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PirateQuest: Chapter 4.0: Endless Evil Wf+6 390543[Last 50 Posts]

You sleep in far too late, but no one wakes you. After the raid, you've earned a rest.

When you are ready, the day will end and we will time elapse to Reptil.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390544

Well, I believe there was a tea date to keep with the commodore. Amongst other things.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390545

I kinda got a hoof here on my hooves.
"What do you think this is, Terre?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390546

Indeed we do. And more than just rest too.
"Miss Rosemary… the wings please."
Unfurl my wings

Spring Water [Doctor] 390547

I'll just keep resting, close to Summer. Don't want to wake her…

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390548

A quick visit to Abilio first.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390549

I'll speak quietly, so as to not wake Skylight either.
"Good morning, miss Spring. Or afternoon, as the case might be."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390550

I track down Flux.

Wf+6 390551

When you're ready.

Skylight seems to have already gotten up and isn't around.

"It looks like a hoof. Did it come from da same place as da horn?"

She sets to work with her mouth and horn, preening them for you and massaging them pleasantly.

He's in his cabin, according to hearsay.

Spring Water [Doctor] 390552

I keep my eyes closed
"Mmmm… Good afternoon… Just… five more minutes…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390553

Well, that's cause for concern.
Is Mera still here?

Wf+6 390554

He's not in his room or the mess hall. Talk suggests you should check the hold, down in the depths of the ship.

Wf+6 390555

She is, sleeping peacefully in her tub.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390556

Visit him there.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390557

"Thank you. There are a few things I need to take care of today. Why don't we start with that report you were going to give me about your assignment regarding miss Tela?"

Wf+6 390558

He seems a little preoccupied. "Good morning, Emrille. What is it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390559

Hmm. Where could she have gone.
"Take as much as you need, but we're going to the commodore to make sure those collars stay off today."
Then I'll get to my hooves, and leave the brig. Have to start looking for Skylight. Is she still on this ship? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390560

I go there.

Wf+6 390561

You immediately trip after exiting the brig and roll off the edge into the water.

Mera ends up having to rescue you and drags you back to the ship.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390562

Which is quite a feat, considering she was asleep when I left.

Wf+6 390563

Deep in the depths of the ship, past winding passages and oddly-aligned corridors, you find the deep hold of the ship, partitioned into cages. Below, Flux is cleaning. The hold is totally empty, probably due to the paladins.

You screamed pretty loudly. Woman.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390564

Sateo [DD monk] 390565


Emrille [Gunslinger] 390566

"Not bothering, am I?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390567

Shake my head.
"It was a trophy in the Inquisitor's room.
Lucky necromancer hoof, it was labeled."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390568

"Sorry about that, Mera. I didn't want to wake you, and then I end up falling off the ship."
Can I use Improved TK to get us both back up there? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 390569

"Oh, that… at first she didn't want any part of it, but then she pinned me down! I had to get out of there."


"Just working…" he remarks absently, "For your request, I might add. It's slow going research, but work is work. What's the matter?"

You float her up and she tosses you a rope. You can't levitate yourself.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390570

Light Heart [Warlord] 390571

I cock a brow
"She assaulted you then? Is she that desperate?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390572

I watch him for a bit.
"Need help?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390573

"Just thought I'd drop by."
Fake a pout.
"Are you not glad to see me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390574

Bah. Twily could.
Well, up I'll climb, I guess. Once back on deck, I'll shake off the sea water and get back to looking for Skylight. '1d10'
"Thanks again, Mera. Seems I'm not quite used to these things just yet. Need to get my sea legs."

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 390575

"Then I would guess dat it's a necromancer's hoof."

"It seems like it!"

He levitates you up and onto his desk.

"Sorry, my attention is divided. It is good to see you, schoolfilly."

Word has it that she isn't on the Darklantern. That leaves four more ships. Where could she be?

Felfire [Necromancer] 390576

"Gee you think so Terre?"
Roll my eye and giggle.
"I guess communing should do something…"

'1d10' Seance.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 390577

He considers it a moment. "Okay. If you want."

He unlocks the cage and hoofs you a broom.

"Big. Lotta room to clean before Reptil."


Rolling for cleaning.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Light Heart [Warlord] 390579

"Well… that certainly is interesting to know. She may be too shy to convey her feelings in public. I can only imagine how deeply ingrained that frustration must be…"
I smile a furl my wings again when she finishes
"Thank you, miss Rosemary. You are a life savior."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390580

Dammit. I'll check the next ship, then.
And of course I forget the names of the ships except for the Eagle's Roost. So I'll just head to the next one of the older ships.
'1d10' to gather info on a mare that has my color scheme.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390581

"No time for a bit of training then?"

Wf+6 390582

You blast through with your wings and blow all the dust away. Nice work.

"Good. You work quick. Huh. You want a transfer? Speed. That's something I could use on this ship."

You eliminate the Eagle's Roost and Sirocco right away through hearsay. That leaves the Seaworthy and Pillager's Fancy.

"In a little while. Work on your patience. I'm in the middle of an experiment. I promise we can work later, alright?"

He sets you down on the floor again.

She smiles.

"I'm always happy to help you.~"


Felfire [Necromancer] 390583

"Hey there."
Smile a little.
"An inquisitor had your hoof. I took it away, figured you'd want a better home. I'm Felfire, what's your name?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390584

Pillager's Fancy, then. '1d10'
And Mera can check the Seaworthy.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390585

I shake my head.
"No. Seekkill want learn."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390586

"Fine, fine, I was just askin'."
Get out the silver bullet and start inspecting it.
"Though if you have another spare minute you could check this out."


Give that mare a good smooch.
"That much I know. And your willingness is much appreciated."
Now, I still haven't seen my latest addition to the team check in, so I'll just go ahead and find her myself.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Sateo [DD monk] 390588

Rolling for doing pirate things. '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 390589

Your search leads you to Fullmaster Abilio's cabin. You wonder what she could possibly want from him.

Asking around turns up information that Curry was looking for her. This information helps you quickly narrow down your options a little faster, eliminating the Darklantern (for obvious reasons) and the two ships to your left, the Sirocco and Eagle's Roost.

He scrunches. "Looks like a bullet. Have Ruxiang or Blue Topaz look at it."

"The Circle of Life?"

You're skill capped right now, but feel free to chat.

You swab some decks and salute the boatswain. You even kiss the gunner's daughter and let the cat out of the bag!

He can't see you smiling, obviously. His soul is on the immortal plane.

"An I-In-Inquisitor? M-My hoof?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390590

Well duh, he doesn't even have eyes.
"Yes. But don't worry, we are away now. Safe. I'm a necromancer myself."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390591


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390592

To the Fullmaster's cabin, then. Posthaste.


Bah, what a terrible minion. I'll have to tell her to keep herself more available in the future.
Continue my search then.

Roll #1 9 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390594

And I'll knock politely.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390595

"Yeah, but what if it's magical or someshit? But yeah, okay, I'll let you work."

Wave goodbye and find Blue Topaz.
I don't want to start any day with Ruxiang.

Wf+6 390596

Emrille opens the door and passes you.

Fullmaster Abilio appears to be in the cabin alone. He scrunches a little when you arrive.

"Ah. Mister Curry."

You pass Curry on your way out, and find Blue Topaz's cabin on the Darklantern.

Rumor has it that Curry headed off for the Pillager's Fancy.

"Ah. Where to begin, then? Premise. You get the most of it, don't you?"

"W-We? Where a-are we? W-Who else is h-here?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390597

Yep, I'm just going to chill here for a moment. Take in the breeze and enjoy being a free pirate.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390598

"Hello, Fullmaster. I was looking for my sister. Last I heard she was here."
I'll wait at the door a moment.
"May I come in?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390599

That is where I'll go then.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390600

Wink with an eye at Curry as I pass him and laugh.

Once at the cabin, knock.
"Hey there. It's Emrille. Got some time?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390601

"Eat ponies. Get power."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390602

"We means you and me, don't worry.
There's just me and my master here. And you.
Nopony will hurt you."

Wf+6 390603

It's a pretty good life. When you're not being shot at, there's something awfully serene about your freedom. No one would stop you if you wanted to leave. Or you could sail as much as you like. There are no arbitrary laws here. Just gold and chain of command. Simple.

"Ah, very well then. I'm a bit in the middle of something…"

Seems he's gone off to the Fullmaster's cabin.

"Yes. There is quite a bit to it in terms of tradition and explanation, but it boils down to that."

"Alright, alright, come in."

Terrebonne coughs.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390604

Replace "Master" with "Mentor".

Felfire [Necromancer] 390605

Right, roll my eyes.
"And a few dozen spirits moving the shadows around the room."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390606

Abilio? I ought to talk to him sometime soon…
Go there.

Wf+6 390607

You know, I initially skipped that line entirely and I thought you left out mention of Terrebonne entirely!

"Ju-just us? No one e-else?"

Curry is at the threshold.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390608

"My apologies for interrupting, then. I was just looking for my sister, as I said. And this was where she was last seen heading. Naturally I'm concerned for her wellbeing, as pirate ships are inherently dangerous to just about anyone. Especially if they aren't pirates themselves."
I'll walk inside and shut the door.
"She wouldn't happen to still be here, Fullmaster?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390609

I sit down.
"Seekkill listening."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390610

"Hey there."
Show the bullet.
"Could you have a look at this? Seems fancy."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390611

I slip inside before he closes the door.
"You are seeking her out too, mister Curry? Such coincidence."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390612

How could I ever.
"Nope. Is there something wrong?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390613

"She had departed before I awoke. Naturally as a sibling I am concerned."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390614

"What a brave thing to do on a place like this. Seems your sister is quite adventurous."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390615

"Let us hope that hasn't led her into mischief."

Wf+6 390616

"She's… assisting me with an experiment. Why don't you come back later?"


"Magic. Perhaps that is the best place to begin. Inevitable. It always was, and always will be. Tradition. Consider my people, who passed our stories and culture on by word alone. Death. When it took our elders, some knowledge would be lost. Consumption. We complete the circle, and nothing is lost. Nothing. That is the way of the Circle: to use every piece of the dead, and to lose nothing. Understand?"

"A-And where is s-she? D-Did you see h-her? W-What if she is looking for m-me right now too? W-What if s-she is worried?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390617

"Might I be privy to what that experiment is, Fullmaster Abilio? As kin, I have some stake in her welfare."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390618


Felfire [Necromancer] 390619

"I'm not sure… Who is she? What year was it when you died?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390620

"How unfortunate. Pray tell, how long will this experiment take?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390621

So, is there anyone else about that a good pirate should know?

??? [Necromancer hoof] 390622


Emrille [Gunslinger] 390623

Felfire [Necromancer] 390624

"Well, I am talking to your hoof after all, no?"

Wf+6 390625

"Why don't you just… go for now, and I'll excuse her… and you can reconvene."

Always capture precious booty?

"Pieces. Mind and body, you can get both from the dead. Prey. Getting inside their head will help you hunt them."

She hardly glances at it before remarking, "Platinum."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390626

"Yeah, and that means? There must have been a reason why it was in the vault."

??? [Necromancer hoof] 390627

"B-But… I c-can't be dead!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390628

"Had other plans?" Chuckle a bit.

Wf+6 390629

"Platinum. It's a rather rare mineral. Good conductor. More valuable than gold."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390630

I'll frown slightly.
"Fullmaster, I'm afraid I must insist. I would prefer we settle this as gentlecolts, and amicably, as opposed to all this secrecy. I have no intention of stealing your research, so long as no harm comes to my sister."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390631

"Get no-ledge from eating brain?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390632

Alright, I'll be on standby to capture the booty.
Bringing Monty the snake with me and stabling Cheese the mouse.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390633

I raise a brow
"Please do make sure she is not harmed. I ensured her safety after all. Her talents are quite useful to me."

??? [Necromancer hoof] 390634

"N-No, no, you don't understand! I can't d-die!"

Wf+6 390635

"Yes. It can be done."

"Of course. You know I have your best interests at heart. Why would Miss Skylight be any different? Now if you don't mind…?"


Felfire [Necromancer] 390636

"Okay. So you were what, a lich?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390637

I smirk.
"Awesome… I guess I shouldn't waste it by shooting it, huh?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390638

"I would be more comfortable if Skylight were here to see us out, master Abilio. Surely the experiment isn't so dreadful that she can't at least pop out to say hello."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390639

I smirk slightly and just wait for Curry.

??? [Necromancer hoof] 390640

"No, n-no! I w-was taught to stay a-away fro Lichdom… I ju-just… I w-was taught how to c-come back!"

Wf+6 390641

She shrugs. "I wouldn't. Platinum is not known for being a very hard metal. Almost as soft as gold."

"I really must insist. Don't we have some good faith here?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390642

"What else can get? Flux mention speed and strength last night."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390643

"That's kinda of my next goal. Can't remember anything?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390644

"So what's this? Just a fancy and expensive ornament?"

??? [Necromancer hoof] 390645


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390646

"More than I likely have with the rest of the crew, Fullmaster Abilio. But you are still a pirate. And you are acting incredibly suspiciously concerning the sister I did not know I had. You can understand my desire to know exactly what is going on here. And I'm afraid my patience and good faith is beginning to wear thin. If my sister is fine and well, then there shouldn't be a reason for you to hide the nature of your experiment."

Wf+6 390647

"Yes. It is true. Those. And more."

"Possibly. It was in a vault, wasn't it?"

You slowly start to slide telekinetically toward the door.

"Just… give me a moment."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390648

Plant my feet and resist his telekinesis. '1d10'
"Fullmaster. If anything untoward is or has happened to my sister, there will be Tartarus to pay."

Roll #1 7 = 7


Look around the room, anything that might indicate why the Fullmaster is so on edge?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390650

"Yeah… Eh, even if it isn't magical, the fact that it's worth a lot is satisfying."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390651

"We will think about that in a moment, okay? Mind giving me your name for now?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390652

"Please teach Seekkill more."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390653

I keep forgetting I am skillcapped.

??? [Necromancer hoof] 390654


Wf+6 390655

"Nothing bad has happened. Tell you what, why don't you go ahead to have tea with Smitts, and we'll meet you there? Time is wasting, you know. Got to get those collars off."

Nothing. The room is in characteristic order.

"Even if it isn't, it could possibly be. It is a good conductor."


So you chat a while but nothing comes of it.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390656

"You mean… like a cataclyst doohickey?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390657

"Okay Zivur, I'm gonna give you a way to come back for a moment. A shadow to control with your spirit. Is it okay with you? Know how to hold onto it?"

Wf+6 390658

"Even mundane objects can be used for that."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390659

"So what did you mean?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390660

"Or, we could all go together, perhaps. Miss Seas is still asleep, and I have the time to wait. Or you could stop hiding and just tell me about the experiment."
My eyes will narrow for a moment, and then I'll use telekinesis to shift Abilio's desk perpendicular to its previous position, so that there's nothing between him and us. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390661

"A s-shadow?… I don't k-know… I n-never tried…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390662

I'm ready to move on to Reptil when everyone else is.
I keep talking with him for a while, then thank him for his lessons and go to Terrebonne's room.

Wf+6 390663

"If you knew a skilled craftspony, they could make something very magical out of it by melting it down and using it for that. Or perhaps you could channel your magic through it for a shot, but then you'd have to come up with a way to get it back… Well, I'm sure you're creative enough to come up with that on your own."

Nothing there. He gives you a dull look.

"Are you quite finished?"


