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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 8 DM 385450[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story of how we get nothing done.

Episode 8: The faffening

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385453

Withdraw a coin from my bag.

"So if I ask you for a call – heads or tails – there would be ten possible results?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385455

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385456

"I will. And I will give him all my love."
Hug back.
"Thanks. I needed this. The truth is, I love Bearing, and I want to have a family with her…"

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 385458

Just you.
You're probably his last customer of the day.
"All you just said of fire is but purposes we as ponies have bent it to. We made ovens and kilns. Torches and campfires. Before them all fire was was destruction and terror.
What if we could do the same with the powers of demons? To make it aid us in everyday life? To make it serve us safely?"
She shrugs
"Never tried. First time for everything?"
"Then remember that well, son.
And make me a proud grandmother."
"Yes. Even if they would not all be immediately apparent to us."

Kilana [deathsinger] 385459

So, on my list of people to talk to.. I need to see Valeriana.

Venia [Battlemage] 385461

I cock a brow
"Favorites? Heh… not really no. Id is clever and well-spoken, but still seemingly benevolent. Ambrosia… I feel horrible about what happened to that poor thing. I really hope we can help her recover… Crescent is very polite. Good fighter too. A little strange and extreme sometimes maybe, but I think his heart is in the right place. I like Smoldering, he's extremely passionate about his practices and I respect that fully. Godric… he seems very traditional and aloof. But I think I can get through to him, he certainly doesn't seem malevolent."

DM 385462

"Hello again, child."

Kilana [deathsinger] 385464

"Hello, look.. I'm sorry I let you down, let everyone down."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385465

"You don't understand! Demons don't serve! They take! Demons are selfish and care nothing about you or your goals, and only use you as a vessel to their terrible deeds! They would make you nothing more but a puppet!"

Wf+6 385466

"How can you determine the alternative paths if there is no way to view or interact with them?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385467

I think hard for a moment, then nod
"Okay. Thank you for giving me this chance, Mistral…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385468

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385469

Good. The fewer people who see me the better, then. So what's he got?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385470

Sorry I had missed the post.
"Mh? What do you mean with that?"
"Now. Blade business.
I have a lead for the one pony that makes the slavers' contact in Snowboarders.
I need somepony capable of tracking a missive. A hoof-delivered missive that most likely won't pass hooves."

Kilana [deathsinger] 385474

"I mean, we talked, and admitted our feelings. I told ID that I wanted to give him and me a chance to grow this feeling, and he agreed.. Its kind of like a date.. or something"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385477

"How does a date with a mind reader even work?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 385478

"He's going to teach me to mind read, and until then we'll stick to normal conversation. "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385483

"Sounds strange.
Oh, and please, find me a way to block that.
I would hate to have somepony read about my nights."

DM 385486

"I'm glad we seem to attract such positive individuals."
"But their magic serves them.
And if we take it for ourselves, refine it, make it our own…
Radiant, you seem to think I want to shove that heart inside myself and give into its whispers."
"That is where faith comes in.
Faith born of what I was shown when I asked…"
"And thank you… for everything."
She nuzzles your cheek
Roll for best helmet quality
"I can always send a shadow."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385489

>inb4 bucket

Roll #1 10 = 10

Kilana [deathsinger] 385490

"I will, but maybe you won't need to worry about those nights anymore if you're retiring from the blades… oh, and speaking of that.. I'm sorry I lost that slavers soul. "

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385491

"Because whatever you want to do with it, it would alter you, corrupt you… I don't want that to happen to you. That is why it must be destroyed."

Venia [Battlemage] 385492

I shrug
"Maybe I just have a too highly optimistic view on them."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385493

"Seems like the mansion strike did work out after all… I will take care of the rest then."
Stay silent for a moment, looking at the ground.
"I love you mom."
"I meant those other nights…"
Grin at her.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385497

"So does it matter, in the end?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385498

I smile slightly again as she does so.

Kilana [deathsinger] 385499

Seeing her silence I feel judged. "But that's not what I'm here for, do you know where I can get poppy seeds?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 385502

I laugh a little louder than normal. "Oh, you and your crazy mares."

DM 385505

This is like… the best helmet you've ever seen.
It's goddamn imposing. Ornate too. And the best part is, the lower part opens so you can still eat while wearing it.
It's even your size!
"All power demands sacrifice. There are those here willing to take that risk. To risk their lives, knowing full well you will strike them down if they fail. They want to do it, Radiant. And with you there, you can see first hand that things do not take a dark turn."
"A bit of optimism van bring a lot of light to a dark place."
"I love you too, son.
And I will love my grandchild just as much."
"I will admit it deeply changed my view of the world…"
She just silently tightens the hug a little.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385510

"I'll take it. How much?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 385511

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385515

"The dark turn would be experimenting on it and putting ponies in danger instead of destroying it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385517

"I will have to ask Frostmourn first."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385518

"How? I don't understand how the principle would make you act differently."

Venia [Battlemage] 385519

"True. I just hope I'm not too naive…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385528

I use my wings to caress her neck while I hug back in silence.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385534

"Here's to hope Id will have stories about his 'crazy mare' too, in a few weeks."
Grin and raise a glass.

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 385538

"That one?
Won't be cheap my friend. It's my masterwork. I always hoped it would be used for some important pony for some important purpose…"
"And what might you need seeds for?"
"And how do you plan to destroy it without your precious Harmony? Talking nice to it?
You don't understand it any better than I do. You have barely even seen it."
"Ask what?"
"One could say it opened my eyes about some things…
And gave birth to many regrets."
"Well, I guess only time can tell that."
"You know…
…I really hope you'll be the one for me. One I can really feel loved with.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385540

"If I can leave my oath behind, of course."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385542

"Does being used by a guard of the High King count as an important purpose? Though I make no assumptions about my importance."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385544

"That heart is not a full grown demon. I can Blast it into pieces with Holy magic."

Venia [Battlemage] 385549

"Let's hope my heart did not misguide me then."
I wrap my hooves around her and hug close

Kilana [deathsinger] 385550

"Ambrosia will use them to as a pain killer for Minstrel, to help her through the recovery. "

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385555

"Wont disappoint you. Wish for you to be happy."
I pause
"For myself to be happy."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385557

"The implication that there were more options available to you?"

DM 385558

"If he has any sense in him…. he will allow it."
He stiffens up
"The H-High King?"
"Can you?
What if it simply split up. Crawls inside you in pieces? Takes over your mind and sends you running off to Equestria to betray us to sate your bloodlust and fury?"
"I agree…
There there… everything will be fine."
"I'm sure they are sold in the market.
Now, about today.
Do you wish to explain yourself a little?"
"Me too… Ambrosia…"
"And that I may have been cheated out of them to please some nebulous divine will."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385559

"I should go talk to him."
And to Frosty I went.

Venia [Battlemage] 385560

I stay quiet for a while before speaking up again
"… we still haven't visited a spa yet…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385561

I'll briefly show one of the Mountainbreakers.
"Yes, the High King. I take it that a suitably important pony, and a fairly important purpose?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 385563

"I've been explaining it all day." I sigh. "I went for a kill in a moment of tension. It was irresponsible and unnecessary. "

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385565

"It doesn't make sense to me to regret over the actions of some other. The only regrets in life we should bear are those that make us stronger. Those that remind us to not make the same mistakes."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385572

"… Do you wish to eat more now?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385573

Glare at him.
"What did you just say? You dare insult me after I try to keep you from making your own noose?!"

DM 385583

"Pumpkin. What news?"
"Is there one here?"
Seeing King Ebonreth's weapons makes him go pale
"P-please a-accept the helmet a-as a gift then!"
And I trust you've already learned your lesson then?"
"And how can those be avoided, if one of the ten paths always leads to disaster?"
"…we could yeah.
…wanna feed me~?"
"I am merely questioning your supposedly superior knowledge regarding a subject your only encounter with was in an entirely different scale and the solution to which is not even close to something we have available. If anything, I'd rather ask a second opinion from one who actually understands how demons work, rather than spouting bravado and superstition fueled by misplaced faith in the damned powers of some tyrant alicorn!"
He breathes for a while, then slumps back down into bed

Venia [Battlemage] 385584

"In Eaglecrest? I'd be surprised if there was…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385586

"My King, I come to you as a beggar."
Kneel down, looking at the gound.
"I have to ask to be freed of my oath."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385587

I'll shake my head.
"This is worth more than that. You are a merchant and a smith. It would be an insult to not pay you for your labor. If you will not take coin, then at least give me your name. Perhaps the High King might be willing to present a contract if this helmet is indicative of the quality of arms and armor found here."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385588

"Take as few chances as possible. Avoid the forks in the road altogether. Find alternative solutions that don't require divergent paths."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385589

Glare at him angrily for a while, then relax.
"Apology accepted. And I may be who I am… but I am a Paladin, nevertheless. I was trained to this, Frostmourn. Please, listen to me. Have that thing destroyed. For your own good."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385590

I blink in surprise, then slowly nod
Release the hug and pick up her plate with a hoof

Kilana [deathsinger] 385591

"What I need to learn is how to fight the instinct to kill and think instead. I'm certain that radiant is wrong and that I'm not on the way to becoming a monster.. but what do you think?"

DM 385603

"Have you seen how they eat? They appreciate pleasures of the body."
"Just what are you talking about?"
"I-I-I'm Ironhooves, sir."
"That… makes remarkable sense."
"I will.
Once it has served its purpose, or proven too dangerous. But not before. Not without consulting one who can tell me more, in greater detail."
She opens her mouth playfully
"…Radiant said you are becoming a monster?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385607

"Well… I guess that's true… you want to go check it out?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385608

"What more is there to know? If somepony told you 'don't eat this because it is poision' would you still taste it?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385609

I'll nod.
"Ironhooves. Got it."
I'll put on the helm, and latch it securely.
"Are you sure there is nothing else I can offer in payment? I could perhaps convince a courier to come by to fetch an receipt."

Kilana [deathsinger] 385610

"She said that was my future. That by making Codar and using that spell I'm just like another necromancer she fought, a monster.. "

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385611

"Statistical probability versus control paradigms. An interesting thought experiment, regardless of whether or not it's true."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385616

Keep kneeling.
"I don't want to grow a child who's never gonna see his father…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385617

I pick some food from the plate and gently stow it into her mouth

DM 385621

"Lets go see if we can wash away our worries."
"No, I would consult someone who knows about poisonous things.
Then see if a cure could be derived from that poison to aid those who had eaten the poisonous food before me."
"…put out a good word for me, maybe?
Might I ask… where are you from? Your accent is… somewhat foreign to me."
"Now don't tell me that actually got to you… poor thing…"
"Indeed… Indeed.
…I like you. Your mind seems like an interesting place."
"So for the sake of your child you ask to be relieved of your title and duties as my blade?
…what of as my friend?"
"Mmm~ ish good…
Is it my turn to feed you now?
…or are these kinds of silly games not your… thing?
I'm sorry I'm just… trying things. Some of the stallions I've had liked this sort of thing…"

Venia [Battlemage] 385624

"And that old-mare smell of yours too."
I snort and jump up to leave and hind us a spa

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385626

"I… don't mind. Master asked me-"
I shake my head
"You don't want to hear that. Sorry."
I keep feeding her
"What do you like?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385627

"I am from from Ironfoe. That's why I was surprised to find such a high-quality helm outside of it. Rest assured that your work provides all the recommendation you could possibly need."
I'll shrug.
"Though it can't hurt to see if the High King is interested in one of his own. He's one of the few who seem to enjoy being fully armored, so there's a chance he might commission one if it strikes his fancy. I can make no promises though, of course."

Kilana [deathsinger] 385628

I shake my head. "Its still my dream to use necromancy to help others, I will never give that up. Radiant, she.. we came to an understanding of sorts, she warned me that if I slip up again, if I step over the line, she's coming after me. and until then we're friends."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 385629

I stay silent for almost a minute before speaking.
"… I don't like this, Frostmourn. It is too dangerous. You shouldn't toy with it. Even if I supervised it, an accident and a tragedy might not be avoided."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385631

"Not now, of course. Bearing is far from due. I will be able to assist you in Stormheart and Timberja-
As a friend?"
Look up at him, perplex.

DM 385632

"And the dust out of your mareparts."
"Yeah. Let's keep my dad out of this ok?
…I like… being treated tenderly. Like I was delicate and sweet."
T-then it would be more than payment enough if…
…I could perhaps meet master smith Narpa?"
"If she comes after you I will be there to protect you from her."
"I am not toying with it. I am researching it. I am defeating it on a more fundamental level than any direct assault could. I hoped you could understand that.
After all, your great dragon did not fall to just repeated hammering. It was defeated by a counter. A counter someone discovered, learned and distilled into a simple form.
I am doing the same here."
He smiles
"You are more to me than a blade old friend. You are like a honorary brother.
So I hope, even if you will no longer be my blade in the dark, I could be your child's honorary uncle."


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385633

"I could put in a word with the king. If he thinks your work is good enough, which by my eyes it is, then who knows? You may find yourself with a letter of recommendation."
I'll nod my head slightly.
"Of course, I can't make any promises besides my own efforts."
And good night.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 385634

"The feeling is mutual, Your Majesty."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 385635

I smile "Thank you, Valeriana.. I'm glad you still have faith in me."
Good night then

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385636

"Frosty you…"
Stand up. Hug him.
"I will always stand by your side, Frosty."

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 385637

"It's your fault that it's still there in the first place!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385638

I nod slowly and keep gently feeding her
"Okay. I will do my best to please you."

DM 385787

Look, my child, a new day awaits
Clear your eyes of tears and hate
Smile for me child, for I am here
Watching over you, forever, my dear

Where were we?

Venia [Battlemage] 385788


Go pay Frostmourn a visit.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385789

Trying to appease my waifu by feeding her.
Maybe I should talk to someone who knows how relationships work so I can do better… but for now this >>385638

DM 385790

Good to see you again."

DM 385791

I don't know, ask Kilana or Venia.
"As will I.
…so… what do you like?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385792

I nod at him
"Frostmourn. There are a few things we need to discuss. The contents of the vault in that destroyed mansion for one…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385793

"… I like you?"

DM 385794

"Well… what else do you like?
It's a little hard to just… please you by… being me."
"What is in it?
Valeriana mostly mentioned money, gold and valuables."

Venia [Battlemage] 385795

"From what I understand, that was about it. I did not enter it myself."
I take out the deeds Kilana gave me out of my saddlebags and float them over to him.
"We also found these in there."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385796

I think hard for a moment
"I… like mares?"
I scrunch
"And… flowers… plants… nature…"

DM 385797

…by the sun and stars… these are deeds to land and estates in Rosefall… Equestria… even Snowborder!"
"Flowers, hm?
I need to remember to get you some~
Oh! Maybe we could even start a garden!"

Venia [Battlemage] 385798

I cock a brow
"Sounds like the High Ambassador was a busy bee…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385799

"Queen Venia said she would support a garden in Wintergrasp. We could start one in Rosefall too?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385800

I was talking with Frosty who had just decided to allow me to quit my 'line of work' once the time would come.

"I still feel like there is much I yet owe you, Frostmourn…"

DM 385801

"Most of these don't belong to him. Or at least shouldn't. They may have been bought in secret, or won, or stolen… King Iswandir will have a hard time explaining this. These will make for a fine weapon against Rosefall."
"…I've never been to Wintersgrasp. I wonder what it's like.
Then, I've heard it's mostly poor farmland. But… how can that be if it's where the High King hails from?"
"Then repay that dept to me as a friend and ally, not as a servant and weapon.
I could never forgive myself if I left your child an orphan by forcing you to go out on a mission because of some silly oath."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385802

"I'm so confused right now…."
Sit down on my aunches and look lost.
"I thought the oath meant everything."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385803

I should go talk to Frosty as well.
I promised him updates on anything I discovered in the book.

Venia [Battlemage] 385804

"Well… I'm glad we've found some leverage. I should probably also tell you that Don Donna apparently had good friends in the Equestrian Lordblades."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385805

"Never been there. Know about explosive mold. Sounds strange, but would like to see it…"

DM 385806

"An oath is merely words, words spoken in a time when they seemed proper. Symbolic of the dedication one feels towards a task. But it would be foolish to assume that the world could not change in a way that would force us to reconsider those promises."
If you have no reason to meet Venia or Pumpkin, you can warp ahead to a separate time to meet him.
"Quite frankly with all the contacts Rosefall still has to Prance… it doesn't even surprise me.
…indeed that may be exactly why Equestria went to such extremes to take out Prima. Had such a strong alliance formed between Wintersgrasp and Rosefall… they may have no longer needed their Prench roots to stay afloat. And I doubt Equestria would have wanted that."
"A strange plant, that.
Safe when it's fresh, but when it dies and shrivels, it becomes volatile."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385807

I'd like to talk to Venia but that shouldn't be during my talk to Frosty.

Warp ahead and bow as I stand before the king.

Venia [Battlemage] 385808

"Hmmm… are you saying Rosefall is too weak to fend for itself then? What value do they have?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385809

"Nature can be dangerous. Prettiest of things can be lethal. Must take care. Cannot be reckless."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385810

"It's just so strange… Do you think… Do you think we could convince the lordblades of the same?"

DM 385811

"Welcome, mage.
What news?"
"They carry a long, strong tradition of nobility and the arts. Of painting, jewelcrafting, sculpting, theater, music, fashion…
Their skills are vital to preserving the culture of the north."
"Of course… every rose has it's thorn, as they say."
"Do you believe they harbor enough reason to listen to sense? Do you think the likes of Hailstone would back down if I said the same to him?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385812

"All of them? No.
One of them? Yes."

Venia [Battlemage] 385813

"I see… Well those are certainly all important. Culture certainly can't be neglected. Maybe Mistral will be able to help us too. I believe she has a home there."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385814

"What about Rosefall? Does it have thorns?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385815

"King Frostmourn, I've found some information within the Book Of Legends that might be of interest."
Take out the book and flip the pages.
"Though I'd first like to say I'm glad to see you're recovery goes well."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385816

DM 385817

"There will always be odd ones out.
However I fear that the entire order would ill side with our point of view."
"I've yet to speak much with her…"
"…my father was a rotten, gnarled one.
And behind the fine food and good manners, behind the gold and silk… it has dark places too. Envious eyes behind the opera masks… knifes hidden behind fans… vials of poison stowed away in the racks of expensive spices…"
she sighs
"As am I, as am I.
What have you discovered?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385818

"Well she was wondering what would happen with the contents of the vault in her father's mansion as well as his other possessions. There is much wealth in there. What do you think?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385819

Lay open the book on the page of Lavann.
"Majesty, have you ever heard of Lavann?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385820

I frown slightly
"You don't like it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385821

"Doesn't matter. That one lordblade is all I care for.
Maybe, one day.
When he's old enough."
Take a step back.
"Thank you Frostmourn. I have no words to express how grateful I feel, today."
Smile at him.

DM 385822

"Well, as the rightful heir she should probably have it. I don't want to rob her or anything."
"I don't think so. Please, enlighten me."
"I do, so long as I keep my eyes closed of all the bad things going on…
On the outside, it is very pretty."
"When is the child due?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385823

I smile
"I'm sure she'll very much appreciate hearing that."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385824

I look around the room
"We've been here for a while… should we finish and leave?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385825

"Well… We decided on it before leaving for Rockeye. So there is almost a whole year yet."

