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PirateQuest: Chapter 5.2: Trifling Affairs Wf+6 447688[Last 50 Posts]

A few days have passed under favorable winds. It's early morning now, and the fleet cruises through a misty morn, less than 24 hours from making port at Dixie.

You wish you were in Dixie, hurray, hurray!

Felfire [Necromancer] 447689

I kinda had to chat with Doc.
And do those sessions with Marrowbone for the Soul Catalyst.
And learn about the fusion of flesh and soul from Doc!

Light Heart [Warlord] 447690

Where was I?

Sateo [DD berserker] 447691

I bet those colts are training hard. But did we ever figure out the mystery of the moving ship?

Tony [Trickster] 447692

>implying I want to be in Dixie

Get on deck. What's going on? Anyone interesting like creepy card gamblers? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Chip(DD knight) 447693

Lets just assume Summer and Spring got my message back then.

Perhaps stare at the city from the deck, what activities are happening in the port right now?

Wf+6 447694

You've been doing those! But you better go to the last session this morning.

You had organized your followers into cabins and had an uneventful week.

After that blossoming karak posing as a crow flew away, you found no more clues about the ship growth.

As for your proteges – they've been slacking ever since Red stopped showing her face around them.

No, but over the past week you did see that diamond dog from the burning beach a few more times. Where'd he get to?

Wf+6 447695

You're a full day away, you can't see the port.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447696

Oh right. They're all settled in and happy then? Excellent.
I'd like to try and speak to that Rabbit again.

Chip(DD knight) 447697

Well dang it.
Perhaps go and find Curry or Seekkill.

Tony [Trickster] 447698

He is around here?
Look around for him '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Felfire [Necromancer] 447699

Off to meet him then! On his cabin, right?

Sateo [DD berserker] 447700

How odd.. Well, I guess I will go see if any of the crew is about.

Chip(DD knight) 447701

>not online.
Well, alright perhaps check the Eagle's roost for repairs and such.

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

Wf+6 447702

You hunt down Itztli in the early morning hours without Happy Puzzle.

You find him lurking near the bow.


You use your dog-like nose to hunt down into the shadowy depths of the Darklantern.

Hm… you had the scent, but the trail seems to disappear here.

In his cabin, not on it. When you arrive and knock, he opens the door and lets you in.

You are as prepared as you will be. Certain reagents will be required to work the Forge, as I outlined earlier. It will be easier to acquire them if you go into town, but I don't care what means of procurement you utilize.

He hoofs over a list of reagents you spent the past week learning about.

It's quite early in the morning, so it's mostly just the menials about right now. Still, you see their figures moving in the morning fog.

It's quite dark as the sun has not yet risen, but you find some knots you can retie to make them stronger.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447703

Okay, go through the list once more, see what it is.

Chip(DD knight) 447704

Well if thats the case, perhaps get some sort of light and get something to eat and drink for me and Nurse Heart.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Tony [Trickster] 447705

They are very discrete guys those gamblers.
What does this area look like?

Light Heart [Warlord] 447706

"Good morning… Itztli was it, yes?"

Sateo [DD berserker] 447707

I guess I'll just wait for the sunrise, its very nice to meditate on. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Wf+6 447708

The most simple are the glowing things. Ground fireflies, kobold iron, phantom mushroom, and Belial's Element. More complicated is the memory. You'll need to offer up a memory which – according to the texts – "fragmented your soul" – which must be trapped in a mirror. You'll also require one cup of blood and a phylactery forge burning at extremely high temperatures – which can be induced with magic, or through a special type of compressed coal gemstone called Jet.

Like most areas belowdecks on the Darklantern, it is extremely dark here, you can hardly see a thing. This is not only a function of poor lighting and the early hour, but primarily as a result of the fact that the Darklantern is made from black and very dark wood.


Normally, yes, but the anticipation of arriving in port tomorrow is making it hard to focus.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447709

So about those guns

Tony [Trickster] 447710

Huh. And smell fails as well…
"Anyone here?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447711

"My memory serves me correct then."
I look him over.
"I must admit you are the first rabbit I have a conversation with. It is an unusual sight but… I suppose that comes with being Discordian."

Wf+6 447712

"The three returns."

A voice calls out from the darkness. From where, you do not know.

It turns out Onik wasn't in the room or at The Fort because he was with Light Heart at the time. Anyway, he's been working most of the week on those guns.


Chip(DD knight) 447713

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447714

And was Stein done with my guns?
That's what matters.

Wf+6 447715

The larder is locked up this early, but there's some hot stew being shoveled out on deck. You stop by and pick up a bowl.

You'll have to investigate.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447716

Find fucking Stein then!

Felfire [Necromancer] 447717

How quaint.
Better yet, I can't go into town at all seeing what's waiting there.
"Is this all?"

Chip(DD knight) 447718

Get two bowls and get some stew before heading back to my room. Wake up Nurse Heart in the process.

Groves 447719

"The changer? I suppose that is one way of calling him."
I chuckle.
"And yet, I cannot help but wonder how someone like you ended up as a follower."

Tony [Trickster] 447720

"I've never been gone, really.
How do you like the ship?"

Wf+6 447721

Yes. Some assembly is required.

He's tinkering in Light Heart's room. The door hangs open.


She yawns at length. "It's early…"


"It's dark enough. Darker than the other ships."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447722

How are things coming along?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447723

What of the memory. How am I supposed to extract it? I doubt I will be able to bring the focus to you in secret.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447724

"I see. No story to tell then? Very well, but do you believe I, too, have a spot in his realm?"

Chip(DD knight) 447725

I look at the hot bowl of stew and look at her, I then scratch my head in embarassment.
"What am I thinking."
"Anyway I would advise you eat it before it gets cold." I then sip the broth of mine.

Tony [Trickster] 447726

"I didn't think you'd like the dark. Doesn't that make it hard to see the cards?"

Wf+6 447727

It's very early in the morning. ZZZzzzzzzz

No answers.

I'll assume you said that out loud.

If you specify the memory, I can extract it directly.


She chows down, but dozes off before she finishes.

"Do you recall what time we met?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447728

"Yet some must have more potential in them than others, no?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447729

Yeah right, I went on muscle memory for a second there.

"I will have to think about this. And what on Tartarus is a Belial and where can I find one in a town like Dixie?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447730

If only I had a gun to fire in the air!

Poke him or something.

Chip(DD knight) 447731

Clean her mouth before standing up and return the bowls to the cook.
Perhaps check on Topaz, is she awake?

Tony [Trickster] 447732

"It was late in the evening. But I don't remember it being dark. I saw very well."

Wf+6 447733


I had assumed you would be familiar with Belial, the Tartarian overlord and father of innovation. The element does not have a literal connection to Belial, it is only named after him. A miner or a forge worker might be able to help you identify it, but it is very poisonous and glows in the dark.

Stein groans. "Ach… vat izzit?"

Wark pegs you with a boot. "Go back to sleep."

It's early morning and the hold is locked, so you doubt it.

"A trick of the dark."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447734

"What would I need to do? I am aware that mister Tony is a follower as well, but I am not quite so sure what it is he does for Dis- the Changer."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447735

"I gave up on tartarian for the time being…
Great. I will start gathering the ponies needed for this stuff."
And with this, I'm off.
Is Light Heart awake already?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447736

Ignore the boot.
"Daytime's burning.
We'll be in Dixie soon, I need those weapons, and fast."

Chip(DD knight) 447737

Well nothing it appears then.
Perhaps find Sateo.

Wf+6 447738


Menials direct you to the Eagle's Roost.

"Itz not day! But… most of ze order is done. Just ze custom job left."

Your quest takes you to the Eagle's Roost, where you find him meditating.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447739

Toc toc.

Wf+6 447740

You find her talking to Itztli.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447741

I groan.
"And the custom jobs will be ready when?
Y'know, I really fucking need those to function properly"

Tony [Trickster] 447742

"Good trick."
I get out my pack of cards.
"I've been to the Lucky 39. Heard some pretty interesting about gambling."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447743

"I see… I assume the followers of the laughing one are one of your greater rivals?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447744

Wait here, leaning against a wall.

Wf+6 447745

"Ze need assembly. Will be ready by tomorrow. Now go to bed you little hellion."

"Nothing too crazy, I hope."


Light Heart [Warlord] 447746

"Would I?"

I glance over at her and give her a polite nod.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447747

Nod back.
"Take your time. It's about Dixie, I need a favor."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447748

"How many days was it?
I need them ready today!"

Tony [Trickster] 447749

"I've seen worse during a few Discordian sermons.
But I have to admit knowing the future and just pretending like you don't, whatever happens, must be pretty tough on the so-called mind."

Chip(DD knight) 447750

Can I approach him?
Or is ande offline?

Wf+6 447751

He regards you for a time.


"Five days. Zere are a lot of guns. Very precise, artisan cuts. Ze hard part is done, just put it together yourself if you are so busy?"

"I'm not sure if I buy it, but it's an interesting practice."

I think Andelia is here…

Tony [Trickster] 447752

"You're not one of them?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447753

I chuckle.
"Well… I will keep what you told me in mind. Perhaps even follow up on it. That was all, have a nice day."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447754

"If it is so easy, what's holding you from just putting it together right now?
Then you can go back to sleep, and everyone is happy."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447755

"Great. Got a moment now? I might need a favor, seeing how I can't go into town and all."

Light Heart [Warlord] 447756

I raise a brow.
"You will not be joining us, miss Felfire?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447757

"Did you miss the part where mind readers and witch hunters were at large in town?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447758

"They are used to keep slaves in check, miss Felfire. As long as you remain polite and do not make a nuisance of yourself, you will be fine."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447759

"Shut up you little harpy! Is it so hard to be patient this early in the morning?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447760

I've heard from a resonably safe source that they are not too picky when it comes to necromancers."

Wf+6 447761

"Not formally. It was a nice place to spend time, if nothing else."


He departs.

Wark: "Keep it down you miserable git."

Stein: "Put it together yourself or come back later."

You feel a tap on your shoulder. "I'll help you put your gun together! And then we can play?"

It's Grey Worm.

Red hops down next to her.

Tony [Trickster] 447762

"But you do know how to interpret the cards? So I take it you don't agree with their philosophy about it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447763

"You shut it or I'll try it out on you."

"For fuck's sake…
Where are they and the prints for them?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447764

"I would like to believe that as long as you do not openly practice, you should be fine. But very well, I can see you have made up your mind on this. What can I do for you?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447765

"It'd almost be preferable to your incessant caterwauling."
Guess I'm up now, though. Roll out of that hammock and hit the deck, then rub the sleep out of my eyes.
"You've waited almost a week anyway, what's a few more hours?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447766

"You can't understand.
I waited long enough as it is."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447767

"A few components. Mostly, metals. Kobold iron and Belial's Element.
Since you are from the city, I'd assume you know of a place where they can be purchased, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447768

I'll roll my eyes.
"And I waited twenty years to see a hydra dead, you don't see me complaining. It's not like you aren't in a hurry to get older anyway. As long as you have it before we make landfall, what's the rush?"

Chip(DD knight) 447769

Perhaps Sateo is busy right now…

I dont know, perhaps find Curry?

Wf+6 447770

He gestures over at his corner. "You don't need ze blueprints. Haven't you ever assembled a gun?"

You go to Light Heart's room and find Emrille yelling at a room of sleeping pones. Curry is here.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447771

"It has been… over ten years since I last visited Dixie, so you will have to excuse my memory being rather hazy. That said, I think I will manage."
Take out my notebook and write this order down.
"Could you specify the amounts?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447772

"I want to practice with both, and maybe learn a new trick or two as well, but I need them for that!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 447773

Could you specify the amounts, wf?

Chip(DD knight) 447774

Look at Light Heart.
"Hey there~"

Then look around.
"Where is Curry? Have you seen him?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447775

"Down here, mister Chip."
I'll wave a bit.
I'll just shrug.

Wf+6 447776


Light Heart isn't in that room, just her followers, Curry, and Emrille.

There are four young'uns here. Red, Grey Worm, Emrille, and Curry.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447777

"Right in front of you."

So, did I get the blueprints and the guns and the parts then?

Felfire [Necromancer] 447778

"Not too much.
Thinking about htis, I have no idea of how much those materials weight…"
Sigh heavily.
"Guess I might have to leave the boat after all.
Say, do you know any smith on the fleet?"

Wf+6 447779

You didn't say you went to get any of those.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447780

"What do you need them for, if you don't mind me asking? As for smiths, one of my newer associates is a smith. You may remember mister Ram Stein from Reptil?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447781

I asked Stein where they are but he didn't respond!

Chip(DD knight) 447782

"Ah… is that you?" I held him up.
"H.. how?"

Tony [Trickster] 447783

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447784

"Same way Emrille shrunk."
I'll flail my legs a little.
"One of master Abilio's experiments. He could probably shrink you down too, if the mood struck him."

Chip(DD knight) 447785

I frown.
"But I thought the experiment is already done.." I scratch my head.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447786

"For the most part, yes. But I'm curious if I can't change my mark to something else. Being talented on fighting on a ship is fine and dandy, but what if I could have done something else with my life?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447787

"Like not being a complete loser!"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447788

I'll shoot a glance at Emrille, but keep my mouth shut.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447789

"Research tied to catalysts. I've found some old pointers from a spirit that might help me.
And yes, I remember Stein. The guy whose shop we crashed, right?"

Chip(DD knight) 447790

I just give a tired look to him.
"Ah yes, right I understand.:

With that I shake my head.
"Say I have to speak with you in private. Something that may concern you if I might say."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447791

I'll raise an eyebrow.
"Well, I'm a bit of a captive audience at the moment, so I'm afraid you'll have to do the walking if you don't want to put me down."
I'll move my legs a little bit to reinforce the point.

Light Heart [Warlord] 447792

"Quite right, yes. If you wish to speak to him, he should be in my cabin on the Sirocco. Aside from him, I believe mister Chip is working on his smithing skills as well."

Felfire [Necromancer] 447793

"Good. Mind if I drop in on him right now then?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 447794

"Absolutely not. Though it is quite early, so I am not certain he is awake."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 447795


Raise a brow, but keep quiet.

Felfire [Necromancer] 447796

"I won't wake him up if I can help it.
Remember to notify me when you plan to go into town, I might join you."

Off to the Sirocco, to LH's cabin!

Light Heart [Warlord] 447797

"Of course."

Discord seems interesting and all… but I'm not convinced at all yet. I need to see more options first. Is it time for breakfast with Landgrave yet? I'd like to talk to Vivid Eclipse.

Chip(DD knight) 447798

"Oh,, oh yes I forgot." Put him down and… pat him in the head.
"Lets head to the deck aye?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447799

And I'll try to straighten out my mane with a small huff.
"What is it about being short that makes everyone do that?"
And out we go.

Chip(DD knight) 447800

Now that we are on deck.
"Hmmm.. how do I put this…"
"Say so far as you and me are concerned, you have appointed yourself as companion of Spring and Summer Seas. I got to say that is quite a job, you know surrendering yourself to a group such as ourselves going to sea to do our thing. That took guts.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447801

"It's what I was raised to do. Keeping them safe is what anyone would have done. You've already been keeping them safe before I showed up, and they've got a few friends as it is."
I'll shrug.
"And thanks to the commodore's gentle reminder that he's in control of the situation, I've started thinking of alternate ways of getting them off the fleet. Namely by buying their freedom through work. I've already signed onto the crew, though it seems Light Heart isn't the one the commodore mentioned who wanted those two to remain on the fleet."
I'll rub my chin a little and sit down.
"So either it's someone we haven't encountered, or there's something else at work here."

Chip(DD knight) 447802

I just stare at him surprised.
"So you already know that they have plans to get out of the fleet."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447803

"I was the one who suggested them. Ever since Luna released miss Seas from her duties, I've been thinking of how to get them off the fleet. The plan in Reptil was to take our things and conveniently get on the 'wrong boat' after leaving a few goodbyes to those we would miss."
I'll nod slightly.
"You would have been among those receiving a letter."

Chip(DD knight) 447804

"Me? I uhmm.. thanks I guess." I just give him a half smile before closing my arms.

"I think you have already figured out that it entails great risk not only to you but also to both those two if you try to escape. Perhaps that is the reason why as you said want be part of the crew is that right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447805

I'll nod.
"Considering the commodore froze the assets from the temple an hour before we went down there to get it, he'll probably be five steps ahead if we just try to run. And while he doesn't care one whit about me staying on this fleet, the doctors are needed by someone who, oddly enough, isn't Light Heart."
I'll think a moment, and then shake my head.
"But, yes, that's part of the reason I joined the crew. If I can't sneak off with them, then I shall work until they're free. And then retire from the crew. Then Smitts will have no reason to hold them, nor pursue them."

Chip(DD knight) 447812

I just give him a look.
"Do you have any idea who are these people who want the two to stay on fleet?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447816

I'll shake my head.
"No, but either they've got enough clout to convince the commodore to help them, or they've got something on him. Considering I've not even met a tenth of the crew, the list of suspects is thankfully short, and probably consists mostly of officers, or someone in a similar position of power."
I'll rub my nose a little.
"I know it's not going to be easy, but it's the best I could come up with."

Chip(DD knight) 447821

I just stare at his little form.
"I see, if thats the case then all I could say is good luck."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447823

"I'll need it."
I'll rub the back of my neck a little.
"Thanks for telling me, by the way. At least I know I can count on you as a friend, mister Chip."

Chip(DD knight) 447825

"Say, with that form of yours how could you even help with the crew?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447826

"More than you'd think. I'm still a unicorn, so I've still got magic. And if nothing else I can run errands until I'm back to my former size."
I'll shrug.
"If Sateo and his crew can make themselves useful, then so can I."

