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Northlands Season 2 - Episode 18 DM 442460[Last 50 Posts]

This is the point in the story where a lot of branching off happens.

EPISODE 18: InterMissions

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442462

Well, that was certainly a night.

Liviana [Templar] 442478

"It can be a bit intimidating. And… well, not all parts of the city are as safe as the others."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442480

"Isn't that everywhere the case?" I grin "I'd love to see it one day."

Liviana [Templar] 442487

"It's not exactly nextdoors, unfortunately… But I truly hope you may see it one day. It is a sight to behold."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442492

"I wasn't talking about doing it soon. But maybe one day. And you made the trip. How long is it?"

Liviana [Templar] 442498

"Several weeks from here. It greatly depends on the pace you keep up. Mind you, a large part of the journey was by ship, so the weather at sea is another factor to consider. We arrived in Manehatten, then went North."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442504

"…..I've never seen the sea before either."

Liviana [Templar] 442507

I raise a brow in surprise
"… Really? That's… well I guess that's understandable. Rockeye is landlocked after all."
I chuckle.
"Hard to imagine for us… searoutes are so important for our trade, we take it all for granted."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442508

"It must be quite an amazing sight."

Liviana [Templar] 442512

"It's certainly unique. There's a certain sense of… freedom when you're at sea. As if you're looking out over a endless expanse of water, ready to be explored. No doubt it holds many secrets hidden under those waves."

DM 442513

"Good morning~"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442517

"Good morning to you too, lady Valley."
I'll nuzzle against her a bit.
"Or should I drop the formalities, considering?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442520

I will wake up early today.
Have to travel all the way to Timberjaw while Frosty is still there, and hopefully be back in a day or two.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442523

I grin.
"Just waiting to be discovered one day. Maybe when somepony discovers how to breath underwater."

We were having our pillow talk.
"Do you still want to come with me, finding that Crystal?"

Donrick [Smith] 442527

Liviana said something about having troubles concentrating last time with her healing…

Can I whip up some sort of cataclyst stabilizer for her as I wait for Chell to reboot?

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 442530

"I'd like that… yeah~"
She smiles with tired eyes
You're in for a surprise.
He's back already, standing at your bedside.
"Morning, old friend."
"Of course I do, silly. How could I pass this up?"
No… this is useless.

Liviana [Templar] 442531

"Wouldn't that be something… maybe a spell of sorts… I don't know."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442533

Whoa, spooky!
Try to quickly stand up and rush for a mechanical hug.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Donrick [Smith] 442534

Take it apart, try again from scratch.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I'm here too. How was the night?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442537

"Well, then, Windy, would you care to join me for breakfast? Or shall we linger here a while?"

DM 442538

You take him by surprise, and end up knocking him over.
He laughs a bit
"Haaa… good to see you too. I was told most of the details. But I'm glad you're still feeling this good."
Ah. Much better.
This should work, but a miscast might break it.
You ended up talking so much you had no time to sleep or to make heirs.
"I don't mind staying a moment longer…
…or going again if you want~"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442541

I think I was talking with oats.

Godric [Lord] 442542

Well I missed her terribly. There will be time for that later, though I might be running on whatever medieval griffons used for coffee back then.

How is she right now? Still asleep?

Donrick [Smith] 442543

Well, put it safely away for now.
I'll give it to her the next time we meet.
How's Chell's update?

DM 442545

"So, what'll we be doing then?"
Seems so.
Must be a late sleeper, this one.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442546

Move off him.
"Frosty damnit, you have a nation to unify! More work to do!
You shouldn't be here just f…"
Shake my head with a smile.
"Thank you Frosty. For everything."

Donrick [Smith] 442548


Kilana [Dark Artist] 442549

"Well, you seem to imply that its not necessary to replace the leg, is there a way to make it safer to walk around on?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442550

"As enjoyable as that would be, Windy, we both have things to do today…"
Giving her a small kiss, I'll start getting out of the bed.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442554

I smile.
"Then we should start by finding those Druids soon. And then, we might need to go visit Rockeye."

"Maybe an airbubble that you can breath in. If you believe the legends, sea ponies create those."
I grin.
"Then again, most ponies say that's just a sailors tale"

Godric [Lord] 442556

She always did act like she had a little bit of owl in her.
I'll roll out of bed, careful not to disturb her, and get dressed.

DM 442562

"I can give you a brace, or a cast, or if you don't mind waiting, Rockeye has floating walking aids."
She keeps snoring
"Hush. I should thank you all the same.
And now… now we have plenty of time. I will be overseeing the construction of Northscrown, but not much else."
…just a little?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442564

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442565

"It's almost over then, isn't it? Everything we worked for."
Smile and look at the bed.
"Let's have a walk, I need the exercise."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442566

"Well… I suppose another few minutes cuddling won't hurt anyone."
And back we go. Let's see some quality cuddling. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442568

"A brace sounds nice.. what do you mean Floating?"

Liviana [Templar] 442569

"Seaponies do exist but… well they are so reclusive that many ponies think they are a myth. I personally haven't seen them myself."
I shrug.
"In any case, they don't cause us any trouble, so we wont bother them back for it."

Donrick [Smith] 442571

"When did I install the hug function again?"

Godric [Lord] 442573

My lady~
Give her a peck and head off to the throne room. Let's see what king things need to be done.

DM 442576

…whatever for?"
…and we still have three to go.
The rich and regal Rosefall
The faithful but staring Hardflank
…and Snowborder…"
Can she keep it PG?
"Essentially it's a hovering tray you rest on. That way the leg does not need to touch the ground."
A few guards salute you
"Good morning my liege"
"Do you have need of anything?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 442577

Her head probably could.
The rest of her gets all excited just from being near you.

Donrick [Smith] 442579

"I… guess we can test it then."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442580

"Did you hear about Rivetstrike's plan?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442582

Well, that'll get better as time goes on.
"And now we really can't delay any further, Windy."
Up and dressed.
Don't suppose there's a traveling cloak I could use for Windy? It's far too early in the morning for such a daring dress. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Godric [Lord] 442583

"Not at the moment. Where is the crone being held?"

DM 442591

"I had some reports.
He seemed to aim to use the civil war as a way to collapse Timberjaw so it could be added to Snowborder or Equestria."
"She was given a room in one of the lower towers. Under heavy guard of course."
And the dress has some pretty revealing stains on it, since she never took it off.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442593

"Amazing, rockeye never fails to impress." I smile slightly "It sounds worth waiting for. "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442595

"We might need to find you a new dress, actually. I seem to have made quite the mess out of this one…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442596

"I don't exactly like it either.
But they've got the largest libraries on these subjects, if there's anything I missed on Lavann, I'll find it there.
I should still be a member of the Academy. After all I'm not dead." I chuckle.

"They do?" I look wide-eyed."Seems like I should get out more."

Donrick [Smith] 442597

"Chell that's not very gentle to be a hug."

Liviana [Templar] 442599

"Like I said, they must be very reclusive. I haven't seen or heard one myself. They are supposed to have beautiful voices though."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442600

Open my eyes and gaze upon the world after a night of sleep.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442603

Which can only mean Snowboarders are neck deep with Equestria.
I guess that's where they get all their money from."

Godric [Lord] 442604

"Very good. I would like to see her."

DM 442614

"Right. Well. I can have one delivered, or you can go get it yourself"
"It was worth it, believe me…"
"Well, if you say so. And besides, you work for the High King, don't you? Surely you can get some special treatment for that?"
hug gentler
Mistral has her hoof around you, and is drooling a little on the pillow.
"Sadly that may indeed be the case. Perhaps they figured it was easier to just unite than pay the constant border tolls…"
"Right this way my liege."
He takes you to one of the other towers, to a room watched by six guards.
Inside, in a very nice, if barred up, room, is Grimalphas.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Donrick [Smith] 442617

"Chell, just, stop."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442620

"I guess I can hobble over there.. Who should I talk to about getting one?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442622

"Still, it would be indecent to have you walk back in it. So… hmm. I wonder if I could bother queen Venia for a favor…"

Godric [Lord] 442623

"I trust you have made yourself comfortable?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442625

Right, I'm in New Capital now. Find those engineers. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 442626

"Last I heard, most of the personnel at the Mass Teleporter knew about them, due to frequent teleport mishaps."
"I could just try to hide under you~"
"I have, as best I can.
But I can't complain. It is a lovely cage."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442629

That's really cute…
Nudge her softly with my nose

DM 442631

She lips her face and looks up
This place is a mess. It might take some asking around.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442633

"That's right. Oh, I can't wait to see the looks on their faces."

"Maybe one day…well, I suppose I'll have to get back to work. That reminds me. Miss Liviana, if I remember correctly you were with Pumpkin when he was wounded? I haven't heard anything yet about how he's recovering."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442634

"Alright, thanks for coming down to see me."

Donrick [Smith] 442637

"Disable, yes."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442639

"Well, matters for another time.
Now check this out!"
Open my mechanical wing wide.
"Wicked sick!"

Liviana [Templar] 442643

"Right. Pumpkin seemed to be doing alright considering the circumstances, he was up and about when I saw him. He should refrain from moving around too much but… I doubt he'll keep to that."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442644

"Hello. Are you okay?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442645

"I'd rather you walk beside me. Being under me isn't something for others to see."
I'll look over my shoulder at her and wink a little teasingly.
Well, Venia might be awake… and I'm sure she'd help out Windy Valley, since she's Oats' assistant…
"I'll be back with a new outfit for you shortly."
And then I'll head out, track down a nearby servant, and see if vicequeen Venia is in any condition to be bothered.

Godric [Lord] 442647

"I make no apologies for the accommodations, but it is preferable to wasting in the dungeons. What have you been doing?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442649

Right, look around, anyone look like they're in charge of the effort?

DM 442651

"Yes. Perfectly~"
"So, when are we leaving?"
"Good luck out there."
"…foul and ill?
I would have thought you'd like it."
"Considering the present and future.
The brightest light casts the longest shadows. And in those, many dark things can hide."
A few officers seem to be coordinating most of it

Venia [Retired] 442652

You know I'm always around the palace somewhere.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442653

I nod as I head out "Things went better than expected."

to the teleporter.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442657

Grand. Time to pester you.
"Queen Venia, good morning."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442658

"It's a…
A thing Peaches taught me. Used to say something is awesome.
I'm loving it.
Look, we are even leg buddies now!"
Show off the front hoof.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442666

"That's good to hear. I'll have to visit him soon then.
Thank you. I'll see you later then and I'll be sure to tell you when we leave for Rockeye."
I get up again. I'll go look for Pumpkin a bit later and I take a bottle of Rockeye Mage Wine with me.

"If we go to the Druids, I promised I'd take Ambrosia with us. Pumkin as well, but I'll need to see if he feels fit enough for such a journey. Then Valeriana told me she could find the druids but she's recovering as well. I'll have to see if she's available. Once I've done that we can go. I'll get to it first thing tomorrow."

Godric [Lord] 442667

"How cryptic of you. If I hadn't seen it myself, I would have guessed you had another of your visions."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442668

I stand up and stretch a little.
"Do you want me to do something for you?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442670

Approach them.

"Pardon me gentleman. Could I have just one minute of your time, if you get a moment?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442671

What day are you on?

Venia [Retired] 442672

"Crescent! Good to see you."

Liviana [Templar] 442673

I nod
"Have a nice day, Smouldering."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442674

The day after I return to Wintergrasp.
I think Liviana visited you yesterday in my time.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442676

"How are you and King Unyielding faring? Well, I should hope."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442677

Alright, I must be chilling in bed or something then, nothing much went on today.

DM 442678

"Where to, miss?"
He glances back at his own with a somber look, then smiles a bit
"Yeah… I guess we are. Heh."
"Sounds like a plan~"
"Not everything is visions. Deduction is just as valid way of finding conclusions."

DM 442679

"A massage would be lovely, dear"
"Certainly. What do you need?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442680

"Rockeye please."

Venia [Retired] 442683

"Unyielding is busy governing the kingdom… as for me, I'm trying to get used to sitting at home all the time. I can't really complain, but it takes some getting used to."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442684

Lower my head looking at the ground.
"It just feels kinda cold…"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442686

"Thank you sirs. I am looking for two gentleponies by the names of Master Clear Vision and Master Boltgun. Do you know where I can find them?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442687

Time for bed then.

And now I'm off to

I find my way around…this is Ironfoe I think?
And knock at your door.

Godric [Lord] 442691

"Too true. And living so long, you must have achieved many conclusions."


"Massage? Okay."
Gently roll her onto her belly and stand over her, then start massaging her back with my hooves.
"Smouldering will need me to help him soon. I will need to leave for a while."

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 442696

"Very well. Hop on."
"You get used to it. And the clanging. And not being able to swim. And kicking through walls."
"I think someone named Bolt something was sent to clear out the east-end ruins, at least."
"Many of them have even come true.
Clairvoyance or no, I can still see when things are amiss."
"Aww… well.. try not to get hurt, ok?
…lower back too, please."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442698

I'll nod, and then idly rub my foreleg.
"This may sound odd, queen Venia, but… I don't suppose I could request a favor?"

Donrick [Smith] 442699

"Let's avoid you hugging anyone altogether for now."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442701

Tentatively get inside. "Ready.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442702

"Thank you, gentlemen."

Go see if I can find him with this information in mind. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Venia [Retired] 442703

"Please, just call me Venia. And go ahead."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442706

I'll get ready on this side, then.
'1d10' because I might still have troubles clothing with the new pieces.
"One moment."
We never did that, did we?
You know, one of these days we should go fishing. And hunting.
Camping in general!
We could even take Verne…"

Roll #1 6 = 6


Work on her lower back too, as she requested.

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 442708

After a small fall through the void between reality, you end up finding yourself in Rockeye.
"Welcome, traveler. Please step away from the teleport pad to make room for others."
Indeed they are both here, sweeping up rubble.
"Unyielding would love that, I bet."
She almost falls asleep again
"You have such… good hooves…"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442709

I step down "Thanks, know where I can get a floating walking aid?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442710

I'll clear my throat a bit.
"I don't suppose I could borrow a dress? Lady Valley's has suffered a rather… terrible amount of damage and it would be beyond rude of me to force her to walk back in it."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442711

"Masters Boltgun and Clear Vision?"

Mind Read 'em '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442712

Chuckle a bit.
"I bet. Seen how happy he was in Stormheart?"
Keep walking for a bit, in silence.

Godric [Lord] 442713

"Was that what led you to implant that thing in your skull?"


I do? Maybe it's from carefully tending to all those plants and flowers.
"Thank you, Mistral."
Work on her legs next then.

Roll #1 4 = 4


"Lady Valley? You mean… Windy Valley? Of course! Follow me!"
Lead him to my room, try and find something that would fit Windy's sizes.
"What happened to her? She didn't get hurt, did she? The poor thing already suffered enough damage in her life."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442720

I'll be a little taken aback by her enthusiasm, and avert my eyes from what appears to be lingerie flying about.
"No, she didn't get hurt. It's just that after our dinner together last night she got a little… overzealous. The dress is a mess, but she enjoyed herself."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442722

I'll get inside once you're ready.
"Hello Pumpkin."
Try to keep from wincing as I see all the implants '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442723

I guess there was something, for just a second.

DM 442724

"Was there a problem during teleportation? Do you need medical aid?"
Now hoe did he know our names?
Are we in trouble?
"That's us."
"Is there something on your mind?"
"…if you're gonna be poking around there you might as well be honest about it…"

Venia [Retired] 442727

"Dinner!? You two had dinner? How come nopony told me about this!? What happened? How did it go?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442729

"No, I was hurt before I teleported. I was told a floating walking aid was available here in rockeye, do you know about it?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442731

I wince and take a step back, lowering my head.
"I'm sorry Mistral. I did not mean to upset."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442733

Put a hoof to my mouth and nod towards the sleeping mares, fortunately tucked in.
"We should talk somewhere else."
"Nothing worth bothering you with, I guess…
It's just…
I failed. Pretty badly."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442734

"It went well. I intend to invite her out again in the future."

DM 442735

Not even fucking close.
She is younger, smaller, less muscular and not pregnant.
So no. Nothing.

DM 442736

"Ah. Well, please, wait here and I will get one."
She spreads her legs a bit
"Stop being silly~"
"Not everything in life is success my friend. I learned that early on."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442737

I nod and walk with you.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442738

"Gentlemen, it's a privilege to meet you, and though I've traveled a long way, I can see you're very busy with the cleanup effort, and I need to arrive at an appointment with Master Craftsman Golden Oats, so I'll try to take as little of your time as possible. My name is Imminent Domain, I'm the Royal Surgeon of the United Northlands, and a lecturer for the CCFBR in Rockeye as well as a professor for the DA in the United North. I came to the two of you because you came highly recommended from Chief Engineer Rampart after my team saved him from TIARA – he looks much better than he did now than during the extraction, by the way. If you're interested, I have job offers for both of you starting later this year after we've completed some renovations back in the UN. Care to hear more?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442739

I blink and just wait for a him to get back.

Venia [Retired] 442740

I probably have a really wide grin on my face right now.
"That's… really wonderful. You have no idea how happy that makes me to hear that."

I scrunch
"Well crap… Nothing I have here really fits her."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442742

"Did… Valeriana tell you?"
To another room!
Good thing we are rich.
"I've heard of your contribution in Timberjaw.
Thank you for keeping it together, while I was…
Sit somewhere. Chairs, possibly.

DM 442749

He soon returns with what seems to be a floating tray
"Rest the leg on this"
"…she did.
We owe Rockeye… a great debt"
"Go on."
"We're listening."

Godric [Lord] 442751


My… she must have a lot of pent-up lust.
I live to please though. Move forward and do what she wants me to do.

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442753

"looks simple enough.." I put my leg on it. how does it feel?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442755

"That's rather unfortunate."
I'll think a moment.
"I don't suppose there are any spare travel cloaks or emergency dresses squirreled away somewhere?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442758

"I wouldn't say rockeye. More like… A single pony."
"I was so hasty back then.
If she had stopped there…"
Close my eyes and stop walking.
"Frostmourn, am I still worth it?"


"I'll find something, don't you worry."

So I don't have anything in my own wardrobe. But this is a palace dammit, there should be something I could find that would fit her size.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442761

"It was nothing…more a lucky hunch. If you hadn't told me about those messages, I wouldn't have possibly known."
I look at the implants.
"…how are you?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442763

"As may be apparent from the efforts of Master Oats, and the styles of His Majesty, High King Frostmourn, it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that the United North has an interest in the research and proliferation of knowledge surrounding golemcrafting. I'm here to extend you an offer of coming to work for an institute of higher education in the United North as research professors – to help train a new generation of golemcrafters for both prosthetics and independent golems ranging from pocket to TIARA scale as well as work on new insights and breakthroughs of your own. As research professors, you would be given grant money, access to the finest minds and literature in golem research, and work space to develop your craft. Does this sound like something that would interest you?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442764

"And if you'd like to say hello to her while she's here, I'm certain she'd be thrilled."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442768

"Grounded in my own room.
The ladies think themselves so clever, but it's pretty obvious they are doing their best not to have me move from this place.
Bless their souls."

