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Rise of Nightmares - Thread 5 DM 331390

It is still afternoon.
You have Daydream in custody and the Captain has agreed to send note of any findings directly to the royal palace.

You can now rest, and come up with a plan of action before night falls again.

You also get 2 skill points to spend on anything you like, including Multiclassing if you so desire.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331395

I'll take Trap
I believe I was just together with the interrogator

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331396

I look at the others. "Night is upon us. What do you guys plan to do next?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331399

I'll take Energy Orb and its improved variant then.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331404

I'm still up in the dean's office, aren't I?

I'll take Spellbreaker and ISC.

DM 331405

"Well, Inquisitor? Would you ever so kindly let me down now?"
"Anything more you'd like to look into here?"

Sion 331409

I'll have think about how I spend my skill points for a moment.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331411

I already dropped her
"That's it? You have nothing more to say for yourself? You'll just continue with your sadistic ways, torturing others for your own amusement?"

DM 331417

"Amusement is entirely the wrong word.
Safety would be closer to the truth."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331419

"Not if there's nothing left to find. Keep an eye on those books and other materials though, he might have some proscribed materials."

I'll go back down to the dungeons.


Okay I wasted a bunch of time already, where are the others?

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331421

I take a deep breath, then go back to the captain and ask him if I can look at the reports detailing the incidents that happened last night.

DM 331422

Looks like the good inquisitor and ever so lovely interrogator are arguing.
They seem to be converging at the guard headquarters, puppet.
They intend to draw out all the information they can from Daydream.
Yet you need not fear. No harm will come to you. Not in daytime.
"Of course. They are still on my desk."

Sion 331423

I'm next to Sylt I guess.


"The inquisitor… They want to torture the dean.."
Look at Aleister.
"Should we stop them?"

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331427

"You said that you would find joy in breaking the Dean. I became an inquisitor to serve Equestria. Serve the princesses. Do things nopony else is willing to do and face things I wouldn't have dreamed existed. It does not bring me joy. In fact, I hate it. But I do it anyway because somepony has to."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331428

"What is this? We have enough problems without you two fighting now!"

DM 331431

"And I do what I became so very adept at to keep myself safe, and by extension, happy. But is this really a time to discuss one's personal problems and past?"
"The good inquisitors disapproves of my emotions towards my work, it seems."

Aleister [Mage] 331432

"They deserve it…"
Look at Sylt.
"…but we'd better go there to make sure it doesn't get too rough."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331433

"I'm not comfortable with what you do, but we need the information he carries. And I cannot say he didn't bring this on himself either."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331434

"Thanks…" smile at him, stand up, and start walking.

Go find the inquisitor and interrogator.

Aleister [Mage] 331435

Go with Sylt.

DM 331436

Well well it's a veritable reunion down here.
"What, more of you?"
"I doubt anypony is comfortable with my work. And with good reason."

Aleister [Mage] 331437

Who is saying that?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331438

Ignore him

I motion around
"How can this make you feel safe and happy? All this torture, this grief and pain. What makes you different from the Tirekians I hunt?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331439

"Just here to check on the dean.."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331440

I look at her
"There you are. You think you can track down a shard of corruption with those seeing spells of yours?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331441

"Indeed. At least you can admit that much."

DM 331442

The interrogator.
"As would I, if I was permitted to."
"I have my reasons, Inquisitor. Reasons born from those around me. Reasons I would rather not discuss in front of this crowd."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331443

I go to his desk and check the reports, what are the events of last night?
"So… what happened to the captain of the nightguard last night?" I asked.


"Yeah. Tracking down should be easy. If it's the piece from the heart of tirek we saw on the mountain, I already know it's here in Canterlot."
"Oh. Right. Can I… Assist?"

Hey Master, that shard, the one you told me is in Canterlot.
Who has it?

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331445

"Inquisitor, we don't have time for this. The cult plans to act tomorrow."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331446

"Indeed. If you can track it down we wont even need to waste time to torture the dean. He already confessed a shard of it was planted in the royal palace. We need to track it down."

"Shut up."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331447

"The cult plans on attacking every single night until what they want happens."

DM 331449

[Report: Night raid
-Sundown earlier than expected
-Cultist assaults reportedly occurred in Outer Canterlot
-Royal Guard put on high alert
-Raid inside city, unknown entry point
-Shadow Beast appears, assaults Canterlot Castle
-Night Guard mobilize to kill it, win at dawn
-No reported Nightguard casualties]
"Captain Nightstrider lead the assault against the Shadow Beast, and then went to defend Princess Luna in person. He should be watching over her bed now."
She raises an eyebrow
"I did not expect you to be a fan of torture…"
As for that shard, puppet, it was last held by Captain Nightstrider. But does he still have it, I will not say.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331450

"I respect the office you represent, but do you really want to do this now?"

"No. The dean had an itinerary in his office. Tomorrow is marked as Day's End, and Nightmare Night following. There is nothing left after that."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331451

"We will discuss your liberal interpretation of morality later then. Now leave, your services are no longer required."

"We will find it. We simply need to employ your skills to track it down. I will take the Dean along as well.."

DM 331452

"Hm. And what do you make of it then?"
She snaps up
"NO LONGER REQUIRED!? What is the meaning of this, Inquisitor!? Are you protecting him now?"


"I'm more worried about the interrogator than the interrogee…"
Turn to her.
"The shard. A captain of the night guard has it. Not anymore, I think, but I cannot see much more than that.
I know his name."
"Day's end…"

Master, what are Day's End and Nightmare Ni-
No wait, I have a guess of what both are.

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Aleister [Mage] 331454

"Are you sure taking the Dean is wise, Inquisitor? He's an illusionist after all."

DM 331456

The coming of Nightmare Moon is nigh.
It cannot be stopped.
But it can be ended.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331457

"If you wish to accompany us, I will be more than glad to have you. We need somepony to pick up the shard. Seeing its corruptive nature, I wont risk it. Daydream is already corrupted however, so he can do it for us instead."

"I know it's somewhere in the royal palace."

"I could cut off his horn or put a ring of spellblocking on him. I'm sure the interrogator could aid us in both."


"Wait, taking the Dean? No way. That's crazytalk! He'll only get us killed!"
"If it is in the royal palace, that pony hid it."
Imagine the laugh the Inquisitor would have if I told her what Nightmare Night is.
Tell me where in the castle the shard is hidden, I don't want to go kill more ponies…

Roll #0 3 + 2 = 5

Aleister [Mage] 331459

"If you say so."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331460

"My worst fear is that they plan to use the heart on the princess tomorrow evening."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331461

"Ah, I see. Its good to see that our princess is safe." I smile at him.

I then look around. "By the way, has Alesteir, Sylt and the others report here? Where are they?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331463

"Captain Nightstrider is a respected pony, I believe we should investigate further before sending accusations that way. And like I said, without his magical abilities the Dean wont pose much of a threat."

"I fear as much as well."

DM 331464

"I am a respected employee of the Canterlot Royal Guard, inquisitor, not an oven glove for picking up dangerous objects.
I will include your suspicious acts in my report in full.
Make sure your shard of hell is worth it, or the next time we meet you won't be in any position to lay a hoof on me."
It is not really hidden in the sense you think it is.
Though technically what it is inside is in the castle.
"Nonsense. They would never get past the Night Guard."
"last I saw, they all headed to the dungeon."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331465

"They turned an academy dean easily enough. Right now trust is in short supply."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331466

"I was suggesting the Dean would pick it up. Learn to listen."


"Hey, you saw me back there. How I could tell truth from a lie, how I knew what the dean would have done.
But if you'd rather follow your judgement than mine, suit yourself.
But time is of the essence."
Oh. Luna has it…

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331470

"I believe you. But understand that even I cannot arrest the captain of the Nightguard without evidence."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331472

"And can I know why you want to take the dean along?"

DM 331473

"I cannot imagine the Night Guard would ever suffer corruption among them. Nightstider would see them dead on the spot."
"I had the most curious feeling I was 'plan B' if something happened to him."
Clever puppet.
It has been inside her for months now.
Feeding her its power. Allowing her to build up strength. Strength to release the hate that has been growing inside her for so long.

Aleister [Mage] 331474

"I'm sure the Dean can confirm the captain works with the cultists."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331475

Give a very visible twitch in my facial expressions.
Move closer to him, shivering slightly.
"It's over…"

Try to mantain a facade of calm.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331476

I frown
"Do you ponies not listen? The Dean is completely corrupted. So is the shard. None of us can risk picking the shard without being corrupted. Solution? Have the Dean pick it up for us."

"Of course not. Why would I risk that?"

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331478

I then headed for the dungeon.

Aleister [Mage] 331480

I turn to Sylt concerned.
"Why, what ahppened with that stone?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331482

"Picking up the shard might not be doable… Not anymore…"

DM 331483

"Because in the end you know any life is expendable, so long as the cause is great enough, and you have no particular desire to see me stay alive."
Looks like everyone is here.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331485

"Perhaps, but we can't make that assumption. They had a dean of illusions under their sway for so long, any number of them could have been replaced."

Aleister [Mage] 331486

I gulp, visibly shaken
I put my hoof on her shoulder
"Just try to stay calm for now. We'll figure something out.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331487

"I do not know you very well. And while I have my suspicions about your integrity, I do not wish you to die. I do not wish for anypony in this room to die. Nor anypony in this entire dungeon. I would rather sacrifice my own life before I do that, as I am just as expendable."

"Indeed. Anypony can be corrupted. No matter what the rank or social status."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331488

Just rest my head against his shoulder.
Stare blankly in front of me, let him embrace me.

Aleister [Mage] 331489

I keep holding Sylt.
"Inquisitor, what if we don't find the stone. How will we be able to prove the captains guilt?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331490

"We search for clues. Evidence. Witnesses. Anything that points the blame at the captain."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331491

I approach them.
"Whats new?"

Aleister [Mage] 331492


"Hey Whiteshield. We uncovered that Captain Nightstrider is involved in the cult"


"That's… I could help. Yeah…"
Talk weakly as I raise my head from Aleister's shoulder but otherwise remain comfortable under his hoof.
"Terrible things."

Master, what else can quickly point to Nightstrider's guilt?

Roll #0 4 + 2 = 6

Aleister [Mage] 331494

"Batponies stick together. Some of them must know about the cult. The problem would be getting them to talk."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331495

"Indeed you could. I imagine that the guards must be on high alert right now. Protocol says captain Nightstrider should be guarding princess Luna personally. That leaves his personal quarters open for examination. Aside from that, he most likely did not operate on his own. We have to find out who his associates are."

"I can take care of that. Maybe the interrogator can tag along as well."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331496

"What?!" my jaw slacked being surprised.

"Bu.. but the captain is with Princess Luna right now. He is assigned to guard her!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331497

"Just, please, don't take the dean.
Trust me. We will not need him."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331498

"I doubt he'll do anything…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331499

I cock an eyebrow
"We need somepony to extract the shard when we find it. No way around that."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331500

"Can you gain access to them?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331501

"If what I saw is true, there is no shard to extract anymore…"

Aleister [Mage] 331502

"I just remembered, when we came to Canterlot the guard talked about a Lord Moonsprite or something, his nephew was part of the cult and he was closely related to captain Nightstrider, maybe he knows something."

I gulp.
"That's why we'll have to move fast Whiteshield. To help her."

DM 331503

The Interrogator sighs
"So, what is the plan then?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331504

"Oh that guy? He's in this too. Neck deep."
Wave an hoof around dismissively.
What's one pony more or one pony less when Luna is already gone?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331505

"Only one way to find out."

"… Explain."

"Good thinking. We'll have to keep that in mind."

"We leave the Dean be. You may tag along to interrogate some of Nightstriders guards if you wish."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331506

"Are you guys suggesting we storm the castle? That is absurd."

DM 331507

"With every passing minute you sound more and more like a heretic, Inquisitor.
First you protect a known cultist, and then you suggest storming Canterlot Castle itself?"

Aleister [Mage] 331508

"I don't think we'll need to do that, Whiteshield. Either we somehow convince the guard to let us in, or we go somewhere else."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331509

Cock a brow at them.
"C'mon, that's silly. Nopony said that."
"The shard might have already been used. But I'm not talking about it with anyone but you.
And him."
Slightly motion my head towards Aleister.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331510

"Not if we can help it. If the Inquisitor can get us in, then thing will be easier. If nothing else, we can bring it to Captain Radiance's attention, and then Princess Celestia's."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331511

"I am not suggesting to storm Canterlot. When the hell did I say that? And I am not protecting the Dean either. He can rot in prison for all I care. But I wont allow you to make him your personal playtoy for your own depraved amusement either."

DM 331512


Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331514

I give her a troubled look

"I know. And now you know what it's like when ponies jump to conclusions. So what say you, will you come along with us or stay here in this rotten hellhole?"


Master, gimme the right word to calm her.
Be it only until night falls, she deserves some peace…

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331516

I cover my ear with my hoof, then look at the others.
"So we go and ask the other guards for support and tell them of the nightguards captains treachery is that it?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331517

"Somepony go inform the captain upstairs. We will want to inform Captain Radiance as well."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331518

"I agree. We need to bring the truth to more."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331519

Just nod at her.

DM 331522

"I will not act without proof. But if you can somehow prove the Night Guard are indeed corrupted… I will be there at your side. Me, and everyone else."
She just needs a friend, puppet. Someone she does not need to fear.

If you want access to Canterlot Castle, you need to ask the Captain, or you can try sneaking in.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331524

I look at her blankly for a while.
"… I see."

"I understand. Now if you'll excuse me, we have work to do. We will discuss your situation more later."
Let's get back to the captain.
"Captain, more news."

Aleister [Mage] 331526

Going to El Capitan.

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331527

"Alright then." I head upstairs and inform the captain about the new findings about the nightguards.

Sylt [Omniseer] 331528

Oh master, I'm sure accessing the castle is not going to be a problem.

But the interrogator… I am not the best of friends…

Right. Follow them.

DM 331529

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331530

"Captain Nightstrider may or may not be a heretic. Most likely corrupted by the shard I mentioned earlier. We will need access to the Royal Palace to investigate his room and do some interrogations."

DM 331532

"Nightstrider? A heretic? Impossible. He was among the greatest soldiers this empire has seen. Personally picked by Princess Luna. I see no reason why he would ever turn to Tirek."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331534

"Is not something ponies want. If they come in touch with a shard, they fall to Tirek. They have no choice."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331536

"Captain, I don't know if I made myself clear earlier or not. The greatest warrior, the noblest politician and even the most dedicated inquisitor can be corrupted by this shard. There is a reason why us inquisitors are taught to trust nopony. There was more than likely no choice for him in the matter. He simply fell, just like anypony else would."

