>>452572 Codar lead you down here, past old forgotten tunnels marked unusable for transport, through collapsed paths and caved in rooms. But here you are at last. It looks much the same as the kingdom did before it was made into roads. Eerie. Silent. Lit by those odd crystals
>>452619 But you just said they were covered in crystals which were lighting the room. Is it dark in this room? Go back to the lit room and get one there.
>>452628 "It doesn't take more than a second to collect one… And think of the amount of fuel we could save across the North if we could light homes with crystals instead of burning trees… or at least Northscrown."
>>452636 I nod slowly "So, he would have taken anything useful.. but where?" look around for a secret door. '1d10+1' >>452638 I smile "That sounds like a project for the mage academy, thou they would probably rather have floating lights than dim crystals."
>>452638 You break one of the crystals off. It gives off a steady blue glow and feels slightly warm. >>452643 Most likely to the deeper sanctums and vaults. His scribes most likely began moving everything when the king fell.
>>452686 "Id, I briefed you on this already didn't I? The underking, that legendary story of the necromancer who kidnapped bad children, and took them as slaves. Well it was mostly true. He had a full kingdom down here, full of undead mining for him so he could feed a dragon. That they still honor the crown and scythe is my hope, but it seems they were not discovered and hid the secrets of the Underking well..
>>452822 >>452825 This place looks different already. It was clearly once a place where experiments took place. And some of them still linger. Half-finished and unliving. Save for some Deathguards, who patrol the area.
>>452900 All manner of things here. Great monsters of bone and flesh. Texts on fusing souls together. Diagrams of the bodies of countless creatures. Formulas of reagents needed for enhanced spells. We do not remember. We exist to serve. The books remember. The scribes remember. The princes remember. We guard.
>>452951 >>452933 [Soul Fusion - to add select parts of one soul - memories, skills, etc - to another. Or to create a greater soulmass by simply fusing full souls or fragments thereof with no heed for the sanity of the outcome-]
[Greater magic has proven difficult without the aid of enhanced reagents. Though fusing excess soulmass to various catalytic objects, and burning them along with select herbs, allowed me to create a potent incense that aided in the natural control of magical power-]
>>453533 I wink at you "Well, you couldn't pass up a once in a life time offer could you?" I look a bit distant "Id, you know I trust you.. but after all this time, You still don't know much about my past, do you want to know?"
>>453535 "I should tell you then.. I do have a family far away, a mother, a father and brother, but, when I arrived in this country I didn't know anypony. I was from a far away land, and many were cruel to me for it. I found a friend who made me feel special. A pink unicorn called Prima. She and I were close as we attended school together here in wintergrasp, until.. " I look sad "We had a fight just before one of her biggest parties yet and then the night of the party.. the equestrians blew up her house.." I get red with anger at this. "All because she wanted to marry a prince."
>>453538 I nod "The Union of Prima and Frostmourn would have united Wintergrasp and Rosefall. The Equestrians didn't like that idea, so they had her killed, tried to kill Frosty too.." I blink trying to sum it up simply. "Perhaps.. It would be easier to show you, at all once like you showed me your past once before?"
>>453540 I nod slowly "yes.. I want you to know this, I want you to know me." I take a deep breath and offer you my hoof "Hello, Imminent Domain, I'm Kilana."
these are some things she is attempting to focus on [horse high] [the fight over the bathroom rape][the party and being drunk enough to have a three way with those mares][shopping with prima][verne helping me][prima loves frosty more than anything] [after prima's party the explosion: fighting the lord blade, checking on frostmourn, dragging unyeilding's body to the safe room, asking valerianna to teach me] [finding that branch and making it into a staff, I mess up the runes despite looking at the book next to me] [finally speaking to prima again, a lost friend, a sister, perhaps some greater feeling][seeing her bound to that cold dagger, the slow chill that over takes her restless spirit][fixing up that cold dagger and then trying to find frosty but seeing him in bed..Prima's spirit is shocked and I can't console her][the effect of prima's vengefulness bearing fruit as I try to attack those boys in a fuitile attempt to protect pumpkin and make things right][letting go of prima once again, watching frostmourn walk away with the dagger twisting in his magic] you may peer further into any of these
Its seems this is a more general idea of what happened to her that could lead you to those other specific events.
it is a nice place, newly built. Frostmourn is still a prince, and is really cute. Prima is chasing after the prince, I try to help her, set traps from the competition and try to get close to his friends, who seem nearly clairvoyant, while in disguise. skip a lot of classes but still learn the important things.. until a strong memory appears [an explosion, a mansion on fire, an assassin..] after this memory flashes by another appears [the entrance exam from valerianna first time using magic at all, the bones in the room danced for me as I sang to them] the rest is long nights spend with valerianna after normal classes, becoming more reclusive as the extra study leaves me too drained to socialize much anymore.
