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 No.656724

>You continue to spend time with Luna despite being unable to separate yourselves from Nightmare Moon
>"Truly," Luna says, placing a hoof on your hand. "While I do not wish for her to be here, I would not push her away."
>Luna tells you more about her past, herself, and Celestia
>According to Luna, she and Celestia (as alicorns) have always been and known that their purpose was to move the moon and the sun
>Over the years they sought out others like themselves, but only managed to stumble across Discord in that time.
>When Equestria was first being formed as a country, Starswirl called upon them for leadership and tutored them for their role as princesses and guardians of the country
>No others came before them, but there has always been a natural force of Harmony within their world
>Until Celestia and Luna had taken up the responsibility of harboring its growth, the flow of Harmony in their world was unpredictable and chaotic
>Starswirl believed that Luna and Celestia could use what power they had for the betterment of this world and they believed him
>Curious to see if you can change your form, you proceed to use what magical ability you possess to do so
>Your first change into a pony comes easily, partly due to the dream making things easier
>Luna favors this form greatly
>You change again into a Diamond Dog, and then once more into a near flawless copy of Baron before reverting back to your pony form
>You lie with Luna before the fireplace you've created and the two of you fall asleep

 No.656725

>You are awoken by Baron banging on your door to inform you that Tiamat's forces
>He tosses you your equipment and asks if you're coming with him to fight
>Everyone else has been moved to a safe location and they're trying to move people into the palace, so you don't have to fight if you don't want to
>You choose to right and Baron takes you to a balcony where Pierce is waiting
>Baron takes to the air in a chariot to guide their forces in the sky while you go down into Taloran with Pierce
>Pierce eliminates the threats of any of Tiamat's soldiers while you help some of the citizens of Taloran escape
>In the few cases where you do attempt to fight, you are easily overpowered, but thankfully Pierce is there to rescue you
>During one encounter, Thorn's wife, Corona, manages to protect you
>Pierce continues to defend the ground while you go with Corona into the air
>Using your magic to keep enemy dragons off Corona, the two of you make a decent team and defeat a handful before the General of Tiamat's forces appears
>Kukuri, Tiamat's General, calls you out as Glaurumat and begins to attack you in a frenzy of bloodlust and rage
>She knocks you off of Corona and goes for the final strike as you fall towards Taloran
>Making yourself a pair of wings to slow your fall, you draw your sword and prepare to fight back
>Kukuri hesitates upon seeing this, but she's coming at you too fast to stop herself
>You enter into Kukuri through her mouth, her teeth tearing the wings form your body as she swallows you
>Your sword does significant internal damage to Kukuri, killing her
>Corona digs you out of Kukuri and takes you back to the palace for medical attention
>You pass out from blood loss as they take you into the palace, and the last thing you see is Lucent trying to make her way too you

 No.656727

>Current Inventory:
- A strange key
- A proper sword
- Harmonyllium Compass
- 10,300 bits


>Physical Ability

- +15 to all combat rolls, and perception rolls while in combat

>Magical Ability

- Current spells: Light, Shield (Average), Double (Poor), Disguise (Novice), Magic Blast (Novice)

>Current Affection Levels:

Luna - Lovers[LOCKED]
Nightmare Moon - Lovers […]
Lucent - Best Friends[LOCKED]
Gold Heart - Close Friends [LOCKED]
Celestia - Good Friends [LOCKED]

 No.656728

You wake up during the night and you're back at your room in the palace. You sit up to make sure the city hasn't been destroyed while you were unconscious and an ache in your upper back pauses your movement. Bandages are wrapped around your upper body and there is no trace of your wings to be felt. When you try to touch where they were, you feel only the cloth of the bandages and see that Nightmare Moon is sitting next to you. She doesn't say anything. She only smiles, and leans in to kiss your neck. She trails kisses up to your cheek, but stops there and removes herself from the bed.

"Luna was worried about you," she says, the smile sinking into a scowl. "You were a fool to go against Tiamat's forces and the fact that you could have been killed yet again is making me furious. You're lucky I don't kill you myself."

 No.656729

>>656727
>Celestia - Good Friends [LOCKED]
Huh, that one is new. I wonder what happened that put a lock on it, I can't really remember anything important.


>"You're lucky I don't kill you myself."

"Nice to see you care so much about my well-being I guess.
What happened? Did Luna call you to help with the fight? Did we win?"

 No.656730

>>656729
"Nice to see you care so much about my well-being I guess.
What happened? Did Luna call you to help with the fight? Did we win?"

