more, alright?"
I smirk
"Now, why don't I introduce you to some of our newest additions? We picked up a few ponies… and a donkey… and a gryphon today, as you may have noticed."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379194

Smile at her.
"I'm not most stallions."
Take her to the party, though before we enter, I'd ask Frostmourn if she is welcome.

DM 379195

"I noticed.
…Frosty seemed to be acting really friendly towards them…"
She freezes in place as she sees the young High King
"You actually DID mean it!"
"Hm? Mean what?
And welcome back in both of you. We were about to move on to the next course."

Venia [Battlemage] 379196

"That surprised me too, though I can see why he would want to surround himself with friends today, even if he only just met them. Tomorrow is very important to him after all, no? And they do seem like good ponies. Interesting even. Heck, one of them was a slave all her life and only recently found freedom…"
I look a little sour at that.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379197

I chuckle.
"I always mean what I say."
Nudge her.
"Maybe we should take a seat."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379198

I stare at the both of them in silence as they take a seat

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379199

Take a little detour before I sit down.
"Hey there.
I don't believe we've met yet.
I'm Smoldering."

DM 379200

"That sounds terrible. She must be so sad…"
…I've never been to the palace before…"
"Hello. Waveform. His uh… date?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379201

I look between the two of them with a flat stare before speaking up
"My name is Ambrosia."

Venia [Battlemage] 379202

"Yeah… though she doesn't really seem to show it."
I sigh
"That poor thing has been broken down into a terrible mindset of servitude… it breaks my heart just thinking about it."

DM 379203

"Glad to meet you, Ambrosia.
…not having much fun, are you? You look kinda bored."
"I wonder what could be done to help her?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379204

"First time for everything."

"Well, nice to meet you, Ambrosia.
I heard you're a gardener?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379205

I stare at her
"I am happy. Frosty is nice to me."

I nod slowly
"Yes. My main task was to tend to master's garden."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379206

Look confused.
"Eh…masters garden?
Who are you talking about?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379207

"I guess… just treat her like a normal pony. Teach her the ways of freedom and friendship instead of servitude. For one, she is extremely skilled in combat. She beat both Radiant and I in a duel. She seems to know a whole lot about plants and whatnot as well. And she's a healer on top of that as well."
I shake my head
"Amazing little mare, that one is. It's a shame she's been treated this badly in life."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379208

"I served master before he died. I tended to his gardens, made remedies for diseases, cleaned the estate, fought other slaves for Master's amusement and provided companionship at night when he requested it. In return he provided for us."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379209

I'll have been in my seat, I suppose, across from Ambrosia.
Hopefully eating something better than that rancid salad earlier.
Like one of those little cakes there…

DM 379210

"We should try to giver her a better, new life"
I didn't know they let ponies have slaves here.
Hm, then, I guess I wasn't born here so what do I know.
Chin up, you'll find a new job sooner or later."


Venia [Battlemage] 379211

I nod
"Exactly. That is the plan. I'll make sure to give her the home she deserves in Wintergrasp."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379212

"Eh….I didn't know.
I sure am glad you ended up with us though."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379213

I nod slowly

"I am very happy too. Frosty is very nice to me."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379214

"He certainly is.
Would you like to sit with us at the table?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379215

Isn't she already at the table, though?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379216

I consider this for a moment, then nod my head slowly.
I get up from my seat and sit down next to him instead.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379217

Could be. I should keep better track of this.

DM 379218

"Sounds like a plan!"


Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379219

Pour myself a big glass of wine and drink it up in one gulp '1d10'

Pour Waveform a glass too. Since DM is gone, I imagine she'll take it.

"I imagine this must all be very new to you."

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 379220


Roll #1 7 = 7

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379221

I look around
"Never been at a feast. Slept and ate in greenhouse most of time."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379222

"To new beginnings."

"Well it's customary to toast sometimes at a party. And since it seems like a new start for you as well, I raise my glass to you as well."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379223

"Okay. Thank you, Smoldering."
I stare at the wine in silence

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379224

"You fall on deaf ears. Lady Radiant already prohibited her alcohol, it seems."
Slowly shake my head with a small smile.
"But I will toast to you."
Raise my glass.
"Want the honor to call it?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379225

"Did you want a glass, Ambrosia?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379226

"Radiant says alcohol is unhealthy. Poison to the mind."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379227

"In excess, that is true. However, in moderation it can be a great aid in relaxation."
I'll shrug.
"However, there are options other than alcohol, are there not? What would you like to drink?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379228

"Ah I didn't know…
As I said, to new beginnings and I'll add to new friendships."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379229

Nod, and gulp down the wine.
"To new friendships. What's this new beginning gonna be for you, Smoldering?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379230


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379231

I'll nod.
"Then water you shall have."
And I'll fetch her a drink.
"Here you are."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379232

"I feel much will depend upon the outcome of tomorrows battle.
In any case I hope to continue my studies and help the King in his goal to unite the Northlands."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379233

Chuckle a bit.
"You too? It's a great sentiment, really. Everypony seems to want a great, united North…"
Look at the glass.
"Had you told kid me I would have cared for something like this, I'd have just tried to sneak away."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379234

I look at him, then at the water and stare for a moment before taking it and drinking it up in one swig.
"Thank you, Crescent."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379235

"You're welcome. Don't be afraid to ask if you'd like anything else."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379236

I set the glass back down onto the table and nod slowly.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379237

"Same with me.
In Eyerock I would have been too busy sniffing through books to even vare about it.
But what you and Venia told me earlier about Equestria convinced me, a united north is necessary."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379238

I'll nod as well.
It's nice to see her asking ponies for things, even if she has to be prompted a bit. It's progress.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379239


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379240

"It's like I'm in that classroom again, after all these years…
Say, did you ever wrestle with a bear?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379241

I chuckle.
"I can't say I have.
I'm not the wrestling type.
I'd rather just blast em away."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379242

An errant thought will strike.
"Ambrosia, would it be alright if I asked you a few more questions?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379243

I turn my head to stare at him and nod.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379244

"Right. But I don't mean wild bears. Domesticate ones, talking ones.
I had one, was my best friend."

Venia [Battlemage] 379245

I'll rejoin the others at the dinner table as well.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379246

"You don't have to answer if this is uncomfortable, but… how much do you remember of your parents?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379247

I shake my head
"I do not remember my parents, Crescent. I've been with master for as long as I can remember."

Venia [Battlemage] 379248

I look a little uncomfortable at hearing that.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379249

"This is not what I was expecting.
I thought you were born into slavery, not sold as a child…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379250

I'll frown slightly at that.
"That's… unfortunate."
Putting my hooves together in front of me, I'll continue.
"Was there anyone your age?"
"Born into slavery and taken from her parents is the most likely thing."
I'll shake my head.
"Monstrous behavior, if you think about it. Start indoctrinating the child before she can think for herself…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379251

"I do not know if parents were slaves as well. I was born and raised to serve, that is all that mattered."


Venia [Battlemage] 379252

I shake my head
"How evil can a pony be…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379253

"One? I suspect many."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379254

"I recall you saying that you were kept separate from each other, but did you ever share duties?"
"A great many. Which means a great many will suffer for what they've done."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379255

I nod my head
"Master sometimes ordered several of us to accompany him at night. We were also sometimes sent to fight each other for master's amusement. Sometimes I helped number five and number thirteen cook meals for master. I was also tasked with healing the wounded together with number two."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379256

I'll grit my teeth slightly.
"I see."
Relax. She'll think you're angry at her.
Taking a moment to organize my thoughts, I'll push onwards.
"Were you the only one who managed to get their mark? Or did others get theirs as well?

Venia [Battlemage] 379257

My ear twitches as I hear her explain her 'duties'.
"… were all the slaves your master kept mares?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379258


"Yes, your highness."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379259

"Your cutie mark. Were you the only one who managed to find theirs, or were rest left blank?"
My ear will twitch slightly at the fact the other slaves were also female.
I wonder if there are any necromancers willing to go diving for this bastard's soul.

Venia [Battlemage] 379260

I grimace at that but remain quiet.
Just when I thought this son of a bitch couldn't get any sicker.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379261

"Ambrosia, I plan on killing all the slavers once we are done with the tournament. Would you be willing to accompany and help me?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379262

"Everypony had their mark, Crescent."
I look down and mumble something.

I just stare back at her emptily

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379263

"Please speak up, Ambrosia. We will not judge you."

Venia [Battlemage] 379264

"Uh… So all the slaves were ponies? No other races?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379265

I stare at him for a moment.

"Yes, your highness."

"Sometimes, cutie marks were burnt away. Number four and eleven's marks were branded with hot iron."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 379266

"Really? Now you're just pulling my hoof."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379267

"You can hide and you can heal. And I would figure you should have a taste for revenge, too.
Seems perfect to me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379268

My hooves will dent the table slightly.
"I… see."
Yes, I am most certainly finding a necromancer for that one, the moment we get his name.
"Master Swansong, I believe it would be in my interests to join you."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379269

I stare at him for a moment longer, then slowly nod

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379270

"I was about to ask you but-"
Nod over to the High King.
"You are here to watch over him.
I'm going alone. Two or three at best. While you and Frostmourn would be making your way into Stormheart."

Venia [Battlemage] 379271

"As would I."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379272

"And I was about to ask you too, but you have to be by Frosty's side when he marches into the gryphon lands too.
There is a reason I exist, Venia. There is a reason you created me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379273

I'll grimace at that, but nod.
"True. But do me one favor. Find his name. Everything you can on him. I will have my own satisfaction for what he's done, in my own way."

Venia [Battlemage] 379274

"Like hell that's going to happen. We go together."

"Frostmourn will join us on the hunt for those slavers too. And the entire North will know that High King Frostmourn cares enough to see to ending disgusting practices such as slavery personally."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379275

Shake my head.
"It's a matter of time, Venia. I spoke with Frostmourn already. We simply can't be everywhere at once.
If we don't split, we will have to give up on something. And a band of slavers is a pale goal compared to a kingdom."
"He's already dead. Are you planning on pursuing his relatives?"

Venia [Battlemage] 379276

"We will make time then. I'll speak to Frostmourn about it, don't worry."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379277

I'll shake my head.
"Not unless they share his practices. But there is a vague plan forming in my mind, and even death won't keep him safe from me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379278

"Venia, I'd like to go back home at times.
I do have a wife waiting for me… And more."
"Don't be stupid.
Taking a life or inflicting pain is something that no pony should do for a vague sense of justice alone.
I learnt it the hard way, almost ending a life when I had no right to.
If he's dead let him rest in that nothing I've seen beyond."

Venia [Battlemage] 379279

"I have a husband as well at home. But I want to deal with this personally. And I'm sure others like Radiant would like to do that as well."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379280

I'll frown, but give the slightest nod.
Death will not offer him rest for the suffering he's done, master Swansong. It will not keep him from me.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379281

"I'm not talking just about Bearing.
She should be two months in now… If we march into Stormheart, then Timberjaw, then take the road all the way back to reach those slavers on the Eaglecrest-Stormheart borders and actually take the time to hunt them all down with this large a company…
I could not make it in time…"

Venia [Battlemage] 379282

"I'm sure we can plan accordingly. And we will do so once Frostmourn has finished his match against Ebonreth."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379283

"You could simply trust us to carry on without you, master Swansong. Surely you don't think us incompetent in pursuit methods?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379284

Laugh a bit.
"No, sure, but no company of a dozen can move as fast as two ponies.
Especially not two ponies who know the woods and plants."
"You could simply leave this to me, you know. They are just slavers, their only strenght is numbers. That will do them no good against me.
And once we have dealt with them I will just enter Stormheart slightly later."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379285

My ear twitches slightly as he mentions 'relatives'
"Master had a daughter…"

Venia [Battlemage] 379286

"We will see how we end up panning this out, Pumpkin."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379287

"Why are you so interested in pursuing this anyway?
I'm not going in for a fight. I'm going there to slit their throats in their sleep."
"You told me. Sounds like you think about her quite a bit, uh?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379288

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"For one who is 'supposedly' a useless noble, you certainly have a high opinion of your woodcraft."
I'll shrug.
"I assume the reasons why relate to that piece of information I am not apparently ready for, though I think I could puzzle it out from here."
"So you have said, Ambrosia. But we cannot find her unless we have her name. The description you provided could point us to her, but it is still a slim thing."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379289

Laugh again.
"I've had my hunting experiences, Waxing."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379290

"And slitting folks' throats in their sleep hardly sounds like a noble pass-time. But I won't press the issue. If I turn out to be correct in my assumption, then I am correct. If I am not, then there is no harm done."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379291

"… She was very pretty."

