Welcome back to the Latest Thread of Occupied Equestria
Onyx, Spark and Brie settle down for the night in a cabin in the woods along with a set of recently rescued ponies, saved from Changeling cocoons, as well as the changelings who sought to take them captive, who are themselves locked away as captives.
In Baltimare, Silver, Dark Star, Iron, and now Midnight Lily do their last preparations before seeking to take on a creature smuggling operation in a port-side neighborhood
Spark keeps watch over the curious changelings.
"Well, 'Iron,' there is no Black Cauldron looking for you around here"
Then, a tap on his shoulder
"psst! What are you doing? Come back here">>110999 →
When dark Star enters the store, it's kind of fancy. Bluish-violet walls, and weapons in glass display cases. Dark Star has a decent choice of weaponry, including of the more "medieval" style as it seems to be subject to fewer government regulations than firearms, and thus still popular and widely available>>111001 →
Skies keeps the smile on her face, then breaks away eye contact from Midnight, and starts to speak. As she speaks, the smile fades away, and is replaced slowly with more spite
"The Democrats think that the course of history is tending towards more... Equality. Equalization as countries become bigger and the masses richer. The Markists go a few steps further, and believe that Equality is not merely a tendency but the teleology of history itself... that nations, cultures, classes, and racial distinctions will be burned away as the locomotive of history steams on towards its end... The Markists also believe that the old order - the Nationalists, the Aristocrats, the Moneyed... will not go gently into the night, but will fight back with all force and fury..."
Skies goes back to the both, and lays down on her stomach, with her left hooves sticking over the edge
"I hate to be the villains in someone else's play, but if that is what is left to me... No. I believe, as all who take the time of day to think about things do, that there is an order inherent in Nature. A natural hierarchy. And that anything contrary to this natural order is neither functional nor beautiful. And that societies and individuals are no more exempt from this universal law than are the winds, rains, the Sun and the soil. But just like all of those things, good governance requires more than a little tending by ponies on the best of days...">>111002
Um... they are silent?
She clearly wasn't expecting this much of an answer>>111002
That reminds me, Onyx checks on the other ponies that the changelings ated.
Iron, feeling the poke, nods at the two of them, then walks away to give them space.
He decides to walk to a nearby table, hoping the poker will follow.
Dawson has awoken and is in threat response mode, standing on all fours and looking around. Rose has awoken and seems very fatigued. Red Wine is twitching but not up. Ruby is coming over to Dawson and Rose, happy the two are up>>111004
Skies is almost confused>>111005
They go over. Yes, it is indeed Black Cauldron
"Who is he? The Unicorn?"
The Unicorn in question joins them. "Silver Sword. I am, uh..." He looks over at Iron. "Well, friend might be what I would say. He would probably just say 'associate'."
Onyx steps over and gently nudges Red Wine
"Any serious injuries I need to help tend to? Or just your prides?"
If Blue Skies is almost confused Midnight IS confused.
"I wasn't aware there was so much behind you being here. My answer feels almost lacking now..."
Iron smiles as he sits down.
"I got a certain somepony who was interested in your potion making. That is the pony."
He pauses for a bit.
"It is a big order, but I think you can manage. Are you available for it?">>111008
He nods at Silver.
“Well, I am not from this continent... there is mich more to it than that... anyways...”>>111008
She is a zebra who is almost as big as a stallion (but clearly smaller than Silver) with a black lower jaw>>111008
“Uh... Hi associate of Iron”
She waves, then awkwardly extends a hoof after a moment, as if uncertain she wanted to do so at first >>111010
“A big order, you say?” She says, smiling
“I think I might be able to do it”
The big olden unicorn matches her hoofshake alongside a friendly smile. "It is nice to meet you, Cauldron. Iron has told me bit about you."
Red Wine is not awoken yet, but he starts to move
“Pride? I was drained by a Changeling and cocooned! They even cut my foreleg... it already seems to be bandaged though...”
“I think I’m color blind”
"Nope, not color blind. We're all just different shades of drained-of-color. Well if you ponies are fine, help me wake up Wine.">>111012
"Oh... I am... Sorry for asking, I can tell it is a sensitive subject."
Her eyes go wide in fear
“What did he say?”>>111015
“Oh, just place a cigarette next to his nose, that’ll do it”
Red Wine starts to wake up. Or at least, he moves his head up from his position lying on his back
“No... it’s important to remember why I am here. Why I take risks”
"Great, there's number three. Glad to see you're all alive, and I'd bet Ruby is too.">>111019
"If that's how you feel... What can you tell me about the others?"
"That you were kind, generous, smart, that he could trust and rely upon you completely, that you have charm and grace, that you were beautiful beyond words...that your cooking is amazing." He maintains his smile. "Really, he made you seem like you were most greatest, most important mare in his entire life. I was kind of jealous.">>111018No, just means Silver'll be that much farther from his spending goals.*secretly hopes that there will be money from this job, or that Iron wille ventually pay Silver back*
Iron retells the order: 6 Potions of Cure Moderate Wounds (1800 GP), 6 Potions of Reduce Person (Pony) (1500 GP), 6 Potions of Pass Without Trace (300 GP), 6 Potions of Invisibility (1800 GP) and 4 Cure Light Wounds (200 GP)
"Take 2200 bits from the bit pouch I left on the table of your home, the later Silver can pay up, which is 3350 bits.">>111022
While he did have the mentality of being a lot more outgoing and confident after his failures, he can't help but blush like he does as Silver retells what he said about her.
"Whenever you are ready, Silver."
*the latter Silver will pay up,
“What others? You mean the other volunteers? Well, there’s Dark Star. He can be sweet. When he wants to be. He’s kind of racist. There’s Silver Sword. He’s sweet. Kind of doesn’t understand boundaries though. Then there’s Iron. He’s a bratty teenager who was probably a very big fish in his little pond back where he came from”>>111022
“D’aww.... he said all of that?”
She seems happy, and even raises her tail in an almost tail-wagSkies would tell something if she were there. I guess since she isn’t, I shouldn’t bother myself with it>>111023
“Damn... that’s a hell of an order”
She seems a little daunted >>111021
“I’ve been here”
Dawson speaks to Rose
“Are you okay, sweetie?” He caresses her hair
“Look at those bastards did to you”
Dawson asks Onyx:
“Are they gone?”
Iron feels a bit worried, with the little blush on his cheeks still there, but puts a smile for her.
"You have time. If you need any help with menial stuff, I am there."
Her happy demeanor from Silver's input only makes his heart flutter.
(What a view~)
Silver nods. "Every bit of it. Sounded like you were extra special to him, and he was little shy and trying to find way to say it all. He also talked lot
about how you are best potionmaker in city. I have not seen better salespony routine in my life. Even gave me potion he bought from you as 'free sample' to prove its quality."I'd like to hear it, just for fun.
"Nice to see you are very positive about them. I assume you are leading the mission?"
"I meant that'd you'd be glad. As for the bugs... They're still here."
While Iron knows Silver's doing a favor, he can't help but feel quite embarrassed from basically him spouting out all the things Iron said about her without warning, only reddening his cheeks even further, putting to show his unwanted chaste and shy demeanor.
(I bet my father would have done the same simply to get me like this.)
“Oh, okay. I’ll try to find some of these ingredients tomorrow. They can be hard to locate. It’s probably a good thing you Dane to me since a batch like that is sure to raise some eyebrows”>>111027
She tilts her head. And one ear comes down
“Huh”I can do any of that shit better than that second-rate stripped import, damn it! I’m graceful, pretty, smart..... ....” *hangs her head, and lays it on the floor*>>111028
“Sure? Mostly I just supervise”>>111028
“THEY’RE STILL HERE?!”
“Changelings?! Where?” She looks dazed, but has her eyes wide and is looking around
Red Wine, likewise looks around, and leans over and gets up
Wesley and Kerr, over by the fire, look over in frightened expressions at all of the commotion
>>111027>>111030DANGIT SILVER! STOP MAKING IRON DIE FROM EMBARASSMENT
Iron nods with red cheeks.
"I think it is alright, right Silver?"
[1d20+3 = 15]>>111030Sense Motive
: Silver decides to that it's a good idea to get a feel for what she's confused about before asking her directly.Aww...poor alternate tiemline Skies. We still love you, in all your greatness.*hugs the poor pegasus*
"It is a simple question, if the mission hits the fan, which pony should I look to for orders?"
Onyx slaps his face with a hoof
"Yes, they're hear. No they're no gonna hurt you. Probably because I'd dismember them before they could at this point."
Just a couple doubts as to whether the affection is sweet or burdensome, nothing serious*Pegasus is hugged*
“I may not be able to cook...” *sniff* “or be very kind or generous... or particularly trustworthy.., but I’m pretty than a zebra, damn it!>>111033
“I’m that one that knows what she is doing and have access to the best doctors. If that’s what you want, listen to me.”>>111033
“But why are they here? Where are they? Is is those two... little colts there?”
He points at Kerr and Wesley, who have wide eyes as they are unsettled
"I... Guess that is what I am looking for?"
"Yes, those are colts. No, I don't know anything about them. Any other questions that I can or cannot answer?"
"He made it sound like he is trying to bring you more business, give you access to better life. I think it is rather sweet. He can be big softy once you get past his stoic, native appearance."The prettiest.>>111031
"It will have to be what it will have to be. I understand time constraints. Sure.">>111031Never! >:DAlso, he should probably mention the adjusted price to Silver.
Iron's embarassment cannot be understated as he covers his face to maybe hide the immense blush on his cheeks from the pony he should've assumed would want to act as a wingpony.
"Good!" he stammers out. "By the way, I did the math wrong. It is actually 3350 bits total on your end."EUGEH! You big meanie! D:<
Silver lets out an internal sigh as the dream of once again having a home is pushed just a bit further back. He places the necessary Bits in notes in front of Cauldron. "Here, if Iron is right, this should cover costs."
*Flustered native noises*
Dark Star Whistles as he walks through the door
“What would you like, fine fellow?” Asks a honey-good stallion in a suit>>111048No
"i Need a Bow, a light crossbow and 2 short swords."
He nods, calmly
“That, we can do for you. Is there any particular type of bow you would prefer? A short bow, a longbow. Anything magical, perhaps? Yew or steel?”
"Yew Seems like a fine choice for the bow. What's the difference between the 2 types of bows? i'm not very familiar with bows."
“The shortbow is a smaller bow, and more easily carried around. The long bow can be as tall as a pony, but deals a heavier blow”
>>111061Thanks for the lesson. Still funny in my eyes.>>111062
I bet they do, since it's your main talent.
"Hmmmmmmm. I Believe that i'll take a Shortbow. Hows the range on those?"
“An arrow shot by the bow can go several hundred feet, but with declining accuracy as distance increases. The bow is most accurate at a range of 60 feet for the single-wood bows, and 70 feet for the multi-wood”
"would you suggest a multi-wood bow? if so what other wood would pair nicely with yew?"
“It isn’t Wood, so much as horn laminated to the wood with sinew. Manticore, bovine, what’s bone... they slightly increase the resistance of the bow”
"Manticore bone eh? That sounds like a plan to me. I Need to be stealthy with this bow,so i won't spook the game, what enchantments could be put on a weapon like this?"
“There are many enchantments that can be placed on a shortbow. There are enchantments to make an arrow light up in flame. To distribute an electric shock into its target. To hit the afflicted wound with ice and cold. To merely knock and stun the targeted creature. To make the arrow fly twice the distance. To magically increase both penetration and damage. To be more likely to hit an important area. To afflict particular damage upon certain types of creatures... And more. Much more.”
