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Northlands Season 2 - Episode X2 DM 414177[Last 50 Posts]

This is the story where we get sidetracked from the story of a king who will need to sacrifice much to warn much more.

The Arrival - Part 2

Liviana [Templar] 414178

"Northscrown… that sounds like a fitting name. Will it be build in the lands of Wintergrasp?"

DM 414179

…are you familiar with maps of the North?"

Liviana [Templar] 414180

"I studied them before we left, yes. Some parts… may be outdated."

DM 414181

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"Perhaps an update it due then."
He picks a map from a drawer
"my kingdom and it's allies now includes the former lands of Wintersgrasp, Ironfoe, Rockeye, Eaglecrest and Stormheart.
Northscrown will be built up here… upon the peaks of the World's Crown. The highest mountain in the north."

Donrick [Smith] 414182

Keep eating and listening with that one ear.

Verne 414183


The world's crown. Why there, though, I have to wonder?

Liviana [Templar] 414184

"The highest peak… that sounds very… cold."
I shudder at the mere thought.
"Why there, exactly?"

Donrick [Smith] 414185

"I was about to ask the same."

DM 414186

"Symbolic purposes, as well as military ones.
It will be hard to invade, and offer a view over all of the north. It will be a shining jewel upon the ragged crown of the world."

Donrick [Smith] 414187

Nod and keep eating.

Liviana [Templar] 414188

"Ah… right. I suppose that makes sense."
I gaze at the map
"Clopantinople's positioning is not a necessarily strategic one. Most of our largest cities grew so big because they were easily accessible and allowed for easy trade."

DM 414189

"I would gladly see that Northscrown never becomes the largest of my cities. I do not need all that commerce and hassle in my seat of power."

Liviana [Templar] 414190

"Seeing our history, that was never an option for us."
I chuckle and keep eating
"I can't help but wonder though… where is the senate seated?"

DM 414191

"I have no need for such things."

Donrick [Smith] 414192

"No senate?"

Liviana [Templar] 414193

"… Ah. That's… a shame."

DM 414194

"My Viceroys are tasked with ensuring the well being of their own regions.
My duty is to work on issues that affect the entire kingdom. This way, the regions each retain their old ways and culture, without being diluted by the effects and opinions of others."

Donrick [Smith] 414195

"Ah, right, right."

Liviana [Templar] 414196

I glance at Donrick momentarily
"Very well. Ours is not to judge."

Donrick [Smith] 414197

Glance back to meet her eyes, but say nothing.

DM 414198

"I see it is different in Trotantium, then?"

Donrick [Smith] 414199

"That's the wonder of differing cultures, isn't it?"

Liviana [Templar] 414200

"Yes… the senate is seated in our capital and houses representatives from all over the Empire. They don't have much executive power, but it makes the voice and opinions of the people heard."

I nod

DM 414201

"So your people has ponies representing them, rather than the people representing themselves with their own voice?"

Donrick [Smith] 414202

"That's almost the same, really."

Liviana [Templar] 414203

"We have a large empire with a lot of ponies, High King. It's impossible for the Empress to hear each and every individual voice."
I sigh
"Every city, town and village has their own lord as well, of course. For smaller disputes and issues, the people turn to their local lords. For matters that affect the entire country, they look to the senators to voice their opinion to the Empress."

DM 414204

"Then it is not all that different, even though my Viceroys handle both duties here.
Then, I suppose the north has less residents than you do as well. Not all land is habitable up here, and we have few true cities."

Liviana [Templar] 414205

"The senators are elected… from both a pool of patricians and a pool of plebeians."
I cock my head
"What is the largest city of the North right now?"

DM 414206

"Probably Rockeye's capital. Or the Arena City of Eaglecrest.
At least in my domain.
Rosefall and Snowborder play host to the largest ones overall."

Donrick [Smith] 414207

"And what do most ponies do here, in terms of work?"

Liviana [Templar] 414208

"Rosefall. Heh."
I wipe my mouth with a napkin as I finish
"I've heard a thing or two about that place."

DM 414209

"Really now? Do tell. I know only what I've been told.
Then, that is rather a bit. We had… an… important ambassador from there… once…
…excuse me…"
He looks away for a moment
"Sorry about that."
"Around here in Wintersgrasp we have long traditions of farming, cooking and trade. Ironfoe is home to many smiths, Rockeye is popular among local and foreign mages as a place of learning and research…
Many of these traditions were born from the first settlers of each land, as their descendents learned the crafts of their parents, and passed them along, slowly becoming an integral part of the nation's culture."

Liviana [Templar] 414210

"I'm sorry?"

DM 414211

"Old memories coming back at inopportune times, is all…"

Donrick [Smith] 414212

"How do the crops take this cold?"
What's up with this guy always trailing off?

DM 414213

"Wintersgrasp has a more hospitable climate than most of the North. A true blessing. And our crops are hardy. The strongest seed of the survivors of centuries of cold and dark. Indeed I doubt they would even grow well in the pampering warmth of the south."

Liviana [Templar] 414214

I bow my head slightly
"I'm sorry if I made you remember anything bad."

Donrick [Smith] 414215

"Mhm. What of fruits?"

Liviana [Templar] 414216

"I doubt they have lush vineyards and citrus gardens here, Donrick."
I chuckle

Donrick [Smith] 414217

"That's why I'm asking, to know what they're missing out on."

DM 414218

"Think… nothing of it. Please. It is better to not dwell on it.
Now, you were saying?"
"We grow some. Not many, but some.
Apples survive here. So do many berries."

Donrick [Smith] 414219

"Berries? Those sound good."

Liviana [Templar] 414220

"Well, Rosefall has old ties with Prance, which of course ties in with Equestria. They're known to be very wealthy and import a lot of goods to keep up their exquisite lifestyle. From what I hear, they are not very honest ponies. Acting nice and polite while grasping their daggers under the table."

kilana [deathsinger] 414221

I think I was cleaning up the assassin lord's tears?

DM 414222

"All kinds survive here. Plenty in the woods, but a lot more are also grown in our gardens. From strawberries and raspberries to blackberries and cloudberries."
"…so I've come to understand. I mentioned the ambassador. Years after his supposed death, I discovered he had lived a double life and was hiding out in his lavish slave estate."

DM 414223

I bet he'd let you clean up any part of him you want.

Donrick [Smith] 414224

Berry talk can wait.
That other is more interesting.
"Double life, huh."

Liviana [Templar] 414225

"That's… repulsive. What happened?"


I wouldn't take advantage of him like that.

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 414227

seems like you're on the fence about that…
"Well, his mansion was burned down by assassins, killing his daughter in the process.
He was presumed dead, but later information came to light that he had instead simply gone into hiding."

Liviana [Templar] 414228

"What did you do?"

Donrick [Smith] 414229

"Tracked him down, I presume?"

DM 414230

"We were late. He had died by then, probably of complications brought on by his hedonistic lifestyle.
We learned of this from one of his former slaves."

Liviana [Templar] 414231

I nod slowly
"I wonder… is slavery legal anywhere in the North at all?"

Donrick [Smith] 414232

"Former slaves… so you did manage to free them then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414233

"You shouldn't be here. It's indecent for a mare to do… This."

kilana [deathsinger] 414234

Well, he is hot enough to attract two mares. But no, I won't do that to him.

kilana [deathsinger] 414235

"Pumpkin please, you're a complete mess. It would be indecent not to be here." Run some water Luke warm.

DM 414236

"We did. They now own the estate they were once slaves at."
"In Snowborder. Indeed much of their economy is based on limited period slavery being an accepted currency."
I bet you are totally doing it right

Liviana [Templar] 414237

"So… does Rosefall know one of its ambassadors practiced something illegal such as slavery?"

Donrick [Smith] 414238

Glance at Liviana.
"That would explain the unpaid chariot pullers.
How they manage to be more disgusting by every detail I learn about that place is astonishing."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414239

Stay silent for a moment, let the water wash over me.
"I even bothered Medve for this… A monster, that's what I am."

DM 414240

"I do not know. I hoped to save that information as a trump card against them.
Information is power, after all."

kilana [deathsinger] 414241

I shake my head "there was nothing you could do for her, the guilt had likely already killed her mind. She would have been living as an empty shell.. this is better for her. " wash off your cheeks

Liviana [Templar] 414242

I nod
"Right… Right… of course."
I stand up and bow my head slightly
"You have my gratitude for this lovely dinner, your highness."


Try not to think about it too hard. Think about… Something else. Anything else.

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 414244

Kilana is totally touching you right now
All wet and slippery
I bet she's warm and soft too
"No desert then?"

Donrick [Smith] 414245

Glance at her.
"I guess that we can wait if there is more."

Liviana [Templar] 414246

"Oh, there is more? My apologies."
I sit back down and smile

DM 414247

"I was already afraid you had grown tired of my company."
He peeks outside and nods
"Desert will be up shortly"

Liviana [Templar] 414248

"Of course not, we love socializing! Especially with foreign ponies. It's very… interesting."

Donrick [Smith] 414249

"Wouldn't mean to be disrespectful."

kilana [deathsinger] 414250

Shh no tears. Humm a pretty song. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414251

Sigh and close my eyes, resting my head on her shoulder.
As she hums, I will just whisper something.

DM 414252

And here's desert.
Pies! Cakes! Tarts! Cupcakes!
"Well now. The chef has outdone himself…"

Donrick [Smith] 414253

"Seems so."
Help myself to some of that pie.

Liviana [Templar] 414254

"Oh dear, this just can't be good for my health…"
Try the cake

DM 414255

"A little indulgence dulls the pain of everyday life."
He takes a whole pie
"Please do enjoy. It is the least I can do for a visitor of such importance as you tw-three."

kilana [deathsinger] 414256

I just smile, let the water wash away the memories. After a time I get you a towel.

Liviana [Templar] 414257

"It's a dangerous path to take nonetheless…"

Donrick [Smith] 414258

Smile at that.
"Let's hope for a fruitful and enjoyable stay for both parties."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414259

And I'll slowly crawl out of the tub, with a little smile on my face.
"It's good to know I have friends, in the end. To know all that I've fought for want' for nothing."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414260

And then I walk in, looking tired from what is undoubtably hours of research towards advancing the North or it might or might not be related to waifu/trappy griffon things.

When I see naked strangers and naked Frostmourn I blink for a second.
Spaghettiroll '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414261

"…..I hope I'm not interrupting. I thought this was the diner room…"

DM 414262

"Only if one devotes too much to it."
"Ah. Torch. No, we decided to eat up here since we thought only three of us were eating. Would have been a waste to set the dining hall.
We have plenty of pie to go around if you want."

Liviana [Templar] 414263

I turn to look at this newcomer, nodding at him with a smile.
"A good day to you."

Donrick [Smith] 414264

Nod at him.
"Good day and all."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414265

"I see. Excuse me, I wasn't aware we had guests….and I seem to be overdressed for the occasion."

I go sit at the table.
"Smouldering Torch, mage. At your service."

kilana [deathsinger] 414266

"I'll always be your friend. You can count on it." I smile " now let's go see those guests you mentioned. " i put on a '1d10' kind of dress. "What do you think? Too causal?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Donrick [Smith] 414267

"Donrick, son of Donovan, Smith."

Liviana [Templar] 414268

I perk up at the mention of him being a mage
"Sister Liviana of the holy order of Saint Sophia. Pleased to meet."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414269

Shake my head with a smile.
"It models nicely onto your flank…"

DM 414270

"Just doing a little cultural exchange. Our guests are from as far as the empire of Trotantium. In their lands, clothes are not worn indoors, so I thought I would give it a try, as they gave our food a chance."

kilana [deathsinger] 414271

I grin "thanks." And then I follow pumpkin to the party.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414272

"Interesting. I've heard of similar stories in other countries.
I might just give this a try as well.

Get off the table and hang my clothes up somewhere.
How does walking around naked feel? '1d10'

"Pleased to meet you both. What brings you all the way up here to the North?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414273

Oh man pretty liberating. Who wants to wear clothes anyway?

Donrick [Smith] 414274

"A search for some friends and allies."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414275

Off to the party we g-
Nope, I have to pick up two mares.
"Be right back, I have to find Bearing and Peaches first."

Off to my room.

Liviana [Templar] 414276

"We are here on behalf of our beloved Empress, to open up diplomatic channels between our fair nations and discuss the possibilities of new trade agreements."

DM 414277

Nice having it all swaying out in the open, isn't it?
I bet you could teach this revelation to a certain someone…
Bearing there
Peaches is leaning on the wall behind you

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414278

"How much did you see?"
Walk up to Bearing with a smile.
"We have new, important hosts. Care to join for an afterdinner?"

kilana [deathsinger] 414279

Standing by in the hall for you. If ID was around I would take him with me.

DM 414280

"At least you kept it appropriate with her…"
"Oh? Certainly. A mother to be needs to eat, right?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414281

Not now, sex-obsessed part of my brain.
It's time to focus on our new guests.

Rolling for Smoulderings opinion of Livianas flank. '1d10'

"All the way here? Isn't the Northlands a bit too far to be of any benefit to the Trotantine Empire or vice versa?"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414282

Meh, it will do.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414283

Smirk, walking at her side.
"Only the best for you. Both of you."
Caress her softly.
"Wear something nice."
And then I'll slip into something more comfortable than the lordblade uniform myself.
"Of course I did, don't even joke about it. She's Kila."
"That was not what I was asking you."

Donrick [Smith] 414284

"Feel free to chat it up with the Equestrians then."

Liviana [Templar] 414285

"We have been trading with Equestria for years, even more so in the last decade thanks to our navy managing to secure the traderoutes from pirates better after some… inventions. It was logical that we would reach out to the Old Lands as well."

DM 414286

Bearing goes pick out something nice and comfortable
"And I'm just me. I know you Pumpkin."
She nudges you with her butt a little
"And I realized you needed a private moment earlier. I did not stay to watch that."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414287

Frown, visibly angry, and say nothing. Move for the door.
"Ready, ladies?"

DM 414288

She backs off and looks down
Bearing returns
"Lead on~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414289

Off to the dinner we go.
Hope we are not too late.

DM 414290

Nobody at the dining hall…
…because they are all sitting naked in a suite, eating pie.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414291

That's terribly rude of them.
And you know what, I'm tired.
"Looks like nopony is here… Maybe for the best."
Sit down.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414292

"I suppose so. I hadn't heard yet of new water trade routes opening up."

DM 414293

You could just go check on the suite where Frosty said he'd let them stay.
Or stay here with the girls.

Donrick [Smith] 414294

"That is why we are here."

Liviana [Templar] 414295

"The biggest challenge will be Snowborder, not the sea that sets us apart."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414296

I want to hear Bearing's opinion.
"You want to go meet them? Because I might just have another plan…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414297

"Why Snowborder? I don't like them or their ways but I suppose they would be delighted to trade."

DM 414298

"…go on?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414299

Wave for a waiter.
"Dinner for three."

Donrick [Smith] 414300

"And to toll."

Liviana [Templar] 414301

"They would be, but they will likely employ heavy taxes on our goods, making it harder to profit from it."
I shake my head
"In any case, we are here mostly as reconnaissance. The Empress and her advisers will have to iron out all the details. But enough of that talk… you are a mage? Of the arcane?"

DM 414302

"And what about the guests?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414303

I cock my brow.
"So you spoke to the-.."

"Uhm…you're right, we can leave these sorts of negotiations for later."
Straighten up.
"A student of the arcane, yes. My personal specialization is Fire Elemental Manipulation.
I'm a researcher for King Frostmourn."

Liviana [Templar] 414304

I clop my hooves together in excitement
"That's great! Tell us about your work! Please!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414305

"Up to you honey. Do you want to meet them tonight? I doubt they'll care much for my absence."
Raise my hooves with a little smile.
"Not a politician."

Donrick [Smith] 414306

"A fire mage then. Interesting."

kilana [deathsinger] 414307

I catch up to you. "Mind if I make it four? Id was no where to be found "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414308

"Ah. No, not at all. But you might have a happier time with Frosty and the others upstairs, I think.
Or we could just all go together."

kilana [deathsinger] 414309

I shrug "alright have a nice dinner then. " I go to the suite.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414310

Smile a bit.
"Well, my research is mostly into new practical applications for magical power sources. But I'm afraid that would just be boring."

"It's an interesting field of study. Then again, all magic is interesting."

Liviana [Templar] 414311

"Magical power sources… like catalysts?"

Donrick [Smith] 414312

"I just know fire fairly well, seeing how I have to work with the forges."

DM 414313

"…you know…
…yeah. I like this idea better.
Just the three of us. We need some time together."
Lot of folks here.
Just about all of them sitting around naked. The high king and Smoundering included.
"Kilana! I see you decided to join in too."

Donrick [Smith] 414314

Look at her… So a zebra, huh?

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414315

"Things like that.
It's quite a departure from my earlier work.
I used to work on measuring the arcane density of fire elemental matter.
That was quite exciting work, I had to do all by myself in a part of the academy isolated from the rest."
I chuckle at the memory.
"Good times. I'm also working on trying to set water on fire in my spare time."