DM 385826

"Let us hope so. I do not know how much wealth I am giving away here…"
"I guess we should yeah…"
He tries to stand up
"Good… good.
Then we may yet have time to see Northscrown rise first."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385827

"Tell me about Northscrown…"

DM 385828

And with a loud crack and squish, she screams and falls over on to the table.
Damage roll.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Venia [Battlemage] 385829

"I'm sure she'll be grateful enough to stick on our good side."
I smirk
"It would seem like Ambrosia has taken a liking to her anyway."


Natural Remedy to ease the pain!

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

DM 385831

The back wound is bleeding. It seems trying to move that much tore it open quite a bit.
"Get help!"
"It is my dream of a capital. A great castle built into the side of the World's Crown mountains, made from the crystals of the Underkingdom, using the expert skills of Timberjaw's finest architects.
…and with the Pylon Catalyst research complete, it will also double as a gigantic catalyst, precisely tuned to amplify any spells used through it."
"Really? Must be their shared history."
That closes the wound a little.
"It hurts…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385832

So it's gonna be… A weapon?"
Jerk my face slightly.

Venia [Battlemage] 385833

"Must be…"
I look a little sad
"She was probably one of the few bright spots in her life… that poor thing."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385834

NE: Life then!
"… wound still dangerous…"

DM 385835

"Only if it needs to be.
Not all magic is offensive though. It does not need to be a weapon unless we are threatened.
That was the reason I wished to put effort into the pylon catalyst theory in the first place."
"Well, now she can find many others."
"I guess I should stop trying to walk.
…for now."

Venia [Battlemage] 385836

"A second chance at life, yes…"
I straighten up slightly
"With that out of the way… I uh… I was wondering about a little something something…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385837

"Uh. Right."
Look around for a second.
"About the catalysts…
Can we talk for a second? It's about Winterbreeze."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385838

I nod and lower myself so she can climb onto my back
"Yes. Wait for wound to heal more. Wish I could speed it up but… not possible. Must have patience."

DM 385839

"Do tell?"
"Go ahead."
"Then I'll have patience…
…I heard stories that they have devices to help ponies unable to stand or walk in Rockeye."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385840

"You know about her research?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385841

I bite my lower lip
"I was wonder… if Wintergrasp would be able to do without Unyielding for a while… until we've dealt with Timberjaw and Stormheart."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385842

"Rockeye part of United North… Frosty is High King. Ask him?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385843

Go find out how that one mare with the exposed spine is doing.

DM 385845

"I know she has worked on the Pylon Catalyst and some other magical research projects. Why?"
"Without Unyielding? What do you have in mind?"
"We could, yeah…"
She seems to have bled on the floor a little before Ambrosia patched her up.

Venia [Battlemage] 385846

"Well… I miss him…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385848

"Because I've been told something worrying.
She is into the dark tongue, Frosty."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385849

"Must ask him then."
I perk up as Nylis enters
"Mistral in pain again."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385850

DM 385851

"So you'd want him along for the battles?"
"Ah yes. The language of Tartarus, as I understand. Fascinating."
Mistral gives an awkward grin

Venia [Battlemage] 385852

"Well… I wouldn't mind it. I mean… if he wants to come over himself at least. Of course duty comes first, so if you'd rather have him stay put then so be it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385853

Even Nylis is afraid of it."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385854

"I was worried about that.."
Inure her from the pain '1d10+1'

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

DM 385855

"I am merely wondering how much good he can do in the mountaintops of Stormheart and the blasted trenches of Timberjaw."
She looks relieved
"Thank you.
…it was dumb of me to try and walk on my own so soon."
"Does she lack understanding of what she is doing, or control over what she might achieve?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385856

Now take a look at her wounds, if there is a chance that Regenerate can do a little more good then use it '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 385857

"Well he can fly for one… And fight. And avoid him getting too rusty…"
I sigh
"But I understand. He has duties. I'll drop the subject, forget I ever said anything."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385858

"I don't know. But if Nylis is scared, so am I. And she won't talk to her, to the point she's asked me, Venia and Kilana to do so."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385859

"Thank you Nylis. Healing magic useful…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385860

"Maybe.. but it's not consistent. I would try to find a way to bind this magic to something and keep it on her wound but.. I- I don't think that would be very healthy."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385861

"Lavann was an ancient Fire Elemental of immense power. He discovered a way to create crystals with immense magical power and in fact created for himself a crystal body granting him even more power. He was ultimately defeated and the remains of his crystal body were shattered and spread across the world."
Tap the book.
"I believe that if we could acquire one of these crystals, the benefits to magical research of any kind would be enormous. Even more if we could discover the way in which Lavann created them."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385862

Well, new helmet firmly secured, I suppose I should go find… something to do, I guess. Maybe cry a little, now that no one can see.
Nah, that's sissy talk. Let's go see if King Frostmourn is in any mood to be bothered.

DM 385863

The torn open part knits shut and the flesh begins pulsing and growing.
It should be healed faster than expected now.
"He has duties, but he also has assistants.
I leave the final call to him. And with that, request you go meet him."
"That is somewhat worrying. I was hoping to have her aid me in researching the Black Heart."
"…magnificent. This sounds like a key to a problem I never knew existed! Haha! Brilliant!"
He will be soon


Venia [Battlemage] 385864

"What? Now? But we're leaving soon! I was more thinking about Valeriana using a shadow to ask him, just to save time."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385865

"Bind magic? How? Runes?"

I look at the wound getting better already
"No pain. Regeneration sped up. Will heal quicker. Good news."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385866

"I doubt she would have any problem studying the heart. But summoning a demon… Inside Winterbreeze's body, at that!
I'm worried too."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385867

nod my head
"but not only that. It needs the magic bound with it to activate on command."

"So you're ok now?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 385868

Okay, first I need to go buy Poppy seeds, and a jewelry box.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385869

Perk my ears.
"My King?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385870

Waiting outside the door, then.

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385871

I slowly approach you. "Waiting for Frosty to come back?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385872

I'll turn slightly towards her.
"Just waiting until he's free. How about you, lady Kilana?"

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385874

"I'm certain he will want to see me.. " stare at you full armor, in comparison to my unarmed state, even my rune is bandaged right now. "Are you afraid of something?"

DM 385875

"I thought you would have liked to see him.
The Deep Roads run all the way to Stormheart after all. You could rendezvous with us there."
"Good news indeed."
"Would it not be safer to use another vessel?"
"For the time being. Thank you again."
"It relates to a project of mine. Research has shown that if built a certain way, and with a large enough core, one an make extremely powerful, large catalysts for spells.
With a shard like that.. even more oiwer could be realized"
Available whenever

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385876

"Y-you're welcome!"

teleport to the king then? '1d10+3'

Roll #1 9 + 3 = 12

Venia [Battlemage] 385877

I tap a hoof against my chin
"… Are you sure? I mean… don't you want me at your side?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385878

"It would be safer to avoid it altogether."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385879

Are you teleporting us along?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385880

"No, not afraid."
I'll sigh slightly.
"It's just… easier this way."
I'll stand up a little straighter.
"However, I'm fairly certain your issue has a higher priority than mine, lady Kilana. Don't let me stand in your way."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385881

not unless you want to come

DM 385882

"Nylis. Welcome back."
"For you to see your husband, I think I can survive the day or two."

Venia [Battlemage] 385883

I bite my lower lip
"Alright then… Thanks Frostmourn."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385884

Welp, nevermind
I wince as she teleports away and look around the room in confusion
"What happened?"

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385885

I smile a bit "Well, if you've been waiting a while I still have a few others I need to speak with, I can come back in a hour "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385886

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385887

"Hi Frosty! Uh.. I need something."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385888

Okay, so I need to buy poppy seeds are they in the market?

DM 385889

"My pleasure. I believe you deserve as much before leading the assault."
…but we could gain much from doing it."
"Anything. Just name it."

Venia [Battlemage] 385890

"Which leads me to my next point… the heart."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385891

"It will hardly take me that long, and it's really just a matter of one of the Eaglecrest smiths. I can wait a bit longer, if you would like. Might even give me a bit more time to get my thoughts in order."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385892

Well she's gone now
"Go visit Frosty?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385893

"Hey, I'm still your blade. The one pony who gave up moralty and ethics because he believed in one cause.
I'm telling you. Just… Think this through? Okay? I don't like it."
Give him a worried look.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385894

"It uh… I wanted to ask if you could send word to a stonecrafter. T-to uh.."
pull out a piece of paper and scribble the teleporting runes on it, and make a diagram of interchangeable destination lengths '1d10' since I don't know what I'm talking about

Roll #1 6 = 6

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385895

I nod. "Thanks, I'll try to be quick."

I knock on the door to frostmourn's room.

DM 385896

If you don't particularly feel like RPing that out, we can say you got some and be done with it.
"It will be researched, under strict supervision, to see if we can find a way to emulate its powers in a safe way.
Then, it will be destroyed."
"It would be a shame for all that research to be lost."
"Teleportation runes?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385897

"It would be a shame for your soul to be lost…"
Poke his chest calmly…

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385898

>just say I got some and be done with it
yes, please.

Venia [Battlemage] 385899

I frown
"That's what I feared… and I don't like it Frostmourn… I know you'll think me as ignorant and stupid, but emulating its powers is too dangerous in my opinion. I can understand your wish to study it though."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385900

"Yes! But I want these on.. a… piece of wood, or stone!

I'd like to try this on stone, but it's for mobile or possibly long-distance teleportation! And carving it on a hard stone is better than using it with paper. Winterbreeze came to most of this"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385901

I guess we will. To Frostmourn we go then.

DM 385902

"I do not intend to be hasty about this. We must research and refine that kind of power before we wield it."
Enjoy your seeds.
"Fire is dangerous as well, yet nobody speaks against pyromancy.
Who knows what we could uncover from it."
"I will have it sent to a… suitable artisan. It has given me ideas…"
"We meet again."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385903

Eyes widen.
"Indeed. If we could integrate such a crystal into a large catalyst…or if we could create even more of those crystals and use it to channel magical power…there's really no telling how much even the weakest of spells could be amplified."

Venia [Battlemage] 385904

I cock a brow
"Fire is a force of nature, Frostmourn. It is inherently neutral. Demons are evil by default, they destroy and feed with purpose, unlike fire."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385905

"Mistral wishes to ask a question, Frosty."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385906

Stay silent for a while, looking uncomfortable between my hooves and him a few times before opening my mouth again.
"Look I… I trust you completely Frostmourn.
But this one thing…
Wielding power that is not meant for us…
We could become arrogant. Just like the Equestrians.
Let's say you become a god.
Then what? Gods cannot make mistakes. And if somepony thinks he can't make mistakes, he will want to make sure nopony else can make them…
This is what Waymarker actually believed in.
Please. Think long and hard about this."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 385907

"Ok! Oh, before I forget: I tested it with the paper and it had pinpoint accuracy, but It might or will take a lot of energy depending on the distance traveled… yea."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385908

Okay, can I see winterbreese now?
"Actually Crescent, I forgot something I have to go back for it. You can go ahead."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385909

Going to WB? Shouldn't we all go together?

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385910

I'm going now, if you happen to show up at the same time I won't complain

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385911

I'm talking about the "Venia, me and you talking to WB" thing Nylis asked us.

DM 385912

"Which is exactly why I would not use the heart directly. I would find a way to get similar results out of magic."
"Then I am tasking you with locating one of those shards for the North. if you are up for it."
"Go ahead."
"Your highness… I hear they have made tools in Rockeye that ease moving around for ponies with… well…. disabilities."
"So they have. For example floating discs one can rest on."
"…could I get one?"
"I will see to it that one is delivered to you."
Her face brightens up
"Oh thank you your benevolence! Thank you!"
"So what would you have me do then? Have her research burned along with her?"
"Hmmm… Yes. I will keep that in mind then."
He rubs his hooves happily
Can it wait for next time? I'd like to sleep.

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385913

Okay, I still need her opinion on the heart. what kind of demon she thinks it was
Okay, what do then?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 385914

"Hear her out. Listen what her plan is.
But if it's anything more than 'we can learn how to stop this kind of demonic magic'…"
Shake my head.
"I don't know Frosty.
If only Nylis could convince her to stop…"

Venia [Battlemage] 385915

I shake my head
"Feeding a demon… I hope you fully realize the implications of that, Frostmourn. You can study it to find counter-measures all you want, but employing demonology is not something I could possibly support in any way. No matter how 'refined' it is."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385916

I bow my head
"Thank you, Frosty."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385917

Straighten up.
"I'm ready for it. And I've already got a lead. I believe you mentioned a circle of Druids in Wintersgrasp? Druids know much about the different forces of Nature. I feel my search should start there."

DM 385918

Talk to PCs while a I sleep?
"A sad dilemma indeed…"
"Though my knowledge is limited, as I've understood, the magic of demons is that of Alteration. Of changing the properties of things. Be it their shape, attributes or perhaps even more. It holds great promise by the sound of that."
"My pleasure."
"A clever plan. So be it. You may begin at any time."


Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385919

Timewarp engaged.
Some time after my talk with Frosty, I run into Venia, while I'm reading my book.

"Hello, Miss Venia." I bow my head.

Venia [Battlemage] 385920

I nod at him
"Smouldering. What news?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385921

"Quite a lot actually. I've learned about a magical artifact and Frostmourn has tasked me with locating it. Have you ever heard of Lavann?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385922

I think for a moment
"Sounds somewhat familiar… I may have heard a story or something when I was small, but I don't exactly recall the specifics at all."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385923

"He was an ancient Fire Elemental who discovered a way to create crystals of great magical power and was defeated by a group of pony mages.
I've been tasked to locate and secure one of those crystal shards." I smile.

Venia [Battlemage] 385924

"… Interesting. How would these shards be used? as a catalyst to enhance magical power?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385925

"The King thinks it could be used in a project of his to create a giant catalyst.
A crystal like that could amplify the magical power of the catalyst considerably."

Venia [Battlemage] 385926

"That sounds… impressive. And ambitious. Where did these shards go?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385927

"That's the problem really, they could be anywhere. I'm hoping to find some information in Wintersgrasp, in the circles of druids there specifically."

Venia [Battlemage] 385928

"The Druids… it's been quite some time since I last heard about them…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385929

"Well, maybe it's time to get up to date again. I was hoping you'd like to join me on this journey."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385930

And time has passed.

Venia [Battlemage] 385931

I smile
"I would very much love to. Valeriana may be able to help us track them down again. Maybe even Ambrosia could help us seeing her tendency towards the same type of Earth magic those druids use."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385932

DM has paused. But I figure we could RP something out.
Leaving Mistral to rest somewhere, I go find Crescent.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385933

I'll probably have done my business with the king by this point in time, so we'll fast-forward to that.
So you don't have to deal with the fact you walked past him to get into the king's room.
Let's say I'm outside for the moment, just sitting around.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385934


Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385935

"Yes, I was thinking the same about Ambrosia. It would make it far easier to be accepted in those elusive circles if we had her with us. Besides I'm sure she could learn a lot there too."
Take a glance at the book again before putting it away.
"And to think that such an extraordinary book like this was gathering dust in Ebonreths trophy chamber. It might take many mages years to fully study it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385936

"Hello Ambrosia. Congratulations."

Venia [Battlemage] 385937

"Once you're done with it and studied it all, I'd love to read it myself. Or just wait for a copy."
I shake my head
"Either way, this is a major find. If we could find those shards… that would be a discovery fit for the history books."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385938

I sit down in front of him and stare

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385939

"Well, lady Mistral returned your affections. Isn't that a good thing?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385940

"Yes. Did not know you knew. Thank you. Am very happy and thankful to her. Wish to make her happy."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385941

I'll nod slightly.
"I did say I would be outside the door. Though I thought it rude to linger after you opened your heart to lady Mistral."
I'll frown a little beneath my helm.
"I'm sure you'll make her very happy. I just hope she continues to make you happy as well."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385942

I cock my head slightly
"You don't like Mistral?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385943

I'll shake my head.
"Quite the contrary. From what I've seen, she's a lovely young mare. I'm just hoping for your future happiness as a… friend."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385944

"It might take some time for me to study it all. But if you know somepony you trust that can make a copy, I'd be happy to give it to him. And those shards could certainly be a major breakthrough. If they are as powerful as the book suggest, they could help us make major strides in…well…any area of magic."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385945

"Okay. Wish to ask your help. Advice."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385946


Venia [Battlemage] 385947

"Just imagine if we could use them to deploy massive healing spells onto the battlefield… the amount of lives that could be saved!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385948

I look down
"Unsure how relationships work. Only shared bed with master. Nothing more."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385949

"Or for protecting a city by creating a protective bubble large enough or…"
Stare of in the distance for a moment, then shake my head.
"Anyway, I'm hoping we could discover the way Lavann created these crystals as well, we could then manifacture our own and use them to start a revolution in magical science. Why, Wintersgrasp could easily surpass Rockeye in a short time using those crystals."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385950

"I see."
Oh boy, time to think.
"Well, most relationships involve getting to know the other pony. What they like, what they don't like, and maybe sometimes surprising them with something you aren't sure they'll like, but hope they will."
I'll tap my hooves lightly together.
"For example, flowers are a common gift, and sometimes double as a snack as well as look pretty."

Venia [Battlemage] 385951

"Well you have my full support. This would be a huge asset for the United Northlands! I will gladly help you with this quest once we've dealt with Timberjaw and Stormheart."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385952

I nod slowly
"Mistral says she likes being treated tenderly. Delicate and sweet. Will start a garden with her."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385953

"I suppose that is a bigger priority. When are we leaving?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385954

I'll nod slightly.
"That's a start."
I am so very glad I got this helmet.
"Since you are starting it together, have you considered what flowers or herbs you might put in it? An equal mix of each others' favorites, maybe?"

Venia [Battlemage] 385955

"Soon, I believe. I myself will be leaving for Wintergrasp shortly to meet with my husband, then double back to Stormheart to meet up with the rest of the group."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385956

"Will try to balance flora. Will try to acquire as many specimens as possible. Useful for various purposes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385957

"Have you asked what she might like in it? Or is that planning too far ahead? If I remember rightly, you were arranged to stay with Lady Radiant until you were ready to live on your own."
I'll think for a moment.
"Well, she'll find out about your relationship soon enough, I suppose, and likely let you live with lady Mistral."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385958

Stare at her for a second.
"Right I almost forgot, you're a Queen. It's strange, you're so unlike how I imagined a Queen would be."

Venia [Battlemage] 385959

I actually laugh at that
"I wasn't exactly born as a queen, so I guess that may have to do with it. Indeed, I spent most of my youth trudging through swamps and traversing forests with my parents. Always on the move without a real home."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385960

"Have not asked yet. But will do. Have not spoken to Radiant either. Must do so soon. Inform her."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385961

Sometime during that day I am walking around, looking for Ambrosia, or one of my other friends.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385962

I'm a bit surprised.
"Really? Were your family hunters? Adventurers maybe?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385963

"I'm sure lady Radiant will be happy for you as well."
I'll nod slightly.