"What types of creatures?"
“Well, sir, you tell me. They are organized by taxonomical category, rather than by species. From Outsiders, to Animals, to Dragons, to Plants.”
“Well, if you mean animals, then yes. We can include an enchantment for any non-sentient birds from sparrows all the way up to Rocs”
Sounds like you should come out on your intention of 'hunting' griffons if you want that enchantment.
"what if i wanted sentient avaians included?"
“Well... that would be sapienscide, and we would have to decline the sale”
He looks suspiciously at the young zebra male trying to buy weapons
"I Live Close to the Griffon Ghetto across town. There's a large amount of crimes that happen there. i'm just trying to protect my children."
“Self defense or not, we are not allowed to sell items of magically increased lethality to private actors who expressly intend to use it to kill others”
[1d20+5 = 22]>>111084
A Tear Rolls Down Zigger Star's Face and theres a desperation in his voice.
"Do you not know the brutality of Griffons? They would murder me,Rape and sell my foals into slavery. You don't have any foals of your own?"
There is clearly an effect on the salespony, yet he reiterates what was said before
“It is not up to me. There is a local law against selling weapons of magically increased lethality to civilians, where said weapon is intended for use other than hunting or wildlife control.”
[1d20+5 = 17]>>111091
The Tears are flowing now
"Fine, I'll Go Describe to the little ones the bleak painful future ahead of them, the Griffons will probably make them watch as they cut my throat open and let the blood drain out. after that they would probably turn my body into their meal for the week,at which point they will force feed my remains to my foals in a sadistic torture method,designed to break them.and my poor poor filly..."
He chokes the next few words out
"You could imagine what they would do to an innocent Young Mare like her."
“Tell you what. I cannot make for you a bow baned against Griffins.... but I can
sell you a magical sword or bow of Mercy that stuns more than a normal bow or sword wounds”
Dark Star isn't a real zigger, and statements like before might blow his cover
"Th-That would be Better than nothing."
I know, right? I was incredulous when he claimed to have kids at home. Then I figured “well, this is set back in something like the 1940s when Black families actually had fathers” >>111097
“Right, we can do something like that, and or sell you something for hunting trips”
"Thank you so much. What kind of arrows do you have?"
“The arrows are normal. They take enchantments from the bow”
"Interesting. How much would it cost to carve something into the wood?"
“Depends on the intricacy of the carving. A few bits for just a couple letters, and much more for complex custom engravings”
"Could you Carve a picture of my Late pony friend into it? Her Name Was Dark Days."
“If there is a picture to go by, an artist may be able to”
Dark Star hands him the picture of his mother
“We’ll see if our artist can work with this”
"How much for the order?"
"The Bow,Light Crossbow, and the 2 shortswords."
“Was that a composite shortbow with manticore bone, the engraving, a mundane light crossbow, and two mundane short swords?”
Okay, that's something a zigger would do
Oi! Don't diss on mah zeebfu, u lil beach.
I fite u
its Dark Star's mom>>111129
"Yes, Can you put a Damage enchantment on the Crossbow though?"
Holy FUCK, treating kanker sores burns!
“And no enchantment on the bow?”
"I Still want the one on the bow as well as the one on the crossbow. How much would that be?"
“You are going to have to be more specific about what you mean by ‘the one enchantment.’ There are any of a dozen possible enchantments.”
A Look of confusion comes across dark star's face
"the one that stuns?"
“Alright... let’s see... a mere 20 bits for lower end mundane short swords, 450 bits for a master-work, Manticore boned composite shortbow with a custom engraving, and 2000 additional bits for a merciful enchantment. 375 for a masterwork light crossbow, and another 2000 for an enchantment on it. 4845 bits in total”
".... i uh,Don't have enough to cover all of it. would you take the coins. Could we set up a Tab. ..Perhaps i could work the rest off?"
“It is against office policy to sell large items on credit”
Well shit. I guess you could say he's becoming a shooting star.
Does anypony want to play tonight?
I hope Silver is still here to blend his face with his eyes from all of that Intense blush action
The Zebra is exuberant, but also stressed
"That's... quite a lot of potions. I will see what I can do"
While Iron's face is covered in hooves and redness, he can't help but be supportive.
"I know you can do it. You are a natural at this."
Is Silver kill again?>>111174
She looks back over at the red pony
"Are you okay Iron? Are you coming down with a fever?"
Iron fumbles a bit, trying to peek his head out in an attempt of faux confidence.
"No, a little bit too hot in here."
The look Silver is giving Iron is a pretty indicator of how cute he must look right now.
"Did you eat something spicy?" She asks, still concerned>>111180
I can just see Silver's oversized eyes. I think even Skies would want to be here for this
Iron coughs, trying to regain his composure by peeking a bit further out from his hoof fort, starting the process of its dismantlement.
"Oh, no. Nothing like that. It is simply a bit more hot than usual by all the ponies around."
He coughs again.
(Aside from almost all of my thoughts being leaked by the old stallion.)
"I assume you will be back to your home soon?"
"Ah, to be young and in love again..."
"Maybe? I'm checking up on a situation">>111183>>111185Skies would be all over this. I wish I had made her come
Iron cocks his head, breaking him from his trance of shyness to a more professional and serious demeanor.
"You mean a 'side-job' situation?"
"If that's-" her eyes dart over to Silver, standing wingding eyed off to the side, "-what you want to call it, then sure"
He closes in on Cauldron's ear to whisper to her.
"If you need any help, I will wait outside and send off Silver."
Silver shakes off his starry-eyed appearance. "Hmm? Job?"
"Help with what? The situation?"
She has a grave look upon her face
"It's more of a... development. We may need you later"
He nods again.
With that, positions have been reversed back to normal, smiling.
"Alright, I will wait for you at your place when your situation checking is over.">>111190
He looks to Silver.
"We can go back now. The deal has been sealed and we will get those potions in about a day."
He proceeds to stand up.
"We should go back and tell the others."
"Not necessarily a day..."
"I suppose we will have to do with what potions we have for now."
"I understand. It is quite the large order. Perfection takes some time, after all."
"it's not just that. The potions you are asking for are illegal, and require ingredients that are sometimes rare and in anycase hard to assemble"
He turns to Silver, a bit disheartened by Silver's gloomy mood.
"Seems like it. Do not worry, for your bits will be given back in gold. Metaphorically speaking, of course."
He pats Silver on the head, trying to cheer him up.
"Are you ready?"
Iron's brain skids to a halt, just after saying to Silver these things.
"Oh. I see the problem."
He frowns slightly.
"I think there will not be an issue. Of course, if you need help, I can assist."
Now the look on Silver's face suggests he really
hopes he'll be able to make back the Bits spent in this venture. "Yes. Oh, wait, one more thing.">>111198
Silver turns to Cauldron, keeping his voice low enough that it won't carry through the rest of the bar. "You would not happen to know anything about 33 Hoebuck, yes? Over in Redheart District?"
"We just went to Redheart last night. 33 Hoebuck... what is that near?"
>>111205On the one hand, I do want to simply go and let Cauldron have the money. On the other, I am indeed taking advantage of Silver.Darn you morality! Lemme have my satisfied Cauldron with money!
Iron, feeling slightly guilty, turns around.
"Which ones would cause you the most trouble?"
"There is hostel there owned by griffon named Stormfeather Maakie, which used to be asylum and home for wayward mares before it was shut down. There is also old Northern Orthodox church nearby that has since been converted to Temple of Boreas."
"The healing potion is the simplest potion in terms of the number of ingredients and availability. You can use common household items like mint or rubbing alcohol, and boiling water is hot enough for it. Some of the ingredients can be switched out for other ingredients. And if you are found possessing it, you might get questioned for unlicensed practice of medicine, but possession and sale is not illegal per se. Invisibility is the worst. It requires ingredients like sulfur, body parts from magical beats, part of the process requires more heat than just boiling point, and getting caught with just one vial of it is a year in jail. It doesn't help that some of the sellers of the ingredients know what is going on, so you have to be discrete. Pass without a Trace I am less familiar with. I would have to consult my books">>111207
"Oh, which church?"
Iron nods, a bit hearbroken about taking away 1800 bits out of the order to make sure the order is done at least today or tomorrow.
"What if those last ones were taken out? The Invisibility potions?"
He lands his hooves on the table softly, fighting the urge to simply wave his line of conversation off just to let her keep the money.
"Church of the Sacred Heart, I believe. Or at least that is what it used to be known." Silver tilts his head in Cauldron's direction. "You and Iron did not happen to get mugged near there, last night? Iron mentioned he almost died because of muggers."
Iron shrugs, then suddenly remembers the barred off church.
"Wait. You are actually right. We did
get mugged there."
Pass Without a Trace>The subject or subjects can move through any type of terrain and leave neither footprints nor scent. Tracking the subjects is impossible by nonmagical means.
Why would anyone use this potion except if they were trying to commit a crime and get away with it? I don't think it's necessary for hunting>>111210
"Well, the invisibility might be done tomorrow if I can find associates who already have the ingredients assembled or are selling them, or it may take longer. I can't tell you right now. As for the healing potions, I have some that are ready right now, and I could certainly produce all of them by tomorrow, provided I am not taken up by other things. The pass without a trace, as I said, I would have to consult my books for">>111211>>111212
The Zebra's eyes go wide, and she is silent for a moment
"YES! That's it! We were mugged there last night, right next to the church! There were a pair of griffins! Iron beat them off with a stretch of rebar, and he got hurt in the process!"
This most certainly gets Silver's attention. "That sounds right. From what I know, it has substantial griffon population that is hostile to others, and has grown lawless in recent years. You would not happen to know anything about that area? Iron and I are helping friend with task to put end to trafficking of ponies, griffons, zebras, and others that is going on in that region." He looks over at Iron and pats him on the shoulder. "Look at you, protecting yourself and your marefriend, like big strong hero."
"Hm. Focus on producing the health potions, then the reduce person potions. After that, if you cannot find the ponies necessary for the last two sets by toworrow, simply give the appropriate money back along with the potions."Good thing Pass without trace is cheaper than most.>Mugging
He nods, suddenly realizing those griffons would spread word of him around the neighborhood.
may have to disguise myself. Great.)
"Yes, it's a bad neighborhood. Not even the Baltimare syndicates..." she kind of cuts herself off here
"It's very dangerous. I think there are immigrant gangs there. It was super foggy last night, but it seems pretty clear tonight, at least so far.">Marefriend
"Woah. 'hol up">>111216>An illegal potion being cheaper than a legal potion
D'awww. It's cute that you think that
"Reduce person..." she says that slowly, then raises an eyebrow at Iron, wondering what bizarre intent he must have to want a literal half dozen of those
"I'll see what I can do"
>>111217Черт. Either lack of fog will work to our advantage, or our disadvantage...
"Excuse me, I thought you two were already item from how Iron talked. I apologise if that is not case."
He catches that line she almost spoke. He gives her a questioning look. "Baltimare syndicates? So, now there are four
factions fighting for control over city?"
>>111217>>111215SILVER, YOU BIG OAF!
I mean, it costs 50 GP in the SRD. Doesn't sound that hard to make at home if it costs so low tbh.
But then Silver had
to slip his tongue even further, making him frozen solid as the pats met tense muscles.
(Did he really
just say that? For Gods' sakes, I would have been better with Skies of all ponies... Actually, no. We would have had a three-way battle... Hell, even the bat was better than this.)
He slowly cranes his head, looking at Silver with disbelief, as if to say 'Are you trying to boycott me here?'
