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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 9 DM 391355[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story of friendship, betrayal, destiny and fate.
And those who faced each with brave hearts.

Episode 9: The Peaks Await

DM 391359

Frostmourn looks worried
"Oh we're just keeping ourselves busy"
"Idle mind, idle hooves you know"
"Wouldn't want anything to happen now would we"
"The mage-king knows of the pylon project, at least."
"Dear! Oh it's been too damn long again~"
I would have defended myself

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391361

"My King?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391362

I'll… just stand over here by the door.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391363

"Take care, and get well."

Venia [Battlemage] 391364

Those are some top notch hugs.
I hug him back with a laugh
"I missed you… I couldn't stand a moment longer without visiting you again!"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391365

"True.. uh, alright. You can take the rest of the day off if you want."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391366

"I know, but she's stronger than she looks. And she's acting as if she's been.. altered, saying the same lines over and over.." I shake my head. "I'm glad you're not harmed."

DM 391367

"You seem angry."
"How did things go? Tell me everythi-
…who is this?"
He looks at Crescent
"so there is nothing else you'd like from us?"
What happened?

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 391368

He nods with a smile
"I will strive to remember you for the good in you, rather than the bad."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391369

"And rain is wet."
Look towards Radiant

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391370

I'll bow to Unyielding.
"The one who delivered your message, King Unyielding. And sent the letter."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391371


"Naturally. Well I feel I've probably takentoo much of your time already. I'll update you when I've located the Crystal."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 391372

"Well uh, I'll be getting ready to leave for awhile. And if Bree- Winterbreeze might come along so you'd probably be left to your own devices until I get back.


Venia [Battlemage] 391373

"This is Waxing Crescent. From Ironfoe. He decided to tag along with me seeing he needs to head back to Ironfoe."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391374

"She remembered her past after all this time, and her past was being the most loyal paladin to our enemy." I say bitterly

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391375

I smile slightly back at him.
"As will I."
Nod slightly.
"I will not forget fighting by your side."

DM 391376

"I take it you do not agree with Valeriana's proposal then?"
"Ah, yes, right… Crescent, was it?"
"Thank you.
It was… very interesting meeting you."
"Okay then"
"We'll try to keep ourselves entertained"
"Well, the teleport array is primed and good to go at any time"
Shall I dispose of her?
"Let us hope we never clash arms"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391377

Sigh, close my eyes and shake my head.
"No. Just no Frostmourn.
It's not that the matter. How can you not see it?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391378

"Let us hope… I trained you well."
Smile again.

Venia [Battlemage] 391379

I give him a look
"Already? That is… quick. I uh… I was wondering something…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391380

I'll nod again.
I'll bow slightly.
"Though I am certain you are eager to spend a fair amount of time with your queen, so I shall take my leave."
I'll bow slightly to Venia as well.
"By your leave, then."
And then I'll make my way out. To the teleporter arrays.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391381

"The sentiment is the same.
Maybe we could exchange some ideas on magic another time? "

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391382

I shake my head "Not necessary, she's having her more dangerous memories removed by Id, she won't be able to tell what she doesn't know, and frostmourn doesn't want her dead.. Its best if you stay hidden from her, she's probably forgotten you as well now.."

Venia [Battlemage] 391383

"Please, we wont be long. Feel free to explore while you wait."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391384

"Queen Venia, I would not even begin to hope to intrude. I can come back tomorrow."

Venia [Battlemage] 391385

"I'm not sure we can afford taking that long…"

DM 391386

"I was merely wondering."
"Go in peace. Do not return with war."
…you probably missed that gentle smile
The array is near the palace
"That should prove fun."
Very well


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391387

"She's my Mentor Frosty…"
"I will miss you, Lady Radiant."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391388

"See you soon then."
Take my leave.
I've got Venia to go with me…Maybe Waveform would like to come as well..I'll ask that later….Ambrosia first.

Go look around for Ambrosia if she's available.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391389

I nod again.
"I do not intend to. I wish none of my friends harm."

"As will I, Pumpkin."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391390

I'll nod.
"Then I shall wait near the transport area."
And I'll head over there, but won't take it yet.

Venia [Battlemage] 391391

I bite my lower lip
"I know you're busy here with management and all… and this may be a bit selfish of me to ask but… would you be willing to come along with us? While we round up the Stormheart and Timberjaw campaigns?"

DM 391392

"As she is mine… but.. you must let go now. Surpass the role of the student. And begin your own life."
You will be guided as far south as my reach goes. From there, you are on your own.
"…for you my love…. anything. I will inform my assistants at once."


Ambrosia 391393

in the future I was cuddling
but this is the past, so I'm probably together with Mistral somewhere

Venia [Battlemage] 391394

I smile and go in for a kiss
"… Thank you. I really appreciate you doing this for me…"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391395

I find you there I guess.
"Hello, Miss Ambrosia, Miss Mistral.
I hope the recovery is going well?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 391396

In that case, after Venia comes out with Unyielding, we go to Ironfoe, drop off the letter to Mastersmith Narpa, I tell Deep Rock about his son's victory over Ebonreth, say he's finally growing into a stallion who can actually wear his armor properly, and then maybe ask if Ebonreth's gauntlets can be combined with axe blades. And then on the way back, get some edelweiss flowers for Ambrosia.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391397

I will never get to talk about the stupid heart .txt
I leave Codar locked away, putting my scythe with him in case it could trigger any memories. I then go to find that traitorous paladin..

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391398

I turn to stare at him
"Yes. Given opium to relieve pain. Nylis healing magic helpful. Will recover completely in time."

DM 391399

There is Steam for that
Just ask Venia to show it.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391400

With Pumpkin?

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391401

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391402

"Opium…yes, that should relieve the pain quite nicely. I hope you'll recover soon from that awful wound, Miss Mistral."
Turn to Ambrosia.
"Miss Ambrosia, I have a something to ask you and I feel this might be better asked in private. Would it be fine if we went somewhere else? It won't take long."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391403


Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391404

I look at Mistral then back at you.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391405

We go for an empty balcony somewhere.
"Now, Ambrosia I've seen you're quite skilled in Elemental Earth magic. Have you ever heard of the druids?"

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391406

I nod slowly
"Frosty mentioned them."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391407

"Radiant." I say looking her over "You're going home now.. Do you remember that night at the dinner? When I said I wanted to praise the sun with you.. if the time was right for me come out of the shadows? "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391408

Approach quietly.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391409

I nod with a sad expression.
"Yes, I remember."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391410

"They're a group of reclusive Earth elementalists. Supposedly they live in the neighbourhood of Wintersgrasp. Nopony seems to know where exactly unfortunately."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391411

"You wish to find them."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391412

I frown "Then you know, I didn't want it to end this way. That I still have those peaceful intentions.. Can you carry those ideas with you Radiant?" I say with tears in my eyes.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391413

I nod.
"Please, don't cry… of course I do want peace. I don't want any harm to befall any of you… and I was angry when I said those things, but I was just trying to protect you from yourself. Protect the Kilana who is my friend from a Kilana she might become…"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391414

"Yes. You see, Frostmourn has asked me to retrieve a certain magical artifact, and I believe I can get information about its location from these druids.
And since they're supposed to be quite secretive, it would be great help if you were with us when we find them, not to mention you could learn a great deal about Earth Elementalism from them."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391415

Keep staring, in silence.

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391416


Kilana [Deathsinger] 391417

I nod "Tell your Empress for me, tell her that necromancy isn't an evil art.. And.. goodbye Radiant, If I hope that we can still praise the sunlight someday.. as allies.." I awkwardly move my hooves around and turn to pumpkin
"Come back safe."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391418

I nod slowly.
"It would be my pleasure if we could pray together… maybe one day. Goodbye, Kilana."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391419

Stare at her for a second.
"Well that's great.
I'm sure it will be an interesting experience.
Venia said she'd be coming with us as well.
We'll leave as soon as this whole business in Timberjaw and Stormheart is completed."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391420

I nod slowly
"Okay. I will help you all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391421

"Let me… Walk with you for a moment, okay?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391422

"That's kind of you. But keep in mind that this is a great opportunity for you as well. If those druids are willing to teach you what they know, you should take that opportunity."
Stare in the distance for a second.
"I know I would."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391423

I nod.
"Of course."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391424

I nod slowly
"I look forward to being taught more about Earth magic. And to help out Frosty more."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391425

And then we went outside.
"I don't know where to start."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391426

"Glad to hear it.
So how are things going with Miss Mistral?
That wound must have been terrible for her…"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391427

"I will then. Whatever happens, you must know, I will never consider you anything less than a friend."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391428

I frown slightly
"Wish I could have helped her better. I could not heal unnatural wound."
I look down
"Failed to treat her properly. Failed fulfilling my task."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391429

Stare into her eyes for a few moments.
"Right. Try to… Avoid this part of the world, for a while. Just the time for me to get killed somewhere else, okay?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391430

"Pumpkin. Please."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391431

Give an half-hearted smile.
"It's just… I dunno. Send us a letter once you get there, okay? We are not at war or anything…"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391432

"Hey now."
Put my hoof on her shoulder.
"That wound was far beyond the capabilities of most ponies to heal.
You didn't fail if you did the best you could."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391433

Smile back.
"Or maybe a postcard. If it is possible to keep in touch, I would like it."
Then sigh.
"Just because I go back to Equestria doesn't mean I no longer want to hear about all of you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391434

"Right. Tell me if you meet your sister again, the rogue. She seemed cool."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391435

I frown but keep looking down
"… Must find way to remove necrosis. Necromancy dangerous. Unnatural."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391436

I nod.
"Yes, Dawn. I will."
I sigh again.
"Remember my teachings, Pumpkin."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391437

Stand tall as a smile creeps on my face.
"I will make you proud, Lady Radiant."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391438

"Necromancy is only a tool, like all magic. Just like a knife, you can use a knife to cut bread or to hurt ponies.
I'm sure that with help from Nylis, you'll find a way to cure her."
"I'd like to help myself but I'm afraid healing magic isn't my thing."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391439

Smile back.
"And… please look out for your friends… and especially Kilana. Don't let her fall to a bad side."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391440

I stare silently at him for a moment before speaking up again
"Okay… I will think about this."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391441

"I won't. I will watch over every last pony of the North."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391442

Nod, after a second I ask.
"What do you think of Mistral…has she been treating you well?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391443

"Thank you."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391444

I nod quickly
"Yes. Happy to have her close. Always wished to talk to her but never could… grateful that I can now. She is nice to me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391445

Nod, staring at her, unsure on what to do.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391446

After a bit of awkward silence, I sigh.
"I'm sorry."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391447

Lower my head.
"So am I."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391448

I say nothing but open my hooves for a hug.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391449

"Good. I'm happy she turns out to be better th-…nevermind"
I look away for a second.
"I saw she has one of those walking aids now. Is her wound that bad?"


Sigh, and hug her for one last time.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391451

It's a very sad hug.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391452

I hug him back, and let out a long breath.
This is truly a sad, departing hug.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391453

I think I'm staining your coat in tears…

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391454

I pet your head to try and comfort you.
Can I hold back my own tears?

"I'm so sorry Pumpkin…"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391455

Radiant stronk.
I am a grown mare, I must show emotional support to him now. Can't tear up.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391456

"Screw gods…"
Let go of her and step back, swollen eyes till locked into hers.

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391457

"Mistral's backmuscles are damaged. Risk of tearing wound back open if she walks or moves on her own. Walking aid will speed up healing process. Allows muscles to recover from trauma. Without Nylis… would never have been possible to heal completely."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391458

Look back at him with a sad expression.
"I cannot deny who I am… but we can cherish the time we spent together, the time I tutored you and watched you grow."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391459

"So she'll be able to walk again soon?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391460

Nod slowly.
"Maybe one day I will even fight without hiding, just like you wanted."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391461

I nod slowly
"Yes. In time. Will leave a scar though…"
I frown at that last bit.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391462

"May the Sun watch over you when that day comes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 391463

"And may the Moon shine upon your path, Lady Radiant."
And here I call it. 2tired.

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391464

Put my hoof on chin.
"Maybe the druids have a solution for that."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391465

I look up and cock my head
"… They would?"

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391466

"Well, they are Earth elementals and those usually have all sorts of healing remedies.
And it is a wound made by decaying flesh, and their work involves the exact opposite, growing and revitalizing."
Think or a second.
"I can't promise anything but I feel it would be worth a try to ask when we're there."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391467

>Earth elementalists

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391468

I contemplate this for a moment, then nod with a slight smile
"Okay. Thank you, Smouldering."

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391469

"Hey, don't thank me. I should thank you for wanting to help me and if those druids can help, it will be because of you, not me."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391470

"This will help Frosty… Help North. Must help out too. Look forward to helping more in the future."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391471

Can I find you sometime around now?

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391472

yup, sure can

Smoldering Torch [Red Lantern] 391473

"Great, I'll see you around then and I'll tell when we're ready to leave.
Take care Ambrosia."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391474

I look for you then.

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391475

I'm around… somewhere
this is before I shoved opium down Mistral's throat

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391476

You sure can be glad I won't be around to find out about that you dealer.
And this should be sometimes after I said goodbye to Kilana and Pumpkin.
"Ambrosia… we need to talk."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391477

I turn to stare at her
"Okay, Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391478

I frown, and after a few moments I take a deep breath.
"I'm afraid I can't be around to help you and see how you regain the life you deserve. I am leaving to Equestria."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391479

I blink

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391480

I nod.
"Yes. It is to the south."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391481


Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391482

"Because I am an Equestrian. It is my home."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391483

"How long will you be gone? Do you wish me to come with you?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391484

I frown again.
"No, Ambrosia, you don't understand… I won't be coming back."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391485

I'll take a moment to process this.
"… Never?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391486

Shake my head.
"It's not very likely…"

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391487

I look down

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391488

"I'm sorry… I wished to see you overcome those bounds of the past to let the beautiful person you are shine. I can only wish you best of luck on that matter."