Chip(DD knight) 447827

"Aye, thats true." I nod at this.


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447828

"What is?"

Chip(DD knight) 447831

"No, nothing… ." I shake my head.

"Alright time for me to go fetch some stuffl. Just dont let the other crew step on you okay?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 447833

"I can certainly try."

Wf+6 448404

He did respond! He pointed to where they were.

"I'm agnostic about it. It's not too important to me whether or not it's true. So what if it is? It doesn't have any real implications for me."

It's a bit early for breakfast, but you can skip ahead to that if you like.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448405

Really, I just want to speak to Eclipse. Doesn't matter when. Is he up yet or not?

Felfire [Necromancer] 448406

To the Sirocco, LH's cabin.
Let's see if Stein is already awake.

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448407

"Might as well make some preparations for landfall, gotta make sure this here Behemoth won't fail on me."

Let's go to the armory to have the weapon inspected.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448408

Collect them then.
And look at those kids.
"So… were you serious?"

Sion 448409

"So what's your intrest in me?"

Tony [Trickster] 448410

Wf+6 448411

Semi-awake. Lil' Emrille is pestering him while he tries to sleep.

You go down and find him sitting outside Nihil's room.

I don't have my notes on this computer. Are you part of the Seaworthy or the Eagle's Roost?


"Eh… why not."

"I'm not afraid to admit the night we met I was a little bit drunk. And then I just decided to take up your offer because it was about time to get out of that heap. It gets burned down every couple months. You're lucky it wasn't ash when you showed up."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448412

Well, now that Emrille has us all up, might as well get back to those books. Let's take a look at those titles…

Tony [Trickster] 448413

"Actually it was. But Itztli cleared that up. Rearranged the potentiality of plausible causalities….or something like that, I'm not very good with the terminology."

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448414

Assigned to the Seaworthy.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448415

What a cunt.
I'd have blown an undead in her face if she tried that on me.
Stay and observe what happens.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448416

Let's not raise our voices too high, as not to disturb the lady.
"Mister Eclipse. A good morning to you, are you well?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448417

One of you can give me the tools I need.
But if any one of you fucks something up about my guns…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448418

"Would you stop threatening to shoot ponies for the slightest things? You'll never make any friends that way."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448419

"I didn't say I'd shoot them.
I implied."

Chip(DD knight) 448421

After that talk with Curry, I have no idea what to do this morning. Perhaps rest until it is afternoon?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448422

"Implying it is just as bad! They're just fillies."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448423

From the door, I will chime in.
"What's put you in such a hurry anyway?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448424

"So am I."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448427

"No, you're a mare stuck in a filly's body. Completely different. Act your age."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448429

"You act your age and die then…
You're that old, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448430

"Not hardly."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448431

"You could be."

Wf+6 448432

The collection ranges from books to scrolls, and all of them are in advanced decay, but readable. They cover a variety of herbilogical topics from various perspectives. Holistically, they provide a look at nature from just about every viewpoint you could think of.

All You Ever Wanted To Know (And Then Some) About Spores

Guide to Night-Blooming Flora

Head Hunter's Edible Fungi Cookbook

1001 BETTER Ways to Kill With Vines

Forbidden, Horrible Secrets of Nature that Ponies Were Not Meant To Know (Kids Edition)

The Equestrian Account

Musings on the Everfree Expedition

The Legend of Bighoof

You head down to the hold and knock on the metal door that had that law abiding citizen behind it. He opens the slot. He grouses: "Mornin'. Whacha need?"

She appears to now be conscripting actual children into helping her build a gun.

"Good morning. Have you looked out the windows?"

Red yawns at you.

Grey gives you a concerned smile.

You go to sleep in your bed with Nurturing Heart. Zzzzz

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448435

Okay, take the guns apart first.
I've done that a thousand times.
Then, look at the prints.
How hard will it be to make this happen?

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448436

"Land fall soon, fellow sailor. Came by to see if we have someone who can give my crossbow here a once or two over."

Try to show him the bow, this isn't a dinky little thing.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448437

I give him a look.
"I was outside earlier, why do you ask?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448439

She has just to try.
I have the power to save them, if things go wrong.

Tony [Trickster] 448441

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448444

Hmm. I'll set aside the book on Spores, the guide to Night-blooming plants, the horrible forbidden secrets of nature, the Equestrian account and the Everfree expedition. I'll look through those in a moment.
The ones I didn't set aside I'll gently place back in the pile.
Let's look at the history books next.
I'll wave at Felfire, too.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448445

I think I went back to my nest? If not I go there now and take my chick out of the pouch I stuck it in.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448447

Wave back.
"What the hell happened to you?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448451

Don't look up from my work.
"He thinks his chances to fuck Summer are better this way."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448453

"Helping master Abilio with an experiment on changing marks."
I'll look back at the pile of books for a second.
"Say, you weren't looking for anything to read lately, were you? Maybe one of these history texts mentions Fervored. Or other interesting ponies."

Wf+6 448462

You misunderstand. It's already a set of pieces, you just need to fit the parts together.

As for actually executing it, the design looks mostly similar to the layout of your old gun. The internals of the combustion chamber are quite different, with a feed, but you just need to screw on the barrel, clip in the butt, and then add a few screws. Even you probably can't fuck this up.

It looks like most of the more interesting parts of the design are already sealed and shielded anyway, like the repeating feed and the catalytic rune system.

"Don't look at me. I haven't the slightest who or what you mean. In any case, the dark is good for my head."

"Yeah, sure, one sec."

He closes the slot and you hear a series of locks clicking open. Finally he comes out and has it inspected.

"Regular wear and tear… this wood should be oiled and reinforced… Do you play the violin, or harp?"

He shakes his head. "Not that outside. Have you looked outside a window inside the mansion?"

He appears to have gone back to dozing.

The Founding of Autumnsreach

Tales of a Seaside Seaweed Vendor

Understanding Modern Politics With Their Contemporary and Historical Contextual Implications

Reconstruction Era

On Molon Labe


Colloquium on the Wastelands

Elements of Harmony: History and Prophecy

It looks to be asleep from that dark warm place. Then again, that's probably a good thing. If it had started chirping in there things could've been bad.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448464

"He sure has the right stuff down there."
"I'm pretty busy lately. Say, you know jack shit about plants?"
Let him be.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448465

Okay, start with the less important one, the revolver.
Piece it together.
I guess those fillies can hoof me parts as I work.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448466

I look around my nest. Has anything been moved?

Light Heart [Warlord] 448467

… I haven't, have I?
"… Not quite, no."
Any windows nearby to look through?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448468

I'll just roll my eyes at that.
And then set aside the books on the Tales of a SSV, Molon Labe, the Elements of Harmony, and… the Colloquium.
"Not as much as I should, but I'm hoping my studies will bear fruit, so to speak. What did you need help with?"

Tony [Trickster] 448469

"What I'm trying to say is, that Reptil was destroyed when we got here and we fixed it with some chaos magic. And if you like the dark, you should get along well with some of the necromancers around here."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448470

"Phantom mushrooms. Know them?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448472

"Neither, this crossbow is the closest I ever came to a stringed instrument. Why?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448473

"Not the best stuff, you and I have those."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448475

"Can't say I do. Sounds fairly rare, though. Maybe there's something about it in one of these old books? A good guess would be either the Edible Fungi Cookbook or the book on spores…"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448482

"Let's read one each then. Will take less time."
"Never been a fan. Too tiring."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448484

"I guess you just had boring partners.
Couldn't blame you…"

Wf+6 448486

You tinker with it a bit and manage to get your revolver to stay together.

Roll for perception.

Not around here. You recall seeing one in the Viscountess's room and Goldenblood's room. There's no window in the Knife Chamber though.

"You should."

"I like dark in a literal sense, not a metaphorical one."

"Well, look, I don't know how much you use this bow – looking at you, I'd guess you have some experience with it. So you need to realize that there is a lot of pressure on the wood, especially in a crossbow. Obviously you know not to dry fire and to leave it in the uncocked position when not firing, but even then the wood will slowly deteriorate. With an ancient bow like this, your best bet is to reinforce it, or better yet, retire it and get a new bow. There have been several advances in woodworking and bowcrafting since this model was designed – in that respect, it's more comparable to a viola. Notice these sharp angles on the outside of the crossbow? These create undue stress: modern designs use an arch here. This bow is also yew – which is good, but it was popularized by its use in longbows. It was later learned that Ironwood or Devil's Thorn works better for a crossbow, because you don't need as much give. This firing mechanism is also ancient, no offense. You're causing yourself too much stress when you draw. The whole point of a crossbow is to take that stress off, and if you aren't taking advantage of that, you're going to get shot. With a gun."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448488

Okay, DO NOT load the gun, check if it's empty, and pull the trigger a few times.
See if it really revolves and everything

Felfire [Necromancer] 448489

"Yeah. Very boring ones. I left as soon as I could."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448490

Glance at her.
"I would have too."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448493


Roll #1 5 + 3 = 8

Felfire [Necromancer] 448494

"Takes an idiot to stay.
Takes a hero to go back."

Light Heart [Warlord] 448495

I nod.
"And I will, of course. You have piqued my curiosity."
I sit down next to him.
"But first… would you be terribly opposed of telling me about your… goddess? I have never delved too deeply into religious matters, but lately I have found myself to be more and more drawn to them."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448497

"Or a blind."

Tony [Trickster] 448499

"Some of them do too. What do you like so much about it?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448500

Grow cold.
"You didn't miss out on anything.
Not anything worth it, I assure you."

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448501

"I don't think I could part with this little lady, she's been with me for far too long. I know her better than I know my own family. But, are we carrying any new materials or crossbows here? The way you describe it, the lass has been around the town too much to be saved and I can get a few parts off of her to carry on her legacy. I've been a skirmisher all my life, so I like weapons with range that are quiet. I might actually consider a gun if I can get a similar ability out of it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448502

"Oh, I was sure of that already.
No offense.
I mean, I like you and everything, but yeah… Those scars are not really my thing. And as much as I call Tela a fat fuck all the time, neither are showing ribs."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448513

"I liked those."
Rub my now healed hoof.
"I really liked them…"

Wf+6 448515

Red remarks, "You ain't s'posed ta dry fire a gun."

With an audible click, it slowly revolves, clean and smooth. Bellyache all you want, this is a really precise cut. It's also oiled.

Things have been slightly shifted around. Someone was clearly here, but they don't seem to have touched your nest at all, just the boxes surrounding it.

"The Lady of the Night? There is not much to tell beyond what you have probably heard. She controls the domain of night, and her fellowship has suffered two schisms. The Hero's Rest is her domain, and is the prize to all those that live and die in honest fellowship to her name. The heretics go to a different place. And of course, prophecy tells us that on the thousandth year of her imprisonment, she will break free and rise again. Such prophecies are very reliable, and while you and I will not live to see it, we will be vindicated in our fellowship that day."

"I told you. It's not so hard on the head during a hangover."

"There's a little fort on the third level where some foreigners have set up a little ring. They have some odd gun designs, you might ask them. Other than that… yeah, we have the parts, but you'd want a master craftsman to put it together."

Light Heart [Warlord] 448518

"How does one… worship the lady of the night aside from prayer? Which rules should one live by?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448519

You have weird tastes…
Oh, and this whole 'touch myself with the same hoof I touch dead bodies with without washing them' thing."

"It was to see if the mechanism works right, smartcookie.
I'll test it with live ammo once I'm done."

Okay, let's see the rifle.
Take my time.
Be careful.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448521

"I'll take the opportunity to visit them, then. If they have something that works for me, I might take it, since you said I should probably put this one down for good. Thanks for your time."

Tip my hat and head up to the third level.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448523

"Yeah, fuck that noise. Not like one can be in love with a spirit or anything, right?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448524

"Don't tell me you never caught any nasty shit from that!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448527

"Fuck yes I did. And I kept every single mark.
Because hell, the more, the merrier.
At least they wouldn't look at me twice."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448531

What is in the boxes?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448533

Fake a retching motion.
"I'm going to need Tela to bleach that image out of my mind."

Wf+6 448535

"The Lady of the Night has not spoken to her followers in the mortal realm for a long time because she has been weakened by her imprisonment. The last commandment she gave her followers before the great silence was to fade from view, bide our time, and convert new followers to the faith, that she would have a great host when her return finally comes about. That is why I am traveling to Dixie."

This mechanism is a lot trickier, you find yourself in need of a screwdriver.

There's a fort built out of crates on this level, aside from the other cannons sticking out of windows. Inside the fort, there are guard patrols, a 'sleeping grounds' with mattresses and sleeping bags, and in the back, there's a pseudo armory. All the ponies inside have a superior accent.

These boxes are full of common goods. One of them is filled with random clothing. Another is filled with bags of sand. There's one chocked full of rice. The last one is filled with cannonballs.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448538

Wave a hoof up and click my tongue.
"One of you, get me a screwdriver."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448541

I'll leave the pouch with the chick in my nest, but tuck it under some things so it can't be easily seen. After that I leave and ask around for Chip.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448543

"So the followers are all missionaries?"
I think for a moment.
"You mentioned heretics. Am I correct in assuming that you are referring to what mister Curry and the others follow?"

Tony [Trickster] 448544

"Sure, sure.
Well, I just felt like seeing how you were doing.
Seems like you're doing pretty okay.
If you like to drink, we should drink together sometime."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448545

"Yeah, didn't expect you to understand shit."
I will take those two books about mushrooms Curry mentioned and start flipping through them in a search for the Phantom Mushroom.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448548

"Sorry to intrude into your fortress here, but I'm looking for one of your comrades who can help me with a weapon problem I'm having, namely what I should replace mine with. Who could I talk to about that here in your fine fortress?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448551

"Feel free to explain then.
Abilio told me I'm a fast learner that way."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448552

"It's better to suffer because you chose to, than because others decide you have to.
Get it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448553

"I get it.
But y'know what's better?
Making your own fortune and stopping the suffering part. Worked for me."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448555

"Which one do you want to read, then?"
I'll just stay out of this conversation, and take the other book that Felfire isn't looking through, which will likely be the one on edible fungus. First, let's see if it has an index. '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Felfire [Necromancer] 448559

"I wanted an insurance policy.
Something to keep me safe.
Not sure if you noticed, but I'm not big in a fight."

Wf+6 448560

Grey gets up and fetches a screwdriver, then brings it back to you.

He's in his room, napping.

"Yes, we should."

You feel as though he's probing you for a moment. With his eyes, that is.

"Stop by if you ever need to learn more about the literal dark."

With that, you feel as though he's gone. Weird.

You page through Head Hunter's book, and find no mention of the Phantom Mushroom. This doesn't particularly surprise you, because it's a book about edible mushrooms. Belial's Element was mentioned to be used in poisons and everypony knows fireflies are poisonous. It would make sense that Kobold Iron is inedible, so why should phantom mushrooms be?

That does leave the book about spores…

"You should talk to Strom. We've elected him president of this fortification."

A couple of nearby ponies clap reverently in reflection.

You get the spore book because I decided she was reading the edible fungus one.

The book on spores IS indexed. There are chapters on introduction, definition, taxonomy, anatomy, dispersal, and species.

Wf+6 448562

He frowns. "Yes, unfortunately."

Tony [Trickster] 448564

Literal dark…huh.
With that I get back to deck

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448565

"I had a gun for protecting my goods.
Didn't you have, y'know, those walking corpses and shit?"

"Good girl."
Pat her head with a wing, then unscrew those which needs to be unscrewed.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448567

I knock on Chip's door.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448568

Let's look under species. Is the Phantom Mushroom under there? '1d10'
I'm not really expecting it to be called that, though.

Roll #1 8 = 8

Light Heart [Warlord] 448570

"I see."
I smile slightly
"Such coincidence to have a rather large collection of them on a single ship. In fact, the little filly, Summer Seas, claims to have spoken to Luna. She is quite talented in the magic of the divine."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448572

"Despite what you might think, I wasn't born with magic. I had to study for it."
"Nothing here."

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448573

"Thank you for that, where would he be located? Oh, I never asked, but where are most of you ponies from? You seem to talk with a similar accent."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448575

"Well, this one is indexed, so I'm looking there. Maybe it's listed?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448578

"No shit, I wasn't born with a gun either."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448584

"Well yeah.
I wasn't as strong as you were, I guess.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448586

"I'd be lying if I said I never had any friends to help either.
You had those, right?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448588

"Seem plenty strong to me if you're still here."

Chip(DD knight) 448589

Wake up slowly and go to the door.
"Who is it?"

Wf+6 448591

You arrive on deck, it's midmorning now, and there is breakfast being distributed. There is vegetable soup and carnal stew, still piping hot, being shoveled out here.

You need to screw, not unscrew. You click the chamber into place and turn a few screws.

Roll again.

You don't find any type of mushroom that evokes ghosts or spirits with its name. That said, most of these are scientific names. Maybe if you asked for details about what kind of mushroom it is, you could narrow your search.

"Perhaps a dream. But nonetheless, it is oft easier to convert those with no opinion than those who have explicitly shunned the lady."

"At the back in the armory. And most of us are from Hamburgerburg or its outskirts."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448595

"Fuck no.
I had a friend, he died pretty soon. Old fucker. He was only good to teach me how to talk with the dead."
Right. So do I know the details about this mushroom myself?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448596

Well do that.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Light Heart [Warlord] 448597

"Perhaps that is true, yes."
Although it would be highly amusing…
"In any case, perhaps an audience between you and the prodigy child is in order. It would not hurt to try, would it?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448600

"Seekkill. Can Seekkill come in?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448601

"Maybe when this tour is over, I might visit before I finally keel over. Thank you for your time."

Head over to Strom in the back.

"Sorry for the interruption, but I was instructed to ask for you regarding ranged weapons." Hoist up my crossbow.

