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Paladinquest - Thread 4 DM 332703

Time for a checkup, whenever you are ready

Papaver Field [Mage] 332718

Checkup. I might need it. Time displacement is never a good thing.
Onwards to checkups!

Sidus [Rogue] 332719

I'll need a checkup from the neck up

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332723

Whee, timestream shenanigans. Let's say our walk ends here.
Here for the check-up.

Nock [Tracker] 332725

Let's go, we gotta head out.

Papaver Field [Mage] 332726

Meet me in the other thread if you want to finish the chat.

Nock [Tracker] 332730

I tried! It's too old. No posting.

DM 332733

The doctor has arranged a waiting room and seats along the corridor for everyone to be comfy.
Looks like you are the first ones here though.

"Please come in. One at a time though. Who is first?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332735

"Hem… Hello?"
Walk in, unsure on what to do.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332736

"Might as well get it over with…"
I'll head in.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332738

"Oh, sorry, you first."
I'll just head back and sit down.

DM 332739

"…do you both want to be first?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332740

"She can go ahead. I'll go next."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332742

Look at Jon.
"Oh yo-"
Smile at him.

Walk towards the doc.
"So, what do I have to do?"

Sidus [Rogue] 332747

Keep sort of silent as I think to myself.

Nock [Tracker] 332750

"That was nice of you. So I guess it was a relief, before. When she said yes."

DM 332754

"Just going to need some basics. Name, age, any known allergies or health problems.
Then we'll check your height and weight, eyesight, hearing and any other issues you may feel concerned about."

Nock [Tracker] 332756

"Oh, Vera, I have to make it to a lecture for my Inquisitorial studies after this, I just realized. Mind swapping with me?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332759

I'll grin a little.
"I was scared she'd say no, especially given how I'd asked…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332761

"Uh… S-sure?"
"Could we do this in a minute doc? My friend is in a hurry…"
Stand up and let Nock take my place.
"You gotta tell us how it went. Or we'll just have to ask Star~"

Nock [Tracker] 332764

"Thanks, Vera. You'll have to tell me what you squeeze out of him tonight when we have cake."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332768

Nod to her with a happy smile and trot back with Jon.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332769

I'll blush a bit.
"W-well, we just walked for a while. And talked. It was… nice."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332773

"I'll need more details! What did you talk about? Where did you walk? Why was it nice?"

Nock [Tracker] 332775

"Nock, daughter of Spell Seeker. Sixteen, no allergies or health problems that I know of, but I haven't seen a lot of doctors in my life."

DM 332777

Then take everything off and get on the scale please."
Roll for weight
1 - skinny as hell
10 - fatass
No need to roll if you have a clear idea already

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332781

I'll shuffle my hooves a bit awkwardly.
"Well, we… we sorta wandered around the campus. Looked for places we hadn't been yet. As for talking…"
I'll blush a bit more.
"I think you'd have better luck with asking Star. I was so nervous, I can hardly remember where we went or what we talked about."

Nock [Tracker] 332782

Given that I already took medium armor, I'd say average.

Pull off my armor and get on the scales.

Nock [Tracker] 332784

Uniform. We're in uniforms, not armor.

DM 332789

Lets see where you are on the mid weight scale
1 - a little under average
2 - very average
3 - a little pudgy

Roll #1 3 = 3

Papaver Field [Mage] 332790

Poke him on the side.
"Sounds fun. I will have to try this 'date' thing, one day or the other…"

DM 332791

"Mhm. Right.
Next, height. Please stand next to the measure."
If you still want to go with average, roll 1d3
Otherwise, 1d10

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332792

"You've got someone you like? I thought you said you didn't have time for stallions…?


As if height matters to anypony!

"Yes ma'am."

Roll #0 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 332795

"I didn't know there was such a thing as a date until a few moments ago!" Giggle a bit.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332798

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Where did you say you were from again? I thought everyone knew what dates were."

DM 332800

"You must have good genes to be that tall. Very good. Now please turn and read the chart on the opposite wall as far as you can."
Roll for eyesight


Surely I've been aiming my bow all this time with good eyesight…

Right? I'm an ARCHER!

Roll #0 1 = 1

Papaver Field [Mage] 332802

Wave a hoof dismissively.
"Grew up in my parent's mansion, didn't really see many other kids. Not after I was ten or so."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332806

"You had friends though, right? Ponies who'd come to visit, and play with? I can't imagine being cut off from everypony else after a few years…"

DM 332807

"Miss. The first letter on the chart is U, not X.
I'll write a note on this. There is a skilled optometrist I know who lives in Canterlot. He will make some glasses for you.
Next, hearing. Please listen to this enchanted conch, and repeat what it tells you."
Roll for hearing


"If you say so, ma'am, but I'm an archer! I see fine, I know it."

Listen to it. Is the Master talking inside?

Roll #0 10 = 10

Papaver Field [Mage] 332814

"I didn't have time to! And it's not like there were many kids around the mansion either!
But I have two sisters! We trained together all the time!

DM 332816

Nope. It is a repeat of some phrases from the paladin code.
As for your archery, that may be a part of the problem. You can see a target well enough, but actually seeing beyond that is hard.
Now, are there any concerns you have over your health I can help with?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332817

"Really? Well, it's good you had family, at least. But was that all you did? Train to fight?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332819

"… Yeah?"
Look actually surprised at the question.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332823

I'll just shake my head.
"But what did you do for fun? Festivals and holidays like Nightmare Night or Hearth's Warming? Days off to just fool around and play? Or schooling?"

Nock [Tracker] 332825

"Well, not yet. There's… The Headmaster told us something… You don't know anything about a…"

Whisper in her ear, despite no one else being around, "Master? Or specifically, his mark?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332828

There is no nightmare night yet.
"Oh, my parents don't celebrate those. They say it's Equestrian stuff. Our ancestors didn't believe in those, after all."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332829

Riiiiiight. Whoops.
"And the schooling? How do they expect you to meet and make friends with ponies if they've got you closed up in your house?"

DM 332830

"Sounds like some metaphysical mumbo jumbo. Not my field. I am a doctor.
But we do have ponies who specialize in this sort of thing. Talk to the councilor about it, he should be able to direct you to them. Though I'm not sure if that's allowed for first year students.
Now you look like a smart kid but it is standard procedure to remind you that you aren't supposed to have kids while here."
To be technical, Hearths Warming predates NL, but is mostly regarded as the festival of traitors and deserters.

Papaver Field [Mage] 332831

"Well they taught me to fight! That's all the schooling a pony needs!"

Nock [Tracker] 332832

"Is that it? That wasn't bad."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332833

I chuckle a little.
"But you didn't know what a date was. What are you going to do if some stallion, or mare for that matter, tries to court you? There's more to life than just fighting, after all."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332836

"But my parents taught me courting. It starts with a fight, always!"

DM 332837

"More or less. We only need to know the basics really, to ensure we can tailor the training program to fit your needs.
…I'm not really supposed to officially say this, but I do have some reading material on how to avoid getting foals if you or your friends need it.

Papaver Field [Mage] 332839

Step up.
"Papaver Field, sir. No known health issues."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332840

"Did my courting of Star start with a fight?"
I'll blush a bit at that, but press on.
"There's other ways of going about things."
At hearing that, I'll finish up.
"Now, did you want to go next, or should I?"

DM 332842

"Mhm. Step on the scale then please."
For the sake of keeping up pace, just roll all the stuff at once.

Papaver Field [Mage] 332843

I rolled the 10 for sexy. Doesn't that make every slider perfect?

DM 332845

It means you are perfect for what you are.
But that can mean you are still a perfect fat dwarf.

Papaver Field [Mage] 332847

Well I never.
But I did take average armor, so '1d3'
Roll for tall. 'r2 1d10'
Sight 'r3 1d10'
Hearing 'r4 1d10'

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

DM 332851

"Hm. Being pretty and tall does not really compensate for poor senses.
…I need an easier sight chart I think. What is wrong with eyes of the new generation…? Anyway. I'll see to it get some glasses to help your sight."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332855

Bad eyesight? Must be videogames.
But surely magic pastel horses had contact lenses back then!

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 332856

"Hm? What was that?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332857

It was a roll to find magic contact lenses!
"N-nothing. Are we done?"

DM 332861

And you should ask the doc about it. She can ask her friend the optometrist.
"I trust you know the school rules on having kids?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332862

While I'm waiting, I'll turn to Sidus. He's been awful quiet…
"So, what's eating you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332863

"Oh c'mon. I don't even have a mate yet. What's with everypony and kids today…"
Roll my eyes.
Yeah, I should ask him.
"Glasses are not exactly good to fight with.."

Sidus [Rogue] 332864

I turn to him and sigh.
"I feel like I failed that last one… the others didn't bother me but that did…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332868

"Well, you did get knocked down, even if it was only for a second. Still, at least you know where to start, right? That's what those tests were for."

DM 332875

"Procedure states I need to remind all students about it. A few years back we had some major problems.
Anyway, there has been research into sight-enhancing magic, but as far as I know that's still experimental. Though if you want, send a letter to the Medical Academy and ask about it."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332879

"Yeah I think I will have to now, won't I?"
Move out of the room, head hanging low.

Sidus [Rogue] 332884

"Yes… but I shouldn't have given up like that."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332889

"I dunno, you didn't really seem like you gave up to me. You got back up, you stared down the Battlemaster, and you walked back over to us. There's a difference between giving up and walking away from something."

Sidus [Rogue] 332890

"Walking away is still losing."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332891

Walk in on them.
"For once, we agree."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332898

I'll just shake my head.
"Walking away means you get to fight another day. By stepping back after hitting a wall, you can look for another angle to attack a problem."
I'll shrug.
"It's like back home. You can't buck an entire orchard by yourself. Sometimes, you've got to take a step back and look at what you're doing. And if you need to call in some friends to help, well, that's how problems get solved."

DM 332901


Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332907

I guess I'll head up.

Sidus [Rogue] 332910

"Walking away is like giving up… and giving up is losing. And I lost in that test."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332916

I'll holler at him before I go into the room.
"Then win the next one and quit moping!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332918


Sit down with my hooves crossed, trying to ignore Sidus.
Even if he's right.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 332921

"Name, age, any known medical issues?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332923

"Jonagold Apple, sixteen. No known issues."

DM 332927

"Mhm. Strip down and step on the scales."
Roll for weight
You can take 10 on height
Then roll for sight and hearing.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332929

'r2 1d10' spot
'r3 1d10' listen

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

DM 332930

I'm just going to assume the 1-10 scale is a little derped here because you all can't have terrible senses.
"A little light for your size. Senses aren't remarkable.
…you said you have no known issues?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332931

"That I'm aware of. We didn't really have much in the way of eye doctors where I'm from."

DM 332932

"I was referring to your stunted growth."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332933

I'll sweat a bit.
"S-stunted? I know it's a bit… smallish, but…"

DM 332934

"Doesn't look normal to me at all. Considering your height, I'd wager either hormonal imbalance or birth defect."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332935

I'll look dejected at that.

DM 332937

"Nothing major, if rather unfortunate for a stallion. I'd be glad it wasn't a leg or your brain instead."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332939

"But is there any way to… to fix it?"

DM 332943

"Well I don't know how much it grows from that so it's a little hard to say off-hoof what I have to work with. I can of course perform a more in-depth examination if you want this looked into, and/or refer you to my colleges at the Medical Academy."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332946

I'll nod.
"I'd appreciate it, really."
Blushing a bit, I'll add:
"But you don't have to name names, right?"

DM 332948

"Well I will need them to know who they will be working on.
Now do you want me to perform a base examination here, or should I just tell them they are going in blind?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332950

I'll blush a little redder.
"They might as well know what they're working with, I guess…"

DM 332951

"Mhm. No need to get all red in the face. I've been doing checkups for years here, you aren't the first one I've seen more closely.
Lay down if you feel that is more comfortable for you, or just spread up so I can see what I'm doing. I won't lie to you, this will probably feel more than a little awkward."
She powers up her horn.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332952

There is no way this isn't going to be awkward.
I'll just spread the back legs.

Papaver Field [Mage] 332955

'1d10' not to be distracted by Sidus.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Papaver Field [Mage] 332956

Stare at him.

DM 332957

"Let's see then. Don't try to hold back or anything. I need to see how it functions to be sure it is actually you know, functional. Just let it come naturally. Now, I'm going to try and see if I can get some reaction out of it at least."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 332958

I give her a look and tilt my head.
"Something on your mind? Want to rub in how miserably I did on that last test?"
I let out a sigh.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332961

Oh jeez.
'1d10' to remain perfectly still.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 332963

Harden the stare.
"I failed that one too. You'd know if you weren't so self-assorbed."

DM 332964

"Mhm… good… at least we know that works."
"Well this is enough base information at least."
She keeps the telekinetic hold on you
"How is your semen production? Healthy?"

Sidus [Rogue] 332965

"I was trying to prepare myself before… and tried not to beat up myself after…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332966

"Um… I don't… I haven't really… how would you measure that, anyway? I mean, sure it works, but… how much is 'healthy'?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332968

"Well at least you did have the will to stand and take it…"

Sidus [Rogue] 332970

"Not enough. I know I could have taken more. Should have."

DM 332972

"Amount, thickness and colour ate the usual measures. There are more exact measurements that can be done with the right equipment, but I don't have those materials here.
Are you ok if I test though?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332973

"If you want I can give you the rest of the beating."
Smirk at him.

Sidus [Rogue] 332974

I chuckle, giving her a cheeky smile back.
"If you could hit me."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332975

I'll just blush scarlet.
"I-I… if you n-need to. I mean, it's…"
I'll sorta nervously paw at the floor.
"I've just… not with another pony, I mean… this is really awkward."

Papaver Field [Mage] 332978

"If you didn't hit me in the back I'd almost think about dueling you again…"
Narrow my eyes at him.

DM 332981

"I do not intend to intrude if this makes you uncomfortable. I will only do what you allow me to do. This is for your own health."

Sidus [Rogue] 332985

"Now that I have my replicas? Sure, they are still not the same… I'm used to the blade actually connecting to flesh, you know… but I never refuse a challenge."
Smirk at her.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332986

I'll swallow heavily.
"I-if it needs ta be done… it n-needs to be done."
And then I'll just shut my eyes and think of Star.

DM 332990

"I'll consider that a yes then?
Just relax. I know how awkward this must be."
She levitates out a jar.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 332991

"…mr Apple?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 332994


DM 332996

"Are you holding back?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 332997

"You must be thick. I just told you I'd never have another fight with you, after that lowly and unworthy move you used last time!"

Sidus [Rogue] 332999

"Hmm… strange that you would say that. All I did was found a weak point in your defense. At least I would never attack someone out of combat."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333001

I've got about 2 or 3 hours, where am I?

DM 333002

In line for the physicals.
Or you can skip them by rolling
1d3 for weight range
1d10 for height
1d10 for eyesight
1d10 for hearing
And list any possible known medical problems you have

Papaver Field [Mage] 333004

"But it's the back! Didn nopony ever teach you not to attack ponies in the back? Is the most dishonorable thing you could ever do to them and to yourself!"
Out here waiting with us for medical checkup.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333006

"Am I? I d-don't rightly know. Maybe? This is really awkward…"
I'll paw at the floor again a bit.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333007

In line huh?
I'll just catch up on some stuff real quick first

DM 333009

"Well I hope you are, because otherwise I have very bad news for you.
Now just calm your mind, relax, and let me do my job. Or if this is not ok with you, just say so and we will find an alternative solution."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333010

"Okay. I'll… relax as best I can."

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 333012

"Good. Now lets see if we can actually get something."

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 333016

"…I'm a little worried about you, mr. Apple. This is not a very promising amount. I fear it may impact your ability to sire children.
I will send this sample to the medical academy anyway, just to be sure, along with a request for them to summon your there for a better examination.
If you feel this was just the awkward circumstances acting up, then feel free to provide a new sample you gather in private.
The summon for the examination will come in due time.
For now, if that was all, dismissed."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333017

I'll just nod meekly, dress, and make my exit.
It turns out I could be more embarrassed today.

Sidus [Rogue] 333018

"So you would rather lose face to face than to win by attacking a weak spot?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333019

"If by weak spot you mean the back, yes.
There is no honor in hitting a foe where he can't defend himself. That's nothing more than a cheap shot."

DM 333021


Sidus [Rogue] 333022

"Because hitting someone in the face after a dual isn't?"
I smirk at her, then
head in.

DM 333025

"Name, age and know medical conditions of any, please."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333031

Turn to Star.
"I hate him so much!"

Sidus [Rogue] 333034

"Sidus Maximus, sixteen, and I am too great to have any conditions!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333036

I scrunch
"I pity him…"

DM 333038

"Mhm. Good. Step on the scales then, so we can check your weight."
Roll 1d10 for weight, 1d3 if you have a general idea (1 is slightly under that, 2 is that, 3 is a little over)

Papaver Field [Mage] 333043

"Whatever. I don't. He's almost a perfect warrior and then says stupid or honorless things like those!"

Sidus [Rogue] 333044

Slightly below average weight, a little skinny but what he has is muscle.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 333046

"A bit on the light side. Next up, height."
You already said you were short right? You can pick if you want to be 3/10 or 4/10 short, with 5/10 being average and 10/10 being Jon

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333047

"Well… I can't judge him on that… I don't know that much about fighting…"

Sidus [Rogue] 333049

4/10 sounds about right.

DM 333052

"And a little on the short side too. Hm.
Well, try reading that chart on the opposite wall"
Sight, 1d10

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333054

"Just because he's a bit better than us doesn't mean he's perfect. After all, the instructors have experience on their side, and Sidus is mostly lucky. I mean, sure he beat me, but I learned how to fight on my own. Vera grew up fighting, so maybe it was just an off day."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333057

"He's nothing better than me. He only won because of his cheap shot."

