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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 11 DM 408315[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story of a leader who wanted to see their people's culture preserved.

Episode 11: The Crowmother

Kilana [deathsinger] 408323

Did we get word from winterbreeze about demonic eyes?

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408324

Is there news from Winterbreeze already?
Any others that like to talk to me?

Venia [Battlemage] 408326

I believe we were waiting on more info.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408328

Did we even return yet?

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408331

I am also here.

DM 408336

Ok lets reset the stage a little

Valeriana got in contact with Winterbreeze, who confirmed the signs point to the eye being a demonic entity on the lower scale of size and power.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408337


Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408339

Did she have anything to say about where such a thing could have come from?

Venia [Battlemage] 408340

"Any thoughts, Godric?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408341

"Any ideas on how to agitate the demon eye into revealing itself?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408342

"It is disturbing news. I cannot believe that she would stoop to such trickery!"
Clench a talon in RIGHTEOUS ANGER.

"What I must know though is, are her visions the truth or is she too being mislead by this entity?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408345

"I wonder if it's sapient enough to be read, or controlled…"

Venia [Battlemage] 408348

"Demons are very adept at manipulating their subjects into working to their favor. I have no real idea what its intentions could possibly be, but it's probable that it benefits from strife."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408349

"Would a demon's mind be anything like a pony's?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408351

"Good question. I'm not a demonologist, so I can't say for certain. I've never tried. It would make sense that their brains would at least be organized differently, given their extraplanar existence."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408353

"Undoubtedly. But strife for the sake of it…even the crone would not unleash that on Stormheart."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408363

"And what if said demon can use the bridge you offer him to control you, in exchange?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408365

"Which is where its manipulative nature comes in play. Of course, I don't know this for certain. I'm just theorizing. Demons are always set out to gain power one way or the other, through exploitation mostly. Maybe it took over her mind already…"
I shake my head sadly

DM 408368

She mentioned that weaker demons can be summoned with various rituals, and that a demon has no real mortal lifespan, so it is possible the eye is as old as Stormheart, if not older.
When in danger, demons often tend to try and defend their host bodies.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408369

"If that is the case, then we may have to kill her after all. I pray we can reveal this before that comes to pass."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408370

"Think of it more as a one way street than a bridge."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408371

"And what about the marks on the skull? Does this mean the eye…eats at its hosts? Would it be painful?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408373

Well, it's your field. But you should at least try on some other demon first."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408374

"We do have access to one."

Glance at Venia.

Venia [Battlemage] 408375

I sigh
"Hopefully removing the eye will be enough to stop its influence."

"I wouldn't be surprised if it involved lots of headaches. I think what you saw was corruption slowly spreading over the skull."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408377

I groan "That's not helpful, she would try to defend against us anyway, we need to prove she's using demonic powers not just threaten her. Would it react to holy magic?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408378

Nod slowly.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408380

"What are you proposing?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408381

I scrunch
"Are you sure that's smart to do… here? In the palace of Stormheart itself?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408383

"It seemed very specific to the eye though. I really feel like it must have been eating or gnawing or something. Stormheart wore that eye most of his life. If it had spread over his skull completely it should have been more visible. And seeing the future always comes with headaches…"
I rub my head.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408384

"Experimentation. If we can manipulate a demon, we can try doing the same with another."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408385

"I would have set to work sooner given the opportunity."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408386

"…well, you brought it with you for a reason right?"
"I love the idea but, do we have time? The gathering is happening tomorrow isn't it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408388


Godric [Dark Knight] 408390

Narrow my eyes a bit.
"This seems unwise…"

Venia [Battlemage] 408391

"I doubt it would have been any smarter to do in Eaglecrest."

"To guard the damned thing."
I turn to Valeriana
"… Is this place secure?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408392

"I know. Precautions will be taken."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408395

"How does this make us any better than her?"

DM 408397

Probably signs of the demon growing and taking root, so to speak.
Possibly. And it would retaliate if direct harm were to befall it, or if the host was dying.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408398

Raise a brow.
"Beg you pardon? We are not going to use a demon, just try to read its mind and control him, dorcing him to leave.
She loses her powers and support will shortly cruble."

Venia [Battlemage] 408399

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408401

I'm out of questions.

Venia [Battlemage] 408403

"That thing is older than any of us and probably gained substantial power, I doubt it will allow itself to be controlled so easily…"

DM 408404

"It's the best we have around here.
The catacombs are the most secure part."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408405

"You really think it will be that easy? This movement is based around more than her seer abilities."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408411

"With the utmost respect, your grace, I don't think you would view anywhere as a reasonable place."

Venia [Battlemage] 408412

"If the gryphons find out about this…"
I shudder

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408413

"But if she loses the black eye won't griffons start questioning her authenticity?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408414

"But it is a symbol she uses to claim legitimacy. It would seriously hurt her."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408415

"If they find out about this, they will be more interested in the fact that their war leader has a demon eye, won't they?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408417

"We need to know more, and fast. Why squander a resource we have available?"
"If we can use holy magic to make it react.. could we send a fake priest with the guise of giving her a blessing? OR.. can we reverse its summoning, send it back?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408419

"Your remark is noted."

"And… the fact that their founding prophet may have been using it as well. The consequences would be… unforeseeable."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408420

I quietly reply "Another case of bringing something along to hide it.."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408421

"We can't let them now that, at any cost."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408423

"She still has her rhetoric! Regardless of what she sees, her words ring true in their ears!"

"Exactly! All of this…Stormheart was founded on a lie!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408425

"Its too bad we can't just get her alone and threaten her with this knowledge. She wouldn't want the truth to get out right? "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408427

"Well crap.
So turns out we cannot use the demon argument at all or we risk worsening the situation."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408428

"We can use it as long as that other part doesn't come out."

Venia [Battlemage] 408429

"A caged animal can do strange things, Kilana."

"We could but… we'll have to be careful."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408430

"…How can this get any worse? Everything I know has been called into question…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408431

"Well, that's not my field. Ask Verne what to do."
"By the death of a thousand more of your kin, for istance.
Ideologies are nothing when they don't support peace."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408432

"If this entire country calls everything into question collectively and then comes for our hides. That would be a lot worse."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408434

"Our skin? That's the last of our concern.
A dozen, hundread factions would be born and families would be fighting against each other.
Thousand innocents would die. All for an idea."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408435

"It can be worse by letting your whole nation feel what you're feeling now."
"Well, what can we do then? We found real dirt on her, but we can't use it. We can't plant false evidence, we can't use mind control and we can't kill her.." I rub my forehead.

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408436

"It's not the least of my concerns. It's a great risk to use this knowledge, I agree. But what choice do we have?
We don't have anything else that could possibly discredit her. And doing anything against her without discrediting her first will surely result in war."

Venia [Battlemage] 408437


"We're going to have to make a move or we'll have another civil war on our hooves…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408438

And Crescent is here too. Just been listening for the moment, though.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408440

"I should have known a bunch of ponies would fail to understand. Ancestors…how did it come to this?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408442

"Please, make some kind of call that lets us take action then."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408444

"What matters if your founder used a demon's eye to see the truth, if those who came after held to the truth and brought good into the world, Lord Blackmane? You could take the reigns of the religious matters, if it comes down to it, and speak with the intentions of what your founder not, and not the methods."

Venia [Battlemage] 408445

"We have the meeting tomorrow, that's an action."

"Then what do you think we should do as a gryphon, Godric?"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408449

"But that would play in Grimalphas favor."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408450

>of what your founder did, not with the methods

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408451

"Nonono. Wait.
What are you counting to do on that meeting? Kill a hundread gryphons?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408452

"Would it? Would a true son of Stormheart rely on the crutch of demonic power, instead of his faith and strength of his own claws?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408453

"Of course not. Just gathering more information on their immediate plans."

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408455

"If you tell them their founder did it, and their founder is basically holy for them, why wouldn't they?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408456

"Grimalphas will be there.
And if she really has a demon aiding her seering abilities, she'll discover us."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408457

"It matters because it means that everything we have been told, our entire history is a lie! Stormheart's teachings founded our society, and now I learn that he was mislead by eldritch forces?!"

"I…just do not know anymore."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408458

"But didn't their founder denounce necromancy and demonology? Or have I been mishearing their stance on it?"
"The eye is just a tool, lord Blackmane. No different than what Ebonreth did with the Heart. Your founder had the strength of will to bend it to his means, but that doesn't mean that his followers should follow suit. Why not fulfill the intentions of the teachings through a different method?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408459

"That's… unfortunate."
I tap a hoof against my chin
"I wonder just how powerful it is… I mean, is it a constant all-seeing eye or does it just give occasional visions? So many questions…"

"Just forget the prophet Stormheart for a moment and think about what you want for gryphonkind. Do you want them to continue following said demons or put an end to it?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408460

"How can you be so sure?"

"I want us to forge our own destiny and take what is ours by right. No force, be it daemon or mortal, should guide or assist us. We are strong!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408461

"These questions can be answered if we get in proximity with the griffon in question."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408462

"Where is this meeting being held? Is it of historic significance?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408463

"Because I don't know enough to have doubts, lord Blackmane. And if you want gryphons to seize the reins on their own destinies, then simply point that out to Grimalphas in a debate. Catch her in her own hypocrisy and then assume the mantle of high priest, or whatever it is you gryphons have."

Venia [Battlemage] 408467

"The we have to find a way to discredit Grimalphas without discrediting your founder as well."

"By going to this meeting, at the risk of being found out…"

Smoldering Torch [Omniseer] 408468

"Good thing you made an exception on that assisting bit for us."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408475

If we're done talking I'll go get myself a bath.

DM 408476

baths are nice
Maybe this one won't catch on fire.
The tub is really big though, as it is meant for a gryphon.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408479

Oh boy.
I gleefully fill the bath with hot water.
Candles? '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Godric [Dark Knight] 408481

"Well I do. She argues that your actions threaten this ideology, and you want to change the way we act. Stormheart for griffons, griffons for Stormheart."

"Indeed. Deface him and the country collapses."

DM 408482

Floating ones.
The maid you saw earlier is cleaning the room, but leaves as you enter.

Venia [Battlemage] 408483

"So what do we do then? How do we get close to Grimalphas?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408485

"The simplest solution would be to just attend her rally. I highly doubt she will be using her powers on the entire crowd."

Venia [Battlemage] 408486

"That's what I thought. However, only you and Pumpkin will be able to attend, the rest of us would stand out too much."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408487

"We go to the meeting, there really is no other way.
If she can truly see us, we will be spotted anyway, might as well be at a place of our choosing."

>bath future

I'll get in.
Rolling for meditative state. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Godric [Dark Knight] 408489

"Of course. I assume you will be nearby in hiding though?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408490

"I still say this is unsafe."

Venia [Battlemage] 408491

I nod
"It is, but… I don't see any alternatives. Unless you have a different plan?"

DM 408492

You could always call her back.
The water is nice, and the candles are pretty…
Valeriana butts in
"With a bit of care and concealment, we can all hide nearby so long as we don't draw attention."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408495

I nod "But the location is it.. important? Like a former battle ground?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408496

"No idea. I'm not the native here.
Sir Godric?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408497

"Any plan will be unsafe. Right now it's just a matter of losing more of the initiative."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408498

i don't even know where it is since i missed that.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408499

Call her back?
1.Time for meditation and opening myself up to the arcane flows of the universe.
2.Shout to ask if she's got any soap.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408505

Not yet.
I'll sit here focusing on the candles for a while.
See if I can get any visions.

[Do I know the meta about Mistrals papers containing clues to my search for the crystal?] 4th Eye '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 408510

"So we'll go to the meeting then?"

DM 408513

Cloudsunder, a tall peak with little on it save for an old temple and graveyard.
At best you know that there might be things worth checking out there.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408514

Prostrate myself slightly.
"May Stormheart forgive me for bringing battle to its hallowed ground…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408515

A feeling, but very faint and nothing really tangible then.
Now I'll call that maid for the soap.

Kilana [deathsinger] 408516

>where are we going even

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408517

"Hopefully we can bring peace."

DM 408518

"It is an old graveyard."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408520

"One of our most important."

Venia [Battlemage] 408526

"No objections? Everypony agrees? Everypony knows the plan?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408528

"Sit there and watch?"


DM 408529

Frostmourn leans heavily on his sword and thinks
"…I could always confront her."
She pokes her head in
"Soap? Just a moment."
She soon returns with a big bar in her claw and puts it down by the tub
"Was that all?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408533

"Perhaps…if she can be kept apart from her followers for long enough. She is most dangerous with a crowd to preach to."

Venia [Battlemage] 408535

"Just… don't make our presence known."

"I… don't think she would allow you to leave from an audience with her. Unless we can catch her alone."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408538

"It might be a sign of strenght towards the griffons. They don't appreciate sneakiness."

Rolling to contain my horseboner.'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408540

"Bold. Do we have enough evidence to prove her eye is demonic? That may be viable if we do."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408541

"They also wish to see him killed on sight. It would be a respectable death though."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408542

"just sit there and wait? I don't like it, the longer we wait the more chance she has to rally against us."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408543

Oh shit.

I smile at the maid.
"Uh there's this troublesome spot on my back, I can never reach. Would you mind scrubbing that for me?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408545

"If we can convince her that we do not intend to alter a thing about Stormheart, aside from asking for their help and non-aggression, perhaps even trade, do you think that might work?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408548

"Any other plans you have then?"

"Don't forget she's most likely being influenced by a demon."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408550

"Not at all. She would sooner have you killed for even appearing in front of her."

DM 408555

Frostmourn thinks for a moment, then speaks again.
"I could face her. Try to coax the eye into revealing it's true nature. Expose her before all who follow her.
Perhaps with Lord Blackmane at my side.
…or… we could try and fool her. Trick her. Possibly appeal to her pride… something… anything… so I could face her alone."
She rolls her eyes
"Very well. Just show me where."

Venia [Battlemage] 408561

"Risky but… possible. Is she a powerful warrior?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408563

"I agree with exposing the eye's true nature.. Frostmourn, do you know any holy magic, maybe you can make it react."
"Maybe, I want to know more about the gravesite they plan to meet at.. if done right showing them what their kin died for could land in our favor."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408568

"If she could be exposed before her followers that would be best. And it would definately change their thoughts about you."


Point to a spot just below my neck.
"Right there."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408569

"Not to my knowledge. She is aged, after all."

"What do you plan to confront her with should this be successful?"

DM 408582

She starts lathering up your back, holding a very loose grip on the soap…
"That is what I thought…"
"If all goes well, I can coax the eye to attack me. Then reveal it's true nature, tainting her in the yes of her followers.
…and if the eye won't react to me… well… there is always the option of wounding her severely enough to force the demon to take control to keep it's host alive."
"I know some very basic things… Radiant… showed… me…"
He bites his lip.

Venia [Battlemage] 408584

"Would a spellbreaker work?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408588

"What if we planted the heart amongst her possessions?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408593

"So long as the connection is not made between her and lord Stormheart, it might work. Attacking here would only reinforce her statements against you however."

DM 408597

"That is the downside, yes.
…of course… you could face her."
"This might work too. Provided nobody finds out we did it."
"I would imagine any kind of attack would. It should try and defend itself if threatened, revealing itself to be more than a mere organ"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408601

"I don't understand the need of framing her if the truth about her is enough to condemn her."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408603

"I could indeed. It would also put you at less risk."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408606

"Because the truth might imply that this nation was founded on demonology, something the griffons despite.
And that would mean an all out civil war between dozen of different factions."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408608

"It's a risky option. But I think it's right. Griffons seem to appreciate strenght, showing we're not afraid to confront her should at least earn us a small measure of respect from her followers. I don't believe they'd immediately attack us at least."


"Thank you. That feels so good."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408610

"Not if we can convince them she was trying desperately to mock the true eye with her demonic one"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408612

Grin at her.
"I like this plan!"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408618

let me catch up on stuff. Ambrosia is probably just staring off into nothingness anyway

DM 408621

"Instead moving the risk to you.
I will not force you to do it if you don't want to take that chance, Blackmane."
"Mhm… whoops. Butterclaws…"
The soap slips from her claw and into the tub. Give it back to her or let her go get it?
"Perhaps we can do both. Blackmane or I shall goad the eye to reveal itself, as you plant the heart as proof of her deep involvement with demons, and that she used it to copy the legendary eye, thus wiping away the implications surrounding King Stormheart."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408632

"Sounds good.
Where are we going to plant the heart?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408634

I frown
"I suppose we don't have much of a choice…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408642

"Hopefully the rally will give us more information and we can move from there."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408644

"I would be remiss if I passed this chance up. I just hope that I can goad her into giving up her secrets."

DM 408645

"You seem unhappy with the plan."
"She has to have some sort of personal possession storage somewhere…"
"Trying to strike the eye should work, if all else fails."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408647

"Which we will have to find during the speech, I asssume?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408650

"It's risky, but so are the rest of our options. I don't like it… but it probably has to be done if we want to succeed."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408652

"Eh…let me get that for you…"
I fish it out of the tub and give it back to her.

Kilana [deathsinger] 408653

"Probably the same place she would keep whatever pain killers she needs?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408657

"Hopefully, though I would prefer to provoke it."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408661

I frown "Yes, it would be terrible to lose the heart, we can learn so much from it, we would be able to take it away after exposing her wouldn't we?"

