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The blockade is up ahead. Everyone but Emrille is on the Sirocco, right?



Awaiting orders.


Stand by Marsh's side. Ready to relay orders.


Float near Flowing tree and wait for things to start.


I'll handle canons just as well, I bet.


definitely, this is where the fighting is going to happen


A gryphon approaches the helm. "Orders from the Commodore, Captain Marsh. Our resurrectionist is being… uncooperative today. For logistical reasons the commodore has recalled you to the Darklantern to command cannon operations directly, same as Captain September. He orders the first mate to take the helm. You must report to the second gundeck of the Darklantern immediately."

They trade salutes. "Will you be able to handle the helm in a battle situation, Miss Heart?"

Hm… this one is pretty big. You hear Strom and Burnside laughing behind you. Notably, Forever September has shown up and is instructing new crew members – even some menials – on how to handle cannons. Understaffing.


Snark at them.
"Shut up, I'm used to smaller things that go boom!"


This is starting to shape up nicely.
"Find something to hold onto and don't get hit."


"I will make due, captain. I have some history with the Sirocco's helm by now."


"That's not why we're laughing. But you're going to have to do something for us to tell you what… hm… let's say… you have to sing the anthem of Hamburgerburg."

"Good. Trust your judgment… in battle, the seas get rough. You want to stay ahead of the surf – it'll just slow you down, and this is a battle of outrunning."


"Yes… not to worry, I will make them bite this bait and lead them right into the Darklantern's range of fire."


"Uh, I don't know the words of it."


"We can guide you through it."

Roll for singing voice.

"Aye. Good winds, then."

He departs.


I'll probably stick with you, unless you need me for something else.

I made some more healing potions while we were not in battle. 3 to be exact.


Mix mix mix mix mix poof!


Nod stay back a little bit.


I can sing as pretty as I am.

Roll #1 1 = 1


"Orders, commander?"


The XO has the deck and the helm. What could possibly go wrong?
The blockade is just ahead, right? Trick is going to be to stay out of their cannon range and make them chase us… so I guess we're going to do some kind of U-turn, or the naval equivalent of it at least, and then make them chase our butt.


You get redfaced as they can't contain their laughter – the worst part is that you KNOW you're botching it. For somepony apparently from a place of music, you sure are tonedeaf.

"Dohoho, okay, okay, that's enough, you're killin' me. Just… Burnside, wheel it out…"

From one of the closets, Burnside pushes a heavy Iris-Blood Cannon. There are flecks of Kobold Iron that glow faintly within the dark casting. "It's a catalyst cannon."

You spin around a bit but they're not chasing. You're going to have to bust through to line them up.


Are our chase guns manned?


Yes, but there aren't many of them. You can probably kick someone out if you want one.


Not if they know how to handle them better than me.
I'm not a sharpshooter.


How dangerous.
"Beat to quarters! Prepare for battle!"
But that was the plan, wasn't it? Very well then, into the fray we go. Here's hoping the Sirocco will hold it together.

Can HP do a substitute then? '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 9 = 9


Swords drawn be ready to greet the incoming invasors.
Can I get one of those potions?


Ready muh swords '1d10+2'
I'm going to have to chop up a lot of dudes

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


Set up a Retaliating position before boarding the enemy.


Well maybe I'm not a fucking germane then!
"…why are you laughing at that then? Fuck, I could use my magic to shoot fiery canonballs and everything!"


I don't know.
Can I wf?


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Eighteen seconds later, there's a flurry of wind as your spell expires.

You have three swords.

You have no idea how to use the potion, which requires magic in its use. The potion would be no more useful than a bottle of seawater to you.

She gathers some leaves and paints them pink.

Fortunately, Captain Marsh started you with plenty of momentum. Always roll for your next piece.

Speed: 6
Condition: 100/100

"Why do you think we wheeled it out? We made it for you, you birdbrain."


Guess I will just wait then.



Fuck it…
Give them both a hug.
"You're the motherfucking best! I love you both when you spoil me like this~"


Straight down with that block. I assume it's groups of four?

Roll #1 7 = 7


"Yeah, yeah. Better get in position."

Bigger chains are better, blocks never disappear until it all fills.

You coax some more wind out of those sails.

Speed: 7
Condition: 100/100

You're starting to close on the barricade. You can see them coming about to fire…


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"I won't have to reload it though, right? Because cannonballs are heavy as shit."
Line it up.


four to the left, spin it 180 degrees and drop.

Roll #1 1 = 1


Okay, where am I during all this?


I'm ready then.
Let the fuckers board if they want


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"Maybe you can use that sweet mouth of yours to talk a menial into loading it for you."

You've moved into firing range, cannonballs are sinking on either side of you. Ciddir yells down below: "FIRE FRONT CANNONS!"

You see a big swell up ahead…

On the Sirocco.

Their ships are getting closer… about twelve more seconds…


Well, let out a sharp, loud whistle.
"Could somepony give me a hoof over here?"


All right then. I'll enter stealth in preparation to repel boarders.


An earth pony mare comes over to attend your cannon.


Are we in range yet?


One to the right.
Let it drop. No spin.

Roll #1 9 = 9


Nope, and you want to line up the shot first. It'll be about twenty four seconds.


"Lady Heart! Your spyglass, quick!"


Toss it with my wing.


Check the horizon.
What's the swell in the water?


Line it up then? Do I have to roll for that?


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Contact in six seconds!

You're about to pass over it! Brace yourself!

The ship has to line the enemies up, not your cannon.


Oh, right.


Stealthed and ready, with grenades to spare!


Three to the right and drop.



Woops. Where did my email field go?

Roll #1 9 = 9


Brace myself!


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Your whole world gets rocked as smoke and seamist fill the air. A melee breaks out on the deck, though not all your enemies are immediately discernible…

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Hircus [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] STH
Tela [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] SRD-3
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] SUB
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Manako [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]


Fly up to get a view of the enemies '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Let's try this baby out…
Air Canonball?

Roll #1 3 + 1 = 4


Wait patiently in my hiding spot for a clear target. Don't want to accidentally blow up our own people.


First of all, Retaliate, up!
Then slice whoever comes near up like a fresh fish!

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 2, 3 + 1 = 6


One to the right, turn 90 degrees.

Wark just needs to be on guard and protect the healers from the get-go this time. '1d10'
Happy Puzzle and Rosemary Should find some targets to shoot and Snake oil Heal. HP and Rosemary rolls '2d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 2 = 2 / Roll #3 5, 3 = 8


Not going to use my swords just yet. Instead, I'll go in and find a target to Slam into.

Roll #1 6 = 6


just hang back this turn. no one is hurt too bad.


'1d10' guard/evade

Roll #1 5 = 5


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You lob a cannonball as far as you can, but you're still about twelve seconds out of range.

You burst free of the mists, but simply being above smoke doesn't grant you the ability to see through smoke. Someone good at studying things based on their appearance might be able to pierce the veil. Being up here does put you temporarily out of harm's way, though.


Shields, up!

Slash slash! You didn't designate a target so you attack 1. He repels your attack with a massive shield!

Figure 1 strikes you right in the chest with a huge lance!

Wark's on guard.

You didn't designate a target so they just attack 1. He repels your attack with a massive shield!

Figure 3 slashes at Rosemary and is blocked by Wark!

Figures 4 and 5 unleash a barrage of magic at your party! Wark blocks it all but barely holds on!

You didn't pick a target so you just attack 1. He repels your attack with a massive shield!

Figure 6 unleashes a barrage of magic at you!

Figure 2 lashes out at you! You manage to mitigate some of the damage by hiding under a fallen plate.

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Hircus [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] STH
Tela [▓▓░░░░░░░░] SRD-3
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
>Mocking Wark [▓░░░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] SUB
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]


I'll see if I can slip opponent number one a Hircus Hot-foot. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5


Eliminate the mage.
Number Six.
And then Number Two.

Roll #1 9, 3 + 1 = 13 / Roll #2 9, 8 + 1 = 18


'1d10+2' healing bonds on wark, tela and flowing tree.
'1d10' triage on wark.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3 / Roll #2 7 = 7


Come on, I need to focus.
I'll bring a healing potion to Wark '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9


One to the right, don't turn it.
Wark stays on guard. '1d10'
Happy Puzzle Heals Wark '1d10'
Rosemary heals Tela '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 9 = 9 / Roll #3 7 = 7 / Roll #4 1 = 1


Well you forgot to mention that.


Ah fuck… just guard myself for now and evade any attacks.
Anyone tries to kill me though… those swords are Instant and I'll send them at them '3d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 2, 7, 8 = 17



He didn't like that at all!

Figure four sends two magical little blasts your way. They're crushingly effective, knocking you down!

The magic bubble around six shatters!

You rip into number two heavily.

Five sends two magical bursts your way!

He's looking better already! Unfortunately you drew the ire of figure four, who sent three nasty little magic blasts your way!

Oh no! You cauterized too hard! That BURNS! You give Wark extra attention so he doesn't die. He's got mashed bones and a lot of lost blood!

Figure 6 blasts you with three bolts of magic!

Wark is guarding. HP heals him, but Rosemary cauterizes Tela's wounds a little too hard!

Wark blocks a strong attack aimed for Rosemary from 1, but gets downed after blocking a crushing blow from 2.

Figure 3 charges HP, but she vanishes!

Figure 5 sends three bolts over toward you and your minions. Rosemary eats two bad blasts, and you take a weak one.

Your allies attempt to heal you, but in their efforts they kill you. The sting of cauterization to stop blood flow makes the world fade from view…

I told you twenty four seconds before and you didn't count! Six seconds out now.

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Hircus [▓▓░░░░░░░░] HLP
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░] HLP
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] STH
>Rosemary [▓▓░░░░░░]
Flowing Tree [▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]


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This slow ass fucking ship.


'1d10' heal on Hircus

Roll #1 4 = 4


Darn. Get up and get someplace safe! '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


If Two isn't dead yet, keep attacking.
Then attack Six before he can set another bubble up.
"Healing here!"

Roll #1 6, 6 + 1 = 13 / Roll #2 9, 8 + 1 = 18


I thought so. One to the left and turn 180 degrees, then drop.
Wark, stay on the defensive and Guard '1d10'
HP just has to Heal him '1d10'
Rosemary… I really hope Wark can keep her from being killed, because Tree needs healing '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 10 = 10 / Roll #3 2 = 2 / Roll #4 6 = 6


I go heal Hircus '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


Guess I deserve some rest now


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You're in range, open fire! You hear shots ring out all around you.

Manako floats over and gives you a little fairy hug, healing you to your hooves.

It's not much fun because you get swept by a shield bash from Figure 1 right after that. Remember, Manako, Appraise is instant.

You charge Six and lock might, finishing him in one dire strike!

You keep drilling into two's heavy armor, but he has incredible endurance!

A single magic blast from four hits you… damn, it burns!

The water's getting really rough… just make it through here and you can pull out into the clear!

Wark puts up his best guard! He has to back off after blocking a strong attack from 3.

HP bursts from the shadows, but her heal is less than impressive.

Rosemary helps Tree with a friendly swab of cauterization magic.

Figure four unleashes one blast at HP, knocking her down, and two at you – ouch, that really hurt! Gotta focus on steering…

With a splash of your curative tonic, all aches and pains disappear!

One magic blast from four comes your way – ach, that stung!

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Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓░░░░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓░░░░] HLP
>Rosemary [▓▓░░░░░░]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓░░░░░░░░]


Well, Fire Elemental shot then!
Test the cannon!

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11


Leap over and behind figure 1 to crack him in the back of the head with my blackjack. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


"Keep fighting!"
'1d10' triage on flowing tree.
'1d10' appraise attacker 1.

Roll #1 1 = 1 / Roll #2 10 = 10


I gotta keep going.
Ponies need me.
Go heal Flowing Tree '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


Keep on with Two!
And then tear into Four aswell.

Roll #1 6, 9 + 1 = 16 / Roll #2 5, 3 + 1 = 9


No problem… Two to the left, turn 90 degrees and drop.
Wark keeps guarding… '1d10'
HP gets up '1d10'
And sorry guys, but Rosemary really needs to Heal Wark '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 8 = 8 / Roll #3 5 = 5 / Roll #4 4 = 4


In an amazing shot, you blast right through the keel of one of the sloops, crushing their steering and crippling the ship as it goes up in flames! Nice! You see twenty or thirty more cannonballs fly after yours to finish it off.

He displays a perfect guard and repels your attack!

Oh – wow, you keep your hooves to yourself – cauterizing someone that wounded might be dangerous! Better add some painkillers first…

(Triage does not wound on critfail)

Aha! You examine attacker 1 very carefully.

#Shield-Champion [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
Ability: Cautious Strike
Attack this turn: Cautious Strike
Weakness: Heavy armor weighs them down so they can't swim. Attack with punitive force when they are not guarding with Cautious Strike!

Even a little healing is much appreciated in this dire moment…

You're out of potions! Brewing a single potion is an Automatic action, but you may not want to spend turns on that.

Figure two has a perfect defense! He repels your attack with a massive shield!

You shatter Four's shield! A gust of wind briefly clears the ship as it strikes down figure four – you can see clearly now that he was a war mage!

You're almost through!

Wark puts up a tough guard.

HP is up, and Rosemary relieves Wark, just a bit. She gives him a Healing Hug.

Wark intercepts a killing blow headed for Selena. "Stay alive ya bumblin' bubbly cattail!"

Puzzle takes a blow to the head from Figure 2

Figure 3 attempts to kill you, but misses.

Shield-Champion 1
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"I need a mage on this target!"
Point at figure two and his massive shield.
And roll back to protect Light Heart, Strike at Figure 3!

Roll #1 9, 2, 2, 3 + 1 = 17


This guy's tough! Use my goat agility to Evade whatever they throw at me! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6


Go find a spot and quickly put another healing potion together.


"Aha! Knock The shield guy off the boat quick while he's not using that shield move!" I call out to the others.
'1d10' appraise number 2
'1d10+2' healing bonds on tree, myself, and wark.

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 9 + 2 = 11


Metal Marksman shot on another, aim for the steering again!

Roll #1 3 = 3


I said to the left, not the right!!
Anyway, straight down for this one.
Can't see my own health… Wark should keep guarding though.'1d10'
HP heal me plox '1d10'
And Rosemary keeps healing Wark '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6 / Roll #2 5 = 5 / Roll #3 4 = 4 / Roll #4 6 = 6


"Good thinking."


"the fool's armor is too heavy, no way he can swim!"



Mix mix mix mix poof!

You slash into him with everything you've got!! He has such heavy armor!

He replies in kind with his own attack!

Leaping around making yourself a moving target surely makes you less appetizing to attack.

Damn, you clipped a sail and nothing else! A few other cannonballs go wide and don't hit anything at all!

You hear Marsh commanding down one deck. "Compensate for the wind! Pay attention to how your last shot flew!"

#Shield-Champion [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Ability: Cautious Strike
Attack this turn: Cautious Strike
Weakness: Heavy armor weighs them down so they can't swim. Attack with punitive force when they are not guarding with Cautious Strike!

Whew… all that healing makes everyone feel a lot better!

Figure 2 cracks you over the head with his spear!

You're almost through… six more seconds! A big wave ahead, it's huge!!

A little healing makes you feel better… This time Rosemary seals the heal with a little kiss on the cheek, too.

The figure 3 attempts to finish off Rosemary, but Wark blocks it!

Figure six unleashes a barrage at Wark! He holds on as best he can!

Shield-Champion 1
Shield-Champion 2
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Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓░░░░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓░░░░░░]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
Manako [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Selena [▓▓░░░░░░░░]


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Not gonna relent.
Another flurry.
Another thunder.

Roll #1 5, 7, 9, 4 + 1 = 26


Pay attention to the wind?
I AM the wind!
Air Elemental shot!

Roll #1 3 + 3 = 6


"ow.. stupid barbarian" '1d10' appraise number 3.
'1d10' heal light heart.