Aleister [Mage] 331537

"Still we have to check it out. We can't be too careful."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331540

I nod with the others.

DM 331541

"And how would this shard have even ended up with him?"
"I am not sure if I can secure you access immediately. I can speak to Captain Radiance to see if he can permit access to the castle, but after last night, Nightstrider insisted the Princesses be placed under constant watch to keep them safe."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331544

"How did the shard end up with the dean? How did it end up with any of the ponies who touched it?"
"It does not matter. The shard is around, and we have to find it."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331545

"Tell captain Radiance that he may personally escort us if that would make him feel better. As you may understand, there is quite a bit of haste in this matter. Princess Celestia and Luna created the Inquisition for a reason, I'm sure they of all ponies would understand. As for how the shard ended up with him, that remains to be found out."

DM 331546

"…very well. I will head to the palace and do everything in my power to get you access. I should know within the hour. Was that all?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331547

"I believe so. Thank you for your cooperation, captain."
I walk away, motioning Sylt alone to follow.

Sylt [Omniseer] 331548

"Now… I think we should talk. In private."

Aleister [Mage] 331549

"What was that name of the noble whose nephew we captured? Lord Moonsprite or something like that…"

Aleister [Mage] 331550

I quickly whisper to Sylt.
"Be careful if you're going with that inquisitor, I don't trust her.

DM 331551

"Lord Morningsprite. He has taken refuge inside the castle, fearing to travel back to his mansion until this mess clears up."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331552

Go with her somewhere really safe and private.
"Ah. That. He… He might be in this too. Watch out, Captain."
Give him a smile.
"Would it make you feel better if you accompanied us?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331553

"What is his position exactly?"

Aleister [Mage] 331554

"If the Inquisitor allows that…"

"So he left his mansion empty?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331555

"I don't care."

DM 331556

"Lord Morningspire is the head of one of Equestria's noble families. His family has always had strong ties to Princess Luna."
"Yes. He has his servants and personal guards with him here. As far as I know, his mansion is empty."


Offer him my tail to hold and be ready to follow the Inquisitor.
"We might need access to that, too."

Master, is the mansion actually empty?

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 331558

Turn to the others.

"That's a good alternative if we don't get in the castle."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331559

Lead them to a separate room.
"First things first. Is the captain to be trusted?"

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331560

Follow the others.
"Why go to this mansion? We could go with the guards to investigate the captain."

DM 331561

Yes it is. There is nobody there.
"I cannot permit you to run around noble houses as you please. You are civilians."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331562

"Only half of us are. Would you allow me or the Inquisitor in on her authority?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331563

"Right. Just watch out for him."

Go with Aleister and the Inquisitor to the separate room.

"Yes. He is out of all this."

DM 331565

"…this will reflect very poorly on all of us if you are wrong about him. But I can write a search warrant."

Aleister [Mage] 331566

Take Sylts tail with my tail and follow.

"He seems pretty trustworthy to me."
Couldn't post for a minute.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331567

"Good. Now explain yourself."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331568

"It is a time of crisis. If we are wrong, then we will take full responsibility. Please do so."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331569

"When I said used… I meant placed inside somepony."

DM 331570

"…very well.
Please tell me if you intend to go there first, because I will then use the extra time to ensure you passage to the palace."
He grabs a quill and begins writing.

Aleister [Mage] 331571

"It's just an idea, Whiteshield. In case we can't get to the captain. It's a long shot, but maybe they left some clue in the mansion."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331572

We are alone in a room with the Inquisitor, away from everyone else right now.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331573

"Inside Nightstrider?"

Aleister [Mage] 331574

She followed us and the Inquisitor hasn't yet said anything about it.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331575

"We may have to do that. Thank you for your assistance."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331576

"No. Nightsider is, most likely, the one who placed it inside that pony."
Lower my head.
Check if anyone aside from me, Aleister and Dewdrop is in this room.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331577

I sigh
"Well? Out with it! Where the hell is that thing?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331578

"Wait. I need to know this room is safe before talking.
And you have to swear, whatever I say, you'll not judge me."

DM 331579

I think Whiteshield is there too.
Nobody else though.
"So be it.
But if you don't make it back before nightfall, it is out of my hooves. Nightstrider will place the palace on lockdown as far as I know."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331580

"If we don't make it back before nightfall, all of this may not matter in the end."

Take the warrant and go look for the others.

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331581

"Well, we got to get to work then should'nt we?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331582

"Whiteshield, what I'm going to say is something incredibly delicate, that almost no pony should ever hear.
Something I wish I didn't know myself.
Could you please step outside?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331583

"Unless you personally inserted the shard in said pony, I have no reason to."

Aleister [Mage] 331584

Did Whiteshield follow Sylt/Aleister/Dewdrop or not, I'm confused now.

Sylt [Omniseer] 331585

"Your order might execute me only for saying this. But I need your trust. You must know what the ultimate goal of the heretics is."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331587

I sigh and take off my hat. Then my uniform.
"Say it to me as a fellow pony then. Not to inquisitor Dewdrop, but to just Dewdrop. I swear I wont harm you."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331589

I will just assume Whiteshield is not here anymore.
Look at Aleister, give him a last look, searching for confidence in his eyes.
Then, turn to Dewdrop.
"The shard is already inside princess Luna."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331593

I choke, taking a step back
"S-say what?"

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331598

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331602

Sorry, I am drifitng to sleep, perhaps an hour I may go down.
I just tilt my head sideways.
"What shard?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331604

Then reply to this: >>331582 IC, I cannot talk about this whole thing with you there.
If Whiteshield is there, Sylt won't say that sentence.
Lower my head, bring a hood to my face and quietly sigh.
"It's what I saw. The shard is inside princess Luna."


So, where is the rest of the party, and where is this mansion?

Roll #0 5, 8 = 13

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331612

Sorry I am just out of focus now.
"Whoa alright, I'll step outside for the moment." I then go and wait.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331613

I let out a long sigh, burying my head in my hooves.
"You are… absolutely sure of this? This is… disastrous news…"

DM 331616

Party went to chat in "private".
"The mansion is just outside Canterlot. It is not hard to find. I can give you a map."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331617

"I've known about her involvment since… Two days now.
I'm really sorry."


"I would appreciate that. It might make travel between it and the castle difficult, but we could just fly there if we are desperate."

Take the map, and head off to the mansion. I don't have more time to waste if the rest of the group just ends up ranting at me again.

Roll #0 5, 5 = 10

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331620

I stay quiet for a while, staring at the floor.
"I… right."
I perk up again
"The others should know too."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331621

"The guard already called me a heretic when that slipped my mouth.
If they need to know, you will have to be the one telling them."

Aleister [Mage] 331622

"Cirrus is very loyal to Equestria, Inquisitor. I'm not sure how he would take it. And Whiteshield…she would take it pretty bad too. I feel we should keep it for ourselves, for now."

DM 331623

Are you sure you want to leave alone, without informing anyone?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331625

"… very well then."

"Dewdrop. Not Inquisitor. Not right now."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331626

"Thanks, in… Dewdrop."
Give her the happiest smile I can master.
"We should go back."

Aleister [Mage] 331627

"Thank you."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331628

I nod
"Right… we should."
Pick up my stuff and leave. Motion Cirrus and Whiteshield over

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331629

No, but we're burning daylight as is. Every moment we waste talking or not talking to each other is a moment closer to…Nightmare Night.

DM 331631

Your call.
Leave alone
Tell others, leave alone
Get others to go with you

Pause soon?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331633

I have another hour before I leave

Aleister [Mage] 331634

Well you're in luck because here we come.

As I leave the room I go to Whiteshield.

"Whiteshield, I'm sorry about you having to leave."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331635

"Oh and… That thing. The point of no return… It's gonna happen in two nights. And we can't stop it anymore."
Squeeze close to him.
"Thanks for sticking by my side…"
Whenever you want to.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331636

Inform the guard to tell the others about my departure. If they want to discuss things without my consultation, then I see no reason to waste my time.

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331641

Im just waiting for the others to finish whatever secrets they are going with,

I breath in deep and relax, looking for any intruder that may try to eavesdrop or something.


Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 331643

Looks like Aleister, Sylt and Whiteshield are available now

Sylt [Omniseer] 331645

"Hey… Sorry for asking you to step out.
It's just, I'm sure you would not want to know what I had to say."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331646

"Finally. I have a warrant for Morningsprite Manor if you're done keeping secrets from the rest of us."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331647

"You would not have liked knowing it anyway."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331648

"Warrant? No need for those. My uniform is my warrant. Now, if you'll please come over here where nopony can hear us. There is troubling news."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331651

"If it helps the investigation, I would appreciate being told whatever you know, but I don't have time to waste if it would just lead to more arguing."

"Perhaps, but civilians might still be barred."
Walk over to her.
"What news isn't troubling lately? Speak quickly though, word is Nightstrider will lock down the castle by nightfall."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331657

If Whiteshield is here too, I start talking.
"I'll get straight to the point. It's about the shard. It's…"
I pause, taking a deep breath
"…It's inside princess Luna."

Aleister [Mage] 331659

Guess I misinterpreted what the Inquisitor meant with very well. I have a concerned look as I watch Whiteshields and Cirrus reactions.

Sylt [Omniseer] 331662

Ooooops she dropped it.
Brace for it.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331667

Narrow my eyes
"Of course…we were too late to stop those cultists thus far, why should this be any different?"
"How long? They had to have done it while we were wasting time with that false beast last night."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331669

"It's been months now…"

Aleister [Mage] 331670

I still look very concerned at Whiteshield.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331674

"What?! But…how?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331676

"… I don't know."

She wanted it. She even sent the dean to midnight peak herself. Sigh.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331677

"Hard to say."
I bag my outfit
"But right now, this is personal. I admire princess Luna more than anypony else in this world. This is no longer something I wish to handle in uniform."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331682

"I don't even know anymore. If they have a several month head-start on us, then what's the point? We may as well just declare war on the whole kingdom ourselves now."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331686

"Hey. Don't lose hope. You lose that, it's over. We can still stop it."

WhiteShield(Unicorn Crusader) 331687

"I'm alright, so what do you guys plan to do then. Nightfall is upon us."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331688

"I don't…how long has she been in…possession of the shard?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331689

"We can't think that way. We have to solve this one way or the other. Because if we don't, nopony else will. This isn't something I ever wished to face, but these are the cards we are dealt. Ponies are depending on us, now more than ever."

Aleister [Mage] 331691


We already went back with you to Cirrus. and the Inquisitor dropped this >>331657

Sylt [Omniseer] 331694

"I told you. Months. It needed to charge. You remember… Nightmare Moon, right?
The shard is the catalyst. What will turn the princess into the monster."
"One thing miss Dewdrop. Whatever we do, this can't be stopped. But it can be ended."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331695

"… What do you mean?"

Aleister [Mage] 331696

"If we want to check out that mansion we need to do it now. We need to get back to the castle before nightfall."

DM 331697

You can sit on your ass ans wait for the all clear to go to the castle, or head out to the mansion.

Note that you may not make it back by nightfall if you leave.

Sylt [Omniseer] 331698

"I mean, the shard can't be removed. It will do its work. Luna will…"
Roll not to break down.
Master, is there anything we need to find at the mansion?
'r2 1d10+2'

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

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331700

I stare at her

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331702

"So this is willing…Princess help us all."

"That's right. Though I'm starting to wonder what we might even find there now."

Aleister [Mage] 331708

I see all signs of an impending Sylt breakdown and put my hoof around her again.

"Look we need to make a decision now. I'll leave it to you Inquisi-….Miss Dewdrop."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331710

"Evidence of guilt hopefully…"
I sigh
"This whole thing just got a lot more complicated…"

DM 331711

You get a vision of terror and blood.
The world is burning
It is all burning puppet
Roll for damage


"I… I'm sorry…"
Try to compose myself.

Roll #0 3 = 3


Fucking hell I'm burning!

Roll #0 10 = 10

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331719

"I suppose we may as well go investigate the mansion…"

"… It's fine."

DM 331722

You resist the urge to claw your own eyes out.
But enjoy that memory.
Because how many of your visions have been false so far?

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331723

"Hopefully. Let's just go and see what we can find, then go to the castle tonight."

Sylt [Omniseer] 331728

Killing me from the inside one moment at a time.
To think I need you like I do…
But why? What's the joy in deceiving me when my full trust is in your hooves?
Is this the reward for believing you, for following you? False informations, visions of death that might or might not happen?
Hug him tight.
Tighter than I ever did.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 331730



Sylt [Omniseer] 331734

Just nod at her.

DM 331735

In the end, puppet, I am not the master of this world.
You shape fate as much as I.
Now go. There is still time for all of you.


Try to pull myself together.

At least now they believe me, Master. That's good, right?

Roll #0 5 = 5



Roll #0 3 = 3

Aleister [Mage] 331740

"Don't worry, we'll get through this."

Little kiss on her forehead.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sylt [Omniseer] 331742

Nope. I'm still shaken and moping.
"I saw death…"

Aleister [Mage] 331748

Hug her more tightly.


Roll #1 2 = 2

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331750

"We should probably get going…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 331751

Wince slightly.
Then, try to find comfort in his hug anyway.
"L-lead the way…"

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Cirrus [Battlemage] 331754

Head towards the manor.

Aleister [Mage] 331756

We go towards the manor now.

Sylt [Omniseer] 331758

"We are looking for?"

DM 331767

And so our heroes left to investigate Morningsprite Mansion. The afternoon sun already deep in the horizon.
The days had grown shorter and shorter.
Only time would tell if they made it back before nightfall.


Aleister [Mage] 337356

As we walk to the mansion, I'm next to Sylt, some distance behind Dewdrop so she can't hear us.

I look at Dewdrop suspiciously. Finally I say to Sylt without looking away from Dewdrop "I still can't believe she just trusts us like that." I turn to Sylt."When you told her the Dean was involved with the cultists I figured she was going to haul both of us off for interrogation…and now she just accepts Luna of all ponies is involved in this. Just like that. I don't like it."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337362

"The dean… She had nothing to lose."
Move closer to him, squeezing his tail with mine.
"But with Luna.. I think she accepts it because I didn't tell her the whole truth.
I didn't tell her Luna wanted it…"

Aleister [Mage] 337386

My face relaxes into a small smile. "Maybe you're right…" I look again towards Dewdrop "But still, it's so unlike any Inquisitor I've ever met. Most wouldn't have thought twice about killing somepony just for thinking Luna might be involved in any way with these cultists." I look again at Sylt. "And I don't think she's any different."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337390

"Honey you.."
Look back at him for a second, worry on my face.
"Did something happen?"

