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PirateQuest: Chapter 3.6: Moon Phases Wf+6 360969


LAST TIME: Emrille is a very adoptable pony
THIS TIME: Saint Radiant's Basilica (Nook Weed trip)

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360970

Alright, Summer and I were on our way to pick up some funds. Possibly for a luxury purchase while in town.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360971

Right, after Emrille and I are done, I rejoin Summer, Curry and Tela

Wf+6 360972

Where were you planning to acquire funds, out of curiosity?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360973

Time to visit Abilio.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360974

The funds that were put aside?
The bag of bits or whatever.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360975

Well, if that sack and the items weren't moved to their cell, I suppose I'd have to swing by miss Topaz on the Darklantern.

Tela [Spellsword] 360976

and Tela was there too!

Wf+6 360977

Blue Topaz informs you with characteristic lack of interest that the new commodore has instructed that those funds not be released to you until you have completed your mission.

You try giving her the big filly eyes but she doesn't even look up and just tells you to talk it out with the commodore if you want to be paid upfront.

Abilio is in his office having tea and light chat with Lockermaster Jones.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360978

"Huh? What mission?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360979

"Very well. I don't suppose you would know the proper exchange rate for hydra scales, then? I'm quite certain the Lockermaster cheated me out of two of them."

Wf+6 360980

She doesn't even speak for this one and just points a hoof in the vague direction of Curry.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360981

"Hey, idiot. You've got some collar removing to do."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360982

I sigh
"Nothing is ever simple, is it?"

"What mission is she even talking about?"

Wf+6 360983

"Not brilliant or pliable at all. Useless to anyone but a master of their art. Half of the time, covered in poison. Might as well ask the value of granite."

Her monotone drones on.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 360984

"What about sea dragon scales, miss Topaz?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360985

"Just a small task in exchange for the terms of the distribution of items. Scattering a few seeds, that's all."
"Ah, but in the right hooves granite can become a priceless thing, miss Topaz. And I would assume your hooves are the right ones?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 360986

"Distribution of seeds? What do you mean?"

Wf+6 360987

She tuts at you, but doesn't look up from her papers. "I might be able to work with them, but even I wouldn't be able to make something that wouldn't be easier and more effectively done with steel. There's a reason you don't see guards waltzing around in hide."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360988

"I'll explain while we're walking."
"True. But perhaps a small charm or ornament might not be beyond the realms of possibility?"

Wf+6 360989

He sighs. "Perhaps it was an overreaction. You could ask a little more nicely, though."

DC6 to resist compulsion.

Tela [Spellsword] 360990

I snort
"Sounds like a euphemism for drug trafficking to me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360991

Nah, he is an idiot.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360992

"Not at all."

Wf+6 360993

"Possibly, but it's not as though the scales carry innate magical properties."

You are quite strong willed. Looks like he didn't even realize he made the command, though.

He gestures to the Lockermaster and Jones removes your collar. Nice of him to have the removal guy handy.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360994

Rub my neck.
"Thanks. You think that was funny? That thing gave me a headache and everything!"

Tela [Spellsword] 360995

"I hope so, it'd be pretty goddamn stupid to smuggle that crap into a town filled with those holy types."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360996

"True enough."
Perhaps I can sell it to someone at the temple of Deals. The fact that it's a hydra scale would likely net a hoof-full of bits. Even granite can be sold for the right amount.
"I would like better to exchange it with you, miss Topaz, as you know its potential value, then one of the priests at the merchant's quarter. They haggle far too much, and would ask too many questions about where an old loon like me found a fresh scale."
"As I said, I'll explain while we walk."

Wf+6 360997

Abilio shakes his head. "It wasn't a matter of humor at all, Emrille. The fact that you think it was merely to provoke laughter outright distressing."

She nods. "I doubt they'll give you anything for the scales there. I don't know what scales would be worth to me, anyway. Not like there's a market for them. How many do you have?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 360998

"I am quite certain the Lockermaster cheated me out of two of them, leaving me with this last here. If you'd like more there's an entire hydra down in the shrine that I could harvest. It would take some time, though."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 360999

"Yeah, it was because I was right and when you are wrong shit like this are your only arguments."

Wf+6 361000

"What are you even talking about, Emrille? Right about what?"

Wf+6 361001

"What could anyone do with one hydra scale?"

Tela [Spellsword] 361002

I cock a brow
"You killed a hydra? Impressive. Standard procedure when coming across one of those damn things is to turn around and run the hell away."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361003

"I was right about you ignoring me and being stubborn!"

Wf+6 361004

"No one's arguing about either of this points, Emrille. I am quite aware of by stubbornness and the fact that I am ignoring you. It's not a point of contention. However, the second part has passed: you now have my full attention. So what are you actually upset about?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361005

"I'm not quite certain, miss Topaz. Decoration? Regardless, the corpse is still down in the shrine, though we'll have to wait for low tide if we're to harvest the whole thing. Or any bones you'd like to collect. It still has all four heads."
"This was a rather special case. I've been trying to get it by myself for the last twenty years, but with the help of the others, it went down embarrassingly easily."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361006

I sigh as I remember my earlier conversation with Light Heart.
"Stuff… oh, and the fact that your mare didn't even want to give me a chance to speak with her! How am I supposed to convince her and you to stay like this?"

Tela [Spellsword] 361007

I smirk
"Can't wait to see what other things you folks will find for me to fight. Looking forward to it."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361008

I give her a dull look
"I'm glad you're optimistic…"

Wf+6 361009

He gives you a wry look. "You know, I actually thought you'd have a better chance looking like that, with her. She has an easier time with fillies than stallions or mares. You wouldn't imagine how many months it took her to build up the courage to actually meet me face to face."

"Scarcity doesn't naturally imply value. Why use hydra scales when steel is so much more willing to bend?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361010

"I'm not…"
I frown.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361011

Give him a shit eater grin.
"I guess you are the lucky one that she is blind so she still speaks with you even after meeting your face."

Tela [Spellsword] 361012

I shrug
"I just like fighting, lady. It's what I do for a living. Doesn't matter how many heads or legs it has, if it gets me my payroll, I'm taking it down."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361013

"To prove you can bend it, I suppose? That you can work with a material, no matter how difficult or unruly?"
I'll shrug.
"And there are those who would perhaps prefer it to metalcraft. For the longest time, I had scale armor harvested from…"
I'll shoot a guilty look at Mera.
"Nevermind. Needless to say, some might think a suit hydra scale mail to be something nice enough to show off. And if reinforced in the right places, perhaps could be better than average steel."
I'll shrug again.
"Though, if they do not interest you, there's little that can be done for that. I'm certain I've got nothing else that would interest an enchanter and smith such as yourself, and in your eyes I'm quite certain my old mail would be a joke."

Wf+6 361014

"If you're fishing for insecurities, you might try a stallion that isn't engaged."

She shakes her head. "Wish I could help you, but there's little I can do with hydra scales. Maybe you'll find charity in town, but I have to limit spending strictly to the needs of the crew. That said, Jones is an idiot and I will speak to him about buying useless scales."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361015

"Considering I only got these robes for myself and miss Mera, I'm still certain he got the better end of the deal."
I'll chuckle slightly.
"Have a good day, miss Topaz."
Turning to the others, I'll give a small shrug.
"Well, it seems that was a bust. Now to go about the second part of our preparations. Getting those collars off so you can walk around town without arousing suspicion."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361016

"You're hopeless… so are you going to turn me back or what?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361017

"I'm pretty sure they wont allow it… we already went to town with these things on after all. They don't want us to run away."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361018

I perk up at his mention of the collars.
"You think you can convince mister… someone to take them off?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361019

"Well, we're not exactly leaving those things on this boat, miss Spring. Not so long as they can be of use to miss Seas."
"I can certainly try, miss Seas. You wouldn't happen to have anyone in mind who would be a bit more sympathetic and can actually remove them, would you?"

Wf+6 361020

"I don't think you've really learned anything at all from this…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361021

"Um… mister Abilio might!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361022

I'll nod.
"Then perhaps we can begin there."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361023

"I learned that you are an asshole. Want a report or that?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361024

"We're wasting our breath, guys. Abilio already said no."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361025

"But if I say that it is for the new Commodore's task, perhaps he might make an exception."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361026

I shrug
"If you say so."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361027

"But it-"

"Yeah! He might help us now!"

Wf+6 361028

He shakes his head.

"No, I suppose not. No point in trying to teach you the value of books or to try to temper your firey will. You have a long career ahead of you any any work I instill in you will be meaningless in the long run. Very well, then, do not darken my gaze again."

With that, you're restored to your proper age, and he telekinetically forces you out the door before closing it.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361029

"It's worth a shot, at least."
"Now, miss Seas, if you'd kindly direct the way…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361030

I nod and set off towards Abilio's cabin.

Tela [Spellsword] 361031

I roll my eyes and go after them

Wf+6 361032

You find Emrille outside Abilio's closed cabin door.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361033

"Whiny bitch…"

"Oh hey. He's a bit of an ass now, so be careful with him."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361034

"I see. So glad you decided to soften him up for us, miss Emrille."
I'll roll my eyes a little.
"But at least it seems you're back to your old self."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361035

I frown and sigh.
"Did you make mister Abilio mad again?…"

Tela [Spellsword] 361036

"Hey Emmy, you coming with us to town? It'll be goddamn magical! When we eventually get there…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361037

"He can't take a joke! And he is more stubborn than a mule!"

I nod.
"Let me get my pay and I can go. I want to get a scarf for the next time some sort of mushroom tries to rot my brain."

Tela [Spellsword] 361038

I cock my head questioningly

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361039

"Or some sort of spores, I don't really care. It was a mess, that's enough for you to know. We almost got killed down there."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361040

"Mold, technically. Were it not for mister Wark, one of miss Light Heart's associates, we'd still be down there."

Wf+6 361041

Wark grumbles something about smoke.

Tela [Spellsword] 361042

"Hah! Sounds like you people visit the best of places!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361043

LH is not around


"More like the worst…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361044

"Sure we do…"
I shake my head.
"Want to come with me to pick up my money? Just so you can see how much richer I am?"

Wf+6 361045

Oh. I thought she joined the party. Nevermind then.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361046

"And we could meet you both on the deck before we head into the city."

Tela [Spellsword] 361047

I wave a hoof dismissively
"Naaah, I'll just count it once I've picked it off of your stone-cold corpse."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361048

She will soon

She's still 'negotiating with Smitts'

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361049

"Suit yourself."

Nod towards Tela.
"Don't lose this idiot, okay? She might hurt herself."

Let's go to Topaz.

Tela [Spellsword] 361050

I smirk
"Wouldn't dream of it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361051

"I don't know if I should be flattered that she trusts me with her friend or not."
I'll shake my head a bit.
"Anyway, miss Seas, if you would do the honors of announcing ourselves."

Wf+6 361052

You pick up your money.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361053

How much do I have?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361054

I knock on the door.
"Mister Abilio?"

Wf+6 361055

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361056

"Hey, what about the gems?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361057

I turn to Curry.
"What should I ask?"

Wf+6 361058

"I appraised their value to be roughly that of a doubloon. Your take was three of the six… hence, three doubloons."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361059

"You've got to be fucking kidding me! They were worth much more than that! I mean, did you look at their size and everything?!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361060

"Well, you could always ask if we can enter. Talking to ponies through doors can get rather silly, don't you think?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361061

I nod and turn back to the door.
"Um, can we come inside mister Abilio?"

Wf+6 361062

"I think that working with pure gold on such a regular basis has dulled your perception of the value of gold."

"Very well."

The door clicks unlocked.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361063

"And I'm thinking that you are trying to rip me off."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361064

And in we go, I suppose. Summer leading, myself behind her if Spring isn't already there.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361065

Open up and walk in

Wf+6 361066

"I'm not interested in arguing. I'm rescinding your pay and issuing you the gems instead. I trust you will get much less for them at market."

You lose 3 doubloons, but gain 3 sapphires.

Abilio is there, nursing his tea. "So many guests at once."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361067

"Greetings, master Abilio. Pleasure to meet you."

Wf+6 361068

"Fullmaster. The pleasure is mine."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361069

"Hi mister Abilio!"
I wave to him.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361070

I just give him a displeased look but say nothing

Wf+6 361071

Give a pleasant nod. "Did you come for tea? I had just put it on."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361072

"I didn't ask you take them back, I was just asking for some sort of proof, that we can trust each other that you are not going to fool me just because I don't know shit about gems!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361073

I'll nod.
"I've come to you with a bit of a request. The Commodore has set me a task, and I would like to bring miss Seas and Spring with me. As we're heading to the basilica, I had thought their collars might garner more attention than is proper. I had hoped I could get them removed, if possible."

Wf+6 361074

"Would that I could. I personally find them distasteful, perhaps with the exception of certain bullheaded students, but I am not a fan of their application on innocents. Unfortunately my influence is waning with my imminent retirement. I doubt I could do anything to sway the new commodore."

She shrugs and looks up from her desk. "What do you want? An appraisal chart that I've made myself? All of the accounting, appraisal, and minting on this ship for the last forty years has been done by yours truly. There is no value standard here that hasn't been created by me at some point. So you can either accept the gold or take your sapphires and try your luck at market. I don't care which."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361075

Roll my eyes.
"Fine, I'll take the gold…"

Wf+6 361076

You are reissued your wages.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361077

I fold my ears down.
"So you can't take the collars off?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361078

I'll grimace.
"I'd feared as such. However, are you certain nothing can be done?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361079

I sigh
"Figures… anypony aside from Smitts who could issue the command?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361080

Take them and get to the… wherever I am supposed to wait for the others.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361081

I approach her, deciding I've waited long enough
"Miss Emrille. Could we perhaps converse? In private."
I motion her to come along and disembark the ships, so no prying ears or eyes can see or hear us.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361082

I follow her off the ships and give her a worried look.
"Come on, don't keep me waiting! What's up?!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361083

I chuckle
"No need to panic, I have convinced mister Smitts to spare the lives of all four of them. Unfortunately, this means that their well-being as well as their continued imprisonment is now my responsibility. If they end up causing dismay among the pirates, it will be on my head."

Wf+6 361084

"It was the command of the previous commodore, and so only a commodore may repeal it. I suspect if you asked Smitts he'd just tell you to leave the unicorns behind – I think I would advise it as well. More bodies will only attract more attention in terms of scouting."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361085

I grab her in a hug.
"Thank you! I…fuck, I don't even know what to say! I can try and tell them not to cause too much trouble! As long as it means that they will remain safe!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361086

"To be fair, the extent of my 'scouting' is just the first floor of the basilica. I had thought it would be easier to perhaps go in in the guise of a family, or perhaps a guide leading one, than just wandering in with just myself and miss Mera."
I'll scratch my beard.
"And I had vaguely hoped to give miss Seas and Spring some leisure time as well."
I'll brighten for a small moment.
"I don't suppose I could talk you and miss Stripes into coming with us? A day on the town might be relaxing."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361087

I cock an eyebrow
"I believe it would be best not to inform them at all, miss Emrille. I do not wish to upset them or to make them panic, so I would like to ask you to remain silent about this matter. I will, however, keep a closer eye on them from now on."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361088

I nod.
"Right, right… I won't tell a word to them… but, really, thank you so much. If there's anything I you need to be done or anyone who needs to get shot, just tell me."

Tela [Spellsword] 361089

I snort
"It'll be one big family trip. Cute. Dibs on being the aunt."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361090

I smile
"Please, we are partners after all, no?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361091

I perk up.
"Ooh! It'd be fun is miss Cloudy Ski- Stripes comes with us!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361092

I smile back.
"Yeah, we are. And I'm very glad of this partnership."

Wf+6 361093

"I seriously doubt it. She doesn't like crowds or new places. I've only just got her adjusted to my cabin."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361094

I'll deflate a little at that.
"I see… My apologies, then, for taking your time."

Wf+6 361095

"Not at all. It's refreshing to be hassled for something new for a change."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361096

"I simply reward loyalty, miss Emrille."
I clear my throat, becoming slightly more serious as I check the area to make sure no one is listening in.
"As for mister Smitts… do not trust him, miss Emrille. I suggest you ensure that you continue to show your value to the fleet, as he sees no quarrel in removing those who get in his way. He is ruthless and cold-hearted, and as likely to aid you as he is to kill you. So please… do try to watch your step."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361097

My expression changes to disappointment after hearing that.
"Aww… um, mister Abilio, since you spend so much time around miss Cloudy Skies, can I ask you a question?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361098

I'll nod again, but then stop.
"Fullmaster Abilio, I'm curious. Do you and miss Stripes have a wedding venue planned?"

Wf+6 361099

"Not as yet. Perhaps in Reptil, but then… perhaps not. It is not a pleasant place. A useful refuge, perhaps, but not pleasant."

"Go ahead."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361100

I nod again.
"I'll keep that in mind. I'll do my job as usual, but… shit, if Smitts really can hear everything going on the ships, he probably knows that I would help free Spring if I could, doesn't he?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361101

I'll shuffle my hooves a bit.
"Well, it's been quite a long time since anyone in my order has overseen a marriage, and I was thinking… perhaps I could offer my services here? I believe miss Topaz has a few nice things to make a proper wedding band for the two of you, if you desire it."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361102

"Miss Cloudy Stripes was acting kinda weird a bit ago… she didn't wanna let me in her room and she kept pausing and gasping and stuff. Do you know what she was doing?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361103

I'll shoot a glance at Spring.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361104

"That is quite likely, miss Emrille. Perhaps you should inform them about mister Smitts'… strange abilities. Just so they do not speak of things that are not for his ears. And while I personally am sympathetic to the unicorns… I do not wish for them to leave either."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361105

I facehoof

"Summer… it's not polite to pry into somepony else's business like that."

Wf+6 361106

"I'll leave it open as a possibility. Thank you for the offer."

He looks the two of you over.

"She was likely overwhelmed by the number of visitors. We've had quite a few callers ever since our announcement of retirement."

Tela [Spellsword] 361107

I snort but remain quiet otherwise

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361108

"But I was just curious…"

"Oh. Okay."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361109

I sigh.
"This isn't what they deserve, but I guess we can't do anything about that at the moment. I'll make sure to tell Spring about Smitts then, and ask her to pass it to Summer and that asshole too."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361110

"You are welcome, Fullmaster. I wish both you and miss Stripes a long life together."
And then, I suppose, we should excuse ourselves and head to the deck. Unless Summer or Spring want to ask him more things.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361111

I nod
"I'm pleased to hear you understand, miss Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361112

"I'm not that stupid, y'know. I will watch my words on those ships from now on. Things are starting to look complicated…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361113

I follow him out, waving back to Abilio.

