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The party has delved down in the deepest parts of the damp and stinking sewers. Passing by the unconcious guards and ignoring all the rats and waste they press on, ready to face whatever comes.

You soon enter a large circular chamber.
You are a bit up, there is a stair leading down to the floor in the middle are all kinds of tents and supplies and many green-clothed ponies and others working.
Counting loot, cutting drugs, inspecting stocks.
There are about 1d5+4' ponies you can see.
There are also 3 passageways, one of them heavily guarded.
You're a bit above the rest in a darker corner, so nopony has spotted you…yet.


Reroll '1d5+4'

Roll #1 1 + 4 = 5


I'll be staying in stealth, then. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11


Bolster myself.


Slam from the high up into one of these ponies! Crush him to a pulp!
I bet Indy would love to try out his newfound ability.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4 / Roll #2 9 = 9


You're a very stealthy pony.

Bolstered like a motherfucker. They've noticed you now because Soil shenanigans.
One of them is running up the stairs.

With a roar you drop out of the sky, the pony with remarkable speed jumps out of the way, causing you to fall flat on your face.
You grunt and get up.
Indy, still on your back, tries to roar before opening up a can of fire on the guy.
His mane is singed.

You are fighting 5 guards.
One of them runs into one of the passageways '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


"No running!"
Shoot him!
Indy… He tries to attack the burnt pony.

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


Charge at the guy running!
Empower weapon and smash him!

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7


I'll fire off that one primed ice bolt, thanks to homing magic. '1d10'
And then shoot the runner with my crossbow. '1d10'

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


Wha? Whats happening?
Sentried Marsman shot on one of the enemies.


You turn your attention to the running pony, lifting your crossbow hoof to mow him down.
"Not so fast." The burnt bony gives you a right hook right across the face. " we're not done here."
Indy enraged at you being hit, spits fire again at the burnt pony, who quickly evades.
The fire hits a nearby barrel, making it explode and part of the floor goes on fire as whatever was in there spreads around.

With an amazing jump, you leap towards the running pony smashing him off his feet in one elegant sweep.
He falls down, but isn't finished yet.

The pony running up the stairs seems to prefer bats to any sort of sharp stabbing weapons.
And he must have done highschool football as he slams that incoming frostball right back at you.
You're helpless.

You kill the pony attacking Warren with a beautiful crossbow shot in the neck.

Soil 4/6
>Indy 5/4
Amber 5/5
Warren 0/4 HELPLESS
Snacks 5/5


4 Attackers left.


Ugh. Up I get. I should be glad he didn't go for the wing… '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


Great. Fire.
Let's slam this fucker into it!
Indy stands back and fires at somepony else!

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10 / Roll #2 6 = 6


Heal Warren! He needs it!

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11


Hard getting up with all this ice all over you.
And that fire is getting closer.

And Amber heals you.

You stomp him into the fire and he screams as the fire consumes him.
He walks around for about 5 more seconds before finally collapsing.

Indy takes a breath and burns another incoming attacker.

The runner gets up while Amber is distracted and starts running again.


Draw my axe and attack.

Roll #1 4 = 4


"Hey! Come back here!"
After him! Crush him with my mighty hammer!

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7


No, he won't.
Fire an arrow at him.
Indy tries to lunge for him too!

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


Right. That should have helped me up, right? I'll shake off the a bit of that ice, and fire up another round of homing magic. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9


So you do.
You jump off the ledge, but badly time your jump, landing on the edge of the spreading fires and burning your feet a bit.

So you do.
He's down on the ground again.

You aim again, but the incoming attacking pony grabs you in a rage.
"You'll pay for what you did to Brick. Now FOLLOW him."
He throws you into the fire.
You're helpless.
Indy bites his legs as the attacker hits him to get him off, unsuccessfully, Indy hangs on.

You're still on the ledge safe from all the madness and with 4 motes flying around you.

>Indy 4/4
Snacks 3/5
Amber 5/5

The fire keeps spreading on the lower floor…
Warren 5/5


Stand up.
It won't be some fire that stops me!

Roll #1 2 = 2


And I guess Indy can keep chewing.

Roll #1 9 = 9


Ah geez. Send one magic ice bolt to douse the fire around Soil. '1d10'
And then try to flap up out of range of the fire. '1d10-1'. Hope my wing can take it…

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 9 - 1 = 8


Aaah, hit him again! Can't let him get away!

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7


"ow ow ow!"
Step back and just grab my crossbow and shoot the guy fleeing.
Marksman shot

Roll #1 9 = 9


It burns so much…
Wait it suddenly is doused because Warren used some freaky magic.
Still helpless though.
And Indy is chewing on, and using fire again while he does it.
The bandit falls down in pain, Indy still hanging on.

He doesn't you him in the head, killing him.

As Amber killed him already, you fire on the pony Indy took down, killing him.

Only one pony left.
He tries to make a run for it as well…

>Indy 4/4
Snacks 3/5
Amber 5/5
Warren 5/5


You help him and are out of range.
That wing is feeling better by the minute


Alright, those last three motes are going after the runner. '2d10' frost, '1d10' regular. And one crossbow bolt. '1d10'

Roll #1 6, 10 = 16 / Roll #2 1 = 1 / Roll #3 3 = 3


Take him down! Leap of Faith!

Roll #1 8 = 8


Go and put down that pony!

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4


He's dead as a nail broskis.
Frost and hammers? Nopony can win that?

Amber, Snacks and Soil may roll a '1d10' with DC3 to get out of range of the fire quickly.

Roll #1 3 = 3


Sorry, had to afk for a second.

Roll #1 10 = 10


Ah! Run! And help anyone who is getting behind!

Roll #1 9 = 9


Oh no oh no. Run
Supreme survival run

Roll #1 9 = 9


I take Indy made it too, right?


You pick up Indy who's still biting the now dead pony and get up the ledge again with Warren.

All those leaps and speed, you sure you're not a world champion athlete?
You're with Warren again.


The fire spreads over the floor, exploding several more barrels, burning the tents and the drugs, a few other gang ponies running in are immediately caught in the blasts.
It seems this gang has a shitload of chemicals for some reason…
You wait patiently, holding a few hoofkerchiefs in front of your noses for the smoke, until it dies down a few minutes later.
There's still some smoke around, the floor is completely scorched black.
There are 3 passages in addition to the path back, the northern one was the guarded one.


You're safe


"Well, the gangboss is probably up the guarded passage. Want to check there first?"
Those chemicals were probably all drugs… Good riddance, but we've got no evidence now.


"Well that will take care of gang problem a bit Snacks think." I cover my nose against the smoke.


"Lead the way!"


"Hey pal, thanks for taking my butt off the fire."
Turn to indy and grab him in a cuddlehold.
"You were incredible! Ahah!"


"I wouldn't leave a friend to cook. I'm just glad it worked."
I'll nod to Indy.
"Good work. You'll grow up to be something fierce, no doubt about that."
And down we go to the northern tunnel.
'1d10+2' stealth it up a little.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7


Follow Warren.


Go ahead of him and keep the shield ready.
"Hey, think you can give me and Indy some magic stitches?"

Roll #1 1 = 1


"Sure can do!"
Heal Indy.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


Indy blushes for a second at all the attention.
"Will do MORE FIRE!"
He climbs back on your back.

You're stealthed.

Indy's healed.

As Indy is on your back, he says "Yes, MORE FIRE."

And proceeds to blast a big fire right in the tight tunnel.
Everyone roll to evade. DC4


Oh my little funny dragon.
Raise the shield and protect us both.

Roll #1 2 = 2



Roll #1 1 = 1



Roll #1 8 = 8


I shriek and try to get away!

Roll #1 5 = 5


He's on top of you and you don't see this coming at all.you barely duck your head; leaving your mane a little burned without any real damage done, except that your mane is a bit shorter and there's an awful smell.

You duck out of the way.

Snacks is diligently following the trail not noticing shit until it's too late.
Your jacket is on fire!
Roll for damage!


Okay not cool! Not cool!
Roll on the floor to try to take out the fire.

Roll #1 4 = 4


"Knowing when to breathe fire is just as important as knowing how, Indy!"
Help extinguish Snacks. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Give him a mean look.
"Now why did you just do that?!"


"Snacks no!"
Put it out!

Roll #1 8 = 8


It is definately not cool.
You manage to extinguish the fire but the jacket is sort of ruined, as is part of your fur.
It will grow back though.
And you've got money for a new jacket after this.

Indy looks saddened.
"…Was excited…like breathing fire."
He looks down.


"It's okay, and you're young. Making mistakes is part of growing up."


Try to stand up. Good thing I wasnt wearing that strapping spider bowling hat or I will be mad.
"Why did dragon do that?!" I grit my teeth in anger.


I pant slightly
"So much excitement!"



You didn't. Wait a sec for dragon roll.

Roll #1 5 = 5


Indy keeps sitting on Soil.
Feeling unsure what to do, he simply hides behind Soils face to avoid Snacks angry stare.


Alright, lets stand up.

Roll #1 6 = 6


You were already up. But now you're even more up.


"Hey, don't be scared! It's okay, we all make boo-boo's sometimes!"


"Hey I'm sure it's fine…"
Go up to him.
"Pal you okay? Indy got a little too excited there."


Well, they can handle that. Probably not much reason to be in stealth anymore.
"You okay, Snacks? You should have Amber give you a quick checkup and then we need to keep moving before the trail goes cold."


"Snacks fine but that dragon needs something to calm it." I brush off the smoked remains of my fur and look at the wrecked vest.

"Well now, snacks has to go naked." I frown.



No. everyone must have heard that.
You're wondering why no one is coming…

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


"I'm gonna buy you a new one when we get back out of here."
Well, lets keep going then!


Indy hops of Soils back.
Walks over to Snacks, and after a second of working up courage "Sorry…"


I just give the dragon a glum look.
"Got to be more careful, if not someone could have seriously burned or died with that flame."

"If Poor Soil insist but Snack can manage." I smile at him.
"Lets go."


Indy claimbs back on Soil and the journey continues.
All of you enter another circular chamber, identical to the one before but without any tents or barrels.
In the middle is a large pit, a gate slams shut right behind you as move in.

On the other side of the chamber, on a ledge out of range of non-ranged weapons, you see a mare in green robes flanked by 2 guards.
"You're the ones that killed the Bloodhound Gang, right? I suppose I should thank you for killing them, but it seems your bloodlust has now turned against us."


"You are the monster that killed the zebra, right?"
Nudge Indy off.


"Stop yapping and come down here so we can take you out!"


I grit my teeth upon hearing this,


She holds her head sideways.
"Zebra? What zebra?"

"I believe that would not be in my best intrests."


"The ugly zebra in the bar with the freaky magic horn!"


Ugh. Is there a way up there I can find?

Roll #1 5 = 5


"We know all about Zeb, how he was setting up both gangs, and how they handled the slaves while you handled the drugs and other unsavory things. One of yours knifed him before we could take him in, and now he's a puddle of goo. You should really think twice about working with changelings."


Her eyes widen.
"Zeb…is dead? Than it seems they'll come after me as well…I suppose I should have seen it coming. But I can assure you, I won't die so easily as that idiot Griff."

It looks risky to climb it on hoof as you'd be almost defenseless against the guards on top while climbing.

"You are smart. I'll give you that. But that…whoever all of you are talking about, was not sent by me."


"Alright, fine.
I don't care."
Place a shot on the mare.
"Indy! Flame on!"

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


"What do you mean? It killed Zeb as we are going after it." I look at her.

Is she trustworthy?

Roll #1 2 = 2


I scrunch angrily.
"Come down here and fight us with honor!"


"I'd wager not, since you're going to fight…"
And I'll sigh a little and pop Homing magic again. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Your shot misses.
She gets singed however by Indy's flame.
"allright then, enough chit-chat."

Considering she's a gang leader not really, that doesn't mean she's lying here though.

"Don't worry, little pony. I'll send something instead."

You're distracted by what's going on.

A guard rings a small bell.
And a roar comes from the pit, slowly a head rises, then another and another and another.
You can see only the 4 heads of the Hydra, it's body is within the deep pit.

"My little pet just loves taking care of the trash."

You are fighting a Hydra

Pause here or 30 min more?


Let out a battlecry and charge at the hydraheads, smashing one of them with my hammer! Leap of faith!

Roll #1 10 = 10


Pause once we kill the hydra?


Does Indy attack or is he too shocked?

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


Well, there's that hydra.
"Remember, we need to get its brain if we want to get paid for the hydra!"
And I might as well take a potshot at the gangleader. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5




Shot the hydra!!
Sentried Marksman shot.


Battle music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2bmY5u7ojY

Without any hint of fear you jump into the pit, right towards one of the necks. The head attached to it furiously tries to bite you off but undisturbed you easily dodge it, climbing, using its scales to your advantage, you even manage to not get dirty by the slime it expels from everywhere.
You hold on as it now tries to shake you off to no avail. And while you keep your balance on the shaking thing, you slam your hammer onto it, again and again until it falls on the ground, dazed.
You're safely back on the ground and you didn't even break a sweat.
Head 1 is helpless

As you wait behind your shield for the head to get within range, it suddenly strikes fast, grabbing you into its mouth, shield and all in one big sweep.
But you don't let something like that disturb you, before it can swallow, you slam one of its teeth straight out, making an opening for you to climb up the whining head and slam both his eyes before you take your shield and bash against it some more.
When you look up the head is long helpless and dazed and you're back on the ground with it.
Head 2 is helpless

Indy himself doesn't seem fazed at all.
On the contrary, he stares down his opponent and when the head comes down he unleashes the biggest breath of fire yet, engulfing the Hydra's head in fire for a few seconds.
Indy coughs and looks sort of surprised as the Hydra head falls down in front of him.
Head 3 is helpless.

They manage to dodge your shot.

The fourth head tries to get you but undisturbed you fire a blot.
It keeps coming.
Another bolt.
Keeps coming.
Bolt. Bolt. Bolt. Bolt.
You reload and fire faster then ever.
And before it gets to you it drops down helpless.
Head 4 is helpless.

#Head 1 0/4 HELPLESS
Head 2 0/4 HELPLESS
Head 3 0/4 HELPLESS
Head 4 0/4 HELPLESS

The heads are helpless.
The lower body is exposed and undefended.

With such a great coordinated attack, you have it a bit easier next attack then it usually would be.
Hitting the undefended lower body roll is +3 next turn on a DC4

There will be no counterattack for failed roll as the gang members are still too dazed wondering what the hell just happened.


"Haha!" I take out my axe and began to hack away t the body.

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6


Grin wide at Indy and then turn around, bringing my shield down on the lower body.
If he can, Indy ignites it too!

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7 / Roll #2 1 + 3 = 4


Well, that went better than expected.
Might as well take advantage of the situation, targeting the lower body. '1d10+3'

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6


Take advantage of this!
Beat the shit out of that lower body!

Roll #1 10 + 4 = 14


You all slam down on it mercilessly, hacking deep wounds.
All except Indy who is coughing, that much fire was probably a bit too much for one as young as himself.

Amber in particular, as she headlessly of any danger simply dives down the pit, determined to get as many hits as possible slamming hammer first into it, large slabs of poisonous bile and organs fly out of it as you slam away, but your religious fervor doesn't even make you notice the poison, nor does it harm you.
The holy energy within you neutrlizing everything.
Amber is the last to retreat for safety atop of the pit as the heads stir again.

#Head 1 5/4
Head 2 5/4
Head 3 5/4
Head 4 5/4

The heads are active
The lower body is heavily wounded



Shortcake & Melody >>448901


"The cage looks a little…small."


"Yeah… awfully small."


It's not dead yet!"
Tangle down with one of the heads.
Bang on my shield to attract it, then as it plunges jump aside and slam it!

Indy should keep the fiery pace up.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4 / Roll #2 10 = 10


Shoot one of the heads particularly the one that will attack Poor Soil. Keep it away from him.
Marksman shot

Roll #1 8 = 8


I lean in and nudge Shortcake.




The phoenix stops preening and looks at you.
Spreading its wings in a beautiful display.

The jump aside part didn't work as planned and you got slammed.

Indy does so, unleashing a green fire on one of the heads.
Head 1 is helpless.

Seeing as Indy took care of that one, you severely damage another head.

#Head 1 0/4 HELPLESS 0/4
Head 2 5/4
Head 3 5/4
Head 4 5/4

The heads are active
The lower body is heavily wounded


"It's beautiful."




"What would you say to freeing this bird? Giving him freedom and getting him out of that shitty cage?"


"Yeah, beautiful."


"I guess so? What's your plan?"


Damn it, I cant let Poor Soil have the fun.
Jump in and try to hack the Hydra's head wiht my axe

Roll #1 6 = 6


Grumble and make a gesture with a hoof towards that head.
"It's not over! I will come later!"
Head 2!

