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PirateQuest: Chapter 5.1: Trifling Affairs Wf+6 444910[Last 50 Posts]

It's afternoon now, and once everyone is feeling settled, we can timeskip to the end of the week.

Tony [Trickster] 444912

I'm on deck. Laying around.

Felfire [Necromancer] 444914

My wings?
Also, I have to do lots of things.
Talk to the Focus, to Moonbeam and Garl, warn Abilio about Dixie, have my sessions with Cline for the Soul Catalyst and learn how to abomination from Doc.
And then fuse the 4 bodies I stowed away for it.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444915

I told Stein that the thingies were representing the elements.

Light Heart [Warlord] 444916

Fuck no, do you have any idea how much shit I have left to do!?

I smile.
"Perhaps so, though I am certain you would rather not have me dropping you right now."

Wf+6 444918

And he answered that in the last thread.

When you wake, you feel your wings again, for the first time in a long time. You should find a mirror.

She squirms and blows a raspberry. "I can swim it!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 444922

Any I can see just looking around? I should also thank Doc…

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444923

Yeah, could you tell me what his last answer was so I don't have to dig through a fat thread like that?

Light Heart [Warlord] 444924

I chuckle and hover above the sea.
"Is that so? Are you not afraid of the seaponies coming to gobble you up? I hear they like little ponies especially."

Wf+6 444929

"Eeek! Stop it!"

Hmm… oh, the washroom, in the back!

In short, he confirmed that meaning, and says the two symbols have a singular meaning.

Felfire [Necromancer] 444930

To the washroom!
Can I really… Move them again?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444932

"Which meaning is?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 444936

I smile and fly up slightly.
"I see you and Red are getting along quite decently. That is good."

Wf+6 444941

When you arrive at the mirror you're confused and your eyes skew a moment. Shaking yourself, you move close to the mirror, touching your nose gently against its cool surface, such that you can make out every pore, and make out the fine threads that make up your retina. Your wings are strong, and you flex them experimentally, but…

Your scarred face is healed. It is unpocked and unscarred. Your once-oily hair is fresh, and bounces pleasantly. Your cheeks are no longer covered by ten layers of dirt, dead skin, and wayward clumps of fur. You look… fresh. Reborn.

"It implies a merge of ze marksman capabilities and ze mastery of ze elements, you dummkopf."

"She's easy. Just wants to be told she's the best and she'll do whatever you want."

She laughs somewhere between mischievously and filled with guile.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 444942

Did I get my stuff back?

Wf+6 444947

You got clearance to enter, but not retrieve.

Blue Topaz looms.

So you are! Laying. It's a good thing.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444949

That's great, thanks! That's nice to know.
Now, for the other matter. Please follow me."
Head to the Fort.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 444951

Did I ever get another one of those requisition sheets?

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 444952

"Ow, ow…"

Even with Telekinesis, old horses should not be lifting heavy things.

Meander through the patrol route, is anything stirring on deck?

Felfire [Necromancer] 444953

no… No… NO.
Stare deeply into the mirror in horror and call for Fervored, scared.
What happened?!

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 444954

And I'm in the room.
And I've joined you and Spring.

Wf+6 444955

He grumbles a little and follows.

You did.

Tony is laying down. >>444912

Summer Seas [Cleric] 444957

Then I start writing all the stuff down!

Roll #1 4 = 4

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444959

Lead him to the usual guy, fusing the cannons together and whatnot.
"Here's the smith."

Light Heart [Warlord] 444961

"Very clever of you. What do you really think of her then?"


I think an adult should help with that.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 444963

"Really lad, no matter the decade, it isn't wise to fall asleep here. Come on, let me get you to your bed if you want some rest."

Wf+6 444966

What happened? You look… nice.

He seems pleased.

He's working on some heap of metal now.

Er… which of this stuff was yours again?

"I dunno. She's just insecure, that doesn't mean she ain't fun."

You inspect a pot and get your head stuck inside.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 444968

…Uh, shouldn't it just be anything that looks old?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 444969

Let's help her out of that pot.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Light Heart [Warlord] 444971

"Indeed. Still, she managed to give some colts over on the Eagle's Roost a good scare."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444972

"Helllooooo? The weapons?"


Try not to panic.
Remove pot from head.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Tony [Trickster] 444974

"I'm getting some sun, Fries. Nobody will mind."

Wf+6 444978

Eventually you wander down deeper into the great vault and find a neat little stack of paintings that you recognize from the temple, and you assume the other objects here must be related.

You just hurt her neck.

"I haven't heard about that." She shrugs. "As far as I heard, some diamond dogs beat her up. Two on one, and adults! I reckon that ain't fair."

"What about 'em?"

You finally look forward and remove it carefully.

Felfire [Necromancer] 444979

I look… Different! This is not me! This should not be me!
Start taking deep breaths trying to calm down.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 444981

"You said I'd get the best of the two if I brought a smith."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 444982

Oooh, neat!
I start looking them all over and jotting down the names and stuff as best I can!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 444983

"Sorry about that."
So I guess we'll keep waiting for Summer.

Light Heart [Warlord] 444984

"I did hear the same, yes. Rest assured that any such future violence will not stand."

Spring Water [Doctor] 444985

I smile sheepishly.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 444986


"Then I'll join for a bit if you don't mind. I shouldn't have helped them move that tub, I can still feel it. Anyways, since you're just laying about, mind pulling out those cards of yours?"

Tony [Trickster] 444992

I give everyone stupid nicknames.

Pull them out.
"Here you go."
I throw them to you.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 444996

"If we'll keep tripping over each other like this, mind showing me how to play? The little pup Sateo seems to have his heart set on them, as do you, so I'd like to provide you guys with adequate company. If you have the time."

Sateo [dd berserker] 444999

What is keeping those captives. go track them down '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tony [Trickster] 445001

Look over.
"Sure…sure. We usually play a little blackjack or poker. You know Blackjack, I'm sure?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445004

"I'm familiar with that one."

Tony [Trickster] 445006

"And poker too?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445011

"Not so much. Always was too busy to really learn the 'intricacies' of the game as it was described to me."

Wf+6 445015

He gives you a shadow hug for a few seconds, then asks:

Can you stay calm on your own a moment while I get something?

He scrutinizes you. "I said he could look at them here. And I'll uphold my word."

He goes back to a set of gunsafes set up in the back and dials a combination, before pulling out a revolver and a repeater. Stein examines them.

"Interestink. Ze slidink mechanisms… I've seen this tried before, but the precision of the cut is so sharp. How did ze do it?"

He looks at you. "Zis vill take some time."

Well, the art doesn't have names on it, but you take down the scrolls and books pretty easily. Finding authorial initials may be a egghunt on its own.

"Alright then. Oh, careful!"

You're coasting too low near the waves and you get splashed. You're both sopping wet, but Grey Worm laughs.

They're down in the hold inspecting stuff.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445020

Close my eyes and shake my head frantically.
Y-yes. I had worse, this will pass too…

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445021

Egghunts can be fun… right?

Roll #1 8 = 8

Emrille [Gunslinger] 445024

"How much time?"
Show him my revolver.
"And I need them to be a cataclyst like this. I have a rifle that is also a cataclyst like this, should be at Abilio. Can you modify those to spare the extra effort with those guns before starting to make more of the normal versions?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445026

I chuckle as well.
"Well, a bit of seawater never hurt somepony."
Gain some height, then glide back over to the Sirocco and put her down.
"In case you had not heard, we are headed for Dixie."

Sateo [dd berserker] 445028

Well, go down there and see if I can hurry them along..

Tony [Trickster] 445029

"Guess you're never too old to learn. See first of all, I'll tell you about the different hands you can get."

Explain to you all hands from pairs to Royal Flush.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445037

"I'll probably need some practice, but it seems straightforward enough for me."

Wf+6 445038

He disappears a moment, and after a few minutes of uncertainty, you feel his embrace again.

Will you model for me?

Opening your eyes, you see he's brought your dress.

Hm… the first one is… E. J.

"Combinink ze designs… hm. Do you have blueprints for your revolver?"

"Where's that?"

You arrive there.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445039

"Outside of Equestrian borders. It is where I was born and grew up."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445040

Uh… I can just write that down, right?

Also, how's the list looking now? Have I gotten most of what I think is my stuff cataloged?

Felfire [Necromancer] 445041

Look with tearful eyes at the dress, hug it tight, right over my chest, sitting on the floor unsure on what to do.

Fervy… They will come. They will take me.

Sateo [dd berserker] 445042

I tap you on the shoulder "Ahoy. Can I be of assistance in moving.. books, luna stuff?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445045

"She's got another form to fill out, and then after that the only thing we''ll be able to take is the books. They're the only things Smitts would allow moved."

Tony [Trickster] 445047

"Well that's of course just the rules.
THe subtility you've heard about comes during the betting.
Since that's when you've got to put your doubloons on the line. Sure, you've got that Full House, but what if the other smiling guy has that Straight Flush?
It's at those times you've got to keep your wits together."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445049

"Oh, hi mister Sateo!"
I scratch my head.
"I gotta write down all the names of the people who wrote and drew and painted all these things and how much they weigh before we can take them…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445054

"The commodore is only allowing the books to be taken out from under miss Topaz's care, miss Seas. They'll be kept in Light Heart's room on the Sirocco, which is where we'll all be moving."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445055

I shake my head.
"It's a bit ridiculous, but I guess that's how bureaucracy works these days."

Wf+6 445057

Who will come? We're in the middle of the Manesian Sea.

He continues to hug around you.

"Is it pretty?"

Well, there are the books and the paintings. You're not sure other than that.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445058

"Seems like that subtlety is the most important part. Being able to make others go and do what you want… Reminds me of my days back East. Throwing rocks to distract guards, shooting vases to make them look elsewhere, I might just have an advantage at this game."

Sateo [dd berserker] 445060

I frown "Aye, I can move books, hoof over the books."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445063

"Oh… I think I have everything down then. That we can take…"
I take the list over to Topaz and hoof it to her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445064

They just…

Look at the dress with caution.

They used to come. Every time…

Stand up shakily.

W-will you help me put it on?

Light Heart [Warlord] 445065

"I would say so, yes. Much different from Reptil. I want you to keep in mind that politeness is valued above all there. So please be a dear and put those acting skills to use, even if you do not mean it."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445067

"The requisition form needs to be signed by the Commodore. And it's not like we're in any terrible hurry, Sateo. The door was locked when we dropped off the tub, after all."

Wf+6 445069


He opens it for you and slides it gently over your head.

She signs it. "You'll need the Commodore to sign this, too."


Tony [Trickster] 445074

"It is. And if you can successfully misdirect your opponent, you'll be good at this game indeed.
Can make a lot of money as well."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445075

"Oh. But he's all the way over on that other ship… do I really have to walk all the way over there?"
I give her a sad look.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Sateo [dd berserker] 445076

I think for a moment "Oh, alright I'll see what Miss light heart is doing."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445077

"Excellent. Now, go ahead and get back to your games. Just be sure to watch yourself. I would like to introduce you to somepony soon."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445078

"I can run it over, miss Seas. You, your mother, and Mera can go with Sateo to Light Heart's cabin on the Sirocco. I'll be along shortly with the books."

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445079

"Like I said, I won't be parting with my money unless it's to buy a new hat or a cooking knife. Learned from the mistakes of others, remember? Besides, last thing you want is to get a bloke mad at you and having no way to escape, seeing as how were on a boat."

Tony [Trickster] 445081

"Smart. But then you shouldn't play poker really. It feels like a pretty boring game without money being gambled."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445082

It's Fervy, there is nothing I have to worry about, I can relax…
Let him finish.
Keep my eyes shut.

Am I pretty, Fervy?

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445084

"I'll play you with what change I have from my knife fund. The Hat fund is sealed, though. Stop me if I ever use it."

Tony [Trickster] 445098

Raise my brow.
"Knife fund? Hat fund? You're not a banker, are you?" I grin

Wf+6 445099


You set her down on the ship presumably then land and regroup with Rosemary and Happy Puzzle.

The prettiest. Don't you like your mane like this? Before I took the vows, I would always chase the mares with long manes.

Sateo [dd berserker] 445101

I guess I'm off to look light heart.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445102

I pout and start making my way alllll the way back to Smitts…

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445103

"You gotta have goals in life, kid. I may be nearing the end of mine, but I have a few things I still want and the smarts to know how to get them."
Point towards my head.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445105

"That was most refreshing."


How… H-how do you want me to pose?

Awkwarly, take a few steps back, in an empty part of the room, and strike what I think would be a seductive pose.

Roll #1 5 - 2 = 3

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445111

And I'll be following along.
"Don't look so down, miss Seas. Soon enough you'll be getting back to your studies, and you'll come to cherish the time you spend outside."

Wf+6 445115

You find her on the deck of one of those ships. Let's say the Sirocco.

You arrive at Smitt's office. "Come in."

He chuckles. That's cute.

Rosemary smiles in approval.

Happy Puzzle remarks, "Not enough cake."

Tony [Trickster] 445118

"…You want a knife and a hat?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445119

I hoof him the paper.
"Can you sign this too mister Smitts?"

Sateo [dd berserker] 445120

I approach "Ahoy thar! I have tracked down the captives you wanted, they are on their way just picking up a few items."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445122

I'm starting to think this pony is a Discordian…
"So, miss Puzzle, tell me about yourself."

"Ah, thank you mister Sateo. Their artifacts, no doubt? They were talking about it the other day."


Flush red for a second.

I'm happy… I really are…

Keep posing for him. He asked for it, no?

Roll #1 10 - 2 = 8

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445125

"Not just any hat. A Perfect Hat. A hat that all others will bow to."

Just start laughing.

"Sorry, maybe I've spent too much time with Discordians, but it's a silly dream of mine that keeps me going. I just tell myself that its out there, and it helps get me up. I know too many soldiers my age who just abandoned all will to live, and I had promised to myself I would always keep looking for it like it was the voice of a lovely lady, always right around the corner."

"As for the knife, I still haven't decided. My line of work makes me realize I should get one to protect myself, but I still just want to get a few that are perfect for cooking. You've seen how chefs always seem to have a stable full of them and know what most of them can do, don't ya?"

Wf+6 445126

He strikes out a couple lines, then signs it and hoofs it back.


"Oh, I'm your average mushroom when it comes to introductions."

You toss your hair, catching the single candle just right, and a little saliva collects invitingly on your lips. You flex your wings, and contort your spine as you stretch down low. Fervored comes and joins you in a loving embrace and a kiss. It's quite passionate, safe, and warm.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445128

"I see. Where do you hail from? What made you join the Lord-Mayor's entourage?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445129

I'll have to look at that on the way back to miss Topaz's.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445130

Get lost into it.
Let him hold me, give up control.
Just for one second, give up the notion I could make the shadow disappear at any moment.
And enjoy the kiss.

I love you.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445132

I'm assuming he struck out the paintings and stuff…
Well, then I go back to miss Topaz I guess.
At least this over…

Wf+6 445134

Y-you too.

I love you, too.

You return, then.

"Oh, I've worked for him for a while now. Remember when you wrecked that city? Woooooohoooo! That was a doozy. My house was there!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445135

"May I see what he struck out, miss Seas?"

Tony [Trickster] 445138

"Yes, I can imagine, but that doesn't seem that expensive really."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445139

Now, time to find Doc and thank him for what he's done for me.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445140

"… Stonebriar? Miss Rosemary is from Stonebriar too, what a coincidence."

Wf+6 445141

He's in Terrebonne's room having coffee with her.

"Oh, I'm not from Stonebriar, that's just where my house was."

She finishes that cheerfully, as though that was enough of an answer.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445142

"So you moved there from someplace else? I would have thought you were working with the Lord-Mayor too back then. Why not reside in his mansion?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445143

I show him the list.
"I think he just struck off the paints, and everything besides the books…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445144

Slowly open the door.
"May I?"

Friesian Cross 445145

"It's not about the cost, but the effort. You know how a meal tastes better after a long day of work? I want to remind myself of the time I spent saving and make sure I get something worth my time."

Wf+6 445146

"I had my own house!"

She has an open door policy, remember?

"'Ave coffee? Lemme see if we have more in da pot."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445147

Shake my head.
"No I meant… Am I interrupting something? Would you two rather be alone?"

Wf+6 445148

"Jast coffee. Abilio was going ta join us later. He may have cancelled, though. Sit."

Tony [Trickster] 445149

"I don't know. A meal tastes good if it's well made too and you don't have to work all day for that."
Taking a little break.


Wow, okay. She's weird. I get it.
"Yes… Hm… Very well. In any case… let us go and collect Grey and Red in preparation for the unicorns to arrive."
Can I find those two rascals?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Wf+6 445151

This seems a good time to #pause in general.

What's weird about wanting to have your own house?