Wf+6 361114

That all for the night? Seems like a good place to stop.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361115

I chuckle
"I don't think you are stupid, miss Emrille. Perhaps a little too quick to act sometimes but… no matter. That will be all."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361116

Gee, this sure was fruitful.

I guess we don't have much of a choice.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361117

That'll be good for me.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361118

"Living off your impulses and instincts can save your life, y'know? And if that's all, just… thanks again. I really can't say it enough times."

Tela [Spellsword] 361119

fine, I guess

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361120

Works for me.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361121

"Why… I could hardly let such an act go by, could I? I am quite aware how much they mean to you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361122

"I know you know, but you said yourself that it's just more responsibility for you. So just holler if you need anything shot, since, heh, that's really the only way I can think of repaying the favor. As a partner."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361123

"We have done quite well for ourselves so far despite the hardships, miss Emrille. There have been quite a few bumps on the road, but it is partnerships like ours that allow us to press on."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361124

I smirk.
"I would say friends make the world go around, but that wouldn't be true."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361125

"Either way, I must admit I am very curious to see what the future will bring to us. For now, I must speak to somepony. There is much work to be done and it is keeping me quite occupied."
I glance at Rosemary.
"I admit I am looking forward to the peace and quiet of the ocean again, giving me plenty of time to focus my attention on different areas."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361126

I glance at her as well, then back to Light Heart.
"Yeah, lucky you. Go ahead then, I won't keep you up."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361127

I chuckle
"Like I said, business must come first. As such I need to speak to a few ponies, including Abilio."
I turn to leave and head back to the ship

Light Heart [Warlord] 361128

Haha, time for autism because Nopo demands it
After dealing with Emrille, I go find Spring Water.
"Doctor Spring, could I speak to you for a moment please? In private."
I motion her to follow me along, leading her outside and off of the fleet just like Emrille.
"I'm afraid there has been a rather troubling development."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361129

I cock my head in confusion
"What now?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361130

"I am afraid I have bad news for you and your daughter… as well as your friend, mister Curry. With Commodore Tallow deceased, the command of the fleet has been passed on to mister Smitts. Unfortunately, mister Smitts is not quite as interested in your daughter as the old commodore was."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361131

A doubtful look creeps on my face
"So… what are you saying?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361132

I clear my throat
"I'm afraid… mister Smitts had less than optimal plans for you and your daughter, doctor. You were both to be executed tomorrow at sunrise. Mister Curry and his seapony would suffer from a 'accident' once they fulfilled their mission for Smitts."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361133

My jaw drops in horror
"W-WHAT!? Why!?"
I start breathing harder, panicking
"We have to get out! Run away before that happens! Oh no no no no!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361134

I put a comforting hoof on her shoulder, smiling
"Miss Spring, please. You need not to panic… Thanks to the aid of miss Emrille, I have managed to convince mister Smitts to not only spare the lives of you and your daughter, but also that of mister Curry and his friend. It took some effort and will result in miss Emrille owing me quite a lot of favors but… you are safe."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361135

I calm down slightly, yet my heart and mind continues to race at lightspeed
"I just… I don't understand… this is horrible… To t-think that w-would happen…"
I shut my eyes tight, trying to suppress the horrible image in my head

Light Heart [Warlord] 361136

Giving her a moment to let the gravity of the moment sink in, I remain quiet.
Eventually, I speak up again, voice as calm and level as ever.
"What matters is that it has been averted, no?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361137

I nod weakly, still shaken by the horrifying thoughts
"I guess…"
I look up
"You said… you worked together with Emrille? How?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361138

"Convincing mister Smitts meant I would place myself in a very troubling position. Not only am I responsible for your well-being now, I also have to ensure you do not cause trouble for the fleet. If you and your daughter were to escape for example, I would be in quite the pickle indeed."
I smile broadly
"I am pleased to say miss Emrille stepped in immediately, however. She has promised me an increase of cooperation in our partnership to help me bear this new responsibility. In short, as I mentioned earlier, she now owes me a few favors for saving your lives. While I do care for your well-being, I admit it would have been rather… hard for me to accept the deal Mister Smits presented to me without her support. You ought to consider yourself lucky for owning such a dedicated guardian angel like her, miss Spring."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361139

I gulp
"No kidding… Sounds like we dodged a bullet…"
I sigh wearily
"I guess I should have been more grateful that Smitts wasn't in control of the fleet when they captured us… at least the Commodore and Abilio didn't want to kill us."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361140

"I cannot help but agree the departure of both the Commodore and mister Abilio is a unfortunate turn of events. I am still hoping to convince mister Abilio of staying in some way, but that will not be easy without some form of incentive. From what I hear, he appears to be quite madly in love with miss Cloudy. Aside from his studies, there doesn't seem to be terribly much he cares about. Or at least not to my knowledge."
I wave a hoof dismissively
"But back to the order of business, I would like to ask you not to tell anypony but your daughter and mister Curry about this matter. In fact, I was not supposed to be telling you anything about this. So please, make absolutely sure not to mention the fact that you are aware of this matter to miss Emrille, mister Smitts or anypony else. They cannot know that I informed you about this."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361141

I nod, still overwhelmed by all this
"O-Okay… of course… I'll keep it in mind… T-Thank you Light Heart…"
I move in and carefully give her a hug

Light Heart [Warlord] 361142

I chuckle softly
"Doctor, please. I would hate to see harm come to you and your daughter, so I am just as pleased to see your safety is guaranteed."
I keep smiling as she eventually breaks off of the hug.
"Now… I believe that will be all. Please do try to keep in mind all I just told you."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361143

I nod
"Of course… yes. I will. Again, thank you so much for this. You saved my daughter's life from certain death… I doubt Terrebonne would have brought us back after being…"
I sigh and shake my head
"N-Nevermind. I need to get back to my daughter."
And with that, I turn around and leave.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361589

At some point in time before the trip into town…
I'll track down Felfire. She's probably pretty easy to find, right? Just look for dark corners.

Tela [Spellsword] 361590

and I'm around too, I guess
"What're you looking for, pal?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361591

"Just another of the crew. She's a bit troublesome, but she likes miss Seas. I thought it prudent to at least extend an invitation."

Tela [Spellsword] 361592

"Joy and wonder, let's find this hag then."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361593

I'll give a small chuckle.
"Hag's a bit of a stretch. She's likely no older than miss Spring."

Tela [Spellsword] 361594

"Well shit, she's probably younger than me then. Went ahead and burned myself, great."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361595

"Let's just say that looks can be deceiving."

Tela [Spellsword] 361596

I snort
"You got that right."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361597

And puff here I am, in Terrebonne's room.
And I'm in my early 20.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361598

Unfortunately, Curry has no clue where the devil that is. So we're just wandering the ship.
Well, let's see… am I even anywhere close to wandering within range of Felfire? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361599

That's a maybe! So, upon asking for directions, I head to Terrebonne's room, and knock.
"Hello! I heard miss Felfire might be in there, and I would like to speak with her."

Tela [Spellsword] 361600

"So where's this friend of yours? What does she do on the fleet?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361601

"She's a necromancer, I think. Does the strangest things with shadows. It's like they come alive. One of them is quite an interesting fellow, and I regret I haven't had more time to chat with him."

Tela [Spellsword] 361602

"Necromancer… never been to big of a fan of those. Hopefully she's not too creepy."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361603

"She's… interesting."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361604

"Oh. What is it about? Last time you were kinda red."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361605

"I was thinking of taking miss Seas and miss Spring into the city with me while I carried out a small task for the Commodore. I had thought it at least polite to extend you an invitation, as you and miss Seas are friendly with each other. Also, I'm afraid I've no eye for dresses, so I had thought the more mares I can convince to come along, the better chance of them getting something nice."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361606

"Yeah, I doubt Spring will want me anywhere near them."

Tela [Spellsword] 361607

I cock a brow

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361608

"True, but there is an ulterior motive, of course. There's something she and I both would like to discuss with you. Purely business, of course, and completely unrelated to miss Seas."
I'll shrug.
"It's likely been some time since they've had such a normal activity, and seeing how pleased they were with finding and taking a hot bath, I thought perhaps they'd enjoy a slight return to normalcy in the midst of this tempestuous life."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361609

Stand up and circle on myself, showing the newly acquired, extremely plain piece of clothing I acquired.

Felfire [Necromancer] 361610

"I'm already less interested. Go to Emrille, I'm sure she loves business."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361611

"Oh, but this business I think you'll be very interested in. You see, there was more to that library than met the eye. But, if you're not interested…"

Tela [Spellsword] 361612

I snort
"If you say so, pal. But it's not like this city has the slightest clue what fashion even means."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361613

"It's not about the quality of the dress, it's the familiarity of the act that's important. To make them feel like even though their life is a constant maelstrom of trouble, they can still enjoy the little things."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361614

"I kind of have my hooves full. And I heard somepony saying 'it all belongs to the kid!"
"Hey, I got a dress, Fervored is happy, I am happy."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361615

"The book itself, yes. But no one said anything about copies of it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361616

"Speaking of, though, that book I asked you to hold on to. The damaged one. Is that still with you?"

Tela [Spellsword] 361617

"Whatever you say."
Not like I didn't look for dresses myself already…

Felfire [Necromancer] 361618

"And tell me, what's the job? Slob through one more holy ground as a kraken follows us for a few piles of ashes and a book on plants?"
"Yes, and I'm gonna hold onto it for a little while longer."
Sit down again and let one of the shadows lay near me before settling on it.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361619

"Currently, I think it's mostly just behaving around miss Seas. Anything other than that, I'd have to discuss with miss Spring."
I'll rub my beard.
"Also, you might have to cover the paper bill, as the Commodore has decided to hold the funds I had asked he set aside for miss Spring and miss Seas until after the task is finished. Unless you happen to be a master haggler and can get a decent-sized tome or two for a hydra scale, which miss Topaz has informed me is rather worthless to most folk."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361620

"Fish, I don't talk to ponies, remember? If it's just care for the kid, I can do."

Tela [Spellsword] 361621

I eye the shadow with apprehension, but keep quiet

"Now that's a sentiment I can get behind. Good to see you're not one of those goddamn childslaver types."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361622

Smile a little, but wince inside.
"Yeah, good to know that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361623

"Having as many protective eyes on her as possible is how she'll stay safe on these ships. Especially if I can't be there with her. I will have to talk with miss Spring about any other conditions, of course."
I'll pause for a moment.
"Are you certain you wouldn't like to join us? Perhaps you could pick up a wedding gift for Master Abilio."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361624

Frown at him.
"Are you dense? I just said I'll be there. Which you didn't tell me where it is."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361625

"We're meeting on the top deck, and then heading into town together. Miss Emrille will be joining us as well as mi- Tela here. Unfortunately we couldn't talk master Abilio into joining us for the trip, but that's the way things go, I suppose."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361626

"Yeah. I guess he's a lost cause."
Stand up shakily.
"Won't the mother throw a fit when she sees me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361627

"I'll speak with her while you get ready. If it's for miss Seas, I'm certain she will at least tolerate you, if not attempt to be somewhat pleasant."

Tela [Spellsword] 361628

"She's been goin' pretty damn soft on me so far."
I snort
"Must be my charms."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361629

Fall back on my aunches.
"Well she damn near hates me. Must be my charms…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361630

"Cheer up, miss Felfire. It's not every day you get to out with a friend, even if she's heavily chaperoned."

Tela [Spellsword] 361631

I shrug
"Can't blame a mare for being bitter after being enslaved with her daughter by a bunch of goddamn pirates. I'd say she's handling it pretty well."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361632

"If she keeps at that she's gonna get them both killed.
Or worse. There are things even we can't heal."
Nod slowly at him.
"No, it's fine, really. I'm happy. Now, what of this book?"

Tela [Spellsword] 361633

"She doesn't seem in too much danger to me so far. Hell, even Emmy's looking out for her, and as much a dumb fuck she is, she's a good shot. I'm not gonna let anyone harm the kid either, I personally can't stand seeing children being hurt."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361634

"The book was in a secret compartment of the library, and I had assumed it would interest you. Once I finish working out the specifics with miss Spring, I'll try to draw you up a copy of it with as much haste as I can while remaining word-for-word accurate to the text. The shopping trip will also be to pick up a decent-sized book to copy it into, of course."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361635

"You think we are anything special? Any fuck on this ship could take Emrille down in a few shots."
"Does that book have a title or is it blank?"
Stare flatly at him.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361636

"I didn't get a very good look at it, as you were, ahem, shadowing me, but I believe it to be of a subject you'd find interesting. Why else would it be hidden?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361637


Tela [Spellsword] 361638

I smirk
"Yeah yeah, sure they can. That's what they all think before they get gutted by my sword. Let's see how many blood they're willing to spill to get what they want. A little kid and her mother, what a goddamn amazing prize."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361639

"The book's rather thick for a masturbatory aid, miss Felfire."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361640

"You don't know how it works around here, uh?"
Wave around my staff.
"No matter how many die, we can bring them back."
"Hey I found a nine-hundreads pages tome on inbalsamation.
That's nice for nights alone."

Tela [Spellsword] 361641

I give her a devilish grin
"Like you said earlier, there are things even you can't heal. They wanna start killing their employees for a kid? Hell, let them come. It'll be a good fight!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361642

I'll shake my head a bit.
"For ponies without your particular… preferences, I mean."
Clearing my throat a bit, I'll continue.
"Regardless, while you prepare yourself for the trip into town, I'll be speaking with miss Spring to both doublecheck to see if the book would spark interest in you, and to attempt to convince her to be more forgiving to your presence."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361643

Shake my head.
"I wasn't talking about physical shit."
"Right. Do you think the scythe will be too much?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361644

"Considering I don't plan on us getting into fights? Possibly. Besides, Fervored should be more than enough to protect you, don't you think?"
Bowing my head slightly, I'll start backing towards the door.
"Now, if you'll excuse me, miss Felfire, it's rude for a stallion to linger when a mare needs to prepare herself. I'll see you on the deck."

Tela [Spellsword] 361645

"Pain is pain, pal. No matter what, it'll be there when you stab their weak spots. Question is how much their willing to endure to harm a kid."

"Yeah me too. Enough of this waiting shit. Time to go to town."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361646

"Yeah, like I'm gonna bring him out around here, in a town of celestials. It was a joke, you son of a seagul!"
"Bye bye. You and Curry think just the same way."

Tela [Spellsword] 361647

I keep smirking
"Never claimed to be smart. Just a tough bitch standing up for what she wants out of life."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361648

"Right. If you care for the kid you are okay in my books."

Tela [Spellsword] 361649

"'Course I do. See you later, necropal."
leave with Curry

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361651

And then in a further time pocket…
Well, let's bring Spring off to the side and have Summer with Mera and Tela.
"Miss Spring, I need to speak with you a moment."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361652

Still a little shaken from the news I heard, I nod wearily and go after him
"Yes… what is it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361654

"Do you have that book from the shrine on you?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361656

I look around to check and see if nopony is listening in, then turning back to Curry with a soft voice
"Yes, it's in my bags still. It's a… book on the history of Tartarus. I haven't had the chance to look inside it."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361658

Oh thank Luna, it is something Felfire would likely bend over backwards to get.
I'll nod.
"I had thought we might pick up an empty book of roughly the same size while in the market, and then secure miss Felfire's cooperation with a copy of the manuscript. Her shadows can gather quite a bit of information, and miss Seas seems to view her as somewhat of a friend."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361662

I give him a flat look
"Friend? Summer is afraid of her. With good reason."
I look around again and carefully float the book out of my saddlebags, unwrapping the white bandages around it to reveal the cover
"I don't think you realize how much time copying a book as thick as this would take though. And it's not written in a language we can read either…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361667

"It matters little if we can read it. All the better we can't, actually. But time is something I think we will have in a large supply. At least so long as she believes she will get a copy of this book."
I'll rub my beard a little.
"I have taken the liberty of inviting her along with us on this trip. I also may or may not have promised her a copy depending on her good behavior and any other terms you might have."
I'll continue to rub my beard in thought.
"She does seem to care for miss Seas, though. Your daughter has an odd talent of inspiring those around her to care for her well-being, even if they are otherwise dismissive of other ponies."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361670

I frown
"Is that so, huh? You couldn't have waited with spilling the beans about this book a little while longer?"
I sigh wearily at that last part
"Summer is a talented pony… a healing prodigy even. The only reason why ponies ever came to a 'shady and borderline-heretical doctor' like me was because I was good at my job. Not because they liked me, but because they needed me. If it wasn't for her, we would have probably died down there in that wretched temple. I think it's safe to say that if it wasn't for the fact that we are doctors, we'd be dead by now… or worse…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361674

I'll chuckle a little.
"You hardly seem shady or heretical to me. You're simply a mother who cares very much for the safety of her daughter, and follower of the Moon as she once was."
I'll clear my throat a bit.
"That is something best left lost beneath the waves of 'what-if' miss Spring, and not considered at all. Focusing on the here and now, and not what could have been, is the order of the day."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361676

I give him a hard stare
"You know… I found something out just earlier. About something you, I, Summer and even Mera escaped from."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361678

I'll raise an eyebrow.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361680

"You remember how I told you the old commodore wanted to train Summer? Educate her? Because like I said earlier, my Summer is smart and talented, which is why he probably wanted to train her in the first place."
My expression darkens
"Turns out the new commodore doesn't share his views…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361682

I'll start to frown a bit.
"So he's likely thinking the four of us not worth the trouble of keeping around, then? That probably would be why he agreed so readily to my requests."
I'll stroke my beard again.
"But you said we escaped that. How so? A change of heart on his part, or do we have a generous spirit to thank?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361684

"Exactly. We were not worth the trouble anymore… and seeing how we dealt with the temple, our use to the fleet diminished. Light Heart told me about it. Apparently she told Emrille about it as well and the both of them worked out an 'agreement' with Smitts…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361688

"I see."
I knew there was something suspicious about how easy this all was.
"It seems I owe them both a debt, then. Though miss Emrille taking any risks on my behalf is beyond believable, I could see miss Heart keeping at least you and your daughter around. I assume I was folded in because miss Seas likes me, and a happy doctor is a doctor who will take extra steps to ensure you survive."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361690

I nod in agreement
"That seems logical. But it doesn't make me feel any more comfortable… I mean… who can we even trust at this point? Felfire sold the location of that temple out to Smitts and… Light Heart probably only came along so she could retrieve that heart for whatever reason she wanted it. We're just being played here by everypony it seems… like a bunch of damn pawns in a boardgame."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361694

"Ah, miss Spring, but you forget. With time, patience, and cunning, even a pawn can become a queen. We will not be played with blindly, not so long as we live, but that doesn't mean we can't roll with the waves that beat against us."
I'll give her a small pat on the shoulder.
"And we can always change the rules, if things go too far south. To do that, however, we need allies. Alone we are nothing, but with friends… and forgiveness, in some cases… anything is possible."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361698