"I imagine so. Do you use magical fires in your work, mister Dandrick."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414316

"We just need some music now…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414317

"Hello, Kilana."

Donrick [Smith] 414318

And yes, I used dragonbreath from time to time. For example, while crafting my claymore."

kilana [deathsinger] 414319

I smile "couldn't let you have all the fun." Well.. if we're all naked.. I laugh a bit. " looks like i over dressed after all." Make myself a little more at home.

Liviana [Templar] 414320

I turn to look at the newcomer, a little surprised to see a zebra.
That must be the one Pumpkin mentioned.

"That all sounds so exciting…"

kilana [deathsinger] 414321

" hello. "

DM 414322

The girls look at you
"Uhuh? And…?"
"Well, our guests are from Trotantium. In their culture, clothes are not worn indoors."
Female zebra.
Nice dress.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414323

"My apologies, Donrick.
Dragonbreath? Quite exciting, I once tried to replicate it with fire magic but it seems too hot for ponies to materialize purely on magical energy.
For now…"

"It is. You're a mage as well? What's your expertise."

"Long time, no see. We're culturally exchanging our clothes."
I smirk.

Donrick [Smith] 414324

Before I could answer..

Turn to Chell and scold her.
"Chell! No! What did I tell you?!"

Liviana [Templar] 414325

"I'm a-"

"Chell! She's obviously not a spy!"

DM 414326

She stops for a moment then winds down

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414327

"And it'd be perfect."
Relax back.

Have a nice, relaxing, romantic dinner with those two mares.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414328

Look at her, fascinated.

kilana [deathsinger] 414329

I nod. " well, wouldn't want to make them uncomfortable."
I stare at the construct "i'm not a spy, I consider myself a native despite my heritage. I think Frosty agrees with me on that."

Donrick [Smith] 414330

"Chell, apologize to her."

"I'm sorry. She might be clever, but she lacks common sense."

"Isn't she?"

Liviana [Templar] 414331

I rub my temples and look at Donrick
"You really need to fix that problem…"

"We're sorry, she was just… confused. I hope we didn't offend you…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414332

Keep staring at Chell.
"She? A machine with a gender?
Can it think? Is it some spirit animating the machine?"

Donrick [Smith] 414333

"I already did once with that other guy. I guess I didn't include zebras in those calculations, only northeners."

DM 414334

niceness '1d10'
relaxingness '1d10'
romanticness '1d10'
dinner '1d10'
two mares '2d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 4 = 4 / Roll #3 7 = 7 / Roll #4 5 = 5 / Roll #5 7, 8 = 15

Donrick [Smith] 414335

"Not exactly a spirit, no. It does involve magic though."

"CHELL! No! That's wrong! Don't call her that!"
Grit my teeth.

Liviana [Templar] 414336


I facehoof

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414337

So I'm still tense as a violin's string but the girls had fun? I can get behind this.

DM 414338

It wasn't really all that nice
And not too relaxing either
But it was decently romantic
Even if the food was so-so
At least the mares were great

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414339

Keep looking at it.

Donrick [Smith] 414340

I facehoof as well.
"Don't use those words, Chell! No! She is a zebra! And she has a name!"

kilana [deathsinger] 414341

I blink "um.. I'm guessing chell has never seen a zebra before." I think for a moment "fair enough I guess. Magical asistants aren't always smart."

Liviana [Templar] 414342

How is Frostmourn taking all this?

"Donrick, please change her language back to Greek so they at least can't understand she's insulting them."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414343

I'll let the mares off the hook and go check on the party upstairs.

DM 414344

He is looking rather uncomfortable with all of it.
Like he would prefer to be somewhere else for a moment as things wind down.
…why is everyone naked up here?

kilana [deathsinger] 414345

"Chell dear, just use my name. Key-lan-a" I attempt to sing a short rhyme to help her remember. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

DM 414346


kilana [deathsinger] 414347

"Interesting. " I reply. '1d10+1' to examine chell

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Donrick [Smith] 414348

"Right. I-"

"Chell! Do not speak to anyone except me until further notice!"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414349

It's time for my poker face.

Liviana [Templar] 414350

I groan and cover my face in my hooves

DM 414351

She is some form of golem. Different from those of Ironfoe. More moving parts. Mechanisms. Clockwork, perhaps?
Still radiates magic.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414352

"Is she sentient?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414353

Raise a brow.
"Why did suddenly everyone lose their pants?"
Make a strange face at that.

DM 414354

"Turns out this is how they work in Trotantium. It feels quite liberating to be honest."

kilana [deathsinger] 414355

"Aw hell naw, ya'll did not just say that. There ain't nothing odd about my mane. What do ya even know about manes you dense peice of rock."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414356

"It's called cultural exchange. You should try it. Did you know the Northern lands are one of the few places in the world where ponies wear clothes simply for covering themselves?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414357

"Oh, you would know."
"No, I never did. Still don't see what's wrong with it, really."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414358

"Suit yourself."

Donrick [Smith] 414359

I take a deep breath.
"Sorry about that. She is still in the works."

"Yes. She only lacks better judgement."

Chell is metal
"Oddomanes are zebras who occasionally cause us trouble. She never saw any other before and must have took you for one. I am sorry about her behaviour. Her module for behaving appropriately is still under construction."

DM 414360

She stands silently
"Do sit down Pumpkin. There is still plenty of desert left."

Liviana [Templar] 414361

I bow my head
"We are so sorry for this. She is simply mistaking you for another. Please forgive us for any offense this may have caused."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414362

Roll my eyes and do so, trying the sweets.
"Good thing I didn't bring the mares here."
"Oh, so that's why you were so surprised when I talked about a zebra friend."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Donrick [Smith] 414363

I nod.
"The have a somewhat negative reputation."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414364

"Your enemy of choice, I take?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414365

"But she's not a spirit. Interesting. How is this achieved?"

Liviana [Templar] 414366

I lean in and whisper in his ear.
"We should wrap this up and leave. Quickly."

DM 414367

Beats the hell out of your dinner just now.
Must be because all the cooks were busy making this, and had nothing great left for you.
"Where did you leave them?"

Donrick [Smith] 414368

"Probably, yes."

"I do not like to make enemies with anyone."

"That's a long story for another time."
Stand up from the table, and motion Chell to leave.
"Thank you for the dinner, but we have a long journey behind us. We will retire to rest for now."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414369

"Bearing? I took her back to bed, told her I had to make an appearence and promised to be back real soon.
Peach.. You know her."

kilana [deathsinger] 414370

I know its metal, rick is more insulting
" ite' we cool.." I say calmly and touch my mane just to be sure.

Liviana [Templar] 414371

I nod
"Yes… once again, our apologies for this whole ordeal. It will not happen again. I hope this hasn't brought a divide between us…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414372

Look at Frosty and smile.
"As I said, real soon."

Stand up and bow slightly as he moves away from the table.
"I'm again terribly sorry for not joining you any sooner. Have a good rest."

Donrick [Smith] 414373

"I hope we can talk on a better start next time."

"Thank you."

Bow to the king and whatnot then leave.

kilana [deathsinger] 414374

I wave my hoof in the air. "You have music where you came from?"

DM 414375

Frostmourn raises a hoof
A single incident is all too little to compromise friendship and alliance between our empires."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414376

"Very well. Have a good rest."

Liviana [Templar] 414377

I nod and smile
"Plenty. I play the lyre myself."

I bow my head slightly
"Thank you for your understanding. A good day to you all."
I turn and leave the room with Donrick
"Well that was a near damn disaster."

Donrick [Smith] 414378

"They didn't seem to take it very hard. Or show it."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414379

Look at Frostmourn.
"They seem…nice. Do you believe they're here for trade?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414380

This is once they left the room of course.

Liviana [Templar] 414381

"Still, can we make sure that never happens again? Zebra or not, she's a part of the high king's entourage."

Donrick [Smith] 414382

"I was hoping it would be too cold for zebras here… but yeah, I can tinker her to not do that."

kilana [deathsinger] 414383

I frown "they seemed very talented at least.. that chell is a marvel."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414384

"That thing wanted to kill me too, earlier!"

Liviana [Templar] 414385

"Bah, it is how it is, I suppose. As long as we can prevent it from happening again, I'm sure they'll forgive and forget. But really… change Chell's speech into Greek. I don't think any of the barbarians speak it."

Donrick [Smith] 414386

"Maybe we can give her one more chance.
Chell, we are not back home anymore. Insulting and pissing off the nobles is no longer considered amusing. Be a nice little golem and forget any bad words, will you?

kilana [deathsinger] 414387

I shake my head "no manners at all. Uncultured like a sheltered scholar."

DM 414388

"They are here probably to scout us out so they can send word back to the empress."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414389

"There is just one thing that bothers me.
Their language.
Maybe I should get down to learn it. And Equestrian, too."

DM 414390

"Well Equestrian and Norse are not too dissimilar. As proven by Radiant, if nothing else"

Liviana [Templar] 414391

"Chell please."

kilana [deathsinger] 414392

"Likely, I hope we make a good impression by the time they go back "

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414393

"What about Prench? And not this language too.
I feel nervous every time they start talking."

Donrick [Smith] 414394

"Be nice to this one zebra, okay? Just this one."

DM 414395


"Prench would be useful…
And Livinia did offer to teach me her language"

kilana [deathsinger] 414396

"We should see about hiring a linguist to teach us these languages."

Donrick [Smith] 414397


Liviana [Templar] 414398

"All zebras should be confirmed as such, while we are here. Just in case…"

kilana [deathsinger] 414399

"We should all learn it if we're to be allies with their nation"

DM 414400


Liviana [Templar] 414401

"Thank you Chell."
Now let's get to our rooms for some rest. It's late.
I already bathed before dinner, so I'll just head straight to bed.

Donrick [Smith] 414402

"And try to be nice to them in general. No more upsetting them."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414403

"Well then, I hope she won't mind having another student."

DM 414404

"We should all go then."


Rolling to dream of home.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414406

"After Timberjaw is dealt with, uh?"

Donrick [Smith] 414407

And then I retire to my place too to sleep.

DM 414408

Yeah right
An empire that doesn't want you
A sister on a throne that should just as well be yours
Time is short as is. We can't afford to postpone that effort…"

kilana [deathsinger] 414409

"Yes, until then we can relax, worry about the ponies wr already rule.. Have the deep roads been working out?"

Liviana [Templar] 414410

What silly dreams. Oh well, sleep is sleep. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414411

"Then, my king, I will spend a night with my wife before having to leave her once more.
I advise you do the same. Few of us are as lucky as Kilana."
Smile at her.

kilana [deathsinger] 414412

I smile back "sleep well bro."

DM 414413

"They have, but all entrances to Timberjaw grounds were shut for safety."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414414

"Yeeeeah… Sleep…"
Scratch the back of my head awkwardly.
"You should totally go find you-know-who tonight."
Smirk at her.

kilana [deathsinger] 414415

"Good, I was thinking I would take a bit of time go look around it soonish, time is so sparse lately, and I would't want to forget about anyone." I shift a bit "because they won't have forgotten us."

kilana [deathsinger] 414416

I smirk back at you. " I'm sure he's around."

DM 414417

"That might be a good idea, yes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414418

Nod to her.
"Good. Have fun."
"I will be leaving then Frosty. See you tomorrow."

And off I go.
Ready for next day or whatever.

DM 414419


Donrick [Smith] 414420

Well we did arrive.

Liviana [Templar] 414421

Sure. We're here anyway.

kilana [deathsinger] 414422

Either is ok

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414423

I don't know, I just got here.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414424

Arrival looks pretty done to me.

DM 414425

Well consider this the mop-up.
Anything you think needs doing before we go to Stormheart, lets do it now.

First and foremost
Did Frostmourn remember what room he was going to sleep in that night?

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 414426

Old habits die hard and he reflexively walked to his usual suite. Where Liviana was.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414427

Did I manage to remind him? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414428

Choo choo, here comes the nofun express.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414429

Seems like I'm pretty done for now then.

kilana [deathsinger] 414430

Okay, I have a friend if my own to visit. Take my old staff and get Codar..

DM 414431

Not even going to chat up Waveform?
Paging a Sister Liviana to make the call

Liviana [Templar] 414432

I am very much asleep right now.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414433

I'd like to know how Stormheart ends before I go talking to her.

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414434

this is between Stromheart and Timberjaw, right? Is Mistral around?

DM 414435

She is.
Can she walk yet?
1 - no
2 - kinda
3 - yes
Well so she is.
Is he awake enough to care?
It has been a while…

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

DM 414436

Good news! Mistral can walk again!
Bad news! Frostmourn just collapsed into bed with you!

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414437

Better news! I just hauled his sleepy ass onto my back and apologized profusely to Liviana.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414438

Other news! I'm totally going back to my waifu since we are doing nothing!

Liviana [Templar] 414439

I'm asleep, not like I'm even remotely aware.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414440

You sleep like the dead, then.
And I'll haul Frosty off to his proper chambers. To his wife.

Liviana [Templar] 414441

Can you blame me after walking all the way up North?

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414442

That's amazing, we're going to have to thank Nylis for this somehow.
"You look good, Mistral. Stronger."

kilana [deathsinger] 414443

"Any time feels too long now a days. So much movement. I don't want to leave you behind again.. maybe I can get a communication crystal for us.." I add thoughtfully "or create a magic bond so we can chat while apart"

"today i'm going to visit an old memory. Would you like to join me?"

DM 414444

You tuck the sleeping high king into bed.
Political disaster averted.
Someone will give you a medal for it later.
They are giggling at the table in the dining hall.
It would be an honour

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414445

Cock my head.
"Had some fun, girls?"

DM 414446

"Some liquid fffun~"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414447

Roll my eyes.
"Don't tell me you found the mage wine…"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414448

p-pls, muh waifu!

kilana [deathsinger] 414449

I smile "then let's go." I go to where prima's mansion once stood.

DM 414450

"Thank you. It feels good to stand again."
"No… just the… wossit called?"
"Lifting Spirits."
"Riiiight… that."
The Wintersgrasp Mass Teleporter was built here.
Some of the old trees still stand though

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414451

Smile and approach her.
"Can you show me how it works?"

DM 414452

"Peaches… could ya?"
Peaches pulls out an empty bottle and pours a a little clear liquid on the bottom.
She then takes out a little pump and a cork, and pumps some air into the bottle while shaking it.
Finally, she pops the cork open and quickly huffs the alcohol as it evaporates.
It's a trick i learned in the gutters… makes the most out of even a little booze…"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414453

"Did you read the documents from the vault Venia gave us?"

kilana [deathsinger] 414454

I touch the branches, comparing them yo my old staff.cc an I still see where the fire burnt the area?
" this was once the home of a dear friend, and the site of that disaster. the night when the equestrians became my enemies."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414455

Look at her with a malenchonic smile.
"You know we have better stuff now, right? No need to scrounge for food or fun."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414456

And Crescent is available for whatever.

Liviana [Templar] 414457

Seeing how it's the next day… I should be awake once more. I'll wash up and head over to Donrick's room.

Donrick [Smith] 414458

Did Chell wake me up in time?

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 414459

"I'm still on that. I got distracted."
It sounds like a very sad tale
"She wanted to see me do it"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414460

I stay quiet for a moment
"Distracted how?"

Donrick [Smith] 414461

Looks like I got as presentable as it is possible by the time you got here then.
"Good morning."

Liviana [Templar] 414462

"Good morning you two."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414463

"So resourceful, are you?"
Give her a little nuzzle.

How far gone are the two mares?

DM 414464

"By my sudden new desire to live again.
Now that I can walk!"
Peaches '1d10'
Bearing '1d10-1'

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

Donrick [Smith] 414465

"How are you today?"

Liviana [Templar] 414466

I smile at them both

"Just fine. I needed that rest badly."

DM 414467

They are both pretty far gone
Peaches is worse off

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414468

Raise a brow.
"How much of this stuff did you.. Show her?"

DM 414469

"This… and that… and… you know… stuff I learned…"
They both giggle

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414470

"Do you wish to go walk more?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414471

Roll my eyes again and stand up, trying to gently bring both mares in a standing position as well.
"Now, let's go for a little walk, uh?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Donrick [Smith] 414472

"Glad to hear. I'm well rested too. It's strange not to start the day with heating the forge though."

kilana [deathsinger] 414473

I nod "there are few happy tales left in this world." I firmly plant my staff on a small hill of dirt. And kneel before it hiding my eyes. "But perhaps its time I told it to you.." with that I recount prima, her perfect looks, her obsession with prince frosty, and our strange yet pericous friendship. And how the equestrians took away my prima, my sister, my light. "That night I embraced the shadows so I could contact her again, it changed my life codar."

DM 414474

"Yes! I do!"
A foolish effort. You all end up falling over onto the floor.
Would you want her back?


"I already went ahead and prayed myself. What say we go for a walk inside the castle and see who we run into."
Did I remember to put clothes on?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Donrick [Smith] 414476

"Sounds good."
Did I, for that matter?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414477

Huff a bit.
Escape Artist.
"You two mind joining me?"