I look down.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379292

"Don't be discouraged, Ambrosia. It is still miles better than nothing at all."

Venia [Battlemage] 379293

"Why the heck do you think, Pumpkin? Why do you think I was so eager to take on the Underkingdom?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379294

"I told at least three times this very day that I was a horphan before meeting the High King.
And a thief.
What you learn young, you hardly forget."
"Oh, so you liked her?"
Give her a fatherly smile.
"I know you want to save innocents, but your being there would actually only make things harder."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379295

I'll shrug.

Venia [Battlemage] 379296

"We will see, Pumpkin. We will see."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379297

"I never spoke to her. Only saw her."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379298

"I'm also worried about what Unyielding would say if he knew what you were going to do…"
"Yes but the question remains.
Did you like her?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379299

"Speaking of King Unyielding, he might be able to put pressure on slave trades from his end. I can mention this in the letter."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379300

"She was very pretty."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379301

Just smile softly.
"I will take that as a yes.
You might want to take a tour of Eaglecrest. Many ponies are like you around here."
"This would really help if we actually knew where said slavers are, across the borders. But we have no idea, and they can lose themselves in the woods on a moment's notice.
Sending an army to hunt rats is a stupid move."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379302

"I never said we would ask him to mobilize. Just to keep a sharp eye open. Possibly relay the information to us. And he might be more free to send someone to look for Ambrosia's old master's daughter."
My ears will flick back at his comment that a lot of ponies are like Ambrosia around Eaglecrest, but I'll pay them no mind.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379303

"What do you mean?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379304

"Seems a lot of unnecessary work to me. Wintergrasp is weeks away, after all."
"A lot of mares that like mares and stallions that like stallions.
Few care about the gender here, as long as their partner is a worthy opponent.
Or so I've been told."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379305

"Even so, it is an asset that must at least be considered."
And I'll try not to look too interested in the direction Pumpkin is leading Ambrosia. '1d10'
Feigning disinterest was a hell of a lot easier with my helmet on…

Roll #1 10 = 10

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379306

"Oh. Okay."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379307

"You mean moving ponies away from where they are actually needed to chase ghosts on an unfamiliar territory, with a high chance of them being captured too?
What if more lordblades attack? Almost all the most able fighters of the kingdom are following Frosty right now. Withdrawing ponies will only weaken Wintergrasp further with no real good."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379308

"Again, I never said to actually mobilize anyone. Simply to keep an eye and ear out. And if her old master's daughter shows up, we'll at least have her name to track her down on our own time."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379309

"This sounds like the longest shot in the dark I've ever heard of.
We don't even have a name for that pony."
Nod at her.

Venia [Battlemage] 379310

"We do have a description of both her and her father's looks. Clearly, they were quite wealthy, most likely nobility, which narrows down a lot of possibilities. It's a long shot, but it is something we can pursue."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379311

"Sure, if you feel like chasing them across the whole North. It's just a few million ponies after all."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379312

"But we do have a description, and once we pair that with her old master's name and records, we'll have a connection."
I'll frown slightly.
"But, I suppose you are right. Hunting the individual will have to wait until we've uncovered the group. And then take them for all they know."

Venia [Battlemage] 379313

I chuckle
"Your pessimism does not adorn you, Pumpkin. Sending out a description of her old master can hardly be harmful."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379314

Chasing the dead master. Wasting more time using a platoon of adventurers and a High King to hunt down a few slavers and then moving to conquer two whole countries.
Sounds a perfect strategy to me."

Turn to look at Ambrosia
"And you know the best thing? The one pony whose opinion I wanted to hear, didn't answer."

Venia [Battlemage] 379315

"We are not chasing the dead master, I just want to find out his name so we can find out who his daughter was."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379316

I'll spare a glance towards Ambrosia as well, though I'm not expecting anything.
You can't wipe away a lifetime of service with a few hours of freedom, master Swansong.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379317

"I will do as instructed by Frosty and Queen Veniq."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379318

"And if they tell you to do something you don't want to do?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379319

That's why you ask, guy of the misterious voices who talk to really nobody.
"I'm worried about what you will do once we find her."
"Right. You still think of yourself as bound to someone.
We have work to do yet."

Venia [Battlemage] 379320

"What do you think I will do, Pumpkin?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379321

"I will follow."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379322

"Pass judgement on her for what her father did. And I was not talking about you in particular."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379323

It's internal monologue, really.
I'll shake my head.
"That is not all that a free mare can do, Ambrosia. You are free, are you not?"
"I have more restraint than that, master Swansong."

Venia [Battlemage] 379324

"I would do no such thing as long as she was not involved in the slaver business."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379325

"Right. Let's hope everypony is as wise as you two."

Venia [Battlemage] 379326

"I am still Queen, Pumpkin. And when I say I don't want any innocents killed, the other would do best to follow."
I get up and leave.
"Now if you'll excuse me, I need to speak to Frostmourn."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379327

"I am free. But Frosty is High King. Venia is Queen."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379328

Stand up and bow as she leaves.
"Well imagine for a second Frosty gave you a choice.
You can choose if come with me and take on the slavers in the mountains or stay away while others do it, what would you choose?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379329

"That does not mean they can force you to do something you do not agree to do. That is a benefit of freedom, the ability to say to most things 'no, I will not do this.'"
I'll vaguely wave with my hand.
"While certain orders must be carried out, those are done by servants and soldiers. You are simply a friend, and no one should be forced to bend their own morals for a friend."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379330

I consider this for a moment.
"Come along."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379331

"And if you could choose to stop those others altogether?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379332

I cock my head slightly
"Sorry, I don't understand."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379333

My ears will flick at yet another blank "okay" from her.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379334

"You can choose if we attack the slavers or not.
What. Do you. Choose."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379335

"Slavers irrelevant. Must find master's daughter."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379336


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379337

"And once you find her what?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379338

"Must see her. Speak to her."

I shake my head slowly.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379339

"Let's pretend I'm this mare for a second, okay?"
Mock up a mare's voice.
"Ambrosia, we are leaving. And you are coming with me."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379340

I'll wince slightly at the awful falsetto.
But I'll await Ambrosia's reaction.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379341

I cock my head.
"You are not her, Pumpkin."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379342

"Pretend I am.
Pretend she gave you that order.
What would you do?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379343

"Let's put it this way, Ambrosia. Say that you find her. What will you do if she wishes to do the same things her father did?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379344

"No contract. Follow High King now."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379345

Well, there's that at least.
"Then there should be no problem, at the moment, master Swansong."
I'll look back and forth between them, and then focus on the unkempt nature of Ambrosia's mane.
"Hold on a second… did you ever take that bath like you promised, Ambrosia?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379346

"I'd rather keep her away from the killing though."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379347

"Well, that's a given."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379348

I pat my mane with a hoof.
"No. I was watching Frosty. I am sorry for failing you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379349

I'll shake my head.
"It's alright. But we're going to take care of that now, if you've finished your meal. Your mane would be lovely with a little attention…"
I'll blink for a moment.
"But it would probably be best if one of the other mares went with you. I'm not too certain how to clean around wings, and I'm afraid the two of us bathing together would be embarrassing for you."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379350

"… Embarrassing?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379351

"Seriously now?"
"Peach can go with her. She's a mare, she can defend herself, she's great with wings."
"Ponies don't usually clean each other unless they are very close."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379352

"Well, I mean…"
I'll nod.
"Yes, that."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 379353

I consider this for a moment, then nod slowly

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379354

"You can't blame me for wanting her to wash the dirt of the day away, master Swansong. What better way to walk into a new life clean and refreshed for whatever comes at you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379355

"I suppose. This reminds me of when I first brought her back to the palace…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379356

I'll raise a brow slightly.
"Brought whom?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379357

And then I nod towards Peaches, eating somewhere nearby.
"She's my bodyguard."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379358

"I see. She must mean quite a lot to you, if the memory is still so vivid."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379359

"It's been not that much time ago, six months or less."
"My wife was furious."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379360

"I take it time, and a great number of entreaties, dulled that anger to the point you were allowed to keep her on?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379361

"Time, yes. They became friends.
And really, I'd be doomed without her. She's saved my life so many times already."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379362

"Traveling with the King, I have no doubt on that. Trouble seems to flock to him like moths to flame, if we new arrivals are any indication."
I'll nod slightly.
"It is good that they've made peace, though. I can imagine that the time before that was anything but pleasant for your bodyguard."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379363

"She can handle herself. Falling shields and all."
"Now, I should ask her if she'd be so kind to take care of Ambrosia during her bath…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379364

"That would be best, I'd think. Most I could do for her is scrub her back and wash her mane."
I'll frown slightly.
"I just wish I could do… more."
Shake my head.
"But I'm likely giving the wrong impression."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379365

"I don't think she would want more, if you catch me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379366

I'll wave that off.
"Yes, I see I've given the wrong impression."
I'll idly place my hoof on the table.
"I do not feel that way about her since I know in her current mindset she cannot return those feelings honestly. Yes, she is attractive, and yes, she does think I'm pretty, but that doesn't mean I'm leaning towards her romantically. A friend can help a friend."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379367

Roll my eyes.
"Did you miss what she said earlier? She likes mares."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379368

"I did not miss that. But then again, I don't exactly look too much like a stallion, now do I?"
I'll shake my head.
"Bah. That's enough of this fool talk. I've embarrassed myself enough for one night."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 379369

"C'mon, is not that bad.
Maybe one time I'll tell you of when I, too, fell for a mare blind to my affection.
Or should I say a bird…?"
And then they drank into the night.
And had sweaty butt sex.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379370

Maybe drinks. But no buttsex. I don't touch the King's Toys. And I still had to write the letter. Which I totally did.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379695

Emboldened by a small dosage of alcohol, I decide to make my way to Radiant. Clearing my throat, I'll speak.
"Lady Radiant, I believe we need to talk."

Nopony 379697

I glance towards him, then sigh.
"Yes, we do."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379699

You didn't see that happen

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379701

"Firstly, I'd like to apologize for hitting you in the face with a bowl of salad. Had I known you would take it so poorly, I would have refrained from doing so."
Totally did, no take-backsies

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379706

"I slightly overreacted…"
Shoot him a glare.
"But I would like if you could refrain from doing it in the future, yes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379712

"I wouldn't call demanding payment in blood a slight overreaction, Lady Radiant, but I concede. I cannot promise for master Swansong, of course, but I swear upon my honor that no bowls of salad shall find their way to you as ammunition."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379717

I narrow my eyes slightly.
"It would be preferable if you didn't mention that again."
Relax again.
"…as long as you promise you can act as a decent stallion from now on, I forgive you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379734

"On my soul, I shall act as only the most decent stallion in all the North, save our king."
I'll cross my heart.
"Why, I even passed up the chance to help Ambrosia get her mane in order in the showers for just such a reason. It's a terrible mess, that poor thing, and hopefully miss Peaches is as good with manes as she is with wings."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379756

"You did well then…. and what do you mean as good with manes as she is with wings?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379760

"Master Swansong assured me that his bodyguard, Peaches, knew how to properly care for wings. I had hoped a proper manestyling would help Ambrosia feel a bit better about starting a new life. Starting clean, as it were."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379764

"Ah, I see. Choosing her own clothes my help too, but as you may have noticed, I'm not one for pretty dresses, so I can't help her out much in that regard."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379768

"I was actually hoping Queen Venia, or perhaps Lady Kilana could help in that regard. Though I've not spoken much with either of them, and it would be rude of me to demand favors."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379772

"I'm sure Venia will like the idea, and that Kilana is even somewhat close to Ambrosia in age."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379773

"I was planning this for after the King's match, so there should be plenty of time before we roll out for wherever we may go next."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379779

