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 No.619780[Last 50 Posts]

Having finally dealt with the shifting walls, you can descend deeper – into Agnosia – or return up to the higher levels. Marina the sea pony has left to return the sails to your crewmates.

 No.619781

I want to go back to the higher levels.
Have the doors opened again?

 No.619782

>>619780
Do we want to go deeper? I don't think so. Going up might be better.

 No.619783

>>619781
>>619782
Yes, as it stood:
-You recovered the captured crewmen with the help of the seaponies in Depression Square
-You helped re-open the seapony shops by recovering supplies on Dreamer's Walk
-You found the sails and some treasure by defeating the Cortical Homunculus

You have been promised that if you can help drive out the Discordians entirely – two more levels – that you may borrow their underwater boat, which travels faster than your ship.

 No.619784

>>619783
Oh so we need to drive them out if we want the boat?
I didn't recall that at all.

Look down the dark chasm in the dungeon.
"Ready, ponies?"

 No.619785

>>619784
Well alright then, let's clear these dirty spooks and get that ship!

>>619784
"Uh-uh, let's go see who wants some!"

 No.619786

>>619784
It's not so much a chasm as a downward-sloping tunnel. Like the others, it's unlit, but unlike the others, it seems even to resist light.

 No.619787

>>619783
>>619784
That was something the adults should decide!

"I… I guess… I'm kinda scared… "
>>619786
" and it's dark too! "

 No.619788

>>619786
>>619787
>>619785
"Stay close to me, both of you"
I'll take out my gun and go in.
Try to keep track of what's in the dark '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619789

>>619788
I take out my sword and, bravely, advance behind Selena.

 No.619790

>>619788
>>619789
You proceed deeper into the tunnel, and as you go, the magical light spells you have fade to nothing. You're totally in the dark.

Something smells strange. Your ears ring.

 No.619791

>>619788
She holds her crossbow.
"Uh… Miss Selena.. How do I use this"

 No.619792

>>619791
Rhanna sounds very distant.

 No.619793

>>619790
"huh… What is that smell?"
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.619794

>>619791
>>619793
>>619789

"Stay close to me, Rhanna! Lilly, where are you?"

 No.619795

>>619793
You smell nothing. Roll Intelligence.

>>619793
>>619789
Selena said something, but she's so far away you can't make out what she said.

 No.619796

>>619790
>>619794
>>619795
Not again!
"It's another trick room!"
Can I make a torch with what I have? Survival.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

 No.619797

>>619794
>>619795
"Miss Selena? Wait for me! Come on where did you go? M-miss Selena?"
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.619798

>>619796
You stick your hand in your backpack, but you can't find your torch, because your hoof has gone numb and there's no light.

>>619794
>>619793
Lilly said something, but it was too far away to hear…

 No.619799

>>619796
>>619797
I stop dead in my tracks and look around.
"LILLY! RHANNA! ANYPONY?"
Perception '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619800

>>619798
Oh no… the smell…

Some kind of gas is fucking with our brains. We need to get out of this place.
"Out! Out! Out!"

 No.619801

>>619797
You realize that you are actually smelling – and tasting – true nothingness.

You naturally become nose and tongueblind to your own taste and odor. For instance, you don't spend all day smelling the scent of skin, Rhanna, and boogers. However, now that the smell has gone away, it is noticeable.

>>619800
>>619799
It's totally silent in here. You can't even hear yourself.

 No.619802

>>619801
Shoot my gun once in the air

 No.619803

>>619802
Your hooves are totally numb! Roll to avoid fumbling.

 No.619804

>>619803
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.619805

>>619804
With no light, sound, or feeling to go by, you can only assume you safely discharged your firearm.

 No.619806

>>619801
Ew
She held her breath for as much as she could and ran into a random direction, straight forward

 No.619807

>>619806
You begin to feel dizzy.

 No.619808

>>619801
Just… try to keep going. In the same direction we were going initially.

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.619809

>>619805
This isn't good.
Why am I feeling this way?
I'll try to make a Distill Life to cure myself '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619810

>>619807
Hold yourself together Rhanna!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.619811

>>619808
You feel like you're losing your balance.

>>619810
Something feels wrong, but you have no sensory input to judge.

>>619809
You can't find your tools.

 No.619812

>>619811
Okay, keep calm…keep calm.
What would Light Heart do?
I need some reference.
Can I see my hoof if I wave it in front of me?

 No.619813

>>619811
She had an idea
Instead of running, she tried to dig a hole on the ground

 No.619814

>>619813
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.619815

>>619813
It feels strange trying to dig when you have no tactile feedback. You assume you did it successfully.

>>619812
You are totally blind, deaf, numb, tasteless, and noseblind.

 No.619816

>>619811
I wish I was a batpony so I could use echolocation! There's nothing I can do but try to go forward and hope I get out of this hell!

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619817

>>619816
Something feels wrong.

 No.619818

>>619815
She went as deep in the tunnel as she could and then tried breathing again
Any changes?

 No.619819

>>619818
You don't think anything changed.

 No.619820

>>619815
So in other words, I'm totally cut off from the external world?

 No.619821

>>619820
You have… AGNOSIA!

 No.619822

>>619819
This is bad, really really bad
She closed her eyes, not that it would matter, and ran. Her last plan failed and now she was desperate to just survive
"MISS SELENA! LILLY!" She coughs

 No.619823

Amongst this mess, use the rope in my inventory to make lassoes and catch the girls.
First of all Lilly.
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619824

>>619822
You can't hear anything, there's no sound here.

>>619823
You miss her because she's moving too unevenly; it makes her movements hard to predict.

 No.619825

>>619817
Can I try… going left? Not that I have any reference whatsoever.

 No.619826

>>619823
Who is standing still?
Take six on them, and then go back to focusing on Lilly.

 No.619827

>>619825
You think you go left.

>>619826
Selena and Rhanna are the most still.

 No.619828

>>619821
Oh well.
At least I can think.
Even if I can't hear myself speak.
Mmmm. Gotta eat

 No.619829

>>619827
'1d10' Selena.

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.619830

>>619824
She dropped to her knees mid run. Crying and curling into a ball as she sobs. This feeling of not feeling, it scared her more than anything

 No.619831

>>619829
You lasso her head… and drag back her back, which was on it.

She doesn't seem to have noticed.

>>619830
It's hard to tell if you successfully curled up, or if you're crying. Let's assume you did, because you have no way of knowing.

 No.619832

>>619831
her bag*

 No.619833

>>619831
Okay, try with the crying kid then.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.619834

>>619833
You reel in Rhanna.

>>619830
Your senses begin to return to you.

You are suddenly overwhelmed by the taste of mouth and the smell of nose.

 No.619835

>>619827
Now go left again and then keep walking straight… or try to anyway.

 No.619836

>>619835
Roll Dexterity for balance

 No.619837

>>619834
>>619835
Before that mare loses herself too far in, try and lasso her back.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.619838

>>619837
You lasso her right rear leg. She's wandering into a wall presently, and doesn't appear to notice that her nose is being rubbed into the brickwork.

Probably not surprising given that the gun wound looks pretty nasty.

 No.619839

>>619834
>>619837

She coughs and tries feeling the ground around her, unsure of what just happened
"W-what… Who the?… Bleeh… What is that in my mouth… "

 No.619840

>>619836

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.619841

>>619840
Your senses begin to return to you. It appears you've been dragged out of the tunnel by the leg. You're laying on the ground, and you've been shot by a bullet. Your face is pretty messed up too.

 No.619842


 No.619843

>>619842
You reel her out like a ragdoll

 No.619844

>>619841
>>619842
I gasp and grasp my shot leg.
"W-What happened!?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.619845

>>619839
"Something wicked fell upon you all as soon as you stepped into that dark path.
Now go through Selena's bag and see if you can find a health potion!"
Shove the bag towards her.
>>619843
>>619840
"Stand still, you are very hurt."
Press on the wound.
What is Selena up to?

 No.619846

>>619845
She did as ordered and pulled out everything until she found said Potion
"okay…"

 No.619847

>>619845
She's totally catatonic. Maybe the stresses of the brain were too much for her.

 No.619848


 No.619849

>>619846
You find these things:

315 bits, completed work order, bank documents, Face’s Fez, Terrible Backup Pistol

>>619848
What? No. Not as far as you know.

 No.619850

>>619849
>>619845
"I didn't find a single Potion!"

 No.619851

>>619847
Reel her in too.
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.619852

>>619850
"Then just keep pressure on the wound!"

 No.619853

>>619852
"How do I do that?!"

 No.619854

>>619848
Your senses begin to return to you. Lilly is here. Someone shot her! Rhanna and Maeda are here too.

 No.619855

>>619854
!
Get up quickly and Distill Life.
Can I take a 6?

 No.619856

>>619853
Shove the useless bag of fur away and go back to doing it myself.
>>619854
>>619848
Whistle to get her attention.
"We need a potion. ASAP."

 No.619857

>>619855
Not when time is an issue.

 No.619858

>>619856
"I'M WORKING ON IT"

>>619857
pls '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.619859

>>619856
"H-hey… I said there's nothi-"

>>619855
"Miss Selena! You're safe!"

 No.619860

>>619845
"I noticed! Is… Is that my blood? Oh Celestia I'm feeling a little woozy…"

 No.619861

>>619858
>>619860
She needs treatment immediately! A lot of blood is gone.

Mix faster, Selena!

 No.619862

>>619860
"Keep talking."

 No.619863

>>619858
>>619857
She tried making something to help the Potion making
'1d10' gadget, if successful, give to Selena

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.619864

>>619861
Do it faster!
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619865

>>619863
>>619864
Rhanna builds a filter system and passes it to Selena

5+1=6

You brew up some potions, chock full of coagulant and iron.

 No.619866

>>619862
"I-Is it normal to hear your own heartbeat this loudly?"

 No.619867

>>619865
>>619862
>>619860
Step to Lilly and bring it to her lips.
"Lilly, sweetie, drink this. You'll feel better."
I say softly.

 No.619868

>>619865
Dem saves

>>619866
"D-dont say stupid things like that, save your breath, you'll be fine… Right miss Selena? She will get you working fine in no time, I know it"

 No.619869

>>619866
"It just means you are alive."
>>619867
Keep pressing down on the wound as she makes Lilly drink.

 No.619870

>>619867
Grab the bottle with both hooves and pour it down my throat.

 No.619871

>>619870
You do feel much better.

 No.619872

>>619871
Reach down to where I got shot. Is there still a hole there?

 No.619873

>>619871
has the bleeding stopped?

 No.619874

>>619872
>>619873

The blood is beginning to clot. Better not touch it.

 No.619875

>>619874
"you're okay. rest for a minute"

 No.619876

>>619874
>>619875
I nod and just drop to the floor entirely.

 No.619877

>>619875
"Miss Selena. What are we going to do about that tunnel? It's like there is some kinda gas or bad air in there that messes with us. I couldn't feel my body or my senses… "

 No.619878

>>619876
>>619875
>>619869
The entrance to the tunnel of Agnosia stands open before you.

 No.619879

>>619877
>>619876
>>619875
"Now you three are gonna explain what happened in there."

 No.619880

>>619879
"Are you dumb? I just said what happened! We went in the tunnel, Bad air, couldn't feel, see, hear, or smell ANYTHING"

 No.619881

>>619879
"There's some kind of gas that just shuts off all your senses…"

 No.619882

>>619881
>>619880
"Selena, Rhanna, you are the the alchemists here. Can you thinker up some concotion or protection against it?"

 No.619883

The entrance to the tunnel of Agnosia stands open before you.

 No.619884

>>619882
"uh… Lemme try… "
'1d10'Gadget

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.619885

>>619883
I'm told not to move!

 No.619886

>>619884
You try to make a mask of sorts, but it doesn't hold together.

>>619885
You're feeling better now.

 No.619887

>>619886
She picked some string and tried again
'1d10'gadget

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.619888

>>619886
Okay well… shakily get up. Aside from going all the way up, is there any other way to get through this?

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.619889

>>619887
You take apart the filter.

What do you want +1 to?

>>619888
None visible other than going down the tunnel. You can see the path for a good thirty feet, but then the tunnel begins to curve.

 No.619890

>>619889
Okay… Use Maeda's rope to tie around myself. That'll be my lifeline.
"I'm going to try going in again.."

 No.619891

>>619889
For breathing

 No.619892

>>619889
>>619890
Also give it to Lilly

 No.619893

>>619891
You don't need to roll to breathe!

>>619890
It's snug.

 No.619894

>>619890
"How will you know which way to go?"

 No.619895

>>619893
>>619894
"I''l just try going by memory I guess…"

Which way does the tunnel curve?

 No.619896


 No.619897

>>619893
Uh…
I don't know then. Thought it could filter the good air in and the bad air out

 No.619898

>>619897
Gadget helps you boost something you could already do, not do something new entirely.

 No.619899

>>619898
Sorry, just nevermind then

 No.619900

>>619896
Well, gotta take the risk!
"If something happens, pull me back okay?"
Try to tie the other end of the rope to something. If not, just leave it in their hooves. Then I start galloping forward.

 No.619901

>>619900
You run in, and quickly your senses leave you! Roll to recall!

 No.619902

>>619901

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619903

>>619902
You're really feeling it! You bet you're already most of the way through. Of course, there's no way of knowing.

 No.619904

>>619903
Woo! Keep going!

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.619905

>>619904
How long is this place supposed to be, anyway?

 No.619906

>>619905
Uh… come to a halt.

 No.619907

>>619906
You're not sure if you're halted, but you try.

 No.619908

>>619907
Alright well, this was a bust. Just going to have to wait a while on the others to pull me back.

 No.619909

>>619908
I assume they eventually do.

 No.619910

>>619909
So I'm back where I started?
"This won't work…"

 No.619911

>>619908
>>619909
>>619894
"uh… She's been there for a while now… Should we pull her?"

 No.619912

>>619910
She sat down. "I got an idea then. I dig really deep, them I go under it. Perfect! I'll just need to be tied as well if this fails too"

 No.619913

>>619912
"Good thinking!"
Tie the dog up and keep the other end in my hooves.

 No.619914

>>619913
Rhanna digs through the door. Suddenly the line goes taut and you start sliding toward the hole.

>>619912
You dig through the floor. It's a long and arduous process, but unlike other places in the dungeon, the floor here is softer – perhaps because it is made of that spongy material that the monster came out of, and it has to shift around to reveal the doors.

You dig for a good minute before suddenly the ground breaks out from under you. Your line goes taut and it knocks the breath out of you as the rope tightens around your waist. Below you is not darkness like the other floors. It is well lit. There's fire everywhere. The room is huge, and contains several smaller structures.

 No.619915

>>619912
"What if you dig so deep you end up underwater?
And how will you know which way to go?"

 No.619916

>>619915
Lilly is sliding toward the hole…

 No.619917

>>619914
"Ah!"
Flap my wings! Get me some extra counter strength!

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619918

>>619913
>>619915
"Woooaaah!" She tugs the rope and shouts back
"PUUUUUUULLL MEEEEEEE"

 No.619919

>>619917
It's not enough! The ground here is soft and offers little purchase. As you slide closer still, it occurs to you that this whole 'air not helping lift a diamond dog' thing probably explains the difference between their very dense, earth-breaking bones, and your very hollow flying bones.

>>619918
You sink toward the flames below… of course, the fall would probably kill you before the fire.

 No.619920

>>619918
>>619919
What am I waiting for, stop her! We are all lifelined together after all!

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.619921

>>619920
You use your Earthie Strength to drag them back up! How often that racial ability is forgotten about.

 No.619922

>>619919
She held on for her dear life. "HEEEELP!"

 No.619923

>>619919
She's only little!

"Help!"

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.619924


 No.619925

>>619924
"oh no I'm good." She muses
And then takes a good look on these structures
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.619926

>>619921
>>619922
>>619923
"Saved your lives twice in ten minutes now."
Sigh and have a look at the flames underneath.

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.619927

>>619925
They're pretty far in the distance. They look like some kind of dark stone.

>>619926
They're at least a hundred feet below (map incoming)

 No.619928

>>619927
Take a look as well.

 No.619929

>>619927
>>619926
She shouts back
"PUUUUUUULLL MEEEEEEE LOOOOWEEEEER"

 No.619930

>>619926
"Do you have any ideas?"

 No.619931

>>619929
"You stop that shouting right now or I'm gonna stuff a sock in your mouth."
You have been pulled up and are safe, no need to shout in what is undubtely a very tight space.
>>619930
"Not really…"

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.619932

>>619931
Oh I thought she was still down there
"Well let me down there Again. There are some weird black rocks there. They might be cuuuuursed…"

 No.619933

>>619931
"Well I don't either. I'm a courier, all this stuff is way above my expertise!"

 No.619934

>>619933
>>619931
"Well I DO have an idea, I could take a look at those rocks and see if they have something to do with these numbing magic. Ooor… I could… Hmn… "
She turns to the tunnel and took a really good look on it.
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.619935

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>>619928
>>619929
>>619930
>>619931
There's no doubt about it: what you're seeing is the lower level that Agnosia leads to. You can skip right past Agnosia into Lost Archipellium.

It looks to be a great bowl of fire, filled with a few structures. Large, seemingly dead tendrils lay slumped across the structures.

The place is alive with ghosts – white and gray specters that float and screech.

 No.619936

>>619934
The tunnel appears to have shielding you'd need to remove to get a closer look at the walls below, upon closer examination. It's heavy, dense stone. Basalt, maybe. A real pain to dig through.

 No.619937

>>619935
Would one be able to float down to one of the structures?

 No.619938

>>619937
If one had some sort of slowing magic.

 No.619939

>>619935
Can I see the exit to this place?
>>619934
"This seems to be another part of the tunnel, kid. Don't be too hasty."

 No.619940

>>619938
Like wings?

 No.619941

>>619935
>>619936
"hmn… It's that really really tough rock that I can't dig through… At least not without hurting my paws…"
"I think we should not touch these… Long, black things… They look so weird…" She said, appraising them
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.619942

>>619935
"This is horrific, why would we want to go down there in that pit of hell!?"

 No.619943

>>619942
"Because we want to use that submarine."

 No.619944

>>619942
"Well it's better than going into the tunnel!"

 No.619945

>>619940
An experienced flier like you knows that thermals can really mess up your flight – but you can definitely try.

>>619941
They're too far away, but maybe when you get closer you can try again.

>>619939
It appears that there are is only one "entrance" to the pit – on the southwest wall. You assume that's the entrance from Agnosia, though. It seems that Lost Archipallium is the end of the line. The proverbial brain core.

 No.619946

>>619940
Or like the 2pt priest spell nobody uses.
>>619942
"To rid the world of evil."

 No.619947

>>619943
>>619944
>>619946
"My god. How should we get down there?"

 No.619948

>>619945
If I were 10 years younger maybe.

>>619947
"I'll try to see what's down there first."
Make a potion of Astral Projection.

