The cannon destruction has collapsed the stone wall between the tiers of the city nearby, making it possible for a talented individual to climb up, avoiding the combat entirely.>>535103
Bubble is up.>>535101
The smoke clears somewhat as you loose an air-infused bullet. He hits the water, far away, but you will never know if you actually killed him. Such is life.
It is becoming abundantly clear that this ship is going down. It's now not even half as tall as the Darklantern – it has taken on way too much water. You need a gameplan.>>535100
You horse-paddle over to the Sirocco. Up above you see General Movp's old friends locked in combat with her. This battle seems utterly one sided as they crush through untrained menial workers under her command. Your old friend the general is nowhere to be seen.>>535094>>535095
"Your betrayal is pathetic and you will burn for it."
"Your loyalty to Smitts is touching, you dog. Truly the word bitch is befitting of you. And now you will be put down."
"I should have known we could not trust a country hick
The Countess Grinder of Blackwood cleaves through five of the menials in a single blow. Goldenblood stabs the remaining menial.
You make Baleful cough up blood when you shoot him, but Nihil quickly heals him. The Good Baron replies to Wark's assault on Nihil by cutting him off and shoving him off the boat when he stumbles over a slippy portion of the deck.
All alone, and without anyone to back you up, you face down the nobleponies. Landgrave is the first to speak. "I hardly have time for this. So please try to die with some dignity."
He sends up a flare, signaling to… something. It becomes more obvious what he's doing when Umlock swoops down to pick them up. Landgrave makes to deal a killing blow to you, when shots ring out from across the deck.
"We're taking back the Sirocco!"
Umlock takes off, the council departing with him. Your saviors?
…It's none other than Happy Puzzle, along with Forever September, Mellow Marsh, and Rusty Wrench.>>535093Continued
"Do you know the name of that lance?"
"I read the inscription while I waited. What does it mean?"
"There is no direct translation in Equestrian, but in the original Musdoggy dialect it means 'That thing which makes the difference at the moment that counts'. It's an interesting language. One I wish I had more time to study before today."
"So I see."
"One last piece of trivia, then?"
"Are you familiar with the plant, Mourner's Folly?"
"I have heard of it, once."
"It's extinct. There was a program for its annihilation years ago. The plant is a weed that prefers bloodied ground… frequently growing on battle sites. It's also terribly noxious – a poison that kills in a horrifying way – bleeding out of the pores. This allows for reproduction. Its name comes from an old tale of mourners paying respects to the dead who quickly take their place."
"Is this intended to scare me?"
"Not at all. I know you're too collected for that. It was a last moment of reflection. You see, among these other items of trivia, I have learned the secret to your technique."
"Have you, now?"
"Yes. Your secret… is that you've memorized every possible means of attack – even those that seem ridiculous. You cannot be surprised if you anticipate everything at once. Your mind must move incredibly fast."
"I thank you for the compliment."
"One must wonder how I will prevail, then."
"It is simple. You won't."