Ambrosia [Ignorance] 391489

"… You wish me to come along?"

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391490

"I cannot ask that of you. It is with a heavy heart that I have to leave my friends behind, and I do not wish you the same. You have a home now here, and ponies who care about you and who you care about."

Ambrosia [Monk] 391491

"… Hope to see you again. You were… kind to me. Thank you. Will not forget."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391492

I nod.
"I will not forget you either… Even after all you've been through, you showed such strenght to come back from it… I am proud of you, Ambrosia."

Ambrosia [Monk] 391493

"I am happy to have met and fought you. Learned many things. I will… miss you."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391494

"I will miss you too…"
I step closer and hug you.
"Take care of yourself, and have that own garden you always wanted…"

Ambrosia [Monk] 391495

"Yes. Mistral will help me. Can live with her and start garden."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391496

I let go of the hug and step back.
"The mare with the hurt back? She will help you with the garden? That's good news… I'm so glad that you made so many friends already."
Smile at her.

Ambrosia [Monk] 391497

"Yes. Always liked her. Happy she wishes to be with me."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391498

"If you are happy then I am happy…"
Smile at her again.
"I wish the best for you in life. May the Sun watch over you, Ambrosia."

Ambrosia [Monk] 391499

"Thank you, Radiant. Hope we meet again soon."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391500

I sigh.
"I hope I can see you some day too. Farewell."

And then I leave with a sad expression.

Ambrosia [Monk] 391501

Stare after her for a while as she leaves me behind, not moving an inch.
"… Farewell."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391512

Well this has been a terrible day, after saying my goodbye to Radiant I go find a garden to sit down at.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391513

I enter and approach.

"May I join you?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391514

I nod. "Of course, I could use somepony to talk to about now." I smile weakly. "This all must have been shocking to you."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391515

"Shocking… I think the true emotion is ineffable: indescribable with mere words… I meant it sincerely: I could feel exactly what you felt for her. Pain of betrayal… loss of a friend of many years… overwhelming sadness, and a little fear, too, for the future. For Codar and Radiant. And so… I experienced them, too."

I take a seat, a little exhausted, next to her in the garden, and return her weak smile. "You live very passionately."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391516

"To live vibrantly is to show you have true spirit." I reply cheerily, almost automaticly. "At least that's what a song would say.. perhaps I should try to write a verse about this.." I sigh
"So.. was that Empress's magic doing something to make her act that way?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391517

Frown a little.

"No… well, maybe… I think… I need to process my findings further… there was something very magically strange, and it was not mind control…"

Pause, and widen my smile a little. "But I beat Longshanks, that old tyrant. I saw it all."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391518

I frown a bit "You saw it all? her world?" I look at you worriedly and move closer "Id.. I can't imagine having to go into that traitor's mind like that.. Was it horrible?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391519

"When I work invasively, it's not like how I treat you… I don't will myself to feel. I become a surgeon again, and I work with detached precision. Becoming emotional while working on a mind can cause you to make dangerous mistakes. But…"

I pause. "She… was sincere about caring for you and the other members of the High King's court. There was regret. And I began to realize that she wasn't acting strange because some spell had been cast on her…"

Move closer, an inch from her ear, still sitting by her side, and whisper, "It was a spell crumbling with age."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391520

I blink a few times in surprise "Well, from what she said during our farewell.. there was maybe a small part of her that was the same.."
"Like.. some kind of curse? It still doesn't make sense, a spell breaking makes her turn on us?" I rub my forehead a bit.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391521

Frown a little. "It's only a theory of mine, and it could be very upsetting to the others… and you… I don't want to upset you, but… I don't want to leave you in the dark, either. Do you still want to know what I think?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391522

I nod "Please tell me, I've suspected something was affecting her, and something about one of her stories bugged me.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391523

"I believe that the unaltered Radiant Goldentail would have never given any of you the chance to become friends. She served Celestia directly once, and someone wanted to get rid of her. They cast a spell to make her forget her loyalties… but after twenty years that spell is falling apart. The spell is breaking, and she's torn because she made friends she wouldn't have in the interim and wants to return to her life."

Pause. "If the one who cursed her was clever, they would have completely destroyed the memories like I did with the High King's secrets. As troubling as that would be, it's perhaps the least disturbing revelation yet."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391524

I frown"If they wanted to get rid of her than her embraced might not be welcomed back as she hoped.. Or that the equestrians have bigger issues than us.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391525

"The latter, I think…"

Look around quite a bit. "Can we go somewhere private? I'm… I would like to tell you something… and it's such a troubling finding, that I'm not even sure if I should tell the High King. But… I trust you. You're the only one."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391526

"Sure thing." I take you back to my room locking the door behind us.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391527

Lay down on her bed. "I… want to try to send it to you. So that… only you know."

I eye the shadows warily. "Join me?"

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391528

'1d10' to help you check for spies. "I'm certain we weren't followed.."

I lay down next to you, smiling at being this close. "Thank you for trusting me with this."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391529


Send message.

I don't think Lady Goldentail may have even been born yet… she comes from an Equestria that seems to have developed since our time, and she WAS banished here by a mage… through time. I even gleaned the basics of the spell… such that it might be possible to replicate with study.

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391530

Look around conspiratorially.

"Don't say anything out loud. If you need, I can read you."

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391531

Maybe I can try to send a reply while the channel is 'open' I nod and stare into his eyes, focusing. '1d10'
Time travel! So she's from the future? This is good news. I knew that there was no way she could have seen others like Codar, she claimed to have seen, fought and destroyed a minion like codar but made of ponies. A necromancer called the reanimator, and a the minion called patchwreck

Roll #1 9 = 9

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391532

Good news? It means that she's going back to an Equestria where no one knows her. If she toys with history, she may prevent her own birth somehow! More importantly, why did they send her here?

Lacking DM, I'm just going to assume we communicate back and forth like this, even if he rules later that I have to mind read you to get your bits.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391533

Yeah, well.. relatively good news. It means that her story was from the future as well, that they don't really have such terrifying ability to kill necromancers more powerful and corrupt than we could hope to become in our life time.

But, you're right about her going back to a place no one knows her being a bad thing.. What if they take her as a threat and try to kill her? And how hurt she will be when that Empress she went on about doesn't even know her?

But what of the one who sent her back, would they not retrieve her before she does too much damage?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391534

I think… they were enemies. And they've let her wander this time unrestrained for twenty years at least…

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391535

Enemies with a time mage? Only Radiant could pull that off, probably told the time mage that their magic was unnatural or something.

Unless she was sent here on purpose to interfere with some big event.. the question is what…

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391536

I don't know. As I said, I need time to process it. But…

Lean in a little so our noses press together.

I'm glad I have someone to share it with.

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391537

I smile, and blush a bit returning the nuzzling gesture.
I'm glad you're able to share with me, and.. Oh, gosh! we've been doing it.. talking with our minds. Well, its mostly you inside my mind by still!

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391538

Smile back.

Yes. I knew you had the aptitude. It's… special, isn't it?

Kilana [Deathsinger] 391539

I grin wide.
Yes, it really is.

put my hoof around you.
Very special, like you are to me~

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 391540

Blush a little (or perhaps a lot), but lean in close anyway and enjoy it.

And you to me~

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391542

And after I said my goodbyes to everyone else, I go to Venia.

Venia [Battlemage] 391543

I watch her approach me in silence, still looking somewhat miffed.

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391544

I only speak when I get in front of you.

Venia [Battlemage] 391545

"… Radiant."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391546

"… I am here to say goodbye."

Venia [Battlemage] 391547

I close my eyes and sigh.
"Yes. I imagine you are."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391548

I frown slightly.
"So… take care, Venia. I will miss you."

Venia [Battlemage] 391549

"I will miss the Radiant I used to know too. The selfless one. The one I befriended."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391550

I frown even harder.
"I am still that Radiant. That is why I warned him, to try to spare him from the dissapointment."

Venia [Battlemage] 391551

I shake my head.
"No you are not. Otherwise you would have stayed with us. Helped me prevent the inevitable clash between North and South. Instead, you only made the situation worse."
I frown.
"I hope you realize just how much you've disappointed me today."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391552

Take a deep breath.
"I am sorry, Venia. But if I so much as sparked some sense into Frostmourn, then your dissapointment is something I will bear."

Venia [Battlemage] 391553

"You only made him angry. He now questions whether the lessons you taught him are true or not. Not only that, but you also made the chances of peace between north and south feebly small."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391554

"He will calm down and come to his senses."

Venia [Battlemage] 391555

I shake my head again
"He feels betrayed. Your words have hurt him on a unimaginable level. I'm not sure if he will ever really forgive and forget."
After a moment of silence
"… I'm not sure if I will be able to if what I fear becomes real."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391556

"It is better to hurt him now than to let him get hurt even more later."

Venia [Battlemage] 391557

"No Radiant. Because now peace will be harder to achieve than ever."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391558

"If he truly cares about ponies, Frostmourn will accept peace. And I know he does."

Venia [Battlemage] 391559

"And if you truly cared about ponies, you would stay here at his side to ensure he stays on the right path. Not as a 'paladin' of that Celestia, but as a friend. A teacher. A guardian."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391560

"I'm sorry, but you will have to do that for me."

Venia [Battlemage] 391561

"Of course I will. All on my damn own, huh? 'Let Venia work on what I abandoned'? You think I wouldn't rather go back to Wintergrasp? To leave this all behind so I can fulfill my own dreams and ambitions? But I don't, because I know that I can try to do a lot more good where I am right now. And so could you, before you decided to run away."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391562

"I am not running away. I am going home. A home I was torn away from, leaving my friends, my sister, and my life behind! And I will not forget any of you. I will try and do good where I will be."

Venia [Battlemage] 391563

"I have family back in Equestria too, you know. But very well, leave us then. And if the day of total war beckons, know that it could have been avoided if you had only stayed and helped for a few more years. Know that the lives lost and the suffering is to blame on inaction."
I turn around and walk away.
"Farewell, Radiant. May your Sun guide you well on your travels."

Radiant Dawn [Celestial] 391564

I frown.
"Venia… Take care."

DM 392272




Venia [Battlemage] 392273

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392274

I believe I had just drugged my sister and put her to sleep

DM 392275

"It's the least I could do for you."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392276

Does anybody else wish to talk to Godric about Stormheart or griffon things?

If not I'll give the helm a good once-over and make sure it's nice and secure for the trip.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392277


actually no, I want to try and grab a crystal out of my hat of horsey horse things '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392278


Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392279

I will be somewhere deep in the woods.
Because fuck civilization.

Venia [Battlemage] 392280

"Shush, you big silly. You don't owe me a thing. How's the kingdom been while I was gone?"

DM 392281

Lets see if she is in any mood to wake up
But if you insist on horsex, lets see who you were grabbing now
1 Maidensvine,
2 Cloudbank
3 Dazzling Gallop
4 Winterbreeze
It sure is trees out here.
Trees and their shadows. And a certain someone who is not keen on letting you run off too far
"Well. Timberjaw of all things bought a ton of mold off us. No idea why."

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

DM 392282

Mistral opens her eyes and yawns
"Huh? …what happened?"
Maidensvine seems to have been your victim of the day.
Does she mind?

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 392283

No, not really.
Guess she's used to it.

Venia [Battlemage] 392284

"So I've heard. It's a little worrisome with how things are going down there. Now… why don't you go pack your things? I need to speak to somepony…"
Go find Southern Cross

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392285

I actually went here to stay a bit to myself!
Heroicly stare into the nothingness of the trees.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392286

Teleport over '1d10+3'
"U-uh, s-sorry Maidensvine"

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

DM 392287

The king heads off.
Captain Cross is available at the palace
"Your highness. What can I do for you?"
It seems he has gotten a brace for his bad leg to help him stand.
"…should I just… go?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392288

I would, but Ambrosia is 2busy

"You passed out. I will need to adjust opium dosage. Are you in pain?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392289

"You can stay. But… Forgive me if I don't talk too much, okay?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392290

"How are you feeling, paladin Cross?"

DM 392291

…for what? That?"
She shrugs
"If that's the kind of thing you like, just ask."
The helm seems nice and secure.
You even found a case to carry it in.
Rolling for pain
"That's ok…
I can understand why…"
"Ready to serve. My troops are as ready as ever, and all the borders seem quiet."

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 392292


Venia [Battlemage] 392293

I nod
"Good… good… I have some bad news, I'm afraid… It's about Radiant."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392294

"What am I supposed to do now?"
I should really not break down right about now…

Roll #1 7 = 7

Godric [Dark Knight] 392295

Excellent. I'll take possession of it for the trip for now. The relic must make it back home unmolested.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392296

Get out that bowl of opium, less than half the previous dose this time
"This will ease pain better."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392297

"n-NO! I-I couldn't! I'm sorry for doing that to you so I came by to apologize!"
look around for something to help me

"Uh-h yea I'm sorry"

DM 392298

"She went ahead and killed someone in her blood rage, did she?"
"Keep on going. For Frostmourn. For the North. for Bearing. For your… child.
…for me."
You put it in the box and lock it, chaining the key to the inside of your armour.
"Thank you…"
She settles down
"…thank you so much for staying with me through this"
"Well, no harm done."
She smiles

Venia [Battlemage] 392299

"What? No. Of course not. It's uh… much more complicated."
To save us time, let's just say I tell him what happened.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392300

"If I do not, who will?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392301

"U-uh.. right. Ok."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392302

Extend a wing for her.
"All that's kept me together so far."
Smile a little.

