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Monster Hunter Quest #2: The Road to Tall Tale (Thread 1) Sion 417844[Last 50 Posts]

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And so you spend a few days within Silverhaze Falls, some help with repairs and healing the wounded, others spend their reading, drinking and talking. It is of no matter. You're the heroes of the day.

Before you leave the town, Sparkling gives all of you a bag of bits for your help. This will surely pay the bills for the next couple of weeks. Sparkling wishes you good luck and it will be needed, Tall Tale is a few days away on hoof, through wild territory. She mentions a small hunters lodge on the way. If you could find it that would make an excellent place to stay for the night.

As you walk for most part of the day a great storm saids in and you're walking through the gushing rain, surrounded by forest on both sides of the road.
That lodge would be pretty good about now…

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417845

Carry my shield as a huge umbrella. Who would have guessed it could be so useful.
Is the road leading anywhere anytime soon?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417847

Good thing my helmet protects me from the rain…

Snacks(DD ranger) 417848

Shiver in the rain and slowly approach the lodge. Do I see anything/movements on the window? Does it have light?
"This rain will take some days to cool down Snacks think."

Sion 417850

I realize now that the pic must be a bit confusing but you're not actually near the lodge you

You both notice the silhouette of a pony in the distance, standing in the rain.

The rain ticks against the kettle on your head, but you're mostly dry.
Take care not to catch the cold.

Snacks(DD ranger) 417851

Wave at him/her and approach.
"Pony, we need lodging if pony allows."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417853

Narrow my eyes and shout towards him
"Hey! You! What's somepony doing in the middle of a forest with this weather?"

Sion 417856

The pony doesn't respond or move.
Curious all of you walk towards him.
When you get close you see its a statue of an armored pony with a terrified look on his face.

Bedrock, who as you know went with you, walks up as well. "That doesn't look pretty."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417857

"Stupid ponies building statues in the middle of a road."
Grumble a bit and keep going.

Snacks(DD ranger) 417858

I look at the statue.
"This…. kind of weird for Snacks. This looks like a good quality carving of a pony." I smile.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417859

"Huh? That's strange…"

Sion 417861

Bedrock nods.
"I don't think that's a regular statue, brother. Looks far too decent…I wonder…Amber?"

Bedrock points towards the statue.
"Could you try to use your healing mojo on that thing?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 417863

I tilt my head.
"Healing a statue? Why?"


"What? A healing spell on a statue?"
Well… I guess?

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417866

"Creepy statue…"

Sion 417868

"Just wait…"

You focus on the statue letting holy power flow into it.
And suddenly the statue changes color, a sparkly blue colored coat appears and it turns into a crystal pony for just a second.
"AAAAAA" he screams, before turning into stone again.

Bedrock looks undisturbed by all this.
"Just as I figured."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417870

I leap backwards with a scream of my own as he starts screaming.
"W-What was that!?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417872

Draw my shield and stand in front of the statue.
"Just what was that?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 417873

Just stare at it stunned, and cover my ears at the loud scream.

Sion 417875


Bedrock looks at it with a grin.
"Ever heard of a cockatrice? The terrible half-chicken, half-snake thing that turns ponies into stone? Guess there's one around here."
He takes a look around.

Snacks(DD ranger) 417876

"Cocka-… what?" I scratch my head.
I then look at the recently petrrified pony.
"Is.. pony okay? What happened to you?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417877

"Then we just keep moving. I bet no animal's gonna attack us with this rain!"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417879

"No! How do we fix him!?"

Sion 417881

He doesn't answer. He's stone again.

"Smart plan. We don't want to become the newest addition to his statue collection."

Bedrock scratches his head.
"There's 2 ways. Either you treat him with holy mojo power for like a whole day. Or you kill the cockatrice that did this."


Size this guy up.
How heavy is he? Could I carry him? Maybe let somepony else carry the shield…

Roll #1 2 = 2

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417883

"Well I'm not leaving a fellow crystal pony behind!"
I tug at the statue, how heavy is he?

Snacks(DD ranger) 417884

Help Poor Soil in this,

Roll #1 3 = 3

Zona [Preacher] 417885

How is my coat right now?

"A cockatrice? Bah, we can hunt that thing down."

Snacks(DD ranger) 417887

"Whats a cockatrice Zona pony?" I scratched my head.

Zona [Preacher] 417889

"A filthy animal that turns ponies into stone by looking them in the eyes."

Sion 417891

A living adult pony weighs on average 200 kgs. Take into account that this one is armored and completely in stone and you'll realize why that won't work without some serious help or magic.

Your coat is looking better. The necrosis on your head is still there but less so.
It will probably be gone completely by the time you reach Tall Tale.

Bedrock says "That's option of course, if we can find it."

Snacks(DD ranger) 417892

I frown.
"Eh? How? Magic?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 417893

I look at the lodge.
"Perhaps we can stay for the night, but Snacks and ponies need to bring this stone pony inside. What do ponies say?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417894

"How do we find it? Where do these… co…cka…trices live?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417896

"How are we supposed to fight that thing?"
What a buff pon.
But I carry a shield with backack and reinforced plates on me all the time. This thing is bigger than me, and I am kinda big already.
Really no way I can carry him?
"Inside where pal? We are in the middle of nowhere under a storm!"

Zona [Preacher] 417897

"Something like that."

"The lodge isn't even near yet."

Sion 417899

You can try again, but with such a weight on your back, I doubt you'd be in shape to fight at your best, should you meet anything on the way.

"In the woods, we should look for traces if we can."
He scratches his chin.

Snacks(DD ranger) 417900

I stare at them for a moment.
"Snacks… just thought he saw… funny?" I scratched my head.

I then look at the statue.
"How do we carry it then?"

I then try to find a way to carry it. Perhaps try to lift it? If not drag/push it if I can.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417901

"Won't it turn us into stone too?" Raise a brow.


It's raining too, that'll make it soooo easy to find tracks right?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sion 417905

The ground is muddy and you grab the statue by his flank and manage to push him through the dirt.

"Not with THESE."
Bedrock takes a few sunglasses out of his bags and puts them on.
"Whaddaya think? Classy huh?"

There are a multitude of tracks in the mud. Most of them from you and the gang.
You do notice some leading in the bushes.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417907

Look at him and scrouch.
"I can see just fine."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417908

"Look! Tracks!"

Snacks(DD ranger) 417909

Alright, that would do it, push the statue to….

I slowly approach her.
"W.. what is it?"

Can I follow where the tracks lead?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417910

"O' what?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417911

"I have no idea!"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417912

"Looks like chicken to me."
Does it look like chicken to me?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Zona [Preacher] 417913

"Very? How the hell does that help us?"

Sion 417914

He shrugs.
"I only got one anyway. Besides, it's not like it will immediately turn you into stone. You need to look at it for a while.
First you feel yourself going cold.
Then your legs and body start moving slower and slower.
And then…poof you're stone."

You follow the hoofsteps into the bushes and see it leading further into the woods.
You see the steps of a chicken and a group of ponies. This guy probably wasn't alone.

They look like a chicken with a tail wagging behind it.
"That's the cockatrice. They look part chicken" says Bedrock.

"Not at all, it helps ME. Because now the cockatrice can't harm me with his freaky eyes. But I'm sure all of you will be able to easily take it down though"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417916

"Come on! Let's go!"
I turn to look at the petrified pony once more
"I'll save you brother!"
And then I start following those tracks!

Snacks(DD ranger) 417917

I run to the group of ponies and see if they are okay.
"Hey ponies! There are others here too!" I called out

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417919

"A chicken? We gotta slain a chicken?"
Make a face, but ready my shield.
Wait, we are all grupped together with them, right?

Zona [Preacher] 417920

I load my gun

Snacks(DD ranger) 417922

Also follow the tracks.

Sion 417924

You both arrive at another clearing and find another statue of a pony. This time he looks as if he's about to attack a target.

With who? Nothing but statues found so far.

"I like ya Zona, I like your straight-to-business approach to religion."
Bedrock grins.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417926

"Oh no!"
Another crystal pony or…?

Snacks(DD ranger) 417927

I gulped.
"Looks like this 'Cockatrice' has separated this group of ponies and attack them one by one."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417928

Nevermind, I thought we had followed the trail to its end already.
Stick with the other.
"Jus' one more reason to whack it."

Zona [Preacher] 417930

I swing my gun on my back and follow the others
"No point in hiding away the ugly truth of the matter to ponies. I spread the good word, with force if needed, so ponies know who provides for them all."

Snacks(DD ranger) 417932

I nod at this and ready my weapons.
I then look at the ground and sniff. can I track it?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sion 417934

You pick up the scent of something…
You follow the trail towards a cave.

He's not sparkling, but it looks like he has a crystal pendant around his neck.

You follow Snacks towards the cave. There's movement inside.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417936

"They're all from the Empire…"
Follow Snacks!


Alright, time to bring up the shield.
Also, light a torch.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Zona [Preacher] 417938

"Come on dog. Sniff it out."

Sion 417940

You're in the cave.

You light up a torch inside the cave and the movement isn't a cockatrice.
It's another pony statue, this one on his back trying to cover his eyes.
And around it sit 4 Wargs looking at it confusedly. Obviously they thought to get an easy prey.
They turn to your group instead.

You are fighting 4 Wargs.

Snacks(DD ranger) 417941

I nod at this and try to follow ht tracks of this cockatrice.

Roll #1 5 = 5


"Get away from him!"
Empower my hammer and smash one of them!
"Shoo! Get out!"

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7


Oh hey, I remember these guys!
"Get out!"
Put the torch on top of the shield and slam right into them, try to shoo them away!

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Snacks(DD ranger) 417945

I gulped and draw my crossbow and shoot at one of them.
Sentry Marksman shot


"Goddamned beasties!"
Being up my gun and shoot one of them

Roll #1 7, 8 = 15

Sion 417948

With a yell you charge at one of the wargs and he whines as you hit his snout.

One doesn't get back fast enough and you burn his fur a bit. They run a bit back, but growl angrily.
They're obviously hungry and won't give up so easily.

You grab your crossbow in one fluid motion and fire at the Warg closest to you, right in his leg. The Warg buckles over in pain.

What a masterful shot, another Warg hits the ground, helpless.

You are fighting 4 Wargs, 2 of them helpless.


Throw the torn at one of the two still up.

Roll #1 7 = 7


Finish one of the helpless ones.

Roll #1 5, 9 = 14

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417951



"And stay down! Bad dog!"

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Snacks(DD ranger) 417953

I then get my axe and try to put one of the Wargs down.

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4

Sion 417956

You throw it and the poor beast whines as you hit his legs. His leg is injured and he can't get up.

KABLAM. That was right in his legs. The beast is still alive though and another still standing one scratches your legs in retaliation.

Your hammer rises and slams the Warg attacking Zona right on the head.
The poor beast is down.

You lean over one of the Wargs raising your axe to put it down, as the cunning beast suddenly gets up and jumps your throat.
You hit the ground as he bites into you.

Soil 10/6
Zona 5/5
Amber 5/5
Snacks 0/4 GRABBED (DC 8 to get up)


"Let him go!"
Hit the one holding down Snacks!

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Snacks(DD ranger 417958

Kick it! Kick it!
and stand up.

Roll #1 10 = 10



Roll #1 3 = 3


Hey, looks like Snacks is safe now.
Slam the last remaining Warg.

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Sion 417968

You hit him so hard he tumbles through the cave.

While Amber has already taken care of the Warg on top of you. Another tries to jump in while you're down. you grab him in mid flight roll over and he tumbles against the wall with a smack.

Your voice is weak and the noise of battle drowns it out.

He lies on his back trying to get up again, when you raise your shield and hit him on the side.
The Warg whines in pain.

Seeing you're not easy targets the group of Wargs quickly gets up and runs outside.

Snacks(DD ranger 417969

No reason to go after them, they are big wolves after all.
Go and check the stone pony, is it in good condition? Also do I see any tracks here of the so called Cockatrice?

Roll #1 3 = 3


I shoot at them as they run
"That's right! Run!"

Roll #1 8, 2 = 10


"Are you okay?"
Heal him!

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


"Hope they don't come back. Seriously."
Unfazed, pick up my shield and go over to the stat- the pony. The petrified pony.
Anything here? More traces?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sion 417975

Aside from being stone, he seems fine.
It's hard to see in this cave, but you notice more trails you missed the first time.
They lead outside again to the north.

You hit another warg and he falls over, dead.

He's completely healed.

Sion 417976

You see the same traces as Soil, to the North my friend, to the North.

Zona [Preacher] 417979

"So what do we do once we kill this thing? All these ponies will be turned back and confused, all alone in the forest."

Snacks(DD ranger 417980

"Yes.. Amber."
I nod to her and look down a bit before checking the trail again just make sure it is the right trail of chicken feet that we are following, if it is then see where it leads too.


Roll #1 5 = 5

Poor Soil [Immortal] 417981

"I guess.
Sure they had somewhere to go anyway, no?"
To the north!

Snacks(DD ranger 417982

Well, looks like Soil got it right. Follow him.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417983


"uh… I guess we could keep it alive and make sure there is somepony standing with every statue so they can tell them what happened once we kill it and they come back?"

Zona [Preacher] 417984

"Or we could leave a message. Anypony has any paper and pencil?"


"I definitely don't."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 417986

Since you're still talking, I suppose you'll wait here for a sec.

You look somewhat inconspicious?


Nah, let's go.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417989

"I don't…"

Zona [Preacher] 417990

I give him a look

"Bedrock? Dog? Anypony at all with some paper?"

Snacks(DD ranger 417991

I just scratched my head.
"Is it guaranteed that stone ponies will turn back to flesh ponies once we kill Cucka… Cockatrice thing? Snacks is not adept at magic thingies."

Snacks(DD ranger 417992

"Snacks dont got any paper or pen." I shrug.

Zona [Preacher] 417993


I take out my pamphlets
"I do have these."

Sion 417995

Bedrock simply shrugs.
"They're not that far from each other. We did like what, 5 minutes to get here? We'll collect them when we're done. If they can't stand in a place for 5 seconds while we come for them they don't need to be saved if you ask me."

You go out to the north and find another statue. This one lays on the ground.
That's odd. No traces here….

Zona [Preacher] 417996

"Alright then. Not like we have any idea just how far off this cockatrice is though."


I should set fire to the underbush.
Look around.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 417998


I perk up and run over to where he is

Snacks(DD ranger 417999

Go to his position and get ready.
Do I see anything? Spot something nearby?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 418000

There's movement in the bushes and in the trees.
everybody roll to not look in the wrong direction when they come out.


I'm just gonna look at the ground.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Snacks(DD ranger 418003


Roll #1 8 = 8



Roll #1 7 = 7


uh oh…

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sion 418007

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Too late.
You feel icy cold as one of the cockatrices comes out of the bushes, staring at you.

The 3 of you managed to avert your eyes.

There are 4 cockatrices surrounding you.
You do your best to not stare into their eyes.
Boss music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyL74_FzQcM


But I can totally shrug this off I bet.
Try to lift my hoof and shoot a crossbow bolt to one of the… Things!

Roll #1 9 = 9

Snacks(DD ranger 418009

Arggh. shot one of them immedietely
Sentry Makrsman shot.


"Bah! I will not fall for your vile trickery!"
Inspire + Improvise.

Roll #1 3 = 3


I'll just smash my hammer into the area I think they are!

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Sion 418012

You're not stone yet.
You lift your hoof and hit on sharply into the eye.
The beast screeches.

You shoot a bolt straight into one's head without even looking.

As you brabble your lines, you see one of the cockatrices and he sees you.
You feel ice cold.

You close your eyes, trusting the Saviour to guide your hammer. And she does, as you turn a cockatrice into pulp with one strike.

3 cockatrice remaining.


That was great! Do that trick again!

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13


Let's stomp this torpor out of here, move my hooves!

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4


Shoot it! Quick!

Roll #1 7, 7 = 14

Snacks(DD ranger 418017

Strike one of them with my axe! Put it down.

Roll #1 2 + 3 = 5

Sion 418020

You don't even stop. Just keep rampaging and you strike another one down the mud.

You take up your shield, aim for one of the cockatrice….you need to look to aim and one of them looks back.
You feel colder and your movements slow.

You quickly raise your rifle and shoot.
The cockatrice is dead.

As you charge for it, the last cockatrice looks at you.
You feel ice cold.

One left.


Choo choo!
No stops on this pony!

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Snacks(DD ranger 418023

Alright, lets see if I can manage to get near it and attack it with my axe.

Roll #1 3 = 3


"Equestria! Heck yeah!"
Take out that last one!

Roll #1 4, 9 = 13


Try to command my hooves! Lift them again, shoot the damn chicken!

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sion 418028

You happily open your eyes for a second,
you shouldn't have done that, as the last cockatrice stares angrily at you.
You feel ice cold.

You shoot and the last cockatrice hits the ground. Dead.

Fight over.
The statue of the ponies slowly get color again.

Bedrock sighs. "Well, I'll guess I don't need these sunglasses anymore. I'll go get those other ponies." He walks off.

Zona [Preacher] 418030

Reload my gun, swing it on my back and follow Bedrock.

Snacks(DD ranger 418031

Shake it off and breath out.
"So this is what happened to them."

I then look back and go back to the cave to check out the pony in there,

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418032

"Damn stupid chickens."
Frown and shake the numbness off my hooves.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418033

I shake off the numbness.
"We did it! Yay!"
And then follow Bedrock as he goes

Sion 418037

You both find the ponies near the road and forest.
They look confused. "what happened?"

The pony statue on the ground wakes up.
"Huh, where are those cockatrices?"

He is up again.
"Excuse me, I was here with a group and now they're gone."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418039

And I totally got their beaks, no?

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418040

"Are you okay!? You got petrified by a cockatrice! Do you need to be healed?"

Zona [Preacher] 418041

"What do you think? Cockatrices got you. Who are you folks?"

Snacks(DD ranger 418042

"Cucka… Cockatrice attack you and your group pony. Dont you know?" I look at him and help him stand up.

"Your friends are scattered and if Snacks and friends are not here, then pony might get stuck here forever."

Sion 418046

Yes, you do. You might want to keep a few of theur scales as well. After all those beaks look too much as a regular chicken beak. Ponies might ont believe you.

The Crystal pony shakes "No I'm fine. I just feel a bit weak, like I need to rest."

The crystal pony stands straight.
"I'm Golden Quartz, at your service, we're part of the Obsidian Knights. Crystal ponies who want to help Equestria in these dark days wherever possible."
You notice the dark armor they all seem to wear.

"Oh thank the Saviour you passed then, do you know where they are?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418047

Get their wings as well. Those are strange.
"Obsidian Knights?"

Snacks(DD ranger 418048

I nod at him and lead him out of the cave.
"Whats ponies name btw:

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418049

I let out a sigh of relief
"Thank the Savior… I was really worried! Come, we should get you to the others!"
Lead them back to the other two

Zona [Preacher] 418051

"What's your name, crystal pony?"