Venia [Battlemage] 385964

I nod
"Adventurers, yes. It's a bit of family tradition. I have them spread all over the known world, really. I myself was born in a inn someplace in Equestria, probably the longest time my parents stuck to one location in their lives."
I chuckle
"I suppose that's why I dislike staying in one place for too long even today. I get antsy. I want to go out there and see the world. Explore. Help others."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385965

I'm talking to Crescent somewhere


Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385966

I don't want to interrupt, just to give you the poppy seeds, I can run into you when you're done

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385967

I'll shuffle a little.
"I'm… not actually that great at romantic relationships, Ambrosia. The only one I've been in ended before it started. I'm likely not the best to ask for advice on these things… the most I can offer is what should be common knowledge."
I'll frown a little more beneath my helmet.
Please. Please interrupt.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385968

I look down.
"Okay. Sorry. I will leave you be."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385969

"I feel that's a very good trait for rulers to have, rather than staying inside their ivory palace and get disconnected from their people."
I smile.
"How did you move from being an adventurer to a Queen? It's quite a step up, socially speaking."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385970

I wave at you both. "Hey!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385972

"That doesn't mean you're bothering me, Ambrosia. As a friend, I want to be able to help you in any way I can. It's just… my advice has no experience backing it."
I'll deflate a little.
And then look up at Kilana, and give a small wave back.

Venia [Battlemage] 385973

"By falling in love with a prince."
I chuckle
"It's not as big of a fairy story as it sounds like. After my father died, mother and I moved north to get away from it all. We ended up in Wintergrasp and… things happened. It's a long story."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385974

"Okay. I understand."

I turn to stare at her

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385975

"Even if it's not a fairy tale, it must be an interesting one. Maybe you could share it someday when we've got less things to worry about."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385976

I trot over "Are you two busy right now? I just have something for Ambrosia." I give you a plan looking box the size you asked for before. "I'll get you a fancier box later, but I thought you would it right away."

Venia [Battlemage] 385977

I nod
"That's a promise."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385978

"Not busy."
I take the box and open it up to peek inside
"Thank you, Kilana. Will be useful."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385979

"Just congratulating Ambrosia on her fortune in love, lady Kilana."
I'll glance at the box a bit, but not question what's in it.

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385980

Its full of poppy seeds. "Yeah, well.. I promised you I would get it right?"
"Oh, what's this?" I look to ambrosia again.
"Who is the lucky pony?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385981

"Yes. Mistral."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385982

Anything else you'd like to talk about or shall we call it a day?

Venia [Battlemage] 385983

My toothache is really pissing me off. I'd like to discuss more but it's so damn distracting.

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385984

"Really? that's unexpected to say the least, but you two already knew each so I guess its not that odd.."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385985

I look down
"Always thought she was pretty. Could not speak to her. But could see her. Important to me. Made me happy."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 385986

Call it a day then. Pop some painkillers.

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385987

"Well, she is pretty.." I look a little concerned at your statement, "And I'm sure she knows how important she is too you.. She's a very special pony that Mistral."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385988

"Yes. Wish to make her happy too."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385989

"Well, that's a good start. Finding someone who you want to make happy and makes you happy.. its good feeling isn't it?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385990

Only… unsure about relationships. Never had one. Master only requested presence in bed, nothing more."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385991

'And my advice is… less than helpful."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385992

"Oh? Well.. a relationship is different for each couple, but there are some pretty universal things like going on dates, giving gifts.. But really the important thing is too be yourself, since that's the thing they liked in the first place. If you don't like something speak up about it, if you do like something, say that as well."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385993

I consider this for a moment, then nod
"Okay. Will remember."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385994

"I'll keep that in mind, lady Kilana, should the opportunity to put it to use reveal itself."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385995

I nod. "Well, If you need more help let me know. I Helped pumpkin out with the date he made proposal, and helped with their wedding for that matter." I smile. "and they're still together so I can't be that bad at advice can I?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385996

I cock my head
"Pumpkin and Peaches are married?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 385997

"Master Swansong's wife is not actually traveling with us. Peaches is his partner."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 385998

"Oh. Okay."

Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 385999

"No, Bearing Fruit is his wife. She's a real sweet heart, you should meet her when we get back."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 386000


Kilana [zebra deathsinger] 386001

"I mean.. Well, there's not a real reason she can't see you here if you want. Just ask Pumpkin to introduce you if you're interested in that."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 386002

"Okay. I will ask. Would like to meet."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386003

I'll nod to the two mares.
"I believe I shall take my leave for the moment. Lady Kilana, Ambrosia, have a good night."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386004

And then I'm off wandering somewhere. Not really paying attention, aside from taking care not to bump into anyone that I pass.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386006

Well look at that. A shiny new helmet.
Trot off to his side, with a nonchalant walk.
"So, what about that promise?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386008

Autoupdater broke and I couldn't see your post.
"Kinda. And sure as death I know my booze, why?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386009

"Hmm? Oh. Right. I will have to apologize to lady Radiant."
I'll think for a moment.
"Master Swansong, do you know of any place that serves strong drinks?"
"Because, master Swansong, I am in dire need of something to muddle my mind to the point I stop caring."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386010

"She's gonna bash your face in."
Snicker a bit.
"Drinking… I'm sure we can find something around the palace.
Unless you want to pick a fistfight."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386011

I'll think for a moment.
"…no, I believe the palace should be fine. I have enough to apologize to lady Radiant for already, and I don't wish my actions to reflect badly on the king."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386012

"I assure you, the King loves hooffights too."
Chuckle and make our way for the palace's cantina.
"Care to share your mind?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386013

"Maybe after a few drinks."
And I'll open the mouth hatch.
"Honestly, that smith was right in saying this thing is a masterpiece."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386014

"Sure looks shiny. But we are alone and I already saw you naked.
So take it off. Might be a pain having to clean it after you throw up in it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386015

I'll think for a moment.
"I suppose you're right."
Closing the hatch, I'll take off the helmet and set it aside.
"So, what's their strongest?"


"Mage wine. Knocks you down in one glass."
And then I'll look around for some of that sweet Rockeye nectar.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386017

And I will Default on that since we have no DM.
Hold the bottle up to him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386018

"Perfect. I'd rather not be forced to think for the rest of the night."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386019

"Sounds like heartache to me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386020

"It was over before it even started."
I'll shake my head.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386021

Take two glasses and pour them full before hoofing one over to him.
"Can't really help much.
No expert on that whole deal.
Even though there was a mare who liked me once…
I wonder where she went."
'1d10' for HAMMERED!

Roll #1 4 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386022

'1d10' for getting wasted.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386023

Looks wasted to me bro.
Raise a brown at him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386024

I'll just stare at my glass for a bit.
"Seems… strong enough. Might need more."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386025

Grunt and pour him one more glass.
"The sir is served!"
Before taking one more long sip.
"My wife's gonna kill me."
Chuckle loudly.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386026

I'll down it. '1d10'
"She's not here, so you're probably safe."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386027

Shake my head.
"Came to find me! Besht surp-hic- surprise of my life! She here! Frosty here! I love them all…"
Roll over and look at the ceiling with a silly smile.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386028

I'll rest my head on the cantina counter.
"Must be nice. Having a-"
I'll close my eyes for a second as my stomach rebels at the thought of continued existence.
"Having a mare who loves you. I was… was trying so hard. I wanted her to be… to be to be happy."
I'll idly reach for the bottle.
"Aaaand she is. Jus'… not with me."
After a few grasping motions, I'll tip it slightly into the mug.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386029

Let out a long sigh.
"Y'talkin 'bout dat pink mare, uh? Eheh…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386030

"Who else?"
Mug filled, I'll tip the bottle back upright, and then down the glass.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386031

"Tha' didn't do anythin. Gonna need more."
Of course, instead of pouring a glass, I'll just drink out of the bottle.

Roll #1 2, 5, 8 = 15

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386032

"Thar we goooo~"
And with a half-conscious thunk, I'll end up sideways on the floor.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386033

"Aww… Greedy!"
Pout at his display, but relax and go back to stare at the ceiling.
"So she found somepony else? Damn, I thought you had a chance. With her likin' mares and all…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386034

"Thaass the thing. She ffffoun' a mare. Tha' Mistral."
I'll sigh heavily.
"An' she's jus… jus' so happy. An' then she came to me for advice…"
I'll start tearing up a little.
"H-how in Tart'rus am I s'posed to deal with tha'?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386035

"Pal, ya've known dat lady fo' wat, three days? Four?
Get a g-"
Gag a little.
"Get a grip!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386036

"You don't get it, prettyboy! She's the first one tha', tha' didn't laugh at me for havin' this ssssstupid face! I thought…thought maybe if I made her happy, she'd start lov-"
I'll groan slightly as the alcohol in my stomach takes another spin around.
"…though I might have a chance… But I'm nnnno good… jus' some dummy wif a mare's colors an' face."
I'll rest my head on the floor.
"Radint's right, I did jus' run 'way an' hide in this thing… But I don' wanna get out of it. Don' care if she's angry, I'm jus'… jus' an angry coward."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386037

"Don' ya cray fer sum… Sum stupid mare! There are thoushands! Hundhreadsh!"
Wave my hooves around to make the point.
"Wait… Ish Hundread more than thoushand?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386038

"Who cares? None of 'em will be her…"
My eyes will cross for a minute, and then I'll try to right myself. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386039

Oh. That's going to hurt once the buzz wears off. Rolling back onto my side, I'll just stare at the floor.
"Why am I such an idiot…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386040

"Dude calm a minute.
Calm a minute.
Ya say… Ya say she didn' laugh. Well dat's bad! Ya wanna spend yer life with shomeone who can't laugh?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386041

"I sa-said she didn' laugh AT me! Any time anyone sees me outta the suit, there's always… always laughin' at me."
I'll switch to a mocking tone, or at least as best I can in my drunken state.
"'Oh, look, it's tha' filly with the wrong parts 'gain!' Or jus'… d'you know how many times I've been set up b'fore I put this all on? Every time I tried to… to find someone, it always ended up being a… a colt, or some mare who'd been put up to it for a dare."
I'll grind my teeth slightly.
"Nothin's more cruel than kids… 'specially the ones tha' don' grow up… wouldn't even lemme alone after I started tryin' to make somethin' of m'self…"
I'm probably crying by this point.
"An' the only one who didn' laugh was Deep Rock. He saw wha' I could do, didn' care 'bout my face… an' then there was her… said I was pretty…"
I'll give out a half-hearted sob.
"Not pretty 'nough, I guess. Can't beat firs' loves, I s'pose…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386042

"She. Likes. Mares!
Sheee likes da sweeet honey pot, ya can't give her dat!
Itz like, a stallion wantin' ta fuck ya! Would ya want it?
Jus look pas' those idiots, never seen ponies like'm in Wintergrasp! An I'm sure folks 'round here dun' care either!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386044

I'll swallow heavily. It's getting hard to make my mouth move.
"'Course I wouldn' want'a get it from a stallion. Jus' thought maybe… maybe she'd make an eggception… ex-ception. I'm jus'… jus' so tired'a bein'… me. S'why I'm in the suit. I kin stop bein' me, an' jus' be… whoever. I don' even no."
I'll lightly tap my head against the floor.
"Why I gotta be sew dam gellus uv a mare… Why'd I hafta bee born wrong… colts don' getta be pink…"
I'll start trailing off as my eyes lose focus.
"S'not fare…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386045

Roll over and start undoing the straps of his armor.
"Tis' your mistake in da first plaashe.
Goin' round all burden up, mares gonna think ye'r strange!"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386046

"'Ey, leggo!"
I'll pointlessly flail my legs a minute.
"I don' got nuffin' unner there!"


"Ah know ya don'!
Then why ya keep hidin?!"
Nope, awkward position notwithstanding, keep undoing his armor.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386048

Try to get away. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386049

Nope. Pinned.
"Stop hidin'.
Dat's gonna be a good start!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386050

"Don' wanna! Jus' easier this way!"
Then I'll try to float him off with telekinesis. '1d10-3'

Roll #1 7 - 3 = 4


Flicker his horn.
"Shuddup. And stop shining dat thing around!
Tomorro' we hit the trainin grounds and ya get in a fight with sum mare!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386052

I'll squirm a little.
"Don' care, jus' lemme alone an'… an' lemme wallow in pity…"
I'll groan, and curl up slightly.
"Think… all dis shoutin'…" I'll gag a bit. "S'makin' me… sick… Gedda buckit…"


"Shot not makin sense-"
Try to lift him on the side, now without the armor.
"One more glass! Ah dare ya!"
Grin at him.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386054

That went right to the gut, prompting me to lose everything I've eaten in the past several hours.


Look at him throw up, then at the glass.
"Ah guess not…"
Throw the glass behind me.
"See, good thing we got dat' armor off."
Snicker a bit.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386056

"Tol' ya to… gedda buckit…"
I'll groan as I roll away from the pile of sick.
"Think I might die… needa wash…"
And then I'll pass out.


And then I will carry you to your room and throw you into a shower.
With a little help from Peach, of course.

I wonder if I should turn the water on…


Roll #1 3 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 386059

Nope. Now I'm just wet, and out cold.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 386060

At least you are clean.
Let's put you on bed and stumble back to my room.
"He just can't hold his alcohol…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388312

What a pretty day to relax and meditate all by myself outside.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388313

I bet this is a totally different day from the one I got smashed drunk with Waxing.
And I should be walking outside too, it's great for my lungs.
Oh look, Lady Radiant.
I should apologize to her for the other day, I suppose. Salad can be nasty.

Approach her and wave a hoof.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388314

Keep sitting but turn my head towards him with a smile and wave.
"Good day, Pumpkin."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388315

Move near her.
"Lady Radiant. I haven't had the occasion to apologize for what happened the other night at the dinner table.
The joke went slightly out of hoof."
'1d10' to notice that.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388316

Turn back to looking at the sky and the scenery.
"It's okay Pumpkin. Apology accepted. I overreacted too, to be honest."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388317

Look at her pendant with a frightened expression.
"Lady Radiant is that…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388318

Face him again and tilt my head.
"What is it, Pumpkin?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388319

Point at it with a slow, fearful hoof.
"The pendant you are wearing…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388320

I glance at it, then back at him.
"Yes? What about it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388321

Sigh, hang my head and slowly shake it.
"It's really similar to your cutiemark, isn't it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388322

I nod.
"Yes. My cutie mark is half this Sun, with a few rays of light symbolizing it's rise at dawn."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388323

Keep looking downwards.
"You know, that sun is the flag of just the same ponies that want to kill us all…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388324

I sigh.
"I don't really believe that is the case."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388325

"No I'm quite sure, it's the same symbol of that flag."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388326

"Oh, I know that. I do not believe those intentions you mentioned."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388327

"They killed me once already."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388328

"Did they?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388329

Nod slowly, and go sit at her side.
"I was twelve, or something. It must have been my first year of school.
We found a basement bombed with explosive mold, filled with strange maps and other stuff I couldn't understand back then.
And suddenly, everything exploded. Next thing I knew, I was dead."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388330

I nod reverently..
"How did you come back?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388331

Keep looking in front of me.
"That's the reason I don't fear necromancy, Lady Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388332

"That's different… And I do not fear necromancy either, Pumpkin. I despise it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388333

"Well I don't.
Without it, I wouldn't be here.
WIthout it, we wouldn't know about the ones that tried to kill us all, since they would have just killed themselves happily for their cause.
Necromancy saved my life and probably the life of so many other ponies in the kingdom.
How can you… Despise it?
It's like hating the flow of water or the passing of days."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388334

"That was giving a life back. That is not the majority of it and you know it."
Narrow my eyes.
"We have both seen what the true necromancy is about just recently…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388335

"Have we? Because all I've seen was a young, sweet mare who got dragged along on a battlefield and told to help ponies who trained in this since they were born.
In many ways, your holy might against those undead in the Underkingdom was worse, since it cost that mare her back."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388336

"If it wasn't for necromancy, she wouldn't have been there in the first place. Those undead miners and those… things. They are defying all that is good."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388337

"So are many more ponies now alive, making other living ponies suffer with no need for necromancy.
Actually, those lordblades who tried to kill us all before you came speak of a holy light of their own.
The same one as your pendant.
Necromancy and godhood, they are just tools. Ponies will use them as they see fit.
Might it be to give back a life, might it be to take it away. Just like the south has been trying to do all this time."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388338

"It was the lordblades, yes, but can you put the blame of their faults on the shoulders of the Princess? No. The Faithful shall be protected by Her."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388339

"Actually, they did it only because the princess told them to.
It's the one thing that keeps them from crumbling away, losing themselves into the filth of their actions.
I know it, I'm one of those ponies.
And besides, this is what kept Waymarker going.
Sadly, I have no doubt that monster you keep calling princess is behind it. I heard it from those who believe in her. She thinks herself so superior to us, that dispensing justice to all ponies, no matter what they think, is her duty."
Shake my head slowly.
"I just want to live my life in peace here in the north. Free from the hoof of a tyrant that came to kill us all without even talking to us.
She is evil."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388341

Look at him sternly.
"Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness.
She shall cover thee, and under Her wings shall thou trust, there shall no evil befall thee.
Take a little pause.
"The Princess protects. She is not evil, nor is She a tyrant. She does only what is best for us."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388344

Look back at her, visibly angry.
"She. Killed. Us.
Many of us! She planned to poison a whole palace without even sending a declaration of war or an ambassador or a goddamn apple with a message saying 'sorry I'm gonna fuck you all over!' and then casually stroll by!
She mined the basement of a school filled with kids!
She blew up the house of a young mare in her sleep because she might have been a mean for this kingdom and Rosefall to bond!
Are you really so blind not to recognize evil when you see it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388349

"She did none of those things! She would never cause an innocent harm! You claim all these things yet you do not even know Her!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388350

Stand up, now even angrier than before.
"The very ponies who did this, who died to do her biddings, claimed that they only did so because their 'godness' told them to!
She is an abomination with no place in this world! An arrogant monster who preys on the weak, and I will have pleasure in killing her myself!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388352

Stand up myself and glare at him.
"You would not live to so much as raise a hoof on Her."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388354

"No. I won't. Not as long as she stays away from the North. From my home and from my family."
Glare back at her with equal passion.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388357

"So you can let Kilana and the others spread their rotten demonology and undead plauge all over it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388360

"I can't believe you! Are you really saying my friend, someone I would call a sister, who dedicated her life to the study and respect of the dead is worse than your false god who has been trying to kill us all since before I was born?
Are you really saying you would let her walk into our country and just invade us with no provocation whatsoever?
Is this where your blindness leads you? So far you would backstab all of us? Me, Venia, Frostmourn, the Warriors of Sunlight?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388367

"Respect? Is mashing together a pile of dead bodies what she calls respect?
The Reanimator and Patchwreck did just the same, and they were truly evil abominations, both of those who died by my hammer and hooves!
And the plans to use a demonic heart to boosts your precious little north is provokation enough! You are just too blind to see how deep you would slink to protect your 'independence'!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388379

"What are you even on about! Codar has a mind on its own, from a bunch of wolves no less! Have you ever spoken to him?
He's happy, damnit!
And what is this about the heart! I spoke with Frostmourn personally just today, we are not gonna do anything more than learn how to defend us from its powers!
A heart that didn't even exist until a week ago! You are just finding stupid excuses, climbing over mirrors to justify that monster's actions anyway you can! We wouldn't need any of this! I would have never had to pick up a damn blade again if it wasn't for that monster! And now I could be a happy father without a care in the world!
But no! She thinks we are not worthy of making our own choices!
Well guess what.
We are not gonna give in to a monster that wants us all dead."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388381

"And how long until she starts building those things from ponies? It would be for the best if it was destroyed right now before it gives her more depraved ideas!