Sidus [Rogue] 333059

This should prove no problem!
Eyes like an eagle!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333060

"Well, that at least means he saw you as a threat. He beat me pretty easily, and didn't even bother with that."

DM 333061

"Good enough eyes. Nothing sensational but no need for fixing. Ok, now listen to this conch, see if you can repeat what it says"
1d10 hearing

Papaver Field [Mage] 333063

"It just infuriates me! He could be a perfect stallion, he never gives up, knows that walking away means giving up, but then he does stupid things like those!"
Pace around in anger.

Sidus [Rogue] 333064

Listen carefully.
Ears like a fox…they hear good, right?

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 333066

"And a little above average. Very nice, second best so far.
Ok, any concerns you have about your body or health you'd like to ask about?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333069

I'll give a little smile at Star.
"So… you like him, but because of his attitude you can't stand him?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333071

"Nah, I'm good!…well, sometimes my stomach hurts after eating, but that's normal, right?"

DM 333072

"No. That's not normal at all. Could be an ulcer."

Sidus [Rogue] 333073

"A what now?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333074

"No, I hate him. Because he could have been a great warrior, instead he just… He does things like that!"
Bah. Sit down.

DM 333075

"A wound inside your stomach. Or then it could be indigestion. Hard to be sure. Can you give me more details?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333076

I'll chuckle.
"You remind me a bit of my ma. When she gets in a tizzy over something pa's done, she acts a lot like you are now."
Then I'll scratch the back of my neck.
"Only there's a bit more cussin' and throwing things, usually."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333079

"Are you talking about…"
Contain rage.
I'm not interested in that horrible pony.
"NO! I would rather die alone."

Sidus [Rogue] 333081

"It's nothing, really! It just hurts when I don't eat for a while. And a bit after I eat much usually."
I chuckle.
"But I can stomach it, don't worry."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333086

I'll shrug.
"I never said you were, just that you're acting similar."

"And he's not that bad, really. He's just… not that great at admitting things. Remember when I brought him to apologize the other day? He got the order wrong on the apology, and that put you two off on the wrong hoof. Give him some time, and maybe you can at least tolerate each other?"

DM 333088

"Well, don't do it on purpose at least. These sort of things can, and often WILL get worse if agitated.
I take it you know the rules discouraging having kids while here right?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333090

"He should have just apologized for hitting me in the back, everything would have been better."

Sidus [Rogue] 333092

"Why would I make my insides hurt on purpose? And yes, I heard about them. And I wouldn't risk getting kicked out just beause some mare. I have an Academy to finish to be the best!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333093

"Well, you did spit on him. Twice."
I'll sorta wave a hoof.
"As for that back attack, he's probably not gonna apologize for that. Or at least, not and mean it."

DM 333094

"I've heart that before.
Just so you know, if you or your pals do need it, I have a some material on keeping things safe.
It is unofficial though, so keep it out of earshot of the faculty.
If that was all, dismissed."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333096

"Then don't expect me to act friendly towards him. Ever."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333097

"I'm not asking for friendly, just neutral. To be honest, he needs someone who will take him down a peg every so often, and I don't think it can be me."

Sidus [Rogue] 333098

"I'll keep that in mind, thanks. At that is all, yes!"


DM 333102


Star Hopper [Cleric] 333103

Oh dear. My turn.

DM 333104

"name, age and any known medical conditions, please."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333105

I gulp
"S-star Hopper. Sixteen. Uh… no conditions I know of…"

DM 333107

"Mhm. No need to be so tense.
Step on the scales, lets see how much you weigh."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333108

I nod and skittishly walk over to the scales, stepping on them

DM 333112

so roll dat weight, jellybean.
1d3 if you know roughly how heavy you are



Above average. Slightly plumpish

Roll #0 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333118

Fuck off

DM 333123

"A little round, miss Star. You might want to cut down on the pies.
Next, lets see height"
1d10 if you have no idea of height
Otherwise state it.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333128

Average pone height.

DM 333132

"Definitely cut down on the pies. Ok, try reading the chart on the opposite wall."
1d10 eyesight


"E-everypony keeps saying that… but i-it's not that easy!"
Let's see if all that reading turned my eyes to crap

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 333143

"Hm. Best eyes I've seen all day. And here I was thinking my chart was defective.
Ok, try repeating what this conch says so I can gauge your hearing."
1d10 hearing


Well… I'm told I'm a good listener…

Roll #0 9 = 9

DM 333154

"Very good. Impressive even.
Now, are there any concerns you have you'd like to talk about?"



Roll #0 4 = 4

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333156

I shake my head

DM 333160

"Are you sure, miss Star? You don't sound sure."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333167

I avert my gaze, pawing at the floor
"Uh… it's just… my condition."

DM 333171

"Yes? Do tell. I am a doctor after all. You can tell me."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333175

"Y-you know… my weight? Uh…"
I gulp
"It's just that… well… i-it doesn't really allow me to keep up with the rest of class…"
I droop my ears down in shame

DM 333177

"I suggest some extra-curricular exercise and only having desert every other day.
Do you have any other points of concern about yourself? Anything at all?
If not, dismissed."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333178

"But… but… I really like my deserts! I-isn't there a spell or something that takes away weight?"

DM 333179

"Self-control is important for a paladin, so I would rather you reduce your gluttony than look into potentially dangerous methods of magically or medically reducing weight."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333180

"… I guess… Thanks anyway…"
I sigh sadly and turn to leave and rejoin the others

Papaver Field [Mage] 333181

"You look a bit down, what happened?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333182

"What's the matter?"

DM 333183

Is there still someone in need of a checkup?

Papaver Field [Mage] 333184

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333185

I shake my head
"… Nothing. M-my sight and hearing is just fine."

Sidus [Rogue] 333186

"Are you sad because they are just fine?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333187

"That's good. Mine were pretty bad, I think…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333188

"Lucky girl. Me and Nock are almost blind…"

DM 333189

Then you are free to RP as needed.
I can toss in stuff to do and people to meet if you run out of things.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333190

I fiddle with my hooves
"W-well… I was told to eat less as well."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333191

Well, Star and I could retroactively wander the academy. Have some random encounters if it happens.

Papaver Field [Mage] 333192

I totally have a book to read, you know!

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333193

I need to leave in an hour, just a fair warning

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333194

"That's… well, how much do you normally exercise?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333195

I'll want to meet the Battlemaster after the check up.

"That sucks. I love eating too! Keeps my greatness filled with energy!"

DM 333196

A few things you can do
-read the books you have found
-get extra info on the academy from faculty members
-try to make friends with one of the older students for easier access to areas that are off limits
-sneak around and explore

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333197

Oh fiddlesticks.

DM 333198

He is available at his office

Papaver Field [Mage] 333199

What were the off-limits area?
Anyway, I think I'll go take a look at the training fields and the students there.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333200

I avert my gaze embarrassedly
"N-not at all…"

"Yeah but… a-at least you're in good shape still…"

Sidus [Rogue] 333201

"That's because I excercise daily! Now, if I have something important to attend to though."

Head there.

DM 333202

[Areas that are off-limits
First Year: Lethal Weapon Storage / Advanced Combat Arts Study Material / Forge / Magic Training Range (without supervision) / Any below
Second Year: Reliquary / Bestiary / Dark Arts Study Material / Any Below
Third Year: Sanctum / Proving Halls / Dungeon / Any Below
Fourth Year and beyond: Faculty Only areas
FACULTY ONLY: Faculty lounge / Relic Library / Underhalls / Teaching Materials / Catacombs / Supply Closet / Faculty Bathrooms
Entering restricted areas will result in disciplinary action]

DM 333203

"Sidus? What brings you here?"
A few students are still finishing up their tests, but the battlemaster has already left

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333204

"Oh… that… W-well Jonagold will help me with that, he promised…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333205

But are there no students training at all?

Sidus [Rogue] 333206

I take a deep breath then look him in the eye.
"I failed the pain tolerance test. I want to do it again."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333207

"Well, there's the problem. Truth told, a healthy appetite's no problem, but you've got to work it off, too. I suppose that's something we can work on."
"That I did. And don't expect me to go easy on you just because we're dating."
I'll blush a bit at that, but still be fairly serious.

DM 333208

There are always a few training, though most of them seem to be older students.
"Are you saying you have a reason to believe the results were not accurate?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333210

I look a little taken aback, blushing as well
"R-right… sorry…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333212

What do I care if they are older, I've spent all my life training myself!
Get over there and look at them train.
'1d10' to learn from their moves.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 333213

"No… I just… I know I can do better."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333217

I'll give her a smile.
"You don't need to apologize, Star. Least of all to me."

DM 333220

They are practicing a rather unconventional move, using their swords as thrown weapons. Though most of their throws seem ineffective, some are remarkably accurate and strong.
You quickly realize there is a clear trick to doing it right, and can point it out to them if you want. They need to throw the swords flatly, not with a spin.
"The test is not about doing well. It is about understanding limits.
How I treat you in the future is dependent on that test. If I know you can't really take getting hurt, I won't push you into getting hurt."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333221

"Oh… r-right. Sorr-"
I shove a hoof in my mouth once again to interrupt myself, after which I grin at him sheepishly
"Uh… S-should we do something?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333222

"That's what I'm afraid of. I failed, and now you will underestimate me. This isn't daycare. This is a Paladin academy. I want to learn by my sweat and blood, and not between cozy blankets and cocoa, treated like some sort of handicapped pony."

DM 333225

"Believe me, I would not give a cozy blanket in training to my own son, let alone you.
And there is no use lying to yourself. You cannot complete training if you push yourself beyond what is possible for you to withstand.
Reaching for improvement is admirable. Foolhardy gloryhogging is not.
Now, do you still want another beating?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333226

"Well, we could always continue our walk from earlier. We've still got time before dinner…"
I'll give her a raised eyebrow.
"But if you ever want to do something, or not do something, say so, okay?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333232

I nod with determination.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333235

I'll just nod
"R-really, it's all the same to me… Y-you're always nice and polite to me anyway, s-so I like spending time with you…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333236

Well approach them.
"Uhm… Would you like help with that?"

DM 333245

He gets up
"Here and now?"
"Who the heck are you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333247

"UH… Just… Somepony. Yeah. But I saw how you were throwing those, I could help you improve."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333249

I'll blush at that.
"And I'm glad you think that."
Rubbing my nose, I'll continue.
"But if you ever think I'm moving this too fast, tell me, okay? You're the first mare I've ever… ever felt like this about."

DM 333250

"Do you just happen to be an expert on the subject?"
"Let her talk. You know what you were told about your attitude problem, Leaf.
Sorry about that. You were saying, miss?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333251

I nod again.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333255

I gulp
"Y-you too… uh… I-I mean you're the first pony I ever…"
I look him in the eye for a brief moment before averting my gaze again
"I… I don't really know how all of this stuff works… I-I mean mom and dad never really…"
I trail off into intelligible mutterings

Papaver Field [Mage] 333258

Look skittish at the two, but then perk up and start talking confidently.
"The throws should be flat, that's why so many of them are not effective. Just, instead of spinning the blade, let it go on a side.
It's going to work much better!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333259

I'll lay a comforting hoof on Star's shoulder. '1d10'
"Well, we'll figure it out together, okay? We'll both come up with ideas, and see what works."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333265

… DM?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333266

Oh damn that was too hard.
"I'm sorry. Really. I just… I haven't really…"
I'll just hang my head.

DM 333268

He sighs
"Lets get to a training room then.
I left the stick at the armoury though…"
That's not her shoulder. At all. Not even close.
"Worth a try, right?"
"I guess. Here goes."
It really does improve their hit ratio.
"Well I'll be."
"How'd you know that?"


Spaghetti containment roll

Roll #0 5 = 5

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333271

I just stare at the ground quietly, blushing

Papaver Field [Mage] 333273

"It's… Well I've been training since I was a kid, I guess these things just remained on me…"
Give the both of them a shy smile.

Sidus [Rogue] 333277

"Whatever will do. If you need that, get it. If you only have something harder, bring it on."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333279

"I'm… I'm sorry."

DM 333281

"Well it did help us get past a notable hurdle"
"Notable? The accuracy problem had killed off our development for a good while! This is incredible."
"Don't get cocky or I'll just use my hooves."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333285

"So… What were you trying to do here? Why throw the whole weapon away?"
Give them an open smile.

Sidus [Rogue] 333287

"I'm not afraid of your twigs."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333289

I clear my throat
"I-it's fine… j-just… uh… a little surprising, that's all… I mess things up too when I-I'm nervous…"
I look back up at him
"Do I… really make you that nervous?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333298

I'll nod.
"It's like my stomach's in a knot, and there are butterflies inside it. But it's not the bad kind of nervous! It's just… I don't want to upset you or… or mess up like I just did…"

DM 333300

"It is a little bit of theory practice. See, the main reason is…"
He conjures an energy sword
"…to combine this knowledge with conjured weapons to make a sort of sword projectile."
"I suggested practicing with real swords instead since he can barely conjure one sword, let alone a new one for every throw."
"Well gee thanks for making me look good"
"Always here to help good buddy."
"Neither was that Eaglecrest captain, until I broke his spine."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333307

Wince slightly as I see the magic sword come into existance.
"But isn't that… Kind of like cheating?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333311

"Ah… I… I… feel the same… I-I mean before I got here to this academy I never really had actual friends and now… i-it's a whole new world… And I'm just so afraid I'll mess it up… M-maybe I'm just being silly again though…"

DM 333314

"What, weapon summoning? No, not really. It is a well known and widely studied art that is even taught here at the academy to a limited extent."

Sidus [Rogue] 333318

"Bring it on then. You won't scare me."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333323

"Seems… Cheap. Using magic and all, you know. Takes a bit away from the glory of battle…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333331

I'll shake my head.
"Not completely. I mean, I don't think Nock or Papaver would bail on you for much of anything from what I've seen. And new friends are hard to make sometimes."
I'll think better about patting her on the back this time, and leave my hoof on the floor.
"And if we're afraid of someone messing something up, it's probably gonna be me."
I'll give her a small smile.
"Now, come on, let's clear out of the infirmary before they grab a stick and chase us out for sitting around."

DM 333347


"It did not seem to be a problem for many notable names in history. Though I will admit most would call it more of a mage skill than a paladin one…"
"I had no intention to scare you. If that little had scared you, you'd be a poor paladin indeed."
He heads to the training room

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333352

"R-really you don't need to be nervous… I-I'm already really happy that somepony cares enough to like me like that…"
I give him a warm smile and follow him
"I just… I don't know how this works… I'm afraid I'll mess up s-something terribly and… and… that you'll reject me…"
I wipe my nose

Sidus [Rogue] 333355

"I will be the best Paladin."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333360

I frown.
"In my family, magic was always thought a skill for cowards.
All the great names have been bruisers, wielding a hammer to victory and glory."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333370

I'll chuckle a little bit.
"Well, Star, there's no chance of that happening, no matter what you do."
I'll sidle up next to her so we're walking even.
"And I'd be a real fool to reject such a cute mare."
I'll blush as I say that.

DM 333375

"That, young Sidus, will be a decision only history can make."
He cracks his neck a little
"I will let you retake the test, but no more tricks with getting up like last time."
"A foolish mindset. Your traditions tie you down and leave you without many great tools in battle."
The other one takes a step back
"You know what, I'll leave you two to talk this out alone. See you later Leaf."

Sidus [Rogue] 333377

I shake my head.
"Falling down is not my limit. I'm not giving up like that. As long as I can stand, I will get back up."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333380

Give a strange look at the pony leaving.
"What's his problem?"
Then, back at the one remaining pony.
"Papaver Field. New recruit."
Offer him my hoof to shake.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 333382

I blush bright red
"Ah… heh… heh… Y-you really are too nice…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 333394

I'll just keep blushing.
Since we're not really wandering anywhere in particular, where do we end up? '1d10'
1-sword dorm
2-hammer dorm
5-dining hall
everything else- DM's choice

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 333406

"In the words of a hero of old, 'so long as I can hold my sword, I can still fight'.
An admirable creed.
Are you ready?"
"Leaf Blade. Second year. Don't mind him, by the way. He is Coursing River, an old friend of mine. Third year. We've known eachother for years."
Unable to pick which dorm to go to, you decide to be adventurous and try to find a way to the roof.

Papaver Field [Mage] 333407

"Did I offend him talking like that?"
Step inside the training ground.

Sidus [Rogue] 333410

I nod and stand firm.

DM 333413

"Probably not. But he does not really want to get involved in arguments when possible."
"I'll just say this much - I respect your tenacity."
Roll to take it with stride.
MIN6 as usual

Papaver Field [Mage] 333414

"I didn't mean to be so harsh… Had a bad day, been having to deal with somepony I don't like too much, it as sullen my mood…
So… How does this sword throwing work?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333415

I can do this.

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 333416

Not really. The battlemaster may be a little past his prime but he punches like nobody's business.
"What do you fight for, Sidus?"
"At its most basic, you just take the sword and hurl it. Ever played darts?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333417

Grit my teeth.
"To become better."

Roll #1 5 = 5


"Plenty. My mother loves them!"
Grin wide.
Let's try, is there a sword fit for throwing around here?
Throw it!

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 333419

You are going to end up with a black eye after that one…
"That is not what a paladin fights for. That is what some dog of a bloodknight fights for. WHAT DO YOU FIGHT FOR, CADET?"
Your throw lands well short of the target
"…and here you see why I want to use the conjured one. I can control its weight and force directly, rather than having to hope a chunk of metal feels like cooperating."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333420

"Mphf. Damn thing. Tell me, can those swords be held by others?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333422

I won't go down like that again!

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 333426

"Not really. The sword is not really an object so much as it is an energy construct, and odds are it will simply discharge itself into anyone other than me if I they touch it.
Though if you want to risk that, we can try."
You could actually take that one.

Sidus [Rogue] 333429

I grin, try not to mind the beating.
"You didn't ask why I want to be the best."