Yes, they're just around the way. Grey is now chasing Red.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445152

Sit down with them, eyeing Peg shyly.
"T-thanks for… T-the wings and… Everything."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445153

Anyways, I finally give Topaz the list.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445154

Wait and see if she can catch her first, then approach them.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445155

"Even a glass of water taste better after you've sweated all day. Seems I've been here long enough, I'll leave you to your sunning."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445156

And I'll be there to carry books.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445166

Meanwhile, in the Future.
Curry and Light Heart find themselves away from the others for a moment.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445167

The future you say?
"I have good news, mister Curry."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445168

"Oh? Is this about us moving onto the Sirocco? Because I believe we're already aware of that bit of news."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445169

"That is rather old news."
I sit back.
"Due to your recent complaints regarding Skylight's well-being, I found myself a suitable replacement for her."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445170

"Oh? I take it she also has a certain degree of medical knowledge… wait, now that I look at you, aren't you… younger?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445171

I chuckle.
"You are one of the few who noticed. Yes indeed, mister Curry, I am. Courtesy of master Abilio."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445172

"So it is possible to stop at a certain point… It would have worked, then."
I'll shake my head.
"Anyway. You were saying about Skylight's replacement? Does that mean you are releasing her from your custody, or are you simply keeping her on the boat unless she wishes to go ashore?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445174

"It means miss Skylight will no longer be the first to be called upon when an assignment presents itself. She has always been free to do as she pleases and decline any task I give her."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445175

"I see… thank you for the consideration. I will likely need her help transcribing as much of those old Lunar texts into newer binding so we don't have to worry about the books falling apart on us if we want to read them."
I'll think a moment.
"And I was considering perhaps selling copies of them, at least the ones relating to things like botany or history, to those so inclined. Do you think that might be a good idea? It would be a way for us to scrape together some sort of funds without resorting to, well, morally gray acts."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445179

I chuckle
"It has been quite some time since I worked as a business consultant, mister Curry, but I very much doubt a tactic such as that will work. Yes, these are texts that are quite old and no doubt informative, but I doubt you will be able to sell many copies on the fleet. A few at most perhaps. You could of course attempt to sell them in the ports we visit, perhaps to local libraries or bookstores, but I still am not sure if the reward would be very profitable."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445182

"Anything is better than nothing, Light Heart. And though reprints may not sell as well as the original texts might, I am certain there is a market for them somewhere. Assuming they aren't branded as heretical, since they've probably got a strong lunar leaning. And it would give me something to do to keep me out of trouble."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445184

"Well I certainly will not stop you. Perhaps you will prove me wrong and make a fair amount of profit. The easier option, if you are so concerned with money, would be to join the fleet as an actual crewmember, of course."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445186

"Easier, yes, but then I would be expected to perform acts that go against my particular idiom. I'm not much the pillaging and plundering sort, and I'd be forced to stop fairly every step of the way to help those caught in the crossfire."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445188

"There is more to this line of work than pillaging and plundering, mister Curry."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445189

"Possibly, though raiding is the majority I've seen, with murder on the side. I would be glad to work on any mission that doesn't involve harming anyone."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445190

"So you see me as little more than a murderous and vile pirate?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445192

"I see you as a business pony in the wrong line of work, perhaps. The fact you honor your contracts, whatever they may have on them, is a good mark for your character. It's just this job seems to have focused on the more negative talents."
I'll think a moment.
"Though you have managed to work in quite a bit of social things, haven't you? You've likely got almost all of the ships' doctors or medical staff beholden to you one way or the other…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445193

"For good reason."
I tap my chest.
"I am walking around with a ticking timebomb inside me mister Curry, I need insurances that when it does go off, I wont be doomed. I have done far too many bad things to turn back and pray for forgiveness now. Your gods will not listen to a pony like me, so instead I will turn to other, more flexible gods."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445194

"You never know, Light Heart. Earnest repentance can be met with an astounding degree of forgiveness. Just look at Felfire and her paladin's ghost, Fervored. In his day, he would have killed her when they first met, most likely. Now? They are practically lovers."
I'll shrug.
"It's easier to say that it is useless and not try, than it is to put forth the effort to try, and even an honest failure is a success in its own way. It shows you're willing to do what is necessary. Why do you think I'm looking forward to those books? I know nine out of ten times I'm going to fail trying whatever is in them, but try I will. Who knows, that one in ten success might happen."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445195

"A ten percent chance of success is rather meager, mister Curry. A gamble more than anything, but with rigged odds. When the stakes are this high, it seems like a rather unwise path to take."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445202

"Even so, Light Heart, a ten percent chance is better than no chance at all. And sometimes you just need to take that chance, unwise as it may seem."

Wf+6 445611

As is traditional in Terrebonne's chamber, the only light is the single candle in the center of the room. He gives you a simple nod.

She looks it over, then stamps it with approval and lets you take the books.

Red outruns her. Grey tries a tricky jump on the corner, but it's not enough to make up the ground, and eventually she tires and leans against a wall. Red comes back and says something, but they're too far for you to hear.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445612

I'll just wait for that coffee.

Wf+6 445613

A lithe shadow stretches up from the darkness of the ground where you cannot see with a cup of coffee. You'd wear you heard the whisper of, "It's hot."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445614

Trot over there.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445615

Roll the cup over in my hooves for a while, without entering the conversation between Doc and Terre.

Wf+6 445616

Red left, Grey is panting, but seems pleased.

They are having a quiet conversation about Dixie. Terrebonne advises Doc Peg to stay in a different form while in the city.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445617

I chuckle.
"Not a fan of physical activities?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445618

So did Topaz respond yet?
Am I free to take the books?

Spring Water [Doctor] 445619

Wf+6 445620

"It… was… fun…"

She seems a little worn out.

see >>445611

Chip(DD knight) 445621

Now that nurse Heart is resting perhaps talking with the new recruits that came from Steel Striker would be good. Find them.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445622

Pick her up and put her on my back.
"I believe it is time for you to meet somepony. Hopefully they will arrive at my cabin soon."
Head over to my cabin.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445623

"Thank you miss Topaz!"
I trot into the storage and…
"Uh, how are we gonna take all the books?…"


Can we pick them all up with our combined telekinesis or are we going to have to make multiple runs?
"Where do you want to store them anyway? The hold? Light Heart's cabin?"

Roll #1 9 = 9

Borders Skewed 445625

Now, where was I?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445626

"Well… wait! Didn't mister Sateo say we were moving to miss Light Heart's cabin?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 445627

"Yes. It's just a question of whether or not we'll be able to store all these books there or not."

Wf+6 445628

She has returned to her paperwork. "There are only nineteen of them. That's not that many."

You carry her back to the cabin. There is a tub in front of it, blocking the way.

They're all over the ships, working on repairs, not collecting in one place specifically.

You can carry them all.

>There are rats inside the sack. The rats burst out and disappear into the darkness.

>"Not long ago. You were inactive. Haven't you felt lethargic lately? Sitting on the benches while all the lead actors take the spotlight?"

>(You) "? Right.. Right, you are."

They have returned to reading their programs… perception check.

Suddenly, one of your legs falls limp. Like it's asleep.

Borders Skewed 445629


I should be able to see… no, i have to see.


Roll #1 7 = 7

Chip(DD knight) 445630

Just ask one of them.
"Whats your name mate? How do you find this junk? Not that bad eh?"


Oh dear, I had forgotten the seapony sleeps in that thing.
Try to move it out of the way by pushing it.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445632

I try to move it?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445633

That talk with the Discordian took my mind off the pain from moving the tub, but it's back now.

Let's patrol towards the armory, maybe looking at what we have and seeing if there is any place to practice shooting.

Spring Water [Doctor] 445634


"Summer? Are you coming?"

Wf+6 445635

One of the rats has found its way to the stage and is nibbling through the wires that are holding up the unicorn filly, Summer Seas. One has already come loose, and it is working on another.

"It's alright. Junk is about the word I'd use to describe it. No aerodynamic capabilities at all… But I've seen worse in my time."

With a grunt, you shove it out of the way.

Rosemary frowns. "I would've done that if you asked."

Happy Puzzle cheerfully remarks, "I wouldn't've!"

No… And your other front hoof feels strangely tingle-y, too. Like it's about to fall asleep.

You mean the hold? Of which ship? You were last on the Sirocco.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445636

"Dixie doesn't like unicorns?"

Wf+6 445637

"Dey are enslaved dere."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445638

"Are you alright, miss Seas?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445639

"They… All of them?
Not even just some? Every unicorn is a slave just because they are in Dixie?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445640

I was originally assigned to the Seaworthy, does that one have a hold to practice in?

Chip(DD knight) 445641

I grin at this.
"So when do you and the others gather? Did you board the ship in your own volition?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445642

This is…

Pick off the rat.

What of the leg not attached? Can I reach the string?

Light Heart [Warlord] 445643

I chuckle.
"I may not be the strongest mare in the world, but that does not mean I am lazy."
Open up and look around. How clean is my cabin?

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445644

What's up?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445645

"My hooves feel weird…"
Can I figure out what's wrong with my hooves?
Surely I can diagnose myself… right?
brb fifteen minutes

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 445646

"Naught all, but most. In fact, someting like five percent of unicorns dere are slaveowners demselves."

It does, a large one. It's closed off entirely, though. You knock on the metal door to the hold, and a slit opens.

"Whaddya want?"


He gives you an odd look. "Well of course we weren't pressganged. And what do you mean 'the others'." He gestures around at the hundreds of other workers on the ships that do the sails, the bilge, the rigging, the mopping, et cetera. "We're with others."

Pretty clean, except that corner with the bike which is now caked in oil.

Last I recall you were stalking around the deck asking about the ship regenerating.

You have no experience with anything like this.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445647

I need you, it seems

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445648


Roll #1 7 = 7

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445649

"Perhaps you're just getting tired? Did you want me to carry you?"

Chip(DD knight) 445650

My jaw opened.
"All these men came from Steel? Wow I didnt know that."

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445651

Who is on deck?

Spring Water [Doctor] 445652

Pick her up and put her on my back.
"We'll take a look at it in a minute. Let's get these books out of here first."
Start carrying the books over to LH's cabin.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445653

"Curt fellow, huh."

"I'm looking for a place to practice with my crossbow. I'm Fresian Cross, assigned here to the vessel The Seaworthy."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445654

Well, I guess I'll trundle along after her. Mera will be coming too.
"I could carry some of those books, miss Spring. You don't need to do everything by yourself."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445655

Ah, we can clean that up no problem.
"Hmmm… we do still lack the appropriate sleeping accommodations. I will need to requisite some hammocks for ponies to sleep in."
Is Wark here?

Wf+6 445656

You blast off the rat, frying it. There are still others lurking in the darkness, but no more threat to the stage, for now. You groan, realizing you let this loose.

"Look at that, fried rat!"
"About as good as anything else they serve here!"

He facehoofs. "What? No! Only the carpenters and shipwrights. What I mean is, it's stupid to act like a separate entity on the ships. We're part of the crew now, not a subdivision within it."

Chip is badgering a menial. Curry, Spring, and Summer are transporting books.

You arrive there.

"Well, you can't do it here, sorry. Try another ship."

He's out, as is everyone else.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445657

Well, the tub's been moved, so Light Heart must be back.
Knock knock.

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445658

I walk over to Curry, Spring, and Summer.
"What doing?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445659

Oh well, later then.

Open up. I really should just leave this door open during the day.
"Ah, you have arrived at last. Excellent."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445660

"Ah, hello. We're just moving a few things into Light Heart's cabin. We're being kept there, now. How about you?"
"Indeed. And we come bearing a pile of books and a tub. But you've already become acquainted with that I wager."

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445661

Keep looking at him for a moment and see if I can hear what's going on. Can't have dangerous things going on inside the vessel I've been assigned to.


Roll #1 1 = 1

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445662

Nothing at all?
Oh dear…

"I'm not getting tired! My hooves suddenly just… fell asleep or something!"


Spring Water [Doctor] 445663

"Moving the books from the temple…"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445664

"How does one exit the stage, and become independent of their strings? Or i such a thing not possible?"

Chip(DD knight) 445665

"Alright Alright! The hell Calm down! I just want to check out on the new recruits for the sea's sake!"
I just breath out.
"Look just continue whatever you guys are doing, sorry if I bothered you."

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445666

"Ever see ship parts move?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445667

And now brb for real

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445668

"Move? Well, only when somepony moves them, I suppose. Why do you ask?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 445669

I cock my head curiously.
"What do you mean? Which ship parts?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445670

"So what, they run off plantations and slave labor?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445671

I look them over.
"Yes. To be quite fair, I had forgotten about the tub already. In any case, there may be a change of plans. Due to an increase in staff, the amount of space left in my cabin has decreased dramatically. As such, I will need to reorganize things somewhat. Would any of you mind residing in Landgrave's domain instead?"

Wf+6 445672

This guy seems like an upstanding citizen. You respect his privacy and his commitment to duty.

They start laughing hysterically.

"There's someone you should meet. Someone without strings."
"It won't give him any comfort."
"Would you want to give him any?"


He goes back to hammering some planks into place.

"Fer da most part."

Doc Peg adds, "They also have powerful magic manipulation technology and guns."

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445673

"Holes moving."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445674

I blink a few times in confusion.
"Holes? Portholes?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445675

I'll think a moment.
"Who is Landgrave?"
"What do you mean? Holes in the ship? How would they move?"

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445676


Yes. Seekkill not know."

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445677

"Whatever you have down here must be awfully important, so I'll be adding this place as part of my rounds to make sure that help will be here when you need it."

Let's try the hold on the Eagle's Roost. It should have a few places to practice, or at least one large area I can cordon off.

Chip(DD knight) 445678

Go and bother.. I dont know.

In the meantime inspect the new guys. Are they doing a good job in maintaining the ship?

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Light Heart [Warlord] 445679

"The first mate of the Darklantern. I have a room there as well and it may be a good fit for you all seeing as how you are unicorns."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445680

"Magic manipulations… This is making me worry.
Has anypony on the fleet ever been there?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445681

"Please let me see."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445682

"I can't say I've seen any holes moving, no…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445683

I'll think.
"When I've got a moment, you'll have to show me what you mean. Because that sounds vaguely impossible."
"Would Mera be coming with us? I'm afraid she and I are a bit of a package deal."

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445684


"Ship has hole. Hole gets small. What show?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445685

"Well, if I see it happen, I might be able to hazard a guess as to whether it's just magic, or the ship might be alive."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445686

"I would need to ask Landgrave about it first. I am not certain he will appreciate a bathtub being moved around like such."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445687

"Why not ask the Commodore?"

Wf+6 445688

It is quite large, and mostly empty, so you have plenty of room to work.

They seem to be. They're reinforcing it with plating right now.

"Light Heart – da turd mate on da Sirocco – was born dere."

They look over to another box, but it's empty.

"Looks like he isn't visiting."
"I wouldn't visit either if I knew this guy was around."

She blushes a little when you say that.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445689

"Eh. Look how strange life is."
Chuckle a bit.
"I will have to ask her something then. Maybe I will even go right now, test out these new wings…"
Stand up and take a quick bow in front of both.

Off to finding Light Heart!

Wf+6 445690

She's over at her room on the Sirocco. You go there.

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445691


"Where Com-oh-door?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 445693

"The Eagle's Roost. We've been there several times already today, so he should be there."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445696

Knock on the door.

"Light Heart? It's Felfire.
I need to ask you something."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445698

And back.
What's the status of my… predicament?

Light Heart [Warlord] 445699

Door is open.
I raise a brow.
"… Miss Felfire? You look well today. Go ahead."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445701

I'll do a small double take as well.
"Felfire! You look… winged? Your wings aren't covered in copper anymore!"

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445703


"What happen to metalwings?"

Wf+6 445704

That leg is still asleep.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445705

I'll set up a few targets and a little warning sign about interrupting. Maybe I can talk Emrille into another shooting contest?

Do I have to talk to the Commodore to get this place cordoned off permanently for practice? We can't be have the crew going out of practice during our voyage.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445706

Look wordlessly at the assembrement.
"Just what… What's going on here?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445707

"Who was he? Could he move and think, without his strings? Are you implying he left of his own accord?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445708

'Miss Feelfear?… You look… you look much better! Your wings are all healed and your scars are all gone!"
I perk up from Spring's back, smiling.
"What happened?"

I scrunch up immediately after.
What's going on?…
Can I figure ANYTHING out at all? Are any other body parts except my legs asleep?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Light Heart [Warlord] 445709

"A busy day for me, I'm afraid. If it would make you more comfortable, we could talk in private."

Wf+6 445710


Nope. The feeling went away from the other hoof, too. You detect no medical reason for it. Blood flow is normal. Leg seems healthy. Muscles are relaxed.

Spring Water [Doctor] 445711

"Are you feeling better, hun?"

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445713

"Notmetalwings ever see ship parts move?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445714

"It's just about something I've heard of Dixie.
How much can you tell me about that place?"
"Hey there kid."
Smile at her.
"Let's just say somepony gave me a gift."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445715

"No… my legs are still numb. And it doesn't look like anything's wrong…"
I start panicking slightly.
"You don't… you don't think that something… is this bad momma?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445718

"…Yeah? Like, there's the ropes, and the helm, and the sails…"

Chip(DD knight) 445719

Well at least they are doing a good job.

