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PirateQuest: Chapter 3.0: Moon Phases Wf+6 348117

The sealed doorway clicks as the mechanism releases. It would seem the temple itself beckons you inside.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348118

"Don't go in yet."

Astral project in and look around.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348119

I ignore his warning and also walk inside.
"U- Um… shouldn't we go g- get the pirates?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348120

"It's scry-proof, Bounder, don't you remember? Besides, I know the place like the back of my hoof. We'll be fine, though we should likely find more heroic fellows to deal with the hydra."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348121

Miss Spring is upset because she cannot find her daughter. I made a promise to keep that little filly safe so…

We should find her swiftly '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1



Roll #1 1 = 1

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348123

"Pirates? Why, that's outrageous. What help would pirates be, when we need heroes!"

Wf+6 348124

As your projection passes the door, you feel a splitting headache come on, and you are jerked back into your body. It would appear that the previously mentioned shielding is still in effect.

You find yourself on a tall set of stairs.

You trip over each other, ending up in a compromising tangle of hooves. You're glad your daughter isn't here, because you both look like total lesbian sluts right now.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348125

"No good. It is still shielded against detection."

"Right. do you wish to return now?"

"They are not mutually exclusive. Why, depending on circumstances, I might find you joining the crew, too."


I forcibly untangle myself and start looking further!

Roll #1 5 = 5

Light Heart [Warlord] 348127

"Miss Spring Water please. You are making miss Rosemary blush."

I get up as well, carefully dusting myself off and continue helping her look '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 348128

You only manage to grind embarrassingly.

Rosemary has to pull you apart. Mocking Wark is trying to contain himself.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348129

Can I see anything down them?
"Maybe we should…"

Roll #1 3 = 3


I blush and growl
"I don't have time for this!"
Where is she? Where is sheeeee?

Roll #1 3 = 3


I chuckle
"My my, it's a good thing miss Emrille isn't around to witness this."

"No, I suppose we don't."
I shake my head and help look

For real this time

Roll #1 9 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348132

"Hardly likely, Bounder. Wanton acts of pillage and plunder are not the kind of press a Lunar Priest needs!"
"Well, if you're planning on getting back to the city proper, you'll have to do it fast before the tide comes in, miss Seas."
I'll look at the collar she's wearing.
"Though, perhaps I could try and relieve you of your slave collar first."

Wf+6 348133

It's very dark, but you can see the bottom. It flattens out into a landing.

You learn that no one has seen Summer for a long time. She must have left. They seem unconcerned. Maybe the collars are traceable…


Okay… calm down… I just have to systematically search the streets… I'll find her!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348135

"We should, I will have to take you back. Come now"

"We use the term 'Pirate' here loosely. Ether way, good evenine, I will be returning another time."


I shrug and go after her, keeping an eye out for the filly

Roll #1 3 = 3

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348137

"Can you do that mister Curry?"
I look up at him excitedly.
"W- Wait a minute, mister Boundaries!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348138

"Well, I could certainly give it a shot, now can't I?"
Hmm. Let's take a look at this collar here, and see if there are any latches or things to take apart. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 348139

It very clearly has a seam on the front. It's a simple metal ring, otherwise.

She's also notably wearing a necklace with an icon of Celestia.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348140

"Right.. your collar."

"However you remove her collar, please at least make it seem like it is on if you do suceed in unlocking it. I am concerned of the reprcussions, at best she will only have a new collar put on her."


You! Daughter where!?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348142

"Seems you've been touched by both Sisters, miss Seas."
I'll try and remove the collar with telekinesis. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348143

Where am I?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348144

Oh, no, that certainly won't do it.

Wf+6 348145

Someone once told me that a giant city shouldn't be easy to search, especially not on a DC6.

Autumnsreach is even bigger. You spend the day searching. You never succeed.


I have a very bad feeling about this. Intervene and try helping him.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 348147

You're on the ships.

Attempting to use magic was… a bad idea. Immediately after attempting to remove it, you feel a huge wave of magical reverberation that physically blasts you back and throws you against the wall of the temple.

You help him to his hooves.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348148

"Great quivering icebergs, what sort of monster puts such a thing around the neck of a child?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348149

"Are you alright mister Curry?!"
I rush over to him as Borders helps him up.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348150

I don't really want to deal with those loonies just yet.
Or alone.
Let's take a stroll on the ship.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348151

"I'm perfectly fine, miss Seas, though I won't let some crummy collar get the best of me!"
And here we go again. Split it at the seams with TK. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Wf+6 348152

This time, you just get a mild headache.


And someone once told me that standing on the streets makes you easy to find

Not to mention the power of yelling names helping me out

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 348154

Let's just cut the the chase and say you searched the entire city. Okay, good job. City searched. She wasn't in it.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348155

"Hrrmn. Moon give me strength, I know I can do this. It's not like they're specially locked or anything!" '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348156

"Mister Curry… maybe we should just go. I don't think you'll be able to get it off…"
I sadly start to make my way towards the exit.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348157

"B-but… where is she…"
I sadly lumber back to the ships

Wf+6 348158

The collar doesn't budge at all. You don't hurt yourself, at least.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348159

Wf+6 348160

Stroll complete.

Rating: B-
Secrets Found: 0
Save Code: XYJNZ3

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348161

"At this rate, I do not think it is possible. We should cease before Summer gets hurt. And besides, I believe it is time we return."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348162

I guess if I don't run into anyone then I'll just read the book I got from Alibio.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348163

I'll grump a bit.
"Now what sort of attitude is that to have? If it's locked, all we need is the key! And then you'll be out of there faster than a Hermit Crab in search of a new shell."
I'll dust myself off.
"But, if you're going back to the city, I'll go with you. I can't just let someone a Moonstone reacted to so strongly stroll away."
Moving over to a small chest of things, I'll take some equipment, and a trident.
"Now, where to, miss Seas?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348164

I guess I could be around while Spring is on the lookout for Summer

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348165

"Because these collars are really really powerful… me and my momma tried to remove ours a bunch of times and we never cou-"
My ears perk up and my eyes widen in panic.
"I- I gotta go back and find her! She doesn't know where I am!"
I rush out the temple.
And try to find Spring!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 348166

By: Moron, Son of Boron
For the views of the school of Anaxagoras seem diametrically opposed
to those of the followers of Empedocles. Empedocles says that Fire,
Water, Air, and Earth are four elements, and are thus 'simple' rather
than flesh, bone, and bodies which, like these, are 'homoeomeries'.
But the followers of Anaxagoras regard the 'homoeomeries' as 'simple'
and elements, whilst they affirm that Earth, Fire, Water, and Air
are composite; for each of these is (according to them) a 'common
seminary' of all the 'homoeomeries'.

We have thus stated one characteristic manner in which unqualified
will be distinguished from qualified coming-to-be and passing-away:
but they are also distinguished according to the special nature of
the material of the changing thing. For a material, whose constitutive
differences signify more a 'this somewhat', is itself more 'substantial'
or 'real': while a material, whose constitutive differences signify
privation, is 'not real'. (Suppose, e.g. that 'the hot' is a positive
predication, i.e. a 'form', whereas 'cold' is a privation, and that
Earth and Fire differ from one another by these constitutive differences.)

Finding the ships is much easier. You just follow the shore back to the docks.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348167

"You will be joining us? Well, fine. Come along now, let's go, Seas."

"And, ah, apologies for the trouble we got into earlier. If you are tired I could carry you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348168

I'll follow after her, not quite chasing, but certainly keeping pace.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348169

Oh dear.

Follow her.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348170

"No time for that! I- My Momma is gonna be so worried…"
I pick up my pace a bit.
Which ship was ours again?…

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 348171

You favor the dark ship that you were kept captive in, the Darklantern.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348172

Can I make sense of this?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348173

"You certain that's your ship? Seems… foreboding."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348174

I board it!
Do I see Spring anywhere?

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348175

Oops, there she goes. After her.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348176

I poke her side
"Miss Emrille?"

Wf+6 348177

Can you? Looks like it. I hope so, at least.

She doesn't appear to be here on deck…

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348178

Quickly follow her.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348179

"Oh, hey…. Just reading this book, and uh… I guess I get it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348180

"Miss Seas, perhaps if you told me what your mother looked like, I'd be able to help you find her."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348181

I take a peek at it
"I see. What is it about exactly?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348182

"Uh, like me! And really pretty!"
I continue searching around for her.
Go below deck!

Roll #1 4 = 4

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348183

"Really pretty, you say? Well, surely a beauty can't be hard to spot in this boat." '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348184

"The Elements. Alibio said he wanted to teach me about Water but then I told him I can already freeze stuff and he said no, not like that and gave me this book."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348185

I had better follow her, still.

You never know…

Wf+6 348186

Nopony like your mother on the gundeck.

You see a mare that looks like Summer across the way on a different ship. Rather than the darkly-colored ship-of-the-line you're now on, it's an old galleon in a comparatively spritely varnished maple.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348187

"Ah… well I should not interrupt your studies then. Although you may want to keep in mind that miss Spring is in distress as she is unable to find her daughter."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348188

"Why, miss Seas, I believe we're on the wrong ship, since I see a mare over yonder who looks a fair bit like you described. And you're right, she is quite pretty."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348189

"Oh? Thank you."

Shoo Summer Seas out of the belowdecks.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348190

"Ah, shit… Let's try and find one of them then."
Close the book and look for them.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348191

"W- What? She is?!"
I rush over to the top deck, and depart from this ship and over to the one that Spring is on.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348192

And I, of course follow behind.

Wf+6 348193

You do a shitty job of looking, but find her on the deck anyway.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348194

"Hey Spring!"
And now we wait until Groves comes back

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348196

I gasp
Quickly run over and give her a hug
"I was so worried! Where were you!?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348197

I hug her back.
"I- I'm sorry momma… that moonstone led me to…"
I look around, and noticing the pirates lean in closer.
"I- It led me to… an old shrine of Luna. Th- That was under the sea! It only showed up because of the currents!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348198

"I take it you are miss Seas's mother? You do fit the description. A mare similar to her, and very pretty besides."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348199

I smile.
"Oh, so I guess that's that. I heard you were worried."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348200

Just stay off to the side.

"I accompanied her and did my best to keep her from harm. We.. also met another. He calls himself Curry."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348201

"I looked all over the city but couldn't find her… It was stressful."

I give her a puzzled look
"But… That's… Are you playing a joke?"
I sigh and hug her tighter
"No matter what… I'm happy you're here with me now… Don't do that to me again sweetie… please."

I perk up, looking at him with caution
"Uh… yes?"

"Thank you… but please warn me when you take away my daughter next time…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348202

"Hey, next time, why don't you come to me so I can help you find her?"
Flap my wings and point at the scope on my hat.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348203

My ears fold back.
"I'm really really sorry…"
I lean in again.
"No, it was real! It's a real temple and mister Curry was there as like a guard or something!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348204

I'll bow.
"Then it is an honor to meet you, madam. Your daughter has been chosen by the Moon herself, and was led to the shrine I am caretaker of. I believe it is my duty to escort her to the bottommost level of the shrine, so that she may fulfill her duties as the first Lunar Priestess in centuries."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348205

I tilt my head.
"Come again?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348206

"I am sorry. It was an urgent matter, I felt this opportunity would be easily lost, and you were nowhere to be found."

Bow in submission.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348208

I blush in embarrassment
"I couldn't exactly find you either…"

"But… how did you swim there safely? You've never been a good swimmer…"

I blink my eyes a few times and cock my head slightly
"You… That is… wow. I'm not really sure I understand how this is possible mister…?"

I sigh
"Well at least she's safe and sound…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348209

"Was I unclear?"
Sweeping forward to take her hoof and giving a small kiss to it, I'll answer.
"Curry, madam, last guardian of the last shrine to the Moon, and humbly at your service."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348210

I grin.
"Let's just stick around each other next time then, shall we?"

I narrow my eyes but say nothing.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348211

"The tides were-"
I look to Curry as he speaks.
"The tides were low! I just walked inside."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348212

Releasing Spring's hoof, I'll stand tall again.
"That you did, miss Seas! But it was the Moonstone that lead you there at the only time the path was available."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348213

"Oh uh…"
I smile awkwardly
"Doctor Spring Water… it's a pleasure to meet you. Although I am still confused as to why your shrine is located underwater…"


"Oh… but why is it located there? That's really… strange."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348214

Stand beside her.
"And they wonder why ponies aren't religious."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348215

"Oh! My momma's also a follower of Luna too!"
"Um, uh… I think mister Curry said it was to hide it from the ponies who worshiped Celestia?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348216

I'll smile.
"Truly, such fated names! The Moon does seem to work in odd ways, moving lives in strange currents."
I'll bow once again.
"As for our Shrine's location, miss Spring Water, it was in deference to the Moon's power over the tides of the sea, and in its time was quite the romantic place for marriages."

"But, that of course changed during the Darkest Night, when our Moon lost Her light. The shrine fell to ruin as beasts of the sea came up and killed many of the priests. Eventually a Hydra moved in, and well, we had to close it up."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348217

I just watch the unicorn in amusement.
What a fun new toy that has been thrown into my lap today

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348218

"A hydra? In that temple? And you want Summer to go there?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348219

"Not alone, obviously. What sort of buffoon do you take me for?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348220

"Ah… yes. Most of the ponies in our family are still true to Luna's teachings."

"Oh… I am sorry to hear so. I admit I am not the most religious of ponies but… that still saddens me to hear."
I take a step back
"And a HYDRA? Those things are a nightmare…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348221

"Well duh, not alone, becase I'm sure a hoofful of ponies can waltz in the lair of a Hydra without anything terrible happening."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348222

Smile under my muzzle and hug her with one of my wings.
"Don't worry, it can't hurt you or your daughter as long as it's down there and you are up here."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348223

"That they are, miss Spring. Which is why I'm up here, gathering a fine band of heroes to put an end to it."
I'll smile gently at her condolences.
"It's been many centuries since the shrine was active. Why, the role of being guardian was passed to me by the last solitary caretaker. Still, I'm certain they would appreciate your thoughts."
"Well, my new funny-hatted chum, perhaps if we go down there to end it, it won't bother anypony, no matter where it is!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348224

I look at her, tilting my head in confusion.
"…What are you doing, miss Emrille?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348225

"Taking on a Hydra? That sounds preeeetty dangerous for me. Of course, you haven't named the price yet."

Grin at her but don't move my wing.
"Hm? What am I?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348226

"It looks like a friendly hug to me, miss Seas. Such good fortune that a friend would volunteer to help our cause!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348227

I take a step aside, out of the hug
"And hopefully we can keep it that way."

I scratch my head with a hoof
"My daughter and I are no fighters…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348228

I take a step forward
"Mister Curry, if I may. My name is Light Heart. Perhaps I could be of aid."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348229

"Why, you don't just plan to waltz into a lair of a Hydra because it's a Moon Shrine or something, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348230

"And I wouldn't dream of making you or she one! It's the duty, nay, the privilege of the Lunar Guardians to keep their priestesses from harm."
"What luck, another volunteer!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348231

"You've never hugged my momma before! And why are you hugging her with your wing?"
"Which is why we gotta find some help!"
I proudly puff out my chest.
"We gotta take down that hydra for the good of all ponies! So it won't hassle anyone anymore! And so people can use the shrine free of… being hassled by a hydra!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348232

I also lean in closer again.
"And… I'm pretty sure this is what Luna wants me to do momma…"

Wf+6 348233

Rosemary sticks next to you.

Wark mutters something about a "gripey three-headed longfish".

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348234

"Volunteer? That's not a price I can agree with, sorry."

