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Wf+6 299395

Felfire, Sandor
The ground cracks open, splintering beneath your party, and a huge, vacuum-like gust makes it impossible to escape. The flagstones which compromise the floor of the crypt give way, and the group falls into a chamber below. There's a grinding sound up above.

Felfire essentially may choose to abandon Spring, Face, and Sandor now and go write down what she memorized from the book, or remain behind to help them out of the tomb whose traps she triggered.

Summer Seas
You're aboard the Pillager's Fancy. Chip has gone somewhere below deck, and you've just finished your lesson with Doc Peg. You wonder where your mother is, and also recall that you have the opportunity to follow Cauterized Cut to get your passport.

PirateQuest: Chapter 2.6: Heads Will Roll Wf+6 299397

Sándor [Knight] 299403

"The Fuck did you do?!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 299404

Where am I? In the city.

[lemon] 299406

Find Smitts and see if he can share a drink with me.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299407

"You guys alright?"
Okay this is not bad at all. I can think of something.

Chip(DD knight) 299410

Sándor [Knight] 299412

"I am…"
Do I see anything?
Do I have a torch or something?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 299416

You are at the main gates of the city. You've noticed quite a ruckus has gone on in Stonebriar today. Orphans in this morning, then gang members making a mass exodus, and now seemingly a battalion of naval ponies are marching in the gates. Your documents are reasonably genuine-looking, and the tired gatekeepers didn't give you a second glance.

Well, no better coastal city to disappear in than Stonebriar…

You knock on the first mate's cabin, whose handle is made out of gold, and Smitts calls for you to come in. When you open the door, you see him at the far side of the room at his desk, reading. Above his desk, on the wall, is a huge spear that you recall seeing last time you visited.

"Yes, Mister Chip?"

The grinding continues on. Yours wits now collected about you, you realize a new floor is rolling out from your peripherals, closing you down below. If you want to escape in time to write down what you learned, you'll need to flee now. Otherwise, you'll be locked down with the rest, and forced to find an alternate way out.

The pit you're in is not pitch black. You're in a rectangular chamber about ten feet wide and thirty feet long. At the far end of the chamber, there is a lit torch. By the light of the torch, you can see symbols on the floor between you and the light.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299419

A community in turmoil is a community with opportunities. Which part of the city am I in? The fancy part? Look for nearby points of interest. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6


Am I above or under the new rolling floor?
Resurrect one of the dead bodies above, I have a plan!

Roll #0 8 = 8

Sándor [Knight] 299422

Run to the torch!
What symbols?

Chip(DD knight) 299424

"I cant think of anyone besides you on to whom I can share a drink with."
I enter the room bringing the bottle with me.

"So is it okay to drink right before the eve of battle?" I fill one cup.

Wf+6 299431

You're in the Mercantile District. From here, you can access the Military District, the Lower Class District, the Upper Class District, and the Middle Class District. Notably, you see suited ponies escorting carriages out of the city, and uniformed naval ponies marching into the city and forming ranks or disappearing into the Military District and Lower Class District.

Besides that, you note an ice cream parlor, toy shop, cobbler, dress shop, and a few other stores. One central plot of land is completely barren of a shop, which seems odd for such a high traffic area.

"It depends on who you ask, I think. I imagine that Thirsty Umlock will be downing an entire cask even as we open fire on the city. That's where his epithet comes from, you see."

You cross the floor and depress several triggers immediately. A hailstorm of bolts fires out from each side of the wall, knocking you to the ground in the middle of the hallway, helpless. Roll to Tolerate Ancient Poison.

Spring Water and Face look openly concerned about your new status as a pin cushion.

Wf+6 299434

You raise dead on one of the corpses above, which stumbles from its vantage into the pit below with you. The rumbling comes to a halt: you're sealed below.

Sándor [Knight] 299435


Roll #1 7 = 7

Wf+6 299439

The poison has a fairly crippling effect on you, but it could have been worse.

You are helpless with two wounds remaining.

Sándor [Knight] 299441

Had worse.
Stand up.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Chip(DD knight) 299442

"Then its decided then." dowm a shot

"I didnt know we have a bug pony on-board." I blurted out as I wipe my mouth.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Felfire [Necromancer] 299443

Turn to the others.
"Okay, tomb of horrors, ever heard of it face?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 299444

Inventory check. Do I have any money on me? '1d10'
Let's check out dem dresses either way.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Wf+6 299446

"Yes, you'll have to forgive him his trespasses. He tends to view everyone as a slab of meat, not just you. I think he might have used Summer's own front leg if he didn't think it would break her concentration."

"Yes, the crypt of the Horror dynasty? Supposedly it was trapped to all Tartarus and back as a means of stopping graverobbers. Notoriously paranoid, those Horrors were. Why?"

You're having trouble getting to your feet without stepping on any more symbols. Spring Water waits at the edge of the runes, clearly wanting to help, but unable to edge close enough.

You have your last paycheck from before you deserted. Some hundred-odd bits, which is good, because you don't have a thing to wear on you at all. Literally. Not only do you not have a change of clothes, you're naked aside from your tools.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299448

"Because this place was made by the same crazies who made that one."
Look up.
"I could try blowing the top up, but I'm sure it'd close again."

Can I send one of my minions to pull Sandor free?

Sándor [Knight] 299449

Are the ones I stepped on deactivated or they just pressure plates that would reactivate?

Light Heart [Warlord] 299450

Well that's just a tad bit indecent, isn't it? Go find a tailor instead then. I need something to wear that isn't too flashy and expensive. Just something nice, yet simple. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 299452

You have no way of testing to find out. You do notice that the whole of your body is on a spiral symbol.

