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Paladinquest - Thread 8 DM 348493

Sidus just swapped the metal kamas on his weapon rack for the bright orange wooden ones.

The others were probably still in the medical wing right?

Papaver Field [Mage] 348494

Actually, me, Jon, and Leaf went to the library to talk tha Balsawood variable.
I think we are done now.

Sidus [Rogue] 348495

Now conceal them.

DM 348497

You put a sheet over the weapon rack.
It looks like a lumpy thing now.
Burning just calmly observes
Well, you are open to do anything then.

Sidus [Rogue] 348498

Now conceal the kamas on me.
As in, don't let anyone from the outside see they are not the training ones.

DM 348500

You could get some blocks of wood to hide them blades in and orange paint to make them match the training ones.


Oh bollocks, it's H&H soon and I still need help with my rhymes!
I wonder if anypony sings, around here…

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 348503

Or even better.
Undo the chains on one of them.
Keep the one with the chain on it.
Give the other to Burning.

DM 348506

What amazing luck.
You can hear someone singing.
It seems to be coming from above.
She looks at it with starry eyes

Sidus [Rogue] 348507

"Let's not make his job easy. Take this. Hide it, and hide it well. I have complete trust that you can do it."

Papaver Field [Mage] 348509

Look skywards. Or, well, follow the voice.

DM 348516

…hey now that we're here~"
Seems to be coming from the roof.

Papaver Field [Mage] 348518

But the roof is off limits! And what roof?

Sidus [Rogue] 348519

"Not now, Burning, we need to get working. I promised you something for Hearts and Hooves, and I will start working on that, but first, we need to get this done with."

So how about hiding the blade of the remaining kama now?

DM 348521

The main building one.
Though you could just go outside and look up.
It's still clearly thin and metal as opposed to thick, wooden and orange like the fake one.
Burning groans and lays flat on your bed, toying with the kama.

Sidus [Rogue] 348523

As long as it's safe, it's all good.
And carry it under my uniform, just for good measure.

Walk over to the bed and plant a kiss on her head.
"I promise you I'll more than make up for it, okay?"


But I'd risk missing the singer! Go on the roof! Sneakily?

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 348526

A bunch of older students block the way to the maintenance stairs…
"You'd better…
This thing isn't nearly as big and warm as you~"
You could probably fashion some sort of edge guard on it.
Though where on your person are you even going to shove it? Up your ass?

Sidus [Rogue] 348528

I thought the uniform had a coat or someshit?
Or some form of saddlebag?
And yeah, I need an edge guard.

Nuzzle her.
"First thing first, we need to find out where that key is."

Papaver Field [Mage] 348531

As in, they are here for this too or are they just hanging around?
If the second, go outside and look.

DM 348532

Well you can probably strap it to the inside of the coat.
As for the edge guard, maybe the smith as something, or you can just tie some leather around it.
"I dunno if helping you on that counts as cheating…"
They are just hanging around.
As you get outside you see the silhouettes of a pair of ponies up on the roof.

Sidus [Rogue] 348534

Leather will do.
Gotta' keep low profile.

"If you think it does I'll do it alone. I want my victory to be clean."


Just keep watching and listening. Try to make outtheir faces.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 348538

You can get some at the armoury, or in the art supplies, or several other places here.
"I'd rather not make the contest unfair…
Are you really in that big a hurry?"
With the sun behind them, it is impossible to tell anything.
However, your eyes get very painful from staring up at the sun, and you stumble and fall over.
A moment later you blink again, and notice two very similar looking ponies staring down at you
"You ok?"
"You were looking up at us and fainted or something."

Sidus [Rogue] 348540

I'll try art supplies.
"…that depends. I think I am."

DM 348541

She rolls over in bed
"You sure you can't at least afford a hug for me?"

Sidus [Rogue] 348542

Hop in next to her.
"I guess I can stay for a quick hug."

Papaver Field [Mage] 348543

"Thanks I… Heard singing and just wanted to know where it was coming from."

DM 348544

She smiles softy and scoots in next to you
"Make it as long as you think I need~"
"That would be us."
"Though usually our fans are a little less prone to such dramatic reactions when seeing us."

Papaver Field [Mage] 348546

"T'was the sun, she defeated me!"

Sidus [Rogue] 348548

Cuddle against her.
"I can't deny that I like being close to you too."

DM 348549

They look disappointed
"Guess we were mistaken"
That means a lot to me you know~"

Sidus [Rogue] 348550

"I know. And having you around means a lot of me."

I grin at her.
"I would almost feel lonely if I didn't know you were watching me almost all the time."

Papaver Field [Mage] 348551

"About the fan part? Actually I'm just a first year, I don't know much about the academy yet "

DM 348554

"It sure is nice being in your bed with you awake for a change~"
"Well now, did you hear that, brother?"
"I certainly did dear brother"
"Should we?"
"We should~"
The snicker a little and turn back to you with a smile

Papaver Field [Mage] 348555

Recoil slightly, but look at them with a curious expression.

Sidus [Rogue] 348556

"After your be- wait, uh, what?"

DM 348560

They both offer a hoof
"Perhaps we could be your guides!"
"It can be a big, scary new place after all!"

Sidus [Rogue] 348561

Nuzzle her again and stroke her mane a bit.
I should be going soon.

Papaver Field [Mage] 348562

Place one hoof ahead of me, unsure which one of the two I should take.

DM 348567

She rests her head on you
"Just a little longer ok?
I want to enjoy this…"
They both grab it and pull you up
"Now then"
"Let us show you a world"
"A world of song"
"Of dance"
They both pull out instruments
"And of the magnificent Brothers Triumph!"
I'm not in the mood to do a musical number now. We can leave that for next time.

Sidus [Rogue] 348569

Keep stroking her mane.
Maybe even her neck a bit.
"Fine, but only five more minutes!"

DM 348571

"Make them magical for me why don't you~"

Sidus [Rogue] 348572

Kiss her.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Papaver Field [Mage] 348573

And then they danced and nothing productive was done at the academy all day long.
But at least I worked around that small issue on the poem, no?
No, I haven't. Still gotta find the time to write something. Damn H&H and damn shipping.
We stop here? I can hardly to anything right now.

DM 348576

Yeah I could go to bed. Get up early. Get home early. All that good shit.
It's all good to her.
She gives one back and cuddles in close
"I wish you luck on your mission~"


Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 349148

>Nobody has posted anything since last pause
Dead quest

Do you want the musical number?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349150

Do you want to write the musical number?

DM 349151

Only if you people want me to.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349152

As jon said. Want to write it?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349153

I don't know what I was doing

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349154

You were helping nurse Steamship sort samples.

Sidus [Rogue] 349156

Give her a last kiss on her forehead before standing up.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349158

Oh right, I was

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349164

Anywho, since this is after the conversation with Vera and Leafblade about Balsa (unless we wanted to keep that going in some timewarped sense), I suppose I'm floating loose about the academy.
I think I'll drop in on one of the extracurricular defense courses.

DM 349167

"Mind if stay here a little longer?"
"So yes, please seal and label the samples, then pack them in that box over there while I finish this report."
I'm a little short on material.
If you don't really want one that much, lets just go with this.
They have a duo act. They can sing very well.
They actually got a bunch of onlookers to sing the chorus by the time they got Vera into the main building again in the third verse.
After a thundering crescendo, they strike a pose without even realizing most of the song was about how happy they would be to show Vera around the school
For it is quite a place, the academy
For every race, this academy
Nothing rhymes with academy
I know that brother, just roll with it.
From all your basic needs
To the tools of heroic deeds
They can teach you all in this academy
They got books on spells of light and dark
Beasts with way more bite than bark
A history of legends and heroes
…if mostly because they don't keep tabs on the zeros
And a plethora of other stuff we won't fit in this sooooong

Have this instead

Sidus [Rogue] 349168

"Feel free, though I really need to get going."


Get to it! I'm a trained professional!

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 349172

She lays her head on your pillow
"It's still warm here…"
It takes you a moment, but you do eventually realize what, exactly, is in the jar of white goo.
It smells nice…
Try not to get too excited, missy.
"Welcome, cadet. Right on time."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349176

I'll nod to the instructor.
"So what should I be doing, sir?"


And I'll gladly go back and watch that another time when I'm not on mobile.
For now, rolling my awe.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I blush profusely and keep doing my job. I have to keep a cool head no matter what.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sidus [Rogue] 349182

"I hope it will have your warm when I return too~"

Okay, enough lollygagging.
Nod her goodbye and hurry to the Art Supply stuff and get some leather.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349183

"That was almost the most exciting thing I've ever heard!"
Give them a huge smile and jump around giggling.

DM 349186

"Well, cadet, what exactly are you here to learn?
We tailor the lessons for the needs of the individual around here."
It's just the flim flam song.
You seem impressed. Very impressed.
"…I think we forgot to actually show her around brother"
"…we did, didn't we…"
"I got corks in the cupboard over there."
She points at the back wall
The art supplies are kept in a small room off the crafts class.
The history and arts teacher has the key.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349187

"Well, sir, I seem to be having some trouble with keeping my defenses up, so I was hoping that I could come by here and work on that."

Papaver Field [Mage] 349188

Nod vigorously.
"But that was really kind anyway!"

Sidus [Rogue] 349189

Go to the arts teacher.


Go over there and collect the necessary corks , then seal the samples

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 349194

"You got a shield?"
"It did sort of miss the point though"
"We often do, brother"
"Well, as long as the show is good"
They seem to be going off topic again
She is drawing at her desk, not really paying attention to you.
They key is hanging off the desk edge, next to her sword.
Samples sealed.
"I got a box for them and some padding over there on the other table. Be a dear and make them secure."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349195

"Yessir, that is what I use."
I should still have it on me, because we gave Star a little defense/attack lesson earlier.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349197

Hey I got time.
"So… You two singers of some kind?"


"On it."
Put them in da box and seal it!
"S-so… uh… why are these samples t-taken?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 349200

No need to give reason for suspicion.
Walk up next to her.
"Nice drawing. Could I get the key for the art supplies? I want to fashion a glove or a handle for better grip on my sword."

DM 349203

"Good. I know a thing or two about shields. Dad was crazy about them."
"Oh yes"
"And songwriters"
"And poets"
"And trumpeters"
"To a degree"
"And you?"
"…why would you ask that?
And why is your face all red?"
Sorry, I was a little lost in thought.
Need any help with that?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349205

I grin confidently.
"Nah, I can manage, but thank you for the offer. So may I?"

Lift the key visibly.


I gulp
"Uh… I-I just want to know because… I want to learn about t-this stuff?"
Grin at her awkwardly and try to stop blushing

Roll #1 8 = 8

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349207

"Really? Then I'm in good hooves, sir. Where do we start?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349208

Smirk a little.
"I write a thing or two… Marches, epic poems…"

DM 349210

"Sure, I guess.
What exactly are you taking? I need to keep inventory you know."
"They are samples requested by the Medical Academy for an upcoming procedure."
"Well first, lets just see how well you can block a direct hit. Shield up!"
They look at eachother, then back at you
"Do tell"
"You have our undivided attention"

Sidus [Rogue] 349212

"Do you have leather straps? That's what I'm intending to take. Not sure how much yet."


"Oh… S-so they're testing for d-diseases and stuff?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349214

Shields up, then. '1d10'
Also my dog is making noise at me, so if I take a bit coming back, blame him.

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 349216

"Yeah, I should have a bunch. Please leave a note on how many you took. Was that all?"
"Not exactly. More like a birth defect."
He hits you in the shield

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

DM 349218

Steamship gets a little glimmer in her eye
"Saaaay… do you know that pony who was here just now?"'
"You need to work on that stance, cadet!

Sidus [Rogue] 349219

"Yes, it was! Thanks!"

What was the drawing?
Anyway, head there and look for the leather.


"Uh… N-no… N-not at all… never s-seen him in my life…"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 349221

Okay time to start stuttering.
"B-but it's n-nothing too good! And n-nothing complete! I hav-have troubles w-with my rhymes!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349223

I'll block this one. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 349227

She was drawing a scene of a paladin standing against several demons
The supply closet has paint buckets, paper, bushes, glue, canvas, paint tubes, stained glass, clay, leather straps, rivets…
She raises a brow
"Hm. Too bad."
"Well there's no need to despair"
"After all, now we are here"
"And rhyming is something we can do with ease"
"So can we see your work?"
"Pretty please?"
The teacher winds up for another hit

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 6 = 6

DM 349228

"Well cadet if you want ore out of me you gotta make yourself useful."
Guard broken!
"You really do need lessons.
Try putting some more weight behind the shield, so you absorb the hit more effectively. Use your bulk."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349229

Alright, let's do as he says. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6


I gulp again
"Uh… w-well you know I'm h-here to help either way… I'm just c-curious how all this stuff w-works, that's all…"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 349232

First of all, get enough leather to secure my weapon. How much do I need?

…also, bushes?

DM 349237

You'll need quite a few to make the blade safe to keep next to your bare flanks.
"Looks better. Lets see if it works better."
"Well that cadet left a few tests unfinished so my results may not be conclusive."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349238

"Well I'm s-sure there w-was a reason he didn't w-want to finish s-some of the tests…"

DM 349241

"Ok last one cadet.
Angle the shield to be more in line with your body, and hold it steady. You're letting it flop around!"
"That is no reason to ruin my fu-… um… hinder his own chances at recovery"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349244

I'll shake my head. I can do this! Sure I didn't have any teachers before now, but I at least know how to stop a hit! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349245

"O-okay… uh… if y-you say so…"

DM 349246

She puts her quill down
"Please put these papers in the box too, and tie it up, would you?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 349247

Well do it here and now to see just how much I need.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349249

I nod and do so, then pick the box up with my telekinesis and look at the nurse expectantly

DM 349250

He punches you in the nose, around the shield
"Lesson #2: move your shield to react to hits."
You put two straps over the edge ad tie them down by a few more around the blade.
Overall, you end up needing at least six straps.
"Just leave it here for now. I need to write addresses on it."

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 349251

5 is not an answer

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 349252

"Oh and before you go…"

Sidus [Rogue] 349253

Take four more, and write a note about ten.
Also, write down 'Sorry I have a lot of weapons.'

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349254

I nod and put it back onto the ground


DM 349256

And done.
You can now hide the kama on your person.
"Are you seeing anyone?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349258

Good! Do so!

Now comes the hard part…
Close the thingy and return the key.

How does the office of the Battlemaster look like? Where is it?


"N-no! T-that would be a-against the rules!"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349260

I'll rub my nose and nod.
"Well, you can see why I came to you, sir."
Come on, I can't expect to teach Star anything if I don't know it.
Shield back up, and be ready for him. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 349264

It's on the second floor.
He is working there right now.
"Your face tells a different story."
"Indeed. Looks like we have a lot of work ahead."
He punches you again

Roll #1 2 = 2


"I-I-It's just hot in here!"

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 349266

"But we are making some progress at least. You learn fast from old mistakes."

DM 349268

"And about to get a lot hotter for you if I don't get a little something for keeping my mouth shut."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349269

"It helps having a teacher to point them out. Had to make due without until now."
Keep up my guard. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 349270

What sort of door does it have?
What is he doing?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349272

I gulp, looking fearful now
"O-okay… but p-please don't tell anypony…"

DM 349274

"Never try to learn on your own if you have a teacher available. You'll just learn wrong."
A thick one. Capable of withstanding an angry buffalo.
He seems to be reviewing some papers
"Of course not, if you make it worth my while."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sidus [Rogue] 349275

Go outside.
Any windows?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349277

I sigh defeatedly
"Do I-I need to work f-for free…?"

DM 349278

One. It is rather large and offers a good view of the training yard.
"Not quite what I had in mind…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349279

I cock my head and look at her questioningly

Sidus [Rogue] 349280

Any ways of climbing up and opening it?

DM 349281

It cannot be opened.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349282

Looks like I took that hit pretty well.
"Well, sir, not many defense teachers on a farm."
Guard stays up. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 349285

No dice then.
Go back to the door thing.
What about the lock?

Papaver Field [Mage] 349287

We still running?
Okay wait wait.
"We should go someplace private for this… The song should be a surprise."

DM 349288

"Admittedly true."
Seems pretty basic.
There is probably a master key to most of the school's locks anyway so the janitors can clean.
"…are you sure you don't know that previous patient?"
"Someplace special?"
"Lead the way"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349289

I look down, blushing in embarrassment
"H-he's a f-friend…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349290

"Special? No! Just without so many ponies around!"

DM 349291

he visibly hurts himself on your shield
"Gah! Ok, good enough."
"Well he needs to finish those tests."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349292

I'll put down my guard.
"You alright, sir?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349293

I'll need to find one of that.
Can I see in?
Any sign of that trunk?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349294

"So… I-I just need to convince h-him to finish them? A-and then you wont t-tell anypony?"

DM 349296

"I'll be fine. Just need to get this looked at."
You could just go in. The door IS open.
"That'd be one way."

Sidus [Rogue] 349298

Go inside then and take a good look of the surroundings

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349300

I give her a puzzled look
"H-how else c-could he finish them?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349301

I'll deflate a little.
"Sorry about that…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349303

"Where do you two write?"

DM 349307

The battlemaster looks up from his papers
"Cadet Sidus. What brings you here?"
"Well we did not have time to test for his stamina or thrust force."
"No no it's fine. I got careless. Happens to the best of us."
"We write where we feel inspired"
"Just now we went to the roof to sing, for we wanted to sing to the sky"
"Sometimes we write in class"
"On the field"
"When on night watch"
"When in bed"

Sidus [Rogue] 349310

Look around!
"I have a question to ask."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349311

I'll nod, though still look a little guilty.
"So I guess that means the lesson's over for today?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349312

Ah right. What uniform are they wearing? Which year?
"Sounds different. I write when I'm inspired, not where…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349313

I look taken aback
"C-come again?"

