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PirateQuest: Chapter 3.5: Moon Phases Wf+6 358611

Largely uneventful. Curry retrieves the repaired necklace, which thrums with power, but Mera is nowhere to be seen at water's edge. Perhaps she'll surface in the morning.

Felfire beds down for the night in Terrebonne's room in the sleeping bag on the floor after a long day of practicing and studying, preparing for her first resurrection ever tomorrow. Late at night, Terrebonne is summoned and leaves, but you're too tired and sleep through it.

Tasia fights the urge to kill herself as the Guilt overtakes her in full swing. There is no one to comfort her.

Though it's early, the crew of the fleet seems to be congregating on the Darklantern.

Sylt 358612

Well I guess I should wake up and see what's going on.
Head for the Darklantern.

Commune with my shadow.

Did you have a good night honey?~

Light Heart [Warlord] 358613

The Darklantern?

Get up and clean myself, then go ahead and see what is happening.

Chip(DD knight) 358614

Approach the gathering.
"Whats happening here?" I ask as I yawn

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358615

I'm probably on the Pillager's Fancy, so check out Abilio's cabin.
Hope the fucker is back already.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358616

I'll head to the shore, and see if Mera's about.

Tela [Spellsword] 358617

I suppose I'll go see what the crew is gathering for

Wf+6 358618

Mmmm… if I didn't enjoy it, I might have let you follow your teacher.

Fullmaster Abilio seems to be preparing to address the crew.

He's not there. He couldn't possibly have spent all day and night with Cloudy, could he?

She's there in the surf. She waves good morning at you.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358619

Eh, check over to the Darklantern then.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358620

I'll wave to her, and walk a little into the surf.
"Your pendant is ready, miss Mera."

Chip(DD knight) 358621

I listen and stand in line.

Felfire [Necromancer] 358622

You'd have to be pretty convincing to get rid of me.

No. Please no! I need more time!

Light Heart [Warlord] 358623

I'll listen to what he has to say then.

Also, make sure to stand next to her

Wf+6 358624

She gracefully glides over and into the pendant, dawning it with a sigh.

"Thank you."

"The previous fleetmaster, Commodore Tallow has met with a grisly death in the last few hours, which is beyond the repair of modern necromancy and healing. The Officers' Council has convened and held a moot to respectfully deal with the body and the issue of succession to the seat of fleetmastery. Given my imminent retirement and the ineligibility of Captain Umlock, succession proceeds to the heir apparent to the seat of the captain of the Pillager's Fancy. In short, long live the new commodore. Long live Commodore Smitts."

Mmmm… Well I had to reward you for your good work in the temple, didn't I?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358625

"You are quite welcome, miss Mera. I trust you slept well?"

Chip(DD knight) 358626

"LONG LIVE COMMODORE SMITTS!" I raise my paw in a fist.

Felfire [Necromancer] 358627

Hold my breath for a moment.
This is too strange.
The flowers.

FERVORED! It must have been me! It's my fault!

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358628

"Uh… oookay?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358629

A small grin appears on my lips
"Long live commodore Smitts indeed…"

Wf+6 358630

"I did… in fact, it was good to have time to collect myself after so much in one day. No doubt you have questions… and I have you at a disadvantage, too."

I don't understand. What do you mean?

The new commodore addresses the crew briefly:

"This will not change our current plans significantly. Our job remains the same here in Autumnsreach. This will be a smooth transition: there will be more than enough time to renovate policy after we are on open sea. Back to work: we have a busy day."

With that, he disappears into his cabin.

Tela [Spellsword] 358631

I snort
"As long as I get my pay."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358632

Not that I give a shit.
He was a douche with those collars anyway.
Let's find Abilio now.

Light Heart [Warlord] 358633

I shake my head in slight disbelief and go after Smitts.

Felfire [Necromancer] 358634

It's… Nothing my love, I was rabbling. I guess that's why Terrebonne left in the middle of the night.

Well. Smitt. That might turn out well.
But I still want Abilio to remain.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358635

I'll nod.
"But the questions will likely have to wait. I've a small task that I need to do in return for the favor Smitts allowed, and after that, I shall return. And we'll have a nice, long talk. You, me, and perhaps even miss Seas. I'm certain she'd like to speak with you."

Chip(DD knight) 358636

I just stood there.
Back to work? I dont have anything to do for the moment.
Go to Smitts and congratulate him I guess.

Wf+6 358637

You knock on the cabin door and he lets you in.

"Normally I would not allow one in so early, but I'll make an exception for you, Miss Heart. I trust you understand what role you've played in my succession, after all."

He's still there on the Darklantern.

"Yes, Emrille?"

"Okay, then…"

He seems to have sequestered himself in his cabin for now, having a private chat. You could wait here or do something else.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358638

"Hey. I was looking for you yesterday. Have an old friend I wanted you to meet."
"Still planning to 'retire', right?"

Chip(DD knight) 358639

Wait outside.
Can I hear the talk?

Roll #1 1 = 1

Felfire [Necromancer] 358640

Follow after her to meet Abilio. Stay quiet.

Light Heart [Warlord] 358641

I walk in and settle down on my haunches near him
"Indeed I do. I must say I am quite impressed by your plot. Very smooth indeed."

Tela [Spellsword] 358642

I go after her as well

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358643

I'll give her a little smile.
"It's nothing that should take long. Just scatter a few seeds, and try not to be suspicious. On the bright side, we found a lovely tub for you, if you'd like to spend the night on the ship. I might even be able to convince the crew to help me move it closer to miss Spring and Seas."

Wf+6 358645

"That is correct. As soon as we make port in Reptil."

You see Sho Time wandering around on deck and lose yourself in his flank.

"What Commodore Tallow failed to tell you that no part of your mission was an exercise in officer training. He didn't want you to tell others because there would be a greater likelihood somepony might tell you what a hydra heart does. You see, hydra hearts have a certain quirk: they can heal almost any disorder or disease if consumed while still beating. For two decades, Commodore Tallow has struggled with a heart disorder not unlike yours. That is why he took sympathy on you, and why he had better medicine in his cabin. He convinced the rest of the crew he was abusing opium. An easy lie to pass off. And now… you are in a compromising position. It would not be good for you if the others found out you had a hand in this. Which brings us to your future… You can either accept that you work for me now in a much more direct way, or you can flee the fleet. I intend to install you in the officer corps."

"Oh, I can already spend the night on the ship."

She lumbers out of the surf with a fully function back pair of legs.

"I like my normal form more, though…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358646

I'll start in surprise.
"Can… can all seaponies do that? Or is this another benefit of the pendant?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358647

"Still no way to convince you to stay, huh?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 358648

Keep silent.

Magenta, how quick do you think you can teach me all about Tartarus?

Wf+6 358652

She laughs. "The pendant! Do you think I wanted to be dragged around all day? Although…" She mutters something quietly.

Depends on how much you need to do. Cast an actual Tartarian spell? It would take days. If you just need to know the theory of it, we could do it today.

He chuckles. "I don't think so. You've been a good protege, but it's time for some rest."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358654

And from there to the actual spell? I need to give Abilio a reason to remain.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358655

I go back to Topaz's room to get my gauntlets and pay.

Chip(DD knight) 358656

"Hey watch it bud! What are you doing?!" I stand up and let him off.

Gaaahh.. this may take a while, go on the deck and help with arranging the ropes and other miscellenous ship activities.

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358657

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Although? I trust I wasn't too uncomfortable."

Light Heart [Warlord] 358658

I nod sagely
"I see. As it stands, I see no reason to leave this fleet. Though dangerous, I have found it to be quite the intriguing place so far. As you mentioned, it would be quite unhealthy for both of us if this plot leaked to the crew. While I do not enjoy being used as a political pawn, I must say I am quite impressed by your plotting abilities. I believe that as it stands, the officer corps would make for quite the position for me. As long as no more hydras are involved, that is. Pray tell, what would all grant me, exactly?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358659

"I still can't make sense of those shitty books you gave me! They are no use! I need you! I want to learn magic from you!"

Tela [Spellsword] 358660

"You talking about your gun magic again, kid?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358661

"Yeah, he's the one I told you about! He taught new spells in matters of days!"

Wf+6 358662

"I meant… ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵃᶰᵉ ˢᵐᵉᶫᶫᵉᵈ ᶰᶦᶜᵉ."

You retrieve them successfully.

If he won't stay to train Emrille, what makes you think he will stay to train you?

"A seat on the Officers' Council. Power, prestige, administrative pay. Or perhaps you'd like loose mares? I can arrange it."

"Emrille. What do you want from me? I can't place a student before family."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358663

Because his other student is dead. Nopony to pass knowledgence on to. And Tartarus is what he lives for.
I hope.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358664

I count my doubloons and go to see Doc Peg.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358665

"Why do you even care about family? That's only trouble! Do and live for what you are good in, passing on your knowledge!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358666

I'll chuckle softly.
"Well, that's the first I've heard of that. Thank you."
I'll look her up and down for a moment.
"Well, since you can join me on land, perhaps we could get you something to wear? A nice cloak, or a dress, if any are available. I'm certain we can get something decent after exchanging a few of those hydra scales."

Chip(DD knight) 358667

After my miserable way of helping on deck, I decide to go and give ms. Topaz a visit.

Light Heart [Warlord] 358668

"I believe I have my bases covered when it comes to mares, mister Smitts. You make a attractive offer and I am very inclined to accept it. Although if you do not mind me asking, what are your plans regarding the unicorns now that you have taken up the Commodore's hat?"

Tela [Spellsword] 358669

"That so huh? Must've taken a lot of effort on his part to get through that thick skull of yours. I don't blame him for wanting to retire after that. That's a damn achievement for the history books."

Wf+6 358670

"We are two different ponies, Emrille."

She welcomes you in when you arrive at her room. "You return, Chip."

"They are useless to me. I don't see the point in keeping them around. I suppose I'll give them an opportunity to plead their case, then have them executed in the morning."

Whatever you say… It would take a few days at least.

Wf+6 358671

He looks at you expectantly.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358672

"I know, right? That's why he can't stop now!"

"Seriously, is there nothing I can do to make you stay? You can't be that dead set on just lazing off your ass!"

Wf+6 358673

"If you think so… I'm not used to wearing anything. It's very restrictive and holds you down at sea."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358674

Speak up suddenly.
"When will we leave this town, Abilio?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358675

"Seekkill ready to become immune."
How many doubloons do I have?

Chip(DD knight) 358676

"i am." I give her a warm smile.
I then take a seat next to her.
"So, I got to ask, now that you teach me the basics, what are the things that you have produced for the ship? I mean besides the doubloons of course."

Light Heart [Warlord] 358677

"I see. But you must understand that they hold quite some value to me, no? I like my doctors like I like myself. To be alive. After all, what use am I to you if I die in the field because I do not have the necessary medical backup to keep me alive?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358678

"True, but on land some ponies find it odd to go without at least a hat. Besides, I'm certain we could find something that would suit you, and not weigh you down terribly should you need to return to the water at a moment's notice. We could surprise miss Seas and Spring with it, as well."

Wf+6 358679

"The new commodore plans to set sail at sundown."

He nods and leads you to his cabinets and starts to pull out various jars.


She gestures to the high value cage behind herself.

"Many of the items within I have either restored or made from scratch."

"You have Miss Rosemary, do you not? But in truth, the real question for me is whether or not you can keep them reined in. They know too much about the fleet and its personalities. They can't escape with that knowledge."

"Okay, if you think so. I have not kept much company for my life…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358680

I sit down and watch him.

Felfire [Necromancer] 358681

"And how long will be the sailing to the next port?"

Chip(DD knight) 358682

I approach the cage and see whats inside.
"So you are some sort of a repairer aboard the ship? Do you invent things too?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358683

I'll laugh a little.
"Nor have I. Had I known you were down there, I likely would have tried to speak with you before…"
Then I'll frown a little.
"Never mind. Let's find you something to wear. Would you prefer to go shopping in town, or see if there's anything on the Darklantern we might be able to barter for?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358684

Light Heart [Warlord] 358686

"Then they can stay in the crew, no? Miss Rosemary is capable, but she is not a doctor. I have seen the sheer power little Summer holds, mister Smitts. She saved our lives plenty of times already despite her age. Killing her would be an incredible waste of resources. I believe I can persuade them not to try and do anything foolish."

Wf+6 358689

He takes a swig of whiskey before mixing up a few different contents of bottles.

"Be careful. This could kill you."

"We should have a strong current. We'll make port very quickly once we leave."

"I am dead set on pleasing my to-be-wife."

"Sometimes, but not often."

"I saw you, sometimes… trying to explore below. But I never knew there were others above. As for who to ask, I don't know…"

"Very well. In that case, the responsibility will be on your head. Do not fail in this regards."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358691

"No weaker poison to start?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358692

Roll my eyes.
"Oh I heard that yesterday all right…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 358694

"Too bad. I guess that goat will be the only one to teach me about tartarus…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358695

"Of course not. As for mister Curry and his newly acquired pet…"

Chip(DD knight) 358696

"What are the things that you have invented?" I give her a look of interest

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358697

"Well, then we are on equal footing in that regard. However, perhaps some of the crew would know. I'm sure there are a few milling about on the ship. If you'd like to join me, we could ask around."

Tasia [Paladin] 358698

where am I?

Tela [Spellsword] 358699

I roll my eyes
"Right, I'm out. See ya later Emmy."
Anyone around that I could bother?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358700

"See you later. I'll be trying to convince this ass."

Wf+6 358701

"This is weak poison."

He gives you a deadpan look. "Don't test me, schoolfilly."

Abilio shakes his head. "Grogar was a ram, a male sheep. And his realm does not extend to Tartarus. Those would be the Tartarian Overlords. Perhaps you might have been ready to learn if not for the interference of that paladin. She brought death to the commodore, kept me apart from my beloved for so long, and now ruined your training. Awful."

"I plan to use them to scout the Saint Radiant Basilica, then they will have an accident."

"Some of the more complex rigging on the ships… Bilging mechanisms. Mostly matters of convenience."

"Okay…" She follows you.

Curled up in a ball in the hold, trying not to give yourself righteous justice (e.g.: commit suicide), you utter villain. Scum. Filth.

So many ponies.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358702

Well, let's wander about the deck. Perhaps we'll get lucky and the Keymaster will be posing as the mast today. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358703

"All I am saying is, I could show you it is worth to say! Some sort of test! Anything!"


I grab it and drink a few sips.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tasia [Paladin] 358705

"T-that's not true.. I did a good thing f-f… for the Order didn't I? One last… thing?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Felfire [Necromancer] 358706

Roll my eyes.
"I will show you I'm ready to learn. Even if I have to kill that paladin myself to convince you to stay!"


Commune with magenta.

Let's start this. Teach me all you can as fast as you can. I need to impress him.

Chip(DD knight) 358707

"How about… weapons or armor? Canons and muskets? Swords and shields?" I fold my arm.