Roll #1 2 = 2


"I'm not really that much into magic…"
Look wary.
"But never be said I pulled back from a challange.
Conjure one for me, please."
Be ready to grasp the magic weapon.

Roll #0 6 = 6

DM 333434

Your clever comeback does not really stop him from punching the air out of your lungs with a heavy blow to the gut.
"Enlighten me then."
"Very well."
He conjures one, and holds it in the air in front of you
"Now careful. I have every reason to assume it will explode or lash out when you touch it."


Gulp down.
"Then you might want to step away."
After he does, take the sword in my hooves.

Roll #0 5 = 5

Sidus [Rogue] 333439

I CAN take a god damn beating! Come on! I know I can.
"So I can be the best at helping ponies too."

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 333449

A thundering uppercut sends you crashing on the floor.
"A nobler cause. But it has made you no more durable than before. Your score is exactly the same."
You feel it try to discharge into you, frizzing your coat and mane.
"Throw it quickly!"


Damnit! Throw this cursed thing!

Roll #0 4 = 4


Escape Artist, get to my hooves.
"Then I guess I'll just have to stand here until I get better."

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 333460

And his next punch bites every bit as hard as the last one.
"maybe this time, you will understand when you need to admit you've reached your limits."
The sword explodes before it reaches the target
"…expected, if disappointing. I guess it really requires the conjurer to control it."


Look determinated at the target.
"No. Give me one more!"
Take the new sword.

Roll #0 2 = 2

DM 333462

Lead Blade conjures another sword, which almost immediately tries to blast you when you get near it
"…this is a little too dangerous."


"I already told you my limits. I reach it when I can no longer stand on my own."

Roll #0 1 = 1


"I don't care! Magic won't stop me!"
Quickly snatch the sword and throw it!

Roll #0 5 = 5

DM 333469

That would be now.
His punch knocks out a tooth and sends you skidding across the floor.
"Even worse than last time. If anything, you've proved that you simply cannot take hits."
It explodes right before the target
"I really don't think we should be doing this…"


Stand up.
"Won't stop me from trying."

Roll #0 1 = 1


"… Fine."
Look a bit defeated.
How much did this whole thing hurt me, anyway?
"But really, I… Gah. I guess it's better this way. Magic is not something I'm meant to use after all."

Roll #0 10 = 10

DM 333475

You whimper on the floor.
Roll for further embarrassment.
Not at all.
You just frizzed your mane.
"I wouldn't disregard that possibility. After all, you actually managed to hold that thing. Even I keep it in telekinesis."


Come on

Roll #0 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 333479

"No, I'm not supposed to use magic. Is what I've been taught. Is how I have to act.
And I don't like it either!"
Then, realize what I'm saying.
"B-but it doesn't mean I hate mages or anything! My best friend loves magic!"

DM 333482

The battlemaster offers a hoof
"A time will come when I won't be there to help you up. You had best have someone else by then. Or else you will stay down and die, whimpering and crying there in the dust."
And who taught you not to use magic?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333484

"My parents. As their parents and the parents of their parents did! We come from a long dinasty of warriors!"

DM 333487

"Well isn't that cute. A pony with no identity beyond her genetic past."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333490

Give him a harsh look.
"Well thanks, that really made me feel better about this day."
Fuck him, frankly. No need to remind me of that.


Stand up on my own.

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 333498

"You may go now."
"Feisty, aren't you, little miss 'mages are all cowards'? What makes you think you alone have the right to be prickly around here, huh?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333501

"I did not-"
Did I say that?
"Wait. I did…"
"I'm sorry for saying that."

DM 333504

"…and I'm sorry for letting my temper get out of control again. I got flank for it from the instructors all the time in first year. Almost got me expelled once…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333506

Scoot closer to him.
"That's… Something. How did it happen?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333507

I let out a weary chuckle.
"I think you believe I'm done. You are wrong."

DM 333517

"Got into a rather heated verbal fight with the battlemaster."
"I'm done testing you. Just hope I'm not done with you entirely."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333518

"That sounds… Odd. Is it anything you don't want to talk about?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333521

"I'm not done with you. Continue."

DM 333527

"Looking back at it, it feels really dumb, is all. I kept insisting I should be allowed to improve my starting test scores more than half a year after the test."
"I have seen everything I need to. Taking more punches won't impress me."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333529

"Are… Are those scores that important?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333530

"I'm not aiming to impress you, old fart. Now go on."

DM 333536

"Not in the least. They only serve to make sure there are no entirely useless candidates, and to ensure the first few training sessions offer a smooth landing.
It just dented my pride to get below average scores on strength and pain tolerance."
"And I'm not here to cater to your masochism, child."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333540

"I failed pain tolerance too. Didn't know when to stop…"

Sidus [Rogue] 333542

"I'm not here for the pain. That does not bother me. But I will not give up like last time. Now hit me again already, unless you are afraid it will break those puny hooves of yours!

DM 333544

"Almost nobody does it seems. You think it's about lasting as long as you can. But… it really isn't. It's about knowing when to back off and take a breather so you can keep fighting effectively."
"Taunting me will not be effective. The test is long since over, and I feel you have only learned less from it."

Sidus [Rogue] 333546

"I gave up last time. Won't happen now. Now do it or I will hit you instead."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333547

"Here is when I talk again about how my parents told me to never back down…"
Sigh and look down.
"This must sound really stupid."

DM 333551

"Your stubborn mind will keep finding excuses not to call it done until we both die of old age if I agree to keep going until you feel you are read to give up."
"Your parents aren't from Equestria from the sound of it. Or maybe you have some further family from elsewhere?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333552

"Don't make me attack you. Continue with the test."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333554

"No we… My family comes from the north, they moved shortly after the war."

DM 333562

"The test is over. It has no purpose if you just keep standing there, insisting I keep going until the end of time because you never understand the point beyond trying to prove something by thinking you can outlast me."
"Ah. That explains a lot. I did always want to see the north. I gear Rockeye is an amazing place."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333563

"I wouldn't know. I was born and raised in Equestria, lived in my parent's mansion all my life. Seen almost nothing else than the training field."

Sidus [Rogue] 333564

"The purpose is to not give up as long as I can."

Try to punch him in the face.

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 333573

You bash him right in the face, causing him to reel back.
He leans against a wall, then pulls out his sword
"I will give you a damn reason to not get up!"
"Well that sounds incredibly dull. I was going to grow up as a mage myself, but felt the mage academy to not be what I wanted in life. So I came here instead. And so far, i do not regret it."

Sidus [Rogue] 333575

Smirk at him.
"You are not so sharp after all, are you?"
Stand in place.
Prepare for his attack.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 333576

"Bah… Magic… Show me what can it do that a normal pony can't!"

DM 333577

He puts the sword away.
"…well I will admit you got a reaction out of me.
So tell me, what, exactly, are you trying to prove here?"
He shrugs, then lifts you in the air with telekinesis
"That, for one."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333578

Give him a 'seriously' kind of look.
"I could lift you up too, you know."

Sidus [Rogue] 333580

Keep standing still.
"What I already told you. Falling doesn't mean you lost. Not trying to stand up does. And as long as I can pick myself up from the floor and try on my own, I will do so, and will not back down."

DM 333583

He then spins you upside down in the air
"Or would you prefer a demonstration of something a little more destructive?"
"You already failed to do so once today. After falling the second time, you stayed down, until I offered a hoof in aid.
You play by your own rules. And I deeply dislike that."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333584

Pout a bit.
"If you mean bursting a wall down, I already blew up the strenght test machine."

Sidus [Rogue] 333585

"That was only because I didn't want to be selfish. If it weren't for the others waiting for their turn, I would have gotten up. Now we have all the time in the world."

DM 333586

"Oh no, I'm more of a pyromancer. You know, fireweaver."
"And then you did it again not a few minutes ago. The only difference was you refused my aid this time. I do not have the whole day to waste on catering to your illusions of grandeur so you can boast about it to your friends, if you even have any."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333587

"There are elements now?"
Look around for a bit.
"Could you… You know, put me down, before showing off?"

Sidus [Rogue] 333588

"You really are an idiot, are you? This is not for boasting. I failed the test. I need to improve. This is how I'll do that."

DM 333590

"Why? You look cute up there. And surely your mighty warrior blood can overcome a little coward magic, can it not?"
"Somehow, I find that hard to believe, coming from a pony who needed to tie a chair to the rafters just to boast about how he sat higher than the rest."


Roll my eyes and try to wiggle free of this… MAGIC!

Roll #0 7 = 7

DM 333597

You do manage to overpower his telekinesis, and fall on the ground with a solid thump
"Well that wasn't so hard, was it? Now then. This isn't the magic training range, so I can't actually burn the targets, but I can-"
He fires a flaming bolt into the air
"-do that and-"
He follows it up with a spray of several, detonating them in the air
"-that. In combat terms, that should be enough to ignite five… maybe eight targets per casting, or saturate an entire room with flames."


Roll not to be actually afraid of it.

Roll #0 8 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 333602

"I have an image to uphold, yes, but boasting is not why I'm here."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333603

I can manage.
"And you didn't get to clash with your foe. Not much satisfaction in it, is there?"

DM 333613

"You have no image. You are just another line in a mile-long list of candidates in the place. A little nopony on his third day here. You are nothing. Nothing but potential. Whatever you may have been in the past, when your pampering parents praised you for even the most miniscule of successes to inflate your ego, is gone.
And you had better learn to understand that."

DM 333618

"War is not about glory. Being a paladin is not about the satisfaction of war. It is about serving the throne. About helping others.
That is what a paladin is all about.
But if you want to be just another bloodknight, roaming the lands in search of some misbegotten satisfaction in bloodshed, well, the gates are over there, and you can walk right on out."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333620

"So what you are saying is, any mean, even cooking a pony alive like you just showed me, are okay as long as we do it for the throne?
Yeah if this is what being a paladin means, maybe I don't want to be one."

DM 333624

"Miss, I take offense to that. Even though I happen to wield fire in particular does not mean I am some pyromaniac who burns ponies left and right.
I go to battle prepared to do what I must to win. To face my foe on equal grounds and to strike them down with pride and honor through martial superiority, both magical and physical. I am equally strong in mind, body and heart, capable of seeing to it that the greater good prevails."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333625

"Sorry. I'm speaking without thinking today…"
"Still. Magic is not for me. Especially because I would disappoint just about everypony.
My parents, my ancestors, my roommate, everypony."

DM 333626

"Well, if you intend to base your entire life off the way others look at you rather than what you yourself know and feel, I suggest you go become a fashion model or something."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333629

Look harshly back at him.
"Why are you so set on stomping all I believe in, Leaf Blade?
This is the lifestyle I was taught since I was a kid we are talking about."

DM 333632

"We all need to grow up some day, miss magic is for cowards."

Papaver Field [Mage] 333635

"Have your magic. It's not going to be a favorite of mine anytime soon."
Then, take a quick look around, then soften my expression.
"Is magic all you can talk about, Leaf?"

DM 333637

"No. But I am just as eager to defend my path in life as you are yours.
…what else do you like, besides combat?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 333638

It's a good moment to pause if you want to sleep.

DM 333639

Well, I guess I could.


DM 334146

Thing continue happening.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334148

Nopony 334149

Narrow my eyes and start speaking in a more dangerous tone.
"You don't say a word about my parents."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334150

I was with Jon when we left off. Seeing his absence, Iet's just timewarp ahead to where I go look for Papaver

DM 334154

"Songs are nice.
I did always appreciate music, even if I could never play it myself. I guess things seem more impressive if you don't know exactly how they work."
"And you don't make the rules.
We have all the results we need from here. Are you seriously still here because you want a beating?"
Looks like she is chatting with some guy at the training grounds.

Sidus [Rogue] 334161

"Yes, if that means I will do better next time."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334162

Approach her and nod at her with a small smile

Papaver Field [Mage] 334163

"To me, they always carried this feeling of… Everlasting glory.
Imagine having your name sang in battle as the strongest and most honorable fighters clash together…"
Look skywards with a dreamy expression.
Run up to her with a happy smile.

DM 334165

"Don't make a habit of asking for these. I have real work to do too. I can't spend all day wrestling single students.
Now what do you want of me, exactly?"
"Friend of yours?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334166

"Hi Vera… am I… interrupting something?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334167

"I want to get better at this."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334168

"Uh… Y-yeah! Star Hopper, this is Leaf Blade. He likes magic just like you!"
Smile at the two.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334169

My eyes light up slightly
"R-really? I… it seemed like I was the only one around here…"

DM 334170

"So you want me to just knock another tooth out, or is there more to this? Make damn good use of this chance, because I might not give you another."
"Pleased to meet you. As she said, I'm Leaf Blade, a second year student. Specialized in pyromancy, and more recently venturing into weapon conjuring."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334171

I gulp
"C-conjuration magic? Wow t-that's… that's really impressive. Advanced stuff… Wait… they teach that at this academy?"
I look at him inquisitively

Sidus [Rogue] 334172

"If that is what it takes, then do so. I told you. I will not stop until I stop failing this test. I want you to make me better."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334173

"Yeah, the damn things almost blew up in my hooves…"

DM 334174

"They do. I was picked for the training around half way through the first year, and mastered the spell a little before taking my Paladin Oath."
"I did say it is not meant to be handled by others than the caster."
"The only way to not fail the test is to accept you are at your limit, and walk away before you can no longer stand. And it is not about winning or losing, any more than being weighed is about winning or losing."


"T-that's… amazing. Uh… I mean… not the hoof blowing part… Y-you're not hurt are you?"

I look at him in awe
Try not to stare at him creepily for too long

Roll #0 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 334176

"..but walking away is giving up. It is losing."

DM 334177

That is not creepy. Just cute.
"Well I still need to work on it. I've yet to fully master the elemental variant."
"Not in this test. Because the test ends only wen you walk away, or fall over."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334178

"Nah it did me nothing. No magic can beat me senseless, don't worry!"
Grin at her confidently.
"I can see how throwing them at an enemy would make for an impressive sight."

Well magic is boring.

Sidus [Rogue] 334179

"And how will I ever get better at taking hits if I walk away?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334180

"Still… uh… could you maybe… show it?"

"… M-maybe we could find a book to read about it?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334181

"About magic?"
Groan a bit.

DM 334182

"You don't.
Which is why this test is only taken once. At the begging of the first year.
That is why you cannot win in it.
Because you are not supposed to.
The coming years here will measure you in other ways than this single test. Your endurance will be pushed beyond its limits without you even knowing it. And in time, you will understand that self-improvement is not about test scores. It is about what you are able to do in a real situation.
Now do you understand why you are being a complete brat about this?"
"Well, I can try. Don't be surprised if it doesn't quite work though."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334183

"W-well… I-I mean like you said, conjuration is really impressive…"

DM 334184

He summons a flaming longsword and holds it in the air with telekinesis
"…well that went well, at least so far."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334185

I stare at it in awe
"Wow… t-that's really… neat."

Sidus [Rogue] 334186

Look down.
"But you are an asshole for giving me a test I cannot win."


How impressed am I?

Roll #0 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 334188

Fairly. Rather fairly impressed.

DM 334189

He bows a little
"What I like about conjured weapons is the fact that they are essentially weightless, with their power coming less from the blow itself and more from energy discharge. It allows magnificent control over the weapon."
"You are not special compared to anyone else. I have given the same test to everyone.
And i would rather be an asshole than a bad teacher."

Sidus [Rogue] 334190

Look him in the eyes again.
"I guess you'll have to make up for it then, and teach me to be the best."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334191

"I wouldn't know how to use one. Too attached to my steel."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334192

"T-that's really… wow…"
I look a little doubtful
"But what if… what if somepony is immune to fire?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334195

Cock a brow at her.
"How exactly could somepony be immune to fire?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334198

"Uh… w-well… there are some spells I know of…"

DM 334202

"Take my lessons to heart, and learn from them. I give each one of my students my all. If I had my way, there would be no need for the word 'greatest', as it would just be a synonym for 'paladin'."
"There is magic for that. For example, elemental armour conjuration. Also, fire elementals are immune to flames."
"That is when I simply switch to the non-elemental one."

Sidus [Rogue] 334205

I nod.
"Got that… I'll get myself fixed up now though. I can't be walking around like this."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334208

I cock my head
"N-non-elemental? So… something like uh… arcane bolts?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334209

Widen my eyes.
"You never told me! That's so cool!"
"I have to admit, magic does seem useful.."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334211

"W-well you never asked…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334212

Meanwhile, shortly in the past…
Jon has led the pair to the roof, possibly through a maintenance access.
"Well, it's certainly a nice view…"

DM 334213

"You have none but yourself to blame for it."
"Yes. Conjuration is based on the same energies, but rather than unleashing them in controlled bursts, it forces them into a coherent shape and form, like a weapon, armour or body part."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334215

I look around skittishly
"Are you… are you sure w-we should be here?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334216

I chuckle.
"At least I got to punch you in the face."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334217

"… B-body part? Like…"
I gulp

DM 334218

"And it was a good hit."

Sidus [Rogue] 334219

"It would be fun to fight back once, and not just let you beat me."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334220

"Well… not exactly. But they wouldn't have left it unlocked if they wanted to keep ponies out."
I'll look over the grounds. Do I see anything interesting? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334222

"I guess…"
Look up, what time is it?

DM 334224

"Indeed. The Wing Spell, though rather advanced and hard to get right, is a well documented spell."
"A time for that will come, in time.
You can count on that."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334226

I gasp
Rolling not to burst into treats


"I-I bet this would be a nice place to gaze at the stars…"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 334227

"Hey are you alright?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334228

"Hey, yeah. If the door's still open tonight, we could come up here for… for our date."

Sidus [Rogue] 334231

"I am."
Okay, leave to the infirmary.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334233

Looks like I contain myself
"W-wow… that's… really neat… yeah…"

"I-I'm fine."