"Woah. 'hol up">F>>111155
"If i Get the items unenchanted could i come bak later when i get the money and have them enchanted?"
In the SRD. This is not the SRD, this is my campaign. And it is only logical to think about the way in which legal restrictions on a good would affect its price>>111218
Her eyes widen, she moves back ever so slightly, and her ears fall down
"Uh... What? Something about factions?">>111220
"Well, mostly likely, but the enchantment process itself could take some time"Although I think I over charged Dark Star for his magical Colt revolvers....
I was kinda banking on the SRD for the money calculations. This means the potion would've cost even more, meaning Silver would have to fork up even more money. Trying to help a fellow PC out, mang. Nothing more than that.
Silver seems somewhat oblivious to her change in demeanor, or else doesn't care. "Well, you have Black Hooves, Communists, and Waterfront Gang. Unless they are just another name for one of those three, then Baltimare syndicates would make four."
>>111221Yea i only have one enchantment on each
Could i take out a loan from the blackhooves would that be possible?
She is silent>>111224
That sounds like a Skies questionWell... maybe He should be refunded a bit[/i]
Seeing his would be marefriend, he decides to help Cauldron out.
"She might have simply made a mistake, like how I calculated the value of all these potions. Cut her some slack."
Marefriend in trouble, he
"...Eh...okay?" Silver waves it off as if it was nothing. "So, anything else about 33 Hoebuck, or those immigrant gangs? You know, besides that they are made up of griffons."
"I'll buy the mundane items now. and i'll be back in a hour or 2 to get them enchanted."
“They are more diverse than that. There are all kinds of creatures there”>>111229Under the normal rules, that wouldn’t be possible because if the amount of time it takes to enchant something
"I have heard of zebras and other Severyanan ponies like myself in that region, yes. Any others you know of?"
She is silent for a moment
“Well... you may be surprised by the kinds of creatures that are out there”
"I'll be back later."
He heads towards the door
Iron nods at Cauldron's info, knowing Silver may have soured the conversation by quite a bit due to his nosiness.>>111228
He looks at Silver, exaggeratedly moving his head to the entrance.
"I think it is time to go, Silver."
The look on his face is almost a challenge. But with Iron telling him to hurry, he leaves it at that. He instead offers a hoofshake to Cauldron with a smile. "It has been pleasure, Ms. Cauldron. It looks like what Iron said about you was no exaggeration. If this potion thing works out, do you know where I might find you later for more?"
She moves out her hoof, and is in stunned silence for a moment
“Well... I am usually here if I am available at all”>>111234
“Alright. I shall see you later”
Silver nods as he shakes her hoof. "Great! If this works out, I think I will be getting potions from you from now on."
“Hehe, Thank you”
The zebra has a smile on her face as Silver shakes her hoof
This exchange softens his small frown by a bit.
"Alright, let us go."
He walks off with Silver next to him to outside the tavern, taking this time to whisper to him.
"Next time, do not start interrogations with my partner as the target. Stick to buying potions."
Silver looks at him very oddly. "I would not exactly call it interrogation."
Iron deadpans at him, frown apparent on his face.
"I do not care for technicalities. Do not
do it again."
He lets out a sigh in response. "My friend, I have been in this world for 68 years, and in that time I have found that information, any information, is vital, especially if you are in area you barely know. I did not mean anything negative in my line of questioning, I simply discovered that she knew things which I did not which could not only make this job that much easier, but my own life in Baltimare easier.
"But, fine, if you do not want me asking Cauldron questions from now on, then so be it."
Iron simply shakes his head at this bad guilt trip attempt.
"You are a stranger to her, so do not
pry into things she does not want to share with you. If you really wanted to know, you could have asked me to ask her and waited for my response later."
As they both go outside, he points his head towards the general direction of the other bar the winged group is probably at.
"Now go back. I want to talk with Cauldron for a bit longer."
The horned pony sees a few faults in that logic, but it's not like he has much better to do than head back, so he does so.
Iron exhales through his nostrils strongly.
(Nosy pony. He could have blown my cover and tarnish her trust on me.)>>111239
With a hearty sigh, he reenters the tavern to begin a more open conversation with Cauldron.
Once Silver arrives back at the Tavern, he seeks out Skies. "You know, more time I spend with Iron, more I come to understand why you two come to blows all time."
She is already looking at Iron as he returns, with a morbid curiosity at the evident argument that took place some feet over, and her mouth still hangs partly open in strange wonder as to what is going on. She says nothing for the instant moment, and waits for Iron to speak
Her plain expression assumes a partially triumphant grin, and she watches Silver enter in silent revelry of the information Silver gave her. When he comes next to her, she asks
"Did you get your potions?"
Iron sits back down again, rubbing his temples.
"Good grief. Sorry about that, he can be a bit nosy sometimes."
He looks a little concerned.
"Are you alright?"
She nods silently
"Who was he, and what did he want?"
"No, sadly. Due to difficulty of order they will be ready tomorrow. It will not with tonight, I know, but it is better than nothing." Silver sits down in a nearby chair. "It turns out Iron and Cauldron were almost mugged right in front of 33 Hoebuck last night, but I was unable to properly ask her questions about it before Iron got upset and forced us out early."
"It figures. Are we up for tonight or no?"
"Once Dark Star and Iron return? I do not see why not."
"Silver Sword. An old somewhat retired unicorn mercenary. He mainly wanted the potions for an upcoming mission at the place we got mugged. That is why he was being nosy when he realized this."
"Lives at the other tavern you showed me after the first one got searched by the cops. You can probably find him around there hanging out with another Earth Pony and a Pegasus named Dark Star and Blue Skies respectively. A lonely pony, follows harmonic values, uses a longsword and a rifle from what I can see."
“Oh... so he wouldn’t report us to the police, would he? Or would he?”>>111257Fucking hell I need to force myself to complete part 5. I write a sentence, stated at the use of the passive voice in the sentence, then tried to rearrange the sentence for several minutes before giving up
Iron shakes his head.
"No, he needs the potions. I was not expecting him to start pressing you for answers, though.">>111260Oh whoops. Forgot it was a greatsword. Chalk it up to Iron being a native.
“That’s alright.... I’ve never received an order like that before. I’ll see if I can manage it”
Iron nods and lightly hugs Cauldron to reassure her.
"I know you can manage."
"Well, I will try. I hope I am able to tomorrow"
Iron smiles, letting her go, but his coat remains next to hers, touching.
(Ah~ I needed that.)
a bit interested in that fourth faction she didn't want to say, as well as the unknown species.Can I ask Cauldron about it, or is it not defined yet?
She moves away slightly to orient herself more so she faces Iron
"And let's hope the situation does not deteriorate"
His dreamy gaze is dispelled as he is reminded of the situation.
(Wait a minute. I should ask about this situation to see if it is linked with the mission.)
"Before I leave, what situation are we dealing with?"
*are we going to deal with?"
"Seems to be the penetration of new gangs, from Manehattan"
Iron turns grim.
"Oh, the remnants of them are coming here after that law they passed. I assume they are discussing what territories should be given between the gangs?"
"Discussing giving up territories
She tilts her head, partly closes her right eye with a raised cheek, and generally looks at Iron with severe confusion
"I was assuming they did not have power to try and take over, since they were practically expelled without much warning."
He wraps a foreleg around Cauldron, determined.
"In any case, I will come help whenever you need me. Simply say the word and I will come running."
He smiles confidently.
"We are the unbeatable duo, after all."
Cauldron seems a little less certain, as her tail twists back down, and a little around her left leg. She tilts her head upwards a little
"Well... we'll see how things go. I imagine you have something planned for tonight - an tomorrow - with your male... friends? there"
Iron nods, removing himself from her, a tiny blush on his face.
"Yes. When it is over, I will meet you up at your place. Sounds good?"
"Alright. Do you even have a place to stay?"
Iron smiles sheepishly.
"I can... always sleep on the ground?"
This gets a smile and a "heh" out of Cauldron
"Alright, I guess I will see you at my place later"
Iron's tiny blush is ever present.
He stands up, but decides to try to get Silver some answers if he can.
(Seems that was the fourth faction.)
"Say, what other species are near that church territory? You made them sound quite dangerous."
"Well, there can be any number. Griffins, Zebras, Ponies, but also Macaws, Hyenas, sometimes Minotaurs... who knows"
Iron nods, then smiles at her, giving her a quick wave of the hoof.
"I will keep that in mind. See you soon."
With that, he finally starts leaving The Watering Hole towards the other tavern.
(I probably made Silver upset. Perhaps I can give him a special surprise later.)
Um... does anypony have anything to do or declare before part 5 is released?
Well, I would like to do the whole class change to barbarian/fighter multiclass if it's possible.
I'd wager Dark Star still wants to take a loan to buy the weapons.
Silver seems ready, although he may be interested in a gift from Iron if my class change is approved now instead of after the mission.
Ancapian seems equipped and ready.
Not really. I'll wait for my respec until when we level up.
As Spark extends a hoof, the tubular ears with two forks spike straight up, and the drone moves its head backward away from the invading hoof>>111286>>111284
So.... should we have the level up now?>>111284>wanting to retroactively change classes
Then why did you not do that back then
You're the boss, so if you say so.
Darn. Spark keeps his hoof still to show the changeling it means no harm.
Back then? You mean at the start?
I didn't have the idea until after seeing my cleave feats not being of much use in the dream sequence.
Basically, have my boi Iron a 1 Fighter/4-5 Barbarian depending on the level up. Feats will be Improved Unarmed Strike, Endurance, Power Attack and Improved Trip (Only at level 6).
+8 Intimidate (Cutie Mark Bonus)
If the level up happens now, I won't be against it.
It stares at the hoof, and moves back a step
I'm not hearing anything definite
If this is a yes/no question, I would go with yes, I would like to be at level 6 before the mission with the parameters in my previous post.
I don't know what to tell you, GM. You're in charge of things like that. We'll just go along with whatever you decide.
After the last incident, many of the trafficked creatures were ultimately allowed to stay in Equestria. The Principality forced the closure of the shoe factory, but Sweet Boek remained in ownership of the lot. Activity at 33 Hoebuck subsided, but did not end, as the old hostel seemed to remain in use. Who the new owner was, if indeed there was a new owner at all, is and was unknown, as city regulations did not and presently do not require the name of tenant or lessee on land to be recorded by the city. Taxes on the property, as well as all utilities payments, have been paid consistently in the name of Sweet Boek’s land holding company, though the later may be paid by some third party in the company’s name.
The Equestrian National Census visited Red Heart in 1010. A census taker visiting 33 Hoebuck was able to speak to creatures living there without significant impediment and counted 27 residents. The census taker confided in a note that these creatures were not admitted at the City’s official immigration admission facility at Locust Promontory, but were either rejected or smuggled in. With there being no signs of exploitative labor practices or obvious smuggling, neither the city nor the Principality took a deeper interest in activities there. The mere presence of possible illegal immigrants did not concern either government as both took a more open and accepting attitude to new creatures. They continued to come in vast numbers to Baltimare. Ponies escaping famine and political reprisal in Stalliongrad, communist griffin occupiers and invaders in Skynavia and later Frostbell, Griffins (and sometimes ponies) escaping the collapse of the government and civil war in Nova Griffonia and the revolution in Aquellia. Griffins and Minotaurs fleeing Fascism and invasion from Wingbardy and Equestria’s newest breakaway state, New Mareland. Upon the fall of the Storm King’s Empire, trade with Zebrica was normalized and in came refugees and economic migrants from the forgotten corners of that continent. All swarmed in from boats arriving at Locust Promontory, or at least, it seems that is where they arrived.