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 8 = 8


This is getting a bit tricky m8. Two to the right.
And that kiss is lovely. She can Heal Wark next '1d10'
Wark himself should still Guard '1d10'
HP Lovepone can Heal Selena '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 4 = 4 / Roll #3 9 = 9 / Roll #4 7 = 7


Crack Champion 1 upside the head and leap back! '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1


Heal Wark '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


File: 1396302628837.png (100.05 KB, 835x636, Sailing.png, IO Google TinEye)

Your gust of wind helps guide several cannonballs to their mark on another sloop. Nice shot!

#Shield-Champion [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Ability: Cautious Strike
Attack this turn: Cautious Strike
Weakness: Heavy armor weighs them down so they can't swim. Attack with punitive force when they are not guarding with Cautious Strike!

She looks a little bit better.

Figure 7 comes out of the mists to block the attack! He takes the blow himself!

Three magic bolts from six hits you upside the head! Ow, ow, ow!

Healed and guarded!



1 and 2 attempt to take out HP. Wark takes both blows.

Woooah ! You slipped and slid on a wet slick of water on the deck! Helpless.

Sweet relief for him.

Not sweet for you. Six sends a magic-y bolts your way!

Shield-Champion 1
Shield-Champion 2
Shield-Champion 3
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Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓░░░░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓░░░░░░]
Flowing Tree [▓░░░░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Selena [▓▓░░░░░░░░]


Getting back up! '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


'1d10' triage on flowing tree.
'1d10' appraise attacker 6
"How much armor do these ponies have?! Hang in there guys, they can't block forever."

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 4 = 4


Can I… turn it? If so, turn 90 degrees and go absolute left. Otherwise… can't really do anything.
Wark keep on guard. '1d10'
Rosemary heals herself '1d10'
HP heals Wark '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 3 = 3 / Roll #3 10 = 10 / Roll #4 7 = 7


"For god's sake would someone shove these faggots off the boat?"
Do it myself.
Instead of attacking them, charge at Figure 3 and try to shove him overboard.

Roll #1 9 = 9


Why didn't I make more?
I should have made more…
Duck behind some cover and make another potion.


Mix mix mix, poof!

You're back in the fight!

He raises his shield and blocks your charge with a perfect guard!

He replies with a glancing blow, hindered by his careful guard.

SPLOOSH! Big waveeeeee!

Now you're in the clear… But you have to build up some momentum fast and escape cannon range!

Wark liked getting healed by Rosemary more. HP gives him a kiss, too, but just to be cute.

Wark blocks off three blasts from the War-Mage. One backfires on that mage!

Champion 1 attacks you directly!

#War-Mage [▓▓▓▓▓]
Ability: Homing Magic
This Turn: Unleash Homing Magic, Charge Homing Magic
Weakness: He's always using Homing Magic. With a bad charging roll, he's disarmed for the turn…

Champion 2 slashes at you… ouch!

Shield-Champion 1
Shield-Champion 2
Shield-Champion 3
War-Mage 6
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Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Flowing Tree [▓░░░░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓░░░░░░░░]


File: 1396303578818.png (106.17 KB, 835x636, Sailing.png, IO Google TinEye)


See if I can get stealthed behind some barrels or something. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


scan number 7 '1d10'
"Look for an opening when the floating orbs fail!"
'1d10' heal flowing tree.

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 8 = 8


"Come on… hold it together, darling… Mommy loves you."
Directly down.
Wark keeps guarded '1d10'
HP Heals him once again '1d10'
Rosemary should heal Selena '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 3 = 3 / Roll #3 7 = 7 / Roll #4 7 = 7


Keep firing!
Fire Marksman shot!

Roll #1 9 = 9


Heal Wark '1d10'

Roll #1 6 = 6


Back up! Cut open the mage directly.
"Manako Chan!
Tell me when to strike the shielded knights, or when the mage's orbs are active!"

Roll #1 5, 6, 10, 10 + 1 = 32


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Yeah… this is a good spot to be stealthy!

You can sneak up using the mists!

That's on cooldown! You shoot a normal cannonball! Nice shot! Crash!

#Takikaga Defender [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░]
Skills: Improved Protect, Horse Armor
Description: He fights for his friends. He's best at absorbing blows selflessly for others, not as good at absorbing blows for himself. His Protect has no cooldown.

Champion 1 smashes you with his blade.

"Ach, thanks lass."

You get hit once in a bad way by Champion 2, and Champion 3 is about to finish you off, when Wark absorbs the terrible blow!

That lucky old wind…

Heals go through. Wark saves Selena's life with a timely block. He's helpless…

Figure seven leaps in the way to protect from your flurry of amazing blows!

Shield-Champion 1
Shield-Champion 2
Shield-Champion 3
War-Mage 6
Takikaga Defender 7
??? 8

Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░] STH
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓░░░░░░░░░░░] HLP
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓░░░░░░░░]


Plant a grenade on the Defender. '1d10+2'

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7


So… No damage got through.
I guess.
Set up Retaliate.
And puncture 7's face.

Roll #1 4 = 4 / Roll #2 2, 6 + 1 = 9


Give a small salute. "Aye! " and focus intently.
"Aw shit! That guy can protect anyone he feels like kill him quick!"
'1d10' triage on selena
'1d10+2' healing bonds on myself, flowing, and hircus.
'1d10' appraise the last guy.

Roll #1 8 = 8 / Roll #2 6 + 2 = 8 / Roll #3 6 = 6


Two to the left. Turn 90 degrees to the right. Drop.
Wark should keep on guard. '1d10'
Rosemary and HP BOTH heal Wark '2d10' I cannot allow him to die.

Roll #1 2 = 2 / Roll #2 8 = 8 / Roll #3 6, 9 = 15


Well, freeze another tiny ship.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


Make another potion quickly


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Critical grenade! BOOM!

A magic ball hits you from that War Mage!

Champion 1 slashes at you!

You catch the Defender while he's weak from the explosion, and finish him off with a blade flurry.

Spell failed.

You can only use one instant ability per turn.

Healed and Triaged.

A magic ball hits you from that War Mage!

"Ach, they never said I'd get so many mares from piratin'."

Wark blocks two attacks from Shield Champions 2 and 3.

That slows it enough for cannons to take it down!

Mix mix mix poof!

Shield-Champion 1
Shield-Champion 2
Shield-Champion 3
War-Mage 6
??? 8

Hircus [▓▓░░░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]


Speed is currently 2 by the way.

You need 4 to break out of cannon range.

Ciddir is commanding repairs below.


Now, onto the War-Mage!

Roll #1 10, 5, 7, 7 + 1 = 30


Boom Boom Boom

Roll #1 7 = 7


Dodge any attacks as I dance circles around them with my natural agility. '1d10+1'

Roll #1 4 + 1 = 5


"Careful, they're going to shield again!"

Alright. Lets do a heal and appraise the last guy.

Roll #1 6, 5 = 11


One to the right. 90 degrees to the left. Drop.
Wark keeps a guard up '1d10'
HP Heals him. '1d10'
Rosemary should heal Hircus '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 9 = 9 / Roll #3 6 = 6 / Roll #4 1 = 1


healing hircus btw


Get my hat and conjure water out of it across the deck, making it slippery.

Roll #1 6 + 2 = 8


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In one monstrous series of slashes, you rip him apart!

Champion 3 attacks you with impunity!

You blast another ship with a regular cannonball.. it's wounded but it's still pursuing!

You're runnin' circles around 'em! Can't hit what ain't there!

The mist is still obscuring him very heavily…

You heal Hircus, though.

There's water everywhere! Splish slash everyone's in a bath. It's much more slippery now.

Speed: 3

"Finish 'em off already… I'm getting tired!"

He absorbs one blow, but another gets through to you from Champion 2!

Champion 1
Champion 2
Champion 3
??? 8

Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓░░░░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]


"Push them off the ships!"

I go heal Tree '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


I need to know who to attack now!


"damn smoke"
'1d10' flutter about and appraise him again.
Things are on cooldown so I'll just dodge. '1d10'

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


Crack Champion 1 in the back of the head. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2


Who do I hit?


point at the champions. "the big guys!"


Straight down. Come on wind. This ship is supposed to be fast!
Wark keeps guarding. '1d10'
HP heals him '1d10'
Rosemary heals me '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 7 = 7 / Roll #3 10 = 10 / Roll #4 7 = 7


"Which one of them?"



"The middle one was pretty hurt!" point at 2


Run into Champion 2 and try to push him overboard.

Roll #1 6 = 6


The others can finish it off.
Fire Shot another.

Roll #1 4 + 2 = 6


He has a perfect guard up!

#Mist-Weaver [▓▓▓▓▓]
Skills: Fog, Heal, Magic Bubble
Weakness: He's not strong at all on his own. He generates fog to hide himself from attackers who might not think to strike him right away.

He has a perfect guard up, but thanks to Selena's water, he slides anyway. He manages to stay on, but he's near the edge now.

You've broken out into the clear!

It's smooth sailing from here, you can step away from the wheel and let it coast through open waters.

Wark blocks too tough blows, but a third goes through to Rosemary.

Well, you didn't really do any damage to the ship itself, but you caught their sails on fire!

Champion 1
Champion 2
Champion 3
Mist-Weaver 8

Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓░░░░░░░░░░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Manako [▓▓▓░░░░░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]


Buck him off definitely now!

Roll #1 10 = 10


Hmmmph. Do it myself then. Jump and fly as fast as I can into one of the attackers, pushing him off the ship and fly back up '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


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Champion 1 that is. Forgot target


Trip Champion 1 and knock him over the side. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9


Ready my gun and line up a shot then on the Mist weaver. Cheap Shot '1d10'
Wark keeps defending. '1d10'
HP and Rosemary both heal him '2d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 7 = 7 / Roll #3 3 = 3 / Roll #4 9, 5 = 14


"They have a healer, hiding in the mist! " Buzz excitedly.
"Shields are down, keep up the pressure!"
'1d10' triage on flowing tree.
'1d10+2' healing bonds on wark, myself, and flowing.

Roll #1 10 = 10 / Roll #2 8 + 2 = 10


Champion 2 falls off into the water!

He can't get traction on the slippery wood and slides toward the edge…

You slam into him after tripping him and he slides across the wet deck and off the edge.

You clip him.

Shield Champion 3
Mist-Weaver 8

Heals go through! What a nice healer pone.

Hircus [▓▓▓▓░░░░░░]
Tela [░░░░░░░░░░]
Light Heart [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]
>Mocking Wark [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
>Happy Puzzle [▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
>Rosemary [▓▓▓▓▓▓░░]
Flowing Tree [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓]
Manako [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░]
Selena [▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░]


Also Champion 3 attacked you for 3 after that.


Shrug that off and charge at the mist-weaver!
"Push that motherfucker off board!"

Roll #1 1, 2, 1, 3 + 1 = 8


The mist-weaver, scream and fly into him, pushing him off '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10


Another shot on the Mist-Weaver '1d10'
Wark stays on guard, no need to get cocky '1d10'
Rosemary can heal Hircus '1d10'
HP can heal Selena '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 3 = 3 / Roll #3 3 = 3 / Roll #4 3 = 3 / Roll #5 1 = 1


"Thanks for the help there, Selena!"
Push and trip Champion 3 over the edge as well! '1d10'

Roll #1 7 = 7


'1d10' send a heal toward light heart.
'1d10' appraise the shield champ.

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


You slip onto the water and crash into the deck, dazing yourself and rendering yourself helpless. -1 next roll.

You have no trouble pushing him off! But he's a light pegasus pony in no armor at all and he flits away from the ship back to shore.

You clip the Mist-Weaver as he departs, but he safely retreats to the shoreline.

The sloops behind you are being sunk en masse.

With a glassic goat head-butt, he falls into the water!



Gods, what a day.
I love it!
Get up and dust myself off.
Let's check our losses.
Whistle for her.


Only Tela was killed. It looks like Ciddir kept the ship together with Light Heart's help with good steering.


float over to Flowing tree.
"Are you feeling well Tree-Sempai?"


I smirk.
"A battle well-fought! Rosemary, Puzzle, see to the wounded please. Make sure everypony belowdecks is healthy too."
Return to the helm. Keep her steady.


No time to celebrate, go grab Tela's body so we can get her resurrected.


Oof, that was quite a handful.
Where is Tela's body. I need to get her resurrected!


"Good fight. You kept it together."
Where's the rest of the fleet in relation to us?


"Looks like we both have the same idea."


Time to find Tela!


Nod, ask a little shakily.
"I hurt that one mare. Are her friends mad at me?"


Eventually the Darklantern catches up to the Sirocco after pushing through the wreckage of the blockade. The Commodore comes to debrief you personally.

"We did an excellent job – everything was according to plan. I am glad to see my faith in Light Heart – and all of you – was well founded. With the lifting of the Blockade, the decentralized city of Uraurafutsu will now be trivial to bring under our control. Our lookouts report that Takikaga troops inside the city are already pulling back to Ichi as we speak. Tomorrow morning we can go in and clear out remnants, but I expect little resistance. That just leaves Shiba and Ichi."


"Don't think about that.
Really, don't.
It will get you killed.




"Ichi is starting to look more and more fortifie by the minute.
Not only the large number of troops, but it also hosts the largest number of cannons."
Bow a moment.
"Nevertheless, to a day of victory!"


"Fortune favored the bold today, it seems. An excellent display of teamwork from everypony on here if I do say so myself."


"Manako-chan's directions and healing were precious.
As well as Lady Selena's support of the whole fleet, and master Wark's stalwart defense."


"Thank you sir." bow respectfully.
Nod "Is there more fighting today?"


"We have to wait a bit to get to the Darklantern."

"Thanks Commodore."
I run to the Darklantern to res Tela


Shake my head.


Deep in the depths of the Darklantern, there is a terrible smelling pile of muck.


I'll go with her, helping to carry Tela.
"That fight started out rather dicey. Thanks for helping me out with that one guy."


"Yes, all of you, wonderful work. They only managed to hit me a few times."


"Masterful sailing, Lady Heart."
"To a thousand of these victories."


Smile with soft pride.
"We all did our best."


I cough. But I've had worse smells when performing alchemy.
"Hello? Anypony here? We need to resurrect somepony!"

"No problem, you'd have done the same for me I'm sure."


The pile moves.


I jump back in surprise.
try not to sound too surprised. '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


Now, keep an eye out for the menials and see if that one griff is back…
The second wave didn't exactly target the crew, so she should be fine.


"Do we go for the cities then?"

Get her rezzed, that sleazy whore.


"…You know what? I probably would have!" Break out in a big grin.
"Whoa! What… is this like that thing with the talking rabbit?"


"Tomorrow. For now we need to regroup, repair, and let the enemy retreat. We WANT them to leave the city."

If she's around, she's not up on this deck.



"Wark, you should go rest. You likely need it after this ordeal."


'1d10' did the canons take much damage? Go check them out.

Roll #1 10 = 10


"…are you Scarab? The resurrectionist?"
What does he look like?


Guess I will go belowdecks, check on Ciddir aswell.


"Um… Tela here is dead, and we need her revived. Are you the one we need to see about that?"
"This is… unexpected."


The ship is in excellent condition. Ciddir has overseen repairs.

He raises his brows. "Are ya not coming?"

He… she… it is covered in muck. The smell and texture is awful. You can't see an inch of this creature's skin as it languishes there in the filth.


"Mm Mm."

She's here, following some repair instructions Ciddir is directing.




Okay. Go back to Felix.


How's Ciddir doing?
"You alright, master Ciddir?
What of the ship?"


"Well… here she is… What do we do now?"


He is in good condition.

"We did well, I think, in this battle. Evading a hit is like a hit repaired ahead of time, if you get my meaning."

Hm. The cabin is locked.

"Mmmmmm…. Mmmph, mmmm mmmmph mmmph mmph mmmmmm mmmmm."


Shake my head.
"Later. I still have business to settle first. There are matters that require my attention."
Someone going to take over the helm?


"Soooo, resurrecting please?"


Marsh has arrived to relieve you.


knock knock knock, on the door.
"Hey, open up please. The battle is over."


"Yeah, I meant that."