I blush
"N-nock already told me we should find a private spot for it… so yeah…"

DM 334237

The doc is in
"Hm? Got into a little scuffle did we?"
"A little too advanced for me still. I was hoping to learn more about in the third or fourth year."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334239

Look at the two.
"Well, for how much spells might fascinate me, I think I'll go have a look around the school…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334241

I look disappointed by that

"Ah! S-sorry!… I completely snagged his attention away from y-you didn't I?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334243

I'll blush a bit as well.
"Well, it doesn't get much more private than the roof. Only way up here is either the door, or if you can fly."
I'll stare at the sunset for a bit, and then glance at Star.
"So… beautiful sunset, right?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334244

"You could say that, yes."

DM 334245

"Do you want to make a report on it, or is the problem resolved?
Also, what is the extent of the damage?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334246

"Nah it's fine, we were done talking anyway."
Turn to Leaf.
"Nice meeting you."

DM 334247

"Likewise. And thanks for the tip."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334248

Nod, leave, and explore the academy.
No wait.
Don't leave.
"Know any nice places to visit around here?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334249

I fiddle around with my hooves awkwardly
"Uh… Y-yeah it's really… nice… Sunset is nice…"

"Oh… S-should I tag along?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334250

"No reports needed. And I think I lost a tooth, maybe."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334251

"Don't talk nonsense. You are having such a great time with him anyway!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334252

"B-but… isn't that something friends do?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334253

"You know what, I'll tag along with you."
Give her a smile and sit back down.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334255

"But… w-what do you want to do?"

DM 334257

"Depends on what you consider nice."
"Ok, do you have said tooth with you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334259

I'll rub my foreleg.
I'll stare at the sunset for a bit longer, as if to pull strength from it.
"W-would you l-like to hold h-hooves?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334261

"..Should I?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334263

"Mhm.. Well, what do you thing might be…. Interesting, fun to explore?"
"Ush. I want to be with my friend.
And you still have to tell me about your date!"

DM 334267

"Well then I could just put it back. Otherwise, I'll need to make a replacement, which will take a while."
"From what I remember from first year, I mostly sat around my dorm after I got caught trying to sneak into one of the off limits areas.
And well, I read a lot in the library, trained, spent time with friends, went out to visit canterlot on weekends, you know. Things you are supposed to do here."

Sidus [Rogue] 334269

"Wait here."

Can I go back and find it?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 334271

"But why were you trying to sneak into the off-limits areas?" Give him an interested grin.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334272

I look at him in surprise
"Uh… I-I… Sure… I mean… that's something ponies do when they like each other, r-right?"
I slowly move my hoof over to him

I blush
"O-oh… Uh… Well… Ah…"
I start sweating a little

Papaver Field [Mage] 334274

Raise a brow.
"Is it that big of a deal? C'mon, you didn't even have a fight!"

DM 334275

You can.
It's a little dirty though.
"I felt I was being unfairly confound to a setting that did not match my level of skill."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334277

"I-if I'm moving too fast, I want you to tell me, okay?"
I'll reach over and slowly grasp her hoof.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334280

"So, you were cocky and wanted to train with the big guys?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334281

I look at her quizzically
"A f-fight? But.. why would I…"
I let myself trail off

I blush a little
"N-no it's fine… it's… really nice…"
I smile at him

Sidus [Rogue] 334282

Clean it a bit, then go back

Papaver Field [Mage] 334283

"Right, Nock told me…
Well it's just, in my family we always fight with the pony we want as a mate. Is tradition."

DM 334284

"More or less. Though in retrospect, I see they have their reasons to keep that stuff away from novices."
"Ah, good. Now open up, and I will try to put it back."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334285

I'll smile back.
"That's… that's good."
Emboldened by the small success, I'll scoot just a smidge closer, while maintaining hoofgrip.

Sidus [Rogue] 334286

Open my mouth.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334287

"Stuff like?"

DM 334289

The doc levitates the tooth in place and tries to heal the damage
"The Dark Arts library. The bestiary.
…and quite frankly, I would have been happier had I not seen the dungeons."

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

DM 334290

The tooth sticks in place
"Well, not perfect but good enough."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334291

"O-oh… I don't… I wouldn't know how…"

"Jonagold… I… thank you… really. Colts never really showed a-any interest in me and… I'm really… happy you think I'm worthy…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334292

Papaver Field [Mage] 334294

"Why, what's in there?"
"Yeah I was quite surprised too. First time I heard of a date was today."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334296

"I-I don't understand… nopony every showed interest in y-you before?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334297

"I grew up in my parents' mansion, didn't exactly have a lot of ponies my age there."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334300

"Oh… I-I'm sorry to hear that…"

DM 334301

"Just take care not to get it knocked loose again."
"Things too dangerous to keep elsewhere.
Dark, evil things."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334302

"Not like I mind. Will have plenty of time for that after my name is sang on every battlefield!"
Grin at her.
"Why would they have those around then?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334303

"Well, that's their loss."
I'll give her hoof a little squeeze.
"And I'm happy you think I'm worthy of you."

Sidus [Rogue] 334305

"Won't happen, I assure you."

Leave and…uh…something.

DM 334307

"…I guess it's because here, if anywhere, first response will be fast and devastating in case something gets loose.
Though there is so much more I have not seen. I know I shouldn't…
…but I want to go and find out more about it.
But… I really shouldn't."
Burning Heart sheepishly looks around a corner
"…are you still mad at me?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334310

Move closer and poke his chest with a hoof.
"Now you are making me curious. What's this you are talking about?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334311

I look back at her, then grin.
"Not really. I am not only great, but forgiving too!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334313

"… right. But still… Sounds r-really different from my early years…"

"O-oh… well… with your looks and personality you could probably get any mare you-"
I interrupt myself, blushing heavily as I realize what I was saying.
"… sorry."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334316

"Why, what were they like?"

DM 334318

He looks around
"…not here. Too many ears around."
She comes out of hiding
"I just… I was afraid you never wanted to see me again."

Sidus [Rogue] 334321

Let out a chuckle.
"Don't be silly, why would I never want to see my number one fan again?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334322

I'll blush a bit as well.
"No need to apologize. After all, you were about to say 'any mare I wanted.' And…" I'll give her hoof another little squeeze. "I wanted you."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334323

"Mh… Lead the way?"
Motion for Star to follow.

DM 334327

"…because maybe you feel better alone…"
He takes you to an area off the side of the armoury, behind some bushes
"This will have to do for now…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334328

Stay silent and wait for him to talk.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334329

"W-well… I already told you I'm from C-Canterlot right? Mom wasn't around much and wanted me to become an inquisitor… Dad was… he was around… but pushed me into a different direction…"
I gulp
"I think I ended up disappointing both of them… t-though they were happy to see I enrolled into this academy…"

I think I could rival a tomato in color right about now
"T-that's… one of the nicest things anypony ever said to me…"

I follow her

Sidus [Rogue] 334330

"If a tree falls in an abandoned forest, does it make a sound? If I am great, but nopony is there to witness it, what's the point?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334336

My blush will deepen as well.
"Well, I mean it."
After a little while of just enjoying Star's company, I'll speak again.
"It's probably getting close to dinner, though. We should probably head back in…"

DM 334341

"They say an idle mind is a dangerous thing. I guess that makes me a dangerous pony. In my spare time, I often amuse myself by thinking of ways to bypass academy security and enter forbidden areas, like the Dungeon and Relic Library.
…back in the day, I had a full crew of friends with the same goals in mind. Though almost all of them got expelled for it."
She huffs a little
"As great as you are… I don't really like your boasting too much.
…it makes you sound insecure…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334344

"Sounds… Dangerous. Was it worth it?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334348

"Oh… I-I guess we should…"
I sigh sadly and get up
"Uh… i-is the date still on?"

"T-that sounds a little scary…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334350

"W-what? Why, what did your father want you to do?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334353

"I'm not boasting, Burning, I am just telling the truth!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334356

"Well… h-he was a preacher… of the Laughing One… So yeah…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334360

"But you are so good with holy spells!"

DM 334361

"Well… then it just sounds like boasting.
…sorry I brought it up."
"Was it worth it? I'm not really sure.
On on hoof, I saw what awaited me in the coming years. Proved to myself the tedious first year was not a god example of times to come.
…on the other, I understood all too well why those who lack the training for it are not permitted there. And it left me wanting for more and more…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334366

I chuckle again, and pat her on the top of her head.
"Rookie mistake. You think I am compensating for some sort of insecurity, don't you? That's not the case. I just feel others must know who I am."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334367

"W-well he did teach me a lot of spells but… I-I didn't really… appreciate the other things he did… I mean… a-all those parties he threw were really tiring… And the pranks… ugh… H-he didn't really like me locking myself up inside the house, reading books for hours and hours straight…"
I avert my gaze
"H-he even set fire to some of my books once… as a prank. Mom wasn't really happy that day…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334368

"But… Can you tell us about it? Something, anything!"


Put a hoof on her shoulder.
"I'm so sorry…"
Try to hug her.

Roll #0 2 = 2

DM 334370

"I'm just trying to look out for our best interests.
…why do you thi-um-know you're the greatest anyway?"
"You're planning to do there, aren't you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334372

"I just want to know if it's worth it! Nothing dangerous, I swear!"

Sidus [Rogue] 334373

"I am handsome, I am fit, and I fight good, but that's not it. When I was smaller, I had a dream."
Jump next to her, put a hoof over her shoulder, point into the distance with my other hoof.
"A revelation, if you will. I dreamt that I will shoot for the stars, and succed! That I am ordained to become greater than the gods themselves! Ever since that day, I've been trying to live up for that destiny!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334374

"… it wasn't that bad… J-just a little discouraging sometimes… I-I mean… they both had plans for me but… I ended up taking a different path… A-although I a way… I help ponies like my dad did… and worship the stars and night like mom did…"

"I don't think that would be a great idea…"


"You are a great pony for trying to make them both happy…"
Give her the most sincere and widest smile I can master.

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 334379

"Well, the second year stuff is mostly stuff they keep off limits so hothead newcomers don't get hurt or do something stupid.
The stuff above that… that's dangerous. My mind was not really ready for what I saw.
neither was my buddy's I think, though he insisted on pushing on forward."
"Tell me more about your dream~"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334381

"I d-did try but… I'm still not exactly what they hoped me to be…"
I sigh
"I-I really shouldn't be thinking about this…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334383

"But you are here now, talking about it! What's so dangerous about it?"
"Right." Give her one last hug.
"They will be both proud of you on graduation day."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334389

"… I… I don't think we should be talking about this…"

"Uh… S-shouldn't we go prepare for the exams or something?"

DM 334390

"The Reliquary had our mouths watering. We saw it as a vault of loot, without understanding the divine value of each object within. The Dark Arts library was a treasure trove. A treasure trove of dark secrets not meant for minds too weak to handle them. And though we only saw glimpses of the dungeons. But from the sound alone, I know what is down there is not something I could have taken on then, or now…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334391

Move my free hoof in the air as I speak.
"There I was, without any of my weapons on me, facing terrible foes, cornered!"
Dramatic pause
"Then I head my own voice, only more regal, speaking to me like a father would do a child, 'Sidus, you are greater than this! You are the greatest!'
With this newfound inspiration I defeated them with my bare hooves, but I did not stop! I kept fighting evil, until I claimed my throne high in the sky, above the immortals even!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334393

"Oh crap! THAT!"
"This all sounds… So damn interesting! But now we have to go and get ready for tomorrow's exams!"
"Hey! Can't you give us some hints to pass them? I'm a disaster at written."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334399

"I could help… Uh… I did promise to help Jonagold too though…"

DM 334402

"…was I… a part of that dream?"
"You need not worry.
The test will measure your knowledge of history, arts, magical theory, strategy, combat theory and logic.
But none of those really matter, since they will teach you anything you don't know or get wrong.
What matters is the essay at the end.
And for that, the only advice I can give, is search your heart, and understand why you are here."

Sidus [Rogue] 334407

"This was years ago, but I don't think I was alone… I never paid much attention to that part, to be honest."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334408

"Of course it is. After dinner, we'll meet back up here."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334409

"Oh.. Okay, I guess… We should really go now, I think.
Were can I find you, if I ever want to talk with you again?"
"Looks like I won't need to worry too much… Go spend time with Jon, I bet he misses you already."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334414

I smile at him
"O-okay… good."

"Yeah… you're probably right…"
I'm ready for the written exam. I should still have time

DM 334416

She looks away
"I tend to train out here almost every day. And my dorm is in Sword."

Short pause for sauna

Sidus [Rogue] 334419

I let go of her shoulder but stand in front of her.
"Hey, I didn't say you were not part of it. Such a fan like you could easily have a place beside my greatness!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334420

I'll smile back.
"Now, I know I could ask this during dinner, but is there anything you'd like me to bring?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334421

"I will be back. And I will throw one of those swords of yours!"
Turn to Star.
"Well, we got some time now. What to do?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334422

"Oh… uh… I don't… no, I d-don't think so… I'll take care of things…"

"… I don't know Vera. Y-you decide."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334423

"Are you sure? I mean, not even a blanket in case it gets chilly up here?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334425

"I think you have seen more of the academy than I have, now. Really, anyplace is okay."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334426

"Well… yes… sure."

"I really don't know… I-I don't want to bore you…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334428

Wave a hoof dismissively.
"If left to me, I'd go back in our room and read more on that book about party parts. Can't get more bored than that. Make way!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334433

I'll nod.
Moving to the roof access door, I'll hold it open for Star.
"After you, Star."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334439

I blush
"R-right… that anatomy book…"

I smile at him, a little embarrassed
"Ah… T-thanks."
Time for dinner now, I guess

Papaver Field [Mage] 334445

"Not the anatomy one, the other. The one about fun and all that. I had no idea mares could take other mares as mates too!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334448

After we go our separate ways, I'll hit the dorm, wash up because I probably smell like old sweat, and put on that spare uniform. Gotta look nice for that date.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334458

I blush even redder
"Uh… R-right… I uh…"
I gulp
"I-I'm surprised you didn't know that… I-I mean why wouldn't they? I-isn't the point of love that it's about sompony y-you really care about? Why… w-why would gender or race matter? T-that's what dad always said anyway…"

I'll do the same.
Let's see if I can make my mane pretty '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Papaver Field [Mage] 334460

"Finding a mate has always been about having kids, for what I know.
And my parents told me only a stallion and a mare can have kids, so it makes no sense for two mares or two stallions to be together."


Not at all, oh god it's a mess now
Try not to panic and undo the damage

"W-well… I'm not really an expert on romance either so… I-I don't really know what to say…"

Roll #0 4 = 4

Papaver Field [Mage] 334471

"Still know more than I do. It makes me angry to think about how much I don't know!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334478

Looks like I fail to change anything.

Everything is terrible! Quick! Hide under the sheets of my bed!

"W-well… N-Nock probably knows the most out of the three of us…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334480

"Well you are the one who already went on a date thou!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334483

"B-but… I… W-we just talked! I-I didn't know what else to do…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334485

"Didn't you do the things in the book?"

DM 334486

She smiles softly
"If you say so…
…who else would be there?"


Oh god, spaghetti roll

Roll #0 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 334489

"Anypony who can help me towards victory! Even the greatest of ponies are nothing without friends. Or fans."
Give her another smirk.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334493

"N-no! I-I mean we only met a few days back, t-that kind of stuff is too advanced… I think…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334494

Give her an interrogative look.
"So what, a date is talk only?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334502

"I-I think the first few ones are…"
I give her a pleading look
"I-I'm really not sure about any of this Vera… I-I mean… I don't know what I'm s-supposed to do… T-this is the first time I-I've been in a situation like this…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334505

"You look a bit too tense… Shouldn't you just relax and try to have fun?"

DM 334506

"…when can I meet your other friends?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334507

"B-but what if I mess up? I mean… h-he told me he would still l-like me no matter what but… I'm just afraid I'll make a foal out of myself o-or hurt him somehow…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334508

"Whenever you want to! I think you already met my roommate, right?"

DM 334510

"I've seen him, yeah."

Sidus [Rogue] 334512

"Well, I haven't made much friends apart from him yet…"

DM 334513

Exam time whenever you are ready.

Sidus [Rogue] 334515

I think I am.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334516

Well, why not.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334518

Papaver Field [Mage] 334520

Give her a flat look.
"If he gives up on you for so little he doesn't deserve to have you as a mate in the first place, no?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334521

"B-but it'd be my fault, not his!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334522

"That's silly. If this is what having a mate is like then I'm not sure it's worth it."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334523

I sigh sadly
"B-but he's so nice…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334524

"Then he should not be angry at you for a stupid mistake.
And you should be more relaxed when talking with him.
It can't be good for you like this!"


Can I gather my courage or will Jon spend his time waiting on me?

"I-it's not that easy, Vera…"

Roll #0 3 = 3

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334527

Looks like I'm spending my night on the roof, then.
Are the stars nice, at least? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 334528

"But… URGH! I don't understand!"
Pace around furiously.
"If he wants you as a mate and you want him as a mate, why are you two so afraid to talk with each other?!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334529

"I-It's just… it's… It's hard… I'm s-sorry, I don't want to make you angry…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334530

"It just seems silly to me. If I ever find somepony I'd like as a mate, he'd have to be easy to talk to. I should not be afraid of him…"

DM 334531

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"…that's… terrible!"

The written exams are the last part of the starting level tests.
It consists of six parts.
A multiple choice on History
A page of Logic puzzles
A few freeform questions on combat theory and magical theory
This map
And an essay on the topic "What's a Paladin"

You have until nightfall to finish, but you can only go have dinner if you are finished in time.

Roll 4d10 for history, logic, magic and combat results, then do the map task and write the essay

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334532

I look at the ground depressingly



I'll do the other two when I get back in about 2 hours

Roll #0 5, 6, 5, 4 = 20


Sure I'd score decently on combat, right?
For the map, I'd destroy the bridge, place a phalanx defending the narrow mountain pass, sure the enemy will be at least as smart as me and do the same, and then lead the rest of my troops through the open field, attacking the enemy from two fronts, effectively flanking their mountain defense and engaging the biggest part of their army on the open fields.
Then, only the honor and ability of the single ponies will choose the winner.

