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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 5 DM 380666[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story of a king who gave his everything so those who followed him could have a chance to see one more sunrise. Broken and exhausted, he now needs his allies more than ever.
And a dark heart has torn apart those who now, more than ever, need to stand united if they want any hope of succeeding.


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380667

Now, a bath.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380668

we relaxation now

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380669

With the heart under guard for now, that leaves the trophy room to investigate.

Venia [Battlemage] 380670

The Heart is safely stored in my saddlebags.

I believe there is a trophy room to be investigated.
A former slave to wash.
And dresses to be bought.
And a King to be talked to.

DM 380671

I trust you wanted Peaches?
"So… bath and preening?"
Do you have any… preferences?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380672

Now we keep being mad at those edgy powerhungry teenagers

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380673

Nod at her.
"She's been through a lot, and her wings are in a bad shape.
I doubt she'd appreciate my touch."

Venia [Battlemage] 380674

I suppose we ought to wait for Frostmourn before the trophy room?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380675

I stare at this sudden newcomer.
"If you wish."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380676

Loot preferences? Or order preferences?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380677

And Crescent is there, too.

Godric [Dark Knight] 380678


I have to leave in like ten minutes anyway

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380679

"Unless you are uncomfortable, of course."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380680

I shake my head slowly.
"I am not."

DM 380681

Go take it up with the king and Verne or something while the slave gets shower raped
"Well I can try, but you do know I've only done preening as a favor right? Not like I have wings of my own to practice on."
You can have a skill from Expanded Skills bound to it. Stronger skills com with more drawbacks, like charge limits, cooldowns or crit failure penalties.
He is resting in his suite.
Golden Oats is there to check on him.
Verne… should be here too. They arrived together.
"I'm Peaches, by the way. Pumpkin's… partner."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380682

Now, where was I?

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380683

And Smoldering is here too.
Let's take a look at those Rockeye items.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380684

Apparently Pumpkin forgot to tell me that they wanted to go and shower now just because we parted slightly on different terms.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380685

I look down.
"My name is Ambrosia, Peaches. Thank you for wanting to help me."

Godric [Dark Knight] 380686

Godric may wish to speak with you when I get the chance
I'll see you all in a little bit. DM, does that 10 from last time still apply to the trophy room?

Venia [Battlemage] 380687

Well if he's done with Sunrise, then yeah, let's go see him!

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380688

"Or unless you don't want to.
You know this is not an obligation, right?"
"You have always been great at it for what I can remember."
Grin slightly.
As per preferences, what about that sweet d12 thing applied to my old daggers?
It wasn't even my idea. And why would I ever tell you when we shower in the first place?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380689

Nothing stops you from coming up and asking what's going on.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380690

Nothing for a necromancer without minions in expanded skills currently other than Soul Catalyst (binding that to an item defeats the point). Nothing for clerics at all. Oops!

Trot along with the others to go see the High King and Vizier. I was supposed to meet with Verne anyway.


I'll be in my office, or wherever I should be, with Venus.

Rolling to concentrate on work and not be frolicking with her

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380692

Because you, personally, are not supposed to shower together with another mare who is not your waifu.

Being mad does

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380693

Blame Eaglecrest and their mixed showers.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380694

You just want to check out her ass under the shower while I'm not around don't you

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380695

"Yes, Pumpkin."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380696

I'll be there to make certain he doesn't.

DM 380697

Following Valeriana's call for aid, you and the golemcrafter Golden Oats left for Eaglecrest via the Deep Road.
Upon arrival, it became clear that Frostmourn had won his duel, and that Eaglecrest was now under his rule.
Golden Oats went to check on the king.
Any preferences as to what it should contain?
It does.
"Not a problem. I know how much it sucks to be dirty."
He is laying in bed, with Sunrise off to the side, and Golden Oats closely studying the cracks on his armour

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380698

Or you could find me and tell me about the plan.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380699

But she's not a nice looking, if a bit short, stallion in a paladin academy!
Smile at her.
"Good. Then let's hit the showers."

And to the showers they went.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380700

Indeed. To the showers we went.

Venia [Battlemage] 380701

I shake my head as I enter
"You sure know how to give a mare the scares, Frostmourn. How are you faring?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380702

Well, since those peepy perverted faggots didn't invite me, is there anything to do at all?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380703

Obediently follow behind him.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380704

Right, then. Go see Frostmourn.

"Are you well, King?"

"Oh, hello, Queen Venia."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380705

Follow her in, hesitantly, but let her do the talking. Maybe not quite ready to start initiating conversation with the High King.

Obviously I don't recognize you or you me, but you should have received a letter some time ago about us meeting.

Only Venia and Pumpkin have read my letter of introduction, though, so only they would know.

DM 380706

"I'm weighing my options, so to speak. I don't dare to remove the armour…"
You could go yell at the king or break up with your Abysswalker
"Ah, Verne. Good to see you.
…and no. I'm down a leg."
It is a very showery place.
Being lever ponies, you went to a shower in the palace rather than the arena, so you have privacy.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380707

"Well, I guess we are not needed anymore, Waxing."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380708

Perk up. "This is Vizier Verne?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380709

The king is still hurt so I can yell at him later

And why would I want to break up with him yet?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380710

Huzzah. Privacy is always good.
Grab a towel, and then start stripping out of my armor, I suppose.
"True, but I dare say I could use a shower. Since it's more private, I'd feel less guilty about going to the other end of the room and staring at the wall."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380711

Where is it/what does it contain? Mind posting your character sheet?

"Then we'll just have to build a new one. As long as the rest of you is well, we can accept that as our blessing."

Look reassuring. For him.

Venia [Battlemage] 380712

I nod at him.
"Verne, glad to see you could make it. A shame you missed the battle."

I look at Golden Oats, then back at Frostmourn worriedly.
"I think there shouldn't be a need to amputate, right?"

"Yes, that he is."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380713

Cock a brow.
"Sure you can wait until the ladies are done, no?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380714

I look around the place curiously but keep quiet.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380715

"I see."

Hoof him my letter of introduction.

"I'm your contact, Lecturer Ten."

The letter reads:
On behalf of the Rockeye CLANDESTINE CONVENTION FOR BANNED RESEARCH, this letter hereby announces its bearer, Lecturer 10, as our representative and legate to Vizier Verne of Wintersgrasp on our behalf in accordance with Convention Resolution 114 passed on the 3802nd day of convention of the Tenth Convention, duly appointed by our President.

Lecturer #2
Lecturer #5
Lecturer #6
Lecturer #9

Lecturer #10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380716

I'll pause.
"I… suppose. Though I'm fairly at a loss of what to do while I wait. It's not like I brought a book."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380717

"Shame, yes. But duty calls as it does, and I go where I am needed, as should and do all of us. There is, of course, at least dear Venus for comfort."

"Oh, yes. It is you, the.. Lecturer Number Ten. It is good to meet you, and I, Verne Foglight, look forward to working with you."

Take a bow.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380718

"We could go check on the King, for istance."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380719

Books about magic, magical items.
I can't really decide on an expanded skills since they don't seem to fit Smoldering.

Venia [Battlemage] 380720

I chuckle
"As formal and official as ever…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380721

Return the bow. "The pleasure is mine. It's a privilege. I've already been working with Kilana."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380722

"Do you think he's healthy enough for visitors? That beating he took can't be easy to bounce back from."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380723

"Only one way to find out."
Start heading for the door.

Turn to Peaches.
"You clean her well, will you? She really needs it."
Give her a smile before going off.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380724

"An old friend of mine! I wish you well in your work. After all, it concerns all of our futures. Please see me if you have any need."

Tilt my head a bit and look slightly confused before looking away.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380725

I'll nod, and return the towel to it's rack.
"And Ambrosia? Don't forget to enjoy yourself."
And I'll reattach any armor that may have been loosened, and follow Pumpkin up to the King's Chamber.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380726


Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380727


Now that I think of it, if he could get an item that allowed him to Wink despite him not being able to cast non-fire spells, that would be good.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380728

"I had hoped you'd come without all that luggage.
Chuckle a bit as he tightens the armor.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380729

"Certainly. I am sure this meeting of the minds will be to our mutual benefit."

Tap the side of my head with a hoof.

DM 380730

Yes, privacy.
Well why don't you go and talk to the demon heart then or something?
If there is one thing I've learned from NL it's that if I toss in a new plot thread every time someone is inactive, everything breaks down.
Sunrise frowns at the idea
Frostmourn sighs
"It is an option. Or we could try to regrow it like…"
he nods downwards
"…but that will leave me unable to run or fight until it is healed."
Golden Oats keeps his eye pressed against the armour and speaks absentmindedly
"That would be the fast way… Grafting on a second golem leg… hmm…"
Peaches slips out of her clothes and sits down by you
"So… just the preening or?"
You may select one of the following
#Flame-plume Staff
Can choose to turn a crit fail on a spell into a harmless puff. However doing so turns your next crit success into a harmless puff as well.

#Book of Legends
Contains information on the locations of many legendary things. Perhaps you could go find them?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380731

"I only promised Lady Radiant I would be without my helmet for the coming week. Other than that, I need to be ready in case anything happens."
I'll shrug a bit after I finish suiting up.
"Besides, it's fairly comfortable, once you get used to it."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380732

Let's just raid the armory instead.
See if I can confsisticate any unholy relics to destroy there.

Or if it has anything sunny

Venia [Battlemage] 380733

"We do it the other way. We regrow it."
I shake my head at him
"More Golem parts are only needed if we don't have another choice, Frostmourn."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380734

"Big armor has never been my thing…"
And we go to the High King!
"Hey Frosty still pretending to be ill to skip school?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380735

I stare at her
"Pumpkin and Crescent wanted me to wash my mane and tail and preen my feathers."
I look down
"I do not know how to preen effectively, sorry."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380736

I'll leave the Fire staff here, Smoldering is used to exploding.

I would be interested in that book, I'll have to ask the king, but taking a little look now wouldn't hurt.
I grasp the book with reverence and open it.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380737

"How long would regrowing take?"

"Pumpkin. As I recall, Sunrise would mysteriously fall ill on those same days. Effects of affection, do you not think?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380738

"Well, it hardly suits your style."
And I'll bow to the King as I enter the room.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380739

"Somepony had to watch over him…"
Grin a bit before going in for a hug with Verne.
"Nice to see you could make it, old pal."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380740

"The High King can surely afford time off after the conquest of Eaglecrest. Are there immediate threats to the throne?"

DM 380741

The weapons of many a fallen paladin are here. As are their armour and fashionable accessories.
Even some Equestrian gear, which is heavily sun-themed. Must have belonged to southern soldiers.
He stars at the ceiling
"Then I won't be at your side for a while. Not in person…"
"Good to see you're in high spirits my friend."
"…a pegasus who doesn't know how to preen? Well ain't that new.
Ok, open up that wings and lets see what I have to work with."
It lists several legendary beings, and their legacy.
Two names you recognize among the pages are Ashfather Alaran the Lord of Flames, and Lavann the Fire King.
"Remember Windy Valley? She's still recovering. It might take weeks."
"Stormheart grows more restless by the day, and Timberjaw is already in all-out civil war.
…and the thought of slavers roaming the mountains bothers me."

Venia [Battlemage] 380742

"So be it then. We will continue working while you're absent. Those slavers may be a good starting point to take out."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380743

"My best friend just defeated the strongest fighter in all of the North on a one on one duel.
What's not to be happy about."
Look at his hoof.
"You know, Windy does have sensibility in her legs back already… She did before we left Wintergrasp, at least."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380744

What does it say about the Ashfather?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380745

I unfurl my wings as told.
"My wings were bound for most of my life. Could not preen. Was not allowed to."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380746

Hesitate a little before returning the hug fully.

"Yeah It's been a while, hasn't it? Maybe dinner later?"

"Ah. If he is unable to walk… I recall levitating platforms in Rockeye used to assist me after an unfortunate accident. Can we use those if he chooses to recover his leg?"

And to Frosty:
"Rest if you must. Slavers can be dealt with by us."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380747

Teleport to the king! '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380748

Let go.
"Sure. You tell me how my wife is doing back there, I tell you just how much ass Frosty kicked yesterday."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380749

I'll look at her as she winks in.
Mental note: Learn how to do that.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380750

"Is the conflict in Timberjaw brutal, or a standoff? The number of lives being lost would determine its importance. Not to mention… I don't know anything about the political situation. Which side you support, why they're fighting… perhaps it's best I remain quiet. Living in secret makes it hard to follow politics."

Offer my best (admittedly, weak) smile. "Welcome back."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380751

DM 380752

Sunrise gets up
"I'm coming with you."
Frostmourn looks deeply surprised
"Then there is hope.
I can still walk on three legs. Just, fighting won't be possible."
[Alaran, also called the Ashfather and Lord of Flames, is considered by many scholars to be the embodiment of elemental fire. There are many locations where he supposedly resides, and his white feathers are said to be as the flames of the sun itself.-]
"Well that's a shitty thing. At least nobody ever locked up my horn. Then, I guess most guys liked it…
…sorry, I'm rambling. Ok, lets see what I can do. Forgive me if this pinches, I've only ever preened anyone as a favor or… you know. That sort of favor."
She starts her work
"Hm… yes, those platforms might be nice. It would let my leg rest.
…So long as someone gets me one."
"Hey there Nylis."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380753

Bow to her.

"And hello to you, too. Have you met this.. Lecturer Ten?"

DM 380754

…well, a technique honed by working on the wings of clients looking for light foreplay might not have been best suited for actual messed up wings.
Hopefully it didn't pinch the wrong way?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380755

Check out the Sun themed stuff

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380756

I freeze up slightly at the touch and clench my teeth slightly, but do not make a sound.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380757

"Hello Frosty, uh.. hold still."
'1d10+1' Inure the King from Pain

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380758

Surprised at her acknowledgement: "High King Frostmourne asked me to meet you. I'd like to speak more when you have a moment."

Venia [Battlemage] 380759

I look surprised as well.
"… Sunrise?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380760

My eyes widen.
Does it give any details as to the location?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380761

you tell me, you're in charge here!

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380762

"That's what I'm here for."
Give him a little smile.
"Just tell me where to go."
"Hey Nylis."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380763

"W- Hello Pumpkin"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380764

"Ah… well, he shall introduce himself to you when it is convenient, but I will introduce you to him now."

And to our Donkey.

"Lecturer Ten, this is Nylis, among those I would personally consider among the highest heroes of the North. Her work in magic has been outstanding."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380765

"We met in passing before. We haven't really had a moment to sit down and discuss with the workings of the tournament, unfortunately. I am sure your recommendation carries great weight, however, as the High King directed me to her as well."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380766

"I uh.. I- I wouldn't really say I deserve that kind of.. uhh.. Yea no I only applied what I learned"

DM 380767

You can tell at least two of these armors belonged to equestrian officers. Possibly even nobles.
Very decorative, but a little cumbersome.
"Hm? That didn't seem right… I guess you need to relax more. You're all tense."
She thinks for a moment
Rolling to understand the kissing and touching is not a part of the preening process
Not much happens
"Believe me, I'd rather not move today."
"If the High King cannot be there to fight for and represent his North, then the High Queen will!"
[-Shrines to the Ashfather exist in many places where Nature or the Elemental Forces are worshiped. He is also said to appear to those who offer a sacrifice of something shiny in a white-flame bonfire.-]
You recall Frostmourn offhandedly mentioning a covenant of Druids in Wintersgrasp.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380768


Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Kilana [deathsinger] 380769

I go to check on Frostmourn.

Venia [Battlemage] 380770

"Uh… Well… I suppose you could?"
I look over at Frostmourn

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380771

"Ah, Nylis. The sort whose actions speak louder than the loudest of words could ever possibly. Just relax and do what you always do."

"And Number 10, please submit a personnel file of yourself at your earliest convenience. Name, relevant family history, self-description, personality, testimonials, qualifications, interests, self-taught knowledge, and anything else you may find useful. You are entering a very important line of work here, and I would like to assist you in some way."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380772

Look at Sunrise.
"Are you… Do you even know how to fight?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380773

"Right, ok yea"

DM 380774

"…this is a little hard to remember when I'm leaving out most of the stuff. You know how routines are really easy to repeat, but when you change them they get hard to do?
Ever had that happen?"
He blinks a few times
"…well that's odd. The hoof doesn't even hurt any more.
Nylis? Did you do this?"
He's in bed, looking just as he did when he left the arena. Still in armour, unwashed and bloodied.
He looks back
"Sunrise… where did this change of heart come from?"
She pokes Venia
She is an example I've wanted to follow for a long time, Frosty. And now… I have a chance. And a reason."
Venia taught me magic after all."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380775

Well I sure wont fight against it.
And at least it's a mare…
Just let her do her thing with me.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380776

"…Queen Sunrise? While your zeal is admirable. I feel your place is to care for and ensure Frostmourn's mental and physical wellbeing, since none of us will be there."

"Unless… how confident do you feel about this?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380777

"All great ponies stand on the backs of giants. I am certain your contributions are magnanimous."

Smile as she arrives. "Just in time, Kila."

Uncomfortable: "That's quite alright, I don't want to impose."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380778

Make a mental note of that.

Then turn the page and study the page of Lavann.

Do I notice Radiant in the room while I'm engrossed in reading? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380779

look at him quizzically
"Huh? Of-.. of course! Why?"
Start mending it and whatever else is injured on him '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380781

Look slightly worried.
"Sunrise, my queen, what if something bad happened? Like the dragon from last time?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380782

I nod slowly
"Yes, Peaches."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380783

"Then we'd just have to protect her as we would the King, master Swansong."