DM 408668

Time will be of the essence."
"I'm open to other ideas if you have any."
"There is a possible way… but you won't like it."
She takes it and finishes soaping up your back.
"I trust a sponge will do, or?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408670

"No problem. We can do this."
Smile at him.

Godric [Dark Knight] 408671

"I do not doubt it…what are you about to propose?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408672

"I'd rather not put the heart at risk or frame her by using it but… like I said, we have little choice."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408677

"I concur. I don't like the deceit or framing, and we risk losing the heart – not only as a potential asset, but it could fall into the wrong hands in the turmoil sure to follow."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408684

"What do we know about this grave site, what did those griffons die for?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408685

"Yes, it will do."
I say distracted.

DM 408699

"You could try speaking to it in the Dark Tongue."
"Then should we forsake using the heart?"
It is an old site where many warriors of old from the founding era are buried. A perfect place to rile up nationalistic feelings.
"You seem a little distracted…"
She takes a sponge, dips it in the bath and starts scrubbing

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408703

"It is an option, though it seems an unpopular one."

Venia [Battlemage] 408704

"That's your call, Frostmourn. It's a risk and a bit of a underhoofed way to go at things, but it will make things easier as well."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408715

After a pause, I ask
"…what do you think about ponies?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408718

"No. I want none of its mewling."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408721

Alrighty then
Where is the kitchen in this place?

DM 408727

"I did say you would not like it.
He looks at Valeriana
"Can you hide a shadow of yours in his?"
"I can."
"Can you speak through it"
"I can."
She shrugs
"Never really had a chance to know one. None live here. They taste alright though."
Bottom floor.


Let's go down there… in sneaky mode.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Godric [Dark Knight] 408732

"You expect me to ferry her through this?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408746

Frown at that taste part.

DM 408752

It's busily staffed and offers few places to hide…
"Only a shadow. It could do the talking for you. Subtly coaxing the eye as you keep Grimalphas distracted."
She raises a brow
"You don't appreciate my honesty?"


Hmmm… should I risk it?
I should, surely they must have some type of herbs stored around here

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 408759

They do.
Fresh and dried.
All sorts. This is a palace after all.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408765

I grin.
"I appreciate it more then outright eating me. But I feel a bit uneasy with it."
I pause for a second.
"You're not thinking about eating me, are you?"


Any unique ones I've never seen before? Or seeds I could take along to plant and grow?

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 408770

"I don't enjoy raw meat too much. I prefer cooked. Call me eccentric if you must, but that's how it is.
Then, I don't even know if you taste good. Or if you have good, tender meat."
Nothing all that special. Mostly import stuff and mountain plants.

Kilana [deathsinger] 408773

I smile "that's pretty brilliant. "

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408777

That's disappointing…
Guess I'll just observe the cooks while staying out of the way for now

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408782

I chuckle nervously.
"Well at least that means I won't have to worry about you eating me right now."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408785

"Unless the eye sees it, and tells her."

DM 408786

You can't help but notice all the meat around here…
She pinches your muscles a little
"Mhmm… true…
And I wouldn't eat someone I like anyway…"


Well I guess that's just nature.
… No pony meat, right?

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 408799

No, just various indigenous animals like mountain deer, rabbits and fish.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408801

Nervousness rising.
"I'm pretty sure I'd taste horribly anyway."

DM 408805

"Mind if I have a taste?"
She is clearly enjoying your nervousness…
You can feel her breath on your neck

DM 408807

"I am at a loss for ideas…"


Okay… good.
I'll keep observing for a while until I get bored, then leave and find something else to do. If there's nothing, just go to the party.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 408814

It might be good to prepare yourself for the upcoming battle.
Nothing else really needs attention.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408820

"I believe it's the best plan we have. We should go and hope for the best."

Spaghettiroll '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 408823

I nod

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408824

"Well, the shadow plan is likely the best, my king, though if Grimalphas can dispel such things, then it will be solely up to lord Blackmane."
I'll shake my head.
"We know too little of her range of powers, so we seem to be leaving quite a bit up to chance."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408827

I'll just go with spaghetti dropped then.

"A…a taste?" I gulp.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408829

I don't exactly need preparation. I'll just go lurk in a corner where the party is talking.

DM 408837

Here's hoping that's her tongue on your neck…
"I guess we can only hope then.
And if all else fails…
…I will think of something."

He nods
Lord Blackmane will confront Grimalphas at the rally, while Valeriana's shadow coaxes the eye to reveal itself. When it does, he will draw attention to it, and expose her ways.
If, for some reason, this fails, we will take the Black Heart to her possessions.
And if that, too, fails… we will do whatever we can to remove her.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 408838

"Backing you up till the end, friend."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408839

"Whatever we can without further compromising integrity, my King. You are no demon, after all."

DM 408841

"Hm. Nah. I don't think I'd want to eat too much if you…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408842


Venia [Battlemage] 408843

"… Yes."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408850

"Hm. Such dishonesty…"

DM 408857

Frostmourn looks sad
"I see…
…I'm sorry I… couldn't think of anything better…"

Venia [Battlemage] 408860

"Well… neither could I. I really don't like doing this but… well… I don't know."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408865

I nod.
"It's not perfect. But we can't predict everything."

Rolling for decisions '1d10'

I frown.
"If you have a better plan we'd all love to hear it."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 408871

"We have plenty of tools in our arsenal. What we need is information. The rally gets us that in many ways. I don't foresee failure."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408872

"The head is uneasy that wears the crown, King Frostmourn. But you wear it well, and I trust your decisions. It is our duty to make it work."

Godric [Dark Knight] 408875

"I will go along with this, if you wish."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408880

Scratch the back of my head and smile sheepishly.
"I….don't mind, if you want to…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 408894

"Its the best we can do with the information we have. Don't feel bad about it, It like I was saying earlier, there probably isn't going to be a clean and honorable way out of this, or the king would have taken it already."

DM 408898

She puts her head on your shoulder
"Is that an invitation of some sort?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408904

"Smouldering, could I talk with you for a moment?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408906

"Well uh…yes, unless you meant you're going to eat me literally."


Walk over.

DM 408911

"So what are you expecting me to do, dunk my head in the tub?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408912

Lead him outside so we are alone.
"I… may have bad news."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408914

"It might be more fun if you get in the tub anyway, whatever happens."
Use TK to get her in the tub. '1d10'

I sit down, looking concerned.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408916

is the shadow lady around?

DM 408919

For such a big thing, you manage to lift her with remarkable ease, putting her down in the tub with you.
"…you could have warned me. Now you got my apron wet."

Venia [Battlemage] 408921

I sigh
"… I am retiring. Once we have finished business here in Stormheart, I will return to Wintergrasp with Unyielding. So I'm afraid I wont be there when you tackle Timberjaw."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408923

Can she read minds!?
I stare at her for a moment

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408927

Get closer with a grin.
"I'm sure you've got spares somewhere. Let's get those off."

My eyes widen.
"I…I'm not sure what to say…Why?"

Venia [Battlemage] 408931

I scratch my head with a hoof awkwardly
"… Kids."

DM 408932

She just gets that a lot.
"You seemed like you wondered if I was nearby."
She looks a little uncomfortable and tries to cover up under the wet apron

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408936

I stare at her for a second, then my face relaxes into a smile.
"But that's great news. Congratulations."

I cock my head. "What's wrong? A few minutes ago, you were ready to eat me."

Kilana [deathsinger] 408937

>just making sure you saw that I was trying to comfort our king, if he just has nothing to say that's fine I'm tired enough..

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408939

What does she sound like? And look like for that matter?
"Yes. I wish to ask you a question."

Venia [Battlemage] 408941

"I… also wont be returning after that. Well… maybe I will, but I'll stick around Wintergrasp so I can be close to them."

DM 408943

"Let's just hope none of this blows up in out faces."
It's a shadow with piercing red eyes.
It sounds hollow and echoy.
"Then speak your mind."
"I just feel a little… exposed.
Courage roll

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 408944

"And to be honest this is all quite… exciting… to me…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 408946

"Indeed. Hopefully all goes well."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408949

"How do you move shadows… like that?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408952

Well, assuming the battle planning with the king is over, and he's dismissed those not in his circle…
Hmm. What to do while I wait for the signal to go? Probably hit up the armory, see if there's a whetstone I can use to make certain my axes are sharp.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408953

"Venia, I haven't known you for long. But I always felt comfortable with you and you've always been there for me, even when you barely knew me."
I grab her hoof and smile.
You deserve this and I'm sure you'll make a great mother."

Smirk and get closer.
"Maybe I should try a taste of you. See if there's some tiny bit griffon in me."

DM 408956

"Long ago I was a very lonely mare, with no friends save for my shadow. So I learned how to make it more like a real friends. And then another and another.
Now, I have many. They serve as my eyes and mouths in places I cannot be in person."

The guards give you long, lingering looks
"…yes? Can we help?"
Her eyes widen
"I… you… uhh…."
Take the opportunity as she is distracted?

Venia [Battlemage] 408959

I smile as he takes my hoof
"… Thanks. Smouldering."
I bite my lower lip, my smile disappearing
"Though it still feels wrong of me to do this. Especially now with the whole Radiant thing…"
I sigh and shake my head

Kilana [deathsinger] 408960

"Well, it can't get much worse than doing nothing, I think you've made the right call, and history sees results, not anything intangible like hard choices."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408962

So… it's not solid right? Try and run a hoof through the shadow
"… what magic is this?"

DM 408964

It seems sort of semi-solid
"Magic of a less savory kind."
"Well… I guess all we can do is try, now."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408965

"Is there an armory or smithy nearby that I may sharpen my axes at? Though I do not expect your king's hospitality to wane, it never hurts to make certain that all is ready in the event the unexpected happens."

DM 408966

"Hrm. This way, pony."
He leads you to a small repair smithy

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408967

"Never seen shadows move on their own."
I frown and sit down
"Shadows are supposed to follow…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408969

"Thank you."
I'll look over the place. How is it in comparison to the average Ironfoe tinker's repair shop? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408970

Don't even hesitate a second '1d10'
She should have taken her opportunity when I felt unsure, if she wanted to be in charge.

"There's never a right time to do crazy things like that. But you've got to take your opportunity while you still got it."
Smile fades a bit.
"It might pass before you know it."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Kilana [deathsinger] 408973

I nod "We should make preparations for the stealth part of the mission, scout out the area for a nice spot to hide nearby."

DM 408974

"They do follow. They follow my orders."
Nothing can compare to Ironfoe… these guys were not born as the sons of smiths. Iron is not in their blood…
You reach down and pull the apron off her, then grab her…

…wait a minute…
that's no her!
His face is all red now, and he is avoiding eye contact, trying to keep himself covered with hsi claws

Venia [Battlemage] 408975

"… Right."
I look down
"That's… what I'm afraid of. I'm not getting any younger myself…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408979

Suddenly, homesickness. Ah, but for the heat and forges of home. No matter, though.
I'll find a whetstone, lean my axes against a small bench, take a seat, and then take my time sharpening them. Shouldn't take too long, right? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408980

"… Can you teach me?"

DM 408984

"To command a shadow?"
The shadow lets out a hollow laugh.
"Would you even want such a power?"
What little they have is still good quality, and you are a professional at this.
The job is done in short time.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 408986

I flick my tail
"If you wish to teach me, yes."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 408990

That will teach me to not SbS everypony I see on principle. Still…
I grab his face with my hoof and gently turn it towards me. Then give him a little kiss. '1d10'

I smile
"You still look pretty cute to me. I'm sure you and Unyielding will be very happy."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 408991

Good Ironfoe steel holds its shape well. There really wasn't much to do.
Placing everything back where it goes, I'll step back out into the hallway.
I'd assume that guard is still there, and turn to him.
"Thank you for the use of the shop."

DM 408998

He seems confused, and pleasantly surprised
"I.. uh…
…can we please keep this fact… between us?
I… doubt it would reflect well on my position here…"
"You're welcome, pony.
I hope the tools weren't too big for you."

Venia [Battlemage] 409001

I raise a brow at the first part and give him a playful push
"How rude to call a queen such a thing. I should have you imprisoned."
I chuckle

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409002

First things first. I need to check progress on our projects. Pumpkin seems to be having some need.

How goes our teleport relay?

And how goes our inventor we picked off the street?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409006

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409009

"Nothing is too large if you have a way to hold it."
I'll demonstrate by opening and closing the door with my telekinesis.
"And the tools were good quality. Nothing quite like in Ironfoe, my home, but serviceable."
I'll think for a moment.
"Though I am slightly surprised. I had not much expected gryphons to be the sort willing to mine for metal and stone."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409011

Move my hoof over my lips.
"My lips are sealed."

I smile.
"I keep forgetting you're a queen. Consider it a compliment."
I sigh.
"I hope I can still drop by sometime in Wintersgrasp."

Venia [Battlemage] 409014

"I'm sure of it. The Deep Roads and portals make traveling so easy it wont be a problem to visit whenever you want to."

DM 409015

"Well then, tell me… how are you with raising the dead?"
The arrays work in Wintersgrasp, Ironfoe and Rockeye.
Further arrays are being built in the Deep Roads Hub and Eaglecrest.
He glances at the door, then quickly sneaks out of the tub to jam it with a chair before dipping himself back in
"W-well… here I am then…
…Still want that taste?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409019

I cock my head every so slightly to the side
"… the dead? Raising them? Like… lady Kilana? Necromancy? I cannot. I am sorry."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409020

I don't think I've ever tested the range of a far sight gem, or communication crystals.

I know I keep the communication set given by Longshanks on me, but I hope I have some farsight gems. I'd consider them pretty necessary at this point. Do I know their working range?

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409022

"I'd love to do that. I think you're making a good decision Venia. And don't worry, I'm sure we'll be able to handle ourselves."
I smile.
"It will be tough at first but I'm sure we'll manage. We'll all be here for Frostmourn."

"I thought I made that very clear."

DM 409024

"Well, a shadow is not exactly alive either, now is it?"
They can reach for several dozens of miles, when calibrated.
He breathes out a few times, then shuffles up the side of the tub to get his cat half out of the water and into sight
"I'm in no position to argue…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409025

DM 409028

"We take pride in being self-sufficient."

Venia [Battlemage] 409029

"Good, good… that's… good. I… I think Frostmourn could use all the support he can get."
I sigh and hold my head
"This was probably one of the hardest decisions of my life… abandoning you all like this for my own dreams…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409031

"No. They are not. … Can you still teach me?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409033

"I had noticed. Lord Blackmane was most insistent on that note, and nothing galled him more than coming to seek our king. Though, I suppose watching him kill Ebonreth in single combat likely raised his opinion of King Frostmourn."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409035

Ah, good.

I know we have a stock of far sight gems, but what about communication crystals?

DM 409037

"How do you feel about the darker arts?"
"Ah yes, I did her of that battle.
Ebonreth was a remarkable specimen. To think a mere pony could best our finest…"
Not many.
After all, it was just a little project by Longshanks, not a mass produced thing.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409038

I frown deeper.
"… They hurt Mistral."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409039

I'll give a small snort.
"Mere pony, nothing. After the battle, we had discovered Ebonreth had made a pact with some demonic creature in exchange for his heart. King Frostmourn ripped it out of his chest and destroyed it, taking Ebonreth's life with it."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409042


I could maybe spare a pair for Pumpkin. Just this once, let one of us indulge in luxury.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409045

I shake my head.
"You shouldn't think of it as abandoning us.
You just take on a new role. One that gives you less time with us and other responsibilities. But you're not abandoning us."

Shove him a bit closer to me.
Fade to black '5d10'

Roll #1 8, 10, 1, 9, 1 = 29

DM 409049

"Well, if you don't want to learn them, then I cannot help you."
The guard looks disgusted
"What scum. And to think some of us respected his martial abilities…
Urgh. Makes me sick."
Anyone in particular you'd like to meet with?

Roll #1 6, 8, 3, 1, 1 = 19

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409051

So… I have been idling out quite a lot.
Anything that needs my attention?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409052

I point at the shadow
"Shadows did not hurt Mistral."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409053

Not exactly. I have no plans for our current plot in Stormheart right now.

Well, maybe Venia.

Venia [Battlemage] 409055

"By the moon… it still feels that way…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409056

I'm having a private chat with Smouldering outside.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409060


In that case, look through our info on Stormheart again.

Our objective, of course, is to secure some sort of partnership with them. To that end, we have agreed to a deal with the current King to remove a rogue element, Grimalphas.

What do we know?

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409061

"Meh. Maybe now, but after a while, you'll realize you made the right choice."

Venia [Battlemage] 409062

"I'm really not sure if there is a right choice."
I scrunch
"But I do feel like I have to do this. Not just for myself but… for Unyielding and my family as well."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409063

"He may have simply believed that strength was everything."
I'll shake my head.
"But his strength was as nothing to King Frostmourn's, as it didn't just come from one pony. King Frostmourn is strengthened by his subjects, and the unity they show under him. That is why he hoped to ally with Stormheart, a land filled with those who believe in the same strength and unity."
I'll smile under my helmet.
"Though I'm likely telling you something that you already knew, and that burns in you as it would in any son of Stormheart. A pity some would see that light hidden, though, and left unseen by the rest of the world."