Go and check out on Ms. Topaz. How is she doing?

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445721

"No. Holes."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445722

"It's a bit of a moving day, really."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445726

"I was born there, so quite a lot. I have not visited it in quite a few years however."

I raise a brow at this.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445727

"Holes should not move, no."
"Yeah, I could see that."
"Seen the Doc for that yet?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 445728

"The Commodore must be busy, I should avoid bothering him right now. Maybe I'll ask the General to petition him for me."

Since my patrol is basically over, I'll go volunteer at the kitchen if I'm needed.

Gotta step out now.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445729

"So you a-"
Look at the gathered group.
"Yeah, we should talk in private.
Just a minute."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445730

"Hmmm… it might be stress causing it. Rapid breathing can cause numbness. How bad is it exactly?"

Wf+6 445731

She hasn't changed since you visited her ten minutes ago.


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445732

I'll raise an eyebrow at this.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445733

"Could it wait until later? There are some things I need to take care of for our unicorn friends here."

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445734

I pinch your leg between my claws and poke it a few times.
"Leg look fine."

"That what Seekkill thinking."

Wf+6 445735

"He comes and goes as he pleases."
"I would settle for just 'going' as I please."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445737


"I checked! It's not stress or nothin'… my bloodflow seems fine and my muscles don't seem like they're doing anything…"

Do I feel that pinch?

Felfire [Necromancer] 445741

"Well tell me when.
I've heard troubling news."
"Where did you see those, Seekkill?"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445742

"I must see him. Please, do you know where he is?"

Wf+6 445743

Your leg is numb and limp. You don't feel and you can't control it.

Wf+6 445745

"He is outside the Astral Theater. There's no way to talk to him until he returns."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445746

I look around nervously.
"Did you do something in the last hour or so that could have caused this? There must be a reason…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445748

"I didn't even feel that pinch…"
I start really panicking.
"Momma, what's going on? What's wrong with my legs?… I- I haven't done anything!"

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445750

"Any pattern as to how he comes and goes as he pleases? How soon till you think he shall come?"

Astral Theatre…

Light Heart [Warlord] 445751

"I am not sure how long this will keep me occupied, but I will find you as soon as I have a moment. Is that pleasurable by you?"

"Miss Puzzle, miss Rosemary, do either of you have any clues about this?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445752

I'll raise my eyebrow a little higher at the mention of troubling news.
"Be calm, miss Seas. How hard have you tried moving it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445756

"I can't feel it at all! It just feels… numb! And limp!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445758

"Well, try wiggling your hoof. One part of the leg at a time."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445759

"Calm down sweetie, there's a reason for everything. We'll just have to find it out. If there isn't a medical reason behind it, it must be something magically induced. We should go find Doc Peg."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445760

"I still have to get some confirmation, I will be back later."
"Kid, don't panic. I'm gonna tell Doc about it, alright?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445761

I guess I try that.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 445762

"He's usually here this time of day. An hour or two from now he usually goes home to sleep."

They inspect the leg and find nothing wrong with it.

Rosemary asks, "Could it be psychological?"

Puzzle bursts, "Oooh, oooh! A puzzle! Let's make a differential diagnosis with neurological disorders!"

Wf+6 445764

The whole leg is limp.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445768

Looks like I'll just have to wait around.

Maybe I'll look at the show.

What can I see on stage?

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445772

"Y- Yeah… maybe Doc Peg knows…"

"Why would… how does… why would I suddenly have gotten something wrong with my brain that made me unable to move my legs?!"

"I can't move any part of my leg!"

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445773

"Near place Seekkill show you."

"Want Seekkill cut it off?"

Wf+6 445774

All the other puppets actors and actresses are gathered around Summer, worried about her leg.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445777

"Hmmm… psychological you say…"

"Something must have triggered your brain to stop moving those legs."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445778

Look at him with a sigh.
"Seekkill, that's not gonna help."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445779

"That is worrying."
"Or someone. Do you think there's anyone on the fleet who'd spend the time to curse a filly?"

Seeekkill [Dark Hunter] 445780

"Doc can grow her new leg."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445781

Light Heart [Warlord] 445783

"Miss Terrebonne knows voodoo, but it seems highly unlikely that she would occupy herself with using it on little Summer."

Chip(DD knight) 445787

Go do nothing.
I'll stop pirates for today. I am very sorry Wf but I am not having fun for now. I hope next week or if we got to Dixie my mood will improve.

Wf+6 445788

Happy Puzzle adds, "Plus, who would stop at a leg? They would just go for the neck!"

She playfully mimes being hanged. "Gahaghaghahhhahaa."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445789

"But the leg works."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445790

"That can't be what happens every time a limb falls asleep, can it?"

"What happens if I climb back onstage?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445792

"No! I- Please don't cut off my leg!"
I shiver.

"Miss Terrebonne? Voodoo?… What are you talking about miss Light Heart?"

I shiver even more.
"I- I don't wanna be strangled!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445794

"Miss Seas, please be calm."
I'll pat her lightly on the back.
"We'll figure this out and have you back on all four hooves in a jiffy."

Wf+6 445796


"No. This is total loss of control."
"If you go back on stage, you'll rejoin this medium act."
"What do you mean medium, Crantzenstern?"
"Well, it's not rare, and it sure isn't well done!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445797

"Unless they simply want to cause distress, rather than harm."

"From what I understand, voodoo can be used to harm somepony from afar. But again, I do not believe miss Terrebonne would do such a thing."

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445813

"Well, guess I'm not going back. Not till I know how to get out as I please, anyway."

Have a seat.

And wait.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445814

"Then what else could this be?!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445815

"Well, I'm not quite sure. But we'll figure something out. In the meantime, keep trying to get your leg to move again. Sometimes all it takes is the right amount of willpower."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445816

I'm wasting valuable time here.
"In any case, you will need to excuse me for now. Grey, be a dear and introduce yourself to Summer."
Go visit Landgrave's mansion. I need to confirm something.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445817

"Hey, quick question. Let's go somewhere private."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445818

"Feel free to walk along."

Spring Water [Doctor] 445819

"We wont strangle you, don't worry."

"Maybe all we need to do is give it some time."

Wf+6 445820

"You can't leave. You can never leave."
"Believe us. We've tried."

You go to the mansion.

A filly about your age waves at you. She is gray and has no cutie mark.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445821

As soon as we are out of earshot, talk again.
"Antimages of Dixie. Know nothing about them?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445823

I frown and keep trying I guess.
Not that it's gonna do anything…

"Oh… hi there. Are you a prisoner too?"
I frown even more.

Roll #1 3 = 3

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445828

"I mean, back to the stage. I wish to perhaps learn how to leave the stage and come here as I please. Though, I'd like to learn to leave this theatre, too…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445829

"Ah yes, the antimages. From what I gathered, they were utilized to keep unicorn slaves in check. As a pegasus, I never payed too much heed to them."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445830

"And what of the mind readers?"

Wf+6 445831

Nothing happens.

She gives you an odd look. "Um, I don't think so. I'm Light Heart's daughter."

They chortle. "The same way you got here before. Focus on the Ineffable Symbol."

Chip(DD knight) 445832

Okay, perhaps do something.
"So I burned myself and perhaps ruined an ore or two." I scratched my head in front of Topaz.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445834

I give her a very confused look.

Wf+6 445835

She doesn't look up. "That was garbage ore anyway. It's no matter."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445836

"I'm afraid I do not know. I assume they are to keep slaves from escaping, but I cannot say for certain."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445837

I'll blink a few times.
"I know children grow fast, but this is ridiculous."
I'll look at Rosemary, who I'm assuming is still there.
"You two didn't…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445840

"Well, thanks anyway.
Dixie is shaping up to be a dangerous stop."
Leave her and go to Abilio's room.

Chip(DD knight) 445843

I look at what she is doing.
"So what are those two asking for you to sign on? Are those contracts so they become part of the pirate crew?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445844

"If you say so, miss Felfire."
Now, enter Landgrave's mansion.

Borders Skewed [Mage] 445845

"That symbol."

I recall how it looked, right?

Wf+6 445850

You can't but it is totally indescribable in the most literal sense.

"It looks like he's back, anyway."

They point to the box, which now has a shadowy figure populating it.

You do so.

"Most of them. There are also requisition forms, requests, that sort of thing. And cataloging the hold."

You arrive there.

She nods.

"We did adopt her."

Light Heart [Warlord] 445851

Find Landgrave then.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445853

Knock on the door.
"It's Felfire. I've bad news."

Borders Skewed 445854

Go look in it!

Wf+6 445855

He's reading in the parlor.

"Come in. Is it about Zivur?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 445856

"Landgrave. Am I disturbing?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445858

I blink.
I struggle to try and move my legs again, but finding myself unable to do so, frown.
"Can we please go to mister Doc Peg now?…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445860

"No, it's more urgent. It's about Dixie.
Did you know they have mind readers and antimages there?"

Chip(DD knight) 445862

I just grin.
"And how about Spring and her daughter? Do they want to be part of the crew?"

The Master 445863

Hello, puppet.

Wf+6 445866

"Not at all. Come in."

"We had heard about antimages. Mind readers are news."

"No, I think they want to leave."

Borders Skewed 445867

"Who are you?"

"The… Master? "

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445869

"Right. Let's go."
I'll turn to Spring.
"That is, unless you want me to stay here and set up the books and the tub…"

Spring Water [Doctor] 445871

"I think we can just leave them here."

The Master 445872

That is what many call me. I do not mind being called that.
But who are you?

Light Heart [Warlord] 445874

"Are you familiar with the unicorn prisoners, by any chance?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 445876

"I went to confirm with Light Heart, and it looks like they really do exist.
Also, they have a special breed of magic to deal with necromancers.
I don't like this port."

Wf+6 445879

"Ah, yes. Dreadfully pedestrian, aren't they? Burghers with no higher aspirations and no manners."

"Nor I, but we have many crewmembers that are not spell-casters. We'll simply have to overrun them. Or ideally, buy our crop and quickly get out. We don't, strictly speaking, have deceptive intentions this time."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445880

"I just wanna get my legs fixed…"

Borders Skewed 445881

You called me a puppet, and you may be right. My strings bind me, but they are the only means I have to move.

Look at summer on the stage.

If this is a world beyond the stage I hail from, then I want to know how I can rid myself of my need for strings. And, who controls the strings?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445882

Alright, we'll drop the nineteen books on the inside of Light Heart's cabin, and then head up to Doc Peg's.

Light Heart [Warlord] 445885

Well that answers my question. Fuck me.
"Perhaps so. Yet, they possess quite a bit of medical knowledge, so they do have their uses. But nevermind my question, I will find a alternative."

Felfire [Necromancer] 445887

"Even our non spellcaster crewmembers will have a hard time hiding their inner thoughts.
And even worse, the folks in Dixie seem to be slavers by nature.
It'd not take long for them to decide to imprison our crewmembers."

Wf+6 445888

You carry her over to the clinic, but it's empty aside from a nurse mare.

"Very good then. Do take care."

"I'm not concerned of it. They are a very polite people. Very upfront about their slavery. They won't try anything underhanded, I'm confident."

The Master 445890

Those who control the play.
I am not here for that. I am merely here to observe. To relax.
Besides. What is a puppet without strings? Helpless and broken.
And one should not break that which they do not own.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445891

"Hello, little Heart. Is Doc Peg about?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 445893

Wait, mare?

Light Heart [Warlord] 445894

I nod and take my leave.
Go find my superior officer next, Mellow Marsh.

Felfire [Necromancer] 445897

"Very well, if you are confident about it, so am I.
It might still be a good idea to inform the rest of the crew about the mindreaders."

Borders Skewed 445898

Then I wish to claim them for myself.

Should I climb the strings, will I see who controls them?

And.. how does one repair a broken string? I am not sure if I should mend that pony.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 445899

Nurse mare?
Do I recognize her?

The Master 445902

I doubt that pony likes being broken.
And though it is not my place to meddle in this show… perhaps I can lend that much assistance.
I can help repair the strings that have been broken, so the play can go on.

And as for seeing who holds them… just be sure that is what you truly want to know, puppet.
There are revelations one may not be ready for, in the worlds beyond the stage.

Borders Skewed 445909

"I have lived my life full of peculiarities. I have always known something was wrong, and now I know it is. That is, if I have even lived my life at all, and wasn't just made as I am and introduced into the show. I am closer to truth than I have ever been. I cannot stop now."

"And, though the 'emotions' of a puppet may not mean much, I am sure she would like to be able to move her leg. "

The Master 445912

Then do as you must.
But know that what has been seen beyond the curtain, cannot be unseen.

Borders Skewed 445915

I understand.

Can I climb up my strings?

Chip(DD knight) 445917

I close my arms.
"How come you say that? They cant just go around and escape, they are under us right?"

The Master 445918

Why not grab yourself by the mane and lift yourself up?
When one accepts that the laws of reality as you knew them are false, much becomes possible.

And when you tire of doing that and looking silly, yes, start climbing.
But be a good puppet and fix what you broke first. It would be a shame to ruin the show.

Wf+6 445920


Sorry, gotta go.

Wf+6 446102

"I'll look into it."

You find him in the (compact) hold of the Sirocco, completing an inventory form.

Yes, mare.

She responds to the name anyway. "He went out, but he doesn't talk much…"

Wf+6 446103

"I didn't say their chances of success were likely. Just speculating on their wishes."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446104

Anyway, I doubt Zivur will be able to tell us much.
He's more than a thousand years old, it seems.
And so is the Society, really. I'm not sure why they would be so important."

Light Heart [Warlord] 446105

"Mister Marsh. Do you have a moment to spare?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446106

I'm understandably confused.
"I see. Pardon me, but what is your name?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446107

"Abilio might, it's where I got it from.
I tinkered a bit with my own rifle during the time I used it, so it's not really any given design now though."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446108

Wf+6 446109

"It's always worthwhile to have the discourse. Besides, it's so rare we all get together."

"Just finishing up here. Talk to me."

She scrunches. "I told you, Nurturing Heart."

"Ze blueprints are required. Zis will take some time, though… I have ze motorcycle to fix, too."

She reminds you of the effeminate stallion that bought you ice cream in Stonebriar, but she is definitely a mare. Could be a sister or something.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446110

I'll blink a moment.
"I don't suppose you were helping master Abilio with his experiments earlier? Because I met a small filly with the same name working with doc Peg as an assistant, and that would explain things."

Wf+6 446111

She nods.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446112

"We are a busy kind, it seems…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446113

"Nurturing Heart?…"
I scratch my head.
"But… mister Nurturing Heart was a nice stallion from Stonebriar, who bought me ice cream… are you his sister?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446114

"I was wondering whether or not you needed me for something. I am part of the Sirocco's officer's corps, so it seems only natural that I should make myself useful."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446115

"That would take a lot of time, wouldn't it?
You know what you have to do with these.
Chalk up some blueprints for how they work, make the two weapons for me, and then everyone will be happy."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446116

"Well, that explains it then."
And I'll listen to this a moment before we bring Summer's dead leg to attention.

Chip(DD knight) 446117

I scratch my head,
"So… so if this is true. I mean those two wanting to get off the boats, what are we going to do about it?:"

I then frown.
"What will the commodore do about it…."

Wf+6 446118

"Yes, I find society's outskirts has a tendency to attract a very involved sort."

She looks confused and rubs her head. "You're… giving me a headache. What did you come here for?"

"You're scheduled for the helm tonight. Make sure you get plenty of rest before then. Have you ever held the helm of a sailing vessel before, Light Heart?"

He shakes his head. "Ze hard part is makink zim successfully. Drawink some scale blueprints is relatively easy. Need very precise cuts."

"F'I were him I'd just sell them into slavery at Dixie or toss them overboard. They're a liability on the ship. Can't risk them stabbing us in the back."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446119

"Say Abilio, you are not that strange. Not as much as me or Seekkill or Smith, for one.
How comes you are out here and not…"
Gesture towards the outside.
"In a normal town with normal ponies?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446120

"Miss Seas' leg seems to have stopped responding, and to all her and her mother's medical knowledge they can find no problem with it. We thought doc Peg might have an idea."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446121

I scrunch up.
"Who are you?"

"…And do you know when mister Doc Peg is getting back?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446122

"Light Heart did say to aid me in this.
And this is not just for me, this is for the whole fleet. If you can make those prints and give them to Blue Topaz, we could possibly start making more of these weapons for the crew.
I'm sure Light would agree that making the fleet stronger is top priority.
As well as getting those weapons done before we hit the next port."

Light Heart [Warlord] 446123

"I have, yes. On a sloop-of-war to be exact. Not as refined as the Sirocco, but still a good vessel."

Spring Water [Doctor] 446124

I sigh and motion at Summer.
"Her leg… something is wrong with her leg. Please, where is the doctor?"

Chip(DD knight) 446125

"Those two are of great help in Stone Briar, well they are of some help with the other operations after that, their healing experstise are good so I cant call them liabilities."
"Plus the other one is just a filly." I tilt my head.