Light Heart [Warlord] 390664

So she's not here then? Unless she's behind that other door.
"As lovely as the prospect of tea may sound, I cannot help but wonder why this is such a big issue."

I raise a brow at this.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390665

"It's easy, follow my lead."

Raise Dead on my own shadow, use Zivur as the friend.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390666

"Ooh, wait, what if I channel shit through it without actually shooting it? Or create some sort of ghost bullets…"
Do I have any actually good ideas?

Roll #1 9 = 9


Move outside before that. And raise other two shadows before trying this.

Roll #1 10 - 1 = 9

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390668

I'll just stare for a moment, glad that Skylight wasn't actually under there.
"Not completely, but I've likely offended you enough for now."
I'll shake my head.
"I… am sorry for assuming the worst."
"It is a big issue, miss Heart, because she is my sister. And I am concerned because she vanished before I awoke. You cannot blame me for wanting to make absolutely certain that she is safe."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390669

If Terrebonne is there I show her the dice.
"What Ter-bon know about these?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390670

"What I mean is that why it is such a big issue for her not to simply appear now."
I idly walk up to the other door as I talk.

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390671

I lower my head and flap my ears down as soon as I gain the shadow form and step back with a yelp from Felfire when I see her.
"Gah! Y-You're a m-mare!"

Wf+6 390672


>rollplaying instead of roleplaying

Come up with your own ideas! Or ask Ruxiang. Or that diamond dog who knows about crafting. Or a magic expert other than Abilio. Or Abilio when he's done.

Or come up with something of your own!

He sighs. "Can you give me a moment now?"

Then he magicks his desk to normal.


She surveys them. "Look like dice."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390673

I shift them a bit in my claw.
"Look close."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390674

Chucle a bit.
"So are you, right now." Point at the shadow he's controlling. Mine.

Wf+6 390675

She looks pretty closely at them.

"Someting is off about dem… Only time I evah seen someting like this… was ta do wit Moonbeam…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390676

I motion to the door with a hoof
"May I, master Abilio?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390677

Of course I will! I was just looking for crazy ideas!

"Thanks anyway!"

Whelp, time to see Ruxiang then.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390678

I'll cast one glance at the shut door on the other end of the room, and then slowly nod.
"I suppose-"
And then I'll see how he reacts to that.

Wf+6 390679

"No. You two are starting to wear through your welcome…"

He's in his nest.

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390680

"T-That doesn't m-matter! I… I…"

Take a few more steps back and just whimper.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390681

"My apologies, then."
And then I'll open the hall door.
I need to learn how the Commodore speaks to his ships.
"Miss Heart, if you'll join me in the hallway?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390682


Where is all this taking place?

Light Heart [Warlord] 390683

"Miss Skylight is my responsibility, so her wellfare is important to me."
I lower my hoof
"I find your unwillingness to inform me of her current situation most disappointing. But very well, I will leave you be then."
Turn around and leave the room.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390684

Take a step back myself.
"Hey, are you okay? The summon was solid, I could feel it…"
outside terre's room

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390685

And I'll follow her out, shutting the door behind me.
But standing outside of it. Waiting. Listening.

Wf+6 390686

About thirty seconds later, the door opens and Skylight joins the group.

"Good morning, Curry. Miss Heart."

"A spirit."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390687

I lay down with my hooves under me and start shivering.
"P-Please tell m-me you didn't t-touch me…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390688

"You have a little explaining to do, Skylight. Why did you wander off this morning without waking me up? What experiments are you helping Abilio with?"
She isn't wearing a collar, is she? '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4

Light Heart [Warlord] 390689

I nod at her
"Miss Skylight. How kind of you to show up at last."

Wf+6 390690

Of course not!

She scrunches. "You looked peaceful, so I let you sleep in. I just wanted to go meet the Fullmaster. You said he was nice. He is!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390691

"How spirit remind you of dice?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390692

Look at him for a second, and my face goes blank.
"Y-you too?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390693

I'll scrunch back.
"And the experiment?"

Wf+6 390694

"They both seem… oddaworldly…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390695

Fly up there then.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390696

Where am I?

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390697

I whimper slightly louder.
"S-So you d-did touch me…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390698

"I was hoping you would visit me as promised instead."

Wf+6 390699

She boops you on the nose.

"It's a secret."

Sleeping with Spring Water in the brig.

In before u-unf.

Well he's there.

"I didn't know where you were staying… And I still don't…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390700

Shake my head.
"Not even the hoof. It was sealed after all."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390701

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390702

"Hey. I got something interesting, you might want to check it out."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390703

I wake up and yawn then, nudging Spring awake.
"Momma?… What time is it?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390704

I glance up at her.
"A-Are you sure?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390705

"Think Seekkill use them to talk souls?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390706

"You could have asked for one. It certainly is no secret. I suppose it does not matter, I simply wish to speak to you…"
I look at Curry
"… In private."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390707

"Hey, I don't want ponies to touch me either. I know what it means."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390708

I roll over with a loud yawn and wipe my eyes with my hooves
"I don't know… daytime…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390709

If possible, I will combine frowning and scrunching.
Then, I'll sigh.
I'll look at Light Heart.
"If you two have the time, I would like for Skylight to join miss Spring, Seas, Mera, and I for our tea with the Commodore. Introducing her as my sister and your… priest, I suppose. He probably knows about her already, but… Formalities."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390710

I slowly start to calm down.
"Y-You do?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390711

"Where's… where's mister Curry and his sister?"
I yawn again and get up, stretching.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390712

"I'd sooner die than have a living thing touch me again."

Hiss and look aside.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390713

"That does sound quite lovely. I had nearly forgotten about those collars. Very well, I suppose my private chat with miss Skylight will have to wait."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390714

"Well, I still have to gather miss Seas and miss Spring. While I fetch them, I'm certain you'll have some time to speak."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390715

I look down in front of me.
"N-Not all the l-living are bad…"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390716

"They… left earlier. I woke up but stayed here with you."
I look around the brig.
This place will never get any less crappier, will it…?
"We're still at sea, I can feel the ship rocking back and forth."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390717

"My talks tend to be quite lengthy, I'm afraid. But there is still plenty of time to be had, so I can wait. Shall we go fetch the doctors then?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390718

"And Mera as well."
Nodding, we'll set off, gathering Mera on our way back to the brig.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390719

"Yeah. I'm learning that. Step by step. Using shadows…. That's the first. You are in control in there, do you feel it?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390720

"This s-shadow?…y-yes, yes… b-but where is my r-real body? W-Where are my f-friends?"
I trail off.
"W-Where is…"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390721

Well we're still here.
"There you are."
I roll over onto my belly again and get up

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390722

"Good day again, miss Spring. Time to get those collars off."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390723

"I think we're gonna be at sea for a while…"

I wave to Curry.
"Hi mister Curry."

"Oh? Today's the day?"
I idly scratch at my neck.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390724

"Good day, miss Seas. And yes, today's the day. Tea, and then the collars go of. And stay off."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390725

"Quite. Mister Smitts did say you were welcome to drink tea at all times, which is when he will be removing those dreadful things."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390726

"Hey, focus. Itj's been years. Maybe decades or more."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390727

"… time."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390728

I shake my head.
"No, n-no, no no. T-That cannot be."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390729

"Relax. We can talk with them,, you know."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390730

"So when are we gonna go?"
I give a little tired hop at the news.

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390731

"W-We can? Y-You know where they a-are?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390732

I pat her on the head with a hoof
"In a moment. Now I do hope you all know about proper etiquette while dealing with tea parties?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390733

"In the immortal plane, of course!"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390734

I frown and look down again.
"T-That's… n-no, no… I d-don't believe you…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390735

"Nearly immediately."
"Mine might be a bit dated, but the basics shouldn't have changed."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390736

"Good. Let us go then."
I lead them out of the brig, towards Smitt's cabin.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390737

And then we wait until Wf gets back.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390738

"Maybe it would really help if you just told me what year you were born in…"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390739

I shiver slightly.
"I w-was… I was born…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390740

"Okay. Nevermind. Looks like you don't want to talk about home. I get you, really. It's the same for me.
Is there something you do want to talk about instead?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390741

"…W-Why am I here? W-What do y-you want from m-me?"

Wf+6 390742

Noted. You arrive.


"Moonbeam might know."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390743

Show him the platinum bullet.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390744

Knock on the door then.
"Commodore Smitts?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390745

"Talk? Your hoof was in a really holy place, figures you had to be interesting."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390746

Curry constantly seems to be 2slow.

Tony [Trickster] 390747

Get up out of bed.
Time to visit the bunny again.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390748

Is talking with Moonbeam something I should hold off on until I get more points to spend?

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390749

"I'm n-not interesting… I'm ju-just a f-filthy necromancer z-zebra, n-nothing more…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 390750

"Well we could start sharing then."
Lay on the floor, hooves crossed.
"What's the thing you like most of necromancy? What places did you see? What magic did you discover?"

Wf+6 390751

"Nice piece. Silver or something? Really shiny."

"Come in. I've already put the tea on."


You can learn about them regardless.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390753

I suppose I'll hold the door for the mares, and then go in last.

Felfire [Necromancer] 390754

And meanwhile I will go look for doc peg.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390755

"How lovely."
Open the door and walk in.

"Such a gentlecolt."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390756

"Platinum. Fucking A, isn't it?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390757

I look at Summer, then follow in.
… What's this room like?

Tony [Trickster] 390758

Sit down.
"I'm here for learning.
Where should we start?"

Wf+6 390759

"Yeah, yeah. What, you wanna buy magic dust? Opium?"

rnt u bz m8?

Smitts has poured tea and has a long table set up with enough chairs for everyone present.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390760

I enter the room and take a seat, looking around at the rest of the room.
What's it like?

Felfire [Necromancer] 390761


Emrille [Gunslinger] 390762

Roll my eyes.
"I'm going to fucking shove that magic up your ass one of these days. No, I don't want drugs."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390763

I walk in and take a seat, motioning Rosemary to sit besides me.

Spring Water [Doctor] 390764

And I'll sit down next to her.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390765

Once everyone's in, I'll pull a chair for Mera and Skylight, and then take a seat for myself.

Wf+6 390766

The room is dark. The dark woods are complimented with lead reinforcements and black paint. The walls seem to absorb light, and though the room is strewn with candles, it doesn't do much to fight off the darkness. This is isn't your average darkness, it's advanced darkness. However… this isn't an unusual trait. Most of the rooms on the Darklantern are like this.

The cabin has been simplified somewhat since the previous commodore's reign. There aren't trophies on the walls anymore. Smitts has expanded the one desk to three, and there are doors to his sleeping quarters in the corner. His polearm adorns the wall. There are no personal effects except a few different plants in pots across the room. Notable among them is a dead flower in a vase on his tri-desk.


"So what you come here for?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390767

"How speak with Moonbeam? He have body?"

Wf+6 390768


"Of a sort."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390769

Then go and talk with doc finally.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390770

I'll wait for Smitts to sit before I take a seat myself. Only polite, after all, being the two males in the room. And that's what etiquette is about right, politeness?

Wf+6 390771

She points a hoof at one of the jars on her dresser. It's labeled "Narrow Moonbeam".

Inside, there's a pony brain floating in some liquid.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390772

"I was wondering if you've seen anything like this before."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390773

Well… this sure looks homely…

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390774

I hesitate for a moment before I start talking.
"I l-like that Necromancy is b-beautiful… I like that one m-moment of purity when l-life gains meaning in i-it's end and becomes d-death… and I w-want to preserve it…"
Take a short pause.
"A-And the dead n-never hurt… they… t-they are friendly…"
I sigh.
"A-After I got away f-from the v-village… I saw p-places like Clopantinapole… a-and Drakin… a-and P-Pegasa…"

Wf+6 390775

Doc is sleeping in.

"I seen gold bullets before. Real popular while back. Pony with golden gun."

Tony [Trickster] 390776

Scratch my head for a second.
"I've been trying some of the techniques you've taught me. But I haven't felt the surge of chaos yet, as you've described should happen."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390777

Stare at him in shock for a second.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390778

I shrink in the chair from the unusually stark and empty room.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390779

"So how were they used? Gold isn't the best of bullett materials."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390780

I smile as I wait for the tea to prepare.
"I do so like the mysterious air of this room."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390781

I can keep it together, but a smile mixed with the trembling of fear runs across my face.
"Y-you understand. Everything…"
Ah. He's had to work a lot. I will sit here and give a first look at these documentd.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 390782


He sets a teapot down on the table and pours himself a cup.

"Sugar, anyone?"

He chuckles. "I think it may have been a bit somber, or perhaps even melodramatic before. I am not well suited to the Darklantern, I think."


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390783

"The plants do add a nice touch."
I'll frown a little, reminded of the treasury, and then shake the thought away.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390784

"Yeah, but it would be a fucking waste to shoot those. Not to mention it's not even effective."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390785

"Yes please.
The Darklantern is quite unique in that regard."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390786

I frown slightly
"Some of these flowers are dead…"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390787

"… I d-do?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390788

"None for me, Commodore. Thank you."
"Might not be enough sun… or moonlight, if they're the type of plant that needs it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390789

Nod a bit.
"It's the same for me…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390790

I don't know tea party ettiquite very well…
I pour myself a cup and put a bunch of sugars in it.
"Um… mister Smitts? Your flowers are dead… did you not water them enough?"

Tony [Trickster] 390791

"Reinvent myself? You mean becoming someone else?"

Wf+6 390792

"Yes… Tell me, do are you familiar with what a darklantern is, Miss Heart?"

"I agree. You better off trading for dust."

He chuckles. "That particular flower has been dead for a long time. It's a momento."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390793

"I-It is? S-So… y-you have m-minions too?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390794

Roll my eyes.
"Seriously, you have a problem."

Wf+6 390795


Felfire [Necromancer] 390796

"I use shadows. Gave up on flesh minions some time ago."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390797

"Yes. A lantern whose light can be blocked, as by a sliding panel. They are often used on ships at sea because they allow the crew to quickly dim the lights at night in case of emergencies."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390798

Sorry, got distracted by an episode of the Venture Brothers.
I try to Commune with it.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390799

I'll nod slightly.
"And the others? They were keepsakes as well, were they not? We spoke only briefly before you were promoted, and I don't think I had the time to inquire more than superficially."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390800


Spring Water [Doctor] 390801

What a strange thing to do…

Felfire [Necromancer] 390802

"Because I met the pony of my life…"

Call the shadow of Fervored and seance it.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390803

"A memento of what?…"
I guess I take a sip of my tea now.
How is it?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390804

I frown as she mentions that.

Tony [Trickster] 390805

"It's only fitting to honor the Changer that way.
How can I achieve this? "

Felfire [Necromancer] 390806

Hard to read facial expressions on a shadow.

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 390807

It also means I don't say anything.

Wf+6 390808

"Good business model."

"Some of them. Others are just useful or look nice. Some smell nice. I'm afraid you can't lighten up a room this dark, though."

In your head, the sounds of a great marching band begin to play.

Welcome to… Narrow Moonbeam's… flying circus!

"It holds many purposes, but I think the most important is to remind me of the delicacy of life. I think that's something we all can agree on."

"Good morning."

Felfire [Necromancer] 390809


Wf+6 390810



Light Heart [Warlord] 390811

Tony [Trickster] 390812


Roll #1 10 = 10

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390813


Emrille [Gunslinger] 390814

"It's fucking annoying that's what it is. Find some junkie, stop pestering me with it. I'm interested in your guns and ammo, not the drugs."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390815

I'll nod again, and take a small sip of tea.
"I take it by the fact there were enough chairs set out that you know about miss Skylight, her relation to me, and her agreement with miss Heart, Commodore? Thought it polite to make proper introductions."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390816

"Yes… delicacy…"

Wf+6 390817

"Yes. Why do you think this ship was named after a darklantern?"