"Thank you."
Now… the mansion. I know I recognized that maid.


Felix opens it carefully. "Whew! I that was scary!"

The donkey 'daddy' arrives behind you. "Headed in, then?"

"Oh, then yes. Tomorrow."

Wark shrugs and returns to your room.


To the mansion!


"Lady Heart was masterful at the helm, but you were determined to pull through even when badly injuried.
It's admirable, in non-soldiers.
Let's share a drink, once this is over."


Give him a nod and float into Felix's pocket.
"I'm tired sis. Do you mind if I take a nap in here?"


"I… suppose we'll just leave her with you then."
I kinda want to go check on Ciddir. Where to?


Give scarab my kindest smile.


Mansion it is. You're there.

Lacy is dusting about.

"It would be easy. The drink is up into our ship with the waves about."

She smiles and gently pats your little head. "Go ahead, big sis. You earned it."

Back belowdecks on the Sirocco. He's chatting with Tree.

You think… one of his appendages shifted, but you're not sure which one it is.


"That enchanted cannon was pretty cool, huh?"


Approach her and clear my throat.
"Good day."


Nest not to think about that.
"Uhm…do you maybe require anything before you can resurrect her?"


Laugh hearedly.
"I will get to work on that.
Wouldn't want to sink before claiming my prize.
Just point me to the damage."


"Okay.. I'm right here if you need me..
We should go into town later.. get some parts for a toy clock.. or a doll dress.." I say increasingly sleepily before nodding off.


"Hello. How are you holding up?"
"That was an interesting battle. Good thing our luck held and only Tela went down."


"I thought I noticed some odd cannonballs headed out with the others."

"I know you from somewhere…"

Another appendage stretches out from the filth and carves in muck on the floor.


He points directly down.


"Not anything at the moment, I am in more of a supervisory position."


"We can do much better.
In fact, I have a few suggestions already.
What we lacked was coordination, but it's a skill that can be taught."


"Ooh, I see…should I leave her with you then?"


The appendage that moved before moves up and down.



Nod, and go down to help.
But on the way, slap the griff's ass.
"You. Me. Later.
Work hard and don't keep me waiting."


Into the bilge you go! This place is really full… there are pumps all about.

Roll seduction


"Selena and I coordinated pretty well in taking down that one guy."
"Understandable; you lost a lot of blood in the last battle. Saving you was a close thing."


"Okay, thank you for your generous help, mr Scarab."
Take a bow and leave him to his…filth.


Oh c'mon, this was totally set up from last night!
She should be happy to be alive!

Roll #1 9 = 9


"Yes… we may have met before. But what brings you here?"


"That was me!"


Let's have this conversation a few moments before I leave for the bilge.
"Yes, and it was remarkable.
But exactly because you have all shown potential, we can improve."


She has a look of surprise at first, but after a few seconds, right before you get downstairs… you see her crack into a slow grin.

Where to?

"No, I kept it."

"Eh, I was offered the work and I couldn't find steady employment back in Stonebriar. He said we'd worked together before. This place seems fine enough. You really do look familiar… have you been to Stonebriar?"

"Yes, some of us can indeed put two and two together."

He ruffles your mane.


Good enough.
Let's get to work though, the ship won't stay afloat on its own.


"Yeah, but how cool is that I can work cannons too now, huh? I told you, I'm the best. I totally deserve a raise."


No doubt. This place is full of bilge-rat menials. It's not a very pleasant place but some real strength is needed behind these pumps.


"You'll get paid when the rest of us get paid. Which is when we finish this job. If we get this done without any hiccups, our money problems will be solved. For a while, at least."


I always wanted to talk to Face, but I don't know what about.
And it seems awfully strange to never have met before. Could we maybe timewarp to Selena introducing herself to Face if you feel like it?


Earth Pony strength go!


Why timewarp when you can just meet him?

He's about.


Roll #1 10 = 10


"What would you suggest? That scenario was highly circumstantial; how can we train to get better at it?"
"You kept enough, once we'd given you some of mine." Does… he not want me here or something?


"I believe we briefly met when I visited the estate of lord Goldenblood, yes. You were a maid there, yes?"
It's not really a complete lie, so I'll con artist anyway.

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3


Allrighty then.
Trot towards him.
"Excuse me, mister Face?"


"Turns out Manako-chan, the breezie healer?
She's got an eye for tells in the body of our enemies.
Must have trained on her machines, building clockworks and such.
With her help and a bit of coordination we can take advantage of the right moments to attack, instead of wasting those opportunities."


"Ah, that could be useful. Perhaps if we are ever in a position where we know where the enemy is, I could sneak her close so she could scout them out before the battle?"


Strength indeed! Pump pump pump pump

You lead the menials to victory down below, and soon the ship is sailing much higher.

You aren't getting that vibe. You don't get any vibes from him. He has a very strange way of carrying himself.

"No, I actually kept it. Would you like to see it? I put it in a jar in my room."

You must be flustered from that battle because you look uncharacteristically uncomfortable.

"Why are you so uneasy about tha– oooooh, OH! I remember you now! Okay… oh man, that's where I knew all of you from? … Well… oh well. I suppose it doesn't really matter if that doesn't change my employment now. I suppose I never returned this, did I? It's a little rusted with age, but I consider rust to be character."

#Characterized Lantern
+2 to Command on friendly disposition targets.

"What luck! A pretty looking mare wants to talk to me. The only way this could be better is if you could heal my wound."

He shows you a little cut he got in the battle.


"Oh, of course!"
Make a healing potion and give it to him!


"We'll solve this, don't worry. Easy peasy."


Wipe the sweat off my brow and cheer with the menials.
Even the cowardly dog from this morning, if he's here and still alive.
Now, back up. On deck.


Fascinating. I wonder if he could teach me?
"Yes, I actually think I would. Perhaps that should wait until later, though; plenty of work that needs doing. Need any help anywhere?"


I scrutinize the lantern, smiling as I recognize it.
"I am surprised you kept it with you for all this time."


He sips it down. "Just what I needed. Thanks, doc! What brings such a talented and beautiful mare to see me?"

"Don't jinx things."

He was up top, actually. He's a sail hand, not a bilge rat.

"Help is direly needed in Canterlot. Destruction of the environment there continues unchecked each day and few if any care to contribute to the effort to put a stop to it."

"I figured it was lucky. I got out alive after the attack."


I blush a little.
"Thanks. I'm Selena Springleaf. I've been stationed now for a while on the Sirooco but I hadn't met the second Mate yet. So I thought I'd come up to introduce myself."


Hope he didn't get eviscerated during the first attack.
That'd be ironic.
Now, what to do, what to do…
Maybe it's time to claim my reward.


"Perhaps it is. Thank you for returning it to me, it does have some emotional value to me."
I look her over.
"Say… I realize you work for the fleet already, but would you be open to a closer partnership?"


"What a terrible run of luck I've had to not run into you before now."

Nope, you see him up here, lounging (somehow?) in the rigging. It's impressive the skill he puts into laying around, but now that you're docked with the Darklantern there's not much for him to do.

"Work for you again? Hm… alright, but I don't do much direct fighting."


Whistle at him.
"Good to see you still alive, little dog."


I scratch my neck.
"Heh, well I've been very busy, and I heard you're very busy as well, as the fleets diplomat…"


I smile.
"I do not expect you to at all. Leave that bit of the job to us."


Pause for a moment as I try to process that, then chuckle and shake my head.
"I've seen it first-hand; afraid there isn't much I can do about it."
Regard him for a moment.
"Are you in any discomfort that it is within my ability to alleviate?"


He smiles bemusedly at you.

"You live to fight another day. Good on you. I was rooting for you the whole time."

"Ha, well, I don't have much work to do while we're in a hostile area. A little time to rest is nice."

"Well, that's a relief. You wouldn't believe it, but I met somepony from Stonebriar here too. I should tell her where I'm going, we've been hanging out in the evenings."

"Hm, I don't think so. Thank you for your efforts to do so thusfar, though. Do you want something?"


"Oh… I believe you mean Rosemary? She is with me as well, in fact."


Bow down graceously.
"Most kind of you.
Now, do me a favor, would you? I need some informations."


"No, she said her name was Happy. She worked for Mayor Goldenblood too."

"Happy to oblige if I can."


My, I'm starting to see why he's the diplomat~
"Uh..well I wanted to say that, as the fleets alchemist, I'm at your disposal anytime you need something…..brewed, mr Face."


"I need a quiet place on the ship. Comfortable, if possible."


"I wished to talk with you for a while, which you seem willing to do thus far.
The main topic I wish to discuss is blood. Our blood."


"Ah of course. Yes, she works with me too. Though she is not a Stonebriar native, she merely stayed there for a while."


"Can't do it. Doesn't mean there isn't a good alternative, though."

He laughs. "You seem so tense. It must be from the battle. I give excellent massages if you ever require my services."

"Do you want yours back? Okay."

"Oh! Hm. Okay."


"I'm listening."


Just stare at him for a moment.
"…Are you trying to make fun of me?"


Let's see…
1-fall head over shoulder to say yes
10 - remain dignified and say that I want to ensure everypone is okay and another time perhaps

Roll #1 2 = 2


"That would be…nice."


You scared me there for a second.


"Well, come by the Sirocco when you are ready. I am assigned as first mate there, so finding my cabin will not be hard. Good day, miss… Doiley."
Time to move out. What a wonderful time.
Is September about on the Hourglass?


"There's a door on the Darklantern that isn't like the others. They leave it unlocked, which is really stupid if you ask me. There's a whole mansion inside. Nice beds. Good place to avoid work."

He gives you a blank look. "No, you seem fun enough already."

"Right now? Hm, alright. Do you want to come to my room? I have a large bed."



"And you are sure nopony checks that place?"


Land next to her.
"Captain September. Do you have a minute to chat?"


"Oh..I don't want to disturb you if you have other duties right now."
Move my hooves a bit nervously


"One can never be sure, I suppose. But you seem like a risk-taker to me."

"Sure, go ahead."

"Not at all. The comfort of a healer is a priority to me, as a second mate."


Brush my hair aside.
"I am a little tense, all this battle is still new to me."


Return the blank look.
"…Are you making a pass at me?"
Quirk an eyebrow.


"Catch you later."
Let's go to the darklantern and find this door.


"No, I am remaining stationary."

He gives you a silky smooth (30FPS!) smile and guides you off with a swagger to his room.

… He has a nice behind.

It is certainly a suspicious door… It's white instead of black.


"I have been curious for the longest time… do you know Mocking Wark? One of my associates?"


"We've met, yes."


Okay, this just begs to be investigated.
Not like I'm going against orders.
Open the door.


My, however did he…
"If I may ask, mister Face, how did you become the fleets diplomat?"


It's shocking. There should not be more than ten feet of room here – instead, A WHOLE MANSION. It's large, and decadently endowed with large marble columns. There's a maid dusting here. A grand staircase leads to a second floor which has rooms on it.


"What does…" Take a deep breath, then exhale slowly. "You know what? Never mind.
My purpose was not to ask for my blood back; besides, it's not really mine anymore. I just…"


Chuckle thinking of what would happen if I were to spellbreak the door.
Step inside and act natural, ignoring the maid.
Have a look around.

Roll #1 4 = 4


"Could you… perhaps aid me by shedding some light on donkey culture? I know parts of it but… in truth it still somewhat confuses me."


He chuckles. "Well, I guess I got lucky. One day I had been fired and went out and told myself I would accept the first job offer I could find. Some pirates offered me a job on their ship and I talked them into giving me a non-combat position. Imagine the luck? They razed the port afterwards. If it weren't for that job, I'd probably have been killed! So I guess I talked my way into the diplomat position."

He opens the door. It's… quite the love den. The air is thick with pleasant scents, and there is a huge bed inside. There's a vanity mirror with all kinds of outfits and wigs.

"Sometimes the job isn't glamorous, but I'm a hard worker."

"I could improve upon it. When next we meet after this conversation, I will surely have something for you. Please, continue."

It's a stately place. It'd be nicer if it had furnishings but this place is pretty stripped.

"Oh, want to learn about your heritage?"

She pokes at you bemusedly, referring to your time as a Jenny.


Check the various rooms. Has any been used lately?


"Well… I believe it would hardly be fair to call it my heritage because of a mere potion effect."


Most of the first floor rooms are boarded up. You peek in one and find them in ruins. Probably not worth going into unless they're restored.

The second floor rooms are bedrooms that are spacious. A few of them look like they've been visited lately and slept in – big mattresses dragged inside.

"Your daughter's, then?"


"I suppose so, yes."


Any of the second floor's ones has a mattress and hasn't been slept in?


"Improve upon it? *sigh* You know what, sure. I would love to see what you come up with next time I come down here.
It's just that, I got to thinking… and I realized that part of me is part of you now. That doesn't sound right; I mean that you're a part of me now. No, I mean part of me is inside you…
You know what? I'm just going to cut straight to the chase; the way I see it, we're connected now, so if you have a problem you need- or at least would prefer- my help with, don't be afraid to ask."


W-well I'm just here for a massage!

"The fleet must be lucky to have somepony like you as our ambassador!"


Roll luck

"It is a difficult culture. For longer than you care to know, the clans have been involved in a blood-feud that has consumed all of the jacks. The subject of the battle were we, the 'fair' jennies. If you ask me, a terrible reason to throw away an entire race. But now… it's gone on so long, I suppose there's nothing that can be done to stop it."

He cocks his head at you. "It would be impolite if I did not offer you the same courtesy I am gathering. So I will."

He just smiles. "Well, I can't always be useful with just my words. I'm sure you have a much wider range of… flexibility."

He pats a spot next to him on the bed.



Roll #1 3 = 3


Sit down.
"I like how you decorated the place."


"Yes… I gathered that much already. Is that why you came onto this fleet? To get away from those feuds?"


Unfortunately not. Each was put there explicitly.

He gently begins to rub your back – oh, it's such a deep massage! All your troubles melt away.

"Ha, well, it's mostly practical."

She grins amusedly. "Yes, I'd like to tell myself that. It would certainly be a convenient excuse to dull the moral ambiguity of being a pirate raider if I was doing it because I was fleeing an unfair society, wouldn't it?"


Watch him for a moment, then nod and smile.
"I am glad we understand each other- on this, at least.
Now that I think of it, we were never properly introduced. My name is Hircus."


Well, this is bad, but not unworkable. Lean over looking at the floor below, at the maid.
Whistle for her.
"Hey you.
Where are the mattresses?"


Aaaa aaah~
"It's miles away from my hammock on the Sirocco. And my lab isn't a place to sleep…" I chuckle and close my eyes to enjoy the feeling.


I smirk back.
"That would be a most fortunate excuse indeed."


"I will not forget it, Hircus."

"Uh, I had to drag mine on myself. Iunno where Happy got hers."

Only two rooms have mattresses.

"Well, this bed is too big for one pony. Would you like to share it with me when I'm not working?"

Ooooh! He's…. getting that really good spot… eugh! That one right below the wings!!

"Did you want to know about the nature of our relationship before you joined the fleet?"


"You and Happy Puzzle live here? And who else?"


"Well… I had ran into donkeys before, but I never quite had a reason to delve into their culture. Now however… I do have one good reason to."


"Hm… there are two mares who tumble a lot in the room on the end."

"What do you want to know, then?"


"Will anyone mind if I set myself up here anyway?"


"What are jennies expected to do, exactly? I realize this is a rather broad question, but I have to start somewhere."


Gasp as he hits that spot.
"Ah~…that's really kind but I want to get to know how the ship works and I felt the best way to do so was to live among those who work in it…"


"Nor shall I, Ciddir. Now that we have discussed that, I'll leave you to your work. Be safe."
Now, I should probably get proper sleeping accommodations. Where do I need to go?


She shrugs.

"What are mares expected to do? Procreate, I suppose."

"Well, if you ever need to… relax. You know the place to come."

He finally gets down to your calves and massages those as well… ooh, that takes miles off of your legs.

The bunkhouse! Where all non-officers sleep.


"Good to know. What did you say about the room on the end?"
Does that room have a mattress?