I give him a sour look
"Forgiveness comes at a price. I forgave you because you promised to stop butting into my education of Summer. I'm willing to forgive the others if they want to help us but… they'll need to make some promises."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361700

I'll nod.
"Of course. Blind forgiveness, while admirable, is not something we can afford in this situation. Sometimes we must wave the carrot instead of the stick, however. This is why I offered a copy of that book to miss Felfire in return for her best behavior and aid in the protection of miss Seas, along with any other conditions you might wish to add."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361702

I give a undignified snort
"Maybe she could stop threatening to kill my daughter. Or stop masturbating in front of her. Or stop trying to butt into my education like you did. If she can do that, she can have that book."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361705

I'll roll my eyes a little at that last one.
"While I have agreed not to press the issue of extracurricular self-defense lessons, you would likely have better luck getting her to hug a baby than agreeing to that last bit. The other two conditions she should have little trouble with."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361707

"Then she doesn't get the book. I don't want any more bad influences on my daughter than there already are."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361709

"You did say 'or.'"
I'll grin slightly.
"But as she's coming with us on the trip, do try to be pleasant. If only for miss Seas's sake."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361711

"I can tolerate her. But don't expect me to keep quiet if she decides to start interfering again."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361712

"That's all I can ask."
I'll nod slightly.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361717

I put the book back into my bag
"One more thing… Light Heart told me Smitts has transferred the responsibility of keeping us 'secure' to her. So if we cause trouble… it'll be on her head."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361720

I'll nod again.
"Then it seems that I shall be on my best behavior. I cannot be held responsible if anyone chooses to antagonize either myself or miss Mera, though. Acting in self-defense should surely be acceptable to Commodore Smitts."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361722

"I would hope so… though keep in mind nopony aside from us and Light Heart and Emrille knows about this. Even Emrille doesn't know that we know, so Light Heart told me to keep this quiet… even to Smitts himself. Honestly, I don't really want to tell Summer either…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361724

"Then we won't. Miss Seas is to remain innocent of the knowledge of the narrowly averted threat to her life. It is not a burden she needs to bear. That's what we're for."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361725

I nod
"I'm glad we at least agree on that."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361728

I'll stroke my beard for a moment.
"There is one last thing I'd like to ask of you before we go into town."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361729

I cock my head questioningly

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361730

"Try to have fun. It's likely been quite some time since you've ever had the chance to simply enjoy time with your daughter or do something as normal as taking a market day."
I'll smile a little.
"With how happy you two were at the prospect of a bath, I thought perhaps a short return to normalcy would be good for you."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361731

I sigh
"Fun… right. I don't know exactly how much I can relax after learning my daughter and I narrowly escaped execution. I'm sure you understand."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361732

"That's exactly why you need to relax, miss Spring. Enjoy the life that you still have, and show miss Seas that there is nothing she needs to worry about."
I'll smile a little again.
"And besides, merchants can see how stressed their customers are, and you might end up scaring away anyone who might have a nice dress for sale."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361733

I frown
"I don't want a dress. We're low on money as it is, why would I buy something I never wear? I haven't worn one of those things since…"
I cut myself off, looking away
"… A long time."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361734

"Perhaps it's time to indulge yourself a little. Miss Seas might like a dress as well, and I'm certain the funds I dragged up from the temple will more than off-set the cost of a dress or two."
I'll smile a little sadly.
"Miss Emrille isn't the only one who'd like to see you smile a bit more, after all, and I'm sure you'd look quite fetching in the right dress."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361736

I roll my eyes
"Curry, really, I don't want to make us an even bigger target for these pirates than we already are. We should buy other things with that money, like rope, lanterns, weapons, medical supplies and other stuff."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361739

I'll nod, an exaggerated expression of dismay on my face.
"Alas, that the world would lose such a sight to lantern oil and rope. But I admit, such sundries are necessary, and would likely leave us bereft of all but the slimmest of funds for novelties or luxury items. One day, perhaps."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361742

"Maybe some candy or toys for Summer as well… a compass… a spyglass… mouth masks… there's plenty of stuff that we could use."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361744

"Well, we'll see what they have, I suppose."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361748

I keep droning off items obliviously, making mental notes not to forget about them
"Lockpicks… a tinderbox… bedrolls… "

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361750

"Miss Spring?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361751

I blink, breaking out of my stupor

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361756

"Thought I had lost you to yourself for a moment."
I'll chuckle a little.
"But while a great many of those things will be useful in the future, we should likely focus on what you and your daughter need at the moment. So long as you're on the ship, I'm certain the doctors will share their materials with you as fellows of the profession, and rope is hardly in short supply. Decent bedrolls, and perhaps some lamps or lanterns might be good purchases, though."

"Now, let's not keep the others waiting on us. I'm certain they're anxious to get moving. Though, now I think on it, we probably could have invited miss Light Heart to go with us, especially in light of her recent assistance."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361757

I nod
"Right… I'll get back to Summer…"

Wf+6 361769

Terrebonne told you she'd be waiting in Doc Peg's office when you're ready…

Light Heart
Mocking Wark looks restless… Eventually, he speaks up:

"I'm goin' out into town. Try not to get yerself killed, ya dainty mattress cover."

The Basilica beckons.

Sion 361770

Let's say this happened after the conversation with Borders somehow.
Go to the deck to go out in town with the others.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361771

Felfire [Necromancer] 361772

And to Terrebonne I go.

Hey Fervy, what if I mess up?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361773

Beckons it does. But once we're all together, we'll start our grand adventure in the market district.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361774

I raise an eyebrow in surprise
"Is something wrong, master Wark? Do you wish me to accompany you?"

Wf+6 361775

Mess up what? The resurrection? I don't know anything about necromancy, I'm afraid…

You find her in Doc Peg's clinic. Doc Peg is off in his side room being characteristically quiet, meditating in front of his shrine to Grogar.

There is no market district. There's only the Synagogue of Deals.


He shrugs. "Do what ya want. T'be honest, ye'd probably get yerself killed."

With that, he sets off into town. Cryptic. Do you follow?

Felfire [Necromancer] 361776

It's not about the magic I was asking you…

Step right in front of her and give a frim nod.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361777

Why of course I follow!
"Master Wark, could you eat least explain yourself?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361778

Then that's where we're going. Need to see if I can't offload this fresh, durable hydra scale for an empty tome of roughly the same or larger size as the book on Tartarian history that is safely tucked in with miss Spring.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361779

We should probably wait on Sol

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361780

Is Ruxiang around?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361781

Wasn't he here? Blast.

Wf+6 361782

I believe you won't.

She looks you over. "Well, we'll need someting ta bring back. What do ya tink about going paladin hunting? That wretch is probably skulking about in da hold."

Always in his crow's nest. He seems the most static of the crew.

Wf+6 361783

He continues walking past various cathedrals, deeper into the city.

"Ya wouldn' understand. It's clan business."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361784

"Clan business? Whatever do you mean?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361785

Fly up there.
"Hey there. Remember me? Of course you do. You tried to drug me."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361786

"Got a way to kill her quick?"

Wf+6 361787

"Last I saw of her, she didn't look like she would put up much of a fight. Might be about ta do herself in. Probably the right choice, if ya ask me."

He raises a brow. "I drug a lot of ponies. I not remember you for that reason, I remember because you nosy pegasus wants to know what's in my bombs."

He trudges on, toward a particularly foreboding grove far away from the other chapels.

"Are ya familiar with the words 'blood feud'?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361788

"I… why yes, of course."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361789

"Yeah, well that, but didn't you mention ammo? Special ones?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361790

"I dunno why but I just can't stand her, might get the spell wrong just on purpouse…"

Wf+6 361791

He marches straight into the woods with no hesitation.

"That be the easiest way to explain it. S'not yer fight, so I dunnae want you getting involved."

"Explosive ammo sometime. Knock out? Smoke screen. Magic. Poison. Gold, more."

Wf+6 361792

She frowns at you. "Ya'd best naught be neglectin' yer studies over grudges, rightful they may be."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361793

"Knock out, smoke, and magic, eh? Tell me more about them but I swear if by magic you want to push my nose into blow again I'm going to shoot you the moment I come to my senses after it wears off!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361794

I will just have pleasure in killing her, then. Let me get the scythe."

Do so and meet Terrebonne wherever Tasia is hiding.

Wf+6 361795

He gives you a toothy grin. "Best kind of magic."

You find her writhing on the floor of the hold shoving planks of wood, apparently pulled free of the floor, into her mouth. She seems to be brunching away as though they're delicious morsels.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361796

"Mister Wark, please. Explain what you are planning to do. I'm certain I could aid you in some way."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361797

"So no magical ammo, got it… for fuck's sake, drug is not a sort of ammunition!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361798

I guess that happens when you don't feed somepony for anything.

Stomp the floor with the handle of the scythe and glare at her.

"Do you know why I'm here?"

Wf+6 361799

He continues to stride quickly through the heavy brush. You're having a hard time keeping up without tripping.

"Cannae ye reason it out from tha'? I'm gonna kill a donkey."

He shrugs. "It funny to watch."

She just sort of cowers in self pity. And no you can't roleplay with Dsty's character when Dsty isn't here.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361800

"If you enjoy mares you drugged almost drowning, you've got a problem… Anyway, about those specials. Tell me more."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361801

I thought you'd have taken her up.
"Fine, I will."
Step forth.
Raise her shadow and mine.
Have the two shadows restrain her.
"I won't lie. I'm going to enjoy this…"
Plant the scythe in her chest, carving deep with a single motion, and giving a few little more pushes until I see she stops moving.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361802

"Well yes but… who? You say this will be dangerous, but exactly how dangerous?"

Wf+6 361803

He waves a hoof.

"You not have enough skill. You think you just put bomb ammo in gun and shoot? Good way to blow up barrel."

She's dead, Jim.

Terrebonne returns to Peg's clinic.

"I don't know either. It dunnae matter."

The overgrowth is now getting to a ridiculous extent, you're forced to take to wing just to keep with his pace.

Felfire [Necromancer] 361804

Have the shadows haul the corpse there.
"Okay. I'm ready. Should I?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361805

"I can shoot ice. I think I have more than enough skill to use any ammo you have, if you explain how they work."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361806

I frown slightly but keep following him
"Very well, master Wark. I shall aid you whichever way I can."

Wf+6 361807

She shakes her head. "Ya know how, but ya don' have da ability yet. There is one last rite ta complete. Ya must ask Grogar for permission ta breach his domain."

He chuckles. "You lost cause. You think explosive work like magic? Better not get guts all over my nest."

"Best ya just keep out of it."

The vines and canopy overhead are now too thick to follow by air. Roll to keep up.


"Please, it is the least I can do, is it not?"
Try to keep up

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 361809

"Oh. I see."
Look over at the shrine, is Doc done with it?
If so, walk over there.

Chip(DD knight) 361810

Where is the rest of the party?
Go around the ship and look where they are.

Sion 361811

I'm here.
"Hey mate."

Tony [Trickster] 361812

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361813

"I'm not planning to blow myself up either anyway. Tell me about the other two. Like that smoke screen one. Or that other one you mentioned."
I know somepony who would prefer if I had a non lethal takedown method…

Wf+6 361814

You finally breach the wall of growth into a tranquil clearing. The setting sun is too low to pierce the veil, but a faint golden glow as set over the scene. On the other end of the grove, there's another donkey, with a huge blade on his back.

"Ye came."

"Of course."

He's not. He seems absorbed in his meditation before the shrine.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361815

I sit back onto my haunches, eyeing the two of them in mild interest.

Chip(DD knight) 361816

"Morning." I nod at him.
I then look around for a moment, a bit confused.
"Anything you need from me?"

Tony [Trickster] 361817

"No. I was on my way to catch up with Spring and the others.
They're going out in town.
Want to come with us?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361818

Look back at Terrebonne.
Mouth the words 'Should I?'

Chip(DD knight) 361819

"Again?" I sigh.
"For prisoners, those two really gets out more than I did as an inmate during my last captivity."

I the scratch my head.
"Just tell me why they are going out? Is this another temple escapade?"

Wf+6 361820

"What you want know? Simple! Smokebomb instead of chunk of lead. Use firing cap. Smokebomb on short custom fuse lit by blast cap."

He pauses. "Knockout more difficult. Replace bullet with poison dart. Propulsion method not present on dart. Use old gunpowder trick."

The two donkeys draw their weapons. Wark's opposite laughs heartily.

"Ye've lost yer blade?"
"I dunnae need it t'best you!"
"Aye, ya do, lad. I reckon this will be downright unfair."

With that, he charges. With a huge, sweeping strike, the blade comes down toward Wark, who catches it with his buckler and returns a swing around the edge, deflected by the blade, already withdrawn from stalwart wood.

"Ye cannae win like this! Ye lack the reach!"
"I dunnae need reach to best ye, ya slack-jawed bastard's son!"

Wf+6 361821

She shakes her head.

"Doc. Someting troublin' ya?"

Finally, Doc Peg looks up. He gives a melancholy look and shuffles away from the shrine. Looks like it's free now.

Tony [Trickster] 361822

I chuckle
"I think they're going out for dresses or something.
But I'm getting bored on this ship so it will have to do."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361823

Best not to interfere… yet.

Watch the battle closely, ready to join in

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361824

"Old gunpowder trick… sounds fun. And are you sure I couldn't use my magic to shoot it?"

Chip(DD knight) 361825

"Bah, those two will get into trouble again if you ask me. But like you said, better than doing nothing in this ship."

I stretch for a moment.
"Lets go then, you lead the way."


"Hey Doc, if you need to talk…"
Yeah, I don't even.
Trot over to the shrine.
"Hold that thought, okay?"

If I have to use Commune, use Seance.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tony [Trickster] 361827

"Right mate."
Go with him off the ship.
As we're walking to the city I turn to him
"Feels good te be off that ship, doesn't it?"
Stamp my paws on the ground a few times.

Chip(DD knight) 361828

………… !
"If you are taking me to a fine restuarant for a date, I will clobber you." I frown at him.

"Nonetheless, I love ships and the sea but it can be tiring to just be in one place all the time."

Tony [Trickster] 361829

Look at him weirdly.
"I hate that fucking ship.
I always feel like I'm walking through some slow earthquake.
But whatever suits your fancy, I guess.
Besides you're not my type."

Chip(DD knight) 361830

"Not my type, hoho. Yes yes, I heard that one a lot of times. They always say that, next thing they know they are in bed with me. Oh those were the days." I wipe the tears from my eyes.

Wf+6 361831

He shrugs. "I work with one kind of magic."

You have learned much since your last attempt. Slowly the veil peels back, and you view a sliver of my realm. I know what you call upon me for, Necromancer.

[1 vs 7] The greatsword swings back around and broadsides Wark, sending him to the ground.

"It's over! Ye're done!"

[3 vs 18] He brings his greatsword down in another crushing blow, but Wark's buckler meets it again. He pounds on the bulwark furiously, crushing it lower with each blow. Wark is taking an absolutely brutal beating as the force behind each blow is channeled through his legs and body, still pinned on the ground.

[11 vs 20] The other donkey brings down his blade from another angle, and lops off Wark's shield arm as he rolls away from a killing blow.

"Argh! I'll roast ye fer that, ya callow miller!"
"I think we both know this is over."

[3 vs 4] Wark rolls to his feet, but is slowly pushed back over terrain as strikes lazily come yawning from left and right. The enemy is toying with him now, and he can do little but parry each blow with his axe, poorly, as he nurses his nub of a leg.

"I'll– I'll gut you, ye…. ye…"

"Have you made your peace with the maker?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361832

Roll my eyes.
"Still not interested. Show me that poisioned dart instead."

Wf+6 361833

He shrugs and tosses a dart at you. Roll to catch it!

Felfire [Necromancer] 361834

It's a honor to be called necromancer by the lord of death, my king.
On this day, I ask for your permission to touch the veil forever, taking back the souls of those who should rightfully belong to you.
Give the word and I shall do your will.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361835

Well that deteriorated at a reasonable pace
Time to put my pistols to use, take aim and fire. Cheap Shot '1d10'

Rosemary is here too right? She can attempt to heal Wark so he doesn't bleed to death instantly '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 1 = 1

Tony [Trickster] 361836

"Tell me about it.
How did a Dog like you end up here?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361837

Shit, I'm not risking anything!
Knock off my hat with my wing and and catch it with that so the dart won't sting me if I catch the wrong end!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Chip(DD knight) 361838

I scratch my head as I try to recall.
"Been a repairer of ships when I was young, its the only way to feed my sick Mom. When she passed away, I stow away to one of the ships and… the rest is history I might say."

"How about you Tony?"

Tony [Trickster] 361839

I chuckle.
"Well you know I got on the crew during Stonebriar.
But before I got to Stonebriar, I lived in the mines near Trottingham.
But I decided it was time for a change so I boarded a ship to Stonebriar."

Chip(DD knight) 361840

"Ah I see, welcome aboard I guess. I nod.

I then look around.
"Are they the only two who unboarded and went away? That is a bit risky isnt it?"

Tony [Trickster] 361841

"I think more will be with them. But why would it be risky? You think they want to escape or something?"

Wf+6 361842

I will permiss this. I name you this day, speaker of the sole syllable.

You actually feel a mental breakthrough, and suddenly all of the theory you've learned becomes practical knowledge.

You put a bullet in the armor of the attacking donkey, and Rosemary fries Wark with a bolt of magic.

[12 vs 12]

A series of blows carries back and forth across the battlefield, parries and blows traded freely between the two.

"I see ya've lost all yer honor with yer blade. Relyin' on prissy unicorns? Ya deserved that burn."


[15 v 4]
With that, he pushes forward and sweeps the challenger's legs, striking relentlessly, pushing him back.

[14 v 14]
The battle rages as another series of blows are traded. The other donkey brings his greatsword down, but Wark sidesteps and it hits the dirt. Wark attempts to return the blow, but the enemy catches the axe with the handguard on his hilt.

[9 v 6]
Wark takes advantage of the positioning to hook the axe around the enemy's hilt and pulls it free, disarming the enemy, and drawing the greatsword himself, wielding the entire blade with one hoof.


Chip(DD knight) 361843

I nod.
"They are always escaping, well the mother mostly. Summer is… a bit content with her lot."

Wf+6 361844

You carefully catch the dart in your hat, which sinks through the sink and pierces your hoof anyway. You're out cold for a few minutes.