Kilana [deathsinger] 380784

"In time for what?"
"Did you sleep well Frostmourn? Feeling any better"

Venia [Battlemage] 380785

"Well… you have your magic, that's true. I'm just… worried you'll get hurt somehow."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380786

"The High King was discussing his options for dealing with the repair of his leg, and his plans for where he is needed. You've probably been following politics closer than I, though."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380787

"There are wounds a pny hardly recovers from, Waxing…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380788

Look at him a bit oddly. Who is this, anyway?

"I can assure you that the only eyes that will ever see that information will be mine, if that helps."

Nod to greet her.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380789

"Which means the ones guarding her should take them instead."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380790

Are they effective behind the fancyness?

More effective than my current armor?

DM 380791

Nope. No sun horses here. Only [-Lavann, the Fire King, has been noted in history as a Fire Elemental of legendary power. Stories also mention he found a way to turn his body into crystal, becoming akin to a Magic Elemental-]
"Just asking. Thanks."
He unbolts the armor on his hoof and takes it off.
…the hoof looks like a gory mess held together mostly by skin and willpower.
"Well what if something bad happened when Frosty was there?
Look, I'm just so… tired of staying back and worrying the whats and ifs. I feel like I need to be more proactive. Do my part for the North.
I mean Venia is a queen and she fights alongside you."
"…wanna talk about it?"
She tries the wings again
'1d10' to keep it to just the preening and not do anything weird out of old habit.
"Why? Do you think I'm a bad student?"
"Hardly. I'm exhausted, but alive."
They make you look impressive, giving a bonus to intimidation, persuasion and the like.
However, the more fancy junk the have, the more it gets in the way in a fight.
#Officer Armour
Grants a bonus to social actions where looking badass would be helpful. However, it also increases your crit fail range on normal attacks by an equal amount. The amount can be any, but cannot be raised, only lowered by removing decorations.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Kilana [deathsinger] 380792

"Well, perhaps I will leave it to the doctors.. " I frown a little at him being left in such a bloody state for so long, and am worried about the heart. (in case you were wanting to mind read that)

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380793

"Okay, let me put it plain for you.
What if you died?
I do have somepony I care for, and still to this day I can't understand how Unyielding can sleep at night knowing Venia is out here."

Venia [Battlemage] 380794

I chuckle
"No, of course not. I know you've studied and practiced hard. But even the best of ponies get hurt sometimes."
I think for a moment.
"Did you master that protective bubble?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380795

"I don't understand, talk about what?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380796

"I'm not on record. We can discuss it later."

I don't have to mind read everything!

"We do have a lot to discuss. There's the heart, our work, and your presentation for Rockeye. Which did you want to look into first?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380797

Can I use that 9 to regenerate here?
Frown at the state of the hoof
"I should have looked at this sooner.. I'm s-sorry Frosty but this is going to take awhile to repair."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380798

I put the book on it's place again carefully.
Then I look around and notice Radiant.

"My apologies, Lady Goldentail, I didn't see you come in." I say as I walk over.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380799

"I would have to say the same. There is more than one reason I keep Venus close by me whenever possible at all times."

Venia [Battlemage] 380800

"So you're suggesting I should have instead spent the rest of my life locked up in a fancy palace?"

DM 380801

"…and what if Frosty died? How are the two of us any different?"
"…nnnot quite."
"Getting stuck in an old habit and finding it hard to change what you were doing?
…or should I just you know, be quiet and focus?"
Preening! '1d10'
"I know. I thought about just having it removed but… Sunrise got me to change my mind on that."
Sunrise looks down
"I'd rather be hugged by real hooves…"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380802

That's no good.
I am a warrior of the Sun first, and a fancy looking priest a second.
Anything else?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380803

I frown slightly
"Radiant and the others say I need to break away from old habit to serve. That I am a free pony now. Hard to find a new purpose… but I help Frosty now. Must unite North."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380804

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380805

"Therefore, your best role is to ensure his mental wellbeing so we minimize that risk as much as possible."

"Although… if you are feeling truly confident about it, here is my advice: make your decision tomorrow and think it over before then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380806

"Want me to be blunt?
You can give him a child. You can make sure there is somepony with Frosty's spirit walking amongst us, one day.
But this is yours and Frostmourn's decision, I can only express my concern as a friend, and give my support as a loyal servant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380807

I look at him.
"Right… I hope I didn't interrupt you in anything then.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380808

"And yes. That, too, is something only you can do, Queen Sunrise, should you wish it."

Venia [Battlemage] 380809

"Well… I guess we'll have to work on that then."
I tap a hoof against my chin.
"I'll be honest, I have nothing against you accompanying us. After all, I followed my parents through thick and thin even when I was younger than you. I just want to make sure you understand this could be very dangerous…"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380810

"Not at all. I was merely inspecting the items confiscated from Rockeye. I'm sure the King will be most interested in them."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380811

"Frosty you can't just replace limbs on a whim like that. Not all mangled pony parts can be solved by taking them off and tacking on a pile of… that."
Point at his golem leg
"Plus you would look less and less like the Prince I knew."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380812

Pipe up: "Perhaps it would be a good opportunity to demonstrate that not everything needs to end with blood. If the High King willed it, I would accompany you and employ my talents for ending things peacefully. Lady Radiant was right about our match. It wasn't a fight. My talents are in ending fights."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380813

"Oh… find anything useful?"
Mutter under my breath.
"Something not heretical for a change…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380814

"Very interesting. How fare you for an interview later?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380815

"If my research with Kilana is successful, formal interviews may no longer be necessary ever again."

Venia [Battlemage] 380816

I nod
"I'll gladly take another pair of hooves."

DM 380817

#Pocket Sensei
A small doll that praises you when you do well, but berates you and smacks you with a little wooden stick if you mess up.
+1 to next roll after a crit
-1 to next roll after a crit failure

"…oh right you used to be a slave.
Guess me being a gutter orphan doesn't really compare, huh?"
"…so you're saying I'm a useless housewife?"
"It would have saved time. Time Stormheart and Timberjaw can ill spare for the leg of one pony."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380818


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380819

That is not Sun themed at all!
Can it Praise the Sun?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380820

"I'm saying I will stick by whatever decision you make, but be aware of it."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380821

Take a look behind me.
"A staff that would be most useful to a mage and a book containing some very interesting magical knowledge."
Take a look at the armor in front of her.
"Ebonreth was a pony of expensive tastes."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380822

"…oh? Then I await results eagerly, though I'd like a brief report on your proposal first. i can offer you more research material if necessary."

Look for a moment as if I'm struggling to contain myself.

"The housewife is far from useless. The housewife is among the core pillars of any successful society, ensuring that our future rulers and workers shall be there to ensure our futures. Do not… degrade the housewife. As the royal housewife, such a burden is one only you can carry."

"Then again, if you are convinced you can contribute more on the front lines, make your decision again in 24 hours."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380823

I shake my head.
"The purpose of armor is to protect the pony wearing it, not to show off."
Point at all the fancy stuff.
"Those are just liabilites."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380824

"That reminds me. We've already made some progress on the slavery front…"

Show her the list of guard names.

"We can track them using this, and I can get you more answers once we have minds, so please be gentle. As for the remaining two situations: I can certainly help with diplomacy in Stormheart if war has not yet broken out, but I don't think I can stop an entire civil war alone, such as Timberjaw."

"As I said, I'd like to speak at length, but out of mixed company. It wouldn't be polite, especially in front of His Majesty when he is so injured. Deepest apologies, but he deserves our attention for now, your grace."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380825

"Maybe.. b-but look"
point him to whoever's in the room as well, and if not that then try to use astral projection to show him the ponies who are here for him '1d10+1'
"They are here for you, they fought for you, they bled for you, I bled for you. I-.. that's probably not notable but… well… You don't always need to do the fighting, King, even though it might help to show the other kingdoms that you are willing to use your sword. I uh… I think it would be best to rely on your words. At- … at least until your hoof heals. I won't mind getting a few cuts and scrapes to protect you from whoever is stupid enough to attack you."

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 380826

"I'm sure that's not what they meant, Sunrise. I'm surprised as well, to be honest. Although I can only applaud your courage, I'm still a little… concerned."

I take a look at the list.
"… Good. This should be very helpful."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380827

"Still, a soldiers duty extends beyond just battle. Intimidation and reputation can be powerful weapons as well. Some battles have been won without any bloodshed because the enemy was too afraid of the pony they were facing."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380828

"I don't see how an armor that has more carvings and small trinkets helps with that. That doesn't make anypony a better fighter or more intimidating."

DM 380829

"You know. Homeless. Living under houses, in basements, drainpipes, the sort.
Stealing to eat, selling myself for a bit of coin… it was rather nasty.
But luckily we had our king. And eachother. Down in the hidden town under the city."
I don't know
From the looks of him he only speaks Neighponese anyway.
She looks at the broken king
"I want to do more for his dream… I want to… help."
"…thank you.
But without me, how can we know we can establish our rule in the other kingdoms?
I should at the very least make an appearance."
"Why? We all have to begin somewhere. And now is a time I can really be useful! I can represent the north in his place!
…I think…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380830

"Why not look for a master to provide for you?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380831

"I understand. I also understand the importance of letting a pony work at their own liberty, so feel free to drop a written report onto my desk whenever you please."

"Then consider all we have told you, and make your decision again later when you are calm. Alright?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380832

"Ask him what you can do then."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380833

"I-… I was thinking, King Frosty, about the possibilities of long-range teleportation runes for mobile transport. I want to test it out on myself first, but if it works. Would you be ok with using something to take the weight of the hoof?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380834

I smile at her weakly
"Because I care deeply for you, Sunrise. If you want to join us, I am behind you. We should work on that protective bubble of yours though. And get you some armor and other protection."
I look over to Frostmourn
"What do you think?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380835

"As vizier, you're probably the best informed about the political situation as it is in Stormheart currently. How bad is it? If the situation is still possible to be resolved diplomatically, the High Queen could make an appearance there without needing to go headlong into any fights."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380836

"It makes you more recognizable.
So the enemy knows exactly who they're dealing with, reputation does the rest."
Take another look at the armor.
"Of course you are right, when it comes to actual fighting itself, this armor could be too cumbersome."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380837

I nod.
"My current armor is fine. I care not for reputation or fame."

Okay, one more look around.
Just one more.
I might take this thingy though…

DM 380838

"Because my will is my own. My life is my own. I am my own, and none can own me.
We built a little town under the city. In the old catacombs. We had our own family there. And our own king. A kind pony called Fourtones, who spent all he had left so we could all live a little better.
He taught us, fed us, led us and established our community. Where all shared all, so none would go hungry again."
"Hmm… a novel idea!
And as for the hoof, Verne did suggest a floating disc from Rockeye."
"I think we should talk later. In private."
"I can't force her to stay. But if she goes, keep her safe. She is important to me."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380839

I'm supposed to know this

What is it like now, DM?

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380840

Follow her
"Lady Radiant, is there any news on King Frostmourns condition? Will he recover?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380841

Shake my head.
"I haven't visited him since the fight. I hope he will come to his senses as soon as he recovers too."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380842

"We should let you two talk then."
Smile at her and Frosty before leaving.
Let's see what's in that trophy room.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380843

"We were not allowed to speak to each other. Only speak when spoken to."
I look down.
"I was born as his. I am not my own. I serve and he provides back."

Venia [Battlemage] 380844

I nod
"Right. I'll leave you two be then. We'll talk more later."

And I'll follow him.
"… Is it bad of me to be proud of Sunrise right now?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380845

"Uh? No. Not really. You taught her well, it seems."
Smile at her.

DM 380846

#The Not Helping At All You Indecisive Cunt
Makes it impossible to say what you'd like to have, and makes everything look undesirable.

Stormheart is on the verge of civil war, with the king warming up to the idea of getting outside help to their financial and military plight, and the populist Crone Grimalphas wanting him off the throne because Stormheart was founded by Griffons, for Griffons, as a promised land of Griffons. And only Griffons.
"…who's "he"?"
Condition of wings: 1d10

DM 380847


Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 380848

…did she focus on talking or foreplay?
1 foreplay
10 talking

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380849

Venia [Battlemage] 380850

"Yes… I suppose I influenced her more than I originally thought."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380851


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380852

"She really admires you. Is it something to feel bad about?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380853


Venia [Battlemage] 380854

"I guess not… I just never really thought of it that way. Guess I was just blind."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380855

"But now you have to teach her how to survive on her own."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380856

"Ah, Stormheart. About to get into civil war as their king seems a bit too comfortable with the idea of getting outside help for their financial and military problems. And then there's a populist Crone Grimalphas who wants him removed because Stormheart was founded by Griffons, for Griffons, as a promised land of and only Griffons."

"Now if you ask me, the easiest way would be to take Grimalphas into our control somehow. What did you say you specialise in, again?"

DM 380857

yap yap yap and no progress on the wings.
"…I need to focus"
back to preening '1d10'
Any ideas?
Well, I know a guy named Destiny so who am I to judge someone for a weird name…"
They let you look at the sun without your eyes hurting

Roll #1 7 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 380858

"Teaching her that bubble spell is going to be a good start. It has kept the lives of my family safe for generations."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380859

"Frosty spoke of Destiny too. Must speak to him. I do not know master's true name. We can only address him as master, for he is the one who protected and provided. The one we served."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380860


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380861

"I meant the whole adventuring thing. Living with as little as possible.
Especially if she insists on coming with us to the slavers."
Paladin expanded skills are blank, rogue expanded skills are unbalanced and gamebreaking.
I already have so many trinkets that, while walking around, I make a slight clankclankclank noise.
Something that's fun to use? Maybe sneaky sneaky or big'n shiny?

Venia [Battlemage] 380862

I wouldn't mind getting Heal and Mend back!
Or Sentry would be neat too, but it's not in my class tree.
Or Master Caster!
I already have my own armor and warhammer after all.

"Right, that too. That'll probably be a bit of a culture shock to her."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380863

"I'm just glad my Bearing never asked to come with me…
I can only imagine how hard this will be on Frosty."

Venia [Battlemage] 380864

"I think he must be feeling conflicted. I don't think he minds Sunrise getting more assertive and adventurous at all, it's just that he's probably only worried about her well-being and all…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380865

Or how about a Shattering Sunhammer?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380866

"Exactly. How does Unyielding even do it?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380867

Stuff on my wishlist:
-Transfix becomes ranged
-Ability to keep Influenced minions after combat ends
-Bonus to Transfix
-Bonus to Mind Reader
-Soul Catalyst (expanded skills, necromancer)
-Emboldened (expanded skills, cleric)
-Pretty much anything else mind mage themed if you can think of something clever (like controlling adrenaline levels, charm by manipulating dopamine, etc.)

If none of those seem workable, I could use a Dampener like Nylis's for particularly damning critfails on mind reader…

Venia [Battlemage] 380868

"He knows I can handle myself. And he knows I was never one to stick to one place all my life and do nothing. I have to get out there and get stuff done myself. I hate sitting by idly…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380869

"So I guess you are keeping the kids thing for later, uh?"

DM 380870

"Sounds like a creep to me.
…then, I think Pumpkin thought that about Fourtones too…"
Wing status '1d10+2'
Great Weapon
On crit, grants +2 to all attacks against the target for one turn.
On crit fail, breaks something on you instead.

#The Inconspicuous Object
It appears like a thing that should be where it is. Makes for a neat hiding place, but walking around with it active will blow your cover

#The Evil-Eye Spyglass
Makes Transfix ranged, but if used at a distance, increases crit fail range to 2- since you are easier to catch off guard with your peripheral vision missing

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 380871

I sigh and look away
"I don't know how much longer I can wait, Pumpkin… I can't tell you how much I regret not starting sooner…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380872

Was Bonegrinder meant to be linked to me?

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380873

"Right. Which means… yes, you will do well. When we get more information, I'll call you back and we can discuss a course of action. For now, do as you please with your own work."

Now… anything else I need to do, or is there free time?

DM 380874

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380875

"He taught me things. He gave us food. Shelter. Protection. In return we served his every need."
I look at my wings and give them a few flaps
"They look better… thank you for helping me, Peaches."

Venia [Battlemage] 380876

What about >>380862

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380877

Does it have suns on it?If yes I'll take it

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380878

So wait, is it automatic? Because it's the same as stealth otherwise.
Also, the ability to place something like the bonegrinder effect onto my dagger would be so, so sweet~
"What if you stopped then, once the situations in Stormheart and Timberjaw are dealt with?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380879

"That was the plan actually. I'm just… scared I guess. A young child in times like these? When I'm most needed?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380880

"Right. I think I'll let the High King have his rest."

Spyglass works. I'll have to rename it, though.

Stroll off into an empty room.

"Are you listening, Eyes of the King?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380881

Look away.
"I know what you mean. Already I fear not to make it for… That, in time…"

DM 380882

#Portable Medikit
Bound with MIN3 Heal
3 uses per combat

It has
1 sins
2 sons
3-5 suns
"If you want I can tweak it a little more.
You should learn to do this yourself too. It's hard to fly with a mess like that."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380883

So many suns~

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380884

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380885

Are both of you in the trophy room now?

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380886

Looks like I may have free time.

Stroll around with Venus. Where is everyone getting their new toys, anyway?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380887

"Then you know I have an answer."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380888

We could say so, yes.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380889

I look down again
"I do not know how to fly."