DM 349314

He has lots of war trophies and keepsakes here, along with his ceremonial armour on a rack, hunting trophies, medals, sashes, ribbons…
"Go on."
"Well for now yes. Unless you want to just ask theory."
Third year
"Same thing"
"Often one can find inspiration if one seeks a little"
"Stamina and thrust force.
Should I check your ears?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349315

Any sign of the trunk?
"It's about the forge."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349317

"So… I-I have to make him r-run? I-I don't understand what you mean with thrust force t-though…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349318

"I'd like to, if you're sure your wound won't need tending soon. Though I could wait until you get back, if it needs immediate attention."

Papaver Field [Mage] 349319

"Well I do seek some! Inspiration for this!"
Show them the sappy love marching tune.
The >9 one.

DM 349323

Not out in the open at least.
Might be in his closet, or under his desk.
"Yes, what of it?"
"Well all you need to do is get him here and make sure he listens to the doctor's orders this time around."
"It'll be fine. So, what did you want to ask?"
"Simply shocking"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349325

Droop my hears and look ashamed.

Sidus [Rogue] 349326

Any key holders or stuff like that?
Or maybe he carries it? Any sign of that?
"Is it possible for me to work there?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349327

I nod
"O-okay… I'll go tell h-him…"
I sigh and turn to leave and find Jon

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349332

"Well, for the moment, I think going over the basics would probably be best. I kinda volunteered to help another student with practicing her defenses, and if I don't even know what I'm talking about, I'd only end up making them worse."
I'll look a bit sad at this.
"It was probably a darn fool thing to do, since I didn't have a teacher, but I at least wanted to help."

DM 349337

"I mean who would have thought someone could write a catchy march without any rhymes?"
"Truly. What use will there even be for us after this gets out?"
His desk probably has drawers.
As he is sitting behind it, it is impossible to tell if he has it on him
"Of course. Why do you need to ask me?"
"See you two soooon~"
"Well why not bring your friend out here for defense lessons with the rest?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349339

"Because weapon safety?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349342

"I'd started considering that, sir, but I'm not sure she'd be too keen on it. She seems to have found a good niche helping in the infirmary, and I don't want to feel like I'm bossing her around."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349343


I awkwardly approach him

Papaver Field [Mage] 349344

Cock my head.
"So… You like it?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349345

I'll turn to look at Star.
"Hi there, Star. Finish up at the infirmary already?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349349

I look down at the ground, idly digging at it with a hoof

DM 349350

"You obviously won't be using the forge to make lethal weapons for yourself.
That would be very much against the rules."
"Hrm. What sort of a cadet is she anyway, to shy away from training?"
"Yes no?"
"No, yes"
"Yes yes?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349352

"Well, I guess I can introduce you. Sir, this is Cadet Star Hopper. Star, this is the defense instructor… uh, I don't think I actually got your name, Sir."

Papaver Field [Mage] 349353

Perk up and start grinning wide.
"And just wait until real action comes around, I will write the best battlesong pony ears have ever heard!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349354

I awkwardly wave at the instructor

DM 349360

"We'd love to hear it"
"And perhaps sing along with you"
"Instructor Shield Wall. Good to meet you, cadet."


Papaver Field [Mage] 349361

"The day we fight at each other's side."
Wink at them with a grin.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349362

I'll nod.
"So, what brings you to the field, Star?"
We can pause if you want to.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349363


"Uh… S-Star Hopper… h-hi…"

I look around uncomfortably

DM 349364


Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349365

I'll cock my head a little.
"What's the matter?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349366

Pace around a bit calmly.
Try to get a better look.
"Obviously. But I will be handling them."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349367

"Well… uh… I-I just spoke with miss Steamship…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349368

My ears will flick back at that.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349369

I motion him to move a little away from the instructor so he can't hear
"Well… s-she told me y-you have to finish your t-tests…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349370

I'll blush a little at that. Turning to Shield Wall, I'll excuse myself.
"Pardon me, sir, but this is apparently a medical matter."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349371

"So… yeah… Y-you need to go back and f-finish them for her…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349372

I'll lead Star a little ways away from the instructor, as if I were going to the infirmary, then speak in a hushed voice.
"I can't do that, Star.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349373

"But y-you have to! It's i-important that y-you do!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349374

I'll shake my head, blushing.
"If those are the tests I think they are, then I really can't do them, Star. I really can't."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349375

"But… w-why not? I-I don't know why you h-have to take them b-but… I-It must be important right?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349376

I'll sit down and look Star straight in the eye.
"Star, if those tests are the ones I think they are, they'd… well, they'd…"
My voice will sink to a whisper.
"She wanted me to… to m-mount her, Star. That's how she was going to take those tests. And I'm half-convinced she wrote them in herself, since the hoofwriting is different than the official tests."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349377

As he finishes his explanation I'm just about as red as a tomato
"Oh… uh… I-I… I d-don't really understand h-how… s-she wants you t-to be your s-special somepony t-too?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349378

I'll shake my head.
"N-no, I just think she's… well, I can't quite say the word in mixed company, but she's certainly not interested in me romantically."
I'll be blushing a fair amount as well.
"But why did she send you to try and bring me back? She shouldn't need those 'tests.'"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349379

I droop my ears in shame
"She… s-she asked me if I had a s-special somepony and… I-I tried to deny it b-but she saw r-right through me… and then she t-told me that I h-had to convince you to t-take those tests or she would t-tell on us and…"
I cover my face in my hooves
"I-I'm sorry… this is a-all my fault…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349380

I'll take a deep breath.
Do what needs to be done, Jonagold Apple. If it's the only way to keep her safe, then do it.
"…yes, it is."
I'll frown at Star.
"Your lack of backbone just allows people like nurse Steamship to walk all over you. I can't…"
Do it, Jon. Do it, and then start working on revenge.
"I can't be special someponies with somepony so unreliable. I'm sorry, Star, but we're through. And you can tell nurse Steamship to take her tests and shove them."
And with that, I'll take a sharp turn, and head towards the Sword Dorm.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349381

I weakly reach out a hoof as he turns away
"No… p-please… I-I can c-change! I-I'll do anything!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349382

I'll just keep walking, ears back and head slightly lowered.
I don't want you to change, Star. I don't!

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349383

"D-Don't leave me…"
I watch him disappear out of sight, tearing up now. Eventually I lower my hoof back onto the ground, my lower lip trembling with sadness.
"I-I don't wanna b-be alone again…"
Hanging my head low, I slowly walk back to our dorm, not caring to hold back my tears anymore. Arriving there I crawl into bed, hugging the gift I had bought for hearts and hooves and start crying my heart out.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349384

Leaving Star behind, I'll make my way to the dorm, and then mindlessly walk into the bathroom to shower. A cold one.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349385

And then I walk in after leaving the two brothers behind to pick up something in my room.
"Wha-what's going on Star?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349386

I roll over, facing away from her, and keep sobbing.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349387

Scoot over there and lean on top of her bed.
"Hey! Don't turn around like that! What's going on?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349388

I sniffle, breathing hard as I explain through the tears
"I… I b-b-broke up w-with J-Jon-"
Which is as far as I get before burying my face into my pillow and continuing to weep

Papaver Field [Mage] 349389

My eyes widen as I yelp in surprise, turning around to look at her with a shocked expression.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349390

I keep crying and whimpering into my pillow


Grab her shoulders and softly pull her apart from the pillow.
"C'mere, hug me Star. Relax."
Give her the softesf hug I can manage.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349392

Looks like I hold tight to my pillow and the shield and don't respond to the hug at all


Then I collapse over her and hug again.
Slowly, pet her mane.
"Wanna tell me what happened?"

Roll #1 2 = 2



Roll #1 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349395

No. Evidently I don't.
I actually start crying even harder than I already was.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349396

"Ush. It's alright. I won't leave your side."
And I just kept hugging her.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349397

Let's not retype everything that happened
Eventually I calm down enough to start telling her what happened through sobs and whimpers. I tell her what happened at the nurse's office, what she told me and how Jon reacted to it when I told him as well, breaking down to tears several times again in the process.
"I-It's all m-my fault… I k-knew I'd mess up… a-and now… J-Jon hates me…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349398

Rolling to contain my blind fury.
Against the nurse '1d10-2'
Against Jon '1d10'

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

Papaver Field [Mage] 349399

With eyes red in rage, I look at her.
"That… B-" stop for a second.
"Bad, honorless vermin! How dares she! And why didn't Jon defend you?!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349400

I sniffle
"It's n-not his fault… I d-don't blame him f-for not w-wanting a weakling l-like me to r-risk his record o-on the academy…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349401

Look with a angry glare at her"If thereis something Nock told me, it's that you should stick with your mate, even if they are weak!
You should protect them, that's why!
So now clean you up, go to Jon's dorm and yell at him until he comes out of there!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349402

"No… h-he hates me…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349403

"He can't hate you. The only pony at fault here is that nurse!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349404

"B-but she found out b-because of m-me!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349405

"And? Balsa knows about me and Nock but doesn't want such… terrible things! And you! If somepony tries to take Jon from you, you should fight! Not help her!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349406

"B-but he d-doesn't want me a-anymore…"
I sigh and bury my face into my pillow again
"I k-knew I'd m-mess up…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349407

Bite on the pillow and pull it away fom under her, throwing it on another bed.
"No! Stop talking like that, I know you two too well! He still wants you! And now it's your turn to show him you want him too!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349408

I shake my head, covering my swollen red eyes with my hooves
"I d-don't w-want to talk t-to him… he'll probably get a-angry with me because I-I put h-him in danger…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349409

"What a stupid idea! He can't be angry! Not at you!"
Place my hooves on her shoulders.
"Look me in the eyes!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349410

I slowly move my hooves down, looking at her with tear-filled eyes

Papaver Field [Mage] 349411

"You love him, don't you?
Just nod. A yes or a no."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349412

I nod weakly
"I-I've never b-been happier t-than with him…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349413

My glare grows more determinated.
"Then you go and fight for him. Otherwise, you don't deserve him!"
Stop for a second, then smile.
"And I know you do deserve him."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349414

"B-but… I-I don't even know h-how… or w-what to do…"


"I'm right behind you Star."
Hug her now, close, give her confidence.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349416

I hug back this time, letting out a weak sigh
"C-can't you t-talk to h-him first? P-please?"


Nod through the hug.
"Oh yes. I will beat some sense into him."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 349418

What would the effect of that 1 be?
"T-Thank you… f-for being here f-for me…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 349419

I forgot the clear the mail field.
"Forgot it already? You are my best friend!"

Sidus [Rogue] 349422

Supposedly returning to my room from the recon mission without a problem, it looks like I find Burning gone but my roommate in.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349426

As I'm currently in th eshower, I don't hear him come in.

Sidus [Rogue] 349431

I'll just hop in my bed, hoping it still has some of the leftover warmth of Burning in it, maybe even the scent of her mane hopefully not the scent of anything else

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349439

After a few minutes, I'll stop the water. No sense getting sick while there are things that need doing. For a while, I'll just sit in the tub, though: a wet, miserable little horse.
Sighing heavily, I'll halfheartedly start toweling off, and reenter the main room.

Sidus [Rogue] 349444

I grin at him from the bed as I'm thinking of the details of my master plan.
"Hey Jon!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349449

I'll toss a look at him, and then flump onto my bed.
"'Lo, Sidus."

Sidus [Rogue] 349453

"What's up, buddy?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349461

I'll grunt non-commitally, and just sorta flop over on my side.

Sidus [Rogue] 349465

"Did somepony hand your ass over to you on the training fields? I know that ruins my day too. At least I can handle it. You know, that doesn't mean I'm worse than them. It just means I need to practice and figure out how exactly they fight, then counter it!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349468

"No. If'n it were that easy, I'd just be out there training."
I'll let out another sigh.
"Hey, Sidus, how's it going with your miss Heart?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349478

"You won and feel like you didn't deserve it?"
I chuckle afterwards.
"And we are good! She's still pretty as ever and she still loves me like the day she had the fortune to first lay her eyes on me!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349481

"Urgh. No, I didn't win either. Wasn't a fight. S'nice your romance is going well."
After a minute, I'll speak again.
"Hey, Sidus, you remember the nurse from the physical? Steamship's her name. She give you any funny looks?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349492

I nod.
"Of course it's going well, how could it not be well with me in it?"
Raise an eyebrow at him at the question.
"Only really met her during that check up earlier this year. No funny looks though… a funny question, yeah, but no funny looks."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349503

"What kinda funny question?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349509

I smirk.
"Let's just say she wanted to see my greatness."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349512

I'll raise an eyebrow.
If I can build up a history of incidents like mine, I should be able to get her dismissed. I'll have to check up on Platter later, see if Steamship has made a move on him.

Sidus [Rogue] 349514

I shrug.
"I told her everything is perfectly fine and no need for that. I can understand why she'd want to, though."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349519

I'll nod.
"So it wasn't just me, then. Sidus, don't you think there's something wrong with a nurse taking a special interest in students like that?"

Sidus [Rogue] 349528

I look at him surprisedly.
"Huh. I thought it was just me and the irresistable air of succes that surrounds me."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349535

I'll shake my head.
"She called me in to do a few additional tests a little earlier. Turns out there was more she had in mind."
Grimacing, I'll continue.
"And when I refused, she somehow got the fact Star and I were together out of Star, and threatened to rat us out to the instructors if I didn't come back to finish those 'tests.'"
Sitting up, I'll glare at the wall.
"Can you believe it? That… that whorse has the nerve to blackmail a student!"
Quivering with silent anger, I'll keep going.
"And the only way I could think of to protect Star was… was to break her heart. I made her cry, Sidus. I made her cry, and I just walked away."

Sidus [Rogue] 349537

I sit up on my bed and turn to him in full, the smile dissapearing from my face.
"What did you do?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349539

"The only thing I could do, to make sure this didn't come back to bite Star. I… I broke it off with her. Now, that nurse has nothing on her."
I'll look at Sidus, a quiet rage in my voice.
"But thanks to you, Sidus, I have at least two things on Steamship. I might need to ask around and see if anypony else was asked, but if enough of them have been…"
I'll chuckle darkly.
"Well, let's just say that the students aren't the only ones who can get in trouble around here."

Sidus [Rogue] 349549

I frown.
"I know you wanted to help her, but was it really worth it in the long run? You could have just kept low profile until you sort this out."

My expression turns more determined.
"But I won't let anypony hurt my friends, not even a nurse. I might be able to help. I'm sure that the infirmary is not that well protected. I could sneak in and gather whatever evidence you need without problem."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349558

"Sidus, if I had told her what I intended, and the nurse tries to rat us out at the last minute to save her neck, Star wouldn't be able to lie. Not to the Battlemaster, or any of the instructors. This way… this way she won't have to lie."
I'll drop my eyes to the floor for a second, but shake my head and focus.
"But if you could get into the infirmary, that would be best. If she sees me around there, then she'll be suspicious at least. Or more aggressive. You should be able to get in fairly easily, and I've got just the way for you to do it. There's a colt in there, Golden Platter. Battlemaster put him in there after he found out Platter was guilty of cheating on tests. Say you're visiting him, and once you're in his room, ask him about nurse Steamship. See if she's made any moves on a target that can't get away."

Sidus [Rogue] 349563

"Who said they need to know I'm there?"
I grin at him.
"Don't worry though, I'll fit it in my timetable. I won't let her ruin your thing with Star and get away with it…. though I hope this won't invalidate all those lessons."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349569

I'll shake my head.
"If we can get Steamship removed, I might be able to start rebuilding that relationship."
Doubt flits across my face even as I speak.
"If that's even an option, anymore. I hurt Star so badly…"
Shaking my head again, a bit more vigorously, I'll continue.
"But even if I can't, I want you and Star to keep having those lessons, you hear? She's showing real progress, and needs the support. Hopefully Vera and Nock will be there for her too."

Sidus [Rogue] 349575

"You don't understand. From what I saw, she was making progress only half for herself. She was trying to make progress for you."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349588

"You think I don't know that, Sidus? I'm not blind. But this thing with the nurse forced the training wheels off early. I want Star to be able to think for herself, by herself."
I'll sigh.
"This may have been for the best, actually. Now she has to rely on what you taught her to stand on her own. She'll need you and Vera more than me right now."

"But why did this have to happen so close to Hearts and Hooves…"

Sidus [Rogue] 349595

"Hmm… that does make sense."
Hop off the bed and pat him on the back.
"Don't worry though, we'll have it sorted out by then."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349604

"I hope so."
Squaring my jaw, I'll get off the bed.
"But there's no time like the present to start. We've still got some time before the day's over, so let's get busy."
Tossing on my uniform, I'll head to the door.
"And Sidus? Thanks. I didn't think it when we first met, but you're actually a pretty great pony."
And out I go.

Sidus [Rogue] 349610

I smirk as I watch him go.
"Was there ever any doubt?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 349998

In the course of my search for evidence against Nurse Steamship, I find myself at the training fields.

Papaver Field [Mage] 349999

I charge at him, stopping an hinch from his face.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350001

I'll stop mid-stride, and turn to face Vera.
You knew this was coming, Jon. But maybe she can help too.
"Me. I can guess what you're here about."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350002

"Yes! To punch sense into you! And Star!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350003

I'll wince a little.
"I won't deny I deserve it, but I have a reason for doing so."
I'll gesture to the field.
"Perhaps we can talk it over during our sense-beating session."