"As you can see, my lovely Behemoth has been through quite a few storms with me, and I was instructed to ask you for your opinion on a suitable replacement."

Chip(DD knight) 448605

"Uuuhmmm.. no you cant, wait let me go outside."
Do just that and meet him.
"Its still dark, what makes you come here?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448606

"Say, were there any specifics about that mushroom? A scientific name?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448607

"Damn, maybe I really had great luck then."

Tony [Trickster] 448608

Eat a bit.
Even though it probably sucks, as always. '1d10'
Probably going to need to drink a few just to wash the taste away.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448611

"Why can't Seekkill go in room? Seekkill want know if Chip ever see boat parts move."

Wf+6 448614

You know it glows, obviously.

Your studies suggest it's translucent and really, really hard. Also, you were warned not to expose it to flame before it gets mixed in.

It clips when you try to affix it to the butt. Its not going in! You'll need a hammer to gently adjust the flangs.

"There is nothing to be lost from it."

Strom appears to be busy affixing a telescope to a knife.

"Well, I'd definitely suggest a gun. What are you looking for? Those arrows aren't very high caliber."

It's surprisingly pretty good. The water is WAY too salty, though.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448615

"One of you, get me a small hammer.
A small one, the type for precise work."

Chip(DD knight) 448616

I look at him a bit nervous
"Well because its my room and I prefer to have some privacy in it."

I then eye him.
"Moving boat parts? What do you mean? Well the sails move, and the rudder and the other parts of the ship. What is it that you are asking?"

Wf+6 448618

Grey retrieves a rubber mallet with her mouth.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448619

I nod.
"Indeed. As for me… I am not quite certain if you still pray, mister Eclipse, but if you do, I would not mind joining you one night. I must admit it sounds like an intriguing business."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448621

Take it with my wing. She still has to mature until mouth-to-mouth transactions.
Okay, fix what needs to be fixed.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448622

"Oh. No. Parts moving that should not move. Holes."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448627

"It glows. Hates fire.
Really hard to break.
And it's not in this book."
Wave around the edible fungi book.
"All the better, don't you think?"
Smile a bit.
"I just want to leave all that crap behind now.

Wf+6 448629

"Ah, yes. Even if she doesn't talk back, it is good to pray. The Lady has not forgotten us."

Oops. You hammered it a little too hard, and now it's too far out to screw.

Chip(DD knight) 448631

I stare at him.
"Holes… I head of that from someone. Curry has told me about that but is not that very specific."
I then lean on the door.
"Tell me, how did it happen? What did these holes in the ship do?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448632

Fix that!

"Just a sec…."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Light Heart [Warlord] 448634

I nod.
"I'm sure she hasn't. Now, I will leave you be. Have a pleasant day."
That takes care of that… Dare I go speak to Skylight about Celestia? I think I do. To my cabin I go.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448635

"Got small."

Wf+6 448636

Hmm… you're hitting it too softly now. You don't even budge it.

She's sleeping in one of the twin beds. The other is for you, Rosemary, and Grey (who is missing).

And Onik, who sleeps against the wall, is up practicing.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448637

Anyway, take that book and see the index.
Look up the luminescent mushrooms.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448638

Come on!
I've been maintaining a gun ever since I learned they need it to function properly!

Roll #1 10 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 448639

Tilt my head.
"Got small…. "
"You know what.. " I then close in to his ears.
"The ships are kind of… alive."

Light Heart [Warlord] 448640

Doesn't Skylight sleep with Curry on the Sirocco? Oh well, I guess I'll wait for her to wake up.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448649


Wf+6 448654

There are three mushrooms that glow as far as you can see.

Omphalotus olearius, the "Jack O Lantern" mushroom. It appears to be highly poisonous, and can be found all over the world. The gills glow at night. They create white softrot on dead trees that they grow on.

Cantharellus noxim, the "Foxfire Mushroom". It's a symbiote fungus that grows primarily on vascular plants such as cacti in deserts and cattail reeds in swamps. This glowing mushroom provides toxin and drought resistance to its host plant in exchange for sustenance.

Calyptella fistula. The "Tube Mushroom". This long mushroom is native to the north of Equestria. Supposedly its ancestor was popular in technological innovations and political coups, but its hardiness comes from the fact that unlike its ancestor, it was crystallized by he Crystal Event which began the empire.

There you go! You tap it back into place and screw the butt on without damaging the mechanism. It looks ready to go.

You're right. I mixed her and Happy Puzzle up in the rooms. You go there instead.

Grey has showed up here and is helping Emrile with a gun.

Chip(DD knight) 448655

I smile.
"You know, someone told me in the ship. We could meet him but I think he might be still asleep. But it wont hurt to check if he is awake. Want to pay Rusty Wrench a visit?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448657

Motion Red over
"Hey, c'mhere.
And stay still, okay?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448658


Light Heart [Warlord] 448659

… Interesting.
But I assume there are still people sleeping. I'll wait for Skylight to wake up.

Chip(DD knight) 448660

Alright, find if Rusty Wrench is in the Dark Lantern.

Wf+6 448662

She eyes you suspiciously.

"I don't reckon that's a way to talk to a king."

Grey stifles a laugh.


You go over to the Darklantern and find him up and about early, securing a tow-line.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448664

"I didn't vote for you.
Now stop fucking fussing and get over here, I need your help with something."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448666

White, highly poisonous…
Check the Jack O Lantern's page.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448669

Lazy little mare… Still, I don't dare wake her up and have her be grumpy at me.
Hmmm… Grey Worm… sit down next to her.
"Good morning, child."

Chip(DD knight) 448672

Go and wave at him.
"Up and early it seems, hows the ship holding?" I grin at the buffalo.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448673

"Hello to you too."

Chip(DD knight) 448676

Also motion Seekkill to come close.

Wf+6 448677

"Well spit it then."

She moves over.

That WAS the page for the Jack O' Lantern Mushroom.

She smiles. "Mornin momma."

He looks up and down the line and mumbles something.

"Hold's good. Sails fast. Make port… tomorrow morning. Early morning. Still dark."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448678

Checking some books."
Is there a picture or something?

Tony [Trickster] 448679

I forgot.
Did I have to check in with Itztli when we're close to Dixie or when we're there?

Light Heart [Warlord] 448680

"Why is it that a filly of your age has awoken earlier than the mare who is supposed to pray at sunrise, yet remains asleep even now?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448681

I look up at the buffalo. This is the first time I have seen one, isn't it?

Light Heart [Warlord] 448683

I nod at them both with a pleasant smile.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448684


Anyway, take the rifle and use Red's back as support.
Make sure it's not loaded, check the trigger, and check how satisfying it is to move that repeater part between pulling the trigger.

Chip(DD knight) 448688

"Well Dixie is a good place from what I heard, we have many things to do there if we got port."

I then try to get his attention.
"Rusty, I'd like you to meet someone. Rusty, this is Seekkill, a member of the crew and a good one."

"Seek, this is Rusty, one of the personnel handling the ships repairs."
"He has answers to your questions."

Wf+6 448691

There was once a drawn depiction, but it's so decayed that it's not very useful. For one, there's no color, and two, the drawing has spots and decay all over it, like most of the text. That doesn't matter too much for reading letters, but the picture is just barely recognizable as a stem-and-cap mushroom. It has some spots, and the cap is slightly upturned near the edges. The gills are drawn prominently.

When you arrive. Who knows what he's scheming?

She sticks her tongue out. "I gots yousful energy. Er – Youthful."

Yes, it is. He's a large, bulky fellow, and covered in fur. Not a kind of coat like ponies or your backside.

"I reckon you can use a stool for that. Shove off me."

It does nicely click, though.

He nods. "Well met."

Tony [Trickster] 448692

It will probably have something to do with that spore stuff we found.

Anyway, I'll just be on deck practicing my skills.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448693

"Chipdog say ship alive. Seekkill want know how."

Chip(DD knight) 448695

I then look at Rusty and give him a smile.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448696

"Please be careful with that. It's old."
And now I'm lost. Maybe take out that other blank book, since I don't think Abilio took both of them. Which one of these am I going to copy first, I wonder?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448697

"That's less amusing.
And I don't want to hurt the polishing on the barrel."
Okay, take it off of her, then put it back on the table
"Hey, Light? Would you mind if I kept it here 'till I grow back up to normal size?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448699

Okay, over to the Tube Shroom.
"I think I found it."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448702

And I guess I'll look at that book on the elements of harmony, and start reading.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448703

I chuckle softly.
"When I was your age, I always found it hard to leave the warm confinements of my bed."
Look over at Skylight.
"Do you think we should awaken her, Grey?"

"Of course not. Although I cannot guarantee to be able to watch over it at all times."

Wf+6 448705

"Ship spell. Upkeep enchantment. Like doors. Officer doors. Permission required. Keymaster knows. Ask him. Or commodore. Helps fix. Not fast."

You take out the blank book. You can copy whichever you want.

They are long and elongated. As a function of being crystal, it is transparent. It seems to flourish in the cold, dark caves of the north.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448708

Where on equestria is Dixie anyway?

Wf+6 448710

She bounces up onto Skylight.


"Momma says you gotta wake up."

"You could've done it more gently…"

Elements of Harmony: History and Prophecy?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448712

"Make holes get small?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448713

"You don't leave shit unguarded, here, do you?"
Look at Grey.
"Also, she wanted to help me piece together my revolver. Think she'd want to see my try if it works?"

Wf+6 448714

It's not. It's actually on the Wasteland continent, where you're from, but it's apparently a nicer climate.

"With time. That's right."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448718

"Hole got small fast. It was hole that was always there."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448719

Let's hope they have alchemists there.
Stein still sleeping?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448720

"That's the one."
"Hey, you be gentler with my sister!"

Chip(DD knight) 448721

"Kind of like that, it repairs the ship automatically through some magic that I cant decipher."
"I hope that answers the question, there's no ghost or anything on this ship." I scratch my head.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448723

"I suppose that is one way of doing it. Good morning, miss Skylight. My sincerest apologies for Grey's behavior. She was a little hasty in making assumptions."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448727

Laugh at him.
But just a bit.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448728

"Seekkill not worried about ghost."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448730

I'll just frown at you.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448732

"Don't worry, I noted down 'she likes it gentle'."

Chip(DD knight) 448734

"Ah yes." I grin.
"But what do you mean about a hole being there and suddenly getting smaller?" I eye him.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448736

"You keep your grubby hooves, wings, and whatever else you've got available off my sister. Besides, Tela would be heartbroken knowing you're already lusting after other mares."
I'll shrug.
"And to think, she spent all that time hunting you down and this is how lightly you treat her feelings."

Light Heart [Warlord] 448737

I briefly glance over at you two.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448739

"Seekkill mean what Seekkill say."

Wf+6 448741

He shrugs. "Show me."

This book is a historical summary of the Elements of Harmony and their worship. It outlines the beliefs of each of the sects: Honesty, Loyalty, Generosity, Kindness, Laughter, and Magic. There is a foreword and philosophical commentary from some scholarly pony about Magic's role in the Elements. The book is split into three tripartite sections. The first is the overview with each of the cults of harmony. The second is a historical summary, including times that cults have clashed, made up, and of course, the rare occasions that avatars are chosen for each element and they unite to conquer a great evil. The final section is on prophecy. Some of these sound like events that might have happened, but only a pony that knew a lot of history like Friesian Cross could confirm it. Others are upcoming. The last recorded in the tome is the most interesting, though. According to the prophecy itself, there will come a day when the Elements will reach a zenith of power, and in one great climax, a new divine sphere will be born. The Elements will no longer be merely a philosophy – they will become a full religion, with the benefits of an afterlife.

"Morning…" She rubs her belly.

"What's going on?"

She waves at you. "Curry, just ignore her. Didn't the commodore say you two would get in trouble if you talked? Let her get strung up, I don't want to see you hurt."

Wf+6 448742

Sort of. He's trying, but the ruckus is keeping him awake.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448744

I extend a hoof.
"Would you care for a walk on the deck, miss Skylight? This is hardly the right place for a conversation, seeing how there are ponies trying to sleep."

Wf+6 448745

She accepts your hoof.

"Right… though not too long. Dawn soon."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448747

"You still can't take jokes for shit, can you?
Anyway, I got awesome weapons to try out.

Toodles, everyone."

Fly to the fort with my revolver.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448749

I'll close the book for now. That one might be good to copy down and resell. I'm going to need to get some sort of bags or special bindings so these don't get water damaged…
"It's probably, okay, Skylight. If Smitts was going to punish Emrille for running her mouth, he'd have done so already."
"Have a good walk. Do you want Mera to go with you?"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448750

'Hole gone. Nothing to show."

Light Heart [Warlord] 448754

I smile and nod.
"Of course."

"… Yes. That may be desirable, mister Curry. If she wishes to, of course."

Wf+6 448755

Friesian Cross is here, talking to Strom of Hamburgerburg.

"Why Mera?"

He seems to grow frustrated. "I know. Show me."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448756

Very well.
Walk up to him.
"Mister Stein, care for breakfast someplace else?
I have a few questions."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448757

"Because you two haven't really talked much, and I thought it would be a good chance for you two to bond?"
I'll cock my head slightly.
"Plus the ship's decks can get pretty slippery, and she'll be able to help anyone who falls overboard."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448758

Fly over there too.
"Hey there old timer.
And to you too.
I got this baby done finally."

Chip(DD knight) 448759

I look at Seek and just notion him to show Rusty the spot.
"So that we may check it out."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448761

I guess since people already know where my nest is…

Chip(DD knight) 448763

Follow Seekkill.

Wf+6 448764

"Alright, alright. I can see I am not goink to be gettink any more sleep."

"Alright… though I doubt she'll want to join me for morning prayers."

"Looks good. Most of our shipment has already been delivered."

"Where's it?"

He starts tapping along the wall.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448766

"I hope you are happy with them?
Also, anything fancy I need to know about handling these babies?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448767

"Well, as long as you join us for the evening ones, we'll be square!"

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448768

I point it out to him.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448769

"But perhaps I will. And perhaps I can convince her."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448770

"Still beats the bunks, no?"
Off to… Wherever they give food around here.
For sum breakfast.
"So, I'm interested in two particular kinds of metals, reasonably rare from what I've heard.
And Light Heart told me you are a smith of a certain experience."

Wf+6 448771

"They're alright. But I've been used to these guns for nearly a week now. I'm starting to think they should be improved. I'm going to have a look at the designs. As for handling? Well, you're going to need some practice with recoil. It's totally different than with a single chamber weapon."

She shrugs, and gets up to follow Light Heart.

"I haff had some tinkerink with ze metals, yes."

They are serving vegetable soup and carnal stew on deck.

Wf+6 448772

He taps along the wall.

"Yeah, wood. Regenerated lately. Just magic. Repair magic."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448773

Alright, back to the books…
Let's check the table of contents on that book of horrible knowledge no pony should know.

Chip(DD knight) 448774

I also stare at the wooden part.
"Any idea how the magic works? Perhaps we can ask someone on the ship how it plays out."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448775

"Oh. How hole get there?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448776

"Got any shooting ranges here at the fort?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 448777

A morning walk with two pretty mares? How relaxing!
"Do you remember how we prayed together in Reptil, miss Skylight?"

Chip(DD knight) 448778

"Hmmm.. thats a valid question."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448779

Take sum soup.
One of these days I should go fishing.
Or see how good shadows are at catching fishes.
"Well, what do you know about Kobold Iron?"

Wf+6 448780

There is no table of contents, but there is a foreword.

The following pages contain terrible, horrible, no good, very bad secrets about nature that no pony should ever know. The author is not to be held liable for any miserable fate which befalls the reader.

"Keymaster knows. His job. And commodore."

He taps up and down it a bit.

"Not sure. Uneven break. Like talons."

"It's not big enough for that. Go shoot off the bow or something. Or maybe there's space on that big junker."

"Yes, it was pleasant, even if we didn't get an answer."

"Ach, Kobold Iron. Very unusual metal. It is blue, and when exposed to heat, it glows unnaturally. Ze material is said to haff been used by kobolds, hence ze name."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448781

"How rare is it? I might have to acquire some for a pet project of mine very soon, and I was hoping Dixie would suffice."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448783

Well, that's not going to stop me. Let's keep reading.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448784

Light Heart [Warlord] 448786

"… I may have felt the slightest of stirrings. Although it is hard to be certain seeing how I am not exactly a religious expert."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448787

"Right. Thanks.
Enjoy the toys."

Go up to the bow.
And let's see how this should work.
Load it.
Do I know Barrage now?

Chip(DD knight) 448791

"Ah, I see." I grin.

"Does that answer your question?" I scratch my head.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448792


"Thank you."

Wf+6 448794

"Uncommon, but not rare. Slightly less common than White Copper or Natural Copper, but much more common zan say, Pig Silver."

The book appears to be a personal account and manuscript by Zaldann the Unclean, a diamond dog mystic that lived out in the wilderness, though it has been edited by Clean Account, a sociologist and researcher. The book is quite old – it seems it was old when the library at the temple was new. It's a surprise it survived.

The first chapter seems to be about Zaldann going about his daily life. He notes in passing that he has been researching the control of blood in veins through the water within, but ultimately remarking that he didn't think it was going anywhere.

It would seem Zaldann kept ponies away from his little hermitage primarily by manipulation of the weather, and by using animal scouts to warn him of others nearby. He didn't appear to have much respect for the animals, because unlike most shamans, he was a devoted carnivore.

"A stirring? Could you elaborate?"

No, you still have to LEARN it! You have the "catalyst" required to use it now, though.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448795

And say, what about Belial's element?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 448796

How the fuck do I learn it then?