Liviana [Templar] 414478

Well 5 is a fail roll, so yes, I did.

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414479

"Okay then. It's nice to see you happy and healthy again. Like how I remember you…"

DM 414480

"We take it you won't join us down here?"
Nothing at all.
Old habits and all
"It's good to be back!
Maybe I can dance again soon"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414481

My ears perk up
"Dance? You like to dance?"
I can't dance…

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414482

"On the floor of the dining hall?"


Welp, let's hope they wont mind too much.

Let's explore the palace a little and observe the various ponies doing their jobs.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Donrick [Smith] 414484

"Right behind you."

DM 414485

"At times. With the right ponies and music."
"Well… at least we're comfy, right?"
Morning in Wintersgrasp
The city awakes
To the sound of every day life
The cook and his aids cook
The baker sets his bread out
And outside the children play their carefree games
The bells of the academy ring, prompting students to enter
And servants move around, ensuring all is clear.
While most are too busy to pay attention…
…one mare sure isn't

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414486

"… Which music do you like?"

Donrick [Smith] 414487

"For everything, this place is quite lively. Has a slightly less fancy air than the palace too. Which is good."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414488

"On the stone?"
Okay, I will do it myself if I have to.
"Not letting my kid get cold like that!"
Hop, carry Bearing.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Liviana [Templar] 414489

I nod
"It's very nice. Tranquil and peaceful… I like it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414490

And then I was out and about. Doing things. Though I suppose walking through town in full armor is a bit conspicuous outside of Ironfoe…

DM 414491

man she's heavy…
"Where we goin'~"
You could take the visitors on a tour as you go

Donrick [Smith] 414492

"Yeah, it's not that bad."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414493

"Oh my… I'm kidnapping you!"
Sweet weight~

DM 414494

"I always loved the classical stylings of Rosefall's great composers"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414495

I think I might… They can't be too hard to spot, right? The only ones walking about naked, most likely. I'll have made sure to bring an extra pair of cloaks, in case they forgot their clothing. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414496

I don't even know what that means…
"Okay. Do you play music too, Mistral?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414497

Mare on my back, let's go to our room.
"And now terrible things will happen!"
Use a spooky voice, uh?
Drop her on the bed.
Look at her from above with a smile.
Plant a kiss on her forehead.
Tuck her in.

Roll #1 7 + 4 = 11

Liviana [Templar] 414498

Keep walking that walk
"Don't get too settled in though, you can bet we'll make sure we accompany them when they head for Timberjaw."

DM 414499

That should do to cover them up.
But good luck ever getting the sight of Donricks's pestilent junk out of your mind.
It's like sun-dried pickle made of raw meat!
"No, not really…
At least not very well."
she looks around, all excited
"…when will it happen?
Will you protect me?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414500

Once again, glad for the helmet that hides my face.
I'll trot a bit to catch up with them.
"Lady Liviana, master Donrick, good day."

Donrick [Smith] 414501

"After all that a years, a little change of pace won't hurt."

Turn to face him.
"Ah, good day and all."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414502

Flutter beside her in bed, playing with a hoof.
"It won't happen, because I'm out there to stop it."
Offer her a big smile.

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414503

"Which instrument do you play?"
Let's see… I know about lutes and flutes… lutes are those things with the strings… flutes are sticks you blow on…

DM 414504

"Nooo~ dont gooooo~"

DM 414505

"I was decent at the piano."

Liviana [Templar] 414506

I smile as he approaches.
"Crescent, a good day to you as well. Did you have a good night's rest?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414507

"I see I was right that you both had stayed in the habit. If you feel cold, I've brought a pair of cloaks. North winds can spring up unexpectedly some days."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414508

"I did, thank you. And how was yours?"


Do I even know what that is?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414510

"Let's.. Make a deal. I go. Once I come back, I'm your. All night, all day, as long as you want. I will cuddle you to sleep~"

Donrick [Smith] 414511

"Oh, right.
Take the cloak and put it on.

Liviana [Templar] 414512

"Oh! Right, of course."
I smile sheepishly and put on the cloak
"Sorry, old habits and all…"

"I slept like a rose."

DM 414513

Not a clue.
Couldn't even spell it.
Probably something horrible and lewd.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414514

Then flutter back off the bed and reach the dining hall once more.
Peaches still here?

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414515

"Ah… Okay. I will… remember that."
The ground sure is nice to look at.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414516

After hoofing them out with an assurance they didn't have to throw them on if they were more comfortable without, I'll nod to Liviana.
"I see you've left Chell back at the castle. Not quite ready to be shown to the world yet?"

DM 414517

counting her toes
She finds it endlessly amusing
"Something wrong?"


Do I dare say it?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414519

I just sort of blurt it out
"What is a piano?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414520

Fly down with a smile, resting beside her.
"How many so far?"

Donrick [Smith] 414521

"She just needs some timeout to think of how she was a bad girl."

Liviana [Templar] 414522

I chuckle
"Poor thing."

DM 414523

"It's a musical instrument.
It has keys that make little hammers hit strings to produce notes."
"I think I got one… somewhere…
…can't remember where I put it…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414524

Hold up a hoof in front of her.
"Is it this one?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414525

I cock my head slightly
"A hammer on a lute?"

Donrick [Smith] 414526

"She deserved it, didn't she?"

Liviana [Templar] 414527

"She just didn't know any better, I suppose."

DM 414528

"That's a hoof."
"Sort of. Only bigger."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414529

"Okay then."
I really need to study and learn about the world…
Or actually learn how to read more difficult words first.
"Do you read often, Mistral?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414530

"Ah, the thing with lady Kilana last night? I'm certain she'll forgive and forget."
"She's still learning, is she not? These sorts of encounters were bound to happen, especially if you travel."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414531

"Don't get smart on me! This is clearly a… A… A pillow!"

DM 414532

"I do, yes. Why?"
"If it was a pillow you'd be sleeping on it."

Liviana [Templar] 414533

I nod
"You see, our empire has had some tensions the last few years with zebra tribes in the east forming alliances. They call themselves Oddomanes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414534

"I'm not the half drunk one~
Now come, let's go back."

DM 414535

"Bah, fine… fine…
…back where?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414536

I freeze up slightly as she asks that question.
I have to be honest though…
"Because… I… wish to read more often. Learn more about the world."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414537

"Back home."
Smile at her.

DM 414538

"That's a lovely goal.
How can I help?"
"Can I please sleep with you too?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414539

"I see. Well, if this is explained to lady Kilana, then it's certain that she would forgive."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414540

"Tomorrow. We are leaving for Timberjaw. Bearing will be alone for a long time. Tonight…
Tonight, I want to say my one goodbye to her."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414541

"Crescent is helping me a lot already. I… I am not a good reader. I have problems with more difficult words because I was never really taught."

Donrick [Smith] 414542

"She's not one to keep tabs either, does she, right?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414543

"To my knowledge, no. She wishes to have friends and work on her research. That's all that I think she's focused on at the moment. We don't talk quite as much as she and master Swansong."

DM 414544

"Can I at least watch…"
I will see to i that you are tutored to the highest of standards."

Liviana [Templar] 414545

"I'm very glad to hear so. Creating grudges on the first day… that would have been catastrophic."
I gulp
"The Empress would not be pleased…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414546

"I'm not doing gonna have sex with her, Peach. Just cuddle. She's drunk out of her mind and so are you."

Donrick [Smith] 414547

"What she doesn't know doesn't hurt her."

"That's the… guy with the daggers, right?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414548

"You will?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414549

"When two different cultures collide, especially if they are completely different in terms of racial segregation, it's to be expected sparks would fly."
"Yes. The pegasus lordling with the daggers."

DM 414550

"By all my honour I swear it!
No beloved of mine will go illiterate. You can count on me!"
"Bah fine.. I'll goo.. find some other fun then…"

Donrick [Smith] 414551

"Didn't seem that bad."

Liviana [Templar] 414552

"Still, I'd likely never hear the end of it."

Sylt 414553

"Oh you are sooo drunk~"
Chuckle a bit.

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414554

I bow my head slightly
"Thank you Mistral."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414555

"True enough, but it could have been quite a fair bit worse."
I'll just nod slightly.
"I did not mean to interrupt your tour so solidly, though. While I'm not quite too familiar with Wintergrasp just yet, I'm fairly certain I can show you around to the one place I know should interest at least master Donrick."

Liviana [Templar] 414556

I cock my head
"… Ironfoe?"

Donrick [Smith] 414557

"The forge?"

DM 414558

"What's to ffahnny?"
It is the absolute least I can do."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414559

"A bit of both, and the way to get there in the span of time it takes to put one hoof in front of the other."

Pumokin Swansong [Northblade] 414560

"You look cute."

Liviana [Templar] 414561

"… It is?"

DM 414562

"I don' fucking look cute I look adorable now kiss me"

Donrick [Smith] 414563

"So will you actually tell what it is too?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414564

"And I am grateful."
I really do have my work cut out for me… I'll need to speak to that creepy shadow lady again

DM 414565

I'd love to pause soon.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414566

"This way."
And I'll lead them to the teleport matrices.
"Thanks to Lady Nylis's research, these beacons can be used to travel between each one in an eyeblink."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414567

okay then

Donrick [Smith] 414568

Raise an eyebrow.
"Just like that?"

Liviana [Templar] 414569

"So… long range teleportation? Of ponies?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414570

"Just like that. One can be go to Ironfoe, do business, and be home in Wintergrasp by dinner."
"And anything else they might need transported. It doesn't quite have the flair of dragon riding, but it gets the job done. Lady Nylis has been somewhat tireless in her desire to get more of these developed, so that all the countries can be connected no matter how far apart they may seem. And it allows a quick response to any of them, should the need arise."
I'll clear my throat a little.
"Just do try to be surprised if and when King Frostmourn officially introduces you to them."

Donrick [Smith] 414571

"That's useful if I heard anything."

Liviana [Templar] 414572

I smirk and glance over at Donrick
"Truly fascinating… I wonder… How far can these reach? How difficult are they to make? How are they powered?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414573

"That they are. A little disorienting if you're not used to them, though."
"I am afraid I'm not aware of the specifics. And if I were, I'm afraid such cards would have to stay close to my chest, as we are not yet currently in a formal alliance."

Liviana [Templar] 414574

I smile
"That's a pity. All the more incentive to formalize it quicker then."
I chuckle

Donrick [Smith] 414575

"Shall we travel there then? I'm interested in it's working."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414576

"All in due time, master Donrick. I'm certain you wouldn't want to leave Chell behind on your maiden voyage to Ironfoe."

Sylt 414577

Stand up and start walking backwards.
"You want your kiss? You want it? Come take it!"

DM 414578

He tries to jump you

Roll #1 8 = 8

Liviana [Templar] 414579

"I suppose we shouldn't be too hasty. Maybe we should head back to the castle then."


I'm being assaulted by a sex-changing monster!
Ninja Flip!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Donrick [Smith] 414581

"Fine. Next time then. But this will certainly make things easier. And more interesting."

DM 414582

"Hey! nooooo~
Give me my kiiiiissss!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414583

"Just come a little closer~"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414584

"If you would like. Though, if your tour has left you with an appetite, we can certainly stop along the way back to have lunch in a more open-air environment."
I'll nod.

DM 414585


Roll #1 5 = 5

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414586

Roll my eyes and meet her halfway for a special kiss.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

DM 414587

Good enough~

Liviana [Templar] 414588

"It's all the same, really. Although admittedly… my tail may be starting to freeze off down here…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414589

I'll chuckle a little.
"Which is why I brought the cloaks. We'll return to the castle, then, so that you can thaw."
And there we went.

Donrick [Smith] 414590

Follow them.
"Yeah, the cold. That will take time. The damn cold."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414591

"You deserve it~"
And then I'll give her a winghug to help her stay afloat and walk towards our room.

Liviana [Templar] 414592

I smile
"Good, the warmth will be much appreciated."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414593

"You get used to it, eventually. Though I wouldn't walking about unclothed, especially at night. It tends to get bitterly cold around then. Even more so if there's a wind. Proper outfits can be prepared for you both, if you wish."

Donrick [Smith] 414594

"That might be for the best. Not much clothes for inside, to be honest."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414595

"I'm fairly certain all you need do is ask. Though I can pass along the message to the clothiers to get something in both of your sizes."

Liviana [Templar] 414596

"Of course. It just requires… adjustment."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414597

"Habits are terribly hard things to break. Though if you feel more comfortable, King Frostmourn doesn't wish to impose clothing on you at all times."

Donrick [Smith] 414598

"I will have Chell remind me, just in case."

Liviana [Templar] 414599

"That's very kind and understanding of him."

DM 414600

Ok I need sleep.


Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414716

Sittin' outside, doing my best to try and practice flight but failing miserably

Liviana [Templar] 414717

And Donrick and I come across this strange sight.
"What is she doing? A pegasus with trouble flying?"

Donrick [Smith] 414718

Raise an eyebrow as well.
"Must be drunk."

Groves 414719

I snort
"From that watered-down Prench wine? Can't be easy."

Donrick [Smith] 414720

"What else then?"
Is she hurting herself?

Liviana [Templar] 414721

"No idea…"
Keep looking as well.


Probably. Good thing I have nature healing me! Give it one last final try!

Roll #1 3 - 2 = 1

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414723

Okay no, that fall hurt me a little too much
Rub my head

Liviana [Templar] 414724

I wince at this and approach her at this
"Are you okay, miss? That looked like it hurt…"

Donrick [Smith] 414725

Follow behind her.

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414726

are you clothed?
I turn around to stare at you quietly for a moment before answering
"I am okay."

I shift my gaze over to you
"You look more hurt."

Liviana [Templar] 414727

Crescent gave us something to wear for outside.
"You… seemed to have some issues with flying there."

Donrick [Smith] 414728

We are clothed now, yes
"Excuse you?"


"Yes. I do."

Use Natural Remedy on him
"Your coat and skin are heavily damaged. Are you in pain?"

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Liviana [Templar] 414730

"How come? Did you injure your wings?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414731

Looks like I may or may not have caused some pain without noticing it there

"No. My wings are weak. Training to make them stronger."

Donrick [Smith] 414732

A lot of pain.
Like back then…

I take a few steps away and wince.
"What are you doing?! What is she doing?!"

Liviana [Templar] 414733

"Weak wings? That sounds-"

I take a step back myself
"Donrick? What's the matter?"

Donrick [Smith] 414734

Grit my teeth slightly.
"My skin… it started hurting."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414735

I freeze up as he yells at me, unsure why he is upset.
"I… applied a natural remedy."

Donrick [Smith] 414736

Snarl slightly. I hope the pain got better.

"What? What remedy? Why?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Liviana [Templar] 414737

I frown

"What kind of natural remedy? For what reason?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414738

I bow my head
"I wished to heal your wounds. I am sorry if I hurt you. It was my fault."
Nature Elemental Life on him! Give him some flowers!

"He is hurt, I wished to heal him."

Donrick [Smith] 414739

I am surprised at the flowers, but keep my eyes narrowed and speak in a not so pleasant tone.
"What if you renewed my allergic reaction?!"

Liviana [Templar] 414740

I frown, but look slightly surprised at her next spell
"Now what is that?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414741

And then I will go look for Kilana.
Is she in her room?

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414742

I keep looking down
"I am sorry. I did not wish to harm you."

"A different healing spell."

Donrick [Smith] 414743

Take a few deep breaths to calm down.
"Stupid idiot."

Liviana [Templar] 414744

"This smells like nature magic…"

"She's… odd."

Donrick [Smith] 414745

"Probably brain damaged."
Look at the pegasus.
"Don't do that ever again, got it?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414746

"… Nature provides."

I bow my head deeper, the ground sure is nice to look at…
"Yes master-… sir. I am sorry."

Donrick [Smith] 414747

I huff.
"And I'm not sick… I don't need your help."
Shake my head and glance at Liviana.

"I was actually worried for a second."

Liviana [Templar] 414748

I give her an odd look as she says that word.

"Don't be so hard on her, she just probably wanted to help… I can't blame her for that. Did you hear what she just called you?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414749

"Okay. I am sorry. I should leave you be."
I turn around, still looking down, and walk away.

Donrick [Smith] 414750

"Master. Yes. How did she know I was a crafter though?"

I am not going to stop you.

Liviana [Templar] 414751

I watch her go

"It's strange… What a odd pony."

Donrick [Smith] 414752

"I'm telling you. She wasn't right in the head. Bah."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414753

And I'll be heading back to the two foreigners, as I had to fetch something. Namely a servant or two to have them prepare food. Along the way, I'll bump into Ambrosia.
"What seems to be the matter, prettybird?"

Liviana [Templar] 414754

I shrug
"Well nothing ultimately happened, did it?"

Donrick [Smith] 414755

"That crap did hurt."

Liviana [Templar] 414756

"Is the pain gone now?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414757

Would you look at that, a really easy-to-find donkey and her sweet musician friend.
"Just who I was looking for."
Fly down there.

Donrick [Smith] 414758


Glance at him.
"Good day to you too."