>>476230 "Such things, were probably secondary to them. And he.. was aggressive, but sad, a sad old dog who had lost his kingdom due to his love for a baby dragon.." >>476235 >>476239 I nod to Id. "You can stay back if you want." I take my minions and step into this light. '1d10+1' do I spot anyone here?
>>476245 The light blinds your eyes for a moment. Echoes fill this chamber, echoes that imply the place is larger than the grand halls of any palace. And as your eyes slowly begin to see in the light, you see hundreds, if not thousands of flickering revenants floating in the air. This room is domed. So far up you cannot even see the ceiling. The air flickers into darkness as the glow dies out high above. There is not much floor here. Merely a small stretch of rock bordering a huge, glowing lake. In the water, reflections of ghostly faces can be seen. And in the center of the lake, on a small island, stands a lone figure.
>>476324 "There is joy in such a goal, improving the land you live on so that your children will be better off than you." I pause thoughtfully "Perhaps, since we can never win against time, we build things that will outlast us."
>>476335 Most of equinekind is easy to fathom. They go on living from simple fear of death. But not all. Some welcome the end with hearts ablaze, while others march to face death incarnate, hearts equally high.
So I ask again - what is your purpose here. He moves a ghostly hand to the hilt of his sword
>>476364 You stare into a bottomless abyss of lost souls, frozen in rigid formation, unmoving and uncaring. A static mind of static thoughts, as dead as all down here. >>476359 I am the last remaining member of the hierarchy of this place. That makes me the guardian of all the King's achievements and creations, as well as the only one capable of crowning a new King.
>>476440 A lich is no more truly free of death as a raised corpse is truly free of life. There lie but two paths to true immortality - one far beyond the means of any not born with it, and another our former King came close to unlocking, but was not strong enough to finish. He pulls out a twisted, ornate key from his robes
>>476450 It is decorated with symbols of Tambelon and Death. It is also clearly hollow, as if made to hold something in it. The path the King took was to reinforce the fire of his soul until it was too bright to ever be snuffed out. To feed it the excess soulmass he sought within Tambelon. But for all his toil, all he managed to make was a hollow key. You stand atop his failed efforts to fill it.
>>476471 The key opens the gates of Tambelon itself. It must be filled with a soul whose passing bears deep importance to you. A soul which you would desire to follow even to Tambelon itself. Once filled, and turned, the soul will be sent forth, and the key will open a path for you to follow it to the city of death. The king never cared for any soul enough to find a suitable candidate. That, is why he failed.
>>476488 "Alright, then.. So, I just fill this key, with a loved one's soul as they die.. and once in tambelon, I would collect the soul mass there, and use that to gain true life, and I will be your new king?"
>>476500 And just what makes you think I will relinquish the key to one I do not call my king? Oh no. You must earn it first. He slowly draws his sword, the phantoms beneath the surface fleeing from him Show you are worthy of holding his scythe, before I take it from your unworthy, dead grasp
>>476509 I stand back and draw by bow. "If this is all that you respect, then so be it. I will not go easy on you." I motion for my minions: there should be stronhooves, Iris, and Codar here, and Id to come into the room beside me.
>>476530 I will not relinquish the secrets of the Underking to one weak of body, mind or soul. Prove yourself worthy as a warrior, as a leader and as a necromancer. Then, and only then, can I permit you to have that title. He plunges his sword into the water and forces a tangled mass of souls to the surface Come.
#ENEMY Hollow Prince 30/1 Soul Abomination 10/5
Kilana 5/5 Id 5/5 Codar 6/6 Stronghooves 6/6 Iris 3/3
>>476544 Your arrow sinks into his hollow body, and he nods approvingly I can see there is no lack of bold courage in you. Meanwhile, Codar rams into the Soul Abomination, loosening a few of its souls, as Stronghooves slashes at it, ducking under a blow that lands on Iris.
>>476555 >>476556 In a flurry of blows, Iris gets nearly torn apart but Codar and Stronghooves bring the Abomination down. For now.
Courage and leadership I will admit. And you marched here with proof of power as a Necromancer. As arrogant as it was to bring the mutilated remains of my brothers to battle against me. Now show me that you have power. Best me, or my creation.