Sion 418053

"Yes, we came here to see if a town called Silverhaze Falls needed our help. But we were ambushed by those horrid beasts."

"I'm Shining Blade, at your service."

"Silver Band."

The ponies are united once again.
Golden Quartz steps forward.
"We are very grateful for your help, where are you travelling? It would be our honor to help you get to your destination."


Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418054

So there's like… four of them?
"Silverhaze falls? We just came from there! You guys missed so much!"

Snacks(DD ranger 418055

I nod at this. "Snacks is my name."

I then look at the rain.
"Snacks think we must hurry to somewhere to get shelter and stick together aye?"

Sion 418448

They look surprised to see you.
"…We did? We were hoping we could help them out, are they still in need of assistance?"

The ponies look at each other.
"There was a small lodge a bit back. We could show you the way….but I'm afraid we'll have to leave there…"

Poor Soil [Immortal[ 418449

"Not gonna rest even a bit?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418450

"What's up?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418451

"Well… they're kinda still rebuilding… there was a cult… and zombies… and a dragon… and necromancers… and all kinds of stuff! But it should be safe again now!"

[lemon] 418452

"I tilt my head.
"Whats wrong pony? A lodge is a lodge right? So lets go there before all of us catch a cold in this night."

I then look around being wary.
"Plus those chic… cockatrice thing might be around here."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418453

"Yeah. What's going on?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418454

Sion 418455

"That's good to hear."

They look concerned at each other.
"I'm afraid they're not very friendly towards Crystal Ponies. They were drunk and blamed us for all sorts of things. We could have taken them but we're here to help Equestria, not cause more trouble so we decided to camp outside."

Golden Quartz looks at Amber.
"I'm afraid you'll have to watch out too…"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418456

I look at the others.
"What shall we do then? Crystal pones said lodge is not safe for their kind cause of unfriendliness."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418457

"Why don't they like crystal ponies?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418458

"W-What? Why weren't they friendly?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418459

"Puppets of the dominant power structure always hate what is different."

Poor Soil [Immortal[ 418460

"Yeah, let them talk. Amber here's hunted down any kind of beast anyway."

Sion 418461

Golden Quartz sighs.
"They blame us and the Crystal Empire for the chaos in Equestria. They feel that if the Equestrian Army never went to help us. Equestria would have never fallen to civil war.
That's why we're here." He points to all his companions.
"To show that helping us wasn't a mistake…But it seems we've still got a long way to go."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418463

I look at the others.
"What are your plans?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418464

I frown and cross my legs
"What a bunch of jerks."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418467

I just look at them and look down.
"Snacks didnt know surface ponies have this much trouble. No wonder trade routes began to decline as time pass by."

"If crystal pones are not welcome, perhaps all of us could stay in the cave that we found one of them nearby. That looks safe enough."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418470

I look suspiciously at you.
"You want us to sleep in a cave, huh?"

Poor Soil [Immortal[ 418471

"Pal, let's just puch the snout in of anypony that tries anything on Amber. Easiest solution."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418474

"Typical of the upper class scum… infecting the proletariat with the seeds of distrust, distracting them from the atrocities they commit by fabricating some lie."
I spit on the grown in disgust.

"No. We need to march on that town and overthrow that corrupt power structure!"

Poor Soil [Immortal[ 418475

Look at him as if he was crazy.
"You hit your head too strong or something when you were a kid?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418476

I look down again.
"Snacks is just suggesting…. its already so late and rain will not stop sooner."

I nod at this.
"So we go to said lodge Poor Soil?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418477

"Of course we do, don't wanna stay in the rain any longer!

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418478

I scrunch
"We shouldn't go there if they don't want me…"

"Pro… proletaliatata? What's that?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418479

"That sounds good to me."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418480

"Yeah. And liberate the wealth they stole."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418481

"They will like you if they want it or not. Any pal of mine deserves it."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418484

I look at the sky and shiver a bit.
"Its already so late, we go to lodge now or we all get sick tommorow.." I told the others.

I then look at Shining Blade.
"Can Shiny pony lead the way?"

Sion 418485

The Obsidian Knights lead you to the lodge.
It's a large building on the edge of the forest.
Light shines out of the windows, and music is playing inside. Outside lies a drunken pony with a gun, sleeping off his hangover.


I conceal myself.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Melody Maker [Bard] 418493

Shoot him a glare.

"The common creature! Pony donkey griffon zebra, whatever they may be, all united under the banner of resistance to oppression!"

"Of course."

…Just a lodge?
No town or anything nearby?

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418494

"We shouldn't be here…"

"Oh… why not just say that then?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418495

Well no need to bother the sleeping guy. Keep marching towards the door and make my triumphant entrance!
"Oh c'mon, don't worry so much!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418497

"They like to use big words."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418498

"They sound dumb."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418499

Approach and open the door.
Whats inside?

I just grit my teeth in irritation.
"Snacks suggested to stay in cave make up your minds."

Sion 418505

You're concealed.

The Crystal Ponies stay back as you both enter.

you see the front hall is filled with tables and ponies, hunters, travelers, merchants from all over, stinking off booze.
As you enter they all turn around towards you and the music stops with a bang.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418508

How loverly.
Walk over to the counter.
Drop my shield to the side.
"Room for the night."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418509

I walk around the building and look for a side or back door. If there is one I go through it, otherwise I go through the front door.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418510

I just walk in and go to the caretaker.
"Snacks and ponies want to stay for a night or until rain has stopped,"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418511

"Because it's a point of pride! A point of unity against the patrician ruling class!"

I frown.
"They're not dumb!"

I enter in as well and take a look.
Anyone look like they're looking to raise a fight?

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418513

I cringe and try to stay away from the center of attention.

Sion 418517

The barman gets over to you, a disgruntled looking earth pony.
"Sure, how many of you are there?"

There is one but it's locked. You can try to force it open or try a window.

The look on their face as they look at Amber doesn't seem to indicate they wish her good things for her immediate future.

You keep your head down but they've noticed you.
"Oh no" the barkeep shouts. "We don't serve her kind around here."

Any time you want, you can try diplomacy as well.
Bar Brawl Moves (Beta)
Front Kick (Standard Attack; Recharge 1)
Back Leg Buck (Recharge 3) +2 damage
Drunken Kick (Need Booze; Recharge 3) Drink a bottle of booze and kick (Failure = Success; Success = Failure)
Headlock (Recharge 2) DC7 to succeed; grab an opponent and restrain him. He becomes easier to hit.
????????? [Secret move]

Shortcake [Rogue] 418519

I try to pick the lock with my lockpicks.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Snacks(DD ranger) 418520

I look at the barkeep.
"Dont you know she and my friend ponies are the savior of Silverhaze? All of us are tired and need rest."


Roll #1 8 = 8

Sion 418521

I don't know how these disappeared.

Take Chair: Roll to pick up a chair from the ground.
Hit with chair: +1 to your roll. Failure destroys the chair into pieces.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418522

"O-Okay, sorry."
I don't want no trouble, go back outside.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418523

"Hey calm down, she's with us.
And she hunts just as good as anypony in this damn place.
Room for…"
Motion towards Snack, Amber, Bedrock, Shortcake and Melody.

Sion 418524

"Saviour of what now?"
He looks your group over and he growl.
"Fine there's a little shed outside with some hay. She can sleep there."

It's pretty rainy outside, but you already knew that. The Obsidian ponies are standing there as well. Golden Quartz waves his hoof to come over.

"So 6 rooms and 1 shed, got it."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418525

"Whatever you say, massa. If you don't serve shiny ponies, you don't serve 'em."

What's the silverware like around here? Actual silver? Anything worth stealing?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418526

"Ah c'mon, the bard is not that bad."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418527


heightened senses and all that

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418528

I walk over to him
"You weren't kidding…"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418529

Snacks(DD ranger) 418530

I grumbled.and go near him.
"No, Snacks cant have that. Snacks freinds must have room too or Snacks stays in shed and she can have Snacks room."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418531

I walk up to the barkeep and slam a hoof down.
"Hey! The hell are you doing?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418532

also rolling for diplomacy?
>rng pls PLS!!

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 418533

You're in. You managed to sneak behind the bar and have a clear view of the earnings of the day.
The owner hasn't noticed you.

You notice Shortcake is behind the bar near the cash. The furniture looks pretty uninteresting. You notice a door to the side saying "Do Not Enter"

"You have a problem with how I do business?"

"Don't worry. Not all ponies in Equestria are like that. We've met many nice ponies throughout Equestria. But you have take the bad with the good."
He smiles.
"So, I take it, you're not an Obsidian Knight, are you one of the Order perhaps? A new initiate?"

"You want to switch your room for somepony like her?"
He looks at you in disbelief.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418534

Lean in closer and narrow my eyes.
"Yes. I do. She's my friend and she's not gonna sleep outside."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418535

I freeze up slightly
"I… uh… I'm just your average pony adventurer of course!"
I smile innocently

Shortcake [Rogue] 418536

How much is there?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Snacks(DD ranger) 418537

I look at him.
"She… is sick. Crystal pone needs dry and warm place to rest as all of my friends. Snacks can mange is shack." I close my arms.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418538

Punch him on the side, narrowing my eyes as I look at the bartender.
"Pal I think he has the rooms, just don't want to give them to Amber."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418539

Talk to the barkeep.

"I'm from the Royal Ministry of Weights, Measures, and Lockboxes. I need to inspect your taps, flasks, steins, and mugs. And of course also your cash box."

Roll #1 3 = 3

Melody Maker [Bard] 418540

"Yes, yo-"

…Can I try and slip him a badge?
Con Artist.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Melody Maker [Bard] 418541

Badge of the Royal Ministry of Weights, Measures, and Lockboxes, of course.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418542

"If they have then no reason for shed." I smile at Poor soil

Sion 418543

He narrows his eyes as well.
"Are you threatening me? Look around boy. You see all these ponies here? You think wouldn't like to be at home with their families instead of hunting in the middle of nowhere? But they can't. All because of the war those ponies brought upon us."

Quite a lot of bits actually. Makes sense, there are a lot of customers in here.
Enough for good food and nice beds for a week, maybe even a nice day at the spa!

He smirks.
"All the better, I won't let her crystal germs infect this place."

"Yeah right, and I'm princess Luna."

Too late.

Sion 418544

"You're not with the Obsidian Knights or with the Order?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418545

"I do the same job. But the fault was of the Princesses. And of Nightmare Moon. Not of normal folks. Everypony was just damn wrong and we paid for it!"
Grin my teeth in anger.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418546

I lick my lips.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418547

"Uh… no, I'm not. Just… a adventurer trying to help ponies!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418548

And try to levitate a few coins over to me. Just enough for a room for the night.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418549


Roll #1 2 = 2

Melody Maker [Bard] 418550

"You fascist, bigoted fuck!"
Cheap Shot. Punch him in his big dumb stupid face.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418551

I then glower at him and cracked one of my hand.
"She stays inside or we dont stay."


Roll #1 1 = 1

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418552

"Are you questioning my authority?! GUARDS! GUARDS! ARREST THAT MAN!"

throw a chair at someone

Roll #1 6 = 6

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418553

Yeah, okay, step backwards, away from this mess.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418554

Ah damn.

Step away from this.

Sion 418561

You tro to levitate them towards you but one drops loudly on the ground.
The bartender turns towards you. "HEY WHAT ARE YOU DOING!"

You flip out your shotgun and hit the barkeep in his flank.
He falls down in pain.

The time for negotiations is over. A hunter pony gets up from his chair and smashes his beer bottle on your head. You're down.

You grab a chair and throw it straight against one of the customers. He grunts in pain.

You step backwards while the many clients of this unsavory watering hole descend upon our 3 brawlers.

"All alone? But you don't even look 20…Did you even have training or-"
He stops as the noise of a breaking beer bottle echoes from the lodge.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418563

"Oh no…"
Run over to the window and see what's happening inside!

Shortcake [Rogue] 418564

How much money do I have?
I really should have asked this before trying to steal the coins.
"I-I-I-I-I don't know!"
Run away!

Roll #1 8 = 8


Try to drag Snacks out of there.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Snacks(DD ranger) 418567

Fuck! Grab that hunter and hit him with my fist!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418575


Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Melody Maker [Bard] 418576

>shooting him
Oh come on! I said punch!

Whatever though
I grin inwardly and try to mimic some of the other patron's voices to get them to fight each other.
"I'm gonna knock you the fuck out!"
and etc etc


Roll #1 1 = 1

Sion 418578

Money is never a real issue in MH, though you can steal and use the extra money to temporarily get something outside your usual money range, for example a spa.
You're stealthed again.

You grab him and drag him out of harms way.

While Soil drags you out of the main portion of the fight, you hit that pony right in the face.

You throw over a table, gushing glasses and ample amounts of beer over many a pony.
By the time they get up again, you've hidden yourself within the do not enter room.
There's desk here, and a safe.

Missed that. You gave him a punch

"You're one crazy broad, lady."
One of them grabs you in a headlock.
DC7 to get out.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418581

I watch from my hiding place.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418582

Oooh. How big is the safe?

Melody Maker [Bard] 418586

Try to Cheap Shot him and kick him inbetween the legs!

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418588

Step outside.
"Fucking idiots! That zebra is brain damaged!"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418590

I gulp and go back over ton the others
"T-They're fighting…"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418591

I shake my head as we got outside and look at Poor Soil in disbelief.
"Pony hit me?!" I touch my wounded head a bit.

I nod at this.
"Looks like crystal ponies are right. Lodge is not friendly."

…. with that I look at the raining sky.
"Perhaps cave is safer for now.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418593

"I pulled you out of there! No use smack ponies around like that, it's not our fight."

Sion 418594

You're a very hidden pony, you see everything going on.

Pretty big chief. It's one of them number code locks. Who knows what's inside?

They've got you well restrained. And the look in their eyes is downright creepy.
"You know what we do with crazy broads around here?"

The Crystal Ponies look unsure what to do.
"How did the fight start? We didn't know they were that hostile."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418595

"Not my fault this time! The zebra did something, who cares."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418596

"What, you fucking fascist pig!?"
Try to swing my legs up and bring them back against the one that has me in a headlock!

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Shortcake [Rogue] 418597

I pick up as many chairs as I can with my TK and throw them at the ponies holding Melody down.
"Stay off her!"

Roll #1 1 = 1

Snacks(DD ranger) 418598

I wipe away some of the blood from my head that came from the bottle wound with a piece of cloth.
"Melody and Mwazandi pony are…too hot-headed and start to attack them when Snacks is making progress in talking with owner. It all falls down right now."
"Snacks is a bit not inclined to help them though, its not our fight."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418599


Is there like a combination written down and taped to the underside of the desk or something?


Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Sion 418600

You swing up your legs choking the stallion holding you in his grip. Then you pull him down with all your weight. smashing his face against the ground.
You manage to punch him in the face, knocking him unconcious before getting up again.
The stallions have all taken a step back.

You burst out of the shadow determined to save Melody when a out of nowhere a stallion smashes a beer bottle on your head. You're down.

You look at the papers on the desk. One seems to be of interest but a leak in the ceiling has drenched the papers, making them hard to read.

"Aren't they your friends, shouldn't we do something? We can't just….leave them here."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418603

I try to get up.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418604

"He ain't no friend of mine."
Look back in.
What's happening?

Snacks(DD ranger) 418605

I just shrug.
"Snacks think they can take care of themselves."

*Hear the smash of bottles.*
"Snacks think so….. "

Melody Maker [Bard] 418611

I frown and glare at the stallion backing away.
"Well? You gonna fucking do so- Shortcake!"
I turn and dart over to the stallion who hit Shortcake and try to grab him into a Headlock!
"Hey! You do not fucking mess with my friends you piece of shit!"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418612

Oh c'mon now I can make it out

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Shortcake [Rogue] 418613


Roll #1 8 = 8

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418623

"What happened exactly?"

"I-I don't know, why are they even fighting?"

Sion 418624

You're seeing stars but manage to get up.

You gallop and jump hitting the stallion with your finest karate kick. Before grabbing his stupid head by the mane and unloading a flurry of swift kicks agains his cheek.
By the time you're done, his once brown face is blue and bruised and you drop it on the ground.

You narrow your eyes and the spirits of your ancestors strenghten your vision until you see clearly.


You can see the 2 mares holding their own.
The hunters are still numerous but don't seem very motivated to attack.
You don't see the zebra anywhere.

"Maybe we should go in? Or do you fear that would just anger them further?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418626

"Snack is trying to…. get a room for all when Melody pony gets angry and hit caretaker pony with her rifle. Everything then turns to a fight, Snack is even hit." Shows her my head wound.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418627

"we need to get out of here."

I try to escape.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418628

"One of the newcomers just came out of nowhere and tried to steal from the barkeeper. The other slammed him with his weapon and we just backed out.
Don't want to trouble."
Step inside, stomp my hoof on the ground.
"Hey, listen up. Stop this and let the mares go. The real dick here was the zebra."
Roll to… Diplomacy?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418629

Ah! Praise the ancestors, sometimes they come through.

Open up that safe! Get da money!

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418630

"I don't think we should go in… they don't want us."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418633

Follow him and stand near just in case things gets messy again.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418634

"So which one of you fascist fucks wants some now? Huh? Huh!?"
Jump on on a table and glare around the room.

Sion 418639

You take the opportunity to jump through a window and roll outside.

They don't seem eager to attack her.
"Yeah, she can go…."
"Where is that zigga anyway?"

You open up the safe.
It contains a bunch of boring papers, permits, and BAM there's that uge bag of sweet sweet bits. Not like an independent innkeeper out in the middle of nowhere will need that.
You also find 3 gems.
You notice the fighting outside has stopped.

"They'll change their mind one day. It's just too soon."

You're next to Soil.

They don't answer and look quite frankly scared.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418640

Oh, cool.

Sneak outside and find my friends.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418642

"No idea. If you find him I don't care what you do with him."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418643

I stealth my way away from the building.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418644

Add, right after that:
"Now, we are tired and just fought a bunch of cockatrices, can we get a room for all of us?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418645

I sigh
"I never knew there were so many hostile ponies that don't like crystal ponies…"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418649

Fly over to the stallions Soil is talking to.
"Zigga? Zigga? The fuck you two say? You better not be talking about what I think you're talking about…"
Glare them down.

"And yeah. Inn keeper, a room for all of us. Including Amber, the crystal pony."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418651

"Hey, c'mon. That zebra was a dick. And so were you, apologize to them."
Give her a stern look.

Sion 418654

You climb through a window and are back outside with the rest. Better don't stay here too long….

You're with the rest. And concealed again.

"Uh right…"says one. "Let me just get one of those keys in the office."
One of the guys starts walking towards the door with "DO NOT ENTER"

You don't want to know what that zigga just did.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418658

Nod and wait.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418659

Whisper to Melody and Shorty
"Let's go!"

