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Paladinquest - Thread 10 DM 357596

I think we may have passed 10.000 posts already.

The madness continues.

DM 357611

"Alright, I suppose it can wait. What did you have in mind?"

DM 357614

"Yes? What is it?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 357637

I run over to her.
"Please, Burning. Sidus told me so much about you and him. And I was thinking I could wirte a song about you two.
And I was hoping we could talk together so I could get to know you.
Please I would be so sad if you couldn't be here with us."

DM 359986

Do not call it a nightmare.
It is the quest you chose.
How long do you want to keep up slice of life schoolhorses still? Should we soon skip ahead to the Gala?

Phanny [Necromancer] 359987

I haven't done anything!

What's going on for me?

Papaver Field [Mage] 359988

I still have to tell the others about the gala, sign up and all that jizz.
Plus, I want to make frens with Burning.

DM 359989

You finished up in class right?
Following that you had a chat with Jon I believe.
If you don't want to chat to the PCs, you could talk to some of the faculty for info about your personal goal.
Hop to it.
If you have no other plans, I can let you meet Burning.

Phanny [Necromancer] 359990

Looks like only Vera is around. And boy, she was mad, so we'll let her cool a bit.

Go see a guidance counselor?

Papaver Field [Mage] 359991

And I was kinda talking to her during last thread.
"Well he must be strong if somepony like you follows him…"
Pss, name!

Phanny [Necromancer] 359992

But I like Vera!

Star Hopper [Cleric] 359993

Slice of life is still fun, I think
I was about to meet up with Vera and Cherry in the mess hall I think?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 359994

I ended up in the mess hall as well, if I recall.

Papaver Field [Mage] 359995

Your namefield!
And I'm talking with Burning while we walk there!

Phanny [Necromancer] 359996

What of it?
I technically do have a Necro's skillset.

Papaver Field [Mage] 359997

I'm an idiot and my brain was ded. Sorry. I confused your tag with Swirl's.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 359998

I'll just quietly listen then, she seemed nice

DM 359999

"Guess so.
He has a strong heart at least~"
We seem to be lacking Cherry.
Were you doing anything there?
You could go ask the Headmaster or Battlemaster, depending on what you need.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360000

"What does that even mean?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360001

The headmaster, I suppose.

I'm not looking for the technical skills needed.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360002

Getting food and saying hello to the waitstaff, at least.
Was going to have this as an opportunity to run into Cherry, but she's occupied. So I suppose I'll just be sitting there if anyone wants to initiate anything.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360003

Well we were on our way as well!

DM 360004

"Well… uh…"
Rolling not to blush
His assistant, as usual, is blocking the way
"What business do you have, Cadet?"
You two can go ahead and meet up if you wish.
or I can toss in something else.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Phanny [Necromancer] 360005

Is his assistant a mare?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360006

Oh my. I guess I know that look.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360007

Why not both?
"Hey Star. How'd class go?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360008

"Uh… f-fine… I asked t-the battlemaster t-to help me out…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360009

Oh hey looks like I'm here too!
Look at both of them with a silly smile.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360010

"Really? Good for you."
I'll nod a bit.
"He's not that bad outside of lessons, is he?"

DM 360011

Yes she is.
it is quite a telling shade of red, and the subconscious shuffling of her back legs and licking of lips is not exactly subtle either.
Mostly because "tossing in something else" probably involves distracting you from your talk

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360012

That's alright. It'll force Star to think on her hooves.

Phanny [Necromancer] 360013

"Thought the Headmaster could give me some advice. Got big dreams, you know, and thought I should maybe talk to someone. If you want to date a Royal guard, could you let me in?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360014

I nod
"H-He's really nice… I think… He uh… I decided t-to start using the m-mace instead…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360015

"Whoa! That's great Star!"
>in da past!
Giggle a bit.
"I see. He's that special to you."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360016

I'll nod again.
"And with a mace you can still use a shield."

Sidus [Rogue] 360017

I guess you could write down what some of the notes from Balsa are containing while I wait.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360018

I blush
"Ah… it's n-not that special…"

"I d-did like u-using a shield… m-makes me feel… safer."
I look away
"M-Maybe that's a b-bit cowardly of me to t-think…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360019

"Nah. Wanting to stay safe isn't cowardly, so long as you don't run away to do it."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360020

"Don't be silly! Going out there and facing foes and adversities is something almost nopony does!
You are great just for doing it!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360021

"I guess… I'd r-rather not f-fight anypony though…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360022

Grab her under one of my forehooves and grin wide.
"Don't be silly! We are gonna make a name for ourselves out there!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360023

"Well, there might come a time when you have to stand up for either yourself, or somepony else. I'm sure you'll be able to do it."

DM 360024

"Ain't much to date in a Royal Guard. They are married to their duty, after all.
Let me see if the headmaster is ava-"
"Let him in."
The assistant looks surprised, then annoyed
"Please go in. He is expecting you."
Nearby, a pale-coated pony trips over her uniform, dropping her luckily still empty tray.
And don't you dare spoil it by telling the faculty!"
Please stand by


Bow to her and then go in.

Rolling for bow stylishness

Roll #1 9 = 9

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360026

I'll look over.
"You all right over there? Need any help?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360027

I nod meekly

"I guess…"

My ears perk up and I walk over to help her up with my telekinesis
"A-Are you okay?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360028

Red Leader standing by

Papaver Field [Mage] 360029

Cover my mouth with one hoof.
"No way! I have a special somepony too!"
Well duh, go over there and help!

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 360030

[The Collection's location is not marked on any of the floorplans of the academy, unless there is a more complete version in the Canterlot Archives.
It has to be hidden in the sub-basements as the upper levels simply do not contain spaces large enough to hide it.
It could be linked to the Proving Halls, Underhalls or Catacombs, though the latter is unlikely due to the sacred nature of the catacombs themselves, and the risks involved.
I have yet to ever see the Proving Halls or Underhalls, but reaching the Dungeon is easy enough, and it should contain entrances to both.
There are unused marginal spaces in the ceiling structures and inside some walls left over from construction. These have proven invaluable for avoiding detection.
Stories mention the Dead Guardian watches over the Collection. This probably refers to the body of Highflanks.]
Very respectful and proper.
The Headmaster's office is a veritable collection of curiosities and trinkets. The headmaster himself is an older pony with a long wispy beard on his chin and a sharp, almost piercing look in his eyes
"Welcome, Cadet. What ails you?"
She dusts herself off
"Yes. Just got a little… distracted is all. Didn't look where I was going."
"Really now?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360031

"Hey I didn't believe it either at first!"
"Need a hoof carrying those?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360032

"Perilous thing, not looking."
I'll get up and join Star and Vera near the mare.
"You sure you're okay?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360033

Read a bit more, if there is more.
Also, look at any maps and if he found any possible points where I could enter.
And lastly, second and third year uniforms look different, right?

Phanny [Necromancer] 360034

"Sir. Might I seat? I'd like to consult you for advice. For becoming a Royal Guard."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360035

"Oh… okay… a-are you sure you're not h-hurt? I could cast a h-heal…"

DM 360036

"It can be quite a special feeling, yes…"
"I-I'm good, thanks. Just… a little out of it is all."
"I'm fine I'm fine. Just kinda well asleep on my hooves."
"No really I'm…"
She yawns loudly
Yes, all different year uniforms are colour coded.
Gold and blue for cadets
White and blue for paladins
White and grey for sworn paladins
The maps show entry points to the dungeon, reliquary, bestiary and sanctum, all located in the basement levels, as well as three entry points. One by the custodian's room, another in a small corridor flanked by two large dressing rooms, and a third that leads outside.
"Feel free.
A royal guard you say? Why that path?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360037

"How did you get around the dorm restrictions? Some friends of mine have a lot of problems with it…"
"Sure? Okaaaay I guess…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360038

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"You feeling alright? Don't look like you've had any decent sleep in a while."

Sidus [Rogue] 360039

If I want free pass in a dungeon, is a second year uniform enough for that?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360040

"Y-You should sleep more… i-it's not healthy to w-walk around like this!"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360041

"Thank you."

Seat myself.

"..Many reasons, I suppose. If I can, why not? To serve our rulers is to serve our whole nation, and to serve the nation is to serve the ponies. Well, not to mention the honour and glory with it, you know? Now, I understand that there are going to be lots of things I'll have to do, but… I'll do it. Heh… maybe I'll even bring some nice associations with my family name."

DM 360042

"The night shift guards may be servants of Luna, but even they cannot see into every shadow. And not even they can keep me from Sidus.
He is so warm in his sleep~"
"I do not mean to offend, but I don't mean to be a bother either."
Only a Fourth Year paladin has free access to the Dungeons.
"Those who praise the night should not shy away from it.
Sadly, not all courses can be taken at night, so I need to be up for a few…"
She yawns again
"Well cadet, we get evaluators visiting twice a year to check potential candidates.
First of all they look at every cadet's performance scores, then interview those they deem good enough."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360043

"Oh… Oh! You were stargazing!?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360044

Would it be too conspicuous if I stole a fourth year uniform from a storage, and snuck down there?

Phanny [Necromancer] 360045

"Right. So I just got to do well. Not a problem. What after?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360046

"I know that feeling. When I first came to the academy I always had bad dreams, but she was so warm in her sleep that I could forget them all…"
"Ohohoh! That's great! Star here taught me a lot about… Stars!"
Giggle like an idiot.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360047

What's going on?

Sidus [Rogue] 360048

We can do the thing at the place

DM 360049

"Among other things, yes."
Depends on how well you can pass as a fully graduated paladin. Few even stay for a fourth year, and they all carry unique weapons.
Simply changing your clothes is not enough.
"Well, usually those whose evaluation on both halves is deemed sufficient are taken to Canterlot Castle for their full training."
"Oh? A fellow mare of the night then?"
Wasn't there supposed to be a thing here with Burning?

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360050

Let's do it then. I have to get a train later. And I'd rather finish this, so we can move on.


Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360051

"Star does enjoy staying up late to watch the stars."

DM 360052

"Well… what did you have in mind?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360053

Well, I would be sneaking so…
I can find some sort of something that helps me blend in with the shadows.

"She wanted to write a song about us, I told you!"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360054

"On both halves… so, score well, get the interview. Is that it, sir? Doesn't seem like much of a problem."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360055

I grin and nod with fervor

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360056

Straighten up.
"Well, my name's Cherry, I'm a bard.
When Sidus told me about the both of you,
I figured both of you could be the subject for a new song to write, to share your upcoming adventures with the world.
And to do that, I'd like to get to know the both of you.
So I can know how the song starts."
I show my kindest smile.

DM 360057

Have you tried socks?
"Yes, and? I would like some details."
"So long as your heart is set on it, that is it.
The path of a Royal Guard is one of self-sacrifice. Not many dare take it."
"How nice. Were I any less tired I'd smile…"
"Well, what would you like to know?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360058

"Is it so strange? I mean, Jon didn't react like that, but you and Leaf…"
Point at Star.

Sidus [Rogue] 360059

"I don't know the details either. That's why we should talk this over now."

I was thinking more of a black body suit sort of thing… I wonder if I could sew something with the help of Burning…

Phanny [Necromancer] 360060


"..well, I'd understand. But if I can do it and can save someone else the trouble, why not?"

"Besides, it's not like many will miss me now. I'm sure lots of others would be missed more, you know?"

DM 360061

"I could never imagine one being satisfied with a mare."
You probably could.
Or you could even try to dye a spare uniform, seeing as the art locker has ink.
"Well, the Royal Guard shave few friends. Mostly only comrades in arms. And some family."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360062

Raise a brow.
"What's the difference?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360063

"Oh… O-Okay… uh… m-maybe we could talk more tonight?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360064

"As much as possible actually.
How the both of you met,
whatever you'd like to share.
I write it down,
follow your future adventures together
and once we've got enough material,"
I raise my hoof dramatically.
I'll turn it into a song every bard in Equestria will sing and everypony will know about Sidus and Burning, 2 lovers who braved all dangers and triumphed together…"
I lower my hoof and look down.
"But, of course, if you rather wouldn't have that,
I suppose I'll just have to find other ponies to write about…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360065

"Yeah. See, we're giving up a lot. We could have a lot more if we weren't guards, I get that. So we should have as little to lose as possible when we join."

Stand up.

"Thanks a lot, sir. Anything else you could tell me?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360066

I nuzzle Burning.
"See, that sounds perfect! The two of us will be immortalized even before we reach our goal!"

DM 360067

She gives you an incredulous look
"I'm guessing you've never tried a stallion then."
"That would be nice… I'd ask to eat with you but really… I think I'll just have a little something and take a nap…"
"I guess that depends on how comfortable Sidus is with the idea."
"Not really. But I can keep your name in mind when the evaluators arrive.
There is some reading material in the library if you need it."
If you like the idea, I won't oppose it either."

Sidus [Rogue] 360068

"Of course I like it! I don't even know how I didn't think of it sooner! So, how we first met!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360069

"I never cared about a mate until I came here, actually."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360070

"Ah… okay… t-that's fine really… I uh… what's your r-room number?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360071

Take a bow and leave. '1d10' for Style.

Off to the library, then?

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 360072

"I first saw you in the signups, but we met in the great hall, right?"
"Your loss.
…well… that actually is the reason I came here."
"I'm on the second floor in the hammer dorm, last door on the left."
Guess so unless you want to meet other PCs

Phanny [Necromancer] 360073

where are they?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360074

"To find a stallion? Isn't that a bit… Underwelming?
A strong mare like you thinking about such silly things?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360075

"Only you know where you saw me first, but I know that the first I saw you was when you followed me in a sneaky way, but I turned around and spotted you immediately!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360076

"Okay! S-should I bring my telescope? W-we could observe the nightsky and c-compare notes!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360077

I nod at Sidus and turn back to Burning.
"But you both have to agree with it.
If one of you rather wouldn't, I don't think I can make a good song.
Love is a central piece in my work, otherwise it would become just another unemotional song of praise."

"And what was the first spark?
Was it love at first sight or how did you feel?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360078

"You heard us, we both want it!"
I think back for a second.
"At the time… no it wasn't love at first sight for me, but I appreciated her, and promoted her to my number one fan."

DM 360079

Dining hall
"No… the opposite. I have here to forget my failed search for a stallion."
"You have a telescope!?"
"I felt like I had often felt before, only stronger.
I felt hope. I felt warmth. I felt like I at least needed to try."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360080

Guess I am hungry.

Off to the dining hall, then.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360081

"I see it worked out well for you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360082

"Uh… y-yes? I brought m-my refractor telescope along here so I-I could keep using it a-at night like at home…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360083

"So it was not love at first sight.
How did it change?
Did you talk to each other then or did you see each other in the halls, exchanging glances during class, until one of you finally gathered up the courage to say hi?"

DM 360084

Welcome there.
"Snarky, aren't you?"
"Oh I'd love to see it!"
Burning blushes a little and looks away

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360085

Well, seeing as Star made a new friend, and is handling herself well, I'll just fade away back to my seat and continue eating lunch.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360086

Giggle a bit.
"Hey, if you found love in Sidus, who am I to judge?
Besides, you did better than me with the blast training, I have no rights to talk!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360087

I smirk at her reaction.
"She sort of… followed me around. But I didn't mind it. I liked it, in fact. It was very cute and endearing when she did that."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360088


Jump in. Stylishly. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360089

"I'll be sure to b-bring it al-"

I jump up and shriek in surprise at hearing the sudden shout

DM 360090

"And I did ultimately make my feelings known to him… even if he didn't really like it at first."
"I only worry my feelings for him will compromise my training here. Or worse… his."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360091

I'll just apply hoof to face. Star was doing so well.
"Hello there."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360092

"Everything alright?"
Slap him on the back.

"Eh? Oh, no need to be afraid. I don't bite! Well, usually."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360093

"Has he been complaining?"
Roll my eyes.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360094

I take a step back

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360095

"Swell. Though you didn't need to shout. We aren't deaf. Yet."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360096

Offer a hoof.

"You can, uh.. call me Phanny! Maybe you could tell me what I can call you?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360097

I scrunch.
"You do have a remarkable talent to keep hidden.
I can't figure out how you do it.
But then again, I don't have to know,
it adds some mystery to the story.
Can you tell me where you finally told him about your feelings?"
I turn to Sidus.
"And…how did you feel about it?"

DM 360098

"No… I do my best to be good to him."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360099

I weakly extend my own hoof and shake his
"Uh… S-Star Hopper…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360100

"Then I guess he can take it.
But if you need to train harder, you should take a breather. Maybe sit back a while.
Me and Nock don't meet often, but this only makes it better when we do…"

DM 360101

"On the roof of the dorm. He told me to be more courageous, so I was…"
"I just feel so alone without him. I need to be with him. At his side, even if he cannot see me there."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360102

"Ever tried a portrait?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360103

Grab it and shake it confidently.