"I woulds really like to learn more on that department."

Light Heart [Warlord] 358709

"I see. Unfortunate. I would have liked conversing with the seapony. She seemed like she would know an interesting thing or two."

Tela [Spellsword] 358710

Anyone who looks really busy with something?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 358716

Where am I?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 358718

Wf+6 358729

Looks like he is. He's up near the top, holding part of the sail.

"It's not a matter of you being a good student. It's a matter of what we want out of life."

Nope, it looks like you just ruined everything for everyone. Here you are, being a coward, not even accepting your righteous hatred from other ponies. Well, not much you can expect out of somepony as useless as you.

Alright, I'll teach you about the Tartarian Overlords, then.

"Some… complex mechanisms like revolvers interest me. But I have made armor in the past… and folded blades."

"Make use of her now, then. I can't imagine what we're going to do with them out at sea. They'll just get in the way, don't you think?"

With Spring in your room (the brig). It's not locked.

Notably, Redcoat is no longer chained in the corner. You wonder if he was executed.

Quite a few. Any particular kind of busy you're looking for?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358735

"Then what do you want more than a family? There must be something!"

Chip(DD knight) 358736

"Revolver? Is that some sort of door or something?" I tilt my head?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358737

"I don't think I'll ever understand that fellow, miss Mera."
Looking up, I'll call out to the keymaster.
"Ho, Keymaster. Might I have a few moments of your time?"

Tasia [Paladin] 358738

try to hold myself together

Roll #1 5 = 5

Felfire [Necromancer] 358740

I'm all ears.

Go find someplace windy to listen to her.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358744

Light Heart [Warlord] 358746

"Mister Curry is rather stubborn in his ways. He is, however, just one pony. I believe I could make use of his skills in battle if he were to be kept alive. I wont say I am terribly concerned about keeping him alive, but I would rather have him and his pet alive than dead. Their skills may come in handy at one point in the future."

Tela [Spellsword] 358751

Meh, maybe I'll bother one of the other players
Curry for example.
"Hey beardy!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 358753

Oh no…
Oh nononononono…
I rush out, searching for him!

Roll #1 8 = 8

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358755

"Ahoy there, Tela. How goes?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 358757

Go after her!

Tela [Spellsword] 358766

"Just trying to acclimatize. Emmy is busy obsessing over something again so I just figured I'd bother something else. Who's your friend?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358769

"This is miss Mera, my associate."

Tela [Spellsword] 358772

"She looks fishy."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358774

"Is that fishy-suspicious, or fishy… fishy? Terribly rude either way."

Wf+6 358777

"A new kind of hand-cannon. The chamber shifts to allow for firing again without reloading. Marvels of engineering. Modern technology is amazing."

"Nothing is more important than my dynasty."


Nope. You cry like the useless crybaby you are.

You drink it like a shot. You already feel stronger.

"Hmmm… we have plenty of muscle. You can't think of a better reason than that?"

I don't know many. There's Azazel, the Scapegoat, who bears the guilt of the world. He mentioned President Haagenti, who manages the money and bureaucracy of Tartarus. Other than that, there are the seven princes, Lucifer, Mammon, Asmodeus, Leviathan, Beelzebub, Satan, and Belphegor. There are some other minor overlords, such as Gressil, the impure, or Sonneillon, the hateful. There are the astrologers, Kokabiel and Baraqiel. Astaroth, who watches over fallen paladins, Abaddon, over warlords. And if you wish to deepen your knowledge of the Tartarian, you will certainly have to deal with Belial, the inventor of cursed things at some point.

He's nowhere to be found. At least you avoid getting into trouble.

Tasia [Paladin] 358781

a bloo bloo bloo

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358782

"I was wondering if you knew if there were any clothiers on board, or where I might go to get miss Mera properly outfitted."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358783

I put the glass down.

Felfire [Necromancer] 358789

Why him of them all?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358790

I wave my hand.
"I would accept that as argument if you were a Princess, but you aren't."

Chip(DD knight) 358791

I scratch my head.
"I am kind of old fashioned, using crossbows and all but that handcannon thingy sounds mighty interesting. Where did you find out about it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358794

"He is quite dedicated to protecting those two unicorns. As long as I keep them in reins, mister Curry and his pet will be kept in reins as well. It should not be quite so hard to accomplish. And we can always kill him if he proves to be too difficult, no?"

Tela [Spellsword] 358796

I laugh
"I suppose. What the hell is she exactly?"

Wf+6 358798

He mixes up another batch. "You took that one well."

"T'p'z d's most of th'r'pairs b'y'may as jus'as'any quar'mas'er."

Didn't you realize? Summoning circles qualify as cursed. The knowledge of how to make them can't enter your mind without his permission. It simply won't stick.

"Perhaps when you're my age, you'll understand."

"We've come into contact with them over the years. They're becoming more common, but they're exceptionally tricky to forge properly."

"If you insist, but try not to weigh yourself down with too much responsibility. Because you will be held responsible if they become a liability."

She looks like a normal earth pon right now. Did you see her before now?

Felfire [Necromancer] 358803

And what do you have to pay him for that knowledge to stick?


I nod and drink the batch he made.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358805

"So what, somepony will have your name? And? Why is that so important? That's one pony who has your name instead of the many ponies who could carry your knowledge and shit!"

Tela [Spellsword] 358807

Nope, scratch all that then
"So what're you doing?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358808

"Very well. I will make myself clear to them. And do not worry. I will see them killed if they do end up trying something."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358809

"I believe Smitts was the quartermaster, so it seems I'll be bothering him again."
"Planning on heading into town to perform a small favor for mister Smitts. We'd like to attract as little attention as possible."

Chip(DD knight) 358810

"I see…"

"If you want we can help each other on that matter of forging such technology."
"If not we can just buy one and reverse engineering it or something?" I scratch my head.

Wf+6 358812

It varies. I wouldn't dwell on it, too much. Cross that bridge when you come to it.

This one doesn't go down so well. You start to convulse and vomit, but you seem okay.

"Going to live?"

"For one, I'd have a pony that actually cares about me, rather than just about the knowledge I could impart."

"Very well. Then you are dismissed. I have a lot of paperwork to fill out."

"It's not a matter of having the plans. Plenty of ponies have blueprints. They are exceedingly difficult to make. Most models jam on the first fire."

Tela [Spellsword] 358813

"What about those two healers you're supposed to be guarding?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358815

I give him a polite nod
"Of course. Have a pleasant day, mister Smitts."

Now, Landgrave invited me over for breakfast if I recall correctly

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358816

I nod.
"Doc think keep going or wait?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358817

"I do care about you, you idiot! That's why I don't want you to go! You are the only decent officer in this entire fleet!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 358819

Fair enough. Anything else I must know?
We can totally have this off screen if there's nothing important.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358820

"This is part of that. I was hoping they'd come along as well, as this favor is in return for a fair number of smaller concessions on his part. I wouldn't say no to there being another pair of eyes watching out for them while I am away, though."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 358823

I start panicking.
Oh no… oh nonono…
Nowhere to be found? Not even his… body?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Spring Water [Charlatan] 358825

"Summer! What are you looking for!? Talk to me!"

Tela [Spellsword] 358827

I give him a condescending look
"I'm not a damn charity worker, you know."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 358828

"M- Mister Redguard's gone…"

Chip(DD knight) 358829

"Really now? That might have taken an unlucky pony's life or two I bet." I grin a bit.
"Ah… well if thats the case then perhaps I am not ready and might need more practice in this smithing matter then."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358830

"No one is, these days. I'm afraid I've little to offer in the way of payment, though. Once I trade off these hydra scales, I should be able to afford your services."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 358832

"Oh… oh! Sweetie… I uh… I'm sure he's fine. They probably released him in town."

Tela [Spellsword] 358834

"Good. Looking forward to it."

Wf+6 358835

He did. The door is open when you arrive.

"Ah, the party is complete. Why don't you have a seat, Miss Heart?"

"I suppose we may as well continue."

He mixes up another batch.

Neeeeeeeeeeecromancy is a difficult thing to explain. It's not like I can impart the information to you eeeeeeeeeeeeeefficiently like this. Normally neeeeeeeeeecromancy magic is routed through a point near the kidney, called the Beeeeeeeeeethany Point. You've had contact there, right?

To die without leaving a corpse. Such is the way of the Lordblades.


"If you actually cared, then you wouldn't be so concerned with keeping my wife from being happy."

Light Heart [Warlord] 358837

I smile and settle down at the table.
The same ponies from before are gathered around, I assume?


Down the hatch.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358840

"No, she can be happy with you here. There is nothing stopping her in that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358842

I'll head off to Smitts's office, Mera in tow. He should be there, right?

Felfire [Necromancer] 358843

Yeah, Doc Peg got there already.

Wf+6 358849

Indeed. That stupid paladin is missing, though.

Poison. Goes down smooth.

He mixes up a final batch. "Are you ready? This one is nasty. It's slow poison. We'll have to wait for the results."

"Well, you can try to talk to her if you want."

When you show up to his old room, you find it empty. A couple crewponies in the hall chuckle at you. "Didn't go to the morning meeting?"

That's where I would make contact to guide you. But shadows can't do that.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358853

"If it doesn't bother you, then yeah, of course I want. Actually, even if it bothers you."

Light Heart [Warlord] 358854

Good, I don't think I would have been able to look at her face for a moment longer without filling it with hot lead.
Let's start eating then, shall we?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 358858

I plop down and frown.
"I hope so…"
Perhaps… No.
I'll go visit Cloudy instead.

Chip(DD knight) 358860

"Perhaps I'll head up deck, just call me when you need help on the forge, I need to practice my skills more."

With that head outside and see what I head to smitts quarters and see if its available or something.


I drink it.
"How slow?"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Tela [Spellsword] 358863

I watch him go
I'll just mile about the ship instead then, waiting…

Felfire [Necromancer] 358865

So we are stuck?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358867

"There was a morning meeting? I needed to speak to the quartermaster about something."

Wf+6 358884

He just sighs at you and returns to his cabin.

Today's appetizer is a light salad with iceberg lettuce and imported tomatoes, lightly garnished with cheese in from the far west. Notably, the Viscountess of Autumnsreach has not joined the group for breakfast.

Abbess Ballast speaks up, "So, has Lady Heart been confirmed?"

Landgrave nods, "I do believe so."

"Well we'll certainly have to bring her up to speed."

"I do believe so."

"There is much to discuss, and so little time before the day of reckoning."

"I do believe so, indeed."

Cloudy is back in her chambers. She lets you in when you knock.

You head to the new Commodore's quarters. After knocking, he lets you in.

"Yes, Mister Chip?"

"Slower than you're drinking it. Slow down!"

It's just a matter of how much potential he was looking for. Maybe you could find out?

"He's been promoted. To commodore."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358885

My eyebrows will rise at that.
"Well, that's certainly… interesting. Who fills the duties of the quartermaster, then, as I'm assuming I can't just waltz up to the new commodore for a friendly chat."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358886

So much for teaching me Tartarian spells. I will keep it in mind next time a spirit comes asking for revenge by my hoof.

Stand up, go back to Abilio, narrow my eyes.
"I need you to unlock my bethany point."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358887

I slow down.
Do I need to roll again?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358888

Let's go to the room of that mare then.
Knock on the door.

Light Heart [Warlord] 358890

I pat my mouth with a napkin
"Why, I am all ears of course."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 358891

Welp, I'll just wait by the door then until Summer comes back out

Chip(DD knight) 358892

"Commodore." I bow a bit.
"I came here to congratulate you in your new position. Also to thank you for recommending me to an apprenticeship to ms. Topaz. She is a good one I tell you."



Roll #1 5 = 5



Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 358901

"I'm busy, go away!"


I can! It just requires more time than you probably have.

He sighs. "That just shows you don't really understand the basics enough to handle Tartarian spells. Your Bethany Point doesn't become 'locked' – though it can become blocked. That's not the case with you, though. It's the means by which one necromancer can guide another through a spell."

"He hasn't yet appointed a new quartermaster, but the safe money is on Mellow Marsh, the duty officer."

"How familiar are you with the founding of Equestria, Lady Heart?"

He nods slowly. "Yes, I thought you'd take to each other. You'll do well, no doubt."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358903

"I just want to talk a bit!"

Wf+6 358904

He nods. "Come back in a few hours. We'll see how you're doing."

Skill acquired.

Wf+6 358905

"I'm busy with Summer. Leave me alone!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358906

"And where might I find a clothier or outfitter?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358907

I groan…

Let's go back to Abilio.

Wf+6 358911

"You could try Blue Topaz, or Lockermaster Jones."

He's in his room, being pestered by Felfire.

Light Heart [Warlord] 358912

"I have read and learned about it. It is something they very much enjoy talking about after all."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358914

"Look I'm asking you to touch me and that's already hard enough. I'm doing all thi-"
Fuck this.
Take a deep breath.
"I need you to guide me. Don't worry. I have another teacher, if you really don't intend to stick around.
She's been telling me about tartarus this whole time.
It would just be faster if you did it yourself."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358915

I nod.
"Thank you Doc."
I leave and track down Felfire.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358916

"Oh, great, Cloudy is busy, and now he is too."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358919

"And where might I find this Lockermaster?"

Chip(DD knight) 358920

"So whats your plan now that you are our leader?" I relax a bit.

Wf+6 358929

She's in the captain's quarters with Abilio and Emrille.

"Hold of the Seaworthy."

"Nothing new for now… we'll leave that for when we reach the sea."

"You're going to destroy yourself. I won't see Terrebonne's work wasted because of some paladin."

He shakes his head. "Indeed."

Wf+6 358930

"What do you know about the Founding Nations?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358936

Wonderful. The one ship I haven't been on yet.
"Thank you for your time."
Nodding to him, I'll head out to that third ship. Can I find the hold without asking for directions? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Light Heart [Warlord] 358937

"I assume you mean the three tribes? I know a thing or two about them too, yes."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358938

"Nothing's gonna change. I will learn of Tartarus anyway.
Now it's your chance to make sure I'm ready."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358939

Lean against a wall.
"I feel that you have been neglecting me recently."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358940

I go inside and sit down.

Wf+6 358941

"Fine. Ruin your soul, then. No doubt you'll find yourself twisted into some bargain with Belial or Haagenti and have your soul shredded, and put Terrebonne through more grief."

"Not the time, Emrille."

"Indeed. Tell me, what do you know about the Unicorn tribe?"

You stumble around and eventually find it.

The Lockermaster slides back a viewing port. "What do you want?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358945

"I'd was told you dealt in clothing and materials, amongst other things. I needed to outfit myself and my companion to fulfill a small favor to the new commodore."

Chip(DD knight) 358947

"I see, more time to relax before the next storm comes."