DM 442769

"That was done more of out of desperation and consideration."
It takes barely even an touch and she is already shaking and biting the pillow
"How… are… you… so… GOOD!?"
Like a tray.
It has a bit of give to it, but supports your body easily.
"…worth what, old friend?"
She's really petite, given her months of slavery and months in bed.
Almost anything will look baggy on her.
"What about freedom of research?"
"And political ties?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442770

"They're just trying to do what they think is best. Besides…" I close the door and get a bottle of Rockeye wine and 2 glasses out of my bags. "I sneaked this in. A little get-better present." I wink.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442771

"thanks, how much do I owe you for it?"


Hmmm… Just pick the best possible fit in this situation then. Not much I can do about it.

"Of course! I didn't even know she was visiting Wintergrasp, how lovely!"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442773

"The DA is already made up of researchers from multiple substates of the UN. We are government-sponsored, but in terms of research, it is a safe haven for free development without fear of the censor."

Venia [Retired] 442774

Errr, meant to link to >>442769

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442775

Wince and reopen my eye.
"Nothing, Frosty. Pretend I said nothing…"
Slowly walk at his side.
"Golden Oats was mad at me, the other day.
I think he sees these new parts as his little kids."
Grin slightly.
"Always good to know somepony looks out for you.
Will you do the honors?"

Godric [Lord] 442776

"Well you have since been taken to task for that. Merely a curiosity on my end. One last question however-were you aware of the Deep Roads?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442779

I open it up and give you a glass.
"What do the doctors say? How long do you have to stay here?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442780

"I like seeing you happy like that. It's a good motivator."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442783

"A week, maybe more, maybe less.
The other day a hammer defeated me.
While I was trying to throw it.
And let's not talk of how distracting it is to regulate my heartbeat while… Busy."
To a new life.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442788

Take a sip as well '1d10'
"Well, the most important thing is you're still with us. Where there's life there's hope right?"

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 442792

"Medical aids are not for sale. Just return it once you no longer need it."
"Sounds good"
"What's the catch?"
Well this dress should be nice.
A little big for her, but the folds will mask it nicely.
"I would imagine so. As I understood, he has spent months of time on them."
"I was… though I never imagined it would be true. That someone would actually defeat Underking Perce."
"Believe me… you have looooots of ways to make me happy~"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442794

"Oh, alright.. Can you send me back to ironfoe then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442795

Give a weak chuckle.
"Yeah, life, right."
Finish the drink. '1d10'
And then pour another.
"I'm hitching for motion, action…
I still feel like there's something left undone from Timberjaw, and can't put my hoof on what."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442797

And how… What were these for, then?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442798

"It was a bit on the spur of the moment. Those transporters make such things incredibly easy to do."
I'll shrug a little sheepishly.
"I fear they may soon be abused if this is how easy they make travel."

Venia [Retired] 442800

Alrighty then. Show it to Crescent.
"This ought to be a decent fit."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442801

"No catch. The only stipulation is that the DA is a public limited-knowledge entity. That is to say, as a means of allowing you to work free of the censor, we don't publicly advertise it. And also, as I mentioned before, the job won't be until later in the year, when renovations on the new location are complete."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442803

"Have you already been informed of what we learned from the traitor? He told us Rivetstrike worked for a pony from Canterlot, Honeyed Words."

Godric [Lord] 442804

"Yes…those ponies have been busy. I only heard about them recently myself."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442807

I know that name!
"Actually no, I haven't received a complete briefing.
Could you?"


"That's… nice. I like that. Maybe I should have started pleasing you sooner."
I look down at her nethers. Am I getting aroused myself at all by all this?

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442810

I'll nod.
"Yes. That should do nicely."
And cover quite a bit more than what she chose to wear last night.
I'll bow slightly.
"Thank you, Venia."

Venia [Retired] 442812

"Crescent please… you know you don't have to bow like that to me. We fought together. Alongside each other and against each other. I'd like to think that would put us close enough to drop the formalities."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442816

I'll scratch the back of my neck a bit.
"It's already quite a bit to not call you your title as it is, Venia. I can only change so quickly…"
I'll let out a small breath.
"But I do appreciate that you wish me to refer to you as an equal."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442819

"The traitor was a servant of Rivetstrike, he was the one who sent that letter we intercepted. He worked for a certain Honeyed Words from Canterlot.
This pony also had connections with Snowborder, as their plan was to ally Timberjaw with Snowborder. "

DM 442820

Have a nice trip."
and back you are.
"I believe they were multi-phase prototypes for his wing packs and prosthetics."
"Will we be given housing?"
"An amazing thing, really…"
"Taking in the sights?"

Wf+6 442824

"On campus."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442826

"What did you find of Rampart?"
Let's keep walking.
"Tell me Frosty, how on heart do you manage to stay comfortable in bed with that thing.
I'm always worried about hurting them!"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442827



Looks like I'm pretty neutral right now.

"Yes. The sights are nice."
Let's finish this… no sense in stalling. I still should be doing other stuff today aside from this. Maybe Frostmourn needs me and is looking for me already. Or maybe Crescent. Or Smouldering.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Godric [Lord] 442829

"Very. To think we were all so much closer than any of us realized."

Venia [Retired] 442831

"Are you crazy? I'm a simple commoner who got lucky! I'm nopony's superior!"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442832

surprisingly easy. I wonder who is around..

DM 442838

"In which nation?"
"She got used to it. I've had it for longer than I've had desires towards mares."
"C'mon~step teasing me~"
"But no we know.
And knowing negates half the need for battle."
NPCs are available.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442841

"Who you were and who you are has quite a gap. You are Queen of Wingtergrasp, friend and a mentor to High King Frostmourn, and many of his inner circle besides. I am simply a guard. Well-trained, but still a guard."
I'll smile a bit at her.
"But if it makes you feel more comfortable, then I'll try to keep your preference in mind."
After a moment, I'll remember that I promised Windy I'd be quick about it.
"Ah, but we are keeping Windy waiting. Shall we, then?"


You heard the mare, get on with it!

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Godric [Lord] 442844

"Yes. And I will do whatever I can to take care of the other half. Thank you for your time."

Venia [Retired] 442846

"Right. Lead the way!"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442847

"He's alive. And there's nothing left of him except a head. I heard he might soon make a stop here for a robot body.
Rivetstrike did that, to make sure Rampart wouldn't make trouble.
We also caught the remains of Rivetstrike, and the head of some ally of his, Secondary Control. But I don't think we learned anything bout him yet."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442850

And I'll bring Venia back with me to Windy Valley's room.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442851

"Don't be silly I know how it works on that side.
I mean from yours.
It's more of a fear of mine than anything rational."
"The… Remains? Did Kilana take them?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442853

"….I think so. It was quite strange…Rivetstrike seemed to be alive for a while even after we killed him…Id shouted something about some sort of machines in his body keeping him alive."

DM 442856

She gets tired of waiting and pushes you over, grinding against you
"You're driving me crazy with that~"
"May the winds keep you high."
She's in bed, wrapped in a blanket.
…the room smells of a wild night…
"I lost the real one when I was eleven. I don't even remember what it was like."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442859

"In the United Northlands, of course. Though… location won't matter anymore once we get a portal network running."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442860

Well, I was hoping she'd freshened up while I was out.
I'll knock on the door a bit.
"Windy? I'm back. Brought somepony who wanted to say hello as well."

Venia [Retired] 442862

… Wow, okay.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442863

"Fair point…
So, when are you gonna teach me to do tricks with it?"
"War… War has changed. Let's hope this is not the standard for their lordblades from now on."
Down in one shot the whole glass.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442867

"Sorry. I will try better next time."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442872

I should go speak to valerianna are they around?

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442873

"There's one thing I find weird about the whole situation…This Rivetstrike seemed to be in contact with Honeyed Words…yet the traitor never said Honeyed Words was a Lordblade.."

DM 442876

"Just as long as it's not in Timberjaw."
She blushes quite a bit
"The first trick is to stop hobbling like that."
Try harder now.
Yes. Both of them are.

Godric [Lord] 442879

And off we go. I should probably send word about those antics in Rosefall too. Do we have a courier?

Venia [Retired] 442880

Open up a window!
"… Good morning, Windy. It's been a while."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442882


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 442883

I'll be a little redder as well.
"Ahem. Well. I'll just… let you two catch up. Be out in the hallway."
And then I shall retreat, shut the door, and sit out in the hall.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442884

And try to walk right!

Roll #1 1 = 1


How can I even deny a request like that? Tend to her… garden.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442887

"He was talking with this… Words pony at that very moment?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442890

Chuckle. "Believe me, I can understand having misgivings about one's own home country. Perhaps we can discuss it over tea some time, but as I said, I really need to meet with Golden Oats, and my… associate injured in the reclamation. If you need me, you may most likely find me at Wintersgrasp Keep."

And with that, go for portal. Gotta go see Golden Oats.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442893

"He was sending him a message by pidgeon. I think directly to him. It was directed towards HW."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442897

So what's that you fear, exactly?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442899

"…I don't know. Don't you think it's weird that a Lordblade sends messages to a pony, who doesn't seem to be a Lordblade?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442900

"Or maybe it's a sleeping agent, pretending not to be a lordblade as a cover."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442902

"…I suppose. He did seem powerful though. So you believe this was entirely a Lordblade operation?"
Take another sip from my wine '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442903

"Lordblades are equestrians. There is no difference between the two."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442909

"Well, you know better than me in these things…"
I pause.
"How's Valeriana?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442912

"She might have just found a reason to leave this terrible job."

DM 442918

Just call for one.
"It… has…
I see you've… uh… met… Crescent."
"Kilana. Good to see you"
Highhorn simply nods with a smile.
Trying to consciously walk right just makes it more awkward until you end up slipping and falling on your butt.
"Careful old friend. It takes time to get used to, I know."
Given how sweet it is, it's more like an orchard.
And after a good trimming, she is very pleased, and rewards you with a kiss
"Thank you~
If you want me to repay the favor…"
The golemancer of Ironfoe is popular these days…
"Ah. More of you.
So, what'll it be for you?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442922

"Its nice to see you two. " I smile "Feeling okay?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442924

Get up and rub my butt.
"Still better than one of your spiritual meet-"
Widen my eyes.
"Important stuff. We gotta talk."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442926

"She has? What happened?"

Venia [Retired] 442927

I smile at her
"I have. I fought him in Eaglecrest and he's helping out the High King. A good stallion… I was actually planning on having you two meet but it looks like that wasn't even necessary."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442929

Do I feel the need to? [1d10]

Roll #1 4 = 4

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442930

No necessarily.
"If you wish, Mistral."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442932

"Found an old aquaitance of hers in Timberjaw. Maybe she will think about settling down!"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442933

"My intentions are twofold Master Oats. Which would you prefer to discuss first, business, or personal matters?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442934

I lift my eyebrows.
"Well now, that's good to hear. She deserves some peace and quiet."

Godric [Lord] 442938

Then I shall do so.

DM 442939

"We've had a lot to talk about…"
"We may be getting married soon."
About what?"
"Well that's… a coincidence.
…why me?"
"Only if you wish it."
"Business first."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442941

"Maybe it should be in private. Do you have a room?
I wouldn't want the ladies to hear it.
I've had to… Touch it up, for them."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442942

I smile "If you need a wedding planner, you know who to call."

DM 442944

"Speak your mind, we are alone."
"We'll keep it in mind.
…though we may hold the ceremony in Rockeye."

Venia [Retired] 442945

I smile
"Crescent is a nice and kind stallion and I thought you'd like him. Seeing how he had yet to find somepony to share his life with… it was an easy decision. Still, I'm very glad you found your own happiness without interference. I deserve it."

Venia [Retired] 442947

you deserve it*

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442948

I scrunch up for a moment, then nod.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442949

"You know I've never believed too much into the whole Master deal, right?
Well, turns out it spoke to me. In a dream."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442951

No comments anymore?

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442953

I missed that one.
"Now it's our turn to sacrifice everything."
Chuckle and raise a glass.
"We need a toast.
To us.
Because we are immortals!"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442954

"Let's keep going."
Raise my glass as well.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442955


Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442957

That finally puts me in my place.
"I love thissh stuff…"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442958

"Let's not drink too muhh…." I grin.
"Say Pumpkin, I'll start travelling around looking for those druids soonish.."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442959

"As is probably unsurprising to you, His Majesty, High King Frostmourn, has an interest in research and development of golemcraft, including prosthetics. If you're interested, I would like to offer you a position as a research professor to subsidize your creative development and design, and help train a new generation of golemcrafters."

DM 442960

"He's big and strong and still kind…
I like him a lot…"
"Where shall I begin then, dearest?"
"Curious. It rarely does that to me."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442962

"Jusht one more…"
"Shoo, you see the druids?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 442963

"I have no desire to abandon my workshop. As it stands, I am the only one capable of developing and maintaining the Northern Lights, not to mention the High King, Viceroy Raging Storm and Master Swansong.
My place is here.
I decline."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442964

"It's not an experience I'd suggest to anyone.
It was unsettling to say the least.
Unnerving. Outright terrible, towards the end."
Tell him everything that happened. Everything.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442966

"Oh? Well, its a very city."
"I'm happy for you both.. I just wish there was a way I could help." I frown "No, I should have helped before. Should have known you weren't okay.."

Venia [Retired] 442967

I chuckle
"He's a keeper, isn't he?"
Put down the garment I fetched for her.
"Here… you might need this. Don't forget to behave yourself!"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442969

"Yesh…Valeriana…said she'd help us search…but I'd rathr not disturb her right now"
Look at him.
"We shouldn't drrrrink too mush."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442970

"…The garden?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442973

"Master Oats, training additional crafters is necessary for alleviating that burden from you, and ensuring that the technology isn't lost along with you. Ensuring your legacy. I'm not intending to pressure you into the position, but give it some thought. Perhaps in a more peaceful season: you know how to contact me, and I'm sure we could find some means to make you an attractive offer.

On that note, I wanted to know if Kilana had stopped by yet."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442975

Shake my head and down another glass.
"This isn't too… Much…"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442976

Okay it probably was.
Do I make it to the bathroom in time?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442977

Aw shit. Seeing that sobers me right up right?
I'm the responsible one here right '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442981

Time for a bathroom run too? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 442984

"I see…
…once it showed me many ways my own life could end.
From being crushed under Celestia's hoof
To being felled by the blades of heroes stolen from across time
…to being killed by you."
"Kilana please.
You had more important things to do. Like saving the citizens of Timberjaw."
"I'll… try?
And Venia… thanks. For everything.
You do much for a commoner like me…"
She has to process the euphemism for a while, before she smirks and leans down to begin her work
"She did. Declined a brace so I asked her to go to Rockeye for a Disc instead."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442986

I think.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442988

Relax at that, and smile softly.
"Well I know that the Master is full of crap now, because that's the one thing that will never happen."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442989

"That was… A stupid idea…"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 442990

MR '1d10+1' To see what gears are turning after that last statement.

"Well, thank you for your time. You're certainly a busy man, so I won't keep you. Good health, and may we speak again."

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Venia [Retired] 442991

"Commoners have to look after each other, I guess."
I boop her nose and snicker.
"If you need anything more, please, don't hesitate to ask. You're always welcome here in Wintergrasp. Now go ahead and enjoy your stallion."
Smirk and leave.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442992

Let's see how I feel '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442994

Still very drunk.
"Soo Pumpkin, you still feel like…coming with us to the Druids? Fresh air, nature and you said they were peaseful right? Might be nice for recovery.."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442995

Stand up and shake briefly my head before returning in control of my body.
"Need any help?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 442996

"Well.. I don't have to do any of those things now. I can spend my time looking for a way to ensure you both live a full life."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 442997

Well points for effort. At least she's gentle…

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 442998


Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 442999

"Of course. I would love to, actually. There might be something I have to do, once there."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443000

"With that…"
motion around his face.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443001

As she leaves I'll give her a small nod and a wave.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443003

"Oh don't worry. I'll handle myself." Grin.
"Nice that you're joining us then. It will be…."
"You….me…Waveform…and Ambrosia…and maybe Mistral, I don't know about that"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443004

"Ambrosia and Mistral?"
"Are you sure about this? I doubt Peaches will let me go alone, after all."

Venia [Retired] 443007

I nod back and whisper to him as I walk by.
"Take good care of her, she's had a hard life. She deserves some happiness."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443009

"Ambrosia could learn a lot from Druids…and I said Mistral maybe I don't know if she's feeling good enough yet. But I thought I'd allow it, it might make Ambrosia feel better…"

DM 443011

"In that vision, you said I had gone too far. Lost my path.
…become evil."
The girl seemed to back out of her idea of having the leg replaced at the last minute. I do hope golem limbs are not becoming a fashion…
"Good day to you."
"I think we can manage"
"We now have more in common than ever"
"I'm only getting started!"

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443014

Slowly circle him.
Is he in his armor anyway?
"Well? Had you?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443015

"So she's said. I will do my best to live up to her expectations."
I'll rub my nose a little.
"And maybe get her into the habit of freshening up after, ahem, an exciting evening."
And then I'll wait a minute or two before opening the door and going back into Windy's room.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443016


"And there was another thing….." I clench my eyes as I think "….Livana…she's a princess."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443018

"Maybe now, but what about the next time someone dies? The next time we're in danger? Would you give up your life span again, when you have so little left? I must try to discover another way."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443020

"I'm just worried. I was the one who did that to her in the first place.
She might still feel ill towards me."
I had to think for that one!
Are you sure?"

Venia [Retired] 443021

I chuckle.
"That might be a good piece of advice for the future. Have a good day, Crescent."
Queen, out.

DM 443022

She's put on the dress by then
"…I feel like a princess~"
He is.
"I may have been.
I was burning down Canterlot."
"It sounds like you're trying to lead up to something."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443025

"You think, well if she does….might be the perfect opportunity to patch up things, right?"

"Sure…bastard daughter of empress…father…unknown."
Roll to not fall asleep '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443026



Okay, that's a whole different bag of potato chips. Try not to make too much noise.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443029

Oh does she?
"Well, then, every princess needs her knight, doesn't she?"
I'll give her a small smile and walk up next to her.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443031

"The underking knew many things, I intend to go to his old throne, and look for any knowledge he might have left." I pause watching their reaction.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443032

"Hey I had that dream too.
And I remember getting pie while in a palace with Ilistar and mother, and then going to sleep.
But I also remember running to the top of the dragon you were riding to face who I thought was my brother but then started shouting stuff like, You stole her from me! and eventually turned out to be me in the first place.
So yeah, what do you make of that?"

Sigh and fling him across my back, taking him back to the other room and letting him down on a couch.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443034

Guess I'll sleep it off here for a while before I get up again.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443035

If fail, me and the girls are out!

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 443037

"Well well… I see you like that…
What should I try next~"
"I think most of them need princes.
…I feel kinda bad about this. I mean… I'm just some… nopony. Why does the queen treat me so well?"
"That other one was… your brother?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443039

You're still here?
I get up and rub my head.
"Oh boy…"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443040

Guess we are home.
"Welcome back to the realm of the living.
I took the liberty to… Remove the rest of the wine, just in case."
I'll offer you a glass of water.
"No, I think I was my brother. In the loose sense of the word.
Valeriana's firstborn."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443044

"Good idea…"
I drink from the water.
"I haven't been that drunk in ages…but you don't celebrate surviving against all odds every day.." I grin.