"So much to do yet the time is on our tails…"
Look him in the eye.
"Oh, and one more thing. I expect you to behave yourself around others too, not just me. Especially Ambrosia."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379783

"I have no intention on misbehaving towards Ambrosia, Lady Radiant. I'm not some school-age colt who teases fillies because he can't express himself."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379787

"You did throw around food at a Paladin you just met like an unruly school age colt."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379790

"You told me to loosen up, and try to make friends with master Swansong. Apparently I loosened up too far."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379798

"Loosen up within the boundries of good taste. I didn't know I had to mention that."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379808

"I was simply operating at the level master Swansong decided to play at. I did not know catching his attempted lettuce toss at Ambrosia would have resulted in, well, what happened."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379810

"You chose the worst possible pony to follow in regards of etiquette and behavior then."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379815

"Perhaps. But it was fun. I can't remember the last time I actually got into a foodfight…"
I'll think for a moment, then shake my head.
"But, I suppose those are off the table, so to speak."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379819

"Maybe it was my fault for trying to intervene… but it is behind us now. Let's try to avoid getting on the wrong hoof in the future instead."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379821

"Indeed. And if an errant pudding happens to fly in your direction, I'll do my best to see it doesn't reach its destination."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379830

Nod, then smile slightly.
"Thank you. Was that all?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379832

"From me, anyway. Though I think it fair to warn you I've invited Ambrosia out for lunch tomorrow. I was hoping to work the surprise shopping excursion in around then, if you can help set that up with Lady Kilana and Queen Venia…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379833

"Tomorrow? On the day of the big fight? Are you sure that is a good idea?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379836

"Isn't King Frostmourn's fight in the morning? I thought we would celebrate his victory in the afternoon…"
I'll think for a moment.
"I suppose I could change it to a dinner invitation, but… we might have set out by then."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 379844

"I am pretty sure Frostmourn will want us to be together again after his victory."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 379849

"His close friends, yes. Though he is open tonight, I'm certain that it is more out of his fear of tomorrow, and what it may mean."
I'll shake my head.
"You are a part of his inner circle, Lady Radiant, and as such there is a great distance between you and I in the King's eyes. He has known me less than a day."
Besides, the King doesn't need more friends so long as he has you all…

DM 380078




The crowd explodes into cheering as the colossus of a pony marches in.
Each step he takes is like a thunderclap, as both his front hooves are covered with massive, heavy gauntlets.
He stomps up to Frosty and nods with a grin
"Welcome, challenger."
Frosty simply bows slightly




Frosty takes a lingering look back to the part of the arena where the party sits.
He then focuses back on his foe.

This is it.
"Let's do this"
Frostmourn '1d10'
Ebonreth '1d12'

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 11 = 11

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380079

And so it begins.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380080

May the Sun be with him.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380081

Sit there and watch

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380082

"Seventh? So many times to lay life on the line…"

Venia [Battlemage] 380083

Gods help us all…
I clench my jaw and stare at the arena intently.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380084

I give Frostmourn a look of confidence, he can win.

DM 380085

And it begins.
The massive punch slams against Frostmourn's helmet, sending him hurtling into the air for a moment before he regains his footing
Spitting a little, he charges back in

Frostmourn 3/5
Ebonreth 6/6

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380086

We can always regrow his teeth if he survives…

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380087

Wince at the blow, and start to cower in my seat at what might come next.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380088

I'll just be staring emptily at the unfolding battle

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380089

Well, this fight isn't going too well so far. But he can turn it around.

DM 380090

…only to be met by another crushing strike from Ebonreth
"You lack focus, boy."
"Soon enough you'll lack a head!"

Frostmourn 2/5
Ebonreth 6/6

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 7 = 7

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380091

Scrunch. This is the one all our fates depend on?

We will have to hope he wins through endurance.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380092

Frostmourn, you doofus, insults won't help.

Venia [Battlemage] 380093

Dammit Frostmourn, keep your damn focus!

DM 380094

A third punch cracks Frostmourn's helmet slightly. The high king looks dizzy.

Frostmourn 1/5
Ebonreth 6/6

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

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380095

I'll shake my head a little. He did better, but… still not enough.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380096

"You go Frosty!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380097

"c-Come on Frosty!"

DM 380098

Roaring with defiance, Frostmourn slashes upwards, leaving a cut on Ebonreth's exposed cheek
"Hm. Not bad. NOW FALL!"

Frostmourn 1/5
Ebonreth 5/6

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

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380099

There we go. He's got his wind in him now.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380100

Grin wide and cheer for Frosty again!

Kilana [deathsinger] 380101

Its not too late..

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380102

That's the spirit!

Venia [Battlemage] 380103

I stomp a hoof on the ground.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380104

He'll want to keep up that momentum.

"Reaction times are getting faster… adrenaline has just hit the system."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380105


DM 380106

A powerful headbutt sends Ebonreth skidding back with a loud grunt

Frostmourn 1/5
Ebonreth 4/6

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

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380107

I'll shoot a vaguely surprised glance at Venia.
"Solid hit!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380108

He's strong!

DM 380109

Before Ebonreth can find a suitably sarcastic comeback, a slash from the Northern Regalia shatters a piece of his shoulder armour, making him stumble sideways

Frostmourn 1/5
Ebonreth 3/6

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380110

Storm up and plant my hooves on the railing, and with a desperate shout look towards Frosty.

DM 380111

Hearing his friend's words, Frostmourn falls on his side, but as Ebonreth goes for a further strike, Frostmourn rolls out of the way and slashes upwards

Frostmourn 5/4
Ebonreth 3/6

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 12 = 12

DM 380112

The punch echoes through the entire arena, exploding his helmet to pieces.
Frostmourn tumbles several times before slamming the Northern Regalia into the ground to catch his roll.
As he shakes his head to see what damage was done, Ebonreth leaps at him

Frostmourn 2/4
Ebonreth 3/6

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380113

Grin at his close call.

DM 380114

-and Frostmourn catches him with a punch to the jaw, stopping his leap

Frostmourn 2/4
Ebonreth 2/6

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 6 = 6

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380115

Wink to the top of the railing and shout

DM 380116

Which effect are you applying?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380117

+2 to next roll

DM 380118

The followup is a crushing blow to the High king's chest, nearly making him crumple
"I can still stand… I CAN STILL WIN!"

Frostmourn 2/4
Ebonreth 2/6

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12 / Roll #2 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380119

"Great hit!"
I'll turn to Radiant.
"Looks like your training paid off."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380120

Flutter a meter high seeing the blow, grinning wide.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380121

Nod slowly. "His will is strong. That counts for a lot in a long fight."

Venia [Battlemage] 380122

I cheer at the great hit

Kilana [deathsinger] 380123

"That's the way!"

DM 380124

Focusing his pain and fury into a single ground-shaking blow, Frostmourn in turn lifts Ebonreth off his hooves, sending him arcing through the air, a stream of blood flowing from him as he lands with a violent crash

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 0/5

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380125

I smile.
"He was a fast learner."

DM 380126

Ebonreth rolls around to dodge Frostmourn's downward stabs, but can't stand up

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 0/5

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

Venia [Battlemage] 380127


Kilana [deathsinger] 380128

"Come on Frosty, Believe in your dream!" reroll

DM 380129


Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 3 = 3

DM 380130

Frostmourn calms down and feigns to the left, then stabs his blade down to the right, impaling Ebonreth as he tries to dodge
"Thank you… friends…"

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 0/4

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 7 = 7

DM 380131

Ebonreth attempts to kick Frostmourn off, but frosty instead punches him across the nose, then twists his sword in the wound

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 0/3

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 8 = 8

DM 380132

Ebonreth rips himself loose, pushing Frosty back

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 6/3


Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 5 = 5

DM 380133

The Northern Regalia bites deep into Ebonreth, spilling more blood on the snow

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 5/3

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 1 = 1

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380134

Rise and yell an echo of last night's words:

"All that remains is to strike doubt!"

d12 pls

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380135

I frown slightly at the sight of all the blood but remain quiet.

DM 380136

As Ebonreth winds for a massive attack, Frostmourn slams his sword through the huge pony's shoulder, nearly toppling him with the force of the impact.

Frostmourn 1/4
Ebonreth 3/3

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380137

"What is the matter, Ambrosia?"
I'll wince at that.

DM 380138

And fall he does, as the colossal punch lands, leveling the High King

Frostmourn 0/3
Ebonreth 3/3

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 8 = 8

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380139

grip the railing with a worried look on my face

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380140

"Blood in arena reminds me of… things."

DM 380141

As Frostmourn coughs and tries to get up, a massive fist slams his face into the ground with a loud crunch

Frostmourn 0/2
Ebonreth 3/3

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

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380142

"No! You gotta resist Frosty!"
now it might just be the time.

Venia [Battlemage] 380143

I gulp at the sight

I cover my mouth with a hoof
"Oh no…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380144

"I see."

DM 380145

Valeriana joins into the shouting

Spurred by these words, Frostmourn leaps up, slamming his shoulders against Ebonreth's chest

Frostmourn 5/3
Ebonreth 3/3


Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 3 = 3

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380146

"This is a close fight…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380147

Grin wide as I see the resolve in Frosty's eyes.
I'm proud of mom.

DM 380148

As Ebonreth charges for another strike, Frostmourn slams the Northern Regalia clean through his chest.
However, even this is not enough to kill the colossal warrior.

Frostmourn 5/3
Ebonreth 1/3

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

Venia [Battlemage] 380149

I cheer at the wonderful counterattack from Frostmourn

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380150


Crits galore

DM 380151

Frostmourn and Ebonreth both break into a flurry of strikes, parrying each, before breaking off and leaping at eachother

Frostmourn 5/3 [Crit Boosted]
Ebonreth 1/3

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

DM 380152

However Ebonreth's strike wins out, making Frosty spit out some blood

Frostmourn 4/3 [Crit Boosted]
Ebonreth 1/3

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 7 = 7

DM 380153

As Frostmourn turns to retaliate, he eats another strike from the other side

Frostmourn 3/3 [Crit Boosted]
Ebonreth 1/3

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380154

"There! He's turned it back around!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380155

I munch nervously on my snacks. This match is too close

DM 380156

But as Ebonreth winds for a third strike, the Northern Regalia catches him off-guard, slashing his breastplate in half, revealing his torn chest as he falls over backwards and Frostmourn leaps in for the kill.

Frostmourn 3/3
Ebonreth 0/2

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 7 = 7

DM 380157

But the overzealous attack is only met with a hoof to the face as Ebonreth gets back up

Frostmourn 3/3
Ebonreth 6/2


Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 6 = 6

DM 380158

Oh wait there was a crit back there
As the two kings clash again, Frostmourn manages to duck under a pair of hammering blows and slash at Ebonreth's leg

Frostmourn 3/3
Ebonreth 5/1

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 380159

I bite my own hoof in anticipation.

DM 380160

However Ebonreth capitalizes on the move by slamming his hoof into Frostmourn's back

Frostmourn 2/3
Ebonreth 5/1

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

DM 380161

Who in turn kicks his golem leg out at an unexpected angle impossible for a meatier leg, cracking Ebonreth's ribs

Frostmourn 2/3
Ebonreth 4/1

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 7 = 7

DM 380162

Who in turn retaliates by grabbing Frostmourn and throwing him aside before leaping in to pin him down

Frostmourn 1/3
Ebonreth 4/1

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

DM 380163

Frostmourn shakes off the shock of the last hit, and slashes out, further ripping Ebonreth open

Frostmourn 1/3
Ebonreth 3/1

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

DM 380164

But Ebonreth still lands his strike on the High King

Frostmourn 0/2
Ebonreth 3/1

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

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380165


Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380166

I'll wince as the King goes down.

Venia [Battlemage] 380167

Come on Frostmourn…

Kilana [deathsinger] 380168

I can't watch..

DM 380169

Raging Storm and Sunrise, who had been silent so far, suddenly burst into shouting

The high king throws Ebonreth aside and stands up, eyes burning with will.
"I. Will. Not. Lose."