"Say, how come Topaz ended up here? Just kind of odd really."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358948

"Yeah, that's what you always say! Is this how you treat your mares, huh?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358950

I think for a moment
"The unicorn 'tribe' was ruled by the Unicorn king and represented by his daughter, princess Platinum. If I recall correctly, they shared power with one another. They were of course the prime magic users back then, said to be responsible for maintaining the day and night cycles."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358951

Magenta, tell me how you managed to avoid their tricks.

"I can prove to you I'm good enough not to fall for their schemes!"

"Shut up for a moment!"
Nod at him.

Wf+6 358956

"Indeed. And there was a Unification under usurpers. The Alicorn sisters. Now everyone sees that one of them was a traitor, but they still praise the other. Given that the military dictatorship of Pegisolopis has dissolved and the republic of Earth no longer holds elections, there is only one successor to the throne of Equestria. The Platinum line. We intend to see ponies ruling ponies once again, rather than so-called 'gods'."

"She was a fixture of the fleet since before I arrived. I hardly know."

"No, it's how I treat a schoolfilly that doesn't know her place."

With that, you find yourself rolling out of your coat and gun and into the wall, too small for them.

I only dealt with Azazel, and he doesn't play tricks. He just wants a bargain.

"Oh? And how is that?"

"And do you have anything for trade? You don't look like the sort that has… money."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358957

"I am the sort who has the forethought to strip a hydra of a few scales, though. Certainly they can fetch a decent price."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358960

Stomp my hooves.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358961

I look at Emrille.
"So that how that happen."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358963

I roll my eyes.
"Yes, he does that all the time when he runs out of arguments…"

Wf+6 358965

"Just baubles. Well, I'll see if I have any bargain options."

"There is a growing sense of certainty that I can."

Light Heart [Warlord] 358966

I smile slightly
"I am pleased to hear so. Celestia is indeed a blight upon ponykind."

Felfire [Necromancer] 358967

"Because I've grown.
And I have friends now who can help me. Who have helped me already.
So ask away, test me all you like. I can show you I'm ready!"

Help me with this.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358970

"I could shoot you!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358971

"May we enter, then, or am I to tell the commodore that the Lockermaster did not wish to deal with me face to face so I may perform his task?"

Chip(DD knight) 358976

"Oh… so she's ancient then."
"If there is nothing to do for now then I will take my leave. Just tell me what needed done." I bow to the Commodore.

Go around to find something to do. Preferrably finding those who are missing like Felfire, seekkill or LightHeart.

Wf+6 358981

"Good. Then you should have no issue with what's on the agenda."

The Baron speaks up next, "Our host, Landgrave, has taken his title as a name to protect himself. You see, in truth, his real name is… King Perfect Platinum LXII."

He laughs. "Tell him. I doubt he'd be surprised. Besides… you don't want to see my stock."

"I'll put you in time out. You wouldn't like that, trust me. Get ready for class and read your book."

"Fine. Meet me on the main deck. You get one chance. One. The only reason I have the patience to deal with the schoolfilly is that she has true raw potential."

Tela [Spellsword] 358983

"Hey you there! Big guy!"

Chip(DD knight) 358986

I turn my head.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 358987

Throw the book at him.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Felfire [Necromancer] 358989

Inhale and exhale sharply.
"I will be there."
Then, glare daggers at the door.
It's all Tasia's fault, I know it!
Leave and go sit on the main deck.
I will wait for him here all day.

So, what do I have to know to get this right?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 358990

I'll raise an eyebrow at him.
"Why does that give me the feeling I just need to see it even more?"
Shaking my head, I'll continue.
"No matter at the moment, though. I need some nice town clothes for miss Mera, and perhaps a decent cloak or covering for myself."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 358992

I follow Felfire out.

"What happening. Ready for hunt tonight?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 358993

I cock an eyebrow in surprise
"Indeed? My my… I must say I did not expect to hear that. I am honored to be in the presence of a member of such a legendary dynasty."

Tela [Spellsword] 358996

"You look like you can handle yourself in battle, no?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 358998

Keep looking straight ahead.
"Depends on what Abilio says."

Chip(DD knight) 359001

"Most of those who are on this ship can definitely handle themselves."
"You're new here right?" I fold my arms.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359002

I nod and walk over to Tela.

"Who you?"

Wf+6 359004

It makes contact with the side of his head, rather painfully, and he groans. "Timeout it is."

He uses telekinesis to jerk Summer's old collar off his desk and around your neck.

"Go wait in the brig like a good little filly. I'll collect you later."

DC6 to resist compulsion.

"Cloak? I can do a cloak. In fact… For this town, I have a habit. Will that work?"

"Indeed. We now control lower offices all across Equestria. Counties, towns, cities under direct vassalage. What need is there for dukes when they are so close to the throne, and so distant from their levies and homes?"

I don't know… Maybe heeeeeee'll ask you to draw a summoning circle? Why would heeeeee want you to go outdoors? Fight a Tartarian? Maybe… Will he make a gate and throw you inside? Just a teeeeeeeeeest? Maybe he wants to humiliate you in front of the creeeeeeeeeeew to get you to stop.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359007

I'm not going to be enslaved! I'm a free and independent mare!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Felfire [Necromancer] 359008

Like I care.
If I have to darw a circle can you guide me?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359009

"I'm heading into the Basilica, so that might be best.

Tela [Spellsword] 359010

"Yeah right, if you're hiring people like Emrille then you're lucky to have me aboard to cover your sorry asses."

"Name's Tela. I'm a merc. Or bounty hunter. You can even call me a soldier of fortune if you're feeling dramatic."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359011

"Four-tune. Lucky sol-jur?

Wf+6 359012

Seeing you resist, he tries again.

"Emrille. Wait in the hold until I pick you up."

DC6 again.

You should probably get out of earshot if you don't want to have to keep making checks.

If you lean over it, I might be able to help subtly. Otherwise the shadow will be obvious.

"Very well. Slide the scales through the opening."

Chip(DD knight) 359013

"Good to know we got someone new here then. Welcome aboard." I grin at this mare.

"You're a friend of Emrille? Whats your name?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359014

"Hm. I cannot say I disagree with that sentiment."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359015

I'll slip him two scales, leaving me with one.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359016

"No, go fuck yourself!"

Leave his office!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Felfire [Necromancer] 359017

Just tell me how to draw it. I can do it on my own.

Tela [Spellsword] 359018

I snort
"More like a soldier who finds her own luck. With sword and spells in her hooves."

"Didn't I just tell your friend here? I'm Tela. How about you, big guy?"

Chip(DD knight) 359019

"Tela eh? Nice meeting ya, I'm Chip. One of the two repair crew remaining on these ships. As you can see, I keep the ships in good order first before fighting, thats why mercs like you are a welcome sight in these parts."

Tasia [Paladin] 359020

I still have my gun right?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359021


Tela [Spellsword] 359022

"You're lucky, I was about to leave this hellhole of a city when one of your mates picked me up. What a waste of opportunity that would've been for you bunch."

"They tell me what to do and I get payed for it, so I guess you could say so."

Wf+6 359023

You successfully resist again and flee Landgrave. Somehow you just know this is all Tasia's fault.

If it's not drawn perfectly, it won't work. Or worse, it will work, and won't bind them.


Tasia [Paladin] 359025

try and crawl somewhere I won't be seen

while trying to not be seen '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359026

I nod and and lie down, sunning myself.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359027

Raise her as a shadow.
Show me.

Wf+6 359029

He shoves a habit out through the hole.

He nods. "We are very close now. All we need is documentation. We have most of it. Some of it was stolen, though: we need to recover it in this city."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359030

That fucking bitch…

What now? I can't run around with this collar as a filly!

Light Heart [Warlord] 359032

"I see… I imagine it is heavily guarded."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359034

Cloudy! That's it! She'll tell Abilio to fuck off and remove it!

Go there!

Chip(DD knight) 359035

"To tell the truth I wonder what we would do without you on board. Perhaps drink rum all day." I grin.

Wf+6 359037

You can't muster the courage to leave the hold. Fortunately no one is looking for you here. Not that they'd want to see your ugly face.

I need something to work with. Do you have charcoal or chalk?

"Indeed. We have the pirate crew working on that. They are quite useful."

Her door is still closed. Spring Water is sitting outside, waiting alone.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359038

"And miss Mera's?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359039

"I see… what exactly do the pirates gain from helping our rightful King back onto the throne?"

Tasia [Paladin] 359040

that… that's good right? I don't need that kind of attention after all.


come on

I need to not feel this bad

I mean we're out of tartarus!

we'd still be there if I didn't take this burden

right? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359041

I look up at her.
"Oh… hey."

Wf+6 359042

"More scales?"

Landgrave speaks. "I had an arrangement with the previous commodore. It apparently holds true with the current one. At least for now."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359043

Not here. Let's go to Terrebonne's.

Go there and get some chalk or coal or something.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359044


"Miss Cloudy Skies, you're… leaving?"
I give her a saddened look.

Wf+6 359045

Well, at least you have the slight comfort that by accepting your rightful Guilty punishment, you are doing the world a favor by letting it treat you that way you deserve.

Tela [Spellsword] 359046

"Probably. Not like you pirates have anything else to live for."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359048

"I had thought one each would be enough."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359051

"I see. It is very unfortunate that the commodore passed away. He was a very reasonable businessbull."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359053

I look down at her

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359056

I nod.
"Yeah… he put me on a timeout as well… actually, he told me to go to the brig but I flipped him off to fuck himself and got away."

Chip(DD knight) 359058

"Yup, we live the day one rum at a time."
"Say you drink?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359059

I cock my head
"You're wearing a collar, Emrille…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359060

"Live for living."

Tasia [Paladin] 359061




I'll make it better!

I'll change the way ponies feel!

I'll take this burden away!

I know I will! '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359062

"I told you, he 'put me on timeout' after I threw a book at him. Put this on me and tried to send me there. Didn't really work out for him."

Tela [Spellsword] 359063

I snort
"Of course I do!"

"Too right."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359066

"I didn't know 'timeout' meant enslavement…"
I sigh
"Well, you better go fix yourself up then. Or do you need a note again?"

Wf+6 359067

"I had planned on it. A pirate ship is no place to raise a foal…"

She gives you a weak smile. "You've grown up so fast, haven't you? You're already a young mare…"

"Oh, fine. You're going to try to sell me seaweed or something next, just get out of here."

He pushes another habit through and closes the port.

"Indeed. Well, we've had amicable dealings with Smitts in the past. I am certain we will come to an understanding. Incidentally, you may or may not realize that Smitts has a certain talent for finding information. We've learned that he can't seem to pierce my dimensional door, so discussion here should be safe."

Nope. Might as well kill yourself. You're rotten to the core.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359068

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359069

I shake my head.
"I just ran away, I wanted to maybe convince his mare to change his mind about this…"
Tug on the collar.

Wf+6 359070

You find some inkwells in Terrebonne's rooom, and Magenta starts sketching some designs with a quill.

Chip(DD knight) 359072

"Good, how about we two or three if our friend likes to come and take some drinks together?"

Tasia [Paladin] 359074

I- I'm not! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359075

"Well, miss Mera, it seems we have our townclothes, in the barest sense of the word."
I'll slip one on, and ask if Mera needs any help with her, or if she can manage it.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359076

Say, what is it like, feeling the power of tartarus running through you?

Light Heart [Warlord] 359077

"I have attempted to find out where he gets his information, yes. I myself spend quite some time in the information business, you see. Unfortunately, no success so far. I am pleased to hear he is unable to listen in on us here however. So… what happens once we've acquired the necessary documents?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359080

"What fun about drinking?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359081

"Well Summer is inside already and… Cloudy doesn't seem fond of other ponies. Even I am not allowed in…"
I look a bit cross at this

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359084

I sit down on my flanks.
"That's just great… I wonder if he will try and spank me again. I am so going to shoot him if e does."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359085

"No, I-… it really isn't…"
I sniffle and run over to hug her.
"I- you can't leave! Not now! I- It's… I don't want me and my momma to be all alone here…"

Tela [Spellsword] 359087

"Sure, why not. Not like I've got anything to do right now."

"Forgetting stuff. Feeling happy. And the taste too of course."

Wf+6 359088

A joke. In a good way!

"We prepare correspondence and sail for Central Dock. Ideally Celestia will back down without a fight, but I doubt it. She is a tyrant usurper, after all."

She gives you a hesitant hug, careful about her sight. "What do you want an old pirate's company for?"

Wf+6 359089

It would seem she can manage… but she puts it on upside down.


Spring Water [Charlatan] 359090

I nod quietly

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359094

I look away from her in silence and fiddle around with the collar.
No way to get it off?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Felfire [Necromancer] 359095

O…kay? As in, nothing changes?

Once she's done, start taking a look at her designs.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359098

I laugh.
"Water not do that."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359099

"Because you're… you're nice, miss Cloudy Skies. Even my momma would say so."
I perk. My head up at the thought.
"Um… do you think I could let my momma meet you?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359100

"From what I hear, she is quite the mage, yes. And she has gathered a large following of zealots too. I very much doubt she would do anything less than fight until the death."

Bernard [M Donkey Mechanic] 359101

I can't help but chuckle.
"It's upside-down, miss Mera."

Chip(DD knight) 359102

"Then thats settled, let me get some stuff below deck."

"Drinking is… drinking. A good way to know each other and more."

Finding some hard liquor on the ship

Roll #1 1 = 1

Tela [Spellsword] 359103

"Not water. Alcohol. Booze, you know?"

"Yeah yeah, knock yourself out."

Wf+6 359105

Just the thought of trying to remove it gives you a headache. You crumple over next to Spring and give an involuntary whimper.

You think you have the jist of them…

"I don't think… I'd be comfortable. Abilio told me about her… and I don't think she'd like me…"

"Huh? Oh… well, I've never seen one before! Could you… help me?"

The hardest. You test it to see if it's any good, and you immediately collapse against the wall, using it for support. Your vision immediately start to spin.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359106

"Seekkill heard alcoholbooze before."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359108

Bounce ideas back with Magenta.
Am I doing this right?
Sketch one from the ground up.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 359109

"Yes. A shame, that. Fortunately, Autumnsreach is days of flight away from Canterlot. We just need to get done here without raising the alarm."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359110

Clutch my head.
"Oww, shit…."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359111

And I'll try not to make this too awkward. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 359112

It looks pretty solid…

It's not perfect, but it's probably enough to impress him…

Chip(DD knight) 359113

Drink some water and clear my goddamn head. Cant get up there in this condition.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359115

"Emrille? What's wrong? Did you try to remove it?"

I sigh
"You did, didn't you?"

Wf+6 359116

You are a very plutonic pony, following your tradition.

You think you drink some water, but you realize your flask is full of more booze.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359117

Are you sure nothing is wrong with it?
Start making my way back to the deck and see if Abilio is already there.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359119

Look up at her, still holding my head.
"I didn't know it would give me a headache… it didn't even work with the commands…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359120

"She would though! I'm sure of it!"
I hug her a bit tighter.
"I've already told her how nice you are… and she wants to meet you! She's thankful too for the poison joke. Please?…"

Tela [Spellsword] 359121

"You never tried it? Where the hell are you from?"