Try to conjure a magic sword.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7


But I fall short.
With a crossed expression, I'll look at him and pick my normal greatsword.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350008

Wait, you forgot to clear your email, not attacked. Whoops.

Papaver Field [Mage] 350009

Delete that and rewrite something.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350010

I'll nod, and then start heading towards the armory.
"You'll have to forgive me, but I forgot my sword and shield in my room. I'll be just a minute."
Looking over the racks, I'll pick out a simple broadsword, much like the one Star tried picking out earlier. Forgoing a shield, I'll return to Papaver.
"Alright, whenever you're ready then."
Falling into stance, I'll wait for her to strike first.


"Just tell me why you had to be such a coward, Jon."
Narrow my eyes and charge at him.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350012

I'll sidestep. '1d10'
"Coward? That was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, Papaver."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350013

With a small smack on her back as she rushes by, I'll continue.
"It was the only way I could think of to protect her!"
And I'll set up my guard. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


"I can think of many more! Like going there and facing that nurse!"
Sidestep and dive in!

Roll #1 5 = 5


Running around Jon's defense I'm able to chip at his legs with my greatsword.
Attack again.
"So, no more words? No more excuses?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350016

"What did you want me to do, Vera? Do what that…"
I'll bite my tongue. Those words aren't fit for mixed company.
"…That Jezebel wanted? That would be unfaithful to Star!"
I'll take a swing at her. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350017

The sword slaps against her side.
"And even if I had, that wouldn't change anything! She'd still have a hold over Star! Now she has nothing!"
I'll try to disarm Papaver. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Hold firm to my weapon and kick him back.
"No you idiot! You should have went to her and told she was a slime!
A honorless much! You should have exposed her to the headmaster for what she was!"

Roll #1 9 = 9


And thanks to the heavy balance of my sword I'm able to keep a hold and bring it down hard on Jon's side, while kicking him away.
Then, I get ready for his next attack.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350020

Grunting a bit, I'll swing with all I've got. '1d10'
"What do you think I was going to do, just let her win?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350021

Staggering her a bit, I'll continue.
"I only broke it off with Star so that if the nurse tried to rat her out before I got her reported, she'd be telling the truth that there wasn't anything between us. Star's a terrible liar."
And I'll prepare my guard. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7


Look at him with a look of disbelief on my face.
"You hurt her for something like that?"
Blinded by rage, I'll charge at him with all my strength.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350023

Sidestepping easily, I'll refrain from attacking.
"You think it didn't hurt me too? It felt like I ripped out my own heart just to keep her safe."
I'll grimace.
"I never wanted to make her cry, Vera. Especially not before Hearts and Hooves. But that lecherous nurse pushed me into a corner, and by the stars I will make her pay for doing so."
Guard still up. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Papaver Field [Mage] 350024

Plant my sword on the ground and lean on it.
"Last chance. What's on your mind?"
Pick it up and hold it up to him.
"Or I will beat you up like a ragdoll!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350025

"I'm going to do exactly what I must. Sidus has agreed to help, and by now he should already be on the way to the infirmary to gather evidence, and maybe even a first-hand account from Platter, the pony the Battlemaster put in there the other day."
With a small grin, I'll continue.
"I came out here to see if any of the other male students have had encounters with her similar to mine. When I heard from Sidus that he had also been approached by her during the physical, I knew it was more than just me. So, once I build up enough evidence, I will present it to the Headmaster, and if there's any justice in the world she'll be out of the academy."
I'll drop my guard, and sit.
"But you can't tell Star this. You have to keep it a secret that I'm doing this, otherwise Steamship might catch on while Star's working in the infirmary. Once it's over, and that whorse is gone, I can only pray that Star will forgive me for what I had to do."
A sadness settles in.
"Even though she's got no reason to forgive me for this. I hurt her so badly…"
Shaking my head, I'll look back up at Papaver.
"You have to help her stay strong while I can't, Vera. Help Star stand on her own hooves. I'm turning over her physical training to you and Sidus until Star forgives me."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350026

Pester the ground with my hooves in rage.
"You both are going to get such a beating once all this is over!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350027

I'll give a soft chuckle.
"And I will gladly accept it."
Picking the broadsword back up, and standing, I'll speak again.
"We could finish the match, if you like. You seem a bit winded, though, so should we just call it a draw?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350028

"Yeah, I'm done. I have my own problems, you know?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350029

Laughing sadly, I'll nod.
"Doesn't everypony?"
Sighing, I'll start moving towards the armory to return the sword.
"But if you need any help, and I can spare the time, I'll be glad to give you a hoof. Or at least a listening ear."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350030

"Well you know that friend of mine? Leaf Blade?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350031


Papaver Field [Mage] 350032


Roll #1 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 350033

"He asked me if I had a mate for heart and hooves."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350034

I won't be too surprised.
"Well, Vera, you are a pretty mare, so it's to be expected. I'm surprised more colts haven't asked you, actually. But you've already got Nock, so what's the problem?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350035

"Nothing. I just thought it was strange.
Nock isn't telling me much about how it works, here in equestria.
Actually, we are not speaking much at all. She's always so busy…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350036

"Well, most Equestrians tend to pick only one mate, but before they find the right one, they might start off as each others' special somepony. Leaf is probably sweet on you, which is why he asked. But if you've already got Nock, you've just got to turn him down clearly. Over time, he'll probably move on and find another mare, or not. Depends on how hard he looks."
I'll wave a hoof.
"Hearts and Hooves is a day for romance, usually, and while it can be used as an excuse to consummate the relationship between two ponies, if they aren't married it tends to just be a date and maybe cuddling up."
Shrugging, I'll continue.
"I was under the impression Nock didn't want to share you, so it looks like Leaf is out of luck this year."
Don't suggest Star. Don't suggest Star. Don't suggest Star.

Papaver Field [Mage] 350037

"Yeah, she doesn't. And I don't want to share her, either."
Raise a hoof to his chest and poke him with it.
"You better hope nopony has his eyes on Star."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350038

"With every fiber of my being, Vera. Hopefully this will all wrap up by Hearts and Hooves, so I can still make her that dinner I was planning…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350039

Giggle a bit.
"She would love a dinner. Especially if you got sweets for her."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350040

"The real treat was going to be the dessert."
Looking a bit both ways, I'll lean in a little.
"It's gonna be the Apple Family's traditional Apple Tart Heart."
Nodding a little, I'll explain.
"It's a tart too big for one pony, and made for sharing with your partner. Two ponies, one heart, all that romantic stuff that I'd be too embarrassed to say to anypony but Star."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350041

Rolling to contain the salivation.
And the starryeyes.

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 350042

Fail on all the line.
"That sounds- Deliciously romantic~"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350043

Blushing a little, I'll nod.
"But that's gotta stay secret too, okay?"
Clearing my throat, I'll serious up a little.
"Even if I can't somehow clear this whole mess up before then, I'm still gonna make the Tart. I'll need somepony to run her half up to her if I can't give it to her myself."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350044

"Well… I just might take the tart up for you…
For a little bite…"
Give an innocent smile.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350045

I'll give a small chuckle.
"Well, with Head Chef Apple's help, there might even be enough for three, though it'll have to come out of my part."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350046

"That's just if you two havenìt made up by then, no?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350047

I'll nod.
"But I'll see if I can't make a smaller one for you and Nock to share, if she doesn't come up with any surprises."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350048

"I dunno, she's been very busy all this time. I think she's getting something done.
Even said ponies had to get each other a gift, on heart and hooves."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350049

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"They don't have to, but it's usually expected."

"Speaking of which… how's your gift going?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350050

"Oh… Eheh…"
Giggle a bit and shy away.
"I gave her the hoofguard already, you know, things happened.
But haven't completed the song yet!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350051

"Well, knowing you, I'm sure you'll come up with something. And I'm sure she'll love it."
Give Vera a smile.
"Thanks for the talk, by the way."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350052

Give him a half lid stare.
"Yeah, don't think this is gonna save you when the time for the beating comes."
And then, off I went.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350053

"I wouldn't expect it to!"
And I'll wave as she goes. And then get back to gathering info.

DM 350386

Sidus had sneaking to do
Jon had evidence to gather
Nock will soon be getting a special visitor
Vera should have things to keep her busy
newcomer Cherry Merry should be popping up
Star will come when she does

Papaver Field [Mage] 350393

I *should* be talking with the two brothers?
"So, I wanted to turn this into a gift for h&h, what do you two think of it?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350394

Well, let's see if I can't gather evidence.
'1d10' gather info from the male students at the training fields.
I am including second and third year students, if they're around.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350399

I guess I'm walking around the school.
Maybe I'll run into anypony.

Sidus [Rogue] 350401

I have my priorities.
First thing first, I need a master key to open all the doors I need.
Find some sort of janitorial place.

DM 350406

"A waste"
"A crime"
"Your skills are meant for more than silly romance"
"Unless, of course, this isn't your true masterwork?"
You asking about dicks mostly gets you a lot of concerned and disgusted looks.
Feel free to find anyone.
The custodian has a room near the basement entrance.
He seems to be home, but the door is closed.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350408

Well, that was probably a bad start. Let's try again… are there any students I haven't asked, who are off on their own? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 350410

Word is spreading about you being some sort of dick inspector.
This might reflect poorly on your reputation if it keeps up.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350415

Maybe I overhear Papaver talking about H&H day.

I bump into her conversation.
"Oooooh, is that a present for H&H day?" I say excitedly.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350416

Well, that's… not good.
Better cut it out for now, before it gets worse.
Hopefully Sidus will have better luck getting a story out of Platter…
Moving to the library, any male students in there? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Papaver Field [Mage] 350423

"Well, duh! I'm good at writing tunes, not words!"

DM 350426

"…dude. Why in the flipping fuck are you asking about my junk?
Just… why?"
The twins look around, then at eachother
"Might you two be friends by chance?"
"Sisters perhaps?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350427

Get near the door.
Anypony nearby?
Any witnesses?

Papaver Field [Mage] 350430

"Uh… Hi?
Kind of? It's not ready. I can't fit words on the tune. Not words that I like, at least."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350432

"Because I'm trying to find out if nurse Steamship has approached anyone else about it. That's it."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350435

I look at them.
"Know her? I don't know her but I just heard you talking about H&H day."
Jump into the air a few times excitedly.
"And I just love H&H day."

"Do you love H&H day too?"

DM 350441

Just the sound someone walking about inside.
What, you think you have a chance with her?"
"Do keep it down though"
"officially it is banned, as you know"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350444

I look down somewhat sad.
"I know…."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350445

"I take it by saying that, she's approached you."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350447

"Uh… Actually, it's the first year I hear about it."

Sidus [Rogue] 350451

Can I peek in somehow?

DM 350453

"What can I say, she has good taste."
He gives you a smug look
"Not that it stops anyone"
"just don't shout. We don't want attention."
There is a keyhole

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350455

"Uh-huh. What's your name, by the way?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350456

Peek in the keyhole then!

DM 350459

"Deep Pail. You?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350465


Roll #1 6 = 6

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350466

I gasp.
"Oh you poor dear, don't worry. I'll help you in anyway I can."

Put my hoof over my mouth and zip it.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350469

"Jon Apple."
I'll cast a glance left and right to see if anyone's listening in '1d10' , and then continue.
"And you're certain you're the only one she's approached?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 350474

You can see the custodian inside, reading by his desk.
The twins nod
"Apple this is the worst pickup line I've ever heard from anyone."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350477

"Good thing I'm not trying to use it as one. I'm asking you if you're certain you're the only one she's approached."

DM 350481

"That's cute.
Anyway, how should I know?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350482

Cock a brow.
"Okay? I do need some help writing this, after all. You any good with marches and epic music?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350490

"Oh, I don't know, ponies tend to brag. You yourself were quite proud of the fact she jumped your bones."

Nock [Tracker] 350492

Well, last time I spoke to Glossy. Maybe I should go find an Inquisitorial teacher to advise me this time.

Do I know of any more moderate teachers from my Inquisitor classes?

Sidus [Rogue] 350494

Damn… I can't possibly get past the door and get the key while he is still in…

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350498

"That's why I'm a bard, silly."
I take out my flute and show it proudly.

Papaver Field [Mage] 350509

My eyes sparkle up and I give a small squee.
"Okay, so, look at this-"
Take her through the whole first and second stanze.
"And this is where I can't fit a proper ending!
No way to tell her to 'stay strong and firm' without making it sound 'woody and unflexible' at the same time!"

DM 350510

She shrugs
"Talents like hers are hard to develop without training, I suppose"
Supposedly someone new was being moved in after one of the teachers was called on an assignment by her old friend.
You could go ask about this.
Not like he'd be likely to leave it around anyway.

Sidus [Rogue] 350517

Hmm… I'll need a distraction.
Get a bit away from the door.
Is Burning around somewhere?

Nock [Tracker] 350519

Alright, I'll go to the Inquisitorial building, if there is a separate annex for that, and go ask around about it.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350522

I'll nod.
"Don't you think it's a bit… odd, for a nurse in the Paladin academy to be so loose with students?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350538

Take another look at the paper.

"Why don't you just end with "Never give up."? It means the same but it hints at a softer side."

DM 350539

Right behind you
Seems a new replacement teacher will be starting with both Inquisitorial studies and as a secondary teacher of Antimagic at the academy. He is seeing the Headmaster now…
"Apple just be honest with me - are you into stallions or something?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350544

Turn around, and give her a quick peck on her cheek.
"I need you to do something for me. I need a distraction."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350547

"Tartarus no. I just wasn't raised to be loose with my affections, and was a little off-put when the nurse tried to get me to mount her with about four other ponies just a room away."

DM 350551

"how distracted would you like to get?"
"Hm. Most would consider that a gift from the princess herself.
Steamship can be very caring in her work."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350552


Sidus [Rogue] 350558

I chuckle.
"Not for me, silly. I want you to become a decoy."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350559

"Because it's not… As personal, you know.
But I could end it with…"
-And as a final word, hero remember-
-In the darkness, when night grows tender-
-I will see the light of the sun seep-
-When your blessed heart in my hooves I keep.-
"This looks good to you?"

DM 350564

Your other self will soon be climbing up a garbage chute.
This version of you can probably meet the newcomer.
"You sure you don't want to get a little distracted for just a moment? Might help you focus~"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350568

"Well, when she starts blackmailing the mare I like just to get me to come back and finish the job, my opinion tends to fall."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350570

I press my hooves against my chest.

"Oh my, he sure is one lucky stallion."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350572

Give me a moment to catch up with stuff

Nock [Tracker] 350574

Well, I can't interrupt the headmaster for that. Any other teaches I can talk to?

DM 350576

Pail gives you a surprised look
"Apple I don't even dare ask what about you would be worth all that trouble, 'cause frankly I'm scared you'd show me."
You could as Glossy Wards or even Layline.

Papaver Field [Mage] 350577

Wave a hoof dismissively.
"No, I told you it's for a she."

Sidus [Rogue] 350582

I smirk.
"Don't keep me for too long though~"

Nock [Tracker] 350589

I already know what Glossy and Layline would think! I guess all the Inquisitorial teachers are busy?

Maybe I should go see if the Battlemaster is busy…

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350593

"Oh I'm sorry. I can be forgetful sometimes." I giggle. "She'll be a very lucky mare. Say you can write poems really well. Are you a bard too? Because I've never seen you in one of my classes."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350594

"No worries about that. The only one I'd ever show that to is the mare I want to see it."
I'll shake my head.
"But Nurse Steamship made her cry, so I'm going to do something about it, and maybe you can help me out. You might have better luck asking other students for their 'lucky encounters' with Steamship."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350598

"No. I just like to write in my spare time. As for classes…"
Sigh and show her my buttmark.
"Magic and combat. Didn't even know we had singing classes."

DM 350603

She pulls you aside into the small alcove that leads to the basement stairwell
"Close your eyes~"
You can go see the Battlemaster, or one of the Inquisitors.
Your call.
"Not like those are some kind of big secret, really. I mean ask some of the second year paladins about 'penis inspection day' and I'm sure you'll hear more than you need."

Nock [Tracker] 350607

Let's go see the Inquisitors for now. The Battlemaster will be an interesting one for later. He's ex-antimagic, eh?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 350608

"I'd rather not get more of a reputation for asking about other colts' equipment, thanks. But you may have just given me an idea."
I'll give Pail a nod, and then set out to hunt down Leaf Blade. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 350612

Close my eyes, still smiling.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350620

Take a look at her cutie mark.
"Oh wow, that cutie mark really fits you so much
You must be really good at magic."
I look at her again
"We've got a lot of musicians in the school,
they say paladins have to be refined in the arts as well as in combat."

DM 350628

The Battlemaster is many things. but he does not tell if he is not asked.
One of the local Inquisitor Trainers is available in the office set aside for her and her kind
"Inquisitorial Trainee Nock."
Leaf is around, reading up on psychology
You feel her lift you up on your back legs against the wall and open your coat.

Sidus [Rogue] 350635

Keep my eyes closed.
"Whoa… what are you doing, Burning?"

Nock [Tracker] 350636

"Yes ma'am. Are you busy, ma'am? I wanted advice."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350639

Wince and look downwards.
"Better don't talk about that, okay?"
Try to cheer myself up.
"But! Music! Tell me more!"
Turn to the brothers.
"So, is that offer to take a tour still valid?"

DM 350642

"Just relax…"
You can feel something soft and warm press against your bare chest
"Ask away."
"Why not?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350644

"For my new friend too?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350645

"If you say so…"
See where this goes.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350647

I nod.
"Well would you like to hear a tune?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350651

Nod at her.