The Church of the Sacred Heart continued its life as a dancing hall, hosting lessons on the Gavotte, the Zwiefacher, and the Feathesian Folk Dance on Wednesdays as well as Tuesdays and Saturdays. Meetings of the alleged religious or social congregation ceased for a full month after the raid, perhaps because Boek, fully conscious of bad publicity, did not want to be seen in public so near 33 Hoebuck. But the monthly meetings resumed, with some of the old familiar faces, and later some new ones. Meetings are most commonly associated with the Full Moon, although they have been seen at different times as well.
There is a dearth of knowledge of what exactly happened at Hoebuck come the war, but it does seem that at some point operations resumed in the workshop-shoe factory, perhaps one of a myriad of small, unrecorded factories producing materials for the war effort. There is some evidence to suggest that creature smuggling of some kind occurred during the war. A freighter, the “Dippy Crow” from Skyfall was intercepted by the Maneborn before it reached Baltimare Harbor. In its hold, besides the loads of Rifles, Tobacco, Cigars, Leather Jackets, and newly minted 80 MM mortars were twenty griffins of unknown origin tied up. They were seized along with the cargo, and ultimately sent to an internment camp in Sicameon after brief questioning determined that they could offer no information useful to the war. Red Heart as a whole earned the distinction of being one of the last holdouts of resistance in Mainland Equestria, besides locations in the West like South Trotsas, with the area only occupied after the surrender of the 105th Infantry Division at the end of Pinkamena’s Last Stand. 33 Hoebuck, the old fort that it was, was especially suited for a finally stand with its thick walls, and with the threat of naval artillery fire neutralized by the redeployment of the Equestrian Navy to Baltimare after the fall of Las Pegasus to the Changelings.
33 Hoebuck’s last surprise came when it was stormed by a platoon of NMAC soldiers from the 9th Infantry. They found the building was not fortified, but entirely evacuated of all life after what seemed to be a battle inside the structure between Equestrian military and forces unknown. Judging by the relative numbers of bodies, the Equestrian must have been victor, but several dead griffins and a pair of Equestrian soldiers lay dead on the floor, while parts of two floors were partly damaged by a fire. Whether the battle was between the actual occupiers of 33 Hoebuck, or if all the ethnic immigrant gangs of Red Heart decided to make a final stand for their freedom in the fort, is not known. The surviving witnesses were presumably among the Equestrian soldiers collected at the end of the war, and never questioned. What the NMAC soldiers did find, and could later provide, was the most recent data on the internal layout of 33 Hoebuck. The upper and lower floors, which were sectioned off since the City repurposed the site as a poor house forty years prior, were found to be reopened in part in areas. As soon as the building was determined to be empty, it was vacated before any as yet unencountered traps could be set off.
Though most of the Equestrian records during the war were destroyed rather than hoofed over, one interesting tidbit survived thanks to its communication to the Baltimare Police from the Equestrian Diplomatic service. The Skyfall Republic sent a communication in 1011 asking if Stormfeather Maakie was in Equestrian custody, or if his location was otherwise known by Equestrian authorities. If so, they expressed a wish for him to be extradited to the Skyfall Republic to be placed on trial for various crimes committed there. The Equestrian response, save for Baltimare PD’s claim that his location was not known, has been lost.
Whew. If resistance operatives could hold out in that place for quite a bit, then I must say I'm spooped for the possible amount of resistance in there.Did Iron ever made it back to the tavern where Silver lives?
Also>Silver lives in a tavern
It took me a moment to realize this statement was true
The merc's life is a life where you live around alcohol. Whether he drinks it or not is another thing.
Iron opens the door, revealing his presence to the ponies inside the tavern.
He heads back to the Tavern>>111302
"See this is exactly why illegal immigration is terrible for the country,the degenerates that come in are violent criminals and communists. fucking alicorns."
"Hello, Dark Star" says the Blue pegasus pony. Iron and Silver are both present as well
"You two are back, finally."
Look at >>111302>>111311
"If you have all of the equipment and magic you think you need, then yes"
"Theres been a situation.">>111309
Dark Star Looks sorta sad
he whispers to Blue."I Didnt have enough money for the weapons. i was going to get them enchanted. Could i take out a loan from the local governance?"
"'Situation' usually means 'something bad happened'"
"A loan?!" she says, less loudly
"Maybe... do you really need it?"
Iron looks confused.
"It seems we have a delay on our hooves."
"I think I am ready for some scouting."
That isn't to say I didn't like it, it's just that posting on a phone is hard.
"well i have 1300 bits, so i would need 3520 more for the total purchase."
"Okay...."This really is a terrible way to deliver information. I don't think I will be doing this on any future quests>>111322
"Tell you what. Prioritize what you really want and need, and I can maybe get you something like 2000 bits. I'll get my own crossbow and sword"
"I was going to get you an enchanted crossbow..."
Don't be like that. It's good! It's helped to give a lot of background and lore for Red Heart.
She places a hoof on him
"Oh Dark Star... You don't need to live beyond your means for me. I'll get my own.">>111324>>111321>>111320
"Who thinks I should be disguised, same as Dark Star?"
[eeeeee-ing bat pony noises]
"I Feel Bad,that i can't get you nice things.">Disguise
"Uh,your gonna get your coat Dyed to look like a zigger? sure."I Like the way you delivered the information.
"It is your choice, but I fear you may not quite blend in unless your wings became invisible."
Also, should Skies dress in a disguise>>111331
"I was thinking more of a Griffin">>111332
She nods, and gives that damnable grin
"She might disguise herself as Griffon?"
"That could work, I think. How would you replicate a beak, tho? They seem much more different than pony snouts."
"Well, we have a special potion that makes it possible"
"What are you gonna glue on a fake beak?"
He grins at her
I personally like the dossier format; I think it's unique, good for the setting, and I definitely get a lot out of it. Easier to follow than dialogue too.>>111334
Skies needs to dress as a bat. Trust me on this one.
"What about the tail? Will the potion solve that, too?"
"I Think it would be for the best if you disguised yourself."
Iron nods a bit.
"As long as you do not need to constantly reapply it, then sure. Go for it."
Oh Midnight doesn't care, I do though.
"Alright... I'll go retrieve cash for you, and some items of my own"
With that, Skies leaves the tavern, spreads her wings, and flies off into the night
"So... How is everypony doing?"
Dark Star sits down at the table they are sitting at
Spark pats the ground beside himself, asking the changelings to come closer.
"Honestly? Just enjoying calm before storm.">>111358
"So, no luck with weapons?"
Iron wipes away his brow from sweat.
He seems a bit uneasy.
"I would say that overall, things are alright."
But since she's a mare, Iron can't help but question her fighting style.
"I assume you fight with grace, twirling around swings and metal bits?"
"Uh yea,i have to take out a loan..."
He rubs the back of his head pensively
"I cannot blame you, it is always nice to rest before a mission.">>111364
"Hmm? Oh no, I am rarely the one fighting when it comes to missions. I am usually flying above the battle, helping my allies, but a gun can be helpful sometimes."
"I suppose there is more than one pony in our group with money troubles, then."
He nods, confirming his suspicions and seeing nothing wrong so far.
A hoof is extended towards her.
"Iron. A pleasure to meet you."
"I Sure Hope we find some money down there."
"Midnight Lily, a pleasure to meet you as well"
Iron looks at his hoof, lowering it to original sitting position with an awkward expression.
"I assume you came here without any weapons?"
Oh damnit, I forgot to mention she returns the hoofshake. Forgive me
"I have a pistol and a knife. That is about it."
>>111382Kek, don't mention it. Was simply poking fun.
"Simple and to the point. Respectable."
dark Star whispers to him
"I Might have to start stealing again if we don't."
"Why thank you. How about you, what is your preferred technique?"
Silver whispers back with a half smile on his face. "Just make sure you steal from rich and give to poor, alright?"
Iron simply puts both forelegs on the table.
"You could say I am the absolute limit of simplicity. Hooves and stones."
"I Always did."
he smiles as he remembers the old times
"at the time i thought that era of my life was a bad part. but it was a learning experience. one i'm glad i learned."
"Ah, simple and to the point"
"You do not have to copy my exact words, Lily."
Silver smiles at him. "That was actually rather profound thing of you to say." He pats Star on the back. "I am proud of you."
She rolls her eyes, almost as if he didn't get a joke
"Anyway... When do we leave?"
She also narrows her eyes as her face turns red
"And don't call me Lily."
Iron is quite surprised about that tidbit.
"My mistake, Midnight.">>111406
"So far, we are simply on a preparation phase. We need Skies back and for Star to buy his things with the loan."
Previous entries to the 33 Hoebuck dossier briefing
Part 1 >>106726 →
Part 2 >>106738 →
Part 3 >>110321 →
Part 4 >>110438 →
Part 5 >>111302
The old Equestrian population that inhabited the neighborhood after its founding has long since moved elsewhere, with less than 20% of the neighborhood’s population being Equestrian ponies, and all of these are the lowest of the working class, working in the docks and factories of the neighborhood, which no zoning regulation has separated from neighboring tenements and shops. The SDP has fallen greatly in their eyes, seen as being collaborators with capitalist, imperialist powers. Slightly more numerous are the Severyanan ponies, who have colonized the neighborhood for generations, and whose numbers have fallen to migration to wealthier parts of the city, but have been bolstered by recent White Emigres, who find the Stalliongrad flags flown in the apartment windows of the native Equestrians to be abhorrent and ignorant. The most numerous of all of the non-ponies are Red Heart’s griffins, sometimes recent immigrants, sometimes multi-generation residents. These are not the best educated nor the wealthiest Griffins Baltimare has to offer. Those have gone to safer, wealthier neighborhoods like Colton Hill. What remains of the population is a polyglot conglomeration of myriad races from all over the planet.
The most fiercely independent of Red Heart’s inhabitants are the Skynavians. These ponies came from a tribal, preindustrial society that was invaded by griffins and forcibly collectivized into a new communist system. They left in a trickle to Equestria, but with limited money could make it no further than the shoreline of Red Heart. In their former homelands they were ghettoized and terrorized by a new Griffin majority that had no respect for their traditions nor property rights. Now, in the Land of Horses, how much different are things for them? Never willing to say 'die,' they built their own little Skynavia by the waterfront. An enclave state within the larger neighborhood with its own school and house of worship. They complain to police of griffins kidnapping mares and foals, and of occasional acts of terror committed against them.
New entrants from what were the dominant sources of immigration in the Equestrian era are curtailed under the new Governate, as now these countries are overwhelmingly hostile foreign powers. Zebrica and West Equestria are the new two main sources of migrants entering Locust Promontory. The question the Governate has is whether illegal smuggling operations are delivering creatures who would otherwise be prevented entry.
Customs agents and civilians working the docks still sometimes report ships stationary off shore in Northern Red Heart under suspicious circumstances. Little row boats go from the ships to a pier located at the waterfront of 33 Hoebuck. These have been seen at all moons, indicating they are brazen enough to do whatever they are doing under moonlight. Carts are seen backing up to the workshop, taking deliveries of goods under the name of the Bodeken shoe and saddle company. Steam can be seen rising from the workshop during the day, and electrical usage shows there is activity.