Liviana [Templar] 414759

I watch him approach and nod at him.

"Thank the Sun."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414760

"Had a pleasant night, I hope?"
"Am I interrupting something?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414761

I turn to him as he addresses me
"I need to leave."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414762


Donrick [Smith] 414763

"And that it wasn't something worse."

"I slept decently, yes."

Liviana [Templar] 414764

"We just had a little bit of a run-in with somepony. Donrick got a little hurt."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414765

"I hurt somepony and made him angry with me."

Donrick [Smith] 414766

"It was nothing, really. Just a bit of unpleasantness."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414767

"I'm sure you apologized, so why would you need to leave?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414768

Recoil for a moment, looking worried.
"Here, in Wintergrasp's castle? Could you describe him?"

Sion 414769

And here I am, walking with a can of coffee, or whatever we use to keep awake, past all of you.

"Ah hello there."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414770

Liviana [Templar] 414771

"A pegasus mare with flight troubles. She seemed a little odd."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414772

"Because I hurt him."

Donrick [Smith] 414773

"Her. Looked like a brain damaged pegasus."


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414774

She's… She's had a hard life. Forgive her. Did nothing too offensive, I hope?"
Nod at him.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414775

"If you've already apologized properly, you shouldn't have to leave… And I'm certain they will forgive you. Who was it that was hurt?"

Liviana [Templar] 414776

I smile at him
"Smouldering. A good day to you."

"Nothing major. She did apologize for it, but left right after."

Donrick [Smith] 414777

"Did something that made my skin hurt again. No idea what."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414778

"A donkey with damaged skin. I wished to heal him but failed and hurt him instead."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414779

"I'm sure she didn't do it by accident."

Smile back, before taking another large gulp of coffee.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414780

"She's somewhat of an herbalist. Really good one, too, usually.
And she doesn't have much experience with social interactions."
"Say, is that coffee?"

Donrick [Smith] 414781

"…didn't do it by accident? You mean on purpose?"

"That much was obvious."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414782

"Yes, you want a cup too?"

Liviana [Templar] 414783

"… on purpose?"

"It did seem that way."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414784

Uhm okay that was honestly a mistake of mine, I was going to say she didn't do it on purpose.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414785

I'll wince slightly.
"That would be master Donrick, a visitor from the far south. Gruff, but he should forgive if you explain yourself. And I just happen to be going that direction…"
I'll put a hoof on her shoulder.
"But I won't force you to come back with me if you don't want to, Ambrosia."

Donrick [Smith] 414786

You said it. Wake up, Smouldering.

Liviana [Templar] 414787

"Of course. Miscasts can always happen."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414788

"Uh I mean, she didn't do it on purpose… Sorry it's been a long night…"
Take another gulp

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414789

I really should sleep, I have stuff to do in the morning. some other time instead
I shake my head slowly.
"I should go see Mistral."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414790

"Absolutely. Didn't get much sleep."
"No, of course not on purpouse. We should find her, tell her it's all forgiven.
I wouldn't want to see her fall into depression for a week."

Donrick [Smith] 414791

"Something keeping you up?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 414792


Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414793

"A lot of things. Progress never sleeps."

"Here you go."
Give him a cup of black coffee.

Liviana [Templar] 414794

"Oh, don't worry. You must be so busy with research that I can't possibly blame you for that."

"We did say she was forgiven. As I said, these things just happen sometimes."

Donrick [Smith] 414795

"I'm sure she learned her lesson."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414796

"But we will have to sort this eventually. I'll be there with you when you do, though."
I'll smile under my helmet, and give her shoulder a little pat.
"Now go on, and don't worry about it too much. Accidents happen."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 414797

"Okay. Thank you Crescent."
And I'm off.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414798

Hope that wakes me up.
"Studying something nice? We should talk about that, some time."
"I'm sure of it, but she can be quite… Relentless, in her search. She might try in any way to fix your skin, for istance."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Donrick [Smith] 414799

"I see nothing wrong with it. Why fix something that isn't broken?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414800

And away she goes.
And I'll continue on to the rest of them.

Liviana [Templar] 414801

"That would be quite something-"

I just sigh

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414802

"You're too kind…."

"Oh yes, some other time perhaps. When I'm more awake and less likely to make mistakes."
I chuckle.

"She's rather concerned about everything. But quite the healer."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414803

Right I'll look around for some friendly faces..

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414804

"Tell that to the girl…"
Nod along.
"Oh, I'm not great into details. Not a scientist after all."
Somepony came by your room earlier…

Donrick [Smith] 414805

"What? Can't I have a bit of fun at least?"

"Told her."

"Is that so?"

Liviana [Templar] 414806

"I should find her again then, if she's that skilled."
I tap a hoof against my chin
"Earth magic could be very interesting…"

I scrunch
"You are just so damn hardheaded sometimes."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414807

"I have a feeling we should have talked sooner anyway.
But I somehow felt you might not have been too interested in my research."
I smile.
"I'll keep it to the bare facts. I won't bore you with the little details."

"I can assure you that if she hurt you, it must have been accidentaly. She's healed quite a few ponies around here"

Kilana [deathsinger] 414808

Well I wasn't there. I was taking a walk with codar and reflecting. But I'll find my way back.

Donrick [Smith] 414809

"So did Liviana. Not around here of course, but you get the point."

"Makes up for the missing coat."
Smile at her.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414810

"Not now though. Wouldn't want to bore our guests."
We are all groupped up.
But I think we might all leave soon.
Look between the two of them as they talk in that strange language.
"Quite musical, to be honest. Your native tongue, I mean."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414811

And by now I'll have popped back into the scene with the other four.
"Master Donrick, there you are. I pray that Ambrosia's error wasn't too grievous."

Donrick [Smith] 414812

"I hope you do not mind then."

"So that is her name. It was a bother, nothing more."

Liviana [Templar] 414813

I roll my eyes

"Hmmm? Oh, right. Sorry, it's easy to fall back onto it when we're talking to each other."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414814

"Still, my apologies. It is in her nature to wish to help those she sees as wounded, so I hope you can forgive her for being… overzealous."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414815

Ok. Maybe I can play next time..

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414816

Wave a hoof dismissively.
"Not at all. I was thinking about learning it, actually."
All about when nopo and groves go to sleep. Join us for now.

Donrick [Smith] 414817

"Her tongue is not made out of porcelain though, is it? It wouldn't break off if she asked?"

"Did you?"
I should sleep soonish though

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414818

"Good luck. I've never been good with languages."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414819

"Her past… employer discouraged her from asking questions."
I'll frown a little under my helm.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414820

"And Prench. Got enough free time on my hooves to try out various things."
"You of all ponies?"

Liviana [Templar] 414821

"We can't blame her for being helpful, no."

"I offered the High King to teach our tongue already. It's not an easy language to learn considering how different even the alphabet is. I had issues learning Prench and Norse because of that reason."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414822

I approach slowly "are you enjoying your visit? There hasn't been any more trouble has there?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414823

"I never really had a need to learn them anyway, I was always in Rockeye.
And if I really want to know, I can usually understand the gist of it if I focus.."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414824

"I'd love to learn your tounge as well."

Donrick [Smith] 414825

"It's still rude to magic strangers, as far as I know."

"I'm afraid I might not be a very good teacher in that regard though."

Look at her.
"Good day. Just a bit. Wasn't Chell this time."

Liviana [Templar] 414826

I bow my head slightly
"Good day, Kilana. Nothing serious, I assure you."

I chuckle
"I'm glad people like it so much."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414827

"This is quickly becoming a full class…"
"No worries. I'd hate to impose on a guest.
What were you two planning on doing anyway?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414828

"Next time she will either ask, or just let it alone, I assure you."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414829

"What? It's true!"

Donrick [Smith] 414830


"I missed heating the forge in the morning, so if your King needs, I could work some steel to pass the time."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414831

I frown "who was it then?"
"We can help each other study then."

Liviana [Templar] 414832

"We would like to accompany him when he leaves for Timberjaw, for one."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414833

Turn my head at that.
"You want to go to Timberjaw?"

Donrick [Smith] 414834

"Nothing serious, don't worry."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414835

Nod quickly, giving him a short glare.
"That's… I guess we could, sure. This way."
Start walking towards the forge.
Approach and whisper to her.
That's going to be risky."

Donrick [Smith] 414836

Stop him.
"It can wait a day though, don't worry."
Then a pause.
"And we are not afraid."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 414837

"I would caution against that, lady Liviana, as it is a war zone. And I doubt our king would wish to place ambassadors on the front lines of combat…"

Liviana [Templar] 414838

"We were originally heading there yes. But the Snowborder 'guides' wanted to charge us twice as much, so we headed for Ironfoe instead, which is where mister Pumpkin picked us up. In retrospect, a good thing seeing how quickly we managed to meet Emperor Frostmourn, our ultimate goal."

"We are fully aware."

Liviana [Templar] 414839

I chuckle
"I don't carry that armor and sword around for show. Our order is one of frontline fighters and healers."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414840

"Okay, but… Why?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414841

Take another good gulp of this coffee.
I really should sleep more.

"Seems you got lucky then. Why would you want to go to Timberjaw first if Frostmourn was your ultmate goal, if I may ask."

Donrick [Smith] 414842

"That is where the King is headed, no? What would we do here all by ourselves?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 414843

I groan at that. can we get her a guardian or something?
"Well, if you're sure. I'm glad it wasn't a big deal."

Liviana [Templar] 414844

"Timberjaw are said to be masters of construction. We fancy ourselves the same, so we are naturally interested to open up diplomatic channels with them. The war is really unfortunate, but I'm not going to let it stop us. On the bright side, it will allow us an insight on just how strong their constructions really are. And hopefully we can save some lives too."

I nod
"We did say we were here to help."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414845

"Avoid a war? I mean, the King is not heading there on a diplomatic mission, and you are just our guests, we can't ask the Trotantine Empire to join the United Northlands in war against Timberjaw right now, after only a day of confrontation with you, its representative!"
Chuckle a bit.

Donrick [Smith] 414846

"And help we will."

"Just a bother, it's in the past.
I too hope that we did not set off the wrong hoof after Chell's… performance, yesterday."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414847

"..you want to come fight?"

Donrick [Smith] 414848

"We came to aid and be diplomatic with the High King, not some other nation of the North."

Liviana [Templar] 414849

"I assure you, it will not be a big deal. We promised our aid, so we will deliver."

"Because Timberjaw was the first nation after Snowborder that we were supposed to visit."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414850

"Fascinating. Well, I'm sure your aid will come in handy. Now excuse me but I've got some things to take care of.
I'm looking forward to seeing you both in battle."

Nod to Pumpkin before I leave to read moar.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414851

Nod back.

Donrick [Smith] 414852

I suppose I should check back on Chell too.
See if she learned her lesson."

Liviana [Templar] 414853

"We are both well-trained, we wont get in your way on the battlefield."

I nod
"I should practice the lyre some more."

Donrick [Smith] 414854

"Want to come then?"

Liviana [Templar] 414855

"Yes, I do!"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414856

"Right. Battle-sister. I look forward to it."
Smile, confidently.
"See you both."

Donrick [Smith] 414857

Smile at her.

Nod to him and the others.
"Until next time."

Liviana [Templar] 414858

"A good day to you."

Kilana [deathsinger] 414859

I smile "alright. I'll be around if you want to talk or want a tour."

Donrick [Smith] 414860


Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414862

I'm in my room, reading I guess.
Doing research for the Crown.
Somebody has to do it.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414863

Guess you hear some knocking.

Sion 414864

Put down my precious books.
Get over there and open the door.
"Ah, Pumpkin, please come in. Sit down wherever you like."
I probably take some scrolls of a chair to make some place for you and dump them on another pile of scrolls.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414865

"Thank you. Studies keeping you busy, I see."

Sion 414866

Nod wearily.
"Yes, I've been going through the archives of Wintersgrasp.
When I meditated in Stormheart, I got this feeling, I wouldn't call it a vision but this nagging feeling that I missed something vital in my research. Something that's right under my nose and I'm missing it.
But so far I haven't found much."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414867

"You know…"
I'll find a seat and relax.
"I still have no idea what your research is all about."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414868

Sit down myself.
"Well, I got the impression you were too occupied with other matters to concern yourself with it.
I didn't know you were interested…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414869

Smile a bit.
"Oh no, I'm actually very concerned with everything that goes on in Wintergrasp, and everything my friends do."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414870

"Well then, I suppose you're already aware of the Kings plans for Northscrown?
And the special magical properties it will have?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414871

"Yes, I have been informed. I thought most of the research for that had already been done though."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414872

I nod.
"Yes, but there are going to some modifications to the original design.
I have discovered some information about an ancient magical crystal. Should we add it to Northscrown, the power of the catalyst pylon would be amplified exponentially.
The potential is so great, I'm still struggling to make predictions about it.
We might be able to cast spells capable of effecting most of the Northlands at once.
Entire armies might be healed from a distance with a single spell, targets all over the Northlands could be destroyed from Northscrown."
I pause for a second.
"Maybe even as far as in Equestria."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414873

"I seriously hope you have not made word of this with anypony but the very essential ones."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414874

"The only ponies who know are Frostmourn, Venia and Winterbreeze."
Think for a second.
"Ambrosia and Waveform know that I'm looking for the crystal but they don't know about Northscrown. And I won't talk about that to anypony. I'm only talking to you since I know Frostmourn trusts you."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414875

Cock my head.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414876

"The mare from Eaglescrest. You know, you saw her once during the party before the Kings Challenge? As I said, she doesn't know what it's for."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414877

Nod slowly.
"Try not to make word about it with anyone else from now on.
And since Winterbreeze knows, I'd imagine so does Nylis, right?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414878

"Right, I'll keep silent about it, I've only told a few ponies I'm sure I can trust so far.
I suppose Nylis knows, I see her so little these days, but Winterbreeze might have told her."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414879

Sigh and lean forward.
"Okay, so what is that you still need to find this crystal?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414880

Push over some books.
"I've already got a lead.
I'll talk to the Druids here in Wintersgrasp about it, I'm planning to take Ambrosia and Waveform with me.
After that, I don't know. The Crystal could be literally anywhere.
Rub my chin.
"As I said, I can't help but feel I'm missing something, if you happen to come across some book about magic or something indicating where more information could be found, I'd be very grateful.
And it would help us create Northscrown faster."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414881

"I could do more than that.
If it's the druids you have to talk to, I could come with you. I met them once already, long ago."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414882

Raise my brow.
"You have? You're full of surprises, Pumpkin.
What are they like?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414883

"Very friendly. And knowledgeable. They could even gift speech to animals."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414884

"That's a relief.
I had feared they'd be very wary of strangers.
Let's hope they still have such a friendly attitude."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414885

"They were ready to teach druidism to a young kid, I'm sure they can't have changed much."
I have to leave.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 414886

"Sounds good, I'm hoping it will be an interesting experience for Ambrosia as well."
Allright, I still want to ask your opinion about our guests later.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414887

"I'm sure she's gonna love it, what with nature and all that. You know, I was gonna ask them how to turn into a bear!"
Chuckle a bit.

Sion 414888

I chuckle.
"Really? I'd much prefer to be a wolf if I could change into an animal."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414889

"Pff, wolves are weak! One smash from a bear's paw and you'd end up tumbling on your hooves!"
Look around.
"Say got any of that nice mage wine…"

Sion 414890

"I've always got some in my cabinet. Don't tell Waveform though, if you happen to meet her."
Get some and glasses too.
"So Pumpkin, I wanted to ask you, what do you think about our…traders?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414891

Look at him go.
"Here to murder us all."

Sion 414892

That bottle and glasses aren't too far.
I pour you a glass.
"Really? That seems rather extreme."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414893

"It's a joke.
I just generally distrust anypony I meet. Which is why I kind of need your help."

Sion 414894

Give you a glass and sit down myself.
"Let me guess…you want me to use my Sight to find out why they're here?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414895

"You are looking at the small picture.
Think bigger."

Sion 414896

Think for a second, then shake my head.
"I'm lost. Please enlighten me."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414897

"You are a seer. What's my work, instead?"

Sion 414898

"I've never used my powers to look into your life, Pumpkin, not of anypony here. Not even Valeriana or Winterbreeze.
You're not a regular noble, you possess significant experience in stealth operations and the king seems to trust you.
I figure you are an undercover bodyguard or something."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414899

Shake my head.
"Wrong. I am not a bodyguard.
But close nonenthless."
Stand up.
"Aren't you drinking?"

Sion 414900

"I've got a glass myself." Point to it next to me.
"But I'd rather not drink if I'm going to use my Sight soon.
I'm afraid I don't understand, Pumpkin. Do you want me to look into your life? Most ponies don't like the idea of me snooping around in their history."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414901

"I'm offering you a job. If you are as good as you say you are, you will know where and when to come for the spot."
Set the glass down.
"We are the first and last defense line of the north. I want you to join us."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414902

Look into his eyes.
[Do I know the meeting place?]
4th Eye '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414903

Reroll '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414904

Seems like no Northblading for me.