Roll #1 8, 10 = 18


I scratch my head and give an awkward chuckle.
"I, uh… haven't thought of one yet?"


"We can't just bust it out. We need a plan. I'm going to go eat something."

I walk back to the snack table.


"I know, I knoooow! I'll… I'll think of something soon, don't worry!"
I follow her back to the food table as well.

How's the party going?


I forgot the damage you did to Head 3 last turn.
You hit the head again as it tries to strike you.

You rip and tear into it. Even Indy with his tiny claws, who seem to be getting sharper (DC6 normal now for Claw attacks.)

There are all sorts of snacks. You notice to your pleasure that a lot of yours are already eaten.

Where to, sugarcube?


Dommot, starting this without me!
Leap at the lower body and slam my hammer into it! Leap of Faith!

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5


Lots of ponies talking in the garden.
Your average high society garden party really.


And now I forget the enemy HP, hold on a second.


I guess a stroll can't hurt.


#0/3 HELPLESS 1/4
Head 2 0/3 HELPLESS
Head 3 1/4
Head 4 5/4

The heads are active
The lower body is heavily wounded


I try one of each of the snacks I didn't make while smiling because of how much the other ponies like what I made.

"Try to enjoy yourself some instead of thinking all the time."
I wink nonsexually.


And now for the grand finale!
Turn to the fourth head and attack it!
And so does Indy!

Roll #1 3, 3 = 6


Now, go and be masterful and shot it again.
Marksman shot

Roll #1 8 = 8


Bah, hate this shit.
What's this room like? How connected is it to the gallery where all the stuff is on display? What's the lighting situation like?

"I do though!… Did you already forget about earlier?~"
I return her wink with a grin.


I blush and start eating a little faster.


You're near the market.
There's the harbor, the hill where most rich ponies live, the slums…

Don't get too chubby.

You hoofbump in a moment of camaraderie.
Of which the 2 remaining heads take immediate advantage to headbutt you into the ground.

You finish off Head 3.

You manage to damage the head 4 a bit, but don't get past it to damage the lower body.

You're in the garden actually.
The table with all the snacks is right next to the entrance to the gallery.
You can even see it partly here through the windows.
The gallery is pretty well lit, there are some shadows but no pitch black areas.
You see some ponies playing cricket.
And there are some more animals towards the back.
A few flamingos sitting in a pond and a napping tiger in a large cage.


Go where the rich ponies live.
At least the scenery will be nice there.


#Head 1 0/3 HELPLESS 2/4
Head 2 0/3 HELPLESS 1
Head 3 0/3 HELPLESS 0
Head 4 4/4

The heads are active
The lower body is heavily wounded


That wasn't too smart.
Rub my head.
And Indy, he brings in the heat!

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4 / Roll #2 1 = 1


Let out another battlecry and try again!

Roll #1 8 = 8


>garden party
riiight. herp derp.

Do I see any animal handlers or guards around?


Go and join Poor Soil to put down the 4th head!

Roll #1 8 = 8


Too chubby? Is such a thing even possible?
I go and look at the other animals.


The last head strikes down, you narrowly avoid it without getting hurt.
Indy is not so lucky, getting slammed a few meters back into the ground.
He's helpless.

That's more like it.
Look he's down.
Be careful when attacking the lower body though. It seems you first attacks made it bleed toxins.

You see '1d3+1' handlers.

The flamingo's are very pretty and pink.
They're standing on one leg in a pool. Resting.
The tiger is in the large cage, sleeping as well.
Must be nap time.

#Head 1 0/3
Head 2 0/3
Head 3 0/3
Head 4 0/3

The heads are helpless
The lower body is EXPOSED

It is, so many mansions, so many rich ponies.
It seems like you're so far from the troubles in the slums here.
Soil 5/6
>Indy 0/4 HELPLESS
Snacks 5/5
Amber 5/5

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3


Trouble = Bad
No trouble = Good

Any really pretty sights around?

Roll #1 2 = 2


That's fiiiine!
Inure toxins on myself.

Roll #1 9 = 9


Lets put this thing out of comission!

Roll #1 3 = 3


Growl in pain.

Can Indy get up on his own?

Roll #1 4 = 4


Well get an hit in on the hydra before going to help Indy.

Roll #1 10 = 10


I go inside the hall. How many ponies and guards are here?


And what are the handlers? Unicorns? Are they armed with anything?


Yes, stately mansions, lavish gardens, a garden party. It's enough to make you feel depressed.

You're very inured against toxins.

You don't manage to get quite a good shot at it while the toxic fumes hurt you.

Nope he's KO for now.

You drop in the pit, shield first. Hitting its squishy parts with your shield.
The toxic fumes hurt a bit though.

There are '1d2+1' guards.

They are 2 pegasi and one earth pony.
One seems armed with a whip. The others don't seem armed.

The 4 heads get up again and together spit toxins towards you. Roll to dodge.
#Head 1 5/3
Head 2 5/3
Head 3 5/3
Head 4 5/3

The heads are active
The lower body is very heavily wounded.

Roll #1 1 + 1 = 2


Empower my hammer and charge! I don't give a shit about toxins! Smash that body to bits!

Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8


Lets dodge

and hack one of the head with my axe.

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


S-Stupid, I don't need fancy stuff to be happy…

What kind of party?


I fly over to Shortcake.
"There's a tiger in a cage on the lawn. No magic using handlers. Think that would make a pretty fuckin' great distraction if it were to 'somehow' get out."


"But what about all the ponies? What if it hurts them?"


"I'm sure it'll just focus on the guards. They're probably trained to distract it from the 'important guests' or some shit. I'm sure nothing bad will happen."


Help Indy up!

Roll #1 7 = 7


And then, he proceeds to fire all over the hydra!

Roll #1 7 = 7


"If-if you say so."

I try to find a place to hide while I open the cage with my TK.

Roll #1 5 = 5


I stop her with a hoof.
"Wait! Not yet."


I stop.


You can't manage to reach it.
However the toxins don't hurt you a bit and you manage to smash one of the heads.

Oh dear, that went horribly wrong. You dodge right into the toxins.

A garden party, snacks, music, cricket, animals, you name it.
You look through the gate to see part of it.
The guards however don't seem to friendly.

You both dodged it.

Nobody noticed you yet, but you're not stealthed and the cage is not open.

#Head 1 2/3
Head 2 5/3
Head 3 5/3
Head 4 5/3

The heads are active
The lower body is protected and heavily wounded.


Smile sheepishly at them.
I got this.
"Hey! Is this where they needed the entertainer?"


Soil 5/6
>Indy 5/4
Snacks 1/5
Amber 5/5


Lets get this over with.
Indy attacks head one with his claws!
I slam onto the brain of head two!

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 8 + 2 = 10


Fine, I'll just bash some heads instead then. Commence the spam.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9


"We gotta, uh… get some other distractions going too!"
I look around.
Do I notice Mabel?


Okay go back and retreat. Fire on the hydra itself!

Roll #1 4 = 4


"Good idea."

I try to spot anything that could cause a distraction.


"We don't know about any entertainer.
What's your name?"

Indy is a little shocked by the immense toxins emanating from the Hydra.
You on the other hand manage to bash the head in without any real issues.

You bash in another head.

That head is a little more tenacious, spitting another toxin at you.
You're helpless.

Roll to find out.

Animals, maybe one of you could grab everyone's attention with a performance of some kind?



Roll #1 9 = 9


#Head 1 2/3
Head 2 0/3 H0
Head 3 0/3 H0
Head 4 5/3

The heads are active
The lower body is protected and heavily wounded

Soil 5/6
>Indy 4/4
Snacks 0/4 H
Amber 5/5




But I don't now anything. I'm not a singer like Melody and Mwandishi.

Roll #1 2 = 2


Try to stand up.

Roll #1 4 = 4


I help Snacks up.
Indy becomes the habringer of light. And Fire.
Lots of fire.
On Head 4.

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


Uh, shit…
"Joyous Jane!
I got a last-minute hiring this morning. Should be on the list."



Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


I fly over there and listen in on their conversation, wait to see where it goes.


You're pretty useless, that's true.

Soil helps you up.

Both heads are down.

"I don't see anyone with that name on the list."

#Head 1 0/2
Head 2 0/2
Head 3 0/2
Head 4 0/2

Lower body is exposed.

Will pause as soon as hydra is over, triplequesting is killing me..


Look taken aback.
"What? Then why did I come all the way to here?
I cancelled two other shows for this!"


And finally, lunge towards the body proper, Slam as hard as I can into it!
Indy, he comes down too, and starts clawing away!

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10 / Roll #2 5 = 5


"Ah yes, her!"
I walk over to them.
"I was just talking to the hostess of the party and she was telling me about this lovely donkey entertainer she encountered, and how she was awaiting her arrival. Please do allow her in."
Bluff. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


Out of juice!
Press the attack though!

Roll #1 2 = 2


Shoot it again one last time.
Marksman shot

Roll #1 3 = 3


I walk over to Melody.
"What's going on?"


I walk over and sidle up to her.
"Weren't we just talking to the hostess and hearing her talk about how wonderful a donkey entertainer she was expecting?"
I give her a few nudges.


And with one final roar, you slam the beast to its death. In one of the wounds, you can see its tiny brain.

The green-clothed mare looks furious.

"Ah, very well then."
They let "Jane" in.



Bro-bump Indy.
"You were great!"
Turn to the mare with a smug and confident grin.


I nod.
Oh yes. She is really great at entertaining."


I cheer happily
"Yay! We won!"


Smile and enter.
"Thanks, huns!"


I walk over to you.
"So… you're an entertainer? Are you gonna put on a show?"


"That's what I said, didn't I?
I was thinking about preparing and sampling some of the food and drinks first thing first, though.
I can't perform with a sore throat."


"Well, please do hurry. The ponies are rather antsy for some entertainment you know!"
I chuckle and walk away back to Shortcake.
"Distraction number one in place."
I grin.


Well should scoop that brain up and hide it for Warrens use


Smile back.
"I'll do my best!"


"Oh, please go and try some of the cakes and pastries before they are all gone. I made them myself."

I grin back.


The mare looks pale by now.
"Look…maybe we can make a deal…"

I guess Mabel is in.


"Get down here and face us, coward!"


"Sure! You got another Hydra? I want me some more smashing!"
Grin entusiatically.
"Indy! More stuff to burn!"


I look at the two quizzically and then whisper.
"Ponies, arent we here to… you know, capture them?"


"Yeah! Right!"
Turn to the mare.
"Come down from there!"


"Please listen to me…if what you told is true…about Zeb, then it's only a matter of time before they come after me.
I can give you proof…about the guards, who helped is and who bought from us, if you let us go."


"I have no idea!"

"But you're a bad, bad pony! We can't let you run without punishment!"


"What if we beat those from your dead body?
It should work, right?"


I close my arms
"If they will go after you little pone, then why not ask protection from guards and authority? They can protect you Snacks think


Look around I guess.

Roll #1 6 = 6


She gets out 2 flasks and grits her teeth in determination.
"I won't let you catch me alive…"
Her 2 guards start taking steps back.

"The guard? They'll just make sure I get an accident."

Lots of ponies, rich ponies.
There's an art gallery inside and some animals outside.
But most ponies seem to be avoiding a pony of obvious lower heritage than themselves.
Even the guards are looking suspiciously at you, since you're not doing much entertaining for an entertainer.


Think for a second.
"There is a necromancer in the swamp…"


A donkey even.
>absolutely disgusting


"Just fight us you coward!"


"No fight, we are here to capture them." I look at Amber a bit annoyed.


"I warn you. I need just a second to blow this whole place up."


Wave at them.
"Gotta stretch first."
So stretch my throat muscles by trying out some free food.


Look at Amber and Snacks.
Grunt towards the mare and wait for their signal.


I look at her a bit confused.
"I dont understand pony? How will you do that?"


"They don't want to surrender!"

I scrunch and Empower my weapon.
"Fine! I'll come get you myself then, coward! Savior help me!"
Charge! Leap of faith up there and subdue her!

Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7


I'll shoot an arrow to one of the mare's legs.

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 5 = 5


I just shrug
Sentried suppress on her


With a crazed look in her eyes, the mare tries to smash the 2 flasks together, but faster than the eye can see, that one-man canine cavalry named Snacks jumps up the ledge grabbing one of the flask out of her hoofs and throwing it against one of the walls far away, making sure she cannot blow these up.

The green mare sneers, simply smashing the remaining flask on the ground.

A putrid smell fills the room, quickly.

You jump up as well, slamming the mare back.
But you cough as the putrid smell hits your nostrils, making you feel like they're on fire.

Both of you storm forth but get hit by the putrid gas as well, your nostrils feel like they're on fire.

There's lots of cakes, or you have the more traditional horse d'oeuvres.

Snacks 4/5
Amber 4/5
Soil 8/6
>Indy 4/5


I'm a big pone.
Hold my breath and charge in, Slam the green mare!
Indy stays back and jumps at whoever tries to make a sudden move.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9 / Roll #2 2 = 2


Cakes are fine with me.
Take a sample.

Roll #1 9 = 9


Try not to sneeze and hit one of the guards!

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10


Keep on suppressing and hold my breath, all the while carrying her and me away from the putrid smell.

Roll #1 4 = 4


You slam her off her hooves.
She shakes it off and gets back up again.
She throws some acid at you, you swiftly block it with your shield. It smell bad but no real damage done.
Indy stays back allright. He has trouble keeping himself up.

Simply divine. You'll have to congratulate Shortcake, those are her cakes.

You hit him right in the eye. He's down.

Under normal circumstances, the action to keep a target surpressed is automatic,
however since Vilina is a boss and immune to helplessness, I'll treat it as a failed attack.

As you try to grab the mare, she quickly slams a small blue bottle against your neck.
The substance hurts and you furiously clamp your paws against your neck.

"Cover me!" Vilina shouts as she quickly runs into a passage behind her.
The remaining guard blocks it, paler than ever before.

Soil 7/6
>Indy 0/4 HELPLESS
Amber 3/5
Snacks 2/5


Why counterattack damage on a crit?
"Hold on kiddo! Stay strong!"
Indy tries to stand up '1d10' as I shove the shield into the mare's face once again.

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


"Get back here you coward!"
Smash the guard out of the way!

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9


These are really good.
Any drinks to down them with?


Dont falter and shoot her in the legs!
Marksman shot

Roll #1 6 = 6


Poisonous gas in the air doesn't care for your crits.
The gas seems to be affecting your young dragon worse than anyone else.

As the mare has run into another passage, with one guard blocking it, you smash your shield against him instead.

You kick him unconcious with your shield.

The way into the passage is clear.

You shoot her masterfully in the leg.
The mare shouts in agony, and slowly tries to get further.


Indy pls, stand up.

Roll #1 1 = 1


Fall back and help him.

Roll #1 2 = 2


"Amber! Indy needs help!"


Wine, champagne, cider…


One more shot on the other legs, make her fall

Of course all the while following her.

Roll #1 5 = 5


I have a shield?

"Wh-Whu? Okay!"
Heal Indy!

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


Let's try the wine.

Roll #1 7 = 7


No I think I mixed something up with Soil there, you did it with your hammer.

And you heal up Indy.
He's out of danger.

Ambers magic brings some color back to his face but the poisonous gas has definately thrown him for a loop.
He needs a doc…a vet?

You miss this shot.
More determined than ever, she keeps walking down the stairs.

Nice wine, even though you don't know too much about that.
You look around and see some animals in the distance or maybe you could take a look in the art gallery.


Drag him out of there.
"Now, stay safe. I will be back in a minute, okay champ?"
Turn to Amber.
"Keep him safe! I am going to catch up with Snacks!"
And now, run behind Snacks and find that green mare!

Roll #1 7 = 7


"Come back cowaaaard!"
After her! Run like the wind and take her down!

Roll #1 5 = 5


Follow her! Aim again and shot!
Marksman shot.

Roll #1 6 = 6


You place him a bit away.
He nods and gives you a thumbs up as he coughs a little more.

You find the mare in the tunnel, as Snacks shoots her again, she's crawling now.

You gain on her.

Your shot makes her fall on her belly, still she crawls on.

The poisonous gas has dissapated.


Let's take a look at the art.


Subdue her now! Leap of Faith!
"Stop right there!"

Roll #1 3 = 3


Suppress her
"Now stop!"

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12


It's less art, more like a sort of artifacts museum.
You see (go closer to get more information)

>A live phoenix in a golden cage

>A black small cube
>A purple sparkling crystal
>A music page
>Zebra tribal masks and artifacts
>A strange book with a cherry on it
>A flask of water.
>A rugged looking mask of a gazelle

Both of you grab her and hold her down.
There's not much fight left in her.
"…kill me."