Casually walk into the woods.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418661

I look at Melody Maker smiling then back to Poor Soil.
"Looks like they can handle themselves alright."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418664

"Bah. I don't like them. Stirring trouble for no reason. Talking about revolutions.
Just like Nightmare Moon."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418666

"Ah… " I scratch my head.
"Whats a nightmare moon Soil pony?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418667

Roll my eyes.
"A very stupid, very evil pony."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418668

I follow you from the shadows.
"Why did you two start that fight?

Snacks(DD ranger) 418670

"What happened?" Why is she evil?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418674

"Because why not? Shake things up a bit. That inkeeper was a buffoon.

"And, hey, I got some loot out of it!"

I show you the bag of riches.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418675

"Because she's evil.
Evil ponies are just evil."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418676

I continue glaring them all do-

I momentarily stop as he whispers to me, and start backing out.
"You better have rooms ready for us!"
After I'm out, I turn to Mwa.
"What'd you do?"

"He was talking shit about Amber. Fucking racist bitch."

Sion 418680

3 of you are safely in the woods. Hidden

He comes out again.
"Somepony raided the safe, all the money is gone…."
The barkeep gets up.
"It's…all gone…"
The barkeep looks in despair.
"Oh Celestia I'm ruined."

He turns to Soil.
"And I bet none of you did that huh? Get out all of you you've done enough for today. Tell those gem mules that if this is their way of helping they can go back to their stupid country."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418681

My jaw drops.
"Y-you stole all of that!? How could you!?"

"I guess…"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418682

I just scratch my head and

wait for the room

Snacks(DD ranger) 418684

I back away from this.
"What, Snacks and friends wont do that!?" I frown at this.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418685

"Well I stayed hidden and then I opened the safe with the combination I found written down. It was pretty easy, actually."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418689

"You wha- We stole nothing!"
Stomp my hooves on the counter.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418690

"That's not what I meant!"

Sion 418695

"Then where's my gold? You think it's easy to get customers here? This si the busiest it's been in weeks? Get out now!"

The other patrons look legitemately angry now and start reaching for their weapons.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418696

Fuck. I then put a hand on Soils shoulder and tap him.
"Lets get out of here pony."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418697

I'm still outside with those knights right?
"So… where are you guys going next?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418698

"I don't fucking know where your gold is! Give me a trace and I'm gonna find it for you if it worries you so much!"
Snarl at him.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418699

"What? He wasn't even going to let Amber stay in the inn. He deserved it. Maybe it will teach him a lesson.

"And in the meantime, we've got something to live on for a while.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418700

"Where'd you get that from?"

"You guess? The fuck was blaming her for starting the fucking war. Acting all high and mighty… The fuck was going to have Amber stay in a shed. A shed! To sleep on hay! "
I spit on the ground in disgust.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418701

"The safe. They always keep it in the safe. And then they write the combination down so they don't forget it."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418702

"But we already have money! If you took all his money how is he supposed to survive! It doesn't matter if he's a speciesest douche, stealing all of that is still wrong!"

Sion 418703

They turn to you.
"To Silverhaze Falls, as planned. Maybe we can help there and if not continue on the road to Las Pegasus and we'll see after that."
He looks concerned at you.
"Are you sure you're going to be okay? We used to be members of the Imperial Army. It is our sworn duty to protect Crystal Ponies.
You could come with us if you like…"

"Take a guess. All of you come barging in here. Huge fight starts and now it's gone. Obviously one of you or your friends has it."


Poor Soil [Immortal] 418704

Hiss between my teeth.
"The zebra.
I will catch him!"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418705

"I'd love to come along with you! But…"
I look back at the rest of the group in the inn
"I already have friends to travel with… and a mission!"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418706

"Shiiit. Was that all of it?"

I notice her distress.
"Hey Shortcake… what's up? What are you whispering about?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418707

"Impossible, none of us would do something like that."

"Huh?!" I raise my eyebrow.
"Mwandishi zebra wont do that, why should he? All of us got bits."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418709

"Oh, come on, Shortcake. He'll make the money back. And he was a tool of the imperialist power structure. We struck a blow for oppressed creatures everywhere!"

"It was everything in the safe, yeah. Gold and some gems."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418710

"He's one of them, don't you see? One just like Nightmare Moon! An evil one!"

Sion 418711

The barkeep grumbles, the other patrons sit down again but don't seem happy.

They nod.
"They're strange ponies but they don't look too bad. And a mission, what mission?"

Damn, it's a lot of money boys, enjoy it.
You won't have to sing a song for a while with this. Might even buy some real weapons to start the revolution.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418712

Very well.
Step outside.

"Amber! Those other ponies stole the innkeeper's money!"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418713

"I need to deliver a message to somepon-"
I immediately perk up
"H-huh? Who? What? When?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418714

"Poor soil pony, you accuse one of us of thievery while all of us got bits. Mwandishi has no reason.to steal, plus she does not look like evil to Snacks." I scratch my head.

"And she looks like she's not that… athelethic to be able to pull it off if you ask Snacks." I then cough,

Snacks(DD ranger) 418715

"Hey! Poorsoil You dont got proof!" I follow him outside.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418716

Mwandishi is the zebra male, you are thinking about Shortcake.
"The zebra! While the others broke the barfight, he stole from the innkeeper."

Sion 418717

The Obsidian Knights perk up as well.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418718

I was referring to Mwandishi not to Shortcake, sorry for saying that he is a she.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418719

"Can't you see? He always talks about revolution! He insults you just cause you are a dog, he sings terrible songs and then disappears after starting a fight, just like that!
And if it wasn't me and it wasn't you and not Amber or Shortcake or Melody, it was him! He was the only one not here with us!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418720

I put one of the gems and about a quarter of the cash into my saddlebags. Leave the rest in the bag.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418721

I scrunch
"What? Why?"

"But… I don't understand… Why?"

Sion 418722

And so you did. That's less money. Good for something extravagant but of course, far less now.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418723

"Because he's one of the evil ponies! Like in the stories!"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418724

"Snacks…. cant see, until there is.. proof."
I back down to Warrens side upon hearing this and keep quiet.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418725

I look at him curiously.
"You planning something?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418726

"Tell me where they are now!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418727

"Yep. Follow my lead when I return."


Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Shortcake [Rogue] 418728

"Mwandishi stole almost everything the innkeeper had!"

I scowl at you.
"Listen to yourself! haven't you realized that there was a civil war!? Most of the ponies that died trying to keep every last Equestrian from being eaten by monsters was part of that imperialist power structure! The only reason my town still exists is because of the imperialist power structure! And now you're saying that some random innkeeper in the middle of nowhere is part of some expansive conspiracy just you you can justify ruining his life!?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418729

"Snacks dont know."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418730

"But… he's a zebra, not a pony!"

"Yeah, we can't just accuse without proof!"

Sion 418731

You're stealthed.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418732

have you got a steam? add me real quick – need to talk

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418733

"And why should he just run away in the middle of the forest, in the night, while it rains? He has something to hide! Let's go ask him at least!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418734

zuludown, btw

Sion 418735

Sure just a sec

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418736

"M-Maybe he went for a walk!"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418737

Frown at her.
"Sure. But we should still ask him."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418738

"Ugh. Fine, missy. We'll return the bigot's cash if it will make you happy. Give me a moment to do it without getting arrested."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418739

I give her a glance.
Did you say that out loud?

Shortcake [Rogue] 418740

I release the breath I was holding.
"Thank you."

I was whispering it to them. None of them were using spoilers so I decided to stop.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418741

"I don't know where he is though…"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418742

I just raise my hand.
"Alright, lets go to them and you ask them Poor."
:Lead the three of us to SC, MM and Mwanshindi.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418743

"That's why we find him.
Snacks. This is your thing. Can you track them down?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418744

Pretty sure we are all hidden.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418745


Roll #1 1 = 1

Snacks(DD ranger) 418746

I boop my head on a wall.
"Snacks is kind of lost in the rain." I smile at them.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418747


I smile at him
"It's kinda dark out isn't it?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418748

I look at her startled.
"Well… you saw how he was acting! You think he hasn't ruined some poor crystal pony's life? Hmm? Perpetuated that bigoted, racist hatred for crystal ponies? Turned them away to sleep in the cold rain? He needed to be taught a lesson!"

I scratch my head at him…

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418749

Don't you have supreme survivalist?

Snacks(DD ranger) 418750

"It is, perhaps Snacks is not trying hard enough…..

Oh yeah I have that.
Try to spot them and see if I can find their tracks
Supreme survivalist.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Shortcake [Rogue] 418751

"Ruining his life isn't the right way to do it! You are supposed to make them hurt, not turn them out of the home and destroy their business!"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418752

It doesn't require a roll for spot checks.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418753

Sneak back towards the inn, find the safe, etc.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Sion 418754

You succeed in planting the money back in the safe.
There's no direct evidence against you now.

The rest of the party is looking for you.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418755

You're right,

Perhaps I have spotted MM and SC all along but failed my check on walking on rain and trip myself instead.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418756

Nothing about Supreme Survivalist?

Sion 418757

All those ones are yous tumbling in the rain looking for him.

Those are a lot of >1's to find a PC.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418758

"Snacks, are you okay!?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418759

It's automatic~

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418760

Find Melody and stick with her and Shortcake.

"Wow, that was a really great stroll I went for."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418761

Supreme Survivor: passive; automatically passes all spot checks, autocrits on jump, climb and other traversing checks
I shouldnt have made those rolls my bad.

"yes I am fine."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418762

>not Snacks.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418763

"Ruined his life? He sure seemed to be doing well! What with all those customers, and even turning away potential customers! Those profits are probably nothing for him!"

I wave to him as he comes back.

Sion 418764

Both of you find Mwandishi with Shortcake and Melody in the bushes.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418765

"Did you return the money?"

"But Mwandishi took all his profits!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418766

"Yeah. Minus a small finder's fee."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418767

Look down on the zebra.
"The innkeeper's been robbed. And you weren't there during the fight.
Do you know anything about this?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418768


I look up at you two.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418769

"I left when the fight started. Figured it would be better to wait and cool off outside."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418770

"Well, somepony robbed him. We gotta find out who. He was even giving us all rooms after that stupid fight you guys started and then went crying he had been robbed!"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418771

Just stand there waiting for PoorSoil and the others to sort it out.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418772

"He was going to give us rooms? Really?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418773

"Yes. To everypony. Because we talked with him, instead of starting a fight."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418774

"It's money, Shortcake. He can make it back. But can he make up for all the injustice he's caused? All those poor crystal ponies he's forced out to sleep in the cold rain? All those ponies he's convinced with his bullshit bigotry that they're somehow 'inherently to blame' for the war?"

I frown.
"Oh, you. And of fucking course you're all quick to blame the 'zigga.' Of fucking course."
I walk over to him and prod him in the chest.
"Ever think he might have had it coming? Hmm? What with his fucking racism and bigotry? Forcing ponies to sleep outside? Blaming them for the war?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418775

"I didn't start that fight. Somepony threw a chair. That always starts a riot, no matter where I've been."

"And he probably just misplaced his money. He seemed pretty stupid to me.

"Oh and I'm pretty sure he was going to have poor Amber over there sleep out in the barn. Pretty low."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418776

I look down and smile at her.
"They will give you rooms. Snacks will stay… downstairs since there are just few rooms."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418777

"Why would he give us rooms? Why would we trust him to not do terrible things to us while we slept because of what happened?"

"Two wrongs don't make a right."

"No. Let's just go to that cave of yours."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418778

"'Zigga?!' Is that what this pony's been saying?

"Motherfucker, you better be glad I'm a civil zebra, otherwise I'd drop your ass right here and now."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418779

"What are you even talking about.
I think it's him because he's a fucking nutcase, just like you."
"Too bad he was giving us all a room, even to Amber.
And I remember somepony insult my pal Snacks just because he was a dog..:"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418780

I look at her.
"Snacks saw who throw that but no judgement. It is a good throw."

I just sigh.
"The cave is a better option. We should be all asleep now ." I rubbed my eyes groggily.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418781

"You try that, stupid bard, and I cleave your face in half!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418782

"You haven't seen what diamond dogs are capable of."

"Well let's go. Lead the way, doggy."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418783

"But what about the knights?"

"Can we please stop fighting! This is getting us nowhere!"

"Yes let's just… let's just go back to that cave."

Sion 418784

The Obsidian Knights arrive.
"Now there's no reason for that. Mwandishi, do you have the bits? It's futile to lie."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418785

"I have seen what my friend is capable of! And you lot just started insuling him like he was trash!"
"I ain't going nowhere with a thief!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418786

"Bring it on, mudbutt!"

"I don't have that stupid innkeeper's money! Go check with him. I'm sure he just lost sight of it."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418787

I look at the both of them and smile groggily while shaking a bit to rid of the wet rain from my fur.

"Yes lets, Snack will lead ponies to cave….. .after they stop fighting." I look at the others.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418788

"Woah woah woah woah, first off, fuck you buddy. Second off, do you think you seriously had anything to do with him giving Amber a room? You really think a dense, bigoted fuck like that would budge because of words?"

"Again, you're just saying that because you're racist too! You hate him because he's a zebra!"

Sion 418789

"We'll check it. All of you come with and we'll sort this out right now. Justice will be served"

They motion all of you to follow them back to the lodge.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418790

"I remember you hating on Snacks, and he's a great guy! You are racist!"
"Sure thing bud!"
Smile at him.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Shortcake [Rogue] 418791

"No, he doesn't have them."

I get up in your face.
"You have never been a slave. You have never seen donkeys worked until they are nothing but skin and bones. You have never been forced to cook for diamond dogs that nothing nothing about cuisine. You have never had to listen to diamond dogs wondering if they should just run a spit through you and roast you instead of keeping you guarded all the time."
I poke you in the chest each time I say You.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418792


Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Melody Maker [Bard] 418793

Cheap Shot and trip him before he hits Mwa!

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418794

"Like it this way? Eh? DO YOU LIKE IT THIS WAY?"
Pummel him again with the shield.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418795

We are in combat already.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418796

I groan at this.

And just groan at this more.
"Snacks want to sleep."

I just whine upon hearing this. Again at this!?

Stay awake.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 418797

You're slammed before you can hide.
The Obsidian Knight pull their swords and run towards Soil.
"Stop this right now."

Restrain '1d10+3'

Roll #1 2 + 3 = 5

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418798



Shortcake [Rogue] 418799

I stamp my hooves.
"Stop it! Both of you!"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418800

So do they restrain me or what?

Snacks(DD ranger) 418801

Assist one of the Crystal pone's and hold Mwashinidi as they hold Soil.


Roll #1 4 = 4

Melody Maker [Bard] 418802

Help them restrain!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 418803

You're not restrained but they've got you surrounded, weapons drawn.
"Soil, one more step and we'll attack. Hand over your shield! You'll get it back once htis is cleared up. But no more fighting."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418804

"That thief asked me to! It was a fair duel!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418805

"You saw him! He attacked me in cold blood! Cheap shotted me like a coward! I demand compensation."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418806

Smirk at him.
"I remember you asking me to 'bring it on!"

Sion 418807

"All I see is 2 ponies throwing baseless accusations at each other. And you attacking him.
Don't make this worse for yourself Soil. Hand over that shield and calm down."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418808

I rub my eyes again trying to stay awake

I.then look at Mwashindi.
"Is Zebra fine?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418809

"And I remember you accusing him of being a thief! Ranting on about how he's a 'zigga' and how he's 'insane'!"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418810

"Do I need to heal you?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418811


Mwandishi (Trickster) 418812

"I'm fine, Snacks. Thank you for asking."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418813

"Hey, it's a fair duel, he asked for it and I accepted! Now stand down!"
"No, i just said insane. And asked him to help find the thief. You said zigga.
You racist pony."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418814

"Oh, I'm sure I can walk it off."

Exaggeratedly limp a little

"The weakling couldn't do much to a strong Zebra warrior like me."

Sion 418815

"We have to stand down? Will you stop your attack and come with us?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418816



"You could have suffered internal bleeding or something! Stand still."
Heal him

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Snacks(DD ranger) 418818

Help him up and just stand near Amber while I listen. I then yawn.

Staying awake.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Shortcake [Rogue] 418819

""Mwandishi did ask for a fight."

Sion 418820

They attempt to restrain you again.
Roll higher then the highest of them to avoid.

Roll #1 3, 6, 7, 9 = 25

Snacks(DD ranger) 418821

Perhaps sitting in the rain might not be bad. Let them handle….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418822

"He did. He said to 'come at him', he did ask for a fight!"
Really now?
Fuck them. Stay strong.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418823

"I didn't ask for a duel, you numbskull. I told you that if you started throwing more racist trash around, I'd beat the shit out of you, and then you decided to cheap shot me like a punk.

"Good knights, you need to take him away to a jail or dungeon or whatever you keep."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418824

I run over to him
"Soil please! You'll hurt yourself!"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418825

"That wasn't asking for a fight, dipshit! He was saying he wouldn't be scared by your racist ass and your threats!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418826

I nudge you with a hoof.
"If you aren't going to take us to the cave at least dig us all a hole."

I glare at you.
"Calm down, Mwandishi. This has been enough for one night."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418827

"Amber, I don't like them. They are thieves! And this one keeps saying the same lie over and over like it's gonna make it true!"

Sion 418828

They've got you restrained and confiscated your shield.
"Now, you'll get it back once we've cleared out this mess."

Golden Quartz look
"And you…., you'll come with us right now to clear this up. I don't like this and you better tone down. The only reason we're restraining him is because he was fighting.
He saved our lives. And if we can find any shred of evidence on you, you'll be sent to the dungeon."

"now everypony come with us."
They lead all of you to the inn.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418829

Shrug them off.
"Bah. He totally asked for a duel, just so you know."
Follow them.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418830

"B-But we can do this peacefully! Nopony has to get hurt!"

I sigh and follow them, nudging Snacks awake first
"What an awful night…"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418831

"Yeah right.
I just don't like them. Shortcake is fine, but the other two have been insulting us since we met!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 418832

I let myself be led.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418833

So are the guards watching all of us? Or just Mwa and Soil?

Snacks(DD ranger) 418834

"Wha… no.. no dig. Rain will get in the hole and will flood us, leading to suffucation and an early death sleeping with fish. No no dig, not in rainy night."

I then stand up and slap myself to keep awake.
"Alright Snacks will lead all of you to the ca…."

I look at them and scratch my head.

Follow them.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418835

"That's fine. Let me just get some ointment from my bag."

Make sure that the stuff in my saddlebags is well hidden. Also pull out some ointment or whatever.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Snacks(DD ranger) 418836

I just frown at this remembering the incident at Silver haze.

I just yawn again and rub my eyes
"Snack agree's. We should have rested in the cave."

Sion 418837

They'sre with 4 and got an eye on all of you, altough most one Mwa and Soil, you could make a break for it unnoticed if you tried.