On the bright side, you suck your hoof quite cutely.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361845

"Please, I came along with a reason, master Wark."
Rosemary can heal him again to try and undo the damage she did '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361846

That's good to know?
Get the dart out of the hat, put it back on, and try to stand up.
"You idiot! Why did you threw a poisioned dart?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 361847

I shall not delude you, mylord.
Bow down and stand back up.
"It's done."

Tony [Trickster] 361848

Remember the time I first met them.
"The mother did look like trouble.
But I didn't figure she would try to escape.
I didn't think she'd have the guts to try."

Wf+6 361849

He gives you an odd look. "Why you want to examine unpoisoned dart? What that gonna do?
Why I keep unpoisoned darts around at all? I don't."

You're up.

Wark is yelling at you. "STAY OUT OF THIS YOU. DO NOT INTERFERE."

[9 vs 8] Wark slowly pushes forward with one after another series of swings, but the other donkey sidesteps the worst of it.

[15 vs 3] Wark finally takes the opening and slashes the head off of his foe, killing him macabrely.

Wark is briefly levitated off the ground as light fills the grove. "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!"

With that, he crashes to the ground, unconscious and bleeding out.

Terrebonne nods approvingly. "Ya're ready?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361850

I motion Rosemary over to heal him again '1d10'

I look over the body of the dead donkey, anything of value that Wark might want to use? '1d10'

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


Nod back and move right besides the corpse.
"Yeah. I'll get this right."
Move my scythe over her body.
Hit the wound in her chest with the handle, and perform the rite.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361852

"I meant you shouldn't fucking throw it at me! You knew it could hit me and knock me out! Or did you do it in purpose? What the fuck is wrong with you? I wanted to test one, to see how they work!"

Chip(DD knight) 361853

"Well ponies do have the guts to do things that they want but if cornered and properly 'treated', they mostly give in and break." I look in the sky, smiling with glee.

"… Oh. Forgive me, I was lost in thought for a moment there. Say when are we arriving to their location?"

Wf+6 361854

He continues his odd look. "You did test one."

Her entire body seizes as she gasps for breath, breathing again. The wound glazes over in blood fresh blood, pumping freely, and disappears.

You don't even feel exhausted as is typical.

He doesn't have anything of value on him other than his armor (now covered in dents, blood, and one bullet hole) and his tartan.

She does a little to offset the bleeding, but he'll need that stump looked at soon if he wants to have a leg.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361855

Right, pick up Wark and put him on my back with the help of Rosemary's telekinesis. Be sure to grab those weapons as well.

Now to get back to the fleet in search of a doctor.

Felfire [Necromancer] 361856

Well that's odd.
"I hope your stay on the other side was not a pleasant one, whore."
Press on the chest with the handle a bit and then use it to give her a proper kick off the side.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361857

"I meant test by shooting one!"

Tony [Trickster] 361858

I chuckle at that comment.
Then turn when he asks about the location.
"They should be around here somewhere.
I thought we'd have run into them by now."
Look around.
"They can't be that far. Let's hope they didn't escape after all eh?" I chuckle.

Tasia [Paladin] 361859


Wf+6 361860

Doc Peg's clinic is busy! Tasia, Felfire, Doc Peg, and Terrebonne are here.

He shrugs. "Gotta know caliber anyway."

Felfire just brought you back to life in Doc Peg's clinic. After she held you down with shadows and murdered you. It seems they literally just killed you so you'd be a training dummy.

Wf+6 361861

Terrebonne nods. "Very good. Ya have natural talent."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361862

Nod my head towards my rifle.
"I thought you knew guns. Isn't it obvious?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361863

"Doctor Peg, I could use a hoof with my companion if you please."

I turn to Felfire and Terrebonne
"Miss Felfire, miss Terrebonne, how very good to see you."

I then look at Tasia with a mild look of disgust.
"And how very unpleasant to see you."

Tasia [Paladin] 361864



CAN I GET MAD '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 361865

He shakes his head. "YOU gotta know caliber."

Looks like it's been healed.

You just feel miserable and undeserving of being brought back.

Doc Peg fixes his hoof, fortuitously.

Tasia [Paladin] 361866

ugh, slink away

Felfire [Necromancer] 361867

Nod back with a smile.
"Got the best trainer in the fleet."
Nod slightly in acknowledgence of her presence.
"Doc, what happened earlier?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361868

"Excellent. Thank you doctor, a job well done indeed."
I give him a curt nod, then leave. Wark is still unconscious right?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361869

"You think I don't know it for my own gun?"

Chip(DD knight) 361870

I nod.
"Alright lets."

Will we be arriving there any moment or are we stuck since Sol is not here.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361871

I'm here, it's just Sol being a butt.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361872

Stuck because >no Sol.
Felfire was also supposed to join us at some point.

Tony [Trickster] 361873

We're stuck until Sol gets here. Either we talk some more or we just wait.

Tela [Spellsword] 361874

and Tela is here too

Wf+6 361875

He shakes his head in frustration again. "Caliber of POISON. Other kind of caliber."

For now.

He takes a swig of whiskey. "Just bad memories."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361876

Where am I?

Tasia [Paladin] 361877


Roll #1 3 = 3

Tasia [Paladin] 361878

find someplace to hide in

Felfire [Necromancer] 361879

"Sometimes, all ponies have those…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361880

Right, get him someplace where he can lie down and rest then. Then turn to Rosemary
"Miss Rosemary? Perhaps we could take this moment of rest to converse a bit. I feel we have been unable to do so with all that has been going on."

Wf+6 361881

In bed, your member thoroughly buried in the folds of a savage female gryphon put on this ship for no reason but gratuitous sex scenes. Aboard the Pillager's Fancy.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361882

"Then don't speak in riddles! Uh…"
Think for a second.
"Something that is non-lethal. Maybe put a grown pony out for ten or twenty minutes… or a filly for an hour. Something around that."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361883

I track down Felfire.

Wf+6 361884

He holds up a dart. "How long it last going to depend on where you hit, and whether there are thing to wake up pony. Other guards. Sound of battle. You know."

She's in Doc Peg's clinic.

She nods. "You're right… something bothering you?"

He shakes his head. "Just a bad history with this town in particular. Maybe we should find somewhere more private…"

Wf+6 361885

You find your old hide hole.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361886

"Actually, I was hoping to ask you the same question. You seemed quite distressed at times down there in that dreadful temple, and with good reason. Still no regrets following me around?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361887

I walk in and look around. Who else is in here? What is going on?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361888

"Yeah, I know, but can you at least give me an estimate?"

Tasia [Paladin] 361889

check my body to make sure nothing's wrong

how's my uniform? '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Felfire [Necromancer] 361890

"All ears doc. As long as there are no kids in your story, I think I can handle it."
Move somewhere private.

Tasia [Paladin] 361891

it's fucking torn

try to get angry, or

or something! '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Tasia [Paladin] 361892


just lay in there and weep

Wf+6 361893

Looks good except for all of the dirt from your rolling around on deck and the hole from that time you got stabbed and killed.

"This is the city where I was severed… so I have mixed feelings about it. It's also the city where they decided they wanted to return me to the hive, after all."

"Thirty seconds at best in combat. Ten or twenty minutes undisturbed."

Only Terrebonne is left now, everyone else just split.

Chip(DD knight) 361894

Alright. Time for some fun.

"You want a drink? This place is making me thirsty."
Look around for a place to get some ice cold drink, like coconut juice or something.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361895

I nod, and lean closer.
"On an adult, right?"

Tasia [Paladin] 361896

Wf+6 361897

You are a very weepy pony.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361898

Felfire [Necromancer] 361899

"But you did not agree, I guess? What happened?"

Tony [Trickster] 361900

"Sure. It looks like they aren't here anyway."

Wf+6 361901

"I, ah… I don't know sometimes. I think I may just be following you because I have nothing else to go back to. But… I do love being around you. I'm not sure it's healthy for me, but I feel intoxicated. Even your mane smells… aromatic."

"I did what changelings do not do. I created an original form. What you see before you."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361902

"Takes more skill than your average imitation, if you ask me.
And then?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361903

Light Heart [Warlord] 361904

I cock a brow in surprise
"That sounds… quite interesting. you are implying then that you simply use me for my body?"
I chuckle softly
"As for your past… I don't believe you have told me very much about it. Why, you did not so much as go back to your home residence to pick up any personal items after you joined up forces with me."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361905

I'm with Curry and Spring now, right?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361906

Tela is here too I think

Wf+6 361907

You find the Shrine of the Laughing One has continued its party even as the sun has completely set. They have both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

He gives you another odd look. "Stop shooting children!"

"I escaped. I presume the program covered it up and told their superiors I was returned to the hive, but there are still researchers that know the truth."

She frowns a little. "I told you… it's not about your body. I mean, back in the temple… I don't care what kind of body you have. It's not about the bed… though you are wonderful…"

She pauses and gives a distant look. "Do you think about the future, Miss Heart? Your ultimate destiny? Retirement? Children?"


Felfire [Necromancer] 361908

"Let me guess. They are the reason you are sleepless, uh?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361909

"Hey, I wasn't implying anything like that at all! Just asking! And if I had to it would this would be preferred to using live 'munition, right? So just answer the damn question!"

Wf+6 361910

He scowls. "I don't shoot kids so I don't know."

"Indeed. It is troubling to be so close to them once again."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361911

I look brightly up at Curry and Spring, excited for the visit to town.
"Are we gonna go soon?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361912

"Not even a rough estimate?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361913

"Ask the friendly corpsefucker Doc. Gimme names and places."

Chip(DD knight) 361914

Grab one of the smoothies, drink on it and pass it to Tony.

"Want some?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361915

"No I do not, miss Rosemary. I live by the notion that every day may be my last. Though recent… developments have led me to alter my views slightly. If I wanted to retire I could have done so before, as I had the money after all. But I did not want to, as I still relish in exploring the world and meeting new people, encountering all sorts of different situations and scenarios."

Tony [Trickster] 361916

"I won't say no to that."
Raise my glass.
"Cheers mate."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361917

"We are indeed. Just waiting for miss Felfire and miss Emrille to join us."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361918

I nod
"Yes sweetie, we are."

Tela [Spellsword] 361919

"Sure as heck hope so."

Chip(DD knight) 361920

"Cheers." Drink it in one go.

"Now thats taken care of, lets continue on finding them shall we?"

Tony [Trickster] 361922

Drink it in one go too.
I actually hope they've tried to escape.
One mother dragging a kid? Wouldn't be hard to track down."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361923

"Can we go now? Can we?"

Wf+6 361925

She averts her gaze slightly. "So there's no chance you'd ever want to settle down or continue your line?"

"Part of the problem is that I don't remember there names from all that time ago. You could probably find a register somewhere in Saint Radiant's Basilica. The operation was a joint effort, but their vault is the safest."

"I don't know. Half the height and width means one eighth the weight, right? So maybe eight times?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361927

I grin.
I clear my throat.
"I mean, uh, yeah. I'll take some of these then."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361928

"Wait. Are you talking about assaulting the basilica? That's crazy!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361929

"Just as soon as the other two get here, miss Seas. We did agree to meet here before we left."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361930

I cock a brow in surprise once again
"I'm not quite sure if that is a wise thing to do with my condition. Pregnancy and birth is quite taxing. And besides…"
I give her a kiss on the forehead
"I do have you."

Chip(DD knight) 361932

Have we arrived to the others yet?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361934

"They could do with some haste though."

Wf+6 361935

"Not head on… I know Smitts has a plan to raid the vault for documents anyway. If somepony could pick these up while there…"

He shakes his head. "Maybe after some training. You gonna knock yourself out again."

She blushes and whispers, mostly to herself. "That's kind of what I meant."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361936

"Oh… right."
I sit down and start patiently waiting for them to arrive.

Wf+6 361937

Felfire is in the clinic

Emrille is in a crow's nest

I'm not sure how you go to a crow's nest as a group, especially while chatting.

Light Heart [Warlord] 361938

"What was that, miss Rosemary?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361939

"Just tell me how to do it and I will be able to. Or in other words, give me a quick training right here and now."

Wf+6 361940

She's blushing heavily but whispers, "Well, I mean, no – it's too weird. I'm sorry. Forgive me."

Chip(DD knight) 361942

We are finding Summer and Spring, I am with Tony.

Tony [Trickster] 361943

Technically, due to me meeting up after the chat where I got the gas mask, I think they should have left the ship already in our time.
But I guess we'll just wait until the rest show up.

Felfire [Necromancer] 361944

"Smitts told me nothing, how will I know what I'm looking for?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361945

"Please, I am not phased that easily, miss Rosemary. Just please speak your mind."

Chip(DD knight) 361946

Alright then.

Wf+6 361947

"It would be the Hive Project. If you can find documentation, I'd be grateful. Though…. if you don't know, maybe you're not part of the team. Sorry to waste your time."

Okay, you find him.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361949

I'm back. Is Felfire still with the Doc?

Wf+6 361952


She cringes a little and cows down before finishing, "There was that altar… so if you ever wanted children… I could bare yours, if you impregnated me… If you wanted, I mean. Oh gosh, I'm so sorry."

She she's shaking a little and blushing.

Felfire [Necromancer] 361953

"Yeah, I will go ask the goat himself. Hope he's not busy."
Salute Doc and go to Smitts.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361955

Is there anyone else in here while he is busy?

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361956

You keep this up and we'll be forced to leave without you.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361957

Poke Ruxiang in the chest with a hoof.
"Whenever you stopped fucking around in your little nest you come and train me in these darts, okay?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361958

Timewarp, I'm there! Happy?

Wf+6 361959

He gives you a toothy grin.

"That gonna be a long time, mare."

Light Heart [Warlord] 361960

I run a hoof through my mane
"Ah… I see. Well… this is quite the unusual suggestion."
I chuckle
"But if that is what you want from me, how could I possibly reject?"

Chip(DD knight) 361961

"There they are." I pointed the two to Tony.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361962

Can Seekkill come too? He needs something to do.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361963

"Then when?!"

Tony [Trickster] 361964

I nod.
"Looks like they didn't escape after all."

Wf+6 361965


She turns even deeper shade of red.

"I do! I mean– I… I just didn't think you'd say yes…"

He frowns. "I mean I don't leave nest except on captain's orders."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361966

Bah. Now we're just going to assume Emrille winged back down to us, and be on our way.
>>361962 Yeah sure.

And so we went to the Temple of Deals.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361967

Roll my eyes.
"When do you have time to train me then?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 361968

Borders Skewed [Mage] 361969

Right where were we, Tony?

Wf+6 361970

"Maybe tomorrow. We see."

I am pretty sure you went to join the group.

Tasia [Paladin] 361971


Roll #1 6 = 6

Borders Skewed [Mage] 361972


Emrille [Gunslinger] 361973

"Fine, then I'll come back 'maybe tomorrow'."

Fly down from there, and look for Spring.

Felfire [Necromancer] 361974

I said timewarp for a reason. That happens a few minutes later.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 361975

If I'm with the group i stay quiet.
If I'm with the Doc I ask if he has anything more he can teach me.

Chip(DD knight) 361976

"Lets meet them."

Approach the two.
"Now what are you two doing here?" I asked Spring.

"What are they doing here?" I whispered to Tony.

Tasia [Paladin] 361977

try to feel better about myself '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361978

"I invited them to join me on an excursion, mister Chip. I was wondering where you'd gone as well."

Tony [Trickster] 361980

Well it's not in this thread anymore but if I remember correctly, you were drunk, showed me the mask and asked what I thought it was for.

Take the mask and take a good look at it.
"Interesting. It looks like a war mask or something. Maybe I'll know if I try it on"
Put it on my face.
"Have you ever tried to take it outside to try it out?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 361981

"Oh hi mister Chip!"
I perk up and stand up, then wave to him.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 361982

"I have already tried it. Saved me from being hijacked by mind-controlling fungal spores. At least, until it got torn off."

Wf+6 361984

You manage to push away some of the guilt for a while. It just makes you feel more evil.

Chip(DD knight) 361985

I flick his ears.
"I am always in the ship, repairing stuff and caring for…… other ponies and crewmates." I smiled.

Tony [Trickster] 361986

"Hey, guys."

"I don't know, I figured they left the ship already.
We didn't see anyone when we were there."

Felfire [Necromancer] 361987

So, can't walk in on Smitts?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361988

So I guess I'm with the others now.

Wave at Tela.

Chip(DD knight) 361989

"H.. Hi there, so what are you up too little thing?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 361990

"Please, I do try to take care of those who show loyalty. Your needs are of interest to me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361991

I'll flick my ears a bit in minor irritation.
"I see. As I don't quite know my way around the ships just yet, I had given up the ghost of finding you."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 361992

"Can we go now?"

Wf+6 361993

"My only worry is we'll never have a chance like this again… the paladins might loot the temple with Mister Curry gone, so… We'd have to do it soon…"

Not with the rest of that group definitely.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 361994

"I hope you haven't been waiting on me."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 361995

"Certainly. We are burning daylight, after all. If you'd like to join us, you're welcome to, mister Chip."

Tela [Spellsword] 361996

I nod back at her, tapping a hoof impatiently

Tasia [Paladin] 361997

"who cares anymore? Look at me! I used to be a paladin! I used to uphold the light even on the shores of Equestria!


But I can't even keep my rank.. I've been discharged. I'm a heretic.. at least I was allowed to be here

even if for now

try to feel good about that, i'm not sure if I should care anymore '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Felfire [Necromancer] 361998

"Did you get the title of the book?"
Timewarps are magic? Not like he's gonna kill me if I go ask him about the assault. After all, he already knows I know!

Chip(DD knight) 361999

"Where are you three going by the way?" I give them a confused look.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362001

"I did. And yes, I think it's something you'd be quite interested."
"Firstly to the temple of Deals for a bit of shopping, and then I have a small task at the basilica to perform for the commodore."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362002

I roll my eyes
Sure, invite the whole damn ship why don't you?

"We have. But it's fine."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362003

I wave to him as well.
"Hi mister Tony!"

"Going to town, mister Chip. Are you coming with us?"

Tony [Trickster] 362004

"I see…. It's an interesting little thing.
And you say it comes from another time?
Just shows that nothing is impossible."
I pause for a second.
"Borders would you be interested in a partnership?'

Felfire [Necromancer] 362005

"Oh. Hey Curry, I have an offer. Come closer."

Wf+6 362006

You wallow in your self pity for a while.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362008

"Well… perhaps we could find a way to extract the spell from the altar? Or we could simply remove the altar itself and bring it along onto the ship. It's a peculiar artifact after all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362009

Fake a pout at her.
"Aww, did poor old Tela get bored in this company?"

"On the bright side, I'm working on trying to be less lethal when it's not needed!"

Tela [Spellsword] 362011

"Don't make me punch you."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362012

I'll lean in a bit, but keep a small distance between myself an her.
"I do not have the book on my person, if that's what you're going for. Miss Spring's conditions were not threaten her daughter or… pleasure yourself in plain view."