All right then, head down there and see if there's anyone in charge.


"How gender equal is donkey society however? Similar to pony society? Can mares take up arms just as easily to defend the honor of their clan?"


He is good.
Relax a bit.
Take off my hat.
"Light Heart told me you and her are good friends."


It appears to be a bed-yourself format. Plenty of bunks, hammocks, and mattresses arranged haphazardly. Some ponies are getting intimate already and it's only early evening.

There's nothing in it right now.

"Two mares stay in there… together."

"It's not a matter of gender politics – jennies are not immortal, nor do we feel when an opponent is near. Similarly, we can't permanently vanquish a jack. What would the point be? Clearly you've seen I can kill plenty of normal ponies."

"Yes… one of my closest friends died permanently recently. A touch of terrible luck. And… there! Full body massage is done. Unless… you wanted something more. I'm always willing to provide my services for a fine lady."


Let's see, RNG? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


"One purple maned with a huge hat?"
Well, there has to be a nice room somewhere here, right?
I will just use that one, even if there's no mattress. Better than the bunks.


"Do donkey couples prefer to have male children then?"


That room it is!

"I wouldn't know. I never wanted kids. I would've thought he would have told you."


You know, what, fuck you RNG.
I'm not that slutty
"That was delightful, mister Face.
I would feel guilty if I didn't do something in return….what if I gave you a massage in return?"


So, go check up on my prize.
Is she still working her back away on the Sirocco?


That's actually perfect. I've been left with some… distracting pressures that could do with some releasing.
Any of them look open for a partner? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


"I meant in general, but fair enough. Thank you for enlightening me. If you have any questions for me in return… well, feel free to ask."


He just gives you a smile. "No, that's alright. Listen… I don't want you to feel like I'm pressuring you into anything, alright?"

He gives you a little kiss on the cheek. Oh gosh… something about him floods your senses. "I'm here strictly at your pleasure. I'll let you go now so you can clear you head. In here… the mood is infectious."

With that, he opens the door… a cool, mind-clearing gust comes in.

Yep. She's just swabbing a deck.

No, only a few are engaged this early anyway.

She gives another odd smile. "Was he good? In bed, I mean. He looks pretty strong."


I smile.
"I have no complaints whatsoever, so I suppose the answer to that question is yes. Quite good."


That's all right, I'll just check to see if any decent-looking menials are wandering around, preferably alone. '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9


I put my hat back on.
"Thank you mister Face. I hope to see you again soon."
I say with a little smile on my face.
Trot back outside with a little skip in my walk.

Uuuh lemme see where to next…I didn't meet the captain of the hourglass yet.


Right. She's still on duty I guess.
Not like I care.
Whistle for her, over from the Darklantern, and nod towards the ship, telling her to come over.


"Hm. Pity the children were a dealbreaker. I hear he is a good father."

There's a very buff diamond dog male eying some of the other stallions lustily, if you're into that sort of thing. With those muscle, he must work on something hard, like moving cannons or pumping in the bilge all day.

Someone is in her room, chatting with her.

She follower after you. She frowns suddenly and stops.

"Wait, are you actually an officer? You gave commands with so much confidence I never gave it a second thought."


"He does seem to care for the little ones, yes. It is a nice sight to behold."


"It got us through the battle, didn't it?"


I can knock.


Definitely going to keep that one in mind for later~
Right now, though, I'm more looking to stick it in rather than get stuck into. Any stallions or mares wandering around in an dim-lit area where it would be easy to make them dissappear? '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2


"Well, that's all I really wanted to know. I should probably turn in early if I'm going to be there when we take the city. I'll probably oversleep anyway."

She gives you a knowing smile. "So you aren't!"

"Another caller, too."

The whole area is dim – but it's also crowded. Disappear is not very possible.


I step in, as I see Light Heart, I excuse myself.
"Oh sorry, I didn't want to disturb you…I'll wait outside."


Circle around her, reciprocating the smile.
Run a hoof through her back.
"Give the seed time to grow."


I chuckle.
"Let us hope the haul is plentiful, that should alleviate many of our worries."

I smile at her.
"Miss Springleaf, no need to worry I was just finishing up my chat with the captain here."


Well then, let's go wander around the dim areas of the ship for a bit. If nothing comes up, I can always go back for that hunk later. Also going to need some rope and cloth…
Any enticing targets? '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1


yawn and wake up. Am I still in Felix's pocket? Where are we now?


She blows her breath at you. "Your attempts at circumspect poetry are your least appealing attribute. It's the exact opposite of your confident, commanding persona."

"Oh, I'm sure I'll be disturbed one way or the other. Come on in."

You're walking down a particularly dark hallway when you find yourself grabbed, mouth covered, and jerked onto a bed. Before you can cry out, you're gagged. You hear a whisper in your ear.

"Shh… I could see you eying those other ponies. You want this… just let it happen."

Will yourself into unconsciousness, or try to make the most of it?

Nope! You awaken on a little cushy bag. Scattered around you are spare nuts, bolts, and washers!


Squee with delight. '1d10' appraise the quality of this stuff.

Roll #1 5 = 5


Can I see who it is?


"I will keep that in mind, kitty."
Hinch closer to her face, staring into her eyes.
"Now, why are you making me wait?
I have a room ready."


Roll perception, it's dark and they're behind you.

It's a little beaten up. It looks like it has been abandoned for a while… maybe an inventor used to live in this room!

"Meow." she replies coyly.


Let out a satisfied chukle and lead her to the mansion, and upstairs.


Let's see if I can get a good look. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


Too dark!

You lead her to your "love nest" – really a barren room in a swanky ruined mansion.


I trot in and bow my head a little.
"Hello captain, I'm Selena Springleaf, a relatively new recruit. I wanted to introduce myself to you."
What does she look like?


"You have heard of miss Springleaf, have you not?"


She's a pleasant looking jenny in simple pirate-y dress. She has curly locks.


"Of course. She's been with us for months."


Try and pull a reversal on them, goat-style! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10


"Yes, sorry I hadn't introduced myself earlier, captain. It took a while to get the hang of pirate, wait, privateer life."


Kick the door closed and finally focus on her, swiftly grabbing her close by a side and kissing her deeply.


"This is wonderful! What should I make first? A switchy switch flipper? A goat horn sharpener?Oh! I know, A rotating closet!"
'1d10' lets see if I can get started on a rotating closet, one side for dresses and one side for storing parts.

Roll #1 7 = 7


"Indeed she has. She has been quite industrious so far."

"Did you know this ship used to be commanded by our former alchemist?"


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You jump out of bed with consummate slippery skill.

Roll to evade tackle!

"Eh, I bet we've run into each other a few times. No big deal."

Kissing a beak is… strange for your first time. She doesn't engage right away, and lets you take the active stance, not resisting either.

Tink tink tink! You'll need to apply some basic magnetism for this…


First time?
Keep the kiss up, but start driving southwards with a hoof.


Can't catch me when I backflip over you! '1d10+1'
Can I at least tell species now?

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10


"It was? What was her name?"

"I haven't been on the Hourglass often however. I would like to explore it a bit more, especially if an alchemist lived here earlier."


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t-ta da!


I meant first time with a beak. Griffon hens are a little exotic.

It's so strange to hear a soft purr from a beak, too…

It's… could it be a goat? Here of all places? Even more surprising, the goat doesn't seem to be really bulky. The surprising strength you were grabbed with must have been a matter of surprise.

The attacker grumbles and tries for another tackle!

"It's a light ship. A step down from my previous vessel."


Aha! You have just enough materials to make some automatic rotating hinges. Now you just need to put a wooden plank on it to be rotated by and you're good to go! That's not very tinkery, though, you can just do that.


"It was a him actually. A stallion named Friesian Cross. A former army pony who delved into alchemy. He retired after the mutiny occurred."

Look at September.
"I would even say an entire step of stairs, comparing the Hourglass to the Eagle's Roost."


I was laughing at exactly that notion.
Pull out of the kiss and smirk, lingering in her eyes for a moment as I keep working with the other hoof.


"I heard some ships were lost during the mutiny. Perhaps it can be salvaged one day."

"A shame. I'd have loved to meet him."


hammer in the planks, and make sure there is a enough space to hold stuff, the dress side has to have a little set of drawers for shoes and stuff. and the storage side needs a few big shelves and draws..


"Hm, in size, certainly. But the ship was cumbersome. In some ways, it's nice to be back to a real ship ship."

She seems hesitant, but pleased. You can sense that she likes your dominance.

Slowly, she caresses you gently with a talon.

"Some day."


It's looking good!


Grab some rope and sidestep him! '1d10+1'

Roll #1 7 + 1 = 8


Oh yea! Better test it before showing it off thou, after so many failures you learn to be cautious.
Does it spin okay?


I nod.
"We got along quite well, but he was growing old and wished to live out his days in peace. Completely understandable of course."

"Yes, I would not say the Hourglass is a bad ship. It may be small, but it certainly has its uses."


"Is there anything I could brew up for you at the moment, captain?"

"Ah I see. I hope he's found some peace then."


There is no rope on this deck! There's a hammock you could try to tear down.

Oof! THAT was a really close one! The goat almost got you!

Finally, goat gets frustrated and grumbles, "You're way too much effort." and retreats off into the darker part of the ship…

Hm… if you had some oil it would spin smoother. This stuff is old and worn out, so it creaks and there's a ton of resistance.

"I won't complain. The fleet is in bad enough straits already without that."


"No, I don't think you have what I need, but I appreciate it."


'1d10' look for some oil, maybe there is an old can lying around?

Roll #1 9 = 9


"Of course, should you ever need me, I'm at your disposal."


Push her onto her back, on the ground, and stand above her, slowly sliding my head down, inbetween her legs.


Stealth after him(her?) and keep an eye out for cloth or anything that could be used for restraining.


"Thanks. Is that all?"

Begin spoilers.

She begins to moan in anticipation.

Not a drop! Grr!

There are hammocks like I mentioned. They're effectively nets.

Roll for stealth under pressure.


"I am certain he has. Perhaps I should write him sometime soon."

"It could be worse, captain. But I will leave you to your rest. Good night."


Unhook a hammock and take it with me.
Sneaky sneaky '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


"I don't want to take up more of your time, I'll take my leave, Captain." Salute.

Walk out with LH.
"We certainly have a lot of officers. I'm finally trying to meet them all."


I will have to venture out and look. Go open the door.


Just tease her with a hoof for now.
"Ask for it."


"Four for each ship, yes. Have you met mister Strom?"
I smirk.
"You will like him, I think."


"No, I haven't. Which ship is he part of?"


"This one. He is third mate of the Hourglass. Believe it or not, but Emrille is very fond of him as well."


"…you're right, I do find that hard to believe."


TIME WARP to whenever you want.
"Good evening, miss Light Heart. How do you fare?"


"He gifted me this rifle of mine."
Show her the repeater rifle.


Look it over.
"I'm not an expert on rifles but it looks like it could do a lot of damage."


"Very well, as it so happens. We performed admirably today and will soon reap the rewards."

"Quite right. It is a rather unique design. Mister Strom is fond of gunsmithing, you see. He also hails from the new world like myself, though I do not think he is from Dixie city exactly."


So, right after the battle, go look for the Fae.


"Oh? What manner of rewards would that be? Or are you simply referring to how we will be paid once we have finished the job?"


Smile and greet you warmly "Tree-sempai!"
"You aren't feeling light headed or anything are you?"


"After a battle like that? Not at all! Instead, I feel my blood boiling!"


"I'd see. I'll make sure to visit him soon. Perhaps we could even work together. Somepony who works with guns is surely interested in explosives as well."
I count my hooves.
"Let me see, I visited mr Marsh, Abilio, Emrille, September, Chip, Face…hmm who else would I have to visit?"


"Oooh, you were so strong out there, sempai! " hoover close to you.


"You were surprising instead.
I'd expect a fae not to be accostumed to the clamor of battle!
Take a step back as you float closer.


"I was more thinking from the viewpoint of the fleet. You may have noticed we are rather short on resources at the moment, an unfortunate consequence from the mutiny disaster. If we are to rise back to power again, we need to accumulate wealth and resources. Doing so will allow us to acquire better equipment and more crew… perhaps even adding another ship to the fleet already."

"Miss Cloudy, the first mate of the Darklantern? Mister Wrench? He is an engineer on the Darklantern, third mate as well."


move my hooves a bit awkwardly. "I just focused on healing. It was your great directions that helped me stay calm."


"Don't be so modest.
If you are gonna live this life, you will need confidence.


"I've met miss Cloudy briefly while we were out in Nagobana. But I did promise to drop by again. And I hadn't heard of Mister Wrench yet."


"I see, though I imagine we would need more crew for that to be feasible. After all, sometimes this ship seems a bit… empty.
But enough on that. I was impressed how well everyone did in the fight out there."
By the way, where are we? Light Heart's cabin?


Flutter insistently. "But its true. I've never been in a real battle like that before! It was crazy! Things flying everywhere. Then the enemy lined up, and turned in the same way, like a bunch of little toy soliders! "


"This is kind of why they are soldiers, isn't it?"


"Of course! And they were such fools too! All blocking together."


"He is a buffalo… and he has been on this fleet for quite some time. Lastly, there is mister Driftwood… second mate on the Hourglass. Admittedly, I am not very familiar with him, but I do know he was a menial before the mutiny. Talk about promotion, hm?"
I chuckle.

Probably in my cabin if you looked me up in the evening, yeah.
"Quite right. Many of you are quite new to the fleet… but today you have shown great skill. It is quite comforting actually."


"They had a good tactic. But you could see through them, that is most important, after all."


"seeing through a bunch of idiots is no feat sempai. On my own, I can't do anything with that information."


"Oh? You were concerned about my potency?"
Give her a wry grin. "You wouldn't be planning anything untoward for me, would you, miss Light Heart?"


"That is why no army fights alone, Manako-chan."
Smirk to her.


"Driftwood. Okay, got it, I need to be sure everypony knows who I am and that they can count on me!"


Tilt my head curiously.
"Are we a good army?"


"We could learn to be."


Smile calmly. "I think I would like that Tree-Sempai."


"Good. I will inform the others, start setting up a working strategy.
Maybe even set up drills.


Nod. "If we win battles, will we have more money to spend at town?"


"Yes. That's how it works."
Stay silent for a moment.
"Do you know what privateers do, Manako-chan?"


Smile coyly?
"I would not dare to even dream about it, mister Hircus."

"That is a very good attitude to have. It certainly has served me well so far."


Think for a moment.
" Travel the world and take jobs like mercenary or a sell-sword? "


"I see.
And what do mercenaries and sell-swords do, when they win a battle?


"…get paid?"


Quirk an eyebrow.
"Well now, that's a shame," step a little closer. "Because I'm fairly certain I would not mind in the slightest if you did."


"I'm glad the fight is over for now.
Perhaps some rest will do us well."


"Before that.
When they just took a city.


Shake my head.
"Sorry. I don't know."


Turn around looking at her with quite the serious expression.
"They loot what they conquered for all its valuables.
Check in the pocket of the dead warriors, rampage through abandoned homes, this kind of thing.


Look a little unsure.
"Okay… Is there something you are leaving out sempai?"


Shake my head.
"No, I'm actually trying to warn you about what you might not know.
It's a damn ugly business, that's what I'm saying.


I… do hope you realize there several other people living in this room with her.
"Many ponies feel the same way… unsurprisingly."
I chuckle softly.

"Certainly… the first step has been taken. Let us hope the rest of this business trip goes as smoothly."


"Stealing from the dead is what only the poorest do. Are we poor Tree-Sempai?"


"Yes actually. We definitely are."


"Of course, are we exploring the town tomorrow, miss Heart? I'd love to join you if you'd let me."


look a little hopeful.
"But if we win enough, we won't be poor anymore?"


"Perhaps I will be assigned to remain onboard the ships in case a counter attack occurs… we shall see."


"But ponies on board will hardly change their way of thinking.
It's something that just happens. If you come to shore with us, tomorrow, you will see for yourself.