DM 443045

"I'm pretty sure you were you in mine. And I was being aided by someone I did not know. Who just looked a lot like you.
But I did not care much, because my mind kept telling me to kill all those below me."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443046

"Well, having a knight doesn't hurt either, you know."
I'll think a moment.
"It's probably for the same reason she treats me like an equal as well, despite her being well above my station. In her words, she was just 'a commoner who got lucky.' So she doesn't hesitate to help ponies she considers friends no matter where they might be in society's eyes."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443049

"Reminds me of the first time I fought a lordblade.
Same amount of gratuitous alcohol, I guarantee you.
And I was something like sixteen back then."
Chuckle a bit.
"It was fun to be young…"
Rest on the back of his armor.
"That bad, uh?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443050

"They sure are something…."
I blink
"I didn't say anything too embarressing while I was out right?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 443052

I don't think I want to be bitten like I did to her.
"I'm not sure."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443054

Well I dunno, just what did you say~?

Liviana [Templar] 443055

Now that Venia's part is done here, I'd like a chat with Frostmourn.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443057

"I've actually been meaning to go back there for a long time, but now I have a more compelling reason to search. I wanted you to know, and see if you knew anything about that area. "

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443059

I'm talking about the part where I talked about Liviana.
Surely I didn't talk about any secret things while I was out '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 443060

"Please give me some idea~
I mean… sure you know what you'd like?"
With or without Pumpkin?
"It was one of the more unpleasant ones."
Highhorn looks concerned, Valeriana intrigued

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443061

I talked about that saddle I'm getting made.

Liviana [Templar] 443064

It doesn't quite matter to me.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443065

Bonk a few times on the armor with my metallic leg.
"Well let's make sure it doesn't happen, uh?
And like Peach told me, there's a here and a now.
Let's worry about this first."
"Nothing I would call embarassing, no.
Want to finish that chat about our new guest?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 443066

"I … like you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443067

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443071

"If you're up for it, I'd treasure your company down there. Well, I'm almost certain you would just stalk me with a shadow if I didn't invite you, but still."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443073

"New guest…."I rub my head.
"Ah yes…." I lay down again.
"I had a vision…it was a very short one..when I looked at Liviana. I saw her somewhere…I'm not sure where…she declared to somepony that she was the bastard daughter of the late Empress….which would make her…well…I think sister or at the very least half-sister of the current empress."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443074

Sigh and sit down, rubbing the temple next to my missing eye.
"Did you tell anypony else?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443076

"No…not even she knows I know."

DM 443077

Without, then.
"Ah. Liviana. Good to see you."
"Well, right now I have a capital to start building."
"I know that dear…~"
She tries to improvise
…hey… Waxing?
Thanks for… you know… doing this for me."
They look at eachother
"Should we?"
"I'm not sure…"

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443078

"Okay. Try not to tell anypony else then. I trust you enough to live with this. Okay?"
"Oh! And I have a secret spy place to build, too!
So, what's the place gonna be like? I wanna know all the details."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443079

"You're welcome?"
I'll look at her a little curiously.
"You make it sound like this was a one-time fling. I was hoping to ask you out again in the future."

Liviana [Templar] 443080

"Good to see you too, High King. Are you busy?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443082

"Sure. But, Pumpkin, that's a good thing right? We've got a member of the royal family right with us…that's better then another envoy right?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 443085

That's probably enough to satisfy me… whatever it is she just did.
"Thank you, Mistral…"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443086

"It's politics, don't ask me. I just know this means lot of added security needed…"
"Tell me, what's Waveform like?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443088

"Well, take your time and consider it, I will not be alone at least, if you're worried about that.. Id will follow me."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443090

"She's a hoofful, but she's smart and she can take both take and deliver a right hoof to the face."
"Those Eaglescrestian mares, I tell you, Pumpkin, she did the most beautiful flying hoof kick to the face I've ever seen.
She can't wait to start the search for the Crystal."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443092

"The… Crystal?"

DM 443094

"A spire of crystal, a hundred meters tall, with sub-spires connected via walkways and bridges, all built on a base housing a city, the roadmap of which is designed after catalytic runes.
All in all, a single, city-sized Pylon Catalyst."
"I meant the dress…
…if it were up to me I'd not leave your side for anything…
…I meant it when I said you make me feel safe."
"Not terribly, no."
"What, done already?"
She puts the eggplant and mallet away
"We will consider it."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443096

Grow silent for a moment.
"To share our love with Equestria, uh?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443097

"You know what Crystal. Look Pumpkin, I know you said to not tell too much…but she almost figured it out by herself. Turns out ancient history is a hobby of hers, and she knew who Lavann was and what happened to him…so yes, I couldn't keep it a secret to her that that was the ultimate goal of my search.
She still doesn't know about that it's going to power you-know-what
And I trust her Pumpkin. She won't tell everypony."

Liviana [Templar] 443098

"Good. If you don't mind me asking… how much do you know about my homeland?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443100

I'll chuckle a little and nuzzle up to her.
"I am a guard, after all. Making ponies feel safe is what I live for."
I'll come around and look her in the eye.
"Of course, now there's a mare who I'll have to keep safe out of care, rather than duty."
Running a hoof along the side of her face, I'll smile.
"Now, I believe we both could use a meal, and then we've got to get back to Ironfoe before Golden Oats begins to wonder if I ran off with his assistant."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 443101

"… There is more? It was nice."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443102

Raise my hooves as to mimic a surrendering motion an close my eye.
"No, I understand fully.
Sometime you gotta have a mare you can share things with…"
And I'll give a quick glance at the door to the other room.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443104

I smile "Well, I'll let you both rest then.. and thank you for your sacrifices. "

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443106

"…How are they…handling things?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443109

"Turns out golem parts are warm. I would have never thought.
Frostmourn's isn't, that's for sure."

DM 443111

"Not everything needs to be a weapon.
Imagine casting healing magic through that thing.
Or the shamanistic magic that helps plants grow."
"Sadly, very little. Only thinks I've read, and there are not many books of it in the North."
Lead on."
Well she did try to improvise.
"Alright… lets see where it goes."
"Best of luck to you."
"And thank you for your offer."


Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443113

Blink at that statement…I'm not going to ask more about that.
"That's..uh…well, I'm happy they're taking it well. Listen why don't you and Bearing come eat together with me and Waveform, sometime after we talked to those Druids. Just a normal thing for once…get our heads from all this Lordblade and politics for a little while."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443114

"I'm glad to see you are not as evil as the Master would want us to think."
Smile and get off his back.
"How was Timberjaw?
As a touristic attraction, I mean. I saw their war industry. Damn efficient."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443122

What, you think the King's best friend has never touched his back golem leg he has since he was a kid?
"I would actually love to.
Was thinking to take her to see the druids in the first place, but I'm not sure how good that'd be for the kid."

Liviana [Templar] 443123

"I see… well it isn't exactly nextdoors, so I can see why that would be the case."
I straighten up slightly
"I spoke with Smouldering earlier, he's intending to visit Rockeye soon and invited me along. If I recall correctly, King Longshanks rules there, correct? What is he like?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443124

Whatever you say boy.
"It's nature, fresh air never hurt anypony, on the contrary."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443125

Everybody's touched the leg, duh!
"The road might be rough.
And it's always so cold outside…"
Shake my head slowly.
"I'm worrying too much, aren't I?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443126

I touch the leg every day! It's a sign of loyalty to the King!

Look at him.
"Nah, that's just the curse of becoming a father, Pumpkin. Now you'll have responsability and actual things to worry about. My condolences."
I give you a friendly grin.
"And don't worry, we'll check the weather, we'll be prepared, we won't take any chances with Bearing."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443127

"Hey I have a seer picking the date, it's gonna be perfect."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443128

I chuckle.
"Speaking about seers….I heard some ponies talking…about some priest…."
I turn to you again.
"….do you know who this priest is?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443129

"Let me guess.
Manifest Destiny."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443130

"…I think that's his name."
I pause for a second.
"Do you know him…personally?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443131

"Yes, actually.
What's the matter?"

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443132

"…I heard he has…visions."
I gulp.
"I was thinking maybe I could talk to him….but I'm not sure about what. I don't really meet a lot of ponies who see the future, Pumpkin. The first one I met was Grimalphas…and look what it did to her."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443133

"You don't want that kind of visions."
Look his right in the eyes with a cold glare.
"Trust me."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443134

"That's what I was afraid off…."
I sigh.
"….I once saw a vision of the North burning in flames and it was my fault…"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443135

"Take it as a reminder. A reminder to keep your heat under control."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443136

"I wonder Pumpkin. Grimalphas saw the future and it made her crazy enough to let herself get half eaten over it, and to lead her people to war.
And Destiny, well, I haven't met him, but if what you say is true…you know what, nevermind."
I straighten up.
"I must still be half delirious."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443137

"Oh c'mon, don't leave like this, in the middle of such an interesting argument!"
"You know, Manifest is the one I first went to in search of answers about a god."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443138

Sit down and look at you.
"Really? What did he say?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443139

"He just gave me a general rundown of all divines. Didn't really steer anything… Special, so to say.
My call was different.
He's a good guy, but he shares a curse I do not envy him."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443140

"I didn't really think you had a spiritual side pumpkin.
No offense, it just didn't seem compatible with your work."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443141

"My work is based on my spiritual side, Smouldering.
I seek justice with the same Fervor the Moon uses to shine on them."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443142

"I've never thought about it that way."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443143

"Easy mistake to make.
Mine isn't exactly a phylosopy well known, around the world."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443144

"I suppose you need a damn tight philosophy to deal with all this Lordblade shit indeed.
Say Pumpkin, mind if I ask you a personal question, it will stay between us, though I'd understand if you'd rather not answer."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443145

Sigh and nod slowly.
"Sure, but I can't promise you anything."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443146

"You and Venia told me you met another Lordblade when you were young and killed him.
Was that when you decided to become…."
I trail off.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443147

Shake my head.
"No, that was much, much later.
I was training already, by then."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443148

"I see….I appreciate your honesty. It was something I was wondering about."
I smile.
"As I've said before, you're certainly full of surprises, mister Swansong."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443149

"Some things in life just happen. We don't decide them.
It's a shame, really.
I'd love to put my daggers on the wall forever, but alas, I cannot. Not yet."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443150

I grin and put a hoof on his shoulder.
"Last line of defense of the North?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443151

"And first aswell.
It's a shame I had to miss the fight with Rivetstrike, I love to take lordblades one on one.
Makes me feel like we can take on Equestria too."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443152

"I'm sure there will be more occasions."
Time for bed. I'm collapsing.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443153

"Let me know for that visit to the druids.
And I'd love to meet Waveform, sooner or later."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443154

Wait in my office as Waxing Crescent comes in.

"Good day, Waxing Crescent. Please, have a seat."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443155

And a seat I'll have. By now my suit should be repaired, and I'll be in full gear.
"You wished to see me, Adviser Foglight?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443156

"Yes, thank you for taking your time to come. Please make yourself at ease."

Pour him some wine, though I take little for myself.

"First things first. Are there any concerns or issues you would like to raise to me? Be they regarding the state of the land, your work, or worries about the king, please speak up."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443157

"No thank you on the wine, Adviser Foglight. I am on duty."
I'll think a moment.
"If I had something that was truly concerning, I likely would have sought you out instead. However…"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443158

"I will hear you out. Better to err on the side of caution. Go on.. "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443164

"I am… slightly concerned of the High King's wandering eyes when it comes to the Trotantine diplomat. I fear this may lead to the king taking an unhealthy interest in her, and causing an incident. Especially as he is already set to marry Lady Sunrise."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443169

"Yes, I understand your concern. However, I have utmost confidence in King Frostmourn. I am certain things will pass. If not, I will speak with him myself."

"Speaking of which, do you have any objection to being posted to a higher position? Your performance during the raid on TIARA was exemplary. The King and I have been thinking of how to use talent."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443170

"I am flattered that you think my talents remarkable, and if you think I merit a different position, then I would just have to live up to those expectations."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443173

"Such humility, too! When the time comes, you'll be told."

Leave the drinks alone. Don't really want to drink if he will.

"What… do you think of Equestria? "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443177

"Much as many other soldiers think of it, really. Currently an enemy that is content to pick at us quietly, without committing itself to the battle. What happened in Timberjaw was the height of their economy of interference. Two ponies caused a civil war and an untold number of deaths, as well as catapulted the destructive weaponry of the world forward when no one would be ready for it."
I'll shake my head.
"It would be naive to think the schematics haven't worked their way back to Equestria, so if they ever do decide to commit further, we will likely face the launchers, or worse, in battle again."
I'll think a moment.
"Personally, I see them as a nation that could continue to be a threat to the North, or, as lady Radiant showed before she left, they could be a friend and equal, so long as they are given reason to be. And soon the North will be too large for them to ignore without responding with more assassins or open war."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443185

"You are correct on many counts. Equestria, ruled by two living gods, wish to extend their reach until there are none left to challenge them. To that end, years ago they have been sending the Lordblades to sabotage us, weakening us from within until we can be easily crushed. But as you say, they could be a friend. That is what my long term plan aims to achieve. Build the strength of the North until it is equal to them. When they are faced with the prospect of costly war or alliance, I hope they take the latter. If not, we must be prepared to win regardless of the means. It is for the sake of all the lives we hold responsibility for."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443196

"You're trying to sell something to a pony who already is on your side, Adviser Foglight. Though I suppose one can take from that train of thought that a diplomatic mission to Equestria might be in the future?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443225

"I am not trying to sell anything, merely putting forward my ideals to you. I am glad to see that you agree. Such a mission is but a possibility for now, but we will wait till the time comes. Until then, is there anything else? "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443230

"I don't suppose there is anything about the Northern Lights I should now? The high king recently added me to their ranks, so anything I can learn about them would be useful."

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443235

"All I know for now is that we intend them to be a highly elite group of warriors ready at the direct command of the king. Hmm.. yes, you will be told soon enough."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443236

Well, that's curious.
"If there is nothing else, Adviser, am I dismissed?"

Verne Foglight [Advisor] 443241

"Yes. You may return at any time if you have concerns. In the meanwhile… I hope you can be a friend to the King, more than a subject or subordinate. I cannot make this a request, but I hope you can do this. "

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443243

"I can… try. It's already disconcerting enough that vicequeen- Venia demands I speak to her informally."

DM 443432

NPCs online

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443433

I believe after breakfast, Windy and I were heading back to Ironfoe.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443434

DM 443435

Well thanks to the onward march or sorcery, the trip takes little more than minutes.
Once you are out of the teleport array room, she pulls you aside
"So… when's next time?"
"In need of a few support beams. But their knowhow will be vital to the north in the coming ages."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443436

"Well, how about in a few days, after I've had the implant for the armor, and tested it out? We can celebrate a job well done."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443437

"You are gonna build a capital that will put Canterlot to shame, I can feel that."

DM 443438

"Well, I think we'll have a lot of chances to see eachother even as you get it installed~"
"Well, I've never seen Canterlot. So I'll just do the best I can."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443439

I'll chuckle slightly.
"But that will be in a professional capacity. I was thinking perhaps next time we could go see a play, or something you would enjoy?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443440

"If the dream was anything to go by, you are gonna win easy.
Just a bunch of burning houses, we can call Smouldering over for that."
"Speaking of which…
He might be onto something."

DM 443441

"I somehow get the feeling I'll enjoy most of what you care to give out.
Anyway, I should… be getting back to boss and all.
…but heck one more won't hurt."
She gives you a quick kiss and runs off
"In what regard?"

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443442

Wow. She really put her heart into that one.
I'll just sit sorta stunned for a second.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443443

"Our new trotantine guests.
Not the ugly smith, I'm talking about the beauty here.
Want to hear something that will stop you dead for a second?
I know it did for me."

DM 443444

You have fun with that.
In the mean time, her cute little butt disappears back into the workshop.
"Do tell."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443445

Lean agains the wall, nonchalantly looking at the metal hoof.
"She's a princess."

DM 443446

He turns to look at you with a blank expression
"Come again?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443447

Daughter of the previous empress.
Sister of the current one.
My guess is she was in danger. Maybe running away from home fearing for her life in some succession game."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443448

Right. Well. Ahem. Let's go, uh, pick up my armor from the smiths. Should be repaired. And I can't put away my dress uniform to be cleaned.

DM 443449

…I should ask about it. Perhaps… the North could help her."
"Morning sir.
All done here."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443450

Hold your pony.
She knows nothing of this and that danger part is all speculation from me.
And maybe it's better if she doesn't know we know, for the moment, don't you think?"

DM 443451

"The iron must be worked when it's hot.
…and were she to become Empress… as well as our ally…"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443452

"Yes, you can see why I came to you asap.
But don't forget, Trotantium is a large empire. I'm not sure we can face off against them and Equestria at the same time."

DM 443453

"But I am sure Equestria cannot face off against us and them."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443454

"Which could mean war if they were ever to learn about a possible alliance between our two countries."
Stop for a second and sigh, then stare at him right in the eyes.
"Or another assassination, just remember Prima."

DM 443455

But this time… they no longer have the element of surprise. Or the benefit our good will."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443456

"Just… Don't have her run scared, okay?"

DM 443457


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443458

"Thanks. Great work as always."
And then from there I'll head to my room, drop off the dress uniform to clean later, suit up, and then head back to Oats' workshop.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443459

Hmm. I should go assemble my abomination.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443460

Smile at him and put a hoof on his shoulder.
"The fun starts now."
Wink at him and step back.
"Say, got a teleport array already in place, in Timberjaw?"

DM 443461

Windy gives you a wink as you arrive
Oats just rises a brow and shrugs
"Here for the implant then?"
We cannot help but wonder what you're planning, Kilana.
"It's being built. Should be online in a month."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443462

"I am. So, whenever you're ready, master Oats."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443463

"Oh damnit.
Guess it's time for a long walk for me then."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443464

Allright, since the people who need to be here for Rockeye or druids aren't here. I guess I'll do some stuff on my own.

First of all, go back to the smith.

Liviana [Templar] 443465

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443466

"Its simple enough really. " head over to my room or something and lay out the bones, start making the needed runes.

DM 443467

"Well just lay down and I'll have Valley strap you in."
"Well, they still have Deep Roads entrances."
"Mornin' lad.
I uh… got your stuff."
"Longshanks is a scholarly mage. Apprentice of the former mage king, and a collector of magic.
He enforced the ban on teaching Dark Arts, but allied with the United North after a pact of information exchange."
Do tell.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443468

"Well, time to take a little detour then.
Golden Oats asked me to find him some of those… Things the engineers there use.
What's so special about them anyway?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443469

Alrighty, I assume he wants me out of my armor for this, so I'll strip down.
"I'm in your hooves, then."
And then I'll get strapped in by Windy.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443470

"Excellent. And faster than I thought. Can I see it?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443471

"Making mulitple bodies work together as if they were one body." I show him a set of runes. "The runes here are the key; have to match up and be exactly correct."

Liviana [Templar] 443472

"Rockeye is specialized in the arcane, yes? I have to admit I'm not well versed in that aspect of magic… but I do find it very fascinating."