Tasia [Paladin] 359122

try to go to sleep



Roll #1 1 = 1

Chip(DD knight) 359124

"UUUUGGHH!" Lie down and just let sleep take me.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359125

I roll my eyes with a slight smile
"Now you know what it's like. Fun, isn't it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359127

"There! Perfect. Though I believe a nice seafoam would have been a better color for you."
After making certain I had the seedbag, I'll try and hunt down the two unicorns, Summer and Spring. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359128

"Yeah, sure, if you are into headaches, but I'm sure aren't…"
I sigh.
"And to know you've gone throught this…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359129


Wf+6 359130

No, your lines are kinda wavy, so it's definitely not perfect. But it'll have to do.

Abilio is waiting there on the deck.

"This is a three part test. First, which Tartarian Overlord will you be contacting?"

"But Abilio said she hates all of us…"

And sleep, you do. Sweet dreams. Dreams of Nurturing Heart.

Sleep doesn't take you, though. It would seem that even sleep rejects you, and you stew in your misery. You feel your very soul ripping.

You see the collared Spring outside Cloudy's room comforting a little collared filly. You think it's Summer at first, then realize she has wings instead of a horn.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359131

"That's why I hate it so much. It's a horrifying thing."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359132

"I tried to get them to remove them from you! I really did! Now I want it even more…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359133

"I will call on Azazel."

If I don't know something, help me out.

Tasia [Paladin] 359134

clutch my chest and quietly sob

"Mom and dad I'm sorry. I wasted my chance at making you proud of me. I wish I didn't waste your time.."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359135

"I see… well then, I am pleased to hear so. I very much look forward to seeing this entire business settled."

Chip(DD knight) 359137

Well damn thats a good dream.
OOC: I have no idea what to do on deck nor am I that connected or even friendly to the other party members so I am lost here. Sorry.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359139

"Where Chip gone?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359140

"I know you did. And I know you still do."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359142

"She… she doesn't like some of the pirates. Because… well, you know why. But she still likes some! I know she'll like you! You've helped me out miss Cloudy Skies, and you've never been mean to me and… I know she'll like you!"
I hug her again.
"And… I want her to meet you before you… go."
I sniffle.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359143

"What chicanery is this? Miss Emrille, I take it you had another disagreement with the wizard?"

Tela [Spellsword] 359146

"Island? Just Island? No name? That's real goddamn mysterious if you ask me."

I shrug
"Who knows? Not like I'm in a hurry."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359147

"…threw a book at him."

"This really sucks…"
Look up at her again.
"I'm sorry for the shit I caused you… If I knew it was like this…"


"Island. Home"
I shrug.

I try to track down Chip.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359151

I sigh and pat her head
"I know. And I can't get mad at you when you're like… this."


I follow him to try and find him as well

Roll #1 2 = 2

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359154

I chuckle.
"Want me to find a bigger collar for myself?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359155

"You can have mine once you convince Abilio…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359160

"Yeah, that isn't really working out."
I sigh.
"I'm telling him to stay and teach me, but I can't. I'm just a student without anything against a future with a mare for him. Unless Felfire's plan works, I think we can say goodbye to him."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359162

"Well, I see that put him in the mood to collar you."
I'll frown.
"We'll have to ask him to take that off."
Turning to Spring, I'll speak again.
"Miss Spring, I was heading into town, to investigate the basilica. I was wondering if you and miss Seas would like to join me for the short trip?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359163

"Well… crap."

"I don't know… I guess we could."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359164

I wave my hoof and look away.
"Yeah, yeah, you go ahead and do that. I'll be around here, trying to figure out how to get this off without my head splitting in two."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359165

I'll nod to Spring.
"Perhaps I could try? It can't be attuned just to him, can it?"
And I'll try to remove the collar. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359167

I facehoof

Wf+6 359168

I'll try.

"Very well then. Now draw a summoning circle with his symbol."

+2 to draw.

You get the feeling they'd be angry at you.

"Indeed. Being so close to her zealots is sickening."

A butler pony comes to take your dish as you finish.

I thought you were hitting it off with Seekkill and Tela.

She sighs. "She doesn't like my husband-to-be. She won't like me."

Remember how you got flung against the wall the first time you tried?

That happens again. But now you bounce off the ceiling, too. Ouch.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359170


Take out the ink and draw.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359172

"…that wasn't a very good idea. At least it hurt you more than me."

Tasia [Paladin] 359173

I know they would

do I remember how much longer this lasts? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359176

"Not even gonna give her a chance?…"
I fold my ears down and let out a sniffle.
"She… she kind of likes mister Abilio too you know… he's also nice."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359177

I'll rub the back of my neck as I climb back to my hooves.
"Foul things. But I suppose that answers that…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359178

I nod my head in approval as my dish is taken away
"I believe that will be all for me then. I should get back to my regular business."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359180

I sigh
"Are you hurt?"

Bernard [Male Donkey Mechanic] 359184

"None worse than when the same thing happened when I tried to remove it from your daughter."
Shaking my head a bit, I'll speak.
"I assume she's inside with miss Skies?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359185

I look between the two of them, but stay silent.

Wf+6 359187

Fortunately it's easy to find a sleeping target. He's passed out in the hold near some hard liquor.

Yes… just have to put up with it for two more days.

Oh, who are you kidding? You'll fail.

"Good, good. Tomorrow, then."

The stress gets to you, and you accidentally draw the symbol of Belial. You also forget to draw closed circuits, and there is no binding present. Terrible miasma spews forth as a Greater Tartarian rises from the smoke and outstretches a terrible claw. A bolt of lightning hits you square in the chest, and you collapse.

As you begin to black out, you think you hear Abilio yelling something and lights fly back and forth as ponies yell and run to and fro…

Roll to maintain consciousness.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359188

"Yes, she is. I'm not allowed to enter because apparently I'm not to be trusted."

Wf+6 359189

"Maybe I could give her a chance…"


Yeah fuck this.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Light Heart [Warlord] 359191

I bow my head slightly and take my leave.
Once I'm out, I round up both Rosemary and Wark and find Emrille.

Tasia [Paladin] 359192


is there any way to direct all this negativity into something i can use?

i can't

i need something to turn this

to make it better

otherwise i'll


Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359193

"Well fuck."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359194

"Lazy dog."
I jab him in the gut with a claw.

Wf+6 359195

Still in shock, you can't make out what's being yelled. You sort of stare blankly from your vantage, collapsed on the ground, as Abilio summons Tartarians of his own, and finally seals the beast you summoned back into the circle and dismisses it.

He trots over to you and gently shoves your non-reactive form with a hoof.

"Still alive?"

They join you right away. You find Emrille outside the navigator's cabin, being comforted by Spring and Curry.

Nope. How could a fuckup like you do something clever like that?

Bernard [Male Donkey Mechanic] 359196

"Well, it is a pirate ship. They don't really trust anyone."
I'll think for a moment.
"I suppose I can wait for the moment until miss Seas leaves. Oh! By the way, may I reintroduce you both to miss Mera."

Tela [Spellsword] 359197

"Another lightweight? And here I thought you pirates were supposed to be able to hold their liquor."
I softly kick a hoof against his foot

Felfire [Necromancer] 359198

"Wish I wasn't…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359199


Light Heart [Warlord] 359200

"Miss Emrille. I see you angered mister Abilio once again."

I nod at him
"Mister Curry. Good day."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359201

"It was his fault for ignoring me!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359202

I wave a hoof at her.

I nod back at her
"Miss Heart."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359203

"You would? Oh thank you!"
I give her another quick hug.
"Um… do you want me to be here to when she comes in, or do you want me to wait outside?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359204

I chuckle
"I am sure it was. Have you managed to convince him yet?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359205

"Plan A was talking. It turned me into a filly.
Plan B was throwing a book at him. It was a pretty solid hit, but it got me collared."

Chip(DD knight) 359206

Try to wake up.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359207

"Good day, miss Heart."
Oddly nonchalant for seeing a seapony with legs, aren't they…

Light Heart [Warlord] 359208

"How unfortunate. Perhaps I could try and sway him otherwise. I myself have good news however… miss Alys has passed away and as such, Landgrave has decided to grant me a seat in his inner circle. Aside from that, Commodore Smitts has decided to assign me to the officer corps."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359209

"Does this mean miss Spring and Seas can lobby to have their collars removed to a bit more… accommodating ears?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359210

I look up at her with wide eyes.
"..Does that mean… you have power and everything now? Can you convince them to get the collars removed?"

Tasia [Paladin] 359211


Light Heart [Warlord] 359213

"Nothing has been made official yet, I'm afraid. For now, I cannot comment on anything. Thanks to our agreement however, I will try my very best to help those who have helped me. One way or the other."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359215

"I suppose that's the most that can be asked, then."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359218

"Any 'when-s' you could say?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359226

I shrug
"That depends on commodore Smitts."

"Indeed. Do not worry, mister Curry, I am a very reasonable mare. I do not ask for much and can give much in return to those who show their goodwill."

Wf+6 359228

She puts a hoof to her face. "Maybe you should wait outside in case she gets mad. Abilio says she gets mad a lot."

You have a nightmare in which you're the trap and Nurturing Heart is your dom. You languish around in bed all day and he comes to fuck you every once in a while.

He sighs. "Well, if anything, now you need training. Where did you learn those sigils and circle?"

How true. You never did a thing that didn't deserve this. That is to say, you always did things that deserved this.

Wf+6 359229

Mera returns the wave.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359230

"You… changed?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359231

"If you say so…"
I groan.
"I hate waiting…"

Tasia [Paladin] 359232

"That.. I"

Roll #1 3 = 3

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359233

"Okay… I'll go get her then!"
I walk over to the door and open it, waving for Spring.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359234

I jab him again.
"Why dog smiling?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359235

Sigh and pick myself up.
"I told you. A goat did it."
Raise Magenta.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359236

"I assure you that your continued loyalty will be worth it, miss Emrille."

I cock my head slightly
"Indeed she has. How peculiar."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359237

My ears perk up
"Did you finish your talk, sweetie?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359238

"Wait… that's the seapony?"

"I hear that a lot, y'know."

Tasia [Paladin] 359239

"It's true.. It's all true. I'll just…"


Roll #1 1 = 1

Wf+6 359240

Mera, now resembling an earth pony, smiles at you. "Hello."

"One of your shadow friends from your studies with Terrebonne. I see. Well, your recklessness has only become more obvious now."

Chip(DD knight) 359241

"Nnn.. nnno.. not the back!"
"Ah yes thats the spot.. no must resist!"

Wake up.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359242

"Yeah… she wants to meet you!"
I walk outside and pull Spring over to the door.
"But she wants me to wait out here… she's scared you won't like her."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359243

"It's a small ability of miss Mera's. And, thanks to her pendant, she should be able to talk with you, if she wishes."
"Indeed it is. Quite fetching, isn't she?"

Tela [Spellsword] 359244

"Seems like he's grimacing to me."
I kick him softly again

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359245

Eye her up.
How does she look?

Felfire [Necromancer] 359246

"Hey, if I can't trust my shadows, I can trust nopony. Terre told me that!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359247

"Oh… okay then? Stay with miss Light Heart and mister Curry okay?"
Go in and look around

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359248

"Is that… is that you miss Mera?"
I give her a look of confusion and disbelief.
"Why do you… why do you have legs?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359249

I look her over
"Very intriguing. How intelligent is she?"

Wf+6 359250

You're like John Lennon's guitar. You slowly weep.

You wake up.

"Where did that get you?"

The only light in the room comes from the door.

"Summer wants me to meet you for some reason I can't fathom."

She smiles. "Luna gave me that pendant so I could meet the next Lunar priestess. So I had to be able to talk to her and walk around!"

She whispers to you, "And that's you, isn't it?"

Wf+6 359251

She's a very athletic pony. Her mane is full of stars. Er… starfish.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359252

"Quite. She likely knows more than I do about certain things."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359253

"Yeah… she seemed really insistent on that."
How does she look? Are her eyes covered up?

Chip(DD knight) 359254

"Wha? Hey stop that!" I brush Tela aside.

"Ughh.. what happened?"

Wf+6 359255

Her eyes aren't covered, but are closed. She's a very, very pretty pony, but her fixings from the night of the Stonebriar raid have faded, and her mane is now mussed up again something fierce.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359256

"Huh… can you change your forms then or what?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359257

"So that's what the pendant does…"
I tense up slightly as she whispers to me.
"Um… yes, that is me. How did you know?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359258

"Aside from this? It gave me a friend to talk with at night. It allowed me to talk with the stallion I love whenever I want. It makes me feel safe…
They have never betrayed me. Not once. Never lied or tried to trick me!"

Tela [Spellsword] 359259

I jump away
"Either you're clumsy or you're a real goddamn lightweight."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359260

"Lazy dog went sleep instead find al-co-hall."

Tony [Trickster] 359261

I'm here.
I guess I'm still talking to the bunny or where am I?

Light Heart [Warlord] 359262

"Hm, very interesting. I would very much like to converse with her sometime."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359263

I rub the back of my head awkwardly
"You're the navigator of this ship… fleet…?"

Wf+6 359264

"I could tell. You went into a trance when you took my pendant back in the Sanctum."

"With the help of this!" She indicates the Lunar pendant.

"It doesn't matter if they're trustworthy if that's stupid trustworthiness. I don't think Chip would lie to me if his life was on the line, but I also don't think Chip would ever provide wise council either."

That seems like a wise place to pick up.

The bunny kicks you in the head again.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359265

I nod.
"So.. is like, Luna into transformations and shit?"

Tasia [Paladin] 359266

have I stopped weeping? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Chip(DD knight) 359267

"Ughh… yes, looks like they got some new drinks down here. Quite strong and it caught me by surprise."

"My head hurts and I fell asleep, I'm sorry for the delay."

Get a barrel of the good stuff and bring it below deck.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359268

"Hey this was a fiasco, okay, but it was my fault! Magenta tried to teach me all she could! I got caught up after doing some sketches and just fuked that symbol!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359269

"Interesting… that trinket holds that much power?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359270

"As the moon changes shape in different phases, so could She. Illusionists, though they never admit it, are some of her most respected followers."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359271

I follow you.

Tela [Spellsword] 359272

"That so huh? We'll see…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359273

"First there was that altar, now this pendant too…"

Tony [Trickster] 359274

"Okay, okay."
I get up and look at the bunny.
"What do you want?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359276

"It was no figure of speech when I say She transformed into the darkness when jealousy overcame her. But such changes were, long ago, used for the benefit of others."

Wf+6 359277

Nope. You run your hoof along the marking on your cheek and get it covered in tears.

"I seem to remember somepony telling you that this would happen if you tried to rush things."