You come close and he touches you with a paw. You feel a surge, and the power flows through you. When you open your eyes, you're a draconequus, and one with Discord. You feel unimaginable strength and power. And seconds later, it fades… but you feel something linger.

Skill Acquired: Reinvent Self

No circus for the feral bird? Come on, become cultured. I have a ring toss.

"Fine, fine. You want my tip? Don't shoot it unless you come up with some way to get bullet back. Otherwise… look."

He points at it. "No rifling. Useless for your gun. Fix it!"

"Of course, but don't let me stop you if you prefer to make introductions."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390818

"What that?"
Can I see any of this?

Wf+6 390819

Sadly no. It would be quite the sight!

Wf+6 390820

Nevermind. Can't teach an old predator new tricks, can you? Though in your case, I'm sure you'll insist… But I digress. The die?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390821

"Uh… because it's so dark, mister Smitts?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390822

"I am fully aware of the reasoning behind the name, of course. I was merely commenting on its uniqueness."

Tony [Trickster] 390823

Power overwhelming.

As I change back again, I stare at my paws and sit down.

"That….that was incredible." I say breathless

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390824

I'll nod.
"My sister, Skylight, chose to follow us from Autumnsreach. Currently she and miss Heart have an agreement, or are in the process of hashing that agreement out."
I'll take another sip of tea.
"So long as she is aboard this ship, or any in the fleet, Commodore, I would hope no harm befalls her."
"That may be part of it, miss Seas. Since a darklantern hides the light, so too does the ship, I believe. I think it has something to do with the wood in the construction."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390825

"Have you ever heard of retrieving bullets? I sure haven't."

Look closer.
"Fix it? You mean make it fitting for my revolver and rifle?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390826

I take them out and look at them.
"What you know about the dice?"

Wf+6 390827

"It wasn't an insult, it was… a sort of test. It's interesting to hear why people think this ship is called the Darklantern. All of them tie back to the object, but the reasoning is slightly different for each. Some comment on the metal plates, others on the darkness, others on control of light."



All sorts of things. You want a nice controlled burn, don't you?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390828

Wave a hoof around.
"Maybe later. For now I don't really plan to shoot something that is worth this much."

Wf+6 390829

"Fine. You cry too much. Like real little filly. You want results? Give Fullmaster's wife this. And next time, buy something."

He stuffs a note into your hoof. It reads:


Spring Water [Doctor] 390830

"It really is just a tad bit discomforting… like the darkness is creeping around you… enveloping you…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390831

"Dice make fire?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390832

"Yeah, yeah, I'll buy something next time… uh, thanks for the note?"

Wave goodbye and fly down, then go to her cabin.
And knock.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390833

I'll be quiet for now. Bringing up the collars in the midst of a tea party would be rude.
Besides, the tea is nice.

Wf+6 390834

He chuckles again.

"Well, I agree it's somber. I think I'd like somewhere brighter to get my paperwork done."

I meant you. You're a controlled burn.


Light Heart [Warlord] 390835

"I see. Well I reckoned it had to do with the control of light and darkness."
I look at Rosemary
"What of you, miss Rosemary? No need to be shy."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390836

"It's me, Emrille! I have a… note for you? From Ruxiang."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390837

"Seekkill not fire."

Tony [Trickster] 390838

Take a moment to catch my breath, still overwhelmed by seeing the world through Discords eyes for a moment.
Then a wide grin appears on my face.
"Of course not, that would insult Discord.
You mentioned the Great and Little Chaos powers this miracle. Could you explain more about it?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390839

I scrunch
"Who even built this ship?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390840

"Can't you cut out windows in the room to let light in?"
I take another sip of my tea.
Do I… notice anything about it?
This isn't poisoned, right?

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 390841

"Just slip it under the door!"

"I feel like I've been given the answer… so… if not one of those… because… it's dark on the outside, and light on the inside?"

"Not even a campfire?"


Of course not. He's drinking it too. Nothing seems odd at all about the tea to you.

"I could, but it seems a waste to damage the ship over personal taste. I'll simply take a different ship."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390842

">Sekkill not fire. Seekkill not a camp. Seekkill not a burning camp."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390843

"I'd say it is quite dark on the inside as well, miss Rosemary."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390844

"One of the two new ones, or one of the others?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390845


Slip the note under the door.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390846

Dunno where that > came from.

Wf+6 390847

If you aren't going to play along, it's no fun.

"I meant light like there are ponies. Life."

"We shall see in time. I'll want them properly evaluated and stocked, first."


Summer Seas [Cleric] 390848

Well that's good.
I take another sip.
"So you're gonna move from the Darklantern? Does… who's gonna get your room then?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390849

"…again what?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390850

I'll nod again, and continue sipping tea.
"The tea is quite good. What sort of leaves did you use?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390851

"Ah. Now that is an interesting thought indeed."

"I assume the commodore will be appointing two new captains."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390852

"You confusing Seekkill."

Wf+6 390853

"Dragonfeather. Imported from the Far East. I haven't the slightest how Ruxiang gets a hold of them."

"Three, if plans proceed well in Reptil. We were set to acquire a dhow when we arrive. As opposed to the Darklantern, which has a crew of four hundred, it would be crewed by about forty."

Would you prefer we chat about island ponies?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390854

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390855

"Dragonfeather tea? Dragons have feathers?"
Also what's a… dhow?"

Wf+6 390856


"He wants ANOTHER?"

He just smiles knowingly. "They don't. It's just a name for a plant."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390857

"I'll have to make a note of that."
I'll take another sip of tea.
"It's a type of ship, miss Seas. Much like how fast ships are usually called Clippers, and the Eagle's Roost would be, very loosely, classified as a warship."

Tony [Trickster] 390858

Put my paw on my chin and listen attentively.
"I understand…"
"Remarkably simple really, I feel like I saw that energy when I became one with the Changer for a moment.
Though I didn't completely understand what it was right then."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390859

"Seekkill want talk about dice. How Island Ponies related to dice?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390860

"Ah. Seems like the fleet is growing very quickly now."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390861

"It's a type of ship, sweetie."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390862

"That's a silly name for a plant."

"Ooh… what other kind of ships are there? How fast does a dhow go?"
I fidget in my seat.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390863

"Another what?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390864

"Well, there are galleons, which are usually what pirate ships are. Then there are barges, which are usually flat and carry quite a bit of things. Fishing boats, you probably already know. Skiffs are fairly small, fast ships if memory serves…"
I'll think for a moment.
"There really are quite a number of ships, really. Likely more types than I've seen."

Wf+6 390865

Through you, of course. You're not easily distracted, are you?

Smitts remarks, "Ruxiang calls it a 'war junk'. I think that's a fitting name."


"We have the money after Stonebriar."

"Magic bullet."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390866

"No. Have to focus to hunt. Distracted is dead."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390867

"Magic bullet?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390868

"I am pleased to hear. I suppose you will be recruiting new crew in Reptil as well then?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390869

"Hmm. It's worth a look, at least."
I'll shake my head.
"I'm still vaguely confused on how the Roost can float, really."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390870

"I wonder if there's a book on all the different types of ships… do you have one mister Smitts?"

"War junk? Why do you want a ship that's junk? That's silly. Won't it fall apart when you try and sail it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390871

I chuckle
"It's merely a name for a certain type of sailing vessels, miss Seas."

Wf+6 390872

"We'll have to, to properly crew the Eagle's Roost. Surely you've noticed the several hundred menials that work on the Darklantern alone. The Eagle's Roost is much bigger. We only took on twenty in Autumnsreach. Well, twenty and a rabbit."


"I'm sure I do somewhere. I'll have to have a look about the hold."

"Can you just tell him I'll need some… time?"

Tony [Trickster] 390873

Take out one of my daggers and look at it.
"There is…. But there's no point to it, why should there be order in combat?
Disturbing that flow, that is true combat."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390874

"… A rabbit?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390875

Hm, it was such a nice day out that I fell asleep. any pirates that don't look busy? '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390876

"I'm aware of buoyancy, Commodore. It just boggles the mind the amount of water that would need to be displaced with the number of cannons that you can see poking out of the sides."
I'll take a sip of tea.
"And did you say a rabbit? How on earth did it get on the ship?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390877

"So you don't want to tell me about what sort of magic bullet that magic bullet is?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390878

"So are you gonna be getting more crew to work on the ship?
…Also you got a rabbit? Where is he! I didn't see the rabbit! I wanna pet the rabbit…"

Wf+6 390879

Fine. Ask, then.


"Yes. With Mister Tony."

So many. What sort are you looking for? Interesting looking folks? A certain sort? Potential gay lovers? Teachers? Sailors? Gunners? Leadership?

"Why do you need to know?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390880

I cock a brow
"… I think you've had enough tea for now, Summer."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390881

"First of all, because I just got a fancy platinum bullet and as you can tell I like them.
Second of all, I shoot bullets all the time and I am spending time with Abilio to learn how to shoot bullets better and deadlier so if there are magical bullets I'm all ears to hear about them."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390882

"Interesting. Didn't know he was one for pets."
I'll clear my throat a bit.
"And I suppose it is time we got the business end of this meeting rolling, Commodore. The removal of the doctors' collars."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390883

"Do you think mister Tony will let me pet the rabbit?"

"But the tea tastes good…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390884

"I see. I was not aware he had a pet rabbit."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390885

"Yes but… too much sugar and caffeine for a filly is bad."

Tony [Trickster] 390886

Keep looking at my blade.
"It's funny really. I never had qualms about fighting dirty. And when I learned of Discord, I felt I was honoring him by doing it. That it brought a little chaos into the battle by doing it.
But now I'm beginning to understand, I was still following that flow, still following the proper order."
Touch the blade for a second with one finger.
"But no longer."
Put it away.
"I thank you for your lessons, Itzli. I will put them to use."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390887

"She'll crash a little later, is all, miss Spring. Once the sugar wears off, she'll likely fall right to sleep."

Wf+6 390888

"It shouldn't be an issue. I have worked out an arrangement with Miss Heart and the good Fullmaster."

"You should really come in for all that, but… ugh… just, nevermind. I don't want company."

Points for trying and getting close. It's Itztli. Not bad for a first shot.


Emrille [Gunslinger] 390889

I sigh.
"I don't suppose you want to talk about it then…"

Tony [Trickster] 390890

Bow my head and take my leave.
Hmm, I haven't been to Topaz for a while.
Go check up on her.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390891

"How Seekkill use dice?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390892

"Ah, so the Fullmaster is the one who takes them off, then? I had thought it was a lock only the commodore could open."
I'll swirl the dregs of the tea for a moment.
"Thank you for the expediency, Commodore. Can I hope that Skylight will not be collared so long as she is under either my or miss Heart's supervision?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390893

"I'm not gonna fall asleep later! I'm 10! I don't need naps like a little filly!"
I take another big sip of tea.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390894

I nod

Spring Water [Doctor] 390895

I remove the cup before she drinks from it
"Enough is enough, Summer."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390896

I'll chuckle a little at that.
"Perhaps not, but that is what sugar does. Even to adults, if they take in enough."

Wf+6 390897

The door cracks open a little, and she remarks,

"Oh… I forgot you were… little. Because you're working with Abilio…"

She frowns. "I'm sorry. Alright, you can come in. But… not for long, okay?"

Eat them.

She's in her quarters, bored looking as ever.

"As long as she isn't a liability. As for the removal, you'll need Lockermaster Jones for that. On the Seaworthy."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390898

"Awww… Pleeease? Can I please have a bit more?"

"I don't feel tired at all though!"

"So we just need to ask mister Lockermaster Jones to take our collars off and he'll do it?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390899

Interesting people? Or a trainer?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390900

"Moonbeam being…"
I try to remember what that pony with the weak heart was saying.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390901

I smile at her.
"Thank you."
Then walk in.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390902

I'll nod.
"Of course."
"Not now, of course. But within a few hours…"
I'll shrug.

Tony [Trickster] 390903

Knock on the open door to draw her attention.
"Hello Miss Topaz, I hope you're not too busy?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390904

I scrunch
"You look like you're about to launch in the air already from all that sugar."

Wf+6 390905

The room is pitch black until she lights some candles. It's on the Darklantern, though, so it's still pretty dark.

"Okay… well, I've made magic bullets before but it's more of an idea than anything…"

"I wonder how I could possibly mean it figuratively…"

You wander for a while and spot an odd sort that you recall having previously seen on the Eagle's Nest. An old gryphon that was in the cell with you. He's resting near the bow.

"I have some time. Come in."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390906

I eat the dice.

Sateo [DD monk] 390907

"Hello matey." I say cheerfully. "Having a nice lay down in the sun?"

Tony [Trickster] 390908

Go in.
"I trust you heard I delivered the package to Ruxiang intact?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390909

I sit down somewhere and nod.
"Mhmm.. Go on."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390910

I finish my tea and set down my teacup
"In any case, if that is all then I suggest you visit the Lockermaster next, mister Curry."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390911

"Nuh uh!"
"But I've only had, uh… two and and half cups! And they're small cups!"

Wf+6 390912

You feel them slide down your gullet.

That's interesting.

"I mean… you can control your bullets with magic and…"

She eyes you uneasily. "Sorry, that outfit is very unnerving."

"Yes. Well done with that."

"So soon?"

"Perhaps you should leave room for dessert, Miss Seas?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390913

I'll take a final sip of my tea, draining it of its contents, and then set down my cup.
"That does seem to be the next stop."
Then I'll turn to the commodore.
"Commodore, since you have a rather interesting knowledge of rare plants, I was hoping you could give me a bit of information on this one."
And I'll produce the Nature's Gift flower.
"From what Skylight has told me, it is capable of restoring life to land and plantlife that has lost its own. Is this accurate?"

Wf+6 390914

He sighs. "All I can appreciate, these days… better than that cage, at least. That's for damn sure."

He has a thick drawl.

"I remember you, boy. Seen you around these parts. And now we meet again. So many lost. I wonder why we were spared…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390915

"I imagine you are quite busy these days. I do not wish to be a nuisance."

Wf+6 390916

Nature's Bounty.

"I believe so. It utilizes a process not unlike a fungus – but in reverse. Tendrils, like mycelium, that branch out and spread new life and nutrients. Interesting plants."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390917

"What is?"

Tony [Trickster] 390918

Is there any pay from the Basilica raid?

Spring Water [Doctor] 390919

"Right well… just one more then."

Sateo [DD monk] 390920

I sigh "I don't be knowin' why, but I be grateful fer me freedom. I even got me gear back." I smile a bit "and helped beat down that bastard who locked us up."

Wf+6 390921

That it didn't kill you.

No hazard pay. But perhaps something else.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390922

I frown.
"Oh shi-I mean uh… it's only supposed to work on strangers, sorry… sooo… control bullets how?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390923

I'll nod.
"And now of course I'm torn between using it to revitalize this, or saving it to plant it where it can do the most good."
I'll sigh slightly.
"Poor thing. Not even a full day in service and scorched terribly."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390924

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390925

"Ooh! What's for desert?"

"Thank you!"
I take my cup back and refill it, taking frequent sips from it.

"Can't you just grow more mister Curry? It's a plant. Can't you just take seeds and plant more?"