DM 443473

"I wouldn't know. I didn't pay attention if some were around during the fight."
She gives you a friendly pat
"Now be a good soldier and there will be a treat for you at the end of this."
Oats returns with his tools
"My nurses will be here shortly. Any last thoughts?"
"It's in the back. Look all you like."
You plan on expanding us then?
"Rockeye values all magic in equal. Longshanks has seen to that. He believes all knowledge is valuable, and should be studied and preserved.
And I agree with him."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443474

"Just that I hope I'll be back on duty soon."

Liviana [Templar] 443475

"Yes of course, of course… do you think I could meet him in person?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443476

Nod slowly.
"You gotta tell me about it.
How was it? Had fun?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443477

"Yes, to make you more stronger, just one equestrian was able to do that much, imagine if they come in force.. " I shutter.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443478

Go over and take a look.
How does that armor and saddle look?

DM 443479

"Well try not to go out into the field for a while. While not major, the bone/metal connection needs to heal properly."
A few more ponies enter
"Do you want to be awake for this?"
After all, you are quite his equal as things come."
"I'm placing a ban on the production of launchers. They are to destructive for general use."
So… what shall you add?
The saddle is quite a sight.
Tight, bright leather, with a black trim and orange detailing. Seems like it will fit downright snugly.

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443480

I'll pay the smith a bonus for this one.
"Great work, friend. This is exactly what I need. Do you have a big bag laying around somewhere?"

Liviana [Templar] 443481

I cock my head.
"Whatever do you mean?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443482

Raise my head, alarmed.
"Did anypony else get hurt?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 443483

How's Winterbreeze?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443484

"I would prefer not to be, unless you need me awake for some portion of the procedure."

DM 443486

"I got a few potato sacks somewhere."
"He is an ally to the north, and you are here to possibly allow us to have a great ally in Trotantium."
"Mostly our enemies.
Reportedly, some were vaporized entirely."
In her room, doing egghead things
"Not really.
Good night then."
And then you fall asleep, thanks to well placed magic

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443488

I frown "Unicorn parts, in hopes that you will gain access to their natural magic."

Liviana [Templar] 443489

"Oh… so Rockeye isn't technically part of the United Northlands then?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 443490

What an egghead, just like me. Teleport in there and kiss her on the cheek '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443491

"Yeah… I saw what that stuff can do firsthoof.
Half a dozen ponies gone in a poff…"
Scratch the back of my head.
"Maybe we should still build a few of those.
Keep them under guard.
Or build them smaller. And not explosive."

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443493

Pack up this stuff.
What's the name of the smith anyway?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443494

Time flies when you're asleep.

DM 443501

We await the results.

"Of course it is.
The United North is more an alliance than an empire after all. Each Viceroy commands their own nation. But all nations are united in a common vision and goal."
Long time no see. How was Timberjaw?"
Not explosive?"
He has served Wintersgrasp for years.
And when you awaken, Windy is holding your hoof
"Welcome back."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443502

Any soreness? '1d10'
"How's it look?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443503

So you can't vaporize a whole pony in one hit.
Damn, you could even make them small enough for a pony to hid-"
Shake my head.
"Maybe that would be a step backwards, in safety."

Liviana [Templar] 443505

"Ah… that must be why you use the title 'High King' as opposed to Emperor then. That's somewhat unique."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 443507

"It… exhausting.."

flop on her bed.

"I need to find out how to, or who to go to, to put healing spells into things. How have you been?"

Pick up one of her books and leaf through it

Smouldering Torch [Burninator] 443508

I pack it up and pay him a bonus.
"Well thank you Embers, excellent work as always. And I appreciate your discretion on this matter."

DM 443581

"To be honest, a bit gruesome until your coat grows back."
"I don't think I quite follow what you had in mind."
"I really am more of a watchman. A peacekeeper. A referee to keep everyone playing nice.
It is not my place to rule. Simply to see to it that that unity and stability remain. I would imagine you agree this is a good stance on things, yes?"
"I realized I forgot a few safety measures with the summoning spell, so I've spent time refining it."
"Hey. We all have our kinks lad."
He winks and grins

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 443584

"Cool! …so when will it happen?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443585

Make a motion with my hooves, putting them close together as to say 'tiny' or 'small'
"If we made the rockets this much smaller… And didn't fill them with explosive stuff…
I saw how that thing worked.
It's just an explosion in the rocket.
If we make a piece that blows up and pushes a metal thing ahead…"
Push that idea away.
"But it'd be downright cruel…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443587

"Well, if that's the worst I'll have to deal with, then that's nothing at all."
I'll look around a little, while remaining laid down.
"How long was I out?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 443589

Take my leave and stash the saddle in my study, where I've no doubt laid the Lavann amulet and hung up the map.
I close the door and take a look at the Lavann amulet.
Do I notice anything special about it? '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Liviana [Templar] 443592

"Well… I suppose so. It's a bit of a foreign concept to me, but I can see its merits."

DM 443608

"I think I might need… a week? Some of these incantations are hard to translate."
Frosty does not reply.
He seems to be thinking. Hard.
"Half a way or so.
Oats had some issues with mounting the pin so it hits your sternum and not your heart."
It seems to have been cut into a shape that makes it look like it was broken off something larger.
It also seems to be mildly enchanted to give off heat. And pointing it north, towards the mountains where the markings point to, it seems to grow a tiny bit warmer.
"It's the best I could think of.
I've never tried creating an empire from the ground up before."

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443609

I'll just nod and get started. each head getting a pair of horns, bind them to the back of the skull, so it will look a little more natural. make a longer scorpion like tail for balance, and place the last two horns at the end of that, and the rest is placed in the body.. just tell me if you want me to roll for that and how many times

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443610

"Yeah look…
Just don't tell anyone I suggested this to you, okay?
Those things should not exist."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443614

"I'll have to apologize for picking such an odd area."
I'll think a moment.
"Is it alright to try and move, or should I stay down for a little longer?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 443615

Interesting. Note that down.
But no obvious signs of danger…mmmm
Put it on. Do I notice anything different? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Liviana [Templar] 443624

I chuckle
"It's not an easy task, no doubt. Not just anypony can pull off what you have managed, so far. The unification of Trotantium was far… bloodier."

DM 443637

No need to roll. This is a plot moment.
Should we… test them?
…rocket… arrowheads
…projectiles launched with explosions…"
"Go ahead. The horrible stabbing pain will tell you if you need to rest more."
"We saw out fair share of blood in Timberjaw.
…and before."
You are entirely blinded by a scalding white light.
For a moment, all you can see is heat. The burning heat of an angered star.
Until for the shortest of moments, you can see the white heat looking back at you. Focusing its eyes on you.
When you blink, you find yourself back in your room.


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443640

Well, let's see if I can get up, first off…

Roll #1 4 = 4

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 443641

Stay next to him, silent, wait for him to finish.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 443642

Nope. Not at all. Lie back down.

Kilana [Dark Artist] 443643

I nod "try and lift something."

Liviana [Templar] 443647

"But… you haven't exactly unified the North through military conquest so far. As far as we heard, you've mostly assembled nations through diplomatic means."

DM 444671

"Hurts like a bitch, don't it?"
He soon lets out a deep, hollow laugh
"Oh my friend, where ever did your twisted mind come up with such a marvel of cruelty?"
Very well.
"Spilled blood was what eventually lead to my quest to unite the north. I endeavor not to spill more, when I can."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Liviana [Templar] 444672

"What happened, if you don't mind me asking?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444673

Don't look back at him, lie against a wall hooves crossed.
"Around the time I had pieces of metal buried into my chest…"

DM 444675

"How would you like one made, especially for you?"

Liviana [Templar] 444676

"Ah… Have you… encountered this Rivetstrike before then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444677

"Frosty I'm not…"
"What the hell, it's just another way to kill.
Not like I didn't make bloody chunks out of ponies in many other ways already.
Sure, let's try what this thing can do."

DM 444678

"I believe that is indeed possible…
…do you want to hear the entire tale?"

DM 444679

"You really are heartless.
I'll speak with some smiths I trust. Maybe we can have some fun with this."
He chuckles a bit

Liviana [Templar] 444680

"If you have time to spare, High King. The High Queen was somewhat sketchy when I asked her about it."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444681

"Hey, you talk to me, I'd rather not see that thing around.
But how long will it take before the equestrians can figure out the same thing?
I'm sure they know about the launchers, not like we could stop all their messages."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444684

"Right, ok.. So what have you been up to while I was gone? Did you see where those ponies I tried to employ went?"

DM 444687

"For you, I always have time to spare.
Though one may attribute the birth of my quest to my heritage, being the son of two kingdoms, it was the death of Wintersgrasp's former king at the hands of a poison from Equestria's Lordblades that truly sparked my work.
Prior to poisoning King Goldenblood, the Lordblades murdered Rosefall's ambassador and his daughter in fear of her affection towards me bringing about an alliance between northern nation. That same Lordblade, Hailstone, then came for me. However, he failed in his mission, and paid with his life.
…This was many years ago. Back then, Rivetstrike was just an assistant. A trainee. It seems he got more training since.
But I digress.
If the union of two Northern nations was threat enough to warrant assassinations, then I knew it was clear I had to endeavor to unite all the north. To create a power capable of standing on its own, and not bowing to such underhanded tactics."
…so, was there something else you wanted to talk about?"
"I believe they returned to the estate."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444689

You are back, Timberjaw is conquered without spilling blood, but with my mood right now I'd just spoil the celebrations.
You go have fun, uh?"

Liviana [Templar] 444691

I listen very carefully as he explains. When he finishes, I quietly mull it all over for a moment before perking up.
"'The son of two kingdoms'? The poisoning of King Goldenblood?"

Kilana [Dark Artist] 444693

"…Yes!" I grin widely "It worked! I knew it would. How, does it feel?"

DM 444695

"I'll save the fun for when Northscrown is ready my friend. Try to lift your mood by then."
"King Goldenblood was the king of Wintersgrasp before me and my cousin, Unyielding Anvil. He was the brother of King Ironmane, Unyielding's father, and the husband of my mother, Lady Snowflake.
During the night the Lordblades came, he was afflicted with a poison that slowly destroyed his mind over the years, driving him hopelessly mad."
Our bones tingle. It is a foreign magic that courses though them, but the sensation is not unpleasant.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444697

Wave a hoof around dismissively with a grin.
"Oh don't worry, it won't take that long.
I will just build myself a new face and roll with it.
By the way, did you see Oats' new designs?"

Liviana [Templar] 444699

I rub my forehead.
"So he was forced into madness… That's awful."
I sigh.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't be bringing up these bad memories of yours like this, but thank you for sharing them anyway."

DM 444702

"I did.
They seemed a little.. incomplete."
"One needs to learn from the past, not seek to forget it."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444704

"And I got exactly zero out of all that.
But anyway, he asked for some help, this is why I will be visiting Timberjaw soon."

Liviana [Templar] 444706

"As you say, High King. Now… with Timberjaw behind us, is there something else I can be of assistance with?"

DM 444708

"Oh? What does he need from there?"
"Perhaps you could, in turn, tell me of Trotantium."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444711

"Some of those engineering rigs. I guess they are famous, with how good Timberjaw is and all that."

Liviana [Templar] 444712

I smile.
"There is a lot to talk about, so I wont bore you with any intricate details. Which aspect?"

DM 444715

"I'm almost surprised he knew of them. As far as anyone told me, only a few working ones existed, along with some failed prototypes."
"What you feel that I, in my position, should know."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444716

"Let me guess. Their owner are damn jaelous of them too, uh?"

DM 444719

"Hard to say. One is dead and the other is a head in a jar."

Liviana [Templar] 444720

"Well, as you no doubt are aware, we are a nation that relies largely on trade. Our routes stretch as far as Saddle-Arabia, even if it took some effort to secure our position. We left the Old Lands back when ponykind was still tribal, so a significant portion of our population consists of earth ponies, even to this day. Although immigration has evened out our numbers as opposed to other species. Still, most positions of power are held by earth ponies."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444722

"Eh. Maybe I will just send a blade to retrieve what's left then.
Now, got any plans for the day? I am not in the mood to work. Not just yet."

DM 444724

"Does race actually play any role to you?"
"Not particularly, why?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444726

"Ah, nevermind Frosty. I just have not gotten used to the whole convalescence thing yet."

Liviana [Templar] 444729

"That depends on whom you're asking. There are some nobles who cannot stand seeing a non-earth pony in a position of power, but most others are indifferent and care little whether the pony in front of them has wings or a horn or not. To me personally? No. All beings are equal in my eyes, regardless of race."

DM 444732

So you're bored, is that it?"
"As I remember, there was some tension regarding zebras."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444733

"Pretty much."

Liviana [Templar] 444738

"That's a different story. More of a… sad story, perhaps. The last few decades there has been aggression between the empire and the eastern zebra tribes. However, the tribes that once inhabited the eastern part of the empire have integrated themselves quite decently by now. Unfortunately, even they get the blame sometimes for the attacks coming from the tribals out east."

DM 444740

"With two mares at your side?
My oh my old friend. You must be insatiable."
"I can relate. Though here it was never a question of race so much as it was nationality or loyalty."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444742

Roll the only eye I have left.
"Yeah right, forget that. I will go toy around with my fake heart or something, see if I can get a stroke."

Liviana [Templar] 444743

"It happens all too often, sadly."

DM 444744

"Sounds like fun.
Hit me up if you need anything."
"Perhaps such is the nature of living things."

Liviana [Templar] 444745

"Maybe. Or maybe it's the result of a lesson yet to be learned."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444746

"Yeah, but I think I will just sleep it off."
And I am done for the day.
On agenda:
-talk with Vintage Year about recovering one of the rigs
-talk with the new leader of the WoS
-check up on all the new special units, like the Northern Lights
-Go tease Crescent a bit about what I saw the other day
-Try not to grow fat as I wait for the limbs to heal.

DM 444747

"Can you tell me something nice about Trotantium to balance out the discussion?"
pick any

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444749

Off to Vintage I go.
It's even in town, no?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444750

"It's… unpleasant, yes."
I'll grimace a bit.
"But I could do much worse than to have beautiful mare by my bedside afterwords."

Liviana [Templar] 444752

I smile.
"There is plenty of nice to be said, your highness. Despite the issues we face in the East, the West continues to thrive and prosper, propelling our economy and trade more than ever. Thanks to the recent successful naval campaigns, our trade routes are secured and no longer raided by pirates. That is why I am here too, because we can afford to broaden our horizons."

DM 444753

He is where he is needed
Namely "Right behind y-"
Peaches has him at knifepoint
"Not bad. Next time remember to also look behind yourself."
"Hey, I do what I can.
The swelling will go down soon. That's just a side effect.
Now, does your heart feel fine?"
"Naval campaigns… hm…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444755

Does it? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444756

Oh. No, no it doesn't.
"Not… really. No. No it doesn't."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444757

What a great mare.
"I like the way you two get along."
Smile and find a seat.
"Say, do we still have blades in Timberjaw? There's something I need to retrieve."

Liviana [Templar] 444758

I nod.
"Yes, it's a necessity. With all the valuables our trade convoys carry, they make for attractive targets for Pirates and the likes. As a response, the empress deployed a large amount of ships to take out their hideouts and destroy their fleets. Thanks to the technological edge, we managed to cut them down severely to the point where they are hardly a threat anymore."

DM 444760

"Oh no.
This… this is bad. Boss warned me this might happen. The pin must have come misaligned and is pressing against your heart.
I'll need to reposition it. This… might sting a bit."
She grabs the device on your chest and twists it
"I have three blades overseeing the area for any possible remnant Equestrians."
I've never been out to sea. Then… as far as I know, the North has no places to make safe harbors."

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 444761

"No… oh dear…
Ok. I was only told to do this if things took a turn for the worse, but here. Drink this, and then we need to get your heart rate up. WAY up."
She tosses you a bubbly potion

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444763

I'll wince, and drink the potion… thing. Whatever it is.

Liviana [Templar] 444764

"Yes, we ourselves came in through Manehattan because it was the easiest approach. The Northern seas are… violent."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444765

"What came of Rivetstrike's possessions, after his demise?"

DM 444770

"There. Once that gets into the right places, it will greatly speed up the repair process.
But if we can't get your heart beating fast enough it might just weld your bloodstream shut."
"I once heard there is a port in Snowborder. Shipper's Folly they call it. The northmost port in the world.
I suppose it isn't much if you preferred Equestia's ports."
"They should be cataloged and held at the Unbreakable City, save for the stuff that was on him when he died"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444771

"And of course fear isn't going to cut it for a heart rate spike, I guess. What did you have in mind?"

Liviana [Templar] 444772

"Manehatten is a known tradeport to us, so we simply embarked on the ship we thought would bring us the closest."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444773

"I need something recovered from there and brought here.
An engineering rig. Can you contact your blades soon enough?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444774

"Oh, alright."


Roll #1 2 = 2

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444775

"…Did you need help with anything?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444777

Rolling for emotional and mental state after that.

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 444779

"Well you better think of something because the other option is I pop you open here and now and pull the thing out before it pierces your heart."
…I take it your empire has a lot of dealings with Equestria?"
"Certainly, master.
Is that all?"
"I could do with a break.
How about you tell me a bit about how things are outside this room of mine?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444780

Nod slowly and lean forward.
"Are your boys okay, Year?"

Liviana [Templar] 444782

"They're rather hard to ignore, so yes, we do plenty of trade with them. That's not to say our relationship is jovial, however."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444783

I'm feeling pretty good.
Looks like I'm on the right path.
Note all details from that vision down with glee.

But it seems like I can't give it to Waveform like this.

Mmmmm, I've got almost all details for the Druids trip figured out.
How is the weather looking today?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444784

"Well, there's always pain, but that could be counter-intuitive."
I'll grimace a little.
"And, well, there are other ways, but that wouldn't… probably wouldn't be too professional…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444786

"Well, uhh…

Except for Rosefall, Hardflank, and the Border kingdoms, most of the teleport arrays are nearing completion. I fought in an arena in Eaglecrest, there are Griffons.. really big griffons in Stormheart. Timberjaw makes really complex buildings and… like.. functioning construct things like King Frostmourn's leg, bu- but they don't use magic!"

Uhhhhhhh more interesting things! '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 444787

"They should be. After the order went out, they took down three messengers headed for Snowborder. Sadly, Cheese Chunk died when one of them pulled a launcher. He was a bright kid for such a humble background…"
"Still a lot better than ours is with them. All we trade are dead bodies and threats."
Calm and sunny. A fine day.
"Look right now it's do or die in here."
She grabs a large set of pliers and a scalpel
"So what did you plan on doing next?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444788

Take a deep breath and close my eyes.
"Tell me about him."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444790

Now I'm missing something.
…Valeriana, of course.
I still haven't asked her if she can send over a shadow to track the druids down.
Get out of my study and lock it safely.

Now, are there shadows around or do I have to get over to Rockeye?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444791

"Well… there's…"
I'll blush a little.
"There's alternative means of stimulation."

Liviana [Templar] 444792

"There's been the occasional skirmish between us and them too and we keep a constant lookout for them as well. Simply put, we don't trust each other."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444793

"I…. I don't know.. It feels weird to say that. I don't know to do now.