Aleister [Mage] 337420

I grab Sylts tail with mine and look at her. "Nothing really happened..nothing really bad anyway. You see, after I first met Flora and got my ring, I had so many questions. I was just a colt back then, so I told my parents about it, but" I sigh "they didn't believe me. I was raised very religiously so I went to tell the priest in our village. He had another visitor from outside the village when I went to see him. An Inquisitor."

Something unexpected came up. I'll be back later tonight if you want to continue.

Sylt [Omniseer] 337427

Look sadly at the ground, closing my eyes right after, leaning towards him as we trot along.
"I won't let her hurt you, be the last thing I do.."

Aleister [Mage] 337441

Have to go. See ya soon

I put my hoof around her shoulder. "It's not me I'm worried about…. But you're jumping to conclusions, I said it was bad, but not THAT bad. You see before I could even finish the story, the Inquisitor demanded to talk to me further alone, but the priest wouldn't allow that and he told me to go back home while he and the Inquisitor argued furiously. That same night he came to our house, demanding my parents to let me go with him." I look down."My mother pleaded with him, saying I was just a colt who took a nightmare too seriously and my dad made me go to him and tell him that it was just that, a nightmare and that I would just forget about it and never speak of it again. The Inquisitor let it go but told me I'd better never meet him again." I chuckle "It was a good thing he interrupted my story with the priest before I could tell him about my ring. That would have been something."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337453

Seeya. Call out on meta when you want to continue this.

Giggle softly onto him before moving away slightly and poke his chest with a hoof.
"You had me worried for a moment. Silly~"

Aleister [Mage] 337565

Smile at Sylt and move closer again. "I said nothing really bad happened didn't I?" I get somewhat more serious again. "But it was quite a shock for me, and my parents. They never wanted to hear anything about it or the ring ever again. That's when I learned that when you see or hear something you're not supposed to see you better be quiet about it. So when Flora talked to me through the ring for the first time a few days after I didn't tell anypony about it. When I went to the library to try to learn something about it, I made up excuses. When Flora told me about something, I couldn't tell anypony." I sigh "Nobody wants to hear about things they don't understand" I look back at Dewdrop "Especially not Inquisitors, that's why they became an Inquisitor, to destroy anything they don't understand, instead of trying to learn from it, to understand it." I look back at Sylt and chuckle "But I'm rambling. I'm just glad I finally met someone who understands."

Sylt 337569

Nuffle against his cheeck, a smile across my face.
"Meeting you has been one of the best things in my life, too~"
Slowly keep our bodies close together, brushing against him softly.
"What does she talk with you about, mh?"

Aleister [Mage] 337586

"She never talked much. Usually she would just give me a few hints or tell me to go somewhere and let me figure it out by myself." I laugh "There was this one time, I was travelling to another town and she told me to take a detour along a path through the woods. I ended up in the middle of a pack timberwolves. But that's okay, because she knew I could handle it and it's how I learned how to conjure Lightning Orbs."I abruptly stop laughing and look somewhat embarrassed. "You know, Sylt, there's something that's been bothering me for a while now."

Sylt 337589

laugh at the mention of his accident.
"Something similar happened to me, you kno-"
But stop as he talks and look with an alarmed face.
"Wha-what is it?"

Aleister [Mage] 337599

"Well ever since we went to that cursed altar and everything went so horribly wrong. You, me Whiteshield, all of us nearly died and Rose…" I gulp. "Ever since that night I feel like my magic is…wrong somehow, like it doesn't want to obey me anymore. Before that it was so easy and now I've blown myself up twice already. I feel like…like I lost it."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337606

"Y-you can't! Magic doesn't just disappear like this! Maybe it's just stress, all what happened up at the altar and.."
Start trailing off, almost rabbling, gaze lost.

Aleister [Mage] 337610

I hug Sylt. '1d10'
"I..I'm sorry. I didn't want to upset you like this."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Aleister [Mage] 337612

FUCK YOU RNG. I refuse to accept this

Because Sylt was rabbling so bad I couldn't get positioned right to hug properly. Reposition and hug again.


Roll #1 8 = 8

Sylt [Omniseer] 337613

I like that. Also, lovers get a +2 to hugs and similar. So that's a crithug.
Push him away, stop walking for a moment.
"Nonono! I'm not upset! Don't be silly!"
Sit down, take his hoof, place it on my chest.
"I'm here to help you. Can you feel it? Can you feel me, under this skin?"
Give him a weak smile.

Aleister [Mage] 337624

I feel Sylts heartbeat for a moment and look into her eyes.

"I've never felt so close to somepony until I met you Sylt."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337625

"Sh. Zip it. This is about you now. Your magic.
Feel it. Follow it. Okay?"
Wink me and him as he keeps a hoof over my heart, letting the magic wrap us both as it folds the very nature of the universe around us.
And in the blink of an eye, both our shapes materialize a few meters away, as whole as they have always been.
"Could you… Feel it?"

Aleister [Mage] 337631

"Yes…yes I felt it."
My eyes get a bit watery.


Go in for the kiss, because damnit, he deserves it. We deserve it.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 337653

After that fantastic kiss, I pull back my face just a tiny little bit. As I caress her face with my hoof I say

"You're right Sylt, I'll get through this, we'll get though this, together we can do anything."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337655

Nod to him and nuzzle his nose.
"I'm sure you can.
But we should get back to the road now. The others will be wondering what happened…"
But don't move. Instead, slowly pass a hoof through his mane.

Aleister [Mage] 337661

"Let them wonder…for just a minute."
I don't move and just enjoy Sylts hoof passing through my mane, caress her face and stare into her eyes.

But after a few minutes, a bit sad I have to pull back my face and get up again.


"Carry me~"
Give a coy smile, then wink and appear on top of him, wrapping my hooves around his neck.
Rolling for surprise hug.

Roll #0 2 + 2 = 4

Aleister [Mage] 337669



Lean in closer. I'm not sure I understand. Also, soften the hug.

Roll #0 10 + 2 = 12

Aleister [Mage] 337675

As Sylt loosens the hug a bit, the hug feels infinitely more comfortable. "Are you comfortable up there?"I ask with a smile.

Sylt [Omniseer] 337676

"Up here?"
Shake a bit and get comfy.
"Everything I could ask for~
I'm not too heavy, am I?"

Aleister [Mage] 337680

"I feel like I could carry you all the way to the end of Equestria like this. Let's try to catch up with the others." I start walking forwards but a bit more slowly and carefully to make sure Sylt stays comfy.

Sylt [Omniseer] 337681

Wanna stop here?
Rest my neck on his and close my eyes as he carries me.
"I really hope she starts to talk with you again…"

Aleister [Mage] 337692

I can go on with this for another hour or we can stop at this nice moment, your choice. I was going to ask about what Sylt said when something similar happened to the timberwolves to switch topics towards Sylt for a moment.

I smile. "Thanks."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337698

I have time. Go for it.
And then I kept enjoying his warmth with a silly smile.

Aleister [Mage] 337703


I walk happily with Sylt on back for a few minutes.
Then I look up "Hey Sylt, when I was talking about those timberwolves earlier, you mentioned something similar happened to you. Would you like to tell me about it?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 337706

Giggle a bit.
"That? It was silly. No timberwolves or anything. But…"
Coyly brush one of my backhooves against his flank.
"You know, I can't really do much other than… Popping around, here and there. That's all my magic.
That's why I said I was a one trick pony, when we were in the library.
And I never studied for it, it just came to me, one day, when I was stuck in the woods as a kid. Well, a bit older than a kid maybe…
I always loved to explore, so I ran into the forest often.
Had found a nice cave, used to pretend there were all sort of things inside. Until one day, the entrance came down after me."
Giggle again, maybe because I find it funny, maybe because I don't want to remember all that much.
"It didn't last long. There were almost no rock at all between me and the fresh air, and hole aplenty. But i paniked. I just thought 'I want to be out of here!', again and again."
Then hug him a bit tighter.
Wink both of us a few meters ahead.
"And puff, just like that, I was."

Aleister [Mage] 337709

I'm a bit startled by the sudden teleport, but I start walking again after a moment.

I smile. "You've definately mastered it by now. I couldn't imagine you without it."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337713

"Not like I can do much else. I've my bow, sure. And I know how to watch my ground… But the one thing I can do and nopony else can… Well that, at times, I'd like to do without…"
Bit my lip.

Aleister [Mage] 337715

"…The Master?" I add quietly.

Sylt [Omniseer] 337716

Nod sadly.
"I… I almost wanted to gauge my eyes out, earlier, when I spoke to him.
Something evil, something vile answered me. I saw fire, and smoke, and dead ponies…"
Hold it together.
Try to find comfort on Aleister's shoulder.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Aleister [Mage] 337724

I stop walking and lift my face a bit to brush against her face.

"It's okay Sylt. you're not there anymore, you're here with me."


He's so close…
"Then can I…"
Steal a kiss.

Roll #0 7 + 2 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 337742

The kiss is suprisingly great despite or perhaps because of the unusual angle of my neck. I pull back again "Feeling better~?"


Climb down.
"But I'm making you do all the work. Sorry."
Blush slightly.

Roll #0 6 + 2 = 8

Aleister [Mage] 337745

Lean in closer next to her again;
"Don't be. Carrying you felt really nice somehow."

Sylt [Omniseer] 337747

Grow redder once more and brush against him.
"You really are a strong stallion~
Too bad we have to work now…"

Aleister [Mage] 337751

Brush against her.
"Maybe I can…carry you again sometime..you know,
your soft coat rubbing against mine,
feeling each others warmth,
your face next to mine,
our legs pressing against each other,
our tails entangled."


Oh god did he just really say all that out loud?

Roll #0 2 = 2

Sylt [Omniseer] 337756

Red, looking away.
But, softly, weakly, whisper a few words.
"Yes. It would be nice…"

Aleister [Mage] 337762

I offer Sylt my tail and smile at her.
"Let's get back to the others first, shall we?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 337766

Take his tail with mine, softly tugging on it as the two entangle.
"Y-yeah.. I hope they aren't waiting for us.."

Aleister [Mage] 337768

Well I'm dead tired now. I actually wanted to talk more about the master, looks like we got kinda sidetracked, but there's always next time. Pause here?

Sylt [Omniseer] 337769

Pause whenever you want, just ask her about it.
She has no reason to talk about it if you don't ask.
Seeya next time!

Aleister [Mage] 337770

but it's somewhat hard to talk about it when every time I mention it she freaks out. But we'll just take it slow I guess.

Sylt [Omniseer] 337771

She's lived with it for as long as she can remember, it's not a problem.
She freaks out about the current events, not the master.
But if Aleister believes this, do it like he would.

DM 337961

And so our heroes arrived at the Mansion of Lord Morningspite.

A rather big place, surrounded by a wall and iron gate.
It seems nobody is here.
The sun is starting to set…


Right. Let's get this over with.
"There is nopony inside."
Where should we look, Master?

Roll #0 5 + 2 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 337970


"Well this should be a breeze then."


Is the gate locked? Fly over the wall then.

Roll #0 6 = 6

DM 337981

You flu over the gate. There is a release for it on the other side.
There is a hidden room, puppet.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 337984

Flick the switch
We shouldn't play without Gaius

Sylt [Omniseer] 337985

Then, grasp Aleister.
"We moving in, ready?"
Wink both of us past the entrance gate.

DM 337987

Pause until Gaius returns.
I will then evaluate our chances.

Aleister [Mage] 338262


I walk with Sylt for a while and we start to get in range of the group again, who haven't noticed our little delay, I think.

I turn to Sylt again, a bit concerned. "These visions of fire and death…why does the Master show you that?"

Sylt 338272

"I guess it is because I ask him to."

Aleister [Mage] 338286

"You….ask him to show you those horrible things?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 338292

"I ask him to show me what will happen. And then, that happens. He just shows me what will be."

Aleister [Mage] 338312

I think about this for a minute.
'But how can he know what will happen? Nopony can just know the future."

Sylt [Omniseer] 338323

"Well.. He does. Not in an absolute sense, mind you.. But he does.
There are things that will happen if nopony steps to stop them. The fire and flames and death I saw before are one of those.
And he can show me what happens if I don't help them. He shows me what happens if nopony changes things.
That's the future he shows me. The grimest picture possible."

Aleister [Mage] 338329

My face relaxes into a small smile.
"That means we can still stop that from ever happening…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 338335

Sigh heavily.
"That… Might not be possible.
Some times. Some things. Those… Cannot be changed. He deosn't want us to."

Aleister [Mage] 338350

I look at Sylt and I look down again.
"I just don't understand him.
On the one hoof, he tells you all these secrets and without him we still wouldn't know much about this cult.
But on the other hoof, he gives you all those bad visions and he doesn't want us to do something about it?
It just doesn't make sense."

Sylt [Omniseer] 338353

"No that…"
Chuckle a bit, try not to betray the fear in my voice. '1d10'
"He does it to mess with me."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Aleister [Mage] 338363

I look again at Sylt, alarmed.
"He hurts you… just for fun?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 338370

Try to give him a convinced smile, hope I can pull it off.
"Yeah but he is not bad after you know him."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Aleister [Mage] 338381

Look at her for second and then try to smile. "If you say you can handle it, I believe you." I brush against her "Just know that, if it ever becomes too much, I'll be here for you."

Sylt [Omniseer] 338394

"But that's why I trust you."
Close my eyes and brush back.
"Because I know you are there when I need you~"

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Aleister [Mage] 338418

I look into her eyes and slowly pass a hoof through her mane.
"It must have been hard for you. Living all that time with the Master. Knowing all these things."

Sylt [Omniseer] 338424

Chuckle softly.
"Why do you think I can hold mage wine so well?"

Aleister [Mage] 338428

Nuzzle her nose.
"Another thing we have in common.
It just comes with hearing voices I guess."

Sylt [Omniseer] 338430

"She… Flora I mean… She gave you a hard time?"

Aleister [Mage] 338438

I chuckle.
"She did, but in a completely different way then the Master. He tells you way too much, she tells me way too little."

Sylt [Omniseer] 338445

"I kind of envy you…"
Look lost for a moment, staring at the ground.
"But then again, I can forget about voices now.
If we fail, we could just run away. Far away from the coming night…"

Aleister [Mage] 338501

I hug Sylt. '1d10+2'
"I just hope there's someplace far enough, should that happen."