I nod.
"I'll make sure to pass by tomorrow then. I'll go visit this Strom and go to bed then. I hope the menials won't be too loud this time."


You can sense her uneven breathing as you tease her… she remains silent for a time, each rub bringing a new wave of pleasure through her, you're surprised, however, when a clawed paw jerks off your trousers. You feel the end of her tail twist around your member, unevenly as she tries to concentrate through the obvious distraction.

"Just where do ya think ya're going?"

"Good night."

You wrestle with it for a time but eventually get it free…

You head down the halls being less sneaky than you'd like.


"Okay.. I understand.. Pony way of life hard to change.." Look a little sad.
Yelp in surprise. "W-what?!"
Who said that?! turn around and appraise '1d10'

Roll #1 10 = 10


I'm open-minded~
"I would imagine so. After all, you are a very appealing mare.
A shame, really. I would have been able to sneak in here so easily, should you have wanted an evening rendezvous."
Damnit, be sneakier! '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2


I chuckle.
"I hear they can be a bit loud at times… it has been a while since I last slept among them."

"Well, I am afraid that tonight well be spent with others. But… perhaps some other time we could arrange something."

I haven't really spoken to Driftwood. He around?


Smirk and let out a puff of air in reply, right down onto her body.
"I will take that as a yes."
Start working my mouth on her.

"Try to enjoy it, instead.
This travelling, this freedom.


"I've got to say your offer to sleep at your cabin becomes more tempting by the day, but I'm still hoping I can learn a bit more about life on board the ship.
Altough I did already learn some things I wish I didn't."


"Its true. I thought I would have to Felix-chan's doll for the whole trip! That would have been hard!"


"Others? They wouldn't be the jealous type, would they?~"


"Boring, most of all."


Towering over you is that big, red earth pony! Well, she's just a filly like Felix, but she's so big compared to you!

"I'm king around these parts! I decide who comes and goes!"

From the shadows you hear something: "Coming after me, hm? Maybe you enjoyed it? Hmmm?"

He's probably in his quarters.

She seizes up, and her hold on your member slackens. She blurts out, still wracked by pleasure, "J-just get inside me, already!"


"very!" laugh at the idea.
"Huh? Are you the one who brought me here?"


I'd like to talk to Strom.


Instead, indulge on her like this, see how far I can bring her…
Then raise my head with a smirk on my lips.
"You finally asked nicely."


Roll #1 2, 9, 1, 9, 2, 6 = 29


"Oh I am sure you have. There are many such things I have learned myself."

"No, but children require attention."

Knock knock.


"Maybe I would have, if you'd asked first. Now I have to teach you some manners." Tangle him/her up in the hammock.
"…I see. Another time, then. Name the time and place for me to be, and I'll be there. I don't mind if you bring friends either.~"


"Life aboard sure has it's surprises. It's no wonder some here drink so many alcohol.
I admit I needed a little myself after the battle.
I doubt I'll ever drink as much as most here however. That's not my job."
I grin.


Rollan. '1d10'

Roll #1 4 = 4


"You can come visit me from time to time now.
And find yourself a place where to work in peace.


"I will. Thank you Tree-Sempai!" grin and float happily in the air.


And then I'm off.


"Once we are more acquainted, I may do so."

"Well, as you know I do it without, so I am afraid I cannot discuss those effects with you due to the complete lack of experience."


"As you wish. I suppose I shouldn't keep you any longer. May you fare well until next we meet."


"Nope! Wunnav my loyal subjicts did that!"

He's over on the Hourglass polishing his gun. Literally, this isn't a metaphor you slut.

"It's s-smooth.. you are… inside me, I mean…"

Her down is soft, and it's strange, having her like this, but you enjoy it fairly. She grips you tightly with both claws and talons, and with each thrust each of you grow hotter. Because of your prep-work, she cums first. She makes no move to let go of you, though, as she relaxes, and you finish inside her after a few more rounds. You both let the cool air waft over your sweaty bodies… and you appreciate the softness of her fur and down. She holds you tight, like a teddy bear, and gently nibbles on your ear.

No answer.

You can't find the goat… it's like it vanished into thin air.

"I might still have you… you look like your ass might be lively in the sack. If you behave, I'll let you have a turn on top…"


"Yes, of course, I'm sorry."
I yawn.
"It is getting late, with your permission, I'll leave now. Thanks today, Light Heart, for everything."


Take the time to try and spot it. '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


I nod.
"Be sure to rest well tonight."

I know enough by now to know that no answer usually means do not disturb. Or that he's not actually inside.
Oh well, some other time then.

"My pleasure."
I smile.
"Rest well tonight, Selena."


I knock on the door or if he's on deck I'll just introduce myself.
"Hello, are you mister Strom?"


"You as well, Light Heart."
I take my leave



…No dialogue…

"Yep. You're Selena the alchemist."


I smile.
"Oh you've already heard of me?"


Stealth back into the shadows. Two can play at this game… '1d10'

Roll #1 5 = 5


"Wunva?? Loyal Subjects??" looks for traps or an easy way to escape '1d10'
"I'm sorry, m-my equestrian is not that good yet. What are you talking about?"

Roll #1 1 = 1


Give her a strong side to lean against, while playing around with her tail.
Spend a while like this, just teasing her softly and cuddling in the peace of post-coital bliss.

"I will be looking for you when I come back from town."


"And identified you by scent. Don't take it the wrong way, but I can identify saltpeter and sulfur."

You aren't being very stealthy…

No more voice…


She doesn't reply, but that's probably a yes.

Can't escape! It's like a tough Pokemon battle.

"Them other fillies are my ponies.. I'm in charge here and they work fer me!"


"What about Felix? Where is she?"


"Give up, and I'll be gentle with you."
Try to find that pesky goat. '1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8


She nonchalantly examines her hoof.

"She's being incorporated into the empire."


No reply.


"Ah a fellow chemical enthusiast. I figured you might have been, it comes with being a gunsmith, I'm sure."


"Eh, Burnside's a gun nut and he can't tell the difference between tobacco and troll fat. I worked with the local alchemists during the expo we did in Reptil, but I've done dabbling before that."


Damn it, he/she's got to still be nearby! Check anywhere it might be hiding! '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9




Roll to evade grabby filly hoof!

"Hold up there little squirt!"

You search every nook, cranny, and board… not a single trace of that goat! You even ask some menials and they didn't even see a goat – they don't remember any goats other than you even working on this ship! Could it have been a dream? Certainly it couldn't be a goat from the mainland, you haven't docked yet…


'1d10' dodgy

Roll #1 5 = 5


Fine, I'll head back to the main rooms and see if there are more options yet.


She nabs you. DAMN GIANT PONIES!

She lifts you up to where you can see Felix at last cheerful and comfortable with her new playmates. The donkey jack has drawn her and the gray one into some sort of game involving golden coins.

Tch. You spent so much time it's getting super late… Most everyone is occupied or asleep.


calm down immediately. appraise the game from here '1d10' "huh.. she's fine? Then.. why did you act that?"

Roll #1 3 = 3


Find whoever's asleep or occupied in the darkest corner. I'm not taking this frustration to bed with me if I can help it.


"Act like what? I'm incorporatin' her. It just LOOKS like I'm doin' it with a game."

You're not sure how the game works. Felix glances up and gives you a cheerful wave.

Roll for one or the other


Check for occupied first. They're less likely to mind. '1d10'

Roll #1 1 = 1


wave back! and try to make a circle with my hoof 'subtly enough for the red one not to notice but for felix to still see it 1d10'

"How does the game work? What do you have on her to make her follow you?"



Roll #1 10 = 10


You head into the absolute darkest corner at the furthest end of the ship.

It's not until you get too close that you see a crooked smile from the darkness. A goat smile.

"You came back."

You black out after the first excruciating seven minutes… and you're afraid to admit that it was a little pleasant, especially to be in the rare position of being with a fellow goat – albeit one who used an awfully large amount of hoofplay.

Whether or not that's a horrible or better-than-nothing end to a night is up to you, but when you wake up the next morning there's no trace of your aggressor.

She sees your sign and goes into a panic. She grabs a golden coin and throws it out the window. Wark bolts up. "Hey! This fleet doesn' have money to burn!"

Grey and Red take off with him to go watch him retrieve it – it probably landed on deck, anyway.

After they're gone, she asks


#Pause for horrible new layout


And I still don't even know their gender.
I'm going to catch them eventually, and when I do, I'll return the favor.


Hug her for dear life. "Little sister. The red one said tricked us. She wasn't going to let me leave."


After a warm moment with felix. I was hanging out in her pocket and we were in the main room, probably about to discuss leaving when suddenly..


Finally back in the cabin.
Wark and the kids are gone? Hm. Odd.

Notice the breezie and the new kid standing about.
"Hm, hello there."


I duck down further into Felix's Pocket, and whisper to her.
Felix waves at you and greets you with a slight bow. "Hello. Are you Lady Light Heart?"


I smile at the sight.
"The one and only. No need to bow however, I am not that pretentious."
I chuckle.
"But we have spoken before, no?"


Felix stops bowing. "We have, back at the shore."
I pop out and sigh a bit in relief, still apparently tense about something. "I helped out in the battle, do you remember?"


I nod.
"I do. Your healing skills were a welcome relief to the battle. I also seem to remember you helping out repairing the Sirocco the other day."


"I did! It was a simple balancing issue. I solved it quickly." I say proudly.


"Well, your efforts are most appreciated. I do hope you and your… filly friend here are settling in well."


"Ah.. Well.. Who-Hunts-The-Monsters-in-the-Woods said we could stay here.. " look a bit awkward and eye the door.


"… Are you referring to mister Who? You have met him then, good. He is quite the character."


"Yes. Mr. Who. He was most concerned about us having a place to stay. He mentioned you were one of his roommates Lady Light Heart?"


"Yes… this is my cabin and I invited him to stay here as I was the one who recruited him for the fleet in the first place. You are free to stay too, of course. You hardly seem to be taking up much space."
I smile.


"Oh, thank you. That is most generous of you."
Look concerned.
"The Red filly lives here as well correct?"


"Red? She does, yes."


Bow respectfully "Then I am afraid I will have to decline and locate another residence."


Cock a brow slightly.
"Is there an issue I am unaware of?"


Let's pay a little visit to Light Heart.
Knock on the door then enter without waiting.


"I.." look anxiously at the door. "Young Miss Red and I spoke earlier she.. was insistent that I continue to stay inside here.." After a moment of staring I admit. "She grabbed me.."
Eep! freeze up and grab onto Felix's mane.


Stop and raise a brow.
Point at it and turn to LH.
"What's that?"


Turn to her momentarily.
"Miss Emrille. Is there something you require?"

"Did she? You will have to forgive her, she can be a bit of a rascal sometimes. I will speak to her about this."


"Just wanted to drop by after all that shit went down. What's that tiny thing? Was it Abilio's doing?"


"You have seen a breezie before, have you not? Mister Who has been with us for several days now."


"I didn't really see anything. Breezie? The fuck is that?"


Nod slowly. "Thank you Lady Heart, but I could just find somewhere to sleep.. Its no problem.."
"I'm Manako. A breezy." I say resting on Felix's head.


Motion towards Manako.
"A fae type of pony who are native to Neighpon."

"Well, it is your choice of course. Know that you are always welcome here however. It is the least I can do."


"Sweet. I'm Emrille."
Hold out one of my legs, hoof up.
"C'mere. I want to get a closer look at you."


"If you feel that it can be resolved easily. I do not wish to cause trouble for you Lady Heart."
Cautiously float closer. "Okay, but please don't touch me."


Motion towards my extended hoof.


"I'll turn to dust." act sincerely concerned about it.


"You have proven your worth in both combat and by maintaining the ship. You are hardly causing trouble."


"You just fondled that filly."


Smile proudly and confidently. "I did my best to be of assistance Lady Heart. I am most pleased you noticed."
"Oh, but children are fine. Just please do not touch me." Float a little closer.


Lower my hoof, but eye you up.
"You sort of look like a bug, y'know?"


"I follow the school of philosophy that says that good performance should be both encouraged and rewarded."


She is yellow bodied, purple maned, and green eyed. Her wings are almost like butterfly wings.

Nod. "I know it seems that way too someone your size, but breezy are very different from bugs."
Beam with pride. And then make an expression like I realized something. "One of the ponies that lives here placed me in a room with lots of spare parts, bolts, metal scraps.. I was so excited I started building without a second thought!" I say energetically moving my arms as I speak. "I made a rotating closet, it needs some oil but it works really well!"
then looks embarrassed " I realize these must have been yours now. I must apologize for using the materials without permission."


"Well you look sort of like a pony too.
You sure I can't touch you? I want to touch you."



Roll #1 8 = 8


With a bit of caution I will nod. "Okay. Just a little touch."


"Hmmm… ah… I believe I know what you are referring to. I used to work together with a brilliant inventor and tinkerer who resided in my cabin as well. Those parts must be leftovers that were left behind, so no harm done using them."


Raise my hoof and place it right under you to land on.


bob excitedly up and down "Are you sure? You don't mind me using them?!"
Blink back into focus and land gently on your hoof. Its like I weigh nothing to you!


I start giggling like a filly, talking at the same time.
"Ahahah, oh, fuck, this is so weird!"


C-can I be part of the cool guys too?


I'm ticked off and sore this morning; now who am I taking it out on?


Laugh as well. "Your wings are so huge, they vibrate when you laugh."
knock on LH's door


Spread them completely with a proud grin.
"You like them?~"


Oh I can show LH how good I'm working on my magic. Take a 6 on Doppleganger and knock on the door.


"I do! They seem really soft." smile softly.


"Of course not, otherwise they would simply go to waste."

Open up.
"Miss Springleaf? Come in. I was just entertaining some guests."


"You wanna' touch them too?"


"Oh splendid. I wanted to show you how my magic is progressing!"

Walk in and another Selena mimicking me walks in as well.

Double Selenas "Hey Emrille, Manako."
Both wave


"Oh my… you have definitely improved that spell of yours. … I am not quite sure which one is real, in fact."
Scrutinize both Selena's.


Blink, then smirk.
"Well now, this gives me ideas… heheh~"


Squeal excitedly. "THANKYOU LADY HEART!"
Grin at you "I would be honored Miss Emrille."
"Lady Selena has a twin? ..No this is illusion magic! Hello Lady Selena!"


"The real one is cuter." we both say, then giggle.

"I know you breezies know a lot about illusion magic. Can you tell which is the real one?"

"We can imagine." Smirk


Flap my wings gently.
"Go ahead."

"You gotta' teach this to Tela!"


I just chuckle.

"Hmmm… is that so?"


appraise! '1d10'
float over and walk on your wings, it probably feels like a spider crawling on you. "Wow. They are as soft as they look!" and then I eye your hat. "What is that? A scope on your head? Who built that?"

Roll #1 9 = 9


"If she wants to learn it, we'll surely try to help her."

"Yeeees" We say playfully and then buttbump!

You see the left one is the illusion.


"Oh, the things I could do with her if she knew…"

Giggle from that sensation, then tip my hat with a hoof.
"Oh, this old thing? I got it ages ago, when I was fresh in the merc business. It got roughed up a shitload of times, but I learnt how to patch it up. Check this out!"
Flip the folded up scopes down so they line up with my right eye.
"I can't have them on my rifle so I can use this if I need to spot a distant target. Fucking cool, isn't it?"


Hoover in front of the right one. "I remember that mane from last night. You're the real Selena."
"You are most inventive Miss Emrille!" stare fascinated at the hat.


"Wouldn't it be more the other way around? She'd be in the majority."

I tip my hat.
"Completely right, you have good eyes, Manako."


"I know, right? And the others are saying that it's dumb! Well guess what, they are the dumb motherfuckers for not knowing the potential in it!"

"Well… yeah, but still. Y'know what I mean!"


Grin. "Yes! Tree-Sempai said the same earlier. I was able to notice things about the enemies."
Scoff "Don't let anybreezy tell you its dumb if its useful. Back in the valley breezies were always telling me my inventions were useless junk. Can't let that stop you."