"Then I am very happy to meet you, Star Hopper! Could I call you Star?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360104

"The two of us were on the dorm. She was acting shy and didn't speak up her mind, so I told her to do so… and at first, I wasn't sure what to make of it. I was afraid that she might endanger my chances of becoming greater."

DM 360105

"I don't think you quite understand…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360106

"I don't know, always hanging around somepony seems… Strange.
But don't take my word for it. I'm new to this whole 'equestrian relationships' thing."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360107

I gulp
"Uh… s-sure… if you want…"

DM 360108

"Oh yes I think I heard something about you… or your family… being from the North?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360109

I rest my head on my hooves dreamily.
"Ah, stargazing together, how romantic.
And I assume your love for him tugged at his heart and slowly you won him over?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360110

"Eaglecrest. There are no 'families' there. But my parents lived in equestria, and just happened to stick together."



"Come now, no point being so afraid. Not like I'm any better than you are, you know?"

Influence! Make her relax a bit.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Sidus [Rogue] 360112

I chuckle.
"It wasn't really slow. It was pretty sudden, to be honest."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360113

"I-I guess not…"

Is that mare still around?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360114

Dopey shit.
"Why are you… So close to her?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360115

I'll shift a bit uncomfortably, but otherwise just keep an eye on this guy.

DM 360116

"He didn't really like it…"
"Oh I've heard of Eaglecrest.
Some say it, above all others, preserved the culture of the old Unicorn Royals. Though considering how most folk remember Princess Platinum, that would mostly be an insult I guess.
Still, cultural differences can be hard to truly overcome."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360117

"Great, then!"

Bow to her and seat myself somewhere.

"Well, is somepony jealous? Of who? Hahahahahaha! Don't worry about it. It's nothing."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360118

"Unicorns? You might be thinking of Rosefall… Eaglecrest values the pony for what he is without magic or other tricks the boneheads use!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360119

Did that mare go away?

"O-Okay… uh… bye…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360120

Look slightly uncomfortable to Star.
"Is everything okay?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360121

Of all the arrogant…
I'll shoot a glance at Papaver.
"So, Fanny, where'd you wander off to after class?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360122

Dinner + train afterward I'll wrap this up.

"So how did you…"
I take a look around.
"Oh excuse me, maybe that's something we could discuss later. I'll have to write all of this down before next class.
Don't worry nopony will ever read those notes it except me and you two.
Other bards sometimes try to steal those notes for their own songs so it's best to keep them hidden."
I go to both of them and give Sidus a hoof and Burning a hug. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Papaver Field [Mage] 360123

Return his glance with a worried one of my own.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360124

"Huh? Y-Yeah… uh… I'm fine! It was j-just… unexpected…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360125

"Oh, ah… Headmaster's Office. Thought I'd ask more about becoming a guard, you know? Anyway,as it turns out, the outline is pretty simple! So… guess I'll just be having as much fun with you all as I can for this year!"

DM 360126

"The joke is Princess Platinum earned the mocking title of Queen of Whores later in life.
Eaglecrest's philosophies on partnership were viewed similarly in many places, due to their non-committal nature."
She fell asleep on her tray
"Hey… Cherry?

Sidus [Rogue] 360127

"Thanks! We'll meet some other time then!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360128

I prod her with a hoof

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360129

Oh hooray. Another Sidus, but without a Burning Heart to rein him in.
"I'm sure it'll be… great."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360130

"Oh! The Headmaster! You made me remember!"

Turn to everyone, gather them.
"We are going to the Gala this year!"

Look at her slightly annoyed.
"I see. So mine would be a descendance of wores, uh?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360131

"The what?"

DM 360132

"Bwhuh? …Did I fall asleep again?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360133

"Well! That's some optimism there, so I'll just have to take it at face value."

If we're in the cafeteria, are we eating anything?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360134

"The Grand Galopping Gala in Canterlot!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360135

My eyes widen

"B-But… are you s-serious!?"

"Yeah… you did…"
I pull her up
"Maybe you s-should go sleep now… uh… w-what's your n-name again?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360136

"You mean that big fancy thing that only court ponies got to, that only happens once a year?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360137

Turn to Burning.
"So? What do you think?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360138

Nod vigorously.
"Yeah! The students can sign up as protection for the Gala, and we are required to wear formal clothing!
I can show off my new dress!"


Rolling to not start panicking

Roll #1 9 = 9

Phanny [Necromancer] 360140

"Oooh, what's this? Being party guards? Might be a good time!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360141

"That's right, you can. Don't think you told Star about that yet, though."
Formal clothing? What counts as formal? Do I even have any good formal clothes? How much do those cost?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360142

Nah, I can keep myself from freaking out
"B-But… why us?"

DM 360143

"I'm merely remarking that is a view held by some.
I suppose to each their own. I mean, you like mares too, so what do I know?"
"It feels weird to be part of a song…"
"Waxing Crescent… yeah… a nap will serve me wel…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360144

"Aww, but it's about us! We will be immortalized! Everypony will know the names of Sidus and Burning Heart!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360145

I'll toss a concerned look at Crescent.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360146

"S-Should I guide back t-to your dorm?"

DM 360147

"I suppose…
That is what you wanted, after all? To become immortal in the hearts of ponies?"
"That's ok you don't have to if you're… busy…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360148

"Because why not!
Oh, Star, I'm totally making a dress for you too!"
"I don't like 'mares'. I like my Nock. It's different!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360149

"And didn't you want to share my fate?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360150

"Oh… uh… I d-don't think my friends will mind… right?"

"Huh? M-Maybe later Vera…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360151

"Go ahead, Star. Seems like you made a new friend, so you should help her out."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360152

Shake my head.
"Not at all, I'm coming with you!"

DM 360153

"I really find it hard to imagine what that is like."
"I want to share your future. I want to share you."
She yawns again and gets up

Phanny [Necromancer] 360154

"Weell.. if you count me, then I certainly don't!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360155

"Liking somepony? I doubt it's any different than what you feel for Sidus."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360156


Right, let's help her get her back to her dorm without falling asleep on the way

Papaver Field [Mage] 360157

Help her, standing on the other side of the mare in case she suddenly fell.

Sidus [Rogue] 360158

"And if my future is being famous, don't you want to share that too?"

DM 360159

"Not really what I meant, but whatever.
So, what do you think of him?"
"You two…
I hate waking up in the corridor when someone steps on me."
"I don't care for fame enough to actively seek it."

Sidus [Rogue] 360160

"How about this… wouldn't it be romantic to hear bards sing about how strong our love is?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360161

I smile at her
"I-It's fine… but maybe you s-should adjust y-your sleeping s-schedule a little better than this…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360162

"He's a big jerk and still has to apologize for hitting me in the back during our first duel.
And he doesn't look too strong.
But he's helping Jon. And Star. And he's not too bad."
"That's terrible! You are getting a sleep now, no questions asked!"

DM 360163

"I suppose.
Then, it would be more romantic to just sneak away with you into some dark corner and just enjoy the fact that we have eachother.
You know… just the two of us… in complete darkness… without our eyes… and only our hearts to guide us…"
"I can't help it… I have classes in the day and night…"
"In the back, huh?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360164

"… W-What kind of classes d-during the n-night exactly?"


Turn to the NPC who was with us.

"Hey, hey there. Focus and relax. You're pretty tired, aren't you? Hungry?"

Influence her and try making her feel better.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Sidus [Rogue] 360166

Can I find a dark enough corner right now?

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 360167

"Devotion to the night, mostly. And… one of the instructors does help us with any combat training we need…"
A little late. She was taken away to sleep.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360168

She's already long gone, mate.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360169

"You have to take all those classes?"
"With a dagger.
It's one of the greatest offenses you could do to somepony while sparring!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360170

"I d-didn't know about any of t-that… A-are they that i-important?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360171

Then can I say I followed you all?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360172

To the female only dorm?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360173

Into the hammer dorm? That's females only.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360174

You have a penis, right?

Penises are not allowed in the female dorm, you'll have to hand it in

Phanny [Necromancer] 360175

DM 360176

Not really.
Though your notes did mention there were leftover spaces near the ceiling…
"I just chose to take those. Many who prefer hailing the night do. Then, most of the instructors are daywalkers, so we need to take day classes as well.
I guess I just take poorly to the rhythm is all."
"I bet you secretly liked it."

Sidus [Rogue] 360177

…the ceiling?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360178

I think for a moment
"M-Maybe I s-should attend to some of those as w-well…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360179

"Seems kind of silly to be honest.
Can't you just ditch your night classes?"
"W-what?! No! I told you, it's like he insulted me and all I am!"

DM 360180

there are various leftover spaces inside the walls and support structures. "Hidden Rooms" as the students call them.
"If you feel they would help you on your path."
"Can't you just skip your silly sun? All it does is hurt my eyes anyway. Who needs it?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360181

Oooh, one of those!
Well, try to find one of them!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 360182

"Flowers wouldn't grow without it."
Giggle a bit.
"And don't take me wrong, I like the Moon as much as the Sun. It's impossible to choose between them!"
"Are you serious about this? Hell, I even told you I have a mare I care for!
What's wrong with you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360183

"Well… I-I've always a-admired and r-revered the night…"

DM 360184

What luck.
After you reach the support beams, there is a small space tucked away near a wall. Probably originally a part of some kind of storage space, but sealed off from the main room because it was not needed.
Someone even left a pair of blankets in there. So I guess you aren't the first ones to find it.
"Well… sorry if I sounded offensive."
"Oh please. I'm just having a little fun. I know I wouldn't mind a little hit back there from him~
But it's good you don't think the same. Or else there might be trouble."
"You should join us some night…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360185

"I-I should! It'd b-be fun!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360186

Turn around, Burning will be there I bet.
"You were thinking of something like this?~"

DM 360187

"This will do well… I just need to make a little modification…"
She grabs one of the blankets and stuffs it around the edges of the entrance to the room, blocking most of it, and making the small room almost entirely dark
"Hm… no… not good enough… I want it completely dark…"
"I'll tell the instructors tonight then."

Sidus [Rogue] 360188

"How do you want that? You blocked the only source of light already."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360189

I smile and nod
"O-Okay! S-should be fun!"

DM 360190

"I gotta block out the rest of it too then."
She slips out of her uniform skirt and shoves it in the remaining holes to further darken the room
…I really need my sleep now…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360191

"Uh… r-right! M-My name is Star Hopper by the way!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360192

"Oh yeah. I too would totally challange to a duel anypony who tried to take Nock away from me!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360193

Check her out.
"I certainly like this idea~"

DM 360194

"I'll… keep you in mind…"
She dozes off a little on her hooves
"I still need something to plug that last bit of light…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360195

Okay, lead her inside to her bed then. Once she's settled in, leave and return to the dining hall

Sidus [Rogue] 360196

"Mhhm… any ideas?~"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360197

Follow after her.

DM 360198

"Do you have any, with your great mind?"
Welcome back to the dining hall.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360199


Turn to Star.
"Hey, she seemed nice.
So, what do you say about the Gala? Wanna go sign up?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360200

Jon is still here right?

"Uh… s-sure. I don't really k-know much a-about it aside form what I've h-heard though…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360201

Yep, still here.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360202

"neither do I, but I've been told I could use my dress!"
Squee like a little filly.

Sidus [Rogue] 360203

Is that all she is wearing?

DM 360204

"Just keep your hooves off him, and we'll get along well enough."

DM 360205

She does have the rest of the uniform.

Sidus [Rogue] 360206

"You do have some spare clothes~"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360207

"Last stallion I'd ever go to.
Actually, I'm more interested in you!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360208

I wave at him

"Y-Your dress? I d-didn't know you brought a dress along…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360209

"I just made it this morning, before blast class! You should see it!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360210

I'll wave back.
I'll probably still be mulling over where to get some fancy clothes for that gala. And where to sign up.
Wonder if they allow students to act like couples?

DM 360211

She grins
"I guess I do~"
She then takes off the coat as well to further cover up the holes, making it darker
"Now what to use for that last little offending hole…?"
But I'm… we only just… then, so did I and Sidus… I…
…I-I don't really know how to react to that…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360212

"Tsk, just take your axe and fight me!"
Grin at her.

Sidus [Rogue] 360213

"What about your socks?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360214

"Y-You made a dress? B-But… are you a t-tailor now?"

DM 360215

Rolling not to think this is a romantic invitation
"Oh? Hmm…
Let's see~"
She slowly pulls each sock off, piling them by the hole until it is almost covered.
"Oh dear. Not quite enough~
And I'm almost out of things to use~"

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 360216

"So it's a fight you want?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360217

I guess I can pitch in with my uniform now too.
She is completely bare now though, isn't she?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360218

Shake my head.
"I conjured it. In front of Layline and Leaf!
I just don't know what I was thinking!"
Giggle again.
"I showed them the lockpicks and they wouldn't vanish, and I was just so stressed and couldn't focus, I was trying to make armor but it wouldn't happear and then I just ended up with a magic dress that won't go away!"
Nod vigorously with a big smile.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360219

My jaw drops
"Y-You conjured something p-p-permanent!?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360220

"You remember the ladder? It's still there!"

DM 360221

The uniform does include underwearbecause pandering
"Well, I guess I can humor you. Right now?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360222

"Got somewhere to be?
It's a great way to strengthen bonds!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360223

"T-That's… wow… how did you even m-manage that? You o-only got your cutie mark a while back!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360224

"Layline says the structure is mathema-ti-magically or something. I dunno, I just make it."

Sidus [Rogue] 360225

And because this is a Paladin academy and even if the skirt blows up people wouldn't peep at maresDM pls, don't make me explain it for you
"What if you took those last bits off?"

DM 360226

"I have some vague recollection of reading Eaglecrest had a special role for duels, but I can't remember what.
Right. Lets meet on the training field then."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360227

"B-But… how?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360228

"This is not a duel, those are for my Nock only! This is a spar. First to land three hits!"
"Maybe it's easier if I show you?"

DM 360229

You like this, don't you nopo~
"Oh my… but that would leave me totally…"
"Duel, spar, deal, spore, whatever."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360230

Well, not much to do. The gals are chatting, so I'll tidy up my spot here and then go see if I can't find out where to register for that gala thing. Don't really want to pester the Headmaster's assistant with that question, so let's ask the Librarian.
"Pardon me, miss Librarian, but could I ask you a few questions?"

DM 360231

"Certainly, cadet. Ask away."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360232

"Y-Yes! Please do!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360233

"That it would~…but I won't be able to see it anyway, now will I?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360234

"There's a big difference instead! A duel is until one of the two just can't stand up anymore, is meant to show your worth to a possible mate!"
Pick up my greatsword and get in position.
"Spars are meant to be shared between friends!"

Rolling initiative.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360235

"I've heard some scuttlebutt amongst a few students about sign-ups for guard duty at the Gala this year, and was wondering if there's anything to that."

DM 360236

Well now~
"Maybe I'll let you catch a glimpse if you return the favor~"
"Usually we have few volunteers, so there aren't that many limits. So long as you have no outstanding negative marks on your record, you should qualify."
"Well ain't that cute…
…but Sidus never agrees to stay down."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360237

"And I suppose there's a certain dress code as well? Where would students who don't have a fancy suit go to find one, if they needed one?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360238

S-Shut up, baka!
"What about the whole 'complete darkness thing?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360239

"That's so… Sweet!"
Charge at her with my greatsword!


Now with a roll, too!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360241


DM 360242

"The academy has standard outfits for those who need them."
"Maybe I can hold off for a few seconds before filling that last hole~"
She tries to roll under your strike and trip you

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 360243

A resounding success, even if her mind wandered to Sidus in the start.
"Do mind your hooves."

Sidus [Rogue] 360244

"Sounds like a deal to me."
I'll need to get night vision one day…


Stomp her as she siderolls with the butt of my sword!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360246

"One last question, ma'am. Where do I sign up?"


I had totally missed that
"We should go to the secret room, I can show you there. I would need Leaf to enter the magic range otherwise!"

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 360248

Seeing an opening all too easy to exploit pun entirely intended, she kicks upwards as you raise your hoof to stomp on her
"Usually the headmaster's assistant takes the final list, though some, such as I and the battlemaster, are authorized to also gather names.
Ultimately, the headmaster handles the final list making."
"Let's see it then~"
She playfully moves what little remains on her halfway down her flanks with a soft smile and a deep blush, pushing the blanket a little to get just a little more light in there for a few moments.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 360249

I think this ended badly for both parties involved…

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360250

"I see. Then, if you don't mind, I'd like to submit my name for consideration."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360251

"Oh… O-okay…"
I look around
"Where is J-Jon?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360252

Can't say no to a mare when she looks at you like that…
Do what she wants me to do.

DM 360253

She licks her lips and lets the final garment fall off herself
"Just say when you've seen enough~"
"Very well. Cadet Apple, right?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360254

Shake myself up and laugh a bit.
"We got carried away! Are you alright?"
"Let's look for him! He hasn't seen it yet either!"


Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360255

"Yes ma'am. Thank you."