I sigh.
"I'm sorry Pumpkin. These powers come and go, I'm not sure if I would be dependable enough to do…what you'd expect of me. Though if you need my aid with something, you're always welcome."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414905

"Such a shame. I had hoped, for a moment, that you'd make it."
Sit down and sip my drink.
"But yes, I will most likely require your help more than once. First of all, once you have recovered, I'd love to know more about our new guests.
And the faith of Lady Radiant."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414906


Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414907

"It's one of the few powers I have I don't quite understand myself. Sometimes I see so much, sometimes I see so little. It's not a skill you can dependently work with….unlike what Grimalphas had."
Take a sip '1d10'
"I'll try to find out as much as I can about our guests. To be honest I don't trust them too much myself at the moment. And Lady Radiant if possible."
I sigh.
"I've not been here for a long time, but it seems her departure has affected everypony…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414908

"Let's… Let's not talk about that. Anything else on your mind, Smouldering?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 414909

"No, I feel I should get back to work.
And I'm sorry, I shouldn't have brought it up.
I'll keep you informed on what I find out about our guests."
I empty my glass. '1d10'
"And please don't be a stranger, I enjoy your company."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 414910

"Likewise. I look forward to meeting your sweetheart. She sounds nice."
walk over to the door.
"Until next time."

DM 417472

Amazing princess on princess action
All night
Only on the Sub

Donrick [Smith] 417473

>tfw 0action

Liviana [Templar] 417474

I'm sure it'll be spectacular.

Kilana [deathsinger] 417475

When we get out of here I'm going to commune the shit out of everything so hard, it will become my special talent.

DM 417476

Go ask Chell to exfoliate your lemon
"So, the Trotantine herself I see."
We're already back at wintersgrasp. This is The Arrival.

Donrick [Smith] 417477

Chell is not for sexual.

Liviana [Templar] 417478

"Huh? I'm sorry?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417479

I'm around, too.

DM 417480

"Sunrise of the North."
She extends a hoof, raising a brow as she looks at your nakedness.
Personal hygiene is important

Donrick [Smith] 417481

I think I mastered bathing on my own.

Kilana [deathsinger] 417482

Do we want to finish talking about Prima? I believe we left off with
>"Would you want her back" -Codar

Liviana [Templar] 417483

"… Sister Liviana from Trotantium."
I take her hoof and shake it
"Your name sounds familiar somehow, but I don't remember why…"

DM 417484

But she has that nice brush you like
If you do… there may be ways
"I have been Frostmourn's significant other for ten years now."

Liviana [Templar] 417485

"Oh… oh!"
I quickly bow in front of her
"My apologies, Empress. I should have remembered your name."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417486

I look at Codar's eyes "A way to revive someone with no body? I don't think she'd be happy suck in a golem body, or as a weapon or necklace. We already tried a weapon before.."

Donrick [Smith] 417487

I don't even have that many hair or coat left to brush.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417488

You're with Codar, I presume?

I'll go find Kilana.

Kilana [deathsinger] 417489

We are at some trees near the teleporter: I made a little pile of dirt and put my old staff in it so I could stare at it.

DM 417490

"Please. I am no empress.
Just a pony in love."
She looks at you again
"…I see things are quite different in the south."
Our king… had his thoughts on that.
He sought a key to the gates of Tambelon. And got very close.


Donrick [Smith] 417491

Glance up.
"Huh? What?"

DM 417492


Liviana [Templar] 417493

I look back up again
"Yes your highness, a lot warmer as you might expect."

Donrick [Smith] 417494

Shrug it off.
"I guess it's just the cold weather."

DM 417495

"That might explain why you walk around like that"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417496

Are you findable? is the question!

Kilana [deathsinger] 417497

I smile "Really? ..and this research on the key.. Is it below us?"

Donrick [Smith] 417498

Shake my head.
"I don't think so. But thanks for asking.
You improved so much, Chell."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417499

Well, yes, you can come find me. We aren't in stealth. there just isn't anyone around us.

Liviana [Templar] 417500

"Like that?-"
I look myself over confusedly, until it dawns on me
I smile at her sheepishly
"Force of habit. It's… strange to be around ponies who always walk around clothed. I should go get my robes…"

DM 417501

What remains of it is in his vaults.
"Come on in here. We should talk."
She nods towards her room

Liviana [Templar] 417502

"Oh, of course!"
Follow her in

Donrick [Smith] 417503

Shake my head a bit.
"Though you did mess up recently. Twice."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417504

Then I will.

"I'm not interrupting anything, I hope."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417505

I smile "Thank you Codar, All the more reason to go there."
I smile at you "Actually I'm glad to see you again, I was just about finished here."

DM 417506

She gets on her bed and reclines a little
"What have you been talking about with my Frostmourn?"
Codar remains silent

Liviana [Templar] 417507

"… I beg your pardon?"
I shake my head
"Mostly about our business here. He's been very hospitable and kind."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417508

Nod. "Yes. Quite a bit has developed lately."

DM 417509

"I see.
So what is it you did back in Trota…nti…um before you came here?"

Donrick [Smith] 417510

"As long as you promise to behave better. Can you do that? I gave you power to think. Use it before you speak or act."

Liviana [Templar] 417511

"As I said, I am a sister. Part of a holy order situated in Clopantinople, the imperial capital. We excel in both combat and divine magic."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417512

I look at my old staff hard. "Id, what would you do if you lost me?"

DM 417513

"A soldier then?
What's a soldier doing here talking politics?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417514

Nod somberly. "Reconsidering Naik, then? I understand."

Donrick [Smith] 417515

"…more brushy."

DM 417516

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Liviana [Templar] 417517

I smile
"We aren't just your run-of-the-mill soldiers. Our order is often called on to act as mediators."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417518

I shake my head "Not that." I take my old staff back from the ground "I meant if I were to fall in battle, or the Eqeustrians simply decided I should not live. What would you do?"

DM 417519

"How novel. Though I suppose it is better than doing politics with assassins."
her eyes wander on you

Donrick [Smith] 417520

Do I have any inspiration to build some sort of gadget while brushie goes on?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Liviana [Templar] 417521

"Novel? I suppose that's another difference we can check on the list then…"
I pause for a moment
"And what do you mean by that?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417522

Frown. "I would think it would not come to that, but… I suppose I would ask you what you'd want. I have been toying with the idea of resurrection without consequences for some time now… I have an idea…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 417523

"That's what I needed to hear." I give you a hug. "And.. I would want to live. My work isn't close to done here."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417524

Return the embrace. "Good. I don't have any plan on dying any time soon, either."

DM 417525

gee… I thought you didn't make that kind of gadgets…
"Old history. I suppose Frosty didn't fill you in on our relations with Equestria?"

Liviana [Templar] 417526

I shake my head
"He didn't, no."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417527

"Good, we should protect each other while we can." I smile letting you go "I'm sorry for the topic, I've been reflecting here. I'm sure you have your things to discuss, so please, go ahead. We'll walk back to my room if you like."

Donrick [Smith] 417528

I don't, I swear, it was just a passing idea!

DM 417529

"Well, you can ask him for details, but Equestrian Assassins tried to kill him, his family and many of his friends and subjects on several occasions."

Donrick [Smith] 417530

Shake my head.
"Nothing, nothing at all, don't worry."

DM 417531


Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417532

Start trotting back, then.

"His Majesty seemed to have the exact opposite reaction you did when I gave him my findings. He wasn't interested at all in the fate of Lady Radiant, and only urged me to pursue the new avenue of research with immediacy. He did promise research resources, though."

Donrick [Smith] 417533

"Because it is not important."

Liviana [Templar] 417534

I frown
"… Right. Just assassins or… more than that?"

DM 417535

She raises a brow
"What do you mean by that?
Do you know more than you let on?"

Liviana [Templar] 417536

"I'll take that as a negative then…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 417537

I nod "Well, Frostmourn likes efficiency. and to think if you did uncover the secrets to it.. What we could do, we could certainly help Radiant back to her proper home, and secure our own future."

Donrick [Smith] 417538

"Good… And don't bring this up. Thank you."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417539

"It seems I have enough research on my plate to last me several lifetimes. I wonder how kings and emperors find time for politics and war when there is just so much to do."

DM 417540

"Would you please just explain what you are asking, exactly?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 417541

"Several lifetimes.."I laugh slightly "Well, that mean immortality should be first on our research list. " I let you into my room.

Liviana [Templar] 417542

I bite my lower lip
"… Have you ever heard the stories of a Equestrian secret organization called the Lordblades?"

Donrick [Smith] 417543

Look out.
"I hate this, that I can't do anything. Want to go for a walk, Chell?"

DM 417544

"I have heard some.
Do share your knowledge."

Pumpkin Swansong [Nortblade] 417545

I seriously hope my blades are listening in.

Donrick [Smith] 417546

Go for a walk.
Do I remember putting on clothes this time?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Liviana [Templar] 417547

"My… mother once told me about them. They are supposed to be Equestria's most vicious assassins. Completely and utterly loyal to those two alicorns and yet seemingly non-existent."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417548

"There are many forms of immortality it seems. I'm sure we'll stumble onto at least one."

DM 417549

You'll need to give your blades a vacation after making them listen to Donrick bathing.
"How dreadful.
As I said, please ask Frosty to tell you his side. He is better with words than I.
…do you have anypony special waiting back in Trot…antium?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Nortblade] 417550

'Hey can I have the blades surveiling the newcomers?'
'You didn't do that already? What do I keep you around for!'

DM 417551

There was a joke in here
It is gone now
Yes,you have blades and shadows on both of them.

Donrick [Smith] 417552

Flap my remaining ear back.
"Right… thanks, Chell."
Better put on the clothes I was given.
Make sure to conceal what needs to be concealed.

Liviana [Templar] 417553

"I will, of course."
I shake my head
"I do not. Our oath does not command celibacy, but most sisters stay alone anyway, I myself included."

Pumpkin Swansong [Nortblade] 417554

Deep I slumber…

Kilana [deathsinger] 417555

I laugh a bit landing on the bed "I hope so. We've got a lot of work to do, we might need a few assistants or understudies to help get it all done."

DM 417556

And here I was thinking of asking if you had any views to share."

Liviana [Templar] 417557

I cock my head
"What do you mean?"

Donrick [Smith] 417558

"Chell, please…"
Take a walk.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417559

Take up a spot next to you on the bed.

"They'll have to be trustworthy, but I'm sure they can be vetted. I hate to monopolize the conversation, though. Do you have any news of your own?"

DM 417560

"I was hoping perhaps a fresh mind could help me get a fresh view at life.
And my place in it."

Donrick [Smith] 417561

Smile at that.
Anything interesting during this walk?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Kilana [deathsinger] 417562

I shrug "Naik hasn't approached me, and I haven't gone looking for him. I've just been taking care of some personal issues in the mean time. I didn't realize a teleporter had been built over that old mansion."

Liviana [Templar] 417563

"I'm sure both our minds are fresh to each other. Just look at the fact that we have different customs of whether we wear clothing or not. That said… I'm a simple battlesister. Nothing particularly special about me."

DM 417564

I was supposed to sleep 2 hours ago
"Do you think I, too, might find some comfort and purpose in the field of battle?"

Donrick [Smith] 417565

Go to sleep then you dumbass.

Liviana [Templar] 417566

Go to bed, silly.
I raise a brow anyway
"Well… if you enjoy fighting and have trained for it, then I suppose so…"

DM 417567

"I might grow into it… I've barely seen combat as-is.
And just staying here, waiting for him to return, worn out and tired… wears on me as well.
I saw some life perk back up in him after you arrived. And I hoped it was not simply because he enjoys the sight of your assets"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417568

"Just as well. No need to pursue conflict where it doesn't have to exist. Perhaps he doesn't even remember. Usually fiances stay closer together."

Emphasize is by sliding closer to her on the bed.

Liviana [Templar] 417569

Seriously, we can continue this some other time.
"… Right. Well… I can't say I am familiar with those feelings. But you are the Empress of the North, you can do as you please, no?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 417570

"Yes, but I think we should confront him sometime, together." I snuggle close to you "I'm glad that Godric rules the griffons now. He will be a good king, he's got strong ideals and a strong will to back them up."

DM 417571

"I said I am no empress. Not officially. Not yet…"


Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417572

"Time will tell. The most important thing is that the bloodshed is over for now. But Timberjaw awaits…"

Kilana [deathsinger] 417573

I look sad "Yes, Timerjaw, who knows what will happen to us there. I sort of understand why someone would want a magic eye to guide their future about now."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417574

"Frostmourn thinks the future can be changed. Maybe he's right. I think if Grimphalas could see the future she wouldn't have stood against Frostmourn."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417576

"So, you think she was some other future? Or is possible that she wanted Godric as king?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 417578

"Who can say for sure? Time is still an enigma, though perhaps not for much longer."

Kilana [deathsinger] 417587

"You aren't the first to study this are you? If you can uncover the identity of anyone else who looked into time magic. I should be able to contact them so you can question them directly."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone] 418056

Oh look at me.
Sitting here on my own being a pone.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418057

"Ambrosia, hello. It's been a while, hasn't it?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418058

"Yes, Crescent. Are you well?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418059

"Fairly so, Ambrosia. How are things going with lady Mistral?"

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418060

"She has recovered well thanks to Nylis. It's good to see her healthy again. It makes me happy."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418061

"That's wonderful news. Have you thought of taking walks with her, seeing the sights around Wintergrasp?"

Liviana [Templar] 418062

"Donrick, want to go for another walk and see what we can find in this place?"

Donrick [Smith] 418063

Chell, you can stay for now."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418064

I nod
"We have. She needs to catch up on exercise and stay healthy and strong. We wanted to gift something to Nylis as a offer of gratitude for helping us."

Venia [Battlemage] 418065

Oh hey, would you look at that. Crescent and Ambrosia. Just who I needed to see.
"Hello you two!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418066

"Any ideas? Wintergrasp is mostly farmlands."
"Queen Venia, greetings."

Liviana [Templar] 418067

"Can't allow ourselves to get lazy, can we?"
I chuckle and leave the room for a walk

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418068

"Hello, your highness."

"It is nice enough to do some walking."

Donrick [Smith] 418069

Nod and follow her.
"I miss making weapons already. I feel like those fat nobles who do nothing all day."

Venia [Battlemage] 418070

"I wished to speak to you actually, I have some… bad news to share with you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418071

"Still, lady Nylis doesn't seem the walking type…"
"Bad news?"

Liviana [Templar] 418072

I smirk
"We have become what we fear, Donrick. May the Sun have mercy on our pitiful souls."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418073


"I meant Mistral."

Venia [Battlemage] 418074

"I wont be joining you to Timberjaw. I'm retiring."

Donrick [Smith] 418075

I smirk as well.
"Does that mean I can look down on others now?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418076

"Of course."
"That is… unfortunate, Queen Venia. Why are you retiring? Were you wounded?"

Liviana [Templar] 418077

"Of course. And from now on, the peasantry have to kiss our horseshoes when greeting us or we will be deeply offended."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418078

I stare at her
"… Retiring?"

Donrick [Smith] 418079

"I would need to install some cleaning equipment on Chell then. Just to clear up the mess after the ponies who kiss mine."

Venia [Battlemage] 418080

I nod
"I'll be staying in Wintergrasp, at Unyielding Anvil's side."

"Oh goodness no, nothing like that. It's just… well, I'm pregnant."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418081

"That's wonderful news, Queen Venia. There can't possibly be a better reason for stepping away from combat. Congratulations."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418082

I blink
"… Oh. Okay."

I look at him, then back to Venia
"Congratulations, your highness."

Liviana [Templar] 418083

I chuckle heartily
"We'll have to dress fancier too. And wear a few kilos worth of gold around our neck."

Venia [Battlemage] 418084

I smile weakly at the both of them
"It's a good reason… but I'm still sad that I wont be able to come along for the ride. I would have very much liked to see this thing through with my own eyes."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418085

"Will you go away like Radiant?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418086

"And I would have liked you to do so as well. But I would not risk your and King Unyielding's unborn child for such a desire. We will miss you, but I'm certain King Frostmourn wishes you the best."

Donrick [Smith] 418087

"That's a load of crap. I want a tiara."

Venia [Battlemage] 418088

I wince as she says that
"No… Of course not, Ambrosia. I'll be right here in Wintergrasp, staying home like… well like a proper wife, I guess."
I chuckle softly

I nod
"Right right… This… this is something important to me. Something I have to do for myself, as selfish as that sounds."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418089

"But isn't King Frostmourn making the North a place where such desires are possible? Raising a family in the united North would be something that's an end goal, I would think."

Liviana [Templar] 418090

"Fiiine, We'll get you a tiara. A pretty golden one with a nice emerald in it to make it really sparkle."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418091

I relax slightly
"Okay. That… That makes me happy."

Donrick [Smith] 418092

I snort.
"I think I know what I've been missing my whole life."

Venia [Battlemage] 418093

"Yes, of course of course… but still. I've dedicated a significant part of my life to this whole thing… It feels like I'm leaving behind a part of myself by doing this."
I shake my head
"Ah, I guess I'm just being nostalgic. Maybe I'm getting too old for all this. It's time for a new generation to take over."
I chuckle

I give her a kind smile
"You are always welcome here, of course. I do hope we still will be able to see each other every so often."