Tony [Trickster] 390926

I grin.
"Well it was no big deal.
I'm here to ask if you needed help or could teach me more about the trade.
And I was wondering if there was some sort of reward for the raid on the Basilica as well."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390927

"Why would it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390928

I'll chuckle a little.
"While that's true in most cases, I haven't the foggiest on how to cultivate this particular one. Some plants require very specific things to grow properly, and be healthy, be it sunlight, moonlight, a lot or a little water, or even just talking to it every so often."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390929

"Talking? Some talks want you to talk to them to grow them?… That's silly!"

Wf+6 390930

"He was a pawn. And what are we? Pawns, too, I suppose. I coulda been more, a kingmaker. But I'm whining for no reason. What'd you want from me, boy?"

"I'll need you to stay a little later than the rest."

"Uh… magic…"

"Such is fate. I'd recommend revitalizing the armor, though."

"They do not grow."

That's not important, is it?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390931

"Well, my teacher would sometimes speak to plants as well. They seemed to perk up a bit, even if they couldn't talk back."
"True, but I can't help but feel that would be too selfish of me. I mean, what if we run into some place that needs it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390932

I nod.
"Of course."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390933

"…okay, this will sound strange, but want me to take the outfit off?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390934

"I'm not sure if that's scientifically proven, Curry…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390935

"Seekkill think it is."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390936

"…Then how did it grow in the first place? Where'd it come from?"

I tug on Spring's leg.
"Didn't miss Horti Culture used to talk to her plants all the time? I always use to see her doing it whenever I walked by her house…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390937

"Bah. I can only verify what I have seen, heard, and felt. And the plants seemed happier when talked to. That's good enough for me."
I'll sigh a little as I look at my cup.
"Though sometimes I do wish I had paid more attention on how to do so, when my teacher was still around. Talking to all things in life, and having it talk back… That would be something, don't you think?"

Wf+6 390938

She scrunches.

"Maybe that would be best. Do… do you want me to turn around?"

"Then you'd be no worse off. It's not your responsibility to repair every waste. And each time you came upon a desert you'd wonder if there would be a worse one over the next hill."

It isn't, don't worry.

"Nature, of course."

Tony [Trickster] 390939

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390940

"It is. Seekkill think maybe you try kill Seekkill."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390941

"She did but… I think she may have spent a little too much time talking to plants rather than to ponies."
I chuckle


Emrille [Gunslinger] 390942

I chuckle.
"What's the point? I won't be less naked when you turn back."
Get out of the uniform for now.

Sateo [DD monk] 390943

"Finished me duties, and thought ye might like some company, an ear to bend, a pup to teach."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390944

I'll mull on that for a minute.
"This wouldn't be such a terrible thing to think on if one could just harvest the root systems and transplant one flower to several locations."
"Haven't you ever wondered what it would be like to talk with a passing bird, or any other animal?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390945

"… Not really."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390946

"You should imagine a little more, miss Spring. Watch the clouds some day. Maybe a passing pod of dolphins."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390947

"I don't understand…"
I scrunch my face and finish my tea.

"She talked to me a bunch when I walked by though! She always said hi!"

"I sometimes talk to the animals, but they never respond…"

Wf+6 390948

"There wasn't. Though we did take on two new ships. Maybe you should look around."

Well you're better off now.

She seems a little more relaxed when you finish stripping.

"Okay… so… do you know about teleportation magic?"

"Perhaps. All I'm good for now, anyway. What did you want to know?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390949

"I… don't really find peace in nature. I never understood why some ponies do."

"Well yes, she was nice of course. Just a little… eccentric."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390950

"Well, if I ever figure it out, I might be able to teach you one day. Maybe one of those books we recovered from the temple has something about it in there."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390951

This shit really works. Cool!

"Yeah. Ponies can… well, teleport with it. Be at once place a second and somewhere else the next."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390952

"Better how?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390953

"What can ye pass down to me?" I ask curiously

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390954

"Eccentric? What's that mean?"

"You think so?! That would be so cool!"

I turn to Smitts.
"Um… mister Smitts? Can we go get our collars removed now?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390955

"Maybe one day, then. It could just be you weren't sharing it with the right combination of folk."
I'll rub my beard slightly.
"Company can alter to effects of anything, really."
I'll smile at Summer.
"Well, we'll see how it goes."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390956


I scrunch

Wf+6 390957

"Don't you want dessert?"

He gestures to a silver platter on his desk. It's covered.

You've given those dice to someone who can use them better. I think Campfire can use them better than you can – or at least to better effect. And it will be to your benefit as well.

She sits down.

A moment and a flash later, you're next to her.

"The idea was to make bullets that always come back, like that."

Wf+6 390958

"Old war stories, maybe. I don't know if you care to learn how to manage troops from an old officer like me. Wouldn't be much good to a boy like you, eh?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390959

"Who Campfire? How it good for me?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390960

I think about it "Me wee buckos be a tad like troops.." I say pointing out the snake lazily resting on my arm

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390961

"I didn't mean to imply anything, of course."
I'll tap my front hooves together lightly.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390962

"What is it? Can I open it?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 390963

I nod absentmindedly

Wf+6 390964

He chuckles. "Maybe. I suppose I could tell you a few, if you have the time."

To simplify… good luck in battle.

"If you like."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390965

After regaining my senses, and a few moments of thinking, I speak again.
"Actually that would be pretty good. I mentioned a special bullet I just got, remember? Topaz said it is platinum, and it's a good conductor and whatnot. Think it could be fashioned into a fancy and deadly returning bullet?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390966

I jump over there and lift the cover up.
What is it?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390967

"Eating dice give luck?"

Wf+6 390968


Truffled truffles.

This couldn't be a more expensive dessert without having gold leaf.

For you. For another, it probably would have killed them. You're already lucky.

Sateo [DD monk] 390969

"Aye, I'd love to hear about it." I smile at sit down next to him. "I be Sateo, and this be me loyal mate Monty"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390970

I'll look curiously at the truffles.
"Never seen a confection like that, before…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390971

I smirk, but then add.
"Only if it's not a problem. I don't want to trouble you with it or anything."

Light Heart [Warlord] 390972

"Truffles. How exquisite."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390973


Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390974

"That good. Seekkill use dice or dice always work now?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390975

"Yes. I'm surprised you don't know what they are. I suppose they are quite rare, so that may explain it."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390976

I gasp and take one and munch on it.
How's it take?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390977

I'll give Light Heart a flat look.
"You'll have to excuse me for living under a rock for thirty years, miss Heart."

Spring Water [Doctor] 390978

I look a little confused
"This must have cost a lot of money…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390979

"Are you not well-versed in nature's gifts? Truffles are subterranean mushrooms."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390980

I thought they were chocolate truffles…
"They didn't grow in the temple. I think the only thing that was down there was that odd mold. And what was in the treasury."

Wf+6 390981

"Reminds me of this time the king of marines tried to hide a command center from me in the smoke…"

It's chocolate-covered fine fungal cuisine. It's the best of both worlds, comfort food and haute. You can't get better.

"Well, I do have guests."

They're truffle truffles!

Wf+6 390982

They will be guiding you, no doubt.

Sateo [DD monk] 390983

"What happened?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390984

Light Heart [Warlord] 390985

"Ah. Well you simply must try them out then. They are seen as a delicacy."

I walk up to the plate and try one
"Miss Skylight, miss Rosemary, have you tried truffles before by any chance?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 390986

"Thank you."
I break the connection.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390987

Well, ain't that fancy.
I'll take a truffle as well, after passing one along to Mera, Skylight, and those further away from the truffle dish.

Spring Water [Doctor] 390988

First he wants to execute us, now he's feeding us truffles? What the hell is wrong with this guy?
"If you say so…"
I try one out.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390989

Oh gosh it's so good…
I finish mine and look back to Smitts.
"Mister Smitts can I pleeeease have another?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390990

"Wait until everyone else has had one, miss Seas."

Wf+6 390991

"There were brutal drops, and then he took a forward position where he could mine gold to fund his military, but I dealt with it using artillery. Finally, I outmaneuvered him and closed, but he tried a base-trade. I dealt with both his armies, and won the city of Metalopolis."

Rosemary nods. "In the candy shop, once or twice. The chocolate kind, I mean!"

Skylight shakes her head. "Neither."

"Try not to get too hooked. They're very hard to come by."

"Well… you are helping Abilio…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 390992

"Well then, go ahead and try them, why don't you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390993

Just so you know they're getting one.
Once everyone's got theirs, I'll take a bit out of mine.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 390994

"It's a mutual thing, really. He helps me back a lot. Even if that means he will have to stare at my ass a lot for his research, heh."

Wf+6 390995

They have one each as well.

Rosemary seems very pleased and devours it right away.

Skylight nibbles on her slowly, savoring it.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 390996

"So how are you finding it, Skylight? Mera?"

Sateo [DD monk] 390997

I lean forward wide eyed. "Amazin', how did ye get to be such a great leader?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 390998

"Oh… right. They're expensive too aren't they?"
I dejectedly take my seat again.

Light Heart [Warlord] 390999

I chuckle
"Curious how much eating habits can tell about a pony, is it not?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391000

"They're just really rare, so that's why their pretty expensive. I never had them before either."

Wf+6 391001

"It is telling sometimes." Smitts remarks.

"I took an active role with my troops. Micromanagement. Every soldier counts. No one gets left behind, no sacrifice in vain."

He sighs in regret. "But I am too old to command the battlefield now."

Wf+6 391002

"He said he needed more subjects to study… but no one helped him, so he got some of his own…"

They nod in appreciation.

"They're very good."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391003

"Possibly. Though how one eats can often be an affectation, miss Heart. For example, myself."
I'll hold up my mostly intact truffle.
"One would normally expect a stallion of my size and appetite to have gotten through this in one or two bites. Unless I wished to mislead whoever was watching me eat, for some reason."
I'll smile a little at that, and then take another small bite from my truffle.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391004

"Oh, he did? Already?"

Sateo [DD monk] 391005

I look sad "Aye, but to grow old means ye be tougher than the rest."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391006

"One will always drop subtle hints without intending to, mister Curry. I find it interesting enough to take note of such things."

Wf+6 391007

"I suppose that's one way to look at it."

"I think he's started using some of the crew… Ancillary members."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391008

"Of course, saying as such tends to make the one you tell it to more self-conscious, and they start showing those signs while trying not to. An interesting conversation tactic."
And then I'll pop the rest of the truffle in my mouth and just savor it for a bit.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391009

"It's just age magic, right? No harm no foul?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391010

I do the very same with my own truffle

Wf+6 391011

"I guess not."

You get the feeling she's surveying you with her telekinesis.

Sateo [DD monk] 391012

he seems tired "Will ye share more stories with me after ye rests?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391013

I shift my weight but say nothing to that.
I mean, at least she is talking about the magic bullet thingy to me…

Wf+6 391014

"Alright. Maybe I will."


Felfire [Necromancer] 391015

Look at him stare silently.
"Is it something I said?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391016

Look down.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391017

Sigh a bit.
"More stuff you don't want to talk about?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391018

I gulp and speak quietly.
"I ju-just don't know w-where she is…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391019

Let our a soft sigh in understanding.
"I get it. Your mare, is it?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391020

I nod timidly.
"S-She…she must be w-worried…she l-looked out for m-me and p-protected me… a-and now I d-don't know where she i-is…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391021

Frown, worried for what this might imply.
"Was she a necromancer too?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391022

Shake my head.
"N-No, no… s-she was a knight…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391023

Let out a breath in relief.
"Well I saw nothing in the place I found your hoof. And if you say you come from Clopantinopole…
We are on the other side of the world right now."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391024

I shake my head.
"T-That can't be r-right… h-how did I get here then?.."
My voice falters.
"A-And how will s-she find me?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391025

"Also, Clopantinopole isn't caleld Clopantinopole anymore since… a few hundread years, at least."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391026

"Y-You must be mistaken… that E-Empress didn't mention a-anything about renaming the c-city… and i-it wouldn't make s-sense to do such a t-thing w-while so deep in c-conflict with the O-Oddomanes."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391027

"Well it's nothing official, but that's what all the Oddomanes call it now."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391028

"…T-The Oddomanes? D-Did they take the c-city?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391029

"Kinda? Happened more than two hundread years ago!"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391030

"…w-was that around the time the Crow's Head Society and the Oddomanes f-formed?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391031

Look at him strange.
"I have no idea what you are talking about.
The whole thing is ancient history to me, you know."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391032

I nod.
"Y-Yes, yes, the Crow's Head Society had to go into h-hiding a-after an anti n-necromancy law… b-but I could s-still find s-some interesting books about it, a-and even m-members of it!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391033

"If it wasn't on the other side of the world I'd give it a shot…"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391034

"…a-are you sure you a-are reading the map r-right?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391035

"I live at sea, pretty sure of my charts, yeah."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391036

I lower my head again.
"T-This can't be r-right…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391037

"Look, you are dead. A lot of time has passed.
Did you never commune with a spirit? I mean, you of all ponies should realize it's normal!"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391038

"N-No, no… I d-did commune with s-spirits, b-but I am n-not dead. I w-would know if I w-were dead."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391039

Cock a brow.
"Really now? Your hoof is back there in that room under glass, and you are moving the shadow of another necromancer from the immortal plane.
Looks pretty dead to me."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391040

Shake my head again, slower and slower.
"T-There must be a m-misunderstanding… Yes, y-yes, a misunderstanding."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391041

"Look… What can I do to help you accept this?
Talk to me about your mare. Maybe we can find her too…"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391042

I gulp and curl up slightly.
"S-She must be looking for m-me right n-now… I k-know death s-so I knew I could f-find a way… I p-promised her t-that we would l-live together for e-eternity…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391043

"We could bring you both back.
If your body is still in one piece. Or if me and my mentor finish this new spell to bind souls to new bodies."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391044

I stay silent for a while before speaking again.
"A-Are you sure you could f-find her?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391045

"If I bring you back you could do that yourself. We have a mirror that looks right into the immortal plane."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391046

I perk up and start standing up before collapsing back under the weight of sheer terror, putting my hooves over my head.
"No,n-no no no no no no no…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391047

"Hey! Snap out of it! Focus!"
Stomp my hoof to the ground.
"You are a necromancer damnit! Life and death should be of no meaning to you! You should even enjoy this!
Get a grip!"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391048

Let out a yelp when she stomps and scoot back up to a wall.
"N-No, no, no, no! P-Please! D-Don't g-get that mirror n-near me!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391049

Let go of the tension and slowly speak again.
"Okay. I get it. Somepony you don't want to see?
We can cut him off from existance, erease his soul too, if you want."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391050

"I a-already d-did everything! I t-turned her t-to ash once s-she died, h-hexed the remains, b-buried it in the desert, s-salted it, w-warded it s-so her s-spirit could n-never walk this p-plane again… b-but if I am r-really dead then s-she can find m-me and then… a-and…"
At this point I lose it completely and just curl up and whimper.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391051

Stand still, wwatching him from afar.
"Hey. If this pony is really such a problem to you, we can get to her. Delete her soul from existence altogether.
But for now you can stay with me. I can protect you from a single spirit."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391052

I shake my head.
"N-No, no… o-only Sol could p-protect me from h-her… a-and now she's n-not here…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391053

"Okay what about this. You help me, teach me what you know, and I find this Sol for you, okay?"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391054

"…a-and… c-can you m-make sure… s-she won't f-find me?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391055

"I can guarantee that to you. And if she does, I will tear her soul open myself."
Glare at him in determination.