DM 380890

You don't even know Stealth
MIN2 to hide with it.

the trophy room.
"…I'm not exactly surprised.
You need a teacher! Pumpkin's great at that!"
"Speak your mind"

Venia [Battlemage] 380891

>No Mend
Bah, nevermind that.
Any chance to get Sentry? Or something LIGHTNING related?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380892

But we reworked Vanish to work out of combat with a roll!

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380893

Well, go look in the trophy room, then.


Roll #1 1 = 1

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380894

Then I greet you both as you come in.
"Hello, Miss Venia, Mister Pumpkin."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380895

"He said he wanted to teach me. I'm grateful that he wishes to help me out."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380896

Nod at him.
"Smoldering. Seen anything interesting?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380897

Time to find a place outside where I can praise the Sun.


Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 380898

"Smoldering, how are you? Find anything flashy?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380899

Give a slightly vacant look.

"It… was worth it. And a good… friend…"

Stop. Sort of savor the word on my lips. How rich, and curious it is, to say meaningfully.

"Told me that you might get some insight from the answer as well. The way you speak through your shadows reminds me of my old 'face'."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380900

"I've been inspecting some of the items from Rockeye. They contain a magical staff and a fascinating book among other things."
Point them in the direction of the Rockeye items. "As for the armors and weapons, I'm no expert on them."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380901

"A book now? What about it?"
Walk near him.

Venia [Battlemage] 380902

"… Right, you said that before. How many months?"

"Well they sure have a nice stockpile of items here."
I frown
"I wonder just how many lives were ended to obtain them…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380903

"I lost count. Has it been four already since we left home?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380904

"Uh… I honestly can't tell anymore. Still, that leaves you with 8 months! I'm sure you'll make it back in time."
I smile at him

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380905

"It seems to be a encyclopedia of all sorts of legendary items and ponies throughout history. Extremely valuable. It would take much time to research it thoroughly."

Nod sadly.
"I feel the worst thing about it, is that he simply left them here to showcase as trophies. He probably wasn't interested in these items beyond that."

Venia [Battlemage] 380906

"Well… hopefully we'll find a way to put these items to better use. To use them in aid of uniting the north and helping ponies."

DM 380907

#Trap Doors
Seemingly change the junk of the wearer. Who the hell would ever design these?

Not that mend works in combat anyway.
#The Mini Sentry
Your first action becomes MIN2

The Chosen of the Sun itself
The white empress of Equestria
The light of purity
The one who once embraced you with her divine warmth
She is smiling upon you from the heavens
"I speak this way, for it allows me to see many things at once. Be in many places. Be his eyes and ears."
"Friends should help friends.
Now you're not gonna ask me for a happy ending are you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 380908

Awesome! I'll take it!

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380909

"Happy ending?"
I cock my head slightly as I stare at her
"I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380910

"Hooves crossed.
That's why I was in such a hurry to deal with the slavers while the rest of you would get to Stormheart…"
"Urgh. Not my cup of team."
I seriously dislike how this character plays in combat.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380911

Look at Venus with a straight face ans see what she thinks.

Venia [Battlemage] 380912

"We'll get it done in time, don't you worry."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 380913

Shake my head. "Apologies, I was unclear. That's not what I meant. You said you're not one for greetings, and that you understand how it is to be disconnected from the world. The others say you spend all of your time on your work. The shadows are not the source of a problem, they just make it easier to isolate yourself. It was the same with my mask."

DM 380914

"It was a joke.
Asking for a happy ending was one way to ask for sex back when I did that sort of thing. Or, well, it was more specific but you get the idea."
Then start naming some skills
#Blank Paper
You can write a new character sheet here if you're not gonna help me a bit more with this

She raises a brow
"Now who ever would design something like that?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380915

"I'm sure it would be a welcome addition to the Academy of Wintercrest."
Look at Venia.
"Though if you would allow it, miss Venia, I would like to study it myself for a bit. Of course, the book will still be property of the King and I will share any interesting information in it with you."

Venia [Battlemage] 380916

I nod
"Of course. Though this is property of Frostmourn, so you will need to inform him or Verne first."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380917

I look up to the sky in awe.
I sure hope I'm not just imagining this.


Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380918

"Oh. Sorry. Master was always more specific with his requests."

DM 380919

The great image smiles down upon you, bathing you in light and warmth.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380920

"I will. How is Frostmourns condition? I haven't heard anything since the fight. I hope he is recovering."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380921

"He's awake and well, they are already at work on the hoof."
I dunno. My head is killing me right now.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380922

"Someone with… hobbies, I suppose."

Keep looking around. I don't get to retain Mirror Image as my RP skill if I have AWIYE, right?

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380923

Sigh in relief.
"That's good to hear.
That wound looked nasty."

Venia [Battlemage] 380924

"He's doing well considering the circumstances. His leg will take time to heal… but we'll get it done. He wont be able to fight for a while though, not while he recovers."

DM 380925

"Yeah I had those types too at times. Though that had its benefits. No confusion or mistakes. No guessing. Just simple requests that were easy to follow.
'get down on your belly and keep licking the top until I till you to stop'"
She mimics a male voice
You can pick retroactively.
Not unless you pick up a trinket for it here.
Venus bags the Trap Doors in silence

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380926

Bow down.
Smile like a little filly though.
"Princess Celestia… I wanted to see you again so much… I still do…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380927

I'll just have to find something that assists with that, then.

Looks like all that deskwork made my magic weaker.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380928

I look at my wings
"Master liked me for my wings… normally they would have been cut off because slaves are not allowed to fly, but he liked them too much."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380929

"It's a miracle it will recover though.
I had feared much worse."

DM 380930

Behind the vision you can see a great palace built on the side of a mountain.
That must be where she awaits…
#Curious Mirror
Bound spell: Mirror Image - MIN6
Stops working for a while after a crit fail

"Yeah I hear a lot of stallions are like that.
…and well, Pumpkin is good with his too~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380931

But I have to know first…

"Princess… Do you want to see me again? Would you smile upon me again if we met?"

DM 380932

The vision nods with a smile
..or maybe it just bowed down as it disappeared.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380933

I stare at her for a moment
"Do you wish me to use mine?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 380934

"…and this even looks like my cutie mark. I think I'll keep it."

Will you guys be here in 4 hours?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380935

I got it!
#Blade Balance
Weapon Attachment: Add to a weapon, when using it you automatically counterattack for a bit of damage on failure thanks to the masterful balancing.
Cannot be removed once attached.

I might stop horsing for a moment thou, my head really hurts.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380936

A palace on a side of a mountain… I must go there… now I know my destination…

Keep staring at the Sun for a while.

Venia [Battlemage] 380937

"You could say Wintergrasp has done its homework on regeneration magic for… reasons."

DM 380938

"…on me?
…are you suggesting what I think you're suggesting?"
#Countering Beads
Causes you to lash out and hit for slight damage when you are attacked.
However the beads lack proper judgement, and you might kick out at someone even over an accident without meaning it.

ow fuck your eyes hurt

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380939

I quickly look down
"I'm sorry. I did not mean to insult you."


I'm going to bed for 3 hours

In the meantime rolling for a good time with Venus

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380941

Okay, close them.
But keep smiling~
She was so pretty~

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380942

"It's a useful form of magic, especially in situations like this."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380943

Looks fun.
I'll take it, Jon!
Time to go out and look sad in the general direction of Wintergrasp until something happens.
Nah you know what? I'm gonna hang around with mom.
Where she at?

DM 380944

"Lets go… test these."
And so they did.
So long as they stayed on, the transformation was physical as well as visual. It made for great exploration.
"…not the response I was expecting.
Still. I think we should at least ask Pumpkin first. Unless you just wanted something quick and harmless."
"Up here, boy."
"They also offer a great deal of safety. They are expendable. I am not."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380945

"g-Great! Ok! Do you want me to get started on testing it out now? I remember most of the runes on the arrays and I might be able to rewrite them with a specific direction in mind!"

Venia [Battlemage] 380946

"Definitely. As impressive as those golem legs are… the real deal is still better. If that means Frostmourn wont be able to fight for a while… well… so be it then. At least he's alive."

DM 380947

"I'm a little… spent, right now. Sorry.
Sit on down if you'd like to chat though."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380948

I keep looking down
"I thought you were implying you wished me to…"
I let myself trail off

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380949

Up there I hop.
"Can you see how things are going back home?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380950

"No, it's ok. You should sleep, and I'll take this up with Winterbreeze.

uh.. Later Frosty!"

Teleport to winterbreeze '1d10+3'

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380951

…I need to tell somepony about this.

Probably Venia.

Where is she?

DM 380952

She raises a brow
"Now where did you get that idea?
…you wanted to do it didn't you?"
"Peaceful. Nothing much has happened.
Unyielding misses his wife."
What luck that she came along
"Hey Nylis."

Venia [Battlemage] 380953


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380954

And I'm guessing I followed the others to the treasury.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380955

And then I find you.
"Venia! I need to speak with you!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380956

"Winterbreeze! I need you right now! Actually no, there's not enough space. I need you outside in a wide open area!"

Sylt 380957

"He's not the only one…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380958

"You said you liked Pumpkin's wings. I thought you wished me to use mine as repayment for preening them. I'm sorry, I did not wish to upset you."

Venia [Battlemage] 380959

"What? What's going on Radiant?"
I walk over to her

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380960

"The High King seems to have gone through a lot in his life."

Venia [Battlemage] 380961

"Yes… I'm sorry, but it seems Radiant needs to speak to me right now."

DM 380962

Outside you went
"I know, Pumpkin. I know…"
He gives you a comforting hug.
"I'm not upset. It was just unexpected is all."

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380963

"Of course. I'll take my leave."

And out of the treasury I go, do I find Waveform anywhere?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380964

"We need to speak in private…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380965

I just keep silently staring at the ground

Venia [Battlemage] 380966

Let's leave the treasury and fine someplace to talk then.

DM 380967

She sucks at hugs when she's focusing on controlling a shadow…

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380968

Wince slightly.
"You are busy, I should let you work."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380969

And then we find an appropriately private place.
I look her in the eyes.
"So I was trying to calm down about this whole heart thing and… I saw Her, Venia."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380970

"You remember the teleporting arrays? The number and size of the runes that augmented the distance traveled and the carrying capacity that could be moved? I need you to help me make a quick ink of those runes! Here!"
levitate her an ink brush or something that can be written with and start on the runes '3d10' for the first set?

Roll #1 6, 7, 8 = 21

Venia [Battlemage] 380971

I cock my head
"Her Her?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380972

I nod with a smile.
"Yes! Her!"

Venia [Battlemage] 380973

"Wait… what? How? Where?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380974

"I was just trying to find a nice place to pray… and I looked up to the sky and there she was!"

Venia [Battlemage] 380975

"… How? I mean… that seems… unreal. Are you sure it was her?"

DM 380976

She didn't come to the palace, but you can probably find her nearby outside
"Uh.. what, exactly, is the plan here?
…portable teleporters?"
"C'mon, speak your mind.
You want it or not?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380977

I nod again.
"It was the same smile! I am sure it was her! It was… it was a vision!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380978

"If you wish me to."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380979

Kiss her and then go back to finishing the damn thing all by myself '2d10'

Roll #1 8, 4 = 12

Venia [Battlemage] 380980

"… And what did she tell you in this vision?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380981

I'll have probably spent a few minutes browsing the treasury.
Nothing seems to jump out, though, so I guess I'll go back up to the private baths and check in on Peaches and Ambrosia.
I'm not going to just barge in, though.

DM 380982

"That ain't an answer. I was asking if you wanted it yourself."
She thinks for a moment, then corrects a few of your runes
"So, for what purpose will we use this?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380983

"She didn't tell me anything, she showed me something! A place! It was a palace on the side of a mountain!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380984

"… I don't know. I'm sorry."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380985

finish that last one up '1d10'
"I want to help King Frostmourn, and I want to try this out. I've been wondering about the possibilities of it after I was thrown around in the arena"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 380986

"So… what does that tell you then?"

DM 380987

"Hmp. Well I guess you're feeling kinda conflicted. Seeing the past you come from I don't blame you.
Tell you what, I'll just sit right here, close my eyes, count to ten and you do whatever you feel is what you want to do."
"I think we're both remembering the wrong rune here…
…I'm wondering how we can channel enough force into a portable device to enable long-range teleportation… I mean with a Pylon it's easy… hmmm…"
"Hm? Oh, sorry. I was focusing.
No no, please. If you want to talk, lets talk."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380988

"A destination! She is waiting for me there! At Her palace on the side of a mountain!"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380989

I'll go to Waveform.

Venia [Battlemage] 380990

I frown
"That must be Canterlot…"

DM 380991

She's just enjoying the day outside
"What a crazy day…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 380992

I'll be entering the shower area, but not the shower itself. Since they're still in there, I'll wait outside until they're done.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 380993

I stare as she counts down, not daring to move a muscle.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 380994

Smile at her.
"Tell me about it. Did you enjoy the fight?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 380995


Nylis [Thaumaturge] 380996

Rewrite the rune upside down '1d10'
"I can ask in Rockeye if I make it through."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 380997

I nod
"Never visited it… but I remember coming near it back when I was just a filly. It was… impressive. Capital of Equestria."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 380998

"Nothing. I just guess I wanted to spend some time with you.
My match didn't really go all that well either, what with Hailstorm tripping on his own hooves and stuff…"

DM 380999

She stops at one, keeps her eyes closed, and from the movement of her ears you can tell she knows you haven't moved.
Someone counted backwards from ten…
"Worth a shot.
…I think this part was more like a round thing with a lighting bolt shape…"
"His weapon was rather awkward. He can only really blame himself for that."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381000

I'll cough a little loudly.
"Everything alright in there?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381001

I just keep sitting there, freezed.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381002

"Doesn't mean I'm any less disappointed. I wanted to prove something…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381003

"Makes sense why she would be there… You think we could go to Canterlot?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381004

"No.. that doesn't look right at all"






Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 381005

"I was hoping to go there some day… to try and negotiate a treaty between the North and Equestria to prevent a total war situation."
I sigh
"But with Snowborder in the way… that's not happening just yet."

DM 381006

In your anger you crumple up the paper and throw it at her face, to which she retaliates by playfully pushing you over
"Cool it, telebutt."
"Go on…"
Aside from answering to Waxing, she still refuses to move

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381007

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381008

As do I.
Not moving a muscle here, chief.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381009

I frown.
"Those slavers and everything, right?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381010

"Just checking."
And then I'll wait some more. Maybe get a towel ready so I can take a quick shower after they get out.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381011

Teleport under her while still laying on the ground '1d10+3'
"You would've done the same thing if I couldn't get those summoning thingies right"

Roll #1 2 + 3 = 5

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381012


wink can work as a spell too

it just sucks major donkey balls

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381013

Look at her with a 'you-know-what-I-mean' look.

Venia [Battlemage] 381014

"Yeah, those damn slavers. Frostmourn plans on dealing with them last because they are so rich and powerful. We need to unite the North further before we can put an end to their hedonistic empire of sin and murder."

DM 381015

"Oh yes. King's Challenges are always a treat.
…I was surprised the High King won."
"Just gonna sit there, huh? You'll catch a cold."
"Hm! Well well, seems someone has ideas.
…and I've really been thinking about that whole summoning thing lately.
To think. All those years of work will finally pay off!"
"Mhmm. Riiight."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381016

"Do you wish me to move on you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381017

I sigh.
"Don't worry… when the time will come, so will retribution."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381018

"… One day."
Flutter down.
"Yeah, one day for sure."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381019

roll my eyes
"I'm glad you're happy about that, maybe one day you can help me forget the smell of carcass. But seriously I want to try this!"
pull out another sheet and start on the damn thing again '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381020

My ears will perk up on that, but otherwise I'll just wait it out.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381021

"It was a close call. But the High King prepared himself well for the fight and it paid off."
Take a look around.
"How do the ponies of Eaglecrest feel about the outcome?"

DM 381022

"I wish you do what you want to do. That is what I wish. I get this strange feeling you're holding back."
"Don't let it cloud your eyes though."
"I think it was like this."

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 381023

"Well, a win is a win.
I head some worries about the new viceroy though."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381024

I shake my head slowly
"No, Peaches."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381025

"Gotcha. I won't. And I will show you I deserve this name, on that day."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381026

look at it, then bop myself on the forehead
wink to a standing position
copy this down onto the ground then stand on it
"Where should I make a testport?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381027

"Raging Storm?
I do not know him besides his name.
What are they concerned about?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381028

"I can only pray it is true. We will still need to face all too many challenges before we get to where we want to, though."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381029

I look away with a smile on my face.
"If she is truly waiting for me there… the challenges will be worth it."

DM 381030

"Okay then."
She walks up, ruffles your mane a bit and smiles
"Now wash up. You got dirt in your mane."
"I'll be watching, son."
"…across the yard? Try not to blink past any trees, just in case."
"He's like… half machine."

Venia [Battlemage] 381031

I frown a little at that, but don't comment.


I nod slowly
Get under that shower and wash out my mane and tail quickly

Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381033

Well, with that played out, I guess they're pretty close to done. I'll take my time getting out of my armor, and then wait for them to leave.
And the towel ensures I'm decent.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381034

I let out a content sigh, still smiling.

DM 381035

Peaches exists
"Ambrosia's washing up."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381036

Power up my horn, find an open place to land and then poof '1d10+3'

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13

Venia [Battlemage] 381037

"Well… I guess that's that then. We can only wait now."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381038

Nod, and with a smile go back where I left Peach and Ambrosia.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381039

"That's why I'm waiting out here, as opposed to just hopping in."
I'll think for a minute.
"So, how'd it go?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381040

Blink for a second.
"Well, it's…unusual.
But I don't think it will interfere with his duties as viceroy."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381041

"We could try to deal with Snowborder sooner…"

DM 381042

With a loud bang, you appear at your target.
Exactly on target.
That damn thing actually WORKS.
Peach exists the shower
"All done"
"It's just kinda weird. He even sounds unnatural."