"Tie her down and I'll heal her so she doesn't die!"
I forgot, do I have rope to tie her with?

Roll #1 2 = 2


"We wont, you are here to be arrested." I shake her head silly.


Investigate the small cube!


"Snack, she's gonna be killed if we arrest her."
"I really wish somepony smart was here…"


"What are we going to do then? Let her go?" I raise an eyebrow.


"I'm not leaving her alone, that's for sure."
"Not with the guards, not with other ponies."


You don't even have to roll, you have some in your inventory silly.
You don't know how to make proper knots though.
Better ask Snacks the knot expert.

She just looks at you angrily.

The small cube sits behind glass.
It looks most peculiar, even unsettling, it seems so…unreal. As if it doesn't belong in this time or world.
The cube is perfectly smooth and completely black.
Besides it is a note
"Unknown artifact.
Found in one of the ruined temples of Vilitus, this cube has been dated to roughly 1400 years ago.
It puzzles archeologists who have no way to explain the perfect symmetry of it, it also seems to be impenetrable by any known magic.
Many questions remain about it.

"…I'll tell you what I know, if you kill me afterwards…"

Pause waiting for smart pon to show up?


I should go to bed
"Snacks! Help me tie her up please!"


"It doesn't feel right to kill a pony like this…"

Sure if the others want.


I smile and nod at her command. Tie the pony.

Roll #1 10 = 10


And I'll heal her so she's not in pain.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


Huh… strange.
And creepy…

Okay, what's up with the flask of water?


She's tied up and healed.
But doesn't say a word.

Says the first one to kill everypony always.

You find the flask is beautifully decorated with etchings of both the Sun and the Moon intertwined on it, it ends in 2 beautifull swan heads.
The note next to it simply reads.
"Water from the Holy River Laurelia Spring."

You know that Mt. Laurenia is the holy mountain on which Canterlot is built.
And the Laurelia is the holy river flowing on it.
It runs from the mountain through the Throne Chamber of the Alicorn Sisters (and some say they also use some of its water to bathe…)
and then further through Equestria.
The River water is said to hold mystical powers, especially when it flows through Canterlot or before, its power getting slowly diluted afterwards.
The river bed before Canterlot is normally off-limits to normal ponies, if this really is some of that water, it is quite a religiously significant artifact.



In fair fight!


So… We were waiting for the smart pony.


Well that's not very interesting.


What next?


Let's see the music page.
A lot of my friends at the circus liked music.


Smart pony, reporting.
"Well, it seems we've got a few things to talk about. Namely that the one who murdered Zeb was last seen going into these tunnels after Soil there shot her in the head. So you can either talk to us, and help, or we kill you, drag you back to the surface, and make you dance to a necromancer's tune like we did Griff."


It's not circus music.
It's an old single music sheet.

The note next to it indicates this is one of the few surviving original sheets written by the great composer Triangle Tune.
Buh, classical music.

She turns to you.
"I don't know who killed Zeb. Why would I order a hit on him?"


Okay, and the book?


"You wouldn't, that's the thing. He was keeping both you and Griff in business. So either whoever's above all of you decided they didn't want Zeb talking, or the changelings didn't need him anymore. And let's be honest here, you're too pretty to end up as a puddle of black goo, so perhaps you'd better just cooperate and come with us."
I'll think a moment.
"Say, could you others gather as much of the hydra as we can? It's blood, poison, that sort of thing? We should be able to craft it after hoof off the brain."


"Oh yed.
I want a cap made out of one of the heads!"
Grin and go to the hydra.

Let's get the venom sack aside, cut one head off, and remember to save that tiny brain in a jar.


"The scales should make decent armor too! And after it's cooked, the meat might be good for Indy."


"You can't protect me.
You might be able to protect me from Changelings, but I've never heard of Heart using Changelings before….only…"
She trails off, looking around.

You've got that remarkably tiny head in a jar.
The venom sac is quite large and will need some work done.
You've got a head.

Don't forget about your sick dragon.

It is a normal old looking tome with a cherry pictured on it.

The note says.
Tome written by Creme Fraiche. Dating back to the Age of Discord, it is one of the oldest cooking books ever found.
Written by the cook of the Lord of Chaos himself


"It would be esier to carry it all in one piece…"


Well I can only make basic foods anyway.
Let's see the rugged gazelle thing


Indy's right here!
Isn't he?
Let the hydra be for now and go over to him.
"How are ya feeling?"


I'll cock my head slightly.
"And you shouldn't make such assumptions so readily, you know."


It's a rugged looking mask of a gazelle head.
There are a few small tears in it.
The note says
"One of the masks of an infamous gang, once operating in Vilitus.
Its members wore animal masks while breaking and entering, killing any pony unfortunate enough to be in the home.
These murder sprees continued for years, until they eventually came to a sudden stop.
This mask is one of the few pieces ever found belonging to the killers.
What happened to them is unknown, though it is assumed they became the victim of revenge

She keeps looking around while bound.
"Only…"she whispers it almost "demons. And you didn't manage to stop them from killing Zeb, why would this be different?"

Indy coughs but tries to look okay '1d10'
But you can hear from his heavy breathing, there's obviously something wrong with his breath organ things.

Roll #1 2 = 2


Can't even hide it that well.


"We didn't stop them from killing Zeb because his bartender delayed us crucial moments. We broke at the very moment, which allowed us to track that thing down here. And it would be different because you would be in our sight at all times."
I'll grimace at the mention of demons.
"First undead dragons, now demons… this really isn't what I signed up for. Ah well."


This is pretty creepy too.
But in the fascinating way.
I wonder what kind of rotten, evil pony would do such a thing?

Now, what about that bird?


Look worried.
"Hey pal, what if…
Try coughing a bit. Maybe it's gonna help."


"It's not like I really have a choice, do I?"
That green mare is tied up pretty good, captain.
All legs together, like a christmas package.
Also gives you a slightly good look at her flank.

Probably one that beats his waifu.

The phoenix sits majestically in his golden cage, preening his wings.
The cage is big but still looks a little too small for such a majestic bird.

You also notice a very beautiful long-legged unicorn mare enjoying some wine not far from you.

He tries '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


That doesn't sound right.



"Warren! Indy is hurt!"
Take the little dragon on my back.
"Hold on tight."
Go find Warren.


Please, I'm a rogue but I'm not a villain.
"Soil, that doesn't sound too good. We should leave and have Indy looked at by a healer. Snacks, Amber, and I can take what we can, and then escort the Poison Hoof leader out."


I'm not into mares, thank you.
And a phoenix is a bit more interesting.
Not that I never saw one before, I was a circus goer and a smuggler for a bit so I saw them, but still, they are pretty pretty!


Grunt in acknowledgement and leave the sewers.
Go find that same healer that cured me earlier!


I didn't mean to imply anything~
Just saying she's tied up tight.
What do you need?
Soil got the brain, the poison sac and a head.

Also don't forget about that passage she was walking into…Who knows where that might lead…

Why do you have to take everything so sexually?

Anyway, preening his feathers, he seems not too concerned about all you mortals down there.
But it's a magnificent sight, beautiful red feathers, all those colors, those long wings…

You walk back to the hospital.
The nurse there looks surprised.
"I hoped you didn't have to come back so soon."


"Hey there little fella'.
You look pretty smashing."


I leave the refreshment table and go looking for that jenny I helped get inside.


Shake my head.
"It's not for me.
Indy, he got hurt fighting the hydra!"
Hastily turn around and show her Indy.


Probably to evidence.
"What's down that way you were running towards? Escape tunnel? Your room?"


As if in response, he spreads his wings open, shining a bright glow all over the gallery.

She's near the phoenix, who's once again showing off his pretty wings.

"…..he's a dragon, this is a hospital for ponies.
You should see the veterinarian down the street."

"The storage room….filled with explosives…I was hoping to blow this whole place up.
It would prevent anypony from getting the valuables."


"We'er not going to kill her righ?" I look at Warren.

Is the knot tied good? I check again the ropes.


Groan and rush out, right down the street.
Bang on the door.


"Well, I'm afraid we'll be taking custody of those as well. Some will go to the town, of course, to help rebuild in the wake of this, and the rest, well… Heroism doesn't come cheap in these times. Besides, there are bigger dangers lurking on the horizon."
Hefting her up, I'll put her over my back.
"Now, where might these valuables be located?"


"That's what I'm talking about.
You are a clever little fella too, aren't you?"


"Not if she cooperates. We might need her, and her contacts, if we want to prepare for that thing that came out of the mine back in the other town."


I ooh and ahh as I walk over to Mabel.

"How do you know Melody?"


Talk with a smile but whisper.


"The one that helped you get in. How do you know her?"


"Oh. I don't. But she was cool enough to help me get in."


You're the knot expert.
It's a 10/10 bro.
You sure got that mare knotted tight.
Her legs all bound together like a christmas present.
Gives you a pretty good look at her flank too.

You enter into a waiting room where a number of ponies with all sorts of animals, dogs, cats, bats, squirrels, bunnies, etc. are patiently waiting their turn.
There's a bowl with all kinds of numbers inside.
The lowest one seems to be 141.
The number now being treated is 112.

The phoenix whistles a tune now.

Actually you both met each other first time Mabel met Bedrock.
But I don't think you talked then


"Next to the explosives. So nopony could get them."


Take a number and ask loudly to my dragon.
"Indy, did you have breakfast yet?"


I'll nod.
"Snacks, if you could hold onto her for a moment? Now, miss, there weren't any other traps that set off those explosives, just in case some daring young adventurer or thief happened to find his way into the tunnel, were there?"


"Oh. Sorry for bothering you."

"Oh my. It's so beautiful."


"No worries!"

"I'll take that as a yes.
Can you read from music notes too?"


He looks up.
Let's see if he gets where you're going with this '1d10'

Some other clients look up as well.

"None that would blow up the entire room."

The phoenix eyes sparkle.

He shakes his head.

Roll #1 1 = 1


He suddenly burps and a purple flame hits the ceiling.
Several animals jump up scared and suddenly it's chaos in the waiting room.


"Oh, darn.
You could have sang from that."
Point at the musical sheet.
"I bet everypony here would have been amazed, even more!"


"Eh, he does that sometimes."
Step forward and open the inner door, non-caring for the others.


"Good! Also, we'll need a complete list of your clients and suppliers."
And let's go check out that stash. Be wary in case the changeling had this idea too.


I watch the phoenix and Mabel.


He just holds his head sideways.

The last patient seems about finished.
It's a green bird.
"…there, now make sure she doesn't use that wing for a week."
The purple mare nods "Thanks doctor."
She walks away.
"Now are you the next one?" the doctor asks you.
"…and what is that ruckus in the waiting room?"

There doesn't seem to be anypony here. Of course, if it is actually a demon it might have other tricks up its sleeve.
There are an immense amount of barrels in room, marked with a flame.
This could easily have blown up the chamber above it, and who knows what else more.

Besides it lay literally thousands of bits in chests. And packages clearly containing uncut drugs, very valuable as well.

I didn't like this to you but mabel doesn't seem to respond to it.
But you have met before.
You've seen her with Bedrock before.
That's where Melody saw her as well.


"The others look busy doc.
Give Indy a look, he's hurt pretty bad.
Hydras and stuff."


Point at the notes.
"Those are notes.
The ones that are low on the paper are lower, the ones higher on paper are higher. Do you understand that?"
Speak to him like he was a little wittle kid


"Which sorts of drugs are these? Any that can be used medicinally?"


>I didn't link this to you


"Allright put him on table so I can look at hi-….is that a dragon?"

He begins preening his wings again, he's far too important to be treated like a kid this way.

"Some of them could be used as tranquilizers. The ones marked KET."


"Yeah. They told me to bring him here!"
Walk him and gently drop Indy on the table.


"…Okay…Oh boy…" He walks over to the bookcase getting out a purple book.
The title is "Baby Dragons for Dummies by Twilight Sparkle and Spike"
"Now let me see what the problem is here" '1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10


>I didn't like this to you but mabel doesn't seem to respond to it.

I go for a walk around the grounds.


Oooh, books!


I'll take those, then.
"Hmm. Well, we can't just leave all this explosive powder around, but I can't justify blowing it all up, especially since it can be used. I'm going to let you in on a little secret, by the way."
I'll rub my hoof along my chin for a moment.
"A few days ago, a very large, very old, very undead dragon came up out of some mines a few towns away. Now, this powder could be used as a weapon against it, though the drugs have to go. We can turn those over to the guards. As for the reason I'm telling you this, it's because I think you have some connections that could prove useful. This dragon plans on making the world into his oyster, so to speak, and to have itself be revered as a god. It almost worked, once, before it got sealed away. If we can get both sides of the law working together on this… well, I'd say that would go quite a ways to your parole, don't you think?"


I didn't link that to you, but I told Mabel here >>454231 (last entry) that you met before.


They all look like medical books though.

The doctor looks him over.
"Seems like the poor thing overused his fire gland, it's completely swollen. But not something that can't be fixed soon."
He tries to give Indy a some medicine '1d10-2'

"What do you think I can do? I can give you the names of the guards I worked with…that's all I know. I don't know who Heart is. Zeb never talked about him or her. The only way I know he exists is because suddenly Zeb is dead."

Animals, cakes, Valentine, Silver Coin.
Not much that I haven't told you yet.

Roll #1 4 - 2 = 2


But Indy sniffs the medicine and growls at the doctor.
"Uh…could you hold him down for a second?"


Pat Indy on the head.
"Hey pal it's okay. This gotta make you feel better."


I think I've done all I can without Sol or zulu. Thanks for running.


You pretty much have without going into restricted areas, for which you'd like some backup just in case.



Roll #1 10 = 10


Seems like he trusts you.
He gulps it down.
"There you go. He should be feeling better in a few hours. It wasn't that bad."


"I got scared. Thought that hydra's poison had gotten to him."


"Well, you must have had contacts from out of town. These drugs weren't produced locally, I'd imagine, and you don't seem the type to settle for living off what Zeb could give you. Also, there was a short letter I managed to grab off of Zeb before he finished melting. You might be able to make more sense of it than I did."
Now, with all that loot safely stashed between myself, Snacks, and Amber, we'll… hang on.
"I don't suppose there was anything else? Secret things hidden in your room, perhaps? Weapons we could secure, books on finances? It's really in your best interest we actually scour the place, because we might be able to find and kill the thing that could be licking its wounds and getting ready to hunt you."


"The Enforcer kept tabs on the finances.
But he left some time ago with somepony, when he came back, he grabbed his stuff and said he was after something major and he'd get back in a couple of weeks with something incredible for us."
She sighs.
"So I let him off. Maybe he left some records in his chamber. It's down the other passage there"

"It seems something nasty got in his fire gland. But dragons are strong creatures, they can handle that."


"Any idea who that was?"
And down we'll go. Pillage and search. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


"No need to come to a vet next time, then?"


"Well, it's always the best thing to do, if you want to be on the safe side."

You find a bunch of notes on the drugs and finances in the Enforcers chamber.
But no trace of him.
"I don't know what he was after. He never told me. He commanded a lot of respect from the others, so I didn't press."

Gangs destroyed!

Warren, Soil, Snacks, Amber and Querens Money level increased because of the Gang loot.

Warren, Soil, Snacks, Amber, Queren and Mabel get 1 Skill Point.


Welp, those are coming too.
"A pity. But he'll be returning to a Tall Tale much changed. Hopefully he'll go for a more legitimate line of work."
And back to the surface. The tranquilizers I'll leave with the hospital, the other drugs go with the guards, and the money goes half to the town, and the other half split between the five of us (Me, Soil, Snacks, Amber, and Queren.).


I'll get Natural Remedy then.

I thought a majestic bird like you could do such an easy thing to amaze all these ponies with something they never seen before!"


"Okay. Where can I find a vet in the woods?"


I suppose you're leaving the green mare in the hooves of Root and the still loyal guards?

He grabs your hoof and shakes it.
"You've done a great service for Tall Tale today. With this there will be such an outrage from the people, the Doge will have no choice but to order the arrest of all the corrupt guards."
The crowd cheers.

He looks annoyed at you.

"Good point. Maybe you could find one of these books in a bookshop?
They're no replacement for a real vet, but they might help you raise this dragon.
Archmage Twilight Sparkle is one of the few ponies who's get experience in that regard."


"Hey, I like books."
Try to remember how that one was called.

Roll #1 2 = 2


Majestic creature!"


Well, I wouldn't be keeping my promise to keep an eye on her if we left her with the guards. She's got to work off her parole, and I'm sure Bedrock can use a businessmare of her talents to run the stall.
"You have yourselves to thank as well, you know. Sure we went in and mopped up the gangs, but you were the ones who made certain that none got away, and that the town survived."
I'll nod a little.
"As for the poison hoof leader, perhaps she can paroled in return for a few years of community service? Where we're going is often fraught with peril, so a few extra hooves for hard labor always helps."