"Well, the hat is not what I'm most proud of."


"She might try to overwhelm you!" I smirk.
"Or would you like that?"

"They say that Breezies know much about illusion magic, maybe you're just naturally more observant because of that."


"Oh? What is your most prized invention then?"
"Or maybe its because I think different than most breezy, see more uses for things." I suggest excitedly waving my arms as I speak.


I grin.
"You're certainly a very creative Breezie!"


"Ehehe… We wrestle a lot to decide who's top for the night, you know~"

"I'll need some place…"
Walk up to the nearest table and sweep whatever is on it to the side. Without making a mess. '1d10
"Sorry, Light."



Roll #1 7 = 7


"And you are a very talented mage. The copy is almost identical!"
Watch curiously.


"But then you'd have to wrestle 2 Tela's to get on top! You'd get sandwiched between them constantly!"
I blush a bit as I realize what we're talking about.

"I'm working to make more. Maybe I could even get 3 copies! Or 4!'


"Ehheheh… I'd always wanted a threesome anyway. You're not getting hot and bothered, are you?"

"First… this."
Put my pistol that was in the holster on my chest on the table, and pop out the cylinder.
"Five shot pistol, but each one kicks as strong as a single shot pistol!"


"Not bothered!"
We both look over your gun


"Well, it is good to see you have made such progress nonetheless."


Blush a bit at the topic. "Oh, I see.. that is what you want more copies for.."
Turn my attention quickly to your gun. '1d10' appraise.

Roll #1 9 = 9


I point to the left one.
"She's the illusion! Manako could tell the difference, I can't believe it."

"Eeeeh, that's not immediately what I had in mind when working on illusion magic honestly!"


"Wet then?"

It is a pistol with a cylinder that can hold up to five bullets at the same time. The cylinder and the hammer are made out of different metal than the rest, full of engravings, making it a catalyst.
"But wait, I have something even better!"


"O-of course. My apologies Miss Selena."
Grin and bob a bit with excitement "Oh, hey. Are you a mage?"


"A lady keeps her secrets."

"Nah, I can understand why you'd think that, with everypony here."


"Partly, yeah!"
Holster my pistol, then undo the straps of the saddle, and carefully place my rifle on the table.
"This beauty, is the love of my life."


"I'll take that as a yes, you naughty girls~"


"Ooh" stare in awe at the rifle '1d10' appraise!

Roll #1 1 = 1


We look at each other and giggle.
"Actually, we're pretty sure you're the wet one here."


Glance back at you, then slowly bite my lower lip.
"Hmmm, wanna' check it out?~"

It is NOTHING like any rifle you have ever seen!


"Tell me more about it! How does it work? I've never seen one like this!" I say excitedly.


sorry, she is 2distracted by the gun show to keep talking about slutty copies at the same time


I understand.

Each one of us walks on one side of you grinning.
Then we each buttbump one of your flanks on the side.
"Bump!" we laugh.


I grin back at you like we've just hit jackpot at a casino.
Motion at the magazine tube, running under the barrel.
"That is where the ammo goes. I can safely load five bullets at a time! The bullets go up here…"
Motion at the reciever.
"…then when I fire, I pull this lever here…"
Pull the lever for show.
"…so the casing pops out from that hole and the next bullet loads at the same fucking time!"


Spread my wings and wrap them around the two mare bodies beside me with a grin as I talk.


Nod along as you explain, as if recording every detail in my head.


Run a gentle hoof along the reciever.
"See these markings? It makes the whole rifle a catalyst. That allows me to not only just shoot the bullets, but shoot bullets that are on fire, freeze enemies or even heal me when they hit!"


"Ooh. You can do that much magic? And you found a way to reliably mix it with the mechanics of the rifle." Look impressed.


"Well, I did get the plans for the mechanics from Strom of Hamburgerburg. I was the one who combined it with a catalyst. Ooh, and check this out!"
Take out a fancy, shiny platinum bullet.


'1d10' appraise the bullet.

Roll #1 9 = 9


We laugh as you pull us closer.
"We knew you were the wet one here!"


This is a hunk of carefully crafted rare earth mineral with rifling. It is capped with kobold iron and emblazoned with the letters HA

"With this baby, I can shoot someone, then teleport the bullet back, and shoot it over and over again!"

"You caused it, so it's your responsibility now."


"We'll tell Tela you're in need of her, don't worry."


Blink "Is that what HA means?"


"The wha'?"

Lift my wings, but then smack both your butts before furling them.
"I bet I know what you'll be thinking of before sleep tonight."


"Those letters. 'H. A.' Is that what lets it teleport?"


Flip our tails as we give each other a grinning look, trot away again and turn around.


"Emrille, we forgot something, we wanted to thank you for all your help during the battle yesterday."


"No, it's the material. It's my magic that teleports it back. Uh…"
Slightly distracted.

"Did you now?"


"Yes…thank you. Without you, we might have been overwhelmed!"


"Oh.. maybe you two would like some privacy" slink back into Felix's pocket.


"Heh, you think?"

Puff out my chest proudly.
"Well, what can I say… I'm really fucking good, aren't I?"


We both give you an "oh you" face
"Not like that, Manako."

"There were many who helped, Emrille, but yes, your help did to wonders"


"Mhhm, yeah, go on~"
I'm the best!


"Your fire shots were amazing."


have Felix take us outside for a moment.


"I'm really proud of that one, one of my oldest tricks!"


"Where did you learn it?"



"It sort of just… y'know, happened. I didn't know I had magic until I started using it."


"Hmmm, that's how I created my first doppleganger as well."


"So, how long until you realized you could actually fuck yourself?"


"Hey, don't use such words near Felix."
Look at each other
"We…didn't actually think of that until now. Our earlier tries always collapsed before long. I was just happy to make a more stable one."
Scratch my chin, both of us.
"Now that you mention it…"


"She'll hear it soon enough."
Smirk at you.


Move very close together and then break apart again.
"In your dreams!"


"I'll just be a Lunatic then, so I can do just that in my dreams."


I cock my head.
"You mean a celestial? There are no lunatics anymore."


"I know at least three. They are KOS though… eh, well, one of them is for sure."


>sometime during the morning
I invite Leaf over for tea!

"….what's KOS?"


Morning of the fight or morning after?


"Kill on sight."


Morning after the fight, before we go into the city, if we go into the city. So the morning after you plowed the griffon.
When you enter my lab, you notice there are 2 of me.

What did they do?


Raise a brow, but calmly close the door.
"Lady Selena.
Nice to see you again.
Both of you."


I say that.


Snort and wave a hoof.
"Long story."


We look up from brewing our tea.
"Ah, mister Tree. Good to see you, I…we were practicing illusion magic."
Stand next to each other.
"Can you see who's the real one?"

"Did they have something to do with the mutiny?"


"Yeah, they survived."


"I could probably try and dispel one of you, but to see if the spell came right…"
Stare at both, checking the tiniest details.

Roll #1 8 = 8


"…..we see."
Mental note to ask somepony else.
"Miss Emrille, I was wondering how you became Mate of the Darklantern."


Rejoin the conversation.
"Hmmm, yes miss Emrille. Enlighten us."


"I guess shooting the fuckhuge dragon down and helping bring Abilio back to life had to do something with it.
Or I'm just that good."


You notice the left one is a bit cuter.
That must be her.

"So you're only mate since the mutiny?"


Point to the right one.
"Your modesty betrays you, lady Selena."
Trot up to the left copy, and kiss her hoof.
"Found you."


"I was an officer earlier, then got promoted to a Merc Captain before the mutiny."


"But that's what I'd like to know, how you became an officer in the first place!"

I smile.
"Seems I'll have to work a bit more on my copies."
I nod to the tea.
"I brew some of your favorite tea, I added a bit of camille, I hope that won't be a problem."


Clear my throat.
"Working hard and shit. Y'know."


I clear my throat as well.
"And… certain ponies supporting said promotion."


"The fault of perfection, I suppose."
Approach the tea.
"Not at all. Always welcome before battle."


"Would have gotten it anyway."


Look at both of you.
"Right…hopefully when we finish this mission, we'll have enough money to hire mercs again, Emrille."

As I said, it's the morning before we enter the city
"…do you believe we'll have to fight within the city? Abilio said the troops were retreating."


"I disagree."


"I hope. Fuck, I can't wait to be rich again."

"Well at least I didn't suck a dozen cocks for it."


I know.
"Do you just expect the civilians to bend and hoof over the city?"


"I am not entirely certain what this has to do with the subject at hoof."


"I'm just saying I didn't whore myself out for it… well, the part where I was a filly for the experiment doesn't count. That was for science."


"Whatever happened to that mansion you found?"

I scratch my chin and grab the tea pot.
"Hmmm, good point."


"As for me, the old commodore required a pony with my skills. I remained loyal to him until the end."


"This is actually the worst part of the job. Taking down fighters is one thing, but civilians…"


I'll pour you some tea and I dispel the illusion Selena to make talking easier.
Pour a bit for myself.
"Maybe I'll stay on board while it happens…"


"I'm using it. It's a bit run down, but once I get the money, I'll get it back to tip-top shape again."

"Well no shit, so did I. I stayed loyal to the fleet when it went to shit as well. I even obeyed your orders of not shooting that stupid piece of pony garbage in the head when he almost fucked up everything by taking the spear, even though he would have deserved it."


Nod briefly.
"But do know I found your efforts during the batte most admirable."


"I haven't seen it yet actually. Can I drop by sometime? Or do you think I should wait until it's in top condition again?"

"I learned during the first battle that I'm better off healing than trying to throw greek fire everywhere…"


"Obeying an order from a superior officer is a natural response. You are fortunate that the new commodore is quite fond of you, I had expected mister Wrench receiving the position of second mate on the Darklantern given his seniority as an officer…"


"Eh, you can drop by. Fuck, you can even settle if you want to. I'm not like that fag Landgrave. I'm keeping the doors open. It's pretty empty, as I said."

"Are you saying I'm not good enough?"


I cock my head.
"Am I? Whatever gives you that idea?"


"Well you just said that Wrench should have been Second Mate, not me."


"Don't blame yourself.
Our opponents had decades of experience over you."


"Oh no, not in the slightest. I was merely voicing my expectations."


"So, are you disappointed in his decision then?"


"…perhaps I could help a bit cleaning up?"

I drink some of my tea.
"It was my very first battle of that size…or any size. I must admit I panicked."


"I have no reason to, considering my friend received the promotion instead."


"Well, I wouldn't say no to that. Fuck, that could be fun even. I'll pester Tela about it too."

"You got a promotion too, that's nothing to sneeze at either."


"Panicked, Lady Selena?
I didn't see you run headfirst into your brother's shield and passing out for the rest of the battle."
Smirk slightly.


"Captain Al-Jinn and first mate Ruxiang foolishly sided with the mutineers… the chain of command simply fell onto mister Marsh and I after that thanks to seniority."


You're not drinking your tea. Do you want to make me think it's not good?!?

I smile a bit.
"Did that happen to you?"

"Right, with the 3 of us it would be quick."


"Did I tell you already how I set Ruxiang on fire?"

"I'm sorry, but you'll have to talk to Tela first if you'll want to sleep in our room, though."


"You have, in fact. Multiple times."


"Don't worry, I'll stay out of your room. I'm sure it is by now beyond cleaning anyway."


"I did?"

"Hey, I don't leave messes behind… though Tela always complains about the feathers."


I nod.


"Well, I'm sure you can recite it then!"


"You should try my feather conditioner. Your feathers will be str- even stronger."


Share a look with the teacup, then pick it up and start sipping.
"You caught me, Lady Selena.
I was trying to make this chat last just a little longer."


"What are you using?"


"Are you calling me a liar, miss Emrille?"


"No, I just want to know if you've been listening or not."


"I have. I trust you trust my word on it."


"… and how I shot down Umlock?"


"I was there."


"No please, tell me about it. What happened during your first fight?"

"My own conditioner, my mother taught it to me, and I made it myself. I've already given miss Heart a bottle."

Turn to you.
"Did you like the bottle I sent you?"
Of the feather conditioner I talked about yesterday


"Yeah, but don't you want to relieve that moment of victory?"

"Well shit, why didn't you say you had something like that sooner?"


NPCs are available


"That has been quite some time ago…"
Sigh and start sipping my tea.
First of all, sit in meditation for a short while, staring at the greatness of the sea.
Now, I need to know what the plan is for today.
Who's at the helm?


"Oh yes, certainly. It is quite refreshing to the wings. My compliments."

I chuckle.
"I remember it vividly, so I have no issues recounting it on my own."

Where is Who?


Face has the helm.

What time?


How fortuitous.
"Master Face.
Glad to see you up so early. How far is the port?"


"It didn't come up."

Listen attentively.

I was talking to Strom, I believe?
"Reptil…." I scratch my head.
"is that the pirate town?"


I let out a short laugh as well.
"Oh, fuck, that was so satisfying. I always hated him anyway."


"You can bring it over to me anytime."


He glances at it.

"Iunno. Three thousand feet? I'm a bad estimator."

"Pirate Town sounds like an oxymoron to me. It's a free city."


Grin happy.

"Next time I brew a batch I'll be sure to make some for you as well."

"Hmm but it did have an awful reputation the few times I heard about it in Vanhoover."


"I was ten, or something around that age. Our clan was starting to accuse the first blows of the war that'd eventually kill it.
But this was far from those battlefield.
Instead, I was brought along to deal with bandits terrorizing some villages on the furthest reaches of our feud."
Well damn I thought we were at sea still!
"Any words on the plan for today?"




Evening? Or morning? Depends on what's best for you.


"He was a rather troublesome individual. I did not shed any tears over his demise to be sure."


"Some are afraid of freedom."

The Commodore told you that they were able to see forces retreating from the city and that the naval blockade was around Uraurafutsu!

"Probably send a small force in to secure the city. Lucky me that I got assigned to the helm today."

NPC location makes no difference to me. Let's say morning then.

He slept in your mane last night.


"You are not really a fighter, are you?"


Of course he did.
"Good morning, mister Who. Slept well?"


"Being a fucking dragon though…"

I should run into an NPC I haven't interacted much with.


"Who could have possibly seen it coming?"


"Eh, I've been known to fight before, but why push my luck? It's not required for my position anyway."

He gives you a simple nod rather than brave the Equestrian tongue this early in the morning.



"A fortune teller?"

I don't know, that's the point


I smirk.
"Not a morningbreezie?"



"…do you believe in them?"


"I heard Lady Heart talk well of your abilities as ambassador."


"It depends on the fortune teller. I do not doubt some of them are capable of seeing through the fabric of time and space through the use of magic."


"Did you visit the one with the caravan?"


You're lurking around in the Darklantern's hold when you find Tela in a pile. She's breathing!

Not far from her pile, there's a gently moving pile of muck.

"Well, I'm a not a bragger. I get lucky, nothing more. Still, get lucky often enough and you can be an asset all the same."


I nod.
"At 10 already?"

"I'm not one of them."
Look at his gun.
"What kind of gun is this?"


"Strom-35 Repeating Action rifle."


"As it so happens, I did. Whether she was truthful or not… I cannot say for certain. I will certainly keep her words in mind however."


Poke her with a hoof.
"What the fuck, Tela? Did you get wasted on your shitty rum again?"



"You made it yourself? …might I have a demonstration?"


"Yeah, me too."


"It's part of our training as soldiers."
Then, go on with the story.
"So we are set and ready for battle. It's a calm summer's day and all I can think about is how pretty the flowers in the distance look, all red and shining under the sun.
And we march, towards our enemy, me and my older brother sticking together.
There wasn't more than two dozens of us, that day, but we were outnumbering the bandits four to one, and I knew this.
Still I remember the sensation of pure fear that came over me when I realized, looking down at the scarlet flowers, that they were not poppies, but daisies."
End by taking a sip of my tea.
"Sounds like you have quite the experience, and stories to share."


He gives you a teensy little shrug.

"I suppose. Not much to aim at here, is there?"

"Mmmph." remarks the other pile.