Chip(DD knight) 362013

"Thanks to Tony, I will." I nod.

"Alright, I'll join you."

Wf+6 362014

She nods. "But if we can't find a way… would you… before we leave? You don't put me in harm's way much so I could keep myself safe…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362015

Flutter my eyes.
"You wouldn't~"

Tasia [Paladin] 362017


Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 362018

"That's not something I can control. Not really. And I told her already.
But fuck this. Listen up."
Lower my voice, but still keep the distance.
"I know just what kind of work you are doing for the commodore. Get me a bunch of papers called 'the Hive Project' and I'm gonna pay for the copy of the book myself."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362019

I nod
"Well… that's good to hear at least."

"Or butt into Summer's education. Don't forget that, Curry."

Tasia [Paladin] 362020


Emrille [Gunslinger] 362022

I nod proudly.
"Yup! Once Ruxiang stops being an asshole I will have these little poision darts that can knock anypony out cold for a while!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362023

"Yeah don't worry. I'm not here for that. Happy now?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362024

I'll roll my eyes slightly.
I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Ah, so those seeds he's having me spread around the first floor of the basilica do have a purpose other than just dirtying their halls. I'll see what I can do, though my knowledge of what the basilica has inside is rather limited."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362025

"Poison darts?…"
I frown.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362027

Look him over a while.

"…I suppose I could.What are you planning?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362028

"Doesn't matter. You see the papers, you take them all and give them to me. Okay?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362029

"If that is what you truly wish of me, miss Rosemary. Though I must warn you… it may not be the best of ideas to do such a thing in these times. I don't quite believe I would make for a good parent in our current situation."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362031

"It's more like a… uh… ranged bedtime story that works instantly? Nothing harmful, not actual hurting poision!"

Tela [Spellsword] 362033

"Oh I would. Hard."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362036



"Oh… sleep darts…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362038

"If I see them, I shall pass them along. Where do you think they might be?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362039

Wf+6 362040

She nods. "You're right, of course… I'm just still in shock that you said okay… we should focus on finding a way to remove the altar…"

Chip(DD knight) 362041

I look at Curry for a moment.
"Why are we doing this again? I mean escorting you three kind of ends up in a bad note." I frown.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362042

"Poison is still poison! Just because they don't seem harmful doesn't mean they won't have effects later on!"
I continue frowning.

Tela [Spellsword] 362043

"Standing around. Real fun."

Felfire [Necromancer] 362044

"No idea."
"Yeah. Kill somepony, don't drug him. If he doesn't want to."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362046

"Chatting. Though it's high time we left to wander the city for a bit! Come along then, to the temple of deals."
I'll chuckle a little.
"It's not escorting, it's accompanying. We're all just going out to shop a little, and then myself and miss Mera will swing by the basilica to perform a small task for the Commodore. If all goes according to plan, you'll need never have to worry about conflict."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362048

"But you don't. And that's why I know you love me~"
Let out a chuckle.

"Yeah! That's a better option than shooting somepony's leg or wing, isn't it?"

"It's either that, or kneecapping. I think most would choose the darts."

Tony [Trickster] 362049

"Well, your research into the nature of reality is very interesting.
You could say I myself have some experience in it as well, though not to the level you do.
I figure we could help each other out in this.
Share what we find."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362050

"Oh believe me, you can stay right here on the ship if you want. I wont mind."

I roll my eyes
"Summer, please. I used 'poison' all the time in the clinic."

"That it is…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362052

I take a few steps back.
"Temple? Seekkill not like temple."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362053

"It's not that kind of temple. It's more like… a bunch of folk all buying and selling things. A market."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362054

"He actually has a lot of useful stuff, once he stops to try and sell blow to you, to be honest."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362055

"Buy? Sell?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362057

"Things you do with money. Take objects, give money. Take money, leave object."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362058

"And different objects are worth different amounts of money."

Tasia [Paladin] 362059

how much did yelling help me '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362060

I nod.
"No strong monsters? No…flashy stone block?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362061

"Yeah, for things that are poison! Like alcohol and drugs and all that stuff…"

Tasia [Paladin] 362062

rolling to not end myself '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Chip(DD knight) 362063

I slumped down.
"I love the ship but I am sick of it. I'm bored, there's nothing to do here but drink and f…… flush the dirt and grime."

"A change of scenery is a welcome sight, dont you think?"

"We'll see." I grin a bit.

Tasia [Paladin] 362064

rolling to just stay here and be useless '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362065

I'll shake my head.
"No, only merchants and maybe a few thieves."
"Indeed. But enough lollygagging, let's be on our way."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362067

"Indeed. Perhaps the Commodore will be willing to aid in that prospect."
Let's go find Smitts

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362068

"Theev. Seekkill know theev. Go deal temple."

Wf+6 362069

Skill Acquired: Acedia

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362070

"Blo-? Never mind…. I don't even want to know."

I sigh and boop her nose with a hoof
"No Summer, she means sedatives."

"I don't know, I quite liked the cage in the brig. A real sight-seeing location."

Felfire [Necromancer] 362072

"Don't pull out your weapons or bite anypony, got it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362073

"I'll tell you anyway. Magic dust. I got a free sample when he forced my nose into a bag. I could almost say it was pleasant until I almost drowned in the sea."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362074

"I have no objects with sharing what I know with you, then. You may count me in."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362076

I scowl at her.
"Seekkill know not do that. Seekkill not stupid."
I look around.
"Got what?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362077

I give a hop as he starts setting off.
"We're going now? Yay!"

"Oh. Ooooh…"

"Magic dust? Is it… can I try some?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362079

Roll my eyes.
"You got it, don't worry."

Chip(DD knight) 362080

"Is it? I dont recall it being like that when I was imprisoned, you ponies are kind of weird." I scratch my head.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362082

I shake my head
"Don't be a duster, Emrille. They have a way of dying very young."

"Summer, don't you remember those dust users who ended up in the clinic sometimes? Do you want to end up like that?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362084

Shake my head.
"Don't even think about it. It would make a junkie out of you. It's not really good, you know? It just makes you think it's good, then your teeth and feathers start to fall out."

Tony [Trickster] 362085

"Thank you."
Offer him my paw.
"If you ever need my help for anything in this research, you can call on me anytime."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362087

And I'll start leading the group into the city.
"Sarcasm, mister Chip! Delightful speech pattern."

Glister the Sparkle Thrower [Thau] 362088

I don't even know how that'll benefit me.

Go uh Go find somepony to comfort me '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362090

"Hey, I wasn't planning on! When he said 'magic' I thought he had special ammunition!"

Tony [Trickster] 362091

I'll go with them.


Rolling to zone out.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tela [Spellsword] 362093

"'bout damn time!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362094

Pone I'm so above this shit.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362095

I give her a confused look.
"If metalwings say so."

Are we there yet, Wf?

Wf+6 362096

You're getting really good at this sloth thing.

You go to your happy place. A plane in which Fervored Freedom rails you endlessly.

You're there. The sun has set.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362097

"OH. That kind of dust…"
I shiver and turn to frown at Emrille.
"Miss Emrille! Dust like that is very bad for you! It rots all your feathers and your teeth and can even rot away your nose!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362098

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362100

"You better not…"

I nod
"Exactly. Nasty stuff."

Wf+6 362101

The Commodore is in his cabin.

"You may enter, Light Heart."

He already seems at home in the shrouded commodore's cabin.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362102

I think my happy place would be kinda different. But as long as he listens to me…
Put up a silly, happy face and follow in auto-pilot.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362103

"Here we are, my fine fellows, the Temple of Deals. Now, let's browse while there is still some light left to the day."
And I'll look for a curio dealer. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tasia [Paladin] 362105

well great! it just proves how useless I am!

"Not all ponies hate me right? I- I mean that one stallion from before.. He's gotta!"

go find him! '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362106

Raise an eyebrow at her.
"Do I look like a wannabe-junkie?"

I chuckle.
"I know Summer, I know, that's why I was mad at Ruxiang for a while. I think you missed the part where I said 'he forced my head into a bag until I ran out of air and had to breath in'."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362107

"Mister Smitts. How do you do? I'm aware you are quite busy, so I will keep it short. I believe I mentioned a certain altar to you before, no?"

Chip(DD knight) 362109

"Is that so? I thought ponies… nevermind."

Follow them.


Right, I'll just follow along with Summer for now, on the lookout as well.

"No, you don't. I'm just giving you a fair warning, Emrille. Nothing more."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362118

"Fishdog. Why all us come to temple at same time? Pony says not dangerous."

Tela [Spellsword] 362119

I snort
"Your mug is ugly enough to pass as one at least."

Wf+6 362121

You stalkerishly sneak through the hold and find your way out on the other side. You locate Face taking an early sleep in his bunk.

He looks up from his paperwork. "Did you? I can lose track sometimes. Something from the temple, no doubt?"

They all seem to be dealers of curios.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362122

Grab it with my hoof.

"Certainly. I will take this as a sign of kinship with you."

Tony [Trickster] 362123

Browse a bit.

Chip(DD knight) 362124

"Hmmm… oho! Why thats a good idea. I had some plans to do down there btw."

I then think for a moment then look at Seek.
"What are 'you' going to do down there btw?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362125

"Thought ponies what mister Chip?"
Do I see the dealers of curios too?
I wanna sell off those scales, or at least have something done with them.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362126

"Following your beauty tips, cupcake."

Roll my eyes.
"If I wanted to waste my life on drugs I would have done it ten years ago to try and pretend that life didn't suck."

Tasia [Paladin] 362127

uhhh '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Light Heart [Warlord] 362128

I nod
"Indeed. There is a certain altar down there. One that changes the gender of anypony who touches it. I was wondering if it would be of any interest to you, because I myself find it quite the intriguing artifact."

Tasia [Paladin] 362129

t-try to lay next to him '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362130

Hmm. Any of them have blank books? At least as large as the Tartarian History tome. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Felfire [Necromancer] 362131

'1d10' for a blanket. A nice, cozy blanket.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362132

"Seekkill here for be here. Nothing else do. Hunt at day not smart. Seekkill not like fish ocean much."

Tony [Trickster] 362133

"Say, Borders, are you sure you have really tested every possible use of this mask?
It seems quite sophisticated."

Chip(DD knight) 362134

"Nothing." I frowned at her.

Wf+6 362136

Again, all the goods are kept in the back, not on the tables, but all those things are sold here.

You can't contain your lust, and you can't feel any more evil or guilty at this point… roll for luck.


Anything of particular interest?

"Right… I guess that's true."
I smile
"Good thing you were smarter than that."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Light Heart [Warlord] 362139

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362140

Well, let's see if I can't find a sap to barter this scale for. It's fresh, not poisoned, and durable. Perfect for crafting into a decoration. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 362143

He gives an odd look. "I can't fathom how it could be useful, though I suppose somepony might be willing to buy it. What kind of dimensions does it have? Weight?"

I saw that, you!

Come on Spring I told you that they're not keeping goods on the table.

But you do see some high level trades going on. Gold and Battletoads. Serious stuff.

You think you spot a relatively new priest. He's kind of overweight, and his badge says PAWN STAR.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362144

Look for a clothing place.
I'll need a scarf or something to cover my face with the next time we run into smoke.

Smirk back.
"It paid off in the long run."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362145

"I obtained it when I was using a bit of magic to obtain an air filter for a spore-infested area. Judging from its make.. it is indeed meant to protect from harmful air, but I wouldn't risk using it in a manner not fit for its construction.

Tasia [Paladin] 362146

oh shit sorry '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362147

"Good evening, friend."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362149

7 seconds before I posted! My slow internet is fucking with me!

"It always does!"

Chip(DD knight) 362150

"Alright I'll accompany you to the temple." Follow SeekKill.

"Wait, I have to retrieve someone."

Find Nurse Heart.


Trot along Curry to the new guy, give my best 'I-just-came-back-from-the-dead-and-could-not-care-less' face.
Which some ponies also call 'pillow mane'.
And shut up.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Light Heart [Warlord] 362152

Describe the thing, because I don't know myself.

"Why, it could be useful to me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362153

"I'm new to this whole 'patience' thing, so I wouldn't know if that's always the case!"

Wf+6 362154

He eyes you warily. "You're not going to ask for Battletoads, are you? We just sold out."

You wrap your hooves around his head, blocking his vision, and slowly ease yourself down onto his member. He stirs, but makes a pleasant noise. Seems he doesn't know it's you.

If you don't want to roleplay rape, just roll for this.

Chip(DD knight) 362156

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362157

"Seekkill not care buying selling. Seekkill go with fishdog."
I follow you.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362159

I walk up to one of the other merchants.
"Um, excuse me mister Merchant? Can I sell these to you?"
I levitate up the scales to him. Sea pony, sea dragon and hydra scales.

Tasia [Paladin] 362160

why would I want to roleplay for rape?


Roll #1 9 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362161

"Celestia forbid, good fellow. I'm here to barter for a few blank books, about yea thick" I'll gesture the approximate depth of the Tartarian Tome, "as well as a few small sundries. Simple things, like a few quills and a couple vials of ink. A lantern as well, if I can swing it."

Tony [Trickster] 362162

"I can't believe it.
How can a mask protect someone from
air? You still have to breath through it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362163

Cloth merchant.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362164

"It usually pays off…"

Right, follow her

Tela [Spellsword] 362165

"Proud to hear. I'm no wonderworker though."

Find a merchant that sells clothing and stuff

Wf+6 362167

You find her laying on your cot. She gives you a pleasant grin as you approach.

"Have you come to fill me again?~ I've gotten cold without your warm arms around me.~"

"Interesting. I could have it moved onto the ships. You'll owe me, of course. More than previously."

He eyes them. "Those are pretty big fish scales."

You manage to get through the whole thing without revealing who you are. It was really, really good. He filled you completely, and then some.

He softly murmurs, "You were pleasant… So not that I protest the change of pace, care to share who you are?"

How do you feel about all this successful rape? And hey! It's not technically rape if they don't know they're fucking someone they don't want to fuck… right?

"Shouldn't be too hard."

They aren't specific to one trade.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362168


Show it to him.

"Filters, see, like this sieve over here. And I suspect that the filters contain substances than can absorb harmful air. Kind of like how charcoal can soak up most toxins.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362169

"They're seapony, sea dragon and even the scales of a hydra mister!"
I smile up at him.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362171

"We'll see…"

Walk up to a random stand then.
"Hey. I need some sort of scarf. And a fancy one too."

Chip(DD knight) 362172

"Oh you~" I smiled at him, I cleaned him a bit, dressed him up and go meet Seek.

"Lets go shall we?" Go to the temple, backtrack and find this altar of changing stuff thingy.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362174

"Now as to what I have to barter with… I have here this fine scale, freshly taken from a hydra. Dangerous beast nearly wiped out the team I was a part of to kill it, and at some expense we finally managed to end its terrible life."
I'll pull out the scale.
"Now, I have it on good authority that hydra scale is an excellent crafting material, and worth at least twice its weight in gold. But you, my fine fellow, I'm willing to part with it for just those small items."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362175

"Hm… perhaps not then. Unless I can simply pay for it?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362177

I was with you the whole time. >>362157

I stop at the entrance to the temple.
"Who was pony? Why we here?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362179

It took away this self-loathing! I don't really care as long as I feel better, even if for a little while.

trace a little "no" on his chest before slinking out of there!

rolling to be sneaky if needed '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Tony [Trickster] 362180

Take the mask and take a good look at it.
"I'm not sure.
What you say makes sense, but I'm the kind of guy who likes to be sure about these kind of things.
Test and draw conclusions out of that, you understand."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362182

I nod
"They're supposed to be really valuable."

Tela [Spellsword] 362184

I walk over to her and snort
"More fancy shit, Emrille? You always had awful tastes in clothing. Still do, from the looks of it."

Chip(DD knight) 362188

"We are here to find…. the altar." I enter the temple.
"My friend here is a colt that wants to be a mare and I intend to change him to one if that is his wish."

Find the altar of genderbending thing.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362189

"I told you, I need it to cover my mouth against smoke 'n shit next time."
Flap my wings to make my coat flutter slightly.
"And if you say this coat isn't the best piece of cloth ever there is something very wrong with you. Everypony I came across so far liked it!"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362190

"I understand. Empiricism is a good practice. Still, when tested, it worked, and I don't want to take lots of risks with this."

Tela [Spellsword] 362191

"Seems like it just screams 'I'm important, please target me first' to me."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362192

I stare at him.
"Why he want that? Male strong. Male free. Male not get bur-dand."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362195

"Gives you more time to gut them while they try and get me, don't it?"
Grin at her.

Chip(DD knight) 362196

"Pff…" I covered my mouth trying to stop my giggling.

"Its… complicated."

Tela [Spellsword] 362200

I poke her in the side
"And turn you into swiss cheese."

Tasia [Paladin] 362201

try to sneak another go at him before going '1d10' apparently

Roll #1 3 = 3

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362204

"Why fishdog laugh? Tell com-pli-cait-ed. Seekkill have time."
I look at burning and poke him with a claw.
"Sure pony is not mare now? Pony look like one."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362205

"Let them try!"
Nod towards the unicorns.
"And even if they can, Spring can patch me up no time."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362207

I nod.
"Yeah! They're straight from all those things! We had to fight them to get them you know!"

Tela [Spellsword] 362211

"Unless they turn her into swiss cheese as well. Which brings us to our lesson of today: 'why your ass is lucky that Tela is around to keep it safe'."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362212

How did that happen. I poke whatever that trap's name is.

Tony [Trickster] 362213

"I understand that.
Still I would like to be sure."
I look at him.
"Mister Borders, might I ask if I could borrow this mask for a little while?
There are places nearby where the air isn't the best quality.
I could simply go there, test the mask, return, no harm done.
If we'd like to work together, I have to as certain as you about how things like these work.
I'd consider it a sign of trust, and of course I would repay this by returning you a favor, whenever you wish."

Chip(DD knight) 362214

"Nurse Heart sure does look like a mare, that is why I am giving him the favor of becoming a real one." I look sideways while smiling.

"By the way thanks for being here, this place still gives me the creeps."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362215

"Yeah, great and powerful Tela, it's not like I ever saved your ass back then or anything."

Tela [Spellsword] 362219

"Maybe once or twice."
I smirk and ruffle her mane
"You know I'm just screwing with you, kid."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362220

I laugh.
"Heart need eat better. Heart need hunt. Heart need kill. Heart need get strong. Make Heart better."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362222

I giggle as she does so.
"I admit, those were the days. Except when we got shot or stabbed. Which was every other day."