DM 409067

And in the black of the night there were naughty things
Huh. Why knew. Gryphons have spikes on their junk. But then… he isn't too big…
You can't help but find this all rather exciting, especially since he really is just all blushes now. And so sensitive too… After playing with him for a while, he finally asks to get a turn, which you do offer. Sadly, claws and beaks prove… less than perfect for you. So you ask for the real deal. Which he first refuses, but after a few hard looks, he consents to with a deep sigh. Even if this is going all too far for him. He was just hoping for a little playful groping, and here he is, beak to the floor before some damn pony, agreeing to be his little toy…
The atmosphere becomes a little too awkward soon enough and the action kinda dries up, with you both washing yourselves and not really feeling like it ended up like you had hoped.

Not really, unless you just want to talk to someone.
"So you are willing to learn?"
"As I said, we pride ourselves in not needing others.
It would be… strange… to ally with a pony empire."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409071

"… Yes. I wish to learn more."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409076

Finish up and walk out with a grin.
Blow him a kiss before I walk out.
"Don't worry, this will be our little secret."

"Then there's only one thing to do."

Venia [Battlemage] 409083

I nod and sigh
"Yes… thank you for being so understanding, Smouldering."

DM 409084

"Any time you want to try again…
He offers a weak smile
But AMBROSIA can only have 11 skill points
Delete old moves to make room for SHADOW MINION?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409089

Child of Gaia, Stealth and Backstab can all go. Fuck 'em.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409093

"I won't lie, I'll miss you Venia. I'm sure all of us will miss you.
But I really want all the best for you and I'm sure everypony here wants that as well."
I look down and grin. "I really wanted you to meet Waveform though, when we got back. I'll be sure to bring her by sometime in Wintersgrasp."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409095

Nod and go outside. Close the door again.
And walk off grinning.
Anybody else who wants to talk to me?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409097

I'll nod slightly.
"True. Especially since most gryphons simply view us as a prey species. Food. But we are far more than that."
I'll shrug.
"But King Frostmourn is especially different. He has vision, and a good spirit despite the hardships he has faced. Perhaps even because of them. He would not force his ideals on the gryphons were your king to accept the alliance. Your culture would endure, but you would be able to go outside your mountains and see the world for what it is, instead of what others say it must be."

Venia [Battlemage] 409100

I smile slightly
"I'd… like that… I really don't want to lose contact with you all. You are always welcome in Wintergrasp."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409104

"Thanks.Well let's not get too sad now. There's still a lot to do before we leave Stormheart and we have our goodbyes."

DM 409105

"It is not an easy path, mind you. I did not learn mine until I had spent ages more alone than I thought anypony could be. Without friends, family, home, nation… or even a name of my own."
"You speak much, pony. What are you, the king's bard?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409107

I nod
"Right. Exactly. I just wanted you to know right now. I still have to tell the rest…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409108

I look down as she mentions that last part
"… Yes."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409109

"Are you going to tell them now or will you wait a bit?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409111

I'll laugh.
"Not at all! I couldn't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow."
With a small grin under my helmet, I'll continue.
"I am simply a guard, to stand between King Frostmourn and death, a duty which I will gladly do."

Venia [Battlemage] 409116

"I shouldn't wait with this. They deserve to know."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409119

I nod.
"Right. Don't worry, I'm sure every single one of them will be happy for you."

Venia [Battlemage] 409123

Let's see… who is free right now?

DM 409125

"Are you willing you willing to give it all up?"
"Guard to a king. A noble station, even for a pony, I suppose."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409128

I cock my head slightly

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409131

"It is the highest honor I could hope for, followed closely by working with Mastersmith Narpa. Though that hope will always be beyond my reach, as I never had the same… passion for metalwork as he and his apprentices do. I fight, I take hits, and I keep who I am guarding alive. And that is enough."

DM 409133

"How does living years alone in the heart of the unforgiving forest sound?"
His stern expression melts into a small smile
"Words of wisdom, pony…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409137

I look down
"I will do whatever I must."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409141

"Are they? They're just the truth, to me."
I'll nod slightly to the gryphon.
"Though, I fear I may have taken a bit much of your time. Thank you again for showing me where this repair shop was…"
I'll think for a moment.
"May I have the privilege of your name, gryphon?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 409144

Too the office where verne is working

DM 409145

"You sound very dedicated for someone who only just a moment ago seemed to dislike dark arts."
"Gilliam. It was… a surprising pleasure to meet you, pony."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409146

I was working on this, but

"Oh! Good day. Please, come in, Kilana. Anything you need?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409155

"As it was you, Sir Gilliam. Perhaps, in the future, more such surprises await. One never knows all that the world holds, after all."
And with a nod, I'll take my leave of the gryphon. Amazing how easy it is to make friends with a little effort.
And I suppose I'll head back to our guest room. It's likely near time for Ambrosia's second dose of that salve.

Kilana [deathsinger] 409156

"Just wanted to stop by, its been a while since we chatted and I could use some advice these days.. " I notice your books "Hard at work on the current situation? "

DM 409157

-Grimalphas' powers come from a lesser demon she wears as an eye
-This eye is most likely the same one used by the nation's founder, the prophet Stormheart
-Gryphons look down on demonic pacts
She seems to be talking to a shadow

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409159

"I wish to become better. For Frosty and Mistral. Shadows are not the same as… that spell lady Kilana used. Not every plant is poisonous."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409160

"Good evening Ambrosia. And lady Valeriana as well."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409164

"As always. But what am I to do but perform my role? I just hope things are well for you, too."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409165

I bow my head slightly
"Hello Crescent."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409168

I'll just go sit somewhere and read some more then.

DM 409174

The maid slinks past you, trying to not look.
Other than that, not much is going on. Just a few guards on patrol.
"Dwell on it before you answer."

Kilana [deathsinger] 409178

"Well, you know about what happened with Minstral.. and her being related to Prima, well it brought up things, things I didn't want to deal with." I sit down. "I'm sure that poor girl Ambrosia doesn't understand what happened.."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409185

I'll look between the two for a moment, and then remove my helmet.
"I hope I'm not interrupting?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409188

"I know. I'm.. worried that it might driver her to do drastic things. Make her unpredictable and reckless. I can only wait and see for now."

DM 409191

"Not much."

Venia [Battlemage] 409193

It seems everyone is busy.
That means it's husbando time. He probably wants to go hunting.

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409194

"Dwell on shadows?"

I shake my head slowly

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409196

I pretend not to notice her as well. But my grin just got a little bit wider.
Can we leave castle grounds safely? I feel like taking a little walk and randomly shoot fireballs at things, I need to keep in shape.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409201

I'll nod.
"It is nearly time for Ambrosia's second dose of the wing-strengthening salve, so I had thought to look for her."
Curious. But I'll stay quiet on that for now.
Setting my helmet and gauntlets on the bedding, I'll fetch the jar of salve.
"Did you wish for me to apply it again, or would you prefer to do it yourself, or ask one of the other mares for help this time?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 409204

I nod "I've already done what I could to help fix things, but I don't think ambrosia's ever going to really forgive me, and I don't think the others fully trust me anymore.."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409206

"You can do it if you wish."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409213

"I just don't want you to feel uncomfortable with me doing it, is all. Gentle hooves aren't quite my strong suit."
I'll pause for a moment.
"Though I can, of course, wait for you to finish your talk with lady Valeriana."

DM 409214

That he does.
But can't yet…
"Venia! Ha~ just the mare I needed."
He flaps his wings a few times
"Being cooped up like this is driving me crazy. I feel so energetic and have no way to release it!"
The shadow quietly leaves

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409218

"Yes. On that note… I don't think I need to say anything. Your actions have spoken for itself. Necromancy is a powerful tool, and it is exactly because of its power that it is mistrusted and feared. You, above all, should know that. And knowing that, knowing how and when to use your powers should be your utmost priority. Please don't let it happen again. None of us need more mistrust against it."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409219

I take it we can't leave castle grounds then?
Shoot. I'll think of something else.

DM 409224

Showing yourselves here until Stormheart is allied with the Northlands may be dangerous.
Leave at your own risk.

Kilana [deathsinger] 409228

"Of course.."
I attempt a smile "You know I've heard that Naik is back after all this time, funny you'd think this would be a ray of light into a dark time, but its just going to make things more complicated."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409231


I watch it leave with a slight frown

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409234

"This Naik… You don't particularly welcome him, do you?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409237

I chuckle
"We could have a spar, if you're that riled up."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409244

"Sorry. Seems I had interrupted."
I'll grimace slightly.
"No helping it, though."
I'll sit near the foot of the bed, set down the jar, and pat the floor in front of me.
"If you would be so kind?"

DM 409245

"Riled up doesn't do it justice, Venia!"
He tosses you a sword

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409247

I settle down on the designated spot and spread my wings wide.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409249

I know. If the maid and the guards are gone, I'll talk to Valeriana. I look around for a shadow.


Catch that sword and ready it!
"Try and come at me then. I'm standing right here!"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409252

"And here's hoping that practice made me a little better at this."
Taking a modest amount of salve, I'll get to work rubbing it into her wing muscles. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 409256

"He's fine, a perfect gentlecolt, a mage with goals, and a zebra who has my parents approval.." I sigh. "I didn't love him, and I don't know if he loved me, I mean he vanished when I needed support the most.. apparently he was working on some new magic to impress me.." I frown "I haven't had to deal with a stallion since school.. and I didn't handle it too well there.. I didn't think I would ever love a stallion after what happened back then, and then.. I met Id, and I feel things for that donkey I haven't felt since Prima was alive."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409257

And I'll let him work, not moving an inch as he applies the salve

DM 409259

"Looking for me?"

Roll #1 10 = 10


Oh god, he wasn't kidding! Desperately try to block that!

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 409264

And with that, he slams you onto the floor, standing over you, breathing heavily
"See what I mean?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409265

"Well, isn't the answer obvious? Id seems a capable fellow. And, well, here's a secret: I have a soft spot for the romances. So… do what you thin will make you happy here."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409267

I look back.
"Miss Valeriana, yes I was looking for you.
Venia just told me about her decision to leave for Wintergrasp. I'm sure you already heard."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409268

Might as well chat to pass the time.
"So, if you don't mind my asking, what were you and lady Valeriana talking about?"
I'll grab another glop of that salve and work it in. '1d10'
"You don't have to tell me if you'd prefer to keep it private, of course."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409269

>leave for Wintersgrasp after we've concluded our business here.

Venia [Battlemage] 409271

"My my, been training hard while I was gone, have we?"

DM 409272

"I have."

DM 409274

"It's the air. It calls to me. And my body responds in kind…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409275

"I asked her about shadows. I… wish to learn how to control them like she does."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409276

Now that I think about it, there is something I should ask mother.
Find her.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409279

"Right. Now Venia told me before, when she was still planning to join my search for the shard of Lavann, that you might be able to help find the druids in Wintersgrasp."


"Well then…"
I flip back onto my hooves with a smirk
"I'm not done with you just yet. Defend!"
Charge at him with an attack of my own!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 409283

"Follow the romance.. That's what I keep hearing, and what I want to do.. but, its not so easy to think that I might be breaking Naik's heart. Its not like my parents will be terribly upset, I'm working directly for the high king they couldn't ask for better out of me, and my brother can give them and heir if they need one.."

DM 409284

She is sitting around, hidden from sight as usual
"Hello Pumpkin."
"I can give some guidance. I know where they usually gather."
"I will do more than just that!"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409285

I'll keep massaging what's on there in a little more.
"Any particular reason why?"

DM 409286

Maybe he shouldn't have though.
You land a hit.
"Feisty… TAKE THIS!"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409288

"Ah. Is it worth sacrificing yourself for his sake? Think.. think of it this way. Should you go with Naik, you break your own heart and Id's. Go with Id, you break one: Naik's."


I yelp and try to block that!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409291

"Venia wanted to wait until after Timberjaw to start the search. But since she's leaving, I figure I might come with her to Wintersgrasp and visit the druids before we leave for Timberjaw.
Are they usually a peaceful group?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409293

"To become better. I wish to help Frosty and… defend Mistral. She does that with her shadows… so I wish to do the same."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409295

"Hello, mother."
Smile at her, and extend a wing to cover her back in a hug.
"How are you holding up?"

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

DM 409298

Back onto the floor you go.
This time he actually leans down on you
"Ready to be punished for your failure?"
"They are. They care little for politics."
"Well enough… I just have a lot of things to deal with with now."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409301

"Do you not trust Valeriana or myself to keep the king safe between us? Or any of his other friends, for that matter?"
I'll frown slightly behind her back.
"You aren't alone, Ambrosia. You have friends who want to help, and who share the same goals. And I can't imagine you would be able to learn how to use shadows as she can without some sacrifice."
My hooves will rest lightly on her wings. Briefly the thought of how delicate they are flashes across my mind, but I'll dismiss it.


I scrunch
"You trained so hard, didn't you!? Well I'm not giving up yet! Now it's on!"
Roll from under him and get into position for a counterstrike of my own! I'll show him!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409306

"You mean, other than what's happening with Grimalphas?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409307

I nod.
"Good. I wouldn't want too many surprises. I just hope that together with Ambrosia, we'll be able to gain their trust in time to leave for Timberjaw."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409309

"… I don't want to see Mistral in pain again. I like it more when she smiles."

DM 409310

He tries to push you down once more, discarding his weapon and using just his body
Radiant… Venia…
…lots of things."
"We shall see"

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 409313

"You really like ending up under me don't you?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409314

"You do know I'm here to listen, right?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409318

"And do you know if you using shadows will make her smile? Would she prefer that, instead of you by her side?"
I'll sigh slightly.
"I don't know much about love, Ambrosia, but I do know that Mistral would likely prefer to have you near her, than a shadow."

DM 409319

"Pumpkin… things are changing.
Venia is going to retire to become a mother.
Radiant is nearing Canterlot.
And… Timberjaw looks bad. Very bad."

Venia [Battlemage] 409321

I fake a pout.
"I liked it more when I could actually beat you."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409322

Think for a second.
"And I can't help but shake this feeling like there are more avenues of research I haven't found yet."
Look back at the shadow.
"Miss Valeriana, I'm interested, what do you think about this Shard of Lavann?

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409325

"… I could have both me and the shadows around."

DM 409326

"Guess I'm just at my very peak right now! Ha!
Do you want help getting up~?"
"I do not know much of it, beyond it being some sort of ancient magical stone."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409328

Nod slowly.
"Timberjaw… We will pull through. If nothing else, with the help of the northblades and control of the deep roads, we have little to fear.
I will look in front of me, resting my head on my hooves.
"I can't say I didn't expect that. But still… I respect her.
Some of her."
Squeeze Valeriana tighter under the wing, then smile.
"It's good Venia finally decided to take a break…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409329

"Aren't you going to sweep my off of my hooves and carry your prize away, my king?"
I snicker

Kilana [deathsinger] 409330

"Yeah, I will it is better that way." I smile a bit "Well, that's my exciting life.. How have things been with you?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409332

"Yes, yes. Well, thank you, Miss Valeriana, I'll talk again about this matter once we've left Stormheart."

Go again….walk around the castle.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409334

I'll nod.
"True. But would having that power make you happy?"
Recalling Valeriana's tired look from the briefing room, I'll continue.
"It could simply be what she is seeing, but I don't believe that lady Valeriana is too pleased with what her shadows tell her. She doesn't seem… happy."
I'll sigh a little.
"Though, it ultimately boils down to whether you wish it or not, and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to learn. I cannot stop you if you don't want me to."
With one last glide along the tops of her wings, I'll take my hooves away.
"We're done."

DM 409335

"You deserve to know this Pumpkin.
One of my shadows is trailing Radiant to Canterlot. And not just to be sure. But to see Ilistar.
I need to put that old ghost inside me to rest…"
"I believe the first part of that is already done."
He lies down rather heavily on you
"Maybe I won't carry you anywhere from here~"
A few guards, a few servants. Nothing out of the ordinary really.

Venia [Battlemage] 409337

"Would that not be highly improper?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409338

Bite my tongue and look away from her.
"You deserve to, after working this hard…"
'1d10' to suppress the thoughts of her leaving.

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 409340

"Do either of us care?"
"Life will be a lot easier for both of us after I get that behind me."

Venia [Battlemage] 409342

I move in for a kiss.
"… not really."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409345

"I don't know… shadows make you unhappy?"
I slowly furl my wings again
"Thank you for doing this for me, Crescent."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409346

Keep looking away.
"What if you don't?"

DM 409351

Now I think I deserve more than that for my magnificent victory~"
"…I'd really rather not consider that…
I suppose at worst… I'd leave my blades with you, and return to Equestria… and never fight again. I couldn't… not against you…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409354

"Not particularly, no. I'm neutral to them, really."
I'll stop up the jar and and replace it.
"But what matters is if the cost of learning how is worth it. Say I am offered to be taught how to bend metal with my bares hooves, in exchange for my horn. The skill is most definitely not worth the cost. So think deeply before deciding to learn it, Ambrosia. And always know what the costs are."

Venia [Battlemage] 409355

"It was only a small victory!"
I giggle and wrap my hooves around him
"Although… I do believe there is work to be done~"

DM 409357

"Are you telling me to name my prize?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409358

"There was a time I felt the need to meet him.
To talk with the stallion you had told me about. The one from your tales.
I fought so hard, because I wanted to be like him. Be better than him.
Be worthy of him.
Now, after killing for the same reason he did, and feeling on my hooves the weight of something I've been told should not be my fault…
Now I'm not sure about wanting to have anything to do with him anymore…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409360

"Give me an offer and I'll consider it."