Liviana [Templar] 418094

"I'll make sure to keep that in mind next time I don't know what to give you for your birthday. You'll be the fanciest smith in the Empire."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418095

"Yes, I hope so too, your highness. You have been very kind to us."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418096

"I'm sure you could always maintain an advisory role, Queen Venia. Your counsel hasn't steered King Frostmourn wrong yet."

Donrick [Smith] 418097

"Wouldn't that be a sight. 'Don't mind that talking set of armor, did you see his headpeice?'"
I let out a small laugh.

Venia [Battlemage] 418098

"It's been my pleasure entirely."

"That's what I keep telling myself to sleep at night."
I chuckle again

Liviana [Templar] 418099

"They'll be so jealous. The courtiers will talk about it for weeks!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418100

"Have you decided on a name yet? Or is it too soon?"

Donrick [Smith] 418101

"You think I could go down in history that way? That one smith who we don't know if we did anything, but he had a really nice crown-thingy."

Venia [Battlemage] 418102

"We don't know what it'll be yet… but we have some names lined up, yes. Thunder Hammer or Aurora, depending on whether it's a colt or a filly."

Liviana [Templar] 418103

"Of course you will. They'll reserve a page for you alone in every future history book."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418104

"Those are very nice names, your highness."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418105

I'll nod.
"Both good names."

Donrick [Smith] 418106

"Just for me? I don't want to hog it all. Think we could squeeze you in there too somehow? With a smaller and not so fancy crown?"

Venia [Battlemage] 418107

"Thunder Hammer was Anvil's idea. He was trying to be clever. Bless him."
I laugh

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418108

I cock my head

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418109

"Hammer and Anvil, eh?"
I'll give a small chuckle.
"You'd actually be surprised by the number of Ironfoe smiths with names like that. There is one rather odd one called Caliper, though."

Liviana [Templar] 418110

"Maybe I'll be mentioned in a footnote somewhere."

Venia [Battlemage] 418111

I smile at her
"A play on hammer and anvil. And the fact that I use a lot of lightening spells and a warhammer in battle."


Donrick [Smith] 418112

"Or maybe that whole page of mine will be juste one out of the hundreds in the book about you."

Ambrosia [0slave100%pone 418113

I let that sink in for a moment
"I understand now. It is humorous."

Liviana [Templar] 418114

I roll my eyes with a smile

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418115

"A caliper is a tool used by smiths to hold hot metal if they aren't a unicorn. It's similar to a clamp, but doesn't leave an indention on the metal. And it allows a bit more flexibility."
I'll shake my head a bit.
"Caliper was odd in that he wouldn't actually make things, but he would make… things. Art, he called it, and sculpture. Once he claimed he made a tree out of metal, but I couldn't quite see it."
I'll sigh.
"Mastersmith Narpa, though… he saw something there."

Donrick [Smith] 418116

"I will want one of those exclusive copies with your handwriting and a personal message on front when you finally publish it, I'm warning you!"

Venia [Battlemage] 418117

I chuckle
"He's a true comedian."

I cock my head
"That just sounds… odd. What ended up happening to him?"

Liviana [Templar] 418118

"It would make for good toilet paper, I'm sure."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 418119

"Mastersmith Narpa made him an apprentice. He does decorative metalwork, and still creates his art in his free time."

Donrick [Smith] 418120

"We're talking about your book, not mine, remember?"
Shake my head with a smile.
"Chapter something : I'm freezing my ass off up here."

Venia [Battlemage] 418121

"Well, I wont doubt Narpa's critical eye."

DM 418883

If you had personal things to do, they can be done here.
Once we are done, Timberjaw awaits.
Hug your waifus, read your sideplots and do whatever else it is you do.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418884

I did nothing!

Well, guess I'll just hug my waifu and then see what we know about Timberjaw.

Venia [Battlemage] 418885

I'm going to hug the shit out of everyone before they leave for Timberjaw, that's for sure. Especially Valeriana.
We back in Wintergrasp already then?

DM 418886

"Here are those reports you needed."
Venus drops a pile of notes and maps on your desk
We are anywhere anyone needs to be.

Godric [Dark Knight] 418887

Well I'm king now. I'm not all that comfortable with moving into the palace.

…I do need someone to confide in over all this though.

Liviana [Templar] 418888

"You are seen as one back home, at the very least."

DM 418889

Grimalphas limps into the throne room with a bow
"King Godric…"
Well that's a…. strange thought. From fruit vendor to empress…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418890

"Stars, you remembered!"

Kiss her and get reading.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418891

M-muh waifu?
Get the fuck out of cold country

Godric [Dark Knight] 418892

"…I am no king of gryphons. What do you desire, crone?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418893

I think Mistral and I were talking about music and dance. Pianos, to be exact.
"Can you play for me?"

Liviana [Templar] 418894

I smile
"Everypony has to start somewhere after all. As the Emperor's betrothed, you automatically gain some sort of status regardless of where you started."

DM 418895

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[Timberjaw: Current state.
The battle lines have been drawn, and the leader of the rebellion, Rampart, has pushed his forced northward at a considerable rate.
King Craghoof remains at his capital, since it is the safes, and most reinforced citadel in the nation.
It is unknown what Rampart has used to gain the upper hand, but it is rumored to be a work of genius unlike any that has ever been built.
Rampart and his rebels blame Craghoof for diluting the heritage of Timberjaw by bringing in foreign workers on the cheap and adopting faster, more efficient but less durable methods of construction over the old ways.
Craghoof insists that times must change as the needs of ponies change, and that Rampart is just a power-mad warlord out for an excuse to commit genocide.]
You pop by Eaglecrest on the way back, and seek out Waveform's place.
"…Torch? You really came back?"
"To offer my aid to you in your new duties."
"If I had a piano, maybe?"
"And here ah was thinking ah'd learn more magic an' learn ta fight at his side…"
She realizes her accent is slipping again, blushes and covers her mouth

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418896

I nuzzle her.
"Did you expect to get rid of me so easily?"

DM 418897

"I heard they eat ponies up there…"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418898

"You don't have one? How did you learn to use it?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418899

Rampart is unlikely to wish to be allied with, and would not accept our dominion, it looks like. But if he has the upper hand, we need to see what his terms are. Either way, this 'genius', we'll pry it from him one way or another.

Anything on where the general sentiments of the population lie?

Godric [Dark Knight] 418900

"What aid can you offer? I can respect your love for our home, but many have concerns about what may happen if I give you what you desired."

Liviana [Templar] 418901

That's an odd accent… I'll just ignore it.
"You definitely could. I don't know how royal customs are like up here but it's not uncommon for Empresses to participate in fights on the battlefield."
I smile and look distant for a moment
"Not that the current one would ever do so…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418902

I grin
"I'd like to have seen them try.
I think they were lucky we were herbivores or otherwise we'd have eaten all of them."

DM 418903

"I had one back home… and another in Rosefall…"
More or less 50/50
Some support Craghoof's views, some simply want to keep him on the throne because he has been reliable.
Some oppose his views, and some just think he is worthless overall. Some just generally admire Rampart as a leader more.
"What I desire is to offer a viewpoint polished by the wisdom of age and sharpened by standing among those in plight.
I want no power. I want to help you make the right calls."
"And you're referring to…?
You must forgive me. We really have very little study material on Trotan…tee…um"
"You want to come in and tell the whole tale, or?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418904

We can only decide more once we're on the ground and have gathered more information, it looks like. The answer is clear that Rampart would be better to convert to our side, but that's only assuming it is reasonably possible.

Things are never simple with you, are they, 'Master'?

Ambrosia [Monk] 418905

Gee Mistral, how come daddy lets you have TWO pianos?
"Oh. Okay."
I look down
"Frosty is leaving to Timberjaw soon and I will follow. Will you go back to Rosefall?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418906

"I'd love to."
Go inside and lay with her in one of those sweet comfy couches and tell the whole story with maybe something to drink if she has anything.
Leave out the details about the trappy maid.

Liviana [Templar] 418907

"Our favored Empress, Lavinia XV Goldhoof."
I chuckle
"Her given name might offer you a clue as to what I mean. She's not exactly as interested in waging wars as she is in… well… gold."

Godric [Dark Knight] 418908

I turn to look at the throne.
"Ever since I returned I have wondered if I was making any of the right decisions at all. We are on the verge, Grimalphas, but is it the edge of greatness or the doom of us all?"
I sigh.

DM 418909

Of course, young Verne.
Where is the fun in simplicity?
[Grand Engineer Rampart of Timberjaw
One of the foremost innovators and civil engineers of Timberjaw, Rampart is seen as the father of countless inventions that helped improve quality of life in Timberjaw for many.
While he is not known for military engineering, he has a keen mind that requires near-constant work to remain happy.]
She pours a third drink
"So, what's a big international hero like you want with lil' ol' me then?"
"How nice.
I imagine she'd be right at home in Snowborder."
She gives a sincere smile
"With Garret off he throne, we have prevented a deep disaster in the future. Had he remained, Stormheart would have been the first to fold before Equestria."

Godric [Dark Knight] 418910

"Is that a learned opinion, or just another one of your visions?"
I bring out her book and look at the cover.

Liviana [Templar] 418911

I cough
"Erm… What…. what makes you say that, your highness?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418912

Yes, yes. Rampart, while possibly difficult, would be a good asset.

Speaking of assets, what about that inventor from Rockeye some time ago?

I don't remember if I bought one of her teleport boxes

Ambrosia [Monk] 418913

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418914

I rub the back of my head in embarresment.
"I don't feel like such a hero. And I came here because.."
Get up and walk over to her and carress her face with my hoof. "You still promised me that round 2~"

DM 418915

[Visions of The Eye]
"It was the culmination of my visions. The one that spurred me into action.
But before that, it was a haunting fear, born of seeing his weakness in action."
She shrugs
"Well if she likes gold, I heard Snowborder has lots of that."
"Alone? No. I'll stay somewhere safe and wait for you."
I believe you bought the box.
She now works for Frostmourn, and moved to Ironfoe to make better use of their facilities.
"That I did, hottie~
Still want it?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418916

I scratch my head
"… Do you wish for me to stay home for you?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418917

Kiss her. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Liviana [Templar] 418918

"Snowborder… I think you would need to see it with your own eyes before forming an opinion on it, your highness… With all due respect."

DM 418919

"Only if that is what you want to do."
"Still got it in you, hot stuff…"
She offhandedly glances at a small box on her mantle, before pulling you on top her and giggling a bit
"Probably. All I know is what I've read. I've never met anyone who knows about the place."

Godric [Dark Knight] 418920

"I see. Garret capitulated to Frostmourn in seconds…and he admitted he would do the same if confronted with another choice."
Run a talon over the cover.
"…what did you see of our new allies?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418921

Good to know. I'll keep it for now.

What are the construction methods used by Timberjaw, anyway? Actually, I had better review what Timberjaw really is.

Liviana [Templar] 418922

"We had to travel through it to get here, unfortunately. It… wasn't exactly a nice place. Corrupted to the core, I honestly was on edge the entire time."

Ambrosia [Monk] 418923

I scrunch
"… I promised to help Frosty. He helped us, so I have to help him back to repay him."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418924

Nuzzle her and smile
"I couldn't wait to get back here, my warrior princess."

DM 418925

"My visions were never purely clear. They took some interpretation.
I could see how one of the possible futures shown would include the pony emperor and his kind as our allies…"
[Timberjaw has an age-old and deeply ingrained tradition of architecture and construction, due greatly to King Timberjaw, who was an architect by trade.
The area is stormy, due much to the coastal mountains, meaning weak structures would simply be blown away. For this, Timberjaw perfected impossibly sturdy structures that still look visually impressive.]
"…and here I thought it was a land of wealth and luxury…"
She slumps down on a pillow
"Nothing is ever as nice as you think, is it?"
"Then go ahead. This is your decision to make."
She giggles at that
"You charmer you…"

Liviana [Templar] 418926

I smile weakly at her
"The world tends to be a lot grayer than ponies would believe it to be. At least it is much nicer here. Maybe you could come visit Clopantinople sometime in the future. It's truly a jewel of the east."

Godric [Dark Knight] 418927

"I see…perhaps alternative interpretations will be revealed to others."
Turn to look back at her.
"Regardless, I trust that your heart is still in the right place? All you desire is to keep Stormheart and its people safe?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418928

I nod weakly
"Sorry. I hoped to be with you longer."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418929

Time for that round 2

Roll #1 5, 3, 3, 4, 2 + 2 = 19

DM 418930

"Do tell~"
She looks dreamy for a short moment
"You are here now.
That is important to me, ok?"

Roll #1 2, 10, 5, 1, 10 + 10 = 38

DM 418931

It had it's ups and downs, but in the end she was more than satisfied, to make up for that terrible idea you tried right before.
"Well… phew.
I will admit that was… yeah…
Oh dear, what a finish. I think I may have screamed a bit…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418932

Yes. Strategically valuable, we can be sure.

We have not received a reply from Equestria about the hostage Lordblade a long time ago, have we?

DM 418933

Oddly, no.
One wonders what happened to that…
Well, maybe
Enter the High king himself

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418934

Can't blame a guy for trying eh? Maybe we should have beaten the shit out of each other beforehand.

Collapse on the coach.
"My…that was…quite something~"

Godric [Dark Knight] 418935

Liviana [Templar] 418936

"Well… it's rather big compared to what I've seen so far here. Possibly one of the most densely populated areas in the known world. Thanks to its location, it's one of the main trading hubs in the Empire. Plenty of things to buy and sell there, which is very nice."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418937

Stand up from my chair somewhat happily.

"Frostmourne! Come in, please. Anything I can do for you?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418938

I stare at her for a moment, then nod
"Okay, Mistral. … I don't know what I would do without you."

DM 418939

"I desire to see Stormheart survive the coming ages. And with a weak king we will not."
She gives you a little kiss to ease the afterglow, then lays her head on you
"…what am I to you?"
"That all reminds me of Snowborder again…"
"You'd be the same, but a bit more alone?"
He hugs you a bit
"What's the situation in Timberjaw?"

Liviana [Templar] 418940

I tap my chin
"Well… it's warmer too! And… there's more… earth ponies?"
It's totally different!

Godric [Dark Knight] 418941

I sigh again.
"Very well. Regain your strength, crone. I may be forced to rely on you in the coming days, given Frostmourn's rapid pace. He wishes use of our armies in Timberjaw, and I do not want to see more sons and daughters die needlessly. Can I trust you to prepare?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418942

Put a hoof around her to hug her closer.
Think for a second.
"The mare who cheered me up when I felt like I lost anything.
The mare who showed me that I can always keep going towards new heights.
….The mare I…love…"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418943

"Yes. Alone."
I hug her back
"I will miss you. You should keep walking often like this to stay strong."

Donrick [Smith] 418944


Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418945

"The rebel faction controlling the south of the region is led by one called Grand Engineer Rampart, who has managed to gain a considerable edge against King Craghoof, the current King. The reason for the conflict seems to be similar to what we had here, the rebels accusing Craghoof of diluting tradition by bringing in cheap foreign labour to use faster, but less enduring methods of building as compared to Timberjaw ones. Craghoof's stand is that it is necessary to meet the needs of their nation and then Rampart is but a violent warmonger."

"Now, looking at this, it might appear best to side with Craghoof, but after doing a check on Rampart, I believe this to not be the case. Rampart was known for being a great engineer and innovator who had developed a great many inventions to improve life in Timberjaw, and was not known for military work. This is inconsistent with Craghoof's claims. There is also a rumour that the reason for the rebel's success is some sort of genius invention, and I would not find it unthinkable that even one untrained in weapons would have found a way to make something of valuable for battle. While it may be difficult to do so, I believe the best course of action is to attempt allying with Rampart. However, in case we fail to turn Rampart to our side, we should need to think of something else. Before I say more, what do you think?"

DM 418946

"South from here, rich from trade, major hub… I'm sure there are differences too though."
"Me? For the front lines?"
"You won't be going quite yet. We still have time to catch up~"
She silently nods, then levitates the box from her mantle over, and gives it to you
"All I know for certain is that I need Craghoof alive. He is a master architect, and I need his knowledge to help build Northscrown."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418947

I take it, a bit confused.
"What's this?"

Donrick [Smith] 418948

"Yes, Chell, I am bored. I want to make weapons like back at the palace already. Or do something."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418949

"What about Rampart? From what I know, he might be even more helpful to the Northscrown. Give me a bit, let me see if I have anything on Craghoof…"

Look for something on Craghoof.

Godric [Dark Knight] 418950

"No, I fear that will be my job instead, given Frostmourn's odd quirks. However I cannot be in two places at once. I may need you to act in my stead."

Liviana [Templar] 418951

"Well… the fauna and flora are completely different for one."
I look myself over
"… As is our culture. I should probably go fetch my robes, your highness. This must be uncomfortable for you."