Essay coming right up.

Roll #0 6, 7, 1, 8 = 22

Papaver Field [Mage] 334542

"Doesn't he make you feel good?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334545


As for the map

Burn the bridge.
Send a a smaller group to the mountain pass to block the path preferably consisting of the best fighters we have, and march the main force on the fields, but do not attack, wait and lure the enemy out to the field too, making them think we want an open battle, BUT when they do march their forces there, the smaller force from the mountain pass can easily break through and flank them, giving us an easy victory once we have them sandwhiched between our forces.

Roll #1 8, 5, 9, 4 = 26

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334547

"H-he does! Really! It's just… I don't know how this all works… I feel like I should be doing something more but… I don't know what…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334550

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As for the essay…
"A paladin is, by definition, a warrior of faith. What that faith is in, or who, is often up to the one who wants to become a paladin. For myself, a paladin is one who can protect those who can't protect themselves. You could say that about knights or other heroic figures, but paladins do it for the sake of doing it, not for fame, or glory, or money. They do it for honor to themselves, their cause, and sometimes their goddess, if they're the religious sort."
After thinking a bit, I'll add onto the end.
"But a paladin does more than just fight. He helps townsfolk when needed, and can become a strong pillar of any community."

Roll #1 7, 4, 5, 8 = 24

Papaver Field [Mage] 334554

"I think you should just relax, talk with him openly. Otherwise, there is no point."

Sidus [Rogue] 334571

What's a Paladin
by Sidus Maximus

A Paladin is more than an average pony. A Paladin is not only a warrior who uses faith and helps ponies. A Paladin should be a moral compass to guide those who are lost. A Paladin must never give up. A Paladin must make sacrifices for the greater good sometimes. A Paladin must be ready for everything at all times. A Paladin must stick to his or her principles at all times. A Paladin must strive to be the best pony he or she could possibly be.

Paladins are awesome, is what they are.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334574

'What's a paladin?'
A miserable pile of betrayal.
Many paths can be open to a pony. One of the hardest is, without a doubt, the path of faith. The path of abnegation required to make the self-sacrifice, the abnegation needed to follow the path of honor and become one of the few who will carry on the will of the Sun and Moon without thinking of themselves, to then attain the immortal glory of battle and have their name sang on every battlefield from here to the end of times.
A paladin is the pony who can balance the burning passion in his body with the burning faith in his heart and serve the moral values he's been taught without esitation.

DM 334582

"Those who are done, may hand in their tests and go to dinner."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334583

I guess I'll drop it and go to dinner.
For real.

Sidus [Rogue] 334584

Hand in mine, find Burning before going to dinner.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334585

I'll do so.

DM 334586

"So… how'd it go?"
Looks like Vera was in a hurry, but Sidus and Burning Heart are here.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334587

I'll canter over, I guess.
"Hey. How'd it go?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334588

"I think it went fairly well, do I think I might have sidetracked a bit on the combat part."

Sidus [Rogue] 334590

"Hey! Pretty good, except some parts. How about you?"

DM 334591

"I had no idea what to do about that strategy one…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334593

"The one with the map?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334594

"I think I did alright. History wasn't as bad as I thought, and Combat was actually prett easy. Not so sure about logic and magic, though…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334597

"Magic was a piece of cake, but the logic one was tough, I'll admit."

DM 334598

"The logic ones seemed really simple.
…unless I just thought they were simple and really I got them all wrong… oh no…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334599

"The map one wasn't bad, get rid of one path, corner the enemy with the other two!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334600

"Well, I guess we'll find out when we get them back, I guess. If we get them back."
"So what did you do for the map question? I broke the bridge, left half the army at the mouth of the pass, and sent the other half across the field."

DM 334601

She smacks her head
"So THAT'S why it said wooden bridge… damnit damnit damnit damnit! Now I messed up…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334602

I chuckle.
"Great minds think alike! I burned the bridge, sent an elite task force to the pass, lured the enemy to the field, then bam! Flank and destroy them!"

Pat her head.
"Can't be that bad, what was your answer?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334603

"Well, how'd you answer? You didn't send all your troops across the bridge, did you?"

DM 334604

"I figured it would be best to put guards on the bridge and pass, then march the rest over the field…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334605

Oh hey dinner! Where am I?
I bet I'm a very lonely pony…

Sidus [Rogue] 334606

"Uh… that might not yield the best results…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334607

"That's not actually a bad plan. The ones you leave on the bridge could collapse it if the enemy tried to cross, dumping their troops in the river."

DM 334608

You seem to be the first of your class to dinner.
Some of the older students are still eating though. Or, well, two of them are.
One is Leaf Blade. The other you have not seen before.
She grumbles something
"…we should just go eat…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334611

Hey would you look at that.
Just in time.
Take some food.
Then, go near them.
"Is this seat taken?"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sidus [Rogue] 334613

"Hey, if you make a mistake you learn from it! See this as a chance to improve yourself and don't give up!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334617

I'll nod.
"It is getting that time of evening."
I'll be a little surprised he's being so openly friendly to Heart, but other than that, I'll start heading to the dining hall.

DM 334620

They are sitting on opposite ends of the room.
Pick on to sit next to.
…encouraging hug?"
Looks like Vera is here too.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334623

Do I notice if she's busy or not? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Papaver Field [Mage] 334624

Well why should I go eat with somepony I've never met?
Let's go with Leaf.

Sidus [Rogue] 334625

Chuckle and hug her.
'1d10' not to give her any ideas

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 334627

"Oh, hey. Let me guess, just had the exam right?"
Looks like she is very happy about that hug…
She sat down next to some guy… looks like they know one another.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334629

And I know I bombed the magic part…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334630

"And she said she didn't have the time for stallions…"
I'll chuckle and shake my head.
Then I'll get something to eat '1d10' and find an open seat. 'r2 1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 2 = 2

Sidus [Rogue] 334633

At least she's in a better mood!
Let's head to the cafeteria.

DM 334634

"Somehow… I'm not surprised.
But hey, don't worry about that.
That just means they put you into more intensive magic training."
All the seats are open.
And all the food is available.
Jon, Vera and two older students are here as well

Papaver Field [Mage] 334637

"Wait what? Seriously? Argh.. I should have slacked off fighting instead, that would have been best…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334638

Grand. Well, I won't intrude on Vera's chat, so I'll pick a nice, empty table, and start eating.

Sidus [Rogue] 334639

Sit down next to Jona.
"Burning, be a good fan and bring me food like last time, will you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334642

I'll lean back and speak to Heart.
"Let him get it himself, he's got legs."
And then I'll look at Sidus.
"She's not a tavern maid, Sidus, you can't just order her about. Especially if she's your fan."

Sidus [Rogue] 334644

"I'm not ordering her, I'm asking her!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334646

"Then you should say 'please,' if you're asking."

DM 334647

"Well, what's done is done. So, how was the essay?"
"T-that would be awfully nice of him~"

Sidus [Rogue] 334648

Turn to Heart.
"Could you please bring me food like you did last time?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334649

"What's a paladin? No idea. I wrote what I thought was the right answer, at least.
And the stategy test was rather silly."
Eat some and grumble to myself.
"Damn magic."

DM 334650

"Sure thing~"
She walks off to get some good

DM 334651

"That strategy test is usually something taken from an old textbook or drawn an hour before the exam by the tutors. It is meant to be simple, as far as I know.
…look don't be like that. Magic is not for everypony but… give it a chance, ok?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334652

"There you go. Minding your pleases and thank yous makes dealing with other folk a lot easier."
I'll continue eating.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334653

"Why do all paladins need to study magic anyway?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334656

"I did ask nicely first too… Not like I sent her away or something."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334662

"True, but tone also has a big part in it. They way you usually talk is in a 'command' tone, if you get my meaning. To someone who doesn't know you, you'd sound bossy, or just downright uppity."

DM 334666

"Magic theory. It is important to know the theoretical aspects of magic, even if you do not wield it in battle. That is the foundation of spellbreaking, and regarded as important common knowledge among scholars."
Burning returns with two big trays of food
"Here you go~"

Sidus [Rogue] 334668

I grin.
"Maybe I am a born commander."

"Thank you very much. You did good!"
Give her a smile, then dig in the food!

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334671

Or just a loudmouth, I'll think to myself.
I'll nod to miss Heart, and scooch a bit away from Sidus to give her a good place to sit.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334672

Look a bit down.
"I guess I will have to bother my friend for some magic training. I really don't want to fail that class…"

DM 334679

"Thank you kindly."
"So… what will you be doing from now to nightfall?"
"Sounds like a good idea. Heck, you can ask me too if you need tutoring. I can get extra credit for that."

Sidus [Rogue] 334680

I shrug.
"I don't really know. I have no plans yet."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334681

"Second year students have to teach the others?"

DM 334683

"No, but they are allowed to. All senior students can tutors their juniors for a little extra credit. Most exchange those points for additional days off."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334684

"I mean, if it's not a burden.. I actually think my friend will be too busy to help me anyway…"
Sadly look away.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334687

What's up?

DM 334696

"Now why would you think you're a burden?
Hey, c'mon. Look at me. You're not a burden, ok?"
He gives you a smile.
"No plans at all for your greatness?"
If you finish the essay soon, you can skill make it to dinner

Sidus [Rogue] 334697

I shake my head.
"Not at all. You have something in mind?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334698

Look at him taken by surprise and try not to blush.
"It's… It's not that! Just, I thought I had made two friends, and now one of them is never here and the other is busy with a boy…"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334703

O-oh no!

Uh… Uh… Essay!

A paladin is many things at once. In short, they are holy warriors who keep to a personal creed and firmly believe in said creed. A paladin draws power from their faith, just as a cleric does. Should the paladin lose his or her faith in his or her creed or sway from their path, they lose their powers. Paladins are expected to not only fight for ponykind, but also to aid it in any way they can.

The strategy task… uh… just try diplomacy!

It's dinner time, I have no time for this!

DM 334709

"…busy? I seriously hope she isn't planning on starting a family here. There is a reason there are rules about that.
Sorry. That was probably a little out of line.
Anyway, feel free to tug my sleeve if you ever need help with anything."

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 334716

She blushes softly
"I'd like to spend some time with you…"
Looks like most others are here already.

Papaver Field [Mage] 334717

"If I bog down in magic theory I'll drop by."
Look around, make sure nobody is listening in, then move closer and whisper.
"Or if I want to explore some of those off limit areas~"

Sidus [Rogue] 334718

"Of course! I have nothing better to do anyway!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334719

I'll take that as a cue to go get seconds.


Food! Grab food! It makes everything better!

Roll #0 8 = 8

DM 334731

He gives a shifty look
"I'm really not sure if I should. That got me into trouble earlier.
…ruined my friendship with him too…
He nods towards the other older student
"I wonder if Jon would join us… we could try to make some more friends for you.
…unless you'd… prefer me alone?"
Shit nigga that's a lot of food.
Are you seriously going to eat TWO WHOLE PIES?

Papaver Field [Mage] 334732

"Who… who is he?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334733

Of course I will!

Scoop it all up and head back to the table

DM 334737

"Balsawood. My old pal, and… partner in shenanigans. He was the brave one, I was the careful one.
…and well, I just couldn't keep up with his pace. After I almost got into major trouble, I stopped and well… we decided it would be better if we stopped talking."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334739

"Isn't that a bit extreme?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334742

I'll head back to the table after picking up a second helping of dinner. And maybe a slice of pie.

Sidus [Rogue] 334744

"I would be up for making more friends, but I barely know you yet. Hmm…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334747

"Jon… hi."

DM 334748

"Neither of us really wanted the fallout of it all. I think he still does what he always loved. Breaking the rules and staying one step ahead of the faculty.
I really don't care… we're done, he and I."
"I'll let you decide that~"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334752

"Hi there. How'd you think you did on the exam?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334753

"I'd rather have one true friend I know and can trust completely before making more."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334755

"This sounds just… So damn sad…"
Well I kinda of lost my appetite.

DM 334759

"If you say so~
Where do you wanna go?"
"Well, I'm glad he was not my only friend. I still had others.
…and I can still make more.
You've barely touched your food."

Sidus [Rogue] 334760

"I haven't done much exploring yet."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334761

"I don't know… O-okay I guess… I didn't really know what to write about the strategy thingy though…"
I start eating my pies

DM 334764


Roll #1 2 = 2

Papaver Field [Mage] 334765

"Mh? Oh… I'm not hungry. And… Well, I never had… Friends. Like, at all. So it sounds just sad, that's all."
Try to eat some more.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 334766

"Well I know where I'd like to-"
She shakes her head
"…sorry. Almost said something dumb."

Sidus [Rogue] 334768

"Don't worry, sometimes saying what comes from your heart is the right thing to say. Now, what's the place you had in mind?"

DM 334773

"Not much lluck with your roommates, huh?
Maybe I could be your friend then?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 334776

She's kinda red in the face all of a sudden
"Uh… I hear there is a nice view… on the roof?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334777

"Strategy was kinda tricky. Turns out me and Sidus had pretty much the same answer, though, so that was kinda funny. Think I did alright on history and combat. Logic and magic theory though…"
I'll wave my hoof a little.
"…Not so great."
I'll eat a bit of my pie as well.

Sidus [Rogue] 334778

"Then we shall go to the roof!… and are you okay?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334779

"No bad feelings for what I said about magic?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334785

"M-mine were… average."
I blush in embarrassment and keep eating

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334807

"Nothing to be embarrassed about. It's just the start of the year, and there's plenty of time. Besides, this just means we can study together, right?"

DM 334810

"Y-yeah I just…
…look um…
…it's nothing?"
"No, unless you intend to keep that attitude and get in my face about it."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334814

"Right. I'm sorry about that."
Try to give him a sincere smile.
Also, did I notice Star entering the room?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 334816

"Must be hot in here or the crowd. You'll need to get used to crowds around me later though. Drink some water and let's go, shall we?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334817

I lighten up
"R-right… That's nice…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334819

I guess I did!
"Oh, there she is! Star!.."
Sadden up as I see she is sitting with Jon and Sidus.

DM 334820

"Apology accepted."
"Yeah… sure!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334823

I'll nod, and then excuse myself.
"I'll meet you on the roof, in a bit, then?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334826

Wait for her then find a way to the roof.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 334827

"My friend is here. I guess I should go with her. Wanna come?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334829

I nod
"Y-yeah. I'll just need to prepare a little…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 334834

I'll smile.
"I'll be waiting."
And then I'll head up to the dorms to gather a blanket, and then make my way to the roof. I'll stay in the stairwell if I notice Sidus and Heart up there already. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 334841

There is a maintenance ladder at the back of the dorm.
The sunset has begun in full force, bathing the rooftop in golden orange light.
"It really is pretty up here…"
"That's fine. I was done eating anyway, and need to read up for upcoming tests."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334844

I give him a small wave and continue eating

Sidus [Rogue] 334845

Look over the scenery.
"Hmm, it's not bad, I have to admit."

Papaver Field [Mage] 334847

"Alright. I will see you another time then." Smile at him, take my stuff and move to Star.

"Hey Star. How did the test go?"

DM 334850

Rolling to keep it together

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 334851

"N-neither are you…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334854

I chuckle, and look at her.
"Of course I'm not bad! I thought we went over this already. I'm downright great!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334855

"O-oh Vera! I didn't see you were here…"
I sigh
"Not so great to be fair…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334859

"Don't tell me. I bombed magic. Like, entirely. But I was expecting that."
Then, get closer.
"So~ You have plans with Jon tonight?"

DM 334860

"You sure are…
I don't know what it is about you. But whatever it is… it caught my attention right from the first time I saw you…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334861

"You've got very good eyes in that case. You should be proud!"
Flash a grin at her.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334862

I blush
"M-maybe… uh… Yes. N-nothing special though."
I gulp, eager to change subjects
"Uh, h-have you seen Nock around at all?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334863

Sigh and hang my head low.
"No. She's been away all day. Such a shame…"

DM 334865

"So… you said you wanted to get to know me better…"

Sidus [Rogue] 334866

"Yes! So why don't you tell me about yourself? What you like? What do you want to be?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334867

I deflate slightly as well, finishing up my dinner
"Ah… t-that's a shame… Inquisitor stuff must be really hard…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334868

"Yeah… And now with her gone and you busy with Jon I've almost nothing to do!"
Sigh again and lie my head on the table.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334870

"H-hey… I'm not always with Jon… I m-mean… uh… m-maybe we could do s-something right now?"
I give her a hopeful snile

Papaver Field [Mage] 334872

"But… No! You said you have plans with him!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334874

"T-that's still a few hours away…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334876

Perk up.
"Okay then! What you want to do?!"

DM 334878

"I'm the daughter of an author and a guard. I learned some tricks from my parents, mostly on how to defend myself and take down threats.
I came here because I wanted to learn to be more than just another everypony. To be someone special. To find a destiny bigger than what I would have had otherwise…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334879

"W-well… uh… we could explore the a-academy maybe?"

Sidus [Rogue] 334882

"Heh. You just grew in my eyes, a lot! A pony who strives to be more than just another from the crowd is something I can understand. That's why I am here too!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334883

"Maybe you could show me some magic."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334884

"O-oh… I guess I-I could but… I thought y-you thought magic was… uh… b-boring?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334885

"Not… Boring, no. It's not what I would use in a fight. But after the test I know I'll have to make up for it somehow."

DM 334886

"I just somehow always thought I was destined to one day run into something far bigger than me, or the world I know.
…call it a premonition if you want. But I feel there is still something special in store for me in the future."