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409362

I nod slowly
"… Yes. You are right."

DM 409365

"I want a heir to our bloodlike."
"I don't want to drag you into this. This is my past I need to clear away…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409370

"And I'll gladly give you one at last~"

DM 409373

"Then we should get working on it~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409374

"Or maybe you could just forget about it.
Drop your blades altogether. Go live with… That boy from rockeye, I can't even remember his name…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409375

"Well… you are on top."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409376

I'll hesitate a moment before slipping on my gauntlets.
"…Was there anything you'd like to talk about, Ambrosia? Not about duty, or work, but just… talk?"

DM 409379

"I've spent years trying.
This… is all or nothing.
One way or another, this torments ends soon."
"What, no foreplay~?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409381

"Well, if you want to keep fighting…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409387

I flick my tail
"Is there a specific topic you wish to talk about?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409388

"Rather… well, I suppose. Right, I don't believe I've mentioned this yet, but Venus and I… are to be wed. Eventually. Haven';t thought of a time or place, but… I've proposed. She said yes."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409393

I'll shake my head.
"No. Just whatever you might wish to speak of."

DM 409394

He presses down on you a little with his lower body
"What was that~"

Venia [Battlemage] 409395

I give him a playful smile
"What was what?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409396

Turn around, and swiftly plant a kiss on her cheek before hugging her.
"Whatever happens, I love you mom."
Try not to cry. Too much.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409397

I stay quiet for a moment as I think
"About you."

DM 409398

"Are you trying to be cheeky with me my queen?"
"I love you too, son… more than I have ever loved anyone…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409403

Stand up.
"A-anyway… I canme here to ask you something."



Roll #1 10 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409407

"Well, what would you like to know?"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409409

"What you wish to share, Crescent."

DM 409411

Heavens me
Can he maintain any level of dignity?
"Go ahead."

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 409412

it takes a bit of work, but you do get him on his back, flag flying high
"Well now…~"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409418

I'll sit.
"There isn't much to tell you don't already know, Ambrosia. I lived my entire life in Ironfoe, my home. My parents lived together, though both have passed away. I was first a guard to king Deep Rock, and now I am here. My weapons of choice, of which I found I had talent with, are axes."
I'll look at her quizzically.
"Why the sudden interest, though?"


"Oh how the tables have turned~"
I bite my lower lip and grind against him softly, before lowering myself onto his HORSESEX

Roll #1 7, 9, 5, 9, 4 + 10 = 44

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409423

"The creed…"
Take out a blade. One of the ancient ones, those I used that day, when I met the druids.
"Is it real?
Does it really make no difference if we kill or not, if we do it for a cause?"

DM 409424

We already know what this ends in.

Roll #1 8, 9, 1, 8, 3 = 29

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409431

"You know of me, but I didn't know of you."
I look down for a moment, hesitating
"What were your parents like?"

DM 409433

A good way to kick off a healthy little princess.
"That, I fear, is for every heart to decide on their own… Some find solace and comfort in it. Others… less so."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409438

Sheat the dagger.
"I didn't want to hear the philosopy lesson, you know."
Smile at her.

DM 409440

"Then what does your heart say about it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409441

Time for cuddles and kissu kissu~

DM 409444

"Here's to the next ruler of Wintersgrasp~"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409446

I'm bored.
Where's Frosty? Is he alone?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409447

"I believe in it.
At least, I still do…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409450

I smile
"I look forward to it~"

DM 409453

He should be.
"Torch. What news?"
"Then I hope it brings you peace."
"As do I…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409457

I idly trace circles with a hoof
"What did we decide on for names again?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409459

"They were…"
I'll think for a moment.
"Kind. My father was a soldier, and my mother baked. Not as a profession, but more of a hobby."
I'll smile a little.
"We lived modestly, and my parents were often together when father wasn't on duty. He taught me how to defend myself when I was a child, and whom I should defend. One day I had found an axe, and with a little luck I managed to put it to use on a practice dummy. I'd never been more pleased with something so simple as lifting and using an axe."
My smile will falter a little, and then I'll shake my head.
"My mother didn't much like me using it, though. Said I was just distracting myself with practice and such. I suppose she was right. Mothers have a habit of being so."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 409460

Shake my head, a little disappointed.
"I wanted to hear what you thought…"

DM 409461

"I think you had a good one"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 409464

Bow slightly.
"My King. Not much, I'm afraid. Most of us are still preparing for tomorrow. I myself was wandering around and….well I was wondering if you'd like to talk about something?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409465

Kilana is keeping oddly quiet.

Is she unhappy about my wedding?

Venia [Battlemage] 409467

"Thunder Hammer for a colt… Aurora for a filly."
I let out a happy sigh and rest my head on him

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409469

"So you followed your father and became a guard too?"

DM 409472

He softly pets your mane
"Beautiful names for beautiful children…"
"Anything to take my mind off the risk I'm taking here."
"I no longer see it as something I should live my life by. I… own up what I have to do. No excuses.
I do what I do out of my own sense of duty, not because my mind and will are not my own."

Venia [Battlemage] 409476

"As long as they take after me, of course. I wonder what they'll be… pegasus? Unicorn? Earth pony? Ah… no way to tell really…"

DM 409477

"Time will tell..
and who cares anyway? We'll love them all the same…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409478

"Not at first. When I was young, I had dreamed to be a smith, like many of the rest of Ironfoe's youths. Learning from Mastersmith Narpa was a dream many shared, and many came even from outside of Ironfoe to learn from him."
I'll shake my head.
"Every so often a pony would bring their greatest work to the Mastersmith, and if it intrigued him or garnered his approval, he would take that metalworking in as an apprentice."
I'll laugh softly to myself.
"I still remember the look on his face when I presented him with the shoddy, blunt axe that was my 'masterwork' at the age of ten. It was, needless to say, not up to his standards, and he told me I had no right to work metal if that was the sort of thing I would produce."
I'll sigh again.
"And if the Mastersmith says such things, then it is beyond any doubt true. So I decided to take advantage of what I was good at: swinging an axe."

Venia [Battlemage] 409483

"Of course we will~"
Hug him a little tighter
"I'm glad we can finally do this… starting a family I mean…"

DM 409484

"We deserve it…"

Ambrosia [Ex-slave] 409487

"Oh… I am sorry to hear he did not accept you…"

Venia [Battlemage] 409488

"Don't think this means I'm going to lock myself away inside the palace every day though! I'll keep my body in shape!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409491

"I'm not. The only thing he's harder on in his forge than the metal is his apprentices. Besides, if he had accepted me, I wouldn't be here right now, speaking with you."
I'll pause for a moment.
"But thank you."

DM 409495

"As do I.
We'll need to be full of energy to survive raising kids~"

Venia [Battlemage] 409499

… How many do we want anyway?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409503

Also, timewarp into the fuuuuture. Go find Verne.

DM 409504

"Let's… start with one, ok?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409505

"It could be twins~"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409506

"Hello, Venia. How fare you?"

DM 409508

"…let's… cross that bridge when we get to it."

Venia [Battlemage] 409510

"Well enough. I… actually may have some bad news to tell you, if you have some time to spare. It's important."

I snicker
"Of course. Just making sure you are aware of the possibilities!"
I ruffle his mane with a hoof
"Maybe we should get up and off of the ground, hmmm?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409512

"Oh, go ahead, please."

DM 409514

"Yes… we should.
Bed, or?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409519

"I've decided to retire from adventuring to start a family. Once business here in Stormheart is solved, Unyielding and I will return to Wintergrasp."

I giggle
"I'm glad I decided to pick you up and bring you along here."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409521

"W-what? Y-yes.. right. I recall you wishing for one many times…"


Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409522

Well, if time has split once again, I suppose I can chat with Frosty, if he's available.
Knock knock.

DM 409523

"As am I…
You really are one of a kind, my love…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409524



Roll #1 1 = 1

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409525

"This is.. important to you, isn't it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 409529

I sigh
"I'm sorry but… as a mare, I just can't risk to do this kind of stuff while pregnant. As much as it pains me… I have to leave this life behind for now…"

"It's… always been a dream of mine to start a family… and yet I always decided to postpone it for the sake of other matters…"
I shake my head
"But I'm getting older every day… I just can't afford to keep delaying this. I don't want to wake up childless one day while knowing that I am to old to bear one…"

"As are all ponies, dear."

DM 409531

"I'm trying to be romantic…"
He picks you up and heaves you into bed

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409532

Venia [Battlemage] 409533

"Then come here and enjoy each other's presence~"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409534


Slowly start to lose more and more of my composure.

"Well.. hahaha, arrangements could be made, don't you think? You could have indefinite leave to give birth to your child! Spend a year or two looking after it, then-then come back! Or-or, if you're too old, we could find a way to reverse that, or-you could adopt! I don't know, I'm quite small, maybe I could be your little colt! Just…"

Get down on the floor, crawl towards her and kiss her feet.

"Don't… I don't know what or how… gone.."

DM 409535

Try again in the morning
And so he does


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 409537

Oh well, wasn't important anyway.

Venia [Battlemage] 409541

I look taken aback by this
"V-Verne… please."
I pull him back onto his hooves and give him a hug
"I'm sorry… I'll still be around. Wintergrasp is not far away thanks to the Deep Roads and the teleport arrays. I just… this is something I have to do."


Lay still and rolling to not cry

Roll #1 8 = 8

Venia [Battlemage] 409546

I'll just keep him hugged
"I'm so sorry… I had no idea you'd take this so badly."


"Right… how long Have you been with us, anyway? We-I've asked an unearthly amount of things from you."

"Please promise me you'll be around in Wintergrasp, at least. At least I-I need to know you're somewhere."

"Auntie Venia… You know, ever since Mother passed, I don't know if I could tell the difference between Mother and Auntie. "

Roll #1 9 = 9

Kilana [deathsinger] 409549

Time split?
I grin "Well that's fantastic! Are you going to have something big, or a smaller gathering? Tell me more about how it happened!"

Venia [Battlemage] 409550

"I wont leave you all… not really anyway. I'll always be there for you all in Wintergrasp if you need me. Heck… once I've given birth and rested enough, I could rejoin you all again for shorter periods of time."
I pet his mane softly as I speak


"No real plans yet, but I'd like something small and simple. "

"Alright, then. Please.. go and be happy, Auntie Venia. And.. um, I hope… I hope you can make it for my wedding."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Venia [Battlemage] 409552

"Of course I will. But I'm not leaving yet… we still have an alliance to forge here. We can say our goodbyes when this is over…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409555

"Right, then."

Straighten myself up and look better.

"I could arrange for some of the same things I was going to issue Pumpkin to be given to you, too. Remote communication so we can speak with and see you even while you're in wintergrasp and we're away. That should ease things a bit. And… tell Frosty, would you?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 409556

"Well, let me know how I can help. I know of a very good pair of tailors back in wintergrasp."

Venia [Battlemage] 409557

"I already have. … Thank you for understanding, Verne. And again, sorry."
Right, off to bed now.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409563

"That'd be nice. I wonder what Venus would like… she wouldn't like a very elaborate dress, would she? I'll let you know."

"Anyway… as for yourself… as audacious it may be to say it, it's… quite important to make yourself happy. You do work for the whole Northlands, after all. Don't be afraid to reject Naik."

Kilana [deathsinger] 409565

"Please, do ask her if she would like to go dress shopping. I mean.. unless she has her maids of honor already picked out.." I smile

"Well, I think I might bring a friend with me to do it, in case he takes it badly.. but I would be happy with Id, he makes me feel happy like the way love is supposed to make you feel.. " I almost giggle at this part "Plus we'd be the picture of efficiency. Working on mind reading soon, and we would even have the advantage of working together so we wouldn't have to be apart if we didn't desire it.."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409566

"That's up to her.. and up to you for yours. Rejection is painful, I should know, but it might lead to all the better for Naik, too. If Prima didn't reject me, why, I would never have found Venus."

Kilana [deathsinger] 409568

I look taken back "You were one of Prima's admirers?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 409572

"A puppy's love. Started when we accidentally kissed, and I became quite taken with her because of that.I think it took the… fourth or so rejection till I gave up. I was quite taken with her scheming mind, you see."

Kilana [deathsinger] 409577

"At least you had the courage to ask.." I say staring off dreamily "So much to admire about that unicorn.."
I shake it off forcing myself to focus "she didn't mention that kiss to me, but she only had eyes for Frosty, it was her obsession, and not having him was slowly driving her mad.. I wanted so badly to make her happy back then.. I.. " '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Kilana [deathsinger] 409585

Ten.. well looks like its time
"I thought of her as more than a friend back then verne, I didn't realize it until later but. Its the only explanation as to why I wanted to go so far for her. She called me her sister, and that's as close as I can ever be to her, but I was happy with that.." I cry a little "I thought I was happy, but verne, I need help, I've never properly gotten over it.."

Verne 409593

"I'm sorry… I don't know how I can help with that. All I can say is.. as much as she used you, I'd like to think she still thought more of you than you thought. She did seem very upset after you fell out. If things had turned out differently.. Well, she is gone. Unless you would go so far as to return her for closure, there is Mistral and Ambrosia."

Kilana [deathsinger] 409594

"Both of whom I scarred after just meeting them.." I look down "You never knew, why I went into necromancy Verne? It was for that exact reason, I just had to talk to Prima, and I did, she had forgiven me, everything was prefect, but what happened next lead to her obsession becoming worse.." I lean in "her soul was bound to a dagger, by frosty's request" I let that sink in.

Verne 409596

"I heard about that. I don't remember if that dagger was later disassembled or not, but.. you never got what you needed out of her, did you?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 409601

"Apparently not because I still miss her, I still hear her, feel her.. Its always been a slight feeling, like a pin-prick at the back of my mind, but now.. Verne I've only been able to stop thinking of her when Id is near, I feel like he's my anchor on a rough sea." I pause "I feel terrible for what happened to minstral, but its made worse by the fact she's so closely related to prima, its as if I've hurt prima all over again, and its started this obsessive thinking, I'm almost certain, or at least made it worse.."

Verne 409603

"They are different people. And, well.. Mistral still yet lives. You can fix her. Remember Necromancy is a powerful tool. You could find a way to heal her fully. Or continue down your path and work towards using your magic to contribute to building a nation that can give her a safe home. At least know that you are not powerless. If Prima refuses to give you closure, go to Id. Venus does the same for me, so I wed her. "

Kilana [deathsinger] 409610

I shake my head "Prima didn't refuse my closure, she just couldn't give me what I really wanted from her, I don't know if I even realized what I really wanted from her, at least not then. " I shake my head "and seeing her degrade into that shadow of herself, and having to betray her in the end.. again.. It was terrible, and more painful than I knew.."
"But I did right by Minstral; I made certain that Minstral would heal up eventually, and got her pain killers to help. I may yet find a faster way, but that will require time."

"Do you think that making the north safe will be enough? Will it stop the pain Verne?"

Verne 409611

"Will it stop your pain? I cannot say. Everyone is different. Building a strong nation is what I live for, but you… You have to decide what is right for yourself. I don't want to tell you a sweet lie here, so I will leave it as it is. Id could maybe help you think things through. Or you could talk to Mistral and see what else she needs. Well, I know we need more advanced healing technologies, anyway… "

Kilana [deathsinger] 409616

I smile a bit "I've delved into my studies to help frosty and his dream. A worthy dream of a united and safe northlands, that's kept me going these years.. but I fear I was partly doing it out of memory of prima's love for frostmourn.. but not any more, no.. frosty- he lets me call him that now" I add gleefully "He's more than my ruler now, he's my friend. And I've got to help him succeed in his dream, in fact I've turned my work into a small dream. That someday ponies won't fear any dark magic they see, that it can be taught freely and openly." I smile "I must sounds kind of preachy there, but using necromancy to help ponies, that was what I said I wanted once, and what better use than to help the ponies of the north with it."

Verne 409619

"A dream I fully support. My own dream nation would have people like this. Great to see you have found your own substance. "

Kilana [deathsinger] 409626

I smile "Yeah, I think that Prima would be proud if I told her. I know Id has faith in this dream, and its something we can strive for." I smile "you know for a while there I stopped thinking of her, thank you. I think it might even be safe to speak with her again after a while, I was scared you know, of what I would do if I spoke to her again, that I might not let her go." I breath a lot easier than when I came in. "Thank you again for helping me out with this.. I just couldn't talk to pumpkin about something like this, he'd jump to a conclusion that wasn't true.."

Verne 409637

"Pumpkin.. has his own troubles. Don't hold it against him. Be well, now. "

Kilana [deathsinger] 409644

"Well, I guess to help the current matters, I'm going to go look at some history book to see if anything can aid us tomorrow night, you'll be coming to the meeting with us right?"

DM 415460

A vast, flat plateau amidst the jagged peaks of Stormheart.
Here lie buried some of the finest soldiers of Stormheart's history. Eternally laid to rest among their peers at arms. Forever to slumber, watching over the lands they helped save over countless generations.

And here Grimalphas, the Crone, the Crowmother, has gathered her faithful to hear her prophetic words. To spread her influence over them and further root herself as the next queen of Stormheart in their hearts and minds.

But most importantly, here is where our heroes have come to confront her.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415461

I do hope our king, and Godric, are up to the task…

Venia [Battlemage] 415462

I bet she'll be nice.