Felfire does, though. Your von Blackwald zombie marches off to Sandor's aid and is immediately torn apart as soon as he crosses a triangle-bearing stone. The body is riddled with steel bolts.

Face remarks, "I see what you mean. You could probably just fly over the trapped floor though, right?"

At the tailor, you find a mare ready to pack up and leave the city, which affords you a great deal. You find twenty bit deals on a nice white sun dress, a very function-oriented black form-fitting piece, and a twenty five bit deal on an impossibly poofy gown. Any of those pique your interest?

Chip(DD knight) 299453

"Well what do I expect from such creature." I pass him a shot.

"As to why I'm here, is the preperation been made for the invasion or is there something needs done?"

Sándor [Knight] 299454

"I hate traps…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299455

"I asked you to come, we leave together. After all if it wasn't for you I'd have never made it on the ship.
I owe you my life, for that."
Well now. Zombie torn apart.
Turn to the unicorn.
"Can't you levitate him out of there?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 299456

Sun? To hell with the sun. Go with the form-fitting piece. Can I barter to lower the price even more? '1d10+2'

If not just pay up and put it on, then leave and start walking about town a little bit to see if I can find anything worthy of interest.

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

Wf+6 299458

"Most of the infiltration team is progressing smoothly. I've traded intelligence with Abilio: the Lieutenant's group has set about disabling the lower cannons, though they'll need a key to get to the upper ones. We'd like to remove some key players from the city as well, notably Master Hammond and Major Mudwallow. Aside from that, and robbing that you can get done ahead of the assault will save us time later. Abilio did mention to me your position on restoring Spring Water's age, incidentally. Aren't you growing bold? Even an offer to watch them at night in the brig! How noble."

She refuses to do less than fifteen. She insists that price is at-cost and she can't afford to be losing money on her stock at a time like this.

She nods. "Right, I was just worried. If I mess it up, he could fall on another trap and it could kill him in the condition he's in. If I was a little closer, I could at least heal the wounds he has."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299459

"You saw where the traps start. What's the best you can do? I'm not the bonehead here."

Sándor [Knight] 299460

"I can try and jump if that helps."

Light Heart [Warlord] 299461

Oh well, fifteen is still practically theft.

With that covered, see what else I can get from this mare.
"Why are you leaving town exactly, if you don't mind me asking?"

Chip(DD knight) 299462

Wow, this guy knows his stuff.
"Uhmmm… I just want to make sure… they are not conspiring to escape… and stuff." I avert my gaze and take a shot.

Wf+6 299463

"In the dark and at this distance, there isn't much I can do. I'm already at the edge of the trapped stones."

Face starts this time, "No, what if you land on another trap?"

She gives you a look. "Haven't you noticed everyone's in a panic? There was some big mass killing over in the Lower Class District, and now the navy has come to town. Plus rumor has it there's a feud between the Order of the Virtuous and Holy Guard that will result in more bloodshed today. If that weren't enough, there are rumors of pirates outside the city, and the local orphanage burned! This day is only going to get worse."

He gives you a chuckle and slaps your back. "I did say that I wouldn't just you, Mister Chip. What do I care, as long as it doesn't distract you from your work? Perhaps don't let Abilio in on your endgame, though. He's a little bit conservative, for a pirate."

Sándor [Knight] 299464

"I meant I jump, and you have less distance to do with your magic."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299465

How is the room shaped? Could it be possible to fly over and pull Sandor away?
"I don't see many other solutions, bonehead."

Wf+6 299466

I wouldn't judge you**

Light Heart [Warlord] 299467

"So, it's truly that bad then? Why is there a feud between these two… groups? They both sound religious."

Wf+6 299468

It's a big rectangle. Sandor has made it about twenty feet away from the group. You could try lifting Sandor, but if you fail the roll, he will fall, almost certainly to his death, and you'll be in the danger area as well, even not on the ground.

"The Order of the Virtuous are dirty, scheming poor people. They just want to overthrow the upper class, and they'll kill anyone to do it. The Holy Guard are Celestia's chosen! They thrive in all parts of her serene empire. In fact, it's rare for the Holy Guard to visit this city, but the ambassador's daughter is being initiated into the guard today. It's Children's Day."

Wf+6 299469

She shakes her head. "What if it doesn't work fast enough? You could still die."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299470

"Do you see other solutio…."
She's a filly! I should be able to lift her closer flying!

Wf+6 299471

Correct. You easily pick her up, given that she has been shrunken to filly age, and fly her close to Sandor. There, she's able to get him back to the picture of health.

Turns out that Chip may have inadvertently saved Sandor's life with his sex-obsessed mind.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299472

"Oh my, lot's of excitement in this city then. Tell me about the daughter of this ambassador. Why is she so special?"

Wf+6 299473

She raises a brow. "Why is the daughter of an ambassador special? Haven't you answered your own question?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299474

"Nice going girl. Can you lift him up back to safety now?"

Sándor [Knight] 299475

"That's better. And now?"

Chip(DD knight) 299476

"Ahahaha…. ha. Uuhhmm… thanks I guess(?)" I blurted out as I hand him a shot.

"Yes, I admit it, plus it will be a safe place to conduct such act. I can imagine what the others would do to me if they ever know what will happen behind those doors."

I then arrange my seating position.
"You mentioned a key to the upper cannons?" my eyebrow raise in curiosity.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299477

"I think you're misunderstanding me. Why would a daughter of an ambassador join this Holy Guard? Just how important are they? You'll have to excuse my ignorance, I'm not from Equestria."