 No.619949

>>619947
>>619945
"get me down there with the rope again, I'm super small and light, it will be easy. And then I can take a look around, maybe grab on to one of those rocks or those tendril things and bring it back up so we can figure them out

 No.619950

>>619948
You now have 2 Magic Bolt and 1 Astral Projection

 No.619951

>>619949
"And leave you alone to fight the ghosts? No way!"

 No.619952

>>619948
"That's a better idea."

 No.619953

>>619950
"I'll seem a little sleepy for a while. I'll be scouting ahead with this potion. Don't wake me up, I'll wake up myself soon."

Drink and Astral Project

 No.619954

>>619953
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.619955

>>619953
You pass out.

You wake up above yourself.

 No.619956

>>619955
Neat, time to float slowly down and take a giggle at the ghosties.

 No.619957

>>619951
"I could face them no problem!"

 No.619958

>>619956
You begin to trail ghosts as you float down below. They look like you, and split off in different directions, each screaming. Where to?

 No.619959

>>619958
Try to follow one of the ghosties. Maybe they can hear me? "Hey! Wait!"

 No.619960

>>619958
Is my leg still broken, and can I have a quick bullet-point of what I missed?

 No.619961

>>619957
"That's the talk of a child who has no idea what she is about to face."

 No.619962

>>619961
"Have you faced many ghosts before? That's spooky!"

 No.619963

>>619959
Even more ghosts begin splitting from that ghost. One flees you, darting away. One ignores you. One looks like it's trying to talk to you, but just wails. It looks just like you! But, you know, spookier.

>>619960
You took the sails back to Madness Square and had your leg treated! You're good to go back down.

 No.619964

>>619963
So does that mean I'm actually down there, or do I have to hoof it on my own?

 No.619965

>>619961
"pfft, says you, I would baffle those dumb ghosts with my cleverness! Besides, they're ghosts, what could they do? Spook me?"
brb, going to the store[\s]

 No.619966

>>619963
3spooky5me.
Look at the one that's trying to speak to me, can I touch it in my own spooky form?

 No.619967

>>619964
Well, you can cut through the shortcut to get through Depression Square quickly, and then cut through the shortcut you opened up when you found that hidden cache of supplies, allowing you to skip Dreamer's Walk – straight to where you were, the Lair of the Homunculus.

You also took those supplies back, and the shops have reopened!

 No.619968

>>619962
>>619965
"Most of them are entirely immune to most material means, but are still able to affect our world.
I'd not be so eager to jump down."

 No.619969

>>619966
Roll concentration

 No.619970

>>619969
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.619971

>>619970
Your hoof goes right through!

Also hers does! But more ghosts split off. One leaves, and another stays.

 No.619972

>>619967
Well, that's good. Cloud storage is convenient, I guess. I'll make a beeline to the others, or at least to the Lair. I figure I'll have to hunt them down after that.

 No.619973

>>619971
Perhaps they're leading me somewhere?
Try another time to follow one of the fleeing ghosts…

 No.619974

>>619972
You find them crowded around a hole in the floor. Selena has passed out, and the rest are looking into what appears to be an abyss-like opening to a horrible burning hellscape.

>>619973
More ghosts break off from you. Roll concentration every turn.

 No.619975

>>619974
'1d10' This is confusing…

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.619976

>>619974
"What happened to her? Is she okay?"

 No.619977

>>619975
You follow one of the ghosts down to the westernmost of the large structures. It looks old and crumbling. The other looks much 'fresh'er. You peek inside. Looks abandoned.

 No.619978

>>619977
Any traces of former occupants?

 No.619979

>>619977
>>619978
Also concentration roll '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.619980

>>619976
"Some kind of spell she's using to look ahead…"

 No.619981

>>619978
>>619979
The place looks abandoned except for crumbling ashes. It looks like there were a bunch of jars inside before, but they're all shattered and ruined now.

 No.619982

>>619980
"Sorta like using a spyglass?"
I'll look between Selena's body and the hole.
"Why'd she fall over?"

 No.619983

>>619981
How depressing.

Float to one of the newer structures and take a peek inside.
Concentration '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.619984

>>619983
You snap out of your trance.

…What were you doing again?

 No.619985

>>619984
You mean I'm back awake or I forgot what I'm doing while still in astral form?

 No.619986

>>619985
You're back awake. You're fine.

 No.619987

>>619982
"Not sure, I think that's just how it works? I'm not really into magic. All I know is how to stop it."

 No.619988

>>619986
>>619982
Get back up.
"…nothing but ghosts and rubble down there…"

 No.619989

>>619986
"So, what did you find out?" speaks a smiling puppy

 No.619990

>>619987
"That's weird."
>>619988
"Well, if that's all there is, then we shouldn't run into much of anything, right?"
I'll peer down the hole.
"So, how do we get down? Doesn't look like there are stairs."

 No.619991

>>619988
"Bah! There's nothing down here worth our time! I don't have time to spare!"

 No.619992

>>619991
Go to Lilly and give her a hug. "How are you feeling?"

 No.619993

>>619992
"I'm getting a little bit antsy if I'm honest. We've been down here for too long!"

 No.619994

>>619991
"I know you may feel that way, but it's really important that this gets cleared out."
I'll scuff a hoof on the floor.
"I mean, I know you're in a hurry and all, but we're making pretty good time!"

 No.619995

>>619988
>>619988
"Did you talk to the ghosts?

>>619991
>>619990
"Well we can try a way through the tunnel again… Doesn't Maeda has this thing where he can reflect magic?"
"Also hi Marina"

 No.619996

>>619993
>>619994
"Do you have any way to get us through that dark passage then, Maeda?
It is cursed."

 No.619997

>>619996
>Maeda
I mean Marina

 No.619998

>>619995
"No, they don't like to speak."

 No.619999

>>619996
I'll shrug.
"It's not like they really used ladders…"
I'll squat down next to the hole and wave my forehoof around in it.
"But as long as they can't touch or hurt us, we should be fine if we can find a way down, right?"
>>619995
"Hi there. Sorry I came in late."

 No.620000

>>619999
"We don't have a rope long enough, we can't fly down because of turbulence. How are you suggesting we go down?"

 No.620001

>>619999
"yeah I thought the same. They're just ghosts, we'll be fine. And it's alright, you didn't miss much besides us losing our senses"

 No.620002

>>619999
>>620000
>>620001
"We have to bypass that passage if we want to go on. We're gonna have to go down the pit of doom and find a way out there."

 No.620003

>>620000
"Uh…"
>>619984
Are there any loose bits of coral or rock floating around? If so, I toss one in the hole.
>>620001
"That happens a lot in this place."

 No.620004

>>620003
Sure, from all that digging, there are plenty.

It drops a long, long way, and finally lands in the fire pit below.

 No.620005

>>620004
But did it fall weird? Like, slower?
"So, did you try digging down through the floor? Rhanna went through that wall up in Depression square pretty easily, so this can't be too hard, right?"

 No.620006

>>620005
Not any slower than usual

 No.620007

>>620005
"I Could try that too."
She made something to help her dig
'1d10' digadget

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.620008

>>620005
"Why do you think this hole is here? I mean I could try flying through there but super heated air really messes up your stability."

 No.620009

>>620006
Well there goes that idea.
>>620008
"Chaotic building design? And I only got here a few minutes ago…"
I'll look a bit sheepish.
"Besides, I don't know how flying works, having lived underwater for like, my whole life."

 No.620010

>>620007
You scrape up your paw by accident.

 No.620011

>>620009
"Marina, do you have something to reflect magic?"

 No.620012

>>620010
"Ouch…" She licks her finger and tried AGAIN
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620013

>>620011
"Like a mirror or something?"
I'll think a second.
"No, I'm pretty sure I don't.

 No.620014

>>620013
"Then we're left with a tunnel we can't cross without some kind of immunity to magic and a pit we can't descend without falling to a fiery death."

 No.620015

>>620012
No luck. Probably best off just digging!

 No.620016

>>620014
I'll scrunch unhappily.
>>620015
What do the walls and ceilings look like?

 No.620017

I'm at a loss for what to do here.
I don't remember if I have Dream Wine on my sheet, but technically I should be able to make a potion of Dream Wine even if I don't.

 No.620018

>>620016
The walls appear to be rough-hewn red coral. Brain coral. It looks hewn in a literal sense. This is probably the core of their Mind Flyer mining operations, though it looks currently inactive.

 No.620019

>>620014
>>620015
Bah, who needs that
Take another good look at the tunnel, getting closer to it.
"What if…"

 No.620020

>>620019
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.620021

>>620017
Okay, roll for visions

 No.620022

>>620020
You need to remove the Basalt Shielding before examining it again.

 No.620023

>>620021
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.620024

>>620018
Sigh.
"And it's not like we can just haul a bridge out of the cloud storage…"

 No.620025

>>620023
You have a vision, but you can't remember it. Maybe talking to someone would help jog your memory.

 No.620026

>>620022
>>620023
>>620024
"Hey, hey hey heeeeeey… Miss Selena can you throw a magic Potion into the walls of the tunnel? I got an idea!"

 No.620027

>>620026
"What kind of magic potion?"

 No.620028

>>620027
"To make it explode. Basically I need to break off the walls there see?" She pointed to the tunnel

 No.620029

>>620025
I wish Itztli was here.
He'd know what to do.
He wouldn't say, but he'd know.

 No.620030

>>620029
"What if you made some kind of teleportation potion?"

 No.620031

>>620028
>>620025
Throw a Magic bolt at said walls '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620032

>>620031
They're really far in the distance, but fortunately, you can't really miss a wall in a cave.

Eventually it hits, and a piece crumbles off. There's a breach, and water begins to flood in and put out fires.

 No.620033

>>620032
"Hey, look at that! If the hole fills up, we can just swim across!"
>>620028
"That was a great idea."

 No.620034

>>620030
"Hmmm, teleportation isn't a potion I'm afraid."

>>620032
>>620028
Blink.
"Was that part of your plan, Rhanna?"

 No.620035

>>620032
>>620033
"BINGO!" She shouts doing a little jump. A huge beam in hear face
"I told you there should be a way out!"

 No.620036

>>620034
"Tooooootally!" give her a hug

 No.620037

>>620035
>>620035
>>620036
"Well, good job."

 No.620038

>>620033
Turn to Marina.
"There, all the Discordians will be flooded and die soon. Problem solved?"

 No.620039

>>620037
"hehe, thanks. Now come on! Let's hurry up!"

 No.620040

>>620038
I'll shake my head.
"The mind flyers don't breathe, so they won't care too much. And if it were this easy, mom would have done it ages ago."

 No.620041

>>620040
"Fine."
The turbulence should be okay now.
Put Rhanna on my back and start floating down.

 No.620042

>>620041
"Since you are there pull a plug out of your hat!"
And I will get the rope tied up here, descending with it.

 No.620043

>>620035
>>620032
"Heeeey, that works!"

>>620041
>>620040
Pick up the fishy pony and float down too.

>>620042
"We'll come get you soon!"

 No.620044

>>620032

Fly towards the hole in the wall.
Hmmm. Can I do an icy Magic bolt to freeze it shut?

 No.620045

>>620043
"Wha-?"
I'll squirm a bit at the unfamiliar feeling of flight. It's way too different from swimming.

 No.620046

>>620043
>>620041
The ride down is mostly even, as most of the fires have gone out. This is rapidly turning from a burning ruin to a sunken ruin.

There are still ghosts everywhere. As you descend, more split off from you and disperse in every which way.

>>620044
You can't do Elementalist tricks with your potions.

 No.620047

>>620046
>>620046
Drop Marina in the water for now.
"Keep an eye out, okay?"

 No.620048

>>620046
Use a potion of icy magic bolt to freeze the hole shut '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620049

>>620048
You don't have access to that spell (Elementalist).

>>620047
>>620045
There are several large structures here (see map above) – and two much larger, two-floor buildings. One looks old and decaying.

 No.620050

>>620049
Ah fuck, sorry read that wrong.
I'll fly there for a little thinking about how to shut it again.

 No.620051

>>620047
Sploosh.
"Okay."
>>620049
I wonder if there's anything other than ghosts down here.

 No.620052

>>620049
Go back up to get Maeda.
"Come on, that water is coming in fast!"

 No.620053

>>620051
>>620050
Even now as you travel to your respective destinations, more wailing spirits split off from you.

>>620052
It's a pretty huge chamber, it'll take a while to fill. You ferry her down.

 No.620054

>>620050
"Miss Selena? I could dig another hole, this way the water would be taken there and the place won't flood"

 No.620055

>>620054
"It would have to be a big hole to bring out all this water, Rhanna."
Still I'll float her down.
"Make sure you don't drown okay."

 No.620056

>>620053
This is weird.
Not that I was expecting anything to make sense…

 No.620057

>>620055
"Okay!" She dives down and starts to digs a tunnel on the wall
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620058

>>620053
Clarification: are they splitting off from me? So they're coming out of me, not ghosts in front of me splitting?

 No.620059

>>620058
Right, they're originating from each of you.

>>620057
Okay. The coral has been softened up by long periods of drilling, so you cut through pretty easily. Eventually you break back into the ocean, creating another breach. The force of the water propels you back into the room.

>>620056
You arrive at the less decrepit structure. Look inside?

 No.620060

>>620059
Just a peek. Anything interesting?

 No.620061

>>620059
I look curiously at them.
Those that split off from me resemble me I suppose?
And those from the others are shaped like the others?

Could these be my thoughts?
I think of a happy time.

 No.620062

>>620059
>>620061
Oh shit
She swims back up
"Miss Selena! Something really bad happened! I dug a hole into the ocean! More water is coming in!"

 No.620063

>>620060
There is some complex machinery in this room that reminds you of those plant systems your brother works with down in medulla. Something seems wrong but you're no technical expert – but it's hard to get a good look around in the first place because the room is full of large jars.

>>620061
Right, they resemble whoever they split off. Your mindset doesn't seem to affect them, though. They all always split off to do different things.

 No.620064

>>620062
"What a surprise…" I say not very surprised.
"Go help the others explore this place. It will take a while to fill this up."

>>620063
Always the one ignore, the one talking and the one fleeing?

 No.620065

>>620063
Large… jars? Sealed or unsealed?

 No.620066

>>620064
No, it varies. It's kind of distracting to keep note of what they're doing. Sometimes they go to examine the hole, or attempt ways to fix it. Sometimes they go to examine the structures. One goes to try to help Rhanna swim, etc.

 No.620067

>>620064
She nods. "Alright…" She takes a deep breath and dives towards the rocks and the tendrils
'1d10'appraise rocks
'1d10'appraise tendrils

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

 No.620068

>>620065
Wooden caps, you could probably remove them.

 No.620069

>>620067
The rocks appear to be brain coral.

The tendrils look like they are part of some huge plant, maybe related to kelp, but you can't tell much more other than that they're dead.

 No.620070

>>620066
Are there other ways out of this place that I can find?

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620071

>>620070
Two breaches, one made by Selena and one by Rhanna, plus the hole up into the Lair you came through, and the tunnel leading into Agnosia.

 No.620072

>>620066
They seem to resemble the different possible things we could do or perhaps think of doing, maybe they're ideas given form, that's fascinating.

That would mean soon one will pop up that's inspecting those ghosts.

 No.620073

>>620072
There are plenty enough that do that already!

 No.620074

>>620068
Against my better judgement, I'll prod the lid with the spear I picked up from the homunculus lair.

 No.620075

>>620071
Hmmmm…

>>620072
"Hey! What's your thoughts on this?"

 No.620076

>>620074
It contains a foul-smelling viscous chemical.

 No.620077

>>620072
Also
>different possible things we could do
Another way to say that in short is
>potentiality

 No.620078

>>620065
She swam towards Marina. And waves.

>>620076
She also examined the chemicals
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.620079

>>620076
My nose will scrunch heavily at the stank.
"Ew, what is this stuff…?"
>>620078
"This stuff reeks."

 No.620080

>>620078
You've never seen anything like them. The odor makes you light-headed and you are near to pass out.

Possibly serves as some kind of fuel. Certainly no animal could eat that and survive.

 No.620081

>>620073
I guess these ghosts pose no real threat then.

>>620075
"Those ghosts seem to resemble our potentialities. If this chamber floods they won't ever pose a danger to anypony.
I think we should try to go to Agnosia again? There don't seem to be mind flyers or discordians to drive out here…"

>>620076
Go to Marina and attempt to identify the chemical '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.620082

>>620081
You feel lightheaded from exposing your face to it.

>>620081
>>620079
>>620078
>>620075
There is a loud seizing sound, and the whole world begins to shake. Suddenly, everything drops thirty feet (those inside of the structure hit your head painfully), and there is an ear-shattering boom. You are deafened for one minute.

 No.620083

>>620079
>>620080
>>620081
>>620082
She let's out a few bubbles, looking around for just what the hell was that

 No.620084

>>620082
"Owwww!"
Rub my head.
"What was that noise?!"
Stagger out of the structure and look outside.

 No.620085

>>620082
Rub my head.
"Did we just drop?"

 No.620086

>>620082
Aaaaah, my ears are ringing!

>>620084
>>620085
"WHAT!?"

 No.620087

>>620084
>>620085
"I think those chemicals are Explosive!"

 No.620088

>>620085
>>620084
>>620087
You are deafened.

>>620085
>>620084
>>620083
The chemicals appear mostly fine, though some of the jars have cracked and are now slowly leaking, and many have rolled over or are overturned entirely. None appear to have reacted.

>>620084
Whatever happened, it seems to have drawn attention. Mind Flyers are on the move – and headed for you.

There's a figure riding a larger mind flyer!

 No.620089

>>620088
Gesticulate wildly to the others inside the building.
"There are mind flyers coming! And they've got a friend!"

 No.620090

>>620088
>>620089
Uh oh
She started to make something to help in the incoming fight, eager to try her new crossbow
'1d10'gadget

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.620091

>>620088
I think I'll take one of these jars, two if I can for future analysis and use.

Before I go outside, and combat isn't starting yet, I prepare 2 potions of Magic Bolt and 1 of retaliate.
Then I'll go outside to meet combat

 No.620092

>>620090
>>620088
Also appraise
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620093

>>620091
The jars are as big as you are! You just want to take a sample?

Each one of those is an action – it'll take up time! You also already have one slot taken up by Magic Bolt.

>>620090
You make a sight to give you +1 with Crossbows

>>620092
There are three Mind Flyers, a Great Mind Flyer, and some sort of creature that's completely alien to you. It has hooves, of course, but it stands on only two legs, and has goat horns. Only the bottom half of its body has a coat of hair – the top is naked. Maybe Selena has seen this before

PAUSE

 No.620094

>>620093
"What kind of sinister spawn of Tirek is that!?"

 No.620235

The enemy closes!

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░]

Mind Flyer 1
Mind Flyer 2
Mind Flyer 3
Great Mind Flyer
Tirekian Reaper (??)

They unleash an initial barrage, mostly focused on Maeda and Marina!

 No.620236

>>620094
The Reaper attempts to drain something from you, but it failed.