Chip(DD knight) 362223

I think for a moment.
"She is under employ of Doc Peg, perhaps I could."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362227

"And boy was it trouble…"

I watch the two of them converse from a distance

Tela [Spellsword] 362228

"Hey, we got around! We survived to tell the tale each and every damn time!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362231

"Im-ploy? Seekkill know Doc Peg. Doc Peg smart. Heart not need smart. Heart need strong."
I pinch some of the flesh on his side and pull.
"See? No muscle. Fat. Empty flesh."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362234

"Of course we did, you had the best gunner you could ever wish for!"
I chuckle.
"Altought there were a time or two when I was just about to say goodbye."

Chip(DD knight) 362239

"Hey, no touch." I frown.
"Dont worry Seek, she will be a mare later and in due time will get strong."
"No worries."

gtg in 15 minutes.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362242

"Seekkill touch what Seekkill want."
I let go of him.
"Still not know why want make Heart mare. Not know why Heart want be mare."

Chip(DD knight) 362246

"Its better not to know my friend." I give him a smile.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362249

"If fishdog say so."
I scrunch my beak.
"Why dog smell bad? Took swim not long ago. Why smell like old sweat?"

Tela [Spellsword] 362251

"And what, go live the high life in Canterlot? Ponies like you and I… we don't quit, Emrille. We do this kind of shit because it pays better than to go do some honest job for a pisspoor paygrade. Higher risks mean higher rewards, which means more gold. And I do love me so gold… and so do you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362255

"I wouldn't give up the job for any other. I meant saying goodbye to your stupid face when we lost enough blood to paint a barn red."

Chip(DD knight) 362256

"You jest."

"Am I, perhaps I need to bathe more."

Find the altar.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362258

"This… is a very valuable mask, you know. What do you plan to do with it? Can I be assured that you will return it to me within a specified time, in this condition?"

Tela [Spellsword] 362259

I give her shoulder a playful punch
"Fuck off. I bet I could even outbleed you, you wimp."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362262

I sniff again.
"Yes. Bad smell strong. Why dog cook fish?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362265

Flick her ear with a wing in return.
"Outwhine me at best."

Wf+6 362267

Nurturing Heart gives you a confused, dazed look. "You told me I was a mare… wait… am I mare or a stallion? I can't… remember…"

"How many have you got?"

He shrugs and says, "Okay."

You cutely trace a no, but he can't complain when you insert him for another round. He's not quite ready and you give him such a righteous fucking he passes out after orgasm. Looks like you can walk away freely now.


You're feeling great about yourself. You're a good fuck. You amorously rub your region and think about how many years you've let your beautiful talent go unshared because of your chastity.

Skills Acquired: Pride, Lust

You no longer self-loathe.

Tony [Trickster] 362271

"Like I said, I'd simply test it to see if it works.
There are some caves nearby with somewhat harmful air. But they've been cleared, nothing dangerous in there anymore.
The plan is simple, go there, test the mask, come back. No risks."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362272

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362273

I look at him quizzically.
"How you not know?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362274

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362276

And the exchange shall be made. Now I just wait on the ladies to finish their shopping.

Wf+6 362278

He chuckles. "I think I can work something out. Let's solidify your position as an agent of my actions. Pin this to your lapel, and consider it moved."

He offers you a rose lapel pin. It looks to be a real rose, enchanted to never die.

He pulls out a '1d10' /10 scarf to show you.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Chip(DD knight) 362279

"To make it taste better. Raw fish taste good but cooked fish taste better." I smile.

"You are a mare, we are just making you a…. mare mare?"
I shake my face.
"Look, this will take a while and you will be a 'mare'." I bite my lips.

Tela [Spellsword] 362280

"Yeah yeah, dream on. I'm out of here before I start laying down real punches."
I leave her be and find a merchant.
Shit, do I even have any money on me?

Tasia [Paladin] 362281

Who knew Lawful Dicking could cure this? rhetorical question

"Great, now where the fuck did those assholes who tore my uniform go?"

Roll #1 2 = 2

Light Heart [Warlord] 362283

I look at the pin with a neutral expression on my face
"Please, I do not accept deals quite so blindly. We need terms first."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362285

"You're still sore when you lose~"
Poke my tongue at her.

I nod with a grin.
"Good, good, I'll take that."
Put a doubloon on the table.
"For half of this."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362286


"Cooking burn power. Eat raw eat power."
I look between you and Nurse heart.
"Seekkill confused. What going on? Fishdog say Heart not mare, now say Heart mare."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362289

I take them down and start counting them.
I have no idea how many I have of each.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362290

I help her count… just in case.

Wf+6 362291

That was more of a Chaotic Dicking.

Your newfound pride doesn't seem to extend to the rest of the crew, and while you're gripping your region, still enamored with your pleasant experience, you run into a pack of pirates that beat the shit out of you and throw you down the stairs into the hold.

He shrugs. "What exactly did you have in mind?"

She seems even more confused. "I– okay, I'll… If you say I am, I trust you, Chip."

Wf+6 362293

"The whole of it."

You have one hydra scale, a handful of sea pony scales, and one sea dragon scale.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 362294

"..Oh? Then let me come with you. I'll project beside you when you go in, so I won't breathe in theh armful air but still see and hear everythign you do."

Chip(DD knight) 362295

I think for a moment.
"This will be for the good." I crossed my finger.

Let him touch the altar.

Tasia [Paladin] 362296

"Those motherFUCKERS!"


Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362298

"You know that you should be glad that I'm so generous to offer half."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362299

"What exactly, would my job as an agent of yours be? I would like to posses this altar, but I still value my freedom. And safety."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362300

I put them back up on the table then.
"So how much for these, mister Merchant?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362301

I stay far back from the alter, just in case.

Tela [Spellsword] 362307

I guess I don't have any money at all?
Shit. I guess I'll just stand over with the kid then >>362300

Wf+6 362308

You're fighting a pack of pirates (six).

Your opening shot misses miserably, taking you in for two.

The other five get in unopposed strikes.

You are helpless! You have three wounds remaining.

"You will directly carry out my will and give me further leverage in the officer's corps. Rather than report to your captain, you will report to me, the commodore. If you're not willing to play ball, I can find somepony who is and promote her instead."

"I could do fifty bits."

He touches the altar, and as with everyone else, she goes flying head over hooves. She hits the wall and collapses, upside down, giving you a full view of her new anatomy. She's now very much a mare.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362310

Tasia [Paladin] 362315

get up!

Tasia [Paladin] 362316

with a roll! '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362317

'Fifty bits?… But… but…"
I try to give him puppy dog eyes.
'1d10' w/ Compassion
"We risked our lives to get these and all we can get is a measly fifty bits?…"

Roll #1 4 = 4

Light Heart [Warlord] 362322

"And who, pray tell, would be this 'somepony'?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362323

"Strange dog. Strange pony. Done here?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362324

I smile inwardly as I see her use that tactic again
She's a good actress… like you are.

Wf+6 362325

They hold you down and punch you, but leave you blooded on the brink of death.

You lose. You are helpless with one wound remaining.

"It doesn't really matter. There are many loyal lieutenants to be had. Besides, we all know you like to kill your competition."

"Sorry, fifty is the best I can do. Scales are a tough market."

He chuckles. "Okay, maybe I can dig through the discount bin and see if I can find something more in your price range."

Tasia [Paladin] 362330






Roll #1 4 = 4

Wf+6 362331

A wardrobe collapses on you, pinning you further.

Tasia [Paladin] 362335

that dick and everything that came from it is cursed I tell you! get out! '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362337

Narrow my eyes, but take the scarf, leaving the doubloon there.
"Be glad I don't blow your face off, you greedy fuck."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362338

I sigh and pout.
"Do… do you know anypony who works with scales that I can these too then? Maybe I can have something neat made out of them…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362340

"Well yes, I believe a certain commodore likes to do the exact same thing, Commodore Smitts. We are quite alike, you and I."
I turn and leave
"I am not interested in your offer, the cost would be simply too high to be profitable. Good day, commodore."

Wf+6 362341

You push off the wardrobe, but you're still helpless.

He bows as you go. "Thank you for your business!"

"Believe me, if I did, I could offer you a better price."

Chip(DD knight) 362343

I rush at Nurse Heart.
"Heart!" I shake her.
"Are you alright? Are you okay?"

Wf+6 362344

"Ah, one last thing. Your promotion is being cancelled. And I'm ordering you to wear the lapel anyway."

She nods slowly. "Yes… I'm alright. Just shock…"

Chip(DD knight) 362345

"We are done mostly." I nod at Seekkill.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362346

"Yeah, go fuck yourself."

Go to Spring.
With my 9/10 scarf ON.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362347

I turn to him and frown
"Please explain."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362348

"We leave now? Seekkill not like temple. Seekkill not sure he like fishdog. Seekkill not sure he like marestallionmare."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362349

I continue pouting and dejectedly walk off to the rest of the group.
Rolling to look sad to the merchant.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Tasia [Paladin] 362350

damn these pirates! '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Chip(DD knight) 362353

"Alright lets get out of here." I look around the temple just to make sure nothing funny happen.
Head back to the ship.

"What? I was thinking that we could have time to hunt after this but… Oh well." I just frown.

Wf+6 362354

"The lapel pin is just a sign of my dominion. You're part of my crew. As for the promotion, perhaps it was early to move you into the corps. I only need ponies interested in advancing my agenda to have office roles."

You look sad but it does nothing.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362356

I'll wave Summer over to me.
"Miss Seas, do you see the merchant over there, the one with the star on his robes?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362357

I stare him down for a moment, then pick up the lapel and leave.
"Good day, commodore."

Wf+6 362359

You're back up. The pirates are long gone.

"Evening, now. Do be careful ashore."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362361

I cock an eyebrow
"Nice scarf, Emrille."

"What's wrong, Curry?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362363


I perk up.
"Huh? The kinda chubby one with the star, mister Curry? What about him?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362365

yea well fuck them!

…look for a healer or someone who would qualify as a 'medic' on this boat '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362366

Smile at her.
"You like it?~"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362368

Sure I will.
Leave the ship, and get to shore, into town.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362369

I grab my junk before leaving to make sure I've got the right set then follow you out.
I laugh at him.
"Dog cook fish. Why dog want hunt? Dog will not eat what catch."

Wf+6 362370

Doc Peg immediately hisses at you when you come into his clinic, and he throws you into his leech pit.

You're back.

You take mare Nurturing Heart back to the ship.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362371

"Nothing wrong miss Spring."
I'll kneel a little conspiratorially next to Summer.
"That fellow isn't too keen on market prices. If you and your mother happen to head over there, he is currently convinced hydra scales are worth twice their weight in gold. But you must be clever, as well. Don't push your price too high, or else he'll get suspicious. You'll also want to barter with him before he goes to check the real value of them as well."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362373

Toss the lapel into a bin.
Wark will probably wake up soon, but that's fine, he's one the ship.
"Well then miss Rosemary, are you ready for what comes next?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362375

wait what!?

"Aw fuck come on!"

shoot his leeches! '2d10'

Roll #1 7, 3 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 362376

I frown.
"Sorry to hear that." I then attend to Nurse Heart.

Lay her in the cot, feed and clean her.

Will go offline now later.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362377

"So… he'll take the scales then?"
I perk up.
"Really? Thanks mister Curry!"
I give him a hug.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362379

I roll my eyes with a smile
"It's beautiful."

I frown
"that sounds a bit shady…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362380

"If dog tough up, Seekkill take on hunt."
See you.

I go to Doc Peg's clinic.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362381

I'll be a little surprised at the hug.
"You're welcome, miss Seas."
I'll wink at her.
"You might even be able to get a nice dress out of the bargain as well."
"It is creative haggling. And it's a good lesson every market priest must learn: know your prices or you will get bamboozled."

Wf+6 362382

She looks at you hopefully. "Um… what was your next plan?"

You do kill one, but the rest start to pile on.

2 hits / 1 wound left

You see Tasia currently being drained to death by leeches.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362383

"It better be, that guy was a ripoff! I'm half tempted to just shoot him and take my money back…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362385

I sneer at her.
"Doc throw her in leaches?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362386



fly out! '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362390

I smile widely and tug on Spring's leg.
"Momma, should we get some dresses? Should we?!"

Wf+6 362391

Nope! They pull you down and drain you dry.

You are helpless! 1 wound remaining.

He nods.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362392

I still look a little uncomfortable with the notion

"I don't know if we have the money to spare sweetie…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362395

"Good thing."
I scratch my beak.
"Seekkill think death too good for her. Even leach death."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362396

I count my doubloons
"Canterlot perhaps… I've always wanted to see the capital. Or perhaps even further north than that. Or maybe something completely outside of Equestria. Plenty of choice, no?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362397



Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362398

"This scarf was one full doubloon! I don't think you can get any cheap dresses here."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362399

"Well, surely a nice hat won't be beyond you means, would it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362401

"Which merchant did you go to? That one with the star pin is, I hesitate to say, a rube. You likely would have gotten a better price from him."
I'll chuckle.
"And he's currently convinced hydra scales are worth a bit."

Wf+6 362402

He nods and takes a swig. "Perhaps you're right."

Just as you're about to die, he picks you up and throws you on the ground. "Stay down."

She nods. "I'll follow you anywhere."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362404

"Yeah, but I needed this baby right here…"
Stroke my fabolous scarf.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362405

"Doc teach Seekkill more? Use mare for teaching?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362408

"Why the fuck should I!? None of you assholes cared for me! And you still don't! Get fucked!"
get up '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362410

I move over to stand between her and the door.
"Doc said down."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362413

My smile immediately turns to a frown.
"Miss Emrille! I thought you were gonna try and be good!"

"I, um… I already have a hat mister Curry."
I gesture to the hat Emrille gave me.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362415

"I said I was tempted! And you didn't see the grin on his face, he more than deserves it!"

Tasia [Paladin] 362416

"And what are you gonna do? Kill me? I was about to die from this fuckface throwing me to those fucking leeches! I'm a heretic, marked, discharged, disgraced, and all because I chose this! I didn't need to take the problems of the world! I could've pushed one of you worthless stinking pirates to do it! But I was a paladin, and I thought I'd do a few last good things! So FUCK! OFF!"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362417

"Aha. So you do. Don't know how I missed it."
I'll hum a bit to myself.
"Well, are there any small things you'd like? A toy, book, or perhaps a nice rain cloak?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362419

I ruffle up my feathers and glare at her.
"Seekkill not care what mare try say. Seekkill not kill mare. Kill to good for mare."

Wf+6 362421

"Actually, I had intended to sedate you and use you as an anatomy doll with paralysis poison."

Tasia [Paladin] 362422


execution shot! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


"Seekkill like poison idea."
I flap my wings to propel myself into her in an attempt to mess up her aim.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362426

"Um… I- I don't really know…"
I turn to Spring and tug on her leg.
"Is there anything you want momma? We have some money…"

Wf+6 362430

He closes and performs a Touch of Death. '1d10+2'

You aren't being shot at, so your roll is unopposed. You take a hit for critfailing, though.

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

Wf+6 362431

You shoot Doc Peg. He cries out in pain, very loudly.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362434

"Excellent. Let's get to that temple first, shall we?"

Wf+6 362436

She nods vigorously and trails after you.


I punch Tasia with one of my poisoned gauntlets.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Tasia [Paladin] 362439



Roll #1 3, 10 = 13

Light Heart [Warlord] 362441

Right, when we get there, inspect the altar again. Would it be safe to move around without damaging it with enough help?



Roll #1 3 = 3

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362446

"Maybe some bedrolls? So we can sleep more comfortably?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362447

"Some camping trip, right?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362450

"… or for when we get locked up in those cages again…"

Wf+6 362451


If make contact with it, touching the altar flings you back about two meters with otherwise undamaging force. The altar itself appears to be made out of solid, polished quartz. Dislodging and moving it will take considerable strength. You'd need at least four to move it. Fortunately, you happen to know Chip who is very good at dislodging things and probably on good terms with you.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362453

How do my rolls against her work here? I'm unfamiliar with the current PVP system.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362455

"Bedrolls would be nice… but you don't want anything for yourself momma? I know you're all stressed out… you don't want anything nice?"

Wf+6 362456

He takes terrible, terrible damage from one of your shots, but also makes contact with a Touch of Death, wringing you out.

This is really complicated because I'm having to treat Doc Peg as a PC so that you can fight with her. Basically, your hits always land because you're unopposed.

You trade blows, but you get another brutal one in on Peg.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362457

I frown.
"That was an attempt for a joke. Should we get a dictionary so you could look it up?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362458

"I'll be fine sweetie… maybe you can buy some actual candy this time?"

I stare at her
"I wasn't joking. It's the main reason why I'm buying them…"


I keep on punching her with my poisoned gauntlets.
Would Touch of Life kill her on a success?

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362460

I facewing.
"Spring I know you were. So I tried to lighten the mood as if you were preparing for camping. Get it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362461

Chip… Tony… Tela… Curry?
I sigh
"Perhaps I was too hasty, miss Rosemary…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362462

I frown.
"You should get something too…"

Tasia [Paladin] 362463

so do I still roll?

rolling to get up if so '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 362464

You're actively surprised when you see the familiar visage of Abilio's tricorne tower over the crowd.

No because no more wounds in PVP.
Damage goes through.

She pats your back. "It's okay to be upset with your boss. Sometimes I am, but we always make up, right?"

Oh, don't get me wrong, you're not actually DOWN yet. Want to keep or reroll for combat?

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362465

I sigh
"I'm sorry Emrille… I'm not in the mood for jokes… really am not."

I give her a weak smile
"I've got you… what more do I need?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362466

reroll for combat '2d10' Seekkill then DocPeg
if not then the first for seekkill

Roll #1 5, 1 = 6


Well alright then. Touch of Life on Tasia to heal Peg.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 362468

No need for opposed rolls, that's enough to put you down with the critfail.

You are at the mercy of Doc Peg and Seekkill, who inject you with paralysis poison.

They're not going to change their minds until that mark is gone.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362469

I look at her silently for a while before speaking.
"I just want to help you… just this once, try to enjoy yourself, okay?"

Tasia [Paladin] 362470

bite my tongue and drown in my own blood before I'm fully paralyzed '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362471

I spit on her.
"Doc hurt too bad?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362472

"Is that mister Abilio?…"
I hop up on Curry's back and stand up on the tips of my hooves.
"It is! Hi mister Abilio!"
I wave to him.

I frown again and hop off Curry's back and give her a hug.
"Momma… I'm not a little filly… I know how stressed you are. Please find something nice for yourself? For me?…"

Wf+6 362473

He chuckles. "I'll live."

The problem with this plan is that it requires passing out, during which time the Doc, who is a medical professional, can very easily heal you and put you on display as a posable doll. He uses you as a hat wrack for now.