Wf+6 299478

"Yes… only a few men in the city would have access to the key. The naval commander, Master Hammond, is head of the city watch, and would have one. Major Mudwallow is the senior Equestrian Guard official in the city, and would also have one. Useful, since they're both already targets. Major Blackwald also probably has a key, and there's also the head of Stonebriar's navy, Colonel Rhett. The Colonel is probably the least desirable choice, as he is a legendary pirate hunter. We've clashed before."

"The most important function of the Holy Guard is ceremonial. They're warrior-priests. They represent the faith of the empire, but they also are some of the best-trained. It's rare that the Holy Guard are called to solve a problem, but they are rarely unsuccessful. As for why some posh ambassador's daughter wants to join? I'd presume it's to follow her mother's hoofsteps."

Wf+6 299479

"That would be twice as risky as if you tried to pick him up, or if I tried to lift him from a distance, I think. Either of us messing up could make him fall."

Face interrupts. "Don't you think there's something to the symbols on the floor? Your zombie didn't kick it until he passed the second marked stone, a triangle."

Sándor [Knight] 299480

"Spirals are safe I think."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299481

Okay let's inspect those symbols.
How many and in which shape?
Also, what's at the end of the 'minefield'?

Light Heart [Warlord] 299482

"… Warrior-priests… right. I forgot how religious Equestria was. Hmm… who is in charge of these Virtuous ponies?"

Chip(DD knight) 299483

"Well, going after two ponies would be better than going against one. So when will the assassination be conducted?"

Wf+6 299484

"An enigmatic pony called the Provost. I don't know anything about such a ruffian."

"Landgrave is trying to put together a party to kill Hammond. Conversely, Mellow Marsh is trying to stop Sunnyskies from accosting Mudwallow every second that passes."

Map soon. At the other end of the field is a torch, lighting the chamber slightly.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299485

"Well let's test Sandor's theory…"
Bite my lower lip and fly back, putting the filly down.
Then, sent my skelly towards the runes, making him walk only on the spires.

Chip(DD knight) 299486

"Mellow Marsh stopping Sunnyskies? But why?" I put down the bottle and shot glass.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299487

"Clearly, you don't appreciate them. I think that about wraps up everything I wanted to know. Thank you miss."
Go find a pub/inn/tavern '1d10'
If not in this district, find one elsewhere.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299490

I should probably go do that…
But who will walk me through the scary portal thing?
Maybe mister Abilio will.
"Thanks mister Doc Peg!"
I give him another hug and depart to find Abilio. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 299507

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There's no way to pass on just spirals!

"Sunnyskies can be a little reckless. I think, rightly, he fears our element of surprise will be blown prematurely if the good Lieutenant starts setting off bombs. He's an explosives expert, you know. A master engineer. You might learn something from him if you continue your studies, you know."

The pub in this district is a bustling place, with people clearly in the mood to ease their anxiety with a drink. It's stuffed to the door: you're not sure you'll be able to get a drink here for a while.

You also locate a tavern in the lower class district, but it's swarming with naval ponies.

You knock on Abilio's door and hear no reply. He must be on the city right now… but then you hear a ripping sound and you knock again. Abilio calls you in. Looks like he's only just arrived back.

Wf+6 299509

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Updated with Sandor and zombie corpse positions.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299510

"Hi mister Abilio can you walk me back?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299513

Could we have the paths too? And where they triggered the trap?
Also, if the zombie, not the skelly, can still move, have him walk over the sun.
Of course first me and the unicorn will fly back to safe distance.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299514

Eurgh… I need a place to sleep and I have no intention on paying for it.
Anypony around who is sitting alone? Preferably a non-naval civilian pony '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

[lemon] 299516

"I see, not bad to learn a few explosives here and there I suppose. Will Mellow marsh be the one to tackle Mudwallow?

I put the shot glass on the table.

"Might I ask their whereabouts and see if I might be able to give help to the others."

Wf+6 299520

He nods. Not wanting to take a risk on you falling through Tartarus, he lifts you up with magic and sets you down on his back.

"Hold tight, little one."

Then he trots through the burning world of Tartarus and, moments later, comes out the other side, in Humble's home. Most everyone has left: the only ones still here are Humble, Marrowbone, and Cauterized Cut.

Your zombie tries to crawl across the sun and is finally obliterated by another round of bolts. He's not getting up again.

"The main party is probably disabling the cannons right now. The Lieutenant is heading the effort because of his mastery handling the cannons, among other engineering skills. If you head into the military district, you may spot them."

Light Heart [Warlord] 299521

Wf+6 299522

You wander over near the bar and find a depressed looking stallion on his last bottle of beer.

Sándor [Knight] 299523

"Those are not friendly it seems."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299524

Huh… where'd Spring go?
Ooh! I bet she'll be happy if I get that passport thingy!
"Thanks mister Abilio!"
I give him a hug and then walk over to CC.
"Um… miss Cauterized Cut? Can you still take me to get that passport thingy?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 299526

Haha, this is almost too obvious!
Boldly approach him anyway, sit down at his table just like that.
"Hello there."

[lemon] 299527

I smack my cheeks with my paws. Time to work.
"I'll head there then. Thanks for the company sir Smitts."
Stand up and salute.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299528

The bolts hit when the sun was touched?
Have the skeleton move over the Equal.

Chip(dd Knight) 299534

Wf+6 299535

"Of course, dear. Let's go."

Abilio heads back to the ship, and you head out through the front door. CC escorts you through the mercantile district into the upper class district, flashing her city identification at the gatehouse. Soon, you're walking through a neighborhood of the most impressive houses you've ever seen. Most of these touring manors is several times the size of the triage center on one floor alone, and they're all at least three stories. You notice a number of large water features, and every estate is protected by a wrought iron fence. Soon, you arrive at Primrose Drive, and head down the street until you get to the last one in the cul-de-sac. Number fourteen. The Goldenblood Estate.