>>476567 You stay out of this. With a flick of his ethereal wrist, the soul water gives way from under you. You should probably try swimming to shore or to the island. >>476566 There is too much life in that dead thing to kill quite yet. But what you manage to pull from it tethers Iris to this world a moment more.
>>476586 Because a crown won by right of an enemy's weakness has no value. He raises a hand, blasting you off your hooves. Codar then slams him back, but as Stronghooves charges in to land a blow, he gets impaled on the Prince's sword and falls over. However before the Prince can end him, Iris and the Soul Abomination force him to fall back a few steps. >>476589 The souls seem scared, but they try to hold you aloft. Safe passage is MIN4
>>476591 You fall face first into the pool. The souls around you shrug apologetically. Swimming to Kilana is a total of MIN10. Take all the time you need. >>476592 You cannot kill me. Tough you drain the prince, it is not enough. As proof of his supremacy in this place, he lifts up Stronghooves with a motion of his sword, and with a crushing gesture, explodes him into a mass of screaming energy which he plunges into the depths of the lake. He then nonchalantly swats Iris out of the air, before your big hitters smash him back all the way to the island Fuck me this is getting old.
>>476597 "The old King said the same, but he is no more.." I winch at stronghooves destruction. "you will fall as he did. What then of your purpose?" '1d10' attack the prince. '3d10' minions help out. "Learn to dodge already Iris."
>>476601 Your waifu is in danger. There is no time for faffing. You reach the island in record time. >>476603 My purpose is to serve my liege. You can see his form flicker and the souls in the lake gather to witness the inevitable Prove that you are worthy of my loyalty. Finish what you so foolishly started.
>>476612 His sword passes through you, feeling as if it had wounded your very soul >>476614 You fail to understand the purpose of this battle. I cannot die. I am beyond the fundamental concepts of life and death as you understand them. If this body is lost in battle, I can be formed anew to serve the needs of the new King. But if you do not desire that. If you wish to instead force me to admit defeat, rather than suffer a fall… Then so be it.
>>476643 It crashes back into the lake like a pale blur wave Perhaps you wonder how I am so confident of my immortality. I owe much of it to possessing a soul that has no place in Tambelon's halls - the soul of a Lifebinder. Now then He gives you the key I will answer any questions you have to the best of my ability.
>>483350 If you so decide, I can help you shed your mortal body. This will provide you with considerable longevity, but as the old king came to discover, also rob you of a chance for true immortality via soulmass.
>>483355 "Well that's no good. I'll have to fill the key then." I stare at the thing for a long while. "For now, your scribes should finish their work, I saw them moving the books earlier, those can't be left out. I will return shortly. "
>>483374 >>483375 Your return to Wintersgrasp is uneventful. The Deep Roads are as mundane as ever, all those traveling along them oblivious to the major shift in power that happened below their hooves.
>>483379 While we're at Wintersgrasp, I could check in with Frostmourn as to the status of the construction of the Dark Academy. I need to have my workspace so I can begin that research into time magic he so dearly wants.
>>483388 "Waxing philosophical again, Your Majesty? We haven't been able to have tea due to all of the traveling lately. I promised Her Grace, Lady Venia of Wintersgrasp an invitation to our tea at some indistinct occasion in the future."
>>483392 "I've just been thinking. I look north, and I can already see the foundations of Northscrown being built. Soon… so very, very soon, the monument to my greatest success will be complete. …and then what." >>483387 You find him having a snooze in your room
>>483400 "Perhaps your work is ending, but mine is just beginning. I've been busy recruiting staff for the academy… I'm looking forward to continuing my research into the sciences of the mind, the physical brain, and of course, our secret project. Kila has her own projects to research, mostly involving the Underkingdom… as for your own tasks, do you not have the alliance with Trotantium to secure? Rosefall and Hardflank to unite? No doubt your epithet in time shall be 'the Great', for conquest of clay alone. Few could aspire to what you've accomplished. Do you thrive on what lay ahead?"
>>483411 He lets out a soft groan and lits his head a bit "Hm? Hey~" >>483415 "Ah yes, the Dark Academy. A bit of a foreboding name for what is indeed more of an… Academy of Freed Knowledge. Work is progressing well. Soon, it, too will be done. Indeed I expect it to be ready before Northscrown. And yes. Work still remains. I plan to invite some of Rosefall's notables to attend my wedding."
>>483436 "I'd rather a kiss good night where it counts~" >>483433 "Work is best done young, when we are still full of life." He sighs and smiles "I can't believe how time flies. …can I ask something? It's a bit personal."