He nods, then leans down next to you. "Let it not be said that I am a passive observer to that which I find detestable."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362474

I bite my lower lip
You're letting it get to you too much, Heart. You're slipping up like a goddamn amateur.
I nod
"Indeed. You are quite right, miss Rosemary."

Tasia [Paladin] 362475

Then I'm out for now

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362476

"What teach? Use mare?"
I punctuate my question by jabbing her in the gut with a claw.


Tasia [Paladin] 362477

You're on the list.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362478

I sigh
Lets approach one of the merchants… maybe I should buy a scarf as well.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362479

I perk up.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362480

"Remember miss Spring, the one with the star on his robes."
I'll nod to Abilio.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362481

"Huh?… What are you talking about mister Abilio?"
I tilt my head at him curiously.

"Yay! Thank you!"
I give her a more excited and tighter hug.
I also give her the scales to go try and trade with.

Wf+6 362482

She gives you a coy smile. "I-I know I am! I'm good for you." She sneaks a quick kiss on your cheek.

He sighs and sits down a moment. "Tomorrow… tomorrow we can learn more. She'll keep, I'll make sure of it. Unless you wanted to 'use her' personally, I think I'll retire for now."


Wf+6 362483

"I have bargained with the commodore to remove your collars."


Go to the one Curry mentioned here >>362480

Roll #1 4 = 4

Wf+6 362485

You find an okay scarf. He tries really hard to sell on a scarf of '1d10' quality, though.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362486

I nod to Abilio too.
"Didn't expect to see you out here."

Wf+6 362487

He doesn't acknowledge your presence.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362488

Good enough for me.
Buy that shit and put it on.
What color is it? I hope it at least fits my coat… or eyes… or mane.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362489

I chuckle
"You appear to be growing bolder, miss Rosemary."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362490

I perk up.
"You… you… you did?"
I grab him into a hug.
"Thank you thank you thank you thank you!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362491

I think for a few seconds.
"Tomorrow maybe. Seekkill not hungry now."
I leave and go up to the deck.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362492

Roll my eyes.
"Fine, keep being an ass then."

Turn back to Spring.
"Hey, would you look at you now~"

Wf+6 362493

It's a winter scarf that is mostly white and dark blue.

She laughs nervously. "I-if I was getting bolder, I'd ask for us to 'make up' right now, while we have some private time."

He gives a stoic nod. "I did."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362494

"Huh? Summer? Abilio? What's happening?"

I'm distracted now!


I toss my dice.

Roll #1 4, 1, 3, 1, 4, 4 = 17


I look at them closely before pouring some dust into my bag of dice, then rolling the rest.

Roll #1 3, 1, 3, 1, 4 = 12

Light Heart [Warlord] 362497

I smirk
"I do like what you are suggesting, miss Rosemary. But is it not quite uncouth to do so in a temple? Have you no manners?"


I blow away the dust, grab my dice, and fly to the Lunar temple. After I get there I go to the Treasury via the same path I took with Chip.

Roll #1 2, 3, 2, 1, 1 = 9

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362499

I sigh.

That fancy pants unicorn is nothing but bad luck since he is fucking that navigator mare.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362500

"Um, can I- can I tell anyone?"
I look up at him hopefully.

Wf+6 362501

She gives you a slightly hungry smile. "Mister Curry said Celestials do nothing but desecrate Lunar temples, and I was raised a Celestial, after all."

Then you were there.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362502

"My my, aren't you the deviant-"
I turn to look at Seekkill
"Ah, mister Seekkill, what a surprise to see you here. Were you looking for us, perchance?"

Wf+6 362503

"It's not that it's a matter of uncertainty. It's a matter of doing something first… You see, he said he'd like to have you in for tea before he takes off your collars. But he promised me that if you finished your meal, you would go free."

She blows her breath when Seekkill comes in.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362504

"Seekkill ask spirits for something to do. Spirits say go under water temple. What you two doing here?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362505

"He wants us to have… tea, with him?"
I ponder it for a moment.
"That doesn't sound too bad… when does he want us to have tea with him?"

Wf+6 362506

"Whenever you are ready to have the collars removed."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362507

I'll raise an eyebrow at that.
"Is that so, Fullmaster?"

Wf+6 362508

"I can be very persuasive when I need to be."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362509

"Could have been very persuasive a bit earlier, couldn't you?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362510

I motion at the altar
"Investigating the altar. I find it to be quite the interesting object. Don't you agree? Changing somepony's gender in the blink of an eye… such fascinating magic."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362511

I give Curry a disturbed look

Wf+6 362512

He continues to ignore you.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362513

"That's great!"
I give him a hug.
"Thank you so much again mister Abilio! Thank you!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362514

I slowly nod.
"In-ter-est-ing right word. Big dog took stallion mare down here. Made him mare mare."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362515

Roll my eyes and grumble something.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362516

"I… see."
It can't be that simple. He was planning to do away with them a little earlier. He can't… he couldn't be planning to mix a bit of that mushroom into their tea, would he? Or any other poisons…
"That's good. I'm certain he won't mind if I decide to join them, as miss Seas's guardian?"

Wf+6 362517

He gently returns the hug.

"Ah, yes, he specifically invited you and Miss Mera as well."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362518

I cock my head
"Whatever are you talking about, mister Seekkill??"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362519

You've got to be fucking kidding me….

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362520

I inch closer and whisper
"I don't trust this one bit. You think Light Heart is setting us up after all?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362521

I stay silent for a few seconds as I search for words.
"Seekkill follow Chip. Chip take pony here. Pony name Heart. Say many things. Confuse Seekkill. Heart touch altar and now mare. Chip and Heart leave. Condusing."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362522


Light Heart [Warlord] 362523

"Oh… I do not believe I know anypony by that name. Did this 'Heart' want to switch her gender?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362524

"How… polite."
"I think whatever grace miss Heart showed us has either been betrayed, or is happening without her knowledge."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362525

"We should find her. Quickly."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362526

"Something wrong with Heart. Heart confused. Heart not know…"
I search for a word and give up, instead grabbing my junk with a claw to try and get my point across. I then let go and keep speaking.
"Chip tell Seekkill Heart stallion. Chip tell Heart Heart mare. Heart not mare. Heart believe Chip."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362527

Yeah, they are good by themselves doing their thing.

Fly back to the ships.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362528

"At least before our tea time with the commodore."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362529

"Is that so? That certainly does sound strange… One would expect for somepony to know his or her own gender. Perhaps this pony was drunk? Or simply mentally ill?"

Wf+6 362530


Emrille [Gunslinger] 362531

Find the office or whatever of Smitts.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362532

I nod
"Yes… that's for sure."
I look down at Summer
"Summer… are you finished here?"

Wf+6 362533

It's not hidden. You find it right away.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362534

"Seekkill never see drunk. What men-tal-ee-ill? Heart seem strange. Not sick. Or not normal sick."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362535

Knock on the door.

Wf+6 362536

A voice calls through the door.

"You may enter, Emrille."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362537

I tap a hoof against my head
"Mental sickness. A sickness in the brain. Usually not visible, just like my own condition is not visible, and causes ponies to perceive or believe things that are not real."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362538

"Miss Spring, perhaps you and Fullmaster Abilio would like to find a nice set of sun hats for you and miss Seas, so that you have something to wear on sunny days? Miss Mera, did you want anything?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362539

I guess it's true, that fucker.
"I guess I don't need to introduce myself then."

Wf+6 362540

She shakes her head. "Where we're going, we don't need hats."

"It is not necessary, but if you wish to go through the motions out of politeness, I will not object."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362541

I'll smile a little.
"I suppose not."
Turning to the others, I'll speak.
"If we are done shopping for the evening, I will swing by the basilica and then we can be on our way back to the ships."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362542

I nod.
"Seekkill think whitegreen mare right. Seekkil know men-tal-ee-ill now. One Island pony men-tal-ee-ill. Yell lots. Island ponies forced him to jungle."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362543

"Uh… maybe we can get some ha-"

"Oh. Uh… what do you think we should get mister Abilio? Should I get a scarf?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362544

That was Mera.

Wf+6 362545

"Candles, so you can read your books at night."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362546

"Indeed? What happened to this fellow?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362547

This is serious, not like with that prick Abilio.
There's much more on the line here.
Take off my hat and bow my head.
Not a curtsey though, I'm no lady, I'm a mercenary.
"Emrille, hired gun, at your service. I've been employed in this fleet since Stonebriar, as a jobber, if I recall how they say it."
Stand up and put my hat back on.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362548

"Or a lantern…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362549


"Candles would be nice… ooh!"
I turn back to the merchant.
"Um, mister merchant, do you have any writings on, um… utility spells? Like… magic that can light up your horn and stuff?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362550

I'll reach back a bit.
"Ta da. One lantern, though it still needs oil."

Wf+6 362551

"Now that it is out of the way, what do you want from me, Miss Emrille?"


Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 362552

"I do… it's a little elementary, but it's about right for a unicorn your age."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362553

"I think that is pretty obvious, isn't it?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362554

I cackle at the memory.
"Talked Seekkill. Think it thought Seekkill pony. Yelled Seekkill. Then cried. Then try hug Seekkill. Pony men-tal-ee-ill."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362555

"Ooh! What is it?"
I stand up and lean on the counter, looking up at the merchant with excited eyes.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362556

"Oh… well it's a start no?"

My ears perk up as I hear this and I walk over as well

Light Heart [Warlord] 362557

I give him a amused smile
"So, where did he end up? I very much doubt he would have survived on his own in the jungle."

Wf+6 362558

"You have a few targets. One of them is to keep the Fullmaster among us. Another is to have those collars removed… you have other ambitions, too. Learning from Ruxiang, for instance, or even bedding Miss Spring. Possibly even letting her adopt you. So I don't really know precisely what you've come to me about, as I can fulfill quite a few of those personally."

"Just that. A spell to enhance the lighting of the horn when magic is performed to be more comparable to a candle."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362559

My eyes shine.
"How much is it, mister merchant?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362560

"Fullmaster, now that the others are out of earshot… I am aware of what was supposed to happen to the four of us after my task for the commodore had been completed. Miss Seas and her mother were to be executed the following day, and myself and miss Mera were to have an… unfortunate accident. This, I'm told, was narrowly averted by miss Light Heart, though you can understand my hesitation at accepting his invitation to tea after he's demonstrated that he has a rather wide variety of rare poisons, which I'm assuming led to the removal of the previous commodore so suddenly after our return to the surface."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362561

"Keeping Fullmaster around would be nice, yes. I came here because Spring though, but not for the intentions you mentioned. If you want to get something done well, do it yourself. And quite frankly, I'm worried about her safety and life."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362562

I cackle again.
"Seekkill flew pony to Seekkill cave. Pony laughed while flying. Seekkill think pony liked flight. Drop pony head on rocks. Seekkill drag into cave and eat."
I sigh and look away.
"Seekkill miss island ponies."

Wf+6 362563

"Well, what do you have?"

[s]Spring used your hydra scale, but you still have all the others."

"I was not aware of that intention, though it's unsurprising to me. Perhaps I can extend them my protection. As for your accusations of murder, I assure you, Ex-Commodore Tallow was not killed by poison. The fact that an outsider would even suggest it is disturbing."

With that, he leaves.

"Do you have a specific request? I'm a very goat, Miss Emrille."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362564

Suddenly I feel so very unsafe
"Ah… I see…"
I look around and get up
"Well, this has been absolutely lovely, mister Seekkill, but I should go see the commodore now that I have calmed down sufficiently."
I give him a curt nod and leave with Rosemary.
Go pick up my badge again

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362565

"Um… I have all these!"
I show him the sea pony scales and sea dragon scales.

Wf+6 362566

He looks them over.

"I don't know… These aren't nearly as rare as a hydra scale."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362567

"You could say that, yes. I want both Spring and Summer to be safe and sound, alive, and not hurt in any way."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362568

I could have sworn Light Heart already knew Seekkill was a cannibal.
"Seekkill thought you examining magic altar?"
I squint at her forehead.
"How you do that? Not you-nih-corn."

Wf+6 362569

Consider yourself at the door.

"It's funny, I had just arranged something of the sort between the insistence of Miss Heart and the venerable Fullmaster. However, I think Miss Heart may not be interested in further pursuing responsibility for them. I suppose you mean to take up that slack."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362570

I'll watch him go for a bit.
But what would kill someone so completely not even a necromancer can raise them, if not for some lingering poison. The Hydra remained toxic after its death, as that poor fool gryphon found out, and it still had all its venom left in it.
I'll shake my head. If only I could know more. Have proof.
"Miss Mera, I am uncertain that I can adequately protect our priestess with my current abilities."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362571

"If she isn't, then I will, yes. For Spring and Summer."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362572

She did, but she suddenly realized she's completely alone with him in a underwater temple.
"Miss Rosemary is a unicorn, mister Seekkil!"
And with that, I'm gone

Well then, I'll knock.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362573

"But they're… they're rare! Sea ponies are absolutely vicious, and you have to fight them, uh… tooth and bone to get their scales! And the sea dragon was even worse! All of those would make a great trophy for anypony's mantle! Just as great as, uh… a manticore's tail! Or or… a cockatrice's, uh… something!"
Rolling to be convincing.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Wf+6 362574

She gives you a confident smile. "I'm sure it will turn out okay. Luna is watching us."

"Well, well. It would seem Miss Heart has knocked on my door. Should I let her in, Miss Emrille?"


Roll #1 3 = 3

Wf+6 362575

He seems pretty convinced. "Alright, I'll take the scales. One spellbook coming up."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362576

I follow her.
"She know how it work? Is altar Loo-na magic? Can filly doctor doctor do it? Salty pony say she Loo-na pree-stis,"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362577

"It would be rude not to, wouldn't it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362578

I'll return her smile, though a little less confident.
"Yes, I suppose she is."
Though sometimes I wish she would do more than just watch.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362579

I beam up at him.
I eagerly await for the exchange to complete and the spellbook to be in my possession.

Wf+6 362580

"Very well. Come in, Miss Heart."

The door unlocks.

Wf+6 362581

You've got it.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362582

"I believe it must be some type of enchantment. I do not believe miss Seas is capable of enchanting objects quite yet. Perhaps when she grows older?"

"Excuse me now, mister Seekkill."
I open up and walk in, nodding at Emrille
"Miss Emrille, what a pleasant surprise."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362583

I nod back to her as well.
"Just decided to visit our new commodore."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362584

I walk over and peek at the newly acquired book
"Silly as it is… I never actually learned a candlelight spell like that…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362585

I open it up!
Does it have a table of contents? What's it about!

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362586

"Dilly doctor cant? Good."

I sit awkwardly by the door. Is Rosemary out here or did she follow Light Heart inside?

Light Heart [Warlord] 362587

I think she stays outside

Wf+6 362588

That's up to LH.

It's a relatively light book, but it seems to explain both theory and practice.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362589

Alright then.
I look at Rosemary.
"Nothing to do. What you do for fun?"

Wf+6 362590

She blushes. "I read, or spend time with Miss Heart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362591

"How very thoughtful of you."
I clear my throat and turn to Smitts
"Commodore Smitts, I would like to apologize for my earlier behavior. I believe I may have been too hasty with my decisions."

Wf+6 362592

He shrugs. "The offer remains on the table. The somepony you asked about could be Miss Emrille, though, so please don't… remove her."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362593

I nod.
"Read. Learn. Learning fun. Whitegreen pony not seem fun."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362594

Read on then.
How long will this take me to learn?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362595

I tilt my head.
"Excuse me?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362596

I cock an eyebrow
"Miss Emrille is a valuable partner of mine, I see no reason why I would ever do such a thing."

Wf+6 362597

"She treats me well…"

"I'm aware. Simply making the policy clear."

An hour or so.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362598

I'll save it until I'm back to the boat then.

I look up at Spring, proud.
"Look what I got!"
I show her the book.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362599

"I'm afraid there was a dispute, miss Emrille. But worry not, it has been resolved."

"That seems reasonable enough to me."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362600

See >>362598
"I know sweetie… I saw."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362601

She didn't notice!
"Is this a good purchase?…"
I look worried over her lack of enthusiasm.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362602

"Treat well not same as fun."
I boredly scratch at the floor with a claw for a few moments, then look at her again.
"Teach Seekkill read pony?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362603

Give her a look.
"That's good to hear."

"I think I said everything I needed to say. And just wanted to make sure that the tea that they will recieve is delightful and pleasant."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362604

"Sure it is! I'm sure spells like these will come in handy."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362605

I'll walk up to the two.
"So, what have you got there, miss Seas?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362606


Summer Seas [Cleric] 362607

I go back to smiling proudly.

"It's a book of spells mister Curry!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362608

"From what I heard, our good commodore was kind enough not only to promise to remove the collars from the unicorns, but to invite them for some tea as well."

Wf+6 362609

She shrugs. "Okay… I could try."

He chuckles. "I actually had no plans to murder them. The tea invitation was made before I had my disagreement with Miss Heart."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362610

"Oho. And which spells, miss Seas?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362611

I stand up.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362612

Smile back at him.
"Better safe than sorry, right? I'll leave the two of you to settle anything else you need."

Not towards him, then towards Light Heart, then leave.

Fly back to the market.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362613

"Is that so?"

"I would hope so. Which reminds me of one last thing… little Summer's education."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362614

"A spell to… increase the light given off when you cast a spell, aaand…"
I look through the book again.
What else is in it?

Wf+6 362615

She looks uneasily at the door. "I should get Miss Heart's permission first."

"Ah, yes. I figured it was a waste of resources. She will no longer be under Landgrave's tutelage."

Other very basic spells like telekinesis and how to pray with your horn.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362616

"A light spell! Oh, that would have been so useful down there. You know, I tried to light my own horn up like a candle. If I'd had that book, I'd have certainly done it."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362617

"Why? No collar. Not slave. Right?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362618

Fly to them, then keep hovering.
"Hey again everyone."
Turn to Spring.
"Could you spare a second?"
Nod with my head away from the others.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362619

"Are you certain about this matter, commodore Smitts? She could grow up to be quite the talented doctor for the fleet."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362620

I'm assuming that it's all stuff I know?

I nod.
"That's why I bought it!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362621

I smile at the both of them

"Huh? Yeah… sure."
Follow her
"What's up?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362622

I'll raise an eyebrow, but don't say anything.
"And a good thing, too. Perhaps we could all learn it together? I must admit I'm not too familiar with the spell myself."