I smile at her.
"Because winghugs are cozy and comforting and I just wanted her to feel good and that nothing bad will happen."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348235

"Surely you'd be willing to work to safeguard your friend, wouldn't you? You can't put a price tag on peaceful sleep and protected ponies!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348236

I chuckle
"Yes Summer… You're right of course. As brave as always."

"Well… maybe we could tag along just in case somepony gets injured."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348237

"Everything has a price… of course, I wouldn't ask anything for keeping Spring and Summer safe, but I can surely ask you for some hazard pay, or maybe a reward for clearing out the temple you are supposed to take care of?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348238

"I would prefer the term businessmare, actually."

"Miss Spring Water, if you intend on going down there, you will have my support in doing so. We shall help you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348239

Once again I'll take her hoof and mine and place a small kiss on it.
"Truly, you honor me with such consideration."
Letting go of Spring's hoof, I'll turn to Emrille and Light Heart
"While it should be of no surprise, there is little I can offer you in the way of material gain. However, there is something in the Lunar shrine far more valuable than that."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348240

I narrow my eyes again as he takes Spring's hoof.
"Yeah, and what's that?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348241

I scrunch my face.
"You're acting weird miss Emrille…"
"You will miss Light Heart? Thank you!"
I give her a quick hug.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348242

"Mister Curry please. Your assumptions wound me greatly. I may be a businessmare, but I do keep my word. I promised miss Spring and her daughter protection, so I shall do so. For free if need be."

I chuckle and ruffle her mane
"Now, I would not want to deny miss Rosemary's number one teacher of help, would I?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348243

I take a deep breath, and smile at her again.
"Am I?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348244

My eyes will glint a bit.
"Why, my oddly-chapeaud comrade, the greatest treasure there is! Knowledge! A library, untouched by time and tide for centuries."
"Truly, a noble lady if ever I saw one."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348245

I nod.
"So are you saying the books there are valuable?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348246

I clear my throat, clearly unused to the gesture
"I… uh… no problem?"

My ears perk up in interest
"Knowledge? That does sound promising… and interesting."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348247

"Yeah… you never acted like this to me or my momma before. Except that one time…"
I scratch my head.
"Old books about Luna?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348248

I'll wave a hoof.
"Posh, the books themselves are just paper. It's the words, and the knowledge in them, that has value."
Shuffling my hoof a bit I'll continue.
"I will admit, it's in a place I found quite unreachable, at least with my current equipment. You see, the library entrance is, well… I'd have to show you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348249

"That and more, miss Seas! Medicine, the sea itself, bestiaries of long-forgotten creatures, and who knows what else!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348250

"No shit, Sherclop. What I am getting at is, could I make money from some of those if I sold them?"

"I'm just trying to be more friendly to your momma, that's all!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348251

"Language, miss… uh. I don't believe I got your name!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348252

"Medicine? Old books about medicine?!"
My eyes light up.
"Why? And… they're temple books miss Emrille! You can't sell them!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348253

"Don't worry Summer. Emrille is just trying to be nice. You can't blame her for that can you?"

My eyes light up
"My… that does sound worth looking for."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348254

"You can call me Emrille."

"Nopony is using them down in that temple, now are they? If I brought them up and sold them, those books could be read again!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348255

"But that's stealing from the temple miss Emrille! You can't do that! That's just.. that's evil!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348256

"Em Reel, is it? Fine name. But, do watch your language around the youngster."

"As for you selling the books, that is up to miss Seas, as she is their rightful owner as a Moon Priestess."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348257

I sigh and stand between the two
"Why don't we worry about the larger issue first? That hydra, for one…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348258

"Miss Spring Water is indeed right."
Turn to Curry
"Mister Curry, what can you tell us about the hydra?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348259

"Yeah, sure."

"Stealing? No no, it would be a reward. A pony has to make a living, you know? Bullets ar-"

"Right. It really depends on how big it is. Or how much space it has to move. A temple, even with books, is not worth dying for, is it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348260

"Yes! Back to the matter at hoof! While I don't doubt the courage and ability of the group of us, miss Reel, miss Heart, and her assistants, I dare say we should find other able-bodied heroes to aid our endeavor."
"From my experiences with the beast, I find it rarely comes up past the currently submerged third basement. That isn't to say it doesn't, of course, just that it's unlikely."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348261

I roll my eyes.
"Not Reel, Emrille! And if it's submerged and everything, can't we just get a mage to shock the water? Electrify it or something?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348262

"It would be stealing."
I frown.
"You're right… I'm sorry miss Emrille."
"The third basement? How many basements are there?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348263

Pat her head.
"Don't worry about it, cupcake."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348264

"I am certain mister Tony, mister Chip and miss Felfire can be persuaded to join us… for a price."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348265

I raise a hoof.
"Um, I can pay them… I think."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348266

"Emrille this temple is… it's important. To Summer in particular."

"That could work…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348267

"Yeah, I get that, but important enough to let her get hurt for it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348268

"The thought had occurred to me, but where would I be able to find a mage that would be willing to do that out of the goodness of his own heart, without selling the shrine to the Celestials?"
"There are three. The first is just below my home, and the library is there. The second is the treasury, though I can't be certain what lies within. The final floor, where the hydra makes its home, was the spot that the former priests and priestesses spoke directly to the Moon, and some say She answered back. It is my fondest wish to prove that legend true."
"While mercenaries might be the best way to pad numbers, can they be trusted not to touch things best left undisturbed?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348269

"Miss Reel, I am insulted that you think I, the last Guardian of the Shrine, would allow any harm to come to its Priestess."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348270


"Leave that to me, mister Curry. I will convince them to keep their hooves to themselves."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348271

I sigh
"I'd like to take certain precautions to avoid that…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348272

I sigh.
"First of all, it's Emrille. Not Reel. Do I need to write it down for you? You are not that dim, are you? Second of all, you've got problems with other religious ponies? Third of all, treasury?"

"If you say so… I don't want anything to happen to either of you because some temple that a dude we just met told you about."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348273

"Em Reel, that's what I said."
As for our troubles with the Celestials, they were the ones who originally sacked the Lunar temples throughout Equestria, and all lands besides. The fact that they've not rebuilt a single one of them just shows they still agree with the decision."

"As for the treasury, well, I never did manage to get into it, as it's trapped quite heavily. To dissuade pirates or would-be bandits."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348274

"And Luna answered back?…"
"Um… I have…"
I check my bag.
"Ten doubloons. Do you think, um… thee and a third will be enough to pay them with, miss Light Heart?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348275

I groan.
"Urgh, I can see why you chose the moon, you are not very bright…"
I shake my head.
"And what sort of traps? Do you know how to avoid them?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348276

"Indeed she did, or so the legend says. My mentor and teacher passed along much of the lore and layout I know. Sadly, even she did not recall what exactly was built into the walls, floors, and possibly even ceilings to deter thieves."
"I'm afraid the fact I know that they are there is all the help I can offer on that front."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348277

"What sort of caretaker are you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348278

"The kind that's been trying to kill a hydra for the last twenty years."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348279

"And it never occured to you to explore the treasury, get the money, and hire mercs to kill it for you?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348280

"Traps… how wonderful to hear."
I turn to my two followers
"I don't suppose either of you are expert trappers by any chance?"

I chuckle
"Perhaps so. And if it isn't there are always different way to get aid."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348281

"And steal from the very thing I'm supposed to protect? By Poneseidon's foamy beard, what outrageous silliness is that?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348282

"Wow… I wanna speak to Luna again."
My eyes shine with excitement.
"The shrine is underwater miss Emrille! He couldn't even get out until now!"
I frown.
"…A merc's a pony you hire to do something, right?"

Wf+6 348283

Rosemary shakes her head.

Mocking Wark puts a hoof to his chin. "Didn't we pick up some half-rabid alarmcutter in the last city?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348284

"It's not stealing if it's for the good of your temple, is it? Renovation fee, by removing a Hydra, for example."

I nod.
"Yes, it is. Why?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348285

"It is too stealing! Besides, I couldn't get past the traps anyway."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348286

"You will need money to convince mister Tony to come along, that much is certain. Though perhaps reminding him that you are the ones keeping him healed on the battlefield may cause him to be content with less of a reward. Mister Chip could be persuaded without spending any money if you know how to approach him. Miss Felfire… she's more difficult. I believe only coin will convince her to join."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348287

Quitely wink in.

"You are mistaken. She, like me, is persuaded my knolwedge and power. Magic power. If we are granted access to Mister curry's library, we would both be content to join."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348288

I take a step back in surprise
"Ah, you are here as well. I've seen you wander about before but I don't quite believe we have met."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348289

"I can't just ask them really nicely?…"
"You would?"
I perk up.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348290

"I'm sure we can get something out of it if we disable the traps."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348291

"Perfectly true, however it is up to miss Seas on how to use whatever lay beyond the traps, as the temple, and all within it, is rightfully hers."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348292

"You can try, little Summer. Perhaps you have the talent to persuade them."
I chuckle
"Those big sad eyes can work miracles, for example."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348293

"Oh. Yeah, sure! honestly, it'd be interesting to see what you get up to while there."

"Borders. Folding Borders Skewed, scholar and seeker of space magic and the nature of reality. And you, madam?"

Offer a hoof.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348294

I tilt my head.
"You mean, she's in charge? Of all of it? Just like that?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348295

Take and shake it
"Light Heart. A pleasure to meet you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348296

"Well, she is the last, and possibly first, new Lunar Priestess in centuries. Were there any more temples left standing, they'd fall under her jurisdiction as well."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348297

Look at her confusedly again, before turning back to him.
"No offense, but she is just a kid. Isn't that a bit too much responsibility for her?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348298

I let out a giggle.
"They do."
I gasp and look at him in astonishment.
"They would? But… how?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348299

"She was chosen, Emrille… these things don't happen without a reason."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348300

"Of course it is. That's why there is me, a caretaker, until she's of age to run the Order herself. I don't just guard rocks in the sea, you know."
"Simply by virtue of you being the the only Priestess. The Moonstone that lead you to my shrine lit up for you in a way that, to my knowledge, hasn't been seen for hundreds of years. It would have likely remained unresponsive for myself, despite my association."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348301

"Excellent. I hope that we shall be able to work together. I feel a sense of kinship with you. this may bode well."

"It just did happen. Were I to explain anymore, I would be wont to look a crackpot, but I am content to believe that what I perceive is happening."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348302

"I hope that you will excuse me for not believing in predestination and fate. Everypony forges her own."

"Wait, so am I the only one who finds this at least a bit strange?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348303

"Well, I'll admit it's certainly peculiar. I had thought all the moonstones lost or destroyed over the eight and a half centuries between the Dark Night and today. But one must have faith, miss Emrille, if not in the gods then certainly in your friends?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348304

"Oh, exactly. But you are not my friend, and something here smells fishy for me, and it's not the Hydra."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348305

"Miss Emrille! It really did happen though!"
I frown and scrunch my face up.
"You don't believe it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348306

I'll sniff myself a bit.
"While it's usually quite rude to point out certain odors, I do admit it has been some time since I've bathed in anything other than seawater… And seaponies do make terrible bathing companions."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348307

"Indeed. Perhaps we could discuss a thing or two later… in private."

"Miss Emrille please. I myself am by no means a religious pony, but I trust the judgment of miss Spring and little Summer."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348308

I frown
"Emrille… this is something important for Summer. I know it is. Could you at least put some faith in me?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348309

"It is understandable to be suspicious from a perspective like yours. But incredulity based on Summer Sea's position alone, in this case, is not a compelling argument."


Emrille [Gunslinger] 348310

I sigh.
"Fine. I believe it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348311

And then I pof into existance somewhere around here.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348312

"You don't sound so convinced…"
I frown.

"Miss Feelfear! Miss Feelfear!"
I wave over to her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348313

Trot over there.
"They pushing you around again kid?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348314

"Feelfear? Truly, miss Seas, you know quite the odd assortment of folk. Not certain a pony with such a name would be brave enough for the endeavor we set out to do."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348315

"Don't worry, I believe in you and everything. I just have my reasons not to believe in higher deities and stuff like that."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348316

"Ah, hello. While you were occupied, I took the liberty of accompanying Summer, and we have found a temple decidacted to the Moon. It also appears that Summer may be a Lunar priestess by birth. The rest should be able to fill you in, excuse me."

wink out

Felfire [Necromancer] 348317

Raise his shadow and have it tap him on the back of the shoulder.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348318

Give him a nod as he winks out.
"Would you look at that…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348319

"No… but I need your help!"
I start gesticulating wildly to emphasize all the really cool bits of the story.
"There's this Temple of Luna that I found with that stone you gave me 'cause it took me there and a hydra took residence in and we need to go and take care of that hydra so it won't bother anymore ponies and then everyone can use the temple again!"
I take a deep breath.
"Oh, and, um… there's also a really neat library there that mister Boundaries said you'd be interested in!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348320

Looking to see my shadow has a mind of its own, I'll take a quick step back.
"What sorcery is this?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348321

Look at her with a flat face for a second.
"How cool are we talking about here?"
Grin at him.
"I'm an evil enchantress."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348322

"It's an ancient library that's been sitting under the sea, untouched for hundreds of years!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348323

"Pretty cool. And how big is the idra?"
A smile starts to creep on my face.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348324

Raising an eyebrow, I'll levitate my trident to a guarded position.
"This had best be in some jest."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348325

"Who knows if the books are still intact though? We should check the treasury. Just in case."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348326

"Well, I do believe some preparations are in order."
I flap my wings to loosen them up a little
"Summer, you may come and collect me once you are ready to head down there."
I give her a polite nod and then start my little shopping spree
First of all I'd like to get miss Rosemary an actual sword, as well as one for my to replace my current rapier.

I assume I can head over to the armory for that?

Also, what kind of weapons does Wark carry?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348327

"I dunno… mister Curry knows more about it, but I don't think even he's seen it!"
I frown.
"You keep bringing that up, miss Emrille."
"Wait, where are you going?!"
I follow her down.

Wf+6 348328

Mocking Wark has an axe and a buckler.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348329

"Because weapon maintaince isn't cheap and I need a new coat. Letting me take a look around in there wouldn't be much if I go and help you get rid of that Hydra, would it?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348330

I toll my eyes and shake my head

Then head after her

Light Heart [Warlord] 348331

Sounds good enough

Are those two swords going to be a problem to get or do they just hoof them out like candy?

"Preparation, little Summer."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348332

Well, I guess I follow Spring as well.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348333

I'll follow these two as well.

Wf+6 348334

Blue Topaz, who you presumably sought out, offers you two for a doubloon.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348335

"Preparation? Hu-"
I see her picking up swords and the like.
"Ooh… do you think I should get a, um… a gun or a sword too, miss Light Heart?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348336

"Your mom said not yet. My offer for teaching you how to shoot still stands though if she agrees."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348337

I'll chime in from the back.
"I personally believe you should be kept well away from the fighting, miss Seas, and leave that to myself and the rest of your guard."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348338

A doubloon!?
"That is quite expensive… I believe that should be worth three swords."

I chuckle
"Perhaps it is best that you ask that of your mother, little Summer."

Wf+6 348339

Blue Topaz looks unimpressed.

"I know you have plenty of gold. I processed your pay."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348340

Roll my eyes and let go of the shadow.
"Lower that thing, scared foal."
"Can't the seer peer through it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348341

"Oh right, he might check for the traps! That's a great idea!"


I scrunch
"Indeed I do… though considering a resurrection spell costs a doubloon as well…"
Inspect the swords, are they well maintained and sturdy?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348343

"Foal? Madam, I'm likely old enough to be your father."
I'll shake my head.
"As for your seer, it seems the shrine has been safeguarded against scrying. A security measure against Celestial detection, perhaps, put into place long ago."

Wf+6 348344

You wouldn't call yourself an a master of appraisal. They look like swords.