>>483494 He breathes out softly "Must have been something… I ate. Feels like i have heartburn. Or then it's just… how happy I am… to feel you near me again. Please…" He pats the bed "Lie down. I'd rather… cuddle a bit to help me… fall asleep." >>483488 "Hm? Settle down? This is the grandest peace the North has seen in centuries."
>>483520 "Yes, but I'm not in the business of war. Peace time is when I find myself the most busy. Organizing classes… research… political activism… personal life… and of course, tea. It's a lot to keep track of. I might have mentioned that the Underkingdom demense has fallen under your direct vassalage recently."
>>483529 His eyes flare wide open and he punches you in the throat, quickly tossing you on the bed and climbing on top of you "Little bitch! Just what the fuck do you think you're doing to me?" >>483528 "It almost escapes my mind at times. I do not see myself as an emperor, but technically… I rule nearly everything I can see from here."
>>483550 You can feel his heart stop for a moment and see his eyes lose focus. He rolls off you, clutching his chest, and slams onto the floor, gasping for air and pounding at his heart "Kilana… …why? Why? All I wanted… was to love you!" You can feel the key whispering. It can sense death nearby.
>>483559 "…thank you. Know that I respect you as well. You and your ideals. If you ever have a request, do not hesitate to ask." >>483569 His pained expression yields to a split second of terror, but it quickly melts away, leaving behind only regret and sorrow. He is a sad sight, laying there. Naked, panting, rotten on the inside. His desires and hopes awakened by his beloved joining him in bed, and those same hopes swept away as she turned on him. "…why…?" Without a word, you press the key against his chest, the rough iron splitting his striped hairs and scraping his skin. His eyes focus one last time, first on the key, then the hoof holding it, then up it to your lips and finally meeting your eyes as his vision darkens. "You have such… beautiful… eyes…" And with a last ragged gasp, his body falls limp, the key glowing softly as it traps his escaping soul. Slowly reeling it in, filling the void at the core of its twisted, cage-like shape. After ten minutes, the deed is done. His soul is trapped, his body is now empty and worthless.
>>483588 "Two, in fact. The first is mundane. I'd like to know the progress on the construction. I am eager to pursue my research. The second a bit more personal, speaking to what we discussed before. I may have to take your court necromancer from you, in time. To that end, I am asking your permission to take her hoof."
>>483594 "What Kilana does is her own concern, not mine. Provided, of course, you do not intend to take her away from the North entirely. I would hate to lose the two of you. As for the academy, the core of it is already built. The area it will be housed in is excavated, and the support structures exist. Rooms and floors will soon follow."
>>483606 Why not simply tear it asunder? Or take it to the Prince, if you truly wish to see it obliterated. >>483605 "If the north has taught me anything, it's that blood is a poor excuse for loyalty."
>>483703 >>483702 However, the power of the Underqueen far outclasses that of one petty Dark Ranger. The shadow's link to its mother is torn asunder, and its consciousness fades in a wailing scream. It stands still, devoid of will, awaiting your command.
>>483715 I let you embrace me. "Id, I killed him. I can't be sure, but she may be angry with me about it. It is the only way to keep living with everyone and keep them alive." >>483718 I nod. "Codar, please bury him" burying efficiency '1d10'
>>483737 "Never crossed your mind that severing my eyes would hurt? That tearing off a piece of my very essence would be a less than comfortable experience? These are not some random shadows I found in a crowd. These are pieces of myself, cultivated over decades of toil and solitude. They are my children and my friends. They mean more to me than any mere student could! You will explain yourself. Either to me, or to the High King. But there was more power in you than I could ever have given you. And I will not see that kind of thing, and this level of reckless transgression, simply slip."
>>483740 "Power yes.. I am a were step away from grasping great power. I would yield this power for the north, but It requires a sacrifice." I gesture to the spot where Naik is buried "Someone that meant something to you. And when I saw your shadow aiming at me, I thought you had figured this out, and were going to kill me fore I could do.. I wanted the power to save us all."
>>483746 "I at least want to give the ones that exist a purpose. Without their leader, they amble aimless in the dark, with my leadership they would be a service to the north. If anything you must know my loyalty to Northlands is undying. I will go as far as it takes, and I will restore you, all three of you. This is the only way to make it work."
>>483758 "Hm. What a curious topic. I wouldn't possibly know… I've never had power. Or even thought of power. I'm just glad I'm able to finally be in charge of my own life, work because I desire to, not because I am a slave."