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391056

Whimper slightly.
"P-Please don't l-look at me like that…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391057

Quir staring and look at the side.
"You and I share a lot…"

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391058

"I'm s-sorry!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391059

Stand up and trot back inside.
"Forget it, doesn't matter. Now, I should go back to my Tartarian studies."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391060

"Y-You'll just l-leave me h-here?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391061

"I can send you back to the immortal plane if you want."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391062

I shiver.
"I d-don't know…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391063

"She can't reach you, don't worry. Grogar watches over me and I watch over you. You are safe."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391064

I lay down my head again.
"I ju-just want to… w-what have I done t-to deserve this…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391065

"If you are gonna cry about being given a second chance i can just send you back forever and that's it, you know."

Zivur [Necromancer hoof] 391066

I shake my head.
"N-no, no, then sh-s-she w-would… and…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391067

"Think about it, uh?"
Trot back inside and leave him in the shadow.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391154

And then I will take those documents and go to Doc Peg.

Wf+6 391184

He's in his clinic, working on sterilization.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391189

Knock on the open door, giving a victorious grin as I dangle the documents from my hooves.

Wf+6 391198

He approaches and nods appreciatively.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391199

"You could just change, you know…"
Place the files on an empty table somewhere.
"So maybe you can tell me what's the next step."

Wf+6 391205

Felfire sighs at you and goes to close the door.

"Well, the door was hanging wide open. I do appreciate the work, though with our sudden retreat, it may take some time to actually carry out the deed. Those ponies are most likely still in Autumnsreach."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391208

"Oh. Right. The door."
Blink a few times.
"Well this makes it a bit harder.
Maybe we could test long range minion control…"

Wf+6 391212

"I'm sure we'll find a solution eventually. For now, at least we're not in Autumnsreach."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391218

"Mind telling where those two new ships came from?"
Go sit somewhere.

Wf+6 391220

"Autumnsreach had a naval impound where they kept captured ships. Eagle's Roost was one of ours. Sirocco was actually one of theirs."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391222

"More broekn souls to mend, how fun."
Stare at the still.
"Speaking of which, I found the hoof of a necromancer, in the vault. Ended up talking with him.
He was a lifebinder."

Wf+6 391223

"Of Grogar?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391228

"Not a clue. He's hard to talk to.
And then puff, he just died."

Wf+6 391252

"Hm. Well, how long was he dead?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391255

Smirk a little.
"He talks about the Clopantine empire…"

Tela [Spellsword] 391565

After that business is done, I go find Light Heart.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391566

I nod my head slightly as I see her approach.
"Tela. How pleasant to see you, did you have a good night's rest?"

Tela [Spellsword] 391567

"Yeah yeah, slept like a brick. I wanna talk business, okay?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391568

I smile and nod.
"Of course. What exactly is it that you wish to discuss?"

Tela [Spellsword] 391569

"You know, future payment and shit. You payed me three coins for Autumnsreach right? What about Reptil?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391570

"As it stands, I will most likely not require you at my side in Reptil, so you will be free to do as you please."
A slight smile creeps on my face
"I am sure you will need the time and privacy to satisfy your needs."

Tela [Spellsword] 391571

"Alri- huh? What the fuck do you mean?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391572

"From what I hear, you were having difficulties controlling certain urges. I cannot say I am too surprised with Emrille being around you so often lately."

Tela [Spellsword] 391573

"Wait what? What the fuck are you on about!? Who the hell told you that!?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391574

"Tela please, there is no need to be embarrassed about your natural urges. As your associate, I feel the need to be informed about your well-being. Despite miss Emrille's infatuation with miss Spring, I am certain she would indulge your desires if you confessed your feelings to her."

Tela [Spellsword] 391575

I growl and take a step closer
"Emrille set you up to do this, didn't she?"
I look around frantically
"She's watching us right now isn't she!? That little fucking whore! Where is she!? I'll snap her damn spine in half!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391576

I chuckle
"I do not know where miss Emrille is, Tela, and I can assure you she did not set me up. I am merely an observer commenting on what I see, even going as far as to gran advice on how to deal with your little problem."
I keep smiling.
"Though perhaps the problem lies in just that, the fact that she is little. Few ponies are attracted to fillies after all. I can understand the fact that you would be reluctant to approach her at this time, as it could create certain misconceptions about your sexual preferences."

Tela [Spellsword] 391577

"What the fuck are you even bullshitting about!? Where are you even getting this crap from!? I'm here to make money, not to bag that disease riddled whore!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391578

I nod.
"Of course you are. But that does not mean we can forget about things aside from wealth, no? And-"
I move a little closer, smiling still.
"-I only wish the best for my associates. I could provide for you until miss Emrille is back to her original size."

Tela [Spellsword] 391579

I push her away
"Fuck no! For the last damn time, I'm not into mares!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391580

I chuckle
"Yes, what a ridiculous assumption of me. I suppose there is nothing I can do then. In that case, I believe that will be all. If you do ever change your mind… you know where to find me. Good day, Tela."
With that, I walk away

Tela [Spellsword] 391581

I grumble as I watch her go.

Wf+6 391582

"Interesting. I'm surprised that hoof kept at all. You should be sure to care for it well or it will probably decay into uselessness."

We skip on to Reptil when everyone is ready.

Emrille was talking to Cloudy Stripes.
Felfire was talking to Doc Peg.
The Unicorn Gang were having dessert with Smitts.
Sateo was talking to some old general.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391583

And Light Heart is there too! Waiting for the unicorns to leave so Smitts can talk to me in private.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391584

And I'd like to speak to Smitts at some point as well.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391585

"Well I doubt I'm gonna need it anymore, shadow and immortal plane and all. We are in contact now.
Got any clue what might have happened?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391586

And she was feeling me up with TK.

Tony [Trickster] 391587

I'm going to check out those new ships in that case.
1.Orc ship
2.Gofast ship

Roll #1 2 = 2

Spring Water [Doctor] 391588

I'll just be sipping my tea whilst nibbling from my truffle

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391589

I'm just sitting in my chair, fidgeting and waiting to get the collar off.

Sateo [DD Monk] 391590

I think the old general was done talking?

Wf+6 391591

That's how she sees you dummy.

"How he died? Maybe they killed him twice in a row… or did something to stop his magic."

The Sirocco is an orderly ship. You suppose it has to be to go so fast. There is a canopy of squared sails, but everything has its place. Well, the decks aren't very well swabbed, but the crew is kind of slim right now.

He was.

Everyone is eating. I can't really remember if Curry brought Mera, but she eats one too if she came.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391592

She was there.
I suppose something must be done to break the silence.
"So, Commodore, I hear from miss Topaz that you were once a hunter of dragons. I take it your weapon is the one hanging there?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391593

"Twice in a row?"
Raise a brow.
"How does that even work?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391594

It still feels weird!
Though I know one unicorn I wouldn't mind to feel me up with TK~

"So…should I leave that platinum bullet here? And how would that teleportation work, by the way? On contact?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391595

I don't exactly have anything to say, so I'll just listen.

Tony [Trickster] 391596

Who from the crew is here?

Light Heart [Warlord] 391597

I listen to him as I sip from my tea.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391598

This is boring…
You said there was a door leading to his office in here? Is it open? Can I see what's in it?

Wf+6 391599

"I'm not sure what's confusing about it."

"That's right. Though that was some time ago… Good business."

None of the old crew are here. Well, not entirely true. There are a bunch of nameless menials that were transferred over from other ships to keep it running.

It's not open.

Wf+6 391600

"Contact isn't necessary. That's… kind of the premise…"

"…But yeah, just… leave it here for now."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391601

"I don't get it. You don't come back if the same pony kills you twice?"

Tony [Trickster] 391602

>nameless menials

Get over to the other ship then.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391603

"How do you hunt dragons as a career? That's weird… I never even saw a dragon until that one that attacked us! How are there enough that you can hunt them?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391604

I'm just floating around if you want to talk.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391605

"I assure you, there are quite a few dragons in this world, miss Seas."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391606

"I hear you and your crew encountered a serpent on the way into port. Seems odd that I didn't hear of anyone trying to sell it as materials while in Autumnsreach."
"Dragons can sometimes make a menace of themselves, or so the stories go. So dragon hunters make a business out of hunting down the troublesome ones. Usually. Others do it as a test of might, with the reward for such things as a pleasant bonus."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391607

Tilt my head.
"You sort of want the bullet to contact when you shoot something."

Tony [Trickster] 391608

Maybe I'll run into you while I'm making my way to that other ship.
"Oh…hey, mate. How's it going?"

Wf+6 391609

"Not twice in a row."

Felfire hasn't ever explicitly determined Doc Peg knows reincarnation you know.

Sateo and Seekkill are here. The ship is chaotically built. Much more homey here. Everything is wildly arranged.

"We wanted to keep a low profile. Besides, the tariffs are awful."


Emrille [Gunslinger] 391610

Blink a few times.
"Soooooooo… how does it work if not on hit?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391611

What. I thought she knew. Then this whole thing was pointless.

"Anyway, I broke my old catalyst. Do you have any suggestions?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391612

"Hello, it be a fine day, a free day." I smile at you.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391613

"… Until the fighting started. Wont they hunt the fleet down now? Even more so than before?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391614

I raise my hoof.
"Mister Smitts, how do you hunt dragons? Was it just something old or are there still dragon hunters around?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391615

I'll nod.
"A pity, though. Seems such a waste."

Tony [Trickster] 391616

Can I move my cabin here?
Take a look around while I'm talking with Sateo.

"Yeah, I don't like boats, but I imagine it must be a whole lot better here then being locked up with those crazy celestials."

Tela [Spellsword] 391617

Right, I'm here now.
Where the hell do I get my payment?

Sateo [DD Monk] 391618

"Aye, those holy warriors were horrible to me.." I grin a bit "Don't like sailing the sea? That be a misfortune fer a pirate. "

Wf+6 391619

"You have to power it… with magic."

I guess if you wanted to be 2meta she knows he knows heal and touch of death. But only Summer knows he knows reincarnation.

"Make a new one…?"

"Probably. That's why I'm making acquiring more firepower a priority."

"There are likely still dragon hunters out there. There are certainly no shortage of dragons."

You can get a transfer.

Cannons are sticking out of the deck at odd angles, even diagonals. Nothing seems to be at a right angle, and metal shielding is jutting out of the floorboards. It's a floating pile of wood and steel.

When you went to bed last night, there was a Most Boring Character trophy on your cot. You bet it'll be redeemable for something good when I come up with something interesting for you.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391620

I scrunch
"… Right."
Get back to sipping from my tea.

Tony [Trickster] 391621

I've got to show Itztli this shit.

"It's weird. I can never get used to the rocking of the waves, you know. I prefer some hard ground underneath my feet.
You don't have problems with that?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391622

"I've only ever seen one though… where are all the dragons? Are they all together in like a… a group like birds or something? Do they migrate east during the, uh… summer? Or was it winter?… I forget…"
I tap my hoof to my chin in thought.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391623

"I can only imagine how angry Celestia must be after what happened there."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391624

Hold up a hoof.
"Okay, so let me get this straight now… I could use a bullet, that I power up with magic, so it teleports back to me after I shoot it… So… How does it know when to return after hitting? Does the bullet pack a bigger punch too?"

Tela [Spellsword] 391625

W-Well who needs that anyway! Bah!
I'll just find someone to talk to instead! Like uh… someone good with swords or something.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391626

"Considering the sea isn't boiling beneath us, she can't have been too upset."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391627

Actually, we had a talk about immortality and lichdoom and he knew about soul catalysts.

"But what's the best way?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391628

"Nah, just be a wee odd that ye kept at it, the loot be worth it to ye?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391629

"Indeed, but I very much doubt she is pleased with our raid on the holiest city."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391630

"To my knowledge, all that was taken were the two ships, an armful of odds and ends from the vault, and my sister. That's hardly a raid, in my definition."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391631

"You seem to be forgetting about the fallen paladins who died counterattacking and the collapsing basilica then."

Tony [Trickster] 391632

I chuckle.
"Yeah, that and I get to see some other parts of the world on the way."
Take a look around.
"So this is your old ship huh? I like it."

Wf+6 391633

"Dragons are generally independent creatures that have very large territories. My hunting was not for dragons in general, but sea dragons. You don't see them because they frequently are lurking beneath the waves. They are hazardous to shipping lines, especially the gem trade."

"What do you mean by 'best'?"

Okay. There are a lot of swords-users. Mostly on the Seaworthy. Someone in particular or…?

Felfire [Necromancer] 391634

"Something that doesn't break."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391635

"Gem trade? How do they know which ships carry gems?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391636

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391637

"Maybe they smell them out!"
I reach up to scratch my neck, but notice the collar again.
"…Um, mister Smitts? When can we go get our collars removed?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391638

I smile "She's a good ship, strong like a buffalo."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391639

I'll frown slightly.
Then shake my head a bit.
"That was unfortunate."
"I believe he said after we finish up here, actually."

Tony [Trickster] 391640

"How does it even float?
It doesn't look like any ship I've ever seen."

Tela [Spellsword] 391641

I don't really know anyone on the fleet aside from the PC's and Smitts.
From the document, Al-jinn and Salty Slugs seem neat

Wf+6 391642

"You're not making any sense… It returns when you will it to. The bullet doesn't know anything."

"There's only one kind of catalyst that can't break, but we don't have the necessary tools to make one."

"Very astute, Summer. Gems carry a distinct aroma that is too subtle to be detected by our noses, but a dragon's sense of smell is attuned to this scent."

Al-Jinn on the Pillager's Fancy, then. He's currently at the helm, steering.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391643

"Yes, the collars being removed would be nice about now…"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391644

I smile a bit at the question "I was wonderin' th' same 'bout ye ships"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391645

I nod.
"That makes sense… I hope you don't mind the questions. Y'know, I'm here to learn! So… how would I be better off by having this bullet return than just shooting different ones?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391646

"Well that's great. And what's that we need?"
Slump back on a chair.

Tela [Spellsword] 391647

He a pony or…?
Anyway, approach him

Wf+6 391648

He's a griffon, cloaked almost entirely in white.

"A phylactery forge. I'm not entirely certain any still exist. You have a better chance of finding something very hard to destroy. Or getting backups."

"Well, it's platinum, right? …I could show you some locally channeled magic, if you wanted to pursue it."

Wf+6 391649

He gives you an odd look.

Tony [Trickster] 391650

Look at him for a second.
Then start laughing and slap his back.
"Good one."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391651

I smirk.
"It would be my pleasure."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391652

"Never heard of it. I wonder if the other necromancer has… Where these things common back then?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391653

I lean over to Spring.
"Momma… why isn't he telling us when we can take the collars off?…"

Tela [Spellsword] 391654

"Strong wind today, huh?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391655

I frown.

I put down my finished cup of tea.
"Commodore? Is that all you wanted from us?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391656

I laugh along with you. "Do ye fancy card games?"

Wf+6 391657

"They were more common in some eras than others. I honestly don't know how Trotantium felt about necromancers, so it's hard to judge."

"Alright, well… I'll work on the bullet for now."

"It is. Good for the sails."

"Indeed, I believe so."

Tela [Spellsword] 391658

"Gets us faster to where we need to be, that's what matters. How much longer till we get there?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391659

Get out the bullet and hoof it over to her.
"Thanks. I guess Abilio can tell me when it's done so I don't have to harass you with it?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391660

And you know what?

Commune with Zivur through the shadow. I left him somewhere to think about his life after death I think.

Ever heard of a phylactery forge?