And you could be a father. In peace. You don't need to fight a war you cannot win."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388389

"It's like half my words fly over your head."
Frown at her.
"I cannot. Because she brought war to us, we didn't ask for it.
And despite her spies and attempet assassinations, we still are not retaliating.
But know this. If she dares to set hoof in here, if she dares to bring war to the place I swore to protect, if she brings it to my wife and child…
I will first kill her and then force you to admit she was nothing but a bloodthirsty tyrant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388394

"She would bring peace, not war. And you couldn't even harm Her. I wouldn't let you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388397

"We will see that, once the day comes. We will see whose army will be the first to move, and you will have to face the fact that false god you cling to is nothing but a bloodthirsty demon.
On that day, I hope you will realize the mistake before losing all that makes you a paladin."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388403

I huff.
"Big words from somepony who hasn't seen the true Fury of the Sun."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388411

"Big words from somepony who never wanted to. But here I stand, trying to protect all I love before the crazy maniac demon from the south decides to park a dragon titan at our borders and rain sulfur upon us.
Look at her with disgust.
"We are the victims here.
The ponies who did nothing wrong and got almost killed. The weak ones who have to master all their willpower to survive.
Remember when you had me work for a week in the gutters?
Remember how I helped the weak? That's what a paladin should do. Help those who can't help themselves, not being a lapdog to some king or emperor.
This is why I gave up my Northblade title today."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388416

"And why Frostmourn was too busy tending to his petty politics I helped the poor of Wintergrasp to get food from the bakeries. I know where my priorities lie. And I want the best for Ponykind. And I know that what She can provide is the best."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388421

You have any idea how Wintergrasp was a few years ago? You know who cleaned these fucking streets, you ungrateful, blind, hateful zealot?
Frostmourn did! Thanks to the conquest of the deep roads all the poors found a job, all the thieves had a home, all the desperate could find hope again!
Getting food into a bakery is not going to fix decades of hogging from the Snowborder, creating work is! Convincing the thieves that they can have a better life if they stop stealing is!
You can't see past your nose!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388428

"I did what I could! I am not the king but that does not mean I cannot try! I convinced him to stop the laws that killed without sense! And what did you do in the meantime? Your Northblade duty? Murder ponies? Is that so much better? How does that make you less blind than me?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388439

"I found home to all the hopeless and desparate of our kingdom.
I kept you all safe while you were sleeping, protecting from those bastards who would strike without warning.
All because the one fake god you believe in so fervently wants us to die.
And yet you deny reality, telling yourself she couldn't be the one! Admit it Radiant. You don't know this demon that you worship any better than you know me."
Stare at her with an expression of determination.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388445

"I know her much better than I know you, or how any of you think to know her."
Stare back at him.
"And I should, as Her Embraced."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388630

Look sad for a moment, unsure on what to do, staring between her and the ground.
"I just hope you are right, Lady Radiant."
Turn around and leave.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 388634

Say nothing, just watch him go.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388646

sometime that day, a sad zebra is sitting alone in her room.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388651

And suddenly, something is knocking at her windows.
"Did anyzebra order a fresh cloud?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388656

I smile and open the window "Hey bro, come on in, and you can even bring your cloud with you, just don't get any rain on my bed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388666

Look between her and the could for a moment, then cut off a chuck and push it inside.
"I had forgot how soft this stuff actually is.
You just gotta punch it a bit, otherwise it's too chilly."
Lay on the low-hanging cloud, staring at the ceiling.
"Is Codar alright?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388672

"Yeah, he only had minor damage from our trip, I was able to patch him up no problem."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388678

touch that cloud also. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388683

"That's… Good to hear.
He better be strong.
It's a he, right? I'm not getting him wrong? Kinda hard to tell…"
Scratch my head awkwardly.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388698

"Yea, Codar is a he, his souls were male.. Why so worried about him suddenly?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388703

Sigh and shake my head slowly.
"It's Radiant."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388717

"oh.. but.. I talked to her already, remember I told you I was meeting her after her morning prayers? Well.. she told me a story, about another necromancer who had a monster like Codar.. and who used the same spell I did.. She said he was a monster who she had to fight in a place called the Catacombs.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388725

"Yeah and I don't care.
You are anything but a monster, Kila."
Smile at her from my upside-down view of the world.
Then roll over.
"She can take her views on necromancy and shove them back into her throat for all I care."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388728

"I know but I'm scared now pumpkin.." I breath in deeply. "She basically told me I'm on thin ice now, that one mistake and she's going to come for me.." I look at you "and I don't want to have to kill her, I don't want her to stop being my friend.. but I can't give up necromancy like she wanted me too can I?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388733

Look at her wide eyed for a second, then try to contain a desperate laughter.
"You on thin ice? Really? She's the one who just spat to my face about being our worst enemy's chosen one, for the Moon's sake!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388740

I look shocked. "What?!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388745

"Not even. Fucking. Kidding. I was about to kill her on the spot!"
Keep up a grin, more in fear and shock than anything.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388751

I smile "Well, I guess this means I don't have to come ask you to watch out for me?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388761

Throw my head backwards and roll out of the cloud, onto the floor.
"If I had known this earlier…"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388766

I try to grab the cloud. "you know, I've never been close to one of these before.. its a lot different that I imagined." '1d10'
"..Pumpkin, what did radiant say about Codar?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388775

Looks like I got a hoof full of water. I frown at it

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388779

Chuckle a moment as she tries to grab the cloud.
"Watch out, ponies can't exactly hold them…"
Then, sigh again.
"She said it was an abomination.
Something that had no right to exist, an offense to nature.
I told her Codar had his own mind. She changed subject."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388790

I frown shaking off the water from my hoof "She said as much to me, that it offensive to the dead, and asked how I would like it if someone did that with my body. I told her how much care I take of him, and that It wouldn't be such a bad thing for someone to use my body.. since I'd be dead by then what use would I have for it? Besides.. then I could have a chance to teach whoever it was, guide them to doing necromancy for good."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388797

"She is blind to anything but her way of life."
Shake my head sadly.
"Can you believe she denied that the false god was behind the attacks?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388813

"Wow, she's really losing it." I shake my head "I assume you've spoken to frosty about this?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388816

"It's happened a few moments ago, Kila.
Look at my hooves, try not to break down.
"I was going to kill her…"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388821

I embrace you in a hug. "Hey, its okay she has decided to go against us from what you're telling me. We need to tell Frosty what happened.. and Pumpkin something is bugging me about her story.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388826

Let out a ragged breath and close my eyes.
"What is it…?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388829

"She said she's seen things like Codar before Pumpkin.. but that's not possible.. no one has seen what Codar is before.. Only the Underking had anything close, and he wasn't exactly the sharing type.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388864

"Equestria is a big place, and that's where she comes from. Maybe other necromancers in the south have found a way to create this."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388907

I frown "I don't think so, The place Id comes from, they are all great necromancers who had never seen a thinking minion like him, nor one made of multiple parts.. And the way she talks about necromancy tells me that its banned where she comes from.. something about it doesn't add up pumpkin.. She talks about it like it happened long ago.. but its something that I just now discovered?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388915

"I guess you will just have to look into her mind then."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388923

I frown even harder "This is serious pumpkin. Either the southlands necromancers she wiped out were much more powerful than even the underking.. or something else entirely is happening.. A delusion given to her by this Empress? Time travel? Or simple paranoia? Could she be lying to herself about how she got the scars?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388930

"I'm telling you. Read her mind. Like Id does. Or ask him to.
Or even better, we kill her and you commune to her spirit. Spirits don't lie, no?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388937

"Spirits don't lie" I repeat the line back to myself, and shake my head "We'll ask Id to read her mind, I haven't mastered it well enough to do it myself.. and we need to know what's happening.." I look you over "Something else you need to tell me before we hit up frosty on this?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388940

"Actually, yes."
Stand up, give a happy smirk.
Take both my daggers and drop them on the floor.
"I'm retiring."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388943

I look stunned and just.. laugh '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388947

Wince and slowly sit back on my aunches.
"Did I… Did I do something wrong?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388957

"No.. Its just this day, this week, Its unbelievable. I was thinking of putting down my staff because of that bitch Radiant, and you're quitting to become Mr. Dad.. Its like some kind of fucked up dream.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388961

"Hey, it's still moths away, you know. I will be at your side all the way to stormheart. And then, once the Equestrian come… Well, we will see then.
I won't stop training, you know. And maybe I will have some time to read up on the dark arts, toy a bit with the demons and corrupt my soul forever and all that stuff…"
Roll my eyes and give a little smirk.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388965

I smile and wave my hooves making a fake scary voice "Come, swagmaster, embrace the darkness, we have better drinks."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388967

Slowly crawl towards her.
"You sure? Because I had pretty tasty drinks in my days!"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388974

I smile and put a hoof around your neck "For a dad to be? We'll provide the best drinks in the north." I sigh a bit relieved. "Seriously Bro, I'm proud of you for choosing Bearing and your child. It shows courage, strength of heart and all that.. but most importantly it makes you happy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388978

Smile at her and pick myself up, extending a hoof to help her up as well.
"Let's go get Frosty on this, okay?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 388982

"Alright bro," I hand you back your daggers "You might want these in case the order to kill comes down."

I take my Catalysts with me as well. "Its not time to retire for me either.. Not just yet"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 388993

Pick them up with a cold look.
"Let's hope it doesn't."

And off we go.

Venia [Battlemage] 390126

"So you don't condemn using demonology then? Is that what you're saying?"

DM 390127

"I do not condemn the search for understanding. The quest for enlightenment and reason.
But as I've come to understand it, albeit from second-hoof account, direct alliances with fully-fledged demons are dangerous."

Venia [Battlemage] 390128

"Demonology should not be toyed with…"
I frown and shake my head
"Search for countermeasures all you wish, but to employ any form of it for your own benefits, even for the North's benefits, even for ponykind's benefits is completely and utterly amoral. Any magic built upon the suffering and exploiting of others is vile."

DM 390129

"No power is inherently benevolent or malevolent. That definition is born from the intentions of their wielder. A necromancer can bring back a loved one or a close friend taken all too early from this world, and a healer can forever keep torturing their victim by renewing them after their vile deeds.
I wish to consult those with better understanding of me on this issue as well. Such as Winterbreeze. And Kilana. Though the latter may not have direct understanding of Tartarians, she does have that scythe of hers, and as I understood, it amplified her magical attunement greatly.
The reason I am so hesitant to outright deny use of the heart is Ebonreth. He was strong. But he was not evil…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 390130

"Very well, My King. But I still have a few questions.
Not least of which is who is overseeing this catalyst project, I'd like to discuss the Crystals of Lavann and how we might use it as a catalyst in this project with him.""

DM 390131

"The Pylon Catalyst research is headed by Nylis and Winterbreeze."

Venia [Battlemage] 390132

I motion to my warhammer
"My warhammer does not choose to kill or harm. I do."
I tap my horn
"My magic does not choose to kill or harm. I do."
I then take out the jar out of my bags
"But this… This thing is intelligent. It has a mind of its own. And you cannot trust it, for it only lusts for power. Nothing more to it than that. I doubt Ebonreth was its first host, and I can only imagine how many others it has corrupted and infected. How much suffering it has caused and how much blood there was spilled because of its actions. By not destroying it you only allow it to live on unpunished. You give it the chance to spill more innocent blood. Maybe not today. Maybe not even tomorrow. But some day, the power you grant it today will cause suffering."

DM 390133

The king props himself up better as he sees the jar
"Let me see that thing more closely."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 390134

Nod my head.
"I'm afraid I haven't met Winterbreeze yet.
I'll try to introduce myself as soon as possible."
Brief pause.
"Another question concerns Viceroy Raging Storm. I talked to some of the locals and it seems some are worried about his appointment. And I know little about Raging Storm myself."
Bite my lip.
"I was wondering, if the subject ever came up again, what should I say that might put them more at ease?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390135

I frown
"This is exactly what I'm afraid of Frostmourn. This… reckless curiosity. This is not a safe environment. Without Id or Kilana around, there is no telling if we can stop it without having to resort to destroying it if it goes haywire. Did you notice just how violently and angry it was acting back in the arena?"

DM 390136

"Raging Storm was the greatest warrior Wintersgrasp or Ironfoe had ever seen. He served with honor and diligence, leading armies into impossible feats. He endured years of slavery at the hands of necromancers, and where other ponies fell withing weeks, he stood strong, and not even the loss of his legs could stop him.
He is a hero, a leader and a warrior worthy of his crown."
"I did not. For I saw nothing out there. Nothing but blood and pain and the faces of those closest to my heart. And my enemy. I saw him very clearly. For I knew it had to be him or me."

Venia [Battlemage] 390137

"The point still stands."
I put it back into my bag
"Don't fall prey to impatience and carelessness. I don't want this thing to lash out at you somehow."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 390138

"I'll be sure to say that, should the topic arise. Now, I feel I should better go talk with Miss Winterbreeze about the crystals."
I reach into my pockets and take out the notes on Lavann.
"I've also taken the liberty of making summary on Lavann and the crystals, should your Majesty want to review them while I'm away."
Put them next to his bed.
It's basically a summary of everything I found on Lavann. It doesn't mention the Ashfather.

DM 390139

"If it's safe enough for you to keep on your person, I doubt looking at it will corrupt me."
"Thank you. This should provide me a good way to pass time.
If that was all, you are free to go."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 390140

"Thank you. I hope to have some good news on the search next time we meet."
Bow and leave.

Venia [Battlemage] 390141

"You are much more important than I am, Frostmourn. You're the one that is supposed to make it all happen. I'm just here to try and support and guide you to the best of my abilities."

DM 390142

Where to?
"Then tell me of it. Has it spoken? Moved? Does it radiate any kind of power?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 390143

Taking a break to do some other sunday stuff now. I'll get back later.

Venia [Battlemage] 390144

"It… screeched. Nothing more. Kilana put it inside this jar. I took it to safeguard it."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390145

Ugh. Anything going on that isn't teatsuckling?
I think last time we asked Frosty for one of those floaty platform things?

DM 390146

So it is capable of communication. This should aid us greatly."
They are available in Rockeye, which is a few hours away if you take the Deep Road.
Teats are always available though. As are many other things, if sucking is needed.

Venia [Battlemage] 390147

"If you consider demonic screeching as communication then yes, it is."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390148

Only a few hours? Is it safe to travel?
"… Do you wish to head to Rockeye?"

DM 390149

"It is an organ. Usually they just… silently pulsate."
It is a large mine network converted into a series of roads by Frostmourn.
"Just the two of us?
…do you know the way?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390150

I scrunch
"If you look at it that way…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390151

"… No. I do not."

DM 390152

"Regardless, if it can communicate, we can perhaps converse as well as simply prod and document. It could speed up the research greatly.
And if it can feel fear, gratitude or other emotion, perhaps we can trick it. Make it think we'll reward it. And just calmly nod our heads, knowing full well the outcome was long since decided for it, regardless of what it does."
"We could ask the king, I suppose. Maybe he could lend us a guard."

Venia [Battlemage] 390153

I sigh and run a hoof through my mane
"You think you would be the first one to think of a plan like that? I'm sure those very words have been uttered by a lot of its victims…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390154

"Yes. Frosty will help."
I nod resolutely and go back to Frostmourn's room… again.

DM 390155

"Then what hope do we have, if this ancient evil in a jar has already bested countless minds? What will a few hammers help? You make it sound as if we've already lost."
"Well, you sure visit a lot. What is it you need?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390156

I laugh
"For at its wickedness and strengths, it still has weaknesses too. Denying it its power for example. Not aiding it will deny it strength, which Ebonreth was either completely unaware of or very aware of. Just some good old divine magic will do the trick just fine."

DM 390157

"Then why has it not been defeated yet?
All this makes me think… what if it isn't all that ancient?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390158

I bow my head
"… We wish to head to Rockeye, Frosty. Do not know the way. Need guidance. Sorry if we are bothering you"
Is that creepy shadow lady around? And the High queen?

Venia [Battlemage] 390159

"I don't know, Frostmourn. And frankly, I do not wish to know the exact amount of suffering it has inflicted or is planning to inflict. The problem, I assume, is that there are still ponies like Ebonreth who would empower and use it to their own benefits it rather than destroy it. Perhaps the heart has a penchant for finding the right ponies."

DM 390160

The shadow is always at his side.
I think the queen is in a different time, unless you need her.
"The deep roads run under the borders. If you wish to go, I can spare you a few guards to keep you safe, just in case, as well as proof of the fact that you work for me, to help you along."
"Perhaps… perhaps.
Though I will admit, even if his ends were less than desirable for us, he did use the heart rather well from his point of view. After all, his legendary power did keep Rockeye, Stormheart and even Wintersgrasp far away from his lands, ensuring peace and safety here."

Venia [Battlemage] 390161

"And yet here you were, proving everypony wrong. Without the use of those very same powers. Even at a disadvantage without your magic, you managed to beat him. In fact, Ebonreth was the one using magic when it came down to it."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390162

I stare at the shadow for a moment, then nod.
"Okay. Thank you Frosty."
I bow
"We will be quick. Need us for Stormheart."

DM 390163

"That I am. If at a cost.
…I doubt I can really argue my views any better than this. I feel it a waste to simply throw away such a great possible resource."
"Take your time. And while you're there, bring me back one of their walking aids. It should… help me greatly."

Venia [Battlemage] 390164

"Then trust my word that this is not a resource you want to use. Not if you truly care about ponykind."
I sigh, take off my bags and walk up to him, settling down next to him and putting a hoof around him.
"… And I know you do care. Otherwise you would not have gotten this far. You have a goal. Vision. And that is where you draw the most strength from. That is what is truly important. To not corrupt your vision for the sake of power."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390165

I cock my head
"What type?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390166

Mind if I drop on Bearing and tell her the news?

DM 390167

"…Venia… is it okay to have regrets of the past?"
"Ask them if they have anything that would fit my armour. King Longshanks should know what I mean."
Go ahead.

Venia [Battlemage] 390168

"… Yes. We all have… regrets."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390169

"Okay. We will do so. Thank you Frosty."
I bow my head and wait for those guards to show up, then prepare to leave.
"Are you comfortable, Mistral?"

DM 390170

"Sometimes… I just wish I could do more to right those old wrongs. To do something to make up for them. Or to outright undo them. If I only had the power to."
"I am, thank you."
A few guards meet up with you. From their uniform you can tell they aren't Eaglecrest guards.
"We were asked to guide you to Rockeye and back."
"We can leave at any time."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390171

What are their uniforms like then?
"Yes. We must leave quickly. Have to be back for Stormheart. Thank you for your guidance."

Venia [Battlemage] 390172

"We all do."
I sigh
"We all do… But while sometimes things don 't go as planned… they are still part of life."
I shake my head
"We can't run away from making mistakes. It is part of our personal freedom. Liberty to do as we please gives us responsibility, which is why ponies can be afraid of it sometimes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390173

And then I pomf back into my room. Before the chat with Radiant and Kilana.
"Toc Toc…"

DM 390174

They seem to be a bit more padded, and contain a lantern. They must be Deep Road guards.
"Our pleasure."
Skip to Rockeye?
"Perhaps now you see why I seek understanding and power. To avoid mistakes, and to have the power to undo those that still get made. Or at least… lessen their impact."
"Hey dear~ What's new?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390175

"I've had a chat with Frosty. And Valeriana."
Sit somewhere.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390176

Though make sure to stay alert. What are these deep roads like?