It's out of my hooves for now.


Pone should be sneaky

Roll #1 4 = 4

Godric [Dark Knight] 415464

At last. A chance to confront her and see her justify all of her acts.

I hope as well…

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415465

It's so cold here.
I don't have to burn stuff yet do I?

DM 415466

Trying to get too close to the crowd will not be wise…
Not yet…
There she is.
Valeriana's shadow makes a faint sign that is is ready at any time.
They have built a small stage for her. Closer to a stand more than anything. Lets her be seen by all and has room for maybe two or three other gryphons.
The others are standing around it. Dozens of them.

Grimalphas herself is not much to look at. She is old, and looks a little frail. Her feathers were once a deep black, but have faded to a dark grey at best. Her coat is much the same.
Her claws and gnarled and her beak looks dull, but she has fire in her eyes and thunder in her voice.
And her other eye is an eery, inky black, twitching seemingly by itself.

Godric [Dark Knight] 415467

Move on up to the front of the crowd and get a good spot. I need to hear what she's saying.

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415468

I'm staying here.
I can see everything from here right?

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415469

I'll just… lurk…

Venia [Battlemage] 415470

Let's see what happens.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415471

I'll be at attention. We're rather outnumbered here…

DM 415472

You and the others have a good vantage point a little further back.
"…and so, my children, by brothers, sisters and kin, we stand once more at a dangerous crossroads.
The Pony Emperor has come to these lands. He seeks to claim them for his empire. To strike the first blow that will lead to the death of who we are.
Food is getting scarce, but we must stand proud. We will fly out further. If need be, expand our raids. And if it comes to that, expand out very borders.
Garret knows we are starving! And what does he do? NOTHING! He sits in his high castle, feasting on his taxed meat, ignoring you! Ignoring the invaders in our lands! Ignoring his duties like the coward he is!…"

Venia [Battlemage] 415473

Well now… that's just about what I expected.

Godric [Dark Knight] 415474

"What proof have you that he is here now, among us?"

DM 415475

Her attention shifts to you
"He has been seen arriving by our brothers"

Godric [Dark Knight] 415476

"Has he? Who are you to say that Stormheart would capitulate to such demands?"

DM 415477

"I put nothing beyond Garret's weakness.
The very gryphons who saw her are here with us!"
She points a claw at a few gryphons among the crowd
Taking this chance, the shadow silently says a word in demonic
To see how the eye reacts

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 3 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 415478

Man.. those bones sure are neat looking..

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415479

I sure hope I was right about the demon eye

Godric [Dark Knight] 415480

Do I recognize any of the griffons?

DM 415481

There are some of those who cornered the party when they first arrived
The eye visibly shifts to look at the shadow, then moves around, making Grimalphas have derp eyes

Godric [Dark Knight] 415482

"Truthfully? Would you have us believe that we would be knuckled under by a bunch of ponies?"

Venia [Battlemage] 415483

I scrunch
Plan or not, do these people really have to be so racist?

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415484

"I hate waiting…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415485

"But wait you shall. Else she'll set the entire arena of them against us. And we are too few for that."

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415486

"Yes, yes. I know, I know."
Tap my hooves restlessly.

DM 415487

"We would never. Garret would.
He already turns a blind eye to our problems. He is a stain upon this kingdom! His actions speak louder than I could ever hope to!
He abandons all we strove to build! He cowers behind his walls and indulges in his riches, leaving us to die out here when we most need a strong leader!"
The shadow tries again
to gauge the eye

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

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415488

Look intently at the scene.

DM 415489

The eye pulses violently, reaching out a small tendril.
Grimalphas gasps and covers it with her claw

Godric [Dark Knight] 415490

"And you turn brother against brother in response to these injustices? What does gryphon killing gryphon accomplish?!"

Stalk forward at that.

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415491

"Did you see that?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415492

"Rather hard to miss. I wonder if the other gryphons saw it, though."

Venia [Battlemage] 415493

I nod quietly

DM 415494

She takes a step back but maintains composure
"The strong must rule the weak! The weak simply cannot rule the strong! You know our ways as well as I!"
Shadow '1d10'
Eye '1d10-1'
General mood
10 - Ha ha, all is fine

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 4 - 1 = 3 / Roll #3 10 = 10

Kilana [deathsinger] 415495

"there must be something we can do to stir up their attention to the eye."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415496

"And they'd trust the word of a pony, or zebra? Not likely. It's in lord Blackmane's claws now."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415497

Well I guess I'm in for it either way.
"I do! And you preach well, but you do more harm to us then any pillage of Eaglecrest! Your actions all but invited the feeble emperor into our borders! Such instability makes us weak!"

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415498

"I honestly don't know what to do to make it even more obvious."

DM 415499

The eye violently reacts, screeching and reaching black tendrils around her claws
There is a worried murmur among the crowd.
Shadow '1d10'
Eye '1d10-2'
Crowd '1d10-2'
"It was all I could do any more! Garret is too scared to listen to me! He refuses to accept that he needs to become stronger!
A new ruler is needed here! And if no other will, then I shall take the throne!"

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 10 - 2 = 8 / Roll #3 4 - 2 = 2

DM 415500

The crowd is beginning to shout and get restless, pointing at the screeching eye and tendrils.
It focuses on the shadow and tries to see through this charade.
Eye, Sight Beyond Sight '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 415501

But cannot. It is too angry.

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415502

"Well this getting interesting."

Venia [Battlemage] 415503

"Sure is…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 415504

I stare concerned

Godric [Dark Knight] 415505

"What better arena to better himself then against one who has united the nations?! What better opponent could our king ask for?! And you have no place at our head! Any so willing to murder her kin has no place on the throne!"

I angrily thrust a talon at her.

"Especially one who cavorts with magicks? Is your all-seeing oracle showing you a future that disagrees with you?!"

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415506

"I'm still not sure I like Godrics talk…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415507

"I would assume he's playing to the crowd. Still, I'm certain he'll apologize later."

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415508

"I hope so. As long as Grimalphas is out of the way…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 415509

"I'm not so certain, he's made it clear before that his loyalties are to his home land, not to us.. but he did agree to help us in this.. we have to trust him"

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415510

"If Grimalphas is out of the way, the King will ally with us. If Godric decides to betray us then, it won't matter."

DM 415511

The shadow sees a chance to end this
eye '1d10-3'
"I have seen many things! And the clearest of them all is that if Garret stays on his throne, all is lost for Stormheart!"

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 9 - 3 = 6

Godric [Dark Knight] 415512

"Our future is determined by ourselves, not shown to us by an oracle! Your future is not Stormheart's! We endure!"

DM 415513

Grimalphas screams and clutches her eye as it forces more of itself out of it's socket.
She falls to a knee and gasps for air as a tendril half as long as her body forces itself out of her eye socket. That thing is long enough to have been nesting around her spine or coiled inside her skull…

The crowd gasps

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415514

"Uh…what now?"

Venia [Battlemage] 415515

"We wait and see where this goes… How Godric will handle this."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415516

"This is the future of Stormheart you see? What madness brought you to this?! As you preach, Stormheart for gryphons! No eldritch magick has a say in our future!"

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415517

"she'll have a hard time explaining this. That's for sure."

DM 415518

"You… DARE accuse me? I did this… made this sacrifice for the sake of our homeland!"
The tendril lashes out

Crowd reaction
10 - that's scary, let's not do anything

Roll #1 6 = 6

Kilana [deathsinger] 415519

"This is what we hoped for." I smile sheepishly "they should turn on her, but do they need encouragement?"

Venia [Battlemage] 415520

I look at Frostmourn as she says that.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415521

Am I stealthed somewhere away from the party, disguised as a gryphon?

I should probably, if so, throw a dagger at her, to incitate the crowd.

Godric [Dark Knight] 415522

"And in doing so you betrayed what it means to be a native! You are a patriot, Crowmother! You should know better!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 415523

"They aren't moving…" I look to frosty "maybe now is a time to go be a hero?"

DM 415524

Some gryphons climb the stage, weapons drawn to corner her
"Sacrifices must be made! I had to be sure. I could not base our salvation on hopes, dreams and wishes. I needed to know more. To see more. So I-"
She tries to dodge

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415525

"See what this has brought us, brothers!
The foul heresy weakened her, and would do the same with us!"

DM 415526

Seeing if that gets you any more aid
'1d10-1' gryphons rise to your side
"Soon. Very soon.
The dagger strikes her squarely in the eye, causing the demon to burst loose, it's tendrils dripping with blood and fluids and it pulls it's full, hideous mass out of Grimalphas' helpless body.
Looking at the size of that thing, most of her organs had to have little to no room. That thing looks like it would easily fill her up even if it was tightly coiled.


Roll #1 5 - 1 = 4

Godric [Dark Knight] 415527

"How can you call this salvation?! Dead brothers, fear and loathing, and defiling yourself?! This is not our path!!"

That fool…

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 415528


Venia [Battlemage] 415529

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415530

That's… sick.
Even I must look disgusted at that

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415531

Yeah, I'm staying up here.
"Gryphonkind ill needs a savior such as you!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 415532

"We can't let godric fight that alone."


"Behold, the future you would force on us!"

Take flight and meet it. Blind it!

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9


That fool.
Peaches uses Improvise and Heroism.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 415535

Inspire Godric, pumpkin and their group of griffons with a song about killing monsters, use my best griffon voice '1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

DM 415536

She is in no condition to reply right now. Try asking later.
"…I agree.
It seems it is time to make an entrance."
You take to the air and slash at the part that tracks your movement. It makes the demon coil up and stop reaching for you.
It shrieks and roars, extending more tendrils from itself.
The Gryphons turn to look where this dramatic tune is coming from.
And then they see it.
The Pony Emperor in indeed here. And he is not alone. At his side, several others charge in to face this horrid foe.
Including a very shouty zebra.

The braver gryphons go secure the helpless Grimalphas.
The others just look in confusion and surprise as these… ponies surround the demon that just moments ago represented the might of their leader.
And Grimalphas, though weak and fading, felt a deep sting in her gnarled heart. It's just like the eye said it would be…
The end was coming…


DM 415658

The Eye of the Storm, a demon older than the kingdom of Stormheart, stands before you like a foul dark octopus.
It holds its central mass aloft on top of several long tentacles, and extends a few more from it's top.
Beady red eyes bubble to it's surface in random places before sinking back into it's inky flesh without a trace. It seethes with demonic energy. But it does not seem outright offensive. Just defensive. Cornered. Scared.


What am I even supposed to do with a little dagger against this!
Vanish. Get in position behind the main body of that thing.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


Bah. How cowardly.
"Foul beast!"
Give him a taste of my electric magic bolt!

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Sion 415661

Time to attack the stupid thing.
Fire Bolt '1d10+1'

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 415662

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415663

Nature Elemental Earth for me first.


"Get thee hence, demon! Your interference is no longer welcome in our lands!"


Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 415665

As a tendril tries to spear you, you vanish from in front of it and appear behind the main mass, slashing at what you assume is the height of the vital parts.
Your cut is surprisingly true, opening a great gash that reveals a ton of small red eyes nesting inside the dark goo of the body.
The pair of flaming bolts explode one of it's limbs in half as it tries to swing down and flatten you, forcing it to retract the stump into it's main body.
You harden up like a teenager's dick at the mention of teats
With the mass of eyes inside it revealed by Pumpkin, you jam your weapon inside, forcing the demon to roll its limbs over the wound and knead itself into a ball before extending a new set of limbs to stand on


Ignore me! That's fine!
Switch over to my hammer and let this thing taste steel!

Roll #1 9 = 9


What on earth is this…
Lodge the daggers inside. Fervor.

Roll #1 4, 5 = 9

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 415668

Haste '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7


I'm rock hard!
Charge in and start hacking at the creature with my longsword!

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7


Right time to kill something that actual needs killing. Touch of Death on the beast, aim for the red eyes.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415671

Starting without me? Not likely. Launch both Mountainbreakers with Telekinesis and inflict harm. '2d12'

Roll #1 5, 11 = 16


Those eyes! They have seen a future we do not need! Time to show them the truth!


Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

DM 415673

Seeing a chance as it raises, you smash your hammer into it's soft flesh, leaving a deep dent
You rip into the dent, pulling it open again, revealing the eyes. They turn to look up at you.
It's go time
go fast time
You slash at one of the legs, ignoring it's attempts to hit you back
A cluster of them turn brown and deflate.
The dark mass tries to close on you-
-But the two massive gauntlets, which apparently are now Ranged too, knock the entire demon over, making it's tendrils flop like fresh fish on the bottom of a boat as it splashes on the stage
You slam your claw into what remains of the wound and violently thrash among the eyes.

+2 to all attacks against the demon
2 skills can be used next turn

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415674

Alright, I'll move up, recover the gauntlets, and then use Guardian. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7


MB is still recharging
So I'll just attack twice with my hammer.
Twice the hammer, twice the fun! We'll show this thing!

Roll #1 6, 1 + 2 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415676

And if moving didn't take up my second action, I'll wail on it with the mountainbreakers at close range. '2d12'

Roll #1 8, 9 = 17


Like I care!
I'm fast! Give it two deep stabs with my sword

Roll #1 9, 8 + 3 = 20

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415678

Fervor still up.
Double dagger attack.
'2d10'+2 each.

Roll #1 3 + 4 = 7 / Roll #2 4, 1 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415679

And each of those are at +2, so… 10 and 11.


Slam it.
And Hit it with both blades when I hit.

Roll #1 6 + 5 = 11 / Roll #2 2 + 1 = 3 / Roll #3 2 + 1 = 3

Kilana [deathsinger] 415681

Well this is a perfect time to inspire '1d10+2'
and I guess try slicing at the demon with a dagger '1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6 / Roll #2 7 + 2 = 9

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 415682

going very fast now.

Time for a Fire orb and shooting an arrow.
+3 for VP and Blind


Roll #1 1, 8 + 3 = 12

DM 415689

You recover the gauntlets, and engage your inner guardian spirit, seeing to it that so long as you stand, NONE WHO STAND AT YOUR SIDE SHALL FALL!
Your hammer strikes true, bending the spongy flesh.
A tentacle lashes out to impale you, but your magical speed keeps you safe.
You also see an opening to hammer the gooey shape a bit more. It would probably bruise were it not black.
You sink your blade deep into its flesh, making it bleed out a great gout of dark ooze as it collapses.
You sing your blase into the collapsing mass, ripping it open, revealing the eyes at the core
And seeing a chance, you slam your body into it, turning it nearly inside out as you slash at it's remaining parts to little effect.
You bring to notice just how near death the demon is! All rise! All witness! It will soon be gone!
And as proof, you pry the mass of eyes out further with your blade from the deflating body
Your arrow lands inside the core mass, but the spell conducts through you wrong, impregnating the arrow with volatile magic!
The arrow explodes violently, blasting the demon into pieces that splash audibly across the amazed observes, the stage, the ground and whatever else was nearby.
The demon is splattered.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415690

Well, that… was over fairly quick.
"Is that it?"

Sion 415691

Look at the crowd.
I've got a bad feeling about this.

Venia [Battlemage] 415692

"The beast is dead!"
I wipe off my hammer

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415693

"Ambrosia, can you check on Grimalphas, and see if she lives still?"

DM 415694


Roll #1 4, 3 = 7


Just in time. NEE just finished its course.

I nod and walk over to Grimalphas. How hurt is she?

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 415696


Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415697

Step back.
"Beware! Demons might take hold of your bodies! Stay away!"

DM 415698

She's missing an eye and her breathing is shallow.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415699

Where are the remains of the demon, how far are they from everyone else, and what is the crowd's mood?


"She is dying."
I'm sure she wont mind a Natural Remedy.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Sion 415701

I'll be in charge of crowd control.
"Don't worry. We're here to help."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415702

"Attend her, then."
I'll look to Frostmourn for approval.
"If that is alright with you, your highness."

Venia [Battlemage] 415703

Valeriana's shadow around?
"Was that enough to kill it indefinitely?"

DM 415704

She takes a few deep breaths and clutches her face
"Is it… over?"
The watchers are wiping gore off their clothes in disgust
"What was that thing!?"
He nods
"See to her."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415705

"Yes. You have much to answer for…and I can only pray the king will listen to you this time."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415706

I'll step back and let the grump gryphon do the talking

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415707

"A demon, masquerading as the holy eye of your founder. It had deceived Grimalphas, and used her own love of her country against it."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415708

Fly up.
"A demon. The pale attempt of Grimalphas to imitate the glory and might of your ancestors."

Venia [Battlemage] 415709

"A demon. Nestled up cozily inside her body."
Point at Grimalphas.
"She is a demonologist."

DM 415710

"Not even close.

The splattered twelve onlookers are beginning to look uneasy, nauseous and scared.
"The king… will do nothing…
Nothing… that matters.
Even you would make a better king. He is no better than that pony…"
She points at Frostmourn.
"A demon!?"
"Madness and heresy!"
"Witchcraft and mutation!"

Venia [Battlemage] 415711

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415712

"We need some healing over here. Get away from those griffons."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415713

"See, this is what happens when you let rage and hatred blind you! Demons thrive in this! And Grimalphas took advantage of you all!"

Venia [Battlemage] 415714

"Dammit! It's trying to find new hosts! Get away from them!"