 No.620237


 No.620238

>>620235
"Uwaaah!"
Is there anywhere to dodge or take cover? Because I'm dodging and/or taking cover. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620240

>>620235
"Woooaaah! What is that thing?" She said dodging out of the way as her clever mind subconsciously analyzed it and the brain it was riding on
'1d10'appraise great brain
'1d10'appraise tirek guy

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 6 = 6

 No.620241

>>620235
Engaging the second mindflyer with a Silencing Trick Shot. I need to shut those things down first!

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620243

>>620235
Just a sample then!

>>620235
Can't stay back.
Take out my gun and fire at the mind flayer 1 '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.620245

>>620240
>>620237
Great Mind Flyer [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Type: Discordian/Psionic
Weakness: N/A
Ability:
>Psychic Shield: passive; Spells and projectiles are absorbed and half damage returned to their origin.



Reaper (??)
???
???
Something doesn't seem right… (??)

A stream of magic connects you and the Reaper… suddenly, you feel like you've lost your ability to appraise.

"I see your weaknesses!"

>>620238
You lift your shield…

A Mind Flyer hits you glancingly, but your shield reduces the shock!

>>620241
The bullet spirals off course and into the Great Mind Flyer! Huh?

You get psychic feedback!

A Mind Flyer hits you glancingly!

>>620243
The bullet spirals off course and into the Great Mind Flyer! Huh?

You get psychic feedback!

A Mind Flyer hits you glancingly!

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░]

 No.620248

>>620245
Rhanna rubs her head.
"Uuuuugh… Guys… I think we shouldn't use magic or pwoje-… projack… Uh…Project-iles at him! They will bounce right off! "
She said making a toll to Melee attacks
'1d10'gadget

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620249

>>620245
I use a sword, remember! Custom job!

Now, use Whirlwind brew to hit the second mind flyer again. Three times!

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620250

>>620245
Now that's interesting..
But I don't have anything to melee..
Pull out a sword or something sharp from my hat '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

 No.620252

>>620245
I have a shield?
In the meanwhile, they're too far away to do anything to.
I'll protect Rhanna for the meanwhile.

 No.620253

>>620252
You begin protecting Rhanna…

A Mind Flyer takes a shot at you!

>>620248
You reconfigure your scope into a gauntlet, conferring +1 melee!

A Mind Flyer fires a bolt at you, but Marina stops it!

>>620250
The universe is onto you! You get feedback!

>>620252
Clearly you improvised with a rock or something.

>>620249
Your blade strikes some kind of shield from the Great Mind Flyer, but you don't get feedback. The Great Mind Flyer looks like it's about to fall apart.

The Reaper tries to steal something from you, but it failed. It studies your weaknesses…

Number 2 hits you with a critical bolt!

Lilly [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] PROT-1
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░] HLP
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░] PROT-1
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░]

 No.620254

>>620253
Clearly.
I'll take the moment to help Selena up. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620256

>>620253
Universe pls!
G-get up '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.620257

>>620252
>>620253
"Hey thanks Marina! I owe you one!" She said before jumping on the mind flyer that hit her and dug her claws into it, in an attwm to ride the brain
'1d10' BRAIN RIDDEEEEER

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.620258

>>620253
>>620256
"Selena… I'm going to need some health potions here!"
Marksman Dual Trick shot on number two and three.

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620260

A barrage of bolts fire at Flagon and Maeda!

>>620254
Selena is up!

>>620256
You were already up. Instead, you dodge! (Glancing)

You feel your weaknesses being Analyzed by the Reaper.

>>620257
You get pushed away by a shield, but the blow appears to have damaged the shield-projecting brain (9+1 = 10 crit)

>>620258
It was glancing, but the shield causes the Great Mind Flyer (projecting the shield) to collapse! You feel psychic pain!

You feel the ability to Marksman Shot and Trick Ammo leave you…

"Your powers are mine!"

Lilly [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░]

Mind Flyer 1
Mind Flyer 2
Mind Flyer 3
Reaper (??)

 No.620263

>>620260
Sorry guys, can't Distill Life now or that faggot will steal it!

Good thing I have no weaknesses.
Shoot the Reaper '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.620264

>>620260
Well, if one of those flyers are close enough, I'll Slam(temp skill) it. With my spear. Paired with Martial Defender (temp skill), it'll crit on an 8.
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.620265

>>620260
Seething with anger at the reaper.
"I'll get them back even if I have to cut them out of your brains, dickhead!!"

Keep hacking away at the mind flyer (2)

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620266

>>620263
>Good thinking!

>>620260
"Yeah! Concede to me brain!" She says With a loud, cute childish voice as she pounces at it again, this time to break it, or the shield, whichever comes first
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

 No.620270

>>620263
A critical hit – right in the torso! Center of mass!

Darkness congeals in the hand (it's like a paw, but naked and with smaller claws) of the Reaper, forming a gun! It makes a Dual Marksman Shot on you – but it was glancing.

>>620264
It was a critical hit! You smash through the Mind Flyer in a single blow!

You feel your weaknesses being analyzed by the Reaper…

>>620265
Without the shielding, you badly bruise one of the Mind Flyers!

Darkness congeals in the hand (it's like a paw, but naked and with smaller claws) of the Reaper, forming a gun! It makes a Dual Marksman Shot on you – but it was glancing.

>>620266
You finish off the one that Lilly injured! However, the remaining Mind Flyer blasts you. Argh, your brain! Your wonderful brain is on fire!

Mind Flyer 1
Tirekian Reaper (??)

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░]

 No.620272

>>620264
You feel your ability to Slam being drained away!

 No.620273

>>620270
"Selena please!"
Go defensive! I need to dodge whatever they throw at me!

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.620274

>>620270
Still got it!
Quickly do a Distill Life '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.620275

>>620270
>>620272
Well, it was a temporary thing anyway.
I'll take a whack at that Reaper. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620276

>>620270
Aaargh! I need my brain for being a genius!
That only gets the little puppy angry as she pounces on the last brain with a kung fu style flying kick
"HAYAAAA!"
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

 No.620279

>>620273
You evade well enough that no one tries to attack you, at least!

>>620274
It explodes in your face! What's worse, you feel your ability to Distill Life being drained away…

"THE POWER OF DEATH AND LIFE ALIKE!"

>>620276
It looks like you've badly bruised it, but it blasts you back – a hit straight to the brain with its magic bolts! It's searing!

>>620275
If only you had hit slightly harder – you left it on the brink of death, and now it's coming for revenge! It swipes at you, and Analyzes you again!

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░] HLP
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░]

Mind Flyer 1 - Badly bruised
Tirekian Reaper (??) - Brink of death

 No.620281

>>620279
Stab it! Stab it really hard! '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620282

>>620279
Hide hide hide!

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620284

>>620279
"Ouch Ouch ooouch! Stupid brain!" She did the smart thing and started to dig and dig!
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.620285

>>620279
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620286

>>620281
The Reaper collapses into a cloud of darkness… it's re-congealing in a field of darkness.

[size=14]Stolen skills have been returned.

>>620282
You hide behind some rocks. It sounds like things are pretty intense back there.

>>620284
You [evade] by digging down! The soil eats up some of the damage, but you still get partially hit!

>>620285
Selena pulls herself to her hooves!

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░]

Mind Flyer 1 - Badly bruised
[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-1
[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-1

 No.620288

>>620286
DISTILL LIFE QUICK '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620291

>>620286
'1d10'appraise tirek guy from the hole
'1d10' surprise attack from the hole at the tirek guy

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

 No.620292

>>620286
Slam the brain. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.620300

>>620286
G-Go for another attack on the mind flyer. Just a normal one.

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.620302

[Congealing Darkness] becomes an elderly Shiban Dog with a frying pan! What? Some context would be useful here…

[Congealing Darkness] becomes a huge, barbarian-looking Diamond Dog!

The Shiban Dog sprays out alcohol from her pan!

The Barbarian smashes Maeda!

>>620288
Your hooves are shaking too much!

You feel intoxicated…

>>620291
That guy is dead. But now your dad is here – and he looks ready to beat you! Instead you help Marina smash the last brain. (Remember you can always check the enemy chart)

You feel intoxicated…

>>620292
>>620300
You smash the brain!

You feel intoxicated…

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

Shiban Kegmaster
Diamond Dog Barbarian

 No.620304

>>620302
Oof. What is this weird feeling…?
Shake my head, and Slam the huge dog. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620305

>>620302
>>620302
Acid Spray '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.620306

>>620302
"Go away! Fuck off! I don't want any of this crap!"
Marksman Dual Trick shot to hit both of them!

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620308

>>620302
>Oh sorry

>>620302
"D-D-Da… DAD!?" She blurts out, scared as she jumps back in the hole to hide herself

 No.620310

The barbarian tries to smash Flagon, but he evades!

>>620304
A crushing blow!

[Intoxification intensifies]

>>620305
It's at full power! You only hit them glancingly, though.

[Intoxification intensifies]

>>620306
Critical hits! The Kegmaster looks badly wounded!

[Intoxification intensifies]

>>620308
"You're in for it now! What did I tell you about touching my alcohol?!"

[Intoxification Intensifies]

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

Shiban Kegmaster

Diamond Dog Barbarian

 No.620312

>>620310
>>620305
"Selena, I need a health potion quickly please!"
Keep hacking into the kegmaster.

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.620314

>>620312
It's still recharging
Alchemist Fire on the Kegmaster '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.620318

>>620310
"I didn't do it papa! I swear it wasn't me! She digs more to hide away
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.620320

>>620312
You slip – you're so off balance from this booze!

[Intoxification intensifies] (3)

This is quickly turning into an aquatic battle as the rising water fully lifts you off your hooves, switching you to swimming now.

>>620314
It's glancing – but you burn her to death! She shrieks and gives one last wave of booze, that catches on fire and starts to burn everything! Fortunately the rising water puts it out. Still though: woops.

[Intoxification intensifies] (3)

The barbarian slaps you aside.

>>620318
"AND WHO'S THIS? TRYIN' TO REPLACE ME YER DEAR OLD DAD? SHE'S NOT EVEN A DOG! SHE'S A FUCKING PONY!"

You slip – you're too boozed up!

[Intoxification intensifies] (3)

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░] HLP
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

 No.620322

>>620320
"Lilly, hold on."
RNG pls Distill Life '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620323

>>620320
Noooo… get up…

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.620327

>>620320
"NO papa I'm sorry! I'm sorry! She's just a friend, please! " She tears up as she shakes to get her footing
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.620329

The barbarian kicks Flagon!

>>620322
TOO MUCH PRESSURE!

>>620323
Back up… for now.

>>620327
You can't find your footing! Your hole begins to fill with water rapidly – water has reached this level!

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░] HLP
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

 No.620331

>>620329
No more, the barbarian must die now!

Take my gun, aim and shoot it right in the head '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620333

>>620329
All or nothing, we're in dire straits and I don't want everyone to die here!

Whirlwind brew, hit the barbarian five times!

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.620336

>>620329
"Oh no!" She quickly jumped out of the hole and made her way back to Selena, hiding behind her
>>620331
"Miss Selena! M-my dad! Don't let him hurt me!"

 No.620338

The barbarian kicks Flagon again – he looks like he's about to pass out!

>>620331
It looks like it's on its last legs!

>>620333
You fall over laughing, water getting in your mouth. Oh, to be young and drunk.

>>620336
You can't jump out of the hole – you're Helpless! Instead, you try to get up: '1d10'

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░] HLP
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.620339

>>620336
You didn't get up

 No.620340

>>620338
Alchemist fire on the barbarian '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.620342

>>620338
N-Not drunk! Get up!

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620344

>>620339
'1d10' NO DADDY NO!

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.620345

>>620340
You finish him! The darkness merges… then splits again, and starts congealing…!

You sober suddenly.

>>620342
You pull yourself up and together.

You sober suddenly.

>>620344
You get up in time to see his form collapse into darkness!

You sober suddenly.

You have one turn to prepare…

[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-2
[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-2
[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-2

 No.620346

Lilly [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

 No.620347

>>620345
I feel like crap.

 No.620348

>>620345
>>620346
"I'm so close to passing out…"

 No.620349

>>620346
Quickly FUCKING DISTILL LIFE '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620350

>>620348
Push one into Rhannas paws

>>620348
And one for Lilly

 No.620351

>>620350
>>620346
She drinks it up.
"Miss Selena take this!" She said giving something to help her brewing
'1d10' gadget

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.620352

>>620347
Give one to marina

 No.620353

>>620352
"Thanks."
I'll chug the potion.

 No.620354

>>620349
Three potions distilled at last!

>>620351
You change your Gauntlet into a Filter (+1 distill life)

Lilly [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░]
Flagon [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-1
[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-1
[Congealing Darkness] *Damage Immune* Frozen-1

 No.620355

>>620350
Drink up.

 No.620358

>>620354
Prepare a potion of Lifestream

 No.620359

>>620358
>>620354
"Miss Selena… Are we going to die?…" asked the sobbing puppy
"I don't want to die yet…I still want to go to space… "

 No.620361

>>620359
"You won't die. Come on, get up. No more tears. We need to fight!"

 No.620364

>>620361
She sniffles and dries her tears, she had a few bruises but still nods and even managed to smile a bit. Showing her trust in Selena's word

 No.620366

The darkness congeals into a horrible monster – it's like a diamond dog, but rougher, and more feral looking – it howls – and instead of eyes, it has glowing moons!

The darkness congeals into a vague figure – it's hard to make out details other than that he's male and Neighponese. If you focus closely, you can see he really has no face at all.

The darkness congeals into Discord – the Draconequus Divine of Chaos!

>>620358
Current stock:
-Retaliate
-Magic Bolt
-Lifestream

>>620355
>>620351
>>620353
Lacking anything to do in your downtime, you take a breather…

Discord twirls about and laughs cruelly. "You've done well to get this far, Marina, but I think it's time I retake my city… starting with dealing with each of you. I think I might turn you into a fish, and make you watch while I eat your family alive."

Nightmare Hunter
Neighponese Man of Mystery
DISCORD, Divine of Chaos

 No.620369

>>620366
I'll shrink back a little, but bristle at the second comment.
"You think I'd let you, you overgrown kelp-gobbler?!"
Slam the Discord right in the face with my spear. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620370

>>620366
KILL THE MOON THING WITH ALCHEMICAL FIRE '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.620372

>>620366
She decided to stay hidden in the back, and aimed with her crossbow into the Guy with moons for eyes
With a bit of insecurity, she pulled the trigger and shot!
'1d10' HEADSHOT

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.620374

>>620366
"No! Not that!"
Attack the hunter! Whirlwind Brew! Four times!

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.620377

The Neighponese man draws two Neighponese blades and slashes into Flagon – he collapses from blood loss!

>>620369
A crushing blow! You wish you had time to admire his torn up face, but suddenly he's getting bigger. He's growing larger VERY fast – so is everyone! And the water's rising too!

You plop into the water. You've been polymorphed into a tiny seahorse. Roll Will to break the spell!

>>620370
>>620372
It roars in anger at your glancing blows!

>>620374
You topple over yourself, and it leaps on top of you, ripping at your throat!

Your blood curdles… and your vision fades.


Lilly [KO]
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░] POLYM
Flagon [KO]
Maeda [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]

 No.620380

>>620377
I am not a seahorse! Well, I am, but not like this! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620382

>>620377
Let's try something.
Fly up and pull out of my hat a holy Celestia icon. Discord and mister nightmare are sure be scared of that '1d10+2'

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

 No.620383

>>620377
>>620374
She ran and got Lilly into a safe place!
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620384

The Neighponse stallion addresses Maeda: "Maeda… I am your father."

"And I find you… wanting."

With that, he slashes her with his blades, and she passes out.

>>620380
Oh no – are you doomed to live in an aquarium forever?

>>620382
You pull out an icon of Celestia! They don't seem too bothered by it, but it does reassure you. Celestials in this area get +2 to Will saves.

You suddenly feel a lot less… animated. You plop into the water and begin to float away. You've been polymorphed into a magician's tophat.

>>620383
You safely stow Flagon and Lilly somewhere they won't drown, on some driftwood nearby.

Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░] POLYM
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░] POLYM
Maeda [KO]

 No.620386

>>620384
Float float?
Can I will myself back right? '1d10+2'

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

 No.620387

>>620384
Like Tartarus I am. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.620390

>>620384
From her safe spot, she shot Discord right in the eye
"HEY! YOU FREAK!"
*click*
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620393

>>620386
You pop back into the fray – you aren't a hat!

>>620387
The Nightmare Hunter grabs your tiny little body and holds you up above his mouth to devour you but…

Pop! You're back to your good old self – shortness and all.

You smack him in the face with your tail and get back into position.

>>620390
This time, when you snipe Discord, there is no reforming into a black cloud – it explodes, leaving nothing left.

You're getting exhausted of swimming. The water is getting very high, too.

The Neighponese Stallion closes on you and slashes you with both blades!


Rhanna [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░]

Nightmare Hunter
Neighponese Stallion of Mystery

 No.620394

>>620393
Distill Life '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620395

>>620393
Right, let's pop that Hunter in the eyes. I won't let him sully the moon's reputation further. Slam. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620396

>>620393
"Haha!" She laughs as she shot him, but there happiness is short lived as she is struck.
She backs off and tries to get her footing above the water and shoots the moon dude again
'1d10'

>>620394
>Don't forget that +1!

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620397

>>620394
+1 = 6

Potions for everyone including me!!

 No.620398

>>620394
Your hooves are shaking too much to handle the equipment – fortunately, the filter does most of the work for you and generates potions!

>>620395
You smash into it, and it doesn't look like it has much steam left. Even its moon eyes have lost their luster.

The Mysterious Stallion slashes you pretty badly!

>>620396
You take down the Nightmare Hunter with one of your bolts. Only one left now!

The Mysterious Stallion slashes you pretty badly!

Rhanna [▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░]

Neighponese Stallion of Mystery

 No.620399

>>620398
Hit him back. Really hard. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.620400

>>620398
Drink my potion.
Alchemical fire on the man of mystery! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620401

>>620398
Owie
She made sure to hide and get a safe distance away From him
'1d10' Get away

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.620402

>>620399
>>620400
He roars in fury and slashes the two of you.

Rhanna [▓░░░░░░░░░░] HLP
Selena [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Marina [▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░]

 No.620403

>>620401
You slip, and sink deeper into the water!

 No.620404

>>620402
He's got to be almost dead. Slam him into the water, spear-first. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.620406

>>620404
You finish the fight.

Whew… that was close.

 No.620407

>>620402
'1d10' SWIM DAMMIT

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.620408

>>620401
>>620403
Use your potions pls.

>>620407
Fly to Rhanna and get her out of the water!

 No.620410

>>620408
I was working on it.
Chug my potion, then dive after Rhanna.

 No.620411

>>620408
Oh yeah she started downing some of that good stuff

 No.620413

>>620407
>>620410
>>620408
You recover the Rhanna.

This place is starting to get pretty full. The hole you entered from is only thirty feet up now. It's completely submerged.

 No.620416

>>620413
"Marina, we have to get everypony out of here!"