Venia [Battlemage] 390177

I look at him a little sadly
"Making more mistakes to cover up past mistakes is a undesirable path Frostmourn… You could just… you know… talk to me about those regrets…"

DM 390178

"Mhm? And?"
She comes sit at your side
They clearly were once a mine. A damn huge one. There are countless junctions and forks, with maps and signs on the walls to help travelers find their way. Lamps light the long halls, and emergency torches are available just about everywhere.
A few areas are marked as off-limits.
As you arrive to an outer gate marked Rockeye, your entourage exchanges a few words with the gate keepers, and then guides you outside
"Please stay very still. We are about to be teleported to the capital."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390179

Nod slightly with my head to motion her closer, my lips curling into a smile.
Softly bite her ear as she comes near and whisper.
"I'm staying with you. Forever."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390180

That's impressive… and useful!
I blink as the gate keepers address us.
"… Teleported?"

DM 390181

She stiffens up a little
"Y-you mean…?
…what about the whole… you know… thing…?"
"Magically transported. Faster than walking. Are you ready?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390182

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390183


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390184

Lean back, looking into the distance.
"After Northscrown is build, I'll drop the blade. Forever."

DM 390185

"I have many… and all this time spent inactive in bed has only made me remember them more."
"The capital has a mass teleportation array with enough reach to pick up a target from here. They will reach out to us, and move us into the capital within an instant."
"And… who will pick it up in your place?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390186

"Come come Frostmourn… you can tell me. What's bothering you the most?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390187

I stare at him for a moment, then nod slowly

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390188

"I don't know. Not yet. It's not something I want to rush. And dumping this on Peach's shoulders alone… No."

DM 390189

She was collateral damage to a conflict she had no part in. And meeting Mistral has only made it worse."
He touches a little crystal near his ear
"Border team designation Gatekeeper. Ready for teleport."
For a split second, reality shatters from under you and you fall into the infinite void beyond reality.
Then, you find yourself in a warm room, the floor softly glowing, with a team of unicorns around you.
"Transportation complete. Welcome to Rockeye."
"Are you sure about all this?
I mean… it makes me happy beyond words but… you sound… worried."

Venia [Battlemage] 390190

"Well… she was a victim in the end, that much is true. Then again, I hope you realize she is certainly not the first nor last victim of this… conflict."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390191

Look at her worried but avert my gaze a second later.
"We are gonna have a baby. There is no time to worry about something as stupid as my job."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390192

I look around wildly in surprise, then settle down slightly as I see we have arrived.
"… Strange."

DM 390193

"I understand that. She was just a particularly painful one for me. And as I said, recent events have sort of… reopened that wound."
"It isn't stupid my love… I thought it was what you wanted…"
She rests her head on your lap
"First time teleporting?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390194

I sigh and hug him a bit closer
"… I understand how you feel…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390195

Stroke her mane.
"What I want is peace. For you, for him, for all of my friends.
But… If anything ever happened, he'd grow alone."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390196

I perk up
"Yes. Only know earth magic, nothing like this."

DM 390197

"I have been thinking of talking to Kilana about it…"
"I understand…
…thank you for making this sacrifice. It means… the world to me."
"You get used to it.
Now, what was your business? We understood King Frostmourn sent you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390198

"… About… getting back into contact with Prima?"
I frown

DM 390199

"About her feelings over it all.
…why the sour face?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390200

"Yes. Must have walking aid for High King. And for Mistral."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390201

"You two mean the world to me."
Smile and lean forward to kiss her.
Maybe I will forget everything once I do.

Roll #1 2 + 4 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390202

You know what? Screw that +4.

DM 390203

"Walking aids? Ah yes he must mean the discs we use. Please, this way."
He starts leading you further into the palace.
"You seem worried…
are you sad?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390204

"She was never the kindest or most benevolent of ponies… even if she didn't deserve her fate. And she has been laid to rest now. I… don't want to disturb my parents either. As much as I would like to speak to them… How much I miss them…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390205

Follow him and take in the sights of this place along the way.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390206

Try to put up a brave smile.
"No my love. Today is the day I swear off a life of horrors for a better one with you."

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 390207

"Yes… let us hope that she found peace. May Tambelon be kind to her soul."
The palace is lit with some kind of self-contained light spells within crystal lanterns. Many statues, busts and ornaments line the halls, and you pass by a great door, that must lead to the throne room.
Eventually your guide opens a storage room and drags out a pair of floating discs, large enough to seat a pony.
"Are these what you needed?"
"Pumpkin… be honest."

Venia [Battlemage] 390208

"Let us hope they all found peace…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390209

Stand up, go towards the window.
"About what, honey?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 390210

So, I was walking to Frostmourn's room with Pumpkin

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390211

I eye them
"Are they fitting for the High King? For Mistral?"
I look at her questioningly

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390212

Yeah, we totally were.

Let's knock at Frosty's room.

Venia [Battlemage] 390213

I perk up.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390214

Wait. When are you?

Kilana [deathsinger] 390215

"Oh, Venia.. " I look to Pumpkin. "she should hear this too.."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390216

the question is when do you want to be

Venia [Battlemage] 390217

DM 390218

"…we will never know until we die ourselves. If even then.
"About your feelings. I can see doubt in your eyes. Worry in your smile. Regret in your voice.
…are you sure you're ready?"
Mistral looks over
"I could try getting on one. Help me please, Ambrosia."
"Yes, what is it?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390219

"Of course."
Let's help her get onto one of them then… carefully.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390220

"Yes, she should. Want to go ahead first and tell about your encounter?"
Nevermind anymore.
"Ready to be a father? Ready to be with you?
I've been ready for this my whole life."
Shut my eyes as a frown of pain passes my face.
"Ready to give up the fight? I don't know…"


"Troubling news. I think Kilana should talk first."

Venia [Battlemage] 390221

Just wait for them to enter

Kilana [deathsinger] 390222

"Its about Radiant.." I step inside, with a serious look on my face. "She's threatened me with death over that mare mistral's injury, I thought it was just her being angry at me.. but she said something that doesn't make sense as well.. that she's seen things like Codar already.. "

DM 390223

The disc sinks slightly from her weight but remains floating
Rolling for comfort
She comes by and embraces you
"Follow your heart. I… would never want you to be unhappy."
"Very well."
"Unless we ask. Or… take a peek. If that is possible."
Frostmourn sits up
"She WHAT!? This is not acceptable!"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 390224

I frown
"She threatened you?"

I sigh
"You are too curious for your own good, Frostmourn…"

DM 390225

"It's actually pretty comfy."
Your attendant nods
"They were originally made for transporting dangerous things, then utilized as trays, and lately have been converted to help ponies with disabilities caused by accidents."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390226

That's odd…
"How does it feel?"

A little confused, I wave a hoof under and above the construct, checking for strings.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390227

Don't move.
"You deserve happiness. And I have to be near you."
"This is not the worst part."
Give them both a serious, worried look.

Kilana [deathsinger] 390228

"Yes, but that's not all or I wouldn't have come to you so urgently." I looks to pumpkin. "She revealed somethings to pumpkin just now that are troubling."

Venia [Battlemage] 390229

"… Well? What is it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390230

"She was wearing a pendant with the symbol of Equestria. It looked strange, so I asked her about it.
From there the discussion went about how their empress, according to her, was not to blame for the attacks we suffered over the years, despite what every evidence and confession said up until now.
When asked why she was so adamant in her beliefs, she proclaimed herself-"
Cringe and look at the ground.
"Her embraced."

Venia [Battlemage] 390231

I facehoof

DM 390232

"Is it even possible to be too curious?
It has served me well so far."
"A bound levitation spell, indeed built on the same basic structures as telekinesis. Easy to reproduce, but quite difficult to create."
"Don't you dare sound cold to me now. Don't talk to me as if I were some duty to fulfill! Look at me. Please?"
"So… that's what it was about.
I am beginning to fear where her loyalties lie."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390233

I nod "Then you had a plan for this Frosty?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390234

Turn around and look her in the eyes.
"My family, my love for you, that's different from duty.
But what I have to do for Frosty yet…"
"I don't. She said it herself.
Her loyalties lie with the southern empire of Equestria and its ruler."

Venia [Battlemage] 390235

"You answered that question when you asked me to show you the heart."


"Radiant wishes the best for ponykind. As does her Empress. Unfortunately the road they've chosen is… bad."
I shake my head
"There are strange forces at work here. Powerful forces."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390236

"You too now?!"
Look at her in disbelief.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390237

I scrunch and take a step back

Venia [Battlemage] 390238

"Do you think Radiant's willingness to help others came out of nowhere? She's a paladin. She was trained to be the way she is today with purpose. And if that training includes the very same compassion I was taught as a paladin of the moon, then not all is bad. It only strengthens my believe that there is some nasty force playing us here."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390239

I shale my head "Its really bothering me Venia, it shouldn't be possible for her to have seen minions like Codar, because, at least in the north, no one has anything close.. Not since the underking at least…" I pause "But she speaks about it as if its the past, and as if necromancy of the sort was banned.. Unless the southern lands are much stronger than we expect, I think she may be delusional.."

DM 390240

"Not so much a plan as a deep fear.
I doubt there is any other way. I will need to confront her. And see to it she chooses her path. Us… or Her. I cannot have a loyal of Celestia among my ranks. That, if anything, would be far more dangerous that any amount of demons among us."
She looks sad
"It's all so complicated…
…I didn't push you into this, did I?"
>Stay frosty, oscar mike
"Then I doubt she has anything more to do here.
And that I must prepare… for the inevitable."
"It wasn't praising the sun that allowed Ebonreth to keep his nation safe and powerful.
Nor was it the moon that held me together when faced with his fury.
I owe my life to what many consider a derivative of a dark art. You know that.
I only… you…
…I just wish I understood things better. So I could see the big picture of reality, not just this… insignificant bubble I live in."
"I ill see how her relentless conquest is any way to-

…I'm not better than her, am I?"
He looks down
"Strange? How so?"
Ambrosia fidgets a little
"A pillow might be nice…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 390241

"Do you want to confront her alone? Do you think that would be safe?" I say worriedly

DM 390242

"If she were to try and strike down a wounded pony, she'd prove everything the world needs to know of her so-called benevolence.
And I am not defenseless, even if I am not quite the pony I used to be."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390243

"Okay. What part of 'she will join the ponies that have been trying to kill us for the past ten years' didn't you catch?"
>she kinda did, but yet again, that was you
"I'm a grown ass stallion. You couldn't push me even if you wanted to."
Smirk at her.
>We cowwaduty talk?
"Frosty, you haven't sent me to poison a whole palace yet, have you?
That's already making you better than them.
All the places we annexed have been through diplomacy and wits, not brute strenght or subterfuge. And sure as tambelon not through pain for the ponies."
"Don't even think about it.
I exist for a reason."

Venia [Battlemage] 390244

"The world is a big and strange place, Kilana. You have not even seen a glimpse of what it has to offer. Neither its horrors or wonders."

"… Are you… having a existential crisis?"
I slump slightly
"From what I have seen, you are better."
I shake my head
"But Frostmourn… mark my words. There is more to this. And this general lack of information may very well be giving us misdirections. I don't like it. Do you remember when I told you about our findings on the alicorns? When I told you I wanted to go to Equestria to try and broker a treaty?"

"Perhaps it is time to question why that is. And if our current views on it are correct or not."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390245

"… Never saw anything like it."
Go find her a pillow then!

Kilana [deathsinger] 390246

"At this time, I truly fear that she has gone mad enough to try it. If it is for that empress she might do it.. and I don't want to lose you.."
"At least let Pumpkin trail you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390247

Stand silently and stare at her with a cold look of disbelief.

Venia [Battlemage] 390248

"Would you rather have definite total war then? I for one would give my life to make sure the North and South never fight and can co-exist. Because the amount of innocents that would die…"
I grimace
"… Not a colorful prospect…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390249

"I want the south to stay away from my home. And believe me, I will fight until my last breath to make it happen."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390250

"Maybe I haven't seen it all, but I will hear from those who have seen more when I am able to meet with more dark artists.. Its just hard to believe we could be so uninformed here.. "

"Do you think a treaty would even work with them? Radiant seems on the verge of violence now that she remembers, those assassins certainly didn't hesitate.. "

DM 390251

>foolish child. I am all.
"…are you sure?"
>you gotta tango that charlie bro
"Let us hope history remembers us kindly."
"You have a child and wife to look after."
"I'm trying to unite what I… assume… is a large piece of the whole world. Yet all I know is what a few books and even fewer ponies have passed on to me. I feel like I'm a fool, stumbling in the dark, unable to open his eyes.
I feel like my heart alone is not enough for what I want to accomplish. And that is why every time someone tells me to stop trying to push my limits and my curiosity… I feel like I may have been walking the wrong way all along."
"There may be more, yes, but I am ill willing to harbor what, for all intents and purposes is an enemy agent inside my inner circle."
She adjusts the pillow under her and smiles
"Now that's comfy~"
Your companion clears his throat
"Was that all, ladies?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390252

I stare at Mistral for a moment, then nod.
"Yes. Have what we needed. High King will be happy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390253

>Are you even me? Then I give myself 20 more skillpoints. And Multiclass into everything at once!
Kiss her.
"Yes. I am sure. When the baby is born, I will stand by your side."
>speaking of better games, I was stupid enough to not pick up the bee camo after tranq-killing the Fear
"And Lady Radiant has been my trainer for all this time.
If there is anyone who has to do this, it's me."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 390254

"So it is hate then? Pure hatred that would make you push for war?"

"There is a world outside the North. A big scary world. With plenty of evil individuals who would resort to bad things to achieve their ends. I don't want to resort to warfare if it is not needed."

"We all make mistakes Frostmourn. It is from them that we learn. Our character is shaped by the environment and our experiences. Sometimes however, you must be stopped from making a mistake beforehand."
"She is also a friend, Frostmourn."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390255

"No Venia. It is defense.
If they come to our doorstep and ask us to bow our heads to their might, they can take whatever military they have and shove it up their own asses!
I will not bow to a demon who feels herself superior to us!"

DM 390256

>That's a later quest. It's called Sylt Wins, where you play alone, and get all the skills ans multiclasses, as well as 100 pets. It will be the only quest I run for 4 months and nobody else is allowed to have fun in it.
Just as long as you are honest about that being what you want."
>Start over you massive casual, stop being bad
"Not without me speaking to her first."
"So I am the fool then. A puppet for those around me, fit to dance for their amusement until I overstep my bounds and need to be put back in line?"
"Even friends can betray you. If she truly is Her Embraced, I doubt she harbors much love for us any longer."

DM 390257

"Good, good. Feel free to look around, and when you wish to return, go to the teleporter room again."

Venia [Battlemage] 390258

"And what of the other ponies of the North? Are you willing to condemn them to a time of utter misery and death because you are too blinded with hatred to even consider making a compromise? Are you, one pony, worthy of making such a call?"

I facehoof
"No. That's not what you are at all. But High King or not… you are still young. You think I never made mistakes when I was your age? That I never made a complete fool of myself?"
"So you would take her out because she might form a problem for you? Does that not sound familiar to you at all?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 390259

"She said she was a friend still.. but also that If I make another mistake she would not hesitate to come after me for it. Is she truly my friend if she would kill me for a misjudgment?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390260

I look at Mistral
"Know anything about Rockeye?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390261

>I just wanted to pull that 24 once…
Nod with a smile.
"And by then, I hope the north won't need me anymore…"
>But I have all the otheeeeers and are just past the torture sequence!
"I will be watching behind you. But if you decide to strike, let me."
"Is she, one pony, worthy of imposing her will over us?
And stop deluding yourself, Lady Radiant will go back to her empress. She said so herself. And she threatened Kilana for her own stupid, close-minded beliefs! She is so wicked she thinks of herself as righteous!"

Venia [Battlemage] 390262

"You know Radiant can say stupid things when she's angry… But she's not a bad pony. I can see that."

"If she is indeed her embraced, she may very well be the only way to get close to the alicorns. She could form the bridge towards a treaty. A chance of peace."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390263

"This is true."

DM 390264

"I do not have time for mistakes. Nor do I have time to grow old. Every day wasted is a day I cannot spare. That the North cannot spare.
A day given to Equestria."
He falls back down into bed
"…I don't… know… any… more."
Frostmourn just groans
"Hmm… no, not really…."
>How can I write that crit on a damn bow anyway? Ranged weapons are boring as shit.
…Pumpkin? …could we go flying? Like old times?"
>Protip: save and reload in jail to play a bonus minigame
"This is not your fight."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390265

Frostmourn drools, Celestia rules

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390266

>I'd do it with the daggers of course. 24 doesn't take into account any weapon modifiers
Smile a bit.
"You have the dress here?"
>too late for that
"It is. If anypony has to do it, that's me."
Take a step forward, clenched jaw and determinated eyes.

DM 390267

Your judgement is at hand

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390268

Laame, I bet Celestia would have judged already

Venia [Battlemage] 390269

"Frostmourn… you aren't alone in this fight, okay? You don't have to carry the entire weight. Nopony is going to blame you for taking time for yourself. If you keep this pace up you'll… probably eventually just snap…"
"As I said, if she is indeed this close to those alicorns… she could form a road towards peace. A way to prevent bloodshed."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390270

I glare a bit at this.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390271

"… Get back to Frosty then. Must be at his side. Get to Stormheart…"
I frown slightly
"You don't have wings…"

DM 390272

>what a shame
"No, it's back in Wintersgrasp."
She caresses your wings
"But yours are right here~"
>I bet you missed the crocodile hat too
"There are others that you for the job."
Then get in here and face the music
"I'd rather snap than be snapped."
"It's either that or…
…well, best not voice all the darkest options"
"Neither does the High King."

Venia [Battlemage] 390273

I jab him in the side with a hoof
"Don't give me that damn talk!"
I just frown

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390274

>I never asked for this nerf
Smile a bit and move towards the balcony, offering her a hoof.
"Shall we?"
>…. Hey you try finding all that shit without walkthrough at your first time, okay? At least I'm not killing anyone!
"It's not about the job! It's about Radiant! I owe her this much!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390275

I look back at my feeble wings
"… My wings not strong enough. Underdeveloped. Unsure how we will reach Stormheart."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390276

"Perhaps you should go now? Before she decides to leave on her own?"

DM 390277

He sighs
"Venia… is all this a lost cause? Can someone like me even unite the north?
I can see how an immortal Alicorn could… but I'm just some colt with two and a half legs."
>yeah, rip
"We shall~"
She takes your hoof
>you gotta replay it with walkthroughs man, it's so much fun
"You owe her death?"
"I'm sure the king has a plan."
"Perhaps…. perhaps.
Someone help me into my suit."