Ambrosia [Monk] 418952

"You're right, of course. Something you had in mind?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418953

Reporting for duty.

DM 418954

"Open it."
"Rampart is a rogue element. He can be useful, but is not vital."
[King Craghoof, direct heir to Old King Timberjaw
Like his fathers before him, a master builder, planner and architect. Studied the art of siege warfare and was known for his taste in building things out of seemingly impossible materials whenever he could, often just to prove it was possible.]
…if that is your will."
She bows
"…might you pay for a glass eye for me though? Or at least an eye patch. This empty hole is a little… unsightly."
"…how is it, actually?
I wonder…"
She starts taking her own royal attire off, muttering something.
"…Frosty must have liked it at least…"
"I'd like to do something together that makes you smile"
Two blades report in
"Master Swansong"
"We only just got here, but came as soon as we could"
"We intercepted a message headed out of Timberjaw via carrier bird"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418955

I open it.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418956

"Good job.
The sender?"
Examine said message.

Donrick [Smith] 418957

"We could craft something."

Godric [Dark Knight] 418958

"Very well…though I do wish to stay and set things in motion first. Our new friends were most uncomfortable with the idea of you taking the throne. And of course, I must keep you under observation for what you did."

Ambrosia [Monk] 418959

I stop and flick my tail
"I can smile."

Liviana [Templar] 418960

"… Feels normal? You have to understand, it's how we've always walked around. The gentle climate allowed us to do so most of the time, even outside. The exception being wintertime."

DM 418961

It's a single coin. Looks kinda old and worn.
"We decoded it as we ran"
"The cypher implies the sender was a Equestrian Lordblade"
The message is a long list of chemical compounds, materials and elaborate instructions, possibly related to construction.
She deploys a few tools
"I expected no less of my fate."
"Just smiling for the sake of smiling is not the same thing."
"Well, it's always wintertime here."
She carefully folds her attire, then sits down, looking a little uncomfortable
"…it feels weird to me… I can feel all my parts in the wind… touching the bed… it feels so…

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418962

I look at her, confused.

Donrick [Smith] 418963

I think for a moment.
"Maybe something to help iron out any dents you might suffer. We are going to war, after all."
Can I make a Gadget for Craft/Repair?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418964

"This is dangerous news.
We know Timberjaw has been buying explosive moss off our storages for a while now.
These things…
I need to see an alchemist."
Who's the highest, smartest mage we have around here in Wintergrasp?

Liviana [Templar] 418965

I shrug slightly
"I don't really pay mind to it at all. You get used to it, I suppose."

Godric [Dark Knight] 418966

"Mm. You will be kept under house arrest and I will be informed of your every move. It is all I can do, but I do not know who else I can trust to care for Stormheart."

Kilana (deathsinger) 418967

Did pumpkin ever tell me who made his communication crystals?

Ambrosia [Monk] 418968

"That is true."
I look down
"I'm sorry if it looks like I'm not happy. Because I am happy with you."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418969

"If you wish. In that case, the most obvious choice would be to side with him. But all things considered… I am personally very tempted by Rampart. The best possible outcome would be a peaceful resolution, but as if yet I have no idea how to achieve that.-

"Wait… Yes. Everything on Rampart points to him not being a warmonger as Craghoof claims, but to have genuine concern for Timberjaw. His is reportedly a mind that must always be working on something new, a genius prodigy. This must be something serious if he is willing to start a rebellion for it. At the same time, if Craghoof is truly resorting to using non-traditional methods as a means of survival, he must know that it is not feasible in the long run. as they lose theit methods of old, Timberjaw suffers, and being descendent of a long line of architects, he would feel the pain. Then.. yes, that is where we come in. Timberjaw joins the North, and we help support and ensure its survival. Craghoof no longer has to rely on other building methods as we can support him in his own efforts. Rampart has no more reason to wage rebellion as his demands are met, and stands down in peace. We gain both of them. Do you think it is possible?"

DM 418970

"It's the first coin I ever earned on the arena. I kept it as a reminded of that day, a memento of a huge change in my life.
Now… I think I can let it go.
Because you represent an even bigger change."
And what a beauty it is.
Heck it could probably endure a few dings itself.
Nylis, Winterbeeze, Spearhorn… Id and Kilana sorta count?
"What of your wife?"
I dunno?
"You don't smile when you're happy?"
"And how do we end the war? We can ill force peace talks unless we can somehow create a large enough wedge to demand a ceasefire."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418971

I look back it and back at her.
Time for another kiss '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Ambrosia [Monk] 418972

I look back up
"Force of habit."

Kilana (deathsinger) 418973

Actually wait, i probably don't need that I'll go talk to Valeriana.

Donrick [Smith] 418974

That's more like it!
Stash it safely with my other tools.
"Now, what next…"

Liviana [Templar] 418975

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418976

Visit Winterbreeze.
Knock, of course.

Godric [Dark Knight] 418977

"…I have not seen her since I returned. That will be up to her, as it should be. All I can do is tell her the truth."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418978

"We need more information before we can bring the two factions together. We go to Craghoof and hear his side of the story, while simultaneously, some of us infiltrate rebel territory and hear from them. I am personally of the opinion that neither side is doing it for selfish reasons or blind loyalty to the leaders, so peace is somewhat feasible. Do you have any suggestions?"

DM 418979

She keeps shifting her weight
"I suppose…
I guess you get less sensitive too."
"Pumpkin? What brings you here?"
"I guess she should know she is queen now."
"Yes, child?"
"You should work on that. Smiling is a beautiful thing."
Best husbando ever
"C'mere… hero~"

Donrick [Smith] 418980

…Can I make a better brushie tool?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Kilana (deathsinger) 418981

"How are you able to stay connected to all of your shadows?"

DM 418982

"Well, we have political muscle, military power and infiltrators, so all approaches are possible.
What worries me most is if we play both sides, will our plan unite the two, or simply unite them against us?"
The brushie is quite nice already

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418983

"I need some help. Got a little puzzle on my hooves, if you want."

DM 418984

"They are all born from me, and have a small bit of me in them. They are fragments of me, and much like how I know where my hooves are, I know where they are."
"What sort of puzzle?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418985

"I… yes. Of course. I will."

Donrick [Smith] 418986

"I don't think I can make it better."

Liviana [Templar] 418987

"Sensitive? Well… yes. You get used to the occasional breeze so that you don't even notice it anymore."
I cock my head
"I wonder… do you put clothing on to sleep as well or…?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 418988

"Yes. Though she is none of your concern at the moment."
Start stalking towards the exit.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418989

I suppose we cuddle and more~ for a while.

In a lull in the action I ask her,
"Waveform, what do you think of Eaglescrest?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 418990

"Remember the reason for conflict in the first place. Craghoof, being king, understands the necessity of the use of less reliable methods, while Rampart, only a worker, probably does not. Both of them should know that the best way to go forward would be to continue use of traditional methods, but only the King knows that it is not feasible in the short term, which is why Rampart rebels.Therefore, in order for there to be peace, this ideal situation must be met, and we will be the ones to ensure that this ideal situation is feasible by taking Timbersaw under our hooves. If they were to unite against us instead of with us, given their problems, they would most assuredly fail, and we must make sure both parties know this. What do you think?"

Kilana (deathsinger) 418991

"Hm, so it is because they're actually your shadows. So simple, but I guess there isn't an easy way to copy that ability." I frown "Maybe a communication crystal is the best option. Do you know how I can have one made?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418992

"It's a chemistry homework.
Never been good with those."
Give her a weak smile.
"And it has to do with explosives."

DM 418993

"So long as you remember it should also be about you being happy."
"It's a place. Lots to eat, lots to fight…. I suppose I can't complain?"
"Usually, yes.
It just feels… wrong… to be like this
Or… well… maybe that's not the best worst but…"
"I mean no harm, king Blackmane.
I am on your side in this."
"It seems duplicitous and underhanded, but should save lives in the long run.
I guess I will take my more political-minded allies and spearhead a party to meet Craghoof, while Valeriana will take the rest and seek out Rampart."
"I believe they came from Rockeye."
"…isn't Explosive Mold more of a… botany thing?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 418994

"I like it a lot. More then I thought, you know, as a mage…"

Donrick [Smith] 418995

Sit down in front of Chell.
"And do you like giving brushies?"

Liviana [Templar] 418996

"Not to question your judgment, your highness, but there are ponies who seem to dislike seeing others walk around unclothed. I don't wish to force our customs on you and create some sort of diplomatic incident. Perhaps you should stick with the attire after all?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 418997

I nod
"Yes. Of course."
I hug her again
"I will do my best to change my ways."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 418998

"There are also a few things more."
Pull out the list of ingredients.
Just a list though, not the message.
I'm asking around. What would you make of this?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 418999

"But you have caused enough. And I will have no harm come to my family over this, be it from without or within."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419000

"It saves the most lives. If all goes well, no one has to die, and it achieves everyone's objectives. The traditions of Timbersaw are preserved, Timbersaw can continue to subsist, and we are in dominion over it. What is.. underhanded?"

Kilana (deathsinger) 419001

"Do you know who I should speak to in rockeye? I think a few of the other might appreciate it as well, I wonder how fast they can be produced. "

DM 419002

"Yeah. After all the bad reputation it gets for being barbaric and warlike… it's not too bad really."
"…do stallions also go unclothed in Trotantium?"
"Thank you.
…sometimes it's just so hard for me to know if you are truly happy or not when you never smile…"
She reads it through a few times and thinks
"Well not even half of this stuff is chemistry alone. I think a lot of these have to do with metalworking.
The chemical parts do include Explosive Mold… here… and the rest… well, hard to be sure without trying, but from just what they do on their own I'd imagine combined with the mold they make it more powerful and easier to control."
"I see.
I will remain where you want me."
"Allying with both sides of a war. Say what we might, they will think their side has won the favor of the North."
"King Longshanks seemed to be in the know about most things."

Donrick [Smith] 419003

Turn my back to her and motion to brush.
"I created you to help me with the forge.
And because you are an innovation, a miracle."

Liviana [Templar] 419004

"Of course! It'd be a little discriminatory to only allow mares to do so, no?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419005

"I'd love to settle down here someday. But the High King needs me in Wintersgrasp…and further."
Grasp one of her hooves.
"And even with the Deep Road that's a long way from here. So I was hoping you'd like to with me to Wintersgrasp?"

Ambrosia [Monk] 419006

"I am happy to have you after all those years, I know that for certain."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419007

"Is that not true? Both do have our favour, as long as they unite into one. And submit to us. Ah, right. It may be better to make our stance clearer as… mediators. Then our eventual suggestion of peace would not be so sudden. Of course that is only after we have gained their trust. Before that, we are there to… help them with their problems. Be careful with the wording."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419008

I nod.
"Good. With any luck Stormheart will endure the coming storm. If not…let it be said we died standing…"

I think it's time to visit my own home at last.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419009

"Metalforging, uh?"
Smile a bit.
"I knew I could count on you.
Thanks for the help, Winterbreeze."
Off I go.
Let's see…


Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419010

Given that it seems I've finished up with Kilana, I think I'll go track down Smouldering. He seemed like an upstanding young gentlepony.

Kilana (deathsinger) 419011

"Longshanks, hm.. maybe I should just send a letter about them for now. " I smile "maybe we can even have large ones installed in each nation's capital so they can ask for help or other things."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419012

So should I entertain you both at the same time, but not during muh waifu time, or shall we split time 3-ways?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419013

I need you while still in Wintergrasp. The day after we had that talk about the newcomers.

DM 419014

"How do you…
she blushes
"…stay focused?"
She looks around her home
"…where would I stay there?"
"Indeed… indeed…"
He glances at your bottles
Your estate is a nice one. Befitting your status.
And the lady is waiting…
"I do have my bigger one in the tower, for one."

Liviana [Templar] 419015

I cock my head slightly
"I'm sorry?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419016

It's not important when we speak. In fact, to go easier on you, I'll speak to Verne first instead so you can speak to Pumpkin and waifu undistracted.

Where's Verne at?

Godric [Dark Knight] 419017

Home. It;s been so long. Stormheart may be in my heart, but it belongs here.

Go inside.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419018

"Care for some drink? You need some recuperation time, anyway. May as well take some time out before leaving for our next task."

Pull up a nice chair for him.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419019

"I'm sure I could arrange something for you to live in the palace. And you can keep your home here of course…"

Allright we the day after now.
"Hello Pumpkin."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419020

I come to you with a puzzle. May I?"
Motion inside.

Donrick [Smith] 419021

Relax as she brushies.
"It's true. You are like a daughter to me, but I said this already."

DM 419022

"Well you know with stallions… just… swaying their…
She trails off, biting her lip
Your wife is waiting
"Dearest! You're back!"
"I do need to think this through.
How have you been as a person, old friend?"
"Well I only rent this place anyway. Obviously I'd stop paying for it if I moved to a palace~"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419023

"By all means, sit yourself…" I brush some papers of a chair. "…down."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419024

Nod and comply, hoofing you over a piece of paper with a list of materials.
"What do you make of this? Keep in mind there's also our north-famous mold in the mix."

Liviana [Templar] 419025

"Ah… uh… well you just learn not to stare. It's kind of an unspoken rule, really…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419026

We should chat. I'll show up to your office after you've finished playing pretend talking with Frosty.

Knock. "Your Grace."

Kilana (deathsinger) 419027

I smile "And that one has been working out well for you I assume? Keeping in touch with that stallion? "

Donrick [Smith] 419028

"And proud."

DM 419029

"You never even peek?
Don't lie…"
"I hardly ever find time any more. Though that could just be because of the constant action"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419030

"Myself? Well… Pumpkin helped me out of an abyss I'd been falling into some time back. I've been.. worse, but better. Ah, Venus? You might going out for a bit? Anyway.. I really have Venus to thank. If not for her, I can;t imagine what sort of.. shell of a pony I would have become."

Do you want Frosty around?

Godric [Dark Knight] 419032

I drop my effects and embrace her, relieved.
"I am…and it warms my heart to see you at last. Have you been safe?"

Kilana (deathsinger) 419033

"Yea, it probably is because of the constant action." "On that note, do you think we're prepared for Timberjaw?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419034

It makes no difference to me. I was actually responding to your request for a meeting a long-ass time ago.

Liviana [Templar] 419035

I shift my hooves uncomfortably
"I wouldn't dare desecrate our own customs like that."

DM 419036

"I have. Though fresh meat is running out again…"
Venus nods and leaves
"I think Frostmourn has a plan for us soon enough."
"Do you even like stallions?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419037

I go over the list.
"Explosives…or something…An unusual mix…obviously alchemical but I'm unfamiliar with all of it. Where does it come from, that might give me an idea…"

"Great. I'll make sure everything is arranged then. When do you think you might be ready to move? I'll help pack of course."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419038

"Yes, well, I believe I may have taken care of that problem…"

DM 419039

"Well I can go any day. I know my landlord well enough."

DM 419040

"Really? Do tell, do tell. Come on, I'll make you a drink…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419041

Okay sure.

"Please, come in."

"Anyway, that's about it for me. Though, honestly… could I ask you something, Frosty… Frostmourne? What do.. what do you think of me?"

Donrick [Smith] 419042

And then there was brushie

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419043

Smirk and relax back on the chair.
"And to think I came here for another shot at your clairvoyance. So, what's that you're thinking?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419044

"You asked for a moment of my time before the Stormheart Affair. My schedule has only just opened up. I've been quite busy as of late, I'm afraid."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419045

"And what about the arena?"

Look at him.
[Do I know this comes from Timberjaw?]
4th Eye '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Liviana [Templar] 419047

I raise a brow at that
"… As I mentioned before, I'm too busy with my work to occupy myself with romance. But the answer to your question is yes."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419048

But that doesn't come from Timberjaw! It was headed there!

Godric [Dark Knight] 419050

"Thank you. I could use one after everything that's happened."

And then I told the story over drinks.

DM 419051

"You are as much a valuable asset to my kingdom as you are an important friend to me."
"Eh. I can quit that."
No, it was headed OUT of there.

Liviana [Templar] 419052

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419053


DM 419054

"Hm, that's nice.
Offers a little perspective to you and all.
I hope my questions don't offend?"
"So… let me get this straight.
You're king now?
And we're allied with ponies now?
And we have access to near unlimited hunting grounds now?"

Donrick [Smith] 419057

Okay, wrap that up and get dressed.
"Good job, Chell. You can stay here and arrange my tools in order. I'm going to check if these gardens are as relaxing as the ones at the palace."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419058

"That's alright, I understand. At any rate, I hope you've been enjoying yourself with Kilana."

Smirk a bit.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419059

"If it was sent from Timberjaw, I fear it might be to create a weapon of some kind…and more worriesome, that they probably already created this weapon. But you already suspect that, I suppose."
I go over the list.
"Would you mind I make a copy of some of these ingredients? I can look them up to get a better idea of it."

"If it's easy as that. I'll make sure to make the arrangements right away."