 No.620419

>>620416
I'll nod.
"I think I know what that lurching was when extinguished this place."
Swim about gathering Maeda, Flagon, and Lily. Since they float, or are at least on something that floats, it'll be easy to put them all in one spot.

 No.620420

>>620419
>>620416
You gather up the KO'd party members. They're on some driftwood from that structure.

 No.620421

>>620419
"We have to get help! I can fly to Madness Square and get other seaponies to come and help us and fix that hole before the whole place floods."

 No.620423

>>620413
>>620421
"And what do I do miss Selena!?"

 No.620424

>>620421
"That would probably be best, since we've got to drain this place and light it back on fire…"
I'll float for a second.
"Can you bring Rhanna with you? She can talk with the smiths while everyone's working."

 No.620425

>>620424
>>620423
Put Rhanna on my back and fly like the wind to Madness Square.

 No.620427

>>620425
>>620424
"oh okay, that's okay too." She got a hold of her pretty name as they rode

 No.620428

>>620425
>>620423
The two of you fly up through the hole into the Lair of the Homunculus.

>>620424
You float aimlessly in the water as it rises…

 No.620429

>>620428
Okay, can I leave yet?
If so, keep going, if not, kick some walls to make me move again.

 No.620430

>>620428
I'll align the rafty thing with the hole, just in case the water rises too fast.

 No.620431

>>620429
It just takes time to get through. You head into the Dreamer's Walk…

>>620430
You dead-pony drift to save energy. You have no idea how this place is going to be drained…

 No.620432

>>620431
Any seaponies here?

 No.620433

>>620432
Not until the end, where you find they are clearing out a collapsed tunnel that separated the walk from Madness Square.

 No.620434

>>620431
I'm sure Coriander will think of something. He's smart.

 No.620435

>>620434
There are still ghosts screeching about. This place is kinda creepy.

 No.620436

>>620433
Put Rhanna on the ground and wave my hooves. "QUICK, I NEED HELP. WE DEFEATED THE DISCORDIANS, BUT MY FRIENDS ARE IN TROUBLE. I NEED YOUR HELP OR THEY'LL DIE."

 No.620437

>>620433
"Hey! Ponies, dodo yoneed help with that?!

 No.620438

>>620436
"What? What happened?"

>>620437
"It would help."

 No.620439

>>620438
"There's a wall breached! The whole place is flooding, I need your help or the water will come to here!"

 No.620440

>>620435
Well, yeah. Discord construction is weird.
Idly wonder how many hoses and pumps we'd need to bring this all to the surface to drain it.

 No.620441

>>620436
>>620438
"Oh right I forgot about them… "She scratches her ear
" Nevermind we need help! There's a bunch of water coming in!"

 No.620442

>>620439
>>620441
"Where?"

>>620440
Certainly more than the zero you have on hand.

 No.620443

>>620442
"Down there! We killed the Discordians. They're all death. We need to hurry!"
Start floating towards the downward tunnel again.

 No.620444

>>620442
"Come on, follow us!"
She pulls Selena's mane a bit "Yaa!"

 No.620445

>>620444
"No!"
Put you back off. "You stay here and go talk to the smiths like you wanted."

 No.620446

>>620442
On hoof.
I wonder what I should make later. We're going to need a lot to celebrate… Though if there are still guys hiding in the tunnel that we were supposed to take, then celebration might be a bit premature.
Dive down and go look for that bottom entrance to the tunnel.

 No.620447

>>620445
"B-but I wanted to help…" She looks dejected

 No.620448

>>620443
>>620444
>>620445

"It's faster to swim, here, come with us!"

They pull Selena through Madness Square to the water.

"You don't have your suit on, take a deep breath!"

>>620446
Right.

You head down and look into the dark tunnel of Agnosia. Looks like it's full of water now, though probably not all the way to the top or it would be raining on you through the hole.

 No.620449

>>620448
Deep fucking breath.

 No.620450

>>620448
Right.
Well, back to the hole to wait for the others.

 No.620451

>>620449
Roll for breath!

"Also, empty your swim bladder so that we can swim down faster, we don't want you buoying us up!"

With that, they take off at surprising speed underwater!

>>620450
Where are they? They're taking too long… The ceiling is only 20 feet away now.

 No.620452

>>620448
A bit sad, she walks towards the smiths

 No.620453

>>620451
Well, this place is weird. But they'll be able to take the same shortcut I did once they meet up with the others.

 No.620454

>>620451
Do as told '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.620455

>>620452
The shops here have reopened!

A smith, an alchemy store, a general store, and a textiles mill.

>>620453
…The waiting is killing you!

>>620454
You don't have a swim bladder, you're a land pony!

You quickly direct them to the hole and they set about fixing it, but even by the time you arrive you're blue in the face (well, you always are). You can't hold your breath any longer!

 No.620457

>>620455
Splish splash…
Check on Lily and the others. I don't have any medical training, but are they in any condition to wake up? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.620459

>>620455
She gets a little more excited and goes to see the Smith first. Opening the door slowly she meekly asks
"Hello?"

 No.620460

>>620457
You know a little trick and pull out some smelling salt you squirrel away from your famous gumbo.

The smelling salt helps wake each of them.

Pause

 No.620461

>>620455
Spartle back up towards the piece of driftwood '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.620964

>>620461
It's too far up! You struggle, and eventually pass out…







With a cough, you come to above water. You're in a room that appears to be unfamiliar – for one thing, it's made of wood, all the walls and floors. That's unusual, given the Aquamarine City is generally made of stone. You're on something soft… It's a cot, actually. A bed. It almost looks like you're back on the ship, but the hull here is clearly smaller.

Rhanna is here, but she's fussing over some sort of anvil setup in the corner. Maeda is also here, and appears to be meditating.

Your attention is drawn to the stairs nearby, where you see that half-Shiban diamond dog, Flagon, padding up the stairs. After a moment, the High Priestess, Mera, descends with Lilly.

"Ah, you're finally awake. I'm sure you have many questions, but let me see if I can pre-empt them. You're aboard the Wash, our undersea sailing vessel. After you passed out, we finished repairing the breach, and my son is leading the efforts to remove water from the Lost Archipellium. Unfortunately, it seems that the heat of that area was necessary to make the Aquamarine City move, so we will be grounded here for some time. However, we are still grateful for what you've done, and we're upholding our end of the bargain. I'm sending a crew of four of my followers, and my daughter, to help you navigate this vessel to your destination, and bring it back after you arrive."

She nods faintly. "We went ahead and moved you because Lilly assured us that time was of the essence. With that in mind, you're ready to launch at your pleasure – I just need to disembark. Did you have any last questions before you depart?"

 No.620965

>>620964
First, I smile at Selena and walk up to give her a hug.
"I'm so glad you're awake again."

 No.620966

>>620964
Take a moment for myself.
Rub my eyes.
"Yes…archipellum…bargain…"
Shake my head.
"…volcano, do you know anything about a volcano?"

>>620965
Give her a kiss on the cheek and nod.

 No.620967

>>620966
"Not much, other than what we've heard from followers that previously in their lives had visited New Earth. The city appears to be established in the shadow of a dormant volcano, though it is miles away, closer to the Cape of New Seas. There may be a closer beachhead if you want to land near it instead of New Earth, which is a port city."

 No.620968

>>620967
Look at Lilly then back at the High Priestess.
"Priestess, I've got two girls who might be in trouble, Lilly here is going to…be in trouble if we don't find that altar in five days and I've got a letter from some
weird place that says we need to go to a volcano."
Shake my head and drop my ears.
"I don't know what to do…."

 No.620969

>>620968
"Not knowing you, your objectives, or the nature and contents of this letter, I cannot make wise counsel for you. I can speak on the matter of the Cralund, however; We spoke at length about it before, if you recall, and I know the nature of the trouble you speak of. All I can say is that the Cralund is likely something you do not wish to tangle with, but now that you know the nature of your conflict, you have more flexibility in how to approach it. By avoiding sleep, Lilly can slow its search. As I said, it can only zero in on her in her dreams, which is why it draws closer at night. However, even if you don't have enough time to finish entirely, fighting it on your own terms is still be more favorable than simply letting it catch you unawares. The Cralund will no doubt immediately try to put you to sleep and fight you in the realm of the mind, which is where it is strongest; Stimulants may help you stay awake, at least for a time. The Cralund fights with claws, as well, so military tactics that take advantage of your distance weapons will also grant you some leeway. Barricades, funnels, bombardments, traps, caltrops, and fighting retreats are all worth considering."

She smiles faintly. "My tenure as high priest has been one marked by a need for comprehension of military operations."

 No.620970

>>620969
"Have you ever faced that thing before? I guess I can avoid getting sleep, but that always makes me grumpy…"

 No.620971

>>620970
Look at you…
Is the wound bandaged or healed?

 No.620972

>>620970
"No, it does not appear to have taken any of our excursions to Lunar temples as intrusion, though it is the ancient servant not of Luna, but Nightmare Moon."

>>620971
Everyone is bandaged up from their battle wounds against the Fear Shifter(s) and their Mind Flyer servants.

 No.620973

>>620972
"So wait, you've been in all kinds of Lunar temples and nopony cares, but because my mother stole some kind of sinister stone he's all mad!?"

 No.620974

>>620973
"It would seem so, although it is known to us that he has only just awakened. It seems likely to me that if he had awakened years ago, he would have struck at your mother instead – in fact, it's possible based on your story that he mistakes you for her. Perhaps your minds are similar on a fundamental level."

 No.620975

>>620969
Swallow and nod.
"Thank you for your help…"
My ears perk.
"There's a bunny on Madness Square. You must watch out for him, he's dangerous. He's a Discordian!"

>>620974
"We're gonna get through this, Lilly. I promise you."

 No.620976

>>620975
She cocks her head. "A bunny? We will keep an eye out for him, but we have had no reports of rabbits."

 No.620977

>>620974
"That's… That's preposterous! I'm nothing like them…"
Look at Selena.
"… Am I?"

 No.620978

>>620976
"He's sneaky…you have to be careful with him. He's more dangerous than he looks."

 No.620979

>>620978
"I'll notify the guard, then. Is that all for your questions?"

>>620977
"Remember, the subconscious is the building-block of the conscious mind."

 No.620980

>>620979
"Hmmmmmm. I don't get it."

 No.620981

>>620979
"Yes."

>>620977
"You have her spirit…but that's a good thing."

 No.620982

>>620980
"There are certain traits – courage, perseverance, self-preservation – and yes, negative traits, too – hubris, greed, et cetera. All ponies have these traits, though the amounts differ – and their shape differs too. This is very high level, and you likely won't understand until you've lived inside a large faux-brain for a few years, so I'll leave it at that. Just remember, a tavern and a ballroom can have the same stone foundation keeping them up."

>>620981
"Very well. Good luck on your voyage – I am sure my daughter will take care of you."

With that, she heads back up the stairs. You suppose that means you're on one of the lower decks, maybe the lowest period – though there's no bilge here, which is typical of the lowest level of vessels.

 No.620983

>>620982
Think this over for a moment, then yell after her once she's up the stairs.
"You're saying that like living in a giant brain is a common occurrence!"

 No.620984

>>620983
Put a hoof on your shoulder.

 No.620985

>>620983
No reply. Who knows if she heard it?

>>620983
>>620984
Not even a full minute later, you can feel the boat shake faintly. The lines must be in the process of drawing back – anchor coming up.

Itztli comes out from under your bed. "YOU WERE UNCONSCIOUS BEFORE SO I THOUGHT I'D WAIT UNTIL YOU WOKE UP TO TALK."

 No.620986

>>620984
I sigh.
"Let's just get going, alright? We don't have much time. Do you think you could pull something out of your hat that would keep me awake-"

>>620985
Jump up in surprise.
"W-What?"

 No.620987

>>620985
Close my eyes at the inevitability.
"Of course…"

 No.620988

>>620986
>>620987
"Lilly, that's Itztli…the bunny I was just talking about."

 No.620989

>>620988
"What do you mean? What is this thing? I thought you were just hallucinating or something?"

 No.620990

>>620986
It's a talking rabbit! It also doesn't seem interested in acknowledging you.

>>620987
"I THOUGHT I'D MAKE MYSELF AT HOME ALTHOUGH I THINK YOU WILL MAKE LANDFALL IN A DAY THIS VESSEL IS FASTER THAN I EXPECTED WITH THE DRAG TRULY A FINE WORK OF DISCORDIAN CRAFTSDRACONEQUUSSHIP."

 No.620991

>>620989
"I wish I was.
He was with us on the pirate ship."
Look at Itztli.

>>620990
'Itztli, why are you here?"

 No.620992

>>620990
>>620991
"Why is he shouting? Is he hard of hearing? Oh that poor little bunny…"

 No.620993

>>620991
"POTENTIALITY." He pauses for a moment and acknowledges your blank face.

"I AM HERE TO RETRIEVE SOMETHING YOU SEE IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR ME TO INFORM YOU OF WHAT IN THE MEAN TIME I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH MY USUAL SERVICES JUST CONTINUE WITH YOUR USUAL WORK AND IT WILL COME I SEE THE PATH TO IT CLEARLY."

 No.620994

>>620993
Can I pick it up?

 No.620995

>>620994
The rabbit? If you want.

 No.620996

>>620995
Try to pick the cute little bunny up.
"Hello little fella, are you alright?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.620997

>>620993
Shake my head.
"Fine, fine. But this better not be some ruse."

 No.620998

>>620996
He doesn't resist and you pick him up. He acts like he didn't notice, though.

>>620997
"SPOILER ALERT IT IS OBVIOUSLY A RUSE BUT IF IT GETS YOU WHAT YOU WANT DO YOU REALLY CARE?"

 No.620999

>>620998
"What do you know about what I want?"

 No.621000

>>620998
Is he soft like any other bunny? Pet his head.

Rub my ear with one hoof. I guess his voice will keep me awake…

 No.621001

>>620999
"PONIES ARE PAINFULLY PREDICTABLE YOU ARE AFTER YOUR BLOOD RELATIONS."

 No.621002

>>621000
Yep, sure is.

 No.621003

>>621001
"Do you know where they are? Tell me."

 No.621004

>>621002
Adorable!

Put him back down in front of Selena. I think he's a little bit shy. Or maybe he's actually really rude!

Just how big is this vessel? How many rooms are there?

 No.621005

>>621004
Look to Lilly before she goes.
"Lilly…your mother was a good pony. She made some bad decisions, but I knew her…
You have her best traits. Don't forget that."

 No.621006

>>621003
"NOT PRESENTLY BUT WHERE THEY WILL BE WHEN YOU FIND THEM THAT INFORMATION WOULD DISRUPT THE EVENTS OF YOUR EXPLORATION WHICH WILL INEVITABLY BEAR THE FRUITS WHICH I SEEK I WOULD BE BETTER OFF SIMPLY LEAVING AND FOLLOWING YOU SILENTLY WITHOUT PROVIDING MY SERVICES MOREOVER IF YOU WENT THERE NOW THEY MAY NOT HAVE ARRIVED YET."

>>621004
Calling it a sloop is generous. Down here you have the "hold", which contains the beds and supplies. Maybe Rhanna could put together some walls and make discrete rooms with the wood supply. There is no gundeck – it goes straight to the sailing deck, which is completely exposed to the water. You can't help out up there if you're not a seapony.

 No.621007

>>621006
Breathe a sigh of relief.
"So they're alive…and I think you'd better stay."
Get up.
"Will be more fun for you."

 No.621008

>>621005
Look at her a bit weirdly.
"… Which one?"

>>621006
Right… well this is pretty outlandish.

 No.621009

>>621007
"THEN I WILL REMAIN JUST REMEMBER POTENTIALITY IS NOT OMNISCIENCE ONLY THE ABILITY TO SEE PATHS."

With that, he returns under the bed. Presumably he has a setup below.

 No.621010

>>621008
"….both of them."

>>621009
I won't even look down there.

 No.621011

>>621010
"Hmmm… that's something, I guess."

 No.621012

>>621011
"Lilly…what do you want? We go to the volcano or the altar first?"

 No.621013

>>621012
"You're the veteran adventurer, Selena! I'm a little anxious about the altar, but if I can stay awake long enough maybe we should go to that volcano."

 No.621014

Aquamarine City clear!
+1 Skill Point all!

Where will you head? Itztli provides advice about the incidental rewards other than your main objectives – marked in greentext.

New Earth
+The report from the MSL said the ship crashed near here, and this is the largest city in the vicinity. It seems the natural place for your daughters to go.
+As the largest city nearby, you may find help or friends here.
>Incidental: Pirate Dice reward

Volcano
+The cryptic message you received from Red's time room and the letter both collectively point toward this location, but you don't know why.
>Incidental: Improved Weapons reward

Trawl Ocean
+Ruins of ships would be a good place to look for your daughter's bodies if you're not optimistic.
+This is the ideal place to look for the altar Lilly is after.
>Incidental: Engine reward

Somewhere Else

 No.621015

>>621013
Smile and nod.
"You really have Light's courage. I'll try to make something to help you keep awake. And if it comes to it, we will beat it. I know we will.
Listen, Itztli might talk to you later so before he can say any lies, here's the truth. He's a Discordian. While we were on the pirate ship he could…change ponies. I saw them be sharpshooters one day, and magicians the next. So that's what he is. I've never seen him cheat on that deal…but I wouldn't trust him further than that."

 No.621016

>>621015
"But… if he's a Discordian, wouldn't he have gotten angry at us for destroying those horrible brain things?"

 No.621017

>>621016
Shrug.
"I don't know. They don't make sense.
You can ask him, but I doubt whatever he'll say will make sense."

 No.621018

>>621014
I want to wait till the rest is here.
But I would vote for the volcano.

But I also want to go to the cap and convince her to at least also help with the altar search. After that she can be on her merry way.

 No.621019

>>621017
"I'm not sure he likes me. He looks like such a cutie though."

>>621018
I'll vote for that too!

 No.621020

>>621019
"I know.
But looks can be deceiving.
I just want you to know the truth from me. You're old enough to make up your own mind wether you want to deal with him or not."

 No.621021

Pause

 No.621109

>>621020
"If he's bad though, aren't you worried he'll try and hurt us?"

 No.621110

>>621109
"Maybe. But whatever he's planning under that bed, there's little we can do to stop him besides keeping our eyes open and our ears perked. If we chase him away he'll just follow us somehow without us noticing. I'd rather know where he is."

 No.621111

>>621110
"Why is he so interested in you? You said you met him before and he seems to kind of like you."

 No.621112

>>621111
Shrug.
"He always seemed interested in me, from the day I met him on the pirate ship. I don't know why and I don't care."

 No.621113

>>621112
"wow, you really don't like him."
Change subject…
"So we're going to the volcano first right?"

 No.621114

>>621113
Just nod.
"We'll go as fast as possible. See what the ruckus is about, and then go find the altar. It shouldn't be too far from there…"

 No.621115

>>621114
"And then… your daughters?"

 No.621116

>>621115
"After I know you're safe.
Itztli says they're alive, they're strong they can handle themselves."