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Sylt [Omniseer] 338512

Well shit. I kind of remember the one thing he said.
Try to hold it together.

Roll #1 3 - 2 = 1

Sylt [Omniseer] 338513

Well I'm actually tearing up now.
"T-there isn't…"

Aleister [Mage] 338528

I say in a firm tone. "Then we'll change it." My tone softens a bit. "And…if this one of those things we can't change, then at least we'll spend these final days together."

I hug her again.


Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


"My last days with you? I could like the idea~"
Kiss him once more.
We are very kissy ponies.

Roll #0 8 + 2 = 10

Aleister [Mage] 338532

Let's finish this up

After a passionate kiss, I say "I think we lost the others again". I chuckle.

Sylt [Omniseer] 338533

"Your damn fault!"
Give a faux expression of indignation and run ahead.

Aleister [Mage] 338534

I'm not going to sleep yet. I just don't feel RPing further now.

Sylt [Omniseer] 338535

Agreed, we squeezed this part dry.

Aleister [Mage] 340769

As we catch up with the group I casually walk next to Dewdrop.

"Excuse me, miss Inquisitor?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340784

I look him over carefully before speaking up
"Just call me Dewdrop, please."

Aleister [Mage] 340797

I smile nervously.
"Sure Inq- I mean Dewdrop. I wanted to thank you for believing in Sylt. Ever since she's had these visions, everypony has almost branded her as a heretic. It's nice to see somepony who gives her a chance before judging her."

Star Hopper [Cleric] 340802

I cock an eyebrow
"Visions? I beg your pardon? Omniseers are just widely used to track down heresy and whatnot. Their skills are really useful."

Sylt [Omniseer] 340806

"There are many ways we see, Dewdrop. Not all of them are with our eyes."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340808

Ugh, name

"I'm no mage, so I can't really argue with that. Whatever the case may be, it has saved innocent lives."

Sylt [Omniseer] 340810

Just nod and keep trotting quietly alongside Aleister.

Aleister [Mage] 340823

"I'm glad you see it that way. I didn't know the Inquisition allows to employ Omniseers to find heresy."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340833

"We are relatively free in terms of how we operate. Some of the diehard brothers and sisters deeply distrust mages and would never work with one. But I've been doing this job far to long to busy myself with petty grudges. I usually busy myself with hunting demons, vampires, undead and all that other stuff instead. It feels strange to be hunting actual pony beings for once…"
I give myself a moment of pause
"And I don't like it one bit."

Aleister [Mage] 340843

"We're not dealing with just ponies. One of those cultists we met on Midnight Peak was possessed by a demon."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340846

I cock an eyebrow
"I heard some rumors but.. I wasn't sure they were true. Tell me more."

Sylt [Omniseer] 340848

"It was a monster fueled by the blood of the other cultists."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340851

"Blood sacrifices…"
I shake my head in contempt
"Crude but… effective. Did you kill it?"

Aleister [Mage] 340852

I nod.

"There was a leader among them, who said he was possessed by a demon. The cultist told us that by doing these sacrifices they would bring a being they call Nightmare Moon into our world."

I look down "Yes, we did, but it wasn't pretty."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340854

"… Interesting."
I pause, thinking deeply for a moment
"Was there a shard of that shard present during the ritual?"

Aleister [Mage] 340856

"Actually the shard of the Dean was a small part of a huge heart that stands at the altar." I shudder "We didn't dare to come to close to it."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340859

"Then that makes all the sense in the world."
I shake my head in disgust
"We will put a stop to this sickening display of heresy. If they think they can mess with one of Equestria's princesses… then I'll show them…"

Aleister [Mage] 340864

"I'm right with you on that. I just hope we're not too late…"

Got some visitors coming over. Pause for a bit.

Sylt [Omniseer] 340867

"But can we really?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 340873

"We start thinking like that and we've already lost this. I sure as Tartarus don't plan on sitting back and not do anything as I watch it all happen."
I look at you expectantly
"Do you? What do you fight for?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 340878

Hold Aleister's tail even tighter.

Aleister [Mage] 341603

"I simply hope we can save as many ponies as we can from what the cult is trying to do. I don't know if we're strong enough to stop this cult on our own."

Aleister [Mage] 341604

I add" But I'll try."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 341609

I nod
"Your own survival alone or…?"

"Hah, they aren't that tough. They've made plenty of mistakes that enabled us to start tracking them down. As long as your friend keeps doing her thing, we've got the edge."

Sylt [Omniseer] 341628

"I wouldn't have tried to stop the interrogator, if I cared only about myself…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 341655

"Indeed. Her behavior is… worrisome. To say the least."

Sylt [Omniseer] 341657

"Turns out she only needs a friend. She's there, torturing somepony else right now."

Sion 341661

"If we find some evidence at the mansion, she'll believe us. Maybe then we can talk to her about her….issues"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 341663

"I figured as much. I've seen plenty of similar ponies in the Inquisition. I'll make sure to take care of it once we are done here."

Sylt [Omniseer] 341665

"I think a serving of wine will go further than more treaths."

Aleister [Mage] 341670

I nod in agreement. "Besides the Interrogator could still be helpful without torturing ponies. She's a mind reader."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 341673

"I believe a good ear and a open heart will go a long way. While wearing my uniform, I know to be strict, wary and relentless. But without it… I can reach out to ponies who are in pain and… aid them."

Sylt [Omniseer] 341675

Nod to him with a smile.
"Less work for me!"
"You sound just much better than most inquisitors.."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 341681

"I do not enjoy my work. It's not who I really am. When I put on that uniform, Dewdrop is gone. I've learned the hard way not to let your emotions and personal morals roam free while doing what I do…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 341685

Stick just a tiny bit closer to Aleister.
"Am I still talking with Dewdrop now?"
Offer her a friendly smile.

Aleister [Mage] 341686


I listen to the conversation quietly for now.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 341695

I smile back
"I'm currently not wearing the uniform so yes, yes you are. Just… think of me as two different persons."

Sylt [Omniseer] 341697

"Then maybe, you want to take a weight off your chest?
Not like secrets will last long if we fail, anyway."

Aleister [Mage] 341699

Are you talking to me?

Sylt [Omniseer] 341701

Nope, to groves, referring to "I've learned the hard way not to…"

DM 342270

Is this still active?
If so, welcome to the mansion.


Ohboy! Mansion and secret room, can't wait.
Actually, I can.
Say Master, are there any comfy bedrooms lying around?

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342272

"Another time maybe."


We just got through the gates

"Nopony around?"

Sion 342273

"Where should we start looking?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 342274

"I already checked that. Nopony around and a secret room somewhere."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342275

"That simplifies things. I wont need to put on my uniform even. Hopefully there wont be any traps."

DM 342276

It's a lord's house. The master bedroom has an in-built wine cooler and rose petal dispenser.
It is also soundproof.
There is a garden between you and the mansion.
It is well kept, and has some tasteful statues as decoration alongside the paths.


Oh that sounds just about perfect~
But we should probably walk in.
SbS to check for traps.
Grin at him.
"I see something we two should check out. Upstairs."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10


Start looking around for his study, if he has one.

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 342279

There is some sort of mechanism inside the statues.
You are not sure what it does exactly.
As you pass one of the statues it turns and fires a crossbow bolt at you.
-1 to roll for being caught off guard.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342280

Wink the inquisitor out of the way.

Aleister [Mage] 342281

I cock my eyebrow.
"Is it the hidden room?"

Roll for Dodging


Roll #1 7 - 1 = 6

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342282

Drop and roll

Well look at that.
Take out one of my pistols and fire at the head. Marksman Shot '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 342283

You wink the inquisitor out of harm's way.
Another statue fires on you. Dodge.
You duck away from the path, easily evading another statue's bolt
You open fire on the statue, blasting its head off, revealing a compact crossbow mechanism with a large bolt magazine.
Your shot seems to have broken the mechanism that fires it, but the crossbow itself looks like it could be salvaged.


Drop and roll it is!

Roll #1 4 = 4


Shoves Sylt out of the way!

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 342286

Teamwork saves the omniseer from major harm, allowing her to get away with just a small cut on the back.

For now, it seems the statues have stopped.

Aleister [Mage] 342287

"Everypony okay?"


I inspect the mechanism closer
"What triggers these things to attack? Movement?"

Roll #1 6 = 6


Get up and do a survey of the whole wiring. SbS.
"Just a scratch."
"I have no idea. Checking."

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Aleister [Mage] 342290

I stand guard with my bow ready while Dewdrop and Sylt check the statues.

DM 342291

There seems to be an enchanted lens of sorts on the base, disguised as a gem.
When it sees something pass by, the statue fires. It also keeps track of the target to an extent.
Each crossbow seems to hold a magazine of several dozen bolts, and has an auto-reload mechanism.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342292

I came to my senses…

Where am I?


Take out my second pistol and fire at another one of the statues
Aim for the head

Roll #1 6 = 6


Master, other tricks like these you should tell me about?
4th eye.
"We should blow up the gems."

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

DM 342295

Yard of Lord Morningsprite's estate.
You just survived an arrow trap.
You blast another head apart, revealing the crossbow inside
But if you waste time looking for and disabling them, how will you ever make it back to Canterlot before eternal night falls, puppet?
Enjoy these final moments of relative safety. At least for now, that which seeks to kill you is not sentient.


Something will happen, right?

Blow up the targeting gem on these statues with an arrow.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Aleister [Mage] 342297

Are there any statues left? If so fire an arrow at the gem of one of them.


Roll #1 10 = 10

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342298

I look around then draw my sword and shield and stick close to Sylt and Alisteir.

"What gems?!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 342299

"That gem."
Point her to the gems enchased in the base of the statues.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342300

Seeing her blunder, I stick close to Sylt and try to protect her.

DM 342301

You fire an arrow at the gem, only to realize that was a very, VERY bad idea.
The arrow ricochets back at you. Roll for damage.
There are ten statues. One is disabled, another is missing its head.
You crack the gem on one, shattering it and revealing the mechanism inside. From the looks of it, you can probably bypass the statues by simply walking behind their backs on the grass.
Roll to not also get hit by the arrow

Sylt [Omniseer] 342302

Rolling for damage, but I think Whiteshield meant to actually use Protect as in the skill.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342303

I raise my shield and try to protect Sylt from the arrow as much as I can.
Using protect on Sylt.
Also using vanguard from my class skill


Get another marksman shot off, aim for the gem
"We will have to take them down. Just for safety."

Roll #1 7 = 7

DM 342305

Whiteshield, you may take the damage for Sylt if you want.
Well aren't you being clever.
The arrow bounces, and would have impaled Sylt through the cheeks had you not leaped in and headbutted it out of the way with your helmet.
Nobody got hurt.

Aleister [Mage] 342306

I run to her to help.

"There are too many. Let's just sneak behind them without triggering the gems."

DM 342307

The gem shatters with ease, leaving another statue blind


Shakily stand.
SbS to check around the base of the statues and the path bhind them for traps or other wirings.
"I'm alright, don't worry dear."
Smile at him.
"Wait. Behind the statues there might be more gems. Or even other traps."

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342309

I sigh
"This is costing us time…"
dispatch another statue with marksman shot '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Aleister [Mage] 342310

I'm relieved to see nopony got hurt.

"Right. I didn't think of that."

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342311

Attack one of the statue with the gems with my sword.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 342312

Well there are some bear traps on the lawn, and a pressure plate of sorts at the end of the statue path.
You miss and break a vase somewhere else in the garden.
Poor form.
You smash one of the gems.
Six statues remain active.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342313

The owner deserves it!

I grumble and shoot again. Marksman shot '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Sylt [Omniseer] 342314

"Everypony, follow my steps."
Walk the path and avoid bear traps and pressure plate and gems alike, nearing the door.

Aleister [Mage] 342315

Follow Sylt very carefully

DM 342316

You hit a stray cat.
It was innocent and had never done anything heretical.
You monster.
Just listen to the poor thing. It'll bleed out soon at this rate.
Why are you causing such needless pain to the innocent, inquisitor?
Have you no sense of shame or justice!?
So far so good. The statues remain inert.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342317

I give her a look of doubt but still follows her.
"*gulp*, I hope you know what you are doing."


SbS on the door. Check the mechanism to open it, check traps too.

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Aleister [Mage] 342319

"Is the door safe? Or should we blow the walls up?" I chuckle.


That poor thing!
Fly over there and try to stop the bleeding!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sylt [Omniseer] 342321

"You know, that sounds like a good idea. Feel up for some magic?"
Smile at him.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342322

I just give a sigh and stick close to the others and be on the watch on the statue's.

DM 342323

The mechanism to open it involves pressing down on a metal lever attached to a latch system integrated into the structure of the door itself, held in place by a set of sliding metal rods of varying heights connected to springs.
In short, there's a door handle.
"Thank you kindly, fair pegasus. To think, a stray shot would have felled one such as I. Truly not the noble end I deserve."
Seems pretty safe. For now.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342324

Door Handle.
I take there were no additional traps/gems/oddwires linked to it.
Pull the handle.

Aleister [Mage] 342325

I laugh nervously. "I'll give it a shot."
After a second I add "If there is really is no other way to get in…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342326

"My apologies, I didn't mean to- WAIT WHY ARE YOU TALKING!?"
I drop it on the ground in shock

Aleister [Mage] 342327

You're a talking horse.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342328

I follow the group.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342329

Put a hoof softly over his mouth.
"Ush. Don't worry. You are strong enough for it. I know it."
Smile at him.
"But yeah, you won't have to."
Chuckle a bit.

DM 342330

The door opens
The cat lands on its feet and winces
"Ow! Hey! Watch it! I was just wounded you know…"
The door is open.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342331

I take a step back apprehensively
"Who are you? Why are you talking? Cats don't talk!"


Turn around.
"Dewdrop! The door is open!"

So Master, we got a house filled with traps and a secret room somewhere.
At least there are no traps from here to the bedroom, no?
But yeah, probably asking where the entrance to the secret room is would be best…

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342333


Aleister [Mage] 342334

I'm confused too now since there aren't talking cats in the show. Maybe it's a heretical cat after all.

"Let's be careful before going on"

I take a peak through the door to check inside.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342335

"Did you have too much mage wine?"

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342336

"Right, lets be careful"
Same as what Alestier did, I take a peek on the other side of the door.


Roll #1 4 = 4

Aleister [Mage] 342337

I mumble "Oh great another pony who hears voices now"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342338

"Inquisitor? Are you well?"

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342339

I raise an eyebrow.
"Is she alright?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342340

"I hope so, but if she could be seeing things."