DM 360256

She winces a little
"I've had worse… I think…
"No problem. Do you need the outfit too?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360257

"Maaaaybe you could do a little turn first."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360258

"Please. It was fun! Need a hoof up? We are not done here yet~"

DM 360259

"Oh don't even imagine I'm letting you get away with this without you owing me a better show later…~"
She turns to face away from you, taking a wider stance against the small beam of light that still lingers in the room.
She tries to leap onto her hooves by herself

Roll #1 3 = 3


Try to help her up.
"Hey, don't push yourself. It's just a spar!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360261

"At the moment I don't have one, but I could work on that before the actual event. I might be able to rent a nice one if I do enough odd jobs around the kitchens…"

DM 360262

After a little struggle she accepts your help to get up, then puts up a guard
"Lets see you land a real hit then. None of that cheeky opportunist crap."

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 360263

"Your call, cadet."

Sidus [Rogue] 360264

"Mhhm… we'll see about that~"
Let's just enjoy the view for a bit.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360265

"Can I be put down as a maybe? And is there a cut-off date, so I know when I should say for certain one way or the other?"


"Couldn't agree more!"

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 360267

"If you want a better look, come and take it."
"I can mark you down on the list so we save one for you."
Surprising exactly nobody, a greataxe is less than great as a defensive tool.
You easily bypass her guard and strike her.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360268

"That would be good. Thank you, ma'am."


Wait for her to recover.
Look in her eyes.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 360270

"Right. Was that all?"
Hoping to use your momentum as a weapon, she swings her axe with a delay, trying to smash you down

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 360271

Smirk and tug on her hindlegs with TK to move her just a bit.
"What about the dark part?"


What the… Try to catch her!
"Easy there!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 360273

…which only leaves her more open than she would ever have wanted.
Whimpering in pain, she lets go of the axe and curls up
"Fine… fine… you win…"
"When you're done looking…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360274

"In the dark our other senses are heightened, aren't they?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360275

"I believe so, ma'am."

DM 360276

"Yes… yes they are.
Are you done staring now, so we can start?"
"have a nice day then"

Sidus [Rogue] 360277

"I think I am. What, you didn't like it?~"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360278

Help her up and hoof her wapon back to her.
"You are awnfully out of it. Is there something on your mind?"

DM 360279

"As much as I like standing around spread up like this… all exposed~"
"A lot.
Then, this is not how I usually fight either…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360280

"Wanna go for a walk and talk about it?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360281

If only I had Vanish, hehe.
"Exposed for me though."

DM 360282

"Enjoy it while you can, big boy. One day you get to repay the favor~"
"Ugh… if you insist."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360283

Droop my hears.
"N-no. It's fine. I can leave you if that's what you want.."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360284

Well crap, maybe I can go see the headmaster about those night classes

Sidus [Rogue] 360285

"Do I?~"

DM 360286

"It's fine I'm just…"
she sighs
"…I'm just really happy Sidus is not as skilled as I am with moving undetected. Had he seen me fail like that… he'd probably not even talk to me any more…"
"Oh I'll make sure of that"
She then blocks the last bit of light.
You can hear some minor rustling, but you cannot quite tell what direction she is in.
His assistant looks up from her papers
"My my, sure is a busy day here today.
What do you need, cadet?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360287

"Uh… I-Is it possible to s-speak to the h-headmaster? If he has t-time of course…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360288

Power perception activate!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Papaver Field [Mage] 360289

"He would have no right to.
I wooped his ass twice in a row, and you still pack a harder punch than he does.
I bet the ponnequin would agree."

DM 360290

"Regarding what topic?"
She's trying to take off your pants.
"I expected paladin training to help me get rid of my bad habits as a fighter.
So far all it has done is made me want to abandon my weapon of choice because it leaves me a target all too often in a fair fight."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360291

"Have you talked with the battlemaster about this?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360292

Boop her on the nose.
I'll leave it up to you with what

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360293

"Uh… N-Night classes?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360294

So I'm leaving for the dorm, write all of this stuff down with some personal comments here and there. Is there any of my friends here?
If no, I'll go to the training fields to practice my hammer.

DM 360295

"Not yet. I still had hope left until just now."
"Why you…
…one day, Sidus the great.. one day…"
In the dark, even the slightest touch is amplified greatly, as the body seeks to compensate for the lack of vision
"Ah yes, those. Were you looking to sing up for anything specific?"
You can find any of the PCs
Pause soon I'm afraid.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360296

"So you want to drop the axe.
Big deal. I did the same!
C'mon, tell me what you would use."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360297

"Uh… I'd like to k-know which classes t-they are exactly first…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360298

"Yes? I'm listening~ One day what?"
Run my hoof from her mane across her cheek down to her neck.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360299

If Jon or Phanny aren't here, I'll go see Papaver.
But I'm confused, is she talking to Burning in current-time?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360300

DM 360301

"Something faster with less windup and a higher window of opportunity to hit my foes.
Chalk it down as a failure in my training if you must, but I'm sick of taking hits as I try to land a 'honest' blow when I know if I just had something light and nimble I could have gone for easy, if dirty, hits several times in the same timeframe."
"Well the most popular one seems to be the general night studies. Astronomy, art, history and the like."
You can feel her shudder from your touch
"One day… for just o-one day… you'll get to be t-the submissive one… f-for me…

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360302

Then I'll go find you in real-time wherever you are.
I wave at Vera.
"Hey, Vera."

Sidus [Rogue] 360303

Do it again, slower this time.
"Tsk tsk tsk, I'm afraid I can't do that, Burning~"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360304

Cock a brow and point at her axe.
"Okay now I don't get it.
Why aren't you moving to daggers already then? Or fencing, for the matter.
Yeah, that would do you good!"
I guess I'm hanging around the dining hall.
"Hey Cherry! Did you hear about the gala?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360305

My eyes light up slightly
"Oh… t-that does s-sound really nice!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360306

And I suppose, upon leaving the library, I'll likely run into Star and Vera.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360307

I give her a questioning look.
"Uh gala? What gala?"

DM 360308

She almost collapses onto you, hissing a little
"W-what if I t-told you it w-would m-m-mean a lot to me?"
"Because I thought I could adapt better. I thought I was stronger than this. That I wouldn't fail.

But I guess I did…
…and well, I guess I was afraid I'd just start fighting dirty if I had the chance for it."
"'fraid they don't offer speech therapy though.
Anyway, should I sign you up?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360309

I nod quickly

Papaver Field [Mage] 360310

Supposedly so. And Cherry is with us too!
"The Grand Galopping Gala in Canterlot! We can sign up as guards!"
"Are you so weak willed? That's not the mare I saw in there. Not the mare who could shatter a training dummy, reduce it to ashes just in one hit."

Sidus [Rogue] 360311

Do it on the other side now with my other hoof.
"How much?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360312

Roll for excitement levels.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Papaver Field [Mage] 360313

Calm down gurl! Stop acting so cray-cray!

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360314

I jump in the air.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360315

I think her enthusiasm is already quite the beacon.
"Hey there you three."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360316

Put a hood on her mouth and shut her up, then nod silently.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360317

Supposedly was said because I have no idea where Star is right now.
Supposedly, she's with the headmaster.
"Hey! I'm gonna show Star the dress, wanna join?"

DM 360318

"Right. And your name was…?"
"That's me when I stop thinking and just let it go.
That part of me kinda even scars me. To think that dummy could have been a pony just as easily…"
She stops trying to stand and just slowly slides on top of you, fumbling at your coat buttons
"I… can't… even… put it… into… words."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360319

"S-Star Hopper!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360320

Put my hooves on my mouth, nod and say, this time somewhat more quietly
"Oh really omygoshomygoshomygosh that's soooooo wonderful."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360321

"What were you thinking about, back then? They thing you hate the most, I mean."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360322

"Sure. Though I should probably wait outside until you've finished changing."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360323

I wave.
"Uh hello? Hey, we met before, in the fields."
I try to think of his name.

Sidus [Rogue] 360324

"Mhhmm, please, do try though."
Do it again, starting at the back of her ear.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360325

"Hi there. Don't think I caught your name, though. I'm Jonagold Apple."
I'll extend my hoof.

DM 360326

"Very well. I'll inform the night staff.
Please take this."
She offers you a moon badge
"Put it on your uniform. It glows at night, and lets the guards know not to harass you."
"Anypony who'd dare try and touch my Sidus…"
She forsakes the buttons and just hugs you tightly, shuddering as you pass the hoof along, her voice sharpening into a whimper
"it would be the greatest thing you could do for me oh Sidus the great~"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360327

"She's our new roommate! Great at singing!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360329

I shake his hoof.
"I'm Cherry, nice to meet you."

"Oh I'm not that good." Blush a little.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360330

"That's a… Nice sentiment, I guess? Maybe you are taking this a bit too far…"
Jab at her side with a hoof.
"Yes you are!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360331

My goofy grin only widens as I see the badge
"Yes! T-Thank you, miss!"
Take the badge, I suppose It has to be sewed to my uniform?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360332

"Nice to make your acquaintance, miss Cherry. And you sing? Wouldn't have thought a singer would want to be a paladin."

Sidus [Rogue] 360333

Keep scratching the back of her ear with one hoof and caressing her neck with the other.
"Yes, and?~"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360334


"Well, I don't just sing, I play music too. A bit.
And who's better to write songs about paladins,
then another paladin?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360335

Nod vigorously.
"One day I will write marches and poems about all the great battles!"

DM 360336

She shoots you a downright angry look
"And just what is that supposed to mean?"
"And… and… it would be like a dream… come true for me… and…
…oh what do you want me to say!?"
There is space for badges on the collar and sleeves.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360337

I'll scratch my nose a bit.
Seems like there'd be a bit of tooting one's own horn, to me.
"Well, it's always good to have another friend, I suppose."

"By the way, I think I interrupted you two earlier. If you want to sign up for the gala guard duty, either the librarian, the Battlemaster, or the Headmaster's assistant are the ones taking names."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360338

"Do you want what has happened to the training dummy to happen to a pony?"
"Yeah, we should go.
I had promised Star to show her my magic dress first, thou…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360339

"Nothing, it's just fun to see you melt in my hooves~"
Trace one down to her back and pull her closer to me.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360340

Suddenly I remember.
"Oh wait, now I know where I heard your name before. You're Stars special somepony."
Smile at him.
"She's a lucky mare."


Time to find some thread and needle to sew that to my uniform then!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360343

I'll blush a little at that.
"W-well, yeah, I guess… I'm the lucky one, though."

DM 360346

"Only if said pony tries to lay of a hoof on my Sidus…"
She just sighs softly and shuffles onto you.
"You still got your uniform on…"
You could ask art teacher.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360348

"Are you listening to yourself? We are not here to start a family. We are here to serve Equestria! Tell me again, would you do that to a pony? Even if she laid her hooves on your Sidus?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360349

"Well I'd love to sign up for the GGGala.
Maybe if we can find Star, we can all go together."

DM 360350

"Because he is mine.
And we'll start our family once we are out of this academy."

Sidus [Rogue] 360351

"I can't really take it off if you are lying on me like that, now can I?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360352

"I had hoped we would. I've already signed up, though. On the bright side, if you don't have a fancy outfit, the school provides one."

DM 360353

You feel her roll off you
"If only I could see…"


Right… find the art teacher then!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Papaver Field [Mage] 360355

"I don't care what you two will do once out of here, but listen to yourself!
Are you saying that anypony, no matter how good or bad they are, deserves to die if they try to touch your mate?
This is ridicolous! The Sisters would find it unacceptable!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360357

I look down.
"Mmmmmh, I guess it'll have to do…."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360358

"I could try to make one for each of you!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360359

Get out of my uniform, then find her and lay down behind her.
"Yes, what would happen then? I bet you saw me naked all the time when I was taking showers, didn't you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360360

"Are you sure, Vera? I wouldn't want to impose…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360361

"Well it's just a matter of minutes if I can get it right.
And I'd need the magic room for it."

DM 360363

She is busy.
You find a safety pin though.
"Are you trying to tell me I should just let any harlot slobber all over him? Not try to fight for the one I hold dear?
How very Eaglecrest of you."
"It's not that… A lot of ponies just walk about naked anyway… you know the uniform is more of a badge and identification than anything…
…it's that I like seeing you take it off…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360364

Look at Vera, relieved.
"Really, Vera?
Oh you're such a good friend."
I like to hug pons. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


Well… that'll have to do then…

Roll #1 7 = 7

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360366

+2, so that's a 6

DM 360368

Well, it'll stay on, even if it doesn't look very professional.

Sidus [Rogue] 360369

"True… but I see you in your socks most of the time too, even when… you are otherwise naked~."
I chuckle and grab her in a hug from behind, then nuzzle her.
"And you said it yourself, you wanted to be in complete darkness."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360370

"I just told you I'd be the first to fight if anypony tried to take Nock from me, but in a real duel! Without that…
Hatred you showed when hitting that dummy! And sure as the Sun in the sky I'd not fight somepony who can't fight back!
I'm worried, you said it yourself, at times you lose control.
Are you sure this will be alright?"
"It's- N-nothing! Really! I don't even know if I can do it again!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360372

"Well, even if you can't, the fun's in the trying, isn't it?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360374

Pull back.
"Don't worry,
I'm sure you can."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360378

"Hoping I don't blow up!"
Giggle a bit.


Star Hopper [Cleric] 360380

It'll do!

What time is it anyway? Maybe I should sleep now… so I can be awake for tonight!

Papaver Field [Mage] 360381

>abandoning your vesy friend that wanted to show you her magic dress

DM 360386

"I know.. and it's amazing~"
She sure is warm…
"I'm not sure if I even care.
I don't think you quite understand where I come from."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360388

"Explain it to me then."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360389

There's time for that later! I have to be awake for class tonight!

Sidus [Rogue] 360395

"It is~"
Hmmm, warmth.
Let's see what are the effects of kissing her neck a few times in this enviroment.

DM 360398

"I'm the last of my family. And thus far, I've failed to secure a heir to our bloodline.
I wanted to become a paladin to forget that. To just.. become one more shiny cog in the war machine and die in some pointless war so I could at least think I let my family down for a reason.
Then I found Sidus… and… hope."
Horse noises.
Grinding against you.

Sidus [Rogue] 360400

"Maybe I should get that blindfold of yours and use it on you instead more often~"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 360401

Well, at some point after the conversation with Cherry and Papaver, I suppose I'll meander towards the craft room. Is there anyone inside? '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 360403

Laugh wholeheartedly.
"Look at me! I've been disowned by my parents because I know how to use magic I never asked for!
The mare I love will suffer the same fate once her father, who wants grandkids and hates magic learns about me, and now you come talking about bloodlines?
If there is a thing I've learnt since I came here is that bloodlines matter little.
What we do here, what we do now, will be etched in the history books, our actions will be sung by a thousand bards.
So worry less about something like that.
And get a smaller weapon, or you're gonna kill yourself."

DM 360407

"It just isn't the same… here… I could just…"
Huh. She isn't under you any more
Behind you.
"And appear from elsewhere~"
"Not all of us so readily abandon all the heritage our blood carries, just so the futility of our ends could be sung by slurring drunkards in some unknown year in the future.
Some of us still care."


Roll to contain my rage.
"You think I do not? You think it's easy for me? That I don't cry myself asleep every other night?
But we are here to be paladins, damnit!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 360410

I smirk but don't move.
"You really are good at this~"

DM 360412

"That is what I thought too, when I enrolled.
Now, I will let my heart guide me. Where ever it may take me.
Hard or easy, for now, we are both stuck on this path. And my path is as long as his, no more, no less."
She softly pushes your head down and licks the base of your before you and good night


Sidus [Rogue] 360414

You accidentally left the spoilers blank

DM 360417

peniskissingon the assholegood nightmouth

Sidus [Rogue] 360418

That's not acceptable on a Christian imageboard!

DM 360420

But I'mshinto

Sidus [Rogue] 360422

No you are sillyNow go to sleep

DM 360660

My Elite Shock Troopers - Buttsex is unpleasant

Where were we?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360661

Now that I've signed up for night classes, I should get back to Jon
Or Vera
Or someone

Papaver Field [Mage] 360662

I was either arguing with Burning about her unprofessional attitude or was about to show Star my dess.

DM 360663

There's a Vera here >>360662
and NPCs, if needed, on call.
There is a Star here >>360662
and Burning, if needed, on call

Phanny [Necromancer] 360664

Now where WAS I?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360665

Honk honk.
We were going to the secret room, right?
Look crossed at Burning.
"Right. IF that's why you are here. I still think you are wasting your talent."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360666

If Vera plans on showing off her dress, now is the time.

Nock [Tracker] 360667

Come by the room and pick me up.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360668

NPCs tonight, during classes!
Find Vera!

DM 360669

I believe you were eating with the others when we last saw you.
"Do you wish to share some of this enlightened view of yours?"
Yay lets all play dressup

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360670

But the dresses explode one out of every ten times! That's exciting.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360671

And with us you are.
Knock knock motherfucker.
I gottashowyousomethingincredible!"
Jump around like crazy.
Not letting go of you!