Blue Topaz looks bored. "Terrebonne does charity work. I don't. I've been trying to get her to charge fifteen for years."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348345

"Just in case though!… And-"
"Miss Emrille told me that guns are fun. I've never shot a gun before… I wanna try one."
I turn to go back and get Spri-
"Momma? Should I get a gun just in case?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348346

"There is an idra in there. Traps would be overkill."
"Well crap. I wonder if my shadows might move unfazed thou.."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348347

"No Summer, I already told you you're too young for this kind of stuff… Just make sure to stay close to me and I will protect you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348348

"I could say that I was using live ammunition by that age but then you would scorn me for trying to shove a weapon on your daughter so I'll just stay silent."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348349

"Look I don't want to mess with you parenting or anything… but that's gonna get you both killed. And us too."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348350

"I wanna be able to protect myself too… what if my magic fails l- like it did before? I don't want to be helpless like that again…

"And, um. Miss Emrille said they're fun."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348351

"Yeah, but only if you can use them. They are not, I repeat, not toys."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348352

"Fun and Dangerous usually go hand in hand with guns, miss Seas. If I were to give you any weapon, I would start you with a dagger, as it not only fits your size, it's easy enough to learn how to use. I could teach you, even."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348353

I give them all a hard stare
"I appreciate you voicing your concerns, but I will decided what is best for my daughter and nopony else."

I prod her chest with a hoof accusingly
"You promised me Summer."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348354


Does she sell rope here too? And torches?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348355

"What of you, miss Spring? I or miss Emrille could teach you the basics of self defense, either with weapon or gun, so that you could better protect your daughter."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348356

My ears flatten and I sigh.
"…i'm sorry."

Wf+6 348357

Ropes in lengths of twenty feet at one.
Torches in bundles of four at one.

Blue Topaz boredly muses: "I should probably interject at some point that the commodore might find arming prisoners objectionable anyway."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348358

"Yeah, that you do. I'm still just giving advice, no need to get upset about it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348359

Frown at the sight.
Just scoot closer and try to lie one of my heavy wings on her back.
"You should listen more to yourself and less to other ponies now that you are a grown up."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348360

"Having a mark does not make one an adult. Maturity comes with experience and time, not in a flash of inspiration and a small number of years."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348361

I give him a dull look
"Please. I know perfectly well how to fight with both blade and pistol."

"Just making that clear."

I glare at her
"She is 10. She may be getting older but she is not old enough to hoofle a pistol or a blade."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348362

"Like I was talking about that. You dimwit."
"You don't want to hear what most of the ponies here ent through before they were ten."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348363

"Don't worry sweet, all I'm saying is you don't need to get so aggressive about it. You can't blame her for wanting to protect herself."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348364

"But I a-"
I sigh.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348365

"I can only imagine. But my daughter is not them. She is not just some other filly."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348366

I'll cough a bit.
"Ten years is usually the prime age to start training in forms of self defense, as the body and mind are both still limber and energetic enough from their youth to take in quite a bit of training."
I'll toss a look at Summer.
"But what were you saying, miss Seas, before you were interrupted?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348367

Light Heart [Warlord] 348368

How much for two pieces of rope, a bundle of torches and the two swords?

I chuckle and pat her on the back
"Don't worry"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348369

"She was not. But do you think what she saw in Stonebriar won't hunt her for the rest of her days if she doesn't face it? This place has already changed her. You saw her charge out at the sea ponies the other day.
She's not a kid anymore."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348370

"Why'd you call my momma sweet?"

"I was gonna say 'but I'm ten already,' but never mind."

I shiver as I think about what happened in Stonebriar, but quickly push out the thought.
"I don't wanna think about what happened in Stonebriar, miss Feelfear…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348371

"Why, are you saying she isn't?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348372

"You don't have to kid. I never think about it either…"
Try to give her a calm smile.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348373

"Well, if your mother won't let you use weapons, I'll have to teach you the basics of hoof-to-hoof hoofticuffs."
"Pardon my saying, but she is quite sweet on the eyes, I must agree."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348374

"That may be so, but this is not the time to teach her about it."

I glower at her
"Your opinion has been noted. Now please refrain from saying anything further."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348375

"Too bad you probably have some temple keeper chastity vow, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348376

"I believe this is likely the best time, miss Spring."
"Were I a priest, possibly. As a caretaker, I am free to start a family if I so choose, even if none of them become caretakers after me."

Wf+6 348377

Felfire [Necromancer] 348378

Look at her with a sickened expression.
"But if you two keep that up I wonder what the kid will end up learning."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348379

"Only what we decide to teach. Courtship practices, while not completely necessary, might be a side lesson. After all, she's going to need to know when a colt starts to fancy her, and what signs to look for so that she can avoid the less savory suitors."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348380

I let out a long and weary sigh

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348381

"Sush you."
Smirk at her.
"The grown ups are having a talk."

Walk up next to him slowly with a smirm, and whisper in his ear in a sweet voice.
"Let me give you a tip though, Spring is out of your leauge, so you better get her out of your head now before you even start to stir shit, understood?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348382

with a smirk*

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348383

I'll slight turn my head to whisper back.
"I do believe that that is her choice, not yours."
With a small smile, I'll continue.
"And should you manage to come out on top of this as her preferred suitor, well, it has been quite some time since the last Lunar Marriage ceremony. No hard feelings on the winner, shall we say?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348384

"That's not what I was talking about."
Look from her to Emrille with the same disgusted expression, but say nothing.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348385

I nod, and keep smiling as well.
"Yeah, but you see, the thing is, I don't like losing. Especially in something like this. And it would be just simply terrible if a bullet went in the wrong direction by accident while fighting that Hydra, wouldn't it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348386

"Oh my yes, it would be quite awful for whomever shot that bullet, as obviously a hydra is far too large a target to miss. One would have to question their aim."
I'll waggle my eyebrows a bit at that, the small smile not leaving my face.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348387

I shrug.
"Shit happens. Especially to those who look for trouble."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348388

"Well, miss, far be it from me to look for trouble. It usually finds me well enough on its own. You may wish to be on your best behavior, though."
And with that, I'll smirk a little, and turn back to face the others.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348389


Borders Skewed [Mage] 348390

wink in before realising no one is around, and then wink back out

Felfire [Necromancer] 348391

"Emrille, follow me outside."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348392

"Huh? What's up?"

Follow her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348393

Once outside, find someplace alone.
"Look, I realize you and Spring got it on. But for fuck's sake, can't you be more descreet in front of Summer?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348394

I roll my eyes.
"I didn't really say anything that out of the ordinary."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348395

"Oh please. Calling each other sweet in front of her and then keep waxing on and off about how…"
Act theatrical, in a high pitched voice.
"Sweet your mother is! Isn't it?"
Become serious once more and look at her with a flat face.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348396

I nod.
"Oh, right, but when it comes to you and those shadows it's suddenly A-Ok, right?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348397

"My shadows are not her family. But I'm not here to tell you who you can or can't slap cunts with.
The problem is the kid."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348398

"What's the problem with her?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348399

"She's seen her mother die. Twice almost. The other day she dived right into a bunch of cannibal sea ponies.
A kid that a few days ago didn't open her mouth to say a word.
You see nothing wrong?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348400

"It's pretty fucked up for her, sure. Can't do anything about that at the moment."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348401

"Think for a second.
The kid is growing up, and she's growing up strong. But her mother wants to keep her sheltered, like she was still in her old life.
That's the real problem. That's why I want your help."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348402

I nod.
"Go on."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348403

"Make her accept the kid is not hers anymore. That she's a mare on herself now."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348404

"One, the kid will always be her kid, even if she's an old granny. Two, I know that you can never start young enough, but that won't work like a snap. She has been sheltered like that so far, yeah, but throwing her out in the deep water instantly won't do her any favors either."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348405

"All that Spring is doing right now is denying any growth the kid might have.
She doesn't let her think, make her own mistakes."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348406

"Yes, and I'm already trying to nudge her into accepting the fact she'll have to face reality soon, but gently. Not suddenly."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348407

Sit silent for a few moments.
"You are a smarter pony than I am.
I guess it just bugged me too much."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348408

"Street smarts at best. I know that suddenly standing on your own legs can be cruel. Then again, so can be what Summer is experiencing, but if we can transition slowly from her previous life to this more unforgiving one step by step, we might not ruin her and preserve her innocence for a few more years and all that shit."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348409

"See, that's bad. You can't do something like that. Not here."
Trot over to the railing, recall my own shadow and lie onto it.
"What do you think they care for the innocence of a kid?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348410

"They don't."
Trot over to the railing as well and lean against it.
"But we do."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348411

"Oh right I should tell you.
Chip has a thing for kids. Keep him away from Summer if possible."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348412

My eyes widen in realization.
"He what?! I mean… For Summer… And…"
My ears flap down.
"And holy fuck when I was…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348413

"That was fun. At least you were not a real kid."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348414

"Fun? How was it fun?! I thought he really just wanted to hold me in his arms because I was cute 'n shit, not that… for fuck's sake, he even groped my ass before I got down!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348415

"Okay I don't want to shatter your rosey view of the world but… You think all ponies that hugged you as a filly did it because you were… Cute 'n shit?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348416

"The difference is nopony wanted to hug me when I was an actual filly."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348417

Talk in a calm and distant voice.
"Lucky you."
Move away from the shadow. Dismiss it.
"But… Yeah, let's go back inside, okay?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348418

"Yeah, lucky."
Take a deep breath.
"I think I'm just going to stay here for a bit for some fresh air."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348420

"Thinking about the past?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348421

"I can't belive that dog… I didn't even notice it… and yeah, a bit of that too."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348422

"Let the dog be. Poor thing is as dumb as a log.
Just keep him away from the kid."
Raise my shadow again, lean onto it.
"You gave quite the sob story about that, the other night…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348423

"Yeah, I'll make sure he can't do anything."
Look at her with a feint smile.
"And I guess I did. I had to learn how to present sob stories. Sometimes that helped back then. Sometimes it didn't work at all."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348424

"Never been a fan of them. Spirits have each their own. Too many, in the long run. I'd rather not think about the past."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348425

"No reason to deny it either, but sure, the future is always brighter. I mean, shit, I got money, a job that will give me even more money, pure gold nonetheless, everything's coming up in my alley!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348426

"If we are not blown up by the next pirate hunter we meet."
Chuckle a bit.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348427

I let out a whistle.
"That fucking guy… I hope he stays in that crapsack of his and I never have to hear from him ever again."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348428

"I hope we meet again. So I can kill him and see for myself how strong he really is."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348429

"You are out of your fucking mind! He would rape us to death!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348430

"I'll blow him to pieces if he only tries.
Besides, if you die, I could bring you back."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348431

"I thought that was Terebonne? And I don't want to die even if I get to live afterwards! I mean, that shit must not be pleasant."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348432

"Tell you the truth, I get a kink out of it…"
Blush slightly.
"And yeah, Terre taught me. Picked up the shadow thing from her, too."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348433

I facehoof and turn back to the sea.
"Out of the two fucked up kinks you told me in the last fifteen minutes I'm not sure which one I find more disturbing."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348434

"Hey, fine, I'm not talking anymore if that's so hurtful to you!"
Put up a grumpy face and cross my hooves over my chest, looking away from Emrille.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348435

"I didn't say it was hurtful, then again, you just told me that dying makes you cream yourself."
I chuckle.
"I mean, a pony learns something new everyday, right?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348436

"True words. But I'm trying to keep it under control.
I have somepony now."
Look back at my shadow with a smile.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348437

"I was well on my way too. Then this faggot preacher showed up."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348438

"I thought you and the unicorn were a sealed deal."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348439

"Not yet. She said she'll give me a chance, but only if I try and better myself."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348440

"As in, stop killing random ponies for their spare change?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348441

"Hey, the ponies in the bank were colliteral damage. Their stupidity killed them. And yeah, in her words, 'keep the suffering I inflict to a minimum.' Pirates still pay me though, so I think killing guards and shit like that will be okay. Just no civilians."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348442

"Good luck with that.
I ended up promising Terrebonne I'd never disrespect the dead again.
Order them around.
That's a lot, I hope the both of them-"
Nod over to the shadow and the Pillanger's Fancy.
"-appreciate it.
I'm still not sure if I regret it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348443

I shrug.
"It's not like I lose anything from killing less ponies and stuff like that. It's not like I enjoyed doing it. It was all in a day's work."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348444

"Right. It's different for you. Let's just say I've troubles suffering most breathing things."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348445

I turn back to her, but still lean against the railing.
"Why do you hate living people so much?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348446

"I don't hate them, don't be stupid.
I fear them. Never know what they think."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348447

"Why don't you learn how to read minds or something then?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348448

Wave away a hoof at her.
"I got into this art by.. Other ways. It's not the same. I'm not good with normal magic.
And I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world."
Turn around and look at her.
"Do you have something you care for, Emrille? Deeply, innately, like your life depends on it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348449

I shrug.
"Sort of. I just flew where the currents led me so far without much care in the world. Some stuff changed now, though, so yeah, there are."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348450

"No good. Can't use my time to tell you all about the sweet power of Grogar then."
"Why are we even talking about this now?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348451

"Gods and shit like that are not my cup of tea anyway so you would be just wasting your breath. And I dunno', because you got me here to talk and we are talking."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348452

"You are easy to talk to. Easier than that seer whathisname is, at least. And easier than your friend the cripple."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348453

"That's good to know I guess. And the fact that you are creepy but not batshit insane is comforting too."
Smirk at her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348454

"Amen to that. Just don't screw with me. I react badly to that.
Bombed a whole town once."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348455

"Don't we all? I only shot those who failed to pay up after a job in the back of the head."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348456

I try to catch my breath after laughing wholeheartedly, the shadow supporting me.
"I like you Emrille. A lot. Call on me if you need some help."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348457

I smirk.
"What's not to like about me? And yeah, we'll see how things will pan out, but I might appreciate some help in removing somepony."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348458

"Always up for something like that. Is it somepony in the city?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348459

"Yes and no."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348460

Give her a flat stare.
"What, playing hook and sink? You got me already, just talk."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348461

"I think I mentioned it earlier. I don't like competition. Does bad for business."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348462

"So first you ask for help, then say you don't want me as competition?
On a target I don't even know?
Hell, I might run into him while dress-hunting and I'd not know!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348463

I sigh and fachoof.
"Oh my fucking goodnes… you really aren't the sharpest tool in the shed. Not you as competition! And whether I'll need him dead or not is still up in the air. Once I'm sure he needs to go, I'll be sure to tell you."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348464

"Okay that was dumb. But if this might give Summer problems or hurt her, forget it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348465

"I don't want to hurt Summer either, don't worry."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348466

"Now you are the one not following.
Summer is already starting to like the competition.
Killing him might hurt her."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348467

"You don't like that dude, do you? I think he's full of bullshit. He suddenly shows up and says he'll change the world and everything? I don't trust him one bit."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348468

"Of course I don't.
As soon as we have the stone and I get a hoof on those books we blow the place and leave him here to mourn his fake god.
But not when Summer can see."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348469

"Duh, I wasn't about to blow his brains out in front of her. And I can tolerate him, but only if he doesn't stir anymore shit. And especially not if he'll try to raise himself on a pedestal and villanize us."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348470

"If he keeps that up nopony in the fleet will like him, don't worry."
Look around quickly to make sure nopony is around.
"Look you know about… Good, isolated places on the ship?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348471

I shake my head.
"Not really. Why?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348472

Sigh and fall back on the shadow, poking it.
"Terre doesn't want me to use the room for that."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348473

I deadpan.
"Gee, I wonder why."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348474

Wave a hoof at her.
"It's nothing like that. She's just got a thing of her own. Not the loving kind.
But she's great in every other way."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348475

"I'm sure you can find some sort of hidden corner you can do your thing. These are not small ships, after all."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348476