DM 350652

"Twice the mares"
"Twice the fun"
She softly kisses you neck
"I sure hope nobody comes around and sees us…"

Nock [Tracker] 350654

"Magic theory is my worst subject. I wanted to know… just how dangerous is magic, ma'am? Even in the right hands? I know a pony that practices non-divine magic…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350656

Smile and play a little tune on my flute

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 350660

"That would get us into serious trouble."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350663

Drop my jaw at the melody.
"You are gifted!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350666

Roll not to blush.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350676

I smile at her.
"That's so sweet of you to say. I really love playing the flute, even though it's not my cutie mark." Show her the buttmark.

DM 350678

The twins stop in their track and spin around with an almost audible snap
"You never said you were this good"
"Oh my brother… two such talents"
"And two of us"
"Oh indeed~"
"Some would argue magic by itself is not dangerous. That is it an entirely valid weapon to battle darker forces with.
Others would only begrudgingly agree it is a necessary evil."
"Isn't it exciting?"
She gives your ear a little nibble

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350680

Try not to blush

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 350681

Keep my eyes closed and smile as she nibbles my ear.
"To an extent, yes. I can't deny that."

Nock [Tracker] 350683

"So you're saying… that I shouldn't worry about anypony that uses arcane magic being a heretic, ma'am?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350684

Look at them with a quizzical expression.
"A lyre?"
Giggle a bit.
"Looks like music is in your veins anyway!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350688

Play with my mane.
"You really think so?"

It's 2 hearts, the harp was for Selena.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350699

I giggle.
"It's not a lyre silly. It's 2 hearts.
That's because I just love bringing joy to ponies."

DM 350703

You can feel her shiver a little
"There is so much I'd love to do right now, but you did not want me to take too long…"
"Nopony is truly innocent. Nopony is truly above suspicion."
"Well as they say"
"More voices make for a better choir"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350707

"You… Oh. Ehehe. Sounds like a… Cute mark?"
What's such a pony doing in a paladin academy then?
"We should totally do a thing the four of us!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350714

Right, I read up on stuff

I assume I'm done weeping for now. So I'll just stow away my gift for Jon… and go find nurse Steamship…

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350717

I smile at her.
"So I can help ponies in trouble and be a hero."

Sidus [Rogue] 350718

"We can do many things once Hearts and Hooves rolls around.~"

DM 350720

"Oh yes~"
"We agree~"
She is working in the infirmary as usual.
"Hey there cadet. Got any good news?"
"I know.
…what do you need of me for now?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350721

"So, wanna show us around?"
Give them a big, soft smile.

Sidus [Rogue] 350725

"I need you to distract the custodian so I can get his keys."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350728

"H-He said no… and then… t-then he b-broke up with me…"
I clench my eyes shut, fighting back more tears

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350729

"Ooooh where are we going? Oh I'm sorry I haven't introduced myself. My name's Cherry." I giggle "Cherry Merry, it rhymes, isn't that fun? What's your name?"

"And yours?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350737

Giggle a bit.
"I'm Papaver Field. First year."

DM 350743

"Where should we go?"
"We are always open for suggestions."
"That should be possible…"
You can feel her sliding down your body
…you poor thing. Need a hug? That… that just sounds terrible."
"Glorious Triumph"
"Grand Triumph"
"Third year paladins"
"Sworn and oathbound"

Nock [Tracker] 350745

"What if they are a danger to themselves, but not on purpose?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350748

"Unless you think you are sneakier and my personality is much more distracting."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350749

"Hey don't look at me! I'm the new student, you know!"



Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 350760

"Any way you want it…"
She stops and presses her head softly against your belly
"Just tell me if you want me to stop and let you go…"
"A more magic-willing mind would say they need training. A more strict one would say they need culling."
"Well surely you've at least some idea."
"Or should we simply take it from the top?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350761

I sniffle and turn to leave without a word

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350764

"I'm fine with anything as long as it's fun. Where do you want to go, Papaver?"

Nock [Tracker] 350768

"What would you say, ma'am?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350773

"Well they told me they'd show me around!"
"What about things I should know? Or good places to be alone on h&h?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350779

"You don't want to get me too distracted and fail, do you? I think we can continue this later though, don't worry~"

DM 350815

"…this is my fault isn't it?"
"Nopony should be alone that day"
"I did always thing magic was overrated, but not something that should be abhorred. I've seen it up close, and it is no stronger than steel and flesh. And no more dangerous."
She plants a quick kiss on you and pulls back, closing her own coat.
"What do you need me to do then?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350821

"Alone with somepony, you know! Nice places to just lie down and cuddle!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350827

I stop and lower my head
"Yes but… m-mine too… H-he said I was too much of a c-coward for not s-standing up f-for myself…"
I sniff and wipe my nose
"And h-he's right…"

Sidus [Rogue] 350829

"…No offense, but I think I can be a better distraction. I need you to find the master key or keychain, and get it for me. Can you do that?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350831

"She doesn't mean it like that, sillies." I giggle.

Nock [Tracker] 350840

"I see… Thanks for the advice, ma'am."

I'll go take a look for Vera now.

DM 350843

"Well we assume your dorm is out of the question"
"The rooftops were always popular"
"If crowded"
"We did always like the tree by the training field"
"Then there are the secret rooms"
"But those can be tricky"
"And one thing we heard of-"
"-but never tried mind you-"
"-is the old library storage room, that hasn't been used in the past two years after a new one was built."
"I really could have worded my thoughts better…
You took me as a thread, didn't you, poor girl?"
She levitates you a tissue
"I'll do my best."
"Any time.
If you see the new teacher, tell him he forgot his box of junk… er… personal items here. I'll throw it out if he doesn't want it to use as decoration or something."

Sidus [Rogue] 350845

"I know you will. And you'll do fine~"
Give her a kiss on her forehead.

Nock [Tracker] 350846

"Yes ma'am!"

Look at the side of the box. Is there a name?

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350848

My eyes widen "Secret rooms?"


"Yeah! Secret rooms?"
"H-hi Nock!"

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 350865

Any time you feel ready."
[Spell Seeker]
"Oh yes."
"This Academy was based on old Northlands architecture"
"Remarkably sturdy and very weather resistant"
"But also full of large empty spaces, especially near the roof"
"From what we understood, they acted as insulation, forming air pockets to keep the cold away"
"But many are big enough to fit a pony or a bunch, so… some were repurposed"
"And new ones are being found all the time"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350868

I don't bother taking it
"Y-you said you were g-going to tell the headmaster about us…"

Nock [Tracker] 350869

"What? That's odd. That pony shares a name with my father."

Trot up beside her and press up against her. "Hello, Vera. Friends of yours?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350871

"Let's do this, love~"

Go to that door again and knock.


Look at the roof.
Anyplace I can think secrets room could be placed?
"This is Cherry Merry…"
Show her the pink mare.
"And these are the Triumph brothers!"
Point at them and smile.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350882

"Just call me Cherry. And who are you?"

"So they call you Vera, I'll remember that." I eye-wink.

Nock [Tracker] 350889

"Nock. It's a pleasure. Did I interrupt anything?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350893

"We were just discussing music and… well… Places."
Smile shepishly.

DM 350894

"I really should have thought of what I said a bit longer…
I just wanted to propose a little you help me, I help you deal."
She tries to give the tissue again
A gruff looking donkey opens up
The Inquisitor shrugs
"Not all Inquisitors take their real names out to the field for reasons as numerous as the ponies who do so."
The ceiling supports do hang pretty low, allowing for a lot of space.
Perhaps some places might even contain little room-like places…

Sidus [Rogue] 350896

"I am in need of urgent assistance!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350898

I swash it away with my tail
"It's t-too late now… H-he hates me…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350899

Stare at the ceiling and don't look down.
"Somepony should help me up there…"

Nock [Tracker] 350907

"The ceiling is one of the musical places you were discussing?"

DM 350909

he sighs
"Someone make a mess in the training yard again?"
The nurse looks shocked
…no. I cannot allow this sort of thing to happen because of a damn misunderstanding! I need to straighten this out with him."
"Oh but that is dangerous"
"And prohibited"
"And risky"
"And not allowed"
"We've stashed a ladder in our dorm"
"And there are ways to get up there even without one"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350916

"Yeah… Musical…"
Keep staring, then realize what I'm doing and look at her.
"Oh! Ancient architecture and stuff! There might be a whole room in there!"
"Well your dorm is far away now. What are the other ways?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350917

"No, no, much more serious than that!"
Keep stalling.

DM 350921

"Well out with it then. I was reading."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sidus [Rogue] 350926

"It's not that easy! It was terrible!"

DM 350928

There is a sharp click
"Some climb the banners ans curtains"
"Others prefer to traverse the beams by climbing onto them from the staircase"
"Or you can use the ventilation windows near the roof"
"Or just fly"

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 350932

The custodian turns around after hearing the noise
'1d10' spot
'1d10' hide

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 5 = 5

Nock [Tracker] 350935

"Why are you so curious about hidden rooms?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350936

"Nock, what do you think?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350938


Roll #1 8 = 8

Cherry Merry [Bard] 350941

"Because secrets are exciting." I smile at her.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350944

I turn to look at her, tearing up slightly in a mixture of sadness and anger
"I-I don't understand miss S-Steamship… f-first you want to b-b-blackmail me and n-now you want to help?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350950

"Because in our room we can't really be alone alone, you know…"

DM 350953

It seems Burning triggered some sort of trap in the room and got stuck
The custodian turns back to you
"Let me deal with the thief first, and I'll be right with you."
"I never meant to blackmail you."

Nock [Tracker] 350954

"Oh? I figured on the day, Star would go be with Jon, so…"

Sidus [Rogue] 350958

Grab him by the shoulders.
"No, you do not understand, this is a matter of life and death!"

DM 350961


Roll #1 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 350962

"B-but you did… you s-said you were going to t-tell somepony if I d-didn't help you… and I let it happen…"

Sidus [Rogue] 350965

"The floor! It was the floor!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 350968

Widen my eyes in realization and try not to blush.
"R-right. Still! Adventure!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Nock [Tracker] 350977

"Okay… I think finding a pegasus would be best."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350978

"And then ask a pegasus each time we gotta climb there?"

DM 350979

"Kid you are not making any sense at all."
She sighs
"Who would have thought a moment of hazy thinking would have messed up so much…"
She then wipes her own eye with the tissue

Roll #1 6 = 6

Sidus [Rogue] 350983

"Because I am still in shock! I was walking… walking on the floor and… then it happened!"

Nock [Tracker] 350985

"For all we know, it's too cramped. Just saying, let's make sure it's worth it before we do anything dangerous."

Papaver Field [Mage] 350988

"Maybe I could help you climb up… I mean, we are tall enough…"

DM 350990

"Go tell it to a nurse."
Burning signals you that she got it

Roll #1 5 = 5

Nock [Tracker] 350992

"Hey, uh…"

Pause hesitantly.

"Do you think you could conjure a ladder?"

Sidus [Rogue] 350996

I nod ever so slightly.
"No, you don't understand! It was the floor! It creaked!"


Look really worried for a second.
"I don't… Maybe?"
Oh god what am I doing.
Try to conjure a ladder!

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351006

I whistle as I see the ladder.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351007

"W-well thanks anyway…"
I dejectedly leave the office and go find nurse Slab

DM 351034

"What is your name, Cadet?"
That's a ladder alright.
Sturdy and reliable, yet light and easy to move.
She is folding some washed sheets
"Hello Cadet. You sure look down."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351039

Look at Nock.
"Well it looks solid…"
Try to climb it and get to the rafters.

Sidus [Rogue] 351040

"That doesn't matter right now! It completely ruined my image! I can't have that happening as a paladin!"

Is she out in the clear?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351053

I sigh
"Do y-you need help w-with something, miss Slab…?"

DM 351061

Welcome to the rafters.
Here be dust.
She is.
"Your name. Now."
"I could use a hoof folding this stuff.
Need someone to talk to?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351062

No secret rooms? It was kinda roomy, no?

Wf+6 351064

Follow her up.

"Wow… I believed in you, but you really made it from nothing…"

Nock [Tracker] 351066

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351067

I go with her to the rafters.
Do I sneeze from the dust? '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 351069

I smirk.
"If you wanted an autograph you just needed to ask!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351071

I can hold it.
"This place looks really old."

DM 351073

It's like a whole separate floor up here, with the wide wood beams making walkways, and small alcoves and holes implying countless opportunities for exploration.
He honestly looks angry now.

Sidus [Rogue] 351077

"Yes, my autograph would contain my name. Have a piece of paper or do you collect them in a little notebook?"


"It was just so… Natural.
Ever since you accepted me it became so easy!"
Look at the others.
"Where to?"
And meanwhile, pick one of those holes.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351083

I sigh weakly as I get to helping her
"I don't know… m-maybe I could… b-but only i-if you promise not to tell anypony about it…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351084

I take a look around.
"Secret rooom, where are you?"

Spot check '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Nock [Tracker] 351089

Frown at her.

"I've always accepted you."

DM 351097

The custodian grabs you by the ear
"Being a smartass is not making this better for you."
He steps out, closes his door and starts dragging you off to the battlemaster's office.
Too small to even climb in. Smells of mice.
A few beams north, you can see what looks like an opening between wall supports.
"Of course. I have no reason to speak."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351098

Look at her sad.
"But you didn't want me to talk about it…"
"Found anything?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351101

I go there and poke in the opening.

Sidus [Rogue] 351104

"But the floor! It creaked! It creeaked!"

Nock [Tracker] 351108

Stalk after her.

"This is a discussion for another time. Just know that I've always accepted you."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351115

I sigh and look at her for a short while until I eventually break down and tell her everything that happened.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351116

Stick close to her.
And smile.

DM 351122

After a bit of traversing, you get to the opening.
Looking in, it seems this place overlooks what seems like an unfinished room.
Judging from the location, it seems this room may have been a part of some extra classroom or even a faculty apartment, but the rest of it was swallowed by the Great Hall, leaving just this part that ended up as wasted space since it was in an awkward corner.
Still, it's almost the size of an extra dorm, and entirely untouched.
Whining about the floor while being dragged along by the ear draws some snickers from fellow students as you are hauled to the battlemaster.
"Custodian? What is this about?"
"This little shit came to bug me, then kept whining about a creaky floor. And one of my traps sprung. I did not see who it was exactly, but I saw it was a first year cadet, and a mare."
The battlemaster sighs in silent anger
"I'm terribly sorry that your day off was so rudely interrupted."
"You'd better. I deserve the few I get. See to it the cadet who sneaked in is found and punished, along with this smartass. I need to see if anything was stolen."
"…need some friendly advice?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351125

Roll to contain enhusiasm.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 351126

Mouth a little 'whoa' silently.
"We could do so much with this place!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351127

That's not an answer. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sidus [Rogue] 351128

"Punished? If you fixed the floorboards then none of this would have happened! I wouldn't have complained about it if you did your job well!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351130

I nod

DM 351132

The Custodian slaps you on the face and stomps off, mumbling some very rude things.
The battlemaster sits silently.
"You still love him, don't you?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351134

Gee RNG then I'll just do what I want

I exclaim in glee. "I found it, I found it. Wow look at this place."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351135

I nod
"I-I do… he's w-was always so n-nice to me…"

Sidus [Rogue] 351139

I look at him.
"What? Do you know how un-paladinlike was to walk proudly and then have the floor make all sorts of noises under me?"

Wf+6 351148

"Like what?"

DM 351150

"Then, would you still ask him to take you back?"
"What is this all about, Sidus?
Just… spare us both the time and trouble and come clean for once in your miserable, excuse-filled life."

Sidus [Rogue] 351158

"Miserable? My life? You must be mistaking me for somepony else."

DM 351162

"Again with the topic changing, question dodging and excuses.
Give me a straight answer."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351163

"I-I'd do anything! I-I told him I-I could change for him but…"
I slump down
"… he didn't l-listen…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351165

"Like, a library for all the stuff we have to hide from the faculty.
Or for our own private collection of weapon and trophies!
Or again, isolate it and then we can use it as a concert room!"

Sidus [Rogue] 351167

I roll my eyes.
"You are awfully accusative of me."

Nock [Tracker] 351169

"Hiding stuff from the faculty doesn't sound very paladin-like."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351171

"The faculty doesn't want us to have heart and hooves day either…"
Move a little closer to her.

Nock [Tracker] 351181

"That's… well, that's not very paladin-like either, but…"

Nuzzle her. "I can make an exception."

DM 351182

"Want me to back you up?
…or do you want me to take care of Steamship for you?"
"I am being unreasonably nice to you, and quickly forgetting why.
I've expelled cadets for less insolence than this."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351183

Giggle a bit.
"Oh, and I got your gift ready~"

Sidus [Rogue] 351187

"I do want to help a friend, but that is unrelated to me reporting in creaky floors."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351189

I'll just leave these 2 then.
Go outside of the not-so-secret-room. Are those twins still in the attic?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351190

"I don't know… m-maybe I should try to t-talk to h-him again…"

Nock [Tracker] 351194

"Yours is ready, too. But we have to wait for the day."

DM 351196

"I can open an investigation on this, or you can just tell it to me and I'll go easy on you."
They are idly looking down from the rafters, observing the ponies that pass by under them
"You sure should."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351200

I go to them.
"What are you guys looking at?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351201

"We should go down now… I think Cherry got bored too~"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351203

I fiddle with my hooves awkwardly
"I-I just don't k-know what to say… w-what if he… y-yells at me?"
I shiver at the thought

Sidus [Rogue] 351207

"I would like you to investigate the case of the creaky floor, yes."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351218

Alright, time to broach the subject of Nurse Steamship to Leaf Blade.
"Hey, can I talk to you for a minute?"