Black Hooves and NMAC do not tread into Red Heart, as pot shots from buildings are far from unknown. The SDP, more confident in its popularity, sends patrols of police along the streets. They report rampant violent crime, and what seem to be gang turf wars. What they have not found is a surplus of recent illegal migrants that could not be explained. From this, it is believed that if there is any grand creature trafficking movement at 33 Hoebuck, or anywhere else within the city, that Baltimare is not the final destination for at least the majority of the creatures, and they rather are sent either north to Fillydelphia and Manehattan, or South to Saltmane and Stableside. The limited evidence of continued smuggling operations in Hoebuck, as well as the low ponypower available to the Governate have prevented it from launching a raid of its own.
However, things have changed. A month ago, a new Governor took over in Manhattan. A terror attack occurred on the city Subway a week later, and thereafter that Governate has tried to rid itself of domestic threats, including alien smuggling. As such, the Baltimare Governate is under pressure from external sources to end any and all smuggling that may be bleeding over into its neighbors. The second large event was the Blackwood Massacre, which alerted the Governate to the threat of foreigners importing weapons and operatives to ferment and facilitate rebellion. There could be more than just creatures being smuggled in… and just because you don’t know where the creatures are going, doesn’t mean they are not hiding where they can hurt you. And with all of this, there is reason to believe that Changelings want to infiltrate Baltimare…
Unfortunately, most of the Blackhooves agents have been shipped to Manehattan to help with operations there. Baltimare PD’s loyalty is not entirely certain. The Griffin NMAC reservists are probably mostly loyal and not fond of traffickers, but all it takes is one to tip off any traffickers before hoof and ruin a raid. All of this is why the Governate is looking for other help on this matter, and why it is considered a pressing issue.
Blue Skies returns through the door, carrying a pack and a number of other items, and wearing a jacket>>111409
Skies approaches Dark Star, holding a wad of gold certificates
"Here. It's 2000 bits. Use it wisely, and you owe me
Ah, it seems there are some allies to call for help.>>111418
Iron waves to Skies to symbolize he saw her enter.
"Whtie Severyanans..." There are almost stars in Silver's eyes. "...my people..."
The rest of it gives him trouble. "Looks like they are brave enough to openly defy local law enforcement. That is bit of mixed bag for us. On one hoof, they will be out in open and easy to spot. On other, they will be more likely to attack us should we be discovered. Thankfully, it looks like I at least will fit in little better, if other Whites are in area.">>111418
Silver nods to Blue Skies when she draws near. "Looks like you came prepared."
i think the Skynavians. could be a potential ally>>111418
"Of Course i always repay my debts."
He smiles at her
"Yes... I brought a crossbow and some Armor. I hope you are prepared as well. And in a way it's probably better if they are bold. You can't squish the cockroach if its hiding in the crevice."Are you claiming that the Northern ponies can be distinguished from regular ponies by an excess of fluff?>>111424
Skies nods in Acknowledgement
"Well, good. You better. Now go buy the thing you needed. And you may as well buy some coffee while you are at it, because we will be out for a while"
"I agree. They do seem easy to convince into our cause, granted Skies is not killed on the spot due to her disguise."
Silver nods in response to both parts of her statement, motioning to his sword and flak jacket. "I am prepared for mission, especially if Dark Star pulls through with shortsword."Well...maybe...that, and it would be easy to tell once Silver starts speaking fluid Cyrillic.>>111434>>111441
"They are good ponies, from what I have heard. If we make our intentions clear, it is likely they will at very least show us where we need to go. We will just need to vouch for what will be our not-griffon friend."
Skies holds up a vile containing a green-blue liquid
“I can... just not take the potion yet”>>111450
“Good. Then we are just waiting on Dark Star”Fun fact: I had intended for Silver Sword to receive a magical Greatsword from the Catacombs mission, taken off the body of the knight ghast. I thought for sure you’d find it weird enough to merit searching its remains for any clues to its former identity, and there strapped onto it would be the Greatsword, a relic of the old Militant order. In retrospect I should have described it as carrying a sheathed sword
Silver raises an eyebrow at her. "Moral reasons or practical reasons?"God damn it, I knew I should have searched that thing's body! But no, my dumbass brain thought: "huh, don't think it can carry anything on it when it's just wearing armor". Damn it!
“Well... Dark Star is kind of an essential part of the group, so we shouldn’t go without him”
"That is a viable option. However, it would be interesting to see a gryphon without having to be focused on beating its beak. Your call."Giant oof. By the way, my particular reward choice will always be an item to boost stats, if it ever comes that I get rewarded.
Silver nods. "Obviously.">>111465
"What is there to see? They are griffons. Giant overgrown catbirds."
"I'll pick up some snacks too."
He hugs blue
"I have no idea. Maybe to check if it works or something?"
>>111472Actually, I was thinking of Silver being gifted that sword as well. But there was no dialogue in that direction, so... it kind of just didn't happen>>111469
Skies lifts a foreleg, and folds her hoof down, with a sort of fake frown at Silver's words about giant catbirds>>111470
*poner is hugged*
The bat contently listens, and bows her head as if praying before a small salad appear infront of her, which she munches on.
"A potion that makes you a griffin? Interesting
"I'll be right back."
He heads back to the weapon store.
Did you intend to say Pic related? Because that is what I am imagining. Also is that Salad on Dark Star's tab?
"It's... kind of hard to get">>111477
He does so. The pony is still there
"Hello there. It's almost closing time"
Yeah, that's about the position. The salad is on the tab of magic
"I would imagine"
I think she magicked it itself with a cleric spell.>>111476
Iron stares, amazed at the sudden bowl of salad.
"Woah! How did you do that? I thought only unicorns could manage that feat."
"Hmmm? Oh, I just prayed to Luna for it. It really helps during long travels."
Down one spell slot it is
"I Got The Bits Necessary for the items. i need 1 shortsword and the composite shortbow."
>>111484>making food appear is world breaking
Iron's eyes widen.
(An actual Luna follower? She definitely needs to come with to the jungle quest when the time is right.)
"That is amazing, I must admit."
He gazes over to the salad, wondering how it would taste.
>>111487I don't know, I was probably thinking "there's a sword lying in the quarry, why bother with it">>111490>>111491
Well yeah, if there are tens of thousands of Jesus of Nazareth's running around making food out of nothing, how would mass famines like we see in the real world be possible, and why even keep earth ponies around if you never need to farm? These kinds of spells were thought of by people who never thought out the implications magic would have on the greater world
"Yes.... 2460 bits in total"
Not very good, very filling though.
"Well thank you"
She gives a nod and smiles.>>111494
She can make two bowls of lettuce a day. It's just lettuce too. It's not a fancy salad.
Simple. By limiting the amount of Jesuses.
As well as devoting their whole life to a deity, which most ponies can't do if they were honest with themselves.>>111496
Iron smiles back.
(What a nice pony, but she does not seem to eager to be eating that. Perhaps I should treat her to Cauldron's cooking when I get the chance. The closer we get, the more eager she would be to accept going to the jungle.)
1. Bullshit level 5 clerics are so rare there are not thousands.
2. Having just one Jesus is enough to seriously alter the entire course of world history for basically everyone>>111501
“Very well. It is as you say it shall be”
A unicorn in the back places on glasses, then pulls down a recurved short bow with bone on its back and center. He looks st the picture of Dark Star’s mother. Then, at the bow. He shoots a beam of fire at the bow. Stops it, continues, then again and again in a pattern. At the end of it, Dark Star’s mother is burned into the yew in the bow.
Then the bow is grabbed by red magic, and carried over to Dark Star
“Here is your bow.”
A sword pulled out from under the table
He is the sword. And make it 2500 even, will add a number of arrows”
"Fantastic work! "
he slides over the rest of the bits and takes the stuff.
And thus, Dark Star has a magic bow and a light weapon
He tips the maker of the bow 50 bits and tips 50 to desk pony.
He nods curtly, and says
“Thank you sir”
Dark Star has now a couple +1 recurved composite bow with Manticore bone that is engraved with a picture of his mother, and has a number of arrows as well as a quiver to go with it. Though it isn’t huge, it is still rather large and may be difficult to hide.Was it a merciful enchantment?
Presumably, Dark Star rejoins the other ponies at the East Side Tavern
>>111507yea that was the one
Yea he heads bak to the eastside
Well.... I think that means everypony is together and ready
Hey, wait a minute. You aren't in the team.
Alright, now that the group is (hopefully) well armed and ready, it’s time to figure out exactly how they are going to approach this
More details can still be gleaned from the dossier as needed>>111513
Well they are not level 6
Good. That's settled.
Were my changes approved and applied if still at level 5 aka now Level 4 Barbarian/Level 1 Fighter multiclass.
“Alright everypony, play time is over. Time to head out” says Blue Skies
Midnight leans towards Skies
"Nopony told me anything about gangs."
Skies looks over at lettuce wings
“It’s a bit more feminine now”
“Nothing about gangs? That’s who we are going to be fighting.”
A wide grin occupiers her face alongside narrow eyes, proving a facial expression like that of a crocodile
“Lettuce hope your magic is as effective in fighting against creature traffickers as it is against high cholesterol”
"I mean, I guess my magic could cure high cholesterol."
She looks confused, like she didn't get the joke.
She pats Midnight Lily
“Excellent. If I need a cardiologist I’ll think of you. Now, are there any other special talents you have that might be particularly useful”>>111524
“Reee, we have two mares and only three stallions now”
"Let us see; I can heal, help allies attack, help allies defend, and make it hard for enemies to see."
“Because we just might need you too”
"hmph It's still the Stallion Gang."
“Well it’s got almost as many mares in it as stallions now”
"Let them have their fun, there is no harm in it."
“Et tu, web-wing?”
And with that, Skies understood that her fellow mare did not
have her back, and she was alone in her follow power thing, to be forever doomed as the lone chick in the guy’s group.>>111534
Skies sits down, lowers her ears back, and rolls her eyes up
He touches her shoulder
"Don't be that way,i was just kidding."
Skies looks up. Not to Dark Star, but to the sky (which in this case is basically just the textured white paint of the ceiling). And she realizes that there will be no swift end to her suffering. She slowly tries to accept it. To steel herself for the excess of testosterone.
“I’ll handle it... I had to put up with whole barracks full of stallions in Zaphzia, I can put up with a few here again.”
>>111537Midnight's player went to sleep
"midnight is here now,she can help with feminine stuff."
“I’ll... try to manage. Anyways...”
"Its Not so bad."
Dark Star Hugs her
"How do you feel about the mission?"
Silver breaks his contemplation to look at Skies. "Do we have map of Red Heart? I have map of Baltimare on me, but it would help to have something more focused on mission area."
*Poner is hugged*
“I kind of think that Immigration should handle their own damned problems rather than sending us on a raid, but I guess it’s a change of scenery, for me at least.”>>111550
Iron awaits, pensive.
(Would Cauldron get a bit jealous if I bring Midnight sometime? It would be quite interesting to find out.)
"Now that is just rude. They are just having fun"
Iron interjects, knowing Skies can prove troublesome.
"Do not be too disheartened, Midnight. She is a grumpy pony."
"After all, she just risked her flank with the loan she got for Star."
Skies looks up, and perks her ears in surprise at the new source of aid, then she smiles, but mumbles under her breath “oh you have no idea”
(More potion selling means more money for Cauldron in the long run.)Who knew rampant greed could cause a blunt, aggressive stallion to be so mellow and polite?
Spark continues his quest of taming the changelings.
Woah there. Don't go punishing
them with boops to the snout now. That is a war crime!
The Changeling is still recoiled from Spark’s efforts to pet him
Spark pats beside himself.
They will submit to the boops soon enough.
Onyx checks on his new "friends">>111594
The bugs deserve it.>>111573
"I will try to remember that."
Iron nods, then comes closer to whisper to her.