"I wonder how they do all this damn time…
I would ask face, but taking both his shadow and his room seems cruel."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348477

"We got all the time in the world to figure it out, don't we?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348478

"I'm a tad too busy studying to be honest. I have to impress Abilio somehow."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348479

"Yeah, I need to figure out a book he gave me too."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348480


Emrille [Gunslinger] 348481

"No, elements."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348482

"Bleah. Boring. Never cared for those."
Trot back up and around the deck.
"We should totally find a way to fight together, out there.
Like, you could set fire on my minions, then I'd explode them and have a load of fire all around!
That would be fun!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348483

I grin.
"See, you already contradicted yourself, they are not boring at all! And as good as that sounds, that would just probably backfire. Literally."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348484

"I thought you were a good shoot! Minions don't care for distance…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348485

"I meant, if we make a fiery explosion that would probably effect us as well. In form of fiery rain and shit falling on us."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348486

"If we use something like that, most likely we'll already be full in shit."
Grin at her.
"Or we could try it on the next fucker that tries something on us!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348487

"I'm sure we can cook something up, but I want Alibio to teach me what he wanted first, but as I said, I'll have to get that book figured out first."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348488

"I might help. Got it here?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348489

"Yup. Here it is."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348490

"So.. Uh… Philosophy talk. And mage talk. About how you can imagine the basic elements as combinations of everything that exists.
What's the problem?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348491

"I just don't exactly know where he's taking this. I mean, I'm going to learn water that is not just water but it's not ice either. Maybe vapor or something? Steam?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348492

"What?! No! Everything that is made of water! Read here! So it's plants and ponies and rotten wood and everything else."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348496

"…and that helps me how?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348499

"You know how to use water, no? With a slight change, you could control blood the same way. Or liquid gold."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348502

"Eh, but I can't really control anything that I don't shoot out of this baby."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348504

"You are a strange mage."
Cock my head at her.
"So no idea what he was trying to teach you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348505

"I'm not a mage in the traditional sense.
Or any sense, really. But hey, maybe it was the mixing two elements thingy?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348508

"It says the opposite actually. That every element is already made of all the things that have it.
So elements can't be mixed because they are perfect in themselves, a full compass of reality.
But taking a closer look at what exists, you can see those are already made of mixed elements!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348510

"Then where the fuck will that get me in shooting stuff? I'm no Elementalist or fancymancer or whatever they call it! I can't control them, I can just use them!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348511

"Hey, we are a corpse fucker and a mare with a stick that goes boom trying to figure stuff we never saw.
You are the one supposed to know this!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348512

I chuckle.
"Eh, I'll just ask stupid questions until I get it or he turns me into a foal again."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348513

"That's not how you learn something thou…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348514

"Sort of worked the last time."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348515

"And the filly moment was your reward?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348517

"No, that was the punishment."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348520

"So you got punished but it worked?"
Cock a brow in surprise.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348522

"Actually, I sort of made jokes and annoyed him on purpose because he was easily upset. One of my jokes was me being a schoolfilly. You see how that turned out."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348525

Look honestly surprised.
"Why would you want to upset Abilio?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348527

"Because he has the best reactions when he's upset?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348529

"Right. So you enjoyed being a filly?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348530

"Until this conversation, yeah."
Chuckle again.
"But really, that was before I knew he'd do that."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348533

"I'm not too sure how much you want to make him angry, but if you want to give up on understending this then fine."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348535

"No, no, I got this. Don't worry."


Suppress a laughter.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348539

"What's so funny?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348545

"Nothing you just… You sound confident. Maybe a bit too much?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348547

"When I want to get things done, I get them done.
Somehow. Or decide they are not worth getting done."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348552

"What about stopping for a moment instead and trying to deconstruct how the thing works? I'm sure the seer can help you with that no problem."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348553

"…What thing do you mean? Because I sure hope you are not implying that I don't know how my rifle works."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348557

Roll my eyes.
"The elements Emrille. Like you told me just now. Why not seek out the teachings of a more expert mage that might teach you how the elements actually work, instead of stumbling through advanced elemental usage blind?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348558

"I think Alibio is a pretty expert mage."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348559

"And why aren't you learning basics instead of…"
Nod towards the book.
"That? I mean, you said it yourself, you understand nothing from it!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348563

"I don't have time for all that scholarly crap."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348564

"But if you don't start from scratch you'll never master the hard stuff.
Like I'm learning to resurrect others so I can better reincarnate myself!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348565

I shrug.
"Magic is not all there is."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348566

"So how do you do it in the first place?" Motion with a hoof at her gun.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348568

"Do you know how a gun works?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348570

"Powder, shooty things, a flint. No?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348574

"Ehh, it's not that simple. What actually matters is, that this rifle is a cataclyst, right?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348575

"I see…"
Run my eyes all over her rifle, looking for inscriptions.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348577

"This is what you are looking for."
Point at the golden looking reciever.
"That's the enchanted part of it. It's why it stays so shiny even with this much use too."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348578

"Right. But why is it your catalyst?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348579

"It's the easiest way. Heck, might be the only way as far as I know. If I had a pendant or something I couldn't enchant anything. This way, with the recievery, the reciever, the bolt, the hammer, everything on that part being magical, I can imbue those bullets anytime. The barrel and the feed aren't magical though. They are simply high quality."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348580

"And you have no idea what magic itself is.
Are you even a real mage?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348581

"It's still my magic, not the gun's. You couldn't do the same trick. I know what it is and how it works. I just can't explain it. It comes as naturally as flying."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348582

"You are a strange kind of scholar, Emrille…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348583

"Who said I was one? I never liked learning books and crap like that."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348584

Look with a smirk at the one book she brought here.
"Really, I can see that.
Want my opinion? Don't try to mix the elements. They already are."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348585

"Hey, he gave me that, I didn't want to protest! It's really not my thing! And imagine mixing! Like… Frostfire bullets! It'd give them a frostbite over their burns! Hah! Couldn't voice their concerns about that one, since they'll be dead!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348586

Chuckle a bit.
"You will have to study hard for that."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348587

"Eh, if it won't work out I'll just talk with Ruxiang again. And hope he won't drug me this time."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348588

Look worried for a moment.
"What did he do now?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348589

"Didn't I tell you? Last time I met him, I asked him about stuff. So he showed me some grenades, then told me he had special ammunition, and magic. I thought he had magic ammunition. Turns out magic was blow. Y'know, funny dust. Pushed my head into a bag. Al-Jinn fished me out of the sea."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348590

"Now that's one I gotta try…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348591

"… I think he is selling it…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348592

"Oh right.
Well, maybe, once I start working as resurrectionist too…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348593

"If blow is your thing… but say, you won't ask a friend for money, right?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348594

Give her a half lid stare and a smirk.
"Resurrection is a haaaard art to master. Takes a lot of work…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348595

"Even for a friend?"
Pout at her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348596

"Look, I know your thing is money, but I can't start calling ponies back for free. I doubt Terrebonne would do that for me, and we live together since I first came aboard this ship!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348597

"Aww, but I thought we were super best friends!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348598

Just give her a flat stare.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348599

Flutter my eyelashes.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348600

"I should go. Good thing I decided to talk to somepony breathing for a change, uh?"
Turn araound and make my way for Terrebonne's room.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348601


Felfire [Necromancer] 348602

Yep, leave and don't look back.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348603

Raise my voice a bit.
"Not even a free sample after my first death?!"

Tasia [Paladin] 348604

Gleefully shout out to one of the former pirates leaving the ship

"Greetings Pilgrim! A fine day to be here is it no?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348605

Tasia [Paladin] 348606

"No? But we're at the last standings to the temple of Celestia, surely a reforming pony would at least find some solace here.."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348607

are we still on the ship?
Narrow my eyes at her.
"Who are you?"

Tasia [Paladin] 348608

Probably not, Tasia decided to follow the general group of the pirates who are heading to the temple of celestia
look surprised at the question
"I- uh. I'm Tasia. former-paladin in charge of protecting one of the nobles from Stonebriar. I heard this is a ship of newly converted pilgrims going to show their respects to the princess Celestia!"
hold out a hoof
"Nice to meet you!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348609

But I didn't go with them, and what just happened was all on the ship.
Look at her hoof but do nothing.
"So you are a paladin of celestia, uh?"

Tasia [Paladin] 348610

alright then all this happened before she started following the group. better?
"One of many!"
stand proudly
"So pilgrim, may I escort you to the temple? Or do you have some sight seeing before the big leap?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348611

"I was thinking about dress-hunting."

Tasia [Paladin] 348612

"Ah! …well that's, certainly not what I was expecting.. However it all goes to a good cause. Does it not? I mean.. well yea! Converting to the following of the Sun and Princess Celestia can only be of the highest honors, and requires fitting attire!"

look around
"I doubt we'll find much in the way of clothing here"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348613

"I could make due with something comfortable to wear while running… jumping… flying…"
Flutter my useless wings a bit.

Tasia [Paladin] 348614


Roll #1 8 = 8

Tasia [Paladin] 348615

"Oh, my sincerest apologies about that.. Well, I'll be following the larger group of pilgrims who are leaving. And when they get to the temple I'll find you and help you look for that dress if you didn't already get it. Ok?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348616

"I might delay my visit to the temple. Got all the time in the world after all."
Grin a bit.
"Are you in a hurry, too?"

Tasia [Paladin] 348617

"Me? Oh, not really. My charge is in good hooves now and I'm only making sure few get lost among the streets here."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348618

"Then why don't we look at the sea for a while?"
Smile at her and sit down on the deck.

Tasia [Paladin] 348619

give her a confused look, then look at the sea..
sit down next to her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348620

"Have you traveled long, Lady Tasia?"

Tasia [Paladin] 348621

"Lady!? Oh, no you don't need to call me that. Tasia is more than fine.

But uh, aside from traveling to Stonebriar for the noblepony's ball.. not much. I wanted to see a bit more than Autumsreach so I opted to protect the Lady Viscountess. Now there's a lady! She really.. uh.. well she really looked out for my title as a paladin. I wasn't so much privy to being on a ship of pirates until she told me you were all on a pilgrimage.. Uh! No I haven't done much traveling! Sorry."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348622

"Oh that's okay. Quite alright, actually. But my heart is wary today, la- Tasia."

Tasia [Paladin] 348623

"Oh don't worry, I'm sure your past actions will be forgiven! There are few ponies who aren't forgiven"
smile at her

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348624

"So, miss Spring, how did you manage to find yourself here?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348625

I turn to look at him, facing away from my daughter and pointing at our collars
"We're prisoners."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348626

Shake my head and look deeply regretful.
"It's not that, Tasia. I fear for the salvation of a friend of mine on this travel. I fear she won't see the light."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348627

"I could see that. My attempts to remove your daughter's collar were fairly unsuccessful, so I thought perhaps by knowing how you came to be in them, I could find a way to open them."

Tasia [Paladin] 348628

"w-WHAT!? That's not possible!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348629

I sigh
"Lockermaster Jones is the pony in charge of these… things. They are collars of compulsion, which allow certain ponies to give us orders without us being able to defy them.."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348630

"You say this, but still. She's so stubborn she won't leave her cabin. And we cannot do anything if she doesn't want to."

Tasia [Paladin] 348631

look around in a distressed manner
"That… won't… no! That won't do! We are in the greatest place for salvation and forgiveness! There is no reason for her not to join in! What is her name? Where is she!? I must remedy this at once!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348632

I sadly nod my head in agreement.
"And it hurts to try and disobey…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348633

"You… You seem so passionate about this…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348634

I'll frown deeply at this.
"Slave collars. Blistering barnacles, there's nothing so fiendishly foul as those."
My expression will darken further.
"I may have to pay a visit to this Lockermaster, and repay the treatment he's shown you both."

Tasia [Paladin] 348635

look at her with fiery eyes
"If I cannot lead these ponies to salvation. Then I have failed as a Soldier of the light, as a protector of Celestia's faith, as a Paladin. And more importantly.. I.."
shake my head
"That's not important, my title is not the only marker of my work."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348636

"No, please…"
Calmly place a hoof on her chest.
"Please, calm down. Tell me what plagues you. I'm worried for a fellow follower of the sun…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348637

"That wont get us to safety… They'd look for us…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348638

"They? I assume you mean the associates of your charming gun-toting friend from earlier?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348639

I shake my head slowly
"No, just all of the pirates… the Commodore has… plans for my daughter. He's making sure she continues to get a education."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348640

I again sadly nod.
"And he's really scary too…"

Tasia [Paladin] 348641

scrunch my face and look towards the sea how dramatic!
"I- my position as an Official Paladin rests on my bringing these new pilgrims to the Faith.. when the ship was heading back to Autumsreach, I discovered that I was on a ship of pirates. B-But I wasn't told that! And from then on I was only concerned about killing as many of you pilgrims the moment Viscountess Nihil left the ship, I.. I'm sorry."

take a deep breath

"But I also learned, which I should beat myself up for not remembering, that as a symbol for the strength of Celestia, I am only to travel with the virtuous. And being associated with pirates or any who aren't of the faith… well.. I might as well have been a pirate too. W-Which is why I must gather as many on the ship and lead them to the temple! I can't allow my standing among the order to be tarnished!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348642

"But what if some ponies just can't feel it in themselves to follow the sun?
Will your honor still be stained?"

Chip(DD knight) 348643

Go around the ship in search for food while inspecting my repair work.

OOC: no idea what to do.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348644

"Hmm. I do admit, that's quite the perilous pickle you're in. But perhaps I can be of some small assistance, as is proper for a servant of a Lunar Priestess."
"You see, the Lunar Shrine is accessible only at certain times of day, and without miss Seas, these pirates won't know where to begin looking. So, we hide away there, and while they exhaust themselves searching, we'll work on shattering those collars and reading in the Lunar Library."

Tasia [Paladin] 348645

study her eyes

"…no. If they can't be saved. Then as a paladin of Celestia and the order of the sun, I have no other choice against unwilling and unsaved."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348646

I scratch the back of my neck uncomfortably
"I'm not sure if that's a good idea… They wont be happy once they find out…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348647

Cover my mouth with my hoof.
"No! Nopony should die today! Can't you do something else for that poor soul and her sinful mate? Show them light through… Faith!?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348648

"Well, most certainly not. They are pirates, after all. However, they certainly won't expect you to walk into a hydra-infested Lunar Shrine that they don't know where is, and is proof against scrying."

Tasia [Paladin] 348649

"If what you're saying is true, then no matter of pleading or skillful words will change their stubborn attitude!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348650

"I'm just concerned about these collars. I've already tried to remove them but… they are very sturdy."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348651

I'll give a small chuckle.
"I've noticed. Tossed me clear across a room when I tried to remove miss Seas's the first time."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348652

"But… what if they do find us? They have a bunch of ponies that can go out looking for us!"
I flatten my ears.
"I'm really sorry about that mister Curry…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348653

"So… how would you try and remove them then? What if they allow the pirates to find us?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348654

"But that… It's just cruel! As bad as what she would do with her dark arts!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348655

"Not your fault, miss Seas. Probably a spell in the collars that serves as a lock."
"Well, we might need to… persuade the Lockermaster to part with either the keys, or the spell to open them."

Tasia [Paladin] 348656

Immediately get up
"Of all the low and destructive things to behold.. she ABUSES THE POWER OF THE DARK ARTS!?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348657

Nod and lower my head.
"But please, Lady Tasia… Understand many of us did…
She is just too prideful to see past the lies and embrace the sun."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348658

"But… how?"


Don't mind me, just minding my own business

Roll #1 1 = 1

Tasia [Paladin] 348660

say between gritted teeth
"I can tolerate those who used to draw upon that power as long as they don't continue it.. But I will not. tolerate. Her!"