Liviana [Templar] 419060

I shake my head
"Of course not. I was just caught by surprise by that one. It's… not a subject I think about very often."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419061

"More or less. And I may have just given a traitor the throne to watch. I never thought I would be forced to make decisions like this."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419063

Blink a few times.
"Damn. Here I was hoping you'd have some revelation about the nature of this weapon."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419064

"Yes, the High King asked me to work with her and she has been an excellent colleague. I've already made some progress on my personal research. He also asked me to work with Nylis, I'm afraid. She seems quite knowledgeable, but I have trouble keeping her around. She seems to be warming up slowly, though."

Kilana (deathsinger) 419066

"I hope its a good plan." I smile "No- I know its a good plan. I just hope we execute it as he wishes."

"Anything in particular on your mind before we go?"

DM 419067

The real question is, where was it headed, and why?
"It's a subject I seem to have all too much time to dwell on.
…does fighting help take your mind off it?"
"It's tough being king…"
She puts her talon on yours

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419069

One visit at a time.
I'll have to talk with Waymarker for that.

DM 419072

"Be ready for war."
I needed to sleep two hours ago

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419074

That's why I'm not doing it now, duh.

Liviana [Templar] 419075

"Partially. I try not to dwell on things because… well because of certain reasons that are too private for me to share right now. So I just… keep my mind busy. Never stand still and always be on the move so my mind doesn't wander off. And when I do, I just play some music or read some to deny those thoughts. Or I pray, that helps a lot too."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419079

I close my eyes for a few minutes.
"No…sometimes I wish I had sight like Grimalphas had. It sure was a hell of a lot more reliable than mine."
I smile sheepishly.

I suppose Waveform got set in the Wintersgrasp palace?

Godric [Dark Knight] 419080

"It is. I can understand why such decisions would weigh on Garret's mind, but how could I ever condone what he did? Or what Grimalphas did? And I react by selling out our home?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419083

Nod slowly.
"Well, since I have already burnt my one wish out I guess we'll have to find the old fashioned way.
But sure, make a copy. Just, don't show it around too much, uh?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419085

"Warming up to you? Oh, dear…"

Chuckle some.

"Well, I hope you continue to have… productive times with her. Anyway, you are an expert of Mind Magic, are you? and of the workings of the mind, which I feel is immensely important to my work. Tell me, how well learned would you describe yourself?"


Look down a bit.

"Frostmourn, could I… ask you something? Have you ever felt that your role in life was forced on you? I-I have chosen my role in your rule, in this nation, of my own free will, but you were born with your destiny determined just like that, by virtue of being child of royalty. What sort of life would you have wanted to lead otherwise?"

Kilana (deathsinger) 419087

I nod "Well, if anything is bothering you.. let me know, okay?" I put a hoof on your shoulder "You've been like a friend and mother too me these years. I don't want you to feel like you're alone because of your job."

DM 419095

"Mhm. You're scared of stallions then, huh?
That's ok. It only hurts the first few times."
You did what you could.
Time will tell if you were right. And you usually are."
She gives a reassuring smile
"Now tell me more about all that food you gained for out starving people~"
"This is the only life I ever figured I could have.
I may have wanted other things… but I understand I could never have had them. And I accept it."
"I just have one last massive skeleton in my closet I need to dust out…
But after that… I can at last be free."


Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419096

"I have little doubt you heard how I recently shamed Longshanks in the reading of Lady Goldentail. I don't know of anyone more knowledgeable on the subject of neurology than myself, though this could be due to the fact that the stigma has sent many aspiring neurologists under ground."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 419100

"It won't leave this room, nor will I speak of it, to anypony you can be sure of that."

I write down part of the recipe and commit the rest to memory. Then I give it back to Pumpkin.

Liviana [Templar] 419102

"What? No, that's not it at all!"

DM 419104


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419107

"Much appreciated."
Nod slowly and leave.

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419108

"Then.. we are the same. Once… once this is all over, let's go somewhere and be free. Just for a short while. Take our friends, our lovers, go out and be free."

"Yes. Goldentail… I had thought something very strange about her over the years I knew her. You are one brazen to flaunt such a stigmatized profession so. This brazenness.. is essential for success, and I have need of your skill. Would you work with me?"

Liviana [Templar] 419113

I scrunch
"Your highness, this is no laughing matter. I am not afraid."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419118

"I lived in the shadows wearing a mask for more than a decade. Now, I have cast off the mask. I will work with you, but know this: justice must come to Rockeye eventually."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419124

"For pushing you all underground? I have heard little more than that your professions are shunned and banned because. Please, elaborate if there is more than that."

DM 419125

"Just looking for that special someone then.
I can respect that."
She rolls onto her back and wiggles her legs

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 419131

"Longshanks is the opponent of the very dissemination of knowledge. He creates an artificial scarcity to prop up his mageocracy. His rulings are arbitrary and detrimental to the ponies of Rockeye. And he's a hypocrite. More than enough reason to remove him from power."

Liviana [Templar] 419136

"Something the matter, your highness?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 419140

"If I have it right, we now have hunting rights over most of the north. With luck, it can give our people some perspective on what is happening out there as well."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 419144

Can we do this later? About to knock out now

DM 419718

If someone has social business to handle, now is the time.
Next time on NL we march to war.

Donrick [Smith] 419728

I was busy being lonely

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419729

Off to Waymarker.

Liviana [Templar] 419744

DM 419749

"Swansong. To what do I owe this visit?"
"Still kinda trying to get used to this.
But nevermind that. What kind of combat training did you get?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419755

"We intercepted something. The cypher gave away their lordblade affiliation.
I need your help locating them."

Liviana [Templar] 419760

"In its rawest form, physical combat. Swordfighting, jousting and so on. My divine magic is more focused on healing rather than harming. Why do you ask?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419763

Is Waveform with me in Wintersgrasp?
I sure hope she's got a nice room.

DM 419764

"Mhm. And where did it come from?"
"I thought we could spar. Maybe you could teach me some moves?"

DM 419768

She looks around her suite
"It sure is… huh…
well.. royal.
Are you sure this is all quite ok?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419770

"Timberjaw. And if you have to ask what it is… Plans, for a weapon.
It's the dragon titans all over again."

Liviana [Templar] 419774

"Me? Spar with you, your highness? I'd be honored but… how much experience do you have?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419775

"Definately. You're with me now. And that means you deserve just the same treatment as I get."

Kilana [deathsinger] 419776

I think I want to talk to winterbreeze.


I guess I'm still at home. How was my first night back?

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 419782

"From Timberjaw…
I don't recall the order sending anyone there, at least at the time of my briefing. Must be someone newly assigned…"
"That's so sweet of you~"
"Kilana? Well, this is a rare surprise. What brings you here?"
Lots to think about, little to sleep about.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419783

"Now come, I want you to meet somepony."

And now I go looking for Venia.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419784

"Or somepony from the inside.
There is civil war over there. But the big question is where would they send it to."

Liviana [Templar] 419786

DM 419787

"Almost doubtlessly Equestria. If it contains weapon plans, they may seek to move knowledge of Timberjaw weapon technology to the Equestrian Engineer Society."
"Not too much outside magic…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419790

"In a single, straight fly? No stops anywhere in the middle of the north?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 419792

"Well, I'd like to talk about magic and you're an excellent mage." I smile "I've heard how much you helped with the teleporters, you're owed a bit of recognition for that I think, and you helped us out with the demon eye"

Venia [Battlemage] 419793

I'm probably in the palace somewhere, being Queeny and shit.

Liviana [Templar] 419796

"That is fine, of course. My equipment is the armory, shall we go there?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 419797

I certainly hope this doesn't become a pattern.
"I wonder if Garret spent each night like this…"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419800

I'll find you there then.
"Hello Venia, there's somepony I'd like you to meet. This is Waveform."

DM 419811

"Less stops means less chances of mistakes like this. And not like it could stop anywhere but in Snowborder."
"I suppose you're right…
So, how can I help?"
"Well we could, sure.
Say, do you know any hoof to hoof fighting?"
"Maybe at first. I'm sure we'll settle in…"

Venia [Battlemage] 419813

I nod as he approaches me.
I smile at Waveform
"So very nice to meet you. I've seen you around before and heard a lot about you."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419815

"I hope so. Things will only get harder. Did you want to move into the palace?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 419816

"What do you know about communication magic? I know that two-way communication crystals can be made, but that's all I really know."

Liviana [Templar] 419819

"Oh yes, of course. I was taught how to take down somepony non-lethally."
I smirk
"Do you wish for a demonstration, perhaps?"

DM 419821

She bows
"Your highness Venia."
"Well it would be a shame to waste the place, no?"
"Not too much I'm afraid. I never had a chance to really study them…"
She shrugs
"If I intend to go out into the battlefield, that might become vital."
She then hops off the bed and goes into a fighting stance

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419823

Let out a sigh of relief.
"I was actually worried about dormient blades inside our borders, of all things.


"Indeed it would. Not to worry, this will not hurt."
Move in and attempt to Suppress her

Roll #1 10 = 10

Venia [Battlemage] 419831

"Please, no need to bow for me. Just call me Venia. Welcome to Wintergrasp."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419832

"I suppose so. I just cannot get past the fact that it belongs to me now. Garret never left it once he stepped in, after all."

Kilana [deathsinger] 419833

I smile "If only we had more hours in the day. I've heard some mages in rock eye can make them. I'm going to send them a letter about ordering some later, I can ask for a few for you to look at if you like." I look her over a bit "You busy just now Winterbreeze? I could show you what I was working on for so long."

DM 419839

"Well, my information may be outdated. But I'd never risk a landing inside these borders."
After you bend her over and pin her down, Frostmourn walks in
"Sunrise! Have you seen my-
"It is a lovely place. A bit rustic, but lovely."
"We should make the most of it."
"Sure, I have time."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419842

"We're both really happy you allowed her to stay here, Venia.
Thanks again."

Liviana [Templar] 419844

Quickly let go of Sunrise and bow
"Your highness."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419845

"If you think so. I am sure you will find some way to clear out the ghosts he left behind."

Kilana [deathsinger] 419847

"Alright, we'll just go over to my room then." and then we went there and saw Codar.

"Hello Codar, this is my friend Winterbreeze. "

Venia [Battlemage] 419849

"The pleasure to have you both here is all mine."
I look at Waveform
"Doubly so seeing how we both practice the same school of magic."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419854

"Great. Now we might have some time before they realize what has happened.
Do they receive confirmation, usually?"

DM 419857

"…am I interrupting something?"
Waveform nods eagerly
"New curtains and rugs can do wonders to make a place cozier."
"…amazing! What are you?"
We were once the Deathguard of the Underking.
"When it is needed. Usually when their mission changes."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419860

"Maybe you both could compare notes sometime?"
I smile.

Liviana [Templar] 419862

"Her majesty asked me to demonstrate a non-lethal takedown and I obliged."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419866

"Good to know. We might still prevent just this one weapon from being built then.
Say, how is your rehabilitation going?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 419868

I smile proudly "He'd be a great guardian for the dark academy someday, particularly after the fine job he's done protecting me. He's also pretty good company since he has his own mind."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419870

I smile.
"Your taste for appearance always astounds me."

DM 419879

"I did!"
"I believe that. I just wanted to ask if you had seen my spare shirt."
"I put it in the drawer there"
"Thank you. Carry on."
Sunrise smiles at Frosty, then tries to duplicate your hold '1d10'
"I cannot help but feel I am alone here. Everyone I knew or cared for is either gone or far away."
"Amazing. How did you build it?"
"Well, a gryphon's eye is a sharp thing. Might as well please it."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 419882

I chuckle
"Maybe. Or we could put those studies into practice on the battlefield."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419883

"I'm trying to set things up for the rescue, but that's going to take a short while yet.
If I were to be discovered while we are still building a nation…
It wouldn't be pretty."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419886

"Very true. On that note, might I ask you for a favor?"


Can I stop her and counter that?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419889

"She's quite the talented fighter, Venia."
Put my hoof around her and smile at her
"She held her own in Eaglescrest as a mage after all!"

Kilana [deathsinger] 419891

"Very carefully. You see, he's made of multiple bodies, that's how he's so big, and getting those to work together took very precise runes. I make sure to clean him and fix any damage out of respect and safety: if something happened to those runes he might lose control of his limbs." I explain excitedly.

Venia [Battlemage] 419892

"So I've heard…"
Look back at Waveform
"What's your specialty exactly?"

DM 419899

"Is this how it worked? Or was I supposed to raise your leg more?"
"of course~"
"I know. And I don't blame you. Only myself for believing them, and for failing them."
"Interesting… so he is powered by the souls of the original bodies?"
"Nonelemental magic, though I've only really trained offensive spells lately."

Kilana [deathsinger] 419903

I nod "you really are talented to catch on so fast. Anything ever come of your own studies?" I ask


"You're a quick learner, your highness. You're doing mighty fine for a beginner, I have to say."
Can I escape her grip?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Battlemage] 419911

"I see. Self-study or…?"

Godric [Dark Knight] 419914

"I…left Grimalphas alive. She wishes to help me, and I can't turn away a gryphon with their heart in the right place. But I still have a hard time trusting her after what she did. Can you…watch her for me? I've ordered her under guard, but if you can get to know her in my stead, I can be free to keep watch on other things."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419918

"Maybe one day, soon, there will be no need to hide anymore.
That's what I hope for, at least."
Well, I think that's all. Just gotta report this all to Frosty before bed.

DM 419920

"I'm pretty much done for the big finale.
Now I just need a bit of courage…"
"Why thank you."
Can she hold on?
"Former Rockeye Mage Academy. And former arena fighter."
She shudders
"Well… ok…"

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 419924

She can't.
Frostmourn has sat down to observe the match
Do you want to barge in on him or time warp?

Venia [Battlemage] 419926

I chuckle
"Rockeye? That explains your talent then! I look forward to having a fellow mage around to talk with."

Liviana [Templar] 419933

I stand back up.
"Want another chance?"

Kilana [deathsinger] 419937

I sit down "Courage? Are you afraid of what you're going to get?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419940

I smile at Venia.
"Thanks, Venia. Now, I was thinking about exploring Wintergrasp a bit, since we're new here. I hope to talk to you again soon."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419944

I'll nuzzle her.

"I don't expect you to be responsible for her, nor do I want you to be. Leave that to the royal guard, and if you ever feel unsafe, go to them. But she seems earnest, perhaps one of the few left who do. I just wish to know what she thinks…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419945

I'm just gonna knock, what happens happens!

Venia [Battlemage] 419947

"Of course. If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask. I am here for you all."

DM 419954

"You bet!"
"Summoning a demon is a pretty big thing"
"For you… anything."
Frostmourn looks at the door
"Who is it?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419955

"Business old pal."
Offer him a weak smile.


Suppress her before she can get a hold of me!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419959

Bow my head before leaving with Waveform.
"She's nice isn't she?" I ask Waveform.

DM 419966

I guess that's more important than watching this.
Carry on ladies."
"Buy Frosty~
Ow! Hey! Don't strain that!"
"Worryingly so. She hardly feels like a queen at all!"

Godric [Dark Knight] 419968

"Thank you. I would never ask you to do something I did not think you could handle, love."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419971

Raise a brow and wait for him to step outside.
"Solved the two wives issue?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419973

"She used to be an adventurer, before she became a queen. In fact, she still is a bit of an adventurer, she went with us to Stormheart."

Liviana [Templar] 419978

"Sorry, your highness."
Let her go.
"Are you hurt?"

DM 419982

"There are things you think I can't handle?"
"Oh my… a warrior queen!
I bet Ebonreth would have been pleased to meet her."
"No, I'm just not used to stretching those parts.
Damn effective at holding one down though, i will admit."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 419985

"Two mares, one stallion, your room."
Snicker a bit.
"It sounded like Sunrise was having fun."

Kilana [deathsinger] 419986

I frown "I've seen what just single parts of a demon can do so someone, they are extremely dangerous. You've taken some kind of safety measures right?"

Liviana [Templar] 419990

"It's a good technique, very hard to escape from and relatively simple compared to others. And when you're unarmed like this, it is your best bet as a way of defense."
I look her over
"Then, you no doubt know spells to defend yourself too."

Godric [Dark Knight] 419994

I smile.
"Well I do give you all the important tasks, like looking after our clan and holdings when I am off playing with a bunch of ponies. Some might think you were the one with the title."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 419997

"….I suppose. I doubt she would feel the same though. As far as I understand Ebonreth and Frostmourn had some history, and Venia and Frostmourn are good friends."

DM 420000

"Seems they were training unarmed takedowns."
"I do, but they require focus."
"We both know why you're the one in charge~"
"And what of the new king… Raging Storm?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 420004

"I heard he has a long history as fighter. And fought with honor in many wars. Though he obviously paid dearly for some of those victories."

Liviana [Templar] 420009

"Right, of course. Well, I can continue to help you train your physique if you wish. You being an earth pony will definitely help in that regard."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 420010

Shiver slightly.
"Now that's a sight. Want to go back in there? It's not that im- Well it is, but nothing we can do about it now. I can pass by later, around sundown.
Actually made a promise to show the newcomer to that one spot overlooking the castle, for meditation."