Let's all gather at the secret room.

"Use something lighter, to start with."

DM 360672

"I… figured as much.
I usually did fight hoof to hoof when I was smaller."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360673

Well, while they're in the Hammer Dorm fetching Nock, I'll just make my way to the Hidey Hole and wait for the others to show up.

Phanny [Necromancer] 360674

But they're all gone now!

Man, I really don't have much to do, do I? W-well…

Wander around and hope I find someone, before giving up to practice.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360675

"For the cheap shots, you will have to learn restrain. Can you do that?"

DM 360676

Do you wish to run into the others by sheer luck?
On the way there you notice Phanny
"That remains to be seen.
Then, I did later learn to shrug off a direct hit… to a degree. I can focus and brace myself for it once but it's hard to do again without resting."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360677

Raise a brow.
"That's something! I refuse to believe a mare that can do that and can blast a training dummy to theother side of the room can't contain herself in a fight!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360678

Do I really want him to know about the secret room, though…? Guess I can say hello at least, even though we just saw each other.
"Hey there. Been running into you a lot today it seems."

DM 360679

"I think the three might all have to do with one another.
See I can be calm and focused and indeed quite thoughtful. Until I get angry. Then I forget all that and just let go."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360680

"Hi Vera! Uh… hi… B-Burning?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360681




Get my poetry book and some study things and find a good place to work.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Papaver Field [Mage] 360683

"But you have Sidus, no?"
Show her my bracelet.
"You know why this is my catalyst? Because it reminds me to stay calm. The string comes from a guitar my family gave me, and the arrow is the only thing that kept me from running away from here the first week.
She saved me.
So I know that, if I ever lose control, I can just think of her and everything will be alright.
You get what I'm saying?"
in the past. I'm waiting for you and nock.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360684

Who says I don't exist in the past?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360685

YOUR MO-welcome dear.

DM 360686

Due to you being a little bitch, I'm showing you mercy.
This once.
I'm putting that critfail into storage
"Hey! I said not in there. Don't even think about it!"
Enjoy your Jon >>360678
"Oh hello."
"That sounds a lot more like panic than anger."

Sidus [Rogue] 360687

No, go ahead, do your thing, show me your worst, I'll win against you and rub it in your face

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360688

So where am I?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360689

I frown as she talks about that again

I look around
"No S-Sidus?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360690

"I was talking about control, actually.."
"When you feel the anger rising, just think about him. Think what he'd say if he saw you like that!"
Shake my head.

Nock [Tracker] 360691

"Oh? You're quite excited."


"H-huh? Oh, hey there. You doing anything?"

Is my poetry book open?

Roll #1 5 = 5



Roll #1 9 = 9

Phanny [Necromancer] 360694

Guess not. all I have is a party manual and some study material.

DM 360695

Then go ahead and put it in. Hurt her you monster. Be selfish and unthinking. Go on, if you really are like that.
I think you were needed for dressup by the others?
"Not right now, not here, no."
"I was hoping he'd be impressed… by my strength…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360696

"Oh… okay then…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360697

Everyone is still meeting up I think.
If Jon is going to he dressup too, I suppose I'll go with him and meet Phanny too.
"Hey, Jon."

Sidus [Rogue] 360698

I thought you handled that as something that already happened, like the fat fuck you are
As in, something bad that went down in a matter of seconds

Papaver Field [Mage] 360699

"And when you are killed right in front of him? Or worse, hurt somepony who doesn't deserve it?"
Just pull her by the uniform with all my strength!
"C'mon! Jon is waiting!"

Nock [Tracker] 360700

Allow myself to be pulled along.

"Well, when you ask like that…"

DM 360701

Oh and here I thought I'd give you a chance to be the monster you so desired to be.
Fine then. I can just roll with it having already happened if you so wish.
"And what makes you think anypony I hurt doesn't fully deserve it?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360702

Roll my eyesd and let her go.
"So, Leaf took me to Layline, and he told me to create something, and I had no idea what to do and panicked and tried to make armor but-"
Hey there Jon!
"I made a pretty dress!"

Sidus [Rogue] 360703

It wouldn't be an attempt to genuinly make her feel badjust teenage horse experimentation going wrong

Papaver Field [Mage] 360704

"You just said it. You lose control. Is this what you want?"

Nock [Tracker] 360705

"Going to let me see it?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360706

Nod with a big smile.
"Everypony will! I left it up here!"

Guide everypony inside the secret room!

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360707

Okaaaaay, clearly this is not something I want to get involved in. I'll just back away slowly now and move on to the future.

"I s-still can't believe how y-you managed to do t-that… it's incredible!"

DM 360708

Then did you do it or not? Last chance to back out.
"I don't just lash out.. I… it's.. complicated. Or I think it is. It has always felt simple, but been hard to explain.
And… I never really had that many to talk things over with."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360709

"I'm totally making one for you too!"
"Too late, you are not running anywhere now."
Grin wide.

Nock [Tracker] 360710

How nice does it look, on a scale of dangerous magic to you're wearing this while I rail you?


Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 360711

If I back out you will just use it against me later anyway

Nock [Tracker] 360712

Give an impressed smile.

"You made this, Vera? Wow… you're so talented…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360713

Hopeful grin while wearing the ethereal dress.
"I just… panicked! Didn't know what to do! But now I have something to wear for the gala!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360714

"Oh g-gosh… Y-You don't have to!"

I nod in agreement

Nock [Tracker] 360715


"Do you think they let guards wear dresses? Maybe they'll have to make an exception for one so nice."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360716

"Oh but leaf told me! We have to wear formal clothes to blend in!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360717

"Just meeting the others for something. You?"
And in the future…
"It really is very nice."

DM 360718

"When I get angry, I don't just scream and whine and act on random impulse.
I… focus even harder. I focus my mind, my body, my soul and will to ruining whatever, whoever angered me.
And sometimes I don't even remember what I did. I just realize I've gotten into trouble."
Of course I will. Sylt also has a stored critical failure waiting to happen.
So put it in then. Go on.

Nock [Tracker] 360719

"Well in that case…"

Trot over for a hug, "Better get used to wearing it."

Sidus [Rogue] 360720

But in a playful way, not a malicious way!;_;

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360721

I meet you at random.
"Hey, Jon."

"It's beautiful.
You're so lucky, Vera."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360722

"Well.. thinking about stuff I'd rather not think too much about for now, so I was going to get to some schoolwork to take my mind off it. But nevermind, since you're here! Mind if I tag along?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360723

"Hi there miss Cherry."
I can't just say I'm heading to a secret room to look at a dress, now can I?
"I was just killing time until we meet, but sure. Library, right?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360724

"Pff, lucky? I was running away when I learnt about it."
Laugh awkwardly.
Hug her back.
"I'm making one for you too.
Maybe a bit loose on the flank~"

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360725

"Good to meet you."
I look at Phanny.
"And who is this?
Is he a friend of yours?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360726


"Well, I guess there aren't many options for studying, are there? Sure."

Nock [Tracker] 360727

"Well… you'll have to get my measurements, won't you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360728

"Just met today, in Blast Class, actually. I'll let him introduce himself."
I'll nod.
"By the way, this is Cherry, one of Vera's friends."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360729

Roll my eyes.
"Pff, I think I know them by hoof now!"

DM 360730

In the dark she fails to expect it.
She gasps sharply, but the pain is too much for her to scream. She cannot even make a sound.
In the dark you cannot see her eyes water and face contort.
You push.
She cannot breathe.
It hurts. It hurts too much.
She just silently bites the blanket, trying to gather herself as you happily work away.
Finally, as you feel like you're just about done, she manages to get enough air into her lungs to sharply shriek "STOP IT".
Spooked, you pull out with a quick tug, which only makes it worse.
She collapses into the darkness, sobbing and whimpering.

Nock [Tracker] 360731

"I bet you wouldn't turn down the chance for a double check…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360732

"Oh? Cheery?"

Offer a hoof and look cool. '1d10'

"Then pleased to meet you. Just call me Phanny."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360733

Smile and give shake his hoof.
"No Cherry, silly.
You know, like the fruit."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360734

Stare blankly at her for a second.
'1d10' spaghettiroll
Whimper "Nock! T-the others!"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360735

Well this isn't awkward at all for me to hear
I'm red as a tomato by now

Sidus [Rogue] 360736

Oh god…
Place a hoof on her back.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360737


DM 360738

"…did I fail you… that badly?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360739

I'll probably be roughly the same shade, but studiously staring at the wall.

Sidus [Rogue] 360740

"No…no you didn't…Burning…"
Oh geez.
"…did I hurt you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360741

"And is that enough? Is that how you want to fight, with half of you asleep?"

Nock [Tracker] 360742

Shrug a little.

"They know anyway. What's the point of a secret room where you still have to hide your affection?"

DM 360743

…I thought that was the price of failing you…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360744

"Cheery, Cherry.. Well, can I call you Cheery, anyway? Well, actually, I think Cherry's fine."

Are we already in the secret room?

Papaver Field [Mage] 360745

Change topic, quick!
"Star, Jon, did you two do it here the other day?"


Okay, I'm going to need a spaghettiroll for that

Roll #1 3 = 3

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360747

'1d10' spaghetti

Roll #1 6 = 6

Sidus [Rogue] 360748

Lay down beside her and take her head in my hooves.
"I wouldn't hurt you on purpose, I was just… why didn't you say so? I would have stopped!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360749

"D-do what, exactly?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360750

Future spaghettiroll.

Nod a bit awkwardly.

Roll #1 3 = 3


Mimic the mounting gesture with my hooves.

Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 360752

"I did say… as soon as I could…
…it hurt too much to even scream."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360753

I don't know if we're bringing Phanny to the secret room. This is the problem with fiddling with the timestream.



Roll #1 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360755

I somehow manage to blush even brighter

"N-No! T-That's… No!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360756

Wow, that's not awkward at all. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360757

My pink coat turns completely red and I look away embarrassed.

"So are you going to see Vera too?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360758

"What have I done… Burning…"
Hug her close.
"I didn't want to hurt you… can you forgive me?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360759

And there goes my composure.
"I we what no, we just dinner! And slept!"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360760

Wink at her.

Influence Relaxation! '1d10+2'

"Right, so.. library, soon? Man, I thought I was going to have another one of those days, but I'm really glad I found you."

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

DM 360761

rolling to forgive

Roll #1 3 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360762

"N-N-Not s-slept as in s-sleeping together e-either!"



Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 360764

…not just… like… that.
…not like it never… happened…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360765

"She's who I was waiting on, along with Star."
"W-well, we did sleep together, but we didn't do anything else!"

Nock [Tracker] 360766

Looks like I'm a master of stoicism and grace through this.

"Vera, I think that was a little intrusive. They're taking things at their own pace. Let them be, alright?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360767

"Just tell me what to do to make it up to you and I will! I promise!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360768

I nod quickly


"Oh I messed up again.. Just like the cup.."
Shame roll.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360770

Look a bit weirdly at him.

"Well, I hope they'll be here soon."

DM 360771

"For now just…
…just make me remember how you truly feel about me…
I feel like meat… make me feel like a pony again…

Sidus [Rogue] 360772

"I love you, and you are much more than just meat, more than a simple pony too! Just tell me what you want me to do!"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360773

"Right.. see you, then. Man, I really go t to thank you again."

Go off to the library then. Sure hope they don't have a secret room behind my back they're going to flee to.

Wink again.

DM 360774

"If your heart can't show you a way… then I guess I never had a place in it…"
She tries to move away from you a little.

Nock [Tracker] 360775

Give her a kiss on the cheek.

"You're cute when you're flustered."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360776

"uh…bye, Phanny." I smile awkwardly.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360777

"I'm totally getting you one of these thou."

Ready for any required timeskip unless people want to lull around somewhere.


Yeah, I'll just keep my mouth shut and avoid all eye contact while trying to get this blush under control

Roll #1 6 = 6

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360779

"Have fun in the library."

Sidus [Rogue] 360780

I frown as she pulls away, but I guess it's understandable…
"I will. I will find a way. I will show you."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360781

"You are coming, aren't you?"

DM 360782

"You know… there is no time like the present…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360783

"Well, yeah, but I won't be able to stay too long. Though…"
I'll think for a second.
"I do remember seeing some books on the Royal Guard in there, and I think I might remember where they were."
And then off to the library, I guess.
"See you later, miss Cherry."

Nock [Tracker] 360784

"Star might get jealous. Speaking of which, did you have plans for your attire, Jonagold? Not to be presumptive, but I know a lot of farmer ponies don't have suits lying around. We could help…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360785

Oh that's great, stay here alone or go with the creepy guy.
"Oh, uh…can I come with you Jon?
I don't really have anything to do right now"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360786

I manage!

"I w-wouldn't get jealous…"


Woo! Let's go to library.

Rolling to find a book about glorious Royal Guards.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Papaver Field [Mage] 360788

"I'm not sure I can make many of these… hek, I don't even know if I can make other at all!"

Nock [Tracker] 360789

Chuckle again.

"I didn't mean to set you to work, Vera. But with my father here at the academy, he could take us out to tailors in town. Star's family is here, too, right?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360790

"I promise to you that I will take care of you from now on… I will put a smile on your face every day and hold you close when you are feeling bad, I will be there to catch you when you fall, and help you up, so we can be side by side, not as you and me, but us, as equals! And to the end of my days, I will proudly wear the badge you have given me on that roof on that fateful day, and wear it over my heart…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360791

Widen my eyes in shock.
"Ohmygosh! What will he think of your dress?!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360792

"Well, the school provides clothes for ponies who don't have any but… It would be nice to have something of my own. Was considering working in the kitchens until I had enough to rent a good one."
And I'll see if I can't recall where those books I found on the guards were. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 360793

You can feel her weakly trying to roll you over on your back

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360794

"I believe in y-you!"

"P-Probably… u-unless they're g-gone on 'business' a-again."

Nock [Tracker] 360795

"You said yourself you don't even know if you can make more of them. We'll worry about it when we get to that point."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360796

"Okay. This one then. He knows me already!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360797

"Sure. They might have some good songbooks there as well."

Sidus [Rogue] 360798

Let her do so.
Offer no resistance.
"Yes, Burning?"

Nock [Tracker] 360799

Nod. "I got that a lot as a filly, too. It's good to finally have family nearby…"

Shrug. "What's he going to do, tell you that you can't wear it? If he was that kind of fanatic, he'd be occupying his time burning down our rival school, right?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360800

I'll go with Jon.
Keep him between me and Phanny at all times.
"What are you looking for?"

DM 360801

"I believe you."
She lets herself lay down on you, then kisses you softly
"but if you ever… ever try that again…
…I will find something you hate… fear… and… I won't hesitate to make you remember…
Please never make me do that… I don't want to…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360802

Looks like I remember. I'll take a few of them with me.
"Well, Phanny there is interested in being a Royal Guard. Just thought I'd show him the books I found earlier on the subject."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360803

But I really wanted to make you something myself…
"So, we could ask him. Yeah."

Sidus [Rogue] 360804

"I won't, you have my word for it… and I am genuinly sorry for it… It wasn't you who failed and got punished, it was I who failed to realize what I was doing to you."


"You have some, there?"

I hope they're about their glorious exploits.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360806

Look curious at Phanny.
"You want to be a Royal Guard?"

Look for any books that catch my interest, preferably some stories about paladins.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Phanny [Necromancer] 360807

"Well, ahahahaha.. yeah. Been a dream of sorts since I was a colt, you know?"

Show her the scribblings I did as a child on my Falchion hilt.

"What better way to make sure ponies get to keep having fun and enjoying their lives, by protecting the rulers who ensure that? Besides, you get lots of high honour. That sort of stuff."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360808

"Yep, these are the ones I found last time I was in here looking up stuff on the Guards."
I'll hand them over.
"Did I miss something here?"

DM 360809

[Paladins of note throughout history]
You also notice a book near it
[Royal Guards of Canterlot]
"Please just…
…I think I just need… a hug.
And a bath… and ice…
…do you trust me?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360810

Right, so, what are they?

We still need a GM you know

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360811

My ears perk up
"Y-You haven't met him? He s-seemed… uh… n-nice…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360812

Wrap my hooves around her.
"I do… and we can go to my room, we have our own bathroom."

DM 360813

Wha? You need me for something?
That paladin book right?
"Then… if you trust me…
…do you trust me to tell me your weakness?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360814

I'll shake my head.
"I don't have classes with him, and haven't run across him in the hallways."
Yep. The one with gelding.

Nock [Tracker] 360815

Raise a brow.

"I guess I forgot, you're not in spellbreaker class so you wouldn't have met him."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360816

"Good luck with that."
I say trying to sound sincere.
But my attention is grasped by those 2 books.
"oooh, what's this?"
I pull out both, lay them on a table and open the paladin one.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360817

I deflate slightly, instantly perking up again
"I uh… I-I also decided to s-sign up f-for some night c-classes earlier… J-Just like Crescent…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360818

"He was so cool…"

Sidus [Rogue] 360819

"Yes, I trust you… but what sort of weakness do you mean?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360820

Frown at her.
"But how will you attend them all?"