"Well this is a damn shame. How do you know all this anyway?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391661

"So can we go get our collars removed now?…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391662

I'll nod slightly to the Commodore.
"Then, by your leave, perhaps miss Spring and miss Seas would like to pay a visit to the lockermaster."
I'll look slightly towards Skylight, to ask if she wants to come along, but decide against it, since Light Heart wanted to speak with her.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391663

I look at Curry, then at Summer.
"… Right. We'll head to the lockermaster then."
I get up from my seat.

Zivur [Spirit] 391664

…Y-Yes… W-Why?

Tony [Trickster] 391665

"Does a bear crap in the woods? You've got a pack?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391666

Because it's used to make some kind of unbreakable catalyst I've been told.
So you know them?

Wf+6 391667

"Few day's voyage."

We arrive when everyone is ready.

Commune is line-of-sight.

"Just rumors. I suppose they may not even be real. It's kind of a mythical idea, isn't it? But then, you did effectively ask for a sword that will never break, or a gun that never runs out of bullets."


Summer Seas [Cleric] 391668

"Thank you!"
I hop up out of my seat and start running off towards the locksmith, hopping periodically in joy.

Tela [Spellsword] 391669

"Well shit. What the hell do you lot do at sea? It's so damn boring."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391670

I chuckle and go after her.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391671

"Thanks for this, by the way."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391672

I'll get up from my chair, ask Mera if she's finished or wants to stay for a moment longer, and then after her response I'll head after Spring and Summer.
I'll shoot one last glance at Skylight as I go out.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391673

"Just the idea it might happen is enough. I will have to ask Zivur. And maybe Abilio…"

Oh crap! DA BOOK!
Time on that?

Wf+6 391674


Emrille [Gunslinger] 391675

"Oh, and one more thing. That bullet is worth a shitload of money, so be careful with it, okay?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391676

And I'll just stay in place
"Miss Rosemary and Skylight. Could you please wait outside while the commodore and I have a chat?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391677

I shake my head "A pack? Not really, born n' raised a sea dog. Me only true bucko me on the ship was Monty here." I gesture to the snake resting on my arm

Wf+6 391678


You can finish today.

Mera comes with you.

They depart.

Tony [Trickster] 391679

"I meant a pack of cards."
Look at the snake.
"Monty eh? I thought your "bucko" was that mouse. What happened to him btw?"
Look suspiciously at the snake.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391680

Do I have to actually take a test?

Wf+6 391681

He's a lockermaster, not a locksmith!

He slides back the faceplate when you arrive at his door. "Yeah?"


Light Heart [Warlord] 391682

Then I turn to Smitts
"Now, what is it you wished to speak to me about, commodore?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391683

Off to finding Zivur I go.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391684

So when do I get to the locksmith? Huh? Huh?!
When I get there I knock on the door really fast and really loud.

"Mister Smitts said you'd take our collars off!"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391685

I knew that!
"We're here to get our collars removed."

Zivur [Spirit] 391686

I don't think I moved.

Tela [Spellsword] 391687

Felfire [Necromancer] 391688

And then we had the above conversation.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391689

"Cool… so what kind of magic where you thinking? When it's ready, of course. Is it like the elements?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391690

"Oh, cheese. he's over in the stable over thar" I point in the general direction of the stable "I think there are spare cards near the tables."
do I have a deck of cards '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 391691

"Tell me about the basilica."


He nods at the wheel.

"Ah. Yeah, gimme a sec."

You hear the sounds of locks clicking open.

"Not really… That's kind of… filly stuff."

Wf+6 391692

They aren't listed on your inventory.

Zivur [Spirit] 391693

"I-It had something to do with soul m-magic… not really my e-expertise on Necromancy… but I n-never saw one, and the C-Crow's Head Society d-didn't mention it e-either. I don't t-think there were a-any of them n-nearby."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391694

"Hey! That's not funny!"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391695

So you're right, is there a spare deck lying around '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Felfire [Necromancer] 391697

Which just means there aren't any on the other side of the world.
Improves our odds. Wanna follow me to another necromancer?

Wf+6 391698

"Wait… is… that what he's teaching you?"

She pauses and smiles a little. "That's… kind of cute."

Nope, then again, remember this ship was picked clean by paladins.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391699

"We did not encounter too much resistance aside from the traps. The worst came from the inquisitor we were forced to face. I convinced him were were innocent, yet he attacked us."
I shake my head
"I suppose it is to be expected from his kind. The spirit was fortunately talked down and did not attack us. Due to the alarm, we had to act quickly."

Zivur [Spirit] 391700


Summer Seas [Cleric] 391701

I excitedly and impatiently dance back and forth between hooves as I wait for him to open the door.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391702

Just follow. And don't touch anything, okay?
Go to Abilio's room and knock.

Tela [Spellsword] 391703

"Yeah well I'm not a helmsmare. Come on, there's gotta be something exciting to do right? Like gambling and shit?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391704

And I patiently wait as well.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391705

Let out a short laugh.
"If you propose of adopting me to, I swear… I sort of started late on magic school, y'know! I can't help it!"

Zivur [Spirit] 391706

I w-wouldn't…

Felfire [Necromancer] 391707

Good. He thinks I'm enough of a screwup already since that time I summoned a demon without binding signs.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391708

I'm a pro at the waiting game.

Tony [Trickster] 391709

Take a look around near the stables.
"No cards here, mate."

Wf+6 391710

Finally the door swings open, but he closes it just as swiftly behind himself. "Alright, lemme see."

He removes them swiftly and retrieves them. "That it? Good? Okay, so long, vamoose."


"Face over on the Seaworthy organizes most of the gambling. It's irresponsible. You should be working on your swordplay."

She smiles a little and ruffles your mane. "I can't believe I was scared of you. You're cute. Okay, I'll work on your bullet. Maybe when you know a little more magic I can teach you about more special stuff."

Zivur [Spirit] 391711

W-Why would you s-summon demons? T-They are unruly and h-hard to handle and d-dangerous c-compared to the u-undead…

Light Heart [Warlord] 391712

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391713

I jump in joy after he removes the collar and start running up and down the corridor in excitement.

Wf+6 391714

"I see. What spirit?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391715

Well, that was quick.
"Well, miss Seas, miss Spring, how would you like to celebrate the removal of your collars?"
I'll chuckle a little at her energy. Looks like that tea had more of an effect than I thought.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391716

I rub the spot on my neck where the collar was before and smile
"… Thank you."

And then I'll just watch her work away that stacked up energy.
At least she'll tire out soon at this rate.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391717

"I'll work on that then. He says I'm a fast learner and everything. Except when he shoves those fucking books under my nose, that is annoying… but yeah, can't wait for special stuff and that bullet to be ready!"

Start re-dressing.

Sateo [DD Monk] 391718

I shrug "Shame, I can play a mean paw"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391719

"The hero of the hopeless, I believe it was called. An ancient spirit of a Celestial guarding the vault and its contents. The unicorns managed to convince her not to attack them. All in all, it worked out quite well."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391720

Come inside and close the door.
"I'm almost done with the book. Great reading…."
Look at the ground for a second.
"Say… I faced an Inquisitor. He broke my catalyst. Then I asked around for something better, and they told me about phylactery forges and soul magic.
If there is anypony that knows where to find one that's you, right?"
Because there is knowledgence in Tartarus. I can't pass up on knowledgence.

Tela [Spellsword] 391721

"More to life than swordfighting."
I grin
"Been using and practicing with swords before I got my cutie mark. I reckon I'm pretty damn good already."

Zivur [Spirit] 391722

…t-that's true… I w-was never a f-fan of them t-though…

Tony [Trickster] 391723

"Looks like those celestials must have took it or something. Always taking everything that isn't bolted down, little rats."
Turn back to him.
"Well, we'll probably be able to snag one in Reptil."

Wf+6 391724

She puts out the candles and lets you out.

"I see. How much money was inside?"

"I did know of one. It was destroyed."

He pulls a stack of doubloons out of his pocket. "One chance. If you can hit me, you can have those."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391725

I never thought many things could ever happen too, before coming aboard this ship. You know, I would have never trusted a spirit to control a shadow for me, a month ago.
Hiss and look aside.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391726


I exit.
Did I get paid for this job already?
If not, see Topaz about it.
We do get paid, right?

Zivur [Spirit] 391727

…a l-lot can happen to change h-how you view things…l-life and death… friends… ma-m-mares…

Light Heart [Warlord] 391728

"Only the unicorns entered, I'm afraid. We did not want to risk the spirit attacking us while the alarm was up already. From what I understand, there were lockers containing various items in there. It's unfortunate that we did not get the chance to take a closer look, but we simply did not have the time to take such a big risk."

Sateo [DD Monk] 391729

I brighten up a bit "Sounds like a plan, mate', til' then do ye have any stories ye feel like tellin? "


I cock a brow
"You're on."
I draw my sword and try to slash at him.

Roll #1 10 + 1 = 11

Wf+6 391731

u wish m8

"Completely. Though… there is one possible one I know of… I don't know its status, though."

"I see. What was your assessment of Miss Emrille's performance in the basilica?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391732

Yeah. Still, I prefer my friends to be dead.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391733

In that case, I am ready to roll in Reptil.
Or find anyone or be found by anyone in the meantime.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391734

Raise a brow in hopeful surprise.
"Okay, that I can work with. Is it anywhere near or will I have to get my wings back to find it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391735

"She did fairly well, I would say. I do like working together with her, despite her short temper."

Zivur [Spirit] 391736

…I d-do not… n-not all of them…

…they are p-probably all dead, a-aren't they?

Felfire [Necromancer] 391737

Probably. Which just means you could talk with them even now, if you wanted.

Zivur [Spirit] 391738

N-No, no no no no… not with t-that mirror… I c-can't…

Wf+6 391739

You give what was probably the best striking forward for a jutting stab, which he sidesteps, a slash, which he ducks, and you finish with a series of crazy, improvised power attacks.

Finally, he parries, and flicks your blade across the deck.

"You're better than I expected."

"I don't know where it is. Supposedly the Blacktongue Cult was in possession of one, but I was never in touch with them. However… intelligence suggests they have an agent aboard our fleet. Are you familiar with Dolly Doldrums on the Seaworthy?"

"How did she react under pressure?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391740

Widen my eyes.
"Yeah. Yeah I am. And she might even owe me one. Damnit.
Can you open a gate to Stonebriar from our next dock?"
Wanna talk about what's you are running away from?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391741

And I guess I finally have that caffeine crash.
I gradually slow down to a slow trot and trot over to Spring, yawning.
"I'm tired…"

Tela [Spellsword] 391742

I actually look surprised that he managed to beat that.
"You too."
Pick up my sword and sheathe it.
"That was damn impressive. And I've been around for a while doing swordwork."

Wf+6 391743


"There is a reason for my epithet."

Zivur [Spirit] 391744

Expect at least a minute or two of silence here.
M-my…my wi-w-wife…

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391745

I'll chuckle at that.
"Told you so, miss Seas."
I'll walk over as well, and glance at Spring.
"Think she'd like a hoof up, miss Spring?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391746

Oh, right, I almost forgot.
I gotta' go back to Ruxiang.
"No, I'm not here to buy drugs."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391747

"As I said, her temper tends to shorten. She seemed more on edge, but did keep herself in check. I wouldn't say she fared badly all in all."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391748

I chuckle and put her on my back

"Oh yes. I think that's exactly what she needed."

Tela [Spellsword] 391749

"I don't even know your name, so I'm at a disadvantage."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 391750

I yawn again, this time longer.
And then I guess I just doze off on Spring's back.
Consider me ready for Reptil.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391751

"That might just about save my day.
Damn shame I will have to cut these wings. I loved the copper."
Go back to my room, I guess. Unless Abilio has anything to say.
Well fuck, running from family? Never heard that one before.
Stay silent for a minute myself.
Okay. I will keep you safe from her.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391752

I'll smile a little as she dozes off.
"So, miss Spring, what do you plan to do now? Miss Topaz has the items from the lunar temple if you wish to look through them during the trip, and there's not much else to do, is there?"

Zivur [Spirit] 391753


Felfire [Necromancer] 391754

Stare still into the blackness of Terrebonne's room.
Yeah. Anything for a friend.

Wf+6 391755

"What you want, then?"

"I see. Do you think she was inhibited by being the Fullmaster's labrat?"

"Al-Jinn… the Unscarred."

You're fine.

Seems like we're only waiting for Felfire now?

Zivur [Spirit] 391756

…T-Thank you… thanks…

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391757

I have things to do.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391758

"Delivered your note. Said she'll need some time."

Yup, I'm ready.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391759

Hey, if they wait for me I'm golden. Spend my time reading the book Abilio gave me.
Wanna talk about it?

Spring Water [Doctor] 391760

I shrug
"All the same to me. Summer is sleeping, so we wont hear from her for a while."

Zivur [Spirit] 391761


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391762

I'll nod.
"Then is there anything you'd like to do?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391763

"I admit I am not terribly fond of that. I believe her uniform is enchanted to appear more intimidating but… it is still not the optimal appearance for somepony in charge."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391764

I get it. Don't worry. She's not here. She won't touch you. None of them will.
Lie very still.
I might need Fervored…

Tela [Spellsword] 391765

"'The Unscarred'? So what, you never get hit by anything?"

Tony [Trickster] 391766

"Stories, sure. You want to hear about our raid on Stonebriar? Or something about the Old Country or something?"
Walk over to sit down at a better spot.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391767

I shrug again
"Not much to do aboard a pirate ship."

Wf+6 391768

"I see. That's all I needed to know. Send Miss Rosemary to me when she's next available. You're dismissed, otherwise."

"Practice, practice."

Zivur [Spirit] 391769

I stay silent afterwards.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391770

I'll chuckle a little.
"You could find a nice quiet spot and try to lose yourself in the clouds, or the sea, miss Spring. Or you could rest a little longer."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391771

"Of course."
I get up and walk out.
"Miss Rosemary, Commodore Smitts would like to speak to you."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391772

Would you… Mind? I need to stay a moment alone…
Gesture at his shadow.

Wf+6 391773

They chat for a while and then she rejoins you.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391774

"I suppose so. I can just enjoy the weather maybe."

Zivur [Spirit] 391775

Oh… r-right…I'm s-sorry, sorry…
Remove myself from the premises

Light Heart [Warlord] 391776

Good. One big happy family.
"Miss Skylight. Could we speak about some matters?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391777

Clear his shadow.
"Terre… He's so similar to me…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391778

"Would you like miss Mera or myself to accompany you? Or would you prefer to be alone for a while?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391779

Since people are stalling, let's find Spring.

Tela [Spellsword] 391780

"Yeah, suppose that's the key to it all. I don't see how you'd dodge bullets or magic bolts like that though. And those fuckers hurt."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391781

"I don't mind if you stick around."

Wf+6 391782

"Okay… what do you want to talk about?"

"Yar more confident than him."

He pulls a pistol free from his belt.

"Care to try?"

Wf+6 391783

Consider her found.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391784

"Then I suppose we shall relax a while… together."

In the spirit of expeditiousness, I shall now diverge into the future after the quiet time with Spring and Mera, and approach the Commodore's cabin.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391785

"He's still running. I'm not."
Thousand yards stare, thank you.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391786


"Oh, hey Spring… wait. Something changed…"
"Got a new haircut?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391787

"Miss Rosemary, you are dismissed for now."
Once she leaves I turn and smile at Skylight
"Now, I imagine your good brother has already warned you about me. And I suppose that is fully within his rights. And you probably see me as nothing but a ordinary pirate too, correct?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391788

"… You can't imagine what a relief it is to have those things gone."