Nock [Tracker] 351223

"Okay, when you're ready."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351225

Kiss her nose.
"Ready now."
And down we go.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 351226

"The others below"
"It reminds us of our youth"
"Stand firm. Explain your heart to him."
He very slowly reaches under his desk and pulls out a booklet.
Without breaking eye contact he rips out one page and writes some things down on it
"I am revoking your permit to personal weapons until further notice, cadet.
You may apply for a reevaluation of this decision after the custodian has verified you have pointed him to this floor of yours, and then fixed it under his supervision.
You have until tonight to bring your weapons to storage here, or at the armoury.
"Sure. What's up?"

Nock [Tracker] 351227

Remain stoic? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Nock [Tracker] 351228

Nope. Blush a little.

"After you."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351231

"You know nurse Steamship, right?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351232

I go sit next to them and look down.
"Your youth? But you both aren't that old." I giggle.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351233

Giggle a bit.
"Not gonna do it in front of others thou~"
And back to the Triumph brothers we go.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351236

I let out a weak sigh
"I-I'll try…"
Take a deep breath and go find Jon

DM 351237

"Sure I do.
She's… rather famous."
"We no"
"But it wasn't really our childhood either"
"Welcome back"
"Any luck?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351240

"So I am being punished for the lazyness of a janitor? How is that fair?!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351241

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"So you know about her… attentions toward the male student body, then?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351242

Nod over to Cherry.
"She's a talent for finding stuff.
Best place I've seen in… Ever! We can do just anything with it!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351244

Look at them.
"Back so soon?." I giggle.

I look confused. "What do you mean?"

Nock [Tracker] 351248

"The fact that you can get up so easily is good. I wonder what else you can make…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351251

"That also isn't part of my cutie mark." Wiggle my tail.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351255

"Oh I think it is…" Giggle a bit and look at Nock.
"I dunno. Maybe anything I can think of!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351256


DM 351257

"You are being punished for being a smartass at me.
Or do you feel I am not being fair to you?"
"Who doesn't?
It really is a little sad…"
"We were young"
"But not kids"
"We liked to watch the world walk past"
"See what we could spot and learn"
"Be silent observers"
"When we weren't singing"
Looks like he is talking to Leaf Blade

Sidus [Rogue] 351260

"Yes, I do feel that you are being unfair."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351265

"Wait, if it's such a terribly kept secret, why is she still working here? They should have-"
I'll quickly look at Star, taking an involuntary step back.
"H-hi, Star. What's up?"



Roll #1 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351276

I gulp and look at the ground, not wanting to meet his eyes
"I… I think w-we should talk…"

DM 351280

"Cadet, I've seen enough responsibility dodging liars in my time to know one more when he tries to pull a fast one on me.
You are omitting from the truth here. And since you don't want to help me help you, I have no reason to keep going easy on you."
"It isn't much of a secret among students"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351281

"You can sing too?" My eyes widen.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351283

"So, what would you make out of this place?"

Nock [Tracker] 351288

"So… what now? We have our gifts ready… We could spend some time together."

I'm all done with everything I need before H&H. Are we doing that today or tomorrow?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351291

It wasn't supposed to be this soon, dammit. I should be happy she's being this forward, but it's too soon.
I'll nod.
"We probably should. It should just take me a few minutes to finish talking with Leaf Blade, though, and then I'll be right there, okay?"
I'll grimace.
Of course it wouldn't.
"I've got to talk to you concerning that, so if we could just go a little ways over there…"
I'll gesture to the library stacks.
"I don't want Star to overhear."

DM 351294

"Please. I can wait. Go with her."

DM 351299

Tomorrow. I'll catch some sleep so I can be fresh for it.
"Oh yes"
"That is what we do, mostly"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351300

I nod and skittishly walk off

Papaver Field [Mage] 351301

"Yeah. We could. I haven't seen you for so long…
Are your classes so hard?"
Climb down.
I have half an idea of what to place over here. Trot to the library.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351304

I'll grimace again a little, but nod.
And then I'll trot over to Star.
"So, what's up? Glad to see you're doing well after… that."

Nock [Tracker] 351305

I nod. "You have no idea. Yours?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351307

"The truth would embarass a good friend of mine. I am just protecting him."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351309

"Can you sing something for me?" I ask very nicely.

"Bye Vera, bye Nock. See you around." I wave

Papaver Field [Mage] 351313

Wave back at her.
"It's all… Easier than it looks. Once I get in those magic things… It just flows, you know?"

Nock [Tracker] 351322


"Not really… But there are things I know that come easily to me…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351323

Still nod looking him in the eyes, I nod weakly
"I-I spoke to miss S-Steamship…"

DM 351324

"I am going to assume you are breaking rules if this is such a big secret."
"Perhaps we could"
"Would you like that?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351327

"Again? After what she did the first time?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351328

"He didn't break any rule. Unless being a bit naive is against them."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351333

I wince slightly

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351335

"I love to hear ponies singing."

DM 351336

"And did you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351337

I'll sigh.
"No, don't apologize. Go on then, what happened?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351340

"Like those arrows of yours…"
Walk around the place a bit.
"There is something I wanted to ask you…
When the battlemaster was hitting you, you said something about… Teaching?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351341

"Not unless walking on creaky floorboards on my way to try and help him is against the rules as well."


"W-well… I told her t-that you wouldn't be t-taking your t-tests because…"
I sniff
"B-because we b-broke up and… she apologized… a-and told me s-she never meant it that way and…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 351349

"And we do love to sing"
"So sing with us"
They lead into a song about the flow of time
How the dreams of a child are like a spring
Carefree and endless, dirtied by nothing
How as time flows by, the dreams become a stream
Stronger and bolder, the hopes of those who dare to dream.
And as years pass, the stream becomes a river
Mighty and deep, but dangerous enough to make one shiver…
"Join in"
"And you know nothing of the cadet who broke into the Custodian's room?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351350

And that's as far as I go before I stop sobbing again
"I-I'm so s-sorry…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351351

Sing. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Nock [Tracker] 351352

Okay, blush for real this time.

"Not like books and stuff. That's Star. I just… like to show ponies how to do stuff. You remember I told her I'd help her with spellbreaking. And I promised to teach you about Equestrian traditions…"

Sidus [Rogue] 351354

"I might have a hunch, but then the donkey is blind like a bat. Not to mention my honor won't allow me to rat out on another student like some spineless street thug, and from what I learned here, honor is a pretty important thing for a Paladin."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351357

Giggle a bit.
"So teacher Nock took my duel just to teach me the right way, uh~?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351359

Celestia damn it all, why is this such a hard thing.
I'll frown slightly.
"Calm down for a second, Star. What do you mean 'she didn't mean it that way?' There's only so many ways to take something like that."

DM 351372

You lose yourself entirely in their song, as if your mind was not even your own.
When you snap out of it, you realize you had at some point begun dancing with them, and the number ended in you bending over backwards over the sheer fall down to the Great Hall floor, held only by the twins
"Honor, yes.
Honor among thieves, no.
This academy does not need another Balsawood, Lead Blade or Lightbringer."

Nock [Tracker] 351374

"There was more to it than that… I mean…"

Stop and collect myself. "I mean… in truth, our relationship was because I wanted to teach you, and at first I thought you might even not understand, but…"

Reach up to her ear and whisper
"I think I may have… fallen for you."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351379


Roll #1 4 = 4

Sidus [Rogue] 351381

"I said I might have a hunch, not to know for sure. And if I get somepony innocent in trouble, that is against honor."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351385

Step away.
"You mean you didn't really care?"
Look in distress at her.

Nock [Tracker] 351386

"I thought you didn't care, and I was afraid that you wouldn't like me back the same way. That's why I made you promise before the duel."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351388

That could have ended a lot worse.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351394

I gulp
"She says she d-didn't want to blackmail m-me and feels b-bad for making y-you mad at me…"

DM 351395

"Then where shall I begin the investigation?"
"Do not ruin the moment"
The give you a soft smile and lean in a little, keeping their balance firmly

Sidus [Rogue] 351402

"In the Infirmary."

DM 351412

"Care to give a name?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351413

Close to her.
Place a hoof on her cheek.
"All those things we did… All those things I said since the duel… I meant them all.
There is a reason I have this as a catalyst…"
Show her the bracelet.
"It was to remind me how dangerous I might be to the ponies I'm closest with…"

Sidus [Rogue] 351420

"And risk trouble for my friend once you found out what was going on there and said pony throws a hissy fit over loss of job?"

Nock [Tracker] 351421

I look at my cutie mark and take a deep breath.

"You'll never be a danger to me."

Hug? '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

DM 351424

"Would you rather take this up with the headmaster than me?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351425

"Oh Celestia…"
Starry, watering eyes.
"Now I miss cuddling with you at night…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351427

Oh my.
"What do you think you're doing?" I say playfully.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351434

Of course she feels bad, her plan didn't work.
I'll sigh.
"Star, I have to come clean with you. I… I was never really mad at you. I only broke things off so that that nurse wouldn't have anything to hold over you."
I'll frown a little.
"If I didn't make it look real, then no one would believe it actually happened. You are a pretty bad liar, after all…"
I'll say that last part with a small chuckle, but then stop shortly.
"I really am very sorry about hurting you that way. I have no words to say it right, but I am so very sorry."

Sidus [Rogue] 351441

"If it means it won't have any backlash on my friend and this matter can be dealt with without embarassing him, then yes, I am ready to give a name too."

DM 351449

"Letting you go"
one of the two lets go, allowing you to fall, as the other grabs his hoof, and with a quiet laugh, they swing you back onto the rafter like a chain of ponies
"and swinging you back up"
"I have no reason to punish those who do not break the rules."



Roll #1 4 = 4

Nock [Tracker] 351457

"I told you, you're welcome to share my bed any time you're worried about having bad dreams. However often that may be."

Nuzzle her.

Sidus [Rogue] 351461

"He might have bent some, because of circumstances out of his hooves. I will only say more to the headmaster, and after he agreed that there can be no negative outcome affecting my friend."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351465

I let out a tiny scream before I'm yoinked back in.
I try to comprehend what just happened. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 351469

"You are in no place to make demands Cadet.
But I like you. So I'll let you explain your case to him in person.
But before you go.
…do you know why I like you?"
"Like putty in our hooves, brother"
"So sweet and soft. But perhaps we should wait a moment longer, brother"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351478

"Huh what? what?" I vaguely register I'm not falling and in the room again and that those 2 ponies next to me are responsible for it.

"Oh thank you both." I hug both of them. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 351480

I smirk.
"Everypony likes me, but I can hear your reasons out."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351485

I stare at him wordlessly

DM 351488

"Should we, brother?"
"Please, brother. The day is not until tomorrow."
They return the hug
"You remind me of my son."

Roll #1 10, 1 = 11


"Hey… Ponies might be staring right now…"
Do I want to let go?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351491

I'll sit down and hang my head.
"It was all I could think of to do! If we weren't together, then Steamship couldn't threaten you with exposing us. I didn't… I didn't know how else to protect you."



Roll #1 3 = 3



Roll #1 7 = 7

Sidus [Rogue] 351500

I keep smirking.
"Is that so? Is he as great as I am?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351501

Yeah I should let go.
"So.. Wanna show me what you learnt all this time?"

DM 351509

"He is dead."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351511

Well this a dillemma. One hugs extremely well, while the other, possibly because of the additional difficulties involved in giving proper group hugs, almost chokes me.

Should I keep hugging? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351512


Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 351514

I drop the smile, and speak in an honest voice.
"I'm sorry."

Nock [Tracker] 351518

Frown. "I don't think you want to see…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351519

"Oh… More anti-magic stuff?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351522

I let go again.
And stare at them.

"You jerks. Letting me fall like that." I say smiling. I playfully hit both of them with my hoof.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351523

I tacklehug him onto the ground, tears flowing freely now
"T-Thank you!"

Nock [Tracker] 351531

Nod. "But… it means we can be together without worrying about danger. So in a way, I feel like it brings us closer together."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351533

I'll be caught completely by surprise.
"W-what? What are you thanking me for? I made you cry!"

DM 351539

"He had a very similar attitude as you. I guess I reinforced it somewhat.
I see a second chance in you.
A chance to make a real paladin out of a diamond in the rough.
Rather than just another corpse.
…you may go now."
"Oh dear, brother, I do think we've been bad"
"We should be punished, shouldn't we?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351542

"It's been some inquisitor trainer of yours that told you this?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351543

"I w-was so afraid… t-that you'd hate m-me!"

Sidus [Rogue] 351544

"I won't dissapoint you. I always succeed."
Nod and head to the Headmaster's office.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351549

"That's impossible! I can't hate the mare I lo-love!"
I'll be blushing scarlet at the end of that sentence.

DM 351551

You can hear a deep sigh as you leave.
The Headmaster's assistant greets you
"Cadet. What do you need?"

Nock [Tracker] 351554

"No… my Inquisitor teachers tell me 'no one is above suspicion' and 'arcane magic is slander to the divine'. But… I don't think any of that is true."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351558

"I want to meet these ponies…"

Sidus [Rogue] 351559

"I am coming from the Battlemaster. He gave me permission to speak with the Headmaster. It's important."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351561

I bury my face in his chest
"I c-cried so much… I s-should have been s-stronger…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351562

Roll to get their drift.

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 351572

"…very well. He is in his office."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351573

I'll just hug her. '1d10'
"We were working on the you getting stronger part."
Chuckling a bit, I'll pet her mane a little.
"But, for the moment, we can't officially be a couple, not until this mess with Steamship is finished."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 351578

"Thank you."

Knock on the door and enter.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351579

I whimper and hug him a little tighter

DM 351583

The Headmaster turns his gaze towards you
"Cadet Sidus. What troubles you?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351591

"I want to report the behaviour of somepony who works here, under the condition that a friend of mine does not get in trouble whatever said somepony might say, and this whole thing is kept as a secret because it's embarassing nature for my friend."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351596

"I'll try to wrap everything up before Hearts and Hooves. I've got a great surprise planned for you."
I'll smile at her.
"And in case something happens that we can't be together that day, well, Vera promised to make sure you get it."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351601

"You've both been really naughty."
I get up and flash my eyelashes.
"Are you sorry?"

Nock [Tracker] 351603

She my head. "No you don't. In fact, there's a new one that just joined the academy today. He has the same name as my dad."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351605

I speak with a muffled voice, still holding onto him for dear life
"C-can't you just t-talk to miss Steamship a-again? I don't… I don't w-wanna be alone a-again… i-it was awful…"

DM 351613

"As sorry as is appropriate"
"Perhaps we could repay you by offering you a little treat for hearts and hooves?"
"Lets hear the names and accusations then, cadet, and see some evidence."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351616

"That depends on what sort of treat." I say in my most sultry voice.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351617

Give her a quizzical look.
"How many chances are there some inquisitor would have your father's name?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351620

My smile will strain a bit.
"I… don't know. If she tries anything like that again…"
I'll shake my head.
"Apparently she's pretty infamous amongst the male students, though how the faculty haven't gotten wind of it is beyond me."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351625

"W-We can both g-go… t-together…"

Nock [Tracker] 351628

"It's not very uncommon for Inquisitors to have or take overlapping names. The other professor even said so."

DM 351634

"Brother I do believe she is offering us quite a treat in return"
"Would we dare hope so brother? She is a very pretty one~"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351636

"Are you sure, Star? Absolutely sure?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351638

"So why can't I meet them? I'm gonna wear my uniform, they won't see my cutiemark! And I'll hide the fact I'm a mage, too!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351643

I nod, still hugging him tight
"I h-have to make it up t-to you somehow… s-show you I'm n-not a coward…"

Sidus [Rogue] 351647

"For evidence, you'll have to look yourself, but you have the honest words of me, and the distressed words of my friend. And again, keep this low profile if possible."
I start walking up and down as I get to explaining.
"My roommate, Jonagold Apple was quite distressed. When I asked him why, he told me that Nurse Steamships has been doing some things that were not really… professional, and wanted the 'tests' to serve more of her own desires than anything professional. Once my friend refused, she wanted to blackmail him, and a mare who is very dear to him, to finish those 'tests'. I have no concrete evidence, but during my first checkup at the start of the year, she was indeed insistent on checking my more private properties as well, which I refused."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351650

"That all depends on how sorry you are"

DM 351654

"Was that all you had burdening your heart? You may speak freely here."
They take a step closer
"How might we prove just how sorry we are?"
"We are always open to suggestions"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351656

I'll pet her mane again.
"That's… it's not about that, Star. I do want you to be able to stand on your own hooves, but that doesn't mean I think you're a coward. Besides…"
I'll giver Star a small kiss on the forehead.
"…If anything, I should be trying to make it up to you for making you cry like that."

Nock [Tracker] 351658

"I'm not worried about them getting mad… I just… don't want to start a fight. Isn't it enough to be in peace together?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351662

"Of course it is.
I was about to give up my magic for you, silly.
All I wanted was to talk with the ponies that train you daily, just that. I'm curious~"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351680

"Are you boys sure you're up to that?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351683

"I have to know that neither he nor his dear friend will suffer any consqeuences because of this."

Nock [Tracker] 351684

"Alright… but let's focus on the holidays, first."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351685

"I-It's okay… It w-was my own fault…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351688

"Well that's tomorrow. We still got time, no?"
Smile at her.
Then, an expression of distress covers my face.
"Unless you are not ready yet! Ohmygosh I should let you work on it then!"

DM 351698

"We took an oath to our code of honor"
"To bring glory, prosperity and joy to those deserving of it"
"And were we ever to deny them"
"We would fail"
"So, dear miss"
"name your ways"
"Of course they won't. I've known all this for well longer than just now. Had I intended to see harm come to them, it would already have happened."