Yes, they fired when he crossed the stones.

The skeleton… is safe! Nothing happens when he steps on the equal sign.

"Certainly, Mister Chip. Keep safe. Wouldn't want those fillies to be lonely at night."

You knock on Abilio's door at the end of the hall only to hear him just arriving through the gate. He lets you in and summizes, "You want a trip back, I imagine? I'm turning into quite the ferry service today."

Wf+6 299537

He looks up miserably, but then brightens a bit.

"H-how can I help you?"

You notice that he's eating pasta, and some of it is sliding off his plate as he's too distracted by your looks.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299538

Light Heart [Warlord] 299541

"I was just wondering why a stallion is sitting all lonely by himself. You look depressed enough to warrant worry from a mare as kindhearted as I am."
I give him a sweet smile

Felfire [Necromancer] 299542

Okay, have it step back and walk on an opal.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299544

"Woooahh… what is this place? Is this where all the rich ponies live?"
I look around in wonder and amazement.
"I wonder what it's like to be rich…"

Chip(dd Knight) 299545

"I hope we are not bothering you. I imagine this is such tiring work."

I get my equipments and ready myself and put a paw to his shoulder.
"Dont worry, she is delighted and looking forward to your meeting."

Wf+6 299550

CC smiles. "Well, maybe some day you'll know, with talents like yours."

It takes a string of arrow bolts, but remains intact after it is knocked back off the stone.

He contemplates the statement. "Very well, then I shall endeavor to keep going, for her sake."

He opens a portal for you and walks you back to Humble's house. Only Humble and Marrowbone are left here.

Wf+6 299552


He seems at a loss for words. Spaghetti is now freely dribbling off of his plate.

Chip(dd Knight) 299553

"Ms. Humble, nice to see you." I smile at her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299555

Okay, call him back and make him follow a safe path through spirals, hummingbirds and equals up to an arrow.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299556

"Come come, I wont bite. Something is ahoof, I can sense it. Are you a traveler? Or do you live here in the city somewhere?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299558

"Really? You think so?"
I excitedly smile at her.
"So are we gonna go in? I wanna see what this place looks like!"

Wf+6 299570

That route requires crossing a sun or a plow. Also, just draw me your route to save confusion.

"I-uh… live in town. M-my marefriend left me… That feel when no mf."

She gives you a kind nod.

She shows identification at the gate, and you're welcomed into the estate. The entryhall is a warm chestnut color. The lower floor is in a swarm of servants, picking up from a party this morning. A butler pony approaches.

"The master of the house, Lord-Mayor Goldenblood, has requested you wait for him in the third sitting room, just beyond the drinking parlor, on the second floor, as the first floor is being cleaned from this morning's party."

In spite of the ongoing cleaning, the first floor already looks pristine.

Sándor [Knight] 299572

"Figured it out yet?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299573

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No diagonal movements?

Chip(dd Knight) 299574

Eh… thats kinda reserve of her. Well she is catching on her age I guess.

Head out and go to the military district and see if I can spot that marshmallow loving pony.

Chip(dd Knight) 299575


Roll #1 7 = 7

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299576

I gasp and dart around, looking at all the (presumably) neat things around the entry hall.
"This is… I can't even describe it! It's so… woooww…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 299577

"How heartwrenching. I completely understand what you must be going through."
I wipe my nose and sniff
"My stallionfriend… He… he left me too just days ago. So yes, I feel your pain, Mister…?"

Wf+6 299578

"Summer!" Cut calls from the grand stairway. "Shall we go to the sitting room?"

A few maid mares are following Summer around, sweeping up the parts of the floor she has crossed and dusting the things she has touched.

You spot Mellow Marsh on a street corner, giving furtive looks. He spots you and waves you over.

"Decided to join us, eh?"

"Mister Text. I'm a writer. And you are…?"

His coat is very green.

Wf+6 299579

Actually, I'll allow it.

When the skeleton steps onto the first spiral, he's immediately barraged by arrows. He's in a bad way.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299580

Sándor [Knight] 299581

"…What the fuck. Aren't spirals supposed to be safe?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299582

"…Sitting room? You have a room just for sitting?"
I tilt my head at her confusedly.
"Isn't that like, the living room?… Ooh! Do you have a crystal radio? Do you?!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299583

Okay, have him sidestep right on the feather.

Chip(dd Knight) 299585

"Could use the hand I suppose. Better than standing in the ship all day after a failed attempt of smooth-talking my way to the girls." I shrugged as I approach him.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299588

"That was an arrow, dummy.
So far we know Hummingbirds, Spirals and Equals are okay, Suns, Triangles, Opals and Arrows are a no go."

Light Heart [Warlord] 299590

I cock an eyebrow
"Mister… Text. Hm. My name is lady Light Heart. I'm a… consultant. Pleased to meet you."

Wf+6 299593

It would seem the trap has more depth than "safe symbols vs dangerous symbols".

You are indeed on a spiral, though.

He's still at the beginning with you. The arrows knocked him back.

"Alright. The Lieutenant is taking care of most of the lower cannons now. Simple sabotage. We need to find a way to get a key so we can get up onto the wall to deal with the big guns."

"The p-pleasure is mine. D-did you come here to seduce me?"

Wf+6 299595

File: 1358025137075.png (50.79 KB, 1095x695, path.png)

Red = known trapped
Green = known safe
Orange = Sandor

Felfire [Necromancer] 299597

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Oh wait there's a safe path.
Have the skeleton walk it.