Sidus [Rogue] 334888

"Isn't there for all of us? Our true greatness we show once we face the very thing we were born to defeat. That challenge, whatever it may be in life, determines whether our lives are a succes of a failure."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334889

"W-well okay then… uh… the only problem is that… w-well… my magic is kind of f-focused on healing and removing pain, w-which means… it's… hard to s-showcase on somepony who isn't hurt."
I tap my horn
"M-my telekinesis is pretty strong though…"

DM 334890

Courage roll

Roll #1 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 334892

"Oh, idea! Fly me around like Leaf did!"

DM 334893

She sits down right next to you
"I just hope that, whatever it is I was born to defeat… I can defeat it with you."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334895

"Uh… r-right… w-we should probably do that outside…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334899

Follow her outside.

Sidus [Rogue] 334900

"That's the spirit! Whatever you do, you must believe you can do it. If you try and do something believing you will fail, that will happen. So always keep positive!"
Smile at her as she sits down.


I take a deep breath
Just stay calm…
"O-okay… L-Let's see…"
Try to pick her up with my telekinesis

Roll #0 6 = 6

DM 334911

Final roll of courage

Roll #1 6 = 6


Okay try not to panic.

Roll #0 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 334913

"S-star this is… I'm flying! Whoohoo! Higher!"

DM 334915

"…what do you think of me?"


"… O-okay."
Try to lift her a little higher

Roll #0 5 = 5


Try harder!

Roll #0 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 334920

"Is– Is everything alright Star?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334923

I look down, ashamed
"S-sorry… I'm kind of tired from all those t-tests…"
Surely, I must be able to pour some more effort into this. I just ate! '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 334924

Look her over.
"I like you. I think you are a diamond in the rough. You may be a bit shy, but you have what it takes to be great, and your heart is in the right place, that much is clear from your goals. You are also kind and a terrific fan of mine!"
I chuckle.


Roll not to be surprised.
Am I being shot past the roof?

Roll #0 3 = 3

DM 334926

"…would you like me more if I was a little more courageous?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334927


Sidus [Rogue] 334928

"Definitely. And I know you can do it."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334929

"I-I'm sorry if that was too quick! I g-guess I just tapped into my r-reserves or something… Uh… y-you alright?"


Okay how exited am I?

Roll #0 1 = 1


… Well I guess magic is not for me. Am I scared or something?

Roll #0 4 = 4

Papaver Field [Mage] 334935

Okay a little.
"It's… High…"
Give her a frightened expression.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334939

Seeing her distressed expression, I quickly lower her to the ground again, drooping my ears
"I-I'm sorry…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334942

"N-no it was my fault. I guess that's why I'm not a pegasus after all… Eheh.."


Can I gather the courage to give her a comforting hug or do I just stand there looking at her awkwardly?

Roll #0 3 = 3

Papaver Field [Mage] 334947

Well, I gues I'll just scratch the back of my head awkwardly.
"We… We should go. You have to get ready for tonight."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334949

I look down sadly
"Sorry… I-I ruined the fun again, didn't I?"

DM 334950

And then she goes in for the kiss


Roll #1 4 = 4


"What are you talking about? Without you there would have been no fun at all!"
Try to hug her.

Roll #0 10 = 10

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334960

"But I h-hardly showed anything about magic… I just caused distress…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334963

"You had me flying so high I thought I had wings for a minute!"
Giggle softly as I hug her.


"R-really? You mean it?"
I try to hug her back non-awkwardly

Roll #0 10 = 10

Papaver Field [Mage] 334973

Nigga that's a double crit hug.
"Of course I do…" Get comfy in that.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334977

I smile brightly
"T-that's… Y-you have no idea how happy that makes me. T-thank you Vera. I'm r-really glad we met…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334982

Keep hugging her.
"I'm happy too… You are all I could ever ask for…"
Let go of her.
"Now let's go, we have to get you ready for Jon."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334990

"O-okay… b-but you don't have to help if you'd rather do something else… I think I can manage…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 334992

Shoo her with one hoof.
"What did we say about friends and helping each other?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 334994

"A-alright then."
Head back to our dorm
Time for bed. Goodnight.

Nock [Tracker] 335917

I sit at my desk scribbling furiously as you come in. It's laden with several hulking textbooks and a slough of papers. I'm so pre-occupied with my work, I don't even notice you open the door.

Groves 335925

I peek out from behind her

Papaver Field [Mage] 335926

"Here you were! We've been wondering where you had ended up all day!"

Nock [Tracker] 335927

Shake myself out of it.

"Oh! …Huh? Oh, I was just working on some of my classwork. I have a six page paper on the post-Discordian heresies to write, but I have the worst of it written. How've you two been? Written exam go well?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 335928

Exchange a concerned look with Star.
"Is.. Is it normal they give you all this work?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335930

"Post-Discordian heresi-"
I interrupt myself
"Uh… t-the exams were okay…"

Nock [Tracker] 335934

Give a tired laugh. "Well, one of my professors said that we have to stay busy at all hours with our work. Idles minds are Tirek's playthings, after all. That said, I think I can manage a short break."

Turn to Star. "That's good. I absolutely failed magical theory on my exams. I guess I only have myself to blame for that one. Know thy enemy, right?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 335936

"You… You bombed magic too? And guess what I heard from a guy in second year, for that, we get more magic classes…"
Sigh and lie down somewhere.
"But it's all good after all. Star can help us catch up, and if she's busy this pony I've met promised he'd lend me a hoof!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335938

"Uh… r-right…"
I nod at her weakly
"… Reminds me of mom…"

"I-I'll be sure to study hard… I really want to l-learn as much as I can from d-divine magic…"

Nock [Tracker] 335939

Sigh. "Well, if they're good magic classes, it won't be so bad. Spellbreaker is technically magic, right? But it has a good purpose. Even if based on the history books it looks like pretty much all cause of pain, heresy, and war throughout history is magic, that doesn't mean that all magic is bad, just most."

"Yeah! We can all study together, and we can also…"

Pull out a box from under my desk. "Work on this together."

Papaver Field [Mage] 335941

"That's not true, there's plenty of war without magic!"
Give her a large smile, like I've said something beautiful.
"Is that…?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335942

I look a little upset
"T-that's not true… M-most magic is good… a-and fascinating… I-it's just that not everypony is good…"

Nock [Tracker] 335947

Wave a hoof dismissively. "Right, and those ponies that aren't good are heretics. That's why the Inquisition hunts them and their dangerous magic."

Pop open the lid. "Yep. Family recipe. I guarantee it's the best warm cake you've ever had."

It's a double-layered chocolate cake, deliciously moist and spongy.

"Back home, we usually trim with strawberries and a layer of cheesecake, but you can't transport that, it goes bad fast after it warms up."

Papaver Field [Mage] 335951

Chuckle a bit.
"We might have lost Star now.."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335955

I interrupt myself from saying anything more on the subject as I see the cake.
"… o-oh my… That sure looks… good."

Nock [Tracker] 335958

"Yeah, we usually do cake for care packages because it's essentially impossible to get at the academy. Ready for life without cake?"

Cut free a slice. "I'm not sure that I am."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335959

I eye the cake with utmost attention
"Well… a-at least they still have pie and pancakes…"


"That's just about how good this cake is. If it's really that good I might have to kidnap you and have you bake one for us every night!"
Here it goes. Try the cake.

Roll #0 10 = 10

Papaver Field [Mage] 335963

As I bite down, my eyes widen, my mouth starts to water and my hooves flay around in an uncontrollable rush of sugar and frosting.

Nock [Tracker] 335965

Cut a piece of this 10/10 cake off for Star and hoof it to her.

"I can't tell if you like it or if you're having a seizure!"


Dig in!

Roll #0 1 = 1


Can I will my brain to answer or is the bliss too much?

Roll #0 4 = 4

Papaver Field [Mage] 335968

Nope, I'm still having a cake-induced seizure.


Oh jeez

Do I accidentally choke or am I allergic to something in it?

Roll #0 1 = 1

Nock [Tracker] 335972

"Star, are you alright?"


Looks like an allergic reaction to me!

Quick, cure myself!

Roll #0 4 + 2 = 6

Papaver Field [Mage] 335976

Still with my mouth full, turn to her.
"Yehaf Ftar, awe 'ou awwight?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335979

I cough violently
"Ugh… I-I think my b-body took that badly…"
I look at the remaining cake with a heartbroken expression

Papaver Field [Mage] 335981

Keep chewing, swallow, and then look at her in amazement.
"Y-you? Having a problem with cake?"

Nock [Tracker] 335982

"Maybe there's something else?"

'1d10' for luck in carepackage.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Nock [Tracker] 335983

Look through it.

"Hm… Looks like the only other thing Dad sent was pamphlets on the dangers of heretical magic. I guess you could have those, if you want."


"N-no… I-I shouldn't have any problems… M-maybe there's a ingredient in this particular c-cake I-I'm allergic to or something…"
I sigh, before perking up again as my eyes light up with an idea
"I could… m-maybe…"
I swallow and try to cast Inure allergies on myself

Roll #0 6 = 6

Papaver Field [Mage] 335990

"What's that?"


I smile brightly
"I-It's fine, I fixed it."
Start eating cake again. How's it taste now that it doesn't try to kill me?

"I-Immunity spell… uh… I think I told you about it already…"

Roll #0 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 335994

Giggle softly.
"Eheh, immune against cake…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335996

Tastes great!
Eat up!

"N-no, just immune to allergies…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 335997

"I wonder… Can it make you immune against pillows?"
Flash her a grin and try to slide towards the bed.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 335998

I give her a confused look, completely oblivious
"U-uh… you… you m-mean like against feathers?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 335999

Slowly try to reach for a pillow.
"Yeah, something like that…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336000

Still oblivious here
"Uh… I-I mean if you're allergic to them, I-I guess…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336001

Roll my eyes.
"Last warning. Put down the cake."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336002

I look even more puzzled now
"But… I-I like it… it really tastes good…"

Nock [Tracker] 336003

Frown slightly. "Most of the ingredients are common ones. I wonder what you could be allergic to? In any case, it seems unhealthy to use magic just so you can eat something your body naturally rejects…"


Grin wide.
"Then it shall suffer with you!"
Throw her my pillow! Right in the face!

Roll #0 1 = 1

Papaver Field [Mage] 336009

Damn this pillow is heavy.
I must be on my back staring at the ceiling by now.
"Sneak attack! Who did this? Honorless cowards!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336015

"B-but… why? I-It's healing magic just like e-everything else… I c-can use it to ease pain too… It's meant to help…"

I cringe, looking sadly at my slice of cake on the floor
"W-why would you do that…"

Nock [Tracker] 336016

Roll my eyes, then act serious all of a sudden.


Pelt a pillow at her. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Nock [Tracker] 336017

Actually, add +1 for Vantage Point.

Nock [Tracker] 336018

"Sure, but you don't let someone slice you up just because you can heal yourself, right? That's the reason we use practice weapons instead of real ones. Just because you can use magic doesn't mean you should."

Papaver Field [Mage] 336019

Looks like that pillow hits me right in the face.
"Ouch! I can't see anything!"

Nock [Tracker] 336021

Leap up over her. "They're closing for the melee! Prepare for glorious combat!"

Pull the pillow off her face and pummel her with it. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336022

"I-it's practice… a-and just fun to use magic. I-I mean… why not?"

I sigh and scoop up the cake with my telekinesis

Then back the heck off so I don't get caught in the melee


Taste the glorious combat style of my family, passed down in generations!"
I'm the queen of melee!

Roll #0 4 = 4

Nock [Tracker] 336024

While pillows don't make much of weapons for anypony, it looks like you've won the day.

"Retreat! Fall back! The honorable paladins of Rockeye won't dare attack us and risk civilians!"

Hide behind Star Hopper.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336025

"Oh no no no no!"
Jump away and crawl under my bed


It's Eaglecrest, but she's equestrian anyway.

Get up and narrow my eyes at St- Oh nevermind she's gone!
Narrow them at Nock with a grin.
"Your plan was foiled inquisitor!"

Roll #0 6 = 6

Nock [Tracker] 336027

Time for a parry and riposte! '1d10'

"You'll never take me, you common bruiser!"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Nock [Tracker] 336028

With that, I'll have to retreat under Star's bed alongside her.

"Maybe I'll just bribe the locals with cake for quarter!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336029

Over the top acting: on.
"Ahah! Looks like the might of the famous anti-mage is nothing compared to the fire that burns in my veins!"
"You coward! Retreat is not honorable!"
Dive behind my bed and stare at the both of them.
"You'll have to come out sooner or later, and I have plenty of pillows waiting for you!"


Try to scoop up all the pillows with my telekinesis

Roll #0 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 336031

"H-hey! That's a coward's attack!"

Nock [Tracker] 336032

Aha! You've activated my trap card!

As you dive under your bed and take a look under, expecting to see us on the other side, I've already snuck through under YOUR bed, about to ambush strike when –

"Awwww, Star! That's no fun!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336033

I quickly drop the pillows again


No time to talk! Grab one of the pillows Star just dropped and dive on her!

Roll #0 6 = 6


Give her a serious look. "For taking those pillows, you must pay the TERRIBLE PRICE of losing your magic FOREVER!"

I give extremely exaggerated theatrics, then throw a Null Pillow at her.

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10


How do I take that?

Roll #0 1 = 1


"Focus on your opponent!"
Having free domain thanks to her attack on Star, I can tackle her to the ground with a pillow, and try to add another one.

Roll #0 8 = 8


Try to throw her off.

"What happened to no sneak attacks?!"

Roll #0 8 = 8

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336043

Very badly

I shriek and desperately tap my horn with my hooves, tearing up slightly.
"W-what did you do!? I-I can't feel my h-horn anymore! I-I don't want to lose my magic!"

Nock [Tracker] 336046

As I grapple in a stalemate with Vera, Star shrieks, and I give her a look that says, Wait.

Disengaging, I turn, "Star! Calm down! I was just playing! It's not permanent!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336047

"You lost sight of your opponent!" Keep the grin up.
Move away from Nock and trot beside Star.
"H-hey Star! Nock was joking, you know.."


Does that reassure me?

Roll #0 10 = 10

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336055

I blush slightly
"Uh… s-sorry… I don't really like feeling p-powerless.."

Nock [Tracker] 336057

Awww. Give her the hug. "Star, you don't think I'd take away your magic forever, do you?"


"It's okay… Come here."
Group hug it is!

Roll #0 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336060

"N-no… I was just silly again…"

I let out a relieved sigh

Papaver Field [Mage] 336067

Ruffle her mane a bit.
"Now, let's get you ready for Jon!"
"And you help too!"

Nock [Tracker] 336069

Keep enjoying the hug.

"I've missed you two… my Inquisitorial classes are stressful. They're really hard, and everything seems so black and white. The rest of the academy seems a lot less serious…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336071

"I've missed you too, Nock. A lot."
Tighten the hug before finally letting go

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336076


I tighten the hug slightly
"I missed you as well…"

Nock [Tracker] 336081

"Oh! How did the date go?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336093

"She keeps being tense around him…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336095

"I-it's tonight…"

I gulp and blush slightly

Wf+6 336096

But I rolled evens, that means it's day four, post exams. Didn't you have one night three? Or did you not get to it?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336097

Let's just say we postponed or something

Continuity is 2hard

Papaver Field [Mage] 336098

Don't you have a date tonight too, thou?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336099

Let's say tonight is the first one

This really isn't that important

Wf+6 336108

"So you're excited, right? You wouldn't believe it, but Vera–"

Stop myself. Remember my promise.

"Ah, nevermind. But you said you like Jon! He's a good one, too. Did well on his tests, and he seems to like you a lot."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336110

I blush even redder
"H-he's really nice… and uh… polite… Y-you were saying…?"

Wf+6 336112

Remember how upset Papaver was that she didn't know about dates earlier… I can't bring that up in front of Star.

"Don't worry about it. What you should worry about are your own plans. What're you going to do? Plan on stargazing? Dinner? Something more personal? Intimate?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336114

Keep blushing
"U-uh… w-we'll just… spend some t-time t-together and… e-enjoy the company I-I think…"

Wf+6 336115

Give her a smile. "Yeah, you do seem a little innocent. Well, if you need advice, you can always come to me. I've been around stallions before."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336116

I look around sheepishly
"I m-mean… I could use some a-advice… I don't r-really know h-how this romance stuff works…"

Nock [Tracker] 336118

"Just remember, the most important part is to be sincere! Dates are about spending time with somepony you like, so if you're not enjoying it, don't waste your time! Also, if you do decide to get more serious, you don't want to end up a mate with some pony you never saw the real side of. And also…"

Lean in closer and put a hoof around her neck. "Nothing out of that party parts book, okay? Not with a stallion. That's for mates only. If you have a foal, you'll get expelled."

Nock [Tracker] 336119

>hoof around her neck
That sounds like I'm strangling her, doesn't it? I mean a leg.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336120

I blush
"I-I know how pony r-reproduction works, Nock… I just… I-I don't really know how to m-make him happy with me… o-or how fast stuff should go…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336123

"That's just what I told her! To be herself and enjoy the time, it makes no sense to have a mate you don't even talk with!"
"One day I will have to learn all that stuff too…"

Nock [Tracker] 336126

"I already told you! Be sincere! If he liked you before, he'll like you even if you don't do anything special. But if you do want to do something special, just ask him. Nopony knows what he wants but him, especially not me. I haven't even said two words to the pony!"

"See? You understand dating more than you think, even if your culture is a little weird. Equestrian relationships are more about being serious and finding a partner you can rely on. I don't think I could ever be in your Eaglecrest relationships where you just mate with whoever happens to be the strongest, and giving up on your old mate if that changes."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336129

"B-but… what if he t-thinks I'm b-boring?"
I look at the ground sadly
"H-he's the first s-stallion to ever like me… I d-don't want to mess it up…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336130

"Well… That's how my parents always told me it worked. Not like I have any experience with it myself…"
Look sad at the ground.