Nock [Tracker] 351707

"No, it's ready. I took care of it in one of my disappearances. I'd still like to spend time together. It seems we hardly see each other between classes when it's not the weekend."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351710

I'll shake my head.
"No, it wasn't your fault. It wasn't anyone's fault but Steamship's."
I'll give her one last squeezing hug before dislodging myself.
"But if you're so intent on proving something, then here's what we'll do: after we talk with nurse Steamship, I want you to try and ignore me until Hearts and Hooves. Then, at dinner, I'll have that surprise waiting for you, okay? I want to see you stand on your own, as your own mare, during that time."

Sidus [Rogue] 351712

"That's a relief… though now that you were talking about harm, and and speaking and asking freely… What about the rumors surrounding Hardflank and his mysterious death?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351713

Boop her nose.
"Where do you want to go then?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351714

I quickly hug him again
"I-I don't want to i-ignore you… p-please…"

DM 351719

"You are dismissed, Cadet."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351722

Walk closer to them and run my hoof over the chest of one of them.
"I'll just have to check how dedicated you are then"

Sidus [Rogue] 351723

I smirk.
"I thought trust goes both ways."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351726

I'll sigh.
Then I'll shake my head.
"Okay, maybe ignore was too strong a word, but I do want to see you become a little more independent. Sidus and Vera will be handling your physical training for a while, so that I have time to work on your surprise. I need you to be strong and wait for me, okay?"

Wf+6 351733

"Well… we could spend time talking about our cultures in our room, just us together. I could teach you more about… dates, and the things in that book. Or we could go find something to eat… or if you really want to, we could go try to find that new teacher. I was supposed to give him a message."

DM 351736

"There are things I will and will not trust a cadet of a few months with.
For one, I do not trust them to carry lethal weapons."
"Just me?"
"Or both of us?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351741

"That's why we have our training weapons, don't we?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351742

Start hinging closer, brushing against her side.
"First we give this message to your boring, boring teacher…"
Other side.
"And then we hole ourselves in our room and you teach me all there is to know~"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351744

I give him a heartbroken look
"I r-really missed y-you… please don't do t-this to me a-again…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351746

I look at the other one with a sly smile.
"Are you willing to prove your dedication too?"

Wf+6 351747


Let's go find him. But walk side by side the whole way… I think I'll even flick my tail over her flank.


How scandalous!
What do I think of that?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Nock [Tracker] 351749

Papaver Field [Mage] 351751

I'll give her a short glare, but say nothing, and giggle a bit to myself.


DM 351754

"You know what I mean, Cadet."
Said teacher seems to have gone to get his box from the Inquisition representative.
"It is my code of honour."
"Mine as well."

Nock [Tracker] 351759

Okay, okay. Let's try to be professional for this bit. No more tail games.

"Sounds like he's already got the message… Should we go see him anyway?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351760

"I'm just going to work in the forge, that doesn't mean I will smuggle them or misplace them!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351764

"What do you mean he's already got the message?
Of course we go anyway! Can never be too sure!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351771

Those eyes… augh.
Before my resolve crumbles completely, I have to be firm.
"I know, Star. It felt like I'd had my heart ripped out of me… but if you depend too much on me, you'll never be able to stand on your own."
I'll swallow heavily.
"So… so after we have that talk with Steamship, we'll have to… to cut down on our time together outside of classes. I'll still be seeing you every day, Star, and I'll still… still be near you. But for now, we can't do more than sneak a hug here and there to keep you going."
I'll hug her tightly.
"I promise, once this is over, we'll go out on the roof, just the two of us, and have a good, long night of stargazing."

DM 351773

"I thought you just said trust works both ways.
But, it is a test of character to resolve one's problems without intervention from above.
You may go, if that was all."
The representative looks in her notes
"He was given a room in the faculty dorms up in the third floor. Room seven."

Nock [Tracker] 351780

Head there. "I meant the message was to retrieve his personal belongings, but you see, he had already picked them up, so we know he got it."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351784

"Well then."
I take my hoof off them and start walking to the back of the room, waving my tail seductively.
"I'll just have to put both of you to the test…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351787

"Well that will look silly."
Giggle a bit.
"Sir, we gotta tell you something important, sir!
And then we tell him to pick his stuff up!"
Keep laughing to myself.

DM 351788

"We will await eagerly"
"For your callenge"

DM 351791

You can knock on the door at any time

Sidus [Rogue] 351792

"Just one thing. Can I tell my friend that his problem is taken care of?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351796

I stop at the back of the room and throw off cloak."
"Wait? Who said anything about waiting?"

DM 351800

"That depends on what constitutes as the problem being taken care of.
Steamship is a very capable nurse and has been well liked by almost all students."
"Nopony in particular"
"Though we did wait a few seconds"
"Very eagerly"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351801

Pss. Inquisitor.

Nock [Tracker] 351803

"Let's just go back.."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351805

Droop my hears.
Tangle my tail in hers.
"Lead me away~"

Sidus [Rogue] 351806

"If she would stop harassing him and apologized, for example, if doing that sort of thing is not a reason enough to fire her just because others like her."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351807

"… do y-you still even l-like me…?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351808

"Stop waiting, and show me your dedication."

Nock [Tracker] 351811

Wander back to our dorm.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351818

I'll blush again.
"Weren't you listening earlier? I s-said I l-loved you."
Scrunching my nose for a second, I'll continue.
"And b-besides, would I be going to so much trouble for a mare I didn't like?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351820

And there we are.
"I bet nopony's there…"

DM 351825

Like fuck you do.
The Inquisitor opens his door
"Damn hard to open these with one hoof less…"
He seems to be toweling off his mane, and has not had a chance to see you yet.
But there is little mistaking it. That's Nock's father, Spell Seeker.
Sans right foreleg.
"Sometimes a few bad traits can be overlooked, if the good ones are strong enough.
She will apologize in person to both involved parties."
"You do realize this is very very prohibited, right?"
"But if it brings you joy~"
They fluidly walk right up you
"Now where should we begin, here, just the three of us?"
"So many options, and all the time in the world~"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351830

"I do not think it's prohibited to see just how dedicated you are to your oaths." I put a hoof around both of them.

And let's fade this to black.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351831

What do I know?
Just, let go of Nock's tail. That might be troubles.
But otherwise, stand still. I have nothing to fear!

Sidus [Rogue] 351832

"I hope she will mean it and cease pestering my friend. Thank you for your understanding and time."

Nod at him, and leave.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351833

I sniffle
"C-Can't we just go v-visit nurse Steamship and t-talk about this…? I don't w-want to m-miss you again…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351835

"We will, but I want you to promise me that you'll try to stand on your own for a bit, okay? I know you can."
I'll sigh a bit.
"But for today… after we talk to Steamship, we'll find somewhere nice and quiet to just sit with each other, okay? We'll just relax until we're forced to go to our dorms."

Nock [Tracker] 351836

Um. Holy fuck.


Papaver Field [Mage] 351841

Look at her.

Nock [Tracker] 351842

Eek slightly.

"I mean – Father!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351847

Give her the same shocked look.

DM 351849

"Well now cadet…"
One of the twins placed his hoof on your , slowly moving it around
"We would never turn down an offer like this"
"After all…"
His had gotten very difficult to ignore by now
"It is our personal code."
Slowly moving closer, they smiles softly as they pressed you between them, their softly your as slowly at first but as , your vision becoming a blur ofSLUT SLUT SLUT SLUT SLUT SLUT
The Headmaster returned to his work
Ha! Well this is quite the coincidence."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351852

Well GEE DM, why do you think I gave her a +2 to all shipping rolls. This character is going to fun to play indeed.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351854

I nod weakly

Nock [Tracker] 351855

"Father, what happened to your leg?! Are you alright? Why didn't the scribe write me?"

"…Or you…" under my breath.

Sidus [Rogue] 351856

Find Jon!

Papaver Field [Mage] 351857

I'll just shut up and stand to her side.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351859

I'll give her a smile.
"Now, come on, You can't keep me pinned to the library floor all day. Not that I'd normally complain, mind you, but ponies might start staring."

DM 351860

Boop >>351835

"The leg? Ha. Quite a story that. Come on in girls. Might as well sit down and tell it proper."
Rolling for dual partner performance

Roll #1 7, 5, 2, 7 = 21

DM 351862

It got messy and rather adventurous.
"Well, that's a good start"
"Indeed brother. How are you feeling, cadet?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351863

I chuckle.
"Nah. Staring would be rude."

Papaver Field [Mage] 351864

Look at Nock, then at the Inquisitor.
"Y-yes sir!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351866

I consider this for a moment, then nod and get off of him, standing next to his side

I jump in surprise as I hear his voice

Sidus [Rogue] 351868

"No, it's Sidus. One S. I'm no snake."
Chuckle again.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351869

I'll blush rather terribly as I get up.
"S-Sidus! You've finished fast. So, what's the story, then?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351872

I smirk.
"Of course I did, I had a problem to solve for a friend. Consider it done. The nurse will apologize to both of you and stop the harassment."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351874

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"How'd you manage to get her to do that? Star and I were just about to go up there and talk with her."

Nock [Tracker] 351877

Nod and come inside. Mind my manners!

DM 351887

"You girls drink?"

Sidus [Rogue] 351888

"Give it time and trust me. Or do you think I'd say it's done if it wasn't?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351889

"Between the both of you, that was pretty good.
You make a good team." I say as I get up again.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351892

"Orange juice?"

Nock [Tracker] 351899

"I– Whatever you want, Father."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351900

"No, I know you think lying's beneath you. Still, that was fast. And thank you."

DM 351902

"Well if you think that was all we have to give"
"I fear you underestimate our teamwork"
"Very well."
"Warm milk like usual for you then? Sadly I did not bring your nocky-cup. You'll have to drink from a glass like a big girl today."

Sidus [Rogue] 351904

"I admit, I dealt it in a way I did not expect I would, but it worked out in the end. And you are welcome. You are my friend and my roommate, after all."
Grin at him.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351905

A nocky-cup? That's so cute~
I should make one for her.
And one for me.
And then warm milk for both.
Milk and chocolate!

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351907

"Well, if there's any way I can return the favor, just let me know."
After a moment, I'll remember I had asked Leaf Blade to wait aside for a minute.
"Hang on, lemme just go talk to Leaf for a second, and then we can be on our way, alright Star?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351908

"Very eager now, are you?"
I stretch my back legs for a moment.
What say you RNG? '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 351911

"It was nothing, really. But I have to run now, so much to do yet not nearly enough time!"

Wave them bye, and find a place where nopony else is around.
Except her.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351914

I grin and jump in to give him a hug
"T-Thank you!"

I smile happily

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351915

Looks like I'm ready for a second go.
"Well then, knights. I'll give you another chance to prove it then. But this time, don't hold back."
Here we go.

Nock [Tracker] 351916

"Father, what happened to your leg? That's far more of a concern than a cup."

DM 351917

Never far away
"Hey again…"

Sidus [Rogue] 351922

I guess I can return the hug before I leave.
"You're welcome!"
After that, I really bail.

"You said you have it?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351923

Nodding to Star I'll head over to Leaf Blade.
"So… it seems that thing I needed to talk to you about has become a non-issue… But we should probably still be worried about Balsa, right?"

DM 351949

"I don't think she really means it brother"
"Could she mean it"
"She could mean it"
"I bet she means it"
"I bet she wants it"
"Then let us not keep her waiting."
They… seem to have song for the occasion
Though some parents' organization would probably prevent it from ever being publicly sung.
However, you sort of feel like you're being swept along by the music again
"Sing with is, sweet one!"
"Sing with your body!"
"Oh yes the leg.
Well long story short a mage happened.
Well, I think it was mage though I'm sure some pointy-hatted puritan would complain that technically it was a warlock with is entirely different because wah wah wah egghead things or something."
"Until he is stopped. Yes."
"I… sort of have it."
She is standing on three legs, keeping her other back leg in the air

Roll #1 3, 1 = 4

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351957

I'll nod.
"Just tell me when we need to go, then, and we'll try to talk sense into him, or beat it into him. I'm sure that's better than what waits for him down there."
And then I'll head back over to Star.
"Alright, let's go."

Sidus [Rogue] 351959

"Sort of?"
Walk around her, and place a hoof above the leg she has up on her rear.
"But that's secondary. How bad?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 351962

Widen my eyes and move closer, listening.
"And then what?"
Big, avid grin on my face.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 351964

I jump in to hug him tight again
"T-thank goodness this n-nightmare is over…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 351970

That was a horrible song, luckily it ends quickly.
I get back up and get my cloak. "When I said don't hold back, I didn't mean it like that."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 351976

It's not over yet, Star. Still have to deal with that nurse. And my nightmare isn't anywhere near over. What if I screw up that tart?
I'll return the hug.
"Well, almost. We've still got to talk to nurse Steamship."
And then I'll start making my way to the infirmary.

Nock [Tracker] 351981

Look nervously between the two.

I've heard more than one decapitation story in my time.

DM 351983

"I can't put weight on it.
The trap was built for someone tougher than me…"
"Well whatever it was, it pretty much melted my hoof away into rotten gore.
Then I punched him so hard it splintered the bone, which I ten used to stab in in his heretic throat."
"Now now"
"We all have our bad performances"
"Do forgive us"
"Perhaps be a little more specific next time"

Sidus [Rogue] 351986

I sigh.
"Oh Burning… stick to the shadows until I say so, and follow me. I'll get you better. This is more important."

Go back and find Star.

Nock [Tracker] 351987

Stare at Papaver to see her reaction.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351989

Squee in glee.
"That's so… Great! Has anypony ever made a song out of your missions, mister?"

Nock [Tracker] 351992

Sigh in relief.

Papaver Field [Mage] 351994

"Your father is the best!"

DM 351999

"…I doubt it. I think I was the only one to walk out of it.
Well, I think a few mooks got out too. I ran out of ammo at one point and my aim with their weapons and only one hoof was quite frankly a load of shit."
"You're awfully quiet."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352003

I'm right behind him, obviously. Staring at him dreamily as we walk

Sidus [Rogue] 352007

Tap her on her shoulder and speak quietly.
"Uh, actually, I need your help too. Right now. Just you. It will be quick. Come with me."

DM 352008

Welcome to the infirmary.
Seems Returning Slab is on a break. The rest ward door is ajar.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352009

"Sir, I would love to, sir!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352013

Well, I suppose that can wait a second. Sidus needs the help.
"I can wait here, Star. I'm not going anywhere."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352014

I nod
"O-okay. A-anything for you Sidus!"

Nock [Tracker] 352016

"I was just worried, Father. That's what family does for each other. Worry when they're in trouble. I wish I could have been at your side."

Sidus [Rogue] 352017


"Come here then."
Lead her around a corner or something.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352020

"I suppose I can forgive you." I say as I put my cloak and mane back in order.

DM 352028

"Worried nothing, when did you pick up a bard cohort?"
He motions towards Vera
They come on either side of you and help you fix your mane
"We can be very apologetic"
"Next time we won't even use our powers on you~"

Sidus [Rogue] 352033

"Show her your leg."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352034

I cock an eyebrow.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352041

I cock my head
"I-Is this…?"

DM 352045

"I got it snagged in a trap… can't put weight on it…"
"Our song"
"It has been known to have a certain influence on ponies"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352046

"Yes sir! All I dream of is to record the great act of heroes and join them!
Oh and sir… Uh… I'm not a bard…"

Sidus [Rogue] 352048

"Just heal her please. Then forget this happened."

Wf+6 352052

"She's a friend from class. She comes from a long line of honorable warriors."

Nock [Tracker] 352054


I nod quickly and Heal her wound

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 352057

"Sir, Eaglecrest's finest, sir!"

DM 352066

"Bah, you artists and your touchy self-deprecation. Any who devote their lives to the arts of glorification are bards to be.
Unless they only sing about themselves. Then they're just assholes."
"Eaglecrest? Veel fromme up noorth huh? Or is that how ponies up there speak?
…no that's how those freaky-deaky dutch ponies speak.
They do make nice pastries. Apple.
What were we talking about?"
She winces a little as she puts the hoof down but nods

Sidus [Rogue] 352070

I give her a thankful look as well.
"Thank you Star. This was a life saver, but not a word to anypony. Not to Jon, not to anypony else, okay?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352073

"Oh well, I've always had a weak spot for music." I giggle. "But next time you'll need to do better than just some music."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352074

Look slightly thrown off.
"Sir, what will you do about your hoof now, sir?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352075

I give them both an awkward smile and slowly back away, back to Jon

Sidus [Rogue] 352082

Turn to Burning once she's gone.
"You need to be careful. I can't afford you getting hurt."

DM 352089

"Believe us"
"Our music is more than meets the ear"
"I could get a sword on it.
or a gun
Something for heretic killing. Maybe for carving my food. You know. General purpose."
"I know…
…I messed up again… made you look bad….

Papaver Field [Mage] 352094

Raise a brow.
"What about regenerating it, sir?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352106

Nock [Tracker] 352107

Nod along. "Prosthetics have come a long way. I bet a sword would be possible."

We have access to GUNS?

Sidus [Rogue] 352110

"It turned out all right. It lead me to a solution to help Jon I didn't consider. And as long as you have the master key so I can sneak into the office of the Battlemaster and claim my victory over Balsa too, you did well. Just try and not hurt yourself next time, okay?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352112

I'll stand back up, as I'd sat down while waiting.
"Alright, if you're ready, we can go in, I guess."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352117

I nod and stand closely besides him

DM 352118

"Bah. Healing magic is just necromancy backwards."
Actually, no, you shouldn't, since guns were introduced to Equestria in Ironhide, which is still a few centuries to the future.
"…I didn't get the key…"
She shows you a soap mold

Papaver Field [Mage] 352121

"Well that's a bit… Harsh… One of my best friends is a cleric…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352122

Alright, in we go.
Might as well look around, take a peek through the rest ward door. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 352123

My face falls slightly.
"…you had one job, Burning…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352124

Once my mane is in order I say "Yes, I noticed. Well gentlecolts, I think I have to go now."