It smirks at you and gives you a cartoonish look as it rolls its eyes.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359278

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359280

"Oh… it was that obvious?"
I gulp, but gradually relax as I try to change the topic.
"So… Mera, how do like walking on land?"

"They are? Do you think I could learn illusionist magic, mister Curry?"

Wf+6 359282

"I am."

She also seems kind of awkwardly unsure of what to say.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359284

I glance at my collar, then at Summer.
"…Anyway, I should get going now."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359285

"One day, perhaps. Assuming we have the proper materials for you to learn from."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359286

Straighten myself, sit on my aunches.
"And I remember that same pony giving me no other choice. I needed to impress you, Abilio."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359289

I nod
"So… uh… thank you for gifting my daughter that poison joke. She really seems fond of you…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359291

"If you're headed back to speak with that wizard, perhaps we could go with you? I've not yet met him, so I thought I could talk with him."

Chip(DD knight) 359292

Arrange a table and set down some cup for the small gathering

"Truth be told, you are a strange gryphon Seek. Say where are you yesterday? I have'nt seen you on deck all day long."
I then hand him a drink.

"And here's a welcome drink for you Tela. May your stay be a prosperous one."
Hand her a drink.
"You're friends of Emrille you said?"

I then take my drink and gulp down.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359294

"Proper materials?"

"Huh? OH! Is that you miss Emrille? Did mister Abilio-… why do you have a collar on?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359295

I shake my head.
"Don't think that's a good idea."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359296

I frown.
"Because I threw a book at him."

Wf+6 359298

"Do you think this is impressive, Felfire?"

"Well, she did help me get the courage to meet with Abilio… and now we're going to be married."

You took that much better than last time.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359299

"As you like, then. But do try to keep your temper, as throwing more books might force him to turn you back into a baby."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359300

"Hardly. But I can learn. I can master the tartarian realm if you will guide me!"


I follow his example and gulp my drink down.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tela [Spellsword] 359302

"Ah… I guess we were partners at one point. A few years back we did some jobs together. I taught her a thing or two about merc work and how to keep your ass alive in this world. Eventually we split ways. Not much to it, but I'm kinda glad to see her ugly mug again."
Take a swig

Tasia [Paladin] 359304

I'd probably feel thirsty or hungry

any chance I can sneak some food? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359305

"He won't get books next time, don't worry."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359306

"…why'd you throw a book at him?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359307

I nod, then realizing she can't see that and quickly speaking up instead
"Uh… yes! She did tell me all about that. Congratulations."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359308

"No bullets either."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359310

"Because he wants to leave the fleet and he was ignoring me! And because he talked to me like I'm a schoolfilly again! He told me to get my book out, so I did, right in his face!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359313

I roll my eyes.
"Fine, fine, I won't shoot him."

Wf+6 359314

You're a natural champ. Looks like all those fermented berries you've eaten over the years were good training.

"I don't have the time to train you to master the realm, but perhaps enough to help you to live with your condition…"

You try to sneak into the kitchen, but the cook finds you and kicks you around for '1d10' damage, capped at 9.

"Yes… We'll be retiring when the fleet reaches Reptil."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Light Heart [Warlord] 359315

"Miss Emrille please, do try not to villanize yourself too much."

I chuckle and pick her up, holding her in the air
"You are quite adorable though. Very innocent-like even, miss Emrille."

Wf+6 359316


You are knocked silly until you're helpless.

Tasia [Paladin] 359317


"I- I'm Sorry! Please! I'm hungry!"

get up! '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359318

"Indeed. Why, if she watched her language and temper, she could probably pass as a real filly. Cute enough that someone might try and pluck her off the street and keep her."

Wf+6 359320

He keeps kicking you until you fall down a flight of stairs into the hold.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359321

"I don't want mister Abilio to leave the fleet, but I still wouldn't throw a book at him!"


"That's uh… great!"
I look around the room. Anything that might indicate what interests this mare to talk about?

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tony [Trickster] 359323

I scratch my head.
"Look, mister bunny, or whatever you are.
I suppose it's a safe bet that you're the one who maintains this shrine or at least know him.
I am a fellow follower of the Changer Of Ways,
and I merely seek guidance.
Can you help me?"
Great, now I'm talking to bunnies.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359324

"But I need to! All that's to know about Tartarus, all the techniques you perfected in generations… I need to learn them, or the thought of lost knowledgence would drive me crazy!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359325

I scrunch.
"I'm not really in the mood because of this collar, and the fact I can't keep that idiot here, okay?"

"He didn't turn you into a filly either!"

I narrow my eyes, squirm out of the Light Heart's hooves and try to fly over there to kick him in his face.

Roll #1 6 = 6


"Drink makes forget?"
I pour myself another drink then empty my glass.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Tasia [Paladin] 359328

pls get up

Tasia [Paladin] 359329


Roll #1 6 = 6

Chip(DD knight) 359330

"Learning? Uhhmmm… alright(?)"
Hand him another.

"I see, she's a crackshot here on deck though pretty hot-headed and forward I might say."
Hand her another drink.
Roll for drinkage last time and now pls.

I then take a swig on my drink.


Roll #1 6 = 6


I nod and keep drinking as well
"Yeah it does. Washing away all those worries…"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 359332

The room is dark, but it's also filled completely with charts of the seas and skies. Inkwells are lying everywhere, and it's now obvious what the black liquid she's covered in is.

He opens his cute little mouth and a heinous, booming voice echoes out from within:


"Then it will simply have to keep you up at night. I'm not going to hold off on retirement just because you're probably going to destroy your own soul."

You sneak away.

World. Champ.


Okay, you're starting to feel it now.



Roll #1 6 = 6

Tasia [Paladin] 359335

but, I'm hungry! I- I need to try again! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359337

"So… if you don't mind me asking… how do you operate exactly? It can't be easy…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359338

Well, let's see if I can't catch her, or otherwise dodge. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6


"Not working. Seekkill have no worries."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 359340

"How damn long can it take to teach me all you know? I'm a fast learner!"

Wf+6 359341

You manage to sneak away a biscuit. At least that's something.

"Telekinesis. It's not hard. I've worked this way my whole life."

Between the poor attempt to tackle and the poor attempt to catch, you just end up hugging like father and daughter.



I chuckle
"Looks like you don't. You're no lightweight, I'll give you that much."

Roll #1 4 = 4

Tasia [Paladin] 359343

very true

quietly eat it and curl up in a corner again

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359344

Let's get out the revolver and press it against his temple.
"You think you are fucking funny, huh? Want to make that joke again?!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359345

"Now, miss Emrille, you will tell me why that seems to be such a touchy issue. I can't keep blundering into it by accident if I know what it is."

Chip(DD knight) 359346

"Drink can make you lose focus and forget stuff." I smile.

I frown a bit.
"What do you worry about? Dont tell me you worry that I cant watch your back in a fight?" I smile.

Takes a drink

Roll #1 7 = 7

Tony [Trickster] 359347

I take a step back when the voice booms.
But then I take a step closer again.
'You know my name?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359348

"Seekkill light. No fat. Seekkill skin bones muscles."
I slap my sides, where you can see the ribs, for emphasis.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359349

"I was quite serious. You make quite the precocious, but cute child."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359350

"Ah… right… so you've been… like this all your life?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359351

"Miss Emrille, please. Calm yourself."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359352

I giggle from the sight, a-

And promptly shriek as she pulls out her gun.
"Miss Emrille! Stop that! Don't shoot him!"


I snort
"I'll watch my own back."

"Not what I meant…"

One last one

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 359354

It occurs to you that you are unworthy of this meal. Whatever. No point in trying to justify this guilty meal.

Skill Acquired: Gluttony

Part of the goat racial. You can now eat ANYTHING.


Retcon his earlier statement to also be full of run-on sentence.

"That's why they call me 'Lucky'."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359355

Ignore them

Press the gun harder against his temple.
"Guess what, nopony said that when I was out on the streets as a fucking kid. That clears it up? Want to joke around it a bit more?!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359356

"So… Leber's congenital amaurosis?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359357

Wf+6 359358

She shrugs. "I don't know what the doctors call it, but if that means I was born with it, yeah."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359359

I try to grab the gun away from her!

Roll #1 3 = 3

Chip(DD knight) 359360

"I see…"
I then pour her another drink and hand it.
"Not that I am forcing you but tell mem, what is it that you are worrying about?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359361

Keep it where it is!

Roll #1 2 = 2

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359362

"I did not mean to make light of your past. You have my sincerest apology."
I'll set Emrille down.
"But I'm saying it now. The fact no one has before now is their fault, not yours."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359363

I push my glass to the side and watch them talk.

Wf+6 359364

Summer clumsily jerks away her little enchanted pistol with telekinesis.

With no weapon, Emrille is effectively as vulnerable as any other filly. Doubly so since crewmembers can order her around.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359365

"Give that back right now!"

Point my hoof at him accusively.
"This is your final fucking warning! This is the second time you pull this shit on me! Third time's the charm, next time I won't give you a chance!"

Tony [Trickster] 359366

"Wise Bunny,
please share your knowledge with me.
What does the Changer desire of me?
How can I prove I haven't forgotten His Ways?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359367

I shake my head with a smile and pick her up.
Rosemary can pick up the pistol with her telekinesis
"Miss Emrille, we must talk. In private."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359368

"Now that I know what the exact issue is, miss Emrille, I will not blunder into it."
I'll sigh a little.
"And I apologize for all who did not see your value."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359369

"Not until you calm down!"
I keep the pistol with me.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359370

"That is probably it… it's quite rare… not much in terms of treatment…"
I shake my head
"I have to wonder how you ended up here though."

Wf+6 359371


She shrugs. "I was talented so they hired me. Later I found out they were pirates. Decided I didn't care."

She is compelled to obey.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359372

"Like that changes anything!"

"No, give it back…"

I nod to her.
"Okay. Lead the way."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359374

What, do I just have not to say that?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359375

"It doesn't, miss Emrille, but there's always a chance in the future."


not wanting to turn down a drink, I take another swig, getting really tipsy now
"My worries are my own, jackass."

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 359378

"Perhaps your entire life. My knowledge is comprehensive."

That one hit you really hard.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359380

"Oh… how long was that ago?"

Wf+6 359382

"Many years, now."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359384

I lead her away, off of the ships and onto land, far away from any prying eyes and ears.
"Miss Emrille. Have you calmed yourself enough?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359385


Roll #1 2 = 2

Tasia [Paladin] 359386

can I calm myself long enough to think rationally? '1d10-2'

Roll #1 5 - 2 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359387

Take a few deep breaths with a shaky voice.
"That fucker…he… he was joking with…"

Tony [Trickster] 359388

I bow my head.
"Borders Skewed.
I shall find him and this gas mask.
Will he part with it peacefully or will more subtle methods required?"

Chip(DD knight) 359389

"Alright alright, I'm not going to push a cute mare like you from revealing her secrets." I then pour myself and drink.

"I take it that Emrille hired you onboard this ship.

I frown seeing the cup not being handled properly.
"That wont drink itself Seek."
"Besides you really need to eat more often." I point at his ribs showing.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359390

I sigh
"Well… at least you're not malevolent. I'm guessing not many of the pirates bother you?"

Chip(DD knight) 359391

Also hand Tela another drink.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359392

"Drink not work and Seekkill not thirsty. Getting food tonight."

Wf+6 359393


"No… I stay in my room. The Commodore used to protect me. Now I don't know… at least I have Abilio. I'll be safe when I retire."

Looks like not.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359394

"Miss Rosemary, please provide miss Emrille with a warm hug."

Wf+6 359399

She nods and gives Emrille a loving embrace. She's an expert nurse so she does this for kids all the time.


Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Wf+6 359401

But apparently that skill doesn't translate to adults turned into fillies.

Tony [Trickster] 359402

"Very well.
I will return here with this gas mask,
whatever it takes."

I get up and leave for the ships and look for Borders Skewed.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359404

I push her away.
"I don't need your hugs and pity…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359405

Sit with a defeated gaze.
"Fine. When do we start?"

Tela [Spellsword] 359407

"No she didn't. This guy Tony did. Diamond dog like you. And if you call me cute again I'm going to start punching, got it?"

I push it away
"Hey, I've still got a job to do. I'm not going to get wasted on a goddamn pirateship."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359408

I guess I'll just sit in the hall with Summer and Mera, then.
"So, miss Seas… miss Mera and I were planning on heading out to look around the basilica a little later. Would you like to join us?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359409

"Ah… so that's also why you're leaving…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359410

"Again, miss Rosemary."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359412

"Seekkill thought lucky mare wanted forget?"

Wf+6 359413

"Tomorrow morning, bright and early. Don't be late, or you'll get the schoolfilly treatment like Emrille."

Like Rosemary's going to disobey. Psh. Hug through the protests! '1d10+2'

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

Light Heart [Warlord] 359415


Emrille [Gunslinger] 359416

Push her away again and take a step back.

"No, I don't fucking need it!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359417

Grin my teeth and look away.
"I'd rather avoid that, if possible. I won't be late."

Then, go find Emrille.

Wf+6 359419

She whispers in your ear, "M-maybe if she got a hug from someone she wanted it from, like Miss Water?"

"Part of it. And I'm sure you realize this is no place to raise a foal…"

Wf+6 359422

Looks like she's meeting with Rosemary and Spring Water.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359424

Have one of my shadows poke her.
"I failed. He's gonna teach me a few things and then leave."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359425

"…you've got to be fucking kidding."

Tela [Spellsword] 359428

"Doesn't everypony? But getting drunk on a ship like this is bad for business. Can't trust pirates."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359429

"Wish I were. I'm out of ideas."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359430

"Are you going to go and convince her, miss Rosemary?"

I shrug
"Very well then. Though there is still something I would like to talk to you about in private."

Chip(DD knight) 359431

"I do get punched in the face a few times by being honest, the anomalies of life." I sigh.
I then retrieve her cup back and throw the contents in the sea.

"Uhhrrmm.. I myself am starve" I nod

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359432

I perk up from looking at the gun I took from Emrille disdainfully.
"Huh? Look around the what?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359433

I sit down on my haunches.
"Fuck… it's hopeless then…"

Look up at her.
"Just say it, you know you can cut the crap with me."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359434

"Yeah… you're telling me…"
I sigh

Wf+6 359435

"I can try…"

She disappears and returns to the door.

"Um… Miss Water? Can I ask you something? It's Rosemary…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359436

"What drunk?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359438

"She's talking with miss Skies, miss Rosemary. I don't know if she's to be disturbed."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359439

I look him up and down.
"Dog hunt?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359441

"Rosemary? What-? Is it urgent? Something wrong with Summer?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359442

"I think you would prefer it to remain between the two of us, miss Emrille."

Wf+6 359443

"Ah– nevermind. It's not urgent!"

She blushes and retreats from the door.

Chip(DD knight) 359446

"Hunt for what?" I look at him, a bit confused.