"She is also really competitive and hates losing, so be careful of provoking her with even the most insignificant thing. Trust me. It will be better for the group's integrity."
The bat whispers back
"I will try to avoid it when possible, but I feel I may accidentally tread on some hooves..."
"Do not be too afraid. She likes to bark like crazy but never actually bites," he whispers. "Seems to be related to some sort of self-worth issue."
Blue-eyed Seb blinks his eyes from lids that come almost from the side, and tilts his head, while Fun, with a tremble, keeps his distance a couple feet back>>111600
The two nymphs, disguised as a bat pony and a Pegasus colt, are spooked by being the new center of attention. Dawson is standing up, though his legs tremble as he tries to maintain himself upright, over top of Rose, who is laying on her belly on the floor with tired eyes. Dawson caresses Roses’ blood red mane, as Rose has a spooked appearance of her own. Dawson looks at Onyx indignantly
“Excuse me, but you can’t just say that the Changelings are here’ without saying a little something else about it. What if I told you ‘yeah, there’s a scorpion some where in that couch’ and left it at that’?”
Ruby has rushed over to his old friends, saying things like “are you okay?” And has come to Rose’s side, looking at her, then at Dawson’s wounded left leg, which is now next to Ruby as Ruby is to Dawson and Rose’s right >>111605>>111607
Skies silently nods
>>111613>>111607Mother fucker, I forgot an NPC
Red Wine opens his eyes, slowly gets up, and looks over a Ruby, standing near him but looking at Dawson
“Well don’t worry too much about me, will ya” he says, sarcastically
"Well then there'd be a scorpion in the couch. Don't ask me why in Tartarus they're here. They just are.">>111612
Midnight simply nods as well
Red Wine is laying in his back, and his eyes roll over to Onyx, now with a look of startlement. Rose does as well.
“Well where are they?!
” Dawson demands
Redefine turns over into his belly
“You’re tellin’ me there’s changelings still around?”
Ruby, in futility, tries to say “No brother, it’s alright”
Kerr and Wesley are still alarmed by the activity, but are relieved eyes are away from them
"In the other room, I'm about as happy with it as you all are. But they seem to want to help for some celestia-foresaken reason"
Iron nods back, returning to original position, but not before whispering one last time.
"I got your back."
Dawson: “My cabin bedroom??!?!?”
Rose: “who is they?”
Red Wine: “why did you let them in the cabin??!???”
Ruby: “It’s a pony friend of his, Rose. He helped us.”>>111622
She continues looking on over
Spark continues to gently pat beside himself and reassure the changelings.
"As Ruby said, it's a friend. A friend that you all need to thank for saving your flanks as well. And me! Where's the thanks for cutting you out of those sacs?">>111622
Midnight nods and smiles
"I hope I can return the favor."
Iron smiles back.
"No need to."
He turns to Skies.
"So, did you decide on when you are going to take the potion?"
At this point, Seb takes a step closer. Then another step closer, to be again in front of Spark. Fun keeps his distance>>111629
Dawson can only breath heavily for a moment
Rose (confused): “You are the one who saved us?”
Red Wine “Well, Thank you very much for that. We would have slowly wasted away until we died if you hadn’t found us and cut us out. I’d hate to be slowly eaten”
Ruby (in an aside/interjection): “I’d rather an owl eat do it quickly...”
Rose (in emploring emotion): “Thank you so much mister! Thank you, thank you, thank you”
Ruby (aside): “it’d be kind of like a fly being eaten by a spider. ‘Cept slower.”
Dawson: “But are they still a threat?”>>111634
“Well not now if you’re going to negotiate with the natives. I can do it anytime”
"No clue, I guess that's for my friend to find out."
Spark keep still this time. He doesn't want them to run off again.
"I am not exactly a good negotiator, Skies. That seems to be Star's job, but it is understandable."
He hums to himself.
"Do you know if you have a reputation against the creatures?"
Dawson: “You didn’t kill them?”
Red Wine: “why didn’t you kill them?”
Ruby: “He gonna smoke ‘em?”
Rose: “Is he gonna be okay?”>>111638
Edge closer, edge closer
It’s snout curls up a bit, as it now sniffs Spark’s body.
Fun keeps his distance
“I hope I don’t have a reputation at all. If I have a reputation, that means creatures know me. And I can’t be known and still be effective”
Spark gently pats the ground again while looking at Fun.
"Come on Fun. It's ok."
(I wonder if those gryphons remember me? Not wearing that thing on me should make them doubt themselves, I think.)
"I have no clue what he's doing. But I feel it'll work."
“Well, I guess I can understand the desire for some payback on those monsters. Just wish he had somewhere else to it than my bedroom. Thank you, by the way”
Rose (crying): “I really thought I would be hanging upside down until I died”
Dawson (looking down at Rose): “it’s okay sweetie, you’re safe now”
He pets her hair
Red Wine: “Are you sure there’s nothing else out there?”
Ruby comforts Rose as well
"If there is anything else, I'll be sure to meet it with a hefty blow."
He glances to where his halberd is resting against the wall.
"A hefty blow indeed."
Dawson nods in respect
“Good Stallion. What brought you around here?”
Rose: “Again, thanks”
Red Wine and ruby listen
Fun shakes his head, and stays in his corner, still occasionally trembling
"You're welcome. As for what brought me? A bat and my unicorn friend in there. They kinda dragged me along since they needed a bodyguard of sorts. Not quite sure what they're up to though."
Spark continues to comfort Seb in hopes Fun will like him more.
What is Spark doing with Seb?>>111657
“Well... thank you kindly for it. I guess to least I can do is offer my cabin for ya tonight... thought it looks like you’ve kind of already done that” he looks at the whiskey
Rose looks over at Onyx
“You look hurt? Are you okay?”
Red Wine is trying to stand up, and Ruby is over tending to him now
"Ah, just some owlbear scratches. Punching it in the face and a few drinks helped the pain though."
Dawson: “You fought an Owlbear?”
Ruby: “Yes he did”
Well, not petting yet because he doesn't like that. So just talking in comforting tone.
"I didn't just fight it, I punched it's stupid face too."
He looks back over his injured back
"Scratched me up pretty good though."
He nods, and looks impressed
“I can believe it. What about the Changelings?”>>111668
Seb twitches his ears, and tilts his head in curiosity at the pony
"Well, they tried to surrender... After we attacked each other."
“And you... let them?”
“I think there were at least three of them when they jumped me. I was closing the barn door”
"There's.... Two now... Language barriers make surrendering hard."
Dawson seems indignant
“I know what they do to prisoners”
Red Wine: “I didn’t know they would let you take them alive.”
Rose is kind of out of it
Ruby sits like a good boy>>111677
The drone still doesn’t understand, but he lays down. He looks like he is in pain
"Well, they're our prisoners now. And they were more than happy to surrender."
Onyx pets the colt.
“Did you kill any?”
“How did you beat them?”
Ruby closes his eyes, and accepts the pet. He is still grey from the vampirism
Rose shakes her head, and looks over at the two colts by the fireplace
“Are these your colts?”
The drone lays his head on the ground, and speaks in his language. The other one says something back
"Two of them, did it with military training."
He continues to pet the colt.
"Hmm? Oh no, they aren't mine. The bat has some relationship with them though I believe."
Rose inches her self closer, though she can’t fully stand up
“Hello little ones.”
The nymphs look a little afraid
“You were in the military? Were you in the Great War?”
"Yes, served for the Crystal Empire."
“How did you get away from the Changelings?”
"I escaped on a boat. Hasn't been fun, I'll say that."
Spark doesn't understnad, but looks over to the other changeling to see what he does.
It stays up, in its corner>>111711
He does not quite understand, but does know that Onyx got out
“Where do you reckon the changelings came from?”
Red Wine: “didn’t really look like a patrol to me. Unless they were out on a frolic of their own”
Spark pats the ground near him, now laying down. Spark looks cute like this, how can a changeling say no?
"I can only grasp at straws, so no clue."
He still doesn’t seem to understand Spark’s intent, and the one Spark set on fire is keeping his distance>>111732
“Do you think they’ll send more?”
Awwwww. Spark looks to the one beside him and gives a cheerful smile.
Is the Senior Silver Severyanan Soldier there?>>111750
He blinks again
“Willst du mich töten?”
I was expecting you to ask about Dark Star, honestly.
Spark doesn't understand, but just smiles warmly and continues to lay still.
"I doubt it, severely"
He pats the colt before he ceases the pets.
He should be right in the middle of all of this. Either in the room with the four ponies plus onyx, or the two changelings plus Spark >>111766>ceases the pets
A little head with giant eyes stares up at onyx
“Well... somepony should keep watch for the night”
Dark Star chuckles at her response
"Yea you're right, but they have their hooves full right now."
He would be with Sparks and the Lings in that event
Well, Spark is trying to do... something with the changelings, but can’t make any progress because if communications barriers and the fact that he set one of the two on fire earlier. They are being kept as basically POWs>>111771
“I guess that’s true...” she lowers her head in slight annoyance
“At least it’s a chance to bash some Griffins. Can’t let the Metropolitans have all the fun”>>111756
Brie May be conscious
"Hey Brie. Think you can talk to them more calmly?"
No, these are two new ones that Onyx stabbed and shimmer caught on fire. Basically they ambushed the two, and surrendered rather than be killed.
The two little ones are by the fire in the other room being called cute or something by some mare.>>111780
“Damn... those changelings really did a number on us. I feel out of it. And the fire looks grey for some reason. So does everypony here.”
These are the big lings. Seb and Fun.
He Smiles as she mentions griffion bashing
"I'm Looking forward to it."
"Yeah, same here. Just rest, hopefully you'll feel better soon."
"Oh Scheiße. Ich erkenne euch beide nicht. Ähm, äh ... wie geht es dir?"
Spark blinks and hopes this conversation will go well.
The one that speaks is the one a little further back. The blue green eyed drone in the burned uniform that Spark has named “fun”
“Wir haben Angst. Diese beiden Ponys halten uns gefangen. Dieser hat mich früher angezündet. Ich denke, er versucht uns zu provozieren, ihn zu entwässern oder anzugreifen, dann schießt er mit dem Laser auf uns”>>111788
“Well, it’ll be a nice change of pace. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the Governate can’t handle some Griffins, given that the police is still troubled by love bugs”>>111791
“Oh... okay. I really should fix you all some breakfast in the morning”
She lays her head down
"He says you guys set them on fire and shot them with a,... laysure?"
"I used my fire magic. I thought they were going to kill us. I don't want to hurt them if they aren't going to hurt us. Tell them I'm sorry."
"Well 33 hoebuck is basically a fortress. i can see why they would have a problem."
"Er scheint zu glauben, dass Ihr Jungs sie töten wollt. Das sind meine Kollegen, die Sie kennen, und wir sind geschäftlich mit dem Hive und der Queen hier. Kein besonders heller Schachzug, muss ich sagen."
She has her malign smile
“I’m guessing you want to walk through the front door?”>>111809
*pets the floof*
Skies and Dark Star are talking tactics>>111807
Some how... that makes them more alarmed. At least the blue eyed one, laying closer to Spark and whom he has named “Seb.” He stands up, and starts speaking
“Will die Königin uns töten? Können wir vergeben werden?”
Iron looks at Skies funny.
"I am pretty sure that would mean getting wounds all over you unless you can verify your 'griffonhood'
*the floof is very floofy, and now also pet*
I see that.>>111806>>111814
"Think we should have couple of ponies checking docks for any boats approaching?"