Aleister [Mage] 342341

"She's an Inquisitor. Who knows?"

DM 342342

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He looks around
"What are you talking about? Of course we do."
When the king stands alone, at all sides surrounded
With an army to the south, backed by their queen
The faithful to the east, ready to stand against him
A great beast to the west, ever looming, though far away
And his only ally the bastion he built, guarding his back
A path will be revealed.
There is an entrance hall. Stairs lead up to the second floor, and there are three doors. One on the far wall, and one on each side wall.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342343

"But- You- I-!"
I sigh and shout over at the rest
"Somepony please come over and verify I haven't lost my mind!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 342344

Oh, an old nursery rhyme about the fall of the Northlands and the decline of the Trtotantine empire.
Good thing I'm an archeologist.

"Any expert on Northern and Eastern history around here?"

So, are there decorations in this room?


"If you wish"
Walk over to her and check out the cat.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Aleister [Mage] 342346

"Uhm…cirrus, you're the level-headed one around here. Maybe you should go."

Go in with Sylt and take a look around. I don't go too far in though.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342347

I appraoch Dewdrop.
"Are you alright, what are you looking at?" I kneel next to her.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342348

"I hope the Inquisitor doesn't go crazy on us…"

Aleister [Mage] 342349

"I'm not an expert in history, unfortunately. All that Northern history weirds me out.'

DM 342350

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You somehow managed to avoid the arrow trap and bear trap.
The cat looks at you curiously
"Hm? And who's this then?"
An old grandfather clock in the back, a nice and expensive carpet, a small table with a vase on it.


"Well, we gotta find our northscrown!"
SbS, check for traps in the northern room.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342352

My eyes widen.
"Whoa, a talking cat!" I put two of my hooves on my face.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342353

I stare at it for a minute.

"…oh wow. You were right, Inquisitor. Who are you, cat?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342354

I cover my face in my hooves
"Why have I never heard a cat talk before if this is so normal?"

Aleister [Mage] 342355

Push Sylt out of harms way.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342356

"I dont know about it, you tell me."

Aleister [Mage] 342357

5 is not an answer. All or nothing.

Roll #1 6 = 6

DM 342358

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You realize there is some kind of devious torture device in the north room. Charging in with a scream, you attempt to smash it into pieces.
After a while you calm her down.
However, it is all too late for the great invention of sir Horst Apple - the indoor toilet.
And Sylt is now wet from the broken water cistern.
"My name is Mr. Whiskers van Fluffybottom the Second. Charmer, singer, loved by the ladies, worshiped by ponies.
Yes, you may pet my magnificent tail if you so desire."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342359

"I…see. What are you doing here? And if you don't mind me asking, why are you speaking to us?"

Aleister [Mage] 342360

As Sylt calms down again, I take a look at the toilet and back at her.

"…Let's not mention this to the others."

Sylt [Omniseer] 342361

"Tha- that was… It was terrible!"
Throw myself around Aleister's neck.
"I thought I saw a pony being mangled, skinned alive by this thing, while boiling water ran down his cuts!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 342362

Nod and follow him slowly.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342363

"Okay, answer me this then. How long have you been talking? More importantly, are there more of you that know how to speak? Because frankly, this is freaking me out. If I was wearing my uniform, I'd have killed you already."

Aleister [Mage] 342364

I hug Sylt.
"It was just another vision. We're safe."
I glance at another.
"Though I'm sure a lot of other terrible things happened here." I say with a chuckle.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342365

I look at its fluffy tail.
"N.. n no! I wont pet your tail!"
'1d10' to resist

Roll #1 8 = 8

Aleister [Mage] 342366

*I glance at the toilet again.

Aleister [Mage] 342367

I go back with Sylt into the hallway, closing the door to the toilet.

I go to another door. Does it look safe? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

DM 342368

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"Well this lovely lady here saved my life after some horrid thing shot me!"
"Psh, please. My kind has been talking longer than your kind has known the importance of having pictures on your butts.
But quite frankly we rarely bother. What is there to say to hay-munchers? You seem quite happy with just meow meow meow anyway."
"There is no need to hide your desire~"
He wipes your nose with his tail
It does. There is a library here.
A bookshelf covers the back wall.
In a corner is a taxidermy bear.
There is also a chess board, a table and a reading chair.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342369

A… Chess board? Inspect it.

Aleister [Mage] 342370

Go with Sylt to inspect the chess board.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342371

"Could you.. Check the bear? I've a strange feelings. Look for a nameplate."

Aleister [Mage] 342372

Nod. I go to check the bear, especially for nameplates.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342373

"Ugh… Can you tell us about anything suspicious you've seen in the area then?"

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342374

"O… oh my. May I?" I began touching its tail.
"W. why decide talking now?" I look into his eyes

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342375

"I'll take your word for it…Anyway, can you tell us anything more about what was assaulting you?"

DM 342377

File: 1360778644820.png (5.4 KB, 295x381, chess riddle.png)

With the bear behind you, it looks like this
[Bear felled by Lord Morningsprite. A great beast indeed, but no match for his skill.]
"Suspicious? Hm… I did see the owner of this place dismiss all his staff, pack his bags and leave in a hurry the other night."
"I felt a debt of gratitude for my savior~"
"I can only wish I had seen it. Some ruffian shot me! From behind and from the cover of darkness!"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342378

"Were you in here when this happened?"

DM 342379

"Up on the fence. Why?"

Aleister [Mage] 342380

"Lord Morningsprite likes to brag."
I look at Sylt.
"What are we looking for? Does this have something to do with the hidden room?"

DM 342381

Here, have this for solving the chess puzzle

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342382

Just imagine he's a normal pony, not a cat…
"Anything else? Any shady figures on this property?"

I softly whisper in his ear
"I shot him by accident. I already told him but he doesn't seem to realize"

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342383

"At least you are safe now yes?" I smile at the cat while stroking its.. I mean his tail.

I then turn serious, then look around.
"Well you are safe with us, but I cant tell if it is safe for me and my friends to be here in this place."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342384

"I'm just wondering why someone would go to the trouble of shooting you."

Sylt [Omniseer] 342385

"It's… The old saying. The king stands alone, the southern army and eastern might…
The board must be wired. Let me try something."

DM 342386

"Noooo, not really.
Nothing shadier than usual, no."
He sits down and licks his balls for a while.
"Hm, yes.
…wait… are you saying I should come with you?"
"Probably jealous of my tail. It is quite a marvel after all."

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342388

"You can sit on my back if you like too."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342389

"Shadier than usual? Explain."

DM 342391

"Well, I don't really have anything better to do."
He hops on
"Mind if I knead your mane?"
"Well you know. Politicians. Whores. Politicians who may as well be whores. The usual."

Aleister [Mage] 342392

DM, is the solution one legimate move we have to make with one of the pieces or can we move the pieces at will?

Sylt [Omniseer] 342393

File: 1360779317165.png (5.48 KB, 292x292, I still feel bad for the crazy…)

Set the pieces in this combination.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342394

"Are you sure? Is this normal for…cats?"

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342395

I frown.
"You can ride but please dont mess my mane."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342396

"Of course. A den of hedonism…"
I sigh.
Take a moment to put my uniform back on. This is starting to eat at me too much. Stressing out.

Aleister [Mage] 342397

The black crown one is the queen, not the king

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342398

I look at Dewdrop.
"What do we do now, we cant leave this talking cat alone can we?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 342399

Yeah, but otherwise the pieces make no sense.

DM 342400

It has nothing to do with legal chess moves. Just arrange the pieces.
You hear two quiet clicks, but nothing else happens.
Correct: the queen behind her army
Correct: the faithful are to the east
My bad. I got them mixed up. PLEASE IGNORE THAT FOR NOW.
"Shooting? No, not really, no…"
He starts kneading your mane anyway

Sylt [Omniseer] 342401

Move the tower all the way up to A1.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342402

"Politics is a tangled web of intrigue and misdirection. I wouldn't focus too much on it, Inquisitor."

"So we can rule out the possibility it was one of your own. That means you must have done something to anger another."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342404

"Right. Enough of this."
Once I've dressed up again, go find the omniseer

DM 342405

Roll to avoid the pressure plate you probably did not know was in front of the door.
+1 to roll if you did know.
"Oh dear… but who?"


I don't think Sylt told her

Roll #1 4 = 4

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342408

I then rolled my eyes back and sigh.
"Just dont mess with it too much."

Follow the two while carrying the cat.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342410

"Well, what have you been up to for the past week?"

Follow them out.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342411

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2nd take.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342412

"How many times do I need to tell you I was the one who shot the damn cat? Focus on our mission, not this ball of fluff."

DM 342413

There is a click.
All the statues stand up and hop off their pedestals.
The two without heads just fall over.
It seems there are eight crossbow wielding golems in the garden now.
Getting warmer.
You need to move two pieces into different places, and think about the riddle itself.


"Well I didn't know that, did I?"

"Who designed this place?!"
Conjur Weapon.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342416

"Damn it! OMNISEER!"
Draw one of my pistols and take good aim at one of their heads '1d10'


Roll #1 8 = 8

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342417

"W.. what the? They are dormant a minute or two ago!"
I then raise my shield and sword then attack one of the statues.


Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Sylt [Omniseer] 342418

Yeah we are kinda inside the house…
Roll for hearing.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 342419

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Another try.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342420

I have a loud voice.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342422

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And if that fails, here, looming yet distant. Rotate accordingly.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342423

"Well I apologize for being a bit preoccupied at the time!"

DM 342427

Well it was a dumb puzzle anyway.
You hear a set of locks click open somewhere.
Oh look, shouting outside.
You conjure a +1 weapon.
You blast the head off one of the statues, making it stutter and fall.
You knock one of the statues over, breaking its head on impact with the ground.
Looks like these are cheap plaster…


Attack one of the remaining statues.

Roll #1 8 + 3 = 11


I like it! Another!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sylt [Omniseer] 342431

Run to the door and assert the situation.
"Of course…"
Wink one the gems away from its socket.

Aleister [Mage] 342432

Run with Sylt outside and fire an arrow at one of the gems.


Roll #1 9 = 9

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342433

Use Protect on Dewdrop if she ever does a blunder that will open her to an attack from the statues.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342435

All the while attacking any of the statue that gets near or I get near too.

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

DM 342438

You pull a gem out of a pedestal.
The statues do not care, as they are no longer on said pedestals.
One opens fire on you. Roll to dodge.
You break another gem on a pedestal. This might have worked before the golems woke up. Now is a little late. Roll to dodge.
Whiteshield takes an arrow through the leg, but remains standing.
Dewdrop should be fucking thankful.
In retaliation, you then smash the offending golem.
After your stone-shattering blow, only four remain.


Roll for damage!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Aleister [Mage] 342443

Roll to Dodge

Roll #1 10 = 10


There's not time for that. Press the attack!

Roll #1 5 = 5


Keep at it!

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342447

I cringe as blood start to flow down and trickle to my hoof. I then take a breath of relief, thank Celestia I didnt take it in the knee.

I then attack another one of the remaining statue.

Roll #1 8 = 8

DM 342449

missed entirely. What luck!
You feel a nasty slash of pain as the bolt rips through the top of your flank
After Whiteshield takes another hit for you you rush out, but miss your strike
You break another golem
You crack it open, but it remains functional. Barely.

Three remain, one of them badly damaged


Fuck. I can like.
"What the hell did you do to piss them off again?"
Take out my bow and fire.

Roll #1 1 = 1


Whip out my pistols and shoot one of them!

Roll #1 3, 7 = 10


One more!

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 342454

I see what's happening.
Without thinking, I jump in front and take the hit for that one.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342456

Can I jump in and protect Sylt or not? If so do it.
Also rolling for attack on the badly damage statue.

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

Sylt [Omniseer] 342458

"Stop it!"

Aleister [Mage] 342459

Too late.

DM 342465

This did not end well at all.
Alerister, in an act of selflessness, paid a high price to keep Sylt safe.
I hope she appreciates his sacrifice, because he sure ain't getting up any time soon.
You manage to destroy the damaged golem, but take a bolt to the shoulder from another.
Together you fell one of the remaining two.
Only one golem remains standing.


Draw my sword and impale its gem! Ignore the pain!

Roll #1 8 = 8


"Help the mage!"

Finish off that last one quick!

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4


"Goddamnit you idiot!"
Try to bring him back up.
Use whatever means necessary.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342470

Seeing him blunder, I look out for Cirrus if the enemy tries to attack him.
Use protect on him.

Also attack the last remaining enemy.

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Aleister [Mage] 342471

Do I have crazy dreams while unconcious or is one of those everything goes black kind of unconcious?

DM 342475

The last golem goes down, but not before getting Whiteshield in the neck with a bolt.
Despite the stars and fireworks of agony, and the chills of blood loss, Sylt helps Aleister up.



Find a first aid kit or something. They must have something in this house!
4th eye.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342477

I nod my thanks to Whiteshield and catch my breath for a minute.

"How is he?"

Aleister [Mage] 342478

I slowly get up, legs shaking, Celestia that hurts, but at least Sylt is okay.

"My bag….I got some supplies from the infirmary in there."

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342480

I sit down and try my best not to move much. I look at the others if they have any idea how to relieve me of my pain.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342481

"He is an idiot!"
Right. His bag.
Franctically run through it and find the medical supplies, then patch him up.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342482

Help her up
"Good job. But don't do that again."

Aleister [Mage] 342483

"You're cute when you're mad at me." I say with a bloody grin while Sylt patches me up.

DM 342485

This place is no hospital, puppet.
Look at him.
Look how he suffers.
How he has suffered and how he will continue to suffer.
He will die for you puppet.
He will die.
And it will be your fault.
Well, at least he is stable now.

…the sun is setting

Sylt [Omniseer] 342486

Morph in an expression of joy on a face filled with tears, sobbing.
"As soon as you get better I'm gonna slap you so damn hard…"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342487

"I for one am thankful for it."
Help her up as well.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342489

"My wounds are my own, not hers to take."

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342493

I look down and nod weakly.
"Should I remove the arrows stuck on me or shall we press onward?" I whispered weakly.

With that I look around a bit. Where's the cat?

Aleister [Mage] 342495

I keep sitting on the ground for now, getting my bearings.

"Sylt..tell them about the chess board."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342496

"Hold still. We'll get them out of you."

"Sylt, can you spare some for Whiteshield."


"Hold still, knight. We will remove them and bandage you."
Do just that.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342502

With that, I let them do the works that I wont risk myself.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342503

He didn't have to.
I could take it. I always do. Damnit.
"Ush. I will. You think about staying awake, okay?"
"Take it, sure…"
Keep looking at Aleister.
But then turn to her.
"What the hell was that? Why did you activate them, damnit?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342506

I growl at her
"Activate what? How the hell was I supposed to know about this?"