"The battle, yes," she says. "But the war continues and we finally have the Chains of Harmony."

 No.656731

>>656730
"Good to hear that the chains are finished and we can finally go after the root of this and end it.
But you dodged my question about Luna."

 No.656732

>>656731
"Good to hear that the chains are finished and we can finally go after the root of this and end it.
But you dodged my question about Luna."

"Luna won't be with us for the time being," Nightmare Moon informs you. "She's asked that I care for you while she rests. A mistake on her part."

Nightmare Moon presses a hoof to your chest and begins to move her body above yours.

"I would have you now if she would relinquish control to me," she whispers. "Your back wouldn't be the only thing aching for the next few days."

 No.656733

>>656732
Try to scoot a bit away.
"What happened during the rest of the battle? Did Kukuri's defeat end it? Are Halberd and Baron fine?"

 No.656734

>>656733
"What happened during the rest of the battle? Did Kukuri's defeat end it? Are Halberd and Baron fine?"

"It's adorable how much you care for your friends," Nightmare Moon says as you scoot away from her. "Adorable, but tiring."

She steps off the bed again and moves over to the window.

"Halberd is as fine as he ever was," she says. "Baron and Lucent are both fine as well, although Lucent was exceedingly annoying in her persistence to see you. Kukuri's defeat didn't end it all, but it did move things along."

 No.656735

>>656734
"So, how will things proceed from now?"

 No.656736

>>656735
"So, how will things proceed from now?"

"Now," she says and sighs, "we either go into Tartarus and chain Tiamat up there, or we release her and chain her up here. Either case is problematic. Going in to Tartarus would mean sealing ourselves in until the job is done, or we lose our lives. Releasing her comes with the risk that we fail and she roams free to wreak havoc across Equestria and the rest of the world."

Nightmare Moon stomps a hoof and bares her teeth in a sneer.

"As important as all of this is," she snaps at you, "could we set it aside for a moment and just enjoy each other's company? As far as we both know, everything is fine and going according to plan. Why are you being so difficult when all I want to do is love you?"

 No.656737

>>656736
"Because I love Luna."
Make an apologetic face. Maybe she doesn't kill us then.

 No.656738

>>656737
"Because I love Luna."

"Are we not one in the same?" Nightmare Moon approaches you. "Are you not able to love the lighter side of myself as much as the darker side of Luna? You, who has shown us so much love, devotion, and loyalty to us, would disregard me as I am now? For no other reason than I am not Luna?"

 No.656739

>>656738
how can you be one and the same when you are always fighting each other?

 No.656740

>>656739
"How can you be one and the same when you are always fighting each other?"

A flash of light replaces Luna with Nightmare Moon.

"I am my greatest enemy," Luna says. "There is no being more treacherous to me than myself, and there is no one more precious to me than you who loves me above all else. Dark or light, you have always loved me and always will."

Luna steps onto the bed and sits next to you.

"I think I understand," she says, placing a hoof on your hand. "Would I be correct in saying that, although you love me, you can not love Nightmare Moon because that is not how you see me? You will only ever see me as Luna?"

 No.656741

>>656740
Tell her that we love her no matter what, but that Nightmare Moon and herself seem to be two ponies stuck in the same body.

This is confusing.

 No.656742

>>656741
Life is confusing.

 No.656743

"I love you no matter what, but Nightmare Moon and yourself seem to be two ponies stuck in the same body."

"Have you ever been angry, or wanted to do or say hurtful things that you would never say or do yourself?" Luna asks.

 No.656744

>>656743
"Who hasn't?"

 No.656745

>>656744
"Who hasn't?"

Luna smiles at your comment and says, "That is your very own Nightmare Moon. I believe everyone has their own nightmarish self dwelling inside of them, a part of them that wants to do or say terrible things, but they restrain themselves because, while that is a part of them, that is not who they are."

Luna raises her head towards you and kisses you for a moment.

"I love you," Luna says, resting her head against your chest. "I love even the darkest parts of you, and what scares me is that you will not love the darkest parts of me. You accept that I've done terrible things in the past as Nightmare Moon, but when Nightmare Moon is here, you push her away."

Luna embraces you.

"Should even the smallest part of Nightmare Moon escape from me as Luna," she says, kissing your hand and looking up at you. "It is my greatest fear that you will push me away, too."

 No.656746

>>656745
I will never push you away.
And I will make sure that nothing like in the past happens again. When you slip, I will be there to help you back up.

 No.656747

>>656746
"I will never push you away.
And I will make sure that nothing like in the past happens again. When you slip, I will be there to help you back up."