I- I guess work on whatever else King Frostmourn asks me to? I mean, yea I'd like to make sure my friends don't get hurt constantly. Probably look into a way to cast pain-lessening spells from across large distances or something?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444795

I think Mistral and I had just finished having fun, last time

Godric [Lord] 444796

To his royal majesty; Frostmourn of Wintersgrasp and Ironfoe, King of the North,

I bid you good tidings from the mountains of Stormheart. My travels with you have been illuminating, and it appears my people are becoming more amicable to opening our borders, especially with your gracious gift of hunting rights. I hope for this to continue without further difficulties.

I am writing to you to inform you that it has come to my attention that our neighbor country of Rosefall has begun hosting a large open market and festival of trade close to our borders. However, we have not yet officially begun talks with them, and my scouts report no citizens of Wintersgrasp among them, nor even the arrival of any caravans at all. Who exactly they are dealing with is unknown to me. I find this vexing, and the only answer I have arrived at is that perhaps the Deep Roads may not be as secure as you believed.

I plan to pay a visit to the sovereigns of Wintersgrasp soon for some personal matters, and may look into this matter personally with them. I write you as a courtesy as I believe you should be privy to deals made within the borders of your homeland.

May the winds always be at your back,
Godric, Lord of Clan Blackmane, King Stormheart

DM 444798

"Son of a cheesemaker from Rockeye, moved to Ironfoe after the arrays were built. I got him out of prison and offered him a job after he was caught trying to pick the lock to the royal wine cellar.
Diligent once given a cause to strive for, and good with improvised weapons."
There are shadows in all the major cities.
She raises a brow and puts the tools down
She then bites her lip a bit
"What's the fastest way?"
"So might you consider instead an alliance with the North to keep them at bay?"
"A noble cause.
I might even be able to pitch in once this summoning stuff is done."
Still at it, or?
"Well you certainly know how to write an impressive letter dear. I take it you're not friendly enough with him to keep it shorter?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444799

"Miss Valeriana, I hope your recovery goes well?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444800

"That thing you did the other day with your magic."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444801

We were done, I think.
Get up anyway.
"I should see if Smouldering needs me. I promised help."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444802

Look silently at him, then eventually shake my head and stand up.
"I'm sorry. Really. Those launchers are just wrong."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444803

"That'd be great"

nuzzle her

"I miss casting with you."

Godric [Lord] 444804

"I suppose I could. But such gravitas is normally expected in formal exchanges like this. And I admit it was enjoyable to pen this."

I roll it up, seal it, and pass it off to be sent to wherever the recipient might be.

Liviana [Templar] 444805

I raise my hooves.
"Your highness, that is not for me to decide. The Empress sent me here to observe and investigate whether or not the North would make for a good area to expand our traderoutes to. I think a formal alliance is something she would support, but I can't speak in her name."

DM 444806

"Perfectly. I owe much to Captain Highhorn"
She glances behind her real quick, then powers up her horn
"J-just guide me through this ok?"
I'll be here if you need me."
"We're assassins, not soldiers.
But still, losses are to be expected.
We endure."
"Me too…
…if only this didn't eat up so much time.."
The courier bows and heads off
"So, dear. What shall be on the royal agenda then?"
"What is your relation to the empress, anyway?"

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4


"Thank you."
Now to find Smouldering. Where could he be?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444808

"Little faster. Don't be shy about it, we've already gone a fair step further than that…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444809

"You like doing it though, right? That's what matters."

Wink to her other side

"It took me a looong time to safely do this, but I'm all the happier for it."

Godric [Lord] 444811

"You seem to have done so well so far, I feel a little out of my depth at the moment. How about showing me what we know of our new hunting lands?"

Liviana [Templar] 444812

I idly draw circles on the floor with a hoof
"I've… known her for a while, even before she ascended to the throne. We're friends, but I don't really like to talk about it. It gives the impression that I was chosen more because of good relations with her than anything else."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444813

"One last thing.
Do we know who invented those launcers?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444814

"I'm happy to hear that. We owe much to him.
It would have been a terrible loss for all of us."

DM 444817

Not in his room…
"I just sometimes worry if putting all my faith an time into this is smart, is all."
"Got a map around?"
"Often a close friend is a good candidate, for they are someone a ruler knows, and can trust.
After all, no amount of skill can replace reliability, especially in delicate matters."
"I believe they were a join operation between several engineers, including Rivetstrike.
Supposedly they were based on a festive device called a 'firework', used in major events. A rarity most likely, seeing as Explosive Mold is not native to Timberjaw."
"I'm glad you see it that way"

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Godric [Lord] 444819

"Oh I am sure there is one somewhere."
Do we have a war room?

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444820

"From now on, I want every supply of moss entirely locked down.
Who are the current buyers?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444821

That'll get it started.
"Don't worry about finishing the job, just worry about keeping my heart rate up. You're doing well."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444822

"Why do you say that? Worried about what's gonna happen afterwards?"

Mind Reader '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Liviana [Templar] 444824

"That's certainly true, yes. But still, my personal relationship with her shouldn't matter."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444825

"Now, I wanted to ask about your offer to use a shadow to lead me, Pumpkin and Ambrosia to the Druidic Circles here in Wintersgrasp.
But I wouldn't want to impose if you would rather take some more time to rest first."

>not in my room.

And it's locked. No way any spies get in there when I'm not around.


Hmmm… what about that mare he's always together with?

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 444830

Did you make one?
"Not many. After all it's a weed, and a dangerous one at that.
Golden Oats has a stockpile, as does Narpa. They need it for their work.
It is impossible to know how much of the massive shipments bought by Timberjaw were used and how much saved.
And I remember reading Snowborder buying some as well."
"This might take a moment…"
She strains to keep going
"Is there any way I can help it along?"
…and I'm worried someone will force me to stop."
"Many of my best allies are my closest friends.
It's not a question of playing favorites. It is a question of making use of those you know are best for the job."
"Are you in a hurry?"
Seems like she is quite alone right now.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444831

"I… uh… who?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444832

"I don't think so, since what you're doing now is working really well…"
My breathing will get a bit quicker.
"So… what was supposed to happen after the heart rate goes up?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444833

"…Not really. Today is good weather for a journey on hoof. But I can just as easily depart tomorrow or next week. And I still have to inform Pumpkin and Ambrosia when we leave."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444834

"I will have to talk with the High King about that.
For now, stop selling to Snowboarder.
They will most likely already have the schematics of the launcher, no doubt ready to sell it.
That's all for now.
Stay safe, have that rig delivered to Golden Oats."


I guess I didn't. I just assumed, being the capital, there would be one.
Let's go find a map then.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Liviana [Templar] 444836

"I agree, of course. I'm happy you see it that way. Others might see it as nepotism, however."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444837

Approach that pone then.
"Where is Smouldering, miss?"

DM 444838

"Last I heard, the High King was not too trusting of demons…"
"The tonic will seep into the point where the heart is weakest, and reinforce the connection between the device and the sternum."
She moves her head in to give you a quick lick, visibly getting excited herself.
"Tell me when you know. I will decide then."
"Yes, master Swansong."
He disappears in a flash, leaving Peaches looking confused
After a bit of searching you remember you had one in the room you started in.
"Oh you, silly."
"That is their loss, is it not?"
I think he went off to research his amulet crystal."

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444839

Smile to her.
"Don't you hate when they do that?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444840

"Remind me to… return the favor later. Once Everything's settled with this contraption."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444841

I nod.
"Very well. I'll speak to you again soon."

Now where is Ambrosia? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444842

"Does King Frostmourn know? A-about your summoning?"

Liviana [Templar] 444843

I just nod at that.
"In any case, it doesn't matter. I have a task to focus on."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444844

"Is he in Wintergrasp?"

DM 444845

"Real funny, wise guy."
She gives you a friendly jab
"How does it feel? It should hurt less by now."
She tries to give some attention to your other notable parts
"Not… exactly."
"So what do you think so far?"

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444846

I come in.
"Indeed I am."

Godric [Lord] 444847

I blush a bit.
"I still have a bit to get used to here.
I take the map out and open it up, then step aside to let her show me.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444848

"Come here."
Open my good wings inviting her in an embrace.
"You think it's too late? We opened that box, didn't we?
The launchers, I mean…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444849

I'll take a sharp breath.
"It certainly does… but you might want to… slow down a little or I might not last as long as it needs to sink in…"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444850

I turn to look at him.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444852

"Then maybe you should? I don't know, most of the things I needed to know about I asked for clarification on. A-and I think that asking King Frostmourn would answer your doubts."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444853

"Hello Ambrosia. I was just looking for you."
Walk over to Waveform and nuzzle her.
"Hey there."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444854

"I was looking for you."

DM 444855

"The good hunting grounds extend across from central Rockeye to eastern Wintersgrasp, barring the more populated regions.
Both meat and fish are plentiful, though some of the larger mountain critters tend to put up a fight."
"They did that, not us."
"Juuust keep yourself steady big guy. A minute more should do it."
She slows down. To an absolutely painful pace, running her tongue along your length
"I guess… I was just hoping to show him some results first."

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444857

Turn to you.
"And how can I help you?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444859

"You can show him your notes!"


Roll #1 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444860

That is probably going to be the most agonizing minute of my life.

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444861

"I wished to see if you needed my help."

Godric [Lord] 444862

"Queen Venia's husband did seem to be quite the avid huntsman. It would make sense that prey like that would bring up such a hardy individual. What game are they finding?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444863

"Well then. Yes, you need to tell me when you're ready at the earliest to go with me to search for the Druids.
And you have to tell me wether or not you'd like to take Mistral with us."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444864

"I am ready now, if you wish to leave. I do not know if Mistral wishes to join. I could ask her."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444867

"Of course. Pumpkin is taking his wife, Bearing as well. And since we don't expect any hostilities, I was thinking she could come as well if she liked and of course, if you agree with that."

DM 444868

"True… But is that enough?"
"Just a liiiitle longer"
"So far we've had everything from rabbits to a particularly angry mountain goat. Wolves were spotted too, as were a few bears.
The fish are less varied, but some of the pikes we found were very large."

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444869

"Okay. I will ask her."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444870

"W-well… you can either uh… either do it with him knowing. Or do it with Sh- …shadow song knowing."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444871

"Good, if you're looking for me. I shall be with Pumpkin, asking him the same thing."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444872

"Okay. Thank you, Smouldering."
Back to Mistral I go.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444873

She's trying, bless her, but she must be getting tired.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444874

Rest upon her neck with a smile.
"So they did, uh?"
Stroke her back gently.
Ready to move on.
Next stop, the Warrior of Sunlight.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Godric [Lord] 444875

"A fine selection to choose from. Good pike will be welcome back into our diets. Have citizens begun looking for food as well?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444876

I nod.

Well now I'm going to be looking for Pumpkin.

Timewarp for a second?

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444877

Sure. I gotta dive in 4 timestreams soon anyway.
"Yes, Smouldering?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444878

"Pumpkin, good to see you.
I was wondering when you and Bearing would be available to travel to find the druids at the earliest?
I need to know to discuss with Miss Valeriana, when to track them down."

DM 444879

She freezes up
"You're right.. she knows…"
One last try
"Indeed. I issued open news of the new hunting grounds, which drove many to go out hunting."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444880

pssst >>444872
I need to ask Mistral if she wants to come along.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444881

Can I contain myself after that? '1d10'
It would be terrible to make a mess all over Oats' operating table.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Godric [Lord] 444882

I nuzzle her.
"You are wonderful, my dear. I am sure they have long since fallen in love with their new queen."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444883

"You know I'd still help you Breezy. But even together, we'd only get so far before King Frostmourn knows."

Hug her


Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444884

"Oh, mother will come too?"

Liviana [Templar] 444885

I chuckle.
"Smouldering asked the same question before, I'm happy to see you care to hear my opinion. The cultural differences especially are taking me some time getting used to and I admit I do miss the pleasant climate from back home. Still, I'm impressed so far with how things are going here and I think there's plenty more to see in these lands as well."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444886

"…I'm not sure if she is coming with us physically. I assumed she'd send a shadow to track them down. Now you're making me doubt that. She did ask when we were planning to leave when I told her I'd rather wait until she's feeling well"

DM 444888

"Welcome back dear"
You're a bit leaky.
Can she catch it?
"Well I'm just the bearer of your good news."
"…so we should go fess up, huh?"
They have a barracks.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444889

Every last drop, apparently.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444890

"Just to see, at least. Hold on."

Grab her and teleport to King Frostmourn '1d10+3'

Roll #1 8 + 3 = 11

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444891

"Oh c'mon, it's not a lethal mission or anything!"
And I'll need to talk with their commander.

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444893

"Smouldering needs me to meet with a group of druids. Do you wish to come along, Mistral? He says it will not be dangerous."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444894

"I wasn't implying that. I'm saying she didn't say. And that I don't know. If she wants to come with us that's really no trouble for me. I just know that she's still recovering from that ordeal."

DM 444895

She can catch as much as you can give in that position.
"go ahead~"
"I believe we can also learn from you in turn.
Speaking of which, I've finished my prototype of the steam bath you mentioned, if you'd fancy a test."
"Ah. Nylis. Winterbreeze. What brings you to me?"
"Captain Southern Cross, at your disposal if need be, Swansong."
I can come if you want the company."

Liviana [Templar] 444897

I perk up.
"I would love to see it! If it really works… maybe we could introduce it to the public as a alternative…"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444898

"Only if you wish to."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444899

"Hello King Frostmourn! Well uh, it- this is kind of a personal matter with… uh, w-with Winterbreeze."

Godric [Lord] 444901

"Only the best for our home. But on to other matters. Would you like to come with me to Wintergrasp?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444902

Well, it's rude to deny a mare's invitation.
I guess I can stop holding it back.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444903

"Nothing so formal, captain.
I just wanted to have a brief chat.
The future."
"Alright. I will go have a chat with her, later.
As for me and Bearing, we have not much to worry about for now.
Nothing that can't take a backseat for some good fresh air."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444909

"Fine then, when you'll speak to her, could you then please tell her me and Ambrosia are ready to travel at her earliest convenience."

DM 444911

"Any time is a good time, then."
"Eh, I'm fine either way really."
"My liege… high king…
I… ask your blessing for a… magical experiment"
"Go on."
"I have spent the last ten years studying the Dark Tongue of Demons, and have translated and developed a summoning and binding spell… capable of calling forth a demon of Tartarus"
"You WHAT?"
She backs down, looking terrified
"Enough. This is a question of greater magnitude than which I should deal with alone.
Go and tell of this to my other close friends and allies. Ask their opinions. Discuss this with them. And report back when it is done.
Winterbreeze… we need to talk."
It takes her a while to drink it all down, bbefore she collapses onto the table with you, panting.
"I'd love to darling. I hear it's beautiful."
"I'm no time wizard, but go ahead."

Godric [Lord] 444917

"I've never been myself, but I think you would like their queen. She was most impressed when she visited Stormheart, and I think she would appreciate it if we returned the favor."

Liviana [Templar] 444919

"I'll go get Donrick straight away, if you don't mind."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444921

QuicklykisswinterbreezeontheneckandthenastralprojectteleporttoPumpkin '1d10+3'

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444925

I just look at her, awaiting a definite answer.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444926

"I take you know who I am, right?
Behind the whole facade of being a noble and all that."
"Sure. I will. Why not go right now, of all times?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444927

"Well, that worked…"
I'll nuzzle her a little.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444931

"If you're ready, I personally would like to leave as quickly as possible.
But I was willing to wait if Miss Valeriana didn't feel well enough yet to accompany us or, since I don"t know how much work it takes to fully control these shadows, send her shadows to track down the druids."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444933

"Well we could ask."

Find one of the shadows.
"Are you coming, mother?"

DM 444934

"Let us head out then"
"Splendid. I shall see to it that Sunrise knows you accepted out offer."
ding ding >>444926
"Do you want me along?"
"I've been informed, master Swansong. I would like to hear what I am accused of before my execution, if that is the purpose of your visit."
She coughs a bit and smacks her lips
…feeling better?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 444937

"I wish for you to be happy."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444938

"Much. Whatever was in that potion did it's job, and I'm lucky to have a nurse with such amazing bedside manner."

Liviana [Templar] 444940

"I'll be back soon, your highness."
I bow and take my leave. Let's go find Donrick.

DM 444943

"We really need to work on this…"
She rubs her forehead
"Ok, lets go with no, I won't come unless you tell me to."
"Phew… I had no idea that would actually work…"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444944

"No, it isn't.
I'm unable to walk straight, much less to fight, don't be ridicolous."
"And I came here with more happy news, actually.
I am working on some kind of… Cooperative project between all the forces of the North.
And since you are the leader of the Warriors, I am here to ask for your help."
Bow down.
"The northblades have long been friends of the Warriors of Sunlight.
It would be my honor to extend this friendship even under new leadership."
Need a shadow here >>444933
Blink a few times at her appearence.

Donrick [Smith] 444946

I'm probably in my room.

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444948


Am I with Pumpkin when Nylis appears?

Godric [Lord] 444950

"Whenever you are ready."
Shall we go?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444958


DM 444964

"If I am needed"
"So you're here just to say 'hi, let's be pals'?"
"Lead on my beast of a king~"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444965

Let's assume we are all in different times.
Makes it much easier to tell Nylis what I soon will have to.
"W-whoa hey, slow down, I didn't get a word!
What's happening to Winterbreeze!?"
Stand up in panic.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 444967

"I didn't either, to be honest, but you said you needed to get my heart beating faster and that was actually the first thing that sprang to mind… What stallion can stay calm with somepony as lovely as you working on him?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444975

"No. No mother, you are not needed. I just thought you and Highhorn might enjoy a little trip in the woods.
Nothing more.
Don't worry yourself further then."
Stand up with a small smile.
"Pretty much."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 444977

Sounds good.
I'll wait with you while you talk to your mother then.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444980


"I convinced Winterbreeze to tell King Frostmourn about her studies into Tartarian magic and summoning.. He wants me to tell you and his other closest friends and allies and ask your opinion on it. I don't know where anyone else is right now- I only thought you would know since you're Frosty's best friend."

Liviana [Templar] 444987

"Donny? You available?"

Godric [Lord] 444988

And so I do. Off we go.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 444989

Take a veeeeery long breath and stand down, calming myself.
"If I still had a heart it'd be about to explode right now."
Fall down on the couch in my room once more.
"We have to talk.
Do you know about the Master?"

Donrick [Smith] 444991

Is there brushie going on or not?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 444994

"Th- the who?"

Donrick [Smith] 444997

Looks like there is.

"Just a second!"

DM 444998

"I will gladly be a guide, but quite honestly, I could use the rest."
>Southern Cross
"Good to know."
"I'll work on you any time big guy~
Now about repaying the favor…"
Some hours later, you arrive to the capital of the north and are greeted by some guards.
"Your highness Blackmane. To what do we owe the honor?"

Donrick [Smith] 445000

Motion with my hoof that she can stop brushie now.