DM 360821

How nice.
And you need me for… what?
Were you planning on reading it?
[-Includes stories on: Radiant Goldentail, Celaire of Equestria, Eternal Victory,-]
"I hate to say it… but…
…some way I can hurt you back if I ever need to.
I don't want to. I hope I never have to.
But… I need to know if you trust me that much."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360822

"Really? That's great. Just be sure to get enough sleep, alright?"
"If he has the same opinion you did about magic when you first got here, I likely wouldn't want to."
I'm not, I'm handing it over to Phanny.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360823

What does it say about Celaire?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360824

"I t-think I'll manage…"

I nod
"I-I will… it'll be r-really interesting!"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360825

"Used to hear stories about Radiant all the time. Thought she was crazy, but then again, who isn't? And that's not a bad thing, you know."

Nock [Tracker] 360826

Frown at him. "Wow. I seriously do not know why Star associates with you. Nevermind about tailors, then, enjoy washing dishes."

Look to Vera, "Ready to go?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360827

"I'm reading.
Here's another book about what you wanted."
Shove him the book about the guards without looking up.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360828

"That's not what I meant, Nock. I just don't want to get into fights with instructors."

Sidus [Rogue] 360829

I sigh.
"I trust you completely. There are two. One of them would be doing something to damage the weapons I grown up with. But the thing that would wound me the most, now after all this time we spent together, and after how you already proved your loyalty to me, is if you would cheat on me."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360830

Stomp my hoof on the ground.
"Are you two fighting again?"
Narrow my eyes at both.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360831

"H-Hey! Don't be m-mean to Jon!"

DM 360832

[-Captain Celaire, Hero of Equestria, died twice in service of the Sun. Taking up command of the Sun Guard after the fall of Captain Philomena, he was among the key combatants in the Northlands Expansion.-]
"Thank you…"
She kisses you again, then lays down on your chest
"We can go when you feel ready."

Nock [Tracker] 360833

Turn to her, "I think it's best if Jon and I just don't talk to each other. He has a natural tendency to be incredibly rude when others extend an olive branch."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360834

How could she have died twice?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360835

"I think the real problem is that we never did, so it never got resolved."

Phanny [Necromancer] 360836

Can I see the book Jon lent me?

Sidus [Rogue] 360837

"I do if you too… We should dress up though, and try not to gather too much attention. Meet me in my room?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360838

"And you are stubborn. I know that, otherwise you could never keep me down when we are in bed!"
"Well why don't you? A square and fair spar to settle this!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360839

I scrunch but don't say anything further

And now I'm starting to blush again!

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360840

"At this point, I don't think it'd do either of us good."
After a moment, I'll continue.
"I am curious to see how I'd do against her, though."

Nock [Tracker] 360841

"I don't see a point in settling things like this with fighting, and besides…"

Pause. "I only enjoy duels with you."

DM 360842

[-Though some chalk it down as a clerical error, Captain Celaire has two recorded dates of death. The common thought is that two Captain Celaires existed in history, and they simply got mixed up.
Others say Captain Celaire was in fact an undead.-]
[-Considered among highest of honors among ponies, the Royal Guard of Canterlot exists to protect the thrones of Equestria and the Alicorn Sisters. Sacrificing their personal lives to fully devote themselves to their duties, they are revered in almost all corners of the kingdom.-]

Papaver Field [Mage] 360843

But I-"
No, I don't need a roll to know I'm blushing.

Sidus [Rogue] 360844

Kiss her on the forehead.
"I'll be there as soon as I can and make sure the coast is clear."

Dress up, kiss her again, then leg it to my room ASAP

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360845

I give them both a disappointed look

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360846

An undead paladin?
Is that even possible?
Check if there's anything about that in the book

Roll #1 5 = 5

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360847


Roll #1 5 = 5


And I hjoin her.
But I'm still blushing.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Phanny [Necromancer] 360849

"Revered in almost all aspects of the Kingdom… yeah, I just got to remember this. It'll be worth it. It has to be."

"Anyway, thanks a lot, Jon. I mean it. It's just coming to the library, but.. yeah. Right, you too, Cherry."

DM 360850

[-No conclusive evidence exists one way or the other.-]
She beat you there.
"What kept you~"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360851

I'll shrug a little sheepishly at Star.
"Okay, okay you two, enough with the glares. Maybe Nock and I just got off on the wrong hoof."
I'll sigh a little.
"So, Nock, what do you say to trying to start fresh? No grudges, no sniping at each other, just friends of mutual friends?"

Nock [Tracker] 360852

"So, shall we go?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360853

"You're welcome."
I say without looking up.

What does it say about Eternal Victory?


Shake my head.
"First fix this with Jn!"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Nock [Tracker] 360855

Shrug. "I told you, I'm always willing to forgive. Don't take this the wrong way, though, but do you think you can, yourself? It can be harder than it sounds."

Sidus [Rogue] 360856

"I can't compete with your speed, you know that."
Jon, I'm sorry, but you are staying out now.
Lock the door, and put a chair there for good measure.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360857

I nod in agreement

DM 360858

[-Among the founding members of the Paladin Academy, and seen as one of the key creators of the modern Paladin Code-]
"You owe me a good bathing. I still feel weird when I walk."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360859

"Well, you can check out the book if you like. The librarian's usually at the front desk."
I'll scratch the back of my neck a little uncomfortably.
"But you don't really have to thank me. I mean, all I did was find a book."
I'll just give her a deadpan stare.
"If I wasn't willing to try, I wouldn't have offered. So."
I'll extend a hoof.
"Fresh start?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360860

What does it say about the founding?

Nock [Tracker] 360861


Can you even shake hooves? I guess we do that but I don't understand how.

BDN 360862

"Hahahaha! Small things count, you know?"

"Just had a few worries. Got to remember why I'm here and all. Anyway… did you say you needed to go somewhere?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360863

Do you even watch the show? AJ did it in the first episode. And Twilight during the Best Night Ever.
And thus we shake hooves, and things go back to normal.
"Yup. If you're alright here, I'll be taking my leave, then."

Sidus [Rogue] 360864

I point at the bathroom.
"Go ahead, go on in then. I do owe you this."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360865

Smile seeing that and trot besides her.
"I'm proud of you."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360866

I grin slightly as they shake hooves and look at Vera in glee


Sneakily offer her my hoof to bump for a job well done.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Nock [Tracker] 360868

Normal is bad for us.

I shrug. "I don't see why people think I'm stubborn. I do nothing but give and give."

Papaver Field [Mage] 360869

"Oh I'm gonna give you something alright…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360870

I'll go with Jon to the sekkrit room.
And I'll take the book about paladins with me if that is allowed.

"Bye Phanny."
I wave at him, but I keep the eye-contact as short as possible.

DM 360871

[-Founded in the years following the northern kingdom of Hardflank joining Equestria. Though Paladins and paladin orders existed much earlier, the academy provided the first formal training for anypony willing to become one.-]
"That you do. That and a lot more…"
She walks there. Rather awkwardly.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360872

Well that's not sneaky at all
But I return the gesture with some awkwardness nonetheless

Aaaaand back to blushing.

"Uh… m-maybe we should l-leave them be… g-give them some privacy…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360873

Normal for Jon is neutral.
In the effort of getting along, and proving that Apple ponies are the get-alongiest ponies, I shall bite my lip and not make a comment on how she's given me nothing but snark.

Phanny [Necromancer] 360874

"..well, maybe. Where are you going, hmm?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360875

"Maybe, but weren't you three going to hit the magic range after this anyway?"
"Just meeting up with Vera and Star. Apparently Vera has a new dress, and I'm getting dragged along to see it."

Sidus [Rogue] 360876

Well, get undressed for the shower and follow her.
Then of course close the bath door behind us.

DM 360877

"Normally I'd ask for what I asked for earlier in the hidden room now.
But… I'll save that for later.
Right now I just want to feel warm and cozy, and forget the pain in my butt."

Wf+6 360878

"Pffff. Come on, you. We can't hide away in here all day."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360879

"Uh… I-I don't really know…"

Nock [Tracker] 360880

Phanny [Necromancer] 360881

"Cool! Mind if I tag along? If you're in misery for a dress, then you'll love company, won't you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 360882

Roll my eyes.
"Fine, where do we go now?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360883

Well, prepare a warm shower then.
Maybe try and give her a relaxing back massage with soap and everything?
And take my time and carefullness to look out for her needs this time!

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 360884


Nock [Tracker] 360885

"What time is it? Don't we have class?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360886


Papaver Field [Mage] 360887

"I think you have spellbreaker…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360888

"Well, uh…"
Can't just say no, can I?
"I guess? I mean, you'd have to ask Vera, really."

DM 360889

"Apology accepted~
Now wash my butt too. And watch the soap. It stings if you get it in cuts…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 360890

"Well… sure. Guess I'll just follow you till then?"

Feel free

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360891

Walk over to him.
"Are we going? I think Vera is waiting for us."

Sidus [Rogue] 360892

"Thank you~…
And… it might be not the best time to say this… but you have a really nice one~"
Okay, wash her butt.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360893

But it'd be rude!
"At least until we meet with Vera and Star, I guess."
And then off we went to rejoin the proper timeline.

DM 360894

Even with great care, you can't help but see she was bleeding a little.
But she just takes it. She did, after all, say you are forgiven.

Sidus [Rogue] 360895

"I was so stupid… you didn't deserve this, Burning. Not after how you proved yourself to me."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360896

Well in the proper timeline the meeting is over.
1.give Star some confidence lessons?
2.go back to the library and talk some more to Phanny


Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 360897

"Yeah, you were.
But then, I know what it feels like to think with the wrong end too…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360898

So yeah
I guess I'll leave Vera and Nock alone then
Maybe I can just timeskip ahead to the night?

Phanny [Necromancer] 360899

"I guess.. you all could always just come see me around here if I can come."

DM 360900

If all else is ready sure.
Engage time warp?

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360901

Maybe I can do both?
Give Star some confidence lessons in real-time and talk to Phanny in the library a bit later?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360902

Well I still have a lot of stuff to do but… everyone is busy with stuff


Sidus [Rogue] 360903

Keep slowly and very gently washing her.
"Even the greatest of us make mistakes, right?"

DM 360904

"Seem so."
She leans back against you, tossing her wet mane on your shoulder
"I got a front side too you know"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360905

I go with Star.
"Hey Star, do you have some spare time?"

I go back to the library to read some more about the paladins.
Does it say anything interesting about the founding of the Academy?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 360906

I nod.
"We should bathe together more…you look cute like this~"
Wash her chest and belly now.
I won't even rush it a bit now.
We have all the time in the world.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360907

"Uh… s-sure!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360908

Maybe we could work a bit on those confidence sessions I promised you?
If you feel like it of course."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360909

"I should… I-I don't w-want to bother Sidus alone w-with it…"
I smile at her awkwardly
"T-Thanks for this…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360910

Smile at her.
"It's really no problem at all.
Now maybe we should go back to the dorm so we don't get disturbed."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360911

I nod quickly and follow her

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360912

I could always have a random encounter while everyone else is busy. Not like I can get into my room, with it oddly locked and barred.

DM 360913

And she enjoys every last moment of it.
"It feels so nice… to be with you like this~"
[-Founded in the years following the northern kingdom of Hardflank joining Equestria. Though Paladins and paladin orders existed much earlier, the academy provided the first formal training for anypony willing to become one.-]

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360914

You could join Cherry and I on our way to the dorm!

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360915

Once back in the dorm I go and sit down on one of the beds.
"Just sit, make yourself comfortable.
I thought we could work a bit on your voice today."

Is there anything about wether some paladins had families in the book?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360916

That's fine and dandy, though we'd be forced to part ways once you hit the Hammer dorms.
I'm sure there's something I can do… Ah yes, more defense lessons with Shield Wall. I can see how his hoof is holding up as well.

Sidus [Rogue] 360917

"It feels nice to be with you too, Heart."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360918

I nod and settle down comfortably as well
"O-Okay… uh… h-how?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360919

"By singing!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360920

I look a little taken aback
"W-What? But I-I can't sing!"

DM 360921

It does not detail any families for the paladins mentioned in the book.
Though it does make a passing reference to a rumor that Captain Celaire and Paladin Radiant were once an item.
"I don't know if it would ruin the moment or crown it if I asked you to be a little more thorough…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360922

Wave my hoof dismissively.
"Everypony can sing silly.
Besides you don't have to sing like the best.
That's not what the exercise is about.
I just want you to sing as loud and clear as you can, even if it's a bit off at times, that's not important."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360923

I start to breathe a little faster
"B-But it'll be really embarrassing… W-what should I even s-sing!?"

Sidus [Rogue] 360924

"Only you can know… I'm more than ready to make up for my mistake."

DM 360925

"Well, I'll at least give you a chance then.
Make it count."

Sidus [Rogue] 360926

And then Sidus tried to make Burning feel better.

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 360927

What a half-assed effort.
I bet you sneezed in her cunt after getting water in your nose or something.

Sidus [Rogue] 360928

I was just surverying the area.
The real deal wasn't actually that.
It was more throughout and everything.

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360929

Go lay a hoof on her shoulder.
"Don't worry. There's nopony here. It's just us.
It's something I learned in acting.
You see, sometimes you're a bit afraid to fully act, to really get into your role and you can't help it.
Then if you do some loud things and act a bit silly, that's gone because whatever you're going to act on stage, you've already acted out far more off-stage.
So I think if you sing very loud now, it will be easier for you to speak a bit louder when you leave."
I sit back down.
"Now what to sing? Do you have any particular song in mind? Or maybe we should sing the song of Heart Warmings Eve, everypony knows that one."

I sigh.
Maybe I haven't chosen the right study after all…
Take that other book about Royal Guards and read it a bit.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360930

Don't suppose the instructor is floating about the training field? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 360931

Much better.
Good boy.
Good boy.
So caring and obedient. Not in the least bit selfish. Your apology is a work of art that soothes Burning's sad soul once more.
Truly, you are "Sidus… the great~"
And it looks like it's time for a pause.




Cherry Merry [Bard] 360932


DM 360933

Next time.
And his hoof is better.
Translator's note: Plot is brony for butt

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader 360934

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360935

Don't scare me like that DM.
i thought the story was going to move on for a moment there.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360936

I gulp and blush a little
"I-I guess I do know… b-but… I just…"
I sigh
"Okay t-then… I guess I-I can try…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360937

"Don't worry.
Just let it come.
You ready? 1…2…3"
Sing the song.

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 360938

It is.
The sneaking plot will take a lurching step ahead and the Gala is the next timekip destination followed by the Winter Play


Ah crap… brain pls… don't mess this up…
Join in

Roll #1 1 - 1 = 0

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360940

Oh god. That means we're one step closer to your demons coming to rip us apart and feast on our sorrow.

Papaver Field [Mage] 360941

If only we all were involved in the sneaking thing…

DM 360942

Then get involved. You know about the Collection and have spoken to Leaf. You know who Balsa is. You know what he looks like even. You've met him.ACT ON IT
They do mess up.
You hit a high note to start off with.
Somewhere in the ultrasound range.
BOTH of you, roll for damage.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360943

Rolling for damage.

Roll #1 7 = 7


I regret everything…

Roll #1 5 = 5

Papaver Field [Mage] 360945

I honestly don't remember what he looks like.

DM 360946

I don't think i've described any of the NPCs
The shriek rings in your ears, and Star ends up out of breath and rather woozy, walling in a very compromising way on Cherry.
-1 to singing and other voice use related rolls until the next morning.
Where you whores take it from there, is up to you.
For now, enjoy your crotch-diving banshee.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360947

I panic and jump away from her
I gulp, blushing heavily from the impact
"A-Are you o-okay!? I'm s-so sorry! I just… I d-don't…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360948

Spaghettiroll from the compromising position.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360949

I get up again and rub my ears.
"Oh that's quite allright.
You've got a really loud voice, Star."


I look at her and whimper
"S-Sorry… I-I really m-messed up again… I didn't m-mean to do any of t-this…"
Try not to start crying

Roll #1 4 = 4

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360951

Looks like I start sobbing

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360952

"Oh dear."
Give her a hug '1d10+2'
"Sweetie, don't cry, you didn't do anything wrong.
You're just not used to singing really loud."

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360953

I sniff
"I m-messed up… I k-knew I would… I'm so s-sorry… you s-shouldn't be w-wasting more time o-on me… I hurt you enough a-already…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360954

Stroke her mane non-sexually while we're still hugging.
"You shouldn't beat yourself down like that.
It was just an accident.
I'm sure you'll do better if we try again.
Besides this shows you can really speak up if you try" I smile.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360955

"I-I don't w-want to try again… I'll j-just mess it all u-up again… T-this was all a b-big m-mistake…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360956

"Would you feel better if we went outside for a while? Maybe get some tea?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360957

"N-No… I-I think I just need s-some time alone… y-you don't need to waste m-more of your time on me…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360958

Pull back while still holding her shoulder and give her my kindest smile.
"That's just silly. Of course I want to spend time with you.
You're the nicest pony I've ever met."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360959

I sniff and wipe my nose with a hoof
"P-Ponies keep saying that b-but… I keep m-messing t-things up…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360960

"You don't mess anything up.
Your nerves just get the better of you sometimes.
But you'll get the better of them, I know it.
And me and all your friends who love you, will help you."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360961

I sigh and fall back onto my haunches
"I h-hope so…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360962

"And just think how happy Jon will be!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360963

I nod
"I g-guess you're right… I-I want him t-to be happy w-with me…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360964

"I'm sure he's already happy with you,
and he'll be really happy for you."
I get up again.
"Now would you like to go outside and drink a cup of tea with me?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360965

"Uh… I-I guess…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360966

I'm out of subjects to talk about.
Anything you want to talk about or are we just going to say they got something to drink, Star calmed down and they went their seperate ways?

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360967

Sure, it's up to you. I'm kind of distracted at the moment, so that's why I'm so slow and not talkactive

Cherry Merry [Bard] 360968

And they went to get a cup of tea, talked a bit about other things then broken ears, and said their goodbyes.

DM 361145

Please state what you have left to do before we warp to the GGG.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361146

Not much, maybe read some more in the library.
Nothing absolutely essential.

Groves 361147

Night classes
Talk to Sidus about the battlemaster
(Train more)

Sidus [Rogue] 361148

What Gala?

I need to break in the art supplies for some black dye and some cloth material, par example.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361149

See if I can't fit in another lesson with Shield Wall.
Build up funds for a nice tux, either to rent or own.
Also inform Sidus and Burning about the gala, I suppose. The door was locked and barred, so I can't do that today.

DM 361152

You may enter the night when you want.
Very well.
Nigga get with the program. If you don't even have enough frens to know about major events half way through the first year you are about to get left in the dust.
You know where the art supplies are. You were there once.
You have a master key too
Burning dries herself off after your masterful apology
"I won't take up more of your time, unless you want something from me."
Shield Wall is available at will.
As for the tux, securing a paying job in the academy can be a little hard, but Adam's might give a loan.


Something something pretty dresses made of magic. I don't even know anymore.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361154

Dinner first

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361155

I've already taken too much advantage of Adam's Apple's kindness.
I guess I can chat with Shield Wall during practice about it. Being an instructor, he'd probably know.

Papaver Field [Mage] 361156

This is what happens when you don't clear the die field.

Sidus [Rogue] 361157

Well shit nigga, I was going to get to that soon.
Dress up, get my master key.
"Scout out the area nearby the art supply locker. Make sure the art teacher won't come nearby in the next hour."

DM 361161

How horrible.
Keh heh heh heh…
Anyway, I think you wanted to get in on the sneaking?
Wanna meet up with Leaf or locate Balsa?
Of course, you glutton
"Cadet. You seem rather fond of my training. I like that, it feels good to be appreciated."
"Make sure, or ensure?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361162

Still in the library, still reading about paladins.
What does the book say about Radiant?

Papaver Field [Mage] 361163

Korea pls.
Yeah, I guess now I just gotta learn about that symbol, what with the conjuration thing and all.
Do I know how to track him down?

Sidus [Rogue] 361164

"Whichever is neccesary. Just don't draw any suspicion on yourself."
Remove the chair and unlock the door.
"I can't afford to be a suspect. Not if I want to win."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361165

"Well, sir, I can't expect to be able to protect anypony else if I can't protect myself. And you are the best defense instructor here, or so I heard. So I'm at your disposal again today, sir."

Phanny [Necromancer] 361166

I haven't run into Sidus yet.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361168

I thought we were going to talk in the library?
Then it's your fault when I pick up a random stallion

DM 361170

[-Radiant Goldentail, or Radiant Dawn, depending on which interpretation one uses, was a paladin hailing from Equestria who played a key role in defeating the Northlands. Her excellent strategic knowledge and headstrong skills at arms made her an invaluable commander and combatant.
She was last seen in the company of Archmage Starswirl, and some implied there may have been interest between the two, though other sources claim she and Captain Celaire were once an item.-]
He does classes just like anyone else. He should be in the main building.
"I understand."
She blows you a kiss and dives out the window.
Anything you'd like to recap from earlier?"
if you need him, he is about to leave his dorm room.

Phanny [Necromancer] 361171

Did you want to talk?

Sidus [Rogue] 361172

Look at 'er go.~

Leave the dorm, head for the art supplies, keep a low profile.
Anyone around the vicinity?


Time to go stalker on his ass.
Rolling to shadow him like a pro!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361174

Well IC she doesn't really like you, but she would be more open to talk right now if you want to make up. If you don't want to talk she'll just find someone else to talk too.

DM 361175

Lets see
1 - a lot
10 - nobody at all
He leaves class, stretches a little, flicks his ears and goes sit down by a window to read.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361176

"Well, I could always use a bit more practice. And maybe tips on defense for if I ever lose my shield, or it gets broken due to a bad hit, the Sisters forbid."

DM 361177

Six student are milling about, waiting for class.
"Right. Well, lets see you block a few times with the shield first.
Shield up!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361178

Let's see if I can be stealthy.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361179

And up it goes. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2


Do a backflip from bush to bush and sneak on the tip of my marshmallowy hooves behind him. Take fake leaves too.

Roll #1 8 - 2 = 6

Phanny [Necromancer] 361181

Guess I'll just stay in the library, reading on more royal Guard exploits.

"So…, why'd you come to this school anyway?"

DM 361182

You manage to distract them by stealthily nudging the class door to open it, making them think the teacher is inside, and sending them pouring in.
The way is open.
And down comes his strike
You are behind him.
You have not been spotted.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361183

Keep reading the book without looking up.
"I thought I wanted to be a paladin and chronicle the adventures of other paladins."
I sigh.
"Now I'm not so sure anymore."

DM 361184

Good enough.
"Alright, that seemed to hold. If only just.
Want another?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361185

"If you like, sir. I could definitely do better than that."
Shield stays up. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sidus [Rogue] 361186

Now go there, open it with the key, and slip inside, closing it behind me.

DM 361187

"Indeed, cadet."
Welcome to a closet.
It contains supplies, as you may remember.

Roll #1 5 = 5


Pone, I'm good at this!
"Hey! Pss! Don't turn! I'm… a friend of a friend!"
Keep from giggling.

Roll #1 4 - 2 = 2

Phanny [Necromancer] 361189

"'Not so sure'? That's… no way to go about things. What shook you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361190

S-Shut up
Okay, can I skip to the night?

Sidus [Rogue] 361191

Oh gosh, supplies!
First thing first, get some black dye.
Second thing second, get cloth, enough of it so I can fashion some sort of suit out of it with the help of Burning.
Third thing third, something to sew with.

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361193

Put down the book and sigh.
"I don't know.
I don't think I'd make a good paladin, like the ones in the stories."

DM 361195

"You are a very giggly pony, is what you are…"
"Good form! You've finally understood how to keep your weight properly-"
He suddenly strikes again, aiming for your leg
You can.
It is night. Dark outside, but a pale moonlight lets you see.
I hope you slept through the evening.
Rolling for quality of
dye '1d10'
cloth '1d10'
thread '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 5 = 5 / Roll #3 8 = 8 / Roll #4 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361196

Move to respond, either by blocking or deflecting the hit. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Phanny [Necromancer] 361197

"Oh? A Paladin in a story? Is that what you wanted to be? You know, I bet most of those paladins didn't think they'd get into stories either."

DM 361198

There was no proper dye so you took ink. It will make the cloth a little stiff and smelly, but work fine.
The cloth is good and plentiful. Easily enough to make a comfy suit.
The thread is weak. Sudden movements will rip the suit.
You manage to parry his strike
"And good reaction time too! I really am impressed!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361199

I'm a very crazy pony, used to sleeping at the craziest of times.
Make sure I have my badge still in place, then sneak out of the room without waking Vera or Nock.
Lets see if Waxing Crescent has left for class yet…

Sidus [Rogue] 361200

Hmm… Smell ain't good.
And weak thread isn't good either.
Lock the door behind me.
Now, time for a bit more proper and throughout search, even in the back, in every nook and cranny.

Roll #1 5, 7 = 12

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361202

"Well, having a good teacher really speeds up improvement, sir."
I'll keep a wary eye out in case he throws any more surprise swings.

DM 361203

She is gazing out a hallway window, looking at the stars and moon
Nope. No dye here. Just ink.
You might want to air the suit out before using it.
You do find thicker, more durable thread though.

Papaver Field [Mage] 361204

"Look, do you want to know why I'm here or not?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361205

That will gotta do then.
Take good amounts of each.
Unlock the door, peek out.
Is the coast clear?

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361206

I'm still not looking him in the eyes while talking to him.
"I don't have to be in a story…
It's just…"
Touch the book with my hoof.
"All these paladins, they're so strong, so smart. They had the will to go on despite any odds.
I…I don't know if I've got any of those things.
I can't even help my friends."
Roll not to cry '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361207

I silently approach her

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361209

Looks like I can hold it, barely.

DM 361210

"And what if someone were to break your shield? How would you react?"
"I'll play along. What do you need of me, giggly pony with a pretty voice?"
1 no
10 yes
"Hey there. The sky is lovely tonight."
She seems a lot more awake than before.

Roll #1 1 = 1

DM 361211

There are several students, the art teacher and the Battlemaster in the way.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361212

"Well, I'd be a bit sad, certainly. But that would have to wait until after the fight's over, since I doubt whoever would break it would give me the time to mourn my shield and gently put it aside."

Phanny [Necromancer] 361213

"Hey, hey. Don't think like that."

"I'm sure you have something your friends treasure. There are always ways you can do things for another you know? Like, for me, being a Royal Guard. I mean, I know what it means to be one. But if it can make me do so much more than I can now… well, you'll find a way. Anyone could."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361217

I nod in agreement
"Princess L-Luna really did her best again…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361218

Pout a bit.
"I need into the headmaster's collection!"

DM 361220

"Quite so"
He hits you again
"But what would you do?"
"It is a shame so few ponies ever see the night…"
Rolling not to burst out laughing

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 8 = 8

DM 361221

Serious face.
"You're way too pretty to have a death wish like that."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361223

Look at him for the first time.
"You really think so?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361224

I'll block that.'1d10'
"I'd keep fighting, Shield or no shield, I have to be able to protect folk."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Papaver Field [Mage] 361225

"I had told you not to turn around!"
Put up an annoyed face.
"It's your fault, you know!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361226

Damnit Burning.
Close the door.
Lock the door.
Find a hiding place.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361227

I nod
"Y-Yes… Ever since my m-mom started teaching me about the c-constellations I've b-been trying to get more p-ponies t-to stay up and appreciate the n-night some more… a few of my friends already do so, s-so that's good… It'd b-be a real waste t-to let something like t-this go unseen…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 361229

"Never know till you try, won't you? Besides… yeah, you've just got tot throw everything you have in something you're sure you want. Otherwise, you'll never be happy. You'll keep wondering if you should have done oher stuff."

DM 361230

The hit lands, making you drop your shield
"Big words. Lets see some actions."
He attacks you as relentlessly as ever
"Mine? Oh dear how so?"
You hear a shattering noise, a few screams, and the door unlocking.
Burning peeks in
"All clear."
"I know I would be very sad if I was Princess Luna. To make such beautiful art every night, only for it to be ignored…
…why are you stuttering?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361231

I take a step back

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361232

I'll grimace.
I can return this! I can block it!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361233

Get of my seat and walk over to him.
Look up, straight into his eyes.
"Your eyes….When we met before you were doing something with your eyes, I could feel it.
What were you trying to do?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361235

"You got all fired up when I first told you about the-"
Oh I should drop the fake branches and come out of the bush.
Shake off remaining leaves.
"-collection, and then I couldn't stop thinking about it either!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361236

I retract my previous statement.
Good job, Burning~

Slip out, then lock the door behind us.
"You never fail to surprise me~"
Survey the area.

Phanny [Necromancer] 361238

"Quite the oracle, aren't you? Sure you don't want to go to the Seer's School?"

Sigh a bit.

"Right. I was coming here to refocus myself about being a royal Guard. If I have doubts about the things I have to do, I'll just have to read about them to remind myself why I even came in, you know?"

DM 361240

"I was just curious. Are you scared?"
No, you can get your hoof smashes aside and find yourself thrown to the ground
"You can't rely on a shield forever cadet!"
He tries to smash you as you are down
"It does have that effect on those who are destined for greatness."
There is a large red stain on the wall.
Burning tries her best to look innocent

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sidus [Rogue] 361241

Okay, leave the vicinity.

Once we are a bit further, stop and turn around.
"How did you do it?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361242

I gulp
"N-No… I… I-I just can't help it… sorry…"
I look down at the ground in shame
"I'm t-trying to work i-it away w-with some help f-from my f-friends…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361244

Damn, he's relentless.
Fine, he doesn't want me to rely on the shield forever, I won't. I'll just beat his weapon aside with mine. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 361245

"…you don't want to know…"
"Is there anything I could do to help?"
Your parry connects, but he manages to overpower you and press your weapon against your throat
"Do you yield?"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361246

I look down.
"I'm sorry. I'm so confused right now,
I think I must have just imagined it."
Grab his hoof.
"Please don't be mad at me."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361247

"Not on your life, sir."
I'll reverse this, or at least break free. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sidus [Rogue] 361248

Tap my forehoof a few times.

DM 361250

He tries to keep you in place
"A… distraction?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 361251

"Takes more than a bit of struggling to best a foe, cadet."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361252

I'll grunt a bit.
"But I'm not one to do things in half measures."
Break free. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361253

"You d-don't have to… it's f-fine… I'll w-work it out eventually…"
I look around sheepishly
"So… c-class?"


"Or suicide! But now I want in!" Stomp my hoof on the ground for additional effect.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 361255

"Meet me in my room."

Turn around.
Head there.
Once inside, dump my things somewhere.
"What sort of distraction?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 361257

"Oh, you didn't imagine it. Remember when I talked about focus? I guess it was one of the things I learned from my granddad. Sometimes I can… nudge ponies into doing a few things. Just small things, of course, like breathing a bit easier, or relaxing their hooves. Grandad said it's because I can focus so much that other ponies could be sucked in!"

Laugh a bit more.

"Either way, if you were scared, I'm sorry. No need for you to be sorry."

DM 361259

He tries to force your weapon off your hoof
"Yes, indeed.
In the main building great hall. Come on.
…unless you want to do something else first?"
You put your stuff in your closet
"A dummy I made on my spare time.
Not convincing when it sits still, but in motion, good enough."
You hurt your hoof like a total wuss.
"…are you ok?
Here, let me look at that."
He offers a hoof

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 361260

You do finally manage to break his hold and get up
"Good. Though a more aggressive foe would have torn you apart in that time. Now come at me."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361261

He's probably set for a charge. So I'll try a feint. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


Pull it away.
"I'm fine!"
But does it sting?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361263

I cock my head
"W-Well my telescope is still in our r-room… I d-don't really w-want to wake up Vera and Nock…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361264

Badly. Whimper in pain.

Sidus [Rogue] 361266

"Tell me more. You didn't hurt anypony, did you?"

DM 361267

"No, you aren't.
Just let me help ok?"
He tries to catch you with an uppercut to the jaw
"Well, we can sneak up there later. How are you with climbing?"
It's just a old uniform filled with straw and a volatile red dye charge, as well as some wheels on the hooves.
If I throw it hard enough it will roll at quite some speed before hitting a wall and seemingly exploding into a bloody mess."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 361268

I chuckle and pet her head.
"Such a clever mare you are~"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361269

I scratch the back of my head awkwardly
"N-Not really… at all r-really…"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361271

Perk my ears and let go of his hoof.
"You were…trying to control me?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361272

Nod and show him the hoof.

Phanny [Necromancer] 361274

"Nah! There's a difference between control and nudging! You could have easily just resisted if you didn't want to relax. And it looks like you didn't, so nothing happened."

DM 361276

You manage to land a solid hit on him after he misses
"Good! I'm glad to see you aren't entirely USELESS!"
He tries to sweep your legs
"It's not perfect. But I wanted to try it out.
Seemed better than poisoning the art teacher's coffee."
"Hm. Too bad. I like climbing. It lets me go places I might not normally be allowed to go to. And the night keeps me covered too…"
He takes it softly and looks at it
"Does it hurt when I touch it?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361277

Eye him curiously.
"Relax…you wanted to relax me?



Roll #1 2 = 2

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361279

Oh come on, RNG.
I'll backstep out of range of his sweep. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 361280

Nod quickly, biting my lip.

Phanny [Necromancer] 361281

"Eh? You didn't look comfortable, that was all. Like, you were shy, or something. But that's okay if you were. We know each other now!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361283

I raise a brow.
"Yes, it was definitely better…"
Then chuckle and grab my weapons.
"That was enough sneaking around for now, I want some training. Wouldn't want my skills to get rusty… Want to come?"

DM 361285

"That might be bad… ok, this might sting, but please try to hold it."
he turns the hoof around gently to look at the bottom
A valiant effort, but down you go.
Sheld wall then tries to roll you on your back and stomp on your belly
"About that…
…I kinda… want to… change my weapon.
The axe isn't good for me."

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

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361287

"Oh… W-Well… I uh… I t-think I weigh a little t-too much for that…"
I blush embarrassedly

Sidus [Rogue] 361289

I tilt my head.
"Oh?… Do tell."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361291

Yeah it definitely does sting.
"Is it that bad off?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361292

Let's see if I can't just flip him over and get back up myself. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361295

I raise my nose at him.
"I don't think you know me…at all."

DM 361299

"I need something faster.
I used to be a brawler when I was younger. The axe is just too slow."
"Well I won't deny that.
Then, we all have out shortcomings.
…I get really nervous around stallions for example…"
You manage to wrestle him to the ground
"Now this is getting interesting!
Think fast!"
He tries to punch you in the ear
"I think you stomped on something sharp. There is a cut here…"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Phanny [Necromancer] 361301

Smile some more, although a bit weak.

"Of course I don't. I only just met you, after all. But I'm learning! Well, maybe. Am I?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361302

"And it took you this long to figure it out?!
Shoo! Off with you! To the training grounds!"
Depart there in a hurry.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361303

I can handle that. Let's see if I can't suppress the instructor. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Papaver Field [Mage] 361304

"Great… I should get to the infermery…"
Sigh and lower my head, then be on my way.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361307

I rub the back of my neck again
"I-I get nervous around p-ponies I don't know in general…"
I give her a hopeful smile
"B-But I'm w-working hard to overcome that!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361308

I look at him again.
"Do you want to learn who I am?"

Phanny [Necromancer] 361310

Look down a bit.

"That… is up to you. Of course I want to learn about other ponies, but whether other ponies want me to learn who they are… it's not my choice to make, eh?"

I need to sleep soon

DM 361312

You arrive in a timely fashion, to see Jon pin down a burly instructor, sweating and panting.
You can indeed!
punching him across the jaw and them forcing his face to the ground, you put him in a tight hold
"Fine work, cadet. You can let go now."
That may not be entirely needed. I could try and fix it for you."
"I guess that makes you braver than me then."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361314

"Oh. Are you into holy magic too?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361315

I clap slowly.
"Now, now, Jon, you seem to be in a good shape!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361316

And I'll do so, taking a few steps back in case he wants to keep going.
"I guess it kinda defeats the purpose of a good defense if I go on the offense, huh?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361317

"W-Well all y-you need is a friend t-to push you in t-the right direction… my f-friends did just that."
I tap my chin with a hoof in contemplation
"M-Maybe I should i-introduce you to them tomorrow… You met V-Vera already though! She's great!"

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361318

I walk closer to him, right in front of him.
Very close but not touching.
"Then you'll have to promise to me,
you never try that again on me or my friends."
I say in a stern voice.
Place my hoof on his chest.
"And you'll have to make it up to me." I say a little softer.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361319

"Huh? Oh, hey Sidus. And hello, miss Heart."

Sidus [Rogue] 361320

"No weapons needed for you, huh?"
I let out a laugh.
"I'm almost sorry I missed what happened before."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361321

"Don't be. Instructor Shield Wall had me pretty much on the ropes for the most of it."

Sidus [Rogue] 361322

"Yet here you are, as the victor, aren't you?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361323

"Not necessarily. I was supposed to be learning defense, not wrestling."

DM 361324

"Not in the sense that I'd ever become a priest or anything. But back home I was taught the basics of healing, so I could look after my own cuts and bruises rather than run crying to mommy after every owie."
"A good offense is the best defense. Besides, you fight well hoof to hoof. Not many can pull off a lock like that."
"Do any of them praise the night?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361325

"Offense is as good of a defense as any."

Nod with my head.
"Want me to help you or can you pick on your own?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361326

"Yeah you are right. I should just bandage this and call it a day, no use going to the infermery for so little."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361327

I'll sorta scratch the back of my neck awkwardly at the praise.
"Thank you, sir, but I've still got a long way to go."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361328

"Uh… W-Well… I k-know Vera and Nock stay up to w-watch the nightsky t-together every so often… And I d-do the same with J-Jon… So I guess s-so? I-In a sense… I-I don't know about S-Sidus or Cherry though…"

Phanny [Necromancer] 361330

"Make it.. up to you? Hey, there. I wasn't controlling you, like I said. Imagine if I'd just held your hoof to keep you from falling. Would that be controlling? Either way, I wasn't trying to do any harm, and nothing happened anyway. Now let's put that behind us. In fact, want me to hold your hoof? As a demonstration, of course. Well, it's up to you!"

DM 361331

"How does one make punching hurt more?
…a lot more."
"Indeed. But this is one hell of a start! What shall we try next then?"
…I really find it hard to appreciate those who do not appreciate the night."

DM 361332

"May I, then?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361335

"Oh… I-I don't really m-mind… I mean… anypony w-who doesn't appreciate the n-night is somepony that j-just hasn't seen i-it's true beauty yet…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361336

"Is it really needed?
I can take care of myself!"
But offer him the hoof anyway, looking mildly sad.

Sidus [Rogue] 361338

"Reinforced horseshoes, spiked horseshoes, gauntlets, spiked or bladed gauntlets or alternatively, with clever use, tonfas."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361339

Roll not to blush '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361340

With a tiny smile, I give him my hoof.

DM 361343

"Eh. Most ponies refuse to even try it.
But the night is a magical time.
…we should get going, probably?"
"Hey now, no need to be like that.
You can't expect to get to the collection relying just on yourself now can you?"
He tries to patch up the hoof with a little wrapping and a healing spell
"Bladed gauntlets… oh yes, I could do some serious damage with those…"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 361345

Turn around to face her.
"Get some. Or something similar. I'll test you. We'll see if it fits right here and now."

Phanny [Necromancer] 361346

Hold it.

"See? I'm just holding onto it, supporting it, stopping it from falling. I'm not controlling it, because you still have the final say where this hoof goes. Feel better?"

I need to sleep now. Night.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361348

I nod
"Y-Yes… okay…."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361349

Hey he's good.
"You mean it?"

DM 361350

She goes to the armory
"To the main building then."
"…mean what?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Papaver Field [Mage] 361351

"Getting to the collection. Needing a partner for it. You really do?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361352

Skittishly follow her along
"S-So… y-your roommates aren't worshipers of the night t-then?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361353

Get into the training field and get out my kamas.
Move one around on the chain to be used at a range.

DM 361356

"No. Or, well, I only have one. She snores too, the cretin.
So I spend most nights in class, or by sneaking around for fun."
"It certainly was a lot easier to make progress when I still had at least one. And that Sidus fellow turned me down too…"
Burning pokes you in the butt
"I'm back."
She is wearing a pair of gauntlets with dull, wooden spikes

Sidus [Rogue] 361357

Clever girl…

Turn around, but back away.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361358

"Oh… t-that's a shame…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361359

"He said you did something to him. Can't really remember, I was trying to chase him off my room with a flaming sword back then…"

DM 361361

I'll do my best to avoid hurting you."
"I don't really mind any more. I let her sleep. I've found better ways to spend my nights."
"HA! I like you already.
I think he got mad over me telling him to stop being so possessive over that mare of his and let her think on her own."

Cherry Merry [Bard] 361363

We'll continue that conversation later then.


Sidus [Rogue] 361364

I shake my head.
"Don't hold back. If you do, we won't know what you are capable of, now will we?"

Ranged attack, throw one of the kamas at her.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361365

"I-If you say so… I-I think you'd l-like my friends though!"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361366

"That mare? She's strange… She seems to live only for Sidus, actually."

DM 361368

She tries to grab it with the gauntlet and pull you down by the chain
"I'd love to meet them. Everypony deserves a chance."
"I sort of got that message from her, yes.
She did hesitate a moment, but only a moment."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361369

I nod with glee
Now… class!

DM 361370

Having never used the gauntlets before, she just takes an unceremonious smack to the nose.

Sidus [Rogue] 361372

Pull the chain, back, then fling again.
"Heads up. Don't stop."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Papaver Field [Mage] 361376

"What can you do, love is strange."
Trot around.
"Soooo, do you know where to start?"

DM 361377

She tries to grab it, twist it around her hoof and pull hard to either disarm you or knock you down
"Don't push me!"
"With the collection?
I know well more than a start. For almost a year now I've slowly gotten closer and closer to it."
Class has gathered in the great hall.
Lit by some blue flame candles and the light of the moon, the atmosphere is quite special

Roll #1 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361378

I look around in wonder.
How many ponies are actually in this class? Compared to normal dayclasses?
Who even teaches it?


Look around, is the place safe?
"We should talk someplace quieter…"

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 361382

Try not to break your teeth.
"Enough of this sickle tossing shit. Get up before I come over there and beat you until that is no longer an option."
She throws the kama down.
A dozen or so ponies are here.
Two instructors are present, but you haven't met them before.
"Your room or mine?
…unless you have other proposals?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361385

Oh… well I should probably settle down somewhere with Crescent and listen what they have to say for themselves

Sidus [Rogue] 361386

What was the point of ranged again if it doesn't work?

Get up and get my sword out in a defensive position.
"Come at me, if you dare~"

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 361388

"Got a better place."
Lead him to the secret room.

DM 361389

Get a bow if you don't want your chain to get yanked
The point is you can still hit Far targets
"Don't dare me to do things I will end up regretting!"
She charges you
Who made the magic ladder? I saw ol' Leaf try all sorts of conjured things but none of them ever lasted longer than a minute or two."
"Welcome everyone. I believe we have some new joiners tonight?"
"Cadets Earthy Tone and Star Hopper, as well as Paladin Shaded Eyes, sir."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361390

Oh gosh…
Let's see where this goes

Papaver Field [Mage] 361391

"That's freak-of-nature me. Too late to destroy it now.."

DM 361392

Well aren't you full of surprises…
What's a gal like you even doing in a place like this?"
"Please rise and tell us a little about yourselves"
"Cadet Tone. First year. I like to paint, and find inspiration in the constellations."
"Paladin Eyes. Third Year. Recent convert to the night, I came here to learn more about the magnificent work of Princess Luna."

DM 361393

Her charge is easy enough to misdirect, as her angry punch goes flying right past you.
"Why you-!"
She turns to land a downward strike

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 361394

Sidestep and bonk her on the head with the flat part of the training blade.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Papaver Field [Mage] 361395

"Discovering hidden talents and losing my family forever because of them?"
Answer mildly irritated, it's not his fault, but I still don't like to talk about it.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361396

I gulp and get up
"C-Cadet Hopper. First year. I uh… s-study healing m-magic and like stargazing."

DM 361397

She stops in her tracks and takes a few deep breaths.
"Sidus, I am very, very sorry for what I might do soon."
The teachers nod with a smile
"Glad to meet all of you. We may be few in number, but I believe that makes each of us a little more special.
For the newcomers I am instructor Silverpine, and this is Lady Meredith Morningsprite II, of the noble house of Morningsprite."
"Instructor Morningspite is quite enough.
Or Miss Goodmorning, if you wish."
"Sore subject?
I won't force it if you don't want to talk."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361399

"What tippedyou off?"
Raise a brow.
"So, are you gonna tell me what you know?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361400

Take a step backwards.
"You better not be thinking of what I'm thinking that you are thinking. Heads up!"
Jab forward with my sword.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361402

I look at them both curiously, waiting for them to continue

DM 361405

"Where should I start then?
…mind if I sit down? You've made the place awfully comfy looking."
"Tonight we will discuss the stars, their significance to ponies, and reflect upon the duties of those who walk the night."
Crouching down, and then leaping into the air as you get into range, she delivers a jumping uppercut to your

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 361407

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361408

Get out my notebook and quill!

Sidus [Rogue] 361409


Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 361411

Oh dear…
Well, at least she didn't break anything irreplaceable.
Still hurt like seven shades of hell though.
After you land from your little unplanned flight, she storms up to you.
Rolling to calm the fuck down.
If >6, rolling to help you up. If <6, rolling to keep hitting your tender meat while you're down
"Now, who can name a few stars or constellations?"

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

DM 361413

She shows no real signs of being quite done yet, and keeps beating on you, looking for any hole in your defenses to hurt you more.
Her eyes seem to have gone a little wild.

Sidus [Rogue] 361414

Escape Artist.
Change to Glaive.
Hit her in the back of the head, knock her unconcious if I have to.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361415

I raise a hoof

Sylt 361417

"Make yourself at home. But you should thank Leaf too. He helped me plenty."

DM 361418

She goes down with a rather nasty sounding crack, and stays down.
You can still feel the aftershock of her hits.
"Yes! Cadet Hopper. Go ahead."
"Well, I suppose he still has some good left in him, behind all the bile and hatred."
He lays down on the pillows
"You stole these, didn't you?"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361420

"There were so many, I doubt they will miss them. And it's more of a loan!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361422

Lean on the Glaive for some support.
"If somepony would be so kind as to take her to the infirmary…"

Levitate my earlier dropped kamas to myself.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361423

We're outside, right?
I point a hoof in the sky and start naming them off
"Orion, Lupus, Canis Major, Gemini, Taurus, Canis Minor and Auriga."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361426


DM 361429

A helpful paladin carries her away.
One of the instructors comes over
"You ok, cadet?"
"You took these from the laundry storage. I can tell by the smell.
Good pick. I used to do the same a lot to get some extra pillows."
It's not lupus
Also you're in the Great Hall, but there are windows.
"Impressive, cadet. Very impressive.
Now, what have the stars been used for in history?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361430

I think I'll just stand completely still with that improvised cane and pretend it will make the pain go away.
"Not really."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361431

I'll… let somepony else take that one.
Stay quiet

Papaver Field [Mage] 361432

"Hey, they won't miss them.
I hope.
Oh Sisters, what if they miss them?"

DM 361436

"We should probably get you checked out then. Sparring accidents are every bit as real as actual wounds."
"They have been used for navigation, ma'am"
"As well as light during nightly combat operations."
"And as a symbol of valor"
"The laundry ladies are too fat to climb up here anyway.
I see you're just standing there like a mushroom in the rain. Why not take the load off? Plenty of space here, and no hurry to be anywhere."

Sidus [Rogue] 361438

I shake my head.
"I'm fine. It was just a bit painful, that's all. No harm done."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361439

Fall flat on my aunches.
"Right. The collection. What stopped you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361440

The first one I knew… but those other two?
The more you know!

DM 361445

"You sure?
I won't force you, but I will say getting it looked at won't make it worse."
"Many things. For one, it is hidden away somewhere deep below the academy. I have only gotten so far in infiltrating those parts.
And I know that even if I did find the door, it is secured by many locks. Devious locks."
He pats the pillows next to him.
"Now, does anyone here know about Ursas?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361446

"Well, I'm not always going to have the benefit of my equipment, so I suppose I should learn some decent unarmed defense in case I ever need it."

Sidus [Rogue] 361447

"I'm okay, don't worry."
Okay, try to walk back to the dorm.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361448

I cock my head and sheepishly raise a hoof
"T-Those big bear creatures? I-I read a little about those…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361450

There are plenty other pillows and the room is huge for just two ponies. Scoot up another one and sit on it after fluffing it out.
"Devious locks?"

DM 361454

It really hurts to walk.
It probably really hurts to do anything right now.
She has clearly done this before. A lot.
"Well I think you might want to focus on disarming first. How's that sound?"
"Do share with us."
He gives a half, faced grin and rolls over one pillow closer to you as well
"Oh yes. Or, so I've gleamed from the clues I have found.
Locks designed to be opened not with keys, but series of codes.
Numbers, symbols and the like."

Sidus [Rogue] 361455

Yeah, okay, maybe I'll go to the infirmary for some painkillers.

Papaver Field [Mage] 361456

"Never been there yourself?"
Recoil slightly as he moves closer.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361457

"Sounds good to me, sir. Whenever you're ready, then."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361459

"Well… they are s-star constructs with m-magical p-properties… and their f-fur looks like the nightsky… uh… that's all I-I can remember r-really…"

DM 361462

Looks like Steamship is on duty today
"Good day cadet. What ails you?"
"No. Almost a year in and I'm still far from it.
A tragedy, really."
He stops coming closer, but places a hoof on the pillow next to him.
"Right. Now then, lets say you were unarmed, and I had my sword. How would you try and disarm me?"
"Good start. Others?"
"They explode when they die, much like stars do."

Sidus [Rogue] 361463

"Training went to… all the wrong places."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361464

Look at the hoof, then back at him with a quizzical expression.
"Well first of all we should get there then!"
Stand up and trot around the room.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361465

"T-They do?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361466

"Well, I'd probably either go for the hoof it's in instead of the sword itself, or another soft spot to make you lose your grip so I could knock it away or take it myself."

DM 361468

"Oh dear.
Need me to take a look?"
"Easily said, but hard to pull off. As far as I know, the entrance is somewhere behind the dungeons, or at least below that level. It may be in the vicinity of the proving halls, but I can't find a way there."
He rolls onto his back and keeps looking at you.
"Good. Wanna try?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361470

"I actually just came for some painkillers."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361471

"No time like the present, sir."
And then I'll wait for him to get ready.

Papaver Field [Mage] 361472

"That's, what, fourth year only?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361473

I guess they do!

DM 361474

"Are you sure?"
he picks up a sword and slowly comes at you
"Indeed. You need to be among the most trusted to gain access. Hence the name."
"Indeed. They can also grow to immense sizes. Again, like real stars."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361475

I gulp
"H-How big are those explosions?"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361476

He can't be making fun of me by going at me like that, can he?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 361477

"It's just a bit of pain, I can manage."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361481

"Can you get me into the magic range?"

DM 361484

"Depending on the size of the beast, they can be quite massive."
Your attempt to punch him in the face ends poorly.
He retaliates with a smack with the sword handle
"Well if it lasts more than a day, come see me, ok?"
"Well I can get myself in there. I guess I can get a cadet in too if I ask. Why?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361485

"Oh… oh dear…"
I slump back onto my haunches

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361486

I'll shake my head, and try again. '1d10'
Seriously this time.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Papaver Field [Mage] 361487

"I wanna test something. Not in here."
I should ask Layline for access to that place…

Sidus [Rogue] 361488

"I will, sure, but for now, I really, really need those painkillers, so if you would please give me some I'll be on my merry way."

DM 361492

"Luckily, such beasts are very rare."
Another bonk on the head later, you can feel a bump growing…
"Something, eh?
You know you're asking a terrible lot from me without really offering anything back."
"How bad does it hurt?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 361493

"What am I asking? Weren't you the one who wanted a partner?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361494


Roll #1 8 = 8

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361495

I know I can do this. It's just a matter of timing.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361496

I nod
"Y-Yeah… uh… w-where did they c-come from?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361497

"It still sort of stings when I just stand. Gets worse when I move around."

DM 361502

Ok now it's really starting to hurt
"Free tip. Try hitting my elbow."
"Liquid or pills?"
"That is not known. Some say they simply walked down from the sky. Others say they come from the same dimension bears do."
"Indeed. But I can't have just anyone as my partner.
Then again, you did break into the storage area to steal the pillows.
I like that. A girl who plays by her own rules."

Sidus [Rogue] 361505

"Whatever works."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361506

I'll rub the bruise lightly.
"Would probably help if I worked on my timing, too."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361507

"Oh… o-okay…"
Right, I'll just leave the teacher be for now and allow him to continue class

Papaver Field [Mage] 361508

Roll my eyes.
"Well you need somepony, no?"

DM 361513

"I got ones you put in your butt. They work the best."
"Let me make it easier on you."
"Now then, any other questions? Anyone?"
"Somepony competent, brave and willing to break a few eggs if it means making a delicious cake."

Roll #1 8 = 8

Papaver Field [Mage] 361514

"I just want to know about taht symbol…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361515

Roll my eyes.
"I'm not in a funny mood. Pills then."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361517

Just remain quiet

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361518

Doesn't seem much easier to me!
I'm going to get at least one of these, if only by virtue of stubbornness.

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 361522

"It was no joke.
Anyway, pills it is."
She levitates you a jar
"Two a day at most."
We'll have a short break before the next lesson. Get some drinks, use the bathroom, stretch out, whatever."
he eases up and drops the sword
"I could still have countered that, you know. but it was good enough."

Papaver Field [Mage] 361524

"A thing I see in my dreams. It's the reason I want to get in there in the first place!"
Okay go by the exit.
"We gotta start somplace, no? I got an idea."

Sidus [Rogue] 361525

Levitate it over and take one right away.

Okay, I think I can go back to my room now.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361527

I nod and turn to Crescent
"T-That was fun!"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361528

I'll sigh.
"Sir, I can't learn if you hold back. If I can't do it, that just means I have to work harder."
I'll get back into a ready position.
"So come at me, sir."

DM 361529

"Yeah. I like night classes. They tend to cover more topics and drag on less, thanks to the smaller class size."
"Can you tell me more about this symbol?"
he doesn't get up quite yet
There is a piece of paper on your neatly made bed.

Sidus [Rogue] 361530

Read it.

DM 361532

"Good lad."

Roll #1 4 = 4


Go over there.
Try to conjure the shape in the air.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361534


Roll #1 9 = 9


Dubious second attempt?

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Sidus [Rogue] 361538

Fold the note and throw it on my desk.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361539

I smile and nod
"Yeah… I-It'll be hard to balance with m-my sleeping schedule and day c-class though… But I think I'll m-manage. This w-was a great idea! Thanks so much f-for telling me about t-this!"

DM 361540

"Holy shit… no way…"
A sharp punch to his elbow forces him to drop the sword
"Always glad to guide more into the moonlight.
Wanna go do something for the break?"
You can hear a suppressed gasp

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361541

I shrug

Papaver Field [Mage] 361543

Look at him uncomfortably while holding the symbol a few incehs away from my hoof.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361544

I'll nod.
"Now let's just see if that was a fluke, or if I've got it."

Sidus [Rogue] 361545

There's a difference between accidentally hurting someone and deliberately trying to hurt someone where it hurts the most.

Let's apply the ink to those clothes.

DM 361549

She takes you to the side
"Wanna learn to climb?"
"You really have no fucking idea what that is, do you?"
"I like your attitude"
Which clothes?
You uniform?
Or the cloth you have yet to make into clothes?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sidus [Rogue] 361551

The cloth I've yet to make into clothes.
Cloths just sounds weird.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361552

Dammit RNG.
Oh boy, here we go.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361553

"Uh… I-I can try… sure…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361554

Grin slightly, as much worried as I am confused.

DM 361559

You begin drenching the cloth in ink.
Conveniently, there is a bucket nearby perfect for this purpose. Even if you don't remember putting it there…
He stops before hitting you, then just slaps you on the nose
"Focus, cadet."
"Goodie! Ok, meet me outside Sword Dorm then."
"That is a symbol associated with the demon Arabus the Devourer. Where the hell did you see it?"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Sidus [Rogue] 361560

Keep working.
Just concentrate on what I am doing.
The ink will be enough, right?

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361561


Roll #1 8 = 8


"S-Sword dorm!? B-But… fine…"
I guess I should subtly try to sneak away from the rest of the group and go there

Roll #1 1 = 1


Rolling to keep my composture.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Papaver Field [Mage] 361564

Okay, I'm just screaming like mad.
Oh, and throw the symbol to the other side of the room.
And hug Balsa tight while screaming.

DM 361566

It will leave the cloth a nice, deep matte black.
There is also a fresh, warm towel for your hooves nearby.
You knock over a table and make a lot of noise as you leave.
Crescent is waiting for you
"Know any cute stallions?"
Surprised by this, he gives you a comforting, protecting hug
And does his best not to do anything inappropriate, willingly or unwillingly.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 361567

A true gentlecolt.
"Shh, shh. It's ok.. it's ok… I'm here… calm down…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361568

Okay it's time to calm down.
"Why!? What does a demon want from me!?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361569

I blush slightly
"M-Maybe… but it's p-probably a bad idea going t-to their d-dorm…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361570

Close my eyes and sigh.
Let the cloth dry.
Wash my hooves in the shower instead.

DM 361571

"Oh now, please, calm down. Start from the top. Where did you see the symbol?"
He keeps hugging you, in a comforting, warm fashion.
"Oh we won't go inside. We'll just go to their window.
…unless he left it open~"
As you return, there is a candy on your pillow, and the window is open.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361572

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361573

I gulp and fidget with my hooves nervously
"I'm n-not really sure if i-it's a great idea…"

Papaver Field [Mage] 361574

Yeah, that's something I'd like very much, thanks.
I stare at the conjured symbol on the floor.
"It- it was in my dreams! In my nightmares! Every night!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361575

Levitate the candy next to the note.
Close the window.
What's the time? How much until the ink dries?

DM 361576

A second success!
"There we go! You're learning."
"And why not? You feeling a little chicken?"
"Have you told anyone else about this?"
He tries to help you calm down by stroking your mane a little

Papaver Field [Mage] 361577

"Just the headmaster! And he shooed me away!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361578

"I… I… n-no…"
I sigh
"F-fine then…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361579

"Well, you knocked it into me enough times. Still not sure I've got it down, though."

Sidus [Rogue] 361580

DM 361581

"Entirely understandable. I doubt he wants cadets knowing about the Dark Arts…
How are you holding up? You seem to still be shaking…"
"Hey I'm not forcing you. I'm just saying it's fun.
Ever gotten a good look at a stallion?"
"Want another go then?"
It'll probably be dry in about 24 hours.

Papaver Field [Mage] 361582

Pull myself together and push him away.
"N-no, I'm fine. Don't worry about me."
Glance at the symbol again.
"What do we do?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361583

Are the painkillers working at least then?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361584

I quickly look away in embarrassment
"I… I'm really c-close with Jon…"

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361585

"If you're willing. Fairly sure I can take a few more before I'm totally unrecognizable."
I'll chuckle a little, and then wince.

DM 361586

They are.
Quite nicely indeed.
You feel almost euphoric.
"I kinda do worry about you.
I have a hunch… but…"
"Can't say I know any Jon. Which window is his?"
"Alright. Lets see where it takes us."


Roll #1 7 = 7

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361587

Probably into Pain Town.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 361588


Star Hopper [Cleric] 361653


"S-Sidus! I've been l-looking for you!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361655

I look up at her, speaking slightly slower than usual.
"Hm? Oh, hey Star. What's up?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361657

"I… uh… I-I trained with the battlemaster e-earlier… I-I switched over to using a mace and s-shield because it w-works better for m-me…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361659

I wince as I recall how the last time I helped a mare find a new weapon ended, but try my best to smile at her.
"That's good to hear. I'm glad I could teach you how much it matters to find the right thing. And it must have took you great courage to train with that old geezer!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361660

"Oh… I-I guess… he's r-really nice though…"
I smile at him
"He even said he'd l-like to speak more to you on a p-personal level…"
Do I notice he's under the effects of painkillers/in pain? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sidus [Rogue] 361661

I tilt my head, but then chuckle.
"Of course he would! Who wouldn't want to know me better while I'm still in my early years and not as famous as I will be one day!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361663

Nope, he looks completely fine.

"Uh… I d-don't think that's w-why…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361664

"Why else then?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361665

I fiddle with my hooves awkwardly
"B-Because… he's w-worried about you?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361666

"Is it the whole 'know your limits' thing? I already told my limit is victory. Can't stop until that."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361668

"Uh… I… I don't really know. Maybe?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361669

"Maybe is not a definitve answer, Star."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361671

"I… ah… I g-guess it is about t-that… kind of…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361672

"Did he definitely say he wanted to have a talk with just me about something that is a matter between him and I?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361673

I nod
"A-And not as a battlemaster b-but… j-just as a pony. H-He just didn't want to a-approach you himself about it…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361675

I put a hoof to my chin.
"He did say some things I shrugged off now that I think about it…"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361677

I cock my head

Sidus [Rogue] 361679

"Like how I remind him of his son. Do you think that was somewhat of an invitation for a talk?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361681

"Uh… I-I guess it m-might have been?"
I think for a moment
"He d-didn't mention his s-son though…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361683

"He is dead."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361685

I take a step back in shock

Sidus [Rogue] 361686

I tap my chin again.
"Do you think there might be a relation between the two?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361687

I gulp
"Uh… I really… I d-don't know… P-Possibly? He's probably still s-sad about it if h-his son died…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361689

"Probably… but I meant, he wanting to talk to me about me reminding him of his son and said son being dead? Do you think he wants to save my life? Whatever from?"



Roll #1 8 = 8

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361692

I gulp, speaking quietly now
"M-Maybe because… h-he fears you're… too confident in y-yourself?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361693

I shake my head with a chuckle.
"Don't be ridiculous. How could that even be a problem?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361695

"Uh… well… o-overconfidence could l-lead to underestimating s-situations and g-getting hurt because of it…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361696

"Blindly charging in against a threat, maybe. Calculating how to beat your foe strategically and pointing at the right moment, knowing you can achieve victory just helps. Don't you ever listen during lessons? We even had strategy in the first test!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361697

I keep quiet

Sidus [Rogue] 361699

Roll my eyes.
"Don't tell me you believed him about me being in danger."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361701

"Uh… w-well… I mean…"
I gulp
"I t-think you're a nice p-pony and all but… I-I don't want to see you g-get hurt either…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361703

I chuckle again.
"Hah, good thing you weren't around the training field earlier today then… Anyway, you shouldn't worry about irrelevant things."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361704

I cock my head

Sidus [Rogue] 361706

"Irrelevant things like me losing. I'm a winner. That's what I do. I win. You shouldn't worry about me not doing so."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361708

"I s-still think you should t-take his o-offer though…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361710

"I guess I can find some time to spare to talk with him tomorrow."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361713

I smile

Sidus [Rogue] 361714

I smirk.
"As ever."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361715

I scrunch
"I meant-… n-nevermind…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361716

I chuckle.
"Just don't let Jon know about it, he might get jealous."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361718

I blush slightly, but keep quiet

Sidus [Rogue] 361719


Roll #1 2 = 2

Sidus [Rogue] 361721

Okay, that was enough fun.
"I was just joking, Star."
Okay, maybe just a bit more fun.
"Though I would not be surprised."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361723

"I… I d-didn't mean it l-like that!"

Sidus [Rogue] 361726

"Tsk tsk tsk, didn't I teach you how to express yourself then? Am I that bad of a teacher?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361727

I pout
"N-Now you're just b-being mean…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361735

"Am I?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361737

I nod sourly

Sidus [Rogue] 361738

I chuckle, then ruffle her mane with my TK.
"You really need to lighten up. Do you plan to be that sour all your life?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361740

"W-Well if you're going t-to be mean…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361741

"Then what? Where do you think you are? Do you think whatever foes we will face once we become Paladins will invite you over for some delightful tea and cookies?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361743

I fiddle with my hooves nervously now

Sidus [Rogue] 361745

Time for an improv lesson.
Start circling around her, slowly.
"And is that your game plan? Asking them to 'stop being mean'? Your appropriate response?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361746

"I… I-I don't know…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361747

Speak sternly.
"I asked you a question, Star. Answer me. Is it your appropriate response?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361749

I gulp
"N-No… Sorry…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361752

"Then what is? Will you apologize for them for rudely interrupting whatever they were doing?"
I stop in front of her and stare her down.

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361753

"I… N-No…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361754

"You do realize that by this time they would have cut your throat three times if you were stammering and hesitating like this, right? Or something worse if you are unlucky."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361755

I flatten my ears and avert my gaze

Sidus [Rogue] 361758

I narrow my eyes.
"Let's try this then. You are unlucky. And late. When you arrive, Paladin Jonagold Apple is already fatally wounded, the culprits standing above him with his blood still on their swords. They turn to face you."
Take a deep breath and exhale for a little pause.
"What is your appropriate response?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361759

My lower lip trembles slightly
"I… I don't k-know…"

Sidus [Rogue] 361760

"Then you are too slow to save him. And yourself. Is that, what you want your response to be?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361761

I close my eyes but remain quiet

Sidus [Rogue] 361762

"Star! I asked you a question!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361763

Sidus [Rogue] 361764

"Then can you mare up to the task or will you just mope about and cry on the inside every time somepony is 'mean' towards you?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361765

"S-Shut up! Shut up shut up shut up!"
I turn around and start running away from the training fields

Sidus [Rogue] 361766

Stay where I am.
"Is running away your response then?!"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 361767

Ignore him and keep running until I get back to our dorm

Sidus [Rogue] 361768

I frown and shake my head sadly.
"And she showed such progress earlier too…"

I walk back to our dorm as well.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361921

That night, in the room…
I'll be sitting on my bed reading.

Sidus [Rogue] 361924

I take a glance at the black ink drying on the cloths to see how it goes.
"I hope you don't mind the inky smell. It will need some fresh air for them to get rid of that after it dries too."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361926

I'll tap my nose for a second.
"What with the treatment I got this afternoon from instructor Shield Wall, I'll be lucky if I can smell anything at all for the next few days. Why wasn't the window open, though?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361931

I look at the note, then quickly back at Jon.
"Because reasons."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361933

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Mare trouble?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361941

I sigh.
"You could say that."

How are the painkillers holding up?

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sidus [Rogue] 361948

Not good.
I take my other prescribed pill.

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361950

"What happened there? You're walkin' kinda funny."

Sidus [Rogue] 361951

Shake my head.
"Long story."

Jonagold [Male Earth Pony Crusader] 361954

I'll close up my book and set it aside.
"Well, it's not like we're going anywhere. I'm guessing it has something to do with the closed windows and other troubles?"

Sidus [Rogue] 361979