Godric [Dark Knight] 392303


Go check on the king.

DM 392304

"…sickening. And to think I once saluted her as a comrade in arms."
…I don't care. I prefer you~"
"Was that all then?"
"Don't you dare break now. Too many ponies need you."
He is putting on his armour
"Lord Blackmane. Good tidings."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392305

"Ah, good to see you out of the bed. I was wondering if you would recover in time."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392306

"Uhm, yes that's all."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392307

"Yeah. I know that already."
Stand up.
"Maybe I should change."

Venia [Battlemage] 392308

I bite my lower lip
"And I as a friend… I just don't know what happened to her. It just seems so very unlike her to do such a thing…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392309

I look down, smiling slightly
"Thank you. Will you be able to come to Stormheart? Or will you stay and rest?"

DM 392310

"Recover might be overstating it. I can move about, but I doubt I will be much good in a fight."
His wounded leg hovers slightly off the floor
"She did always have her negative sides. Violent, lacking in inner peace and often short on judgement and foresight."
"…I'm not much of a fighter, but I guess I can always float along?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392311

"Well… we all have our vices, don't we? But this… she really did disappoint me. I thought she was a much better pony."
I sigh
"… I will miss her old self dearly. I thought I should inform you of her decision while I was here. As unfortunate as it is, there is nothing we can do about it anymore. I tried my best to reason, but failed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392312

"Stop putting myself in harm's way so much. Stop putting you in all this danger.
And maybe listen to what Radiant said.
Face my enemies face on."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392313

"That may not be necessary, but the trip will be difficult. you mentioned you had a way to carry yourself aloft?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392314

"Stormheart hard to get around without wings. But if you wish to come along. For now, we should let your back rest."

DM 392315

"With her, reason was always a gamble.
So, what did you need of me?"
"…you're making the opposite of sense.
How is standing in front of the enemy making you less prone to getting hurt?"
"I know how to conjure wings.
And lately, a good friend of mine has done some important research that may aid us in the coming times."
"Could you take a look at it? Tell me… how it's coming along?"


Good question. Take a look.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392317

Give off a little laughter.
"That's just what I told her. And she just stood still…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 392318

"What kind of research would that be?"

DM 392319

The flesh has grown back a lot. At this rate, it will be healed in no time.
"…I think she could also take quite a hit without flinching…"
"Research into wearable wings. Based on the same technology as my armour."

Venia [Battlemage] 392320

"That will be all for now. However, when we return from our diplomatic missions, there will be much more to talk about… For now, I must leave. I cannot leave the High King waiting. Good day, paladin Cross."
Head back to check on Windy Valley quickly before leaving.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392321

"… Very good. Flesh grows back quickly. Treatment working. Will be restored soon."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392322

"Intriguing. I will have to ask about this work later, but would you rely on them to carry you to Stormheart?'

DM 392323

Lets see how she's coming along
"Oh thank the stars. I can't wait to walk again."
"From what I understood, they will allow for gliding and great leaps, if not sustained flight. They will help, but not get us all the way."

Roll #1 2 + 5 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392324

"That's how I want to be. Unmovable in the face of danger. For you. For her. For my son."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392325

I move in for the H
"Soon, Mistral."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392326

"I see. That may shorten our trip slightly. Most of the mountain paths remain undeveloped, as you might imagine."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392327

And I'm here. Ready to leave whenever.

Kilana [deathsinger] 392328

So after things calmed down a bit I went to see frosty.

DM 392329

"…and… what will become of me? Our… partnership?"
"I'm so glad~"
"Indeed. I heard those too wounded to fly rarely if ever leave their homes again."
"Kilana. What troubles you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392330

… So?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392331

Raise a brow.
"Why, are you going anywhere?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 392332

"Yes, if they are fortunate enough to have such an option. Many do not survive."

Kilana [deathsinger] 392333

"Did you talk with the others about the heart?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392334

I nod
"Must thank Nylis later. Would have been impossible without her."

DM 392335

She looks quite happy
"Venia! You're back!"
"I was your partner in the shadows… but.. if you seek to abandon the shadows… do you also seek to abandon me?"
"A sad state of affairs. I will need to see it remedied and the roads rebuilt once this is over."
"Mainly with Venia. Why?"
"Indeed… I owe her much."

Venia [Battlemage] 392336

I smile at her
"For a short amount of time. Thought I'd check on you. How are you? How's the back going?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392337

I'll go see if I can find Waveform somewhere.
Just bantering, no time for horsesex.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392338

Shake my head with a smirk.
"After how insisting you were?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 392339

"Sad? We have had little reason for them up to now."

Kilana [deathsinger] 392340

"She seems very paranoid about it, but I had a chance to look it over at last.. It can speak Frosty , and its scared, submissive. It asked to serve us, offered to show us secrets.. Secrets we could gain from."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392341

Right, sorry. Still waiting on Venia.
Guess I'll poke around some flower shops.

DM 392342

"I can feel my legs again now. I think I'll be back to normal really soon."
"Ah. You again, big guy.
What brings you about?"
"You're abandoning a lot else…"
"Even the wounded deserve a way to get around.
Not to mention the ease of transporting goods via roads against carrying them in flight."
…Venia warned me about trusting demons. What's your take on it?"
You needed some http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHujvkacNY right?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392343

Slowly tangle my tail into hers.

Venia [Battlemage] 392344

"That's wonderful news! I'm so happy to hear that!"
I chuckle
"Healing magic is a wonderful thing. Have you not been too bored? How is your sculpting going?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392345

fucking website
"Queen Venia told me the vault and deeds inside are yours. Maybe buy Nylis a present?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392346

Yep. A nice bouquet of that, with a single thornless yellow rose, if they've got any.
Ha ha, flower language.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392347

"Just wanted to see how you were doing."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392348

"Trade is never something we had to concern ourselves with, and those wounded with pressing enough business outside their homes can delegate to clansmen."

AndeliaGreen 392349

"I think we could learn from it, and that it fears us, and our eagerness to send it back to its hell, much more than we fear it. It doesn't seem to want to harm us, simply to serve. It has asked that we give it a chance to serve us, and I think we should give a chance to help us."

DM 392350

"…the shadows for one…"
"Oh it's going well. I've spoken with sir Golden Oats as well. I will be helping him in the future."
"Not a bad idea…"
As thornless like your dick and as yellow as your belly. Perfect.
"Not back for a round two then?"
"Well, the part about trade may well change with me in the picture. And even one with a bad wing can still march along with my ground troops."
"Hmm… We should both consult Venia. Ask of her views and reasons.."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392351

"Do you like them so much? Is that how you want to live?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392352

Well, that's my business there.
Time to wait for Venia before scooting off to Ironfoe so she can speak to the Queen there.

Venia [Battlemage] 392353

"That's good to hear. I'm sure you'll be able to help him splendidly."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392354

"True enough, but a grounded gryphon is a dead gryphon. We are trained to fight from the sky, I am not sure how effective such a soldier would be. I had a most interesting conversation about this with your paladin."

AndeliaGreen 392355

I nod "I'd like to know why she feels so strongly about guarding it."

"Frosty.. " I pause, and sit down "That mare Minstral.. what do you think of her?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392356

"Oh, I'd love that~"
Nuzzle her.
"But alas, seems like I'll have to leave again too soon."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392357

"Must keep that in mind then."
I'm pretty much done. So I guess we'll just rest until ready to move.

DM 392358

"It's where i grew up in. Where I got to be with you…"
Right… that too…
"So I hope. He showed great interest in my skills, as I did in his."
"Really? Do tell."
"…she reminds me of Prima in some way."
"Shame. You were good~
Where you off to?"
"Yeah… lets just lay down for a bit ok?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392359

"You'll help a lot of ponies with your work, Windy. Don't you forget that. Now, I need to head off again, okay? You stay well okay? We'll return soon enough."
I give her a hug, then head off to collect Anvil.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392360

And cuddle we shall.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392361

"It's also where I finally found a family. It is where I could finally be at peace…"
Sigh heavily.
"Maybe I'm overthinking this."

AndeliaGreen 392362

"You too? Seeing her.. its reminded me of Prima, and then It turns out they are half sisters.. Its brought up some things I thought were gone, and hurting Minstral like that.. To me its almost as if I've harmed a part of Prima.." I stare at frosty what does he think of this..

Godric [Dark Knight] 392363

"She admitted she did not use her own summoned wings to their full potential, and we had a conversation over how her choice of weapon may affect that. I believe it may be cultural as well. If you wish, you will have ample time to observe our staging grounds."

DM 392364

His body is ready.
In full gear and good for a fight.
"Think long and hard before jumping to conclusions Pumpkin.
…for everyone's sake."
"I feel you wish to say more.
Or is that just me?"
"It will be good for me to study your culture. I believe i can learn much."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392365

Look at the sky, then back at Peaches.
"It's late. We should head back.
I want to see how Frosty is holding up."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392366

"I do hope so. If you plan to gain our allegiance, then I expect you to understand our way of life."

Venia [Battlemage] 392367

I swish my tail in his face
"My knight in shining armor~"
I chuckle
"Are you ready? We uh… we'll be visiting Ironfoe first as well. Is that okay with you?"
In any case, go back to Crescent.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392368

"You were quite amazing as well~
Stormheart is the destination."

DM 392369

Along the way you run into… Naik
…need a hug?"
"But of course…. but of course."
May I ask why?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392370

"No. Not really. I'd rather hit something right now."
Let's fly to the castle!

Naik [Mage] 392371

"Queen Venia?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392372

"Well, I don't think I can give all the details but there's a conflict brewing there and the High Kings wants to do something about it before it gets worse."

Venia [Battlemage] 392373

Naik [Mage] 392374

Bow before her.
"Such a surprise to see you here! Has Frostmourn and his entourage returned to Wintergrasp already?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 392375

"Incidentally, I have taken the liberty of securing Lord Galahad's helm for transport. You have a right to take possession of it if you desire, but I wish to personally take responsibility for it for the trip."

Venia [Battlemage] 392376

"I… No. I'm only here to pick up my husband before we ride for Stormheart."
I look him over
"Have we met?"

DM 392377

My wings are so pretty
Frostmourn is chatting with Godric
"Sounds dangerous. I never thought you'd be the soldier type to be honest."
…Kilana's husband?
"Let it be a sign of good will that i allow you to carry it"

Venia [Battlemage] 392378

I never actually met him.

Naik [Mage] 392379

I nod with a smile.
"I believe we did, though we never exchanged many words."
"Such a shame. I was hoping that he returned. You see, my beloved betrothed accompanied the High King, and while I have learned much in her absence with the spare time, I do miss her."

Venia [Battlemage] 392380

"Ah right, you and Kilana were together for some time."
I nod
"She is still traveling with us, yes. What do you do these days?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392381

You have no wings, silly unicorn.
Sit somewhere and watch them talk.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392382

"I've never really been a soldier up till now. I've mostly just studied Fire magic for most my life."
Move closer to her
"But now that I got a taste of fighting, I must admit I rather like it."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392383

"My thanks then. I will convey your generosity when I announce you."

Naik [Mage] 392384

"I have been broadening my expertise on the field of magic, my good Queen. I am proud to say I have made major progress since my arrival here."

DM 392385

"Brave words. Try not to die up there though you hear?"
"You will be a great ally, Blackmane."
"Ah, welcome again friend."

Venia [Battlemage] 392386

I smile
"That's great to hear. We can always use more experienced practitioners of the arcane. If there is anything you require, please do ask."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392387

"I can't. I still have a round 2 to come back too."

DM 392388

She blushes a little
"…oh you charmer you…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 392389

"I only wish what is best for my country."

Naik [Mage] 392390

I think for a moment.
"You mentioned that you are going back to them in the future, yes? If I may ask, and I don't want to impose or be a bother, may I come along?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392391

I smile
"Of course. I'm sure Kilana will be delighted by your presence. She's going through some difficulties right now, so she can use the support. Just go ahead and pack your things, we'll be leaving very soon."

DM 392392

"Then let us hope I can provide just that."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392393

"Would you like to get a drink somewhere before I have to leave?"

Naik [Mage] 392394

I frown.
"Oh, I do hope she is all right. In any case, I shall do my best to cheer her up."
I bow again.
"Thank you for this opportunity, my Queen. Where shall we meet before we head off?"

AndeliaGreen 392395

"Perhaps it isn't the time.. but then, when will be the time?" I sigh "I've been thinking about Prima, and how her soul was so twisted. That spirit in the dagger, it was hardly even her.. " I look to you "Frosty, I miss her still, It still hurts. I thought I had made my peace with her, but the pain hasn't left me.. and If I told pumpkin well.. he would jump too the wrong conclusion."

Venia [Battlemage] 392396

"At the portal leading to Ironfoe. We'll leave as soon as you are ready. And please, there is no need to be so formal. Just call me Venia."
I smile and take my leave, back to Crescent.

Godric [Dark Knight] 392397

"It is why I am here, to make sure you can."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392398

"Everything in order, Queen Venia?"

Naik [Mage] 392399

I leave as well, and head back to my room.
Pack all the things!

Kilana [deathsinger] 392400

Venia [Battlemage] 392401

I nod
"Yes. We'll be joined by Kilana's betrothed in fact. I'm sure she can use the company after that blow from Radiant."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392402

"I see. Then let's not waste any time, then."

Venia [Battlemage] 392403

"Indeed. How are you faring, Crescent? Must be strange to see all these things happen as a newcomer."