 No.621117

>>621116
"So you trust the bunny after all!"

 No.621118

>>621117
"No…I just feel he's not lying about that…"

 No.621119

>>621118

"Okay well, you know best. What do you think we'll need to do at that volcano? I've never been close to one."

 No.621120

>>621119
"I don't know.
If there's really something bad I hope we'll see it when we get there."

 No.621121

>>621120
I nod, staying silent for a moment.
"Oh, I forgot I should thank you for making sure I didn't die down there. I'm sorry I wasn't of much help during that last fight, I got really messed up quickly…"

 No.621122

>>621121
Look at your bandages again.
"Does it still hurt?"

 No.621123

>>621122
"No it's fine now. It's healing well according to the priestess."

 No.621124

sometime later
I go find Rhanna.

>>621123
"Good. That's good. And you helped during the fight. You didn't let the wound get the best of you. That takes guts."

 No.621125

>>621124
You find the young dog playing with the scope she made for the crossbow she left besides her. She was playing around with that ever since she got into the boat, and has been turning it into many different things. Breaking and reassembling the parts to make all sorts of other gadgets.
She was awfully quiet and haven't talked to you at all since the Smith. She was barely using her smithing things she was given to as well.

 No.621126


 No.621127

>>621124
"Well, when you're driven into a corner…"

 No.621128

>>621127
Smile at her.
"Now let's get something to eat. You must be starving."

>>621125
>>621126
Sit down.
"…hey."

 No.621129

>>621128
She stopped for a moment, turning to you, she smiles a bit. "Hi…" She said before turning to the tool in her paw, silent for a few moments
"That was really dangerous wasn't it? All the thing in the tunnel and the such…" She speaks up, rubbing her bandaged arm

 No.621130

>>621129
"Yes…yes it was."

 No.621131

>>621128
"Yeah, I think I'd like a bite right about now if we can find something."

 No.621132

>>621130
"You know… Seeing my papa again… Made me think… About running away, leaving my home… And just now I realize I'm really really far away from it, without a family, and once we find your daughters and solve the thing with Lilly… I… I don't know… Miss Selena, what you planned to do once you find them?" She looks up from her little smithing set to you

 No.621133

>>621131
We go around looking for a treat.
Stop faff here?

>>621132
"What do you want to do?"

 No.621134

>>621133
"I… I don't know… I wanted to keep going with you… This is so nice… Traveling with you and Lilly. But I know that you can't keep me around forever… You have your own family to take care" She rests her head in her paws. "I just hope I find my own way when we are done with this… I can't go back home anymore"

 No.621210

The whole ship shakes and begins to tilt. You climb for what feels like several minutes, and with an audible thump, motion ceases.

It's enough to rouse you from your sleep (or lack thereof if applicable) and draw your attention to the main deck. One seapony cries: "Land ho!"

It seems you've made landfall. Did you take any precautions to stay awake, Lilly?

 No.621211

>>621210
I asked Selena to pull something out of her hat or brew a potion.

 No.621212

>>621210
aaaaaa.
I'm gonna go to the captain.

 No.621214

>>621212
>>621211
You want to help Lilly somehow?

>>621212
Marina is the captain but she's out scouting the coast right now. There's a crew of four seaponies.

 No.621218

>>621214
Yes, I'd like to make some superstrong coffee if I can

 No.621221

>>621218
You don't have the ingredients for coffee here, but you can pull out coffee beans if you want to try.

 No.621223

>>621221
Easy peasy coffee squeezy '1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

 No.621224

>>621223
No coffee tonight. Though the New World is tropical, who knows what you'll spot out there.

>>621211
Roll to stay awake.

 No.621226

>>621224
Come on Lilly…

Maybe I can use my survival skills later to find something.

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.621229

>>621214
Ah Marina! I'll have to ask her to help me find the altar later.

 No.621232

>>621226
Zzzzzzz

At least you're not grumpy when you wake up. Your hoof moon continues its march toward New Moon status.

>>621229
In the meantime, you can see the volcano is quite close. You can tell it's dormant, because it's covered in trees – not something that happens on an active volcano.

 No.621236

>>621232
Well, that's good.
But I'm hoping this doesn't turn out to be a giant waste of time.
"Rhanna, Lilly we're going out and check the volcano. Do a round."

 No.621237

>>621236

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.621238

>>621236
"Right, should I lead the way? How far away are we?"

 No.621240

>>621238
We should be stepping on the coast I think

 No.621241

>>621238
>>621240
You're about a mile from the base of the volcano. The volcano itself is about .4 miles in diameter, covering about 100 acres of land.

 No.621243

>>621240
"Selena, I think we should climb up the volcano. I know it sounds pretty crazy, but from up there we'll be able to observe so much!"

 No.621245

>>621243
>>621241
How high is it?

 No.621247

>>621245
>>621243
>>621241
Or what the hell am I saying.
Flap my wings.
"You're right, let's fly up there!"

 No.621251

>>621245
About 1200 feet. It appears to be a cinder cone-type volcano.

 No.621257

>>621247
>>621243
Fly up and skip the forest? The canopy will prevent you from seeing what's below when you fly up.

 No.621258

>>621251
We should both be able to fly up there slowly.

 No.621259

>>621257
>>621258
I think we should walk until we get to the base.

 No.621261

>>621259
Nod.
Fold my wings again and start the walk.

 No.621263

>>621261
>>621259
One pone roll for Forest Encounter. (1d10)

 No.621264

>>621263

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.621265

>>621263
'1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.621267

>>621264
>>621265
It doesn't take long after you enter the woods for the canopy to blot out your view of the volcano, but your innate sense of direction tells you that you're headed in the right direction.

Things are getting dark here. You keep tripping over roots, and the thickness of vines and brambles prevent flight. What a pain!

 No.621269

>>621267
The lil dog yawns. Walking close to the group.
"So…Why did we come to the Volcano again?" She asks sleepily

 No.621271

>>621267
My poor hoofsies!

>>621269
"Because that letter told us to come here for some reason."

 No.621273

>>621267
>>621271
And my poor hoofsies!

 No.621274

PAUSE

 No.621933

>>621273
>>621271
The forest starts to grow dense and dark. Marina catches up with you, though, having finished her scouting.

 No.621934

>>621933
Aw, my hoofsies!
"Marina! Did you find anything!"

 No.621935

>>621933
"I really regret not flying right now…"

 No.621936

>>621933
"Reminder… I need to find shoes that fit my paws… Or make one, that would be good." She speaks mostly to herself

>>621934
"Oh, miss Selena. I remember that the Smith taught me a neat trick. Can I see your weapon, if you're carrying any?" She asks, sounding a tad more excited, her tail wags a bit behind her.
>Using the other two skill points to pick
>Sharpen
>tinker

 No.621937

>>621934
"I found trees. Lots of trees."

 No.621938

>>621936
Show my gun.

>>621937
"Thanks, Marina. That's really helpful!"

 No.621939

>>621937
You haven't cooked today!

>>621936
>>621935
>>621934
The trees thicken to the point of brambles – preventing moving on without hacking through somehow.

Lilly's sword is poorly adapted for this, given that it's not a kukri or machete.

 No.621940

>>621938
I'll scrunch.
"Sorry for not being a Tracker."
>>621939
So it seems.

 No.621941


 No.621942

>>621939
Pull a machete out of hat '1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

 No.621943

>>621938
'1d10' sharpen

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.621944

>>621942
The universe is onto you, sister.

>>621943
It's too dark here to sharpen anything effectively. Maybe if you get someone to light up their horn it would help.

 No.621945

>>621944
She squints.
"Hold on… I need some light… Anyone?"

 No.621946

>>621944
S-stupid universe.

>>621945
I have no horn.

 No.621947

>>621945
>>621944
Survival torch?

Roll #1 10 + 2 = 12

 No.621948

>>621947
I have a nice hooded lamp already!

 No.621949

>>621947
You fashion a torch from some of the foliage and a loose branch.

>>621948
And Maeda produces an oil lamp. It's much easier to see now.

 No.621950

>>621948
Which does no good if you aren't here to use it.
>>621947
I'll blink a bit in the new light.

 No.621951

>>621950
Maeda was on the ship, she apparently finished her meditations.

 No.621952

>>621947
>>621948
>>621949
"Thank you kindly." She chimes before getting to work with her new tools
'1d10' sharpen

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.621953

>>621950
Rip it off my cold, dead hooves.

 No.621954

>>621952
You dull your weapon's mechanisms. You get -1 to use of it.

 No.621955

>>621949
I grumble and douse the torch. No need to risk a forest fire…

 No.621956

>>621955
"I thought it was impressive, Lily."

 No.621957

>>621954
"T-thanks."
Take my weapon back.

 No.621958

>>621955
Now that you can see more clearly, it becomes obvious there is a narrow clearing through the brambles below. You could maybe squeeze through painfully. Only Rhanna is small enough to fit through without getting scratched up. Otherwise, the foliage will have to be ripped down.

 No.621959

>>621956
>>621958
Can I hack it away with my sword?

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.621960

>>621957
"uh… I think I didn't do it right…" She rubs her chin
"lemme try again!

>>621955
"hey Lilly, can I see your sword real quick?"

 No.621961

>>621960
"No! I need that in one piece!"

 No.621962

>>621960
Put my gun away.

 No.621963

>>621959
After only a couple of minutes, you feel exhausted, and your sword is dulled from attempting to break through the thick vines.

-1 until someone Sharpens it.

 No.621964

>>621961
>>621962
She looks down, in shame.
"I-I just needed some practice… But okay… I'll just.. Try it on my own things until I'm good enough.."
She sadly gives her Weapon a fix
'1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.621965

>>621964
You can just Take Six since there's no time pressure.

 No.621966

Isn't there something else we can use to cut this foliage?

 No.621967

>>621965
>so bad the DM takes pity
T-thanks

 No.621968

>>621964
>>621963
"Then here, sharpen it while I figure a way to get rid of this."

>>621965
I call upon Survival again to find a way through this mess. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

 No.621969

>>621966
Well, all I've got is a spear, plus I could whip up something that would allow me to swap places with someone. So that's no help in the long run.

 No.621970

>>621966
Nothing stands out.

>>621968
The foliage above looks less dense if you want to try to fly out. Something seems… wrong with it, though. Maybe it's just the wind, but it seems to writhe.

 No.621971

>>621970
I kinda need my sheet again.
Anyway, take my turn hacking my way out.
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.621972

>>621970
I'll pace a bit, then sit against one of the nearby trees.
>>621968
"Hey, don't wear yourself out too much, okay? You gonna end up passing out if you try to stay up for days at a time in addition to this."

 No.621973

>>621968
"Okay! I won't disappoint this Time!"
She sets down the sword and concentrates deeply. And with vigor and determination, does the best sharpening that was ever done in the history of sharpening. Be it a kitchen knife or the great sword of the captain of an army. This feat of sharpening shall be passed along through the whispers of history among smiths of many generations to come
'1d10' HAYAAAA!

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.621974

>>621970
Huh…
"Guys, I think this forest is moving…"

 No.621975

>>621974
I'll look around for a minute.
"Really? Seems pretty stationary to me."
Then I'll knock on the tree roots I'm sitting next to.

 No.621976

>>621974
"…Move away from the edges of the foliage.
All of us! Let's form a square around the pup!"
>>621971
Obviously stop cutting.

 No.621977

>>621974
"…what?"
Perception '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.621978

>>621971
Your greatsword isn't effective in cutting the heavy vines, and just gets dulled.

>>621973
JUST. TAKE. SIX!

>>621975
Doesn't seem particularly reactive.

>>621977
Just trees.

 No.621979

>>621978
I use an halberd, not a greatsword.

 No.621980

>>621975
>>621976
>>621977
Point at the foliage above.
"It's like it's writhing or something."

 No.621981

>>621978
>>621980
>taking six because this puppy can't sharpen
"Here! See?"

 No.621982

>>621980
"Let's keep our distance from it for the time being.

 No.621983

>>621980
"Are you sure it's not just the wind?"

 No.621984

>>621980
I'll look up.
Not that I'm any more familiar with plants or anything on the surface, but do they look weird?
'1d10'
Well, weirder than the whole "they're trees" thing.

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.621985

>>621984
There is definite shifting in the branches above.

>>621984
>>621982
>>621981
>>621980
Errybody save

 No.621986

>>621984
>>621983
>>621982
She looks up at the silly ponies
"What are you guys doing? It's just dumb trees"

 No.621987

>>621985
'1d10' Oh shit

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.621988

>>621985
Oh jeez. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.621989

>>621985
'1d10'
Everybody was s-10 saving

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.621990

>>621985
Save '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.621991

>>621983
"I thought so at first, but I've seen a lot of plants in my life and these make me doubt myself!"

>>621985
Save? '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.621992

>>621989
>>621987
>>621991
You moved as fast as lightning. Snakes fall to the ground near you, but can't restrain you.

>>621988
>>621990
For you it was a little bit frightening!

You're restrained by snakes!

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]

Giant Constrictor
Giant Constrictor
Giant Constrictor
Giant Constrictor
Giant Constrictor

Anyone feeling bright today can also roll Intelligence

 No.621993

>>621992
!!!
Get out of the constriction! '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.621994

>>621992
I'm a fukken genius at 3 am.
'1d10'

Let's begin.
Mirror Elixir.
'1d10+2'

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 7 + 2 = 9

 No.621995

>>621992
Uwaah get up and get away from the land eels '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.621996

>>621992
No one can outsmart a dog!
'1d10'
She also picked off a quick scope for her crossbow
'1d10' gadget

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

 No.621997

>>621992
>>621993
Help Selena get free and up again! We'll need potions!

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.621998

>>621993
>>621995
You can't break out without help – these are really strong snakes!

>>621997
It's moving too much! Don't give up, though.

>>621994
>>621996
Why are there exactly enough constrictors for your group? Food for thought. What kinds of snakes make their den in trees and intentionally pick fights with ponies?

You are covered in a glossy sheen.

>>621996
Too much pressure! You fumble your gear.

 No.621999

>>621998
"Just hang in there Selena! No pun intended!"

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.622000

Lilly was constricted!
Heavy blows for Maeda and Rhanna!

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]

 No.622001

>>621998
I need to find a way out of here.
Jump on the 'snake' blocking Selena and try to get her free.
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.622002

>>621999
>>622000
Is that 10 for me or Lilly to get loose?

 No.622003

>>622000
Get loose '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.622004

>>621998
These are horrible land eels! Wriggle out! '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.622005

>>621998
"Gah! I hate snakes!" She barely aims before firing at the one that was giving her trouble
"This is a setup! A trap from somepony that hates us!"
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 6 + 1 = 7

 No.622006

>>622001
It's writhing too much!

>>622003
>>622004
>>621999

You can't break free on your own!

>>622005
You smash the snake!

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]

Snake [Constricting]
Snake [Constricting]
Snake [Constricting]
Snake

Maeda gets bit again!

 No.622007

>>622006
"Help!"

 No.622008

>>622006
Oh well.
Time to die.

 No.622009

>>622006
While the others are busy, I will get to bashing the one free snake then.
'1d10' and Fervor on top.

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.622010

>>622006
>>622007
"I got you I got you!" She carefully aims and shoots
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8

 No.622011

>>622009
You smash apart the snake!

>>622010
Your arrow goes through the snake, killing it – and jabs Lilly slightly. William Tell? William Tell?

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]

Snake [Constricting]
Snake [Constricting]

 No.622012

>>622011
And wrathful and quick, bear down on the one holding Selena.
'1d10'
Also, do Wine because I get that free action.
'1d10'

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

 No.622013

>>622011
>>622007
"Ouch… S-sorry…"

>>622008
She turns to the one holding Selena, deciding to Bute on the snake instead to not risk hurting her
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.622014

>>622011
Can I bite the land eel? I'm gonna try and bite it. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.622015

>>622012
>>622012
You smash her free!

Maeda collapses from exhaustion.

Lilly [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Maeda [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Marina [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] HLP
Rhanna [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]

Snake [Constricting]

 No.622016

>>622015
Oww…
but not really?
"Hey, this doesn't actually hurt for some reason."

 No.622017

>>622015
'1d10' bite bite bite!

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.622018

>>622015
Quickly spring up, since I'm unopposed.
Roll in case you want it. Or we can pause since no sion or groves.
'1d10'
>>622016
"Que!?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.622019

>>622017
>>622016
Rhanna eats Marina free.

>>622018
After the fight is over, you can get up at your leisure.

 No.622020

>>622019
That was brutal, pup.

 No.622022

>>622020
She spits a few times
"I am never eating snakes again… The meat is soft but so gross… Eew…"

"Are you okay though?"

 No.622023

>>622019
>>622017
"You've got some teeth on you."
Shake off the land eel guts.
"I wonder if it cooks well, like eel…?"

 No.622025

>>622023
"I know I'm not eating it… Unless you put some fancy spices on it."

 No.623672

With the snakes dealt with, the canopy seems a little less dense. Or, you can find a way to deal with that wall of hedgery and press on.

Hat magic is refreshed. Also, reminder, you haven't had a good meal today.

 No.623673

>>623672
So hungry…
I should have brought something from the sub.

And I'm not gonna eat land eel.

Hat magic a bunch of apples from my hat '1d10+2'

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

 No.623674

>>623673
I meant you didn't eat Marina's delicious cooking today, but apples are good too. It doesn't help the withdrawals of course.

 No.623675

>>623672
Rhanna rubs her stomach. "Hhmmnn… So, we're still trying to get through these right?" She motions to the hedgery
"hmn… But maybe…"
'1d10' appraise

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.623676

>>623675
There's a passage at the bottom you could crawl through, but it's too small for a full grown pony.

 No.623677

>>623674
She cooked?
I'll have some!

 No.623678

>>623677
She was making eel. Better let her finish. Work on your hedge in the meantime.

 No.623679

>>623676
She scratches her head
>>623677
"Miss Selena, I'll be right back" She turns to the pegasus and crawled through for exploring and adventure

 No.623680

>>623679
Roll a save

 No.623681

>>623680
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.623682

>>623678
I should just put it on fire.
But that might be more trouble than it's worth.

Can I borrow Marina's spear to chop the hedge down?

 No.623683

>>623681
You're so busy avoiding being pricked by vines from above, you don't look out below! There's an unexpected pit you tumble down into. On the bright side, it's just a dirt pit.

>>623682
I believe she uses a trident. In any case, it would be even less effective than those swords!

 No.623684

>>623683
But I only have a gun!
T-try to pull a machete out of my hat? '1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

 No.623685

>>623683
"woooOOAAAAAH-ow…"
Getting back on her footing, the dog looked around, ears raised up in alarm as she scanned her surroundings, immediately having her Weapon at ready
'1d10'appraise

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.623686

>>623684
A machete will make quick work of these vines. You chop them down, and find Rhanna at the bottom of a shallow, ten foot dirt pit.

Fortunately, it looks like beyond that it will be a smooth route up to the volcano.