"Maybe a thing or two. Not all of them are as dashing as others, I can tell you."


"Oh but those make for the most entertaining tales.
Admitting there's a drink to share."



"…I could put a few empty bottles at the opposite side of the deck!"


Take a step.
"Whoa! Who's there?"


"I will take that as a no then."
Get up from bed and freshen up.

"Well, if that is all, I would like to rest now."


"Admitting? You mean allowing?"

"That'll do. Let's see."

"Mmmmmmm m mm Mmmm mmph."


Hm… you've got Wark on one side of you and Rosemary on the other. It could be tricky to get out without waking anyone. Roll for stealth.


I can be sneaky!

Roll #1 8 = 8


"….what? Speak the fuck up, I can't hear a word!"


"Right. G'night, Light. Dream of pretty pegasi~"


Nod, and set down the cup.
"We were late.
The bandits had razed and killed everypony in the village. The flowers, white as snow, were now shinig scarlet under the summer sun as their blood soaked them."
"Then, the ground itself uproots itself, and from all our sides the bandits jump, ambushing us.
This is when, I'm sorry to admit, I decided it'd be wise to panic, and ran headfirst into my brother's shield, blacking out for the rest of the fight."
Stay silent for a moment.
"When I came to, the bandits were all dead."


Sneaky sneaky sneaky!

Who settles into a spot on a bag– wait, you have new residents in your room! That other breezie and her little sister.

"Mmmph mm mmmph."


"For fuck's sake!"


"If there is a mug of beer.
Forgive me, but it seems returning to my native language after so long impairs my Equestrian skills."


Go find a few empty bottles and place them on the edge of the ship, opposite Strom, then dash to the side.

"You were only 10, if I had seen that when I was 10 I'd probably have ran far far away."


I have met them already, don't worry. I'm sure the kids are sleeping too anyway.


"I were brought up to face my enemy headfirst. It was quite the dishonor."
Smile softly.
"But my brother covered for me. He said it was his clumsiness that had me fall unconscious."


An appendage, covered completely in muck, slithers out of the filth and waves you off.

"Mmm, I can get that."

"Hm, let's see how I can do…"


Sure, but did you know they were sleeping in here?

Roll #1 6, 5, 3, 4, 10 = 28


Rapid fire, he shatters all five of the bottles one after another! He even does a trick shot with the last one, turning around for it.


Let's grab Tela and go.


"But you've turned into quite a warrior by then!"


They asked me to. I said yes.


I'm… alive?


Clop my hooves.
"Bravo, bravo, magnificent."


Yep, and Emrille is grabbin' you!

Oh. Then you get ready. Who watches your swaggering behind.

The Watchmen.


"It's been a surprise, meeting someone who speaks neighponese on this ship.
And again.
And again.
I was hoping to show you the wonders of Awa last time we stopped by, but found you quite pre-occupied."
"And if my first time was so disastrous, think how much you can improve."


"I hear you have become fond of our other resident breezie."


"How did you learn to keep your calm in battle, mister Tree. I admire it."


Let's get her to our room.


Shove her away!


"I learnt to trust those I fight with, I suppose."


He chuckles. "Thanks. Was that all?"

"Should I be speaking Neighponese? My accent is terrible. And yes, unfortunately I was on fleet business."

He prods her to make sure she's asleep, then nods.


"I do not fault you for inviting her over. She was quite impressive during yesterday's battle."


"Amuse me."


"What the fuck?"


"I was wondering if you could help me find a new set of guns sometime."
Get out my guns and show them to Strom.
"These 2 I bought in Vanhoover, but I'm sure they're average at best."


"I died!"


I blink.
"Wait… oh, fuck you did? When?"


"Hm, I'll see what I can do. I'm pretty out of practice. My bedroom is on the white ship."

He looks them over. "They're fine if you just want to fight in close quarters. Could refurbish them, unless you want a rifle or something."


Think it over for a moment, then burst into laughter.
"Is that your pickup line?"


"During the battle, you dumb fuck!"
I spit on the ground and walk away grumbling.


He taps his chin. "Usually they're convinced by the time I need that one…"


I flutter after you.
"Wait! Fuck, I didn't know!"



"You must be quite skilled."


He gives a teensy laugh.

"Well, like I said, I get lucky a lot."


"… Is that amusing?"


Lean onto the railing of the ship.
"Those, those are stories I'd like to hear."


I think.
"Knowing that everypony I know might die in the battle did give me the courage to give it my very best…"

"How would a rifle be better than a normal gun?"


Where is the guy who revived me then?


"Know, Lady Selena, that I will always have your back."
Take a sip.
"Figuratively, of course."


"I didn't invite her here for that."

"Hm, well, perhaps sometime in the evening. I don't care to drink in the morning."

"Well, each has its own benefit. Rifles have longer range, hoofguns are better in close quarters and more easily concealed."

There is a moving pile making sounds down here.


"Oh? Was it some other quality of hers then?"


"I don't care to drink before a battle, or any time my judgement might be needed.
Like our current mission."


I frown and walk over.


He flexes his tiny muscles and glides over to your nose. "What is the word for a stallion who all the mares want? In my home that's what I am."

"Well, good luck then."

"Mmmmph mmm."


I smirk.
"Is that so?"


"I appreciate it, mister Tree. You can be sure I'll be your ally anytime you need help!"

I look them over.
"Hmm, perhaps I'll still stick with hoofguns then. I do like my weapons concealed."


"Uh… right. Thanks for bringing me back, I don't think I said that."


Bow slightly.
"With your blessing, I feel victory is at hoof already."
Now, off to the commodore.
"Now, Lady Selena.
Your company is reward enough."
Raise the cup.
"Any more tea?"
I'd like a chat with you, in the morning.


"As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating!"

"I could refurbish them if you want."

You think the pile is… nodding?


He has the helm of the Darklantern.


"Commodore, when is the raid planned for?"


"I really can't understand what you're saying… Can't you come out of that pile or something?"


Pour you some more.
"I'm glad you like the tea."

"That would be very generous of you. Would you need anything in return?"


"you are not an ordinary breezie, I must admit that much. Does miss Manako 'want' you then too?"

Later please.


Roll concentration!

"Eh, I'm sure I'll need something from an alchemist someday."


"The honey compliments it so.
But tell me a bit about yourself instead."
Later IC or later OOC?



Roll #1 3 = 3


He raises both brows. "Don't all mares?"

He eyes you suspiciously. "Don't you?"


"Okay then, it's a deal!"
Hoof over my guns.


Hm. You thought you might have been noticing a pattern. Nevermind, then.

He shakes his "head"


"I'll need some time. Drop by my workshop before you head into town."



"I would not say I would not, but I have no reason to press for it either. The difference is size is rather… difficult."


"I definitely will. Thank you, mister Strom."


"Can you write then or something?"



"Around noon. We'll let them know we're coming. Frankly, if they have any defenders left in the city we can just barrage them with cannonfire."

He nods.

"Sun bless."

He looks surprised. "You're doubting me?"


Well, hang around, but don't say anything. She seemed upset.


"Not you specifically."


"Aye, Commodore.
I will make sure the whole of our ground forces are ready for the assault, then."


"What do you want to know? I come from Dawnwood, I was raised by my mother."

A Celestial? I'll have to talk more later.
See this Driftwood fella.


Alright uh… nothing around to write on I bet
unless he wants to write with his hooves on the floor
"Try writing on the floor. What were you saying?"


"I'm sure she is just as pretty as you are.
But what I would like to know is, well, what makes you, you.
What changed your life so."


He looks smug. "Then I'm an… what's a word for thing that breaks a rule? Good! Well, you need only ask."

"That won't be necessary. I'm going to leave the bulk of the fighters on cannons, only send a small force in to check the town – just in case they do have siege placements left behind."

He's on deck studying the wood.

He scratches it out.

work done



"Very well then.
May I ask to be in such force?"


"If you wish, I'll add you to the roster."


I raise a brow.


Bow my head as a salute.
"Thank you Commodore.
I will not disappoint."


Race? Any particular features?

Think a bit.
"I think my mother pretty much raised me to what I am now. We were always together and I had to work with her in our potion shop just to make ends meet. So I've never really had much time to play, always brewing potions and selling them. If you ignore my small venture into the world of stage of course…and my adventure with buttermilk."


As in, plays?"


I frown.
"Alright. … Thanks again."
Guess he just wants to be left alone then.
Go back to the deck, what's the fleet doing?


He considers it. "I haven't had a big pony yet. I like a challenge."

"Is that all?"

He's a gray earth pony with a big scar on his front left leg.


Milling about in preparation for the attack.


"Who else is going to approach town?"


I smile slightly.
"That it would… perhaps I will humour my curiosity."


"As in, I wanted to be a stage magician when I was 12. It's when I first learned how to produce a doppleganger."

Approach him "Hello mister Driftwood."


Alright… can't miss out on that. Where's the commodore?


"Hey… Talk to me.


"Was it…
Spontaneous, or a long study?"


Keep walking, don't look at her as I speak.
"… Talk about what?"


Just… fuck, I'm sorry!"


"Why? It's not like it's your fault."


He gives a sly smile. "Okay. But not now. Working on… side project."

He glances at Manako.

"I thought I might send Chip, Emrille, Light Heart… probably Tela. Maybe Theia's girl, too."

"Hm? Hmmm. Do I know you?"

You head up to his office where Flowing is talking to him.


"Yeah but… I wasn't there."


"More like, I saw a stage magician once and my 12 year old mind figured that's what I wanted to be."
I chuckle.
"I already had my hat, so I bought a fitting cloak and a magic wand."
Get out my black/white magic wand.
"And I started doing shows in Dawnwood."

"We didn't meet yet, but you might have heard of me. I'm Selena Springleaf, the alchemist, I wanted to introduce myself."


"Of course. The best of luck with that endeavour."


With that, he flits off to Who knows where.

That pun? SWISH!

"Hmmmm Hmmmmmmmm. I see now. I have heard of you. You spoke with the second in command."


"Doesn't matter."

"Commodore? Are we going to be fighting in town today?"


"Those must have been amazing."


… You know, I'm not actually sure what I should be doing next.
Actually! Cloudy! I want to know how that map I gave her is faring.


"Indeed I did, I'm trying to get to know everypony important on the ship."

"Well, 12-year old me certainly thought that. It's amazing what a little bit of fireworks can do. But alas, I wasn't really that good at the time. I had no magical training and only a magic hat. Without any money from doing performances I kept helping my mother and after a while I stopped doing them."
I tip my hat.
"I might pick it up again however, now that Abilio is teaching me some more magic properly."


"The uh, Alchemist."

"With any luck, no. Hopefully they're cleared out."

The Commodore's room is getting crowded.

"He's a bit of an odd one. Less odd than the chief, I think, though."


"Do we kill any resistance we encounter?"


I just need to find Cloudy, where is that blind ponoe? Heh… wonder if she went to a school for cripples like me. Reminds me of that blind stallion.


"You might even become a fierce fighter, through your magic."
"Oh. Lady Springleaf.
Selena Springleaf.
She might… Want to, sure. I would have to chat with her about it.
The fight yesterday left her slightly distraught."


She's in that crowded Commodore's room!

"Oh? Maybe she's not cut out for this line of work. It is certainly not pretty."

"If it's Takikaga. Try to limit civilian casualties."


"Miss Stripes? Do you have a moment?"


"She is young, and impressionable still.
Yet she didn't shy away from battle or panic in its wake.
If she is trained to be rational in her judgment, calm in her actions, she might become a great fighter."


"Perhaps. We're discussing the battle."

"Well, I'm not going to force her into changing herself, but we also can't have somepony get hurt because she's in shock."



I nod.
"Alright… sounds easy enough. Anything in particular we should be on the lookout for?"


"I think Chip is a bit odd, but he seems to have his heart in the right place.
The captain..why would she be odd?"

"Maybe, I'm focusing on producing clones so far. I don't know, it makes me feel safer when there's another me in a way."




"She's more than capable, sir.
Now, if you will excuse me."
Off to see Selena.
In this timestream.
"You might just like the company. I know I would."
Share a smirk with her.


"Ah… it is about the map I brought to you a while ago."


I chuckle.
"They're quite…emotionless for now.
Abilio said that in time, they might develop personalities similar or different than mine.
I must admit that I like the idea of being able to be in two places at once."


"Can you actually hear and listen through them?"


"No…I wonder if that's even possible."


Take a sip of tea.
"The only limit is your imagination."


"I'd have to ask abilio whether it is possible."


"Or you could experiment your yourself. The best techniques are always born of the self, after all."
Finish the second tea.
"Speaking of Abilio, he is thinking about gathering a team for shore.
Do you feel up to the task?"
Put down the teacup.
"I promise, I will watch over you."


"Hmmm. Does he want me in the city?"



"Well, if he thinks I can do it, then I'll do it."


"Very well."
Stand, and bow slightly.
"Thanks for the tea, Lady Selena.
I will see you when it's time to leave for shore."


"Okay, take care, Flowing."


And with that I'm off.


To visit Tela now.
She is the one I'm most worried about.
Probably on the Darklantern, head there.

"Lady Tela?"


Don't bother turning to look at him.


Are you moving, or sitting somewhere?


Probably sitting and watching over the sea.


Stop by her side, sitting myself.
"I heard it's the calmest place in existance."


"It's full of sharks and other stuff that wants to murder you."


"Not the sea, Lady Tela."
Smile slightly and turn to look at her.


I shrug.
"There's nothing. Just black. It was like that the first time I died and it's still the case for me today. Paladin studies were a total failure."


"It's not the ability to wield power that makes a success or a failure, Lady Tela.
Not when you are searching for yourself."


"Gave me time to think at least."


"Where you satisfied with the conclusions you reached within yourself?"




"One advice.
Your life is not your own.
It belongs to your family.
Your mind, similarly, is not your own.
It belongs to your friends.
And so your arms belong to your companions and your heart to your lover, but there is one thing forever yours."
Look at the sky.
"Your soul."
Back to looking at you.
"And deciding what to do with it should not come from studies or imitation, but should be the fruit of your innermost ambitions.
Of your true self once you strip the fat from your body, the skin from your muscles and the marrow from your bones."


I snort.
"I've been on this fleet for a good while. Risking my ass to the point of death on several occasions now. And what do I got to show for it? Fucking nothing. I left my family behind a long time ago, but the more I think about it, the more I regret doing that. I could have been serving as officer in the royal navy by now, fancy uniform and a nice pension and everything. Maybe even a commanding position. Instead I'm here, poor as shit and risking getting myself maimed by some random punk ass guard on a daily basis."


You are here. And everything happens for a reason, be it divine or mundane.
What would the life you left behind bring you?
What shackle did you try to cast away by running?
What was your purpouse, when so long ago you renounced your heritage, and choose freedom instead?"
Take a moment.
"Answer yourself this, Tela."


"I had more freedom back when I was a merc. Payed better too a lot of the times."


Turn around, towards the sea.
"I've been a mercenary too, in my past.
Not so different a world from the one I am in now.
But them you'd ask, why come here?
Why not stay with my old company, why not live as I always had?
What is my reason to be here?
I will tell you, Tela, my innermost dream."
Bring a hoof up, towards the horizon, chasing the sun.
"One day, I will seize the sun itself. One day, not even that will be my master."
Take a deep breath
"What made you join this fleet, Tela?"


"Emrille did."


Snort in amusement.
"Youth does this to ponies, I guess."
Then turn and look at her.
"But she's not with you right now, is she?
Why are you pushing her away?"


Tela is about 32 years old by the way
"I'm not pushing her away at all. We've known each other for a long time and I care for her. But… she's a kid. She doesn't understand."


"You are just afraid she won't."


"Why are you insistent on this? I'm not pushing her away. I'm just not approaching her about this either."


"I thought you two were close.
This is a grave wound, so large I could see it from just the surface.
Yet, you two don't talk."
Look at her with an apprehensive eye, and sigh.
"What your soul aches for is known only to you, Tela.
And if you don't satisfy that desire, it will eat you whole.
But carrying a burden is much easier when there's two, sharing the load."