Spring Water [Charlatan] 359447

I sigh
"Uh… thanks for the talk. And for everything else too. I'll try to visit again with Summer soon."
Leave Cloudy's room and look at Rosemary

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359448


Felfire [Necromancer] 359449

"Urgh. Nothing else we can do? I mean, you have no idea how we could-"
Lower my voice, whisper to her.
"Dissuade her to leave?"
"Ah, what did you end up doing with the heart? You didn't bring it to me once we crawled out of that temple."

Tela [Spellsword] 359450

"You know… getting tanked? intoxicated? tipsy?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359451

I sigh.
"If you say so."

"She doesn't even want me to talk to her. How in the fuck would I do that?"

Wf+6 359452

"Oh– I mean, it's nothing. It's just– Ah, I didn't mean to interrupt."

She blushes and whispers to you, "MissEmrilleisreallyupsetandIknowshelikesyousoIthoughtifyougaveherahugshemightcalmdown."

She backs up and retreats. "Sorry, it was stupid!"

She returns to Light Heart's side.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359455

"Tipsy? Fall over?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359456

I guess, since nothing else is really happening… perhaps I could take this opportunity to say hello to Cloudy Skies.
I'll knock on the door.
"Miss Skies, may I come in?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359457

"Nopony we know ever talked with her?"

Wf+6 359458

"No, thank you!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359460

"I think Summer did. And Spring just now. And, well, Abilio."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359461

"As it turned out, I did not need your help. The good doctor Peg and Smitts took care of it instead."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359463

"Oh, hi momma! How was your talk with miss Cloudy Skies?"

psst, >>359432

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359464

"May I speak through the door, then? I believe I've been quite rude in not introducing myself, as well as neglecting to thank you for keeping an eye on miss Seas."

Chip(DD knight) 359466

"Well a shame that we cant drink together merrily in spite of our differences." I then stand up.
"So thats that. Welcome aboard Ms Tela. I hope you like your stay."

I look at Seekkill dumbfounded.
"We have re…. you know what I can help you fish. I like my those fresh before it is cooked."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359468

I give her a strange look and shake my head as she runs off, then turn to Summer
"What happened?"

Wf+6 359469

"You don't even know my name. It's Cloudy STRIPES."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359471

"Oh sure, the unicorns.
Does the kid still want to murder you?"
Give a half grunt, half chuckle.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359472

"Mostly we'll be walking around the basilica. Perhaps we could trade in my last hydra scale for some coin to get miss Mera something nice."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359473

"Seekkill like fish."
I stand and walk up to the deck.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359474

"No… but she has my gun."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359478

"I apologize. I'm quite terrible with names, and as I've said I've never really made your acquaintance, miss Stripes."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359481

"Um… mister Curry said that Emrille made a cute filly, and, she… she pulled out her gun and pointed it at his head."
I frown as I recall the events, and offer the gun to Spring.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359482

"You know Smitts, he enjoys collecting rare items."

Chip(DD knight) 359483

I follow.
"So… how do we do this?" I look at the sea without a clue,

Felfire [Necromancer] 359484

"The mother doesn't want me anywhere near the kid. No way I can talk with her.
And I'm bad with words."
"Oh not only that."
And then look at the wood beneath my hooves and grin at it.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359485

I sigh and shake my head
"Curry… really now?"

Wf+6 359486

"Okay… That all?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359487

We aren't on the ship
"He has his ways of getting around, yes."


I laugh.
"Dog not know how fish?"

I fly out over the water and look for any good sized fish. When I spot one I dive in and snatch it out of the water.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 359490

You're the goddamn Batman a natural predator.

You aren't?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359491

"Mostly. My name is Curry, by the way."
"Well, she did. Had I known her past, I wouldn't have said it so nonchalantly."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359492

Okay, were are we exactly then?
"I'm happy he's becoming Commodore.
Sad Abilio is leaving, but at least he we can trust."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359493

"Eh… it's a lost cause."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359495

See >>359384
>I lead her away, off of the ships and onto land, far away from any prying eyes and ears.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359496

"You should have taken the hint last time, no? You're smarter than this."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359497

"He didn't know momma…"

I walk up to the door next to Curry.
"Um… miss Cloudy Skies? Mister Curry is a nice pony too… you don't have to yell at him."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359498

"Had I known she was an orphan at all, and not fully grown, I'd have likely tried to adopt her."
I'll rub my beard for a moment.
"Though… that wizard turning her into a filly gives her an odd second chance, don't you think? A chance to find a family that would raise her with love and care, instead of the street."

Chip(DD knight) 359499

My eyes are wide open seeing this gryphon stealthily catch something as stealthily and fluid as a snake.
"….. wow. That is quite…. something."

I look down at the water and gulp.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359500

"Trust… right."

"Are you truly so concerned with his departure, miss Emrille?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359501

"Fuck, does everything always have to fall on my shoulders?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359502

I carry it back to the deck and start eating the big fish.

I swallow my mouthful of fish and speak.
"Don't be coward."
I then go back to eating.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359503

"He should have figured it out by now."

I cock a brow

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359504

"You said you had a plan, and you failed. I got nothing. He wouldn't listen to training me."

"Yeah. I mean yes, he's an ass for turning me into a filly all the time, but he taught me tons of things already. And he is decent among the crew too."

Chip(DD knight) 359505

With that I jump in the water and hunt me some fish.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Felfire [Necromancer] 359506

"I got another plan.
You already slapped flanks with that unicorn?"

Wf+6 359507

That was the plan. To give you a fish. And you got one.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359508

"Perhaps I could persuade him?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359509

I roll my eyes.
"Does it look like I did?"

"You could try. Good luck. He's almost as stubborn as your mule."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359510

"I shall try later tonight then. I'm sure he would like some rest for now."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359511

"Hell that would be most appreciated.
But I doubt he'd listen to you. Any way to keep him on the ship goes through his mare, if you ask me."
"Does she at least tolerate your face?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359512

"I'm not going to sleep like this. I'm going to get this shit off of around my neck today."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359513

"Much more than yours, yes."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359515

"Well, miss Spring, think on it. Miss Emrille most likely raised herself. I could have gone very similarly, had I somehow survived without the intervention of my teacher. So perhaps, just maybe, she might want a second chance to be a child, with a loving family."
I'll tap the side of my snout for a moment.
"She'd need to work on her temper, of course, though."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359516

"I told you to stop, when you were in that room."
"That's not saying much. Would she listen to you if you told her…
I dunno, that Smitt would kill them both if he remained Commodore?"

Folding Borders [Mage] 359517

Alright, we're all on the ship?

Chip(DD knight) 359518

Get out of the water by climbing up a rope and get back on board.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359519

I nod at him when I see his fish then go back to picking my clean.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359520


Wf+6 359523


You're back on.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359524

"So you think… you think miss Emrille should stay a filly, so she could have the childhood she couldn't have?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359525

I sigh
"Maybe so… Hard to say what exactly she wants from me sometimes…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359526

"Think about it.
You tell them that, she's gonna try and look for a way to keep Abilio on the ship, since he would become the commodore in Smitt's place.
And I bet she's got a lot of leverage on Stripes, thanks to the kid."

Chip(DD knight) 359527

"That really removes the head-ache from those drinks that we took."
I then began to dry myself up.
"You dont mind Seek, I'll just cook this."

… did he cook his?

"We will cook this catch of mine right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359528

"If she wants."
I'll nod.
"But she can never know I had the idea. Otherwise she would simply refuse on principle. I'd rather she hate me and have a family, than hate me and not have one."
"You could always ask. The worst she can do is assume I came up with the plan, and shoot me. And bullet wounds heal."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359529

I frown and blush, scratching my leg awkwardly.
"Um… I- I'm pretty sure that… um, what she wants from you is, erm… um… recreational sex."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359530

"An interesting idea, miss Felfire. But is it one worth risking? Mister Smitts may very well kill Abilio if that was decided."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359531

I shrug and shove the bones overboard.
"If dog want risk ruin flavor."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359532

"…I'll give it some thought. We still have a few days at best. But I don't want to speak in the name of the one who leads the fleet. Getting Abilio to stay is not worth getting killed over."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359533

I can't help but snicker at this.
"Perhaps, miss Seas."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359534

"I guess I could… yeah."

My ears perk up
"Uh… no! Not at all! What makes you think that, sweetie!?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359535

"I can't really see Abilio die in combat to Smitt."
"Oh. About speaking. There is something both of you should know."

Chip(DD knight) 359536

"Hmmm… first time for everything."
Take a biteful of the fish that I caught, can my tastebuds take it?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359537

"Yeah, and that is?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359538

"She kept acting all… touchy around you… and always wanted massages a- and always wanted to, um… touch you."
I frown and blush even harder.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359539

"Mister Smitts killed a giant seadragon, miss Felfire. I'd say he is quite the capable fighter."


Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359540

"There's a possibility that was just desire for skinship, miss Seas."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359542

"She's just… uh…"

"Yes! That!"

Tony [Trickster] 359543

Still looking for Borders

Felfire [Necromancer] 359544

Motion them closer.
"Anything that's said on the ship, Smitt can hear. Anything. Anywhere. On any ship."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359546

I perk my ears up.

Tela [Spellsword] 359547

damn internet
Well, I guess I'm done with those two weirdos.
Can I find Emrille anywhere?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359549

I continue frowning, but this time towards them.
"I'm not stupid. I know about sex! And, um… w- what ponies do…"
I go back to blushing at the last statement.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359550

"Just take my word for it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359552

"Oh? I had a suspicion that was the case… do you know how, miss Felfire?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359556

"Oh Summer… I think Emrille is just… lonely. She's been on her own all her life after all."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359557

"But that doesn't mean that's what they always do. After all, if miss Emrille is pining for a mother figure, she might be trying to match the closeness you have with your mother."
I'll smile a little sadly.
"Though, I can understand where she's coming from, of course."
Shaking my head, I'll continue.
"But miss Seas, you shouldn't be worrying about that sort of thing until you're old enough that your mother starts chasing away colts with a broom."

Chip(DD knight) 359558

"Feehh.. better cook it."
Head down, cook it for some minute or two then eat it.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359559

"I'll keep that in mind the next time I try to plot anyting against my employers."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359560

I shake my head as I watch him go then look up at the sun. Where is it in the sky?

Felfire [Necromancer] 359561

"I do. But if this ever got around, he'd know istantly I've said something. So I'm keeping that for myself.
Not like you could counter it anyway."
"And keep it in mind for this whole Abilio stuff too.
Don't make my name. Ever."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359564

"Yes… it is good to have confirmation on this matter."

"Unfortunate, but understandable."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359567

"Yeah, yeah, I got it."

Chip(DD knight) 359569

After eating an awkward meal go outside and head out to look for LightHeart.

Wf+6 359570

She's off the ship chatting with Emrille and Felfire.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359572

"I'm still not so sure…"

I giggle at the thought.
"Colts are… I dunno if I like colts."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359574

Felfire [Necromancer] 359576

We are not on the ship.
Otherwise, I'd have not said a word.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359577

I'll chuckle.
"You might one day, miss Seas. Why, when I was but a colt myself, I thought fillies to be quite the ickiest things there were. I never had any idea why older colts liked them so much…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359578

"Well you are still young sweetie, you'll start liking them soon enough."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359579

"So… miss Emrille, we should talk. About you and miss Spring. In private."

Wf+6 359580

I said you're off the ship.

But obviously you're easily findable because you found LH and Emrille.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359581

I perk up.
"It's about her?"

Chip(DD knight) 359582

Then where exactly? If not spotted then… bury my head somewhere I guess.

Wf+6 359583

It's 3:40 PM.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359584

I nod
"Yes. Miss Felfire, would you be so kind as to give us some privacy? We can discuss matters further later."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359585

"If you say so…"
I perk back up, remembering what Curry said earlier.
"Mister Curry? Aren't you going to leave for the, uh… basileeka soon?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359586

"So are you gonna try that?"
"Nice to see we agree."
"I can just leave."
And I read 'off' as 'on' because I'm tired. Sorry.
Then I'll go back in town and look for a dress shop.
Nod as I leave.

Tony [Trickster] 359587

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359588

I go back to Doc Peg's office.
"Long enough yet?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359589

Wait for her to leave, then turn around.

"So? What is it?"

Wf+6 359590

Well of course you found him.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359591

"I was, actually. I was waiting for the two of you to finish, and then we can go. I'm sure you wanted to get a little sightseeing in before we have to weigh anchor?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359592

"Thank you."

Once she's gone, look around one more time to see if nobody is listening and then turn to Emrille.
"Mister Smitts wants to kill miss Spring, Summer, mister Curry and the seapony."

Wf+6 359593

He takes a swig.

"Looks like you've held up well. You should be fine, then. Come back if you start noticing symptoms."

Chip(DD knight) 359594

"Hey, are those two busy." I pointed at Emrille and LH.


I say, let's add a roll to that dress-search intent.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Tony [Trickster] 359596

After some asking around, I meet Borders.
"Good afternoon, mate.
You're a hard guy to find."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359597

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359598

"That sounds like fun! And… I don't have anything left to do. Do you momma?"

Wf+6 359599

You go to the Church of Deals and try to get them to show you dresses, but there's too much of a crowd.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359601

"Sure, I guess. We'll be stuck on this piece of wood for a long time soon anyway…"

Folding Borders [Mage] 359602

"They always say that. Maybe I'm fading from existence every now and then and I don't notice it! Hahahahaha. Who are you, again?"

Chip(DD knight) 359603

I look around.
"I see, perhaps later then."
I sit down and look at Felfire.

"Where have you three been yesterday? You and some of the others just go missing."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359604

My jaw drops.


I nod and fly out over the city.
Can I see any places that look like a good place to hunt after the sun has set?

Roll #1 4 = 4

Tela [Spellsword] 359606

"Hey you! Yeah you!"
Trot over to them

Wf+6 359607

The city seems to yawn on forever.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359608

Wish I had the seer with me. Is the church of deals the only place in town that sells dresses?
Try to stop another pony and ask.
"Are there dress shops around here?"

Tony [Trickster] 359609

I laugh.
"The name's Tony. I'm a new recruit from Stonebriar.
And I was looking for you since I believe you're one of the few here I haven't met yet.
I hear you're quite the accomplished mage."
I offer him my paw.


What about at the edges. There have to be edges to this place, right?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359611

I'll nod, and then along with miss Mera, we'll start heading off.
"Now, if mister Smitts kept his word which he should have, that large sack of bits and the books should be within easy reach of where you stay. If you'd like to pick up a few funds, perhaps to buy yourselves a luxury item or two, we can take a small detour before we hit the basilica itself."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359612

I frown and…
Well, I guess since we're heading out I pack away Emrille's gun, since Spring didn't want it.

"Huh? Miss… I don't think I ever got your name. But what did you want?"

Folding Borders [Mage] 359613

"In some respects, yes."
You a dog?