Golden Quartz enters the inn.
"Now, this zebra claims that he hasn't stolen anything. Nor do any of our other companions. Do you have any proof it was any of them? Show us the scene of the crime."
The innkeeper furiously leads Golden Quartz towards the office….only to come out with a huge bag of bits.
"Is that all of it?" Golden Quartz asks.
The innkeeper counts for a few minutes and then looks at each and every one of you, to the Obsidian Knights and their weapons as well with a defeated look. "yes, it's all…"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418838

"What the… You tricked me!"
Snarl at the innkeeper.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418839

I just let out a breath of relief.
"Warm bed….. " I smile lazily.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418840

"I demand an apology from you."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418841

I smile happily
"Good! That's solved then!"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418842

"See?" I keep my eyes awake.

Sion 418843

Quartz looks at Mwa for a few seconds without saying anything.
"I guess this was all some sort of misunderstanding then. Give Soil his shield back, unless you're planning to attack me?"

The Innkeeper looks down sadly and scared.

"I'm sorry…."

Shortcake [Rogue] 418844

I have a frown on my face the entire time.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418845

"For asking you to help me find the thief and accept your duel after that mare-"
Point at Melody
"-kept calling you zigga?"
"Why would I attack you?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 418846

"And are you going to apologize to Amber, too? For those comments you made about forcing her to 'sleep in the shed'?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418847

"Oh, thank you. But I meant from Poor Soil there. I'm sure he's the one who suggested it was me in the first place."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418848

I approach the Inn keeper.
"See pony, none of us are thieves Pony keeper just misplaced bag and … yeah…. " I yawn.

"We should go and find a place to sleep. You kikc us out right?"

I look at her.
"She is not going to sleep in the shed. Snacks will sleep in the shed."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418849

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418850

"That's fine, they don't need to apologize for that…"
I look at the knights
"They're just not ready yet…"

"What? Why!? You don't have to!"

Sion 418851

The innkeeper looks down.
"It was a misunderstanding that's all."

He looks at Amber.
"I'm sorry for calling you a gem mule and about the shed."

The innkeeper looks up with fear in his eyes.
"No no please there are enough rooms. You can all staay here for the night."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418852

I heard you. I'm just going to ignore you.

Shortcake [Rogue] 418853

"Thank you."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 418854

"Oh good. I'm glad that's all sorted out, then."

Snacks(DD ranger) 418855

I smile lazily at this.

Keep awake.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418856

"Bah. I'd rather sleep in the cave. Less snakes."

Walk outside, back to the goddamn cave.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418857

Slap myself.
"How much? Where are the rooms."

I look at PoorSoil.
"Hey!" Stop him.

Melody Maker [Bard] 418858

"Nobody's sleeping in a shed."

I smile at his apology.
"Good. See? Was that so hard? Now are you going to hassle any other crystal ponies who come here in the future?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418859

"It's okay! Really!"
Pay him for a room

"Hey! Where are you going?"

Sion 418860

The innkeeper doesn't look at any of you as he shows you your rooms.
THey look pretty nice though.

"Of course not."

Sion 418861

He refuses your money and walks away quickly.

You going to the cave alone?

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418862

"To sleep where there aren't ponies ready to lie on anything."
Nope. No room for me. Fuck the innkeeper, that liar.


Do I notice his discomfort or am I oblivious as ever?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418864

Shortcake [Rogue] 418865

"Sorry about earlier."
I go into my room.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418866

Whoa wait I have to pay!
"Hey! Take my money!"

Snacks(DD ranger) 418867

I put a paw on his shoulder.
"Snack suggested the cave because there are many of us. But now, Poorsoil is alone, what if that cucki… cockatrice chickens comes back? Sleep here where its safe."

Sion 418868

He says nothing and doesn't look at you.

You've noticed his discomfort clearly as he walks away.

You walk to the caves. Soon 3 of the Obsidian Guard ponies join you.
"We're sorry about restraining you earlier. Please understand we wanted to prevent an unnecessary fight. Would you mind if we stayed here as well? You saved our lives earlier and we wouldn't want you to spend a night all alone."
They've got warm bedrolls and some food, plus wood for a fire.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418869

"Who the fuck cares. I just want to stay away from that snake of an innkeeper. And I still don't like those two."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418870

"I don't really mind. You did just your job.
But that was totally a fair duel and he had asked for it."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418871

Then follow him!
"Sir? What's wrong?"

Sion 418872

"Nothing. Please, you've got your room right? What else do you want?"
He says nervously.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418873

I just let Poorsoil go and frown.

I just scratch my head and follow her.

I look at him, is he okay?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418874

I hoof over the fee for the room
"I have to pay for the room!"
I look him over
"What's wrong? You seem really… distressed."

Melody Maker [Bard] 418875

And with that, I-

I grown and roll my eyes, and then head into my room.
Do we all have separate rooms, or are we sharing?

Poor Soil [Immortal] 418876

I was on my way to the caverns there. Out of the inn.

Sion 418877

They make a fire and suddenly the cold cave is not so cold anymore and you spend the nights with these 3 stallions nonsexually

Not really. He's drinking a good glass of whisky and pours himself another.

He takes the money, sadly smiling.
"T-thank you, Crystal Pony. I feel a bit better already. have a good night."
He pours himself another glass

There are enough rooms to sleep seperately. But hey, things can happen right?

Sion 418878



Poor Soil [Immortal] 418879

Grumble a bit.
"That damn innkeeper.
He made me fight the zebra for nothing."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 418880

I frown
"You still look sad… and you're drinking… something's wrong."

Sion 418881


We'll deal with this some other time.

Snacks(DD ranger) 418882

Seeing Amber give her share. I then give my share of bill to the Innkeeper.

Keep awake.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 419031

The Crystal Ponies look at each other.
"I'm not sure…" says one.
"But well, there's no proof of course. There's nothing we can do…" says another.

He chuckles.
"Something's wrong? You all bounce in here and smash half my furnitu-…..but that's okay. I don't mind." He adds quickly.

He takes a look at the money and quickly takes another sip of his whiskey.

Once we're READY we move to Tall Tale

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419046

"You two know something I don't?"
Raise a brow.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419049

I flatten my ears
"I'm so sorry for what happened… I didn't want all this to happen to you at all."
Do I have enough money to compensate for the damage done?

Snacks(DD ranger 419055

Try to keep awake.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Shortcake [Rogue] 419056

I go through my morning routine then pay the innkeeper for my room even though I don't have to.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419062

I wake up late and stroll downstairs like I own the place.

Snacks(DD ranger 419065

"Snacks will sleep and heading upstairs, Amber pony must watch out in case somepony still hates crystals. Cant be too careful>"

Walk upstairs, go to my room and get some sleep. Amber can take care of herself.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419068

"Is Melody still asleep?"

Sion 419070

Go to sleep dog.

You don't.
The innkeeper takes another drink.
"Well mighty kind of you."

The innkeeper takes the money with a mixed expression of gratitude and fear.

the few patrons still here look up as you come down and quickly look back at their drinks.

Welcome to the next day.

"Nothing for sure. But you have to admit it's pretty odd."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419071

"Looks like it."

sol's in class

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419073

"Odd what? I just saw the zebra go missing, but the innkeeper had all his money anyway!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419076

I smile at him.

"Can we talk?"
I nod my head to the door.
I know.

Melody Maker [Bard] 419077

I yawn and lave my room, mane still fuzzy from sleep.

"Awake now."
I yawn again.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419078

Well… I'll give him whatever money I have then
"Here! It's not enough but… um… it's a start?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419081

"Go for it."

Go inside.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419082

"You too."

Snacks(DD ranger 419084

Head down stairs and go get some food, preferrably soup and bread if the Innkeeper can provide that is. Then find a spot to eat.

Sion 419086

"He also seemed pretty scared. Well it's odd. But if he says he really has all his money still…well then there's really nothing more to be done…"

He looks at it.
"…..Have a good night Crystal Pony."
For the time being you're broke, you'll have to depend on the generosity of others for your food and lodge.

There aren't that many patrons anymore. You easily find a spot, and get some food, which the innkeeper gives to you without saying much.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419088

I follow you out.
"I think we should stay with this group. The world isn't safe these days and I am tired of having to sleep in trees, ditches, holes, and other nasty places because there was nopony else to keep watch. Safety in numbers, after all."

Melody Maker [Bard] 419089

"Huh?… What's up?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419090

I motion for you to follow me out then tell you >>419088.

Snacks(DD ranger 419091

I look at the Innkeepe as I sip the soup.
"Good morning pony, hows your day?"


"You too, sir!"
Go to sleep as well. Rolling for dreams.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419093

"Not gonna question somepony I travel with for so little."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419094

"But they're squares. And the stupid one tried to kill me."

Sion 419097

You've got good Crystal Pony dreams.

"It's…I'ts fine…no problems at all…I hope you had a good night, and that you'll have a good trip."

"That might be the best thing to do. Now Shining, you take the first watch."
A pony sits up.
"Good night everypony."

Melody Maker [Bard] 419098

I frown.
"I dunno… some of these ponies are jackasses. Like that one… Dirt or whatever. I don't trust him… Amber's nice enough, I guess."

Shortcake [Rogue] 419099

"I'd rather we all traveled with squares and stayed safe instead of saying by ourselves and getting eaten or thrown in a dungeon. He only tried to kill you because you and Melody were acting all…weird."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419101

"Wake me up for the watch."

Snacks(DD ranger 419103

I then take a bite of my bread.
"If Snacks may ask, how far is pony town Tall tale is? Snacks and friends are going there on errand. Will it take us days?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 419105

"Yeah, sticking up for someone being discriminated and teaching the jackass a lesson is weird."
I snort.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419106

Gear up, go downstairs and ask for a glass of water, then drink up.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419109

"We weren't being weird. They're the weird ones."

Sion 419110

"It's not far anymore. About half a days walk. If you leave now, you'll be there before noon."

You've got a glass of water, bum.
Snacks is downstairs as well.
And you see Golden Quartz coming downstairs as well.

You took the watch in the middle of the night and then got relieved. When you wake up again it's morning and the Obsidian Knights are packing.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419111

"I mean when they found us in the forest. You two never did anything like that with your friends while rescuing us all from those diamond dogs."

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419112

Let's stretch first, to prepare for a day of travel.


Then, let's head down and see if they have any tea or milk.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419114

Grunt back at them and pick my stuff up.
"Better than the inn. Snacks was right."
Is it raining still?

Sion 419115

You tumble down the stairs, what an entrance.

Snacks(DD ranger 419116

"Ah, thanks Inn keeper pony."
I then finish my food and look around.

"Have Innkeeper pony seen Mwandishi zebra and others?" Can I spot them anywhere?

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419117

"Hey Snacks! Hey Quartz!"

I wince
"Are you okay?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419119

"So what's the point of all this, Shorty? You want us to stick around with them? Fine. Better than any other plan, I guess.

"But we're reserving the right to bolt at any time!"

Snacks(DD ranger 419120

Lighten up.
"Ambe…. "

Whoa.. help him up.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Melody Maker [Bard] 419121

I groan.
"We… nevermind. I'm not awake enough to think straight."
I head downstairs to get some food.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419122

"What an auspicious start to the day." I mumble to myself.

"I'm fine. I guess what happened earlier is still getting to me."

"I'm fine, see."


Roll #1 2 = 2

Shortcake [Rogue] 419123

"Okay, thanks."
I smile at you.

I follow you in and get some food myself.

Sion 419126

The rain is over brother, you're greeted with Celestia's shining metaphorical smile (AKA the sun.)
"Let's go back to the inn. I'm sure the rest is already up."

"They're outside." He winces "no wait, they're here."

You're in. You see the innkeeper staring at both of you shakily.

While you don't have any visible wound, that did shake you up a little. Sit yourself down for a sec.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419127

I put some money on the counter.
"How much for breakfast?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419128

At least she does her one job.
To the inn!
"Right. They better have kept a pie for us…"

Snacks(DD ranger 419129

"You need food pony. Go and eat some." I scratch my head.

Melody Maker [Bard] 419130

I chuckle.
"Hey, can we get some food?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419132

So Quartz is here, where are the rest of the knights?

Snacks(DD ranger 419133

Approach her slowly and poke their back one time.
"Has ponies seen Mwandishi zebra?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419134

Go downstairs, too, I guess.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419135

I point at him.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419137

Drag my catbutt onto a chair.

"Any milk or tea available? I should avoid anything heavy if this is how my day is going to go."

Wince and grumble to myself: "I haven't been looked that silly, have I?"

Snacks(DD ranger 419138

Approach him and scratch my head.
"Can Snacks and Mwandishi talk? While eating food." I smile.

Sion 419139

"that will be 2 bits…"
He takes the money and gives you a bowl of soup and some bread.

You arrive back at the inn.
They don't have pie, only soup and bread.

"Hello Amber" Says Quartz as he takes a tiny bit of soup. "Don't you have any breakfast?"
The rest of the knights are just arriving.

There's some herbal green tea. Healthy as fuck.

You're downstairs with the rest of the group. You want breakfast from the innkeeper? You going to pay him with his own money?

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419141

I like soup. I love bread.
Take it.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419142

"Uh… I'm not hungry!"
I smile at him

Shortcake [Rogue] 419143

I take a seat at a table and start eating.

Melody Maker [Bard] 419145

"Hey! HEY! I asked for food too!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419146

"What do you want, dog?"

Queren Pico 419147

"Simple, safe tea. Maybe the day can be saved."

Sion 419148

It's not bad soup. Must be because all of the hobo spices.

He frowns at you.
"It's still a long march to Tall Tale. You need to keep up your strenght."

He quickly comes with soup and bread for both of you.
"That…that will be 4 bits.."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419149

I wave a hoof dismissively
"I'll be fiiine!"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419150

I like this guy's soup.
But stop him as he asks money for Mwandishi and Melody.
"Wait, I'm gonna pay for them."
Six bits, can manage, no?

Melody Maker [Bard] 419151

I flip him the four bits and join Shortcake, and start eating.

Snacks(DD ranger 419153

I scratch my head and give a worried smile.
"Snacks want to apologize for Poor Soil yesterday for what happened. I hope Mwandishi is not angry or anything."

I look at him.
"Is zebra still hurt?"

Queren Pico 419157

"It looks like I missed something last night. Probably just some pony custom."

Let's get a nice warm teapot to share, to join in.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419160

"Why thank you, Snacks. Yes, I'm fine. But if Poor Soil really wants to apologize, he should apologize in person."

Sion 419162

"I insist." He orders a bowl of soup for you and pays for it.

They already paid.

You and Shortcake are together at a table. The other patrons are making sure not to sit too close to both of you.

Here you go with the tea.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419163

Aaaaa! I don't have the money to pay back for that!
Take the bowl and go over to >>419157

Sion 419165

You did save their lives remember? The least they could do is give you a bowl of soup.

Once everyone is READY we'll leave for Tall Tale.

Snacks(DD ranger 419166

I stand up straight smiling.
"Snacks want to say apologies for Poor Soil in advance since Snacks is Poor Soils friend and also Mwa zebra is hurt. Not only is it necessary but it is the proper form."

I then look at the SC and MM.
"Sorry for holding zebra for food." I then stand aside and find my own seat.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419167

Oh well.
They were kinda dicks anyway.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419168

Pass some around.

"It'll make the food go down better, and it looks like you'll need it more than I did."

"Hello. Having a good morning?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419176

But still!

"It's uh… an okay morning?"
Take the tea and drink it
"Thank you!"

Melody Maker [Bard] 419177

Heh. Scared of a mare… 'You know what we do to mares like you around here' my ass. Some no dick cowards they are…

Snacks(DD ranger 419179

Just sit next to Poor Soil and eat some bread.
Also ready.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419181


Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419183

"Let's salvage the rest of the day, then. Enjoy the tea."


Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419185

"I will!"
Ready too.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419188

Sion 419191

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As you prepare to leave, the Obsidian Knights wish you good luck and tell you that, should you ever visit Canterlot, to go to the Crystal Embassy there.


The Sun is high in the sky as all of you reach a hill overlooking the city of Tall Tale.
Tall Tale, the greatest harbor on the Equestrian coast of the Western Sea. even from here you can see the bustling harbor with a multitude of ships departing and coming in.
The streets are bustling with activity. The merchants are displaying their wares. Mares are looking for that sale of the day.
Some refugees sitting on the sides, begging for change.
There are numerous posters hanging everywhere, showing an image of a griffon.

Bedrock rubs his hooves. "This is it, gentlecolts. Time to do business."
He unloads his wares on a square.

Snacks(DD ranger 419194

My eyes widen in awe.
"So this is what pony cities look like."

I then look at Bedrock.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419196

"Yeah, you do that Rock, I'm gonna look for somepony with work…"

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419199

"What would a gryphon be doing in a city like this?"
Check out the poster.


Oooooh! Look around the pretty sights!

Roll #1 2 = 2

Snacks(DD ranger 419201

I look at him.
"Snacks will stick with Bedrock pony. Careful out there Soil."

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419202

"I'm comin' back as soon as we have a job, don't worry."

Sion 419208

"We've got to make those sales, got to make that dough. You're all relieved of course. But hey, don't be afraid to come to me if you need some crafting done. That was the deal after all."
He turns to Snacks.
"Hey, dog. Do you want to do something for me?"

The poster shows an impressive muscled griffon.
Underneath it, it says
The undefeated champion of the Arena.]
Looks like there's another fight of him today.

There aren't too many pretty sights from here.
Only ponies shopping and beggars.
Maybe you should climb the hill for a better sight.


I should! Climb that hill like I'm a goat!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419210

Okay, off to whatever the tallest building is!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Snacks(DD ranger 419212

I scratch my head.
"Snacks dont mind."

Melody Maker [Bard] 419213

I give a look of disgust when he mentions Canterlot.
I go look at the poster as well.
So he's a fighter? Where's he fighting tonight?

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419214

"Do ponies enjoy getting hurt fighting gryphons? I can understand a few of you go into combat, but knowing they are going to lose like this seems ludicrous."

Shortcake [Rogue] 419217

"Arena? You don't seriously want to fight in an arena, do you?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 419220

"Some do."
"You'll see."
I grin at her.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419221

I frown at you.
"There are plenty of ponies that can beat up gryphons."


Sion 419222

You hop it like a goat.
On top of the hill you have a nice view of the entire city.
You see the mercantile district you've just left, the harbor, the train station with the tracks leading to Canterlot, the Arena, and further away, what looks like slums. Looks like there's smoke arising from there."

You get lost and enter a slummy area, looking for the government buildings. You see a group of green clad ponies.
"You like you can handle yourself." they say.

He gives you a sealed package. "Bring this to a diamond dog named Griff. He should live somewhere in the slums. Ask around there and tell him you're sent by Zenith."

He's fighting in a few hours, but there seem to be minor matches held all day at the arena.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419223

"Yeah. Looking for a job. Hunting monsters and that stuff."

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419224

"Probably, if that gryphon was just a hatchling, but any who fight professionally like this must have received extensive training before they even arrived. But, maybe not if he's fighting here in a pony town."

"Honestly. Maybe I should join? It's been a while since I've sparred with a fellow Gryphon."

Snacks(DD ranger 419225

"Ooohh… whats inside?" I look at it.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419227

"An arena? Ooooh! I should go check that out!"