Light Heart [Warlord] 448797

"It is rather hard to describe. A fleeting feeling of a certain warm presence which was not wholly there."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448800

Well, that's interesting… Definitely going to have to transcribe this too. Well, I'm going to transcribe all of them, but Felfire might think this is neat. Wonder if she'd like a copy?
Well, anyway, let's keep reading… actually, wait. I've not had breakfast yet. And you don't learn anything on an empty stomach.
So, I'll carefully shut the book, place it on the stack, and head out to get something to eat.

Wf+6 448802

Talk to a master tracker trainer about training when you have 3 points. You have 2.

She nods. "Such thins have happened before. Perhaps you should join me again for prayer this morning."

Out on deck, they're serving vegetable soup and carnal stew.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448804

"That was what I was hoping to do, if you are not too angry at me."

Chip(DD knight) 448806

"Alright then, perhaps I could catch up with more sleep." I yawn.

"Say, we didnt hunt for some time. Just tell me if you have some plans then perhaps I could help you."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448807

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448808

Carnal stew? What's that? Let's take a look.

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448809

"We can hunt in next town."

Wf+6 448812

"Belial's Element? Zat will be… much trickier. It iz hard to get it entirely pure, and it iz not very common. It iz a potent poison, so it might be easier to distill it by extracting it from a poison zan actually finding it in ze natural world or as raw material."

There are still a few vegetables in here, like carrots and cauliflower, but it's mostly beef and fish.

"Hm? Oh… no, not at all, that's fine."

Chip(DD knight) 448813

I look at Rusty Wrench.
"Thanks Rusty, that really help Seekkill solve some of those questions regarding that hole in the wall."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448814

"Don't suppose I could have some that's mostly fish? Not too keen on the beef…"

Chip(DD knight) 448815

I lean on a post and stare at him.
"You do know we are going to stay for a day in that town, any plans on what will you hunt?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 448816

I nod.
"Very well."
Turn to Mera.
"Miss Mera, it pains me that we do not talk more often. I feel there is so much to learn from your… species."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448817

"Only one day? Seekkill will hunt what Seekkill finds."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448818

"Well, fuck.
This is getting harder by the minute.
Would you know how to distill it from a poison?"

Chip(DD knight) 448820

"As far as the other crew told me, was it Topaz? Plans about restocking a lot of food to go sell it to another port. As for the hunt you decide what and let me know alright?"

Friesian Cross [Unicorn Soothsayer] 448822

"I need something with range and preferably quiet. I'm not a young horse anymore and I can't be caught in a close fight anymore. Got anything like that?"

"Oh, and have you had any experience with modifying crossbows? I met a weaponsmith in Reptil and he had given me a good idea of what to do with this one."

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448826


Chip(DD knight) 448829

"That is wat I wanted to hear." I smile and yawn.
"Look I get to get some shut eye, perhaps you could also get some since its still early. Or if you want, there are some hot stew on deck."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448830

Is this still running?

Seekkill [Dark Hunter] 448834

I nod.

I eat some stew then bed down in my nest.

Chip(DD knight) 448841

Later when wf gets back

Wf+6 448916

"I mean, I can scoop you out just fish, but it's stew. There's gonna be beef flavor. If you're a softie we got vegatable."

He nods.

She gives you an uncomfortable look.

"I could try… I tink I could use a centrifuge and a calcinator… I don't tink it's explosive."

"Not really. Work with guns, myself. As for something quiet, that's a tough one. Might be able to get a muffled design… I'll see what I can come up with. If nothing else, it'll keep me entertained."


It's quite tasty. The beef is a new flavor you were not familiar with, but it is a very juicy and delectable one.

Warren [Male Pegasus Arcane Blade] 448917

"I'm fine with the flavoring, but… well, I tend to make it a principle not to eat things that could at one point have talked back. And I'm used to fish."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448918

Light Heart [Warlord] 448920

I chuckle
"Now now, there is no need to be quite so shy. I am curious though… what is it that allows you to change shape? Is it a ability your kind possesses? Or perhaps a gift from the lady of the Night?"

Wf+6 448922

He slops some fish into a bowl and passes it to you.

She nods and indicates the pendant she wears as a necklace. "It was broken when we met."

Felfire [Necromancer] 448923

"Great. What are the poisons that most commonly make use of it?"

Wf+6 448925

"The easiest would be pesticides, but it would also be found in artificial fertilizers. Both would be common in an agrarian community such as Dixie."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448926

I'll thank him, and then go off to eat.
Sure hope there aren't any fishbones in this… '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2

Light Heart [Warlord] 448927

"Ah. Such a peculiar little thing… It must hold quite a lot of power… like the altar."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448928

Where am I again?
Outside of Abilio's office?

Felfire [Necromancer] 448929

"This is great news actually.
Thank you mister Stein. Really helpful."
I need to talk to Marrowbone.
Ask about the quantities!

Chip(DD knight) 448930

Is the commodore or the keymaster awake?

Wf+6 448931

You swallow a big one and nearly choke, but you cough it up. On the plus side, the stew is actually pretty good. The fact that it's hot and the morning is so cool probably helps, though. You feel as though life is spreading into your body, slowly seeping to your extremities.

"Altar?" She looks confused and thinks for a minute.

"Oh, there was an enchanted ritual stone in one of the higher rooms, wasn't there? But I didn't like to go up there, with the Chimera…"

You are where you want to be, as long as it's on the fleet. Last I heard, you were sleeping in. Five days have passed, and it's still morning. Most everyone is sleeping.

You were moved to Light Heart's room on the Sirocco. You're sharing a room with Skylight, Curry, Spring Water, Mocking Wark, Weeping Sitar, Red (a tough earth pone filly about your age), and Stein. Light Heart herself is actually staying elsewhere.

Looks like Emrille came by earlier and woke everyone up, though.

You go back to the cabin but find it empty. Looks like he has already returned below. Just as well, even if you had the quantities you would have to actually be at the forge to make it.

Probably, though Keymaster is the safer bet, since he never seems to sleep. You go hunt him down on the Darklantern, and find him in the hold. He's leaning up against one of the walls of the ship, holding out a lamp, pretending to be a lamp post.

Felfire [Necromancer] 448932

I kinda need to know how much to buy…

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448933

I go see Doc Peg then!
I gotta ask him about that weird thing that happened earlier…

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448934

Return the bowl, and head back to the cabin. Got more books to read. Or more of that interesting book on horrible facts of nature. Might be neat!

Light Heart [Warlord] 448935

"Indeed. It possessed the power to change one's gender in a instant. The details are lost to me but… what matters is the result. It appears your lady of the Night quite fancied a bit of shapeshifting. Not entirely odd considering the moon changes shape every day as well. Perhaps it is somewhat symbolic, not unlike Discord's chocolate milk."


To wake or not to wake.

Roll #1 1 = 1

Spring Water [Doctor] 448937

Or a coma.
That's fine too.

Wf+6 448938

Of course, but that still won't change his location.

Still, let's save ourselves a bunch of posts and assume your education over the past five days included that. You'll need enough Kobold Iron to create a vessel the size of your heart. One cup of your own blood. A hoofful of fireflies, Belial's Element, and Phantom Mushroom.

You find him in his clinic, up early, working his still.

Which will it be?

She shrugs. "I read a book once that said it is easier for females to connect to her. If she was weaker during her waning days, it would make sense to find a means to connect to her more closely. But this pendant doesn't just shapeshift!"

More like, "to coma, or to stop breathing?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448939

Now this is good news.
I shall go picking fireflies one by one comes night!
But now, I will do my duties as a student and a necromancer and actually, let's go talk with Doc Peg before this.
I still have to ask him about the wings. In private.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448940

"Indeed it does not. It gave you speech. Self-consciousness. The ability of critical inquiry. You are the exception rather than the norm, miss Mera. I have seen what seaponies can do to us land ponies. It is not a pretty thing in the slightest."
I wave a hoof.
"But as I said… you are different. I can only wonder why."

Chip(DD knight) 448941

"Good morning." I nod at him.
"Gotten some breakfast?"

Wf+6 448942

You go to his clinic and find him working the still. Summer is here.

"Well, I'd still be aware without the pendant. It was broken when we met, remember?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448943

'Hi mister Doc Peg!"
I wave to him.
"Can I ask a question? About something that happened to me a few days ago?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448944

The book of horrible knowledge, By Zaldann, and edited by Clean Account. Which reminds me I should probably try to find an unabridged edition, but that's likely impossible in this day and age.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448945

"May I ask you a rather crude question, miss Mera?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 448946

Oh, this I gotta listen to.

Chip(DD knight) 448947

I just nod at Summer(?)

Wf+6 448948

He nods. "S'p'd s'm' b'n'cl's o' th' f'cle."

He nods as he pumps a lever up and down.

Chapter two surrounds Zaldann's grievances with the swamp ponies, who he claims had previously populated the opposite side of this forest for some time but in recent days have been encroaching on his grounds. He remarks his frustration that they are not scared off by weather like normal ponies – which he describes as 'tourists'.

He writes at length about how the swamp ponies perform rituals that even he considers unsavory – involving not a small amount of torture and pain worship. His understanding of their rituals is that they feel that by cutting up trees and ponies, they can create a common feeling that drew fauna and flora closer together. Ultimately he abandons the line of thought, dismissing the whole practice as 'heathen savagery', and returns to his own more civilized musings on blood drinking and voodoo magic.

Chapter three is all about animals. On a whim, Zaldann decided to postpone all of his research three weeks to simply catalog every single animal he could see and aspects such as coloration, height, weight, abilities, migration patterns, and social behavior, as well as highly questionable attributes, such as thoughts, hoariness (that is to say, how gray the animal was), horniness (that is to say, how many antlers or horns the animal possessed), and virility (that is to say, how likely the animal was to claim a mate this season). Zaldann spends two days attempting to turn a captive frog into a toad, but only succeeds in turning it into a newt before deciding to give up on the practice entirely.

Chapter four is all about the reeds in the local river. Colors, smells, use in musical instruments. There are sixteen pages of poetry about reeds. At this point, Zaldann grows decidedly bored of reeds and even remarks that he plans to tear these pages out of the manuscript later. Clear Account clarifies in the footnotes that these pages were recovered from a cavity in a tree.

The book continues. Read more?

She looks uncomfortable, but finally nods.

She's not with you, he mis-linked.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448949

This is actually pretty fascinating stuff, even if Zaldann was a loon. Let's keep reading.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448950

I smile gently at her.
"Thank you. You do not have to answer if you do not wish to but… I admit I am a very curious mare with a lot of questions."
I pause for a moment.
"What was it like? Before the pendant, I mean. Was there only a sense of bloodlust? Survival? Did you… every kill a pony? Eat a pony? If so, why? To simply sate your hunger? Perhaps self-defense? Or a lust to draw blood?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448951

"Hi mister Chip! What are you doing here?"
"A few days ago my legs went completely numb and I couldn't move them! I checked over my legs and they seemed just fine… muscle function was normal and blood flow was normal too, so they weren't asleep or anything! I just couldn't move them… What do you think happened?"

Chip(DD knight) 448952

"I didnt catch that." I just stared at the key-master bewildered a bit.

Chip(DD knight) 448953

Not in the clinic, mislinked.

Wf+6 448954

Chapter five is about math. Zaldann carefully times his morning walks to the top of the highest tree (up a ramp he has constructed) in his camp, then documents this. By leaping into a nearby lake, he determines an approximation of the time he would save if he had wings. After some amount of calculation he determines that he can afford to spent three days developing a spell to grant himself wings if he wants to net saved time over the course of a five year period based on the amount of time he would save each morning. However, he then realizes he has spent three mornings timing himself already, and resolves to finish that afternoon. He is successful, and invents a shapeshifting spell in a single afternoon, but discards it when he determines that he spent an hour too long on it and has netted himself a loss in time. Clear Account notes that this mistake here is that discarding the research doesn't regain him his time, so in this case, it's a double loss of time because he didn't keep the wings.

In chapter six, Zaldann attempts beekeeping. His hives produce eighty pounds of honey in two days, but he abandons the venture after he gets stung once on the upper thigh. The hermit muses that bees are not worth the trouble and burns down all of the hives.

Chapter seven is written entirely in an incomprehensible language. Clear Account notes that this must be an invented language, because it matches no known languages or dialects, and it is only included for completedness.

He shrugs. Then he looks pensive for a moment and writes something down before floating it to you. It says:


Ask Moonbeam about leg

Below, scrawled as an afterthought:

Good luck

She looks really uncomfortable. "It's… fuzzy. But I didn't get the pendant until after I was fully… 'awake'."

"S'd I sc'p'd s'me b'r'n'cl's o' th' D'kl't'n."

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448955

"Huh? You want me to… ask Felfire about Moonbeam about the leg?"
I scratch my head.

Light Heart [Warlord] 448956

"Fuzzy… but still present in your memories, yes? Can you still… speak to your kind even now? Attempt to understand their reasonings? Perhaps even get them to cease hunting on ponies?"

Chip(DD knight) 448957

I just scratch my head and shrug.
"Perhaps it is too early for that am I right?"

Is there anything wrong with him, physically I mean.

Roll #1 10 = 10

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448958

I'll make a small tch noise at the lost flight spell. That could have been useful. Abilio might be able to puzzle out the language, though. He's smart.
Shame about the bees, though.
I'll shut the book for now, and rub my eyes.
So far this hasn't mentioned anything about doing anything like how my teacher seemed to fuse with nature.
Maybe… Maybe I have to try talking to Luna. But to do that, I'd need the altar from Autumnsreach…
I'll sigh. It's not like we took it with us.
Well, no sense moping. I'll get up and stretch a little. Sitting here isn't going to do me any good. Time for some exercise. Go for a trot around the Sirocco, after placing the book carefully back in the pile.

Wf+6 448959

He looks a little confused, the nods hesitantly.

Nope, he seems fine.

You trot around the Sirocco. You see Light Heart making the rounds, and Tony practicing.

Wf+6 448960

"Oh yes, well, in a sense. Sea ponies don't think like land ponies."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448961

Making the rounds? I thought she was talking with Skylight and Mera?

Chip(DD knight) 448962

Just scratch my nose.
"Alright, have it your way then mate." I just shrug and leave.

How about the commodore Smitts, is he awake?

Wf+6 448963

She's walking and talking with them.

Probably. You go up and knock on his door.

"What is it, Chip?"

Summer Seas [Cleric] 448964

"Oh. Okay then!"
And then I do that next session. Later!

Light Heart [Warlord] 448965

"So I have heard. An odd thing, really. They have a certain resemblance to ponies, yet they are more vicious than a starved griffin. It makes one wonder how this could have happened. Perhaps a cruel joke by mother nature."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448966

Ah. Well, I don't want to butt in on their conversation.
Maybe I can look for some busywork that I can earn some loose coin for? Decks need swabbing, after all. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 448967

She seems disheartened, and finally remarks, "I've got to go."

Off she goes.

You've been swabbing all week. You can't complain, because it beats bilging. You tidy up a bit as the sun stretches over the deck.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448968

Do I see Mera splitting off from Light Heart?

Light Heart [Warlord] 448969

I watch her go.
"… Perhaps I was a little too crude. I should apologize for that."

Wf+6 448970

Wf+6 448971

Skylight nods.

"It's time for prayer, though."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448972

I'll trot up to her.
"Hey, Mera, what's the matter?"

Chip(DD knight) 448973

"Good morning Commodore Smitts," I nod at him.
"Is it alright if I come in?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 448974

I smile slightly.
"May Celestia have mercy on my soul. Let us pray."

Wf+6 448975

She shakes her head. "I don't want to talk about it."

"Very well then. What is it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448976

I'll look around.
"Would you like some company? Or did you want some time to yourself?"

Chip(DD knight) 448977

"Ah yes to business."
I scratch my head.
"Mister Rusty, the buffalo who repairs ship told me about the ships… regenerative magic. Well it is not within my power to use magic but if I may, I would like to know the specifics of how it work? Can the ship close down its holes when fired with cannons? How many of our ships are already imbued by the same magic. You know just so that a ship builder like me knows when and when not to repair a ship."

Wf+6 448978

"That's fine. What were you doing?"

She takes you up to the rear of the Sirocco where she has set up a little sun shrine. It's very minimalistic, so much so that it could be easily overlooked. Because of the way the ship is sailing, you can see the sun directly ahead of you.

She sits down and offers you a hoof.

"The magic that repairs the ships is very slow and not as effective as what is done by our shipwrights. If the damage isn't extensive, don't worry about it, it will solve itself. More serious injuries, like cracks in the mast and damage sustained from cannonballs in sea combat should be repaired right away. Think of it like an injury you would sustain. You wouldn't go see the doctor over a papercut, would you?"

Chip(DD knight) 448979

I grin at this and nod.
"I take it the darklantern is one of the ships to have this. I fear the eagle's roost dont have regenerative magic on the hull casted on it so to speak

Light Heart [Warlord] 448980

I sit down next to her and take it with a friendly smile.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448981

"Mostly just tidying up around deck. Don't want anyone to trip over some loose rope and fall overboard. I'm half-convinced less than a third of the crew actually knows how to swim."
I'll look up at Mera for a moment.
"Anything you'd like to do? I'm just trying to get out a little so I don't start growing mushrooms while reading those old books."

Wf+6 448982

"It is coming along. But developing the spell across the entire hull takes a long time. It is not a simple spell to cast. It will be completely enchanted soon."

"Meditate a moment, find your center, take a breath, and then pray. If you have trouble thinking about what to say, it's easy to remember to begin by thanking for what you have, then ask what you can do better, then ask for what you want. And remember, you probably won't get a response."

"Normally, I go for a swim, but I don't feel up to it today. I think I'm going to take a nap."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448984

"Back in the cabin? Or somewhere on deck? I could join you, if you like. I forgot how quickly a body this size gets tired…"

Chip(DD knight) 448985

I wipe a brow of sweat and smile with relief.
"Well that is glad to hear."