Papaver Field [Mage] 336132

"Star, you and Nock are my first friends! But would this work if I acted nervous all the time?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336133

I give her a puzzled look

Papaver Field [Mage] 336134

"What what?"
Reciprocate her look.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336136

"S-sorry… I-I don't understand… what are you s-saying?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336138

"You said Jon was the first stallion to like you, I said you and Nock are the first friends I've ever had.
A mate is much like a friend, after all.
It does not work if you are so tense around him, just as a friendship would not work either!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336141

"V-Vera… I'm not…"
I sigh
"I-I wish I could act normal but… i-it's just stronger than me… I j-just… lock up s-sometimes and start panicking…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336143

"This is silly."
Give her a crouched look.
"We should… I dunno, do something! You can't act like that around him all the time, if you do he will look for a more interesting mate!"

Nock 336144

"Pff. I'm surprised your magic doesn't give you some unnatural means of staying calm."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336145

I just look down sadly

Papaver Field [Mage] 336146

Shoot her a look as to say 'not now'.

Papaver Field [Mage] 336149

"Look, do you at least enjoy being around Jon?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336150

I nod quickly
"Y-yeah! Of course! I just… I wish I c-could be more…"
I trail of, sighing

Papaver Field [Mage] 336151

"Then be more! Be agressive! Take initiative!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336152

I shut my eyes tight, fighting back tears
"I-I can't… I… I'm a coward…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336153

"Straighten yourself! You will be a paladin one day! Walking the battlefield in the name of princess Luna! You can't be afraid of a stallion!"



Roll #0 5 = 5



Roll #0 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336156

I stay quiet for a while before speaking up again in a soft voice
"… I-I'll try…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336157

Give her a soft smile.
"I knew you had it. Now let's get you ready."
We can pause here if you want.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336158

I nod sheepishly
Sounds good

Nock 336159

"It's okay! That just means we can work on your courage the old fashioned way, and you'll be a stronger pony for your efforts! We will help you. We want you to be happy, Star."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336162

I cock my head
"T-the old fashioned w-way?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336167

"The what now?"
Look at her quizically.

DM 336264

I don't even know what is going on in here any more

Sidus [Rogue] 336268

There was a 4 with a stupid decision earlier

Papaver Field [Mage] 336269

Don't we have something to do after the tests and essays and dinner and all?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336270

I have entered the roof, carrying a blanket. How surprised am I when I see Sidus and Burning Heart tongue wrestling? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336272

Pretty surprised. I'll just backpedal and slam the access door to the roof, and then hunker down on the stair case.
"Didn't know this was such a popular spot…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336274

We finished our tests earlier.

Star and Jon will be having a date tonight, but we can do that while you are gone. Sooo, lessons?

DM 336275

She can't quite seem to reach you.
How do you react?
Not really, since some are still taking the tests.
Classes begin tomorrow.

Sidus [Rogue] 336276

Pull my head backwards.
"Uh, Burning?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336277

Then I guess there really is nothing we can do.
Maybe as Star and Jon have their date I could wander around the academy and see if I can find one of the two ponies I met earlier.

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 336278

She opens her eyes to a squint

Sidus [Rogue] 336279

"What do you think you are doing?"

DM 336280

"Being brave?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336281

In that case, datingtime

Go up to the roof after Vera and Nock helped me prepare

DM 336282

You can find either one you want.

Sidus [Rogue] 336283

"And do what with your bravery?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336284

I'll be sitting on the stairs, waiting next to the door.

DM 336286

"Kiss you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336288

I approach him

Papaver Field [Mage] 336289

I guess I'll just stumble across the one I haven't talked with yet.
"O-oh, you were in the dinery this evening, right?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336290

"Uh, yeah, about that… I'm not really looking for a marefriend, Burning. I came here so that I could be even better than I already am. I can't be held back in that endeavor by splitting my attention to care for someone romantically."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336291

I'll put a hoof to my lips, and wave her forward and whisper to Star.
"Sidus is up there with miss Heart. I think… they might be having a moment? Didn't know this was a popular spot…"

DM 336292

"Hm? Yes? Everypony has to eat do they not?
…do I know you?"
"Held back?
Don't be silly. I can see through your little test of faith~
Why else would you have said you liked me? That I should be braver? And that I was most worthy of sharing your dream~?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336293

I blink
I blush a little
"M-maybe we should leave…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336294

I nod.
"Yes. As a partner."

Papaver Field [Mage] 336295

"Well I… Know somepony who knows you. And… Yeah, he told me about things you used to do together…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336296

I'll nod.
"That might be best, but are you sure you want to give up the roof?"
Rubbing my chin, I'll think.
"D'you think there might be another way up to the roof, and we might be able to find a different spot?"

DM 336297

"You're not fooling me, dummy~"
She presses up against your chest
"I know what you meant, in your heart~"
"Could you be a little more specific, miss…?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336298

I fidget with my hooves nervously
"Uh… maybe?"

Sylt 336300

"Papaver Field. And I'm talking about Leaf Blade, I met him yesterday in the training field. He told me about your… Explorations."

Sidus [Rogue] 336304

I chuckle awkwardly and scoot a bit backwards.
"I meant that I'm sure we could be a dynamic team. As friends."

DM 336305

"Leaf? Well, I'm sure he gave you a most flattering image of me, miss Field. What of it?"

DM 336306

"~close friends?~"

Sidus [Rogue] 336307

Roll for awkwardness.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 336308

"Actually, he talked well about you.
And… Yeah, I might be kind of interested in this… Exploration stuff. Just a bit."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336309

I'll throw a look at the door.
"Well, I wouldn't want to be interrupted, so I suppose he doesn't either."
I'll get to my hooves with a little sigh.
"Well, if you'd like, we could look. If not, well, there's always the training field."
Blushing a little, I'll add:
"But as long as we spend some time together, I don't really mind."

DM 336313

His head perks up
"Brave girl, aren't you?
Now why would you want to be going around breaking rules like that, hm?
A bit of a rebel, are you?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 336315

She slumps down on you
"…you don't really like me at all, do you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336316

"Hey, I said nothing about breaking rules just like that… I just want to see for myself the things he was talking about.
Just a peek!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336317

"Ah… ahaha… uh… r-right…"
I swallow
"Y-you decide…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336318

Catch her.
"Of course I do! Really! I just don't want to really get involved into anything before I can finish this Academy and become the greatest there ever was!"

DM 336319

"…you have your eye on someone else, don't you…"
He chuckles
"Do you have any idea how much trouble you'd be in if you were caught?
You'd need a solid helper."

Sidus [Rogue] 336320

I sigh.
"No, I do not. Do you take me for a liar?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336321

"I kinda have a bunch of ponies I can rely on…"
Trail off my voice.
"But that's why I've come looking for you!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336322

"Then let's let Sidus have his privacy."
I'll lead back down the stairs, and after making sure Star is with me, start looking for another roof access. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 336325

"I take you for someone too great to break a heart…"
"Well you've come to the best.
I know that, since I'm the last one left.
Well, there is Leaf too, but… he quit. So forget him.
Now tell me, miss Field, what's in it for me?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336328

"Don't worry, we can still be good friends! And partners! And you can still be my number one fan!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336329

"Don't rush, I don't even know your name yet!"

DM 336331

It seems the nearest other access has some junk around it. Nopony probably uses it much.
"…that's not the same thing…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336333

Can I move it, or is it too much junk? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 336334

It will take a while to clear. The stuff is not heavy, but there is a lot.

Sidus [Rogue] 336336

"I'm sorry… but I can't. Destiny is more important."


Try to help him with my telekinesis

Roll #0 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 336338

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336340

"Ah, thanks."
Can't just sit back and let her do the work. '1d10'
That should clear the door, shouldn't it?

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 336344

"But what if I am that destiny?
…can I at least be a part of it?
I know I can because you said I was a part of your dream!
How can you even know if you don't let me try?
How can someone as great as you be so… so…
The door is clear, at the expense of a tired Star.
"Me? I'm Balsawood. Second year."

Papaver Field [Mage] 336347

"Right. So. What would it take for you to show me around, should it come to it?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336348

"Are you okay, Star? Sorry I wasn't much help…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336350

"I told you, you can be part of my destiny as a friend for now! I don't want to hurt you or get either of us expelled! I am doing this for you as much as myself!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336353

"I-It's fine…"
I wipe my forehead and give him a tired smile

DM 336354

Rolling to accept rejection

Roll #1 8 = 8

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336357

After thinking a bit, I'll hunker down.
"I… I could carry you up, if you'd like."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336359

I blush
"Wh-what? Oh no… i-it's fine… I'm not that tired really."

DM 336361

"…so much for my dreams then…"
"What do you have to offer?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336363

"I'm a first year with nothing of mine. I have a friends that gets pretty tasty cakes from home, but that happens once every blue moon."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336365

I'll blush a bit as well, and then stand back up.
"R-right, that little wouldn't have worn you out that much. So, let's, uh, let's head on up."
After opening the door, I'll check for spiders as I lead Star to the roof, since you said this wasn't used for a while. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336368

Follow along skittishly
"Uh… thanks f-for asking though… T-That's really nice of you…"

DM 336374

"Well I wouldn't imagine stealing your cakes.
But perhaps I could use a dedicated junior partner. Someone to help me in tough spots.
Without Leaf, things have been quite hard. And there are still many places left unseen."
She looks you in the eyes
"Why are you making me wait like this?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336375

I'll blush a bit.
"W-well, if you ever need me to, the offer's still open. It's the least I can do for the mare I l-like."

Papaver Field [Mage] 336376

"Eh, sounds good! If that's all you need! So tell me, what are the best places to see?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336377

Pause for a second.
"Take it as a test of your faith in me?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336378

I smile at him
"W-well… uh… isn't there something y-you'd like me to do?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336379

I'll blush a bit redder.
"Well, when we get to the roof, and start stargazing, I'd like to… to…"
Can I spit it out? '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336380

"…to share the b-blanket. With you."

DM 336383

"That depends on where your interests lie. i, for one, could not wait a full year to go check out the advanced combat material and lethal weapons storage.
And later the bestiary and dungeons.
…but my real goals, the Dark Arts Library, Catacombs and Reliquary, have eluded me."
"Why should I?
I thought you were quite clear that you have no interest in me at all."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336384

I blush once again
"I'd… I'd like to… y-yes."
I give him a warm smile

Papaver Field [Mage] 336386

"T-the dark arts library? Isn't that a little dangerous?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336387

"I said not as long as I'm a student of the Academy."

DM 336389

"Of course it is. They all are. Why do you think I want to get in there?"
"Do you even know what happens after that?
…aren't you scared they'll haul you off to join the Royal Guard before the end of the year?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336390

"Hah, I'm more worthy than being a simple guard!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336391

I'll just blush redder.
Have we made it to the roof yet?

Papaver Field [Mage] 336392

Gulp down.
"Y-yeah, why do you want to get in there?"

DM 336394

She looks a little sad, but her eye has a glimmer of hope
"…you say that about the very ponies who dedicate their lives to protecting our princess…"
"To see what they are hiding from us.
To learn at a pace more suited to a mind like mine.
And to prove that I can."

Sidus [Rogue] 336395

"I wouldn't just simply protect them… I would hunt down all those who seek to do harm to them!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 336396

"Okay… I guess… I… I will come looking for you once I talk this with my friends, okay?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336399

I think it's safe to assume so, yes

Let's see how the sky looks tonight '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 336400

"Sure thing.
I'll be waiting then. Partner."
"I… guess I'm glad you.. think that way?"

DM 336403

Clear, and bathed in the golden light of the setting sun.

Sidus [Rogue] 336404

"The life of a guard would be too boring for me! If I stand in the same place all my life, how will I use my powers for good?"

DM 336405

"As great as you are, don't belittle others. That is what thugs do. Not heroes."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336406

I smile dreamily as I watch the sunset
"It's s-so… so… pretty~"

Sidus [Rogue] 336407

"I never said they are not good ponies. I just said I'm destined for more!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336408

I'll take a moment to stare at that.
"It's beautiful…"
Thinking quickly, I'll move so that Star is in front of the sunset.
"…but now it's perfect."

Papaver Field [Mage] 336409

Well I'm totally conflicted about this. But I guess I'll make it back to my room and think it over. I have no wish to sneak and risk to get expelled for something as stupid as that.
I don't even like magic!
I'm done for the day, I guess. Ready to timewarp next session.

DM 336412

"Then you really need to fix the way you word what you say. At times it sounds like you don't respect anyone."
And then you went to be alone


Star Hopper [Cleric] 336413

I look around, and let out an embarrassed giggle as it dawns on me
"Oh… y-you're too sweet…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336414

"I don't mean to belittle others! Just becasue I'm better at somepony in battle, does not make them a bad pony, for example!"

DM 336415

"It also does not mean you should gloat…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336417

"I merely tell the fact that I am destined to greatness! They are facts!"

DM 336419

"Being humble does not make you less great though…
…quite the opposite."
She scoots a little closer.

Sidus [Rogue] 336420

"Hmm… but if I don't say who I am how will they know?"

DM 336421

"Do you do it so they know…
…or just because it makes you feel good about yourself?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336422

I'll just blush a bit and smile, glad that that wasn't too cheesy a line.
"W-well, my pa said once that any view you can see always can be improved by sharing it with a… a… someone you you like."

Sidus [Rogue] 336427

"I always feel good about myself!"
Grin at her.
"Of course I do it so they know!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336429

"W-well… he s-sounds like a nice pony too…"
I look around nervously
"T-tell me about him, I-I'd really like to… know more about you and your f-family…"
I blush slightly again

DM 336433

"…then why don't you let your deeds speak for you instead?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336437

"I do that too! So far I have faced the challenges of those who doubted my abilities, and defeated them without a scratch!"

DM 336439

"And what did you do when you won?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336441

"Congratulated them for lasting as long as they did against me!"

DM 336444

She stays silent and looks away

Sidus [Rogue] 336447

I tilt my head.
"What's wrong?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336448

"That's right, we've rarely talked, outside of, well… things."
I'll go sit next to Star.
"Well, my pa, Arlet Apple, runs a farm outside of Fillydelphia, near the woods around Hollow Shades. He and my ma, Ambrosia, and my siblings Bolero, Pearmain, and Malinda, all keep the place up and running."
I'll idly circle my hoof on the ground.
"Despite my size, I was rarely much help around the farm other than hauling the occasional plow or bale of hay. It's why they let me go off and practice fighting like my Great Uncle Empire Apple."

DM 336450

"…I'm really starting to think I got the wrong image of you."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336454

"Huh… W-what do you mean, n-not much help? I m-mean…"
I blush bright red
"Y-you look really strong…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336455

"Why? Don't you want to help ponies?"

DM 336461

"I imagined you were a kind warrior with great skill and a great heart. Somepony who would fight at the side of others, defend those in need, and above all, act with honor and dignity.
…but listening to you, I'm starting to feel you're just some thug with a big head and a big bag of excuses to reach into to keep deluding yourself."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336465

I'll nod.
"Well, yeah, but, well… most tasks around the farm require a bit of… finesse. Bucking apples isn't all about strength, you see. You've got to hit the tree just right to knock the apples down without damaging the tree itself. I never could get that part down, and we ended up with a few bruised trees before they put me on other duties."
I'll blush a bit.
"That's another reason I'm a bit… rough when it comes to things like pats on the back and stuff."

Sidus [Rogue] 336468

I narrow my eyes sightly, speaking without the highly tone I usually speak with.
"Are you claiming that I don't care about the well being of ponies? You think I wouldn't fight back to back with somepony if the need arises? Do you think I wouldn't defend a helpless pony even if I hurt myself in doing so? Do you think that I don't want to use my skills to grant a better life for everypony I can, and banish all that is evil and bad?"
Take a pause.
"Because if you do, you can scram now and never speak to me again."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336469

"Oh… I-I'm sorry to hear that…"
I look away sadly
"I-I know what it's like to not l-live up to what your p-parents wanted you to be…"

DM 336470

But I do think that unless you do away with the boastful attitude and patronizing tone, you will never be great.
…perhaps not even a paladin.
And that hurts me…"

Sidus [Rogue] 336474

"… fine. I'll try to do it less."

DM 336478

She turns to you with a little smile
"At least… that's a start."
She then open up to give you a hug.
Down to you if you accept.
Pause after that.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336479

"What do you mean?"

Sidus [Rogue] 336480

A hug is okay.
Hug her back.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336481

I'll be back in 2 hours

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336482

Then we are on hold until then.