DM 392404

"How much time do you have?"
He nods a few times
"Do you have any concerns?"
"Pumpkin is under a lot of stress right now. He needs space. Time. And love. So that he can rebuild his heart and faith.
…and I doubt being made into a cursed blade helped Prima's attitude…"

Naik [Mage] 392405

DM 392406

Done and done.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392407

Think for a second.
"Uh…the others had to finish up a few things before leaving. After that we'd leave immediatly, could be half an hour, could be a few hours."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392408

"Fairly well, considering I'm not privy to a great number of things. Lady Radiant's defection is certainly a blow, but I am confident the King can recover."

Naik [Mage] 392409

Once everything is done, I seek out Queen Venia again.

Godric [Dark Knight] 392410

I think for a moment.
"Of course, but I have addressed some, and there is little we can do about others. So long as you and your entourage present a strong, unified front, then things may work out. Remember, I am risking just as much by endorsing you."

DM 392411

"More than time enough~"
"Then I take it our first priority will be removing Grimalphas from the scene?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392412

I nod
"It definitely was a blow… she was one of my closest friends. It hurts to see her abandon us like that."

I perk up
"Right then, we are all ready to move to Ironfoe?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392413

Step besides the High King.

Naik [Mage] 392414

I nod.
"I definitely am."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392415

"What did you have in mind~""

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392416

"I was waiting for you, Queen Venia."
I'll take a look at Naik.
"And, pardon my rudeness, this is…?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 392417

"She will be your biggest opponent, and no doubt the hardest to get rid of. The others will look down on you, but so long as you remain strong and up front, they may come to earn their respect. The crone will do anything to discredit you and possibly remove you from the country."

DM 392418

"Feeling better?"
"Whatever this brave soldier needs to carry him back safely~"

Kilana [deathsinger] 392419

"Yea, he wants to be a dad you know. " I smile "Bearing must be thrilled."
I look sad for a moment
"But for prima's soul.. what do you think of it? What did of her?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392420


Naik [Mage] 392421

"Oh, how rude of me."
Offer my hoof.
"My name is Naik, and I am a scholar and I aspire to be an acknowledged mage."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392422

I'll take the hoof.
"Waxing Crescent, of Ironfoe."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392423

"Ready for the trip. Anything I should know?"

DM 392424

"I feel I may have… wronged her. If I could, I'd ask for forgiveness, and, well, …stuff."
Thanks to teleportation technology that took all of four seconds.
Welcome to Ironfoe Palace.
"I could have her dead before we even arrive…"

Naik [Mage] 392425

I smile.
"A pleasure to meet you."

Naik [Mage] 392426

Look around the place.
Have I been here before because of magical studies?

DM 392427

This place is mostly a large forge and arms factory. Little magic goes on here. Just lots of hammers.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392428

"I can think of a few things~.
Your place?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392429

Venia [Battlemage] 392430

"… It's been twenty years since I last stepped on these grounds…"
I shake my head.
"Well… here goes."
Is the King and Queen present?

Naik [Mage] 392431

Oh, I was confusing it with Rockeye. Fucking NL.

I just follow her.

Godric [Dark Knight] 392432

I frown.
"Perhaps, but what would that accomplish? It does nothing to discredit her. Worse, you may turn her into a martyr. What you must do is prove her wrong, turn her into a pariah in her own home. The worst fate I can imagine would be to be stricken from our own history. For all her faults, Grimalphas still loves Stormheart. To have her very nation turn against her in such a fashion would destroy her."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392433

"I'll join you in a moment, Queen Venia. I have something to deliver to Mastersmith Narpa, and then I will be free."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392434

Scout out a place here that would make a great teleportation spot '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 392435

I guess while Mistral is sleeping, I'm free to talk to anyone who wishes to

DM 392436

"We need to mind our manners up there. They prefer to deal up front and in person."
"Let's make it quick then. Wouldn't want you to be late~"
Off you go
Available in the throne room
I'm sure your home village of Mashoga Mpumbavu is a lot easier to keep track of
"Then let that be our plan."
Why don't you try teleporting way up into the air to see better?

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392437

What does her place look like?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392438


Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392439

"Looks like there will be nothing for me there."
Smirk a little.

Venia [Battlemage] 392440

Then go there I shall.
Bow my head
"King Deep Rock. Queen Snowflake. Good day to you both."

Kilana [deathsinger] 392441

"You know.. that's the reason I became a necromancer at all, just before she died.. I abandoned her leaving her to die friendless.. I learned to reach out to her spirit just so I could make things right again, and when I did.. well you know the rest.. She always loved you frosty and if you desire it still when we return from our journey, I can give you that chance to make amends to her, I'm just worried about how her spirit may have changed since she was alive.. if she is still corrupted by her obsessions."

Godric [Dark Knight] 392442

I grunt in approval.
"If you really wish to gain Stormheart's fury, then you face not only Grimalphas, but our very beliefs. We are already in your debt for the defeat of King Eaglecrest, now you fight for our loyalty."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392443

;_; '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392444

I'll be heading off to the Mastersmith to drop off that letter.

DM 392445

Your attempt works above all expectations, and you teleport into the clouds.
And crash land heavily on your three assistants, who neatly cushion your fall.
It's got some keepsakes and ornaments, but isn't all that big or fancy. She probably isn't too wealthy.
"Ah, Venia. Good to see you again."
"Hello again Venia…"
"Oh shush. You know how to behave."


Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392446

Is it comfy? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 392447

"How goes Ironfoe?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392448

"S-SORRY! Are you all ok!? I didn't mean to fall on you like this! Uhh.. sh- uh.. "
get up and see if they're ok! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392449

reroll '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392450

"But I'm just a fat noble!"

DM 392451

Super comfy.
"Our nation is well. Sir Golden Oats seems to be in high demand for my boy."
They seem to be somewhat injured, but don't admit it
"You should eat less sweets"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392452

Heal them! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392453

"You know Bearing. Can't help it."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392454

Look around with a smile.
"Nice place, it's cosy."

Venia [Battlemage] 392455

"Oh yes, he's quite the miracle worker. Thank the Stars that he did not lose another leg after that battle with Ebonreth. Still… without Ironfoe's craftsmanship, things would have been much harder. It saved his life out there."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392456

Kilana [deathsinger] 392457


after this I'm basically ready, just going to ask Valeriana to keep Codar safe somewhere until I our trip is done

DM 392458

"ouch… thank you Lady Nylis."
"I know… I know."
"Thanks. Not very fancy though. After all, not like I'm the High King or anything."
"How's he growing up, Venia? Last I saw he was a weakling."
Narpa is focusing on his work as he speaks
"A letter you say?
Of a smith?
Must have been quite a smith if he made such an impression."
"…maybe… that would be a cleansing experience. Thank you Kilana. It will help me put some old darkness out of my heart."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392459

I'll show Narpa the helmet I'm wearing.
"Perhaps his work will speak for itself."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 392460


Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392461

"I'm Sooooooo sorry there! I was trying to find out a good place to start construction on a teleport array and thought I'd be able to see a great spot if I teleported high in the air… I just wasn't sure about my fall.."
look down
"You did your jobs perfectly, but I don't want to keep you around if I might hurt you like I did. Here, paid in full"
give them the brick

Venia [Battlemage] 392462

"He beat Ebonreth in battle, so that's certainly an achievement. He trained hard and well, and I try to guide him to the best of my abilities. I think he really appreciated you sending Crescent after him as a token of support…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 392463

I smile "I'm glad we could have this talk." and then I left to go see Valeriana.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392464

Lie down on a couch with a few cushions, no doubt there is one in such a comfy house.
"Meh, I like it this way. To tell you the truth, I'm not really accustomed to all that fancy stuff in the palace."
I chuckle.
"You should have seen my old place in Rockeye, a complete dump, books everywhere, some scorchmarks on the walls that I never got out…"

DM 392465

He puts his own work down to study the helmet
"My my… this is quite something.
Admittedly, I could do better, but not that much. I'm.. impressed!"
They look surprised
"Does this mean we're fired?"
"Beat Ebonreth in a straight fight?
HA! I did always hope the boy had something left in him. Good show indeed."
"What is it you seek, child?"
"Oh my… sounds like it could have used a… feminine touch?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 392466

"I- uh.. yes?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392467

"It was rather gruesome but yes, it was an impressive display. He really did fight well."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392468

"The smith, Ironhooves, could probably have hoped for no less."
I'll nod slightly.
"If you want him here, I could pass along a message."

Kilana [deathsinger] 392469

"Its Codar, I want to be sure he has a safe place while I'm not able to have him with me. Can you find one, or take him back to the tower basement?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 392470

I chuckle.
"She stopped trying since I always made a mess ag-"
I frown. "Ah shit…"

DM 392471

They look at each other
"…now what"
"guess we go look for more work"
"or return to the estate…"
"I almost wish I had been there."
I'd love to meet him."
"I can keep him safe here, with Raging Storm."
"…sorry… I forgot…"
She looks down, but then walks up to you and puts a hoof on your shoulder
"Let's not dwell on the lesser examples of marekind, ok?"


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392472

"Then I'll pass that along, Mastersmith."
I'll recover my helmet, and then head up to Deep Rock's throne room, to rejoin Venia and Naik.

Venia [Battlemage] 392473

"I'm sure he would have appreciated your presence."
I smile
"I always hoped those old wounds between the both of you would be mended some day."

I nod at him as he enters.

Kilana [deathsinger] 392474

"Thank you.." I smile

>WELL I'm 100% ready now if that matters.

Naik [Mage] 392475

I nod as well.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392525

Somewhen, at some nonspecified point in time…

Venia [Battlemage] 392530

"Ah Crescent, how are you?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392532

"I'm well, Queen Venia. It seems Ironfoe will have a new smith amongst its ranks once we return to Eaglecrest."

Naik [Mage] 392535

I just stand on the side and listen for now.

Venia [Battlemage] 392537

"Is that so? I hear Narpa is quite skilled already."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392542

"Yes, but this helmet," I'll tap the side of it. "Managed to impress him. So he's headhunting a prospective smith."

Venia [Battlemage] 392544

"I noticed you've started wearing it at all times again…"
I frown slightly.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392546

"It is a part of the uniform, so to speak."
I'll pop open the mouth hatch.
"And it does have a dreadfully convenient feature."

Venia [Battlemage] 392550

"It's really not a healthy thing to hide yourself like that all the time…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392555

"Perhaps. But then again, if I take it off, I can't really make faces at my superiors if I take the helmet off."
I'll chuckle a little.

Venia [Battlemage] 392560

I chuckle as well.
"Ah, I guess that is very true as well. Though in all seriousness… You really should take it off more often. Feel the wind blow through your mane and all that."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392570

"Just because I'm not seen doing it doesn't mean I don't, Queen Venia. Though I suppose saying that could lead to a lot of unkind assumptions about me."

Venia [Battlemage] 392574

I smile
"So why don't you take it off right now?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392577

I'll shuffle a little.
"Well… it's comfortable?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392579

"Is it really though?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392582

"Well, so long as no one attempts to play it like a drum, I suppose."

Venia [Battlemage] 392584

"So you really don't want to crawl out of your shell then?"
I shake my head and smile
"I remember a good friend of mine with similar issues…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392585

"Your friend was probably not a walking joke, Queen Venia."

Venia [Battlemage] 392586

"Aha! So that's what it's about!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392587

"What what's about?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392589

"You're hiding because you're afraid of being ridiculed."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392592

"Lady Radiant seemed to think the same. And I suppose there is some believability to that. But it's more than just hiding a face, Queen Venia, it's presenting one as well. Which do you think looks more fitting in service: a pony clad fully in armor, or a pink stallion?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392593

I shrug
"Ponies are colorful by nature. You think you're the only pink stallion I've seen in my life? Heck, my dad had a purple coat!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392595

"Purple is a royal color, Queen Venia. Pink is most definitely not. Nor does it do any favors to any colts who happen to have it as theirs."

Spring Water [Doctor] 392601

"That doesn't mean you should hide behind a curtain of steel, Crescent."
I shake my head.
"Character is what matters, not looks. And while it seems easy for me to say as a pinkish mare, it's still the truth."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392604

"Unfortunately not the truth I grew up with, Queen Venia."

Spring Water [Doctor] 392607

"You're an adult now. Part of the High King's retinue even! Who cares what ponies say about you!"

Venia [Battlemage] 392608

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392613

"The little part of my mind that remembers the entirety of my youth. To date, the only ones who have not made light of my face and colors have been King Deep Rock and his wife, and King Frostmourn's companions. Aside from master Swansong, that is."

Venia [Battlemage] 392619

I facehoof
"Pumpkin can be so damn insensitive sometimes. But Crescent, you travel among others now. Some of whom who hope to be friends, me included. And friends don't hide themselves from one another. As hard as it must be for you… just please ditch the helmet every so often. It really does make ponies feel uncomfortable sometimes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392623

"I can try, certainly. Though you'll forgive me if I cannot while in public. Keeping up appearances of King Frostmourn's guard, and all."

Venia [Battlemage] 392624

I sigh
"It's a start I suppose. But thanks for at least seeing my point."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392627

"Well, it would be rather unfortunate if I couldn't, after the effort you went to make it."
I'll think for a moment.
"And… I would like perhaps to be friends with some of them as well. Lady Nylis and lady Kilana both seem rather pleasant, and the others might be interesting to get to know as well."

Venia [Battlemage] 392629

I smile slightly
"I can think of a few other ponies who you should meet as well. One in particular would probably love to meet you."
I chuckle at that

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392631

"Oh? Who might that be?"