Venia [Battlemage] 390278

"You're more than just that, Frostmourn. Don't think so lowly of yourself. And again, you not alone. You have plenty of friends and allies. Loyal ponies who believe and follow you."
"You are staying in bed, Frostmourn. You need your damn rest. I'll go get Radiant myself. And nopony is harming her, understood?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 390279

"Alright." I help him get ready. do I need a roll for this

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390280

>great way to kill my mood man
Pull her close and hold her tight, feel the beating of her heart.
Then, gently flap off the ground, in strong, slow motions while looking deep into her eyes.
>after PW. I'm kinda lost trying to leave the military base right now
"Yes. I'd rather her blood be on my hooves than anypony's else, because I know I wouldn't be able to look them in the eyes if they did. Even if it is you.
And this time, no masks.
It will be the fight between a student and an old master."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 390281

Teleport to the king '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 390282

fucking lucky
"Hi Frosty!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390283

I nod
"Frosty must have a plan. Should get back to him."

DM 390284

"It only takes one weak ring to ruin a chain…"
"F-fine. Bring her."
"It's fine. I'll meet her here."
>well excuuuuuuuse me, Princess
She weighs more than she used to, and your liftoff is more than a little shaky
"Ah! Hey! …watch the baby…"
"Hello Nylis"
"I guess we should, yes. Shall we?"
Return to Eaglecrest?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 390285

check his hoof, inure the pain to it '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390286

Yes. Let's get back their with our new toys. We promised Frostmourn to hurry after all.

DM 390287

Your total travel time ended up being
'2d3+6' hours
"Thank you. Always good to have you around"

Roll #1 1, 1 + 6 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 390288

"Do I need to jab you again? You are no weakling, Frostmourn. Neither physically nor mentally."
Go find Radiant.
… do I find a shadow along the way?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390289

>She's two weeks in how does this even
Hold her closer.
"I'm sorry."
Smile down at her, and climb slightly, looking for a low hanging cloud.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Kilana [deathsinger] 390290

I nod. "Frosty.. we should talk after you're finished with her.."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390291

Hah! Fast and effective!
"… Should get you a pillow, Mistral. Maybe Frosty has one."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390292

"Something on your mind Nylis?"

DM 390293

"So I hope.
But abusing me will not make that hope any stronger."
There are shadows around many corners
"A terrible turn of events…"
>she's paranoid, duh
"Ehh, probably nothing. Must have just been me being silly."
Oh look, a cloud
"Indeed… so we shall."
"Perhaps we could ask the palace custodians for one."

Venia [Battlemage] 390294

"I've always been such a abusive guardian after all."
"Exactly my thoughts. What the hell should we do? Pumpkin and Kilana are willing to go as far as killing her!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390295

"… for free? Do you have money?"

DM 390296

"Venia please. At most, you've been smothering and restrictive."
"And she as far as killing Kilana. I doubt Frostmourn has much patience left for her either."
"We work for the High King. I'm sure he can afford to pay for one pillow for us."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390297

>did BB just jump off a waterfall into a burning forest? And why is this guy walking on water?
Sit upon the clod and let Bearing sit over me.
"Do you like it here?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390298

"… To protect you."
"Well I'm not letting them kill each other. Not on my damn watch."
I huff

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390299

"How much do pillows cost? Never had to buy anything."

DM 390300

>The Sorrow is a ghost. When The Boss threw you off the bridge earlier, you could have looked around to see his dead body in the river. Try not to get killed, and reach the end of the river for his camo. Then eat the Revival Pill to win.
"It's a little cold… But you can keep me warm, right?"
"Sometimes I fear I'm one of those ponies who never learns until he gets hurt…"
"What can you do? If she truly does support Equestria so openly."
"I dunno… Not sure what the prices are like around here."

Venia [Battlemage] 390301

I raise a hoof
"Should I get back to abusing you then?"
"She's not just a friend, she's also a possible means to get close to those alicorns. A way to peace…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390302

"… Ask Frosty?"
I knock on his door

DM 390303

"Do you remember our talk long ago about how I felt about you as a teacher…?"
"And if she refuses?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390304

>killed by what, there's literally nothing here but the cobras
Giggle a bit.
"On a cloud? And what if you fall off?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390305

I deflate a little
"… Yes."
"I'll improvise."

DM 390306

>The Sorrow can attack you too
"You'll rescue me of course~
Don't tell me being up here with me doesn't get you at least a little excited…"
"And what did I tell you?"
"Let us pray it is enough…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390307

Open the door and push the platform inside
"Disc is here."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390308

I look a little awkward when Ambrosia comes in "Do you need a moment alone?"

DM 390309

"Ah, perfect. Perfect. Put it over there by my armour. I'll send for Golden Oats so he can make the adjustments."

Venia [Battlemage] 390310

"You… felt like I held you back… That I was too overbearing on you."
"Didn't know you were one to pray. Where is Radiant now?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390311

>I think I missed the camo…
Does it?

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390312

Push it over there, then bow to Frostmourn.
"I wish to ask something."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390313

Well I guess it does!
And then we had some sweet sweet +4 love that totally didn't heal my mind at all.

Roll #1 3, 3, 8, 3 = 17

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390314


Roll #1 4 = 4

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390315

Here again

DM 390316

"And what have we been talking about for the past few hours?"
"It was a figure of speech. I'm trying to find her."
>It was on his corpse at the end of the river. Touching it "kills" you.
Venia is on the hunt for you.

Roll #1 2, 4, 6, 1, 7 + 10 = 30

DM 390317

"It's kinda… awkward up here…"

Venia [Battlemage] 390318

I scrunch
"… I'm just lending you my advice, Frostmourn. If you… if you don't care for it then just tell me so."
"Right. Hurry up!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390319

"How much do pillows cost?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390320

Well I am still outside, looking at the Sun and sky and stuff.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390321

>yeah of course it sucks
Hold her close.
"I'm sorry, my mind is wandering all over…"
>did that icicle butt disappear?

DM 390322

"Every opinion is equal in my eyes, unless there are reasons to think other factors are involved.
All I'm saying is… whatever is in that jar may hold great potential."
"Found her." >>390320
He taps his chin
"Not much… why?"

DM 390323

"I can see that.
Maybe we're just being too hasty up here. Something lighter might fit the mood better~"

Venia [Battlemage] 390324

I sigh and shake my head
"I told you… I explained you already… this isn't me being overprotective. This is about morality. It would be something that goes against everything I stand for. something that should go against everything any pony that calls him or herself good stands for."
Go get her

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390325

I sigh and turn to her.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390326

"Oh yes. Something like staring at the sunset…"
Move her mane off her face.
"Or staying a bit close together…"
Yeah, just snuggle.
Power of love!

Roll #1 5 + 4 = 9

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390327

"Mistral wishes a pillow to make disc more comfortable."

DM 390328

"So you are saying you would forsake our two decades together over this?"
That's a lot nicer…"
She gives you a soft kiss
"It's comfortable here…
…but if you want me to do anything, just ask~"
The king levitates one off his bed
"Will this do?"
Mistral shoves it under her and nods
"Thank you, this will do well."

Venia [Battlemage] 390329

"No. Of course not."
I look down
"… I just have my own regrets about… things. Unfulfilled dreams…"

Venia [Battlemage] 390330

"Just what the hell were you thinking!?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390331

"About what?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390332

"Thank you Frosty. Do you wish anything else?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390333

Shake my head.
"No. This is alright.
This is just the way it has to be…"
Keep staring off into the sunset.
"Am I doing something stupid?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390334

"Threatening Kilana! Telling Pumpkin about your memories!"

DM 390335

"Please, do tell. I'm here for you."
"No, this is quite fine. If you can, find Golden Oats for me and ask him to come see me as soon as he can. He has a room on the third floor."
"Depends. What about?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390336

Wave a hoof onto the sunset.
"About this. This all.
About having a child when the skies might turn red in just a few years.
Maybe I should take you both somewhere safer…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390337

"I didn't threaten Kilana, I just told her I won't let her use necromancy for evil on my watch.
And what should I do? Lie?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390338

"… I'm 38 years old and childless."
I close my eyes
"Pumpkin is getting a child, Verne is getting married… and here I am, nearly twice as old as they are and still as unmarried and childless as I was twenty years ago."
I slump
"And as much as I see you as a son… I always… I always just wanted to experience it differently. They say motherhood changes you…"

DM 390339

"…I did ask if you felt like you were ready…"
"Then… why not have one?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390340

"Okay, Frosty."
I bow again and go find this pony

Venia [Battlemage] 390341

"I can't. There just isn't any time. Not if I want to be at your side."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390342

"And I am telling you that I am ready.
But are you? Look ahead. Look ahead and think.
Do you want to be here when he's born? I can't stop a war I'm not even fighting anymore…"

Venia [Battlemage] 390343

"She said you called her a monster. She seemed pretty upset about it…"
I shake my head
"You shouldn't have mentioned it at all!"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390344

"He asked. I answered."

DM 390345

After some searching, you locate a guarded room on the third floor. The door guard stops you.
"What business?"
"You've already given me so much I ill dare ask for more sacrifices…"
She bites her lip
"…I never really thought of that…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390346

Why have I been so foolish.
Hold her closer, gently stroke her mane with a smile on my face.
"It's okay, I'm here. I won't let any harm come to you two…"

Venia [Battlemage] 390347

I groan
"Do you have any idea how upset the others are?"

"I don't want to leave your side. I want to support you on this mission of yours because I know how important that is."
I look away
"I just don't know how to justify it if you start using demonology to help you as well… It's not something I want to be a part of. Not something I want to see used by my own allies."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390348

"High King needs Golden Oats."

DM 390349

"Should there even be two…?
…was I too hasty and stupid? Just… be honest to me."
"Not demonology. Alteration. Demonology is the art of summoning demons. Alteration is changing shapes and properties.
…I don't want to lose you Venia. But I don't want you to think you can use your position to blackmail me out of decisions in the future either."
He knocks on the door
"Sir Oats? The High King asks for you"
After a moment a slightly graying pony looks out
"Right… I'll come along then.
Lead the way."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390350

"I know how Pumpkin is."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390351

Chuckle a bit.
"Well it's not like we can turn back time."
Kiss her forehead.
"I know your biggest dream is having a child, and I'm not taking that away from you. Not after all the love you gave me."

Venia [Battlemage] 390352

I grit my teeth
"This is not blackmail."

I cross my hooves and give her a condescending look
"So what the heck will you do now, Radiant? You realize how big of a pickle you're in right?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390353

"For having free will? Having my own opinions and voicing them?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390354

"And threatening to kill ponies!"

DM 390355

She looks down
"Ways could be found I suppose… but… yes. Having a child… with you… was always a big dream of mine."
"Of course not. But it had not best turn into that either. Today it's researching an unknown asset, tomorrow it's not eating my vegetables, if we're not careful."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390356

"I did not threaten Kilana. I just told her what will be her end shall she step on a path of darkness."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390357

"Yes. Follow me please."
Lead him back to the High King

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390358

"Don't even think about that."
Scowl at her, but go back to resting upon the cloud.
"Do you think I will be a good father?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390359

"I'm just stating the facts here. I have needs too. Needs I'm willing to give up if that means we can save the North.
And I already told you… You can research the heart to find out countermeasures all you want, but it does have to be destroyed as quickly as possible."

I let out a long sigh
"Okay… let's just get to Frostmourn so we can talk about this together, alright?"

DM 390360

"Thank you, ladies. You are free to go.
Oats, I need you to take a look at this disc…"
"If you put your heart to it… you'll be the best father you can be~"
"I leave the research up to those more capable than me in that field. Kilana, Nylis, Winterbreeze, Domain…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390361

I nod.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390362

Kiss her.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 390363

"Well yes, that's obvious. But I will keep a close eye on that heart, you hear me? I want it in sight at all times while it's being researched, and in my bags when it isn't. It's still vile and I wouldn't trust it to even die properly."

"Come on then."
Lead her back to Frostmourn.
This is going to be fun…

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390364

I bow once again and leave with Mistral.
"We are done. Now what?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390365

I follow her.

DM 390366

"I love you…"
"You seem awfully keen on keeping it close to you"
"Good question.
Did you have anything in mind?"
"Welcome back, Embraced."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390367

Look at him without batting an eye.
"Yes, you were looking for me?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 390368

"Should I leave you alone?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390369

Fly her down to our room once more.
"I will take a walk, okay?"
>plot armor zone
Stare at her.

Venia [Battlemage] 390370

I nod
"Exactly. I feel that it is my responsibility to keep an eye on it at all times."
Stand next to Radiant

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390371

"… Would you like to watch me fight?"

DM 390372

"I was indeed. What is this about threatening Kilana? About praising Celestia?"
Is the pendant visible?
"You two stay here."
"What? No! I don't want to see you get hurt…"
"And you're sure it has never spoken?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390373

Not going anywhere.

Kilana [deathsinger] 390374

I nod, and stare at Radiant.

Venia [Battlemage] 390375

I cock a brow
"Yes? Like I said, I'm not sure it can talk. It only screeched."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390376

"I did not threaten her. I gave her an advice and a warning, that should she become what I was trained to vanquish, I will not make an exception just because I know her personally.
And what about it?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390377

I tap a hoof against my chin
"Kilana brought poppy seeds. Can be used to make opium. To relieve pain from your back. In case Nylis is not around."

DM 390378

For a moment… I got very worried."
"Then allow me to offer you that same generous proposition. What is my enemy's symbol doing on your neck?"
"Okay? Sounds good to me."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390379

I narrow my eyes.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390380

"The same it is doing on my Cutie Mark."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390381

Narrow my eyes.

Cutie marks are not something you choose.

Venia [Battlemage] 390382

"… Are you seriously…"
I shake my head
"Don't answer that. Although I admit I would like to see it locked up better than this."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390383

"Are you in pain right now?"

DM 390384

"So you wear it for the sake of vanity?"
"I won't then.
I have many vaults to keep it in. I'd prefer one where it can be studied without need to disturb it further."
Rolling for pain

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 390385


Venia [Battlemage] 390386

"I don't care if I have to carry a damn vault on my back. I am not leaving it unattended."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390387

"No. I wear it for Divinity."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390388

"Will prepare opium then. Must have equipment."
Is there a kitchen somewhere we could use?

DM 390389

"There are others who can guard it."
"There is nothing divine about the empress of Equestria."
You can use it freely as you work for the High King.

Venia [Battlemage] 390390

"That much is true. But if it lashes out… I don't like putting that responsibility on somepony else…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390391

"None that you know of."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390392

[glaring intensives]


I'll need a sifter, a bowl, a mortar and pestle a knife…
If I have all those, I can get to work!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 390394

I frown
"Playing crusaders is not helping the issue, you two."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390395

"Venia this is actually a very real problem that goes beyond religion."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390396

"Let them finish." I say flatly.

Venia [Battlemage] 390397

"I am aware. But this is not helping us."

DM 390398

"Oh I know much of divinity. Not that you'd care to share in it.
Tell me then, oh Embraced, do you stand before me as the mare who fought at my side for a united north, or as a preacher of my great enemy?"
"You are not more resistant to corruption than others, Venia. Nor are you the most expendable."
After some searching and work, it is done!
"I have many reasons to hate that sun. Many dead bodies who should still be drawing breath. Much blood spilled for the wrong reasons."

Venia [Battlemage] 390399

I scrunch
"But as a paladin, I know how to deal with it should it try something."
"And much blood that will be spilled if we allow hatred to stand in the way of peace and compromise."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390400

"Just because I am a Paladin of Her does not mean I regret fighting at your side. Or being your friend. Unless you no longer consider me one for my beliefs."


I dip the tip of my knife in there and taste it. How strong is it on a scale of ten?

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 390402

"We have other paladins. Devout paladins. Well trained paladins.
I don't want to risk losing you."
"Which is why I am not spilling any without reason."
"That depends on where your devotions lie.
In the north
Or to the south.
…unless you think there is another way."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390403

"Frankly, I am getting sick of you ponies talking about this like we have a choice."
Grunt and look at the side.
"They drew first blood. It's not on our hooves. It has never been."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390404

"My heart belongs to Her and Her only.
Yet that does not mean that it has no room for you in it."

DM 390405

"I have fought my entire life to not belong to her."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390406

"Why fight any longer then if it is so tiresome?"

DM 390407

"Because I'm still breathing"

Venia [Battlemage] 390408

"Who? The warriors of the Sun?"

"It is worth a try. Not everything has to end in violence, even if it started that way."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390409

Stand up and take a single step towards the middle of the two.

Kilana [deathsinger] 390410

"Are you suggesting we just turn over our homes to her?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390411

"And that compels you to fight a losing battle?"

Ignore them.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390412

"Strong. Very small doses necessary. Adjust dose depending on effectiveness."
I put a small amount of it in a bowl, then hoof it to her.

DM 390413

"Them indeed."
"It is better to cry out against fate than to bow one's head and succumb.
If need be, I will scour their armies from this world with myself at the very front lines before I'd allow the north to become just another nameless footnote in their history of conquest!"
"So… do I eat this, or?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390414

"Hmmm… fine. But I'll still be paying very close attention to their doings. Just in case…"

DM 390415

"If you feel you are indeed the purest for the job."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390416

"So you would rather senslessly spill blood and waste lives of ponies so you can be remembered for a battle?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390417

"It's not about purity. It's about competence and care. I may be a queen, but that does not mean I am a frail piece of furniture that only serves as decoration!"

DM 390418

"No. So that The North can be remembered at all."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390419

"Yes. It will ease the pain. You will feel dazed for some time too."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390420

"Could it not be remembered for peace?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390421

"Your deafness is astounding."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390422

Keep ignoring him.

DM 390423

down the hatch!
Rolling to remain coherent
"You mean for surrendering?
I live to see the North survive, as a culture. I exist to refuse Equestria their crusade of domination that destroys the history and heritage of every nation they engulf.
I will not live to see the northlands become yet another pile of nameless provinces drawn with a damn ruler!"
"Of course… of course.
Perhaps we should speak with Captain Southern Cross?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 390424

She remains fairly stable
"It certainly hurts less…"

Venia [Battlemage] 390425

"He is in Wintergrasp, no? I could speak with him when I go fetch Unyielding…"
I just frown at the exchange.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390426

"I admire your valiance… but you cannot win. No matter what you do.""

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390427

Stare defiantly at her, hate etched into my face.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390428

"Opium contains morphine. Important painkiller. Not sure how long dose will contain pain. Will have to inform me when it hurts again."

DM 390429

"Then I will die fighting."
"Good idea."
"I will~
…this is really making my head go kinda weird…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390430

"And I will stand by your side, my King."
Move besides Frostmourn, head held high, staring at Radiant.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390431

"Don't throw your life away in vain, Frostmourn."

Kilana [deathsinger] 390432

I nod standing firmly on the side of my friends "As will I."

Venia [Battlemage] 390433

"I'm sure he'll be thrilled to hear…"

DM 390434

"I am not.
This is a cause worth dying for."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390435

"A lost cause if you insist on war."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390436

"Normal reaction. Do you wish to head to bed? Sleeping will be easier."

DM 390437

"I insist nothing.
But I will not lay down my arms if they some marching in."
"That might be a good idea…
…will you come too?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390438

"… If you wish me to."

DM 390439

"I won't mind~"

Venia [Battlemage] 390440

I clear my throat
"Which is why we have to ensure we broker a treaty."
I look between the two of them
"There is no need for hate if a compromise is reached."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390441

"She could bring peace and prosperity, if you gave up on your desire to rule over the North."