>>483760 "I…" She leans on her hoof and scrunches, thinking hard "…damn. That's a hard one. …as far as we must? I mean… I'm making weapons here. Weapons I hope are to intimidate, not kill, but… I know they are intended to kill. I just… look, I'm a simple pony with a simple job. I try to leave the big world-changing politics to kings and emperor, and just enjoy the sunlight out here, in a world where I know I have my own bed, my own home, and will not be chained up to corpses and forced to mine gems for a monster to eat."
>>483761 I nod "I'm sorry if this is a hard topic. I was actually looking for a common pony's view on these things." I look thoughtful "I won't take up more of your time if you don't wish to speak about this more."
I find a moment alone, go somewhere safe, somewhere quiet, have Codar and Iris on watch.. I take out my old worn down staff, little more than a stick with some metal melted on it and some spotty rune work.. '1d10' Commune with Prima.
>>486033 I laugh a bit "Yea, things got.. uh complicated after we last talked.. I was banned from using magic for a week after ..the incident with those two stallions.. " I sigh "But that was.. 4 years ago now? ..I should have talked to you sooner.. just ignored what the others said.. I am sorry its been so long, but I never forgot you.. never.."
>>486034 I think about you every day too… And Frostmourn too, of course. I'm really missing both of you… And uh, do you know how boring it is down here? No shopping, no cosmetics, no pretty dresses, nothing! Only gossip!
>>486035 "Well, if its gossip, then I know you must be ruling the market on it. " I smile at you and then sit down and look a bit tired. "You might want to sit down, a lot has happened, and I might not have a lot of time to explain.. So just listen for a moment.."
>>486037 I take a deep breath and monologue the whole thing for a while, telling it with a flare of my old bard talents, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying. I tell you just about everything that has happened in the last four years.. leaving out the last 2 days.
>>486039 I shake my head "Pretty bad. I.. when I found out that Pumpkin actually died.. again.. and Valerianna she.. gave her life up for him.. and then High horn gave half his life for her.. the whole thing really upset me, she should have let me help.. I have more life to give than her.." I shake slightly and look at you. "I went back to the Underkingdom. Determined to find a way to fix everyone. I brought Id with me, that donkey.. he wasn't a lot of help, but it was nice to have some company.. What I found down there.. I have a way to come to you Prima, to bring you back to our world."
>>486043 "She is alright now. I made sure she had what she needed to heal.. I didn't know she was your sister.. or I never would have.." I shake my head. "She's fine, and I didn't talk to her much, but she seems like a good pony.. it was painful to do speak to her.. she reminds me so much of you.."
>>486049 I smile. "Prima, you have no idea.. I care so much about you.. This means you want to come back right? I'm so glad! " I tear up a bit. "We can hug when I come find you down there in Tambelon.. Now.. we should make a plan, I don't know how much I will have in there, or what its like.. is there a way I can find you easily? A big building? A sign?"
>>486051 "Afraid? of dying? No. I will be careful.. and you're worth it to me.." I pause "..a well?" my eyes light up and I quietly say "It can't be the same.." then with more boldness I go on. "Prima, on my end, there is a.. sort of lake of souls, it goes so far down.. Prima, If you go near that Well, you might be right next to where I'll come in.."
>>486057 I look surprised and laugh a bit "Yea, that shouldn't be a problem. You know the two tailors in wintergrasp? I helped them patch up their differences and now they are married.. so, those two owe me a bit of a favor. I hope I can get your size right.."
>>486069 I look down and paw at the ground a bit "Prima, I.. I know I should have talked to you more.. There isn't any excuse for it.. Its true I was busy, and that pumpkin told me to leave you in peace after you went crazy in that dagger.. but I should have made time.. I..I'm sorry for leaving you alone down there.." I gulp and stare at your image. "I will be there, two days tops in my time.. I don't know if that helps you from there, but I won't be longer than two days.."
>>486070 "After all this time, two days won't be anything! And at least it gives me something to look forward to. I hope I can find a hairdresser in time, the last one gave in to True Death some weeks ago."
—– >>224586 >Pumpkin Swansong [Spymaster] Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:37:33 No.224586 >>>224584 (You) >Move closer and take her hooves into mine. >"You stop that talk. >I've got decades ahead of me. >More than I ever deserve. >More than anyone does, if it's up to sacrificing another soul!"
breath deeply and squeeze his hooves, living, warm body, well mostly.. I will give him a small sad smile. "Bro.. I don't have to sacrifice anyone else, I could revive you everyday with a normal life span and still not really feel the change."