Venia [Battlemage] 392632

"You'll see."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 392636

I'll frown a little under my helmet.
"As you say, then."

DM 394297

Just like the last two times, lets finish up and get to Stormheart.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394298

I've done everything I need to.

Naik [Mage] 394299

I'm ready and happy and all that.
Can't wait to see my waifu.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394300

Alright, just need to report to Deep Rock and I'll be ready to go.

Venia [Battlemage] 394301

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394302

I'm having a few dozen spiritual and moral crisis.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394303

I'm ready when everyone else is, I suppose.

Sion 394304

I'm ready to go whenever. I'll just cuddle here a bit with mah waifu.

Look up to her, grab her hoof and pull her on the couch with me.
"Yeah, you're right. Let's just talk a bit. About other things."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394305

DM 394306

"Sir Crescent. I'm glad your mission was a success."
"I wanted to see if the boy amounted to anything before trying again with him. Perhaps now, we can at last try starting over."
"…okay? Like what?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394307

"I was wondering how you'd feel about going on a little adventure?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394308

I'll bow to Deep Rock.
"As am I, King Deep Rock."

Venia [Battlemage] 394309

I nod
"I think that would be a good thing indeed. Perhaps once our diplomatic mission is over, he can visit and tell you more himself, in person."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394310

I'm fine, I won't raise any bones while there promise!

DM 394312

"…to Stormheart?"
"What will you do now, then? I believe a reward is in order, and that reward for the time being shall be my permission to pick your next path in life."
"I'd… like that."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394314

Shake my head.
"No, I'd rather not take you to the middle of that mess. But…"
Stroke her mane.
"Very soon, I'll be leaving on a little adventure of my own. I'll be searching for a magical Crystal and I could use somepony I can trust to guard my back…."

Venia [Battlemage] 394315

I bow my head
"He will be happy to hear that. Now, as much as I would like to stay around for a while longer, I ought to be getting back to rejoin him."
I look at Snowflake and smile

DM 394319

"Crystal? Care to tell me a little more?"
"Very well. Thank you for your gracious visit, Vicequeen Venia.
Take my best regards to my son."

Venia [Battlemage] 394320

"I will. Good day."
And take my leave I shall.
I suppose that means I'm ready to travel back.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394322

Think for a second.
"It's a crystal that was once part of a powerful being called Lavann. It is supposed to have immense magical powers and I'm going to find it, wherever it may be."

DM 394324

"Lavann… the Fire King?"
When you're done, we head to Stormheart

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394325

I'll make it quick
I cock my eyebrow with a smile.
"I didn't know you were so versed on ancient history."

DM 394328

"It's a hobby of sorts."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394329

I smile.
"You're full of surprises." Give her a kiss '1d10'
"Tell you what, I'll have to get going now.
We'll talk more about it when I get back from Stormheart for that round 2~"

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 394330

Stay safe…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394331

No horsesex, let's get going.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394334

"I had hoped to stay with King Frostmourn and his companions, King Deep Rock. To make certain your desire is not only remembered, but made real."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394336

I'm ready!

DM 394338

The City of Peaks.
The promised roost of griffons.

West of Eaglecrest and Rockeye, it is a magnificent mountain range that borders the sea. Cold, sharp winds lash through it's valleys and across it's ridges. This is quite possibly the coldest and harshest of all the Northlands. And thus, perfect for the Gryphons, who are far hardier than ponies. Violent gusts of wind keep every flier alert, for a moment of missed concentration could lead to one becoming yet another stain on a jagged mountain wall.

And crossing the border is the High King and his inner circle. Sir Golden Oats had toiled day and night to ensure his creation was ready and serviceable. An invention inspired by one of the High King's allies.
Golem Wings.
Based on the same principals as the High King's leg, these machines will enable any who wear them to make long leaping glides, thus allowing them to traverse the roadless peaks.

High up in Castle Stormheart, Gryphon King Garret was wringing his talons, trying to think of a solution to his worries.
In her headquarters in the lower roosts, the Crowne, Grimalphas, was educating her followers on the virtues of a strong nation capable of surviving on it's own, independent of others.

And in a small box carried by Lord Godric Blackmane, the Eaglecrest Helm rested, awaiting it's return home.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394339

Golem wings. Neat. I'll likely have left the cape off so that it doesn't interfere with them.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394340

Examine the rest of the party. Do they look ready for the trip up?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394342

I always had a thing for golem limbs.
How is Peaches handling them?

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394344

Why did nopony tell me Stormheart was this high up?

Venia [Battlemage] 394345

Oh boy, I've been waiting for this for a long time!

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394347

I regret not getting a new mask before this. It's cold.

Stick with Kilana.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394348

It's really high…

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394349

"How are you holding up, Ambrosia?"

Naik [Mage] 394350

So I guess I'm there too.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394351

I frown and spread my wings.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394352

"Let it guide you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394353

I'll take a glance at her wings.
"They seem to be getting a bit stronger."

DM 394354

King Frostmourn has added more fur to his armour to stay warm.
Viceroy Unyielding Anvil seems to be right at home here, as an old hunter.
Valeriana, the shady archer, is scouting ahead.
She's getting used to the extra weight.
It will take some time for her to be comfortable.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394355

How cold is it here '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394356

I glance them over as well.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394357

Seems like I'm doing pretty okay.
Wrap my coat around me.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394358

"This is but an light breeze. The updrafts can kill if you are not careful."

Hopefully all that extra weight will not slow him down.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394359

"Don't let the wind scare you. Follow it like a friend."
Up to Unyielding.
"Having fun?"

Venia [Battlemage] 394360

I grin at Unyielding
"I knew you'd like the change of scenery."

DM 394361

"HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE! When do we get to kill something!?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394362

I'll give a small chuckle.
"At this rate, we may not even need to ask for that herb."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394363

I furl my wings again

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394364

"As soon as this gryphon lady acts up, I'm sure!"
Laugh along with him.

Venia [Battlemage] 394365

"Knowing gryphons, they'll be glad to go out hunting any time."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394366

"Perhaps you would like to join a hunting party once we arrive. Our game is quite large."

Glare at him.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394368

I'll go stand close to venia, not weird close, you know just in the neighbourhood.

Kilana [deathsinger] 394369

So far from the ground.. To think just the other day I saw a cloud up close.. Try to enjoy it, maybe I can make up an inspiring verse about this.. Its been so long since I did that. '1d10+2' inspiring song about flying.

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

DM 394370

"Oh how I've MISSED hunting! Ha! That part of me no amount of paperwork can kill!"
He flaps open his wings with a bellowing laugh

DM 394371

Frostmourn leaps into the air inspired by your song
"We should waste no time! The high peaks await!"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394372

"Hah! You will fit right in, King Wintersgrasp."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394373


"That was quite excellent."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394374

I smile, flying after him.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394375

"I'm just staying on my cobbles, that's all!"
Give him what's the middle ground between a grin and a reassuring smile.
Sigh. Looks like I completely missed the mark there.

Venia [Battlemage] 394376

I smile at him.

"Glad to hear!"

I hesitate for a moment, but then follow as well.
"Well… here goes…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394377

Is Mistral going to be okay?
I hope so… And I hope I got some fake wings as well, because my real ones are just too weak for now.

Kilana [deathsinger] 394378

I giggle slightly "What can I say, Its a gift. " I flutter closer to you and whisper "come fly away with me~" I offer my hoof to get you started.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394379

"Try to keep up Frosty."
Grin and follow.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394380

A bit reassured by her smile I gulp and follow as well.
I still think I should have found some sort of wing spell thing.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394381

Put my hoof in hers, and smile.

"Okay, I trust you~"

DM 394382

Oats managed enough wings for everyone who needed them

And among the snow tops, sharp eyes watched.
Watched and judged.

Roll #1 9, 2 = 11

DM 394383

One pair seeing danger
The other, potential

Venia [Battlemage] 394384

Let them judge.

We fly now.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394385

How is the view from up here?

Kilana [deathsinger] 394386

and then jump across together I guess. roll to see if I even noticed Naik or his reaction '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

DM 394387

The way forward leads up.
Castle Stormheart is atop the highest peak, above the clouds. Smaller settlements are scattered around the lower peaks.

The straight path is the shortest, but it will lead through a lot of populated areas. Some of the side peaks seem emptier, but scaling them will take time and effort.

Venia [Battlemage] 394388

I think we can go through the populated areas and see what the general mood is, no?

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394389

I'm okay with whatever.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394390

Just follow Frosty!

DM 394391

The High King and his Viceroy land on a nearby raised rock
"What do you think, cousin?"
"Well Frosty, if we reveal ourselves now, we will come off as honest, but lose all elements of surprise.
If we go the long way, we can evade detection… and silence any who find us… thus getting the jump on them."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394392

Stick with Kilana.

"You captured the spirit of the wings so poetically. Have you flown before?"

"We're here on a mission to prevent war. Surely we don't need to ambush anyone."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394393

I'm not going to interrupt. But Smouldering is not one for sneaking. He'd prefer the straight path.

Venia [Battlemage] 394394

"Do we really need the element of surprise? I think the straight path would be best. It will at least allow us the see what the general mood among the populace is."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394395

It's all the same to Ambrosia.

Kilana [deathsinger] 394396

"No, merely been told about it from one who dreamed of it for most of their life.. and was given temporary wings kind of like this.. an earth pony named Bearing Fruit. " I smile.
This is Frosty's decision. But I could have sworn it was a peace talk.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394398

Land near Frosty.
"We come in peace, no?"

DM 394399

"Indeed. We have no need to give them any reason to think we're invaders, or enemies.
We should head for that settlement ahead. Stop there and make ourselves known."

And in the high cliffs, two pairs of eyes kept watch
one with curiosity '1d10'
the other with fear '1d10'
and a third, with intent to keep them blinded '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 3 = 3 / Roll #3 3 = 3

DM 394400

But alas, she did no such thing.
And the sentries departed to report to their leader.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394401

I should have kinda been there…

DM 394402

Frostmourn takes flight and dives off the cliff to swoop up to the opposite cliff

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394403

I follow

Kilana [deathsinger] 394404

I follow my king.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394405

And I will follow.

Venia [Battlemage] 394406

And follow we shall.
"Here's hoping…"


Keep following.
You know what, Stealth up.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 394409

You take the high route, hiding in the low clouds.
"We'll need to get some more height. Try to use the cliffs as hoofholds if you need to. This… may get tricky."
Him and Unyielding take flight with relative ease.
Valeriana attempts to make a pair of long leaps to get some altitude and get to the plateau housing the settlement

Roll #1 4, 5 = 9


Let's hope I don't need to help her.
Spot check on the plateau. What can I see?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Kilana [deathsinger] 394413

rolling to get higher then. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


Follow along!

Roll #1 2 = 2

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394415

Rolling to soar higher.

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 394422

The settlement is located really near to the border. This means it's probably a guard outpost…
The sharp winds here make it almost impossible to to glide, and you end up battered against the walls of the valley as you make your way up.
However, nobody fell or got seriously injured. Venia did make a loud noise from hitting an icy wall, but nothing worse.
After a hefty effort, you make it to the snow-covered plateau. It is quiet up here, but the lights of the small settlement can be seen through the billowing snow.

Venia [Battlemage] 394424

"I'm fine. My armor took the blow."
I shudder
"Cold though…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394426

"It's as cold as ice."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394430

Heat the air a bit.

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 394433

You are a beacon of light, fire and warmth in this dark place and dark hour.
Being near you brings safety and joy to all.
"We should press on. The settlement is near."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394437

"Right." keep flying toward the settlement.


Number of guards immediatly noticeable? Any alert going on? Have ours been spotted?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 394439

I chuckle
"Don't worry Smouldering, I'm not dying of frostbite just yet."


Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394442

That's me.
Go the settlement but stay near the group.

"It can happen faster than you think, besides I hate cold myself."

DM 394443

They have.
A group of guards awaits just out of sight. Five of them. More are at the settlement.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394445

Well damnit.
Fly down and alert Valeriana of their position.

DM 394452

"Thank you."
"Everyone. We've been spotted."
"That you have, invader"
"Lay down your arms and come with us"
"We do not intend to make this difficult"

Five guards step out of the haze of snow
We should wait for Gaius

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394544

"Should we take position behind them?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394579

Good think I just arrived.

Step forward.
"Hold. These are no invaders."

DM 394584

One of the sentries steps forward
"And you are?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394588

I'll just stand here. Being cold.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394591

"Lord Godric, of clan Blackmane. I am escorting these guests of mine to the keep."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394593

DM 394596

"Stay yourself. For now."
"Lord Blackmane?
Hm. I didn't know you had left. And who are your… guests?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394601

I just stand here, being warm.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394610

Mind read. Who are they aligned with? Surface thoughts?


Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Kilana [deathsinger] 394612

Well, I heard they hate necromancers.. so I'll stay quiet and look as bard like as possible.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394613

Nod and slip away, hiding in a nerby cloud.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394615

"Envoys from the western lowlands, including Wintersgrasp and Ironfoe. They also bring a peace offering from Eaglecrest."

DM 394627

Four are aligned with the King. They are border guards.
The fifth is also a border guard, but clearly harbors loyalty towards Grimalphas.
"Eaglecrest? Offering peace? This sounds like a long story, Blackmane."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394635

Subtly approach Frostmourn. Whisper in his ear.

"Be diplomatic. Four of them are with the King. The last serves Grimalphas."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394636

"Had I not witnessed it myself, I would think the same. But King Ebonwreath lies dead, and the new ruler wishes to open negotiations with his lordship."