DM 390442

"There is NOTHING prosperous in her slaver-"
"-it seems you have more to say on this. Speak your mind."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390443

Glance at Venia.

Venia [Battlemage] 390444

"If Radiant is Celestia's embraced… that means she must have exerted some sort of influence on her. Once Snowborder is dealt with, we could send a diplomatic envoy to the South, using Radiant as our ticket to get close to the alicorns. That way there may be a chance for us to reach an agreement and prevent a war in the first place."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390445

… Does she even have a room?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390446

I nod but say nothing.

DM 390447

"…sounds… reasonable."
He turns to Radiant
"What do you think?"
The high king has the power to arrange rooms for all those in need.
It's got a big soft bed too~

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 390448

And now I'm completely lost.
For the sake of expedience, can we just say I showed Frostmourn the fancy helmet, mentioned Ironhooves, and got him a letter of introduction to Narpa?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390449

"Obviously, I would like if this would be settled with peace."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390450

I pick her off of the disc and gently put on on the bed.
"Do you need anything? Is it comfortable? Extra pillows? Blankets? Water?"

DM 390451

Lets go with that.
Right now this is mostly big time inner circle drama over Radiant openly declaring her loyalty belonging to Equestria.

"So you will become my herald to the south then?
A negotiator who will ensure they never cross our borders?"
Rolling for comfy

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 390452

"I need someone to keep me warm~"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 390453

So where should I fall in? Last that was known of Crescent, he was deposited, naked, in his bed. His armor was left in the cantina. That was "hours" ago.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390454

"Yes. I will be a negotiator. But my role will be to make sure the annexation goes without problems."

Venia [Battlemage] 390455

"And about that mission to the mansion…"
I frown
"I am still miffed about what happened there."
"That sounds much more reasonable already."

"… Annexation? No Radiant, I was thinking about a non-aggression pact. Or even an alliance."

DM 390456

Ambrosia and Mistral are currently 8 hours ahead of the timeline. I will go to bed soon.
He forces himself up, holding up the wounded leg
"What of it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390457

Extend a hoof in front of him and hold him up.
"Easy there. You are still wounded."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390458

I hop onto bed and settle down next to her

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 390459

Then I might just have to give this session a pass, since it's almost over and I can't really add anything to it.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390460

"It is to ensure a lasting peace for all of Ponykind."

DM 390461

"At a cost I am not willing to pay!"
Sorry for that.
She puts a hoof around you
"Much better~"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390462

"So you value yourself over the future of millions of ponies?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390463

"The consequences of recklessness…"
I frown
"Pumpkin specifically told me I was in charge, then he completely disregarded the plan and endangered us all."
I shake my head
"Not to mention the impression that must have given to Godric. He approached me earlier, saying he was worried about what would happen if something like that occurred in Stormheart. That's a bad sign."

"I beg to differ."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390464

I wrap a wing around her in return.
"… Yes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 390465

Eh, it's not your fault. I got here really late.

DM 390466

"I culture of these lands over all else.
And giving it up is a price I will never pay."
"Which is why Pumpkin is no longer a blade, nor does he hold a commanding position in the coming battles.
You do."
"I'm feeling a little dizzy…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390467

"… Sick?"

Venia [Battlemage] 390469

"I thought you knew me better already than that, Frostmourn. I don't care for ranks or titles. I'm angry he did not so much as apologize to me. He doesn't even blame himself for his actions! At the very least Kilana apologized already and showed remorse."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390471

"What do you hope to achieve then? You cannot defy Her."

DM 390472

"Just a little… weird."
"That's Pumpkin for you.
Sometimes I fear that dogma he adopted is poisoning his heart…"
"Get out of my sight!
I will not have a damned thing like you as my herald!"

Venia [Battlemage] 390474

"Exactly my fears. I can only hope he'll become more responsible once he becomes a father."
I just look at them both sadly

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390475

"Excuse me from trying to prevent you from killing yourself."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390476

"Unpleasantly? Should not take more opium if you do not like it."

DM 390477

"If my death can preserve centuries of culture and heritage, the very lifeblood of our society, then it is an insignificant price to pay."
"It's ok I just feel a little weird is all…
…thanks for keeping me safe…"
Rolling to stay awake
"He may have taken too much responsibility as is. So much it has begun to blind him a bit."

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 390479

She then dozes off, hoof still around you

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 390480

"With pleasure… Mistral…"
I'll just sleep myself then

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390481

"Your death will achieve nothing, but leave you to dust. If only you would accept peace and surrender you would be acknowledged as the King of the North who did what is best for Ponykind."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 390482

"Lady Radiant, King Frostmourn asked you to leave. " I say firmly.

Venia [Battlemage] 390483

"I'll have to talk to Valeriana about it…"
I frown
"Maybe even with Peaches and Bearing, even though I barely know them."

I frown
"That's just not true, Radiant."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390484

Look at her for a second.
"Stay back Kila."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390485

"Those by Her side prosper. Those who stand against Her perish."

DM 390486

"I will not be remembered as one who gave up his life for fear.
You are dismissed.
Report to Lecturer Domain to have your mind wiped of our secrets, if you so dearly desire to leave."
"If you feel concerned, then do so."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390487

"You are talking just like a lordblade."

Venia [Battlemage] 390488

I frown
"That's zealot talk, Radiant. That's not how I know you. That's not the Radiant I befriended."

I nod
"I will… but first I'll go fetch Unyielding."
I get up.
"… Please remember what I said, Frostmourn."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 390490

I stay silent. waiting for Radiant to move.

DM 390491

"I will…
…I will…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390492

"I speak the truth. None who have opposed her lived to tell the tale. I do not wish for any of you to suffer the same fate."

"I see. You are already set on a path of self destruction then. May the Sun have mercy on your soul."

Venia [Battlemage] 390493

I smile at him and give him a final hug before leaving.
"Rest well."

DM 390494

"Same to you, old friend… Be safe."
"I do not beg for your mercy."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 390496

Turn around and leave the room.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 390497

Rest Frostmourn back on his bed.

"I might need to puke."

Venia [Battlemage] 390498

I grit my teeth
"I can't believe my ears…"

DM 390500

"And if she tries to take our secrets to Equestria… Ensure she doesn't."


DM 391068

If you got shit to finish before Stormheart, now is the time.
Next time, we're going there, regardless of unfinished business.

Venia [Battlemage] 391069

Well I need to go fetch Unyielding for sure.
Though this whole Radiant affair… Ugh.

I scrunch and leave the room. I have to speak to Valeriana about this…

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391070

And I'll have recovered and requipped my armor. Currently at the cantina. And with a fairly decent headache.
I'll go sit outside and take in some air for a while.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391071

Okay, just in what state is Frosty right now?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391072

I'm fairly sure I managed to shower you amd get you in your bed.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391073

I stay in the room with frosty. How mad does he look?

DM 391074

"I should kill her before she becomes trouble."
It is a lovely, if rather cold morning.
The High king will probably want to organize the move to Stormheart soon.
Fire in his eyes, and heart racing. You don't remember him looking quite that angry in a while.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391075

Yes, which is why I needed to recover the armor from the cantina. You probably left it there.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391076

Inure frosty's hoof '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391077

Stand quietly at his side. I have no good words to say right now.
Stare at the door.

DM 391078

"Pumpkin. I trust you understand the implications of this."
His eyes calm a little and he turns to smile at you
"Thank you. I… needed that."

Venia [Battlemage] 391079

"I can't believe this… That… idiot. She could have made peace a possibility!"
I stomp a hoof
"What the hell has gotten into her!?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391080

Wonder who he plans to take.
Well, let's make my way there. If the door's shut, I'll knock.
"King Frostmourn?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 391081

Godric is off doing gryphon or Stormheart things if anyone wants to talk to him.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391082

"I can't believe her." I say angrily.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391083

Smile at him
"You're welcome frosty. But I need to find somepony who'll do this on a regular basis for you.

…or find a way to bind this spell so you can use it.."

IDEA '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391084

Nod slowly.
"She has changed so much…"

DM 391085

…lets ignore the time issues here for the sake of simplicity.
It seems he atmosphere in the room is tense to say the very least.
"Such is the effect of zealotry, I would assume."
"Love for her old home trumping love for her new one. We can do little about it, I fear."
"I arranged for Sir Golden Oats to… enhance my suit slightly. The wounded hoof can now hover slightly, meaning I never need to put weight on it. That should let me walk as I heal."
"Perhaps this is who she truly always was…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391086

I'll look around for a moment.
"I seem to have found you at a bad time."

Venia [Battlemage] 391087

I bury my head in my hooves
"But she is my friend! One of my closest friends! Was I really so blind that I didn't see this coming? That I overlooked her zeal?"
I sigh and run a hoof through my mane
"… I don't want to see her killed. I really don't. But… I don't want her to endanger us all either…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391088

Stand up and blink a few time to shake this numbness but speak in a low, defeated voice.
"I will see to it she leaves the north with no troubles, from her or to her."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391089

"I think we may need to reconsider her previous advice concerning the dark arts, now that she's revealed her true colors."
I shake my head "Doubtful there would be a good time after that happened."

Venia [Battlemage] 391091

I'm in a different room with Valeriana

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391093

"Oh! That's great! Uh.. d-does he know how to bind spells?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391094

"Pardon my asking, but what did I just miss?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391095

"Private matters."

DM 391096

"Talk to her. Get her to agree to be treated by the mind mage. Then we can let her run."
"Do not kill unless it is absolutely necessary.
Do you understand?
We are above such tactics. We are above Celstia's tactics."
"…you may be right. I… we need to speak to Venia."
"Not really, but some in Rockeye do. He simply repurposed spellbound parts of a Floating Disc."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391097

"I will not. She is still my old mentor."
Look at the ground.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391098

I'll look between the two.
"I see. Then you would likely wish to be left with your friends for the moment."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391099

"Hmm… ok, I'll need to visit Rockeye after Stormheart then. Thanks frosty!'

Venia [Battlemage] 391100

"Oh I will… talk to her. Bah… She wont get away with this. I always stood up for her and this is the thanks I get!?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391101

I nod. "Who knows what kind of warped ideals that monster gave her.."
I look at you and then to the others "He should know who the betrayer is.."

DM 391102

"As she is mine. And the mentor of my elite.
She was a good mare, with a blind heart."
"As it stands, I need all the friends I can get…"
"You do that. It might be most helpful."
"We cannot decide for others. This was the future she chose on her own. And we can only do out best to mitigate the damage."
Crescent. Radiant Dawn has left our favor. She has chosen Equestria over the Northlands."

Venia [Battlemage] 391103

I sigh
"I should go get Unyielding first… Give her some time to maybe come to her damn senses."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391104

I'll let that sink in for a second.
"That's… unexpected. I thought she was one of your closest friends. Why would she betray you? Side with the enemy? It makes no sense."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391105

"So uh.. what's going to happen now?"

DM 391106

"It relates to her past. When she came to us, she had no memory of her homeland. Now, she has broken those mental barricades and remembered. And it seems what she remembered, is Celestia of Canterlot."
"And what, imprison her in the mean time?"
"Now, we prepare to march on Stormheart."

Venia [Battlemage] 391107

"No, just keep an eye on her and keep her here. That shouldn't be too hard, right?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391108

"Oh… right. C-can Winterbreeze come?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391109

I'll frown beneath my helm.
"So what is to be done with her, then? Seeing as she's not here, imprisonment seems not to have been an option."

DM 391110

"If she aims to leave for Canterlot…"
"Of course."
"Any secrets she knows of us will be plucked from her head, and then she can run back to her false god."

Venia [Battlemage] 391111

"Then stop her. Non-lethally of course. Id and his domination magic can stop her, for one."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391112

"I see."
I'll pause for a moment.
"But… how? She remembered Equestria, even if it took her a long time to do so. How can we be certain whatever she knows can be forgotten completely?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391113

I rub my forehead in frustration. "I'm going to bring Id here."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391114

Sit beside the bed.
"Frosty, I wish to remain in your service for the time being."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391115

"Hey Kila…"
Sigh heavily.
"I'm sorry you had to see that."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391116


Kilana [Deathsinger] 391117

I grit my teeth and almost growl as I speak "The only one who should be sorry is Radiant."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391118

I'll be in my borrowed room, checking my chemicals for freshness. Can't use bad formaldehyde, of course.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391119

Stare at her with a pledging look.
"Don't let it taint you."

DM 391120

"I somehow doubt that will make her consider staying more."
"We can do our best, and hope."
"And what of… that… thing we discussed?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391121

"Why are you mad?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391122

"Look into my eyes and tell me that right now everything is fine, and I'm not needed."
Look at Frostmourn with a tired, defeated smile.

DM 391123

"Everything will be made right…"

Venia [Battlemage] 391124

I let out a long sigh and stay quiet for a moment.
"… Fine then. I'll stay until we've handled this, then go get Unyielding. Though I'm not sure why you expect her to consider staying even if I'm around."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391125

"Don't worry about me, and I'll be back in a moment anyway" I say and then I left to go to Id.
I come into your room in a hurry clearly angry about something. -and fully equipped- "Id, something terrible has happened."

DM 391126

"I believe you are the one she might listen to."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391127

Mind rea– Wait, I said I'd stop.

"What's the matter?'

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391128

"Then I can do nothing else but believe in your decisions, my king."
I'll bow slightly, and then slowly back towards the door.
"If I am needed, I shall be outside the door."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391129

Grow a stern look.
"Don't talk like a life is something disposable! Don't talk like the whole future rests exclusively upon your shoulders! This is a dream we built together, damnit!"

Venia [Battlemage] 391130

"Recent experience claims otherwise…"
brb in 25

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391131

"Its Radiant, she's betrayed us for Equestria." I look even angrier at saying her name "Frosty wishes you to clean her mind of our secrets. "

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391132

"Kilana… will you be alright?"

DM 391133

"If you have any personal matters to solve, now is the time. Soon, we will march on Stormheart."
"And it is a dream we will finish as friends."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391134

"Uh.. how are we 'marching on Stormheart?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391135

I'll nod to Frostmourn.
"As you wish, my king."
And now I have to put Crescent in stasis for a bit.

DM 391136

"I have something of a plan, but I need Godric to help me finalize it. Does anyone know where he is?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391137

"I can't leave you drowning in a time like this."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391138

"Id.." I slow down and realize "Maybe this time, I can make an exception for the mind reading.. She threatened me, and then made it more than clear she wants to turn of the whole north.. our homes Id.. She wants to give them to the Empress.." rolling for reaction '1d3' 1- still madder than a burning sun, 2 heart broken, 3 both "She's completely lost it.." I sigh

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 391139

"We have a north to unite… a… setback like this cannot put that plan on hold."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391140

Hesitantly close and gingerly put a hoof on her shoulder.

"There's always hope for a meeting of the minds. I'll see what I can do for the High King."

Mind reader to feel her feels. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Godric [Dark Knight] 391141

Should someone go get me or is that handwavy NPC stuff?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391142

"And that's why I'm back. And I won't let you do this alone."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391143

"I can go look for him if you want?"
Astral Projection, try to find him among the known halls '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391144

Looks like I got the whole load of it. Wow… that's… I'm going to need a moment to get my head around it. Shake it a little.

"I… understand that now, I know how you feel. I've felt your pain. It's… difficult, even for me, to keep restrained."

Take a moment to calm myself. "I will be delicate and do whatever I can to help."

DM 391145

Lets just handwave it and get you in here
"Godric. We must talk."
"…so be it then. But she deserves to know."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391146

"King Frostmourn. How can I help?"

Venia [Battlemage] 391147

And back


Kilana [Deathsinger] 391148

I nod "I can't believe this Id." I give you a hug. "But then you know.. its urgent that this is taken care of.. I could kill her Id, I could kill her for this"

DM 391149

"Then I fear hope has run out for us."
"We must finalize a plan on how to deal with Stormheart."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391150

"First I must know if you are fit to travel there. It will be perilous, especially if you insist on trekking up the mountains."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391151

"Of course she does. I would be lost without her, she will understand."
Nod at his entrance.
"We can fly."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391152

Squeeze a little. "Please don't. I felt what you felt. Perfect empathy. You care… and it will make it worse if she has to die. I will treat her."

DM 391153

"I am entirely capable of flight, if for only a limited period at a time.
What I need to know is what is and is not an acceptable course of action when dealing with them."

Venia [Battlemage] 391155

I scrunch
"Bah… To hell with this day."
Return to Frostmourn's room.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391156

Where am I?

DM 391157

It seems Godric is here now as well, but Kilana is gone

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391158

I smile "You really have to show me that trick sometime.." I let go of the hug "Do you want to find her directly, or do you want to see frostmourn?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391159


DM 391160

That's a good question.
Where are you?
A shadow blocks your path
"So it has come to this. I take it you will not listen to reason?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391161

"I should speak to the High King first."

Let's go to him.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391162

Take him to frosty.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391163

"Welcome back."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391164

Last thing was that I left the Kings Chamber to go to…Winterbreeze.

Venia [Battlemage] 391165

"This is pure madness. To say I called her a friend… Bah."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391166

"What happened?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 391167

I nod and sit down.
"Stormheart respects strength, even from a pony. Your victory over King Eaglecrest will carry great weight, as will the return of the reliquary of Lord General Galahad. Still, you will be looked down on for both your youth and infirmity. Be direct in your dealings, we tend to disdain underhanded methods if we can avoid them. Grimalphas may be willing to do anything-she sees anything not gryphon as no better than animals."

Glaring intensifies.

"Take special care though. We hold our dead in great respect, so such open use of necromancy should be avoided. I would prefer if the necromancer stayed behind."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391168

I nod, and seem a little calmer. "Imminent has agreed to help."

Venia [Battlemage] 391169

"You heard her, didn't you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391170

"The one not listening is not me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391171

Smile meakly at her and Id.
"Good. Thanks the Moon for real friends."
"Lady Radiant? Yes. We should probably get underway with the procedure."

DM 391172

"Welcome. I trust you know what mist be done?"
"Perhaps we can all see many things in a new light after this."
Lady Winterbreeze is available in her quarters.
She pops her head out as you knock on the door
"Who? What? What business?"
"I owe my life to necromancy twice over if not more, Lord Blackmane. Rest assured, we will leave your dead at peace. But those we carry with is, remain with us."
"Take it in whatever way you wish. I am here to ensure you will go be treated by Lecturer Domain."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391173

"Hello Lady Winterbreeze, King Frostmourn told me you are in charge of the Pylon Project?
I would like to discuss it with you."

Venia [Battlemage] 391174

I look away
"… If there is no other way."

"I'm mostly angry. And disappointed. Seems like I overestimated her character."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391175

"Can you clear her head from this madness?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391176

"I understand, Your Majesty. It's quite benevolent of you to ask only that your secrets be removed, as opposed to, for instance, the knowledge of Celestia."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391177

"Perhaps, but many others may not see it that way. The odds are against you no matter what action you take. I only wish to eliminate an obstacle before it becomes a problem."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391178

"If it would help things be peaceful I can take Codar, my loyal servant and friend, to a safe and hidden place. I wouldn't want to endanger peace talks with him."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391179

"So just because of my personal beliefs, I am getting expelled."
I narrow my eyes.
"I got my mind wiped once.This is what happened. I lost the friends I made because of it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391180

"Could Codar even fly?"