Godric [Dark Knight] 415715

"That remains to be seen, Crowmother. Be that as it may, the nation is in dire need of reform. All I ask is that we can accomplish this without murdering each other."

"She only gave voice to what they all feel! If it was not her, another would have risen to take the same place."


Oh dear…
Naturalize on one of them!

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 415718

You quickly grab a spear from a nearby onlooker and hurl it through the brain of one of the splashed gryphons, who dies on the spot.
The entire crowd gasps.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415719

"Ambrosia, what are you doing!?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415720

Wait what? That's not what I asked to do at all!

Godric [Dark Knight] 415721


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415722

Shoot him a harsh look.

DM 415723

Well he is neutralized!

The other eleven suddenly collapse, screaming in pain as the splashes of dark ooze bore into their flesh

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415724

"It's better than becoming a DEMON. At least he will rest in peace!" I shout.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415727

"Queen Venia, Lord Blackmane, isn't there some way of exorcising the demons without harming the hosts?"


Spellbreak on one of the infected gryphons!

Roll #1 8 = 8


"This is outside my knowledge…and exactly why I hate such magicks!"

Suppress who I can, it's all I can do now.

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415747

Naturalize! It's something completely different!

"… Naturalize demons?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415750

"That's all well and good, but we'd prefer the hosts to survive."

Kilana [deathsinger] 415756

"Well.." I look at the Scythe does it seem to react to the demons, maybe I can understand a way to remove them with it? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415758

"Effective method…but let's not do that again."

Kilana [deathsinger] 415760

"Don't be mad at her, look at how the others are turning. We have one less to fight now."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415761

"That remains to be seen!"

DM 415763

The presumed dead Gryphon stands up and pushes the spear out of his head with dark tendrils oozing out of the wound.
He screams, and the small demon inside him pops out hanging loosely from his skull as it looks around in panic with a single beady red eye.

The twelve infected begin shambling at you
One has the demon revealed
The other eleven have it inside them


Spellbreak on another!
"No hiding for you any longer!"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415766

Right, into action. Get Guardian running again, if possible. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415767

Put inspire up.
Pretend I know how to spellbreak.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Kilana [deathsinger] 415768

I frown step back and try despair on the demons, they know their time is at an end. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7


so, Return to Earth then? Dispel the demons?

Roll #1 8 = 8


Stab the demon, cut it loose and then plant a dagger through it.

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415772

Too many.
Fire Orb 3 targets. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4


Do what I can to restrain one.

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

DM 415778

The infected gryphon leaps onto you, clawing at your shoulders
You rip the demon loose from it's host and slash the eye apart, killing it.
The host faints.
The gryphons hiss and roar, but do not attack you
You are a beacon of sturdiness in a sea of weaklings. NONE SHALL FALL.
For three turns.
You turn to face your targets, but two others leap on you from behind.
You compel the demon to reveal itself, and it slowly oozes out of the host's nostrils and tear ducts, revealing itself.

10 hidden demons remain
1 visible demon remains
1 is dead

Nobody can go helpless for 3 more turns


SbS, reveal all hidden demons in preparation of precise strikes.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415780

Haste again.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415781

Right, time to put these axes to work. I'll cut loose the exposed demon, and then follow up with a good heavy slash to finish it off. '2d10+1'

Roll #1 4, 3 + 1 = 8


Bubble myself!

Roll #1 4 = 4


Right… Another! reveal these things!

Roll #1 8 = 8


Aargh! Free myself and Suppress it.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Kilana [deathsinger] 415788

'1d10+2' I guess the only safe option is to inspire the others

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

DM 415793

You are faced with a mass of angered red eyes peering back into your mind, looking for a nice place to settle down.
Their superior numbers are beginning to really take a toll, as wounds are dealt at a worrying rate…
Well technically that's a recharge 2 skill.
But just for this, let's roll with it.
Another demon slowly oozes to reveal itself.
You wrestle the infected gryphon down, and as the body finds itself immobilized, the demon tries to crawl out and onto you
+1 to all rolls!
Lets solve this!

8 hidden demons remain
3 visible demon remains
1 is dead

Nobody can go helpless for 2 more turns


Well screw this!
Vanish, slash and stab another of the visible demons.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415797

+1 from inspire.


Finish it, with extreme prejudice.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Kilana [deathsinger] 415799

try to cut off a visible demon with a dagger '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415801

Bah. Cleave the three visible demons with an axe. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3


Shoot one of the visible demons with my electric magic bolt instead then!

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415803

I fire a fire bolt at an exposed demon.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

DM 415804

You rip one of the visible demons in half, splashing merry gore everywhere
You blast the other two apart when
An infected jumps Waxing, forcing it's claws into the joints of his armour, ripping into him and pressing him down.
Guardian is gone!

8 hidden demons remain
4 are dead


Beat the infected on Crescent!

Roll #1 5 = 5


Get rid of it!

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415808

Getting up, and shaking this poor sod off of me. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415809

This is not the time!
Peaches, Improvise, Inspire.
I'll slice and dice the infection off Crescent.

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 4 + 2 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415810

"Stand still!"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415811

Wrestle with one of the gryphons, try to get that demon out of there.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Kilana [deathsinger] 415812

attack one of the other 7. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 415819

You toss it off and slam a nearby infected across the head, casing the demon inside him to come loose
Your combined efforts do eventually manage to free Crescent before he gets hurt worse
You hesitate just a moment too long, and suddenly feel a very heavy weight slam down on you, it's scream deafening your ears as it rips into your meat.
You try to wrestle a bigger, heavier, angrier catbutt. After some pushing and rolling, you end up on the bottom, and it's eyes linger on you for a moment before it kisses you deeply on the mouth.
You can feel something wriggling inside your mouth. Let's hope it isn't a demon.


Rip that one out next!

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

DM 415823

7 hidden demons remain
1 demon is visible
4 are dead

Kilana and Smouldering are helpless
+1 to all rolls


Smouldering is being assaulted!
Charge in and free him!

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415825

Nothing like that!
Push him off me and get up

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415826

Time to help out Kilana. No time for axes, let's just bash that large gryphon with a pair of equally large fists. '2d12+1'

Roll #1 4, 5 + 1 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415827

Help Kilana up.
Peaches continues to Inspire.

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6 / Roll #2 10 + 1 = 11


so this is what happens when I play but their rules
get away from it.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Kilana [deathsinger] 415829

DM 415830

It evades your hits as it's host claws at you
You can feel him lay his weight on you, the thing in your mouth trying to enter your throat-
-as Venia slams him off you, making him roll on his back, the demon popping out of his mouth
Kilana is back up and the host is bashed open, the demon poking out.
+2 to all actions

5 hidden demons remain
3 demons is visible
4 are dead

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415831

Cut the demon crossway! Backstab!
Peaches keeps inspire up.

Roll #1 4 + 4 = 8 / Roll #2 4 + 2 = 6

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415832

Fire bolt against that thing.

"Thanks Venia!"

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


Now… Shoot that exposed demon! Electro bolt!

Roll #1 9 + 4 = 13


"You are better than this, brother!"

Keep at it. Rip it out.

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415835

"Are you alright, lady Kilana?"
And I'll smash the exposed demon between the gauntlets. '2d12+2'

Roll #1 8, 1 + 2 = 11

Kilana [deathsinger] 415836

I smile "I can always count you pumpkin, and thank you too waxing."
'1d10+2' attack the demon

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415837

"Don't get-"
Spectacular failure.

Kilana [deathsinger] 415838

"I am alright, focus on yourself for now"

DM 415839

You assault the exposed demons, easily crushing them
And seeing as that is already being taken care of, you slam a Gryphon rather painfully, making him puke out his demon
As you attack, the demon Kilana exposes leaps at you and crawls inside your armour from behind

4 hidden demons remain
1 demon is inside Crescent's armour
7 are dead


Place myself behind Crescent.
Strike between the plates of his armor.

Also, Inspire.

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415843

Peaches, Inspire and Improvise.

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415844

Oh. Oh no, get out of there you horrid thing. Eject it with Telekinesis. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10


Spellbreak another guy,

Roll #1 6 = 6

Kilana [deathsinger] 415846

"Uh.. you may have to remove that armor.."
'1d10' try attacking another griffon.

Roll #1 7 = 7


far be it from me to look a gift horse in the mouth…

Suppress one of the ones still up.

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415848

Fire an arrow at one of the demons. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 415852

A bit of teamwork goes a long way.
The demon is forcibly ejected from the armour, and Pumpkin slashes it in half mid-air.
Another falls, screaming and clutching his head, as the demon slowly reveals itself from his ear.
Or, let's hope that's an ear.
Hard to tell with birds.
You get speared int he gut by a screaming gryphon and pinned down as she starts to violently peck at you.
You manage to force one more demon out in the open

2 hidden demons remain
2 demons are visible
8 are dead

Godric is helpless
+1 to all rolls


Smash that exposed demon!

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415855

Throw a dagger at each of the exposed demons!
And Peaches, she goes on.

Roll #1 2, 7 + 1 = 10 / Roll #2 5 + 1 = 6


Force it off me!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415857

Fire Orb the 2 exposed demons.

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415860

Okay, while my horn is behaving, let's send those axes at two separate exposed demons. '1d10+2''1d10+2'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11 / Roll #2 3 + 2 = 5

Kilana [deathsinger] 415861

'1d10+1' attack something.

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415863

With telekinesis, I should say.

DM 415869

Its host slashes you, protecting the exposed demon
The +1 remains
One of the daggers hits
The other is caught and flung back at you, leaving you helpless as it lands between the shoulder and collarbone.
You charge up a fire orb, but it goes out of control, exploding on top of you, leaving you helpless and on fire.
You look at each other, nod and turn to attack the demons, seeing both destroyed
You push her off yourself, and she tries to take flight

2 hidden demons remain
10 are dead

Pumpkin is helpless
+1 to all rolls

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415870

Escape Artist.
Improvise, Inspire.

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9


Beat one of the hosts silly!

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415872

That gryphon isn't flying away. Telekinesis to hold her wings shut. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5


Suppress her back down!

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415874

Roll around and get up '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6


Alright, I'll join peaches in singing.

Roll #1 9 + 3 = 12

DM 415883

Ever thought how strong a gryphon really is?
You should have.
One grabs you by the throat, leaps into the air and slams you down head first
No time for bleeding! We must FIGHT!
+1 to all!
+3 TO ALL!
The dives back down, slashing both of you on a pass
as Smouldering stands back up

2 hidden demons remain
10 are dead

a ridiculous +3 to all rolls

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415884

Alright, take aim with one of the fists and launch it with telekinesis. I'm going to knock that bird out of the air and unconscious. '1d12+3'

Roll #1 2 + 3 = 5


Get back up!

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7

Sion 415886

"Stupid things, just die"
Fire Bolt on one of them '1d10+3'

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415887

Knock behind the skull of one of these catbirds to make the demons come out!

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9 / Roll #2 2 + 3 = 5


Normally I would be proud of such a display, but this isn't really the situation for it. Bring her down and pin her.

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6


Attack one of the two hosts.

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415890

Wait, I didn't see the girl flying away.
Vanish and happear behind her.
Do that skull thing.

DM 415891

The gryphon smacks you aside instead
as Venia stands back up
Pumpkin and Smouldering bring down the raging gryphon
Kilana slashes the flying one
And Godric pins her down, looking into her frightened eyes as the demon inside her pushes it's way out

2 visible demons remain
10 are dead


Finish it!

Roll #1 10 = 10


Slice and dice time. Both the demons.

Roll #1 3, 9 = 12

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415894

Alright, carefully now, let's knock the shit out of those demons. '2d12'

Roll #1 6, 10 = 16


Rip it out.

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415897

Seems they're getting finished off.

Kilana [deathsinger] 415898

help them slice away the demons. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415899

SbS, are there any more demons we can't see?

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 415907

No, this is all.
Frostmourn and Valeriana were dealing with a couple more at the other end of the stage, which kept them busy.
Putting up little resistance, you destroy the remnants of the Eye of the Storm.
It is now, well and truly, dead.
Well, almost.
One last beady red eye with a small black tail remains cowering before you.


No. It won't.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5


Finish it.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415911

Squish it. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 415912

Since the others are busy…
stomp it beneath an armored hoof. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Godric [Dark Knight] 415913

I'll go check on Grimalphas.

Kilana [deathsinger] 415914

I look away as the others descend on it.

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415915

Is Grimalphas still alive?

DM 415917

That last little whimper of life, clinging to hope it may yet see more freedom, is snuffed out as you destroy all that remains of this centuries old being, smearing it across the rough wood like a turd you want off your hoof.
She is.
She lies still, breathing slowly, trying to ignore what she hears.

Venia [Battlemage] 415918

No rest for the wicked.

Are all the gryphons gone?

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415919

"Must I heal her?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415920

EA to get up.
I might need some serious medical help now.
Look back at the crowd as I sheate my daggers.
Cold, impassible.

DM 415921

Many fled.
Many others stayed, hiding as best they could.
Some even defended the others.

Godric [Dark Knight] 415922

"Have you given up hope so easily, Crowmother?"

Venia [Battlemage] 415923

"It's safe to come out now, everypo- everyone. It has been destroyed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415924

Gotta love a society of warriors.
Stealth, go hide near Valeriana.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Kilana [deathsinger] 415925

Can't save them all. stealth '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10


I can provide just that. Natural Remedy on Pumpkin.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415931

Go look at Grimalphas

DM 415934

You are well hidden. Nobody here can find you without a critical SBS.
"You got hurt, I see."
The gryphons straighten out
"Demons… in Cloudsunder of all places…"
"All… is lost…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415936

"Not more than any other day. Most of it was done by me, too."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415938

"For you maybe…"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 415939

I look at Grimalphas curiously

DM 415940

"That will be the death of you some day…"
"For Stormheart. You would not understand… pony."
"You have no idea what you just did… do you?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 415942

good. now to look around, where are Grimalphas's things '1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 415943

"You were deceived by Grimalphas, it's as simple as that. So blinded by hatred that she employs the foulest of magics to help her cause."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415944

"More than you think. I have seen the world beyond, and what it will do to a weak nation."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415945

"I can stand my ground. You taught me how to.
Just like Radiant taught me how there are causes worth dying for.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415946

"You should have seen it coming."

DM 415947

She probably has them elsewhere. Nothing here indicates she carried her belonging to the meeting.
"Just make sure that when you die, you die for a cause where only your death can best serve it."
"You know nothing, pony."
"So you'd sell our souls to that pony emperor?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 415948

Nothing at all? check under her stage.. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415950

A long, drawn out sigh.
Then rest beside her, closing my eyes.
But from under my tired eyelids, use sbs to keep track of the situation.
Make sure nothing is about to jump us.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 415952

"The evidence speaks for itself."

DM 415955

There is a bag here, tucked underneath. A rather big one.
Nothing will.
"You are missing context, pony."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415956

Then, maybe I can rest.
Where's Frosty?

Godric [Dark Knight] 415958

"What use is a soul to the body that lies weak and broken? I love my country as you do, but the future is changing around us."

Kilana [deathsinger] 415959

look inside the bag

Venia [Battlemage] 415961

"I have a name, Grimalphas. You have no right to be as condescending towards us as you are right now."

DM 415969

"He does not know our ways! He cannot! Look at him.
Young, arrogant and foolish.
He is no king of gryphons. Neither is Garret… we both know that."
He is overseeing the aftermath, not far away.
"I may, as a whole, address your kind in this way when dealing with this issue. A pony cannot understand our ways. Our plight.
It is not in your blood."
Books. Scrolls. Notes. A few personal things.

Venia [Battlemage] 415970

"How much more of this-"
I motion at the mess
"-can you just rationalize away? Bringing that evil magic to a sacred place like this… Trusting a demon! You are utterly reckless, bringing division when unity is needed."

Kilana [deathsinger] 415971

Take the bag to Valeriana "I found this, might be useful."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415974

"Nothing in sight. I will be back later, mother."
Glide off and reach Frosty.
"The griffons sure liked the show."

DM 415978

"So it seems. I will admit I would rather have skipped the fighting myself…"
She looks it over
"Historical research. Notes on her visions.
Very useful. Good job Kilana.
She pats you on the head
"The entire body… suffers from an ill head.
An entire nation… rots under a failed king. I did this - all this - to see him gone, so Stormheart may heal under a real leader."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415979

"You are right…but neither are you. And at least they have vision, something I have found your rhetoric sorely lacking in."

DM 415982

"My words are a means to an end, Blackmane.
…dismiss these others. We… need to talk. Gryphon to gryphon."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415983

"Hey, at least nopony- and nogriffon got hurt.
Amazing how things could go so right."
Smile at him.
"Means we are doing something just fine."

Godric [Dark Knight] 415984

"Very well."
Turn to the others.
"Leave us."

Venia [Battlemage] 415985

"And you have failed miserably. You were too weak to control it, because demons cannot be controlled. Who knows what damage you could have wrought. It could have taken over your mind completely and bring doom to gryphonkind!"

I sigh and walk away so they can talk privately.

DM 415990

He subtly holds up his previously injured leg
The few gryphons guarding Grimalphas back off
…do you know what that demon was?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415993

I eye him curiously….before I leave.

Venia [Battlemage] 415994

"Are you okay? One of those demonized gryphons got you pretty bad…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 415995

Trot closer, still looking ahead.
"It's not a shame to admit you got hurt. So did I."
A small smile will creep on my lips.