"Bitching about it to her won't help. I've got to take matters into my own hooves and fix this on my own somehow. Emmy made it to second mate, why shouldn't I be able to? I'm older, more experienced, lived on ships almost as long as she has been alive…"
I groan and stand up.
"Fuck this."


Chuckle, and stand as she does.
"It's power you ache for, Tela?
Is that ambition's flame I see burning in your eyes?"


"I've always ached for power. That's why I'm not happy right now."


"If it can make you feel better, I do believe you are one of the most talented warriors on this ship.
That alone would be cause of respect, from most.
And who knows, maybe in time it'd come the need for…
Experienced ponies, to fill positions only they can fit in."
Give her a smile.
"Speaking of.
The Commodore wanted you to join the away team, today.
It might be a wonderful occasion to make a show of coordination and might."


I roll my eyes at the first part.

"I know, I asked to come along."


Dismiss her eye roll.
I had hoped you wouldn't shy away from excitement, this fleet lacks true warriors, ponies I can share experiences with."



… Thanks for the talk. Still not sure what the fuck I'm doing with my life but at least you're not a cunt about it."


Curl my smile into a smirk.
"You are interesting, Tela."


Perception check


I might not be paying much attention right now…

Roll #1 8 = 8


I will go talk with the Commodore once more.


You detect something in your pocket that you did not put there. It's brushing against your crystaly skin from inside.



Hmm? Reach for it and take it out.



"I scribed it out, but there's no hint of what's at the other end. We figured a sure thing in a contract is better than chasing ghosts."

It's a bracelet made of odd crystals… someone must have slipped it in when you were asleep… or dead.


"I took the liberty to check up on Lady Selena.
She's very interested in joining the expedition ashore."


Alright lets do some checking and see if everyone is fine after that fight.


"I see…"


… What? What kind of crystals? What color?

Roll #1 10 = 10


"Well, there it is. I was right to place faith in her, then."

Yep, everything has had plenty of time to be repaired, and Light Heart kept the Sirocco ahead of most of the cannonblasts.

"We can check it out if we ever head out west."

You're not too familiar with geology, but they are all different colors and seem to shimmer with the same tones of your mane. If you had to guess, you'd say they were locks of crystalized crystal pony mane.


"One more thing.
I'd like to bring one of the Fae along. She's been a great help during the previous battles."


Perhaps go and meet Ms. September and ask her of the situation at hand.
How far is port from here?


Yes, of course. Thank you for your efforts, miss Cloudy."


"The Fae…? Oh, you mean that Breezie, the new one… Monaco, was it?"

About three thousand feet.

She is at the helm of the Hourglass.

She gives you a weak smile.


That's weird.
I'll go ask that resurrectionist guy


"Yes, her."


"Which reminds me, I was curious where you were taught the navigator trade. You must have attended some sort of naval school."


Wave and stand next to her.
"Any news on when we will dock? I take it that it that neighpon city have a lot of booty in it dont you think?" I grin.


He is writhing about below in the Darklantern. He stops when you enter.

"Very well, as long as she knows the danger."

"No, I learned the trade at sea. I was abandoned in my youth because I was born blind."

"We're not docking the fleet, just sending in a team."


"Of course sir."
Off to the Sirocco. Is the cap around?


"Uh… hey. I was wondering… have you seen this bracelet before?"
Present the bracelet … can he even see anything?


"… Oh. I am sorry, I should not have asked."


"So teleport in, get booty and get out. That is the plan right? Not bad specially since Abilio is good with the portal magic thing come to think of it eh?" I smile.

"Say where is the commodore? Did he tell whom of the crew will go to the city?"


At the helm.

He wipes his… mouth free of muck with an arm and speaks clearly. "I gifted it to you, thinking you might return. In truth, before, I was molested only by the presence of your untempered accomplice. She of the purple hat."

He's… surprisingly well spoken. A voice soft, like a noblepony. You wouldn't have expected it from one so covered in grime.

"Just as well. Is there anything else?"

"I believe you're to be sent. You should probably be getting ready."


"No, I understand you are far too busy for idle chatter. … Perhaps we could share a cup of tea one day while at full sea. Good day, miss Cloudy."


I look at the docks and frown a bit.
"Hey I am excited that I will be part of the group since it is to be expected but what I worry about is who will come with me specially the new guys. This will be their first time pillaging the pirate way you know." I give her a menacing grin.



Where to?

"Then you ought to speak to them. Flowing Tree is one of them."


Waking up sore and rather ill-tempered. First question: Where am I?


What the…
"Wait… who are you? Are you the same guy still? … I'm confused now."


I guess I ought to collect my minions for the visit to the port.


"Good day to you, captain.
Anything you wish brought back from shore?"


The Bunkhouse!

"I am and ever have been. Perhaps it is baseless sympathy for which I feel a certain kinship with my sistren of crystalline crust."

Who will you collect first?"

"Loot, if they have it, but I imagine you had thought of that. We're running low on food stores, so that's just as good as gold as far as I'm concerned. Other than that… we're just here to secure it."


HP Loveponoe.


I was in LH's cabin with Felix I think?


Damn. Any sign of that damned goat? '1d10'

Roll #1 9 = 9


"Very well captain."
Take a few seconds of contemplation.
"How do you think they will react?
The civilians, I mean."


She's laying on her back in the mansion on a bed. A leg twitches and she murmurs in her sleep.



… Oh, this guy is a crystal pony? Not too visible with all that shit smeared all over him…
"I didn't realize you were a crystal pony… Why do you hide like that? Not a fan of non-crystals?"


Not a clue. Again, you searched thoroughly and asked around.

"I had thought you'd be the one to ask that."


I stood up and think for a moment.
"All of those who will dock need to meet then and I'll tell them of our trade so they wont be surprised of how we do it." I smile

"I'll go and see Abilio then, keep the dhow steady eh? We will haul a lot of stuff! I can feel it." I wave and left. Lets meet Abilio.


Anything audible?

Roll #1 1 = 1


"Am I so obvious?"


Ask felix.
"Did the Red filly say anything to you?"


"I'd sooner shudder than spake untowardly. Here yet I feign ablution, and unsanctimonious am I. Or colloquially, I am perhaps writhing in rightful retribution."


He's in his cabin. "Yes?"

Not a word. She stirs as you make a board creak. Blinking awake, she hops up. "Good morning Libby!"

"Only sometimes. Well?"

She thinks. "Uh, she said a bunch of silly stuff, but then her daddy bonked her and made her apologize, so I guess we're friends now!"


"Ah… I woke you up, very sorry. Are you all rested up? Shore awaits us soon."


"I'm worried some might try to be heroes."


"Okay!" Float calmly. "I'm glad we found a home on the ship so quickly. And what was that game you were playing?"


"Hello Commodore Abilio." I nod before entering.

"I'd like to ask who amongst the crew you have chosen to go and pillage the city. I take it that I am already part of it but I just want to make sure that the crew that will come with me are well acquainted with the things that we do during a pillage, specially the new recruits."


Well, damn.
…Actually, I have an idea who to talk to about this.
I head up into the rigging, see if I can't find that rabbit. He seems to like poking into other ponies' business, maybe he knows who that was.


"You're… mad at someone? Or someone is mad at you?"


"Okay! You want me to come?"

"Com'dore wants you to limit civilian casualties, but if they take a swing at you they're Takikaga as far as I'm concerned. Well, unless you're looting houses or something. Then maybe you deserve a swing or two. Our contract with Awa is pretty vague as to to here other than 'secure' the town. Personally, I think a town without anyone in it is pretty secure, but that probably wouldn't be good PR."

"Flowing Tree… Emrille, Tela, Light Heart, Hircus, you, Selena, Manako… just a small force."

Hm. He's not here. Where could he have gone?

He laughs grimly. "Right on both counts."


"These people have suffered enough, to be fair.
But I won't allow anyone to put the crew's safety at risk, be sure of that."


"I do. We should not be encountering much in the way of resistance. However, we must always be on guard."


"Yes, our new resurrectionist is very uncooperative. But he works for free."

"Let's go! Wait, you're missing some ponies! Right?"


"Who? Someone on this fleet?"


I raise an eyebrow and laughed a bit.
"Manako? That little twerp? I mean no offense but I do have my doubts."
"Hmmm… . but perhaps she can fit inside places where we cant fit in so she can be helpful." I scratched my chin and smack my fist on my palm.

"Alright, that will do commodore. I think me and specially Light Heart can lead them. Now I just had to talk to the new one's on how we pillage cities eh."


"Does that imply your previous one didn't?"


"Yes, I will take miss Rosemary and master Wark along as well."


"Yes, one not formally employed by it."

A smile is creeping onto his visage. He looks amused by the line of discourse.

"Be my guest, then. I trust you'll get it done."

"The old one worked for a pittance, but we can't afford a pittance right now."

"Should I go get them? Or do you want to?"


"Hello? Mister Itzli? Are you here?" Look for him. '1d10'

Roll #1 2 = 2


You wander around the ships for a while and don't see him. Where could he have gone? It's not like he's in port…


"Everyone I talk to seems strongly set on restoring the fleet's power asap.
Makes me excited.
Exciting times ahead."


"Hah! Of course sir, it will be done." I give a salute before crossing my arm and look through a window toward the city.
"I take it that place have gold, jewelry, fine china and specially silk. Not to mention the fine selection of slaves that we can get." I nod to Abilio.


"Well.. if you are friends now. Then.. Did you get some food? We could look for some now that things are calm."


"If you could go inform them, that would be lovely. I will return to my cabin to pick you all up once I have spoken to the commodore."


"One not formally employed… so someone who is hitching a ride?"


Fine. Head to the darkest, most secluded place I can find. Maybe they're allergic to sunlight or something? '1d10'

Roll #1 3 = 3


"Yes… a time of easy looting is still fresh in our memory."

Abilio frowns. "Our contract said nothing about looting the city or taking slaves. We're just to secure it and move onto the next one. We can't ruin this for ourselves, Chip. We NEED this money. We can loot cities some other time."

"Yeah, but the food here is no good! It's worse than when you try to cook on your little home made stove! I can't wait to feed you REAL food!"


She bounces off.

"Yes, in return for services rendered."

Someone's approaching. He returns to the depths of his pile.

You head down into the darkest part of the Darklantern. Tela is here, speaking to that blob of a resurrectionist.


"Oh. Hello there. Have you seen that talking rabbit anywhere? I need to ask him something."


"It's good then that the shore party is made only of experienced members.
They are less likely to rush out and do crazy things that might get us kicked out of the graces of the Daimyo."


Blush. "That stove functioned perfectly! It was the the fact I was using acorn caps and walnut shells as fuel that messed it up.."
"Uh, what kind of food do you mean then?"


Now… the commodore.


I give him a very surprised look
"Wait.. you mean we… will not… I mean… Wait what?"

I stop from my track then think.
"So you mean is that we will rid of the city of any force opposing us and then leave?"


"It's really dull stew! They said they can't afford any better right now."

"Yes, some are more prone to chaos than others. I'd keep an eye on Chip and Emrille. They are dangerously unstable at times."


Chip is here.

"Yes, that's all we were hired to do. We can raid ports later – this time we have a job."


For services rendered… that's him then?

"What? No. Thank god I haven't."


"Mister Chip. Commodore."


Nod slowly. "I have heard this fleet is poor right now. Which is why they take jobs fighting for money."


"Dang. Well, do you know where I could find him? Or anything about another goat on the ship? I've got something of a score to settle with them."


"I can see your point.
But Chip seems to have it in himself to be a honorable warrior.
At least, when you remind him of that.
But I fear simply suggesting caution might instead turn Emrille to doing the opposite, and my words carry no weight with her."


I nod and salute
"Yes, I understand sir. Thanks for making it clear to me. I will tell the others of what we will do."


I nod to Light Heart.
"Hello there Light Heart, Sir Abilio told me of our orders and what we will do in the city."


"Absolutely no idea. I haven't seen that rabbit in like… over a year. Didn't even know he was still around."


"I bet things will get better soon!"

The duty bell rings. HP collects Wark and Rosemary.

"I'm not sure anyone's do, frankly. And that's fine when we're looting but this mission requires some restraint."

The duty bell rings.


The duty bell rings.

"That's for you."

The duty bell rings.


"Really? I met him on the first day. Anyway, what other goats are serving on the ship right now?"
"Damn. Guess I'll have to find them some other time." Head wherever I'm supposed to go.


Turn my head.
"That's my call, Captain. Have you seen Manako around?"


Nod. "Stay safe Little Sister." Go float outside and see if Tree wants me, I think he mentioned it earlier.


I smile.
"It is. Let us make this swift so that we may move on to the next port soon."

To my cabin then, collect my minions. Say goodbye to the kids.


Up we go then!
"See you later."

"Uh… well there was commodore Smitts, but he's dead."


On the Sirocco.
"There you are.
Good timing.


I cracked my knuckles.
"Alright then."

Go on board and call the other.

"Its time boys!! Lets get to work!!"


"…Tell me about him. Did he hang around in the shadows molesting the crew often?"


Nod "I heard a bell. Do you need my assistance?"



There's a landing party forming on a rowboat.


Give him a weird look.
"I don't fucking know, I sure hope not!"

Onto the rowboat then.


Go on board and help with rowing.


"Ready and waiting, Chip."
"We are going onto shore."


Embark with my minions.
"Let us make this quick. The sooner we secure this town, the swifter we may move on to the next port. Remember, we are low on resources such as food. So bringing some along from this town is advised."


Sit on Tree's Hat.
"I'll stay with you Tree-sempai"


"Also, the commodore doesn't want us harming civilians, it'd make us look bad with the Daimyo.
But, if someone attacks us, they are looking for it."


I look at LightHeat.
"Hey no pillaging or robbing, Abilio's strict orders."

I stand up.
"Our orders is to rid of the city of anyone who will oppose us then leave."


"Then I think we might have a stowaway. One very good at hiding, no less."
Hop on in.


"Actually, commodore Abilio specified no hurting civilians.
We need basic supplies at the moment, even captain Marsh agrees."


You row into the bay, and finally make landfall. Not a single shot was fired at you on the way in… at least that's a good sign.

The streets look like a ghost town. Nopony is out there. Around here there are mostly fishing shacks, but there is more burg-like housing up ahead, finally culminating in a single keep.


"I am aware. The civilians are to remain unharmed."

"No pillaging. But food? We require food."

Hmmm… I don't trust this.
"Stay on guard, everypony."


"Call me if you need me. I'll scout ahead."
Enter stealth and start moving through the shadows.


I stop and think.
"Hmmm…. this is making me think about it. Taking the supplies by force will stain the reputation of whoever hired us while buying the supplies from those we just raided is… unpiratey."

"Arrgghhh I dont know what to do." I scratched my head.


"… a stowaway?"

Ready my swords [1d10+2]

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3


Take lead of the pack and be ready to draw at the first sign of trouble.
What of the houses?
"We will just raid a food warehouse."


There aren't much in the way of shadows at noon with wide streets, so you press yourself against the side of a house. Not much to stay stealthed FROM at the moment, though. You should stick to roofs or alleyways.

You drop your real sword by accident.

They're made of granite bricks and mortar. Cheap peasant burgher houses, but better than the fishing shacks out at the shoreline. Perception check.


"If you say the commodore specifically instructed not to take anything, not even food… then we will not."



Roll #1 8 = 8


Pick it up.
Time to patrol then. See if any guards remain hidden somewhere.

Roll #1 5 = 5


"…Let's just say I got a decent enough look at the reason I'm sore this morning to know that they were a goat."
Climbing up to the roofs to take the Thieves Highway. '1d10' dc-1

Roll #1 10 = 10


"It seems odd, I spoke with the Commodore at lenght and he did not mention this."


"Be careful then lad. Safe tidings."

Get off the boats and see if I can detect any movement up ahead.

"I will go with Light heart, I rather not go against the commodore's order. Besides we will get paid by our employer after this." I smile.

Roll #1 5 = 5


'1d10' perception

Roll #1 5 = 5