DM 336483

"This is a long road together you have committed to.
…but I can be very patient."
It is a nice hug


Star Hopper [Cleric] 336532

I look at the ground
"Mom wanted me to become a i-inquisitor like her… a-and dad wanted me to become a preacher of the L-Laughing one like him…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336548

I'll chuckle a little.
"There must be quite a story behind how those two ended up together. And they'd be pulling you in two very different directions."
Scooting a little closer, I'll continue.
"How did they react when you said you didn't want to be either of those things?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336565

"W-well… I-I think they figured I wasn't going to be either one of t-those years ago… I-Im not really inquisitor material… or a worshiper of the Laughing one for that matter… S-Still… Dad taught me most of my healing m-magic… And mom… I-I used to go stargazing with her when I was y-younger… S-so I g-guess I picked up a few things from them after all… I w-wanted to go to the mage academy first but… I-I came here instead because they graduated from here as well and I wanted to make them proud…"
I idly trace a hoof over the floor
"I-I'm rambling again, aren't I?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336569

"It's okay. We wanted to know more about each other and our families, so it's fine to ramble.
"Matter of fact…" I'll give Star a little grin. "I think that's the longest you've spoken in the time I've known you. Well, outside of when you convinced me to go stargazing that first night."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336571

I blush
"I-I know… it's s-silly how obsessed I-I can be with astronomy… Most ponies think it's d-dull and would rather just s-sleep instead of gazing at the nightsky…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336576

"Well, that's their loss, isn't it? Maybe one day they'll understand like I did."
I'll shake my head.
"Besides, it's not silly to be passionate about something you love, Star. And anypony with a brain in their head can see you love stargazing."
Giving her a small smile, I'll continue.
"I'm a little jealous, actually."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336582

"Ah… T-there's not much to be j-jealous about…"
I cock my head questioningly
"What about y-you? W-What do you l-love?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336595

I'll blush a bit.
"Well… I don't rightly know yet. I mean, sure, training was fun, but I don't like it the same way you do astronomy. And farming is good work, but it's work."
Thinking for a bit, I'll continue.
"I just… haven't found the right thing yet, I guess. At least, nothing that makes my eyes light up like yours do when you talk about the night sky."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336604

I look at him sadly
"T-That's a shame… I w-was lucky enough mom put e-effort into teaching me about it… w-whenever she came home from 'business' s-she a-always took the time t-to me about what I spotted in the s-sky while she was g-gone…"
I let out a wistful sigh

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336606

>always took the time to listen to me

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336609

"Well, I may not be your ma, but you could always tell me."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336621

I look him over and droop my ears
"I-I feel a little s-selfish now… Talking about m-me again… I don't w-want to bore you…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336627

I'll shake my head.
"It's alright to be selfish, I think. At least a little. And trust me, if I thought you were boring, you'd know."
Giving Star a smile, I'll gesture to the telescope.
"Now what say we set this up and get comfortable?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336631

I look at him a moment longer, then nod and set up my telescope.
"I-it's just… I'm u-usually a listener… n-not a talker…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336655

"Well, if you ever need a listener, I'm at your service."
Once Star's got the scope set up, I'll sidle up next to her and sit down, leaving a few inches between us.



Roll #0 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336666

"A-as am I…"
Nervously magic out my book of astronomy and get to gazing quietly.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336674

"So, uh, how does that thing work, exactly? I know you look through it and it makes things bigger, but I don't know how."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336678

"Oh uh…"
I think for a moment, seemingly distracted by something, before I start citing rapidly.
"This one is c-called an optical telescope. The w-way it w-works is that it gathers and focuses l-light mainly from the v-visible part of the electromagnetic s-spectrum. O-Optical telescopes increase the apparent angular size of d-distant objects as well as their apparent brightness. In order for the image to be observed, photographed a-and studied telescopes work by employing one or m-more curved optical elements, u-usually made from glass lenses or mirrors, t-to gather light and other e-electromagnetic r-radiation to bring that light or radiation to a f-focal point…"
I trail off and avert my gaze, suddenly painfully self-aware of my response

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336679

I'll twiddle my hooves for a second.
"You're saying that they work sorta like a pair of glasses, by using those lenses to make things visible that usually aren't?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336680

I keep my eyes fixed to the floor
"K-kind of, yes… S-sorry for making it sound so c-complicated…."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336683

"Nah, that's alright. I got the gist of it."
I'll give her a reassuring smile.
"If we were talking about farm equipment, I'd probably have done much the same."
Looking at the telescope, I'll continue.
"So, this telescope… you came to school with it, right? Did you get it from your ma?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336684

I look at the telescope and nod
"Y-yes… I did… She had a b-big one herself at h-home that I used a lot… b-but I couldn't bring that one a-along so she gifted me this one…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336688

I'll nod.
"Seems sensible. And she gave you something to remember home by, so you don't feel too lonely. So long as you use that, it's like you're watching the stars together with her."


I blush
"I-I guess that's k-kind of true… S-still… I'm happy to have y-you, Vera and Nock around as w-well…"

Roll #0 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336693

I look at him for a moment again, before quickly returning my gaze to the floor again

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336694

Do I notice this? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336696

"What's the matter, Star?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336699

"… N-nothing…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336703

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Are you sure? Remember, I want you to tell me what's on your mind."
After a second, I'll continue.
"Is it about sharing the blanket? Because if it is we don't have to. I mean, if it makes you uncomfortable…"



Roll #0 8 = 8


I open my mouth to respond to that, but quickly close it again and gulp.
I stay reluctant for a moment longer, then move in and give him a hug

Roll #0 3 = 3

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336709

I'll be a bit surprised, but return the hug. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336711

Looks like a short and awkward hug on my part
"I-I'm sorry…"

I blush as he moves in again.
"…. Thank y-you…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336714

"You're welcome. And thank you."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336715

I wait for him to break the hug to speak up again
"I-I just wanted to b-be a little bolder a-and show y-you my appreciation…"
I nervously fiddle around with my hooves a little
"S-so… does this make us… m-mates then?"
I blush even redder as I finish that sentence

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336716

I'll blush even worse.
"M-m-mates? No! Well, not y-yet, anyway. We've only just had the first date! We're mates when, uh, if you and I, um, get m-married."
I'll clear my throat a bit.
"From how my pa explained it, there's a p-procedure to it. A colt finds a mare that he likes, and then, if she agrees to it, they can become each others' special someponies. A-and then, after they've gotten to know each other better, they can become l-l-lovers… and then, then… my pa was a bit fuzzy on this part, but he says that if the mare is agreeable to it, m-marriage ain't far behind."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336717

"O-oh… S-sorry… I don't really know how this s-stuff works…"
I need sleep. Can continue this tomorrow

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336718

"W-well all I know is what I heard from my pa… and he was real serious about it, so I made sure to listen."
Shuffling my front hooves, I'll continue.
"S-so, if it's agreeable to you… w-would you be m-my special s-somepony?"
Tomorrow, then.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 336930

I gulp
"I… ah… y-y-yes, I'd… I'd like t-that a lot…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 336966

I'll smile from ear to ear.
"That's great!"
Then I'll wrap Star in a big hug. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


Try to hug him back again
"Uh… y-yeah!"

Roll #0 10 = 10

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337242

I'll keep smiling, and continue to hug Star.
"You know, you're really good at hugging."


"T-thanks… uh… s-so are you."
Let's see if I remember to release the huge too

Roll #0 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337249


And no, I dont

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337259

I guess we keep hugging for a while.
Eventually, I'll let go, and pull out the blanket I brought. Wrapping it around us, I'll cuddle up next to Star.
'1d10' to maintain composure.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337265

I smile and lean my head on him
"T-this is like a dream…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337268

I''ll chuckle a bit.
"If it is a dream, I'd rather not wake up."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337269

"Me n-neither… I n-never thought I-I'd find somepony l-like you in this place…"

Nock [Tracker] 337270

When Vera returns to the room, I'm still at my desk, now returned to my papers. Perhaps a little less absorbed in them, but busily taking notes from some tome on heresy nonetheless.

Papaver Field [Mage] 337274

Look over to her as I walk in, say nothing, jump on the bed and keep staring.

Nock [Tracker] 337280

Perk up as she impacts the bed.

"Oh, welcome back Vera. I hope you made it there safely. Star looked like she was about to burst with anxiety."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337283

Shake my head and stop staring.
"Yeah, she was pretty tense, but not as much as Jon.."
Stay silent for a moment.
"Can I ask you something?"

Nock [Tracker] 337286

Put my sheet of notes in my book and close the cover.

"What is it?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 337290

"Let's say you could see what's waiting. What we are not supposed to see yet. All those off limits places and stuff.
Would you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337292

"But you did."
I'll smile down at Star.
"We both found somepony we never thought we'd find here. And," I look up to the sky. "We found each other thanks to the stars."

Nock [Tracker] 337294

Brighten a bit. "Of course, Vera. I told you that I've toured the campus grounds many times with my family, so in fact, I did go to see what was waiting. Did you see some sort of tour group notice? That could be fun."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337296

"No no no…" Wave my hooves frantically around.
"I mean… Where we are not supposed to go. At all."

Nock [Tracker] 337301

Think on it a moment.

"No… no I don't think I would. I think you were right before, Vera, when I talked about sneaking around. It's not very Paladin-like."

Pause, then give her a smile. "Thanks for being there to keep me on the right track."


"Y-yeah… That was totally because I wanted to be p-paladinlike…"
Do I have the courage to admit it?

Roll #0 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 337305

"But m-maybe, just a bit, I was scared of getting caught…"
Look off to the side, red in face.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337307

"I-I should be thankful to them for t-that… B-before I c-came here… during t-times w-when mom and dad weren't around… t-they were my only c-company…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337310

"You didn't have any siblings?"
I'll be a little surprised.

Nock [Tracker] 337312

Off my chair and onto the bed with her.

"Even a right choice made for the wrong reasons is still the right choice, though. I think you were right."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337315

"So… You are not curious? Not even a bit?"

Nock [Tracker] 337318

"Just the opposite. I am curious, but I choose to deny myself because it's the right thing to do. That's what being a paladin is about! Ours is the life of hard choices. I think I'm starting to realize that in more ways than just this one…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337321

I shake my head sadly
"N-no… I'm the o-only child…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 337324

"Are you… Are you talking about the inquisition?"

Nock [Tracker] 337330

"Among other things. I've been thinking… we all have these hard choices to face. You face dealing with your family's traditions, for instance. Your family chooses to deny themselves magic even though it is a powerful and dangerous destructive tool because of honor. That's why you inspire me, Vera. You make me want to be a better pony. To live up to the code of the Paladin."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337331

"I see…"
Then I suppose I'll lapse into silence, just enjoying Star's closeness and the night air.

Papaver Field [Mage] 337333

"I.. I.."
Well that did take me by surprise.
Roll not to blush.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337338

I'll do the same, glancing at the nightsky and maybe even wrap my tail around his

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337340

Blushing a bit, I'll return the gesture.

Papaver Field [Mage] 337342

Oh look at that red. And the shock on my face.
"But you know me since less than a week! H-how can you say these things?!"

Nock [Tracker] 337349

Stick my tongue out playfully. "I can't choose who I'm inspired by in less than a week? It took only an afternoon of beating to realize the battlemaster is as cunning as he is proficient at arms. He was the one who got me thinking about these choices. In any case, it doesn't take a whole week to know that you're one of the most honorable ponies I know."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337350

"S-stop that! It's not funny!"
Push her away with a distressed expression mixed with relief, then sigh and lie my head down on the bed.
"That's not something you should say like that.."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337351

I close my eyes in contentment and lean my head on his shoulder. No need to say anything more here.

Nock [Tracker] 337352

Give her an inquisitive look, then stop.

"Does Eaglecrest have some sort of cultural rule about calling another pony honorable?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 337353

'1d10' for shattered hopes.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 337354

Oh what do you know, I took it well.
"It's… Nothing. Nothing serious at least."
Put up a smile and wave a hoof dismissively at her.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337357

No need to say a thing at all. Just me, her, and a nice night after a long, long day.

Nock [Tracker] 337360

"Well good. After the talk we had while I was in the shower, I realized it might be too personal to call you strong. I was worried now I couldn't call you honorable, either. I was just about to run out of compliments, since they're your best traits."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337365

"W-well you know, not like you don't have to if you really want…"
Roll my head around a bit.
"You are pretty strong yourself, after all…"

Nock [Tracker] 337373

Grin at her. "Oh? And how should I take that, from an Eaglecrest pony?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 337378

Roll my eyes again in a playful manner and look at the ceiling with a smile.
That's how brave ponies avoid eye contact, right?
"You should be happy. A warrior just congratulated your strength. I know I was when you did."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337381

And then we probably eventually fell asleep

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Knight] 337382

Most probably.

Nock [Tracker] 337396

"Then that's how I'll take it." And with that, a yawn.

"It's getting late. Star is probably still out watching the astral bodies with Jon… Speaking of which, this will be your first night in a bed since coming here, won't it? You usually fall asleep with Star watching the night sky on the balcony."

Pause a moment.

"I'm not as much a starwatcher as she is, but would you like to share the balcony again tonight? We could move the mattress from the fourth bed out there if we plan on spending so many nights on the veranda."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337407

Give a soft giggle at the idea.
"Imagine if ponies saw the matress on the balcony."
Then, hop down the bed.
"Good thing it has sheets too. It gets chilly, at night."

Nock [Tracker] 337408

"I'll take that as a yes, then."

Start working at the mattress to pull it across to the balcony.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337410



Unsure of what to say to him, I decide to go with the old classic
"… H-hi."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337411

"Oh this reminds me."
Help her move the matress.
"I will be wanting more cake from now on!"

Nock [Tracker] 337412

Fight back another yawn as I collapse on the mattress outside and pull up the covers.

"Maybe tomorrow. That paper had me exhausted…"

Sidus [Rogue] 337413

I look at her, then smile.
"Hey! You're the friend of Jona, aren't you? We've already met in the cafeteria!"
"I hope you still have my picture!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337416

"O-oh uh…"
I start digging in my saddlebags, desperately trying to find it again
"I uh… uh… I-it's probably in m-my room…"
I smile sheepishly at him

Papaver Field [Mage] 337417

"Pff. Slacker!"
Roll my eyes and bounce on the matress, right beside her. Then, have a quick look around and droop my ears in realization.
"Oh… She took the telescope…"

Sidus [Rogue] 337422

"At least you still have it!"
Lean against a wall.
"What's up… Star, was it?"

Nock [Tracker] 337423

Fluff my pillow a little.

"To be honest, I'm a little bit sleepy for starwatching anyway."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337429

Roll my eyes.
"You just wanted to share a bed under the stars, uh?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337430

I nod
"Y-yes, S-Star Hopper…"
I fidget with my hooves nervously
"I-I was… uh… t-thinking about you actually… A-about what happened b-between you and Vera…"

Nock [Tracker] 337431

Eyes already closed, head on pillow. "I was just worried you couldn't fall asleep on your own at this point."

Papaver Field [Mage] 337432

Rest my head on a pillow too, my voice more sleepy than anything else.
"And what's tha-yawn-t supposed to mean?"

Sidus [Rogue] 337433

I grin again then strike a pose.
"How could one forget?! Did you like my moves? She stood no chance, did she?"
Relax again.
"Though I had to admit, that was one hard hit she gave me. Even if it was after the actual dual with my guard down."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337434

"… uh… right. I-I was more thinking it's a s-shame you two got t-tangled up… I think you'd make for g-good friends… N-not that I'm an expert on friendship o-or anything…"

Sidus [Rogue] 337435

I roll my eyes.
"I apologized and meant it. Even after she cheapshot me and spat on me. I chalked that up as her being sore after a loss. I offered a hoof to start with a clear sheet. She refused."
Grin again.
"Her loss of missing to be the friend of my greatness."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337437

"B-but… Don't y-you think it'd be… n-nice to have another f-friend… at your s-side? I mean… y-you both like the s-same things and all… And she s-showed me it's not g-good to go through life on your own…"

Nock [Tracker] 337438

"Tell you in the morning…"



But Ah'm not sleepy!

Okay maybe a bit.
Rolling for dreams.

Roll #0 4 = 4

Sidus [Rogue] 337447

"Jona is my friend, Burning is my friend… you are my friend, aren't you?"
Smile at her.
"But I only want true friends."



Roll #0 10 = 10

Nock [Tracker] 337452

In my sleep, I shift and cuddle up against Papaver, wrapping gently around her. Good dream.

Papaver Field [Mage] 337458

And then in my dreams this
Guess I'll better grasp tight the first thing I get a hoof on!

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337460

"I d-don't really k-know you though…"
I smile at him sheepishly
"But… I t-think you are a… uh… good p-pony… S-so if you want to b-be my friend I-I'd love to!"
I pause for a moment
"And uh… I-I think Vera is a true f-friend to me… Y-you just.. got off to a b-bad start…"

Sidus [Rogue] 337465

Smile at her again.
"Friends are always good!"
Then pause for a few seconds before sighing.
"And if you say so… I'm not only great but forgetful as well. I can give her another chance if you say she's not that bad. I don't take you for a liar."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337513

My eyes light up slightly
"R-right… That's really good to hear… S-So uh…"
I scratch the back of my neck awkwardly
"… Yeah… Friends…"

Sidus [Rogue] 337522

"Don't worry, I know you must feel excited to be the friend of someone so great like me!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337527

"Uh… Y-yes, of course…"
I fiddle around with my hooves some more. Social interaction is hard…. it's making me nervous.
"So… uh… S-Sidus. Where… where are y-you from?"

Sidus [Rogue] 337533

"Wherever my parents found work!"
I chuckle.
"Which was all across Equestria. We never settled anywhere for more than a year or two. What about you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337534

"I'm f-from Canterlot itself… W-what did your parents do then?"
Okay, we have a conversation going. This is good. That was a good question… or was that too personal to ask already?

Sidus [Rogue] 337535

"Freelancers! My father usually found jobs as a personal guard, while my mother was more of a hunter type… They were the ones who taught me all about weapons you know!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337537

"Oh… So… W-why did you join the a-academy?"
He seems to like talking about it at least… I should keep that in mind. Bad youth seems unlikely…

Sidus [Rogue] 337541

"To learn even more!"
I chuckle, then look up to the sky with a distant expression.
"I might be great, but I know that I could be even better! And when I become even better, I can fulfill my destiny to be greater than the Gods! And when that happens, I will know that I did everything to be able to do good and help ponies the best I can!"

Look back at her.
"And this academy is the perfect place to learn."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337543

I look at him with wide eyes
"W-wow… you really are confident…"
He really seems… convinced…

Sidus [Rogue] 337550

I smirk at her.
"Of course! Why wouldn't I be?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337551

"Y-you said… your destiny? T-to be greater t-than Gods? Isn't that… uh… heresy?"

Sidus [Rogue] 337552

I wave a hoof around.
"Of course it isn't! I don't want to do anything to the gods! I'm just destined to be better than them! And I will actually use my abilites for good!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337553

"B-but… how can you be s-so sure?"

Sidus [Rogue] 337554

"I had a revelation when I was younger, that's how!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 337555

I cock my head
"Uh… a r-revelation?"
Maybe he just fell on his head?

Sidus [Rogue] 337556

"You know! A dream of sorts! A vision that made my fate clear to me!"