Sion 419231

He slaps your paws.
"Hey, that seal is on there for a reason. That client will be pissed if he doesn't get this sealed."
He sizes you up.
"I hope I can count on you not to peek?"

They scoff.
"For that kind of stuff you're on the wrong side of town, you need to climb that hill to the Guard barracks, they've got bounties that need to be taken care off. But as I said, you look like you can handle yourself. Interested in a job that actually pays well?"

You find the Arena. It is a large circular building, from the inside you hear the cheers of the audience.
Unfortunately for you, there's a small fee to enter, which you don't have bum.
You notice another back entrance though, with a sign.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419232

Read the sign!

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419233

Think about this for a m-
Yeah right, like I can.
"What is it?"

Snacks(DD ranger 419236

I nod at Bedrock and start to leave.
"Snacks will see if Snacks can deliver as fast as possible. Later."

Go to the slums and find Griff, or go talk to the locals who this Griff is.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419237

What kind of crowd is gathering?

Sion 419250

Are you at the Arena?


There's a buff looking buffalo in front of the entrance.

"Somepony stole something from us. And we'd like to have it back. You want to help us getting it back?"

You go to the slums and ask around. Eventually you meet a pony dressed in red.
"Griff? Maybe I know him, why do you need him?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419252

I approach the buffalo
"Uh… hi? Do I need to pay to fight?"

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419254

"Why don't you go to the guards?"
Raise a brow.

Snacks(DD ranger 419255

"Snacks is sent by Zenith, Snacks need to meet him." I grin.

Melody Maker [Bard] 419266

I also head to the arena too.
Can I see inside? Can I see what kinda ponies go see these things?

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419268

Follow along.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419271

Shortcake [Rogue] 419272

I follow her there.
"Can you give me any hints?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 419277

I grin.
"Weelll… What would you say to doing a little… 'community service'?"

Sion 419278

"No, but not every little pony who just ran away from home can fight in the Arena. Go inside and talk to the Battlemaster Owynle. He let's you through.
Inside you see a number of fighters training. On the other side, you see a zebra overlooking the fighters.

"We already went to them. But they're bought off. There are big criminal gangs running these slums and if you're not part of them, you're just a target. Just like us. Can you help us take justice into our own hooves?"

You all pay the small fee to enter the Arena.
You see all sorts of ponies, from the poor in the lower seats, dressed in rags, betting their few coins away, to the rich in their VIP seats. There are a pair of Buffalo's blocking the entrance to them.
You notice a bookmaker near the entrance as well.

Sion 419279

"Zenith? Come with me."
He leads you into a dark alley.
Roll for perception.

Snacks(DD ranger 419281

Can I spot(supreme survivial)?

Also perception.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419282

Go inside then and find the battlemaster!

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419283

"I just care about monsters."

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419284

Assume I was with Amber and went to the Arena.

Are there any gryphons I can talk to? If not, check in with the Zebra, he might know what I need to register.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419285


I gawk at the buffalo.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419286

Go up to the buffaloes.

"I'm Effendi Hakuna. I believe I have a seat in there."


Roll #1 1 = 1

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419287

It was a ruse!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Sion 419288

[Supreme Survival initiated]
You notice 2 ponies in the shadow ready to jump you. You quickly parry their attacks.
"Give us that package, dog."

You're fighting 3 Red clothed robbers.

He sighs.
"I understand, it's no shame if you're scared. We'll find them on our own. Good luck."

Both of you go and greet the Battlemaster.
"I don't know why you're here. But you've got about 10 seconds to tell me before I lop your hooves off."
He looks at Pico.
"Or claws in your case."

They look at each other.
"Look at you, you can't even afford to walk in more then rugs and you think we're supposed to believe you've got an exclusive seat?"
They laugh.
"Good one. Now scram, before we throw you out."

Sion 419289

Ruse can only be used in Combat.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419291

"Yeah right, like I am scared!
How much money is that? What did they steal?"

Sion 419293

Apparently I made a fault there.
Mmmmmh. I guess, you could try again using conman, take a 6 on producing something that will get you in there, some papers. To make up for it.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419294

Don't show any anger at the Zebra. State intentions as straightforward as possible, befitting a member of my brood.

"We've come to partake in the Arena. We were told to talk to the Battlemaster."

Snacks(DD ranger 419295

Fuckers. Release myself from the parry by pushin them off, I then throw my axe to one of them.

Sentry Marksman shot.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419296

Fine. Do that. Produce a badge of nobility from my saddlebags.

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419297

I take a step back
"W-What? That's horrible! I just wanted to see the arena! I can fight!"

Melody Maker [Bard] 419301

Can I assist him with that? Con Artist up a badge!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Shortcake [Rogue] 419302

I stay quiet.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419305

"I'll have you know that this is most unusual, and I'm greatly offended that you are questioning my right to enter this place. Where is your owner, slaves? I need to inform him of your insubordination immediately. Pray that I don't have you neutered for good measure!"

Sion 419310

They look taken aback.
"We're sorry, sirs."
They let you through.

He grins.
"Lots of money. And a chance to make even more.
And they stole a crate from us. Containing our wares. Without it, my boss will be furious."

"You? Both of you?"
He laughs.
"Look at you, my granny could beat you and she's dead. but allright, your funeral. Welcome to the Arena kids. Do you know the first rule of the Arena?"

"We're not slaves. But we'll be sure to treat you with the respect you deserve mister Hakuna. Please forgive this misunderstanding."

Sion 419311

You hit one of them straight in the knee and he falls down in pain, screaming.

2 left.

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419312

"And who are they?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419313

I follow them through.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419314

"The arenas I know are meant for fighting, so to prove our strength and improve our skills, no?"

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419315

"Uh… No… eating or drinking in the arena?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419316

"It's Effendi Hakuna. I'm no shopkeeper or miller."

"And that pony and Griffin over there (I point at Queren and Amber) are in my entourage. They must be allowed into the section as well."

"Shortcake, would you help me out and get that Griffin?"

Sion 419317

You don't see them. They're in the barracks underneath the arena.

Snacks(DD ranger 419318

release my dagger and put one of them down!
>rng pls

Roll #1 8 = 8

Snacks(DD ranger 419320

I forgot

Shortcake [Rogue] 419321

I nod.

I poke you with my magic and then wave a hoof at you.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419322

Well that's silly.

Give them a description and names and tell them I want Amber and Queren let in. Tell them I want them summoned immediately, in fact.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419327

In that case I go looking for Queren.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Melody Maker [Bard] 419331

I grin as they let us in.

"So what's your plan? I wanna rig up a fight and steal the money right outta their grubby hooves…"

Sion 419333

"Follow us."
He leads you through a few streets, until you see a big crate being carried on a donkey by a few red clothed ponies with swords.
"Those are the ones. They're part of a gang. Bad ponies."

"Newcomers have to fight on the first day. So we know immediately if you're right for this. Or if we have to throw you out with the trash."
A buffalo and Shortcake arrive.
"Mister Owynle. Mister Hakuna requests the presence of these ponies."
Owynle grins. "Well, I see you've got lucky, just go to the VIP section instead of getting hurt kids."

You're in the barracks. See above.

You slam into another one, just like you've learned from Soil, and throw him on the ground.
The attackers get up and start running away.

Sion 419335

Both of you enter the VIP section and have an amazing view of the current fight.
There are a number of well-dressed noble ponies sitting, talking and ennjoying the fight.
There are a few buffalo guards around as well.

Shortcake [Rogue] 419338

Poor Soil [Immortal] 419339

Walk in.
"Hey, you. Hoof over the stolen loot now."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419340

"I just wanted to see what it's like in here. But yeah, now that you mention it, maybe we could have some fun."

Sion 419342

Sorry the "You're in the barracks see above" was meant for you.

Getting tired, Pause soon

Snacks(DD ranger 419343

Let those ponies limp away, if I was not a gentlier dog as of now I would have tied them up and sold them for some profit.

I then breath out and relax my muscles.
But I am not that dog anymore.

Alright, get my axe back and my stuff. Lets go around and find this guy named Griff, ask around if necessary.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419346

I cock my head
"Who? Hakunanama?"

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419347

"I'd like to have fought, but watching could be fun too."

Is the stadium mostly ponies, does anyone or any particular group stand out?

Does Hawkeye work out of combat?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Shortcake [Rogue] 419349

"Queren, could you come with me please?"
I smile at you.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419350

"Hmm? Sure."

Shortcake [Rogue] 419351

I lead you up into the rich pony area where Melody and Mwandishi are.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419353

"It's still hard for me to accept ponies would build such a place. The ones I knew were really quiet and small. Or was this built by Diamond Dogs and co-opted?"

Sion 419354

"I don't think you're up for the challenge anyway. you would have been swatted at first fight." says Owynle as you walk away.

Yes it does.
You notice ponies of all walks of life. Enjoying the blood that spills in the Arena.
"That has to be fake" says one of the rich ponies next you with a yawn, as an earth pony gets slammed by a mace right on the head, blood spilling out and the crowd cheers.
You notice a group of red clothed ponies on the other side of the Arena talking to the bookmakers.

Amber is still not with you at the moment.

"So what's it going to be Crystal Pony? Are you going to be smart and jin your friends up there or are you going in the ring? I must warn you, they'll do a lot worse then ruffling your mane." says Owynle.

After a lot of asking some ponies point you to a big building. The green clothed guard says "what you want?"

A big pony with a mace comes to you.
"What are you? Some officer? Scram."


My shield is bigger.
Slam him.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Melody Maker [Bard] 419357

"Hm… should one of us go in? Throw the fight?"

I nudge him and whisper to him.
"Probably by the rich. They love seeing the blood of the poor spilled. Makes them feel powerful. Gives them a hardon or some shit."

Shortcake [Rogue] 419358

I shrug.

"I'm back."

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419359

I scrunch
"I'm not afraid! I'm an adult!"
Bolster myself!

Sion 419360

Oh jesus all thse mislinks. I'm really getting fucking tired.
Wait while I fix this.

Sion 419364

"I don't think you're up for the challenge anyway. you would have been swatted at first fight." says Owynle as you walk away.

Yes it does.
You notice ponies of all walks of life. Enjoying the blood that spills in the Arena.
"That has to be fake" says one of the rich ponies next you with a yawn, as an earth pony gets slammed by a mace right on the head, blood spilling out and the crowd cheers.
You notice a group of red clothed ponies on the other side of the Arena talking to the bookmakers.

Rest of the links fits.

Snacks(DD ranger 419365

"Snacks is finding Griff. Zenith sends me." I grin.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419366

"That might not be necessary. Let's play it by ear and see what it's like in here."

Is Queren here in the VIP room yet?

Sion 419367

He is. Amber isn't.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419369

Smile and leave out. Barkers like that usually only ave their mouths as weapons and should be ignored.

"Are any of the ponies even trained? Even by an alcoholic gryphon? I was taught to fight, and we showed our skills in an arena, but throwing the poor against each other like this is idiotic at best, and wasteful of ponies who might grow up to be at least adequate at defending these lands."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419371

"Queren, my bodyguard! Excellent! Play along

"Enjoying the fights, yes?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419373

Talk to some of the rich ponies.

"These fighters…. they're so weak."

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419374

"Yes, sir."

"We were just examining the bottom levels, for your safety."

"What are you up to?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419375

I sit down next to you two.

I look around the room we are in. What's it like? How many other ponies are there? What sort of decorations do I see?

Sion 419376

You slam the big pony right in the stomach and he bends over in pain. Not so tall now.
The others panic. "Quick get out."
The donkey starts running with the crate.

"Your funeral then. You ready?"

They grin.
"Ah Zenith. Good to hear that. Please go in."
As you go in, you see a giant tunnel dug into the ground, a diamond dog comes out.
"Follow me, brother."

Very nicely decorated. Silver emblems in the form of shield hang on the walls behind you.
Comfy seats with cushions. There's a bar close to you with all sorts of refreshments.

There are a few buffalo guards standing around.
There are '1d10+3' rich looking ponies here. Nicly dressed and overlooking the fight.

Sorry for the short run, but really tired now.

Roll #1 9 + 3 = 12

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419377

"Want to make some money? More than you can get in the pit, I'm sure."

"Wouldn't you agree, Ms. Cake? These fighters lack any real strength. They have no life to them. No verve."


"You stop!"
Shoot a dart to the fleeing donkey.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Amber [Crystal pony Ascendant] 419379

I nod resolutely
"Savior guide me!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419380

"Oh yes. They would pay monster hunters to fight monsters in here."

Snacks(DD ranger 419381

I nod at him and follow.
"Snacks didnt know Dogs have tunnels here." I grin.

Is the place nice and cozy?

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419382

"The Battlemaster was becoming insufferable, so I'll count this as a hidden blessing."

"We'll see if it was even worth trying to join in any case. We'll probably enjoy the food more anyway."

Shortcake [Rogue] 419384

I laugh as daintily as I can.
"As if a gryphon would know the first thing about pony food."

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419391

"The bird part of me likes your breads, and being all over your lands has given me quite the palette. Would you even know the difference between a concha and a cacahuate?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419392

"Of course."

Melody Maker [Bard] 419393

I adopt a overly posh accent, slightly out of practice from years of disuse.
"Why, even the food cannot possibly be good! Do you see the way these… charlatans are dressed? Why, I would wager that not a single one of them has money dating back beyond a generation or two! Simply laughable, they are."

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 419398

"Of course, sir."

"Why don't you regale them about how far your lineage goes and what great deeds they accomplished."

Melody Maker [Bard] 419407

"Oh hush now. You're getting rather uppity. Rather unbecoming of a bodyguard!"

Boyar (Preacher) 419408

"I said play along, Queren!"

"Queren, what's the matter with you? Has all this bad fighting got your blood boiling? Does it incense you as much as it does me?"

Shortcake [Rogue] 419413

"The fighting must have him agitated. You know how gryphons are."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 419417


Queren Pico 419418

"Apologies, master."

"The blood of the arena is getting to me, sir."

Sion 420501

The big pony recovers quickly and pulls your leg right from under you, causing you to miss your dart.
"You better say your final prayers." He says as he takes out a knife.

"You're going to need it kid. Your first match is against another hot-headed pony like you who doesn't know when she's outmatched. Now get up there and prove you're ready for this stuff."
He points to a corridor.

For a Diamond Dog it definately is.
The tunnels stretch on for as far as you can see and you're guided through several rooms.
You see a few cages filled with small baby dragons and even a few young ones, roaring in frustration.
In another room you see a few ponies in cages, wearing collars.
And there are other rooms, the Dog makes sure, you don't get to see in.


"Oh shut up you!"
Headbutt him. Slam!

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420503

Amber [Crystal butt] 420504

I salute the zebra and go down the corridor!

Sion 420505

Roll for Damage.

As you go through the corridor, the cheering of the crowd gets louder, until you enter the arena properly.
On the other side you see your opponent, an earth pony mare wielding a greatsword. She looks frail but determined.

Roll for initiative.
Your opponents initiative. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Surely nothing could go wrong.

Roll #1 1 = 1


Earth pony? They're tough…

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 420508

Before you manage to headbutt your opponent slams his hoof right on your back leg.
A searing pain and an audible CRACK is heard.

This hurts.
You're still helpless.
"Not so tough now eh?"


You take the initiative and begin your attack.


CHARGE AT HER! Leap of Faith!

Roll #1 9 = 9


Shrug it off.
"Had worse."
Try and stand up.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sion 420511

Let's see if she manages to counter that '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sion 420512

Before the earth pony has time to react you're at the other side of the arena and hit her across the face with your hammer, Blood drips from her jaw and the crowd goes wild.

The big pony kicks you again while you're down, in the belly this time, right at the place where you keep Molly.


Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 420513

Talon pump from the upper-class area.


Ough, I'll have to be careful not to hurt her too much!
Let's do without magic for now, I'm sure the crowd will appreciate it more that way. Once she's regained her bearings, charge again!

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 420515

The mare tries to dodge your attack and slam you. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sion 420516

Giving her the time to gain her bearings again might not be such a good idea. Because as you swing your hammer again, the mare steps back to avoid it and strikes you with her greatsword, all in one fluid movement.

3/5 Amber


T-That's okay!
Sparkle powers activate! Time for payback!

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

Sion 420518

Stab stab stab. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sion 420519

She lifts her greatsword with a grin, ready for another attack but this time you turn the tables on her, blocking her greatsword with your hammer, leave it there for a second as you stare her down and then push her back, bashing her in the face with her own greatsword.


Swipe her legs from under her! Keep up the pressure!

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

Sion 420521

Dodge and attack

Roll #1 8 = 8

Sion 420522

She shakes her head, trying to focus after that devastating attack, to see you trying to swipe her down.
At the last moment, she jumps up avoiding your swiping hammer and, mid-air, slices your leg.

Amber 2/5 Opponent 1/3


That… That's no good! What if he hurt her?!
Get up and give him some!

Roll #1 2 = 2


Ow! That smarts!
Just headbutt her! I have the agility of a goat, maybe I can headbutt like one too!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sion 420525

You're starting to see red before your eyes as he kicks you another time.
"There! That's what happens to ponies who try to rob the Poison Hoof. You better not show your face around here again, punk."

Let's see. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 420526

You headbutt right into the flat of her greatsword. Ouch that hurts, the mare takes her chance to slam against you with her hooves.
You're helpless!

Amber 0/4


Who is this behemot who's been able to topple me without even needing any help?
Look up, try to get on my hooves again.
"Y-you! A monster worthy of a hunter, that's what you are!"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Amber [Crystal butt] 420528

Hah! Get back up! I bolstered myself!

Sion 420529

"But you won't be doing much hunting anytime soon. I can tell you that!" He hits you a final time before leaving to rejoin his comrade.

You're bloody and helpless on the streets.

Soil 0/1 HELPLESS.

Right you did. you're back up quick as the wind.


Now… Leap of Faith! Get her to eat dirt!

Roll #1 10 = 10


I should… Crawl up. Carefully. Find a medic, a hospital, something.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 420532

P-pls… '1d10'

You try to get up, still shakily. Every movement you make hurts.
Nopony in the small crowd arounds you helps…wait there is somepony, a blue pegasus mare runs out of the crowd and helps you up on your hooves. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 5 + 2 = 7

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420533

"Go… Away. They'll hurt you too."

Sion 420534

You grin and go for it trying to finsih her quickly.
But faster then the eye can see she raises her greatsword and both of you lock, determined not to give up.
The crowd goes wild.

"But you're hurt. We have to get you to a doctor quickly. Can you walk?"
She supports you as you stand.


S-Savior grant me strength!
"I'm not going to lose from you!"
Overpower her and then subdue her! We're doing this live!

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420536

Grunt a yes in acknowledgement, and nod vigorously.
"I can do this on my own. Just point me to a doctor."

Sion 420537

"N-nor will I!"
She pushes back '1d10'

"No, let me help you. You fought back against those bandits. It's the least I can do."
She tries to guide you away from the scene.
Do you let her?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 420538

Deadlock, none of you gives up.
Even the crowd has gone silent as they watch in anticipation


I can do this! I'm strong! Put my back into it and force her down!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420540

Dude, I am like, a bloody mess. It's a wonder I can still breathe.
"Who the hell…
Who the hell was that guy?"