Wf+6 446126

"There was a time thousands of years ago when Tartarian research was considered acceptable. When the Gate Guardians were viewed as heroes. That time has long sense passed."

She shakes her head. "I don't know when he'll be back. He went belowdecks somewhere."

You notice, though, that the feeling has returned to your leg, and you can move it again.

He groans, but agrees, and pulls out some drafting paper.

"Two big differences. Well, three. And they're your dimensions. The Sirocco is deeper, longer, and heavier than a sloop-of-war. That doesn't mean much out here, but if we get into any coral or make port, you need to maneuver with more premeditation. Other than that, they're pretty similar. Somepony else will probably take the helm if we make port or get into a fight at sea, so you don't have to worry about that so much right now."

She shakes her head. "I TOLD YOU TWICE NOW! I DON'T KNOW!"

"Well, I'd just as soon see them let go safely. Whatever. As long as we don't have potential defectors on deck."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446127

"We're sorry for bothering you, then."
I'll look at Summer.
"How's your leg? Is it still numb?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446128

"I guess so.
Guess most of them are scared, uh?"
Well, stand up and leave.
I'm done for the day.
Let's go back to Terre's room.
Doc and her still here talking?

Wf+6 446129

They are. Just idle banter about the opportune weather. Apparently the wind is at the fleet's back.

Spring Water [Doctor] 446130

I wince.
"I'm sorry miss, I'm just… worried."
Pick up Summer and go find Abilio. Maybe… he knows.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446131

I nod.
"Out of curiosity, how quick do you believe the Sirocco could go? If we had very favorable winds, what would its top speed be?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446132

Give him my revolver.
"As I said, the rifle is at Abilio's.
I'll make sure to get a good word on this with Light for you."


How convenient.
In the meanwhile, Commune with Moonbeam.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446134

Welp, let's follow after Spring.

Wf+6 446135

You pass Felfire in the hallway, and in Terrebonne's room, through the open door, you see her and Doc Peg, before you get all the way to Abilio's door.

"If the conditions are right, I figure it can do sixteen knots at full sprint. But of course, we stay close to the rest of the fleet."

He waves you off and starts drawing.

Someone's talkative lately. Didja miss me, honey?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446136

I'll give Felfire a small wave as we pass her by.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446137

Right, now that's done.
I need to speak with Itztli or what'shisname

Felfire [Necromancer] 446138

Smile at them and nod back before diving into meditation with the brain jar.
Yeah. Kinda. I'm half thinking about offering you a place in my shadows, if you ever get too bored.
Say, am I worrying too much for Dixie?

Wf+6 446139

You walk down into the Eagle's Roost, and a voice calls up from behind you. Lounging on the top of the doorway is Itztli.


Wf+6 446140

There's no climbing action if there's no worrying. If there's no climbing action, there's no climax. Makes for a poor story, in my books. That said, I'm a lover, not a fighter.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446141

Glance at him.
"Can't you speak less obnoxiously?
And why should I come here more often?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446142

"Of course, but that is certainly impressive. In any case, I was wondering if it would be possible to acquire some hammocks for my cabin."

Chip(DD knight) 446143

I just frown upon hearing this news.
"Its just still a speculation but I'll see if I can to them myself. You dont mind do you?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 446144

Uh… It's good to know they're there, at least. Still, knock on Abilio's door.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446145

Neither is Zivur, look at him. He's actually scared to fight even through a shadow!
Chuckle a bit.
So you say, Dixie will be just as troublesome as I think it is, uh?

Wf+6 446146


"Well, we don't have any extras in stock here, I know. Maybe… on the Seaworthy. We did just add four hundred some odd to the crew, so that makes it harder to find spare hammocks and the like. Yep, I'd try Jones."

"Go ahead. Couldn't care less."

"Yes? Who is it?"

Oh, my, yes.

Still, at this point, you're probably going to make it to the final act. That's the climax you should be preparing for.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446147

Island of Roads you mean?

Wf+6 446148

Your arc is too low. You'll see, in time.

Spring Water [Doctor] 446149

"Mister Abilio? I need your… expertise. For Summer."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446150

"My leg… I can feel it again!"
I give it a few experimental movements.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446151

I nod.
"Thank you, mister Marsh. Have a pleasant day."
Lockermaster Jones, huh? I remember him. He was partying with Umlock. Let's see if we can find him.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446152

"I'm not really into this whole chaos thing, y'know."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446153

"Oh really? Great news! Told you it would sort out."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446154

So… Beyond the Island?
Surprise me.
What will our next stop be, after that?

Spring Water [Doctor] 446155

"What? Oh! That's wonderful!"
I quickly embrace her.
"Thank Luna it wasn't anything serious."

Wf+6 446156

He gives you an odd look. "Are you sure you have a grasp on what my expertise is?"

Apparently he stays holed up in the hold usually.

You head down there. It has a steel door.

That's not much of a surprise.

Chip(DD knight) 446157

Alright. go find them.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446158

It's gonna be if it turns out to be true!

Light Heart [Warlord] 446159

Give it a knock. Not too hard though, I don't want to crush my hoof.
"Mister Jones?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446160

I return the hug.
"What do you think caused it?…"

Spring Water [Doctor] 446161


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446162

"It seems the problem has sorted itself out, master Abilio. Though, we still don't know why miss Seas' leg suddenly lost all feeling and mobility. Don't suppose you could hazard a guess?"

Wf+6 446163

You locate them on the Pillager's Fancy in Abilio's cabin.

You'll see, in time. Worry more about your beats.

A slit slides open. "Yeah? Whaddya want?"

Wf+6 446164

"A fair assessment. Did it work itself out?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446165

Felfire [Necromancer] 446166

You saw my session with Sitar? What about it?

Wf+6 446167

"Sometimes legs fall asleep. It's a biological fact."


Wf+6 446168

You could use some practice.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446169

"My name is Light Heart. Of the Sirocco. I was wondering if I could acquire ten hammocks from your hold."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446170

I scrunch up.
"It didn't fall asleep! I made sure of that!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446171

Want to teach me a few tricks?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446172

"This was quite different, though. Her leg lost all sensation, and mobility. She could not move it at all. For a moment we suspected magical interference, but who would waste their time stopping a filly's leg from feeling or moving?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 446173

"Yes but…"

I frown.
"It was more than just asleep. We confirmed that, of course."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446174

"What do I lose with it, huh?"

Chip(DD knight) 446175

I stand there and look at them.
"So what are you three up too eh?" I smile.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446176

"Ah, mister Chip, good day. There was a small oddity that occurred, and we're getting an expert's opinion on the matter."
I'll remember Seekkill's questioning.
"Also, you do work on repairing the ships, correct? Do you know anything about 'moving holes?' Seekkill seems to think the ship's wood moves."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446177

"Oh, hi mister Chip!"
I wave to him.
"My leg went numb and I couldn't control it… and now I can suddenly feel it again!"

Spring Water [Doctor] 446178

"Trying to find out something…"

I eye her leg cautiously.

Wf+6 446179

He does some mental calculations. "Lemme check what we've got. It's pretty empty."

Slot closes.

A few minutes later it reopens. We've got just barely enough. It'll cost you a few doubloons, though. Five for all ten."

Have you decided on an instrument?

"It sounds like it to me, but if you're sure, I suppose you should see a doctor."


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446180

"Doc Peg was, unfortunately, occupied, and the combined medical knowledge of miss Seas, miss Spring, and miss Rosemary failed to identify the problem."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446181

"Okay, those don't sound too bad.
Just one thing, that I learned a looong time ago.
Nothing comes free."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446182

I scrunch up.
"We are doctors! It had to be something magical…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446183

I raise a brow in surprise.
"The crew has to pay for their hammocks?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 446184

I deadpan.
"I am a doctor. But I guess we should check in on Doc Peg as well."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446185

I liked my flute but…
Let's say I have only a banjo for now.

Wf+6 446186

"Magical and medical problems don't usually solve themselves. Have you ever heard of the Zebra Diagnosis?"


"Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize you were stupid. If this is about restocking your ship, you should see your own quartermaster. It's his job to get an exact count on the number of crew on your vessel and supply that exact number of beds in the bunkhouse. But if you need hammocks for personal reasons – like building a bed fort or keeping all your bootie calls in your personal chambers, you need to pay for those."

You have to pick at the strings with the sharp corner of your hoof. If you keep brushing the hole surface over it, you won't create crisp sounds.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446187

"So in chaos, everything's free?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446188

I guess…
Say, if I used the Living Rites on you… Were you a necromancer, in life?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446189

"It's fairly safe to assume I personally have not, master Abilio."

Wf+6 446190


Not even close.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446191

I chuckle as he calls me stupid.
"Mister Mellow Marsh directed me to you, considering the Sirocco did not have enough hammocks to accommodate a part of the crew."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446192

"What's that?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446193

What a shame. I'd have loved to watch you play.

Wf+6 446194

"The Zebra Diagnosis is a diagnosis where a doctor likes to make a rare diagnosis because it's interesting or uncommon, when in reality it's probably something much more simple. So if you're in Canterlot and you hear the clopping of hooves, go ahead and think 'pony', not 'zebra'."

"Right. Papers, please."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446195

"Yeah, see, that doesn't bode well with me.
I like to own my own weapons, and I'm not going to let anypony else use them."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446196

I'll nod slightly.
"That does make a fair degree of sense."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446197

I frown.
"It is magical though! I diagnosed myself and everything was completely normal, and not at all like just being asleep!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446198

"I was hoping these kind of things would be arranged orally, to save up on time. But very well, I will play the bureaucracy game. I will return."
I should have just let someone else take care of this for me.
Anyway, find Al-Jinn on the Sirocco.

Chip(DD knight) 446199

"You're legs? What happened?"

|I repair the ships aye."
I then scratch my head.
"But a moving hole you say? If that is so do you think the ships would still be afloat?"

"And that is?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 446200

"I didn't become a doctor for fame and glory. Summer had something none of us could identify, so we came to you instead."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446201

"I've no idea, but it seems that Seekkill saw some sort of moving hole in the ship, and was worried enough to ask us about it. I thought, since you work on the ships, that you'd be say if it were possible. Perhaps you could join him and myself to look for it, since a hole like that could effect the ship."

Spring Water [Doctor] 446202

"That's the thing, we don't really know what happened."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446203

"Nobody knows! It just… Stopped working for some reason. And then it just suddenly worked again."

Wf+6 446204


"Well, I don't have anything for you if you're certain. Most spells would be line-of-sight, so you'd know who it was."

Al-Jinn is at the helm.


Emrille [Gunslinger] 446205

"It'd mean I'd have to shoot a lot more, wouldn't it.
Off anypony who tries to take my shit away."

Wf+6 446206


Light Heart [Warlord] 446207

"Good day, captain. Could you direct me to somepony who could provide me with the necessary papers to acquire some hammocks from Lockermaster Jones? Some of my associates are currently forced to sleep on the floor, which is not ideal."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446208

"Oh. Do you know where mister Doc Peg is then mister Abilio?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446209

"It also puts metal into others as a very strong argument point."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446210

"We passed him on the way here, actually. He was speaking with miss Terrebonne."

Chip(DD knight) 446211

I close my arms.
"I'm no doctor but if Summer has fallen asleep lying on the wrong side of the bed then that leg of hers might feel numb. Trust me it happens to me sometimes"

"Seekkill found some moving hole in the ship. Well that is a matter of concern, we shall find it… after I speak with Spring and Summer."

Spring Water [Doctor] 446212

I sigh and rub the bridge of my nose.
"That was the first thing we ruled out. I'm a doctor, remember?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446213

"Of course."
About what, I wonder…

Wf+6 446214

"You'll need an Inventory Request to be filled out, signed, and approved by our quartermaster, Mellow Marsh, then an Intership Commerce to be signed off by Blue Topaz and Mellow Marsh, and after the transaction, Lockermaster Jones. If the weight of the items exceeds four stone, you'll need my signature and the signature of Thirsty Umlock. Those papers can be obtained from Blue Topaz. Really though, this is a personal failing of Marsh's, which is disappointing. At the end of your shift at the helm tonight, you will report to muster at 7 AM. I will be conducting a personal count of the entire crew of the Sirocco in line formation, and we will have that exact number of cots, hammocks, and bunks stocked in the bunkhouse. You don't need to do anything else."


Emrille [Gunslinger] 446215

"So, is this all you wanted to tell me?
How chaos is better for fight-arguments?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446216

"Oh, we did?"
"I checked for that! Just because I'm a filly doesn't mean I'm stupid mister Chip."
I frown.

Wf+6 446217


He swings away.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446218

"I'm afraid you misunderstand. My associates reside in my cabin with me. Unfortunately, with only one bed present there, they are forced to sleep on the floor. Mister Marsh informed me of my shift already, yes."
What time is it now?
"If you do not mind me saying… this seems somewhat unnecessarily complicated. Why not make this happen orally and save up on time?"

Wf+6 446219

"The purpose of the process is because we operate among thieves. Complications add extra layers to make it impossible to abuse the system. If you want to furnish your own room, that comes out of your personal account – especially when we're so short on beds. We took on more than four hundred new crewmembers in Reptil."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446220

"Maybe try making sense next time!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446221

"But these are ponies who would need a place to sleep either way. The only difference is that they chose to sleep in my personal cabin rather than in the bunkroom. Surely, that must mean that they must have hammocks reserved for them in the bunkroom that could be transferred over to my cabin, no?"

Wf+6 446222

"How many do you have in your cabin?"

He is long gone.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446224

Good for him I guess.
Let's visit Abilio.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446225

Well, after the others (Mera, Spring, et al) have left to talk with Chip, I'll need to pester master Abilio about something.

Wf+6 446226

You both show up in Abilio's cabin.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446227

"Mister Wark, Sitar and Stein, miss Skylight and Happy Puzzle, Onik and miss Rosemary. The unicorn prisoners reside there as well now, although they are not technically part of the crew."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446228

I'll shoot a glance at Emrille, but speak anyway.
"Master Abilio, I heard you were looking for volunteers for an experiment you were conducting?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446232

"Stop being everywhere I go."

"I've got news.
Sort of."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446234

Give me the focus or give me death.

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446235

"Stop following me, then."

Wf+6 446240

"Of those, only Mocking Wark and Weeping Sitar are actually crewmembers."

"I have all of the data I need. If you're interested if participating for personal reasons or simply want to contribute further, there's no reason to not let you, though. I've documented no side-effects or permanent effects at all."


Today you see a pretty pone with a very long mane.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446243

"I had a smith look at my mark.
He said 'it implies the merge of the marksman capabilites and the mastery of the elements.'"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446244

"I don't mind volunteering, and there is a slight ulterior motive, I suppose. Besides, this will help pay you back for the times you've stuck your neck out for myself, the doctors, and my sister."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446245

But I was trying to commune with a spirit, not look at the me in the mirror!
And I still have to catch Doc alone and talk about this.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446248

"And I suppose they will need to sign the necessary papers to become part of the crew, yes?"

Sateo [dd berserker] 446249

I'm probably on the eagle's nest somewhere

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446250

So where the fuck am I now?
Chip seems ded. Spring seems ded. Curry went off somewhere.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446251

And then time will splinter, and Curry is there as well.
"Ho there lad. What are you up to today?"
Technically I'm only in the near future talking with Abilio. I think Lemon might have fallen asleep/unconscious.

Spring Water [Doctor] 446252

I'm not ded at all. I'm waiting for Chip's response and don't dare run off again.

Wf+6 446254

"Very well then. The research is related to cutie marks, so I'll be using age magic. What is your graphical specialization notation for?"

But you are! She sings a plaintive melody.

Don't leave bobbing in the waves until November.
I am here. I am not going away.
Hey, if I was you, I might want me to go away too,
But what the hell? Do what you've got to do.

But don't leave me bobbing in the waves until November.
Until November.
Don't leave me bobbing in the waaaaaves. The waves.

"Interesting. I would assume that has to do with your catalytic revolver."


Sateo [dd berserker] 446256

I shrug "Not too much. Do ye need any help?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446258

I nod.
"Very well. I assume they will need to come see you for that? Or the Commodore himself?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446259

Sit down in front of the mirror.
That was beautiful.
Are you a singer?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446260

"I've a talent for combat on ships. Got it shortly after clearing one, and… well, this will sound odd, but I've always actually wondered what I would have gotten if I hadn't grown up the way I had."
"Not especially, Sateo. But a conversation doesn't hurt anyone."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446261

"Or rifle.
Any gun that is a cataclyst, really. I mean, y'know, I can't create ice or fire without a gun."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446262

"Is there a mark of failure?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446264

"If there were, I'm certain you would have discovered it by now with all your failed attempts at wooing miss Spring."
I'll give a small huff.
"Now keep to your own business."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446265

Can we at least jump to the future?

Wf+6 446271

"The former."

She smiles at you.

I am. Who are you?

"That's actually the subject of my research. Changing cutie marks. Emrille is the only recorded case I've ever heard of, and I'm quite well read. As I've already been able to duplicate old cutie marks under the right circumstances, I have focused all of my energy into studying how to change them. No luck so far, but if you really want, I suppose we can try."