Nock [Tracker] 352147

Change the subject.

"The prosthetics! Where will you get one?"

DM 352155

"I very much prefer a good old fashioned stitch and bandage over any magic healing."
You get a very comprehensive view of Steamship servicing the recovering Gold Platter.
Man, even he is better endowed than you.
She is on the verge of tears
"…I know…
"Until we meet again then"
"We'll cherish the memories"
"You got a smith here right?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352163

"I'm sure you will. Though I do ask that you wait a while before leaving as well. We don't want any rumors to get out now, do we."

With that I climb down and go look around.
Am I supposed to be doing something right now?

Sidus [Rogue] 352164

"I am asking you this without malevolence… what am I supposed to do with that? Waltz into the forge and make a solid key out of it?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352166

I'll start backing up and motion to Star.
"It seems she's, ahem, b-busy. We should probably try again in maybe an hour or so."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352169


Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352174

I'll wave her back towards the waiting room.
"Seems she decided to, uh, 'fill the time' with someone- something else."
I'll be blushing a bit.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352177

"Well it's divine healing, coming straight from the princesses!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352181

"… o-okay…"
I follow him to the waiting room and settle down next to him.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352182

I'll just awkwardly fiddle my hooves a bit.
"S-so… talked to Vera earlier."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352183

I carefully nuzzle up to him
I missed this…
W-what about?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352184

Meant to put that in quotes, not spoiler

Nock [Tracker] 352188

"We do, yes."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352190

I'll blush as she cuddles up.
"Uhm, well, about… what happened. She was pretty angry, but we did manage to set things right."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352193

"Oh… I-I'm happy to h-hear that…"
I sigh
"It r-really was awful… I j-just didn't k-know what to d-do…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352194

"Well, you must have thought of something, since you came out and tackled me like that."

DM 352196

Make some friends
"…I thought that because you heat the forge in the morning and all you could ahve before they noticed or the smith woke up and… and…"
She turns to leave, but the leg gives and she falls over, hitting her cheek on the floor.
She stays down.
"…I had one job to do… and I failed you…"
"Good. Then I guess he can just nail something on the bone.
Maybe with like a screw of some kind so I can swap them around."
"Bla bla bla magic. If it won't heal with a bandage and a stiff drink you might as well die of it."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352198

Well okay, that's a loadsome.
I should shut up. Look across at Nock and say nothing.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352199

I blush
"S-sorry… That w-was after I u-understood what happened…"

Nock [Tracker] 352201

I smile apologetically.

"Well, the good news is that you're here. So… don't tell me you're the new teacher?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352202

Wasn't I already doing that? My definition of friends is very liberal.
Go look around for somepony '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 352205

Jump beside her and help her to her hooves, pressing a gentle, long kiss on her cheek where she hit it.
"Hey… hey Burning, look at me. I still love you. I will do my best with what you gave me to work with. And if it doesn't work out… I'll find another way."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352206

"Don't apologize too much. You felt really nice…"
I'll blush a bit deeper.
"I-I mean, you do, but that's not…"
I'll put my face in my hooves.
"I'm sorry."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352212

I blush as well
"Hey… Y-you felt nice too though…"
I then move to wrap my tail around his again

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352217

I'll hold her tail with mine.
"I'm really nervous, though. I mean, I trust Sidus, but what if nurse Steamship tries to start something again?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352222

"W-well… uh… I d-don't think she w-will… she c-can't be a c-completely wicked pony right? S-she's a nurse!"

DM 352223

"No they promoted me to Inquisitor Lord but I just like sleeping in a place full of schoolgirls."
Please find one of the PCs so I can sleep
Rolling to not break down

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 352224


Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352225

"I hope so…"
How long is Steamship going, jeez…

Cherry Merry [Bard] 352226

I'll just go find Papaver again then. At least I know her.

Nock [Tracker] 352227

"You wanted to spend time with me that badly?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352228

I will continue looking more and more out of place, shifting my gaze from the inquisitor to Nock and then finally settling for the ground.

Sidus [Rogue] 352229

"It's all right. I'm not even mad at you…just slightly dissapointed. I know you will try harder next time. And please, don't get hurt either."

DM 352231

"I'll try…"
Steamship does eventually walk out of the room, wiping her mouth as she walks.


DM 352388

Nock and Vera were with Spell Seeker
Burning was with Sidus at the infirmary
Jon and Star were there too

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352389

I frown a little at her.

Fidget 352390

And then we had to get Steamship's attention.
I'll clear my throat a bit loudly.
"You should really lock the door the next time, nurse."


Oh hey should I open my mouth yet? Nope, I'm still deep in my oj.
He's not that different from me! Magic is cowa- no. He thinks magic is evil and dangerous. All magic.
But this is stupid, Star showed me that! And my parents never had anything against healing magic!
Shut up and try to look normal!

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 352392

She turns to you, looking a little surprised and apologetic
"I… suppose we should… talk?"
"You look like you really want to say something but think it might offend me so you stay quiet thinking I won't notice.
Speak your mind, I don't harm non-targets."

Fidget 352393

I'll nod.
"I suppose we should."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352394

Jon should do all the talking, so I just give her a flat stare

Papaver Field [Mage] 352395

"Sir I… How big was the Nock-y cup?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352396

Right, after that worthless piece of shit failed at the most basic of tasks

Burning can go home and get rest on her leg or something.
I can't really do much until next morning with that shit she gave me.

DM 352397

She sighs
"We can talk in the office. Come in…"
"Hm? Well Nocky here has had it since she was but a wee little girl. It had a little cap on top to stop her from spilling and it was wider at the bottom to stop her from tipping it over by accident.
I remember she used to drop it down from her room on the second floor for me to catch when she wanted a drink. Then one day she played a prank on me, and dropped a toy sword right after the cup.
Training kinda kicked in when I saw the sword coming for me, and I ducked out of the way. Sadly, that also meant I failed to catch the cup, and it broke.
Now I could never bare to see my little Nocky cry so that night after she went to bed I spent all night repairing the cup, and in the morning I told her it was all just a crazy dream she had."
He seems to have gone off-topic again…
Poor, short-sighted Sidus, failing to see how that failure could become a great profit to you.
You do still have the battlemaster's key to get, unless you intend to fail your challenge.

Sidus [Rogue] 352398

Yes, for which I will need the master key to get in his office without him being there or without breaking down the door/window/breaking the lock

Fidget 352399

I'll look at Star for a moment, but then follow Steamship into the office.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352400

"Sir, maybe I should leave you some time to catch up with your daughter…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352401

Follow him inside without a word

DM 352402

Or you know, you could play another angle to get to it.
I've tried throwing you a lot of possibilities here.
She sits down behind her desk
"I am very sorry what what I caused between you two."
"If you feel so. Was fun having you here. Any friend of Nocky's is a friend of mine, unless I have reason to make exceptions."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352403

I fidget with my hooves wordlessly

Jon will take care of all this, he's so nice~

Wf+6 352404

"Not at all, Father."


"Exceptions, sir?"
Try not to look suspicious.
Oh Celestia he's talking about mages isn't he?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 352406

Too bad I'm a fucking retard.
Unless you want me to use the son-resemblance thing which wouldn't be very reverenttowards his dead son.

Fidget 352407

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"So it seems. I'm giving you a chance because, for some reason, Star thinks we should talk."

DM 352408

"Well you know. Heretics, criminals, unnaturals, the like."
Here, have a list of things
Use the forge to make a key copy
Go talk to the Battlemaster about his son and past to get him take out his trunk, swipe the key.
Combine the above - make a mold of the Battlemaster key, then make a duplicate at the forge.
"What more can I say?
I had grown so accustomed to my place here I guess I kinda started taking it for granted…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352409

Nod and go back to my juice.
Look at Nock for the next move.

Fidget 352410

"Your 'place'? I know you have a reputation amongst the male student body, but… is that really why you're here, instead of being a nurse?"

Nock [Tracker] 352411

>Not dragging Vera along so she can conjure a key

"Well, it's good to see you're here. How long will you be in Canterlot? At least through the enter of the end, I'd think."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352412

"I-It wasn't nice of y-you…"

DM 352413

"I am a nurse first. A special friend to the student second.
Everyone has needs. I work to help with that."
"You are the first to say so…"
"Well until I'm cleared for the field again I'm stuck here. My antimagic skills will be put to teaching use."

Sylt 352414

"S-such a shame I won't take classes with you, sir."

Nock [Tracker] 352415

"Right, but he'll meet our roommate, Star. We share that class."

Fidget 352416

I'll shake my head.
"And what about the students who don't want help with those needs? Did Platter in the next room over there agree, or did you just swoop down on him while he can't get away?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352417

Wait until morning.
Go to Forge in the morning.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352418

"W-Well… you made J-Jon upset… s-so there's t-that…"

DM 352419

"Bah. You should. It'll be fun.
Nothing quite like slamming the brand on some dirty spellcaster and watching them explode their own guts out their ass as their precious little magic turns on them. HA!"
I'm sure you'll be my top student."
"Gold Platter was most pleased with the suggestion. Poor thing can barely move. He was feeling very lonely. I helped him with that~
As I said, you are the first to ever refuse me."
Enable time warp?

Papaver Field [Mage] 352420

Widen my eyes in shock.

Sidus [Rogue] 352421

Well we can't really do it without warping forward, can we?

DM 352422

Well if you have nothing else in mind.
I assume you don't want to even try talking to the battlemaster then?
Welcome to 4am
It is still dark out, but you have a pass from the smith that will let you walk about without security minding you.
Hearts and Hooves is tomorrow for you.

Fidget 352423

"Well, I had a reason to refuse. A reason you decided was good enough to try and use against me."

Nock [Tracker] 352424

Notice her reaction.

"Speaking of Star, we should go get her for dinner. We'll have plenty of time to catch up later, not to mention class time, so we shouldn't take up any more of your time while you're getting settled."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352425

"Yeah, we should totally get to Star. Soon.
Very soon.
Before classes start!"

Sidus [Rogue] 352426

Start heating up the forge.
Look for the stuff that will help me forge a key.

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 352427

"I suppose I got a little hasty.
…a little scared even.
I never suspected a time like this might come.
I mean, many before had their quirks and games of pretend but…"
"Well the door isn't locked or anything"
You get some copper ingots and tools.
You should know enough about things to make this work.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352428

I keep frowning slightly at her

Fidget 352429

"You didn't expect to run across one who was serious? In an academy for paladins?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352430

"It's been a honor sir. Looking forward to hearing your stories again."
Wait for Nock to stand up, then follow her outside.

Sidus [Rogue] 352431

Start working on it.
Don't rush it, but try and keep a pace so I can be finished before the Smith shows up.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Nock [Tracker] 352432

"It's been nice. I'll have to stop by again really soon."

Then depart.

"Are you alright?"

DM 352433

"Are you saying those who admit they have carnal needs are not serious?"
This is harder than it looked…

Papaver Field [Mage] 352434

"Kinda? I mean, your father sounds nice and all, but I'm worried about Star.
And about.. Yeah, that."

Sidus [Rogue] 352435

We had that mini mobile forge for repairs at the back of the cart, I can do this!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Fidget 352436

I'll look a bit surprised at that.
"Well, no, but doing those sorts of things with anyone other than the mare they like is unfaithful! It's just not… not how I was raised to think."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352437

"W-well… it's j-just not nice to f-force yourself l-like you tried on J-Jon…"

DM 352438

Oh right, duh, you need to put the ingots into the bowl first, then the bold into the forge. Not just heat the bowl itself.
And done.
A neat replica key. Should open most normal doors in the academy.
"They say you are supposed to abandon love as a paladin to keep your heart strong and mind clear.
That is why I was always so useful. I make no real emotional ties, and am available when needed.
I see you came here with a very different mindset though."

Sidus [Rogue] 352439

Now pack away the stuff I used and wait for the Smith.

Fidget 352440

I'll nod.
"I came here to learn how to protect the ones I care about. I'll admit I wasn't expecting to find somepony here, but…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352441

I frown
"T-that's not t-true… M-Mom is an inquisitor as w-well and s-she loves m-me…"

DM 352442

He arrives at sunrise
"Good morning cadet. All good?"
"Well as you know we have rules against starting families here.
…but none that explicitly prevent further exploring camaraderie and developing it further.
So long as no paladin is incapacitated from combat by the difficulties of pregnancy. That's just a practical thing. We can't risk that out in the field."

Fidget 352444

I'll blush a bit.
"I was aware of that rule, and was planning to wait."

Sidus [Rogue] 352446

I nod.
"I would like to ask about the thing I asked for. Is it ready?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352447

I blush
"I-I… w-we… We h-haven't…"

Wf+6 352451

"It'll be fine. I'm sure. So… did you still want to go back to the room?"

DM 352455

"Wait until when?
When you are too old or maimed to keep on fighting?"
"It is. Though I was hoping to touch it up a little today."
"Not that that is really an issue if you take some precautions. I mean I've been at this for years without worry."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352459

"Unless this spoiled the mood for you.
We could talk some sense into Star and Jon, you know."

Sidus [Rogue] 352461

"By engraving my cutie mark in it as we agreed?"

Fidget 352462

I'll shake my head.
"That would be up to my partner."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352465

I keep blushing now
"M-Maybe we s-should just a-agree to stay o-out of each other's w-way…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352467

DM 352469

"That's already done.
I was hoping to add some polish and ensure I got a smooth finish on it."
"I have no ill will towards either of you.
Just remember to keep it within regulations.
No kids, and no letting any mutual feelings hinder your training
Got it?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352471

I'll nod.
"And can we agree you keep your hooves to yourself if I need to come back up to the infirmary in the future?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352473

I shuffle a little closer to him

Nock [Tracker] 352475

"Sure. D'you know where they are?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352477

I smirk.
"Thank you very much. You not only do things, your do your best with whatever task you have. I like that."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352484

"Might have a guess. Do you have any idea what that nurse is doing to them!?"


Nock [Tracker] 352485

Follow that pony!

DM 352491

"Of course.
It has been a real learning experience for me, meeting you.
And should you ever need me, do not be afraid to ask."
"If you aren't going to do a job well, don't do it at all.
The weapon is in the locked compartment by the workbench. This key opens it."
He tosses you a little iron key
Welcome to the infirmary

Sidus [Rogue] 352502

I catch it.
"What about the polishing then? Or do you have your won key for it?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352504

And would you look at that, the two of them are already together again.

Trot over to Star and stand besides her.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352508

I frown a little at her

She better not be implying…

"Oh… h-hi Vera!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352511

Well, I guess we're done here.
I'll nod to nurse Steamship, and head out of the office and run into Vera and Nock.

DM 352513

"Just bring it to me so I can finish it before starting my actual work."
"Take care!"

Nock [Tracker] 352519

Join them. "I was gone for the whole thing? Your lives move too fast!"

Sidus [Rogue] 352521

"Oh, right."
I nod and open the compartment by his workbench and bring it to him.
Inspect it on the way.
How does it look like?

Papaver Field [Mage] 352522

"How is it going?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352524

I'll chuckle a bit.
"I wish they'd move a bit slower some days."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352525


Still blushing, I sheepishly reply

Papaver Field [Mage] 352528

"You two will have to explain a lot.
Oh, and I met Nock's dad!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352532

"Yeah, probably. So, how was he? As grumpy as Nock is?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352534

I droop my ears and nod sadly
"S-Sorry… it w-was all my f-fault…"

DM 352536

A work of art.
A marriage of form and function, which implies a great amount of precise craftsmanship. Yet the blade is so dull it could not even cut paper.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352539

Roll my eyes.
"Do I really have to slap you both? Just accepts it's that nurse's fault.
What's happened to her?"
"He's great! I bet he has a lot of stories to tell!"

Nock [Tracker] 352542

Give him a sour look.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352545

I'll cast a look at Vera and shrug.
"No, Star, it wasn't. I just dealt with it badly."

Sidus [Rogue] 352551

I take it to him.
"It's perfect. And you will be able to lethalize it once we will be allowed to carry those sort of weapons, right?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352558

"W-Well… she apologized… It w-was a misunderstanding…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352561

Frown and look at Jon.
"Is this true? You told me a different story…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352565

"Well, I didn't find out it was a misunderstanding until later. I thought nurse Steamship was actually more at fault in this."
I'll sigh.
"And there really is no excuse for what I did. Even you said I could have done something other than that."

Nock [Tracker] 352567

Don't comment, but give an unsurprised look.

DM 352570

"Oh easily. It just needs a good sharpening."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352571

I sniffle
"I-I shouldn't have m-made you so worried…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352572

"Yeah okay."
Point at each one of them with a hoof.
"You two… I…"
Glare at them.
"No way, I'm done. We should have went to our room instead of worrying for you two!
You are meant for each other already!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352574

I cringe
"I-I'm sorry…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352580

I'll roll my eyes a bit.
"Star, it's fine. I'm the one who should be apologizing here."
I'll blush a little at that.
"Well, at least this means Star has good friends, right?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352583

I nod.
"Great! Thank you, once again! Now, was this all you needed me for? I have a lot to do today and can't help further."


Hug Star.
"The best."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Nock [Tracker] 352589


"All set?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352591

"C'mon grumpy, join us!"
Extend her a hoof for the hug.