…… I then look around, a bit nervous.
"Say, commodore… you do know a certain fellow named Curry is that correct?"

Wf+6 448986

She laughs and ruffles your mane. "The cabin."

"Of course."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448987

"Well, let's head back, then. With all those books there, we'll have plenty to read until we're both out cold."


"Or to put it more optimistically, I may get a response."
I chuckle, then relax and try to clear my head of any other thoughts but the questions I have.
Where do I stand? Where should I go from here and what should I change?

Roll #1 7 = 7

Chip(DD knight) 448989

"He is working in the ship now if I am correct aye?"

Wf+6 448993

You can't tell if it's the morning sun you're basking in or the prayer, but you do feel filled with inner warmth. It's a good feeling. No response, though.

She nods, and scoops you up to race back to the cabin, laughing all the while. At least you've cheered her up.

He nods.

"That's correct. Enough rhetorical questions though, what's the point you're making?"

Chip(DD knight) 448995

"What is the price he is asking for payment in return for his work?"


Well… it doesn't hurt to try once more. Let's see if this feeling of warmth has anything to it… or if all of this is just a massive waste of my precious time.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 448997

That's what I set out to do. Now, what sort of book might Mera like to read before a nap?
That book of Tales, maybe?

Wf+6 449003

No answer, though you're now sure it can't be entirely just the morning sun's heat.

In any case, Skylight seems pleased that you took the time to join her in prayer.

"Just paying him menial wage, why?"

She seems satisfied with it, and dozes off on the big bed after a time. You feel pretty heavy-lidded yourself.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449005

Can I stay awake? Don't want to get caught in my own sleep trap… '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7

Light Heart [Warlord] 449006

Hmmm… perhaps some day. At least it did something. Maybe that was just Celestia trying to remind me that I'd be burned for my sins though…
"Thank you, miss Skylight. Always a pleasure."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449009

Alright, that's good enough. Let's read some more of these stories. Legends were always started with a grain of truth!

Chip(DD knight) 449011

"Well, its just… odd for me. You know him being part of the crew all of a sudden. Not that I am against having more men but it came to be a surprise…. "

Wf+6 449013

She smiles and departs.

Next time.

"Just as well. I can't rid of him yet."


Chip(DD knight) 449015

I tilt my head.
"Why is that?"

Wf+6 449112

"Too useful for keeping a certain somepony in line. In any case, if you see Emrille, tell her I was serious about not talking to Curry. I don't want any more mishaps coming to me, I am busy enough as it is."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449113

That just about concludes the most important bits. Though I'm sure I forgot something.
Is Sitar still in my cabin?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449114

Storytime, boss. Maybe of a certain paladin of Freedom.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449116

So apparently pulling the trigger five times in a row exceeds my knowledge in guns

[lemon] 449117

"Aye boss." I nod at this.
I then give him a grin.
"Say, got any plans for Dixie? Anything that I can help with?"

Chip(DD knight) 449118

Felfire [Necromancer] 449121

Is Doc finally alone?

Wf+6 449122

Nope. He was notably absent this morning. Who knows where he keeps disappearing to. He seemed in oddly good health last time you saw him, but then, you didn't really talk to him then.

This is a book written entirely by Jerky Joe, a pony that suffered from some sort of degenerative disease that made it hard to move smoothly. The first chapter is about his personal life. He made a living by collecting seaweed off the shores, before cleaning, cooking, and reselling it. He ends the chapter remarking that in all his days walking the shores and speaking to all the sailors that came through port, he had collected many, many stories.

Chapter two is about Nightmare Night, which leads Jerky Joe to cite a supposed insider for information. It poses a contrarian viewpoint. Unlike other books that place Luna's fall entirely on jealousy, this insider suggests that it also had to do with encroachment on her personal rights and diminishment of her role in the government. Apparently her followers had already been discriminated against early on, and according to the source, her uprising was to defend them. However, as they say, history is written by the winners.

"We're not staying long enough for anything like that. I just want to get in and get out with the food."

I guess so, since Sol isn't here.

Wf+6 449123

You know HOW to do it, of course, but you'd miss four of them. All your life you've been practicing without the need to account for recoil in your aim because you had to stop to reload.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449125

Oh my! All alone with him~
"Doc, there's something I still haven't had the time to ask you…"
Idly sit somewhere nearby.
"Why did you fix… All of me?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449126

Well, that's oddly similar to my life, though I didn't really sell seaweed. That much.
Let's read on.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449127

One of these days…
That leaves Wark. Is he up and about?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449128

I'll ask Hamburger or what'shisname then.
Or maybe I could practice on the what'shisname of that bigass ship. Maybe there's a shooting range there.
This is totally not to find the rabbit

Wf+6 449131

Felfire rubs her scars uneasily.

"I thought that's what you wanted."

The third chapter is about sea dragons. You gather from context clues that at the time, they were a serious problem to shipping lanes. There are several stories about terrible dragons that would sweep away entire small fleets at night before the alarm could be raised. You passively wonder where all the dragons went. Were they hunted out? Left? Died out?

He's sleeping in and has moved to the bed now that everyone else is gone (except Spring Water who is sharing the bed, though passed out).

You wander about for a while and locate the gun range that Friesian Cross set up in the Eagle's Roost hold.

Itztli is here in the hold inspecting the crates.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449132

Probably hunted, since this ship has at least one serpent hunter on it.
I'll close the book as Light wanders in, though.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449133

Okay, I don't think I tried the magic part of the gun yet.
Fire an Frosty Bullet at the targets.
"I didn't know you liked guns."

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6

Felfire [Necromancer] 449134

"Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you did!
It's just…
It took me by surprise. A lot."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449135

I know better than to wake him.

I raise a brow, but simply nod at him and take my leave.

What to do next… Ah. Happy Puzzle. Is she somewhere to be found?

Chip(DD knight) 449136

I see, if there is anything you need sir I will be off then." I nod to Smitts and head outside for some fresh air.
Perhaps I'll try to see if Topaz is awake already before heading to find Emrille

Wf+6 449138


The surface is covered in a frosty sheen.


She seems a little reassured and offers you a smile. "That's good. You were pretty badly torn up. Nasty cuts on your wings."

Probably in the mansion.

You go there and wander around a bit, and eventually find her in Landgrave's art parlor painting. Paper is spread across the marble floor, and she's spattering a canvas in a fury of art.

Topaz is up. She's working on adjusting the screws in some kind of fine mechanism over in the corner.


Chip(DD knight) 449141

"Good morning."
"Whats that?" I pointed to what she is doing.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449142

… Oh dear. Why is this mare living unsupervised?
"Miss Puzzle? Are you quite enjoying yourself?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449143

"Yeah. It happens."
Sigh and stand up.
"I'm still not sure if I can do without those scars anymore…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449144

"Then why are you here?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449147

Hmm. I'm in a bit of a pickle. If I get up to pester Light Heart about stationary, then I'll probably disturb Mera's nap. If I just sit here, I'll end up falling asleep myself.
Well, little harm in that, I suppose, so long as I wake up before the day's out and can talk to the others. Especially miss Topaz, concerning my pay and when I can retrieve it. So I guess I'll just relax a bit for now.

Wf+6 449150

She doesn't turn around. "This mechanism is used for creating doubloons. It is called a mint."


She continues… art… ing.

Felfire cocks her head, and the scars slowly disappear from her face, leaving her quite pretty.

"Why is that?"


Wf+6 449151


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449152

2~3 hours later, we'll probably wake up and realize it's lunch.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449153

What does it look like? Just some splatters of every color imaginable?
"It looks… quite interesting. Does it have a meaning behind it?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449154

"Old habits. Old fears. A pretty face is just troubles."

Chip(DD knight) 449155

"Ah, getting ready for tomorrow I presume."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449158

"And what astonishing stuff did you discover?"
Let's try an air shot too, while I'm at it.

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10

Wf+6 449160

Go for it. She's still sleeping in the tub, though.

In the foreground, there is an immaculate tree, created with consummate skill. It casts dancing shadows and scatters light across its roots.

In the background, there are chaotic swirls and spatters of random colors with seemingly no meaning at all.

"That's for you to decide! Haven't you ever seen modern art?"

Felfire steps a little closer. "Some ponies make a living off a pretty face. Look at Face."

"Yes… though the tuning is important on most days. To keep inflation stable coins are minted at a precise rate."



Chip(DD knight) 449162

"Ah I see, do you need help or can you already hnadle that."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449163

"I am more of a classicist, I'm afraid."
Look around at the mess.
"… Does Landgrave not mind any of this?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449164

"I'm guessing that oddity will help you create more chaos and stuff?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449165

"No. No no no no. No."
Take a fearful step back and shake my head.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449167

I'll chuckle slightly.
"She must be really tired…"
I'll head out on deck, and shut the door. Don't want anyone to disturb her while she's relaxing.
Don't suppose I can head over to the Darklantern to see Topaz, can I? Or am I going to have to try and find a lift?

Wf+6 449169

"I have it under control. Get ready for Dixie. Find a suit or something, or just don't leave the boat. I swear we're going to get sunk ten minutes after making port because someone makes a rude remark. Politeness is very important to these ponies. Actually – do you know that little guinea pig that Abilio has been working on? Tell Emrille she shouldn't leave the boats, that crass little pig."


Felfire frowns. "I thought you were friends? He said as much last time he came for a checkup. He called you a 'wingpony'. But then he said you hadn't come to visit in a long time, and even then, it was just to ask for something."

You can. Chip is here, Topaz is working on some kind of mechanism.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449171

You can create in chaos now?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449172

If they're talking, I'll just wait a minute. Don't want to butt in.

Wf+6 449173


Light Heart [Warlord] 449175

Wf+6 449176

"Not if I use the paper."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449178

"Progess is chaotic?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 449179

"Carry on then, miss Puzzle. I am not one to stand in the way of creativity."
Observe her for a while. I'm curious how much more paint she's going to use before she's satisfied.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449182

Shake my head again, and sit down.
"It's not that.
I like Face, yes…"
Take a deep breath.
"I just…"
Shut my eyes and shake my head violently once more.
"It was the idea of… Again…"

Chip(DD knight) 449184

I scratch my head, what did she do this time.
"Alright I'll tell her, looks like Smitts is not the only one hehe." I grin.

"Hmmm.. perhaps I'll ask Abilio what makes a good dress for a dog like me. If not perhaps… Summer?" I raise an eyebrow.

Wf+6 449185


"He didn't like it at all when I used the walls!"

She pulls out a large brush and dips it into a blue bucket nearby. With just a few deft strokes she fills in the sky… and the seemingly random strokes of paint from below now show through the blue and create radiant sunlight in various colors, beating down in midmorning hues on the tree.

Felfire offers you a weak smile. "I know a thing or two about having a past you don't feel comfortable talking about."

She shrugs. "Whatever you think."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449187

Keep watching her work.
"I have been meaning to ask, how did your… showdown with Itztli end?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449188

Smile back.
"Yeah. And a pretty face has been the one thing that got me into problems to begin with…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449189

"If you haven't found anything in days, that means you made no progress.
And no chaos.
Or maybe you make no progress because you are not making any chaos?"

Wf+6 449191

"It got rained out."

There definitely wasn't any rain that day.

She waves a hoof. "If you don't want to talk about it, that's fine."


Light Heart [Warlord] 449193

"Whatever do you mean?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449194

Nod a bit, but smile.
"Yeah. I just want to leave all that behind.
You understand, no?"

Wf+6 449195

She gives you an odd look. "What does it sound like?"

And returns to painting.


Chip(DD knight) 449196

"Alright." head to the deck and find Emrille.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449197

I'll cough a little to get Topaz's attention.
"Pardon me, miss Topaz?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 449199

"You imply it rained, yet there was no rain to be seen that day."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449200

"I dunno.
Just asking about this chaos stuff I guess."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449201

Maybe one day, if you really want to know, if we are nearby…
I promise I will tell you everything then, if you want to know."
Stand up.
"Working on your still?"

Wf+6 449202

"Go ahead."

She doesn't turn around from her work.

"Not that kind of rain."

She continues painting.


He returns to his investigation.

"Yes. It has to be cleaned out with reasonable frequency and adjusted."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449203

"Want any help with it?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449204

"Since I've joined the crew, I was wondering at which points I'm to collect wages for menial work. There are a few things I'd like to get when we make landfall, and I was hoping I'd at least earned something over the last few days of drudge work."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449205

"There are other kinds of rain?"

Wf+6 449206

"Sure. I need water to clean it, can you get a bucket?"

"Wages are typically distributed on Celestia's Day."

"Are you crazy? Of course!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449207

Check the boxes too.
"So what exactly are you looking for?
Or just something?"

Roll #1 7 = 7

Chip(DD knight) 449208

Light Heart [Warlord] 449209

"Do elaborate.."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449210

Off to get a bucket of fresh, not salty water.

Roll #1 4 = 4

Wf+6 449213

You find her belowdecks on the Eagle's Roost.


"I'm trying to focus on my work…"

You wander around for a bit and then realize that in all the time you've been on the ship you haven't been asking where the fresh water comes from.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449214

I'll think a moment.
"So… the seventh day of the week? Or do you go by the calendar where it's the first day?"

Wf+6 449216

She turns around just long enough to give you a stare.

"Does it matter when the week begins or ends? That doesn't affect when you get it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449217

"Then I shall wait for you to finish it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449218

You know…
Barrels of water?
We have reserves!
Oh well.
Let's go exploring.
To the kitchen!

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449219

"True enough."
So I take it Celestia's Day, or Sun Day, is going to be after we leave Dixie?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449220

"That's not much to go on."

Wf+6 449221

The Pillager's Fancy doesn't boast a kitchen, unfortunately.

She continues working for a time, articulating leaves and grass.



Chip(DD knight) 449222

Go and wave at Emrille.

"Hey there." I grin at her.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449223

Stop one of the sailors.
"Hey, where can I find some fresh water?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449224

"What gift?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449225

So just in time then, grand.
"I'll leave you to your work then, miss Topaz. Lovely speaking with you."
And then up top. Starting to get a bit hungry… the Darklantern should have a kitchen galley somewhere…
Can I smell anything cooking, or is it just the salty sea air that I smell? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9

Light Heart [Warlord] 449226

I'm happy she has an eye for detail.

Wf+6 449228


Hm. Odd.


You smell clam.

In the distant background she begins splattering colors again.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449230

She's like a small child… maybe Grey and Red would enjoy this experience as well.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449231

Clams? Well, let's follow my nose and see where it goes. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5

Wf+6 449232

Again she takes out a blue brush and covers the splatters with a vibrant azure. The splatters are now the prismatic reflections of the waves in a small pond.

They're boiling clams in the kitchen one ship over on the Seaworthy.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449233

"My 'potential for chaos' then?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449234

I bet Smitts did it.
Off to the Bilge, see what sorcery they have set up.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449235

What does she look like anyway? Or is she still wearing that catsuit?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449237

Neat. Let's head over and see if I can't exchange scullery work for a meal.

Chip(DD knight) 449238

Just frown a bit at her ignoring me.
"Alright have it your way."

Wf+6 449239


The bilge is an unpleasant place. It smells strongly of salt, and ponies labor away at pumps here to keep the water out.

Well, normally. It seems that while most of the pumps eliminate water, some of them are pumping water into barrels.

Yep. Though in fairness, a flowing gown isn't choice for painting.

You'd get a meal anyway as part of your payment. They tell you to go back to your ship.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449240

Well at least it shows off her curves pretty well.
Continue to observe and wait for her to finish.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449241

Nerts. Well, it was worth a shot for an early lunch.
Anything interesting happening on deck? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449244

"Do I have potential to be immortal then?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449247

Go near one.
"So this turns salt water into clean one?"

Wf+6 449248

Finally she finishes and sets the canvas down to dry.

Nope. We're pretty much just waiting on Light Heart and Emrille to finish so we can arrive.


Wf+6 449249


Emrille [Gunslinger] 449250

"Potential to what then?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449252


Light Heart [Warlord] 449253

Look it over for a moment, then turn to her.
"Could you explain the rain comment?"

Chip(DD knight) 449254

Fuck this shit go outside and find Abilio.

Wf+6 449255


"I don't build it. Ask Topaz or something. She makes all this stuff."

"It rained and we called it off! Why are you being so intrusive all of a sudden?"

He's not in his cabin. Hm.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449256

Felfire [Necromancer] 449257

Well get a bucket and pump myself one.

Roll #1 7 = 7

Light Heart [Warlord] 449258

I chuckle.
"I am simply confused, miss Puzzle. As far as I remember, there was no rain that day."

Wf+6 449260

I did actually answer that one, I just forgot to link.

Nope. No more interesting stuff. We're about to pause.

You pump out some water just fine. Hard to tell if it's salty down here in the dark – plus everything smells salty down here.

"There was rain."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449261

Well, bother. Let's see if I can't find Felfire, or Light Heart.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449262

"I did not see any. You were on the same fleet as I was, correct?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449265

Dip a hood into it and taste it.

Chip(DD knight) 449266

If he is not in his cabin, damn.
Perhaps find Light Heart, she knows how those Dixie folks dress themselves.

Wf+6 449267


She wanders into the kitchen and starts pulling out bowls and ingredients.

Tastes non-salty.

You run into Felfire as she is emerging from the belowdecks with some water.

You heard she's in Landgrave's cabin, so you go over to the Darklantern. You are outside Landgrave's door.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449268

Bring it to Doc.
Wave at him and keep going.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449269

I smile and walk after her.
"Miss Puzzle please. This is borderline torture."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449270

I'll wave back.
"Say, mind if I follow you for a bit? I'm at a bit of a loss of things to do, and I was hoping to talk."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449272

"Yeah, I'm not too busy."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449274

"Great. I'll try to stay out of your way, though, until you're done with what it is you're doing."
And I'll fall into step beside and a bit behind Felfire.