"Dummkopf, ich würde es nicht wagen, für die Königin zu sprechen. Möglicherweise können wir diesen Vorfall jedoch übersehen."
Then to Spark>>111813
"Do we need them for anything, or is that just to prevent them from attacking?" he says indicating their bindings.
"That sounds like a fantastic way to end up,pushing up Daisies."
"I was planning on having them help us navigate these lands to our destination. It might help to have adult changlings in our group to lower suspicion. That or at least have them draw us a map of where to go and how to avoid patrols. Our get out of jail free card can only work so long before they just rob us for being ponies. Besides, they surrendered. I didn't think changelings did that."
Midnight is internally eeeeee-ing.>>111799
"Just rest for now. You need it."
Both of them nod. Fun speaks
“Was müssen wir tun?”>>111819
“Then what is your plan?”>>111817
“That, we certainly can do. The moon is a double edged sword though, it can make us easier to see as well. Maybe if we approached along the sea wall. Or flew in.”>>111815
“What else would be the point of being a griffin? Silver has already said he isn’t excited for the fashion choice”>>111822
The ponies all around Midnight are talking
Rose: “oh... okay”
Dawson: “So you say you were traveling through with sone other ponies? What do you do?”
"They may have a secret codephrase or something."
Onyx simply shrugs
"I'm a bodyguard for them, and I help pull their wagon."
Midnight listens to the plans, glancing between ponies as they speak.
"Vielleicht kann dies ein Vorteil für alle Beteiligten sein. Wir reisen jetzt direkt zum Bienenstock. Ich würde der Königin viel lieber mitteilen, wie hilfreich Sie waren, um uns sicher für sie zu sehen, als sonst. Ich verstehe, wie ungewöhnlich es für Ponys ist Ihr Fleiß ist durchaus lobenswert. Wenn Sie keine dringenden Angelegenheiten haben, würden Sie in Betracht ziehen, sich uns anzuschließen? "
Oh come now, you're far more than that. Xp
"Well...a place like that....has to have sewers right?"
"Coincidentally, you and Midnight have wings. Though I am not so thrilled about having our healer scouting bay instead of being with other group..."
“True. Any disguise is not going to be as an insider”>>111831
“Well, what brings you all up here?”>>111833
They are silent for a moment, then Seb speaks the matter as bluntly as possible
“Wir haben Angst, wegen Desertion aufgehängt zu werden”>>111836
“Sewers? There at least used to be an entire underground set of tunnels”>>111839
“How would you approach it?”
as she mentions the tunnel system a smile creeps acrossed Dark Star's face
"That my dear blue, would be the best choice."
"You'd have to ask them, I'm just here for the ride."
"Perhaps some interrogation may be necessary to go for that route."
"Meinst du, du hast schon offizielle Posten hier?"
Silver considers his options. "Did reports say anything about Church of the Sacred Heart having bell tower?"
“Wir befanden uns in der neunzehnten Infanterie, dann waren wir menschenleer, als die Crystal-Ponys uns zerstreuten”>>111842
“Well, if there is an entrance. The waterside is the most likely place. There should be a sewer system though. The dossier said something about the city dining them just last month for dumping ‘particulate matter’ or something into the sewerage system.”>>111843
“Well, I guess I shall”>>111844
“That may take a while. Perhaps it’s best to be more discrete”>>111847
“There used to be one, yes. There hasn’t been a bell there in decades. The only sound coming from there besides dancing, music, and talking are loud dogs”
He decides to keep quiet for now, hearing the plan forming.
"Ich denke, Sie BEDEUTEN zu sagen, Sie haben einen kalkulierten Rückzug gemacht, als Sie von Ihrer Einheit getrennt wurden. Es ist keine Lüge, ...." Brie says with a wink.
"Hmmmmmmm. was there any word on what it was they might have dumped?"
"If tower is still there, bell or no, then it could make for excellent crow's nest to watch bay from. Send pony in to watch with binoculars for any incoming boats, then tail them from shadows to see where they go, and what cargo they load off or pick up. If we had walkie talkies, they could radio in their location to other group."
Skies is stumped, so she opens the dossier to see for herself
“The type of fine here, it’s a commercial fine. It’s usually given to restaurant owners for when they try to wash down grease and stuff, from cooking. Maybe it has something to do with industrial operations. Or maybe they have that kitchen running”>>111861
“Ja ... mal sehen, ob sie denken, wir wären so lange unfreiwillig getrennt. Sie werden vielleicht wissen, dass wir uns nicht einer Autorität übergeben haben. Es war ... was? Acht Monate später? Wir waren eine Weile auf uns allein gestellt. Diese beiden Ponys haben unsere Landsleute getötet und wir hungern.“>>111864
“Walkie... talkie?” Skies is confused
“Well, maybe there can be a high up look out, assuming they don’t see us fly”
"Wir könnten Sie gehen lassen und es vergessen, wenn Sie es vorziehen. Ich weiß nicht, wie es Ihnen ergeht, aber schließen Sie sich uns an oder das Angebot steht nicht."
He wants to go back to what Brie was saying earlier
“"Sie sagen, Sie können eine Bienenstock Königin überzeugen, uns zu verzeihen?"
"Sicher erkennen Sie, dass die Königin tut, was sie will. Mein Geschäft ist jedoch für sie im Bereich der Infiltration von besonderem Interesse. Angesichts der potenziellen Gewinne für den Bienenstock und Ihrer beeindruckenden Zahlen (Xp) kann sie tatsächlich wünschen, dass Sie begleiten Sie uns weiter, seitdem Sie sozusagen eine Zeit lang von der Karte verschwunden sind. "
“Wir können es versuchen. Diese Wälder sind gefährlich. Wir haben Onky Finalky eine anständige Mahlzeit zu sich genommen, und immer noch ist die Hälfte von uns gestorben.”
Silver nods. "Should you decide to be lookout, I would urge you to be carefull. You should know better than anypony here that griffons are better aware of three dimensional spaces than us ground-bound ponies are."
"I Remember a story my brother told me."
Dark star licks his lips and puts on a voice blue hasn't heard him do beforeshe would assume its a representation of white stars voice
it has more of a drawl than dark star's.
"I'll Tell you starry about the Griffon "Restaurant" that was busted selling bread made from pony blood, and "Ham" that was really ponies. it was 20 years before we were born back when dad was a young stallion. they would give "free meals" to homeless ponies, afterwords they were never seen again. then one day they picked the wrong target,Dad. He was a tough stallion who didn't take any horse apples from anypony. they took him to a back room, sat him down at a table, made him wait awhile then one of those beak snouted bucks came in with a machete. and started running at dad. luckily for dad he had his old sawed off musket. and lets just say the restaurant. isnt standing anymore after dad shut it down."
"Sie machen den Fall für mich. Wenn Sie uns begleiten, würden Sie ihre Investition schützen. Was das" Warum "Ihrer längeren Abwesenheit betrifft, bezweifle ich, dass sie Sie bezweifeln würde, wenn Sie sagten, dass Sie ihren Zorn fürchteten."
Skies giggles, and places a hoof to her face
“Oh Dark Star, Griffins don’t really do that. It’s just like stories of Changelings swapping out foals for their own nymphs. It’s just stories adults tell to scare children into obedience.”>>111896
“They are. But that is the reason the Pegasi specifically must face them. They are not a match for us.”>>111899
“Hast du irgendwelche Geschenke, die du ihr machen kannst?”
Silver smiles at her. "Indeed. Make sure you leave at least one alive if they see you and decide to try their luck. Interrogation is not terrible idea for if we are unable to fine head of operation."
"Er, i'm not so sure its just a story. White Star was emphatic About it being true."
“Well, we only really have immigration warrants at this point, so really we can’t just go killing griffins”>>111911
She nods, clearly still not believing him
“We would tell similar stories to the Earth Ponies. Keep them afraid of the Griffins, and keep them from revolting. I heard more than a few myself as a filly about Griffins and Changelings”
Midnight pipes up
"It would definitely be a most... Interesting... Story..."
"Meine Korrespondenz zeigte keine Geschenke an, dies sollte ein rein geschäftliches und planerisches Unterfangen sein."
Iron leans in to whisper.
"I have no idea what I just heard. Dark Star has a past made out of tragedy, so expect dark humor and stories out of him."
He nods. "Fair enough. Still, if your hooves are forced...keep it in mind."
Skies looks at her, and wash her tail
“Oh I will. And I’ll put a bolt through their minds.”>>111917
“You’re telling me it was a joke?”
Skies feels dumb now>>111916
“Okay ... Also, wenn wir mit Ihnen gehen, werden Sie uns dann nicht umdrehen?”
"I'm inclined to Believe most of those stories are real. i mean if the atrocities you told me the griffons commit are true. and what better way to take over a country unknowingly than to pose as their youth?"
Iron shakes his head.
"No, it falls on the second category."
Silver continues to think about the job.
"Your coltfriend's story">>111917
“Are you talking about the changelings? Because a griffin can’t pass as a pony”>>111931
Skies doesn’t know true from false, but is inclined to place this in the latter category>>111936
“Um... watcha’ thinking about”>>111939
“It’s my first time hearing it from him.”
"Ich hätte kein Interesse daran, Sie würden uns sehr helfen. Ich habe Papiere, aber nur wenige hier sind bereit, auf solche Dinge zu warten. Selbst autorisierte Ponys können in diesen Ländern schnell Schaden anrichten."
"yes i was referring to the bugs with that statement."
Spark looks between the three talking.
"How goes it Brie?"
"They may be willing to escort us."
Iron whispers back.
"I know. It can be rather disheartening.">>111940
Seb blinks, looks back to Fun, and says
“Okay ... ich könnte mit dir gehen, wenn du mit der Königin sprichst und wenn deine Gefährten uns beim Versuch, sie zu essen, beschützen. Ich lebe nicht gern im Wald. Wir haben keine frische Kleidung und wenig zu essen.”
Fun then says
“Ich auch. Ich habe genug gegessen, um noch mindestens einen Monat durchzuhalten, aber ich möchte nicht hier sein”>>111944
The smile runs from her face, and she has a concerned look
“Well, it’s just stories...”
"...Hmm? Right now, what other potential points of entry there would be. Perhaps way to get up onto roof of fortress from ground. You know, without using wings."
Dark Star gets a concerned look on his face
"The reason why i told that story is because i think it may have something to do with what ever was dumped in the sewer."
Well, you can get up with a rope. I don’t know, maybe a fire escape? Or a ladder that might be built in the side? Or just go through ground level”>>111959
“I don’t think the Griffins are using pony blood to leaven their bread”
"Yea, i think this is more f a "Ham" situation."
"I do have rope. If we can sneak around back of it, we might be able to insert ourselves into fortress from roof without any of its potential inhabitants expecting anything."
Iron shakes his head.
"I feel like he never actually met or interacted with a griffon before."
"it's just a gut feeling."
“Well, either way it looks like they are dumping grease down the drain rather than throwing it away”>>111970
“I imagine he hasn’t”>>111969
“That could work, let’s just hope they don’t see us first”
"It does not come without its own risks, but very few plans do."
"Do you think we could acquire blue prints?"
"Es würde nicht genügen, wenn du von meinen Verbündeten isst, aber wenn du etwas brauchst, helfe ich dir persönlich beim Einkauf von Lebensmitteln. Frag einfach den Jungetiere. Oh, du hast sie wahrscheinlich noch nicht getroffen."
"Sie sind keine Nymphen, sie sind eher das Alter von Stuten, wenn sie Ponys waren. Sie wurden in Pony-Ländern gefangen genommen, und wir bringen sie in den Bienenstock zurück, aus dem sie stammen. Das zusätzlich zu unserem dringenden Geschäft.