Venia [Battlemage] 381043

"No, we can't. Too dangerous to mess with them at this time. We need to assimilate the rest of the North first."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381044

Looks like I'm a clean pone now. With preened wings and everything!
I exit the showers after Peaches.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381045

"Couldn't we challenge those kings? Or do you think they have no honor for such things?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381046

jump around and squee in happiness
"YES! A-and if I know exactly where to land I might just be able to go ANYWHEREeeEeee"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381047

Smile at them.
"Good. And thank you for doing this in the first place, Peach."
Then, to Ambrosia.
"How are you feeling now?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381048

that took a bit out of me. quickly copy down this sheet then head back to winterbreeze
"it works!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381049

"How do you feel, Ambrosia? You look lovely."

DM 381050

"It works?
No way. No way. That was almost TOO easy!"

Venia [Battlemage] 381051

"From what I hear, no. They are dishonorable and rotten to the core. Aside from that, Stormheart and Timberjaw need our help too. And we need to deal with those rogue slavers…"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381052

"It's odd. But if the High King feels he's the right pony for the job, I don't have reason to doubt him. You met the King yesterday, he's not a bad guy."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381053

"Do you want to try for yourself? I'm serious it works!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381054

I sigh with a frown.
"That means it will be a while…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381055

I consider the question for a moment.
"I am fine. Thank you for helping me."

Venia [Battlemage] 381056

"Just have patience. We'll get there eventually, but there is no sense in rushing to our deaths."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381057

I'll smile at that.
"It is the least we can do for a friend."
I'll glance at her wings a moment. They do look better.
"How do your wings feel?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381058

"I wasn't talking about that."

Venia [Battlemage] 381059

I cock my head questioningly

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381060

"They are nice, Crescent."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381061

"A while until I can… you know, see Her in real life…"

DM 381062

"I mean I believe you, but I'm afraid there might be some bugs we need to work out… somewhere."
"I agree on that, yeah. He got pretty beat up though. I wonder if he'll survive?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381063

I roll my eyes
"Radiant, what do you value more, that or the lives of thousands of ponies who are suffering at this very moment?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381064

I'll chuckle a little at that.
"That they are. Well, I'll let you three talk for a moment while I freshen myself for the lunch date. If you'll pardon me…"
And into the showers I go.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381065

I settle down and stare at Pumpkin and Peaches

Godric [Dark Knight] 381066

While I'm here, I'll rummage through the trophy room. What weapons or armor catch my eye?

None of the expanded skills really work for me, since weapon style is redundant on a DK, and none of the Rogue ones fit.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381067

"Of course the lives of the ponies, but… maybe She could even help them if She knew…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381068

Look around
"Uh… right."
head inside with her
"Aside from the energy drain, what else are you wondering about?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381069

Look at her quizzically.
"What is it? Do I have something on my mane?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381070

"I've heard he's fine.
He just needs to rest up a bit.
It all looked a lot worse than it actually was."
Move a bit closer.
"Now, enough politics, what would you like to do right now?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381071

"No, Pumpkin. Your mane looks fine."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381072

"Did something happen in there?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381073

"I'm sure the ponies here would love that."
I sigh
"We need to deal with this ourselves. We can't rely on others to solve all our problems. If I did that, I would be sitting in the palace back at Wintergrasp right now."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381074

"Yes, Peaches preened my wings."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381075

"I hope you'll learn that once we start lessons. It's really a good feeling."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381076

I look down.
"Okay. Thank you for wishing to teach me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381077

"Is there something you are not telling me?"
Look back from her to Peaches.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381078

"Even if they offer to help? Equestrians are ponies like the ponies here too…"
My eyes wander off again.
"..we are a circle of pony friends…"

Venia [Battlemage] 381079

I giver her a deadpan look
"The only offer they've sent us was a bunch of Lordblades to kill us all."

DM 381080

"Feedback damage to the runes, and possible teleport mishaps."
"Me? Oh I…
…have no idea really. I mean a feast, a King's Challenge, that's… a lot more than I expected to ever see, let alone see in a day and night!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381081

I shift my stare over to Peaches
"Telling you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381082

"I'm sure that was a misunderstanding. It's not like any of you tried to speak with Her!"

DM 381083

Anything else you'd like then?
"She wants to learn to fly."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381084

"Oh there must be something.
Maybe you could show me part of Eaglescrest?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381085

Let's see how clean I get, and if I end up washing the dye out of my tail. It's not like they keep spare dye just floating around, after all.
'1d10' for speedy cleaning so I don't miss lunch.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 381086

I actually give a hearty laugh at that
"So we have to ask Her permission to live then? We didn't hurt anypony. We just wanted to be left alone."

DM 381087

"Sure, if you want?"
You seem to have gone a little stripey there…

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381088

"Looks good to me! We could even start now, if you want."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381089

"Lead on.
Show me your favorite spot."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381090


Kilana [deathsinger] 381091

Where should I be now?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381092

I scrunch.
"I said it might have been a misunderstanding… She wouldn't just want to kill ponies off, I know it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381093

I'll frown at that, then sigh.
No sense dying the tail when I'm walking around without a helmet.
I'll finish up, towel off, and then rejoin the others near where I left my armor.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381094

"Great! Follow me."
Smile and trot off outside, pick a large open space.

Godric [Dark Knight] 381095

I'd be satisfied with a good weapon or suit of armor, or a bonus to flight or airborne attacks. Maybe Challenge or Retort. I guess I'm just not picky.

Venia [Battlemage] 381096

"Well that 'misunderstanding' did nearly end up killing hundreds of innocents. We never received so much as a letter of apology or anything."
I sigh and shake my head
"Look, I don't want to talk about this any further. Just be patient, okay? I'll go see Frostmourn again."


Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381097

"Yes, Pumpkin."
I obediently follow him along.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381098

Well, seeing as they're leaving, I'd better get my armor on in a jiffy.
Still probably going to take a few minutes, though…
Let's see how fast I can get into armor. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 381099

She thinks for a while
"Ever been to the Hall of Champions?"
At the palace probably.
Well pick something.


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381100


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381101

Slavers while en route to either Gryphon lands or the Civil War plotline.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381102

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381103

"Not yet. Let's see it."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381104

Slavers seems good for me.

Venia [Battlemage] 381105


Also, see >>381096

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381106

Hunt dem slavers

Godric [Dark Knight] 381107

Retort/Dispatch then. Bonuses appreciated.

seems like everyone wants slavers


…I'd like to search the trophy room for:
Amulet/ necklace with Emboldened's effect, and a bonus to saving against things like despair or AWIYE
Or any of these: Alteration, Polymorph, interwoven, Hat magic
Is Frostmourn still sleeping?

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

DM 381109

"Right this way then~"
She trots off
[temporary time warp engaged]
You all gathered to meet Frostmourn
"While I'm out of commission, I want you to go out and deal with those slavers. I will not suffer them wandering the north, ruining countless lives.
I believe the best place to begin the search is the estate Ambrosia was held at. Go there, find what you can, and end that slave operation.
Then, we can proceed to Stormheart."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381110

I'll nod.
"As you say, my King."

Venia [Battlemage] 381111

"With glee and pleasure, Frostmourn."
I look over to Sunrise
"What has been decided?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381112

"They'll burn."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381113

I bow my head
"Yes, Frosty."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381114


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381115

Nod, but say nothing.
Try to focus on the task and not on a certain pretty Sunprincess

Roll #1 10 = 10

Kilana [deathsinger] 381116

I nod "We can handle that much on our own, don't worry they won't escape us."

DM 381117

"I'll come with you, if you'll take me."
Slavers are evil and not at all the sun.
Not sun.
No sun.
"Yes Lord Blackmane. Slavers are operating in the area, and I fear they may be a threat to us all. They may even be taking Griffon eggs for all we know."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381118

Right, right, smite evil in the name of the Sun, be rewarded with smiles.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381119

"Oh… hmm. Alright, I'll look into these more. Did you want to go do something or are you gonna pour back into your studies? I think I might go find out what the others are up to"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381120

"Have we learned any more of who Ambrosia's former master was, King Frostmourn? I assume by directing us to the estate, you've uncovered where it may be?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 381121

I bristle at that.

"Were it anywhere else, I would take that as a brazen attempt to bring me over to meddle in your other pursuits. I will help, but only because Eaglecrest would be so depraved."

Venia [Battlemage] 381122

"You're the High Queen Sunrise, I can hardly stop you, now can I?"
I smile at her.
"We'll have to make sure you're safe from harm though. Get you armored up and teach you that protective bubble."

I frown
"You don't care about rampant slavery?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 381123

"If it is only ponies being trafficked, I see no reason to."

Venia [Battlemage] 381124

"How very kind of you."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381125

Cock my eyebrow.
"You don't see a reason to stop innocent ponies from growing up into a lifetime of servitude?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381126

I narrow my eyes at this remark.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381127

"Gryphons are rather insular. Him not caring about things beyond his mountains makes a degree of sense."
I'll frown.
"Not that I like hearing it put to words."

Venia [Battlemage] 381128

"I've met plenty of nice griffins in my time. I suppose I'm just disappointed. I expected more from the race I always admired."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381129

"I cannot spare time for selfless acts, your highness. Stormheart remains my primary concern."

"It is…regrettable, but not something that concerns me. This is simply our way."

I smirk at that.
"Take care not to romanticize us too much. We have done far worse to your kind, even recently."

DM 381130

How noble.
"Well you run along if you're in a hurry.
Though, I wouldn't mind if we just, you know… talked."
"Valeriana has some intel. And I believe Ambrosia knows the rest."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381131

I'll nod to Frostmourn, then pause.
"King Frostmourn… did you have plans for the late Ebonreth's weapons?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381132

grab her and teleport on the bed to the room we're staying in '1d10+3'

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381133

"What's up?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381134

Snort at that comment, but say nothing.

Venia [Battlemage] 381135

I huff and shake my head
"That attitude will certainly save us all when Equestria decides it's time to send their horde at us."

DM 381136

"They aren't my style. If any of you have taken a fancy to them, feel free to take them as spoils."
"Well, I just thought we could talk. About life. About us. About… what we're doing."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381137


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381138

"Then, by your leave, may I put them into service?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381139

"Oh- …oohhhh. Uh.. y-yea about that.. Should I start? actually, where should I start? Where should we start?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381140

I wait patiently listing to all of this.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381141

Look up.
"My King, there is a rare book among Ebonreths possessions. I would like to borrow it for study. Of course, I'll report any findings that might be of use to us."

DM 381142

A cloaked pony nods in the shadows behind the bed
"Agree that among yourselves, if many of you want them."
"Well, tell me your desires. What do you want from me. From us. From our lives?"
"Certainly. I'd rather see information put to use than allowed to rot."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381143

I stare at the cloaked pony but keep quiet.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381144

I'll bow.
"Thank you, my King."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381145

Do I see that cloaked pony?
SbS '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Godric [Dark Knight] 381146

"Would you care if this was a matter between gryphons?"

"Rampant slave trading does not seem conductive to that either."

"Those were interesting weapons, and I would have liked the chance to at least study them. I doubt I could make use of ones tailored to hooves though."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381147

"Well, perhaps a compromise could be reached by whomever claims them. It's not like they'll always be using them, after all."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381148

"If I was among a group of griffons and this was brought to my attention, yes.
I abhore slavery in all its forms."

DM 381149

She's right there, sitting very still.
She has a long, deep scar running from her throat to her underbelly.
She seems a little older than Venia, and has very sharp eyes.

Venia [Battlemage] 381150

"You would be surprised, Sir Godric. This is not the first time we encountered slavers, and the last ones we beat left us quite the asset."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381151

"Perhaps. I would still like the chance to browse the trophy room at my leisure."

"Then you are an idealistic individual indeed. May that not lead you to a foolish death."

"Truly? Perhaps I lack context. Slavery is not something practiced back home."

Venia [Battlemage] 381152

I snort
"Yes you do. You most certainly do."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381153

Where is everyone?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381154

How is the King looking? Strong? Weak? Tired?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381155

"Slavery is a thing that takes the innocent, strips them of all they are, and turns them to nothing more than broken shells. Not allowed to smile, not allowed to cry, not allowed to think or fly unless told to do so."
I'll shake my head.
"Imagine for a moment you, as a youngling, were told that your thoughts are not your own, your name is not your own, your life is not your own? That is how a slave lives. And why it is reprehensible."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381156

"I- .. uhh.. I want to teleport, to break the bonds holding me to the ground.. I want to be able to fill the world with magic. So that everypony can do their work with the smallest of effort. I love learning, I love studying, I love putting forth what I learned and testing it to see if it works. Be- because One day there will be another pony, who wants to learn, who wants to create. There will be a pony who wants to know what others before them have done, and I want to help that pony because when that day comes I don't think I'll be alive..

With you, You might not remember. But when we were young it felt like there was only two of us in the library. I almost lived there, trying to find out how to control my teleporting, trying to make my magic safer to be around. Sometimes I saw you studying and- I don't I liked seeing another pony who buried themselves in written knowledge!

It- uh.. I don't know how to put any of this!"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381157

Walk over to Venia.
Motion closer.
"Who's the pony behind the bed?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381158

"Idealism in this case is what will make us better ponies, better beings. A better country. A place worth fighting for.."

Venia [Battlemage] 381159

I smirk and whisper back
"Valeriana. Or 'The eyes of the King' if you want to be dramatic about it."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381160

"Oh, I know of it, we just do not practice it. The closest analogy I have is the absorption of a clan member. Even then they are given full choice."

"So you look down on me for not sharing your disdain?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381161

"Why do they call her that?"

DM 381162

He has removed his armour so he can rest more comfortably. He has the covers pulled past his waist, and is propped up on some pillows.
Talking to the king in a time warp.
"And now the big question…
…how do you feel about my studies of the Demon Arts?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381163

"H- Honestly?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381164

"What's the intel?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381165

"Like I said, I am simply disappointed by the lack of vision. It's exactly this kind of isolationist attitude that led to endless civil wars between Wintergrasp and Ironfoe."

"Because she sees a lot of things with those eyes of her."
I chuckle
"She's a good friend of mine. An old friend. Just hard to get close to."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381166

"Slaves are not usually given a choice, though."
I'll shake my head.
"But bickering in front of the king is not what we're here to do."
I'll turn back to the king.
"Perhaps Lady Valeriana would be so kind as to share what intelligence she's gathered?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381167

"I see."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381168

"Are you feeling well, Frosty?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 381169

I sigh.
"Perhaps you are right. Stormheart walks down the same path."

DM 381170

"Yes Nylis.
I need to know."
"I'm sending you out to deal with the slavers as I recover. That way you won't suffer from missing my political power.
You are to begin from the estate Ambrosia worked on."
"A little weak, but the leg is already knitting itself together.
With rest, I should be fine."

Venia [Battlemage] 381171

"Then let us all hope we will be as successful in Stormheart as we were back home."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381172

I look down.

Kilana [deathsinger] 381173

"Right, where are we going exactly? I don't think I know where this estate is.." I look over to Ambrosia "Is she going to lead us there?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381174

Nod slightly.
"How many shall I take?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381175

"…I'm sorry Winterbreeze. I love you but I've never really been comfortable with you pushing the boundaries on necromancy and the dark arts. I- I mean I won't sit here and pretend that I'm not interested in it! B-but I've seen things done through necromancy that makes my skin crawl. And the times I stayed up watching you ready by candlelight and keeping your tired eyes on those heavy books I- .. Sometimes you made me jealous of how dedicated a researcher you are.."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381176

"I certainly hope so."

DM 381177

"…why is it you so often avert your eyes as you speak?"
"Can you, Ambrosia?"
"None, if you can help it. No reason to march an army out, even if it is in the shadows."
"So… will you stop me if I try to perform the summoning?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381178

"I wont."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381179

I wait until Ambrosia speaks and then ask "Frostmourn, would it be alright if I look around the Palace for Ebonreth's journal?"

DM 381180

"…and would you help me?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381181

"Wait, are you sending us as in…"
Look back at the ponies in the room.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381182

shrug my shoulders
"Of course I would"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381183

I look back up
"I am sorry, Frosty. I did not mean to disrespect. I think I can lead us back if you wish."

DM 381184

"Are you questioning my plan, old friend?"
She gives you a warm, thankful hug
"I was so afraid you'd make me pick between it and you… thank you Nylis… just… thank you for understanding."
He floats you a set of keys
"Those should get you anywhere. I think he used the bedroom on the second floor."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381185

"I'm just surprised.
I mean, we have that whole thing in place for a reason."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381186

I smile and pocket the keys "Thank you, I'll let you know if I find out anything interesting. Maybe we can talk tonight, depending on how soon you want us to leave."
"That's very brave of you."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381187

"Winterbreeze wait."
slowly push her away
"I'm not going to stop you, but you can't do this alone anymore. Kilana knows necromancy a-and there's that Dark Arts academy too. Just

I won't want you to get hurt if anything goes wrong."