"Who is she?"

Chip(DD knight) 348661

I get up from my position and search for Light Heart.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348662

If you say so…

"Ah, mister Chip! Just the po- diamond dog I was looking for!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348663

"Y- You can? And then we… and we can leave the pirates?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348664

Look away in fear.
"I won't talk until you calm down and promise me you'll try to save her first!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348665

"Well, there's the strong-arm option, of course. Then there's asking nicely. Surely they don't leave those collars on while you sleep?"
I'll shrug.
"And then, of course, there is bending the truth, or going out escorted only to be 'mysteriously' set upon by a 'stranger' who defeats your captors and whisks you away to parts unknown."
"That is the hope, miss Seas. It could take months for us three to index and catalog everything in the library, and by then they will certainly have stopped looking, or moved on to search elsewhere."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348666

"This ship is full of pirates… they'll kill you if you try to use violence… and we do sleep with our collars unfortunately…"

Tasia [Paladin] 348667

look visibly shocked


"H-wh- …forgive me. Miss."
sit and slouch down
"I've been too eager to resort to violence, and I must atone for that. I will talk to her, but if she uses any of that dark magic in the presence of me. I'll not tolerate it. Who is this pony and where can I find her?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348668

"They only take the collars off when we're at sea…"
"W- Wait… can we even leave? Didn't… doesn't Luna want us to help the pirates?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348669

"They are certainly welcome to try. But so long as miss Seas lives, I am sworn to protect her by my oaths as a Shrine Guardian. And protecting her includes guaranteeing that her mind is her own."
"Why would she want to help a bunch of scurvy seadogs?"

Chip(DD knight) 348670

I approach her with my chin high in the air.
"I hope that no sea monster, or sea ponies would jump in ruining our chit chat."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348671

I scratch my head uncomfortably
"You do have a quest to fulfill, yes…"

"But that would endanger her as well… I want to make sure my daughter is safe. Even if that means we need to be patient…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348672

"She is a unicorn, not even strong enough to menace a big colt.
But her mate, he is big and loyal. If you convince her to redeem herself, he will follow.
But the other pirates, our friends… I doubt they will take kindly to strength.
She is still one of us… Or at least she was."
Droop my hears and look at the planks beneath me in shame.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348673

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained, miss Spring. Perhaps the Lockermaster can be convinced of the necessity of uncollaring you both, if he believes that it is the only way they will achieve what they came here for."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348674

I chuckle
"Do not worry, I inspected the immediate are for those and found none. We ought to be safe."
Straightening up slightly, I look at him more seriously
"Mister Chip, there is a certain something we may require your help with."

Tasia [Paladin] 348675

put a hoof under her chin and lift her face to look at me
"I am set in this, but I'll ask you. Do you believe she can be redeemed?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348676

"I dunno… but she told me!"
"Do you think he can, mister Curry?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348677

"No sense in not trying, at least."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348678

Open my mouth to talk, but say nothing and morph into a frown of pain, trying to look away.

Chip(DD knight) 348679

I look around first to make sure no one is near before looking back at this pony while scratching my head.
"Help in what?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348680

"That would be great… I despise these collars."

Tasia [Paladin] 348681

"Miss. Please. I need your help, for my sake as much as hers. Whoever she is."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348682

"N-no… I can't betray my friends!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348683

"Miss Spring and little Summer have a mission ahead of them. They need to get into a underwater temple of the moon, guarded by a hydra. I have already offered my services to help but… well I assume you are aware how vicious hydras are. We could use all the aid we can get."

Tasia [Paladin] 348684

"Please miss! I can't help anyone if you can't help me"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348685

"She… she's in her cabin…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348686

"We never did just ask him… did we momma?"

Tasia [Paladin] 348687

"And where is that? Can you lead me there?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348688

I giver her a weak smile
"No sweetie… but I'm pretty sure he has his orders from the Commodore."

Chip(DD knight) 348689

I raise my eyebrow.
"How come I didnt know this? If that is the case then I would come for sure."
"When will you and the others head out for this temple?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348690

"Well, it's settled then! First we'll ask politely, and then… maybe not so politely, if the situation requires it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348691

"We'll see…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348692

Shake my head vigorously.
"No. If she saw me, that'd be the end of me. I'd have to give up on the path of redemption in shame of betraying her…
Because deep down, I know you'd just have to kill her."
Look at her with swollen, red, sad eyes.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348693

"It was only decided earlier today, mister Chip. and you were probably busy with repairs on the ship. As for our departure, that is for little Summer to decide. I do advice you prepare properly. Aside from the hydra, there will also be plenty of traps present."

Tasia [Paladin] 348694

"Better to give her that chance to reform than to go blindly with unbound ignorance. You should direct me to her cabin, and I'll go from there."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348695

Sigh, bow my head and give her the directions.

Tasia [Paladin] 348696

I need to leave now so this'll pick up when/if Wf gets here

Felfire [Necromancer] 348697

We can't go anywhere else without him anyway.

Chip(DD knight) 348698

"Traps hehe…" I mumbled
I chuckle for a moment.
"Traps you say, I will bring the appropriate gear mostly, tools for disabling such contraptions if needed. An explosive or two might be handy in case we need a hole in the wall."
I then sit on a chair to relax a bit and stretch my muscle's.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348699

That's enough looking at the sea and thinking about the past, present and the future.

Let's find Spring now!
With a spring in my step!

Light Heart [Warlord] 348700

Can I understand that mumble? '1d10'
I nod
"Excellent. I advice we bring plenty of other utility items such as rope and torches as well. Luckily for us, we will have a guide accompanying us. Hopefully he will be able to give us some directions."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348701

I'm just here on the deck with Summer and Curry

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348702

Wave at her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348703

I'll join the three of you after a chat with Emrille.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348704

I sigh
Not a moment of rest…

Light Heart [Warlord] 348705

Erp, Spring Water's response

Chip(DD knight) 348706

"That too I suppose."
"So I get a prize or something out of this?" I added.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348707


"You don't sound too enthusiastic."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348708

"Just wanted to talk with your new friend."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348709

"I just have a lot on my mind, Emrille."

"I wont stop you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348710

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"I couldn't possibly leave miss Seas's side now, after the Moon has lead her here. Surely whatever must be said can be said in the open."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348711

I smile sweetly
"Well… what exactly would you want out of this, mister Chip? I'm a very generous mare to those who deserve it after all~"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348712

"You know I'm here if you need somepony to talk to or something."
Flick my ears for emphasis.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348713

"Huh? What did you wanna talk to him about?"
I frown.
"So am I!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348714

I give her a weak smile
"I know. But I think I'll be fine."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348715

"Oh sure. I just wanted to know uabout you, that's all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348716

I smile at her.
"I'm here if you have anything pressing your heart too!"

"You sure? Absolutely? A hundred percent?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348717

"Well, ask away. What would you like to know?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348718

"You. Priest of Luna. Why?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348719

I pet her mane
"Yes you are sweetie… thank you."

I just nod

Chip(DD knight) 348720

Those eyes
I give her a wide eyed stare while holding a cup of water over my mouth. I then give her a comical grin.
"Uhhmm… uhhh.. hehe. Do you have any idea what I want Ms. LightHeart?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348721

Inch a bit closer to her.
"Nothing at all?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348722

I'll chuckle a bit.
"It would be a stretch to call me a priest, miss Feelfear. I am simply the caretaker of the Lunar Shrine. Have been for the last thirty years, ever since I was plucked out of the surf by my mentor and teacher."
I'll think for a moment.
"Never really got her name, actually. I must have been a terribly rude student."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348723

I saunter around him, still smiling sweetly
"I am certain that you like money and gems… and perhaps different forms of treasure as well, hmmm?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348724

I can't believe this guy.
Stare at him dumbstruck.
"O…kay? And all that time.. Why?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348725

I shrug
"There are some things I have to make out on my own, Emrille. Important things."

"Thirty years… that's how long I've been alive for. That's impressive."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348726

I nod and inch just a bit closer to her again.
"Maybe some decisions and stuff?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348727

"Thirty years? Wow…"
"What things?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348728

"Why? Well, what else was I supposed to do? Colts swept into the sea were assumed dead after the first day or two, so it's not like I had much of a home to go back to. And I owed the one who saved my life at least that much. She was quite an old mare at the time, more akin to a moving pile of kelp than a pony, but the things she knew… you know, she actually could talk to seaponies? And once, I even saw her ride a whale that had come up for a chat."
I'll smile at the memory.
"She vanished one day, though, as soon as she thought my lessons complete. To where, I've no idea. Ever since, I've been trying to clear out the hydra in the lower levels by myself, to see if the last thing she told me was true."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348729

"Miss Emrille, please stop pestering miss Spring."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348730

I deadpan him a look.
"Aren't you supposed to be guarding a temple and pestering a hydra instead and stuff?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348731

"No… just matters of faith, that's all."

"I'll tell you once I've given it some more thought, okay?"

I shake my head
"It's fine, don't worry about it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348732

"Right. So an immortal sea being disguised as a pony trained you and gave you a place to stay?"

Chip(DD knight) 348733

I then take a sip of water while keeping my eyes fixed on her as she goes around.
"Well…. I got to admit I like gold, gems… and also females for that matter."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348734

"He's gotta gather ponies to help take down the hydra!"
I huff.
"Tell me what?…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348735

I sit down next to her.
"I thought you believed in Luna real hard and you had no doubts?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348736

I'll smile back.
"As there is a new Lunar Priestess in miss Seas, I'm to accompany her, and keep her from harm. The Shrine is only accessible to those it wants in it, so it will be fine. And if miss Seas is bothered by your pestering of her mother, I've no choice but to intercede."
I'll nod to Spring.
"As you wish."
"Immortal? I don't quite think she was. As I said, she was quite old. Perhaps she decided to fade into the sea, instead of leaving me the trouble of making her a tomb."
I'll shrug.
"But yes, from my eighth year to her departure, she cared for, trained, and schooled me. Taught me the ways of the sea, to words of the stars, and the power of the Moon."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348737

"So what, you can heal like the kid does?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348738

I eventually stop and sit back on my haunches next to him
"Good… then perhaps I could show you my appreciation for joining us once we helped out little Summer. Just the two of us~"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348739

"Oh, so suddenly you are in charge here? That's good to know. On the other hoof, I'm not sure everypony would agree with that."

"Yeah, yeah, I know that. He told me that, like, three times already. Like everything else."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348740

I'll shake my head.
"No, those were not the skills I was trained in. I was to be the sword and shield of the priests, keep them from harm and do harm to those who would threaten our charges."
I'll grin sheepishly.
"Which is what I'd like to say, but the truth is that I just had no head for the healing lessons, and she sorta gave up after a while."
"I never claimed to be 'in charge,' just that I am to protect miss Seas, and by extension, those she wishes me to protect."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348741

I gently pat her head
"Just have some patience sweetie…"

"It's tradition in my family to worship the moon. But I'm still a doctor above all, not a cleric. I'm not a blind zealot."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348742

"Here's a new flash for you, Mr. Preachy Pants, I don't intend to hurt her."

I pause for a second and tilt my head.
"So wait… do you believe in the moon or just say that you believe in it because you were told that you are supposed to believe in it?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348743

Oh god. He's dense too.
I'll just skittishly lie back and shutup.

Chip(DD knight) 348744

I stare at this mare for a moment, I then put down the glass and stroke her mane then lean down next to her and whisper.
"Before.. and after." I said with my eyes closed and my chin high.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348745

"That's good to know."
I'll be a bit embarrassed.
"I was more fond of the combat lessons, I'll admit. Fighting at sea is how I earned my mark, actually. You'd not believe how many small pirate vessels think they can just weigh anchor and walk into town."
I'll chuckle a bit.
"While not possessing the talents of my master at speaking to sealife, I nonetheless had my own ways of making certain the ships… didn't stick around."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348746

"I thought you weren't gonna hide anything from me now…"
I pout and frown.
"Huh? How'd you do that?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348747

"Oh, are we talking explosions?"
Lean forward, exited again.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348748

"Certain things not sticking around… how is that familiar…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348749

"I appreciate Luna's teachings and the night. I try my best to adhere to them because I respect the idea behind it. I'm not a saint but… I still try my best. Because I believe in it."

"I just don't want to talk about it with other ponies around, sweetie…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348750

I shrug.
"Eh, never understood religion. Or cared much for it. Sorry. But hey, at least you try to do good because of it!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348751

"Well, miss Seas, with enough time and the right tool, even an anchor chain gives way. The tides do the rest."
"Would that I could do such flashy things. They do seem like such fun. The biggest thing I've ever tossed at one of them was a piece of coral roughly the size of yourself."
"I've no idea what you mean."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348752

I lean in closer
"And you will follow me down the temple then, mister Chip? Because I would be so very grateful for that~"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348753

"You made sure certain things didn't stick around. So did I. Was the pay good at least?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348754

"Pay? I just don't like pirates terribly much. Loud folk, and generally quite unsavory. Besides, it's best the city doesn't even know I exist, really. Can you imagine what horrors the Celestials would do once they find out there's still a Lunar Shrine intact?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348755

"Ooooooh, now it makes sense. I might have something for you, if you don't mind the taste of Vodka."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348756

"No, lay it on me. What's the worst they can do?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348757

I nod
"It is still a good thing to draw strength from when the going gets rough…"

I speak softly
"They've never been fond of Lunites…"

Chip(DD knight) 348758

I then stop stroking her mane then hold her close.
"I will my little pony." I then lightly bit her ears.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348759

"Survival instinct usually does it for me."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348760

I sigh.
"You just cut their anchor? But how'd you stay underwater that long?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348761

"Hmm. Never actually tried it. Sounds worth a shot."
"That library I mentioned? Burnt to cinders. The treasury? Looted. The rest of the temple? Destroyed and left to sink beneath the sea. And of course, anyone in it as well."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348762

I chuckle
"My my, aren't you quite feisty… You have been waiting for this, haven't you mister Chip?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348763

"That would definitely solve the Hydra problem though."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348764

"Yes, caelestial fags can be rather annoying."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348765

"Hey! I'm in this for the library!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348766

"Well, there are a few ways, actually. One involves taking a bag of air down with you. Another is that I can hold my breath for a rather long time."
"You'd think that, but then we'd never know if my mentor was telling the truth about the bottom of the temple, and all within the temple would be lost."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348767

I frown as she says that nasty word

"But it would destroy a lot of lost knowledge."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348768

I glance at Summer, and point at all of them.
"See, this is what ponies who don't understand jokes look like."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348769

I roll my eyes
"Aren't you the comedian…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348770

"It's hardly a joke to me, though. The Lunar temple ruins in Autumnsreach speak for that."

Chip(DD knight) 348771

I stop for a moment.
"Wait a sec."
I look outside the window to confirm no one is nearby, then lean closer to Light heart and began hugging her, my paws moving around.
"Just agree that I can do it before and after every mission." I began to shiver lightly while looking at her eyes both excited and in despair.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348772

"What's a fag?"

"A bag of air? How to you make a bag of air and not get water in it?"

"But that wasn't a very funny joke…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348773

"Come now, we talked about this. Don't be such a … uh.. lighten up, for a change!"

"Not like I've been here before."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348774

"And now you are going to tell us you were just pretending to be retarded!"
"Hey, new knowledge is too good a chance to pass!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348775

"A burnt piece of cigarette, now good for nothing."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348776

"I liked it myself. And a fag is the end of one of those smelly things some ponies smoke."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348777

I move a hoof to caress his cheek
"Okay… but only if you are good pet and stay loyal to me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348778

"Well, it's actually a rather neat trick. You see, air is light than water, so if you take a bag and with just enough water to trap the air on the way down, you can leave an opening large enough to stick your head into, and it's good for a few breaths."
"And a fag is a bundle of sticks, or as the other two said, a burnt end of a smokestick."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348779

"a few breaths in a small bag? Great gain."


rolling for breaking point.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348781

"Oh. Okay.