Aleister [Mage] 342507

"Sure, don't worry about me. I've come back from worse." I cringe as I try to move my position a bit.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342510

"Maybe because I told you about all the damn traps and how to avoid them? How can you be so blind?"
Shoot him a worried look and try to speak, but stop myself.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342512

"I wasn't here, you idiot. Damn cat drew my attention away."

Sylt [Omniseer] 342513

"But I told the other unicorn! The guards! What, were they so dense they didn't remember?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342514

"Evidently yes. Yes they were. Now quit your wailing and tell me what you found. Before I get angry."

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342517

I look at her.
"I remember but I forgot to remind Dewdrop of it. Sorry, its my fault.."

Sylt [Omniseer] 342518

"And do what, inquisitor? Kill me for heresy?"
Glare at her with belagering eyes.
"While you were playing with cats and idiot underlings, we found the secret room."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342521

I slap her on the cheek
"Am I supposed to be impressed by your bravado? Calm the hell down and specify what you found."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342522

"Could both of you calm down? It's almost twilight outside."

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342526

"Is it? Should we get back or investigate more of this place?"

DM 342528

The cat sighs
"And then you ponies wonder why we never bother to talk to you…"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342529

"I am calm. It's the omniseer who wont spill the beans."
Push past her and go inspect that room she spoke about '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342530

"We should probably at least look at the room that Sylt and Aleister found."

Aleister [Mage] 342531


I try to stand up '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Aleister [Mage] 342532

Nope, seems like I need to lie down some more.

DM 342534

It seems something is not quite right inside you…

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342535

"Shut up. I have a job to do."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342536

"Stay still for now."



Roll #1 3 = 3

Aleister [Mage] 342538

Aargh. I don't move a muscle anymore and just glare. "We're wasting time."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342539

You are wasting time. Dewdrop is already inspecting that secret room

Aleister [Mage] 342541

I would be happy to go with you if I wasn't about to fall apart.

DM 342542

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It seems this is a dining room and kitchen.
A hatch on the floor has opened.

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342543

Help Dewdrop inspect the room.

"We do argue from time to time." I smiled back at the cat.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sylt [Omniseer] 342544

Take it and grit my teeth.
"You should only fuck yourself, that's what."
Look at her again.
"While you were playing with cats we found a locked mechanism to… Something.
Unlocked it, worked around its trap and then we hear you scream and rush over just to find you are all a bunch of imbecilles who can't follow a simple direction even when your own lives depend on it!"
"Doesn't matter. We won't make it before nightfall."
Rush by his side.

Aleister [Mage] 342545

Cough a bit. "I just need to lie down some more."

Sylt [Omniseer] 342548

"Don't die on me…"
Hug him tight, try to find a blanket or something to cover both of us with.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342549

"Well? Any more traps around or should I leave you two to the bedroom to work away that evident anger?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 342551

"Calm down. Accidents happen."

DM 342552

Well there IS a bedroom.
The cat looks down the hole
"Mh. A little smelly, but not trapped. Well, so long as you don't bother the altar."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342553

Hop down behind the cat then
Start looking around for anything of note without bothering the altar '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Aleister [Mage] 342554

I feel a bit better with the blanket around me.

I look to Sylt. "Could you help me get inside? I'll wait for you ponies in the hall."

Sylt [Omniseer] 342556

"Sure. I'm coming to show you about all the cool traps you can walk into."
"You want to stay here? How bad off are you?"
But help him up nonetheless.
Traps down there, Master? Maybe big glowing red barrels with "BOOOM" written all over it?

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

DM 342559

You land on your head. The drop was longer than you expected
"There was a ladder you know…"
No, just an altar that really would be best left alone by the good inquisitor.

Aleister [Mage] 342560

"I think it's safer to wait in the hall, then outside. I just need to catch my breath for a moment. I'll catch up." I say as Sylt helps me inside.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342562

"Yes. Thank you cat."
Let's try that again '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

DM 342564

This seems to be some sort of shrine. There are many paintings here, in varying stages of completion, incense burners, pillows, a hookah, and a dark altar topped with a black stone statue of an alicorn.

Sylt [Omniseer] 342565

"Alright. I'll leave you here for a minute then. Gotta make sure the inquisitor doesn't get corrupted by the evil altar in the basement."
Talk with a calm tone and a smile on my face, then help him inside and follow Dewdrop.
Take the ladder.
"Don't touch the altar. It corrupts."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342566

"That cat told me so."
I stay quiet for a moment
"Is your stallion going to be alright?"
Keep looking around '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1


"I hope. He's a damni idiot. Jumping in front of me like that."

SbS, inspect the place.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342570

I look at the cat.
"What do you know of this place?" I ask him.

I then kneel down beside him.
"Tell me your secrets cat."

DM 342571

Ok so how many of you people are down in the shrine now? All of you?

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342573

talking to cat but most likely carrying him down there.

Aleister [Mage] 342574

i think everyone except me who is in the hall and whiteshield who is in the garden. I'm writing a post on what I'm doing in the hall.

Aleister [Mage] 342577

I look with a smile as Sylt walks off. Then I go sit down on the carpet. I look around for a few seconds. Then I sigh, no point in delaying any longer.

My front leg hurts a bit as I take out my ring. I stare at it for a second, take a deep breath and say, trying not to let my voice tremble "Flora, are you still with me?" '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sylt [Omniseer] 342578

Down there with Inquisitor and crew.

DM 342580

Ok you know what lets just ASSUME you all dragged your asses to the shrine.
Also the cat was the first one there anyway, mocking Dewdrop for not knowing how a ladder works.
Except Almondmaster here >>342577
Where else would I have gone?

Assuming the cat is a fuzzy faced liar, you go ahead and touch the altar. Then mockingly poke it, slap it around, put your butts on it and make faces at it.
Somewhere behind you, a deep voice growls
You shouldn't have done that…

Sylt [Omniseer] 342583

I have no reason to touch the altar, who the fuck cares about the cat, the Master told me not to.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342584

I wasn't even near the altar!

Draw my sword
"Who goes there!?"

Aleister [Mage] 342585

I prefer the term Alemeister.

I sigh in relief "Flora..I..I was so scared about you. Ever since what happened at the altar…what happened to you?"

DM 342587

I guess you had visions of something you did want to rub your butt on.
Not like there is much room down here anyway.
The hatch seems to have shut.
Beyond that, there are good news and bad news.
What happened to me? Nothing. I have been the same since the dawn of this world. What happened to you?

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342588

"Done what?" I look around with sword drawn.

"What is this cat?"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sylt [Omniseer] 342590

Oh right.
That makes sense I guess.
Backpedal towards the hatch.
"Inquisitor, stick with me."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 342591

"I said, WHO GOES THERE!?"



Roll #1 4 = 4

DM 342595

The good news is, cats don't talk.
The bad news is, it seems demons can shapeshift.



Well. Fuck. I will take Marksman Shot and Vantage Point then.

4th eye, what's his shape, his weaknesses, his strong points?

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342597

"Wh…what?" I stare at the cat in disbelief and step back away from him.

DM 342599

You'll get a new point after this boss though.
It's a demon of sorts. Hard to see in the darkness of the shrine, but it seems similar in some ways to the Gifted you faced at Midnight Peak. Only it is more fangs and tendrils this time, and with a cat at the core.

Aleister [Mage] 342600

I chuckle. "I was being stupid I guess. I took a hit for Sylt." I try to straighten up a bit. "But I'm still okay, with you here and Sylt, I know we will stop these cultists."


"Filthy beast! I knew not to trust you!"
Charge in and strike with my sword

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13


Okay hold the presses I'll think after this boss.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Whiteshield(Uni crusader) 342604

Try to protect Sylt on any random tentacles that monster produces while I decide if I will attack the monster or not.

DM 342607

Well, the other puppet is fighting for her life in the unholy darkness hidden below this mansion, while you sit here, idly talking to a ring.
Bold words, Inquisitor. But it cannot be stopped.
You slash away the tendrils that get near you, and even manage to slash the cat itself, forcing the demon to shift its weight and protect itself.
It then lashes out, striking Whiteshield who leaps in to guard Sylt



Stab it!
"Empty words, demon. Just watch."

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7

Aleister [Mage] 342612

I look confused "other puppet…" then the rest of what she said dawns on me

"SYLT" I put the ring away and run towards the hidden basement.

DM 344095

The hatch on the floor is closed.
You can hear fighting within.

Sylt [Omnisee] 344102

Monster made of tendrils of darkness. Great.
Wink an object above it, the biggest one I can find and manage to warp.

Chip(DD knight) 344103

"Everyone fight back!" I then start slashing at the nearby tentacles.

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Aleister [Mage] 344104

Fuck. How could I have been so careless.

I open the hatch and go in.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344106

>name! arg


"You're one to talk, deceiver!"

Magic Bolt!

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 344131

One of the tendrils grabs the brick you winked and tosses it aside.
Winking objects at things with an intent to attack them by circumventing the dice is not something I was hoping to see. Looks like I need to go reword some rules.
You slash through a few, revealing the cat at the core of the mess of tendrils.
It hisses at you.
With the cat revealed, you manage to hit it, making the demon curl up before lunging across the room and reforming in front of the altar.


Sure you do.
But this is why we have a test group.
It's just too boring to say 'I attack it with my bow' every other post.

I attack it with my bow.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344138

Attack the cat!
>inb4 a >1 rng

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344139


Conjure weapon and pounce on it.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Aleister [Mage] 344156

I'm in the basement now right?

"What the hell is that?" as I see the demon.

I fire an arrow at it.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344159


Cirrus [Battlemage] 344167

"Can we all agree not to trust talking animals anymore?!"

Aleister [Mage] 344168


Sylt [Omnisee] 344170

"You shouldn't be here! You are hurt!"

DM 344171

Seeing the demon roll out of the way, you take a chance to get a stab into it as it moves past you.
And this is why I didn't want an archer class in the first place.
Anywhy, to keep things interesting, one of the tendrils shoots out and grasps you, dragging you to the altar and leaving nasty cuts on your leg.
With the tendril extended, you see the cat inside, and leap in to slash it, forcing the demon to curl up again
With magical, shimmering sword in hoof, you slash at the curled up demon, making it drop some cut off bits.
You pop open the hatch after the demon moves away from it, but don't get a chance to hit it.
You do see Sylt get dragged off though.

I will make you pay once I feed on this one…


Kick it off with my rear legs! Scramble free and run away.

Roll #1 4 = 4


Slash at it!

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10


"Nobody's feeding on anything here!'

Cut off that tendril!

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344180

"I cant believe I let you ride my back!"
I then slash at the tentacles and at the cat again.

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344181


It's all or nothing now. This has to work.
I invest my 2 skill point into becoming a thaumaturge and gain +1 to spellcasting.
I somehow clench the ring in my hoof, take deep breath and fire a Lightning Orb at the demon.


Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344187

While slashin at the cat and its tentacles. I see Alesteirs plight and try to stand between him and the fiend.

Protect on Alestier and use vanguard(if applicable)

DM 344197

Another tendril lashes onto you.
The demon pulls you onto the altar and prepares to strike down
However, you slam your blade into it, making it recoil before it can strike
Ans Cirrus follows up with a might blow that breaks off the tendrils revealing the cat
Which Whiteshield immediately assaults, making the demon shriek, roll up and launch itself across the small room again
A shock of white hot pain.
Your mind cannot help but wonder what you lost this tim-OH SHIT ANGRY BALL OF DEMON TENDRILS INCOMING!
Luckily Whiteshield takes a turn out of sequence (naughty.) and leaps in to protect Aleister.
As a result, she ends up under, and inside, the angry, wounded demon.
You are stuck in cold, sticky darkness, with a pair of angry eyes leering out at you. The walls feel corrosive to the touch…

The demon forms into a ball and pulses.


What the hell just happened.
SbS to find Whiteshield inside the demon.
If I don't have to do that, Wink her outside.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344203

I grit my teeth.
"C.. Celestia protect me!"
I then raise my shield try to cut on the sticky mass with my sword, with the intention to get out.

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9


Keep charging and slashing at it!

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344209

I shake it off and fire an arrow at the demon.

Roll #1 10 = 10


Try and cut open that sphere.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

DM 344238

She is inside the demon, fighting off its fangs and tendrils.
The demon seeks to draw power from her to unleash a devastating attack.
You slash away the gooey insides that try to bite into you, making the demon hiss.
Your combined assault forces open a hole in the sphere, revealing the cat and Whiteshield.
However, as it opens, it launches several tendrils at you, trying you drag you inside the growing sphere.

Sylt [Omnisee] 344245

Then wink her out! I have her position and am even close to both her and the demon!


Cut the tendrils trying to drag in Cirrus!

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344259

I fire another arrow at the creature.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344262

"Ahh! Oh no!" I try to keep the fangs and tendrils at bay.

I then assess if this chamber I am in is based on a spell or not.

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

DM 344271

You yank Whiteshield out of the demon, making it deflate a little.
And you proceed to free Cirrus
While Aleister aims for the cat, but only hits the tendrils
You climb out with the help of Whiteshield's magic, but figured out the demon is probably able to form a sort of mouth inside itself.

The demon compresses itself into a small blob and vibrates


It's going to blow, isn't it?
Run and duck behind something!

Roll #1 2 = 2


Take a few steps back and shoot it! Marksman shot!

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344283

I raise my shield to protect myself.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344285

If I just keep shooting arrows, we'll never kill it…
I visualize the Lightning Orb shooting from my horn right into the demon. Let's hope this works.

Lightning Orb '1d10+3'

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344288

I try to hide Sylt and me behind my shield.

Use protect on Sylt.

DM 344305

Sylt hides behind Whiteshield, who raises her guard and braces for impact.
Dewdrop takes a step back, but realizes she is is already up against the wall…
You conjure up a massive lightning ball and hurl it at the demon.
It connects as the demon's tendrils burst out in a barrage of sharp points, cutting a path for you and keeping you safe, as well as shocking the cat.

The tendrils slam into Whiteshield's shield, but she and Sylt are unharmed.

Dewdrop however is impaled against the wall, and falls helpless.

With no energy to power the blast but what it had stored, the demon is reduced to a panting, cut up and singed cat with some tendrils weakly lashing out at you.


"Thanks White!"
Move to the side and fire an arrow at the cat.