DM 381188

"I know.
But I believe we can find better uses for it."
"Good. Good.
Do so."
"Then… shouldn't I definitely do it alone? So nopony else is at risk if I fail?"
"You should leave when possible. Perhaps tomorrow. I think we all deserve our rest tonight."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381189

I'll look at Ambrosia for a moment.
I'll bow to the king.
"As you say, my King."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381190

"Right. Well, I will watch over the others then. You have my word."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381191

I bow again
"I will do as you say."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381192

"No breezy. You were there and helped me when I was asked by King Frostmourn to design more teleport arrays, and you did all the work when he asked for stronger catalysts."
take a deep sigh
"I want to be there with you when you see the result of your research come to fruition."

"Plus I already know pumpkin will find out about this somehow, I think it might be better to tell him now so that he knows you have control the entire time."


Venia [Battlemage] 381193

I look at Sunrise
"You and I are going to have some training, okay?"

DM 381194

"Good. Good.
Rest assured. I have my reasons. But I'd rather not make them public."
"Tomorrow, ok?
…I think Frosty needs me here right now."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381195

B-but the magical horsesex!

Venia [Battlemage] 381196

I smile
"Of course. We'll just leave you alone then."

I guess if you want to.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381197

Sure, we leaving tomorrow for the slavers or can I finish that walk with Waveform then I'll make it quick.?

Kilana [deathsinger] 381198

I smile, "Well, if there isn't anything else you want to talk about right now I'll start my search." Then I add "You really are the best Pony for this goal, remember that and try to heal quick"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381199

I stare back at him

I guess?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381200

"Venia, could we talk about this mission for a moment in private?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381201

"Of course, Pumpkin. Lead the way."

DM 381202

Which one both?
"Thanks Venia~"
Sure thing
"So, yeah, the hall. It's something of a memorial to great heroes and kings of old."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381203

Okay, I'm going to make a few rolls now for searching the rooms. '9d10+1' +1 for zebra senses. What item did you decide it was okay for me to get from the vault for is that to be decided tomorrow?

Roll #1 5, 9, 10, 2, 6, 3, 6, 10, 4 + 1 = 56

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381204

And in private we went.
"This time there will be no Valeriana or Unyielding calling the shots. I think we should appoint you as our temporary leader, in case we can't make up our mind on something on the battlefield.
You are the most experienced and level headed of us."
Well, there's Peaches around…
Hey kid, wanna /fly/?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381205

I'm pretty sure Crescent wants to go shopping

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381206

Since part of the shopping entourage is missing, I'll attend the lesson. Since I suggested it, I'm kind of wanting to see how it pans out.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381207

Sounds good enough.

So, DM, follow us for this one.

We were headed for a open space. Possibly somplace high with a lot of wind.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381208

If we're already there, take a look around.

Venia [Battlemage] 381209

"Right… of course."
I chuckle
"Put that Queeniness to use at last."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381210

Follow him then

DM 381211

I leave that for tomorrow
You notice one book in the bookshelf is clearly more well-read than others. It is a book on myths and legends, and it has only been read up to a point.
The pages near where the wear and tare ends talk about the enhancing powers of Alteration, and its demonic origins.
A little more searching reveals a strange horn. Referencing back to the book reveals it is indeed, a demon horn.
Finally, you find a little diary.
…it seems Ebonreth topped his 'i's with hearts.
It also talks about him hunting down and killing a demon, then eating its heart. Entries after that seem to be his notes on how well his training is advancing.
Well there is the palace roof for one.
Lots of statues here, adorned in the gear of the pony they represent.
They all have name plates, and lists of their most notable deeds.

Venia [Battlemage] 381212

I suppose I ought to go check on Raging Storm now that I think of it.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381213

Chuckle along with her.
"I trust you to make the right decision. And… The hard ones."
Lovely place.
Is it big enough?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381214

I'll look over the edge of the roof.
"Surely you don't plan on throwing her off the side, master Swansong?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381215

Look back at her with a smile.
"Which one's your favorite?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381216

"That's what I've been doing the last twenty years, it seems."
I shake my head and turn to walk away
"I hope."
And now, off to Raging Storm

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381217

"Of course not. I just need the wind. And some clouds."
Smile as she goes.


DM 381218

He is in the palace throne room
"Venia! Good to see you lass!"
"Damn, that's a hard one.
Old King Eaglecrest is of course a classic, but I did also always fancy Stormy Summit's one as well. Though maybe I just like the pose…"
Place seems optimal.
"Pumpkin. Welcome back."

Venia [Battlemage] 381219

I chuckle and walk up to him
"Raging, how are you faring?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381220

Alright, thank you. I take the demon horn, myth book, and diary. "Eating it.. how barbaric.. I guess he really didn't think that through.." I carefully wrap the demon horn in cloth, just to be safe.
If you're staying up a little longer I'll talk to frosty

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381221

Fly up and catch a small cloud, bring it back down.
"So Ambrosia, let's see how you do with cloud manipulations first."
"Hey pon. So, what's your plan for these boring, boring weeks in bed, uh?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381222

Take a look at Stormy Summit's statue with her.
What does the statue look like, especially the pose? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381223

I carefully poke at it with a hoof

DM 381224

Sure thing.
"Kilana. What news?"
"Rest. Recover. And above all, listen. To my friends. To my spies. To my heart."
It's a strong looking stallion with an armoured torso and three swords, the third in his mouth.
…and looking at it from a certain angle you can see why she's like it.
Dat's a cloud.

Venia [Battlemage] 381225

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381226

I'll plunk down a few feet away from them and watch.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381227

Spaghettiroll '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381228

Chuckle nervously.
"Well, he certainly looks impressive.
What did he accomplish?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381229

"I found the journal and more." I report happily "It seems like Ebonreth got infected by killing a demon and eating its heart." I show you the horn and the page in the myth book that depicts the demon. "It seems like it was this demon.. and he was also looking into Alteration magics" I put the journal on the table next to you. "The journal just confirms what we suspected, he was stronger because of the heart."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381230

I look back at Pumpkin questioningly

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381231

"Climb on it."
"I hope you don't make anything stupid in fear of losing the coming war, Frosty.
You still never told me what you saw, back in that cave."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381232

I carefully try to stand on it

DM 381233

"Well, lass. I think I might even end up liking it here!"
"Earlier in his career he was a wandering soldier, dueling any he met in the mountain roads. Those who lost to him he killed, those who won he offered a place as apprentices.
Later on he became a general, and then an arena fighter. Sired many children too."
The statue seemed to emphasize that fact.
"That sounds… crude.
But effective.
I would love to learn more of this Alteration school of magic. Perhaps it could be used to benefit all of ponykind."
"I saw… too much, buddy, All too much."
It supports your weight easily

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381234

Go seat near him.
"Hey, you are not getting out of this that easily."
"Spread your wings."
Start slowly pushing the cloud forward.
"Tell me when you feel the wind."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 381235

"Is that so?"
I look around the room
"Eaglecrest is quite the unique place, I suppose."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381236

I unfurl and spread my wings as he pushes the cloud forward

Kilana [deathsinger] 381237

"I agree, the potential would for good is amazing." I sigh. "Unfortunately, Ebonreth wasn't the note keeping type, this is all we have to go on besides the heart itself. "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381238

Well, I suppose while Pumpkin is scooting Ambrosia along on her cloud, I can make smalltalk with Peaches.
"So, miss Peaches. I hear you've only recently come into master Swansong's service?

DM 381239

"If I told you what I saw in the vivid detail I saw it in, I fear you won't look at me the same way again."
Banners and coats of arms of past kings adorn the room
"Aye. Not the most deep thinkers, but they enjoy a good scrap, a great meal and understand strategic thinking. So we share interest."
"Well, I have some of the most brilliant minds in the north here, do I not?"
He flashes a smile
"I'm sure we can get results with some testing and planning."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381240

Look at her with a smirk.
"Is that why you fancy him the most?"
Tiny pause.
"…for him being an arena fighter?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381241

I nod
"A great asset to the United Northlands should we ever find the need to defend ourselves against invaders. What's first on your agenda as viceroy?"

DM 381242

"Well they DID name two moves after him. That's something at least.
And I kinda like his taking apprentices angle. Though I think some of that might just be fabrication. You know how warriors love to boast…"
"Well, the border with Stormheart needs defending. Luckily I can pull back all the troops from the Rockeye border to reinforce it now that Rockeye is an ally."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381243

Look at him with a costanza face.
"Seriously Frosty? There is little I haven't seen already, you know…"
"So, do you feel anything? Even a little bit of wind? Nothing?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381244

"And hopefully we'll soon pacify Stormheart as well…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381245

I smile back. "If Ebonreth and his barbaric ways could figure it out, how hard can it be?"

"And speaking of results, I had wanted to show you mine for a while now. I studied the death guards, learned their runes, and made my own version of it. I made him more like a Cerberus, but he can talk, and think for himself."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381246

I give my wings a weak flap
"I feel wind."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381247

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381248

Take another look at the statue.
"Must have been intense to fight him.
Well, if he approved of fighting mages."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381249

"That's good. It's the first thing."
Take her down on the roof again.
"Okay, so, you felt the wind, right?"
Lean on the cloud as I explain.

DM 381250

"Well the universe is one big game of dice.
But seriously though. After that vision, I understood why Manifest was always so down."
"That will probably mean a big shift here, going from a defense force to an assault one. We will probably form the core of Frostmourn's armies now after all."
"A sentient undead beast? Remarkable. I take it the Underking's scythe helped?"
"Well, service might be the wrong word. We're partners."
"I doubt he cared who he fought, so long as he fought."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381251

I nod slowly

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381252

"Doesn't matter anyway, he's no longer here."
Turn to her again.
"Maybe I should look for another challenge…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381253

"I had assumed you to be his bodyguard. My apologies. Though that does explain why I didn't meet you until earlier."
I'll shrug, and look at Ambrosia for a minute.
"So, what do you think of her? It's going to take quite some time before she starts truly thinking for herself."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381254

"Okay then. No more tiptoeing around it. Tell me already."
Scratch the back of my head.
"Because if you say it's been so eye-opening, I fear I just wasted my question."
"Okay. Now, the mistake many baby pegasi do when they try to fly is to ignore that.
They just flap their wings as fast as they can and zap, hope to lift off the ground.
That's not how you do it. You have to feel the wing, follow it…
And yeah, there is a bit of magic but that's stuff for eggheads."

Venia [Battlemage] 381255

"That seems quite probably, yes. Although that is not to say Eaglecrest will be alone in that regard."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381256

I slowly nod my head again

Kilana [deathsinger] 381257

I nod "Its a perfect Catalyst for this sort of thing, I got him up and moving the first try." I pause. "thank you for trusting me with it." "I've called the minion Codar, and he's eager to fulfill guardian duties. I thought he would be a good watch dog for the Acadmey, as well as impressing those Rock eye associates." I beam slight at all this. "He's made of multiple bodies as well, the remains of the three death guards and three wolves."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381258

"Well there is really nothing much I ca…"
Stroke of genius.
Grin and speak up with enthusiasm.
"Step down the cloud!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381259

I freeze up for a moment as he shouts, then quickly hop off the cloud as instructed.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381260

Look at her expression.
"I scared you, didn't I?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381261

I'll frown a little at that, and grumble under my breath.
"Tsk. He keeps forgetting he can't yell things at her."

DM 381262

"I get the feeling you're leading up to something with this."
"Well, I'd imagine slavery does that to a mind. I was a homeless orphan and I know I had some trouble adjusting. I remember the time I got really sad over wasting bath water by splashing around."
"Well, if I interpreted the visions correctly, and understood everything right, there are ten paths that lead off from every decision we make. So I think, in a sense, time is not a stream or a line. It is like a… tree or something.
And if that's how it is, well, it makes me wonder. I really could have allowed other branches to grow. Perhaps my time tree could have been… better. To be honest I'm not sure if I have yet even fully grasped all the truths I was shown in that vision. It felt like it lasted for hours… like a garbled, half-remembered dream."
"Perhaps not, but we will be the first in and the last out."
"Most impressive.
I would love to meet him after I've rested."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381263

I look down
"I'm sorry."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381264

I'll nod.
"Adjusting is definitely going to take time. You seem to have settled, though, so there's hope for Ambrosia, at least."
I'll look at Peaches for a moment.
"I take it this sadness hit the first time master Swansong took you in with him? He did say the idea of washing away an old life and starting clean reminded him of you a bit."

Venia [Battlemage] 381265

"Well… I'm sure you'll do a great job at leading them in that regard."
I smile
"I should leave you be. I imagine you have a lot of work ahead of you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381266

"Yep, wish totally wasted."
Grin a bit.
"So, in easy-to-understand talk, you are having regrets about the past?"
"You keep doing that.
Looking down I mean.
It was my fault, I should be the one apologizing.
Now, let's do some simple exercises, okay?"
Take the cloud and start chopping small pieces off it, making plantforms big enough for a pony to stand on.
Distribute them in a circle, a few meters of distance from each other, in a descending spiral.
"There. Try jumping from plantform to plantform without falling.
Don't worry, I'll catch you in case. And it's not really that high."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381267

"And I am here to catch you if he misses, Ambrosia."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381268

I chuckle.
"So you want to duel?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381269

"Take off the armor then. That'll hurt her more than the stone of the castle."


Do as instructed. Put that agility of mine to use and hop from platform to platform as quickly as possible.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381271

I'll tap my horn.
"With magic, I meant."
"Though it seems I was worried for nothing."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381272

"I look forward to it. " I smile at this praise, and then somber a bit for this "But, really, all I did was follow the blue print left by the Underking.. And even used his tool for it.. the only change at all was the multiple bodies as one, and It looks impressive, and is powerful.. but anypony could have pulled it off.. Are you sure you want me to be the leader of the Dark Academy?"

DM 381273

"I'd imagine.
I had forgotten I was actually this colour. For the past eighteen years I had been brownish grey."
"I do, yes. But never be afraid to drop by. I will always have time for you."
"Yes. But then, I suppose we all do."
She looks at you with mild shock
"I-is that a challenge?"
"The time to decide that is not here nor now.
What is important is that you managed it.
Magic, for the most part, is understanding and adapting existing formulas and concepts into new wholes. Not starting from nothing.
And in building Codar, you've demonstrated great ability in that field."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381274

I'll look at her in mild surprise.
What color is she, by the way?
"Eighteen years?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381275

"Wanna know a secret?
I don't."
Clap my hooves.
"You look good. But don't rush, that's not the point."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381276

"Yes. Let's see what you're made of."

Venia [Battlemage] 381277

"Of course I will. Good luck Raging, I'm very happy to see you've found a new purpose."
I smile at him and take my leave.
I need to speak to Valeriana next.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381278

I nod slowly
"Okay. I will do better next time, Pumpkin."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381279

I smile again. "that's true, I guess not just anypony would have been able to understand it by taking apart the death guards. Also, it will be new to the other dark artists. Imminent said that the closest he had seen to Codar was a large puppet, which would require constant manipulation from the necromancer."

"Froustmourn, there was one more thing.. out there in the ring, I called you Frosty.. I wanted to apologize for that, I was scared for you and forgot myself.."

DM 381280

She's peach
"Well ok that's a rough guess. I think I'm 19."
"Well. Lucky you."
"…when and where?"
An arrow his the floor inches from your face
"…and why would you be sorry for calling me that? It's what my friends call me. Friend."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381281

"Just keep trying to feel the wind. And do some exercises for the strength of your wings. Ever tried pushups?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381282

I scrunch
"How lovely of you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381283

Shake my head slowly.
"That's not what I meant.
Just, once we take a road, we can't go back. We are just normal ponies, not gods.
And I wouldn't want it any other way."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381284

I shake my head slowly

DM 381285

Right behind you
"Just like old times."
"Sometimes… I wouldn't mind a second chance."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381286

A tear runs down my cheek. "Thank you.. Frosty, that means.. everything to me."

Venia [Battlemage] 381287

I chuckle
"Last time you pulled that trick, I flung a sword at the tree you were skulking in."

DM 381288

"After this morning… I feel it is time to move on. Get over the issues of the past as best I can. And one step towards that goal, was this."
"Clearly you've gotten rusty~"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381289

"Anytime, anyplace."

Venia [Battlemage] 381290

I roll my eyes
"Please. I'm in my absolute prime right now. Just yesterday I got the floor wiped by that poor slavegirl in the arena. Twice."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381291

"Okay, bounce this thougth with me.
You are… Frostmourn.
Frostmourn who?"
"I'm gonna show you then."
Get down and do 10 wing pushups!

Roll #1 5, 2, 3, 8, 3, 3, 9, 7, 7, 6 = 53

Kilana [deathsinger] 381292

what an odd feeling to be worried, happy and relieved at the same time. I decide on a grin "Of course this means you'll call me Kila now, that's what my friends call me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381293

"I see."
I'll think for a moment.
"And master Swansong is hardly any older."
I'll look between them for a second.
"I heard you also had quite a rough time with master Swansong's wife when you first arrived."

DM 381294

"…tonight out in the moonlight?"
"Yes, I noticed. You didn't crack your hip or anything did you?
Think it might be time to take up knitting over swordfighting?
…sorry. That went a little far."
"Pumpkin, that's not how you make a knock knock joke at all."
"Well Kila, I'd offer a hg to seal the deal but…"
He glances at his bandaged up leg
"I think Bearing saw me as competition, because, well, I had to stick to Pumpkin because of my station even when she had to stay behind at home.
It got a little scary after she tried to kill me with a shield to the head, but we eventually found mutual ground to stand on."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381295

"I didn't want to.
You are Frostmourn. Frostmourn the King. Frostmourn the friend.
There is nothing in you I'd like to swap for something else.
All your mistakes made you better."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381296

"Let's light up the night."