[assorted bat and rock noises]
"Who would we talk to about getting them?"
Ruby is cuddling up to near Onyx, and Red Wine is coming over there with him on the other side. Rose is about to pass out
“Do we got any more blankets, or mattresses? It can get awful cold at night”
Over in Baltimare, Silver is talking about scaling up the top of the building with rope, while Dark Star is talking about blue prints and ham made out of pony>>111997
“It should be in the dossier, assuming they’ve been acquired from the city clerk.”>>111994
“Das wäre also dein Geschenk an die Königin ... Ja, wir können mit dir gehen. Was müssen wir tun?”
He flips through the dossier
"Helfen Sie uns, nicht der Umwelt zum Opfer zu fallen, erst abtropfen zu lassen und später Fragen zu stellen, und helfen Sie uns, einheimische Kreaturen abzuwehren. Wir haben einen bequemen Wagen, aber nur einen Fahrer. Es gibt viele Möglichkeiten zu Diensten sein."
"Does anypony think we should split up into teams while we are scouting?"
“Wir können Ponys und Wildtiere entwässern, ja. Wir sind beide verletzt. Er ist verbrannt und ich habe schwere Wunde”
“Ja. Wir sind erfahrene Soldaten, aber wir brauchen unsere Gesundheit. Und wir müssen uns waschen.”
"Let me see if I can find some"
Onyx looks around for more blankets, peaking into the room with Spark if necessary.>>112020
"I would be fine with that."
"Fine by me. Will it be Skies, Star and Silver and I go with Midnight? What is the composition of the split up?"
"We can cover more distance that way. One group can enter via sewers, other can enter via roof, and pony can keep lookout for boats coming in from bay."
Quick question. Where IS the party right now (the Ling party)?
The party is in a cabin in a small farm or hunting cabin located in coniferous woods, one or two kilometers down a dirt road from the road that connects Bales to Whinnyapolis, either in the Equestrian state of Boulder Field (I’ve been calling it Blueberry Field) or Whinnysota.
"How about you and i enter through the sewers, silver keeps a wath out for boats,and Blue and Midnight go in through the roof."
Silver nods, and pulls out a pair of rather dirty binoculars from his bags. "I suppose I have good opportunity to clean these, now. Wait for me while I wash these out in bathroom."
"Entschuldigung, wir haben kein fließendes Wasser und begrenzte Vorräte."
"Take your time.">>112050
Dark star gets up and walks over to mr.glass
"They're willing to help us, but they want a shower. They're deserters who have been living like wild
changelings for months."
They nod, slowly if disappointedly
“Wir werden es schaffen. Hoffentlich hilft uns ein Teil der Magie, die wir absorbiert haben, zu heilen, während wir uns ausruhen”>>112062
“You need something?”>>112052
“It’s good to have those around. I’m suspecting you want to intercept a boat”
"Are you capable of healing?"
"I Don't suppose you sell coffee do you? or snacks?"
"Not magical healing... I found some bandages and iodine, but we could ask the family here if they have any other healing methods."
“We have peanuts...”
He looks back, then up
“Let me see if I can find some coffee”
"If possible. Not only does evidence of trafficking help, but it might be possible that I would come across manifest or other documents to give insight into operations." Silver gets up from his seat. "Give me minute while I clean these." He makes his way to the bathroom to do exactly that.
"They're both injured, and they're concerned about that. The washing will have to wait though."
"Hmm... Well, considering that a family lives here, there should be some water somewhere nearby."
“A few bags?”>>112073
“So you want to go after the ships?”
"That might be enough."
He puts his hoof to his chin in thought
GM said there is none
apparently we need to move on to find running water."
Silver responds once he gets back. "Like I said, if possible."
He said none in the house. No family can live without a shower at some point, let alone run a farm.
"Sounds like a plan."
He runs off. Then comes back
“You’re in luck. We have some coffee, if you want me to make you a pot”
Fair point, but I'm just going off available information.>>112087
"Irgendwo hier in der Nähe wird es sicher eine Süßwasserversorgung geben. Wir kennen die Gegend nicht sehr gut, aber wir können alle erforderlichen Vorkehrungen treffen."
"You're a life saver Mr.Glass, i think we're gonna be gone for awhile."
It is Fun, standing over near the back of the room, who speaks
“Das wird bei uns funktionieren. Es ist besser als in einen eisigen Fluss zu gehen ...”
He looks down at his shriveled and burned hide, and at the tattered ruins of his old uniform
“Oder in dieser toten Haut zu bleiben. Es muss bald herauskommen.”>>112097
“Alright.,, let me cook up some coffee here”
He produces a machine, which comes on with a bit of purple magic, and eventually starts to produce a pot of coffee
"What kind of coffee is it?"
“I want to say it is a Yucoltan variety. It’s really not the fanciest, but it gets the job done”
"Just how i like my coffee."
He pours a cup
“In a way you are lucky. It’s harder to get ahold of coffee with the war rationing and the trade disruption. Good thing I was able to acquire some a month ago”
"Fantastic. how much for it?:>>112130Not Again.
Only the best Ersatz coffee for your wartime needs>>112133
“Oh, for you? Nothing”
"I'll Make sure to pick you up another bag."
"You wouldn't happen to have a Thermos would you?"
"uh there's something else i would like to talk to you about. in the event of my untimely death, i would like my shares in the bar to go to Blue Skies."
“Is that that mare you are with all the time?”
"Yes That's Her. the place we're headed to, looks pretty well fortified."
He is looking down at a glass, but then his face has a look of befuddlement, then a hint of sadness
"Are you... Are you afraid?"
"nope, everypony has to die sometime. and if i do i die. i'll die knowing that i died protecting my fellow ponies."
"Is that is what you are doing, going over there? Protecting ponies?"
He says this curiously, not with any hint of skepticism
"yes,sir. there are some....very bad creatures that need to be stopped"
"Well... Sounds like you are doing something productive with your time. Not just selling poison to depressed ponies, or providing a location for stallions to find lose mares"
"You do so much more than just that Mr.Glass"
Dark Star Puts his hoof on Glistening glass's shoulder.
"you help those depressed ponies kill their pain. even if just for a night, that pain is forgotten."
"Well, that's not a bad idea. We'll inform customs">>112183
"Are you killing your pain?" Hes asks
Iron suddenly feels a bit self-conscious after sweet talking Midnight into an acquaintance.
He can hear an aside
"Damned Changeling hunting grounds..."
"Sometimes. i thank you for running this place,Sir."
Iron's ears perk up, trying to pinpoint where it's coming from.
"Well, you're welcome"
He returns an expression that, though based in sorrow, lets a smile shine through, as if a ray of sun through clouds>>112188
The bar owner and present bar tender, "Glistening Glass," talking to Dark Star
Brie succumbs to his apparent narcolepsy
Can Brie get an extra feat for his narcolepsy? Asking for a friend
>>112192Strange, they never seem to say that.
Iron starts slowly walking towards the conversation.
He pats him on the back
"Bar owners are the unsung heros of Equestria."
He laughs at this
"Glad you think so>>112197Well... I hadn't made it happen yet>>112198
Dark Star and the bar tender talking still
and puts down 100 bits on the counter
"Put this towards the advancement of the tavern."
"Oh, I will. Might even be able to buy some more coffee"
Iron decides to stay nearby to get a gist on the conversation.
(What made them say that?)
"I hope to see you again,my friend."
"Remember to Give Blue my Shares if i don't return,sir.Goodbye."
He walks back towards the table.
As Dark Star walks away, he speaks to Iron
"Can I get you anything to drink?"
He shakes his head.
"No money with me, sadly."
He sits down.
"However, I think you and Star were talking about changeling deadzones?"
(I wonder if I will ever meet one of them to see what they are like. Especially their... abilities.
"Files said there were rowboats going from boat in harbor to docks, right? What would you say odds are that somepony could sneak onto one of those and row it back to ship?"
He looks at Iron in confused silence for what is probably two seconds, appearing almost stunned
"Oh, you mean when I said Changeling hunting grounds. I mean Succubi. Changelings lying in wait for stallions looking for a good time. They think they found a pretty mare to spend the night, or longer with, but really its a succubus who sucks the life straight out of them"
He does a little thing with his hooves near his mouth to demonstrate that last part
There are actually a few posters on the wall behind him that warn of the same threat>>112208
"Depends on if they are expecting the rowboat to return. Or if they are still parked in the harbor"
Silver rubs the bottom of his chin. "Yes...could be worse odds, especially with potential payoff."
"I assume they are quite the sneaky ones if there is only warning posters about them."
He comes closer, wanting to test his knowledge.
"Say, do you have a personal way to find out who is a changeling?"
"Yes. Find a girl, have a good night with her, take her back to a hotel room, and if she eats you, she's probably a changeling.">>112213
"Do you want to rob a ship... again?"
"Alright. I get it."
Then he turns a bit nosy.
"Did you have any experience with them?"
"What's this about ship robbing?"
"Not that I can remember">>112218
"Ask Silver Sword"
Iron nods, suddenly getting a creeping sensation.
"Do you have any advice to make sure any actual mare I find is not replaced by a changeling?"
"...Again?" Silver feels like he's missing something.>>112226
"I am thinking about hijacking oneof their rowboats and rowing back to boat they have anchored in harbor. I imagine there will be wealth of records on there civilian government, and perhaps even Black Hooves, will make use of."
He turns his head
"Changelings are just like any other predator. They are lazy. They go after the weakest targets. Don't be a weak target, and you are unlikely to be preyed upon"
"Oh... Right. You didn't participate in the last act of piracy"
Iron nods. He then decides to maybe indirectly spill recent events to the bartender.
"Got it. Let us change subject. Say you had a marefriend with a secret then you invite a friend who, in their line of questioning, threatens to reveal the secret. How would you deal with it?"
"That could be quite dangerous."
"Well, if that secret is 'she's a Changeling,' then you should turn her over to the police for the sake of your own health. But if both parties involved already know the secret, it's not really a secret, now is it? Like, how do I reveal a secret to you about yourself that you already know?">>112235
"I think he wants to do it again"
"...This is about job you all did at docks night I came to Baltimare, is it not? One where half of docks you were at went up in flames?">>112234>indirectly
Silver would probably say otherwise.>>112236
"No doubt. I would not take any unnecessary risk, but I am not stranger to this kind of mission."
Iron's not a master at subtlety.
"That was... not my fault"
Iron nods, rather conflicted.
"Not a secret, huh?"
(I may have to tell her the truth. Better me than finding out with the others.)
He starts biting his hoof softly.
(Yeah, I might have to. If she finds out from others, I may break her trust irreparably.)
A hearty laugh comes from the old unicorn. "Oh, I know. Especially after meeting that kirin, Ash, I knew you were not one responsible for that."
"I mean... I'm confused. Does she already know? Does he already know? Who is being told something they don't already know?">>112243
She only nods, in irritated remembrance
"Oh. The friend knew the secret, but the marefriend did not know he knew the secret."
"So, has plan seemed fair to you, so far? Earth ponies go through sewers, pegasus and bat fly to roof, and I keep watch over harbor."
"Well... I don't know. Maybe there's something in the old princesses' journal about it">>112251
"Well, assuming they don't find us. If they do, they can pick us off and kill us much more easily than if we are together"
He cocks his head.
"The old princesses' journal?"
Commission a Blue Skies Plushie, Yes or No?
If you have the money for it? Hell yeah!
I've already said go for it some time ago.