Kilana [deathsinger] 415996

I smile its nice to be recognized for something good.
sneak over there and listen in.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 415997

"I'm okay….that was an experience I'd rather not have again." I shudder.
"How are you?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 415998

"Yes…and it has weighed on my heart for some time. Do you think that is enough to absolve all of what has transpired here? To justify the dead?"

Venia [Battlemage] 415999

"I'll live."
I shake my head
"I'm glad we managed to kill it. Last demon we fought… well, let's just say that thing was a lot more dangerous than this one."

DM 416001

"I wanted to avoid it. I liked having legs made of flesh too."
"Better a few lives lost now that all of them lost in the years to come. I had hoped only I would die from this. No other needed to be a part of this sacrifice.
Except Me.
…and Garret."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 416003

"Well, I'm hoping that's the last we'll see of those Eye demons. I can't believe anypony would make a deal with them."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416007

"I'm sure it's not a lost cause. Magic could grow a spine back. A leg, what can that be."

Venia [Battlemage] 416008

"Neither can I… did you see just how big that thing was? Stretching throughout her body like… that?"

DM 416010

"I'll live.
It's just indignant fighting like this.
Painful too. But I should not complain."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416011

"Actually, you should not fight.
We are many, strong. You are still recovering."

Godric [Dark Knight] 416012

"Then why all this begin with? Did you truly hope to somehow legitimize what you would have accomplished, or this…stain on our history?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 416013

"That must have been very painful. I thought it would only maybe bite her, this was disturbing.
I wonder what possessed her to make such a deal."

DM 416014

"Had none of this come to light…. had you and those ponies not interfered… I could have orchestrated a simple switch in power. Remain queen for a while. Select a follower, step down, let time heal the nation weakened by Garret.
It's not so simple any more. Now it's all about demons and dark magic and ponies aiding us and gryphons not being able to fight their own battles…
Blackmane… I can no longer save our nation. Someone else will need to. If not from that pony… then at least from Garret's weakness."
"What image would I give if I cowered on the sidelines?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416015

"I agree this was a battle you had to show up for…
But I'd rather an alive friend to a dead king."

Venia [Battlemage] 416016

I shrug
"Maybe she succumbed to its corruption before it even nestled itself inside her? Or maybe she lost her mind long before that…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 416017

"Who knows…"
I look at Grimalpas and Blackmane.
"I hope she doesn't spread it."

DM 416019

"Soon, old friend. Soon we can rest a bit…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 416020

"You assume I came to this decision lightly. It was never all that simple, crone. Even if I had done nothing, your actions made us look weak in the eyes of our neighbors. Even that brute Ebonwreath could see as much, and he stood ready to crush us when we were at our nadir. We very well may owe Stormheart's future to the lame Emperor even if I had done nothing."

I look down.

"Is it not better to ensure we have a future than to die clutching our past? Especially if that past was a lie all along…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416022

"You know, rely on others and all that?"
"Few other ponies would stick their neck out like you do."

DM 416026

"I can not go on, Blackmane. I can no longer fight this. All I can do, is ask that you see to it… that whatever may come, whoever rules here… it is not someone as weak as Garret, or as willing to let our ways wither and die as that emperor.
I ask you… because I know you are the closest this nation has to a heart in the right place, and in a position near this pony I saw we'd one day need to submit to."
"Lead by example… that's what I want to believe in."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416028

Look over yonder, at Grimalphas.
"And I always believed in you.
Now what?"

DM 416032

"Now… Stormheart is ours.
Garret owes us much gratitude."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416035

"That worthless…
I doubt his gratitude is worth much, around here."

DM 416039

"Then… you say another Viceroy is in order?"
He glances at Grimalphas and Godric

Venia [Battlemage] 416043

"It's dead. No more harm can come from it. I think… we've succeeded in getting Stormheart on our side."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416044

"Nothing stopping a second civil war from breaking out.
And we have thrown so much mud on Grimalphas that she'd be ill accepted."

Godric [Dark Knight] 416046

"No…I did see to that. Stormheart has ever been first on my mind, as it was in yours. King Garret may have failed us all by letting this come to pass, but I still believe we have a future. I will make sure your role in it is remembered well. You deserve that much, sister."

DM 416048

"Do not let anyone know of the Eye. That truth must remain a secret.
…I don't think I can make it off this peak."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 416050

"I hope so.
But, all things considered, this went pretty well."

Godric [Dark Knight] 416058

"Of course."
"…you saw that you would not come down from here, didn't you?"

DM 416059

"No. I never saw such exact things.
But I wrote down my important visions. They are in a tome in my bag under the stage.
I only have one more request.
…bring me that pony emperor."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416060

"So we either hope Godric is liked enough, hope Grimalpas isn't too hated, or try and buy some support for Garret.
And of all those options I like Garret last."

DM 416061

"Or we find another one, of sound mind and ideals, with support among the populace."

Godric [Dark Knight] 416062

"Very well."
I go and retrieve her bag and bid the Emperor come forth.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416063

Our holy gryphon savior."
Glance at Godric.
"I think he wants us to come over…"

DM 416064

…there is no bag under here…
Frostmourn walks to you
"Pony Emperor Frostmourn."
"You seem to think of me as something to be feared and reviled. I assure you, I-"
"I know who and what you are, Frostmourn. I've seen you in my visions. You, Celestia, you are all the same. You do not understand our ways. You do not respect them. You think you know better. That you will help us. When all you bring is the very thing you say you seek to prevent - the death of our culture.
Go build your roads over our graves. Go defile the memories of the sacrifices of our kings. Bring here your trade, your vegetables, your sun and whatever else. Destroyer."
This shuts the young king right up.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416066

Raise a brow.
"You assume a lot.
Too much, in fact."

Kilana [deathsinger] 416067

I continue watching.

Godric [Dark Knight] 416069

"Be silent."
Where is her pack?

DM 416072

Seems someone took it to Valeriana

Venia [Battlemage] 416074

"It could have gone much worse, that's for certain. But in the end, demons are not that hard to figure out. This is why we don't need to take a risk and study them. We can kill them just fine already."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416075

Raise a brow and give him a flat stare.

DM 416077

Frostmourn slowly backs off without a word, then goes silently watch the clamoring gryphons from a distance

Kilana [deathsinger] 416078

"he has the authority in his voice, like that of a leader.." I whisper to you

Godric [Dark Knight] 416079

"This is none of your concern. Now, where are her effects?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416080

Bah. Go to him.
"Tell me you don't believe a word of what she said."
Shake my head.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416081

Ignore him.

DM 416083

"…she isn't far from the truth…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 416085

Grab him.
"Where? I did not come this far to have her pillaged at her moment of death."

Sion 416086

"In the case of that demon, I definately agree.
All it has done is bring all these griffons to a shithole on top of the world and then lead them to fight amongst each other, while eating its hosts."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416087

"She allowed a demon inside her body to show her the truth.
How much of that can you-"
Wait, did you actually just grab me while I was talking with the High King?

Kilana [deathsinger] 416089

I pull you away quickly. "Godric, I took them"

DM 416090

"…Pumpkin… I did want to bring trade here. For that, I would need roads…
He looks away

Godric [Dark Knight] 416091

Did you not just intrude yourself on a private conversation?

I'll relent at that.
"Please, return them. She might have something she wishes to be buried with."

Venia [Battlemage] 416092

I shake my head
"And still they are too stubborn to openly accept help because we're prey. The griffins I've met were better than that…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416094

Yeah, can't answer to that until I know or not if the gryphon just grabbed me while I wasn't even talking to him.
Answer the question.

Kilana [deathsinger] 416096

I sigh "Fine" go to valerianna and ask her for the bag back.

DM 416098

"Hrm… this is valuable information. Let me speak to him…"
Suddenly, an assassin mare!
"You want the bag?"

Sion 416099

"Let's hope they'll change their mind. In time."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 416100

Yeah, fuck you too.
Because rp means jack shit and people can do whatever they want with no repercussions.

Kilana [deathsinger] 416103

"Godric does, he thinks there may be something personal that the girffon wishes to be buried with. Of course she won't be needing all those documents to take to her grave.."

Godric [Dark Knight] 416104

Blink a bit.
"Yes. She has some personal items that she deserves to keep, as well as a tome entrusted to me."

DM 416105


Venia [Battlemage] 416107

"Exactly. Isolationism is never a good thing."

DM 416109

"You probably refer to the collected visions of her eye.
It is valuable, possibly vital information. Can I trust you with it?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 416112

"What more could I do with it now? The demon is dead and her network is broken. I just want to avoid the future she saw."

DM 416114

"I have not had a chance to read it yet.
I trust I can access it later if I entrust it to you?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 416115

"I fear any judgements on my part may be premature at this point, but I trust that you will take what it says no less solemnly then I would?"

DM 416117

"I will take it with all the seriousness it demands and deserves."
She gives you the bag
"Take good care of it, Blackmane."

Sion 416119

"I'm wondering what Grimalphas saw that scared her so much."

Venia [Battlemage] 416120

"Whatever the demon wanted her to see to make her as scared and desperate as possible."

Godric [Dark Knight] 416121

I take it and nod my thanks.
"By all rights this is now all a reliquary in my eyes. It will be treasured."

DM 416126


DM 417021

The last thing to do up here is to decide what to do to Grimalphas - heal her, or let her die.

Then we can return to Garret and see where we take this viceroy thing.

Venia [Battlemage] 417022

We shouldn't just let her die, that's awful!

Godric [Dark Knight] 417023

I'd rather not have her waste her life like this.

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417024

Let her die.

Ambrosia [Monk] 417025

That's for Frosty to decide, as far as I'm concerned

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417026

No idea what to choose, not like we could talk with her.
I'm just a dumb bodyguard.
Assassins shouldn't mix up in politics anyway.

DM 417027

Frostmourn returns from his little mope moment
"What should be done?"

Venia [Battlemage] 417028

I shake my head
"We can't just let her bleed to death, nopony deserves that."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417029

"If you are serious about your claims to keep us independent, then you will find her a loud and grating voice that will do just that. She has always been a true patriot, after all."

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417030

"She's also been a great supporter of killing all of us."

Venia [Battlemage] 417031

"Are you suggesting what I think you're suggesting?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417032

"So were many, and then you saved her life."

"Perhaps…I have doubts myself, but all she wants is what is best for Stormheart.

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417033

"I don't want to let her die, but I feel like you're implying you want more for her then just recover and live."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417034

"She consorted with demns, of all creatures."

Venia [Battlemage] 417035

"So far her judgment has shown itself to be very lacking. Endorsing the use of demonology shows just that."

DM 417036

He turns to the Crowmother
"Pony Emperor."
"We're getting you out of here alive."
"Don't do me any favors, conqueror. There are worse things than dying for what you believed in."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417037

"I admit, I am not entirely convinced…and maybe just wish to speak to her more. So few of us actually remember what we are supposed to be anymore."

"You are correct, her methods were most reprehensible. But I believe she was only attempting to follow in our founder's jetstream."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417038

"Which makes her not fit for a charge where making important decision is crucial. She was ready to give up her body to perdition for this.
Do you believe she'd make a wise guide for a nation?"

Venia [Battlemage] 417039

I frown

"She's not fit to rule. It's just too dangerous."

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417040

"Not convinced? Lord Blackmane, with all due respect, she nearly sparked total civil war among the griffons of Stormheart, all to claim the throne for herself and isolate Stormheart.
And now that we, at great risk I might add, have managed to subdue her, you are entertaining the idea of giving her what she wanted all along?"

DM 417041

We will heal her, and bring her along.
I leave it to the judgement of the gryphons as to who deserves to rule in Stormheart…
…I don't think I should be the one to decide such a thing."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417042

"She was willing to sacrifice everything for the love of her home. While I abhor what she did, that alone was commendable."

"Yes, and she does deserve punishment. She should be kept isolated, but I do not want Stormheart to just knuckle under after all this. She was right…I am beginning to doubt if the king is ready for trials outside our borders."

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417043

"Why not? Without us, this country would be up to its shoulders in griffon blood.
We shouldn't be asking them who gets to rule. They should be telling us, why it would be in our best intrests to let a griffon of their choosing rule."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417044

"The idea of such a call alone is terrible.
Her actions might make her a good soldier, but a terrible leader."
Call Peaches.
"Put her on my back."

Venia [Battlemage] 417045

"I an tell you that I don't like the idea of a xenophobic demonologist ruling this kingdom."

I nod
"Understood then, Frostmourn."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417046

"I did not invite you in to conquer and destroy…"

"I suppose you are correct there.

DM 417047

And so, with hearts lifted by victory yet weighed with doubt, you batch up the wounded, pack up Grimalphas, and return to Palace Stormheart where King Garret awaits.

He recoils at the sight of the crowmother
"I thought I made it very clear she was to be disposed of! Why are you bringing her here!?"

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417048

"And we didn't. We brought peace."

Venia [Battlemage] 417049

"And did we conquer or destroy?"

"The High King wants gryphonkind to decide her fate."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417050

"Because her words deserve to be heard by one with the power to make a difference, highness. Now that she is powerless, will you still do nothing?"

"No, you will have brought servitude."

DM 417051

"Then kill her!"
"I'll finish her myself if I need to! I don't want a damn civil war in here!"

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417052

"That all depends on how griffons respond to this.
And I'm not convinced by your reaction. Even now, you trust the words of her, the very griffon who tried to kill all of us, including you, more then the ones who stood beside you and offered aid.
How can we trust any griffon to not just turn our backs on us when we leave here? We're nothing but prey to all of you."

Venia [Battlemage] 417053

"She's been exposed as a demonologist. She no longer poses a threat, your highness. Killing her now would have little more effect than turning her into a martyr for her cause."

DM 417054

"A demonologist?"
He shudders
"What disgusting heresy…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417055

"There is no more war. Her supporters have dispersed and she is all but disgraced. What good will more killing bring?"

"I trust that she was a lost believer, too caught up in the past to see the world around her has changed. And we have no reason to turn on you."

Venia [Battlemage] 417056

I nod
"I agree. What she did was unacceptable. But I don't think she should be executed for a mistake like that. There are different forms of punishment, I'm sure."

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417057

"You say that now. But I'm wondering just how much change you are willing to accept.
Will you allow ponies to come here freely without being considered prey? Let's start with that."

DM 417058

If you insist.
She will await mu judgement for later then.
If that was all, you may go now."

Venia [Battlemage] 417059

"Take good care of her, your highness."
If Frostmourn has nothing more to say about this, I think we're done and ready to see how the populace reacts to all this.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417060

It seems she was right about that much.

"Freely? Perhaps, if they are willing to brave the trip. You seem to think they'd be eaten on sight."

DM 417061

Frostmourn raises a hoof
"That was not all.
How much forces will you send with us to Timberjaw?"
"As much as I can spare"
"I believe you meant as much as I will ask for"
Garret takes a step back
…very well."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417062

Grimace at this.

Smouldering Torch [Omniseer] 417063

"I've got the feeling half of the populace wanted to eat me here on sight. Some even told me they'd try if it wasn't for the fact that we were guests here. But forget about it, seems like you got your wish."
I trot away to rest somewhere.
gotta go.

I grin at that before I leave.

Venia [Battlemage] 417064

I nod
"Thank you."

DM 417065

As Frostmourn turns to leave, he gives you a look
"If that is the king you want for your kind, treat him well.
If not… you know where to find me."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417066

"I will have words about this with you soon."
I'll turn and exit the throne room myself.

DM 417067

Everyone is outside now, including Grimalphas.

Venia [Battlemage] 417068

"What next, Frostmourn? Wait and see how the populace reacts to this whole thing?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417069

Where did Frosty trot off to?

Godric [Dark Knight] 417070

"This is exactly what I feared. My king has no spine…this is exactly what caused this whole catastrophe."

DM 417071

He came out of the throne room too to think.
"We should develop a cogency plan. Just in case a new viceroy is needed…"
"Then perhaps a new king is in order."

Venia [Battlemage] 417072

"He does seem to be easily threatened…"

"Does King Garrets have any next of kin?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417073

Of course he has.
Go after him.

DM 417074

"Yes, Pumpkin?"
"Not as far as I know.
Blackmane? Am I wrong?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417075

"This is the entire reason I left. Were he more worthy, he would have either listened to Grimalphas' pleas or quashed her insurrection himself, and none of you would have to be here."

"I do not think so, but I cannot discount it. If they did, they would be far too young to take the throne immediately."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417076

Wait, is he alone?

Venia [Battlemage] 417077

I nod
"I hate to sound malicious here but… maybe his old age has weakened him too much to have him remain on the throne…"

DM 417078

No, as I said, everyone is here.
"I cannot suffer that kind of weakness in the coming face of Equestria…"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417079

"Or stress. Heavy is the head."

"Nor can I if we are to be allied. Especially if decisions like that are to be so one-sided."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417080

"Well, I am still against a demonologist who would throw everything away without sense of measure.
We need some gryphon who will do the best for Stormheart, but not so blinded by nationalism to forget that the north is in this as a whole."

DM 417081

"Someone on the throne who is strong in will and clear in vision, but like-minded and cooperative."

Venia [Battlemage] 417082

"Yes, Grimalphas should definitely not take his place. That's just… asking for more trouble."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417083

"I fear I'm not an expert on griffins politics, but it's clear enough Garret is not the one, am I correct, lord Godric?"