Chip(DD knight) 449275

Felfire waving at me?
Wave back and continue to forth to the Darklantern
Odd. Perhaps stranger things have happened today

Head over to Landgraves cabin and knock.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449278

I misslinked, sorry.
"Wait here for a moment."

Once I'm back at Doc's place, I will knock and announce loudly.
"Doc! I'm bringing Curry in. Can we enter?"
Wait for an answer.

Wf+6 449285

Doc Peg opens the door and lets you in.

She hands you a dictionary (where did she get that?) and opens it to P, then scrolls down the page and points at:


A pony in a fine suit opens the door.

"Does sir have business in this residence?"

Behind him you can see a sight that boggles the mind. There's a full mansion, with marble floors and columns. No way that fits on the ship.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449286

"Here, I crought the water.
It's fresh, checked myself."

Wf+6 449287

He nods and takes it over, and starts scrubbing clean the filter.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449290

Light Heart [Warlord] 449292

Wf+6 449293

You continue reading:

POLITE FICTION: (n) A polite fiction is a social scenario in which all participants are aware of a truth, but pretend to believe in some alternative version of events to avoid conflict or embarrassment. Polite fictions are closely related to euphemism, in which a word or phrase that might be impolite, disagreeable, or offensive is replaced by another word or phrase that both speaker and listener understand to have the same meaning.

An example would be of a man who goes out drinking, but tells his family that he is merely going for an evening walk to enjoy the night air. Even though everyone knows he will only be walking as far as the bar and will come home drunk, they all pretend that he really is going out for a walk, and pretend not to notice his drunkenness when he returns. Another common example is a couple that has had an argument, after which one of them absents him or herself from a subsequent social gathering, with the other claiming that he or she is "ill".

Felfire [Necromancer] 449294

Help him out a bit.
"Can't wait to put this to work."

Roll #1 7 = 7

Wf+6 449295

He raises a brow, as if to ask, 'why?'

Light Heart [Warlord] 449296

Well yes, I suppose I should have expected that. I know what the word means.
"Very well then, miss Puzzle. I will not bother you any further."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449298

"Hey, I still got a taste for alcohol after all!"
Chuckle a bit.
"And probably I should make it up to Face for neglecting him for so long…"

Chip(DD knight) 449300

Stand back a bit, what the…
"I heard Ms. Light Heart is here?" I asked the man.

Wf+6 449302

"You can stay if you like."

She's cracks a few eggs over a bowl of flour.

He nods.

"The Lady Heart has gone into the kitchens."

Chip(DD knight) 449305

"So I assume this is magic, again."
I just stand at the door.
"Will it be fine to enter or should I wait for her here?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 449306

"Oh? Very well then."
Observe her.
"You are no doubt making cake."

Wf+6 449307

He glances at your dirty paws.

"I'll summon her. Wait a moment."

He disappears.


A servant pone shows up.

"A diamond dog to see you, my Lady."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449308

"Ah. Duty calls for me once more. Excuse me."
Follow the servant pone.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449309

So, wait for the cleaning to finish.

Chip(DD knight) 449310

Just wait outside the door then.
Have I seen this place before or is this all new to me?

Wf+6 449311

You find Chip waiting at the door.


After a time (and a couple of accidental brushes with actual living flesh!) Doc Peg finishes cleaning out the still and reassembles it.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449312

I nod at him as I leave.
"Mister Chip. How may I help you?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449313

N-not like that's his r-real flesh!
So it's ok-kay, n-no?
"Ready to work the magic?"

Chip(DD knight) 449315

"Ah there you are, I didnt know there is this kind of place in the DarkLantern."

"All them fancy crew go and party in here I reckon. Anyway, I came by to ask if you can help teach me about Dixie and what to do and what not to do in that port."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449317

Well, this is curious. Wonder what's happening?

Light Heart [Warlord] 449318

"Landgrave's 'cabin' is rather unique, yes. Quite peculiar, in fact."
I look him over.
"You no doubt are aware of Dixie's customs. The ponies who live there are extremely polite and expect the same of anypony who visits them. The elite of Dixie consists of earth ponies, not unicorns or pegasi. In fact, they tend to enslave unicorns more often than not to use them for their fieldwork."

Wf+6 449319


Felfire [Necromancer] 449321

While we are still working, I will turn to him from time to time.
"So, what is it you wanted to talk about anyway?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449324

"Well, I was wondering what prompted you to get rid of the scars. When last we spoke of them, you seemed very proud of each one, so you suddenly showing up without any of them that I could see was rather curious. Well, at least until I saw your wings weren't covered in copper, anyway."
I'll fiddle my hooves a bit.
"So I was really just wondering if it was by choice, or by side effect of restoring your wings."

Chip(DD knight) 449325

"Ponies enslaving ponies? That is the first time I hear that. Interesting I suppose." I scratch my chin.
"As for politeness and etiquette and all those rules, Ms Topaz told me this dog vest wont do and that I should find a nice set of clothing if I want to set my feet on port, she says like a 'suit' or something. Can I borrow one of yours if you have any?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449327

"Let's say it's the choice I didn't know I wanted to make."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449331

I'll nod.
"Those tend to sneak up on us every so often."
I'll scratch my chin a little.
"You look nice, by the way. And about 40 years younger."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449332

I chuckle heartily.
"I do not quite believe my pony dresses will suit a diamond dog such as yourself. I'm afraid you will need to find an expert on diamond dog fashion elsewhere. I am not quite versed on it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449333

Smile a bit to myself.
"Fervy was happy too~"

Chip(DD knight) 449334

Stand for a moment.
"Ah yes what am I thinking." I grin back.
"Though besides you, I dont think no one in this ship are good at dress making or anything. I dont even know what a suit is."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449336

"I do not possess any sewing or tailoring skills myself, I'm afraid. Perhaps I could see if Landgrave could help you, but I personally cannot make you a suit. Time is quite short, we will reach Dixie very soon."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449338

I'll chuckle.
"Well, he's only half of the ponies you need to be happy about the decision. You're the other half."
I'll think a little.
"Still, this is a rather large step for you, and I must confess I'm a little curious as to where you plan on going with it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449340

"I thought I had been clear enough with it while talking to Emrille.
Leaving all that crap behind.

Chip(DD knight) 449341

"Perhaps this vest will do then," I shrug.
I then stare at the place.
"Not that I like to pry but what are you doing here? This place is looks to big, and too fancy to be connected to a ship."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449342

I smile.
"Why, I plan to take over the world from here, of course."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449343

"I must confess I was a bit distracted. And you'll have to forgive me for tuning out Emrille whenever she talks."
I'll shrug.
"But that is good to hear. I won't pry into what, or who, caused this change."
I'll smile up at her.
"Now all we need to do, if you're willing, is to overcome the aversion to being close to living ponies."
I'll scratch the back of my head a little sheepishly.
"Though, that does hinge on you wanting to get over that aversion, I suppose. I should really stop assuming what you might do."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449344

Give him a flat stare.
"Slow down there Poneo.
There is going to be only one stallion that will ever touch me again, and he's not alive yet."

Chip(DD knight) 449345

"Pffhahahaha…" I reeled back.
"Really!? I mean you little pony?" I smile back.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449347

"Everypony wants to rule the world, mister Chip."

Chip(DD knight) 449348

"Wait, you're serious?" I raise an eyebrow.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449351

"What do you think?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449352

I'll blink for a moment.
"What made… oh, right."
I'll knock my forehead a little.
"I know that. You and Fervored are practically soul mates, Felfire. I wouldn't dream of trying to do anything untoward to the lover of someone I respect. But with Dixie coming up, and their focus on politeness, a hoofshake might mean the difference between an easy stop and, well, a less easy stop."

Chip(DD knight) 449353

I fold my arms.
"Honestly. I think you are too small to accomplish such a thing. Without help of course."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449355

"Ah! That place!"
"Fuck them.
I'm getting what I need and leaving as soon as I can, screw their facade of a society.
Did you know they inprison unicorns just for being unicorns?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 449356

I chuckle again.
"Is that what all diamond dogs think of us ponies then?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449357

I'll nod.
"Light Heart decided to fill us in, and took special time to caution me against anything… rash."

Chip(DD knight) 449364

"Most diamond dogs, but this one is skeptical at best. But if a pony proves herself worthy then that dogs mindset will change all together."
I then close my arms.
"You've proven yourself time and again LightHeart and I have no doubt that you can command a ship, or two even. Perhaps as town mayor? Maybe?"
"But the world? How?" I just tilt my head and smile at her.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449365

"The truth of the matter is that I do not wish to rule the world, mister Chip. It was merely a joke."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449366

"Told you about the mindreaders too?"

Chip(DD knight) 449367

I then give her a glum look.
"Alright, keep your secret to yourself little pony. How cruel of you to tease this old sea dog again."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449368

"And the anti-mages. They'll probably travel in pairs, and they're likely to swarm the docks to check over new arrivals for their intents."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449372

"I am quite certain you will survive a joke, mister Chip. In any case, I advice you to refrain from causing trouble in Dixie. Most ponies are armed with guns and will not hesitate for a second to shoot you if you offend them."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449375

"Good luck with that then.
Might not have been the smartest thing to go back looking like a boy."

Chip(DD knight) 449378

"Aye, looks like a friendly place if you ask me. Looks like I will have a hard time swooning some of the lady folks there."
"Come to think of it, its a good thing you dont carry a gun all the time."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449380

I pat my pistols
"I do, in fact. Did you not notice that? I sleep with a pistol under my pillow even."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449384

I'll think a moment.
"Oh, hey, one thing. I was planning on transcribing those old books and trying to sell them off to get some coin on the side, since they shouldn't have any diagrams or things that need to be transferred exactly. Would you like a copy of one of them? There's a book on this odd wizard, Zanabb, I think his name was, that lived out in the middle of a swamp. Kinda nutty, but there are some interesting things in there."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449385

Raise a brow.
"Wizard… In a swamp?
What's this all about?"

Chip(DD knight) 449386

"It appears your stay and experience with the other folks abroad and aboard this ship have lengthen your patience to certain offenses. If not perhaps I might have a few holes in me right now." I scratch my head.
"Hey perhaps you should teach Emrille about dealing with other individuals aye?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449391

"You'd have to read it, the guy was a real odd duck. Spent months making his own flight spell and then just threw it away. Kept a bunch of beehives for easy access to honey, but burnt them all when he got stung once."
I'll shake my head.
"He even invented his own language, and I was thinking of asking master Abilio to try and decipher it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449392

"You could ask the guy himself, one of these days."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449395

"What do you mean?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 449397

Motion around with one hoof.
"You know, necromancers and all..
Admittedly, this can only work if the guy really existed."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449398

"I am not like most Dixie ponies, no. I am also not an earth pony like most Dixie ponies. One could say I am an oddity. As for miss Emrille, I will speak to her. No need to worry about that."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449400

"I'm pretty sure he existed. The journals were gathered by someone named Clean Account, and one part of it was found stuffed in a tree because it was ripped out and left there after Zabann or whatever his name was decided it was a tremendous waste of time and stuffed it into a tree."
I'll think a moment.
"Though I must admit that necromancy is an excellent way to double-check."

Chip(DD knight) 449403

Breath out in relief.
"Ah, that is good to hear. For a moment there I thought my vulgar actions to you is something that you disapprove, or that it will cost my life, whats worse is that you're just faking all of it." I grimaced and shake in fear.

Light Heart [Warlord] 449406

"What would I have possibly to gain from killing you, mister Chip? It would only bring misery and trouble which I would rather avoid if possible."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449407

"Remind me to, one of these days.
Especially if he was that powerful. Seems like a fun guy to talk with."

Chip(DD knight) 449408

"Well…. yeah nothing come to think of it." I scratch my head.
"By the way, thanks for warning me about Dixie, I would rather keep my mouth shut and keep my hands in pocket if we do arrive there." I grin.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449409

"Well, you'll probably be the first to get a copy, once I get the materials. Assuming I get paid enough tomorrow to cover the costs of the ink, paper, and bindings for at least one book. Still, if you'd like something to read tonight, I could lend it to you. I imagine some of the history texts might be interesting as well, and Fervored might enjoy a good book as well."

Light Heart [Warlord] 449410

I nod.
"As it stands, we are not there to raid or pillage. The same goes for the island of Roads. I believe there are larger plans in motion, which will require certain things which need to be gathered first. Raising suspicion would be very unwise."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449411

"This reminds me…
I should pick something up for him.
A gift."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449412

"Well, what does he like? His favorite color, that sort of thing."

Chip(DD knight) 449413

"Agreed, this is what was talked about in the meeting last time. Looks like Roads is really that desperate that we will profit with trading to them food produce."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449414

I… I am not sure. He never asked anything for himself…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449415

"Well, perhaps you can ask? Or surprise him and try to guess. I'm not going to say that I've any knowledge of how romance should work, especially between the living and the departed, but I think the intention behind the gift will mean more to him than the gift itself."

Felfire [Necromancer] 449416

Think for a while.
"What would you even gift to a paladin who spends his days inbetween heaven and earth…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 449417

"So it seems."

Chip(DD knight) 449418

Stand there for a moment, then give a sly smile
"Hmm.. so I still can do this if I am right."
Lift her up and hug her.

Roll #1 2 = 2

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449419

I'll shrug slightly.
"Were it me, I think the greatest gift I could have is a bit of that heaven on earth. A place to rest my spirit and renew myself."
I'll nod to Felfire.
"You could be that. His haven on earth, a piece of the glorious beyond walking the earth to keep him company."
I'll scratch my nose for a moment.
"Well, that might be a bit flowery, but you get the meaning. They say that the home is where the heart is, so you can be his heart, and his home. You give him a place to come back to."

Chip(DD knight) 449420

No hugs then.

Felfire [Necromancer] 449421

Groan and facehoof.
"I meant it literally.
When he's not here, he's in Elysium.
Not that it matters.
I will think of something.
Maybe a poem…"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 449422

I'll think a bit.
"A poem might be good. Or a song."

Chip(DD knight) 449566

After that talk with Light Heart, lets go find Emrille and relay Smitts and Topaz messages.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449567

I'm probably where I was last time.

Chip(DD knight) 449568

"Good morning." I give her a grin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449570

Grin back.
"Check this out!"
Show him my 'new' revolver.

Chip(DD knight) 449571

Stare at it in awe.
"Is that a new gun? And what is that thing on the middle of it, looks like a cylinder."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449572

Shake my head.
"It's the same magic pistol, but…"
Flip out the cylinder and show him the five bullets.
"It takes less time to reload~"

Chip(DD knight) 449573

I grin in amazement.
"Oh! That is rather nice, Topaz told me of guns like this existing but this is the first time I saw one for real."
I then look at her.
"Who designed it? Is he or she in the ship right now?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449574

"I got Stein, the ram of Light, to have a look at the guns that the guys at the Fort had. Y'know, the ones I recruited.
I got my rifle like this too now! It's not with a revolving cylinder like this, but it's just as fast!"

Chip(DD knight) 449577

"Ah, then he is a gunsmith I presume, thats quite nice for you to find a goat like that. So with that it cuts down your reloading time tremendously."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449582

Pat the magicky parts.
"And I can still apply my magic with this baby.
Do you know what that means?"

Chip(DD knight) 449589

I scratch my head.
"You can still fire those frost thingies that you cast?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449590

"And fire, for the flashy ones.
You know Abilio taught me to more magic than that too, right? Like the ability to heal myself by shooting! Hah, how's that sound?"

Chip(DD knight) 449595

"Abilio is a good guy, well good in a sense but he's alright."
I then eye her.
"Wait, forgive this old dog but I do not understand. You can close wounds by shooting at them?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449598

"No, not that much, but it can heal small bruises and cuts, and gives me, y'know, some strenght to stay on my hooves."

Chip(DD knight) 449610

"I see, well that might come in handy in the future if you ask me specially with businesses that has risk in it."
I then fold my arm.
"Say I am here just to relay a message from the commodore so dont take it on me aye?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449631

Raise a brow.
"Yeah, what is it?"

Chip(DD knight) 449632

I close my arms.
"Its something about Curry, like he told me that you lay-off on going after him? Thats what he told me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449633

Roll my eyes.
"Seriously now?
I got the point. No more shooting him and shit. And I don't treat him like shit either. Not more than he deserves anyway."

Chip(DD knight) 449634

"Shooting? I thought you two… "
"Well since both of you are small and all I thought…" I just smirk.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449635

Give him a deadpan look.
"You though what, smart guy?"

Chip(DD knight) 449638

"I thought you will both be more you know… friendlier?" I just grin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449641

"Yeah, spit it out."

Chip(DD knight) 449661

I just smile and shrug.
"Look, I'm just messin with ya, I reckon that an apology is in order aye?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449680

Chuckle and shake my head.
"No, no, I was genuinly worried that you have such a shit memory."

[lemon] 449694

I nod at this.
"Well I'm just here to tell you about what Smitts told me, orders from him so I got too aye."
"And also, Ms. Topaz told me that you got to find a decent dress for Dixie if you want to go out and explore, if you want more idea how Dixie works ask Light Heart. She lives there one time aye?"

Chip(DD knight) 449699

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449708

"So I heard, yeah.
Maybe I can ask Abilio for a fancy dress… If he would fucking make me a mare again already."

Chip(DD knight) 449721

"A mare? Ah ah yes indeed, dont worry he will."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449726

"It'd be fucking time already. I can't wait to use my new rifle!"