Give him my hoof to shake.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359614

I hold up a hoof
"Commodore Tallow wanted to educate little Summer and kept her mother around as a sign of goodwill. Mister Smitts doesn't. He sees them as… a liability. The same goes for Curry and his seapony pet."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359615

"Oh, good day mi- Tela."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359616

Oh but I do want it.
Pick it up and stow it away myself.

"That would be nice…"


Tony [Trickster] 359617

Maybe we could go to the hold for a minute, get some drinks and get to know each other?"

Chip(DD knight) 359618


Summer Seas [Cleric] 359619

I perk up again.
"Oh yeah, that's right! I completely forgot…"
I frown.
"They took all the stuff from the temple, didn't they?…"

Tela [Spellsword] 359620

"Tela, just Tela. What are you three up to? Nothing much for me to do right now, so I dunno what to do with myself."

Folding Borders [Mage] 359621

"I don't object."

Do so with him.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359622

"We went hunting. Seekkill was hungry, I had a sacrifice to make to Grogar."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359623

I start panicking slightly.
"B-But… what? He can't do that! Why can't he just let them go then! Or… something, fuck, he can't kill them! What if I talk with him? Or couldn't I buy their freedom instead? Anything?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359624

"To be fair, I took it with us. The gems, unfortunately, were claimed by Smitts. The loose bits, books, and paintings I convinced to let him leave in your possession. And I thought they would do more good with you than sitting in the temple, waiting for the pirates to clean up after we left."

Wf+6 359625

You can't find an obvious end to the city, but there are small parks you view as an option.

In particular, the groves are full of dykes, which makes fishing an option. They're not well fortified, though. You'd say the groves' dykes are loose.

Wf+6 359627

"Are you looking for a habit, pilgrim?"

Tony [Trickster] 359629

Take him to the hold and offer him a pint.
"Cheers mate. So how did a mage like you end up amongst pirates?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359630

"Okay miss Tela. Um, we were… mister Curry can tell you what we were gonna do."

"You did mister Curry? Oh thank you!"
I give him a hug.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359631

"Yes, something sturdy but comfortable to wear."

Chip(DD knight) 359632

"Ah, I was a bit worried, most of you are gone. The ship is not that big you know and it will be a big blow if you guys disappear. Thats like half of the fighting force gone all of a sudden." I frown a bit.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359634

I'll give her a small hug back, and a little smile.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359635

"Not gonna leave the ship. Not as long as Terre is there, don't worry."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359636

I not the locations of the park. I catch sight of Felfire on my way back to the boat and land next to her.

"Found good place."

Borders Skewed[Mage] 359637

"Ah, well, just an odd turn of events. I needed money, they offered me money for my services. And a place in their ship. I felt no attachment to my home, so I went. And it has proven fruitful. It is hard to explain, but I feel as if this place, more specifically people here are… 'real'. I am somehow more confident most of you have minds of your own than others."

Tela [Spellsword] 359638


Spring Water [Charlatan] 359639

"That's good to hear at least…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359640

I chuckle
"Do not worry, miss Emrille. As I mentioned before, I managed to expand my influence somewhat. I may be able to convince mister Smitts otherwise… but it will probably put me in some debt. Seeing as we are partners, I am certainly willing to do so."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359641

"As I had business at the basilica, I thought I would escort miss Spring and miss Seas for a little sight-seeing while they were here. Being cooped up on this boat can't be fun for a filly miss Seas's age, and Autumnsreach is rather renowned for the number of shrines here. I also considered a stop at the shops to give them a chance to get something nice for themselves, as well as perhaps find something for my associate, miss Mera."

Etherlight(Unicorn mage) 359642

"Good to hear, Seekkill do like his hunts."
"Very much so…." I look at space, lost in thought.

Anyway, head back to Lightheart and Emrille and wait in a distance until the two finished talking.

Tela [Spellsword] 359643

I nod
"Yeah yeah, you mind if I tag along?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359644

"Just tell me what to do and I will do it! I can't let them die!…maybe the stallion, but not Spring and Summer!"

Tony [Trickster] 359645

I give him a curious look.
"Minds of our own?
You mean like we can think for ourselves?
Then I'll agree with you mate.
Most ponies in the world couldn't think for themselves if it would save their lives, they always have to be told what to do."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359646

"Good place for what?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359647

"If miss Seas and Spring are alright with it, I don't see why not. Did you have business in the city?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359648

"You don't need to do anything… yet. I am very much willing to do this but… you can probably understand that you would owe me in that case."

Borders Skewed[Mage] 359649

"Not really, that's not what I mean."

"How would you know that I'm not juts a carefully constructed magic complex that can answer your questions and act like a pony? How do you know that I actually have thoughts and feelings, and don't just look as if I do?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359650

I shrug
"I don't mind. As long as she doesn't start swearing…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359651


Summer Seas [Cleric] 359652

"I don't mind! Miss Tela's nice."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359653

I nod with a pleading look.
"Of course, yeah, just keep them safe, please!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359654

"Didn't you have enough already on the ship?"

Tela [Spellsword] 359655

"None at all. I've been roaming around that place for a week without finding a single job… until these pirates offered me one. But hey, I got nothing better to do."

"Right behind ya then."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359656

"Then we'll just take a quick stop and let miss Seas and Spring pick up some spending money, and we'll be on our way."

Tony [Trickster] 359658

I chuckle.
"I don't.
In fact I can't even be sure we're actually sitting here in this hold, maybe I'm still sleeping and this is all just a dream."
Look at my pint for a second.
"But I just assume most of the things I meet are real. Makes it easier to deal with them.
Besides I'm not a mage like you, I wouldn't be able to find out wether they're real or not."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359659

"Not now. Later."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359660

I chuckle
"Very well, I shall request mister Smitts to abstain from executing them then. Do not worry, miss Emrille, I will get it done."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359661

"We sail before dusk. Too late."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359662

Hug her front legs.
"Thank you! Thank you so much!"


"And I'd like to, yes. That's my purpose. I'd like to know the truths behind why I am what I am, you know?"

Drink down more.

Rolling for ability to handle alcohol

Roll #1 1 = 1

Light Heart [Warlord] 359664

I pat her on the head with a chuckle
"It is quite alright, miss Emrille. That is what partners are for, no?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359665

I look around.
"What doing now?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359666

"To Blue Topaz?"

Wf+6 359667

You're already in blackout zone. You are having a hard time maintaining balance, and you won't remember anything when you wake up tomorrow.

Chip(DD Knight) 359668

Awww.. I watched at a distance.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359669

I look up at her, and nod.
"Yes… just please, don't let her die, please…"

Tony [Trickster] 359670

"That's a noble goal, mate.
I've heard ponies say you've gone quite far in such research."
I set my pint aside.
"I've even heard you've gained some very exotic items in your search."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359671

"If they aren't near your normal sleeping area. I had asked mister Smitts to make it so that it would be available to you whenever you needed it."
I'll walk a little closer to Spring.
"You didn't turn over that book we recovered from the compartment in the library, did you?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359672

"Looking for a dress."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359673

"Oh, so they'd be in the brig?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359674

I laugh.
"Why Metalwings want dress?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359675

I shake my head

Borders Skewed [Mage] 359676

"YEEEEEaaaHHHHHH. lIKe, YUO KNkow, MY DoLLL? I SW0R3 SHe SspOKE TO ME tHe othER D4y! HoW EXOtic iS thAt?"

Wf+6 359677

"They have some at the Church of Deals, but they get crowded…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359678

"Fervored wants me to wear one."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359679

"I will not, miss Emrille. I am aware how much miss Spring means to you."
I clear my throat and back off
"Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a commodore to speak to."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359680

"I did notice. But in this whole city, the church of deals is the only place that sells them?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359681

I nod.
"Yes, yes, please! I..um, I'll try to get myself back to normal size in the meantime, okay?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359682

"Possibly. If not, then they are likely with miss Topaz."
"Good. I'll pick up a good amount of paper while we're in town, and see if I can't bargain with miss Felfire for further assistance, or at least neutrality, with a copy of the text."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359683


Felfire [Necromancer] 359684

"He is a stallion of old. In old times, ponies always wore clothes."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359685

I nod
"Very well. Oh and one more thing, miss Emrille… Mister Smitts cannot know that you know, understood? I was told to remain quiet about this matter."
Turn away and leave

Tony [Trickster] 359686

I strain to understand him.
"Your doll talked to you?
I've definately never heard of anything like that before.
Where is this doll?"

Chip(DD Knight) 359687

Step in and stop her at her track.
"Ms. LightHeart?" I fold my arms.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359688

I nod again, then quickly go back to where I last seen Summer and Curry, Spring must be there too.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359689


Light Heart [Warlord] 359690

I nod
"Mister Chip. What brings you here?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359691

"Because… I don't know. We could ask him."

Tela [Spellsword] 359692

"So… we going to just stand around all day or what?"

Wf+6 359693

"You might be able to find one with the Priests of Good Will. They're an old Celestial order… but they're free and very simple garb."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359694

I thought we were walking.
"Of course not."
And I'll let Spring lead the way.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359695

Right, let's go get that money

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359696

I hop up on Curry's back as he follows Spring.

Chip(DD Knight) 359697

I sit down on the beach.
"So have you decided then on what we talked about inside the temple?" I just give her a worried expression.

Felfire [Necromancer] 359698

"Well now. I'm not looking for a pretty dress, after all."
"Could you point me there?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 359699

"yeah, my dOlL tALKEd To me! IT jUtSt a DOlL I GOT BbEEFOore Ii coULD remEMBER, BUT I greW Really ATTched t To HeR FOr soME REAsON, LIKE, I attachED PERSOANLITY traiTs TO hER THAT I DIDN'T KNnoW EVeN EXisted, like I WAs rECEIVING someone else'S THoughts! bUT aAS for HER, A PurlPLE UNICORN doll Talking, I GUess I Was just HALLUCInating!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359700

"Yes. Ask."

Wf+6 359701

The pony points to a small chapel outside of the Basilica of Saint Radiant. It's quaint but stately.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359702

"Ah yes."
I settle down onto my haunches
"I understand you broke our agreement, mister Chip. I am quite displeased by this development, as you might imagine."

Felfire [Necromancer] 359703

"When we are on the ship. Can't ask here."
Move closer and whisper.
"Ponies are stupid. They would not understand."
Walk in front of said chapel and have a long look at it.
It's some kind of holy ground, isn't it?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359704

Find Spring!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Tony [Trickster] 359705

"Well like you say you can never what's real or not right?
Do you've got any other of those special things?
Dancing dolls, moving statues, weird masks?"

Chip(DD Knight) 359706


"Uhrmmm.. Broke the agreement? When?" I raise my eyebrow and give a slight frown.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359707

I nod.
"Most ponies very stupid."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359709

"I believe we agreed that you would do this assignment gratis. From what I understand, you were given payment anyway. Three doubloons."

Wf+6 359710

You trip and roll into her as she exits the ship. You end up in a pile with her. Now's your chance to sneak a hug.

I guess that depends on how hallowed we're talking about here. I'd rate it as about 4.2 kilojesus.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359711

Summer Seas [Cleric] 359712

We're not exiting the ship though! We're going to where the money is!

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 359713

Shouldn't she be running into me on a 1? She hates me…


"NoooOPE! GOt NOTHing WeIRD On ME! Not like ANYTHIng could Be WEirD!"

Rolling to sober up

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 359715

Fortunately for a tired GM like me, that is ALSO down a flight of stairs. Huehuehue.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359716

"Oh…uh, hi?"
Look at her sheepishly, but don't move.
Even sneak in a small hug. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2


I won't die.
Not istantly.
Let's walk in and look around for somepony who seems to be doin nothing. Or look generally lost myself.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Chip(DD Knight) 359718


"No I do not. To tell the truth I have not collected it yet." I scratch my head.
"If you want you can split it on the others."

Tony [Trickster] 359719

"Come on, Borders.
I know you've got something you haven't shown me."
Move closer.
"And in return, I'll show you something really special."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359720

I follow her in.

Light Heart [Warlord] 359721

Everyone was payed 3 doubloons
"It is quite simple, mister Chip. Either you keep the three doubloons as payment like the others and you owe me a favor for breaking the agreement or… you pay me those three doubloons and we can complete our agreement."


"YoU TRYING to hiT on ME or SoMETHING? i'M NOT Interested IN DoG DICKS"

Try to sober up again!

Roll #1 4 = 4

Wf+6 359723

He didn't actually collect it, though. It's in his 'account' but he never picked it up. The fact that you somehow know he has it in his account and hasn't picked it up – or even that you would know if he did – is meta.

Chip(DD Knight) 359724

No idea.
I collect the three doubloon on my pocket and hand it in.
I look down for a moment then look up.
"And how about my proposal that I gave you?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359725

"If you haven't been payed your reward, I suggest you go and collect it."
Take the doubloons
"We will complete the agreement then. I still have to repay you, so you may simply give the word when."

Tony [Trickster] 359726

I give a hurt look.
"Borders, I wouldn't try to do that.
No I want to show you a thing I found,
it's a rather remarkable piece of equipment that I feel can't even logically exist."
I look around and move a bit closer conspiratorially.
"Of course, I can't show this just to anypony.
And I believe, because of your research you might be the perfect one to deliver this to,
but I would need to see something to show me you're really the mage who is really occupied with these sorts of unusual items."

Wf+6 359727

They hand out habits like candy. You get one.

I'm going to [pause] here

Have a nice sleep everybody

Chip(DD Knight) 359728

I frown.
"I did not come here for that. I come here for my proposal of loyalty to you. Do you still remember or did you not?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 359729

Squee a little and run back to the ship like a schoolfilly.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 359730


I follow her back.

Tony [Trickster] 359731


Light Heart [Warlord] 359732

"Yes, I do. The answer remains no, I'm afraid."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 359733

We'll continue tomorrow

Emrille [Gunslinger] 359734

I'm okay with that


One more try!

Illogical things SHOULD shake me awake.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Borders Skewed [Mage] 359736

"AAAAAAaaahh. Right."

Ahem. Show him the gas mask.

"It's something I conjured off a very useful spell. It's like.. I pulled it off a different time, or future, where these exist. What do you think?"

Chip(DD Knight) 359737

I take a deep breath and exhale.
"Well at least I now know the answer to that.
I stretch a bit and stand up.
"Well the contract is still intact, I agree with my end, which is to protect the two unicorn healers and take no doubloon in the process. Next time, please do not mistake me as a breaker of oath Ms. LightHeart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359738

"Perhaps you should not conveniently forget about your payment next time, mister Chip. Now please, go ahead and collect your three doubloons at Blue Topaz."

Tony [Trickster] 359739

Hey BDN, I'm getting really tired. Almost 6AM here.
Would you mind if we continued this later, we probably wouldn't even need Wf?
I'll drink another coffee if you'd rather finish it now though. Your choice.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 359741

It's up to you.