DM 394651

He gives a faint nod
The guards recoil a little
"Ebonreth is dead!?"
"When did this happen!?"
"Who rules now!?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394660

"Quite recently. His vaunted King's Challenge was his undoing. Eaglecrest now flies the banner of the norther shepard, the one who would be Highking of the North."

DM 394682

The border guards exchange looks
"So… the iron-leg emperor claims another…"
"I shudder to think…"
"Blackmane. How do you know of all this?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394696

"I told you, I witnessed it myself. He fought bravely, and does not wish to continue molesting our borders."

DM 394714

"And what of this… peace offering?
Do you have it with you?
…perhaps we should retire to the keep. Get out of the wind?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394718

"I would prefer that…such things should be discussed in private."

DM 394739

"Very well.
Follow us then."
The guards turn and lead the party back to their keep at the center of the settlement. The four hang up their coats as they enter, and go pull up seats for everyone.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394741

Go sit down somewhere on a seat.

Venia [Battlemage] 394743

I'll sit next to him

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394744

Stop the Fire magic stuff.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394745

I'll note the fifth decided not to join us. Perhaps he's reporting to his superiors.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394746

Yeah, I will watch hidden somewhere in the rafters.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394747

Also I'll be standing near Frostmourn. I am a guard, after all.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394751

Take a seat at the table.
"I realize you have many questions. I will answer what I can, but I would like to return to my holdings as soon as possible, and some things must be kept secret until then."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394754

Sit down like a lady, somewhere about the middle of the table but still close to Frostmourn, like a head dark arts advisory position should be "thank you."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394755

Take a seat next to Kilana.

DM 394762

The sentries gather up again
"I believe introductions are in order. I am sergeant Gomez, of the Stormheart Border Guard. These are my squad."
"Then tell us all we need to know, Blackmane. First and foremost, for who do you fight now, if you come as an envoy of that pony emperor, with a… decidedly non-griffon entourage?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394775

"I fight for Stormheart, as I always have. Unfortunately, I see little alternative anymore but to seek…outside help."
I turn and gesture to the ponies.
"These are not my entourage, but the new king's envoys. They may be many, but the trip is long for them."

DM 394794

The sentries shift their attention, gripping their weapons more firmly
"The New King…"
"Do you mean…?"
Frostmourn looks slightly worried

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394796

I'll tap an armored hoof, and move slightly closer to the king.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394797

I keep a close eye on those sentries.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394798

It never goes smoothly.
Look at which ones mother is aiming, get in position behind a different one.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394799

"The High King's diplomats. Or did you expect him to actually cross the border and risk his own life?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 394803

I hope I don't have to kill them.. but hey, maybe I can keep their wings If they do die..

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394805

Mind reader. What do they think of Frosty? '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

DM 394822

They loosen up a little
"You had us worried, Blackmane"
"having the High King here of all places would have swiftly proven problematic."
A jumble. But the flavor of fear is heavy.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394824

Relax again.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394826

I'll relax slightly as well, but stay on guard.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394832

"Indeed. Tensions run far too high here. What news has there been from the capital anyway?"

DM 394840

"King Garret grows uneasy. He is backed into a corner, with food running low and the borders weakening. He showed interest in surrendering to the pony emperor, which greatly fanned the flames of Grimalphas' favor. The king then retreated to his palace and has refused to appear since.
Meanwhile, Grimalphas is on the move. She and her closest guards keep moving from roost to roost spreading their word. And she has eyes and ears everywhere now."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394847

I grimace.

"I see. Then we have little time. We must reach the palace and bring word to King Garret posthaste. If the Highking approaches him first, then he can use that to strengthen his position."

DM 394850

"As you may have noticed, the winds are picking up. Flying to the castle will be difficult to say the least. Especially for those… non-griffons.
We could stay the night here, see if the weather clears up."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394863

I chuckle a bit at that.
"Just like Stormheart to make sure the little ponies appreciate its grandeur. Ah, how I missed this land."

DM 394867

He turns to the party
"So what'll it be? Braving the winds to get further up, or staying here for the night?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394868

I'll wait for Frostmourn to answer.

Venia [Battlemage] 394870

"I can brave the winds, I think. Just like old times."
I grin and look at Frostmourn

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394873

I look at Frostmourn.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394877

"I'll agree with Miss Venia, we will be able to get through."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394878

"The griffons respect power. Pressing on may show our willingness to follow their traditions."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394881

"I agree with moving forward. Reaching King Garret as soon as possible should be the goal, he's more likely to hear our talks. "

DM 394896

Frostmourn thinks for a moment, then turns to the sergeant.
"Are there any settlements between here and the castle if we end up having problems?"
"Yes. Two in fact."
"Very well. We should head out at once then. Lead on."

The border guards take you to the keep roof.
The winds are really picking up, and the heavy snowfall makes it hard to see far ahead
"Right this way."
The guards take off, but stay close.

Roll to reach the palace.
You need a total of 18 to make it to the Castle.
If you roll more than 18, you can roll to aid someone who failed.
Any roll of 1 means you failed that part of the journey.
>18+: all the way
>12-17: second settlement
>6-11: first settlement
>5-: had to return here
In the end, the lowest score counts for the entire group, unless the party leaves that guy behind.

Rolling for
Frosty '3d10'
Unyielding '3d10'
Valeriana '3d10'

Roll #1 7, 5, 1 = 13 / Roll #2 8, 7, 3 = 18 / Roll #3 3, 8, 6 = 17

DM 394897

Frosty and Valeriana tire out by the second settlement.
Anyone who rolls over 18 can roll 1d10 to add to their score to help them along.



Roll #1 10, 8, 6 = 24

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394900


Roll #1 7, 5, 4 = 16


"Valeriana, you're embarrassing even me."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394902

Right, here we go. '3d10'
Remember what Pumpkin told Ambrosia for her flight lessons. Feel the wind. Let it flow.

Roll #1 3, 7, 2 = 12

Kilana [deathsinger] 394905

>inb4 lets fly to the castle

Roll #1 7, 2, 10 = 19

Kilana [deathsinger] 394907

'1d10' for aiding

Roll #1 9 = 9

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 394909


"Let's stay together, for the flight…"

Roll #1 3, 7, 7 = 17



Roll #1 3, 1, 6 = 10

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394919


Roll #1 2, 7, 3 = 12

DM 394926

>Frosty 13
>Unyielding 18
>Valeriana 17+9 = 26
>Venia 24
>Smouldering 16
>Waxing 12
>Kilana 19
>Id 17
>Pumpkin 10
>Ambrosia 12

If Kilana helps Pumpkin out, you can make it to the Second Settlement without leaving anyone behind.
If you want to split up, Unyielding, Venia, Valeriana, Kilana and Gordic can reach the Castle

Venia [Battlemage] 394931

Let's just stick together in the second settlement.

Kilana [deathsinger] 394933

Don't really want to split up. Second settlement is okay.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394934

I'd rather we not split up, but if the Kings, Venia, Valeriana, Kilana, and Godric can make it, that might be best.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394935

Frostmourn can't though.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394937

I'd rather not split up.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394939


Kilana [deathsinger] 394941

I'd agree if we weren't Leaving frosty behind.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394943

Since I'm a Pegasus shouldn't I be able to stack +1 to all my flight rolls? Doesn't that make 13?

Venia [Battlemage] 394946

And in that case, so should Unyielding!


Godric [Dark Knight] 394947

Neither would I, with these rolls. If Frosty could, then I'd be all for it, but he's the important one here.

DM 394949

Since this is highly dangerous and difficult weather conditions in an unknown airspace with low visibility, no positive modifiers are given for you fleshy wings.
You also needed to help Peaches along.

>Everyone goes to the Second Settlement
>Split up, send Unyielding, Venia, Kilana, Frosty (if we say he took the boost, not Valeriana) and Gordic to the castle, rest stay at Second Settlement

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394950

If the king stays, we all stay, probably.

Godric [Dark Knight] 394952

If Frosty can steal the boost, then I say we split up.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394953

>no cattbutt to be our representative in second settlement.
I'd rather stay together

Venia [Battlemage] 394954

I guess we can split if needed then.

I wouldn't mind staying together though.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394956

Yay for RNG screwing everything up as usual.
Do whatever Frosty wants.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 394961

Ambrosia wants to stick with Frosty, but it's his decision

Kilana [deathsinger] 394963

yea, provided that we're trusted with protecting our kings since Val can't make it up.

DM 394964

"I think it might be safer if we didn't split up, Blackmane. We need you to represent us here, I'd wager."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394965

"If you wish. However, the faster we reach King Garret the safer you will be. I can only hide you for so long."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394966

I look confused. "why should we hide from them? Would Grimalphas's men kill us for bringing peace?"

DM 394967

"I would rather not risk abandoning my allies here."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394968

"They might just wish to kill us for daring to set hoof in their lands."

Venia [Battlemage] 394969

While he's talking I scoot closer to Valeriana if I can find her.
"My my Valeriana~ Getting old, are we?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394970

"Undoubtedly. Everything not gryphon to them is an invader, and does not belong."

"Very well. But rest lightly. Word travels fast in these lands."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394971

I land down and shake myself, to clear the snow of my coat

DM 394973

"I'm used to climbing, not gliding…"
"We'll stay here then."

The sentries land nearby
"Not a bad effort for a group of non-griffons."
"There is a barracks we can rest in here, and a tavern if Lord Blackmane needs a drink."

Venia [Battlemage] 394976

I chuckle
"Of course."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394977

"I would appreciate that. What of you and your men, sergeant?"

DM 394980

"We should report in here, and make sure we have rooms for everyone.
You may come to the keep when you feel ready."
The four sentries leave.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394982

Once they have left, I will approach Godric with a small grin.
"Oh c'mon, no booze for the rest of us?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 394984

"I don't think we should draw too much attention to ourselves, Mister Pumpkin."

Venia [Battlemage] 394985

"That's a very bad idea."

Kilana [deathsinger] 394986

I frown Why did we come here if there isn't a chance for peace, how infuriating.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394987

"I don't think drinking ourselves silly is the best way to impress whatever eyes may be upon us, master Swansong."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394988

Sigh and hang my head.
"I just wanted to get wind of the locals, that's all!"
Grin at him.
"Right. Especially since we don't have a shower around…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 394989

Wave them off.

"I believe you have more pressing matters to attend to, such as keeping yourselves safe. Our ale goes down strong."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 394991


Venia [Battlemage] 394992

"Not only that, but we need to be ready to keep travelling tomorrow. For that we should be well-rested and focused."

"And what if assassins come while you are off getting drunk?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 394995

Shake my head with a little smile and trot back.
"Then I will die happy?"

Venia [Battlemage] 394997

I roll my eyes.
"Spoken like a true gentlecolt."

Godric [Dark Knight] 394999

"The "locals" would want nothing to do with you. Do you want to draw Grimalphas' attentions?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395002

"I'm good at fitting in. But if you insist."

DM 395004

When you feel ready, head to the barracks


Stealth up and head there, watching over the King.

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 395007

I'll follow the king to the barracks.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395008

I'm ready.
I'll SbS through the walls before I get in to check for anything suspicious.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Kilana [deathsinger] 395010

Venia [Battlemage] 395011

Go there with Unyielding then.
"I like it here already. It just breathes adventure."

Godric [Dark Knight] 395012

I suppress a sneer.
"I'm sure…"

I'll go to the tavern. I need a drink and some more local news. Hopefully Grimalphas hasn't taken this one yet.
I make sure to stuff my personal icon in my armor, next to the key.

DM 395017

Hard to sneak in without looking suspicious.
The walls are thick. You can't get a good glimpse of anything.
The sentries greet you at the door
"We have a few rooms here for special occasions. As they are empty you can use them as you need."
There are
'1d4+1' rooms available
The mood in the tavern is peaceful. A lot of gryphons are siting about, waiting for the wind to die down.

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Ambrosia [Sad pony] 395018

guess I'll just settle in the hallway then.

Godric [Dark Knight] 395019

Off to the bar. Pick up a drink.
"What news?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 395020

I'll take up a spot outside the door to whatever room Frosty claims.

Venia [Battlemage] 395021

"Oh dear. This sure will be cozy."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395022

Is it guys and gals like back in the days?
Oh boy!

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395023

I'm staying wherever. As long as I get a bed and can have my beauty sleep and dream about a certain red waifu

Kilana [deathsinger] 395026

"Well, who wants to room up with who?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395028

"Not much choice is there? We should split ladies and stallions for tonight."

DM 395029

"The king has retreated. Grimalphas stirs.
Many fear civil war is inevitable. Even more so with that pony emperor and his crusade slowly surrounding us."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 395031

"That would discourage any horseplay, master Swansong."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395032

Did he just say horseplay?

Kilana [deathsinger] 395034

I nod "Sounds fine."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395035

Roll my eyes.
"We should find you some catbutt while we are here…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395036

Spaghettiroll '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 395037

"I'm afraid neither party would be too terribly interested in that."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395038

Just some shifty eyes.
Nothing here, nope.

Godric [Dark Knight] 395039

"Mm. These are troubling times. What of this town? What do they think?"

DM 395040

"Hard to say. You can't tell one's loyalty from their beak.
Proximity to the king has kept us in check though, as far as I know. Grimalphas' supporters seem to prefer the areas near the borders."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395041

"A shame. I always found gryphons very attractive.
There was this girl back when we were kinds…"
Start thinking back.
"Hey Frosty, do you remember Anita?"

DM 395044

"I do…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 395045

"Mm, that is true. The border regions would be easiest to sway, due to Eaglecrest. I assume that means you have avoided the worst of it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395047

Chuckle a bit.
"She was a damn tease when we were kids.
And then it turns out she liked girls."
Sigh and shake my head.
"Guess that's how it works."