Wf+6 391789

Noted. It's still a cabin.

"You don't have a peg leg or an eye patch." She ventures.

Looks like she has her brother's smart mouth.


"Sure thing, bub."
Take it, aim and fire.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 391791

He catches it in his beak and spits it at you.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391792

"I don't… well, sort of. I had them for a short time, remember? That's nothing compared to you… I'm glad they are finnaly gone too, though. You are prettier without them."
Give her another smile.

Sateo [DD Monk] 391793

"Raids are excitin', tell me about Stonebriar."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391794

I let out a hearty chuckle
"Quite right. I would very much like to keep it that way too. Though as a medical pony you may want to know I have a heart condition."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391795

I snort
"Not like they were the height of pony fashion."

Tela [Spellsword] 391796

"Wait what?"
I drop the pistol
"What the fuck was that!?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391797

"They probably just lacked color. Should have painted them for some extra style."

Wf+6 391798

"Ah… okay. Are you going to be alright?"


Spring Water [Doctor] 391799

"I think I'll be fine without them, colored or not. The headaches certainly weren't worth it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391800

"Yes, of course. It's something I've carried all my life. Lately things have been going quite well despite all the excitement, in fact."
I pat my bags
"There are nitroglycerin pills in here, in the event that my heart acts up, please try and feed me some."

Tony [Trickster] 391801

Lean back and enjoy some sun.
"Well Stonebriar, that was some shit, let me tell ya. I lived there for a few years, after I left my old mines near Trottingham. These folks here"
Wave my paw towards the fleet "hired me to break into a vault there, you know, disable the alarms. Only thing they didn't tell me was that they had already tripped the alarm and when I got there, there was giant golem smashing everything."

Wf+6 391802

"Okay… I guess I get why you have a nurse with you now."

Tela [Spellsword] 391803

"That's some bullshit. Bullets move way too damn fast."
I shake my head
"And how would that even work with a magic bolt? You can't catch that!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391804

"I guess Summer is happy now that they are gone too?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391805

"Yes. Miss Rosemary has been most kind and helpful. I do hope you will prove to be of the same qualities."

Wf+6 391806

"Magic can be unraveled."

"Well, I'm not just going to let you flounder on the ground until you suffocate…" She frowns a little.

Spring Water [Doctor] 391807

"Oh yes. She ran around in excitement for half an hour."
I chuckle
"Guess why she's so tired right now?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391809

"Excellent. Now… why don't you tell me a bit about yourself? You are a priestess of Celestia, correct?"

Tela [Spellsword] 391810

"Yeah, but the question is whether you're fast enough to use a damn spellbreaker."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391811

I chuckle.
"Just be glad she's not a pegasus. I bet she'd work up a cramp with that amount of excitement in no time. Would give you a hard time catching up with her too."

Sateo [DD Monk] 391812

"How did ye escape the Golem?"

Wf+6 391813


Wf+6 391814

"Yes, I am. I've lived in Autumnsreach for all my life."

Tela [Spellsword] 391815

"So say I fire a magic bolt completely unexpectedly… You're telling me you'd be fast enough to stop it? Really?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391816

"I see. What were your duties, aside from healing the sick?"

Tony [Trickster] 391818

"Escape him? We all beat the shit out of him that's what happened. Was a tough one, let me tell ya. Bullets just bounced off its shell.
But eventually we broke through that and he fell."
Shake my head.
"The loot was good though. We spent awhole lot of time stacking all that gold."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391819

"Please, just the thought of Summer being able to fly around out of reach gives me nightmares."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391821

"Heh. You got no wings but you sure keep her under your's anyway."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391822

"I'm sure a lot of people around here think I'm being overprotective."

Wf+6 391823


"I had a lot of spare time to do volunteer work. Sometimes for the other churches, too, but I was trying to help those poor lost souls in the prison when you let them out…"


He shrugs and points at the table.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391824

I chortle.
"I wonder why."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391825

I'll knock.
I'll cough slightly and look the other way.

Wf+6 391826

"Come in, Mister Curry."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391827

"My, were they treated that badly then?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391828

I'll enter.
"Commodore, I have a rather odd request of you."

Wf+6 391829

"They were mostly being ignored… And, you know, put a criminal among criminals and they will never learn to be good."

"I know what your request is. I've already made an arrangement."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391830

I look down.
"Thing were different back at home, you know. I was… busy quite often. Working in the clinic till late at night on some days. Without any time to spend with Summer."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391832

I'll look at him quizzically.
"Then you were already aware I wished to learn how you speak to the ships, and have them answer back?"

Sateo [DD Monk] 391833

"Amazing, " I whistle impressed and look out the side of the boat "In Reptil, thar's bound to be better pickings than a deck of cards. What about, we take a look together once we hit shore?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391834

"… Good, good. Then I believe you may be just what I needed."

Tony [Trickster] 391835

"Sure mate. We'll check it out."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391836

"Perhaps that's why miss Seas wished to be a doctor so badly."

Wf+6 391837

"Not in those specific words. But yes."

"Needed…? Are you trying to reform and follow Celestia?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391838

"Yes… she always did have talent."
I smile
"I always knew she would get a cutie mark to do with healing ponies."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391839

"At least that was some time. And hey, I'm just saying. Being protective is good, overly protective? Not so much."

I glance at him and hold back a snortle, but say nothing.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391840

I'll shake my head.
"You always seem to be three paces ahead, Commodore."
"That's not what I meant, miss Spring. I meant that she might have tried so hard just to be able to spend time with you."
I'll spare a glance at her snickering, but nothing else.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391841

I chuckle uncomfortably
"Now now… let us not get too drastic. I… miss Rosemary and I are in a relationship you see. We are hoping to have a child some day. I am perhaps slightly worried about the purity of my soul."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391842

"She is my responsibility. In a place like this… you can't be protective enough. I am her only parent left after all…"

"… That is probably true as well."

Wf+6 391843

"I can't teach you to talk to the ships. They're dead. No one can talk to dead plants, you should know that based on your background. I can teach you to talk to living plants."

"A… child? With… a donor or adoption…?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391844

I chuckle
"Neither. Let us say we found… an alternative mean. It would be ours though. Share blood of both of us."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391845

"Not to be butting in your stuff or anything, but that's sort of putting her in more danger. I mean, want it or not, there might be times when you can't be there for her, and she will need to make her own decision… like if that fucking blind guy comes back."

Wf+6 391846

"So you want me to… make sure your soul is in good condition? What does that have to do with a foal?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391847

"But you also have friends, miss Spring, even here. Myself, if possible, miss Mera, Emrille, to an extent… We can help shoulder the responsibility. You'll wear yourself down if you go it alone in this place."
"I had assumed there was some form of root system going throughout the ships that allow you to speak and hear from anywhere, Commodore. Much like the Nook plants you had me plant at the Basilica for reconnaissance. I assume they were your 'contact' that you left to speak with that night?"
I'll nod for a moment.
"I would be appreciative of the lessons, Commodore."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391848

"To an extent? What the fuck does that supposed to mean, huh?"

Wf+6 391849

"No root system, I'm afraid. I have other means of keeping track of the crew. As for your other question, yes. And I'm afraid I will have to kill you if you tell anyone."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391850

"It was merely a figure of speech. I would simply like to become a better pony. For the sake of miss Rosemary and our eventual child. You seem like you could perhaps support and help me."

Tony [Trickster] 391851

I go back to Itztli. I have to show him that ship.

Wf+6 391852

She smiles. "Okay, I think I can help with that."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391853

"Well, if you're pursuing her romantically, that hardly leaves you with a 'just a friend' option, Emrille."
I'll nod.
"As expected, of course. I don't plan on letting the others know I'll have picked up this skill, myself. Best to be thought a fool, correct?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391854

I chuckle
"You would be surprised at how crafty Summer can be."

"Very true."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391855

I smirk.
"Clever boy."

"Oh she surprised me already allright."

Wf+6 391856

You find him on the Darklantern.

"I'm afraid I disagree there, but I hardly care as to how you pursue your relationships."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391857

"Excellent. I look forward to our future cooperation. Now… one more thing. I don't mean to be rude, but what exactly was your business with master Abilio?"

Wf+6 391858

"I helped him with an experiment. He was very nice."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391859

I shake my head
"I never saw her as angry before as down in that temple…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391860

"It's served well enough so far."
I'll rub my beard a little.
"So, who am I to see for these lessons? And when?"
"She was rather terrified at the thought of losing you. Again, it seems."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391861

"'An experiment'? What type, exactly? I do have to know about these things, though I assure you I will not spread any rumors."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391862

"Lucky that I was such a fast draw so nopony had to get hurt… but yeah, she seemed pretty mad."

Wf+6 391863

"He's doing some magic research to help Miss Emrille."

"I will teach you, if you have the aptitude."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391864

"I am just as terrified at the thought of losing her…"

"I hope you learned some lessons from that, at least."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391865

"Ah. Quite interesting, I must say. I assume he de-aged you to see if you would gain a second cutie mark as well?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391866

"Going for the gun first works?"
I grin.
"Okay, and maybe something about kids too. Like to let them have their tantrum fits and not goad them more."

Wf+6 391867

She blushes. "He asked me not to say what we did!"

She leans in, "Because he doesn't want to upset my brother."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391868

"Even if I don't, Commodore, I will have to learn. Through stubbornness if nothing else."
I'll be quiet for a moment, since Spring didn't want me to bring up teaching Summer self-defense.

In another shard of time…
Let's see if I can't run into Felfire. Needed to speak with her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391869

Felfire is always in that room mate.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391870

I'll knock.
"Miss Felfire? Might I have a moment of your time?"

Wf+6 391871

He slides a potted plant across his desk.

"Talk to this, then. When you get a reply, you're ready."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391872

I chuckle
"Your brother is quite protective, yes. However, I do not see any harm in such experiments. If you are fine with them, then I will not interfere. Do make sure to tell me if something is bothering you though. Master Abilio is quite the curious type, so he may overstep boundaries you are not comfortable with without realizing it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391873

Look up from my book and turn to the ewe.
"Can we talk in here Terre?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391874

"Yes… and don't use incendiary bullets in a greenhouse full of plants."
I give her a look

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391875

I'll nod, and take the plant.
Looks like I'll have something to talk to instead of myself for now.
I'll chuckle a little at that.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391876

Roll my eyes.
"Not without foreplanning. I just cleared our way to the treasury. We didn't have to deal with the vines, those goospitter plants, or anything. It was good, in the end."

Glance at him but say nothing.
Just he wait…

Wf+6 391877

She pipes up, "He didn't do that, though. The thing you said. Age magic. But thank you for respecting my privacy."


Tony [Trickster] 391878

Bow my head.
"Greetings Itztli."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391879

"Except we both almost died."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391880

Smile to her.
"So, what is it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391881

I cock my head
"Oh? Do elaborate then. I'm quite curious."

Wf+6 391882


"You just said you'd respect my privacy!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391883

I nod.
"Yeah, should have torched the place the moment we entered and just watch the show from outside."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391884

I'll enter and shut the door, though I'll stay a few feet from Felfire.
"I'd like to talk to you about the documents that were recovered."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391885

"Mh. I know nothing about them, if that's what you want to know."

Tony [Trickster] 391886

Did it? Let's give it a try.

Reinvent Self (into a bunny)

Roll #1 2 = 2

Light Heart [Warlord] 391887

"I said I would not interfere and that you could inform me if something or someone is bothering you."
I chuckle
"Please, I wont tell your brother a thing. That is a promise."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391888

"While we were in the vault, the spirit mentioned you. She said that what was in those papers would cause you to kill three ponies."
I'll scratch my beard for a moment.
"I argued that, since she told us that, we could change that fate. She didn't seem to believe that I, or even Summer, could change that."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391889

"… Or just killed them in a different way?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391890

"The only problem with that, Emrille, is that the book that was on the altar in the back was scorched terribly. What little was in there actually described the function of the altar."
I'll nod at that.
"You did have ice bullets, as I recall."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391891

"If we're talking efficiency, there were no easier way to do it. And I was too big for that acid-shit plant, but what if it got Summer? That place had to burn."

"You seem awfully interested in that altar."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391892


Spring Water [Doctor] 391893

"You could have taken it out from a distance… As for the altar, it's a pretty important artifact. Curry is right to be concerned."

Wf+6 391894

She eyes you suspiciously, then says, "He wanted me to look after a bunch of foals for him. In exchange, he said he'd convince the Commodore to teach Curry about plants. Curry sounded like he really wanted to learn, and the only one who sounded like they might help was Abilio according to him."

You mess it up, and end up turning into a snail. He picks you up with a paw.


A few seconds later, you're back to normal.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391895

"Mhhm… sure is."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391896

My ears twitch slightly at that.
"Ah. I see."
I chuckle
"Most interesting… could you tell me more about those foals?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391897

"What? Why are you smirking like that?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391898

"The book, actually. I could have taken the last intact copy from the Vault, but then it would likely have met the same fate as the other."
"And I'd like to prove that hero of the hopeless wrong, by changing fate. With your help."
I'll shuffle a little.
"Because if fate can be changed… well, there's hope for anything, isn't there?"
I'll just frown a little at that. I can already see the greasy little gears in her head turning.

Tela [Spellsword] 391899

internet crapped out on me
I just smirk at him and stare him down.

Tony [Trickster] 391900

Shake my head.
"Bwah, well, you can't expect to serve Discord, if you can't take a joke once in a while."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391901

Give him a flat stare.
"Yes, like hoping you would not get us all killed for istance."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391902

"Nothin', nothin'. I'll tell you later."

"We can bring ponies back from the dead, I'm sure somepony can restore a lousy book."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391903

"… Right."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391904

Smirk even wider.
"Maybe when we have time to chat, just the two of us…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391905

I'll shrink a little at that.
"That… was an honest error. I hadn't exactly expected more than a dozen pirates to start rushing me."
I'll frown.
"I don't think I'll ever forgive myself for getting miss Seas into danger."
"Fire tends to make that nigh-impossible if one doesn't know the source material."
I'll just frown a little deeper at that.

Wf+6 391906

"I think they were test subjects."

He raises a brow.


Emrille [Gunslinger] 391907

"Make some guesses then!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391908

"Right. Anything else other than messing with my personal affairs and the ponies I decide to sacrifices to Grogar?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391909

"The problem with that, Emrille, is that if there were any spells or rituals in that book, guesswork could get ponies killed. Or unleash another endless night."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391910

"Quite right."
I contemplate this for a moment.
"Do you know who they are exactly? Prisoners perhaps?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391911

I'll tap the floor lightly.
"How's the horn working for you?"

Tony [Trickster] 391912

Point towards the Eagle's Roost.
"Have you seen that new ship we brought with us? It's crazy, like somebody took a ship, twisted it in all directions, and then put it back on the sea.
I thought you might be interested to see it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391913

"Working on a substitute. One of those that doesn't break."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391914

"Tough luck then. Can't have it all."


"I hope what you said was true, pal."
I smirk and pause, letting a minute go by without moving a muscle, then fire a Magic Bolt, trying to surprise him.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Wf+6 391916

"I don't know anyone on the ships, really. I don't think Captain Abilio wants me to start telling you all this…"


He waves a wing and it dissipates, shattering in different directions. Fortunately, you move quickly and don't get hurt.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391917

"Don't think I've ever heard of something like that. Even horns can shatter, and those are a part of the body. I suppose there are certain metals that would be incredibly shatter-resistant, but… never break?"
I'll just snort and shake my head.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391918

"Right. My excuses. I was merely curious. Do not worry, I will not tell anypony. As long as you are not harmed, there is no reason for me to interfere. Again, please do inform me if something is bothering you, miss Skylight."