Sion 420541

Stronk Crystal pon vs Stronk Earth Pon '1d10'

She guides you away from the slums to a hospital.
"I don't know his real name. They just call him the Enforcer. He makes sure ponies pay their dues to the Poison Fist. He's really big, some people say his father was a buffalo…"
She guides you into the building.
"Please, this pony needs help."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 420542

You push with all your might, but she seems stronger and pushes you back delivering a knock with her hoof, right against your cheek.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420543

"What a guy…"
Time to faint?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420544

Nah, now I can stay up.
"I'm gonna get to him. One on one…"


I pout and rub my cheek painfully.
"Nopony is mightier than me!"
Leap of Faith! Tackle her!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 420546

You stand up on your own, trying not to show too much pain.
She looks worried at you.
One of the doctors points towards a bed you can lay on, for the healing.

Sion 420547

Let's do this. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Sion 420548

She quickly avoids your tackle but doesn't manage to hit you.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420549

Grunt and drag myself there.
"Those ponies will never have their stuff back now…"


"You can't keep dodging me!"
Leap at her again! We're gonna wrestle!

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sion 420551

Healing '1d10+2'

"Fine by me." '1d10'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12 / Roll #2 6 = 6

Sion 420552

The doctor uses his healing magic and surprisingly, in seconds you start to feel better.
Even your broken leg feels like you can move it again.
The mare looks relieved.
There's just one thing the healing didn't solve.
As you check between you armorplates, you notice she got a little tear from the kicks that brute gave you…
Maybe there's somepony here who can fix that?

She drops her greatsword to the ground as you leap at her, she catches you tumbling over and you land underneath her.
"Not so tough now!" she hits you on your face with her hoof.


Push her off of me and try to pin her down!
"I-I can take you!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420554

Who cares for armor, that's stuff Bedrock can fix!
Molly! Is she okay?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Sion 420555

"I don't think so cutie." '1d10'

She seems a little ruffled, a few seams seem to have gotten loose, but she's holding up.
The mare looks curiously "You know, I know a thing or 2 about knitting, I could fix those 2 wires. That way she'll be good as new."
She smiles.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sion 420556

WHACK. Ouch that hurt. Blood drips down your mouth.
You're helpless and that earth pony is getting ready for the final blow.


I whimper and roll from under her, then try to get up

Roll #1 1 = 1

Sion 420558

Here we go '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420559

Look at the doll, still a bit out of it.
"Wha- why would you?"

Sion 420560

And with one last headbutt, she knocks you unconcious. Everything goes black.

As you wake up, you notice you're in the barracks again.

She looks down and fiddles with her hooves.
"I never saw somepony stand up against those bandits like you did…I thought I could help you…"


I groan and look around, then gasp and look myself over. How hurt am I? How do I feel?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 420562

"Molly is hurt…"
Get off this bed.
"If you can fix her… Please."

Sion 420563

You feel like shit. your hooves hurt, your belly hurts, even your tail hurts. She definately roughed you up good, but nothing that a little healing magic can't fix.

She looks overjoyed.
"Sure, come with me. I've got some knitting tool at my home."
and so you go back with her to her home nonsexually

And PAUSE again.


she was so strong… I should probably find her and congratulate her for her victory. But first, try to Heal myself. Am I alone here or what?

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

Sion 421547

The healing sooths your wounds and you start to see clearly now. You see you're in another part of the barracks, laying on a simple matress.

You see your opponent laying a bit further, being tended to by a doctor.
You're not the only one who got roughed up obviously.

Amber [Crystal butt] 421552

So I did do good after all! All on my own without magic! Haha!
I'll just lie her for a while with a goofy grin on my face. Is my gear around?

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421553

"Wait so… You live here?"
I should drop this shield somewhere near the entrance…
Look around.

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 421560

Since I'm on my own for the moment, let's head to the fish peddler area and see if there are any talkative Gryphons. I'd like to hear some news about the homelands.

Sion 421567

Your gear is laying next to you on a table.
It hasn't been cleaned yet and is stained by blood.

After a while Owynle comes in.
"That's a mighty mess both of you made…"

The home lies in the slums, not too far from where you were so savagely beaten down.
It is not much too look at from the outside, but she somehow managed to make it a bit cozy inside, if you ignore the loud noise that comes from next door at least.
The thing you notice immediately is the large amount of books in stacks in her living room.
The mare herself puts Molly carefully on a table and gets out her sewing tools.
"Yes, I know it's not much to look at, but I get by.."

You go to the harbor district. You see many stall with ponies, trying to advertise their wares the loudest. Through the crowd you see an older armored griffon on a pier, overseeing the sea.

Melody Maker [Bard] 421568

Are we still harassing the rich ponies? Or did time progress or something?

Queren Pico [Gryphon Tracker] 421571

"Sir, sorry to bother you, but did you just arrive from the Lands where we were hatched?"

I was just walking about in this mini-session.

Amber [Crystal butt] 421573

I wince at the sigh of blood, but shrug it off.
"Sorry… She was just really strong!"

Sion 421574

You weren't harassing them, simply planning to do something.

You're still in the VIP lounge with Shortcake, Mwa and Queren (who has split time and the fish peddlers takes place after that.)

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421577

Ask some of the rich ponies.

"These fighters are terrible. Don't you have anypony who can provide a thrilling match?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421582

Nope, I'm lost looking at the books.
Pick up one and see what it's about!

Melody Maker [Bard] 421586

I fake a yawn.
"Yeah… this is awfully boring. Don't you have any truly entertaining fighters? None of this riffraff trash?"

Sion 421591

The griffon shakes his feathers
"I come from Hyperborea, yes. Just arrived here and I can't wait to get back to it.
All these ponies just walking around…makes me hungry, and that wouldn't be good here now, would it?" He laughs.

The other mare gets up.
"That was quite a fight you put up…"
She grins.

Owynle grins as well.
"Indeed, you both fought very well. And more importantly you entertained the crowd."

There are a variety of books, some are encyclopedias of plants, others are maps of Equestria and lands far beyond, others are stories, some you've read others you've never seen before.
She looks up as she stitches Molly.
"Do you like books as well?"

One of the rich ponies looks up.
"Don't worry, good chaps. This is but the appetizer. The main course will come once the champion Gurion fights. Always delightful."
He offers you his hoof.
"And I'm afraid we haven't met. My name's Silver Coin."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421596

Nod slowly, in silence, as I flip pages off the books.
"It's been so long since I've read this one…"
Put it down and take a step back with starry eyes.
"It's so beautiful!"

Amber [Crystal butt] 421598

I look at the mare
"You were really good! I tried my best but… I just couldn't make it in the end. I was too hurt…"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421599

"Effendi Hakuna, from the city of Sanaa.

"And what, might I ask, is a Gurion?"

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 421601

"There are a few who could put up a fight, but most would probably season themselves to get it over with quickly. I've been in Equestria for some time now, I know there were a good many battles, and was looking for any news that might have come out of the Nest."

Melody Maker [Bard] 421604

I nudge him.
"So what should I be? Your… fuck if I know. Emissary?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421605

"Troubadour. Secretary."

Melody Maker [Bard] 421609

I nod and clear my throat.
"I am Melody Maker, troubadour."

Sion 421611

She smiles.
"I'm quite a lover of books myself. That's why I work in the library, so I can read all the books I want, every day. It's too bad I can't even get a shelf for those books, but I make sure they don't get wet."

Owynle looks at both of you.
"Normally, only one of you gets to become a gladiator. But…the crowd seemed to like both of you, that was quite an interesting match.
So you may both consider yourself Gladiators now, congratulations."
The mare squees.

"Gurion, the Griffon Arena Champion. He can fight, let me tell you. Hasn't lost a match since he got here. Mmmmh, Sanaa, you say? Is that in the Zebra lands to the south? You must be doing quite well for yourself if you can afford the trip here. Might I ask how you made your fortune?"

"Delighted to meet you, miss Maker."

He shakes his head.
"Most things seem to go well for now. But there's trouble brewing. With how weak Equestria is now…"
He motions closer.
"There are rumors the King is planning to invade Equestria."

Amber [Crystal butt] 421612

"Gladiator!? Oh no! I'm not here for that! I just wanted to look inside the arena, but I had no money for it…"
I smile sheepishly

Melody Maker [Bard] 421613

"Miss Melody, please."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421615

"'Made' my fortune? My ancestors won their fortunes in battle, of course. Oh, father had some investments in the gold trade. I never paid attention, really.

"Well if your Gurion here is anything like your last fellows, I don't expect much of a fight at all. I'd bet I could take someone from my entourage and they'd beet him handily."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421617

What does she mean about the shelf?
"Oh, I could mount it! That's easy!"

Sion 421622

Owynle smiles.
"It's not Gladiator as in a full-time job, miss Amber.
It merely signifies that you're qualified to enter these battles in the Arena and may earn money with them by signing up for matches.
Here's your first reward in fact."
He hands both you and the other mare a little bag of bits.
"There's more where that came from. Come see me once you're both rested up."
Owynle leaves.
The other mare looks at her bag.
"Oh wow, my first reward."
She squees happily.

The pony nods.

"Now that would be quite the sight mister Effendi. I'll admit it's getting rather awful seeing this griffon slamming around ponies like dolls. Maybe one of your entourage could enlist with the Arena?"

She means she's too poor to even have proper shelves for those nice books and she has to leave them in stacks on the floor.

Amber [Crystal butt] 421623

"… Oh!"
I look at the bag of coins and smile
"Thanks! That's very nice of you!"
Turn to the other mare
"This turned out better than I thought!"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421624

Man I know that feel.
"Just let me punch that guy back, give their stuff to the green guys and I'll be back to find a place for all the nice books!"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421625

"Well, I think that might be amusing.

"But I'd only be interested if you were willing to make it interesting. Perhaps you'd like to make a wager? One of my party against your champion? Would the gentleponies here be willing to back up their club's honor with more than mere words?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 421628

"Wait… who're you gonna have fight?"

Sion 421629

The mare looks as excited as you.
"Oh, this is it, the first step to becoming Arena champion."
She grins at you.
"Sorry about hurting you, back then, but you know, it was a fight."
She rubs the bandages on her nose.

She looks up confused
"….green guys? What green guys?"

Some of the other rich ponies start to gather in intrest.
"I say, what a delightful idea, mister Effendi, very well." He puts a bag of bits on the table (roughly half of what you currently have.)
"How much would you like to bet and who will be your fighter?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421630

"Oh that's not very much money at all. Surely you can do better."

Put all of my money on the table.

"Hm, I will need to decide. Give me some time. There are just so many options."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421631

"That griffin, probably. But maybe Amber?"

Amber [Crystal butt] 421632

"It's okay… I hurt you too! Just… not enough to beat you."
I scrunch, then cock my head
"What's your name? I'm Amber."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421633

"They got robbed by the big guy, asked me to help them but…
Yeah. I kinda messed up."

Melody Maker [Bard] 421634

"[s]The gryphon would be good, but… even I'd be better than Amber in the ring![/s"]

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421641

"Are you volunteering? Might be fun~"

Sion 421642

"You're quite the betting pony.
I like that."
The other rich ponies nod in agreement as he matches your contribution.

"I'm Anna. Apple family. Wow, this is amazing. The first step to becoming Arena champion, just like my cousin."

She drops the stitching and places the table between you and her.
"You're not working with the Poison Fists are you?"

Sion 421643

>Poison Hoof

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421644

Look at her strange.
"The who now?"

Melody Maker [Bard] 421645

"You're ponying up a loooot of bits… You sure about this?"

Amber [Crystal butt] 421647

"Apple family? Huh…
What does that take? To become the champion?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421648

"Can't win without risking it. And I think I can fake my way out of any trouble.

Melody Maker [Bard] 421650

"Alright then. I guess I'll volunteer."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421653

"Be ready to fly out of there if things get hairly."

"My personal secretary here is willing to fight, but I'm afraid I'll need some extra incentive, as confident as I am that she will best your so-called champion.

"You believe that your griffin can beat my lowly secretary, yes?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421656

Where's Shortcake?

Sion 421659

"The Enforcer is part of a gang called the Bloodhounds. They all dress in red to show their affiliation. Their rival gang is called the Poison Hoof. They're dressed in green.
They constantly fight each other to control the smuggling in this town."

"The only way is to challenge the Arena Champion himself. Alone. One on One.
Or in group, your team versus the chosen team of the Champion.
But you've either got to have ponies arranging a fight with the Champion for you, or rise through the Arena ranks for the honor to fight him.
Like my cousin did some years ago, she and her team fought the Arena Champion then and won."

The pony chuckles.
"I'm pretty sure he will win indeed. I can arrange a fight, the manager of this establisment is my friend.
I'm looking forward to seeing your secretary in combat."

Campfire 421661

Out walking around the rich pony area. I just walked back into the room you and Melody are in.

Shortcake [Rogue] 421662

I put my name back on before the others notice.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421664

"Give us a few hours to prepare."

"In the meantime, who shall be keeping the pot? Do we have an impartial intermediary? Gentlepony's honor and just leave it here on the table?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421665

"Good, Shorty. I've got a cunning plan."

Melody Maker [Bard] 421667

"So what are the rules to this arena? Am I allowed to use weaponry, or is it purely a melee? And is there perhaps a training area where I may warm up?"

Amber [Crystal butt] 421668

"Oh… Oooh… That'd be great."
I shake my head
"I don't have time to climb the ranks though… I have a mission!"

Shortcake [Rogue] 421670

"Tell me? I'm fine with stealing a bit from these rich ponies."

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421671

"I want to even the odds a bit in favor of Mel. There's an old zebra tradition of sharing a meal with your opponent before a duel. And I think we might need to visit this Gurion bird and pay him some hospitality."

Sion 421672

The pony motions over a buffalo.
"This man will ensure the money is safely stored away. Gentlepony's honor, mister Effendi.
After all, we're among equals here."

"You may use any weapon of your liking. You may fight only alone. Team fights are reserved only for those Gladiators who climbed the ranks and can formally challenge the Champion.
Since this is sort of a shortcut, you will have to do a one on one, I'm afraid.
You can train in the barracks underneath the Arena."

She pouts.
"I understand. But hey, if you ever want to fight together, I'd love to have you on my team."
She smiles.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421674

"Oh, excellent."
Give him my money.

"If you'll excuse me, I must help Ms. Maker prepare for her fight."

Leave the room, stealth, and follow the buffalo.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7


I leave the room and start looking around for a kitchen I can use without attracting attention.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Amber [Crystal butt] 421676

"I'd love to! I'll try to make time, okay? Do you… live here in Tall Tale?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421678

"Wait a minute!"
Snap on attention, eyes wide in realization.
"Those guys might get into troubles if they go around dressed like gang members!"

Melody Maker [Bard] 421682

"I shall depart to train then. Until then."
I leave to the training arena. What's this place like?

Sion 421685

You stealthily follow the buffalo stealthily through a maintenance corridor. He goes into a small office with 2 other buffalos in there and puts the money in a safe and locks it, before returning to his post.
The other buffalo stay there.

You find a small kitchen downstairs in the Arena.

She grabs you by the shoulder.
"No Soil, don't you understand? Those green ponies tried to trick you into robbing that other gang for them."

Dark, damp, smelling of sweat.
You see a number of ponies, griffons, dogs, zebras, buffalos all training either against dummys or against each other.

She nods.
"I've got a small home here. Do you want to come along with me?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421686

Where's the first buffalo (let's call him Barry) and his post?

Amber [Crystal butt] 421687

"Sure! I'd love to!"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421688

Harden my expression and zip my lips.
When did I tell her my name?
"I'm going after them, too. And then after the guards, who do nothing to stop this."


I start baking a cake designed to make whoever ate it sick the next time they start to move around a lot.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Melody Maker [Bard] 421691

I wave a hoof in front of my nose from the stink in the air. Gross.
I guess I should start training though.
I head over to the nearest dummy and… start wailing on it with my hooves I guess.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Sion 421693

Back at the VIP lounge.

"Right. Let's go."
As both of you walk through the city she asks.
"So why have you come to Tall Tale, if it's not for the Arena?"

You didn't? Oh well, forget about it then.
She widens her eyes.
"But….that's too dangerous, what if the Enforcer kills you next time…"

You've successfully baked this cake, you sneaky baker.

You wail at the dummy to warm up.

Melody Maker [Bard] 421694

Once more

Roll #1 4 = 4

Shortcake [Rogue] 421695

I carefully put the cake on my back then walk back to the room where I left Mwandishi.


I look around to take in the sights as we walk. Try not to stumble or run into anything while I admire the scenery.
"We're just passing through. We're going to take a train to Canterlot and meet with Archmage Sparkle!"

Roll #1 5 = 5

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421697

Look over her shoulder, at the doll.
"How is Molly?"

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421699

Hm. Okay.

Go talk to the other buffalo (let's call him Buffy) in the guard post.

"Greetings, guard. I'm Effendi Hakuna. I'm looking for a new bodyguard, and I have to say that you look like the sort who would be most useful.

"What do you say you and I go get a drink and talk about employment opportunities?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Sion 421701

You keep bashing it, but it's quite a tough dummy.

You manage to get through the crowd without really running into a pony.
She blinks…
"Sparkle? Twilight Sparkle? My cousin knows her."

She picks it up.
Rolling for Molly '1d10+3'

One of the two guards at the guard post looks up.
"That sounds quite interesting Mister Hakuna. I'd love to meet you when my shift is over."

Roll #1 9 + 3 = 12

Sion 421702

Better then new.
She's a good knitter pony.

Melody Maker [Bard] 421703


Roll #1 1 = 1

Amber [Crystal butt] 421704

"She does? Oh! What is she like!? Tell me all about it!"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 421705

"See, no problem. You fixed her, I'll be fine."
Give this strange mare a smile.

Mwandishi (Trickster) 421708

"Oh, well, I'm interested in the both of you. A zebra like me requires high profile protection. Not because I have anyone trying to kill me, of course. It's just a status symbol.

"It's a remarkable job, I tell you. You eat the best food, find the best mares – or cows, if that's what you're into – sleep in the finest hotels. Why, my last bodyguard died from a heart attack during an orgy. Very. Decadent.

"But, if you're not interested enough to talk to me now, I suppose I could just leave…"


Roll #1 10 = 10

Sion 421710


Sion 422154

It's late in the afternoon.

Snacks see >>420501

You go into a frenzy and keep hitting the dummy with all your might for minutes.
When you finally reach the end of your strenght, you stop, breathing heavily and leaning on your mandolin.
You look at the dummy, it doesn't even have a scratch.
A mean laugh echoes from behind you.
"So this is the one that wants to challenge me?"

"She…" Anna trails off and looks in front of her.
You see a zebra wearing a gold chain and a red coat looking at both of you.
"Well, well, Amber and Anna, I presume?" he says with a deep voice.