Roll #1 8 = 8


I cough and try to get back up

Roll #1 7 = 7

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344315

I look in amazement at what I just conjured. I don't waste time and fire a Lightning Spike at the cat.


Roll #1 2, 1 + 1 = 4

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344334

Lower the shield and attack the cat again with my sword.

I wink at Sylt.
"No problem!"

Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9

DM 344336

The sphere explodes violently, sending you tumbling across the room, screaming in pain.
You stand back up, ignoring most of the bleeding holes on you.
You put an arrow into the helpless cat. It yelps.
You stab the cat, spilling its little guts on the floor.
It looks up with scared eyes.


Try and bandage myself up a little…

Roll #1 10 = 10


And again, place an arrow in it.
"Cats don't talk."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344346

I recoil from its sight and step back but never lowering my shield.
"Guys I think its down."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344353

I was wondering when I would blow myself up [s]again[/s]

Seems I got overconfident, just get up Aleister. You still have a job to do.
I try to get up again. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sylt [Omnisee] 344359

"Then cut its head off!"

DM 344363

Seems like it looked worse than it was.
You'll live.
You struggle up too, mildly twitchy from the aftershock
You put an arrow into its throat.
It looks at you, trying to yowl in agony, but it cannot, as the blood pools into its tiny lungs.
It slowly coughs and sputters, drowning in its own blood.
It had a nice, fluffy tail once. Now a matted mess of gore and fur.
The spark of life in its golden eyes fading away as blood pours out of its small, broken body.
It shudders, and then lays still.

Then the tendrils rip themselves loose from the carcass and stand up like a dark, fleshy octopus
So much for being subtle.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344365

I look at the cat.
Can I do it?

Roll #1 5 = 5


I draw my sword once again and charge in

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Sylt [Omnisee] 344371

"You look as lousy a demon as you are a cat."
Arrow, again!



Roll #1 5 = 5

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344377


I look at the fleshy mass.
"What kind of sorcery is this?!"
Use Spellbreaker on it.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344382

I see the dark mass.
I clench my teeth in determination.
I need to be able to spellcast again or I might as well die.
Just do it slowly.

'1d10+3' Lightning Orb

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Sylt [Omnisee] 344386

Whristle at his attack.

DM 344394

It jabs out a pair of tendrils, lashing both of you
Your spellbreaker causes the demon to be almost torn asunder as it uncoils and reveals its eye at the core
And with a thundering blast of power, you launch a massive lightning ball at the eye, exploding the demon into a fine, dark mist and a few gooey chunks.

You have defeated a Nightmare Demon, and gain +1 skill point! Hooray!

You may now continue inspecting the mansion.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344404

Oh thank Celestia.

I sit down again, relieved.

Sylt [Omnisee] 344413

And then I choose… Vantage point, Piercing Shot trickshot.
Rush over to him and give him a hug.
"You idiot! You were hurt!"

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344416

I go to the cats mangled body.
"Poor thing…."
I find an appropriate area in where to bury it.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344417

I'll hold onto it

I fall back onto my haunches
"Filthy creature…"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344421

The hug hurts my muscles a little, but that's nothing compared to the immense sense of happiness I feel.
"I'm glad you're alive too."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344459

"Poor thing? That cat was about to eat us all alive."

Sylt [Omnisee] 344465

Keep close to him.
"The cat was just a cat, once…"

DM 344466

You can bury it in the garden outside, where you found it.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344467

"It was corrupted… and I fell right for it."
I stomp a hoof on the floor angrily

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344474

"It was… poor little thing. " I scrunched.
I then look at Sylt.
"Where did that…. thing, that fiend I mean come from?

Go and do that.


Look at her, but say nothing. She should have been more careful.
Inspect this altar, finally.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344478

I calm down.
"You're right…Sorry Whiteshield. Do what you have to do."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344482

Forcibly take it away from her
"This thing needs to be burned."
Go find some place to make a fire

Sylt [Omnisee] 344483

"I don't know. Might have been in there since forever…"

DM 344489

Rest well, kitty.
Rest well…
You pull it up from the ground, getting cat guts all over your hooves
It all makes sense now.
You are all going to die this night.
Everyone will.
For the night is eternal.

Sylt [Omnisee] 344491

'1d10' for how much I care, at this point.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344493

I just look at DewDrop then look down.
"Considering what it was before, perhaps that might be for the best."
I then slump down on a corner.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344494

So I'm kinda sobbing on the floor right now.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344497

Like I care
Pile some wood and tinder on top of it, then set it ablaze
"Ashes to ashes."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344502

I go over to Sylt and give her a hug. "Let's get away from that altar.


Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344511

I look at the others.
"Are we going to inspect the altar?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 344513

Look at him, nod, and pick myself up.
"We should… Yeah, why did we even come here in the first place…" Sob softly and leave this basement.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344518

I go with Sylt outside the basement and sit together with Sylt in the library.
"Maybe it's better if the Inquisitor takes a look at it. I've had my share of altars for today."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344522

Sylt [Omniseer] 344529

Giggle for a moment.
"What if a talking roach comes out and starts to tell her some sob story? We'll have to fight yet another demon."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344535

"We purged a demon. That's a job well done."
I nod at her

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344539

"alright then, I'll take a rest here. Just call me if there is anything that you guys find out."

I then take a breather.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344541

I chuckle.
"Or a talking butterfly."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344546

"Oh the horror!"
Mock up a shocked expression, but laugh.
"It's incredible. The world will end tonight and we are joking like idiots~"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344559

"If these are our last hours.." I snuggle up to Sylt. "That's not a bad way to spend it."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344562

"Normally I agree with you, but I can't help but feel like this was a setup."


"This whole damn thing is a setup."
I shake my head and inspect the room and altar
"But I'll find the ones responsible…"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344571

"For our sake I hope there's enough left for us to look through."

DM 344577

The altar is dedicated to a black, fanged alicorn.
You suspect it to be an effigy of this much spoken of Nightmare Moon.
Stains on the altar imply it was used for blood offerings, or someone spilled red wine on it.
Other than that, it seems they used some amount of drugs in the room to enhance whatever they were doing.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344578

I shake my head in disgust and take some samples as evidence
"Heretic filth…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 344580

"You know, there is a bedroom upstairs…"

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344581

"What did you find?" I approach dewdrop.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344584

"Drugs, evidence of offerings… Signs of clear heresy. We will need to inform the Inquisition of this."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344589

"Do you think they can be trusted?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344605

"I cannot. But that does not change anything."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344610

"I see."

I do some inspecting on the evidence myself.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344611

I chuckle and then look at my bandages.
"I could use a nice bed right now."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344614

"It's not very comforting to think we might be the only ones left."

DM 344615

Deciding to be sure rather than guess, you take a long hit off one of the hookahs.
Your mind and vision are overcome with terror as images of death and darkness surround you.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344619

Try to calm myself down

Roll #1 9 = 9

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344629

I slowly appraoch dewdrop and hug her while shaking profusely.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344634

"Are you all right? What was in those things?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344635

"Hey wha-!?"
I slap her
"Get a hold of yourself, knight!"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344636

"She took the drugs!?"

DM 344639

it's upstairs.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344642

"Nice long hit off of one of them. Not sure what she was thinking, but I doubt it was good for her."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344646

Stand and help him up.
"I hope the inquisitor doesn't miss us too much."
And upstairs in the majestic bedroom they went.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344647

I just keep on hugging.
Do I feel that slap?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344648

I growl
"That idiot. We have no time for this!"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344650

"She's probably too busy talking to that butterfly."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344661

Giggle and open the door of the bedroom.
"After you."

Master, is that idiotic bunch of brutes downstairs still alive?

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

DM 344669

It is quite something. The heavy curtains, rugs and specially designed walls muffle sound. Nobody will hear what goes on in here.
And the bed is as big as it is soft.
They are, puppet.
They have not yet realized time is up.
Night has fallen.
And the nightmare will soon begin.
So enjoy what time you have left. For there will be no time for regrets.


"No we don't. Come to think of it…"

Where did the other two run off to?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344671

I keep quiet and look down.
I try to stand on myself.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344672

Drag Whiteshield along with me and head back upstairs

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344674

I go and lie down on the bed
The touch of that soft bed on my aching muscles..
"Oh that feels so good."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344675

I follow.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344678

Lie besides him.
And then I guess I hear this.
"Night is here. We gotta leave."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344681

Follow Dewdrop.

DM 344682

How did you hear it in a SOUNDPROOF ROOM?


Fourth eye?

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

DM 344691

You see what you want to see.
I do not know what it is exactly.



Start looking around the house for those two idiots

Roll #1 7 = 7

Sylt [Omniseer] 344696

I see that night is falling, you told me as much.
Exit this room.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344700

"Inquisitor, we might want to move quickly."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344702


I sigh. "Figures…"
I leave with Sylt.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344703

I nod with Cirrus.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344706

"I am aware of that. But I need that damn Omniseer."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344708

And then I puff out of the room.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344709

"If you don't mind me saying, she seems more trouble than she's worth."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344710

"There you are. LET'S MOVE IT!"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344711

I'm following the rest of the group next to Sylt.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344713

Same here

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344714

"Did you bring the evidence? We need something to convince those guards at the palace to let us in."

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344715

I nod
"Yes I did."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344716

Roll my eyes and follow.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344718

"I still have the warrant if we need it."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344719

"You know, if we somehow manage to survive this night. That mansion will still be empty."

DM 344720

Ready to head back to Canterlot?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344721

"Or more likely burned down."


Cirrus [Battlemage] 344724

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344726


I snort at that comment.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344727

Give him a coy smile, but say nothing.
"A shame. The bedroom looked so inviting…"

DM 344737

Back on the road you go.
It is already nighttime. Though it should only be late afternoon at best…

Pause here? I could get some sleep if you are ok with more tomorrow.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344739

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344743

Sure Don't have nightmares.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344748


alright then/

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344752

You want to talk some more?

Sylt [Omniseer] 344754

Something on Aleister's mind?

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344756

He wants to talk about the "puppet" comment his ring made.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344757

Go for it. Suppose we are still in the room, before I went back outside.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344759

Oh my.
brb 10 minutes

DM 344767


Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344769


We're back in the bedroom in nice comfortable bed, instead of the cold hard world outside that's about to end.

I stare into Sylts eyes. "Those batponies might be evil but at least they got taste."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344771

"Yeah well they are not getting a piece of me anytime soon."
Giggle a bit and move closer, nuzzling his nose.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344787

I smile and go in for a kiss.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Sylt [Omniseer] 344788

That's one damn nice kiss. Pull him closer and roll around the bed.
Then, slowly pull apart, looking in his eyes.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344789

I look into her eyes and nuzzle her nose a little.
I pull back again, close my eyes for a second.
"Sylt…" I open my eyes again with a sigh. "There's something I have to ask you."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344790

Slowly getting comfortable beside him, I just nudge his side with a smile, to encourage him.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344791

I stare at the ceiling for a second and then look back to her.

"The Master…does he ever call you "puppet"?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 344792

Look taken aback for a second, and wince.
"Yeah… How do you know?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344795

I look back at the ceiling.
"When all of you were in the basement, I talked to Flora in the hall. She told me you were in danger and she…" I gulp "she called you the other puppet."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344800

Throw my hooves around him and rest my head on his shoulder.
"Yeah. He does that. I doubt he means ill, thou."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344804

I put my hoof around her while I keep staring at the ceiling, then I finally say.

"It's him, isn't it?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 344810

"In your ring? Maybe. Maybe Flora is just screwing with you. Maybe I am him too. Maybe you are him too."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344812

I look at her again. I chuckle.
"You're not making much sense Sylt. But then again,"
I move my head closer to nuzzle her nose.
"maybe that just comes with hearing voices."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344824

Frown at him.
"Are you calling me crazy?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344827

I smile at her.
"I'm saying we're both a little crazy. And I wouldn't have it any other way."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344828

"You neither, uh?"
Snuggle closer.
"But I don't know. Maybe it's him, who can say.
At times, I think he just does it for the kicks."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344829

"It must be him, whatever he is."
I look back at the ceiling, holding her close.
"You know, I always wondered what Flora was…
It's the whole reason I became a mage.
When we were at the altar, and you told me she was the Master, I didn't want to believe it."
I turn back to her.
"Flora was always so kind to me before that night. And what you told me about the Master, he seemed so horrible…."

Sylt [Omniseer] 344830

"Maybe it's just your mind that takes her words in a different light now…"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344831

I look at her curious.
"You..don't think she's the Master?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 344832

"The master told me so. But yet again, he could have done it to screw with us."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344833

I look at the ceiling again.
"Maybe… But what I'm trying to say is that,
before I met you, Flora meant everything to me.
She was the only one I had.
And before today, if I had even considered that all my life I've just been a puppet for some uncaring being I might have been upset."
I look at her again.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344834

Fiddle with my hooves a bit, running them along his chest.
"What you mean is, now that you've met me it doesn't make you so upset anymore?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344835

I move closer to her.
"When I caught that blast in the garden for you,
I thought I was done for.
And again in the basement,
I was ready to die if that Orb hadn't worked.
It made me realize that life's too short to endlessly wonder about something I can never understand.
If I've been a puppet all my life, then so be it.
I'd rather spend the last hours I've got with you, then getting upset about a ring."


Look up towards him, smiling.
"No pony I'd rather waste away my last hours with."
And then they kissed.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344837

As we kiss I move closer….

I think this is a "good" time to hear the inquisitor shouting at us.



Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344839

Fun thing, I was originally planning to let Aleister go through a few stages before he accepted the ring was the master. But after the whole thing in the basement it just doesn't feel right anymore. He pretty much accepted he's very probably going to die, so he just stopped giving a shit.


Nihilist characters are the best. When done right. Imagine how nice would it be to survive this, for them.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344841

There would probably be a whole lot of [s]kissing involved.[/s]

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344842

Strange I just can't get those double spoilers to work.

DM 344963

If you wish to still explore the mansion, now is the time.
If not, lets get moving back to Canterlot.

Sylt [Omniseer] 344969

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 344970

Oh I'd love to but Dewdrop has other plans. Let's go back.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 344973

We march to Canterlot to inform the captain of our findings

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344976

I agree.

DM 344986

You leave the mansion behind, with its bloodied basement shrine, broken statues and a small pile of cat ash in the yard.

It should be late afternoon at best now.
But it is as dark as midnight out here. Though the stars are beautiful.
The air is cool and there are no clouds in sight. A large full moon provides some pale light to the world.
In the distance, you can hear all to familiar screaming.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 344989

Follow the rest of the group.