Frostmourn 5/1 [Love] [Fortitude]
Ebonreth 3/1


Roll #1 1 = 1 / Roll #2 10 = 10

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380170

The High King…

Look to Kilana and the others to see their expressions. Clearly they had hoped this would go better.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380171

Thanks Raging for Fortitude.

Venia [Battlemage] 380172


Kilana [deathsinger] 380173

"Keep fighting!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380174

Well, I'm on the edge of my seat.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380175

"You are NOT abandoning us now! Focus Damnit!"

DM 380176

"Yes miss Venia."
Ebonreth's punch lands with explosive force, the shockwave sending snow billowing in all directions.
But the High King refuses to even move
"I told you already. I. Will. Not. Lose."

Frostmourn 5/1 [Love] [Fortitude]
Ebonreth 3/1

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

DM 380177

The second punch is met with one of Frostmourn's own, sending another wave of bloodied snow away from the point of impact
"Because I have a purpose greater than any single fight for personal glory."

Frostmourn 5/1 [Love] [Fortitude]
Ebonreth 3/1

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 11 = 11

DM 380178

A second, echoing hit
But the High King merely takes a step back, though his eyes clearly lose their forceful shine
Yet he does not falter not fall.

Frostmourn 5/1 [Love]
Ebonreth 3/1

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380179

Take the crystal out.
Time to be the mask.
Stand ready.

DM 380180

The Northern Regalia sinks into Ebonreth's chest and gets stuck
"And that purpose is to lead the Northlands, united against all possible foes. And that is something you simply cannot do."

Frostmourn 5/1 [Love]
Ebonreth 2/1

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 11 = 11

DM 380181


Frostmourn 3/1 [Love]
Ebonreth 2/1

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

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380182

No seriously, one crit would be enough.
For both of them.

DM 380183

"Then earn your place in history"

Frostmourn 2/1 [Love]
Ebonreth 2/1

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380184

Fly a few meters over my seat.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380185

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380186

Perk up.

"That was a blow."

Venia [Battlemage] 380187

I jump up with a loud cheer!

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380188

I'll sigh in relief at that.
"That's it. He's done it."
Look to Ambrosia, and the others.
"He's done it!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380189

slump into my chair, the excitement is just too much for me

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380190

"Yes, Crescent. High King trumps King."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380191

I Cheer loudly.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380192

"He had me worried for a minute…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380193

You know what? Fly down near Frosty. Support him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380194

"Master Swansong, no! You might disqualify the King!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380195

And let's say I'm just flying here waiting then.

DM 380196

"I will."
The High King grasps the Northern Regalia firmly and pushes it in deeper, then rips it out through Ebonreth's side, splattering his black heart onto the white snow, where it pulses and shrieks before deflating and freezing silently
Ebonreth collapses with a slow, rumbling thud


The entire arena bursts into violent cheering
"Pumpkin… get… me some… help.
I think I'm hurt worse than I care to admit…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380197

Let's give the High King some flowers to celebrate.
Nature Elemental Life on him please.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380198

"I knew he could do it!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380199

Fly up, take Radiant and fly her there.
"Frostmourn needs healing. Now."
I'd take Nylis but Dsty's gone.

Venia [Battlemage] 380200

I cheer for Frostmourn!

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380201

And that was supposed to be spoiler, not italic.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380202

Let out a sigh of relief.

"Too close…"

Then clap.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380203

Cheer loudly for Frostmourn.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380204

I'll be slightly concerned at the shrieking heart, but more relieved the king is alive.
"It was indeed."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380205

I breath a sigh of relief, releasing breath I didn't know I was holding. "He did it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380206

I suppose he tells me this and doesn't try something he couldn't, so Prayer of Wings.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380207

And now we can fly down.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380208

"Lady Radiant, perhaps you should take Ambrosia as well? Her talents will be useful there."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380209

"I will."

Lift Ambrosia and take her down.
I wrestle with bears. That's normal stuff.

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 380210

His breathing becomes more stable
"Thank… you…"
The High King leans on his blade and tries to check the damage he suffered
10 - broken armour
9-6 - damaged front leg
5-2 - damaged lungs
1 - damaged front leg and lungs
"I may need… to see Golden Oats… fast."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380211

I blink as him picks me up, but don't react in any other way and allow him.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380212

"I wish I could help. I have surgical training, but perhaps it's best to leave it to the magical healers."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380213

Try some Divine Healing on her.
"You made it already. I'm proud of you, Frostmourn."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380214

Man up, Frosty.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380215

Well, the others can carry him there, I'll go wait in the break room. Is golden oats there?

Venia [Battlemage] 380216

"I could have sworn I used to know a healing spell…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380217

Trail after her. Might as well not get separated in the crowd.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380218

"As it is, the King is in good hooves, I think."
I'll turn to Venia.
"Now, perhaps, we would be best suited for thinking of how to celebrate our King's victory, don't you think?"

DM 380219

"…This leg is really not feeling right."
Golden Oats is probably home in Ironfoe.
One of Valeriana's shadows slinks in
"I sent the shadow in Ironfoe to warn Golden Oats. He should be on his way the fastest possible route."

Unique Weapon
Great Dual Weapon
Wielder rolls d12 instead of d10 for basic attacks

Ebonreth's black heart. Possibly the source of his incredible power? Provides notable advances in the fields of Demonology if researched.
…or consumed

#Eaglecrest Trophy Room Keys
If nothing here interests you, maybe something in there will.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380220

Let her go near Frosty.
Smile wide at Frosty with starry eyes.
"You don't look too bad off to me."
Something something Trophy room?

Kilana [deathsinger] 380221

I nod. "Thanks, It was way too close out there."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380222

I'd go take a look in the trophy room if Pumpkin would be okay with that.


"High King will be fine."
Try a Natural Remedy on him

I also jump up in surprise at the sight of the shadow

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380224

"Much too close. We should have had a specialist on hand ahead of time. I wonder if Ebonreth has one… He has survived seven of these challenges. I would still like to examine the High King for concussion and brain swelling as a result of some of those impacts, but I'll let the first responders take care of the immediate injuries."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380225

Look slightly worried.
"Can you put weight on it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380226

I'll get down to the arena as well
"Frostmourn… that was rough… But you were amazing!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380227

"Perhaps, we were too confident. He's hurt a lot worse than we thought." I pause. "Did anything seem odd about Ebonreth too you?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380228

Shift uncomfortably.

"Before I became a neurologist I was trained in general medicine. I was put onto a surgical track because I was not blessed with healing hooves. Hearts aren't supposed to be black. And no amount of air pockets will make them shriek. Something about that heart was not natural."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380229

Well, seeing as I was summarily ignored, I guess I'll have to worry about the celebratory preparations myself.
To the break room, and the King's attendants. Also need to see about arranging a nice dress for Ambrosia, since I doubt she has one.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380230

"Lets go check it out." I guide you back to the arena, and investigate that heat.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380231

Let's take a closer look. Anything immediately suspicious other than the fact that it's black?

DM 380232

Frosty would hug you for that, if he wasn't busy comforting the weeping Sunrise
"Your love kept me alive…"
"Let's see…"
"I'm just glad he wasn't any better at defending himself…"
You should go with Frosty in a bit. There is also a plot item fr Godric in there
It seems to be… angry. And writhing.

Roll #1 3 - 1 = 2

DM 380233

The leg mages a sickening cracking noise as he puts weight on it
"…I think I might need a new leg…"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380234

Right. Did Waveform come to check as well?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380235

"Not a chance. We have the magic now, we can regenerate it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380236

"Can't it be mended somehow? Or is it… really that bad?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380237

I wince at that.
"Oh Frostmourn… I'm sure we can mend it!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380238

"I've seen broken spines grow back. This will be no different, I promise you, Frosty."


I frown at the heart and walk over, trying to poke it with my sword.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380240

Prod it.

"The fact that it's still moving is not immediately suspicious. The heart will continue to beat for some time outside of the body, because of local neurons, much like an octopus–"

"Wait, wait! Don't damage it!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380241

I carefully pick it up. "Id.. Its alive.." my eyes are wide with surprise. "Quick, we need a jar"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380242

"Not natural…"


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380243

Raise a brow at that.
"Do you think he was an undead or something?"

DM 380244

The heart snarls and angrily lashes at you with its remaining veins
It seems to stare right through you, seething with anger
"…I can't actually feel anything in here. It's like… soup.
..well that might be an overstatement."
She probably followed once everyone else left too.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380245

"Fortunately for us, I keep a large stock of jars on me."

Pull one out of my bag and hoof it to her.

It's actually on my inventory list!

Kilana [deathsinger] 380246

I blink at you and say flatly. "so it doesn't get dirty"
I smile "That's the prefect thing. Thanks~" I put the heart in the jar and watch to see what it will do.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380247

I wince slightly

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380248

"That's not good…"
Bolster on him, just in case.

Then turn my head slightly at the heart.
"…what is that?!"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380249

Go check in on Frostmourn .

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380250

"You know what? Lose one more leg and I'm getting golem wings too, just to keep you company."
Chuckle a bit.
"Let's get you someplace safe."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380251

"Heart unnatural, must be removed…"

Venia [Battlemage] 380252

"You'll be fi-"
I jump up in surprise as I see the heart lash out.
"What on earth!?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380253

Nod. "I also have formaldehyde, but I don't think we want to kill it just yet."

"We're not sure yet. It's not natural. Please start a preliminary examination on the High King for concussion. I will examine him as soon as you deem him ready for possible brain damage."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380254

Godric [Dark Knight] 380255

I swoop down from my skybox and join the party.

"A glorious display, king Frostmourn! You certainly do not disappoint. Your entourage as well, you command their loyalty like a true leader."

Venia [Battlemage] 380256

"Like hell we don't want to kill it! That thing seethes evil!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380257

I hold the heart away just in case. "Look, it can't hurt you inside of a jar can it?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380258

"A thousand pardons, Queen Venia, but if we kill it, it will be harder to determine what is wrong with it. It could be diseased, possibly magically, or…"

Pause, "If something more sinister was at work with the late king."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380259

Narrow my eyes slightly.
"Venia, take care of that, will you?"

Turn back to Frostmourn.
"Do you have a headache?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380260

"I don't care! That looks like something straight out of the Underkingdom! Hoof it over and I'll blast it to pieces!"

"I will."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380261

"What are you discuss-by the eyries, what is that thing?!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380262

"Normally I would suggest packing snow inside the jar at this point to keep it preserved. Even normal hearts will continue to beat for a brief period outside of the body."

DM 380263

It slaps at the inside of the jar a little, then settles down to rest
He is hanging one hoof, but alive
"Yes… but first."
He turns to the crowd
Raging Storm smiles and nods.
A few attendants and guards are milling about
"Did you hear? Ebonreth lost!"
"So, Frostmourn is king now?"
"Yes! I can hardly believe it!"
"Thank you. I will get the helm… as soon as I recover a little."
"No… the helmet protected me fine… until it broke."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380264

"Heart of King Ebonreth. Not natural. Must be destroyed."
I look at Venia

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380265

"Anything else hurt than the leg?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380266

"Venia, please.. just give me a few days to figure out what it is.. If Ebonreth was really involved in some dark arts then we need to know what he did to himself." I plead with you.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380267

Give a little smirk.
"Venia, if there was anypony I'd give this too, that's Kilana. Please. Let her study it. Only for a few days."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380268

"You have earned all the respite you require, Northking. After a display like that, you command my respect as well."

"Truly? An abomination like that was at the heart of the blood-king's ruler? It does not belong in this world!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380269

"Believe you must, for it happened. Now, it is time we set about preparing to celebrate for the High King's victory."
I'll look around.
"Is there one among you who knows where somepony can find good dress clothing for some of the King's guests?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380270

I stomp a hoof
"No we don't! Like hell I'm going to trust a… a… demon heart! It could corrupt you!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380271

Nod. "It has started to settle. It might be dying already. I'll get some coolant."

Collect snow and pack it tightly to hoof over to Kilana.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380272

"Why do you want to save something evil?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380273

"Venia, please.
I've trained with her.
I know what she is like. And I will watch over her while she studies.
Is this enough for you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380274

"Why would we even want to study it? What is there to learn from it? Corruption and hatred?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380275

"Nopony has to be watched if we destroy it! We can't trust it! At all!"