"Also that does sound like a neat trick mister Curry!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348782

"Well, when you can hold your breath as long as I can, a few breaths are all you need, usually. Larger bags can take more air, of course."
"It certainly is a neat trick! I'll show you how, one of these days."



Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348784

I nod.
"Yes, please, I would never figure out how to breath into a bag by myself."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348785

"So one of your breths is like two of mine. But this doesn't change how much air you can fit in a single bag.
So you're just going to empty the bag faster."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348786

"You're not too keen on new things, are you?"
"Not exactly. You see, it's not how much air you take in, it's how long you hold it that matters. For example, take a deep breath, and then hold it for as long as you can. Go on."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348787

"Breathing is not exactly a new thing for me."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348788

While the others are talking, I quietly motion Summer to come along to somewhere more private

Felfire [Necromancer] 348789

"I… Urgh. Seriously? If you are as strong as you say, you'd need even more air for each breath since you need to provide more oxygen to your bigger than average muscles.
You know nothing about anatomy, do you?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348790

I quietly follow along with her.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348791

"Clattering kelpies, but you're a sour one."
Do I notice this? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348792

"Am I really?"

Chip(DD knight) 348793

I then start to push this feisty little pony down and slowly mount her.
"….. yes..(?)."

Chip! Resist her whiles! She's going to play with you!
Too late now, its already happening.
Shut up boner!
Fight back fight back you havent started yet! Exit the door now!
Listen to your head Chip.
Listen to me! Not to that head on your Crotch!

"Uhhmm uuhh…… " I just lay there motionless while in a mounted position.

Light Heart [Warlord] 348794

I turn my head to look at him sweetly
"Well? Are you afraid of me, mister Chip?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348795

"Well, it's worked for me so far, so I must be doing something right! Though it could have something to do with the fact I use a bag large enough to fit a pony in…"
"Indeed you are. You could at least play along for miss Seas's sake. Honestly, for someone dressed like a clownfish I'd expected you to be a bit more… chipper."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348796

"So… Summer. I was thinking about Luna… and what she told me when… you know."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348797

"Maybe I just distrust preachers. Did that never cross your mind?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348798

"Slightly, but as I said, I'm no preacher so there's no reason for you to be so sullen."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348799

I sadly nod, quickly shaking my head to push the memory out of my mind.
"Y- yeah… how we had to help the pirates reach Autumnsreach? What about it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348800

"Then why are you preaching?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348801

Give a small smirk.
"This explains much…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348802

"It's… What do you think about it, sweetie? Doesn't that sound like a weird request to you?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348803

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348804

"Yeah… but the moonstone guided me to the temple! This must be why she told us to come here!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348805

"I'm not preaching, I'm explaining. There's a marked difference."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348806

I sigh
"I know but… what if this is just a coincidence? Or worse… a lie? I mean… you got that stone from Felfire right? Why would she have it?"


Oh freedom be damned.

With an excited and desperate grunt I began to fully mount the little mare, biting her ear and paws holding her tight. With that I start doing the deed.
rolling for performance
>rng will give me a >1

Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348808

"You still don't seem to like me. Or appreciate me around the unicorns. This bothers me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348809

"You did threaten to shoot me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348810

"I don't remember that happening."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348811

"I- I don't know… but mister Curry said it was the temple of Luna and everything! How could it be a lie?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348812

"Uh! I do!"
Chucle a bit.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348813

I sigh
"Maybe he's not speaking the truth either sweetie… this all just seems so surreal to me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348814

"Then your memory is as questionable as your taste in haberdashers. And that alone is cause for concern."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348815

"I remember you talking about fucking shadows too so your memory might be a bit fuzzy."

"…my taste in what now?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348816

Once he's had his fun, I tenderly nuzzle up to him for a while longer
"I'm glad we came to an agreement~. I foresee a profitable future for the both of us."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348817

"Why? I dO fuck shadows!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348818

"But… y- you don't think Luna would misguide us, do you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348819


Emrille [Gunslinger] 348820

I sigh but say nothing.

"You've got a problem with my hat, huh?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348821

I smile at her and pet her mane
"No… she wouldn't. I'm just worried that what I saw was… not real."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348822

"It's twice the size of your head. How does it even stay on while you fly?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348823

"Magic. I ain't going to explain shit. What's wrong with it? It's a top hat!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348824

"Not real? You think… you think you had a hallucination? But… b- but you really did…"
I gulp and hug Spring.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348825

I hug her back
"It's really hard to say, honey. Maybe I'm just being too cynical…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348826

"It's a striped, floppy mess is what it is. A good hat doesn't need magic to stay on your head. And what's with the little dongle hanging off the brim? Reading glasses?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348827

"It's a scope and a binocular, you halfwit, so I can scout ahead and aim at far targets!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348828

"What's your problem with reading glasses?"
Look at him with a crossed expression.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348829

"They are not reading glasses!!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348830

"It still looks ridiculous. Why not just wear a helmet with the same gear?"
"None, I just thought it odd to have them attached to a hat. Some are quite tasteful."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348831

"Because this top hat is fancier and more comfortable than a helmet. And more tasteful too!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348832

"We still gotta give it a chance at least… what if it is real? And we don't do anything about it? What would happen then?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348833

"Fancy isn't quite the same as useful, though. What if it gets caught by a large bird, or a seapony, and since it's stuck to your head, you get dragged along with it?"

Chip(DD knight) 348834

I cuddled with this little mare a bit longer while still in a mounted position and panting, holding her tight and basking in the afterglow.
".. yes.. yes… Ms. LightHeart, future… stuff…"

I hold her tighter, not trying to let go.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348835

"What, you hate on reading glasses too now?!"
Go back to minding my own business then.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348836

"I never said it's stuck to my head. Gosh, you are so fucking dumb. And I stay out of range of retaliations whenever I can anyway."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348837

"I don't need them, that's for sure."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348838

"Well, I had assumed by the fact you said it doesn't come off while flying via magic meant that you had stuck it to your head with a spell of some variety. It's not that great a leap of logic."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348839

"I don't know… but I suppose we should try, yes. Still… be careful Summer. Don't be too quick to trust, okay? I don't think this Curry is bad but… I'd like to talk with him some more to figure him out…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348840

"Have you ever wondered why wagons that pegasi pull never just limply dangle and fall off?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348841

I chuckle and keep nuzzling against him.

I'm in no rush to get anywhere after all.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348842

" It's a spell. Those tend to do the craziest things."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348843

I shuffle my hooves and look back up at Spring.
"Um… there's no other ponies here. Are you gonna tell me what you said you'd tell me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348844

"I had assumed there was some sort of support or harness, or magic at work."
I'll shrug.
"True enough."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348845

"Yes. Pegasi magic. Now grow wings or forget about learning how it works."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348846

I nod
"Right… I was telling you about miss Emrille wasn't I?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348847


Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348848

I'll just shrug.
"So, can you pull things out of your hat like Bounder can, or is it just for show?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348849

"No, but I can pull out things from this fancy looking pipe on my side. Peek in the barrel and you'll see a surprise."

Chip(DD knight) 348850

I hold her in place and stop biting her ears and slowly control my panting over her ears.
"…. why.. why.. help Summer? Why… ask for help from… me?"

I then began to scratch her ears and smell her mane.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348851

"I think she has some deeply ingrained issues… because of what happened when she was a filly like you…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348852

"Ha ha, such a joker you are. You must think me a complete simpleton."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348853

"Oh no, not at all, I know you for one."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348854

"You both stop it or I'm gonna raise your shadows and have them punch you in your face for how much of a pair of cunts you are right now."
Speak calmly, not even looking away from my own shadow.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348855

"There's a difference between simplicity and being happy with one's life. Perhaps one day you'll find yourself in a position to realize that."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348856

"Because it's in my best interest to help out those two unicorns."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348857

"Growing up without a family you mean?…"
I sadly frown.
"That's really sad… but that doesn't mean she should go around killing ponies! Mister Doc Peg i- he had a really rough childhood too… and he's still really nice!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348858

"Oh, I am happy enough usually."

"You are not obliged to listen to us."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348859

"I don't trust him… there's something off with him. I can't really put my hoof on it… Has he ever done anything weird while he was with you, honey?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348860

"I'm not. I was talking dresses with a goat."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348861


Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348862

I'll nod.
"You're right, it is rather unkind of me to speak such venomous words to a mare who has plenty of her own."
"Good day to you. I need to go find miss Seas. You've distracted me quite enough."
And off I go. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 348863

".. then we both.. have the same interest.. in mind.. I really am.. fond of the two… " I then nuzzle with her.

"… sorry.. if made a mess… inside… and your mane…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348864

"No, nothing! He's just taught me a bunch of stuff about healing."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348865

"Dude, they are in the other room."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348866

I sigh
I interrupt myself and let out a weary sigh as I see him approach

Emrille [Gunslinger] 348867

I roll my eyes.
"He doesn't really undestand privacy, does he?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348868

"I had missed their departure."
"My apologies, miss Spring. I wasn't aware you needed to speak privately with miss Seas. I'll just wait out here."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348869

I let out a small laugh and nuzzle him back
"That's quite alright mister Chip. I'll clean myself up in no time."


Raise my own shadow, but try to keep it flat.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348871

I nod
"Thank you…"
Turn back to Summer
"Well maybe I should give him a chance then… He is a fellow doctor after all…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348872

And then a paper thin shadow slipped in the same room as summer and spring.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348873

"Yeah! You'll see he's really nice… But, why'd you bring up miss Emrille?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348874

"Well… seeing how nice she's been so far to us, I'd like to help her somehow. She's had a hard life, but I think that inside she still has a good heart."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348875

"How are you gonna help her?"
I tilt my head curiously at her.

Chip(DD knight) 348876

Alright, think a bit while we are here.
"… Speaking of.. the temple. Who's the one who find out.. that it exist?"
"And how deep under.. water are we talking about?"
I smile a bit then began to move my hips a little bit to see if she will react.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348877

"Guide her to a better path. Give her the chance to try and improve herself and become a better pony. I believe that with enough support and care, she can do it."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348878

"So… you wanna help her stop being a bad pony?"
I nod in understanding, but look back up at her confused.
"Um, why does miss Emrille keep acting so weird around you?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348879

I close my eyes
"I'm not quite sure actually. Though it matters very little to me. Those two need my help, and after they've helped me before I am obliged to do so. For free."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348880

I smile
"Emrille is just fond of me… I think she's just happy to have somepony who cares. She never had any family or friends to rely on, so she's probably lived a pretty somber life."

Chip(DD knight) 348881

I stop and think for a moment.
"What goes around comes around I guess."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348882

"But she kept trying to be close to you and hug you and kept calling you all these weird nicknames…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348883

I chuckle
"I think she's being affectionate to gain my approval. I don't mind, as long as she gives me space when I'm… uh… brooding."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348884

"That's a weird way to gain someone's approval…"
I shuffle my hooves again.
"Um, do I have to give you space too?…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348885

"Indeed it does."
I keep nuzzling him for a while longer before breaking off of him
"I believe I should get myself cleaned and see what my noble companions are up to."
Start cleaning myself
"I will come to collect you once we leave to deal with the temple, alright?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348886

Wink in and wonder if I'm needed

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348887

"Ah, Bounder, there you are. How's that jaw feeling?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348888

I keep smiling and petting her mane softly
"Not unless I say so, sweetie… You're important to me, you know that."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348889


Touch my jaw a bit.

"It is fine. What of your back?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348890

I lean into her and sigh.
"I know… but I don't like it when you keep hiding things from me…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348891

"Fit as ever, chum! Why, I feel I could take on an entire school of seaponies."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348892

"Good to hear. I must say, though… considering your clear knowledge of a supposedly lost temple, how old are you?"

Chip(DD knight) 348893

I stand and help a bit with cleaning her up.
"That I will do, I would gladly help specially now that I am motivated." then grab her flank for a squeeze.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348894

"Edging close to 40 years, why do you ask?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348895

"I'm sorry honey… but you know ponies sometimes feel uncomfortable with sharing secrets. I didn't mean to make you feel bad…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348896

"Hey seer. I heard something about books."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348897

"Ah. So you moved into the temple atthe age of 10? Why, though?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348898

I flatten my ears.
"I- I'm sorry… I didn't think about how you would feel about it…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348899

"Ha ha, moved implies I had a choice. You missed my story earlier, so I'll just give you a quick recap. I was fished out of the surf at the tender age of eight by the previous caretaker of the shrine, and then raised to take over her duties when her time came."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348900

I smile
"Motivation is good. It keeps the mind sharp."
Once I'm done I take my leave and head back to that Lunite

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348901

"It's okay…"
I pull her in for a hug
"Don't you worry. Mommy will be just fine."

Chip(DD knight) 348902

I slumped to the floor.

And so LightHeart left like a storm, showed up like a storm. Leaving behind only a single request.

I then take a deep breath, then stand up and go back to my routine of checking the ship.
OOC: I might get some shut eye in about 15 minutes. I hope this underwater temple runs on friday/sat so we could all be here.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348903

“That is a tragic incidence of providence. I have yet to introduce myself formally, have I? I am a scholar and worker of spatial magic, and seek to find means to break reality and find truth.”
Nod a bit.

“Yes. In the temple Curry here lives in, there is a library that may have work useful for us.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348904

"Nothing more specific?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 348905

I stay silent and just contentedly sit by her, gradually drifting off into sleep.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348906

"Would that I could give you more specifics, but the library is currently unreachable by myself alone."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348907

"Your magic caretaker never told you what was in there?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348908

"Afraid not. It is shielded against prying. s ifsomeone doesn't want me knowing what's there yet."

Sigh a bit.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348909

I smile and gently pick her up and put her on my back. I leave the room and go drop her off with Rosemary, asking her to take care of her.

Then I return to Curry

Felfire [Necromancer] 348910

"Damn shame. Seventyfive percent of all the books. First pick."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348911

"Mister Curry. Good day to you again."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348912

And my shadow returns to me telling me what has happened since I sent it.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348913

Look at her.

"For yourself? I don't see why you need to claim the books. Any of us can use them if the oher isn't."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348914

"When she was still alive, I was not allowed below the surface, for fear in my youth I'd go too far and run afoul of the hydra that is down there, or ensnare myself in some forgotten trap. Still, she managed to bring books from the library in some way or another. This secret she did not share before departing."
I'll nod to Spring as she approaches.
"The books belong in entirety to miss Seas, as she is the rightful owner and keeper of the Shrine. You'd have to take that up with her, though I dare say they shouldn't leave the shrine itself."
"And good day to you, miss Heart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348915

"I have good news. Mister Chip has agreed to accompany us for free. He will be helpful in hoofling the traps and the hydra."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348916

"Yeah… Good luck taking on the idra you and her alone."
"I told you, first pick. You can have them once I'm done. As a loan."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348917

"Oh, you coming too? I thought therewere three heads too many for your heart."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348918

I'll nod at this.
"Capital. I look forward to meeting this Chip."
"Miss Feelfear, I did not say you couldn't read them, just that they couldn't leave unless miss Seas wants to take them with her. Simply moving the books would likely take some time as well, since there are books almost a thousand years old in there. If we are not gentle, they could fall apart."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348919

"I doubt Seas will care to stay there.
And it is Felfire, the kid messes it up."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348920

I chuckle
"I am indeed. I owe little Summer for helping out miss Rosemary with her spells, so I am doing this gratis."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348921

"Very well, then, miss Felfire. The choice is still miss Seas's whether you doubt it or not."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348922

"Goodness. And who was it that risked trecherous waters to accompany and bring Summers to the temple?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348923

"If memory serves, Bounder, the both of you were quite addled when you appeared on my doorstep. I distinctly remember you thought she was-"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348924

I perk up my ears
"… What?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348925

"Yes, don't you see? Proof of the troubles we faced t oget there if it could addle both our minds, and Felfire here is denying me compensation."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348926

Wave a hoof lazily at him.
"Glad to hear it."
Smle at her.
"Just naming my price!"
Say it in a completely innocent manner.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348927

"-your stuffed doll, Twily. Why, if you'd been in your right mind, I don't think I'd have had to hit you so hard."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348928

I frown
"… Twily? What is going on here?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348929

"An… incident on the way altered our perceptions for a short while, and I had m perceptions of our child and my belongings mixed up for that time. I protected your child until that ended under the impression she was also taking the form of one of my belongings. Excuse me."