"Right, right. I'll factor it into my research. Hm.
Actually… why don't you summon the Eye for me?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446273

I'm… A pony looking for redemption.
Looking for redemption in a mirror.
Call me Felfire.
What's your name?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446274

Actually chuckle.
"Maybe I should try your sister then.
She seems like a lusty whore anyway."

"…summon the what now?"

Sateo [dd berserker] 446275

I smile "Did spot ye tending a plant earlier?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446276

"It shall be done. Have a pleasant day, captain."
Good fucking GOD.
Where is Skylight? Find her.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446278

"If it's possible, it would be interesting. And if it doesn't work, well, then there's nothing lost."
"Tela would be heartbroken. Surely you wouldn't drive away the one mare you successfully caught?"
"Ah yes, the plant. I was tending it for the commodore, as an exercise. I was learning to speak to it, and have it speak back."

Spring Water [Doctor] 446282

Sateo [dd berserker] 446283

"Well, I talk to critters, but never thought about talking to a plant.. Did it say anythin' interesting?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446284

"One mare?
I'm not you. I'm pretty sure I had more mares in my life than you did, which is pretty embarassing for you, isn't it?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446285

And then suddenly in the future.

"Oh, hi mister Sateo!"
I wave to him.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446286

I'll be a moment until then, and depending on how things go, well, I might be different.
"It was rather crass, for a plant, but thanks to it I managed to not be left behind by the fleet when I went overboard. And you talk to animals? My old teacher could do that, but I never got the hang of it."
"Quality is better than quantity, Emrille."

Wf+6 446287

Great Aria. It's a little bit of a silly name, isn't it? It puts a lot on your plate when your parents name you 'Great'. Who does that?

She looks embarrassed, but in good humor about it.

"The Eye. The Eye of the fleet. Ruxiang, the Eye."

She's over at the sitting in the sun.

"Very well… anything in particular you want to try? Well, what are you good at, besides fighting on ships?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446288

"Miss Skylight, do you have a moment?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446289

"Oh they were fiiine, let me tell you that."

"Oh, Ruxiang. Why didn't you say that?
Right away."
Leave go to his usual hangout.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446290

Not really a problem when somepony is as good as you are. That song earlier was beautiful.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446292

"Well, I thought perhaps I could focus on my more nature-related talents. There are a few books related to botany that were requisitioned from the Darklantern, and I hoped that I might put my efforts into those. A mark in what I might learn could be useful."
I'll just roll my eyes as she leaves.

Wf+6 446294

She looks up, and opens her eyes. "What is it?"

He's in the nest. "What you want?"

She chuckles quietly, moving a hoof over her mouth.

You flatter me. But it took a lot of practice.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446296

"Abilio called for you."

Wf+6 446301

"I find most of the time cutie marks are obtained through action, not research. If you want to get your mark in something you don't already know, you could be a colt for a long time. It took Emrille, what, four or five days as a filly before hers appeared."

"Yeah, what for? He not a regular customer. Some of us have jobs to attend to."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446304

"He just fucking summoned you, and he has a job too, so let's get a move on."

Sateo [dd berserker] 446306

I nod "Its not too hard, but the animal's gotta be willing to listen, just like a pony."

Light Heart [Warlord] 446307

"I need you to do something for me, if you wish. To round up all my associates, including your brother, and bring them to captain Al-Jinn so they can be officially signed on as crewmembers."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446308

"I am in no real hurry, master Abilio. And, if you'll pardon me saying so, Emrille was likely quite easily distracted from trying."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446310

I believe you. Having tried to dive into music myself, I can tell how hard it is.
My last jam session didn't exactly go well.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446311

"Ah. I thought I was just not speaking loud enough. Ponies thought me mad for yelling at seagulls for years."

Spring Water [Doctor] 446314

Wf+6 446315

He groans and sticks out a hoof. "You gonna help a cripple pony up or what?"

She frowns. "I don't know about making any long-term commitments to be part of a pirate fleet."

"Very well, then."

With that, an aura of light surrounds you and you find yourself looking up at Abilio, no taller than Emrille. You must be about Summer's age, perhaps a little younger, because you don't have a mark now.

She smiles. They tell you it's all from the heart, but in my experience it's in the vocal chords. What happened?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446318

Roll my eyes and extend a hoof.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446322

I rub my forehead.
"You are welcome to decline signing up yourself. But as long as you are not an official crewmember, you will not have a hammock to sleep in."

Sateo [dd berserker] 446324

"Hello miss summer, how are you?"
I chuckle "ye probably had bad luck with that choice, might try something with more to gain, or more of a brain."

Wf+6 446327

She sighs. "I'll go look for the others."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446330

I'll look up.
"Well, here's a height I didn't think I'd ever be again… Hopefully I'll be back with something interesting, master Abilio."
And suprise, I'm a lot younger now.
"Probably. But I've got the time to think on it now."

Wf+6 446333

Maybe you should have had this conversation with Sateo in the past.

In any case, Skylight shows up, looking for you.

"Oh! You decided to help the Fullmaster with his experiment. Light Heart called for us."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446337

"Oh? Wonder what about."
But it's in Summer's future, which would also be Curry's future, and after he got shrunk down… stupid time travel.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446338

I smile at her.
"Thank you, miss Skylight. I would do this myself, but there are some matters that need tending to."
There, that's dealt with for now.
Goodness. Find Rosemary.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446340

Messed up with my flute. But really, it's my fault. I haven't been touching it since… I don't know, a year? More?

Sateo [dd berserker] 446343

Hm.. "ye could borrow Cheese if you want to try it, he doesn't get on too well with Monty anyway."

Wf+6 446348

Rosemary is out with Grey, skipping rocks off of the port side of the ship.

That's a long time. I wish I could tell you something like, 'dig deep, you never really forget', but musical atrophy is a real thing. But if you want to practice with me, you can any time.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446351

"I do appreciate the offer, Sateo, but I couldn't possibly risk one of your friends for my own curiosity. What if I lose him, or something happens?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446352

Trot over and sit down next to her.
"Miss Rosemary, I was wondering something. In regards to Stonebriar."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446353

You might need a body for that, Aria.
Want to give shadows a try?

Wf+6 446354

"Hm? What is it?"


What do you mean? she gives you an odd look.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446355

"Would you be willing to visit it again?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446358

What's the last thing you can remember, Aria?

Wf+6 446360

"I thought we were sailing to Dixie."

Singing that song. They left me behind, and I began to sink. And I guess they heard me and hauled me up on the ship, because I'm here now.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446364

"Indeed we are. But as you may remember, Master Abilio utilized portals to travel from inside the city gates to the fleet and back. I see no reason why we would not be able to use this very same portal again."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446368

Where you… Happy, before then?

Wf+6 446374

She gives a girlish giggle.

Happy? What is happy, anyway? But I can tell you, there's nothing that makes you feel more alive than the stage. Or makes me feel that way, anyway.

"But why? Isn't it a smoking heap of rock now?"

Sateo [dd berserker] 446376

"Cheese is a wise one, can get im'self back to me if there is any trouble." I look a little distant "But yes, ye could just find a critter of yer own that way ye could stay together." and the snap back to reality "I could help wit that." and then look you over again. "did ye.. shrink?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446377

"Possibly, yes. But I have to admit I am somewhat curious to inspect it. And I was wondering if perhaps you would be wanting to attempt to retrieve some personal belongings from the ruins."

Felfire [Necromancer] 446379

Am I alone in the room?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446381

"Helping out master Abilio with an experiment or two. Mostly on if changing cutie marks is possible in a reliable way."
I'll nod.
"And I would appreciate the help, though I'm going to take a bit of time to learn a few things before I focus on that. Now that I've the time to study, I can catch up on things that I missed out on while I was growing up. Or at least learn the lessons my teacher tried to pass on to me."

Wf+6 446384

No, Terrebonne and Peg are here.

"Well… okay. We can look around."

Sateo [dd berserker] 446386

I scratch my head "Aye, well. If ye want, I can tutor ye at the same time as those three colts. We usually meet up in the mornin' to train"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446389

I guess I'm slightly in the future after taking to Chip but not talking to Curry.
So where the hell am I?

Wf+6 446392

Skylight brings Curry and the others back to Light Heart.

She's carrying Curry on her back, who is a colt.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446393

Well damn.
Indeed, we should. But for now, I think it's better if you rest, Aria. It's been a hard day for you, no?

Wf+6 446395

On the Darklantern.

Yes… all that swimming made me sleepy…

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446401

"I know how to fight, no worries there. Though it might be fun to do."
I'll probably roll my eyes as we come up to the others.
"She wouldn't let me walk on my own."

Light Heart [Warlord] 446403

I smile.
"Excellent. We will ask mister Abilio then."

"Miss Skylight? … mister Curry? I asked to go check in with captain Al-Jinn, no?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446404

Let go of the connection.
Guess what, I didn't have the heart to tell her.
Look in the mirror.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 446405

Oh sod it. I don't know anything anymore.
'1d10' to find something interesting in this time period.

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 446407

"I thought you just told me to round them up, sorry. I guess I'll go see Al-Jinn, then…"

You see yourself. There's a theater mask on the ground, and you're searching for it, one hoof sliding about the floor, the other covering your face.

There are pirates in this time period. Everyone likes pirates, right?

Felfire [Necromancer] 446413

Well shit. One day I will have to learn how this thing works.

Hey Fervy, you know what I see in there?
I see a choice.

Wf+6 446414

What is it?

Light Heart [Warlord] 446416

I nod.
"See to it that you do. That way you will all be able to sleep in hammocks rather than on the hard floor. Not to worry, it will not take long."
I motion at Grey
"Oh and could you please be a dear and look after Grey while miss Rosemary and I go see mister Abilio? Mister Curry may need a playmate after all."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446418

I'll let out a somewhat loud harrumph.

Wf+6 446423

She levitates Grey Worm up next to Curry and trots off.

She waves and smiles. "Wanna play something?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446425

Light Heart [Warlord] 446426

I chuckle and head off with Rosemary to Abilio's office.
I'll knock on the door.
"Mister Abilio? Are you available?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446427

"What did you have in mind?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446431

First tell me something.
Were you around while the doc healed me?

Wf+6 446439

He sends you to the ground as he leverages himself up. "Thanks."

And off to Abilio.

No, you didn't summon me until after.

"Red usually wants to play tag but we could play I Spy while we ride."

You arrive. Al-Jinn inspects Onik who does a few gun tricks and gets approved.

"I have a minute. Come in, but be quick."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446441

Snarl a bit.
Off we go.

Felfire [Necromancer] 446442

Well, the choice is to go back to what I was, or to move on.

Keep looking at the mirror.

Looks like I'm afraid.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446443

"I was actually hoping to ask you about those gateways you used back in Stonebriar. Could they still be used to travel there right now?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446444

"That will do. Want to go first, or should I?"

Wf+6 446452

Light Heart is here.

"Yes, though doing it while the ship is in motion would risk not being able to find our way back."

Then don't be. Take heart.

"I spy something that starts with a C!"

Stein shows him the blueprints he's been working on and he is let in.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446455

"Is it a cloud?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 446456

Smile a bit.


Okay, time to stand up and rejoin the conversation and go in standby mode.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446458

I brought what you asked for."

Wf+6 446460

She frowns. "You're right! Are you psychic?"

Happy Puzzle displays some healing magic and is admitted.


"Ah, right. You're dismissed. I have some study."

Sateo [dd berserker] 446463

I nod "you'll be back to normal once ye find a new cutie mark?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446465

I tap my chin with a hoof.
"Of course… that makes sense. I should have realized this. It can wait then, in that case. Thank you mister Abilio, until next time."
Nod goodbye to him and leave.

And to her.

And now… hmmm…
"Miss Rosemary, do you think miss Puzzle is Discordian?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446467

"Nah. Lucky guess."
I'll look around for a moment.
"Okay, I spy something that starts with… a B."
"More than likely. Though I may request not returning to my full age, since a younger body will likely serve better than one that's getting over the hill. I think somewhere around 16 should be a good age."

Sateo [dd berserker] 446472

"Very odd.. how did this happen?"

Wf+6 446473

"Discordian? Hm… I don't know. It's hard to say for sure. I mean, you couldn't probably tell that I'm Celestial."

"Is it a boat?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446475

"Master Abilio has quite the range of spells at his disposal."
"Tch. Got it in one. Your turn."

Wf+6 446478

"This one starts with an S."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446479

"Of course you do…

Oh, and one more thing!
You've got my rifle, right? I might need it."

Wf+6 446482

Oh, right, and it's Skylight's turn, but she doesn't approach.

She turns to you, on her back, and says, "I'm not sure about signing us up to be Pirates."

Al-Jinn remarks, "I'm not sure about hiring deserters – especially when one isn't old enough to have a cutie mark."

Wf+6 446483

He tosses it to you, telepathically.

Oof! It's heavy.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446484

I let out a small laugh.
"You are as tender as one, although you lack the devotion. Still, I think you may have given me an idea."
Find Happy Puzzle.

Sateo [dd berserker] 446488

I frown "Still seems strange.." then I whisper "could move wood with a spell?"

Wf+6 446489

She's with the others, meeting with Al-Jinn.

Light Heart [Warlord] 446492

"Miss Puzzle, could you please join me for a moment? There is someone I want to go meet with you."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446493

"You don't have to sign up, Skylight. I can do the work for both of us."
And to Al-jinn.
"I'm older than I look, though I suppose you'd already know that."
"Seekkill tell you about that, too? I had asked Chip about it, but he doesn't seem to think too much about it. I had suggested we all go look for the moving hole together, and if you want to come along, that would be great."

Wf+6 446497

She skips along after you.

"I also know you're prisoners. I don't hire prisoners."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446499


Okay, take it aaaaaaall the way to the fort, and hopefully, to Stein, who's still there.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446500

"To be fair, the commodore doesn't care one whit whether I'm on this fleet or not. The doctors, however, he wants to stay. So as long as they're here, so am I. And joining this crew is the only way I'll make money. Perhaps, with enough, I'll be able to purchase their freedom from Light Heart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 446501

That rabbit. Itztzli or something, was his name. I need to find him.

Chip(DD knight) 446502

"Yes you are, just telling some basic facts in case it flew by.

I smile at this.
"You are fast growing up are you little Summer. Of course my bad my bad."

I then look at the two.
"I woujld like to talk,with you two afte ryou are done talking with Sir Albilio aye?"

Sateo [dd berserker] 446503

I nod "I'll ask Cheese if he knows anything, and any other critters I spot on board." I smile "I'll meet up with you three later."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446505

"Is it a seagull?"
"Thanks. And see you later."

Spring Water [Doctor] 446506

Sol left a while ago.

Wf+6 446516

He's not there.

He's on the Eagle's Roost.

"I'll sign you – for now. But if you stab us in the back, you'll never live to tell."

He passes you a form.

She shakes her head.


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 446518

And I guess I'll have the form. Huzzah.
And I'll think a little.
"Is it a ship?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 446521

He was there the last time too…
Approach him.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 446522

Go to LH's office then.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447000

Anyway, I will later find Zivur again and try to have a chat with him.

Hey, feeling better now?

Zivur [Spirit] 447001

B-Better than what e-exactly?


Felfire [Necromancer] 447002

Better than earlier. You sounded distressed.

Zivur [Spirit] 447003

… T-They were judging me…. t-they all hated me for b-being useless for t-them…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447004

Want to know the biggest news?
They were the useless ones.
Turns out it was all a farce.

Zivur [Spirit] 447005

….s-so I was u-used for their laughs?

Felfire [Necromancer] 447006

Nah. More like everybody in the room was too stupid to realize what the real threat was.

Zivur [Spirit] 447007

W-What was?
The I-Inquisition?

Felfire [Necromancer] 447008

Something similar.
Mind readers in the port before the Island of Roads. And antimages and witchunters.

Zivur [Spirit] 447009

I r-really really don't l-like those…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447010

Neither do I. And I don't like slaves, either. Which is the reason I will remain on the ship.

Zivur [Spirit] 447011

Y-You'll just stay here?

Felfire [Necromancer] 447012

Yeah. It's just a port, not like I am a normal pirate anyway.
My job is to bring ponies back, I doubt anyone will be bothered if I stay on the ship.

Zivur [Spirit] 447013

I-It is safer…


Felfire [Necromancer] 447014

Go ahead, talk. Don't worry.

Zivur [Spirit] 447015


Felfire [Necromancer] 447016

C'mon. I wanna know!

Zivur [Spirit] 447017

I-It's nothing, r-really!

Felfire [Necromancer] 447018

But what if I let you talk about it with Fervy?

Zivur [Spirit] 447019

… um, w-who?

Felfire [Necromancer] 447020

You know, Fervy. Fervored.
I know you have problems with mares, maybe he could listen.

Zivur [Spirit] 447021

N-No, no… i-it's not that…
It's ju-just…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447022

Okay, I will stay quiet here in the back and wait until you are ready to talk.