Godric [Dark Knight] 380276

"You would actually consider using such a debased artifact? From this madman, no less?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380277

"Ebonreth was very powerful for a pony.
If this heart was the source of that strenght, we might want to study it just so we can be prepared in case any other enemy uses something like it."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380278

I put the snow inside the jar with it. "Good thinking."
I look hurt "I'm not going to put it inside me.. Venia, I won't make the mistake of giving it an opportunity to take me or anyone else over." I look to pumpkin. "And I'll have pumpkin watch me, if it looks like its influencing me I'll have him destroy it immediately."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380279

"I will ask again, what is there to gain from it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380280

I sigh
"I know you aren't going to put it inside you. But that does not mean its mere presence cannot corrupt you. It is a risk we cannot take. Not for something as vile as this."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380281

"Heart dangerous. Unnatural. Must be removed."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380282

"He also preyed upon my nation. Who's to say he did not do it under that…thing's influence?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380283

"…. You are right Lady Radiant. But you know what is coming. Look, can we just ralk about all this later?
After Frostmourn has healed and the victory has been celebrated fully?"
"Hey. Kilana is one of the few living po- beings I would trust with my life. Don't talk like this about her!"
"Venia… You know why we have to do it."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380284

"If we don't study it, we won't know how to counter act it. He might not be the only one with a heart like this.. after all why would a king who hates magic be the first test subject.. We need to understand it."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380285

"I would watch out for you too, Kila."

"At least let the High King rule. And if he rules it to die, we can kill it with the formaldehyde, which would at least leave the dead husk to study."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380286

"Oh I know how to counter evil already. Faith and divinity."

"We shouldn't need to talk about it later once that thing is gone!"

Godric [Dark Knight] 380287

"You do raise a point. We should not discuss such matters in front of all of Eaglecrest, and with your king unable to stand."

Venia [Battlemage] 380288

"No. We do not. Hoof it over right now so Radiant can blast it to smithereens."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380289

Step in front of Kilana.
"Frostmourn should decide."

Venia [Battlemage] 380290

I grumble
"I suppose we should wait on Frostmourn, yes. But I want to safeguard it in that case."

DM 380291

"And I hope it will do us well, come Stormheart."
"I don't think so… not as badly.
Trying to counter so many of his blows was a bad plan."
"I believe there are some vendors who specialize in clothing in the market area"

Frosty could use some rest.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380292

I shake my head "Some would call your flowery form unnatural. Should it be removed as well? "
Ooh, that stings "I know the signs of such corruption well, and so does Pumpkin. Id would be able to read my mind and see changes in my thoughts.. We would be careful.." I sigh. "But you are my queen, If you desire it I can't go against you.." With a heart broken stare I extend the jar with the heart. "I'm sorry I haven't earned you trust." despair '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380293

I perk up and support Frostmourn in that case
"Where to, Frosty?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380294

"You won, and that is what matters. No pain no gain… but you should rest now. You've earned it."

"It's not against you, Kilana, it's against the evil of this… thing."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380295

I'll nod.
"I'll look into it, then. The High King will likely need rest after his battle, so he is only to be disturbed by those either tending his wounds, his close friends, or in the case of an emergency. The festivities should be in place by nightfall, and hopefully the king will be mobile enough to enjoy them."

Venia [Battlemage] 380296

"This is not about trust. This is about showing you that despite it all, I am still your queen. And as a Queen I am the one who should be holding responsibility over something like this."
I take the jar with my magic and float it along as I leave for the breakroom.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380297

Rest he shall have.
"I will call for somepony to take you back to our room."

And then I did.

"Kila, I have an idea.
Leave that heart to me in the meantime, until Frosty recovers and decides what to do with it.
Lady Radiant can rest assured I will not fall for any vile influence, she trained me herself."
Turn to Radiant.
"Isn't that so?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 380298

"Your victory here will do you many favors. Such a tale! The helm is almost a token after this, though it will assuage many dissenters."

I turn to Radiant.
"Come, we should not prolong this spectacle any further. It is unworthy of the victor."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380299


"Congratulations, High King Frostmourn, on your victory."

Turn to Radiant:
"Did you find anything in your first examination?"

DM 380300

"To the palace."
he turns back to the others
"…and do not destroy the heart. Not before we know what it is. There is strength in knowledge… and weakness in ignorance."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380301

I nod at him.
"Let's leave here first, yes."

"No, Pumpkin, Venia is right. We cannot tolerate the existence of such a thing."

"I can heal but I am not a doctor."

Follow her.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380302

"I'm sorry Frostmourn, but you must be tired. You cannot think straight. The heart must be destroyed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380303

Trot alongside him as he leaves.
"I'm still not letting you use it."
Smirk a little.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380304

Nod at that comment.

Take a look at the keys.
"Anypony feel like taking a look in the trophy chamber?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380305

I shake my head "Its in Queen Venia's hooves now."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380306

Lead him along.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380307

"Wise words, High King."

"I will take a look later. He needs to recuperate physically first."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380308

"Take care, Northking. That is the heart of the one who invades and defiles my home."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380309

"He's not gonna eat it, don't worry."

DM 380310

He opens his mouth to say something, then forgets his left front hoof is made of salsa right now, trips over it and faints momentarily from pain.

You should take him to rest at the palace.
An expert is on his way.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380311

"Then should the time come to destroy it, I will recommend your blade be used." I say


Another Natural Remedy might be needed here…

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Kilana [deathsinger] 380313

I catch up with frosty, he might need a hoof to help him up if so I give him one. "Don't worry you're going to be fine."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380314

Pick up the keys, since everybody is too busy and put them away for safekeeping.
I'm sure the King would rather be in the company of close friends while he's resting.

Trot over to the trophy room.

DM 380315

"Alright… alright. I can do this.
I've had worse… and… now I can rest a little.
…just a little."

He has a suite prepared at the palace.


Now that I'm in the breakroom, I look around for nearby shadows of a certain old buddy old pal of mine.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380317

I followed you there, just so you know.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380318

Pick up those great weapons of the King as well, for safekeeping of course.

DM 380319

"You seemed rather adamant back there."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380320

Keep him standing as we go to the palace.. If I can take my own hit points with touch of life to give him strength I'd like to do that '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 380321

I spin around to face the source of the voice
"Yes! This thing is ever worse than that damn scythe! I don't trust it one bit!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380322

"Me neither. Let's end this then."
Get out my hammer.

DM 380323

"I thought more of you two. I really did. But I do not have orders to stop you, so I won't. However, don't think you can silence me either."
You get him to bed, and Sunrise comes to his side
"I think I need some sleep… my body feels like it has given far more than it had to offer."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380324

Venia [Battlemage] 380325

"No. We have to wait for Frostmourn's verdict!"

"That's why I wanted to ask you first, Valeriana! Just how dangerous is this thing!?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380326

"And I wouldn't."

"No we do not. No matter what he says will change the nature of this thing."
Speak with disgust.
"Evil, hatred, corruption. That is the only thing it does. And I will not allow it to exist a minute longer."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380327

I bow my head at his side
"Do you require anything more, Frosty?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380328

I nod. "Sleep well, my friend." I check to make sure a shadow is nearby. "I knew you would win."

DM 380329

Do you really want to go in there alone?
"It seems like some kind of parasite. Possibly demonic in origin.
You saw what it did to Ebonreth. It made him strong indeed. I, for one, am curious as to how, exactly, that works."

"Evil is born from the heart, hatred from the mind. You should know that."
"Not really, no…
I need a moment with my… fiance."
He puts his still-working hoof on Sunrise

Venia [Battlemage] 380330

"I have to know just what it is first, Radiant."

"And you're not worried at all that the black, screaming, lashing heart just may have abilities to corrupt those around it? Not at all?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380331

Well, nobody volunteered to go with him.
I'm just going to take a peek, so yes.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380332

I look over to Sunrise, then back at the king and bow my head.
"Okay, Frosty."
I walk out of the room and go find the Queen

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380333

"If it is a demonic parasite, I do not care of anything else."
Look at Venia.
"Hoof it over so I can destroy it."

DM 380334

"Of course it may have such power. And if it does, the corrupted will be put down. But their sacrifice will have served in helping us know more. Perhaps a lot more.
Just imagine if every warrior of the north was as strong as Ebonreth, were we ever to face Equestria…"

It seems to be a large hall filled with stands, racks and display cases full of armour, weapons and trinkets.
"You will do no such thing without Frostmourn knowing."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380335

I guess I'll follow him in if that's the case.

Venia [Battlemage] 380336

"No, Radiant. Not yet."

I stomp a hoof and growl
"Are you suggesting we employ demonology, Valeriana!? Corrupt ourselves to become stronger!?"


Inspect the room. What do I see?

Roll #1 6 = 6


can I find her?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380339

First things first.
Close the door and lock it to avoid visitors.
Then take a look around. Anything interesting? '1d10'

You came with me?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Kilana [deathsinger] 380340

I leave him alone with sunrise, checking to make sure Val. has her shadows stationed here. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380341

"Why wait and give it a chance? What if it can grow on it's own? Escape?"

"He heard me already."
"This strong, at what cost? With them having corrupted hearts? Do you want to make the people of the North demonspaws?!"


I have nothing else to do at the moment, plus i need the helm

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380343

I'm back.
Where are we.
Why is a strange mage we met yesterday entrusted with the King's loot?
Why haven't I stabbed him to death yet?

Kilana [deathsinger] 380344

"Where are you going Ambrosia?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380345

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380346

"High King does not need my presence. Must find Queen instead."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380347

Because everybody was too busy helping the King. He didn't want to leave it unattended.
He's actually looking out for you guys, dickhead.

DM 380348

"Not directly. Much like I would not suggest we light ourselves on fire to stay warm at night."
It seems they have a high quality catbutt on display.
…no wait that's Godric.
Dozens of weapons, suits of armour, war trophies…
She has a shadow watching the king.
The king will provide you the helm.
Though if you want to see it, it's at the end of the room

#The Eaglecrest Helm
Helmet of Old King Strongbuck, who renamed himself King Eaglecrest after scalping Griffon King Stormheart's champion, General Galahad.

Frosty went to rest at the palace
He needed friends yesterday, so he made some new ones

Kilana [deathsinger] 380349

"Queen Venia is bound to be with Radiant now, no doubt talking about how to destroy what they fear.." I sigh. "But as long as she is with Radiant she will be safe, and if you want to help we can go see to the kings new treasures, that would make him happy I'm sure." I try to smile '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380350

I nod slowly
"Okay. Will follow you."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380351

Shake my head for a second.
Why in Tartarus was I staring at that?

Take a better look around this time '1d10'


"Did you find anything?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380352

"Yet you suggest that we toy with fire. In the name of the Sun and all that is Holy I will not allow this heart to remain in this realm."

Venia [Battlemage] 380353

I scrunch
"Explain me! You taught me how to resurrect, but I'm not a damn Necromancer, Valeriana! Don't blame me for not knowing things I cannot possibly know about."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380354

Stab stab.
Right. The guy we saved. The one that says he can see the future.
I guess Frosty has Sunrise watching over him.
I really don't want to watch as she comforts him.
Valeriana will be enough.
Go with the guys in the treasury, I say.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380355

Go to the Trophy Room with Ambrosia.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380356

Burn burn.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380357

1vs2me faggot and see what happens.

Godric [Dark Knight] 380358

"There it is…"
I walk up to it and prostrate myself.
"Stormheart will rejoice on its return."

"The helm itself. I dare not take it until it is offered though, as with the rest of these trophies. I am sure they will serve Frostmourn well."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380359

Nod at that.
"Indeed. We shouldn't take anything until Frostmourn is better. This is just a little reconnaisance.
But good that you found what you're looking for."

Shadows won't hide you if I light up everything.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380360

We should definitely have a match.
Too bad I'm just a fat noble. And a coward, too!