I'll clonk my hooves together.
"Ah, yes. I'd almost forgotten. Root, I'll need to speak to you a little more privately."


You have no idea what it was called by the time you're in the bookshop.
But hey, there's Iris in the same shop, buying a familiar purple book.

He spreads his wings again and there's a flash.
Roll to close eyes in time.

Root looks uncertain
"Are you sure you'd like to take her with you?"



Can I?

Roll #1 7 = 7


I was more concerned about remembering what it was called while I was still looking at it.
Go meet her with a smile and wave a hoof.
"Hey! Good news! We killed all the gangs!"


You see it coming and close you eyes barely in time.
There's a flash and some ponies are blinded for a few seconds before their sight returns.
The phoenix seems to grin.
"Nonono Inferni, bad phoenix, don't blind our guests."
The mare you saw earlier comes walking, looking angrily at the phoenix.

She turns around.
"You did? How great."
She tries to give you a hug again.

Roll #1 9 = 9


That's a good hug.


Turn to her, but smile.
Cheeky little phoenix.
"She doesn't seem to like the idea of singing from a notebook it seems."


Stand still.
This could end very very badly if I move.


"HE is a bad phoenix sometimes.
Not that I would try to make him sing from a music sheet. He'd probably burn it."

She notices you standing completely still.
"…Are you hurt?"


"Nah. Amber fixed that. But if I move, something like last time happens."


"Oh, right.
I didn't pay attention to his eyelashes.
All those curves on him can be pretty feminine, can't they?"


"Soil, you can move, just try to move gently."

"They're big showoffs if you ask me. Males and females."


Grumble a bit and try to pat her back.

Roll #1 2 = 2


"Hey, I can totally understand that.
If I were a phoenix, I'd show off too."


She winces as you move right for that sore spot again and grabs your hoof.
"Wait…maybe instead of patting, you should try this."
She slowly guides your hoof around her, laying it down on her shoulder and then rests her head on yours.
"See, isn't that much nicer?"

"I think I'd spend far more time flying around honestly. But excuse me, where are my manners, I'm Lady Valentine, hostess of this party."
She offers you her hoof.
"I don't think we've met. Are you here with one of the guests?"


"There was one of their associates, who was in contact with all three. Went by the name 'Heart.' Apparently, he, she, or it kept all three of them in line by using demons. Zeb was killed by one so that it couldn't be traced back to Heart, and there's likely one after the Poison Hoof leader as well."
I'll nod slightly.
"And we might need her and her knowledge of the underworld in the future, as there's something coming that even the princesses might have trouble with."


Nod slowly, not to disturb her head.
I guess it is a bit nice.
"What were you looking for?"


Take her hoof.
"Name's Jane, but friends call me Mabel.
I'm here as a showjenny."


Mmm, your armor doesn't let you feel too much but it is nice feeling her warm breath in your neck, her mane brushing against yours.
Your cheeks touching for just a tiny moment.
She gets off you again.
"I was looking for books on Indy".
She holds up a purple book proudly.
Baby Dragons for Dummies by Twilight Sparkle and Spike
"Now I'll know just how to take care of that cutie."
She grabs the surprised Indy of your back and gives him a good cuddle.

"I'm sorry but I don't quite remember having booked you…"


"Hey I was looking for a book too!
But I forgot the title…"


Root sighs.
"Demons…that's bad news. I'll have to call in the Inquisition.
But those fellas are tough….do you have any idea where to find this…Heart?"

"Do you remember anything about it?"


Shake my head.
"Must have been something about monsters."


Look almost aghast.
"I got the contract this morning!
A last minute one at that! You had me cancel three other shows, because I know just how much more important this is!"


I'll shake my head.
"Apparently they didn't much keep in contact. Zeb was probably our best lead, which must be why they killed him first. You're free to ask her, and she might make more sense out of that note I found on Zeb than I did."


Wait where are we now?


"I've bought a lot of books about monsters as well."
Only know you notice the giant pile of books a bit next to her.
"To be prepared for the journey…"

"Strange…must have been something one of my associates booked then.
But some entertainment would be most welcome, Miss Mabel.
This party could use some excitement."

"I'll ask her. Do you want to take her with you immediately? Or shall we keep her in custody until your departure?"

Outside of the sewers. You can go wherever you want.



"You really coming?
That's gonna be fun. Now I have somepony to read with!"


"We'll be by to pick her up, after we've taken care of a few matters. Don't let her out of anyone's sight, and don't let anyone in, even if they look like us."
I'll pull out the runed gemstone.
"If they don't have one of these, then they do not get past that door, got it?"


"My piece is sure exciting!
I never know when I might fatally injure myself with it!"


She giggles.
"That will be fun.
What sort of books do you like?
Besides Daring-Do?"

"I'll make sure of it, mister Warren."
He salutes you.

She giggles.
"My, you're making me curious.
When would you like to perform?"

You were last with the green mare, who now is captured and in custody.
You got some more money and some more fame.
What would you like to do now that you're out of the sewers?
I can give some suggestions, if you're lost on what to do now.


Look perplex.
"Are there books beside those?"


Uh… well I wouldn't mind try to go for champion of the arena!
But I guess that's kinda out of the question. What did Star Quartz find out about those crystals again?


She giggles and give you a playful push.
"Good one. They are so great, why would you need other books?"

You'd have to challenge Melody and she's not here today.

Star Quartz found out absolutely nothing yet last time you checked.
Except that they were "amazing" and "unlike anything I ever saw before".
She promised to do more research about them however.
She is available for speaking in the inn if you're interested.


"When would you like me to?

Also, in all that hurry, we forgot to discuss payment. I mean, I might stab myself to death accidentally. In that case, will I still get paid?"


She's joining us though, isn't she? I can always speak to her on the road!
What about Anna? I should go say goodbye if we're leaving soon… maybe we could have a rematch!


Nod a bit absently.
"Now I have to stack up on books.
Can't find any while I travel…"


"Why, right now if possible.
Well if that happens I suppose we should pay your manager."
She says in a cheery tone.
She leans a bit closer and says in a more serious tone.
"Is the risk really that great?"

Where is Anna?
Ah you find her in Tall Tale, walking with her hammer.
"Hey Amber. Good work with that Hydra."

"I was doing the same."
She points to the stack.
"I don't want to be fighting any scary monsters without knowing everything we can about them, so I bought every book about monsters.
Even the metaphorical ones."
She grins.
"What books do you want to take? I've already got the entire series of Daring Do."


Stare at the collection for a bit.
"That's a lot of books."
I say, let's take a look around at other books that are not daring do.

Roll #1 1 = 1


What does her hammer look like?
"Uh… I think we're leaving Tall Tale soon though…"


"I am my manager!"
I lean closer to her too.
"Ma'am I've been doing this for a good while, but as much practice as I have, accidents still happen. That's why it's exciting, isn't it? I'd lie if I said it never happened while doing a show."


You find a book called Fifty Shades of Green.
It seems to be about a mare who has all sorts of adventurous meetings in Manehattan.

Normal hammer made of wood and steel.
You saw it up close when you were in the Arena, fighting her.
"I thought so. Going on another adventure?"

She nods "Okay. I'll tell our healer to stay close by you."


"We're on a mission to stop a giant undead dragon from destroying Equestria! So yes!"
I puff up my chest proudly.


"Another adventure book?"
Start flipping through its pages.
"Hey Iris have you ever seen this?"


"Why ruin the feeling of dread? I can patch myself up. Unless I die instantly. Then bury with the money, okay?"
Jokingly nudge her side and chuckle.


You randomly open a page.
[I pull him deeper into my mouth so I can feel him at the back of my throat and then to the front again. My tongue swirls around the end. He’s my very own Christian Green-flavored popsicle. I suck harder and harder … Hmm … My inner Princess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves.]

Iris walks over and blushes as she sees the book.
"I've heard of it before."

"Wow, you're going to be a real hero one day Amber.
I'm so happy for you."
She gives you a non-sexual hug.

She giggles.
"Well, let's hope it won't have to come to that.
Are you ready then? I can gather the guests in the yard?"


"So uh… before I leave, could we have a rematch?"

Roll #1 8 = 8


"Wait, is she talking about ice cream?
Looks boring."



Okay, time to make a show.
Shake myself a bit and take a deep breath.
Let's not screw this up.


What a nice hug.
She looks down.
"I'm sorry, Amber. I'd love to…but I got a new job and I won't have time to spar for a while."

Indy pokes over your head.
"What book about?"
Iris quickly grabs the book from your hooves and closes it and gives it back to you.
"That's not a book for young dragons, Indy. Look, I got you this book."
She gives Indy a book called Fire-Fly in Wonderland.
Indy looks at it confused.

Valentine gathers most of the guests in the garden, they await you patiently and curiously.


Is there an elevated stage or something?


"… Huh? What kind of job? What I'd miss?"


Oh well.
One more book.
"I have no idea pal. Guess we will have to read it to know it."
Now, since I'm an avid reader, one more book and then we g-
"Hey what if you choose the next book, Iris?"


There's a small stage.

"Well, since it turns out the Arena was rigged by gangs, I don't really want to be Champion anymore.
It might have been fine when my niece Applejack became champion, but it isn't anymore.
And then I thought about you and your friends adventuring…that's what Applejack and her friends did as well, and I want to travel around too and help ponies."
She puffs her chest.
"So when the Inquisition asked for fighters to go on a dangerous mission, I volunteered."

She blushes.
"But what kind of book do you want? adventure? detective?"


"The kind that's fun.
You have all Daring Doo, I don't know others."


I gasp.
"T-The inquisition? But those are dangerous ponies!"
I flop my ears down
"You should be careful…"


"Well, I don't know….I like these."
She hands you a book A Song of Lightning and Water.
"It's kind of long…but I really like it. And there are more books about it, it's an entire series."

She waves her hoof dismissively.
"I know there are all those rumors, but they fight demons and other bad creatures.
It's my chance to be a big hero!"
She grabs your hoof.
"Why don't you come with me for just a bit?
I'm going to their Office right now. Then you'll see I'm all okay."


I like long books!
Start reading the first few pages.

Roll #1 7 = 7


Step up on the stage, bow, then make a pose.
"Good day, Ladies and Gentlestallions!"
Draw one of my short rapiers in a dramatic fashion.
"The next attraction is not for the faint of heart, be advised!"


"I don't know… maybe… you could come with us? We're going to see Applejack next! To deliver her a message, remember!"


It seems to be about a bunch of ponies patrolling something called a Huge Wall.
You get introduced to a bunch of interesting characters that sadly get slain a page later by random snow zombies
Then it seems to switch to a bunch of ponies from a "House Ponisster".
And there doesn't even seem to be too much freaky magic!

The audience watches, some are already bored however.
Those snobs.

"But there are already so many ponies with you…I want to make my own legend. Just come for a few minutes, Amber.
It would make me feel more confident meeting them. Please?"
She gives you puppy eyes.


Why does adventuring have to come with having to constantly leave friends behind…


"Hey I like this!"

Roll #1 2 = 2


"A tough audience, I see.
No reason to waste any more time then!"
Show both sides of the rapier that it is indeed shiny and sharp, then do the act.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4


Time to find the others.
And lets pay for everything and go back to the inn.


You didn't put that in right.
You get it out and try again.

Hold on a second boi.
These are a lot of books.
"Do you want to come with me to buy a cart? I don't think I can carry them otherwise…"


"That's how you would stab yourself!
Oh, and make sure to not try this at home!"

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3


Why would she have to carry them.
Okay wait, maybe it's one too many books.
"How much stuff is here? I'm not sure we can travel with all this…"



Can't pick up everyone, sugarcube.
You're already a small caravan.

You both walk together to an ominous black building somewhat isolated from the other building.
In the courtyard, you notice a stern looking black clothed Inquisitor overlooking the new recruits.
"Recruit Apple, good you're here.
And is this a new recruit as well or is she here for the envoys?" he asks looking at you

You did something wrong.
Roll for how wrong exactly.

There are 4 stacks of books bigger than yourself here, and you're a large pony.
Seems she wasn't kidding she got books on all the monsters.
"I know, that's why I want to buy a small cart, that way I can roll it on the way."
She scrunches.


Oh boy

Roll #1 3 = 3


Give her a half worried look.
"You want to roll the cart?"


"Huh? Recruit? Envoys? No I'm her friend, here to see her off!"


Oh boy indeed.
You shove it in and start tasting blood.
You slowly get it out again, but the bleeding intensifies and small frop start dripping from your mouth.
The audience looks in shock.

She overlooks her small frame.
"You think I can't?"

"Oh, I thought you were one of those Envoys of the Crystal Heart. We don't get to see a lot of crystal ponies here.
Anyway, don't worry about Anna. She's about to do a great service for Equestria.
Rooting out heresy and evil is the most noble work there is."




"I think a cart is a big thing. And you are one little pony."


"… Oh right, miss Zona talked about you! Uh… are you hunting that big dragon too?"


Grin and wink at them.
I'll live!
Sheathe the small rapier and pull out the longer one.


And Mwa was there, too.

Where am I, btw?


I just stare in disbelief…
And grin as I look out at the audience. I like the way this jenny works.

Now… hm. I look around for any other possible distractions.

Roll #1 4 = 4


She snorts
"I'm not a little pony. And I'll prove it to you. Come."
She walks out, nodding you to follow her.

"Ah, you know Zona as well? We've hired her as well as a preacher on this mission.
We will travel far to destroy a coven of heretic witches!"
He spits out the words heretic witches.
"I can't comment on any dragons."

The audience gasps.
"Is she for real?"
"that must be fake blood, nopony is that crazy."
"Ohmygosh, this is like in Las Fillies."

You were at the garden party, observing some zebra artifacts with Shortcake and Melody.
It seems most of the guests are currently focused on the jenny.

We've already gone over them.
The tiger, the phoenix.
Releasing any of those will cause a big distraction.


Crazy mare… Follow her outside.
"Watch over the books Indy.
And no fire!"


Well Mabel, it's now or never.
It was nice knowing you, if this goes wrong.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


"But… we're working on taking it down as well! We should share notes and stuff!"


I walk over to Mwa.
"Psst. Hey. Ready for a heist?"


"Always ready to strike a blow against oppression, Mel. What do you think we should do?"


Where am I?


I grin.
"Weeelll… I managed to get that jenny in. Dunno her name, but I love her style. Reminds me of that performance artist, uh… shit, what was his name? Back in Mareseillis… whatever. But she seems to be doing a good job distracting the rich… but that tiger seems awwwfuully caged up in there… get what I'm sayin'?"


Right. I had dropped off the prisoner, split the money amongst the group who went on the hydra hunt… now I'll deliver the brain to Bedrock, if that hasn't already been done.


"'Eat the rich' is just a slogan, Mel. It's not meant to be taken as a revolutionary imperative. If we release that tiger, we could end up with the whole town guard trying to throw us in prison."


He nods, studying the book Iris gave him in confusion.

You do it despite the pain.
Bleeding doesn't get any better though.
The audience claps and looks a bit disgusted as the bloodied sword comes out again and a swad of blood hits the stage floor.

"I have orders to take care of that coven, should you wish to help you should contact the Officio Inquisitorum in Canterlot."

Out of the sewers.
You may go where you like.

You find him relaxing at his stall.
"Hello there Warren. Here to buy something?"


Follow Iris outside, without a word. Just look curiously at her.


"They have guys who'd catch it!"
I grumble.
"But I guess you're right… so what are we gonna do now?"


"Making a delivery, actually. It was quite the stroke of luck that the Hydra in the sewers was the Poison Hoof attack dog, so to speak."
I'll hold out the brain in a jar.
"Now, I believe you were in the market for this?"


Okay, swallow the blood and grin again, but sheate my sword.
"In case you are worried, don't be."
Then bow.


Now that we are out, go to the Inn and have a dink. Anyone awake/someone to talk too?


Nopony wants to listen to me!
Look back at Anna.
"Are you sure about this? I'll miss you…"


"Hmm. Maybe we can do it, but we'll need to be careful. Perhaps I can unlock the cage, and as soon as the animal starts moving you'd need to scream a lot and get everypony to run. Then we might have an opportunity."

I go take a look at the Phoenix cage. How secluded is it from the rest of the ponies? Are there many guards watching it?


She trots without saying to a cart shop and orders a cart.
The salespony gives her a small cart, excellent for mares.
She simply snorts, but buys it.
She easily carts the empty cart around.
"See, easy as pie!"

He looks at it carefully
"I do I believe I was.
Seems my automated targeting guns will work after all.
Good job."

Valentine walks up.
"Oh wow, I've never seen anything like it."