She looks uncertain at you.
"I guess…but if you really want to help you should talk to Root, he's been trying to get rid of both gangs for years."

The buffalo's look at each other.
"Well I suppose you should grab an opportunity when it presents itself."
They get up and follow you.

You're in the middle of the mercantile district trying to get some money by performing your sword swallowing.
There are many ponies passing about, but very few paying attention to you. Must be because of that brightly dressed pony a bit away, performing all sorts of acrobatic tricks and gathering the crowd.
You do notice one pony though. A brown pony with a lazy eye, standing behind a market stall has been keeping his good eye on you for a while now.

Sylt 422155

Now this isn't gonna take me into a third gang, is it?"
Raise a brow.

Amber [Crystal butt] 422157

"… Yes?"
I look him over
"Who are you, sir?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422159

I frown a bit seeing this but still follow him.
"So this town deals with slavery."
Can I check if the slaves and their wares are in good health? Supereme survival etc

"Is Zenith a slaver pony?" I then glance at my guide.

Mabel [Duelist] 422163

This was much easier when I had a Ringmaster!
Let's try for some more attention.

"Ladies and gentlestallions, fillies and colts, children of all ages! Step right up and be amazed by the breathtakingly dangerous performance of Mabel the Marvelous!"
Present my short rapier.
"Sword swallowing!"

Sion 422168

"No, he's a guardspony who tries to help ponies around here. He's one of the few good guardsponies around the neighbourhood.
He helped me out a few times, I'm sure you can trust him."

"The name's Zeb. Pleasure to meet you both ladies.
I had the privilege of seeing both of you compete in the Arena. I have an eye for talent and believe me…"
He points to both of you.
"both of you are exactly who I'm looking for."

Some slaves look healthy, others aren't. You see a few of them crying.

"Zenith? Zenith is our supplier of all sorts of goods, but not slaves." He chuckles.
"And we're not slavers. More like suppliers.
Tall Tale is a big town, lots of ponies disappear here and end up in a Dog Fort or in a harem or some castle far away, where there aren't such strict laws as here."

Let's see how effective that is '1d10'


Roll #1 6 = 6

Sion 422169

You attract the attention of a few ponies.
The brown pony comes over as well and drops some bits for you.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422170

Grin, and with a confident nod start picking up my shield.
"Thanks! You are great, I won't forget th-"
Look at her with a blank stare for a second.
"Who are you?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422171

Smile and nod, then return my attention to the crowd.
"Remember, do not try this at home!"

Okay, I did this a hundred times before, easy peasy. Amaze them.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Amber [Crystal butt] 422172

I jump up happily
"That's great! … Why are you looking for us again?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422179

I gulp at hearing this. With that I just glance at one of them the prisoners then nod at him and follow to wherever he will go.

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422180

"I wonder why he waited so long? Most would gladly turn themselves over if they were promised protection from the beasts that now roam this land, and meet with only trivial resistance from the ponies. My worry for most gryphons who come are the beasts that have been unleashed. They WILL strike out at anything that ventures into their territory, and I've just been witness to a beast that could swallow a battalion."

"Oh, I might as well ask, what brought you to Equestria? Besides you, the only gryphon I've seen has been on posters for the local arena."

Sion 422186

She looks down for a second.
"Iris. Iris Blues. I hope you can help Root.
And…well, nevermind."

Amazing. The few ponies near you clap their hooves and drop some more bits.
Before a sudden cheer rises up from the crowd gathering near the other brightly colored pony.
Your crowd moves to see what that guy is doing.
Only the brown pony remains;
"Sad, isn't it? You almost have to break a leg to get ponies to notice you these days." He says.

He leads you to deeper within the tunnels until you're with a another Diamond Dog, leaning over a desk studying some papers.
"Griff, the courier from Zenith is here."
The Dog looks up.
"Ah great, and he's a dog as well, marvelous."
He comes to shake your paw.
"I get tired of dealing with all these ponies all the time. Good to meet another Dog."

"Ladies, how would both of you like to participate in a very exclusive fight?"

"You do remember that the mountain range seperating Hyperborea from equestria makes for quite a challenging natural defense. But you're right about one thing. I don't think the ponies could put up that much of a defense even with those mountains.

"Gurion? Yes he's quite the fighter. There is much trade between Hyperborea and Tall Tale, it's closest harbor near Hyperborea on the west coast. So me and my crew trade some of our goods for wares that are hard to get in West Hyperborea."

Amber [Crystal butt] 422188

"What kind of fight? Against who? Where? The arena? Because that'd be great!"

Mabel [Duelist] 422190

Remove the sword so I can talk, then start collecting the bits with a pout.
"Sad indeed. I mean, how is that-"
Point towards the other performer.
"-more interesting?"
Smile at him.
"I'm glad you liked it though. I'm still accepting donations."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422191

Grin confidently.
"You will be safe here?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422192

I nod at this and shake his hand.
"Snack is also glad to meet other dogs, its been long time. Also, Snacks here to deliver a package." I then show him what Bedrock has given me and hand it to him.

I then look around at this room and scratch my head a bit.
"Nice place this is. Not wet or anything. Is slavery legal here in this place?"

Queren Picp 422195

"Myself, I came to pay my respects to a pony dear to me. Ever since, I've been hunting the beasts here for profit, though some of the ponies probably think I was simply removing competition and that I would eat them myself."
Smile and laugh at the thought.
"Many have been rather grateful, far more so than many in my family would have for doing similar deeds, so I've stayed on, and right now I'm working with a few ponies and dogs who could give most rookies a run for their money."

Sion 422199

"I'm sure, but I'd like to see a little new trick.
How would you like to pull a little prank on that performer?"

"Not the Arena, at my own exclusive venue.
The Arena is a bit too mainstream and my customers enjoy a more private setting.
I can assure you, it pays better than the Arena and as a fighter, you can party as much as you'd like afterwards.
See it as a…little job on the side."

"Yes…yes, I'll be allright. Eh.before you go, what's your name?"

He grins as you give him the package.
"Ah that will do nicely." He puts the package on the table.
"Unfortunately not officially, my friend. But we have our friends in high places who ensure that the guard doesn't interfere with our business. Would you like a drink while you're here?"

The Griffon nods.
"That's good work. Show them ponies why we griffons are still on the top of the food chain."
He laughs.
"But be careful, kinsman. I advise you to stay very alert of any news from Hyperborea, if war ever breaks out, their attitude towards you might change quickly."
He pauses for a second.
"Have you been travelling pony lands for long?"

Amber [Crystal butt] 422202

"Hmmm… who would we need to fight then, if not gladiators?"
I look at Anne
"What do you think?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422203

"What did you have in mind?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422204


I shyly nod at this and sit down while keeping wary of the place.
"Its just weird to Snacks why conduct business here. Is it not dangerous?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422206

"Uh. Soil. Poor Soil."
Finally get the shield onto my back.
"So… Where is this pony?"

Queren Pico 422208

"A few months now, but I've been so busy working hunting the creatures here that I only stay in a place for a little before a new contract reveals itself. I've made friends with many guards and the military ponies, who are more than happy to offer me jobs rather than risk themselves."

Sion 422219

Anna looks nervous.
"I'm not sure, I've never heard of it before."
Zeb grins. "It's a very exclusive venue, as I said. You would be fighting Gladiators just like yourself. Only in a more private environment.
Now I see both of you might want to think this over. Here" He hands both of you a card.
"Go to that adress if you'd like to know more. I hope to see you lovely ladies again soon."
He leaves with a small bow.

He hands you 3 small seeds.
"Go over there and plant these in the crowd among it, sneakily."

"He's usually patrolling around at this time, you should find him nearby."

"Never send a pony to do a griffons job."

Sion 422220

"As I said, we've got protection here. We almost rule these streets and…Ah there are our drinks."

A beautiful grey crystal pony comes in carrying drinks.
"Isn't she a sweetie? You don't see many of these gem ponies around."

Mabel [Duelist] 422222

Let's try slipping into the shadows.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422224

Look her over one last time, and give a look around.
"You will be safe, right?"
Give her a worried, almost scolding expression.

Amber [Crystal butt] 422225

I look at the card and read it, then at Anna
"… Should we go or…?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422227

I smile nervously at the sight and drink the juice given to me.
"Y.. yes, Snacks agree's. Where did you get one? Are your slavers operating now? Snacks is just curious."

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422229

"I know they didn't take too kindly to my leaving, but have you heard anything about the Pico family? I haven't been able to get much word from Hyperborea since I left until I met you, and I still worry for them."

"Of course, knowing them, they're probably at the forefront of the push for war and eager to claim some of the land."

Sion 422236

It's easy to go up in the crowd.

She looks down.
"I think so. They've never come here before. They won't come here now right?"

"What do you think?"

"Oh we found her dartling around out here. Exploring the world."
He squeezes her flank. The mare visibly cringes.
"But we gave her a better job. And we're always working. Work never stops, you know. Would you like to help us out? We've got some mares that need to be transported out of here. It's a fun job"

He thinks for a second.
"Ah yes, I thought I recognized the Pico name.
As far as I know they've been lobbying to attack the Old Pony Lands. The King will probably agree."
These are contested lands inbetween Equestria and Hyperborea. It belongs to Equestria but Griffons have claimed it was there for centuries.


Grunt in disgust.
"They better not."
Go look out of a window.
Anypony in green or- well, that other kind of uniforms?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Snacks(DD ranger) 422242

I fidget for a moment.
"Snacks is glad to see other dogs in this place and is glad to meet Grif…. but Snacks came here to deliver goods and not in pony slave hunt. Snack apologize."

Smiling at him I drink whats given to me and stand up.
"Snack is going back now, if Grif has any message needed to send to his friend then tell."

Mabel [Duelist] 422243

As I walk through the crowd drop the seeds one by one and pat them into the ground as I pass, then return to the pony once I am done.

Amber [Crystal butt] 422244

"Sounds… fun? I'm totally up for it!"

Queren Pico 422246

"I hope it doesn't come to that. I've met many little ponies that remind me of the servants we had back home. It would hurt me to see them get killed because of a war."

"What would the ponies say if I tried to get them to surrender? Would they think I was a scout sent here to look for weaknesses instead of a gryphon who doesn't want to see them hurt?"

Sion 422252

You see 2 ponies in red talking to a pony, who's pointing at this house.

"That will be allright. And tell him I'm satisfied, as always. And should you want a job, we can always use new dogs."

The pony is standing behind a stall.
"And now wait."
Suddenly screams erupt from the crowd and it disperses. Ponies running in all directions.

"Allright then. do you want to go now?"

He shrugs.
"Those are things far over my head. Maybe you should talk with the Griffon embassy in Canterlot about that. They'll know far better then some sea cat like me."


Yeah okay, how though do they look?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Mabel [Duelist] 422254

Tilt my head.
"I suppose I should have asked what sort of seeds those were before planting them."
What do I see over there?

Amber [Crystal butt] 422255

I nod
"Yes! I do have to hurry… I still have to complete that mission… But one more fight can't hurt, right?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422256

I nod at this, then stare for a moment to take note of the look and location of the place… just in case.

Get out of that place and find Bedrock.

Queren Pico 422257

"It's a good idea, but for the moment, I'm grateful to just have a fellow gryphon to talk to. If you're here often, know of any places that cater to carnivores? I've gotten accustomed to pony foods, but a little indulgence wouldn't hurt."

Sion 422260

They don't look that though boss.
They're coming this way.
"What's going on?" asks Iris.

It's a bit blurry, but suddenly you notice the giant flowers that have appeared.
Giant Walking Pony Eating Flowers.
They go and attack the performer, who brandishes a curved sword out of nowhere and with a wild flurry of attacks attacks the flowers.
Bedrock chuckles.
"Don't worry, he can handle himself."

"I'm sure it won't. Let's go."
You go to the adress given and a griffon bouncer lets you in.
You're in a nice elegant bar. There's music playing and some rich looking ponies are conversing in comfy seats.
There's a big open space in the middle with a fighting ring.
Zeb has noticed you.
"Ah, I was hoping to meet both of you soon"

You get back to Bedrock who is talking to a donkey.

He smirks.
"I know one. A private bar. Would you like to go?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422261

"Nothing. Stay here."
Out of the main entrance I go, waiting to see if they do anything.

Snacks(DD ranger) 422262

I approach Bedrock.
"Snacks has delivered."

and then whisper to him.
"Those dogs are not slavers! Snacks didnt know you work with some of them?!"

Mabel [Duelist] 422263

"If you say so, buddy."
Turn to him.
"Now, where were we?"


Oooooh, fancy!
Look around and see what I can see!
"Of course!"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Snacks(DD ranger) 422265

>"Those dogs are slavers!"

Sion 422266

Are you outside or still inside waiting for them?

"Good boy, Snacks. And what about it? I thought you used to be one of those yourself, who better to send to negotiate?"

"I think I was about to make you a business proposition, miss…?"

There is a fancy bar, with comfy cushion bar stools and a small place for an orchestra to play.
Zeb coughs. "Now, it's simple, you fight a few fights for me here and you'll be amply rewarded. Interested?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422267

Oh no, I go outside.
I want to see if they dare.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422268

And stare them down if they get too close.

Mabel [Duelist] 422269

"Tsk tsk tsk, somepony didn't pay attention to my act."
Offer a hoof.
"Name's Mabel."

Amber [Crystal butt] 422270

"Sure! Against who though?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422271

I just look down at hearing this.
"Snacks… is just confused at hearing it. Snacks hope he has done well in delivering the package.

I then look down for a moment.
"Snack just didnt know that this town is a hunting ground for slaves. Snack will go back to town and find his friends."

Sion 422272


Queren Pico 422273

"I'll take you up on the offer. Let's go."

Sion 422490

Rolling for intimidating stare '1d10'

He grasps your hoof.
"Bedrock. Merchant extraordinaire. I'm sure you'll find something you fancy amongst my wares. Or perhaps you are looking for a way to make some money? I could someone with your skills."

He takes you and Anna through a door into the backstage area where you find a giant muscled pegasus with small wings training.
Zeb waves to him
"Lift, you ready to fight soon?"
He puts down the weights "YEAAAAAH!!!"

The griffon takes you through all sorts of streets and alleys until you arrive at a unmarked door.
He knocks and a giant earth pony bouncer opens. He inspects both of you and lets you pass.
Inside you find a comfy bar with a fighting ring in the middle.

Bedrock coughs "If that's what you want…but before you do. Please allow me to introduce Mabel, Mabel this is Snacks."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sion 422491

Your stare doesn't impress them and they approach you.
They laugh.
"Hey, I know you. You're the guy the Enforcer smashed down. Didn't you learn your lesson yet?"


Oh c'mon, I should roll the intimidating stare!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Amber [Ascendant] 422493

I gulp.
"Uh… He seems very… strong."
I shake my head, steeling myself
"But I'll take him! I'm a gladiator!"

Mabel [Duelist] 422494

"What's it about? Nothing illegal, right?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422496

I extend my hand in greetings.
"Snacks is pleased to meet a new pony/donkey" I grin

Mabel [Duelist] 422497

Offer my hoof to him as well.
"Likewise. Shame you missed my show earlier."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422499

And I'm in Tall Tale. Wonderful. Wonder if I beat them all here…
So, I'll fly up a little ways, and start scanning the town for Bedrock and associates. '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Snacks(DD ranger) 422500

"Show? What is it about? Are you a show pony?|

Mabel [Duelist] 422503

"Show donkey, thank you very much. That and more."

Sion 422507

Your glare suddenly turns quite a bit more intimidating and their laughs fade.
"How about you step aside, featherbrain. Before you get hurt again."
They don't sound as confident as before however, one of them even seems like he'd rather leave.

Zeb smiles. "Very well, we can begin as soon as you're ready."
He turns to Anna.
"Now let me show you who you'll be fighting against."
Anna looks nervous.
"O-okay. See ya in a bit Amber."

He cocks an eyebrow
"Would that be a problem?"

You see Snacks, Bedrock and a donkey talking in the market.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422508

Aha. Well, down I go then.
"Well, Bedrock, that's certainly one way to travel. Your package has been delivered."

Amber [Ascendant] 422510

I wave at her
"Good luck!"
Empower her weapon as she goes! That'll help her!

Mabel [Duelist] 422511

"It depends."

Sion 422527

"Ah Warren, excellent. That's good. Was the client satisfied? Say hi to dear Mabel here while I get your reward."
He rummages through his bags.

You may start the fight or talk to Lift some more.

"Then you'll be most happy to hear that the thing I've got in mind is completely within the boundaries of Equestrian law."

Amber [Ascendant] 422529

I'll approach Lift first.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422532

"Yes, though I shudder to think of how a crystal pony can be come that lifeless."
I'll turn to Mabel.
"And hello to you, miss."

Mabel [Duelist] 422534

"Sounds good enough for me."

Wave back.
"Hi. Just call me Mabel."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422539

"A pleasure, Mabel. I'm called Warren."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422540

"I wanna see just how tougher than Enforcer you two are…"
Bring my shield to bear and narrow my eyes.

Mabel [Duelist] 422542

"Cool. Shame you missed my show too."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422544

"You're a performer?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422545

"Stage name is Mabel the Marvelous. Or something good with an M, whatever I think sounds good enough at the time."

Sion 422548

He seems very focused on his weights.
Lifting a weight with one of his hooves.
"I command you to grow. I command you to grow."
He says as he keeps lifting.
"Yes?" he says after a few seconds without looking at you.

"Ah very well. Maybe all 3 of you could team up for this one. This is a big catch. You might even want to get some of the others, Warren.
You see, I've heard there's a hydra down in the sewers."

The left one is becoming paler by the second.
Roll for intimidation on the right one.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422549

"So, what's your forte? You don't seem to be a juggler, and you hardly look like a street wizard."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422551

"That is a big catch. And something right up our usual alley. We'd probably need the whole crew for that one."

Amber [Ascendant] 422552

"So… uh… we have to fight! Fun!"
I look him over
"What kind of weapon do you use?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422553

"A hydra you say? Is this like beast hunting then?"

"I'd show you for free, but I got to live from something, you know. Sorry."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422555

I'll nod to her.
"Of course, of course. No apologies needed. I know how difficult it can be to earn one's keep in today's world. It's one of the reasons I turned to hunting monsters, actually."

Mabel [Duelist] 422557

"So you've done this before? How is it? Worth the effort?"


I'll do better.
Break his nose with the shield.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422565

"It's dangerous work, but the rewards can most certainly be worth it. Not only is the money usually decent, anything you kill can be taken and used for whatever you see fit. My friend Poor Soil decided to keep a manticore's skull for his shield, and kept some of the ruff for his cloak. Not to mention my keeping the venom for use against larger things and a bit of the blood for its magical properties."
Still sorta waiting on Bedrock to fish out that payment for the delivery.

Mabel [Duelist] 422567

"Sounds nice actually. I'm floating inbetween careers now anyway."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422568

"Well, our last client ended up trying to kill us to get out of paying us, but that got sorted out fairly quickly. You get those types from time to time. That's why it's good to travel in groups."