DM 380361

Maybe you like cat butts?
…nothing here seems too suited for a mage at first glance.
"And in the name of the north and all the hope it has left, I will not allow you to take matters into your own hooves and so brashly give Equestria another advantage."
"Demonic infestation is unrefined. Direct and dangerous, but powerful. The same goes for Possession, which is what you probably think of when you speak of demonology. But with the assets we have available, we could try to develop a controlled, refined form of magic to enhance our warriors. Not unlike the wing spell Frosty and Lady Radiant use. Only, for the muscles. In a way."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380362

"It is almost a shame to see so many fine weapons and armor wasted on display. They ache for battle."

"What have you found?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380363

Yeah, let's go back to the break room.
Who's here?

Venia [Battlemage] 380364

"There must be risks tied to this. Complications. How do we know this wont bite us in the ass?"

DM 380365

Venia, Radiant and a shadow

Kilana [deathsinger] 380366

..Are we there now?

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380367


Really nothing?
Take one last look around. '1d10'

"That Ebonreth was fond of armors and not of magic."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380368

Grit my teeth.
"If a nation of degenerate demons is what you want to create it isn't even worth to save against Equestria."

"It won't. Because I won't let it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380369

Clear my throat to alert them of my presence.
Smile at the shadow.


"I know little of him, but he did seem quite the brute."

Look around some more. Does anything else catch my eye?

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 380371

Yes, welcome there with Godric and Torch.
Oh wait. There are dozens of items captured from Rockeye mages. They were just in their own corner.
"We do it carefully-"
"-rather than blindly rushing into things and making a mess"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380372

I settle down near the door, ready to protect what belongs to the High King.

DM 380373

Something will.
Tomorrow when I'm awake enough to plan loot.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380374

More important things to attend to.

"No good can come of this vile sorcery or anything related to it. I tolerate your necromancy, but this is something even out of your control. The control of any of you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380375

"Lady Radiant, please. Stop this, it's been decided already by the High King himself."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380376

Take a look at that then.
Unless you'd rather do that tomorrow.

"He was right for his country I guess."

Venia [Battlemage] 380377

I huff
"Well it is for Frostmourn to decide now. I'll trust your word on this."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380378

"Hello, Anything interesting?" I say to Godric and Smoldering.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380379

"I do not care what he says. He cannot control this, he thinks he can, but he cannot. Why don't you realize that what you are catering to here as a foal is a snake ready to bite us in the neck?!"

DM 380380

"Then I leave it to his judgement. But for now, he must rest."


Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380381

"Found some confiscated items from Rockeye mages. Unless you're more interested in the armors of course."
I chuckle.


sweet. i'll hold on to that then.

"Many things. The king hoarded his trophies like a cub with fishbones."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380383

But I want to destroy that thing right nooooooow!

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380384

"Hardly, Lady Radiant.
We know well how dangerous it can be. I was first to discourage Frosty, actually. But we do need to study it."


I'll throw a roll out there for anything that might be a clue to his dark art research.

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380386

"To what end? It can give us nothing."


Right. Walk over to the table and poor myself a good strong drink to keep my occupied.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380388

I would not be here today if it wasn't for the dark arts, Lady Radiant.
Same arts that allowed us to question the lordblades who came to kill us despite their almost unbreakable will.
As you taught me we have to fear the demons, but not so much as to be blind of its existance."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380391

"I do not fear that thing. I despise it. Necromancy is different. It is up to the good will of the pony who uses it. Demonology is nothing but corruption, a plague that takes over the body and mind."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380392

"And this was the first thing I told Frostmourn.
But we are going against an empire so bigger than us, so much stronger, that anything but everything will not be enough."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380394

"You told him we can't use it already then, good. Then there is nothing holding me back from vanquishing it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380395

"Don't play dumb, I told you the exact opposite.
We will study it. And this is an order from the High King."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380396

time split activate.
Go to the break room for a drink after a long day, and see the three ponies fighting over the heart again. "I thought you were waiting until Frostmourn was feeling better to destroy it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380397

"Change of plans. He ordered to keep it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380398

"I do not care what his order is. He is just a kid who discovered a box of matches and wants to play with it."

"The longer we wait the more dangerous it can be."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380399

Step forward.
"This is an order from High King Frostmorun of Wintergrasp.
The Heart of deceased King Ebonreth of Eaglecrest is to be safeguarded and studied.
Not touched in any other way."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380400

I brighten up considerable at this news. "Really? That means we can study it!"
and then my ears drop down instantly.

Venia [Battlemage] 380401

I shake my head but keep my back turned on them.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380402

"And I, Radiant Dawn, Holy Paladin of the Sun, deemed this demonspawn heart a threat to all that is pure and good. I do not care of his orders."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380403

Take out the daggers.
"I am the King's hoof.
My holy duty is to do his will. Please, stop this."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380404

I let out a huff.
"And what are you going to do? Assault me? Attack me, a paladin who tries to do her duty, a friend, over a corruped, vile, demonic part?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380405

"I couldn't care less of that piece of dead meat.
And you are not just a paladin, you are the one paladin who taught me everything. The one pony I pledged eternal friendship to, in case of need.
And yet again you are making me choose to either break my vow and turn a blind eye to your actions against the orders of my lord or to attack and pacify you."
Sigh and stare at her.
"I really hoped I meant more to you than this."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380406

"You would disobey the high king's orders?

Venia [Battlemage] 380407

"Of course not. But that doesn't mean I have to like it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380408

"He was beat up and exhausted, do you really believe he could think properly now?"

"This is not about you or me, Pumpkin. This is about doing what is right. I really hoped I taught you more than this as well."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380409

"Very well.
Please know that, from the moment you try to touch the heart, I will not be Pumpkin Swansong anymore, but the High King's blade.
And know I forgive you."
Stare at her, immovable.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380410

"He asked you to keep it, that means he's holding off judgement until he can think clearly. A very reasonable order if you ask me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380411

"If he will see reason he will know to destroy it. We should not wait until it tries to awaken and find a new host."

"Would you stab me in the back for this?"
Point a hoof at the black heart.
"Is that your vision of the North? Is that what you are trying to defend?"
Shake my head.
"If it is, then the North is already lost."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380412

"I do not pretend to be able to see what the High King sees.
The heart has to be preserved until he can decide its destiny.
Any attempt to destroy it will be stopped by the Northblades. As ordered."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380413

Narrow my eyes.
"Fine. But know this, I have warned you of what could happen if it gets out of hoof. And I will not hesitate to strike down anypony it corrupted, no matter who bears it's evil."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380414

"As would I, Lady Radiant. As will I."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380415

I look clearly hurt. "You misunderstand Lady Radiant, we don't want to become uncontrollable demons. that's why this could help us. If we understand how this happened, we will know how to ovoid it. You compared it to matches before, and that's almost right.. had you never seen a match or fire before.. but seen its results.. would you then deny everypony the chance to learn how to build a fire just because it could burn you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380416

"Playing with fire is dangerous. You can be sure to have this whole damn thing supervised constantly. Where the heck will you even study it? In Wintergrasp?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380417

"The Deep Roads."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380418

Shake my head disapprovingly and leave the room.
She would agree… She would let me destroy it…

Venia [Battlemage] 380419

"The Underkingdom? You'd have to build necessary facilities first. That place is nothing but constant mineshafts."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380420

But it can be a safe place, isolated from the rest of the world. If something goes wrong in there, we can easily fix the situation.
Or directly bury anything that survives."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380421

"Underground would be the safest, and thank you for trying to understand, we would take every precaution, setting up what we need to work with.."
"And that's what makes it safe, we can close in case of disaster."

Venia [Battlemage] 380422

"So who will supervise this then? Who will study it? Aside from Kilana and Valeriana, I don't know of many necromancers that would be knowledgeable enough."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380423

"I have no idea who the scholars would be. That's something Kilana knows.
As for the supervisions, the Northblades will watch over them."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380424

"I will take on the task personally. I also trust Id, but I understand if you don't want him involved since you don't know him. Winterbreese would be a great aid to the study of this thing.. "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380425

"Wait, Winterb-"
Look at her concerned, but shut up.
Frown a second.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380426

I give you a 'we'll discuss this later' look.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380427

Nod and go pour myself a drink.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 380428

"Hmph. I'll create a task force of a handful of guards as well to oversee things and report back to Wintergrasp."

I cock a brow in surprise
"Id? Who is that? And Winterbreeze? She's a necromancer?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380429

"That I would most appreciate. But keep something in mind-"
Lean towards her, relaxing on the floor.
"The Northblades are a perfect choice because their devotion is unquestionable.
If you have to place anypony there, make sure they can't be tempted or corrupted.
Paladins like the warriors of sunlight would fit the bill perfectly, but there's not even a dozen of them."

Venia [Battlemage] 380430

"I'll think of something, I'm sure."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380431

"she has a good knowledge of the subject, yes. I think her council would be for the beniefit of the effort. Id.. Immident Domain, Ten.. I trust him to stand by my side while I study this monster. I would also ask Valeriana to have a shadow with us, all the best in in the land working on it, we won't fail, we won't fall to corruption. "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380432

"Oh, right, Frosty had mentioned he was called Imminent Domain… Talking about him, I think he might be crushing on you hard."
Chuckle a bit.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380433

Well, in the course of my party plans, I remember my lunch date with Ambrosia. Thus, I set out to track her down. With the directions of a few helpful guardsponies, I find her in the Treasury.
"Ah, Ambrosia, there you are."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380434

I turn my head to stare at him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380435

I'll look around for a moment.
"Are… you the only one in here?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380436

"Oh, so that's his name? And I had no idea Nylis' marefriend was an expert on necromancy…"
I shake my head
"Nevermind that. We will see how this pans out once Frostmourn feels better. And I'll be keeping a close eye on it."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380437

I nod my head slowly
"Yes, Crescent. Must protect Frosty's treasury."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380438

"Surely not all by yourself? Aren't there any guards?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380439

"Oh…!" I smile, blushing slightly. "He's been really sweet so far, I guess that's why he wanted to go to that thing.."
I sigh "Well, Its not something necromancers like to brag about, but I thought you would want to know the names of those I would consider skilled and trust worthy enough to study the heart."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380440

"I'd advise against going there yourself.
If anything happens, we are blowing up the entrance.
No matter who's in there."
Look sadly towards Kilana.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380441

I glance around the treasury.
"There is a shadow. Cannot catch it. Frosty trusts it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380442

"Then… perhaps we could trust it to watch the treasury as well?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380443

I nod understanding.

Venia [Battlemage] 380444


"And yet I will. Because I do not shy away from danger. Not when this much is at stake. That is why I chose to carry the heart. If it lashes out, it will be against me."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380445

I get up.
"Do you need me for something, Crescent?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380446

"I just hope Unyielding will forgive me, if I am to rely the news."
Look at the ground.
Well now I'm sad.
"Come over here zigga. I think I need a hug."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380447

"Not unless you want to come with me."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380448

I embrace you in a bro hug. '1d10+5' +5 for broship "Don't worry, it won't come to that"

Roll #1 9 + 5 = 14

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380449

And then I died because of the outwordly hug.
Slowly, let go.
"So, wanna tell me about Id?"
Poke her on the side with a grin.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380450

"Shadow is watching treasury, I am not needed her but will stay because I have no other purpose right now."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380451

Well, let's see if I can't hide how hurt I am that she forgot the lunch date completely. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380452

Well, it's mostly successful, though there is an errant ear flick.
"I… see. You really had no plans, then?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380453

"You have plans."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380454

"I did, yes. But do you?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380455

I simply nod, and give a weak smile since she was willing to risk her life for this, and so am I..
"Well, he's eager to make friends with us, and he really understands my work, as well as Valeriana does. Its exciting to have someone who can relate so well with me, and.. Oh! We need to find a new mask for him. "

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380456

"I did not create plans, you did. If those plans happen now, I will follow."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380457

"Oh, a new mask? I had hoped he'd stay, you know, without one, now that he's shown his face."
Sigh and rest my head on my hooves.
"I'm happy for you though. Seems like you did find somepon- somedonkey after all."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380458

I'll sigh.
"But do you actually want to come with me, or would you prefer to do… nothing?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380459


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380460

I'll nod.
"Good. Now, let's find Queen Venia and Lady Kilana, since they might like to come with us as well."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380461

I pause at what you've said. "Oh.. that's right.. I was supposed to.." I frown at the realization." Id, and I just connected you know, and it couldn't be helped.. This way that I feel.. Is this what it was like with you and Bearing?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380462

I nod slowly.
"Okay. I will follow."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380463

And off we go. First stop, Break Room.
Who's inside, by the way?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380464

Chuckle a bit.
"If you two connected in a brooms' closet…"

Venia [Battlemage] 380465

Venia, Pumpkin and Kilana

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380466

Just the folk I wanted to see!
"Queen Venia, Lady Kilana, if I could have a moment of your time?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380467

I drink up the last bit of my glass '1d10' and walk over.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380468

I'll look at the rather wobbly Queen for a moment.
"Have you been drinking since the end of the match, Queen Venia?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380469

"Yes. I have a little bit. Something you need of me, Crescent?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380470

I grin. "Well, it wasn't quite like that."
"What's wrong"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380471

Give a hearlty laugh back and then turn towards Crescent with a smile.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380472

"I was hoping you both would join myself and Ambrosia for lunch."
I'll lean in a little and whisper to them.
"I was also told that you two have a much better dress sense than Lady Radiant, and I was hoping to surprise Ambrosia with a new dress for the King's celebration."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380473

I stare at her blankly

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380474

I'll timesplit myself in as well to the break room to drop off the weapons.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380475

You better not touch those weapons or something really bad will happen. It's simply too much OOC for your character to even have that key in the first place.