Zivur [Spirit] 447023

After ten or so minutes of silence, I'll speak again.

I-It's ju-just…
I r-remembered how I w-was always p-pushed into going e-everywhere instead of ju-just reading someplace…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447024

Hey, it's alright now.
Everything is over. Nopony will boss you around again.

Zivur [Spirit] 447025

Stay silent for a while again.
T-They weren't bossing me a-around…

T-They wanted me to e-enjoy myself…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447026

Then they were your friends, weren't they?

Zivur [Spirit] 447027

…Y-Yes, yes…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447028

And did you have fun, in the end?

Zivur [Spirit] 447029


Felfire [Necromancer] 447030

I will take that as a maybe.

Chuckle a bit.

What places did you see?

Zivur [Spirit] 447031

A-A few places… h-here and there…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447032

C'mon, you must have learnt a lot back then…

Zivur [Spirit] 447033

I w-wasn't that good, r-really..

Felfire [Necromancer] 447034

Good is such a relative thing.
Look at me. I fumbled that test on Tartarus entirely, made a real mess, and now found something else I am good at.

Zivur [Spirit] 447035

I w-was decent at raising and k-keeping corpses…

Felfire [Necromancer] 447036

And did your friends value you for this?

Zivur [Spirit] 447037

Felfire [Necromancer] 447038

Doesn't matter. Here, I will value you. Here, everypony will.

Zivur [Spirit] 447039


Wf+6 447055

Another shake. "One more try."

As soon as you approach, both Happy Puzzle and Itztli tense up. Itztli jumps to the ground, and Happy Puzzle combat-rolls behind a nearby wall.

There are a few tense moments of uncertainty as you stand directly between them, each taking cover, when suddenly a barrage of pies starts flying from either side.


"You wouldn't dare! We're on a ship!"


You knock, but there's no answer.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447057

Hey you know what I had to do?
Learn about Abomination.

Nopony 447058

"Anyone in there? Anyone?"

Wf+6 447061

You still need 1 skill point.

No response.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447065

"Fucking damnit…"

I guess I can wait there then.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447066

I should have expected this.
I clear my throat.
"Have the two of you met before, by any chance?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447068

So uh.
Where am I now?
I'm still confused over all the time shit that happens yesterday…

Wf+6 447070

You are blasted by a wave of confetti coming from Itztli's cannons.

"He's a Discordian!"

That's what happens when you let players split time, I guess.

You're where you were. You never said you wanted to move and we'll be sailing for another five days at least.

Chip(DD knight) 447071

Light Heart [Warlord] 447074

"That is correct, miss Puzzle."

Wf+6 447076

They finished talking to Abilio a while ago.

"He likes the bad kind of parties!"


Spring Water [Doctor] 447077

We have our books and we're on the fleet, pretty simple.

Spring Water [Doctor] 447078

I shrug.
"If you need us, sure, I guess."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447079

I tug on Spring's leg.
"So… what now momma?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447080

"Ah, I think I can see what is happening here."
I smile
"What a coincidence."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447081

"You wanna talk to us? About what, mister Chip?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447082

Alright. I have kinda nothing to do, so I will just lull about until Doc is free and alone again.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447083

Assuming this is happening in a place I can get to, I will be watching this.

Wf+6 447089


"Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time or war where every man is enemy to every man, the same is consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short! I thus argue not for the absurdity of absolute chaos or absolute order – but the happy medium. The modicum of sense and balance which brings joy!"

In your stalking about the ship, you come across Seekkill, who is observing some sort of pie war slash philosophical debate.

The pie-throwers break out into philosophy.

Chip(DD knight) 447090

I scratch my head.
"I'd like to talk about… how will I put this."
I close my arms together and raise an eyebrow.
"I'd heard rumors… rumors about how the two of you. that you miss land. The soil beneath your hooves and the free wind upon your hair."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447091

Perk up near him.
"What's going on?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447092

Well this is not headache-inducing at all.
"I am not so certain whether there is a difference at all, to be quite fair."

Wf+6 447093

They both poke their heads out to glare daggers at you.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447095

"Don't know."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447096

I chuckle heartily.
"That was a joke."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447099

Wave over.
"Hey, what is the rabbit up to now?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 447100

"Of course we do! We're prisoners!"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447101

I scratch my head.
"What are you talking about mister Chip?"

Wf+6 447102

"I'm out of ammo!"


"We should reconvene this war at sundown."


Itztli hops off, and Happy Puzzle comes out.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447103

"Religious quarrel between a follower of Discord and one of the Laughing one, it seems."

"Why sundown?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447105

"Serious gods for serious ponies…"
Chuckle a bit.

Tela [Spellsword] 447106

I'm here!
Although I'm not sure what I've missed.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447107

"You look good today, miss Felfire. Have you started using a new type of shampoo, by any chance?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447108

Give her a flat stare.
"Yeah, the kind that makes your wings grow back and your scars fall off."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447110

I chuckle.
"You simply must tell me the name of that brand. It sounds absolutely delightful."

Chip(DD knight) 447111

I approach closer to both of them.
"Rumors that the two of you have plans on going off ship."
"That you two have plans to escape."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447116

I'm clutching a rifle that is 2heavy for me in front of LH's office, waiting.

Spring Water [Doctor] 447117

I step in front of Summer.
"We reconsidered our stance."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447118

"Brand Doc Peg. Go ask him."
Eye her a bit.
"You yourself look younger than the last time we met.
Went to Abilio?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447120

I slowly back away.
"U- Uh… mister Chip, why are you walking closer to us? Y- You're scaring me…"

I duck behind Spring.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447121

I give her a curt nod.
"A younger heart is a stronger heart, miss Felfire."

Wf+6 447122

"Dramatic engagements always take place at sun-up or sun-down." She replies cheerfully.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447124

"Ah, that is true, yes."
I sit back slightly.
"I should have realized this sooner, but what can you tell me about the laughing one?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447125

Nod absently.
"Right, I remember. Stonebriar, it acted up. Nice pun."
"Oh, talking about divines?"
Sit there.
"This should be fun."

Tela [Spellsword] 447126

how adorable.
Walk up to you and snicker.
"You want some help carrying that, squirt?"

Wf+6 447127

"The Laughing One is the representative of Elemental Laughter. Sometimes, she chooses a champion to bear the Element of Laughter itself in the Elements of Harmony. She's all about cheering up ponies that are blue!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447128

"Just fucking take it already!
This shit is heavy like this!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447133

"Cheering up ponies through which methods exactly?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447135

Snicker and pick up her rifle.
"As usual, pegasi unable to lift for shit."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447137

I let out a relieved sigh.
"Did you fucking miss the fact I'm still the wrong size? I shoot with this thing, usually. I can handle the recoil mid-flight perfectly, you stupid cunt, and you get a vertigo from looking up."

Tela [Spellsword] 447140

"I could carry this thing even if I was the size of a foal, kiddo."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447141

"Could you fly as a foal, huh?"
Flutter up to her eye level to prove a point.

Chip(DD knight) 447142

Seeing her scared at my presence, I stop and step back a bit.
"Look, have you really considered your stance or even the situation you two are in? Many crew in this ship will find your absence incredibly irritating at best and at worst.. I cant say."
"What I am saying is that its a bad idea if you two do have plans on doing that."

Tela [Spellsword] 447143

"No, because I'm not a featherbrain like you are. And before you start boasting about flight, just remember that you're still a scrawny fuck no matter what."

Wf+6 447144

She gives you a very serious look. "By any means necessary."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447145

"Say the fat fuck."

Spring Water [Doctor] 447146

"We're still here, aren't we?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447147

Run a hoof over one of my legs.
"This is all pure muscle, Emmy. Sheer earth pony power."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447148

Time to investigate. Find that clever little mouse cheese.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447149

"I see. What made you decide to follow… this deity?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447150

"You made sure to pack a lot of ass muscle then."

Tela [Spellsword] 447151

I snort
"I know you'd kill for a flank like mine."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447153

"Like that?
The piece on Light Heart though…"

Tela [Spellsword] 447154

I roll my eyes
"She's a scrawny pegasus fuck like you. No meat on there at all."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447156

"But… we're prisoners mister Chip! Prisoners!…"
I sadly frown and look up at him from underneath Spring.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447160

"Oh, but the meat elsewhere, hmmm…"
Lick my lips.

Tela [Spellsword] 447163

"Do I need to punch you in the cunt?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447164

"I know you are new to this thing, but that's not how you do it.
Do I need to educate you in that?~"

Tela [Spellsword] 447165

"If you insist, I could shove my sword up there as well. Turn you into a filly popsicle."

Wf+6 447166

You return to your terrarium and swap out Monty for Cheese.

Just like old times.

She lifts up the corners of your mouth. "To make ponies smile, of course!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447167

"That's… all?"
I guess I can remove that one off of the list then.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447169

Glance around.
"I'm sure I can borrow the cat-o-nine tails, if you are into that kind of play, but I'm not."

Wf+6 447170

She frowns. "What do you mean that's all?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447171

"One can choose to follow a different deity or no deity altogether and still make ponies smile, no?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447173

"Let me tell you what that means.
It means the laughing one looks like somepony with a lot of time and nothing to do."

Tela [Spellsword] 447174

"Never tried that before. I can ask one of the officers to get me one to test on you."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447175

"Well wee bucko, thar be rumors of ships magically moving their own planks, I'd like ye to help wit investigating." I pet him slightly.

Wf+6 447176

"Well, most Elementals are actually Celestials. The Elements don't have their own spheres in the afterlife. Following an Element is like – a mode of being. A way of life!"

"What could be more important than making ponies happy? If you don't stop to enjoy life while you're still here, it wasn't worth living at all!"

Where should we start?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447177

"Oh, right, you tried the 'how many dicks can I fit in my orifices' trick, right?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447178

"So… this is not a purely religious matter? Interesting…"
But irrelevant to me. This wont help me at all.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447179

"Sounds like afterlife for your god is gonna be one hell of a party…"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447180

Where are you two?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447181

In front of LH's office

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447182

"Ponies see ship parts move?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447183

"No, I tried the 'How many annoying pegasus fillies can I stomp in ten minutes'.'"

No idea, I just found here

Tela [Spellsword] 447185


Wf+6 447186

"It's more of a lifestyle or philosophy than a strict religion…"

She smiles.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447187

"Uhh… hmm. Well, I can think of two things, so I'll go for the bigger one. The sky?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447188

"Ship parts. Holes. Ponies ever see those move?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447189

"Yes, it's called 'sailing'."

"Not so hard with that big of an ass, is it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447190

"I was unaware of that fact. If I recall correctly, Autumnsreach had temples dedicated to this laughing one."
Hmmm… I'd still like to talk to that rabbit.
Can I see where he hopped off to?

Felfire [Necromancer] 447192

"Yeah well, good luck with that. I'm going to a quieter place."

Tela [Spellsword] 447193

"Are you high?"

"I told you, strong fucking legs."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447196

"No. Parts that not move moving. Filly seen them?"

"Seekkill on ship with you."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447200

I look stumped "Not sure." I tap on the planks a bit looking for signs of movement, '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Wf+6 447201

"Nope! They were sails!"

Skylight has now started ferrying you about the ships in search of Light Heart. Eventually you find her.

"It's popular!"

No sign of him, though your followers have shown up. Grey and Curry are riding on Skylight's back playing some game.

"Should we go back to the room?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447202

"If you are seasick, go see a doc."

"Sure thing, Tela, sure thing."

Tela [Spellsword] 447203

I snort.
"Sounds like your head is kinda stuck in the clouds though, pal."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447204

I'll pout slightly.
"Well, shoot. Figures I wouldn't be able to see the forest for the trees. Well, I guess it's still your turn."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447205

Hmmm… what a shame. Oh well, some other time.
"That sounds reasonable. Did you complete your task, miss Skylight?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447206

"Not sick."

"Head not in clouds. Why you have fucking legs? Legs not for fucking."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447207

"If you mean signing us up to be pirates, I believe I'm the only one who took up that offer."

Tela [Spellsword] 447208

"Motherfucker. Why do you have to take all this shit literally?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447209

"I think he'll take shit literally too."

"You're pretty sick in the head though."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447210

"Seekkill never fuck mother. Seekkill not taking shit right now. What is lit-er-al-ee?"

"Seekkill say Seekkill not sick."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447211

"Oh? I must say I am surprised, mister Curry, I had not counted on that."
I shake my head.
"Rest assured that there was a reason for this display. Only crewmembers can acquire hammocks for free you see. I very much doubt any of you enjoy sleeping on the floor."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447212

"What if Seekkill is wrong?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447213

"Goddammit bird. Read a dictionary!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447214

"If necessary, Skylight and the doctors can have mine. I'll just sleep next to Mera's tub. Being smaller now, all I'd really need is a pillow or some bunched up cloth."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447215

"You think he can read?
Hell, I'm surprised you can read."

Wf+6 447216

The other followers other than Skylight confirm they agreed. Curry misspoke.

Skylight smiles. "At your size, we can share a hammock."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447217

"Seekkill know if Seekkill sick."

"Seekkill not know reading."

You are in LH's office, right?

Light Heart [Warlord] 447218

"Perhaps you can share one with miss Skylight."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447219

"I meant mental sickness."

Tela [Spellsword] 447220

"Shut up, Emmy."

"Well learn to then! It's not hard!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447221


"Pony want teach Seekkill?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447222

Do they have their papers? I'll have to hoof those to Marsh so he can get some hammocks.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447223

"Yeah! Not that hard!
Tela is almost finished with the abc now!"
Snicker a bit.

Tela [Spellsword] 447224

"Eurgh… Why me? I'm not here to teach class, for fuck's sake."

"Do I need to slap your shit?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447225

"I wouldn't want to impose…"
I'll hoof over my papers.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447226

"Wait until I'm a grown mare again, you impatient little shit~"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447227

"Seekkill only asking. What want touch filly shit?"

Wf+6 447229

They were given to Marsh via Al-Jinn.

She laughs. "I won't even notice you."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447231

Oh, that's handy. Bless those two.
"Now let us hope this will move quickly."
Time to gather everyone. We need to organize.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447232

"I'm not that small."
Which everyone? Doctors included?

Light Heart [Warlord] 447233


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447235

Oh boy, time for a party.
"Well, I guess I'll go look for miss Spring and miss Seas."
I'll hop down from Skylight's back.

Wf+6 447236

She follows you and helps you arrive at Summer and Spring.

Tela [Spellsword] 447237

"I'm older than you are, squirt."

"By 'slapping her shit', I mean just slapping her, wise guy."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447240

"Oh. Saying filly is like shit?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447242

I laugh
"Pretty much, yeah. The smelly kind too."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447243

"Oh fuck you two."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447245

And Mera's here too.
"Miss Spring, miss Seas, Light Heart needs to discuss sleeping arrangements with everyone."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447246

I guess I'll go find Seekkill.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447247

I wave to Mera.
"Hi miss Mera… who's that? Another one of the ponies miss Light Heart adopted?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 447248

"… Curry?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447250


"How filly fuck Seekkill and pony at same time?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447251

Mera was with you while I stayed behind with Abilio.
I'll nod.
"Yes. Thought I'd give master Abilio a hoof with his experiment since we're sticking around."

Spring Water [Doctor] 447252

I snicker.
"You look… adorable."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447253

"With that rifle's barrel up your ass."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447254

I scrunch up.
"That's… Curry?!"
I tilt my head a bunch trying to make sense of what I'm seeing.
"…Wha- but you- I… this is weird."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447255

"Ass not for fucking."

Tela [Spellsword] 447256

I snort, then start laughing loudly.

Wf+6 447258

You locate him with Tela and Emrille.

Mera rubs your mane with her hoof. "You're a cutie."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447260


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447262

I'll roll my eyes.
"Side effect, I'm sure."
"No weirder than when it happened to Emrille."
I'll blush a little at that.
"Am not."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447263

"Then you won't want to stick around for that, will you?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447264

I keep laughing for a while before dying down to giggles.

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447265

I frown "Uh, this a bad time?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447266


"Filly want fuck with rifle."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447268

I nod slowly "She's mad at you huh?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447270

"He just has a hard time understanding things."

Wf+6 447271

She nods. "Are so."

Spring Water [Doctor] 447272

I keep snickering as he denies it.

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447276

"But Emrille was younger than you… you were really old! And now you're younger than me!"

Spring Water [Doctor] 447279

"Oh Summer, don't say that! That's rude!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447280

"Filly always mad."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447283

"Bird always retarded."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447284

I'll just huff.
"Well, magic is a strange and wondrous thing."
"True, though. I won't deny that being almost 40 is fairly old to a ten-year-old. Just like how an 80-year-old pony would look ancient."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447285

"When are you gonna change back mister Curry?"

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447286

I look confused "What happened this time?"
to Seekkill "where did you see the ship move on its own?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447287


"Under deck."