DM 417084

"And if not Garret nor Grimalphas…"
He turns to look at Godric

Godric [Dark Knight] 417085

"As you say."

"Not after this pathetic showing. I had honestly thought his highness better than this."

"Do you think…"

Venia [Battlemage] 417086

I look his way as well.

DM 417087

"You would see the reason in allying with me, would you not?
You have a clear understanding of the needs of gryphons and how to preserve their culture even in an alliance of open borders.
And unlike Grimalphas, you at least are willing to listen.
In exchange, I can offer Stormheart access to the hunting grounds all along the North. Help end your famine with no need for further raids."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417088

Nod slowly.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417089

Stop and think about this for a moment, then speak slowly.
"The position should be filled, but I never presumed I would be one to take the throne, ever."

DM 417090

"Can you offer someone better?"

Venia [Battlemage] 417091

"Neither did I, back then."
I look at Unyielding.
"Sometimes the unexpected just… happens."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417092

"…no. And I would be remiss to refuse, considering the alternative."

"Then I may have to rely on your counsel for a change."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417093

"Just try not to hate ponies too much, uh?"

DM 417094

"That that just leaves a little political formality to take care of…"
He thinks for a moment
"Just how does one dethrone a gryphon`king?"
He then glances at the Northern Regalia

Venia [Battlemage] 417095

"From what I've seen, you have your heart in the right place as well as the best interests of gryphonkind at heart."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417096

"Mm. So long as you earthwalkers can behave yourselves, eh?"

"You flatter me. I just do what Stormheart deserves."

"This is outside my expertise…I assume you wish the transition to go smoothly?"

DM 417097

"Smooth or dramatic. Whichever way you would like your reign to begin. Viceroy Blackmane."

In the back, guarded by Peach, Grimalphas gets a twinge of hope in her old eye.

Venia [Battlemage] 417098

"Which is all I wanted to hear. Keep that in mind and you'll do just fine."

Ambrosia [Monk] 417099

She got healed, didn't she? Either way, I'll be somewhere in the shadows too, watching her intently

DM 417100

She's stable, but won't recover to her old self without much more aid and care.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417101

"I would like to save the land any more strife if possible. I have to be seen as legitimate for that to be the case."
Spare a glance at Grimalphas as I say that.

"I shall strive to do so."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417102

Bow slightly.

DM 417103

"Then let us stage no grand battles.
I can see to it that he passes away in his sleep, and that he left instructions for you to succeed him."

Ambrosia [Monk] 417104

I'll have to wait on what Frosty decides then…

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417105

Oh, look, more work.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417106

"If that is what must be done…though I cannot believe I would condone such trickery."

Venia [Battlemage] 417107

I frown as he says that

DM 417108

Frostmourn smiles at that
"Your mind is your own Viceroy, as is your kingdom. I will not force you into what you do not wish to do.
If instead you wish to face him in combat, or simply in debate, be my guest."
He gives you a sly glance, raising a brow

Venia [Battlemage] 417109

Don't act surprised Frostmourn.
You know why.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417110

"Those would both be preferable in my eyes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417111

DM 417112

But did he mean what he said, or was it merely a test?
"Then go forth.
And earn your throne."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417113

"Hrnph. By your leave, then…"

Go back inside.

Venia [Battlemage] 417114

You never know…
Walk over to Grimalphas
"And what of you? What more do you have to say for yourself?"

DM 417115

Garret is sitting on his throne
What have you returned for?"
"That perhaps the flame of hope is not quite dead. Not just yet."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417116

After the other two are gone, smile and make an offhoof remark.
"Well, that went nicely."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417117

"Business, Garret. Recent events have made it abundantly clear that you no longer have the strength of will to govern our home."

Venia [Battlemage] 417118

"And so you see what can be done if you only dare to reach out to others instead of shun and hunt them."

DM 417119

"It could have been worse, that is for certain…"
"Just what are you saying, Blackmane?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417120

"Think for once, Garret! Frostmourn all but demanded command of our army and you all but molted for him! First you let Grimalphas run free within our own borders, then you sign the death warrants of our brothers in some war on the other side of the continent we have no stake in?!"

DM 417121

"What option did I have, Blackmane!?
That pony commands half the continent now! Were I to deny him he would simply march his armies across the border and kill us all!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417122

Ambrosia [Monk] 417123

I drop out of the shadows next to her
"What do we do, your highness?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417124

"You are letting the words of that maniac get to you…"

DM 417125

"Do not lecture me, child.
Every sacrifice I made, every bad call, intentional or not, served a purpose in the end.
For had Garret remained on the throne, not only would Stormheart fold before the coming tide, so would the rest of your lands through it."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417126

"Weakening his own position in the process! He fears war with the south, not us! If we stand any chance of remaining Stormheart, then our ruler needs to show him that gryphons will not just buckle under whenever he demands something!"

DM 417128

"I will not risk that! Not my life, nor the lives of those he may end in his anger! You speak madness, Blackmane!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417129

I look a little surprised as she appears.
"We ensure she lives on, despite her misdoings. She will be punished for her actions though."

"And don't you dare lecture me back, Grimalphas. I don't know just what that demon told you, but I've seen enough that it has corrupted your views enough already."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417131

"We no longer have a choice, Garret! As you say, he has united half the countries already! Would you have us be differentiated on a map solely through a gryphon head instead of another pony?!"

Ambrosia [Monk] 417132

"Okay, your highness."
I bow and stand by her side, staring Grimalphas down

DM 417133

"It showed me many things that came true.
And many others that came true with a little interpretation."
"If that ensured that things remained stable then SO BE IT"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417138

"Listen to yourself! You would sacrifice all we stand for just to turn us into a paper gryphon of a country! And what if Frostmourn's enemies turn on us while he is off playing general with our armies, will you immediately side with them instead? Stormheart cannot exist in a vacuum any longer, Garret!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417139

"It is not a power any mortal should hold. Your judgment is too damn faulty to be trusted. The fact that you sided with a demon shows just that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417142

DM 417158

"…I know…"
"It got results."
"It has existed thus far, and under me, it will continue to do so!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417159

"It did. Question is, how many unknown results did it have? Feeding a damned demon like that?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417160

"That kind of blind thinking is what got Stormheart in this situation in the first place! You would have us stagnate and die of neglect because you are too scared to take action!"

DM 417161

"That was a price I paid to aid those I cared for."
"Stormheart was founded on that you decry as stagnation!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417162

"And what if it had grown strong enough to seize your mind completely? If it wasn't for our interference, thousands of gryphons could have died because of your recklessness."

DM 417163

"But you stopped it. Just on time."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417164

"Stormheart was founded as a land where gryphons could determine their own futures! Not as some vassal state to a pony empire! How can we call ourselves gryphons if you just rubber-stamp whatever some cripple demands!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417165

"At the cost of innocent blood. And even though its earthly form is gone, there is more to demon than just that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417166

"And then look at her, a demon host, someone who tried to stir a civil war that would have left thousands of families severed and torn apart.
This is the po- gryphon you are allowing to poison your mind.
I have always been here, Forsty. I saw all you did."
Put a hoof on his shoulder.
"And I still believe."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417167

"How did you find out about the demon? Did you summon it?"

DM 417168

"…I know."
Her remaining eye looks sad
"But it was all I could do."
"Then what would you have done? Do you think you would make a better king?"
"…not exactly…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 417170

"Then where did you find it?"

Venia [Battlemage] 417171

"I'm glad to see you at least realize the dire consequences of your deeds."

DM 417172

"Sometimes… I can't help but wonder if you're one of the last."
"Where King Stormheart left it to sleep."
"Of course I do.
But I must maintain some dignity. I have little else left."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417174

"From what I have seen, yes I believe I would. I would have made him fight for it at least. If he wants our help, he should get it on our terms. If he wants our armies, then he has to follow our demands!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417177

"Old friends last forever, Frosty.
And they are all working hard.
Nylis, Verne, Kilana, Venia. everyone."

Venia [Battlemage] 417180

"Just make sure to remember this day. Griffins and ponies don't have to be enemies of each other."

DM 417182

"You've gone entirely mad Blackmane.
What is this, some sorry excuse of an evil monologue before you steal my crown from me?"
"I know that. I understand that and I respect that.
Sometimes I just worry… so very deeply… about my own reasons and quality of guidance."
"Perhaps I do owe you that much."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417184

"I do not want your crown, but if Stormheart is to exist as an independent state, then I feel you are no longer fit to wear it. Honestly, I am surprised you showed this much defiance when you let the Crowmother run free. What would you have done had she shown up in my place?"

Venia [Battlemage] 417187

"Good. Very good."
Is my husbando around here somewhere?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417189

"But your reason…
It's there.
It's always been there, to let us survive as we have always, to make us stronger and not let the young die!
What are you worried about? We are not crushing their graves or pillaging their homes, we are not telling them how to live!
Everyone, from Rockeye to Eaglecrest has been left able to live the way they always wanted to!"

DM 417193

I can take you, Blackmane!"
He's laughing around with some guards
"I certainly hope so…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417194

"Even if you wanted to, I doubt Godric would take kindly to it."
"And you don't see him complain."

Venia [Battlemage] 417196

Of course he is, bless him. I smile and shake my head.
"Have you got any family, Grimalphas?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417197

"Is that it? No more reasons? I thought you better than this…"
"Can you really, Garret? When was the last time you saw combat?"

DM 417200

"I just need to clear my head I think…"
He grasps his sword
"Not for a long, long time."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417201

"You know, with each passing day I think more and more than you should rest, instead of marching into Timberjaw…"
Sigh and lean back.
"If only we had more time."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417202

"Good! Action! Come then, prove me wrong!"
Draw my own blades and take flight.
"Show you are worthy to command our promised land!"

DM 417205

"With every passing hour, more lives are lost there."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417206

"I like the part where you are the only one thinking about saving ponies, in the middle of this all."


Parry and strike back with both swords.
"You have done this yourself!"

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Venia [Battlemage] 417209

"That's a shame. Family is indispensable for a leader to have, in my opinion. They bring much joy and support to one's life."

DM 417212

He immediately drops his weapon and falls to his knees, panting
"G-Guards! Guards!"
None of the guards react.
"It's why I want to go there.
That, and to get King Craghoof out alive. I need him."
"I never wanted to be a leader any longer than I had to."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417214

"If it's an act of force you need, we can get it done and quickly. No need to expose yourself.
But you will anyway, uh?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417215

"Pathetic…at least that crippled emperor can fight his own battles. He won the King's Challenge! And you…"
Kick his sword back towards him.
"Pick it up."

Venia [Battlemage] 417217

"Still, you've been rallying support for a while now."

DM 417220

"What kind of a ruler would I be if I retired myself to some ivory tower and ruled only via the the tendrils I extend down in the shape of ponies?"
He picks it up, hie eyes full of fear and anger
"Do not mock me! I may be getting old but I can still fight!"
"No. I've been teaching them to see the shortcoming of Garret. To open their eyes and let them see for themselves what they are allowing their home to become."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Venia [Battlemage] 417222

"But they looked to you as their leader nonetheless."


Parry and strike again.
"That remains to be seen, your lordship. If you could, none of this would be happening now!"

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417228

"See, you are not yet the ruler you fear to be."
Smile warmly at him.

DM 417230

"A surrogate. I never intended to remain in charge."
He must be driven by some real anger since he actually manages to overpower you
"Not yet at least"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 417233

"Like it or not, that's how it went anyway. That much should have been obvious from the start."


"As any king in your position should!"

Slam him back down.

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417238

Shake my head slowly, but keep the smile.
"The north is lucky."

DM 417243

You clash, landing blows left and right, resulting in you both getting disarmed.
Without a weapon, he looks a lot more sheepish
"Traitor! How could you do this to me!?"
"They would have adapted. Accepted a leader I picked for them once I found a good one.
And I did…"
She points a claw at the throne room where Blackmane went.
"Let us hope it remains so."

Venia [Battlemage] 417246

"The very griffin who asked ponies to help Stormheart in the first place. How ironic."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417247

Pat his back with a hoof.
"Don't go all sad now. When the time will come, the north will stand up for itself.
Thanks to us and what we are doing here and now.
Thanks to you."


"How could I not?! Your inaction left neither of us any choice!"

I take a swipe at him with my talons.

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

DM 417255

"You can find the best solutions in the worst possible places sometimes."
He tries to block it
"Thank you for reminding me of that."

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 417257

Your hit floors him.
He stays down.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417259

Smirk and stand up.
"Any time, friend."

Venia [Battlemage] 417261

"If that's how you feel about it."
I nod at Peaches and Ambrosia, then walk away from her and take a moment for myself.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417263

I land and stand over him.
"I commend you for finally standing up for yourself. A pity it was too late."

DM 417264

He reaches inside his cape
He nods, the sits down to watch Unyielding from afar

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417265

I'll go back in and see how Garret is taking the news.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417271

Seize his forearm.
"It is too late for tricks, Garret."

DM 417273

You wrench it away and he drops a dagger, still dripping poison.
He looks scared now.
Dead scared.
Seems Godric has him pinned down and just disarmed a dagger off him


Stand near the entrance, against a wall. Just look at the scene.
SbS to identify possible threats.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Godric [Dark Knight] 417279

"Is that all? Nothing but feeble words, poor form, and a coward's weapon? To think I served you…"

DM 417280

You see all too much. The Eye of the Storm, old king Stormheart's eye, and just what it had done. How many squirming remnants of it had seeped down that mountain. How it had tainted those sacred tombs by nesting there for centuries. An eye seen an eye eye to eye.
And your gem is the one that blinks first.
You collapse.
He can't find the heart to even fight back with words any more.

Godric [Dark Knight] 417285

"You're not even worth killing."
Pull him to his feet and strip him of his regalia.
"King Frostmourn has offered us hunting rights over his lands. I suggest you go out there and not come back until you learn what it means to be a gryphon."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417286


Bring my mind back together.
Piece what has happened.
EA up.

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 417290

Something something demons something fear pain something corruption something
He takes a few hesitant steps back, then turns tail and runs off >>417286 knocking Pumpkin over as he rushes out the door, taking flight and escaping.

Frostmourn soon walks in
"Well done, Blackmane."

Venia [Battlemage] 417293

I follow after Frostmourn as I see him go.
"He ran?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417298

Oh come on! I just had a demonic vision here!
Can I follow him?
If so, Vanish, grapple him and fold his wings!

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

Godric [Dark Knight] 417299

"If you say so, king Frostmourn."
Gather up Garret's regalia and weapons. What are they like?

"I defeated him in combat and told him to flee. He is a coward and complacent, but that is hardly reason to kill him."

DM 417300

You trail him for a while, but he eventually gets away.

Venia [Battlemage] 417302

I nod
"That's good… I didn't want to see him die either. I can't help but feel… sorry for him."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417303

Fly down, back to the palace, back to Frostmourn and Godric.
"He flew off.
Doesn't help I saw something.
I need a demonologist. Or a mage."

DM 417305

He left behind his cape, designed to not hinder flight while still being stylish.
His sword is stylish and old. Probably belonged to the older kings.
And finally, his crown.
Frostmourn takes a lingering look at it
"Now our alliance can truly begin. I will offer you open access to all the hunting grounds in my realm. And in exchange all I ask is that you keep an open ear and open mind when the North calls for aid.
And as a symbol of this alliance, I request that crown."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417306

"Mm. Better he learn to live with himself and learn to grow than be one more body in this disaster. If he dies now, be it on his own talons, not mine."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417307

"I will take your gift with gratitude, and you have earned audience here when you require it. But the crown? May I ask why?"

Venia [Battlemage] 417308

"What? What's wrong, Pumpkin?"

"Mmmm… Indeed."

DM 417309

"I am a fan of symbolism."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417310

"Corruption. Everywhere. We might have a problem."

Venia [Battlemage] 417311

"What? You're not making any sense, what are you talking about? Corruption where?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417312

I cock my head.
"This symbolism would not represent…fealty, would it?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417313

Wave a hoof around… Everything.
"It's here. I can see it! I need to talk with Grimalphas!"

Venia [Battlemage] 417314

"She's with Peaches and Ambrosia outside."

DM 417315

"It represents unity."
he glances up at his crown, which incorporates elements of the crowns of Wintersgrasp, Ironfoe, Rockeye and Eaglecrest

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417316

Off I go, outside to Grimalphas.

DM 417317

She is watching the skies


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417319

"What's in the mountain?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 417320


Godric [Dark Knight] 417321

"…very well then. I have little use for such ostentation, but it puts me ill at ease."

DM 417323

"I assure you, Rockeye is considered an ally as well. Stormheart needs not worry."
He picks up the crown with telekinesis

Godric [Dark Knight] 417326

"It seems I have little choice but to take you on your word then."

DM 417331

"Your trust is appreciated"
He picks the crown off you and puts it under his cape
"I will see to it that every gryphon has full rights to the hunting grounds of the North.
That only leaves one question - will you aid our efforts to stop the civil war of Timberjaw?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 417335

"It may take some time to reorganize our armies, but yes. Hopefully it will placate some."

DM 417339

I would hate to march in there alone.
If there is anything you ever need of ponies, do not hesitate to ask."


Venia [Battlemage] 417340

I nod in agreement
"Exactly. We shouldn't be afraid to ask help."

Godric [Dark Knight] 417341

"We shall see. As you know, it is not in our nature to ask for help."

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