"..yes. As I said, proof of my need for compensation."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348930

I keep frowning at him but say nothing more

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348931

"Well, I did apologize, is that not compensation enough?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348932

Raise a brow suspicious, but say nothing.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348933

"Compensation for your attacking me, but not for the trouble we went through! I went through more trouble than Felfire, therefore I get to be more rewarded."

Look at her questioningly.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348934

Mouth the word 'later' silently.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348935

I'll just stare flatly at him.
"Your reward is helping miss Seas discover her destiny, and whether she rewards you further is at her discretion."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348936

"Dude, the hydra is still there, you know. If walking with a kid through a peaceful town is worthy of a reward for you, then you might be on the wrong place."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348937

"But I hold a better position for reward, don't I?

"Yes, they Hydra is still there. Looks like neither of us have done anyhing about it, have we?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348938

"Mhmh. And to come along, I told my price. Can do 50 50, but I still want first pick."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348939

"The moonstone is what lead miss Seas to the Shrine, not your direction. You are no more eligible for riches or rewards than her saddlebags."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348940

"I think Summer should decide what to hoof out for help…"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348941

"Did I request that you come along? And either way, you hav another reward. The hydra's corpse. Let us not conveniently forget that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348942

I'll nod.
"Which is what I said earlier, though it seems I was ignored."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348943

"I can accep that much."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348944

"Guess who gave her that stone? But I don't care for it, it was a gif."
"Look around. Where am I supposed to fit a hidra on this ship?"
"I'm naming my price. Waiting for counterofferts."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348945

"Well she is sleeping at the moment, so not much I can tell."
Turn to Felfire
"Where did you get that stone anyway? Why did you gift it to Summer?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348946

"A friend gave it to me. A friend I really care for. I told you both the story last time."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348947

"I know but… it's just strange."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348948

"Beats me too. I will have to ask about it. Maybe the dragon knows."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348949

"I do believe I'm missing quite a bit of background here. Miss Felfire, who exactly was your friend that they'd have a moonstone to give away?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348950

"A friend. And I have no idea nor do I care."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348951

Wink over to Light Heart.

"Did you want to speak to me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348952

"Perhaps you should. To my knowledge, moonstones are incredibly rare in this day and age, and function only in the grasp of one the Moon has chosen. Perhaps the previous owner saw who you would pass it to, and entrusted it to your care?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 348953

I blink in surprise
"Yes. Indeed."
Motion him to follow me as I put some distance between me and the group

Felfire [Necromancer] 348954

"Oh but I know why my friend passed it to me. I just don't know why or how he got it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348955

"Best not to dwell on it, then. Perhaps he was simply Moontouched, and She led him to you. That's a fair enough reason for me."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348956

Walk over slowly.

Felfire [Necromancer] 348957

"As long as the kid got a use for it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348958

"Considering it spoke, she may get more than just a simple use from it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348959

I turn to him with a sweet smile and sit back onto my haunches
"Mister Skewed. I wont dally around too much as I see you are a serious pony. Yet I cannot deny that you are quite intriguing to me."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348960

"Call me happy then. I'll be at Terrebonne's as usual, stop by if you need something."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348961

I'll give a small laugh.
"I have no idea who that is."

Felfire [Necromancer] 348962

"Riiiight… You are not staying here for long, no?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348963

I watch her go

Once she's gone, I sigh
"That pony is strange…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348964

"That all depends on several things. At the moment, I cannot return to the shrine, so I am without lodgings for the night."
"How so?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 348965

"Welcome to our bunkhouse, largest barn this side of the sea. Not that I would know."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348966

“The same to you, Miss Light Heart. This ship is full of ponies and other people I have more interest in than anyone else in my time prior.”

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348967

"She's a necromancer… and a dangerous one at that. I don't trust her at all. Heck, she threatened to kill my daughter several times."
I clench my jaw in anger

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348968

"Thank you for the welcome, Happy."
I'll give a small grin.
"A joke, miss Felfire. And truly, thank you for your patience with me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348969

"That is certainly troubling. I will have to be vigilant, then."
After a moment's pause, I'll continue.
"Would you like me to stand guard outside of your room? As a precaution, of course."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348970

I give him an approving smile
"Good. I believe you are a scholar, yes? Not unlike miss Felfire then, if only of a different magical art."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348971

I sigh
"Room… you mean our cage."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348972

I'll frown.
"Is that in the literal, or figurative sense?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348973

“Of different philosophies as well, yes. And certainly of different disposition.”

Light Heart [Warlord] 348974

I cock a brow
"I take it you and her don't see eye to eye?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348975

"Literal of course. Though we are allowed to roam free on the ships most of the time. At least they leave us mostly alone while at sea…"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348976

"We get along, but we, of course, are different. You seem very interested in this."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348977

My frown will deepen.
"Were I not convinced of the futility of it at the moment, I would likely start ripping these boats apart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348978

"The concerns of others are my concerns too. And as I said before, you are quite the interesting stallion. I wouldn't mind getting to know you a little better."
I scoot a little closer

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348979

“…I feel it would be important for me to know you, too. Like many others onthe ship, you seem an interesting mare. What do you do?”
Look completely unaffected by her being closer.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348980

"Easier said than done…"
I sigh
"What I wouldn't give for Summer to be safe and happy, far away from all this…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348981

I'll give Spring a small pat on the back.
"Well, she still has you. You are her refuge, miss Spring. No matter what happens on this boat, you are the stars that guide her home safely, the Moon that lights her path. And, though the circumstances of your arrival certainly aren't the best, I find it fortunate that you and she are here."
I'll chuckle.
"Not just because she found the shrine, either. It's a rare thing to see a mare as lovely as you in these parts, and I find myself fortunate for having the chance to meet you."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348982

"I simply seek to enjoy life at its fullest extent. I came to Equestria after something drained me of my substantial fortune I gathered as a information broker. Now I'm on board of this pirate ship to venture and explore new places and situations. I believe that life has its ups and downs no matter what you do, so you may as well enjoy what you have and look forward to the good times when you are in a bad spot."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348983

I smile
"Thank you but… I'm not worthy of such praise. It's my fault we ended up here and I will not deny that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348984

"How so?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348985

I look away
"I'm her mother. I'm responsible for her well-being. And look where we are now… what my daughter has to live through and witness because I failed to protect her."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348986

I'll gently turn her face back towards me.
"Miss Spring, there are times when, no matter what we do, things happen. Your being on this boat may have been one of those things, but you have not left your daughter defenseless. She is smart, from what I've seen, and quite brave. Perhaps a little bold, but once that is paired with experience, she will be a mare few can stop."
I'll smile.
"And you are her haven, miss Spring. You are what allows her to grow, but you must also give her the room to do so. You must stay strong, and help her to become strong as well."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348987

“That is an interesting philosophy. As for myself, I seek to know what is ‘real’. It is hard to explain, but suffice to say that the only thing I can be sure of is my own thoughts, as if I cannot be sure if other ponies really exist or not. It is, as I said, hard to explain how I think, but this fleet has a lot of ponies that I, for some reason, feel are trustworthy. Other than that, I came along to seek out new experiences.”

Light Heart [Warlord] 348988

"Indeed? Why that is quite peculiar… Are you a religious pony, mister Skewed? I believe followers of the Laughing one sometimes share the view you just described."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348989

I retract my head and look down at the ground
"I'm not going to try and find excuses. I should have acted differently. I should have fought harder and sent my daughter away to safety. Or abandoned the clinic when the pirates came…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348990

"But you didn't because you thought it worth defending. There's nothing wrong with that."
I'll give her a small, sad smile.
"Had you sent her away, it's quite possible the pirates would have captured her alone, and you would have lost her forever. At least, in this way, you two are together."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348991

“Not at all. Gods, ultimately, like us, are still bound to our conventions and a certain logic that remains unbroken. The Laughing One did interest me for a while, but… no, it wasn’t enough. Hah, I wonder if it seems heretical that I am seeking power that surpasses gods. Either way, odd events in my life and things that simply… don’t add up, let to me today.”
Is my Twily hidden well enough? ‘1d10’



Roll #1 3 = 3

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348993

guess she's visible.

I'll jus push her back int omy bags

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348994

"I thought it worth defending, yes. I wanted to help the wounded, and now they and my nurses are all dead."
I wipe away a tear
"Summer is all I have left in my life… She doesn't deserve any of this. She's a talented filly with so much potential… and now with the clinic gone I don't even have anything to leave behind for her if I were to die… I failed as a mother, so now I will do whatever it takes to make up for it."
I shake my head and get up
"I'm sorry for bothering you with this, this is none of your concern."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348995

I point at the city
"Heretical to the ponies there perhaps. Everypony has their own ambitions and desires though, there is no denying that. I don't quite share your views on the world, but I can still respect a pony that knows what he wants."

I cock my head questioningly
"Is that… a doll?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 348996

I'll shake my head.
"It is not a bother at all. You have been visited by a great injustice, and you have every right to be upset."
Giving her a small smile, I'll continue.
"And I dare say you've succeeded where few mothers could even dream of. So your clinic did not survive. It's only a building. You managed to save your daughter, she is healthy, and thanks to you, as happy as she could be in this situation."
I'll give a little chuckle.
"Why, if that doesn't sound like something any mother could be proud of, I don't know what is."

"As for this not being my concern, miss Spring, that changed the moment your daughter appeared before me wearing a slave collar. I give you my word and oath, miss Spring, that one day I shall see both you and your daughter free from this, if I have to fight every pirate on this ship myself."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 348997

Sigh a little.

"Yes, it is. You could consider her-it, a catalyst for some of my reasons. For some reason, for as long as I can remember, I have been very attached to her-it, its image, and I even had a name for it. There is no reason why I should have any of these tendencies towards the doll, but I do, and when I try to think of more details and justification, my mind only goes into a deep fog, as if there were no such details in the first place. Does that not seem odd? I have to wonder…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 348998

"Well… thank you. It's rare to find somepony willing to help in this nightmare. I stay strong for the sake of my daughter but… I'd be lying if I said it doesn't feel like all is lost sometimes."
I sigh
"Hell, I almost died yesterday when the pirates took down a giant sea dragon of sorts. It was… frightening."

Light Heart [Warlord] 348999

Seems like regular ol' crazy to me
"This world is filled with strange things, mister Skewed. I have seen quite a lot of it but there are still surprises out there. That is what makes it all so interesting, does it not?"


"It is, isn't it? And it makes the search for more all the more more exciting."

Attempt to pull some flowers out of my hat.

Roll #1 2 = 2


Try again!

Roll #1 10 = 10


Looks like I have a pretty goddamn beautiful bouquet. Hand it to Heart.

"A gift of introduction. May our fortuens fare well."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Light Heart [Warlord] 349003

"My my…"
I smile as I take the bouquet
"Now that is certainly something. The kind of magic I love to see. Thank you."
Take a bite from these delicious flowers

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349004

"A sea dragon you say? Where are the parts? The scales alone make fine weapons or armor, and the rest of the dragon can fetch quite a price as well."
I'll wave a hoof.
"But that's not important. You say you almost died, miss Spring. The fact you're still here means you didn't, and that you can press on. The world threw a dragon at you, and yet here you still stand. You have stared down that fear, found yourself greater than it, and pressed on. Take courage from that, miss Spring, and keep it safely here." I'll gently press her chest. "For you see, heart is truly the only power you need to carry on. So long as you keep your spirit burning as brightly as the stars, nothing, and no one, can ever break or frighten you."
I'll step back with a small smile.
"And besides, you've got a new friend that you can talk to, as well as one with a silly hat. If ever you need an ear to listen, or a shoulder to borrow, I will endeavor to have it available."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 349005

“One of the things I have learned while on this ship. Please, enjoy. Now, excuse me.”
Wink out.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349006

"I don't know what happened to it after they killed it. But yes, I know. I press on and stay strong and I do so for Summer. I have died once already… but Emrille arranged for me to be resurrected. I know she's a bit of an odd ball but… I think she has her heart in the right place when it comes down to it. She's just… troubled."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349007

I frown disappointingly as he winks away
Eating up the rest of the bouquet, I return to Curry and the good doctor.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349008

"Well, I'm certain you're being an excellent influence on her. And who knows, perhaps one day she'll think of what she can do for others before how much it would cost her to do so."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349009

I nod at her as she approaches
"Hello there, Light Heart."

"That's where I hope to guide her, yes."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349010

I nod back at the both of them.
"Doctor Spring. Mister Curry."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349011

"Well, with you to guide her hoof, she should be fine."
I'll return the greeting.
"Miss Heart."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349012

"I certainly hope so. She has taken a liking to me…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349013

I sit down next to them, not really caring whether or not I'm intruding

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349014

I'll nod.
"I had noticed. She seems rather protective of you as well."
"Did you need assistance with something, miss Heart?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349015

"Yes, she does try her best to protect my daughter and I. And she's sympathetic to my cause of trying to reclaim freedom. She often comes to bring us food as well. But well… she's also still pretty obsessed with gold…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349016

I slowly shake my head and smile
"Not at this time, no. Although I must thank you for being so considerate."

"Miss Emrille indeed cares deeply for your well-being. She did all she could to attempt and remove those collars but… it was all for naught. I even went ahead and ask the Commodore. He was rather… unreceptive to the idea unfortunately."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349017

"Well, perhaps we can slowly wean her away from material goals, and more into the less physical, but more rewarding, spiritual rewards."
Chuckling a bit, I'll add.
"But that isn't to say material gains are to be overlooked completely. I'm sure you can teach her moderation."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349018

"There may be something that can convince your Commodore of the necessity of removing the collars, though. Or simply going around him to the one who actually can remove the collars."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349019

"Yes well… hopefully we'll lose them again soon enough. They make me feel a little anxious…"

"I will do all I can. I can only hope that it will be enough."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349020

I give a amused smile as they talk about Emrille like that

My heart skips a beat
"I would… rather not ask him again. He was quite displeased the last time I asked. I do not wish to provoke him any further."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349021

"If you're the one teaching, I'm sure that will be more than enough."
"My apologies, miss Heart. I did not mean to imply you would be the one asking him. Or at least, not the Commodore. If you think you'd have any luck with the Lockermaster, you are welcome to try, as your methods would likely be cleaner than mine."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349022

"I don't believe I've met the lockermaster. Perhaps I could try to reason with him, though I'm quite certain he will only remove them on the orders of the Commodore."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349023

"How difficult would it be to falsify those orders?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349024

I cock a brow and give him a condescending look
"Mister Curry, I am a generous mare and am very sympathetic to the good doctor's situation. But I do not approve of somepony undermining and defying the Commodore. I do not wish for a conflict, so I will pretend to have not heard what you just said. I suggest you keep such thoughts to a minimum."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349025

I'll frown.
"Your suggestion is noted, miss Heart, though I make no promises. If there is one thing I cannot abide, it is using slave collars. Do you recall the ships I had sent adrift in my previous story? On some of those boats were prisoners, stolen from their homes and brought here en route to being sold. They were underfed, beaten, and in the case of the mares…"
My expression will darken further.
"That boat I did not set adrift. That boat, I emptied."