"And if I lose myself to Nightmare Moon?" Luna asks. "If she is all that is left?"

 No.656748

>>656747
I don't think that is possible. Even know, where you obviously do not harbor any ill-will against others, Nightmare Moon is still a part of you.
How could you completely lose your lighter side then, even if Nightmare Moon gets the upper hand again?

 No.656749

>>656748
"I don't think that is possible. Even know, where you obviously do not harbor any ill-will against others, Nightmare Moon is still a part of you.
How could you completely lose your lighter side then, even if Nightmare Moon gets the upper hand again?"

Luna laughs and says "You have more faith in me than I realized."

She pulls herself away from you but doesn't let go of your hand.

"And your words make me more happy than I can properly express. Forgive me for wondering how a relationship between yourself and Nightmare Moon might proceed."

 No.656750

>>656749
tell her that it's only normal she worries about that stuff
and that it took us until now to realize how that thing with NMM and her really works

 No.656751

>>656750
"It's only normal to worry about that stuff and it took me until now to realize how that thing with you and Nightmare Moon really works."

"Nightmare Moon was right," Luna says with a giggle. "You are adorably tiring."

 No.656752

>>656751
"Hey, don't team up against me!"
make sure she understands it is a joke though

 No.656753

>>656752
"Hey, don't team up against me!"

"The idea has crossed her mind," Luna admits, "but there is something else I would rather do, if you will come with me?"

 No.656754

>>656753
follow the princess
and hope this isn't still NMM playing tricks on us

 No.656755

>>656754
Luna steps off of the bed and moves toward the window, spreading her wings.

"My short stature may not prove suitable enough to carry you," Luna says, "but if you can not make your wings at this time, Nightmare Moon will have to do."

Making new wings would burst out through your bandages and that might be painful. Removing them, you feel that there's no damage at all and that your back is probably just sore from the fight with Kukuri. You can still move around okay and it doesn't hurt as much as you think. Making wings should be fine for you to do.

But riding on Nightmare Moon might be nice. It's still Luna, if a little darker and taller. The closeness might be little more romantic than flying side by side.

 No.656756

>>656755
ride on NMM's back
that will also show luna that we were serious about what we said

 No.656757

>>656756
>You tell Luna you'd prefer to ride Nightmare Moon.

"Very well," Luna says as a bright flash changes her form into Nightmare Moon.

"We'll have to be discreet," Nightmare Moon tells you. "We can't have anyone spotting me out and about."

 No.656758

>>656757
Hop on. Maybe we can also cast a cloaking spell to hide us from the other ponies

 No.656759

>>656758
You hop onto Nightmare Moon and her mane and tail flow out to cover both of you. This must be hiding you from whoever might see. Nightmare Moon leaps out of the window, soaring into the cool night air.

"Celestia hides many aspects of herself well," Nightmare Moon tells you. "Some even better than myself. For example, she's quite the romantic."

The moon is full and shining bright against the clear blanket of stars surrounding it. Nightmare Moon circles the palace looking the structure over, searching for something.

"She's told me once that should she ever fall in love," Nightmare Moon continues, "that there was a special place she wanted to take her lover. Somewhere that meant a lot to her and had her holding onto the hope that she might be able to live out a life filled with love."

Nightmare Moon smiles, and she nods as she flies directly towards the palace.

"Something about a stone with one of the more archaic languages of our world written on it," she says. "However, anyone she could love would pass on without her, and she would be left alone having to bear that loss."

In one of the higher points of the palace, Nightmare Moon slipped into what looked like a bell tower. The open area was surprisingly calm despite the rushing air outside of it, and there were no signs of any sort of mechanism to make the large bell ring. You can only assume it works through magic.

"She believed it would be better to avoid it than experience that pain, but that was her choice and I respected it," Nightmare Moon lands and gestures for you to dismount. "I never thought much of love, but I did like the idea of having my own romantic getaway. Some special place for myself and the one I would love."

 No.656760

>>656759
Dismount and look around
"What's special about this place for you?"

>"Something about a stone with one of the more archaic languages of our world written on it," she says
Is that referencing what I think it is?

 No.656761

>>656760
"What's special about this place for you?"

Nightmare Moon changes back into Luna and says, "This place represents what love can do, and by that I mean Taloran."

Beneath the bell is a small statue with a winged dragon about Pierce's size and build next to a rather tall and strong earth pony. The dragon was kneeling down before the stallion, touching his face with one claw and holding his hoof with the other. Her face was scarred and her scales battleworn, but there was a warmth in the smile of her statue that made it look alive. At any moment, she was going to say something the pony and the words were just waiting to be said.