 No.623687

>>623685
The walls of the pit are made of dirt, porous and easy to tear apart.

 No.623688

>>623686
Great!
Hmmm, I'll keep this machete.
Just like I still have my parasol I got from Itztli.

Wipe the sweat from my forehead.
"Look the volcano is close!"

 No.623689

>>623687
Digging it is then!
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.625066

>>623689
This is a particularly easy place to dig, so you get out no problem.

>>623688
It looks like Marina finished cooking her "land eels".

 No.625067

>>625066
How are we advancing?

"What's a land eel? You mean a snake?"

 No.625068

>>625066
I'm hungry as fuck.
How does it smell?

 No.625069

>>625066
Alright
Keep going ahead, always alert to any danger and this time, remembering to look down this time, crawling through the small passage

 No.625070

>>625067
The shrubs were cut down at last. The way up is clear when you feel ready to confront the caldera.

>>625068
It smells like cooked snake. She grilled it and spiced it.

 No.625071

>>625067
"Is that what they're called? I just called them 'land eels' because they look like eels."

 No.625072

>>625070
>>625071
"Can I have a piece?"

 No.625073

>>625070
Eating snake or going into a volcano… what a choice.

>>625071
>>625072
"… Aren't we supposed to avoid eating meat?"

 No.625074

>>625072
>>625073
I'll chew a piece of one and offer some to Selena.
"What's wrong with meat? It's different than fish, but it still fills your tummy."

 No.625075

>>625073
"When you live on a pirate ship long enough, you learn to eat anything."

 No.625076

>>625074
"It'd fill my tummy with cramps, I think."

>>625075
"Uh… anything?"

 No.625077

>>625076
"That's why you garnish it with herbs and stuff! I know you're not seaponies, but you should still be able to stomach this. I think."
I'll offer some to Lilly.
"It's better if you don't eat the skin."

 No.625078

>>625076
Give you a hard look.
"Anything. Only the higher ups got decent food. We usually had to survive on whatever the quartermaster found growing on the side of the ship."

>>625074
Take a bite.
Just chew and swallow. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.625079

>>625077
Carefully taste some.
"We can't be lollygagging for too long. I don't have the time for that."

>>625078
"You make it sound all sinister! I'm actually really good at survival in the wilderness because of my job requiring me to camp out all the time."

 No.625080

>>625079
"Sometimes…during the bad times…we drew straws on who to eat…"

 No.625081

>>625080
I'll gasp.
"That's horrible!"

 No.625082

>>625070
Shake my head as I came to myself.
Wait where are we?

 No.625083

>>625080
"What!"
Flap my wings and flutter away from you.

 No.625084

>>625081
>>625083
I laugh.
"I'm just pulling your leg."

 No.625085

>>625082
You were following these ponies. You managed to get a ship to the mainland from that crazy place you were abducted. They said they're headed back to the town you wanted to arrive at - New Earth - but they're making a stop here at this volcano first. They haven't said why.

>>625081
>>625079
>>625076
Anyone who ate the meal gets the benefits

 No.625086

>>625084
"Aren't you a comedian. Egh!"

 No.625087

>>625084
I'll scrunch and puff up my cheeks.
"That's an awful joke."
>>625085
I'll pick up Slam and Martial Defender again. I get the feeling I'll need it later.

 No.625088

>>625069
The way is clear!

 No.625089

>>625088
Head back
>>625084
>>625086
>>625087
''It's all safe ahead there! I checked, just watch out for a nasty hole in the way…''

 No.625090

>>625085
I'll take martial defender.

 No.625091

>>625090
You aren't a Knight!

 No.625092

>>625085
Great. volcano's.
An island with a volcano on it, I remember when volcanic forts are the in thing back then when it is cool.
Surely these bumpkins dont know how cool volcanoes are! Go and approach the group of ponies eating eels and ask why we are in this god forsaken rock.

>>625087
>>625086
>>625089
"Oi, why are we in this rock? This doesnt look like the new world you guys are talking about!"

 No.625093

>>625088
>>625089
"Then we can finally make headway."
Go forward

 No.625094

>>625092
Lil dog shrugs

 No.625095

>>625091
Oh right, I'll take Hawkeye then.

>>625092
>>625093
"Please. Thank you."

 No.625096

>>625092
"I don't know either, but Lilly and Selena decided it was a detour worth taking."
>>625093
Guess we're heading out. I'll follow after making sure my fire's out.

 No.625097

>>625096
>>625089
>>625095
>>625093
>>625092
Everyone ready to head out?

Flagon and Rhanna didn't eat the meal.

 No.625098

>>625096
>>625095
Just close my arms together while following the group wherever they are going.
"A detour eh? Its worth undertaking if it has gold in it that is. Are there treasure's in this rock worth for this detour?"

 No.625099

>>625097
I am, pretty much.

 No.625100

>>625097
She did not!

>>625096
''Did…did ya cooked sumthing?'' She sniffs the air a bit
''I feel that raw snake head wasn't enough…''

 No.625101


 No.625102

>>625100
I'll blanch.
"R-raw? No, here, I cooked some."

 No.625103

>>625097
Let's go.
We don't have much time!

 No.625104

>>625098
If you eat the meal, you get a bonus skill point and wound.

 No.625105

>>625104
I'll keep the bonus skill point for now.

 No.625106

>>625102
''Yeah…It was like, all kinds of gross too!''
She eats and eats, licking her lips like a dog
''Thanks Marina! omononomnomnomnom''

 No.625107

>>625104
>>625104
Go and grab a bite then.

 No.625108


 No.625109

>>625108
'1d10' A DISTURBANCE?

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.625110

>>625108
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.625111

>>625108
Very observant as always.

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.625112

>>625108
'1d10'
Hope there aren't more snakes…

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.625113

>>625108
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.625114

>>625113
>>625112
>>625110
>>625109
Nothing

>>625111
+Survival

On the way up, you notice that in the rich silt that supports all the tree life on this volcano, there are trails in the sand – as though left by snakes. But almost like snakes that are dragging large objects… They lead up to a rock outcropping between four large trees that appears totally innocent, but the tracks suddenly stop there.

 No.625115

>>625114
Hold up a hoof.
"Guys? I think we've got a snake problem."

 No.625116

>>625115
Stop immediately and take out my machete

 No.625117

>>625115
"More snakes…?"
I'll look around a bit and ready my spear.
"I hope they don't drop on us again."

 No.625118

>>625116
"Look at these tracks, don't those look like they're made by snakes? It's like they were dragging something to…"
Look at the rock.

 No.625119

>>625118
"Suspicious."
Knock on the rock…

 No.625120

>>625118
>>625119
The rock APPEARS fine, but it has a tinny sound when tapped with a hoof

 No.625121

>>625120
Huh…
"Is it metal?"

 No.625122

>>625115
''Another one?'' She stands alert and loads a bolt in the crossbolt, and also making a small scope, should help
'1d10' Gadget

>>625118
>>625120
The heck is up with that rock? She taps it with a paw
'1d10' appraise

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

 No.625123

>>625115
>>625114
Ready my short sword as I huff, still following the group.
"Thanks for the heads up there."

>>625118
My eyes smarted, my face with a visible frown.
"Snakes dragging something, wait a minute snakes dont have arms, that or maybe you are drunk Lilly."

 No.625124

>>625123
''Or maybe they had something tied or attached to their tails! Like a rattlesnake but instead of a rattle, it's something huge!''

 No.625125

>>625122
It IS rock – externally. It seems some sort of master craftsman has grafted real rock onto the outside of a hatch. With proper dig dog skills, you might be able to pry it open.

 No.625126

>>625124
My eyes widen.
"Wait that is a great idea…"
"Hey but who would tie or attached stones to snake?"

>>625125
Look at the rock too and see if I can observe anything… but dont touch it yet, let the more experienced doge handle it.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.625127

>>625125
''Oh oh I got it I got it! This rock here…it was like, put in a hatch or something…hold on…Lemme see if I can…''
'1d10' Digglet dig

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.625128

>>625120
>>625127
>>625126
Keep my weapon ready for sudden snake attacks.

 No.625129

>>625126
To the untrained eye, it appears to be a normal rock.

>>625127
It's shut too tightly! Maybe the big diamond dog will help you?

 No.625130

>>625129
>>625127
>>625128
"Maybe we should just leave it be guys…"

 No.625131

>>625130
"What if somepony is in trouble?"

 No.625132

>>625131
"Well, then we'd have to get them out of trouble, right?"

 No.625133

>>625126
>>625129
''Hmmmngh…Hey Flagon! Lend me a paw here please? I don't want to be the only one doing all the digging!''

>>625130
''What? pfft, it's just a rock Lilly, there must be super cool stuff inside or like hidden treasure or…well or it can be the snake hideout…'' She looks a bit somber at the last part
''But I'm itching to find out!''

 No.625134

>>625133
I scratch my head before approaching Rhanna to lend a hand.
"Alright little guy, but you have to tell me where to dig? I cant even figure out what you are doing here."

 No.625135

>>625134
''Hey! I'm a Girl not a guy!'' She pokes his arm with a finger
''And look, it's like a hatch with rock graftd into it somehow…I dunno how it was done…but we can dig it out and force the hatch open. If somepony went through the trouble of hiding this hatch SO well. then whatever it is down there is probally worth our time, so come on!''

 No.625136

>>625132
"Indeed."

 No.625137

>>625133
>>625134
>>625135
Chuckle.
"I'm just teasing ya little bug wug."
I then crack my knuckles.
"Alright, lets open this thing up."
Help Rhanna, following whatever she is doing with the rock.
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.625138

>>625137
>>625136
>>625135
>>625130
>>625131
>>625132
In a show of strength, Flagon cracks apart the rock and pulls loose the hatch. Inside, there is a rough-hewn mine path lit by lanterns. It seems to not just be level, but instead descends into the volcano…

 No.625139

>>625138
"….this is very unusual for snakes.
Maybe somepony is controlling them!"

 No.625140

>>625138
>>625135
My eyes widen at the sight and look back at the party in bewilderment.
"By my fathers liver what is this. How did you know there is a place like this in this goddamn rock Rhanna? Is this a dog fort?"

 No.625141

>>625138
>>625139
"This is weird. And I'm really familiar with weird."

 No.625142


 No.625143

>>625142
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.625144

>>625142
Perceptive pony for once '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.625145

>>625138
>>625139
''I know right?! I thought the same too! I bet it's like, a super weird pony that raises snake for it's evil bidding!''

>>625140
''I really doubt it's a dog forth…I mean it could be but…Doesn't feel like it…and really, don't you think this is all odd? I mean, snakes come after us to catch us and they didn't even try to eat us like actual snakes do! I think they are working for someone and we can find it down here who that someone is! I mean it all connects…Ooh boy, my tummy is all tingly…''

>>625142
'1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.625146

>>625142
!
'1d10'

>>625145
I grin and gives a thumbs up.
"I'm with ya. dont worry about that. Ol Flagon got ya gals covered."

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.625147

>>625145
>>625144
>>625143
It seems to stretch on for quite a ways.

The air inside is cool.

 No.625148

>>625147
"Cold air in a volcano?"

 No.625149

>>625148
The mine is noticeably not hot. In fact, it's shady, so it's cooler than the tropical air outside. It seems to have good ventilation and the volcano is not active.

 No.625150

>>625146
''Well just remember to be quiet down there ya big goof! I'm totally sure we are not welcome down there, so we'll have to sneak around''
>>625147
>>625148
''A ventilation system maybe? I'm confused too!I thought snakes LIKED the heat?''

 No.625151

>>625147
>>625148
Maybe I do need glasses.
"Only one way to find out…We'll go in and teach those snakes a lesson they'll never forget."

 No.625152

>>625151
"Proper manners is a good lesson to remember."
>>625150
"Don't ask me, I lived underwater."

 No.625153

>>625152
She shrugs
''Well I never lived in a volcano…nor under it…''

 No.625154

>>625150
>>625151
>>625152
You head into the tunnel. It actually seems quite long, but as you head deeper, you begin to hear the echoes of some kind of chanting…

 No.625155

>>625154
Spooky…
Go further on the tip of my hooves.

 No.625156

>>625154
I'll mutter under my breath.
"Oh boy, chanting. We all know what that means…"

 No.625157

>>625156
"A party?"

 No.625158

>>625154
>>625152
>>625151
She tip toes on the way, ears perked up for this crazy chanting

>>625156
''shamans?''

 No.625159

>>625157
>>625158
"Well, back in the crab, it usually meant something in the walls would come out, or the floor, or the hallway would shift about three inches to the right."

 No.625160

>>625159
She gulps
''I'm glad we're not at that weird place anymore…''

 No.625161

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>>625155
>>625156
>>625158
>>625157
You come to an opening, out on a ledge. You can see there are a network of long sloping ramps that lead down the volcano. Hanging down far below in the great lava chamber there is a chained, hanging platform.

Of course, there is no lava here. This volcano is long-dead, just a rocky shell.

 No.625162

>>625161
On the platform below, there are ponies in robes. There's a chained up blue pegasus below – it looks like she's going to be sacrificed, if you know your cults!

 No.625163

>>625154
Just lower my head and let my more quieter friends approach as I keep at the back as soon as we heard the chanting.

>>625161
"No lava." I frown.
"this is not a dog fort after all."

 No.625164

>>625160
"It's home to me, though."
>>625161
>>625162
Oh geez.
"We gotta save them! I'm pretty sure most of us would die if we jumped from here, though."

 No.625165

>>625162
I look at the chained Pegasi and into the group.
"Oh dear, trouble ahead." I pointed.

 No.625166

>An 'you are here' dot would be nice

>>625163
''Nope…And those ponies are doing someting weird to that pegasus too!''
>>625164
''Miss Selena can fly!''

 No.625167

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 No.625168

>>625166
"Lilly can, too! But that's only two ponies. I don't know how long it would take to run down there… But we've got to try, right?"

 No.625169

>>625167
So would that rounded area at the bottom be a… cult de sac?

 No.625170

>>625162
chained blue pegasus!?!
But first thing first, do I see any of those snakes around?

 No.625171

>>625169
Black is platform
Gray are huge chains. Links are bigger than a pony.

Metal is an unknown alloy.

>>625170
Many. They seem to congregate in the pit below the platform. A few are lurking with the cultists above, too.

Wait a minute that pegasus…

It's Aira! She looks hurt.

 No.625172

>>625168
>>625170
''That is right! Miss Selena take this!'' She gives the pegasus her gadget
''Do you want me to sharper your weapon too? it should help''

 No.625173

>>625161
>>625162
"W-What kind of a sinister hole is this?"

 No.625174

>>625173
"Well, if it were more active it'd probably be an ash hole, but right now it looks like a lair."

 No.625175

>>625171
!!!!!!!!!
"That's Aira!"
Look for a way down.

 No.625176

>>625175
You can either fly down, or take the winding ramps carved into the sides of the volcanic chamber.

 No.625177

>>625171
I look at the group.
"H.. hey! Should we rescue her? This doesnt seem good at all."

 No.625178

>>625174
"This is way too spooky. Are they going to hurt that pegasus to summon some kind of a powerful demon?"

>>625175
O-Oh…
"Are you sure? We can fly over!"

 No.625179

>>625177
''Well Duh! But we're planning up. we can't just jump there and…well…We could surprise them but did you see all those snakes!?''

 No.625180

>>625177
"Of course we're going to rescue her!"
I'll start heading towards the ramp.
"But we're going to need to move if we want to get there in time."
>>625178
"Not if you shoot them first, I bet."

 No.625181

>>625178
>>625175
"Yes, we have to make sure they can't hurt her…"
Is there any trace of Aria?

 No.625182

>>625180
"I can try an aerial assault and spook the hell out of them back."

 No.625183

>>625180
>>625179
I grit my teeth and ready my weapons and flasks full of happiness then follow the group.

 No.625184

>>625182
"You and Selena are going to get to them first, the rest of us have to take the long way."
And down the ramp I start.

 No.625185

>>625181
There are other prisoners in the pit, but it's too far to make out more than just colored dots. There are blue dots.

>>625183
>>625182
>>625180
>>625179
The ramp it is. Marching order?

 No.625186

>>625185
I suppose I'm leading the charge for some Moon-forsaken reason.

 No.625187

>>625183
"Somepony make a distraction while I and Lilly swoop down and get her out of there…"

 No.625188

>>625185
Stay in the back linesand make ranged attacks
better sharpen my weapons!
'1d10' sharpen

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.625189

>>625185
>>625186
>>625187
"How about we make the distraction so the others can get down the ramp safely?"

 No.625190

>>625189
"That might be best. But we have to wait for the right moment, if they attack us all at once, they might overwhelm us."
Point to the cages.
"Perhaps if we can let out the other prisoners we can have help…"

 No.625191

>>625187
>>625187
>>625185
"Alright I'll try to make a distraction then."
I then ready my brews and spot a lone cultist that I can easily target.

>>625190
"Hmmmm… perhaps that could work. What if I befriend one of the cultist and he let them out?" I grin.

 No.625192

>>625185
Wait, those prisoners are in the pit with the snakes?

>>625190
"How do we do that? I'm sure those cages are locked…"

 No.625193

>>625191
They're all pretty bunched up on the platform. Roll perception.

 No.625194

>>625191
"I…don't think that will work and we don't have time for that."
Prepare a magic bolt potion.

>>625185
How many snakes/cultists are there?

 No.625195

>>625194
The bottom of the pit is so far that it's impossible to tell.

>>625192
Yes. They don't appear to be actively fighting.

 No.625196

>>625192
''I know! I could like, make a key to open the cages!''

 No.625197

>>625193
'1d10'

>>625194
I grit my teeth.
"Perhaps, so you guys plan to swoop in."

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.625198

>>625195
>>625196
"Start going down. I'll fly down and try to stall them. Maybe we get some extra time for all of you to come down and attack them…"

 No.625199

>>625195
>>625196
>>625198
"Even then they'd be exposed to the snakes… And surely they'd see us doing it."

 No.625200

>>625197
There are some cultists far below in the snake pit, but they're extremely far away.

>>625196
>>625194
>>625192
Selena can't make a potion – she has three already. Magic Bolt, Retaliate, Lifestream.

The ceremony below seems to be drawing to a close…

>>620395
Roll Dex

 No.625201

>>625200
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.625202

>>625198
>>625199
''Hmn…that is true…'' She scratches her head
''Darn it this is complicated and we're running out of time!''
She hesitantly started heading down

 No.625203

>>625201
The rocks of the slope give way under you (who's a chubby food pony?), causing you to slip! It doesn't destroy the path, just the surface rocks broke loose and slid off. You need to be rescued by a flier immediately!

 No.625204

PAUSE

 No.625205

>>625200
"No time then!"
Start flying down and help Marina '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.625206

>>625203
Ah bugger.
And I'm not chubby, I'm stout!

 No.625207

>>625200
"Selena, make some healing potions please…"

>>625203
Oh no! Go help her!

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.629005

>>625205
>>625207
>>625206
The sky ponies save the sea pony, but the cultists have noticed you!

The chanting below is drawing to a climax!