Chip(dd Knight) 299599

"I suppose none of us are capable locksmiths to break it. Anyway what needs done." I sit next to him.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299601

Weren't spirals safe? Also, we tried Opals and Suns too.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299602

I chuckle
"That depends entirely on you, mister Text. I am not from around here, I left my place when my stallionfriend broke up with me you see, so I thought I'd be clever and strike up some contacts in town."

Wf+6 299603

"I don't know, dear, it's not my house. We'll see…"

You arrive in the sitting room. It's a large place, with huge bay windows that open up to an overhead view of the garden outside. The room has some large, plush chairs, and the walls are covered in trinkets, mostly awards and trophies, newspaper clippings, and various artifacts like ships in a bottle, or deer racks.

Sándor [Knight] 299604

Wait… after the symbols, is it just a clear floor? Without these pressure plates?

Wf+6 299605

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>It would seem the trap has more depth than "safe symbols vs dangerous symbols".

Yes, a narrow section of clear floor.

"S-so what do you want?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299606

"Oh, it isn't? Who's house is it then? What's your house look like?"
I hop up on one of the plush chairs and dangle my rear hooves over the edge, kicking them around as I take a look over all the little nicknacks in the room. Anything interesting? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Chip(dd Knight) 299607

Sándor [Knight] 299608

Well I fucking made it halway over already.
And I'm fully healed.
Charge over to the safe zone of the floor.

Roll #1 2 = 2


Try to raise an ancient.

Roll #0 1 = 1

Light Heart [Warlord] 299611

"I need somepony who knows this town somewhat to help me settle in. And you seem as good of a candidate as anypony. So yes, I am requesting your aid."
Command '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Wf+6 299612

It's all a little arcane for you. You do see some shiny trophies, though, that are ornamented with various figures.

"This is the Lord-Mayor's house. I live with my parents in my family's mansion."

He shakes his head. "It's not a matter of that. We could just smash the damn thing if it came to it. It's enchanted to set off an alarm if opened without a key."

Chip(dd Knight) 299614

"Damn, well if it comes to magic I'm out of ideas except for finding a key to open it."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299617

"Are your parents nice?"
I hop off the chair and look around at the trophies. Anything interesting there? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 299620

Out of the stone of the floor below you, a hoof bursts from the brick. Perhaps a worker who fell into the cement? Everything seems to be going well at first, until it's finally freed, and it starts advancing on you menacingly…

You are pelted with a rain of arrows, and this time, don't fare so well against the poison. Fortunately, you only crossed one dangerous tile.

You are helpless with one wound remaining…

They're mostly public speaking and golf awards.

"Very. We're invited to all the parties that matter."

He nods. "Our plan, too. There are a few targets who would have one. We can just steal it, or kill them."

The weak willed pony gets up. "O-okay. How can I help?"

Sándor [Knight] 299621

Okay, just stand up then.

Roll #1 5 = 5


Shout towards Sandor.
Try to assert control over the newly raised minion.
Pet tries to tackle it.

Roll #0 8 = 8

Roll #1 7 = 7

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299623

"Doesn't every party matter? I mean, they're all fun, right? Except for those family parties where you have to wear those really uncomfortable dresses and shoes and have your mane all tied back really uncomfortably…"
What are the newspaper clippings of?

Chip(dd Knight) 299624

I scratch my head
"I really am not that great in subterfuge or any of that hiding stuff. How do we approach the targets discretely, has anyone done scouting to their whereabouts?"

"Also killing them is the way to go."

Light Heart [Warlord] 299625

"I have no home here in this city, but you do. If you would be so kind to allow me to lodge in your house for the time being, I'd be very appreciative."
I get up as well
"So please, show me the way there. While we're walking, I'd like to know more about this Order of the Virtuous. Do you know anything about them at all?"

Wf+6 299626

You're feeling uneasy on your hooves with all that poison. As you try to stand up, you nearly collapse right back onto the trapped tiles.

You don't know how to control minions that aren't yours, yet, so your efforts are ineffectual.

Your skeleton does manage to tackle the hostile undead, though, and they roll into a melee. Your minion is pretty roughed up, though.

Important political events, mostly. You can't seem to stay focused on them because of how boring they are. Elections. Marriages. Dedication ceremonies.

"Everyone with a key is living here in these districts. Sunny put Ruxiang on scouting."

He sort of growls. "They're just some big bullies. Implying they're better than us. Say, have you ever seen the painting of a pony named George Costanza? That's the mental image I've got right now."

He leads you to a ramshackle hut whose door is hanging off.

"Home sweet home! It may not look like much, but I do have the most important thing, though, which is a bed."

He goes inside and shoos off a homeless pony.


"Face! Some help maybe?"
Try to smash the newly raised skeleton to pieces, together with Freedom.
If I use corpse explosion will I put all of us to the danger of the explosion?

Roll #0 8, 2 = 10

Chip(dd Knight) 299628

"Then perhaps we will wait for Ruxiang and his reports on who will be the easiest target out of the keyholders then. It will be bad to just rush in."

Wf+6 299629

There's a knock, and a butler enters.

"Announcing the Lord-Mayor of Stonebriar City, the Right Honorable Justice Goldenblood."

The area you're in is 5x10', so yes.

You do pretty well at smashing the skeleton, but Freedom is crushed and falls apart.

Face joins in, too, at your urging, but he's not much of a fighter. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299630

"So who are we waiting for?"
Are there any windows in here?
I look outside. What's the view like?