The stallion's face was very soft and kind, but his eyes were filled with sadness as he stared at the dragon. You could feel his heart aching for her in that look, the weight of his armor pressing down on his body and preventing him from moving beyond his current state.

"During the fight against Glaurumat," Luna says, "the armies of ponies and dragons fought together unwillingly against their common enemy. This was in a time when the tension between our two races was high and most dragons still considered ponies no more than food."

Luna approaches the dragon.

"This is Kris," she says. "A low-ranking soldier who fought bravely in the war and barely managed to survive after being gravely injured."

"And this," Luna says as she moves towards the stallion, "is Heart Song. Rarely ever did he see battle, but when he did, it was mending whatever broken troops he could find to the best of his ability. He's most remembered for his musical talent that kept the morale of the troops high in between skirmishes and major battles."

 No.656762

>>656761
"They were the ones that founded Taloran?"
Take a closer look at the statues

 No.656763

>>656762
"They were the ones that founded Taloran?"

"They were one of the reasons for it," Luna answers, " yes. However, their romance was kept secret and the citizens of Taloran never saw them as more than the leaders of our two races living in harmony. Taloran is their brainchild. Originally, only the bell was meant to honor the two of them, but the statue was a gift from Celestia and myself."

Luna motions for you to join her in front of the statue.

"I require your assistance for this."

 No.656764


 No.656765

>>656763
Go over and help her with whatever she has planned.

>>656764
Then it's playing in the past I assume?
I'm glad we don't have to deal with the Guardian this time.

 No.656766

>>656765
You move over to Luna and she takes your hand in her hoof.

"Do you love me?" Luna asks. "I need to hear you say it."

 No.656767


 No.656768

>>656766
"I love you and always want to stay by your side."

 No.656769

>>656768
"I love you and always want to stay by your side."

Your mouth moves and the sound comes out, but not from you. The statue of Heart Song has mimicked your movements.

"I love you and always want to stay by your side."

As with you, Luna's mouth moves and you hear her voice, but Kris is the one mimicking her movements. Both statues close their eyes and the platform beneath them begins to rise up into the bell. A dark, circular opening is revealed and a flight of stairs leads down into it. Taking you by the hand, Luna leads you down into the passage. Once you've entered, the statue closes up the entrance behind you and Luna's horn light's the pitch black darkness. The further down you go, the brighter the passage becomes until everything is illuminated by a large patch of glowing flowers. The sound of waterfalls can be heard, but not seen until you reach the bottom.

It almost seems as if the night itself is pouring out of it into a pool of water surrounding the flowers. The water is dark, but sparkles with stars within its stream.

"When I find myself surrounded by darkness," Luna says, letting go of you and stepping into the flowers, "your love will be my light."

Luna looks back at you and lies down in the flowers.

"The statue may have been Celestia's idea," Luna says, looking around the room, "but this place was mine. The flowers are called Heart's Desire, and the waterfalls are a little enchantment of my own making."

 No.656770

>>656769
"It's beautiful."
Make sure we sound appropriately amazed by it. It does sound really pretty

Sit down next to her. Maybe pluck one of the flowers and put it in her mane.

 No.656771

>>656770
"It's beautiful."

Taking one of the Heart's Desire, you place it in her mane tucked neatly into the hair band you gifted her. Luna looks up at you and gives you a kiss, her lips lingering there for a moment. There's a soft blush on her face as she pulls away, and she takes your hands in her hooves.

"I feel as though our first night together came and went without much consequence," Luna says, "I do not want that with you, which is why I wanted to make this time special. There is no knowing what will happen when we decide to face Tiamat, so I want us to always have this moment, this place, no matter what."

Luna raises your hands to her lips, kisses them, then holds them to her face.

"You mean so much to me and I want you to know that," she says. "I want you to feel that."

 No.656772

>>656771
Embrace her head and kiss her.

 No.656773

>>656772
Alright. Calling it here. Pretty sure you guys know what comes next so Probably not gonna be a session next week. Gonna try and work on the thing. When that's all finished and distributed, then the quest will resume and you can all go on to kicking some Tiamat ass.

 No.656774

>>656773
Thanks for the session A.J.!

>Pretty sure you guys know what comes next

She was fairly open about it.

 No.656775

There's gonna be two versions…or at least I'll try to do it that way. One with Luna, one with Luna and NMM

 No.656776

>>656773
Looking forward to it

 No.656777




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