>>486635 I look tired. "Pumpkin.. I still killed him, he still knows I murdered him. And I was scared, so scared.. and then Id and Valerianna.. they both saw me with his body.." Sigh. "..I really messed up back there. She might never forgive me after all this.."
>>486637 Sigh as he touches me "It was stupid to try and hide from you both.. So stupid.. But, Listen.. what I did when I saw her looking at me, aiming at me.. Pumpkin.. I took her eyes and ears away in panic.. I stole one of her shadows.." pause to let that sink in.
"I have never seen her shadows move so fast. I barely had time to bury him and turn around.. before three more were on me.. and she was just so mad.."
>>486640 "I think you should rest. Take some time away from all this. Fix your mistakes and think about… A family, pretty dresses, dusty books, young mares… Just, fix this." Hug her. "And don't hurt me like this ever again."
Later that day, Kilana sits on her bed old bed, the same bed that Naik was in just last night.. Her green eyes looking calm but distant as if in thought. Curiously all her mirrors have been covered with cloth sheets. The window is open, but the door is locked.
>>486675 "She remembers it all as far as I know. From when she was alive and her time down there." drinking intensifies "I filled in the blanks for her before I brought her back, told her was happened while she was gone. She wanted to meet Mistral.."
>>486714 "We all have secrets Pumpkin." Quickly downs this glass and starts to fill it up again. "And stop looking at me like that. I'm starting to think you really are an undead." I say with a bit of sarcasm.
>>486754 "And the fact that all this, the murder and the secrets and what you did to mother… The fact that now we all are probably so removed from you as ants are from us… It hurts. Not knowing what goes on your mind."
>>486868 Sigh "If he really had no use for me but to kill me, then I could at the very least do that. Maybe give my lifespan to someone more worthy." drinks deeply "You know bro, I'm not good at much of anything. I'm shit with a knife, I can't sneak or hide evidence worth a damn. I fuck up my only aggressive spell half the time." Laugh suddenly "The only thing I can do is use my voice, a voice that makes the dead stand up and listen."
>>486935 Smirk. "Now, I think I can do a slightly better job at telling love…" Clear my throat. "Well I wonder who's with you tonight? And I wonder who's holding you tight? But there's nothing I can say To make him go away Old true love ain't too hard to see Don't cry no tears around me." '1d10'
>>486954 "Yea, three of them. All gorgeous." I chuckle slightly "One of them had the funniest name, Jingle Balls. Met them a party, we were young and drunk, and.. do you know the things that telekenesis can do?"
>>486958 "Oh, yea?" I tap my chin a bit. "Their colors, one was yellow with a blue mane, her flank was so soft.. " I say explaining the more interesting parts and then pausing to swirl my drink, looking at it as if looking at something interesting.
>>486967 Roll around to the opposite end of the bed, putting space between the two of us, looking towards the ceiling. "What you want to do, zigga? Anything. Just ask. I can take you over the highest peak of the North."
>>486971 Open the window wide, letting the cold air in. Smiling fully, look at the white-covered castle outside the window, and the long reaching fields beyond that. "I hope you are dressed for bad weather. It's cold up there."
>>486977 "That just means I will have to do double duty while watching over your striped ass, uh?" And as soon as the sentence ends, away I dive, straight out of the window and plummeting into the field of white snow below. '1d10+1' for a last second wing spread and climb.
>>486978 A mere few meters off the ground, as the earth comes running closer to me and you, I spread my wings and let them catch the freezing wind of the north. The rush is gone, the momentum has subsided, and what was a ruinous fall has become a soft climb. We are now up, above the towers of the castle.
>>486980 Take a deep breath and finally stabilize myself in midair. Talk in a sharp, deep voice, throat burning due to the frozen air. "See the world from here. Like a pretty picture on a wall. A model on a table. It makes you think about the value of every piece on the board."
>>486987 "Stars huh? You know I've never really understand why you liked the sky so much.. Its becoming a bit more clear now." I glance around at everything that I can see from here.. its quite a lot to take in.
>>486988 "It's changed for me a bit. I don't exactly see the moon as a goddness anymore. But it's beautiful nonetheless…" And then wait for the night, protecting her from the cold and showing her the stars, pointing at the constellations and staring at the nightsky, [1d10] endurance roll.
>>486991 Shake my head. "That's not a story for tonight. Not any more than the tale of your brief insanity would be." Slowly, fly her back. "Tonight, I want to leave you with asmile and an happy memory."