Get a sudden idea.

Take one of my lenses and drop it into the hat. Then, try pulling out a better lens from the hat.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Light Heart [Warlord] 349027

"A very heroic thing of you to do, mister Curry. However I must warn you that the pirates on this fleet are no amateurs. They will not be deferred so easily."
Not intimidated by his expression in the slightest, I keep my composure neat
"Doctor Spring and her daughter are indeed here as prisoners against their will, but we have been trying our best to help them. I myself will not allow anypony to harm them, as I value them both greatly."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349028

"Nor will I. That's why I'm not immediately tearing into this vessel. The fact you have what is likely an illegal coin press means that you have, at some point, either stole molds, or did something incredibly foolish to acquire treasury hands. Also, on our approach, miss Seas boarded the wrong ship, so I'm aware you have more than a single vessel, and therefore a standing crew enough for both. This does not preclude the possibility of a third vessel, as I must be prepared for the worst if it comes to it. Freeing miss Spring and her daughter will take time, yes, but I've given my word and oath that it would be done."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349029

"They do have three ships. And a really big crew…"
I look at Light Heart worriedly

Light Heart [Warlord] 349030

I stare him down wordlessly for a while, until >>349029 speaks up
"Well. I see you have made up your mind already. I can only warn you to refrain from any rash acts, as you may end up hurting Doctor Spring and her daughter more than you help them."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349031

I'll nod to miss Heart.
"And I thank you for your consideration and concern. I am completely aware of the risk to miss Spring and miss Seas, which is why I had planned on keeping them safely hidden in the Shrine after their collars are removed, and until the business with the pirates was concluded, for good or ill. There, the Moon should be able to protect them until I can either rejoin them, or lead the pirates astray."
I'll sigh a bit.
"But, as you said, rash acts must not be made. Pirates are as unpredictable as a summer squall."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349032

Let's look for the others now!

I'm sure they are around somewhere

Light Heart [Warlord] 349033

"You seem awfully overconfident in your abilities, mister Curry. I hope we wont come to blows in the future due to unfortunate choices on your side."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349034

"I'm not overconfident at all. There is a good chance I won't survive against three ships, and I wish at least for misses Spring and Seas to be safe in that event. But that does not mean I will bow my head to a slaver."
I'll give a small grin.
"And I would terribly hate for their friends to be on the wrong side."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349035

Spring, LH and Curry are together
Summer is sleeping and being watched by Rosemary

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349036

"Hey there, people."

Settle beside Spring.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349037

"Hello again, miss Emrille."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349038

I look at them both worriedly
"I really don't like the sound of all this…"

"Hi Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349039

"oh, yeah, hey."

"Sound of what? And where is Summer?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349040

"She is asleep, as she should be at this hour."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349041

"She's sleeping… Rosemary is keeping watch over her. Bless her."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349042

I nod and get a bit closer to her.
"Sooooooo…. got a bit of free time then?~"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349043

I'll raise an eyebrow, but say nothing.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349044

I shake my head slowly
"So you will leave them both behind for the sake of your petty revenge?"

"Ah, miss Emrille. How pleasant to see you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349045

"You too I guess. 'sup?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349046

"You misunderstand me. Until I am certain they can escape, my hooves are bound. I dare not risk either on foolish action."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349047

I nod
"Yes Emrille, I do."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349048

Put a wing around her and pull her a bit closer.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349049

The eyebrow will climb a bit higher, but until I see what Spring does, I'll refrain from speaking.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349050

I chuckle softly
"I am discussing the finer things in life with mister Curry here. He is proving to be… quite disagreeable."

I sigh and shake my head
"Very well then. You are quite obviously set on this plan of yours. I hope Doctor Spring will talk some sense into your head, because I am seemingly unable to."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349051

"If you'd rather prefer your friend in mind-altering collars for the rest of her life, as well as her daughter, then be my guest and don't even think of other ways to get them free. I'm certain the Commodore will die of old age any decade now."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349052

I look surprised at the bold move
"You sure are… feeling feisty. Is something wrong?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349053

"Yeah, keep him busy talking then, why don't you?"

"Wrong? Nothing is wrong, sugar. Let's just use the fact that your daughter is asleep to our advantage."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349054

How inelegant. I've lived alone on a rock for thirty years and I know better pick-up lines than that.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349055

"I assure you she wont be in those collars for long anyway. And I also hope that the doctor and her daughter will one day be free to go as they please as well. But for now I need them to help miss Rosemary train her medical skills. I have… special needs, you see."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349056

"You seem healthy enough to me."
I'll look her up and down.
"Strong legs, decent muscle tone. A bit whispy on the face, but still good. Probably know your way around a few good weapons. And you've got your associates as well, if I'm not mistaken."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349057

"Emrille… we probably shouldn't move this so fast. I mean I trust you will improve yourself as you promised but… I just don't want to rush things."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349058

"My medical problem lies on the inside rather than the outside. I suffer from cardiac dysrhythmia you see. Or to put it in simpler terms, I have a weak heart and am prone to complications when overexerting myself or being exposed to high levels of stress."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349059

Smirk at her and keep close with my wing on her.
"I did already! I haven't killed anypony recently. Seaponies don't count. And hey, it's okay then, we won't do anything big. I'm okay with that for now."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349060

I'll nod.
"I see why that would require constant doctor care, just in case. But what do misses Spring and Seas know that your trained assistant doesn't?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349061

I step away
"I know but… technically we aren't in a relationship yet. Though that doesn't mean I don't like or not appreciate you. There's just no stable ground to build anything on."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349062

"Miss Rosemary is a nurse, not a doctor like miss Spring. Little Summer on the other hoof has access to a powerful healing spell that heals everypony in a certain area. I don't think I need to explain just how valuable both those skills are to us."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349063

My ears will slightly perk at that and swivel towards Spring and Emrille, but I'll continue facing Light Heart.
I'll nod again.
"'Us' being the pirates, of course. You could just flee with us, you know."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349064

I pout.
"Of course there isn't if you are going to whiff opportunities like this! This would be the perfect time for a little bonding, whichever way you want to bond!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349065

"Use me as a ticket to leave and then remove me when I've served my purpose, no doubt."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349066

"If you wanted to part ways on your own terms, I'd not stop you, miss Heart. But I would never cast out a friend."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349067

I put a hoof on her shoulder
"Emrille please. Let's keep this friendly for now, at least until you've proven your willingness…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349068

I frown.
"But I am willing! Can't we be very good friends then or something? Surely you won't die from some hugs or anything… or you could give my wings a massage again! Y'know, just so they don't cramp up and stuff!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349069

"It still sounds like a rather bad idea to me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349070

I'll chuckle.
"It's a terrible idea, but it's currently the only one I've got. Perhaps something we find in the Lunar Library will help. You never know, there might be something useful in there that might shatter collars."


I roll my eyes with a slight smile
"Fine, I can massage those wings of yours…"
Start up my horn and use my telekinesis to unfurl her wings and carefully massage them

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349072

Settle down comfortably.
"Uh… can't you use your…you know, hooves? Like last time? It felt so much better~"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349073

I shake my head again
"You are being too rash, mister Curry. Only bad things can come from this."


I shake my head and step closer, switching over to my hooves instead.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349075

I coo softly at her touch and let her take care of my wings.
"Oooh… that's the spot…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349076

"Perhaps. But living in slavery is hardly living."
My ears will flick back at this, but I'll remain facing Light Heart. It's rude to stare, and Spring is a grown mare. Certainly she won't make out in the middle of the hallway.

Light Heart [Warlord] 349077

"It is better than not living at all."


I roll my eyes and chuckle as I continue
"You pegasi and your wings…"

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349079

I turn my head to face her with a smirk.
"You know… unlike horns, wings are sensitive~"
Show her the tip of my tongue cheekily.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349080

I'll wave a hoof.
"Some would think so. And they're bound like a landlocked lake, forever in that state of being. But breaking free, crashing into the rivers of change and the ocean of freedom…"
I'll sigh.
And then I'll turn to the two mares.
"That's not completely true, actually. Some horns are quite sensitive, and their owners became master dowsers. This, of course, has other implications."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349081

I roll my eyes.
"You missed an earlier conversation we had. Spring told me stuff. Now if you'll excuse me…"

Go back to relaxing.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349082

"We discussed it already actually. I explained her how they work."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349083

I sigh.
"He beefed it…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349084

I'll shrug.
"As you say, then."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349085

"Use poetics all you want mister Curry, it will not change the facts."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349086

"You'll have to recall the texts I was learning from were from the time before and a little after the Darkest Night. Certain abilities have been lost to time, it seems."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349087

I'll turn back to face miss Heart.
"You are correct, they won't. Only action will. But, you are also correct in that doing anything of the sort in the current situation is tantamount to pointless suicide. I will not abandon these two to their fate as prisoners and slaves, miss Heart. Not when they are destined for something far beyond that."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349088

And then suddenly, I stir awake, noticing the absence of Spring.

Where is everyone again?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349089

"Like how to give a bit privacy? I mean, shit, I know we are almost next to each other, but this is a ship, at least we can pretend not to care about other's business."


Continue the massage
"You need to pay more attention to your wings… they are tense as hell."

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349091

"I believe demanding a massage in the middle of a hallway negates any right to privacy you wanted, miss Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349092

Unfurl them completely as she continues.
"Or you could pay more attention to them? More massages maybe? I'd be okay with that~"

You were with Rosemary, and we are… somewhere around the ship

Light Heart [Warlord] 349093

"I agree, but I assure you they are in good hooves in the meantime."

You are belowdecks sleeping with Rosemary watching over you.
We are on the deck


Finish up with massaging the tips
"Or you could preen them more often and do exercises…"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349095

"Miss Heart, I don't mean to offend, but this is a ship full of pirates. The only worse hooves they could be in would be the Celestial Church's."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349096

"Does flying count and exercis-ouch!… Did you just pull out a feather?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349097

I guess I wander up to the deck then.
I yawn sleepily.
"Why did yo-"
I rub my eyes and see her giving Emrille a massage.
"Why are you giving miss Emrille a massage?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 349098

"They are not being abused in any way. Indeed, they are quite lucky to have ended up with ponies that care enough to ensure they maintain their dignity."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349099

"No… but sorry nonetheless."

"She asked for one… and judging by how tense they were she did need one."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349100

"And how much of that is simply so they won't resist the compulsion of the slave collars, miss Heart?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349101

"Can I help?"
I walk over to her and Emrille.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349102

I groan slightly.
"…sure, why not."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349103

I nod and step aside
"Sure you can. Just remember those anatomy charts, dear. You don't want to hit the wrong spot."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349104

I rub the sleep from my eyes and perk up.
I climb over on top of Emrille's back and try giving a massage.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349105

"…I think your mother said Don't hit wrong spots, Summer…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349106

"Sorry! I- I'm still a bit tired…"
I try again.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Light Heart [Warlord] 349107

"If we wanted we could lock them up with collars in a cage in the brig and use them for their healing abilities only. But we don't. In fact, we are even making sure little Summer is being educated properly. Just ask miss Spring."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349108

Wait, that's not right either!

Roll #1 9 = 9

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349109

I chuckle
"Just calm down dear. I know you can do it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349110

"Ow…Summer, that's the same spot, just on my other wing. It doesn't hurt any le-

"Oooh, okay, now that's better than how you did last time."
Try to relax.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349111

I continue doing what I'm doing then.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349112

I'll frown at Heart
"Be that as it may, so long as they're wearing those collars, you might as well be doing what you just said. Giving miss Seas an education, while odd, is likely so that she'll form bonds with her teachers, and be less averse to staying. And it seems to be working, as she was quite eager to return to the boats, instead of staying at the Shrine until I could find a way to break the collar."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349113

"Very good Summer. Keep in mind that wings are still tender limbs no matter what. They need relaxation just like any other bodypart. Keeping them furled or using them too much will cause them to tense up considerably."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349114

"No, not like that… I barely feel that."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349115

"I know! You told me to study an anatomical diagram of wings back… home."
I sigh.
Still continue massaging though.
"Um… do you want a massage too momma?"

Roll #1 8 = 8

Light Heart [Warlord] 349116

"Her education is mostly self-taught with the help of her mother. I wont deny that it isn't the best of environments for those two to live in but… you must admit that they aren't too bad off all things considering."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349117

I smile
"It's fine dear. Though maybe Light Heart could use one too if you want to continue practicing. She needs to be relaxed so her bloodflow remains fluent."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349118

"That's good… and that's enough, thanks, dear."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349119

I'll turn to look at Spring and Summer, then sigh.
"Looks like I'm not going back to the shrine for a while. Who would I speak to to secure a place to sleep? Or would you two like me to keep you company tonight?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349120

"I think you should go back, yeah. You know, for your own safety and stuff."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349121

"It's not a matter of 'should' or 'shouldn't' miss Emrille. It's can't. I cannot return to the shrine without her."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349122

"Well, I wont decline it if she wishes to. But don't feel obliged."

"That depends. Mister Abilio will most likely allow you to join and sleep in the hammocks but… he wont like it if he learns what your intentions are."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349123

"Are you sure?… You told me you were really stressed out… A massage would help with that!"

"You're welcome miss Emrille."
I hop off her.

"I don't think the pirates said we can't go off the ship at night… ooh! Can we come sleep in the temple with you mister Curry? It'll be like camping!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349124

I flap my wings.
"Maybe I can give a massage to your mother?~"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349125

I'll smile at Summer.
"Well, while that would solve some problems, it would present a few more. I don't have enough bedding for everyone, and there is a further complication that I'm afraid I can share only with you and your mother."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349126

"Yeah, sure, because I would rat you out, right?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349127

I nod
"I'm sure dear. Don't worry about me."

"They wont like that…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349128

"Not at all, actually, though there is some risk associated. And you wouldn't risk the shrine falling into the wrong hooves before it got a chance to belong to its rightful owner first."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349129

"She doesn't want a massage though."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349130

"Keep your secrets then…"

"Aww, too bad."
Walk next to her and stretch my wings, letting it fall on her back as I'm done. Stealthy winghug is a go
"Maybe after we cleared out the temple."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349131

I get up as she settles next to me and go over to pick up Summer and put her on my back

"I can give you a ride though!"
I chuckle

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349132

"Miss Emrille, you shouldn't keep your wings spread out like that! It's not good for them."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349133

"Wha- heeey!"
I giggle as she picks me up and puts me on her back.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349134

Furl my wings back up as Spring gets away.
"Okay, okay. I get it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 349135

I watch all of this go down with a amused smile

Poor Emrille, she's trying so hard

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349136

"Orders, cap'n?"

I give her an apologetic smile

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349137

I'll give a small smile at this.
Little things, miss Spring. Little things.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349138

I sit down and sigh, and keep looking at her.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349139

I lie down on her back, giggling, resting my head atop hers and point a hoof out front triumphantly.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349140

"Aye aye! Full speed ahead sir!"
Start trotting around the deck

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349141

Well, at least she is in a better mood than usual

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349142

I continue giggling as she trots around, standing up on her back surveying everyone below me.
"It's like I'm really tall!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349143

"You're the captain! The most important pony on the ship, sir!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 349144

I'll smile a bit more.
"Quite true, miss Seas. Why, you're almost as tall as I am. You do grow up so fast."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 349145

Well, let them have their fun.

My weapon needs maintaince too, not just my wings.
Better go back to the bunks and do that.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 349146

"I need my hat though! I can't be a captain without my hat!"
I giggle and pat him on the head when we pass by him.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 349147

I chuckle
"I don't have any hats I'm afraid. But who cares? You're captain now! You can change the rules as you see fit!"

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