If you're talking about Star, she's awake and eating in the diner.

Poor little pon.
Maybe the 2 crystal pons clothed in crystal armor and wearing crystal pendants only a Paladin of the Crystal Heart may wear that just walked out of one of the buildings and look surprised towards you are willing to listen.
If you want that is.
Anna gives you a hug.
"Of course, next time we meet, we'll both have adventures to talk about! And I'll write you whenever I can!"

seems like most ponies are distracted by Mabels Bloody adventures.
Coast is clear.


I'd love to chat, but I got something to take care of."
Wink at her, then hop down the stage and get out of sight of the audience.


I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Automated what nows?"


"Eh. Let's save it for a last ditch effort then. Coast clear?"


Talk to Melody
"Let's just do it now. Set the Phoenix free, liberate these stolen goods, and get out of here while we can."

Is there like an open window or something nearby?


Warren said I was smart! Don't ponies listen to smart ponies? Anyway, I'm busy with Anna first!
Ah… Give her a hug back again.
"… Right! Uh… be careful out there please!"


Approach her.
"Good sleep?" I grin.


"Whoa, you are strong."
"You won't mind if I use it then?"
Step onto the cart.


Eh, screw it. While Mabel's on stage, pick the lock on the cage.

Roll #1 1 = 1


You're out of sight.
Your fans are waiting for you though.

"Well, you remember that gun that fired a lot of bullets, the one that eploded back in Silverhaze.
Well I was thinking, why need a gun that one has to handle, why not attach a brain to it with magic, so it can shoot the bad guys on its own?"

The door is open, leading straight to the yard.
Mabels show is over however. Better get on it quick.

Maybe Warren was lying?
Maybe you're only good for one thing…hammering
"You too."
Hugging intensifies.
"I'll really miss you, Amber."

"The best I've had in months."
She smiles.
"How are you?"

"N-not at all."
Let's see how she does now.

You pick it, but instead of the phoenix flying out, it flies straight for you.
Pecking at your face, it obviously doesn't like you.

Roll #1 3 - 1 = 2


My fans?
Natural Remedy on myself real quick.
Fix my messup.

Roll #1 5 = 5


She slowly start pushing it over.
"N-no biggie…."
By the time you're by the bookshop again, there's a trail of sweat behind her and she drops to the ground.


"Dammit, you stupid bird! I'm helping you! Fly out of here!"
Try to pull it off of me!

Roll #1 5 = 5


"That must have been something you wheeled out while the rest of us were trying to delay that giant dragon from jumping out of the ground. It sounds rather dangerous, though. How will the hydra's brain be able to tell who is on whose side?"


W-What? He wouldn't!
Release her again. Try not to lose heart here… '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Sit next to her and relax.
"Snack and others go and put down the last remaining gang with help of local militia. Snacks didnt know they had hydra's stored here." I scratch my head.

I then look at the inn keeper.
"Whats food today? Snack is hungry."


I guess I'm sort of neutral about this.
"We'll see each other again soon enough! Don't worry!"


Aw shit.
I try to, uh
Play some music to calm the phoenix?

Roll #1 8 = 8


Nu-uh. Hop down and frow.
"Other way now."
Nod her towards the cart, and ferry her around a bit.


What's going on?


The bleeding seems to lessen, but you might want to consider seeing a medical professional before eating anything, since gulping hurts badly.

"Ah right I forgot, you weren't there for that.
Ask Snacks.
Anyway don't worry, I'll use dog brains to control the gun itself, we all know a dog is loyal to his friends and would never hurt an ally.
I got them from stray dogs that had to be put down at the dog pound.
Now I know what you're thinking.
but what about the Hydra brain.
Come on, just ask me."
He grins with excitement.

"Of course, and you'll write me back right?"

"I had heard rumors about it. How great that you defeated it.
No more gangs, you're a hero, Snacks."
The barkeep nods.
"Hay stew, or rabbit stew for the meat eaters."

The bird seems to calm down, flying in a pattern at the music and than flying out of the door.

Mwa and Melody have released the Phoenix.

She rests a bit in the cart, as you carry her around easily.
"Uh…looks like you like pushing a cart around."
She smiles a bit.


That'll do for now.
Okay, back to where I was!


I don't know how enthusiastic I should be about his enthusiasm, but curiosity is the devil's own master lure.
"I've got a guess, but let's hear what you've got planned for it. It is your invention, after all."


"Of course! That's a promise!"
Turn to the inquisitor and poke his chest with a hoof several times
"Keep her safe, okay?"


"What do we do now?"


"Done it a lot at the farm."
Back to the book-sell-place!
"Go take the books."


"The phoenix has escaped! Everypony, try to catch it!"
Point wildly out the door.

"Grab stuff!"


I scratch my head and grin.
"Hero? Snack is not sure but all Snack hope is that no gang will take-over after this one."

"Rabbit stew." I grin to the barkeep before looking at her again.
"So… is your plan to travel with us final pony?"


"We liberate shit!"



You grin up, walking back to the stage.
You get an applause.
When suddenly out of nowhere, the phoenix lands on your head, happily.
It seems to like you.
The audience looks stunned.
"Inferni? How did you get out of your cage?!?" Shouts Valentine.

"Well, I was thinking.
Why stop at one gun, so I use the Hydra's brain to link all the other brains together, so I can have 4 guns shooting together!
Smart, huh? It will be a doozy."

"Faith is our shield!
It is the heretics who should be worried about their safety!"

The 3 of you may each grab one of these things at MIN2 this turn. I suggest making a clean break for it, next turn because stealing more will cause the DC for it to rise fast.

>an original music sheet from the famoous composer Triangle Tune

>A golden zebra shaman bracelet, with diamonds in it.
>The cooking book of Creme Fraiche.
>A black cube of unknown origins.
>A bottle of water of holy mount Laurenia
>A purple crystal

She starts piling the books in the cart.
"Well, if you like it…maybe I could let you carry them? If you like that…"
She asks hopefully.

"Indeed I do, the mystery of those crystals is very interesting.
But I'm not sure where I should start…"
You get a bowel of rabbit stew.


I drink the hot brew and eat the rabbit legs while talking.
"We researched in library and have copied maps to find it…"
"Say, do pony think there is an expert on crystals in this city?"


That's what I thought…
"Speaking of things that pack a bang, though, the Poison Hoof gang had quite the stockpile of bomb powder in case someone tried to loot their stash. I was thinking perhaps we could set that aside for that dragon we'll need to deal with eventually."


Grin and glance.
"Hello there little buddy.
You really are a cheeky fellow aren't you?"
To the audience.
"Thank you for your concern, everypony, but you shouldn't have gotten me fresh phoenix tears to mend my wounds, as I do not have any!"


"What we got the cart for, otherwise? I can carry more books like this."


I grab the cookbook.

Roll #1 5 = 5


I giggle
"That's right!"
Turn back to Anna one last time.
"Until next time, Anna! Stay strong!"
And then I'll wander over to the crystal paladins.


I grab the black cube.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I grab the bottle of water.

Roll #1 5 = 5


"…I don't know.
Maybe we could take a look together?"

"Dragon? Oh yeah that dragon…uh sure, you want to take it with us? I can make some arrangements."

The audience looks surprised but starts clapping.
Lord Silver Coin shouts to the guards. "Look what happened to the cage."
The guards rush for the gallery with Silver Coin.
The phoenix whistles a bit, but stays calm.
One of the animal handlers comes to take it over from you.

"Well, if you like it, I guess I should let you do it."
She smiles gratefully as she loads up the books and Indy on the car, who still doesn't know what to do with the book.
"Shall we go then?" She asks as she next to you.

You have the cookbook of Creme Fraiche, the cook of the Legendary Lord of Chaos.
Who knows what recipes are in there?

You walk over to the 2 crystal paladins.
"Greetings, young one."
"We weren't aware there were any other citizens of the Empire in Tall Tale. Are you perhaps part of the Obsidian Knights?"

You have the black cube.
It's mere touch seems to make you feel cold.
You feel a dormant power within it, just below the surface.

You grab the exquisite bottle of holy water from mount Laurenia, it lightly glows.
The holy power within it is unquestionable….but will it respond to petty thieves like you?


"Uh… Nope! But I did meet them on my way here! My name is Amber, I'm from the capital!"


"Wait, which dragon are you talking about? I was talking about the giant undead one that needs to be put down. The baby dragon that Soil is taking care of is his problem."


Finish the stew
"Its good." I grin and give the innkeeper the pay.

Stand up to stretch.
"Snacks is game, lead the way Star."


"Aww, already?
I think I felt something special between us already!"


Nod with a big smile and make way for the inn.
"Hey Indy, start reading something!"


I get out of there as stealthily as I can.

Roll #1 3 = 3


I go for the manuscript, and then try to make my way out of there!

Roll #1 9 = 9


I grab the shaman thingy, too.

Roll #1 8 = 8


"Pleasure to meet you, Amber.
I am Rose." says the mare.
"And I am Cobalt." says the stallion. "We're envoys of the Order of the Crystal Heart.
We're coorperating with the local Inquisition to investigate certain rumors we've heard in about this town. What brings you here?"

"I was talking about the barrels of gunpowder.
I know which dragon you're talking about.
Oh yeah, that reminds me, if we're taking that gunpowder with us, that dragon is not getting near it."

"Well, I don't know much of this town. Where do you think we should go next?"

The phoenix nods.
"Inferni, you should get in your cage now."
Valentine sighs.
"Would you mind bringing him back to his cage?"

Iris gasps "You don't know how to read?"
Indy "what's read?"

You got the unique manuscript of Triangle Tune, the famous composer.
Certainly studying this will give you a glimpse of his genius.

You grab the intricate shamanic bracelet.
It looks valuable, and filled with power and years of wisdom.

None of the zebra team has been detected yet.
None have escaped yet either
Guards are approaching fast


Cloak and get out of there!

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3


Bow to the crowd again, but make sure he stays up.
"It's been a pleasure preforming to you all!"
Hop down the stage and start walking back with the phoenix.


Time to high tail it out of here!
I grab Mwa and Shortcake and drag them out with me if I can.

Roll #1 10 = 10


I get out of there stealthily.

Roll #1 9 = 9


"Adventure! Uh… I'm on my way to Canterlot with some friends to go meet Archmage Twilight Sparkle and stop that undead dragon! But… we got a little distracted with all the gangs in town…"
I frown


"Oh right.
Not like he knew how to talk this morning!"


"He's smart for a child, so we should be able to tell him that and he'll listen. Considering not even three days ago he didn't know how to talk, he's learning at an absurd rate. And as for the gunpowder, why not have it sent to a stockpile for safekeeping until it's needed? That strange passageway you sent me through should make getting to such a place a breeze."
I'll think half a moment.
"Which reminds me that I still need to ask you a bit about that place, and why you have a map to a labyrinth that changes constantly."


"Hmmmm… want to visit the bell tower? Or we can roam around town and see if there is a good place to hang about."

Do I remember any good place to relax and watch the vista?


Silver Coin and the guards storm in.
"YOU!" he says as he sees you carrying all that loot.
But Shortcake grabs you and jumps with you through a window.
There are no guards here outside, only a large fence

You grab Mwa and jump out of the window.
There are no guards here, only a large fence.
Better run.

You jump out of the window
There are no guards here, just a large fence.

You bring it back to the gallery, just in time to see Mwa, Melody and Shortcake jumping out of a window.
And the guards running after them.

"Undead dragon? My, you're quite heroic for one so young."
The mare nods. "Heroic and courageous. The Saviour surely smiles upon you. She has blessed you."

"Poor thing. We must teach him!"

"I don't think the guardians of that place would like us to stockpile anything there.
And what do you want to know about it?"

Weren't you looking for someone to ask about the crystals?
But you know about a nice hill offering an amazing view towards the sea.
Would be pretty romantic.





Glance at the phoenix.


I grin happily.
Smart, heroic AND blessed?
I look them over with starry eyes.
"And you're those famous paladins! I've heard about you!"


"How your map works, what it is, you know. The whole story. I can see it being incredibly useful in the future, if we hope to outpace a zombie dragon that styles itself as a god."


"The same way you teach a foal.
By reading together and telling him what each word means!"

The Phoenix nods.

"We are merely servants of Lady Cadence, blessed be her soul. Nothing more."
"As we all serve her in our own way."

"How this map works? Why, Warren, I wouldn't have the faintest clue how it works.
I got it from a merchant years ago, told me it would make me rich.
And it did, I could travel with it all over the globe, that's how I know so many ponies.
But then the Guardians of that place found me, don't know why but they wouldn't allow me to come in anymore."


"So… You want to get back to that cage now?"


"Which is why you need runners, now, to go through it for you?"


I shake my head.
"Ah yes, lets go around town and ask if there are experts when it comes to ore's, minerals or crystals for that matter pony."

Accompany Star around town. Lets see if my tracking skill works here.

Roll #1 6 = 6


"Oh. Sounds smart.
Are you always such a smarty pants?"
Smirks and poke her with a side of my head.


The Phoenix seems to start stretching his wings a bit.
Valentine walks over "Inferni, it's time to get in your cage again."
The bird starts whistling and spreads his wings wide.
FLASH roll to close you eyes in time.

"In some cases, yes.
But only when there are…suitable couriers available."

"Great idea, Snacks!"
You track down a small gem shop next to the market.

She blushes.
"I'm not that smart…
I just helped some foals in the library learn how to read, that's all."


Open the door and head inside.


'Like myself. I don't suppose you could explain a few things about the place? I ran into myself when I went through."


"I am trying to teach Molly, but she hasn't learnt anything yet!"


What's up with him again?

Roll #1 8 = 8


There's a chubby mare unicorn standing at the counter.
"Welcome to Tall Trinkets" she laughs as if she made a joke.
"How may I help you?"

She looks interested at Star.
"Oh my, we don't see many crystal ponies here!"
She blushes"I'm a new arrival"

"Correction: you were suitable. Right now, I don't think you are.
And about that place…well how should I explain.
Think about it like this.
What if the entire world was a stage, like in theater, and not just the entire world but all of time and space.
Well, in that case, the labyrinth would be the backstage.
It is a place completely outside of time and space and it links to everywhere and nowhere.
It's the Domain of the Laughing One."

"Who's Moll- oh yes Molly…the doll…"
She thinks.
"Uh well…I can teach her a bit too…I sometimes did that with the fillies dolls…so I'm an expert."

Seems like he doesn't want to go back to his cage.
As he blinds everyone in the room except you who saw it coming.
You see him flying away like lightning before everyone can see again.
"What the….Oh, guards, find that phoenix." shouts Valentine angrily.


"Dolls don't talk."


I nod at her.
"Snack and pony wantsexpert help to examine some crystals we found, Snack assume this is right place." I smile at her.


I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Were? I take it my trip through has rendered me less suitable."
I'll think a moment.
"And I suppose that makes sense. I had opened one door out of curiosity and it led to a cave, while the proper one let out in the swamp."
I'll frown.
"And the me I met was from a different time, possibly even a different life."


"Hey, what was that all about?"


"But I'm sure she'd like to read as well. Even if she can't talk…"

"Why darling, let me take a look at it."
Star hands it over.
And she and the shopkeeper have a long discussion full of words you don't understand such as the elemental integrity, astral density, aetherial malleability.
Eventually, they look at it under a looking glass.
"That's it!"

"I'm not sure if it was your trip.
You see, in the Labyrinth live the Harlequins, followers of the Laughing One. But they're very different than the Laughing Monks.
Clowns too, but much much more dangerous.
They only allow ponies the Laughing wants in the Labyrinth in."
He looks you over.
"I've spent a lot of time there, so I started to get a good feeling of who could go in or not.
When I sent you, I guessed correctly the Laughing One wanted you in.
Right now, I don't get that same feel of you. Maybe he's bored of you now? Who knows?
And who knows what that thing was…for all you know it could have been an illusion that crawled out of your head.
Oh yes, there are doors there that lead into the minds of ponies. I once walked into my own head. That was scary, let me tell you."
He laughs.

Valentine growls.
"He flew away. That stupid phoenix!
I can't believe it, we got robbed by that zebra and now our phoenix is gone too."
She stomps her hooves angrily.


"But… If she can't talk… How can she read…"
Look confused and keep trotting all the way back to the inn.


"It could just be that he didn't want me mucking about in there. I'd get blood all over the carpets."
I'll shake my head.
"I'd rather not die again."
After a moment of silence…
"So, how much was the bounty for the hydra, since it was a personal contract?"


"Whoa, slow down, you don't want to have a heart attack too on top of that, do you?
I'm sure he'll come back."
"Maybe he just wants some fresh air."


I approached them and look at the looking glass curiously.
"What is 'thats it?' Does Star and chubby pone know what runed crystal is?"