Chip(DD knight) 449738

"Indeed." I nod at this and start to yawn.
"Look I got to get some shut eye before we get to Dixie so I got to go. Plus its too early to work"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 449749

"Okay, be on your way then. Try not to fuck around too much."

Chip(DD knight) 449758

"Heh." Leave and head back to my room/.

Light Heart [Warlord] 450137

"Miss Emrille? Oh, miss Emrille! There you are. I was looking for you all over."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450142

Flick my tail and chuckle.
"I'm glad for the attention, but y'know I'm with Tela now."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450143

I smile.
"Of course you are. That piece of news has been spreading like a wildfire."
I chuckle.
"I was so very surprised to hear about it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450145

"I know, I know, no mare can resist me.
And the ones who say they do are lying.
That's just how pretty I am."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450147

I give her a constanza look, then turn to my followers.
"Leave us, please."
Once they're out of range, I relax my stance somewhat.
"As much as I'd like to continue to stroke your ego, I'm here to talk to you about Dixie. We're almost there now."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450149

"If Tela was more agreeable, you could stroke something else too."
Chuckle again.
"So Dixie, yeah.
Heard you are familiar with the place."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450151

"It's been over a decade since I last was there, but yeah, I am. If I had to sum it up in three words, I'd say: Slavery, guns and politeness. One of those three will be easy for you, another might not be."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450152

"I dealt with slaves once before.
But fuck politeness."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450154

I snort.
"You'll have no choice, actually. Ponies in Dixie are trigger-happy if you cause trouble. Anyone who isn't polite enough in their eyes is a troublemaker. Either you behave, or you stay on the ships and out of the way. It's a very simple choice."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450156

"Are they assholes? This is important.
Because I can be sort of polite. To an extent."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450158

"You can find assholes in every nook and cranny of the world."
I smirk slightly as I pause and look at her.
"But they'll always stay polite no matter what. The same is expected of you. Think of it as a city filled with Light Heart's. Except they don't ever drop the pretense."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450160

"Creepy… but sexy.

So what, no swearing and shit?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450162

"What do you think?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450164

"Fuck… okay, that won't be easy."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450165

"I'd like to think you have the willpower to restrain yourself. … And Tela for that matter. Good god."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450167

"If you get one of those gag thingies, I'll get her to wear it."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450168

"That wouldn't be very subtle. Maybe the both of you should finally fuck each other to work away that damn tension and calm down."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450170

"Believe me, I would, but she's saying it's 'too creepy' or someshit.
It's like waiting on growing up all over again!"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450171

I smile.
"I could take care of it for you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450173

"Wouldn't I love that!"
"But I don't think it's worth getting a sword jammed up my ass by Tela"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450175

"Maybe I can persuade her to see things differently."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450177

"Let me break her in first.
Y'know, she's new to this whole dyke thing.
Then you can persuade her into a threesome."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450179

"Be sure to tell me all about it when you finally get it on."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450180

"I sure will.
Never done it with an earth pony before…
Are they any good?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450181

"They tend to last a lot longer than others. And… I do like them strong."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450184

We'll see what her fat ass can do soon enough I guess."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450189

"She has a pretty nice ass. Muscly like you'd expect from an earth pony."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450192

I always liked pegasi better. Y'know, athletic, sleek, all that."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450195

"I can see what you mean, but it's nice to have somepony strong take you as well. And that's not to mention unicorns…"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450205

"I sure as hell won't let Tela be on top…

And fuck… I really wanted to try out what they can do with their magic and all."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450207

I smirk.
"I know all about that aspect, believe me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450211

"You know the worst part?
Spring gave me a fucking tease, back in Stonebriar. I guess she thought I'd die soon or give up or someshit…"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450217

"You poor, poor soul. I bet you cry every night thinking about it."
I shake my head.
"She's not the only unicorn, you know. Not that I'm advising you to touch Rosemary, Skylight or Happy Puzzle, but you get my point."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450221

"Rosie is your turf, I had to shot Curry the other time I brought up taking his sister on a joyride, and… who was the third one?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450223

"You're damn right Rosie's my turf."
I smirk.
"And Happy Puzzle? She's a new asset of mine. A strange one at that, and that's putting it extremely lightly."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450237

"What's with you and gathering strange ones?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450238

"Unusual ponies are more interesting to talk to. Anyway, she's a doctor, like the other unicorns. She also wears a full black catsuit, so you'll know her when you see her."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450241

"The fuck is she doing that for?"

Wf+6 450242

Stealth Session: Activate

Light Heart [Warlord] 450245

I shrug.
"Don't ask me. Maybe she just likes being hidden away. Still, it shows off her body all the same."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450246

Well, let's see, I think it was nearly lunch. Mera might like something warm to eat, and I still need to pester Light Heart about the possible prices of ink and empty books necessary for transcribing those old texts. So I'll be picking up lunch and then heading back to Light Heart's cabin to share with Mera.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450247

I frown.
"Yeah, what a waste of fucking time that was."

"Does it now?
Okay, you got me interested."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450248

I just finished talking to Chip.
I think I'll head back to my cabin now and see how Rosemary is faring.
Also, ready for Dixie.

I smirk.
"I'm sure you'll see her soon enough. Anyway, I should get back to it. Remember what I told you."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450250

"That earth ponies are strong when it comes to fucking, gotcha!"

Wf+6 450251


You did that all afternoon and then had dinner. It's now evening. Early tomorrow morning you'll arrive.

You go check out on Rosemary for a bit and spend your afternoon this way. It's now evening. Early tomorrow morning you will arrive.

Light Heart [Warlord] 450252

I roll my eyes and keep walking.

What a life.
… Maybe I should check in on Smitts and see if he has any instructions on Dixie.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450253

"Umm…. what?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450254

Well, the day certainly went by fast.
…Though the thought does come to mind that, if Dixie is heavy on politeness, they won't want me walking about flapping in the breeze. Nor would they want Mera to be going undressed as well.
I should probably go hunt down Light Heart to see whether or not that will be an issue.

Wf+6 450257


You swagger down to Smitt's new office.

"Come in, Miss Heart."

You find her headed on to the Eagle's Roost.

Light Heart [Warlord] 450259

"Good evening commodore. I wanted to speak to you in regards of Dixie."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450260

"So what, I'll suddenly know how to use this?"
Wave my gun around.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450262

Oh. Well, bother. She's probably talking with Smitts, then.
Maybe Abilio might have an idea? He's a fairly knowledgeable pony. Let's head there.

Wf+6 450263


"Go ahead, then."

You knock on his door but get no answer.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450265

"Well, it's not like I'll ever use that dart shit again."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450266

I'll roll my eyes and sigh a little, then look around the hallway near the door.
"Wonder if there are any living plants within speaking distance? Maybe they can say where he went?" '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6

Light Heart [Warlord] 450267

"What is the exact plan? Aside from buying supplies, will there be anything else that needs to be done?"

Wf+6 450269


He extends a paw.

If there are, they don't answer you.

"I don't intend to get too involved. I have a contingency raid plan drawn up in case something does break out, but I'd rather avoid it. Better to conserve energy for Roads."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450270

Put a hoof in his paw I guess.

Wf+6 450273

You feel like you've been struck by lightning. When you finally shake the stars out of your eyes, Itztli isn't even there anymore, though your mane is all frizzy. Weird.

You do feel ready to learn, though.

Light Heart [Warlord] 450274

I nod.
"Very well. What will Roads be like, if you do not mind me asking?"

Wf+6 450275

"I've been there before. It's not in the Manesian, and its defenses are far more formidable than Stonebriar's. Notably their long-range artillery. As a cultural site, it's an interesting remnant of the old world."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450276

"How exactly… do we raid such a thing? It seems like a rather large risk."

Wf+6 450277

"We'll perform reconnaissance on site. Even if we decide not to raid, it won't be a lost trip. Strictly speaking, burning down the city wouldn't be necessary as it was in Stonebriar. Roads only has one prize worth targeting – the ancient Imperial Vault. One heist. One getaway. Hopefully, no direct confrontation with guards."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450278

"Ah. That does sound quite interesting. What will come after this? … Canterlot?"

Wf+6 450279

"Possibly, though I find the aspiration a bit ridiculous. I am not interested in games of succession, as Landgrave is."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450280

"I assume you were not aware of his ambitions before… well…"
I look at the badge I'm wearing.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450281

Fix my mane.
I'll have to speak with him a bit later.
For now, to the Fort!

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450282

Well, nerts. I guess for now I'll just round up Skyly and Mera and we can have a nice moonrise prayer meeting.

Wf+6 450283

"Oh, no, Commodore Tallow was quite interested in the matter. Still, Landgrave remains a useful asset while he stays in line. He has no actual sailing or raiding skill, though. You may have noticed how he holds an honorary First Mate title and is totally excluded from all fleet succession. This is intentional."

You go outside and notice it's already dark out. Weird.

Then you arrive at the fort. Patrols are out at the fort.

They're back in the room. Skylight boops you on the nose, though:

"You didn't join us for morning prayer."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450285

It's getting that late already?
Well, enter anyway.
They know me.
Find Burgerguy

Light Heart [Warlord] 450286

I nod.
"Indeed… interesting how a member of House Platinum ended up on this very fleet. I was unaware there were any left."

Chip(DD knight) 450287

huh… wa..?
Wait did I overslept?!

Look outside the window, are we at Dixie?

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450288

"Well, there's always tomorrow."
I'll rub my nose a little.
"Besides, you and Light Heart had things to discuss. It would have been rude of me to intrude."

Wf+6 450290

Technically they're all from Hamburgerburg. That's like saying "Find Equestria guy".

You're looking for Strom.

"It's unclear whether or not Canterlot Intelligence is aware either. He does have compelling evidence, though."

Not quite. It's dark out, but you won't arrive in Dixie for another eight hours, in the early hours of the morning.

"Alright then… Although… we'll be arriving tomorrow."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450292

I'll nod.
"I was actually trying to find out from Light Heart if they had any sort of dress code, or something. Mera and I would look rather silly walking down the way with not a thread between us if the local customs encouraged being clothed."
I'll just sigh a little.
"It's going to be tough to not make trouble, especially if something happens."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450293

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450294

Storm, right.
So you wanna' show me how the recoil works?"

Chip(DD knight) 450296

Maybe I was too excited.
Perhaps just go on deck and have a look around, whats happening?

Roll #1 9 = 9

Wf+6 450297

"If you're so interested, why don't you ask him?"

"I think they probably get dressed up. I think I remember Chip coming by asking Light Heart for dress advice…"

"Alright, kiddo. Get your gun and let's find somewhere to practice."

He wanders off to the main deck.

Emrille and Strom are setting up on the main deck to practice with guns.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450298

Follow him, and get the gun ready.

Light Heart [Warlord] 450299

I chuckle.
"I merely thought you wanted to tell me, commodore, my apologies. Now, I shall leave you be. Good night."
Take my leave and head back to my cabin.

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450300

I'll rub the bridge of my nose for a moment.
"That means either I ask Light Heart to spot us, or pray for the charity of master Abilio. Or deal with that loanshark of a quartermaster down on the Darklantern."

Wf+6 450301

"So instead of thinking of it as five separate shots, think of it as one shot with multiple trigger pulls. You need to find your center and apply pressure, but the most important part is practice. You need to get a feel for the weight. Here, I'll show you."

He holds you in place with his hooves. "Okay, go ahead. Try to keep your arms straight, kiddo."

You return. Everypony is here, they've turned in early to get ready for Dixie.

Except Onik who is up practicing.


Light Heart [Warlord] 450302

Ah, Onik. It's been a while.
Join her.
"Good evening, Onik."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450303

"He's greedy, if nothing else. Charges ridiculous amounts for things, though I can sort of see the logic behind it. You don't exactly loan things out to pirates and expect them to come back. Regardless, I wouldn't have the coin for an outfit for both myself and Mera. You have your robes, so at least that is covered."

Wf+6 450304

"Good evening."

Draw. Holster.
Draw. Holster.
Draw. Holster.

"I see… Well, they are supposed to be hospitable, maybe you could ask?"

Light Heart [Warlord] 450306

I eye her gun curiously.
"I still do not quite understand where you acquired such a gun."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450307

"I fear being too optimistic about the Dixie-landers' generosity. Just because they are polite doesn't mean they're friendly. Or hospitable."
I'll sigh.
"And master Abilio didn't answer when I dropped by his office, so he's likely with his wife, miss Stripes."

Wf+6 450308

"I bought it."

Draw. Holster.
Draw. Holster.
Draw. Holster.

Wf+6 450309

"Did they have the ceremony?"

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450310

"Not an official one, though I do recall offering to preside at one point. And any of the other captains or the Commodore could preside as well, and I could just have missed the ceremony. Which I suppose is understandable. Miss Stripes was, to the last of my knowledge, rather skittish about ponies she doesn't know. And wasn't too keen on going outside of her room that often, if she could help it."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450311

"So can I shoot it now?"

Wf+6 450312

He gives you an odd look. "That's generally what 'go ahead' means. I didn't mean jump off the deck."

"I see. They're nice, I would've liked to be there."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450313

I smile.
"As I expected yes, but where? I have never seen such a design."

Wf+6 450315

"The first one… a long time ago, in the Land of Many Sands, and after that, I got my other gun in the Land of Migrating Hills. The shotgun is from the Land of Prophecy."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450316

"… I see. Could you excuse me for a moment?"
Go see if Cloudy Stripes, the navigator, is still awake.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450318

Fire away!

Roll #1 7 = 7

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450323

"Well, so would have I, but I feel that it would have been something for close friends alone."
I'll ponder a moment.
"Do you think we'll have enough time before landfall to pester Light Heart and Abilio about this? I get my pay on Sun's Day, so there's that if we're desperate."

Chip(DD knight) 450325

Just watch them from the sideline.
How cute is Emrille shooting that gun?

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450326

Bitch I'm always cute

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450327

I beg to differ.

Chip(DD knight) 450330

Then just let my gaze glued in on that flank.

Wf+6 450331

You knock on her cabin door. The lights are on, but there's no answer.

You keep the shots pretty tight. "Not bad. Here, try again. This time, with targets."

He tosses some bottles in the air.

"Possibly. Though we make port in the early morning, so they say."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450332

I'll grumble a little.
"Why is it that everytime someone needs to track me down, they can't help but trip over me, but the few times I need to find someone they're never there? I'd almost think they were avoiding me, but that's arrogant."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450333

… Why would a blind pony needs lights? Unless… ah. Abilio. Heh.
I chuckle.
"Very well, I can take a hint."
I guess I'll ask her tomorrow morning instead.
Hmmm… Maybe I should head back to my room to sleep. Or just speak to Rosemary.
I don't suppose we're going to reach Dixie this session yet?

Wf+6 450334

We could if Nopony wasn't a slowlord.

"It can't be helped."

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450335

"No, I suppose it can't… But, there's a big day of making port tomorrow, so we should sleep well, and rise early. We'll need all our wits about us if we expect to get out of there without causing a ruckus."

Light Heart [Warlord] 450336

Well, consider me to be sleeping and fondling Rosemary in the dark until he's done then.

Wf+6 450337

"Well, I'm going in without letting expectations get the better of me. I know that a lot of people think poorly of Autumnsreach but have never visited. I have to give others the same chance I would like, right?"


Emrille [Gunslinger] 450338

Get 'em all!

Roll #1 1 = 1

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450339

I'll nod.
"Right. But let's all be cautious, okay? If Light Heart is any indication of how her hometown may act, then we're all going to be having to watch both our steps and our words."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450340

So I was chatting with Doc, uh?

Wf+6 450342

You overextend and the recoil makes you fall off the deck!

Strom catches you by the tail and hoists you back up with a pat.

"Careful there, kiddo. It's okay, though. I got plenty of bottles. Jimmy Ray sure can drink 'em through."

She chuckles lightly. "Oh my, a whole town of Light Hearts."

Yes, you had a lovely afternoon brewing.

Felfire [Necromancer] 450343

I should go visit Face then.
It's been long since last time.

Chip(DD knight) 450344

Look down on Emrille and Strom.
"HEY! Anyone hurt?!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450345

"Oh fuck…
This thing can kick like hell.
But bring'em, I can take them!"

"Nah, don't worry, just practicing."

Roll #1 5 = 5

Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450347

I'll roll my eyes in an exaggerated fashion.
"Yes, it's going to be so much fun, I can hardly wait."
I'll yawn slightly.
"We'll probably have to watch our coinpurses as well, if they're as shrewd at business…"

Chip(DD knight) 450349

"Be careful next time. That gun is too big for your frame." I chuckle.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450350

"Fuck that, I can hardly wait to try out the rifle!"

Chip(DD knight) 450351

I just raise my arm in surrender.
"Dont blame me if you broke your hooves eh."
Just continue to watch her flank.

Wf+6 450352

You stop by Face's cabin in the evening. He opens the door after you knock.

"Well, well. Do my eyes deceive me, or does a certain somepony clean up nice?"

You miss 'em all. Ah, well.

"Another round."

She nods slowly.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450353

Do I notice that?

"Fuck, I'll get the hang of it!"

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 3 = 3

Felfire [Necromancer] 450354

"You should ask Doc about that, I still haven't tried staring too long into a mirror."
Then, bring up the bottle of wine.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450355


Curry [Male Unicorn Landkeeper] 450356

"But enough worrying about tomorrow. Let's all get to sleep."
And then we do.

Wf+6 450357

Misses again.

"S'ok kiddo, you'll get it. Another try."

"Wine, too? Are you trying to get me drunk?" He smirks slightly.

So you do.

Felfire [Necromancer] 450358

"I… Am just trying to make it up for being so distant lately. Can I come in?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450359

"I know I will!
I did it once already didn't I?"