Sion 422577

"That's not up to me. What I want is the Hydra's heart and its brain. You can whatever else you find with it. And here's that money we talked about earlier."
He throws you a bag of bits and 3 gems.

"My hooves are my weapons"
He strikes a few poses.

"Let me explain how this little venture goes, dear Mabel.
I'm a merchant of exotic wares."
He points at his stall which does indeed show a remarkable number of weapons, jewelry, supplies and some things you have never seen before.
"But as a merchant, I need some protection against unsavory types who don't want to work for money. That's where all of you come in, in compensation I offer all my humble crafting skills at your disposal for the amzing price of zero bits.
And secondary, sometimes I need certain goods delivered or I need a hand to obtain some of those hard-to-get wares, and for those I offer a generous reward, as Warren here can attest to."
He throws a big bag of bits and gems at Warren.
"It's a job that pays well, you stay as long as you like and you determine your own hours. And of course, I've always got money, even on slow business days like these."
You peek at the stall again and see a giant chest filled with bits.
If those are the earnings of a "slow day"…

You slam him on the ground.
The other guy…. '1d10-2'

Roll #1 1 - 2 = -1

Sion 422578

The other guy pisses his pants before running away like a little filly.

Mabel [Duelist] 422579

"Yeah, you tell me. Some partners just want to screw you over allright. You're not one of those types, are you?"


"Oh… I use my hammer!"
I strike a pose as well, can't let this guy outdo me!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422582

"Goodness no."
especially after what I saw…
I'll catch the bag and gems.
"A pleasure."
Perhaps I should think of looking around for things…

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422583

"And don't come back!"
Get back inside, leaving the guy on the ground.
"Hey Iris, grab what you can, I'm taking you somewhere safe."

Mabel [Duelist] 422584

Grin and rub my forehooves together quickly.
"Well then, it seems we both have just what the other needs."

Sion 422585

The sun is setting…

Let's see if he outdoes you '1d10'

"Glad to hear it. If any of you need me, I'll be at the White Mare Inn, a nice place though if you want better accomadations feel free to look around, at night and here selling my things during the day."
He starts packing up.

"Oh goodness."
She starts grabbing some things.
"Oh but I can't leave all my books here, what if those ruffians burn them all."
She tramples on the ground nervously.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Sion 422586

Oh dear. That is quite the pose.
Your eyes glide over his well toned and muscled body.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422587

I'll nod.
"So, what are your plans for the rest of the evening, Mabel?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422588

Drop the shield on the ground and open the backpack.
"Load'em here. Always space for books."
Start loading.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Mabel [Duelist] 422589

Do a quick salute.
"Will do. Fortune really smiled on me with this job."

"Didn't plan that far ahead, really."

Amber [Ascendant] 422590

How could I ever outdo that!?
Bolster myself!

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422592

"Well, have you eaten yet? If we're going to be working together, perhaps getting to know each other over dinner would be a good start."

Snacks(DD ranger) 422597

With that, I stand up and search for Amber.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422598

Impressed chirping.
"Interesting place you've got here. Mind if I ask what that ring in the middle is specifically for and what's on the menu at the bar?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422599

"This isn't an invitation for a date, is it?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422603

"Possibly, possibly. I could certainly do much worse for a dinner companion."
I'll give her a small smile.

Mabel [Duelist] 422605

"Okay, I'm game. You know a place?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422606

"I was hoping you would, as I've literally just flown into town. though… hmm. Well, if you're fine with the White Mare, we could go there."

Sion 422607

That's a fucking big shield, you manage to get all of it in.
Iris looks strangely relieved.
"So where are we going?"

Zeb comes to get both of you for the match.
You both climb into the fighting ring. You see a lot of ponies have gathered and you see a few bookmakers walking around gathering bets.
Lift waves around "YEEEEEAAAAAH"
Roll for initiative. '1d10'

You search around and catch Ambers scent around the Arena, following it all the way to a bar in alley.
You're right in time to see her fight.

"You'll see what it's for. Look."
You see Amber and another very muscled pony entering the ring.
You see the menu has a variety of vegetarian and carnivore dishes.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Mabel [Duelist] 422609

"I'm a tiiiny bit short on bits though, if you catch my drift."
Give him another smile.

Snacks(DD ranger) 422610

I gulp at this and keep an eye of her as she fights.
"Amber!" I called out.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422611

"As easily as a sail catches wind, Mabel."
I'll nod slightly.
"I had planned to hoof the bill anyway, though."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422612

"I know somepony."
Off to Bedrock!
And are the others still here?


Stand strong! Be ready! I am the mightiest! Nopony is mightier!

Roll #1 4 = 4


Stand strong! Be ready! I am the mightiest! Nopony is mightier!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Mabel [Duelist] 422616

"Right, let's head there then! Lead the way, Mr. Nice Guy."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422617

And off we go to the White Mare Inn & Tavern. Unless Soil runs into us along the way.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422618

Which I hope to do, because we have kind of a pickle on our hooves.

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422619

Put my talons over my face but smile after watching this: >>422614 and >>422613.

"See that little pony there? What do you think her odds are of winning this match?"

Sion 422620

Bedrock is packing his things into a giant chest.
"Ah Soil, what's the news? And who's that lovely lady you've brought with you?"
You see Warren and a donkey a bit further

There's a lot of noise and she probably doesn't hear you.
"Ah brother" you hear from behind you.
It's Griff carrying a beer. "I didn't know you visited this place."

You're not too far from Soil and Bedrock, you can go back for a second and talk if you'd like.

You may start

The griffon chuckles.
"One hundred percent."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422622

"Ah, look, there's Poor Soil. He's another member of our little troupe. Wonder who his friend is…"
I'll look to Mabel.
"Care to add another face to the table, or would you prefer it just be between us?"

Snacks(DD ranger) 422624

My eyes widen in fear but I still smile.
"Nice to see Griff here ahahahahah what is Griff doing here ahahahaha dont telll me you are working right now ajhahaahaha please say no."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422625

"Ran into a gang or something. Maybe two, maybe three. And somekind of buffalo in a pony's skin…"
Grunt again.
"He's gonna pay, but she needs a safe place."

Mabel [Duelist] 422629

Chuckle again.
"As charmed as I am, I am fine with meeting new people."


goddamn piece of shit tablet is acting up, sorry

Roll #1 6 = 6

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422632

"Well, she was with me earlier at the Arena, so either you're right and she's going to trounce him or she's a glutton for punishment."

"To be honest with you, I fought along side her occasionally in another town while fighting some beasts. What I saw was impressive, for a pony. Let's order some food and watch what they consider combat."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422634

"Then let's introduce you."
And I'll head over to Soil.
"Hello there, Soil. Who's your friend?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422638

"Hey pal, thought you were still back in Silverhaze."
Nod over to the pegasus.
"Iris here helped me after a bad beating. Gang wars or something. Gonna deal with them in a moment."
Shrug off, like it was nothing.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422639

"I had other travel arrangements, but it's good to see you're keeping yourself occupied."
I'll nod to the mare.
"I do hope he hasn't caused too much trouble?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422640

Wave at him.
"Don't get too carried away, we were just about to have some snacks."

Sion 422641

He cocks his brow.
"Not at all. We've had a good hunt today and it's time for some relaxing. The owner here is a friend of mine, so I like to come here. You a betting dog?"

He looks at the both of you.
"How safe are we talking about? You can set her up in a room next to mine in the Inn. They've got security there against gangs."


"I don't doubt she'll win."
He comes closer
"This fight is rigged."
He motions a waiter.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422642

"And this is Mabel, who is going to be a member of our party for the next hunt."

Sion 422643

Lift was to busy posing to notice you hitting him with your hammer.

Snacks(DD ranger) 422644

"Hunt… hahaha. Snack is glad to hear you got good raid. what did you hunt?"
I scratch my head while not taking my eyes of Amber.
"Not much Griff, Snack rarely believes in gambling. Why?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422645

"Hey, you are new!"
Smile at her.
"Sounds grand. So, wanna go find Amber and Snacks to kick some gang flanks?"
"It's just until we are done with the local crimelords, how hard can that be?"
Look at Iris.
"Wanna eat something?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422646

"Are you certain that's a good idea, Soil? If they're well-established enough, any of them that get knocked down simply leave the way open for a power struggle that could be worse than anything they did."

Mabel [Duelist] 422648

"I don't know about gangs, they can get dangerous. I would know."
Wave a hoof around.
"Anyway, nice to meet you too."

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422649

"That, actually makes me feel more comfortable. I was worried she'd really get hurt in this thing Ponies call combat. Let's focus on the food for now then."

"But do me a favor, don't let her know. They get so bouncy when they're happy. It's kind of cute when they jump around."

Sion 422653

"Maybe she could wear a disguise for a while. I've got an excellent hair dye."
Iris looks uncertain at Bedrock.

She waves at Mabel and Warren,smiling nervously.

He comes closer.
"It isn't gambling if the fight is rigged my friend. That yummy gem pony is going to win."

"My beak is sealed. Now what did you want? The fish is excellent here."

Sion 422654

That bold part was supposed to be spoilers.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422656

"You stop talking so strange right now pal."
Shrug at Iris.
"Hey, he's a nice guy. If you want to, go for it."

Mabel [Duelist] 422657

Wave back.
"Hey there."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422658

So if you know, all the better. We can do this faster."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422659

I'll smile back.
"Just making certain you know what you're getting into, Soil."

Mabel [Duelist] 422662

"It's not really part of the 'get rid of monsters' job though, is it?"


"Fight! Don't pose!"
Hit him again!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422664

"I'll take your recommendation then. Food and entertainment, what else is there in life?"

Sion 422670

"Well….it might be better to be disguised." Iris says.
"Excellent. Here's a bottle. Make sure to use it next time you take a bath." He hoofs Iris an unmarked bottle.
"Great stuff, right from Saddle Arabia." He grins.

"I'm sure the guard would pay for it, if they don't get paid more by those gangs.. You'd have to ask around." says Bedrock.


"Cheers to that."
The griffon raises his glass of wine."

Roll #1 1 = 1

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422671

"You two saying we are not gonna fix this?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422672

"I just got in town recently. I don't really want to make enemies right away."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422674

"Not at all. As I said, I'm just making sure you know what you're jumping into. There's probably more than one 'buffalo in pony's skin' waiting for you as we go up the gang chain. Not to mention spellcasters."
I'll shrug.
"But, it would be better if we finished this talk over dinner, instead of out in the open! So, to the White Mare, shall we?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422677

"You could just hide for a while… Sorry for this. I knew you shouldn't have helped me."
Offer a sad smile.
"Dinner. Right."
Off we go.
Just, leave the books here with Bedrock, telling him not to sell them.
"Fair enough. I'm just gonna ask Snacks and Amber."

Snacks(DD ranger) 422679

I frown at hearing this.
"What why is that Griff?"


So… I hit him?
Keep going regardless

Roll #1 7 = 7

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422682

"Any family waiting for you back home, or has the sailors life taken up most of your time?"

Sion 422684

"It's allright." she giggles.
"I was getting a bit bored all alone in my home anyway."

"Well there are certain restrictions upon the betting in the Arena, not here. So all ponies who can't gamble in the Arena gamble here. But unfortunately for them, my friend the owner rigs some of the fights so he and his friends can get some extra money."

You're too fast for him and you hit him with a flurry of strikes.
he attacks '1d10'

He looks down.
"Aye, I've got two hatchlings and a wife at home, in West-Hyperborea. I can't wait to see them again. But a man must provide for his family, as long as my family can eat, I'll live."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sion 422690

All of you are at the White Mare Inn now.
There's not too many ponies, but a lot of tables and a fire is burning in the center.

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422692

"Come with us for a bite then."
Wait for the others to order. I got no preferences.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422693

Well, let's get ourselves a table! One big enough for four, at least.

Snacks(DD ranger) 422694

I smile at this.
"Good idea, Snack hopes you are going to get your reward soon aye?"

I then look at Amber worried.
"Griff have no plans on gem pony onstage Snack suppose."

Mabel [Duelist] 422695

"Let's get seated, shall we?"
Sit down.
Are there any menus or something?


"Give up!"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422700

"an't say anything against that. Good luck with the hatchlings and give the wife my greetings."

"As far as this town, have you heard of any other news circling about? I might be here for some time, and I'd like to make sure I'm caught up with what everyone else knows."

Sion 422708

You've got a table for all of you.
Bedrock excuses himself as he goes to secure his earnings in his room.
Iris sits down with a smile. "It's been a long time since I've went out to eat before."

"I'll be getting that reward soon."
He looks to the stage.
"And she's a feisty one isn't she? I sure know a few dogs or griffons who'd pay a serious sum for her. But she's one of Zebs fighters so too bad for me. Maybe if she screws up."
He shrugs.

There are some menus.
It shows a variety of salads.

The griffon pauses.
"Tall Tale is big town friend. Tell me, have you heard of the Doge?"

Sion 422710

And you hit him again, he looks tired but holding himself up.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Sion 422711

And you hit him again.
The crowd is starting to boo him.

Mabel [Duelist] 422712

"Nice, isn't it? Feels fancy."

Snacks(DD ranger) 422713

I frown upon hearing this but remains calm.
"Who… is this zeb?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422714

Look around unsure on what to do.
"Ever been here? What' yo suggest?"

Queren Pico [Monster Hunter] 422715

"With this town, it's best to assume I know as much as a hatchling does about swordplay."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422716

"Well, I seem to be hoofing the bill, so don't hold back on my account."
I'll wave over one of the servers.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422717

"I've not, so that just means we can all try something different and share, perhaps?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422718

Look at him strange and shrug.


Drop my hammer, I'm going in with my hooves.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422720

"What? Can I not pay for the meals of friends and associates?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422721

"Sure thing pal. After that healing thingy I'm starving."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422722

"Nah it's fine.
You gonna tell me about the trip?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422723

"It was fairly interesting. I actually got into town a few hours ago, and left Silverhaze… about an hour before that? It's hard to tell, really."

Mabel [Duelist] 422725

"Did something interesting?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422726

Blink a few times.
"You pegasi that fast?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422728

"It was just a small delivery to someone out in Hollow Shades. Speed was of the essence, or so I was told, and I managed to get there rather quickly."
"Not at all. There are more ways to travel than walking, it seems, and had I tried to fly there and then here, it would have taken me weeks."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422729

"I'm not following."

Mabel [Duelist] 422730

"Do tell though. We got the time."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422734

"There are pathways between places, and they can be dangerous. Cloudy Skies took one path to get to Canterlot quickly, and I took a different path. She had a guide, though."
I'll shrug.
"But, thanks to a small bit of luck, I managed to find my way to Hollow Shades. It's getting to Tall Tale that proved a bit more difficult."
"There's really not much to tell about the place. It's simply a series of corridors, veils, and doorways to different places. One door I opened led to a cave with a bunch of cultists in it., and another to an outhouse in a swamp."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422736

"Is this some more of that freaky magic nonsense?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422737

I snicker.
"Whoa, that's really something."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422742

"I'd say fairly freaky magic. But useful, if you have a guide."
"It is."
I'll nod slightly.
"But, it's not just a traveling spot. There are dangers."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422744

Lean slightly on the table, actually interested.
"Dangers like?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422745

"Dangers are everywhere, aren't there? And boy can you not predict them sometimes!"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422748

"Dangers like fighting yourself. Only older. And after they showed you a pile of corpses. Yours and Ambers were among them."
I'll frown.
"I think that Warren was from a time where the Dragon wins."
"I certainly couldn't have predicted what I ran into. I died."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422750

Let out a long, fat laugh.
"Yeah, good luck taking me out pal."
And lousily smack a hoof on his back.

Mabel [Duelist] 422752

"You did what?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422753

I'll just stay quiet.
"Died, yes. It was rather painful, being killed by myself. But apparently the Laughing One decided that was a boring way for me to die, so he spat me back out into a different hallway and that was that."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422754

"You sure that you didn't just eat a few wrong herbs or something?"
Grin at him.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422756

"Quite. Besides, I'm here, aren't I? And have been for a few hours. Magic, I suppose, is just odd like that."

Mabel [Duelist] 422761

Nod with an amused expression.
"That's something you don't hear everyday."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422764

"I'd rather not hear that I've died every day, thank you. Though the encounter has certainly given me a newer perspective on things."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422772

"Sorry to tell you, but it sounds too strange to be true. Wanna bring us over there next time we travel?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422773

"Well, you can ask Bedrock about it. He's the one that sent me through there. But it might be nice to travel with friends instead of by myself."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422775

"Well that's strange."
Look bothered.
"Why didn't he just tell us of that instead of making us go through the forrest?
We could have avoided that stupid inn and that liar of a bartender!"

Mabel [Duelist] 422776

"Got into trouble?"

"Like what?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422777

"That little idiot told us he had been robbed, and it was all a lie!"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422778

"What happened on your trip?"
"Like what might happen to me if I make the wrong choices."

Mabel [Duelist] 422779

"Scammers are the worst, aren't they? You can't even catch them redhoofed."

"Sooner or later everyone has that. I did for sure."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422780

"Well, I doubt many are killed personally by what could happen."

Mabel [Duelist] 422781

"Not the dying part."
Tap my head.
"The thinking."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422782

"Ah. Well, yes."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422783

"Well we had some fun..
Got to stomp a few cockatrices who had turned this bunch of crystal ponies into stone, you see.
But then we went to this inn and everypony hated Amber, and we tried to reason but the zebra and his friends started a fight!
We go out and next thing we know the zebra and that other bard were gone, andthe innkeeper was talking about a robbery.
So I go look for the zebra and then we find them, and the mare start saying I'm racist or some other stuff, I don't even know. She was crazy!
Then the zebra challanges me to a duel, I break his nose and he starts crying like a little girl and the others take my shield!
We go back to the inn and everything was fine! Nothing was stolen! So the innkeeper gives us free rooms, but I just leave.
I went to sleep in a damn cave, fuck that liar innkeeper and that crybaby zebra with his crazy mare."

Mabel [Duelist] 422785

"Whoa there, slow down pal, you'll get your tongue twisted in a knot."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422787

"It just makes me angry, you get it?"

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422791

I'll think for a moment.
"Are you certain the innkeeper had all of his money, Soil? Sounds suspicious to me, at the very least."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422794

"What can I know. He said everything was there!"

Mabel [Duelist] 422795

"I get it, I get it."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422798

"How did he look, though? Nervous? Scared?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422799

"He was pissing himself, that's for sure."

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 422813

"Then it's possible his saying that everything was there was the lie. You are fairly intimidating, and he might not have had time to count and make sure."

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422814

Cross my hooves.
"If you are saying that somepony really stole from him, I call quit.
Can't help ponies who don't want no help!"

Mabel [Duelist] 422829

"You're really zealous on this help thing, aren't you?"

Poor Soil [Landkeeper] 422831

"Kinda? That's how it is in books, no?"

Mabel [Duelist] 422832

"Depends on the book, really."

Sion 422836

New dread full of dreaddy dreadedness.


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