Venia [Battlemage] 391181

"I don't know. I can certainly try, but I may just be fighting windmills here."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391182

"It's either that, or we clean her mind of her secrets."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391183

I pause. "Well, I can't exactly fly either, do we plan on using that wing spell bound to clothes or armor?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391185

Shake my head.
"Golem wings. We are developing them since when we first walked inside Ironfoe."

Venia [Battlemage] 391186

I clench my jaw for a moment, then nod.
"… Right. I'll go find her then."
I'll do just that. Find Radiant.

Godric [Dark Knight] 391187

"That would be best. It would not be welcome within our halls."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391188

"Do you feel safe going alone?"

Venia [Battlemage] 391190

"Of course. She's an idiot, not an enemy."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391191

I simply nod. thinking to myself about how much I should cover up my necromancy while there..

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391192

And I am here

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391193

Look at the ground with a sad smile and let her go.

DM 391194

OH yes yes, that's me. And my project.
…do you mind if we… talk elsewhere than in here?"
"Anger clouds the mind. That is what you always taught me."
"For all I know, a far mightier wizard already tried that, for whatever reason. Better… play it safe, than to simply store another explosion in a jar and hope the lid stays on this time."
…do you think Codar may prove an issue?"
"Your beliefs are in direct opposition to those of the High King. And none here can allow that. Our duty is to stop the north from being annexed, and if that is the goal you'd drive for, your presence is no longer desired."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391195

"I can no longer contribute to digging his own grave. He needs to realize he is against forces that he cannot overcome."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391196

"Uh…not at all. Please lead the way."
Well that's curious. Should I….nah for all I know there could be five stallions in there.

Venia [Battlemage] 391197

I sigh
"… that's true. It's just… frustrating. I'll keep calm."
And now I leave for real.

I frown as I approach her
"And who are you to make judgement on that?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391200

"She has valuable information about the North… do you think it would be worth finding out if she knows anything valuable about Equestria as well?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 391201

"Very much so. Walking in with that thing at your heels is an overt show of force, and casts your message in a terrible light."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391202

"I would feel dirty doing that…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391203

Crescent activates.
Well, if that letter of recommendation to Narpa hasn't been delivered to Ironhooves the smith, I suppose I can do that.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391204

"Someone who doesn't want him to march into suicide."

Venia [Battlemage] 391206

"So you abandon your duty then? As a paladin?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391207

"Am I? For trying to protect his life and stop the war he wants to wage?"

Venia [Battlemage] 391209

I roll my eyes
"So your attempt at trying to stop a war is by abandoning your post? Do you really think your absence will stop a war? Do you have any idea how much damage you've inflicted? How much more likely a total war is now? Can you, for one minute, even begin the imagine the amount of blood that will be spilled by disregarding the option of peace? Of cooperation between North and South?"

DM 391210

She leads you to a nearby empty balcony
"So… pylon catalyst project?"
"We do not resort to such trickery.
Unlike some, we still have good left in us."
…weren't you taking his letter to Narpa, not the other way around?

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391211

"We both know it wouldn't last long. Only one thing can guarantee lasting peace."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391213

I thought the letter of recommendation usually travels with the guy who's being recommended?
If not, then I suppose I'm holding onto that until I can make a pitstop at Ironfoe. We don't have a teleporter set up there, do we?"

Venia [Battlemage] 391214

"Do we? So we sacrifice peace for ponykind because of a possibility? We circumvent diplomacy and go straight to warfare for a guarantee? Have you lost your damned mind?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391215

"I never said war is the way. Frostmourn could remain the leader of the North… under the supervision of Equestria."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391216

"Right. Let me first introduce myself, I'm Smouldering Torch. I've recently arrived here from Rockeye."
Offer her my hoof.
"Now I've been studying and I found some information regarding the Crystals of Lavann, ancient crystals with considerable magic power contained within. The King believes such a crystal could be used in the Pylon project."

Wf+6 391217

"As you wish, your majesty."

Venia [Battlemage] 391219

"Why? What makes them worthy of enforcing their will upon the North? What business do they have here? What is it that fuels their self-righteousness so much that they believe only they can provide for ponykind? Just because they have wings and horns, does not mean they are superior. It does not mean they are infallible. They do not have the right to dictate ponykind. Ponykind dictates itself."

DM 391221

There are teleporters in Ironfoe, Wintersgrasp and Rockeye, but one has not been built here yet.
"Interesting… most interesting. Do tell me more."
"…at least ask her first."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391224

I scowl "We all know what she would say to such a request."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391225

"Equestria has known nothing but peace and prosperity since their rule. Look around her, Venia. Petty inner conflicts and war, poverty, slavery. She could change all that. Make it better."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391226

Looks like I'm taking a road trip. Wonder if I can knock out any other sidequests while en route. Let's see if anyone else has business that way. First stop Venia, I suppose. She might want to pay a visit to Unyielding.
I'll go look for her.

DM 391227

"It's just polite. We need not be barbarians."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391229

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391230

Take out the book and hand it to her on the page of Lavann.
"Well, I'm still trying to determine the location of the Crystals themselves. But, from what I understand the Pylon is a giant catalyst. Now with a crystal like that used as a core, its power should increase exponentially.
Or so I believe, I hope you can tell me more about the Pylon project and if using such a crystal would be possible."

DM 391231

"Hm… very well. It will remain hidden from sight then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391232

Move besides her and place a hoof on her shoulder.
"Kila, please."

Venia [Battlemage] 391233

I facehoof
"I am not stupid, Radiant. Equestria is nothing special, I've seen it with my own eyes. They are no demons nor angels. Just another empire with the same damn issues every other nation on the planet deals with. Piracy, banditry, corruption, …"
I shake my head
"These are the issues ponykind faces. The same issues they have faced for centuries. Issues we need to work out on our own. Through our own strength and perseverance."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391234

"Of course we're not.." I sigh. "What could be taking Venia so long? I'm getting worried."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391235

"Thank you. I can offer further consul as required, but be ready for anything. On my way to Eaglecrest, several of the border towns had strung up and mutilated the bodies of invading soldiers as warnings and symbols of defiance."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391236

"You know Radiant. She talks a lot."

Venia [Battlemage] 391237

Well I'm talking with Radiant, so yeah. Find me with her.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391238

So you are.
"I hope I'm not interrupting."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391239

"Should I go find out?"

DM 391240

"The Pylon Catalyst is based on an expansion of the Catalyst Theory, using a calculated set of catalytic runes in a specific pattern across a single large object to amplify the catalyst's power in direct proportion to it's size.
An additional power core would… mix things up to say the least. Sounds exciting."
"I will not march over the border as an invader then. But as a herald of peace and stability.
And I will need you to lead this march. Because you, as a gryphon, will have the weightiest word there."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391241

"Under the united banner of Her, Ponykind could be stronger. Undivided."

Venia [Battlemage] 391242

I huff
"Just trying to get her to see reason."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391243

"Take a look if you can…"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391244

I nod "Please do. "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391245

"You would have better luck walking into Tartarus and having a pleasant tea with Tirek himself."
"And what is wrong with being united under the banner of King Frostmourn?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391246

Astral Projection to find and teleport to Venia '1d10+3'

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Godric [Dark Knight] 391247

"I and my clan will get you your audience, King Frostmourn. Now that the crown of Eaglecrest is yours, perhaps the king will finally turn his focus inward."

Venia [Battlemage] 391248

"Then why haven't they already? If they fail to even keep the reigns of their own empire under control, what hope could they possibly have? What are they waiting for? If they are so benevolent and allmighty, why have they not stepped up? What hope does ponykind have following leaders who disregard peace to make war?"

"That is what they said about many of the things I've done in the last twenty years of my life."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391249

"It endangers Equestria."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391250

"I'd still have to study the Crystal itself once I have it, to see if it's possible. But I believe it should be.
How large of a catalyst are we talking about and how far is the project along?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391251

"Then there might be hope yet."
"How? To my knowledge, King Frostmourn only wishes for the north to stand united, and culturally sound. How would that harm those in the south? You make it sound as if he is some common warmonger."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391253

"They don't want war. They want what is best to everypony. Frostmourn would only need to surrender his desire to rule over the North to ensure that peace."

"How long until one comes to power after him? If not in our lifetime, the next?"

DM 391254

"Inwards and outwards. I do hope Stormheart will aid us in our future needs, as we help them in theirs."
"So far the largest I've made was… a tree. And a life-size statue.
But the High King has bigger plans."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391256

"So you wish to betray a friend over a possible future, that is decades at least from happening? That's it?"
I'll snort.
"I thought too highly of you."

Venia [Battlemage] 391257

"And Equestria endangers ponykind with an outlook like that. As a wise stallion I met once said, you reap what you sow: force answers force, war breeds war, and death only brings death.."

"If they do not want war, they would not make war for the sake of what they perceive as expanding their 'righteous rule'."

DM 391258

Frostmourn sits up in bed
"Someone go get Radiant. I want this dealt with…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 391259

"We will see. You already have its favor for reigning in Eaglecrest and reclaiming the reliquary. Restoring the heart of our nation would put us in your debt. Just do not use that to lead us back down the path of destruction."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391260

Bow down.
"I will, My King."

Leave and find Radiant.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391261

"Uh, Venia? Are you ok?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391262

I narrow my eyes.
"I'm not betraying anypony. I am being loyal to who I swore to be loyal to."

"If you didn't so stubbornly cling to independence, you could all see it would be for your benefit."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391263

"…the size of a house? Of a tower?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391264

"I'm coming as well. Something is wrong here." follow pumpkin to find Radiant

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391265

Stand in front of her and stare into her eyes, head held high.
"Lady Radiant, High King Frostmourn has summoned you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391266

"And your oaths to King Frostmourn mean nothing, then? Your years of friendship, and companionship? If that is how Equestrians are, then it is likely Equestria that will prove to threaten the north, and not the other way around."

Venia [Battlemage] 391267

"… No. I'm not okay."

"There is no benefit. I have seen Equestria. It is no better or superior than other nations. It faces the exact same problems."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391268

just stand behind you.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391269

I'll blink slightly as Nylis winks in.
"Lady Nylis."
And then Pumpkin shows up.
Looks like that road trip will have to wait, unless this is a closed-door affair.

DM 391270

"I have no such intent. But your brave warriors will be most useful in the coming battles.
…such as in resolving the civil war of Timberjaw."
"…of a capital city."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391271

I nod but say nothing.

"If it didn't mean anything, I wouldn't want to prevent him from fighting a losing battle."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391272

"Pumpkin and Kila want to know what's taking so long, and probably King Frostmourn too"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391273

Stomp a hoof.
"Lady. Radiant. Frostmourn summoned you. Now."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391274

Roll to not be too shocked. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391275

"Then lead the way."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391276

"True. I am most interested to see how Stormheart will change if its wrath turns outward…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391277

"And your solution was what, capitulation? That's hardly a solution at all, and completely against what King Frostmourn set out to do."
"Nothing, just greeting you. One of these days I'm going to have to learn how you do that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391278


Venia [Battlemage] 391279

I frown
"Very well then, Radiant. Go ahead and ignore me."
I take my leave.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391280

I silently follow, watching her carefully.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391281

I'll trot after Venia.
"Queen Venia, a moment of your time."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391282

Blink and process this for a second.
"….a capital city? That's….that's….genius."
Sit down.

Venia [Battlemage] 391283


Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391284

"Do what?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391285


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391286

"I had a bit of business in Ironfoe, and was wondering if anyone else wished to take a short leave of Eaglecrest for the moment."
I'll watch the retreating forms of the others.
"Considering what just happened, perhaps a change of scenery, or a visit to a loved one, might be in order?"

DM 391287

"This is the first step to a grand alliance indeed."
"He calls it Northscrown. He has been planning it for years now… Just imagine. An entire city, built into a single, massive catalyst. Even the most minor spell cast through it could echo through the very world!"
"Radiant. We should begin."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391288

sit near the corner

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391289

"I do not want any other of my memories to be damaged. I dealt with memory loss once already."

Venia [Battlemage] 391290

"I was intending on heading to Wintergrasp, yes. I would like to see Queen Snowflake of Ironfoe again as well, so yes, I think we could travel together."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391291

"Perhaps. Stormheart may simply settle for a pact of mutal defense though. We still hold little interest in what goes on in Timberjaw."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391292

I'll bow slightly.
"Thank you, Queen Venia. If there are any you'd like to bring with you, then perhaps you could extend the invitation to them as well."

DM 391293

"I do not intend to enact such brutality upon you.
What I do request is that you allow us to peer into your mind and see what we can learn of the magic that befell your memory earlier."
"As a part of the United North, I expect more than just sitting in silence while others suffer."

Venia [Battlemage] 391294

"I don't think we have much time for detours or larger groups. We need to be back in time to march on Stormheart after all."
After a moment of pause, I add
"And please, there is no need to bow or call me by my title."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391295

"And if we add that crystal to it….I can't even imagine it. The High King is certainly ambitious. Rockeye pales in comparison to such a project."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391296

"Even King Longshanks was unable to do such a thing, sadly."

DM 391297

"Rockeye will aid us in this effort. As will Ironfoe, Wintersgrasp, Eaglecrest, and… I hope… Stormheart and Timberjaw.
It will be a symbol of our unity."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391298

"Formality demands I use the title, but if you do not wish me to bow, I won't."
I'll think for a moment.
"Perhaps I could check in on Mistral and Ambrosia, to see if they'd like to come along to Wintergrasp."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391299


Mind Reader '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391300

"…..Rockeye will help us in this project? I wasn't aware of this."

Venia [Battlemage] 391301

"I 'm not sure it would be smart to make Mistral move around too much with that nasty wound…"

Id 391302

"The… ruler of Rockeye shuns this magic. He is no specialist."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391303

"I must warn you, he did suffer headaches when he tried."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391304

"Stormheart for gryphons, gryphons for Stormheart. We will owe you much, however."

"Dame Radiant?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391305

"True. But I believe she was going to request a floating disc from Rockeye, or at least that's the scuttlebutt."
I'll think again.
"Though I likely shouldn't bother them. I've no idea what I might walk in on, especially if lady Mistral is in the midst of a bandage changing."
I'll shake my head a little inside my armor.
"Whenever you are ready, then."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391306


DM 391307

"Then what have you got to lose?"
"We can at least try."
Her mind is so full of sun and pretty winged hammers you can make no sense of it.
"You will indeed.
I simply hope our cooperation will go beyond paying debts."
"I… may have said a little too much…"

Venia [Battlemage] 391308

"Okay? Let us leave then, so we may return swiftly."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391309

Seeing she isn't going to fight I bow "I trust you can handle this" I say and I begin to leave the room.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391310

shake my head from the thoughts

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391311

Spare a glance of worry as she leaves, but mantain my position.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391312

"So, Queen Venia, I must confess I'm not quite used to these fast traveling devices the King has installed in the Deep Roads. Taking the trip from Ironfoe was rather… nauseating."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391313

"If you want then."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391314

"What is going on?"

"Even the longest glide begins with a strong takeoff, your highness. Give it time."

Id 391315

Work now. Inevitable MR roll. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391316

"Personal matters of the High King, sir Grodric."

Venia [Battlemage] 391317

"Hmmm? No need to worry. It is only a short ways away from here. Have you visited Wintergrasp before?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391318

"A lot, Sir Godric."

Godric [Dark Knight] 391319

"…have you made your decision?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391320

Well, unless someone stops me, I go back to Codar's room.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391321

I nod.
"With a heavy heart, I decided that I must leave."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391322

Scratch my head.
"Well, the King asked me to contribute to this project, and adding the Crystal of Lavann could become a large part of it, so I should know some of the details right?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 391323

"I see. I wish you luck then. May the next time we meet not be at the end of a blade."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391324

"Just in passing. Had to stop there since one of the transport devices hasn't been built in Eaglecrest. Rather nice place."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391325

"I would never wish that towards anypony present."

DM 391326

"I do.
Lecturer Domain. Proceed at will."
"What a delightful proverb. I'll need to remember that."
There is much here.
Not many military details worth using… indeed all of it seems outright wrong. It references events that could not possibly have happened. Is she just stupid? A liar?
…no. Peering deeper, far deeper into her mind, beyond the shattered remains of what seems to have once been some form of… curse or mental block… you see it.
A wizard, with eyes of sorrow, fear and anger, casting his curse upon this mind. A curse of loss… and of time.
She is not from here. Not this place. Not this time. Somehow, she has traveled through time. And though you can gleam only the most minor details of the spell, you can make some limited sense of it.
…Time Magic…
And lets not forget… *poof* and the dangerous secrets of the north are no more.
It is done.

Venia [Battlemage] 391327

"We are not the most significant kingdom in the North. But the peace and quiet is quite nice."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391328

How does it feel to have my memories deleted?

Godric [Dark Knight] 391329

Narrow my eyes.
"I see…"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391330

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391331

I'll be silent for a moment.
"Are there many… florists in Wintergrasp, Queen Venia?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391332

"Or any-gryphon, excuse me. I had a gryphon friend once who didn't mind."

Venia [Battlemage] 391333

"Well we are somewhat of a farmer's nation, so yes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391334

"Good. Then I will have something to occupy myself while you visit King Unyielding. I'm certain he'll be overjoyed to see you."

DM 391335

"I suppose, yes.
But this is a… personal project of his. Not to be to openly spoken about."
You can't recall names. Titles. Places. Military units. Plans.
You do remember your friends. Your life. Your own deeds.
Just… nothing too sensitive.

Venia [Battlemage] 391336

I smile fondly at the thought
"Yes… I know I will be…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391337

I shake my head slightly.
"That… it is done."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391338

And then I suppose we walk in silence for a while, each content with our own thoughts, with only the dull clanking of my armor to break the silence.
These deep roads are oddly large.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391339

"I will escort you to snowboarders, once you are ready."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391340

I'm just going to be checking on Codar, Radiant did threaten him after all.

DM 391341

Valeriana slinks in
"I can perform that task as well. The Deep Road can get us far."
Hello again

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391342

"I will want to say my goodbyes first."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391343

"I understand. This will just be between us then.
I'm just a bit curious, which mages from Rockeye are going to aid in the project?
I used to be a member of the Academy there myself, I might know them. "

Venia [Battlemage] 391344

Wintergrasp pls

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391345

"If you wish to. But I would be watching over Lady Radiant to honor I promise I once made her."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391346

Teleport t-

…yea teleport to my room, check to see if my assistants are ok '1d10+3'

Roll #1 8 + 3 = 11

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 391347


Kilana [Deathsinger] 391348

"Codar, Have you seen Radiant today?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391349

I nod, then turn to the king.


DM 391350

And a few hours of travel later WELCOME HOME
"I have the advantage of being in many places at once."
They are dusting your things and folding your clothing
"Hello lady nylis"
No…. why?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391351

Bow my head, say nothing, clench my jaw.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391352

"Hello, how are you guys? The work isn't too much is it? I didn't think I brought all that much with me.."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391353

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391354

Ah, sunlight. I'll follow Venia for now.

Venia [Battlemage] 391356

Ah… it's good to be home…
I take a deep breath and smile.
"… I needed this. Come, let us hurry."
I lead him to the palace and go find my horse husbando

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391357

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391358

I breath a sigh of relief. "She threatened me, and wanted to destroy you. I was worried.."

DM 391360

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