 No.629591

>>629005
!!!!
Dive down and land in front of Aira (or was it Aria?).
"STAY BACK!" Get out my gun!

 No.629592

>>629005
>>625205
"Well, while we're up here, want to divebomb them? It'll be faster than walking!"

 No.629593

>>625205
"Shut up! I'm not in the mood for Trotantine chanting today!"
I… guess I should dive down to save Selena's daughters.

Make a steep dive to get close to where they're being held.

 No.629594

>>629591
The high priest is going to stab you good! He's swinging his terrible crooked cult blade! Pick one:

>Just take it!

>Dodge out of the way! (Dex DC6)
>Disarm him! (Dex DC8)

>>629593
>>629592
You dive down to a crashing halt on the dias. On the dias, on the dias. Oooh on the dias!

One of you gets dogpiled by snakes, and one of you gets surrounded by angry cultists. Which foe would you prefer? It's first come, first serve!

 No.629595

>>629594
Dodge! '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.629596

>>629594
I'll take the snakes.

Slash some of their heads off with a good Cleaving of my sword. Let's say 4 of them.

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.629597

>>629592
Or I would be saying that if I weren't already down here. So out comes the spear and I'll rush over to the sacrificial pony. Hopefully she's not chained down, since spears don't really cut metal that well.

 No.629598

>>629594
Ah dang.
So I'll deal with the cultists… Knock one out maybe with my spear? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.629599

>>629595
You dodge out of the way, and he stabs Aira instead!

… He looks confused, and tries stabbing her a few more times. Nothing's happening. The chanting kinda peters out. Some nearby underpriests ask, "Did you put the knife in the right side up?"

"Try jiggling it!"

"You remembered to bathe the ritual dagger in the tears of innocents this morning, correct?"

"Maybe she's not a virgin!"

Aira flails about on the altar, having been stabbed a few times recently.

"Say, could you adventurers come back tomorrow?"

>>629596
You badly wound four of them, but the sixth grapples you with its whole constrictor body!

>>629597
The cultists have you surrounded!

They start flinging crazy mumbo jumbo magic at you. Roll 1d100, 1d20, 1d12, and 1d30!

 No.629600

>>629598
You smash one in the head with the spear. Don't roll the d30

 No.629601

Rhanna

You're still stuck way up on the ramp down because you can't fly! Better think of something quick! For example, you could try to fashion something to zipline down the cables that hold up the platform below, or make a surf-board to ride the ramp all the way to the bottom, or something else.

 No.629602

>>629599
>>629600
Uh.
'1d100' '1d20' '1d12'

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 3 = 3 / Roll #3 6 = 6

 No.629603

>>629599
Urgh!

Struggle myself free!

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.629604

>>629601
Goshdangit why couldn't she have wings or something?!
She looks at the lines and gets an idea
She puts the crossbow on one of them, takes a deep breath before jumping, gripping the hold of the crossbow with her dear life
'1d10' ziplinin

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.629605

Selena

Before you can respond, the platform jerks downward – one of the corners lost its support line and is falling! Dex save to stay on!

>>629602
You feel uneasy…
Something tastes great! You feel off balance, though…
You feel more honest, suddenly!

Quick, attack while they're reloa– OH NO THE PLATFORM IS JERKING! AH! ONE CORNER COLLAPSED! DEX SAVE TO NOT SLIDE OFF!

>>629603
You bust out of the snake. He rolls off the platform and falls probably a hundred feet. Eeegh. Well, one more snake bites the dust.

Time for some payba– OH NO THE PLATFORM IS JERKING! AH! ONE CORNER COLLAPSED! DEX SAVE TO NOT SLIDE OFF!

>>629604
Almost immediately your crossbow line catches the hook where the support wires are secured to the wall. You're free-falling through a dead volcano! Roll to hold on for dear life!

 No.629606

>>629605
Oh nooooo
'1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.629607

>>629605
I have wings!

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.629608

>>629605
AAAAAAAHHH
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.629609

>>629605
Dex save '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.629610

>>629607
>>629606
Lilly manages to stay on the platform, but Marina is freefalling!

Two snakes managed to stay on the platform!
Two cultists managed to stay on the platform!

>>629608
You make a terrible swing all the way down to the bottom of the pit, hanging a mere 40 feet above the bottom of the dead volcano. Prisoners are being held there. It's a dangerous fall, though…

And it looks like a thirty foot climb straight up to climb the steel cable up to the platform, which is now tilted sideways…

>>629609
You get thrown from the platform! Pull up! Pull up!

 No.629611

>>629610
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

 No.629612

>>629610
Fly back up!

 No.629613

>>629610
Dive down and catch Marina!

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.629614

>>629613
>>629611
Lilly rescues Marina (again). Swooping down to carry up the swooning damsel.

While you're below, you see Rhanna holding onto a cable for dear life. You think you know why the platform suddenly detached.

>>629612
The cultist leader is fleeing with her followers, but Aira is still chained up and bleeding!

 No.629615

>>629614
>>629613
Cling to the pegasus.
"thankyouthnakyouthankyou"

 No.629616

>>629614
Fly to Aira and try to unchain her.
Do I have to roll for that?

"Don't worry, mommy's here!"

 No.629617

>>629614
>>629615
"I can't just let you go squish!"
See if I can put her down safely somewhere. Then dive for Rhanna.

 No.629618

>>629616
She groans. It looks like she's in a daze, but your medical knowledge suggests it isn't shocked. She must be drugged.

She's got chains of steel. You'll need the key, or to break them. Alternatively, the altar she's chained to is only made of stone.

>>629617
There's the uneven platform above, though it's getting a little less uneven as cultists depart it in haste. Even below you can see cultists are clearing out into tunnels at the base of the volcano.

 No.629619

>>629618
Get out my gun and shoot those chains! '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.629620

>>629617
"And I'm really glad for that. I'm going to have to cook you something really nice for dinner today."

 No.629621

>>629619
Save dex

 No.629622

>>629621
?
'1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.629623

>>629618
>>629620
Put her down at the base as well then!

 No.629624

>>629610
>>629610
"Well… I am doomed"
She tried holding on as much as she could while waiting for rescue and thinking of a plan

 No.629625

>>629622
Your last thought before the chains explode is: I probably should've thought this through.

You hear a shattering sound and shrapnel flies everywhere, and your eyes explode with pain as the world goes dark. You feel uneasy and off balance. You feel a terrible throbbing pain in your head.

>>629623
>>629620
Marina is safely deposited at the bottom of the volcano. There are some prisoners here – all ponies. They were abandoned. Some are chained, but most aren't. All of them look dazed and indifferent to the danger of the precarious platform above.

You hear a blood curdling scream from up on the platform where Selena is.

>>629624
You see Lilly zip by to drop Marina off below you on the ground! Or you could try building up enough momentum to swing to one side of the volcano and jump off… or you could try to climb up, but it's a long climb…

 No.629626

>>629625
>>629623
"That didn't sound good… you'd better check on Selena! I'll stay here and free the prisoners."
Now… I don't suppose there's a key floating around here anywhere?

 No.629627

>>629625
Aaaaaaa!
Do I still have a healing potion?

 No.629628

>>629626
No obvious keys. They were probably being carried by those cultists who ran off in fear. Only a few of the prisoners were actually chained up, though – the ones that actually look lucid.

>>629627
You already drank that! Your current spell potions are: Magic Bolt, Retaliate, Lifestream

 No.629629

>>629628
Let's go talk to them, then!

 No.629630

>>629628
Oh well, can I see anything or what?

 No.629631

>>629625
>>629626
"Of course!"
Go see what's going on with Selena!

 No.629632

>>629625
>>629623
>>629623
"Heeey, Lilly! Can ya please help me? It's… Really high up here… "

 No.629633

>>629629
"HELP! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! IT'S TEETERING RIGHT ABOVE US! AAAAAAH!"

>>629630
It's like trying to stare into the sun – just trying to focus your eyes is very painful.

>>629631
She's hoofing at her eyes – they look like they were stabbed. Aira is broken free, but looks totally disoriented. She has stood up, but is now wandering about on the platform and soon to trot over the edge.

Rhanna calls for help from below. You can't be everywhere at once!

>>629632
Roll endurance to stay on!

 No.629634

>>629633
Okay.
Try to get up but don't walk
"Aira?"

 No.629635

>>629633
"You're not going to die! We're going to all get out of here and everything will be great! Now, why are those ponies wandering around like someone ate their brains?"

 No.629636

>>629633
Uuuuugh!
'1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.629637

>>629633
AAAAAAAAA
"Selena, stay still!"
Grab Aira, I need to get her to safety.

>>629634
"What happened!? You're looking awful! I've got Aira here."

 No.629638

>>629637
"Get her to safety…don't worry about me!"

 No.629639

>>629637
Drop down to the ground with Aira then. Deposit her at the tunnel.

 No.629640

>>629634
"Uhhh… mmm?"

She sounds like she's nearby…

>>629635
"They gave them some kind of drink… they keep giving it to them every morning – it probably wears off after like a day. Get me out of here!"

>>629636
Your arms are burning, but you hold on! …But for how long? You better come up with something fast!

>>629639
You drop off Aira near Marina.

 No.629641

>>629639
Aira mutters something as you carry her down, but it gets lost to the wind.

 No.629642

>>629640
I'll just stand still. I fucked up enough already. If I feel like I'm falling I'll just try to fly in position.

 No.629643

>>629640
"Okay, but I don't have a key. You wouldn't happen to know where those cult ponies keep it, do you? Please don't say it's on the leader…"

 No.629644

>>629640
>>629641
"Stay here, you!"
Need to go save Rhanna… Go catch her!

 No.629645

>>629640
"Argh!"
Screw it! She tries swinging to the other side as best as she could
'1d10' pls

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.629646

>>629642
You stand still enough that you can get a better grasp on the sounds around you. In the distance, you hear a crumbling sound. You'd put it at between twenty and sixty feet out.

>>629643
"No, I think there are like… witchdoctors or something. Medicine ponies. Just break the chains or something! They're all gone, and we need to be gone now too!"

Aira gets dumped unceremoniously nearby. She's bleeding badly.

>>629644
>>629645
Rhanna swings… and falls!

Lilly swoops out of nowhere to save her!

 No.629647

>>629645
>>629644
Or nevermind, better stay still And wait for Lilly to come to the rescue

 No.629648

>>629646
>>629645
Fly back down with Rhanna.
"Go help get those chained ponies free! Hurry!"

 No.629649

>>629646
Well, might as well die trying something. Slowly step forward while holding out a hoof.
Perk my ears to listen better.

 No.629650

>>629646
Ah geez…
>>629648
"I don't have anything to break the chains with! And this pony you just put down here needs medical attention! Where's Selena?"

 No.629651

>>629647
>>629644
>>629646
She holds on to Lilly for her dear life
"T-that was scary… Thanks Lilly…" She shivers
Did she still have her crossbow?

 No.629652

>>629648
"You got it!" She runs as Lilly drops her down, towards the chained pones

 No.629653

>>629650
"She's wounded, I need to go get her! Let Rhanna help with those chains, quick!"

 No.629654

>>629649
Oof! You bump into something about torso high. It feels like rock.

You reflexively lower your hoof to feel it. It's warm, stone… there are etchings in it. Clearly writing… not in Equestrian, though…

You hear yelling from below. It sounds like Lilly and Rhanna!

>>629651
Yes.

>>629652
You arrive at chained horses. There are lots of other ponies nearby who are just wandering around unchained, but they seem disoriented.

The chained up ones are lucid though and beg you:

"HELP! HELP US!"

"GET US FREE!"

"HELP!"

>>629650
The platform looms ominously above.

 No.629655

>>629654
Must be that altar.
But what's that crumbling sound?

 No.629656

>>629654
Going to fly back up now to help Selena.
"Selenaaaaaa!"

 No.629657

>>629653
"Okay!"
>>629654
As long as it just looms, that's fine.
I'll make sure no one steps on Aira.

 No.629658

>>629655
It sounds like… rock!

WOAH! THE PLATFORM COLLAPSED FROM UNDER YOU! Another chain has broken free! You freefall. With nothing you see, you take a deep breath, and prepare for death.

Suddenly, you feel yourself in another pony's arms!

>>629657
Another chain broke loose! It's hanging above you at a full 90 degree angle, ready to pile-drive the ground below!

>>629656
You sweep her off the platform just after it gives way!

 No.629659

>>629656
I'm bewildered
"What?!?"

 No.629660

>>629657
When you check on Aira, you accidentally step on a pocket mirror. Aw, unlucky.

 No.629661

>>629658
Oh no. Oh no no no.
Use my spear, try and pry one of the links apart.
>>629660
Lame, and I didn't even roll for anything. I was just making sure no one stepped on her…

 No.629662

>>629661
And a roll for that prying '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.629663

>>629658
>>629659
"Gotcha!"
Fly down with her to the bottom.
"That platform won't hold much longer and there's ponies trapped with chains below! Do you have any potions that can melt steel? Can you make something to fix those eyes of yours?"

 No.629664

>>629654
"I'm gonna I'm gonna! But you ponies need to calm down! "
She took a good look at the chain
'1d10' appraise

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.629665

>>629661
Roll strength!

>>629663
You swoop down to the bottom. That platform is looking REALLY dangerous up above.

>>629664
It is actually a steel alloy with something cheaper. Maybe copper. You think you could exploit its harmonic resonance… if you can sing a really high-pitch A!

Roll for opera dog!

 No.629666

>>629663
>>629660

"Uhm…"
Fumble with my potions.
"I just have a Bolt potion."
Give that to Lilly.
"Don't worry about me, save those ponies!"
Take my hat and try to pull out a bolt-cutter. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

 No.629667

>>629662
>>629665
You strain… it's not giving way!

Some of your salt spills out of your cooking bag. Aw, unlucky…

 No.629668

>>629667
Well, I can make more salt by filtering water. Or something. Try harder! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.629669

>>629666
You stick your hoof into the magic hat. You grab something inside, but it has an unusual texture. It feels like…

Disappointing your mother. The surface of whatever you're grabbing feels exactly like what you felt the first time you tried to mix a potion, and it exploded, ruining the inside of your wagon. Mom was so disappointed… if you had only waited a few more hours for her to return, she would've shown it to you herself…

You feel depressed.

 No.629670

>>629668
You get distracted by a black cat crossing the only escape tunnel. Aw, unlucky.

 No.629671

>>629670
What is a cat even doing here?!
Urgh, one more try! I can do this! '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.629672

>>629665
>>629665
She breathes in… And…
'1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.629673

>>629671
You notice the umbrella in Selena's bag suddenly springs open. Indoors!

Aw, unlucky…

>>629672
>>629671
>>629666
>>629663
There's a loud screeching sound from Rhanna! It's terrible!

Suddenly, all of the chains spring open, and the prisoner ponies that are lucid run out into the escape tunnel!

 No.629674

>>629673
"Yeah I did it!" She does a fist pump

 No.629675

>>629673
What is even going on…
But they're free, so we'll take it for now.
Time to herd the drugged ponies out of here.
>>629674
"You sure did! Now, we've got to get these drugged ponies out of here! Can you help put the wounded one over my back? I don't think she can move on her own."

 No.629676

>>629665
>>629673
Uuuuuuh, time to get these dazed ponies out into the tunnel!
"Selena, follow my voice! Run run run!"

 No.629677

>>629676
Try to get up and follow Lilly's voice

 No.629678

>>629675
"I sure can!" She shows her arm muscles as she does as told, hoping she would be strong enough
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.629679

>>629675
They are pretty pliable and wander in the direction you shove them.

That platform doesn't look like it will hold much longer!

>>629677
>>629676
You two make your way for the tunnel, and head out. It's a little stuffier in here, and the path is definitely headed up.

>>629674
>>629675
Rhanna loads Aira onto Marina's back, but she collapses immediately.

>>629675
You notice, to your surprise, that you've lost a LOT of weight. You're all skin and bones. Huh?

 No.629680

>>629679
"AIRA! WHERE'S ARIA!"

 No.629681

>>629679
This is patently impossible.
>>629680
"I've got her! I just need to move!"
So now I'll move, dammit! Without dropping Aira. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.629682

>>629679
>>629680
"She's here Miss Selena! She's safe!"
"W-what happened to her?" She stampers

 No.629683

>>629679
Now what!

Go back to help Marina, Rhanna and Aira!

 No.629684

>>629681
"Come ooon move it!" She tries to help
'1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.629685

>>629684
"I'm trying! I think those cultists cursed me or something!"

 No.629686

>>629682
Walk in circles.
"Where? Where is she? Take me to her!"

 No.629687

>>629681
You can't move, she's too heavy for your newfound lightweightedness!

>>629684
>>629683
>>629681
Rhanna drags off Aira. It doesn't look very healthy, but at least she's to the tunnel now.

>>629680
You hear Aira's breathing nearby. It's fast. She must need treatment soon.

 No.629688

>>629685
"What did they do to Miss Selena?!"
>>629686
"She's fainted and she doesn't look good…"

 No.629689

>>629687
Drag Marina into the tunnel as well.

>>629686
"Selena! We need healing potions! If you can't brew them, we'll do it for you but you need to tell us how!"

 No.629690

>>629687
Ow, I'll run close to her following that sound.
Once I feel the sun on my face I'll try to make a healing potion.
What's the modifier.

 No.629691

>>629687
Ugh. What is wrong with me…?
>>629688
"I don't know, I fell off before I saw much of anything."
>>629689
I'll glumly apologize.
"I just don't know what's going on. Everything feels weird."

 No.629692

>>629690
You can't brew potions while blinded. But you did show Rhanna how to do it one time, right? Maybe she could be your eyes…

>>629691
You notice thirteen stones fall off the platform from above as it rumbles. Aw, unlucky…

>>629689
Not a bad idea.

 No.629693

>>629692
Well, at least there aren't any ladders down here…

 No.629694

>>629692
"Rhanna, do exactly what I say!"
Help Rhanna through the process. Do I need to roll for that?

 No.629695

>>629690
>>629689
"I can help! I know I… Oh here!" She starts making a tool to help with brewing
'1d10' gadget

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.629696

>>629694
Yeah. Roll with +5 because it's trivial for you. Your result will determine how much of a bonus Rhanna gets.

>>629695
You don't have enough glass here for an alembic, unfortunately. You'll have to brew it by hand.

Roll to brew potions as Selena explains it! You need to roll very well to succeed.

 No.629697

>>629696
'1d10+5'

Roll #1 7 + 5 = 12

 No.629698

>>629692
Well looks like Rhanna has it covered.

>>629693
"Marina, what's happening to you? Are you hurt? Bleeding?"

 No.629699

>>629695
You get +4 to your roll

 No.629700

>>629694
>>629696
>>629694
"I won't disappoint you miss Selena!"
'1d10+4'

Roll #1 7 + 4 = 11

 No.629701

>>629700
You brew up a coagulant with lots of nutritious iron! This is definitely a good cure for hemorrhaging.

You administer the potion and Aira starts to look better immediately.