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 445002

"Okay. I will try to be swift, Mistral."
Head out.
I am prepared.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445005

"Tonight. Then I can take my time with it and repay it, with interest."
I'll nuzzle her again.
"Depending on how much, you may not get any sleep at all."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445007

"The Master.
If you talk with Manifest, he'll tell you he's a god.
If you ask me, he is the next closest thing.
For sure, he is not from this world.
There was a shrine consacrated to it.
Me, Verne and Frosty went there. And since then, things have changed.
We have been having vision. Of what could happen."
Take a brief pause.
"Are you still with me?"
"Then do so. I still remember the way."
"So if you will ever need informations, or help on the field…
I hope our pupils will work well together."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445009

….give him a quizzical look, but nod.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445012

"Looks like we will be on our own, Smouldering.
Can't say I'm worried though."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445014

"I saw something, Nylis.
I saw myself, in ten years, speaking to me about the future.
About his biggest regret."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445016

"I'm sure we can handle anything that happens. You want to leave right now then? I'll get Waveform and Ambrosia then. We can meet outside Wintersgrasp?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445018

"W- …what are you getting to?"

Godric [Lord] 445019

"A social call. Are the king and queen available?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445022

"Nylis, promise me not to teleport away. Promise me you will think long and hard about this. Primise?"
"Of course!"

DM 445023

"Looking forward to it~"
Just to prove how much, she takes one last look around, before moving her work clothes just enough to give you a good view
"Don't keep me waiting~"
"It would indeed be a loss if the North's elite could not work together as one.
As they say, you are the scalpel to my sword."
"They should be, yes. I think.
Try the palace."

Donrick [Smith] 445027

Once the brush is gone, call out to Liviana.
"You can come in now!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445031

"Wouldn't dream of it."
And I suppose I should lie here for a little longer, until I'm fairly certain my heart won't try to murder me if I move.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445032

Smile brightly, eyes full of hope.
"Thank you, Lady Cross.
For any matter, you can count on me."
Onto the next point of my agenda!
What other special forces are there in the North?

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445033

"Right. I'll see you soon then."

I go to collect Waveform.

Liviana [Templar] 445034

I enter.
"Frostmourn made something you might be interested in seeing."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445035

think for a second, and then slowly take off my dampener and put it on the ground between me and pumpkin.


Godric [Lord] 445036

"Thank you, guard."
Let's go do that. Knock knock.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445043

"Nylis, that future me told me his biggest regret."
Spell the next two words with extreme caution, slowly, in a low tone, looking Nylis right in the eyes.
"Killing Winterbreeze."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445046


Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 445048

Eventually Golden Oats pops in
"Ah, the fresh light.
How are you feeling?"
Unyielding comes around
"King Blackmane?"
Northern Lights
Ironfoe Black Crest Elite
Rockeye Battlemage Guard

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445050

Look between him and the dampener, and start to tremble

"Y- …y-you're lying!"

try to hold back my tears

"You-u c-can't- th-there is no such thing as time travel! YOU'RE LYING!"

Teleport behind him and SWEEP KICK HIM '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445051

"Much better, thanks to lady Valley sorting out a little trouble with a pin. I apologize for asking you to put it in such an inconvenient place."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445052


She's ready for travel I hope?
We'll go wait together with Ambrosia outside Wintersgrasp.

Venia [Battlemage] 445053

Whoop whoop.
Follow husbando~

DM 445056

"…trouble with the pin?"
She has her bags ready
"I've never been much of an outdoorspony"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445059

I already have a hook with the Eaglecrest elite, Fleet Flight.
The Battlemage guards, I can easily talk my way there thanks to Highhorn.
Who leads the Northern Lights and the Black Crest?
"Nylis I-"
Teleport happens.
I will just take the hit. I'm in no fighting condition.
Lying on the ground, I will turn to look up to you, with pledging eyes, extending a hoof.
"Please! It's not time trivel I am talking about!
It's a sign! Can't you see it?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445061

"It came loose, or something. Ended up with a small heart scare and had to drink this odd bubbling potion that was supposed to fix the problem."
I'll look at him a moment.
"I've been had, haven't I?"

Godric [Lord] 445062

"King Unyielding. A pleasure to see you again."
I offer a talon.

"And your wife as well. How have you been?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445066


Roll #1 8 = 8

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445068

I smiles and give her a kiss '1d10+2'
"Comes with adventuring unfortunately.
Besides if you can handle the Eaglecrestian Arena, it will be a breeze, no?"

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Venia [Battlemage] 445070

I smile and nod at him.
"It's a different kind of life than before, that's for sure. But I can't exactly complain."

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445071

There should be laws against this

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 445072

I just stare at this.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445073

Fall back on my haunches and start crying

"What sign!? King Frostmourn is probably mad with Winterbreeze right now and yoU'RE TELLING ME YOU'RE GOING TO KILL HER!!"

*sniff* "What am I supposed to do about that!?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445080

Slowly get back on my hooves.
"Nylis, I made a promise to that me.
I promised I'd do all that's in my power to save Winterbreeze.
But if she goes through with this…
Things cannot go well. Please. Believe me."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445083

Wipe my tears, and then cure/inure Pumpkin of any pain I caused by that kick '1d10+1'

"So you agree with King Frostmourn.."

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Kilana [Dark Artist] 445085

"So, Stronghooves, what do you think? " I say as I '1d10' raise dead on Iris's body.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Godric [Lord] 445086

"Well you look as hearty as ever. It must suit you. Neither of you got the chance to meet my wife when you were guests, did you? May I introduce her?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445087

"I am scared of the future, that's all.
And I want Winterbreeze to survive. And I want you to be happy. And I fight and I kill and I do horrible things just because I want you all to survive this…"

Venia [Battlemage] 445088

"Ah, no, we haven't met her, unfortunately. We were so busy there wasn't any time."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445089

"Th- ..thank you"

try to calm my shit as I give him a long hard hug '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 445090

Black Crest answers to Deep Rock directly.
And the Northern Light are looking for a leader.
He inspects the potion bottle
"Well it was a pretty flat beer anyway so I don't expect you to buy me another.
Oh, right, I may have forgotten to mention the severe heartburn. That's a side effect of the disinfectant. It'll go away in a few hours."
"Lazy days, waiting for my heir to arrive."
You end up slipping and knocking you both over
"…I didn't think this was going to be this kind of a trip…"
Bitch I'd kiss you if I had something to kiss you with
Stronghooves raises a brow
A lively one, that.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445091

Close my eyes and hug her back with my real hoof.
"No. Thank you for understanding."
Rest my head on her shoulder and wait for a while before letting go.
"Please. Make it so I won't have to hurt anypony. Save Winterbreeze. I believe in you."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445092

That little!
"I see. So I can move around, then?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445093

Are you telling me Deep Rock leads them into battle headlong?
Who is their strategic leader?
As for the Light, I will have to talk it up with Frosty.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445094

wipe the last of my tears away


then put my dampener back on and find… uhh… Kilana! '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445095

Grin like this was totally planned.
"Sometimes I just can't control myself around you. But I guess you're right."
Get back up and help her up.

Ready to leave whenever you're ready.

Godric [Lord] 445096

"Quite. She came with me, as she was quite interested in your lands. As was I."

"I can imagine. We are hoping to accomplish something similar soon, given our new situation."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445097


DM 445100

"Please. Do try.
I want to see if everything is fine."
They fight as equals, but take their orders from Deep Rock.
"Save it for later Poneo."
"Best of luck with that. Admittedly, me and Venia got a bit sidetracked on that business."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445104

Well, let's get up, and take a short walk around the room.
How do I do? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Kilana [Dark Artist] 445106

I smile "I meant about Codar's improvement, but yes. Iris is a very active one."
I pet the bird softly and put it on my back "I'm going to find my friends, or what's left of them. You two stay here I'll send Iris if I need you."
I cracked open the window just big enough for a bird and locked the door behind me.

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445107

That's a good way to get killed, in combat.
Anyway, Bearing!
She knows about the trip to the druids, right?

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445108

I wave.
"Pumpkin, over here!"
Is Bearing with you?

Give her a playful push.

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 445109

I am prepared. Even after that spectacle.

Godric [Lord] 445112

"Well things have been rather busy. But you have much time for it now. What are you anticipating?"

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445113

I'd think so, yes. But I don't really expect much from her during the trip.
Approach with a smile.
"Allow me to introduce you to my wife.
Bearing Fruits."

Venia [Battlemage] 445114

I let out a embarrassed laugh.

"Well, I'm happy to meet her, lady…?"

Smouldering Torch [Red Lantern] 445116

"Pleasure to meet you."
I offer her my hoof.
"And this lovely mare here is Waveform."

"Mistral couldn't come?"

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 445117

"I did not want to bother her."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445121

Take Waveform's hoof and kiss it.
"A shame. The woods are charming."

Ambrosia [Landkeeper] 445124


Godric [Lord] 445127

"Oh, my apologies."
I step aside.
"My wife, Gael."

DM 445131

The heart still stings.
…or maybe it's some other place.
They are guards, not soldiers.
"Well I do now."
"Ten months or so, I think."
"A pleasure."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445133

Well, it'll pass. Take a few deep breaths, and do a few stretches. '1d10'
"How long should I wait before trying to hook into the golem armor, master Oats?"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Venia [Battlemage] 445136

I smile and shake her talon.
"The pleasure is all ours. Welcome to Wintergrasp, both of you."

Pumpkin Swansong [On Vacantion] 445137

"It's gonna be fun. A friend of mine wants to meet them, so I'm helping him out.
And both his mare and Ambrosia are coming, so it's not gonna be just us boys.
I think you could use the fresh air."

Godric [Lord] 445157

"Thank you. And our heartfelt thanks for your gift of hunting rights to our people."

Venia [Battlemage] 445159

"Wintergrasp has long been the main source of food for the Northlands, it's only normal that we help out our allies."

Godric [Lord] 445160

"Has it? Fascinating. Though I would assume that means much of it is set aside for farmland then?"

Venia [Battlemage] 445161

I nod.
"The relatively mild climate compared to our neighbors allows for a fair bit of agriculture. It's the driving force behind our economy. Maybe not as glamorous as say, Timberjaw, but I still think it's a very respectable specialty. That's not to say Wintergrasp is only farmlands, however. There are plenty of forests filled with critters as well."

Godric [Lord] 445162

I smile.
"For which we are quite grateful. Still, how can you produce enough food for other nations?"

Venia [Battlemage] 445163

"We don't produce all of it, they can produce some of their own too, of course. We, however, can afford to trade away whatever overflow we have to others. There's also the explosive mold we're quite well-known for."

Godric [Lord] 445164

"Yes, I saw that at work in Timberjaw. That must be an interesting crop to farm."

DM 445921

Minor time warps are available.
If possible, we should settle any notable faffing that needs to be faffed.
Waifus are available.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445922

Right. Well.
"About how long until we see how well the armor takes to me, master Oats?"

Liviana [Templar] 445923

Frostmourn was going to show off the Northern take on steambaths. Seeing how Donrick is busy with brushy, I'll go ahead and get a headstart.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445924

I need a report on the Northern Lights from my spies.
And a report on Liviana's and Donrick's recent activities.
And I need to meet Highhorn.

DM 445925

"It will take me some time to carve out the suit itself. But I can make a training rig, if you wish."
"Right this way. I had it built in one of the old basement rooms, as it had a suitable lack of windows."
Sunrise trots along, remaining quiet.
Pick one.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445926

Lets meet Highhorn first.
Is he alone?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445927

"That might be best. Then I will know how difficult it should be to move, how heavy it might feel, that sort of thing."

Liviana [Templar] 445928

"So… how does it work? Has it been tested before? Are you sure we wont… suffocate?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445929

Can I get everyone's general thoughts about demon summoning so that I can report back to Frostmourn? Or is it easier to say that everyone is willing to give a general 'no' and push on?

DM 445930

Seems so
"Ah. Pumpkin. How goes it?"
"Very well. I should have the test rig expanded to your measurements by tomorrow."
"I've tested it once myself, and it was just fine after a few modifications to the furnace."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445931

"Thank you."
I'll take a few steps around the room, getting used to the feeling of having something stuck in my chest.
"Am I allowed to leave the workshop, or am I supposed to stay here until everything's ready?"

Liviana [Templar] 445932

"Very well, I'll follow your lead, your highnesses. Truth be told, I could use the relaxation and warmth."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445933

"Still trying to walk straight with this metal."
Smile at him.
"Haven't tried flying just yet. Wouldn't want Oats to shout at me some more.
He's very protective of his creations."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445934

Teleport back to Frostmourn '1d10+3'

Roll #1 9 + 3 = 12

DM 445935

"Go as you please. I'm sure you have a nicer bed to rest in than my table."
"I never knew how nice warmth could be until I tried it."
he leads you to a dressing room
"I can imagine. You look magnificent. A true testament to the wonders of science."
"Welcome back Nylis"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445936

"Is this too part of your studies?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445937

I'll nod to Oats, and then go recover my armor. Don't suppose I can still fit into it with the golem interface in my chest? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9


So I guess we did all that. Did we get it on in Wintergrasp?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445939

"I- uh… ab- about winterbreeze. I talked to Pumpkin

he- uhm.. something about what he said. W-well he said no to it. I haven't found the others for their opinion yet- though."

Godric [Lord] 445940

Well did we ever.

Liviana [Templar] 445941

"It's very relaxing. Ponies often take steam baths before making important decisions back home."
Put down my gear in a corner.

DM 445942

"Sadly, no. I know very little of golemancy."
In ways you've never even imagined.
I guess you got some new ideas from your hosts.
Perhaps they even joined you.
If you loosen a few of the straps, you can make it work.
The new piece is only so big, after all.
"I expected as much…
Do you wish to ask around more, ro leave it at this?"
Frostmourn unlocks his golem suit and steps out, flicking a towel over his non-golem flank.
Sunrise looks uneasy at first but finally gets undressed, leaving her stuff on a bench
"I took the liberty of already getting water for us. If you can please bring it?"
He nods towards a pair of large buckets
"I need to go see that the bath is ready."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445943

"I… I don't want to lose Winterbreeze."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445944

Grand. Now… let's go on patrol. I've got time before tonight, where I'll give Windy what I owe her.
What's going on in Ironfoe today? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Liviana [Templar] 445945

These ponies and their obsession with clothing…
I smile at Sunrise, pick up the buckets and bring them over.

DM 445946

A lot.
Between reports of missing ponies, AWOL soldiers and stolen supplies, you get absolutely overwhelmed.
"None of us do, Nylis."
Sunrise follows
"Uh… I can carry one if you want… Liviana?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445947

"I've heard it comes from necromancy.
A piece of someone's soul is placed into the implant, and it still remembers how to be that body part.
Looks like hearts are a bit more complex though."
Tap on the metal plate and chuckle.
Then, look at the ground, closing my eye.
"And I'm sorry. If I could, I would have stopped her."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445948

Well, one thing at a time. What's this about AWOL soldiers and stolen materials?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445949

"But what's gonna happen now? She spent all those years studying this, what will she do now? What's gonna happen to her research?"

Godric [Lord] 445950

Well maybe we should move there then. Maybe something even came of it.
Now, what about that festival we heard about? Is it still happening here?

Liviana [Templar] 445951

I set one of them down.
"Why yes, thank you your highness."

DM 445952

"It was her choice. As mine was mine alone. She told me not to do it. I did it anyway…"
"That's just it Crescent. No sign of them anywhere. No word, no message, nothing.
A few even up and vanished with their entire families.
As for the supplies, some storages were raided. And whoever did it, had keys."
"Research is always valuable. Even if the popular opinion means I need to stop her from summoning a demon, her studies on them may prove invaluable to us in the future."
…festival? In Wintersgrasp?
"No problem. I'm not averse to this sort of thing even if I am a… queen… consort… something."
She picks it up and carries it along.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445953

"So that means that some of the AWOL soldiers and their families decided to stock up before going. When did all these go missing?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445954

I don't know what would have happened if I had lost her during that mission."
Bow my head.
"I will forever be in your debt, Sir Highhorn."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445955

"L-later Frosty"

Teleport to winterbreeze '1d10+3'

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Liviana [Templar] 445956

Follow along.
"Well it's very kind of you to offer. I'm impressed you haven't taken the liberty of using servants to do the menial work for you."

Godric [Lord] 445957

Oh hurp, that was Rosefall. Well, has there been any developments that these guys can see? Maybe we missed something from the air.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445958


DM 445959

"It's been happening over the past few days."
"Past few months actually. We just had a burst of them lately."
You know I love your mother. I ask for no thanks over my deed. Indeed it should be expected of me."
You appear next to winterbreeze with a blazing how dampener
"Uh… hi?"
"I'm used to work. It keeps me busy, and being busy keeps me happy."
She looks around and notices Frosty is nowhere in sight
"…can we talk for a moment?"
Apparently nobody has passed via the Deep Roads to Rosefall. Ever.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445960

"Can you think of any reason why there would be a rash of desertions? And have the locks for the supplies been changed yet?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445961

Quickly drop it on stone or something while it cools off!

"ngh! aaahhhh…. Uhm… h-hey breezy."

Liviana [Templar] 445962

"I know what you mean… I think it's an earth pony thing. To be industrious, I mean."
I look around as well.
"Of course, your highness. I am always open to conversation."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445963

"This doesn't make your sacrifice any less meaningful to me."

Godric [Lord] 445964

Is that just from here, or for the North as a whole?

DM 445965

"We're working on it. Nobody really saw the connection until lately."
"Mostly because they weren't all ours. Reports indicate we've had similar things happen in Eaglecrest."
"So… any news?"
"It's about Frostmourn… and… well… you."
"I hope it doesn't make me any less meaningful either."
Nopony has passed through the part of the Deep Roads that leads to Rosefall. Least of all a caravan.

Liviana [Templar] 445966

I nod, listening to what she has to say.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445967

"Eaglecrest ponies are deserting? Now that's unusual. How are the investigations going there? Anything I can do to help speed them along?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445968

"You? I…
You are one of the most important ponies in the whole world in my eyes, right now.
And both you and mother deserve all the good you can get.
Please. Take her away from this life."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445969

open my mouth to speak

…but close it and lower my head

"S- …sorry breezy."

DM 445970

"Correct me if I'm wrong… but…
Were you to marry him… the empires of Trotantium and the North would have a strong base for an alliance, right?"
"One thing at a time Crescent, we have our own boys to find first."
"I wouldn't dare take her away from her son."
He looks down, and then at her books
"…so it's over then?"

Gaius Smitebird 445971

Strange. I need to ask Frostmourn where exactly the Roads fall on the map. A caravan would have to had passed under one of us to get there. Odds our it travelled through our segment, since we only just now became aware of it. I should start posting patrols down there as well…

Liviana [Templar] 445972

I blink and stare at her for a moment.
"… I'm sorry? Marry… who exactly?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445973

Look up, meeting his eyes.
"Not me. Take her away from…"
Wave my mechanical limb.
I'm not good enough to protect her. I can't."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445974

"And they might have passed through there on their way south, or anywhere else. We can't exactly call ourselves a united north if we don't work together. They've at least got a parallel investigation going, correct?"

DM 445975

You can also ask the officials in charge of the Deep Roads.
"Frostmourn. High King of the North."
"It is a parent's duty to protect the child. Not the other way around, silly boy.
And your mother has done a fine job of that."
"So I've understood. Info has been rather limited. Seems to be a sensitive issue.
But we can report back more once we find something out."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445976

"Yes. Yes she has, more than once. But it's my time to be concerned about her now.
And I'm sure you are aswell."