Tony [Trickster] 391919

My eyes widen and I put my paws on my chin.
"That's interesting. I'll have to talk more to Sateo then. He used to be on that ship."
Memo: get that transfer.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391920

"Don't think too hard about it."

Tela [Spellsword] 391921

I'll just gawk at that for a moment
"Wha- what!? Holy crap! That was crazy!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391922

"If you want books there are tons of others, really. Stop being picky."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391923

"It does bear at least a little thought, if for no other reason than to prepare against further inqisitors. I doubt we've seen the last of Ravenback."

Wf+6 391924




Felfire [Necromancer] 391925

"That's kind of the point."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391926

I roll my eyes
"That's just disrespectful. Plenty of our holy books were burned already by the Celestials…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391927

I smile at her
"I believe that was all we needed to discuss for now. You may go back to your brother now if you wish, or stay with me."
Go collect Rosemary again.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391928

"Like I did that out of spite, really."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391929

"I know you didn't do it on purpose but… you make it sound like it was worthless."

Tela [Spellsword] 391930

"So your wing didn't even get scorched? What the hell kind of tactic is that?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391931

"No, I'm saying we shouldn't cry over spilt milk."

Tony [Trickster] 391932

I grin.
"He sure does.
Do you have any idea why Discord would bless that ship? It must have belonged to Discordians at one time or maybe the captain was."

Wf+6 391933

He holds it out for you to display.



Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391934

"There aren't, actually. Not of these kinds. The last intact set sits in the Autumnsreach vault, awaiting the time when the Lunar church will not be persecuted. Or so the spirit said."
"Perhaps miss Spring, miss Seas, and myself should look into more durable backup catalysts for ourselves. Just in case."
I'll nod a little to myself.
"I believe that takes up my moment of your time, miss Felfire."
I'll start to leave.
"Oh, one more thing. If you ever need any help with anything, ask. If it's within my power, I can at least try to help you with it. That's what friends do, right?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391935

Is Skylight with us? If not, we'll go see if we can find that altar.

Also, I'm ready for Reptil.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391936

"No big loss then!"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391937

I scrunch
"Well if you want to look at it that way…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391938

Look at him weirded out.
"I was about to finish you off myself yesterday!
How can you even say that word to me?"

Tela [Spellsword] 391939

I laugh
"You fucker! I like that."
I smirk
"You're one hell of a gryphon, even if our fighting styles are different."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391940

"I can't travel back in time to make it okay, can I? We can talk all day about it, won't fix the book."

Wf+6 391941



She is with you unless you tell her she's dismissed.

"And it is achieved through practice, not gambling."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391942

"Emrille, I am astounded that a mercenary of your age has no concept of 'scarcity value.'"
"Because I have hope, miss Felfire. Hope that mistakes can be forgiven, and that a hoof offered in friendship will be accepted."
I'll give a small laugh.
"Besides, miss Seas likes you. If she wishes to keep near you, then I will be there as well. And I'd prefer if we could be friends in that case."
"No, it won't. And I've already forgiven you for it, for the most part."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391943

"Yeah okay, I think you should leave now."
Raise his shadow.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391944

Roll my eyes.
"As a merc you should know I value things I can make money out of."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391945

Then dismiss her I shall.
"Do make sure you are available in case I need you, miss Skylight."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391946

"Yes yes, of course."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391947

And away I go.
I'll roll my eyes.
"Then you've likely missed out on quite a few lucrative opportunities by disregarding the true value of a one-of-kind item, or the like."

Wf+6 391948

You're there.


Emrille [Gunslinger] 391949

"Come on, I already admitted that I fucked up in that temple, and I apologized for it! What more can I do?"

"Treasure hunter wasn't high on my list of jobs anyway."

Tela [Spellsword] 391950

"Hey, life's more than just work!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391951

Where is it stored exactly?
Circle around it.
"And here is our ticket, Rosemary."

Tony [Trickster] 391952

Nod thoughtfully.
"It isn't coincidence that this boat is right here now.
I will try to investigate, see if I can learn more about it. And talk to that Sateo guy, unless of course, you'd like to talk to him as well…"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391953

"I'm not saying anything!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 391954

Was he trying to… I don't even.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391955

"You sounded like you were!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391956

I'll nod.
"You probably wouldn't have the patience for it, anyway."
Turning to Mera, I'll ask her to watch over Spring and Summer while I go off to do a small task (talking to the commodore).
"If you three would excuse me, I've some business to attend to."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391957

"Sure thing. Don't hurry."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391958

"You're just paranoid now."

Wf+6 391959

It's in the hold of the Darklantern in one of the lockup cages. There's a sign on the cage door that says: "Danger! Magical. Extreme electrical hazard."

Rosemary produces a key. "Yes… Do you… feel stable?"

Trying to what, love?

Tony [Trickster] 391960

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391961

"Or maybe I just feel you still don't consider me to be on such good terms with you."

Wf+6 391962


Felfire [Necromancer] 391963

To befriend me?
Look disgusted.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391964

And, after my talk with both the commodore and Felfire, I'll head to Abilio's, and knock.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391965

I look surprised as she produces the key. Guess I already know what the commodore had to talk to her about then.
"… I'm not quite certain. What do you think?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 391966

I frown slightly
"What makes you think that?"

Wf+6 391967

Is that so bad? Maybe not him in particular, but you should make friends. Like Summer. And Magenta. And your new necomancer friend.



She bites her lip. "I'm biased… I know… but… I want to be with you. I could make it work."

Tony [Trickster] 391968

"I'll talk to Smitts, I'll get a better feel of that ship if I stay upon it as much as possible. I'll be sure to tell you first if I find something."

Wf+6 391969


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391970

"It's Curry, Fullmaster. I'd like to apologize for the earlier outburst."

Tony [Trickster] 391971

"I will. Thank you Itztli."
Get up, bow my head and leave for the Commodores cabin.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391972

And Terrebonne. And I like to drink with Doc. But I wouldn't even bring that guy back if he died, and now he acts like we are friends?
Fume in anger.

I am utterly ready for the next city. Maybe even the test since other people are gonna be busy for a while still.

Light Heart [Warlord] 391973

"I do not know for sure. I don't intend on retiring from this life any time soon. It has all been very interesting so far after all."
I smile and wrap a wing around her to pull her in for a sidehug
"But I also wish for you to be happy. Loyalty deserves reward after all."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391974

Turn away slightly.
"Oh nothing… just some small details. Like you are not even comfortable around me. Or I am just a convinience more than a friend, I don't know."

Wf+6 391976

"Good. Anything else?"

He seems a little clueless. Maybe he aspires to be friends.

She nuzzles against you.


Wf+6 391977

"Come in."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391978

I sigh and rub my temples with my forehooves
"I'm sorry Emrille. I just… after being alone for so long I guess I've kind of forgotten what it's like to have friends. All I ever had to care about before all this was Summer and the clinic."

Tony [Trickster] 391979

Go in and sit somewhere if there's a chair.
"Greetings, Commodore.
I'm here to request to be part of the crew of the Eagle's Roost."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391980

I guess.
Lie my head on my hooves.
Have you heard what this necromancer says?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391981

Shake my head.
"If you ever want to talk about, I'm listening… you know, because that is what friends do. Or just tell me to fuck off if you want me to do that."

Light Heart [Warlord] 391982

"Why, I'm merely wondering if you realize what this will hold in terms of responsibility. Is a pirate fleet indeed a ideal place to grow up? I am not entirely sure what your youth was like, but mine was not quite as dangerous."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391983

I'll think for a moment.
"…And I was wondering if my borrowing the book on plants that was recovered from the Lunar temple was still possible."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391984

"Really, there's not much to talk about. That's pretty much all there is to it. Rusty social skills on my part. Mixed with worry and fear. And doubt. And guilt."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391985

"See, that's exactly the sort of things you shouldn't just bottle up. It's not healthy for you."

Wf+6 391986

"Well you had me at your side for most of the conversation, I think."

She sighs. "I guess you're right… But it might not be an issue for long…"

"The one that Emrille was studying?"


He produces some paperwork. "I was going to move a number of crewmembers over, anyway. Sign here."

Spring Water [Doctor] 391987

I chuckle
"I'm a doctor, don't you know that doctors are always healthy?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391988

I raise a brow
"Indeed? Why is that?"

Tony [Trickster] 391989

Take a pen and sign "Tony" in a rather ugly handwriting.

Felfire [Necromancer] 391990

Try to keep calm.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Felfire [Necromancer] 391991

No, I break into sobs.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391992

"The one that was brought in, yes. If she's still got to get through it, I suppose I can wait."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 391993

I chuckle as well.
"Yeah, but doctors with pent up issues usually are the ones who cut up their patients and make puppets out of them or something!"

Wf+6 391994

She scrunches. "I don't think I was supposed to say that. Don't ask, okay?" She looks a little distressed.

"There you are. Enjoy your transfer. You're under the interim command of Lieutenant Sunnyskies."

Hug. Will you be alright?

Terrebonne looks a little concerned, reclining on her cot.

"It's written from an arcane perspective. I'm not sure it would be useful to you."

Felfire [Necromancer] 391995

He's too similar to me…

I doubt I can notice.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 391996

"Even if only one passage is of any use, then it will have been worth the read, Fullmaster. Sometimes one needs a different perspective to see what he couldn't before."

Wf+6 391997

Why does that bother you?

"Very well. When she's done with it."

Tony [Trickster] 391998

"Looking forward to it."
Lean back in my chair.
"Is there anything you'd like to discuss?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 391999

I chuckle
"Very well then. Let us wait until after Reptil to decide, if that is alright with you?"

Wf+6 392000

"I'm a busy goat. Keep Itztli out of trouble, and we won't have a problem."


Spring Water [Doctor] 392001

"Hm, I don't think I'd make for a very good Nightmare Moon worshiper."

Felfire [Necromancer] 392002

Because it makes things appear.
Things I don't want to remember.
It's like when I'm in chains.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392003

"Thank you, Fullmaster."
And then I'll head back to the others, every so often talking to the potted plant I'm carrying and hoping to hear an answer.

Light Heart [Warlord] 392004

I give her a kiss.
"Have patience, miss Rosemary."

Tony [Trickster] 392005

"Well informed as always. I'll take my leave then, Commodore."

I'm starting to get out of things to do…
Maybe I should disturb Felfire again…

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392006

Laugh again.
"Can't know until you try, right? Maybe it would give you awesome Nightmare powers or something. I don't know how religious stuff works."

Tela [Spellsword] 392007

I know Tela is boring but pls

Spring Water [Doctor] 392008

"The most important part is to believe in the creed you follow. And to remain true to it. Neither are things I would be able to get behind concerning Nightmare Moon. Nightmare powers or not, it is still evil."

Wf+6 392009

If you don't confront your past, it will always hold power over you.

She returns it. "Okay… I'll try."

"You do not have to practice. You also don't have to live through battle."

Wf+6 392010

Say READY if you're ready to make port.

Tony [Trickster] 392011

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392012

Ready, pretty much. Unless Mera or Skylight wants to talk to Curry. Or anyone else, for that matter.

Felfire [Necromancer] 392013

Don't give me that shit. I've been fine like this since I was fourteen.
Wipe away the tears.

Light Heart [Warlord] 392014

"Now one more thing… I was wondering whether or not you would be willing to stay onboard the fleet from now on…"

Ready, pretty much. For both characters.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392015


"Well, I've been called evil too… at least by Summer. And she's into religion too so must be true."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 392016

Tela [Spellsword] 392017

"That's kind of a pessimistic look on things."


Spring Water [Doctor] 392018

"Which is exactly why I want to make you a better pony."

Wf+6 392019

"If you want me to… and it would… give me time to look after a foal."


Timeskip. As the sun rises in the morning of the eighth day, you see land in the distance. Soon, you've arrived. The crew has been granted shore leave.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392020

"It would be nice if you actually surprised me every now and then by wanting to talk to me, y'know. I have to hound you for any kind of interaction."

What does the city look like from the port?
Also, gear up.

Wf+6 392021

You're not fine now. He squeezes you. I want to make you fine.

"The honest view."

Now the two of you are caught up too.

Tony [Trickster] 392022

Get on deck and stare at the city.
What does it look like?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392023

Land ho.
I don't suppose that plant's been very talkative this last week.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 392024

Does that include us?

Light Heart [Warlord] 392025

"Well… it is something to consider. For now, Reptil awaits."

Stand ready on the deck. All minions present.

Felfire [Necromancer] 392026

Great, I love falling asleep in tears at night.
Am I done with the book? Of course I am.
City of thieves and whores.
Got this nagging feeling I won't leave the boat.
Not here. I owe this much to Terrebonne. Let's… Think about this another time, okay?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392027

And Mera's here too.

Spring Water [Doctor] 392028

"Again… it's just a matter of my rusty social skills. I'm just not used to seeking out ponies on my own, usually they come to me instead."

Wf+6 392029

Like a smoking pile of wood. There's some stone in there, too.

It's sprawling, and there are ponies in the streets everywhere. The roads aren't reliably dirt or cobblestone, and in some places, they're gravel, brick, or whatever was on hand at time, like wood.

Not yet. It has reacted a little, you think, though.


Okay. End.

Feel free not to.

Tela [Spellsword] 392030

"Yeah yeah, I'll think about whatcha said. Catch you later, Al-Jinn."

I grin
"What a shithole. I love it already."

Felfire [Necromancer] 392031

Hey, I'm up.
And ready.
Go meet Abilio, see if he's in his cabin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392032

"You could really work on that then. Just a tip."

"Fitting for you, ain't it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 392033

"What a charming city."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392034

Well, that's something.
And if I can talk to that plant, then I can talk to the Nature's Bounty plant. Ask how it would like to be used.
"Well, Mera, this will be my first time away from Autumnsreach. I wonder wait awaits us here…"

Tony [Trickster] 392035

Walk over to them.
"Ready to hit the town?"
Rub my paws.

Tela [Spellsword] 392036

"Choke on a dick, Emmy."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392037

"Right after you, Tela~"
Flutter on her back.
"I should get you a saddle.."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392038

"She might look nice in a good dress saddle, actually. A shame you can't wear any nice ones anymore. The perks of being a grown-up, I suppose."

Tela [Spellsword] 392039

"I think you'd both look nice with a sword in your gut. So shut the fuck up."

Tony [Trickster] 392040

Look at the whole thing with amusement.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392041

I'll give out a small laugh.
"Well, as long as it doesn't stay there."

Light Heart [Warlord] 392042

"Tela please, they are quite correct. I believe you would look quite adorable wearing a saddle. Perhaps we could go shopping together for one?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392043

"It almost sounds like you are jealous of mares in saddles… my my…"

I snort.
"No wonder you never want to even try to look good. Can't force the impossible to happen, huh?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392044

"You shouldn't project, Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392045

"Uhuh… suuure thing…"

Tela [Spellsword] 392046

"You shut your polite little mouth, Light Heart."

"Very amusing."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 392047

I guess I walk down to the dock.
What's it like down there?

Light Heart [Warlord] 392048

I chuckle
"Why of course, it was merely a lighthearted suggestion."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 392049

"Isn't it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 392050

I'll trail after Summer. Assuming we've docked and she's not just walking into the water.

Spring Water [Doctor] 392052

We're docked? Guess I'll follow then.

Wf+6 392053

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