>>629700
>>629698
>>629697
>>629693
You hear an ear-shattering BOOM and there's a cloud of dust that blows up the tunnel from below. The platform must have slammed into one of the walls of the volcano. One chain left. You don't want to be around when it runs out – even in the tunnel.

You are deafened for one round.

 No.629702

>>629698
"No, but-"
>>629701
Wince. Let's keep moving.

 No.629703

>>629701
Lower my ears and stand up…

 No.629704

>>629701
She tears up with a big smile
"I did it! I can brew! Yeah!"

 No.629705

>>629704
>>629702
You can't hear yourself!

>>629704
>>629703
>>629702
You charge out of the oppressive, dusty darkness of the tunnel, and take a deep breath as you exit into the shining sun of the world outside the volcano.

Free at last.

Other than Selena, you can see the prisoners have formed into a sort of large party that is traveling toward New Earth. From your vantage, you can see it in the distance. It's only a couple of miles away.

 No.629706

>>629703
She helps Selena up, making sure she's Alright
"Are you okay? What happened with your eyes?"

 No.629707

>>629706
>>629705
"My fault. Where's Aira?"
Start walking around trying to find her.

 No.629708

>>629705
Well, we need to take stock of ourselves before we go haring off after them.
Let's move away from the mouth of the cave. I'll herd the others away from there and off to the side.

 No.629709

>>629707
You can hear her breathing heavily nearby. She must have passed out from the pain earlier.

>>629708
>>629706
You move away from the mouth of the tunnel before another blast of dust shoots out. In the distance, you hear a loud, calamitous sound.

 No.629710

>>629705
Time to vomit in a bush.

 No.629711

>>629709

Feel around, once I've found her, hug her and stroke her mane.

 No.629712

>>629709
Now that we're in the clear, at least for the moment, I need to clear my head.
Shake my head a few times, see if that doesn't get some of the cobwebs out and help speed up my hearing recovery.

 No.629713

>>629709
Perk my ears again, what's that sound in the distance?

 No.629714

>>629705
>>629707
"She's okay, she's…
>>629711
"Yeah…" She smiles
>>629709
"Woah what was that?" She Perks her ears, trying to find the source
ofthe Sound

 No.629715

>>629710
You feel hungrier after that, but your stomach is a little more settled.

>>629711
She's hot… burning up, really. A fever. Nothing dangerous but… a couple of teardrops land on her forehead. It makes you feel so helpless. She has to fight it now. You've done all you can.

>>629712
You can hear once more. You feel REALLY hungry.

>>629713
>>629714

Sounded like the platform hit the bottom of the volcano.

 No.629716

>>629715
Hug her tighter and give her a kiss on the head.
"Stay strong, Aira."

>>629710
"Lilly!"

 No.629717

>>629715
Wipe my mouth.

>>629716
"Selena! We need to get you guys to a doctor quick!"

 No.629718

>>629717
"Did you see Aria?"

 No.629719

>>629715
Hello.

 No.629720

>>629718
"Uh…"

>>629715
Look among the other escapees, is there any pony who looks like Aira or Selena?

 No.629721

>>629715
Silence your growling, tummy, there are more important things that that at the moment.
>>629718
"Who is Aria?"

 No.629722

>>629717
>>629716
''yeah! just a healing potion won't go far!''
>>629718
''Oh I think I did, let me look''
she looks around the other ponies, looking for one that looked like Selena

 No.629723

>>629719
Not enough food, nowhere to sit, and nothing but small talk!

>>629720
They're now in the distance, hiking back to New Earth. There are blue ponies though.

>>629721
But there are so many laaaaand fooooods

 No.629724

>>629722
They're now in the distance, hiking back to New Earth. There are blue ponies though.

 No.629725

>>629723
Where are we and how many of us are there right now?

 No.629726

>>629723
Later.

 No.629727

>>629721
''It's Selena's daughter!''
>>629724
She runs up to them
''HEEEEEEY!'' She puts her paws on the sides of her mouth
''HEEEEEEEEEY ARIAAAA!''

 No.629728

>>629721
"Selena's other daughter! They're twins!"

>>629723
Let's fly over and spot.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

 No.629729

>>629727
>>629728
"Oh."
>>629724
By the way, am I any steadier on my feet, or am I still wasting away for some reason?

 No.629730

>>629725
Your party is always counted as six no matter how many of you are 'active'. But right now you have a bonus member to your retinue, the unconscious Aira.

Yourself
Marina the Sea Pony
Lilly the Nightmare-Scorned
Rhanna the Dangerous Dog
Flagon the Terminally Unavailable
Selena the Currently Blinded by Shrapnel

>>629729
You aren't actively wasting away, just a lot skinnier than you were. It's like you went without eating for a month over the course of a minute. It stopped, but you're still very skinny.

>>629728
There are a lot of blue ponies! It's like playing where's waldpone!

 No.629731

>>629727
The crowd of prisoners is pretty big. Nopony replies to you though.

 No.629732

>>629730
>>629718
"Selena! What does her cutie mark look like!? What are her exact colors!?"

 No.629733

>>629730
>>629731
She doesn't give up!
'1d10' screamo
''AAAAAAAARIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YOUR MOM SELENA IS OVER HEEEEEREEE!''

Roll #1 4 = 4

 No.629734

>>629730
I need something of you.
My sheet.

"Well, now that we are done patting each other on the back…
I will go hunt for something more filling than grass."
That is, if we actually have food problems.

 No.629735

>>629730
Well, once we get to town and Selena to a doctor, then I can worry about food.
>>629734
"Well, there's a town there… the Cultists might have gone to ground in there, but there's also probably food. And a doctor for Selena's eyes."

 No.629736

>>629734
You don't actually have food problems per se, but you have some hungry party members. Seemed like maybe some magic involved. Your foraging leads you to notice there's a town with a bar only two miles from here, easily visible in the distance downhill.

>>629733
No response!

 No.629737

>>629735
Turn to Selena, sitting beside her.

"Could one of your potions fix your eyes?"

 No.629738

>>629732
"She looks exactly like Aira!"
Her cutie mark is [insert whatever it is here]

 No.629739

>>629736
>>629738
Well, I know her cutie mark now. Time to get spotting for that mark.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

 No.629740

>>629737
"Yes, once this shrapnel is out of my eyes…"
I guess it begins to hurt now that the adrenaline is wearing off.

 No.629741

>>629736
Okay now that's just rude!
She takes a moment to make something to channel her voice and make sure EVERYPONY will listen!
'1d10' gadget

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.629742

>>629740
"If you guide me through the preparation, I could manage to brew the healing potion.
I could be your eyes."

 No.629743

>>629741
>>629739
No one replies, you don't think she's here in the mob…

Rhanna makes a cone to amplify her voice.

 No.629744

>>629740
"I can't find her… Maybe she wasn't at the volcano?"

 No.629745

>>629743
She cracks her neck, coughing
''mimimimiiiii''
and then she push out her chest, taking a biiiiig breath and shouts into the cone
[insert big long Aria in caps here]
'1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10

 No.629746

>>629742
"Rhanna can do it…"

>>629744
Visions of her getting crushed in the volcano fill my mind's eye.
I just hold on to Aira.

 No.629747

>>629746
"Selena, if she was back in there we would've seen her. Everypony got out!"

 No.629748

>>629746
I'll pat her back.
"I'm sure she's fine. But you need help, Selena."

 No.629749

>>629745
You just manage to annoy some of the ponies. The pegasi among them take off. She's definitely not here.

 No.629750

>>629744
>>629746
"Calm down you both, I will try dreaming about her."
>>629749
Drop some dream wine straight into my eyes, and let the visions overtake me.
'1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.629751

>>629747
>>629748
Nod slowly.

 No.629752

>>629749
Her ears droop and she runs back to Selena, panting
>>629746
''I…*pant* she's not there miss Selena…''

 No.629753

>>629750
You see… a book of poetry. It's opening… the pages are cloudy… it's opened to take 203! The book's title… it was Annals of Yore.

You snap back to reality. Interesting. Might be useful if there's a library or book collector nearby.

 No.629754

>>629750
"Excuse me, I think I have the right to be riding high on adrenaline after all that!"

>>629751
"Let's just get you both to a doctor, okay?"

 No.629755


 No.629756


 No.629757

>>629751
"I can be your eyes, at least. Those guys did something to me so I can't carry your daughter, though."

 No.629758


 No.629759

>>629752
>>629754
>>629755
Yes, I get up and let them guide me to New Earth. I won't let go of Aira's hoof though.

 No.629760

>>629755
yep
>>629757
''I…phew…I can carry her…''

 No.629761

>>629753
That's not useful at all for finding Aira!

 No.629762

>>629760
I'll nod.

 No.629763

>>629761
Aira is by your feet. You're looking for Aria.

 No.629764

>>629757
"And you! We need to get you to a priest or something!"

 No.629765

>>629763
Har har.
Well let's carry her and head for New Earth.
>>629760
"You are tired enough. Why don't you help me put her on my back instead?"

 No.629766

>>629762
''Alright, so lemme just…''

>>629765
'What? no no I'm fine, really. I can carry her but…Yeah I guess it would be better if you did it…you have a strong back right Maeda?''

 No.629767

>>629764
"Or a food stand. I'm starving."

 No.629768

>>629766
Nod with a smile, patting her head.
"It's important to know one's limits."

 No.629769

>>629760
>>629759
>>629758
>>629756
>>629765
You trot into New Earth after a relatively short walk. It's amazing that civilization could exist so close to the cultist base of operations. Maybe some of them were once incognito here in the town…

The town itself is mostly spartan. A bunch of small apartment complexes. Barber shop slash surgeon. Dock and port authority. And at the center of the town, the lifeblood of all questing slash adventurous towns: the tavern.

It's named The Upper Hoof, and it's three stories tall!

 No.629770

>>629769
Once we've deposited Selena and Aira at the doctor's, it's off to the tavern for food.

 No.629771

>>629769
Let's take Selena and Aira to the surgeon straight away.

 No.629772

>>629768
''Well I'm not really as strong as I am smart!'' you pat the fuzzy dog head as she giggles
>>629769
to the doctor barber!

 No.629773

>>629769
"Keep your guard. Who knows where those cultist ponies ran off to…"

 No.629774

>>629769
I will mail my letter to the inquisition detailing the Red situation AND the moon heretics asap after dropping the girls off to a doctor.

 No.629775

>>629773
Once I'm at the doctor's I'll probably collapse.

 No.629776

>>629770
>>629771
>>629772
>>629773
The barber shop's pole is spinning – some sort of newfangled invention. It glows with the strange electrical essence you heard about back in Reptil.

The windows have heavy curtains drawn. If not for the glowing pole – which reads BARBAR OPEN (sic), you'd think it was closed. There's a door before you if you want to try it.

>>629774
There's a mail center in the Port Authority. You wonder if that mail pony, Lilly Belle, could expedite the sending somehow…

In any case, there's a public box if you don't want to trouble her.

 No.629777

>>629776
Knock knock.

 No.629778

>>629776
I really don't know her well enough. And atop that, she's on a race for her life.
Maybe if they have a church here I could use their mail system?

 No.629779

>>629776
''Oooooh that's cool'' her eyes glitter as she takes a look at it, trying to figure out how it works and such, like a curious child she is
'1d10' appraise

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.629780

>>629776
Push through the door.
"Ding ding!"

 No.629781

>>629777
>>629780
You hear a brutal voice from within yell.

"KROG OPEN. ENTER, PUNY CUSTOMER."

Lilly enters. The place smells like old, cured meat. In the center is a huge chair with straps. Looming over it is a huge buffalo. He looks like a total barbarian.

"YOU NEED A BARBAR, PONY? I CAN DO…"

He roars.

"STYLES!"

>>629779
Truly, electrical essence is a mysterious force.

>>629778
Nothing immediately apparent, but that doesn't mean that it isn't here. You could look around or ask someone.

 No.629782

>>629781
My mouth will water a bit at the strange meat smell, but shake my head.
"We need a doctor! We have two wounded ponies!"

 No.629783

>>629781
Do ask about it.

 No.629784

>>629781
''mister! we need medical treatment for these ponies! Also what is the deal with that thing on the outside? also, what's that smell of meat? are you cooking something?''

 No.629785

>>629783
It looks like there's someone sleeping inside the post annex, if you want to wake them. Alternatively, the port authority is open with a mare at the desk.

>>629782
>>629784
"HOLD ON NOW! ENOUGH! THE TREATMENT REQUIRED ISN'T…"

He shudders. "PHARMACEUTICAL, IS IT?"

 No.629786

>>629781
My eyes widen. Heartbeat fastens. Panic intensifies.

Time to hide.

 No.629787

>>629785
You know, I'm sure any passerby knows about a church.

 No.629788

>>629785
"Uhh… No? Not entirely, I think."
I'll help Selena through the door.
"Can you help her?"

 No.629789

>>629787
So approach one and ask!

>>629786
You slink away.

>>629788
"YESSSS. KROG CAN FIX THAT TERRIBLE MANESTYLE."

 No.629790

>>629789
''No! She needs to get well! to be healed!''

 No.629791

>>629789
YES FUCKING APPROACH ONE AND ASK WHAT I SAID TEN POSTS BEFORE THIS ONE FFS

 No.629792

>>629789
"No! Not her hair, her eyes! There's bits of metal all in there!"

 No.629793

>>629789
Check my mark.How much time do I have left?

 No.629794

>>629791
Use the roleplaying

>>629790
>>629792
"KROG CAN FIX THE MEAT TOO."

>>629793
After tonight, only four days left…

 No.629795

>>629794
Uh…
"Are… are you sure you're a doctor?"

 No.629796

>>629794
I approach the 50 ft tall Celestia in town and hand the letter straight to her.
Since for what I know she might very well be here, given how you described literally nothing of my surroundings.

 No.629797

>>629794
>>629792
''I think we should look for…someone else to do this Marina…'' She whispers

 No.629798

>>629795
"I AM A BARBAR. AND SURGEON."

 No.629799

>>629794
How tired am I right now? I've been trying to avoid sleep for so long… All this excitement isn't helping either.

Look at the others from my hiding spot.

>>629798
"Surgeon or… butcher?"

 No.629800

>>629797
I'll whisper back.
"But is there even anyone else…?"
>>629798
"W-well, uh."
I'll turn to Selena.
"Do you trust him enough to fix your eyes?"

 No.629801

>>629800
I'm passed out by now.

 No.629802

>>629799
"BOTH, AND ALSO A BARBAR."

Mostly physical tiredness, not so much mental.

 No.629803

>>629800
''Nooo…But I'm scared if he ends up hurting miss Selena even more…or blinding her forever…''

 No.629804

>>629802
"O-Oh.

Can you patch these ponies up or not? It's sort of urgent and…"
Look around uneasily at the meat.
"… Well I don't want to pressure you too much."

 No.629805

>>629801
Well, shit.
>>629803
I'll swallow hard.
>>629802
"Alright. I'll trust you not to put her in any worse of a condition. Her daughter needs seeing to as well, but I don't know how bad her wounds are…"

 No.629806

>>629781
Shake my head and look around, where am I?

I then look at the flagon that I got and see it empty before I frown. Have I been drinking too much again?!

 No.629807

>>629804
>>629805
"YES, I TOLD YOU SO! SO STRAP ONE IN!"

>>629806
A little town on the edge of the continent called New Earth. he town itself is mostly spartan. A bunch of small apartment complexes. Barber shop slash surgeon. Dock and port authority. And at the center of the town, the lifeblood of all questing slash adventurous towns: the tavern. It's named The Upper Hoof, and it's three stories tall!

 No.629808

>>629807
I'll do my best to get Selena into position. She's the more pressing one, currently.

 No.629809

>>629808
"GOOD! NOW, I WORK!"

The bulging, bulked buffalo heads into his back room to retrieve tools.

 No.629810

>>629807
>>629808
Help strap Selena there and pat her head
''You're gonna get better miss Selena…''
>>629809
She stalks him from behind quietly,

 No.629811

>>629806
>name

>>629807
Get out of my bed and look outside, by my Fathers keg what time is it? Have I overslept?

Gather my stuff and go downstairs, where are my friends? Don't tell me they left me here to guard their things!

 No.629812

>>629810
His rear room is full of tools and has a door to a meat cooler.

He pulls down a sheet that is full of knives, retractors, and a bone saw.

>>629811
Not at all, they've only just arrived in the town. You arrived here earlier with the other people who escaped the volcano. Looks like the party is loitering around the entrance of the local Barber Shop.

 No.629813

>>629812
I'm going to watch this guy like a hawk.


… from a safe distance.

 No.629814

>>629812
I'm suddenly much less confident in my choice of medic.

 No.629815

>>629812
She keeps watching him, wondering why would he need these tools for an eye surgery?…she's starting to get suspicious…

 No.629816

>>629813
>>629814
>>629815
He returns with a tray of sharp tools.

First, he draws out a retractor and lowers it to the eyeballs.

 No.629817

>>629816
I'll bristle a bit, but I'm not a doctor. I don't know how this shit works…

 No.629818

>>629816
I blink and try not to wince as I imagine someone poking around with an object in my eyes.

Wasn't my mother a doctor? Maybe I should've studied medicine…

 No.629819

>>629812
Barber shop? Whew thank the heavens, I thought I was left again in an isolated town again. I really got to see them…

But first things first.

Approach one of the waiter/Inn keeper/cook inside this Inn.
"Greetings and good Morning, I demand you tell me what you food you have for today."

 No.629820

>>629816
She takes a good look hoping she can learn some things from it!
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.629821

>>629820
that was appraise btw

 No.629822

>>629819
"Here on level one, we've got fresh salmon and seaweed. I'm sure they have some good stuff upstairs, if you have an admissions ticket."

>>629820
>>629821
>>629817
>>629818
It looks like he's jiggling out the shrapnel gently with the retractor as a grip!

A few pieces come out easily, but then he switches to the scalpel…

 No.629823

>>629822
Worry worry… but he seems to know what he's doing.

 No.629824

>>629822
Sweating profusely.

>>629823
Whisper to her sneakily.
"You know my mother was a doctor."

 No.629825

>>629823
>>629824
He makes a hair-thin slice in her eye, then reaches for a strange brown bottle.

 No.629826

>>629825
WHAT's that!?
'1d10' APPRAISE EVERYTHING

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.629827

>>629824
"And mine is a priestess. I'm really regretting focusing on cooking instead of clerical skills…"
>>629825
…In an objective sense, I wish I could have such control while fileting. But this still wigs me out.

 No.629828

>>629825
Good thing I vomited earlier already.

 No.629829

>>629826
It looks like some sort of concoction. You can't tell what it is from this distance.

>>629827
>>629828
He pours some into the slice, which he holds open with the blade. He seems satisfied, and then trades the bottle for the retractor. With impressive grace, he draws out one of the deeper slices of metal.

Then, he reaches for a straw.

 No.629830

>>629829
I'm sickened, but curious.

 No.629831

>>629822
I shook my head and huff.
"I dont have any ticket, nor I need