I ready mey sword and shield.
"Sylt?" I look at her, waiting for answer.s

Cirrus [Battlemage] 344994

"There's a familiar sound. Is it coming from the castle?"


Tell me of a safe path back to the guards, Master.
"One moment. Looking."

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345001

I halt with the rest of the group.
I'm still terribly wounded aren't I?

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 345005

Wait for her
"Hurry up. This sounds horrible."

DM 345013

They are not out for the blood of the like-minded.
Simply humor them, tell them you, too, love the night.
Make some friends, puppet. you have plenty of enemies as is.
More or less.
But you'll live.
For now.

Sylt [Omniseer] 345027

Turn to the others.
"Okay, whatever happens, play along!
Pretend you love the night and say how great it is and how cool nightmare moon is and stuff like that!
There is no safe road otherwise!"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345032

I nod.

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 345034

I cock a brow
"That's awfully strange of you to say, Omniseer. But I trust your judgment on this. You lead the way… just in case."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345035

I turn to Sylt with a bewildered stare.
"What do you mean by that?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345037

"She means that if we don't play along for now, we're going to be slaughtered."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345039

I tilt my head for a second.
"So… its already happening huh?"
"Alright, I'll play along."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345041

"I mean that if somepony comes and asks you if you love the night, you say yes. Got it?"
"No stranger than what I've said in the last few hours, I'm sure."
And then we made our way back to the guards.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345044

I follow Sylt.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345045

"Got it."

DM 345046

After a while, a group of bat ponies and a few pegasi land nearby.
Their gear looks stolen, homemade or civilian in origin.
"Hey! You there!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345051

"Yes, felllow inhabitant of the night?"

Dewdrop [Inquisitor] 345055

I keep quiet

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345056

I'll let Sylt do the talking for now.
I just stare at the ponies with a blank expression.

DM 345062

They smirk
"Glory be to the night! Good hunting out there so far?"

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345063

I look at the leather-winged fanatics.

Sylt [Omniseer] 345066

"Well armed followers of the sun in that direction-"
Point at the direction we come from.
"We put up a good fight, and they retreated further down, but now we must go back to our homes and rest, for we have suffered many wounds."

DM 345074

"A grand night to you."
"Ah, a true danger indeed. The daywalkers really are persistent in a fight. Cruel too. We lost a few friends not two night ago…
Need any aid?"
One of the pegasi looks uncomfortable and hangs back

Sylt [Omniseer] 345084

Oh I get it.
He's a prisoner too, isn't he? How many of them are cultists and how many are just poor bastards dragged from their homes?

"Sure! We could use some patching up."

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

DM 345093

Oh he is no prisoner.
He is just scared and inexperienced. New to this whole "praise the night and kill the day" thing.
Most of them are.
The most veteran one has only seen battle twice.
The one you are talking to only talks big. He has only fought once in his life. He just wants to live in peace, and wants no trouble from anyone.
He is glad you are not his enemies.

"We do have some medical supplies with us, and I know some healing magic."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345097

So am I tonight, so am I.
"We have supplies enough to patch us up at our place, keep yours, you might need them."
Salute them and keep going.

DM 345102

They follow
"It might be dangerous to go alone. Maybe we should stick together?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345109

"I told you. We are bleeding out and need to rest at our base. If you follow, you'll be wasting precious night time and those bleeding sun-crawlers will get away.
This is your chance to nail them."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345112

I tilt my head.
"Nothing to be afraid of, the night watches over us. Look."

I pointed to the sky.
"It blanket us with her beauty." I give a smile(albeit in a weird and maniacal way.).


How uncomfortable with this am I?

Roll #1 9 = 9

DM 345121

"Wasting night?"
A few of them laugh
"I doubt that will be a problem any more."
"Yes. The night… sure is pretty."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345124

I turn at one of them and say with a stern voice.
"Sir, what does Nightmare Moon command?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345125

"But as I told you, they might be running for healing themselves.
What are you, scared of going after them even now that the night watches over you?"

DM 345145

"Tonight is the night of her awakening.
Tonight we see the death of light. Nothing can stop the coming of Nightmare Night!"
"I… uh…"
He looks a little evasive

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345154

These guys sure can rhyme, even I can do it in a dime.
Oh shut it you Shieldy.

Keep quiet and listen to the conversation taking place.

Sylt [Omniseer] 345155

Move closer to him.
"Are you afraid, by any chance? Are you unsure of the symphony of the night? Can't you hear her song calling to us, telling us to give everything we have for her?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345156

"Exactly. So what are you doing here exchanging pleasantries with ponies who are wounded from battle, instead of celebrating her arrival by shedding blood?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345174

Surprisingly okay. In fact I'm more disturbed by that then the massacring. Maybe I need to rethink my life.

Stay silent and watch them for now.

DM 345178

"I can."
He lowers his voice
"But my courage is lacking"
One of the bat ponies grins
"This night will be grand, friend."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345182

"It will be grand yes." I smile back.

"Say, how is Canterlot these days?" I slowly apporach the bat pony.

Sylt [Omniseer] 345184

Narrow my eyes.
"If you are not sure, you'll only lead those ponies to their deaths, you know that, right?"

DM 345189

"Soon it will be the moon capital it deserves to be. Soon, the sun will be cast out from it."
"That's why I was hoping we could come with you. To aid you for a while, until it happens.
Then… then I would know if my heart is true to this cause."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345190


"Yes it will be grand indeed. You know what, I have a perfect idea to celebrate it now that you ponies are here."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345191

Step closer again.
"Go home.
The queen of the night does ill need followers such as you. Go home now before we gut you right here just for pretending to be what you are not."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345194

I take a deep breath and look down.
"S… so its under siege then am I right?"

DM 345195

"Do tell."
"I do not pretend, friend. I follow, even if my path has not yet been as long or bloody as those of many others.
Do not disregard me simply if you have bathed in more guts than I.
There is more to praising the night than bloodshed."
"The festivities have not yet truly begun. We will know when the time for that comes."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345197

"Then what are you doing out in this moment, when nothing but blood can be found?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345198

I turn around and point in the direction of the barracks.
"Brothers, we shall storm the barracks of the Captain of the guard and slaughter them all in the name of the Nightmare Moon."

DM 345200

"Praying that others could see the beauty of the night. And join us in embracing it, without need for pain and terror.
I am trying to be the good word to the sword many others prefer."
Many of the others look worried
"S-storm the barracks?"
"Sounds crazy…"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345203

"You won't find many ponies sharing your views."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345204

Turn back to them.
"Are you cowards? Nightmare Moon demands the blood of the daywalkers and I shall give it to her. Now follow me or get the hell out."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345207

I try to stand up straight.
I just hope Alestier knows what he is doing.

DM 345210

"I would rather see less bodies than more. I would rather at least try.
But I see you are just another blind bloodseeker. Go on then, on your merry road of carnage.
Unlike you, I serve the night, not my own thirst for death."
"Come on friends. We're leaving. Forget these fools. They are just more madponies…"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345214

"Cowards" I shout as they leave.

When they're out of hearing range. "So let's get going to the barracks then."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345216

I nod.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345217

"I'm impressed. Hopefully the rest of them will be just as disorganized."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345220

"Nice talking back there."
Wink at him and smirk.


Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345223

I smile at her and go to the barracks.

DM 345224

You can see some fires in the distance as you reach Canterlot itself.
The air is heavy here. As if it was charged with fear and anticipation.
A massive amount of guards, day and night, have gathered at the palace gates.
The captain is arguing with the honour guard captains there.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345226

I approach the guards.
"Whats the matter here?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345228

Slip by them and go find the doc.
Me and Aleister need some patching up.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345229

Right. I go with her.
The Inquisitor should probably talk to the captain first anyway.

DM 345233

The doc is at the barracks
"Heavens, not YOU again!"
The captain turns to you
"All access to the palace has been prevented. It's in full lockdown."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345236

Smile sheepishly.
"Nightmare demons and stuff. But we tried stickers!"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345237

I smirk. "Oh yes. The usual doc."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345240

"What? Why? What happened." I approach the captain.

DM 345242

He sighs
"You two are not going to live long like this you know."
"Captain Radiance told me Princess Celestia herself demanded nobody enters the palace until she has resolved her talk with her sister."

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

DM 345245

The doctor sighs
"Look, by now the damage is extensive.
You would need a long, long time to recover.
Please do not get hurt again. I don't think I can really save you soon."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345249

I just chuckle.
"Don't worry about it doc.
Nopony lives forever."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345250

Look worried at Aleister.
"Is it really that bad? I mean, things can only get worse from now on…"

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345252

"Oh…. ,thats unfortunate." I scrunched.
"What do we do now?" I look at the captain.

DM 345262

"Well don't expect to take anything close to the beatings you've taken so far any more."
You have both lost 1 max hit.
"We wait.
Though we can wait that the HQ if you have anything to report."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345265

"Ah yes, I do." I smile with glee.
Head to HQ and tell them about the events, like the altar, the cat, the fight and the encounter on the road.
Do I remember their rhyming words or just tell the captain out flat what the cultist said?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345266

I get up again.
"Well thanks for all the care doc. I promise, one way or another, I'll be getting a lot of rest tomorrow."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345268

Smirk at his drift.
Yeah, tomorrow will be a good day to die.
Go upstairs and I honestly have no idea what we should do without the inquisitor.

DM 345270

"Do try to stay alive."
"Worrying news indeed.
So you're saying Lord Morningsprite is a cultist?"

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345272

Write the rhymes on paper amd recite it to the others/captain if needed.

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345274

I need to leave in about 10 minutes anyway.

DM 345278

"Poetic, if not very helpful.
What do you make of it all?"

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345279

Oh Whiteshield.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345283

"Yes. Or was, if that matters anymore."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345285

"According on the evidence it appears to be."
I look around.
"Looks like we have to wait, the other evidences are with the inquisitor." I smile.
"I got to say they are roaming the country side unhindered. I dont know what monstrosities they unleash everyday. That cat is unnerving to say the least but I can only imagine how many more similar incidents like what happened to us are taking place right now." I frown.

DM 345288

"Well, he, like all the other palace guests, are currently under heavy guard until the lockdown is lifted."
"I've sent all the soldiers I could afford to protect the outer settlements…
There is only so much even I can do."

Aleister [Thaumaturge] 345292

"I'll try to remember that." I say in a very disinterested tone.

I take some more medical supplies before I leave with Sylt.

Have to go now.

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345293

I frown.
"Well at east Canterlot is safe right? The princesses are in good hands."

DM 345295

"I can only hope so.
From what I understood, they were both deeply upset. Both Radiance and Nightstrider seemed worried."

Whiteshield(Unicorn Crusader) 345297

I take and drink a glass of water before looking at the captain.
"Worried? The two? About what?"

DM 345299

"The princesses…"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345305

"What have you heard about them?"

DM 345308

"All I know is…
They seem to be angry at one another."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345333

"Is that all? This seems like a lot more intense than sibling rivalry. Is that why it's night out now?"

DM 345335

"I do not know the details. But it seems something is deeply wrong with Princess Luna. And Princess Celestia does not want even their closest guards to see what they must talk about…"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345340

"So they sit in closed session with all the royal guard while the city is ravaged by cultists?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345343

Walk up to him and listen.

DM 345344

"The Royal Guard stand watch over the palace guests and the gates.
My guards roam the city and outer settlements.
We are doing all we can!"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345356

"I know! It's just hard to accept the fact that the city is about to burn outside while the castle locks itself down!"

DM 345359

"I believe the family matters of the heavenly princesses are not something we common ponies need to intrude in, if they dismiss even their own personal guards."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345369

"Yes, yes…ours is not to wonder why…"


"Do you think we can still get in somehow?"

DM 345372

"Both Nightstrider and Radiance guard the front gate.
Why would we want to break in?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345375

"Additional security on the inside?"

DM 345379

"At all the rooms with guests in them.
And the throne room is sealed shut with magic."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345381

"Let me guess. Half the security force is made of Nightguards, right?"

DM 345383

"A quarter if you count in the City Guard, but yes. The Night Guard and Sun Guard are equal in size."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345389

"And as we just found out, most of the night guard is corrupted. We have the proofs. Do you see where I'm going?"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345405

"If they do turn, it would be mass chaos inside."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345409

"I have little doubt they will."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345414

"At this point I have to agree."

DM 345420

"…are you seriously suspecting the entire night guard?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345421

"By now? Yes. Most of it."

DM 345438

The captain shakes his head
"No… no no no no this cannot be right.

Sylt [Omniseer] 345443

"Welcome to two days ago.
Now, we need a way into the castle. Bad is about to turn to worse."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345467

"Right. As bad as it seems, they are probably just biding their time."

DM 345469

"I do not know of a safe way. At best one could try to break in by getting over the walls and smashing a window but…
No. Do not risk it!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345475

Roll my eyes.
"Look outside. Do you think we have time?"

DM 345484

"If you force your way in, both the guards, sun and night, will strike you down. I cannot protect you if you choose that way."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345488

"And we will consider it as out last resort. Now talk, it's already too late."

DM 345494

"The palace has been designed to be as impervious as possible. Simply flying, charging or teleporting in will not work. They have countermeasures for that.
A distraction may get some results due to a lack of…
…why am I telling you this? I should not be helping you plan treason!"

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345498

"We're not the ones planning treason!"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345499

"And after tonight there won't be a crown to betray, if we don't get in there."

DM 345502

"You do realize that if I help you break past that lockdown, I will be forced to resign if not outright executed?"

Sylt [Omniseer] 345507

"You? Help us? I don't even know you!"

DM 345512

"Quite frankly, I don't know any of you. But you have provided some very valid intel on the cultists so far."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345516

"And quite frankly, since I'm a seer, I don't even need to ask you how to enter that castle."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345519

"A few days ago I would have agreed with you, but now all I want to do is restore order."

DM 345527

The captain looks at this sword, then sighs again
"May history forgive me if I make a mistake here…
There is a way inside. But it will be dangerous, and quite frankly, stupid."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345530

"And since we might all aswell be dead by morning, we don't care."

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345534

"Please, share it with us."

DM 345545

He sighs
"The palace kitchen dumps its waste out via a chute. There used to be a locked panel at the end of it, but since it never stayed open, garbage packed up and got smelly, forcing someone to go out and clean it out. After some years, the chefs just tore the hatch off and threw it away.
I was told to ignore it, because a happy chef is a chef that does not wipe his hooves in your food.
You can climb in there. No guards should be in the kitchen."

Sylt [Omniseer] 345551

Since it's just me and Gaius pause here?

DM 345560

For now, sure.

Cirrus [Battlemage] 345562


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