Light Heart [Warlord] 299631

Good lord, well done Light Heart. Sought out the biggest loser this city has to offer. I suppose he'll have his uses.
"Not many ponies seem fond of them. What are their values exactly?"
I look at the crappy hut.
"This door needs to be repaired. I'm willing to lower my standards to exceedingly low levels, but the least I want is a somewhat secured place to sleep."

Wf+6 299632

In spite of his lack of combat training, though, he gets in a few good slashes, and the hostile is put to rest.

He nods. "Should be back soon, too."

Sándor [Knight] 299633

"Come on… I'm just one tile away. Fly over here, heal me again and I can make it."

Chip(dd Knight) 299635

I sit there with mellow marhs and wait for the report.

"So… you like marshmallows.."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299636

I think I'm gonna cry…
'1d10' not to cry.
Then, try to raise another skeleton. I need one.
'r2 1d10'

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

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299638

"Hi mister Justice Goldenblood!"
I smile at him, then lean over to CC.
"Uh… is this the pony we need to see to get passports?"

Wf+6 299640

There is, as said before, a large bay window giving view of the garden. See: >>299629
for Mayor.

"Then it shall be done!" He sort of pounds at the hinge with his hoof. He seems to have no marketable skills.

"They're just killers. To be honest, I think they're right for wanting to lynch all the rich ponies, but they want to impose their values of liking Celestia and shit. I'm not a part of their System!"

He shakes his head. "Hate 'em."

Ruxiang does manage to show up soon, though, and he has a slight limp. "Got into a little trouble at Blackwood place. Should be okay."

You scour the floor for more undead, and you do end up raising another beneath the stones. This one doesn't seem to be strong enough to get out, though, and sort of flails ineffectually ten feet below you, encased in rock.


The Lord-Mayor strides over and sits in a chair.

"I hear you're the little filly that has been making so many friends lately. I also heard there's something I could do for you. But it's only right that a favor be repaid with a favor, right?"

For clarity, you're on the safety of the other side. It's just that standing up attempt nearly toppled you back in.

Sándor [Knight] 299642

"Well what are you waiting for? Fly the filly over here and let's get moving!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 299643

"Truly, a rebel of the ages."
I shake my head and look around, how terrible does this place look? How clean is the bed? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 299644

"Useless shithead…"
Drop the link and turn to the unicorn.
"Girl, I'm taking you on the other side, heal up Sandor."
Look at Face.
"How much do you weight?"
Then, fly the filly over.

Chip(dd Knight) 299645

I stand up.
"Whats up? Anything to know about before we go?"

Listen to his report and see if its honest.


Roll #1 3 = 3

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299646

"You need a favor from me?"

Wf+6 299649

"What kind of question is that?"

You do manage to get Spring Water to the other side, and she purges Sandor of his wounds. "I can't recommend doing that again."

"Major Mudwallow knows pirates are here. He's barricaded in his office. Blackwood caught me trying to take the key. She's on alert. Hammond is still in his estate, not alerted. Didn't see the Colonel."

He nods. "I heard you've made some most peculiar friends, Miss Seas. Let me be blunt with you. I believe you know how the Order of the Virtuous plans to attack the Holy Guard's little ceremony today. I want to stop that attack. You help me bring them to justice? You get your passport."

You hear some things toppling downstairs, and as he finishes, some guards burst into the room and shut the door behind them.

"Lord-Mayor, there are—"

The door swings open, and the four Order ponies that stopped Sandor are in the doorway.

"Lord-Mayor. You're not holding this filly against her will, are you?"

At this point, you may choose to side with the Order, who have promised to remove your collar if you are successful, or side with the Mayor, who has promised you a passport.

Wf+6 299650

The bed is pretty dirty, but he scoots over and flips the mattress. Well, this side is totally clean.

Chip(dd Knight) 299653

"Hmph.. perhaps the major needs someone to visit his place and loosen him up a bit. What do you think Sir Marsh?

Light Heart [Warlord] 299655

"Hm, I suppose this will have to do for now. I see the door is still broken? So be it then."
Flip the mattress again and leave the hut, motioning Text to follow me.
"Let's make use of these last hours of daylight to get something done. Tell me about your job, Text."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299656

"Is a question your literal wingpony is asking you."
Go back and try to pull him in the air. Can I fly with him in my hooves?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Sándor [Knight] 299657

"I don't plan on going back."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299659

"Huh?- Bu- y- you want me to… but… I- I don't know!"
I duck behind CC after the guards burst into the room.

Wf+6 299667

"If you think so, I guess we can give it a try. No way we're going to be able to keep Sunnyskies out of it, though."

"I mostly write stuff. Sometimes people go to the board in the forum and ask for Green Text requests, then I come and fill them for bits."

You're feeling particularly strong, and manage to fly him across, perilously close to the trigger stones.

CC puts a hoof around your shoulder, and the guards and order ponies are in a standoff.

The Mayor shouts: "Tell me what you know, Summer! Don't side with these murderers! You're a good filly!"

The Order ponies retort, "The Mayor sits here in such luxury, but you've seen the state of the slums! Do you think he will listen to reason if we are not successful? Please, come into our care. Let us protect you, Summer!"

Sándor [Knight] 299669

"What now?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299670

Good. Now what can we see on this side? More stones? The torch?
An exit?

Wf+6 299672

The only thing on this side of the trapped stones is a torch. Back on the other side, there's text on the walls. Huh. Guess you never bothered looking around!

Light Heart [Warlord] 299674

"That's uh… that sounds lovely. What kind of writing? Let me guess… journalism?"