Spring Water [Doctor] 447288

"So… what now?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447289

"Brain damaged."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447290

"Well, that all depends on some things. I'm going to see if I can't change my cutie mark, much like how Emrille did with hers. And even if I do make it change, I probably won't go all the way back to my actual age. I'd stop somewhere around 16 or so. That way I can keep up with you young folk."
"Now we head back to Light Heart to hear about sleeping arrangements and who gets which hammock."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447291

"Under which deck?"
"She be making fun at ye, talkin' down to ya."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447292

"Seekkill brain not damaged."

I think it's the necromancer boat?
"How filly talk down to Seekkill? Filly too short."

Spring Water [Doctor] 447293

"S-Sixteen? That's really young…"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 447294

I scrunch up and scratch my head.
"Sixteen?… That's… but that's too young! And you're really gonna stay… younger than me that long too?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447295

"I'll let you figure that one out."

Wf+6 447296

Is he the only one that saw it?

Mera ruffles your mane again.

Skylight nods and telekinetically lifts you back up on her back.

Skylight asks,

"Do you want to ride with Curry?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447298

"Well, if I'm going to help rebuild your clinic eventually, I'll need all the time I can get."
I'll shake my head.
"And if you think about it, miss Seas, I'm still technically older than you. I just look younger."
I'll roll my eyes a little.
"A lot younger, sure, but you get the idea."
I'll flail my legs a little as she lift me up, but then I'll just go with it, and sigh slightly. Then try and straighten my mane a bit. Constant rufflings will put it all out of order.

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447299

"Okay.. Ponies combine words to mean things other than what they be sayin. Seekkill should learn them.. uh.. maybe sateo can help?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447300


Sateo [DD Berserker] 447301

I nod "But we should check it out, seekkill has sharp eyes."

Wf+6 447305

You should find out if anyone else has seen it.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447306

Have I got my entourage gathered yet? Did everyone make it?

Wf+6 447308

You've got your followers, but not Skyly, Curry, Summer, and Spring, who haven't followed yet.

But since Sol left, really just Spring has to agree to come.

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447309

I nod "Sateo will try.."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447312

Well then.
"Thank you for answering my summons, everypony. Firstly,
in regards of your accommodations, all of you save from the non-crewmembers will soon receive hammocks to sleep in. As you may be aware, I have a cabin on the Sirocco to be used for just that. As you may not be aware, I have a room on the Darklantern as well. As such, I need to organize who will sleep where. Miss Rosemary, Happy Puzzle, Grey Worm, Onik and I will be residing on the Darklantern. The rest of you may use my cabin. I trust you will keep things clean in there."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447317


Chip(DD knight) 447318

"Which is good, I dont want to know what will Ms. LightHeart do if you two go around missing, nor do I want to participate in the hunt in case that did happen."

I fold my arms and just frown.
"Look, we all know your status but it will be better for you two if you won your freedom through hard work than running off. Who knows what will happen afterwards if you two did."

Wf+6 447319

Wark remarks pointedly, "Who's going to stay in the room all day and open the door for ponies?"

Spring Water [Doctor] 447321

Sol is gone.
I just huff at that.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447322

"You may keep the door open if you wish. If you do not, I can open it up for you if need be."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447323

I take a breath and think "Fuck don't always mean fucking in bed, it can mean they want to hurt someone, or they are mad at someone. "

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447324

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447325

I cross my arms and nod "Ahuh, and someone calling you stupid means they think they are tougher than you. Thar be many ways of callin' someone stupid: retard, dung brain.. All mean stupid. "

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447326

Wf+6 447327

They finally acquiesce and split up.

Spring Water
Summer Seas

Light Heart
Grey Worm
Happy Puzzle

Light Heart [Warlord] 447329

"Excellent. Now, for my second point. Are any of you familiar with Dixie, by any chance?"

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447330

"Yeah, that's all I can think of for now. did anyone else see that ship move?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447332

Wf+6 447337

There are a lot of shaking heads.

Mocking Wark grumbles something.
Weeping Sitar looks a little healthier than usual.
Stein looks distracted.
Skylight is carrying Curry on her back.
Happy Puzzle seems cheerful.
Onik has a neutral expression.
Rosemary looks interested.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447338

"I assume there's some terrible secret about Dixie that you're only now telling us, like that they sell children or something."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447339

I nod slowly "If ye find anythin' else ponies say confusing let me know n' I'll try to explain it."
"I'm going to take a look see if any critters saw it move" I whisper to you.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447341

"I want you all to be fully aware of a few things. First and foremost, your manners. Politeness is valued very highly, so do try to mind them to the best of your abilities."

"Unfortunately, slavers do not discriminate, mister Curry."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447343

"But there are slavers there."
I'll frown.

Wf+6 447344

There's a general murmur of consent among he crowd.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 447346


I retrun to the hold.

Wf+6 447347

You return to your nest in the hold. It is snuggly and cozy here.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447348

"Dixie is not located within Equestrian borders, mister Curry. Slavery is still legal there."

"Second of all, please bear in mind that Dixie's elite consists of mostly earth ponies. Unicorns are generally enslaved to work on the plantations, though there are exceptions, of course. Still, our resident unicorns have very little to worry about as long as they remain polite and do not cause trouble."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447349

head over to the necromancer's ship.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447350

My expression will get a little darker.
"And they probably have ways of keeping unicorn slaves, Light Heart. What will happen if we do end up causing trouble, or don't be polite enough to the wrong pony?"

Wf+6 447351

The Pillager's Fancy. You arrive.

Skylight and the other unicorns frown, but they are a relative minority among your followers.

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447353

go below deck and look around for a clue or critter '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 447354

You find a crow nesting in the eaves.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447355

I chuckle.
"Your concerns are understandable, but things are not quite as bad as you may think. It has been a while since I last visited it, so perhaps matters improved."

"Indeed, that was to be my next point. Because of the enslavement of so many unicorns, Dixie is quite famous for their anti-magic hunters. According to miss Felfire, they also have mind readers in their ranks these days. I advice you all to steer clear of trouble for that reason."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447356

try to get its attention '1d10' "Hello there."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447357

"Depending on how they treat them, I may decide to sequester myself in the boat, as that would be the easiest way to keep me out of trouble. Especially around mind readers."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447358

"I don't quite believe they are common and patrol the streets. There is no need to be quite so fearful, mister Curry. I will not allow any harm to befall my associates."

Chip(DD knight) 447359

I just frown at her still looking at me like that.
"Look, I may not look like it but I am a dog who has come to be fond of you two. Helped me countless times to stay alive if needed. Thats why I am here to warn you and Ms. Summer against the danger of… well escaping. Unless you bought it or is released thats fine and none of my concern."

Wf+6 447360

Wark remarks, "Dunnae sound too bad."

What do you want, little one?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447361

"That's not what I meant. What I meant was that, even though I'm much smaller than I used to be, I might still try something stupid if I see anyone being mistreated before my own eyes."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447362

"Does this ship.. do anything odd?"

Wf+6 447363

Odd is a relative term, isn't it, little one?

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447364

"yes.. but did you see it move, in an unusual way? Like the planks moving by themselves?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447365

I smile at him.
"I am pleased to hear you think so, master Wark."
Turn to the others.
"Any questions or complaints?"

"Ah, I see. I understand and share your concerns, mister Curry, but I also know that you are tasked to protect little Summer, which would be quite hard to do if you did such a thing."

Wf+6 447366

Only in the wind, little one.

Skylight continues frowning but doesn't say anything.

No one else seems to have anything to say.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447367

I'll grumble slightly, but stay quiet.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447368

"Miss Skylight, please do not hesitate to tell me what is on your mind."

"Is it not true what I say?"

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447369

"really?" I frown "I guess you don't have much reason to look at the floor, did you see a diamond dog come over here?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447370

"It is true, but… It's an unpleasant thought ignoring ponies I could help."

Wf+6 447371

Many diamond dogs work on your ships. I see twenty or forty a day, little one.

"It's just wrong to enslave ponies is all. Dixie is a Godless place that undergoes pagan rituals."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447373

"did you see one like [describes seekkill] come down here?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447374

"I share your thoughts on slavery myself, but this is simply how Dixie is. It has a culture of its own, untainted by the Equestrian horde. There is nothing I or any of you can do about this and I hope you will refrain from doing anything reckless."

Wf+6 447376

Based on the talons and feathers, your description sounds more like a griffon than a diamond dog, little one.

She sighs but protests no more.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447377

"I can try at least. On the bright side, since I look like this, so long as they don't have any mindreaders around they'll just assume I'm an unruly child that hasn't quite been broken in yet."

Sateo [DD Berserker] 447378

what seekkill's a griffon all this time? hahaha!
"Never mind that, did you see him, or what happened to him while he was here?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447379

"Thank you, miss Skylight. Understanding as always."

"A fair word of warning, if your behavior endangers the rest of us, I will be most displeased."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447381

I'll nod.
"I will do my best to restrain myself, Light Heart. And I do need to speak with you about something as well, after all this is settled."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447382

"Very well. The others are dismissed, that was all I wanted to say for now."
Once they've moved out of earshot, I look at you expectantly.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447383

"This regards the earlier talk about the doctors wishing to leave. I signed onto the crew hoping that, with the money made from that and perhaps the sale of a few copies of the books, I'd be able to buy their freedom. I know you aren't as easily swayed by coin as Emrille is, but I'm sure we can work out a deal of some kind."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447384

I really hope they want to come to your office so I can give Stein my rifle.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447386

I chuckle heartily.
"Mister Curry please. Any associate of mine is free to leave as they please, which includes you and the others as well. That's not to say it would not be most unfortunate to lose out on such talents, but such is life. As I said before, as long as you have clearance to leave the fleet from the commodore, I will not stop you. That is my word."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447387

"Hmm. Then perhaps it wasn't you who he mentioned having a special interest in keeping those two on the fleet."
I'll rub my chin a bit.
"Who else would want to keep the two doctors onboard the fleet, though?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447388

"I do not know."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447391

I'll just shake my head.
"Well, I'll find out eventually. Sorry for wasting your time, Light Heart."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447392

I nudge his cheek with a hoof and smile.
"Time enjoyed is not time wasted, mister Curry."

Borders Skewed 447393

I am close.

I know I am.

Take one of my strings


Pull myself up

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447394

I'll pout.
"What is with all of you treating me like a child? Skylight, Mera, miss Spring… Is it really that different?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447396

I chuckle.
"I believe it may have something to do with the sense of maternal instinct all mares possess. It is biological."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447400

"Not all of them."
I'll shrug.
"I just hope me being this small doesn't put my sister's sense of guilt into control. I think she might use this as an excuse to further try to make up for what our parents did so long ago, even though she doesn't owe me anything."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447402

"Perhaps I should shrink myself down as well to smother her anger towards me."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447403

"She's been trying to take responsibility for that ever since she found out we were related. I don't think it would work quite as well for you… nor do I think she'd be able to pry you away from miss Rosemary."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447405

"Hmmm… perhaps."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447407

"Well, I'll let you catch up to your… family? Considering you've adopted a filly, I suppose that's what I'd call it. Congratulations, by the way."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447411

I chuckle.
"Perhaps I am growing soft."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447412

"It's a good change, Light Heart. I can't say how you were before, as I wasn't here, but your eyes are starting to smile along with your mouth these days."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447414

"Exactly what are you implying?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447417

"When I first joined you all on the fleet, whenever you smiled your eyes never seemed to be smiling either. It was a cold smile, like a mask. Now? You actually seem happy when you smile. And I'm fairly certain adopting a child never crossed your mind, even in Autumnsreach."
I'll scratch my chin again.
"You just seem less… detached? Like you're caring about ponies in more than just in a professional relationship."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447419

I laugh and look around me for a moment to make sure nobody else is listening in.
"Not bad, Curry, not bad. You saw right through the act then, didn't you? Few ponies can do that. They always think I really am a stuck-up snob."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447423

"I'd hardly call it stuck-up, just… very polite. Overly polite in some cases. I'd pass it off as being raised in Dixie, since you said politeness is highly valued there, but it could also have stemmed from your business ventures. No one likes dealing with an angry mare, after all."
I'll shrug.
"I was just remarking on a change, though. A crack in the mask, so to speak. And I'm sure more ponies would be able to see, if they took the time to notice the small things."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447428

"Mind you, everypony in Dixie is like this. Well… they do have an accent that comes with it too which I don't have anymore, but that's besides the point. Still, it really drives you nuts after a while. Hell, it drove Emrille nuts at one point as well."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447430

"Doesn't everything 'drive her nuts'? Or do I just have a knack for it?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447432

"She has a short fuse, that's for sure."
I shrug
"I can deal with it though, I've met plenty of her kind back in the day. As long as she doesn't snap, everything should be fine."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447435

"Well, she snapped at me once already, and all it cost me was my front knees. Luckily doc Peg fixed them up, and Smitts forced her to behave. Now she's presented a truce, and so long as she keeps to it nothing should happen."
I'll chuckle a little.
"To be fair, after that little spat I had thrown her revolver as far as I could out into the sea. She had to ask Mera for help to get it back."
I'll take a seat.
"Still, if you're comfortable around me, or even Emrille, enough to relax and let the mask drop, go right ahead. Giving you a small haven of relaxation away from miss Rosemary and the rest of the fleet is something I can do in return for how you've helped me and the others."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447437

"She just couldn't restrain herself from resorting to violence, could she? Damn crazy mare…"
I snort
"And please, this isn't a mask. It's an act. I'm an actress, so it's what I do, what I'm good at. That said, the fact that you managed to see through it means it's pointless to continue the exercise. I might as well drop it completely now. I guess I had a good run with it."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447439

"A mask, a role, an act, it's all really the same. And considering only two of us have seen fit to call attention to it, we are likely the odd ones out. Though there are some, such as the commodore, who have probably seen and discounted the act. It might be a bit jarring for the others if you drop it all at once, though."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447443

"Smitts doesn't count, he cheats."
I smile mischievously.
"And I might as well make the most of it no? The reactions should be at least somewhat amusing. Amusing enough to make it worth it."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447446

"Should be."
I'll smile a little as well.
"So, I noticed you've acquired a few more for your retinue. Recent hires from Reptil? Don't suppose I can ask the name of that pegasus mare who'll be in your cabin, since I can get introductions from the others?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447450

"Onik? She's a curious one, I'm not really sure what to make of her. She owns some kind of… machine contraption she calls a 'motorcycle'. Stein is trying to figure out how it works and how to repair it. She also owns a very unique gun, I've never seen anything quite like it."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447454

"Curious. Perhaps one day I'll have the chance to speak with her. There are quite a few pirates I'm going to have to get to know if I want this crew membership to pay off without getting my hooves too dirty."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447458

"I've recruited another doctor as well. A worshiper of the laughing one who likes running around in a catsuit for some reason. I really don't know how much more crazy we can hold, but I like her."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447463

"Well, it takes all sorts, it seems. Was she the replacement you mentioned for Skylight?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447465

"Exactly. Anyway, time for me to move on. Enjoy your day, Curry."
Walk off again.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447467

I'll wave farewell for now.
And then wander off into other parts of the boat.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447484

And my wanderings lead me past Light Heart's cabin, where Emrille is.
"Isn't that gun a bit large for you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447486

Let's see how hard I laugh upon seeing him.

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447487

Falling over to the floor while tearing up hard.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447488

"Laugh it up, why don't you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447489

That's exactly what I'm doing.
Keep doing it for a bit too.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447492

I'll let her laugh for a bit.
"So is there any reason you're sitting outside Light Heart's cabin with an oversized rifle, or did you just hope to find something funny?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447493

I try to stop and help myself up by pulling up on the rifle.
"Oh… oh, hell…
Oh, wait, haha…
So what the fuck are you trying to achieve? Scoring better with Summer, huh?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447494

"No. I just thought I'd help master Abilio with his experiment, and see if I could change my mark."
I'll raise an eyebrow.
"And I don't see how this is much funnier than you getting shrunken down."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447498

"Because I'm cute and adorable.
Just start chortling again.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447499

"I've heard from no less than three separate mares that I am both of those things."
I'll roll my eyes.
"It's not as great as you make it sound."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447500

"They lied, probably."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447501

"If that makes you feel better."
I'll look at the rifle.
"So you can't possibly use that like you are now. Who are you here to hoof it off to?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447503

Grin as wide as I can and I think even my eyes will glisten.
"Once I'm a mare again, imagine this…"
Run a hoof across the golden, fancy cataclyst reciever part.
"A cataclyst repeater."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447505

"A cataclyst?"
I'll think a moment.
"Oh, a catalyst. So you can use your element shots with it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447507

"Yeah, right, that, you get it.
I used the word 'conductor' for the longest time but apparently that's not it.