Gaius Smitebird 445977

True. Where have they set up shop?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445978

"Good. The High King, or at least his Adviser, master Foglight, will want to be notified of any updates to the situation. And put in for all the locks to be changed. I'm sure Rockeye can spare a few mages to magic supply locks for the military outposts. We can't trust regular keys not to be duplicated."
Shuffle through a few more reports.
"Anything on the missing ponies? Or are those related to the deserters?"

Liviana [Templar] 445979

"Why… what…"
I frown slightly.
"I don't understand. I'm a priestess, why would I want to marry the High King? Why would he want to marry me? I'm a citizen of Trotantium, but that doesn't mean marrying me will yield a alliance."

DM 445980

"She has made quite clear it is not my place to worry over her judgment.
She is strong and able, not to mention willing. She would die inside were she to be considered too weak to be let out there."
For now, in Palace Wintersgrasp
"A lot of them are. Friends. Friends of friends, family…
Not all, but several."
She back off
"I was merely wondering…
Since you are an ambassador of sorts… and…
…sorry. I'm being stupid again…"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445981

"W- well he said no about.. about the summoning. Nothing about research, if- uh.. i-if that helps some."

Go over and hug her '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445982

"It's good to see, in the end, she found somepony who could understand her.
Right now, finally, I am truly happy, because you both are."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445983

I'll sigh a little.
"Well, keep up the good work, I suppose. Good luck on the investigations. I wish I could help more, but I'm no inquisitor."

Godric [Lord] 445984

How convenient. Let's go see them.

Liviana [Templar] 445985

I smile weakly at her.
"Ponies here often seem to think I'm important… I'm flattered, but really, that's not the case."
I bite my lower lip.
"I was chosen not because I was particularly relevant… but because I am dedicated and loyal to my homeland."

DM 445986

She buries herself into you
…suppose I should be happy about that."
"I would rather have had all three of us be happy together."
"We do what we can Crescent."
"Maybe time will show us an answer."
"King Blackmane! What brings you here?"
Indeed a lot of them look a bit intimidated by you. They are, after all, well fed and not exactly trained to run or fight.
"I suppose I was wrong then… This… means I was wrong on some other things as well."
She looks a bit bitter.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445987

"Let's just hope it's one we're comfortable with."
And I guess I'll continue looking around. Did the High King come to Ironfoe, or is he still in Wintergrasp? I need to offer him that other mountainbreaker for his sword.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445988

"Well, what's stopping us now?"

Liviana [Templar] 445989

I take a step back.
"… Which other things, your highness?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445990

bury my face in her mane

"I don't want to lose you breezybutt."

"Did you want to do anything today?"

Godric [Lord] 445991

Amusing. I wonder if I'll ever get tired of that.
"I come for information on the Roads. How heavily do you patrol them?"

DM 445992

he is still in Wintersgrasp
"Nothing, if you were to accept me for a father."
She shakes her head and sighs
"Just my dumb imagination I hope.
Now. We have water to carry…"
"I suppose I have nothing any more…"
"Thirty guard teams patrol the roads, and there is a set guard of five soldiers at every exit, ten at the large ones."

Godric [Lord] 445993

Do they have a map?
"And what about the routes to the nations not currently allied with you? Surely they have to pass through you to get to them?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445994

Bother. But at least it's only a teleport away. Time to track him down. Well, once I get to Wintergrasp anyway.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 445995

Make a gagging noise and widen my eye, losing composture for a second.
"Highhorn wh-
I mean, you are Valeriana's partner but you don't have to feel yourself forced to take me!"

Liviana [Templar] 445996

"I… yes, your highness. I'm sorry if I caused any distress, I-"
No. Just shut up, pick up the bucket and move on.
They don't need to know. It's irrelevant.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 445997

"What!? T-thats not true! Look at what you've done! You have research on the Dark Tongue! You know how to read it and you know more about that than I do on teleportation, and I'm not the only pony looking INTO teleportation! You still have sooo much ahead of you!"

DM 445998

They do.
It looks like a squiggle and a pile of spaghetti 69ing on the Northlands map
"The Deep Roads are not known to nations outside the North. If the entrances are discovered, the discoverers are detained."
He is available.
"Crescent? I did not expect you here."
"I am asking you to accept me as a father because I want to start over, Pumpkin. I don't think Valeriana would be very happy if we didn't get along."
He gives a warm smile, unfitting his usually cold military look.
"Just whatever you do… don't try to keep secrets from him like I did."
You soon catch up with the high king, who has prepared the steam room
"Leave the buckets anywhere and climb in!"
"I meant I have nothing planned any more, now that my final work is out the window.
So… I suppose I'm free."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 445999

"I had wondered something, you majesty. Did you wish to use one of the Mountainbreakers to augment its power? I've requested one of the set be used on my axes, but the other I had thought to save for your use."

Liviana [Templar] 446000

I nod absentmindedly and put the bucket down somewhere. Then enter.
… What did she mean with that?

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 446001


Roll #1 2 = 2

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446002

"But… There is no need for that!
I mean, you are incredible enough as it is! You saved her! How could I ever possibly have anything against you?"

DM 446003

"You would truly be willing to give up the other one?
I half expected you to integrate them to your Golem Armor."
It really is damn warm in here. Far warmer than it ever was outside even on the hottest of days in the south.
"So you accept, then?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 446004

"I- uh-h… n-not-

uh -u-uhm…"

quickly kiss her and wink on the bed with my face buried in a book


Liviana [Templar] 446005

But it's pleasant, right? '1d10+2'
"This is…. oh my…"

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446006

Why do you even want me to… To do this?
Okay, what about…
We go hunting, one of these days. Or maybe we go train together.
Would you like that?"

Liviana [Templar] 446007

"Yes, this is very good. I'm surprised you managed this."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446008

"To my knowledge you've been integrating pieces of each nation into your weapon, and I thought it bad form to break the trend."
I'll nod slightly.
"And though the armor might profit from it, so long as it can serve you better then to you it should go."

DM 446009

"It took a few iterations."
He chucks a load of water on the hot stones, filling the room with steam
"But I'm starting to enjoy it."
She smiles
"Maybe a bit of rest and pony contact would do me good~"
She then joins you
…Valeriana has seen enough conflict in her life. She has made enough hard choices.
The last thing either of us want is to make her pick between us again.
So lets be on the same side. For all our sakes.
And… I'm afraid I'm not much of a hunter."
"Northern Regalia is built from the symbols of Wintersgrasp and Ironfoe.
But if you wish to give me this gift… I will not refuse it."

Godric [Lord] 446010

"Interesting. I assume there are tunnels that lead underneath Rosefall?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446011

Smile, move forward and gently punch him on the shoulder with my flesh and blood hoof.
"Don't be silly now.
I would not want her to choose ever again.
You and her deserve to be happy together, and I'm not going anywhere.
Especially not going to chase ghosts, if this is what you are afraid of."

Liviana [Templar] 446012

"I can see why. Much different from our version of steam baths home."
Just close my eyes, sit back, breathe out and relax now. This feels great.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446013

"It is at your disposal, then."
And to the king it goes.
"Also, I would like to bring to your attention the matter of a rash of desertions and theft of supplies in both Ironfoe and Eaglecrest. They are currently being investigated, but the going is slow."

DM 446014

"Three open tunnels reach into Rosefall territory. There may have been others, but those have collapsed."
"What I'm afraid of is that I won't be quite what you wanted in a father."
After a few more tosses, Sunrise gets up
"Sorry. I need to cool off a bit."
"Ah yes. I think I saw mention of it somewhere.
A footnote mentioned similar things had been going on for months, though it is hard to say if all of those can be connected."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446015

Smile softly.
"Highhorn, I am an adult now. I'm done chasing for a family, I've built one."

DM 446016

"Grandfather then, if you must insist.
Bottom line is, I want there to be no bad blood between us."

Liviana [Templar] 446017

Just keep relaxed.
"…. Take a cold shower… it's nice…"

Godric [Lord] 446018

"My scouts have reported Rosefall has begun hosting a large trade festival with an unknown party. I wish to know if a caravan of some sort could have passed through unnoticed, since we have seen no new arrivals from the air."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446019

"But there is not!
I already told you, I admire you even, Highhorn!"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446020

"It is a possibility, since some of the deserters fled with their families. And since they had key access, that means either they were the ones trusted with the keys, or there are copies floating around that require new locks to be made and put into place. I suggested Rockeye mages fabricate them, as magic locks are much harder to forge keys for."

DM 446021

"Perhaps I'm being silly then."
She leaves to dunk herself in something cold, as the High King throws more water
"Is this anything like what you had back in the south?"
"A sound plan. I'll send my personal orders to have it done.
Do you have any idea what this could all mean?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446022

"I would love to spend more time with you, though.
Get to know you better.
Maybe even train together, at times. I know you are the best of the best Rockeye has to offer."

Liviana [Templar] 446023

"No, we had rooms that were connected to pipes who would bring in steam. It wasn't as warm as this, but still pretty warm."
I breathe out again.
"This sure is something else entirely."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446024

"It could mean many things, your majesty. After what happened in Timberjaw, perhaps some soldiers don't want that to happen to them or their families. Or perhaps the relative quiet afterwards has them thinking that they won't be missed, nor would the supplies. A third possibility, though unlikely, is that some of those leaving may either be Equestrian by birth or by allegiance, and that they are taking as many ponies as they can with them back to Snowborder to emigrate, or that there is one or more Equestrian loyalists in the ranks spreading discontent. Whether or not the third possibility holds any solid ground will depend on what the inquisitors and trackers find."
I'll think a moment.
"I'm afraid I don't have nearly enough information to make any solid guesses, though."

DM 446025

"More or less if I do say so myself.
I would love to test my skills with you any day, Blademaster."
"It relaxes the muscles and cleanses the skin…"
He trails off as he slumps down with a pleasant smile
"…almost makes one sleepy."
"Well. Let's see what develops of it.
Was that all?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446026

"At least to report of. May I ask how lady Liviana and master Donrick fare? Master Donrick had expressed some interest in comparing his smithing talents against mastersmith Narpa's work, and I considered that lady Liviana might wish to join him for the display."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446027

"Just wait until I can walk again, uh?"
Grin a bit.
This is a new one."

Godric [Lord] 446028

Liviana [Templar] 446029

I wipe my forehead with a hoof.
"Watch yourself, your highness, I don't think spending hours in here without refreshments is healthy."

DM 446030

"Impossible. The Deep Roads are a well-documented network, save for the deepest dead ends and known danger areas. I see no possible way anyone, let alone a caravan, could sneak through."
"It sounds better than 'Master of Blades' or 'Chief Assassin'."
"They are around somewhere. Perhaps she'd like that indeed."
"Hard to say until I try."
He tosses one more load
"Ah… I could get married in here…"

Liviana [Templar] 446031

Flutter my eyes back open.
"… Excuse me?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446032

"Then I will present them the option at the earliest convenience."
I'll bow slightly.
"Is there anything you would have me do in the interim, my king?"

Godric [Lord] 446033

"Then what exactly is going on over there…"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446034

"One day I will finally be able to drop this name.
Until then, I might need your help.
Say, how would the Royal Battlemages like to join a…
Cooperative project?"

DM 446035

"I meant that this place feels really nice, so even a major event like marriage would be suitable in here.
Why? Did it come off as something else?"
"Get used to that new armor. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but when you do, you'll be better than ever."
"Hard to say.
Perhaps they are putting on an elaborate ruse? I mean what other ways are there than by land or air?"
"Our primary duty is in guarding the Mage King. Why?"

Liviana [Templar] 446036

I smile sheepishly.
"Ah, uh… no. It's probably just a cultural thing again. Right."

Godric [Lord] 446037

"None that I am aware of, unless Rosefall has stumbled on to something. But to what end would such a spectacle be for? Tell me, what do you know of Rosefall at the moment?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446038

"The northblades are a large organization, but they are too specialized.
If we don't gather our friends, this might the ruin of our whole organization. I'm trying to rectify this.
Help for help.
I'm making it my point to link all the strongest organizations of our kingdom together.
Already got links with the Warriors of Sunlight and Eaglecrest's Elite."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446039

"As you wish."
And with that, I'll be dismissed to… do something. I suppose I'll train a little. See how this thing in my chest impact how I move. Wintergrasp has a training field for its soldiers, right?

DM 446040

"You seem bothered. What's wrong?"
"Relations took a blow after their ambassador, Don Donna, was assassinated years ago. We maintain some trade, but less than before. The illness of former King Golderblood is partly to blame. He was an important element in our alliance, and with his madness, much of that alliance crumbled."
"So you're offering to delicately, if permanently, remove any offending someponies if we agree to pull guard duty on things you appoint for us?"

DM 446041

It does.
If you want do roll against a target dummy for the rest of the quest.
Because I'm sleepy as fuck.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446042

Well, it's either that or go give Windy Valley the spanking she deserves, but if you're tired then I'll make it easy for you.
Rolling against dummies. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Liviana [Templar] 446043

"I… Nothing. It's just the heat."
I get up.
"I need to take a quick dip, your highness. Excuse me."
Trot outside and find something to cool off with.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446044

"That's just one of the things we could do.
Or offer information in exchange for your warrior's magical expertise."

Godric [Lord] 446045

I frown.
"Well that would sour any relations. Has the emperor made no attempts to rebuild bridges between them? This might be nothing more than a plea for attention now that he has become such a public figure."

DM 446046

If you want Windy, now is your chance.
Sunrise is pouring water over her head outside
"Had fun?"
"Magic is not a craft one passes on in the blink of an eye.
"The High King felt he would make Rosefall is first priority as soon as Northscrown is ready.
Until now, there has always been a more pressing matter. First with Ironfoe and Wintersgrasp uniting, then with the alliance of Rockeye in the face of Eaglecrest, after that the pacification of Eaglecrest as was agreed with King Longshanks of Rockeye, then the dealings with Stormheart, as you surely recall, and lately Timberjaw, before the civil war got out of hand."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 446047


Winterbreeze is happier now, right?

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446048


Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446049

Might as well take it, then.
Back to Ironfoe I go. Got a mare to see about a "heart condition."

Liviana [Templar] 446050

I do the same and shake my mane.
"… I feel as if I'm intruding terribly here, your highness. You… don't seem comfortable, and I don't think it's just because of the fact that you're not used to not wearing any clothing…"

DM 446051

She seems to be waiting for your next move eagerly
"Progress is slow, but some highly controlled forms of Mind Magic are being tested to allow information to be passed along at increased speed, lowering the time it takes to learn things."
You're back!
How are you feeling?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446052

"That I would love to see, actually.
Do you trust those mages?"

DM 446053

"Alright out with it then.
The whole story. Mare to mare.
You clearly had something to say before, and even more evidently now.
So let's hear it."
"Of course. They were personally selected by Longshanks and myself."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446054

"Oh, quite well. Master Oats did seem rather miffed at the loss of his drink, though."
I'll take off my helmet and give Windy a very serious look.

Godric [Lord] 446055

"He left them to be ignored for years after the death of their ambassador, and then let his only alliance fall apart while he traveled abroad?"
I grimace.
"Some might consider that all but insulting."

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 446056

Give a ginger kiss on one corner of her mouth, then let her lean into me. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446057

"Then, one day, I shall test those firsthoof."
Stand up.
"Thanks for taking care of mother, Highhorn.
My offer for that hunt still stands, and my door will always be open."
Aaaand I'm done with this, too.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446058

If you are not too ded.
Report on what the Trotantines did those last few days?

DM 446059

"You know… so long as I have you… I think I'll get over this."
She puts on a nervous grin
"Oh boy…
Heh… you're not… mad are you?"
"That is not my place to have opinions on. I work with the Deep Roads."

Liviana [Templar] 446060

I gulp.
"The empress and I… aren't just simply friends. We are… related. By blood. Some blood, not all of it."

Godric [Lord] 446061

"No, I suppose not. So clarify something for me. There is just the one route to Stormheart?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446062

I'll chuckle a little.
"Lying to a rather worried stallion after a procedure that involved his heart was a very naughty thing to do, miss Windy Valley. I think I may have to turn your reward… into a small punishment."
I'll walk up next to her.
"Let's head to my room, shall we?"

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 446063

"That's good."

Wrap my hooves around her and cuddle

"I love you breezybutt."

DM 446064

She completely freezes up
"S-so you're…
…the princess of Trotantium?"
"Two, though one enters into such craggy terrain it might as well not exist."
"Nylis… thanks for being here for me. Now and always"
She swallows audibly
"I-if you say so?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446065

And once there, I'll get out of my armor.
"Stand here, at the foot of the bed."
I'll circle a bit around her.

Godric [Lord] 446066

"Helpful, but no guarantee of safety. I will give that to the Shroudfog. Lord Stonedown always did enjoy fighting close to the ground."
I turn and make to leave.
"Thank you for your time, page."

DM 446067

She looks nervous, but takes a very wide stance with her hind legs
"Would it make any difference if I said it was really really hot?"
"Always a pleasure to serve."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446068

"A very little one."
I'll give a few light nips along her hindquarters, and then lay a firm smack on her rear. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 446069

H-hey… I'm not sure if I'm really into this…"

Liviana [Templar] 446070

I take a deep breath.
"I am… Princess Liviana 'the Bastard' of Trotantium. So… yes, I suppose I am. Not that that 'title' means anything, mind you. I'm about as much of a princess as a beggar on the street."
I look down at my hooves.
"I'm sorry for not informing any of you about this earlier. But the title is irrelevant to me, so I thought it was better to keep it a hidden fact."

Godric [Lord] 446071

It seems Frostmourn is not half the diplomat he pretends to be. I may have to confront him about this mistake of his. Hopefully Rosefall is not so badly insulted as to cut ties completely.

Now, where is my dear Gael?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446072

"I did say it was a bit of a punishment."
I'll pat her on the back.
"It was rather mean to lie about heart problems after I'd just gotten out of an operation, after all."
"Just two or three more, and then I can work on returning the favor for earlier."
Let's line it up a bit better this time. Try not to make it hurt, but still be firm. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 446073

"…does this bode any difference on our earlier chat?
I mean… if you are… even something of an imperial princess…
There would be at least the tiniest of blood ties between you and the imperial line… and if you were to be married off here in the north… your empress needn't worry herself over…"
She dunks a bucket over her head
"I'm being dumb again, right?"
Perching atop the palace, looking out over the woods
"These lowlands are very warm."
She bites her lip and breathes sharply
"I hope you don't get off on hurting me…"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446074

"Not at all. Last one."
And then the third strike. Softer, but still getting my point across. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 446075

She just groans
"Whatever makes you happy I guess…
…look, I get it. It wasn't funny. I'm sorry."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446076

"Apology accepted."
I'll come up alongside her.
"Now it's time I repaid your favor. If you'd lie on the bed, please?"

DM 446077

She winces as she lies down
"I sure how that doesn't bruise…"

Liviana [Templar] 446078

I fidget with my hooves.
"I can't answer that with certainty, your highness. Marriage is… not something I've really concerned myself about. My mother was an empress but… well… I don't even know the name of my father. I don't count for much. Not like my others siblings do anyhow."