"Well she can still understand it and feel good reading it"

"I thought you said you'd do it out of the kindness in your heart?"

"This is the worst day ever."
She walks over to the side and grabs herself a glass of champagne, finishing it all at once.

"Not that. But take a look!"
She gives you the looking glass.


Since this mess is mostly settled, I'll take the chance to just go out on a walk through the town. How are the rest of the citizens reacting to all this?


"I guess now would be a bad time to ask about payment.
But hey, tell you what, if we settle that now, I could try and help with keeping an eye out for Inferni."


"Hmm?" I position myself and look into the looking glass?
What does it show?
Rolling just in case

Roll #1 4 = 4


I'll give him a flat look.
"Come now, Bedrock. You and I are both ponies of business. I'm not nearly as altruistic as Amber, nor as easily bamboozled as Soil. We are monster hunters, and we have hunted your monster. I suppose I could always keep the brain, and perhaps sell it at auction…"
I'll idly roll the jar between my front hooves.


"Uh. Never thought about it like this."
Where my man Bedrock at?


Depends on where you go.
It seems most citizens are happy and praise Soil for organizing the citizens to drive the gangs out.
Some families are less happy. Even those gang members had parents.
Some citizens you talk to seems sceptical, just remarking that others will come.

She opens up a bottle of scotch.
"Sure, I'll send somepony to get it."
She nods to a servant.
"You want a drink as well?"
She gives you a glass.
"Heh, it was a nice act..that blood seemed very real."

It looks like a crystal.
"Well from traces on the crystal we could determine it was excavated near the Eastern Unicorn Range. We should go there and look further into it. Thanks, miss."
The shopkeeper nods "Useage of my delicate equipment isn't cheap."

"Oh…" Star look towards you "Could you…"

"Can't blame a pony of business for trying to get a good deal, can you? But let me ask you Warren, what weapon do you use?"

He's at the market with Warren.
Talking about something you don't have.


You think I should buy a few?
Are they even good eating?
"Hey there guys."
Wave at him and Warren.


Go check on Root and the other Police ponies. What will they do for now?


"One drink can't hurt.
And it did, didn't it?"
Okay, just one glass.
Hope I can swallow it allright.

Roll #1 5 = 5


"Eastern unicorn ranges? Snacks havent heard of that place." I scratch my head.
I then look at the chubby pone.
"Ah.. yes." I grin and produce some gem to pay her adequately.

I then look to Star and fold my arm.
"If runed crystal came from unicorns ranges, what does that mean? Will they be the only one who knows how to unlock the secrets of it?"


"Most often I rely on my crossbow, though a good dirk is useful in tight spaces. What I use most, though," I'll say while tapping my monocle. "Is magic. However, it tends to prove unreliable at the worst times, and I doubt you've anything that can simply negate the feedback from a spell."
"Good afternoon, Soil. How's the day treating you?


"It's strange. I was so charged up earlier, but now I feel a bit tired…"
Sit down on the road with a 'clang' of my armor.
"And we bought books! And a cart!"


Iris is already training him. My goodness she moves fast.
"Must have been quite a lot of books if you needed a cart for them."


Yes, you should be able to see them by here.

"Iris' stuff. But she promised we will read them together!"


"Aren't you lucky, having such a lovely mare to read with. I hear reading with others is quite a bit more comfortable when neither of them are in armor, though."


Yawn deeply.
"I'm too tired to come out of this thing…"


"Perhaps. But you should make the effort. I'm sure Iris would appreciate it, especially since it would show you're being considerate to her… less than sturdy self."
I'll nod a moment.
"You do recall the back-pat that turned bad, right?"


Roll my eyes.
"Yeah, yeah.
I won't touch her, don't worry."


"That's not what i meant. Ponies are a lot more comfortable to lean on out of armor. Don't you want Iris to be comfortable while she reads with you?"


I'd like to remind you Iris is here.
"Too tired for reading now…"


Why don't you take a bite?
"Hello, Soil. Good job with the Hydra."

It seems Root is very busy now.
"Hello Pico. Very busy now, we're rounding up all the corrupt officials and we've got the Poison Hoof gangleader in custody.
We might be able to clean up this town"
this is the first time you see something resembling a smile on him.

It burns like hell.
"Can you do any other tricks like that?"

You've got more than enough regular bits, dog.
Don't even have to pay gems.
"The eastern unicorn range is the large fields right east of Canterlot and north of ponyville.
Not many ponies live there…the only big city around there is Cloudsdale…but maybe we can find a clue about who made these crystals on the Unicorn Range…"

"You would be surprised."
He hands you an elegant dagger with the symbol of the Inquisition on it.

#Null Daggers
Once per combat, absorbs a magical critfail, however the next critical success you have will also be absorbed to recharge the dagger

"What do you think about that?"

Iris shakes her head.
"You both must be so tired. How long have you been up?"
You both didn't sleep last night

Iris seems to be busy with Indy.
But that doesn't mean she can't hear it.


"Hey it was damn fun!"
Grin at him.
"Got the head and a few scales. What can you do with these?"


Ah, darn.
"What do you mean?"


Iris also asked you and Warren a question


Let's leave him be and stop to get some warm soup on the way back to the Inn.


I'll spend a moment looking it over.
"It's a fine piece of work, certainly."
And the inquisition symbol would be my warrant if I ever tried to get into places that require them…
"It will do. I'm sure Snacks and Amber will be by for their part of the hunt rewards eventually."
And I'll hoof over the hydra brain.
As for Iris…
"Well, that's a rather good question. I dare say tonight I shall sleep like the dead."
And I'm not exactly trying to hide the fact anyone can see those two like each other.


"East of Canterlot? That is far from here." I scratch my head.
"But since we will make our way to Canterlot to report of the large undead dragon, perhaps we might visit unicorn fields if our business in pony capital is done." I then put the gem in my bag before looking at her and feigning hunger.

"Snack is hungry, want to go around the city and get some light snack?" I grin.


"That's right! Thanks to her, I can fight better and heal ponies!"


Whoops. I skimmed over that.
"Somethingsomething… Since we came to town?"



Look a little closer at the end.


He looks them over.
"Well this stuff decays rather quickly…I can one of 2 things."

#Hydra Helmet
Makes you look very intimidating

#Hydra Scale Shield.
+1 to your basic attacks

"Well, do you only swallow swords or do you do any other tricks?"

On your way back you find Bedrock, Iris, Warren and Soil.
Bedrock turns to you.
"And you Pico, what weapon do you use?"

"Just don't tell where you got it." He winks.
Iris scrunches concerned.
"Well, you better make sure you're in bed soon tonight"

"Sure, lead the way, Snacks!"
She grabs your paw.

"Miss Amber, would you mind helping us in a rather delicate situation?"
"We received disturbing reports of demonic activity in Tall Tale, we've got a lead and want to find out more."

She scrunches.
"Well, you look dead tired. We'll go back to inn so you can rest properly!"


"Huh? Me? Are you su-? I mean of course! We just took down a hydra, a demon is nothing compared to that!"


"I'm pretty good at putting up show-duels too, but I barely did that since I left the circus since it would require a partner."


"Of course, Iris. Thank you for the concern."
And I'll nod to Bedrock.
"And there's one more thing I need to discuss with you before we go. I'm considering taking the Poison Hoof leader with us. Her connections to the underground might prove valuable when we gather forces against that dragon."


Hydra Helmet, that's not even a contest.
"Hey, didn't you say something about… Buying stuff to make the shield shout fire, or something?"
"But it's so… Early!"


I nod at this and lead her to get some sandwich, corn and cold drinks near the hill that we are going. Accompany her there while talking about the hydra and how we put it down.
"…. its a tough hunt but without Poor Soil, Warren, Amber and Quiron, we wont be able to put it down." I smiled proudly while finishing my sandwich.


"I've used a bow since I was a chick. I was trained with other weapons, but there's always been something between me and bows. Probably just because I can keep my distance."


"Don't let your guard down. Demons do not just attack the body.
They attack our soul."
"But let us work together and I'm sure we will get to the bottom of this."


"Such a shame.
I liked your act, Miss…mabel was it?
Come back sometime."
Your money-level has increased to be equal to the rest of the party.

"Poison Hoof leader? Why would she be…?
Oh I get it." He pats you with his elbow.
"That femme fatale got your heart beating faster, Warren." He winks
"Well allright, just make sure she doesn't come near my stall."

"I haven't see any fire elemental essence yet Soil, can't do it without that. Unless you want me to tie Indy to your shield!"
He laughs.
Indy hides behind Iris. "It's okay, Indy. He doesn't mean that." She says.

She turns to you. "But you've been yawning all the way now. And Indy needs to got to bed too. He's just a baby. I read baby dragons need lots of sleep!"

"Wow, that sounds so amazing. What happened to the gang leader?"

"Well, you need some reward as well for helping with the Hydra."
He hands you a beautifully decorated bow. It seems to be made in traditional griffon style.
On it you recognize the symbol of House Sippar, one of the other Great Houses of Hyperborea, not yours however.
It must have been made by them. Houses don't usually give away these kinds of bows, but they are pretty strong.

#Great House Elite Griffon Bow
+1 to all your basic attacks

"What do you think about it?"


"Uh… sure! Savior be with us!"
I'm sure us crystal ponies can solve this on our own, right?


I'll wave a hoof dismissively.
"If that's what you like to think it means. And I'll explain the terms to her."
Nodding to Soil and Iris, I'll head back to the prison, and flash the Runed Crystal so that I can get in to see the prisoner.


"Thanks! It was a pleasure performing for you too!"
Grab some cakes before I leave.


"Fine. But I am going the the arena once I wake up!"
Yeah, going back to the inn and rest would be a smart idea.


I look at the view from here and sip a drink first before answering.
"Snack tied her up and we give her to authorities, Snack even make sure knot is tied good so she cant escape." I smile.


"I'm honored to receive, but I'd like to know how you came across it. These aren't handed out all that often."



You're with fully trained paladins.
That shouldn't be too hard.

You follow the 2 paladins as they enter the sewers again.
"We've searched around and we think we've got a lead that might help us…"
"Be very quiet, little pony. And stay with us."
You go through a myriad of tunnels and doors until you arrive in a big basin.
On the opposite end, accross a shambly path made of wood over the water, you see…something…

You're let into her small cell.
She looks angrily at you.
"Come back to gloat?"

"Yeah, and if you see those thieves again.
Tell them they're dead!"

Where to next?

you're back at the inn with Iris and Indy.
Any food before you rest?
Iris already asked some gems for Indy.

"You're from House Isin, are you not? I thought so." You are. You don't know too much about the secretive House Sippar. What you do know is that a great horn, the Griffonsong was stolen from them long ago. You can't quite remember the legend about it. "I traveled the icy wastes of Hyperborea some time ago with a group from House Sippar. When we were attacked by a horde of snow zombies, let me tell you. That was quite a battle. We fought for our lives!
When it was over, some of our comrades had died. We brought their weapons back, but one family couldn't take it anymore, it as too hurtful.
So they allowed me to keep it, and now I'm giving it to you.
I feel like this bow will serve you better than me."

"I'm glad she's captured. Who knows what evil things she would have done…"
She pauses, looking at the view.
"So where do you come from Snacks?"


I don't know, I'll need to get my throat checked.


"Actually, I'm here to offer you a way out. The group I am a part of is actually a small band of Monster Hunters, and I think a mare of your connections might prove useful. Especially considering the thing we're primarily hunting."


I scrunch as they call me little pony. I'm an adult! A strong and smart adult pony!
Stay quiet though… And try to see what it is!

Roll #1 3 = 3


"I can understand. As proud as they may have been that they went down fighting, the loss might still be too much."

"I wonder if my own family worries about me being gone?"


"Oh. Something to eat…"
Well that depends. Am I still hungry after all t-
Let's just see how hungry I am.

Roll #1 8 = 8


To the hospital.
You've got lots of money to get your throat checked at an actual hospital now.
Not some dirty alley doctor with questionable license…unless you want one of those?

She looks at you weirdly.
"And why would you take me with you? I don't have any connections with monster hunters."

Well maybe you should prove that!
you squint your eyes.
On the other end lies a strange altar, there lays something on it.
"This might be it, let's go over that bridge. Investigate further."

"Who knows? Don't you write them letters or something?"

You seem pretty hungry.
Just like Indy who dives into a bowl of gems.


Am I sure I couldn't just fix myself?
I did it before!
Natural Remedy!

Roll #1 6 = 6


"How can you even eat that…"
I will order… Something.
"What's your special?
Make two of tho-"
Look at Iris.


I look down for a moment and fidget a bit.
"Uhhmm.. Snacks.. is born in a dogfort near the pony settlement of Hallow shades in the so called foal mountains. Stardust it is called." I then continue sipping my drink.


I carelessly trot onward, over the bridge and approaching the altar for a better look.

Roll #1 4 = 4


"I did when I first left, but I was just an extra, not from an important clutch. I never got anything back, even when I gave them an address. I had a better relationship with the servants."


This is one of those things that falls under "Mend"
Do you have Mend?

"Todays special is hay stew."
He gives you 3 plates of it.
It smells delicious.

"Hollow Shades? I've heard of that place. But not of Stardust.
What is the place like?"

You easily traverse the bridge without trouble.
You overlook the altar.
A Spooky Skeleton lays on it.
"Pony sacrifices, it is as we suspected. And look…"
Cobalt points to an insignia that looks like a twisted red heart at the side of the altar.
"Do you know what that sign means?" He asks you.

"Sometimes it's those extras that do the greatest things, Pico. Tell me, what are you really looking for here in Equestria? Just monsters to hunt?"


I guess I could ask Bedrock first.


Do I know?

Roll #1 10 = 10


"Hey Iris, I bought lun- Breakf- Something ibetween!"
Set the bowls down on a table and start blowing over one to cool it off.


"Oh! Oh! Tirek! That's right!"


"You're probably not that far from the truth. I actually want to go back one day and be remembered, to matter, not just another chick from a late coming clutch. At the same time, I want to make Equestria safe for those that matter to me. I've met a lot of nice little ponies, and I don't want them to get hurt."


I gulp.
"Its a nice place, one of the few dog settlement able to produce high quality powdered gold,gem and crystals." I smile at her.


Bedrock isn't a healer.
Mind you, you won't lost all your money by going to the hospital.
You've got plenty of money for that.

"Thank you, Soil."
She starts eating from her plate.
"Maybe I should read Indy a book of Daring-Do. I'm sure he'll learn reading, just as fast as speaking."

He nods.
"This is an altar dedicated to Tirek, the Lord of Demons and enemy of all ponies. It seems…"
He stops.
Roll for perception.

"You've got quite a dillema there on your talons. But…maybe I can help, if you're willing to do me a favor as well."

"Wow, you must have had quite a good life there? Why did you leave?"


Be perceptive!

Roll #1 10 = 10


I know he isn't.
But maybe he knows someone.
And I need to find out if he is reliable


"Well, you've got my feathers if you're offering."


"That's so-"
Oh man, I'm falling asleep. Let's hope she doesn't notice.
Finish my soup.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I look away at her slightly uneasy.
"Welll…. trade with other pony places dwindled because of pony problems like the nightmare moon incident and the roaming of monsters. Without pony produces like food and material a dog fort will have a hard time producing food on its own and game is not a reliable food source."


You can almost smell the heresy before it's there.
You and both paladins jump as a large dark energy ball almost hit you.
From the water emerge a number of dark twisted ponies with glowing eyes.
They screech and run for the 3 of you.
The other paladins don't waste a second.
Drawing their weapons and charging.
"For Lady Cadence!"

You find him at his stall with Pico
"Hey there Mabel.
You've got some blood on your lip."
He hoofs you a hoofkerchief.

"I need a package delivered…to somewhere in Hyperborea…someone of House Isin. And you just happen to be part of it. To a guy named Goldbeak. Interested?"

It's quite a yummy soup.
Indy is yawning as well.
"Oh dear, I'll get Indy in bed straight away.
Do you mind if he sleeps in your room?"

"Oh…I'm sorry." She looks down.


I want to draw first blood! Leap of Faith! Smash a evil pony!

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3


"Where else would he sleep.
We are pals."


"Eh? Nothing to be sorry about, It is not Stars faults. Some dogs need to know how the world work and Snack learns a lot in his travels with the ponies in his travels." I slowly extend a paw and stroke her mane.


"Hey guys."
Clean the blood.
"Whoopsie. I guess my last show didn't go as well as I wanted it to."


"I don't even know when I'll be headed back there, but if you're fine with that kind of delay, I'll gladly accept. It's the least I can do for this bow."


"Ah, but you do have connections with criminals. Connections we can use to prepare for the thing that came out of Silverhaze. You do know about that, don't you? I'd imagine word travels fast."