Any yes, I can use my elements, but repeaters…"
Shiver as I think of the mere thought.
"Repeaters don't need to reload between shots.
Imagine the barrage of magical bullets I can unleash!"
Let out a vicious laugh.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447509

"Oh yes, because firing them one at a time is far too slow. Just imagine how many kneecaps you can take out at once with that."
I'll roll my eyes.
"I know you like guns, but I honestly think you're going a bit overboard on the reaction."
I'll sit next to the door.
"And don't laugh like that. It's unsettling."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447511

Flutter over him, still chuckling like that.
"OH I can do much more than just blowing out kneecaps… A rifle round is bigger and stronger you know…"
Tap his horn.
"An icy bullet here, followed by a fiery one?
OoH, that would make quite a mess, wouldn't it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447512

I'll frown a bit and rub my horn.
"Too bad we've got a truce, currently. I expect you to keep to it. Anyway, you hear about where we're going next?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447513

I frown as well, and land in front.
"Why must you be such a party pooper?
I had an awfully good time imagining shattering your horn. And with my saddle, no more pistol-throwing bullshit either. Not like a hornless unicorn could do it…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447514

"Because one of us has to be the adult. And you should rein in that bloodthirstiness. Even Tela will draw lines eventually."
I'll huff slightly.
"And there are still plenty of things a hornless unicorn can do."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447515

"Like curl up and die?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447516

"I'd still have my legs. My hooves. A spare catalyst if I'm smart."
I'll make a show of thinking for a moment.
"Oh yes, and that most important thing. Friends. Or at least comrades who would rather not see me dying in a pool of my own brain matter."
I'll frown at Emrille.
"What is the matter with you that you seem to spend your free time fantasizing how to kill ponies that mildly annoy you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447517

"Shooting stuff is pretty calming for me, y'know.
Especially if I shoot annoying shit."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447518

"There are healthier alternatives. Like exercises, stretching, that sort of thing. Sweat the anger out."
I'll shrug.
"Or if you're dead-set on using the bullets, set up a target range. Practice your aim. You don't have to threaten, or actually inflict, bodily harm on ponies just to make yourself feel better. Doing so just makes you little better than a rabid dog."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447519

"Those are boring.
And it's just a hobby anyway.
If only we had a reliable resurrectionist and a unicorn volunteer…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447520

"A shame the only one costs a doubloon each time and there are no volunteers."
I'll shrug.
"Felfire's getting there, but I'm sure she'd charge as well."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447521

"Maybe you should help her practice?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447522

"Ha ha. Unfortunately for you, I'm going to be staying this size for a while. And I do believe that would violate the terms of our truce."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447523

"Not if we agree about it before.
You did promise to be more useful."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447524

"I also assumed I would be staying alive. And I believe we had agreed mostly on mutually ignoring each other save when the situation demands it."
I'll shrug.
"Besides, even if I was that self-destructive, I'd still charge you five doubloons a shot. Even if you miss."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447525

"Nice try, but even the satisfaction of blowing your brains out isn't worth that kind of money.
Or any kind, really.
Why pay for it when you can get it for free?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447526

"To stay in the good graces of Light Heart, who has at least half the healers in the fleet in her pocket?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447527

"You still think she likes you better?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447528

"She likes miss Spring and miss Seas better. And so long as they're happy and not causing trouble, she's happy. Me being killed repeatedly for your own amusement would make the doctors unhappy, and by extension make Light Heart unhappy. I'm not saying it's foolproof, but there is a very obvious chain of consequence."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447529

Roll my eyes in annoyance.
"Everything makes those bitches whine, all the fucking time."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447530

"They seemed to find my appearance amusing, at least."
I'll shrug.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447531

Smile at him.
"Yeah, I like your new smile."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447532

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"But I haven't smiled yet."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447533

"Well, I'll like it when you will.

It will give me something to aim at."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447534

I'll roll my eyes again.
"You really need to grow up, Emrille."
I'll stand.
"You're, what, twenty-something? Isn't it well-passed time you lost the itch in your trigger hoof?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447535

Tap the rifle with a wing.
"It's more fun to pull the trigger with a wing, if a bit tricky while flying, y'know."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447536

My eyes will threaten to roll out of their sockets at this rate.
"It was a figure of speech. Anyway, I'll just leave you here to wait for Light Heart to come open the door. She's the only one who can, if there's no one inside, apparently."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447537

"Yeah, just like with Abilio's."
"Go on, give her a good small scale dicking, I'm sure it'll be something new for both of you.
Maybe it'll cure her of her chronic condition of being a little bitch."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447538

I'll shake my head.
"You're a crass little harpy, aren't you. I'm sure Tela's pleased to no end with her 'prize,' though I question her taste in mares."
And with that, I'll set off wandering the ship again.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447539

I'll add this before he leaves.
"And that's still one score more than you achieved in your whole life!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447540

"You say it like it matters!"
Keep walking.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447541

"You don't know that you're missing out on!
A taste sweeter than anything else…"
Let out a long laugh.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447542

Then add.
"Oh, I didn't spoil the surprise, did I?
Don't worry, I'm sure Summer will be bitter anyway."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447543

I'll stop for a second, then turn.
"At least I don't have to resort to slipping love potions into their drinks to get a mare's attention!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447544

"Mhm, you just rape them as they are?
Are you suggesting I try that with Spring then?
I'll tell her it was your idea."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447545

"What in all of Tartarus is wrong with your head? Do you honestly possess no other way to talk to anyone?"
I'll sigh in disgust.
"Tela must be insane."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447546

"Maybe I'm just fucking with you.
Y'know, you don't talk to a doormat like it was an expensive rug.
That'd make no sense."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447547

"It'll be better for everyone involved if you just stay on the ship while we're in Dixie. I hear they value politeness, so your mouth would get us all in chains in a twinkling."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447548

"Fetching you for a good price is a pretty good idea, actually…
And take Summer too, since the whole 'protector' business and whatnot.
See, pure profit!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447549

"Have fun losing three healers in one insult, then. Because they would take miss Spring and my sister as well. Paired with their mind-readers and anti-mages, even you'd be nothing more than a filly with an ill-fitted gun. I'm sure there's a market for your type. And I doubt the commodore would care too much about leaving you behind."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447550

"See, this is exactly the kind of shit that makes me hate your guts.
You can't be happy for anything.
Most importantly, me."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447551

"I can be plenty happy if I have a reason to be. And I don't much care for your sense of humor. As we've seen already."
I'll shake my head.
"I don't even know why I bothered to talk to you."
Turn back around and just start walking.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447552

"Because deep down, like how a dog loves it's master, you love me too~"
Let out a crude laugh again.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447553

I'll shake my head as a I walk away and grumble to myself.
"More like I keep having the idiotic idea that she'll act her damn age for once. Or at least act according to her station as an officer."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447554

Lean against my rifle.
"You've yet to prove yourself in anything, really."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447555

And I'm gone, out of earshot and out of sight.

Tela [Spellsword] 447560

I guess I'm walking around somewhere for some reason at some point.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447563

And I'll be walking along as well.
"Ahoy there."

Tela [Spellsword] 447569

I jump backwards in surprise.
"The fuck!? Why are you so little!? Is it contagious!?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447570

Want it before or after?

Tela [Spellsword] 447572

I don't care.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447573

I'll smile a little.
"I'm afraid so. It's only a matter of time before we're all a fleet of children."
I'll wave my front hooves a little in a spooky motion.
"Honestly, though, I'm just helping master Abilio with an experiment. Seeing if I can't change my mark."

Tela [Spellsword] 447574

"Ugh… More of that shit? I had to help him like that as well, but nothing came from it. It's a waste of time if you ask me."
I snort and look down on him with a mocking smirk.
"But what a cute little colt you are."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447576

"There, you see, Emrille didn't believe me when I said I kept getting called that. She just laughed until she lost what little dignity she may have had."
I'll shrug.
"But yes, for the time being I'm this size. Still older than you, though."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447577

Eh, sometime then.
"We should totally do something today. I won't have my guns so I'll be bored to shit."

Tela [Spellsword] 447578

I pick you up and hold you up in the air, still smirking.
"You don't look so old to me, kid."

"You wanna wrestle?"
I take on a stance.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447579

My legs will flail a little as she picks me up.
"Ah right. I keep forgetting that everyone can just do that."
Can I wriggle out of her grasp? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447580

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447581

Give her a deadpan look.
"That'd be pretty unfair."


I snicker and throw you up in the air, then catch you again

Roll #1 5 = 5

Tela [Spellsword] 447585

"Come on Emmy! I bet you got some smooth moves! Let's dance!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447590

Well, not much height.
"Well, you certainly seem to be enjoying yourself. Emrille doesn't play along?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447591

"I've got other type of smooth moves."

Tela [Spellsword] 447593

I laugh
"She gets too grumpy when I laugh at her."

"Show me your moves then, squirt! En garde!!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447594


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447595

"Tell me about it. Anytime I say her hat's silly she practically pulls a gun on me. And her sense of humor leaves a bit to be desired."
I guess I'll just sit here being held for now.
"So, I've got to ask. Why Emrille?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447596

I laugh at her
"Fiiiine. Some other time, I guess."

"Whatcha mean?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447598

"You really only have muscle in your head too, don't you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447599

"Well, she's violent, foul-mouthed, short-tempered, short-sighted, and obsessed with money and guns. There had to have been better prospects for a mare like yourself."

Tela [Spellsword] 447601

I roll my eyes.
"Back to insults, are we?"

"Ah fuck."
I look away.
"… Did she tell you about that already? Fucking whore…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447606

"I'm just waiting for you to register I'm a bit frail now.
Maybe once I'm a mare again, and even then you know you are stronger."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447607

I'll roll my eyes.
"You'd have to be blind not to see it, really. Most of us could tell you two were more than friends after watching you go at each other."
I'll hop down to the floor, and take a seat.
"And she wanted to have a little 'breaking it off' lunch with Spring that never happened because she was late. Though it was never 'on' to begin with, to my knowledge. Perhaps she just wanted Spring's approval on finding a mare willing to keep her."

Tela [Spellsword] 447608

"Aw, how sweet of you to admit that. Does that mean you feel safer when I'm around?~"

Keep looking away.
"… Yeah she told me about that."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447611

"Yeah, you make pretty good cover as a meat shield."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447613

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"You're certainly a lot shyer about this than Emrille is. It's actually quite cute."

Tela [Spellsword] 447616

Pull her a little closer.
"Don't worry, Tela will keep all the mean ponies away from my little Emmy wemmy~"

I perk up and stomp a hoof angrily.
"Watch your tongue, asshole! I'm not the one who looks like he can't even piss straight yet!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447620

"There we go, now that's the Tela we all know and love."
I'll chuckle a little.
"You still haven't answered my question, though. Why Emrille?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447622

"I ain't paying for it!
You're doing it for free!"

Tela [Spellsword] 447627

I blink, then sort and relax.
"That's a stupid question."

"For a little cutie like you? 'course I am."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447629

"Probably. But it's one I don't really get the answer to. What do you see in that oddly-dressed pegasus that makes you love her?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447631

Pat her head.
"That'a girl!"

Tela [Spellsword] 447632

"You know how long the two of us have known each other, kiddo?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447635

"A good long while, most likely."
I'll look at her deadpan.
"And don't call me kiddo, I'm still older than you."

Tela [Spellsword] 447641

Give her a noogie in return for that.

"Well then, squirt, lemme tell you something. When I first met Emmy, she was a cocky little cunt who thought the world was her oyster because she had a gun. I knew she'd get her ass killed that way, so I took her under my wings, so to say. Fast forward a few years and she's still a cocky little cunt, but at least she has enough skill to not get her ass horribly killed. So yeah, when you go on near-suicide missions together, you tend to create bonds. Strong bonds."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447645

"I'd say she's more of an arrogant blowhard, but go on."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447646

Stop that!"

Tela [Spellsword] 447647

Fuck, this is where this shit gets embarrassing.
"Turns out Emmy had an eye on me first. So one day, after a nasty fight, she walks up to me and kisses me right on the mouth, without any warning."

"Or what?~"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447648

"That does sound like something she'd do. I take it it didn't go too well since you two didn't get together until recently."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447649

"I'm an officer!"
Speak in a fake grizzly voice.
"I'll make ye' swab me poodeck with yer tongue!"

Tela [Spellsword] 447650

"I guess she was so overjoyed that we survived that she didn't give a shit. But I did. I kinda got mad, tried to punch her and ran off. By the time I calmed down, I lost track of her."

I snort
"I also think it's past bedtime for little fillies."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447651

I won't say anything, but nod for her to continue.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447652

You just want to take me to bed and do nasty things to me, don't you?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447653

"So… yeah… I guess after thinking it over and missing out on her I came to realize some things. By the time I found her again, years had passed. And then she became a fucking filly."

"I'm not into kids like you are, pervert."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447654

"I can't imagine that was a pleasant surprise."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447655

"I remember you smooching one~"

Tela [Spellsword] 447656

"What the fuck do you think?"

"Speaking of that, how about you turn back into a mare already, huh?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447657

"I'm working on that!
I'm hurrying Abilio as much as I can!"
"You really want it, don't you?~"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447658

"Considering you've traveled all that way to confess your feelings, her being in a child's body would be a terrible shock."
I'll shrug.
"And ever since you've been mustering up the courage to actually say the words, and then it all happened in Reptil?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447659

"Wrestle with you? Fuck yeah."

"Eh… Summer kinda pushed for it. I was gonna wait… until she turned back into a mare."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447660

"You know what I meeaan~"
Flutter next to her muzzle and lick her cheek.

Tela [Spellsword] 447661

I wince.
"It's still creepy when you look like this, you know."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447662

"But by then it could have been too late. I was starting to worry she'd go to some extreme length to get miss Spring to look at her romantically, filly body or no."
I'll look up and down the hallway for a second.
"I'm even convinced the aphrodisiac she picked up in Reptil was intended for her, before you confessed."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447663

Snicker at her reaction and land on her back to sit down, near her neck.
"Mhhhm, go on~"

Tela [Spellsword] 447664

"… Wait what? Aphrodisiac?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447665

"Or something. Miss Seas was convinced that Emrille was going to drug miss Spring at that little lunch they would have, and that's when she pulled out the bottle of odd pink liquid. She said it was intended for you, but I don't know if that was before or after we found her out."
I'll shrug.
"Ah, and don't tell her I said anything about that. She's getting her guns modified to fire more bullets at once, so I'd rather like to keep my kneecaps this time around."

Tela [Spellsword] 447666

"Go on with what? I just told you, it's creepy like this. Simple."

"Uh… What is aphrodisiac?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447667

Nibble at her neck.
"Shh, I know you want it~"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447668

"To my knowledge, aphrodisiacs are things that can arouse ponies just by drinking or eating them. I could be mistaken, though. Most of what I heard of her yelling match with miss Seas about the perils of drugged food centered around 'spicing' things up. So I might just be making assumptions on what she had."

Tela [Spellsword] 447669

"I swear, if you bite me for real, I'm going to shaft your cunt with my sword."

"What the fuck? You mean like drugs?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447670

Snort and flutter in front of her.
"You're no fun."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447671

"Or herbs, or just particular type of juice. There are a lot of types, from what I've heard. You'd be surprised at how often the Autumnsreach merchants would try to sell their 'mystery marriage aids' out of earshot of the Celestials."

Tela [Spellsword] 447672

"You're the one who doesn't want to wrestle!"

"Yeah well, she better not start using that shit. Fuck herbs."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447673

I sigh.
"Okay, let's go through this again.
Earth pony adult.
Pegasus filly.
You got all that into your tiny brain so far?"

Tela [Spellsword] 447674

"I'll go easy on you."
I smirk
"Well, easier than usual."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447675

"Anyway, moving onto other topics. You ever see parts of the ship move? Belowdecks and without any reason for doing so?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447676

Flutter down to the ground…
Then try to trip her!

Roll #1 9 = 9


"What? No."

Mother of fuck. Grab her and force her down before she can do that

Roll #1 1 = 1

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447678

"Seekkill's seen things moving, and I volunteered to help him look around for what might be doing it. Mister Chip and Sateo are going to help out as well, since they work around the ship, but I feel that a fifth member of the troupe would balance things out a bit."


"Fuck! You little slut!"
Get back on my hooves and grab that little shit!

"Hold on, why would I give a shit about this again? I'm a merc, not a goddamn janitor. Besides, that bird is fucking crazy. He was probably drunk or something."

Roll #1 10 = 10

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447680

Abort, abort, fly up, all the while laughing!

Roll #1 6 = 6

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447681

I'll shrug.
"It seemed to spook him. And he believes spirits, so that might be it. And I just thought I'd offer."

Tela [Spellsword] 447682

I hold you in a tight grip.
"You better calm the fuck down, or I'll snap your neck!"

"Yeah thanks, I'll waste my time chasing spirits."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447683

"The fuck would you do that for?
You wanted to wrestle!"
"Not my fault you faceplanted."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447684

"Well, the spirits you chase are easy. They all live in bottles."
I'll grin a bit.
"But I'll let you get on with your day."

Tela [Spellsword] 447685

"It'd be so easy too. I could just break that frail little body of yours with my bare hooves."
Let go, drop her on the floor.

"The fuck is that supposed to mean?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447686

"It means you'll be drinking instead. Spirits are another term for alcohol. Booze."
I'll just wave off the missed joke.
"I was trying to be funny."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447687

Flap wings to land.
Hopefully gracefully, and not face first.

"Fucking great for you then!"

Roll #1 8 = 8

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