Chip(dd Knight) 299675

"I thought Skies might cause a ruckus and might alert the guard if we let her in this. Do you think thats safe?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299679

"Now, the question is: Is the torch trapped?"
Fly back and try to read the text.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299682

"Th- they're not murderers… they j- just want to help ponies…"
I slowly approach the Order ponies, not going further than CC's hoof.

Wf+6 299683

File: 1358028980043.png (59.19 KB, 1095x695, path.png)

"Sometimes. Most of the time, though, ponies ask for erotic fanfiction of their favorite characters from children's stories. Despite being a virgin myself, I'm told I'm the best of the best when it comes to writing about sex."

Sunnyskies is male.

"Not at all. It's totally unsafe. I just don't think we'll be able to keep him away if he finds out. Maybe we should move soon."

The text reads: "THE PEACE OF DEATH IS HERE".

You remember your earlier speculation about the floor symbols being tied to their first letter.

The Order ponies seem triumphant. The Mayor, furious.

"Just grab her, then!"

Cauterized Cut seems sad, but picks you up. "I'm so sorry, Summer."

The Order ponies each draw their blades. The guards do the same.

Wf+6 299685

File: 1358029131657.png (84.05 KB, 1095x695, path.png)

Forgot, Sandor is gone now. Updated.

Chip(dd Knight) 299686

Ugghh.. lets hope this thing goes smoothly.
"Alright lets go then."

Go to the majors place, I then turn to Ruxiang.
"What do you know of the majors cabin?"


Roll #1 4 = 4

Light Heart [Warlord] 299689

I stop and just look at him quietly for a few seconds

Wf+6 299690

"Not cabin — office. He's in Office of the Guard, chief administrative building for military in city. Well guarded. Lot of weapons. Possible valuables."

Sándor [Knight] 299691


Felfire [Necromancer] 299697

"More creepy stuff.
It reads 'The peace of death is here', could be the key to the trap!"

Sándor [Knight] 299698


Summer Seas [Cleric] 299700

"Wha- hey! Stop! Put me down!"
I try to worm my way out of CC's grip. '1d10'
"A- And put the swords away! Please!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Chip(dd Knight) 299701

"Well he likes to hide behind high walls I suppose."
Perhaps going in without a healer is a bad move, I frown.

Go to the chief administrative building.
"Have you scouted a weak point then, if not we can do it right now."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299702

"Shouting while I think is really gonna help!"

Wf+6 299703

You get out of her grip, but you're now in the middle of a triangle. In one corner, CC, in the next, the Lord-Mayor and his guards. In the final corner, by the door, the Order ponies. They're all advancing.

He shakes his head. "Building is secure, full of chokepoints. Wall breach possible… Lieutenant would be one to ask."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299705

File: 1358029670577.png (87.26 KB, 1095x695, 1358028980043.png)

"Okay I think I got it!"
Right. Try to walk this path.

Chip(dd Knight) 299707

Damn, what about Hammond? What does Ruxiang or Mellow knows about him?

Wf+6 299709

You hear some sort of multi-tonal noise, and the torch pops loose from the sconce. You can see the reverse side has something engraved on it.

Master Hammond lives in the Commander's Mansion, near the wall. He's not on alert, according to Ruxiang.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299710

"Well, to each his own I suppose."
I look around '1d10'
"I'd like to find a general store. Do you know of any around here?"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Felfire [Necromancer] 299713

"Ahah!" Clop my hooves together and read that!

Chip(dd Knight) 299714

Perhaps we could approach and scout his mansion in a distance. See what are the guard patterns and enter if its permissable.

Wf+6 299716

You have a hard time looking around, but Green Text directs you to one right away. It's totally boarded up, but you guess that's what you can expect in the Lower Class District. He directs you inside anyway.

Inside, there's a bored-looking mare at the desk. "Whaddya want?"

It reads, near the top of the torch: THIS END DOWN.

You also see some smaller text on the shaft of the torch.

>Oubliette courtesy of Deadly Dungeons, Limited Liability Company. If you wish to browse our catalog in your next life, send mail postage-free to 5 Garden Boulevard, Canterlot, Equestria.

You approach the estate from a distance. The walls are at least twenty feet high: it's an imposing sight. Two guards flank the entrance to the estate. You could probably get a look inside if you entered a nearby office.

Chip(dd Knight) 299719

scout more by entering the office.

I also look around if anyone is eyeing us suspiciously.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Light Heart [Warlord] 299720

"Supplies, miss. I need a notebook and a pencil, I've misplaced my previous ones."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299721

"Deadly… Dungeons?"
Better save their adress.
"They put their torches upside down."
Put the torch back in its place, upside down this time.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299722

I sit down and start crying.

Wf+6 299723

You enter the office, but a secretary sitting at a desk refuses you entry past the first floor. Ruxiang gives you a quizzical look from outside the door and makes all kinds of fatalistic gestures, including but not limited to, miming a noose, dragging his hoof across his throat, and faking bashing across the head. Clearly he doesn't like to tarry.

Green Text gives you a guffaw. "Just take mine!" He shoves his journal into your hooves. At least he's loyal. The first few hundred pages are about Celestia and her most loyal man-faced mare paladin doing the unspeakable, but you quickly tear those out and are left with a still pretty empty and lengthy journal. Plenty of space to write.

When you shove the inverted torch into the sconce, gravity immediately inverts. You find yourselves all hitting the ceiling, which then opens like a trap door. By the time you can shake sense back into yourselves, you're sitting safely in the bottom of the crypt again. Whew.

Wf+6 299724

An Order pony and Cauterized Cut both come over and try to comfort you, while the rest of the room starts yelling obscenities at you.

Sándor [Knight] 299725

"…that was weird."