You jump and charge hitting the first demon.
It screeches.
The other paladins swiftly charge another demon and take it down in a flurry of combined strikes.

"Okay. Maybe I can read him a story before he goes to bed. It must be too late to learn reading now for him. Do you want to help?"

She blushes a bit.
"Well you're quite a nice Dog, Snacks. I'm sure all ponies must like you."

"Accidents happen."

"Actually it's quite an urgent order. To be delivered as soon as possible. But I've got an ace up my sleeve so to say.
A way to significantly reduce travel time.
All I need to know is wether you want to go or not?"


"I've heard of some dragon, yes."
She sighs.
"I don't want to be bound during the journey."


I don't suppose you would know someone who has the know-how to fix it?"



Roll #1 4 + 3 = 7


"You know what, I've seen some good ponies here, and I trust Warren to keep the other in check, so you've got yourself a deal."


"Yeah. We can read him something."
Yawn again.
"Just ten minutes…"
Go into my room, start to remove the armor.


"Snack is not sure about that but Snack is trying his best to be likeable " I smile.
"How about you, what do you think of Snacks?"


"And we don't want you to run away or attack us in the night. So you can understand there's a bit of a deal to be made here. On my end, my terms are that you travel with us, and use your connections to the underground to help convince them to work alongside the right side of the law when there's a rather large, undead dragon breathing down their necks. A side benefit, of course, would be access to certain… black market goods."
I'll nod slightly.
"What you get out of this, of course, is that I should be able to convince the guards that this will more than fulfill any community service sentence, and give you a pardon."
I'll shrug.
"Of course, this would only really work if we actually survive long enough to fight the dragon, so killing us in our sleep, selling us to gangs in other cities, or working against us would result in rather… dire consequences."


"I've heard they have this crazy new invention now.
It's called a hospital. Or are you looking for something else?"

You raise your hammer to the sky striking the demon in the name of Cadence it disintegrates with a scream.
You turn towards another.
As it looks into your eyes, all sorts of whispers fill your head.
Roll to resist 1d10+1 since you're a paladin

"Good. Oh just one more thing, the package will be sealed, under no circumstances are you to open it, agreed?"
He offers his hoof.

"Well…I think you're a very nice dog who's still getting used to living amongst ponies and doing a good job at it."
She smiles.

"Well..I suppose it's better to do some walking instead of dying here. Looks like you have a deal, what's this about black market connections now?"


N-No! Savior help me!

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8


Roll my eyes.
"So you don't know anyone then."



"Oh, did Zeb handle all that? I had pegged you as a bit more ambitious. You couldn't possibly have gotten that volume of drugs or gunpowder through legitimate means."
I'll shrug.
"Not that there are too many legitimate ways to get all but those tranquilizers, I suppose, but still."


"I see nothing wrong with that. If you have a message to send all that way, it must be important and I'll respect your confidentiality."


Scratch my head
"Snacks didnt know that, Snacks start to have a rough start at the beginning but now that Star tells me I am okay dog, Snack now feels… warm and fine."

Just sit next to her and watch the view from the hill top of the town all the way to the sea. Also play a bit of eye spy and see if I can beat her.

Roll #1 3 = 3


Your faith chases off the heretic whispers.
You storm one of the demons and slam him down.
The 2 paladins finish off another 2.
A last one screeches at you.

"Well, if you want to go somewhere a little more discrete, there's a guy not too far from here. Tell him I sent you. But uh…he's a bit exotic. You'll see what I mean. Don't say I didn't warn you."
He explains the route.

Well you're out of your armor.
Iris walks in with a very sleepy Indy in her hooves.
She lays him on the edge of the bed, puts a chair next to it and gets out a copy of Daring-Do and the Chaos Emerald.
"Have you read this one before?" she asks you.

She motions you to come closer.
"And I would have thought you'd realize I'm not saying anything about that as long as I'm still in this cell, surrounded by guards."

"Good." He hands you a package, sealed and wrapped.
"Now let's look for your route."
He gets out an old map. On it is a map of the globe and numerous symbols, oddly enough some of them move, other disappearing and reappearing.


Roll #1 5 = 5


She giggles.
"Yay, I won!"


Right, well, this might only kill me.
Some faith test it is!
Go there.


"Be quiet!"
Smash it to pieces with my hammer!

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5


"Let me know the safest route. As fast as I am, and as good as these wings are, I'm sure even you'd like it to get there in one piece."


Wasn't that the newest one?
Sonikku pls.
Lets jump on bed.
"Indy! Jump up here!"
Shake my back to invite indy there.


I'll blink.
"Ah. Yes. I would have thought as well."
I'll pop off my monocle and rub my eyes.
"The price of not having slept, I suppose. I'll see what I can work out with the guards, then. I've already cleared it with the merchant who travels with us, but he'd rather you keep your hooves to yourself when it comes to his cart."


Beaten fair and square. What time is it?
"Does Star want to go somewhere, If she wants we can go back to Inn and rest?" I look at her.


You find the adress in a dark alley.
Always the premier spot for medical services.
An older goat in a white lab coat opens up.

The demon blocks your attack.
Suddenly a loud beating as the beating of a heart comes from the altar and it gets louder.
It seems to energize the demon in front of you.

He points to some things.
"Ah here it is. You should walk to the north of Tall Tale for a few hours, then you should encounter a river, follow that east for a few hours and you'll find a special monument.
It will look very old, and will consist of a number of giant monoliths.
You go to the middle and do 3 turns around the pool in the middle clockwise.
And after that…you'll have to find your own way."

I'm not very creative tonight
"Well uh…maybe I could read for both of you?"

"Then I'll accept your offer."

Sun will almost set.
"Nah, I want to enjoy the view for a while.
So that dragon you're hunting, what does it look like?"


Then you have to come on the bed.
Books are supposed to be read on bed."
Pat beside me.


Oh boy.
"Uh, hey there…. Bedrock sent me?"


"Go down, you evil thing!"
Kill it!

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5


"Must be pretty hush-hush stuff, but since it seems so important, consider it done."

Is anyone else inside with me, or did they all step outside now?


I'll nod.
"Then I'll see what I can do. You might be spending the night in here, though, while the paperwork gets pushed around."


That dragon.
"Its… big, bigger than a town Snacks could say. Snack fears it spells trouble to anyone and that is why Snack and his friends are going to Canterlot to report of the incident."
"Though now that Star is with us, it appears going to Canterlot will be easier.. and merrier."


She blushes
"Well…I suppose that's okay."
She goes lay next to you.
Is it 1. not enough place, you're all packed against each other or 2. comfy, lots of space '1d2'

"Ah..he did? Excellent. And I already see why, your pharynx is terribly wounded.
Looks like it might collapse next time you eat. But no worries, we'll have that fixed up in a jiffy. Please sit down."

He points to a chair in his office.

The unholy heartbeat intenstifies. Pounding through your head.
Your vision slowly starts to blur and the demons starts looking more menacing by the second.
You have to finish this soon.

You're not in the inn actually. you're at Bedrocks stall, I made you pass there on the way to the inn to get your loot.
Go to the inn and say goodbye to the rest?

"Let's hope I still live tomorrow then."


Roll #1 2 = 2


Aaaagh! Finish it! FINISH IT!

Roll #1 8 = 8


"You'll have noticed the lack of visitors is due to a security protocol I set up. They let nothing and no one in here that doesn't have a certain item."
I'll head out to the guards. Who's the commander on duty? Is Root still out in the city proper?


Sit down warily.
"Are you a hundred percent sure this is safe?"


I like my legs just as I like my dinners.
"Go on Indy, try to read this."
Place the book down and point at the title.


"More friends to be with us during our travels less risk on our part." I smile.
"And a lot less lonely." I stare at the setting sun.


You call out to the saviour and for a second your vision is clear again and you strike the demon down.
The heartbeat stops leaving an eerie silence.
And the 3 of you sit down catching your breath.
"Good job, Amber."

He's right here actually.
Looking tired.

"Quite safe, quite safe.
You've come to the best actually.
I stepped away from all those antiquated techniques of healing and am researching the future of medicine. It's sort of a solution for every disease really."
He says as you hear him rummaging behind you.
"Now please be very quiet, this will only take a second."
Without warning a syringe is injected from behind in your neck and pulled out again.
For a moment all your muscles tense up and you shake before calming down again and the pain in your neck start to go away.
"There you go. It's an altered version of my necromachines. You should be feeling tip-top in no time."

"D…darong Di?"
"Daring-Do" says Iris
"D..daaaring ..Doooeee"

"I'm happy you think about it that way."
What a nice sunset.



Yes, they should know that I'm leaving them for the moment.


"Smartest dragon in the world."

Good thing he could read without ever hearing the sound.


You're at the inn.
You can faff with all of them whle it's paused, you don't need me for that.

He's a smart dragon. Smarter than you.


Was there ever a doubt?


Hope he doesn't rebel over that someday~


Hey, if he wants to go, sure. I'm no nanny here!


"You too! Uh… what were those? Demons?"


Just wrap one arm around her as we watch the sea.


Aren't we all.
"Well, you look terrible."


"Hey Soil, sorry to bother you while your playing with Iris, but it looks like Bedrock has asked me to deliver a package for him. Just giving you a heads up if you all start to wondering where I got to."


I was in my room in that moment. Let's say you catch me during lunch
"A package? What's in it?"


"Can't say. Bedrock asked me to keep it sealed. He asked me to go a few hours north towards a river, and then even more walking afterwards to deliver it to him."


NPCs online.

Amber has to put the finishing touches on her little paladin thing.

The others keep doing your thing.
I'm hoping to leave after this session.



Fight the impulse to fall asleep.

Roll #1 9 = 9



Something weird was going on


Right. I was talking with Root.
"So, I've got something to ask. That Poison Hoof leader. I was thinking of her serving her time by coming with us to help prepare Canterlot, and the rest of the towns we run across, for a giant dragon."


Watch until sundown.
"Lets go back, Snack is tired." I yawn.


You're still very much awake.

Who should read, you or do you want Iris to read for you?

The mare nods.
"Servants of Tirek, protecting their master's altar."
She looks it over.
"But no trace yet of whoever maintained it.
Whoever it is, they won't be able to use it anymore."
The mare and the stallion both empower their weapons and raise it.

As detailed here >>459288

That would be problematic, she still hasn't been properly processed, hasn't received trial…"
He walks to the door and closes it.
"But I would be willing to let her go, as long as you keep an eye on her.
She's dangerous."

"Okay, it was so nice to see the sunset once more."
She says smiling.
You walk back to the inn.

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10


The altar smashes instantly into a thousand pieces.
You feel as if a great weight you didn't notice before is lifted from your shoulders.


"I read one line, and you repeat it.
Okay Indy?"



"Wow! You two are strong!"


"No side effects at all?"


"Which is why I wouldn't let her out without any form of insurance. There wouldn't happen to be any magic bands or collars that were recovered from your raids that could be used, would there?"


Go our way to the Inn.
"Snack will go upstair, how about Star?" I look at her.


The dragon nods.

The first chapter is titled

"Chapter One: An unexpected visit."

Small excerpt of the beginning.
[-The Sun shines bright through the windows of Los Pegasus University, inviting all students inside to gallop outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Especially in class E-33, Ancient History, not even the excited discourse of Professor Do about the rise of the Trotantine Empire manages to hold the students attention…..]

"It is not the strenght of our hooves that matters. It is that of our faith.
An altar such as this could be attacked by a hundred buffalos and there might not even be a dent. But even a single ray of holy power is enough to turn it to dust." says Cobalt.
The mare, Rose, is meanwhile circling the remains of the altar, gushing some water on it.

"Shouldn't be. There's only a 0.1% of allergic reactions."

"Smart thinking. I'll be right back."
He comes back in a few minutes.
"These were recovered from the bloodhound gang, slave collars that enforce the wearer to do your bidding.
Be careful what you do with them."
He lays 2 of them on the table.

"I think I'll have a final bite before going to bed.
Thanks for such a wonderful time, Snacks."
She gives you a hug. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


"Let me guess, those reactions cause death."


"Is there any way to adjust the setting of how strict they are? And the locking mechanism… how does that work?"


"Oh, and that's holy water, right? Neat! You guys are smart and strong!"


Okay, not let's try to focus on reading one line at a time for him and not rush ahead in excitement.

Roll #1 5 = 5


Not a bad hug.
"Snack will head upstairs now." I smile

Lets head upstairs and go inside my……

Wait… I gulped.
Go to the hall and look at Stars bedroom. Is there a way to destroy the locks of her bed

Roll #1 8 = 8


"Sometimes, other times it causes violent spasms or eye-bleedings or infertility. That's why we test, to fine-tune that out.
But I have to say, when I looked at you I was completely, one hundred percent sure you weren't allergic to them."
He's rummaging through some boxes.

"We might, by fiddling with it a bit.
How strict are we talking about?
The lock is magical and requires a special key.."
He drops 2 on the table.
"…to be opened. Any other attempt to do it ends up shocking the wearer. Severely. We might try to tune that down too if you want."

"It's simply standard protocol. Sites such as these are steeped in powerful negative energies, we have to repel that influence as fast as possible or it will simply grow back one way or another.
But let's talk about you Amber…you stood your ground very well against those demons."

You do it a bit too fast.
Let's see how well Indy does '1d10'

Her bed doesn't have locks.
Her room does however.
It doesn't seem like that sturdy lock.
A good smash would open it.
But you'd hear it if someone would try that.

Roll #1 2 = 2


He doesn't make heads or tails of it.


"I'll remember that!"
I blush a little.
"Oh I just… did my best. I always try my hardest!"


"Suuuuuuure you did.

I think I'll leave now."

Start backing away from the alley.


"C'mon it isn't that hard.
Try ag-"
I'm falling dead.


L… lets see. Can I sabotage the locks?

Roll #1 7 = 7


"Attempting to steal the key is right out. However, we might need her talents to procure an item or two that is otherwise guarded. Basically, she has to ask before she can take something."
I'll think.
"You should probably tone down the shock, too. One of these keys will be with me, the one to her collar. The other collar and key… I'm not quite certain where that will go. We might need it in case we run across someone we need to take alive for a bounty."


"Not everypony could stand up demons such as these and hold their ground.
Have you ever considered the path of the Paladin, Amber?"

"Heyhey now, hold on a second."
He grabs a box and shows you a medical shot, filled with some sort of green fluid.
"The box you can give to Bedrock. The shot is for you. A gift, and don't worry, unlike those tests I gave you, these are another kind.
State-of-the-art Necromachines. They've been used and deemed safe for quite a while now."

You do.
Her door won't lock anymore.
Better get out before someone sees you.

"Right, should she also follow any orders you give her, or you and your friends?
The second one is in case the first one over breaks down."


I'm sure Iris will take over for you and tug both of you in softly.


"The box for Bedrock, right… but why do I need this green stuff specifically for me again?"


"Of course! That's why I started traveling!"


go back to my room.
and wait,


"Well let's just say you're in a deep dark dungeon fighting horrors from beyond the veil of reality. And you're getting pummeled."
He makes same fighting movements.
"or maybe you're infiltrating some huge fort full of cannibals. And you get discovered.
Under normal circumstances if your healer can't get to you in time, you're toast."
He shows the shot.
"But if you put this in your neck when you feel things are going horribly wrong, you will find that you can cheat death. The Necromachines reactivate every dead cell in your body, temporarily.
Giving you time to escape or for a healer to patch you up.
Worth a lot, this baby. Not many can make them."

He nods.
"I can offer you a chance to train then. Become a Paladin of the Crystal Heart."

After a while you hear Star trotting to her room, stopping at her room, trooting quickly back down and then trotting back up with her and the innkeeper, they seem to discuss something in front of her door.


I'll nod.
"Makes sense. Better make it just me, since the orders some of the others might give her would end up with her most likely dead, or marching into a different prison. I especially don't trust the zebra that's traveling with us. He's got two mares already wrapped up in his cowshit 'revolutionary' vision, and I'd rather he not get the rest of us killed by telling the poison hoof leader to listen to him."


Good Iris. She's such a nice pony.
Wish I wasn't so stupid.


Just wait and try to stave sleepiness.


"And is that safe too?"


My eyes widen.
"R-Really? You mean it?"


Or maybe not. Lets go outside and see whats happening.


"That might be safest."
He fiddles with the collars.
"There. And the shock? Enough to incapacitate? More? Or simply a light shock?"

Maybe she even gave you and Indy a little kiss on the cheek…

"Perfectly. Many ponies have used it for years.
Just make sure to heal yourself before they stop working."

Star is talking to the innkeeper.
She runs to you as she sees you.
"S-snacks…somepony tried to break into my room. I'm scared!"

"Of course. You have raw talent and talent is a sad thing to waste.
We can help you focus that talent."