Venia [Battlemage] 380476

"Sorry, but I have to keep an eye on the heart. I don't exactly want to walk around the kingdom with it right now."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380477

You didn't pick them up.
Somebody had to pick them up and now I'm here to give them to whoever wants them.

Venia [Battlemage] 380478

Let's say he's authorized by me then. To prevent drama.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380479

And I wasn't talking about the trophy room stuff only the stuff dropped by the King.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380480

I'll nod, but raise an eyebrow.
"You mean that shrieking thing that popped out of the late King Ebonreth?"
meeee, but I'll wait until Frosty gives us the option.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380481

I smile "Well, if that's all, would it be alright to invite a friend of my own?"
"Of course, I can find something really cute!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380482

"If that worries you I can take over, and then go stand guard at Frosty's side together with Valeriana.
No really, I'm telling you, don't.
That was a King's spoil, not some random mob's loot, the weapons will be returned to the trophy room and the key was safeguarded most likely by Valeriana.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380483

"I would appreciate it, certainly, Lady Kilana."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380484

Venia [Battlemage] 380485


Oh stop being such a baby. Retcon it to Venia saying it was okay.
"I'd rather not."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380486

Uh.. I don't think you know how a time split works. we need DM to resolve the loot/ trophy room, so that event is paused and will be resolved when he is back, we are chatting in the future after the even was resolved, we can't know if we are bringing any loot to each other because we don't know who has it.

Venia [Battlemage] 380487

He's talking about those d12 weapons Ebonreth used

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380488

>the weapons will be returned to the trophy room
The heart was taken under custody by Venia and the key goes most likely with Frosty.

It makes no fucking sense RP wise whatsoever.
"Alright. Just, don't let it wear you out."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380489

"I also would like to keep such a thing as far from King Frostmourn as possible. No good can come of him getting near that in his condition."
I'll shrug.
"Not that I'm not curious as to what, exactly, was that thing. And if there might be more that would stand in the King's way."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380490

As I already said, I'm not touching any of the trophy loot stuff, it's all there.
Torch merely picked up the 1d12 gauntlets from the Arena because nobody else did and I'm putting those here.

Is nobody listening? I'm not talking about the trophy room.

Venia [Battlemage] 380491

"We are waiting for Frostmourn's verdict once he's recovered from the battle, actually."

Yes it does. Because no one else picked them up.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380492

"By the way, you don't have helmet mane."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380493

Alright, I give up.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380494

"I see."
I'll shuffle a bit.
"Yes. When treated properly, I can spend most of the day in that helmet and my mane will stay as flat as if I hadn't. I suppose that's a good thing?"
I'll sigh a little.
"But, I did promise Lady Radiant I wouldn't wear the helmet for a week. She seems to think I'm hiding behind it."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 380495

I freaking put the gauntlets somewhere wherever Pumpkin thinks is allright and then I give the keys to Venia and then I'm out again to wherever.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380496

"..were you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380497

"Anyway, once you come back from that lunch invitation we should talk.
About that."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380498

I look at his mane, then run a hoof through my own mane and frown.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380499

I nod. "Yea, No problem.."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380500

"It was a preventative measure to make my job slightly easier. Few ponies take a pink stallion seriously."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380501

"I had a harder time taking you seriously when you started trying to taunt me into a fight, actually."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380502

"I see your point, but If that's your real concern, why not dye your coat?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380503

"Which was an error in judgement on my part, master Swansong."
I'll shrug.
"As was including Lady Radiant in the food fight."
I'll lift up my cape a little and show that my tail is dyed black.
"I find being in full armor gives a more imposing image. My face is still rather mare-ish, and I go through less dye just with the tail and horn than I would the whole coat."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380504

"Why hide yourself when you are pretty, Crescent?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380505

"To be honest, Radiant needed to loosen up. She still does."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380506

"Hm.. If it were me, I would dye my face gray or something in case my helmet were knocked off. " I pause. "But it is a very nice shade of pink."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380507

I'll tinge slightly pink at that.
"Because… well, because not many ponies think stallions ought to be pretty, I suppose."
"I agree, however if a bowl of salad is enough to provoke a blood oath, it may take divine intervention to make her relax."
"I appreciate that you think so."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380508

"Oh… Okay."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380509

"I didn't say that it is a bad thing to think so, of course! I'm just an oddity."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380510

"Yeah, that felt rather odd."
We can timeskip and deal with that thing now if you want.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380511

"Okay. I understand."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380512

"She did seem to be rather calm when I went to apologize to her, so perhaps she won't beat you too hard, master Swansong."
I'll smile a little at that.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380513

"That's the last of my worries…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380514

I laugh a bit "Well, she is a tad strict."
Are we done talking to the others then?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380515

They are supposed to take you out shopping and eating, I thought we'd have the talk later.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380516

"True. How is the King, by the way? That fight can't have been easy on him."
I'll chuckle along with her.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380517

"I assure you, he's in great hooves.
But I fear for his front hoof.
It might not recover at all…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380518

OK -time warping to that night at Kilana's Room-
"Well, that was quite the day, wasn't it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380519

"It would be a shame for him to lose another leg. Golem parts can't be easy to maintain, even with a unicorn's telekinesis to hold the tools. If only there was some form of magic that could mend wounds beyond the scope of regular healing magic…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380520

"I will cut back on the radish from now on."
Wander around the room, nearing the bed.
"May I?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380521

"We have that, too. But it's just experimental for now."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380522

I nod. "Make yourself at home."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380523

"It's worth a shot, isn't it? I would hate to see the king become a prisoner in his own armor, after all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380524

Smile and crash on the floor, back against the bed, head rolled backwards on the matress.
"I totally never had sex with a zebra before. We should do that."
"It's been enough to regrow a shattered spine, it will be enough to heal a hoof."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380525

"Then there are no worries, then. So long as it works."
I'll pause for a moment.
"I… don't suppose you and miss Peaches would like to join us for lunch as well, master Swansong? If you aren't otherwise occupied, of course."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380526

Shake my head.
"I think the king has a way to go before he will be able to receive me, we'd love to join you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380527

"Miss Peaches could help Ambrosia find a nice mane stylist, perhaps, to go with the dress Lady Kilana volunteered to help look for."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380528

I laugh. "Oh, take me Pumpkin Swagsong" I pretend to swoon.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380529

"This lunch is turning out to be a large gathering, are you sure she won't get scared by everyone being there?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380530

Chuckle a bit.
"If only we were in Wintergrasp, I'd have my lady take care of that.
We'd have a larger selection than what you'd find in a warmonging nation, too."
Laugh with her, extanding my hooves to catch her fake fall.
Then look at her for a few seconds with a small smile, tapping the ground beside me.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380531

"It's just you, me, master Swansong, and miss Peaches. Five is hardly a large gathering, though it would be best to ask…"
I'll look to Ambrosia, and then mumble a little to myself.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380532

I stand next you."So, a lot has happened today.. what did you want to talk about first?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380533

"Perhaps, once there, she can take advantage of such choices, master Swansong, and become more comfortable with doing so."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380534

Stare at the ground in front of me, idly torying with it with my hooves.
Then in a low, sad voice, utter one word.
"I wonder how long will it be before we go there again…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380535

"If its okay, I'd like to invite Immident, he wanted to shop for a new mask with me and we might see one while we are out.. but that would bump the count up to six poines.."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380536

"…she's a secretive pony, but very good at research, and I think she could help."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380537

"Depends on how quickly the king recovers, and how quickly everything is resolved."
"Well, we'll have to ask Ambrosia if she's alright with it."
I'll lower my voice a bit.
"Though, if my guess is correct, she'll agree to let him come whether she likes it or not… She hasn't quite gotten saying 'no' down yet."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380538

Lean close to her and whisper.
"Or bump it down to four…"
Before snickering.
"Yeah. I bet."
Give an awkward laugh.
"Since how long?"
"Do you have anypony back in Ironfoe, Waxing?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380539

I'll raise an eyebrow at that.
"Do I look like I would have one, master Swansong? Especially with my… peculiarities?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380540

"You could have a brother, a sister, a parent."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380541

I grin a bit at Pumpkin's Comment. "well, its not a problem if you want to keep it a more private gathering, I can just get a dress her size and bring it by."
"How long have I known about her being a necromancer? …I've known for a while now, I've been getting close to her in an effort to show my support.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380542

Shake my head.
"Since how long is she a necromancer at all?
Why hasn't she told anypony?
Why does Nylis always run around me?
Why did she seem so worried that day when I went to her room…
I'm worried, Kila."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380543

"Ah. Of course. My parents passed away shortly after my 20th year, leaving myself and a sister. I believe she has since gone into the clergy respecting the Moon. I have not heard from her for… three, four years now. I assume she remains there still."
"I wouldn't want to impose, Lady Kilana. And I thought it a good chance for her to start to get to know the rest of the group. Mares talk quite a bit while shopping, if memory serves."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380544

"I see. I'm sorry to hear about your parents."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380545

I give a helpless look. "She seems to have been practicing almost as long as me, but it didn't come up exactly how long she had been one.. and as for Why Nylis runs.. She has always done that, even before she became involved with Winterbreeze.. She's calm around me, because I confronted her about it and got her to stop doing it to me.. The room, I can't say why they were nervous about it I wasn't there. "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380546

Turn and look her straight in the eyes, a pledging look on my face.
"She's not doing anything dangerous, right?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380547

"Well, I certainly don't mind, I do love to shop and talking is a natural part of it. Besides Somepony will have to hold our bags" I grin at you

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380548

"They lived a full life, and I dare say my sister and I were quite the hoof-full."
My face will cloud up slightly.
"I do regret not being there when they went, of course, but I had my duties to my king."
I'll shake my head.
"But enough of that. Moping over past decisions clouds future choices."
"That was the general idea."
I'll return the grin with a smile.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380549

I look into your eyes. "I can't safely say that anything of the dark arts isn't dangerous, and the way she talks about her research makes me think it is something big, a break through, but she wasn't ready to show me before we left.. and to be fair I wasn't being completely open with her about my project either. I can only say I think she is on to something, and did't show the signs of corruption or possession when I last met with her, nor has anything been destroyed around her.. She's smart enough to play it safe."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380550

*didn't/ did not

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380551

GIve a slow nod.
"Right. Smart thinking.
So, where should we head for first?"
Close my eyes before sighing deeply and giving her a long, tight hug.
"I'm doing this to save you all.
To save Frosty, to save Nylis, to save you. Even to save Winterbreeze.
But yeah, let's hope she doesn't see me cry.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5 / Roll #2 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380552

Fuck you. Swap those rolls.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380553

I return the hug. "Pumpkin, do you mean the emergency plan? It won't come to that, we won't die.."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380554

"Anything else on your mind?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380555