Venia [Battlemage] 381297

I chuckle
"When that day comes, just put me out of my misery."
I shake my head with a smile
"God… I hate getting old so much."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381298

"Of course." I go to him then and give him a gentle hug.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381299

"Well, I'm certainly glad a compromise was made. If for no other reason than I would have had to try and preen Ambrosia's wings."
I'll nod slightly.
"Would it be rude to ask what that common ground was, beyond your shared loyalties to master Swansong?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381300

Well I guess I'll just stare at him as he works out.

DM 381301

"Perhaps. But I wonder. If it was possible to go back. Undo mistakes. Stop disasters. Prevents deaths…
Would you do it?"
"Well back in Canterlot there was a lot of talk about Age Magic.
Keeps you young and firm. Costs tons because so few bother to learn how to do it."
"I think you might want to ask that one from him directly."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381302

"And risk to mess things up even more?
Frosty, we are ponies. Not gods.
We can't know what our actions do, just that we have to do them.
But touching the past…
That's not us."
I was supposed to tell you to do the same.
Silly me.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381303

I'll nod.
"Some day, perhaps."
I'll watch Ambrosia for a moment.
"You really did a lovely job with her wings."

Venia [Battlemage] 381304

"Canterlot isn't exactly nextdoors, unfortunately."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381305


And I obey, of course. Get those weak wings to work…

Roll #1 4 - 2 = 2

Kilana [deathsinger] 381307

I'm afraid to roll on this.. but here you go.. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 381308

What a nighy night.
Moon's out, romantic starlight, heavily armed mare with a mad gleam in her eyes staring you down from across a ring…
So, growing old aside, how you holding out?"
"Thanks. I'll admit it got a little awkward."
He tries to hug back with one hoof

Roll #1 8 - 1 = 7

DM 381309

In the end, it was a nice hug.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381310

"So I heard. What was the counting about?"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381311

This is after the meeting with Frosty right?
Mad gleam myself.
Let's see what she's made off.

"You ready?~"
Rolling for initiative. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 381312

I just can't stop smiling. "Get better soon Frosty, I want to introduce you to Codar." with that I let him rest.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381313

"Stop, stop, that's gonna hut you. Do it like this."
Spread both wings more and place an higher surface in contact with the ground.
"It should be easier."

Venia [Battlemage] 381314

I sigh
"Well… I miss Unyielding for one. He… I wish he was here right now as well…"
I rub the back of my neck
"And y'know… I was worrying about you as well…"


Keep trying

Roll #1 6 - 2 = 4

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381316

Looks like I just kind of slump over as my wings simply aren't strong enough.
I get back up quickly and look down in embarrassment.
"I'm sorry."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381317

I'll grimace a little at that.
She almost had it there.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381318

"I think you are giving up too soon."
Stand up and go in front of her.
"I'm gonna help you for the last bit now, okay?"
Flutter behind her and slide one hoof under each one of her wings.
"Ready? Try again."

DM 381319

"Wanted to give her a chance to collect her thoughts. She seemed a little confused."
"I've been ready for bigger guys before you, matchstick"
"Thank you. I look forward to it.
Please. Enjoy the night on me."
"Not even to save Medve?"
"What's to worry about me? You think if things were so bad I was in trouble, you were the one who still had a shot?"

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 381320

Getting nice up close and personal, she opens up with a simple swing of her sword

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 381321

"Well… you do have every reason to be upset at me still."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381322

I'll frown a little at his positioning, but I won't speak. It's for support.
"About the preening? Or something else?"
I'll shake my head.
"I'm sorry, I'm prying too much."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381323

Fuck that
"Really now?"
Fire Bolt. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381324

I don't think Lecturer 10 has given me that report yet. Bah.

I'm here for any other new PC to introduce themselves to me



Roll #1 4 - 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381326

"As wrong as it sounds, no. Not even for Medve.
Without his death, we'd all be done for, today."
Give her a little lift.
"Be confident."

Roll #1 3 = 3


I mutter something under my breath but nod anyway.

Roll #1 7 - 2 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 381328

"I'm sure I can find something fun to do in this place. " I leave the keys with Frosty, "Oh, do you want to go over those things or should I add them to the research notes?" I point to the two books and demon horn.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381329

"Do you want to tell me something?"
And then I try to help you finish that push.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381330

I stay quiet for a moment, then nod slowly.
"Yes, Pumpkin."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381331

For now I'll just be in my office, looking slightly disheveled with Venus.

Godric [Dark Knight] 381332

And in he went.

"Sieur Foglight?"

DM 381333

"The only thing I'm worried about in you is your damn head going soft.
Now c'mon, talk to me here. What's really keeping you down?"
"Yeah you kinda are.
Long story short, I've only ever done preening for… recreational purposes."
After nearly burning her mane off, she gets a much more serious look
"Fine, if that's how you want it!"
magic orb!
Waveform 3
Torch 5
Guess I'm just being silly."
He pats he bed
"Why are you all the way over there?"
"I might read them later, but not now. I need to rest more."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381334

"Sorry baby, I don't hold back."
Fire Spike "2d10'

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381335


Roll #1 6, 3 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381336

Sly off and sit on the side, looking at her with an incouraging smile.
"Go on, please."
Smile and jump on.
"My best friend can't get our of bed, he's gonna need someone to talk to, no?"

DM 381337

In a flashy exchange, you both got a little blasted
"Oh that's it!"
She goes in for a good old-fashined punch

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381338

Punch back '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381339

"Oh, yes? Ah, I heard some mentionings of you, Gryphon, but I've yet to meet you in person. Yes, I am the one known as Verne Foglight."

Go out and take a bow.

"Although I cannot remember your role or why you have joined our entourage…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381340

"I'll leave them for you then, just shove them under the covers if Radiant comes by" I say jestingly.
and then I leave the room to try and enjoy the night.

Does someone need to catch up with Kilana?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381341

"I… see."
I'll be quiet for a moment.
"I suppose it was a good thing, then, I gave you two space as master Swansong suggested."

Venia [Battlemage] 381342

"Bah… I guess I'm just having regrets about past decisions, that's all."
I sigh
"I… want to start a family. But doing so would put me out of the game for a long time… and hinder my ability to help Frostmourn."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381343

"Lord Godric of Blackmane. And right now I speak for the nation of Stormheart. Your leader has made quite the upset in dethroning the former King Eaglecrest."

DM 381344

She as a very marshmallowy face.
Panting, she gets up
"N-nice one~
Now lets you avoid THIS!"
Magic bolt

Waveform 1
Torch 4
"So, about the reason I said not to take the blades along…
I think there might be more to this slaver business. And if there is, we might need our eyes spread wide.
…also, I'm getting more and more worried about Stormheart and Timberjaw. Especially Stormheart."
"Yes. Yes it was.
It's kinda hard understanding how to properly treat a body part you don't have yourself you know."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381345

I stand up and give my wings a weak flap
"Exercise useless. Must acquire fleetclaw and create natural remedy first. My wings need support."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381346

"I think I'm starting to like getting up close and personal."
Punch her again and pin her down.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381347

What is Blackmane

"That is… fascinating to hear. What does Eaglecrest, and more importantly, what do you think of these developments?"

DM 381348

With her bolt fizzling out, your punch floors her easily.
As you have her pinned down, she gives you a half-lid smiles
"Good fight~"
Blackmane is his family.
Also, it's Gaius' family
"Ah the little miracles of life…
Well. I guess you need to ask yourself, what's most important here. A little bundle of joy, or the High King's dream?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381349

"I don't suppose you would care sharing a few tips, in case you are elsewhere? She'll need to preen regularly, and it will likely be difficult on her own."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381350

"Which is why I wanted to go alone.
Take Peach or Ambrosia and go on a night hunt, not a fair fight.
In the meanwhile you and the others could make your way into Stormheart and Timberjaw."
Look at her and think for a second, then sigh.
"Fine, if this is what you believe.
But we normal ponies usually just… Give our all.
Don't wait for some miracle cure."

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381351

Smirk and kiss her '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381352

I look down
"I'm sorry. I did not mean to offend."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381353

clan/family name. it should sound familiar

"Normally Stormheart would not care of the situation, but circumstances have become extreme enough to force my talon as of late. What do you know of our nation?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381354

"You didn't. It's just a suggestion. I will look for this flower, I promise.
Wanna go back inside?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381355

I groan
"I just don't know…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381356

"That it was meant to be a promised land for and only for Gryphons, but troubles have forced it to seek to others for help. A summary as far as I know."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381357


DM 381358

"…ask Pumpkin. He has wings of his own. He knows better."
"Straight to business, eh?"
She giggles a little
"Okay. I like that. We, where shall we head, winner?"
"Well, you dwell on that.
And if you feel like you need some encouragement, come find me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381359

I'll grimace a bit.
"Getting a straight answer out of master Swansong is like drawing blood from a stone, miss Peaches. Besides, he suggested you the moment I brought up the preening issue."
I'll frown a bit.
"Besides, I doubt he'd let me practice on him so I don't make a horrible mistake while preening Ambrosia."

DM 381360

Peaches checks her sides, then looks at her horn
"See something on me you'd like to practice on then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381361


And we can end the training here if you want.

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381362

Take her to my room in the palace.
To do naughty pony things.

And I guess that concludes my horse night.

Godric [Dark Knight] 381363

Nod a bit.
"An oversimplification, but essentially the truth. Eaglecrest's mindless bloodsport and preying on our border regions have caused a schism among its people, and with the High King forging alliances, we fear for our future."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381364

I'm going to bed

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381365

"And so you have come to us. What proposal do you wish to make?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381366

I sigh weakly
"Yes… I know. I want a child… but I don't want to fail Frostmourn. Fun choices ahead."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381367

I'll shake my head.
"No, I was just saying that you know how to do it, and I was asking for a few pointers. That's all. I apologize if I've offended you."
I'll grump a little.
"I just feel fairly useless at the moment, and I want to be of some use for a friend."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381368

"I am to understand that you wish to bring the Northern Kingdoms together to stand against the empire to the south. King Frostmourn has agreed to return the reliquary of Lord General Galahad to its rightful place among our people. In exchange, I have agreed to give him safe passage into the country and an audience before the king."

DM 381369

"Not with me down to three legs. No, I'd just appear weak.
And neither of those are places where I can afford that."
roll 5d10
"Well it's up to you which end of yourself you'd rather think with.
…unless you're ok with, you know… leaving the kid with Unyielding for a time?"

Roll #1 8, 7, 8, 1, 1 = 25

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381370


Roll #1 1, 10, 5, 10, 10 = 36

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381371

"Alright pal.
I'm just worried more ponies will actually hurt the mission."

Venia [Battlemage] 381372

I frown
"I don't want to do that to him. I'm already away from him for months on end, I don't want to dump a child on his head and be off again for a few months…"
I slump slightly
"That would just make me feel terribly guilty…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381373

"Very well, then. The decision is his to make, while I advise."

DM 381374

It seems the battle continued all the way to bed, with her aggressive start catching Torch off guard entirely. But when he got into the game he got into it fantastically. Towards the middle things smoothed out a but right in the end Torch put on his A-GAME for the tired lil' Waveform.
Overall, 61/100
Pretty damn nice considering she tired out so fast.
"Then lets hope you're wrong for a change."
She puts a hoof on your shoulder
"Life's tough at times… I know that really well…
…still got enough life left in you for a kiss?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381375

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381376

Roll my eyes.
"Wouldn't be the first time, that's why I keep you around!"

Smoldering Torch [Heretic] 381377

Snuggle up with her and go to sleep as well.

Godric [Dark Knight] 381378

"Indeed. I offer what knowledge I can if you desire assistance, since I will apparently be with your band for some time."

Venia [Battlemage] 381379

"You know I always do…"
I smile weakly at her
"Thanks Valeriana."

DM 381380

Luckily, she's not so grump
"PUMPKIN! Get over here~"
She likes it. You're really warm~
"How generous of you."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381381

I'll raise an eyebrow at that tilde.
"Wait, you aren't thinking of…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381382

Is winterbreese available to share secrets with?

DM 381383

I need sleep

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381384

"Thank you, yes. For now, make yourself at home among us. The Northlands wishes to extend a hand of friendship and alliance in having Stormheart, not through conquest."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381385

Over there?
Chuckle a bit, then look at the ceiling.
"I'm gonna follow you to the world's end if we have to."


What a lovely kiss.
I wrap a hoof around her and pull her in for a hug as well
"Why are you so damn cathartic to me…"

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 381387


DM 381388

"Spread your wings~"
"Good blade…"
He yawns a little
"…lets at least go to a room first ok?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381389

I blush slightly
"Uh… right… I kind of let my mind wander and… right."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381390

"Yes, I have been given that impression by many in your number. The fact remains that, divided as we are, I much doubt Stormheart would be able to stand against the nations you have united. It can barely stand against itself at the moment. I do hope you are able to take what action you can soon."

DM 381391

"Shall we then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381392

"Well… Frostmourn did tell us to take tonight off, didn't he? I could… probably use some relaxation after today's stress."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381393

"What are you two up to?"
Obediently open them.
"Screw blades. I'm gonna be a bard…"
Try signing a small tune. Something calm and soothing…
Ah'm sleepy too.

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 381394

"Sounds good to me~"
"And now, a presentation on preening."


Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381395

"We will be planning our next course of action soon. In the meanwhile, depending on things, you may se fit to even tag along. It may make good introduction to us."

Venia [Battlemage] 381396


Good night~

Roll #1 10, 1, 7, 1, 1 + 2 = 22

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381397

And I, of course, pay close attention. Where things go, where they don't, and so on.

DM 381398

"Man you really ARE rusty."

Roll #1 3, 8, 3, 1, 4 + 2 = 21

DM 381399

Come the hell on.

Venia [Battlemage] 381400



Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381401

Roll my eyes.
"So, first you slowly go through them, more caressing than pulling…"
Presentation on preening!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Godric [Dark Knight] 381402

"Yes, I have been invited to join your efforts to reign in the slave traders. It should be illuminating. I do wish to return home soon, however, before things become worse."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381403

Damn good presentation.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381404

"Right, right, I understand, Have you any need, I can assist. Fare you well, unless you have more you wish to say."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381405

"So, I doubt you think of growing wings anytime soon, mind telling me what this is all about?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381406

"I can't rely on miss Peaches to be everywhere, master Swansong, so I thought it best to learn a few things in case Ambrosia needed some help reaching those hard-to-get feathers, and neither you or miss Peaches were available."
I'll shuffle my front hooves a bit.
"Because that's what friends do, right? Help if it's needed?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 381407

"Thank you, sir. I will be sure to bring concerns to your attention."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381408

Grin slightly.
But don't get your hopes up. From what I understand the girl doesn't like stallions."
Turn around and back in we go!

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381409

"I was aware of that, master Swansong. Thus 'friends.' I am her friend, at least."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381410

Nod slowly.
"Best of luck with her. She does need one, after all."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381411

"That she does. One day, perhaps she'll even smile."
I'll mumble the last bit.

DM 381415

A certain shadow on the north would like to talk to her waifu.

And an estate needs to be searched.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381416

Mom pls stop being a slut.

Ready for the search.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381417

What estate?

Venia [Battlemage] 381418

Well I assume we're still in the same room after a session of horrible 43/100 lesbian sex.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381419

I'm probably with Pumpkin and Crescent still

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381420

I believe we were just heading inside.

DM 381421

The estate of Ambrosia's former owner.
It seemed like a good place to start the search for the slavers that lurk the area.
"I'll admit I might have been a little distracted there. I got… a lot of things on my mind."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381422

I take it that Winterbreeze responded well to being observed during the summoning? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 381423

"You and I both…"
I sigh and wipe my forehead with a hoof

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381424

This we were.
Moment alone with Peach?
Gotta ask her a few things.


Right. I may have received a report on this Ambrosia, but I've never personally met her. Why we let her mingle with our important staff and not just send her to rehabilitation, I don't know, but maybe I should see her if I've the time.

Gear up for inspection with Venus and then rolling for stuff to happen

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 381426

She would have it no other way~
"Venia, I need to ask you for a little help here.
I have seen much, and heard much, but of all that, I need to understand what I should and should not pass on to the king, or you, or Pumpkin or others.
But I think I need a second opinion on the situation with Nylis' mare, Winterbreeze."
"Go ahead."
"Remind me to further explore the possibilities of that thing we found in the trophy room."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381427

"Your two cents on Ambrosia."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381428

I'll let Pumpkin have his time with Peaches.
"So, Ambrosia, what would you like to do now?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381429

"Winterbreeze? I… barely know her. I've only spoken to her once briefly. Kilana told me she studies necromancy earlier though."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381430

"I shan't need to remember. It will come naturally."



Roll #1 1 = 1

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381431

I look down
"I will do as expected of me."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381432


"Ah, forget it. Too much to think about right now. I'd like to discuss this another time."

DM 381433

"Somehow she seems even more messed up than even I used to be. Kinda sad. Really sad…"
"Necromancy is only a part of it. She's secretive. So secretive even I can't really see everything she works on. But I know she has spent years studying the Dark Tongue, the language of demons."
"Alright, suit yourself."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381434

I'll roll my eyes a little.
"And if what is expected of you is that you enjoy yourself?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381435

Rolling again!


Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 381436

I frown slightly
"The Dark Tongue? How? I wasn't aware the library back at Wintergrasp had books about that…"


"Right. See.. I was thinking, maybe when a time comes for us to be allowed to rest a little…"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381438

"I will do so then."