Godric [Lord] 446079

I'll fly up to join her then.
"Yes, they are. No wonder ponies have such short coats. I wonder how it feels further south."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446080

Alright, now, move betwixt her rear legs and initiate ponilingus. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

DM 446081

"Forgive me for saying but that speaks more of your mother than it does of you."
She puts a cold, wet hoof around your shoulder
"Lets just drop this for now if it doesn't feel good to talk about, ok?
Frosty must be waiting."
"That'd be real nice if I wasn't still tingling from that first hit…
But I forgive you~"
"Must be scalding…"


Godric [Lord] 446082

"Yes…though you did not seem to mind it much last night…"

Liviana [Templar] 446083

I look away as she mentions mother.
"It's… complicated. But yes, thank you, your highness. I hope you don't fault me for not telling anypony about this sooner."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446084

Well, let's keep going. '1d10+2' Until I've adequately returned that favor. Toss in a few light kisses and such.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

DM 446085

"Experimentation can do wonders, it seems.
I just hope you had as much fun as I did."
"I suppose we all have things we don't really want to talk about. I know I do.
Now lets try to be less gloomy, huh?"
It takes a while, but her sarcastic commentary does change into incoherent squeaks and moans and finally into pleased, soft panting
"Yeah I don't even mind if you want to beat me up a bit more if this is what I get afterwards~"

Liviana [Templar] 446086

"Yes. Let's."
Let's get back inside there so I can relax. I need it.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446087

"Well, let's just hope it won't be a habit. If we stay honest with each other, we can skip that part and get straight to this."
And let's see if I can't bring her off once with just the tongue. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Godric [Lord] 446088

"With you? Always. Who would have thought coming here would have been so fruitful."

DM 446089

The High King seems to just be enjoying the heat in a semi-conscious pile leaning against the back corner
"Welcome back gals~"
Oh yes.
With remarkable ease.
Lets see if she's noisy
"Fruitful indeed. Remind me to import some of those eggplants.
But how has your political side fared?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446090

Well, at least she's enjoying it.
"And now, for the main course."
And then she shall be mounted and stuff happens.

Roll #1 5, 4, 9, 4, 1 + 10 = 33

Godric [Lord] 446091

"I just learned that Frostmourn has not replaced Rosefall's assassinated ambassador in years, or so much as attempted to smooth over relations after Goldenfall's death. Apparently he would rather make new friends then retain the ones he already has."

Liviana [Templar] 446092

I flop myself down somewhere in the room and relax a little.
"Watch yourself, your highness. You don't want to get too heated."

DM 446093

"Peaking halfway through are we?"
"Perhaps he was trying to forge his own legacy rather than build on that of his father?
Still, it sounds like a poor call."
"Believe me, I haven't felt anything this hot since I was but a lad, and I love it."

Roll #1 4, 5, 9, 1, 8 + 10 = 37

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446094

"Well, it's your fault. You feel too good."

Liviana [Templar] 446095

I smile, then chuckle.
"I'm glad you do. Who knows? Perhaps the other ponies of the North will feel the same. I think you could use some thermaes up here, to counter the cold."

Godric [Lord] 446096

"While laudible, they lost an ambassador. They deserved some kind of response. I have to wonder what they have been up to all this time."

DM 446097

"I'll do my best to be worse next time then~"
She leans down to give you a thank you kiss
"I have been thinking of a portable design… One could fit this inside a very large barrel…"
He stretches his hooves a bit
"It does need more testing though"
"Possibly making new allies elsewhere.
When not being eaten by us."

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12 / Roll #2 9 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446098

Can I match that? '1d10+2'

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446099

Nope, but I give it a good try, at least.
"Or I could just do better."
I'll give a small chuckle.

Liviana [Templar] 446100

I nod.
"Of course, but it's a good start. An easier design than the steambaths back home. Although admittedly, they're hardly comparable."
Close my eyes and lean back against a wall.

DM 446101

"As long as we do this more, I'm all in for it~"
"I would love to try one some day…"


Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446229

I need a report on the Northern Lights.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446230

I'm going to need 3-4 more sessions to faff about in.

Where the Zebra girl at?

Liviana [Templar] 446231

"Maybe I could pass on the blueprints of our designs for it."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446233

Alright, first order of business is to check on that training rig.

Nylis [Thaumaturge] 446236


Donrick [Smith] 446237

I sure hope I'm not late for some bathing.

Kilana [dark artist] 446238

Walking around, probably on her way to rockeye to look for somewhere to order communication crystals Wondering why she is left with only cold dead things..

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446241

I need to meet with you. I'll group up with Kilana.

Kilana [dark artist] 446246

I smile at you "Hey there."

Godric [Lord] 446247

"Well I hope they are still open to negotiations, even if it is from someone like me."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446257

Smile at her.

"We've been apart so little time, and it seems weeks have passed already. Funny how time can move in a whirlwind, isn't it? Or maybe it only felt so long because we were apart."

How are you feeling?

DM 446263

"Of course, Master.
The Northern Lights are a group of so far 9 specially selected ponies under the direct service of High King Frostmourn, wearing experimental versions of Golem Armor, similar to his own."
"That would be nice…"
He relaxes further and just falls limp with a pleasant smile.
Sunrise fidgets a bit, glancing at him.
"The new baths are in the basement, sir.
Towels are provided."
I'll go make a new thread

Kilana [dark artist] 446266

I nod "Everyone scattered after we got back, its been a crazy time."
"lonely" '1d10' to not show that thought you mean my leg? Its fine, hardly has to move at all with this floating plate. I'm glad your by my side again

Roll #1 1 = 1

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446268

"Who is their leader?"

Donrick [Smith] 446269

Go down there.
They do have a changing room, right?
Toss my clothes down there somewhere.
Now where are those towels?

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446270

Liviana [Templar] 446272

Well this is not awkward at all.
And the High Queen still seems nervous. That's just great.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446280

Walk closer to her, so that we touch.


I've missed you too, but I've made valuable use of our time apart. I spoke to Frosty about the construction effort, and I found staff for a new golemcrafting department. In Rockeye, I plan to speak to my old friends at the CCFBR and find professors there, too. And Nylis will no doubt want to set up pylons and an array…

Kilana [dark artist] 446291

I smile at the warmth, a live pony is nice..
Well, I was going to rockeye to order some communication crystals, we can go together.
"It will almost like a shopping trip." I giggle.

DM 446293


They have no other formal leader yet."
Neatly folded on a bench.
It seems Liviana, Frostmourn and someone else already left their clothes here.
She tries to reach over you a bit, but then gives up
"Ok this is getting weird.
FROSTY! Wake up!"
The high king lifts a brow
"I'm not asleep"
"No, but you are getting all too relaxed. Please at least cover up if you're going to sit like that."
It seems to be a stripped down golem whose parts can be adjusted with screws
"It should fit your measurements now."

Kilana [dark artist] 446295

*will be

Donrick [Smith] 446298

Grab a towel and head inside then.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446299

Well, let's put it on. Since master Oats adjusted it, it should be perfect. Once on, let's see how easy it is to move in. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Kilana [dark artist] 446300

Also as a note I have [undead raven] Iris with me

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446302

"Uh. Better than expected. I will have a talk with him then.
In the meanwhile, how is our armory?
I have an idea that might prove extremely useful."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446305

Chuckle. "We never did get that mask, did we? We'll have to stop by there. It would be a faux pas to meet my colleagues without a mask."

Liviana [Templar] 446313

Yeah, I'll just… avert my gaze. It's rude to look.

DM 446316

After you lock your chest module into it, it seems to react to your movements more than perfectly. It's like a second skin. You've worn sweaters that were harder to move in.
"We have access to anything we feel needs to be requisitioned.
Why? What is your idea?"
The high king groans a bit and loves the towel over his nethers
"I don't mind. But please don't show that in front of Liviana."

Kilana [dark artist] 446317

I put a hoof to my face dramatically "No! we didn't. That's terrible we simply must remedy this." and I put on a grin dragging you to the teleporter..

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446323

"Master Oats, this is… very natural. Will the actual armor be any different?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446325

Grin at her. "Help! I've been captured by an Equestrian Inquisitor, Tartarus-bent on destroying our Northern magic."

DM 446329

"Functionally, no.
It will weigh more, but golems are self-supporting."

Liviana [Templar] 446331

"Maybe I should… leave you two be. I don't want to intrude on anything."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446332

"It feels like a second skin. Very light. I'll have to get used to that, since it's a bit odd not to feel the weight of what I'm in."
I'll trot around the room a moment.
"Odd indeed."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446336

"Communication crystals from Rockeye. Large quantities. They have so many uses.
I've been able to modify one to perceive everything that happens in a room at the same time, and not emit a sound.
Imagine planting those in a room and then leaving.
And imagine if we had images, too.
Or simply contact between agents, each using one crystal and talking to each other no matter what.
We could do great things with those."

DM 446341

Frostmourn sits back up properly
"Please. I am at fault here, not you. I should mind myself, relaxed or not.
I trust you can forgive me that slight."
"Such is the marvel or golem armor. It moves along with the wearer, rather than being moved by the wearer moving inside it. When worn, it thinks it is a part of your body."
"I believe Master Valeriana had somethig of the like, though it was experimental and hardly portable."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446345

"It thinks? I assume that's part of the enchanting process for golemcrafting?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446346

"I saw it.
Guess I will need to make a stop in Rockeye for the fine tuning.
Anyway, have we contacted Timberjaw's finest to improve the deep roads and our base?"

Liviana [Templar] 446347

"It's no problem, really. I'm just worried for being a third wheel here."

DM 446356

The armor remembers it is supposed to be a body, and move like a body when the mind so demands. The interface device allows your mid to extend itself to the armor."
"I have no knowledge of such. Last I heard, Timberjaw was to send engineers to help with Northscrown."
"Look, I'm certain it'll be quite fine.
Now please excuse me a moment, I need to cool off a bit before we continue."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446361

"I'd never put much thought to how golems moved, before. Just that they did."
I'll think a moment.
"I seem to have the hang of it, though. It's another few days for the armor itself, correct?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446362

"Very well. This is something I will have to discuss with the High King, too.
One last thing.
I am starting a special form of cooperation between our units. The Rockeye's Battlemages, Eaglecrest's Elite, the Warriors of Sunlight…
Make sure to have complete reports on every member of all those organizations.
Now, to look for the King.

Liviana [Templar] 446366

Maybe I should stop worrying. Glance over to Sunrise.
Can't this all just end already? Everything was going so well…

Kilana [dark artist] 446367

I lean over pulling your [shirt?] toward me, "Come along quietly or I'll have to silence you." then I give you a quick kiss.

DM 446369

"Could take far longer than that. It takes time to carve stone and forge steel, let alone enchant them to work as a golem."
He is around.
"Hello there old friend. How goes it?"
She sighs
"Is it getting a little awkward in here?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446370

I wear some sort of quasi-robe/cloak.

Return it, deeply.

You can't silence me in here.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446372

"Back on the job, sadly. I'm fixing up some kind of cooperation between our strongest units, this is the reason I'm here.
Say, are the Northern Lights currently headless?"

Liviana [Templar] 446373

I smile weakly at her.
"Just a little, yes. I can't help but feel you're worrying about this, your highness."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446375

"I see."
I'll think a moment, and then disengage the training harness.
"I'll stop by every few days to practice with the rig, so that I keep the knowledge of how to use it fresh. Other than that, I'll let you work in peace, master Oats."

Kilana [dark artist] 446378

and why would I want to?

I smile satisfied and urge our mission forward.
to rockeye please.

DM 446382

I am looking for a suitable leader.
..which is why I had Crescent join them."
"Should I?"
"Do you desire it to sculpted into any particular shape or form? Heraldry, motifs, decor, the like?"
"Welcome to Rockeye. Please step away from the teleportation area."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446387

"Right. Shopping, first?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446388

"Ooooh, so that was what I saw the other day all about!"
Chuckle a bit.
"I still have to talk with him since Timberjaw.
Speaking of which, do you plan on improving the deep roads, now?"

Kilana [dark artist] 446390

"That's a good idea."
I nod to the guards as I step down and head toward the market.

DM 446391

"…that sort of escaped my mind.
Do you think it would be a good plan?"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446394

"I would like the Black Crest of Ironfoe on it, as well as the symbol of the United North. We do have a symbol for that, correct?"
I'll think a bit.
"Other than that, not much springs to mind, though if you can work it so the mouthpiece opens, I will be able to eat while in armor. Dreadfully useful thing to have, since late night shifts tend to lend themselves to snacking."

Liviana [Templar] 446396

I sigh.
"Look… your highness. As far as I know my mission here isn't to swoop in and steal your beloved one in favor of a alliance."
I lower my voice
"Yes, I hold a title of princess, but the Empress instructed me to keep that fact hidden. I wasn't allowed to tell anypony, but I did so anyway because… well I guess I'm just a bad liar."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446397

Give a wry smile. "You always think shopping is a good idea."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446399

"I think it's a plan we can afford right now, thanks to the mind mage.
Have the architects design it, my ponies build it, and remove the memory of those designs from their minds."

Kilana [dark artist] 446400

I hold my hoof up in a shrug "and I've not been wrong yet."

DM 446406

"Very well.
Do you want the helm designed after your own face, or?"
"Your blades doing roadwork?"
What might you be seeking?
"You needn't hold that in such an ill light.
An alliance between our empires would be a magnificent thing."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446408

I'll shake my head.
"I would prefer it similar to the helm I have currently."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446409

Frown a little.
"Yeah, I don't see them either.
Still better solution than mind-cleaning a few hundread ponies though."

Liviana [Templar] 446410

"Well… yes. But we have only just opened up diplomatic channels. I think the ponies back home would want to establish traderoutes and whatnot, first before moving on to a formal alliance."

DM 446415

"Very well. I'll note that down too.
Was that all then?"
"Well aside from a few locations, the deep roads are no secret.
Unless you honestly only wanted your front yard refurnished."
"So you have no desire to even consider the option?"

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446417

We're looking for masks.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446420

"From my end. Anything I can do for you?"

Donrick [Smith] 446421

Okay, let's hit the bath.

Liviana [Templar] 446424

"Your highness, I never even was aware it was an option. I'm… a bastard. What monarch would be interested in someone like me?"

And I'll shut up as I hear him approach.

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446428

Smirk at him.
"Maybe that too.
But otherwise, I see no big problem. We could have the workers only take care of certain parts, so that they'd have no greater view of what's happening, and then remove the projects from the minds of the architects whist keeping hard copy of them deeply locked in a safe place.
You know, just to be safe."

DM 446429

Plenty to pick from.
Look around.
"…I never minded that he was-"
…G-good day sir Donrick."
"Not much for now."

DM 446430

"If that is the way you want to treat our honest, hard working citizens…"

Donrick [Smith] 446432

Get comfy, just like back home.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446433

"Then I'll let you have some peace for a moment."
And then my armor goes back on, and I'm out walking the streets and halls of Ironfoe. I think I'll go follow up on some of those missing ponies reports. Any luck gathering information today? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Liviana [Templar] 446434

I smile
"Took you a while."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446436

"Trust is a luxury we can't just give away. And right now, we know almost for certain Snowboarder is going to be our enemy, too.
Equestria might have seemed distant, but the Three?
I am worried."

Donrick [Smith] 446438

"I was trying to come up with something to make Chell's neck less vulnerable. Time flies when one works."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446440

Let's look for a nice and featureless one.

Are there any pink masks?

Kilana [dark artist] 446446

A mask with some character, maybe a swirling eye pattern. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

DM 446447

Sunrise keeps looking firmly away as Frostmourn returns
"Ah… Donrick… you finally made it."
"Luck indeed Crescent. Searches turned up a lot of maps among their possessions that all had markings around the same area."
"So you would suspect and mind-wipe everyone if it were possible?"
You find a pair of swirly glasses with a fake mustache attached.

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446449

"Which area?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446450

"Not everyone. Just the few who will actually work on the project itself. No need to mind wipe the workers."

Liviana [Templar] 446451

"So what do you think? Good, isn't it?"

Donrick [Smith] 446453

"Pretty good, pretty good.
Relaxing, for sure."

"Thanks for the invitation.
Hope I didn't keep you waiting too much."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446454

Search for that thing I wanted to find before, but didn't roll for: '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6


I smirk "We'll find a suitable one." check for a masquerade mask, maybe?

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

DM 446462

"Eastern Northscrown of all places. North of Hardflank."
Oh yes. Blank masks are all the rage these days. Very chic.
"…not in the least.
I trust you found a towel?"
He throws more water to get some steam going.
"…I don't like it…"
This might be one.
Or it could be some kind of fetish wear.
hard to say.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446464


Pick one up.

"What do you think? We can get one for you, too."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446469

"That's odd. Isn't there pretty much nothing there?"

Kilana [dark artist] 446470

"Oh, do you think I will be needing one?" I glance down at my stripes, but hold a plain mask up to my face "think anyone will know its me?"

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446471

Take a deep breath.
"If this is what your heart tells you, then so be it.
You are the smart one between us, Frosty."

Liviana [Templar] 446474

"It's drier than the ones back home, but so much simpler in design. The High King thinks this could even be converted into a portable design."

Donrick [Smith] 446476

"Outside, yes."
Just enjoy this chilling out.

"If they need any help with the plans, maybe I could try to help."

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446477

Chuckle again, softly. "I meant just for fun. But I'm certain you're a master of disguise."

DM 446480

The base of the mountains offer some resources, and there is a river there, but not much else."
"it just sort of feels… evil. To rob one of their knowledge and memories."
"That might be nice. I thought of using a large barrel and a smaller furnace."

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446485

"Do you mind if I borrow one of these maps? Perhaps the Eaglecrest deserters have gone to the same area. That would solve both our problems in one go if we can find them."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446487

"Maybe it is. Maybe I am becoming evil, one little step at a time…"

DM 446490

"Go ahead. We copied a few."
"Well stop it then."

Pumpkin Swansong [Northblade] 446494

Suddenly turn and gesture with the mechanical hoof.
"Well help me then!"

Donrick [Smith] 446495

"For how many people?"

Kilana [dark artist] 446496

I stack it on top of yours, with a smile "It is trendy right now, and I know how much that tradition meant to you, of course I'll share in it"

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446498

"Thanks kindly. Keep up the good work, and I'll report back once I see if Eaglecrest will cooperate with us."
And then off to Eaglecrest via teleporter.

DM 446508

"How, exactly?
By reminding you that one's mind is all that makes one who they are, and it should not be robbed from them?"
"You might fit like three in a really big barrel I think."
The teleport array feels almost completely detached from the rest of the nation. It is manned by Rockeye trained mages, offering a striking comparison to the seasoned veterans of Eaglecrest, each their own pony, each looking different, each carrying a different uniform and heraldry…

Waxing Crescent [M Uni Dark Knight] 446511

I'll shake my head. It's their way of life, and the United North swore to uphold such traditional things. But I wonder if they'll even care about the deserters? Anyway, the Viceroy probably knows about the disappearances and thefts. So to him I'll go.

Imminent Domain [Mastermind] 446512

Give a pleased smile. "Maybe we can find a pink one."


Roll #1 5 = 5

Liviana [Templar] 446514

Glance over at Sunrise, is she still averting her gaze?