That's so goddamn sweet. Let's try to dream.

Roll #1 7 = 7


"Right, I'll keep that in mind."
I want to get out of Creepytown…


I look at her mildly frighened.
"I.. is that so? What happened? Did anything got stolen?"


"Light shock. Just so that she gets the point, but not enough to harm or incapacitate her."


I hop up and down and cheer
"Yes! I accept! Train me!"


You've got sweet dreams about flying on a big adult dragon named Indy, you both fly over the tallest mountains and widest forest, seeing all manners of strange and exotic creatures, smiling and waving back at you both.
You suddenly see a group of evil moustache twirling zebras binding a young mare to the train tracks. It's Iris!
Indy swoops down breathing fire on the zebras, burning their moustaches away, they all melt asking how you knew their one weakness.
You jump off and with one fast swoop save her from the traintracks just as a train comes near.
both of you climb on the Indy again and Iris grabs on tight to you as you fly off to further adventures….

You grab the box and walk off.
"Come back anytime and remember, half price on tuesdays!" you hear behind you.

Where to now?

She sniffles.
"N-no…I think they were looking for me. Oh Snacks, what if one of those slavers survived, what if they're looking for me…I'm so scared!"
She holds you tight.

"Hold on, hold on." He smiles.
"Unfortunately, me and Rose cannot train you.
But we can send you to somepony who can.
Come with us."
They start walking back towards the outside.


He fiddles with it some more.
"That should do the trick. We'll put it on her.
But just be really careful, she's a sneaky one.
She knows chemicals, she knows poisons, I don't think she'll try to attack directly."




"I honestly never expected her to."
I'll nod, and then yawn.


Bounce after them!


I just sigh and hug her back.
"If Star is afraid, pony can sleep in Snacks bedroom. Snack will protect Star."


It's the moustaches, they're evil!

"It's the least I can do, after all you did for us.
Just…be on your guard."

You arrive back in the Inquisitions Officio, where they lead you to a small office.
"They gave us this to work in while we're here."
He chuckles.
"I'm not always in agreement with the Inquisition but we all have to learn to work side by side I suppose."
He goes sit down and starts writing a letter.
He motions you to sit down as well.
"Amber, as you might know the Order of the Crystal Heart has set up small outposts to better help the ponies in Equestria.
I overheard you were travelling towards Equestria. It just so happens that there's one of these outposts on the way, Shardstone Outpost, at the eastern end of the Unicorn Range."

She looks up.
"Really? But…I wouldn't want to take your bed…"


Tomorrow I will have to check if that zebra has a mustache…


I'll nod.
"Should I come by to pick her up in the morning? Or do you think she'll be fine at the inn?"


>travelling towards Canterlot


I gulped.
"W.. well Snack wouldnt mind if Star sleeps next to him." I smile.
>rng plahs plahs plahs

Roll #1 9 = 9


Sit down and listen.


"We'll keep her here for the night, as not to lure any ponies who might want vengeance against her to the inn.
We'll be ready tomorrow!"

She sniffles.
"W..well, okay…that would be safe….each on a side right?"

He hoofs you the letter with a sparkling heart seal.
"Talk to the Commander of the outpost. Lord Sharp Ore. He will lead you further upon the path. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding it, the train to Canterlot stops at Shardstone, there's too much trouble with monsters there right now to continue.
Most travellers brave the journey to Ponyville and Canterlot on hoof."


"Right. See you tomorrow, then."
And there's one more pony I have to visit before falling unconscious. The mare I taught how to shoot. Tulip, I think.It's hard to think when you're tired.
Is she back at the inn?


She's still there.
You want to convince her to join or what?


So many letters to carry, I feel like a mailmare!
"So… what will you guys do now? The Obsidian knights are in Silverhaze!"


Or at least see what she has in mind. The guards could use some honest ponies…
"Hey there. How are you holding up?"


I must admit it's an overused mechanic, but I hope you'll forgive me.
I'll try to do better, promised.

"Our mission here is not yet done.
We'll try to track down whoever put that altar there and bring them to justice.
Once the taint of Tirek is removed from this town, everypony here will truly be safe."

You find her practicing again.
"Hey there Warren. Doing good, especially now those gangs are gone."


I'm not complaining! Makes me feel important!

I nod.
"Alright then. Hopefully we'll meet again some day!"


I'll nod.
"Mmhm. So what do you plan on doing with yourself now? The guard could always use a few good ponies to recover the losses from the corrupt ones. Or you could try your hoof at hunting monsters or traveling again."
I'll watch her practice a moment.
"Your shot's getting better."


"Let's hope so."
He stands up and salutes, so does the mare.
"Blessings of Lady Cadence upon you, Squire Amber"

"I don't know…but I've never been a fan of the guard. I might try my hoof at monster hunting…"


I salute them back.
"Yes! Cadence! Good luck!"
Run off, where is the party?


In the inn.


Uh… are they still awake? Warren is right? Go find him!


Avoid her gaze and nod.
"Snack will be here." I smile.
Head upstairs and try to not look at the broken door.


He's in the yard with a pink purplish mare, practicing crossbow.
But I think Fidget is gone for a little while.

You head back to your room.
There's your bed and your small couch.
Star enters a few seconds later.
"So…where can I sleep?"


Welp… I guess I go sleep then? Do I even have a room?


Of course you have shiny butt.
A nice room with a soft bed and even a bath for your own!
Such luxury!
The perks of being the hero.


I just hop in the bed and make space for her.
"Pony can sleep here."
I then look at the couch.
"But if Star wants, Snack can go sleep on couch."


Clean my equipment. '1d10'
Take a nice hot bath. '1d10'
And then go to bed and sleep! '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1 / Roll #2 7 = 7 / Roll #3 1 = 1


"Uh…I wouldn't feel right telling you to sleep in the couch."
She goes into the bathroom and puts on a nightgown.

For the first time today, you check that kettle on your head.
It's completely ruined, full of dents and acid spots.
Why didn't anypony tell you?!?
Better get a new kettle tomorrow.

The bath however is nice, warm and relaxing, a true blessing after sleeping in the wilds for so long.

As you climb into the bed for your first night of sleep in 2 days, there's loud bonking on the wall next to your bed coming from the next room. And a mare moaning.


I blush and cover my ears, waiting for it to pass. I'm sure they'll finish their party soon, right?

Roll #1 4 = 4


Do you even know what they're doing?
And they're not stopping.
"Harder, oh yeah, right there, don't be afraid to hurt me."


I shift on the bed and make extra space for her sto sleep in.


She lays on it.
"Okay, we each stick to one side, right?'


"Well, the more out there, the better prepared we'll be, I suppose."
I'll yawn slightly.
"Don't know how many we can actually bring along, but there might be space in our group… And you'll be able to meet the other pony I promised to teach how to shoot. Having a practice partner can only help."
I'll take off and clean my monocle.
"So I suppose what I'm saying is that if you'd like to come with us, I can try to make some room."


"Well I certainly want to join.
Killing one of those monsters seems like a nice change of pace of boring old Tall Tale."


They're… they're… doing naughty things that I shouldn't be listening to! It's bad listening in on love!
Cover my ears tighter and hum a little to block out the noise!

Roll #1 8 = 8


I'll nod.
"It's not all that glamorous when you get down to it, though. We were lucky the poison hooves were using that hydra as an attack dog, otherwise we probably would have missed out on our contract."
I'll stifle another yawn.
"Not to mention the long hours and dangerous things…"


I look at her and smile.
"Yes, Snack agree's." I then yawn and throw the blanket to both of us and I try to sleep on my side.

Roll #1 7 = 7


But Cadence is the princess of Love~
Anyway after a while it calms down and you have nice dreams about travelling the countryside smiting all sorts of evil demons with your trusty handsome non-threathening paladin companion by your side.

"Don't worry about that. I'm completely ready for it.
Away from this boring old town, all those boring ponies around here.
I'll show you I can handle myself, don't worry about it!"


And you both sleep on a side and have a restful night.


Yes! And I'm pretty sure she wouldn't approve of listening in!


"Usually it's the ponies with something to prove that end up being the first ones in the medical tents."
I'll give her a tired smile.
"But the enthusiasm is good. Just don't forget the feeling. Now if you'll excuse me, I haven't slept since yesterday, so I think I'll go fall unconscious."


"Right, see you first thing tomorrow!"
She keeps practicing.


"Good night."
And I go up to my room and collapse into the warm embrace of my bed. Don't even bother taking off my stuff.


>sleeping with your clothes on.

How uncouth.
I hope you get a shower in the morning.



The 3 of you have managed to escape the mansion and been able to elude the guards for now.
You're in one of the alleys of Tall Tale and your first priority should be to skip town.
The fastest way would be the train….




"Ha ha ha! Take that, imperialism!" I shout.

"Now which way out of here?"

I take off my robes and stuff them in a bag or something. No point in getting them ruined.


I laugh as we run away, stripping off the dress and stuff it into one of my packs when we finally make it into an alleyway.

"Could stowaway on the train."


"Good idea."
Start heading towards the train station.


You 3 scallawags put away your fancy robes and stolen goods into your bags.

Quickly making your way towards the train station, you halt and duck for the shadows as you reach the building, seeing 3 guards standing near it.


Autoupdater broke and I didn't even see this post when I was linked to the thread.

"How do we get past them?"


"Uh… we knock them out? There's three of us and three of them."
I look around for any alternate entrances just in case though.

Roll #1 10 = 10


"Or we could try to sneak past them. Or convince them we're supposed to be here."


I squeeze my pudge.
"I'm not a match for a trained guard, Melody."

"Either of those might work."


There are a lot of people around.
You're in public so causing a stir might not be the best idea.

Luckily you see a loose plank in some of the wooden walls closing of the tracks.
Climbing through it would lead you immediately to the tracks.
It is well out of direct line of vision of the guards, so only a really big fuck up would cause trouble.


"There's a loose plank over there."
I point it out.
"We could sneak through that and probably get right on the tracks. That looks like our best bet for sneaking."

I just grin at her.
"Well, maybe you could just try and distract one of the guards then with your good looks~"
I give her a light bop on the flank and chuckle.


"No time for that, girls. Let's go."

I try to sneak through the plank.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7


I blush.

I follow him.

Roll #1 3 = 3


I follow them.

Roll #1 2 = 2


No worries here, you easily slip in.
There are a large number of tracks and trains.
You wonder if it's normal to see so many just rotting here.
But that makes the problem of which one to choose harder, you need to know which one will leave soon.

You could try to sneak into the station from here to check. There's a window you could try, just walking up to the backdoor might cause suspicion.

You see 2 conductors talking in the distance, maybe overhearing them might give some answers.

You also see a half-open cargo wagon not too far from you…


"Mwandi, you are the sneakiest. Can you spy on those conductors for us?"


"Well I'd rather not end up on a train heading out to Appleoosa…"

I sneak over there and have a listen.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


"I think I've had enough of those frontier towns for one damn lifetime…"
I wince as I flash back to a particular incident.


"Hey! I'm from a frontier town!"


You sneakily get closer.
"-ure about that?"
"Yes, all trains heading towards Los Pegasus won't ride for at least a week."
"Shit. And the trains to Canterlot also just ride once a week. If this keeps up, we'll all be out of a job."
"They can't fire all of us, right?"
"I don't know, that's what Freight said as well, and look….Anyway, let's try not to think about it.
The train for Shardstone is leaving soon, can you lock it up the final wagon in a bit?"
"Sure, where is it?"
"The one on track 5. Make sure to take a look inside, sometimes animals get in there."
They continue talking for now.


I go back to the party.
"There's a train leaving for Shardstone on track 5. The others are stuck here for a while. Where's Shardstone, anyways?"


"Well Mwa? Got anything?"


"Shardstone? Hell if I know. But if it's leaving soon that's gonna be our best bet to get outta this place. Which train is it?"


I point to track five.


"What are we waiting for? Let's go."

I try to sneakily get into the train car.

Roll #1 8 = 8


I grab her before she leaves.
"They're gonna be checking tickets! We gotta find some other way on."


"The last car is open. The conductor should come by to check it for animals, but we might be able to hide in there."


"I thought he was pointing at that cargo wagon."


"…Oh. Then let's hurry up and get on there!"
I try to sneak onto the cargo wagon.

Roll #1 2 = 2


I sneak on '1d10+2' and try to help the others hide '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3 / Roll #2 6 + 2 = 8


You both sneakily make your way to the wagon.
It seems to have been mostly filled with stacks of hay. A food transport, as you both climb in a dark figure looms from the shadows.
It's a smelly hobo pone with one tooth and a straw hat.
"Hey watcha doin' in muh wagon?" he says agitated but his frown quickly turns into a small smile as he sees Shortcake and Melody.
"Oh, mares! Excusay-moi, where are muh manners?"
He tips his hat.


"Hello, sir. We're, um, just going for a ride."


"We're just-"
I clear my throat and adopt my fancy accent.
"We're just catching a ride on this locomotive to our next destination. Might we share this wagon with you?"


"What sort of attitude is that?"


"It's called I-don't-want-to-get-in-a-fight-with-a-fucking-hobo-while-we're-on-the-run-from-the-guards."


"Well you don't have to fight him! He's a fellow member of the oppressed masses, Mel. We're allies in the great struggle for justice."

"What's up my brother? How's it going?" I extend my hoof to the hobo in the universal sign of revolutionary intent.


"Well, you're in luck, ride is leaving soon."

"Well, of course dearie. I'd love to ride anywhere with such fine company."

He grabs your hoof in the universal sign of camaraderie.
"What brings you here, muh friend? Running from the pigs?"
And he moves a bit closer to whisper
"And are those your employees?"
He winks.


"Do you know where it's going? I didn't recognize the town name."


"Yeah, we got into some trouble in the city. And this is a revolutionary cell, not a traveling brothel, so keep your hooves in the right place, brother."


I just stare at the two in disbelief for a second.
"…Fuuuck Mwa, how the hell do you do that?"
I shake my head.
"Yeah. We're on the run from the guards. Made quite a bit of trouble around here."
I grin.


"What town name is that? I honestly don't know where we're going actually?"

He holds his hoof to this heart.
"I'm sorry, but I meet all sorts of ponies on the rail, I thought…nevermind"
Then he turns to Melody and Shortcake with a small bow.
"And a thousand pardons to you. I didn't mean any offense."

"Well now. Looks like the 3 of you have quite a story. Why don't you lay down on them stacks of hay and tell old Henderson all about it?"


"I heard the conductors saying we're heading for Shardstone. Don't know where that is."



My eyes go wide.
"A traveling-Hmpf!"
I fold my legs over my chest and pout.


"What? Did you want it to be a traveling brothel, Shorty?"


"Mwa told us one of the conductors said somethin' about a 'Shardstone'."

I chuckle from her reaction.
"Y'know… just because we're not that doesn't mean we gotta keep it clean~"
I pull her close to me.


"No! Why would he even think we were a-"

I sputter a few times then blush and try to push you away.
"Mellllll, not in front of the hobo!"


Henderson chuckles.
"Well, no offense but a stallion and multiple mares, what was I supposed to think? Wouldn't be the first, you know."

Henderson "I like you, girl."

"Ah. Shardstone. That's a good place. Very little security on the station and you can slip out there with ease if you want.
Kind of a new place, ever since the railroad to Canterlot broke."


"So it's on the way to Canterlot?"


"No that's what I told you. The railroad got broken up by all sorts of big huge monsters, I heard. So it rides to Shardstone, that's the closest."


"Oh. I hadn't thought of it like that. Uh, anyways, what sort of monsters broke the railroad?"


"Yeah, I get that. But I mean – it's not far from Canterlot? We could get there on hoof after the train stops?"


I let go of you and laugh.
"Alright, alright…"

"So what's up in Shardstone?"


"I'm sort of curious about what those others are up to. Think we'll meet them again?"


"That's why most ponies go there. Not a lot else to do really. That town was literally made when the railroad broke. To supply travelers, you know.
Not much else there. Some goods, small inn I think."

"I don't know. Big ones, I heard. Big enough that they can't send crew to repair it yet, even after all this time and all these guards.
Even heard there was an Ursa Minor there."


"Who fuckin' knows. We might, we might not. No telling what."

"Shiiit… so is it even safe to hoof it up to Canterlot with whatever it is around?"


"Well Ah-"
He perks his ears.
"Oh I think there's somepony comin'"


I hide.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I duck and hide with Shortcake.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I hide, too

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5



"Quick" says Henderson.
He lifts up a few stacks of hay to show an opening underneath where a cushion and some books lay.
"Muh super secret hiding spot!"

You're all in comfy with the hay above you, it's a bit tight, but especially Henderson doesn't seem to mind.

Soon you hear the sound of the wagon being locked and moving again.


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