Venia [Battlemage] 395048

"I wonder how she fares these days…"
I frown
"Not that she liked me at all back then."

DM 395049

"For the most part. But you see her word bearers everywhere these days."
He seems a little lost in thought

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 395051

Snap my hooves in front of his face.
"Tell me you are not thinking about that again!"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395054

Meh. They'll figure it out.
How do the rooms look?

Godric [Dark Knight] 395055

Pound back the drink.
"It is sad times when Stormheart turns against itself…"

Venia [Battlemage] 395057

Let him daydream

"So Smouldering, how are you liking this little outing so far?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395061

"I hate the cold but I'll manage. How are you doing?"

Venia [Battlemage] 395065

I smirk
"Great. I love this place. Having the time of my life."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395066

"I trust that has something to do with Unyielding coming with us?" I grin.

Venia [Battlemage] 395071

"Well…. Maybe a little."
I chuckle

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395075

"I hope we'll get a good night sleep. I don't trust it here…."

Venia [Battlemage] 395077

"There are worse places to spend the night in… like outside."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395079

I laugh.
"I guess you're right. Anything would be better than in that cold. I wish we could have made it to the Castle though."

Venia [Battlemage] 395082

"I think it's better that we stick together, even if that means we travel slower. I wouldn't want to split away from Godric for one."

DM 395084

"…I'm thinking about what must be done here…"
"So much the promised land of Griffonkind, huh…"
Not too big. Mostly just beds for guests and little else.


Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395088

"Me neither. We could have been in big trouble here without him. If we aren't already."

Godric [Dark Knight] 395093

"It's no dream of mine if it turns us against each other. Times change, and so do dreams."

Pay the man, Sam.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395095

I pause for a few seconds, then shake my head.
"I'm sorry I sound so negative, Miss Venia. It must be the cold or something. I haven't felt like myself since we left Eaglescrest."

Venia [Battlemage] 395097

"I think we'll manage. It's a rocky situation, but we only have to play carefully. There's no need for recklessness. Not like what happened at the mansion."
I glare at Kilana and Pumpkin

"The cold?"
I chuckle
"I'm afraid that wont go away any time soon. Maybe you should get yourself some warmer clothing? Or is something else irking you?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395098

I think for a second.
"I'd rather not trouble you with my personal problems Venia. You must have enough on your mind already."

Venia [Battlemage] 395099

"Come on now Smouldering. You know you don't need to hold back around me. If you've got something to say, spit it out. I'm here to help."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395100

"Eh…very well then. I'm not sure if you have seen Waveform already? You might have seen her during the party before the Challenge."

Venia [Battlemage] 395101

"Yes, I did notice her. I think Nylis fought her in battle too."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395102

Small smile.
"Yes, it was after that battle that I went to meet her…we've developed something of a relationship since…"

Venia [Battlemage] 395103

Smouldering told Venia about his old marefriend right?
I perk up
"Oh? Now that sounds like a story."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395104

Sure, off-screen sometime.
I grin.
"Well, I got to learn the Eaglescrestian ways of courting pretty fast yes."

Venia [Battlemage] 395105

I chuckle
"I suppose that's one way of courting a mare. Is she nice? She's a mage too, correct?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395106

I nod
"She's a mage, she's originally from Rockeye as well. She's very kind and she's smart too, she even knew about Lavann, when I told her a bit about the crystal."

Venia [Battlemage] 395107

"Oh? Now that's very interesting. I regret not approaching her now."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395108

."She's quite something the mare. Before I left I went to see her to say goodbye and talk a bit. We just lay there on her couch, just talking for what seemed like forever. I felt…happy…"
I look down, bite my lip.
"I felt like I was…with Shimmering again…"
I've decided on Shimmering Light as the name of my ex-waifu.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395109

>she's quite the mare

Venia [Battlemage] 395111

I give him a sad smile
"It hasn't been long, give it some time. It'll heal. It's good that you managed to find love someplace else, that will help."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395112

"I don't know if I can just let it go…and I can't help but feel like…"
Say in a weak voice.
"What if Waveform betrays me as well?"

Venia [Battlemage] 395113

"Not all the mares in the world are deceitful, Smouldering. Don't let a bad experience fill you with doubt like that. And you definitely shouldn't let it affect the way you look at Waveform. That just wouldn't be a fair thing to do."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395115

I bite my lip.
"I know, I know, I just can't help it. I trusted once, but now…I can't have something like that happen to me again."
I sigh.
"I thought…about using my Sight on her….find out if she spoke the truth. I don't know anymore, I usually don't do that to anypony, unless it's necessary. And now I'm thinking about doing it to a mare I like."
Lie down. "I'm so confused."

Venia [Battlemage] 395120

"It's a tricky situation. And I admit I may not be the best of mares to ask advice. I pretty much blundered my way into being together with Unyielding."
I smile
"But I trust him completely. And I myself am always honest with him. If I make a mistake somewhere or am worried about something, he's usually the first to know. Trust is a fundamental part of any relationship, because the lack of it creates jealousy."
I rub the back of my neck with a hoof
"And I don't think using those powers would be a completely fair thing to do. You're a nice stallion, Smouldering, so I don't think you need to be afraid of encountering the same thing again. Heck, if I was ten years younger and I didn't have a stallion already…"
I let myself trail off and chuckle again

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395122

I smile sadly.
"That must be so nice. Having somepony you can trust like that."
I look down again.
"But I'm not a nice pony, Venia. I try to be, but sometimes…I just lose myself."

Venia [Battlemage] 395125

I put a hoof on his shoulder
"Now now, don't be so hard on yourself. I can see a lot of good and potential in you. All you need is a bit of guidance."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395127

I sigh.
"Back in Rockeye, I once did an experiment on exactly how much magical energy could be converted into a single Elemental Fire Orb. That was when I still had some assistants to help me….
It started off so well. The magical energy concentrated within just became denser and denser. The Orb became as powerful as 3 regular orbs, then 6, then 9.
It was such an amazing sight, such concentrated raw power. I ignored the warnings of those who were there and just kept going, fueling it, making it stronger."
I frown.
"The Orb lost its integrity and exploded. I could protect myself but everypony in the room, and the room itself got blasted.
Everypony in that room except me had horrible burns."

Godric [Dark Knight] 395128

I'll join in for the moment

"We are in luck, it appears this town is close enough to the castle for us to be safe for the night."

Venia [Battlemage] 395133

I wince slightly
"That does sound… like that was a bad day for all involved… Though with how skilled Rockeye's mages are, they must have been able to mend those burn wounds, no?"

"Oh, that is very good news."
I smile
"I sure am glad you are accompanying us."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395135


We timewarping until after that conversation with Venia, because Smouldering won't talk further about that with cattbutt around.

Venia [Battlemage] 395137

We can timewarp

Godric [Dark Knight] 395140

I gaze at her levelly.
"Mm. It is good to see some of you fitting in so levelly. Just keep your heads down and avoid any ruckus until we reach the capital."

psh, keep your horse boners in check

Venia [Battlemage] 395143

"Yes, of course. We don't want to make things harder than they already undoubtedly are. How is the mood among the gryphons?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395144

"They did…they did. It took time but they healed. But it always goes like that with me, Venia. Just a few days ago, I was in bath in Eaglescrest. And I accidentaly burned the water. Can you believe it? Burned. The. Water."
I sigh. "It's this fire within me. I can feel it always. And sometimes it gives me strenght, the strenght to do anything, to keep going. But other times it just overwhelms me. One day I'll burn to a crisp. I just know it."

"That's good. We wouldn't want any visitors tonight."

Godric [Dark Knight] 395151

"Divided. King Garret has not left his castle in some time, which means Grimalphas has had free reign to spread her word among the outer territories. If she keeps gaining strength, we may face stiff opposition once your king reveals himself."

Naik [Mage] 395158

And then later that night, I arrive.
I sure hope my waifu is just as excited to see me as I am to see her.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395163

I sigh.
"We'll have to push for the Castle as quickly as possible then, once the storm dies down."

Venia [Battlemage] 395164

"Well… I had some bad miscasts too in my day."
I blush slightly as I remember one particular miscast.
"Magic can be a tricky thing for everypony involved, I'm afraid."

I frown
"That's bad news. We will need to pick up the pace then…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395167

I pause for a second as the memories of that failed experiment wash over me.
Roll not to cry. '1d10'
"I didn't want them to get hurt Venia."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395169

Whatever, tears well up in my eyes. I don't need RNG to tell me that.

Godric [Dark Knight] 395185

I nod.
"Yes. We must make it to the palace by tomorrow. With luck, the storm is the only event tonight."

Kilana [deathsinger] 395186

yea, sure..


I give him a hug
"It was just an accident. It happens to the best of us… You can't beat yourself up over past mistakes. You move on and learn from them. Do better. Improve."

"Moon watch over us then."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395207

"I'll…I'll try Venia. And thanks…for listening to me."

Naik [Mage] 395208

I go and find her then.

Godric [Dark Knight] 395222

"Rest up. We should start early. I do not think your mate would enjoy spending more than one night in hiding."

Venia [Battlemage] 395293

"It's okay. I'm always here if you need to talk."

"My mate?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 395305

And that brings us to the present I guess.

"As early as possible, once the storm clears I think."

Godric [Dark Knight] 395309

Cock my head.
"King Wintergrasp? He was most enthusiastic to hunt."
fuck, I just remember, Godric was never actually introduced to him

"I agree, if you can keep up."

Venia [Battlemage] 395386

"Oh! Yes, of course!"

Godric [Dark Knight] 395431

"What about you? Would you join?"

DM 396120

The storm should blow over by morning.
If there was anything left, do it now before resting.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396124

Well, I'm open for talking, if anyone needs to speak with me, NPC or otherwise.
I'm fairly certain King Frostmourn doesn't wish to be disturbed, though.

Venia [Battlemage] 396125

I'll just help Unyielding get his armor on and then put on my own.

The wonders of telekinesis.

Ambrosia [Ex-Slave] 396126

I'll just be waiting in the hallway

DM 396132

…you're putting armour on for bed?

Venia [Battlemage] 396133

Derp, I thought it was morning.
Nevermind that then.

DM 396135

A few guards come by the rooms
"We will stand watch overnight. We trust you have nothing against that?"


I stare at them for a moment, then try and sneak into stealth

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 396140

"HEY! What's the big idea? Are you up to something?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396142

"Not at all. Thank you very much."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396143

"It would be rude to question your hospitality."
"Please forgive my companion. She's still not quite used to gryphish social customs."

Godric [Dark Knight] 396144

"Not at all. Thank you."

Ambrosia [Ex-Slave] 396145

I freeze up, then look down

Pumpkin Swanson [Northblade] 396147

"Of course not. Thanks for your protection."

Venia [Battlemage] 396148

"Don't mind her, she's only nervous."

DM 396150

"Very well. We wish you a good rest."
"Hrm. Very well. But that better be the last of that. We don't like spooks in our houses."

If you are ready, go to sleep so we can get moving in the morning

Pumpkin Swanson [Northblade] 396152

Comfy dreams. Too bad Peaches is in the other room~

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396153

"Of course."

Godric [Dark Knight] 396155


Venia [Battlemage] 396156

Sleepy pony

DM 396158

Roll for restful sleep



Roll #1 7 = 7



Roll #1 8 = 8



Roll #1 5 = 5



Roll #1 10 = 10

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396163

"U-uh, why would you guys want to go back there though?"



Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396169


Roll #1 1 = 1

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396171

nevermind this I guess

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 396174

You all slumber in peace, with not a worry in the world.
And you toss around on the edge of sleep
However, you simply can't sleep. You need air. Space. Anything.
Saluting the guards, you go take a breath of fresh air.
And notice a group of figures lurking near the barracks.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396177

Well. Welly well well.
Can I make them out, or is it too dark? '1d10'
Come on, Full Moon.

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 396178

They are gryphons. And there are many.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396182

So. Gryphons. Solid chance that they're Grimalphas's goons. Equally solid chance that they're just the garrison. Taking in the night.
I'll head back in, and speak with our guards.
"Is it usual for a large gaggle, or flock, of your gryphons to do night drills?"

DM 396183


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396186

"Because I just saw a group of gryphons out by the barracks, and wasn't sure if that was something that happens often. I did not wish to jump to conclusions and do irreparable harm to political relationships."


Rolling to dream of plans and schemes and not just VenusVenusVenus

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 396189

"Hrm. That sounds highly unusual… You should probably stay here while I check it out."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396191

"As you like, though I wouldn't mind helping if it does turn out to be less than benevolent."


I guess I'll roll for sleeping.

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 396201

"Just stay inside for now."
He leaves.

After a while, he hasn't shown up again.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396203

"You can't say this isn't rather suspicious. Do you mind if I gather my companions and we see what happened to the other guard?"

DM 396208

"… go ahead. We'll scout out and see what's going on."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396209

I'll nod.
"Thank you."
First stop, Guy's room. Let's wake up the PCs.
Second stop, ladies' room. Wake up PCs.
"There are some suspicious gryphons ahoof. And the guard who went to check on them hasn't returned. I have permission to go out and check."

Venia [Battlemage] 396211

I yawn and flutter my eyes
"Suspicious gryphons… where?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396213

"Near the barracks. If my suspicions prove accurate, they might have a vested interest in harming the king."
I'll frown.
"And so far nothing is being done to allay those suspicions."

Godric [Dark Knight] 396214

I roll over and get up.
"Are you certain?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396215

"I would not have woken you all if I weren't, lord Blackmane."



Get Peach. Sneak into stealth.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 396217

"… Right."
Get up and pick up my hammer.
"Lead the way, Crescent."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396218


DM 396219

The night offers good cover. You are hidden.