Wf+6 362623

She's not really sure how to answer. "I was going to help her with the altar…"


"Sure, but general education befits a noble or an adviser, not a clinic nurse."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362624

Don't say anything until we are a good distance from the other, then land in front of her.
"First thing first, the ships have ears. If you try to plot anything, keep it off the ships."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362625

I ruffle my feathers a bit at the mention of the temple.
"Seekkill not like temple. Seekkill not like altar. Seekkill also not like have nothing to do. Seekkill help with altar?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362626

"She's quite clever, I cannot deny that. She could grow up to be quite the asset if she is given proper guidance, I'm sure."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362627

I frown

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362628

I bite my lip and look away, then back to her.
"If I tell you, you can't tell any details, not to Curry, not to Summer, only that they can't say anything on the ships that you don't want someone to know. I'm probably trusting my life on you with this. Can I?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362629

I look around to make sure nobody else is listening, then move a little closer
"Yes. Yes you can, Emrille."

Wf+6 362630

She nods. "Of course!"

"Well, I've already freed Landgrave of the responsibility. Perhaps you can encourage him to willingly take up the work again."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362631

"You mean… you, me, and my momma?"
I hop up.
"That'd be so much fun!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362632

I nod and lower my voice as she gets nearer.
"First thing first, any stupid shit you pull, gets whipped on my back. Second, Smitts knows everything that is going on the ships. He knew I knocked, he knew everything I did today, he knew I said I wanted to be with you and he knew you said…that whole family thing. He heard everything we said on the ships. Everything."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362633

"How Seekkill help?"

Wf+6 362634

"We need to… dislodge it somehow…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362635

"I shall try to do so then. Now… as for the altar…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362636

I'll nod.
"Yes, I suppose it would. Though I'd have to get her permission, of course."
And I'll look a little serious.
"And you'd have to keep up with your other studies, of course. Your mother would likely beat my rear black and blue if I were to interrupt that."
I'll lean back with a display of mock fear.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362637

I frown
"Is this another one of your jokes?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362638

I tap her horn.
"Float altar?"

Wf+6 362639

"If you are prepared to accept, then consider it dealt with. I am not in the habit of making my lieutenants further indebted to me. It's a gesture of goodwill."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362640

I frown as well.
"I guess you didn't really notice I was gone for a while just now then, did you? Guess where I went."

Wf+6 362641

She shakes her head. "Looks too heavy… if we had a few helping… we can get the base of the altar that's not enchanted and lift it by that."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362643

Ignore that.

"Where take altar?"

Wf+6 362644

"Back to the ships, ideally…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362645

"I don't think she'd mind!"
I hop up excitedly again.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362646

I nod
"Very well then. I assume the continued confinement of the unicorns remains me responsibility as well?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362647

I nod and go back to scratching the deck with a talon.

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362648

I sigh
"The more I hear about him… the scarier he sounds. I dread going to drink tea with him… I don't trust it."

Wf+6 362649

"I worked out something with Mister Abilio to ease your burden somewhat. I'll still expect you to keep them in line, but unless you have an objection, I plan to remove the collars. Of course, you could veto this. The collars make them much easier to control."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362650

"Well, then once we've finished up here, I can ask your mother if she wouldn't mind the extra company."
Looking over at Spring and Emrille, I'll wonder what they're talking about before turning back to Summer.
"It seems, however, that your mother is deep in conversation. So! How would you like to be taller than everypony here?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362651

I sigh.
"He won't poision you. Or at least that is what he told me."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362652

"I admit that keeping them collared for the duration of our stay near the coast may be a preferable option. But I do not feel antagonizing my partners by issuing a veto."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362653

"Huh? Taller? What do you mean by that mister Curry?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362654

I nod slowly
"You're sure about this? All of this?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362655

I nod.
"Why would I lie about something like this? When I heard that prick Abilio talk about the tea with Smitts I… I was slightly worried. That's why I went there, to make sure. So unless he lied to me, then you are safe for now. And if he did lie, I think I will follow you shortly anyway, so let's hope he was speaking the truth."


I sigh weakly

Roll #1 4 = 4

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362657

"Light Heart told me, you know…"

Wf+6 362658

He chuckles. "They seem rather deferential. You made better use of the collar on your 'partner' for her brief time in it. 'Come with me' seems innocent until you realize it's a command."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362659

I'll smile.
"What I mean, miss Seas, is that I'm offering a ponyback ride."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362660

I shake my head.
"Shhh. None of that. It's best to pretend that whole thing didn't even happen, okay? I don't want you to think about shit like that all the time. As long as I breathe I won't let that happen, so just try and enjoy your new scarf and this shopping trip with your daughter, okay?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362661

"You'd give me a piggyback ride mister Curry?"
A smile spreads across my face.

Fidget 362662

"Don't see why not."
I'll hunker down.
"All aboard."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362663

"Ah… perhaps it is not. Yet a veto like that would be received rather poorly, I'm afraid."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362664

I hop up on his back and giggle.

Fidget 362665

And up we go.
"Now, make certain you've a good grip, miss Seas. Would be terrible form for the SS Curry to have a mare overboard."

Wf+6 362666

"Then simply stall our little tea party until after we set off from land."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362667

I bite my lower lip, as if struggling with something, then slowly change to a smile as I raise my hoof to stroke her cheek softly
"Emrille… thank you. We would have never seen it coming…"
I sigh and lower my hoof again
"But you're right… I shouldn't dwell on it…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362668

I securely grip his shoulders with my hooves.

Light Heart [Warlord] 362669

"We shall see, commodore. We shall see."
I bow my head slightly and take my leave
"Now… I believe we both have much work to do. Again, my apologies for my earlier behavior."

Fidget 362670

"Then off we go!"
And then I'll trot about in a little circle for a bit, until Spring is done talking.

Wf+6 362671

"No matter. It was a moment of weakness. I am certain you will prove worthy of your post."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362672

I nod and leave for real now.
"Well miss Rosemary. It seems we will have our altar after all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362673

I smile at her touch.
"To be honest, I felt better after talking to you the other day, so if you ever want to try…I'm here. Then you will be able to concentrate on what's important."
Glance at Summer and sigh.
"I shouldn't keep you up too long…."

Wf+6 362674

She starts blushing hard. "That's good… and… and so… whenever you're ready, know that I will be. I would be so… honored to carry your foals, Light Heart. I love you."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362675

I look at them for a few seconds before it hits me.
"Oh. That why you want altar."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362676

I nod
"We'll talk… but… right now there's ponies waiting on us…"
I pat her on the shoulder and walk back over to Curry and Sol

Light Heart [Warlord] 362677

"Once things are more… stable, we can start thinking about these things, miss Rosemary."

"Ah, mister Seekkill, you waited on me. How noble of you."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362678

"Nothing to do."

Light Heart [Warlord] 362679

"Well, I'm afraid miss Rosemary and I are waiting on mister Wark to reawaken once again. Not much excitement to be had, I'm afraid. I look forward to leaving this place, to be quite fair."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362680

I point at Rosemary.
"She teach Seekkill read pony?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362681

I look at Rosemary

Wf+6 362682

"I offered… if it's okay with you. I used to teach the children in the pediatrics ward ᵇᵉᶜᵃᵘˢᵉ ᴵ ᵐᵃᵏᵉ ᵃ ᵍʳᵉᵃᵗ ᵐᵒᵗʰᵉʳ back in Stonebriar. He already knows a lot, so it wouldn't be too hard…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362683

I nod in approval
"An excellent idea, miss Rosemary."
I turn to Seekkill
"Consider it a deal, mister Seekkill. I am pleased to see you show willingness to learn."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 362684

"Learning fun."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362685

Something something I don't even know.

Summer and Curry are doing something else, probably haggling, and I am left alone to mull over recent events that transpired.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362686

I land next to her after looking around the market.
"Hey again."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362687

"Hi Emrille… not finding anything of interest?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362688

Shake my head with an angry frown.
"This place is too expensive for my tastes. This is robbery in broad daylight."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362689

I shrug
"Curry managed to strike some decent deals."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362690

Look down at my neck.
"Only decent deal I did was this scarf, and it still cost twice as much as I wanted it to."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362706

"Well… it's a nice scarf at least."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362710

Smile at her.
"You think?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362723

"I'd be lying if I didn't say it was."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362726

Keep smiling.
"You think I look good?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362728

I roll my eyes
"You look well for your age at least."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362731

I fake a pout and throw my mane around.
"That's it?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362736

I look her over
"You look fairly healthy too. No signs of any medical anomalies."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362744

I nod.
"Aaaaaannnnd? That's it? Nothing more?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362745

"You could use a manecut."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362746

I look at my mane.
"I could? Is it getting too long?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362747

"Mhmm… maybe I could help. I used to always do my own mane as well as Summer's."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362750

"You want to cut my mane?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362751

I shrug
"I'm saying I could if you wanted so."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362752

"If you say I will look better that way! I never really went to manedressers or anything like that before."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362754

"I'm a doctor, not a professional manedresser Emrille. I can't promise you you'll like it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362755

"If you will like it, then that's something!… as long as you don't overdo it… Can you heal mane back if you cut too much?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362756

"Uh… that would be a no."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362757

"…And Summer?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362758

I shake my head
"You could just keep your mane as it is, you know."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362759

"Yeah, but you said you don't really like it this way."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362760

"I said you could use a manecut, not that you should. It's your mane after all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362761

I pause and think for a second.
"Actually… you know where we should go? To a spa. That would definitely help you relax."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362762

I sigh wearily
"A spa… right. I don't think they have those here."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362763

Scratch my head.
"Maybe in the next town?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362764

I shrug

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362765

I sigh.
"You still seem pretty passive about this whole 'enjoying yourself' thing."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362766

"… Maybe I am."
I look over to the crowd, where Summer is standing
"I guess I'm just too concerned with her well-being. I just can't seem to shake off this feeling of dread."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362767

"Sure. Your paranoia will help her. Listen, I'm not saying you should trust everypony or anything like that, but I'm pretty sure she would feel better if she saw you genuinly smile."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362768

I sigh
"Easy for you to say…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362769

I shake my head.
"Is it? Count how many healers the fleet has. Now count how many ponies who can shoot they have. Which one of them is more expendable? Who do you think they would get rid of first?"
I stomp a hoof.
"Don't you tell me it's easy! You know I'm risking my neck for you two! For your safety!"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362770

"Well they sure as hell were quick on their hooves enough to try and execute us… How the hell could I protect Summer from that? How does visiting spas and buying these damn scarves help us?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362771

"I told you already that I'm doing my best to make sure you are safe!"
"But if that is not good enough for you, if you really only want to think about death and nothing else, if black is the only color you can see… then you should at least try and enjoy being alive while you can."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362772

I sigh and run a hoof through my mane
"Look, Emrille, I'm sorry. I'm just… a lot of stuff is happening and it's just stressing me out okay? I don't want to pretend like everything is going to be okay while we're still in danger… while Summer is still in danger."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362773

"I know you are stressed, that's why I want to help! I said this before, and I will say it again, I can't do that if you don't want to be helped! And if it's not only me, but the others too, like Curry, doing our best to avert those dangers, what more do you want? She's as safe as it's possible in this situation."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362774

I turn my head away
"But it's not enough. I have to do more. Try a different approach… I can handle stress, as long as I know Summer will be safe in the end."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362775

"And can she handle your stress, huh? She's not naive. She figured out a lot of things on her own already."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362776

I stand my ground
"Things were often stressful in the clinic as well. She saw plenty of emergencies where stress was aplenty. She knew that. She knew that until those emergencies were resolved… there would be stress."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362777

"So until this is all resolved, you would rather let her have a nervous wreck that is you now than the mother she wants? A mother who could smile at her and mean it instead of just wearing a fake mask?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 362778

I shake my head
"You just don't understand…"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362779

With the right name now too!

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362780

"Then explain."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362781

"What's the point? Neither one of us can change the past. I can't lose myself in it while the future is so uncertain."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362782

"Maybe you should, to help you concentrate on what's important now."
Take a step closer and put my hoof on her shoulder.
"Please, Spring. You are hurting yourself."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362807

I remain quiet, looking down at the floor

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362811

"I opened up for you too. Maybe it's time for you to do the same."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362813

I stay quiet for a while longer, before speaking up in a soft voice again
"I know you did but… This is hardly the right place and time…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362817

I nod.
"I didn't mean right here and now, but please… will you?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362818

I frown

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362819

"For fuck's sake, Spring."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362821

"It's not easy for me, okay?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362823

"Because you think it was easy for me?"

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362827

"Of course not. But I'm not you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362829

I sigh again, turning away.
"I don't know why you are doing this to yourself."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362831

"I don't want to discourage Summer. I have to stay strong for her. Give her hope."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362835

"There's more than one way to do that."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362840

"I suppose that's true. I guess… I guess I'm just afraid."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362841

"And that's perfectly understandable. It doesn't mean you have to neglect your own needs just to keep that from Summer."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362854

I sigh
"Look… like I said earlier, this isn't the time. We can talk more about this later… when maybe I'll feel better."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362861

"Just keep in mind, I'm not doing this to torment you or anything."

Spring Water [Charlatan] 362870

I nod
"I know, I know. This is just something I haven't spoken about for years… So I'm not used to somepony asking about it like this."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 362876

"You were one of the few ponies who ever displayed interest about my past too. It's… strange, yeah."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362885

And then in a different part of the marketplace.

I tug on Curry's shoulder.
"Mister Curry, how come miss Feelfear's not talking to anyone?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362887

"Well, miss Seas, perhaps it's because no one talks to her. Let's go over and say hello."
And we trot over.
"Enjoying the trip, miss Felfire?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362889

"Ah. A bit. I don't like being this… Alone."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362890

"Well, you're hardly alone, miss Felfire. Why, you've got us, don't you? And even if he's not out in the open, your Fervored is still with you, is he not?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362891

"Being this alone? But you're surrounded by a bunch of ponies miss Feelfear! How are you alone?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362892

"No. That's what I meant."
Tap on my own shadow.
"Too many ponies around for that."
"I just miss my golden boy in shining armor, kid."
Smile at her.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362895

"Oooh, um… mister… Fevered? Mister Fevered?"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362897

"Fervored, miss Seas."

Felfire [Necromancer] 362898

"Fer-vo-red. But yeah, him. He's quite the gentlestallion, you know."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362904

I give Felfire a sheepish look.
"Um… can I meet mister Fer-vo-red sometime?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362906

Smirk at her, coming closer.
"You should. He's a great pony.
And he knows great stories, too. Did I ever tell you he fought in a war under both sisters?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362907

I look at her with an astonished look.
"But… but Luna was banished to the moon like a thousand years ago! How could he have fought under both sisters?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362908

"That's wh-"
Look around at the crowded church of deals, then back at Summer.
Motion her to come closer.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362909

I hop off Curry's back and scoot closer to her, perking up an ear.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362910

"That's what's so magic about the veil. They are never really gone."
Smile as I whisper this to her.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362911

"I've actually been meaning to ask if I could speak to your Sir Fervored at greater length, miss Felfire. He knows so much history, and to be honest he could likely fill in quite a few gaps in my own understanding."
I'll rub my beard and sit.
"Though, as you say, this likely isn't the place for such requests."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362912

I perk up.
"Huh? So…"
I adopt a hopeful expression.
"You… can you… can you talk to my dad?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362913

"You will have days and days once we get back on the boat, don't worry."
Raise my head and start thinking.
"I could. But that would take a lot of luck. or we could go… You know… There."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362914

I'll nod, and watch the two continue to speak.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362915

"I- I could… I could meet my dad?"
I perk up even more.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362916

"Hey hey hey. Slow a minute okay? I said it's gonna be hard.
You know where… Well. Where he's… You know…"
Look around awkwardly.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362917

"Miss Felfire, perhaps we should find somewhere a bit less crowded for you two to continue your talk?"
Standing up, I'll motion a little ways away.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362918

"Yeah. We should. You never know when other ponies like that celestial might show up."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362919

I'll frown a little at that memory, but push it aside. Miss Seas wanted me to be a bit more forgiving.
And then we'll walk a little ways off from the others, and the crowd.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362920

"Oh… so you mean you can't do it…"
My enthusiasm instantly dissipates and I drop my head and plop down on the ground.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362921

Roll my eyes.
"Kid I'm getting really tired of this. If there's one thing I can do, it's that.
So just answer the question."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362922

"She never said that, miss Seas. Just that it would be difficult."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362923

"Huh? What question?…"
"Whenever my mind said that, that always meant bad things… like we're low on money or… other things."
I sniffle.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362924

Crouch down and go near her, hooves hanging a few inches away from her shoulders, trembling, unsure of what to do.
"Don't cry kid. I can get him, don't you worry. I can.
Just tell me where he's buried, okay? By Grogar, I could even br-"
Nope, bite my own tongue.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362925

By Grogar? Oh Luna, this one's going to be hard to work with.
I'll sit next to Summer, and pat her on the back. With my other hoof, I'll gesture that Felfire should finish the trip and comfort her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362926

Glance shocked in worry and confusion at him as he touches the kid, but remain still, looking from him to her with an unsure expression.

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362927

Seeing Felfire's confusion, I'll scoot a little away, and then gesture that she should take my place.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362928

Fuck this. I hug the kid.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362929

I look surprised as she hugs me, but gradually ease into the hug and hug her back.

Felfire [Necromancer] 362930

Shiver slightly as I hug her.
"Don't cry, okay? I can talk with him. It's all I'm good for, after all."
Try a smile '1d10' and pull away.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362931

I'll just stay quiet for a minute. This is a bonding moment, after all.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362932

I hug her a bit tighter and look disappointed when she pulls away, sniffling.
"But that's not true miss Feelfear… there's plenty you're good at! Nopony's useless, my momma would always say…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362933

Just keep up the smile.
"Right kid. Nopony is useless. Tell me about your dad a little, uh?"
Lie down on the floor in front of her.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362934

"Um, he… I don't really remember much about him… he…"
I sniffle.
"He passed away when I was really young… of… some disease…"
I reach up with a hoof to wipe away a tear.
"It's… it's why I wanted to, um, become a doctor, miss Feelfear…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362935

"You made it. He must be proud. He will be."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362936

I solemnly drop my head again.
"I haven't made it at all miss Feelfear… my momma's still a much better doctor than me…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 362937

"Yeah well, you keep studying then, okay? And maybe one day I can teach you a trick or two, too."

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362938

"But you are learning, and as miss Felfire said, she's likely picked up a few tricks any doctor would probably give a leg to learn."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 362939

I look up at her.
"I don't know if I'd be able to learn any of the things you do… they all seem so hard… And you make them look so easy…"
I sigh.
"I don't think I'll ever be as good a doctor as my momma, mister Curry…"

Curry [Male Unicorn ?????] 362940

"Only if you don't think you will, miss Seas. You see, what stops most ponies, and anyone else really, is the obstacles they put there themselves. By saying and believing you won't be as good a doctor as, or a better one than, your mother, you are putting a limit on yourself."