"That-that maybe…"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381440

"Yeah. I'm worried for her. She thinks all life is duty. If somepony like her were to join the blades, she'd just burn herself out."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381441

"Then, what would you like to do? I could ask around and see if the palace has any gardens or parks that are nearby. Or we could wait for the others and then go to lunch. So, what would you like to do?"


"..that I'd like to have our being together.. officially recognised. You know…"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381443

"See Frosty."

DM 381444

"Out with it."
"She has been pouring thousands of hours into it. Slowly translating texts, working out meanings and learning the language.
From what I understood, she intends to put it to use."
"She isn't a fighter anyway. Not in the way a blade is.
…I think."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381445

"A… a record that you and I belong with each other."

Venia [Battlemage] 381446

I keep frowning
"So… she wants to… make a link to Tartarus?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381447

"You haven't seen her. She'd do anything she's ordered and give no objection.
And she seems to be fixated in protecting Frosty."
"Not gonna happen.
You got any ideas to fix her mind?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381448

'1d10' to remain in control

Roll #1 3 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381449

I'll nod.
"Very well, then. Let me just inform master Swansong where we'll be if he needs us, and then we'll be on our way."
I'll turn to Pumpkin and Peaches, and approach.
"Master Swansong. Ambrosia and I shall be with King Frostmourn, if we are needed."
And then off we go.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381450

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381451

Wake up.
Is Waveform still here?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381452

Nod as he goes.
"Have a nice time."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381453

Follow the party, quietly keeping watch '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 381454

"I think there is a word for that."
"I think she wants to converse with a demon. Possibly more."
"Hey big guy~"
"Time healed my scars. Maybe giving her a chance to explore her freedom would help.
Or burning away her part."

Venia [Battlemage] 381455

I stay quiet for a moment while I let the gears in my head turn. Eventually I just blurt it out.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381456

"Not a chance. Guess time will it be then.
I'm not a heartless bastard just yet."

And off somewhere I go.
I guess back to my room minding my own business unless someone comes and looks for me.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381457


Run up to her and hold her hoof.

"You know… in a world I would want, I'd be by your side even after the stars themselves fade and take rest. But such is not a fate we can guarantee for ourselves. I-I don't know what the future portends, but I do know some things very clearly. That without you, I would be as nothing, that I love you and wish for a mark of our love to go on, no matter what happens to us. I-I…"


Roll #1 3 = 3

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381458

Pssst, DM >>381449

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381459


"I-I… will you… would you, should a good time come… take me as your husband, and allowmeto-to have you as my wife?"

DM 381460

Him and Sunrise are in his suite.
The queen is resting her head on his chest
"For research? She did spend years learning an impossible language to do it. I imagine she has a deep desire to learn."
she bops you on the head
"Took you long enough to ask."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381461

Stretch myself in the bed.
"What time is it?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381462

I'll bow to Frostmourn and Sunrise.
"I hope we aren't interrupting, your majesties."

DM 381463

"Morning something I think…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381464

I was almost forgetting.
That time bubble where me and Frosty are slowly slipping into sleep on his bed.
That one.
Is Sunrise there?

Venia [Battlemage] 381465

"But… what is there to gain? Power? Is that what she's after? Or just thirst for knowledge?"
I shake my head
"Either way, it's highly dangerous!"

DM 381466

"Not at all. Not at all.
What news?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381467

"I-Indeed. A simple ceremony would be nice. I'd just invite some friends, have a nice dinner, and maybe take the weekend off for a honeymoon…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381468

I immediately bow my head

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381469

Lie back down and hold her with a hoof.
"I guess that means I'll have to get going soon…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381470

"Little beyond Ambrosia beginning to learn how to fly, my King. She wished to visit you, and I decided to accompany her."
I'll think for a moment.
"That is about all that has happened since the briefing."

DM 381471

She let you have your man-time alone
"I would imagine it's more about knowledge and curiosity. Any other payoff seems like a secondary benefit in her case.
I offered her an idle undead as a host. It has so far not allowed me to peer into her intentions any better. All I know is she has prepared for some kind of ritual."
"Better save it for a time when we're not about to intervene in two civil wars though."
"Hm? Where are you going?
Don't tell me I was that bad~"
"Flying lessons, hm?
I still remember mine. Flying is great fun."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381472

Keep staring at the ceiling.
"So. What are you gonna do about Sunrise?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381473

"Of course. We'll find a time. Until then…"

Let go of her hoof after kissing it.

"Back to work."

Go and see Frosty.

Venia [Battlemage] 381474

"A ritua-"
I shake my head
"Valeriana, we can't allow that! Who knows what her true intentions may be? Or what if she messes up? She's barely anything more than a teenager! She can't just do stuff like this on her own!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381475

I'll look quizzically at Frostmourn.
"But you don't…"
I'll clunk my hooves together.
"Ah. You must have armor similar to Lady Radiant's. Magical wings."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381476

"Yes, Frosty. I had fun. I am grateful to Pumpkin for teaching me."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381477

"You were fine~
The High King wants me and a few others to take care of a group of rogue slavers.
I'll need to leave soon to track them down."

DM 381478

"If she wants to go, I'm not one to stop her. Like she said, even Venia is a queen, and she's out there in the front lines all the time."
"She knows more about the subject than I do though. Indeed she has left a very good impression on me from her hard work."
"Conjured constructs. A rather more complex variant of the same basic principle of summoning magical weapons. The additional complexity coming from the fact that the wing construct needs to be able to move, and the shape needs to be very specific in order to enable flight."
"Well sounds like you had a great time. Will you be flying around more from now on then?"
"Slavers? Oh heavens. I thought only those decadent bastards in Snowborder did things like that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381479

"… Right. Well, I will see to it she comes back in one piece, then. Don't you worry."
Keep staring at the ceiling.
"Don't you worry…"
'1d10' for sweet dreams.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381480

"Apparently not.
And the High King wants to make sure the whole North understands slavery won't be tolerated."
Nuzzle her.
"My favourite job."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381481

I'm with Frosty now, am I? Go into his room and bow.

"Good day, King Frostmourn."

Is this the 'Ambrosia'? Why is she calling the king by our nickname?

And who's this?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381482

"Fascinating. The tactical advantage of being able to sprout wings at a moment's notice…"
I'll shake my head.
"Though I assume they were too delicate to mass produce?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381483

I facehoof
"That doesn't change the fact that it's highly dangerous. After all these years even I still mess up spells sometimes. No matter how hard you work, there will always be room for error. And you do not want to mess up while poking around in Moondamned Tartarus!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381484

I look down
"I cannot fly yet, Frosty. My wings are too weak from being bound. I was not allowed to use them save for the times I was requested in his chambers."

DM 381485

Frostmourn started more openly using that nickname during his pre-battle feast to feel like he was among friends before his possible death.

Waxing is a soldier from Ironfoe, sent by Viceroy Deep Rock.
"A noble goal."
"I won't old friend, I won't…"
"The spell itself isn't easy to use either.
Then, I believe Golden Oats was working on mechanical Golem Wings."
"Some say all power requires sacrifice, and that knowledge is power.
That's why I brought this up. I'm not sure if I should try turning Frostmourn's eyes away from that path. Right now he seems to value knowledge and understanding of all subjects over safety and caution."
"Well, do train up then. I'm sure there are many here willing to help you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381486

"I might just volunteer, if he needs test pilots."
I'll nod slightly to Verne.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381487

"Yes. Of course. I will do so."
I bite my lower lip slightly
"Frosty… could I ask a question?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381488

Well, that might be something important I'll need to add to his psyche evaluation on his personal file.

"Good day. You must be… Waxing Crescent, and you.. you are the freed slave, Ambrosia?"

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381489

"How about we get some breakfast before I leave? Last night gave me quite an appetite."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381490

I'll look in mild surprise, but smile.
She's getting better.

DM 381491

"We'll see once he gets a set ready.
…indeed those might have come in handy in Stormheart."
"Go ahead."
"Sure thing. Food is always nice."

Venia [Battlemage] 381492

"You know I dislike recklessness and carelessness, Valeriana. And this…"
I shake my head
"… this is not a path I want Frostmourn to take. I tolerate necromancy as long as it is used to good ends… but demonology is not just a step too far, it's a whole league too far."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381493

And off we go to find some breakfast.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381494

I turn to stare at him as he addresses me, then bow my head.

"What is my purpose? You wish me to help you unite the North… but how can I help better?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381495

I'll nod again to Verne.
"That I am, though I believe you have me at a disadvantage."

DM 381496

"Your purpose is to discover how to best help the north's cause in each given situation, and then perform that action."
She sighs
"I feared as much.
Should I kill the girl then, before she can do any damage?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381497

Nod in return.

"Yes, yes. I received a report about yourself. I am an Advisor to King Frostmourn, Verne Foglight, and you may address me by my title and either of my names. Please, make yourself at home, though we will need your assistance for a raid on your former slaver's estate later. Feel free to ask myself if you have any need, you are a guest."

"Are we not all servants to the North and their people? Please, be at ease."

DM 381498


Venia [Battlemage] 381499

"What? No! Of course not!"
I sigh
"We just need to talk to her and make it clear where the boundaries lie."
I shake my head.
"And we need transparency. If she's been working on this for years without any interference… that's just… somepony should have spoken to her earlier!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381500

"As you say, Adviser Foglight."
More flowery words. Nobles.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381501

I consider this for a moment
"How will I know what is best for the North, Frosty?"

I keep looking down
"Yes, Advisor. Thank you. I am grateful for your kindness."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381502

Can I judge what he's thinking based on his face?


"We merely ask your cooperation in return. Now, though it may seem uncouth, and more properly asked in an office… what did your work involve? I am certain there is something you are quite skilled in."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381503


And then I arrived in the room with Verne, Ambrosia and Waxing

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381504


"Hah. I can understand why one could harbour a sentiment about speech like this, but it is a necessity for those in our position."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381505

I really have been out of the loop, haven't I? So much more paperwork to file…

"Good day. Might I know who you are?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381506

"I was responsible for maintaining master's garden. I was to tend to the various plants and flowers situated in the greenhouses on master's domain. I am well practiced in creating natural remedies to cure diseases and heal wounds as well as other Earth magic. I was also sometimes responsible for cooking master's meals and cleaning his domain. Master would also sometimes make us slaves fight for his amusement. We were also sometimes requested to provide companionship for master at night."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381507

I'll start a little bit.
"My apologies, Adviser Foglight."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381508

Walk over to him.
"Good day to you. My name is Smoldering Torch and you are?"
Offer him my hoof.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381509

"No need for that for now. Besides, one could call it an acquired taste. Hahahahaha."

"In… natural remedies and earth magic, you say? You sound rather overqualified to be a mere slave… regardless, this is fortuitous. I am certain your skills will be helpful. I personally welcome you among us."

Take it and bow.

"Advisor Verne Foglight to King Frostmourn, Mister Smouldering Torch. Now, it appears you.. are a mage? Even more fortuitous."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381510

"Master taught me how to create natural remedies and tend to the plants, in return I provided for him. However, nature provided for me as well."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381511

"You can just say Smouldering or Torch, Advisor Foglight. It's an honor to meet you.
And I'm a mage indeed. I've come here from Rockeye. My expertise is the Element of Fire."

"And I'm sorry, I've seen you before during the feast but we haven't been introduced yet. Smoldering Torch."
Offer him my hoof.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381512

I'll take it.
"Waxing Crescent, of Ironfoe."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 381513

"I have always held among the highest of respect for mages. If my foalhood dreams came true, I'd be dabbling in lightning power! Alas, providence has given me another path, so here I am."

"Nature.. provided? Yes, yes… I think there is plenty you can teach us."

Bed now

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381514

"Pleasure to meet you.
Sorry for not introducing myself sooner.
I've been somewhat overwhelmed by new people to meet the last days.é

"Hello Ambrosia."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381515

I'll nod.
"It is quite a bit to take in all at once."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381516


I turn to stare at him expectantly.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381517

"It will take some time getting used to.
What brings you to Eaglescrest?"

"….How are you?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381518

"Business. I sought to join the king's companions, and so far I seem to have succeeded. Time will tell if it's just a matter of convenience, though."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381519

"I am fine, Smoldering Torch."
I keep staring at him

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381520

"The King seems very open to new companions. You could almost I stumbled accidentaly inside his inner circle."

"That's good." I nod kindly.
Then when nothing else comes, I ask
"….uh..are you looking forward to tracking down the slavers?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381521


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381522

"I also expected to be kept at a distance."
Wonder what she plans to do once we find out who exactly her old master was…

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381523

Nod kindly again, then turn to Waxing
That one has a long way to go…

"Well, all the better. I suppose you're joining us in the hunt for those slavers?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381524

"I hope so."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381525

Grind my teeth.
"Slavers…those types aren't even worthy to be called a pony.
I'll make an example out of them."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381526

"Do keep in mind collateral damage is to be kept to a minimum. They likely keep the slaves nearby to use as shields."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381527

"Is this more personal beliefs, or is this a personal vendetta," I ask as I enter.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381528

"I'll make sure the slaves won't get hurt.
If those slavers get torched a bit more, I won't mind though."

"I believe in personal freedom. Any pony or griffon should be free to make their own choices or choose their allegiance.
Denying ponies that choice is unnacceptable in my eyes.
If I had been born a slave, I would've fought my captors every day of my life."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381529

I cock my head slightly at the last part but keep quiet.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381530

I'll shake my head.
"If you had been born a slave, Smouldering, you would not have fought long. If the seeds of rebellion are never sown, they can't grow."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381531

"Is slavery legal in Eaglecrest? Your lord's reaction leads me to believe he wishes to abolish it."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381532

I shrug
"My mother once told me she had to carry around a bucket of water with her everywhere when I was a baby because I tended to set my toys on fire.
I don't think I'd ever make a proper slave."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381533

Not sure actually, I think it isn't.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381534

"I believe such contracts are honored, though only if valid."
I'll shrug slightly.
"The slavers we aim to track are grossly abusing their charges, and promoting lifelong slavery for the pleasure of those with enough coin. It is beyond reprehensible to any who cherish freedom."
"Perhaps. Or they would have raised you for combat or guard purposes."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381535

Consider this for a second.
"Maybe…., though I'm sure they would come to regret that at one point or another."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381536

"Oh, most certainly. As we're going to make the slavers who mistreated Ambrosia regret ever being born."

DM 381537

Eaglecrest believes in absolute personal freedom to the point of having no formal government or laws beyond moral codes and rules of conduct and engagement.

Slavery is a grey area.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381538


Venia [Battlemage] 381539

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381540

Godric [Dark Knight] 381541

"Hm. I do not wish to make any judgements until I see it for myself, but Eaglecrest would do something unconscionable."

I frown.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381542

Nod at that.
"We'll just need to find them.
The rest will be easy."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381543

>tfw no pretty Sun Princess

DM 381544

It is morning
You should be getting ready for the estate raid if you're going with the others.
"She is rather introverted. I believe only Nylis and Kilana knew.
As for transparency, what I pass along depends on the High King in the end."
"My looking into your heart, and trusting your feelings as well as your friends and allies."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381545

"I'm not entirely certain they are even from Eaglecrest. We will learn more once we investigate that mansion."
"Well, as easy as it can be. But only if we catch them by surprise, before they go to ground."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381546

Right, get ready for that, then teleport to Frosty's side '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 381547

"Well that's just lovely."
I sigh
"I'll have to talk to Frostmourn about this… don't you think? This is serious."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381548

I nod slowly
"Okay. Do you wish me to fight?"

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381549

"…..do you think a big fireball out of nowhere counts as a surprise attack?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381550

A raid on the estate.
I should check with Valeriana for the info.

Godric [Dark Knight] 381551

"Hm. If this is border-spanning, then it is worth investigating."

DM 381552

Just run off already then and go see her to the south.
Why do you care about these heretics any more?
You appear in his suite, where a few others have already gathered.
His hoof has been bandaged up to keep it still.
"It is hard to be certain. I know full well the possible great benefits of taking great risks, Venia. You should know that if anyone."
She's with Venia in bed right now.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381553

Because they are all sluts and heretics, but they are friends… terrible ones, but friends.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381554

"For the first group, possibly. However, depending on what we find, we might not be able to take them all out in one go."
"Which is why we are."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381555

Inure his hoof from pain again '1d10+1'
"Morning Frosty, how are you today? Oh, what's happening after you recover?"

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381556

Not a sight I want to experience if I can aboid it.
Oh well, seems we go into battle completely unaware of what's to come.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381557

"In that case, I'd better leave the sneaking around to other ponies. I've never been really good at staying hidden."

Venia [Battlemage] 381558

"I take risks that endanger only myself. Something like this could not only get out of hoof easily, but it could also hurt a great deal of ponies."
I shake my head
"Now is not the time to bother Frostmourn though… He'll want to rest. We'll have to discuss this further after we've dealt with those filthy slavers."
I perk up and blush as Pumpkin enters, jumping out of bed quickly.

DM 381559

Who needs friends?
You could just go be a sun soldier. Die for the sun, killing everyone here like a good imperialist.
"After I recover we can march on Stormheart of Timberjaw. I've yet to decide which."
You have Ambrosia

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381560

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381562

The ponies here don't need to die unless they do evil stuff.

We can make peace! I could be the ambadassor and everything!

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381563

I'll nod.
I'll look at Ambrosia for a moment.
If he tells her "yes" she'll probably do it in a heartbeat.

DM 381565

"When it is needed. But fighting is not everything."
How very kind of you. I'm sure your empress will reward you with a sarcastic chuckle

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381566

"…Oh. Has anyone else talked to you about what they want? That could help your decision. Do you feel anything?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381567

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381568

She is benevolent!