Alright, try and sneak into stealth again… I should be allowed to right? I mean… this could be serious.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396221

Out we go.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396222

"Guard.. who went to check on them… we may have our enemies among the guards. Be careful."

Wake Venus and arm myself before following them

Godric [Dark Knight] 396224

"His presence should still be a secret though."

Head out after everyone.


Let's move ahead and check.
SbS the place.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 396226

You get hidden so swiftly nobody even could have told you otherwise.
Seems like an angry mob is fighting the guards
Outside, one sentry is out cold, and the two others are clashing with a band of angry griffons

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396229

"Fight to subdue, or fight to kill, Queen Venia?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 396230

"Hold. They may just be misguided citizens."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396231

slowly get ready and groggily teleport to the group '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

Venia [Battlemage] 396232

"Let's see…"
Are they armed? Do they have uniforms or insignias?

"Exactly what I thought…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396233

"Then by all means, lord Blackmane, attempt to end this before the guards are overrun and we are forced to act."


Fly on ahead and look at the situation. Number of guards, number of opponents, reasons for this. Anything.

Roll #1 7 = 7


"Subdue as much as reasonably possible, lethal force if necessary. We want to extract as much as we can here."

Look confident as I brush myself up and try to look Inspiring.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Ambrosia [Ex-Slave] 396236

Skulk in the shadows and keep an eye on Frostmourn

Godric [Dark Knight] 396239

I grunt and fly on over them.


DM 396244

They seem civilian, in clothing and arms.
From the sound of it, the mob is Grimalphas supporters, blaming the guards as traitors for harboring non-gryphons.
Frostmourn stays in the back lines

Ambrosia [Ex-Slave] 396247

Just stare at him from the shadows.

Venia [Battlemage] 396249

"Let's hope Godric can convince them… If they do attack, fight to subdue, not to kill."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396250

How far are the mob from us.

DM 396251

It's near the outside wall of the barracks. Not too far from you.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396252

"As you say, then."

Venia [Battlemage] 396254

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396255


Any way I can make myself easily visible? any high place i can step up on?

DM 396256

You could just walk in front of them

Venia [Battlemage] 396258

"Stay here Verne. Let Godric deal with this."

I frown

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396260

Well, it doesn't look like this is going to be easy. I'll absently check my armor straps, buckles, and the Mountainbreakers while Godric speaks.



Roll #1 7 = 7

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396264

A high place would make me look more impressive.

"Well, I am trained for this, after all. If Godric fails I will step in."

Godric [Dark Knight] 396265


DM 396267


Kilana [deathsinger] 396270

Go check around the base, what are the local griffons doing.

DM 396272

The angry mob seems to be the only group outside

Kilana [deathsinger] 396274

what about the ones who said they would protect us?
are they anywhere to be found?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396276

They were in combat, with one unconscious.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396277

Wherever I'm at, use Farsight and scan for whoever keeps the mob going '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 396279

They are clashing with the angry mob. Or were, until Godric got them to stop for a moment.
It seems they are a fairly unified bunch. All five of them.


is the mob shouting something clear? I'll listen with my sensitive ear

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Godric [Dark Knight] 396283

I point angrily down at the unconscious guard.


Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396284

>all five of them
Do any need of them or the guards need healing?

DM 396285

They seem to be going on about strength in unity and non-gryphons and stuff like that.


Take a bit of time to look over myself while this is going on. Would I look impressive or trustworthy to a gryphon?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 396288

Perhaps a voice in the dark can make them change their heart. sing from the shadows a song about peace and unity, acceptance of those different than you.. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

DM 396291

They eat bigger things than you for lunch.
The mob looks around, somewhat uneasy, but they seem to lower their weapons a bit.


Any good adjustments I can make here before I step out?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 396294

Well, the seed has been planted..
I'll go see Valeriana, make sure she's aware.

Godric [Dark Knight] 396296

Open my forelegs above them.

DM 396302

You could apply a tasty marinade.
She has a bead drawn on one of the gryphons
"I did not expect this to be easy…"
They stand down
"And what of this… rumor we heard? Of non-gryphons here?"


Ngh! My cue is here, it's time. Step out.

"It is true! The High King Frostmourn and his entourage, and I, his Advisor who accompanies him, have come here to serve your nation, as we have served others before yours!"

Be Inspiring.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Kilana [deathsinger] 396310

"I didn't expect them to attempt an attack in the night." I sigh. "What should I do? If I fight them they will only hate us more.."



Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 396315

They pull their weapons again
"It seems the situation is escalating"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396317

Well, time to be backup. Imposing time. '1d10'please can that helmet give me a bonus.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Kilana [deathsinger] 396319

I squint my eyes "indeed, should I stay by Frosty?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 396320

Why couldn't they have just stayed back…

"You call this an invasion?! An infirm horse and his entourage of herbivores?!"

Gesture angrily down at them.
"Has Stormheart become so feeble in my absence that it fears this rabble?!"

Venia [Battlemage] 396321

I scrunch and step up

DM 396322


It seems they are panicking now.


"Invaded? The only arms I bear is a mere dagger, and what force we have has merely been for safe passage! What reason would we have to invade? The might of the Gryphons is known to many, what could we gain without much cost! I will tell you here and now what we come here to gain: your hearts! We wish not the lands of Stormheart, only the wellbeing of the Gryphons to ensure our continued mutual co-existence. We come to render aid and servitude! Think on it, those who I wish to be my friends! Can you accept the goodwill and servitude of another for yourselves, and for us?"


Roll #1 6 = 6

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396326

If it will make them feel better, I'll drop my axes.
"There. I have laid down my arms. I bear you no malice, nor do I intend you harm, unless forced."

Venia [Battlemage] 396327


Godric [Dark Knight] 396328


DM 396330

"Stay the hell back… Grimalphas warned us this day would come. When the borders could no longer hold the tide back.
The day when the hearts of all gryphons would be tested…"
They stop and look at you in terror
"…The Pony Emperor is… here!?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 396331

sing, sing the most soothing song I can, a griffon lullaby if possible. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396332

Fuck this

teleport back to my room '1d10+3'

Roll #1 9 + 3 = 12


"Listen to your own hearts… what do they tell you? To listen to mindless zeal, and thus ensure the decline of your land, such that your hatchlings may grow up in a hellish waste of bloodshed and bigotry, or to listen to reason and see that by accepting coexistence and aid, this shall build a better future for you all? Do you not wish your children the same, or a better Stormheart to live as you have?"


Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

DM 396335

They seem to calm down. A lot.
The power of ambient music should never be underestimated.
Welcome to the room. And would you look at that. Someone snuck in here and left you a present. An explosive package under the bed.
'1d4+1' of them drop their arms

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Godric [Dark Knight] 396336

"In that, she at last speaks truth! Your test has already begun, sons of Stormheart! But it is a test of not only your heart, but your faith! Faith in your home, and faith in its people! Are we not strong enough to make our mark on all of the Northlands, as is our very right?!"

Point at the party.

"Ebonwreath lies dead! Eaglecrest is cowed! The King of Ponies wishes to beg our king for assistance! Does this not validate your strength?! Stormheart endures!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 396337

My work done here, I go to Frostmourn's side.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396338

Throw it out the window '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Ambrosia [Ex-Slave] 396340

How the hell did they get past my guard?

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396341

Prostrate myself before those who dropped their arms.

"Your selflessness and courage in such an act is a first step to saving both our lands. I thank you."

Be inspiring! '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396342

I'll just shake my head at that.
"Can someone please stop him?"

DM 396344

You toss the bomb out the window. It will no longer hurt anyone.
Two of the mob members back off, heads held low
The other three look at you in a mix of terror and anger
"Where is he!?
…which of them is he?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 396346

Now go back to sleep…


check on frosty already..

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10


T-try again?

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 396349

He has decided to hold back and not say anything. He is at the rear lines of your group.
You really aren't helping…

Godric [Dark Knight] 396350

Cross my forelegs and glare down at them.

"And why do you care? What is one pony from another? Do you really presume yourselves so great as to deny King Garret his right? If you wish to know, join us! Come to the palace and learn the truth!"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396351

Yeah nevermind I guess I misread Gryphons or something I need to look things up again

Kilana [deathsinger] 396352

"Is this the welcoming you expected?"

DM 396353

"King Garret is a fool willing to throw our nation away to hide is ineptitude as a leader! Grimalphas is the only one who looks after our kind's needs!"

DM 396355

"Not in the least. I hoped to reach the king without these distractions. But I'm not willing to risk our relations by killing civilians either…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 396356

"Grimalphas would send you out to murder any who dissent! Is that your promised land?! Gryphons killing each other in a frenzy over the mad rantings of a senile old bird?! Our king's heart aches! He can no longer stand to see Stormheart tear itself to pieces under his reign!"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396357

Do not. We have two who are willing to listen to us already. If we can convince the others, we stand a reasonable chance of gaining support of the rest of Stormheart, too.

DM 396359

Lets see if those words were enough to make the others back down
"Indeed. Let us hope this will resolve itself soon…"

Roll #1 1 - 1 = 0

DM 396360

Nope, they stand strong
"Show us the pony who slew Eaglecrest's king then. We want to see who we may soon be forced to bow to."

Kilana [deathsinger] 396362

"I understand, but it seems like things are quickly leading to a fight here.. " I sigh and look for a way to quickly disable them, like some rope or tranq arrows. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

DM 396363

Valeriana has a supply of special ammo if you need any

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396364

"Ready? Frostmourn, remember, present yourself as one who will respect their freedom. 'All who have bowed before you did so of their own free will, and they can spit insults at you if they so wish. You will prove your worth.' Understand?

Godric [Dark Knight] 396365

Laugh audibly.
"Such faith in him already! Do you really believe the king would bow to any horse, even one such as him?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 396366

What is she doing right now? Ready to take the shot?

DM 396368

"That fool of a king would bow to a mouse by now."
Three gryphons remain strong. They demand to see Frostmourn.

Venia [Battlemage] 396369

"High King?"
Ready to charge if he gives the order

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 396370

Take position above the leader, ready to drop down on him.

Godric [Dark Knight] 396371

"Hmph. May your faith in him not reflect your faith in your home."

Beckon the king forward.

Kilana [deathsinger] 396374

Grab a few arrows, I can't shoot them, but I can stab the griffon butts. get behind them.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396378

Signal with my face not to attack until a cue is given.

Kilana [deathsinger] 396387

I nod, the standard for affirmative.

DM 396389

Frostmourn steps forth
"High King Frostmourn of Wintersgrasp, Ironfoe, Rockeye and Eaglecrest.
I have come to seek the aid of King Garret of Stormheart in my lasting endeavors to unite the Northlands. Not as a conqueror, but as an ally.
I have fought my entire life to forever preserve the heritage and culture of the North. And that heritage includes Stormheart."

The mob looks at him, exchanges a few glances, then lowers their weapons
"Very well…"
They begin backing off

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396391

I'll leave my axes on the ground for now, and turn to Venia.
"Queen Venia, has anyone taken a look at the unconscious guard? Is he well?"

Venia [Battlemage] 396393

"… That seemed a little too easy."

I nod and walk over to check on those guards.


Yeah well, SbS. Check the surroundings.
I'm not convinced yet.

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 396395

…who left that bomb outside the window?
The guard is alive but out cold.
The other two took a beating but are now watching over the dispersing mob


I drop in from the shadows and get a NR in on those guards

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4


What the…
Fly over and shield the king!
Get him out of the blast radius!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 396399

…after all that fuss? '1d10+1' check around for traps

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Godric [Dark Knight] 396400

Lower myself down and assist the unconscious guard.

Shield him!

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396401

Guardian going up, just in case.

Kilana [deathsinger] 396402

shit. get down. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 396403


"Venus, get ready!"


Fling that thing away!

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 396405

There is a bomb outside the barracks window
It has not exploded yet…
check it?
Shoot it from afar?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 396406

"Everyone, get the hell out of here. I will dispose of that.
Venia, use your bubble on me."

Venia [Battlemage] 396408

PB on Pumpkin '1d10'
Conjure him a extra set of armor too! '1d10'

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

DM 396409

Enjoy your magic paper bag armour

Venia [Battlemage] 396411

I scrunch
"… Dammit. Uh…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 396412

Shrug that thing off.
"Right. I will do it on my own."

Exact location of said bomb. Where it is, how many ponies/gryphons around, how big it is, what's the place like.

DM 396414

It seems to be a small box, a small way outside the barracks bedroom window, as if it was thrown out of it


SbS on it.
Can I see what it looks like inside?

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 396418

Looks like some kind of fire bomb.

Godric [Dark Knight] 396420

"Just dispose of it. We should move on to Castle Stormheart now that your king has revealed himself."


No clue on the detonator?
"Indeed. But I am not fireproof. What if it blew in my face?"

"Lady Venia, I would love some fire-absorbing armor, if you could."

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 396424

It seems to be burning down. Some kind of simple timer. It does not have much time on it.


"Yeah… that's been a while."
Try to conjure him fire armor

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 396426

tick tock tick tock
Time's a wasting, queenie


Fly down there and dump that shit off a cliff!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 396428

"Perhaps I could simply hurl it away with telekinesis? Where is lady Nylis? Could she warp it away?"




Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 396430

As you pick up the bomb it hisses violently.
Roll to throw it far enough for nobody to get hurt.



Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 396434

You launch it the FUCK off that cliff. It explodes in the air, making you look totally badass, flying there in front of that fireball.
One of the previous mob members stops in their tracks seeing this display. The others flee.

Frostmourn looks shocked, but also relieved.


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