Roll #1 10 = 10

Chip(DD knight) 450361

I tilt my head to Strom.
"Just my opinion but I think Ms. Emrille needs.. something to stabalize her shoots. Right now with that recoil it will be a bit much for her small frame right?"

"Whoa!" stand back.

Wf+6 450365

"Sure. You might wanna hold your breath though, I make the magic here."

He's not lying, though it's not unpleasant. In the grim world of the past where most ponies don't take baths and the process of tanning leather literally involves shit and fermentation, smelling usually isn't a pleasant sensation, but this cabin is full of some kind of intoxicating aroma. It's clearly a mix, but you detect wildflowers… maybe lilac. And frankincense.

You narrow your eyes and for half a second, the world seems to stand still. You hear your heartbeat slow… and stop. In between breaths, you visualize the bottles not as five targets, but as one. You have a feel for the recoil, and…


They all seem to shatter simultaneously.

"Well done! I think you've got it."

Skill acquired.

Chip(DD knight) 450368

"Heh, look at that, looks like she got it." I scratch my head.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450369

Let out a victorius laughter.
"Haha, fucking A I got it!"

Felfire [Necromancer] 450370

Breathe with my mouth.
"A bit… Too strong, yeah…"
Sit somewhere and leave the bottle on a table.
"Never seen this place before though.
Wait. So you have your own room, it means you are an officer too, right?"

Chip(DD knight) 450373

"Then its the rifle next I take it?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450374

"I think I got the general idea, but I'll practice with that too, but that shit is too heavy for me at the moment."

Wf+6 450375

He nods. "Now, just remember that feeling, kiddo."

"Part of the officers' corps. Technically, only mates are supposed to have rooms, but I am an exception, due to my job."

He gestures at the large bed occupying most of the room.

Felfire [Necromancer] 450376

"Riiiiight. Fleet's face.
And lucky charm, from what I've heard."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450377

"I will!
Hey, thanks for the training!"

Wf+6 450378

He nods and sits down on the bed.

"So they say."

He gives you a little clap.

"No problem. Staying armed is not only a right, but our most important one."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450379

"Fuck yeah it is!
Did you know I could set shit on fire with bullets?"

Felfire [Necromancer] 450380

"Hey, you brought me around here, that's lucky enough for me."
"You know, since I've come here…
I've changed. So much."
Relax and look at the ceiling.

Wf+6 450381

"Incendiary rounds? Only seen them a few times before. Nice."

He chuckles. "You must have changed a lot. I recall when we first met you said you only sleep with the dead."

Chip(DD knight) 450382

I just smile upon hearing stroms conclusion.

Felfire [Necromancer] 450383

"Yeah, not like that has changed!
But I've found a stallion!"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450384

Shake my head.
"Nuh-uh! A regular bullet.
Did you see the fancy stuff on my guns? They are cataclysts. I can make icy bullets too."

Wf+6 450385

He raises a brow. "Those statements seem to contradict."

"Hm. Pretty interesting. I've heard of it before… You probably haven't ever heard the term used, but in Hamburgerburg such mage-marksponies were called Mystic Gunslingers, though they preferred dual-wielding revolvers like the one you're using. You might even be able to refine your skill if we have somepony who knows a bit more about it."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450386

Sigh and explain this.
"One, he is dead.
Two, we haven't done anything yet."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450387

"Mystic Gunslinger?
Heh, I like it.
But my rifle is my favourite.
And just give me a heads up if you find somepony."

Turn to him.
"Wanna' visit Abilio now?"

Chip(DD knight) 450388

I tilt my head.
"Well I'd like to visit the old chap."

Wf+6 450389

He gives you a little smile. "There's a reason why they call it making love, you know."

"Sure. I'm going to turn in early tonight."

He heads back to the fort.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450390

"Let's go then."
Glare at him.
"And you go in front of me."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450391

"I'm trying to take it slow.
Make it work again.
Wouldn't want to freak out while…
Awkwardly wipe my nose with a hoof.

Chip(DD knight) 450393

"Hmmm? What is it?"
I look at her.
"Oh you like my tail do you? Alright." I grin and go in front as we walk to Abilio.
Also swish my stubby tail left and right.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450394

Roll my eyes with a smile as I follow.
"Yeah, just don't tell Tela about it."

Wf+6 450397

He takes the bottle and pops the cork before pouring a couple goblets.

"What would he care? He's dead."

You knock at his door but there is no answer.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450398


Felfire [Necromancer] 450399

"And he's a really nice guy too but…
I just now got back to normal. I'm afraid I'm rushing things."

Chip(DD knight) 450400

"What? Tela? Why her?" I just raised an eyebrow in confusion.

Knock again.

Wf+6 450401

No reaction.

Face shrugs and takes a sip.

"Outward beauty doesn't really mean much if you care about who you're with. But it helps."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450402

Knock harder.

"What, didn't you hear?"

Wf+6 450403


Felfire [Necromancer] 450406

"I will give it a shot, maybe. One day. When I've my own cabin and all."
Motion with a hoof around the room.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450408

Let's check the room of his mare then.

Chip(DD knight) 450410

"Hear what?" I look at her before looking back at the door.

"Perhaps he's not here." I fold my arms.
"Weird perhaps Lucky is also gone."

Chip(DD knight) 450411


Emrille [Gunslinger] 450413

"She's my bitch now."

Chip(DD knight) 450416

"Bi.. oh."
"Oohh!" I nod.
"Alright, not a word from me to her."

Wf+6 450417

The lights are on, you can see under the door crack.

"Could be a long time."

Chip(DD knight) 450421

Just knock on it.

Felfire [Necromancer] 450422

"Can't really use Terre's."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450423

"Hey there. I know you're in there."

"Just that you know it."
"She's pretty embarassed about it, y'know."

Wf+6 450424

"Ponies won't stare if that's what you're so worried about. Have you seen the number of menials on the fleet? Nearly a thousand. If you stopped to gawk at every tussle in the bunkhouse, you'd never get to the deck. And why should you? It's just nature."

"I'm busy Emrille."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450429

"It scares me a bit…"

Chip(DD knight) 450430

"Well you two are friends before so I think its not much of a surprise."
"Well she looks like a good girl if you ask me, just take care of her, aye?"

Stand there for a moment and whisper to Emrille.
"I think we must leave them for a moment."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450431

"Can't you be busy later?"

Wf+6 450433

"Why? It feels good."

"I'm not repeating myself, Emrille. Go away."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450434


Felfire [Necromancer] 450435

Stare at the drink.
"Not in my experience."

Chip(DD knight) 450438

"Private time for them. Lets go."
Go and head to the deck.

Wf+6 450448

He raises a brow again. "Well, the offer remains open if you want somepony with experience to make you feel good. But whatever happened to you in the past, you've got to let it go. There are two kinds of pain, y'know. Useful pain… the kind that makes us stronger. Like when you work out, or you burn your hoof and learn not to touch a fire… and useless pain. If this pain is stopping you from having a happy life, that's useless pain. And there's only one thing to do with useless pain."

He takes a swig.

Felfire [Necromancer] 450455

Follow his example and down my drink.
"I think I will… I could put a few candles, buy some parfume and a few pillows in Dixie, clean up the holds of the Pillanger's Fancy…
Maybe that would be a good idea.
Maybe that would be enough…"

Wf+6 450462

He nods. "Well, if you end up needing advice in bed, don't hesitate to stop by. I'm not particularly proud of it, but I confess my job as fleet diplomat frequently has me serving those that I don't find attractive. Meaning on more than one occasion I have had to familiarize myself with how to pleasure a stallion."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450467

Stay quiet for a second.
I'd have never guessed!
"I'm not sure shadows can feel pleasure though…
It should be something that makes him feel good inside."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450470

"Ah, come on…"
To the door.
"How much time do you need?"

Wf+6 450474


Emrille [Gunslinger] 450477

"Twenty minutes, okay!
See you by then!"

Chip(DD knight) 450479

I just snicker as we walk away.
"You did that on purpose do you?" I smile.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450483

I'd just like it if he'd stop fucking and stuff and brought me back to my old size with this new cutie mark so I could be doing the fucking and stuff."

Chip(DD knight) 450485

"Hmmm… well its weird, its been some time you are a filly."
"Well not that I am here to object with what he wants" I just shrug

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450488

"I know right.
I'm aching to fuck the brains out of Tela already.
You think she's loud?
I'd bet she's loud."

Chip(DD knight) 450492

I just scratch my head.
"Well she is loud right of the bat per se with that language of hers but…. okay how will you fuck her?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450495

Give him a deadpan look.

Chip(DD knight) 450505

I shrug and give her an awkward look.
"No, I am just baffled with mare to mare relatio… look forget that I ask that and change the topic aye? Like what will we do in Dixie when we get there."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450509

"No no no, okay, for fuck's sake, don't tell me that you-"
Point at him.
"Never even tried to imagine how that'd work."

Wf+6 450510

"I'm afraid I don't know much about shadows."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450514

"Let me put it in another way then.
Whay would make you happy… Inside?
I don't mean being just sex. Is there some little thing that could make the difference, even if I can't actually touch him?"

Wf+6 450524

"I'm a devotee of nature, Felfire. My pleasure is my definition carnal. I can't imagine what would make someone who can't feel happy."

Chip(DD knight) 450530

"Well I… have seen two mare's kissing before on some of the downtrodden ports when I was young, Also there was that bitch and mare and my god that sight is something that will stick to my mind." I breath out reminiscing past events.

"But two females getting it on, nah I have no clue, though I have idea's but of course that maybe inaccurate from the truth." I shrug

Felfire [Necromancer] 450531

"I will have to ask Celestia, I guess…
But thanks."
Turn to him and smile.
"If I ever manage to get past… All these problems, it's gonna be thanks to you too."

Wf+6 450532

He nods. "Take care."

Felfire [Necromancer] 450534

"How formal."
Leave and go back to being a pwetty mare that wants to get over her past to prove herself to her husbando.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450538

"Go on, what are your ideas then?"

Chip(DD knight) 450548

"Hmmm… mostly kissing and playing with their mare parts. saying naughty stuff to each other and…." I just shrug after that,

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450550

"C'mon, Chip, I know you're more creative than that."

Chip(DD knight) 450567

S.. start to sweat.
"Uhhmm.. they began to taste to play with each other? For example they taste each others cunnies and all that? Perhaps they also use toys to satisfy each other."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450574

"See, that's more like it.
Y'know what's up. I don't really like toys all that much, but tasting, mhhhm."

Chip(DD knight) 450633

"I.. I see, well that is what I am totally imagining." I grin back.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450638

There are oh-so many tricks though.
Can't wait to show Tela all of them~"

Chip(DD knight) 450653

"It looks like Tela is out of my grasp them, that makes one more mare out of my list, and a few more less potential mates." I scratch my chin.

"All I know about Tela is that she is a strong pony so that will take some time for you to get on with it if my imagination is exact."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450657

"That's what LH said.
That they last long as fuck."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450658

Light Heart*

Chip(DD knight) 450663

"Light Heart, ah yes that mare knows a lot of things." I bite my lips.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450672

"Doesn't she now…
Has a champion ass too."

Chip(DD knight) 450676

I nod at this.
"I wonder if there are more like her in Dixie."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450680

"Yeah, well, she said be polite as fuck there unless we want trouble."

Chip(DD knight) 450683

"She warned me about that, even though I like chasing women but it looks like this port will be out of my reach." I grumble a bit.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450684

"Didn't you have enough whores in Reptil?"

Chip(DD knight) 450691

"One must not let one's appetite for women be sated lest you be a husk of a man." I fold my arms, being proud of that statement. "Reptil had me satisfied, but there are many drinks yet to be had, mare's to swoon and their vessels yet to be filled and I will try my best to fulfill my duty."
I then bow.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450696

"Where the fuck did you learn all that?"

Chip(DD knight) 450703

"Where did I learn my things? Of course from the various females that I go to bed with. Every time I am with one, I am not the only one who leaves something inside them for they also leave something inside me." I point to my head.
"And sometimes, here." I point to my heart.

"Well sometimes some men can teach you one thing or two but the best teacher is experience and that is the thing that only a female companion can give, whatever their age maybe or whatever race they are, leaves something to their partner to learn with."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450710

"Well fuck, I didn't know you took that shit this seriously."
"You surprised me, really."

Chip(DD knight) 450716

"Well, perhaps now you understand why also I have gone after you. You are a cute sample after all, either be it that of a mare or of that of a filly."
"The thing that I learned from you is that sometimes not all females can be swooned with no matter how hard you try." I grin.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450722

And I hope you learned that sometimes mares like other mares, and just mares.
But hey, I'm glad you realized you should stop hounding me. It'd be awfully terrible if I had to do the same thing with your weapons I did to those bottles, wouldn't it?"
Grin at him mischievously.

Chip(DD knight) 450728

I just raised my hand in defeat.
"Dont worry I've totally given up on chasing you after all those rejections and threats."
"Makes me wonder who shall I chase for in this ship." I scratch my head.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450730

"I don't know, but if it makes you feel any better, I killed a bloke for less once."

Chip(DD knight) 450731

I tilt my head.
"Killed who?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450733

"Fucked if I know.
Before the fleet.
Wanna' hear the story? Not that it's very interesting."

Chip(DD knight) 450735

"If you want to spit it out then I am here, if not works both ways." I shrug.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450736

"It was after a job, we were in a bar, Tela was drunk off her ass again, and I was busy counting the precious money I earned when this guy came up to me and felt my ass and a bit more up with a hoof.
Spun around and buried a bullet in his head that instant."

Chip(DD knight) 450737

"Well thats fast, bastard didnt even ask. Just to be his day I guess." I just grin.

I then look at her.
"Say, now that it came knocking on my head, I thought you and Spring are 'friends'. Now that Tela is with you…" I scratch my head.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450738

Look bitter.
"Ungrateful bitch, is what Spring is…
After all I've done she doesn't even care, just because that little shit Summer hates me."

Chip(DD knight) 450739

"Eh? What happened?" I raise an eyebrow.
"And Summer? What has she got to do with all of this?"

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450740

"What didn't happen, rather."
"And that little cunt pulled a gun on me.
Delivered a deadeye shot to the gun, shot it out of her grasp without touching a hair on her.
Should have capped her in her stupid head. Teach her a lesson…"

Chip(DD knight) 450741

Give her a concenred look.
"Ah… I see."

"And are you telling me Summer pulled a gun to you? I didnt know she had it in her."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450742

"She didn't.
She would have missed by a long shot even if she got to pull the trigger, but I fired before she could even do that."

Chip(DD knight) 450743

"Wow, last thing I want is trouble in the ship. Commodore Smitts would not let that stuff go past , and truth be told I am fond of those two."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450744

"I was too, for a while."
"I got them a fucking nice dinner and shit, everything, and y'know what?
They didn't even say 'Thanks'.
Fucking hell, I'd have settled with a 'Thanks asshole' too, but not even that."

Chip(DD knight) 450745

"Well, all I can say is that those two are… an enigma in the fleet. They are both a part and separate from the crew and its hard to know exactly where and how to put those two in their rightful places. Still all those help, though with grudge from the mothers side is a life-saver,:"
"But now that that she didnt even try to comfort you… well thats a bit trecherous I might say." I fold my arms.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450746

"I went waaaaaaaaaaaaay out of my fucking way to help them, and I didn't get shit for any recognition…"
Huff and turn away.
"No fucking thing I got… Not even some nice words."

Chip(DD knight) 450747

"Seems you really care for her and everything she says. Its a bit of a bummer that this will end that way. All I can say is that she is a mother with a child beside her, Summer may have reminded Spring of her past, and truth be told is the only thing left from her. Its a hard contest if you ask me."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450748

I tried to fucking do everything to win their favor, hell, for them not to despise me, but it seems I can't do that.
I bet they like you but me? I'm just a murderer, arsonist rapist pirate or someshit.
And Summer can choke on a dick, she has it easy."

Chip(DD knight) 450749

"Hmmm… well thats interesting to hear nonetheless."
"I dont know what to say, I thought you are havign a smooth time with the two but now. Bummer."
"Just tell me if there is something I can do and perhaps I can help." I smile.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450750

Turn around to look at him.
You think you could convince them to stop being whiny, ungrateful bitches?"

[lemon] 450751

I scratch my head.
"Well….. I dont know, Spring herself is not too warm with my presence as she herself is not that warm to anyone else except for her daughter, but I am trying to talk with them and all. However Summer is friendly with me since I spent more time with her and most likely save her life more times than I count, specially in Stonebriar."

Chip(DD knight) 450752

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450753

"Fuck that, Summer is unwarrantable.
She hates me so much that my mere presence ruins her mood."

Chip(DD knight) 450755

"Hmmm…. if thats the case then its impossible to recover your reputation with the little thing. I could talk to Spring though if you want, poke about and see if she has something that is bothering her as to why it ends up unceremoniously as you describe."
"As for Summer, I dont know what to say, or even do." I shrug.

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450756

"I know of something, but I was told that I can't shoot them.
That's the real bummer.
But yeah, if you want to, feel free to speak with them. Not that it'll change anything."

Chip(DD knight) 450757

"Great, I'll see if my old ruffian voice can speak a bit of sense. Perhaps I could also stop them from leaving if they have those idea's in mind."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450758

"Good doggy.
Go get 'em champ."

Chip(DD knight) 450759

"Its still early morning, I need to get some more shut eye before we got to Dixie, perhaps later I'll squeeze some time to them." I shrug.
"See you later then Ms. Emrille."

Emrille [Gunslinger] 450760

"Later, doggy.
Try not to think too hard about how mares do it.
And try to find out what tribaldism means!"
Smirk cheekily.

Chip(DD knight) 450761

"Tribaldism? Hmmm… strange pony language, I'll look at it for in the future." I shrug and smile as I leave.

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