She will want peace too!

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381569

"Okay. I understand, Frosty."

Godric [Dark Knight] 381570

"What do you know of this manse then?"

DM 381571

Should I come along for that?"
He smiles brightly
"Smart gal. Keep your heart strong and you'll find your way."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381572


"I'm pretty sure we have to wait for Valeriana for the details….or Ambrosia can tell us?"
Look at ambrosia.

Venia [Battlemage] 381573

"You're a big girl, Valeriana. It's your decision to take. And maybe Frostmourn's too."
I smile
"But you know I certainly wouldn't mind having you closeby."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381574

"Only that it belonged to Ambrosia's former master. That is where we begin our investigation."
I'll look a bit towards Ambrosia as well.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381575

"I will not disappoint you."

I turn to stare at him again.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381576

Long pause.
"Can you tell us a bit about your former masters mansion?" I say finally

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381577

That was against an evil corrupted slaver!

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381578

"Yes. What do you wish to know?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381579

"Again, I don't mean to argue with their utility, but the mask was a tool of safety as well."

DM 381580

To be accurate he was "a unicorn whose heart was as black as night"
What a nice thing of her to say, using the night as a measure of evil and corruption why does she hate Luna so much?
"A part of me will be with you. In the darkness if not out in the open."
"I'm glad to hear that."
"I see your point"

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381581

"Where it is, what it looked like, security, anything you remember really. Uh…and you already told us about the bedroom so you don't have to repeat that."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381582

"Also if it is abandoned or if it changed hooves to another owner, if you know that."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381583

ask Frosty
"So uh, what did you get after winning the match- besides Eaglecrest? I kinda sorta fainted near the end"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381584

You misunderstand, silly, a night is only dark and full of terrors, but if the Moon and the stars are there to shine it is much brighter.
So she loves Luna since she is what keeps the void of darkness at bay

Venia [Battlemage] 381585

I give her a final hug
"Keep Frostmourn safe, will you? I'll make sure to look after Sunrise too."
I start making my way out of the room before coming to a stop as I remember something
"And if you could… tell everypony back home that I'm doing good and… that I miss them all."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381586

"When I left, everypony was gone already. Master's domain was big, as was his estate. He took great pride in his gardens."

"It was abandoned, Crescent."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381587

"So as far a you know, there's nopony there?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381588

I nod slowly

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381589

I'll nod slowly.
"So we shouldn't expect guards. Though something might have moved in after you left, of course."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381590

"In any case… I certainly don't mean to pry into your personal life. Passing my own answer along was just the suggestion of a friend. The pleasure has been mine, thank you for your time."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381591

"We'll have to keep that in mind."

DM 381592

"Heh… I don't blame you.
As per rules of the King's Challenge, I was made king of Eaglecrest. Shortly after, I was carried here to rest."
Your ass us full of darkness and terrors.
"Already did.
He'll be waiting for your return~"
"Until we meet again then."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381593

It's not!

Kilana [deathsinger] 381594

Is there time to show winterbreeze Codar?

Venia [Battlemage] 381595

I blush slightly and take my leave for real now.

Ready for slavers.

DM 381596

I guess, sure.
Or you can save it for after the raid.
Go hammer some slavers, it'll make you feel better


Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381597

We slavers now

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381598

I'm ready. Gonna test out them gloves, unless someone wants to fight me for them. And by fight I mean offer relevant reasons they should use them instead.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381599

I am ready.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381600

I guess

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381601

"That's good! Do you know where everyone else is? I be with them for now"
Inure his hoof again just in case the other didn't work! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Kilana [deathsinger] 381602

Okay, I'll just say I missed her then, I'm leaving her a letter that says "Hi, we should catch up soon, sorry I missed you before the trip, and I hope you're doing well. -Kilana"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381603

I am ready.
Except I haven't picked anything from the treasury yet.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381604



Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381605

Well obviously Ambrosia doesn't want anything if she hasn't asked for anything by now

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381606

Well, let's get you suited up.
"King Frostmourn did say he didn't want it going to waster by gathering dust."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381607

I'll wander off and look for Venia, Kilana, or Frosty after picking up the scope from the treasury.

I did promise them my help.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381608

At this point it's a little too meta to ask for something

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381609

I suppose that's true. Oh well, Slavers it is.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381610

If somebody wants to suit her up, that's fine. But Torch is not going to do it.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381611

I'll pick up the book of legends before going.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381612

I'll swing her by there, since I've got to pick up those Mountainbreakers.
And then meet up with the rest of the party.
Nylis could come with us, since Frosty doesn't want the things in the trophy room to go to waste~

Kilana [deathsinger] 381613

I don't think DM ever said what I could have. so no loot for me either..

Venia [Battlemage] 381614

Hell no, motherfucker.

Venia is taking Ambrosia along to give her something then.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381615

He said you can get it retroactively, I believe. RP is more important than running by to pick up loot.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381616

It's like our aborted shopping trip, but with weapons and trinkets!

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381617

He did? From the Expanded Skillset thing?

Venia [Battlemage] 381618

Shopping can be done later anyway. There's plenty of kingdoms to choose from. I doubt Eaglecrest would make for a good shopping place anyway.

Kilana [deathsinger] 381619

I wave at you, "Hey, I'm just getting my pack together.."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381620

At least the preening and bath got done.

Kilana [deathsinger] 381621

yeah, he wants us to test those, so I thought he wouldn't want a bunch of people with the same ones.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381622

Who has what then?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381623

Smile and return the wave. "So then, to Rockeye? Or are we joining the courtiers for one of their missions?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381624

We can't go to that meeting until much later it seems "The Slavers is more pressing,
besides it would help for the Academy to actually be built" I smile at you.

DM 381625

WELL THAT SURE >>381604 oh ok, disaster averted.


You have left Eaglecrest, and are headed due northeast to find the estate, lead by Ambrosia.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381626

I'll be on point with Ambrosia.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381627

"We should go rejoin the group, then. I think they're planning to move out soon It looks like dancing lessons will have to wait for now. Just incentive to make it back."

We join up with them.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381628

Walking along.
Whistling a tune '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381629


Keep thinking of the Sun and the pretty visions~

Venia [Battlemage] 381630

"Really wish we weren't charging into this blindly…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381631

Farsight - Check for any details on this estate, unless we're not there then Farsight to look at birds '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Kilana [deathsinger] 381632

"Let me help you with that." I sing the tune properly. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381633

"We have the names, and Seven knows what lay ahead."

Whisper to her quietly, "If you insist on knowing, I could give you details."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381634

"We can handle a few slavers."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381635

Let's hope I remember the way there correctly then…

"Mansion was abandoned one mooncycle ago. I do not know what has happened to it since, your highness."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381636

Perk my ears.
Try it again. Whistle the tune again '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381637

"Guess I'm not destined to be a bard." I say smiling sheepishly.

DM 381638

You can see some walls in the distance. That must be the outer walls of the estate…

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381639

Bemused: "You have tough competition."

Venia [Battlemage] 381640

"Well if the slavers aren't there… we could find some indicators as to where they went maybe. If we can find the name of her master, we could find his daughter too."
I glower
"And if we find slavers… we slaughter them all."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381641

"Quietly. If any escape to warn the rest, they'll go to ground and we'll never find them."

DM 381642

Sunrise walks along, clad in armour taken from Eaglecrest.
"What's the plan when we get there?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381643

Looks like I remembered correctly then.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381644

"I'm not even going to try to compete with Miss Kilana in music. I wouldn't even have a chance to win." I say smiling.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381645

"Assuming it's abandoned, we just turn the place over looking for evidence, your majesty. If not… and the inhabitants are hostile, we kill them before we search."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381646

"Just don't be too hasty in your lynching."

Venia [Battlemage] 381647

"Find clues and investigate the area. If there are any slavers still present, we kill them before they get away."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381648

"They should be thankful we grant them swift deaths."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381649

"We might want to keep one alive to question, Queen Venia."
I'll nod at that.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381650

Oh good

…Can I try to camoflague the party? '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 381651

"If I recall correctly, them being dead should not be a problem for Kilana."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381652

Kilana [deathsinger] 381653

"Indeed, it might even be advantage."
Also, Codar is following me.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381654

"So, lady Kilana, I can't help but notice your pet. If you'll pardon my asking, what exactly is it?"

DM 381655

It isn't really helping a whole lot.


Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381656

Okay, that's probably freaking out Ambrosia pretty majorly. Not that she would show it in her facial expressions.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381657

Take a look at Codar.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381658

Head there

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381659

"Will this be your first field test with Codar?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381660

My ears perk up as I hear this and listen in on what she has to say.

Kilana [deathsinger] 381661

"This is Codar, he's going to help protect us. He's the prefect protector, a guardian."
I smile "Wise observation."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381662

Roll my eyes and mutter something under my breath.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381663

"But… what is it? I don't think I've ever seen a three-headed… whatever it may be, before."

Venia [Battlemage] 381664

"It looks familiar somehow."

DM 381665

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381666

I'm glad my helmet hides my face. And that I'm wearing it on-duty.
"It… he can speak?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381667

My ears perk up as I hear those very familiar words, but I don't dare turn around to look at it.

Kilana [deathsinger] 381668

"No, you've never seen anything like him because I built him. He's modeled after a Cerberus, if you've seen a picture of that?"
"I'm sure you will make me proud Codar."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381669

"Built? Like one would a golem?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381670

"I'll try to keep my eyes on Codar, then."

Tap my hoof against my head. "Perhaps something to show later."

Arriving. Any around?

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381671

I take a step back at that.
"Uh…good to hear."

Venia [Battlemage] 381672

I shake my head and mutter something under my breath as I keep on marching towards those walls.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381673

Arriving now too.

DM 381674

To an extent.
Thank you.
Ah yes. I believe we met in the Underkingdom, when I still served the old king.

Kilana [deathsinger] 381675

Any time is good, Huge and Burrow are fine for his traits?

Kilana [deathsinger] 381676

"Sort of."

Venia [Battlemage] 381677

"Many fond memories of that place…"
I shake my head in disgust as I recall what we encountered

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381678

Well, weirds me out a bit. But, Kilana has him under control, so… can't be too bad.
"I take it this is something that will have to be discussed at length some time in the future. For now, I'm content knowing he's on our side."
And arriving at the the wall with the others.

DM 381679

Fine by me
It was not a happy place for any of us.

It seems solid, but the plantlife has stated taking it over.
You can try climbing over it, walk around to a gate, or have Codar dig under it

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381680

Or, fly, duh.
Prayer of Wings.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381681

BLOW IT U- wait, keep ti quiet for now.
Look at the others.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381682

I'll look up the wall a bit.
"Ambrosia, do you recall any servant entrances or secret ways in?"


Climb that thing.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381684

Can I fly above?

Kilana [deathsinger] 381685

"Can you tunnel under it Codar?"


Follow the Queen

Roll #1 10 = 10

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381687

Climbing it is '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381688

Eyes on Kilana and Codar.

"This should be something."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381689

Astral projection and look through the other side to make sure no one's keeping watch on the pla- >>381683
take a look at a destination and teleport to the other side '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381690

I'll just watch them climb up, and then shake my head.
"I suppose that's the direct approach."
And then I'll wait for Codar to dig us in.

DM 381691

They kinda sting, but come out
Easy. The amount of bushes and vines near it makes climbing simple
He begins digging

It seems the estate has an outer area, and an inner wall surrounding the mansion itself.
…there is smoke coming from the chimney.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 381692

It appears the wall extends deep underground. I cannot dig under.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381693

Let's take what's inside from here
SbS '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381694

*a look at what's

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381695

"Looks like we climb, then."
Up and over the wall. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 381696

I mutter some curses
"Of course it wouldn't have been this simple…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381697

Mutter quietly.
"That's necromancy for you.."

Fly over the wall.


Stealth roll, stick to the wall and slip inside.

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 381699

You can see numerous ponies inside the walls. And.. some non-ponies as well.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381700

"Go ahead. I'll help Kilana find a gate for Codar."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381701

+1 from the lordblade armor.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381702

Is there a door nearby? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381703

Oh, and I should actually do that. Start looking for the gate.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381704

"There are some ponies in there and some non-ponies though I'm not sure what they are. There a lot of them though." I say as I look at the mansion


Spot check
How do the gardens look after all this time I didn't attend to them?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Kilana [deathsinger] 381706

"That's alright. "
"Maybe we can use those vines to help him over?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381707

I frown
"Like… griffins? Donkeys? Goats?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381708

"Did you notice if any were looking particularly… enslaved?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381709

"See if he can. I'm concerned about his mass being too much for the vines."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381710

"I can't be certain…"
Try again, focus on the non-ponies.
SbS '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381711

"Can you teleport Codar inside?"
"I'm sure they will be easy to distinguish."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381712

"I need the layout of the place so I don't botch the landing"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381713

"How much is a lot?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381714

"I'll let you work then."

DM 381715

The yard has not seen any maintenance in weeks. It is easy to hide among the snow and plants.
Overgrown. Lots of place to hide in.
Nope. You'd need to walk around.
Diamond Dogs and Griffons. Several of each.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381716

"Diamond Dogs and Griffons. Several of each."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381717

But I walked around. Y-you too.


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381718

"Wonderful. I wonder what our gryphon envoy would have to say to that."

Venia [Battlemage] 381719

Did Sunrise manage to climb over?

"Diamond Dogs? What the heck? Are you sure?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381720

"You think they might be slavers?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 381721

Alright, move forward towards the mansion. How many possible targets in the way?

Kilana [deathsinger] 381722

Probably requires a roll. '1d10+1' spot checking for a low part of the wall that we can get Codar over.

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381723

Walk around to another side of the mansion is there a door here? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381724

"There is a possibility, Lady Radiant. Or they are just squatters."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381725


'1d10' to walk around to a door?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381726

"Definately Diamond Dogs."

"Could be…"

Venia [Battlemage] 381727

"No. Diamond Dogs aren't common in the North. There was a diamond dog presence in the Underkingdom though… and they were slavers too in a sense'."

DM 381728

There is a gate a few hundred meters away
Yes she did.
There seems to be a patrol, and some ponies frying a cabbage over a campfire.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381729

"Then perhaps their old life has decided to linger."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381730

leading in or out?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381731

Then head to the gate!

Are there guards? How big is the gate? Big enough for Codar? How heavy does it look? Can I open it? Is it secured by a mechanism? What material is it made out of?

Venia [Battlemage] 381732

I motion her to stick close and start moving towards the mansion in the bushes, making sure to not get too close.

"Which implies a lot of things. Bad things."


Let's not make noise and go past them then.
Try to memorize the layout of the courtyard well enough to draw a map of it.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Kilana [deathsinger] 381734

Look fine, I'll take it. "you can go in this way Codar."
I shake my head but say nothing


I follow the two Queens

Rolling for Stealth

Roll #1 3 = 3

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381736

I follow her.

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381737

Take one last look at the mansion.
The ponies, do they seem enslaved or is there no indication?
4thEye '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381738

"Good. I've been wanting to see if these gauntlets of Ebonreth's pack as much of a punch if I use them."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381739

Following after. Vanishing into the bushes. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 381740

rolling for spot checks to see if the gate is guarded. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

DM 381741

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It's a gate. I think you can walk through it both ways.
Looks like iron bars. Easily big enough for Codar, and there are no immediately visible guards.
Looks like there are slavers and slaves both among them.
No visible guards. But there are some sort of tripwires near it.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 381742

be with the party

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381743

"Some of the ponies are slaves, others are slavers…This could get messy."


Start cycling around the inner gate, look for a possible entry point for the others.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 381745

"No guards? That's fortuitous. I think I can work those bars open, too."



Roll #1 4 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381747

"Only if we miss."

Kilana [deathsinger] 381748

"Careful, there's a trap here." I frown thinking back to the traps I used to make. Maybe I can disable the trip wire? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381749

"Right, but let's be careful."

Venia [Battlemage] 381750

"Damn… Let's wait on Pumpkin."


I'll try to help with that.

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 381752

There are a ton of ponies around here.
You don't dare go too far ahead so you don't get spotted
It was a little tricky, but you hold the wire, cut it, and tie it again to a small stake you slap into the ground nearby.
As long as nobody touches that one, you're clear.
Doesn't feel proper sneaking around here…

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381753

"Ambrosia, do you recall any servant entrances we might be able to sneak in through?"


Right. Let's get that gate open.

"Seems we work well together."

Roll #1 5 = 5


I slump slightly and just stick close to the two queens instead

Do I?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 381756

I shake my head
"No. I am sorry."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381757

"I'm getting tired of this sneaking around…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 381758

"It's alright."
"Discretion is the better part of valor, Lady Radiant. Besides, if we charge in the front door, they might use the slaves as shields."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381759

"Maybe we should just knock on the front door while the rest sneak in from behind while they're focusing on us?"

Venia [Battlemage] 381760

I turn to Smoldering
"How many guards and how many slaves? Are all the slaves ponies?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 381761

"Its safe now, you can go in." I walk in and look around '1d10+1'
"You're pretty good with that field work~"

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

DM 381762

Allow me
Sunrise looks a little worried

Roll #1 9 = 9

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381763

"There are several Dogs and Griffons. The ponies aren't all slaves, there are slavers among them. I can't give you an exact number except that there are a lot."

Focus again.
Can I get a number?
SbS '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 381764


"He has a good idea. I could serve better as a distraction than I can sneak anyway."

Smoldering Torch [Burninator] 381765

"If we go for that, I'll join you.
I'm not the sneaking type either."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind]