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Rise of Nightmares - Thread 3 DM 314869

You are in Canterlot
It is late afternoon

You may do further research at the library if there are topics you feel you should know more about.
If not, you can spend the night in the capital, or travel to Midnight Peak to the north to investigate the altar there.

Sylt [Omniseer] 314871

"We should move."
"We really should."

Sion 314872

"I think we should travel to mignight peak. Finally catch some cultists and get some answers.


I'd like to get some more research on cults and rituals done.

"What's your rush?"

Roll #0 3 = 3

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314874

"If you say so. You're the smart one here."

Sylt [Omniseer] 314875

"I just don't want to be around town when night falls."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314876

I look around and see what the sky looks like.
"Why what happened?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 314877

"Nothing. Yet. Call it a bad feeling, okay?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314878

"Is there something else you want to share with us?"

DM 314879

Going through the book on demonic legends and Tirek, you find some tidbits
[-only cult members are privy to the exacts of rituals, but they often involve sacrifices, prayer, acts of heresy and the acceptance of dark gifts.]

Sylt [Omniseer] 314880

"Apart from a report clearly showing the Dean Illusionist is involved in the cospiracy?
No, I don't think there's anything else."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314881

Conspiracy… hey, did you find anything on that book I gave you?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 314882

"Yeah. Lods of stuff about Tirek and its followers. They have an altar at the Midnight Peak."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314883

"I knew it. I wish we could have indited him. I feel like we're flying blind here. Literally, almost."

Well that's a whole lot of nothing. I guess it gives us a few hings of what to expect.

Sylt [Omniseer] 314884

"I wish…"

Pick up my stuff.
"We should move."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314885

"I doubt that we will visit that place this late. Its afternoon already after all." I scrunched.

"As for Tirek, is he crazy or something?"

Aleister [Mage] 314886

"These cultists are definately good at covering their tracks. That's why we should try to get them at that altar."

DM 314887

You do realize you have a jail full of captured cultists, right?
Ask them for details if you want.

Aleister [Mage] 314888

"He wants to bring about eternal night and make ponies suffer horribly."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314889

That's right, we do. Not that they were very forthcoming beforehand, but maybe they love to discuss their work.

"Does anyone else want to try and ask the prisoners about what we might find, or are you set on departing?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314890

"Eh… to what end?"
"Oh wait, he is crazy. Nevermind."

"Alright, I'll follow ya."

Aleister [Mage] 314891

"It's worth a try. Let's make it quick"

Sylt [Omniseer] 314892

"Just… What do you need to know?"

Aleister [Mage] 314893

"Well, we could ask them how to break the enchantment surrounding their altar. If we can persuade them."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314894

"Of course."

"What we find there paired with more information on cult rituals might help us break the enchantment. Also how they got to the dean."

Aleister [Mage] 314895

I'm going to the barracks where the prisoners are.

Sylt [Omniseer] 314896

"Right. I hadn't even thought of that."
Hey Master, how do we do that?
"We have no real proof against the dean, you should not mention him."

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314897

"Nothing concrete, but cartloads of circumstantial evidence. Coincidence is out the window by now. If we're lucky, they might drop his name."

I follow.

Sylt [Omniseer] 314898

"Look there might be… More powerful ponies than you think in this.
So just, play it safe, okay?"

DM 314899

The guard on duty tells you the way to the dungeons. He also mentions the High Interrogator is still available if you want help in getting info.
How do you break the enchantment, puppet? Try blowing up the mountain.
That was sarcasm. The enchantment is ancient and deeply woven into the area. Removing it entirely is not an option.

Sylt [Omniseer] 314900

I'm not blowing a mountain. I like skinny guys.
See, your sarcasm is not lost on me.
And now I'm depressed again.
I want to run, Master. Hide.

Aleister [Mage] 314901

I go to the prisoners.

"Well looks like the High Interrogator did quite a number on you guys. Would be a real shame if I had to call him back because you guys don't want to tell me about Midnight Peak"


Roll #1 7 = 7

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314902

I ask for a summary of his sessions so far.

Sylt [Omniseer] 314903

Just stand behind him with a lost expression.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314905

Listen to the conversation at hand.

DM 314911

Now now puppet. Where would you run?
The Long Night is coming. You cannot outrun the sky.
But you can bright light to it.
You can light up the night.
Two of the cultist, one pegasus and the bat, look at you
"What is there to say? You would not understand even if we spoke of our motives."
"I think he's just asking about the altar."
"Oh. Well that changes very little regardless."
[Interrogation Report
Subject: Cultist, Nightmare Sect
-Confirmed presence of multiple cult cells in area surrounding Canterlot
-Cult uses fake names to mask member identity
-Several members confirmed as Bat Ponies
-Cult functions by order of rank: initiate, cultist, gifted, chosen, lord
-Cult worships unclear demonic figure named Nightmare Moon
-Deep connection to the night, realm of Princess Luna
Methods used: CLASSIFIED

Please see me if more pressure is needed
-High Interrogator Grindstone]

Aleister [Mage] 314917

"So you guys do know what I'm talking about. How do we get there?"


Roll #1 9 = 9

Sylt [Omniseer] 314918

I'm not very light-y.
You are not exactly the brightest blazer of hope ponies can run to, are you?

Turn to the cultists.
"I might. So just test me."

DM 314919

"To get to the peak you usually climb the mountain."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314922

"Then.. thats it?" I look at the bat pony.

Aleister [Mage] 314923

"Cut the bullshit. We know there's an enchantment, tell us how to get past it. If you think the Interrogator was bad, I really should introduce you to Rose here. She beats children half to death for things for things far less then you guys did."


Roll #1 6 = 6

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314925

Hmph. Typical of a bunch of cultists to sneak around and hide their disgusting activities under cover of Luna's night. They act like they own it.

"Just what were you hiding on that mountain? What connection is there to the Lord of Midnight?"

DM 314926

Hope dies last, puppet.
I am not here to tell you this will all end in blood and darkness, but it will, if not for you and your friends.
"Well, climbing is easier if you just take the path."
"Oh don't tell me you hurt those kids. They were such nice young lads too. A little rowdy, yes, but who wasn't at that age."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314928

"Well, Rose is an aggressive one now that you remind me, poor lad."

DM 314930

"We are not hiding anything. What has been up that mountain has been there since ancient times. We simply need a piece of it as a tool for our ends."

Sylt [Omniseer] 314931

Like I am anything special.
I hear damn voices in my head and know only one spell.
I'm a damn one trick pony, goddamnit.
"That's why you were talking about killing them?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314932

"You have no room to talk about those children. You used them as errand boys for your perverse art!."

"What piece. And what ends?!"

Aleister [Mage] 314933

"Well I'm done playing games. Either you tell us right now or I'm calling the Interrogator in."

I start moving towards the door.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314934

"I dont know if I should ask for a map on you two. Perhaps the interrogator might be a good idea after all as Alestier said."

DM 314935

Those who walk alone, die alone, puppet.
"Killing them? Me?"
"Our art exists to tell the world of the coming of our god. To herald her into this world safely, and to send her message to all who are willing to still repent for their ignorance and slander."
"As for the piece, it is a small thing, but we feel it is vital in aiding her birth. A small aid in allowing her to realize herself fully in this world."
The pegasus rolls his eyes and turns to the bat
"I told you they have no sense of drama."

Aleister [Mage] 314938

"Well I know somebody who enjoys his art."

I shout to the guard. "Could you call the Interrogator?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 314939

"Your leader was. Because they had failed your task."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314941

"Hey! Lets play drama then." I approach the pegasus.

"Okay how do you two want to play this game." I give them a serious look.

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314942

I cock an eyebrow

I shake my head in disgust
"By Luna's regal behind you ponies are mad…"

DM 314946

After some noise, a small, frail looking mare enters
"Someone asked for me?"
One of the prisoners inches away and curls up in the back of the cell
"We await nightfall, and then… then the true show begins"
The bad bites his lip
"I guess I got a little caught up in the moment. I never intended to kill them. They were nice kids."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314947

"The fact that it involved slaughter and…cannibalism doesn't inspire much confidence in you. What makes you think this will all come to pass so easily?"

Aleister [Mage] 314949

I look surprised.

"You…are the Interrogator?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314950

"Whoa whoa dont go on like that. We love Luna's night, it gives us time to rest for the day tomorrow."

"But if there will be a show during the night then I might stay awake to see what it is." I put a hoof on my chin.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314952

"What right do you have to use it as cover for illegal activity and subverting the youth?! Luna's night was not meant as a shadow to cover your blasphemy! And what gall do you have calling the day worthless?!"

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314954

I unsheathe my sword with a snarl
'1d10' WoP

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sylt [Omniseer] 314957

Wince and back off the cage as the cultist starts shouting, curl up somewhere in a corner.
This shit isn't for me.
"We should go… Before the night comes…"

DM 314959

"Because the point at which it could be stopped was passed months, if not years ago."
She nods
"High Interrogator Grindstone of Canterlot, at your disposal. Who is my… subject?"
The cultist shut up swiftly
Grindstone smiles a little
"Not a bad idea, friend."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314960

I put my hoof on my ear.
"You two keep on shouting though I have the right to protest."

"As for a wasted night, how come? Its never wasted. I got to agree that it is a work of art too because without it, we wont get a full sleep." I give him a confused look.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314962

"The Sun and Moon are meant to work in concert, watching over all of creation and protecting us from on high! To imply that any one is greater than the other is to upset your own spiritual balance!"

Aleister [Mage] 314963

"These freaks right here. They have some information about an altar at Midnight Peak and they don't want to share it with us."

Aleister [Mage] 314964

"Specifically, they don't want to tell us how to get past the enchantment protecting it."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314965

"Hmph, some devotees you are. One simple threat and you are cowering like the dogs you are."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314967

"Enchantment? Ah I see now."

DM 314968

"…you deluded fools… you squander her glorious gifts in unconsciousness, appreciating none of their splendor…"
They glare at Grindstone
"…we have reasons"
The frail unicorn takes a glance at the cell, then back at you
"Would you rather step outside for this, or?"

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314969

My eyes widen as I look at Grindstone
"You are not seriously going to do that, are you?"

Aleister [Mage] 314970

I'm sort of curious what exactly got these cultist so scared of her.

"I'm fine."


Oh please no. Stop the torture.
Master tell me how to get past that! You don't need to make those ponies suffer again! They don't deserve this! They are beaten, done for!
There is an easier way!

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314973

"I think I should witness this."

"You may have a future down here."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314975

"Wait, you mean Luna give out gift while we are asleep? Its confusing, I wasnt told about that,"

Seeing the two getting depressed at our questioning, I then approach and sit.
"Just to know, what are your names? Mine is Whiteshield."

DM 314983

"It is an idea worth exploring."
"Brave souls. Few want to watch me work."
Fear is a powerful tool, puppet.
Often the fear of coming pain can be worse than the pain itself.
Take her aside, ask for the direct approach. She will know what you mean.
The bat sighs
"In our circles, I am known as Starpainter."
The pegasus remains silent

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314987

"What!? No!"

"But… ugh…"
Turn to the cultists
"Look, I didn't mean for this to happen. Just fucking cooperate please. For your own good."

Aleister [Mage] 314988

I take a step back to let the Interrogator work


You mean.. The batpony?

Stand up and stop my mophing.
Walk up yo where White Shield and the Interrogator are talking with the batpony.
"Maybe you should tell us about the direct approach."

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Cirrus [Battlemage] 314990

I nod and step aside.
"Last chance."

"You seemed eager enough a minute ago. Are you sure?"

Stare at him. What is he talking about?

Sylt [Omniseer] 314991

DM 314992

Puppet, I meant the interrogator
Grindstone turns you around
"Not a lot of ponies ask me for that. Why do you bring it up?"
The cultists sort of cower back
"W-what time is it?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 314993

"Starpainter, thats a nice name your parents got you." I smile back.

"So about this cult, I got to ask. Who are you worshipping, is it Tirek?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 314995

But I'm not a very clever puppet. Or a particularly brave one.

Look at the ground.
"Because… It might work?"

Aleister [Mage] 314996


"We heard the guard mention it some time ago. He said it always works like a charm."

DM 314997

"It was not… given by my parents.
And no. Tirek is an old beast we do not serve or bow to. No… he is but a tool for us."
"I'm not very fond of it. Why are you so eager to protect this lot?
Or are we really in that much of a hurry?"

Rosethorn [Warlord] 314998

"I didn't mean to actually go through with it! That's cruel and painful beyond reason."
Make sure to let that last part well heard
Good cop bad cop

"There is no time for that! Just work with us here so you don't have to suffer that!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 314999

Answer is a low and fearful voice.
"The second…"

Aleister [Mage] 315000

"We'd like to know this before nightfall. It's urgent."

Aleister [Mage] 315002

"Don't waste your breath Rose. We'll know everything we need to know soon anyway. They're crazy cultists. They don't listen to reason."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315004

"Tirek is ancient and cruel beyond measure. I doubt any mortal soul could use any of his art as a tool without dire consequences."

DM 315005

Grindstone sighs
"I always feel so dirty after this… but very well. I'll have my fun later."
Grindstone returns to the cell door
The cultist hesitates, but is yanked against the bar by the interrogator's magic tough
"I will return later to see to it you scream your last like a little foal being torn apart by wolves you insidious heretic, but for now, pain will have to wait. I need your knowledge and I need it NOW."
She touches his head with her horn, reels for a moment, then lets him slump to the floor as she shakily walks away
"You asked about the altar? The path to it is hidden behind some bushes on a plateau on the mountain. That will get you past the fog."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 315006

"Oh… so.. you're an orphan?" I scrunched.
"Look, on my part you do know the reasons why Equestria dont like that old goat. He is trouble and now you guys are using him as a tool of sort."

"We just want to help out and prevent any bad things from happening."

Sylt [Omniseer] 315007

"Could you see how many cultists were there?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315008

"That seems…far more efficient than any form of torture. Why not rely on it?"

DM 315009

"I'm adept at mind reading, not clairvoyance. Now please excuse me I need to vomit. I hate being inside the heads of others."
She wobbles out of the dungeon.

Aleister [Mage] 315010

"Well I guess we've got what we came for. Should we depart to the altar?"


Oh right. I'm the one who does that. Well, you are.

Look at the others.
"Can we please go now?"
And give a miserable look, too.

Roll #0 3 = 3

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315012

"I had no idea there was talent like that in the castle. Anyway, yes. Let's go."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 315015

"Go where?" I look at Sylt.

Is it the same bat(starpainter) that I am talking too?

Sylt [Omniseer] 315016

"Goddamnit the altar! We must leave this town! Now!"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 315019

I step back.
"Well, if you insist."

DM 315021

Might be because she had to go toss her lunch right after it.
You only postpone their suffering.
And not by much.
She will enjoy the pain she causes all the more after having to do that.
Yes. Starpainter is the only bat here.
The bat retches and weakly gets up
"I don't know what you intend to find there, or what you intend to stop by going there. But… you could just have repented. And… joined us in the night."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315022


"Wait, why didn't we-? Ugh, nevermind"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315024

Ah. I really shouldn't have talked. Maybe I'll shut up from now on.

Look at the bat as she ends her madtalk.
"… I'm sorry."

Let's leave for the altar.

DM 315025

You may
-stay to talk to the cultists, interrogator or captain
-spend the night in Canterlot
-travel to Midnight Peak Altar

Aleister [Mage] 315027

I leave the dungeons.

"Um, Rose. About what I said to the cultists about you…you know I was exagerrating to scare those freaks right?"

DM 315028

That bat's a he, by the way.

Aleister [Mage] 315029

I vote for travel.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 315030

I look at the others.
"Well, let me pack my things then lets head for the altar. Or if you are not up to it, staying here is fine by me."
It is caterlot after all, I smile inside myself.

"Wait, you guys know how to get there right? I'll follow."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315031


Rosethorn [Warlord] 315033


"I figured as much, that's why I made those threats."
I pause
"I didn't know that crazy mare would actually go through with it though…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315034

Move to the altar.
Anything but Canterlot.
Anything but a city.
My sight goes only so far as your voice does, Master.
"She's going to do worse…"

Aleister [Mage] 315036

"They're crazy murderers. They wouldn't even think twice to do the same and worse to us. You shouldn't feel bad about it."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315038

I gulp
"Still, that must hurt as fuck…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315042

"Shut up. They are still ponies."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315046

"So, what? Punishment for the guilty is only for griffons? Or buffalo? What makes them any better then other heretics?"

DM 315048

You notice Grindstone wobble back into the dungeon lobby as you exit. She is dragging along a bag and muttering something.
There is also a guard at the door
"The Captain asked me to tell you that he cannot really spare much, but if you feel the need, he can assign a guard pair to join you, or give you an emergency flare if you feel you'd rather travel light.
If there is anything else you need, just ask."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315049

"The flare would be nice. I have a feeling you'll need the hooves to spare defending the capital."

Sylt [Omniseer] 315050

"Ugh. It's not that. They are… Living. They think. They feel pain.
And they are defeated! We know all we need! And she'll hurt them more and there's no reason for this and it's all my damn fault and-"
Turn to the guard.
"Could you, please, stop the interrogator? Those ponies told us all we need. Please!"

Aleister [Mage] 315051

"These ponies tried to kill other ponies last night and they want to do it again. You heard them. Their friends almost killed you the other night. I don't like torture, but if we have to hurt them a bit to prevent more murders happening so be it."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315053

"It's still a bit harsh, in my opinion. Then again, they are a bunch of asses."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315055

"And they inflicted that pain on others. Punishment must fit the crime."

DM 315056

He cocks his head at you
"Stop the interrogation? Are you sure?"

Aleister [Mage] 315057

"With all this cultist business, I almost forgot, what happened to the fillies from the burning home?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315058

"But we don't need to! Damnit you know as much as I do that everything we need is-"
Shut myself up. Sit on my rump.
"Pretty please?"
Give him a begging face.

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315061

"They are safe and well with their father… They just wont ever have their mother or little brother by their sides again…"

DM 315062

The guard sighs
"Oh dear Celestia I hate talking to that interrogator… but very well. The captain did say anything you need…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315065

Give him an honest smile.

Okay, that interrogator would have pulled off them some vital information we would have needed to save Canterlot, wouldn't she?

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Aleister [Mage] 315066

"Well at least you saved them and their father. That's something."

DM 315076

Oh she would have pulled off a lot from all of them. Mostly body parts. She enjoys it deeply, for she has always felt weak and abused. Often taken advantage of by her friends, co-workers and superiors alike ever since she was young, she found an all new calling after an accident involving a broken knife, a recently washed, slippery floor and several kitchen tools.
She now takes deep enjoyment in hearing the howls of pain of others. In knowing she is the one in control. In feeling, for the one time in her life, powerful.
She would have used them to vent her anger and angst, calmly noting down what they confessed but never stopping until her own urges were satisfied.
She is an artisan.
And she needs to practice her craft tonight.
If not on them… she will find reasons to use another.

The guard gives you a flare and goes to tell Grindstone she can leave the prisoners be.

You may play the trip to the altar, or skip right to the plateau.

Aleister [Mage] 315078

It's all the same for me.


I don't think this city is worth saving anymore…
Let's just get to the plateau, no more thoughts about this damn place.
What if the night is the best option?
What if we side with the night?

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

DM 315084

There will always be bad fruit even in the healthiest of trees. To condemn the city based on a few it employs is not the way to see the world.
As for the night, puppet… it is very beautiful. Princess Luna puts great effort into it every single evening.
But there is more to this. As you will soon see.


And now she's been corrupted by this damn old goat and twisted into forcing the night down everypony's throath.
Must be nice not to worry about things like that.

What awaits us, once at the altar? More of those madponies?

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

DM 315089

And not just any. You will soon get to meet the very first of the Gifted.
Andthrough him, you will understand just how much of this came to be.

Aleister [Mage] 315090

we're going to the plateau?

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315091

Let's go to the plateau.

Sylt [Omniseer] 315092

Start talking to the others, as we move towards the altar.
"Guys… That place is- No, it might be dangerous. Are you sure we can do this?"
Ready to get my ass there whenever.

DM 315093


After hours of trekking and climbing, you reach the north mountain plateau.
The sun has almost set by now.


Whatever we're going to do, we should do it fast.

Look around.

Roll #0 7 = 7


Sight beyond Sight to look for signs of life nearby.

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 315096

Are we already close to the altar or do we still have to climb the mountain?

DM 315097

You only need to find the path
Well there is a bush by the mountainside that kinda stands out.
There is a shred of cloth stuck to it.

Aleister [Mage] 315099

"Well that should be the bush our friends were talking about."


And that cloth is from the cultists or some poor, unfortunate soul lost in the mountains who just happened to wander around the altar?
Oh wait, don't tell me. Pony sacrifices.

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

DM 315104

What a novel idea.
I think I'll add one in, just for you, puppet.
Poor kid… what a way to go.

Aleister [Mage] 315106

I go to the bushes.

Sylt [Omniseer] 315108

No… Please, anything but that!

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315109

I follow.

DM 315111

Shoving them aside, you notice a path hidden behind them, leading up the mountainside.
A small life, snuffed out so violently.
If only he had not run away from home.
If only he had not joined the wrong crowd.
I bet his parents are sad about some of the things they said now.
Must be terrible knowing the last thing you said to your child was that he was an ungrateful brat.

Sylt [Omniseer] 315117

Well fuck you, monster.
I will find him, and I will save him. And you can allow me to or kill me as I try.
And fucking see if I call for you again!

Aleister [Mage] 315120

"Here's the path, let's go everypony!"

I start to climb the mountain path.

Sylt [Omniseer] 315122

Follow him.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315123

"You'd think it would be harder to find. Overconfidence breeds easily in this cult."

I go up.

Sylt [Omniseer] 315126

"Yeah… I don't think that's from one of the cultists."

DM 315128

I am but an oracle to a greater power. What it decrees, I interpret.
Hurry now, puppet.
As you climb up the path, the entire sky falls pitch black. Not even the moon and stars are visible any more. But an eery glow from the summit lights your way.

By the time you get close to the peak, you can see the silhouettes of ancient broken pillars, and hear chanting.


SbS to look for the source of the chants.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315132

I rush ahead, keeping to the bushes.

Aleister [Mage] 315134

I use farsight to see what's going on.

DM 315135

There is a ritual going on up there.
Cultists gathered around a symbol of the moon, near an altar to some kind of demon.
A deep heartbeat can be heard in rhythm to the chanting.
One of the cultists seems… really small.

Sylt [Omniseer] 315137

"Fuck. That's the kid.
The sacrifice. If I can get close enough, let's say ten meters, I can get the kid out of there."

Aleister [Mage] 315138

I go closer to the ritual, near Cirrus.

"So, what do you think? Should we wait to see what happens?"

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315140

I unsheathe my swords
"I'll create a distraction. Don't worry."

Sylt [Omniseer] 315141

"Don't do anything stupid. There's a lot of them."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315142

"Don't be so hasty. We need a plan."

Aleister [Mage] 315145

"Rosethorn what are you planning?"

DM 315146

Flatline puts a hoof on your shoulder and gives you a questioning look

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315151

"Stay back no matter what happens, you. I've caused your friend enough damage already."

"Let's see what happens first…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315153

"Look I'm not sure we have much time. And I'm not sure he's an unwilling sacrifice, either."
Let's sneak up and get as close as I can.
Distance from the cultists?

Aleister [Mage] 315155

I follow Sylt

DM 315156

Flatline nods and pulls back.

The cultist chanting grows in tempo, and one of them, probably the leader, motions for the small one to come closer to the altar.
A hundred meters at least. They are in the middle of the temple ruins, on a slightly raised area that was once the temple floor. The path brought you to where there probably once was a temple door.

Aleister [Mage] 315157

"That kid is going to sacrifice himself willingly???"

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315159

"Hmmm… You just make sure the kid stays safe."
Move around to a different bush, separated from the party and ready my daggers.

Get into a decent position away from the party.
Ready a throwing dagger.
Cheap Shot on the leader once he gets too close to the kid


Okay. I guess I'll have to take it back if I want to save the kid.
Please master. Tell me. Is he going in there on his own volition?
"He might. Which means he could oppose resistance."

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315161

"He's the least of our problems. We should disrupt the ceremony first."

DM 315164

They are both by the altar now, and are joined by a third pony.
Take the shot?
-At the leader
-At the kid
-At the newcomer
He said he'd rather die than go back to his parents.
Tonight, he will make good on that promise.
He will do it, but he is in no state of mind to make that call. He has enjoyed all they have given him. The wine. The narcotics. He does not even know where he is.
And soon, very soon, they will feed on his still beating heart.
What a way to go.
And to think it was all started because his mom can't cook tasty sprouts, but insists they are healthy and makes him eat them…

Aleister [Mage] 315166

"I agree. Still…we can't let any harm come to the kid. We're on Tireks ground now. We can't take any chances."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315169

Who is the newcomer? What does he look like?

DM 315171

He seems pretty big.
Has a strange aura about him.
The heartbeat seems to react to him somewhat.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315173

"Wait…who is that?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 315174

This is all my fault. He did not exist before that moment, before that piece of cloth! You are no oracle, you are the damn god of this world, aren't you?

"If nopony does anything, I'll run in. He's been drugged."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315175

The leader has the knife to draw blood from that kid though right? In that case, him.


Indeed. Who is that?

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

DM 315177

I may wield the power of creation, puppet, but I am still bound by the rules set by a higher being.
just say when.
That, puppet, is a Gifted.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 315178

"How do you know? Is he moving oddly?"

Aleister [Mage] 315179

"You wink the kid away. I'll attack."

Rosethorn [Warlord] 315180

Aleister [Mage] 315182

"Doesn't matter now, why else would he be willingly sacrificing himself. Let's go."


I'm swaring a lot.
Is it just me?
"I just know.
And look at that big guy. He is a…" Grit my teeth and clench my eyes in a frown as to what I'm about to say.
"Gifted. Watch out from him."
"Too far from here."
Well then.
Rush in and aim for the kid. As soon as I'm fifty meters away, Teleport him to me.

Roll #0 7 = 7



"Damn it. You had better be right about this…"

Conjur a lightning weapon.

Roll #0 3 + 2 = 5

Aleister [Mage] 315189

Rush in as well and throw a lightning Orb at the nearest cultist that isn't the kid.


Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 315197

You burst out from cover, throwing your dagger nearly into the shoulder of the leader pony, making him fall over.
The cultists in the sidelines turn to face you, and you are quickly subdued and dragged to the altar.
"Well well. An intruder."
The weapon doesn't really manifest well.
It will break on a miss.
You charge in, and yank the kid away from the altar.
The gifted looks surprised
Your lightning orb blasts one of the cultists off his hooves, sending him tumbling down the floor.

"So, you have come to challenge the power of nightmares? Very well. Come then. LET ME SHOW YOU THE MEANING OF FEAR!
The gifted reveals its sharp, twisted fangs, then bites deep into the chest of Rosethorn, greedily ripping out a chunk of flesh and heart muscle.
As the blood pours over its face, it turns to you, eyes glowing with power, and its muscles pulsing with energy

The Cultist Leader is helpless
Nine Cultists remain


Rosethorn [Warlord] 315212


May your sacrifice not have been for naught

DM 315218

It has fed upon its prey. It is at full power. Fueled by the night, and by the demon inside it, it is lost to its dark emotions. It is a monster. A beast.
What hope have you, but to rend it asunder in the hopes it cannot do the same to you?

Sylt [Omniseer] 315221

Shoot arrows at him till he dies. Got it.
I have a kid to protect.

DM 315992

Your cover has been blown.
As another Long Night falls, you face down one of the Gifted - a possessed cultist - at the Altar of Midnight.

The furious heartbeat of Tirek can be beard coming from the heart of the altar statue.

The Gifted and nine Cultists stand between it and you.
The tenth Cultist, their leader, is helpless.

You have a flare if you need backup, but launching it while inside the mist illusion means it takes longer for help to arrive.


What's the range of the mist illusion? I might teleport away and fire it.

Master, is the statue, isn't it? That is the channel Tirek uses to control the cultist, right?
How do I sever the link?

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Sion 315995

"You're going to pay for what you did to Rose, freaks."

I use Lightning Spike on the closest cultist.


Roll #1 1, 2 = 3

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 315998

Getting a feel of her mishap, I try to stand in and protect her. All the while striking on any cultist that dare try to close in the gap.

Use protect on Sion and attack on one of the cultist.

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

Aleister [Mage] 315999


Forgot to change the name to Aleister. And it's a he.

DM 316000

The illusion surrounds the entire peak. Go back down the path to exit it.

As for the altar… don't look into the heart too closely.
Also don't break it, if you know what's good for you.
You power up your spell, but be in fear, shock or just demonic influence in the area, something interferes.
Your bolt explodes violently before it can even fully manifest, sending an incredibly powerful jolt through your body, paralyzing your muscles.
You fall over stiffly, and can feel hour heart beating erratically.
You are helpless, and suffer -2 to rolls to get up next turn.
The cultists laugh grimly and begin approaching your helpless form
Seeing your ally go down, you quickly take positions between him and he cultist, basing away the closest one.

The Gifted rips another bloody chunk out of Rosethorn, and allows the blood to spill on the statue of Tirek, which only makes the echoing heartbeat louder

Aleister [Mage] 316001

I try to gain control of my body and get up.


Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11


Stare stunned at the bloody scene in front of me as the Gifted kills Rosethorn.

This could be avoided… You could have, Master…

Place a goddamn arrow in the head of the cultist leader!

Roll #0 2 = 2

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316005

"Back! Get back you!! Dont go near her!" I stand between my friends and the cultist as I cringe at the sight of Rosethorn lifeless body being defiled.
I then raise my sword and shield and attack the nearest cultist.


Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

DM 316009

the correct format is 1d10+-2, by the way.
You go struggle your way back up, the surges still making you twitch and shudder.
With the cultists unable to find a gap in Whiteshield's defenses, one of them seen an opportunity in you and breaks off to charge you instead.
He lands a sharp hit on you with a ritual knife before you hop back to stare him down.
You strike the cultist you bashed previously, causing it to stumble and fall over.

The Gifted shrieks, wreathed in twisted energy.
The heartbeat is booming in your ears by now.

Sylt 2/5
Aleister 4/4
Whiteshield 5/5

Flatline is busily caring to the drugged filly, but can be called in for healing if needed.
You can also give him the flare if you don't want to use it yourselves.


"Don't… Touch… The altar! No matter what!"

Who has the flare anyway? Have Flatline take it and get the filly all the way out of the mist illusion to shoot the flare.

Rear back and shoot at the cultist that just hit me.

Roll #0 8 = 8

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316015

"What is that sound!?" I shout as I try to focus my attention on the downed cultist and knock it out.


Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 316016

As I twitch I try to get a grip on the situation. I look around for anything to use to our advantage.


Roll #1 6 = 6

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316017

"Dont touch it? Why?!"

By knock out, I mean stabbing it.

DM 316021

You toss the flare to Flatline, who grabs it, the filly and runs.
You won't have access to his healing until he returns.
You fire on the cultist, scoring a hit in the shoulder. It slows him down considerably.
You slam your sword into the cultist's chest, killing it where it lays.
The Leader is still helpless.
The cultists seem weak for whatever reason. It could be that without a head to command them they are unorganized. Or the altar may be drawing power from them.

Sylt 2/5
Aleister 4/4
Whiteshield 5/5

One cultist is helpless
Seven remain alive, one wounded
The Leader is helpless

The Gifted rips out the remaining heart and devours it, then tosses the rest of the body aside violently.

The heartbeat is now just a solid blaring boom with no audible breaks at all.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 316028

I see the cultist attacking Sylt. Oh no…

I fire a Lightning Orb at the cultist attacking Sylt.


Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3


"Because it's bad for you! Look at the cultists! They are outnumbering us, but still have no-
I get it! They are giving their strenght to the Gifted one through a link in the altar!"
That big guy is about to come down on us, right?
Fuck I'm scared. I'm just a mare damnit, not a guard, not a great mage!
I just hear voices.

Keep firing.

Roll #0 6 = 6

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316032

Seeing Rosethorn being thrown aside, I dive in and attack that damn Gifted, whatever it is myself.


Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2

DM 316041

It feels as though you swallowed the lightning orb through your horn. It explodes somewhere inside you.
Roll for damage.
-1 to roll.
You shoot another arrow into the cultist, and it collapses with both shoulders wounded.
You charge the Gifted.
As you leap in for the attack, the heartbeat stops.
Time seems to slow down as the possessed pony turns to stare at you
"For the Nightmare"
A dark tendril of energy shoots out from the raging aura around the pony, impaling you in mid-air, whipping you around violently and slamming you down with enough force to buckle your armour.
The tentacle seems to be writhing inside you, clawing at your guts.
You are helpless. Failing to get up will cause further wounds.

Sylt 2/5
Aleister helpless/3
Whiteshield helpless/4

In the distance, you hear a loud bang
Help is on its way

Aleister [Mage] 316043

Rolling for damage.


Roll #1 2 - 1 = 1

Sylt [Omniseer] 316047

Mother of…
Rush to his side.
Wink on White Shield, take him out of there.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316048

"Get.. it.. off me!!" I try to overpower the tendrils and get up now!


Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 316050

Don't mind me
'r2 1d2'

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

DM 316054

The energy explodes out of you violently.
You feel an extreme pain in your privates and horn, the two escape points of the blast.
Chances are something or other got blown apart along the way.
You may reflect on that when you feel like it. For now, you are helpless.
Whiteshield is pulled off the tendril, but is still helpless.

Sylt 2/5
Aleister helpless/3
Whiteshield helpless/4


Roll #1 3, 9 = 12

DM 316059

Flatline has abandoned you, feeling powerless to help. He is on his way back to Canterlot. Rolling to see how the trip goes.

The Guard Backup will reach the mountain in
'r2 1d3' turns

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

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316060

"T.. thank you!" I smile back.

As for now, focus and stand up.


Roll #1 2 = 2

Aleister [Mage] 316067

I try to get myself up.

"Just…just get out of here Sylt."

Roll #1 3 = 3


"Now get just hold on big guy."
"You shut up!"
Try to help Aleister up.

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 316092

Lets see if the filly made it at least
The Gifted slams down a hoof, shaking the entire peak.
Its deep laughter chills your very souls.
"Worthless fools. Now die in the name of the NIGHTMARE!"
It unleashes a barrage of dark magic
Roll to dodge VS my roll.

The backup is climbing the path

Roll #1 7 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 316096

That's just the roll for the filly right?

DM 316100

Yep, here's the spell

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 316102


WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316104

Spellbreaker it!!

Roll #1 4 = 4



Roll #0 9 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 316108

RNG really hates me today. I can't even dodge that, can I


Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 316122

Your magic is simply no match here.
You are blasted aside, taking another wound.
In a charming moment of camaraderie, Sylt leaps in to protect the wounded Aleister, taking the worst of the blast for him.
As all lay there, bleeding and helpless, the Guards rush up the path and into the ruins, cutting down cultists left and right.
One of them sees you, and focuses a powerful spell on you, falling helpless himself but allowing you to stand up.

The Cultists are engaged.
The Gifted remains.
The heartbeat begins again as more blood is spilled on the altar.

Sylt 3/3
Aleister 3/3
Whiteshield 3/3


Slowly drag myself up.
"Don't hurt the small ones! Focus on the one over there! The blood makes him stronger!"
Draw my bow and fire at the Gifted.

Roll #0 9 = 9

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316134

Stand up Shieldy! Stand up!
I try to use my shield as a brace.


Roll #1 4 = 4

Sylt [Omniseer] 316136

You are already up.
>but allowing you to stand up.

Aleister [Mage] 316138


I fire an arrow at the Gifted


Roll #1 6 = 6

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316143

Charge the gifted then.
If I will use the old roll then so be it, if not..

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

DM 316144

The guards adopt a more defensive pose, and try to wrestle the cultists down rather than kill them.
You then plant a steady arrow into the Gifted's neck, spilling some black blood
You stand up, but are almost instantly lashed by the Gifted's tentacle.
You follow up with an arrow the chest, making the Gifted go down to a knee for a moment.
Seems it is mortal after all. At least, to a degree.

Sylt 3/3
Aleister 3/3
Whiteshield 2/3

The guards battle with the cultists

Roll #1 4, 8, 3, 9, 7, 7, 8 = 46

DM 316145


Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 316147

Indeed, two of the cultists are helpless already, and one is almost down.

Aleister [Mage] 316155

I shoot another arrow at the Gifted.


Roll #1 10 = 10


Fire again. Right on top of the other arrow.

Roll #0 9 = 9

DM 316169

Your shots cause it to collapse.
As it bleeds on the ground helplessly, the dark tendrils burrow into it, seemingly taking deeper control.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316170

I recoil from the pain, but seeing it a threat and what it has done to Rose, I grit my teeth and attack the Gifted.


Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Sylt [Omniseer] 316174

"Watch out…"
Move closer to Aleister as Shield attacks the gifter, ready to Wink him away should anything happen.

Aleister [Mage] 316179

I grab my ring.

"What is happening? How do we beat it?"


Roll #1 1 = 1

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316183

Ah damn it, seeing Alesteir is doing something wrong, I try my best to position myself between him and the Gifted.

Use protect on Alesteir.

DM 316190

You stab the Gifted, breaking its neck.
The tendrils burst out to reconnect the severed part, and the entire horror stumbles up anew, pushing you back as it roars.

The guards continue fighting

Roll #1 8, 4, 10, 2, 4 + 2 = 30

DM 316192

Two more cultists are subdued.

Three cultists remain locked in battle
The Gifted is in its last phase.

Sylt 3/3
Aleister 3/3
Whiteshield 1/3


Arrow to the gifted. Don't mind the wounds, don't mind the pulsing of the dark heart. Just shoot.

Roll #0 4 = 4

Aleister [Mage] 316195

I'm too in shock to do anything right now.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316196

"Celestia's mane… "

I try myself to stop from shaking in fear at the unnatural sight that I just witnessed and steel myself as I raise my sword and shield to attack it again.

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

DM 316215

Your arrow gets lodged between some tendrils.
The gifted leaps at you, and although you dodge in time, the aftershock is enough to knock you over, giving you a bruised chin.
You slash through several tendrils, almost causing it to collapse again!

The guards continue their battle

Sylt 2/3
Aleister 3/3
Whiteshield 1/3

Roll #1 10, 3, 5 + 4 = 22

DM 316216

Only one Cultist remains standing

Aleister [Mage] 316219

1 = Still too shocked
2 = I notice again what's going on and attack


Roll #1 2 = 2

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316222

I look at Alesteir.
"Help me take this creature down!"

I then breath in deep and gulp down as I try to control my fear and face the monster again.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 316225


I suddenly realize where I am again. Don't think, just fight.

I fire an arrow at the Gifted


Roll #1 1 = 1

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316231

Protect is still active right? If so then protect him.

DM 316237

It may have died once, but that is not about to stop it!
The gifted pushes Whiteshield aside and tries to slam into you with its entire weight
You leap in to aid your comrade, striking your sword through the monster's spine, forcing it down on the ground.
It is helpless! But then, so are you after taking that hit for Aleister.

Sylt 3/3
Aleister 3/3
Whiteshield helpless2

The final cultist is subdued

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316247

No… no…. alright breath in. Stand up…


Roll #1 7 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 316248

I try to help Whiteshield up.


Roll #1 5 = 5


Sorry for skipping the turn, was having dinner.
Goddamnit! Stop that monster before it can hurt anypony else! I must do something… Somehow! Keep firing arrows at him, aim for the broken body, the limbs, not the shadow tendrils animating him.

Roll #0 6 = 6

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316250

"No! Kill it now!" I shouted back as I try to recover from my hooves.

Aleister [Mage] 316260

I'm not sure if I have to reroll for this
I gulp.

I fire a lightning orb at the Gifted


Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 316264

You call to the guards for aid, and with your combined assault push down and kill the Gifted.
Its black, tainted blood seeps onto the altar, and the heartbeat remains steady.

The leader of the guard patrol wipes his brow
"Well that was… horrible. Now what?"


"Now, don't touch the altar, clear the blood and.."
Damn. The kid. Flatline. Where are they?

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

Aleister [Mage] 316271

I turn to Sylt, I say in a weak voice:

"Are you allright?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316277

I sit down near Rosethorn and look at her.


"Yeah. No. A bit. You had it worse…"
Look at Rosethorn's body.
"And her…"
Roll not to cry.

Roll #0 4 = 4

DM 316283

The kid is back in Canterlot, crying in his parents' lap.
What remains of Flatline is somewhere along the road back.

Aleister [Mage] 316288

I go near Rosethorns body. I look at her. I look at Whiteshield., but I don't know what to say.

DM 316295

When you are done being emotional, you can
-inspect the altar
-question the subdued cultists
-check the damage on yourselves


Damn idiot.
There should be somepony stronger than I here.
Join the other two near Rosethorn's body and mourne.
Oh right. Damage on me.
How bad was I hurt?

Roll #0 7 = 7

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316299

I stand up and look at the guards with a blank face.

"J.. just made sure to bury them."

I then look at the altar and approach it, what is that heart thing.

Aleister [Mage] 316300


Roll for damage


Roll #1 2 = 2

DM 316315

Cuts all over.
A broken rib and a bruised chin.
One of your nuts exploded from the lightning misfire, and your horn is cracked.
The guards salute and go collect the body.
As you approach the altar you can feel the heart whisper to you. It seems to be a gem embedded in the stone. A small sliver has broken off at some point in time.
Look closer?

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316316

>make sure.

Look at the altar and the heart on it, but as Sylt said dont touch it. After this I'll check my wounds

DM 316320

Your armour is buckles and dented, and you can feel some internal damage, as well as fractured bones.

Aleister [Mage] 316322

1. All the horrible realizations of this night dawn on me
2. I can keep it together long enough to look at the heart


Roll #1 1 = 1

Sylt [Omniseer] 316323

Oh good I'm allri-
MASTER! What! How did this-

"We need a cleric! NOW!"

Turn to Aleister.

"D-don't worry, it can be fixed. Horn, bruises and everything!"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316329

"Wha…. what?" I look at the heart and move one hoof closer to hear what it says.


Do I notice his nearing the heart in my concern for Aleister?

Roll #0 9 - 2 = 7


Yeah. I do.
"STOP! Don't touch that!"

Master, what happens if we touch the altar or the heart? We turn into mindless cultists too? Game over?

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316343

"Wha.. what is it?" I look back at Sylt and step a foot away from the heart.

DM 316344

You back away from the heart, and can no longer hear the whispers
You will forever carry a piece of Tirek's corruption. Perhaps your children will have six hooves. Perhaps your tears will become fire.
Perhaps you will turn nocturnal and grow bat wings.

Aleister [Mage] 316345

I look at Sylt trying to smile, but everything I've tried to block out suddenly floods my mind. How Rose died, how I was the one who insisted we'd come here in the first place, what the ring said

"I…It's all my fault…I should never have dragged all of you here…."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316352

I look at Sylt.
"That… thing. Its talking to me, saying something. I… got curious."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316356

Step one hoof closer and see(or hear) if the whispers are still there.

Sylt [Omniseer] 316360

"Don't crash on me. I need you. You are the only one who doesn't call me a crazy loon yet…"
Try to hold his hooves to comfort him.
"Stop! That thing will corrupt you! Deep! Don't touch it! EVERYPONY! Stay away from that thing!"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316363

"Oh.. Oh!!" I step away from the altar and the heart.

"You could have told me earlier. Uggh… I just got a cold feeling creeping down my spine from knowing that thing is alive."

Sylt [Omniseer] 316364

"We came up to a bunch of cultists who are ready to kill themselves for this and you don't think to double take on the object of their cult?"

Aleister [Mage] 316373

"But…" I hold out my ring "Flora…she told me…she said…" I'm trying really hard now to fight back tears.

Sylt [Omniseer] 316378

Hug him, use a hoof to pat his head softly, try to comforty him.
"What did she tell you, uhm? I'm here, I can understand. I can listen."

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 316379

The guard officer checks that Rosethorn's body is bagged and that the cultists are firmly in chains.
"Do you still need us for something, or should we go?
What should we report to the Captain?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316382

"Well… I am kinda dense, I admit that." I smile back.. then cringe at the pain of my broken ribs. With that I sit down and take a breather.

"Well you are the magic user here. Perhaps you know how to dispose of that thing before it uses some kind of tendrils again to do… bad things at us."

Aleister [Mage] 316384

I hug back in tears. "She told me to embrace it. She told me to be one of them."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316390

"Some of you stay while the others deliver the…."

I then think for a moment.
"No, you guys stay until we decide to go. Its best we stick together."

Sylt [Omniseer] 316391

Keep holding Aleister tight.
"We don't. This mountain is bound to it. Touching the altar will only be ill for any of us. I don't know how to fix this."
"At times, you have to tell he should take all his infinite knoledge, and shove it up there."
"He likes to torment us. Because he can, that's why. But he is truthful at least, and can crack a joke at times.
So just… Don't let hope die."

DM 316398

"As you wish. We'll be here if you need anything."

Aleister [Mage] 316400

"You're talking about the Master?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316418

"I… thanks." I smile to them.

"So we are going to leave this place like that? What if they come back?"

"We could put some guards here but this is enemy territory… I am afraid they might get overwhelmed."


"Or your Flora. Yeah, they are the same thing, he told me as much. I have no idea why he talks to us, but he is just like that."
"Let me as… Think, of something."

How can we send this thing back on the depths of Tartarus where it belongs, Master?

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Aleister [Mage] 316435

I ponder this for a second.

"It must have been this place. That heart, those whispers. It must have messed with my ring somehow….there's no other explanation…"

I'm starting to get my bearings back. "What did those captured cultists say?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316450

"I've not talked to them…. yet."

I approach the cage and look at one of them.
I then look at Rose body bag and look at one of the cultist trying to hold back tears.
"… why?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 316456

Let go of him.
Give a sad smile and then move away from all this, sit somewhere as the others are working.

DM 316460

This altar is older than Canterlot itself. It has endured worse than a few broken adventurers.
What is important is what you learn of their reasons to come here.
"To ease what is to come. You did not need to be here. You did not need to see this. You did not need to die."


Sigh and pick myself up. Walk towards the altar.
What can I notice from here?

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316465

I gulped down.
"You.. you bastards eat her heart. How will that ease anything? Tell me… "

DM 316466

There is a small shard missing from the Heart of Darkness.


Can I find it anywhere? Stand still to avoid tripping on it.

Roll #0 7 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 316472


I go the prisoners. "And make it quick, we're not in a mood to talk here."

DM 316475

"The Gifted are… special. They are vessels for the fragments of Nightmares. Through their rituals they ease these fragments into more smoothly flowing into our new god."
It isn't here.


Master… Where is that shard? Who took it?

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 316487

"What are these fragments of nightmares? Demons?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316496

"W.. who is this God? And by Celestia's mane why did that thing eat her heart out?" I put my hoof on the cage.

DM 316505

They took it to Canterlot months ago.
That is why this place was never brought up again.
"You might call them that. They are pieces of a greater whole. A God Soul."
"Nightmare Moon."
"Eating the heart was mostly symbolic. Tirek's dark heart and all, you know."

Sylt [Omniseer] 316516

The dean.
Where are the guards? This place has to be destroyed.

Aleister [Mage] 316519

"A God Soul? So these rituals are performed to bring this Nightmare Moon into Equestria?"

DM 316529

They are securing the prisoners
"Yes. To ease her birth."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316531

"You sick bastards…" I wipe away my tears.

"I agree."

Aleister [Mage] 316532

"And what does Princess Luna have to do with all of this? Why are you after her?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 316533

Trot over to the captain.
"We should talk. This place has to be secured. Nopony has to touch the altar or the heart."

DM 316540

"Kehehe… foolish heretic. She plays the greatest part of all. After all, it was within her that Nightmare Moon was born"
"And how do you propose we do that, miss? We can keep guards here, but if that beast was anything to go by, a few soldiers won't help."

Sylt [Omniseer] 316549

"I'm not an expert on old and evil artifacts! Well, kinda, but only on the old side. Don't you have inquisitors for jobs like these?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316556

"Wha… what? Princess Luna has no husband or lover of sort that we heard. It is impossible she will have a child you beast." I gritted my teeth.

Aleister [Mage] 316559

I take a step back. So Sylt is right.

"I'm sure the Interrogator will enjoy making you pay for what you did to Rose, you monster."

DM 316564

"We can send word to the Inquisitor Lord and request they see to this site."
"A child?"
"I believe the heretic is taking you literally"
They all burst into laughter
They are far too busy laughing to hear you

Sylt [Omniseer] 316566

"Was it that hard? Tell them not to touch the thing. But I'm sure they know better."

Rejoin the others.
"What are they laughing about?"

Aleister [Mage] 316567

I go take one last look at Roses body.

"I'm sorry…"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316568

I just stand there..
Get angry?

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316569


Roll #1 1 = 1

Aleister [Mage] 316577

"They've just confirmed what you said about Luna."

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316579

I draw my sword and point it menacingly at one of them them stab him in the leg.

Sylt [Omniseer] 316583

Stuff a hoof up his mouth.
"Don't tell that around. Please!"
Look at him with begging eyes.

Aleister [Mage] 316592

I hope I didn't spoke too loud. I whisper.

"Sorry. I'm not going to tell anpony you said it. But this means you're right, maybe we can finally get Celestia to hear us about this."

Sylt [Omniseer] 316596

"Because a bunch of cultists and a madmare who hears voices said so? We are talking about luna, her immortal sister!"

DM 316602

The guards hurry to stop you
"What are you doing?"
The cultist pulls back, cradling his hoof

Aleister [Mage] 316604

I give her a weak smile.

"Still, it's a start right?"

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316617

I drop my sword.
"I.. I'm sorry. I just got mad about my incompetence.."

I then look at Sylt and Aleister.
"When shall we go? Just tell me whats need done."

Aleister [Mage] 316621

"I still haven't thanked you for saving my life."

"Both of you. If it hadn't been for you ponies I would have been a dead pony."

Sylt [Omniseer] 316623

"I think we should study the heart. They took a shard from it. And took it to Canterlot. My guess is the dean did it."

DM 316625

The guard officer check over the scene
"Is there something we still need to do here, or should we head back?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 316627

"That's… Nothing. You couldn't move, were hurt. I'd have never left you to die like that."
Look down on the ground.
"Guard this place until the inquisition arrives?"

DM 316640

He nods
Thee of the guards salute and take a step forward.
"These three will stay"

Aleister [Mage] 316655

"Yes, we'll stay here. We can't leave this heart just unprotected."

I sit myself down on my silk blanket to meditate.

WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316656

I look away.
"I'm just doing what needs done."

I look at the guards.
"Be guards but not heroes. Alright?"

"I'll head back with the guards and escort the prisoners, will you stay here to study the heart?"


Will they be able to hold the line, master?

Roll #0 10 + 2 = 12

Aleister [Mage] 316665


I look at Sylt. "What do you think we should do?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 316669

"I don't know… I'm pretty beat and all… A bath would be good but the city is… Well… Gimme a second to think."
Lie down next to him.
"Can I?"

Aleister [Mage] 316670

"Be my guest."

DM 316672

The middle one will use the heart and kill the other two.
The inquisition will wipe all records of this place to remove it from history.

Sylt [Omniseer] 316681

Turn to the captain.
"Take your ponies with you. Give us some healing if you can, we are falling to pieces, but we must remain here till the inquisition arrives."
Lie down on the blanket next to him, closing my eyes and falling exhausted.
"We have to stay here until the Inquisition arrives. I'll tell you why later. Just… Hold on a little more."

Aleister [Mage] 316685

"Sure. I'll make it. It's just a scratch."

DM 316688

The inquisition won't be here for weeks.
You will starve long before they even get to planning a course of action.


WhiteShield(Uni Crusader) 316690

I take a deep breath.
"If you two are staying then I'm staying too."
I then take a seat and look at the altar.

Sylt [Omniseer] 316691

Wince and bite my lip at his answer, but stay silent.

Aleister [Mage] 316698

>the inquisition won't be here for weeks

Well that changes plans.

Sylt [Omniseer] 316704

"We can't leave this place alone…"

Will talk with the middle guy next time.

DM 318119

Having defeated the Gifted, you can now leave Midnight Altar if you want.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318132

Talk with the guy in the middle. Yeah, the one who will use the heart and kill the other two.
"H-hey." Give him a weak smile.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318133

"Skies above, this is not good."

Sion 318136

I go with Sylt.

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318141

Grab my sword and sheathe it, I then sit in a corner and wait for the others to finish whatever they are doing.

DM 318155

"Yes miss?"

Sion 318164

Is he an earth pony?


Oh, and I walk over to give some last rites to Rosethorn. She deserved a better end than this…

Roll #0 5 = 5

Sylt [Omniseer] 318166

"I was wondering, could you help me? I've been bruised and beated.. Can you take me to the doc, mister…"

Sion 318170

I whisper to Sylt

"What are you doing?"

DM 318173

Lets see
1 yes
2 winghorse
3 bonehead
You go say goodbye to the bodybag.
The guards promise she will be given a proper burial in Canterlot.
"Guardspony Support Post. I believe you'd better go with the others miss. I will be staying here to guard the altar."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sylt [Omniseer] 318174

"Playing it safe."

Sion 318177

"Why? What's so special about him?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318179

"See to it she does. She deserves a hero's burial."

"What are you two whispering about over there? Secrets and lies aren't what we need right now."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318180

"Bad things. Stay at my side."
"But… Are you sure about this? The altar and all… Won't you miss your family, while you are away?"

DM 318183

"I'm not a family pony I'm afraid, miss. Volunteers were asked for. I can stay here."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318184

I stand up.
"Just like he said, its time to go. We will just follow the guards in order for us to get some medical treatment."

Sion 318188

"Okay. I can try to help if you tell me what's going on."


Gimme a sign, Master.
"No I… I need you. As a guard. Please, accompany us. Me."

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318196

"Wha? But we got a whole escort? Do you need a personal guard or something?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318198

"I agree. You seem to be singling him out as well. What are you up to?"


"Yeah… I just… I like his mane?"
Try to give a convincing smile.

Roll #0 6 = 6

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318200


"We don't have time for your flirting. Come on, we're leaving."

DM 318202

Tell him he forgot his pie in the oven.
Because he did. And he likes his pies a lot.

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318203

I look at the guard, does his mane look good? Is he good looking?

DM 318208

He is '1d10' / 10 in looks

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sylt [Omniseer] 318209

Works for me.
"Hey, I think you might have left your pie in the oven."
"Let's leave."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318218

"Well, I got to agree with the mane, you got good taste in colts Sylt." I smile.

"As for leaving, alright lets."

Sion 318220

"Yeah sure. I need to rest."

Goddammit Sylt, if you just told me what the guard was going to do I was going to try and tell him getting to close to the heart might cause him to go sterile or worse.

DM 318224

"My pie?
The officer nods
"Approved. Someone else take his place or I will."
One of the other guards steps ahead and nods, replacing the pie lover.


Sion 318225

I definately am.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318227

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318229

I stand next to the escort guards and follow them.

"Lets go guys." I look at the others.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318233

Would not have been wise to tell you in front of him, even as a whisper. Is not telepathy, they could listen in.

Sion 318235

Had not considered that.

DM 318241

With everyone ready, you leave the three guards at the mountaintop and head down the path. You are slowed down quite a bit by the caravan of nine chained up cultists and the body of Rosethorn.

Sion 318244

I just follow.

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318246

I look at the guards.
"How long will it take for us to get back to Canterlot?"

DM 318249

"Two hours at this pace. Provided there are no problems."
The night is dark. But the stars are very beautiful.
The cultists keep looking at them, heads held high.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318252

Not gonna speak with those freaks.
Just ignore them. Yep. Ignore them…

Hey, master. My hooves hurt…


I keep pace alongside the caravan, brooding.

Rosethorn, I swear we won't let you have died in vain. Those cultists have murdered a guard in cold blood, so there must be a reckoning in blood. Plus I don't trust that seer.

I watch the night sky. How could anybody want to pervert this?

Roll #0 6 = 6

Sion 318255

I go next to the prisoners.
"So you ponies like the night eh?"

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318262

"Well it aint bad at all come to think of it. Just got to hold on with these wounds.. " I scrunched, then follow the guards until we reach Canterlot.

DM 318263

Well we can't have that now can we.
Let's see if there will be trouble along the way home.
Perhaps they don't. Maybe there is more to their motives.
"We do. We appreciate its beauty. Embrace it as a lovingly made work of art. If only it could last forever…"

Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 318265



Wait let me see if the numbers in my head are bigger than those in your head.

Roll #0 7 = 7

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318268

"The night sky is indeed beautiful, but your wishes go against the natural order. Nothing should last forever. The less time there is, the more you are forced to appreciate its gifts. It's the same with life, but you choose to waste yours hurting others. You don't deserve to appreciate true beauty."

Sion 318272

I look up.

"I like the night too. But….if the night lasted forever, it would just be the same as day right?"

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318276

Hmmm I wonder how far we still are to Canterlot…

DM 318295

"Not like daywalkers like you would ever know what beauty is."
"No. The night is beautiful. It deserves to be seen, not slept though."
Judging from your distance from the mountain, about half way

And the conclusion is

Roll #1 3 = 3

DM 318305


From the darkness comes
'1d5' cultists!

Roll #1 2 = 2


I just knew it.
Arrow one of them!

Roll #0 10 = 10



Magic Bolt!

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Sion 318315

"Where do they keep coming from?"

I shoot an arrow at the nearest cultist.


Roll #1 2 = 2

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318321

Protect on Alesteir

Also attack one of the ambusheers

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

DM 318328

Two of the chained cultists have broken loose!
They attack toy from the side!
The surprise assault leaves Whiteshield wounded.
Your arrow strikes one of the attackers through the eye. He falls on the ground, trying to pull the arrow out.
You blast the other cultist, who stops in her tracks and tries to shake it off

Three cultists remain
Whiteshield 1/3
Aleister 3/3
Sylt 3/3
Cirrus 5/5


I'm sorry kid.
Again. Arrow.

Roll #0 6 = 6

Sion 318337

I fire a lightning Orb at one of the escaped cultists


Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


Conjure Weapon and charge the one I shot.

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318355

"Damnit…" I hold my wound my hoof.
With that I attack one of the escaped prisoners.


Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

DM 318373

You put an arrow in his neck.
He kicks out helplessly and gasps for air.
You blast the escaped cultist back, forcing him away from his ally.
You conjure a mighty weapon indeed and charge the wounded cultist, bringing him down in a thundering blow.
The prisoner sees an opening and slams against your hoof, breaking your guard and dropping you like a sack of potatoes.
That leg is in bad shape by now.

Two cultists remain

Whiteshield HELPLESS/2
Aleister 3/3
Sylt 3/3
Cirrus 5/5


Help whiteshield up.

Roll #0 4 = 4


Turn on the escaping prisoner and smite him with my conjured weapon.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318383

Holding back tears, I try to stand up and raise my shield to block anything that comes after me and hope for the best.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sion 318386

I shoot an arrow at the cultist attacking cultist.


Roll #1 10 = 10

Sion 318389

*attacking Whiteshield

DM 318412

This really is not working at all. Sylt takes a hit from the cultist before >>318386 Alemeister brains it with a well placed arrow through the ears.
Finally, Cirrus sends the last cultist flying, leaving it helpless.

You have dealt with the ambush, but lost two prisoners.

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318430

"H.. help me." I try, with shaking hooves to stand up again.


Roll #1 2 = 2


Try to help her up again.

Roll #0 2 = 2

Aleister [Mage] 318435

I help Whiteshield up.

"Easy, be careful…"


Roll #1 8 = 8


Restrain the helpless cultist.

"What were you trying to do?"

Roll #0 5 = 5

DM 318448

Pulling on the mangles limb is not helping! Not at all!
All this damage has really worn on you.
You are down to your last strength.
Hang in there soldier.
You help Whiteshield up, and the guards take her to safety with the others.
"Stop you from reaching Canterlot"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318450

Right. Poor mare.
Walk to the cultist.
"Do I even have to bother ask why?"

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318457

I began to giggle a little amidst the pain.
"Looks like I pushed myself too far… "

"Thank you." I smile.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318458

"What, voice in your head not offering any answers this time?"

"I would appreciate an answer regardless."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318460

"Voice in my head saved us all on that mountain, didn't it? I just hate calling on it."

Aleister [Mage] 318462

"Be careful with that leg. We still need to get to Canterlot safe." I smile back.

DM 318467

"To save you from having to see the rising darkness."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318468

"Alright, next time I wont do this again to myself."
I then lean on one of the guards for support on my bad leg.

Aleister [Mage] 318473

"So now you're concerned about our well being?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318474

"That's almost nice, you know?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318480

"By murdering us? How thoughtful of you."

"Funny. You seem to know an awful lot about things before they happen."

DM 318485

"The death of days is upon us. We do not need all of you to see it happen."
"There is mercy in a swift death."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318488

"That's what I get for saving your lives, I guess."
"Afraid of something?"
Allow a small smirk to creep on my face.

DM 318498

"No. I fear nothing. I only wish that others would embrace the night, as I have, so they would not need to suffer."

Aleister [Mage] 318502

"That's pretty funny. Since you guys are the ones making ponies suffer in the first place."


Hey Master, what does he actually fear?

Roll #0 9 + 2 = 11

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318507

"So you're supposed to be doing us a courtesy? Yet you seem Tartarus-bent on perverting the night for your own ends and torturing innocents. You're nothing but a band of mad hypocrites hiding behind excuses."

Turn away

"We're wasting time."

DM 318511

She fears they will fail.
That all they worked for will be undone.
She fears you, and those with you.
She fears what you know.
"We do it for out god. We do it in service to the night and Nightmare."
"Go then… forsake the night… and forsake yourselves."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318513

Allow that smirk to become even wider.
"We are done here."
Ready to move for Canterlot.

Aleister [Mage] 318516

"Yeah there's no reasoning with these ponies. Let's go."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318527

"Not before you forsake hopelessness."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318530

"Let them be, they are desperate."

DM 318531

You may now proceed the rest of the way.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318537

Let's go then

Aleister [Mage] 318539

Get out of here. I need a doctor to look at my horn. And my balls.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318540

En marché!

DM 318565

As you reach the outskirts of canterlot, you can see a massive beast of some kind assaulting the palace.
The Night Guard are fighting it.


Oh mother of the Sun and Moon.

Master, what on Equestria is that? We are all bleeding out over here!

Roll #0 1 + 2 = 3

Aleister [Mage] 318569

"This night is just getting worse and worse…"

DM 318573

That's nothing, puppet.
Just wait until you see the shit that's coming tomorrow night.
The guards take up formation
The guards plead you to follow them to the safety of the headquarters

Aleister [Mage] 318576

"Whiteshield, go with the guards. You're in no shape to fight right now."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318578

Put a hoof on his shoulder.
"We are neither…"

Aleister [Mage] 318585

"We can't just do nothing…."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318594

"Better to escort the wounded and prisoners first. We can assist them then."

DM 318597

"Please. Let the Guards handle this. You need to get to safety! This is no place for the wounded!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318601

Give one last thing at the beast.
"Where to?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318602

"They're right. Whiteshield needs medical care. I'll be back soon though!"

Aleister [Mage] 318604

I lightly touch my cracked horn.

"Yeah, let's go…"

DM 318631

"This way! Hurry!"
The guards lead you through the streets into the headquarters.
An officer rushes to meet you
"What is the situation? Report!"
"Sir, most of them are wounded. We have seven captured cultists."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318636

"We need medical attention for some of our party. What exactly is going on out there?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318640

"Yeah, what he said."

Aleister [Mage] 318641

I'm just going to stand with Sylt.

DM 318646

"Cultist attack on Canterlot. They summoned some sort of best. The Night Guard mobilized to fight it and to defend Princess Luna.
Those who need medical attention report to field medic Pitching Tent. He is downstairs."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318650

"Where is the princess now? Is she all right?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318653

Right. Defend princess Luna. They are all going to die betrayed by her. Poor fuckers.
Move it to the medic.
"You come with me and have that checked out."

Aleister [Mage] 318657

"Yes, okay." I go to the medic.

DM 318660

"The Princess is being protected by her elite. last word we had, Captain Nightstrider was seeing to the defense personally. Captain Radiance was woken up to safeguard Princess Celestia just in case as well."
Pitching Tent has a small but well stocked infirmary at the HQ
"Which one needs more immediate attention?"

Aleister [Mage] 318663

"Take a look Whiteshield first. She's in rough shape. I can handle."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318664

Just tell me when to drop in


Look down but say nothing, sticking closer to Aleister.

Will those guards be fine, Master?

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318668

"Good. Hopefully they haven't infiltrated that far yet. What kind of beast was that anyway?"

DM 318672

You can also be at the infirmary.
Aaaaand GO.
"Right. Lets get you checked out…"
The night guard with suffer no losses
"Unknown. Possibly demonic in origin. Nothing like anything I've ever seen before."

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11


Wait. Do you mean… They are in this cospiracy too? ALL OF THEM?

Roll #0 9 + 2 = 11

DM 318676

"…she'll be fine with time. Now, what about the rest of you?"

Aleister [Mage] 318680

"Your turn, Sylt."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318681

Point at Alesteir.

DM 318682

Not all. Just many. Including the captain. And his lieutenant.
Not that they'd suffer many losses against an illusionary monster anyway.
"Well which one is it?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318684

I look over the sick and injured. Any suspicious looking individuals here? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Aleister [Mage] 318685

"No, you. Even if I have to shove you there."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318687

Mouth agape from the revelation, stand still.
"It's fake! The monster is fake! Is a work of the dean of illusions!"

DM 318690

That mage couple looks a little shaken. Must be for a reason.
Also one of them is calling the Dean of Illusions a heretic. >>318687
"Miss? What makes you say that! have you hit your head?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318691

"What are you raving about now?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318692

"Nothing! Forget it! The beast outside, is an illusion! A fake!"

Aleister [Mage] 318693

I look at Sylt, I look at the others."

"You've had a busy night Sylt. Just go get some treatment."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318694

"What are you blabbering about, mage?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318695

"No. I heard what you said, and I want a straight answer this time. What are you talking about."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318696

"Look, just check it for yourselves! The beast is a fake! I know, is my job to tell truth from lie!"

Aleister [Mage] 318697


"Look, both of you. She's had a terrible night. She needs a doctor to help her. Just let her get some help. Please."

DM 318698

"Calm down miss, I'm here to help. Now, where were you wounded?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318699

"So why couldn't you tell beforehand? Did you just forget? It's a little late to make accusations against the dean. Where was your revelation the last bloody time we were here?!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318700

"URGH! I am perfectly fine! Just fix him!"
Frantically motion over to Aleisteir.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318701

"And it's my job to ensure heresy and corruption are dealt with. You make some hefty accusations without any proof to back it up. Just who are you?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318702

"I'm not accusing anypony! Just check for yourself. The monster is fake, that's all there's to it!"

DM 318703

"Miss I can count at least a dozen visible wounds on you. If you don't help me by telling what else needs fixing, I will need to take longer to discover it myself."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318704

"You just accused the dean, solely on the basis that you think the monster is a fake!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318705

Sigh and calm down.
Point him to the broken ribs and bruises.
"Forget that. I did not say a word."

DM 318706

"Thank you. Lets see what I can manage."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

DM 318708

"You should be fine to go with some rest after that. Now, the last of you."
"What's wrong with you then?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318709

"I heard that! You are going to explain your reasoning right now, or I'm arresting you on charges of conspiracy with those cultists!"

Aleister [Mage] 318710

I run to Sylt and whisper.

"Sylt if you don't shut up right now, I'll…Just be silent."

"Mr Inquisitor. Please forgive her outbursts. We've had a terrible fight with some cultists and we lost one of our friends. We're all in distress."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318712

"Thanks doc.
He is pretty bad off."
"No. I don't owe you any explanation anfter this damn night."
Move beside Aleister and lay down, staying silent.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318713

"What is your name, mage!? Just how do you know all of this?"

I glower at her threateningly
"You've made your claims and accusations, you will not back off now. If what you are claiming is true, then we have work to do. If not… well then this will be a bad night for you indeed."

"Sir, the whole damn city is in distress. Doesn't change the fact that we are under threat here."

Aleister [Mage] 318714

I go to the doctor. "Well the horn up here is pretty obvious. And…"I take a quick look around me and beckon the medic to come closer "my privates"


"You had your chance. If you had bothered to explain your reasoning before this might not have happened, but you have been acting suspicious ever since we were last here."

Restrain her.

Roll #0 7 = 7

Sylt [Omniseer] 318718

"Don't touch me!"
Wink away.
"Okay. You want to know why? I have a report signed by the dean of the illusion ward explicitely telling 'There are no dark cults or terrible misterious things to investigate at Midnight Peak'. And guess what, we go there and one of my friends dies, a monster almost tores us all apart and now a damn illusion is attacking the city and what should I think? Tell me!"

DM 318720

The doctor glances to the side
She then bends down for a quick check, gasps a little then straightens back up.
"…bad news I'm afraid."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318722

"Then show the damn report already!"

"Is what this mage is telling me true?"

Aleister [Mage] 318724

I look at the doctor very worried.

DM 318728

"…nothing much I can do on that end. One of them is… well… done for.
Lets see if I can at least do something for the horn."

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Sylt [Omniseer] 318729

Pull out the report.
"Given to me by the damn captain of the city guards. Now do you believe me?"

DM 318731

Seems so. The cracks heal up just fine
"Well, at least something."


Read the report. Are her claims true?

Roll #0 7 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 318733

"Do you….think it will still….work?"


"As a duly empowered Guard of Canterlot, I order you to cease all hostile actions and submit to restraints!"
Restrain her again.

"This is the first I've heard of anything signed by the dean or any questioning she did, and we have nothing but her word that the beast outside is an illusion. She's at least telling the truth about Midnight Peak though."

Roll #0 10 = 10


Try to wiggle out of his grip.

Roll #0 10 = 10

Aleister [Mage] 318737

"ENOUGH. Cirrus, let her go right now. We can go to the Dean and check it ourselves if she's speaking the truth. But before that she's innocent."

DM 318738

The Dean of Illusions states there is nothing worth investigating about the enchantment of Midnight Peak, and won't waste resources on it.
"The horn? Yes."

Aleister [Mage] 318740

"I was talking about the…other horn."


"The burden of proof is on her. If she has nothing to hide, why has she done nothing but dodge my questions all night long? All I want is an honest explanation!"

Roll #0 6 = 6

DM 318742

"Oh… well… that should still work, but… your chances for kids are somewhat reduced. And I can't really make estimates of pain."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318744


Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318745

"Hm. If you two would kindly cease your activities? This is clearly something worth investigating. If the mage is wrong she will bear the consequences. If she proves to be right, all the better for us all."

Aleister [Mage] 318746

"Well, thanks doc."

Aleister [Mage] 318747

"See Cirrus? Even the Inquisitor agrees and surely you won't question an Inquisitor."

Aleister [Mage] 318748

I go stand in front of Sylt.

DM 318749

"Was that all the wounded?"

Aleister [Mage] 318751

"Yes thanks Doc. Do you maybe have any first aid supplies we can borrow? I have a feeling we might need it."


"…fine. But if she really is right, then it's probably too damn late to do anything about it since they're acting so openly. If she were more open beforehand we might have avoided this and saved Rosethorn's life."

"Watch your language. In any other situation I would have interpreted that as a threat."

"You don't know me. Don't presume to understand my intentions."

Roll #0 10 = 10

DM 318754

"Take any you need. But try not to get into more fights. You need rest to heal properly!"

The officer is upstairs if you need him.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318756

Move closer to him, bow in my TK.
"It was."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318761

"Then you're no better than those cultists as far as I'm concerned if you would put your own interests ahead of the kingdom's. I would be fully within my rights to kill you here and now."

Aleister [Mage] 318763

I take some supplies. I give some to Sylt.
"Everypony, we should take some supplies while we can."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318765

"After attacking me three times over? There is a point where even being a guard does not protect you, once you keep abusing the weak."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318768

"Put down the damn bow. There's ponies dying out there at the hooves of the cultists while the two of you act like a bunch of damn kids. Let's get a move on. I'm curious to see whether the mage will be correct in her assessments "


Aleister [Mage] 318769

"You don't have any right to judge her. Instead of wasting time argueing let's go see what the Dean is up to. You can make all accusations you want afterwards."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318771

"Keep this savage off my back and you will have my full cooperation."
Point at Cirrus.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318772

"You have a funny definition of 'attack.' Had I wished to harm you I would have done so. You on the other hand disobeyed a direct order from a guard, resisted arrest, and threatened my life. Any jury would find you the aggressor here."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318775

"On the other hoof, in one night I've saved more lives than you ever did. And I will save Canterlot, no matter how tick headed you are."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318781

"Don't act smug with me. I want the same thing, but I can't do my job with you witholding vital information like this or potentially leading us on wild goose chases."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318782

"Do I have to shoot the both of you and drag your bodies up to the dean myself? We don't have time for this endless yapping."

DM 318787

Outside, a roar and a shriek is heard.
Aside from it, there is cheering.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318788

"Stop blaming your idiocy on me. The captain showed all of us the report, whiteshield suggested we check the peak after learning about it from a complete different source too.
I saved everyone's life up there showing you how to kill that monster, how the heart would corrupt you, how to save the filly.. And now you tell me I'm witholding informations?
We all knew about it since we started this! You can't really be this retarded!"

Aleister [Mage] 318791


Sylt [Omniseer] 318792


Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318793

Shake my head and go see this Dean

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318795

"I'd thank you to stop insulting me at the very least. And you still haven't explained how you know all this. The only explanation is that you're some kind of plant."

Aleister [Mage] 318796

"outside. To the Dean. If it isn't already too late."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318799

"You heard the cheering. The monster is defeated.
And how do you think we'll be able to expose the Dean anyway?"

Aleister [Mage] 318801

"We'll see if there's anything left." I whisper "And stay close to me."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318803

"I will." Stick close to him and follow.

DM 318806

Outside, the sun is slowly breaching the horizon.
It looks like dawn, but your bodies tell you it should probably be afternoon by now.
The nights are getting longer still…
There is no sigh of the beast, and guards are rushing around, securing civilians and putting out fires.

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318807

I look around.

What happened?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318810

Now. Find him '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1


The Dean it is then. Where is he now, Master?

Roll #0 9 + 2 = 11

Aleister [Mage] 318814

"The doc fixed you up pretty nicely."

I whisper to Sylt. "If this goes bad, I'll create a distraction. You just wink away. We'll meet at the library. No argueing. Not with an Inquisitor around."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318815

Aleister [Mage] 318816

*next to the library

DM 318817

A nearby wall collapses on you as the fire eats through it. Roll for damage.
He is at the academy, cleaning up the tools he needed to keep the monster illusion going.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318818


Roll #1 1 = 1

Sylt [Omniseer] 318820

And now the Inquisitor will ask me how I know. And so will the guard.
I'm not telling them. Their short-sightness will be the fall of this damn city.
"I know where the Dean is."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318824

Stand up, get out of the clinic and find the others in Canterlot


Roll #1 6 = 6

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318825

"Inquisitor! Are you all right?"

Aleister [Mage] 318827



I try to get the Inquisitor out of the rubble.


Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 318829

You appear to have a wooden beam through your back leg.
You drag her out of there, but the leg looks pretty bad.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318833

"Keep her steady!"
Is the beam too big to move her?

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318836

I run back to the medical tent.

"We need assistance! The Inquisitor was wounded by falling debris!"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318837


"D-don't worry about me. I'll drag myself back to the infirmary. Go get those damn heretics that caused this!"
Can I drag my way back to the medical place? '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 318838

No, it's only about as long as her leg and not very thick.
Pitching Tent rushes to come with you

Aleister [Mage] 318839

"I'll help you. It's no trouble."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318840

Wink her to doctor.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318841

"One of the walls collapsed on her!"

DM 318843

"Okay… lets not panic.
I can go about this two ways.
One: you let me take you in for surgery, and I take the wood out, patch up the leg and have you back on four legs in a day or ten.
Two: Let me heal you here and now. Though that does have the side effect of leaving the wood in. Meaning you sort of get a peg leg."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318845

"Stop, we can make this in a third way. I can teleport the wood out and you can heal her here and now."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318848

"Hey there you are! Where are the others?"

DM 318849

"So long as she does not mind having a wood beam sized hole in her leg, sure."
"They were right here just a second ago…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318851

"I don't have time to wait ten damn days while that scum roams free."

"That would save me a whole lot of damn trouble."

Aleister [Mage] 318852


Sylt [Omniseer] 318853

we are all here. big fight over me being a heretic, we agree to go to the dean and question him, wall falls on inquisitor.
"Be sure what you ask for. The hole will stay, says the doc."

Aleister [Mage] 318854


Sylt [Omniseer] 318855

"His office. He is still cleaning the tools he used to summon the illusion. We could catch him red-hooved."

Aleister [Mage] 318858

"Right. Let's fix up the Inquisitor first."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318859

"I don't see how that would be different from surgery. In fact, it would be worse. We can have you dying from infection in the middle of a coup."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318860

"Wha.. what? If you're a here.. then that means I'll be clumped up by the other guards with you and arrest me too!" I whispered

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318862

"Then we'll keep the damn wood in."
Shake my head with a sigh
"We can move the damn sun around but properly healing a leg wound is still too much to ask."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318864

That was OOC talk, not whispers.
And you are kind of not making too much sense.
"I'll leave you with the doc, then."

DM 318867

"Well, I've only been a doctor for three years. I'll get the wood out once you have time to actually heal the leg properly. Now hold still."

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

DM 318869

The flesh on the leg re-knits itself, expelling the wood naturally.
Even Pitching Tent looks amazed
"Well… that's a first. Looks like there won't be need for surgery after all."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318872

OOC: my bad, fell asleep again

Go to the guards captain of Canterlot and ask what the situation is.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318874

"Even in our darkest hour, there are small miracles. Can you walk, Inquisitor?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318875

"I think we should move, if we want to interrogate the dean…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318876

"Good. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a job to do. I will give you my thanks once this is over."
Hop off the table and turn to the party
"We have cultists to tackle."

"Only one way to find out. Let's trot over to that Dean. I still have my wings."

"Lead the way, mage."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318878

To the academy we go!

Aleister [Mage] 318879


"Yeah, let's check where we last met him. At the Mages Academy.'

DM 318882

And onwards they went, to the Mage Academy.
There are some guards at the door
"What business? We know the attack is over but we were asked to not let anyone in for safety reasons."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318883

Let the Inquisitor speak.

Aleister [Mage] 318884

Yeah, let the Inquisitor do his thing.

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318886

OOC: or did I go with the party in the academy?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318887

I nod my head
"Inquisitor Dewdrop, I wish to speak to the Dean of illusions regarding some critical matters right away."

DM 318898

"The beast seems to have vanished and given way to the dawn. I'm awaiting further reports from Captain Nightstrider, who lead the defense."
Sounds… reasonable. Do enter."
They open the door.


Well make it inside.

What will the dean throw at us? Will he try to defend himself or just kill us and replace us with illusions? Will you be there to show me what's true and what's not?

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318904

"You have my thanks."

"Where is this Dean of yours?"

Aleister [Mage] 318905

I go in and look around for any escape route or something to use as distraction.


Roll #1 5 = 5

Sylt [Omniseer] 318906

"His office I guess."

DM 318910

What makes you think the master of illusions needs a defense?
What makes you think this is even the Academy?
Are you even in Canterlot?
Did you ever even leave midnight peak?
Are you even alive, puppet?
There are a few exits from this wing. All guarded.


I've seen to much strange stuff to c-
Am I alive?
I mean, alive for real? Or am I something else?

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318913

I tap a hoof impatiently

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318915

"Do the cultist know about this? Who have caused this attack and how did it get inside Canterlot, its impossible." I trot closer to the captain.

"Oh.. sorry if I am too loud or noisy. I am just concerned for the well being of this city…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318916

"In. His. Office. Why do you assume I know it? Ask somepony here!"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318918

"This way."

Lead them to the office.

Aleister [Mage] 318920

I follow.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318921

"You're a damn mage. This is a mage academy. Now move it. In front of me. I'm keeping an eye on you."

DM 318922

You are alive, puppet. You are alive.
You arrive at the Dean's office.
His door is closed.


"I'm an archeologist! All I know how to do is Wink around and that's it!"
Move in front of her.
Where the hell is the Dean now anyway?

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 318926

I wait at the door.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318927

Give the door a few firm knocks.


What's behind the door?

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318931

Actually, scrap that, just enter.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318934

"Stop! Might be a trap!"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318936

I sigh and look at her
"So what, we're supposed to just sit and stare at the door?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318937

"We have no way of knowing that yet, and no time to check every possibility."

Follow Dewdrop in.

DM 318942

The dean.
And his guards. Hidden behind illusions of furniture, curtains and potted plants.
Attacking him will make the room into a slaughterhouse.
You slam the door open.
The Dean drops his quill
"Um… good morning? I assume the threat has cleared if you've been sent here. Or… should I evacuate?"

Aleister [Mage] 318944

I hold Sylt before going in.

"We'll wait out here."

Is there a table or a chair or something near me?

DM 318947

There is a bench outside for those waiting in line.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318950

Gulp down.
"They are in the walls…"
"Okay, we saw him, he's here, we can go back… Right? Come here, just a second…"
Try to whisper to the Inquisitor.
"They are hiding in this room."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318953

"You are under suspicion for activities against the crown and in concert with cultists. Come with us, please."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318956

"Good morning. I am Dewdrop, member of the Inquisition. You have been accused of collaboration with the cultist threat, feeding false information and sending ponies to their deaths, as well of heresy."
Hoof him the report
"I believe this is yours?"

Aleister [Mage] 318958

So either I block the door to escape and they all get killed or we probably discover nothing and me and Sylt are fucked. Great.

DM 318960

He adjusts his glasses
"I see no formal order for arrest. What accusations do you-"
"-…yes, this is mine from a few months back. Why?"

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318961

Sylt [Omniseer] 318964

Tug at her.
"Please. We really should leave the dean alone…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318965

"As it turns out, your information was false and led to the death of several ponies. You understand that this is a major misstep?"

I glare at her
"Are you saying your accusations are false then?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318966

"Accusation? What accusations?"
Give her an imploring smile.
"Please just follow me outside a second."

DM 318967

"The prisoners know nothing beyond what thye may have heard. We do not know how the beat got here…"
"How terrible. What, exactly, did you find in that temple ruin then?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318969

Shake my head and sigh, tip my hat to the Dean
"If you would kindly give us a moment."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318970

And follow her out too of course

DM 318972

"Gladly. Take all the time you need."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318973

Roll my eyes and exit as well.

Sylt [Omniseer] 318974

Sigh and gave hang my head low as I whisper to her.
"That room is crawling with guards. The dean has disguised them as forniture.
I know because I can see through illusions and lies and… Other stuff. Always could.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318975

"Is there a reason for this interruption? He's probably escaping right now."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318976

"From the one door we are standing in front of?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318977

I cock an eyebrow
"You're an omniseer then? No matter, we'll discuss that later. How many guards? Are you absolutely damn sure of this? All of this?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318978

"He's a dean of illusions. There could be any number of doors in there."

Sylt [Omniseer] 318979

"Too many."

How many guards were there?

"Right. Go check on him then."

DM 318980


Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 318981

Seems to be seven.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318982

"You're hiding something again. What is it?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 318985

"I'm talking with the Inquisitor. I'm sure she can fill you in if she finds it needed."
"Seven of them. And the dean."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 318987

"All I want is an honest answer. I want the same thing you apparently do."

Go back inside.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318988

I sigh.

Can I call for reinforcements somehow? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 318989

The Dean is calmly writing in his notebook
"Yes? Is everything ok now?"
You can always alert the guards

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 318990

"How the beat got here? Tell me."

Aleister [Mage] 318993

I go to Cirrus and stop him from going in.

I whisper. "Listen Cirrus. Sylt, she has a…gift as an omniseer. She knows things she shouldn't know. She saw cultists in there right now. Please don't go in. I know she can be stubborn and it sounds weird but I can attest she's been true about what she said about the altar.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 318997

Motion him to come back over. Keep whispering to Sylt
"We could call for reinforcements from the other guards."

DM 318999

"Beast. We have no idea how it reached Canterlot undetected. We assume it was summoned here."


"This is your field. I can just see things."

Will they make it in time, Master?

Roll #0 10 + 2 = 12

Cirrus [Battlemage] 319004

"Is thatall? Skies above, why didn't she just say so?"

"I apologize for the interruption. We'll be with you momentarily.

Aleister [Mage] 319007

"She's can be stubborn at times. Don't take it too personally. By Celestia, at times I can't even make sense of her.. But I can vouch for her.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 319009

Can I call over some nearby guards? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 319010

Of course they will.
If you instruct them to wait by the basement door, they will catch the Dean as he tries to flee.
"Take all the time you need. There is no need to hurry."

Sylt [Omniseer] 319012

"The basement! He'll run from there!"

DM 319013

There are several at each door, and a patrol outside on the street.
You can easily call in at least fifteen guards.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 319015

"If you say so, dean."

"Of course he's just stalling for time. What should we do."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 319016

"Very well. I hope for your sake this is right."

Call in half of them. Tell the rest to remain on lookout for the Dean. The rest can go sit in the basement and wait.

"We go back in once the guards are in position."

Whiteshield(unicorn Crusader) 319017

"Who put down the beast? Is it capt. Nightstrider?"

I then look outside, I hope the others are safe.

Sylt [Omniseer] 319037

"It is. Sadly."
Follow her around.

DM 319055

"Nightstrider and the Night Guard elite. They have retired to rest for the day."
You go order some guard patrols around, under the pretense of new safety measures.


DM 319971

As we last left our heroes, they had set up a counter-ambush against the Dean of Illusions, accused of creating the beast that assaulted Canterlot Castle last night.

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