Okay now I think I'm really gonna cry.
Look at the others.
"Okay don't walk in front of… Things more than four times. I'm not coming after you again."
Fly outside.
Then, raise something.
I need to take Fervor out of my mind.

Roll #0 6 = 6

Chip(dd Knight) 299728

"Whats your plan then." I whispered to Ruxiang.
"I rather like to take this as discretely as possible."

Light Heart [Warlord] 299729

"Oh. Well thank you. Nevermind all this then."
Put the journal in my bags. What time is it right now?
How long until the assault?

Sándor [Knight] 299730

"So are we leaving or what?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 299731

"Yeah I got all I needed.
The others wanted us to do some stuff but… I dunno if I still want to."

Chip(dd Knight) 299732

"I rather not go on the front gate, maybe if we circle around their is a side gate with less guards that we can enter."

Sándor [Knight] 299733

Follow her.
"What sort of stuff?"

Wf+6 299734

It's one o'clock.

The assault is a triggered event, but ideally, after five. If you wander into the military district or middle class district, you may link up with the pirates.

He shrugs, from outside the door where the secretary can't see him, then makes a leap and disappears up to the second floor.

You head out of the crypt, not triggering any other traps. Face bounds out after everyone else after a moment of delay. "I've gotta go back to the ships first. You guys do whatever you want."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299736

I look up through my tears, and dash over to the group of Order ponies, ducking behind them and hiding from the rest of the room, giving an apologetic look to CC but otherwise saying nothing.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299737

"Yeah sure, whatever."
No undead?
Make my way back to Humble's home.
"Can't remember, can't care. Killing ponies mostly. Maybe it'll cheer me up."

Chip(dd Knight) 299738

Wow, what a nimbful climber is he? Should have asked him to do that, how stupid of me.


Does he look good?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 299742

"Come on! We don't want to risk you in combat! Your role is too vital, your life, too precious."

They flee the manor with you on their back, sending out a telekinetic pulse to hold back the mayor and his group. At least no one had to die.

He's incredibly rough and calloused, and the place where his wing is severed is not pleasant to look at.

There was not an undead trap, correct.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299743

Right, let's get out of this dump. Go wander around towards '1d2'
1 Military district
2 Middle class district

Roll #1 2 = 2

Felfire [Necromancer] 299744

No, I meant, I used Raise Ancient, didn't I raise anything?
So, who's here at Humble's home?

Chip(dd Knight) 299745

Then wait for his report.

Wf+6 299746

In the middle class district, you meander kind of blankly, wishing you had somewhere to stay. Roll for luck.

I got distracted by your Fervor! You manage to pull out a random Blackwood corpse. You do a double-take when you realize that by coincidence, you raised the corpse of Hero von Blackwood.

Also… deleted post?

Marrowbone, Humble, and Abilio.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299747

Let's see if I can upgrade my accommodation.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Chip(dd Knight) 299748

Not deleted sorry for the mistake

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299749

"S- So…"
I sniffle.
"Wh- what now?…"

Wf+6 299750

Face asks Abilio to return to the ship. Spring Water wants to go, too, in hopes of seeing her daughter, but is informed that Summer is out in the city. You can go too, if you want.

You collapse on a bench, looking pretty pathetic, especially given that Green Text keeps trying to rub up against you.

A kindly old pony does approach you, though. "You look quite worn. You poor thing, do you need somewhere to stay?"

There are three entrances to the manor grounds, all of which are flanked by guards.

Felfire [Necromancer] 299751

Well that's awkward.
I think I'll leave him there.
Once at Humble's, talk with Abilio.
"Did anypony else show up while we were gone? I need to start blowing up stuff already. That damn idiot got himself killed… Again!"

Sándor [Knight] 299752

"And we need wine. Red wine."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299754

"Yeah, wine could help."
Sigh heavily and fall on my aunches.

Chip(dd Knight) 299755

Go to each entrance and see which has the least guard. If there is no choice then we may have to go by force.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299756

"I wont deny my current accommodations aren't top notch."
I cock him head, pushing Text away slightly
"Who did you say you are?"

Wf+6 299759

"Though our lives are very Humble, what we have, we have to share."

There are two at each door, and they look well-armed. It might be wise to come back with a bigger team.

Humble's gone for the moment, but you manage to search her house effectively. Good only find mineral water and milk, though.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 299762

Sándor [Knight] 299763


Felfire [Necromancer] 299765

"Oh stop shouting, c'mon!"
Where are Cip and Seas?

Light Heart [Warlord] 299767

"So you're offering a place to stay? In this district? For free?"
I scrunch and turn to Text
"Mister Text, I'm afraid this means goodbye for you. Seems my luck has taken a turn for the better."

Wf+6 299772

"We protect you… and find your sister. She could be in danger as well."

Chip is in the Military District, Seas is at the Sanctuary.

Abilio exits through the portal and Faces comes with him.

"I hope you're grateful for this, Wingpony. I had to use a favor for this."

He tosses a skeleton on the ground. It's the repaired remains of Fervored Freedom, ready for raising.

She nods. "Your friend can come too. I'm moving out soon."


Chip(dd Knight) 299773

Perhaps thats the wisest choice.
"This place will be our target, I will go back and report to the ship and ask if they have men to spare." I said to the two.

Light Heart [Warlord] 299782

"Oh don't you worry, he has a house for himself."
Turn to Green Text.
"Go home now. You've shown your worth and for that I'm thankful. But I'll handle myself from here."

Felfire [Necromancer] 299804

"You… Why… How…"
Jump on him and give him a hug.
"If you were a skeleton I'd kiss you!"
Then gather the remains and start cleaning them up carefully.
Are we done for the night?

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