DM 352593

"I'll see you tomorrow morning then.
And before you go…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352596

I tense up slightly, then calm down and hug her back

Nock [Tracker] 352599


Join the hug. At least Jon is watching awkwardly, left out.

Sidus [Rogue] 352601


DM 352604

I really appreciated being able to sleep a bit longer."
He gives you a honest smile

Sidus [Rogue] 352610

I smile back.
"It's nothing, really. At least I will be able to work on weapons again with you. Do what I love."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352613

After a moment let go of them.
"And be I damned if I lose any of you once we graduate!"
Look at them with a stern look.
"Or you, for the matter!"
Point at Jon.

DM 352625

"I may yet one day to grow to like you boy. Hurry along now."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352626

I nod weakly and quickly get back to standing closely next to Jon

Sidus [Rogue] 352630

Nod and leave.
Time for another recon at the office.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352634

Just lose, you dofus!
And I go back besides Nock.

Nock [Tracker] 352639

Once everyone's caught up, we should skip to H&H day. You know, since everyone's here for a change. Unless there's something important left you want to do?

"Ready to go back?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352641

Whoooops. Lemme just delete that and make something more proper.
"Well, me and Star are kind of a package deal, Vera."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352646

I blush and nuzzle his cheek happily

DM 352647

As you pass the training grounds, you can see the Battlemaster is there, slashing away at a target dummy.
His office should be empty, if you want to sneak in there.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352648

Roll my eyes.
"Nice to see you two are finally understanding it."
Nod at her.

Sidus [Rogue] 352653

Double time, but don't run, that would be suspicios.
Try to open his door with the master key!

Nock [Tracker] 352654

Then we return to the room!

Ready for what awaits.

DM 352665

It seems his office door uses the normal lock type.
It opens easily.

Sidus [Rogue] 352671

Go in, lock it again from the inside, then check the back of his desk!

DM 352672

If you have nothing to finish, you can warp to the next morning, the day before H&H

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352675

I think I'm pretty much ready to warp ahead.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352676

I think we are even ready for H&H.

Nock [Tracker] 352677

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352679

I'm pretty sure we can H&H now right?

Nock [Tracker] 352680

Well for clarity, I'm ready for H&H if you'll just let me say I baked my cake in one of those absences. Otherwise I need to go roleplay that out.

DM 352681

He has all sorts of papers and things stored here here in small boxes for easy reaching.
Extra ink, spare quills, paper, a short sword strapped to the bottom of the table…
Sidus is still stuck in the day before

Warp to
-Next Day?
-Hearts and Hooves Day?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352682

But I haven't got to taunt you in the kitchens yet!

Sidus [Rogue] 352690

A short sword?
Check that.
Look for the possible key in the boxes and drawers! I don't even need to find the trunk, only it's key!

DM 352704

The key is not here.
The sword seems to be well sharpened and fresh to the point of never being used.
It seems to be there as a means for him to defend himself if he is ambushed in the office.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352708

Should we just wait on him to finish then?

Sidus [Rogue] 352716

Start searching the room for possible locations!

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 352727

No need.
You can warp if you want.
After some searching, you look out his window and realize he is not wearing his usual uniform this morning.
Maybe it's still in his closet.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352736

Let's warp then.
Even thou I could use the one day before H&H to place some nice decorations in the secret room and have an even bigger surprise ready for Nock.

Sidus [Rogue] 352738

Check the closet and his uniform then!

DM 352743

He has a dummy in there, which he keeps the uniform on. Probably so it retains shape and fits more comfortably.
There is also a separate compartment for his medals, and a rack for his ceremonial weapons.

Nock [Tracker] 352745

Apollo's Law. Just say you did that.

DM 352746

Please tell what you did in the last day to prepare.

Sidus [Rogue] 352751

Obviously I got shit to do.

Search the uniform first.
Inspect the weapons though.

Nock [Tracker] 352754

I baked that cake. Bitches love cake.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352756


I got my gift for Jon so… I guess I spent the entire day reading romance novels for inspiration and then ended up not getting anything done because I panicked.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352757

Made a practice tart with Adam's Apple, just a small one, so I could get the recipe down.
Spent a few hours of the day cuddling with Star, but otherwise leaving her to Vera for physical training and would have left her to Sidus for Assertiveness training, but he was occupied.
I also expressed surprise at Nock knowing how to bake.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352758

I found some leftover wood to build a few weapon racks for our own stuff and armors that I then placed on the secret room. And then got ready practicing the march.
But that's about it.
After all, I can't isolate the room from sound just yet.

DM 352779

This must be it.
A small bronze key on a gold chain, connected to the inside pocket of his coat.
As for the weapons, they consist of a rapier and a broadsword. They seem too decorative to be for combat use.

Welcome to Hearts and Hooves day everyone
Except you Sidus.

The day when you should find a little time to be special to that special someone in your life.
Preferably without the faculty finding it a bother.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352790

Alright, so tonight I meet Adam's Apple just after last class so I can cook that dinner for Star.
Got to get through the day first, though.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352791

Oh pone, she's gonna love it.

Time to prance over Nock's bed and wake her up by surprise!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 352793

Snatch the key. Close the closet.
Is he still at the training grounds?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352797

Well… I should go find Jon then. Even though I can't get into the colt dorms…

Papaver Field [Mage] 352800

Oh right.
I probably told you about the secret room the day before.
Have a nice time with Jon in there.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352802

Secret Room?

Papaver Field [Mage] 352804

On the rafters.
Ancient Northern architecture and whatnot.
I'm planning to turn it into a trophy room.

DM 352805

The key is chained to the pocket.
Break the chain?
Rip the pocket out?
Take the entire coat?
Get some clay and make a mold?
And yes, he is still training. By now he has ripped the mounting pole of the dummy out of the ground, and is training his ability to juggle an enemy with his hooves and sword.
You trip on the carpet and slam into her bed.
That sure woke her up…

Nock [Tracker] 352806

Oh boy here we go.

Nock [Tracker] 352807

"Ack! Vera? Another bad dream?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352808

Oh my…

Papaver Field [Mage] 352812

Rub my head.
Jump over her!
"It's heart and hooves!"
Squee in glee as i bury my head on her chest.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 352813

I smirk.
He's not bad at all.

Can't I just remove it from the chain without breaking it?
Making it look like it fell off?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352816

Also, I guess I'll go to the library while waiting for Jon

I think that's where we met…

DM 352818

It was built to be a single piece. Some part needs to be broken to get the key off.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352820

I'll be wandering about. Maybe to the library to find a good book on cooking. Adma's Apple will be able to give me pointers for the main course, but that doesn't mean I should go in blind. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 352822

Welcome to the same place

Nock [Tracker] 352823

Draw her into a hug.

"Someone's excited."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352825

My ears perk up

Sidus [Rogue] 352828

That's too noticable.
What isn't though… Cut out the area just around the chain inside the pocket.
That way I won't ruin the pocket, but have both the key and the chain!

Papaver Field [Mage] 352830

With a smile on my face, feeling the warmth of her chest on my cheek, I cuddle for a few moments before answering.
"It's my first time! I have no idea what to expect!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352831

I'll immediately stop looking through books.
"What's up?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352835

I quickly trot up to him and give him an hug
"I… I-I was just… H-hoping to find you here!"

Nock [Tracker] 352841

"Well, legend has it that the holiday was started when some royal pony poisoned another. I forget the details, but the whole kingdom fell into war and ruin. Suffice to say, it's just macho enough of a holiday for the two of us."

DM 352843

You now have the key and the chain.
You still have a while before he is done training.
A word of caution: please think before you do anything too final, or at least have a plan.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352864

I'll give her a quick hug back.
"Really? Well, you found me."
"Happy Hearts and Hooves, by the way."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352869

I blush and let out a embarrassed giggle
"Y-you too… special somepony…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352877

Let go of her, slightly deluded.
"So I can't just get all putty and ask for cuddles all day?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352884

Hide it in my uniform.
Make sure I didn't leave any traces.
Leave the room, and lock it again.

Then leave to the dorms.

Nock [Tracker] 352887

Pull her back in and nuzzle her.

"You get that without asking today."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352892

Giggle a bit.
"I told Star about the secret room. Guess we have to stay here for today…"

DM 352908

The Battlemaster is taking a breather as the sun climbs a little higher in the sky.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352910

I'll blush a bit at that as well, and fidget a bit on my hooves.
"I don't think I'll ever get used to that…"
Then I'll smile at Star.
"But, I've got a surprise planned for you at dinner. Just don't know if I'll be able to serve it in the dining hall, though…"

Nock [Tracker] 352914

Fake a pout. "That's not so bad, is it?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352919

Talking with him now would arouse suspicion in him later no doubt.

Find Balsa instead.

DM 352932

"Looking for me, are you?"

Sidus [Rogue] 352946

Turn to face him.
"Maybe. We need a place where we can speak in private."
Smirk at him.

Papaver Field [Mage] 352947

"Alone all day with the terrible inquisitor Nock?
Oh my, Celestia, have mercy of me!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352951

"Oh… d-dinner? That sounds… d-delicious~"
I giggle again

Nock [Tracker] 352954

Roll over on top of her, pinning her. "Don't make me resort to brutality."

DM 352956

"I room is not far. We could go there. Or yours."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352957

"Last time we were like this…"
'1d10' not to do… That.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352960

"Well, I certainly hope so…"
I'll frown a bit.
"I'm still not too sure it'll come out right…"

Sidus [Rogue] 352961

"Let's go to yours then. Lead the way."


Nope. I can't.
Kiss her again.
It's been so long since last time.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7


Kissing isn't my strong suit but maybe…?

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352967

I nuzzle his cheek tenderly
"Y-You're cooking is r-really nice… I-I know it'll b-be fine…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352977

I'll blush red as return the affection.
I certainly hope so.
"So, Star, what should we do between classes until then?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352982

Slowly pull away.
"Want to waste away the day like this?~"

Nock [Tracker] 352984

"Well I can't let a heretic get away unpunished.~"

Papaver Field [Mage] 352986

Widen my eyes and try to scramble for the door!

Roll #1 8 = 8


Take her down!

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 352990

He takes you to his room.
It is like any other room, though only has one bed.
His taste in decoration is mostly paintings, and a hookah.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 352991

"Uh… y-you decide…"

Sidus [Rogue] 352993

Take out the key and show it to him, but only in my hooves, still smirking.
"I think I won."

Papaver Field [Mage] 352995

Groan as she pins me on the ground.
"Can I beg for mercy?"

DM 352998

"I believe the deadline is not quite yet. I can still tie with you."
He takes a step towards you

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 352999

I'll roll my eyes a little again.
"I'll pick what we do the first break, you pick what we do the second, alright? And then, after the last class, we'll meet for dinner."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353001

I blush

Nock [Tracker] 353005

"A paladin of the Sisters can't be swayed by sweet words. I will give you last words to make peace with your Goddess."

Sidus [Rogue] 353006

I put the key away.
"I accomplished the goal first, which means I have won. You can feel free to show the notes to me now."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353008

"Okay. Then, what we're going to do is… hmmm."
I'll look towards the back of the library.
"Well, we could just sit and relax in the quiet here for a little while. Pick out a coupe of books and read together."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353010

I nod
"O-okay… Uh… w-which book?"


Conjure a magic blanket and cover her head with it!

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353012

"Whichever one you like."

DM 353013

He pulls out your training kamas from under his bed
"I know you keep a second set. But fair is fair, I suppose."
He then also pulls out a large book
"I must admit it was pretty ballsy of you to risk your life for just a small clue like this."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353016

I blush
"Y-you said y-you'd decide…"


Strangle the incantation out of her mouth with a kiss!

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 353021

"Oh, I meant my kamas, not the toys. Still, you could get in my room and lift them, so that's something."
Chuckle and levitate the book over to me.
"Risk my life? I didn't even break a sweat!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 353022

But no, it doesn't work.
"Oh Celestia, oh Luna, let Nock not be remembered by the terrible companies she kept, but by the number of heretics she slew!"
Then, lowering my voice.
"And for the hugs she can give…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353029

I'll give her a quick smile.
"And I decided… that you get to decide what we read."

DM 353033

He walks by you, smacking the side where you keep the kama strapped to
"Three out of four. I have a thought of where you keep the last, but did nor have time to check.
And now that you have that key… what do you plan to do with it?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 353053

And then I'm interrupted just like that.
Okay it feels nice.
"If you keep me busy like this I won't be able to give you my gift…"

Sidus [Rogue] 353054

"Return it of course. The challenge was to get it and show you I can."
Put away his book, and my training kamas with levitation.
"I no longer have any use for it since I don't need anything from that locker of his."


I let out a defeated sigh
Pick one of the books of the nearby shelves.

Something romantic… yeah…

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 353059

"You aren't taking my book anywhere kid. You can read it, not take it."
[The finer points of physical romance - By: Unsafe Forework]


I blush and put it back away

Something less… clinical please

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 353064

"Fine. But I'll read it once I returned this key. I'll meet you back here in your room in, let's say, a few hours, okay?"

DM 353065

"Very well. I'll go put your toys back in the mean time."

Sidus [Rogue] 353066

"No need to strain yourself, I'll be back for them when I come back for the book anyway."

Extend my hoof towards him to a shake, smirking.
"This little contest was fun though."

Papaver Field [Mage] 353067

And then suddenly it was the day before H&H.
I should ask Leaf Blade something.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353068

DM 353069

"Wipe that grin off that second ass you call a face.
I'll go keep the Battlemaster busy then. I like you enough to rather not see him dismember you when he finds out you stole his precious key."
Welcome to BACK IN TIME
"Hey Vera. Something come up?"

DM 353070

[Cute things to do together: A guide to being a cute pastel horse with your special somehorse - By: Shipping Container and Containment Breach]

Papaver Field [Mage] 353071

Nod at him.
"Ever heard of the secret rooms nested in the ceiling?"

Sidus [Rogue] 353072

I raise an eyebrow.
"Hey now, no need to get upset. I was just offering a friendly hoofshake to close this little rivalry. You are not a bad guy after all, even if you keep bumping into me."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353073

That's perfect!
Settle down next to Jon, lean in slightly on him and start reading

DM 353075

He gives you a half-faced smile
"Think you might be up for more than just this?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353076

And I'll cuddle up with Star and read as well.

Sidus [Rogue] 353079

"I can be certain after I read your notes."
Smirk wider again.
"Judging from the reaction of the Headmaster when I asked about Highflanks, I think I might be."

DM 353088

You guys want book narration?
"He was the best. Once."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353091

Maybe just a little. If you don't want to, we can just skip ahead to the second break, where Star gets to pick an activity.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353092

I was waiting for it, but you don't have to

Papaver Field [Mage] 353095

Sidus [Rogue] 353097

"Obviously, he wasn't good enough then, if he got found out."

DM 353104

I got nothing.
We can skip ahead.
"I've heard of them. Then I've heard of magic that turns you into an alicorn too, so yeah."
"So it would seem.
Perhaps we can be better."

Sidus [Rogue] 353108

"Perhaps? No.
We can be better for sure."
"So, is the offer of distracting him still stand?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353109

And then they read a book together cutely until class.
After class, it's Star's turn to pick what we do.
"So, what's the plan?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 353110

"You would make a great princess!"

DM 353114

"I suppose it does."
He opens his window
"I'll catch you later then."
He glides out
"Ever wonder why they are called princesses anyway? Aren't they… you know… queens?"

Sidus [Rogue] 353115

Leave his room and head to the office again.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353117

I fidget with my hooves
"W-well we a-already read s-something together… so maybe… w-we could uh…?"
I look around
"T-the secret r-room?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 353118

"They have no king?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353119

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"There are secret rooms?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353121

I nod sheepishly
"W-well Vera told m-me about one…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353125

Oh boy.
"Did she now? Am I really allowed in, or is this a 'fillies only' secret room?"
I'll smile a little.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353134

"Y-you're allowed as w-well in s-she said… And uh… she t-told u-us we'd be… a-alone for the entire d-day there."
I blush bright red

DM 353135

Activity has picked up inside the main building as the morning classes draw close.
You best hurry.
"Or maybe they just think 'princess' sounds more benevolent and nonthreatening in the ears of the populace."

Papaver Field [Mage] 353139

"They could call themselves empresses, Celestia and Luna will always shine in my eyes!"

Sidus [Rogue] 353140

Open door quick!
Don't even close it behind me!
Open closet, put key and chain in pocket, then leave and lock the door!

DM 353143

Good boy.
Now lets hope he has no reason to assume it was you who cut up his coat to steal the key.
You are in the clear, and there is no sign of him.
"Hm. If only all ponies thought that way…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 353145

Look with concern at him.
"Has.. Has anything happened?"

Sidus [Rogue] 353146

Get back to my room then, and deposit my real kama on my weapon stand.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353149

Alone? Oh. Oh my.
I'll be blushing scarlet as well.
"W-well, it's not like we'd be doing s-something in there that we c-couldn't be doing out here, right? Right. So. Whole d-day you said?"
Would we miss classes? I'd have to remember to leave to get started cooking that pie…

DM 353151

"No. Why? I was referring to history. You know, the Equestrian Expansion and all.
So much effort, time and technology, wasted on weapons."
As you place it there, Burning puts the other one next to it

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353152

I nod
"Y-yes… b-because I can't go t-to the colt dorms and… and…"
I blush
"Uh… so… s-shall we?"

Sidus [Rogue] 353153

I smile at her.
"Feeling better?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 353154

"Not to break your bubble, but we are going to be warriors too, one day…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 353157

I'll nod.
"W-well, lead the way, then."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 353159

Lead him to the room

DM 353163

"I… still messed up.
There is no way around that…"
"We are just ponies. Ponies who chose this life.
We are not hundreds of thousands of working hours poured into creating unn