Raise my head slightly and whisper to her ear.
"I don't care what happens, I'm coming back for you."
Then, let go of her and stand up.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380556

"First, I was thinking a nice, light lunch. I've already got the attendants preparing a celebration for tonight, and I hope King Frostmourn will be in a good enough condition to enjoy it as best he can. If not, well, we can always start up another one once we reach Wintersgrasp, most likely."
"Well, if you and miss Peaches wish to find a good manestylist for Ambrosia, I would be appreciative. She does seem to lament her mane's condition from time to time."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380557

I smile, "I know you would." I look over to the second door leading to codar's room. "I'm not worried thou, I'll have a guardian down there."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380558

"Sounds good enough."
Pause until tela is here?
Look quizzically at her.
"You replacing me zigga?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380559

Sounds good to me.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380560

"Not exactly, more like back up. Its what I've been working on so hard, a prefect protecting minion to help out with guarding the Academy." Pumpkin will probably want to question him so we should maybe wait on it

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380561

He doesn't think minions can talk.
"Oh now I'm curious. Some new magic?"
But yeah, we need DM. Let's wait.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380562

"Yea, combining different bodies to be one more powerful minion." I smile. "I realize it sounds simple to someone who isn't trained in this.. but its a huge break through, the best anyone has done before is to make a puppet which would require the necromancer to be pulling the strings constantly, What I've done is better, more complete, it can move on its own and make decisions."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380563

"Wait a minute.
You mean this thing can think and stuff?"
Scoot closer and listen carefully.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380564

I nod "You remember the death guards from the underkingdom?" I pull the scythe onto my lap. "I used them as a base, studied their runes.." I run my left hoof(the one with a rune on it) over the weapon. "And with this as a catalyst I was able to bring it to life easily, it makes channeling my energy effortless, even for such a creature"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380565

Speak slowly with an expression of surprise.
"Incredible… You always had it in you, uh Kila?"
Grin at her.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380566

"Yeah, I guess I did." I grin. "You should meet him, I've called him Codar, and told him his purpose would be to protect the Academy, we was happy.. well, as happy as a stoic pile of bones can be. " I get a serious look for a moment. "Thank you for supporting me all this time, without you bro I couldn't have gotten this far."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380567

"Pff, seriously?"
Wave a hoof dismissively at her.
"It was all mom's doing, you know! I was just there getting you into fights!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380568

"Seriously, you were the first pony to get close to me after I joined the group.. you were there with me through every important event after that, even when my old attachments started to take over.. You were the hoof I could reach out to, you're my true bro for life."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380569

"You are my life insurance after all."
Laugh jokingly.
"One day I want to take a trip out of the North. See how the rest of the world is. How your homeland is.
Maybe we could all go together. Me, Bearin and Peach with you and Id."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380570

"There's nopony I'd rather go on a road trip with." I hold my hoof out. "Than, my bro and his mares."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380571

Boop 'dat hoof with a smile.
Then, stand up and make it for the door.
"I'm gonna let you rest.
If you see Nylis, tell her I never hated her. And I'd love to go out drinking or… I dunno. Doing stuff."
"Seeya Kila."
Open the door and go to leave.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380573

"If only there were more hours in the day" I say and lay on the bed. "I'll Introduce you and Codar when I'm not so tired."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380576

I get back up and put a hoof on your shoulder. "Actually, Pumpkin.. Lets go find Nylis now."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380577

Teleport in '1d10+3'

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380578

"You… Sure about that? Won't she like, push us out of the room or something?"
We timeskipped to the night.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380579

are you teleporting to us?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380580

Nylis fainted when the action proved too much for her. it's somewhere up in that mess of posts

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380581

Astral Projection + Locating = Yes

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380582

I'm sure we took you back to your room.
The problem is, do you want to roleplay the shopping thing? Because if so we have to wait tomorrow for DM.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380583

"Yeah, I'm sure it will be fine.."
"Oh, we were just coming to find you! And yes, he's resting up in bed, he lost a leg but he'll gained this kingdom."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380584

I don't even know what that is, and since I'm only around for an hour tomorrow I guess not.
"H-He IWHAT!? Where is he! Which leg?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380585

Chuckle a bit.
"Don't worry, I'm sure he will recover.
He's just got a really nasty… Pulp instead of his front leg."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380586

"A front one." I try to say smile a bit "but don't worry too much, he can have another built… anyway, Pumpkin wanted to talk to you about something." I nudge pumpkin forward.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380587

wince at this
"Th- that's not good."
hang my head

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380588

scrunch my face in slight disgust
"No. I don't want him to keep getting those golem things added on. it's just not right, at least for King Fr- …for frosty"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380589

"I'm sure there's nothing to worry about. We have regenerative magic, no?
I heard you worked on that one."
Smile at her.
Step forward scratching my head awkwardly.
"S-so Nylis… Want to go for a ice cream?"
Try a sincere smile.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Kilana [deathsinger] 380590

I nod a bit, "Well, you can try to use magic on him, but a bit is actually missing, I don't know if you can regrow it for him.."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380591

"Yea, I- uh.. I did learn it from Em- "


"u-uhhh.. I uh.. I'd rather make sure myself that Ki- Frosty is ok. So uh.. y-yea"

"What do you mean? I regrew my horn when I lost it!"
tap my horn
"Although uh… it's not like it was before.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380593

"I think Sunrise it taking care of that… They have a bit to celebrate in private and all that…"
Look awkwardly from her to Kilana with an 'help me out' expression on my face.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380594

"Well, talk to him about it when he wakes up then. He's pretty tired from his fight still so its best to wait until morning for it." I say calmly.

"But, right now Pumpkin has something he wants to tell you, its pretty important, so please don't run from him."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380598

"What are y- oh.. uh, maybe tomorrow then"
"Right… but.."
look from pumpkin to kila
"W-why Kila?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380599

"Just hear him out, that's all I'm asking you.. "
I mouth 'tell her you're sorry' to you

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380600


Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380601

Sigh and sit down.
"I'm sorry for being so distant. And strange. And spooky at times.
Oh, and I'm sorry for that time with the book.
I can't even remember if I ever told you…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380602

"W-What are you up to? The both of you?"
light my horn and take a defensive stance

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380603


"How could you! You decide to say sorry after all these years!? And then you try and force words out of me when I- "
wipe away some tears welling up in my eyes
"I can't believe you Pumpkin Smile! I trusted you! How could you take that book from me! It wasn't even mine! I found it in the library before some shadowy thing got mad at me! I ran thinking I'd only have a small amount of time before returning it- AND YOU GO AND TAKE IT FROM ME! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE DID!? I CAN'T GO IN THAT LIBRARY ANYMORE BECAUSE OF YOU! I CAN'T RETURN THE BOOK I STOLE!"
try to hold my tears '1d10-2'

Roll #1 7 - 2 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 380604

"All I'm up too is trying to patch things up between my friends." I say honestly. "Please, just give him a chance.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380605

"N-nylis that book… It was my mother's.
Valeriana wrote it. That's why I had to return it to her, why I made a copy for you…"
Hold a hoof in front of me, trying to move closer.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380607

quickly back away while using TK to wipe away tears
"Oh great, now I can't go near whoever this 'Valeriana' pony is because you probably told her about me! I can't return a COPY of a book Pumpkin! I- .. I-.."
fall on my haunches and quietly sob
"my library.."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380608

I give you a comforting pat on the shoulder, and offer you a small cloth to wipe your tears with.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380609

Stand up and calmly walk over to her, then, slowly, go in for an embrace.
"Shh. It's okay. You stole nothing, it's alright. And I'm sure mom doesn't hate you for taking the book."

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380610

take the cloth-
then immediately wink away
"If I stole nothing then how come that shadow was mad at me? *sniff* I don't know that, and neither do you."


I hum a calming lullaby in an effort to sooth the mood.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380612

Step back.
"Nylis, those shadows are Valeriana's! My mom's!
I would have introduced you to her if I knew!
The book, she wrote it! I brought it back to her that night!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380613

"Stop Kilana."

"Why does y- ..Where is the book now?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380614

"She burnt it. That same night, in front of me. It was a book filled with poems she once wrote to somepony she can never meet again."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380616

I fall silent for a moment. "Valeriana is Shadow Song, that pony who helped us out on the roof so long ago, the necromancer I learned from.. You remember that night that Prima's house burned down and we were attacked? Valeriana is the pony who's arrows helped us that night.."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380617

drop my head
"Oh.. c-

could you tell her I didn't mean to take the book? An- and that I was going to give it back the moment I learned what I needed to? I don't have the copy anymore.. if

if that matters.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380618

my eyes go wide, then immediately search around the room for any of those shadows

"You're not serious are you!?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380619

I nod. "Completely serious, her shadows are always watching over the kingdom. She's like a body guard who can be everywhere.." I smile. "You won't find her shadows in here, she gives me space and privacy because she trusts me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380620

"I think she's not holding it against you. She never did."
Smile at her.
Shake my head.
"She's great. I should introduce you to her."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380621

"I met her several times already, and I'm just glad I'm not dead yet."
"Uh.. r-right. Ok"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380622

"So… wait. You hid this inside you all this time and never came to me to talk about it?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380623

"W-why would I talk to you about it? I don't even know what you are! You fight like those assassins on the rooftop, and then you tell me you're a blade or not a blade at very specific times.. I don't know what I can tell you anymore."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380624

"That itself should be enough proof that she's not mad at you. Don't you think?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380625

"I don't know, she probably sees a reason to let me live."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380626

"Wait you…"
Wince at that, shrinking back.
"I'm just the same pony damnit! I'm Pumpkin! Damnit!
I can't believe you! After all these years you tell me this now?!
I did all this to protect you, damnit!"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380627

And yes, I cry.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380628

"Shadow Song would have spoken to you about it if she was concerned or angry.."
I find another piece of cloth and give it pumpkin.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380629

Take that tissue.
"Thanks Kila…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380630

"W-Well What was I supposed to tell you!? One day you're my friend and the next you become secretive and distant and you spend more time with King frostmourn like everyone else after…."
start to tear up
and slowly move away while lighting my horn
"I'm s-sorry pumpkin.."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380631

"I- I…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 380632

I frown "You two wouldn't be this upset if you didn't care for each other at all. All this looks to be caused by a simple misunderstanding.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380633

"No! Don't run damnit! Stay! Please!"
Hold a hoof up in a pledging way.
Shake my head slowly.
"We never blamed you for what happened to Frosty, I told you already.
So you… You actually don't know what I do? After all these years?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380635

"It.. I guess it was.."
"Pumpkin… You haven't even told me about your wife.. Everyone knows about me. Everyone knows I'm one of King Frostmourn's Researchers, and that I helped Winterbreeze make the teleporting arrays. Everyone knows about me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380637

And you didn't show up!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380638

look wildly around the room
"I- I- I- b-but you didn't tell me! All those times I was studying in mine or winterbreeze's rooms and I never heard a knock at the door or a telling in the hall!"
frantically wipe away these tears
"I'm sorry already!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380639

Sigh and move closer.
"Come here. It's alright. Gimme a hug. Please?"
Smile wide at her and open my hooves.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380640

"I.. I'm sorry Pumpkin. I didn't mean to be mad at you, I didn't know, I was too busy with my studies.. A-and a lot of other reasons.. but I'm sorry"


quietly move over and rolling for hug '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380641

I'm not letting go ever again.
"Who cares. I'm happy now. This is all I ever wanted, you know.
This is why I fight."
Then, after holding her for a minute, start talking again.
"And I'm sorry you missed that, it was really fun."
Chuckle a bit.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380642

tighten the hug
"I heard you guys talk about it for weeks. It had to be."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380643

Stroke her mane slowly.
"It's gonna be nothing in comparison to yours. I will make sure of that. You and Winterbreeze will have the best wedding ever."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380644

"Pff- as if."

"You guys said something about ice cream?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380645

Let go of her, taking a step back before nodding with a smile.
"Totally. Wanna hunt for a shop?"
I should probably sleep now.

Kilana [deathsinger] 380646

"Yeah, if you're still up for it." I say cheerfully.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380647

Say with a smile "Yes!"

now >>>/bed/ and >>>/study/shoo!

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