Tony [Trickster] 359742

I'd rather go to bed then and RP properly when I'm not about to fall asleep. Thanks!

Chip(DD Knight) 359743

I look at her in annoyance.
"I did not take it in accordance to our agreement and not out of convenience. If it is anyone's fault it is to the one who assigns the wages. Dont lay the blame on me you little pony!"

I then sigh.
"Look, I do not want this… affiliation of ours to end in a sour note. Is there anything that I can do to make up?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 359746

"Mister Smitts did not inform you then? Did you not hear what he told all of us when we exited the temple? The loot was to be distributed, after which the group was to collect their respective rewards. I assumed you had picked up your reward already, but it seems I was wrong."
I shrug slightly
"I suppose it does not matter. Our agreement is intact and will be completed soon. Do not worry about it too much, mister Chip."

Chip(DD Knight) 359747

I scratch my head, a bit annoyed.
"Harummph.. You ponies do know their way with playing on somedogs head, at least that is out of the way."
I then stand up.
"I will have to think of when I will be collecting it. I am sorry if I am not in the mood for it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 359751

"Very well."
I turn to leave
"Until next time, mister Chip."

Chip(DD Knight) 359753

I then toy with her mane before letting it go.
"Yes, until next time."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360328

I sigh and pick her up with my telekinesis, then put her back on the ground while getting back on my hooves as well
"I hear you threw a tantrum again, Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360342

Look up at her, then back at the ground, while fiddling with my hooves.
"I'm s-sorry…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360344

"You two alright there?"

Star Hopper [Cleric] 360345

I float her pistol in the air
"I know it was upsetting to you but… do you really always have to try and resort to violence?"

"Yeah, we're fine."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360347

I nod.

I tilt my head at the pistol as she floats it up, then shake my head.
"No… being mean is bad, I know that!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360356

"Then can you at least try to remain calm next time somepony says something that upsets you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360362

I nod quickly again.
"I can try! But he wasn't very nice! And I got sad and then angry and… I'm sorry!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360367

I look at her curiously.
"You're acting weird miss Emrille…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360371

"I'll say."
"Really, miss Emrille, this is quite a marked change of pace for you. What happened?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360373

Look at her and scrunch.
"Am not!"

"What do you mean? You are confusing me…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360375

I sigh
"I understand that but… maybe we just need to talk about this… tell me, what did he say to make you so upset?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360376

"You're confusing me! I don't quite know how to handle you if you aren't angry at me for something."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360377

"Uh… he said… um.. I don't really remember… but it was very mean and it made me upset!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360379

"Are to! You were acting all… angry before, and now you're all sorry and apologetic…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360382

I cock a brow and share a glance with Summer and Curry
"Well… have you apologized to Summer and Curry?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360383

Look at her.
"Miss Rosemary hugged me and I calmed down a bit."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360384

I shake my head.
"Not yet… um…. I'm sorry for what I did, and I won't be bad again! Promise!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360385

I'll, of course, be skeptical.
"Miss Emrille, are you… well? That transformation isn't getting to your head, is it?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360387

I smile
"Good. That's what I like to hear."

I lean in closer and whisper
"I think she might have hit her head…"
Try a subtle healing spell on Emrille '1d10+2'

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360390

"What transformation?"

Shake my head slightly, then look at Spring with focused eyes.
"Oh, good, Spring, I was looking for you. I need my gun back from Summer."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360391

"Do you… do you think she's becoming more like a filly, mister Curry?"

I raise an eyebrow at her sudden change in behavior.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360392

I cock my brow
"Emrille, how did you get here? What is the last thing you recall?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360393

I raise an eyebrow.
"How is that important?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360394

"Just answer the question Emrille…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360396

"It seems I was correct in thinking the fall knocked her out of her senses."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360397

I glance back.
"I was talking with Light Heart…"
Wince slightly as I recall what she said.
"…then I came here to find you as soon as I can, and here you are."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360399

I shake my head and chuckle slightly
"Okay then."
I then switch to a frown
"I hear you threw a tantrum again, Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360402

"It wasn't a tantrum, it was my second and final warning to him! If he wasn't buddies with you we would need to clean up the floor and walls instead of speaking now! You heard what he was joking about, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360404

"It was not a joke, miss Emrille, and I did apologize for it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360405

I float her pistol in the air
"I know it was upsetting to you but… do you really always have to try and resort to violence?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360406

"I don't think he was joking miss Emrille, you really do make a pretty filly."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360408

"It sure sounded like you were making fun of something you shouldn't be making fun of."

I sigh.
"I know I am, and it wasn't about that part."

I look at my pistol, then at her.
"It was just a fair warning… with some added emphasis."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360411

"You could try to be more subtle, Emrille. You can't shoot and threaten away all your problems, you know!"
I sigh
"Maybe your friend Light Heart can teach you about being more polite and how to employ tact."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360413

I sit down and cross my forehooves.
"Worked out just fine for me so far…"
Glance at her at the last comment.
"Really now? I should start speaking like that? You can't seriously want that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360415

"I do prefer the more straightforward Emrille, miss Spring. She at least says what's on her mind."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360416

I roll my eyes
"I don't want her to become a lady. But she could do with at least some more manners. Shoving guns in somepony's face is the quickest route to trouble. Sometimes things can be talked through!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360419

"I'd like it better than you shoving your gun in people's faces…"
I frown.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360421

"Are you just trying to get on my good side now or what? It's a bit late for that."

I sigh.
"Fine, fine, this was the last time I shoved my gun in his face. Doesn't mean he's safe if he keeps pulling crap like that!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360423

"No, miss Emrille, just stating opinions. You're a lot easier to handle what you get angry at."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360424

>a lot easier to handle when I know what you get angry at

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360425

"Curry is sorry for what he's said. He should have been smarter, but he wasn't. No way to change that now, Emrille."
I sigh again
"Though I think you really ought to talk more about… that what ails you. I think it'll make you a little feel better at least…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360426

"It's you, most of the time, yeah."

I freeze for a second, then shake my head.
"Don't be stupid, I told you everything already. That's that."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360427

I give her a look
"Emrille… I know that's not true…"
I turn to Curry and Summer
"Maybe you two should go ahead without me for now. I'll catch up, okay?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360428

I'll nod to Spring.
"Very well. Miss Emrille, you're welcome to join us and miss Tela on a short trip into the city, if you like."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360429

"I'm not going anywhere like this. Maybe next time."

"It's nothing, really! I told you already!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360430

"Huh? But…"
I give her a pout.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360431

I move up and whisper
"She'll never talk openly with you and Curry around, sweetie… It wont be long, okay?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360432

"Are you certain? We were thinking of perhaps stopping by the merchant's area and perhaps getting miss Seas and Spring a nice dress. We could even pick out something for you in case you end up as a filly again, so that you don't have to run around unclothed."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360433

I think the spell automatically gives her a schoolfilly uniform
"I told you, I'm not leaving this ship shrunken like this and with a collar around my neck… I'll get my scarf later."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360434

I thought Abilio had to dig that out of a closet.
"As you like, then. Good luck getting that collar off…"
I'll think a moment.
"Actually, that may have just given me an idea. Perhaps the new Commodore Smitts could be talked into uncollaring miss Seas and Spring to make my task a bit easier. Since I doubt they allow slaves near the basilica…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360435

"Oh… okay…"
I walk over and wait by Curry.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360436

My face falls slightly as I remember what Light Heart told me about Smitts, but then I shake my head.
"Yeah, yeah, you just mind your own business now, I'll get to the bottom of this. Soon. When I'm a mare again."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360437

"Two heads are better than one, I suppose."
"Come along then, miss Seas, let's get you ready for your day on the town."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360438

Once they are gone, I turn to look at Emrille
"Now… could we please talk?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360439

I avert my eyes from her.
This ship sure is interesting.
"I already told you everything! What more is there to say?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360440

I sigh and put a hoof under her chin, lifting it so I can look her straight in the eyes
"Dammit Emrille… look at me. I can see that there's more to it. There are things that are aching you on the inside. Cropping up all that will just make you more upset."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360441

I wince and gulp.
"I… I don't know!… If there were more to it I would tell you but…I.. I don't know…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360442

"Come on Emrille… tell me the truth. I'm here to listen, okay? Maybe… maybe I can even help."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360443

I clench my eyes.
"…but that's the truth… I don't know what I did wrong…and it can't be helped now…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360444

"You didn't do anything wrong, Emrille. What I want is for you to talk to me about your frustrations. Just like I told you about mine…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360445

Take a deep breath.
"Curry… he said… 'maybe someone would pick her off the streets' or someshit…"

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Emrille [Gunslinger] 360446

I barely sniffle, and just look away again with a bitter smile.
"Do you know how many times I dreamt of that to happen? How many nights I fallen asleep thinking that, 'Maybe tomorrow? Maybe somepony will do that?'"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360447

I just look at her sadly, letting her continue

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360448

I sigh.
"That's why I got so mad at him… back then, it was hopeless. I was skinny, dirty, dressed in rags, it was a wonder I never got any nasty diseases…or not for long, anyway… nopony would ever want a filly like that, but I went on every day and didn't give up, partly because that. And then he just…he just joked about it like it was a fucking comedy!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360449

I nod sadly
"He didn't know… but I completely understand why you'd get upset."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360450

"I kept that naivity for so long… until… well, until I could start to actually take care of myself. Ever since then, I just try not to think of what happened before. Ignore it and pretend it didn't happen. Live for the present…. that's why… that's why I'm so pushy with you too. I'm not really used to long term… well, long term anything."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360451

"Oh Emrille… I'm not even sure what to say…"
I sigh, running a hoof through my mane
"Did you never make any friends at all? No comrades? What about Tela?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360452

"I was already standing on my own hooves when I met her. Tela was a good partner and she taught me a lot about being a merc, but we eventually parted ways with her as well. Then I was always on the move to look for more jobs."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360453

"Oh… what about when you were younger? How did you… how did you come by? Just stealing? No other street ponies to rely on?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360454

I sigh.
"Oh… you meant back then…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360455

I nod

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360456

I look at the ground and speak quietly.
"A few…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360457

I soften my voice as well
"What were they like? What happened to them?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360458

"There was this colt… we didn't even know his name, but we didn't care. Neither did he. We met him in the park one day. He had a fancy tie and he was curious about us, but he didn't judge us. In the following weeks, he would always leave his house to meet with us somewhere to play, he even brought us things like cookies and sweets, things we never came by otherwise! Then… one day a servant saw he was playing with us and…"
I pause.
"Told us 'wretch' not to go near him. That was the last we've seen of him."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360459

I cock my head

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360460

I nod.
"There were three of us at the time. I met them after I was… you know… during the first week. I was so miserable back then… if it wasn't for them, I'm not sure I would be here. A colt and another filly…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360461

I sit down and pull her a little closer, speaking softly
"Tell me about them…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360462

I scoot closer to her as well.
"I was the youngest of them… the colt, his name was Plank. A simple but brave kid. He was on a trip with his family, but got lost… he was a bit like a big brother to us. He scared off three stray dogs all by himself once! He was the strongest of us too, and earth pony. Sometimes when bread was put on windowsills, I would stand on his back and flutter my wings to reach it and give us something to eat…"
I smile bitterly.
"He was found eventually. A friend of a friend of his father recognised him. We all went to this guard station, got hot cocoa, warm food, clothes, a bed! And for two days, while his parents were notified and travelled there to pick him up… but of course, they weren't interested in us. We said goodbye to him and then… then we fled before we got shoved into an orphanage."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360463

I sigh
"What about the other?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360464

I take another deep breath and gulp.
"Right… Palm…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360465

"… Yes?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360466

I let out a half hearted chuckle.
"Y'know, it's funny, she really looked like a palm tree. With her brown coat and fuzzy green mane and everything."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360467

I nod slowly, waiting for her to continue

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360468

"She was really pretty too…and a bit older than me. After Plank was gone, it was just us. Things got…harder, but we toughed it out and managed. For a while."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360469

"… what happened?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360470

I close my eyes, trying to keep my voice from shaking.
"Winter happened…and…palm trees are…are not know for their cold tolerance…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360471

"Emrille I…"
I sigh and pick her up, pulling her in for a comforting hug
"I'm so sorry to hear that… That's just… that's so awful…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360472

I hug her back, and start soflty weeping.
"She was…s-she…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360473

I keep hugging her, softly petting her mane and keeping quiet

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360474

"She was the only one who cared about me at that point… and then when she… I… I was even more lost than before…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360475

"How old were you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360476

"I…that was after the first two w-winters with Plank still with us…I think…thirteen? Maybe fourteen, I don't really know…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360477

I sigh again, keeping her in a hug and continue petting her mane softly
"No child should have to go through that…"
I clench my teeth slightly in anger
"If I ever met those parents of yours…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360478

I look up at her with a slightly puzzled expression, then wipe my tears off but stay silent.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360479

I shake my head
"Abandoning their child like that… I'd never abandon my Summer. I'd rather die."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360480

I sniffle a bit.
"I guess I wasn't worth dying for… or being cared for…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360481

"Do you remember them at all? I just don't understand… what kind of a heartless monster would do something like this?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360482

I shake my head slightly.
"I remember bits and…how they looked but… not much apart from that…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360483

"I wish there was something I could do to make this right somehow but… the only thing I can think of just isn't possible right now…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360484

"Unless you are a time traveler…"
I shake my head.
"Doesn't matter. I'm here and that is what matters. I made it on my own…."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360485

"That doesn't mean it's right, Emrille. Yes, you made it on your own, but you're still clearly troubled."
I sigh
"You could get a second chance, you know… after all this is over and we can go home…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360486

I nod.
"I know… but becoming a better pony isn't that easy for me, not with all my habits and everything…but I'm trying!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360487

"No Emrille… I mean a second childhood…"
I motion at her filly self and smile weakly
"I mean… look at you right now… It's possible… I could give you a chance to start all over…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360488

My eyes widen.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360489

"I mean… it's a possibility no? I… I know it wouldn't magically fix everything but… you'd finally get a family you deserve…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360490

"And you would be my…mo-"
I shake my head and stand up.
"No, no, this…no. I… I would like a not fucked up childhood, but…"
I sigh.
"I'm too fucked up for that myself now. I couldn't do it…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360492

"You don't know that… It could work… heck, I'm sure it would work out! I'd be there to support you every step of the way…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360493

I gulp, but then look her in the eyes.
"Spring, I did terrible things. Killed ponies… How could I just forget all that and everything else and pretend I'm just a filly?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360495

I sigh
"I-I don't know Emrille but… like I said, I'd be there for you… maybe even help you forget… if only for a while."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360496

"I don't know if that's possible…but, if just for a while…"

I hug Spring again, pressing my head against her chest.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360498

I keep hugging her back quietly for a while, before speaking up in a soft voice again
"One day we'll get out of this… And when we do… we'll set things straight for all of us… once and for all…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360500

I nod, but don't let her go.
"I hope it won't be long…"

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